Jamaica Continues to Promote Technical and Economic Co-operation

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. A.J. Nicholson, says Jamaica will continue to promote technical and economic co-operation with developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. He also pledged to maintain healthy ties with traditional partners such as Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and the European Union. In relation to Africa, he said Jamaica has recognised that the potential exists to deepen the trade and investment relationship with the continent and to promote African Union/African Diaspora engagement, among other areas of co-operation. The Minister was addressing members of the Diplomatic Corps at Jamaica House, on February 5, as part of activities to observe Diplomatic Week. “I am pleased too, that this year, we hope to embark on new areas of co-operation with Botswana, including the inauguration of the Jamaica/Botswana Joint Commission, thus expanding our co-operation in Southern Africa,” Senator Nicholson noted. In the meantime, the Minister said the conclusion of multilateral discussions surrounding the Arms Trade Treaty is of major importance to Jamaica, as the country continues to work towards curbing violence and strengthening national security. Senator Nicholson said the need to control the use of conventional weapons, most notably, small arms and light weapons, is of critical importance to Jamaica. “Recent tragic experiences both at home and broad, have graphically reminded us of the need to curb gun violence. We are conscious that this is a sensitive issue for many countries requiring a judicious balance between constitutional, national security and ethical considerations,” he said. Senator Nicholson said he believes the moment is opportune for the international community to take the bold and decisive step to agree on an Arms Trade Treaty. “We owe no less to the peoples of the world, especially those beset by armed violence,” the Minister emphasized. Diplomatic Week 2013 is being celebrated from February 3 to February 8. The week’s activities began with a Service of Thanksgiving at the Swallowfield Chapel, in Kingston, on Sunday, February 3, while on Monday, February 4, Jamaica’s cultural heritage was highlighted at a special cultural evening held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston. On Wednesday, February 6, the diplomats will be addressed by Ministers of Finance and Planning; National Security; Tourism and Entertainment – Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, Hon. Peter Bunting, and Dr. Hon. Wykeham McNeill, respectively. The highlight of the week will be the black tie reception and diplomatic dinner hosted by their Excellencies, Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen on Thursday, February 7, at King’s House. The week culminates on Friday, February 8, with a tour of the National Gallery in downtown Kingston.last_img read more

DEPARTURES To Enter ECommerce Space with eEXCLUSIVES

first_imgOther new editions to DEPARTURES’ portfolio are the Ultimate City Guides, 10 location-specific digital guides broken down into six categories containing editorially curated recommendations that will available for the iPhone and iPad starting September 1.The City Guides will be released in September, with the first guide focused on New York City; October’s Guide will feature Hong Kong in tandem with DEPARTURES’ Asia-themed issue; and the November Guide will showcase Miami. The seven remaining guides will be launched as a package in January, to coincide with the holidays. Guides are available for free download for subscribers.Each guide will include six categories: hotels, restaurants, shopping, bars/lounges, museums and galleries, as well as a VIP category. The first five categories will be updated every six months, while the VIP section (which will include current happenings in the Guide’s designated city) will be constantly updated by editorial staff. The Ultimate City Guides are sponsored by Omega. DEPARTURES is seeing strong growth this year, with a 24 percent increase in revenue and 16 percent increase in ad pages from September 2010’s issue vs. September 2011’s issue according to a company press statement. Of the growth in ad pages, DeLuca says, “What we’ve been able to focus on is the affluent customers and the companies that cater to them. We know that for our advertisers, the aspirational customer is gone. The more high-end advertisers need to focus on the people who have money and are going to continue to spend.” The average DEPARTURES reader’s income is $476,000 yearly.More on this topic Steve DeLuca DEPARTURES Sees 64 Percent Climb in Advertising Pages in First Half of 2011 Departures Sees Jump In Ad Revenue, Hikes Rate Base People On The Move | 10.18.12 People on the Move | 06.03.10 Editorial CalendarJust In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered by DeLuca says, “The e-commerce option is only open to our advertising partners. There is no revenue share on the sale, but it is part of their working relationship with us through advertising and other marketing channels.”center_img American Express’s DEPARTURES magazine is poised to enter the e-commerce space in early October, offering limited edition products through its new eEXCLUSIVES campaign. eEXCLUSIVES are retail items available for e-commerce purchase, with offers from DEPARTURES advertising partners such Saks Fifth Avenue, Akris and Brunello Cucinelli. Steve DeLuca, DEPARTURES vice president and publisher, says limited edition offers will typically run about two weeks. While there are no discounts being offered to buyers, the products featured in eEXCLUSIVES are available only to American Express Platinum and Centurion credit card holders.Advertisements for eEXCLUSIVES will be featured in the print magazine as well as the DEPARTURES home page. Details and purchasing options will be placed behind a firewall, and users will have to authenticate their identity to access the products.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 8 Suspicious Vehicle Road Rage False Alarms

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, April 8, 2019:A caller reported hearing a noise and believes someone may be inside her house. Police conducted a walk-through. (12:35am)Police assisted with a motor vehicle lockout at FedEx Warehouse on Ballardvale Street. (7:36am)Fire Department responded to a gas odor on Federal Street. (7:39am)Police assisted Reading Police with pulling over an individual involved in a road rage incident. (2:51pm)Police responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle parked at the end of Paddock Street. Police confiscated a vape pen from one of the individuals. (6:31pm)A caller stated that a while male in a red hoodie was walking around the parking lot looking in widows. Police checked the area and found no one matching the description. (7:56pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 20: Wilmington Man Arrested; Car vs. Tree; Concession Stand VandalizedIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Munshiganj BCL president arrested in theft case

first_imgLogo of arrestThe president of the Munshiganj unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was arrested from the district town on Saturday night in a case accusing him of physical assault and theft, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).A certain Rehana Begum filed the case against Faisal Mridha, 28, and five others with Munshiganj sadar police station in the evening.She accused them of barging into her house on 27 June, physical assault, theft of money and jewellery.Gazi Salauddin, officer-in-charge of sadar police station, said it is not a political case. “It’s been filed over some local issues,” he said.last_img read more

Learning physics may activate new brain areas

first_imgBrain areas that are traditionally not associated with learning science can become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, finds a study. This shows that the brain’s activity can be modified by different forms of instruction.”The neurobiological processes that underpin learning are complex and not always directly connected to what we think it means to learn,” said lead author Eric Brewe, Associate Professor at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings, published in the journal Frontiers in ICT, showed that newer brain regions associated with attention, working memory and problem solving – the lateral prefrontal cortex and parietal cortex, sometimes called the brain’s ‘central executive network’ – showed activity when dealing with such problems.Another area that became active was the posterior cingulate cortex, which is linked to episodic memory and self-referential thought.”These changes in brain activity may be related to more complex behavioural changes in how students reason through physics questions post- relative to pre-instruction,” Brewe noted. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”These might include shifts in strategy or an increased access to physics knowledge and problem-solving resources,” he said.Using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to measure blood flow in the brain, the researchers looked to map what areas become active when completing a physics reasoning task, both before a course on the concepts and after. A small group of students were taught a physics course that utilised ‘Modeling Instruction’, a style of teaching which encourages students to be active participants in their learning. “This suggests that learning physics is an imaginative process, which is not typically how people think of it,” Brewe said, in reference to the study which aimed to explore how students use their own mental models to understand new concepts.”The idea of mental models is something that people who research learning love to talk about, but have no evidence of what is happening inside brains other than what people say or do,” Brewe said. “We are actually looking for evidence from inside the brain,” he added.last_img read more

Deepminds AlphaFold is successful in predicting the 3D structure of a protein

first_imgGoogle’s DeepMind is turning its attention to using AI for science and healthcare. This statement is strengthened by the fact that last month, Google made major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health. In August it’s AI was successful in spotting over 50 sight-threatening eye diseases. Now it has solved another tough science problem. At an international conference in Cancun on Sunday, Deepmind’s latest AI system AlphaFold won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction (CASP) competition. The CASP is held every two years, inviting participants to submit models to predict the 3D structure of a protein from the amino acid sequence. The ability to predict a protein’s shape is useful to scientists because it is fundamental to understanding its role within the body. It is also used for diagnosing and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and cystic fibrosis. AlphaFold’s SUMZ score was 127.9 (the previous winner SUMZ score was 80.46), achieving what CASP called “unprecedented progress in the ability of computational methods to predict protein structure.” The second team, named Zhang, scored 107.6. How does Deepmind’s AlphaFold work AlphaFold’s team trained a neural network to predict a separate distribution of distances between every pair of residues in a protein. These probabilities were then combined into a score that estimates how accurate a proposed protein structure is. They also trained a separate neural network that uses all distances in aggregate to estimate how close the proposed structure is to the right answer. The scoring functions were used to search the protein landscape to find structures that matched their predictions. They used two distinct methods to construct predictions of full protein structures. The first method repeatedly replaced pieces of a protein structure with new protein fragments. They trained a generative neural network to invent new fragments to improve the score of the proposed protein structure. The second method optimized scores through gradient descent for building highly accurate structures. This technique was applied to entire protein chains rather than to pieces that must be folded separately before being assembled, reducing the complexity of the prediction process. DeepMind Founder and CEO Demis Hassabis celebrated the victory in a tweet. Google CEO Sunder Pichai was also excited about this development on how AI can be used for scientific discovery. Read Next NeurIPS 2018 paper: DeepMind researchers explore autoregressive discrete autoencoders (ADAs) to model music in raw audio at scale. Google makes major inroads into healthcare tech by absorbing DeepMind Health A new episodic memory-based curiosity model to solve procrastination in RL agents by Google Brain, DeepMind and ETH Zurichlast_img read more