How Brain Defects Increase Online Gullibility

first_imgIn these enlightened times, you may think that the average Internet user is too sophisticated to be suckered in by online scams. But cyber fraud and theft are growing rapidly despite constant efforts to educate users to the danger. A new study suggests why some people, especially the elderly, seem so susceptible.According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft and fraud complaints jumped up to 1.8 million in 2011, a rise of 24.2% from 2010, and 4575 since 2001. The annual report from the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network doesn’t break down the (many) fraud categories by what’s online or not, but its a sure bet that many of these scams are conducted via the Internet.Why Warnings Aren’t EnoughIt is frustrating to see so many of these scams succeed, in some cases even after huge amounts of media coverage explicitly warning about the problem and how the fraud.New research from the University of Iowa may suggest an explanation on why this keeps happening.One of the models for how we believe something is true or not is the False Tagging Theory (FTT), which postulates that all ideas are initially believed to be true. Doubt rears its head only when a specific area of the brain, the prefrontal cortex, “tags” an event or an idea as false. The University of Iowa team’s research found that when a very specific part of that area of the brain, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) is damaged, the doubting system is not as efficient.“Damage to this area of the brain causes a ‘doubt deficit’ that results in greater credulity,” the team wrote in the journal Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. One of the ways the vmPFC can become damaged? Natural aging.This would help to explain why so many fraud cases seem involved older citizens. A 2009 MetLife Mature Market Institute report, Broken Trust: Elders, Family and Finances, revealed that up to one million older Americans are victims of financial fraud each year, and that number is growing.You would think that, having been around the block a time or two, the elderly might be less prone to fraud victimization. But if a victim’s cognitive mechanism that would normally see through a flam-flam job is not working properly, then it makes sense that they would be easier to fool.How To Avoid Online FraudIf you’re still worried about Internet scams, here’s some simple advice:Have patience. This is the one you should use for every financial proposal. Very rarely does someone really want to give you money, and if they’re in a hurry, something is wrong. If someone pays you too much money and says they trust you to wire the overage back, take your time, no matter what they say. Chances are, whatever check they sent you is about to bounce sky-high. If it clears, then send them the change. Tags:#science#security#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Follow up with phone calls. If someone claiming to be a relative or friend emails from a distant place saying they’re in trouble and need money wired fast, practice patience again. Take five minutes and call that person. Very likely, they haven’t even left home. brian proffitt Your bank already knows everything. If someone calls from your bank or credit card company asking for personal information, remind them you already told them all of that in triplicate when you first signed up for the bank or credit account. Politely hang up, and then call the bank on your own to make sure there isn’t really a problem.Tablets and mobile devices are making it easier for all segments of the population to get online, so the number of potential victims continues to grow. And as long as there are potential marks out there, fraud will never fade away.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

12 Drawings A Day – Creative Animation

first_img12 frames of animation were drawn each day over several years to produce this creative and inspirational video!Take a look into the creative mind of French animator Denis Chapon in this magical video project.  Chapon started drawing frames of animation without any end goal or agenda in mind…and continued every day for the next three years!  Using the last 3 frames from the day before, Chapon would add 12 frames (equal to 1 second) each day.All of the drawings were done on scrap paper in permanent ink, so nothing could be changed or modified.  Chapon is a talented animator, to say the least, but the thing most intriguing about this project is how the animated scenes meld and segue into one another – really brilliant work.  The compiled video effectively utilizes sound effects to enrich and reinforce the animated scenes.12 Drawings A Day is a three year creative brainstorming session, with brilliant results.  Watch full screen:last_img read more

Rajasthan seeks formation of Inter-State Basin Authority

first_imgRajasthan has sought establishment of an Inter-State Basin Authority with the powers to resolve disputes among different States on sharing of river waters. The desert State does not agree with a proposal to set up an integrated group of watershed agencies, which it says will not serve any meaningful purpose.Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said at the 13th meeting of the Inter-State Council’s Standing Committee in New Delhi last week that since several Boards were already functioning for management of inter-State basin waters, there would be no utility for the integrated group of watershed agencies.The Boards include Bhakra-Beas Management Board for Indus basin, Upper Yamuna River Board for Yamuna river waters, Narmada Control Authority for Narmada river waters and the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan Chambal Inter-State Board for Chambal river waters.Mr. Kataria said the practice being followed for distribution of water on the basis of catchment areas of rivers went against the interest of a State like Rajasthan because it had very little such areas. “Rajasthan should be exempted from the rules framed on the basis of catchment areas,” he said.More allocation soughtWhile seeking allocation of more Central funds for expansion of forest areas to meet the national targets, Mr. Kataria sought a special status for Rajasthan in view of its “scattered environmental status” with the presence of the Aravalli hills range and the vast Thar desert. Rajasthan was geographically the biggest State in the country, he pointed out.last_img read more

Muslim woman claims threats from husband

first_imgA Muslim woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Sikandrabad, who had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking abolition of ‘nikah halala’ practice earlier this month, on Tuesday alleged that she has received death threats from her husband. The woman, Farzana, had claimed in her petition that she had been illegally divorced by her husband, leaving her and their daughter without any means of living or financial support. “From the day I have filed the petition, my husband has been pressuring me to withdraw it and has even threatened to kill me. He has also told me that going to the Supreme Court will not help me and I will be forced to do halala,” Farzana told reporters here. The practice of ‘nikah halala’ requires a divorced woman to marry someone else, consummate the marriage and then get a divorce in order to again marry her first husband under the Muslim Personal Law.last_img read more

Melecio just happy to be back for La Salle after recovering from dengue

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In his return, Melecio scored just three points and turned the ball over twice in the Green Archers’ 85-62 win over University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 83 men’s basketball tournament.Melecio, though, is just glad to be back for La Salle after missing four games and didn’t mind the measly numbers he tallied. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told myself that I’d be happy by just being on the floor, if I do that I’m already set,” said Melecio in Filipino. “I really missed playing and I was so happy when I was able to play again.” “I’m not at a hundred percent yet because it’s not like you’ll play well immediately after an injury or sickness,” said Melecio. “I’ll just have to be patient.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games FILE – La Salle’s Aljun Melecio during the Green Archers game against the UP Fighting Maroons in the first round. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle guard Aljun Melecio just had his first game back after contacting dengue fever almost a month ago, and looked like a shell of his former self.Melecio averaged 14 points, three rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in his first four games before getting hospitalized for two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Tenorio flourishing in finals despite playing through injury Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Dimitris Papadimitriou Named 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Champion

first_img(ANA) – Greek sailor Dimitris Papadimitriou was named Laser Radial Youth world champion on Friday, after competing in 11 races at the 2017 Laser Radial Youth World Championships, held at Medemblik, Netherlands over the past week.He was followed by Argentina’s Matias Dietrich and Nicholas Bezy from Hong Kong. In the women’s division, Germany’s Hannah Anderssohn took first place, followed by Uruguay’s Dolores Moreira Fraschini and Charlotte Rose from the U.S.Forty-six countries were represented in the event by 379 sailors (273 boys, 106 girls) from 15 to 18 years of age who competed from August 13 to 18.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

SECO presents solutions for the IoT industry of tomorrow at Computex Taipei

first_imgAt Computex Taipei 2019, SECO will present a comprehensive range of products mainly centered around SECO’s cross-platform vision and its modular solutions based on state-of-the-art technologies and standard form factors (Qseven, COM Express, and SMARC).The complete Qseven-based product portfolio ranges from solutions featuring the NXP i.MX 8 Applications Processors – such as the Q7-C26, remarkable for its wide connectivity and rich M2M interface for onboard subsystems – or the NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors (Q7-C25), to modules equipped with  Intel Atom X Series, Intel Celeron J / N Series and Intel Pentium N Series (formerly Apollo Lake) Processors (Q7-B03) and Intel Atom E3800 and Celeron families (formerly Bay Trail) SoC (Q7-974).The scalability of the COM Express form factor with the latest Intel platforms will be highlighted with three innovative products: the COMe-C55-CT6 – Compact COM Express Rel. 3.0 Type 6 module with 8th Gen Intel Core and Celeron U-series processors (formerly Whiskey Lake), the COMe-C24-CT6 – COM Express 3.0 Compact Type 6 Module with Intel Atom X Series, Intel Celeron J / N Series and Intel Pentium N Series (formerly Apollo Lake) Processors – and the COMe-C08-BT6 – COM Express with Intel 8th generation Core / Xeon (formerly Coffee Lake H). The COM Express Compact 3.0 Type 6 Module COMe-B75-CT6 with AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 processors will be also showcased.Among the highlighted solutions there will be the SM-B71, a SMARC Rel. 2.0 compliant module with Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC. Unique for its blending of the ARM and FPGA domains, it delivers a flexible ARM + FPGA heterogeneous processing in a standard form factor, merging the cost-effective Dual-Core to high-performance Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 MPSoCs with GPU/VCU, granting extreme flexibility (up to 256k FPGA logic cells), vast scalability, and high-end performance all at once.Not only hardware: a special focus will be on SECO’s brand-new Industrial Internet of Things platform, an all-encompassing B2B service aiming at unleashing the customer’s full potential thanks to the power of AI and Big Data: mainly addressed to industrial enterprises, the service transforms the business into a fully-fledged Smart Industry.Finally, SECO’s booth will also include an area entirely dedicated to the company’s latest creations in the realm of DIY electronics and open-source hardware: UDOO BOLT, an AI-first, high-performant SBC powered by AMD Ryzen Embedded V1000 SoC and also featuring an Arduino-compatible platform for sensing and programming the physical world, and UDOO X86II, the next-gen Intel x86 II open hardware SBC with Intel Quad Core 64 bit and Arduino Leonardo Microcontroller.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: attractive package pricing for complete solutions in entry-level test instrumentsNext DATA MODUL: large-sized open frame monitors with high brightness and easyTouch functionlast_img read more

The NFL’s push for more black coaches is hurt by nepotism and white boardrooms

first_imgThe NFL’s annual Black Monday, when teams routinely fire coaches as the regular season ends, left the league with a dwindling number of minority coaches. Of the eight coaches who left their position this season, five were minorities: Steve Wilks, Marvin Lewis, Vance Joseph, Hue Jackson and Todd Bowles. One, Wilks, was fired after only one year on the job.While some of those five may well be replaced by other minority coaches, the firings put the league in a difficult position. Roger Goodell, to his credit, has made the advancement of minority coaches one of the crucial issues during his run as NFL commissioner. The Rooney Rule, which requires all teams to interview a minority candidate for its openings at head coach and general manager, has been tweaked and improved. Several teams have adopted internship programs for ex-players looking to start a coaching career, and the league itself has plowed more resources into the development of minority coaches. Read more Support The Guardian Still: in a sport where a majority – close to 70% – of the players are black, the NFL now has only three minority head coaches: Mike Tomlin and Anthony Lynn, who are African American, and Ron Rivera, who is Hispanic.Two things can be true at once: there are not enough minority coaches in the NFL, and each of the firings on Monday was justified and reasonable given what we know about job security in football. Joseph strung together back-to-back losing seasons, the first time the Broncos have suffered that ignominy since the early 1970s. Bowles led the Jets to a 24-40 record in his four seasons in New York. Jackson went 3-36-1 in 40 games with the Cleveland Browns. Lewis spent 16 years in Cincinnati, failing to advance the Bengals beyond the opening round of the playoffs, an almost impressively bad accomplishment.Without context, Wilks’ firing may seem the harshest: plenty of teams struggle in a coach’s debut season. They’re often afforded more time, even if only for team leadership to save some face. But Wilks’ Cardinals weren’t just bad, they were historically awful. Besides, impatience rules in the NFL: the Titans fired Mike Munchak after just one season and a lackluster playoff run. The bigger issue at hand is who is making the hiring-firing decisions, and why that puts minority coaches at a disadvantage when they attempt to jump to head coaching gigs. As of now, there will be only one minority general manager heading into the 2019 coaching cycle, and it is general managers who play a huge part in hiring head coaches. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was fired last month, and legendary Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is retiring at the end of the season, handing the reins to his longtime assistant Eric DeCosta, who is white. That leaves Chris Grier as the minority general manager in the NFL: he was promoted by the Miami Dolphins on Monday.Diversity at the decision-making level is what will ultimately lead to diversity on the sidelines. “Hiring is more than just a process of skills sorting,” wrote Kellogg School of Management professor Lauren Rivera in a 2014 study. “It is also a process of cultural matching between candidates, evaluators, and firms. Employers sought candidates who were not only competent but culturally similar to themselves.”Decision-makers are more likely to hire those who look like them, sound like them, run in the same social circles, or have the same social experiences. The NFL currently has two minority owners. When a person of color walks into a job interview in the NFL, there is a very good chance that they will see a bunch of white faces who have lived different social experiences.So much of this industry revolves around close, personal relationships. Twenty-two of the league’s 32 teams have been owned by the same person or family for at least 20 years. They all have coaches and executives they are particularly connected to. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis didn’t hire Jon Gruden because he was the best person for the job. He did so because he liked him. And Gruden didn’t oust McKenzie and hire Mike Mayock as his GM because Mayock has a more illustrious track record as a team builder. He did it because he and Mayock share the same sensibilities.In the past, this has worked to aid some minority candidates, too. Tony Dungy, who became the first black head-coach to win the Super Bowl when the Colts beat the Bears in 2007, has long been an advocate for fellow minorities. Dungy populated his own staffs with minority coaches and has consistently used his profile in the game to bring attention to the issue of diversity. And it’s worked. Dungy and his former assistants account for a staggering 43% of minority head coaching hires over the past two decades and 39% since the Rooney Rule took effect. That is both sad and encouraging – the same nepotism rules seem to apply to all. Dungy empowered minority assistants, who subsequently went on to become head honchos and empower their own assistants. But there aren’t too many minority coaches with Dungy’s prestige walking around.The NFL tweaked its rules last year in a bid to prevent the kind of Gruden-Davis backroom deal. Owners are now required to sit in on all head coaching interviews. And gone are the days of the sham, in-house interviews with a person of color, meant only to satisfy the logistics of the Rooney Rule and not the spirit. Goodell and the league office, in a rare moment of leadership, understood the difficult position they were putting such minority coaches in.“You are really stuck between a rock and a hard place,” a former African American NFL head coach told CBS Sports in 2016. “You have the pressure from the Fritz Pollard Alliance to take any interview you are offered ‘for the good of the cause,’ even if you felt like you are just being used. So you don’t want to let them down.”The league changed the language of the rule. Now owners and decision-makers are required to interview an out-of-house candidate or someone from the league’s pre-approved list: the NFL’s Career Developmental List. It is a far from perfect solution. But it is a start. Share on Facebook US sports One additional issue is the profile of head coaches teams are hiring. More and more they are hiring offensive assistants and quarterback coaches: 15 of the last 20 head coaching hires have had an offensive background. And coaches specializing in offense are overwhelmingly white. In 2018, there were 14 minority coordinators in the NFL, and only two were offensive coordinators.As such, this becomes a fairly simple equation: owners want flashy, exciting hires. An explosive offense is considered more exciting than a feisty defense. There are more white offensive coaches than minority ones. There are more white executives than minorities. People hire candidates with similar backgrounds. Therefore, more white coaches are hired than minority ones, regardless of the make-up of the league generally.All minority candidates have asked for is a fair chance to compete for the top jobs in their sport. To get there, the NFL needs to rethink its model. The Rooney Rule has helped progress, but it remains a flawed rule. Improving diversity at the executive level, and getting more minority coaches into offensive coaching positions is the only way forward. Since you’re here… Share via Email Sportblog Eagles soar into playoffs as Steelers’ chances vanish in a single throw Share on Pinterest Ditkaland dispatches: why Chicago should rethink its 80s nostalgia Share on Messenger Reuse this content Read more features Topics Share on Twitter NFL … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

Michigan Football Has Extended A Scholarship Offer To 7th Grade Quarterback Dante Moore

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh and Michigan football are taking a long view with recruiting the quarterback position. On yesterday, he made an offer to a player who won’t be in high school for over a year: Detroit-area quarterback Dante Moore.Moore attended a camp at UM on Monday, where he was evaluated by Harbaugh in the staff. Afterwards, he was extended the offer.Former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner may be a key in the recruitment. Moore considers Gardner, who finished up his career in Ann Arbor in 2014, a mentor.Moore’s father spoke to the Detroit Free-Press about the offer, after it came yesterday.“(Harbaugh) just said he had heard word about him and (asked) was I bringing him to the camp,” Otha said. “He was looking forward to meeting him. He has been working out with Devin (Gardner) a lot, as well as Quarterback U. He has been on Devin’s Instagram. I think that’s where Harbaugh saw him.”Devin Gardner spoke to WolverinesWire about Dante Moore, who he considers a special prospect:“The best thing about him, aside from the fact that he can make most all the throws that high school kids make, is he’s really just a young kid who enjoys working hard and playing football!” Gardner told WolverinesWire. “He’s a great kid who’s respectful and focused on all the right things, which for him right now are doing well in school, playing football, working out, playing soccer, doing his chores, and just being a KID!”Moore has extremely impressive size for a player his age. According to the Free-Press report, he is listed at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds.It is hard to know where he’ll end up at a recruit as we get closer to the 2023 recruiting cycle. Michigan is willing to bet on him though, and wants to be involved early.[Detroit Free-Press; WolverinesWire]last_img read more

A Former ACC Football Star Is Reportedly Expected To Be Cut

first_imgTwo generic NFL footballs.(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)A former Louisville football star and high NFL Draft pick is reportedly expected to be cut at some point this month.Lorenzo Mauldin, a 2015 third-round pick out of Louisville, is reportedly on very thin ice with the New York Jets, and he didn’t make the trip down to Washington to practice against the Redskins.The 6-foot-4 linebacker could soon be on the open market, per Jets reporter Manish Mehta.“Something to monitor: Jets OLB Lorenzo Mauldin, who’s dealing with leg issue that kept him out of game Friday, is on thin ice. Could be cut sooner rather than later, per sources. If he can’t get healthy, don’t rule out injury settlement. 2015 3rd rounder has been disappointment,” he tweeted.Today, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said that Mauldin didn’t make the trip to D.C.“Todd Bowles said today that Mauldin didn’t make the trip to Virginia. It’s easy to see where this is headed.”Todd Bowles said today that Mauldin didn’t make the trip to Virginia. It’s easy to see where this is headed. https://t.co/V1MbuoHDng— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 13, 2018Mauldin was the No. 82 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was an All-ACC performer at Louisville in 2014.last_img read more

Spy and Discrete Just Released the Season’s Best Goggles

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Ski goggles need to do three things. First, You’ve got to be able to see. Second, they can’t fog up. Third, they need to make you look like a pro, even if you’re skiing the bunny slopes with your kids.SPY Optics and Discrete just released a collaboration on the Spy Bravo Goggles ($230) that will have you looking, and skiing your best all season long.The secret to the best goggles is having a lens that performs in all conditions. We first tried out SPY’s Happy Lenses earlier this year with a pair of their Rover Sunglasses. In a word, Happy Lenses are flawless. They work by blocking certain wavelengths of light. By doing that, they increase clarity and decrease glare.There are a few studies that even show by blocking these “bad” rays, they’re letting in a different spectrum that can be mood enhancing – effectively making you happy. We don’t know if it’s the light or just being able to see in the mountains better (leading undoubtedly to more epic powder shots), but the Happy Lenses on the Bravo Goggles are the real deal.The Discrete version of the Bravos comes with two interchangeable lenses (and almost two dozen replacement options), a bronze with blue mirror for bright days, and a translucent red for low light conditions. Swapping out lenses is as easy as pushing a button. SPY’s Lock Steady system holds the lens to the frame tightly, but is easy to operate with one hand, and with gloves on, helping you keep those precious lenses smudge free.The goggle strap is lined with a silicon gripper so your goggles will stay firmly in place on you helmet. Discrete’s patterning on the strap is sure to turn heads whether you’re spinning laps in the park or on the search for your secret pow stash. The fit is excellent – three layers of variable density foam conform to the shape of your face, and allow the goggle to vent extremely well. The frame has been maximized to fit with helmets, so you needn’t worry about the dreaded gaper gap.Head on over to SPY’s website and pick up your pair today. Your mid-season goggle tan will be thanking us later. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Toniclast_img read more

Education Ministry to Embark on One-Year Maths Promotion

first_img Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, made the disclosure at the official launch of National Mathematics Week on Monday (April 16) at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, St. Andrew. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be implementing an initial one-year campaign to encourage more Jamaicans to embrace mathematics. Mr. Bernard noted that the main objective of Mathematics Week “is to help to change the attitude and views of students, teachers and, of course, the wider society about the subject”. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be implementing an initial one-year campaign to encourage more Jamaicans to embrace mathematics.The objective is to promote the importance of mathematics to national development and change attitudes towards the subject.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dean-Roy Bernard, made the disclosure at the official launch of National Mathematics Week on Monday (April 16) at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, St. Andrew.Mathematics Week is being observed from April 15 to 20, under the theme ‘Math Counts’.Mr. Bernard noted that the main objective of Mathematics Week “is to help to change the attitude and views of students, teachers and, of course, the wider society about the subject”.He said that the Mathematics Unit, through its public education initiatives, workshops and seminars, is working to make the subject more appealing and reinforce the idea that maths counts.The Permanent Secretary noted that while there have been some improvements at the primary level, the current levels of performance in the subject remain a concern.“So, to address these concerns, we are broadening the programmes with the aim of changing long-standing fears and misconceptions about the subject,” he said.For his part, Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon Ruel Reid, noted that the Ministry continues to work to improve performance in mathematics at all levels of the school system.He noted that the National Standards Curriculum, which is being introduced from grades one to nine, is designed to facilitate greater levels of application in learning, with emphasis on project-based and problem-solving activities to facilitate enhanced learning outcomes.Senator Reid said that at the primary level, the Ministry has recorded improved performance of students in the Grade Four Numeracy Test as well as in the Grade Six Assessment Test (GSAT).“Our grade-four averages moved from 60 per cent in 2016 to 67 per cent in 2017. In GSAT, we have moved from 59 per cent to 63 per cent, and for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) from 49 per cent to 52 per cent,” he informed.Activities for Mathematics Week include a Maths Road Show to be held on April 17 at the Neville Antonio Park in Port Antonio, Portland, under the theme ‘Maths in your World’.The event will engage members of the public in identifying areas in their everyday life where they are using maths.The main event for the week will be the staging of a National Mathematics Exposition on Thursday, April 19 at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Mona campus from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.The expo is intended to provide students, teachers and parents with an opportunity to interface with maths in the real world.The day’s activities will include a maths extravaganza from noon to 2:00 p.m., which will feature cultural performances under the ‘Math Counts’ theme.Several exhibitors will be on hand to demonstrate how maths applies to their profession or the industry in which they operate.last_img read more

Overlooking subsurface layer composition might have led to Bowbazar mishap Experts

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) overlooking the fact that along with clay there may be sand pockets in the subsurface layer of the city, might have led to the disaster in Bowbazar in which several buildings developed cracks and portions of some old structures collapsed.KMRCL is currently constructing an underground tunnel between Esplanade and Sealdah, which is the most difficult stretch of East-West Metro railway. Geologists maintained that after successfully constructing an underground tunnel under river Hooghly, the KMRCL engineers thought that there was only clay in the subsurface layer of Kolkata. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTheir belief was further confirmed when they did not face any problem while constructing the underground tunnel at BBD Bag. Before the construction of the underground tunnel between Esplanade and Sealdah, KMRCL had conducted soil test at some points and the engineers were convinced that there was only clay and the German boring machine would not face any problem in setting up the tunnel. There are around 150 houses on this stretch that are between 100 and 150 years old. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe geologists maintained that the boring machine was working at Bowbazar without knowing the existence of the sand pocket there. Immediately, water started oozing out and the sand began sliding, weakening the foundation of the old structures. “It is known to the engineering community that when a free space is created beneath the soil strata, a lot of water may seep and get accumulated within that free space. The amount of seepage depends on the level of groundwater. In such a case, a waterproof jacket needs to be provided, so that water may not percolate towards the free space. If the seepage is allowed, huge amount of unsettlement in the adjacent structures may occur. It has been reported that the tunnel was full of water, which indicates that seepage was released by the soil strata beneath the adjacent structures. We are also not sure whether the aquifer under the ground could be detected during soil test or not,” said Gupinath Bhandari, associate professor of the Civil Engineering Department of Jadavpur University.last_img read more

Kristen Bell Named Celebrity Ambassador For Polio Eradication

first_imgKristen Bell is the newest face to join Rotary’s ‘This Close’ public awareness campaign for polio eradication.Kristen Bell supports RotaryA paralyzing and life altering disease, polio is on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated worldwide after smallpox.Bell joins Rotary’s fight against polio as the service organization and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative enter the final push to eliminate the vaccine-preventable disease. With the historic removal of Nigeria from the list of polio-endemic countries last month, just two continue to report polio cases– Pakistan and Afghanistan.“I am overjoyed to work with Rotary at such an important moment in history,” Bell said. “To help create awareness about this horrible disease is exhilarating.”Bell is best known for her roles as the quick-witted, sassy title character in the hit series Veronica Mars, razor-sharp Jeannie van der Hooven of House of Lies and the voice of Princess Anna of Arendelle in Disney’s third highest-grossing film Frozen. She became interested in the importance of vaccines after the birth of her two daughters, Lincoln (age two) and Delta (age one).“As the mother of two young girls, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make sure every child is safe,” she said. “Polio can be prevented with just 60 cents worth of vaccine – there’s absolutely no reason any child should suffer from it. Hopefully by lending my voice to send this message, I can help rid the world of polio forever.”Video: “This Close” Rotary PSA with Kristen BellAs part of the ‘This Close’ campaign, Bell will be featured in ads raising her thumb and forefinger in the ‘this close’ gesture with the tagline ’we’re this close to ending polio.’ Since the initiative launched in 1988, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to less than 400 confirmed in 2014.The actress joins other public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; action movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman; Grammy Award winners AR Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.Bell’s ad will debut during Rotary’s World Polio Day livestream event, taking place on Friday, 23 October at 6:30 p.m. EST at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Click here to view the streaming event.Rotary launched its polio immunization program PolioPlus in 1985 and in 1988 became a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Rotary’s roles within the initiative are fundraising, advocacy, raising awareness and mobilizing volunteers. To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.4 billion and countless volunteer hours to fight polio. Through 2018, every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year. To date, more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against the paralyzing and sometimes deadly poliovirus.last_img read more

Glastonbury Live 2016 Album Raises Money For Oxfam

first_imgThe live album made at Glastonbury 2016 is out digitally via Parlophone now!Artists including Coldplay, Muse and Foals have contributed a song recorded during their Glastonbury sets to Oxfam Presents: Stand As One – Live at Glastonbury 2016, in support of Oxfam’s work with refugees worldwide.The CD version of the album is out August 19.The full track list is:1 Coldplay – Birds
2 Foals – What Went Down
3 The Last Shadow Puppets – The Dream Synopsis
4 Jeff Lynne’s Elo – Showdown
5 Chvrches – Bury It
6 New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle
7 Years & Years – Eyes Shut
8 Jess Glynne – Right Here
9 Muse – Starlight
10 Wolf Alice – Giant Peach
11 Editors – Munich *
12 Sigur Rós – Sæglópur
13 John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
14 Richard Hawley – Tonight The Streets Are Ours
15 Jack Garratt – Worry *
16 Laura Mvula – People
17 Madness – My Girl
18 Baaba Maal – Fulani Rock
19 Jamie Lawson – Someone For Everyone * Download onlyThe album is dedicated to the memory of Jo Cox, MP, a former Oxfam activist, who campaigned tirelessly for refugees.“We are making this special live album from Glastonbury this summer because the scale of the refugee crisis is so huge we simply had to do something,” said Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis. “We want people who are far from home and frightened to know we are doing whatever we can to help. To know the artists who play here are doing whatever they can. To know the people who love their music are doing whatever they can. Now it’s time for world leaders to do the same. All of us – Glastonbury, Oxfam, musicians and music-lovers everywhere must Stand As One to demand action for refugees.”Coldplay said “Right now there are more refugees in the world than at any other time in recent history. They could be us and we could be them. The good news is: we can all help.”Mark Goldring, Oxfam GB Chief Executive said, “We are very grateful to Glastonbury for bringing the weight of the music world in support of people in desperate need. I urge people to stand as one with the millions forced to flee and add their voices to some of the most famous voices in the world – buy the album, sign our petition, and make world leaders meeting in New York in September listen. Given Jo’s tireless work to help refugees both at Oxfam and beyond it felt appropriate to dedicate the album to her.”last_img read more

Edmunds Black Friday isnt what it used to be

first_imgOver the last decade, Black Friday weekend became a bona-fide sales event in the car business. In 2015, for example, it accounted for more than 18 per cent of all car deals made that month.But Black Friday isn’t the sales juggernaut it once was.Just as other retailers now push “Early Black Friday” sales right after Halloween and online brands hype their Cyber Monday specials, carmakers have morphed Black Friday into Black November — and beyond. In 2017, Black Friday weekend represented less than 14 per cent of the month’s sales. Edmunds analysts expect this downward trend to continue this year.For car shoppers, the trend translates to greater flexibility and less stress. Here’s what you need to know about getting a great deal.THE LEFTOVER EFFECTThe sales season is extending partly because carmakers are more willing to let outgoing models linger at dealership lots.The trend showed up in earnest early this year. In March 2018, roughly 28 per cent of new vehicles sold were brand-new 2017 models. Compare that with the previous five years, where leftover inventory made up just 12 per cent of March sales on average.Edmunds analysts predict that at least 20 per cent of new vehicles for sale early next year will be 2018 models. Based on inventory levels of new 2018 models currently on dealer lots, expect to see a good supply of new 2018 midsize sedans, midsize SUVs and compact SUVs as late as March 2019, along with specials to move them out.If you’re a bargain hunter, that’s good news. Instead of having to shop on just one weekend, you have more time to snag a great deal.SHOULD I BUY NOW?Start price-shopping immediately if you know the make and model you want. Once you’ve got a good feel for how much the car will cost now, you may want to pull the trigger if you fall into any of these categories:— You’re planning to lease your next vehicle: Because of the way leases are calculated, waiting isn’t likely to help you.— Your local dealership is running an aggressive promotion: It’s possible that a dealership selling the brand you’re after might have a unique sales goal to hit. It could offer Black Friday incentives to get you to buy now. Free iPads, televisions or in-house zero per cent interest loans are some of the perks dealerships have used to entice shoppers in years past.— You’re looking for something specific: The longer you wait, the less selection you’ll have. While prices on 2018 models may continue their slide through the first quarter of 2019, a low price on the wrong vehicle is a bad compromise.— The vehicle you’re eyeing has a special low-interest rate offer: Interest rates are rising, and that trend is expected to continue. If you’ve found an attractive price on the right car, and the interest rate is a good one (given the times), you might want to make a deal. If you wait for a lower selling price but get saddled with a higher interest rate, you haven’t done yourself any favours.SHOULD I WAIT?You may want to consider holding off on your purchase if you fall into any of these categories:— You plan to purchase with cash: As cars languish on dealer lots, chances are that good prices will go even lower. If you’re paying cash and aren’t concerned with rising interest rates, waiting may save you money.— Your vehicle needs are flexible: Most of the hot products are going to be sold first. If you don’t mind selecting from what’s left in exchange for a lower selling price, it may make sense to wait.— Your credit is iffy: Maybe you can’t get a low interest rate now because of your credit profile, but you still want to get a heavily discounted clearance vehicle. Use this time to improve your credit standing so you’ll be able to take advantage of clearance pricing and a low interest rate in early 2019.EDMUNDS SAYS: Black Friday is still an excellent time to buy a car. But unlike the doorbuster deals at your local big-box retailer, the Black Friday specials at a car dealership are likely to be around well after the holiday weekend.____This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Matt Jones is a senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @supermattjones.Related links:— A Car Shopping Plan for Holiday Weekends https://edmu.in/2lRtrUo— 25 Tips for Easier Family Car Shopping https://edmu.in/2hdlGH3— The Best Time to Buy a Car https://edmu.in/2hswWmBMatt Jones, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of September 4, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. The Rolling Stones; $13,544,597; $228.41.2. Spice Girls; $9,750,671; $112.13.3. Ed Sheeran; $7,794,393; $85.99.4. Pink; $6,641,718; $110.34.5. Paul McCartney; $4,736,387; $155.40.6. Muse; $3,724,200; $81.80.7. Dead & Company; $2,919,881; $88.69.8. Jennifer Lopez; $2,226,025; $137.05.9. Eagles; $2,188,760; $133.32.10. Phish; $2,053,497; $65.24.11. Ariana Grande; $1,980,436; $118.98.12. Queen + Adam Lambert; $1,936,971; $123.42.13. Take That; $1,906,219; $98.00.14. Rod Stewart; $1,821,443; $109.25.15. André Rieu; $1,789,585; $93.33.16. Michael Bublé; $1,735,723; $112.94.17. Jonas Brothers; $1,726,711; $115.36.18. John Mayer; $1,600,983; $105.93.19. Hugh Jackman; $1,542,918; $100.15.20. Dave Matthews Band; $1,452,313; $71.28.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press read more