January is Stalking Awareness Month

first_img Published: Jan. 12, 2017 Stalking statistics in the U.S.An estimated 15% of women and 6% of men have been a victim of stalking in their lifetimes.Over 85% of victims are stalked by someone they know; many are current or former intimate partners.46% of victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week.Persons aged 18 to 24 years experience the highest rate of stalking.Source: Stalking Resource CenterJanuary is National Stalking Awareness Month. With over 7.5 million people stalked in one year in the United States, chances are you know someone or several people who have been stalked.A ubiquitous crime in U.S. communities, stalking should be taken seriously. While legal definitions vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is: a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there, making unwanted telephone calls, leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice), watching or following from a distance and spying on the victim were the most commonly reported stalker tactics.If you or someone you know is being stalked, please contact the system Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) to discuss safety concerns and explore safety planning.For more information on stalking awareness, stay tuned to CU Boulder Today and OVA’s Facebook page throughout the month of January. Additional resources can be found at the National Stalking Awareness Month website and the “Get Help” OVA resource library.Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

CSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedCSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) has awarded scholarships to 1,861 high school and tertiary students from volatile communities, as the Ministry of National Security intensifies its crime prevention efforts by pushing education.The beneficiaries are from 27 areas, including 1,400 from the Kingston Metropolitan Area, and 461 from St. James and Westmoreland. Presentations were made to the over 200 tertiary awardees on Thursday (September 23), during a ceremony at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in downtown Kingston.Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of National Security, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, said the scholarships, valued at over $100 million, represent the largest scholarship award under the Ministry’s crime prevention programme. He said it is a sign of the Ministry’s commitment to empowering Jamaicans.Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson (third left), with (from left) law student Zoe Curtis; medical student Moneifa Hartley; medical student Doneilo Thomas; dental nursing therapy student, Dania Dennis; and law student Kaydian Carter, who received scholarships at the Citizen Security and Justice Programme(CSJP) scholarship awards ceremony, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on September 23. The students from August Town, Tower Hill, Mountain View and Waterhouse were among 1,800 tertiary and high school students from 27 volatile communities who received scholarships totaling more than $100 million.Senator Nelson argued that the CSJP model was an effective prevention model that promotes safer communities. “The model suggests that the participation of people, driven by improved educational achievements, enhances beliefs in their own abilities to transform their own lives,” he said.The CSJP is a multi-faceted crime and violence prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme is now in its second phase (CSJP II), having completed the pilot phase in 2009.Since 2001, the CSJP has been offering support to primary, secondary and tertiary students within the Kingston, Montego Bay and Savanna-la-Mar areas. Support to tertiary students was stepped up in 2007 with scholarships awarded to 300 persons, and has since increased six fold to more than 1,800.Programme Manager for CSJP II, Simeon Robinson, shared statistics which show that youth between 14 and 24 years are both victims and perpetrators of crime, stressing that it is imperative that they are engaged, rehabilitated and resocialised.Minister of National Security, Senator Dwight Nelson (right), and Programme Manager for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) II, Simeon Robinson (centre), examine the programme for the CSJP’s scholarship awards ceremony, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on September 23. Looking on is Community Action Co-ordinator, CSJP, Orville Simmonds. Over $100 million in scholarships have been awarded to over 1,800 tertiary and high school students from 27 volatile communities.Mr. Robinson disclosed that this year the CSJP took a policy decision to support 11 students who are currently enrolled in the faculties of law and medicine at the University of the West Indies.“The CSJP is proud of every scholar who has been successful. They were evaluated against evaluation criteria designed to identify those most in need, those with good grades, those involved in the development of their communities and those who were previous beneficiaries, so as not to disrupt their schooling,” he said.Sharing her experience as a past beneficiary of a CSJP scholarship, medical doctor, Claudia Allen, said she grew up in Trench Town and at first struggled to finance her educational ambitions.“I was very instrumental in my own tuition, because I had to work on the weekends and study. So, when I was introduced to the CSJP it was such a blessing for me, because I could just focus on school only, and it came at a critical time when I didn’t really have the time to be working along with going to school,” she said.Dr. Allen, who graduated in 2008 from the University of the West Indies, Mona, as the first doctor in her family, credits the programme for fostering a good relationship between the community and members of the security forces. CSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities EducationSeptember 24, 2010center_img RelatedCSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communities RelatedCSJP Awards 1,861 Scholarships to Students from Volatile Communitieslast_img read more

Norah Jones Performs Songs From ‘Pick Me Up Off The Floor’ For ‘Tiny Desk (Home)’ Performance [Video]

first_imgNorah Jones is the latest notable musician to take part in NPR Music‘s “Home” edition of its fan-favorite Tiny Desk performance series. The new Tiny Desk (Home) Concert video shared on Monday showcases the acclaimed pianist and singer as she performs a selection of material from her recently-released studio album, Pick Me Up Off The Floor, including “How I Weep”, “Heartbroken, Day After”, “I’m Alive”, and “To Live”.The 18-minute video from the multiple-time Grammy winner opens to Jones seated at her piano at home, and she doesn’t waste any time bringing viewers into her world as she begins with the opening notes of “How I Weep”. While the room in which her piano sits doesn’t offer a lot of flair in terms of stylish decor one would expect from a world-renowned musician, Jones instead uses her music to fill her creative setting with the right amounts of feel-good energy to lift anyone’s spirits.“I’m happy to be doing this finally,” Jones says to the camera following “How I Weep” to start the performance. “I was supposed to be touring this summer but instead I am doing a lot of webcasts from home kinda like this.”Ease into the week with Jones’ new Tiny Desk (Home) performance in full below.Norah Jones – Tiny Desk (Home) Concert[Video: NPR]last_img read more

Commercial Mortgage Lenders: What You Need To Know

first_imgIf you’re in the market for a commercial loan, whether it’s an investment, a refinance or you’re just trying to get pre-qualified to begin your search, then read on, we have some answers for you. First, know about the different types of commercial mortgage lenders who are able to assist you in getting your loan. Commercial mortgage lenders range in type from large commercial banks to private individuals who invest in trust deeds. So, let’s get started.Portfolio LendersPortfolio lenders create commercial mortgages with the intention of holding the loans in their investment portfolios. These lenders can often offer consumers greater flexibility in the loan granting process than lenders who make mortgage loans with the intention of selling them. The two most common types of portfolio lenders are commercial banks and life insurance companies.CMBS Conduit LendersCommercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) are a type of security investment secured by commercial mortgages. CMBS are generated by “conduit” lenders, who originate commercial mortgages with the idea of securitizing them, arrange them into asset pools, and then selling standardized sections of these pools to investors on the open market. The interest payments on the properties securing the CMBS offerings are passed through to the investors as interest income.Sub-Prime LendersSub-prime lenders specialize in making loans to people whose low credit scores prevent them from obtaining financing through conventional commercial mortgage lenders. Subprime lenders may be owned by banks, and the loans they generate may also sometimes be securitized. Money that is loaned does not meet “prime” standards, which puts these loans into the riskiest category of loans typically sold in the secondary market.The collapse of the real estate market is often blamed on the huge number of subprime loans processed over the last few years.Private Investors and FundsThese commercial lenders are also sometimes called “private” or “hard money” lenders. One of the differences between these lenders versus institutional lenders is that the loaned funds come from private individuals or a group of private individuals, instead of from a company’s assets.The other difference is that private lenders are willing to receive loans with higher levels of risk and maybe even significant variability in return for a higher return rate on the investment. For example, loan-to-value ratios for hard money loans are often under 65% and credit scores, if required, are usually under 500.Borrowers should also realize that there are other sources of capital besides their local bank. For example, private or subprime lenders may be good choices for individuals who have been turned down by banks because of low credit scores or little collateral. Depending on individual loan needs, one of these sources will likely be a good fit for you.SBA LoansFinally, there are refinancing and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Refinancing is used to pay off any old debt from the money of a new loan that uses the same collateral. Usually, the borrower can choose to refinance when interest rates are lower or terms of the new loan are better than the original.The purpose of SBA’s Loan Program is to assist small businesses in getting the credit that they need to get started. However, applicants must first meet SBA’s definition of small business.So what commercial properties use these various loans? Quite a large variety. Some examples of commercial properties are apartments, shopping centers, malls, office buildings, warehouses, car dealerships, day care centers, golf courses, convenient stores, facilities, theatres, health care facilities, motels, raw commercial land, casinos, churches, gas stations, medical buildings, subdivisions, and more.Find good commercial mortgage lenders as they can be the key to your businesses success or failure. Never hesitate to consult with your commercial real estate broker regarding lending referrals and term recommendations. If they’re up on current markets then they will typically know what the latest and greatest deals and interest rates are. [stextbox id=”grey”]These tips are provided by Pete Baldwin, designated broker and owner of Platinum Realty Network with offices in Scottsdale and Flagstaff, Ariz. With over 25 years of experience in business and real estate, Pete specializes in country club communities and second home investments, including large commercial portfolios. He also owns an Arizona branch of a family-owned, Montana-based company Baldwin Log Homes – Arizona Territory and has become the area leader in full- custom, handcrafted log homes in Northern Arizona. For more information about commercial mortgage lenders, please visit www.PeteBaldwin.com.[/stextbox]last_img read more

Optimized sensors to study learning and memory in neurons

first_img Pinterest Learning and memory are crucial aspects of everyday life. When we learn, our neurons use chemical and molecular signals to change their shapes and strengthen connections between neurons, a process known as synaptic plasticity. In Ryohei Yasuda’s lab at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), scientists are working to understand how these molecules send messages throughout the neuron. To achieve this, his team is constantly working to develop high-resolution imaging techniques to visualize the activity and location of the molecules involved in the process.Ada Tang, Ph.D., a postdoctoral researcher in Yasuda’s lab, developed new molecular biosensors, which helped her visualize the activity of two signaling proteins crucial to synaptic plasticity, ERK and PKA. These proteins send messages to other proteins by adding a phosphate group to the target proteins. The team found that these proteins, which were already known to play a role in synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory, have surprising properties in their activity.The work was published in March 2017 in Neuron. Email Share on Twitter Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook Dendrites are thin extensions that come out of a neuron’s cell body and receive messages from other neurons. They branch out to form a tree-like structure, each branch typically extending tens of micrometers. They are covered by spines: tiny protrusions that receive inputs from other neurons and initiate molecular signals inside the cell. When a spine is strongly stimulated, it grows and strengthens to encode memories. Scientists have previously used traditional pharmacological methods such as western blotting to determine the activity of ERK and PKA averaged over many cells, but they haven’t been able to visualize the molecules directly in dendritic spines because of their small size.To design sensors sensitive enough to visualize these molecules, Tang created a new dye molecule, sREAChet, a modified dark but light-absorbing molecule. When she linked sREAChet with both green fluorescent protein (GFP) and a target peptide of the protein, she found that it could readout the activity of the protein with 2-3 times higher sensitivity compared to previous sensors. This made the sensitivity sufficient for imaging activity in single dendritic spines. “These sensors will be useful for researchers in a broad field of cell biology since ERK and PKA are involved in a variety of phenomena in cells and their abnormal activity is related to many diseases including cancer and mental diseases,” explained Yasuda.To demonstrate the usefulness of the new sensors, Yasuda’s team first stimulated individual dendritic spines, then used a special microscope called a 2-photon fluorescence lifetime microscope to visualize how ERK and PKA activity moves from a single spine. To their surprise, the team found the proteins’ activity did not stay within the individual spine, but spread much more than 10 micrometers, along the dendrite, influencing nearby spines. The spreading is estimated to be about several tens of micrometers and potentially extends throughout a branch of dendrites. The Yasuda Lab had previously shown that stimulating just a few spines could lead to ERK activation in the nucleus, but they didn’t know how this was achieved. This experiment showed that after these proteins are activated in a spine, the message spreads strongly over a long distance and potentially reaches the nucleus. “To find that PKA and ERK activation in spines is spreading for several tens of micrometers is certainly a surprising discovery for the field,” said Tang.The team has visualized an important step in the process, but there is still a long way to go to understanding the biochemical underpinnings of learning and memory.last_img read more

Minister advises against malicious use of ICT

first_img Share Minister for Information, Science, Telecommunication and Technology, Kelvar DarrouxMinister for Information, Science, Telecommunication and Technology, Kelvar Darroux has advised the youth to abstain from using the internet and technology for malicious purposes.Speaking at a site visit of the ICT Centre for Excellence and Innovation at the Dominica State College’s Stockfarm Campus on Wednesday 15 July 2015, the minister emphasized that the internet and technology should be used in a positive way.“Too many times we have heard stories of our young people using technology destructively, that is to say to bring down each other, and to probably post information that should not go out there,” Minister Darroux said.“Anytime you send a picture or any form of information that may be derogatory, it goes out there, becomes viral and the entire world sees it,” he continued.The Minister therefore urged the youth to be careful with the information that they share.He added that the government will continue to work with the relevant sectors and non-governmental organizations to ensure that the country is seen in a positive light as it relates to technology. Mr Darroux informed that they will work with the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC) to launch a wireless network in the Botanical Gardens so that “everyone will have access to this network and you can come and relax in the Gardens.He added that they are looking at other areas in the City and will soon be exploring areas in the country where wireless networks. “This is all in an effort to make broadband available to the nation as much as possible. We will continue to work with the service providers to ensure that this is possible as well because they too have their part to play,” Minister Darroux said. He added that the government will play its part to make Dominica one of the hubs for ICT within the region. 83 Views   one comment Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Minister advises against malicious use of ICT by: Dominica Vibes News – July 16, 2015last_img read more

Live Blog: In-Memory Sees its Day and We Need it More Than Ever

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#events#news Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I am sitting among the SAP influencers at SAP SapphireNow, all excited about what we have been waiting for this week and that’s the keynote featuring executive board member Vishal Sikka and SAP Founder Dr. Hasso Plattner.It’s a time to reflect on the network. Millions of people are online with data growing exponentially. But the latency issue is not going away. It’s actually getting worse. We talk about always being online but it’s clear offline access will be increasingly important. That issue in itself drives demand for in-memory technology. It’s Ground Hog day all over again. As Forrester’s Paul Hammerman just tweeted: “Expecting detailed discussion of in-memory computing as the future for analytics, transactions and cloud apps from Hasso.”Let’s get started.9:01 a.m. EST: The crowd is moving into the main tent. 9:14 a.m. EST: Lights just dimmed. Emcees are taking the stage. Vishal Sikka is taking the stage.9:16 a.m.: No matter how great the innovation it can not disrupt the client’s work. Sikka is talking in context to SAP HANA, the in-memory technology.9:21 a.m.: HANA revolutionized how SAP manages data. They were able to process 460 billion lines of data in far less time. It made SAP re-think its application development. Sikka calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sikka is calling up a Colgate executive to thank him for HANA who calls the technology a game changer. After Colgate proved it worked, the company did a test in Mexico, one of its largest markets. Sales people are able to run sales reports hundreds of times faster.9:27 a.m.: Bosch case study is about financial analysis and how customers feel about the product. They can change products and add new ones. Things that once took days now takes seconds. A Caterpillar executive is talking about the analytics that can be turned around in seconds. A Russia oil company challenged SAP to analyze oil production all over the world. The company drills and transports oil using huge amounts of resources. Working in real-time to manage resources, there is a new opportunity to see and use the data. 9:35 a.m.: How do you see real-time views with a worldwide operation? The challenge with Nestle was to accelerate to near real-time so users could see data in a 2,000 time performance improvement. 9:38 a.m.: We”re now talking about real-time analytics and how NRI, a Japanese company is using it to do real-time tracking of traffic data. SAP Hana allowed the company to take 360 million lines of data and process it to optimize taxi routes.9:41 a.m.: A consortium of companies is owned by Canoe Ventures that is developing interactive advertising for television. Real-time analytics are critical for analyzing the advertising and providing the results.9:43 a.m.: Infosys, one of the largest IT consulting companies in the world, to do margin management. Infosys leverages HANA to simulate margins in a top down fashion. The results seem to hold a lot of promise that is not constrained by data challenges.9:46 a.m.: SAP worked with Intel and its Xeon E-7 family of processors. Standard high volume server has four terabytes of memory. SAP HANA has ten cores. That’s a powerful machine!9:53 a.m.: In-memory technology will allow Cisco customers to do real-time analysis. They are able to drill down from 700 million lines of data. 9:56 a.m.: Openness and optimizing acros layers has to be tempered with consolidating existing legacy layers. That means rethinking existing applications and creating new ones.9:59 a.m.: Application bult natively on HANA is able to drill down to level of individual employee. T-Mobile used HANa to do real-time reporting with 66 million lines of data in seconds versus days.10:08 a.m.: The way applications are built can be simplified. To enable the new reality requires openness. Why then are legacy systems that are closed? SAP started working on SAP Netwever Gateway. It was designed to be open for developers. SAP’s partners at Adobe are working with HANA to combat piracy. Data can be analyzed and combined with financial information and other factors to reduce piracy.10:14 a.m. Microsoft and SAP are teaming to provide a gateway development kit for .NET developers to raise level of integration between companies.10:17 a.m.: The future of the cloud is an in-memory cloud, Sikka says. Example: Google instant search. This can be called the RAM cloud. 10:23 a.m.: We’re seeing a demo of the HANA Cloud with MediData. The pre-beta of SAP HANA AppCloud is now available from SAP.10:30 a.m.: Hasso Plattner is on stage, telling jokes. What a leader he is. He is responding to questions from customers. “Why is SAP investing in HANA?” Plattner is talking about the evolution of SAP Business Suite and why it needed to be transformed. The suite can shrink when the data is consolidated on HANA. It is the biggest investment by SAP in the last ten years.10:37 a.m.: SAP HANA is a project that simplifies more than adding complexity. That’s a big change for SAP.10:39 a.m.: The pieces of software have to be fairly independent. Seems like a loosely coupled approach. 10:41a.m.:Hardware is extremely attractive. Plattner is holding up an Apple MiniMac that can run HANA. It has two CPUs with four cores – a company can run on that.10:43 a.m.: SAP HANA gets closer to IBM Watson. At a co-location facility in California we are seeing a live feed of a data center running HANA on 1600 cores. Shows how HANA can be scaled. We are seeing how the architecture works and its redundancy.10:49 a.m.: Can anyone be as fast as we are?, Plattner asked. No,Plattner says. He made a veiled reference to Oracle and how HANA is a clear winner. “Cheers, Oracle!,” Plattner said.10:53 a.m.: SAP HANA runs Map/Reduce for distributed parallel computing. 10:55 a.m. Plattner calls HANA similar tp punch card systems that also did not aggregate data.11:03 a.m.: What new apps are possible? Interactive analytics, mobile applications, planning applications, text and unstructured applications are all possible. 11:12 a.m.: Seeing ATP (available to promise) examples that show real-time inventories. 11:20 a.m. Going to wrap this up. We’ll be back soon. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img alex williams Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Dorian death toll rises to 44 in Bahamas

first_img(AP) – The government in the Bahamas says the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen by one to 44.Health Minister Duane Sands on Sunday confirmed the toll in a WhatsApp message to The Associated Press.Officials have warned that the number of deaths is likely to rise as security forces and other teams search devastated areas of the northern Bahamas.The government also announced a telephone hotline where Bahamians can call to report family members who have been unaccounted for since the storm.At least five deaths have been blamed on the storm in the Southeastern U.S. and one in Puerto Rico.last_img

Stars Help Raise £1500000 At Invest In Futures Gala

first_imgAmbassadors, celebrities and city influencers joined forces for The Prince’s Trust annual Invest in Futures gala dinner on February 5, raising money for vulnerable young people.With The Savoy providing the stunning backdrop to the evening, HRH The Prince of Wales joined guests to pay tribute to those raising funds, which totaled £1,500,000.Hosted by Sir Ben Kingsley and Samantha Bond, the 10th annual dinner saw hedge fund leaders and financiers dine alongside supporters including Jerry Hall, Philip Schofield, Tess Daly, Rob Brydon and Gillian Anderson.Entertainment was provided by the astounding Dynamo, with music from Jools Holland, who performed live with Ronnie Wood and Melanie C.Since 2005, the Invest in Futures dinner and auction has raised more than £17.5million, giving tens of thousands of disadvantaged young people the skills and confidence they need to move into work or training.This year’s event has raised vital funds for the Prince’s Trust’s work at a time when hundreds of thousands of young people are struggling to find a job.Tara Leathers, Director of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust, said: “The money raised at last night’s event will make a huge difference to the work of The Prince’s Trust and give thousands of vulnerable young people the chance of a better future. We are extremely grateful to the financial community for their continued support.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more