NTC prepares to welcome new executives

first_imgThe newly elected executive members of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) are expected to be trained in order to function in their respective posts when they are officially appointed on July 18.This was according to the President of the NTC, Joel Fredericks on Friday during a telephone interview.NTC President Joel FredericksHe noted that the training will take place from July 16 to 20, and will see 20 Toshaos receiving the necessary training to take over projects that were implemented by the previous Council.“This present executive, right now, we are making preparations for the new incoming executive. So we want a smooth handover, transparent from this Council to the new Council,” Fredericks stated.“The training will update the new executive on all of the projects that we are currently working on, past projects, the MoU (Memorandum of Understating) that we signed with APA (Amerindian Peoples’ Association), the relationships that we built with the IDB (Inter-American Development Bank) and other organisations,” he added.While the current President explained that the appointments cannot be disclosed at this time, he noted that the new executive should be aware of the struggles that were made to be established as an independent organisation.“I would like to say that this present executive; we have tried our best to really get some independence or worked towards independence as an independent body so we can manage our own resources.”In recollecting what the current members have achieved since their appointments, the NTC President stated, “We have an office now and three staff working with us. We have made some great steps but it was not easy because when we started off, we didn’t have anything, not even a desk at the Ministry.”“When I look back at where we came from, I must say that we really worked together to push things forward so what I would like to say to the new incoming executive is that, they will have to continue what we’re leaving off here and it’s not easy.”He advises the new executives to be vocal in order to make things happen. “It’s a lot of work and you have to prepare to do hard work,” he posited.last_img read more

New Chief Justice Sworn In

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sept. 22,2014 – A New Chief Justice will be sworn in at the Provo Supreme Court at MRHC; Hon Chief Justice Margaret Ramsey-Hale succeeds Edwin Goldsborough, who resigned last year after being Chief Justice in the islands since 2011. Related Items:chief justice, edwin goldsborough, margaret ramsey-hale Beckingham responds in 12-storey development verdict No PNP Elections dashes Chairmanship Hope for Mike Misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Constitutional Case to be launched by Mike Misick at Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Advance train ticket sale begins

first_imgPeople wait in queues for advance tickets at Kamalapur railway station. Photo: Prothom AloThe sale of advance train tickets for Eid ul-Azha journey has begun at the Kamalapur railway station in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.The ticket sale began at 8:00am from 26 counters including two for female passengers at the railway station.According to the previous announcement from railway ministry, today the holidaymakers will be given advance tickets for 17 August.A person will be able to buy not more than four tickets, the authorities added.The ministry earlier said each passenger can buy a maximum of four tickets, and once sold, tickets can’t be returned.Addressing a press conference at Rail Bhaban in the capital on 26 July, the ministry said additional trains will operate during the Eid vacation.Train tickets will be sold from Dhaka and Chattogram stations and will continue till 12 August.As per the schedule, tickets of 18 August will be sold on 9 August, tickets of 19 August on 10 August, tickets of 20 August on 11 August and tickets of 21 August on 12 August.The return tickets will be sold from 15 August at Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat stations.Return tickets of 24 August will be sold on 15 August, tickets of 25 August on 16 August, tickets of 26 August on 17 August, tickets of 27 August on 18 August and tickets of 28 August on 19 August.Around 300,000 passengers can travel daily during the Eid while some 260,000 passengers travel daily other times of the year.last_img read more

Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type

first_imgOne unfortunate downside to using the new format, is that in order for a user to receive the benefits of it, they have to download and install a 150MB installer, which then takes up some 500MB of drive space. There’s also the tricky problem of going to all the trouble of programming a document (which the company says is as easy as recording a spreadsheet macro) only to find there aren’t any users out there who can see your results, because they haven’t downloaded the program, much less heard of it.On a positive note, now that Wolfram has shown what is possible, it’s likely Adobe will either license and incorporate the new standard into PDF (CPDF anyone?), or come up with its own way of doing the same thing. Either way, users will certainly benefit in the end, especially if this new technology winds up on cell phones, or especially tablets; being able to manipulate data in a report with our fingertips, sounds like something we should already be able to do. Citation: Wolfram Research introduces new programmable document type (2011, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-wolfram-programmable-document.html (PhysOrg.com) — Wolfram Research, the same folks who brought us both Mathematica, and Wolfram Alpha (see here, here, and here), the search computation site, is now announcing via Conrad Wolfram’s blog, that it has designed a new document format that allows for simple programming on the creator end, and interactivity on the user end. Called, appropriately enough, the Computable Document Format (CDF), it takes PDF documents one step further by allowing data embedded in a document to be manipulated in real time. Explore further More information: blog.wolfram.com/2011/07/21/la … a-expand-the-medium/ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Nitro PDF Reader out to blow away Adobe © 2010 PhysOrg.com While it doesn’t appear, at least for now, that Wolfram intends to compete with Adobe with its new format, it does appear to be sort of a knock on the static nature of the current PDF format.As it stands now, if you download and look at a PDF document, it’s like looking at an image, in that that’s all you can do with it, look and read. With the CDF format however, the person or group who creates the document can embed code in the document t so that when a user downloads it, he or she has the option of manipulating data in that document to taste. As an example, per Wolfram’s blog, say you wrote a paper on the Doppler affect. With a PDF document, you’d lay down your words and then try to come up with a graph/chart/picture that hopefully conveys the sound of a siren changing in pitch, for example, such as an ambulance passing by. With CDF, you could embed code that would allow a user to actually listen to that ambulance, and then by adding changeable parameters, allow them to adjust such things as the speed of the vehicle, to hear the differences that would result; in other words, you’d have a much more dynamic document.last_img read more

Study shows lions got distemper from dogs originally but now there are

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences India scrambles to save tigers from deadly virus (Update) Back in 1994, 30 percent of the lions living in Serengeti National Park died from an outbreak of distemper, which came as quite a shock to park managers—until then it was believed that cats could not catch the disease, which is normally associated with dogs. A domestic dog vaccination program was subsequently implemented to curb the spread of the disease, which met with great success—in the dogs—outbreaks continued in lions, though it is now less deadly for them, but it has caused biologists to wonder if another animal might be involved in the dispersal of the disease.Distemper, caused by the canine distemper virus (CDV) is a viral disease and has been known to infect dogs, coyotes, foxes, pandas, and a wide variety of other animals, including big cats. It is transmitted through the air, and symptoms generally include a high fever, inflammation of the eyes and nose, and coughing, which is how the disease is spread. Scientists are hoping to learn more about how the disease is transmitted as part of an overall effort to prevent the loss of life wild animals that could lead to extinction in populations already threatened by the encroachment of man.In this new study, the researchers collected serological data obtained from lions in the park between the years 1984 to 2014, and for domestic dogs for the period 1992 to 2012 and then compared the outbreak timelines between the two species. They found that while it appears clear the initial infections in lions came from the domestic dogs, subsequent spikes in lion infections did not—suggesting another species is likely involved. The researchers believe more studies need to be carried out to determine which species that might be. The fear is that it is likely a roving animal such as the hyena, which would mean the virus could spread far and wide very easily. (Phys.org)—A study conducted by an international team of researchers has led to evidence that suggests lions in Africa originally got distemper from domesticated dogs, but now it appears there are other unknown carriers. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the team explains the data analysis they undertook covering distemper infections in a park in Tanzania, and how their findings help better understand how infectious diseases jump between species. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A young child holds a puppy for examination during a CDV vaccination campaign. Credit: Serengeti Carnivore Disease Project. Citation: Study shows lions got distemper from dogs originally but now there are other carriers (2015, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-lions-distemper-dogs-carriers.html Explore further © 2015 Phys.org A lion with myoclonus, involuntary muscle spasms, brought on by canine distemper virus infection during a 1994 outbreak. Credit: Serengeti Carnivore Disease Project. More information: Dynamics of a morbillivirus at the domestic–wildlife interface: Canine distemper virus in domestic dogs and lions, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1411623112AbstractMorbilliviruses cause many diseases of medical and veterinary importance, and although some (e.g., measles and rinderpest) have been controlled successfully, others, such as canine distemper virus (CDV), are a growing concern. A propensity for hostswitching has resulted in CDV emergence in new species, including endangered wildlife, posing challenges for controlling disease in multispecies communities. CDV typically is associated with domestic dogs, but little is known about its maintenance and transmission in species-rich areas or about the potential role of domestic dog vaccination as a means of reducing disease threats to wildlife. We address these questions by analyzing a long-term serological dataset of CDV in lions and domestic dogs from Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem. Using a Bayesian state–space model, we show that dynamics of CDV have changed considerably over the past three decades. Initially, peaks of CDV infection in dogs preceded those in lions, suggesting that spill-over from dogs was the main driver of infection in wildlife. However, despite dog-to-lion transmission dominating cross-species transmission models, infection peaks in lions became more frequent and asynchronous from those in dogs, suggesting that other wildlife species may play a role in a potentially complex maintenance community. Widespread mass vaccination of domestic dogs reduced the probability of infection in dogs and the size of outbreaks but did not prevent transmission to or peaks of infection in lions. This study demonstrates the complexity of CDV dynamics in natural ecosystems and the value of long-term, large-scale datasets for investigating transmission patterns and evaluating disease control strategies.last_img read more