ScienceShot: Early Musical Training Staves Off Hearing Loss

first_imgAfter spending thousands of dollars on music lessons and instruments for their children, parents often watch in dismay as once-coveted flutes, clarinets, and violins are unceremoniously abandoned. Such investments in early musical education may not be wasted, however. New research suggests that even after going decades without practicing their instruments, lapsed musicians have sharper ears. To compare hearing ability in former musicians to people who never played an instrument, researchers measured the electrical brain activity produced by a type of auditory processing called “neural timing,” which enables people to respond to split-second changes in sound such as the transition from a consonant to a vowel. This ability declines with age and is key to interpreting speech (hence the need to speak slowly and sometimes repeat words when speaking to the elderly). Compared with their nonmusical peers, adults aged 55 to 76 who had studied music for 4 to 14 years as youngsters had more precise neural timing, even though they hadn’t practiced in nearly 40 years, the team reports today in The Journal of Neuroscience. The more years that participants in the study had spent playing an instrument, the more accurate their brain responses, the researchers say. Although previous research has shown that playing music can improve hearing skills, they claim that this is the first study to show such long-term benefits.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Green Light

first_imgRetail behemoths Wal-Mart, Tesco and Carrefour are set to secure approval for setting up majority-owned stores in India. A panel of Ministerial secretaries green-lighted the proposal, which now heads to the union cabinet for approval. Presently, only single brand retailers can hold majority stake in their Indian outlets.In a bid to appease small retailers, who have been opposing the entry of foreign department stores, the stores will only be permitted in cities with a population of over 1 million and will require minimum $100 million in foreign direct investment. In addition, they will be required to source at least 30% of manufactured items from small and medium enterprises Related Itemslast_img read more

Saeed Ajmal questions ICC rule which ‘threatens the careers of spinners’

first_imgPakistan’s ace spinner Saeed Ajmal has brought the curtains down on his cricket career with a “heavy heart”, criticising the ICC’s protocol to assess bowling actions on his way out.After a successful but controversial career, off-spinner Ajmal finished with 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last of which was at Galle in Sri Lanka in 2014, where his bowling action was reported for a second time.His action was first reported during an ODI series against Australia in the UAE in 2009.His time in the limelight cut short following a temporary ban for chucking, Ajmal returned to the sport in 2015 with a re-modelled action but without much success.”I am retiring today and at 40 years of age I thought it is now time for me to make way for younger players. I got this feeling I was being considered extra baggage even in domestic teams and I didn’t want to go out losing my respect,” Ajmal told PTI.”I am retiring with a heavy heart because firstly I think the ICC’s protocol is too harsh and if all bowlers today playing international cricket are tested I am sure at least 90 percent will fail to clear this protocol,” Ajmal said.He felt that if the Pakistan Cricket Board had fought his case more vociferously at the ICC, he would have left a satisfied man.”The board did support me after my bowling action was declared illegal but I think they could have done more at least using my case to challenge this protocol at the ICC level,” he added.advertisementAsked what issues he had with the ICC protocol, Ajmal said it didn’t take into account the fact that some bowlers had natural medical issues with their arm while some may have developed problems after some accident.”To be honest if you talk about the current extension of the elbow allowed I don’t think many of the current bowlers meet the ICC standards all the time. Some relaxation has to be allowed on medical grounds.”Ajmal has always claimed that a road accident caused his arm to bend to some extent.Ajmal, who called it quits after leading Faisalabad in the National T20 Championship, said he wished his last match was at the international arena.”I always enjoyed the challenge of international cricket and it would have been ideal to retire with a match for Pakistan.”The spinner called on the PCB to devise a programme to save spinners in Pakistan from extinction.”This ICC rule threatens the careers of spinners and in Pakistan the board needs to do extensive work on helping and assisting bowlers with any problems. I am willing to offer my services if they ask me to do something.””We are struggling to find off-spinners in Pakistan and that is because since 2014 even in our domestic cricket our authorities have just panicked and reported and banned bowlers by dozens.”Some of these bowlers had potential to become great bowlers but no one has bothered to even see where they are and some of them have even left cricket.”Ajmal said that while the Pakistan Super League was a great project, the PCB must not ignore domestic cricket.”We must never forget that eventually our players will come from domestic cricket not PSL. The board needs to give more importance to domestic cricket.”Ajmal said he had completed level two coaching and would remain in touch with the sport by coaching youngsters.last_img read more

ADI: isolated 4-port 802.3bt PoE++ PSE controller delivers up to 71.3W

first_img Continue Reading Previous Infineon is launching first magnetic sensors based on TMR technologyNext Microchip: 32-bit MCUs feature robust, chip-level security and Arm TrustZone technology Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTC4291/LTC4292 isolated 4-port power sourcing equipment controller chipset designed for use in IEEE 802.3bt (PoE++) Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems. The LTC4291/LTC4292 provides 4 independent PSE ports comprised of 2 channels each, ensuring fully compliant support for the next generation of IEEE 802.3bt powered devices. The LTC4291 includes a digital interface to the PSE host, while the LTC4292 implements the high voltage Ethernet power interface. The two ICs intercommunicate using an inexpensive Ethernet transformer.  The transformer-isolated communication protocol replaces up to six expensive opto-couplers and a complex isolated 3.3V supply used in traditional designs, resulting in significant BOM cost savings and a more robust and easy to manufacture design. The LTC4291/LTC4292 chipset operates seamlessly with compliant 802.3bt PD controllers, the LT4294 or LT4295, forming complete end-to-end PoE++, PoE+ and PoE solutions.  Up to 71.3W of power can be delivered to single-signature or dual-signature PDs.  Users will appreciate the robustness of the 80V pins. Analog Devices leads the industry in low power path dissipation, significantly outperforming PSEs that integrate higher RDS(ON) MOSFETs.  PD discovery is accomplished using a multipoint voltage and current detection mechanism, ensuring the best immunity from false PD detection.  Advanced power management includes Autoclass support, prioritized fast shutdown, 14-bit per-port power and current readback, 8-bit programmable power limits and 7-bit programmable overload current limits. Systems can be updated with field-upgradable firmware.  A 1MHz I2C interface allows a host controller to digitally configure the chipset or query port status. Power management “C” demonstration libraries are also available to reduce NRE and improve time to market.The LTC4291/LTC4292 chipset is offered in the industrial temperature range.  The LTC4291 digital controller is in a RoHS-compliant 24-pin 4 x 4mm QFN package, while the LTC4292 analog controller is in a 40-pin 6 x 6mm QFN package.  The LTC4291/LTC4292 is Analog Devices’ first 802.3bt PSE controller and provides an upgrade path from the popular LTC4266 4-port 802.3at PSE controller. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

a month agoRangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes away

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers hero Fernando Ricksen passes awayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Rangers player Fernando Ricksen has died at age 43 after a six-year battle with motor neurone disease, the Ibrox club have confirmed.The Dutch international had been battling the condition since 2013.Ricksen was a fans’ favourite during his six-year spell at Rangers after being signed by Dick Advocaat in 2000.He helped the club win the domestic cup double in 2002, the treble in 2003 and was captain for a trophy double in 2005.Rangers said they were “deeply saddened” to be announcing the news of Ricksen’s passing.”The thoughts of everyone at Rangers is today with his wife Veronika, his daughter Isabella and all his family and friends,” the club added. last_img read more

India rare to pull off 7th straight WC win against Pak

first_imgManchester: A cricketing rivalry that transcends beyond the realms of 22-yards will be reignited when India and Pakistan square off in a World Cup encounter that could have fascinating sub-plots with Rain Gods threatening an anti-climactic twist. The escalating cross-border tensions between the two neighbouring nations add to the intrigue with KL Rahul’s technique being tested by Mohammed Amir and Wahab Riaz’s skills finding more than a match in a colossus like Virat Kohli. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevEven if they feel that it’s just another game, perhaps all players in their hearts know that this is a special match even if at times the reason in purely non-cricketing. No wonder Sachin Tendulkar urges Indian batsmen to be more aggressive against a skillful Amir unlike 2017 Champions Trophy while skipper Kohli speaks about having an “ideal mindset” even if the first-timers may find the “occasion intimidating”. The narrative of Indo-Pak duel is such that irrespective of whether it is a World Cup game or not, it creates heroes or villains for life in the eyes of fans. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsAjay Jadeja’s assault of Waqar Younis in the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal or Salim Malik’s 72 off 35 balls in a tough run chase that stunned the 90,000 plus at Eden Gardens in 1987 are stuff of legends. People remember these matches while forgetting that both were proven match fixers, who brought the game into disrepute. Chetan Sharma, despite a World Cup hat-trick and five-for in a Lord’s Test, is remembered for Javed Miandad’s last ball six in Sharjah in 1986. He was a far better bowler than that to live with a curse of a full-toss. Hrishikesh Kanitkar’s international career wouldn’t possibly deserve a footnote but people still remember him fondly because of his last ball boundary off Saqlain Mushtaq, under fading lights in Dhaka in 1998. Both defy logic but since when have fans cared about logic. For them, this is ‘The Match’ and there’s a binary feel to it. Either you win or lose. Everything else is forgotten duly. Or else it is difficult to justify why fans are ready to buy over-priced tickets being sold on black even after factoring in that weather could possibly ruin things and they might lose out on a lot of money. The exponential increase of media frenzy always hypes it up at insane level even though all the six World Cup duels that India have won have been pretty one-sided. The Bengaluru quarter-final in 1996 or Mohali semi-final in 2011 were exciting but it didn’t go down to the wire. But with no bilateral series being played for years now, each match despite being lop-sided has had a certain novelty attached with it. On the field, Amir’s first spell will certainly keep his team interested after a brilliant performance against Australia. Rahul and Rohit, both of whom have minimal footwork in beginning of an innings, will try to be more assertive. Kohli has always enjoyed a fabulous track record against Pakistan, having scored a hundred in the 2015 game at Adelaide. A hundred is due and Indian captain’s sense of occasion makes him a big contender for a three-figure mark. It will be a test of temperament for the youngsters like Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi, who have hardly bowled to the world’s best batsman. The Old Trafford looks good for batting even though conditions will aid both seam and swing. India’s middle-order will have a role to play in the game. Dinesh Karthik’s experience was supposedly the choice of the team management in the last game but that was factoring in a curtailed game. In case of a full game, Vijay Shankar could be the No 4 if India wants a few overs of seam-up stuff from him or else stick to Karthik, who has more experience of pressure situations. The seaming conditions and Pakistan’s comfort against spinners might prompt Kohli to drop one among Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and go for Mohammed Shami, who could be devastating in these conditions. Jasprit Bumrah will have a score to settle against Fakhar Zaman, bowling against whom, the last thing he would want is to overstep. Bhuvneshwar Kumar would like to bowl that probing off-stump line which can keep opposition best bet Babar Azam at bay. Mohammed Hafeez’s years of experience will be up against Hardik Pandya’s panache. Last but not the least, India’s ‘Man of all seasons’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni will “lead” from the back and that will be the team’s trump card. Squads: India: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohmmed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan. Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shahdab Khan, Mohammed Hafeez, Mohammed Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Aamir, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali. Match Starts at 3 pm IST.last_img read more

Trudeau Liberals seek donations from unlikely source – the PQs interim leader

first_imgMONTREAL — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals went looking for a donation from an unlikely source — the interim leader of the sovereigntist Parti Quebecois.The unusual pitch — a Liberal Party of Canada letter dated May 2 and signed by the prime minister — came in the mail to Pascal Berube’s constituency office in Matane, Que.Berube shared the personalized letter seeking a contribution on Twitter.“I have never seen such a thing. Never,” Berube said in an interview.“Usually political parties will first target their own members for donations … but to do that in a general way, I’ve never seen such a thing.”Berube’s hometown is located in the federal riding of Avignon-La Mitis-Matane-Matapedia, which is currently represented by Liberal MP Remi Masse.Other sovereigntists from elsewhere in the province — who’ve said they’ve never supported the federal Liberals — reported on social media that they too had received the Liberals’ letter. Some wondered aloud where the Liberal Party of Canada would’ve found the PQ’s mailing list.The Liberal party told The Canadian Press that the letter was circulated across the country, and that respecting and protecting people’s privacy is a top priority for the party.“Parties and their leaders often use funding letters like this one to reach out to more Canadians to raise donations for a major campaign,” the party said in a statement. “This letter has been circulated across the country and in both official languages.”In Ottawa, Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, a Quebec Liberal MP, said it shows the party is open and transparent when it seeks funding from PQ members.Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the party manages the list, but sometimes mixups with names do occur.“It happens quite rarely, otherwise you’d ask the question more often,” Rodriguez told reporters.For his part, Berube said he declined the Liberals’ request, adding he’s already donated to the Bloc Quebecois.Lia Levesque, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ban Kimoon calls on Guineas Government to investigate recent killings

22 January 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced “grave concern” about the situation in Guinea, which has been rocked by demonstrations in recent days, urging the Government to investigate killings and prosecute those responsible, including security forces. “The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Guinea to exercise maximum restraint on its security forces, and urges the parties to engage in dialogue in order to find a peaceful resolution to the dispute,” a spokesman for Mr. Ban issued a statement.Saying Mr. Ban is “gravely concerned at the excessive use of force resulting in the loss of life in clashes in Guinea,” the statement strongly urged the Government “to carry out investigations into the killings with a view to bringing those responsible to justice, including members of the security forces, and to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of all citizens throughout the country.”Mr. Ban also voiced hope that a planned visit by leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Guinea “will take place as a matter of urgency.” read more

Trump victory could be good news for Canadian energy business

by Posted Nov 9, 2016 8:25 am MDT TransCanada There’s been some positive reaction from the Canadian energy patch, following the U.S. presidential election.The CIO at Auspice Capital believes in time exports of our oil and gas will grow, especially if the Keystone XL pipeline project is revived.However, Tim Pickering says we can’t stop working on increasing tidewater access.“Open up pipeline access, whether it’s to Energy East or the west — some positive developments on that recently, and I think we need to continue down that path regardless of whether Keystone may get approved because more pipeline to the U.S. doesn’t solve everything for Canadian crude,” he said.Pickering thinks volatility on the markets will continue for quite some time, because of uncertainty over what kind of President Donald Trump will be.“We still need to go and do the right thing and that’s increase our ability to market our energy beyond the United States and this just serves as another reminder of that.” Trump victory could be good news for Canadian energy business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

4yearold accidentally sets house on fire

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnother home goes up in flames leaving 6 persons homelessFebruary 16, 2017In “latest news”Fire destroys four bedroom house in Parfaite HarmonieApril 7, 2015In “Crime”Enterprise home destroyed by fire, arson suspectedMay 11, 2018In “Crime” A four-year-old boy was rescued after he set his aunt’s Bartica, Region Seven residence alight while playing with a lighter on Monday.The Lot 114 3rd Avenue Bartica house owned by 42-year-old, Michelle Garraway was completely destroyed at about 11:15h.The interior of the house after the fire was containedInews understands that Garraway left the child asleep in one of the bedrooms in the one storey wooden house.However, sometime later she smelled smoke and went to inspect. It was then that she saw the bedroom engulfed in flames but quickly managed to save her nephew.The duo, exited the house and the fire tender was called to the scene. However by that time, it was too late and the entire house was completely destroyed.When questioned, the child told Garraway that he was playing with a lighter and accidentally set a mattress on fire. The matter is being further investigated. read more

UG attends World Congress in Germany

Six students and one faculty member represented the University of Guyana in Europe at the Second World Congress on Undergraduate Research held in Oldenburg, Germany, from May 23-25, 2019.The Undergraduate World Congress presents an opportunity for global dialogue across many different fields of inquiry. Students from Universities around the world congregated at this seminal event to share their research, discuss global issues and create international research partnerships; they were also afforded the chance to enjoy and explore the northwest of Germany.The Undergraduate World Congress is a product of the Council for Undergraduate Research of which The University of Guyana is a member.This organisation is comprised of individual, institutional, and affiliate members from around the world, whose mission is to promote high-quality and collaborative undergraduate research, scholarly, and creative activity opportunities for faculty and students.The UG students had their abstracts selected from a pool of over 8,000 abstracts for the World Congress. The student representatives were: Shikema Dey and Nerissa Persaud, two second year Associate Degree in English majors from the Faculty of Education and Humanities, whose research focused on the Discussion of Suicide in Guyana:The insiders’ perspectives (documentary); Shemain Robinson, graduate from the Faculty of Social Sciences, research was on The Challenges faced by orphanage direct care workers;Jomesha Stewart, graduate from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, researched the Tolerance of two grafted tomato plants to diseases; Jason Jaikisson, graduate from the Faculty of Health Sciences, research focused on Estimating organ dose for a standard chest x-ray at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation; Benita Davis, graduate from the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, focused on An examination of physicochemical water quality parameters in the vicinity of the Kaieteur National Park;and Kwesi Elliot, graduate from the Faculty of Natural Sciences, focused his research onThe use of keywords dynamics as a means of user authentication.Commenting on the university’s participation in the World Congress on Undergraduate Research, Vice Chancellor (acting) Professor Michael Scott said, “This is a truly watershed moment in the University of Guyana’s 55 year history. The entire UG Community is elated and justly proud of this global recognition of our undergraduate research scholarship”. He further congratulated the researchers (four females and two males), head of the delegation Assistant Director Undergraduate Research, who accompanied them and also their research supervisors, for a job well done. He also encouraged the team to “keep going forward andupward to greater accomplishments.”The students who attended the World Congress in Germany were extremely grateful for the opportunity to present their research and to represent the University. Jomesha Stewart noted that, “It was an honour to have research that has piqued the interest of individuals on the team of the WorldCUR 2019. I am grateful and quite ecstatic about being given the opportunity to share my research with scholars from various countries of the world.” By the same token, Benita Davis, highlighted that, “the aim of the World Congress for Undergraduate Research is to bring together the world’s best undergraduate research that addresses the major challenges the global community is facing today. Therefore, it was an honour and a privilege to represent the University of Guyana on a global stage”.Jason Jaikissoon called attention to the fact that, “Guyana is now one of five South American countries to participate in the event, with more than 117 international universities”, he is pleased that he was able to demonstrate the quality of research done at the University of Guyana and also for the chance to network for possible collaboration with other universities for future medical research at the University of Guyana.The students were accompanied by Ms Pamela Rose, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research. Ms Rose also made a research presentation titled, “Implementing an Undergraduate Research Office: Insights from undergraduates”. In giving her praise to the students, she expressed, “Seven UG students being part of a global community of undergraduate researchers from 35 countries, six continents, 92 universities and 100academic disciplines is both a rewarding and a productive experience. The exposure to research excellence, creative inquiry and networking opportunities has inspired them and increased their self-confidence.The Office for Undergraduate Research was established in the latter half of 2016 as an initiative of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Guyana. The mission of the Office is to promote and facilitate the engagement of students in research and other creative activities; to demystify research and increase knowledge about its nature and methodologies; and to obtain competitive advantages to pursue opportunities in the workforce and for postgraduate or professional study. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedU.S Embassy partners with NGO to send UG students on Cultural ExchangeJanuary 31, 2014In “Local News”Over 3,000 new university students enrolled at Turkeyen CampusAugust 29, 2018In “latest news”UG prepping to play its role in emerging oil and gas sector …as moves being made to open Dept of Petroleum EngineeringJune 25, 2018In “latest news” read more

At 37 Omesh Jhagroo finally gets CSEC qualifications

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCAPE top performers attribute hard work, dedication to their successAugust 24, 2017In “Featured”CSEC TOP STUDENTS: Donlee Castello wants to become a politician to improve peoples’ livesAugust 15, 2019In “Featured”Visually impaired UG student receives Laptop from President GrangerSeptember 22, 2015In “Business” Omesh JhagrooOmesh Jhagroo, 37, has proven that it is never too late to achieve your dreams.Being completely blind, he has defied all odds and secured five passes at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.“This is a great achievement. I feel wonderful of myself and very proud to know that, even though I lost my sight, I have achieved this,” Jhagroo told INews.As a teenager, Jhagroo did not make it far in high school due to complications with his eye.Though he was not yet fully blind, the young lad had difficulties seeing, and this impacted his schooling.“Due to my eye problems, I had a lot of struggling,” he recalled.He lost his sight completely at age 25, and after so many years, Jhagroo decided to retake the exams.With help from the Guyana Society for the Blind, he finally achieved his dreams.“As long as you put your mind to it, you can make it,” Jhagroo stressed. read more

SENET takes on definitive feasibility study for African Gold Groups Kobada project

first_imgAfrican Gold Group has announced that SENET (Pty) Ltd has been awarded the contract to deliver an updated definitive feasibility study for the Kobada Gold Project in Mali. The company pointed out that SENET is one of the leading project management and engineering firms in the field of mineral processing in Africa. “It has delivered over 24 projects and studies in West Africa alone, and has a proven track record in taking projects from feasibility study through to production.”“Our vast experience in Africa has proven that no two projects are quite the same, therefore our approach has been to cater to our client’s specific requirements,” said Darren Naylor, Managing Director of SENET. “We are excited to be awarded this study on such an exciting project, specifically one in Mali where we have been involved in several early stage projects. We are very excited to be given the opportunity to take this study through to engineering design of the mine, process plant and infrastructure. SENET’s has a proven track record in delivering projects on time and within budget and is looking forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship with AGG.”For almost three decades SENET has provided project management, multidisciplinary engineering, procurement and logistics management, and construction services to the mining and mineral processing industry. “We are very pleased to have SENET on board,” says Danny Callow, Chief Operating Officer of AGG. “SENET has time and again delivered projects in remote countries, with logistical and cross-border challenges and this is the type of expertise we require to take Kobada to the ‘ready for construction’ phase. SENET has a reputation for delivering projects on time and within budget and this is why we have appointed them on this project.”SENET will oversee and consolidate studies from a number of industry experts to fast-track the Feasibility Study, which already indicated significant upside potential, to enable AGG to start production on the exciting Kobada concession. The Feasibility Study is expected to be completed by April 2020.last_img read more

Ramat Hasharon AEK Athens refused to raise Israel flag

Ramat Hasharon’s chairman wrote in the lase chapter that “We are a part of the EHF Challenge cup for 5 years and respect the rules and regulations. We expect the other teams to respect them as well!! We never involved politics with sports as this is not our role and we educate our players to do the same. We ask that you examine these issues and advise of the steps you think needed in order to keep the rules and positive attitude”. Israel Hayom newspaper published (link: ) that Ramat Hasharon complained to the EHF for many issues: 1. “The technical meeting took place on the tribune of the hall instead of an office and was managed poorly”. 2. “We didn’t receive the match reports printed from the delegate – neither at the beginning nor at the end of the game (until now even such report did not reach us)”. 3. “Before the game we noticed that there are no flags of our country hung in the hall. We approached the delegate which kindly explained that the host teams are not obligated to hand our flag. We think that it is not correct! We gave the Athens team the utmost respect when they played in Israel and we expected the same courtesy!”. 4. “The temperature at the hall during the game was much less than the 18 degree that the host team is obligated to. It was very cold!!!”. 5. “Before and during the game the hall was covered with cigarettes smoke that made berating difficult. We think that in such an important sport events it should prohibit! (even as part of the regulation)”. 6. “During the game the Greek fans waved Palestine flags (attached pictures)”. 7. “At the end of the game the AEK Athens players dance with the Palestine flag!” AEK Athen handballRamat Hasharon ← Previous Story HANDBALL, FUN AND FRIENDS – Edition 21 in Granollers! Next Story → RK PPD Zagreb present Artur Karvatski In the second match they came to Athens and discovered that there was no Israeli flag. They asked the local management to raise the flag but they refused. Thru the match, the local crowd raised PLO flags and after the 35:25 for A.E.K, the local players celebrated with that flags. According to the Israel Hayom’s article, The EHF checking now what are the facts in that strange situation at the EHF Challenge Cup’s finalist – that will play with the Russian Dynamo-Victor in the quarter finals. If A.E.K will beat them – they will meet the winner between AM Madeira Andebol SAD from Portugal and  Dicken from finland – in the semi final. SGS Ramat Hasharon started to play in the EHF Challenge Cup on 2014/15 and collected four european seasons before they met A.E.K Athens in the last 16.  read more

Mate Lekai We want this trophy

← Previous Story PETAR NENADIC SHOW: Telekom Veszprem going for trophy in Cologne! Next Story → MADNESS – RK Vardar from -7 to the final! The Hungarian Telekom Veszprem will once again try to catch the most wanted trophy in the world of handball – the one in VELUX EHF Champions League.The new national champions beat PGE Vive Kielce 33:30 (13:13) in the first semi-final of the VELUX EHF CL Final4 at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.This is how Veszprem’s playmaker Mate Lekai saw the match…Mandatory Credit © Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff read more

A superfast internet cable is going to be built under the Pacific

first_imgThe FASTER cable will connect the US west coast with two locations in Japan. Source: NECSIX MAJOR COMPANIES, including Google, are joining forces to build a superfast internet cable under the Pacific Ocean.The Trans-Pacific cable, which will be called FASTER, will connect the US to two landing locations in Japan and is expected to cost $300 million (€224 million).The cable will deliver speeds of up to 60Tb/s, and will connect Chikura and Shima in Japan to the west coast of the US. It’s expected that the cable will be extended to major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle as well as beyond Japan and other Asian locations.The construction of the cable will begin immediately and is expected to be completed and ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016.The six companies involved include Google, which is working with a number of Asian telecom companies like China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KKDI and SingTel.Google already offer its own fibre broadband service in the US called Google Fibre, which delivers speeds of up to 1,000 Mb/s.Read: Worried your online accounts are under threat? Here’s how you can keep them safe >Read: The chances of you following a bot account on Twitter is higher than you think >last_img read more

Working to exonerate innocent people in American prisons

first_imgSource: WikimediaAMERICA HAS MORE prisoners than anywhere else in the world.Currently there are 2.2 million prisoners in America. That is 1.6 million more than in Russia, 2.1 million more than the UK and 600,000 more than China.Nearly two-thirds of prisoners who are released from American prisons will re-offend within three years. However, there are some who shouldn’t be there.For inmates who are in prison in the wrong, there is a non-profit organisation that fights their corner: The Innocence Project.The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing.To date, they’ve exonerated 300 people, including 18 who had served time on death row.The average length of time a person who is exonerated has served is 13 years. Source: innocenceproject/YouTubePaul Cates of The Innocence Project says that the project is designed to encourage reform in the US criminal justice system.“Our mission is to use DNA evidence to exonerate people and reform the system to prevent injustice.“We try to look at the criminal justice system through a scientific lense. We know through the exonerations that there is a flaw in the system.”Cates says that misidentification is a problem in the system that leads to innocent men and women being in prisons.“By far the biggest cause of wrongful conviction is misidentification. Scientists have determined more effective and accurate identification methods, but we’re trying to have a standard set on scientific evidence.“As such, there is no set standard for states to use in terms of what can be used as scientific evidence and what can’t.”That push for a scientific standard one of the key goals for the Innocence Project.They say:For each cause of wrongful conviction, there are straightforward, proven remedies that make the system more accurate: police can change how they administer lineups to reduce errors; forensic science standards and oversight can increase the reliability of evidence; recording interrogations can reduce false confession.In a review of Innocence Project cases that went to DNA testing and were then closed over a five-year period, DNA testing proved innocence in about 43% of cases, confirmed the prosecution theory in about 42% of cases, and was inconclusive or not probative in about 15% of cases.In more than 40% of all DNA exoneration cases, law enforcement authorities identify the actual perpetrator based on the same DNA test results that overturned the wrongful conviction. However, given the nature of the criminal justice system, getting an exoneration is not an easy road, says Cates.“We have 70 people on staff, including seven staff lawyers and we have anywhere from 250 to 300 open cases at any time.“They are incredibly difficult and we only take on cases where we feel DNA evidence can exonerate someone.”Read: The State of Texas may have executed an innocent man – but won’t pardon himlast_img read more

More than 8000 metres of eircom cable stolen in 2014

first_imgPHONE PROVIDER EIRCOM has said that there have been 30 incidents so far this year of cable theft.The company told that over 8,000 metres of cable have been stolen in 2014.Last year, some 60,000 metres of the company’s cable valued at €240,000 was stolen. This year’s haul would be valued in the region of €30,000.“These thefts do result in loss of service to customers but we always work hard to restore service as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson said. “There are a number of cases pending against the culprits.We would strongly urge anyone who has any information relating to metal theft to contact their local garda station.”Irish Rails has suffered some thefts this year – one along the DART line, which caused services to be cancelled, and another on the Limerick to Galway line.There have also been eight instances of cable theft reported by the Luas. A spokesperson said around 350 metres of earthing cables have been taken so far this year.They also pointed out that the cost of replacing the cables often far exceeds the cost to companies to replace them and repair any damage done by thieves.In May, gardaí warned businesses of a rise in metal theft, with over 2,500 incidents reported each year. That same month, they found 1,000 stolen beer kegs in a search as part of a metal theft day of action.According to gardaí, copper, aluminium and lead are the main targets for thieves.While copper prices are stabilising because of increased supply, market prices for aluminium and lead are both on the increase due to falling production levels. Other metals that are increasingly in demand are platinum, palladium and rhodium present in catalytic converters of vehicles.- With additional reporting by Clíodhna Russell.Read: Gardaí discover 1000 stolen beer kegs>Read: Businesses warned of rise in metal theft>last_img read more

George Michael left nothing to former lovers lions share goes to his

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Michael’s estate can finally be divided following court paperwork issued on 30 May, however the star did not leave any of his $124 million fortune to his 45-year-old boyfriend Fadi Fawaz or 60-year-old Kenny Goss, his lover of almost 15 years.The will, released more than two years after the star’s death, split the majority of his estate between sisters Yioda and Melanie who get the lion’s share, including two London homes. He also left a horse racing stud farm to his dad, Kyriacos.The remainder of his wealth is to be split between seven of his friends and relatives, which include Wham! co-star Shirlie Kemp and record producer David Austin. Yioda will decide how the items will be divided.Other items of interest have been donated to The Mill Charitable Trust, including artworks, antique and a piano once owned by John Lennon.The star tragically passed away from heart disease on 25 December 2016, and was found by his on-off boyfriend, hairdresser Fadi. They had started dating in 2012. Since the star’s death, Fadi has been living at the star’s house near Regent’s Park and the Sun reports that he has ignored legal letters from George’s family because he states that the star gave him permission to live there before his death.last_img read more