Activities in ZOSOs to be Maintained until Normality is Restored

Posted On Oct 24 2019 by

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is reassuring that activities, particularly social interventions, which are conducted in communities adversely impacted by crime and violence and are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), will be maintained until normality is restored in those areas.“We will stay with the communities for as long as it takes for them to be normalised. It won’t be so much what we do in the initial phase, but moreso the social interventions (thereafter),” Mr. Holness emphasised.The Prime Minister was speaking at an Office of the Prime Minister-Live (OPM-Live) mini town hall meeting at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Wednesday, November 29.Mr. Holness, who cited misinterpretations of the 60-day timeline in the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act by some persons, explained that this is not the expiration time of the Zone, “but the time that (we) should go to Parliament, if we decide to continue”.He indicated that the timeline for the initial ZOSO in Mount Salem, St. James, has been extended, adding that “it is likely that we will renew the Zone in Denham Town (West Kingston) until we are certain that all the threats to the safety and security of the environment have been removed”.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness advised that 20 communities, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the crime occurring islandwide, have been identified.He said that with the requisite resources, “we should be able to bring those communities under the programme of Zones of Special Operations and make a significant impact in the medium to long term on the trajectory of crime in the country”.The Prime Minister, in response to a question, indicated that the extent of security engagements in the Denham Town ZOSO, relative to the Christmas season, would be determined by the joint command of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).“I believe that they have been operating in such a way as to promote the cohesion and the good spirit within the community. So, I think that they will be responsible and very smart in what they are doing,” he added.Mr. Holness acknowledged that creating a culture of peace in communities adversely affected by crime “does take some time…and hand-holding”.He said that in a number of cases, this will require key provisions to facilitate this undertaking.“It means that we have to be training persons. We have to facilitate persons being able to get their IDs, for example… to get their health checks, to deal with the parenting issues that exist, and to deal with the informal settlements that may exist in those communities. All of those things take time,” the Prime Minister pointed out.Mr. Holness reiterated that the ZOSO is not a knee-jerk response to crime, and emphasised that development of the attendant logistics to ensure the initiative fulfils its ultimate targets of preserving life and creating a safe and secure environment “takes a very long time”.He reminded that the ZOSOs are designed to be a medium- to long-term measure to enhance public safety and security. He said that with the requisite resources, “we should be able to bring those communities under the programme of Zones of Special Operations and make a significant impact in the medium to long term on the trajectory of crime in the country”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is reassuring that activities, particularly social interventions, which are conducted in communities adversely impacted by crime and violence and are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs), will be maintained until normality is restored in those areas. Mr. Holness, who cited misinterpretations of the 60-day timeline in the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act by some persons, explained that this is not the expiration time of the Zone, “but the time that (we) should go to Parliament, if we decide to continue”.last_img read more

Know the difference between SEM and SEO

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgKeyword bids? Paid search? Semantic URLs? Terms associated with search engine marketing and search engine optimization tend to get tossed around in the publishing world. But SEM and SEO are important tools, helping publishers promote their Web sites through increased visibility in search engine results pages. While some consider SEO and SEM interchangeable terms, SEO is really the first step in search engine marketing, allowing for broad-reaching (usually free) Web site promotion. SEM not only includes SEO tactics but methods for immediately increasing a site’s traffic and visibility through paid inclusion (paid addition of a site to a search engine), paid advertising, and pay-per-click (text-only ads controlled by the advertiser).“I think in the last couple of years, companies were working through the first generation of tactics, but now with more of a track record and advanced analytics that show where traffic is going, they can better target their efforts and look at the business model and ROI of their SEO and SEM activities,” says Dan Weiner, managing director at Red Bricks Media New York, a search and performance marketing agency working with major publishers.Relaunch for SuccessWomen’s business magazine Pink plans to relaunch its site in early December. With this relaunch comes a redesign, which Pink’s digital agency, 360i, will rely on to bolster the magazine’s online prominence through SEO.’s homegrown CMS is optimized for search, says James Yancey, 360i Atlanta’s managing director, with content indexed more regularly than on other sites. “All of the URL structures on the site are clean,” he says. These “clean,” or semantic, URLs identify a piece of content by its key word and title, instead of just as a series of numbers and letters that normally appear. “While it may look more simplistic in structure, this is actually very technical,” Yancey says. Implementing semantic URLs at relaunch will make it easier for search engines to find content categorically through Pink’s CMS.Multiple Titles, One Domain Next year, Incisive Media plans to redesign its b-to-b vertical markets—legal, commercial real estate and interactive marketing—according to vice president of digital media Alex Kam.Incisive’s URLs, while not semantic like Pink’s, have the additional issue of a single domain structure with multiple titles (New York Law Journal, Legal Times) under the category of Kam says Incisive is looking to promote individual brands and use semantic URLs to reinforce brand value and user recall. “Using as our legal domain has complicated our ability to build our online brands and hampered our search engine rankings,” he adds. “A smarter URL strategy will create visibility on the search engines, which will generate more user clicks, and therefore more page views.”As far as page navigation is concerned, Weiner says, “Rather than thinking only about navigation from their site’s front page, publishers have to realize that more than 50 percent of readers may be jumping from a Google search box directly into a section deep within the site.” This calls for smart page design—appropriate headers, titles, branding and cross-links on each page, with calls to action made visible, even on deep pages—enabling every page to act as a “home” page.Makes Images “Findable”Many publishers pride themselves on their images and photography, but Google can only read images in html. “Pink has a lot of text images on its site but search engines can’t read them,” says Pink Web editor Taylor Mallory. “Our new site will have images in html format, making them more easily found by search engines.” Monetize PlatformsPink’s offline platforms have a direct effect on page views. “When we do media stuff—TV, radio and events across the country—we see [traffic] really spike,” says founding editor Cynthia Good. Weiner cites two practices for linking offline platforms to your site: 1. Target keywords and ad copy allowing it to “capture” searches driven from those channels; 2. Implement tracking and analytics to measure cross-channel lift. Without this, the  impact may be mixed with other activity and hard to assess.Conde Nast, Hearst and Time leverage search campaigns for subscriptions and traffic to align with ad sales, monetize pages with high CPMs, and drive incremental volume to key programs. Consumer Engagement“While subscription programs drive the purchase of a physical product, many online consumers are looking for content in that same online channel,” Weiner says of publishers that began with subscription programs, but are now expanding to drive traffic to specific content areas. More targeted keywords, like “dating advice,” drive consumers to relevant areas of the site, whereas brand terms like magazine titles work better for subscription acquisitions. Some larger publishers have expanded from paid search to support subscriber acquisitions (to include customer engagement and traffic), and augmented natural search SEO efforts.Kam’s goal is to increase Incisive’s traffic at least 10 percent by 2010. “The more people that come, the more money we make and the more we can invest in search.”last_img read more

How the seahorse might have got its shape

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img 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. © 2010 More information: An adaptive explanation for the horse-like shape of seahorses, Nature Communications 2, Article number: 164 doi:10.1038/ncomms1168 Play Slow-motion replays of high-speed video recordings of the capture of copepods or mysid shrimp by, respectively, pipefish Syngnathus leptorhynchus, Doryrhamphus dactyliophorus, D. melanopleura, and Corythoichthys intestinalis and seahorses Hippocampus breviceps, H. abdominalis and H. reidi. Movie clips are slowed down 66 times, except for S. leptorhynchus (33 times slowed down). They illustrate pivot feeding in syngnathid fishes, which is characterised by a very quick dorsal rotation of the head followed by suction. Dr. Van Wassenbergh said the “bend and snap” technique used by the seahorse is vital for a species that is a weak swimmer because every extra millimeter means more food. He said the technique gives the seahorse a 20 percent larger strike zone than the pipefish.The pipefish swims around to catch its prey, and when prey is in sight it lifts its head slightly upwards and forwards to get its mouth close enough to suck the prey inside. The seahorses have an additional forward reaching component with its head (which is arched), meaning it straightens its neck to lift its head upwards, and so it can reach slightly further. This enables the seahorse to probe a larger volume of water for food while it waits for the prey to swim by, remaining stationary and with the tip of its tail attached to sea grass. Explore further Citation: How the seahorse might have got its shape (2011, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Seahorse – Hippocampus sp. Photo: Mohammed Al Momany, via Wikipedia.center_img Researchers, led by biomechanicist Dr. Sam Van Wassenbergh of the University of Antwerp in Belgium, wondered why the seahorse shape, consisting of a curled tail and striking arched head is so different from that of its relative, the pipefish, which is long, thin and straight like the ancestors of the seahorse.The scientists used a biomechanical analysis technique to study the shape and posture of the seahorse and pipefish and discovered that the seahorse can capture its prey of small shrimps and fish larvae at a greater distance from the eyes than the pipefish. They confirmed the mathematical analysis and computer animations with high-speed video footage of both types of fish in action. Dr Van Wassenbergh said the foraging behavior would have come first and then natural selection would favor those fish that had a larger strike distance. According to their research this created a selective pressure for the angle between head and trunk to increase.The paper was published in the journal Nature Communications. ( — The shape of the seahorse has long baffled marine scientists, but new research suggests the seahorse’s unique shape may have evolved to allow it to catch its food when it was further away. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Male seahorses are nature’s Mr. Mom, researchers saylast_img read more

DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img More information: Climate change underlies global demographic, genetic, and cultural transitions in pre-Columbian southern Peru, Lars Fehren-Schmitz, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1403466111AbstractSeveral archaeological studies in the Central Andes have pointed at the temporal coincidence of climatic fluctuations (both long- and short-term) and episodes of cultural transition and changes of socioeconomic structures throughout the pre-Columbian period. Although most scholars explain the connection between environmental and cultural changes by the impact of climatic alterations on the capacities of the ecosystems inhabited by pre-Columbian cultures, direct evidence for assumed demographic consequences is missing so far. In this study, we address directly the impact of climatic changes on the spatial population dynamics of the Central Andes. We use a large dataset of pre-Columbian mitochondrial DNA sequences from the northern Rio Grande de Nasca drainage (RGND) in southern Peru, dating from ∼840 BC to 1450 AD. Alternative demographic scenarios are tested using Bayesian serial coalescent simulations in an approximate Bayesian computational framework. Our results indicate migrations from the lower coastal valleys of southern Peru into the Andean highlands coincident with increasing climate variability at the end of the Nasca culture at ∼640 AD. We also find support for a back-migration from the highlands to the coast coincident with droughts in the southeastern Andean highlands and improvement of climatic conditions on the coast after the decline of the Wari and Tiwanaku empires (∼1200 AD), leading to a genetic homogenization in the RGND and probably southern Peru as a whole. To gain a clearer understanding of early Nasca, Wari and Tiwanaku peoples living in various parts of what is now Peru, the researchers collected DNA samples from 207 mummies found in both coastal and mountainous parts of the region. Mitochondrial analysis and Bayesian modeling indicated that people that had been living near the coast began migrating to the mountains sometime around 640 BC. They also found evidence of a reverse migration as people from the mountains migrated towards the coast around 1200 AD.The researchers compared the DNA evidence with prior research on climatic conditions during the same period. They found that around roughly 640 BC, climate variability due to el Nino or el Nina would have made growing crops in coastal valleys challenging. Also, they found that the highlands areas experienced a long term drought that began around 1200 AD, which would have driven people back down to the coasts. Both climate events coincide with the DNA evidence.Prior to this research, the general consensus among historians has been that the migrations that occurred in the area at the time were most likely due to the expansion and eventual collapse of the Wari empire. Now it appears that it was instead driven by climactic change, forcing people to move to where conditions were favorable for growing their food. The researchers note that the change would likely have had to have been significant as the people in the ancient societies demonstrated anticipatory agricultural adaptations that allowed them to cope with both floods and drought. The team notes that migrating back and forth between the coast and the highlands also appears to have caused homogenization of the peoples from the two areas. ( —An international team of researchers has concluded that migrations by pre-Columbian Andean societies were due to climatic changes, rather than growth in the Wari empire, as was previously suggested. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they conducted mitochondrial DNA analysis on mummies from the period combined with a Bayesian modeling approach to trace the migration activities of the people that lived in Peru between 840 BC and 1450 AD. Pikillaqta administrative center, built by the Wari civilization in Cusco. Credit: Wikipedia. CC BY-SA 3.0 © 2014 Citation: DNA study on mummies suggests climate instability drove ancient Peruvians to migrate (2014, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from El Niño expected to benefit US agriculture Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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.last_img read more

All access pass

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgArt lovers can head over to Gallery Five as it organises its next monthly art exhibition titled Excess Denied. The show displays a wide range of works by India’s leading and upcoming modern and contemporary artists. The participants are – Anjaneyulu Gundu, Arpit Biloria, Deviba Wala, Manish Barodia and Shahanshah Mittal. Excess Denied is an ode to purity of thought and action which have led to the creation of these artworks.The collection demonstrates the fundamental technical skills and conceptual strength of an artist. They blur the boundaries between the everyday and art without succumbing to histrionics and excesses. They embrace the basic tenets of being human and humane. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘The utilitarian objects represented in my paintings speak of the lives of the people who handle/use them in their daily little histories’- says Gundu.  He believes that every object is an actor in a larger scene and every scene is part of another act. That is why he concentrates on the individual object in his hyper realistic paintings. Biloria noted, ‘Volume is something which can be realised even when you take away the distracting color’. White, he sees, as a ground, where images lay hiding. Black acts as connecting point between dimensions revealing these images. He plays with what exists and what does not. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDeviba summarises her minimal and usually monochrome abstract work as having a naive depth. Naive in the context that her art is one that’s kept devoid of all obvious influences of the daily life and today’s world but not in its literal sense. Her work consists of broad spectrum of lines intersecting into each other as if weaving a beguiling net for the viewer to immerse in. She wants her art forms to create a niche and exclusive mind space in the viewer thus letting him/her strike a chord with their inner self. The strength in her art is the ode to a life’s pure existence. The many subtle layers in Mittal’s paper work represent inner monologues which cannot be vocalized.last_img read more

Windies players being hoodwinked treated like schoolboys by board

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgA strike could hit West Indies’ tour opener against India on Wednesday due to a row between leading West Indies players and their own union. The match in Kochi, where the teams are already assembled, is the first of five one-day internationals to be followed by three test matches and a Twenty20 international.The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) signed a new agreement last month covering pay and conditions but all-rounder Dwayne Bravo said players were kept in the dark about the talks and would not accept the outcome. (Also Read: India Won’t be Scared of Windies as Narine Mystery Looms) ‘We believe we are being hoodwinked and are being treated like little school boys, yet we are being asked to perform and play as professionals,’ Bravo wrote in a letter to WIPA president Wavell Hinds published by the Caribbean website Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja‘The players are of the view that as a matter of principle, we should not accept these conditions whereby we are being asked to play a series against India without any certainty of what are our obligations and what we will be playing for.’The WICB said in a statement on Tuesday that they were aware of the dispute and the possibility of a strike.‘It has also come to the WICB’s attention that the some of the players could withdraw their services for the first ODI. The WICB deeply regrets this apparent eventuality, especially in light of the tedious and substantial work which went into the good faith negotiations to arrive at the new, historic CBA/MOU.‘The WICB apologises to the fans, the BCCI and all other stakeholders should the first ODI be disrupted as a result of player action. The WICB is making every effort to ensure that it fulfills all its commitments and that cricket is played,’ said the statement.last_img read more

TMC workers supporters stage protests against surging fuel prices

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress workers and supporters staged a protest demonstration at Baidyabati in Hooghly against rising prices of petrol and diesel.This comes a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her concern over the sharp increase in prices of petrol and diesel. She tweeted on Sunday: “We are very concerned about the rising prices of petrol and diesel. This will certainly affect prices all around. Common people, farmers and many will suffer.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHundreds of workers of the party staged a demonstration at Naoga More near Baidyabati in Hooghly. They sought slogans against the “indifferent” attitude of the Centre and demanded its intervention in this connection.Many common people too joined the protest demonstration and demanded immediate steps so that prices do not soar higher. The demonstration took place in front of a refueling station in the area and they held a rally along the GT Road later. On Monday, the petrol and diesel prices in Kolkata increased by 33 paise and 25 paise respectively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt took the prices of petrol and diesel to Rs 79.24 and Rs 70.37 respectively, hitting an all-time high.According to the party workers, they have organised the protest rally apprehending that this price hike would also increase the prices of essential goods as transportation cost will go up and adversely affect common people.According to the members of the West Bengal Petroleum Dealers’ Association, the sale of both petrol and diesel has quickly dropped as the news of price hike spread. Tushar Kanti Sen, president of the association said: “I apprehend further drop in the sale if prices keep increasing.”With the increase in the prices, a section of bus owners have started demanding a fare hike and decided to place their demands before the state Transport department. It may be mentioned that since the change of guard in the state in 2011, the state Transport Department has always taken necessary steps to ensure that common people do not face inconvenience. Sources said there was a preliminary discussion at the state transport department regarding framing a new policy, which would allow increase of bus fares when fuel prices go up and will get decreased with a fall in the fuel prices.last_img read more

Jaya Bachchan at Shrines

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first_imgDressed in an elegant long kurta, the graceful Jaya Bachchan walked into the Habitat Centre’s Visual Arts Gallery last night to close a historic Sanjay Bhattacharyya exhibition titled ‘Shrines’.Chaste Bengali was heard between two artists, one from the art world and the second from the cine world and Jaya was all ears and eyes as she spent time looking at the show that had four paintings and three drawings. She spent the greatest amount of time in front of the Kalighat canvas that held its own for its elements of design details and the virtuosity of colour.Jaya has been following Sanjay Bhattacharyya’s works for more than two decades and can wax eloquent on his work.The evening also had curator and art historian Aman Nath and Habita Director Sunit Tandon in attendance along with curator Uma Nair , artists Anwar, Anandmoyi Bannerjee and gallery Director Payal Kapoor.last_img read more