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New behavioural change app being developed

first_imgThe School of Nations has partnered with one of the latest technology companies in Canada to finalize and test their latest app, “The Virtuals Game”, which will be able to develop critical real-world prosaically behaviour.JAYGOR Inc. has set out to develop a game helping children to be mindful of positive qualities to help them grow through real-life challenges, and opportunities to help others collaborate with the institution.According to a representative of the school, “Technology is part of our society and everyday lives, and it’s amazing how society has adapted so effortlessly to these major changes.“We are marvelled at the technology; the science behind it all. This kind of stuff is what we used to see in sci-fi movies when we were kids. Kids already love playing video games, and they already spend all day on social media messaging friends. We would be supporting this behaviour with this”.The virtual is a new gaming app incorporating the latest software and technological innovations to produce a refreshing new gaming experience.With its main goal of being able to help youths grow in an important way, there’s already a ton of awesome educational apps for academic topics like language, math and science.“Parents have already lost the battle against technology. Children, and even adults, now spend most of their free time posting, updating! Everyone’s worried about their selfies, their hash tags, how many likes did my photo get? How many shares? Will this go viral? But modern technology doesn’t only have to be superficial and egocentric. We can use technology to educate….to evolve,” the representative said.Moreover, while the approach is to educate through inspiration and fun, the key capacities include courage, honesty, kindness, perseverance, flexibility, creativity, patience, generosity, responsibility, tolerance, service, and more.“We want kids to see virtues as the powerful superpowers they really are. We turned to virtues and character strengths, those universal qualities valued across all cultures and (which are) fundamental to human growth, peace and prosperity”.The Game is being developed by a team of the world’s top software developers working on the latest technology.Social entrepreneur and founder of the project, Gordon Naylor, brings over 40 years’ experience in using business strategy to enable positive social change with a focus on empowering children and youth around the world.The team has already developed and tested prototypes of the product line, and is ready to take its creation to the next level through the final stages of testing and development.The School of Nations will get first releases of the product, and will be invited to join the collaborative process.last_img read more

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4-year-old dies, sister critical after Mahaicony collision

first_imgA four-year-old girl was on Saturday killed while her seven-year-old sister is clinging to life following a two-vehicle collision at Bushy Park Village, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara. Their mother is said to be in an unconscious state while three others were injured.Dead is Raveena Harris of West Canje, Berbice, while her sister, Rafeena Harris was admitted in the High Dependency Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital. The mother Krmoa Harris is also said to be in a serious condition and also being treated at GPHC.The others injured are Carlson Fattette, Latoya Wayne, a reporter with Little Rock Television Station, Berbice, and Samantha Bowling. The three are said to be nursing injuries but were listed as stable.The car driven by Carlson FattetteBased on information, Fattette was driving car bearing registration PSS 5092 heading to Georgetown while the other car driven by Bowling with registration PRR 1766 was heading in the opposite direction.However, Bowling reportedly lost control of the car while negotiating a turn and veered into the path of Fattette’s thus resulting in the head-on collision.Due to impact the car driven by Fattette ended up in a nearby trench. The occupants, including the two children, were pulled from the wreckage in an unconscious state by public-spirited citizens.They were rushed to the Mahaicony Hospital but had to be transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital. However the four-year-old was pronounced dead on arrival.The Police in C Division have launched an investigation into the accident.last_img read more

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Murder suspect gunned down

first_imgCollin Hooper’s body on the dam where he was gunned downA 45-year-old man, who was wanted by the Police for murder was on Monday evening gunned down near his home at East La Penitence, Georgetown.Dead is Collin Hooper called “Gun Youth”. Reports are Hooper was killed at about 20:30h on an East La Penitence Dam as he was walking home. The Police have since recovered six spend shells of a small caliber weapon close to the dead man’s body.When Guyana Times visited the scene, persons in the area were all tightlipped about the shooting. However, one person described the area as a “nest” for criminals while calling for more Police patrol in the area. The dam where the shooting took place is a stone throw away from the East La Penitence Outpost.Meanwhile, another resident told this publication that the man killed moved in the area a few months ago. On Tuesday, Police has said that Hooper’s body was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Hooper’s body is at the Lyken’s Funeral home awaiting a post-mortem examination.The dead man, who was said to be a carpenter, had several robbery charges pending before the courts and was wanted by the police for questioning in relation to the murder of 57-year-old Prince Alleyne, who was killed on High Street, Georgetown on April 16.Alleyne, a money changer was killed in front of the Ashmins building on High Street, Georgetown.Reports are Alleyne, who operates as a money changer on America Street, Georgetown, was parking his car, PMM 9512, at the Ashmins building on High Street when two gunmen pounced on him.The gunmen rode up to the now dead man on a motorcycle just as he was about to exit his motorcar.The men, according to an eyewitness, grabbed Alleyne and demanded that he hand over his valuables. However, when the victim refused and attempted to fight them off, one of the gunmen shot him to his head.last_img read more

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PRRD pledges $360k to STARS

first_imgThe Peace River Regional District has announced a three-year financial commitment to the STARS air ambulance service.On Thursday, the District pledged a total of $360,000 through 2012 to help support the ambulance service in the Peace River Region.- Advertisement -PRRD Chair Karen Goodings says STARS is an important service to the region, especially with so many industries located in remote areas.[asset|aid=3101|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=50c131d61bf21e5514b8ddc3da147d8a-Goodings-1_1_Pub.mp3] Since January, STARS has received 13 calls that resulted in 6 missions in the B.C. Peace, according to Dr. Gregory Powell, the president and CEO of STARS.However, he points out that STARS also functions as a patient transfer service, moving patients between hospitals so they can receive more specialized care.Advertisement The PRRD first gave $36,000 to the service in 2007 to help construct a helipad at the hospital in Grande Prairie, Alberta. In 2009, the District gave another $116,528 to STARS in the form of a grant.last_img read more

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Board takes up sewage

first_imgBut district officials said the timetables – 2008 and 2009 – were unreasonable. District officials filed litigation, triggering nearly two years of talks that have resulted in a proposed $4million assessment. “It’s the largest assessment our board has ever done, and it’s one of the largest in the state,” said Harold Singer, executive director of the Lahontan board. “Most of it is due to a lack of early planning. The districts didn’t plan for this growth in time.” Under the proposal, the districts would pay $4 million to the state with $3.8 million to be used for a recycled-water distribution system in Antelope Valley. 38 miles of pipeline The project, estimated to cost $119million, would include 38miles of pipeline, three storage reservoirs and five pump stations to link wastewater-treatment plants serving Lancaster, Palmdale and Rosamond. “It looks like a really good project that will have benefits for the whole area,” Singer said. “From our perspective, it’s a good seed fund. This is a very positive supplemental environmental project.” In the proposed settlement, $152,000 also would go to the State Water Resources Control Board’s Waste Discharge Permit Fund, and $48,000 would go to the California Department of Justice for consultant costs associated with representing the water boards. The sanitation district boards have approved the settlement – which also sets 2010 for compliance with the board’s cease-and-desist orders. Proposal criticized But the deal is drawing criticism from Gene Nebeker, a former Lahontan board member who owns a Lancaster farm that takes in effluent from the sanitation districts to irrigate his crops. “The whole project doesn’t give the valley what it needs. We need to dispose of a lot of water,” Nebeker said. “We need to put the water in the ground.” Sanitation district officials said they looked at groundwater recharge, but getting approval for that would take as long as a decade. “Recharge is not off the table as an option, but we’re not going to put water into the ground so any farmer can pump it out,” Maguin said. But Nebeker also argues that the proposed settlement is small compared with the environmental damage the sanitation districts have done. And he says the community members should have been involved in developing the proposed deal. “They need to involve the people who are really hurt – namely the people of the Antelope Valley,” Nebeker said. The Lahontan board will hear details and accept testimony on the proposed settlement, but a decision is not expected until May. The board also will consider whether to approve a permit for construction of a Lancaster plant as part of the sanitation districts’ efforts to expand. The districts both want “tertiary” treatment plants, large storage reservoirs and the ability to use effluent to irrigate crops such as alfalfa. Each of the projects comes with hefty price tags – about $370million apiece – and would be paid for through fee hikes. Lancaster residents would see their rates climb from $161 to $360 a year. In Palmdale, which has fewer users, residents would see their rates climb from $161 to $381 by the year 2010. In both districts, connection fees would nearly double, from $3,190 to $6,190 by 2010. “In both districts, the population grew faster than we could find new uses,” Maguin said. In Palmdale, another issue is groundwater quality, including cleaning up nitrates. Of the district’s 27 monitoring wells, two have had readings above the state standard of 10milligrams per liter. The Lahontan board has issued an interim order requiring the district to get all water quality back up to the state standards. Considering new site james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A lengthy and contentious battle about Antelope Valley’s sewage treatment efforts will take a new turn this week as the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board considers whether to approve a $4million assessment and permit for a new Lancaster treatment plant. The hearing Wednesday comes as the Los Angeles County sanitation districts serving Lancaster and Palmdale are pushing forward with plans to expand treatment and storage facilities to serve a growing population and comply with state orders to keep sewage off Air Force property and clean up contaminated groundwater. “We’re at a crossroads,” said Steve Maguin, general manager of the districts. “We’re saying let’s get this done and let’s get this behind us.” But at issue are two cease-and-desist orders Lahontan made in 2004. Lahontan ordered the Lancaster district to keep sewage off Rosamond dry lake, which belongs to Edwards Air Force Base. It also ordered the Palmdale district to clean up groundwater nitrates. last_img read more

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DriveBC webcam being installed on Highway 97 in Fort St. John

first_imgThe webcam, going live on March 9, 2015, will be located at 100 Avenue and will encompass the north, west, east and south views.DriveBC says this will give motorist the opportunity to check road and weather conditions before they hit the road – an effort to help plan safe trips.“Our government is working to ensure that drivers have as many resources possible to make safe travel choices,” Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm writes. “This webcam will help drivers ‘know before they go,’ so they can arrive safely at their destination.”- Advertisement -DriveBC was launched in 2005, and now had more than 450 B.C. highway webcams installed on their network.Follow this link for the latest DriveBC road reports.last_img read more

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‘We didn’t bottle it’ – Tottenham fans defend team after title dreams fade away

first_imgTottenham Hotspur – it’s happened again.The north London club saw their Premier League title hopes all but end as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat against London rivals West Ham on Friday night.It is the second season in a row that Spurs have seen their dreams dashed in the form of a an away defeat in the capital.And while the title race is not mathematically finished – even the most optimistic of Spurs fans would tell you the trophy is as good as Chelsea’s.But despite looking set to finish empty handed, Tottenham fans have been quick to defend their side’s demise.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… The north London club crashed to defeat away to West Ham 1last_img read more

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‘They are a little out of touch’ – England legend blasts FA over ticket prices

first_img Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 Leicester’s King Power Stadium hosts England vs Switzerland Second is best sad day ANALYSIS RIP LEGEND 2 Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online have a look Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal However, the ticket prices for the fixture are also being considered one of the reasons for the failure to sell out.The cheapest adult ticket for the game comes in at £45, while seniors, students and under-16s can get hold of the Category 2 seats for £35.For Category 1, adults are being forced to shell out £55 per person, with £45 tickets available for concessions and children. Prior to the World Cup England enjoyed success playing in Leeds, beating Costa Rica 2-0, with over 35,000 people travelling to Elland Road for the warm-up matches.However, tonight’s clash at Leicester’s King Power Stadium is yet to sell out, with the crowd looking unlikely to reach the 30,000 capacity.This is being regarded as something of a blow given the huge support built by Gareth Southgate’s side during the World Cup, and it appears the public are already falling out of love with the national team. 2 TALENT center_img GETTING READY explained England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania preparation drama ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 Latest England news There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it The Football Association has been criticised for its decision to charge up to £55 per ticket for England’s friendly against Switzerland.The Three Lions follow up their Nations League defeat to Spain on Saturday by taking to the road for their next fixture. A family of four could be paying £200 to watch England in action, not factoring in further costs accrued at the stadium, despite the fact the fixture is nothing more than a friendly.The FA has been blasted by the public over their decision to sell the tickets for such a high price, and former England captain Butcher joined talkSPORT on Tuesday to share his views on the subject.“I think the FA have got it wrong,” Butcher said. “I think you have to package it correctly; just say ‘here are the boys who did really well at the World Cup, this is your chance to come along and cheer them’.“Just be sensible about it more than anything else.“If they do sell Wembley and they have to go around the grounds, then they have to budget it properly.“I think then you would get full houses. They are just a little bit out of touch I feel, but having said that it is nice to see England go round the grounds.”last_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Drops a 4-1 Decision To Wyoming

first_imgLiza Petushkova (Moscow, Russia) earned the Bulldogs’ lone point of the match with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Tessa van Der Ploeg at No. 1 singles. That win drew the Bulldogs within a point in the match at 2-1, but Wyoming (4-4) followed with wins at No. 6 and No. 3 singles to secure the win for the Cowgirls. Preview at Milwaukee 2/15/2019 – 10 A.M. Wyoming Cowgirls 4, Drake 1Feb 10, 2019 at Lincoln, Neb. (Dillon Tennis Center)Singles competition1. Liza Petushkova (DU) def. Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) 6-4, 6-02. Elisa Koonik (WY) def. Carmen Palumbo (DU) 6-4, 6-13. Maria Oreshkina (WY) def. Daria Walczak (DU) 1-6, 6-0, 6-24. Kenya Williams (DU) vs. Ana Fernandez (WY) 6-1, 4-6, 2-3, unfinished5. Sophia Haleas (DU) vs. Ana Royo (WY) 3-6, 6-3, 0-3, unfinished6. Mihaela Kaftanova (WY) def. Kelsey Neville (DU) 7-6, 6-1 Match NotesWyoming Cowgirls 4-4Drake 3-5Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (2,1,6,3) Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster Doubles competition1. Elisa Koonik/Tessa van Der Ploeg (WY) def. Liza Petushkova/Kenya Williams (DU) 6-22. Carmen Palumbo/Daria Walczak (DU) vs. Ida Krause/Mihaela Kaftanova (WY) 3-4, unfinished3. Ana Royo/Maria Oreshkina (WY) def. Megan Webb/Kelsey Neville (DU) 6-2center_img Story Links Next Game: The Bulldogs (3-5) remain on the road for their next matches when they travel to Milwaukee, Wis., next weekend to take on Milwaukee and Marquette. LINCOLN, Neb. – The Drake University women’s tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to Wyoming in a neutral-site match Sunday, Feb. 10, morning. Box Score (HTM) last_img read more

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A’s observations from day two of MLB Winter Meetings

first_img— Rumors about how the A’s might address the second base opening … LAS VEGAS — After a quiet opening day of winter meetings, the A’s activity at winter meetings began to heat up on day two.— Chris Herrmann was signed to a one-year to possibly serve in a platoon role with Josh Phegley at catcher next season. A’s GM David Forst did not rule out the possibility of adding another catcher in addition to Herrmann, but said he’d be comfortable entering the regular season with the current platoon.last_img read more