Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, August 14, 2017 – Kingston – Sixty students have been awarded scholarships and bursaries valued at approximately $4 million by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and Partners Co-operative Credit Union Limited. Among them are 55 top performers in the 2017 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), who will receive $12,500 per annum over five years.Under the Credit Union’s ‘Adopt a School’ programme, bursaries valued at $12,500 were presented to three students from Central Branch All-Age School, who will be making the transition to the secondary system.Grade-seven student from The Queen’s School, Satnereen Ducran, also received a $12,500 bursary as part of the Credit Union’s ‘School Savers’ programme, which aims to promote good financial habits.The Albert ‘Bertie’ Morris Scholarship, named after one of the Credit Union’s founding fathers, was awarded to Jaidenn Williams, who will be entering the University of Technology’s architecture programme in September. He will receive $150,000 annually over three years.Addressing the awards ceremony on August 10 at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, Director of Regional Educational Services in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Captain Kasan Troupe, congratulated the scholars on their academic achievements.“We recognise that you have done some good work, that you have sacrificed, that you have studied hard, and today we are celebrating you,” she said.She encouraged them to continue to pursue excellence in their educational pursuits.“You need to embrace lifelong learning. Embrace your education. Today, we are celebrating your success, but this is just the beginning. When you get to high school you will be exposed to more subjects… but learning does not stop at school. You are always learning and becoming better. You must remain motivated,” she said.Now in its 19th year, the JPS and Partners Co-operative Credit Union Limited scholarship awards provides financial assistance to help children reach their academic goals. Students are selected based on academic merit, work ethic, discipline and financial need. Related Items:
A group of BCL activists attacked Mahmudur Rahman on Sunday, 22 July, on Kushtia court premises.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) have strongly condemned attack on Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia Sunday.The New York-based organisation that promotes press freedom around the world, on Tuesday urged the Bangladesh authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice.In a press statement on Tuesday, the Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) strongly condemned the attack on Mahmudur Rahman, 65, by the activists of the ruling Awami League’s student political organisation Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), outside the court room in Kushtia district.The daily Amar Desh had been closed down by Awami League government since 2013.“The attack came as a response to the bail granted by Kushtia senior judicial magistrate to Mr. Rahman in a defamation case filed by BCL leader, Yasir Arafat Tushar, against Mr. Rahman in December 2017, for his allegedly derogatory remarks against the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, former President of Bangladesh and father of Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Hasina’s niece Tulip Siddiqui (at present a British Parliament Member) at a seminar in Dhaka in December 2017,” read the AFAD statement.“After he was granted bail around 100 BCL activists confined Mr. Rahman in the court room where he was assaulted, verbally and physically. He was able to come out of the courtroom with police protection only after 4.30pm despite having received bail by noon time. However, the BCL activists attacked his car with bricks and bamboo sticks causing injuries to his face and head,” AFAD gave an account of the incident of the attack.It also alleged that police were remained silent instead of protecting him from attackers when Mahmudur was attacked by “armed BCL goons”. “This attack on Mr. Rahman is indicative of the escalating intolerance of the Bangladeshi government towards the opposition and dissenters,” observed the human rights body.CPJ quoted Mahmudur Rahman from the hospital as alleging, supporters of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, ruling Awami League’s student wing, attacked and injured him as he was leaving a defamation hearing in Kushtia.The daily newspaper Mahmudur Rahman edited was forced to shut down in 2013 and he has been jailed in the past in connection with his journalistic work, CPJ said.”The attack against Mahmudur Rahman is illustrative of the environment in which journalists critical of the Sheikh Hasina government struggle to do their work,” said Robert Mahoney, CPJ’s deputy executive director.”Authorities must condemn and take swift action against those who attacked Rahman and bring them to justice.”Rahman had just been granted bail in the defamation case when around 100 activists assembled outside the courtroom, according to reports. The men confined him to the courtroom for several hours and then attacked him with stones and sticks when he tried to leave, he was quoted to have said.He also alleged that he requested police help but they were slow to respond and did not offer any first aid after the attack, despite his profuse bleeding. Rahman received several head injuries, including a gash on the back of his head and on his cheek, which required stitches.Kushtia police did not immediately respond to CPJ’s emailed request for comment.CPJ has documented that Bangladesh’s journalists face a diverse range of threats, from criminal defamation, to enforced disappearances, and intimidation from government and authorities, leading to high rates of self-censorship.CPJ also said it has further documented how the present government in Bangladesh has targeted the opposition press.Mahmudur Rahman has been seen as a dissenter by the ruling Awami League. In 2013, he was arrested on charges of sedition and inciting violence through criticism and was arbitrarily held in pre-trial detention for 1,322 days until his release on bail on 24 November 2016. Mahmudur Rahman was also tortured while in police remand several times. There were over 118 charges against him across the country, mainly on defamation and sedition.
Citation: Mine study demonstrates how quickly bacteria can evolve (2012, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-quickly-bacteria-evolve.html Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Living sensor can warn of arsenic pollution Journal information: Science (Phys.org) — Two Earth and environmental scientists from the University of California have found that by observing bacteria in situ in an abandoned mine in northern California, they have, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Science, been able to observe how quickly a single nearly undisturbed species of bacteria has evolved in the wild. 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. Vincent Denef and Jillian F. Banfield have been studying the bacterium Leptospirillum that lives on the surface of both still and moving water in the Richmond Mine for over nine years. In so doing, they have found that the bacteria, which they believe initially inhabited the hot dark confines of the original caverns some 50,000 years, has experienced several evolutionary leaps over just the past several decades due to the introduction of bacteria from somewhere outside of the mine. In all, the two have identified six distinct strains of the bacteria, all of which evolved from the single original strain.This has all been made possible by the nearly heroic efforts of the research team, and the harsh conditions of the mine. The Richmond Mine was developed from the caverns that existed in the area also known as the Iron Mountain Mine. As its name implies, excavations in the already existing caverns led to iron mining, which was eventually abandoned in the early sixties, leaving behind one of the most acidic water environments on the planet. Making study even more difficult is the fact that temperatures in the mine hold steady at a scorching 118°F with humidity near 100%.To carry out their study, the two journeyed down into the mine on a periodic basis and collected bacteria samples from several different areas, then brought them back to their lab for DNA analysis. Over time they found they were able to identify six specific strains, each demonstrating an evolutionary leap as outside bacteria mixed with inside bacteria creating a new strain inside that was able to withstand the extreme conditions. But because of those harsh conditions, the researchers assume that many such pairings also likely resulted in new strains that were not able to survive and thus died out. But for those that have been able to survive, the team has found the mine and its bacteria colony to be a nearly ideal research lab; bacteria that exist without the constant need to adapt due to interactions with external environmental organisms.As part of their study, they’ve found that all of the mutations they’ve discovered thus far have occurred in just the past several decades, indicating they may have come about as the result of human activities, but also demonstrating just how quickly bacteria can evolve in an almost pure, yet wild environment.The two next plan to see if they pinpoint the origins of the external bacteria that have led to the evolutionary leaps inside the mine. More information: Science 27 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6080 pp. 462-466 DOI: 10.1126/science.1218389
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. July 2, 2014 Communication stays within silos instead of spreading across the company. Security talks occur at a low level, and are rarely brought to executives attention. Security professionals warnings are too technical in nature, and don’t translate the threats into easy-to-understand language. Criticisms of existing practices are often filtered out before being presented to management. 5 min read Related: Microsoft Takes to the Front Lines in the War on Cybercrime Security pros can effectively tackle these issues by taking the following actions: Ensure that cross-functional teams are allowed to communicate risks effectively, and that awareness of these risks spread beyond the walls of the IT department. People in engineering, sales and marketing also need to be aware of security risks. IT professionals must turn technical details of security risks into information that can be easily comprehended and digested by upper management. Finally, it is the responsibility of the CIO or top IT executive to address these issues directly with the CEO and executive team. This way, the issues are brought directly to their attention, and facts are not filtered out by intermediate players. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As more data moves into the cloud and across other devices, companies face a greater risk of losing sensitive information to attackers or unauthorized users. Ultimately, organizations that invest in more robust data protection face lower costs in the long run. That’s the message that executives need to hear.Click to Enlarge+ Enroll Now for Free When it comes to cyber security, most CEOs don’t get it. That was the conclusion of a recent survey of IT security professionals on the state of their companies’ defenses against data leaks or malicious attacks.The survey, sponsored by Websense and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, exposes the lack of communication between IT and upper management about the importance of cyber security and the damage a data breach can do to a company’s public image and bottom line.More than half of security professionals believe that their organizations’ security controls don’t provide adequate protection against advanced cyber attacks, according to more than 5,000 IT professionals from 15 countries including the U.S. The same portion of IT professionals said that executives fail to appreciate the value of putting effective security controls in place, and do not equate a data breach with financial loss. This echoes a similar study conducted last year, also by the Ponemon Institute, which concluded that a majority of IT professionals fail to communicate security risks effectively to upper management.Related: CEOs Can No Longer Sit Idly By on CybersecurityIt’s time for a wakeup call. As the size and cost of data breaches continue to mount, CEOs must recognize the importance of protecting their companies’ sensitive data. In this modern era, all enterprises are involved in handling valuable information. There is simply no room for lax practices, a concept that should be understood at all levels and not just among rank-and-file IT workers.These reports show that along with managing and developing defenses against emerging security threats, IT security professionals also need to focus on informing upper management about the seriousness of security threats and convincing them to allocate adequate resources to protect against data breaches.The high cost of low security. Financial repercussions of a data breach are huge — an average of $5.4 million per organization, according to the 2014 Websense-Ponemon report. Last year, we witnessed massive data breaches that took place due to malicious programs such as the RAM Scraper malware and Ransomware.The Target breach that affected millions of customers was the result of malware accessing point of sale terminals within the company’s retail facilities. Target suffered a huge loss as a result of the data breach — possibly as much as $1 billion.CEOs and CIOs ultimately bear the responsibility of data breaches, which means there should be major incentives for everyone to help create better communication channels and work together to ensure implementation of strong security policies and practices within the organization.Senior managers tend to view IT security as a luxury, not a necessity, and often fail to account for the financial implications of a data breach. In the midst of developing new products and services, security takes a backseat, as adding additional layers of security controls can impact time to market and potentially create a less-than-optimal user experience.A stitch in time saves nine. While executives may view the longer product development cycles and additional security protocols as a drain on productivity, studies show that productivity costs are much greater for companies that fail to implement adequate security practices in advance.Related: Cyber Safeguard Faces Big HurdleAccording to a study sponsored by HP Enterprise Security, 30 percent of the cost of a data breach was due to business disruption or lost productivity. The study found that companies that invest in adequate resources, appoint a high-level security leader, and employ certified or expert staff have cybercrime costs that are lower than companies that have not implemented these practices. The cost savings for companies deploying proper security governance practices is estimated at more than $1 million on average, according to the study.So why are so few companies putting adequate focus on security and protecting sensitive data? Less than a third of companies have a crisis-containment plan in place for security breaches and failures, according to a report sponsored by IBM. The problem, we believe, lies in IT professionals not communicating the real costs and benefits of a comprehensive security strategy.How to tell your boss to boost security protocols. To see how the communication between IT professionals and executives can be improved, it helps to take a look at the 2014 Websense-Ponemon report. The report found several key reasons why communication between executives and IT is so ineffective: Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTHIS ACCIDENT HAS CLEARED AND WE NOW HAVE AN UPDATE HERE. We are getting reports of an accident on the A523 Macclesfield Road near Poolend. The accident, near the turning for Rudyard, is reported to be affecting traffic between Leek and Rushton Spencer. Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the accident took place at around 9.45am and is continuing to affect traffic. The road is understood to remain passable. We’ll bring you an update on this story when we get one. Read MoreEvening markets planned for Moorlands town centres Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. The accident has taken place near the Rudyard turning (Image: Inrix)
Last week, Apache Spark released its latest version, Apache Spark 2.4.0. It is the fifth release in the 2.x line. This release comes with Barrier Execution Mode for better integration with deep learning frameworks. Apache Spark 2.4.0 brings 30+ built-in and higher-order functions to deal with complex data types. These functions work with Scala 2.12 and improve the K8s (Kubernetes) integration. This release also focuses on usability, stability, and polish while resolving around 1100 tickets. What’s new in Apache Spark 2.4.0? Built-in Avro data source Image data source Flexible streaming sinks Elimination of the 2GB block size limitation during transfer Pandas UDF improvements Major changes Apache Spark 2.4.0 supports Barrier Execution Mode in the scheduler, for better integration with deep learning frameworks. One can now build Spark with Scala 2.12 and write Spark applications in Scala 2.12. Apache Spark 2.4.0 supports Spark-Avro package with logical type support for better performance and usability. Some users are SQL experts but aren’t much aware of Scala/ Python or R. Thus, this version of Apache comes with support for Pivot. Apache Spark 2.4.0 has added Structured Streaming ForeachWriter for Python. This lets users write ForeachWriter code in Python, that is, they can use the partitionId and the version/batchId/epochId to conditionally process rows. This new release has also introduced Spark data source for the image format. Users can now load images through the Spark source reader interface. Bug fixes: The LookupFunctions are used to check the same function name again and again. This version includes a latest LookupFunctions rule which performs a check for each invocation. A PageRank change in the Apache Spark 2.3 introduced a bug in the ParallelPersonalizedPageRank implementation. This change prevents serialization of a Map which needs to be broadcast to all workers. This issue has been resolved with the release of Apache Spark 2.4.0 Read more about Apache Spark 2.4.0 on the official website of Apache Spark. Read Next Building Recommendation System with Scala and Apache Spark [Tutorial] Apache Spark 2.3 now has native Kubernetes support! Implementing Apache Spark K-Means Clustering method on digital breath test data for road safety