Anna Marie Bary Moore, age 56

first_imgAnna Marie Bary Moore, age 56, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016.Anna was born November 6, 1959 at Corydon, Indiana. She was a home maker and a member of Saint Bernard Catholic Church, Frenchtown, IN.Preceding her in death was her father, Wayne Bary. Surviving are Husband: Carl M. Moore; Sons: Travis Moore (Elizabeth); Joseph Moore; Nicholas Moore all of Marysville, IN; Mother: Marilyn Ann Simon Jones of Depauw, IN; Brothers: Larry W. Bary, Jr. of Depauw, IN; Thomas E. Bary of Leavenworth, IN; David W. Bary of Lanesville, IN; Grandchildren: Katelyn, Kelcie, Justin; WaylanFuneral 10 A.M. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Swarens Funeral Home, 1405 Hwy 64 NW, Ramsey, IN with burial in Saint Bernard Catholic Church Cemetery, Depauw, IN.Visitation 5 – 8 P.M. Tuesday and after 8 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.last_img read more


5 News Aggregation Methods Compared

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting josh catone 1 News is delivered in many different ways via the Internet. With so many blogs and news sites, it is sometimes hard to keep up and know if you’re really getting all the day’s top headlines. That’s where content aggregation comes into play. Aggregators are sites specifically designed to bring multiple news sources together and repackage them in a more convenient form. These sites make it possible to track and digest the day’s top news with minimal effort. But there is more than one method of aggregation, so which is right for you?Below, I will take a look at five different techniques for aggregating the day’s top news: Single Stream Aggregation, Single Page Aggregation, Meme Aggregation, People Powered Aggregation, and Edited Aggregation. For this round up I will use only sports-related sites.Single Stream Aggregation Single stream aggregation, like SportSpyder takes multiple sources and combines them into a single stream. This is a great method for tracking more than one feed and keeping on top of breaking news. SportSpyder itself aggregates from a large number of varied sports news sources and filters them by team or player. The site also lets users create custom mashup feeds of news for multiple teams.I use SportSpyer indirectly through a module on my MyYahoo! page to track Yankees team news. And while it certainly reports on-topic news from various papers and blogs well, there is one major drawback to this model: duplicates. Because a single stream aggregator simply mashes up a single stream from multiple feeds, there will often be duplicate stories reported from more than one source. Currently in my stream, for example, I have 3 or 4 different stories about Phil Hughes’ rehab start from different sources.Single Page Aggregation A single page aggregator puts headlines from more than one source onto a single page. Sport Snipe, for example, lists 22 sources on its main headlines page (and also includes specialized areas by sport). Singe page aggregators keep feeds separate and let you sort out the news. These are basically simple RSS readers, and the benefit is that you get a lot of sources on a single, convenient page. However, that’s also the drawback. This method of aggregation puts a lot of information on the page at once and it can be overwhelming.Meme Aggregation Meme aggregation attempts to cut down on the signal to noise ratio by figuring out what is the most talked about news (and thus, hopefully, the most important). Megite Sports is a good example of a meme aggregator. The day’s news is distilled down into the top 20 stories based on what is being linked to. (Note that Google News is similar, but relies less on linking and likely more on keyword analysis and comparison to group stories into memes.) Gabe Rivera’s BallBug is another example – it is similar to the tech news favorite Techmeme, but focused on baseball.This is a great way to get a quick glimpse at what are very likely the top stories of the day. The biggest problem with this method is that it is not always super fast at catching breaking news. Meme aggregators will only update with new memes as fast as bloggers and news writers can create them — in other words, breaking news won’t be noticed until enough people are talking about it.People Powered AggregationYardbarker is an example of a sports-themed people powered aggregator — which of course means a digg-clone for sports. People powered aggregation decides the top news by letting people submit and vote on stories. These sites are great for finding interesting and often overlooked content, and the biggest stories will usually get play fairly quickly after they break, but people powered aggregation is generally not great at reporting the day’s news. The crowd can be fickle, and a lot of times selections on these sites seem random, if entertaining.Edited Aggregation Edited aggregation, like Yahoo! Sports News combines news from trusted sources and is vetted by human editors. Yahoo! for example, takes news from the wires — the Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, and PA SportsTicker, among others — and aggregates them into a single stream. Editors keep duplicates to a minimum and decide which stories are the most important to be listed as top headlines on the main sports page.The benefit to edited aggregation is that the signal to noise ratio is great, and you don’t have to do much sifting to find the top news. The drawback, of course, is that you are getting your news through a filter based on the opinions of a few people.ConclusionSo which is the best? It’s really very difficult to say. Each method above has both positive and negative characteristics. The best solution will be the one that you think gives you the best headlines according to your tastes and needs. That very likely could include more than one of the above types of aggregators.center_img Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Publix Security Supervisor on Certification: “I Expected a Lot, and I Received a Lot”

first_imgKenn Dilworth, LPC, has over twenty years of loss prevention and security experience with Best Buy, Marshalls, and his current employer, Publix Super Markets. During his career, he has held several management positions, including asset protection officer and retail LP auditor. Dilworth retired from the US Navy after twenty years of service, during which he received a Navy Accommodation Medal for humanitarian work in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In addition to his LPC, which he received in 2017, he has also earned his LPQ, certified protection officer (CPO), and certified security solutions (CSS) certifications. Dilworth currently serves as Publix security supervisor.Why did you decide to pursue your LPC certification?I had already completed the LPQ in 2015 and personally wanted to improve my loss prevention knowledge and professional development and add to my self-confidence. At the start of 2017, I made obtaining LPC certification a goal. No matter what it would take, I was going to try very hard to achieve this goal. I didn’t just want the designation; I wanted to really know the material. Even now, I often review my notes.- Sponsor – Was the LPC coursework what you expected?I knew in advance this course wasn’t going to be easy. Several colleagues of mine who have obtained their LPC certifications told me it was very informative. After reviewing material contents, I knew it was going to be very demanding and challenging. The course material is highly relevant in all aspects of my job. I expected a lot and received a lot. The exam was very challenging because the questions were worded differently than course quizzes. I was well prepared because of my dedication and focus on passing the exam.Talk about the process of going through the coursework and taking the exam.First, I had to figure out an action plan on how I was going to complete the course. I tried a couple of things until I found the right course of action for me. I dedicated a time and place to study the material and gathered the supplies I would need, such as 3×5 cards and other equipment like my iPad, cell phone, and printer. Sometimes I would go a couple of days nonstop until I just had to take a short break. I knew I needed “muscle memory” to be disciplined and focused to ensure I would not give up. I studied, completed the quizzes, and reviewed my answers. When I identified sections where I had the greatest opportunities, I made sure I would spend extra time reviewing it.When I felt ready to take the exam, I reviewed my notes again and again until it became automatic. The night before the exam, I made sure I had a good night sleep, then had a light breakfast and watched my sugar and sodium intake. I arrived at the testing center thirty minutes early to check in. As I reviewed the exam, which was worded completely differently from course quizzes, I made sure to reread the questions thoroughly before making any selections. If I had not taken extra time to study and really know the course material, I would not have felt comfortable enough to pass the exam. When I had completed the exam and reviewed all my answers, I closed my eyes and push the exam “Complete” button. When the system said, “Passed,” I was very excited and proud.Looking at your own personal background and knowledge, what information in the course helped you the most?Finance, budgeting, supply chain, crisis management, logistics, and pharmacy are sections that helped me the most. This information made me feel comfortable and provided a broader understanding that will make me a more rounded business partner.Learn more about the benefits this Publix security supervisor has seen from taking the course, as well as his top takeaway for someone who is currently considering getting certified, in the full article, “Stepping Up Your Game as an LP Professional,” which was originally published in 2018. This excerpt was updated November 7, 2018. To learn more about the LPC coursework, visit yourlpf.org.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Compliance: Organizations Worry About Compliance and Risk Management for the Cloud

first_imgWhile Cloud Computing continues to grow in hype and number of deployments, seemingly out of step of the trends, many IT departments remain unconvinced that cloud computing is ready for prime time.  A survey by ISACA found that 45 percent of IT professionals still think that cloud computing is still too risk and insecure.  In fact, only 10 percent of IT professionals said that they’d even consider moving a mission critical application to the cloud.But that doesn’t mean that IT is totally ignoring the cloud.  The cost savings of cloud based solutions are well understood, and because of that, IT departments are closely monitoring developments in the world of cloud computing and assessing the risks.   Strategies for moving to the cloud are being developed, and a primary element of every strategy blueprint is the risk assessment.  IT departments want to be able to understand the sensitivity of the data managed by each of their applications and the risks involved with moving application data from an on-premise infrastructure to a cloud-based one.The ISACA report found that compliance, governance and information security management are the top concerns of IT departments today.  Tony Noble, a member of ISACA’s guidance and practices committee, said that “from the growing number of government regulations to consumer privacy concerns to ‘hacktivist’ attacks, enterprise IT assets are being challenged in ways that go far beyond the server room.”IT is increasingly being tasked with ensuring that their data management policies comply with numerous regulations.  Just a few of these regulations include Basel, Frank-Dodd, Sarbanes-Oxley, PII, Do Not Track, Solvency II and HITECH Meaningful Use.  Complicating the problem is that regulations are often very much a moving target — new ones are continually being  introduced, and existing one change frequently or expire.The ordered list of IT concerns listed in the ISACA report are as follows: Regulatory complianceEnterprise-based IT management and governanceInformation security managementDisaster recovery and Business continuityManaging IT risks at fiveVulnerability managementContinuous process improvement and business agilityCloud ComputingMobile Device managementVirtualizationBusiness Development 53 percent of IT staff say that regulatory compliance is now their top concern.  80 percent say that senior management are slow to realize that data security is an important issue.  45 percent are concerned about how to best manage IT project risk.last_img read more


Top stories: Chasing a cancer blood test, and how a Mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in Mexico

first_img ‘Liquid biopsy’ promises early detection for cancerScientists have gotten one step closer to a universal blood test for the early detection of cancer. The new test, which examines cancer-related DNA and proteins in the blood, yielded a positive result about 70% of the time across eight common cancer types in more than 1000 patients whose tumors had not yet spread. The work could one day lead to a tool for routinely screening people and catching tumors when chances are best for a cure.Make replication studies ‘a normal and essential part of science,’ Dutch science academy saysSign 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(*)Scientists, universities, funding agencies, and journals alike should be doing much more to ensure the reproducibility of scientific research, according to a report released this week by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. The group makes a number of recommendations, including teaching scientists how to conduct replication studies. The new report adds to a growing number of voices calling for fundamental changes in the way science is conducted and published.One of history’s worst epidemics may have been caused by a common microbeThe Aztecs called it pestilence. Victims turned yellow from jaundice and blood ran from their ears and noses. They had hallucinations and agonizing convulsions, and they died in days. But even today, nobody knows exactly what caused an epidemic that first appeared in 16th century Mexico. Now, new DNA evidence published this week suggests the culprit might have been salmonella—a common food-borne illness—brought by European colonizers.No more pancake syrup? Climate change could bring an end to sugar maplesSavor that sticky, slightly nutty sweetness drenching your Sunday morning pancakes now. The trees that make maple syrup will struggle to survive climate change, a new study reveals. Researchers thought pollution might buffer sugar maples against an increasingly warm climate by supplying soils with fertilizing nitrogen. But the new analysis finds that the extra boost of nitrogen won’t be enough. Researchers say sugar maples will eventually disappear if current climate conditions continue.How a Mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in Mexico—and ended up losing his faithIn 1948, a Mormon lawyer went looking in the jungles of Campeche in Mexico, for the place where Jesus appeared—according to the Book of Mormon—after rising from the dead. What he found were ancient ruins, an understudied cultural crossroads, and a new window on Mesoamerica’s past. But, as he and the archaeological expeditions he inspired unearthed traces of the region’s earliest complex societies, proof for his beliefs eluded him. Top stories: Chasing a cancer blood test, and how a Mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in Mexico By Roni DenglerJan. 19, 2018 , 2:45 PMcenter_img (left to right): TON KOENE/PICTURE-ALLIANCE/DPA/AP IMAGES; CHRISTINA WARINNER. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE TEPOSCOLULA-YUCUNDAA ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT; LIZZIE WADE last_img read more


Champions League final: Tottenham and Liverpool chase biggest win of all to drop loser tag for good

first_imgAmong the rewards for the Champions League winners on Saturday will be silverware, status and history but the greatest prize awaiting Liverpool or Tottenham might be an end to the agonising wait. Combined, it has been 18 years – seven for Liverpool, 11 for Tottenham – since either lifted a trophy, despite huge strides made in recent years under the much-praised Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino.Related News England, France seal their place in Euro 2020 England sports stars and their WAGs sizzle for event at hotel in London Klopp and Pochettino have been singled-out as two of Europe’s best coaches after crafting teams that reflect their personalities — Liverpool thrilling and fearless, Spurs brave and unrelenting. And while scepticism has greeted the perfection of Manchester City’s star-studded squad in England, approval has also followed Liverpool and Tottenham’s nurturing of youngsters. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Winks came through the clubs’ youth systems while Andrew Robertson, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier joined aged 24 or younger. All of them could start at the Wanda Metropolitano. But any admiration still comes with an asterisk. Liverpool’s last trophy was in 2012, a League Cup that remains their only success since they won the FA Cup in 2006. And Tottenham’s barren spell goes further back to the League Cup in 2008, which was their first trophy since winning the same competition in 1999. Pochettino has tended to bristle at suggestions his team have a habit for coming close but failing to get over the line. When asked in January if the club needed a trophy, he said: “I don’t agree with that, it’s good for the ego. But in reality the most important thing is to build a team that is always going to be in the top four.” The expectations are higher at Liverpool, where Klopp’s vow to win something within four years of taking charge reaches its end-point this weekend. “It didn’t happen yet,” said Klopp in April. “How long it will take I have no clue.” Klopp’s also denied a personal need for silverware after having lost six cup finals in a row as coach, three of them with Liverpool. “I don’t think that way at all,” he said earlier this month. “In football if you want to win you have to accept that there are occasions when you also might lose.” – Falling short -=================The pressure on Liverpool may be more intense, not just because of their success-laden past but because of a craving for satisfaction after a season in which they amassed 96 points in the Premier League but still fell just short of champions City. They will be favourites, having beaten Tottenham home and away already this season and with their experience of last year’s final in Kiev. In the Spurs squad, only Toby Alderweireld has played on this stage, losing with Atletico Madrid in 2014. For a shot of belief, Pochettino might instead turn to Harry Kane, who has declared himself fit after recovering from an ankle injury. Kane has not played a competitive match since April 9 and Tottenham have survived without their star striker, even if a storming run in the Champions League belied a collapse in form domestically. If he is fit, Kane’s goal threat means he will start, most likely at the expense of Lucas Moura, despite the Brazilian’s dizzying hat-trick against Ajax in the semi-final. Liverpool’s own front man, Roberto Firmino, is also expected to play after sitting out the last three matches with a groin strain. Harder to predict will be Klopp’s selection in midfield, where he must choose three from James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho. Considerably more than the 32,000 ticket-holding fans were predicted to descend on Madrid, with police deploying “unprecedented security” around the final, involving drones to monitor behaviour and 4,700 personnel. When the Spanish capital was picked as host, there was an added lure for Real Madrid, who might have defended the title in their own city, and Atletico, who could have snatched it off them at their own home ground. Instead, after Barcelona crashed out, Spain was left with no European finalists for the only second time in 10 years. A new era, perhaps, for the Premier League. For Liverpool and Tottenham, another chance to end the wait. Players to watch out for: Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian striker has been in scintillating form for Liverpool in the last couple of years and on his night he can win a match for Liverpool against any team in the world. Harry Kane: England’s star striker Harry Kane is known to score by the buckets when he is in form and will be shouldering all of his team’s goal-scoring responsibilities in the final. Catch up on all the latest IPL News and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Kane, Ron do the ‘trick last_img read more


Wrong foot on the pedal

first_imgIt is remarkable and unfortunately totally under-appreciated that some of the strongest conservation provisions currently in the Indian Constitution are in social welfare legislation, the Forest Rights Act (FRA) or to give its official title, The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006. I specifically refer to ‘Critical Wildlife Habitat’ or CWH, which is defined in Section 2(b) of the Act quoted below: Also Read – A special kind of bond”Critical wildlife habitat means such areas of National Parks and Sanctuaries where it has been specifically and clearly established, case by case, on the basis of scientific and objective criteria, that such areas are required to be kept as inviolate for the purposes of wildlife conservation as may be determined and notified by the Central Government in the Ministry of Environment and Forests after open process of consultation by an Expert Committee, which includes experts from the locality appointed by that Government wherein a representative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs shall also be included, in determining such areas according to the procedural requirements arising from sub-sections (1) and (2) of section 4.” Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Act then lays out in Section 4(2), the approach to be adopted which requires forest rights to be first recognised and vested in all eligible claimants in all forests, including all categories of Protected Areas (PAs). There is an objective demonstration that the presence of forest dwellers and their activities would cause irreversible damage and threaten the target species and options including co-existence have been explored and found to be impractical. Then the process for either modification of the granted rights and/or relocation and resettlement of the forest dwellers is described which requires the free and informed consent of the Gram Sabhas to the proposed resettlement. What I consider the strongest conservation provision is at the end of Section 4(2), which states that CWH once established ‘cannot be subsequently diverted for any other use by any entity’. Compare this with what is seen as the strongest provision in conservation legislation, the establishment of Tiger Reserves under the Wild Life Protection Act (WLPA). The WLPA’s Section 38W(2) states and I quote, “No state government shall de-notify a tiger reserve, except in public interest, with the approval of the Tiger Conservation Authority and the National Board for Wild Life.” To me, the contrast is stark. Once a CWH is established by following due process, it cannot be diverted for any other use while even a Tiger Reserve can be de-notified in public interest and we are all aware of how public interest is defined in practice. Given the legal strength of CWH, it would only be normal for us to expect that by now, numerous CWHs would have been established, as more than ten years have passed since the FRA became the law of the land. It is tragic that till date, not a single CWH has been established. Instead, ill-informed, motivated, baseless and scare-mongering criticisms painting doomsday scenarios have been unleashed on FRA as a whole including legal challenges. Therein hangs a tale! A mess created FRA gives the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) the lead role in preparing the guidelines for establishing CWHs. The MoEFCC has failed miserably in delivering on this mandate. In fact, the MoEF&CC and especially the National Tiger Conservation Authority have repeatedly and erroneously stated that the FRA does not apply within PAs, especially in Tiger Reserves, touting the Critical Tiger Habitat provision in the WLPA as overriding the CWH. This is completely in contradiction to the provisions enshrined in both, WLPA and FRA, which unambiguously state that, to begin with, rights have to be recognised and vested with all eligible claimants across all forest lands without any exception. Other actions can only follow the establishment and vesting of rights. The MoEF&CC issued the first set of CWH guidelines in October 2007, even before FRA became the law of the land! These guidelines were both, bad in intent and law and also very impractical. For example, it recommended the use of Species Area Curves to identify CWHs. These guidelines were widely criticised and opposed. The MoEF&CC then undertook some consultations and issued a revised draft of CWH guidelines in February 2011. This outlined a more practical approach, which was not very prescriptive. It also very clearly states that CWHs need not be entire PAs which they weren’t meant to be. Let us not forget that in India, nature and wildlife are not restricted to PAs and in fact, significant populations of many endangered species either live exclusively outside PAs or are very dependent on habitats outside PAs to survive and thrive. It is the overall attitude of local communities which includes aspects of co-existence, acceptance, reverence, tolerance and often active conservation to varying degrees that has enabled India to do such a good job of conservation despite the huge challenges it faces as a nation. The extensive network of community-managed forests and other habitats, as well as the community conserved areas in India, are a testament to the conservation ethos and contributions of local communities. In fact, the recognition of Community Forest Rights both inside and outside PAs will create a continuum of conservation efforts rooted in the local community and strengthen community conservation initiatives. For reasons which are not very clear, the 2011 guidelines were never finalised. In January 2018, in what can only be described as a somewhat secretive manner, MoEF&CC issued the next set of CWH guidelines to all the state governments without even consulting the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the nodal ministry for FRA, forget giving an opportunity for a public review and debate. The cover letter from the Deputy Inspector General of Forests (Wildlife) asks the state governments to take further action, as appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the FRA. The 2018 guidelines differ significantly from the process described in the FRA which is the core legislation for which these are only guidelines and hence have to be totally consistent with the law. These guidelines undermine the role of the Gram Sabha. The FRA asks for consultations with each Gram Sabha and their consent while these guidelines talk about public hearings in some close-by location. These also do not specify as to what would happen to the opinions expressed in these public hearings. The 2018 guidelines need to be withdrawn and revised as they are inconsistent and conflicting with the FRA. In the meantime, it should be made explicitly clear that CWH should not become co-terminus with “relocation”. In fact, developing co-existence strategies based on Section 5 and Rule 4(1) e & f of FRA should be an important and integral part of the identification and governance of CWH. The plans thus prepared by the Gram Sabhas after such consultations would reflect any modifications of the rights, regulations, and no go zones, if any. The whole concept of inviolate is a bit of a myth especially in times when the effects of Climate Change are all-pervasive. It is very unfortunate that Central and state government agencies have continued to relocate forest dwellers without vesting them with rights as mandated by FRA especially from PAs. This is completely unacceptable and has to stop forthwith. What becomes clear from this more than a decade-long history is that the MoEF&CC hasn’t quite understood and accepted the FRA and the role envisaged for it nor has it shown the required openness and urgency to formulate plans for establishing CWHs which are consistent with the provisions of the FRA. This, in many ways, is a tremendous loss of an opportunity for the MoEF&CC to redefine itself which will make it more relevant and effective especially in the context of more inclusive, participatory, democratic and just approaches and models of conservation. (Ravi Chellam is a wildlife expert and an authority on Gir lions. He is the CEO of Metastring Foundation, Bengaluru. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


Memorial Park In Greenwich Town In Honour Of 1907 Earthquake Victims

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp JAGS remembered again, 35-years after his tragic death Related Items:earthquake victims, greenwhich town, honor Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 8 (JIS): The $15 million memorial park currently being constructed at the site of the 1907 earthquake monument, in Greenwich Town, is expected to be a tourist attraction when completed.This is the vision of the Government’s multi-agency team currently working on the project, which is intended to attract Jamaicans locally and in the Diaspora, who may have had relatives who died in the earthquake.As with the monument, the park is in honour of the 500 persons who perished in the 1907 earthquake. The massive earthquake, and the fire it caused, destroyed sections of downtown Kingston.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who visited the site today (January 8), said she is pleased with the work that has been done so far, noting that the park is another fitting tribute to those who lost their lives.“The work is a tribute to the memory of all those who died in the earthquake and were buried here. We feel it is important for us to really beautify the area and to do the work that was necessary on the monument in honour of those who were buried here,” she said.The Prime Minister noted that the Government felt it was important to build the memorial park and bring attention to the monument, which has been restored, as many would not have known where the structure is located.“I believe it is important for Jamaicans and (those) overseas to know that they could have members of their family buried right here, and if they wish, to come and to pay tribute to their fallen ones that were buried here,” she said. This initial phase of the project, which is jointly funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, is expected to be ready in time for the anniversary of the earthquake on January 14, when an official opening ceremony will be held.Chief Executive Officer of the CHASE Fund, Billy Heaven, told JIS News that he is satisfied with what has been achieved at the site, in terms of the renovation of the monument and the establishment of a park, “because it is not just a monument that we are rehabilitating, we are establishing a park, and that is important because people can come here…(and honour their loved ones).Speaking to other plans for the park, Mr. Heaven said a list of names of some of the persons who died in the earthquake is to be placed on the wall of the park.There are also plans to install benches, public facilities, as well as establish shops where memorabilia could be sold.It is also intended that the park will be further extended to include all five acres of the property.The other agencies involved in the project are the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT). Recommended for youlast_img read more


Marijuana or broccoli Facebook illustrates AIs challenges with this example

first_img Internet Services Tech Industry Artificial intelligence (AI) Facebook Tags Comments Share your voice 3 Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer says Facebook’s AI can distinguish between images of marijuana (left) and broccoli tempura (right).  Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Facebook uses both human beings and artificial intelligence to combat some of its toughest problems, including hate speech, misinformation and election meddling. Now, the social network is doubling down on AI.The tech giant has come under fire for a series of lapses, including its failure to pull down a live video of terrorist attack in New Zealand that killed 50 people at two mosques. Content moderators who review posts shared by the social network’s 2.3 billion users say they’ve suffered trauma from repeatedly looking at gruesome and violent content. But AI has also helped Facebook flag spam, fake accounts, nudity and other offensive content before a user reports it to the social network. Overall, AI has had mixed results.Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer on Wednesday acknowledged that AI hasn’t been a cure-all for the social network’s “complex problems,” but he said the company was making progress. He made the remarks in a keynote at the company’s F8 developer conference.Schroepfer showed the audience photographs of marijuana and broccoli tempura, which look surprisingly similar. Facebook employees, he said, built a new algorithm that can detect differences in similar images, allowing a computer to distinguish which was which.Read more: CBD: What it is, how it affects the body and who it might helpSchroepfer said similar techniques can be used to help machines recognize other images that might otherwise escape the social network’s detection.”If someone reports something like this,” he said, “we can then fan out and look at billions of images in a very short period of time and find things that look similar.”Facebook, which doesn’t allow the sale of recreational drugs on its platform, discovered that people tried to work around its system by using packaging or baked goods, such as Rice Krispies treats. The social network can now flag those images by putting together signals like the text in a post, comments and the identity of the user.”This is an intensely adversarial game,” Schroepfer said. “We build a new technique, we deploy it, people work hard to try to figure out ways around this.”Identifying the right images isn’t the only AI challenge the company is facing. When the company was building a smart camera for its Portal video chat device, Facebook had to make sure the technology wasn’t biased and could recognize age, gender and skin tone.Facebook is also trying to train its computers to learn with less supervision in order to tackle hate speech in elections. But as the social network uses AI to moderate more content, it also has to balance concerns that it’s being fair to all groups. Facebook, for example, has been accused of suppressing conservative speech, but the company has denied those allegations. And people might disagree about what’s considered hate speech or misinformation. Facebook data scientist Isabel Kloumann said in an interview that when the company is determining what is hate speech the identity of the person could be an important factor along with who they’re targeting. At the same time, Facebook has to balance safety concerns with whether they’re treating groups of people equally.”We don’t have a silver bullet for this,” she said. “But the fact that we’re having this conversation is the most important thing.”Originally published May 1, 1:46 p.m. PTUpdate, 5:19 p.m.: Adds comments from Facebook data scientist and more background.last_img read more


Watch Singer Neha Kakkar and Lilly Singh get so drunk that they

first_imgNeha Kakkar and Lilly SinghInstagramNeha Kakkar posted a video on Instagram that shows her and her friend Lilly Singh getting “drunk”, and eventually falling down on the floor.The video that has now gone viral shows the two divas getting “high” not by alcohol but by Coca Cola. Singer Neha and YouTuber Lilly made a funny video to bring a smile on the faces of their fans.It shows Neha and Lilly first pretending to consume alcohol, but that did not make them high. They then took a sip of the cold drink, which made them “drunk”, and the two ladies fell down on the floor laughing.Neha captioned the video as, “Why do you need any alcohol when #CocaCola can make you High @iisuperwomanii Sister from another Mister [sic]”. This funny video she made to promote her latest song Coca Cola Tu. The video has already crossed 2 million views on Instagram.Neha was in the news some time ago for her breakup with Himansh Kohli. The singer had said on social media that she was facing depression after the split. A video had also gone viral in which Neha was seen breaking down during a live show.Seeing the singer in such bad phase, fans of Neha had vehemently attacked Himansh on social media. A fake report claiming that Himansh had cheated on her made worsened things further. Taking notice of the situation, Neha had soon issued a statement clarifying that though they broke up, and Himansh never cheated on her.However, the bubbly singer has left the past behind and is now back to her happy phase.Watch the funny video below:last_img read more