A pair of workshops will provide urban residents in Chatham-Kent with ways to address the effects of climate change in their own backyards.The Nov. 28 events were organized through a partnership between the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority and the Carolinian Canada Coalition.The 1 p.m. workshop is open to municipal staff, environmental non-governmental organizations, agricultural representatives, Indigenous leaders and community groups. It costs $50 to attend.Later, the leaders of community groups, gardening clubs and gardening centres can attend a separate workshop from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for $15. Both are being held at the Chatham Cultural Centre.Greg Van Every, environmental project co-ordinator for the conservation authority, said attendees will learn about Carolinian Canada’s In the Zone program.“What it’s designed to do is encourage urban residents to take on smaller projects within their properties to combat climate change,” he said. “One of the bigger elements of it is you can register your project online and there are a bunch of details that go into this database, so that they can calculate what this is actually doing for climate change.”Van Every said the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority has a similar program called Greening Your Grounds, but it doesn’t have that data collection component. He’ll be discussing that, as well as other tools the conservation authority can currently provide to residents.“We want to provide every opportunity to do these things in the community, so that’s what we tried to do,” he said.Gabriel Clarke, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s environmental planner, will also talk about how the different available programs are connected.The evening workshop is also advertised to provide information about native plants, provide resources curated by experts and identify opportunities for native plant restoration in the community.“Every little bit helps” in fighting climate change, said Van Every.He added the workshops are meant to help residents become more aware of what they can and shouldn’t do.“The Lower Thames is doing a lot in the rural landscape for land stewardship, but in the urban centre, there’s a gap there that we haven’t really fostered relationships with,” he said. “We have done community projects, and we continue to do that, but in the end, this might help sort of gather more troops to do environmental stewardship.”Registration for either workshop is available at caroliniancanada.ca/itz/events/community-planning-leadership-20191027.
FNB Stadium is one of the legacies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)The legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will stand South Africa in good stead, as the country prepares to stage yet another spectacular football tournament, this time the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).South Africa received the nod to host Afcon 2017 after being pipped by Morocco for the 2015 event. The two were the only nations bidding after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pulled out.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced its decision on 29 January in Lubumbashi, DRC, after evaluating bids from the two competing nations.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) delegation, comprising its president Kirsten Nematandani, vice president Danny Jordaan and outgoing CEO Leslie Sedibe, concluded their bid in a 45-minute presentation before Caf’s announcement, as did Morocco’s representatives.Safa wanted the 2015 rights as it felt the country is more than ready to host Afcon within the next four years.“Considering that we have all the resources in place, our preference was to host the tournament in 2015,” said Nematandani in a statement.The country’s 2010 Fifa World Cup infrastructure has been widely acclaimed. Dazzling venues like FNB in Soweto, Moses Mabhida in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and the eye-catching Cape Town Stadium are part of the international tournament’s legacy for South Africa.Billions were spent on building new and reconstructing old stadiums. Even low-key provinces like Mpumalanga and Limpopo now have world-class venues.The 43 500-seater Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga was built at a cost of R1.5-billion (US$140-million). Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo cost the tax-payer about R1.24-billion (US$150-million) and can accommodate more than 45 000 spectators.The football World Cup’s 64 matches were staged in 10 stadiums across eight of the nine provinces. With such a wealth of experience, South Africa will not find it difficult to prepare for 2017.“I think we’ll rely on the legacy of the World Cup. Our stadiums are in good condition,” said Safa’s spokesman Morio Sanyane in an interview.“Our roads are also good,” Sanyane added. “We did a great job in transporting people during the World Cup.”While main roads were transformed for the international spectacle, public transport also received a major boost in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, where efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems were introduced.Road to 2017Though Safa lost the bid for 2015 Afcon, it does not feel hard done by Caf and has congratulated Morocco. “Safa has welcomed the decision of Caf,” Sanyane said.“We congratulate Morocco and wish them all the best in hosting this project of continental importance,” Nematandani said.Part of the preparations for the 2017 event will be to review Safa’s 2014 vision, a strategy that focuses on competitions like the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.“Our strategy has to incorporate various aspects that will lead to the successful hosting of the 2017 Afcon,” said Nematandani. “2017 may seem far away, but the work starts now so that we are better prepared come the time.”Safa has confirmed that they will bid for the 2014 Fifa Club World Cup tournament, whose 2010 edition was hosted by the United Arab Emirates last December.Preparing Bafana for gloryIn 2017 it will be exactly 21 years since South Africa hosted Afcon. The historic 1996 contest took place in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, and national team Bafana Bafana snatched the top honours from Tunisia before 80 000 fans in magnificent style.But Bafana’s Afcon performance has slumped after their debut victory in the tournament. The best results the team has produced since then are runners up in 1998 and third places in 1999 and 2002. They went out in the first round in three Afcons between 2004 and 2008.Fans around the country were devastated when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon in Angola.However, the team started their 2012 qualifying matches rather well in 2010. Bafana, which beat France in the World Cup, went on to thump Niger 2-0 in their first Afcon qualifier at Mbombela Stadium in September 2010.They played to a 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in an away match. The next qualifier is a contest against the resilient Egyptian team in March in South Africa.Bafana have four important home and away matches where they have to achieve top points to secure a place in next year’s tournament.Then it’s the race to qualify for the 2013 Afcon in Libya, and Bafana will also need to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Ethiopian’s group chief executive at the crash site. Photo: Ethiopian The grieving father of a family killed in Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX crash has slammed the US manufacturer and called for changes to the way aircraft are certified in the US.The criticism came as Boeing announced it would hire compensation lawyers Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros to administer a promised $US100 million compensation fund to help families of the Ethiopian tragedy and the earlier Lion Air MAX crash.READ: Boeing sets aside $US100m for MAX families.The manufacturer said it had also dedicated the first $US50 million to the near-term relief of families of the 346 victims of the two crashes.Paul Njoroge, whose wife, mother and three children were among the 157 killed in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, told a US Congressional hearing of the heartbreak of losing his family and said he bought tickets on the flight because he believed it would be safe.Njoroge said that all he could think of during recent national days in the US and Canada was of a Boeing 737 MAX plane repeatedly taking control of the pilots to push down the nose and eventually crashing into the ground at 500 mph.“Nothing was left but a crater,’’ he said in a prepared statement. “ I sat huddled in a small apartment, not being able to return to my house ever.“I thought of all the celebrations I will be missing with my family. No more birthdays, no more anniversaries, no more holidays, no weddings for my children, no grandchildren.“Boeing has never reached out to families about the impossible sorrow and grief we will carry for our entire lives.“Instead they have a press relations strategy to apologize to cameras and propose half-baked promises to give $100 million to local governments and nonprofit organizations.”Njoroge said he spoke for all the families who lost loved ones they would never see again “because of the reckless conduct on behalf of many”, particularly Boeing and its attempt to blame the training of foreign pilots.He criticized the close relationship between the manufacturer and the Federal Aviation Administration and demanded that the 737 MAX 8 be fully recertified as a new plane “because it is too different from the original plane designed at the beginning of the Vietnam War”.He said the families also demanded simulator training for MAX pilots rather than the computer-based training suggested by the FAA and that recertification takes place only after the completion of all investigations.Other demands included a return to greater FAA oversight of the manufacturer and that future hearing include those who wrote the software implicated in the crash, technical dissenters, whistleblowers, safety engineers and families.In a statement announcing the appointment of the compensation lawyers, Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said the tragic loss of life in both accidents “continues to weigh heavily on all of us at Boeing, and we have the utmost sympathy for the loved ones of those on board.“Through our partnership with Feinberg and Biros, we hope affected families receive needed assistance as quickly and efficiently as possible.”The manufacturer said the money distributed by Feinberg and Biros would be independent of any resolution provided through the legal process.“We know how important it is to assist the families of the victims who have endured a personal tragedy and will work to design and administer the fund and distribute the money as efficiently and expeditiously as possible,” Biros said.Feinberg’s firm was involved in compensation distribution after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the BP Deepwater Horizon fiasco and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.Boeing is facing multiple lawsuits as well as compensation claims from airlines as a result of the MAX crashes.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The death of Steve Jobs has rocked people the world over, affecting everyone from the most hardcore Apple fanboy to Barack Obama to all those gathered outside the new Apple store in Shanghai. While Steve Jobs will be remembered for revolutionizing personal computing, the music industry, consumer mobile products, film animation and even fonts, the other side of his legacy is one of hyper-control: Apple’s proprietary software, the iPhone’s closed-off ecology, App Store censorship and the company’s labor law violations. If there was ever a company that capitalized on American consumers languishing in late-stage capitalism, it was Apple. And they did it by inventing “cool” products that we didn’t even know we needed – till we needed them. Editor’s note: This story is part of a series we call Redux, where we’re re-publishing some of our best posts of 2011. As we look back at the year – and ahead to what next year holds – we think these are the stories that deserve a second glance. It’s not just a best-of list, it’s also a collection of posts that examine the fundamental issues that continue to shape the Web. We hope you enjoy reading them again and we look forward to bringing you more Web products and trends analysis in 2012. Happy holidays from Team ReadWriteWeb!Apple’s Highly Objectionable App Store Censorship When Jobs introduced the App Store in June 2008, porn was at the top of the not-allowed-here list of content. Some apps containing nudity snuck into the App Store, and were later pulled. Now only partial nudity seems to show up (e.g. Beautiful Boobs, Asian Boobs), especially if it only focuses on boobs. Speaking of boobs, in June 2010 Apple once again censored “Ulysses Seen,” a web comic version of the classic James Joyce novel. Apple forced the creators to remove images that contained nudity before they would approve it as an iPad app. History seems to have repeated itself here: Ulysses had been put on trial in 1933. Apple ended up changing its mind after all, so the boob-filled web comic is available for download. A few months after the App Store opened in June 2008, a great controversy erupted over an app called Podcaster that Apple decided to reject. It would have permitted people to listen to podcasts without downloading them first to iTunes; Apple worried that the app “duplicated the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes,” and thus saw it as a threat. Here is a longer list of types of apps that Apple rejected from its Mac App Store.In September 2010, Apple’s iTunes social network Ping omitted Lady Gaga’s Tweets in which she protests anti-gay marriage legislation Prop8. But don’t worry, Apple still released an It Gets Better video, so they must be pro-gay folks, right? Not long after that, in October 2010, Apple was awarded a patent that could stop people from sending “objectionable” text messages. It was filed in January 2008, and approved on October 12, 2010, and would allow certain content to be filtered based on parental controls. While it might seem like Apple is trying to keep its devices safe from porn, and therefore more workplace and school-friendly, this was still one step closer toward authoritarian control over the iPhone. Additional apps were banned from the App store: In July 2011, Apple removed the ThirdIntifada app from its store because it “glorified violence against Israel.” Apple also banned the violent comic book “Murderdrome” from its App Store, based on the Apple SDK which states that “Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.” There were a few beheadings and ripped out limbs – but those aren’t unusual in the world of comic books.Here’s perhaps the most telling App store ban of all: On September 13, 2011, an app called Phone Story, a game that also serves as social commentary, was banned from the Apple App Store only a few hours after its release. The answer as to why this happened was actually quite simple, and can be found in this elegantly written description of the game:“Phone Story is a game for smartphone devices that attempts to provoke a critical reflection on its own technological platform. Under the shiny surface of our electronic gadgets, behind its polished interface, hides the product of a troubling supply chain that stretches across the globe. Phone Story represents this process with four educational games that make the player symbolically complicit in coltan extraction in Congo, outsourced labor in China, e-waste in Pakistan and gadget consumerism in the West.”Oh wait, that sounds a whole lot like exactly what Apple does! Yet Apple would never come out and say that. Instead, they said that the app was banned because it “depicted violence or abuse of children,” and “presented excessively objectionable or crude content.” This highly questionable act raises serious concerns over the freedom of information in a democratic society, playing into Apple’s “walled garden” approach to both its products, and the Web at large. The ControversiesIn 2008, the Advertising Standards Authority responded to two British TV viewers who claimed that a TV ad featuring a voiceover that said “all parts of the Internet are on the iPhone” was misleading because the iPhone didn’t support Flash or Java. The ad was found to breach CAP (Broadcast) TV Advertising Standards Code rules 5.1 (Misleading advertising), 5.2.1 (Evidence) and 5.2.2 (Implications), and could not be broadcast again.Also back in 2008, a gaping security hole in Apple’s firmware posed serious problems for anyone who wanted to lock their phone. Instead of being able to lock the phone with a security code, anyone could bypass that by tapping the “Emergency Call” button and then double tapping the homepage (if it was set to the default favorites). Apple’s Inhumane Working ConditionsApple outsources its labor to China’s most horrible factories, and abuses at one in particular stand out: The Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China. Here, some workers as young as 12 years old were forced to work for extended periods of time to meet increased demand for iPhones and iPads from all over the world. As popularity increased for Apple devices, workers were pushed to work longer. Workers ages 18-20 were being forced to work 60-80 hours of extended overtime every month in cramped, low-quality conditions. They were being treated like the very machines they were being forced to produce. Inhumane treatment of workers first came to light when seven workers at the Foxconn plant committed suicide in May 2010. They were working on the iPad production sector. After these suicides, workers were required to sign a statement that says they are not allowed to commit suicide. Image via Flickr user mailox.Will you continue to buy Apple products? Tell us why or why not in the comments below. Tags:#Apple#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alicia eler 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
By Matthew HutsonMay. 31, 2017 , 2:15 PM This new surgical procedure could lead to lifelike prosthetic limbs Biomechatronics Lab Medicine has progressed a lot since the Civil War, but amputations haven’t. Once a limb is sliced off, surgeons wrap muscle around the raw end, bury nerve endings, and often attach a fixed prosthesis that is nowhere near as agile as the flesh-and-blood original. Better robotic limbs are available, but engineers are still figuring out how to attach them to people and give users fine motor control. Now, a team of researchers and clinicians has developed a simple surgical technique that could lead to prosthetics that are almost as responsive as real limbs.“It’s a very clever model,” says Melanie Urbanchek, a muscle physiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “[It makes] use of what the body naturally has to offer.”The biggest barrier to lifelike limbs is that signals can no longer travel in an unbroken path from the brain to the limb and back. Scientists have developed several ways to bridge the gap. The simplest is to place electrodes on remaining muscle near the amputation site. For finer control, doctors can use severed nerves themselves to relay the signals, through electronic attachments. But when they aren’t rejected by nerve tissue, such attachments tend to receive weak signals. A stronger signal comes from attaching nerve endings to small muscle grafts that amplify the signal and relay it using electrodes. But even this method fails to take advantage of a simple biological solution for joint control: the pairing of agonistic and antagonistic muscles. When you contract your biceps to bend your elbow, for example, your triceps on the other side of the joint stretches, providing resistance and feedback. 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It respects “the fundamental motor unit in biology, two muscles acting in opposition,” says Hugh Herr, a biophysicist at MIT and co-developer of the method.Let’s say you lost your leg above the knee. Surgeons would take two small muscle grafts from somewhere in your body, each a few centimeters long, and suture them together end-to-end to form a linear pair. They would place the pair under the skin near the amputation site. Then they’d suture the two ends to the tissue under the skin, so that when one half of the muscle graft contracts, the other stretches. Finally, they’d connect severed nerve endings to the graft and allow the nerves to grow into it.Once the graft is healthy and connected, the researchers would use electrodes to connect each muscle to a smart prosthetic leg. The severed nerves that would normally tell the ankle to extend, for example, would instead go to one of the grafted muscles, which would contract, sending a signal to the robotic ankle to extend. As the grafted muscle contracts, its mirror opposite would stretch, sending a signal back to the brain. The grafts would receive additional electrical feedback from the smart prosthesis, indicating the ankle joint’s position and force, allowing for finer adjustments. Additional grafts could be added to control other joints in the prosthesis.The new technique, called an agonist-antagonist myoneural interface, was tested in rodents. The MIT team operated on seven rats, severing muscles and nerves in the back right leg of each. Researchers then grafted on a pair of muscles about 3 centimeters long, connected severed nerves, and let the rats heal for 4 months. When electrodes were attached, the grafted muscles worked in tandem, one contracting and the other stretching. They also emitted electrical signals in proportion to the stimulation. That response suggests that the technique could allow for fine-grained control of a human prosthetic, the researchers report today in Science Robotics. What’s more, inspection under a microscope showed that the grafts healed well and were populated with new nerves and blood vessels and healthy neuromuscular junctions.“This is fairly low-risk. It’s minor surgery,” says Rickard Branemark, an orthopedic surgeon and prosthetics researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. Even without adding a prosthesis, growing severed nerves into muscle grafts could prevent painful neuromas, or abnormal nerve growth. With the new method and a smart prosthesis, “there’s every expectation that the human will feel position, will feel speed, will feel force in the same way that they once felt when they had a limb,” says Herr, who lost his own legs below the knees to frostbite while ice climbing, and is in line to get the procedure. He says they’ll have results from human trials within the next 2 years. Smart prosthetics such as the one in this rendering could be more responsive after the new surgical technique.
Former Australian pacer Nathan Bracken has dragged Cricket Australia to court, alleging that due to governing body negligence his career ended prematurely as it failed to “investigate, diagnose and treat” his right knee injury.The Left-arm pacer accused the CA of negligence, arguing their doctors and lead physiotherapist can’t provide “competent” medical advice to elite athletes.Bracken had suffered the injury a day before an ODI against England in 2007.According to a report appearing in Sydney Morning Herald, Bracken sued not only the CA but also three of its medical professionals.”Lawyers for Cricket Australia and their doctors and physio are defending the allegations. The case, yet to go to hearing, was mentioned in the Supreme Court. Bracken was ordered to declare the size of damages he wants Cricket Australia to pay by February 22 and provide more details of his injuries,” the paper stated.It is understood the former bowler will seek at least USD 1 million for lost earnings. The case returns to court on March 2.In his statement of claim, Bracken states that the two doctors and a physiotherapist working for Cricket Australia should have recognised from MRI scans that he needed to have arthroscopic surgery on his knee in 2007.The Central Coast-based athlete says their failure to refer him for further examination by a specialist orthopaedic surgeon and to restrict him from training and playing ruined his career.He said a simple knee arthroscopy would have allowed his international cricket career to continue until 2015.In the weeks and months following his knee injury, the team physio Alex Kountouris and the team doctor Trefor James just gave him a prescription-analgesic and an anti-inflammatory drug and told him he was fit to play.advertisementBracken says that Dr Simon Carter sent him for an MRI but only diagnosed bone bruising and said he was fit to play. By continuing to play, he says he developed a “lunge lesion” in his right knee.He later developed “constant debilitating right knee pain”. He retired in early 2010.
Allari Naresh as Ravi in MaharshiScreenshot of YouTube videoAllari Naresh has turned nostalgic about the role of Ravi after his latest outing Maharshi starring Mahesh Babu received successful opening at the box office. He has now thanked all the viewers for their support.Naresh is the son of late filmmaker EVV Satyanarayana. He had made his acting debut with Ravi Babu’s 2002 movie Allari, which not only became a big hit at the box office but also set the trend for new age love stories and romantic comedies. Naresh played the role of Ravi in the movie, which got him the prefix Allari before his name.Post the success of Allari, there was no looking back for talented Naresh, who not only carved a niche for himself but also established himself as the king of comedy. He has starred in 55 movies in his career spanning 17 years and many of them are hit at the box office. But he suffered a severe setback with more than 10 movies failing to meet their producers/distributors’ expectations in recent years.When his career was almost on the verge of collapsing, Maharshi has come as his saviour. Naresh is seen as Mahesh Babu’s close friend Ravi and he has a very good scope for acting. He has done justice for his role, which is getting him praises from everyone. The role of Ravi, which gave him a big break of his career, has now brought back his fallen glory. MaharshiAfter seeing the humongous response for Maharshi, Allari Naresh turned nostalgic about the character and took to his Twitter account to talk about his journey. He shared a photo narrating his journey of 17 years and thanked his fans. He wrote, “From the bottom of my heart…. ” Scroll down to see his narration of his journey.17 years ago, a young guy like any other was trying to find his path. A guy who was unsure if he even stands a chance in this industry but stubbornly held on to his calling.On May 10th 2002, that guy was re-born as “Allari” Naresh. The movie that gave me acceptance – the kind that is rare to come by. I am forever indebted to the people and the unit who took a chance on me – the awkward, lanky boy with lofty dreams.Why am I doing this now? Why at my 17th year in the Telugu Film Industry? Because “Ravi” has come a full circle. From Ravi in Allari to Ravi in Maharshi the journey through all the 55 movies has been the most memorable and gratifying.So, to the industry that nurtured me and gave me reason, to all my producers, directors and technicians, to the fans who have relentless faith in me, a truly humbled and grateful Naresh is giving you his heartfelt thanks. Allari Naresh as Ravi in MaharshiScreenshot of YouTube video