Commissioners say families still have faith in inquiry

first_imgAudette and Buller made the comments Wednesday at the start of the second day of community hearings in Saskatoon.They said turnout has been strong for the sixth stop of the inquiry looking into hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada.“There are some common themes of poverty, of racism,” said Buller, “but there are also local issues as well that we’re hearing. For example, in Edmonton there were issues regarding local policing. Here, we’re not hearing that same level so far.”The often teary testimony of grief and loss has been playing out while inquiry staff tender resignations or are fired.So far about 22 people have left, including three lawyers – one of whom quit on opening day here.Buller wouldn’t comment on “personnel matters” but said the inquiry remained on track.“I can tell you with great confidence that the work that we’re doing will continue in a good way across Canada, that the real news here this week is what the families and survivors are telling us.“And we intend to move forward.”Audette acknowledged family members had voiced concerns about the staff turnover.“I made sure that I called them, all of them who called me or got in touch with me, and same with my colleagues to explain the situation, to reassure them and making sure that we will and continue to honour the work that we’re doing with them.”Liberals blocking a motion to call commissioners to the committee?The termination of one employee left people in northern Saskatchewan in a lurch said Cree NDP-MP Georgina Jolibois who is from northern Saskatchewan.Jolibois said her office is working with a group trying to bring a hearing to Prince Albert similar to the statement gathering in the northern Manitoba community of Norway House earlier this month.“One of the concerns that I have is that this will delay the inquiry coming north,” the Indigenous Affairs critic said in a telephone interview. “We’re hoping to get that back on track.”Commissioners were questioned by the Commons Indigenous Affairs Committee in September before so many employees departed.Jolibois said she’d like to speak to them some more about the impact the job losses were having on their mandate and hear what kind of support or therapy witnesses were getting after their traumatic testimonies, after fired health managers said after-care was lacking.“I would like to call them back at some point but I’m not going to interrupt their hearings,” she said.However, she said the Liberal majority on the committee was blocking any attempts to discuss the inquiry she said.Jolibois said that same Liberal block was preventing the committee from calling officials with the Privy Council Office, which funds the inquiry. And, has been blamed by commissioners for delays in approving funding and hiring. Kathleen Martens Shirley McLean APTN NewsThe public may be losing confidence in the national inquiry but commissioners say the families aren’t.“Absolutely not. It’s anything but,” said chief commissioner Marion Buller. “They want us to go ahead and continue with our good work, and they’re very supportive.”Commissioner Michele Audette said families are encouraging them to keep going.“I hope that you stick there, I hope that you stay there because my statement (being) worth something is very important.”Watch Shirley McLean’s report from the Saskatoon hearings here.last_img read more

Ecuador earthquake UN relief chief calls for more support to vulnerable communities

“My thoughts are with the people of Ecuador as they deal with the loss of loved ones, and devastation caused by Saturday’s earthquake and aftershocks,” noted Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien in a press release“Many people have lost their homes, their livelihoods. But I was struck by their resilient spirit. The actions of the Government of Ecuador and local communities themselves saved many lives,” he added. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) which Mr. O’Brien heads, hundreds have been killed, thousands injured and over 720,000 people are affected. The Government, local emergency responders, the Red Cross and other organizations are working together to provide people with food, drinking water, shelter, emergency medical assistance and other basic services, including restoring electricity. Visiting the towns of Manta, Canoa, Jama, and Pedernales in the eastern coastal region and Portoviejo inland, the Emergency Relief Coordinator met people who had lost everything in the earthquake. “I met many people living in the open or sheltering in the remains of their homes, exposed to the weather,” he said. “Medical facilities and items are urgently needed for people who were injured, as well as food, clean water and basic sanitation.” In Manta, Mr. O’Brien met Rosa, a teenager, rescued after four days, but now in need of immediate and long-term medical and psycho-social support. In Tarqui, he listened to the story of Ernesto, who saw his house collapse from across the street, killing his wife and injuring his children. In Pedernales, he met the head of the Chilean search and rescue team, the first international responders on the scene trying to find survivors in those vital early hours. During his two-day visit, the Humanitarian Chief met with Foreign Minister, Chancellor Dr. Guillaume Long, Minister of National Defense, Ricardo Patiño and other ministers and senior officials leading the earthquake response, to discuss how best to support the national relief efforts. OCHA stressed that people urgently need safety, food and water, and basic health care. Children need a place to continue their studies, and families need support to rebuild their lives. The humanitarian community stands ready to support the Government to ensure that critical needs are met, Mr. O’Brien underlined. “The United Nations and our international partners are supporting the Government by mobilizing international support for immediate and life-saving assistance, to bolster relief, intensify recovery and help people get their lives and livelihoods back on track,” he said. “Today I allocated $7 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to kick-start vital operations in logistics, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, and emergency health.” The Emergency Relief Coordinator noted that the UN and partners would be launching the full Flash Appeal for the Ecuadorean relief operation tomorrow, to help some 350,000 people with immediate relief and initial recovery assistance within the next three months. read more

Henrys Monaco earns 2nd win ahead of meeting with Vieira

PARIS — Colombia striker Radamel Falcao scored two penalties in a 2-0 away win at Amiens on Tuesday to give Monaco coach Thierry Henry his second victory in 10 games since taking over at the French league club in mid-October.The win lifted Monaco out of the relegation zone and dropped Amiens into 19th place. Both teams have 13 points but Monaco has the better goal difference.Also Tuesday, Nice and Angers played out a 0-0 draw. The sixth successive clean sheet for coach Patrick Vieira’s Nice set a single-season record for the club in the league. But scoring is a problem: Nice was also scoreless in a 0-0 draw with Guingamp last weekend and remains in seventh place with 25 points.Angers has 18 points, in 12th place.Former Arsenal teammates Vieira and Henry go head-to-head for the first time as coaches in the league when Nice travels to Monaco on Friday.The Associated Press read more

The LeBron James School Of Driving

The LeBron James School Of Driving

2014-159.855.1360.53 FIELD GOALS ON DRIVESTRUE SHOOTING ON DRIVES DeAndre JordanLAC51338474.973.4 Myles TurnerIND26519172.174.3 Montrezl HarrellHOU24118275.578.6 2016-179.562.4165.22 There are players in this group who shoot about as well down low as LeBron does, but generally, the most successful shooters within 3 feet are traditional bigs who need to be fed the ball in advantageous spots to get those looks. Most on this list were assisted anywhere between 60 percent and 80 percent of the time on such shots. That’s the tradeoff that the league has long made with its star big men — they provide efficient scoring and floor-spacing from the post but are reliant on other players to get them the ball. Not so for LeBron.James combines competent play out of post-ups with his utter dominance driving to the hole to provide the same impact on a game that once came from star centers. It isn’t just the scoring consistency and spacing, either: LeBron also piled up more and-one opportunities than anyone in the league this season. Some of the value of those and-ones is already captured in James’s impressive true shooting percentage. But the ability to keep pressure on a defense, inch it closer to the penalty and generate extra opportunities for 3-pointer shooters, all at the same time, is something no other player in the league has. T.J. WarrenPHX24617972.856.4 2015-169.254.5460.55 Tyson ChandlerPHX20514570.760.7 David LeeSA25417870.174.2 LeBron JamesCLE59546177.5%42.5% FIELD GOALS WITHIN 3 FEET Clint CapelaHOU44932271.783.2 Karl-Anthony TownsMIN57340170.058.1 Hassan WhitesideMIA44832773.060.2 PLAYERTEAMATTEMPTSSUCCESSFULPERCENTAGEASSISTED LeBron drives, 2013-present SEASONDRIVES PER GAMEPERCENTAGELEAGUE RANKPERCENTAGELEAGUE RANK Giannis AntetokounmpoMIL64044970.251.2 Nene HilarioHOU25718672.487.1 2013-147.663.0%167.5%3 Rudy GobertUTA54139172.373.4 Kevin DurantGS27421879.661.9 LeBron doesn’t need much help at the rim Richaun HolmesPHI20214873.377.0 Kristaps PorzingisNY20914770.371.4 Minimum 200 attempts and a 70 percent field-goal percentage during the 2016-17 regular season.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Dwight HowardATL47434372.465.3 Marcin GortatWAS35825170.172.5 Willie Cauley-SteinSAC22715970.076.7 James scores 135.2 points per 100 plays when he drives to the basket off of pick-and-rolls, according to data from Synergy Sports Technology. That number barely budges when he drives off of isolations — typically regarded as a low-efficiency play, the domain of hero-ball icons like Carmelo Anthony and DeMar Derozan — where he gets 128.1 points per 100. Now compare those numbers to the efficiency of a Stephen Curry spot-up jumper, which is just about the most feared play in the game today: Curry scored 132.5 points per 100 on spot-ups this season, right around the midpoint between a LeBron drive off the pick-and-roll and the “inefficient ones” off isolation.Of course, LeBron doesn’t drive just to score: There’s also the matter of finding all those open shooters. When James passes to spot-up shooters out of the pick-and-roll, his team scores 120.3 points per 100 plays — best in the NBA among players who made at least three pick-and-roll passes per game. That’s due in part to the Cavs simply having better shooters than other teams, but it’s LeBron’s vision and ability to hit teammates from anywhere on the floor that makes the whole thing hum. Kyrie Irving is a very good point guard, but in comparison with LeBron, the offense scores 7 fewer points per 100 plays when Irving passes to spot-up shooters on those drives; Irving also shot 11 percentage points worse on drives this season than James did, 51.4 to 62.4. And so the difference between James barreling into the lane and Irving doing so is not only the daylight between those two sets of numbers, but also the shift in the split-second calculations that opposing defenders must make.Splitting the pick-and-rollEven when opponents know what’s coming — that James is going to get a high screen and be asked to navigate the defense from there — the 32-year-old still manages to pull a rabbit out of his hat from time to time, befuddling defenders who’ve technically done everything by the book. Perhaps no play exemplifies this better than when James splits a pick-and-roll.When Cleveland sets up a high pick-and-roll for James, two defenders align themselves in a way that — they hope — keeps him from going to the basket with the ball. But James is often able to spot the slightest bit of daylight, ducking between the two defenders and beginning an unstoppable, downhill sprint toward the rim anyway.The play — which generally involves James crossing the ball over from his right hand to his left — has ended in a dunk a third of the time this season. While he only pulls this particular rabbit out of his hat occasionally — it only happened 15 times during the regular season — James averaged 1.87 points per play and scored on a blistering 87 percent of his possessions when he split the pick and roll, both rates that easily ranked as the highest in the NBA among players with at least 10 plays, according to Synergy Sports. (Interestingly, Irving had the league’s second-best rate in each category.)In those plays (a number of which came against Golden State and the Eastern Conference finalist Boston Celtics), James capitalizes on defenders not “closing the chain” to stop him from weaving between them with a dribble. Trying to prepare for James’s violent drive to the basket, the second defender generally comes out too wide, allowing James to take the inside track toward the paint, where few players want any part of being in his way.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronmagic.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronboston.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/lebronwarriors2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The impact of the big man — without the big manThe thing to note through all of this is that James isn’t simply a brawnier version of other drive-and-kick maestros like Westbrook or James Harden. A critical difference is that James provides not only efficient offense, but also the collateral benefits typically associated with a star big man — only without the limitations.Here’s a list of players who shot 70 percent or better from inside of 3 feet this season,4On 200 or more attempts. ranked by the percentage of their close-range baskets that stemmed from an assist: Just about every NBA team has its signature play, the clip that flashes into your head when you think about how they do what they do. It’s Steph Curry pulling up for a transition three, or Chris Paul tossing a lob off of the high pick, or Russell Westbrook catching a whisper of daylight, changing speeds and dunking the seams off the ball.For the Cleveland Cavaliers, the signature play is also the foundational one: LeBron James driving to the hole. Steph pulling up for that 30-footer on the run is the shiniest piece of the Warriors system, but there’s a whole team of clicking, whirring parts underneath that make it work. LeBron attacking the rim is different. It might seem like mere brute force, reinforcing the image of the Cavs playing un-Warriors-like Riley-ball, but it’s the linchpin, the whole system tied up in one player’s ability to do everything at once while doing the one thing he does better than anyone else.It starts with the shootersLeBron is the engine that powers everything, but the rest of the Cavs’ offense is built around 3-point shooters. Going back to the days when James lobbied the team to sign Donyell Marshall or made his playoff runs flanked by Boobie Gibson and Wally Szczerbiak, he has always been surrounded by as much shooting as possible.This season’s Cavs might be James’s most talented shooting team yet, with premium sidekicks such as Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver, as well as a handful of castoff shooters such as Derrick Williams and James Jones. During the regular season, 13 Cavaliers played in at least 20 games and shot at least 35 percent (the NBA average) from three. That’s an uncommon amount of firepower, even among contenders: The Warriors had only six such players; the Spurs had nine; the Rockets five.1In the playoffs, the Cleveland rotation has shrunk some, but the number of shooters exceeding 35 percent is holding relatively steady at nine — and doesn’t yet include a slumping Irving, who has shot just 28 percent from 3 in the postseason after hitting 40 percent during the regular season.Shooting and driving have a symbiotic relationship, and their effect on the game is obvious: Good outside shooting spaces the floor for drives; better drives cause the defense to collapse, creating more open 3-pointers. But the effect for the Cavs is even greater than normal, because LeBron James going to the rim is still the most dangerous play in basketball.In the four seasons the NBA has collected player-tracking data, LeBron has been driving far ahead of the pack. He has led the league in field-goal percentage on drives2Minimum four drives per game. twice, and even that doesn’t quite convey how far removed he really is from most of his peers. Year in and year out, James shoots about 5 to 10 percentage points better on his drives than the players who drive most frequently.3Specifically, players with a minimum of seven drives per game. JaVale McGeeGS25318372.379.8 read more

Track and Field Ohio State impresses at Tennessee Relays

Ohio State freshman Andre Jeff crosses the finish line in 4×400-meter relay to seal the 2018 men’s track and field Big Ten championship in Geneva, Ohio on Feb. 24. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern reporterOhio State’s freshmen had a big weekend at one of the most competitive meets of the season, the Tennessee Relays, in Knoxville, Tennessee.On the men’s side, freshman Eric Harrison and freshman Andre Jeff had impressive days individually and contributed to some of the top performing relay teams. The women’s 4×800-meter-relay team finished second with freshmen Aziza Ayoub and Mary Figler providing a bulk of the support for the unit. The meet involved many professional athletes, including world record holders such as Christian Coleman and Kendra Harrison. Four-time Olympic athlete Justin Gatlin also competed at the meet. Men’s recapOhio State’s sprint medley team, consisting of freshman Tavonte Mott, junior Kyle McKinney, freshman Paul Bete and Jeff, finished first with a time of 3:27.Harrison, junior Nick Gray, senior Duan Asemota and senior Zack Bazile brought Ohio State’s 4×100-meter relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 39.31 seconds. The Buckeyes fell to America’s ProForm team, a professional group that carried Coleman and Gatlin.Harrison set a personal best, finishing second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.70 seconds. Jeff finished second in the 400-meter run with a time of 46.92 seconds. Senior Cole Gorski finished third in pole vault with a jump of 5.30 meters.Bazile finished third in long jump with a jump of 7.79 meters.Asemota, senior Jerry Jackson, junior DeJuan Seward and freshman Joseph Cooper led Ohio State’s 4×200-meter relay team to a third-place finish with a time of 1:25.30.Senior Nick Demaline finished third in the shot put with his last throw of 19.62 meters.Women’s RecapJunior Sarah Kanney won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:54. Ohio State’s 4×800-meter relay team made up of freshman Aziza Ayoub, freshman Mary Figler, senior Olivia Smith and sophomore Annie Ubing finished second with a time of 9:02.Junior Sarah Stanley finished second in javelin throw with a 42.23-meter throw.In the 400-meter dash, senior Maggie Berrie finished second with a time of 52.88 seconds.In the 100-meter hurdles, senior Chantel Ray placed fifth with a personal best time of 13.11 seconds. Ray was among fast company in that competition. Kendra Harrison, who won the race, owns the 100-meter hurdles world record.  Ohio State will host its only outdoor meet, the Jesse Owens Track Classic, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, all day both Friday and Saturday. read more

Facebook profile email address switch isnt as evil as you think

first_imgYes, Facebook swapped the email address that’s shown on your profile page. Some are saying that the move was made to bolster the site’s email-to-messaging functionality, and that’s certainly a possibility since messages from folks who contact you using that address get their message delivered to your Facebook inbox. But even if that’s their only motivation in making the switch, the end result isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Why? Because there are hundreds of millions of Facebook users out there that don’t know the first thing about protecting their own privacy. By switching what’s shown by default on their profiles, Facebook is providing a decent first line of defense against spammers, scammers, and other ne’er-do-wells. It also keeps your real address hidden from sketchy, emotionally unstable ex-lovers.Beyond that, it certainly appears as though they’re informing users about the change. The banner above is what I was shown after visiting profile for the first time in ages, and it’s pretty clear what’s going on. There’s even a cheery, blue button at the ready should someone want to switch that address back. But since it’s generally considered a bad practice to list any real email addresses you use on sites like Facebook, why not use the @facebook.com one?Facebook has made some pretty big blunders in the past, but apart from complaints from some that they were “forced” to switch there’s not much of a downside this time around. The fact that they’ve actually taken a step to conceal a key piece of personal information is a good thing. It’s certainly more important, from a security standpoint,  than offering up six-month trials of antivirus software to users — a move that was met with applause and high-fives.last_img read more

Turkish Deputy PM meets with Patriarch members of ethnic Greek community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc on Monday expressed the Ankara government’s desire for “equal treatment of all citizens”, speaking during a closely watched meeting at the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate here.The a high-profile meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, members of the Holy Synod and representatives of the dwindling ethnic Greek minority of Istanbul was held at the Patriarchate’s Fanar-district headquarters.This is the second time a senior member of the Turkish government has visited the Fanar since the 1952 visit of then premier Adnan Menderes.The talks between the Ecumenical Patriarch and the top Turkish government official focused on several pending and pressing issues, including the reopening of the Theology School of Halki and the smooth operation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the “primus inter pares” of the world’s Christian Orthodox Patriarchates.Another long-standing issue involves property seized over the decades from the Ecumenical Patriarchate and ethnic Greek charitable foundations in Turkey, as the return of such real estate holdings requires the Turkish government’s direct cooperation.Bartholomew thanked his interlocutor for the return of the historic Greek Orthodox orphanage on the Marmara isle of Büyükada (Prinkipo) to the Ecumenical Patriarchate and reminded that 2011 marks 40 years since the Theology School on the isle of Halki was shut down.Commenting on the Prinkipo Orphanage case, Arinc underlined that “the law and court decisions were implemented”.During his visit to the Fanar, which lasted more than an hour, Arinc also met several Hierarchs, members of the Holy Synod, while he was also met with leading representatives of the ethnic Greek minority in Istanbul.The visit of the Turkish deputy PM bears heightened symbolism, the latest in a string of several noteworthy changes that have taken place in recent years in relations between the Patriarchate and the Turkish government. Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas was briefed by telephone by Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos on Turkish government vice president Bulent Arinc’s visit to the Phanar on Monday and expressed the hope that this visit will be accompanied by more substantive steps by Turkey that will lift obstacles for the Patriarchate’s functioning.Source Athens News Agencylast_img read more

Épidémie de gastroentérite déjà près d1 million de malades

first_imgÉpidémie de gastro-entérite : déjà près d’1 million de maladesFrance – Les données du réseau Sentinelles pour la semaine du 11 au 17 janvier indiquent une très forte poussée épidémique de gastro-entérite. En trois semaines, 936.000 personnes ont consulté leur médecin généraliste pour cause de diarrhée aiguë.Alors que l’épidémie de grippe A semble désormais terminée, c’est une épidémie de gastro-entérite qui touche actuellement les Français depuis trois semaines. Pour la semaine du 11 au 17 janvier, 408.000 personnes ont consulté leur médecin généraliste pour cause de gastro-entérite, soit 650 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Le seuil épidémique se situe à 287 cas pour 100.000 habitants.À lire aussiEpidémie de varicelle en France : enfants et adultes sont concernésLe responsable adjoint du réseau Sentinelles, Thierry Blanchon, affirme toutefois que le pic épidémique pourrait déjà avoir été atteint. Ce pic a pourtant été plus fort que les années précédentes. Depuis trois semaines, 936.000 personnes ont été infectées par le rotavirus. Ce virus touche les personnes de tous âges, l’âge moyen des malades la semaine dernière s’est fixé à 24 ans.La gastro-entérite est un virus typique de l’hiver, hautement contagieux. Les pertes liquides causées par les vomissements et la diarrhée peuvent causer une déshydratation, notamment chez les enfants et les personnes fragiles. Pour éviter la contamination, il est recommandé de suivre les mêmes mesures d’hygiène que celles prises pour prévenir la grippe A.Le 21 janvier 2010 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Des robots miniatures pour soigner les patients

first_imgDes robots miniatures pour soigner les patientsUne équipe de chercheurs dirigée par le professeur Brad Nelson de l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF) de Zurich s’apprête à tester sur l’oeil humain un prototype de robot miniature. Cette avancée laisse entrevoir un avenir prometteur des nouvelles technologies médicales.Brad Nelson et ses collaborateurs vont bientôt expérimenter leur robot miniature sur l’œil humain. Celui-ci interviendra dans le transport ciblé de médicaments pour traiter une affection rétinienne. L’illustration présente le nouveau prototype à côté de la mouche. Ce système, d’environ un tiers de millimètre est capable d’effectuer, sous l’influence de champs magnétiques oscillants, une sorte de mouvement natatoire.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerBien que limité, ce modèle offre de nouvelles perspectives pour le développement de robots contrôlés et guidés par l’influence de champs magnétiques externes. Ces nouveaux robots seraient capables d’effectuer de façon autonome des opérations à l’intérieur du corps humain comme le transport de substances actives ou des interventions chirurgicales extrêmement précises.Ces nouvelles technologies représentent une avancée importante pour la chirurgie mini-invasive. En effet, une légère incision dans une zone anodine du corps suffirait pour introduire les robots. De plus, ces robots extrêmement compacts pourraient intervenir dans quasiment toutes les régions du corps.Des discussions sur le développement de ces nouveaux systèmes sont actuellement en cours avec des sociétés du secteur des techniques médicales. Le 2 mars 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Two injured in Dollars Corner area crash

first_imgTwo people suffered injuries described as not life threatening after a two-vehicle crash south of Dollars Corner this morning.Emergency crews were called to a crash at Northeast 72nd Avenue and Northeast 199th Street where two pickup trucks collided.One of the trucks landed on its side and a 54-year-old woman inside had to be extricated, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said.The agency was assisted by Clark County Fire District 3 and Vancouver Fire Department and spent about 15 minutes with the heavy extrication, Dawdy said.A man was also taken to an area hospital, Dawdy said.Both people had not life threatening injuries, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Todd Barsness said.Details about the crash were not immediately available, though Barsness said that, according to a witness, one of the pickups ran a red light.last_img read more

The Maritime Department Warns of Resitrictions in Transporting Relief Items by Boat

The Maritime Department Warns of Resitrictions in Transporting Relief Items by Boat

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Maritime Department was informed that a number of persons with boats/vessels have been attempting to transport relief items into those islands affected by Hurricane Irma. Whilst your intentions are good, it is currently unsafe as there has been restrictions with the ability to maneuver, as a result of shift of sand, increased currents, etc.The Maritime Department is advising vessel operators to refrain from transporting/traversing within these unsafe zones at this time until further notice. Response efforts are limited.For more informative, please contact: Mr. Henry Wilson at 1-649-332-7196 or the DDME at 1-649-341-6022 / 1-247-2196 Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Marcelino plays down Valencia crisis talks

Marcelino plays down Valencia crisis talks

first_imgValencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral refuses to admit his side are in crisis after being held to 8th La Liga draw to Athletic BilbaoWith a record of one win, eight draws, and one defeat, the Bets currently sit in the 14th place, trailing the Champions League promotion zone by 7 points.The Oranges have added two more draws in the Champions League, making it a total of 10. La Liga heavyweights have more draws than any other team in the top five Europe leagues at the moment.A stubborn defensive performance and uninspiring attacking movements have so far highlighted Valencia’s season. They have conceded just 11 goals in all competitions while scoring barely eight times in the process.However, according to the Football Espana, Marcelino believes his team deserved all three points at the San Mames.“Playing at Athletic is very complicated and more so when you go toe-to-toe with them,” he said after the match.“You have to win 50-50s so you can threaten your opponents. We made clear chances, and I think we deserved to win, but it’s another case of us hitting the woodwork.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“There were also times when we could’ve combined better. If we went ahead on the scoreboard, it would’ve been different.“The first half was very tight against a very physical midfield, and it was normal for them to do better in the game at that point.“After that, we created more chances to win than they did. When we score a goal, we concede one and when they don’t score, we’re not lucky enough to score ourselves.”Marcelino also pointed out Valencia’s season is not over yet, as they have a lot more games to play until the end.“Draws weigh on you. I’ve been a professional Coach for 15 years and I’ve never drawn so many games.“Still, our season isn’t almost over, nowhere near. The team aren’t in crisis because we wouldn’t have played like we did.”last_img read more

Six finalists in running to lead La Center Police department

first_imgAfter a months-long search, La Center will hire a new chief of police by the end of January, city officials say.The city has narrowed down its list of candidates to six finalists, who will gather at the La Center Community Center from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 7 for an open house. Interviews with city panels will take place the following day, with the city expecting to have the new hire named within a few weeks.Mayor Jim Irish will make the hiring decision with the help of three oversight panels composed of elected officials, department heads and police officials.“I would obviously like to see someone who, besides being a good administrator, is also a good people person because of the size of the community,” said Councilor Al Luiz, who also serves as mayor pro-tem of the city of 2,985 residents.The new chief will take over for Tim Hopkin, who left his position with the La Center Police Department after reaching a separation agreement with the city in August. With his severance package included, Hopkin was paid $207,262 for eight months of work in 2012.Hopkin’s agreement to retire from his position followed the completion of a consultant’s review of the police department, which cited low morale among a number of department staffers. He had worked for the La Center Police Department for 28 years.last_img read more

2 dead 3 injured as Coimbatore station building collapses

2 dead 3 injured as Coimbatore station building collapses

first_imgCoimbatore: Two persons died, while three sustained injuries when a railway parcel service building at Coimbatore railway station collapsed in the early hours of Thursday due to the incessant rains. Those injured were rushed to a government hospital and are currently undergoing treatment.Further details in this regard are awaited. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the city is likely to receive heavy rainfall in the next five days.last_img

Maya Angelou Remembered and Trending

Maya Angelou Remembered and Trending

first_imgSocial media waves became electrified with the overflow of emotion at the news of the passing of much loved poet, author, activist and friend, Maya Angelou, May 28, at the age of 86.“Maya Angelou was a force of strength, beauty, and resilience whose voice will be missed around the world. Her ability to grasp strands of hope in even the most devastating circumstances has inspired generations of Americans, and her capacity to express her story through her poetry and prose made her an international icon,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)“Despite experiencing poverty and violence in her childhood, Ms. Angelou danced with Alvin Ailey, acted on Broadway, taught at Wake Forest University, spoke at a Presidential inauguration, and advanced the Civil Rights Movement. In each of these roles, she served as a model of grace and determination for those who face adversity, often speaking directly to them with incomparable phrases like, ‘You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.’AFRO Facebook fan Rebecca Schetler called her an “extraordinary woman.” LaShonda Davis called her, “Our Queen.” Dr. Linda Fisher said, “You are light and darkness, you are earth and air. I know why the caged bird sings.”News of her death was followed closely by a Facebook post under the name of her son, Guy B. Johnson, that said, “Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.” He ended with his assurance that “she is looking down on us with love.”Zakiyyah Seitu with AngelouPoet Nikki Giovanni said ofher friend, “She did everything 100 percent so that’s a good thing. If she fell in love, she got married. When she fell out of love, she got divorced.I loved that about her, becauseshe wasn’t always trying to justify something.”Oprah Winfrey posted on her Facebook page, “What stand out to me most about Maya Angelou…is how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace,” adding “She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”Amen.last_img read more

Car hits house after threecaraccident near supermarket

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA car has hit the wall of a house after a three vehicle accident near a Leek supermarket this morning. Paramedics and police were called to the collision on the A53 Buxton Road near Lidl at around 8.30am today (Tuesday December 4). Police and the ambulance service remain on scene – with paramedics understood to be assessing two patients. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to a report of a road traffic collision involving three cars outside Lidl on Buxton Road, Leek at 8.42am this morning (December 4). “One of the vehicles collided with a wall. Officers are currently at the scene and assisting with traffic.” Read More’Impact of universal credit’ lower than expected in Staffordshire Moorlands – report claims A number of witnesses have reported traffic heading into town being diverted around via Fountain Street. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had sent an ambulance to the scene after being called shortly after 8.30am this morning, with paramedics remaining at the scene. We are expecting further information from the ambulance service later this morning and will update this story when we get it. Want the latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands?For the very latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, visit our dedicated homepage at Leek-news.co.uk, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LeekNews. If you’re interested in news from a particular town, we have dedicated channels for Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – as well as a number of smaller villages including Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Endon, Rudyard, Brown Edge, Bagnall, Cellarhead, Werrington, Knypersley, Alton, Tean, Stockton Brook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall. For the latest news from Alton Towers, you can visit the theme park’s dedicated channel – as well as our Staffordshire Moorlands District Council page for the latest local authority news and planning applications. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

New Studies Show Brain Impact of Youth Football

New Studies Show Brain Impact of Youth Football

first_img Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more January 9, 2018 — School-age football players with a history of concussion and high impact exposure undergo brain changes after one season of play, according to two new studies conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 26-Dec. 1 in Chicago.Both studies analyzed the default mode network (DMN), a network of brain regions that is active during wakeful rest. Changes in the DMN are observed in patients with mental disorders. Decreased connectivity within the network is also associated with traumatic brain injury.”The DMN exists in the deep gray matter areas of the brain,” explained Elizabeth M. Davenport, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in the Advanced NeuroScience Imaging Research (ANSIR) lab at UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute. “It includes structures that activate when we are awake and engaging in introspection or processing emotions, which are activities that are important for brain health.”In the first study, researchers studied youth football players without history of concussion to identify the effect of repeated subconcussive impacts on the DMN.”Over a season of football, players are exposed to numerous head impacts. The vast majority of these do not result in concussion,” said Gowtham Krishnan Murugesan, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering and member of the ANSIR lab. “This work adds to a growing body of literature indicating that subconcussive head impacts can have an effect on the brain. This is a highly understudied area at the youth and high school level.”For the study, 26 youth football players (ages 9-13) were outfitted with the Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS) for an entire football season. HITS helmets are lined with accelerometers or sensors that measure the magnitude, location and direction of impacts to the head. Impact data from the helmets were used to calculate a risk of concussion exposure for each player.Players were equally divided into high and low concussion exposure groups. Players with a history of concussion were excluded. A third group of 13 non-contact sport controls was established. Pre- and post-season resting functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans were performed on all players and controls, and connectivity within the DMN sub-components was analyzed.The researchers used machine learning to analyze the fMRI data. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence that allows computers to perform analyses based on existing relationships of data.”Machine learning has a lot to add to our research because it gives us a fresh perspective and an ability to analyze the complex relationships within the data,” said Murugesan. “Our results suggest an increasing functional change in the brain with increasing head impact exposure.”Five machine learning classification algorithms were used to predict whether players were in the high-exposure, low-exposure or non-contact groups based on the fMRI results. The algorithm discriminated between high-impact exposure and non-contact with 82 percent accuracy, and low-impact exposure and non-contact with 70 percent accuracy. The results suggest an increasing functional change with increasing head-impact exposure.”The brains of these youth and adolescent athletes are undergoing rapid maturation in this age range. This study demonstrates that playing a season of contact sports at the youth level can produce neuroimaging brain changes, particularly for the DMN,” Murugesan said.In the second study, 20 high school football players (median age 16.9) wore helmets outfitted with HITS for a season. Of the 20 players, five had experienced at least one concussion, and 15 had no history of concussion.Before and following the season, the players underwent an eight-minute magnetoencephalography (MEG) scan, which records and analyzes the magnetic fields produced by brain activity. Researchers then analyzed the MEG power associated with the eight brain regions of the DMN.Post-season, the five players with a history of concussion had significantly lower connectivity between DMN regions. Players with no history of concussion had, on average, an increase in DMN connectivity.The results demonstrate that concussions from previous years can influence the changes occurring in the brain during the current season, suggesting that there are longitudinal effects of concussion that affect brain function.”The brain’s default mode network changes differently as a result of previous concussion,” Davenport said. “Previous concussion seems to prime the brain for additional changes. Concussion history may be affecting the brain’s ability to compensate for subconcussive impacts.”Both researchers said larger datasets, longitudinal studies that follow young football players and research that combines both MEG and fMRI are needed to better understand the complex factors involved in concussions.Murugesan co-authors are Afarin Famili, Elizabeth M. Davenport, Ph.D., Ben Wagner, B.M., Christopher T. Whitlow, M.D., Ph.D., Joel Stitzel, Jillian Urban, Joseph A. Maldjian, M.D., and Albert Montillo, Ph.D.Davenport co-authors are Jillian Urban, Ben Wagner, B.M., Mark A. Espeland, Ph.D., Alexander K. Powers, M.D., Christopher T. Whitlow, M.D., Ph.D., Joel Stitzel, and Joseph A. Maldjian, M.D.This work is part of several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies of youth and high school football, with additional funding from the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. 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Over 30 AI experts join shareholders in calling on Amazon to stop

first_imgUpdate, 12th April 2018: Amazon shareholders will now be voting on at the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Amazon, on whether the company board should prohibit sales of Facial recognition tech to the government. The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Fremont Studios, Seattle, Washington. Over 30 researchers from top tech firms (Google, Microsoft, et al), academic institutions and civil rights groups signed an open letter, last week, calling on Amazon to stop selling Amazon Rekognition to law enforcement. The letter, published on Medium, has been signed by the likes of this year’s Turing award winner, Yoshua Bengio, and Anima Anandkumar, a Caltech professor, director of Machine Learning research at NVIDIA, and former principal scientist at AWS among others. Amazon Rekognition is a deep-learning based service that is capable of storing and searching tens of millions of faces at a time. It allows detection of objects, scenes, activities and inappropriate content. However, Amazon Rekognition has long been a bone of contention among public eye and rights groups. This is due to the inaccuracies in its face recognition capability and over the concerns that selling Rekognition to law enforcement can hamper public privacy. For instance, an anonymous Amazon employee spoke out against Amazon selling its facial recognition technology to the police, last year, calling it a “Flawed technology”. Also, a group of seven House Democrats sent a letter to Amazon CEO, last November, over Amazon Rekognition, raising concerns and questions about its accuracy and the possible effects. Moreover, a group of over 85 coalition groups sent a letter to Amazon, earlier this year, urging the company to not sell its facial surveillance technology to the government. Researchers argue against unregulated Amazon Rekognition use Researchers state in the letter that a study conducted by Inioluwa Deborah Raji and Joy Buolamwini shows that Rekognition possesses much higher error rates and is imprecise in classifying the gender of darker skinned women than lighter skinned men. However, Dr. Matthew Wood, general manager, AI, AWS and Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy, AWS, were irreverent about the research and disregarded it by labeling it as “misleading”. Dr. Wood also stated that “facial analysis and facial recognition are completely different in terms of the underlying technology and the data used to train them. Trying to use facial analysis to gauge the accuracy of facial recognition is ill-advised”.  Researchers in the letter have called on that statement saying that it is ‘problematic on multiple fronts’. The letter also sheds light on the real world implications of the misuse of face recognition tools. It talks about Clare Garvie, Alvaro Bedoya and Jonathan Frankle of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law who studies law enforcement’s use of face recognition. According to them, using face recognition tech can put the wrong people to trial due to cases of mistaken identity. Also, it is quite common that the law enforcement operators are neither aware of the parameters of these tools, nor do they know how to interpret some of their results. Relying on decisions from automated tools can lead to “automation bias”. Another argument Dr. Wood makes to defend the technology is that “To date (over two years after releasing the service), we have had no reported law enforcement misuses of Amazon Rekognition.”However, the letter states that this is unfair as there are currently no laws in place to audit Rekognition’s use. Moreover, Amazon has not disclosed any information about its customers or any details about the error rates of Rekognition across different intersectional demographics. “How can we then ensure that this tool is not improperly being used as Dr. Wood states? What we can rely on are the audits by independent researchers, such as Raji and Buolamwini..that demonstrates the types of biases that exist in these products”, reads the letter. Researchers say that they find Dr. Wood and Mr. Punke’s response to the peer-reviewed research is ‘disappointing’ and hope Amazon will dive deeper into examining all of its products before deciding on making it available for use by the Police. More trouble for Amazon: SEC approves Shareholders’ proposal for need to release more information on Rekognition Just earlier this week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a ruling that considers Amazon shareholders’ proposal to demand Amazon to provide more information about the company’s use and sale of biometric facial recognition technology as appropriate. The shareholders said that they are worried about the use of Rekognition and consider it a significant risk to human rights and shareholder value. Shareholders mentioned two new proposals regarding Rekognition and requested their inclusion in the company’s proxy materials: The first proposal called on Board of directors to prohibit the selling of Rekognition to the government unless it has been evaluated that the tech does not violate human and civil rights. The second proposal urges Board Commission to conduct an independent study of Rekognition. This would further help examine the risks of Rekognition on the immigrants, activists, people of color, and the general public of the United States. Also, the study would help analyze how such tech is marketed and sold to foreign governments that may be “repressive”, along with other financial risks associated with human rights issues. Amazon chastised the proposals and claimed that both the proposals should be discarded under the subsections of Rule 14a-8 as they related to the company’s “ordinary business and operations that are not economically significant”. But, SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance countered Amazon’s arguments. It told Amazon that it is unable to conclude that “proposals are not otherwise significantly related to the Company’s business” and approved their inclusion in the company’s proxy materials, reports Compliance Week. “The Board of Directors did not provide an opinion or evidence needed to support the claim that the issues raised by the Proposals are ‘an insignificant public policy issue for the Company”, states the division. “The controversy surrounding the technology threatens the relationship of trust between the Company and its consumers, employees, and the public at large”. SEC Ruling, however, only expresses informal views, and whether Amazon is obligated to accept the proposals can only be decided by the U.S. District Court should the shareholders further legally pursue these proposals. For more information, check out the detailed coverage at Compliance Week report. 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Amazon rejects all 11 shareholder proposals including the employeeled climate resolution at

first_imgAmazon shareholders on Wednesday in an annual company meet voted down a proposal from more than 7,500 Amazon employees for climate justice. Employees in the proposal have put forward demands for Jeff Bezos to create a comprehensive climate-change plan for the company. Last week employees also received support from two of the largest proxy advisors to institutional investors, which agreed that shareholders should vote Yes for the proposal. But yesterday these efforts faced a major setback when the shareholders did not pass the proposal. Amazon’s annual proxy statement included 11 resolutions including Amazon’s controversial facial recognition technology, demands for more action on climate change, salary transparency, and other equity issues. According to reports from Geekwire, all 11 resolutions have been voted down by the shareholders. Amazon did not release shareholder vote totals yesterday but said information would be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission later this week. Listed below are the 11 resolutions presented at the meeting: Food waste: Shareholders want Amazon to issue an annual report on the environmental and social impacts of food waste generated by the company. As part of the report, they’re asking Amazon to study the feasibility of setting new goals for reducing food waste and working toward them. Special shareholder meetings: The shareholders behind this resolution wanted to amend Amazon’s bylaws to make it easier to call special shareowner meetings. Specifically, they want to give shareholders with an aggregate of 20 percent of the company’s outstanding stock that authority. Amazon currently only allows shareholders with 30 percent of company shares to call a special meeting, according to the resolution. Facial recognition: This resolution would prevent Amazon from selling its controversial facial recognition technology to government agencies without board approval. A separate resolution asks Amazon’s board to commission an independent study of the technology on the potential threats to civil liberties that it poses. Hate speech: Investors want Amazon to issue a report on its efforts to address products in its marketplace that promote hate speech and violence. Independent board chair: Shareholders asked the board to appoint an independent chair to replace Jeff Bezos, who serves as chair and CEO. “We believe the combination of these two roles in a single person weakens a corporation’s governance, which can harm shareholder value,” the resolution says. Sexual harassment: This resolution asked Amazon management to review the company’s sexual harassment policies to assess whether new standards should be implemented. Climate change: Shareholders asked Amazon to prepare a report describing its plan to reduce fossil fuel dependence and prepare for disruptions caused by the climate crisis. The resolution has garnered support from more than 7,600 Amazon employees. Board diversity: Under this resolution, Amazon’s board of directors would disclose their own “skills, ideological perspectives, and experience” and describe the minimum requirements for new board nominees. The goal is to ensure the board represents a diverse set of ideas and backgrounds. Pay equity: Shareholders want Amazon to report on the company’s global median gender pay gap. “A report adequate for investors to assess company strategy and performance would include the percentage global median pay gap between male and female employees across race and ethnicity, including base, bonus and equity compensation,” the resolution says. Executive compensation: This proposal asked the board to study whether it would be feasible to use environmental and social responsibility metrics when determining compensation for senior executives. Vote-counting: Shareholders asked Amazon’s board of directors to change corporate governance rules so that all resolutions are decided by a simple majority vote. About 50 members of the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice attended the event, representing the staffers who signed a letter for climate policy. Employees put forth a proposal at the meeting requesting the Amazon’s board of directors to accept it and take action. But the board advised shareholders to vote against it, and as a result the proposal was not passed by the shareholders. Inside the meeting, a group of Amazon employees asked the company to take action on climate change, they all stood in white shirts in support of the resolution. After the proposal failed to pass, employees attempted to address Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos directly during the Q&A session. Emily Cunningham, an Amazon UX designer and an organizer of the climate change initiative group, asked Bezos to come on stage to hear the proposal before making her case. Bezos chose to not appear at that point instead David Zapolsky, Amazon’s General Counsel responded to Emily. “Without bold, rapid action, we will lose our only chance to avoid catastrophic warming. There’s no issue more important to our customers, to our world, than the climate crisis, and we are falling fall short,” Emily said in her speech. She added, “Our home, Planet Earth, not distant far off places in space, desperately needs bold leadership. We have the talent, the passion, the imagination. We have the scale, speed and resources. Jeff, all we need is your leadership.” “Jeff remained off-stage, ignored the employees and would not speak to them,” the group said in a statement after the event. “Jeff’s inaction and lack of meaningful response underscore his dismissal of the climate crisis and spoke volumes about how Amazon’s board continues to de-prioritize addressing Amazon’s role in the climate emergency.” “Amazon has the scale and resources to spark the world’s imagination and lead the way on addressing the climate crisis,” said Jamie Kowalski, a software engineer who co-filed the resolution and attended the shareholder meeting. “What we’re missing is leadership from the very top of the company.” The climate proposal requested a report outlining how Amazon “is planning for disruptions posed by climate change” and “reducing company-wide dependence on fossil fuels”, citing Amazon’s coal-powered data centers and the amount of gasoline burnt for package deliveries. At a press conference following the shareholder meeting, the employees suggested Amazon should put forth a timeline for reaching a zero emission goal. The proposal also put forth data of other tech giants who had released reports on their contributions to climate change and have committed to addressing concerns. For example, Microsoft since 2012 has pledged to decrease its operational carbon emissions 75% by 2030. Google has been carbon neutral since 2007. In its response to the proposal, Amazon’s board noted it has committed to reaching a net zero carbon footprint on 50% of shipments by 2030. Amazon also has a plan to power its global infrastructure, including Amazon Web Services ( AWS), with sustainable energy. Other cloud providers including Google and Azure offset energy usage for hosting to reach a zero carbon footprint while AWS does not. The board said it agreed that “planning for potential disruptions posed by climate change and reducing company-wide dependence on fossil fuels are important” but defended the stance by saying Amazon was already doing this and suggested shareholders vote against the proposal. Later, during the press conference of the meeting, one of the employees asked Bezos directly if he would support initiatives to address climate change. Bezos said in a response, “That’s a very important issue. It’s hard to find an issue that is more important than climate change. … It’s also as everyone knows, a very difficult problem.” He added: “Both e-commerce and cloud computing are inherently more efficient than their alternatives. So we’re doing a lot even intrinsically. But that’s not what I’m talking about in terms of the initiatives we’re taking.” He cited wind, solar and other projects. “There are a lot of initiatives here underway, and we’re not done, we’ll think of more, we’re very inventive,” he concluded. The employee group said in the press conference that the board’s stance on the proposal made it difficult to pass. And they further insisted they would continue to pressure Amazon. “Because the board still does not understand the severity of the climate crisis, we will file this resolution again next year,” said Weston Fribley, another software engineer who co-filed the resolution. “We will announce other actions in the coming months. We – Amazon’s employees – have the talent and experience to remake entire industries with incredible speed. This is work we want to do.” Read Next Amazon S3 is retiring support for path-style API requests; sparks censorship fears Amazon to roll out automated machines for boxing up orders: Thousands of workers’ job at stake Amazon resists public pressure to re-assess its facial recognition business; “failed to act responsibly”, says ACLUlast_img read more

ES2019 Whats new in ECMAScript the JavaScript specification standard

first_imgEvery year a new edition of the ECMAScript (ES) scripting-language specification standard comes out. This year it is its tenth edition, also known as ES2019 or ES10. The feature set of ES2019 got finalized earlier this year and was published last month. Some of the exciting features this specification brings are Object.fromEntries(), trimStart(), trimEnd(), flat(), flatMap(), description property for symbol objects, optional catch binding, and more. These features have also landed in the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome for developers to try out. Let’s take a look at some of the features in ES2019: Object.fromEntries() In JavaScript, you can easily convert objects into arrays with the Object.entries() method that was introduced in the ES2017 standard. ES2019 introduces the Object.fromEntries() method that enables you to do exactly the opposite. Similar to the dict() function in Python, this method allows you to transform a list of key-value pairs into an object. Array.prototype.flat() and Array.prototype.flatMap() The method Array.prototype.flatten() was renamed to Array.prototype.flat() method in ES2019 after last year it ended up breaking MooTools’ implementation of it. It recursively flattens an array up to the specified depth, which defaults to 1. The second method, ‘Array.prototype.flatMap’ performs the mapping of each element and then flattens the result into a new array. trimStart() and trimEnd() The purpose of the new trimStart() and trimEnd() methods proposed in ES2019 is same as the trimLeft() and trimRight() methods. While trimStart() is used to remove whitespace from the beginning of a string, trimEnd() is used to remove whitespace characters from the end of a string. These are introduced to maintain consistency with the padStart/padEnd the standard functions. To maintain web compatibility trimLeft() and trimRight() will be their aliases. Optional catch binding In JavaScript, it is mandatory to specify the catch() parameter when using try…catch, no matter whether you use it or not. However, there are a few use cases where you wouldn’t want to use the parameter or catch binding. Axel Rauschmayer, the author of JavaScript for impatient programmers (ES1–ES2019), lists the following two: If you want to completely ignore the error. You don’t care about the error or you already know what it will be, but you do want to react to it. This new proposal allows you to completely omit the unused catch binding without any syntax errors. Function.toString() Earlier, when you called the toString() method on a function it used to strip all the whitespaces, newlines, and comments from the source code. Now, it will return the function source code exactly as it was defined. Description property for Symbol objects ES2019 introduces a new read-only ‘description’ property for Symbol objects. You can add it to a Symbol object to return a string containing its description for debugging purposes. Well-formed JSON.stringify() According to a JSON RFC, JSON text when shared “outside the scope of a closed ecosystem” should be encoded using UTF-8. However, JSON.Stringify() can sometimes return strings and code points, particularly, the surrogate range (U+D800—U+DFFF), that cannot be represented in UTF-8. This ES2019 proposal prevents JSON.stringify() from returning such ill-formed Unicode strings. Many developers are excited about these new ES2019 proposals. A user on Hacker News commented, “That array.flat() and array.flatMap() stuff is great to see. Always having to rely on lodash and friends to do that type of work. Exciting to see how JS is evolving.” Another user added, “Object.fromEntries will be super useful, surprised it’s taken this long to become a native feature.” Others are waiting for the pattern matching and optional chaining proposals to reach the stage 4 of TC39 process, “Now if we could just get pattern matching and optional chaining, that would really elevate things.” These were some of the features introduced in ES2019. To know more, check out the specification published on the ECMA International website. Read Next Introducing QuickJS, a small and easily embeddable JavaScript engine Firefox 67 will come with faster and reliable JavaScript debugging tools Introducing Node.js 12 with V8 JavaScript engine, improved worker threads, and much morelast_img read more