TORONTO – Wealthsimple’s robo-adviser services are now available in the United Kingdom.Earlier this year, the Toronto-based company tested an invitation-only trial version of the product in the U.K.CEO Michael Katchen says the U.K. expansion fits in with Wealthsimple’s plan to build a global financial services firm.The U.K. is Wealthsimple’s second international market after launching in the United States at the end of January.The company currently has more than 40,000 clients in Canada and the U.S. with $1 billion in assets.
26 September 2011The political transitions in various Arab countries this year demonstrate that Islam is compatible with human rights and democracy, the Vice-President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed told the General Assembly today. The political transitions in various Arab countries this year demonstrate that Islam is compatible with human rights and democracy, the Vice-President of the Maldives Mohamed Waheed told the General Assembly today.“The democratic uprisings across the Middle East prove that Muslims yearn for democratic rights just as much as non-Muslims,” he said.Dr. Waheed also said that the Maldives, a Muslim country that went through its own democratic transition in 2008, putting an end to “a 30-year authoritarian regime,” would organize an international conference next year on progressive Islamic jurisprudence and human rights to support the movement. “We must counter the false perception that people must make the choice between devotion to Islam on the one hand, and the full enjoyment of human rights on the other. We strongly believe in the compatibility of Islam and human rights and seek to do our part to promote understanding and tolerance. “With this conference, we hope to renew the concepts of peace and tolerance, co-existence and inter-faith harmony that exist in Islam,” he added.In his address, Dr. Waheed also spoke about the urgency of climate change reform in the UN, echoing previous statements from other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), urging countries to act immediately so they can respond swiftly and adequately to natural disasters.“The Maldives believes that three issues should form some of the key pillars to be discussed and acted upon in Rio [de Janeiro] next year,” he said, referring to the sustainable development conference to be held in the Brazilian city in June 2012.“These issues are firstly, reform of UN support for the sustainable development of SIDS; a political declaration and strategy to give impetus to the roll-out and mobilization of renewable energy and green technologies; and finally, improvements in the integration of sustainable development principles into international and domestic policy at both strategic and project levels,” he said.He also called for a shift in seeing climate change as an environmental issue to a security one, as well as an economic opportunity.“We do not view cutting carbon emissions as a burden but rather as an opportunity – an opportunity, not just to protect the climate, but also to create new jobs and grow our economies.”
Philip KitchenThe announcement on Monday, Dec. 19 that Philip Kitchen is stepping down as Dean of Business effective Jan. 1, due to personal family reasons, will result in some minor adjustments to roles and responsibilities within the Faculty of Business.Danny Cho, the Faculty’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, will serve as Acting Dean of Business until mid-January, at which time an Interim Dean will be appointed.Deborah Zinni, the Faculty’s Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, will maintain responsibility for preparing for the Faculty’s upcoming re-accreditation process for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), recognized as the world’s most respected accrediting body for business schools.Murray Knuttila, the University’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, said this week that the University will now engage the standard processes used in the search for a new dean. Early in 2012 the Senate Governance Committee will be asked to establish a search committee. The process will begin in earnest shortly after that.Knuttila said there will be a meeting of the Faculty of Business on Jan. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Sankey Chamber to discuss the next steps and the upcoming decanal search.
Courtesy Ohio State Athletic CommunicationsThe Ohio State men’s tennis team shut out three consecutive conference opponents en route to winning its seventh Big Ten Tournament in eight years.The No. 4 Buckeyes (31-2), who played host to the annual tournament for the first time since 2002, held up the No. 1 overall tournament seed throughout the weekend, securing victories over No. 9-seeded Purdue, No. 4-seeded Illinois and No. 3-seeded Michigan, respectively.OSU did not relent a point over the three-game stretch, winning each match 4-0 and remaining undefeated in Big Ten play in 2013.The Saturday semifinal win over the No. 4-seeded Illini avenged the last season’s 4-3 loss in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill.The championship victory over the Wolverines on Sunday gave the Buckeyes their eighth Big Ten Tournament victory (2001, 2006-11, 2013) and 11th finals appearance under coach Ty Tucker. Before Tucker took over in 1999, OSU also won the tournament in 1991.Against Michigan, the Scarlet and Gray dominated their archrivals from the North by securing the team doubles point for the 31st time in 2013. The No. 46-ranked tandem of junior Blaz Rola and redshirt sophomore Kevin Metka won their match, 8-5, and maintained their perfect record on the season at 20-0. The No. 14-ranked duo of redshirt junior Peter Kobelt and senior Connor Smith followed suit and clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory.In singles play, OSU rallied to three consecutive wins to put away the Wolverines. The Buckeyes garnered wins from redshirt freshman Chris Diaz and freshman Constantin Christ, winning 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively. Finally,Smith, winning his match 6-3, 6-3, earned the match-winning point to solidify the Buckeyes as 2013 Big Ten Tournament Champions and earn them an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.The men’s tennis selection show is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, with singles and doubles selections scheduled to occur at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
He watched a mixture of performances including one from that day’s competition and two of the winners from the children’s competition on the previous day.Charles also presented the award of Gaelic Learner of the Year 2016 to Carmine Calajezzi, an Italian student who has been studying Gaelic at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye, a college of which the prince is patron.Mr Calajezzi, 30, was born and raised in Abruzzo, Italy, before moving to Scotland five years ago. He began to study Gaelic after a cycling tour of the Western Isles, before moving to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig last year to further his language skills.Charles has been a big supporter of Gaelic, now spoken by less than 58,000 people.He once said: “If Gaelic dies in Scotland it dies in the world.”In 2010 he commented on the row over the use of Gaelic in Caithness while attending the Royal National Mod taking place in Thurso.The first Mod in Caithness was not opposed, but there had been arguments against public spending on bilingual English/Gaelic road signs in the area.Place names in the far north are said to have more links with Norse heritage.Addressing the Mod, Charles said he would question suggestions Gaelic has no direct relevance to Caithness.He said then: “I would suggest Gaelic, like any other language or culture, belong to all the people and communities of a nation whether they or not they actively involved with it.”Last year Charles wrote a moving foreword to a poignant anthology of Gaelic poetry – much of it written by service personnel in action abroad or by their families back home.The prince has also made a recorded translation of his book The Old Man of Lochnagar in Gaelic. The prince tried a spirit of the malt which he said was ‘very strong’ After taking several blows with a hammer to seal the cask, Charles joked “shall we take it out and do it again?””He also said he hoped to be around in 10 years time when the cask could be bottled,” said Mr Maclean.”He thought the whisky wonderfully complex and it’s amazing how they all taste different.”Since opening last year the £10m distillery has had over 68,000 visitors and sold 40,000 bottles of gin – with the aim of producing 70,000 next year. It hopes to do an initial 60,000 bottles of whisky when it is ready.Wearing a green kilt in Lord of the Isles tartan, the prince earlier visit the Royal National Mod – the annual celebration of Gaelic culture – in Stornoway on neighbouring Lewis. Prince Charles has backed buying British as he asked whisky makers in a new distillery in the Outer Hebrides why his £10 gin glasses were made in Poland and not UK.The Isle of Harris Distillery’s gin is contained in distinctive bottles made in Yorkshire by specialist manufacturer Stolzle Glass Group.”They couldn’t do both?” asked the prince, also known as Lord of the Isles.It was explained to the heir to the throne that they could not.Polish-born Peter Kwasniewski, the Tarbert-based distillery’s shop manager, said afterwards: “We tried really hard but they just couldn’t manufacture both. The glasses from Poland are handmade and of a very high quality.”We tried in the UK to find a handmade glass that could match the pattern of our bottles. But we couldn’t find anybody. We also tried in France but with the same result. I knew of a manufacture in southern Poland who were able to do it.”Charles also sealed a cask of single malt whisky. Once it has matured it will be bottled and the 300 bottles sold, with all the profits going to a charity of the prince’s choice.The prince tried a dram of blends to illustrate the direction of the distillery’s first whisky – due in around three years.He also tried a spirit of the malt which he told production manager Kenny Maclean was very strong. 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. Prince Charles seals a cast during a visit to the Isle of Harris Distiller
(Met Éireann)However, there is good news ahead, as drier weather with “just a few showers” is expected as the day progresses.It will also be “breezy”, with some gusty northwest winds developing, before scattered showers appear overnight, along with some patches of mist or fog, says Met Éireann. MET ÉIREANN HAS put out a flash flooding warning today due to heavy rainfall.It said that it is very wet this morning, which will lead to flash flooding in places.Its latest rainfall radar shows the extent of the rain:
More than four months ago, Sony promised that their entire 2011 line-up of Xperia Android smartphones would be receiving OTA updates to Ice Cream Sandwich. At the time, no schedule was announced — but Sony has now cleared the air on the Xperia blog.Starting in the middle of this month, a trio of phones will being receiving Android 4.0 firmware: the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray. Sony says the rollout will be gradual, and that the process will take about four to six weeks to complete. At that point — some time in mid-May or early June — additional phones will be added to the mix.Next up will be the Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, and Xperia active. The Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman (their equivalent to the Samsung Galaxy Player range) will also be included in round two.Interestingly, Sony took the time to caution users that some Xperia phones might take a bit of a performance hit following the update. They note that it’s a significant change, and that ICS is “brimming with new features and functionality.” That, of course, means that your Xperia hardware will have to do a bit more heavy lifting than it does with Gingerbread installed.Realistically, the only phone on the list that might have some trouble are those running the older single-core Qualcomm Scorpion processor. Then again, plenty of folks are running ICS on similar hardware and it works just fine — so Sony may just be playing it safe and making sure that Xperia owners are aware that it’s a possibility, however remote.More at Sony
Samsung s’attaque au marché des professionnelsAvec des appareils révolutionnaires pour la firme comme la table tactile ou le Notebook Séries 9, Samsung s’affirme réellement sur le marché des entreprises et des professionnels. Après les nouveautés de l’été 2012 présentés le mois dernier, le constructeur sud coréen a également présenté quelques autres produits.La table tactile SUR40 est équipée de Windows 7 Professionnel ainsi que d’un écran multitouches 40 pouces. Capable de reconnaître 52 points de contact, elle est particulièrement conseillée pour les professionnels. Ses capacités de reconnaissance permettent également aux utilisateurs de déposer n’importe quel objet sur la table tactile. Une réponse digitale spécifique s’enclenchera alors automatiquement.Équipée d’un processeur dual-core Athlon TM II X2 cadencé à 2,9GHz, sa rapidité en fait l’objet idéal pour des secteurs comme l’hôtellerie, l’éducation, les finances, la vente ou l’industrie. Disponible dès 9.000 euros, elle semble peu accessibles pour les particuliers.La deuxième génération de Notebook Séries 9 offre un design ultra-contact et le plus fin du marché pour un écran LED 15 pouces. Équipé d’un processeur Intel i5 cadencé à 1,7GHz, du Bluetooth, du Wifi, de ports Ethernet, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 et HDMI, le Notebook est clairement réservé à un petit nombre de personnes. Son prix reste inconnu mais l’ordinateur devrait se négocier autour de 1.300 euros.Équipé d’un écran pivotable 24 pouces et d’un pied ajustable, la station TS240W de Samsung es, avant tout, destinée aux clients légers. Elle intègre un processeur AMD Ontario dual-core cadencé à 1GHz. Avec un temps de réponse de 5ms, la station renforce largement la sécurisation des données informatiques des entreprises. L’appareil possède 6 ports USB et ports DVI, Micro, VGA, Audio et RGB.Le ME55A est un moniteur professionnel qui affiche en 1920×1080 pixels sur 55 pouces. Équipé d’accroche murales, de pieds de table et d’accroche plafond, le ME55A est parfait au bureau. Fin (29,9mm) et léger, sa consommation d’électricité est réduite d’environ 40% par rapport à un moniteur classique grâce à la certification Energy Star 5.0. Il est également équipé de ports VGA, HDMI, DVI, Mini Jack… et de hauts-parleurs 2×10 W.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Enfin, la Samsung ML2165-W est considérée comme l’imprimante monochrome la plus petite du marché. Capable d’imprimer 20 pages à la minute grâce à son processeur cadencé à 300MHz, elle se connecte via le Wifi et peut gérer l’application Samsung Mobile Print. Compatible avec Windows, Mac OS X et Linux, ultra compacte et très silencieuse, elle trouve tout à fait sa place dans un bureau.Retrouvez ces nouveaux produits, en images, sur Maxisciences.Le 2 avril 2012 à 18:23 • Maxime Lambert
One of Sean Parnell’s final acts as governor was to remove the adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard. The cause was a federal investigation documenting problems with fraud and the handling of sexual assault. Now, a new adjutant general is tasked with restoring trust in the force. At a pair of confirmation hearings on Tuesday, Laurie Hummel was asked about her plans for reforming the Guard, and went through a personal line of questioning along the way. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.During her first confirmation hearings before the Legislature, Adjutant General Designee Laurie Hummel was asked a lot of the standards, like what leadership is (“People believe in your abilities, they believe in your principles, and they want to follow you”) and what’s the timeline for National Guard reform (“I don’t believe it will be completed this session”).She was asked about terrorism and drones, her tenure at West Point and her academic background in geography. She walked the committees through her 12-page C.V., which lists four graduate degrees and 17 military medals and awards — including a Legion of Merit. She talked about her service in Afghanistan and work with NATO.But in addition to her resume and her policy positions, Hummel was also questioned on her personal life. Hummel’s military background comes from her 30-year career in the Army. But her husband, Col. Chad Parker, commanded a brigade in the Alaska National Guard until recently.In the House State Affairs Committee, Chair Bob Lynn wanted to know if her spouse would continue to serve in the Alaska National Guard alongside her. Hummel responded that her husband was taking a job with the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. HUMMEL: He is not within the employment of the DMVA, and of course, that is necessitated in order to comply with our nepotism statutes.LYNN: So he will still be in the National Guard, but not in the chain of command here, so he is not retiring from the National Guard.HUMMEL: That is correct, sir.During his time in the National Guard, Parker handled some of investigations into wrongdoing. Lynn, an Anchorage Republican, also wanted to know if Parker had ever talked to Hummel about difficulties the National Guard had in addressing sexual assault.LYNN: Your husband didn’t tell you about it?HUMMEL: No, actually, my husband — it wasn’t really discussed at home.Hummel said she learned about the problems by reading the news.At a separate hearing before the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, questioning took a different tack. Hummel was prodded on whether the state should adopt a Uniform Code of Military Justice to create more accountability in the Guard, and she was repeatedly asked if such a code should penalize extramarital affairs.Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux made the first inquiry. The Anchorage Republican has a history with Hummel, having beat off an election challenge from Hummel last year.“If someone were having an extramarital affair, or something of that nature, that would be adjudicated under the military, as opposed to our civil laws?” asked LeDoux.Rep. Shelley Hughes, a Palmer Republican, then continued down that line of questioning on extramarital affairs.“[I] was curious as to your thoughts as far whether any of that might be unreasonable, and whether under your leadership you would think that wouldn’t it be better for it not to be in the code because you wouldn’t see enforcing it,” said Hughes during the hearing.Hummel responded that she believes the Uniform Code of Military Justice is a “sound document.”After the hearing, Hughes said there was no specific motivation behind her questions. But she also said she wondered if Hummel’s personal experiences would prompt her to “change some of the standards.” Hughes said she knew that Hummel had previously been married to Eric Feige, a former state legislator, before getting remarried.“Whether through someone went through that would enforce it, yes, there is a curiosity about that,” said Hughes, referring to enforcement of provisions in the military code.Hughes said she learned of Hummel’s marital history during campaign season, but would not elaborate on what exactly she meant when talking of the adjutant general designee’s “personal experiences.”“I was out in Palmer. I wasn’t hanging out in Anchorage, so I never went into any of the activities or debates or anything like that,” said Hughes. “So, I was busy.”Hughes said she was satisfied by Hummel’s answers to her questions. Both she and LeDoux plan to support Hummel’s confirmation.Hummel said she did not have time for questions after the hearing.
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Tuesday met Home Minister Amit Shah to raise the issue of the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the national capital. “We met the Home Minister. We requested that a meeting of the Delhi Police Commissioner, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Home Minister along with his officials be held to review the overall situation after which the necessary steps can be taken to improve the law and order in Delhi,” said AAP MLA Sanjay Singh. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Singh said that he had raised the issue of law and order in Delhi earlier also but the way the crime graph was rising in Delhi was worrying. He said that elderly people were being murdered and bullets were being fired in streets. “As many as nine murders have been reported in 24 hours. Three people from one family have been killed. Cases of chain-snatching are being reported almost on a daily basis,” Singh said. Another AAP Mla Sushil Gupta said that the party has given a memorandum to Shah on law and order situation in the national capital.
Rising tensions over eating beef in Hindu-majority India are starting to hit the multi-billion dollar buffalo meat trade, with exports falling in the last six months as traders run short of supplies and China lifts purchases from Brazil.Religious activists, who critics say have been emboldened by nationalist premier Narendra Modi’s ascendance, have stepped up attacks on the beef industry, alleging that cows are being killed and falsely labeled for export as buffalo meat.Cows are revered in Hindu culture and their killing is banned in some states.Beef exports are banned, but in recent weeks suppliers of buffalo meat have been roughed up by Hindu mobs on suspicion of carrying cow carcasses in their trucks, exporters said.As a result, the exporters said only a fraction of the meat processing centres authorised to export are operating in the major selling state Uttar Pradesh, where a mob of Hindus lynched a Muslim man last month over rumours he ate beef.”If we get orders there is no supply; if suppliers try to sell, they are harassed,” said Mohammed Tauseef, director of Al-Hamd Agro Food Products in Uttar Pradesh.Days after Modi condemned the murder in Uttar Pradesh, following criticism over rising religious intolerance in India, villagers in Himachal Pradesh state killed another Muslim man for allegedly smuggling cows.The government, meanwhile, said steps against illegal exports had helped cut shipments.”There’s no concrete information but there has always been a rumour (that cow meat is exported),” junior farm minister Sanjeev Balyan said this month, adding that authorities had been asked to inspect meat and tighten checks at ports.India is the world’s biggest buffalo meat exporter and April-September shipments fell 13.2 percent from a year ago to 598,901 tonnes, although in value terms they plunged 15.5 percent to $1.89 billion, data from the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics showed.Indian sales have also lost out to Brazil, the world’s No.2 beef supplier, due to a sharper depreciation in the real currency that has lost 30 percent this year compared to only 3 percent in the rupee.”Traditionally Vietnam sources most of its meat imports from India due to the freight advantage,” said a Mumbai-based exporter. “(But now) even after factoring in our freight advantage, we can’t compete with Brazil.”Several Indian exporters, however, are more worried about what could be permanent setbacks to trade as some politicians even call for a complete ban on the meat export industry, which generated about $5 billion in sales last year.Maharashtra, controlled by Modi’s party and home to India’s financial capital Mumbai, this year extended an existing ban on cow slaughter to cover bulls and bullocks, leaving many butchers jobless.”There is no life in this business,” said Tashkil Ahmed Qureshi, director of Al Falah Food Exports.
Pint-sized coins, with niggardly transactional value, may now be falling out of circulation but in olden times, these were not only a legal tender but also an instrument for kings across the world to assert their power, establish the sweep of their kingdoms, and advertise their faith and legitimacy.Some of these coins of exquisite craftsmanship are currently on display as part of a landmark international exhibition, ‘India and the World: A History in Nine stories’, at National Museum here. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBesides coins, the exhibition also displays some iconic currency notes which reveal loads of information on nation-building, statecraft, and politics of the time. The nine-gallery exhibition, with one section devoted to coinage, has been jointly mounted by National Museum, New Delhi; the British Museum, London; Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai; and some 20 private collections. On display are 104 extraordinary works of art from the Indian subcontinent in dialogue with 124 exquisite pieces from the British Museum. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOverall, the exhibition showcases 31 historic coins and 16 currency notes, and a number of them, lent by the British Museum, are on display for the first time in India. National Museum Director General Dr. B R Mani said the coins and currencies on display are truly historic. “Traditionally, coins are merely viewed as representations of trade and commerce. The exhibition offers the visitors an opportunity to view these coins and banknotes through a political prism though these were also a potent visual language of faiths of kings. With exhibitions like this, museums can rekindle the interest of the current generation in coins and numismatics,” he added. The nearly two-month-long exhibition, which began on May 5, will conclude on June 30.
Save all Windows processes to a text file by Martin Brinkmann on July 06, 2018 in Windows – Last Update: July 06, 2018 – 7 commentsIt can sometimes be useful to dump the list of all running processes on a Windows machine. While you can use the Task Manager or third-party applications like Process Explorer or TaskSchedulerView to list all running tasks and manage them directly from within the interface.Third-party apps like Process Explorer support the exporting of all processes to text files on the system but the standard Task Manager of the Windows operating system does not.Windows includes the command line tool tasklist that is designed to display the list of tasks and filter the listing. While it does not support built-in export options, it does support the option to direct command line output elsewhere.Tasklist, just like taskkill which we published a guide about earlier, is a handy command line tool that all supported versions of Windows support.The Tasklist toolYou can run tasklist from the command line and don’t need elevated rights for that. Just tap on Start, type cmd.exe and open the Command Prompt from the results to get started.Simply typing tasklist and hitting the Enter-key displays a list of all running processes on the system. Each process is listed with its name, process ID, session name and number, and memory usage.You can save the process listing right away by running the command tasklist > output directory and file name, e.g. tasklist > d:\processes.txt.The utility supports three different display formats. Table is used by default but you may use the command /fo to switch to list or csv view instead. Just use tasklist /fo csv to display the list of processes in a comma separated format instead.Tasklist shines when it comes to supported filters. You can use filters to display information that you need from information that you don’t need. Filters exist to display processes by memory usage, CPU time, process ID, window title, or username among others.Filters support operators such as eq=equal, ne=not equal, or gt=greater. Note that the filters WINDOWTITLE and STATUS are not supported when you run tasklist on a remote system.Here is a list of examples that demonstrate filter usage:tasklist /fi “USERNAME eq Martin” — returns the list of processes run under the user Martin.tasklist /fi “USERNAME ne NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM” /fi “STATUS eq running” — returns all processes that are running under system processes.tasklist /fi “MODULES eq nt*” — Lists all processes that have a DLL that begins with nt.tasklist /fi “PID gt 2000” — displays all processes with an ID greater than 2000.tasklist /fi “MEMUSAGE gt 4096” — lists all processes whose memory usage is greater than 4096 Kilobytes.You can combine filters with other parameters:tasklist /s BasementComp /svc /fi “MEMUSAGE gt 4096” — Lists processes on the remote computer BasementComp that use more than 4 Megabytes of RAM.tasklist /s BasementComp /u maindom\joe /p password — to list processes on the remote computer BasementComp using the user joe and joe’s password.You can save all outputs to a text file using the > destination command.Additional information is provided when you run tasklist /? and on Microsoft’s Docs website.Now You: Which command line tools do you use?SummaryArticle NameSave all Windows processes to a text fileDescriptionThe guide provides you with information about the Windows command line tool tasklist and explains how to use it to save all processes to a text file.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Today, their proof-of-concept prosthetic lives outside a patient’s head and connects to the brain via wires. But in the future, Hampson hopes, surgeons could implant a similar apparatus entirely within a person’s skull, like a neural pacemaker. It could augment all manner of brain functions—not just in victims of dementia and brain injury, but healthy individuals, as well. Stimulating the patients’ hippocampi had a similar effect on longer-term memory retention—like your ability to remember where you parked when you leave the grocery store. In a second test, Hampson’s team introduced a 30- to 60-minute delay between displaying an image and asking the subjects to pull it out of a lineup. On average, test subjects performed 35 percent better in the stimulated trials.The effect came as a shock to the researchers. “We weren’t surprised to see improvement, because we’d had success in our preliminary animal studies. We were surprised by the amount of improvement,” Hampson says. “We could tell, as we were running the patients, that they were performing better. But we didn’t appreciate how much better until we went back and analyzed the results.”The results have impressed other researchers, as well. “The loss of one’s memories and the ability to encode new memories is devastating—we are who we are because of the memories we have formed throughout our lifetimes,” Rob Malenka, a psychiatrist and neurologist at Stanford University who was unaffiliated with the study, said via email. In that light, he says, “this very exciting neural prosthetic approach, which borders on science fiction, has great potential value. (Malenka has expressed cautious optimism about neuroprosthetic research in the past, noting as recently as 2015 that the translation of the technology from animal to human subjects would constitute “a huge leap.”) However, he says, it’s important to be remain clear-headed. “This kind of approach is certainly worth pursuing with vigor but I think it will still be decades before this kind of approach will ever be used routinely in large numbers of patient populations.”Then again, with enough support, it could happen sooner than that. Facebook is working on brain computer interfaces; so is Elon Musk. Berger himself briefly served as the chief science officer of Kernel, an ambitious neurotechnology startup led by entrepreneur Bryan Johnson. “Initially, I was very hopeful about working with Bryan,” Berger says now. “We were both excited about the possibility of the work, and he was willing to put in the kind of money that would be required to see it thrive.” The shape on the screen appears only briefly—just long enough for the test subject to commit it to memory. At the same time, an electrical signal snakes past the bony perimeter of her skull, down through a warm layer of grey matter toward a batch of electrodes near the center of her brain. Zap zap zap they go, in a carefully orchestrated pattern of pulses. The picture disappears from the screen. A minute later, it reappears, this time beside a handful of other abstract images. The patient pauses, recognizes the shape, then points to it with her finger.What she’s doing is remarkable, not for what she remembers, but for how well she remembers. On average, she and seven other test subjects perform 37 percent better at the memory game with the brain pulses than they do without—making them the first humans on Earth to experience the memory-boosting benefits of a tailored neural prosthesis.If you want to get technical, the brain-booster in question is a “closed-loop hippocampal neural prosthesis.” Closed loop because the signals passing between each patient’s brain and the computer to which it’s attached are zipping back and forth in near-real-time. Hippocampal because those signals start and end inside the test subject’s hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped region of the brain critical to the formation of memories. “We’re looking at how the neurons in this region fire when memories are encoded and prepared for storage,” says Robert Hampson, a neuroscientist at Case Western Reserve University and lead author of the paper describing the experiment in the latest issue of the Journal of Neural Engineering.By distinguishing the patterns associated with successfully encoded memories from unsuccessful ones, he and his colleagues have developed a system that improves test subjects’ performance on visual memory tasks. “What we’ve been able to do is identify what makes a correct pattern, what makes an error pattern, and use microvolt level electrical stimulations to strengthen the correct patterns. What that has resulted in is an improvement of memory recall in tests of episodic memory.” Translation: They’ve improved short-term memory by zapping patients’ brains with individualized patterns of electricity. If the possibility of a neuroprosthetic future strikes you as far-fetched, consider how far Hampson has come already. He’s been studying the formation of memories in the hippocampus since the 1980s. Then, about two decades ago, he connected with University of Southern California neural engineer Theodore Berger, who had been working on ways to model hippocampal activity mathematically. The two have been collaborating ever since. In the early aughts, they demonstrated the potential of a neuroprosthesis in slices of brain tissue. In 2011 they did it in live rats. A couple years later, they pulled it off in live monkeys. Now, at long last, they’ve done it in people.“In one sense, that makes this prosthesis a culmination,” Hampson says. “But in another sense, it’s just the beginning. Human memory is such a complex process, and there is so much left to learn. We’re only at the edge of understanding it.” To test their system in human subjects, the researchers recruited people with epilepsy; those patients already had electrodes implanted in their hippocampi to monitor for seizure-related electrical activity. By piggybacking on the diagnostic hardware, Hampson and his colleagues were able to record, and later deliver, electrical activity.You see, the researchers weren’t just zapping their subjects’ brains willy nilly. They determined where and when to deliver stimulation by first recording activity in the hippocampus as each test subject performed the visual memory test described above. It’s an assessment of working memory—the short-term mental storage bin you use to stash, say, a two-factor authentication code, only to retrieve it seconds later.All the while, electrodes were recording the brain’s activity, tracking the firing patterns in the hippocampus when the patient guessed right and wrong. From those patterns, Berger, together with USC biomedical engineer Dong Song, created a mathematical model that could predict how neurons in each subject’s hippocampus would fire during successful memory-formation. And if you can predict that activity, that means you can stimulate the brain to mimic that memory formation. But the partnership crumbled, right in the middle of Kernel’s first human trial. Berger declines to go into details, except to say that Johnson—either out of hubris or ignorance—wanted to move too fast. (Johnson declined to comment for this story.) One thing Berger does give Johnson credit for is his willingness to commit the funds necessary to accelerate neuroprosthetics research. To perform the studies he and Hampson want to do, they’ll need smaller, higher-resolution sensors; new experimental methods; unprecedented human subject protocols—all of which will take time and money to make happen. But funds can be hard to come by—even from agencies like Darpa, which has long supported his work and that of other leaders in the field. (Like University of Pennsylvania psychologist Michael Kahana, who recently used a closed-loop neuroprosthesis to deliver more generalized stimulation to improve test subjects’ word recall, Berger and Hampson’s work is largely supported by Darpa’s Restoring Active Memory program.)But you know who has money? Tech. So when I ask him whether he’d ever consider collaborating with a Silicon Valley entrepreneur in the future, Berger doesn’t hesitate.“Absolutely,” he says. “I look forward to it.”
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The development organization Hivos, headquartered in the Netherlands, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year – and events marking the milestone in Costa Rica showcased how the organization puts people at the center of its work.Hivos’ mission statement, “People unlimited,” underlines the organization’s work in women’s rights, sustainability, diversity and more. Anchored in the belief that every person has the capability to move forward, Hivos works to promote the rights of every individual; working for equality in every field, the organization’s message is that no limits should be placed on people based on sexual orientation, skin color, social class, gender or any other characteristic.“Hivos is an organization that always tries to innovate for a social change,” said Myrtille Danse, Hivos Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, at an anniversary event last week. (Photo courtesy of Hivos América Latina)In honor of its 50-year anniversary, Hivos decided to give out presents instead of receiving them, inviting people to a series of events to encourage social change. On Aug. 24, Hivos invited people from various companies in Costa Rica to a discussion about human rights within business structures.Danse described the challenges that can face companies seeking to play an active part in promoting human rights.“It is not easy for big companies to position themselves within topics the society strongly believes in,” she said, adding that picking a side and stepping forward for specific causes makes them very vulnerable. Facebook Comments Related posts:Fundraising dinner to honor Christiana Figueres, Steve Aronson Transgender Costa Ricans fight discrimination over name-change rights Costa Rica a step closer to ratifying Inter-American Convention against Racism It’s a bug’s life: Protecting Costa Rica’s buggy biodiversity However, she emphasized that every company plays a part in forming the values of society and therefore holds a certain responsibility regarding human rights.“We all can have a negative impact within the social system, and we all can have a positive impact,” says Danse, addressing a room full of business leaders. The event “Human Rights and Companies: The Future of Sustainable Business” featured panelists including, from left to right, Andrea Robles Jirón (Lafarge Holcim), Peter-Derrek Hof (ambassador of the Netherlands), Lorena Gonzalez (EEGSA) and Silvia Gamboa (APM Terminals). Alissa Grosskopf / The Tico TimesTo present different strategies for working toward more active participation in human rights, Hivos invited its representatives from Ecuador, Bolivia, and Guatemala, as well as Ambassador of the Netherlands in Costa Rica Peter-Derrek Hof, to participate in the event. All of them shared best practices with those in attendance.Hivos wants to start small, initiating small-scale efforts within 10 companies in Latin American countries including Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, to raise awareness of human rights issues.Another important part of making a change is to remember the changes already made throughout history: to remind the people of the achievements and progresses in Central America, Hivos is launching an interactive exposition entitled Aquí se recuerda (Here We Remember) at the Centro de Cine in Costa Rica, Aug. 30- Sept. 17 (Monday through Friday, 8 am-4 pm). Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.
Source = ETB News: NJ Quest Serviced Apartments says it is business as usual in Wellington, despite a 6.5 magnitude shaking the region over the weekend. The quake, which struck on Sunday, was centred 20 kilometres east of Seddon, Marlborough, but caused most damage in Wellington’s CBD. Meanwhile in the South Island, Christchurch took a major step towards recovery after its 2011 earthquake, with the reopening of Cathedral Square. “Some of the apartments have sustained minor or cosmetic damage such as gib wall linings falling in and toppled furniture and televisions,” Quest Services Apartments New Zealand chief executive Stephen Mansfield said. “We are working with our managers and staff to fix this damage as quickly as possible to ensure guests have a comfortable stay.” Click here for more information. According to the hospitality group, the quake should not put people off visiting the city, particularly with engineers confirming Quest’s six Wellington properties experienced “superficial damage” and are all still “structurally safe”. Quest NZ CEO Stephen Mansfield
Every few months we learn that a conditional approval has been given by the authorities for yet another high-rise building in Limassol. These developments have to meet a host of requirements set by the authorities before a final permit is issued, but seem to have no great difficulty meeting them, considering five have secured the necessary approvals.Limassol municipality has voiced some objections and homeowners living close to planned developments have gone to court in an attempt to stop construction, but unsuccessfully. The Anastasiades government has fully supported these developments as they bring money into the economy – most flats are sold to foreigners – provide the big developers with much needed revenue and create jobs.While the benefits to the economy are obvious there are other factors the government completely ignores. For instance, have Limassolians been asked if they want the seafront being blocked by high-rises? Have any public consultations been held about the radical changes to the appearance and the character of the town? Do they want their town to be turned into a centre of half-empty high-rise blocks that improve their quality of life in no obvious way?It appears little thought has been given to the consequences of this new trend by the government, its only concern being for money to keep flowing into the economy. And because there is no measure in Cyprus when we stumble on a money-making idea – shabby tourist resorts, stock-market, holiday homes – it is entirely possible that Limassol could eventually become a high-rise city that nobody will want to live in.Have the practicalities of having all the tower blocks in the town centre been considered? For instance, the environment department is concerned about the sewage system, which does not have the capacity to cope with hundreds of new residences in the centre of the town. Has the government addressed this issue, or will it deal with it when the problem is unmanageable. How will traffic congestion, which is already a big problem in the town centre, be dealt with?As usual, nothing has been thought through and no studies about how the high-rises will impact on the existing infrastructure of the town have been carried out. Everything is being left to chance because big amounts of money are being made from the latest fad – developers are already boasting about doing brisk trade and selling luxury apartments on plan – and nobody seems willing to speak out and question what is happening. Limassol Municipality has a responsibility to raise the issue and seek explanations for the government’s random policy.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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