$20.5 Million for Bush Fire Warning Index and Management System

first_img An additional $20.5 million is earmarked to continue work in the new fiscal year by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, to develop a comprehensive Bush Fire Warning Index and Management System. An additional $20.5 million is earmarked to continue work in the new fiscal year by the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, to develop a comprehensive Bush Fire Warning Index and Management System.The allocation is contained in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which commenced in April 2017 and is being financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CBD), aims to enhance Jamaica’s resilience to bush fire hazards in order to reduce the negative impact on economic activities and livelihoods, as well as infrastructure and human welfare and life.It is envisaged that this will result from improved monitoring and predictions of critical bush fire outbreaks, and increased public awareness of these hazards.Achievements, up to December 2018, include: the completion of CDB procurement modules, and evaluation of bids to engage a Data Management Consultant.Programmed activities for 2019/20 include: finalizing the alerting protocol, inclusive of warning dissemination and roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders by August 2019; and completing a communication strategy, baseline survey and public awareness campaign by September 2019.The project, which initially ran until November 2018, was extended to December 2019. It is envisaged that this will result from improved monitoring and predictions of critical bush fire outbreaks, and increased public awareness of these hazards. The project, which initially ran until November 2018, was extended to December 2019. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Improved TCE Rates Boost Nordic Shipholdings Earnings

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The improvement in time charter equivalent (TCE) rates helped Danish shipowner Nordic Shipholding return to profit in the first quarter of this year.For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the company generated a profit after tax of USD 0.4 million, compared to a loss of USD 0.9 million suffered in the corresponding period a year earlier.During the quarter, daily TCE rate for the six vessels was approximately 23% higher than the average TCE rate in Q4 2018.TCE earnings rose 20.4% to USD 7.1 million in Q1 2019 as TCE earnings for the vessels in the three pools were higher compared to the same period last year.During the financial period, cash flow generated from operations was USD 0.7 million, mainly contributed by earnings from the three pools.In April, Nordic Shipholding informed that the planned sale of its MR1 chemical/product tanker Nordic Ruth failed. However, the company now said it “will continue to market the 19-year old vessel for sale”. Until Nordic Ruth is sold, it will remain deployed in the UPT Handy Pool.For the rest of 2019, the remaining vessels will continue to be commercially deployed on a pool basis.“With a considerably improved balance sheet structure, the company is in a more favorable position to pursue growth and potential consolidation opportunities that are accretive to the company,” Nordic Shipholding said.Nordic Shipholding currently owns six product tanker vessels, five Handysize tankers and one LR1.last_img read more

Pau Gasol Raises 24000 For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgUNICEF Ambassador and National Basketball Association (NBA) star Pau Gasol pledged $1,000 for every point he scored at the Los Angeles Lakers game on Friday, November 22, to support critical U.S. Fund for UNICEF fundraising relief efforts in the aftermath of Super Tyhoon Haiyan.Gasol raised $24,000 for victims of the typhoon.More than five million children have been affected by the emergency. With every day that goes by, children are becoming weaker and more vulnerable not only to disease, but to trafficking, child labor and violence.“Children are in desperate need of clean water, medicine and nutrition supplies,” said Gasol, a two-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. “Having seen UNICEF’s incredible work for children firsthand, I want to support them in making a difference for children and families in the Philippines who have lost everything.”UNICEF’s first priorities are focused on life-saving interventions — getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families. UNICEF is also preparing to reunite and protect the most vulnerable children who are unaccompanied by adults, and is actively setting up child-friendly spaces where they can learn, play sports, and receive psychosocial support to help restore a sense of normalcy.“We are always so grateful to Pau Gasol for his unwavering commitment to UNICEF,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “The children in the Philippines need our help now, and in the foreseeable future, so it is critical for us to continue to shine a spotlight on their needs.”As a UNICEF Ambassador, Pau Gasol has seen UNICEF programs for children in action in several countries around the world including HIV/AIDS-related projects and education initiatives. He has also witnessed UNICEF’s emergency relief work in the Sahel region of Africa, and programs supporting Syrian refugees in Iraq. Gasol has supported UNICEF’s work on behalf of child survival and development for a decade both in the United States and Spain.The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) have also teamed up to donate $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by the devastating typhoon.To make a donation, click here.last_img read more

The Spurs And Heats Road to the Conference Finals

On Wednesday night, both the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs closed out their series in five games. Through the end of these second-round series, the Spurs have been outscoring their opponents by an average of 9.9 points per 100 possessions, the Heat by nine points per 100 possessions. Both of those marks lap the rest of the field — the next closest team in the playoffs is the Oklahoma City Thunder at +4.5. The Heat and the Spurs have been the best in these playoffs by a wide margin.Those point-per-possession metrics are important; they account for pace and average margin of victory or defeat. That means they offer a more insightful understanding of a team’s strength than its record can. And once we understand a team’s strength, we can better guess its future success.By that metric, the Spurs and Heat are converging. After a seven-game slog against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, the Spurs had a per 100 possession point differential of +3.4. From there, they seem to have swelled, getting stronger and stronger as they dismantled the Portland Trail Blazers. The Heat’s dominance looks inverted. First, they swept the Charlotte Bobcats with a per 100 possession point differential of +10.1. But after trampling the Brooklyn Nets in the first two games of the second round, they’ve struggled to separate themselves and their point differential has been slowly creeping downward.The chart below shows the cumulative per 100 possession point differential of each team going into the second round and after each second-round game.Both teams swung upward in their two home games to start the round. But as the Spurs’ point differential has continued to climb, albeit at a slightly slower trajectory, the Heat have been trending downward from their playoff peak to meet them. Quality of competition is certainly a factor, and the Spurs’ first-round point differential is heavily influenced by having played the Mavericks, a much more successful team during the regular season than the Charlotte Bobcats. But the Spurs’ second-round opponent, the Trail Blazers, had a Simple Rating System mark of 4.44 during the regular season, sixth-best in the league. The Nets were -1.58, 20th in the league.Of course, both teams still have plenty of obstacles, but playing at such a high level bodes well for the next round (though which teams they face may matter even more). But the directions their performances have been trending implies that the Spurs might be moving on with slightly more momentum than the Heat. read more

The Outcomes of Groups A And B Will Be Decided Today

Monday marks the end of the beginning of the World Cup: the simultaneous matches phase. At 4 p.m. EDT, all teams from Group A will kick off: Brazil will play Cameroon in Brasilia, Brazil, while Mexico will play Croatia in Recife. FIFA schedules these matches simultaneously so that no team might benefit from knowing the score of the other match ahead of time, which could potentially impact strategy.These are the final matches of the group phase and therefore will determine who advances. Sometimes, working through the permutations is easy — as it is in Group B, where the Netherlands and Chile have already guaranteed advancement and are playing only to determine who finishes first in the group. But other cases, like the United States’ Group G, are more complicated.FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup forecasts project the results in a probabilistic fashion, showing each team’s odds of winning and advancing from its group. But we’ll also be working through the possibilities in a more detailed way with matrices, such as the one you see below:That was the simple case I mentioned before: Group B, which will play its matches at noon Monday. The Netherlands will advance first in the group if it beats Chile or draws with it; Chile will do so if it beats the Netherlands by any margin. Australia and Spain are already mathematically eliminated from the tournament, and their game won’t make any difference.But the Chile-Netherlands game matters more than you might think: Up for grabs is the right not to have to face Brazil in the Round of 16, which the second-place team from Group B will probably have to do.Brazil’s Group A is more complicated, even though most scenarios result in Brazil finishing in first place. Cameroon has been eliminated. Brazil is almost certain to advance, but there are wild-card scenarios where it might not. Mexico can guarantee advancement with a win or draw against Croatia. A Croatia win means that it advances while Mexico almost certainly does not. This is what that group looks like:I’m assuming, as a default, that all wins come by a 2-1 scoreline while all draws are 1-1. Cases where the exact score matters are highlighted in yellow.Brazil and Mexico, for instance, are tied atop Group A with four points, but Brazil is ahead on the goal-differential tiebreaker. If both teams win their matches Monday, both will advance with seven points. Will Brazil advance as the first-place team? Yes, if both wins come by our default 2-1 scoreline or under most other realistic scenarios. But it’s theoretically possible that Mexico could surpass Brazil — for example, if it beats Croatia 3-0 while Brazil beats Cameroon 1-0.The more treacherous case for Brazil — albeit extremely unlikely because it’s so heavily favored to beat Cameroon — is if Brazil and Mexico lose. In that case, Croatia will qualify first in the group. Brazil and Mexico will be stuck on four points and tied for second. If Brazil lost by a wider margin than Mexico, it could fail to advance.There’s also one case where Brazil would be denied advancement outright. That comes if it loses to Cameroon, and Mexico and Croatia draw. Then the group standings would be: Mexico 5 points, Croatia 4, Brazil 4, Cameroon 3. Mexico qualifies first and Croatia and Brazil are tied for second. But Brazil would be guaranteed to lose the goal-differential tiebreaker because it and Croatia currently have the same goal differential (+2) and Brazil’s would worsen with its loss while Croatia’s would stay the same with its draw. Fortunately for Brazil, the probability of this happening is only about 0.5 percent. read more

San Diego Instagram star and body weight trainer Demi Bagby shares her

first_img August 8, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Trending Tags: Demi Bagby FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Instagram star and body weight trainer, Demi Bagby, was in studio Wednesday telling KUSI’s Lauren Phinney all about how she grew her amazing page to over 1 million followers at the age of 17!Demi is a San Diegan, but she now constantly travels the world and continues to do what she loves.Below are just some of the videos Demi has posted on her Instagram page, @DemiBagby. If you haven’t already, click here to follow her page. Updated: 10:00 AM Posted: August 8, 2018center_img Mike McKinnon III, Lauren Phinney, San Diego Instagram star and body weight trainer Demi Bagby shares her amazing story Mike McKinnon III, Lauren Phinney last_img read more

The Right Way to Monetize Your Free App

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. In the app business, it typically takes exceptionally high awareness and brand name recognition to actually get users to buy the app.  However, with a free mobile app, companies have to generate revenue through advertisements, which often manifest in the form of disruptive third party pop-ups or prolonged pre-roll, creating major deterrents for regular usage.If more companies learn how to appropriately monetize their free apps, they will retain more users and increase app usage. Proper integration of advertisements into the content of the app is key to avoid unwanted friction for users — a feat that is absolutely possible but rarely witnessed.To profit from a free app while retaining users can be done. Companies simply need to be more strategic with advertising options.Here are a few tips:Related: 3 Strategies for Winning In the Hyper-Competitive Market for AppsDon’t have ads that are disruptive. Once a user has gone through the trouble of downloading and opening the app, half the battle has been won. Now an app has the opportunity to win over a user with unique, interactive content.However, some mobile advertisements are so intrusive that users never have the opportunity to appreciate the content. For instance the pre-roll video advertisements automatically play and force the user to watch before they can access app content. These are entirely too long for the average consumer’s attention span and typically serve as just another opportunity for the user to reconsider his or her interest level in the app. Pop-up ads, while on the screen for a markedly shorter period of time, are equally disruptive to the user experience. They are often difficult to exit out of and can frequently result in the user accidentally tapping on the ad and unwillingly being redirected out of the app altogether.  Further, the accidental tapping of a pop-up ad also creates false data and can skew advertising metrics.Integrate ads into the content.To avoid having advertisements deter regular usage, ads should actually be relevant to the user and integrated into the existing content on the app. Native advertising should be a part of your strategy.For instance, if I am using an app to organize my travel itineraries and tickets, I may not be interested in pop-up ads for a new dating site. It’s possible that the ad could catch my attention, but it tracks far more logically to populate a travel app with travel-related offerings. In addition, if you can integrate the advertisements into part of the app content, the placements will be far less obtrusive to users who are not interested and may become far more compelling for those who are. The advertisements then become part of the app experience rather than fight against it.Related: 7 Musts to Maximize Your Company’s Mobile StrategyEnhance the experience.Advertisements aren’t always a necessary evil. By utilizing placements more as sponsored content within the app, ads can actually enhance the user experience.Returning to the travel app example, the user is far more likely to click on advertisements for hotels or cab services while navigating through the app. Not only does this provide valuable metrics for advertisers but could also create convenience for the user.Other ways in which advertisements can benefit the user include giving the consumer access to exclusive deals or other real-world incentives, or having advertisers sponsor interactive quizzes or polls. Geo-targeting advertisements within an app can help increase engagement by displaying ads that are local to the user. Additionally, deploying remarketing tactics within your app can leverage ad content that the user has already shown interest in, further personalizing the experience.In an over-saturated app marketplace, a user most likely won’t think twice about deleting a free app with intrusive advertising and moving on to a competitor.  In order to be successful, companies must simultaneously keep both advertisers and users happy. It becomes a precarious balancing act in which you cannot have one without the other. But for organizations that take the initiative to properly monetize a free app, the line that must be toed becomes much more navigable. Related: 3 Tips to Help You Stand Out From the App Pack  March 31, 2015 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Elixir 18 released with new features and infrastructure improvements

first_imgIn a blog post yesterday, Elixir 1.8 was announced. It comes with a variety of infrastructure level improvements, faster compilation time, common patterns, and added features around introspection of the system. Elixir is a functional general-purpose programming language that runs on top of the Erlang virtual machine. Custom struct inspections with Elixir 1.8 Elixir 1.8 has a derivable implementation of the Inspect protocol. This makes it simpler to filter data from existing data structures whenever they are inspected. If there is a user struct containing security and privacy sensitive information inspecting a user via inspect(user), will include all fields. This can cause information like emails and encrypted passwords to appear in logs or error reports. Defining a custom implementation of the Inspect protocol avoided this behavior. Elixir v1.8 makes it easier by allowing users to derive the Inspect protocol. Due to this, all user structs will be printed while all remaining fields are collapsed. Passing @derive {Inspect, except: […]} will keep all fields by default and exclude only some. Custom time zone database support Elixir v1.8 defines a Calendar.TimeZoneDatabase behaviour that allows developers to add their own time zone databases. An explicit contract for time zone behaviours are defined, as a result, Elixir can now extend the DateTime API. This allows addition of functions like DateTime.shift_zone/3. The default time zone database in Elixir is Calendar.UTCOnlyTimeZoneDatabase which can only handle UTC. In other Calendar related improvements, Date.day_of_year/1, Date.quarter_of_year/1, Date.year_of_era/1, and Date.day_of_era/1 are added. Speedy compilation and performance improvements Improvements to the compiler have been made over 2018 which makes Elixir v1.8 compile code about 5% faster. The Elixir compiler also emits more efficient code used for range checks in guards, charlists with interpolation, and when working with records via the Record module. EEx templates are also optimized and emit more compact code which also runs faster. Better instrumentation and ownership with $callers The Task module is a way to spawn light-weight processes to perform concurrent work. When a new process is spawned, Elixir annotates the parent process via the $ancestors key. Instrumentation tools can use this information to track the relationship between events occurring within multiple processes. But many times tracking only $ancestors is not sufficient. Developers are recommended to start tasks under a supervisor, as it gives more visibility and control of task termination when a node shuts down. The relationship between code and the task is tracked via the $callers key present in the process dictionary. This aligns well with the existing $ancestors key. In Elixir 1.8 when a task is spawned directly from code without a supervisor, the parent process of the code will be listed under $ancestors and $callers. This feature allows instrumentation and monitoring tools to better track and relate the events in the system. This can also be used by the Ecto Sandbox which enables developers to run concurrent test against the database. It uses transactions and an ownership mechanism in which each process explicitly gets a connection assigned to it These were the major changes, for full list of improvements and bug fixes, you can take a look at release notes. Read next Elixir Basics – Foundational Steps toward Functional Programming Erlang turns 20: Tracing the journey from Ericsson to Whatsapp Python governance vote results are here: The steering council model is the winnerlast_img read more