Free Thanksgiving Dinner

first_imgThe Freedom Temple Laborers in His Harvest Men’s Ministry are hosting a free dinner on Nov. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Freedom Temple AMEZ, 2926 Hollins Ferry Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. All are invited. Call 410.63.4747 or visit for more information.last_img

CM to hand over Land Rights documents to over 400 families from

first_imgDarjeeling: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be handing over Land Rights documents to more than 400 families residing in the forest villages of Darjeeling and Kalimpong during her forthcoming visit to the Hills.A review meeting between the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) officials was held at Lalkothi, the GTA Secretariat in Darjeeling to work out the modalities.”Work is in progress to verify the claims, along with mapping of the land. In Darjeeling district we had received 1,509 claims from the Scheduled Tribe communities residing in the forest villages, along with 1,232 claims from Other Traditional Forest Dwellers. In Kalimpong district, there were 3,376 claims from the ST community and 4,626 from other communities,” stated Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeClaims of tribals are being processed first. “However, claims of non-tribals will also be processed. All have to meet the claim criteria as prescribed by the government,” added Tamang. On September 5, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be handing over Land Rights documents to 300 families of Darjeeling and more than 100 families from Kalimpong district. The documents will be handed over at a government programme to be held at Chowrasta, Darjeeling on September 5.There are 59 forest villages in the Darjeeling-Pulbazar block, 31 forest villages in the Jorebungalow-Sukhia block, 11 in Rungli Rungliot block, 21 in Kurseong, 4 in Mirik block, 21 in Kalimpong 1 block, 18 in Kalimpong 2 block and 18 in the Gorubathan block.”We will have a similar review meeting in December again to process the next lot of claims,” added Tamang.last_img read more

A busy summer season ahead for Air Canada with 11 new international

first_img Posted by Thursday, June 1, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — Air Canada has gotten a jumpstart on summer with the launch of two new international routes from Vancouver to Nagoya and Frankfurt. Both launching today, the Frankfurt route flies daily, seasonal, while Nagoya flies four times weekly, also seasonal.The airline’s summer season will get even busier when it introduces additional international nonstop routes in the coming weeks. In total, Air Canada plans to introduce 11 new international routes this summer from Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.From Vancouver, in addition to Frankfurt and Nagoya, Air Canada will launch Taipei (daily, year-round) and London-Gatwick (three-weekly, seasonal), both on June 8.National Theater and Guanghua Ponds, Taipei, TaiwanFrom Toronto, new international routes include Berlin on June 3 (four-weekly, seasonal), Reykjavik on June 21 (four-weekly, seasonal), and Mumbai on July 1 (four-weekly, year-round).From Montreal, Air Canada will launch nonstop flights to Marseille on June 9 (three-weekly, seasonal), Tel Aviv on June 22 (twice-weekly, seasonal), Reykjavik on June 23 (three-weekly, seasonal), and Algiers on July 1 (four-weekly, seasonal).More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“Nothing says summer like winging off to an exciting foreign destination, and Air Canada is pleased to offer its customers more options than ever this year. Through our ongoing international expansion, we are adding 11 new routes touching three continents beginning this summer. This includes exciting destinations in Asia such as Mumbai, Taipei and Nagoya; new cities in Europe, including Berlin, Marseille and Reykjavik; and our second city in Africa, Algiers,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.Botanical Garden of Hamma in AlgiersThe 11 new international services will be operated either by Air Canada mainline, using Boeing 787-8/9 or Airbus A330-300 aircraft, or by Air Canada Rouge, flying Boeing 767-300ER or A319-100 aircraft.Two routes, Vancouver-Taipei and Toronto-Mumbai, will continue to operate year-round while the others are available for the summer season. These international additions to Air Canada’s network follow on new transborder routes started this year from Vancouver to Boston, Denver and Dallas; from Toronto to Savannah, San Antonio, and Memphis and Montreal to Dallas; and, later this month, from Montreal to Washington Dulles. Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Britain, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Routes, Taiwan A busy summer season ahead for Air Canada, with 11 new international serviceslast_img read more

No single supplement on select ACV sun packages booked by March 25

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations Share << Previous PostNext Post >> No single supplement on select ACV sun packages booked by March 25 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Friday, March 16, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is waiving the single supplement for June packages at a long list of resorts across Mexico and the Caribbean.The booking deadline is March 25.Participating resort chains include Be Live Hotels, Memories Resorts & Spa, Starfish Hotels & Resorts, Hideaways Resorts, Bahia Principe All-inclusive Resorts, Grand Velas Resorts and more. Groups can take advantage of the offer as well.ACV also reminds agents that they can book clients on Trafalgar and Contiki trips with ACV by April 1, 2018 for departures April 1 – Oct. 31, 2018 and save an extra $200 per booking.The deal is valid on air-inclusive packages to Europe, with a seven night minimum. This offer is not applicable to group bookings.last_img read more

The IBC has awarded Best Conference Paper to a gro

first_imgThe IBC has awarded Best Conference Paper to a group of researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications Heinrich Hertz Institute.The IBC Best Conference Paper Award is presented each year for the paper which, in the opinion of the IBC Technical Papers Committee, best matches innovation with clarity of expression. This year’s winners are Christian Riechert, Frederik Zilly, Peter Kauff, Jens Güther and Ralf Schäfer for their paper “Fully Automatic Stereo-to-Multiview Conversion in Autostereoscopic Displays”.The paper will be delivered in the session “Stereoscopic 3D Content and Display – Developments and Diagnoses” on September 9 at 14:00 as part of the Advances in Technology stream within the IBC Conference.The paper looks at a critical issue for broadcasters who want to move 3D television into the mainstream: the ability to create the signals for glasses-free 3D displays from two-camera stereoscopic origination.last_img read more

Netflix has launched in Switzerland – the fourth E

first_imgNetflix has launched in Switzerland – the fourth European country in which the service has debuted this week, following launches in France, Germany and Austria.The subscription video-on-demand provider has adopted a variegated pricing model in Switzerland, with the standard-definition version of the service available for CHF11.90 (€9.83). Access via two displays with HD streaming costs CHF12.90, while access via four devices with HD or UHD streaming costs CHF17.90.The service is available via tablets, smartphones, game consoles and computers, offering a mix of Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, independent movies, comedy and kids programming.Series available at launch include Netflix originals Orange is the New Black and Bojack Horseman. Other series include Fargo, Penny Dreadful and From Dusk Till Dawn. Titles expected soon include Marco Polo, Daredevil and Sense8.Netflix Switzerland will also show the first two seasons of House of Cards as well as new seasons of Netflix original Hemlock Grove and the fourth season of The Killing. German series to be shown include Stromberg, Pastewka and Tatortreiniger. The streaming video service will also show German language films including Keinohrhasen and its sequel Zweiohrkueken and the forthcoming film version of Stromberg.last_img read more


first_imgShareTweet “Sinn Féin made a strong submission to the Department in which we pointed out that this was in breach of their own Equality obligations given the negative impact on so many children.“The Department has today confirmed that it is reviewing how it’s own equality processes were handled in relation to this decision.“I very much welcome that and will continue to engage with education officials over the coming weeks to press for a solution that ensures no child loses their entitlement,” added the MLA.‘DEPARTMENT TO REVIEW SCHOOL MEALS DECISION’ – MULLAN was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE Department of Education is to review a decision that could lead to thousands of children losing their free school meal entitlements after Sinn Féin warned that it was not compliant with Equality regulations.The party’s Education Spokesperson Karen Mullan MLA welcomed the move and pledged to continue campaigning to ensure no child loses their entitlement to free school meals.The Foyle MLA commented: “Sinn Féin has been warning over the past number of weeks that proposed changes to free school meal eligibility criteria could see 2,000 children lose their entitlement.“We argued strongly that it was wrong for any child to lose their entitlement because of a technical change rather than an improvement in their circumstances.center_img ‘DEPARTMENT TO REVIEW SCHOOL MEALS DECISION’ – MULLANDEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONEQUALITY OBLIGATIONSFOYLE MLAKAREN MULLANSinn Feinlast_img read more

The oil price crash continues to claim victims…and

first_imgThe oil price crash continues to claim victims…and many of them are in Canada. The price of oil hovered around $100 for most of last summer. Today, it’s trading for less than $45. Weak oil prices have pummeled huge oil companies. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP), which tracks the performance of major U.S. oil producers, has declined 36% over the past year. The Market Vectors Oil Services ETF (OIH), which tracks U.S. oil services companies, has declined 30% since last November. Weak oil prices have even pushed entire countries to the brink. Saudi Arabia, which produces more oil than any country in the world, is on track to post its first budget deficit since 2009 this year. If oil prices stay low, the country could burn through its massive $650 billion pile of foreign reserves within five years. •  Oil’s collapse is also creating big problems for Canada’s economy… Canada is the world’s sixth largest oil producer. Oil makes up 25% of its exports. Last month, The Conference Board of Canada said it expects sales for Canada’s energy sector to fall 22% this year. It also expects the industry to record a net loss of about C$2.1 billion ($1.6 billion) in 2015. That’s a drastic change from last year, when the industry booked a C$6 billion ($4.5 billion) profit. Major oil firms are slashing spending to cope with low prices. Last month, oil giant Royal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A) said it would stop construction on an 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) project in western Canada. The company had already abandoned another 200,000 bpd project in northern Canada earlier this year. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers estimates that Canadian oil and gas companies have laid off 36,000 workers since last summer. Most of these layoffs happened in the province of Alberta… • For the past decade, Alberta was Canada’s fastest growing province… Its economy exploded, thanks to the booming market for Canadian tar sands. Tar sand is a gooey sand and oil mixture that melts down with heat from burning natural gas. More than half of Canada’s oil production comes from tar sands. In Alberta, they account for 75% of oil production. Tar sand is generally more expensive to produce than conventional crude oil. Canadian tar sand projects made sense when oil hovered around $100. But many of these projects can’t make money when oil trades for $45/barrel. Last year, Scotiabank (BNS) said the average breakeven point for new Canadian oil sand projects was around $65/barrel. This is why giant oil companies are walking away from projects they’ve spent years and billions of dollars developing. •  All these cancelled oil projects are making Alberta’s economy unravel… Alberta lost 63,500 jobs from the start of year through August. It hasn’t lost that many jobs during the first eight months of the year since the Great Recession. The decline in oil production is also draining government resources. Last month, Reuters reported that Alberta was on track to post a $4.6 billion budget deficit this year. Economists say it could be another five years before Alberta runs a budget surplus. The crisis isn’t confined to the oil patches either… •  A real estate crisis is unfolding in Calgary… Calgary is home to 1.2 million people. It’s the largest city in Alberta and the third largest in Canada. On Tuesday, Bloomberg Business reported that Calgary’s property market is starting to crack: Vacancy is already at a five-year high in Calgary and rents are the lowest since 2006 after thousands of office jobs were cut. In downtown Calgary, the vacancy rate jumped to 14 percent in the third quarter, the highest since 2010 and compared with 5 percent for downtown Toronto, according to CBRE Group Inc. …. That doesn’t include as much as 2 million square feet of so-called “shadow vacancy” or space leased but sitting empty, which would push vacancy to 16 percent, the most since the mid-1980s. Demand for office space is falling because of massive layoffs in the oil industry. That’s because oil companies didn’t just lay off roughnecks. They also laid off oil traders and middle managers, which means they need a lot less office space. According to Bloomberg Business, a principal at one Calgary real estate office called the situation “a bloodbath” and said “we’re at the highest point of fear and uncertainty now.” •  Casey readers know the time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets… But it looks like Calgary’s property crisis is just getting started. Bloomberg Business reports that the city has five new office towers in the works. These projects will add about 3.8 million square feet to Calgary’s office market over the next three years. More office space will only put more pressure on rents and occupancy rates. Real estate developers likely planned these projects because they thought Canada’s oil boom would last. It’s that same thinking that made oil companies invest billions of dollars in projects that can’t make money when oil trades for less than $100/barrel. – •  Doug Casey saw this coming… In September, Doug went to Alberta to assess the damage first-hand. E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, joined Doug on the trip. Doug and E.B. spoke with the locals. They even tried to buy a Ferrari. They shared their experience in the October issue of The Casey Report… E.B. went on record saying Canada was in for “a major wakeup call.” He still thinks that’s the case. In fact, he thinks the situation is going to get a lot worse. When we were in Alberta, we heard over and over again “It’ll come right back…it always does.” It’s not coming back. I expect the situation to get worse. And I see the Canadian dollar going much lower. When that happens, E.B. thinks Canada’s central bank might do something it’s never done before: Vacancy rates are rising in Canada’s heartland cities. Jobs in Alberta are disappearing. Unemployment is climbing. And there’s still a global oversupply in oil. None of this bodes well for Canada’s economy. Canada’s economy is in a midair stall. The locals certainly didn’t grasp this when we visited Alberta last month. That’s usually the case when things are going from bad to a lot worse. If you’re a central banker in Canada looking at the data, there’s only one decision: print… •  E.B. says Canada’s central bank will launch its own quantitative easing (QE) program… QE is when a central bank creates money and pumps it into the financial system. It’s basically another term for money printing. Since 2008, the Fed has used QE to inject $3.5 trillion into the U.S. financial system. If the Fed’s experience with QE is any indication, money printing wouldn’t help Canada’s “real” economy much. But it would inflate asset prices. That, in turn, would only make Canada’s economy even more fragile. E.B. is confident the situation in Canada will get worse. And he can’t wait to go back to Canada to collect on bets he made during his last visit: Doug and I made a lot of side bets with business owners during our visit. One of them promised to sell us a Ferrari if things got worse…that’s how sure he was that we were wrong. Looks like we’ll be headed back to collect on that one… You can read all about Doug and E.B.’s visit to Alberta by signing up for a risk-free trial of The Casey Report. You’ll even discover how to make money off the oil industry, despite the collapse in the price of oil. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Copper just hit a new six-year low… Today’s chart shows the price of copper since 2009. As you can see, it’s dropped 52% since hitting an all-time high in 2011. It’s down 22% in 2015 alone. Copper is now at its lowest level since 2009. Some investors see copper at multiyear lows and think “buying opportunity.” Louis James, editor of International Speculator, isn’t one of them. He says copper has been cheap for years. Yet, it just keeps falling. The problem is not in believing Dr. Copper’s diagnosis (that the economy is in trouble), but believing that this diagnosis means commodity prices must rebound anytime soon. Copper and other resources have been saying the same thing for years, and this has yet to have any impact on the downward trend. Louis does own a little copper to hedge his other investments. That said, he sees more imminent upside in uranium, agricultural commodities, and even water. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida November 12, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Only way for Americans to legally pay close to ZERO taxes 70-year-old multimillionaire has revealed greatest – and least known – American tax “loophole.” Click here to learn how to get the full details.center_img Recommended Links — World-Altering Shock #6: Are You Ready? Since 1979, there have been five truly world-shattering events. Incredibly… a small, private network of researchers from Baltimore has predicted every single one so far. Today, its founder is predicting a sixth major shock on track to hit right here in the heart of America. Are you, your family, and your money prepared? Find out here.last_img read more

How do you stop an outbreak from becoming an epide

first_imgHow do you stop an outbreak from becoming an epidemic?You catch it early, of course – a task that requires rapid response and coordination. That’s a tough mission in any country, especially a nation lacking in resources.Uganda is proving that it’s absolutely doable, even in a low-income country.Since 2010, a first-of-its-kind program has helped Ugandans quickly detect and respond to deadly viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) – like Ebola, Marburg, Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. It’s run by the Ministry of Health, the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which started up the endeavor.Because of the program, Uganda has cut the time it takes to confirm an outbreak from an average of two weeks to an average of 2.5 days.”Informally, it was probably a lot longer than two weeks before,” says Trevor Shoemaker, the CDC epidemiologist who led the program for six years. “It was maybe a three- [or] four-week average, but we had to go by what was published in literature.”Regardless, early detection and responses have led to a “significant decrease in the overall intensity and duration” of outbreaks, according to a CDC report published Wednesday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.”Days really matter,” says Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and director of the CDC from 2009 to 2017. “Every hour and day is more time the disease has a chance to spread within a community and move to other communities.”Uganda got a bitter taste of that in 2000, when 425 cases of Ebola erupted in Gulu district. It was the largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded – until 2014, when the virus killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa and was carried to the U.S. and Europe.So Ugandans were aware of these devastating diseases. But protocols for sample collection, transportation and diagnosis were mostly for HIV and tuberculosis. Also, exiting systems were only being used on an “as-needed” basis. No operations were in place to constantly monitor and address viral hemorrhagic fevers specifically.But the threat of more outbreaks was constant, because the diseases exist in Uganda without outside transmission. So in 2010, the CDC sent Shoemaker to help the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) and the Ministry of Health improve protocol for effective surveillance, early detection and rapid response.Shoemaker and UVRI scientists went to districts to help surveillance officers, hospitals and health centers identify suspect patients. If the patients met certain criteria, these health-care workers would collect a sample and send it not to a diagnostic lab in another country as before, but to UVRI in Uganda, where Shoemaker had helped build an isolated lab specifically to test for these fevers. So they would no longer need to wait two to four weeks for specimen results. Instead, they could get a confirmation in one to three days usually, then launch a response within 24 hours.The accomplishments of UVRI and CDC influenced another new initiative to set up a pilot program in Uganda in 2012. The pilot, which would soon become the basis for the Global Health Security Agenda significantly expanded the country’s ability to safely transport even the most transmissible types of specimens, not just HIV and TB. Text-message updates also allowed lab staff to track the samples as they made their way on motorcycles and through the national postal service to UVRI’s improved facilities.The Global Health Security Agenda formally launched February 2014 and is now a partnership of almost 50 nations and organizations, including the CDC. It aims to improve the capacities of all countries to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats.According to Shoemaker, this kind of collaboration – between a U.S. agency, the most renowned medical research facility in Uganda, a willing government and a globe-spanning partnership – is what has underpinned Uganda’s success with viral hemorrhagic fevers.Shoemaker returned to the U.S. in 2016, and UVRI and the Ministry of Health have taken over 100 percent of the program’s management, though the CDC remains a dedicated partner, providing technical support and diagnostic supplies.The program is carrying on with continued success. So much so, that last fall, Uganda was able to control a Marburg virus outbreak while hosting the annual high-level ministerial meeting of the Global Health Security Agenda. UVRI diagnosed the first confirmed case, then public authorities promptly identified any individuals who might have come into contact with the known cases.Jennifer Nuzzo, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and director of the Outbreak Observatory, attended the meeting. She described the outbreak response as “remarkable” and a “well-oiled machine.””Uganda really does show what’s possible in establishing a strong tracking system to find and stop outbreaks when and where they emerge,” she said, adding that Ugandan specialists are now sharing their best practices with the U.S. and other global health security actors.Nuzzo did raise one concern, though – the amount of time it took health workers to recognize the initial cases as Marburg. The weak link in Uganda and most places, she says, is on the health-care side.Shoemaker says that’s because early-stage cases don’t always look like Ebola or Marburg or other viral hemorrhagic fevers.”But if you can catch these within the first two or three cases, I think that’s still extremely ahead of where you need to be in order to have an effective response,” he said.That’s why Shoemaker, Nuzzo and Frieden all stress the importance of continued investment from the international community in health security.”We know what it looks like when countries don’t have capacities, like what we saw in West Africa. It’s not just a problem for those countries; it’s a problem for the rest of the world,” Nuzzo said. “Preparedness is always cheaper than response.”Joanne Lu is a freelance journalist who covers global poverty and inequity. Her work has appeared in Humanosphere, The Guardian, Global Washington and War is Boring. Follow her on Twitter @joannelu. Copyright 2018 NPR. 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On factors that might make older adults more susce

first_imgOn factors that might make older adults more susceptible to substance abuse disorder: In 2017, more than 5,500 North Carolinians went to the emergency room for an opioid overdose. Generally we usually talk about opioid use in regards to older adults being victims. And what I mean by a victim is that their drugs or prescriptions that are opioid prescriptions, things like Vicodin or OxyContin or Fentanyl that they have been prescribed, have usually either been stolen or diverted by someone else or taken by other individuals and either used for their own illicit purposes or sold. And so we often really first think about them as victims.But … another side that’s starting to really emerge in the discussion is really thinking about the fact that older adults themselves can actually use and misuse opioids in a way that’s either non medically oriented or in relation to illicit drug use. And so we’re starting to really say they’re not only victimized in this opioid issue, they also are being impacted as abusers or users themselves. As the epidemic continues to grip the state and nation, older adults are being affected in unique ways.WFDD’s Bethany Chafin spoke with Winston-Salem State University Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Shannon Mathews, about how people 55 and older are experiencing the crisis.Interview HighlightsOn what’s currently known about older adults and the opioid epidemic: So some of the review of the literature would suggest that we’re not yet at this stage of getting lots of direct information from users themselves but we’re looking at data that gives us good indicators. So Medicare patients, we know that population is going to be 65 and older. If they’re coming in for a hospitalization associated to an opioid, we can kind of see that and make those connections, so that data is there. And again substance abuse data is there. It’s not always broken down by age, but I do think we have some good data to begin to really start to look at and tease out some of the cohort differences. On how opioid use and age is studied: Older adults who are dealing with emotional or psychosocial issues, sometimes might be the loss of a spouse or an adult child, bereavement issues, isolation, prolonged insomnia, lack of sleeping, those kinds of issues can make them at risk. Social isolation we definitely know will make someone at risk. Any prior history with depression or anxiety will also add [risk]. The other issue in particular to psychoactive drugs is that they are very strong pharmaceuticals and as a result the aging body breaks them down very differently. And so older adults can be susceptible for that reason as well, that their body is just breaking it down a little bit differently and metabolizing it in different ways than a younger user. On resources available for older adults: Substance Abuse Treatment programs are really not geared towards older adults. And I’ll give you an example … the group model or the group dynamic of a support group really works well in regards to substance abuse. And so we know that practice is appropriate. However, if you do an intergenerational group with an adult from an older cohort who is a bit more conservative, whose abuse is more associated to shame … They may not feel as comfortable. So we have to really think about what’s cohort appropriate for the older adult. And so oftentimes you will hear suggestions about making sure that it is an aggregated group of older adults in a support group. We might also need to look at gender because older adult males may not have talked openly about issues in the same way as women in all female groups. So I think gender dynamics will play out a little bit different. So I think there are ways we could customize programs for older adults, but there are very limited programs that have done that. And that is really a gap.last_img read more

RichardsKortum elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRichards-Kortum elected to American Academy of Arts and SciencesBioengineering professor and global health leader elected to prestigious academy HOUSTON — (April 22, 2015) — Rice University bioengineer and global health leader Rebecca Richards-Kortum has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s foremost scholarly honors.Founded in 1780, the academy is among the oldest and most prestigious honorary societies in the country. The society’s list of current and former members includes John Adams, John James Audubon and Albert Einstein. The 2015 class of 197 new members includes noted HIV researcher James Curran, actor Christopher Plummer, former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, as well as winners of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships and Grammy, Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards.Rebecca Richards-KortumRichards-Kortum is Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies.“It is such an honor to be included as part of this accomplished group,” said Richards-Kortum, who joined Rice’s faculty in 2005. “I am extraordinarily grateful to everyone who has helped me over the years, including my students, colleagues and mentors. This recognition is as much theirs as mine.”For two decades, Richards-Kortum has focused on translating research in nanotechnology, molecular imaging and microfabrication to develop optical imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable and provide point-of-care diagnoses for diseases ranging from cancer to malaria. Her research has produced 29 patents, more than 230 research papers, 11 book chapters and the textbook Biomedical Engineering for Global Health.She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the National Institutes of Health. Richards-Kortum also is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society and the National Academy of Inventors.Her many awards and honors include the 2013 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation, the 2014 Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award from the Optical Society of America, Rice’s George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching and the 2007 Chester F. Carlson Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. She was named a professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2002 and 2006.The academy’s new members will be inducted Oct. 10 at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass.Including Richards-Kortum, 16 current or emeritus faculty at Rice are members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.-30-IMAGES are available for download at: Rebecca Richards-KortumCREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA list of the new 2015 members is available at: on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,888 undergraduates and 2,610 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life by the Princeton Review and for best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThislast_img read more

What Needs to Happen for More Women Minorities to Get Into Computer

first_img A PayScale report ranked computer science careers among some of the most in-demand and lucrative professions in the United States. But recent figures on high-school students who took the College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science exam last year paint a picture of a field that is failing to progress with the times.For one, there were two states — Mississippi and Montana — where not a single female, African American or Hispanic student took the AP Computer Science exam. In fact, in Montana, only 11 students total took the exam, as not one high school in the state offered courses in AP computer science. Perhaps most alarming: In Wyoming, no students took the Computer Science exam at all.Related: This Entrepreneur Wants Girls to Think Engineering Is AwesomeTo break it down:No females took the exam in Mississippi, Montana, and Wyoming11 states had no black students take the exam: Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming8 states had no Hispanic students take the exam: Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and WyomingOf the 29,555 U.S. students who took the test in 2013:13,711 were white males; 2,348 were white females1,090 black students2,408 Hispanics8,475 Asians5,485 total females66% of the 29,555 students passed the testWith computer science slated to become all the more important to our growth as a nation, some leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are trying to break down the barriers to entry for these underrepresented groups. Here are four ways they are trying to encourage greater participation and access across races and gender in the computer science field.Juan Gilbert, PhD, is an advocate of diversity in computer science.1. Cultural perspectives need a reboot. When professor Juan Gilbert, chair of the human-centered computing school at Clemson University, visits grade schools, kids are often surprised by his line of work. “They’re baffled because I’m African-American,” he says.”A survey actually showed that middle school kids view people in this field as white males who have ugly wives,” Gilbert says. “But the challenge with combatting these stereotypes is that this discipline needs more role models.”Gilbert, who holds the Presidential Endowed Chair in Computing, is conducting his own study on whether society could change how youths view computer science. He had kids watch, an online reality series featuring his predominantly black students and faculty. His study will follow the young kids over time to see if they later pursue computer science courses.”Will it break down stereotypes? We’ll be visiting schools in Atlanta and Charlotte to find out,” Gilbert says.Jan Cuny of the National Science FoundationImage credit: Steve Robinson/NSF 2. A lack of access to technology is not the problem.Gilbert says the public mistakenly blames the disparity on a lack of computer science labs in low-income schools. “Chemistry and physics require labs and specialized equipment that you could find at a majority of schools across the country,” Gilbert says. “The real problem is not a lack of access; it’s a lack of teachers.”Gilbert says a teacher can get an education certificate in English, algebra, biology, and history – but not in computer science. He says an absence of focused educators in this subject is the real crux of the problem.Jan Cuny, program manager for computer education at the National Science Foundation, says CS 10K is a project that aims to have 10,000 teachers in 10,000 high schools, with a standardized curriculum by 2016. One introductory course will be for all students, and the second course in computing principles will be more advanced.3. Computer science’s applicability needs to be better communicated.Cuny agrees that the AP exam is tough to break into without proper support. “It’s for kids with computers at homes with dads who are engineers,” she says. “It requires a year of java programming.”She adds, however, that because computer science affects all industries, all students should at least understand basic programming, “which isn’t that hard.””Computer science is not just for software engineers, it’s also for healthcare workers, biologists and just about any field,” Cuny says. “[Students] must at least understand computer science tools and how to adapt them to their field.”An example of how the subject touches all fields is TheCoderDayofService, an event on MLK weekend where over 250 technologists come together tocodeon open source humanitarian projects. “We’re igniting a movement of social good within tech and helping great companies connect with passionatecoderswho’ve built open portfolios of their work,” says Vanessa Hurst, founder of the event.Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code.4. Computer science alums should find opportunities to mentor others. “We need to give students a better introduction to computer science,” says Cuny. “Women aren’t attracted to it because they view it as nerdy and geeky with no societal impact, which is a misconception. It presents an approach to problem solving that can empower you across many fields, and it’s important that women see that.”Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, says that’s why a massive cultural shift must take place. The national nonprofit provides intensive instruction in web design, robotics and mobile development. “We aren’t just teaching computer science,” she says. “We are really inspiring passion for technology. Our alums are going back to their schools and communities and teaching other girls tocode; they have the confidence to be the one girl in an AP Computer Science class.”The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, computing will provide 1.4 million jobs, and only 3% will be filled by women. 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Largest Mobile Lockscreen Platform Buzzvil Partners with Japans Ponta

first_imgLargest Mobile Lockscreen Platform Buzzvil Partners with Japan’s Ponta PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:04 pmApril 24, 2019 Meanwhile, the Softbank-backed startup has partnered with East Japan Railway Company to launch Tamaru Screen x JRE POINT, which allows users to get JRE POINT in exchange for consuming various content on the mobile’s first screen.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Names Marisa Freeden as Vice President of Brand and ExperienceBuzzvil focuses on its B2B businesses, BuzzScreen and Tamaru Screen, based on its internationally patented SDK (Software Development Kit) which provides white label lockscreen mobile applications for publishers so they can generate additional revenue and enhance user engagement.Marketing Technology News: Clear Software and Automation Anywhere Announce Strategic PartnershipBuzzvil apps earn 6 billion monthly impressions from 30 countries, having more than 50 global publishing partners, such as Lotte and CJ One. Its main advertisers include eBay, Samsung, Adidas, Toyota, Jaguar, and BMW.Marketing Technology News: How to Save Over 250 Hours Per Year on Emails and Lower Your Stress This app allows users to get Ponta Points in exchange for consuming personalized content and ads on the smartphone lockscreen. Earned Ponta Points can be used to get discounts at more than 200,000 of Ponta’s affiliated stores across Japan. Users will have easy access to Ponta cards on the first screen and information of their accumulated points. The world’s first and largest mobile lockscreen media platform provider and a member company of the Born2Global Centre, Buzzvil announced its partnership with Ponta, Japan’s major loyalty and points programme operated by Loyalty Marketing Inc., to launch “Tamaru Screen x Ponta“. Tamaru Screen is Buzzvil’s SDK brand in the Japanese market. Born2Global CentreBuzzvilJRE POINTLoyalty MarketingPontaTamaru Screen x Ponta Previous ArticleMedallia Names SaaS Veteran Mitchell K. Dauerman to its Board of DirectorsNext ArticleRival Technologies Launches Chat Lab, an Insights and Engagement Platform for the Mobile and Messaging Eralast_img read more