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If you have any questions, you can contact Stebbing, or the Emergency Services Specialist at the District of Taylor, Sadie Jones at 250 789 3392. “We’re really looking forward to putting this on, and we hope people from all over the region come, and that we can continue to build ESS in the Peace region so that we’re all better prepared to take care of each other when disaster strikes,” Stebbing said.In a worst case scenario, if a region is not prepared to implement an ESS team, the province would have to deploy a mobile support team from other parts of the province.“That takes time, as we all know, living here in the Peace away from other major centres,” Stebbing said while explaining the importance of a well-established, local team.The open house is being held at the Taylor Community Hall, located at 9896 Cherry Avenue West, running 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Advertisement “There were a whole bunch of people who said, ‘well, how can I help?’ and walked in,” District of Taylor Fire Chief, Alan Stebbing explained. “So now, we wanted to make sure people are aware that ESS was out there, and they can learn ahead of emergencies how they can help, and get training so if, and when other disasters happen, we’ve got lots of trained people in the communities and in the region to take care of other people in the region.”During the open house, attendees will have the opportunity to ask members of the Taylor ESS team what the training and services entail.If you were to start training to be part of an ESS team, you would be trained in the how-tos of setting up a reception centre, taking care of registration and referrals, group lodging, as well as logistics and management to name a few.- Advertisement -Stebbing says the team usually meets up once a month to get an update on the emergency plan and a brush up on their skills.The course, which usually starts in an online form, is funded by the provincial government and taught by accredited instructors, often from the town being taught, but sometime instructors from across the province come in, depending on the course, specific training needed, and skill set required.While most positions require the volunteer to be over 18 years old, there is no age restriction for the Taylor ESS team, so if there are any teenagers out there who would like to get involved; Stebbing assures “the team would be happy to find a place for them.”Advertisement
Time bomb scenario We can all agree that under normal circumstances, harsh techniques are neither desirable nor necessary. But what about the ticking time bomb scenario? If we were to capture a key al-Qaida operative who we had strong reason to believe had knowledge of a dirty bomb buried under an American city, and we had only hours to get information out of him, would it be morally correct to waterboard and possibly save hundreds or thousands of lives, or to refrain? Anyone who claims that the answer is obvious hasn’t really thought it through. And for those who object that a person under duress will say anything, the question is, won’t that “anything” include the truth? Nor is the argument that permitting waterboarding will “free up” our enemies to do the same to our people convincing. They tend to string up or behead the Americans they capture. Waterboarding would be an unqualified improvement. Congress could have debated these matters but declined. Now senatorial moral preening may derail an excellent nominee. The country will be ill served if that happens. Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. (e-mail: email@example.com) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Under the U.S. Constitution, treaties are the supreme law of the land. But that hardly settles the matter. Defining torture requires teasing it out of court decisions and legal memoranda (like the so-called “torture memo” issued by the Justice Department in 2002 and later withdrawn), as well as statutory language. As Andrew McCarthy explained in National Review, torture has been variously described as “specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering” or “intense, lasting and heinous agony.” Waterboarding apparently involves placing a person on his back on a seesaw board, tilting him backward, covering his face with a cloth, and then pouring water into his mouth and nose so that he feels as if he is going to drown. It sounds pretty bad – but is it torture? The military has required our pilots to undergo it to prepare them for interrogation upon capture. That says something. On the other hand, a pilot knows what an enemy combatant presumably does not: that he will live to tell the tale. What does the law say about waterboarding? As McCarthy points out, Congress had the opportunity in the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 and again in the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to specifically forbid the practice but chose not to do so. McCarthy writes: “It is ironic ? that the same elected officials now demanding a definitive answer from Judge Mukasey have failed to give us one themselves ?” By showboating their opposition to this technique, the senators are placing Mukasey in an impossible position. If he declares that the practice is torture, then he may be putting the interrogators who used it (on advice from the Justice Department) in legal jeopardy. And in light of the confused and vague nature of the law, Mukasey would need access to classified information about exactly what was done in order to reach a judgment on its legality. It would be irresponsible of him to opine on the matter based only on rumors in the newspapers of what may have been done to specific detainees. This is a deadly serious issue that demands thoughtful consideration from every American and particularly from elected officials. In a war not against massed armies or nations but against small cells of terrorists, interrogation is a key weapon. It’s so easy to, in John McCain’s words, “take the moral high ground” and denounce any sort of torture under all circumstances. But is it really the moral high ground? Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., started something when he asked Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey whether he considers waterboarding to be torture. When the nominee declined to give a definitive answer, the matter cascaded into a confirmation-threatening imbroglio. Within a day, all of the Judiciary Committee Democrats as well as Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., had signed a letter demanding clarification. Sens. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and John McCain, R-Ariz., then further complicated Mukasey’s position by denouncing waterboarding and calling upon the would-be attorney general to do the same. The question of just what does and does not qualify as torture is a vexed one in American law. The United States is a signatory to the Geneva Convention, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the U.N. Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment – all of which forbid torture. Defining torture
St.Eunans are the 2014 Donegal G.A.A senior football champions after defeating last year’s winners, Glenswilly, Donegal G.A.A in association with @jacksonsmediatv & @ccollinsOffAir got the views of the winning team.CLICK PLAY TO WATCH DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS LOOKS BACK AT ST EUNAN’S SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:county finalglenswillySt Eunan’s GAA clubvideo
Drake (16-9) is coming off a 2-1 performance at the Jayhawk Invitational hosted by Kansas. Although unable to play Saturday’s tournament games due to weather, the Bulldogs took an 11-3 win over Green Bay on Friday and closed out the trip with an 11-1 win over Iowa on Sunday. Drake’s sole loss came in a close 3-2 defeat to UMKC. Game 3 Live Stats Game 1 Live Stats Wichita State (12-10) had a 1-2 record at the Tulsa Invitational last weekend earning a win against Tulsa and dropping a pair of games against Texas Tech and Montana. WSU then hosted No. 13 LSU, Thursday, as the Tigers rallied for a 4-3 victory. At the Jayhawk Invitational, junior pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) went 1-1 in the circle picking up the Bulldogs’ win over Iowa. Smith, who is 7-5 this season, pitched 14.2 innings in three appearances and allowed four runs (three earned) on 15 hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Game 2 Live Video Game 1 Live Video The Bulldogs next travel to Omaha, Neb., to face former league rival Creighton on March 22 for a single game scheduled for 4 p.m. Print Friendly Version Game 2 Live Stats Game 3 Live Video Story Links Freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) continued to build on her outstanding debut season. Maddox, who is batting a team-high .352, leads the MVC in home runs with eight and is second in RBIs with 22. At the Jayhawk Invitational, she went 7-of-11 with two home runs, three runs scored and four RBIs. WICHITA, Kan. – The Drake University softball team opens Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Wichita State on March 18 and 19. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game set for a 12 p.m. first pitch followed by a single game on Sunday scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.
Kurt Zouma starts for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where Victor Moses again misses out.Moses is still struggling with the toe injury which kept him out of Saturday’s defeat against his former club Crystal Palace, while Nemanja Matic drops to the bench.Meanwhile, skipper Vincent Kompany returns to the starting line-up for Manchester City, who are still without the injured Bacary Sagna.Chelsea: Courtois; Zouma, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Ake, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Batshuayi.Man City: Caballero, Clichy, Stones, Kompany, Fernandinho, Delph, Sane, Silva, De Bruyne, Navas, Aguero.Subs: Bravo, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Fernando, Toure, Sterling, Nolito. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Houses far smaller than the norm are being marketed for their energy efficiency and their small environmental footprints, and now in Dallas a collaboration of public and private interests hopes really small houses will give at least some of the city’s troubled citizens a way out of chronic homelessness.The Cottages at Hickory Crossing is a $6.8 million project that includes 50 self-contained houses, each with a footprint of 420 square feet, a central building with laundry and other shared facilities, and common outdoor areas on a 3.5-acre parcel near downtown Dallas.A number of public agencies representing housing, social services and the criminal justice system all are partners. Cottages are intended specifically for people who are chronically homeless, those who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness, and those who have a history of substance abuse and entanglements with the criminal justice system. In other words, people who have a very tough time finding a place to live.“It’s a trilogy in a way, like a Homer’s Odyssey, like great projects often are,” said Brent Brown, director of the bcWorkshop, the project architect. “It would be unfair if I didn’t say the project almost didn’t happen probably 10 times or more because it was hard. Partnerships are hard. Funding is hard. Building anything can be difficult.”But by early next year, Brown said by telephone, construction should be complete and residents should be moving in. Houses are small, but completeEach of the 50 cottages has a full bathroom, a main room with a kitchen, a sleeping area, a storage area, and a porch. Each has 325 square feet of interior conditioned space, Brown said, enough to give residents a private space. “Each resident has a door of their own,” Brown said, “and their own house identity.”Cottages are grouped in clusters of six around a common green area. The site is big enough to have the potential for community gardens. The commons building will be open to the public. Residents will sign a no-cost lease and will have access to a variety of services on site.Brown estimated each cottage costs between $25,000 and $30,000, with site development, studies and other costs making up the balance of the project cost.Each wood-framed cottage is built on four concrete piers, rather than a concrete slab, partly because the clay-heavy soils on the site made conventional construction difficult, and partly because this approach will allow the cottages to be moved to a new home in the future and the site used for another purpose.Brown said planners at bcWorkshop looked at a number of models in designing the site, including early New England settlements. For example, they found a Methodist community on Martha’s Vineyard built in a pattern of circles surrounding a common green. But where these communities attached social standing based on the circle where the house was built — higher status for those living closer to the common green — Dallas planners looked for an arrangement were “everyone had an equal level of stature,” Brown said.Buildings at the project were designed with help from the community it will serve, Brown said, and “street experts” helped planners understand the difficulty of moving from life on the street to housing units. “There needs to be a way to retreat,” he said, “but also a way to engage on your own terms, as well as being able to be all together.” Stable housing as a first stepThe Cottages project is built on the “Housing First” model, which considers housing a first priority to be followed by whatever social services might be needed after that.Given the common difficulties in the backgrounds of potential residents, planners assume a number of social service agencies will be needed. Even so, savings should be significant. According to an article in The Dallas Morning News, each person eligible for the project now costs the city $40,000 a year in services. But with a permanent home and a support system, that number drops to $15,000.Brown said an annual survey in Dallas in 2014 counted 3,314 homeless persons, 413 of whom were considered chronically homeless. So a project the size of The Cottages is a beginning.“We need seven more projects like this,” he said.Similar approaches have been proposed elsewhere. Last year, a New Jersey state senator suggested a $5 million “Tiny Home Pilot Program” in which clusters of 300-square-foot houses would be built for the state’s poor. Earlier, a project called Quixote Village” near Olympia, Washington, replaced a tent village for the homeless with 30 dwellings of 144 square feet each.
Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#gesture control#Internet of Things#IoT#Kinect#Leap Motion#VR Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Ryan Matthew Pierson Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Juniper Research has released a new study with a bold prediction about the future of human interaction with technology. It found that “gesture and motion control will become vital for certain forms of human-computer interaction in the coming years.”The study found that by the end of 2016 there will be roughly 168 million devices that utilize motion or gesture tracking. These devices include wearables, virtual reality, and more.With its current adoption and growth rate, the study suggests that there will be as many as 492 million motion and gesture-tracking devices as early as 2020. This is a 280% growth, which is an extraordinary adoption rate for such an extreme change in the way users interact with computers.See also: Gesture control goes mainstreamThis widespread adoption isn’t going to be automatic. The study notes that more traditional devices such as smartphones and PCs will be a pain point for adoption. As little as 5% of these devices are expected to include some form of gesture or motion-sensing interface built-in.For products like virtual reality headsets, motion and gesture tracking are an essential method of interaction. Being able to track your hands, head, and body movement enables you to have an immersive experience with the system.Wearables such as smartwatches and glasses are also a big focal point for the technology. Tiny screens and small touch-sensitive surfaces limit a wearable’s usability. By improving motion tracking and adding gesture control, these devices will become inherently more useful, and more adoptable.The author of the research paper noted, “VR and wearables have shown the way that gesture and haptics can provide fresh ways to interact with technology.”The pathway to more widespread adoption of these interfaces includes companies taking the risk and rethinking how humans have interacted with computers.Companies like Leap Motion are working on this very problem, using a small external device to provide a form of gesture tracking – enabling users to execute commands with a movement rather than the keyboard and mouse.Gesture-tracking way paved by KinectEven years ago Microsoft’s inclusion of the Kinect with its Xbox 360 console paved the way for a new way to interact with the PC. Companies began producing gesture-tracking devices for the PC, and developers starting working on ways to put the Kinect to work in Windows.The problem here is that while this creates a new way to execute commands on the PC, it doesn’t actually change the user interface. Juniper notes: “at the moment this will simply extend current functionalities, holding back adoption across devices as a whole, unless the UI (user interface) paradigm changes.”For now, the keyboard and mouse will continue to be the primary way we interact with our PCs. The touch screen will continue to be how we interact with our phones. The difference between what we have now and minority report depends on companies being brave enough to make gesture and motion tracking an integral part of the user experience, not just an add-on. Related Posts
FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020footballIndiaindian football First Published: September 26, 2019, 5:19 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Asia’s line-up for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is complete as Korea DPR, and Japan booked their berths at the tournament, joining hosts India. They have booked their places after progressing to the final of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in Thailand.Korea DPR advanced to Saturday’s decider after beating Australia 3-0 and secured a seventh successive top-two finish at the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship. Japan secured a 2-0 victory over China PR to reach the final. Both finalists join the hosts for the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup which will take place from November 2 to 21.Welcoming the two teams, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 Roma Khanna said: “Japan’s women’s teams have been making Asia proud on the world stage for some time now. Korea DPR meanwhile, is the most successful in this competition, and we are confident that FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 is going to be extremely competitive. We wish the girls best for the AFC U-16 final, and can’t wait to see them take the field in our country next year.”Both Korea DPR and Japan exited the U-17 Women’s World Cup at the quarter-final stage last year in Uruguay.
New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Nationalist Congress Party leader and All India Football Federation President Praful Patel today said that in general a blanket ban on sporting activities because of issues like scarcity of water was not right though a decision by a court should be accepted. Patel, a former Union Minister, was responding when asked if football grounds also use lots of water like cricket stadia in the light of IPL matches being ordered by the Bombay High Court to be shifted out of Maharashtra from May 1 onwards due to drought situation in the state. “I will tell you, to the misfortune, most of the stadia in this country are of cricket and in Maharashtra we have very few football stadia. These football stadia used very little water and the one in Mumbai is a synthetic turf and we need very little water,” he said. “But let me be honest, sport in general, cricket or otherwise, we should not completely clamp down on these activities. I appreciate there is a water scarcity and it was said that non potable water was to be used and in limited quantity. Blanket ban was not right but at the same time, what the court has mentioned in terms of IPL is that IPL is not an event like a World Cup. IPL is more a tournament. In that case what the court has said it should be accepted,” Patel said at a football function. Asked about reports of the government dropping former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhis name from Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan Yojna (RGKAY), Patel said, “It is unfortunate to bring politics in sport. There is politics of sport but we dont need to bring politics in sport. “I think name has no meaning, even the new name if it does not do justice to the project or programme or to the players.” The NCP leader also brushed aside the political discourse on whether Kohinoor diamond should be brought back or not as a non-issue which should not have been racked up. “This issue of Kohinoor from what I read from the media is much ado about nothing. I dont know why it has been racked up. “Let the Kohinoor be wherever it is. And let India shine like a Kohinoor, that is more important,” he said. Patel was attending a function at the Embassy of France here in which an MoU was signed to send three Indian young footballers to FC Metz academy, one of the best in Europe, to be sponsored by the AIFF. The function was attended by French Ambassador to India Francois Richier who pledged his governments support to the initiative. More PTI PDS AH ATKadvertisement