Jamaica Set to Showcase Diverse Cultural Expressions at CARIFESTA XII

first_imgRelatedProfessor Calls on Jamaicans to Adopt Principles of Garvey Jamaica will be among 24 countries to participate in the twelfth staging of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA) set to take place in Haiti August 21-30, 2015, under the theme ‘Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future’.  CARIFESTA is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean which showcases cultural expressions of artistes across the region.Minister of Youth and Culture, the Honourable Lisa Hanna states that CARIFESTA has long been a major platform on which Jamaica has had the opportunity to reaffirm its enviable brand as a cultural super power. “We have talented individuals in dance, craft, theatre, music, film and the literary industries, therefore, our participation in CARIFESTA XII will allow us to showcase our nation’s talents on a global scene. Our artistes will be given an opportunity to network and to increase the interest in the nation’s cultural and creative industries,” she said.She explained that the Ministry of Youth and Culture continues to support any initiative that seeks to highlight Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage, adding that CARIFESTA recognizes the work of artistic individuals across the region and showcases to the world the talents of the Caribbean people.Jamaica’s delegation to Haiti will include: the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), L’Acadco, dBURNZ, Raging Fyah, Storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks, craft vendors and representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Culture.According to Marisa Benain, Director of Cultural Policy and Monitoring in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, “Jamaica’s participation at CARIFESTA XII will seek to reinforce the need for regional integration and camaraderie. It will unmask the talented individuals in Jamaica to the world and provide them with a platform on which their skills and talents will be exhibited.” She added that this event presents yet another opportunity for the international community to experience Jamaica’s rich and exciting cultural offerings.This year’s activities will include a grand market, book fair, cultural industries trade fair, visual arts festival and exhibition, super concerts and community festivals.The establishment of the Festival was initiated by the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community in 1972 to celebrate the arts, foster a vision of Caribbean unity and to positively advance Caribbean culture regionally and internationally. Story HighlightsJamaica will be among 24 countries to participate in the twelfth staging of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA) set to take place in Haiti August 21-30, 2015, under the theme ‘Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future’. CARIFESTA is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean which showcases cultural expressions of artistes across the region.CARIFESTA has long been a major platform on which Jamaica has had the opportunity to reaffirm its enviable brand as a cultural super power. Jamaica Set to Showcase Diverse Cultural Expressions at CARIFESTA XII CultureAugust 21, 2015Written by: Ministry of Youth & Culture RelatedMore Than 700 Children to Take Part in National Summit August 25center_img RelatedHouse Where Garvey Grew Up To Be Transformed Into Heritage Site FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

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Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

first_imgSalk researchers and collaborators have achieved critical insight into the size of neural connections, putting the memory capacity of the brain far higher than common estimates. The new work also answers a longstanding question as to how the brain is so energy efficient and could help engineers build computers that are incredibly powerful but also conserve energy.“This is a real bombshell in the field of neuroscience,” says Terry Sejnowski, Salk professor and co-senior author of the paper, which was published in eLife. “We discovered the key to unlocking the design principle for how hippocampal neurons function with low energy but high computation power. Our new measurements of the brain’s memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web.”Our memories and thoughts are the result of patterns of electrical and chemical activity in the brain. A key part of the activity happens when branches of neurons, much like electrical wire, interact at certain junctions, known as synapses. An output ‘wire’ (an axon) from one neuron connects to an input ‘wire’ (a dendrite) of a second neuron. Signals travel across the synapse as chemicals called neurotransmitters to tell the receiving neuron whether to convey an electrical signal to other neurons. Each neuron can have thousands of these synapses with thousands of other neurons. Share on Facebook Pinterest Share LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter Email “When we first reconstructed every dendrite, axon, glial process, and synapse from a volume of hippocampus the size of a single red blood cell, we were somewhat bewildered by the complexity and diversity amongst the synapses,” says Kristen Harris, co-senior author of the work and professor of neuroscience at the University of Texas, Austin. “While I had hoped to learn fundamental principles about how the brain is organized from these detailed reconstructions, I have been truly amazed at the precision obtained in the analyses of this report.”Synapses are still a mystery, though their dysfunction can cause a range of neurological diseases. Larger synapses–with more surface area and vesicles of neurotransmitters–are stronger, making them more likely to activate their surrounding neurons than medium or small synapses.The Salk team, while building a 3D reconstruction of rat hippocampus tissue (the memory center of the brain), noticed something unusual. In some cases, a single axon from one neuron formed two synapses reaching out to a single dendrite of a second neuron, signifying that the first neuron seemed to be sending a duplicate message to the receiving neuron.At first, the researchers didn’t think much of this duplicity, which occurs about 10 percent of the time in the hippocampus. But Tom Bartol, a Salk staff scientist, had an idea: if they could measure the difference between two very similar synapses such as these, they might glean insight into synaptic sizes, which so far had only been classified in the field as small, medium and large.To do this, researchers used advanced microscopy and computational algorithms they had developed to image rat brains and reconstruct the connectivity, shapes, volumes and surface area of the brain tissue down to a nanomolecular level.The scientists expected the synapses would be roughly similar in size, but were surprised to discover the synapses were nearly identical.“We were amazed to find that the difference in the sizes of the pairs of synapses were very small, on average, only about eight percent different in size. No one thought it would be such a small difference. This was a curveball from nature,” says Bartol.Because the memory capacity of neurons is dependent upon synapse size, this eight percent difference turned out to be a key number the team could then plug into their algorithmic models of the brain to measure how much information could potentially be stored in synaptic connections.It was known before that the range in sizes between the smallest and largest synapses was a factor of 60 and that most are small.But armed with the knowledge that synapses of all sizes could vary in increments as little as eight percent between sizes within a factor of 60, the team determined there could be about 26 categories of sizes of synapses, rather than just a few.“Our data suggests there are 10 times more discrete sizes of synapses than previously thought,” says Bartol. In computer terms, 26 sizes of synapses correspond to about 4.7 “bits” of information. Previously, it was thought that the brain was capable of just one to two bits for short and long memory storage in the hippocampus.“This is roughly an order of magnitude of precision more than anyone has ever imagined,” says Sejnowski.What makes this precision puzzling is that hippocampal synapses are notoriously unreliable. When a signal travels from one neuron to another, it typically activates that second neuron only 10 to 20 percent of the time.“We had often wondered how the remarkable precision of the brain can come out of such unreliable synapses,” says Bartol. One answer, it seems, is in the constant adjustment of synapses, averaging out their success and failure rates over time. The team used their new data and a statistical model to find out how many signals it would take a pair of synapses to get to that eight percent difference.The researchers calculated that for the smallest synapses, about 1,500 events cause a change in their size/ability (20 minutes) and for the largest synapses, only a couple hundred signaling events (1 to 2 minutes) cause a change.“This means that every 2 or 20 minutes, your synapses are going up or down to the next size. The synapses are adjusting themselves according to the signals they receive,” says Bartol.“Our prior work had hinted at the possibility that spines and axons that synapse together would be similar in size, but the reality of the precision is truly remarkable and lays the foundation for whole new ways to think about brains and computers,” says Harris. “The work resulting from this collaboration has opened a new chapter in the search for learning and memory mechanisms.” Harris adds that the findings suggest more questions to explore, for example, if similar rules apply for synapses in other regions of the brain and how those rules differ during development and as synapses change during the initial stages of learning.“The implications of what we found are far-reaching,” adds Sejnowski. “Hidden under the apparent chaos and messiness of the brain is an underlying precision to the size and shapes of synapses that was hidden from us.”The findings also offer a valuable explanation for the brain’s surprising efficiency. The waking adult brain generates only about 20 watts of continuous power–as much as a very dim light bulb. The Salk discovery could help computer scientists build ultraprecise, but energy-efficient, computers, particularly ones that employ “deep learning” and artificial neural nets–techniques capable of sophisticated learning and analysis, such as speech, object recognition and translation.“This trick of the brain absolutely points to a way to design better computers,” says Sejnowski. “Using probabilistic transmission turns out to be as accurate and require much less energy for both computers and brains.”last_img read more

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Belum Selesai dengan Garuda Indonesia, Vloger Ini Kembali Viral di Kaskus

first_imgRius Vernandes Nama Rius Vernandes yang ramai menjadi perbincangan dan dilaporkan ke pihak kepolisian atas dugaan pencemaran nama baik karena unggahnnya di Instagram mengenai menu kelas bisnis Garuda Indonesia menggunakan kertas dan tulisan tangan ternyata tak hanya berhenti di situ saja. Sebab di media sosial Kaskus ada lagi yang mengejutkan, dimana seorang Kaskuser dengan akun bocahnakal1446 menyebut Rius sebagai talent maskapai asing yakni Singapore Airlines.Baca juga: Jadi Viral, Menu Kelas Bisnis Ditulis Tangan, Garuda Indonesia Minta Maaf Pada VlogerAkun bocahnakal1446 tersebut mengunggah paparan dengan judul, “Parah Ini Orang, Menjatuhkan Garuda Indonesia Demi Maskapai Asing!”. Paparan tersebut diunggah akun itu pada 14 Juli 2019 pukul 20.53 WIB. Adapun penggalan paparan yang dinggah bocahnakal1446, “Usut punya usut, pria yang juga berprofesi sebagai content creator dan selebgram ini ternyata baru saja mendapatkan kontrak kerja yakni menjadi podcast talent dari Singapore Airlines, Maskapai Asing! Sayang sekali, seorang WNI justru memprovokasi masyarakat dengan cara mencari-cari celah kekurangan Garuda Indonesia melalui media sosial, hanya karena di kontrak oleh Singapore Airlines.”Paparan tersebut kemudian menjadi perbincangan didunia maya yang mana mendapat tanggapan beragam dari para warganet pengguna kaskus lainnya.“Parah cuyy…demi rupiah rupanya..,” tulis kaskuser forpetrol.“Parah nih kalo beneran bo’ong,” tulis kaskuser lain, pacifistas1995.Karena ada paparan tersebut, pihak Rius yang diwakili oleh sang pengacara yakni Abraham Sridjaja mengatakan bahwa kliennya tidak pernah menjalin kerja sama dengan Singapore Airlines.“Jadi Mas Rius ini tidak ada kerjasama sama sekali sama Singapore Airlines. Jadi yang pernah sama SQ (Singapore Airlines) itu adalah kolaborasi dengan inspigo. Inspigo itu podcast,” kata Abraham yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman kompas.com (18/7/2019).Dia mengatakan, Rius bukan di panggil oleh Singapore Airlines tetapi Inspigo untuk menjadi narasumber dan ini tidak mengikat. Menurutnya, jika pihak Garuda Indonesia mau mengundang Rius untuk berbicara tentang Garuda Miles juga bisa.“Rius merupakan seorang Youtuber yang kerap membuat konten pengalaman penerbangan dengan berbagai maskapai dan tidak hanya Singapore Airlines atau Garuda Indonesia,” ujar Abraham.Dia mengatakan, dalam meriview, kliennya itu selalu bersikap objektif apalagi jika dilihat dari Vlognya yang tidak menghina Gaurda Indonesia. Bahkan dia memberikan apresiasi meski menu dengan kertas tetapi tetrutup dengan pramugari yang baik.Baca juga: Geger Video Menu dengan Tulisan Tangan, Garuda Indonesia Keluarkan Surat Larangan Ambil Gambar di Kabin!“Kalau dilihat vlognya Mas Rius tidak ada menghina (Garuda Indonesia) sama sekali, lho. Justru dia membaguskan, waduh ini walaupun menunya dengan kertas tapi ketutup ya dengan pramugarinya baik banget, mereka enggak ada masalah,” tandasnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

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Disciplinary appeal: Siale Piutau

first_imgThe appeal, heard by a new online independent disciplinary panel comprising Sir James Dingemans (chair) with Sam Hillas QC and Becky Essex, was dismissed and Piutau remains suspended. He is free to play again ‪on 20 September 2020‬.

The independent disciplinary panel said: “Bristol Bears’ Siale Piutau appeared before an online independent appeal panel (Sir James Dingemans, Sam Hillas QC and Becky Essex) on Thursday 10 September 2020“Mr Piutau appealed against his three match suspension, which was imposed by a RFU Disciplinary panel on 8 September 2020, for punching Worcester Warriors’ Andrew Kitchener, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12 during the match between Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears which was played on Friday 4 September 2020.  It was common ground before the Disciplinary panel and appeal panel that Mr Piutau had punched Mr Kitchener and committed an act of foul play. “Mr Piutau appealed on the basis that the sanction imposed on him by the Disciplinary panel was excessive because he was acting in self-defence, and because he had mitigation from his good standing at the club and in the community.
 
”Appendix 2 of RFU Regulation 19 provides that any act of foul play which results in contact with the head shall result in at least a mid-range sanction.  This gave a minimum mandatory sanction of six weeks.  The Disciplinary panel had then applied the maximum mitigation of 50 per cent, resulting in the suspension for three matches.  The decision was therefore dismissed.”last_img read more

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NBA Opening Game

first_img SportsLogos.Net 47 posts Shroinke Share this post Link to post SouthSidePride 0 0 Members By Shroinke, November 1, 2006 in Sports Logo News Sports Logo News Shroinke NBA Opening Game 0 This topic is now closed to further replies. Forums Home 0 Share on other sites llbigdomll NBA Opening Game Just saw the tip-off of the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, and the Heat are wearing their red alternate jerseys, but with the Larry O’Brian Trophey patch on it.Pictures coming. 0 HE GONE! 997 posts Share on other sites Forums Home Members Share this post 0 All Activity Shroinke 0 Posted November 1, 2006 Link to post 0 Sign in to follow this   Share on other sites Link to post Posted November 1, 2006center_img Sports Logos Go To Topic Listing 0 Location:Naperville, IL Members Shroinke 357 posts 0 0 0 Link to post Followers 0 SouthSidePride Share on other sites Recommended Posts Posted November 1, 2006 Members 357 posts 0 SportsLogos.Net Location:Columbia, MIZ / South Chicago, IL Location:Naperville, IL llbigdomll OWNED!!!! Posted November 1, 2006 Sports Logos they really came.. Sign in to follow this   Share this post 0 Followers 0 0 Sports Logo News Share this post All Activity NBA Opening Game 0last_img read more

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