Much Focus on the Export Sector

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With improved agricultural production and marketing now getting much focus from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the need for proper and efficient export facilities is essential.Against this background, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, toured the Plant Quarantine and Export Centre, at the Sangster International Airport on June 26, and met with a group of exporters at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office, at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St. James.Dr. Tufton told JIS News that the tour was intended to make him familiar with the procedures at the export facility, adding that the Ministry is working to enhance the efficiency of the export process. He said that improvements are now being carried out at the export centre at the airport, which will result in a more efficient facility, and more storage space.“For us it is important, because as we grow more food, it is going to be important for us to ensure that we have markets for our foods, and those markets are not confined to Jamaica. It is very important that we get markets that are external; in fact, we have as many Jamaicans living overseas as here, and of course there are non-Jamaicans who want our produce,” he said.He emphasised that the Ministry is taking a very keen interest in ensuring that the export centre is efficient, to properly service both its internal and external clients.At the meeting with the exporters, the Minister took note of the problems being encountered by members. These include: difficulties being faced by exporters to Europe; the necessity for a one stop shop for information and certification in Montego Bay; infiltration and contamination of legitimate exports with contraband; inconsistent production by farmers; the fumigation of some agricultural products, causing them to lose quality and taste; and the early closing time on Fridays by Customs Officers working at the export facility.In his address to the exporters, he emphasised that agro-processing is fundamental to the sustainability of the agricultural sector. He said that once the levels of production have increased to where there is excess supply, then a way must be found to store, process and package the surplus.He cited the Jamaican Diaspora abroad, as a ready market for the export of Jamaican products. RelatedMuch Focus on the Export Sector RelatedMuch Focus on the Export Sector Much Focus on the Export Sector CommerceJune 28, 2009center_img RelatedMuch Focus on the Export Sector Advertisementslast_img read more

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The new Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R gets some GT500 bits

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos advertisement Hey, if you’re going to risk stealing big bro’s things, it might as well be the good stuff. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Today we learn the latter has been snooping around in the GT500’s closet and nicked a couple of items.They’re good ones, too. In a change intended to enhance handling and steering responsiveness, GT350R refinements for the 2020 model year include a fettled front suspension geometry including a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle leveraged from the GT500.A new steering rack and recalibrated power steering control will also allow owners to attack track corners with more vigor.“It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. This is a quote that makes your author sit up and take notice, as any GT500 kit filtering down to the GT350 and even the mass-market GT is Very Good News.Elsewhere on the option sheet, GT350R will offer a Technology Package that endows the car with a banging stereo system and comforts like blind-spot monitoring and sat-nav. This will be useful to buyers who want the R’s ferocity but don’t wish to drive around in something equipped like a Moroccan prison.The GT350R is already a scalpel-sharp machine; these changes should focus its rage even more. Ford is smart to share the GT500’s toys. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›center_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos Everyone who has a cool big brother has stolen something from him at one time or another. Whether it was the Metallica tape out of his ghetto blaster when you were kids; or his gas-powered pressure washer now you’re adults, big bro usually has some cool kit to covet.This phenomenon is not limited to human siblings, apparently.Earlier this year, we learned the specs of Ford’s hairy-chested GT500, a car that serves as the leather-jacket-wearing big brother to the athletic GT350 and GT350R. RELATED TAGSFordMustang Shelby GT350Non-LuxuryNew Vehicles2020Fordgt350gt350rGT500MustangNon-LuxuryShelby Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canadalast_img read more

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Antarctic Ice Shelves Breaking Up Due To Decades Of Higher Temperatures

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 6, 1999 Two ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula known as the Larsen B and Wilkins are in “full retreat” and have lost nearly 3,000 square kilometers of their total area in the last year, say scientists in Colorado and the United Kingdom. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center and the British Antarctic Survey attribute the retreats to a regional warming trend. The trend has caused the annual melt season to increase by 12 days to a total of 20 days over the last 20 years, they said. Satellite photos monitored by NSIDC show that the Larsen B ice shelf has continued to crumble after an initial small retreat in spring 1998. In a series of events that began in November 1998, an additional 1,714 square kilometers of shelf area caved away, said Research Associate Ted Scambos of CU-Boulder’s NSIDC. On the opposite side of the peninsula, the Wilkins Ice Shelf retreated nearly 1,100 square kilometers in early March of last year, said Scambos. Scientists looking at weather satellite imagery at that time suspected a breakup was underway and had their suspicions confirmed by radar satellite images. “The radar images showed a large area of completely shattered ice, indicating an ice front 35 kilometers back from its previous extent,” said Scambos. “The sudden appearance of thousands of small icebergs suggests that the shelves are essentially broken up in place and then flushed out by storms or currents afterward.” The British Antarctic Survey scientists had predicted one of these retreats, using computer models to demonstrate that the Larsen B was nearing its stability limit. With the small breakup observed last spring, the shelf had already retreated too far to continue to be supported by adjacent islands and shorelines. Scientists at both institutes expected the two shelves to fail soon, but the current disintegration is occurring at an even faster rate than earlier breakups gave reason to anticipate. “We have evidence that the shelves in this area have been in retreat for 50 years, but those losses amounted to only about 7,000 square kilometers,” said David Vaughan, a researcher with the Ice and Climate Division of the British Antarctic Survey. “To have retreats totaling 3,000 square kilometers in a single year is clearly an escalation. Within a few years, much of the Wilkins ice shelf will likely be gone.” Ice shelves are floating plates of ice that are still attached to continents and which form when large glaciers flow toward the ocean in polar areas. Where they are supported by islands and sheltering coastline, they can become stable, long-term features, said Scambos. Surface features on the Larsen B indicate that it has existed for at least 400 years. But as climate inches toward an average summertime temperature just above 0 degrees C — the melting point of water — the Larsen and Wilkins ice shelves have begun to disintegrate. The Larsen B ice shelf is currently about 7,000 square kilometers — about the size of Delaware. The Wilkins ice shelf is nearly twice that large, Scambos said. The British researchers, who have monitored the peninsula’s climate warming for decades, report an increase in mean annual temperature of about 2.5 degrees C or roughly 4.5 degrees F since the 1940’s. Both groups concur that ice shelf breakup is a direct result of local climate warming. According to Scambos, the recent warming trend has led to greater amounts of ponding melt on the shelf, weakening it. “Melt water at the surface acts to increase the extent of fracturing in the ice,” he said. “The weight of the water essentially forces the cracks open, so a relatively small amount of climate warming can destroy a large, centuries-old ice shelf.” The NSIDC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint venture of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Images of the Larsen B and Wilkins ice sheets are available at the following web sites: ** www-nsidc.colorado.edu/NSIDC/ICESHELVES/lars_wilk_news; ** www.nerc.bas.ac.uk; ** dude.uibc.ac.at/Projects/Larsen_Ice_Shelf.last_img read more

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CSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics

first_imgRelatedCSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics RelatedCSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics RelatedCSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics CSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics EducationOctober 27, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — E-learning Jamaica on October 26 launched its online mathematics textbook -‘Mathematics Enhancement Programme’ (MEP Jamaica) – which is intended to improve the success rate at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, by facilitating self-study and reinforcement of classroom teaching. The CSEC math preparation textbook also facilitates the delivery of the curriculum, and is divided into 10 instructional strands for teachers and students, with an extra revision strand designed for students. Speaking at the event, which was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Deputy Chief Education Officer, Dr. Mary Campbell, said that according to the experts, problem solving and critical thinking skills are best developed through mathematics. Therefore, it is important that mathematics education is given primary focus, she said. She argued that, “life has progressed largely due to the roles played by mathematical methods in World War II, the Cold War, the space age, and the computer age.” “These created very necessary tools for mathematics. Mathematics in every country is now the most widely taught subject in schools and is supported by a cadre of teachers with high aspirations,” Dr. Campbell said. She emphasised that educators must equip students with the necessary skills to function effectively and efficiently, as the world is moving away from traditional methods of teaching, and is embracing virtual schools, distant teaching, and personalised teaching. Dr. Campbell said MEP Jamaica will provide the opportunity for teachers to upgrade themselves and improve their practise. Meanwhile, she noted that as the education system continues the transformation process, much more will be demanded from teachers. “There will be more accountability for students’ learning; the child must be the centre of the teaching process and curriculum development and implementation,” she said. MEP Jamaica extends beyond the CSEC curriculum to include topics that are important for mathematics mastery and comprehension, and can be used as an extension material for more advanced students, challenging them on specific topics. The new and free resource was developed by a team, which included: Head of the Mathematics Department, St. Andrew High School for Girls, and Senior Subject Co-ordinator and Mathematics Co-ordinator at e-Learning Jamaica, Dawn Thompson-Clarke; former Head of Mathematics Education at the University of the West Indies, Terry Tomlinson; former Principal of Campion College, Radley Reid; former Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Rosalyn Kelly; Mathematics teacher at Papine High School, Cadien Roxborough; and Head of the Mathematics Department at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Dr. Joseph Thomas. The e-Learning Jamaica Company was established in 2005 as a limited liability company, to implement e-Learning projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.  Advertisements By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Democratic sweep in California raises GOP suspicion

first_imgTags :apDemocratelectionmidtermsNewsrepublicanshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCourt Rules in Santa Monica’s Favor for Santa Monica Airport Landing and Fuel Flowage FeesEditorial: DTSM fast food banYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours ago HomeFeaturedDemocratic sweep in California raises GOP suspicion Dec. 01, 2018 at 4:00 amFeaturedNewsDemocratic sweep in California raises GOP suspicionAssociated Press3 years agoapDemocratelectionmidtermsNewsrepublican By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated PressA combination of recent changes in California’s election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and upended traditional voting patterns in a year that Democrats captured a string of U.S. House seats in the state.Suspicious Republicans have pointed a finger at the state’s dominant Democratic Party, suggesting the changes intentionally left Republicans at a disadvantage.Whether Democrats have a clear edge is debatable. What’s not is that vote counts in California now routinely stretch long beyond Election Day. A stunning five million ballots, or more than 40 percent of the overall total, were counted after Nov. 6. Some counties still are tabulating ballots.The stream of later-counted ballots strongly favored Democrats, reversing what initially looked like winning margins for Republican candidates in high-profile House races.In the former GOP stronghold of Orange County, Republican Rep. Mimi Walters ended election night with a 6,200-vote lead. But Democrat Katie Porter swamped Walters as the vote count continued, winning 58 percent of those tallied after Election Day on her way to defeating the two-term incumbent in the 45th District.In was a similar case in the neighboring 39th District, where Republican Young Kim was hoping to become the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress. But her healthy election-night edge over Democrat Gil Cisneros vanished when Cisneros claimed 56 percent of the later votes on his way to taking the seat long held by retiring Republican Rep. Ed Royce.Heading into Election Day Democrats had their sights on seven GOP-held seats in California. They have won six and their candidate in the seventh has declared victory as his margin increased with vote updates this week.When the new Congress convenes Democrats expect to have 46 of California’s 53 seats.  The GOP will have no members in Orange County, long considered conservative holy ground, and also lost their last foothold in Los Angeles County.Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday described California’s election system as “bizarre” in an interview with The Washington Post. Shawn Steel, a member of the Republican National Committee who lives in Orange County, wrote in The Washington Times that “Democrats know it’s easier to erode voter integrity laws than to stuff ballot boxes.”Republicans zeroed in on a change in state law that lets voters allow anyone to drop off their absentee ballot, rather than a family member as previously required. That has opened the door to what they call “ballot harvesting” by campaign operatives.Fred Whitaker, who heads the Orange County GOP, said in an email that an unprecedented number of ballots dropped off on Election Day in the county — more than 250,000 — was “a direct result of ballot harvesting … that directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later.”Democrats scoff at the suggestion of a grand scheme to skew the vote in a left-leaning state where Democrats hold every statewide office, supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature and a 3.7-million edge in voter registrations.Longtime Democratic consultant Bill Carrick said Republicans, despite their losses, have yet to accept that “nobody likes what they are selling.”Secretary of State Alex Padilla also dismissed suggestions of a political slant to the state’s policies.“Every eligible citizen should be able to easily register to vote … and cast their ballot and have their vote counted,” he said. “That’s what’s driven the policies that are in place.”As for the weeks of vote-counting, Padilla said it simply takes time to make sure every ballot is tallied in a state with 58 counties and 20 million registered voters.California has for many elections counted millions of votes after Election Day. There were mostly late-arriving absentee ballots and provisional ballots, which are filled out at polling places when a voter’s eligibility cannot be verified at the time.From 2010 to 2014, election officials counted between 25 percent and 30 percent of the state’s votes in the days and weeks after Election Day. In 2016, the number spiked to more than 36 percent. So far this year, 42 percent of the state’s votes have been counted since Nov. 6.In recent years, California has taken steps intended to encourage voter participation that have had the effect of extending the time needed to count ballots. In addition to who can drop off ballots, there are these provisions:—Mail-in ballots can arrive up to three business days after Election Day and still be counted, provided they are postmarked on or before Election Day.—California provides broad leeway to use provisional ballots at polling places, such as when a voter ends up in the wrong precinct or loses a mail-in ballot. After they are submitted, those provisional ballots must be verified.—When a voter’s signature on a mail ballot doesn’t match records, the voter must be notified and given time to fix it.Data compiled by the nonpartisan research firm Political Data Inc. underscores that Republicans usually vote first and Democrats later.The timing matters because California counts absentee ballots in the order they are received. Votes that arrive first get counted first, while those that get dropped off on Election Day get counted days and weeks later.Early voters, typically white, conservative homeowners, “know where they keep their stamps,” said Political Data’s Paul Mitchell, alluding to the state’s growing preference for mail-in ballots, which now account for most ballots.Later voters tend to be a more diverse group that includes more young people and renters who might have lost track of their registration, meaning they fill out provisional ballots at polling places that must be reviewed after Election Day.As for their politics, those younger, mobile voters are frequently independents and more likely to be liberal-minded, Mitchell said.Statewide, Democrats received a big boost from later votes.Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom won 59 percent of the votes counted on Election Day and 65 percent of the five million votes counted since then.In California’s farm belt, Republican Rep. David Valadao had a lead of more than 7 percentage points over Democrat T.J. Cox on Election Day, with double-digit leads in three of the four counties that make up the 21st District. But Cox declared victory this week after winning 56 percent of the votes counted after Election Day.The Associated Press had declared Valadao the winner on election night. However, the AP retracted its call on Monday, after Cox took the lead.AP deputy managing editor David Scott said the organization is looking closely at the changes in how California votes as the news cooperative prepares for the 2020 elections.“Any time we make a mistake, we spend a lot of time looking at the reasons why. We’ll do the same thing here,” Scott said.___Ohlemacher reported from Washington.last_img read more

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Ups and downs a ‘little too much’: Rory eyes change

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – We’ve all been there. It was the bad golf talking. Or maybe it was a few weeks of inconsistent golf that led Rory McIlroy to turn some heads on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational following another disappointing finish. In the heat of the moment the Northern Irishman acknowledged he was “a little dejected” and that, “I don’t know, maybe looking to go in a different direction,” he said. Comments like that normally lead to predictable outcomes – new swing coaches, new caddies, new equipment. But when it comes to the endless search for answers the world No. 11 – to add insult to injury he also dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2018 – wasn’t so much laying the groundwork for wholesale change so much as he was offering a glimpse into how a player thinks. “I certainly didn’t mean like a change of personnel, per se. I think more a change in philosophy or maybe what I’m trying to work on, maybe going in a slightly different direction,” McIlroy clarified Tuesday at The Players. “Swing-wise I think there’s some things that I’m working on that haven’t quite bedded in or I’m struggling to grasp what I’m trying to do, so that’s sort of what I meant, talking about going in a different direction.” The Players Championship: Full-field tee times | Full coverage At first blush McIlroy’s season hasn’t exactly been “blow it up” worthy. He’s finished inside the top 10 in nearly half his starts (four), including last week’s T-10 and a tie for sixth the week before at the relocated World Golf Championship, and has missed just a single cut. Even those who point out he is 16 months removed from his last PGA Tour victory can be quieted by the coronavirus-driven irony that the 31-year-old will technically be defending two titles this year (the ’19 Players and WGC-HSBC Champions, which were both canceled last year because of the pandemic). Not that any of that helped McIlroy’s mood following his closing 76 on Sunday at Bay Hill. When it comes to players of his caliber top-10 finishes don’t move the needle and he had no interest in dancing around the edges of his current competitive plight. McIlroy feels game is ‘in a better place’ at The Players “I did feel dejected. I felt disappointed. I think one of the biggest things is, it’s funny, I’d almost feel better if my game was worse, but it’s the inconsistency of I shot 66 on Thursday and thought, I’ve got it, I feel really good, and then I didn’t quite have it,” he said. “The ups and downs are just a little too much.” It’s been a far-too-familiar tale for McIlroy in recent weeks. He opened with rounds of 68-71 at the Farmers Insurance Open only to close with a sloppy 73 to tie for 16th place. At Arnie’s Place last week, it was opening rounds of 66-71 followed by an utterly forgettable weekend of 72-76 and a two-hour drive north to the Tour’s flagship event to rehash all the cringy details. Some rounds his ball-striking looks as flawless as ever. On Day 1 last week at Bay Hill he gained 3.13 shots on the field with his iron play, according to strokes gained: approach the green. On Saturday that advantaged had flipped to losing nearly 2 ½ shots to the field from the same fairways – with lift, clean and place in effect. Consistency is the goal of every golfer, whether you’re the world No. 11 or an 11-handicap, but those types of swings are simply unacceptable and why on Sunday, on his way out of town, McIlroy sounded like a man who was ready to start over. “I’m sort of struggling to come to terms with it and sort of trying to figure out what I need to do because the good stuff is there,” he said. “But it’s when it goes slightly off, how do you manage that? I feel like over the last few years, I’ve been really good at when my game hasn’t been fully there, still be able to shoot 69, 70, still being able to get it under par, where I feel like the last few weeks when it hasn’t felt quite right, I’m sort of treading water.” Specifically, McIlroy said his swing struggles have been the result of an “unusual pattern.” For his entire career when things aren’t going well it was the byproduct of his club getting “caught” behind his body on the downswing. It was a flaw, but a flaw he could compensate for. His current issue is the opposite with the club getting too far out in front of him. “This feeling that I have at the minute, I’m not used to managing it, so that’s where the two-way miss comes in, and that’s where I just have to figure out what to do to get it back to a familiar pattern,” he said. The closest thing to a swing makeover for McIlroy – who continues to work with the same swing coach, Michael Bannon, that he had as a junior – was following the 2010 season when he started to focus on his fitness in order to do the things with his swing that he wanted. But even that wasn’t so much a change to his swing as much as it was a change to his base. By comparison, his recent struggles do feel different and maybe it is time for a “slightly different direction,” just don’t expect a wholesale change.last_img read more

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SCLC Speaks in Support of Rep. Tyrone Brooks

first_img Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Today the Southern Christian Leadership Conference denounced what it says is a legal attack on Representative Tyrone Brooks. Brooks was recently charged in a 30-count federal grand jury indictment. The indictment alleges Brooks misused nearly $1 million dollars from a charity he founded in 1990 and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.  ??:??Southern Christian Leadership Conference CEO and President Emeritus Charles Steele did not want to get into specifics about the charges against Brooks.“I’m not here to be the judge nor the jury.”Instead, he defended Brooks’ civil rights record.“Tyrone Brooks in our opinion is an upstanding leader, he’s an upstanding person, he’s a great civil rights icon.”And Steele says it’s likely that Brooks is being unfairly targeted.“I’m pretty sure that there is some politics behind it, but we can’t prove it. It’s something that’s disturbing, because you know where do you stop? They did it to Dr. King, matter of fact he was killed, they did it to Reverend Abernathy, they did it to Reverend Jesse Jackson.”A panel comprised of Georgia’s Attorney General and two democratic state lawmakers will soon decide whether Brooks should be suspended from his legislative duties. Representative Brooks has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Related Stories Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more

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Mind the Gap, Conference in Belgrade

first_img Share 0 LinkedIn 0 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. February 4, 2013 Published by turpis Cross-Border Investigative Journalism Training for the Western Balkans Similar Stories Second Steps for Alternative Urbanisation (Regional Training in Serbia) Deadline: 25 February 2013Open to: social science researchers, scholars and policy-makersVenue: 18-20 April 2013, Belgrade, SerbiaDescriptionInternational Interdisciplinary Conference “MIND THE GAP – FAMILY SOCIALISATION AND GENDER” is organised by Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy in partnership with Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade within the project “Gender Perspectives in Family Socialisation”; supported by Regional Research Promotion Program ⁞ Western Balkans.The main idea is to bring together scholars, researchers, policy makers and activists from various disciplines and open up spaces for possible critical issues in the study of family, gender, role of the early-age educational system and connection between media and value system in South-East European countries.TopicsThe conference focuses on several key research challenges: The relationship between new equality regimes and continued educational inequalities – Using multidisciplinary structure in gender researchProblems and solutions relating to data collection, data analysis and research design in studies of gender in all social disciplinesGender and the Social Environment: Context and ExperiencesInfluencing Policies – Emerging paths in mainstreaming gender in national policy frameworks.EligibilityThe Conference is open to social science researchers, scholars and policy-makers.CostsContributors from Western Balkans are eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel costs.Accommodation expenses and other conference costs are covered fully by organizers.How to applyInterested contributors should send a short one-page CV and max 300-word abstract of a paper, or a max 500 word proposal of a session/panel discussion/ or to suggest another activity to format to [email protected] AND [email protected] by 25 February 2013.Individuals, coming from organizations, policy makers, education institutes and institutions,healthcare system, and NGOs, interested in participating in a discussion round and action research about gender issues in Serbia should send their short biographies (one page) to [email protected] AND [email protected] by 25th February 2013.For more details see the Official CallThe Official Website +1center_img Mind the Gap, Conference in Belgrade Reddit Pocket International Civil Society Week (ICSW) 2019 – Belgrade, Serbia 3-year Cultural Studies PhD Scholarships, Germany → ← DOK.Incubator Film Production Workshops Tweetlast_img read more

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John Carmack wins Lifetime Achievement prize at VR Awards 2019

first_imgJohn Carmack wins Lifetime Achievement prize at VR Awards 2019Oculus Quest crowned best hardware, while A Fisherman’s Tale is declared best gameJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 12th November 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleOculus VRid Software co-founder John Carmack received the highest accolade at last night’s VR Awards.The Oculus CTO received the award for Lifetime Achievement during a ceremony in London. The category “celebrates an individual with an outstanding contribution to virtual reality.”Carmack left id to join Oculus back in 2013, taking on the role of chief technology officer, where he has been instrumental in helping to advance the company’s hardware.Oculus also won the award for VR Hardware of the Year thanks to the release of Oculus Quest, a standalone headset that delivers quality virtual reality experiences without the need for a PC. The Quest beat off competition from sister product Rift S, as well as rival Vive Pro Eye and other contenders from HP, VR Electronic and VRgineers.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Finally, Innerspace VR and Arté France took home the prize for best VR game of the year with their puzzle adventure game A Fisherman’s Tale.The game triumphed over 12 fellow nominees, including Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Blood & Truth, Falcon Age, Angry Birds VR and the virtual reality edition of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.The VR Awards were chosen from over 500 nominations by a panel of over 60 judges, all co-ordinated by extended reality group AIXR.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesOculus halts headset sales in GermanyFacebook says it’s a temporary move and will continue supporting existing owners in the countryBy Brendan Sinclair 8 months agoSony reportedly increasing PS5 production to 10m units by 2021Meanwhile, Facebook said to be ramping up manufacturing for Oculus devicesBy James Batchelor 9 months agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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SAP Futurist paints a bright future for African energy

first_imgSAP’s global vice president, Futurist and Innovation Evangelist, Tom Raftery, acknowledged that as little as a decade ago, positions like ‘innovation evangelist’ or ‘Futurist’ were neither heard of nor necessary. According to Raftery, industries such as healthcare, energy, transport, manufacturing, farming and energy will be changed and supply chains will be transformed. Finance and Policy “BP and Shell are both investing in buying chargers; China is dominating the market in the creation of electric buses globally – and will soon start exporting them; Harley is making an electric bike and scooter; and Renault is also making an electric refuse vehicle, which will allow for inner-city clean-ups with no polluting emissions or noise pollution, at the same time as the garbage is being removed. BRICS This year’s Saphila, which took place between 10 and 11 June 2019, focusedon the ‘Intelligent Enterprise’, providing insight into the shift beyonddigital into an era where tech is built into every single interaction. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Healthcare Renewable energy Futurist remarks on Africa’s smart energy future “Mass customisation is already a possibility. Fiat has produced a completely customisable, fully electric car (EV), in which every part is personally chosen. The batteries come in modules of range, and if you want to, you can even rent another battery for the weekend with a bigger range, put it into your vehicle and use it, and then swap it back out again for your own when the weekend is over.” In the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a futurist and innovation evangelist closed the SAP African User Group’s Saphila 2019 (AFSUG) bi-annual conference with insight into Africa’s smart energy future. “We are seeing a huge disruption in energy also. In the solar space, the cost curve is going down, in what is a beautiful virtuous circle, and the price of solar energy is now below the price of natural gas. Wind prices are also dropping – they’ve dropped 50% since 2012 – and the capacity factor for wind is now higher than that of coal. Related Stories: “The healthcare of today revolves going to the doctor, making an appointment and ultimately being diagnosed using data that can be out of context, for example when we’re sitting in a doctor’s room, our blood pressure could be up somewhat because of the mental stress of wondering what’s going on at work. Going forward, data will be gathered automatically and round the clock, resulting in data that is far richer and better and will lead to better diagnoses. The world of health is improving thanks to digitalisation.” On manufacturing However, given the rate of the energy transition around much of the world, consumers, commercial operations and entire industries are experiencing disruption at a rapid rate, and Raftery’s insights proved to be both poignant, and a wake-up call to many in the industry. TAGSClimate changefourth industrial revolutionIoT Previous articleCote d’Ivoire pilot to reduce energy losses globallyNext articleChinese NOCs, fourth highest upstream investors in Africa over next five years Philip Gordon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric cars “The range of electric cars is changing, and so is the speed of the car’s battery charging. Companies will soon be giving lifetime guarantees on batteries. By 2022, we expect to reach a cross-over point when it will be cheaper to buy an electric vehicle compared to an equivalent combustion engine vehicle. “Battery energy density is also improving – batteries are holding more power and becoming 20% cheaper every year. The combination of renewable energy options plus the batteries that are needed for storage is now working out cheaper than coal and gas.” Raferty ardently stressed his belief that disruption to an industry ultimately leads to more diverse job opportunities, with innovation resulting in more, new and different jobs for people, rather than taking jobs away overall. Futurist, Tom Raftery at Saphila 2019 In conclusion, Raftery said: “The world is changing, and it’s changing fast. I try to remain positive in my presentations and stay away from the old doom-and-gloom philosophy…But the real concerning issue of our time is climate change, and so this is why I give so much focus to the possibilities of renewable energy, electrification, clean meat and vertical farms.” Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Now watch insights into Africa’s economic performance: Ed’s Note: Is there a future for Africa’s largest power utility?Op-Ed: What renewable energy and home repair have in commonWebinar: Power Strategy: Energy mix and operating models In his presentation, the futurist referenced the Spinning Jenny, a machine for spinning from multiple spindles. Despite the fear of job losses at the time, the Spinning Jenny was one of the key developments in the industrialisation of weaving during the first industrial revolution, resulting in different market demands, and innovation or creation of a number of different industries around the textile industry. “Los Angeles is blazing the trail for connected street lighting using the product-as-a-service model, in which the LED street lights are owned by Philips. This is a wonderful example of having the customer’s wants and needs aligned. The city wants the lights working all the time, and the smart system that Philips runs allows for constant maintenance, including predictive maintenance, which allows Philips to do the best job possible and in turn bill the client at a higher percentage of always-on lights.” Generation “As for electric planes, Boeing, Airbus and Rolls Royce are all exploring this, while EasyJet wants an electric plane that, by 2030, will be capable of travelling 500km and carrying 180 people.” A smart city initiative UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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