first_imgLongshore leader Ken Riley, Jaribu Hill at Southern Human Rights conference.WW photo: Monica MooreheadCharleston, S.C. — People from the West Coast and across the country traveled to Charleston, S.C., to attend the ninth biannual Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference (SHROC) on Dec. 7-9. The conference was held in a hall belonging to Local 1422 of the International Longshoremen’s Association, which represents thousands of dock workers on the East Coast.It is also home to most of the Charleston Five longshore workers — members of ILA Local 1422, four African-American and one white — who were arrested in January 2000 on trumped-up charges stemming from a protest over union busting. Due to tremendous mass solidarity with these workers in the U.S. and worldwide, the charges were finally dropped in November 2001.SHROC, first inaugurated in 1996, has been held in various Southern cities such as Oxford and Jackson, Miss.; Miami; Atlanta; Memphis; Houston; Durham, N.C.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Charleston. An estimated 300 conference participants traveled from these cities as well as from Chicago; Greenville, Miss.; New Orleans; San Antonio, Texas; Boston; New York; Jersey City, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; and Columbia and Greenville, S.C.While a great number of the participants were of African descent, there were also whites, Latinos/as, Indigenous and Palestinian activists. Two of the activists represented the inspiring Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.With the theme “Forging the Path to Victory — Solidarity Across the Global South,” the main goals of the conference included bringing together activists to discuss social issues and develop strategies for building a movement for human rights in the Deep South; strengthening labor, youth, civil rights and anti-war organizations; and deepening global outreach and unity with the exploited and downtrodden.Whether it’s catfish workers in Mississippi, immigrant domestic workers in Miami, environmental justice activists fighting pollution in North Carolina, low-wage workers fighting for dignity, or youth fighting police terror, SHROC helped to give voice to these important struggles and many more locally, statewide and around the world.The conference was dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin, the Black youth murdered Feb. 26 by a racist vigilante in Florida; Samuel Hammond Jr., Henry Ezekial Smith and Delane Herman Middleton, Black students killed by racist police in 1968 during a desegregation struggle at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.; and the late Septima Clark, a long-time civil rights activist born in Charleston.‘Changing what’s possible at MUSC’A major issue dominating the three-day conference was the struggle of predominantly African-American medical assistants at the Medical University of South Carolina. Some 54 of these medical workers have been illegally dismissed for filing justified grievances against this private medical college’s intolerable working conditions, low pay and racist attitudes on the part of management.A number of these assistants, demanding nurse’s training, attended the conference to share their stories. SHROC organizers called a direct action in front of MUSC on Dec. 8. A picket line of about 200 activists chanted for a couple of hours, while some of the impacted medical workers stood across the street cheering them on.The main theme of the protest was “Changing what’s possible at MUSC.” Along with “No justice, no peace” and “Ain’t no power like the power of the people cause the power of the people don’t stop” was “Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, workers are on the move.”This struggle was likened to the historic 1969 hospital workers’ strike against MUSC led by the 1199 union in Charleston. The strike, which lasted 113 days, was initiated by hospital aides, who won an increase in pay and better grievance procedures. The gains were short-lived, however, due to South Carolina being, then and now, a state that adheres to right-to-work-for-less laws that undermine union organizing, including the right to collective bargaining, which also affects the MUSC 54.Leaders of ILA 1422 are participating in current mediation talks with the MUSC administration on behalf of the 54.The opening of the conference included round-table strategic discussions on the criminalization of youth of color by the police and society in general; winning rights for excluded workers; and the continued building of the Southern Workers Assembly, which held its first meeting in early September in Charlotte, N.C., following the March on Wall Street South.Plenary sessions, which were all connected to building a strong, united Southern human rights movement, focused on views about the 2012 presidential elections; present struggles being waged in South Carolina and other parts of the region; U.S. slavery built on theft of Native lands in the U.S. and the relationship to the worldwide capitalist market today; the global supply chain as key to human rights empowerment; and the lessons and victories for local and regional mass campaigns.Topics during concurrent breakout sessions centered on combatting discrimination; seizing the airways and building community FM radio stations; waging war on prisons for profits; exposing U.S. policies on immigration and building solidarity; women’s rights are human rights; tactics for achieving racial justice; moving forward with a Southern Regional People’s Assembly; and organizing a U.S. Labor Party.Solidarity messages were presented throughout the conference by Clarence Thomas, International Longshore Workers Union Local 10; William Camacaro, Venezuelan Circle in New York; General Consul Jorge Veloz, Venezuela; Sarah White, Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights; and Monica Moorehead, Workers World Party.SHROC solidarity with longshore workersAnother major highlight of the conference was the keynote address given by Kenneth Riley, president of ILA Local 1422. Riley, also the first African-American president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, was introduced by his brother, Leonard Riley, also a leader of this struggle-oriented local, which is well-known and respected in the Charleston community.Ken Riley spoke of the need for unity and solidarity among all workers, organized and unorganized, throughout the South and the world. The ILA is currently in contract negotiations with shipping bosses over the epidemic of outsourcing dock worker jobs. If a decent contract is not reached by the extended deadline of Dec. 30, there is a real possibility of an East Coast longshore strike that will impact shipping from Maine to Texas.A resolution in solidarity with longshore workers was adopted at SHROC that reads in part: “The negotiations between the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) representing longshore workers on East and Gulf Coasts and U.S. Maritime Alliance representing the employers of the shipping industry which is due to expire on Dec. 30, 2012, have reached a critical juncture.“As the economic crisis has left millions of U.S. workers unemployed, employers are proposing technological changes at a pace that will increase the unemployment and deepen economic and social crisis for working people.”“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference stands in solidarity with the ILA in its negotiations for a fair contract for its more than 14,000 members representing thousands more families and communities who will be affected by the contract.“That SHROC will build solidarity committees and actions especially in the East and Gulf Coast cities where the 14 main ports are located;“That SHROC calls on unions, worker and community and faith-based organizations to pass resolutions in support of the ILA in its efforts to gain a fair contract;“That SHROC calls on all unions, worker and community and faith-based organizations and supporters to send emails to U.S. Maritime Alliance Chairman and CEO James A. Capo, [email protected], calling on them to negotiate in good faith and to protect jobs for working people. Send copies of emails to James A. Capo to SHROC at [email protected]”SHROC founder Jaribu Hill told Workers World, when asked about the significance of this conference: “In 2008, during the SHROC IX, we celebrated the election of the first African-American president. At SHROC X, we came together to strategize to make uncompromising demands on behalf of the 99%. We will tell President Obama that we will not remain silent to allow his or any other administration to ignore our just cries for real equality and inclusion. We can and we must stand in solidarity with dock workers, hospital workers, catfish workers, formerly incarcerated workers and Walmart workers from here to Bangladesh. The struggle will and must continue.”For more information, go to ­southernhumanrights.org. 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first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Last year turned out to be a good year for U.S. homeowners with mortgages. A new study by CoreLogic found that roughly 63 percent of all homeowners saw their equity increase by a total of $783 billion in 2016. That’s an increase of almost 12 percent. Average home equity rose by $13,700.Moreover, more than 1 million borrowers moved out of negative equity during 2016, CoreLogic reported. That brings the percentage of mortgaged homeowners with positive equity to 94 percent, or approximately 48 million homes.The national aggregate value of negative equity was approximately $283 billion at the end of Q4, down by approximately $700 million, or 0.3 percent, from Q3; and down about $26 billion, or 8.4 percent, from $308.9 billion in Q4 2015.There were 3.17 million of mortgaged residential properties with negative equity in Q4, about 6 percent of all homes with a mortgage. This, according to CoreLogic, is a decrease from 3.23 million homes in Q3. It’s also a 25 percent drop from a year earlier, when there were 4.23 million homes in negative equity.“About one-fourth of all outstanding mortgages have a term of 20 years or less, which amortize more quickly than 30-year loans and contribute to faster equity accumulation,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic.Texas and Hawaii had the highest percentages of homes with positive equity, both over 98 percent. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington all had equity rates at 98 percent. Washington had an average equity increase of $31,000; Delaware experienced a small decline.Citywise, the San Francisco area had the highest percentage of mortgaged properties in a positive equity position at 99.4 percent. Houston and Denver tied for second place, each with 98.5 percent of homes in positive equity. Los Angeles had 97 percent and Boston 95.3 percent of homes in the black.Nevada had the highest percentage of homes with negative equity at 13.6 percent, followed by Florida and Illinois, which each had rates over 11 percent. Rhode Island and Arizona followed closely, with about 10 percent of homes in the red. These top five states, CoreLogic reported, account for 30 percent of negative equity in the U.S., but only 16.3 percent of outstanding mortgages.Miami, at 16 percent negative equity, had the highest percentage of underwater mortgaged properties last year. Las Vegas followed with 15.5 percent, and Chicago was the only other city with double-digit negative equity, 12.6 percent. Washington, D.C., with 8.4 percent, and New York, with 5 percent, rounded out the top five negative-equity metros.“Home equity gains were strongest in faster-appreciating and higher-priced home markets,” said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “The states with the largest home-price appreciation last year were Washington and Oregon, at 10.2 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, with average homeowner equity gains of $31,000 and $27,000, respectively. This is double the pace for the U.S. as a whole.”And while statewide home-price appreciation was slower in California at 5.8 percent, Martell said, the high price of housing there led to California homeowners gaining an average of $26,000 in home equity wealth last year. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago CoreLogic Frank Martell Homeowners 2017-03-09 Scott Morgan The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Homeowners Regained Equity in 2016 Previous: The Road Ahead Next: Home Sales Increase as Buyers Avoid Rising Rents Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Home / Featured / Homeowners Regained Equity in 2016 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Related Articles Tagged with: CoreLogic Frank Martell Homeowners The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago March 9, 2017 1,036 Views About Author: Scott Morgan Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Featured Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Wellington Police are currently seeking information regarding a recent rash of break-ins or attempted break-ins at several Wellington businesses.Monday morning, Wellington officers were called to Rohrer Customs, located at 803 North H, after employees discovered damage to the front door.  Later that morning, WPD Officers were called to Arrowhead Animal Clinic, located at 1122 North Day after employees discovered a window screen damaged.  Employees at both businesses suspect someone was trying to break in.    Tuesday morning, Wellington officers were called to Theurer Auction & Realty, located at 1101 East 16th Street after employees discovered six laptop computers and several digital cameras missing.  Employees left the business on Monday evening around 5:30 p.m. and upon returning to work this morning discovered the property missing.  Thieves appeared to gain entry through an east side window. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 226 weeks ago I really wish our justice system would just start taking off one finger per conviction. There is NO excuse to steal what others have worked hard for. Put half the effort you did into breaking into businesses into getting a job and saving money. Wait, that would be work. Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 226 weeks ago Bring back the stocks where people are locked in with their heads and hands at the town square so people can see their punishment! I’d throw a tomato at them! lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 226 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Should you have any information about these crimes, please contact the Wellington Police Department at 620-326-3331 or Wellington/Sumner County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (620) 326-3135.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgKENNER, La. (AP) — The mayor of a New Orleans suburb banned the city’s parks and recreation department from purchasing Nike products, days after the athletic apparel maker released a controversial ad supporting former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.The memo by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn to the parks and recreation director says Nike products cannot be purchased for use at the city’s recreation facilities. It also requires the director to approve all athletic purchases by booster clubs …last_img read more

first_imgSpend the vast majority of your time prospecting. If you want—or need—faster sales results, the first thing you need to do is spend most of your time prospecting. Nothing produces more opportunities than time spent trying to produce more opportunities. You can make 1,000 calls over the next year, or you can make 1,000 calls over the next ten days.Trade face-to-face meetings for phone calls and phone calls for email. You can get more done in a face-to-face meeting than you can over the telephone. You can get more done over the phone than you can over an email (or 100 emails). You can take time trying to connect and going back and forth electronically, or you can get face-to-face and get things done now.Target and nurture your dream clients. You can call on everyone in your territory, searching for someone receptive enough to meet with you. Or you can carefully and meticulously choose a set of targets for whom you can create massive value. You can nurture those dream clients with value creating ideas, establishing yourself as a great potential partner now. Targeting and nurturing  is faster than sporadic, aimless prospecting.Spend more time with your dream clients. The more time you spend on site with your dream client contacts and all of their stakeholders, the faster you will develop the relationships you need. Spending more time with your prospective clients also speeds up their development of a preference for you as a partner. You can try to develop relationships without putting in the time, or you can show up.Sell your process and the commitments you need. Your buyer believes they have a process for buying. But following their process doesn’t take into account all the commitments they will need to make for you to do your best work in helping them. You can follow their process and end up with a loss or a no-decision, or you can sell your process and the commitments you need.Fast is slow. Slow is fast. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president READ: Nadal wins US Open for 16th major titleThe triumph moved Nadal three shy of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 19 Slam singles titles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe US Open was the final Slam at which Toni, Nadal’s long-time coach and inspiration, will join him, instead of taking a role directing Nadal’s youth academy.In his victory speech, Nadal reflected on what Toni has meant to his life in building the grit to overcome numerous knee injuries. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nadal wins US Open for 16th major title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his winning trophy after defeating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during their 2017 US Open Men’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 10, 2017. Nadal raced to a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 rout of South African giant Kevin Anderson. AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNEW YORK — Rafael Nadal reflected on his roots as a child prodigy from the island of Mallorca and on the influence of his uncle Toni on Sunday after winning the US Open title.The 31-year-old Spaniard defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 for his third US Open title and his 16th career Grand Slam crown after having taken a 10th French Open trophy in June at Roland Garros.ADVERTISEMENT It has been a long journey for Nadal to his latest Grand Slam glory.Nadal won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and was facing such foes on the global circuit as Anderson.At 17, Nadal won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open in his debut, the first of nine Grand Slam titles in 10 years he would claim on the red clay of Roland Garros, cementing a legacy as the greatest player ever seen on the surface.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal, the sixth left-hander to win a US Open title, added another crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2013, again downing Djokovic in the final.Knee injuries took a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him.center_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “It’s not one lesson. Diary is in the head from 3 years old,” Nadal said.“Probably without him I’ll never be playing tennis. I’m thankful I had somebody like him pushing me all the time.“Because he gave me motivation I could get through all the problems I had in my career. I can only thank him for making me stronger.”When Nadal reclaimed the world number one ranking last month, it was the first since in more than three years he had topped the list.And when Federer lost in the US Open quarter-finals to Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal was ensured of keeping the top spot.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  But Nadal roared into the Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June, setting the stage for his title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.last_img read more

first_imgOregon's fans celebrate during the Pac-12 title game against Arizona.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 05: Oregon Ducks fans celebrate an impending victory against the Arizona Wildcats during the PAC-12 Championships at Levi’s Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)For some Oregon fans, last week’s loss in the College Football Playoff National Championship hurt a bit more than it did for others. One Ducks supporter, who made a bet on the game with his buddy, had to endure physical pain as a result of the Buckeyes’ victory.The fan in question, who made it clear that he still supports Oregon, was forced to get a huge Ohio State tattoo on his thigh. His friend posted a photo of the new ink, and he himself posted a sad face emoji.LADIES AND GENTLEMAN. HERE IS THE TATTOO. A man of his word @Debellonia88 pic.twitter.com/HWUah8BL5D— H (@Hlee3D) January 21, 2015— Sun Duck (@Debellonia88) January 21, 2015If the two schools ever meet in the playoff again, you can guarantee this guy will be looking to double down on his wager.[Deadspin]last_img read more

first_imgLONDON – Retired German tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his unpaid role as a sports attache for Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in Britain.The three-time Wimbledon champion took up the attache role in April. His lawyers claimed in Britain’s High Court late Thursday that this protects him from ongoing bankruptcy actions.Becker says his role as Central African Republic attache to the European Union on sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs means he is covered by a 1961 convention on diplomatic relations.Legal expert Mark Stephens told The Associated Press that in his view Becker’s claim is valid, but he urged Central African Republic to take steps to prevent the apparent abuse of diplomatic immunity.“Central African Republic should be asked to revoke his immunity for this particular case because it relates to his personal activities and predates his appointment and in no way relates to his diplomatic function,” Stephens said. “That would let the court case proceed.”The 50-year-old Becker, who lives in Britain, was declared bankrupt in June 2017. He is selling some of his memorabilia including Wimbledon trophies in an effort to reduce his debts.The former world No. 1 has criticized the bankruptcy proceedings as “unjustified and unjust,” saying he had been pushed into an unnecessary declaration of bankruptcy by “a bunch of anonymous and unaccountable bankers and bureaucrats” trying to damage him.“I have now asserted diplomatic immunity as I am in fact bound to do, in order to bring this farce to an end, so that I can start to rebuild my life,” Becker said.Becker was named to the volunteer sports attache role on April 26, more than nine months after his bankruptcy declaration.Central African Republic President Faustin Touadera said at the time he was “extremely pleased that a world star like Boris Becker, with his extensive international relations, has agreed to support our country.”Becker said then that he hoped to help improve living conditions in Central African Republic. A press release indicated he would have an office at the country’s embassy in Brussels.Since the appointment, Becker’s Twitter feed has shown no signs of promoting anything in Central African Republic. It was also not immediately clear whether Becker has ever visited the African nation.The landlocked Central African Republic is one of the world’s most impoverished countries, destabilized by deadly sectarian violence since 2013 with thousands of people of killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.The news of Becker’s claim of immunity was met with confusion Friday in the country’s capital, Bangui, where several people said they didn’t even know who Becker was.A spokesman for the presidency said it was up to Becker to be responsible for his own actions.“We’re not responding to something that has nothing to do with us,” spokesman Albert Yaloke Mokpeme said.But a member of the country’s Olympic committee, Cecile Kolingba, said “trying to brandish this diplomatic cover to escape justice, I find that dishonest.”Attacks by armed groups surged again last year in parts of the country of 4.5 million people, sending thousands of people fleeing from their homes. The unrest has created more than a half a million refugees, according to the United Nations.___Marboua reported from Bangui, Central African Republic. Cara Anna in Johannesburg contributed.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Willow Moon Internal Arts held their practice outside on the corner of 100th and 100th to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day this past Saturday.The practice demonstrated numerous forms including 24 form, 13 postures Saber, 48 form, Water Style and Five Elements Qigong. The practice featured over twenty students of a variety of levels and ages.Annually World Tai Chi and Qigong Day takes place on the last Saturday of April and has been held since 1999. This year marks the 13th year that Willow Moon Internal Arts has taken part in the annual event. This year, hundreds of cities in over 70 countries took part in the event to promote and demonstrate the pure beauty and stunning nature of Tai Chi and Qigong. The event began in New Zealand and wrapped up in Hawaii compliments of the numerous time zones.Additionally, the 2017/2018 season marks the 40th anniversary of Willow Moon Internal Arts and the continuous practice of Tai Chi and Qigong in Fort St John.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech major Microsoft has successfully developed an end-to-end automated DNA storage device that can translate digital information into DNA and back to bits, the company said in a blog post. The fully automated system to store and retrieve data in manufactured DNA is a key step in moving the technology out of the research lab and into commercial datacenters. The novel system, developed in partnership with University of Washington, translated “HELLO” into DNA and converted it back to digital data in just 21 hours, reported the paper published in Nature Scientific Reports journal. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Our ultimate goal is to put a system into production that, to the end user, looks very much like any other cloud storage service — bits are sent to a datacenter and stored there and then they just appear when the customer wants them,” Karin Strauss, principal researcher at Microsoft, wrote in the post on Thursday. “To do that, we needed to prove that this is practical from an automation perspective,” Strauss added. The system has so far stored one gigabyte of data in DNA, which includes cat photographs, great literary works, pop videos as well as archival recordings in DNA, which could be retrieved without errors, the researchers said. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India The automated DNA data storage system uses software that converts the ones and zeros of digital data into the As, Ts, Cs and Gs that make up the building blocks of DNA. Then it uses cheap lab equipments to flow the necessary liquids and chemicals into a synthesiser that builds manufactured snippets of DNA and to push them into a storage vessel. When the system needs to retrieve the information, it adds other chemicals to properly prepare the DNA and uses microfluidic pumps to push the liquids into other parts of the system that “read” the DNA sequences and convert it back to information that a computer can understand. Information is stored in synthetic DNA molecules created in a lab, not DNA from humans or other living things, and can be encrypted before it is sent to the system. Further, the team also developed techniques to search for and retrieve only images that contain an apple or a green bicycle — using the molecules themselves and without having to convert the files back into a digital format. “We are definitely seeing a new kind of computer system being born here where you are using molecules to store data and electronics for control and processing. Putting them together holds some really interesting possibilities for the future,” said Luis Ceze, Professor at the varsity.last_img read more