Members of the Rastafari Core Group along with Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George NortonThe Ministry of the Presidency’s Social Cohesion Department on Wednesday hosted a diversity education and inclusion training workshop with the Rastafari Core Group. This is aimed at increasing awareness and sensitivity about behaviours that contribute to building better relations among individuals within communities.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton during his remarks at the opening session of the training said the events were introduced after it was recognised that there is a need for more introspection in an effort to promote the Rastafarians’ notion of “love, fairness and acceptance” regardless of differences. This, he said, is important in improving the Rastafarian movement locally and the world over. He emphasised the need for members to accept others’ cultures despite of differences.The Rastafari Core Group consists of other smaller groups and the Minister added that the training is a welcomed initiative which will aid in the department achieving its objective in community relations building.Norton highlighted that the Ministry sees that the group has been making progress as it has an increased membership and progress has been made in eliminating gender differences. He added that despite the transgressions that affected the movement, Rastafarians have made stride in embarking on a journey of equality rather than superiority.Minister Norton stressed that his Ministry is committed to capacity building and is enthusiastic about continuing these training sessions.The two-day workshop which is being held at the National Racquet Centre, aims to allow participants to explore the negative internalised attitudes, beliefs and stereotypes that impact the ways in which they perceive themselves and others. Further, it serves to give participants a better understanding and appreciation of diversity, particularly beyond race and ethnicity and to create opportunities for cross community understanding.The workshop is as a result of outreaches in various communities as the Ministry sees the need for continued work in this area. The training sessions will be conducted by Kala Seegopaul and Rolanda Kirton and will focus on areas which include understanding biases, values, understanding diversity, trust building and nurturing communities.
The Pomeroy Sport Centre is now offering ways to help cool down for the remainder of the summer season.The sport centre recently re-installed both hockey rinks in the facility, both of which are currently open for Drop-in hockey, public skates on both the hockey rinks and private bookings.- Advertisement -Public skating sessions on the speed skating oval are also available, which are scheduled from August 8-30, Mon/Wed/Fri from 4-6 p.m. Sessions are also available Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.Those participating in public skates are recommended to wear a helmet and those under eight years of age are required to be with a guardian at all times.Drop-in hockey will begin Monday, August 8, and will run on Mon/Wed/Fri from 12-1 p.m. Hockey gear is required to participate and regular admission rates apply.For more information on any of the events taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre, call 250-785-4592. Advertisement
UPDATE – As of 3:30 p.m., the RCMP would like to advise the public that Tamara Thomas has been located. The RCMP thanks the public for their assistance.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tamara Thomas was reported missing to police on the 20th of June, 2019, but has not been heard from since June 17th via social media.Family does not believe it was Thomas who authored the Facebook post.- Advertisement -Thomas is believed to be travelling with 36 year old Gordon Ganyo and is believed to be at risk. Ganyo is believed to be driving a White F-350 (BCLP NC7818). Thomas may be in the Kamloops or Clearwater area. Tamera is described as being 5’9″ tall, 140 lbs, Long Blonde Hair and Blue eyes.Anyone having any information on the whereabouts of Tamera Thomas is asked to call the nearest RCMP Detachment or 911.
Neil Warnock has told talkSPORT he is keen to make three additions to his Crystal Palace squad in January.The Eagles are without a win in three Premier League games and are sitting just a point above the drop zone.Warnock insists he will not splash the cash for the sake of it, but he believes his team needs strengthening throughout to aid their survival bid.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “We need a striker. We are looking also to supplement the midfield and defence, whether that be a full-back or centre-half.”
Barcelona star Neymar Neymar’s father says he is certain his son will renew his contract at the Nou Camp – despite interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid in the Brazilian.The Brazil superstar has enjoyed a sensational 2015 alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in Barcelona’s treble-winning side.But despite that there has been speculation that both United and Real were confident they could sign the forward.But Neymar’s father, who also acts as his agent, has dampened speculation around his son’s future when speaking at the LFP Awards where Neymar was named the division’s best South American player.“Stay calm, I’m sure Neymar will renew,” said Neymar Sr in comments reported by Marca. “There is no hurry. He still has three years on his contract.” 1
Writer Julietta JamesonSydney Morning Herald reporter Julietta Jameson recently spent some time in Donegal. To say she was impressed is a bit of an understatement. Here is her account of her time spent in our wonderful county. “Three children are giggling musically as they take turns to roll down a grassy levee that rises to meet the gravel drive out front of Rathmullan House, a lovely old mansion hotel on the shore of a fjord near Ireland’s most northerly tip. At the advancing crunch of my tyres, they pick themselves up and form an excited line, then give a a hearty wave as I pull up. “We’re on holiday,” one of them exclaims with a beaming smile the second I step out of my car.Juliette loved Donegal’s coastline including Ardara.“It’s the weekend when not just those children, but all of Northern Ireland is on holiday, the commemoration of Orangemen’s Day. “And if they’re not at home marching, then they’re by the seaside here in County Donegal,” a service station attendant had told me earlier in the day. Given that Donegal is unique to the Republic of Ireland in that it shares a tiny bit of its border with one compatriot county and the rest of it with three United Kingdom counties, its coast represents the closest seaside for many a Northern Irish. Just on a practical level, it makes sense that they would come here. But there’s a transcendent quality to the Donegal coast that makes me think: if you had the choice to holiday here, why would you holiday anywhere else? “Ireland generally is a country of gob-smacking beauty, but Donegal is the Ireland I always imagined from those storybooks and poems of my childhood: vibrant fields that look like slicks of thick green oil paint; impossibly pretty (and preserved) villages full of white wash and burgeoning window boxes; rambling forests that may or may not be enchanted and waterfalls lurking in mysterious glens; sparkling lakes and monolithic mountains; ancient ruins everywhere and, in the parts I’m touring, the constant presence of the Atlantic Ocean, glistening a surprisingly tropical blue thanks to the white, white sand of the coastline.“How to take it all in? The best itineraries, I reckon, have a treasure hunt aspect to them. They don’t need enormous amounts of research – they just need to take you somewhere, preferably off the beaten track. And so here I am in County Donegal, touring its coast, the northern most stretch of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a 2500-kilometre, newly defined driving experience. And I’ve got some treasure in mind.“In my childhood home we had a brown wooden statue of a long-necked seal-like creature with green diamante eyes – a selkie, Mum said, a figure of Celtic myth, a seal that can shed its skin and take human form. I loved that little ornament and always loved the idea of the shape-shifting selkies in the Irish fairytales we were fed. Years later, one of my favourite film makers, John Sayles, made a movie about selkies set in Donegal, called The Secret of Roan Inish.“The locations in which the film was shot were magnificent but I knew not where – it came out in 1994, before Google enabled us to find out everything. Then in 2014 the opportunity arose for me to travel to Donegal and a quick bit of research revealed it had been shot in two primary locations: the small coastal villages of Rosbeg and Portnoo. (What a difference two decades of technology make.) “So on my first day in Donegal I set the GPS to “avoid highways”, punch in Rosbeg and Portnoo and that robotic voice is wonderfully, pushing me up hill and down dale, left, right, left again along skinny back roads and farm lanes lined with overgrown hedgerows full of wild fuchsia and ferns that break to reveal sweeping views of the Atlantic.“It’s not long till I pass through the postcard-perfect town of Ardara, backed by the vast V of the glacially-carved Glengesh Pass. Ardara is home to a hugely popular annual walkers’ festival and on this summer day, there are plenty getting in early practice. The road to Rosbeg is peppered with happy pedestrians.“The Wild Atlantic Way, at least this bit of it, is not a singular thing like say, the Great Ocean Road. Particularly in Donegal, where the land meets the sea in a raggedy and ripped fraying, it can be a matter of choice. The super quick, super smooth N56 gets you easily and quickly south to north from Donegal Town to Letterkenny, the most populous of County Donegal centres, but ocean-side of it is where the Wild Atlantic Way winds, a series of labyrinthine narrow roads that hug bulbous peninsulas, ribbon-like inlets and star-shaped harbours.“Rosbeg and Portnoo share one of the little peninsulas and the road to it from Ardara soon narrows to a twisting, turning single lane challenge. But how I gasp when I catch a glimpse of Rosbeg with each twist. And then I’m finally down into the tiny hamlet, a collection of houses fronted by sandy beaches sheltered in jagged rock formations. I finally find a spot to pull my car off the thin road and get talking to the sole family on the beach nearby. I ask when it gets busy. “It’s a big holiday weekend in the north. This is busy,” one member says, then adds, “Buses can’t get down here. One or two have tried.”“I sit in the rocks for a while and feast on the peace and the textures and colours: white marble against black rock, vibrant lichens, seaweed and moss, heather fluffy as down underfoot and carpets of wildflowers of purple, yellow, pink and white. And that squeaky, creamy sand. The only sounds, apart from the lap of the ocean are the tinkle of boats and some kids playing badminton on the lawn outside a house on a nearby hill. I’m coming back here, I think. “I push on to Portnoo on a track that hugs the coast in parts and cuts through stone-fence crossed paddocks in others. The Portnoo reveal is another gasp-worthy moment: the town gazes out to a huge expanse of white sand and the grassy paddock of Inishkeel, sea-locked except at low tide when you can walk on the sand out to it. I get talking to some locals sunning themselves outside a roadside holiday bungalow and tell them of my Secret of Roan Inish quest. “Some of the film was shot on Inishkeel,” one says.“But you know Roaninish is a real place,” another says. “It’s a little island and a nature reserve. We often go out there on the boat for a picnic. On a clear day you can see it from the main house.” Without hesitation and without me asking, she takes me up to the main house balcony but alas, the day is not clear enough to see Roaninish. We have a lovely cup of tea. And it’s enough to know it’s out there.“In the ensuing days I explore more of the Donegal coast’s myriad wonders: the dramatic cliffs at Slieve League, the craic in beautiful Donegal Town and Killybegs harbour, the startling brutal rise of Errigal mountain. There are gasps aplenty.“And then I arrive at Rathmullan House, hidden in the back of a perfect Irish seaside village, down a long woodland drive, a seaside manor worthy of the Mitfords. There are couple strolling arm in arm with their dogs at their feet, others reading newspapers while sipping beers as their children play on the lawn. From my room with its view of Lough Swilly fjord, I spy the little girl who greeted me earlier, still there on the grass. She throws her arms out and spins round and round till she collapses on the lawn. “It’s a happy place; a beautiful place – I’ll come back here too, I think. It’s a good place for selkies. Just like all the Donegal coast.”WHY DONEGAL’S COASTLINE COULD SOON BE SWAMPED WITH CURIOUS AUSTRALIAN TOURISTS! was last modified: October 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalSydney Morning Heraldtourists
Our Maker designed an important cleanup function that takes place in our sleep.“Brainwashing” is a funny word. To those who first hear it for the first time, it might sound like a good thing. Usually, though, we associate it with indoctrination using the propaganda of a totalitarian government or a cult. Scientists recently found a situation where brainwashing actually is a good thing. During certain periods of sleep, it appears that the body regulates fluid levels between blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) with gentle ebbs and flows. The scientists think that the brain is washing out waste products each night so we wake up with clean fluids with which to work.The paper’s title in Science looks intimidating: “Coupled electrophysiological, hemodynamic, and cerebrospinal fluid oscillations in human sleep,” but the idea is simple. Layal Liverpool explains in New Scientist:As you sleep, slow waves of electrical activity in your brain seem to help rinse away harmful waste products that could otherwise damage your brain cells. The process may play a role in preventing neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.Then by all means, let us be brainwashed! Brains are metabolic organs, after all, and any process generating energy is bound to generate waste products. We wouldn’t want those to accumulate and give us a splitting headache, would we? Every manufacturing plant or office needs a cleanup crew. Inside the skull, maybe it’s something that cannot be done effectively when the brain is on full alert. Why not use the dark hours of the night to clean up? Liverpool reminds us that other tasks need to be done during sleep, too:They found that, during sleep, large waves of cerebrospinal fluid flow into and out of the brain every 20 seconds, a process thought to remove waste. The inward flow was preceded by patterns of slow waves of electrical activity, called delta waves.These brainwaves are also known to play a role in consolidating memories while we sleep. The researchers found that the waves coincided with blood flowing out of the brain, which they say helps balance the total volume of fluid around the brain.Abby Olena’s headline in The Scientist says, “Waves of Fluid Bathe the Sleeping Brain, Perhaps to Clear Waste.” Olena’s article suggests that getting a “brain wash” may just be part of a grander story about what goes on in our brains when we are not consciously in control:Right now, the paper draws a correlation between neural activity, blood flow, and CSF rhythms, Moore adds, so another extension of the work will be to use animal models to manipulate each oscillation and see what happens downstream. An additional question, he says, is “how do all these vascular and CSF dynamics impact neurons? They could be for taking out the garbage, but maybe they’re . . . doing something far more interesting.”The autonomic nervous system must keep the lungs breathing, the heart beating, digestion flowing, and manage dozens of other tasks. But thinking and using all the senses requires the energy of a 100-watt light bulb (more or less) running all day. The researchers state their main findings in typical austere scientific jargon:We conclude that human sleep is associated with large coupled low-frequency oscillations in neuronal activity, blood oxygenation, and CSF flow. Although electrophysiological slow waves are known to play important roles in cognition, our results suggest that they may also be linked to the physiologically restorative effects of sleep, as slow neural activity is followed by brain-wide pulsations in blood volume and CSF flow.These results address a key missing link in the neurophysiology of sleep. The macroscopic changes in CSF flow that we identified are expected to alter waste clearance, as pulsatile fluid dynamics can increase mixing and diffusion. Neurovascular coupling has been proposed to contribute to clearance, but why it would cause higher clearance rates during sleep was not known. Our study suggests slow neural and hemodynamic oscillations as a possible contributor to this process, in concert with other physiological factors.Jargon like that is enough to put you to sleep. But that might be a good thing. See also Science Daily‘s press release from Boston University, “Are we ‘brainwashed’ during sleep?”Maybe you’ve pondered how much more you could accomplish in life if you didn’t have to devote a third of it to sleeping. The fact is, you couldn’t get more done. Sleep deprivation is very harmful to human performance. We live in and manage energetic systems, partly under our control, but much of it pre-programmed for our health. Now that we see another beautiful example of an automatic maintenance process inside our heads, let’s be thankful and sleep well tonight.As an additional thought, ponder what else might be going on. Why do we dream? Why are some of our dreams bad, erotic, or fearful? One of my college psychology professors, named Dr. Fremont, used to present the “Fremont Dream Theory.” He proposed that the brain purges bad or false thoughts during dreaming. If you remember old tape recorders, they had an “erase head” to wipe a recorded tape clean. Maybe as we have bad dreams, the virtual “erase head” is wiping them from memory. It would normally be an unconscious process unless we wake up during the dream. Some dreams might require multiple passes. It would be very difficult to prove such a theory, but who knows? One thing is clear: there is much more going on inside our heads, both awake and asleep, than we can possibly imagine.Recommended Resource: Dr Marcos Eberlin’s book Foresight gives many examples of complex, coordinated systems that would have required planning beforehand to solve problems that an intelligent designer would have foreseen would arise. This example of metabolic waste cleanup during sleep adds another example to Eberlin’s impressive list.(Visited 381 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
20 July 2011 The fight against crime has taken an innovative turn, with the deployment of more mobile police stations in various central business districts around South Africa. Clothing and textiles retailer Edcon has provided the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Community Policing Forum with 10 trailers worth R800 000 in total. With the new additions, the total number of police trailers has increased to 19 – this allows the project to go national. The objective of the project was to boost awareness of crime and help improve police presence, visibility and service delivery in crime hotspots. According to Edcon’s group stakeholder relations manager, Laverne Leibrandt, the trailers will serve the communities within the Edcon trading areas and keep them safe. The stations, which look like hot dog stands, come equipped to police specifications and will be deployed in Soweto, the East and West Rand in Gauteng, Mitchells Plain in the Western Cape as well as central Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Pretoria, Polokwane and Nelspruit.Trailers deterring criminals The idea of the mobile station was conceived by Independent Newspaper’s The Star publication when they launched the Movement against Crime initiative in September 2010. At the time the Editor’s Fund provided R1-million. South Africa’s Venter Trailer company received the commission to build the mobile police stations, which were destined for Johannesburg’s central police station and were unveiled at a ceremony in 2010. Vendors and businesses in the city have reacted positively to their presence, and many have stated that they feel more confident and secure as they go about their daily trade. The idea has since caught on with other organisations that are looking to combat crime. Independent Newspapers’ project manager Taryn MacKay described Johannesburg’s inner city, where The Star’s offices are situated, as a hotbed of criminal activity. The newspaper saw the need to curb crime in the area and therefore established the initiative. “Johannesburg catches more attention when it comes to crime so we approached various organisations in the inner city to sponsor the trailers,” said MacKay. When Edcon noticed a significant reduction in shoplifting from their stores because of the presence of the trailers, they opted to sponsor 10 more.A mini police station Each trailer is manned by two police officers and is well equipped to serve the community it is deployed into. “It has the resources to make arrests, take statements and act as an information centre,” said Leibrandt. There are interfaces on both sides of the trailer, as well as a handcuff handle to which apprehended suspects will be bound before they are picked up and taken to the closest police station. Jackie Mathebula, Edcon’s transformation and corporate affairs executive, said the trailers will provide a channel of communication between shops, offices, security companies and the police. She added that this will strengthen the relationship between communities and the police.Communities and police working together MacKay said the public has taken to the mobile trailers, and that although feedback in Johannesburg has been positive, it is too early to gauge the effectiveness of the Edcon-sponsored trailers in other cities. When law enforcement officials consulted citizens they found that people wanted police to be easily accessible and visible, to swiftly respond to reported incidents, to ensure that crimes will be investigated and criminals be charged, and to root out corrupt police officers. Gauteng province’s police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros, added that communities have pledged to work with the police to tackle these issues. He acknowledged what The Star’s deputy editor Jovial Rantao said of the initiative, that the fight against crime is a way of defending the democracy that many people had fought and died for. The government has also played a part in the acquisition of the trailers. The City of Johannesburg sponsored a trailer in last year’s roll-out. According to MacKay, The Star has worked “hand in glove” with the Gauteng provincial government as well. Andy Mashaile, the Gauteng provincial chairman of the Community Police Board, believes it is his department’s responsibility to protect the 11-million people living in the province. He added that every resource was needed for the police to do their job efficiently. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
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Last week, thousands of scientists gathered in Chicago, Illinois, to share their latest research with the world. Here are some of our favorite stories from the meeting, held each year by AAAS, which publishes Science.What Is the Coolest Science Fact You Know?Science’s news team grabbed researchers, students, and even celebrity science advocate Alan Alda in the hallways and asked them to tell us the coolest science fact they knew. Some of the answers really shocked us.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Seeing the Skies Through Galileo’s EyesWhen Galileo peered up at the heavens hundreds of years ago, his observations revolutionized our understanding of the solar system. But what exactly did he see? Scientists may finally be able to figure that out, thanks to the most extensive online database of early refracting telescopes, revealed at the meeting.How to Hide Your GenomeWant to have your genome sequenced, but don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands? Cryptographers have your back. In a session at the meeting, researchers described a new way to encrypt the sensitive data stored in our DNA.What Would You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser?That’s the question we asked a group of physicists during a roundtable interview. The query, spurred by the announcement last week that the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California had reached an important milestone on the road to fusion energy, elicited some fascinating responses.Finding Common Ground Between Science and ReligionCan science and religion coexist? What might the cities of the future look like? And what does 29 years in solitary confinement do to your brain? Science attempted to answer those questions in a series of live video chats from the meeting.For more stories, see our full coverage of AAAS 2014.