Shark Glows in the Dark

first_imgThe “Eye-in-the-Sea” infrared camera (see 08/26/2004) found all kinds of exotic life in the Gulf of Mexico, reported EurekAlert with pictures.  The submersible with its dark-light camera is able to sneak up on organisms without scaring them.  The team from Harbor Branch had to dodge Hurricane Katrina, but scored on its second annual mission with a new gallery of deep-sea marvels, including a crab that can see ultraviolet light, a fluorescent sea anemone and a shark that glows in the dark.No evolutionary talk, discovering new things – science can be good.  The deep sea organisms didn’t seem to notice the hurricane.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Earwig Origami and Maple Seed Rockets

first_imgEngineering solutions from unlikely organisms inspire applications for wide-ranging human needs.Earwig OrigamiThose disgusting bugs with rear-end pincers we usually find among the vermin skittering away under rotting logs. Who could love an earwig? There are some 2,000 species of the bugs in the order Dermaptera (skin wing). Despite appearances, earwigs are generally not harmful to humans. The idea they can climb into your ear canals at night and lay their eggs in your brain is an old wive’s tale, Wikipedia says. Still, most people would rather keep them outside the house and spray them dead when found inside. Thank God some scientists are courageous enough to look a little deeper at them. Three scientists found a wonderful thing. Reporting in Science, they noticed that the hindwings, folded under the forewings, reveal a new kind of origami that breaks the rules.Origami involves folding two-dimensional sheets into complex three-dimensional objects. However, some shapes cannot be created using standard folds. Faber et al. studied the wing of an earwig, which can fold in ways not possible using origami and can alter its shape for flight. The authors replicated this ability by using a membrane that allows for deformations and variable stiffness. Prestretching generated energetically bistable origami patterns that exhibited passive self-folding behavior.The researchers got excited about this anomalous folding pattern, because they see engineering gold in applications.In contrast to well-known paper-folded objects, the wing of the earwig has an exquisite natural folding system that cannot be sufficiently described by current origami models. Such an unusual biological system displays incompatible folding patterns, remains open by a bistable locking mechanism during flight, and self-folds rapidly without muscular actuation. We show that these notable functionalities arise from the protein-rich joints of the earwig wing, which work as extensional and rotational springs between facets.Inspired by this biological wing, we establish a spring origami model that broadens the folding design space of traditional origami and allows for the fabrication of precisely tunable, four-dimensional–printed objects with programmable bioinspired morphing functionalities.What’s required to make this self-actuated rapid morphing possible? “Programmable matter that can self-shape, morph, and actuate through ‘instructions’ embedded into its own material architecture is widespread in nature and has opened exciting possibilities in robotics, biomedical technologies, arts, and design,” they say. Where do the ‘instructions’ come from? In all cases humans have observed come into being, instructions that create functional materials come from design. These authors only mention evolution once, saying without explanation, “the wing has evolved to fully and rapidly self-fold from the open toward the closed state.”As we have noted before, “evolved to” is an illogical phrase, because Darwinian evolution is blind and aimless by definition. It had no goal to achieve this elegant system in the earwig. “Spring origami” involves not only precise angles and locations of creases, but materials including proteins like resilin with stretchy and springy properties just right for folding and unfolding. Brain software, in addition, must exist to operate the wings. Chance could never achieve such complexity in billions of years. “Programmable matter” requires a programmer. The authors almost say this. Responding to engineering attempts at origami, they say, “Despite these efforts, synthetic origami structures developed so far are still far from reaching the range of functionalities and design freedom observed in nature.” The paper uses the word design 30 times, and evolution just once, indicating where the excitement lies. Recognizing the “design principles of the earwig wing,” they attempt to imitate it, and the applications are promising: biomedical devices, collapsible portable displays, soft robots, or deployable spacecraft modules.Maple Seed RocketsEvery child knows the fun of throwing handfuls of maple seeds into the air and watching them descend softly like little helicopters. Some kids grow up to be scientists and, remembering that childhood experience, take a deeper look at those drifting seeds, called samaras by biologists. Often, the design principle of nature leads to visions of applications. How about rocket science?In Phys.org, we find that rocket scientists from the Vienna University of Technology want to launch instruments from rockets or balloons that can drift down slowly, collecting atmospheric data. The “wings” on these instruments act like maple seeds, slowing down the descent to give the instruments more time to collect data while avoiding impact damage.The basic idea for the innovative measurement device is reminiscent of maple seeds, which fall to the ground very slowly and gently due to their long wings. The tubular probes from Project Daedalus are also provided with wings. A specially developed ejection mechanism is intended to launch three of these probes from the rocket at an altitude of 80 km, at which point their wings fold out and ensure that the devices return to Earth as slowly and as unscathed as possible. GPS modules are then intended to report the landing location, so that the devices can be retrieved as easily as possible.The project has pulled in interdisciplinary scientists, showing that the humble maple seed has proved to be a motivator for good science.Biomimetic SkinWhat’s new at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering? A research team is “Drawing inspiration from plants and animals to restore tissue,” Phys.org reports. Fetal tissue contains a protein called fibronectin that helps the growing baby grow wound-free skin. By spinning this substance into a cotton-candy-like dressing, researchers at Wyss believe they have found a way to speed the healing of war wounds on the battlefield. Their technique might some day help balding men regrow hair follicles, too.In in vivo testing, the researchers found that wounds treated with the fibronectin dressing showed 84 percent tissue restoration within 20 days, compared to 55.6 percent restoration in wounds treated with a standard dressing.The researchers also demonstrated that wounds treated with the fibronectin dressing have close to normal epidermal thickness and dermal architecture, and even regrew hair follicles—often considered one of the biggest challenges in the field of wound healing.Another method, using soy-based fibers, will be inexpensive, they believe. Both dressing types hold promise for wounded warriors and burn victims, thanks to inspiration from plants and animals. Another paper in Nature Communications reports on “A supramolecular biomimetic skin combining a wide spectrum of mechanical properties and multiple sensory capabilities.” Notice how they point to which designer is smart:Biomimetic skin-like materials, capable of adapting shapes to variable environments and sensing external stimuli, are of great significance in a wide range of applications, including artificial intelligence, soft robotics, and smart wearable devices. However, such highly sophisticated intelligence has been mainly found in natural creatures while rarely realized in artificial materials.Using hydrogels, the team of Wu and Pei has fabricated artificial skin with some of the properties of real skin, hoping to use “biomimetic skins with sophisticated intelligence similar to natural skins” on soft robots, prosthetic hands and fingers, and for other applications.God has hidden his intelligence in his creation. Like in an Easter egg hunt, biomimetics science searches out these signs of intelligence in order to consume its bounty, then use the inspiration to create additional signs of intelligence with human engineering. They must never forget where the intelligence came from. (Visited 503 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The new air battle

first_imgFrequent-flyer programs and global airline alliances have become front-line weapons in the fight by the world’s oldest airlines to stave off unprecedented market disruption and price competition from new competitors.Despite predictions that ballooning contingent liabilities would kill off frequent flyer programs, they’re still going strong four decades after their invention and global alliances have cemented them at the heart of the relationship between airlines and their customers.The world’s oldest alliance, Oneworld, will this year celebrate its 20th birthday as the networks of frequent flyer programs it stitches together hold the line against new long-haul low-cost competitors and market disruptors like the three Persian Gulf-based hub-and-spoke carriers, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.Of the three, only Qatar Airways belongs to an alliance (Oneworld): the other two, including the world’s biggest international carrier, Emirates, have declared their independence from alliances and instead have pursued bilateral relationships – like the Qantas-Emirates joint venture, which was launched in 2012, and this week’s co-operation agreement between Etihad and Lufthansa.Each of the three major alliances – Oneworld, Star and Sky Team – carries 550-650 million passengers a year, in total about half of the 3.6 billion passenger trips by air globally in 2016.Nowhere is the battle of the alliances more hard fought than in Europe between one of Oneworld’s founding members, British Airways, and Star Alliance mega-carrier Lufthansa.Though their frequent flyer programs are dwarfed by the 100 million members who belong to Oneworld giant American Airlines’ AAdvantage after the merger with US Airways, they’re still among the biggest in the world outside of America.In 2014, it was claimed that Lufthansa’s loyalty program, Miles & More, had 25 million members, but Lufthansa Manager of Program Marketing, Bastian Neumann-Semerow, told AirlineRatings.com Miles & More now has 10 million active members. (“We don’t talk about our members in total,” he says.)That’s considerably more than the seven million members claimed by British Airways’ loyalty program Executive Club – headquartered at London Heathrow airport, just 650 kilometres (less than an hour’ flying) from Lufthansa’s fortress, Frankfurt Main airport – though fewer than the 11.4 million frequent flyer members, for example, at Oneworldcarrier Qantas’s Qantas Frequent Flyer, which has extensive retail inter-relationships.Most of the world’s frequent-flyer program have been overhauled in the past five years to give more benefits to travellers according to the amount they spend rather than the volume of miles or kilometres they fly.That has led to a backlash from once-a-year travellers whose points buying power has been reduced.But airlines like British Airways have been listening to their Executive Club members – in particular, to the long-standing, widespread gripe among frequent travellers everywhere that award seats in the past have been too hard to obtain.“Reward seats are extremely popular with customers and we guarantee that at least nine million reward seats are offered across BA operated flights every year,” a BA spokesman told AirlineRatings.com.“Some of the changes we have made to our loyalty program include guaranteeing a minimum number of seats available on every flight  (and) ensuring that customers who have paid more for their ticket … collect more Avios (points).”Customers flying on the cheapest economy class tickets now collect 25 per cent Avios per mile flown; customers on mid-range economy class tickets collect 50 per cent Avios per mile flown; and customers on flexible economy class tickets receive one Avios per mile flown. For Club World business class/Club Europe business class and First, the spokesman says, Avios earned now either stay the same or increase by up to 300 per cent, depending on the cabin and type of ticket purchased, the BA spokesman says.Introducing off-peak pricing means that for two thirds of the year, customers need fewer Avios for their reward flights. On average, a customer would need 26 per cent fewer Avios for an off-peak booking in economy. “The key to frequent flyer programs is ensuring that benefits are easily accessible to members,” the spokesman says. “In recent years we have seen a change in how loyalty schemes are run. We’ve made changes to provide more opportunities for members to spend Avios on reward flights as well as to ensure that the Executive Club continues to deliver a competitive and rewarding loyalty program for the future.”Like other airlines loyalty plans, Lufthansa’s Bastian Neumann-Semerow says Miles & More is no longer just a frequent-flyer program but a multi-partner program that can deliver many benefits beyond flight redemptions.“We are continuously working on further improving the attractiveness of Miles & More for our sophisticated members,” he says.In the past two years, he says, Miles & More has added new partners in the premium segment and continually expanded premium offers for earning and redeeming award miles “in all key areas of life”.Crucially, the program has reduced surcharge prices for award flights within Europe operated by Lufthansa and its subsidiaries, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and SWISS.In addition, a new option, “Cash and Miles”, allows members to pay for any flight booked with a Lufthansa Group airline at LH.com using miles, either wholly or in part. Neumann-Semerow says Miles & More is adding new members every day.“Miles & More is the expert in successful customer retention,” he says. “Due to its easy handling, the attractive incentives for earning and redeeming award miles and its award flights there are Miles & More members all over the world.” Indeed, the geographical spread of Miles & More members is impressive: while a third live in Germany, Austria or Switzerland and the next most popular catchment is the rest of Europe, Americans are the third-largest group and Asians the fourth largest. “Customer retention is important and will be as important in the future,” Neumann-Semerow says. “It will always be essential to provide relevant and attractive offerings. Miles & More is working continuously to achieve these objectives. We have our eye on our members’ needs.”last_img read more

Fox Sports Hires Former ESPN Analyst Chris Spielman For College Football, NFL Role

first_imgESPN's logo in red and white.Chris Spielman is headed to Fox Sports. The former ESPN college football analyst will have a college football and NFL role at Fox. Spielman, 50, had been at ESPN since 2001. .@FOXSports is excited to welcome @chris_spielman as an @NFLonFOX and @CFBONFOX analyst: https://t.co/EED0gUHVz5— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) May 17, 2016From the release:Former Ohio State All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman returns to FOX Sports as an NFL and college football analyst, it was announced today by FOX Sports President, Production & Executive Producer John Entz. Spielman, who began his broadcasting career with FOX Sports Net in 1999, serves as a game analyst during the upcoming NFL season and contributes to the network’s extensive college football coverage.“I’m excited about being part of FOX’s NFL and college football coverage for years to come.” Spielman said.“Chris is a tremendous broadcaster with a wealth of NFL and college football knowledge,” Entz said. “His outstanding career both on and off the field brings a huge amount of credibility to FOX Sports. We feel really fortunate to have him with us.”Spielman played at Ohio State in the mid-1980s and was a two-time All-American. He played in the NFL from 1988-99. [Fox Sports]last_img read more

Education Ministry Introduces Associate Degree in Occupational Studies

first_img Speaking with JIS News, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), Dr. Cecil Cornwall, says that the degree was created to offer a wide variety of industry-specific training at the tertiary level. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI), in an effort to boost Jamaica’s skilled workforce, has introduced a new Associate Degree in Occupational Studies to enhance its Upskilling and Retooling programme. Story Highlights The objectives of the Associate Degree in Occupational Studies are to create an access conduit between skills-based institutions offering the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) and the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) into advanced occupational certification and the traditional/classical education system, and to prepare leaders and supervisory workers with the requisite supervisory competencies for local and international employment. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI), in an effort to boost Jamaica’s skilled workforce, has introduced a new Associate Degree in Occupational Studies to enhance its Upskilling and Retooling programme.Launched in December 2016, by the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, the Associate Degree aims to create higher-learning opportunities for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students.The programme was developed under the direction of the Centre of Occupational Studies (COS) in the Education Ministry and is in response to the demands of the workplace.Areas of training include logistics, business process outsourcing (BPO), knowledge process outsourcing, manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality and renewable energy technology.Speaking with JIS News, Chairman of the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), Dr. Cecil Cornwall, says that the degree was created to offer a wide variety of industry-specific training at the tertiary level.“What makes it different from other degree programmes, is that it is not purely academic in nature, but focuses on applying the knowledge and skills being taught to real life situations… making it easier for students to transition into the world of work,” he says.The Programme also seeks to increase and diversify the product offerings to include skills-based Competency Based Education and Training (CBET) in Tertiary institutions; use the CBET methodology to create the holistic employee at the supervisory level, so as to engender economic growth and sustainability at the micro and macro levels; and to strengthen the integration of TVET in the general education system by integrating efforts with tertiary providers to allow for increased articulation.In addition, the programme also features opportunities to study overseas, industry certification and licensure, specialised industry-related courses, enrichment seminars and professional development activities, and personal development and growth.Learners who possess NVQ-J and CVQ certification at levels two and three and the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), also at levels two and three, automatically matriculate to pursue the two-year programme that is being offered in more than 15 institutions. Meanwhile, Dr. Cornwall says the Associate Degree is industry-driven, industry-approved and focuses primarily on technical/vocational studies geared directly at workplace studies and employment.“The programme has been quite interesting, as the curriculum outline covers a wide range of topics that I have never encountered before, and has exposed me to what it means to be a well-rounded individual,” he notes.He also advises that the Associate Degree has adopted the American ACCUPLACER test, which is used to determine the level of skill and competence in mathematics, reading, and English.He explains that the American ACCUPLACER system tests the skills of the students, and where they fall short, the programme would have the necessary system in place that will take them from foundation level to college level.“When they complete the two years of studies, they would have also internationalised their education, because they are leaving with stackable credentials and several industry certifications. This gives them access to international internship programmes overseas to gain exposure, but most importantly, they are getting local and international industry certification, which the traditional tertiary graduates do not have,” he says.For her part, Director of the Centre of Occupational Studies in the MOEYI, Linda Stewart Doman, tells JIS News that as Jamaica advances its work agenda, there is a need to harness human capital development.“There is a social demand for education and training globally and for productive skilled citizenry across the world. It is very important that we understand that an educated and trained nation is a productive nation, and a productive nation is a prosperous nation,” she says. She notes that the programme was piloted in January 2017 with an enrolment of 457 students, covering 17 curricula, which is in accordance with labour market intelligence data as well as the growth agenda of the Government.In the meantime, Massage and Beauty Therapist, and student in the Fitness Management Programme at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports, Rose- Marie Senior Sergeon, says she is happy to have been selected for the programme.“Though the coursework is heavy, the resources are there to facilitate us, and for this I am so grateful. I am very happy to have been selected for this Associate Degree in Fitness Management.There are no programmes without challenges, and I believe that with our continued communication and teamwork, my cohort will be a successful group,” she states.The Associate Degree in Occupational Studies is offered at the Caribbean Maritime University, Excelsior Community College, College of Insurance and Professional Studies, Shortwood Teachers’ College, The Mico University, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), and University of Technology (UTech) Academy in Kingston; Western Hospitality Institute, St. James; Brown’s Town Community College, St. Ann; College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland; G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, and Portmore Community College in St. Catherine; Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Manchester; Bethlehem Moravian College, St. Elizabeth; and the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) in Kingston and Manchester.last_img read more

Six stories in the news for today Sept 6

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 6———LATEST NAFTA TALKS WRAP WITH WORD OF PROGRESSThe latest round of NAFTA negotiations have wrapped up in Mexico City with the three countries declaring they have made progress ahead of the next round in Ottawa later this month. While sources say there has been no serious movement yet on any of the more sensitive issues, the countries say they have tabled two dozen texts that will form the backbone of the chapters in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement.———AIR TRANSAT LAUNCHES HURRICANE AIRLIFTAir Transat has launched an evacuation operation to get all its travellers out of the Dominican Republic ahead of hurricane Irma. The Montreal-based airline says it is sending 10 aircraft to the Caribbean nation — seven to Punta Cana, two to Puerto Plata and one to Samana. Air Transat says all aircraft should arrive in the Dominican Republic by this morning and passengers should be back in Canada by afternoon or early evening.———CENTRAL BANK POISED TO MAKE RATE ANNOUNCEMENTSome experts expect the Bank of Canada to boost its trend-setting rate today, not later this fall as they had anticipated. They’ve changed their forecasts due to a surprisingly powerful performance from the Canadian economy. Last week, the latest growth numbers showed the economy expanded at an annual pace of 4.5 per cent in the second quarter — a bigger-than-expected surge driven by consumer spending.———POLL: HALF OF WORKERS LIVING PAYCHEQUE TO PAYCHEQUEA new survey by the Canadian Payroll Association suggests nearly half of workers are living paycheque to paycheque due to soaring spending and debt levels. The poll found that 47 per cent of respondents said it would be difficult to meet their financial obligations if their paycheque was delayed by even a single week. The summer survey of 4,766 Canadian also found that 35 per cent said they feel overwhelmed by their level of debt.———HELP FOR B.C. RANCHERS HURT BY WILDFIRESRanchers who have lost animals and land to the wildfires in British Columbia are getting help from the provincial and federal governments. The governments are setting aside $20 million to help farmers replace lost breeding animals and re-seed damaged lands. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay says the money will also help ranchers with vet bills, feed, fencing, transportation and infrastructure not covered by insurance.———‘GRABHER’ LICENSE PLATE CASE BACK IN COURTA legal battle over whether Nova Scotia violated the constitution when it ruled a man’s personalized licence plate was offensive to women is expected back in court today with fresh arguments. Lorne Grabher had his licence plate with the text “GRABHER” — his last name — revoked last year after government officials agreed with a complainant that it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.” Grabher’s lawyers say the regulation is so vague that it violates the freedom of expression guarantee in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the National Caucus meeting in Kelowna, B.C.— The federal Conservatives shadow cabinet will meet in Winnipeg.— StatsCanada will update several indicators today, including Canadian international merchandise trade for July.— The Fraser Institute will release studies examining education spending in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.— The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour announces the next step to fight Bill 148, which legislates a wage pattern on 75,000 public workers.— Convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard will release first-quarter results.— Sentencing in Bridgewater, N.S. today for six teens accused of sharing intimate images of up to 20 underaged girls without consent.— Hit and run trial resumes in Edmonton for MLA Derek Fildebrandt, who left the UCP to sit as an independent.— Next appearance for accused in the Chilliwack Cattle Sales case, where three farm workers were charged with animal cruelty.last_img read more

Be The Whos Roadie For A Day

first_imgThis is a one of a kind, once in a lifetime experience for a fan of The Who – get up in the morning and join the road crew as they assemble and prepare the stage and the venue for the band’s performance.A new online auction is giving a fan the chance to spend the day working with the crew as a “roadie”, helping assemble the stage, organising and preparing for The Who Quadrophenia show on Saturday, June 15 at O2 in London.

The winner will have a bird’s-eye view of how a huge rock show is assembled from that unique vantage point: not just behind the stage, but actually right there in the middle of it.The winner will be given a videotape of the day’s activities to keep as a memento, and have a chance to interact with band members. The winner will be given some souvenir special guitar picks, and have a photograph taken with Roger Daltrey or Pete Townshend — or if they are around, both together!No singing required!Winner needs to be over 18, physically fit, and is expected to conduct themselves in a discreet fashion as a member of the road crew from morning until after the show and all of the gear is loaded up in the trucks. The winner will be insured along with the crew and any info needed by the insurance company will be required.The auction supports the Brain Tumour Research Campaign, and kicks off May 9 and runs until May 19. It can be accessed here.The Brain Tumour Research Campaign was started in 2004 by Wendy Fulcher who lost her husband to a brain tumour. Their vision is to raise public awareness of the urgent need for brain tumour research, to lead a fundraising campaign to support research into and treatment of brain tumours, and to assist the emergence of the UK’s first multi-disciplinary Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Charing Cross Hospital in West London. Find out more here.last_img read more

Paks FM Asad Umar steps down

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar, who was involved in extensive discussions with the IMF to finalise a bailout package for the cash-strapped country, quit the Cabinet on Thursday after Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his desire to shift him to the energy ministry. Umar, who recently returned from a trip to the US in which the details of Pakistan’s next International Monetary Fund bailout were finalised, said he has obtained the prime minister’s consent “to not take any cabinet position”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”As part of a cabinet reshuffle, prime minister desired that I take the energy minister portfolio instead of finance,” Umar said. “However, I have obtained his consent to not take any cabinet position.” Prime Minister Khan-led government and Finance Minister Umar in particular have faced mounting criticism by opposition parties, members of the business community and citizens over the handling of the economic crisis. On Monday, the Pakistani media reported that a major reshuffle was on the cards in the Finance Ministry. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHowever, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry denied the reports of the reshuffle. “There is no truth in reports regarding changes in posts of federal ministers. The prime minister has the power to change ministers and the media should play a responsible role on this subject,” he tweeted. Cash-strapped Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the IMF to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country’s economy. Pakistan has so far received a total of USD 9.1 billion in financial aid packages from friendly countries like China, Saudi Arabia and the UAE during the current fiscal year. Finance Minister Umar said earlier this month that a mission of the IMF would visit Islamabad soon after the spring meetings of the World Bank Group, which includes the IMF, and an agreement should be signed by the end of this month.last_img read more

Give Up Drinking for the Weekend Challenge

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – For those who do, the Department of Mental Health & Substance Dependence is asking if you can you go three days without Drinking alcohol? In celebration of Alcohol Awareness month, the department is calling on residents to observe November 7-9, that’s this weekend as alcohol free days! The organizers say: “The goals are to raise awareness around alcohol-related diseases, and promote healthy lifestyle choices.” Other activities on the calendar for Alcohol Awareness Month are screenings and counseling sessions which will be available at hospitals from November 6; an essay, rap and poster competition on November 22nd at the Gus Lightbourne Gym and school drug prevention programs with this year’s global theme, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”. In the US, 80,000 people die each year in the US from alcohol related diseases. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:alcohol, Alcohol awareness month, Department of mental health TCIG Successfully Host First Youth Expression: “Essay Rap and Poster Competition”last_img read more

Six TCIG Finance workers trained for coming new system

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 16, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is moving from cash based accounting to accrual basis and to prepare TCIG for that change, six Finance staffers were recently certified in International Public Sector Accounting Standards.Deputy Accountant General, Sally-Jean Astwood and Finance Managers: Pamela Clarke, Jonelle Glinton, Kimberly Simmons-Lewis, Letitia Williams and Shandera Hall were during July participants of the program which the Ministry of Finance says improves financial accountability through better financial reporting.“Strong and transparent financial reporting has the potential to improve public sector decision making and make governments more accountable to their constituents,” said the media release issued on Monday.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Athnee Harvey-Basden congratulated the six, adding this step is just the beginning as #TCIG migrates to the new accounting system in the next few years. ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more