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1 person killed in New Berlin car crash

first_imgPolice say a vehicle travelling northbound on State Highway 8 crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and struck a vehicle head-on. The driver of the vehicle travelling southbound died at the scene. NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police responded to a report of a two-car crash on State Highway 8 Tuesday afternoon. The driver travelling northbound has been transported to Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. Police have not released the identity of the victim as the investigation is ongoing. Both drivers were the only occupants in each vehicle at the time of the crash. State Highway 8 remained closed for several hours but is now reopen. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for future updates.last_img

Opatija does not want new apartments, but investments in hotels

first_imgAccording to the Novi List, the whole story is stuck on urban plans that stipulate that the project should plan 75 percent of hotel rooms in the area, which investors did not fit into the vision. The implementation of this Decision in relation to the previous amount of tax is estimated to lead to an increase in income from taxes and surtaxes on income of HRK 151.537, point out the city of Opatija. In recent days, there has been news in the media that the City of Opatija has rejected an investment worth 50 million euros by the Maltese company AX Holding, which intended to build a complex for renting accommodation units for the elderly in Ičići, ie a five-star aparthotel and 200 apartments. . “Much has been written lately about the City of Opatija refusing a “valuable” investment of 50 million Euros for an aparthotel in Ičići, on the plateau of the former hospital. One would say at first, so what is it to these people to refuse a commendable investment. In that area, the urban plan voted in the City Council envisages the construction of a hotel. We do not want additional apartments in a valuable area. Investors from Malta have planned about 200 apartments there. This, of course, opens the possibility of selling them because Croatian regulations do not sufficiently regulate this issue. In the end, Ičići would get residential dormitories instead of hotels. We didn’t want to allow that.”Pointed out the first man of Opatija, Ivo Dujmić, and added that in the meantime, the Ičići Local Board requested that the conditions for that location be further tightened. The mayor of Opatija, Ivo Dujmić, points out that they do not want new apartments, but investments that will increase hotel accommodation units. So the whole story got its final epilogue. We should certainly praise the Decision of the City of Opatija, regardless of whether we agreed with it or not, because the strategic development of the destination is crucial, and which is so lacking in our tourism. We need to know what we want and where we see each other in x years. What is our tourist vision and thus the vision of the city’s development. Development by inertia and without strategy has just led us to a situation where the entire city infrastructure is cracking from year to year due to the growth of tourism. According to the guidelines of the GUP, we define the future development of tourist destinations, and according to the GUP, it is clearly defined that Ičići do not want the construction of new apartments, but the day-to-day development of hotel accommodation capacities. Namely, according to the Urban Plan, the construction of exclusively tourist purposes is planned in that area – ie hotels with a minimum of 75 percent of accommodation in rooms and a maximum of 25 percent of apartments, while potential investors proposed an investment of about 200 units of apartment accommodation. Photo: TZ Opatija / Marin Ćuk Vurnek The City of Opatija has made a Decision on the amount of flat tax per bed, accommodation unit in the camp and accommodation unit in the facility for Robinson accommodation. The proposal of the Decision was made after consultations of all local self-government units in Liburnia, where it was agreed that the amount of flat tax per bed will correspond to the amount of sojourn tax for 2019, ie it will amount to a maximum of 345 kuna per bed or accommodation unit. Related news: The highest amount of tax will apply as before to those settlements in the City of Opatija that are classified in A class of tourist places. However, unlike the previous situation, the settlements of Poljana and Oprić, which have so far been in the lowest class of tourist places (D), would be equated with the settlements of Veprinac, Pobri and Dobreć (classified in class C), since there are no major differences between these settlements. would justify a different tax liability. At the same time, the lowest lump sum tax per bed or accommodation unit would in future be applied to the settlement of Vela Učka, which is classified in the C class of tourist places, and this proposal seeks to encourage the development of tourism in the least developed part of Opatija. In the area of ​​Opatija, Ičići, Ika, Veprinac, Dobreć and Pobri there are 947 tenants with 3.788 beds In the end, we should certainly praise and mention that last year an agreement was reached on the joint branding of the Opatija Riviera, so Matulji, Ičići, Mošćenička Draga, Lovran and Opatija are under one brand – the Opatija Riviera. Cover photo: Pixabay.com Flat rate for renters 345 kuna per bed last_img read more

No exact date yet for reopening economy: Luhut

first_imgAfter around two months of coronavirus restrictions in four provinces and 26 cities, the government is planning to ease the restrictions, but has yet to come up with a specific date, according to Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan.Luhut, a Golkar Party politician, said Tuesday that the decision would depend on several indicators, including a decline in the number of confirmed cases and the test positivity rate. In line with the World Health Organization’s instruction, massive testing and tracing are the necessary preconditions the government aims to meet.Read also: Jakarta enters transition phase to ease restrictions, extends PSBB to end of June “That is the reason we have not yet announced it,” Luhut said in an online talk on Tuesday. “But we are obviously making preparations, so when we see a downward trend for two weeks, I think it will be about time to reopen.”Jakarta, the national epicenter of the pandemic with 7,485 confirmed COVID-19 cases, has decided to extend the period of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to the end of June as Indonesia’s capital city enters the transition phase with gradual easing plans in place for several sectors .But Indonesia’s total tests relative to the size of population only stood at 0.85 tests per 1,000 people as of Monday, far lower than neighboring Malaysia with 17.32 tests, according to Our World in Data, an open access publication of global socioeconomic data.The government did not rule out the likelihood of imposing further coronavirus restrictions if people did not comply with health protocols such as wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing after the current restrictions were lifted for fear of a second wave of coronavirus cases, said Luhut. Read also: Government expects House to vote on omnibus bill next month: Luhut“We will implement the exit strategy gradually in three phases, which will be reviewed every month,” said Luhut. “The treatment varies from one region to another depending on its pandemic curve.”The World Bank projected that if the coronavirus restrictions lasted for four months, Indonesia’s economy might contract 3.5 percent this year. Signs of a coronavirus-induced downturn appeared in the first quarter growth, which slowed to 2.97 percent year-on-year.As part of its plan to speed up the economic recovery, the government seeks to increase the share of revenue from domestic tourists from 55 percent to 70 percent as the temporary halt in global travel hinders foreign tourist arrivals. The number of foreign arrivals fell 87.44 percent to just 160,000 in April from a year earlier.Topics :last_img read more

Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. reportedly suffers knee sprain, should be ready for training camp

first_img Jimmer Fredette leaves Warriors summer team after two games, ponders overseas options Just when Michael Porter Jr. thought he was ready to return to the court, the Nuggets youngster has experienced another setback.Porter suffered a left knee sprain during a minicamp scrimmage Wednesday night and he’s expected to miss Denver’s Las Vegas Summer League games, according to The Denver Post, which cited unidentified sources.  Nuggets pick up $30 million option on Paul Millsap Porter said he was cleared to play in May and had hopes of making his debut this summer. “To be honest, going into the season, I didn’t really expect myself to be able to play at 100% if I was to come play,” Porter said (via The Post). “But, like, the way I feel now, it’s leaps and bounds beyond where I thought I’d be at this point. I feel so good … I feel like I’m a better player than I’ve ever been.”Porter, 21, likely will be on the sideline when the Nuggets open their summer league schedule against the Suns on Friday (11:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). Nuggets sign Jamal Murray to 5-year extension Oh you were waiting for some MPJ highlights from tonight’s scrimmage?We got you. 😏 pic.twitter.com/OufYmmZKGc— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) July 4, 2019Porter was selected by the Nuggets with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, but he missed all of last season after he had a second back surgery. He also was sidelined for all but three games during his lone season at Missouri before making the jump to the NBA. Porter’s injury isn’t expected to be a long-term issue, but his debut will likely be postponed for precautionary reasons as Denver doesn’t see any reason to rush him onto the court, the Post notes. He is expected to be ready for training camp, but the Nuggets are “bummed” with this setback because he had been playing well in practice without any back issues, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified source.  Related Newslast_img read more

Mickelson ends longest drought with playoff win in Mexico

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Kevin Harvick dominates Vegas for back-to-back NASCAR wins Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phil Mickelson, of the U.S., poses with his Mexico Championship trophy at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — The shot through a gap in the trees only he could see. The two birdies he had to have when time was running out.Phil Mickelson finally looked like the Lefty of old Sunday in the Mexico Championship, especially when a final round of pressure, possibilities and dramatic shots that kept the crowd buzzing finally ended at Chapultepec Golf Club.ADVERTISEMENT The disappointment was tempered only by his start — Thomas was 11 shots back going into the weekend — and by the guy who beat him.“Man, there’s nothing for me to hang my head about,” Thomas said. “To even have a chance to win this golf tournament after where I was through 18, through 36 holes, I’m very proud of myself. Obviously, I would have loved to drum him out there in that playoff, but I’m just happy for him. … He’s playing some great golf.”Mickelson, his confidence higher than the altitude in Mexico City, believes this is just the start.“I don’t think that this is the peak,” he said. “I think I’m going to continue to get better.”This was far more than a duel between Mickelson and Thomas, who is 23 years younger. Tyrrell Hatton was right there, stride for stride, putting four straight 3s on his card with a stretch he capped off with an eagle on the 15th to tie for the lead.But on the final hole, Hatton missed the green to the right, chipped 10 feet by and missed the par putt for a 67 to fall out of a playoff.“I can’t believe that I’m not at least in the playoff,” Hatton said, still seething over a par putt on the 18th that started bouncing right after he hit it.Mickelson won his third World Golf Championships title and, just a month after being on the verge of falling out of the top 50 in the world for the first time in two decades, moves to No. 18 in the world.Shubhankar Sharma, the 21-year-old from India who started with a two-shot lead, didn’t make his first birdie until the 12th hole. He finished with consecutive bogeys for a 74, six shots behind in a three-way tie for ninth. That will leave him on the bubble at No. 66 in the world for making it back to the next World Golf Championship, the Dell Match Play, in three weeks in Texas. Sharma first flies home for the Hero Indian Open next week.“A little bit disappointed,” Sharma said. “I was leading and I think I couldn’t finish it off today. But that’s what the game is about. And what I learned today, especially playing with Phil, I’ll cherish it forever.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hatton tied for third with Rafa Cabrera Bello, who holed a bunker shot for eagle on the opening hole and was among six players who had at least a share of the lead during the final round.Mickelson was the first player who appeared to seize control with a birdie on No. 10 to take the lead, and he was poised to pull away with a reachable par 5 at No. 11 and a drivable par 4 at No. 12.Instead, Lefty made it as entertaining as ever.Going for the green in light rough with the ball below his feet, he hooked it deep into the bushes right of the green, and played his next one when he could barely see the golf ball. His shot hit the gallery and stayed in the trees, and his fourth shot narrowly missed another tree before settling 10 feet away. He made bogey, and just like that, it was a sprint to the finish 7,800 feet above sea level.Mickelson made good on his pledge earlier this year that more victories were in store for him. He has four consecutive top 10s for the first time since 2005.That also was the last time he had won in a playoff.It all seems so long ago — playoffs, trophies, consistent play. Now he’s just more than a month away from the Masters, and feeling invigorated.And feeling like a winner. Mickelson, who closed with a 5-under 66, was at his best over the back nine with as many as six players still in the mix.Suddenly two shots behind when Thomas holed out from 119 yards for eagle on the 18th hole, Mickelson played a high-risk shot through the smallest of gaps in the trees to escape with par on the 14th hole. That’s when he saw the score, and he followed with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 15th and a 20-foot birdie on the 16th.Thomas, who won last week in a playoff at the Honda Classic, capped off a 62-64 weekend with more clutch play, no shot bigger than his sand wedge that bounced behind the flag and spun back into the cup on his final hole for eagle .The playoff — — the sixth in the last eight weeks on the PGA Tour — lasted only one hole on the par-3 17th, where Thomas made bogey for the second time.His gap wedge was too long, his chip too weak. Mickelson’s 18-foot birdie putt rimmed around the edge of the cup, and Thomas missed his par from just inside 10 feet.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ He was posing with the trophy.For the first time in 102 tournaments around the world, dating to the summer of 2013 when he won the British Open at Muirfield, the 47-year-old Mickelson showed he still had the stuff to beat players who weren’t even born when he collected the first of his 43 victories on the PGA Tour.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“This is a very meaningful win,” Mickelson said after beating Justin Thomas in a playoff. “I can’t really put it into words given the tough times over the last four years, and the struggle to get here, and knowing that I was able to compete at this level but not doing it.“To finally break through and to have this validation means a lot to me.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Evolutionary Contradiction As Mental Illness

first_img It is not clear how one goes about evolutionizing one’s life, if evolution is a passive, unguided process that happens to the human race.  Does the verb evolutionize imply purpose and forethought – i.e., intelligent design?  It is also not clear how Dowd and Barlow can defend the idea that integrity, joy, or science itself evolved, much less that by following a purposely-designed course one can achieve them or know what has been achieved.  Further, his mission would seem to play into the hands of Darwin critics who argue that evolutionism has become a religion.  Nevertheless, his course has garnered praise from ardent evolutionists and skeptics, including well-known anti-ID skeptic Michael Shermer, who teaches a bonus session entitled, “Why the Science of Good and Evil Matters.” Apparently, Shermer is not turning his skeptical lens on himself or Dowd.  A good skeptic should be trained in elementary logic, which begins, “A is not non-A.”  The self-refuting fallacy errs by violating this basic premise of rationality, leading to self-contradiction.  Shermer needs to be reminded that an argument which refutes itself is necessarily false.  If evolution teaches that Stuff Happens, it is impossible to activate it by choice – to Happen-ize your Stuff.  In the second item above, it appears that Patrick Davies never even considered that his notion of divergent evolution in living infants, by explaining opposite outcomes, explains nothing.  Every parent knows that both hawks and doves can be found within one family.  Not only that, doves can turn into hawks, and vice versa, at different stages in their development, without evolving.  And even it were possible, he certainly did not provide any evidence from genetics or fossils to trace the development of these opposite adaptive behaviors.  As such, it appears that trying to explain opposite outcomes with reference to “the evolution of” this or that has no more scientific explanatory power than invoking “the demon of” this or that.  As for Niko Alm (first item), bless his spaghetti brain.  More power to him.  Let’s encourage him to start a trend.  Anybody want to donate the money for pasta strainers for his church?  This can be a win-win situation; it can help them feel a mystical purpose in life, and it can help the sane ones among us identify them easier.  Then, we can take them all to land donated by a benevolent society where they can carry on their Evolutionary experiments in peace, the Fun E-Farm.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In their efforts to get their theory accepted, have some evolutionists crossed the line into irrationality?  It is mentally sound to espouse well-argued points of view, even if controversial.  What is marginal is arguing self-contradictory beliefs.  Let the reader judge whether any of these ideas from evolutionists make sense. Alien headgear:  Back in 2005, Bobby Henderson wrote a strange letter to the Kansas School Board opposing the board’s consideration of criticisms of evolution in science classes, which he interpreted to mean that intelligent design was threatening to gain a foothold in the science curriculim.  In a bizarre parody, he asked whether his new Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster should also be allowed as an alternative.  This parody took on a life of its own in the ensuing months and years, with mockers of intelligent design invoking the FSM symbol (also called Pastafarianism) on bumper stickers, signs and even books (Wikipedia).  Now, according to the BBC News, Niko Alm, a driver in Austria, has been granted permission to have his driver’s license photo taken with the symbol of his religion, pastafarianism, on his head – a pasta strainer.  The evolution of opposites:  Calling all moms.  Got a meek child?  Evolution did it.  Got an aggressive child?  Evolution did it.  This contradictory idea about living infants was presented matter-of-factly in Live Science alongside a photo of a crying toddler, “Evolution May Explain Aggressive and Meek Toddlers.”  Patrick Davies from the University of Rochestor linked cortisol levels in 200 stressed infants to opposite strategies of calming down (“doves”) or becoming more aggressive (“hawks”), which he argues “may have provided our human ancestors with adaptive survival advantages.”  But how can a scientific hypothesis account for opposite results?  The article justified the contradiction by stating that it challenges “the idea that there is only one way to be mentally healthy and normal.”  The article put a label on the phenomenon – divergent evolution – unaware that the adaptations occur within one species (Homo sapiens), with no sign that the two groups of infants are diverging into separate species. Evolutionize your life.  Religion is well known for offering people peace and meaning.  What does Darwin have to offer?  A lot, thinks one militant theistic evolutionist whose mission is to help Darwinian evolution gain acceptance in churches.  Michael Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow have produced a self-help course on a website called “Evolutionize Your Life.”  Their “Essential Five-Week Course” promises, “Learn the scientific tools and practices to decode human behavior, eliminate self-judgment, and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity” [emphasis theirs].  Dowd has taught his concepts to 100,000 people so far, saying, “Science has cracked the code not only for understanding but for working with our evolved human nature.”  One prominent heading in the presentation states, “Science Is Helping Spirituality Evolve.”last_img read more

Preseason planter maintenance tips

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jonah JohnsonHopefully by now you have begun to service and prepare your planter for a successful crop initiation. Set yourself up for a successful planting season and a prosperous harvest by taking time to ensure your planter has been calibrated and set to handle the varying seed size that we are experiencing this year. Below are some guidelines to assist in properly adjusting your planting equipment. Planter frame adjustmentHitch and toolbar height: Tractor hitch heights may vary due to tire size, tractor manufacturer, and type of planter. Hitch height should be raised to level toolbar for best planter performance. The tool bar height should be 20 to 22 inches from ground level. Make sure it is level or running slightly uphill to provide correct down-pressure from springs.Seed transmission systems: Check sprockets, chains, bearings, meter drives and insecticide drives daily. Any vibration in the drive system will end up at the meters and cause spacing issues. Seed furrow creationIf using no-till coulters, they need to be a quarter inch above the openers, make sure the depth is not set to deep. Coulters should run a quarter inch above Tru-Vee openers.If coulters are too deep the seed will be planted too deep and the openers won’t turn. Row cleaner settingSet your planter’s row cleaners deep enough to remove trash and not throw soil. In some cases, floating cleaners may help. Floating row cleaners follow contours and are less likely to “trench” or “hover” when compared to “locked” row cleaners. Check opening disks for proper seed furrowCheck opening disks for wear and alignment. Disks should form a “V” trench, not a “W.” In general, regardless of equipment manufacturer, disks must be replaced when they lose half an inch in diameter. Seed singulationFor finger units, check brushes and fingers for wear. Replace worn or grooved faceplates and replace seed conveyors with missing ladders. In vacuum systems, check for air leaks and worn seals around the metering units.Larger seed size in 2017 will require increased use of talc, graphite or a combination of the two to assist your respective planter handle varying seed size. Seed drop and coveringCheck seed tubes and tube guards for wear, bending or deformation and repair as needed. Vibration or bounce of the row unit can cause tumbling and poor seed spacing. Seed firmers help eliminate gaps between the seed and the bottom of the seed trench which helps create good seed-to-soil contact and uniform depth within the seed trench. Gauge wheels should slightly rub on the disk opener to help create a good seed trench and keep the openers clean.Keep in mind that too much down force will create sidewall compaction. In tougher, wet soils, spiked closing wheels may help prevent sidewall compaction. Whole planter inspectionsCentral fill systems: Seed bridging in the seed tank and seed plugging in the seed hose are common issues. Symptoms of seed bridging include no seed and too much air in the mini hoppers. If this occurs, assess whether the tank pressure is set to the recommended setting and whether the tank agitator is turning when the fan is running. Make sure the agitator pins are centered over seed nozzle openings and then adjust tank pressure by one pound until seed begins to flow.Symptoms of seed plugging include seed stuck in the seed delivery hose between the tank and mini hopper or in the elbow of the mini hopper. To remedy this situation, make sure the tank pressure is set correctly for the crop being planted. You may also need to unplug the agitator motor to allow less seed to be picked up. For small seed, use tank nozzle inserts. Seed lubricantsProper use of talc and graphite may eliminate a lot of potential problems. Talc removes static and graphite lubricates seed while moving through the system. Use rates may need to increase for large treated seed and when temperature and humidity are high. Check your respective equipment manufacture’s manuals for recommended amounts of seed lubricant. Also, your seed dealer may have specific recommendations to improve seed flowability.For more information, visit Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy at pioneer.com/agronomy.Sign up to receive the latest agronomy updates for your geography from DuPont Pioneer at pioneer.com/signup.last_img read more

Facebook Can Now Spy On Your Surroundings Via Your Phone’s Microphone

first_imgTags:#Audio Collection#audio recording#data#Facebook#now#privacy#Shazam selena larson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Today Facebook announced a new feature for its Facebook app that can automatically identify music and TV shows playing in the background as you’re writing a status update. When you activate it, the opt-in feature uses your smartphone’s microphone to scan your surroundings; you’ll see a sound icon moving on the screen as it does. If the Shazam-like feature finds a match, you can share songs or shows with your friends as part of your update. Facebook says it doesn’t store any of the sound it analyzes, and emphasizes that “we can’t identify background noise or conversation.” (That’s presumably a matter of intention and not capability.) The feature, of course, will know what you’re watching or listening to, which serves Facebook in its battle with Twitter to become the best “second-screen” app that people use for discussion while watching TV.See also: TV’s Social Game: If They’re Talking Online, They’re Watching OfflineAny identified music you share will give your friends a 30-second song preview. Facebook will also post the exact season and episode of a show you’re watching if you share it, although the social network also makes the oddball claim that such sharing will somehow allow you to “avoid any spoilers and join in conversations with your friends after you’ve caught up.” Apparently Facebook believes that your friends and commenters are all people of goodwill who will conscientiously avoid revealing stuff you’d rather not know yet.More detailed data on the entertainment you enjoy will also be a boon for advertisers and Facebook’s media partnerships. The company already sends reports to top networks about what Facebook users are talking about on any given week—access to better entertainment data could get more people to pay Facebook for access to your eyeballs. Lead image by Flickr user Karen Black; screenshot image courtesy of Facebook Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Ireland might miss out on autonomous car first miles

first_imgIreland, the base of many U.S. technology companies in Europe, might miss attracting the same firms to test autonomous cars on their roads and develop fake cities to run various simulations.While the government has been welcoming to tech companies in the past and able to change its laws to suit them, it seems to have missed the oncoming revolution in the auto industry.See Also: Boston seaport becoming a testbed for autonomous vehiclesIt has not shown the same level of enthusiasm to bend the rules as the European giants France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, which have all proposed laws that let autonomous cars drive on public roads.That’s not even taking into consideration the efforts of the Chinese and U.S. states to make tech and automotive companies feel welcome. Several U.S. states are pushing for full legalization of self-driving without a driver, Michigan being the first to ratify this into law.Ireland takes a bite of Apple?The Irish government may be able to work something out with Apple, but that would undoubtedly take some hefty bargaining from the government. We doubt it wants to get into a kerfuffle like that again, after the international protests over the changed tax code.If it misses the chance to lure some tech firms to test in the country, Independent.ie calls for the government to make it clear what companies and people can and can’t do with autonomous cars on Irish roads.At the moment, there has been no word as to whether autonomous driving is legal or illegal. We assume the latter, but Ireland was not one of the 72 countries to sign the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968, and its own road traffic laws are muddled when it comes to autonomous driving. But this is a thorny issue being grappled with by governments around the world. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Tags:#Apple#Autonomous car#Internet of Things#IoT#Ireland#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Challenges Accepted: The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Online Self-Help Portal

first_imgBy Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPixabay[Soldier Obstacle by skeeze on September 4, 2015, CC0]Life can present its share of everyday challenges, especially for Veterans and their families. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) understands that those challenges may not just go away on their own. With that in mind, the VA has created a Veteran Online Self-Help Portal. At no cost to the user, this portal provides guidance for Veterans and their families when dealing with challenges associated with stress, transition, and their service.“All of the resources are based on proven, evidence-based mental health practices. VA and DoD worked with Veterans around the country from all military branches to ensure these resources are relevant for all who have experienced and overcome the same challenges.”This portal is accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere and showcases a variety of resources including apps, videos, and other tools through the use of different courses covering a range of topics. Each of the topics are highlighted below.Moving ForwardThis course was created to meet the needs of Veterans and Service Members who are facing stress management, school and family balance, problems in relationships, coping with physical injures, difficulties with finances, and issues with adjustment. There are eight modules within this course, each containing videos, games, and interactive exercises.Veteran ParentingThis course was designed with parents in mind, providing tools that can help with reconnection and parental strengthening. This course provides helpful tips on working through everyday parenting issues and those specific to military families by featuring stories from families and interactive activities.Anger and Irritability Management SkillsThis course offers both practical skills and tools aimed at assisting with anger management and the development of self-control. The following are the 8 modules presented in this course containing videos, games, and interactive exercises: Getting Started Managing your Anger, Understanding your Anger, Breaking the Aggression Cycle, Behavioral Tools to Manage your Anger, Cognitive Tools to Manage your Anger, Conflicts and Communication, Your Anger Control Plan, and Making it Work.Path to Better SleepThis particular topic (sleeping difficulties) is tackled through the use of a course featuring Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i). The course is presented through the use of 6 chapters including Course Introduction, Track your Sleep, Sleep 101, CBT-I Overview, CBT-I, and What’s Next. Like the other courses in this portal, this course offers a variety of tools and resources through videos, downloads, helpful links, and activities.All of the courses within this portal are free, available for anyone, and completely confidential. Registration is not required and no personal information is collected at any time. It is suggested that Internet Explorer is used for the best experience, as some users have experienced errors in Chrome. It is also recommended that your flash player is up to date.If you would like more information about this wonderful resource from the Department of Veterans Affairs, click here.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The MFLN Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website , Facebook , and Twitter.last_img read more