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SMS Turns 20, Marches Towards Irrelevance

first_imgThis week, the old standby for mobile communication, the text message, turned 20 years old. The very first SMS (which stands for Short Message Service) was sent from Neil Papworth of Sema Group from his computer to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone in the United Kingdom. It ready, simply, “Merry Christmas.”A merry Christmas it must have been. That text message was the harbinger of a revolution in communication that has redefined how people talk to each other. The old telecommunications standby, the phone call, has decreased in relevance since the rise of SMS and most young people these days prefer the text over a call. SMS was instrumental in the popularization of the Internet-based pidgin language as people across the world replaced numbers for words and truncated whole sentences to fit into 160-character messages. Love it or hate it, but the pervasiveness of SMS has forever ingrained “LOL,” “OMG” and “4ever” into the English lexicon.Yet, the question for SMS on its birthday week is simple: how long will it remain a relevant communications platform?A Little Gray Hair, But Still Going StrongAccording to research from Simmons National Consumer Study from Experian Marketing Services, 48% of adults aged 18-24 say that text messaging is just as meaningful as a phone call. The same study shows that 59% of cellphone-using adults text during any given week. The same study shows that 95% of people use cellphones to talk in a week. Only 8% of adults use their cellphones to instant message or chat.  Those numbers tell us that the text message is not on the verge of collapse, but the elements that will lead to its demise are certainly available, and growing. Text messaging is not going to “die” any time soon, like so many other woebegone technologies of yore. The SMS will live on people’s smartphones for years, perhaps decades, in one shape or another. But the services that will replace it are already on users cellphones and will continue to grow in importance. Smartphones Offer Texting AlternativesThe harbinger of the fall of the text is the smartphone. The following notion cannot be overstated: Smartphones are the equivalent of powerful computers that go wherever we do. As such, almost anything that can be done on a computer can now be done on a smartphone or a tablet. That means popular chat and instant messaging services that were once the domain of the PC are now available to anybody with a smartphone and a data connection.Almost all of the major smartphone operating systems now have their own proprietary messaging services. For Android, that means Google Talk (also referred to as GChat, but Google does not actually call it that). For Apple’s iOS that means iMessage. Microsoft has its Windows Live Messenger. Research In Motion has BlackBerry Messenger (BBM). These services are used by hundreds of millions of people across the globe. Several of these services integrate texting into a unified messaging system, such as the message service in Windows Phone 8 as well as iMessage. Outside of platform-specific messaging systems, services like Skype or Facebook Messenger can work across any mobile device that has the app installed. In addition, there are many different enterprise-grade communication services from the likes of Citrix, Cisco and Fuze (among many others). Many of these also offer traditional unified communications (UC) features like voice and video calling, tele-presence and chat-based messaging.Then there are cross-platform apps that can be used by any smartphone. One of the biggest is called WhatsApp, a popular service that offers cross-platform messaging on any device that has a data plan (see WhatsApp Denies Facebook Deal Rumor – But It Still Makes Sense). Pinger is a similar cross-messaging service. There are also apps that mimic old push-to-talk (PTT) walkie-talkie like services, such as Voxer, an app that allows you to leave a text or voice message to another user. The fact of the matter is that traditional phone services like the call or the text are beginning to be pushed to the wayside as telephones become more like computers. That does not necessarily mean that texting is doomed, but it decreases its relevance and may eventually push it to the margin of mobile communications.Facebook’s Big Messenger PlayOn Tuesday, Facebook announced an interesting move that could end up being a significant blow to the future of texting. The social network released a new Messenger app for Android that allows people to use Facebook’s communication service without a Facebook account. All you need to do is download the Facebook Messenger app on Android, enter your phone number, and begin texting all of your mobile contacts. The new Messenger for Android will be able to communicate with any of your contacts, start group chats and share pictures. Eventually, Facebook Messenger will come to feature (non-smart) phones as well. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Facebook has 604 million monthly active mobile users as of Sept. 30, 2012. As we noted yesterday, the social network may have saturated its mobile user base in the United States, but it believes that it can still make a huge impact in the rest of the world, especially growing countries like India and in the Middle East. The release of Messenger without a Facebook account will go to India first before heading to other locations.Marginalization Is InevitableIn the end, texting may prove to be one of those types of technologies that never fully dies. As its name implies, it is fairly simple and works wherever there is a cellular connection around the world. As such, it has all the ingredients to be a backbone of communications infrastructure for a long time. In addition, companies like Twilio or Media Friends (through its HeyWire service) make SMS capabilities available to a plethora of businesses and apps that might require that type of communication capabilities.In the long run though, texting is going to be replaced by the data plan on your smartphone. Oh, there will probably always be an SMS icon somewhere on your phone, but in the years and decades to come, it will become a relic of a bygone era, a reminder of the technology that helped spur this Mobile Revolution and change the very nature of communication. But, as your smartphone becomes more like your computer and the proliferation of data services like “4G” LTE become ubiquitous, the texting will become a marginal feature. That is not a sad fate for SMS, but a byproduct of innovation and evolution. Lead image courtesy Shutterstock. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Communications#Facebook The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Punjab Opposition targets Congress

first_imgIn the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, the politics surrounding allegations of embezzlement of crores of rupees recovered by the Punjab police from a Christian priest and his associates has gained impetus with the Opposition parties alleging that it has been done in connivance with the ruling Congress and that the money could be used to influence voters.A day after the police ordered an inquiry into the allegations levelled by Anthony Madassery, a priest at a church in Jalandhar’s Partappura village, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal have expressed concern over the allegations against the police and demanded an independent probe.Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema said given the fact that the allegation of embezzlement has been levelled against the police, the State government should immediately hand over the investigation to the Central Bureau of Investigation.CBI probe sought“How can we expect a fair probe by the police against its own personnel? The probe should be handed over to the CBI. With Lok Sabha election round the corner, we fear that this embezzled amount could be used to influence voters,” Mr. Cheema said.The Khanna police had last week said it had seized ₹9.66 crore in “black money” from six persons, including the priest, during checking of vehicles at a checkpoint on G.T. Road at Doraha. However, the next day the priest accused the police of showing only ₹9.66 crore, instead of the ₹16.65 crore seized, and claimed the cash was accounted for.Meanwhile, SAD has urged the Chief Election Commissioner to order an independent probe into the misappropriation, alleging that “it seemed to have happened with the connivance of the Congress and could be used to influence voters”.CEC action soughtSenior SAD leader and former Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the party has submitted a memorandum to the Punjab CEO Karuna Raju, urging that the matter be forwarded to the CEC for action. “Father Anthony Madassery’s statement that ₹16.32 crore was seized by the Khanna police but only ₹9.66 crore was shown as recovery has raised serious questions over the functioning of the police. We have reasons to believe that the remaining amount has been misappropriated at the instance of the ruling Congress party and would be used to influence voters,” said Mr. Cheema.last_img read more

Players boycotting social media over racism receive abuse

first_imgLATEST STORIES There was silence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from many players from 0800 GMT Friday for 24 hours.“Yesterday, some members received racist abuse on their #Enough posts. When these incidents were reported, the response from social networks was — again — unacceptable,” the PFA said in a statement. “In the coming days, we will be inviting players to report any racist abuse they have received to us. We will collate it and share it with social platforms to demonstrate the impact of their lack of action.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We will be requesting meetings with each of the social platforms as a matter of priority,” the PFA said. “Meetings with the Football Association and government are planned for next month. This is a first step in a larger player-led campaign to tackle racism and demand meaningful change.”The boycott was advocated by Tottenham defender Danny Rose, who was targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro last month, and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, who called for more stringent regulation of posts on social media. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Johnriel Casimero stops Mexican foe to win WBO interim belt Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Social media companies did not appear to respond on their networks to the players’ concerns despite widespread coverage and support from FIFA for the boycott.Twitter did not respond to an email from The Associated Press requesting comment and Facebook, which also owns Instagram, provided a statement that did not directly address the players’ concerns.“We will remove hate speech or credible threats of any kind, and we encourage anyone who sees content they find offensive to report it so we can remove anything that breaks our community standards,” Facebook said by email. “We have developed a range of tools that allow users to moderate and filter the content that people put on their pages including; hiding or deleting comments, blocking certain words, turning on a profanity filter, and banning people.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham’s Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MANCHESTER, England — Some soccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse for posting about the 24-hour campaign.Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers’ Association, which coordinated the “Enough” campaign to demand a crackdown on racism by the platforms.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Flame-out Jets Bring Back Coach Ryan

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. – John Idzik handed the game ball to a teary Rex Ryan as the New York Jets players cheered wildly.Then, the general manager shouted above them, making a declaration that said it all for the franchise.“This is our coach!” Idzik yelled. “This is our coach!”That was the raucous scene moments after the Jets ended their season Dec. 29 with a 20-7 win over the Miami Dolphins — and owner Woody Johnson announced that Ryan would return as coach.As the players cleared out their lockers Dec. 30 at the team’s facility and headed into the offseason, they were feeling pretty good about their future despite an 8-8 season and a third straight year of missing the playoffs.“Obviously, as a team you want to peak at the end of the season,” wide receiver David Nelson said. “You want to play your best ball at the end of the season and right now we’re doing that. It’s just unfortunate that we weren’t able to make the playoffs because, the way we’re playing right now, I feel like we could run the table.”The Jets won three of their last four games to finish at .500 and perhaps save Ryan’s job. Ryan was retained as coach after a few months of speculation that he could be done after five seasons.“When we found out, it was pure joy in the locker room,” quarterback Geno Smith said. “We were all happy for him and also selfishly, I’m happy to have my coach back because we really enjoy playing for him and we just look forward to the future here.”Now, the Jets will focus on that future, with several issues to consider, including whether Smith is their starting quarterback.“I’ve got plenty of room to improve,” he said. “I’m going to use this offseason to be extremely critical of myself and find every single way to get better.”He was forced into action when he won the training camp competition by default when Mark Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the third preseason game. The second-round pick was up and down all season, looking at times like a bona fide playmaker with four winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven games. But at many others, Smith was a mistake-prone turnover machine.Ryan benched him at halftime of a brutal showing against Miami on Dec. 1, a move that could prove to be a turning point in the young quarterback’s development.“I think it just lit a fire in me and just gave me that competitive edge that was always there, but maybe needed to be pulled to the forefront,” Smith said. “It just allowed me to see things from a better perspective and ultimately it was the right decision.”In his final four games, Smith threw for 790 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions with three victories. He finished with just 12 touchdown throws and 21 interceptions, but the last quarter of the season has some thinking the Jets have their franchise quarterback in place.“I think this team believes in Geno,” Nelson said, “and the way he’s played the last few weeks speaks for itself.”Added receiver Josh Cribbs: “He’s been improving all year. He’s been making rookie mistakes, but he’s been making errors that you expect a new quarterback to make in this league. I think that he will only get better.”Smith acknowledged that it’s “extremely important” to know that he’ll have the same coaches and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s system in place as he heads into his second season. He also knows he has come a long way from his draft-day disappointment when he slipped from the top 10 to the second round.“It couldn’t (have) happened in a better way,” Smith said. “Not only did it give me that fuel that I needed to go out and to be that hard working guy every single day, but I landed in a great spot, with a great team, great organization and I have a bright future here.”Idzik and Ryan will have plenty of other decisions to make, including the likely moves to part ways with quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes to save money on the salary cap. There are also several potential key free agents, including right tackle Austin Howard, right guard Willie Colon and kicker Nick Folk.The Jets will also look to build on the momentum that capped a season that they’re far from satisfied with despite grim preseason expectations.“Obviously, finishing with two (straight) wins, which is something we weren’t able to do all year, was a good sign,” center Nick Mangold said. “It’s unfortunate, you hate to miss the playoffs. That’s obviously one of the big downsides. But I love how this team kept fighting, stuck together.“It makes you excited to get the offseason going, get back in here and get back to work.”(Dennis Waszak, Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready for ex-teammates media gauntlet: An easy ride?

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer ready for ex-teammates media gauntlet: An easy ride?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to run a gauntlet of former teammates in the media.Ex-United stars attacked Jose Mourinho over his negative tactics, his public rows with Paul Pogba and other first-team stars.Solskjaer said: “I won’t get an easy ride. Do you think Gary Neville will ever give anyone an easy ride?“I sat next to Gary for 11 years in the dressing room and he is different class. He is paid to be a pundit now and I think he is fantastic at his job. Gary is unbelievable.“But he has been a manager as well. He was caretaker manager at Valencia, so he knows what position I’m in. He’s been a player, he’s been a manager, and now he’s a great pundit.“There’s also Scholsey, Rio, Keano. They all have strong opinions and are entitled to those opinions. But they know me as a person. They know how I work and how the club works, so they understand the decisions I will make. They understand that results don’t just come with a flick of my fingers.“But for me this job is about getting better performances and getting the team to improve. If the performances improve then the results will come. If not….then we’ll see.“Results have been mixed this season, but the Premier League has changed. When I played here we maybe had one challenger in Arsenal for a period and then Chelsea. Now there are five or six teams challenging, so it is a completely different competition.“I never thought I would be manager here so I’m just going to enjoy these five months and do the best I can. It’s about getting the fans smiling.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jordin Sparks To Perform At Boys Girls Clubs Of America National Keystone

first_imgMore than 1,800 teens will descend on Atlanta March 21-24 for Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 46th National Keystone Conference, sponsored by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens.The annual conference is one of the largest, most established youth leadership conferences in the country, and the most anticipated among Boys & Girls Club teens.Themed “ATL—All Teens Lead,” the National Keystone Conference will take place as teen leadership is needed now more than ever in the U.S. Statistics show that more than 1 in 4 students fails to graduate from high school each year; 1 in 3 kids is overweight or obese; and the teen unemployment rate is at a record high. To address these and other challenges, Keystone Conference participants will discuss solutions and develop action plans for addressing the most pressing issues facing youth in their local Clubs and communities.During the action-packed conference, teens will hear from a wide array of motivational speakers and entertainers, including musical performances by recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks; hip hop recording artist B.o.B; and pop group OMG Girlz. Motivational sessions will feature rap and hip hop pioneers Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Doug. E. Fresh and DJ Spinderella of Salt-n-Pepa; professional skateboarder Preston Pollard; and WWE wrestler and actress Eve Torres.Teens will also volunteer throughout metro Atlanta; participate in interactive workshops on everything from bullying prevention, financial literacy and college preparedness to robotics, golf and movie making; and make time for fun through various social activities.“Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes a critical step to ensuring success for teens is to actively engage them and empower them to lead through initiatives like the Keystone Conference,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are excited to partner with the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens on another memorable learning and motivational experience for Boys & Girls Club teens.”“The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens has supported the National Keystone Conference for more than 15 years, and we are proud of the positive impact this event has had on so many young lives,” said Regina Borda, managing director, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. “It is our hope that by providing experiences like these, we can inspire and enable more teens across the country to achieve Mas, starting with high school graduation.”For more information about the National Keystone Conference, or to request press credentials, email Jetaun Adkins at jadkins@bgca.org or Kinetra Joseph at kjoseph@bgca.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Community garden in Winnipeg seeds hope and nurtures tradition

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsAccess to fresh gardens is not always possible for people living in urban settings, and access to traditional agricultural knowledge is sometimes even harder to come by.That’s what one community garden near downtown Winnipeg is trying to change.Despite it’s location on a busy street corner in the city’s West Broadway area, many fail to notice the garden amongst the gravel parking lots and apartment buildings.It might not look like much but beneath the leafy green lined pathway lies thousands of years of ancestral growing practices – and a variety of vegetables ripe for the picking.Audrey Logan built the urban garden from the ground up in 2014.“We don’t have to water much; we don’t have to feed much. We just guide it along and enjoy,” Logan told APTN News.The garden started out as nothing more than a patch of cement.In the past five years it has flourished into a greenspace rich with food and teachings.Logan practices regenerative agriculture, a form of growing which emphasizes recycling and composting.She said it’s all about putting in what you take out.“We give back in the fall a lot of leaf material that we bring in…then the worms eat during the winter and spring. They create soil with their waste and they help permeate any kind of clay materials,” Logan explained.“It’s just such a more natural way.”These practices are traditional to Indigenous communities.According to Logan, when colonization occurred Europeans brought over invasive styles of growing such as digging, stirring and overturning soil.Logan said these ways fail to protect Mother Earth.“I’m not going to slice her open, expose her to the sun, sterilize her and not cover her for winter,” she said.“When you look at it as a living entity…then you need to treat it as such.”Logan spent her life learning the different ways of gardening and farming.It started out with her time as a child in the welfare system when she lived with non-Indigenous farmers.Then it provided a sense of survival when she was on the streets as a teen.“When you’re a homeless kid on the street what are you going to do? You can’t go to the store and steal. I didn’t have that kind of temperament,” said Logan.Logan would go door-to-door and offer her services to people in her area. She would tend to their gardens and would accept food or money in return.Logan now shares her knowledge with others during weekly drop-in classes at the West Broadway Community Organization, where the garden is located.Jozef DeBeer started attending them three years ago.He said the traditional way of working with nature makes gardening more enjoyable.“I do think it is slowly growing and people are talking about it and there are more and more yards popping up.”DeBeer has since taken the practices he’s learned and started his own garden at home.It has connected him to something bigger – a community who delights in learning more and doing more.Logan has regulars, like DeBeer, who help tend to the garden.She hopes the teachings help reclaim the position of Indigenous people as agricultural people.“To help people learn a bit more about the Indigenous cultural aspect of our food has been for me very important because we need to reclaim that,” she said.Drop in classes run Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Appoints Lalla Joumala Alaoui Ambassador to the United

New York – King Mohammed VI appointed on Saturday in Laayoune, Shrifa Lalla Joumala Alaoui, Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States. She will replace Rachad Bouhlal, who held this position since December 6, 2011. During the Council of Ministers he chaired on Saturday, King Mohammed VI appointed 66 new Ambassadors to several foreign capitals. Though the names of the Ambassadors have not been disclosed as ff yet, a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation confirmed to the Morocco World News the appointment of Lalla Joumala. Before her appointment as Morocco’s Ambassador to Washington D.C., Lalla Joumala held the position of the Kingdom’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom since January 2009.   In April of last year, she was granted, in London, the prestigious 2015 “Diplomat Magazine” Award for her outstanding contribution to diplomacy.The prize was awarded to the Moroccan Ambassador in recognition of “her outstanding efforts to reinforce diplomatic action.”Lalla Joumala is King Mohammed VI’s cousin. She is the daughter of the late Princess Lalla Fatim Zahra, the eldest daughter the late King Mohammed V and aunt of King Mohammed VI. read more

Norma Kamali Donna Karan to be honoured by CFDA

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 17, 2016 10:08 am MDT Last Updated Mar 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Norma Kamali, Donna Karan to be honoured by CFDA NEW YORK, N.Y. – A slate of familiar names has been announced as nominees for the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.In the womenswear category, the nominated designers are all past winners. They are: Joseph Altuzarra for Altuzarra, Marc Jacobs, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Proenza Schouler, Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy for Rodarte, and Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row.In menswear, the nominated designers are Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne for Public School, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone, Tim Coppens, Thom Browne and Todd Snyder.The ceremony will take place June 6 in New York. Designer Norma Kamali will be given a lifetime achievement award, and Donna Karan will receive a Founder’s Award.But what is likely the most anticipated moment of the night will feature an as yet unnamed guest. The Fashion Icon award — which has recently gone to Pharrell Williams and to Rihanna — has not yet been announced. read more

Bus and coach registration data

DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Low demand in 2009 drags bus and coach registrations down• Big buses fall 40% at three months to February 2010 on year earlier.• Big coach registrations up 22%; but industry wary on early revival.• Big bus demand to remain very weak in 2010.“Demand for buses and coaches has remained low for many months and this shows in February’s registration data,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “We don’t expect to see a sustainable recovery in registration data for many months.  This means durable growth in business investment and confidence is vital to protect the sector.  The government’s 2010 Budget needs to deliver clear, supportive and dependable policies, including better access to business credit to encourage a recovery in demand for buses and coaches.” read more

Region Struggles Remain with Panthers Photo Gallery

Pinnacle hosted Valley on Friday in Price. The Buffalos got off to a hot start and led 10-1 after three innings. The two teams traded runs down the stretch and Valley left with a 13-4 win.Benjamin Scott led the Panther offense by going 3-3 with a double, two runs and one RBI. Christian McLean came in the game and settled things down on the mound by going three and two third innings, striking out eight and giving up three runs. However, the damage had already been done and the Panthers lost their seventh contest in a row.Pinnacle (3-10, 0-7 Region 19) will remain at home on Wednesday when it plays Panguitch (6-7, 3-3 Region 19). Photos by Jeff Barrett

Project aims for chance to help area youth succeed

Jonathan Nelson, Youth University intern and fourth-year Concurrent Education student, promotes the Youth University project outside the Computer Commons.Youth University at Brock is asking how can we build a better future for Niagara’s youth.The group’s Our Future Project is one possible answer to this question. It is a community development initiative aimed at building self-esteem, developing life and learning skills, and connecting personal interests with career and educational goals among Niagara’s most vulnerable middle-school children.“We’re looking to partner with parts of the region with limited access to services in order to connect kids with university student mentors and instructors who can act as positive role models,” said Kate Cassidy, director, Youth University. “We want to help them see why they’re great, motivate them to stay in school and help them to dream big about their futures.”Programs funded by the Our Future Project include:personalized and long-term interventions like in-school science and technology outreach to low-income schoolscareer exploration and educational planning with university student mentorsin-school tutoring and after-school programming to develop social skills“This initiative has the potential to impact more than 3,000 youth in Niagara and in order to make it happen we’re looking at all of our funding options,” Cassidy said. “Which is why we’ve submitted our idea to the Aviva Community Fund competition where we have the opportunity to win $76,000 to give this project a much-needed boost.”The Aviva Community Fund contest is a voter-based competition that is now in round three of voting. Youth University hopes to generate enough votes for the Our Future Project to reach the top 10 in their category and move on to the semi-final round. Voting for round three ends Nov. 26 and registered voters can vote once a day between now and then.University graduates can earn up to $1.3 million more over a lifetime than someone who has not gone beyond high school. Education level is also linked to steady work, community involvement and overall health.About 55 per cent of Niagara’s population has a high school diploma or less, and only about 10 per cent possess a university degree. Research shows that students begin to set their educational and career paths as sixth grade, and kids who do not have significant role models in their lives who have attended a post-secondary institution are less likely to continue on a path to post-secondary education themselves. read more

Carol Merriam appointed Dean of Brocks Faculty of Humanities

Brock University today announced that Carol Merriam will become the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.Merriam has been serving as Interim Dean of the Faculty since March 2015. She will continue that appointment until June 30, and then on July 1 begin a five-year term as Dean of Humanities.“I am delighted that Dr. Carol Merriam will be transitioning from Interim Dean to Dean, it has been a pleasure working with her over this past year” said Neil McCartney, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, who made the announcement.Brock’s Faculty of Humanities is a great community of scholars, teachers, and learners with an exciting future ahead. I’m proud to be a part of it.A Professor of Latin language and literature with a research focus on Augustan poetry, Merriam is also an experienced academic administrator, having served as Brock’s Associate Dean of Humanities from 2011-15 and Chair of the Department of Classics from 2004-07.Merriam, who joined Brock as a part-time instructor in 1994, is herself a graduate of Queen’s University (BA Honours and MA) and Ohio State University (PhD).“I have really enjoyed the year I have spent as Interim Dean of Humanities, and am honoured to have been selected for the permanent position,” said Merriam. “Brock’s Faculty of Humanities is a great community of scholars, teachers, and learners with an exciting future ahead. I’m proud to be a part of it.”In her eventful past year as Interim Dean of Humanities, Merriam was responsible for overseeing the completion and opening of the new Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in downtown St. Catharines. That $45-million project was a huge milestone for the University, representing not just Canada’s most modern centre of excellence for arts education, but an unprecedented off-campus collaboration between Brock and its host communities.Humanities is one of the largest of Brock’s seven academic Faculties, encompassing eight different departments and five centres of research and study. Looking into the future, Merriam acknowledged the recruitment issues facing all universities because of shrinking demographics, and particularly challenges for the Humanities.“But Brock has a lot to offer,” she said, “and this is especially true in Humanities. It is an exciting time to be telling that story, and helping all of our units forward to live up to their full potential.” read more

Mystery diner stuns restaurant with massive tip on £79 bill

first_img 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. A mystery diner at an Indian restaurant in Northern Ireland left staff gobsmacked when he left a huge tip as a reward for “excellent food”.Stunned staff at the Indian Tree restaurant in Portadown were left a £1,000 tip on top of a bill for just £79, according to the Portadown Times.Chef Babu (Shabbir Satter) cooked the food for the family of five, with owner of the business Luna Ekush praising his “hard work”.“It is a very simple thing to express gratitude, but this has had such a big impact. We are still in shock,” she explained, the BBC reports. “All the staff working that night will split the money as the customer said it was for everyone. I don’t think anyone at the restaurant has ever received such a massive tip, I definitely have not.“I want to thank Babu for his hard work; all credit for the food must go to him.”She added the mystery man was a regular at the restaurant, but would be keeping his identity a secret. Last year, this diner left a hateful note for a shocked waitress instead of a tip.   While this woman battling cancer was stunned by a diner’s amazing act of kindness. last_img read more

Obscure clip reveals the secret disco life of Darth Vader and C3PO

first_imgStar Wars fans, if you can handle a WTF moment of epic proportions, then I beg you – watch this clip. It is disco Star Wars. And no, I’m not talking about a cleverly edited fan video from 2011. No, this is an actual clip from the disco era, apparently from some obscure French TV show in the late 70’s or early 80’s.But its being a vintage Star Wars disco video hardly begins to describe what we have here. It’s the approach they took to disco Star Wars. You won’t see any Luke, Leia, Han, or R2D2 here. No, this disco simply has Darth Vader and C-3PO… getting down. We have disco line force-pushes (including some previously unknown force coming from C3P0, mind you). We even have ballet moves on top of skyscrapers. Wait, what?? Hey, why not? This is unintentional Star Wars comedy at its finest!The only question that is left, then, is whether George Lucas can work this into his next remake of the original trilogy. Hey, if you can add a musical number into Jabba’s Palace, why not throw in a funky disco video on Tatooine? It could be justified as Darth Vader’s way of blowing off steam with his childhood droid.via Topless Robot and Neatoramalast_img read more

Starbucks introduces 1 reusable cup that pays for itself

first_imgStarbucks’ cups are easy to recycle, but you have to choose to dispose of them in such a way as they don’t just become trash. When you consider there’s over 20,000 Starbucks locations around the world, you can see how those used cups soon add up to a lot of waste.To combat this production of waste and the growing concerns over it, Starbucks has decided to introduce a cheap reusable cup in the US and Canada. The plastic cup looks very similar to the disposable ones we’re all used to, except it costs $1 to purchase. That would put a lot of coffee drinkers off buying it, but Starbucks has added an incentive that may see them fly off the shelves.While the reusable cup may cost a dollar, every time you use it Starbucks knocks a dime off the price of your coffee. So after 10 uses the cup has paid for itself and you can continue to save money on the cost of your coffees after that. As the cup is made of plastic, it’s unlikely to fall apart anytime soon.Starbucks says testing the new cups in 600 stores last year saw reuse increase by 26 percent. And if the money saving aspect of the cup isn’t enough to win you over, Starbucks also promises to rinse each cup with boiling water when you get a refill–so you don’t even need to worry about keeping it clean.If you like your coffees big (any Trenta drinkers out there?) then the reusable cup probably isn’t for you–it holds either a tall or grande measure. But if you do decide to purchase one, the biggest problem you’ll probably face is remembering to take it with you.via Pressconnectslast_img read more

Rise in number of migrants crossing the Aegean

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Migrant reception centres on Greek Islands are facing increased pressure, as the number of refugees crossing the Aegean sea by boat is on the rise.According to the Greek authorities, 1,092 people had arrived to Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros since 28 August. As the Ministry of Migration pointed out, during the weekend alone, 576 migrants arrived on Greek shores from Turkey, most of them landing on Lesvos, 29 on Chios and 159 on Samos. This surge increased the migrant population at Lesvos island’s hotspot to 3,7878, even though it has a capacity for 2,300 people. Lesvos is not the only East Aegean Island under stress by the wave of migration. Samos is also overcrowded; its hotspot was designed to host 700 people instead of the 2,369 who are stranded there for months. What’s more concerning is that boats have also arrived to other islands, which lack the appropriate designed spaces for the identification and temporary lodgement of them. But even in islands with adequate infrastructure, overcrowding often results to tensions, mostly between groups of refugees of different ethnicities. This occured last weekend in Samos, where a clash between Syrian and Iraqi migrants led to five of them being hospitalised with knife wounds, Kathimerini reports. Despite these events, the Greek authorities stress out that there is no cause of particular concern, as this increase in arrivals is similar to what happened during the same period last year. What is concerning though, is the fact that there seems to be a freeze in the implementation of the Turkey – EU agreement signed in March 2016, which sees the return of migrant populations to Turkey. This has not happened for the last two months.last_img read more

Mexican footballer was stuck in Venezuela for 75 days

first_imgEx-Pumas Alfonso Nieto couldn’t leave the South American country because there was no paper to print out his son’s passportFor Mexican footballer Alfonso Nieto, the chance to play football outside his country was a dream come true.He was called to play with Carabobo in Venezuela’s Primera Division.Nieto started this adventure in January but was let go by the club in May.That’s where the nightmare started.The Mexican athlete had a newborn baby and couldn’t print his passport to leave the country.The South American country has a shortage of basic materials, and paper is one of them.Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“For two months I lived like a Venezuelan, like one of my brothers who helped me in that country,” he told Diario Excelsior in Mexico.75 days after his first try, he was able to get help and get out of the country and is now in Mexico with his whole family waiting for a new chance with football.“It was months, weeks, waiting for a solution.”“At the end, we went to live in Caracas to try to solve this as soon as possible,” he added.3 Meses mi Mati hermoso!! TE AMO ? Nunca caminaras solo hijo! ??? #GraciasDios pic.twitter.com/YqtFXythhs— Alfonso Nieto (@aNieto_23) August 14, 2018last_img read more

5000 Role Models Project welcomes radio host Rickey Smiley

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A surprise guest shared his experiences in show business at a 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project event in Northwest Miami-Dade.Radio host and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley stepped out of his radio booth and into William H. Turner Technical Arts Senior High School, Friday afternoon.Smiley shared his experiences with entertainment and offered some words of wisdom to the students.“If you need help, if you need advice, talk to somebody,” he said. “You don’t have to go through stuff by yourself. I know it’s hard, but you can make it.”He also urged the students to stay on track toward college and a career.Smiley has hosted 99JAMZ’s “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” for more than 25 years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more