…Ambassador meets Top Cop, MinisterAmbassador of the People’s Republic of China, Cui Jianchun, on Friday raised his concern over the high number of Chinese stores being robbed and burglarised as he met with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and the Commissioner of Police Leslie James, to discuss security issues related to the Chinese community.In a statement issued on Friday, the Public Security Ministry highlighted these concerns even as it acknowledged that a “number of Chinese business places have been burgled, with property stolen, sometimes under circumstances of violence.”This, the Ministry said, has led the Chinese business community to feel that it is aTop Cop Leslie Jamestargeted group. However, Ramjattan is contending that this is a misperception.In dismissing the concerns of the Chinese Ambassador, Ramjattan and James assured that crime statistics and the motives of those caught does not suggest such profiling.In fact, the Ministry said those “who are victims are generally as a result of opportunistic criminals who prey on those who may have been unalert and vulnerable.”The two, who met with Ambassador Jianchun, nevertheless assured that every effort is being made to ensure additional Police patrols are prominently positioned in the commercial areas of the City and other communities which will deter criminal activities across the board.The Ambassador further agreed that a meeting with the Chinese businessPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattancommunity should be held as early as possible so that a number of concerns and questions can be directly answered.During Friday’s meeting, the parties also discussed the Smart City project, which will be funded by a loan from China. In addition, discussions were forged on the China-Caribbean Countries Anti-Corruption Law Enforcement Conference held in Grenada recently. Ramjattan seized the opportunity on Friday to thank the Ambassador for the numerous contributions the country has made to the Force, which include providing assets and training for its ranks.Only recently, three armed males pounced on the owner of the Real ValueChina’s Ambassador to Guyana, Cui JianchunSupermarket located at Lot 246 Church and Thomas Streets, Georgetown and relieved the Chinese businessman of a significant amount of foreign and local currencies among other valuables.Some weeks ago, three armed bandits were caught after they broke into a Chinese supermarket at Grove, East Bank Demerara.Meanwhile, on Tuesday the Guyana Police Force said it recorded a whopping 23 per cent increase (37 against 30 cases last year in the same period) in robberies. According to the Force, no instruments were used by perpetrators while a one per cent hike (405 against 402 cases) in armed robberies where firearms were used was recoded. It stated that robberies with violence saw a five per cent increase (104 against 99 cases), while burglaries went up by four per cent (142 against 136 cases).
The always-popular recreational Dungeness crab season will open state-wide this Saturday, with one big exception. State waters from Patrick’s Point, Humboldt County (41° 8.00’ N. Latitude) north to the California/Oregon state line will remain closed due to unhealthy levels of domoic acid. This closure, which will keep Crescent City anglers off the water, will remain in effect until domoic acid no longer poses a significant risk to public health.CDFW will continue to coordinate with CDPH and …
You’re hang gliding over a lake, and you spot a fish below. From your hovering position, you drop into a rapid, steep dive headfirst into the water. Whoops; your eyes just went out of focus, and you lost your fish in the murky depths. Too bad you’re not a cormorant. Cormorants (a kind of waterfowl) are able to adjust the lenses of their eyes from air-focus to water-focus in a split second, according to an article in Current Biology May 25.1 Four Israeli scientists bedazzle us:Cormorants (Aves; Phalacrocoracidae) are active fliers, yet they forage by pursuit diving and capture of fish with the bill. In air, the cormorant’s cornea provides most of the total refractive power of the eye. Underwater, however, corneal power is lost, as the cornea is now bathed in liquids of similar refractive index. The retention of a sharp image, while performing precise visual tasks underwater, requires that the cormorant’s optical system compensates for the loss of refractive power of the cornea. In addition, the underwater photic environment differs markedly from the aerial one, with the image quality undergoing a rapid deterioration through scatter and absorption. Upon submergence, cormorants compensate for the loss of corneal power (>55 dioptres, D) and rapidly (>1000D/sec) attain a state of emmetropia, i.e. they are well focussed, by marked changes in the shape of their very flexible lens.The scientists somehow acquired accurate measurements of the birds’ optical acuity in air and in murky water. The birds’ vision is as good as that of fish, seals and whales who spend most of their time underwater. Cormorants, however, need outstanding vision in water as well as air. “The requirements to perform precise visuo-motor tasks in two optically different media, and the uniqueness of the lenticular system of these birds,” they note with some admiration, ”make the vision of pursuit-diving birds a model of vertebrate capacities at the extreme.”1Strod, Arad, Izhaki and Katzir, “Cormorants keep their power: visual resolution in a pursuit-diving bird under amphibious and turbid conditions,” Current Biology, Vol 14, R376-R377, 25 May 2004.Strod and Arad work at the Hula Valley Nature Preserve in northern Israel; perhaps that is where they made some of the observations. TV nature programs sometimes show these birds in action. Next time you see one, you’ll have reason to appreciate even more the elegance of their fishing expertise. Once again, this excellent intelligent-design paper was marred by a worthless insertion of the E word, probably because Current Darwin-Worship wouldn’t print it otherwise: they conclude, “Low turbidity levels are commonly encountered in natural water bodies and thus are of crucial importance in our understanding of the evolution, sensory ecology, and micro-habitat selection in aquatic organisms.” This, as usual, means that nobody understands how these optical marvels evolved, but the Darwin Party hopes to some day. I wonder if the authors really buy that promissory note. So how many billion cormorants died of starvation till they got their optics right? Sorry, 990 dioptres per second isn’t good enough; let’s bump it up to 1000 and make sure all the less fit go extinct. For sure. We don’t need such evolutionary whistling in the dark. Cormorants knew the tune from the top, and in the right key, too; see sharp or be flat.(Visited 158 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Can life exist outside the circumstellar habitable zone, that ring of life around a star where the temperature is comfy? “For more than 150 years,” Ker Than wrote for LiveScience, “…this zone has been defined as a narrow disk around a star where temperatures are moderate enough that water on the surface of a planet can exist in a liquid form.” His article surveyed newer, more optimistic ideas that extend the zone of life into dark, distant regions beyond. The reasoning is based on three findings:Extreme life: Extremophiles can live on earth in places long thought inhospitable.Warm moons: Enceladus and Europa provide examples of locations outside the zone that may be warm enough for water.More of less: A red dwarf star’s habitable zone may be small, but there are so many of them (85% of stars), they add up.Ker Than acknowledged that the zones around red dwarfs would be so close-in, any planet would become tidally locked – hot on the lit side, freezing on the dark side. But he claimed that new models “predict that if an orbiting planet had a thick enough atmosphere, heat could be redistributed from the lit side of the planet to the side that was dark.” Some of these ideas came from a conference last fall sponsored by the SETI Institute, where about 30 scientists discussed whether planets orbiting red dwarf stars could be habitable. The Maybe Babies squeal with delight when they get their water bottle. Water is nice, water is wet, water is necessary. Water is not sufficient. Like Jay Richards explained in The Privileged Planet, there is more to getting a habitable planet than “just add water.” See the film for a long list of requirements that will dampen false hopes for life without design.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
29 February 2012The British High Commission has launched a £1-million (R11.9-million) fund for 2012/13 to support projects in South Africa that are linked to prosperity, trade and low carbon growth.According to the high commission, the money is part of a global fund which seeks to build prosperity “by increasing exports and investments, opening markets, ensuring access to resources and energy security, and promoting sustainable global growth, including avoiding climate change”.“Global security is underpinned by sustainable growth, higher levels of employment, rising standards of living, and greater regional/international trade,” the commission said, adding that climate change constituted one the biggest threats to global security.It was therefore in the UK’s interest to promote open and stable markets and economies, tackle barriers to economic development, and support a global transition to a low carbon economy, the commission said.The commission invited organisations to submit project proposals that met the criteria outlined in its Prosperity Fund strategy (see “related documents”).Concept bids should be sent to email@example.com no later than 2 March 2012. Those seeking more information can contact the same e-mail address or telephone 012 421 7504/7604.SAinfo reporter
A new offshoot of Social Media Club, the Social Media Club Education Connection (SMCEDU) is a Chris Heuer-led organization intended to promote social media in higher education curricula.At a kickoff event tonight in Richmond, Virginia, I got to participate in a panel discussion and hear questions from an audience of college students and professors. One of the questions posed was how those in academia can best put the social web to work for themselves. Far beyond Facebook and LinkedIn, how can this community harness the Internet to be smarter, more efficient, and more productive? Read on for our top five ideas.1) Use Twitter to find your network. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Finally, once you’re comfortably participating in the conversation and you’re part of a very real community of experts, educators, and students in your field of interest, realize that your journey toward technological proficiency has just begun. The Internet is in a constant state of flux, and learning how to leverage the social web for academic benefit is an ongoing exercise. There are many resources for finding new weapons to add to your digital arsenal; we’re sure lots of helpful pointers will come from others in your community. But also, keep an eye on the techies, who are always testing and recommending new products and apps.Check sites such as ReadWriteStart, AppUseful, and oneforty every now and then to see if there’s a better mousetrap than the ones you might currently be using. Stay open-minded and flexible; be willing to try anything three times.The social web means so much more to academia than finding out which students were really sick on exam day and which just went to a kegger the night before. It also means a lot more than a static resume and a stagnant list of useless “connections.” Social web apps, when used intelligently, can make us all as brilliant and resourceful as the brightest stars in our networks, fostering real-world value and reinforcing learning. If there’s one thing students in particular need to worry about, it’s Google. Social accounts are fine and dandy to have, but prospective employers are searching for candidates by name when making interviewing and hiring decisions, as was made abundantly clear by a professional recruiter on tonight’s panel. Right now, Facebook might have a search engine monopoly on your name; unless that account is the best representation of you, a FirstNameLastName.com website might be a good idea. Here’s our list of four what-you-see-is-what-you-get website builders that don’t require much or any coding knowledge. You can also use some of the blogging resources mentioned in the next section. Once your site is up, link back to it from all your social profiles to help boost your site’s place in search results.4) Create content. In almost any field of study, from sociology to physics to arts to media, educators and students can find a group of experts on Twitter, engaging in debate, posting relevant links, sharing their most recent work, and answering questions. With its asymmetrical follower model, this network allows you to keep up with leaders and organizations in your industry of choice without their having to follow you in return. There are lots of tools for finding topic-specific experts on Twitter. WeFollow and Mr. Tweet are two popular applications, and Twitter app store oneforty can provide even more resources for discovering an existing network and staying up to date.2) Use feeds to stay informed about news, events, and conversations. Now that you know your network and its key players, you’re staying informed in your field, and you’ve got a decent start in representing yourself online, it’s time to start giving back. Whether you’ve got expertise to share or simply more questions to ask, you should be creating content. Tweeting is a great and engaging place to start; many professional and mentoring relationships have begun with a simple @reply. But you also need to blog, create videos, and/or post images or audio to your website.Not only is this good for SEO, which will help when the aforementioned recruiters start Googling you; it’s also essential for deeper participation in the conversation happening all around you online. If visual arts are your thing, for example, a Flickr account is a must, and it’s probably a good idea to post any images you create on a separate blog, as well. Ideally, your content should tie in with your FirstNameLastName.com website. Depending on the type of content you choose to create, you might want to look at WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, or Posterous. Post content regularly, and check out this Slate post with tips from some of the most famous bloggers online.5) Be an early adopter and refine your digital toolkit. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#Social Web#web jolie odell Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Once you’ve found your network, you may notice that a lot of these individuals and groups maintain blogs. Do a Google search, and focus on finding blogs that speak specifically to your field of interest. For every niche, no matter how obscure, someone out there is curating content. There are wind turbine blogs, turtle breeding blogs, biomedical engineering blogs, economics blogs – you get the gist. Staying updated in your field is as simple as spending 20 minutes a day online once you know how to use feeds.For those users with a good grasp of RSS, feed readers such as Google Reader can bring clarity, organization, and efficiency to the formerly painful process of staying informed. But even if you don’t know RSS from a hole in the ground, there are sites that will allow you to simply put together lists of websites to track, or even bring you news feeds just based on a particular topic. We recommend checking out Lazyfeed and Guzzle.it for getting news by keyword or topic, and for the visually oriented, we also suggest these two dead-simple visual feed readers.3) Build your website. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Sao Paulo, Dec 24 (IANS) Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho refused to rejoin the Brazilian national football team because of the threats and insults made against his family on social media following his disappointing performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the squad’s coach, Adenor Leonardo “Tite” Bacchi, said in an interview this weekend.Tite told Sport TV that he contacted Fernandinho after the World Cup to discuss his role on the projected roster for upcoming matches, but the 33-year-old Man City player said he had promised his family that he would not return to the national team, reports Efe news.”The first player that I wanted to call up (after the World Cup) was Fernandinho. The number one. He’s an extraordinary player, he gives you everything he’s got,” the national team coach said.Fernandinho, whose name is Fernando Luiz Roza, was on the field when Germany blew out Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup and had an own goal against Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals in Russia last summer.Belgium edged Brazil 2-1, eliminating the South American squad from the tournament and leaving Brazilian fans dejected.After the World Cup, Fernandinho was criticised endlessly by fans and found himself the target, along with his family, of attacks on social media.”I went to speak with him in person because the Brazilian team is very proud to have a player with his dignity and professionalism. I’m not dumb enough to call up a bad player. I hope he sees the light, I’m going to support him alot,” Tite said.–IANStri/vmadvertisement