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Film Review: Nerve

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016

The game of “Nerve” is absurd and preposterous, so it’s only fitting it exists in a film that’s just as absurd and preposterous. It’s an online version of truth or dare without the truth, so sayeth the game’s robotic host. You can sign up as a watcher or player, with the former instigating the dares and the latter partaking in them. Those who sign up as players have all of their sensitive information collected in order to give the watchers an idea of what they’re afraid of. This also serves as the moral of the story, that sharing sensitive information such as credit card info is dangerous in the world of hacking, phishing, and pharming. Said moral is told in silly fashion as it always is in these technological thrillers. What makes “Nerve” absurd isn’t its premise, but the implications surrounding it. We are to believe that the game resides in the dark web, where it has evaded the attention of both the government and the police. It is meant to be kept a secret, yet also lives and breathes on...

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Sports

Lammas Park scoops Junes Outstanding London Sports Venue Award

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016

MyLocalPitch’s ‘Outstanding London Sports Venue Award’ has been won by Will to Win Lammas Park in Ealing. Lammas Park scoops June’s ‘Outstanding London Sports Venue Award’ Outstanding London Sports Venue Award Will to Win was set up 20 years ago to improve sport facilities in public parks and they have been operating Lammas Park since 2000. ‘Sport For All’ is the company motto and this vision is achieved through getting more people into sports and keeping fit all year around by providing attractive, accessible and affordable facilities in public areas.This mantra has produced terrific results and only this month Lammas Park has officially opened three new floodlit astroturf football pitches which can also be used for tennis. Will to Win is having a positive impact as Sport England’s report into participation reports that 39.3% of Ealing locals engage in at least one session a week.The award, which is determined by MyLocalPitch users, was based on pitch quality, venue amenities and customer experience. MyLocalPitch is a platform for sports players who want to find and book sports venues in London. Users have...

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Politics

Mysterious Korean Word:

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017

Korean culture is more community focused, and this strong sense of collectivism is deeply permeated in the Korean language. If you study Korean, you will hear “ 우리_____” on a daily basis. Direct translation of “우리” is “we” or “our” in English. However, this is one of those Korean words you often do not want to translate literally. For example, what does “우리 아내” and “우리 남편” mean? Its direct translation would be “our wife” and “our husband” in English. Your response may be something like this: “Uh~, isn’t monogamy the legal practice in Korea?” You might find that these Korean expressions seem quiet strange to your ears. In many cases, you cannot directly translate the meaning of “우리” as “our” in English. “우리 아내” and “우리 남편” actually mean “my wife” and “my husband” in English. Why is this Korean word “우리” deeply permeated in the Korean language? Korean culture emphasizes the value of the group that a person belongs to, whether it is a person’s country, family, school, society, neighbor, hometown, etc. Koreans see these groups as a single...

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Technology

OKI website upgrade what we have done and the road ahead

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016

An organisation website is its main public image or at least this is what we believe in at Open Knowledge International. For a while now, our website has needed design attention and update of content. We have therefore decided to revamp our website and give it some new look and features. Our primary thinking behind our site is how to make the work and the people of Open Knowledge International more relatable. How can we take complex terms like open data and civic tech and make them something that anyone can relate to? Also, we wanted to see how the OKI team can use the website to connect and learn more about one another. Also, we wanted the site to reflect our how we are working towards our mission, to make “A world where knowledge create power to the many, not the few.” We highlighted our projects and how they strive towards that goal. Our work on the site is not done, and probably will always be a work in progress. We believe in “release fast, release often” approach, and hope that you...

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OKI website upgrade what we have done and the road ahead

OKI website upgrade what we have done and the road ahead

Aug 7, 2016

An organisation website is its main public image or at least this is what we believe in at Open Knowledge International. For a while now, our website has needed design attention and update of content. We have therefore decided to revamp our website and give it some new look and features. Our primary thinking behind our site is how to make the work and the people of Open Knowledge International more relatable. How can we take complex terms like open data and civic tech and make them something that anyone can relate to? Also, we wanted to see how the OKI team can use the website to connect and learn more about one another. Also, we wanted the site to reflect our how we are working towards our mission, to make “A world where knowledge create power to the many, not the few.” We highlighted our projects and how they strive towards that goal. Our work on the site is not done, and probably will always be a work in progress. We believe in “release fast, release often” approach, and hope that you can give us feedback about the website, as well as help us to find bugs (although we tried to catch them all in advance!). Like all of our work, you can get the source code for the website here, and use it for your work if you see something that you like. So what did we do? A new homepage – We believe that people are in the focus of our work and we tried to reflect it on our homepage. Here you can see highlights of our work, latest projects and navigate to sections that explain to you who we are and what we are doing.Project page – For the last two years, the OKI website didn’t have a project page. Since our projects are the core of our work, we added a project page where you can see all of our past project and all the projects that we are currently working on.Network Guidelines – We move our network guidelines from a google doc to the website so it will be easier to find them.New page templates – We gave our...

4 Prisoners Released Same Day US Sent $400 Million to Iran; Officials Deny Ransom Claims

4 Prisoners Released Same Day US Sent $400 Million to Iran; Officials Deny Ransom Claims

Aug 5, 2016

Watch Video The Obama administration secretly arranged a plane delivery of $400 million in cash on the same day Iran released four American prisoners and formally implemented the nuclear deal, US officials confirmed Wednesday. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 22, 2015. (Credit: FRED DEFOUR/AFP/Getty Images) President Barack Obama approved the $400 million transfer, which he had announced in January as part of the Iran nuclear deal. The money was flown into Iran on wooden pallets stacked with Swiss francs, euros and other currencies as the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement resolving claims at an international tribunal at The Hague over a failed arms deal under the time of the Shah. A fifth American man was released by Iran separately. Details of the cash delivery drew fresh condemnation of the Iran deal from Republicans. They charged that the administration had empowered a major sponsor of terrorism because the nuclear agreement enables Tehran to re-enter the international economy and gives it access long-frozen funds. In addition, they said the cash delivery amounted to a ransom payment that violates long-standing US practice not to pay for hostages. As such, they argued, it encourages Iran to hold onto its remaining Americans prisoners until they can get more money for them. “Paying ransom to kidnappers puts Americans even more at risk,” said Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. “While Americans were relieved by Iran’s overdue release of illegally imprisoned American hostages, the White House’s policy of appeasement has led Iran to illegally seize more American hostages, including Siamak Namazi, his father Baquer Namazi and Reza Shahini.” Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump jumped on the issue, seeking to change the subject after a punishing week of gaffes and reproaches from members of the GOP. “Iran was in big trouble, they had sanctions, they were dying, we took off the sanctions and made this horrible deal and now they’re a power,” Trump said Wednesday in Daytona, Florida. “We paid $400 million for the hostages,” Trump said. “Such a bad precedent was set by Obama. We have two more hostages there right? What’s are we going to pay for them? What we’re doing...

KaBOOM! $1 Million Play Everywhere Challenge

KaBOOM! $1 Million Play Everywhere Challenge

Aug 4, 2016

This article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your comments below….. Competition will fund play spaces in unexpected places in cities across America. Linking Families and Communities has been selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge. In July, Linking Families and Communities was selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. The Challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. Linking Families and Communities created an innovative plan to make the grassy area surrounding the bus stop at 9th Street and Central Avenue into a playscape for children and families that includes playable art, games and music. The Downtown Fort Dodge Playscape was selected as a finalist out of a pool of more than 1,000 applications nationwide. Winners will be announced in early fall, 2016. The Challenge, developed in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Target, Playworld, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts, attracted an outpouring of creative ideas to spark kids’ imaginations and get their bodies moving. Linking Families and Communities’ idea came from a passion for getting kids more involved in movement, music and art. “The playscape will be beautiful and useable, with everything meant to be touched and played on, from the art to the musical instruments and the large spheres. We want children, families and adults to use it, whether it’s while they wait for the bus, at an event, like Market on Central or are just walking through the downtown area. We want people to stop and play awhile. Children need to play; it is how they learn best and we want to encourage families to play together. Strong children and strong families equal strong communities” said Elizabeth Stanek, Executive Director of Linking Families and Communities. “We were astonished at the number and quality y of the applications we received,” said James Siegal, CEO of KaBOOM!. “To us,...

The Airport of Chios awaits its turn-

The Airport of Chios awaits its turn-

Aug 1, 2016

At Chios Airport We welcome the inauguration of Paros’ airport today by Greece’s prime minister despite the opposition’s silly media uploads and we invite PM Alexis Tsipras to give the go ahead here and now for the ailing Chios airport! A timely reminder by John Faraclas:  It is a must for the current government to proceed and finish a project which remains idle for nearly ten years due to the inability of local authorities, coupled with political confrontations – the usual dirty party politics and private  “vested” interests, which at the end of the day damage the well-being and progress of all Chiots! There is no excuse whatsoever to have Greece’s fifth largest island in a delicate and sensitive geopolitical position, without a proper airport which will serve better the islanders and the thousands of tourists who wish to visit the island of mastiha, of Homer and the famous Seafarers as well as the Island of the Masters of the Seven Seas. It is the duty of  the respective ministers of Shipping & the Aegean as well that of Tourism to end this mess immediately and proceed with the materialisation and completion of Chios’ enhanced airport – you dead well know what I mean. The opposition also must shut-up! We feel awful here in London for over four decades that there are no charter flights direct to Chios with the usual planes for 300 passengers – as per the norm. I don’t wish herein to mention anything for the procurement of turbo-prop planes. Let’s forget the past and see the now, here and now. A couple of days ago a new Association was formed to improve the cruise industry in Greece. Chios can become a hub port and attract mega cruise-ships, but you  need an airport capable for inbound and outbound passengers. Just think of the benefits! The advantages of an improved airport are incalculable! Finally, on a recent visit last year with a private plane, I was shocked to witness the working hours and shifts at Chios’ airport… Despicable… Of course the same applies to the majority of Greece’s airports and airfields stopping short the development of Air-Clubs. Private planes belonging to the...

Thyroid and Homeopathy

Thyroid and Homeopathy

Aug 1, 2016

The thyroid gland is located just near the voice box and is instrumental in synthesizing and releasing thyroid hormones. These thyroid hormones have an effect on practically every internal bodily activity. Abnormal thyroid conditions include hypothyroidism (an under active thyroid that produces inadequate hormones) and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid producing more hormones than are good for health). A third thyroid condition is the enlargement of the thyroid gland. An enlarged thyroid gland or hyperthyroidism is normally addressed by a total or a partial surgical excision or radioiodine therapy. This is mainly done to reduce the size of the gland to restrict over production of hormones. Hypothyroidism is dealt with hormonal replacement therapy that uses synthetically produced hormones or those derived from the thyroid tissue of pigs. Conventional treatment for both thyroid conditions is fraught with danger. Medical science is still not fully aware of all the cells and hormones that the body produces. Most of the times, modern medicine interferes, cuts off and destroys what it does not fully understand. This is the reason why abating the function of organs and glands should not be chosen as a primary treatment, especially when alternative therapies like homeopathy have effective remedies. The homeopathic materia medica contains nearly fifty time-tested and clinically proven remedies for thyroid problems. A ten minute visit to a conventional physician is more than enough to get a prescription of the latest drug. More often than not the physician has been briefed by a marketing representative of the manufacturer. Homeopathy, if practiced properly, involves hours of patient study and full case analysis that involves the study of personality, symptoms and behavior patterns. The homeopathic approach to the treatment of various thyroid conditions is to restore thyroid health by supporting the body’s own ability to handle disease. Moreover, homeopathic treatment is based on an individual’s constitution and offers better chances of a permanent cure. For this purpose a homeopathic physician will cross check the type of personality of the patient and study symptoms of thyroid problems deeply. Training in homeopathic medicine is enough to tell that personality types that care more for others are more susceptible to hypothyroidism. Based on these, the homeopathic physician tries...

Doering speaks: Prudent use of antibiotics in animal production

Doering speaks: Prudent use of antibiotics in animal production

Aug 1, 2016

Ron Doering, the first president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, writes for Food in Canada that while the medical community recognizes that the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in humans is a potential disaster for humanity, and that it is the overuse of antimicrobials in human medicine that is the largest contributor, there is still a broad consensus that the use of antibiotics in animals may contribute to the problem, though the degree is still unclear. The scale of the AMR crisis was dramatically demonstrated recently with the release on May 19, 2016 of a landmark re- port to the U.K. government that reckons that drug-proof bugs already kill 700,000 people a year and warns that that number is likely to rise to at least 10 million by 2050. I wrote a series of articles for this magazine in 2013 and in the spring of 2014 discussing various reports that attempted to assess the extent to which antibiotics in animals contributed to the crisis and I identified a number of regulatory changes to mitigate the problem that were necessary and long overdue.  At spring the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), the trade association representing Canadian veterinary drug manufacturers, and Health Canada (HC) announced their intention to work together to develop a policy on prudent use of antibiotics. They promised (1) the removal of growth promotion and/or production claims of medically important antimicrobial (MIA) drugs and (2) to develop options to strengthen veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use in food animals. At the same time producer organizations were developing strategies to promote more prudent on-farm use, and veterinary groups undertook to develop new policies and procedures. So, after all the promises, undertakings and commitments, how are we doing? I’m delighted to report: pretty well. In March 2015 the Harper government announced the Federal Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use, committing to move expeditiously on several regulatory reforms. I’m told that notices in Canada Gazette I are imminent and that these will bring in regulatory amendments that will remove growth promotion claims for all MIAs. Moreover, all MIAs used in feed and water would come under prescription drug status, bringing them under the oversight of veterinarians....