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first_img82, a lifelong resident of Bayonne, passed away on April 23, 2017. Angela was a housewife. Angela is predeceased by her parents, Demenico Melendez and Herminia Cruz. Angela is survived by her husband of 65 years, Ramon Pizarro; her children, Edwin Pizarro, Miriam Pizarro, Nidia Pizarro, and Lilian Geraud; her grandchildren, Erica M., Juan M, Edwin J., Michelle D. Hector M. Angie M., Lauren A., and Nathaniel; and her great grandson, Jeremiah. Funeral arrangements by DZIKOWSKI, PIERCE & LEVIS, 24 East 19th St.last_img

Lukaku shows support for Anelka

first_imgNicolas Anelka has been given the public support of former Chelsea team-mate Romelu Lukaku after being charged over his controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. Press Association West Brom’s French striker Anelka is facing a minimum five-match ban after being charged over the salute which some people regard as anti-Semitic. But Belgium forward Lukaku, who is on-loan at Everton, said the gesture should not be “a big deal”. “He has not indicated one bit of remorse or regret or apologised for his actions. “He has simply said he wouldn’t do it again and that is not good enough.” The quenelle has been described as an inverted Nazi salute and was created by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism. Anelka is a friend of Dieudonne’s and the player has insisted his salute was a gesture of support and aimed at the French establishment. Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust, which advises the Jewish community on security and anti-Semitism, said the FA should take action against Anelka. He said: “Anelka has introduced a very ugly phenomenon into British football. Anelka’s action risks the ‘quenelle’ being taken up by actual anti-Semites and used against British Jews: as it has been in France and elsewhere. The FA should throw the book at him.” Speaking in a video interview posted on Everton’s website and later removed, Lukaku said: “He was my idol as a kid and he still is. “I don’t think he should be banned for that, he was just supporting a comedian in France. We don’t have to make such a big deal about it. “I hope he doesn’t get suspended because he is a player people want to play on the pitch.” Everton distanced themselves from 20-year-old Lukaku’s interview, which was conducted after the 1-1 draw at West Brom on Monday. Anelka was charged by the Football Association with making an improper gesture and that it was an aggravated breach, in that it included “a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief”. Under new FA rules, such aggravated offences carry a minimum five-match ban and possibly a longer suspension. Anelka has denied the salute was anti-Semitic, but pressure groups have called for him to face significantly more than the minimum five-match ban due to his lack of apology. Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, told Press Association Sport: “I know under the rules that on a first-time offence there is a minimum five-game suspension but I think what he did was sufficiently serious to justify a longer suspension than five matches. last_img read more

Babe Ruth meeting slated for Wednesday at 6 p.m.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — If anyone is interested in playing Babe Ruth Baseball for 16-18 year olds, please contact Andy Walker at 1-316-727-9550 or be at Ninth Street Fields on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a short meeting. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

SETI Signals Could Be Loaded with Information

first_imgUnusual properties of electromagnetic waves allow for a higher carrying capacity of information than thought.  SETI researcher Seth Shostak reported on Space.com that Swedish researchers have found a possible “subspace channel” in the orbital angular momentum of narrowband radio waves that might allow the encoding of information.  This information would be impervious to the jumbling across space that hampers wide-band communications.    SETI has typically considered narrow-band waves incapable of coding more than very simple, short messages.  “While such monotonic messages may seem to be elementary and devoid of much information,” he said, “they could be laden with additional, hidden complexity.”  (For another example of hidden signal in the art world, see this story by Science Daily).  If researchers can decode this kind of steganography (information hidden in plain sight), SETI signals could be loaded with information – a galactic wi-fi, as Shostak dubbed it.  “A simple signal may only be a cipher for a more complex message, and there may be more things in heaven and earth than even Maxwell had dreamt of,” Shostak said, referring to the electromagnetic wave theory proposed by James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.    Speaking of radio waves, Beatle fans got NASA to go along with an anniversary celebration of sorts.  At 4:00 p.m. on February 4, the Deep Space Network beamed the song “Across the Universe” written by John Lennon 40 years ago to the day (also the 50th anniversary of the founding of NASA).  A JPL Press release accompanied the occasion.  One fan even created a special website for it; even Wikipedia was quickly updated.  A proud Paul McCartney said, “Send my love to the aliens” and Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono said, “I see that this is the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe.”Good; beam it into space where no one has to listen to it.  The mishmash of meaning in Lennon’s meandering lyrics is incoherent and anti-rational.  The song has nothing to do with astronomy.  It pushes Transcendental Meditation while repeating, over and over, “Nothing’s gonna change my world.”  Is this the kind of scientific attitude NASA really wants to promulgate?  What does it mean?  We no longer have to worry about global warming?  The Beatles don’t understand the second law of thermodynamics?  Saying something 12 times doesn’t make it so.    NASA should be teaching kids physics and engineering instead of encouraging them to follow the 60’s countercultural slogan, “tune in, turn on, drop out.”  The space program of the future needs sober-minded, bright students who have higher values than sex, drugs and rock-n-roll, and who believe smarter things than to chant meaningless mantras given by a charlatan guru like the Maharishi.  (Sorry, we wrote this before hearing he had just died.  There is no pleasure in the death of the wicked.)    As for SETI in the other direction, it is interesting that Shostak (an ardent evolutionist and critic of intelligent design) acknowledges the information-bearing capacity of electromagnetic signals from unknown minds.  A natural EM wave contains no purposeful communication.  If a carrier signal is present, information can be impressed on it through amplitude modulation (AM) or frequency modulation (FM), or now by orbital angular momentum modulation.  In any case, the information is detectable if one has the key.  Without the key it looks like gibberish.  Shostak’s article exposes the lie of his December 2005 article that claimed all they were looking for is a persistent narrowband whistle.  Despite his objections, his new article has intelligent design written all over it.    Read up on the life of James Clerk Maxwell, a towering giant among scientists, and a fervent Christian.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nose Has Gain Control

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sound engineers know how to use gain control to avoid “redlining” or saturating the signal while amplifying weak but important signals.  Your nose knows that trick, too.The sense of smell is complex because of the tremendous variety of odorant molecules that must be interpreted.  Molecules that trigger signals in the initial neurons trigger a cascade of responses that pass through a chain of olfactory organs and neurons before reaching the brain.  Some of these organs “format” the signal for the brain, explained Harvard Professor Venkatesh Murthy in a Harvard press release, “Sniff mechanics,” posted also on Science Daily.  Murthy’s team achieved a new level of precision to identify the functions in the olfactory pathway.Reaching that level of precision was critical, Murthy explained, because while the olfactory bulb contains many “principal” neurons that are responsible for sending signals to other the parts of the brain, it is also packed with interneurons, which appear to play a role in formatting olfactory information as it comes into the brain.But the complexity doesn’t stop there.  There’s not only formatting, but feedback:“The image of the brain as a linear processor is a convenient one, but almost all brains, and certainly mammalian brains, do not rely on that kind of pure feed-forward system,” Murthy said. “On the contrary, it now appears that the higher regions of the brain, which are responsible for interpreting olfactory information, are communicating with lower parts of the brain on a near-constant basis.”Using advanced techniques, Murthy’s team identified that the interneurons receive messages back from the brain – feedback.  This feedback serves as a method of gain control:“If you make a system that is very good at detecting weak signals, it becomes saturated as the signal gets stronger, and eventually it’s impossible to differentiate between strong signals,” Murthy said. “To avoid that problem, brain circuits use a process called gain control. By inhibiting certain neurons, it ensures that you stay within the detection range, so you don’t miss the weak things, but you don’t miss the very strong things either.”The brain can effectively turn down the gain knob on certain neurons, like a sound engineer at a mixing console subduing an input that is too loud, while simultaneously turning up the gain for inputs that are too weak.  The brain can say, “I heard you” to one input while switching attention to weaker signals.  Other senses use gain control, but “the extent of the olfactory feedback was surprising,” the press release said.There’s also gain control at the receiving end.  The olfactory bulb can turn up the gain for weak but important signals:Even more surprising, Murthy said, was evidence that the olfactory bulb’s principal neurons were also receiving feedback signals — albeit weak ones — that appeared to prime them for incoming signals.“These weak connections help the principal neuron get over the top when it’s listening to weak inputs,” Murthy said. “If there’s a weak smell coming in, but it’s not able to drive the principal neuron over the threshold to signal the rest of the brain, but say you’re in an environment where you’re primed to smell that weak smell — we believe this feedback from this higher area of the brain is sort of tickling these principal neurons, so when there’s a weak input you’re able to smell it.Murthy recognized that the sense of smell is very important for many animals.  A weak smell may signal danger, but it must not be overpowered by other strong odors in the environment.  That’s where gain control is essential, Murthy explained:  “We are hypothesizing that this mechanism, where the cortex is talking back to the olfactory bulb and suppressing neurons, through this feedback they may be able to detect that weak signal.”Isn’t it wonderful what the blind, impersonal forces of nature evolved.  Without any foresight, millions of mutations brought forth a finely-tuned mechanism, like a mixing console, and a brain to operate it.  In the imagination of the evolutionist, all things are possible.  Close your eyes and speculate.Something about that mindset has a foul odor.  It must be Darwin of the Gaps.Fortunately, in this press release there was no mention of evolution.  Hats off to Murthy for sparing us the foul odor and giving us another wonder of the human body that has the sweet smell of intelligent design, even without the sight of those words in print.last_img read more

Lesedi Cultural Village

first_img7 February 2006If you are at a loose end on what to do, why not take the family on a unique cultural experience at Lesedi Cultural Village, less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.Developed in 1995 as a tourist attraction, Lesedi – a seSotho word meaning “light” – now features five traditional homesteads, each representing a different culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele.You can visit for the day or stay overnight. Overnight visitors who wish to experience the magic and traditions of the people of South Africa can spend a night in one of the villages.On arrival, guests are welcomed by the families, who then take them to their homestead and show them where they will be staying. The head of the home then becomes their personal escort for the rest of their stay.Day visitors are just as welcome, and the village provides a fabulous cultural experience for families looking for something to do. There is an option of just lunch, or the whole Lesedi experience. Day tours start at 11.30am and at 4.30pm.Lesedi has also opened a new restaurant, the Nile Room, complete with hookah pipes, which serves fabulous cuisine from North Africa. It is available to be booked for private parties, and entertainment – such as belly dancing – can be organised.Current culinary facilities at Lesedi are the Nyama Choma, a 200-seater restaurant decorated in true African style and divided into three sections – North Africa seating 40 people, East Africa seating 60 people, and South Africa seating 100 people.There are also two bomas: the traditional Ingoma, a huge indoor hut used for buffet or barbecue style functions, and the outdoor boma used for informal functions. Both bomas accommodate 120 people.Lesedi is situated on the R512 en route to Sun City, just 10km north of Lanseria Airport. Access from Pretoria and Johannesburg is easy.For reservations call (012) 205-1394 or e-mail Lesedi MarketingSource: Lesedi Cultural Villagelast_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 25

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) KwaZulu Natal Midlands: Eunice Madlala at work in the dairy of Swissland Cheese Farm.Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu Natal Midlands: Eunice Madlala at work in the dairy of Swissland Cheese Farm.Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu Natal Midlands: Eunice Madlala at work in the dairy of Swissland Cheese Farm.Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Wheels of cheese maturingat Swissland Cheese Farm. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu Natal Midlands:Wheels of cheese maturing at Swissland Cheese Farm.Photo: Hannelie Coetzee » Download high-res image Free State province:Children’s playground in the town of Harrismith. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal province:Cattle farm. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal province: Cattle farm. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal province:Centre-pivot irrigation system on a farm. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageCOUNTRYSIDE 25: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

PetroSA, Korean firm to work together

first_imgSource: BuaNews “At PetroSA, we understand that to meet our mandate we need to establish partnerships with credible and well-established firms,” PetroSA acting CEO Nkosemntu Nika said in a statement this week. “These, we are convinced, will benefit PetroSA and the country in the long term.” South African state oil company PetroSA and the Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the exchange of commercial and technical information on hydrocarbon exploration and production in Africa. In June, PetroSA signed a memorandum with Italian energy firm Eni. This memorandum ensures that the two companies will evaluate the eventual acquisition by either party of participating interests in upstream projects for the development of both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons. 7 July 2011 Additional to the exchange of information, the two national oil companies will also explore investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector on the continent and in South Africa. KNOC, a state-run South Korean oil company established in 1979, has to date carried out 210 projects in 25 countries.center_img “[The memorandum] with PetroSA will give KNOC a golden opportunity to advance into African regions,” said KNOC chief executive Kang Young-Won. Exploring investment opportunities The deal forms part of plans by PetroSA to create international partnerships that advance the objective of securing fuel supplies for South Africa. The two companies will also establish a working group to evaluate opportunities that may arise. “I sincerely hope the cooperation between PetroSA and KNOC will bring about substantial business performance in the near future and also contribute to economic development of both countries.”last_img read more

Highlighting rural health

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dee Jepsen and Shoshanah InwoodNational Rural Health Day was Thursday November 21, 2019. This day brings attention to the unique challenges rural communities face when it comes to health services and healthy people.Each year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health selects a topic to organize its efforts and creates awareness for health care services. The 2019 theme is: Plug into the power of rural. Ohio has rural health deficitsWhen it comes to health care services, 50% of Ohio counties are designated as Governor’s certified shortage areas. There are 44 counties, or regions within counties, considered underserved.Rural communities do not see the same health advancements as urban counties. Residents within rural areas face accessibility issues and an overall lack of providers. Access to ambulatory and emergency medical services are especially critical in rural America, where the majority of trauma deaths occur. The opioid crisis can also affect rural communities’ need for first-responder services.Rural residents are typically an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and a large percentage of rural Americans are uninsured or underinsured when it comes to health care.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates rural areas have a 50% higher rate of unintentional injuries than in urban areas. There are increased injuries from falls, motor vehicle crashes and drug overdoses.A past article from the National Conference of State Legislatures, offers several options for improving conditions in rural communities. A policy associate, Charlie Severance-Medaris, suggests these approaches. Focusing on health care workforce recruitment and retention — Many rural communities struggle to attract and retain health care professionals, especially behavioral and mental health care providers. Addressing these shortages is a key strategy for improving access to health care and preventive services for people in rural areas. Strengthening disease prevention, screening and treatment efforts — Prevention programs and screenings can help early detection and treatment of heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases. Supporting healthier behaviors and neighborhoods — Tobacco use and obesity are significant risk factors within rural communities that contribute to the overall health of the residents. The leading causes of death associated with tobacco use and obesity are heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic respiratory disease. Improving health coverage — Rural Americans would seek health care if additional consideration were given to make health insurance more affordable or increase the number of service providers in the area. Continuing efforts to prevent opioid overdose deaths — Many states have identified the need and put programs in place to reduce the effects of drug addiction and abuse. Expanding telehealth services — Telehealth can extend the reach of health care into rural areas by providing over the phone counseling, diagnosis of certain medical conditions and remote pharmacy/prescription services. State office to support rural healthOhio has a State Office of Rural Health, which serves as the anchor of information and support for rural communities. They advocate strengthening health care delivery systems through their resources and programs, and encourage recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas. Their website answers questions and offers additional information to help leverage partnerships locally, statewide and nationally. Visit https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/state-office-of-rural-health. The Ohio State University initiatives to support rural healthThe College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences hosted a day-long interactive forum for individuals and organizations in both the health and agriculture sectors to come together and discuss health care issues. Participants were encouraged to explore the ways in which health, access to health care and health insurance affect the health and vitality of Ohio’s farmers and Ohio’s rural and farm economy. This event was based on the findings of the national USDA funded project “Health Insurance Rural Economic Development and Agriculture” (HIREDnAg). Additional information on the ways in which access to health care and health insurance affects economic development and quality of life in the farm sector see: www.hirednag.net.Forum activities examined the ways personal, family and community health affect the vitality of farming enterprises, and also the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of our rural communities. Participants from around the state came together to forge new partnerships and identify projects, programs and policies that will strengthen the health and vitality of Ohio’s farm sector. Ohio State offered $10,000 in mini-grants to individuals and organizations to implement projects developed during the forum, and awardees will be announced later in November.The power of ruralNational Rural Health Day brings awareness to the health-related issues so prevalent in rural areas. A special website (www.PowerofRural.org) has been established for rural health stakeholders to explore national resources. Highlights of this page are a partnership pledge and a toolkit for advocacy. There is also a showcase of individuals and organizations selected as their 2019 Community Stars.In the nation and in Ohio, rural health care is a critical topic. The one-day celebration of National Rural Health Day allows individuals and organizations to rally behind the valuable services provided to the rural communities. Collectively these activities are designed to improve the quality of life for rural Americans and sustain our rural communities as wonderful places to live and work.last_img read more

RFID Helps Indian Company Trap Ghost Workers

first_imgAn Indian company, Unity Infraprojects, is using RFID tags from Mumbai-based Essen to keep track of so-called “ghost workers.” UI is working to replace two pipelines leading from Lake Tansa to Mumbai. This is an important water source for this immense city. In order to make the project happen, Unity must employ a very large number of contract employees. If any significant number of these employees fail to show, it could effect the timeline and that could result in steep fines for the company; not to mention Unity will have to pay the employment companies providing the workers unless they can prove they were absent. So, they provide each employee an RFID tag containing worker-specific details, including the identity of the labor agency. According to India’s Business Standard newspaper, each worker’s image will then captured by an Ethernet camera and stored in a database.Since most of the workers employed on the project are day-laborers, the information on each worker’s tag will be matched to the information in the database each evening as they line up to be paid. Only a combination of RFID evidence and physical presence can elicit an employee’s daily payment. Mumbai skyline photo by Bluesmoon Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img curt hopkins Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more