TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration – Upcoming Webinar!

first_imgThis MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 18, 2016. Autism ConceptNext month the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration area will host presenters from the Defense Health Agency in a webinar entitled TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration.Autism Care Demonstration (ACD) provides supplemental services to qualifying dependents of active duty service members, retirees and certain National Guard and Reserve members. In this FREE session, presenters will offer advice for service providers and military families on how to best assist beneficiaries under the ACD. Also, information covering the cost of ACD and identifying points of contacts for specific TRICARE® regions will be provided.NASW Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on TRICARE® Autism Care Demonstration. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices.last_img read more

Inspiration! 15 of the Very Best iPhone Videos

first_imgWe’ve rounded up 15 of the best iPhone video projects, representing a unique variety of genres and shooting styles.Although the iPhone’s video imager can hardly be considered a professional-grade camera, it’s portability and ease of use give way to new ways of exploring video creation.  In this inspiration roundup, we’ve compiled some of the very best iPhone videos for your viewing enjoyment.  Each of these projects is influenced by it’s mode of shooting, leveraging the mobility and simplicity of the iPhone.  Much of the subject matter involves the documentation of a trip or travel experience, a topic that lends itself well to iPhone shooting.Many of the videos below were shot on iPhone 4S, taking advantage of it’s 1080P HD video capability and built-in image stabilization.  Additionally, most of these iPhone videos were professionally edited and color corrected to give the final footage an even more polished look.Take a look at some of the very best iPhone videos being created today and you’ll likely find yourself amazed with the image quality and overall project execution – impressive videos for a pocket camera.iPhone 4s // Thailand by artislandYEEPENG FESTIVAL IN CHIANGMAI by tada archawong Framed – an iphone 4S short story from Mael SevestreDear Viary, Barcelona… by Stefan FriessnerAbandoned Places > 3 Years Time Lapse by françois vautierGalapagos – Shot with iPhone 4S by Miguel EndaraLaughter the Best Medicine by The Film Artist1 Second Everyday – Age 30 by Cesar KuriyamaiPhone 4S Movie: The hand pressed Cappuccino by F9photolife fragments by VitùcEx•pan•sions by RicksterWindow Seat by Michael Huttonfinn. [iPhone 4s movie] by Visual CooksPCH – An iPhone 4S short film by NiceAlaska by Johnfrank Isaac Dieguezlast_img read more

ScienceShot: Hawaii’s Oahu Used to Be a Bigger Island

first_imgThe two volcanoes long thought to have formed the Hawaiian island of Oahu had a head start: They grew on top of an older volcano that’s now submerged northwest of the island and partially covered by it, new research suggests. Rocks forming the northwesternmost point on the island today spilled from Waianae volcano, the older of the two long-extinct volcanoes that make up modern-day Oahu, so ridges extending more than 100 kilometers offshore from there were presumed by some scientists to have originated from that peak as well. But analyses of rocks taken from one of the undersea ridges by teams in the past decade (samples obtained from sites marked with colored dots) show that the ridge’s rocks are up to 1 million years older than Waianae is. Many of those rocks formed above water, which indicates the oldest, now-submerged volcano once stood much taller than it does today. Radioactive dating of the rocks reveals that the oldest lavas on the surface of the ridge, whose peak now lies about 800 meters below the waves, cooled about 5 million years ago, the researchers report online this month in GSA Bulletin. Other tests indicate that the long-lost peak—now dubbed Kaena volcano—grew from the sea floor and broke through the ocean’s surface about 3.5 million years ago, eventually reaching a height of about 1000 meters above sea level before it began sinking back into the sea. At its largest, ancient Oahu would have measured about 1900 square kilometers (about 20% larger than modern-day Oahu) or larger. Over the course of its lifetime, Kaena volcano spilled between 20,000 and 27,000 cubic kilometers of molten rock, the researchers estimate. When Kaena volcano became largely extinct isn’t clear, the team notes. Volcanism likely ceased sometime after 3.5 million years ago, although some of the team’s samples reveal that some minor undersea eruptions occurred as recently as 340,000 years ago.last_img read more

Gujarat sounds flood alert amid heavy rain

first_imgHeavy rains lashed half a dozen districts of central and north Gujarat on Tuesday. The State sounded an alert in some low-lying areas as continuous rainfall might lead to floods. “We had heavy rains in Panchmahal, Chhota Udepur, Sabarkantha, Mahisagar and Vadodara districts since Monday. Chhota Udepur was battered by 271 mm rain, leading to rivers overflowing across the district,” said the government. Three persons travelling in a car had a narrow escape when their vehicle was washed away while crossing a flooded causeway near Nasvadi in Chhota Udepur district, an official said, adding local residents had saved the passengers. “Despite warnings, the three insisted on crossing the causeway.” In another incident, a car was washed away while crossing a flooded causeway over the Dev river near Vyara village in Vadodara district, said the police.They said they suspect that a lone person travelling in the car might have drowned. An NDRF team was pressed into service to locate the car and the person.The met department has forecast heavy rains in several parts till Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Now, draw sketches to search for images, videos!

first_imgGeneva, Jun 1 (PTI) Scientists have developed a new system that uses hand-drawn sketches on a tablet or interactive paper to search for matching image or video in the database.People today are increasingly confronted with the challenge of having to find their way around vast collections of photos and videos, both in their work lives and at home.Although search engines such as Google and Bing make it easy to find documents or websites quickly and efficiently using search terms, the options for searching collections of multimedia objects are more limited.Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have developed a system known as vitrivr, which allows a search for images and videos by means of a sketch.The user creates a sketch of the desired object on a tablet or interactive paper, and the program delivers the images and video clips that most resemble it.For videos, the user can even specify on the sketch in which direction an object is moving in the searched sequence.In designing the system, the researchers set a very broad similarity concept and adapted it to different types of sketch; for example, similar colours, shapes or directions of movement.Individual searches can then be augmented by a range of other query types – search terms, examples of images and videos, or combinations of all these.An important feature of the new system is its scalability, a feature that means it can be used even with very large multimedia collections.The vitrivr system is open source and freely available to the international research community. It may be used for a wide range of purposes, from discerning patterns of movement in sports videos to searching collections of digital watermarks. PTI MHN SAR SARadvertisementlast_img read more

Decreasing energy consumption using direct memory access

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital The energy consumed by an embedded system, especially a battery-operated device such as an IoT sensor node, can be the difference between whether the device successfully fulfills its purpose or falls into obscurity. There are many low power best practices that developers can utilize such as:Using interrupts and avoiding pollingUtilizing sleep-on-exitTurning off unused peripherals and clocksThrottling the system clockEmploying autonomous peripheralsPerhaps the greatest tool available to embedded software developers is direct memory access (DMA).DMA provides the embedded developer with an efficient way to transfer data around the microcontroller without the CPU intervening. In resource constrained applications, DMA can allow the CPU to be handling an important task while the DMA is perhaps reading in data bytes from a UART and placing them memory for later processing. For a developer interested in minimizing energy consumption, the CPU could instead be put into a low power mode, allowing DMA to transfer data at a much lower energy level! The CPU is after all one of the most energy hungry devices on a microcontroller.Let’s consider a simple example, where an IoT sensor node is going to be periodically sampling analog sensors using an analog to digital converter (ADC). There are several different ways that a developer could acquire the sensor data, each which will affect the energy consumed by the system in a different manner. First, an implementation that I still see quite frequently, is to simply poll and wait for the conversion complete flag. This code looks very similar to the code below:void SampleSensors(void){   for(Sensor = 0; Sensor < MAX_SENSORS; Sensor++)   {      ADC_CHANNEL_CONVERT(Sensor);      while(!ADC_CONVERSION_COMPLETE);      Sensor_Data[Sensor] = ADC_GET_RESULT(Sensor);   }}This function can certainly be called at a periodic rate and will sample the various analog sensors, but it is incredibly inefficient. The while statement is basically waiting for an ADC conversion complete flag and the CPU is constantly checking to see if it can move on. Even on a little 48 MHz microcontroller, this software architecture can burn a lot of cycles.The next step up from the polled approach is to use ADC interrupts. The developers kick off an ADC sample using the CPU and then either goes off to execute other code or enters a sleep state while it waits for the ADC to complete. Once the ADC conversion is complete, the interrupt wakes up the microcontroller and the samples are stored in the data buffer.void AdcInterrupt_handler(void){   Sensor_Data[Sensor] = ADC_GET_RESULTS(Sensor);}This approach is far more efficient than polling but to really minimize energy usage, a developer needs to use the DMA.The approach that I’ve found to be the most energy efficient is to utilize a DMA channel to transfer the resulting ADC conversions into SRAM. First, a developer sets the DMA controller source to the ADC conversion data buffer. The number of bytes to transfer must be set and is often a multiple of two bytes. Next, a developer must can set the address for the SRAM location that stores the ADC sample data for processing. Finally, the DMA can be configured to transfer the data when the ADC conversion flag complete is set (usually when the interrupt fires).In most instances, a developer can use a low power timer to start the ADC conversion while the CPU is sleeping. With the CPU asleep, the entire process of sensor sampling and data storage is done behind the scenes in a low energy state! The CPU only wakes up when enough data has been entered into the buffer and is ready for processing.Figure. Using a low-power timer and direct memory access (DMA), developers can perform sensor sampling and data storage while the processor remains in a low-power state. (Source: Author) The first time that a developer uses a DMA controller, it can seem a bit intimidating. It seems complex, but use of DMA can dramatically improve not just energy efficiency but also data throughput. Any developer interested in developing a low-power device or a battery-operated device should become familiar with their particular MCU’s DMA controller.Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at jacob@beningo.com, at his website www.beningo.com, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter. center_img Continue Reading Previous Bridgetek brings its PanL technology to ISE 2018Next Nordic: low power cellular IoT solution makes cellular easylast_img read more

CITY COUNCIL HEARS C-I-P BUDGET REQUESTS

first_imgMEMBERS OF THE SIOUX CITY COUNCIL SPENT THEIR SATURDAY DISCUSSING PROJECT REQUESTS FROM DEPARTMENT HEADS AS PART OF THE ANNUAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS BUDGET SESSION.FIRE RESCUE CHIEF TOM EVERETT TOLD THE COUNCIL TWO OF THE DEPARTMENTS THREE BACKUP RIGS NEED TO BE REPLACED;Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CIP.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..TO THE FRAME SHOP. ;26THE CHIEF ALSO TALKED ABOUT A NEED FOR NEW DEFIBRILLATOR UNITS AND FLOOR DRAINS IN THE FIRE STATIONS.MATT SALVATORE OF THE PARKS DEPARTMENT PRESENTED REQUESTS FROM THE CITY’S LITTLE LEAGUE, IN WHICH EACH COMPLEX RECEIVES $3000 ANNUALLY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CIP2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….FOR 83. :12THE COUNCIL VOTED 5-0 TO APPROVE AN INCREASE OF $10,000 FOR EACH COMPLEX TO $13,000 ANNUALLY.KELLY BACH OF THE CITY PARKS DEPARTMENT ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE IMPENDING ARRIVAL OF THE EMERALD ASH BORER AND THE EFFECT IT WOULD HAVE ON THE CITY’S ASH TREES.THE DESTRUCTIVE PEST HAS BEEN CONFIRMED WITHIN 90 MILES OF THE CITY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/CIP3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..TREAT 250. :14SOME LOCAL CITIZENS GROUPS ALSO PROPOSED PARTNERING WITH THE CITY TO TRY AND SAVE TREES.THE COUNCIL ALSO HEARD PRESENTATIONS ON NEEDS FROM POLICE, THE LIBRARY, AIRPORT AND EVENTS FACILITIES AMONG OTHER REQUESTS.last_img read more

Joe Root’s run out sparks England collapse as India grab edge in first Test

first_img Support The Guardian Another moment of Yorkshire disharmony undermined England here, an innocent mistake that suddenly upset a day that seemed to be sailing along serenely.Jonny Bairstow summoned Joe Root for an ambitious second run and England’s captain was left sprawling on the turf and staring at Aleem Dar’s upraised finger. From the tranquillity of 216 for three the hosts slumped to 285 for nine and have another Test struggle on their hands. Share on Pinterest Joe Root Throughout the 103-run alliance between Root and Bairstow batting seemed a breeze. The captain shunned all unnecessary risks; he waited for the ball to come to him before clipping it away on the leg side or opening the face and guiding it down to third man without suggesting that there was a scintilla of risk in the stroke. Bairstow was more belligerent and sometimes he went searching for the ball but he usually timed it sweetly.Root is playing his 12th Test against India and by scoring 80 he enhanced his own record; in each one of those matches he has hit a half-century. He also registered his 6,000th Test run and no batsman has managed that as quickly in terms of days. One other Root statistic, rather more positive than his current inability to convert fifties into hundreds: in 43% of his Test innings he has reached 50, a higher ratio than anyone since Don Bradman. His demise stemmed from Bairstow’s exuberance. This pair trust one another at the crease and they are quick; over the years they have stolen hundreds of runs but Bairstow was over-eager to humiliate. He summoned Root for a brash second and Kohli in the square-leg region picked up, threw off balance and hit the stumps; Bairstow had chosen the wrong man and, perhaps, the wrong team. CricViz observes that India, contrary to their old reputation, have conjured more run outs in Test cricket (18) in the past two years than any other team.Those bonus run outs can galvanise the perpetrators and stun the victims. Soon Bairstow was bowled off the inside edge by Umar Yadav; then Jos Buttler, in his first outing as England’s vice-captain, was lbw to the second ball he received from Ashwin, a straight one he was trying to push to the on side.Stokes, whose magic has been missing since his return even though he always looks technically sound, made a subdued 21 before flicking at a short ball from Ashwin off the back foot and spooning a catch straight back to the bowler. This is at least the third time he has been dismissed in this fashion against Indian spinners. If the ball had been white he might have smashed it to the boundary. Adil Rashid was lbw to Ishant Sharma on review and Stuart Broad was soon flummoxed by Ashwin, who, ominously, was India’s most effective bowler. Pinterest Reuse this content The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. India take early advantage in battle of two flawed selections for the first Test India cricket team Share on Facebook Read more Topics Cricket … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. There do not appear to be too many demons in this pitch. Just as Yorkshiremen dominated the build-up to this Test so they did, rather more decorously, once the match began. Root and Bairstow scored most of the runs and were easily England’s most impressive batsmen. But one moment when sound judgment went awol, as Bairstow sought to torment a fielding side who appeared to be running out of options, dictated the course of the first day, which ultimately belonged to India.At the start Root was all common sense, taking the option that would have been applauded in all of the Ridings after the coin had landed in his favour. There was high cloud up above and it subsequently emerged that that Virat Kohli favoured bowling but Root saw a dry brown pitch and did the obvious thing. India, like England, spurned the option of a second spinner and there may have been moments when Kohli regretted this, something that may apply to England later in the match.One of them may have been the dismissal of Cook in Ravi Ashwin’s second over. Cook had settled easily and had produced one Goweresque flick off the hip but then he was bowled by a classical Ashwin off-break, which pitched on middle, turned and hit the top of off stump.center_img England cricket team Keaton Jennings appeared unflustered by the departure of his senior partner. In fact Jennings looks the part, especially between deliveries; he is composed, neat and gives the impression that he belongs out there. Occasionally when the ball is propelled he appears stiff-limbed and mechanical but he soldiered on well into the afternoon session until he was bowled off the bottom edge for 42 by Mohammed Shami. This is the type of sluggish surface that often induces edges on to the stumps.Dawid Malan was paid the compliment of a review by India when he was a long way down the track against Ashwin; it was wasted but the system could not quite reprieve him against Shami despite the presence of two orange lights. Doubts over Malan’s position at No 4 are on the increase. Given the absence of Ben Stokes at Lord’s, he probably has one innings and one Test match to alleviate those misgivings. England’s 1,000th Test: Guardian writers pick their favourite so far match reports Since you’re here… Facebook Read more Twitter Share on Twitter Share on Messenger England v India 2018 Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Virat Kohli puts his finger to his lips as after dismissing Joe Root with a superb throw. Photograph: Nick Potts/PAlast_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utd

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img

17 days agoShearer says Liverpool team to beat in title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer says Liverpool team to beat in title raceby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland legend Alan Shearer can’t see Liverpool being caught at the top of the Premier League table.He wrote for BBC Sport: “It is only the start of October, but Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the table already looks ominous for Manchester City.”Yes, City’s injuries have hurt them – they have been nowhere near as solid as usual defensively, and they lacked a creative spark in Sunday’s shock home defeat by Wolves too.”But, regardless of what their rivals are doing, to come out and win their first eight Premier League games of the season has been a fantastic response from the Reds after they went so close to winning the title last term.”There has been no hint of a hangover from that near miss.”Instead, Jurgen Klopp’s side have thrown the gauntlet down to City, and now they are definitely the team to beat in the title race.” last_img read more

NAFTA Ministers set to attend longerthanexpected round in Montreal

first_imgWASHINGTON – The ministers leading the negotiations for a new NAFTA will be in Montreal for a longer-than-expected round of upcoming talks.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, American Robert Lighthizer and Mexico’s Ildefonso Guajardo will attend the closing of the round on Jan. 29.The Montreal talks were originally scheduled to run Jan. 23-28, but are now set to begin Jan. 21.The ministers face some pressure to make progress in the negotiations.The current schedule of talks ends in March, and after that Mexico will be embroiled in an election campaign, followed by legislative elections in the U.S.Signs that the process could become snared in electoral politics were illustrated today on Twitter: the presidential candidate for Mexico’s ruling party tweeted that his country will never pay for the border wall, which U.S. President Donald Trump says will be funded by profits from a new NAFTA.last_img read more

Jann Arden quoted in exFBI Director James Comeys book

first_imgArden appears to have been caught off guard by the quote in the book, titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership.”Responding to a tweet about the news, she posted on her Twitter account in her signature humour: “The world’s gone mad.”Hey @jannarden you appear to have made it into James Comey’s book. So that’s a thing that happened. pic.twitter.com/JZs78mEEJ9— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) April 16, 2018 Facebook She’s also written three books, had various TV stints and produced two documentaries. Advertisement TORONTO — Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.The book’s first chapter, titled “The Life,” begins with a quote attributed to the eight-time Juno Award-winning artist.It reads: “To not think of dying, is to not think of living.” The world’s gone mad…. https://t.co/geoE0nic44— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018When a Twitter user speculated that Arden might be bothered by the news, she responded: “Not at all — I’m very touched.”Not at all- I’m very touched— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Jann Arden poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

EU Court Ruling Legally Erroneous Politically Biased Moroccan FM

Rabat  – The European Court of Justice’s ruling on Morocco-EU agriculture agreement is “legally erroneous and politically biased”, said here Friday, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar.“It seriously jeopardizes cooperation between Morocco and the European Union. It must be corrected”, Mezouar told the press following his talks with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.“It is a highly strategic issue”, he stressed, adding that “it is not an ordinary judicial issue, but a fundamental element in the continuation of our partnership”. Mezouar deemed the talks with Mogherini, who is on visit to Morocco following the kingdom’s decision on Feb. 25 to suspend its contact with the EU, except for exchanges on the appeal related to the EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement, as “frank, constructive and inclusive”.The Moroccan Minister noted that the EU High Representative reaffirmed to her Moroccan partner that the “European Council will take all the necessary measures at the European Court of Justice to annul the first instance decision on December 10, 2015”.“Morocco has taken note of EU guarantees that the agriculture agreement between the two sides will remain in place, and that the European Union will respect its international commitments with Morocco”.Mogherini stressed that Morocco-EU agreements “do not violate international law”. She also said that she is “aware of the strategic importance” of this issue for Morocco and EU, noting that the European Council “disagrees” with the court ruling.With MAP read more

Turkey insists allegations by Gnanasara Thero baseless

The Embassy insisted that the assistance projects are being conducted with total transparency and with the fullest cooperation from local authorities. (Colombo Gazette) Among the projects carried out in Sri Lanka are a housing project in Midigama for tsunami victims and a housing project for IDPs in Mannar.Other projects have also been implemented in the North, Peradeniya, Trincomalee and Ampara.Turkey says it has also supported local journalists by providing them equipment to facilitate independent and impartial reporting. However, the Turkish Embassy in Colombo said that the allegations are “utterly false and baseless” and that Turkey will always stand with the people of Sri Lanka against any form of extremism. The Embassy also said that Turkey has maintained strong ties with Sri Lanka and provided technical and humanitarian assistance since 2004.The Embassy also noted that the official aid agency of Turkey and the Turkish Red Crescent have conducted various projects in Sri Lanka since 2004. Turkey today insisted that allegations made by the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero, where he had accused Turkey of funding illegal activities in Sri Lanka, are false and baseless.Gnanasara Thero had alleged that funds from Turkey were flowing in to Sri Lanka through a special fund. He had alleged that the funds were being used to influence the media and promote tensions in the country. read more

UN agency appeals for 78 million to feed 2 million in southern

The World Food Programme (WFP) said it needs the money to boost its operations in Lesotho, Malawi and Swaziland in the first half of 2005 during the peak “hunger months” ahead of the April harvest.The three countries suffered an extremely poor harvest this year because of drought and the effects of poverty and HIV/AIDS. WFP said 127,000 tons of food aid commodities would be needed for the first two quarters of the year to feed 1.85 million people in all – 1.17 million in Malawi, 510,000 in Lesotho and 168,500 in Swaziland.”We had hoped to scale back our activities in 2005 following two massive regional aid operations over the past two years but unfortunately the crisis in parts of southern Africa is far from over,” said Mike Sackett, WFP regional director for the region.A separate emergency operation for those three countries will continue through the end of 2004 but an additional 32,000 tons of food – valued at $17 million – is still needed to cover regional requirements from October to December, WFP said.”Donors have been very generous over the past few years and have helped WFP to avert a humanitarian catastrophe in southern Africa,” Mr. Sackett said. “But there is no time to rest. The international community must stay focused on the crisis in this region otherwise many of the gains that have been made – and most importantly, lives that have been saved – will be lost.” read more

Oscars get 343 million viewers lowest rating since 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Academy Awards viewership dipped to its lowest level since 2008 in a year where the movie industry’s ability to reflect the nation’s diversity was a central issue.The Nielsen company said Monday preliminary estimates showed 34.3 million people watched Sunday night’s telecast, where “Spotlight” won best picture. Last year’s show was seen by 37.3 million people.Since 1990, only two Academy Awards telecasts had fewer viewers: in 2008, when “No Country For Old Men” won best picture, and in 2004, when “Chicago” was honoured. The peak came when “Titanic” won a boatload of awards in 1998 and 55 million people tuned in.The paucity of minority nominees this year led to calls for a boycott among some black stars, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee. But Nielsen did not immediately have any ethnic breakdown of Oscar viewership. Generally, the popularity of movies being honoured tends to be the biggest factor in whether the audience for the live telecast is up or down.Rock, in his second time hosting, hardly stayed away from the diversity issue. He peppered the audience with his first three jokes on the topic within 25 seconds.The most recent awards shows, the Golden Globes and Grammys, also saw ratings declines. The Globes, which honour film and television, were seen by 18.5 million people, down from 19.3 million in 2015. The Grammy telecast hit a seven-year low in viewership.Many years, the Oscars are television’s biggest event after the Super Bowl.The final half hour of ABC’s pre-show telecast was watched by 22.2 million people, down from 23.8 million last year, Nielsen said.Twitter marked a milestone, however: Leonardo DiCaprio’s best actor award generated 440,000 tweets in a minute, the fastest ever counted at the Academy Awards. The previous Twitter highlight came two years ago when Ellen DeGeneres made her star-studded selfie. by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 29, 2016 1:28 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oscars get 34.3 million viewers, lowest rating since 2008 Dave Chappelle, left, and Chris Rock appear backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) read more

LeBron Lakers rally in 2nd half to beat Mavericks 114103

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 28 points, Brandon Ingram added 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers won their second game in as many nights, 114-103 over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.It’s the third time in five back-to-back sets this season that the Lakers have taken both games.Los Angeles trailed for most of the first three quarters — and fell behind by as many as 15 in the second — before going on a 10-4 run the final three minutes of the third to take a 78-75 advantage into the fourth.The Lakers were up 90-86 before taking control with a 15-3 run that included nine points by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 29 points, and Dwight Powell added 17 off the bench.Dallas was assessed four technical fouls in the game, including three in the fourth quarter. JJ Barea was ejected midway in the fourth after receiving his second technical.Dallas led 45-30 less than four minutes into the second quarter when the Lakers got back into it with 10 straight points, which included six by James. The Mavericks led 58-53 at halftime.Kyle Kuzma added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers.TIP-INSMavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points and Wesley Matthews added 11. DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds and eight points. … Dallas started 3 of 6 on 3-pointers and then went 3 of 21 from beyond the arc the rest of the half. … The 27 3-point attempts in the first half was a season high, surpassing the 26 the Mavs had on Oct. 20 against Minnesota. … Barnes is averaging 17 points against the Lakers in the first half of games this season.Lakers: Tyson Chandler (13 points, 12 rebounds) also had a double-double while Lonzo Ball added 10 points. … Los Angeles had 11 turnovers in the first half, marking the 11th time this season it had 10 or more in the first 24 minutes. … Kuzma scored 13 points in the third quarter, which is his second most in a quarter this season. He had 14 in the second quarter against San Antonio on Oct. 22.UP NEXTMavericks: Remain in Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Sunday.Lakers: Host Phoenix on Sunday afternoon to cap a stretch of three home games in four days.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoe Reedy, The Associated Press read more

One dead two injured in headon collision near Washougal

first_imgA driver died and two others suffered multiple injuries in a two-vehicle crash northeast of Washougal on Sunday night, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Police and medical crews were called to the 36500 block of Northeast Washougal River Road, about 4 miles northeast of Washougal, around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, according to emergency dispatch logs.When responders arrived, they found two heavily damaged vehicles and three injured people who needed to be extracted from the cars, according to a sheriff’s office press release.Evidence at the scene and statements from witnesses indicated a white Subaru sedan was headed northbound on Washougal River Road, passing vehicles and crossing over the center line of the road when it collided head-on with a southbound Kia sedan, deputies said.The collision happened in the southbound lane, deputies said.“The driver of the white Subaru was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Kia and a passenger in the Subaru were transported to an area hospital with serious injuries. No other occupants were involved in the collision,” according to the sheriff’s office.last_img read more

Nine shelters opened for Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Nine #shelters, possibly now reduced to eight shelters will be opened across the Turks and Caicos.     The list is available at MagneticMediaTV.com or with the #DDME.In the capital, Grand Turk there is one shelter at the TCI Community College; there is also one in South Caicos at the new community center there.  The Conch Bar Community Center was identified this morning, though that may be changed as the island of Middle Caicos is now with an evacuation order.    In North Caicos, there are three shelters: Adelaide Omeler in Bottle Creek, at the Sandy Point Community Center in Sandy Point and at the Kew Community center in Kew.Three shelters will be opened in Providenciales, and they are at Enid Capron Primary school in Five Cays, at Oseta Jolly Primary school in Blue Hills and at Faith Tabernacle, or what is commonly called, Butterfield’s church on Leeward Highway.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:#magneticmedianews, DDME, shelters TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readinesslast_img read more

3 puppies rescued from MiamiDade cemetery

first_imgMiami-Dade Fire Rescue rescued three puppies who were trapped in a Northwest Miami-Dade cemetery, Thursday.The puppies were stuck under a concrete box. Rescue crews dug a trench around the box and pulled them out.They were scared but appeared to be healthy.The pups were fed and will be put up for adoption.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img