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Asian Games diaries: Of traffic snarls, Shahrukh Khan and Selfies

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Palembang, Aug 17 (PTI) The worst fears about traffic in Indonesia are coming true but there is unmistakable warmth all around as the city welcomes participants of the 18th Asian Games, beginning in Palembang and Jakarta tomorrow. While the Indonesian capital Jakarta is notorious for its traffic jams (it made President Joko Widodo walk two kilometers last October); Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra province, is not far behind. The 8km drive from city centre to main venue Jakabaring Sport City can take close to an hour. “Sometimes it could be even more. You never know about traffic in Palembang. It is not as bad as Jakarta but it is bad enough,” said one of the many affable volunteers stationed at the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport here. And it did take an hour when one set off to recce the Jakabaring Sport City from a city hotel. The busy roads, accommodating more bikes than cars, reminds one of the traffic troubles back in India. Palembang was chosen as the Games co-host primarily because the infrastructure was already in place with the city, situated on the banks of Musi river, hosting the Southeast Asian Games in 2011. Otherwise, the narrow roads and an ill equipped public transport make the job tougher for the organisers. Not long ago, President Widodo had asked the organizers to intensify promotion of the Games in the build-up to the mega event but a slight buzz is palpable in Palembang. “In fact most of the people think that we are hosting the Southeast Asian Games again. Only this time, it is a much bigger event. They are really excited, said an official stationed at the Main Press Center.advertisement However, the shortcomings in infrastructure are easily forgotten when the locals greet with an infectious smile. The volunteers, a mixture of young boys and girls, deployed at the airport, major city hotels and competition venue go out of their way to help. Language is an issue but not a barrier as they are still able to express their love for Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bacchan. SRK though has a much bigger following than his celebrated senior. “We don’t understand the language but we love Shahrukh Khan,” said a bunch of volunteers, who even make the Games’ visitors feel like celebrities. One way they show their warmth is by asking for Selfies. “India is a huge country and we as Indonesians are excited to have you here and also each and every member of other countries. It is a big moment for us,” said an official. More than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries are set to compete at the multi-sporting event, the second biggest after the Olympics. PTI BS PM PM PMlast_img read more

South Caicos Baby Brain Dead Investigation Launched

first_img Hospitals upgrade, New Dialysis Machines simplify treatment Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate Related Items:brain dead, Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, south caicos Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSouth Caicos baby brain dead but still on life support and government through its Social Services Dept and the Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Association (CAAPA) are monitoring the case. No reason is explained we understand by the mother for the child just slipping into a comatose state sometime on Sunday… the child was airlifted to Providenciales and is on life support at Cheshire Hall Medical Center, where Interhealth Canada says they are offering support to the family. “Medical staff at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre has not and will not remove life support from the two year old child without proper authority by the next of kin. The mother is scheduled to meet with our paediatrician today, September 5th, 2014. We have been in constant contact with both parents and immediate family. This is a sad situation and our team at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre will continue to provide support to all family members involved”.PTV News Watch reports that the father has not left the bedside of that little girl; This is a very delicate matter which authorities are handling with the utmost care but there has been an intense investigation launched also involving the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force.last_img read more

Chinese Embassy makes donation to Fox Hill community

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 23 Nov 2014 – The Fox Hill Festival Committee got a helping hand on Friday when the Chinese Embassy made a donation to assist in defraying the cost of various committee projects for the further development of the Fox Hill community. Making the presentation was Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas Yuan Guisen and accepting on behalf of the committee was Co-Chair Benjamin Rahming.Pictured from left are Mr. Zhai Xingfu, Counselor and Deputy Chief of Missions (DCM) at the Chinese Embassy in Nassau; Mr. Maurice Tynes, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Benjamin Rahming, Co-Chairman of the Fox Hill Festival Committee; Clinton Pearce, Treasure of the Fox Hill Festival Committee (in background) ; Ambassador Guisen; Fox Hill MP, Hon. Fred Mitchell; Trevor Pratt, co-leader of the Original Fox Hill Congos Junkanoo Group; and Warren Davis, co-leader of the Original Fox Hill Congos Junkanoo Group.The presentation was made in front of the partially completed Fox Hill Community Center on the corner of Fox Hill Road and Eden Street. (Photo by Elcott Coleby) Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Related Items:benjamin rahming, chinese embassy, eden street, fox hill community center, fox hill festival, maurice tynes, nassau, Yuan Guisen, Zhai Xingfu Recommended for you Another Murder in Nassau Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessionslast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Train Station Not Detox Center Should Be Built

first_imgDear Editor,There are many great minds and people with high intellect in town that are not in our government. How about reaching out to people through your website and asking for ideas? Below is my suggestion for a site use. I think that you could tie it into a contest like a raffle where the winner is awarded with a prize.There should be intense negotiations to work a deal out with the property owner to not build a detox center but rather build a beautiful train station with an eatery, underground parking, and some senior citizen and veteran’s apartments above. The state and the town should bend over backwards to accomplish this with a sewer connection, expedited permits, supplemental funding, tax relief or tax elimination and even a reduction in our MBTA assessment. This site could be absolutely beautiful with a design that would be the envy of the state.Sincerely,Kevin MacDonaldLike 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… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Candidate Kevin MacDonald Offers Solutions To N. Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: These Questions Must Be Asked Regarding The Proposed Detox CenterIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN DEBATE RECAP: MacDonald, Marsh & O’Mahony Debate The Issues (with VIDEO)In “Government”last_img read more

New Research From Clinical Psychological Science

first_imgWeaker Memory Performance Exacerbates Stress-Induced Cannabis Craving in Youths’ Daily LivesRobert Miranda, Jr., Stephanie E. Wemm, Hayley Treloar Padovano, Ryan W. Carpenter, Noah N. Emery, Joshua C. Gray, and Ethan H. Mereish Heterogeneity of the Anxiety-Related Attention Bias: A Review and Working Model for Future ResearchTracy A. Dennis-Tiwary, Amy Krain Roy, Samantha Denefrio, and Sarah Myruski The Influence of Stress on Depression and Substance Use Problems Among Young Male Same-Sex Couples: Relationship Functioning as an Underlying MechanismBrian A. Feinstein, Elizabeth McConnell, Christina Dyar, Brian Mustanski, and Michael E. Newcomb Read about the latest research published in Clinical Psychological Science: Most of the past research on suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STBs) relied on long follow-ups and examined risk factors in isolation when predicting suicide is more complex. To address whether these methodological constraints have the ability to predict suicide risk, the researchers recruited a large sample of individuals worldwide who were at elevated risk of STBs, evaluating them in a first session and again 3, 14, and 28 days later. The researchers also used machine-learning algorithms to examine the complexity underlying suicide risk. Results indicated that machine-learning algorithms were better than individual follow-ups at predicting STBs. Some predictive factors such as suicide ideation, were already strong predictors in more standard analyses, but complex models in this research were a way to better predict imminent suicidal thoughts and nonfatal suicide attempts. Taken together, these findings support the use of complex models and inclusion of artificial intelligence in clinical decision making. This study examined the interaction of stress, reminders of cannabis use, and craving for the drug among adolescents and young adults. Miranda and colleagues recruited participants who used cannabis at least twice weekly and reported at least one symptom of cannabis abuse. At the beginning of the study, participants performed a memory-for-words test that captured working memory performance.  Then, over 4 to 14 days, they were prompted on their mobile devices every 3 hours to report their cannabis cravings, consumption, current levels of stress, and presence of cannabis-related stimuli in their environment (e.g., presence of drug paraphernalia, interactions with people they frequently smoked marijuana with). Individuals reported stronger craving in the evenings and late night relative to the morning, in the presence of other cannabis-related stimuli, and when experiencing more interpersonal stress. Importantly, individuals with weaker working memory performance experienced stronger craving when their stress was heightened than individuals with stronger working memory performance. However, working memory performance did not affect the association between cannabis-related stimuli and craving. These findings indicate that stronger working memory may protect individuals from craving cannabis at stressful moments. Predicting Imminent Suicidal Thoughts and Nonfatal Attempts: The Role of ComplexityJessica D. Ribeiro, Xieyining Huang, Kathryn R. Fox, Colin G. Walsh, and Kathryn P. Linthicum To examine the associations between stress and health (including depression and substance use) among male same-sex couples, Feinstein and colleagues analyzed data from an ongoing longitudinal study on HIV and substance use among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Participants completed measures of perceived stress, internalized stigma (e.g., fear of coming out), microaggressions (e.g. someone expressing a stereotype, such as “Gay men are so good at fashion”), victimization (e.g., being physically assaulted), outness, depression, alcohol-use problems, marijuana-use problems, and relationship functioning (i.e., satisfaction, trust, and commitment). Results indicated that when a member of the couple reported internalized stigma and microaggressions, relationship interactions were more negative and were linked with greater depression and alcohol abuse. These findings suggest that individual stress might increase conflict within a relationship. Results also highlight the importance of considering general stress as a risk factor for negative health outcomes among male same-sex couples. Relationship education and interventions focused on sexual minority individuals and same-sex couples may be enhanced by showing them strategies to cope with stress and understand how their relationship quality influences health, Feinstein and colleagues propose. Anxiety-related attention bias (AB) is characterized by selective or exaggerated attention toward threatening information and seems to be a concept with different aspects and with complex relationships with anxiety. In this review, Dennis-Tiwary and colleagues propose a working model of AB that incorporates subtypes and variability. They say AB should no longer be considered solely a tendency to focus attention on a threat instead of away from it. Behavioral and neurophysiological research indicates, for instance, that AB toward threat is associated with distress-related disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder. Meanwhile, AB away from threat is associated with fear-related disorders, such as phobias. According to this threat-discrimination and cognitive-control model of AB, four subtypes of AB heterogeneity can be identified: (a) labile, characterized by low threat-safety discrimination (TD; ability to discriminate between safe and threatening cues) and low cognitive control (CC), with high variability in AB; (b) vigilant, characterized by high TD and low CC, with a bias toward threatening information; (c) avoidant, characterized by high TD and high CC, with a bias away from threatening information; and (d) no bias, characterized by low TD and high CC. The authors propose that this model can lead to personalized interventions for anxiety disorders, with treatment tailored to an individual’s AB subtype.last_img read more

Dancing for a world celebration

first_img‘Dancing is the poetry of the foot’ as per John Dryden’s perspective of the orb of dance, that has been the key philosophy and inspiration for India’s eminent danseuse Geeta Chandran and her lovechild – Natya Vriksha – the perfect platform for her abundant, dedicated passion and ability to nurture and harness talent, that firmly establish Indian dance traditions. On the occasion of the 9th World Dance Day Chandran celebrated the charming nuances of Indian dance traditions, paying homage to the dance community with a showcase of several avtaars at the India International Centre Auditorium. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and India International Centre, with additional support from the Sangeet Natak Akademi, NTPC and UNESCO, Natya Vriksha’s World Dance Day 2013 celebration offered the capital’s cultural aficionados, an assured opportunity for enjoying Geeta Chandran’s ‘Young Dancers’ Festival’ – a successful endeavour to create new spaces for the contemporary classical dancer, forming new frontiers of classical art, to reach out to new, young, audiences, believing and asserting that dance must be linked to life at the grass root level and that artists must make a positive difference to real living.Indeed, Geeta Chandran’s World Dance Day calendar resonates in spirit –  Martha Graham’s sensibility that ‘Dancers are the messengers of the gods’.last_img read more

Apples iPhone 4S Announcement Disappoints

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apple’s unveiling of its newest iPhone on Tuesday disappointed some who were looking for a major technology upgrade for the device. The chief hardware innovations of the iPhone 4S (not the iPhone 5 some were expecting) are its voice-command capability and better camera — not exactly market-changing improvements.While those are helpful advances for those who use Apple’s smartphone in the field, most business users will likely see more of an impact from changes to the iPhone’s wireless service availability, and from new prices across the entire iPhone line.The iPhone 4S has a smarter processor that allows it to be used on a wider variety of networks, including that of Sprint Nextel, which will sell and host an iPhone on its network for the first time. Apple says the iPhone 4S will be available for use by networks in 70 countries by the end of the year – what it called its fastest global rollout for any iPhone version. min read That’s a plus for business users who travel overseas and want to use their favorite apps while there. And obviously, entrepreneurs who have a Sprint account can now use the iPhone to boost productivity without having to change providers.Still, most of the iPhone’s most-advanced features are not much use in countries such as India, which have been slow to roll out the kind of high-speed networks those features need. This is partly why Apple has only a tiny fraction of the market in India, which according to data researcher IDC has the world’s second-most wireless subscribers, with more than 600 million.For small business owners in the U.S., Apple’s new pricing scheme is worth noting, as it makes older models available at either nominal prices or, in the case of the iPhone 3GS, free.The new iPhone 4S is priced beginning at $199 for a 16-Gigabyte version, which is plenty except for those who like to put a lot of songs and video on their phones. A 32-Gigabyte version will cost $299 at introduction, and a 64-Gb version, $399.Meanwhile, the older iPhone 4, with 8 Gigabytes of storage, will be priced at just $99 if you sign up for a two-year contract with Sprint, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, or any other provider who sells the device. Even better for those who don’t want to pay for the leading edge of Apple technology, an even older model, the iPhone 3GS, will come free with a two-year contract.The pricing moves are a strong argument to not buy the most recent iPhone version but instead choose an older model, as I did in August when I purchased an iPhone 3GS for $49 plus tax. The device has already boosted my productivity, even though I’m an independent contractor who uses it primarily to email, call and surf the web.Even more gains are being realized by businesses who regularly use a broader range of apps, such as Evernote (to get organized), Square (to accept payments) and Print n Share (for on-the-go printing).Apple’s new voice-activated personal assistant software, called Siri, may yet turn out to be a hit among mobile users. For now though, if you’ve been waiting to try the iPhone platform, Apple just provided some inexpensive ways to do so – just not with its newest phone.The iPhone 4S will be available Oct. 14 in the U.S.Will you buy an iPhone 4S? Share your comments below. How Success Happenscenter_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. October 4, 2011 Listen Nowlast_img read more

Is Your Companys Data Safe in the Cloud Infographic

first_img At this point it probably goes without saying that cloud services are becoming crazy popular. So much so, more than half of all U.S. businesses use some form of it. Whether managed internally or contracted to a third party like Google or Amazon, cloud services allow businesses to manage their information and files in one location that’s easy to access and secure.But exactly how secure is the cloud? Even if your IT staff or service provider is vigilantly securing your cloud with the latest safety measures and security systems, cloud storage can still be risky business. Everything is hackable. Nothing is breach-proof.Related: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of the CloudTech giant Dell recently surveyed 200 IT managers in the United Kingdom about their use and understanding of the cloud. Based on the results, the company put together the infographic below, which looks at three critical areas of cloud security: Virtual Private Networks (VPN, which allows a computer or a Wi-Fi-enabled device to send and receive data securely across a shared or public network), bring your own device (BYOD) policies and a Domain Name System (DNS, the system that Internet domain names and addresses are tracked and regulated by).So, the question is obvious: How safe is your cloud?Click to Enlarge+ Related: Why Uncovering a Network Security Breach Can Take Weeks or Months November 5, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more