Morocco to Takes Part in IndonesiaAfrica Forum

By Hajare El KhaldiRabat- Morocco is taking part in the first-annual Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF), which is ongoing in Bali, April 10-11. The forum offers a platform to boost cooperation between Indonesia and Africa, as the former hosts delegations of government officials and entrepreneurs from 53 African countries. IAF also opens dialogue between Indonesian and African companies and enhances their chances of concluding partnership and cooperation agreements. The two-day forum will focus on ways to strengthen the partnership between the private sectors in Morocco and Indonesia, with a vision to foster technical cooperation and promote opportunities for triangular cooperation.The Moroccan delegation is led by Mounia Boucetta, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Panelists will include representatives from international organizations, such as the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the World Bank, as well as Indonesian ministers and the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KADIN), IAF was established under the leadership of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, as an attempt to shift their country’s political relationship with Africa, which was established at the Asia-Africa Conference in 1955, into an economic partnership that emphasizes the improved investment, technical partnership, and the elimination trade barriers. During his speech at the G20 leader meeting in Hamburg, in 2017, Widodo affirmed his support for the development of an equal partnership between the G20 countries and Africa, categorizing Indonesia as “ with Africa since the beginning in the struggle for independence and equality.” read more

Two months after tsunami only some UN agencies have received full funding

Overall aid pledged so far from or through governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business and private sources totals $6.28 billion, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which has overall responsibility for supervising relief for the disaster. The deadly waves killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million more in need of basic services.As far as the UN’s own Flash Appeal for the first six months after the 26 December tsunami, governments have paid or committed themselves to pay $721 million out of the $979 million sought.But while the World Food Programme (WFP) has received all it sought in the appeal and is now feeding 455,000 people in the Aceh region of Indonesia, the worst-hit area, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which is distributing 10,000 tents in Aceh, remains under-funded.Likewise, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), facing an unprecedented devastation in Aceh’s education system where one in 10 staff is dead or missing, has received all it sought, the same is not so for the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which is seeking to bring hospitals back on line and provide work, among other tasks.As overall funding now stands according to a list complied by OCHA, Germany is the largest contributor of humanitarian assistance with $683 million, followed by the Asian Development Bank ($600 million), private donations ($576 million), Japan (about $500 million), European Commission ($494 million), France ($443 million), Australia ($431 million), United States ($354 million) and Canada ($351 million). read more

Microsoft pitches smart chats with computers

Microsoft pitches smart chats with computers SAN FRANCISCO – Microsoft wants you to talk more with your computer — and have more useful conversations.The giant software company is promoting new uses for Cortana — its voice-activated answer to Apple’s Siri digital assistant — including the ability to interact with software “bots” that can have limited conversations with users and help with tasks like booking a hotel room, ordering a meal or arranging a delivery.Voice-activated services like Siri, “OK Google,” or Amazon’s Alexa can already perform tasks for users like playing a song at a request or answering a question. Bots are smarter than traditional software apps, though, using artificial intelligence to respond to a wider range of commands and in a convenient, conversational way.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, at the opening Wednesday of the company’s annual conference for software developers, touted the power of “conversational intelligence” as he outlined a long-term vision in which Cortana, a central feature of Windows 10, becomes a digital concierge for other online interactions.“Bots are the new apps,” Nadella told developers.Lilian Rincon, a program manager for Microsoft’s Skype service, demonstrated how this might work. After receiving a video message from her boss that mentioned an upcoming conference in Dublin, Rincon used Cortana to mark the dates on her calendar. Cortana then used Skype to contact a hotel chain’s bot, which suggested a room and helped Rincon make a reservation for those dates.Integrating Cortana with other companies’ bots could increase the use of Microsoft’s services, and make them more valuable, said analyst Ross MacMillan, who follows tech companies for RBC Capital Markets, in an email on Wednesday.Bots are not perfect, however. Microsoft recently shut down an experimental Internet bot called “Tay” after some Twitter users taught it to make offensive statements.Nadella acknowledged the episode Wednesday, saying it shows the importance of designing technology to be “inclusive and respectful.”Cortana isn’t as well-known as Siri or OK Google. But unlike those services, which are mostly found on smartphones and tablets, Microsoft has made Cortana available on desktop and laptop PCs, via Windows 10.But Microsoft, after seeing its business suffer because fewer people buy new PCs, has also released Cortana as an app for smartphones and tablets that run Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating software. Similarly, Skype also works on those platforms.Microsoft is now releasing programming tools for developers to build bots that will interact with Cortana. Not surprisingly, Microsoft would be glad to see people use these services on Skype, the Internet video and voice-calling service that it owns. But some of its tools for creating bots will work with other messaging services: Microsoft listed Slack and standard text messaging, among others.Microsoft Corp. also on Wednesday announced a free upgrade this summer to Windows 10 that adds some new features and expands others. The company has touted Windows 10 as the operating system for a wide range of devices, from personal computers to hand-held gadgets, Xbox game consoles and even the company’s HoloLens augmented-reality headset.Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on 270 million devices, up from 200 million in January. Analysts say that’s a respectable figure, considering it was released last July, although Microsoft is aiming for 1 billion devices in a few years.The Windows 10 upgrade will include expanded abilities for Cortana, which will be able to provide reminders or answer questions even if it’s on a device, such as a tablet or smartphone, where the user hasn’t unlocked the screen.Another new feature will extend Microsoft’s biometric software, Windows Hello, so users can log into more apps and online accounts through fingerprint or facial recognition. The upgrade also expands the ways in which uses can write their own notes or draw lines and sketches with a digital pen on websites, maps and other images that are displayed on their screens. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at the Microsoft Build Conference, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2016 1:31 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 5:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

World Book Day new UN report spotlights potential of mobile technology to

‹ › Mr. West noted that many people expressed doubt that small screen, monochrome devices can be used to access full-length books and stories. “But we have strong evidence that people throughout the developing world are doing just that. And these are often people who have limited access to other educational opportunities.”The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimates that of the 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion have access to a working mobile phone – this is larger than the number of people who have access to a working toilet.UNESCO’s study of mobile reading was conducted in seven developing countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys and corresponding qualitative interviews, the study found that large numbers of people (one third of study participants) read stories to children from mobile phones.Also, females read far more on mobile devices than males (almost six times as much according to the study); both men and women read more cumulatively when they start reading on a mobile device; and many neo- and semi-literate people use their mobile phones to search for text that is appropriate to their reading ability.The study is intended as a roadmap for Governments, organizations and individuals who wish to use mobile technology to help spread reading and literacy. It recommends improving the diversity of mobile reading content to appeal to specific target groups such as parents and teachers; initiating outreach and trainings to help people transform mobile phones into portals to reading material; and lowering costs and technology barriers to mobile reading.On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, observed annually on 23 April, UNESCO invites all women and men to rally around books and all those who write and produce books. “This is a day to celebrate books as the embodiment of human creativity and the desire to share ideas and knowledge, to inspire understanding and tolerance,” the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, said in her message for the Day.“Books are not immune from a world of change, embodied in the advent of digital formats and the transition to open licensing for knowledge-sharing.”By championing copyright and open access, she said UNESCO stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge. “We work across the board – from the Creative Cities of Literature network to promoting literacy and mobile learning and advancing Open Access to scientific knowledge and educational resources.”As part of the celebration, Port Harcourt in Nigeria has been named as the 2014 World Book Capital, on account of the quality of its programme, in particular, its focus on youth and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishing to improve literacy rates. “In all of this, our goal is clear – to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building,” said Ms. Bokova. UNESCO’s study of mobile reading, conducted in seven developing countries, can serve as a guide for Governments, organizations and individuals on how mobile technology can help spread reading and literacy. World Bank/Simone McCourtie People with limited access to educational opportunities are discovering the usefulness of small-screen devices as a low-cost portal to reading materials. Here, a woman helps a young girl read on a cell phone as other children look on. Worldreader Mobile technology is increasingly available, even in areas of extreme poverty – 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone, according to the International Telecommunication Union. Pictured, a child on a cell phone in Niger. World Bank/ Arne Hoel Females read far more on mobile devices than males, says the study, while both men and women read more when they read on a mobile device. Here, a young woman reads from her cell phone at a community meeting in India. World Bank/Simone McCourtie Mobile technology can advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world, according to a new report published today by the United Nations education agency on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day.The report, Reading in the Mobile Era, highlights that hundreds of thousands of people currently use mobile technology as a portal to text. Findings show that in countries where illiteracy rates are high and physical text is scarce, large numbers of people read full-length books and stories on rudimentary small screen devices.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says that 774 million people worldwide, including 123 million youth, cannot read or write, and illiteracy can often be traced to the lack of books. Most people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not own a single book, and schools in this region rarely provide textbooks to learners. Yet the report – the first ever study of mobile readers in developing countries – cites data showing that where books are scarce, mobile technology is increasingly common, even in areas of extreme poverty. “This report calls attention to what is currently an underutilized potential – this is a cost-effective vehicle to improve education,” said Mark West, Section for Teacher Development and Education Policies at UNESCO and one of the authors of the report. On the occasion of the annual World Book and Copyright Day (23 April), UNESCO issued a call to rally around books and all those who write and produce books. Above, students read at a primary school in Morocco. World Bank/Dana Smillie read more

Emiliano Sala tragedy Two people appear in court over mortuary photo of

Christopher Ashford, 62, of Calne, was summonsed in relation to six counts of computer misuse.The pair are accused of illegally accessing CCTV at Bournemouth Mortuary and replaying a post-mortem of the Cardiff City striker – and Dorset grandfather Andrew Latchford.Ashford is said to have watched Emiliano Sala’s post-mortem six times over a 48 hour period.Bray is accused of watching the post-mortem live on February 7 and distributing an image of Sala from the investigation.Prosecutors allege she perverted the course of justice by deleting pictures of the football player from her phone and instructing Ashford to “delete the pics”. Show more “We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority,” said Detective Inspector Simon Huxter at the time. “As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our inquiries we have today, Wednesday June 19 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.”He is assisting with our inquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.” Voice messages of the Argentinian football player were also released after his death, revealing that he was reluctant to join Cardiff City but felt pressured by his agent at the time.  “Why was it so hard for them to find something safe?” he said. “Why couldn’t they?”“They left him alone. They left him alone like a dog. They abandoned him.” The revelations caused the ethics of sports agents to be called into question, with claims that Sala felt “abandoned” by those who were supposed to be looking out for his welfare. His father, Horacio Sala, passed away from a heart attack just three months after his son was killed with his final thoughts on the tragedy captured in a BBC documentary. Show more Two people have appeared in court following an investigation into a mortuary photograph of footballer Emiliano Sala.Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when a plane carrying him crashed into the English Channel, north of Guernsey on January 21.His body was recovered on February 6 after an extensive search, but pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not yet been located.Last month, Wiltshire Police said two people had been summonsed to court after an image emerged showing the striker’s remains.Sherry Bray, 48, of Corsham, was summonsed for three counts of computer misuse, perverting the course of justice and sending an indecent/offensive message. It’s just the latest in a series of tragic developments surrounding the untimely death of the star striker.Last month, a 64-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by Dorset Police in connection with the doomed flight.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Hassan Moustafa about France 2017 Exceptional attendance – 540000 tickets sold

← Previous Story Thierry Omeyer with fifth gold: Enjoy this moment! Next Story → PHOTO OF FRANCE 2017: Family – The best of Handball On Sunday 29 January at the 25th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship the closing press conference in the AccorHotels Arena France 2017 brought the event ceremonially to a close ahead of the final between France and Norway at 17:30.IHF President Dr. Hassan Moustafa positively looked back at the event and spoke of the “excellent organisation of the event in terms of the organising committee and their work with the French federation and the volunteers; we couldn’t have organised such an event without these extremely professional volunteers.” The level of attendance and exposure of handball in the media were two areas, which President Dr. Hassan Moustafa emphasised particularly positively: “Normally at a World Championship the games of the host country are always the ties which are sold out. However, here we had exceptional attendance at a huge amount of games – it was truly a phenomenal event. Seeing handball on the front page of newspapers here in France is almost like a form of revolution.”Joël Delplanque, President of France Handball Federation and President of the Organising Committee echoed President Moustafa’s enthusiasm stating “this event was a form of handball celebration and this way most evident in the fantastic games in Lille.” Looking ahead President Delplanque spoke of how he viewed the event as a huge learning experience, which will help shape the future of French handball. He predicted 2017 and 2018 to be monumental years for handball in France with “increased numbers of attendance at handball games,” alongside the goal of bringing the amount of registered handball players in France to 600,000.  “France has become the place for handball events and its reputation will only be further solidified when we host the Women’s EHF EURO 2018,” concluded Delplanque.Managing director of the Organising Committee, Edward Donnelly, closed the press conference by sharing some impressive statistics regarding the event in terms of media, attendance the online presence. “A total of 539,943 handball fans attended the France 2017 games that was a total of 23 sold-out games. On social media there was a strong following of 176 countries with the top three being France, Spain and the USA. In total, 465 million fans were reached through the various social media platforms since their launch. We have also had 20,000 accredited members of staff and members of the press, and we want to thank them all for making this event such a success.”PHOTO: JOZO CABRAJA read more

Ryanair donates to autism charity after boarding pass controversy

first_imgRYANAIR HAS MADE a donation to Irish Autism Action in support of their Tour De Force charity cycle, after two volunteers were charged €140 to print out their boarding passes in Dublin Airport.The two passengers, part of the group of 55 travelling to Croatia for the charity cycle, were forced to pay an extra €70 each after forgetting to print their passes.Yesterday, the airline told its Twitter followers, on its new account, that it had made a donation to support the cycle:A spokesperson for the airline would not disclose the amount of the donation but told TheJournal.ie that the airline regrets that “these two passengers had to pay our boarding card reissue fee”.However they said that the passengers did agree to check in online when they originally booked and “also received three emails reminding them of the need to print off their boarding card before departing for the airport”.Read: Ryanair promises to refund Dr Sattar for Leicester flight fees>Read: Ryanair hits back at survey that says it has the worst customer service>last_img read more

SUSI set up special unit to urgently reassess 65 students

first_imgUpdated 11.28amSUSI HAS ASSIGNED a dedicated unit to handle postgraduate students who must have their grant applications reassessed or else face the possibility of the authority ‘recovering’ the funds.However, just six of the 65 who received a letter have reapplied.The remainder were sent another letter from the grant authority on Friday to ask them again if they wanted to be reassessed.These reassessments are being given top priority within the existing SUSI team.The students involved received a letter earlier this month inviting them to be reassessed as dependent students.The letter stated that if the student don’t do this, SUSI “will have to implement a recovery process in order to recoup the cost of fees from you that were paid to your institution in respect of the 2012/13 academic year.”The error arose from students applying and being classed as “independent”, where the income of the applicant and their spouses’/cohabitants’ are assessed, when they should have applied and been assessed as “dependent”, where the income of parents or guardians is taken into account.Background: SUSI may ‘seek to recover’ 65 postgraduate grants > Read: SUSI restores grant funding for 39 dental nursing and hygiene students >last_img read more

Bottrop toping in inter schools athletics

first_imgBy Sulayman BahBottrop is on the brink of usurping holders Gambia Senior Secondary School in the senior category of the on-going inter-Schools championship.Provisional results show Bottrop topping the chart amassing two hundred and twenty-eight points as we went to press yesterday.Champions Gambia Senior Secondary School had been sitting second in the senior category but slipped little further after Essau closed in on them garnering one hundred and seventy-six points with Maahad Senior collecting one hundred and thirty-six points (136).Day Two of the event shows Muslim pocket one hundred fourteen (114) points and Bansang at ninety-five (95).Nusrat Senior Secondary School who’d been at eighth on Day One with a mere twenty-nine points moved up on seventy-one, above Miingdaw who were on fifty-three (53) points.In the Upper Basic School category Latrikunda Sabiji who’d led on opening day maintain their lead scoring one hundred and seventy-eight points on Day Two with Barra Essau sitting second on one hundred and nine (109) points and Kabafita third on one hundred and twenty-two (122).Brikama Upper Basic sat at fourth with provisional results pegging them at 109 points above Kabafita at fifth on 122.Greater Banjul secured fifty-one points with Pakalinding sixth on 47 and Kitty seventh on 31 points.There were twelve events left in the senior and 10 in the Upper Basic categories as we went to press yesterday.last_img read more

Norwegian outfit signs Gambian youngster

first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambian prospect Jibril Bojang is on the path to playing professional football this year after inking a contract with Start of the Norwegian Premier League.Start are languishing at bottom of the 16-team championship with their striking force on a torturous run of profligacy on goal, a glaring testament of the side’s shocking standing in the league.And looking to refresh a department that promised much at start of the season and yet delivered little, the club stepped in to recruit Jibril Bojang to help ease off the scoring worries dogging the team.The 21-year-old who impressed the club on trial prior to putting pen-to-paper on a two-year contract will add dimension to the squad with his speed and power.‘I’m big and strong and have good speed and can challenge well,’ the erstwhile Valarenga youth playmaker says in the aftermath of his unveiling.‘Now I’m finally in the right place (at Start). Steinar seems like a very good coach and I’ve heard many good things about him from my buddy Ohi Omoijuanfo,’ he says on what convinced him to ink the 2-year contract.Born in Norway but ardent on switching his commitment to Gambia, Bojang can play a striker at right wing and midfield.His recruitment it is being hoped helps wriggle Start out of the dungeon they found themselves in to avoid demotion.last_img read more

Flow Customers Get Anytime Anywhere Access To The Worlds Best Football League

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, August 14, 2017 – Miami, FL – The Premier League – the world’s most popular and most watched football league – will once again dominate screens across the Caribbean, as diehard football fans get ready for another season of exclusive, must-watch live action kicking off on August 11.Recognizing that for many sports fans in the Caribbean, “football is life,” Flow is giving customers the ultimate viewing experience with access to ten (10) action-packed live Premier League games every single week when they sign up for the Flow Sports Pack – meaning they can always follow their team.   This special package also gives Flow customers exclusive access to hours of nail-biting live coverage and commentary, as well as rare behind-the-scenes footage.   Customers who sign up for the Flow Sports Pack will also enjoy exclusive Premier League content that’s only available on the Flow Sports Premier network; riveting goal-by-goal coverage on Flow Sports Goal Rush; and fan favourites like the official club channels for Chelsea and Manchester United.   Basically, with the Flow Sports Pack, customers will never have to worry about missing out on the action.What’s more, with the Flow Sports App customers can take the game with them wherever they go and watch the matches live on any device, literally putting the best football league in the world right in the palm of their hands.“It’s set to be another exciting football season and we’re proud to again give our customers exclusive access to every single Premier League match, which they can watch anytime and anywhere,” said Garry Sinclair, Flow’s President, Caribbean. “Can Chelsea do it again?  Will Arsenal or Liverpool be resurgent, or will Mourinho and Guardiola bring the trophy back to Manchester?   Whoever our customers support, with the Flow Sports Pack they won’t miss a minute of the action.   To many of our customers football is life and, as the Home of Sports and Football in the Caribbean, we’re delighted to bring them every minute of the best football league in the world.”The 2017/2018 season kicks off on August 11 with Arsenal playing Leicester City, and Flow TV customers will benefit from an exclusive freeview of the Flow Sports pack for the first two weekends of the season (August 11 through August 21) to get a taste of all the action that the Flow Sports pack offers!Flow customers can head over to www.discoverflow.co/sportspack to signup for this exciting bundle today. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

NCAA hits Penn State with 60M fine sanctions

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA slammed Penn State with an unprecedented series of penalties Monday, including a $60 million fine and the loss of all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.Other sanctions include a four-year ban on bowl games, the loss of 20 scholarships per year over four years and five years’ probation. The NCAA also said that any current or incoming football players are free to immediately transfer and compete at another school.NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the staggering sanctions at a news conference in Indianapolis. Though the NCAA stopped short of imposing the “death penalty” — shutting down the Nittany Lions’ program completely — the punishment is still crippling for a team that is trying to start over with a new coach and a new outlook.Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty in June of sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on campus. An investigation commissioned by the school and released July 12 found that Paterno, who died in January, and several other top officials at Penn State stayed quiet for years about accusations against Sandusky.Emmert fast-tracked penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program. The money must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at Penn State.last_img read more

Middlesex Sheriffs Office Receives State Grant For Popular Youth Summer Camp

first_imgCHELMSFORD, MA — The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) will be able to expand its capacity by as many as 100 cadets this summer thanks to a $23,000 grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced on Wednesday.“Nearly 1,200 youngsters have applied to YPSA this year, and the continuing success of the camp comes from our terrific partnerships with our fellow law enforcement and government agencies,” said Sheriff Koutoujian. “Thanks to the Baker Administration and EOPSS, we will be able to hire two extra counselors and purchase the additional equipment necessary to accept 100 more cadets over the course of the summer. This grant will make a real difference in the lives of these youngsters who may not otherwise be able to attend YPSA.”This marks the second consecutive year the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) has been awarded the grant through the Commonwealth’s Law Enforcement and Youth Partnerships Summer Day Program. The initiative, administered by EOPSS, is designed to support summer recreational and educational learning opportunities with local law enforcement.“We are honored to partner with the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to allow more young people to take part in this valuable program,” said Secretary of Public Safety and Security Thomas Turco. “Creating strong, positive relationships between law enforcement and the community is a priority for us and one that is clearly shared by Sheriff Koutoujian and his team.”YPSA is a week-long camp designed for children ages 8-12 who live in Middlesex County. Cadets spend the week with MSO staff as well as police officers and firefighters from their hometown, forming important bonds with their local law enforcement officials. Cadets also participate in classroom and practical activities designed to teach them important public safety skills including a simulated fire safety trailer offered by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, a challenge course held at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica, and demonstrations offered by the MSO and partner agencies.The Academy is run at the MSO Training Academy in Chelmsford, with transportation, breakfast and lunch provided for each cadet. YPSA runs for six, one-week sessions each summer. Spots remain available for cadets in several communities including, but not limited to, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Cambridge, Hudson, Maynard, Natick, Newton, Waltham and Watertown. Families can register their children by going to https://www.middlesexsheriff.org/ypsa.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”51 Wilmington Students Graduate From Middlesex Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Government”Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Awarded State Grant To Help Support Youth Public Safety AcademyIn “Police Log”last_img read more

CES 2019 I just bent a smartphone in half without breaking it

first_img The idea of a bending, foldable smartphone display has been something the tech industry has been chasing for years, but none of the prototypes or wild concepts created in the pursuit of the flexible phone have made it to market.  At least not until now. Shortly after Samsung showed off its latest bendable display prototype, Royole revealed the FlexPai, telling CNET in November that it wasn’t a concept. It wasn’t a prototype. It was a real phone that was already for sale in China. Now, that same device is making the rounds at CES 2019 — and while it wasn’t the first time the bendable phone has graced the pages of CNET, it was the first time our most destructive prone editor got their hands on it. So, after years of resisting the urge to snap my favorite tablet in half just to see if I could make it bend, I finally lived the dream. I folded the FlexPai in half. Quickly. Violently. It was immensely satisfying — and when I was done, the tablet was perfectly fine.019-royole-flexpai-phone-ces-2019 Sarah Tew/CNET That, it seems, is half of the phone’s selling point. Yes, the FlexPai’s foldable display allows it to transform between phone and tablet form factors, but it also means that the device is less susceptible to screen damage. The flexible, plastic screen won’t crack or shatter in the way a glass display would, to the point that Royole calls it “virtually unbreakable.” That kind of durability is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, the phone experience isn’t.The Flexpai is technically an Android 9 device, but to make Google’s OS play nice with the phone’s unique display, Royole had bake in a some heavy tweaks. The resulting experience is called “Water OS,” named for the way icons seem to flow across the screen as it’s unfolded. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work — in practice, the phone often glitched out and changed apps as I unfolded it, the result of the screen reading my fingers on the opposite side of the fold as I bent the device. On the other hand, there’s a true delight in the FlexPai’s namesake feature. The plastic that encases the phone feels a little cheap, but the gimmick itself doesn’t. The bright AMOLED display looks stunning no matter which way you bend it. All told, the world’s first flexible phone is a very mixed experience. There’s a cathartic joy in being able to bend the device any which way, but it feels like an incomplete experience. It’s not a prototype, but it doesn’t feel like a device that’s fully ready for market, either. That’s probably why Royole is only releasing it internationally as a $1,318 developer kit — hoping to attract developers interested in what might be the future of flagship smartphones. Tags All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 See it Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET Every time I pick up a new smartphone, tablet or gadget, I suddenly develop a mild case of sadism. “I bet I could snap this thing in half,” I think to myself. I never do, but that overwhelming urge to bend expensive technology in on itself never goes away. At CES 2019, I finally encountered a gadget that could bend to my destructive will: The Royole FlexPai. The world’s first foldable phone. 85 Photos CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Google Samsung CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: $1,318 Royole FlexPai 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai Phones Tablets 3:00 Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Royole FlexPai, the world’s first foldable phone, bends…last_img read more

Former Fairbanks DA dies in motorcycle accident

first_imgFormer Fairbanks District Attorney Mike Gray was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Yukon Territory. A Yukon Coroner’s Office report said that the 64-year-old Gray was headed toward Teslin on the Alaska Highway on Sunday, when he lost control of his motorcycle on the gravel edge of the raid while traveling through a construction zone.Listen nowThe Coroner’s office said Gray had left Fairbanks the previous day, headed south to a family gathering in Montana.Gray, who began his law career in rural Virginia, most recently served as the district attorney for Bethel, and had spent the previous 20 years as a DA in Fairbanks and Kodiak.last_img

Kirwan Commission to Recommend Sweeping Changes

first_imgThe Kirwan Commission will soon recommend the most sweeping changes in Maryland public K-12 education in decades. The 24-member commission, created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2016 and chaired by former Maryland University System Chancellor Britt Kirwan, is in the midst of a four-city tour across Maryland, that included Baltimore, to talk about the future of public schools.Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) officials and community-based groups like Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, the Baltimore grassroots think tank, both know the stakes are high, especially for students of color and low income students in Baltimore’s underserved schools. But, both sides seem to have different outlooks on how to transform public education in Baltimore.“There are only a small number of public hearings happening throughout the state and this is the only one in the greater Baltimore area. It’s our city and we want to make sure people are informed and given the opportunity to help inform the Commissioners,” said Anne Fullerton, Executive Director of Communications at BCPS.BCPS needs the Kirwan Commission to recommend changes in the state’s educational funding formula to ensure city schools receives an additional $358 million. In a letter to parents, BCPS School Superintendent Sonya Santelises says the funding is needed to “ensure adequate education for Baltimore’s students.”Dayvon Love, director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle said those who know the real needs of Baltimore’s children are not represented at the table sharing solutions to the education gap that has persisted in Baltimore public schools and across the state.“There’s been a professionalization of the education sector where community folks and people who have non-traditional approaches to education that are community based are afterthoughts in terms of curriculum, setting up objectives and goals and policy,” Love told the AFRO.The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) has spent the past year in Annapolis hearing from leaders in the field of education on best practices across the nation and throughout the world. At the Commission’s most recent regular meeting in August Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) joined the Commission via SKYPE from Paris.That broad, global approach is also part of the problem in developing strategies that will impact change in the African American community, Love said.“Many of the organizations that are closest in proximity to community and many of the organizations that have been very successful in producing high quality students in public schools have been forced out of the process. For the past 20 – 25 years the current stakeholders have done little to move the needle for our children and in our communities in the field of education,” he said.Fullerton said BCPSS has cast a wide net to encourage all sectors of the City Schools family to connect with the Kirwan Commission and sit at the table in the conversation about the future of public education.“We have been communicating very broadly. We have been communicating with the whole city schools community, staff, family members, people who subscribe to receive news from us and partners with our schools over the years that include our community schools’ partners and our social media accounts. We’re attempting to make sure that all members of our community are included in the conversation,” she said.Delegate Adrienne Jones, the first African American speaker pro tem of the Maryland House of Delegates and member of the Legislative Black Caucus, implored African Americans to work with the Kirwan Commission at the remaining regional hearings in Baltimore Oct. 12 and Prince George’s County Oct. 25.  “We need to show up and make our voices heard if we want to see the approaches, programs and funding that will positively impact the educational trajectories of African American students for years to come,” said Jones, who is also on the commission.The Kirwan Commission will make final policy and funding recommendations to make Maryland’s K-12 public schools “a top performing system in the world” to the Maryland General Assembly Dec. 20.last_img read more

Stephen King wrote a tale of misery about Batman and Robin

first_imgBatman has had many great writers pen stories about him for decades, however, most of these authors have been comic book writers. It is rare when a novelist writes anything about a superhero, so when you hear that none other than Stephen King himself wrote a story about Batman and Robin, you take notice.A 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine featured a story by Stephen King called “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.” This tale, which was eventually included in a compilation book of other short stories, centers around a son and his father who has Alzheimer’s. Because of the disease, the man has a hard time remembering things. The one thing he does remember is the time he and his son dressed up like Batman and Robin for Halloween. The heart of the story is about what happens to them on that night.This story is the focus of NPR’s newest podcast, Too Hot for Radio. On the premiere episode, actor Stephen Lang narrates the story using his naturally gravely voice. The tale is bookended by host Aparna Nancherla interviewing Stephen King expert, Stu Tinker. You can listen to that episode down below.It may seem unusual for Stephen King to write a story about Batman, but the author has actually been a fan of The Caped Crusader his entire life. In an essay he wrote back in 1986, King describes why he prefers Batman over Superman. Like many, King relates to Batman more than the last son of Krypton because he is a regular human being. Sure, Batman is rich, physically perfect, and has a wide array of fancy gadgets, but he is still just a man. And of course, the fact that Batman is “sinister” is another aspect that appeals to the famous horror author.The story may not be about the actual Batman and Robin, but it is a heartfelt tale that — like Batman — most people will be able to relate to.last_img read more

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first_img The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | AAPM | July 29, 2019 VIDEO: Trends in Medical Physics at the AAPM 2019 meeting … read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Video Player is loading.Arthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEOS | EP LAB | JULY 26, 2019 VIDEO: What Electrophysiologists Need From CT Imaging Prior to AF and VT Ablations Mark Ibrahim, M.D., F read more News | February 21, 2011 Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg Announces Image Gently Campaign to ‘Child Size’ Doses for Children Video Player is loading.Mahadevappa Mahesh discusses trends in medical physics at the 2019 AAPM meetingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:01Loaded: 4.04%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Mark Ibrahim explains what EPs need from CT imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 5:23Loaded: 3.08%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -5:23 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more February 21, 2011 – Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) has partnered with the Image Gently Campaign to increase awareness of opportunities to lower radiation dose when imaging children. Image Gently is an initiative of the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging.”RAF radiologists and technologists have undergone additional training in ways to reduce radiation exposure, especially with CT scanning,” said Christopher M. Meyer, M.D., a radiologist partner of RAF who serves as medical director of radiology at Mary Washington Hospital and physician coordinator of the Image Gently Campaign. “We now have age and weight based CT protocols. This helps proportion the radiation dose when imaging children. These protocols are similar to those used at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and other leading children’s hospitals.”Prior to the weight-based protocols, RAF implemented several programs aimed at decreasing radiation dose. Before this campaign, the radiologic technologists would manually decrease the dose based on less precise methods that are still followed by most imaging facilities today. RAF’s process is now a structured and automated formula.All four outpatient imaging centers of Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg, as well as imaging facilities at Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital, are participating in the Image Gently Campaign. Whenever a child enters any of these facilities, there is a coordinated effort by staff to image the child in the safest way possible while still providing the highest quality diagnostic studies.”This commitment to radiation safety goes beyond CT and crosses all modalities, including Xray and fluoroscopy,” Meyer said. “We want to assure the community that when they choose facilities served by RAF, they will be imaged in the safest way possible. We will continue to incorporate new technologies and practices as they arise, so we can provide the highest quality and safest imaging possible.”For more information: www.imagingway.com/safety FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Video Player is loading.Pierre Qian explains radiotherapy to ablate VTPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:34Loaded: 2.19%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Obama US Latin America must strengthen economies

first_img The vital role family plays in society Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement After Obama met one-on-one Chinchilla, the first woman to head the Central American nation, the two leaders were serenaded by local schoolchildren waving U.S. and Costa Rican flags.Later Friday, Obama met with leaders of the regional Central American Integration system, chaired by Chinchilla. The network also includes Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. He’ll speak to business leaders in Costa Rica on Saturday before returning to Washington in the evening.Obama has also been pressed throughout his trip about the immigration debate raging on Capitol Hill. The president is largely supportive of the bipartisan bill, which would strengthen borders and provide a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million people already in the U.S. illegally.However, the draft legislation leaves out measures Obama has promoted on his own, including the recognition of gay and lesbian couples. Many Republicans are unlikely to support a bill that includes recognition of same-sex couples, raising the question of whether the president would fight for the provision if it meant losing out on a comprehensive bill.Obama tried to sidestep the issue Friday, saying that while he believes the provision is “the right thing to do,” it was premature for him to talk about what he’ll do before he sees a bill on his desk. “There’s a cost obviously in the United States as well,” Obama said during a joint news conference with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla. “It’s not as if we don’t have tragic drug problems in the United States.”The president singled out the violence that has raged in his hometown of Chicago, where the murder rate has soared, saying there are young people killed there “every day as part of the drug trade.”Obama’s visit is his first to Latin America since winning a second term, in part due to the overwhelming support he received from Hispanic American voters. His trip is being followed with great interest by Hispanics in the U.S. as well as in Mexico, Central America and further to the south.In both Mexico and Costa Rica, Obama cast economic growth as the best way to combat violence and keep drugs and organized crime from taking hold of another generation.“We have to make sure that everybody feels opportunity,” the president declared in Costa Rica. “Even in countries that are doing well, the scourge of drugs and drug trafficking will still be there. And there still needs to be a strong law enforcement component. But we can do better than we are currently doing. “ (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The president has a domestic political incentive for trying to change America’s perception of Mexico. As Washington debates the immigration overhaul, Obama is seeking to convince the public and lawmakers that Mexico no longer poses the illegal immigration threat it once did.___Associated Press writers Jim Kuhnhenn and Alberto Arce in San Jose, Costa Rica, and Mark Stevenson in Mexico City contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC However, Obama said earlier Friday in an interview with Spanish-language television network Univision that he would not sign a bill that does not include the pathway to citizenship.Before traveling to Costa Rica, Obama wrapped up his two-day trip to Mexico, his fourth visit to the country since becoming president. He eagerly promoted Mexico’s improving economy and its democracy, saying “a new Mexico is emerging.”“Mexico is also taking its rightful place in the world, on the world stage. Mexico is standing up for democracy not just here in Mexico but throughout the hemisphere,” Obama told a crowd of young people during a speech at Mexico City’s grand National Museum of Anthropology. “Mexico’s sharing expertise with neighbors across the Americas. When they face earthquakes or threats to their citizens or go to the polls to cast their votes, Mexico is there helping its neighbors.”Despite Obama’s rosy portrayal, Mexico’s high poverty rates have barely budged in recent years. Its economy grew by only about a 1 percent rate in the first three months of 2013 and is not creating anywhere near the 1 million jobs annually it needs to employ young Mexicans entering the workforce. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice The president had sounded a similar message earlier Friday in Mexico, which he touted as a nation ready to take “its rightful place in the world.” During a speech to students, he urged Mexico’s young people to help the region move beyond “old stereotypes” and highlighted developments in technology and manufacturing.While many people in Central America are also weary of the focus on the drug-fueled violence, it remains an undeniable part of daily life in many parts of the region. Costa Rica has fared better than many of its neighbors, but it worries about spillover from nearby countries. Honduras, for example, now has the highest homicide rate in the world, with about 7,200 people murdered last year in the tiny nation of 8 million people, most in drug-related crime.Obama acknowledged the role of U.S. demand for drugs and said his administration has spent $30 billion to reduce demand in recent years. But he acknowledged that the U.S. is a “big market” and that “progress is sometimes slower than we’d like it to be.”The president arrived in the capital of San Jose on a rainy afternoon but received a warm welcome from thousands of Costa Ricans who lined the road near the airport. Some waved American flags. Others held homemade signs, including one that said “Fired Up!” _ a reference to his campaign slogan _ in a much more demonstrative welcome than he had received in Mexico. SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) – President Barack Obama came to Latin America eager to move the region’s relationship with the U.S. beyond fighting drugs and organized crime, yet the pervasive problems still trailed him throughout his three-day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.In the Costa Rican capital Friday, Obama defended his administration’s efforts to stem U.S. demand for drugs that many regional leaders see as a driving factor in their security issues. He said the U.S. and Latin America share “common effects and common responsibilities” for the troubles and argued that his country has suffered from the drug epidemic as well.last_img read more

Girl on a mission – helping the growing Chinese community

first_imgBy Nathan MorleyA Chinese expat is helping fellow countrymen integrate into a new culture with her own Mandarin language web portal which specialises in all things Cyprus.Realising that relocating such a vast distance was a leap into the unknown for many new residents, its creator XiXi says her website is helping those who were unsure of what to expect.“I immediately discovered when I moved here a lack of information for Chinese about Cyprus,” she told the Sunday Mail. XiXi says expat life has so many complex facets, especially when the relocation is so far away from home.“So, I established the site as a platform for new Chinese immigrants investing on the island. The website is like an online Chinese community, where people talk to each other, help each other”.Since going online, the site – Home In Cyprus – has become an essential tool for the ever-growing Chinese community. Its mission is to help the Chinese diaspora get things done, offer advice, form friendships and enjoy life on the island. And, it seems visitors are embracing it and diving right in.“The topics Chinese are most interested in, is Cypriot policies and laws regarding investment, private schools and education system in Cyprus, various kinds of insurances – especially health insurance,” XiXi says.The China-Cyprus relationship has been expanding rapidly on a number of fronts. Last year, President Nicos Anastasidies said Chinese investors buying local property had contributed to the recovery of the beleaguered construction sector after the 2013 crisis.The countries are getting closer in other areas too. Just last week the second Cyprus Chinese Cultural Festival took place in Limassol which aimed at offering a role in promoting not only cultural exchanges but also economic and trade cooperation between Beijing and Nicosia.The second Cyprus Chinese Cultural Festival took place in Limassol last weekFigures show that the Paphos region has attracted the most buyers from China, as property developers in the region were the first to visit Beijing to attract customers after the bailout. The Chinese community have developed such an affection for the town, that last week dancers from north China’s Xi’an City flew in to perform during the 6th Chinese Cultural Night in front of Paphos Town Hall.Like similar portals for Russians and British expats, XiXi says new arrivals have many questions, like how to enrol at private schools, how to buy and use medical insurance, signing up for utilities and banks accounts, and the best routes and connections to and from the island.She says the thirst for information spawned a series of features and interviews about Chinese experiences in Cyprus, as the community shows an affinity for local life, culture and people.So, in response, XiXi has taken on the role of also reporting what’s happening here. Recent features include the Chinese taking part in Limassol carnival, the Chinese cultural festival in Limassol – and interviews, such the Cypriot practising traditional Chinese medicine and a Chinese language teacher in Cyprus.“Currently, over 3,000 investor families are interacting, communicating regularly about various topics via WeChat, more than 100,000 viewers read stories on Home in Cyprus’ different platforms,” she adds.Since opening six years ago, the site has published thousands of articles. With the help of Chinese embassy in Nicosia, issues like natural gas exploration, the new Limassol casino, economic issues, investment policy and tourist information have been covered in detail.“Working in media for 17 years helped me develop the expertise to establish a platform for real exchanges between Chinese who live here and Chinese who are interested in Cyprus, to deliver accurate information objectively and impartially,” she adds.The past few years have seen growth in trade, investment, education exchanges and plans for more tourism between the two countries.“We have interviewed officials from China and Cyprus, as commercial counsellor of the Chinese embassy in Cyprus, the mayors of Nicosia and Larnaca, CTO officials, and companies and entrepreneurs,” she said.“Although the number of members and fans is not large, we always concentrate on the accurate dissemination of news and information about Cyprus.” Home in Cyprus (www.hcyprus.com) publishes stories and information on WeChat (a Chinese combination version of whatsapp and facebook in addition to Weibo (a Chinese version of Twitter), and some popular news platforms and websites, such as toutiao.com.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more