CARICOM Assessment Team Views Ragged Island After Hurricane Irma

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 20, 2017 – Ragged Island – Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield led a delegation to Duncan Town, Ragged Island, on September 16, 2017, so that regional partners could see firsthand the damage raged on the island by Category-5 Hurricane Irma.Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell and CARICOM Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque joined other senior CARICOM officials as they rode on trucks and spoke to residents, Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and disaster responders stationed on the island.Among the Bahamian officials in the delegation were Minister of Labour, Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes; Foreign Affairs Acting Permanent Secretary Donna Lowe; Bahamas Ambassador-Designate to CARICOM His Excellency Reuben Rahming; Director-General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sharon Brennen-Haylock; and National Emergency Management Agency Director Captain Stephen Russell.Among the damaged properties they inspected were the police station, the “fish house” where thousands of dollars of seafood was stored, government administrative facilities, and a number of private residents — some of which were flattened by the hurricane.One resident in particular, 53-year-old Mr. Terence Wallace told the delegation about his riding out the storm.    He pointed out that the house that he lived in was leveled by Hurricane Irma’s winds, as the eye passed over the island.“I came here by my cuz to be safe,” he said, as he gestured towards a concrete block home next to the destroyed “fish house.”He also showed Ambassador LaRocque his family’s pigeon house and smiled at the Ambassador’s amazement at the fact the birds rode out the storm in their facility.“The birds, they know what to do,” Mr. Wallace said quietly.By: Eric RosePHOTO CAPTIONSHeader Photo:  Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield (left) speaks, on September 16, 2017, as (from second left) Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Minister of Labour Sen. the Hon. Dion Foulkes and Bahamas Ambassador-Designate to CARICOM His Excellency Reuben Rahming listen, during a delegation visit to Ragged Island to see firsthand the damaged raged by Hurricane Irma.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert 1: Remnants of a home and its contents after Hurricane Irma’s rampage through Duncan Town, Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert 2:  A number of delegation members traveling on a truck, on September 16, 2017, to see firsthand the damage caused by Hurricane Irma on Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)Insert 3:  Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, His Excellency, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (left) speaks, on September 16, 2017, with 53-year-old resident Mr. Terence Wallace, concerning his ordeal during the passage of Hurricane Irma over Ragged Island.  (BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vintage planes to recreate historic flight

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSunday, May 13th, the U.S. Airmail Service celebrated its 100 year anniversary.Dave Scott was live at Gillespie Field and the Allen Airways Flying Museum to get the details.To honor the occasion and raise awareness, three vintage biplanes will retrace the pioneering West Coast airmail route, Contract Air Mail 8 (CAM), from San Diego to Seattle, May 13-18, 2018. Vintage planes to recreate historic flight Posted: May 13, 2018 Dave Scott, Dave Scott May 13, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Demonetisation Media multiplexes films will suffer says IDBI Capital Markets

first_imgThe almost-certain economic slowdown induced by demonetisation of high-value currencies is set to affect the media and entertainment sectors, according to an update by IDBI Capital Markets & Securities.For the media, the hit will be in the form of lesser advertisements next month and in the last quarter of the current fiscal. “No significant impact on advertisement revenue has been visible as the inventory was already sold. The actual impact to be visible over the next month and Q4FY17,” the brokerage said in a note on Thursday.A similar fate awaits Hindi films, impacting producers as well as cinema halls where two latest releases, Rock On 2 and Force 2 are being shown.”Multiplexes have seen impact of decline in footfalls for movies like Rock On 2 and Force 2. This is likely to have impacted both the box-office collection and F&B sales. We expect 15-20 percent impact on footfalls due to decline in cash transactions. We believe that this should ease in December with the improvement of content. Impact on smaller film producers to be felt over the next three-six months,” IDBI Capital Markets & Securities said.It reiterated what many other analysts have said on the negative impact of demonetisation on the real estate sector.”Secondary market is frozen since the date of event. Unsold inventory could lead into price correction. However, they are very property specific. The impact on private real estate players is very negative,” it added.Share prices of listed multiplexes have dropped ever since the November 8 “surgical strike.” PVR slipped from Rs 1,284 (as on November 8) to close 10.90 percent lower at Rs 1,144 on Thursday, while Inox shares have lost 8.57 percent from Rs 245 apiece to Rs 224 on Thursday during the comparable period.Eros International Media closed at Rs 155, a loss of 15.3 percent from its November 8 closing of Rs 183. The company is into film production and distribution in India and abroad.last_img read more

UNHCR calls for redoubling humanitarian aid for Rohingyas

first_imgThe UNHCR on Tuesday called for a redoubling of the international humanitarian response in Bangladesh, saying, the conditions for an estimated 436,000 Rohingyas who have fled to the country from Myanmar in the last month could still deteriorate.”This morning UNHCR has flown in its fourth humanitarian airlift. The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 777 cargo jet, loaded with 100 metric tonnes of aid, landed in Dhaka at 12.30pm on Tuesday. As shelter needs in south-eastern Bangladesh are acute, this flight has been loaded with shelter materials only. Two more aid flights are being scheduled,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told newsmen at a briefing in Geneva.Eadwards said despite every effort by those on the ground, the massive influx of people seeking safety has been outpacing capacities to respond, and the situation for these refugees has still not stabilized.”Many of those who have arrived recently are deeply traumatized. Despite having found refuge in Bangladesh, they are still exposed to enormous hardship. At the request of the Bangladesh authorities, UNHCR and our partners have scaled up protection and life-saving support to the new arrivals in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps, and extended this support to the informal settlements surrounding these camps,” he added.UNHCR is also distributing emergency shelter kits, kitchen sets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, solar lamps, and other non-food items.The UN agency said it is continuing identify and support the most vulnerable refugees such as unaccompanied children, women, the elderly and disabled, who are in urgent need of shelter, food, water, and healthcare.The UNHCR spokesperson said, “In the last week, we and partners distributed hygiene kits to some 1,900 women, while each day an average of 9,900 people received meals through community kitchens, 2,600 received other hot meals, and 4,700 received high energy biscuits.”As the population in the Kutupalong and Nyapara camps has now doubled, so have the needs for clean drinking water. In the last few weeks, the UNHCR constructed additional seven deep tube-wells, 13 shallow tube-wells, and 116 latrine chambers in the two camps to help deal with this increase.During his visit to Bangladesh in the past weekend, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi discussed the importance of working towards solutions with Bangladeshi authorities, but emphasized that for now, the immediate focus has to remain on fast, efficient and substantial increase of support to those who are so desperately in need.last_img read more

Paleopathologist finds gigantism in third century Roman skeleton

first_img More information: Pituitary Disease from the Past: A Rare Case of Gigantism in Skeletal Remains from the Roman Imperial Age, Published online before print October 2, 2012, doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-2726 (Phys.org)—Paleopathologist Simona Minozzi and her team working at the University of Pisa, have published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism describing the skeletal remains of a Roman man from the third century that was first partially unearthed in 1991 in Italy. It is believed the man had gigantism, a metabolic condition that causes people to grow exceptionally tall. The skeleton was believed to have been from a man between the ages of 16 and 20 when he died, who would have stood 6 feet, 8 inches tall. Citation: Paleopathologist finds gigantism in third century Roman skeleton (2012, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-paleopathologist-gigantism-century-roman-skeleton.html © 2012 Phys.org To no longer grow is a ‘blessing’ for world’s tallest man Explore furthercenter_img Journal information: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism Credit: (c)2012 [i]Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism[/i], doi: 10.1210/jc.2012-2726 Gigantism generally occurs due to a tumor in the pituitary gland that causes growth hormones to be released in an abnormal manner while a person is still young. It’s extremely rare, occurring in just three people in a million, causing them to grow to heights ranging from seven to nine feet tall. In early Roman times, such a tall person would have stood out from the crowed, as the average height for a man in the third century Roman world, was just 5 feet, 6 inches.In studying the skeleton, Minozzi and her team found evidence of skull damage that appears to have occurred as the result of a tumor causing distention, a frequent occurrence with those that have the condition today. They also found evidence that the man had not yet ceased growing, another common symptom found with people that have the disorder. Dying young is also common for those that have gigantism as such growth tends to lead to other problems such as with the circulatory system. Thus far, the research team has been unable to identify the cause of death in this case, however.The team also looked for clues that might provide some insight into how the man was treated by people around him as surely his great height would have made him a curiosity. Unfortunately, his tomb, which was originally discovered back in 1991 held no artifacts, though the manner in which he was laid to rest indicated that his burial was no different from others of his time. During the original dig, it was noted that the tomb was unusually long, but it wasn’t opened until recently. Noting the unique skeleton, the remains were sent to Minozzi’s facility for further study. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

3 Ways in Which AI Could Enhance Your Companys UX

first_imgSeptember 20, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » User experience (UX) design is about making digital experiences easier by removing the hindrances that can lessen the ease of communication between the business (website) and the user.Related: How AI Changed Customer Service in the IT industryFrom the colors and features a business website offers to its interactions with users, strong UX means that everything will have been designed to eliminate or at least minimize these obstacles and drive up conversions.The need for automation to handle these challenges has caused an even larger (and newer) challenge to emerge: the gap between how intuitive websites need to be versus how they actually are. No design is perfect — there’s always a chance that the audience will disengage at one point or another in the journey. But, as globalization speeds up and more opportunities to sell to more people appear, business website design will have to become, well, perfect.How? Through AI.Certainly the promise of artificial intelligence seems always to be on the horizon, yet many businesses are already taking the lead in providing a much more intuitive UX using AI technology. According to a report by Narrative Science and the National Business Research Institute, 61 percent of businesses surveyed said that as of 2017, they’d already implemented AI. By comparison, only 38 percent had done so by 2016. In a separate study, 61 percent of marketers polled said AI was the most important aspect of their data strategy overall.That makes sense. In a few years, users will demand just this level of UX. Besides, it is useful now — having already demonstrated the advantages of use of machine learning and AI for improved efficiency. Gartner has predicted that by 2020 85 percent of customer interactions will be with a machine.Related: AI Can’t Solve All Of Our Customer Service Problems (Yet)So, how can AI make the digital experience more appealing to your website visitors?1. Expert guidancePart of the customer-buying journey involves research. During this phase, the consumer is actively looking for new information for helping in making a sound buying decision. And one of the best places to find this information is a website like yours.According to a report by Episerver, when consumers visit a business website for the first time, 92 percent of them initially go to do something other than make a purchase. Some 45 percent visit a website to search for a product. So, even when they visit with an intent to buy, 32 percent of consumers will rarely or never make a purchase. Why? The Episerver report suggested that 98 percent of shoppers are dissuaded by incomplete or incorrect content and 32 percent because they can’t find all the information they needed.This is where artificial intelligence comes in: Using AI, businesses can turn the odds in their favor during the research phase by offering their visitors expert guidance. Consider a decision involving the major (and expensive) purchase of an engagement ring or other jewelry piece holding a diamond. ROSI, an AI-powered algorithm, harnesses veteran diamond-buying expertise and has integrated AI processes to create “the world’s first digital diamond expert,” according to ROSI’s creator, Adam Stein.This kind of capability gives businesses using AI on their websites an edge over their competitors.2. SearchThe search bar is still an important tool of communication between the user and the website. It’s even more important to the business behind that website. People who use the search bar have been found more likely to purchase than those who go through standard navigation.According to Econsultancy, site search can result in conversion rates up to 50 percent higher than average. The reason is that people who use a search bar are shopping with intent. To them, the search bar promises more relevant results than standard navigation can.Businesses have realized that by offering a user-friendly search experience, they can help customers find products and services more easily. With consumers now more than ever in control of their shopping experience, a good experience means happier shoppers and a greater potential for repeat purchases. This is the context for semantic search, powered by AI. Semantic research improves search accuracy through a deeper understanding of user intent and context. This technology can improve the level of earning from past results. If you use Siri, you have already used this technology.And businesses are seriously investing in site search technology — witness Etsy’s interest in Blackbird Technologies a few years ago. Blackbird Technologies is a machine-learning tool that analyzes user behavior and other variables to give search recommendations.3. PredictionBased on your page visits, item selection and social behavior, the Amazon ecommerce app can tell what you’d like next. That’s AI in action. It can be used to predict what kind of entertainment spots you’d prefer, places you’d like to visit and merchandise you’d buy.Similarly, AI can be used to predict a customer’s next purchase on a business website, allowing the company’s customer help team to prepare for questions and concerns. Businesses can take advantage of such insightful predictions to anticipate their customers’ future actions based on their activity on the website.The more accurate these predictions get, the more insights businesses will be able to draw from them and, ultimately, the better the user experience they’ll be able to offer.ConclusionToday’s consumer is now more discerning, and the scope of research customers engage in before buying is expanding. Similarly, businesses are evolving and their websites are becoming an important point for meeting with the consumer.Related: Enterprise Chatbots With AI Are the Solution for Customer ServiceUsing AI, forward-thinking businesses have been able to address UX concerns by using an automated yet interactive system. Is your business one of them? Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min readlast_img read more