92 Earthquakes recorded in Jamaica last year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, January 9, 2018 – Kingston – Ninety-two earthquakes were recorded in Jamaica in 2017.  Scientific Officer at the Earthquake Unit at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Karleen Black, made the disclosure at the Earthquake Awareness Week launch on Monday (January 8) at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on Haining Road, St. Andrew.She said “felt earthquake reports” were received for eight events with magnitudes ranging from 3.1 to 3.6.   Two of these were in St. Elizabeth, two in Portland, one in Manchester, one in St. Mary and the other two were offshore, with one in the region of Cuba and the other in the Pedro Banks.   Ms. Black informed that an additional 33 events were detected locally, but these were later classified as possible explosions.In total, the seismograph network, which is comprised of 12 stations across the island, detected and recorded 279 tremors occurring locally and regionally.   Seventy-five were near earthquakes and 79 were distant earthquakes coming from areas such as South America and other parts of the globe, she indicated.Meanwhile, Ms. Black noted that a damaging earthquake can occur anytime, day or night “so the onus is on us to be in a constant state of readiness if we are to safely navigate the effects of a major earthquake.”   She said that for this year, the Earthquake Unit will work towards upgrading its seismograph network in order to improve its capabilities.“As such, we hope to add a new (seismic) station to our complement of 12, making it 13.  The unit will also be benefiting from an upcoming Jamaica Social Investment Fund Project (JSIF), which is sponsored by the World Bank, as part of its disaster reduction efforts,” she pointed out.Under JSIF’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP), 10 digital seismometer systems will be placed at seismic stations across the island to give data on an earthquake’s magnitude, depth and epicentre on land and offshore.Earthquake Awareness Week is being observed from January 7-13 under the theme ‘Preparing for the Quake Helps Reduce Damage After the Shakes’.   While Jamaica has experienced several tremors, the last major event was the great Kingston earthquake of 1907, which caused more than 1,000 deaths, damaged numerous buildings and started several fires.The 1692 Port Royal quake was perhaps the largest and most damaging, with about 5,000 deaths from the quake itself and the subsequent outbreak of yellow fever. A section of the town sank into the sea.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Gattuso calls for focus at AC Milan ahead of critical fixtures

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has issued his players a warning as the battle for a top-four spot in the Serie A heats up.The Rossoneri are currently down in sixth-place in the standings and two points adrift of fourth-place AS Roma, who defeated Chievo Verona 3-0 on Friday night.Therefore, victory against Cagliari is a must on Sunday for Milan if they are to retake their spot in the top four of the table in a bid to return to Champions League football for the first time since 2014.Gattuso’s men have only claimed three wins in their last seven Serie A games following a run of tricky fixtures, which recently involved Napoli and Roma.But Milan’s next five opponents are all in the bottom half of the standings and could potentially offer them a chance to establish themselves in the top four.Although Gattuso is taking nothing for granted given Milan’s slip-ups in recent years.“It’s important to stay focused, knowing that for the past seven or eight years we have reached spring and not been in the running for a Champions League spot,” said Gattuso on the club website.“We need to be in a good position when we come to play our final games of the season, this is our objective.“The players have had the opportunity to rest a bit this week, often it’s better to rest than work. Playing before the others has helped us because when we’ve played teams that have less games than us we’ve tended to struggle.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’ll be a difficult match against Cagliari and the stakes are particularly high tomorrow, especially given other results (wins for Lazio and Roma on Thursday and Friday respectively).”In their last 10 league outings, Milan have only found the net eight times and conceded five.“We certainly need to improve technically and fill the penalty area more, and sometimes this can be put down to laziness,” added Gattuso.“However, in order to not concede goals, you have to work hard. It’s all a question of how you are mentally, and we’ve trained to play a certain kind of football.“A lot of desire is needed, and we need to make the difference by thinking about what we want to do.”The Milan and Cagliari will take place at the San Siro on Sunday with kick-off set for 8:30 PM (CET).Coach Gattuso previewed the game against Cagliari. Here are the best bits from the press conference 🎙Un minuto per riascoltare le parole del Mister alla vigilia di #MilanCagliari⏱ pic.twitter.com/eaJC1CSWwj— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 9, 2019last_img read more

FW Partners with Opinion App Maker to Create Mobile Community

first_imgFor F+W, the objective is to create an art, design and photography community. “We’ve been looking at different mobile app proposals when Kurani approached us with this idea,” says Gary Lynch, publisher and editorial director for F+W’s design community, including the HOW, Print and I.D. brands.  “We liked that it was being created by designers for designers, the navigation was simple and intuitive and crowdsourcing is popular among our customer base.”Lynch says Kurani Interactive builds the app and manages the service while F+W’s design community attracts new users.  F+W markets the service to its audience and receives a share of revenue, which is split with Kurani. Advertising generally appears in the “results” section of the app.“What we get out of the deal is the opportunity to build our brand and the creation of a new revenue stream with little downside risk,” Lynch says.Since launching, Kurani says Opinionaided has received more than 4 million responses to more than 50,000 questions. He says users are spending an average of 40 minutes each week using the app. In a move to further integrate its vibrant arts community with the growing mobile world, F+W Media has struck a partnership with Opinionaided, a software company that helps users get and give opinions over mobile devices in real time.Incubated by Red Bank, New Jersey-based technology company Kurani Interactive, the Opinionaided application launched July 12 and allows users to ask a larger community of registered users their opinions on any topic of their choice. The free app currently is available on Apple’s iPhone and the plan is to extend the platform to Android and Blackberry soon. There also is a Web version with limited functionality that was created mainly so people can access to it from Facebook.After registering, users are able to post questions, answer other people’s questions, reply to and vote for the best responses. “Initially, we anticipated people would only vote, on average, about 10 times per month,” Opinionaided founder and CEO Dan Kurani tells FOLIO:. “Since we launched, we’re seeing that the average person votes on queries about 200 times per month. And instead of using it as a tool to ask a lot of questions it turns out people are using it as a tool to help other people.”The app, Kurani says, is built on a centralized database with a PHP-based back-end. In all, he says the mobile community consists of about 15 sub topics, including home and garden, fitness and gaming. Kurani says Opinionaided is looking to partner with publishers and other brands to build out those categories. “For publishers, it extends their mobile footprint at no cost and can be a valuable tool for developing their audience, and collecting data,” he says. last_img read more

Google Earths new Carmen Sandiego game will awaken your inner gumshoe

first_img Online Gaming Can you find Carmen Sandiego in Google Earth’s new game? Google Earth It’s been almost 30 years, but Carmen Sandiego isn’t done jet setting around the globe and teaching us about it. The international master thief, a positive role model of course, has taught us the capitals of countries, the locations of historic events, and other geographical facts. Sandiego was such a staple for ’90s kids that Google said it’s releasing a series of games in Google Earth. The first, The Crown Jewels Caper, is available now and pays homage to the original franchise. You can play on web browser, Android or iOS. Your assignment from ACME is to track the elusive Sandiego from London to her hideout. You’ll use the magnifying glass to interview witnesses in different cities and gather clues. When you think you’ve figured out the next step, click the airplane icon to fly to the next city.”[O]ur game is an homage to the original. It’s for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time,” Vanessa Schneider, program manager at Google Earth, said in a blog post Wednesday.In January, Netflix released a reboot of the show. Gina Rodriguez lends her voice to Sandiego. The show announced its second season in February.Originally published March 13.Update, March 18: Added more details Carmen Sandiego game. Post a comment Google Tags 0center_img Share your voice 1:20 Now playing: Watch this: This $150 smartwatch lets kids call and text their parentslast_img read more

Scientists suggest Mars still has an active underground water system

first_imgNASA/JPL/University of Arizona First we learned that Mars may be hiding a lake under its southern ice cap. Now a new study points to an active groundwater system that may be lurking deep below the planet’s equatorial regions, feeding a mysterious phenomenon on the Martian surface.  If the study holds water, it would be a huge paradigm shift for the dusty, barren planet. And it could open up new avenues of exploration.  Two researchers at the University of Southern California, Abotalib Z. Abotalib and Essam Heggy, posit that “recurring slope lineae” (RSL), dark streaks that periodically appear on the side of Martian craters, are being created by an active, deep reservoir of salty water.    The study, published Thursday in Nature Geoscience, used images provided by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera aboard the NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the red planet, to analyze distinct surface features.  The duo examined images of Palikir crater, which has previously been shown to harbor RSL and is a prime location for present-day water flows, to come up with their new hypothesis. They discovered that RSL most commonly emanate from fractures and cracks in Palikir’s surface.  “Mars is not hydrologically dead,” says Heggy. “There is an active groundwater system on Mars that is causing the recurring slope lineae.” 4:38 In the past scientists, have hypothesized a number of reasons the RSL appear on the side of Martian craters, including the idea that they may just be sand flows rather than a phenomenon caused by water. Other groups have suggested they’re caused by seeping salt water that originates from just below the surface. However, radar experiments imaging the Martian surface have not been able to identify any shallow pools of groundwater. Heggy and Abotalib’s background, studying aquifers and groundwater flow in Earth’s desert environments, prompted them to look at the Mars RSL hypothesis from another angle — and they began to see similarities with our planet’s deserts. Their proposal suggests that the water originates from about half a mile below the surface (approximately 750 meters) and that high pressure forces the liquid up through the soil and eventually through cracks and fractures on the surface — resulting in the RSL. “We have seen the same mechanisms in the North African Sahara and in the Arabian Peninsula, and it helped us explore the same mechanism on Mars,” says Abotalib. An important feature of the Mars’ RSL is seasonality. Typically, they appear during the Mars summer and disappear in the fall. Heggy suggests that in the fall, when it’s cooler, the water freezes over the fractures, preventing the RSL from forming. In summer, warm weather allows the pressurized water to flow up and out through the cracks, seeping down the slopes. But with all this high-resolution imaging, why haven’t we spotted the liquid flows before? Tags Stunning images of Mars from the European Space Agency 17 Photos Originally published 9 a.m. PTUpdated 2:10 p.m. PT: Adds Nature Geoscience paper Post a comment “They last for a very short amount of time due to the condition of the surface and pressure on Mars,” explains Heggy. “We don’t have sufficient temporal coverage on Mars to witness that happen in real time.” The tantalizing prospect of water on Mars has long been discussed and researched because of the opportunities it presents to discover life or provide a means for colonization. But for Heggy, this study is less about proving Mars is somewhere humans may one day set up shop and more about our own planet.  “Water on Mars is very important, not to colonize Mars, but to understand how our own planet is evolving,” he says. “The importance of groundwater is never about using it as a sustainable resource for humans on Mars.” The mystery of the Mars’ RSL now has another viable theoretical candidate, but there’s still work to be done. NASA Mars rover Curiosity has been exploring regions close to where the RSL form but has not studied them, and direct evidence of an active groundwater system still eludes areologists. Heggy and Abotalib will focus on rectifying that. “We’re going to be trying to see what are the best ways to find direct evidence or map these groundwater systems, potentially using future probing experiments,” he says.    It’s been a bumper year for Mars water discoveries. In February, researchers at the University of Utrecht suggested they’d discovered evidence that a deep groundwater system had once existed on Mars, given the features they’d observed in craters. On Wednesday, scientists from the University of Chicago suggested that rivers still raged less than 1 billion years ago.  With NASA and the European Space Agency sending rovers to Mars in 2020 — and researchers scouring the planet for signs of groundwater — it might not be long before we have definitive evidence that Mars isn’t as dry as we once thought.  center_img RIP Mars Rover Opportunity Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 0 NASA’s history-making Mars rover Opportunity declared dead Opportunity leaves us with one final, glorious panorama The Red Planet won’t stop killing our rovers NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Sci-Techlast_img read more

The Kapil Sharma Show Bharti Singh mocks Archana for replacing Navjot Singh

first_imgThe Kapil Sharma Show: Akshay Kumar, Bharti Singh, Kiku ShardaSony TVIt has been almost a month since Navjot Singh Sidhu was temporarily sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show after the massive uproar on social media over his comment on the dastardly Pulwama attack. Sidhu was soon replaced by Archana Puran Singh as the co-host of Kapil Sharma’s show. But it looks like the team of The Kapil Sharma Show have been badly missing Sidhu on the show and never miss a chance to joke about his ouster to keep him relevant amid the controversy.Last Sunday, Kiku Sharda, who plays the role of Bachcha Yadav had very cleverly made Sidhua part of the episode which was graced by the 1983 World Cup winning team. And now Bharti Singh took a sly dig at Archana Puran Singh for replacing Sidhu on the show.On Saturday’s episode of The Kapil Sharma Show, Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra were seen promoting their upcoming film Kesari which is scheduled to release on March 21. In one of the segments of the episode, Bharti Singh, who is usually seen as Bachcha Yadav’s wife, appeared on the show as Bachcha Yadav’s grown up son.After cracking a few jokes and making Akshay and Parineeti roll on the floor with laughter, Bharti Singh as Bachcha Yadav’s son asked Akshay about the procedure to change her father. When Bachcha Yadav snapped back at her saying that how can she put forward such impossible demand in front of their guests, Bharti trained her guns at Archana and said that if big politicians (hinting at Navjot Singh Sidhu) can be replaced then why not her father. Though Archana burst out in laughter after Bharti’s remark, Akshay remained silent flashing a smile on his face to appear normal.There’s no doubt that Sidhu is being missed on the show and the after effects of his sudden ouster has also reflected on the show’s TRP rating. In this week’s TRP chart, The Kapil Sharma Show slipped two positions down to the 6th spot with 2.0 points. Last week, the show had scored 2.4 points to settle down at the fourth spot.It looks like Sidhu’s absence is deeply affecting the show’s TRP rating and finding it difficult to bouce back in the weekly TRP chart.last_img read more

Crackdown on drug peddlers to continue

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan. File photoAmid the killings of ‘drug dealers’ in growing ‘gunfights’, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said the crackdown on the drug dealers will continue.“No drug peddlers will be spared, no matter how powerful they are socially or politically. Law enforcement agencies will continue the drive against them to bring them to justice,” he said while talking to UNB at the Secretariat.A total of 29 people, mostly suspected drug dealers, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in the last 10 days till Monday.Read More: 9 more killed early Monday as ‘gunfights’ continueThe home minister said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed his ministry to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against the drug trade and stop it at any cost.As per the directives, an anti-narcotic drive has been launched making a division-wise list of drug dealers based on intelligence information, he said.Asked how many are there on the list, Asaduzzaman said the exact number is not known, but it is substantial.He refuted the claim of ‘extrajudicial killings’ or ‘crossfires’ in the name of anti-narcotics drive, saying the drug dealers have firearms.  “Whenever law enforcers go to arrest them, they often open fire on them forcing them to retaliate in self-defence which resulted in one or two incidents of killings.”Read More: ‘Gunfights’ continue, 6 killed early SundayThe home minister claimed that gunfights take place in all the countries dealing with drugs. “We don’t think it won’t happen in Bangladesh. We witnessed drug dealers open fire first. So it’s normal that police will fire back,” he said describing it as an act of self-defence, rather than ‘gunfight’ or ‘crossfire’.Asked only small fish are getting killed in ‘gunfights’, the minister said the law enforcement agencies are conducting the anti-narcotics drive following the list. “Every drug peddler will be punished.”As of Monday, he said, mobile court drives have sentenced over 2,000 drug dealers to different jail terms ranging from 1-6 months. “Only one or two isolated incidents of drug dealers are getting killed which are hitting the headlines,” he said.Replying to a query whether Bangladesh is following the path taken the Philippines and Thailand against drugs, Asaduzzaman said the law enforcement agencies will follow the list compiled by intelligence agencies.Asked whether members of law enforcement agencies are involved in the drug peddling, he revealed that the list contains people from a wide range of occupations and almost all spheres of society.Read More: 8 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40In response to another query about human rights violations during drives, Asaduzzaman said they never apply any “shoot-at-sight” policy, but only fire in self-defence. “We aren’t arresting drug dealers to shoot them. It’s our highest priority to bring them to justice.”According to officials at the home ministry, cocaine, Phensidyl and heroin were used to be smuggled into Bangladesh from India in the past. But due to strong diplomatic endeavours, that has reduced substantially.Now, the spread of yaba is rampant as it is easily being smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar. Despite repeated appeals to curb narcotics smuggling, no response was found from Myanmar.last_img read more

Two NRS nursing students released from jail

first_imgKolkata: Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students of NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for beating 16 puppies to death, have been released from jail custody after they submitted the bail bond at Sealdah court.It was learnt that they have gone back home as the NRS authorities have restricted their entry into the nursing hotel at the hospital. It may also be mentioned that some of the nursing students, who were staging a demonstration in solidarity with the two of their fellow students who had put forward certain demands including proper sterilisation of campus dogs, have gone back to their classes. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalAccording to a senior official at the hospital, the two accused nursing students will not be allowed to attend classes or enter the hospital premises until the probe initiated against them is over. An investigation has also been pending against three other nursing students who are believed to have been indirectly involved in the incident. It may also be mentioned that the three-member committee, constituted by the NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities to probe into the killing of the 16 puppies, had submitted a report to the hospital on Wednesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe report has been sent to the state Health department and senior officials are going through it. If the accused are proven guilty, stringent steps may be taken against those found to be involved in the killing of the puppies, an official said. The incident of beating 16 puppies to death had sparked massive outrage throughout the state and on various social media channels. Animal rights activists have demanded stern action against those involved in their killing. Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday had called up senior officials of NRS and asked them to immediately suspend the two nursing students, a hospital official said.last_img read more

SkyVision VPN solution chosen by Unity Bank to Ensure Seamless Connectivity Between

first_imgAdvertisement SkyVision Global Networks Ltd has today announced its recent partnership with Unity Bank, one of Nigeria’s leading retail financial institutions.SkyVision provided its satellite-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) services via its local Nigerian hub to support Unity Bank’s LAN network, connecting the bank’s headquarters in Lagos to its numerous branch offices nationwide.With 236 branch offices throughout Nigeria and additional branches planned for the future, Unity Bank required a robust, reliable and highly secure communications solution. Recognized as a leading connectivity provider in the region, Unity Bank chose SkyVision to install and deploy an optimal solution to meet their needs. – Advertisement – The SkyVision VPN solution connects Unity Bank’s core applications – including peripheral applications – to its headquarters, enabling continuous, seamless business operations in its rural area branches. Fully deployed and managed by SkyVision, SkyVision VPN enabled Unity Bank to connect their LAN sites with no investment in additional infrastructure. The superior technology behind SkyVision VPN offers increased flexibility and enables complete management control.“As one of the nation’s leading banks and a contributor to Nigeria’s GDP, we needed a viable communications solution we could depend on,” said Zubairu Atiku, Head IT of Unity Bank. “After careful consideration, we chose SkyVision due to their outstanding market reputation, specifically in the finance industry and their ability to deliver exactly what we needed. This included installing and managing a highly-reliable system, coupled with dedicated customer service and technical support, which can’t be compared to previous service providers,” he added.SkyVision is highly experienced in providing the African banking industry with reliable network solutions suited to their unique requirements across geographic boundaries, particularly in rural areas. SkyVision is proud to have furthered its reach into this market through recent partnerships with prominent financial institutes across Africa – including UnaCoopec, Bank of Africa and others.“Partnering with Unity Bank is part of our continued commitment to the African financial market and to Nigeria in particular, where we have a strong and active local presence,” comments Dror Limor, SkyVision VP Sales & Marketing. “We are proud to serve Unity Bank as our valued customer and to have provided them with the reliable solution and full support they required and deserve. SkyVision plans to further expand its finance and micro-finance penetration within Nigeria and across Africa.”For over a decade, SkyVision has focused efforts to becoming the corporate communications ‘solution of choice’ in Nigeria, through its establishment of local hubs, PoPs and local presence to deliver quality communications and a high level of service to customers nationwide.last_img read more