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Reading and mobile libraries

first_imgRecently, sections of the media reported on a Book Mobile Library following a donation from the Rotary Club to the National Library. This commendable initiative, as important as it is, may not have received more extensive coverage it deserves. That is understandable given its considered weak editorial weight when compared to current affairs issues, with the political situation the priority across all fronts. However, its importance must not be lost.A few decades ago, Book Mobile libraries, an extension service of the National Library, were scheduled fixtures in parts of the country. The targeted age group of children from out of town who didn’t had access to the National Library, looked forward, once a week in many instances, to the arrival of the vehicle laden with a variety of reading materials; be it a pop-up fairy tale, a simple fiction or something considered more intense for that grouping.Entering the vehicle evoked a tremendous sense of excitement having waited patiently in the orderly lines. The process, accommodated by courteous and helpful staff, was very simple; borrow a book, read and return by the next visit. Crucial to the success of the service was an interest in reading developed by both parents and children. Then, there was a prevailing passion for reading which was serviced by various bookshops within the city and paid book-lending stalls in some municipal markets.Access to books was therefore not a major issue; affording was a different matter. Also, for many high schools during that period, most, if not all, text books needed were provided free by the Government making it easier for the children allowing for more focus. Friendly reading competitions became popular and probably can be equated to a social media challenge today.Then, children raced for bragging rights as to who first read a particular edition of the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew or the Alfred Hitchcock series. Finishing a series propelled one to the top of the “award podium”. Also popular fictions were the Marvel comic books, Tintin, Archie, Axterix, Mills & Boon, Louis L’amour, Enid Blyton to name a few. Inevitably, there were instances, when some were caught up in a good book and Teachers had to intervene for the focus to be shifted to studies.It was all in good stead as teachers were not as challenged then to get children to read. Interestingly, despite the competitiveness, books were shared among peers, clearly after the holder had the first go. In addition, the children almost seamlessly balanced their school work with their reading passion. Of course, it wasn’t every child, but, by in large, a fairly high number.One can argue that the children then were not exposed to the plethora of technological devices as evident today. A similar argument can be made about evolutionary advances and the impact on all, including children and their passions. Some have put it bluntly that, as a result of these advancements, more distractions are therefore created today when compared to the past citing the lack in variety then.Others will posit that despite the absence of technology-related activities, the children in the past played a variety of folk games as part of the process of enjoyment and passing time. Obviously, while there are compelling arguments from both sides, there is the general concern that the passion for reading has drastically waned and that today’s children are not reading; either enough or at all. When they do, it appears to be confined to just what needs to be done school wise.Again, this is not suggesting every child, as clearly some are involved in extensive reading. Technology however does facilitate reading and even the option of listening to a book. Of course, many would be financially challenged to access, but the bottom line is the option to read is part of the technological evolution. That said, some are adamant in their belief that the very technology is responsible for the seemingly scant interest in reading.Many are of the opinion that one consequence of that said evolution, in the reduction in the number of bookstores and book stalls in some markets. Given that, it may not be inaccurate to state that fewer books are now available today for access. One can easily state that’s an indication of the decline of interest in reading; however, it may be as a result of the impact of technological advances on related businesses.Whatever the reasons, the Book Mobile Library is an important small step, not just to reach persons who may not have access to books, but one to inspire and drive interest in reading. While it will be challenged by the more attractive technological options, it needs to be encouraged for possible expansion to other areas. The benefits of reading may need to be reminded of and maybe through a national effort, to build the worth of the simple but significant action of fingers turning pages.The National Museum had in the past provided exhibits of preserved animals and birds along with basic information to some schools. That not only expanded knowledge but created a sense of expectation of what the next would be. That Book Mobile Library has similar potential.last_img read more

Fisherman stabbed to lung – PM

first_imgCorentyne murder… suspect confesses, for court MondayThe Corentyne, Berbice, fisher whose body was discovered by his mother on Tuesday last, died of a stab wound to the lung. This was the finding by forensic pathologist Dr Vivekanand Bridgemohan, over the weekend.Dead: Ravi SharmaThe body of Ravi Sharma, 25, of Number 60 Village, was discovered in the yard of his mother in Corentyne. He resided with his mother and was said to be an alcoholic.On Monday last Sharma went home intoxicated and ordered his mother to vacate the house. When she returned about 06:00h the following day she discovered his body in the yard.The dead man’s friend and drinking buddy was later arrested and subsequently gave a confession statement, claiming that he and Sharma had fought over a portable DVD player. Later the suspect changed his story and confessed that he was having a relationship with Sharma’s mother and he had disapproved. Investigators were told that on the night of the incident Sharma vented his disgust over the relationship and a fight ensued. It was during the fight that Sharma was allegedly stabbed.Meanwhile, the suspect is expected to appear in a Berbice court on Monday to answer the capital charge. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Late Night I-65 Lane Closures

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Transportation will close the northbound left lane of Interstate 65 approaching mile marker 9.0 during late night hours Wednesday and Thursday nights (SEPTEMBER 14 & 15) while contracted crews offload and install bridge beams at the Old State Road 311 underpass.Six pre-stressed concrete box beams—each measuring 65 feet—will be set in place each night between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.Officials anticipate reopening the onramp from Memphis Road to southbound Interstate 65 at Exit 16next Wednesday afternoon.E & B Paving of Clarksville is INDOT’s prime contractor for this $67 million Major Moves 2020 project on I-65 from 2.8 miles south of S.R. 160 near Memphis Road to 1.02 miles north of S.R. 60 just past Old State Road 311. The contract calls for full-depth pavement replacement with added travel lanes on the mainline—and new bridge superstructures at Memphis Road, Perry Crossing, Muddy Fork and Old S.R. 311.The north-south interstate was originally constructed in 1958last_img read more

Dope Seized and Four Arrested in Jeffersonville Drug Search

first_imgFour Southern Indiana residents were arrested on a variety of drug charges and auto theft this morning in a search of a Jeffersonville home.Arrested and charged were: Conner Mettling, 24, of 416 West Howard Street, Clarksville, IN; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Dealing in Cocaine or Narcotic, Possession of Cocaine or Narcotic, Auto Theft, Maintaining a Common Nuisance and Possession of a Syringe. Gabrielle Wagner, 19, of 1511 Duncan Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.Dylan Kemp, 26, of 1511 Duncan Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.Zackary Morgan, 31, 2202 Tunnel Mill Road, Charlestown, IN; Warrant for Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.At approximately 8:16 am, troopers from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg served a search warrant at 1511 Duncan Avenue in Jeffersonville.The search warrant was obtained by troopers through the Clark County Circuit Court #2 after conducting a drug investigation at the residence.During the search, officers located approximately 71.56 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, approximately 0.5 grams of Heroin, approximately 7.0 grams of Marijuana and Paraphernalia.They also recovered a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck stolen out of Louisville, KY.  All the arrested were incarcerated at the Clark County Jail awaiting their first court appearance.This investigation is continuing.last_img read more

How to Hire Patient People

first_img Dr. Bruce Weinstein is on Twitter @TheEthicsGuy. Originally posted on The Ethics Guy Blog. I once saw a photograph of a dandelion plant. On its own, that image wouldn’t be anything special: dandelions are everywhere. But these dandelions were nestled atop a small mound of asphalt. Somehow they had managed to push through this seemingly impermeable barrier and reach their goal: bathing in sunlight and fresh air. If there is a better illustration of patience than this photograph, I’ve yet to see it.Patient employees are like these dandelions: they keep pushing on with their mission until they prevail. They don’t allow themselves to be diverted from their path by external forces, and their persistence pays off. They also make the lives of HR managers easier, because they’re less likely to give rise to ethical problems that stem from having a short temper.  The following questions may help hiring managers get a better sense of a job candidate’s capacity for patience.Tell me about a time when something at work deeply frustrated you, but you kept calm and dealt with the problem.The angel is in the details here, and the details are the subject’s nonverbal cues. Pathological liars aside, it would be difficult for a job candidate to tell a convincing story about how he or she patiently handled a challenge at work if it weren’t true. When I’m around an impatient person, I feel ill at ease. On the flip side, a calm person has a calming presence. The smart interviewer, therefore, pays attention to how he or she feels when the candidate is telling the story. (Of course, the interviewer should check in with him- or herself to be sure that any feelings of unease aren’t the result of unconscious bias, which I discussed in a previous blog post, How to Hire Fair People.)Tell me about a project you worked on that took longer to complete than you had anticipated. What was the project, what got in the way, and how did you deal with those obstacles?It’s not necessary to spend years on a project to demonstrate patience. If a candidate had good reason to believe that a project was going to take a couple of weeks but turned out to require several months, seeing it through to the end could demonstrate an admirable degree of patience. A lot of business deals fall into this category.Job candidates who refer to flexibility as a critical component of their success are on the right track. Again, though, one wants to hear exactly what that flexibility amounted to. Did it involve recalibrating when the project was likely to be over or shifting the work/life balance when family issues arose? Candidates who tell a story that speaks to either of these issues and do so credibly are likely to be patient people who will therefore be a credit to the institution.It’s useful to include a discussion about patience in an employee’s performance review. An assessment of this quality will probably not be in the employee’s record, so the above questions offer a way of finding out the degree to which patience has played a role in the employee’s success.This is the ninth in a series of blog posts on how to hire high-character people. The first eight were How to Hire Honest People, How to Hire Accountable People, How to Hire Caring People, How to Hire Courageous People, How to Hire Fair People,  How to Hire Grateful People, How to Hire Humble People, and How to Hire Loyal People.Next time, we’ll look at what it means to be a present person and how to evaluate this quality in job applicants.last_img read more

Logitech ClearSea Brings Video Conferencing to the Enterprise

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Android#Apple#mobile david strom Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts If you are looking for a new way to do enterprise video conferencing that marries the quality, standards support and management features missing from Skype and its ilk, take a look at today’s announcement from Logitech with its ClearSea service.To get started, the service is free for up to three users, five minutes per call. Fee-based plans start at $29 per month. There is a very broad mobile device support that allows you to connect any iOS (including the v5 phones announced today by Apple) and many different Android phones and tablets to room-based teleconferencing systems using H.323 or SIP standards such as Cisco’s or Polycom’s room systems. Prior to this announcement, you either had to use proprietary video conferencing software or more consumer-grand offerings such as Skype with spotty video calling quality.ClearSea offers better endpoint management and reporting along with quality controls and encryption built-in. All the clients are free, but to connect them you can either use their cloud-based service or purchase a server and install inside your firewall. The latter goes for an initial price for $8000 for the software alone, depending on the number of users you want to support. They have several customers who have deployed configurations with a 100 concurrent callers on a single server, for example. Logitech purchased Mirial this past summer and this is the first result of that integration to its LifeSize division. last_img read more

The Brave New World Of Virtual-Reality Filmmaking

first_imgYou Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts Tags:#Google#GoPro#Jump#June Special: Virtual Reality#Oculus#Samsung#video#virtual reality#VR#VR Cinema#VR Films#VR Movies#YouTube david nield While gamers wait patiently for their virtual-reality headsets to go on sale, there’s another industry ripe for the VR picking: movies. That means, as VR technology matures, filmmakers have to work out a new approach to their craft. But if they get it right, audiences are in for a far more immersive and interactive ride. Companies like Samsung, Google and Oculus have been evangelizing VR cinema experiences, hoping to bring the sorts of videos that make their virtual-reality platforms a real destination for movie watchers. But to make their campaigns work, they need filmmakers and video producers who know what they’re doing. See also: Samsung Is Getting Serious About Producing Its Own Virtual-Reality VideosThat can be tricky. Within the umbrella of VR movies, there are different approaches around the level of physical movement given to an audience, the available viewing angle (perhaps just 180 degrees instead of 360) and whether to use computer animation software or live action cameras to create these experiences. One of the companies working at the forefront of VR content creation is Nurulize. The firm recently helped to produce a virtual-reality short called RISE with director David Karlak. The film shows off what moviemakers can do—including creating entire worlds rather than merely 2D pictures that move in front of your eyes. Making Movies, VR StyleVR cinema could be pivotal to virtual reality’s success in grabbing mainstream eyeballs. Gaming may be a multibillion-dollar industry, but even so, it’s still somewhat of a niche. When it comes to potential users (or audiences), far more people watch videos in today’s media-obsessed world—which makes VR’s potential reach quite vast. But making polished VR movies requires an equal amount of artistic talent and technical skill. On one hand, filmmakers have a new medium to showcase stories with an unprecedented level of immersiveness. But if they aren’t careful, they can make their viewers sick to their stomachs. According to Nurulize CEO Philip Lunn, VR movie makers are still sussing out the finer points of the craft, with new tools and strategies still being worked out. But there’s a lot of exploring left to do. How do you do storytelling in this new medium where you have a full 360, or ability to roam anywhere you want within a scene? It causes all kinds of new questions, and answers are still being sought for today. So many companies are trying to sort this out, and figure out the best way to utilize this new thing, in order to tell amazing stories that people feel an emotional connection to.Directors are hacking together their own answers: Toronto filmmaker Elli Raynai recently used reverse-engineered gaming software to create a short VR movie. Capturing footage is just the start—how do you edit 360-degree video clips on a two-dimensional monitor?With RISE, Nurulize took existing assets that would already have been prepared for a standard film—CGI objects and background photographic plates—and processed them through bespoke software into a VR experience that could be explored from any direction.From RISEFilmmakers still get to pin people in place inside these new worlds, if they want to: Essentially it’s up to the director to decide whether you’re forced to stay in the company of the central characters, or whether you can wander off to see what’s happening somewhere else. RISE incorporates both a story mode, driven by camera cuts and voice-overs, and a free roaming mode where you’re able to pilot yourself anywhere you want within the created scene. This new flexibility may take some getting used to by VR movie watchers. “David Karlak used one interesting shot where you’re positioned behind a pole in the scene,” said Lunn. “So you’re forced as a viewer to look around the pole, to see what’s going on around it … to really emphasize, ‘Hey, I can be free to move, and there’s a pole in my way. How do I see round the pole?’ Oh, just move your head, and now you’re looking around.” VR Tech Companies Try To Show Video Makers How It’s DoneWith so many directing options—and such great potential for queasiness—VR tech makers have been stepping in, to show filmmakers the way. That’s why Samsung created The Recruit, a short but well-crafted VR video available on its Milk VR service, and recently signed David Alpert, executive producer of The Walking Dead, to make a new VR series. Google recently announced a less expensive proposition for budding VR filmmakers: Google Jump, a new open-source VR platform that hinges on a 16-camera array of GoPros capable of capturing 360-degree, three-dimensional pictures and video. The company also gave YouTube support for 360-degree videos, to give movie makers a place to post their work. The two approaches are distinctly different. Samsung, whose Gear VR headset is powered by Oculus technology, wants compelling narratives and refined experiences—most importantly, sans nausea-inducing action—while Google seems to target the budding filmmaker.For Oculus, whose work in this area has become something of a passion project, whose approach skews more toward its partner’s point of view. Recently spotted on the cinema circuit appealing to filmmakers at the Cannes Film Festival, the company now has its own film studio, Oculus Story Studio, which has already produced its first batch of projects.One of these, called Henry, is a Pixar-style animation short about a hedgehog. But instead of just watching events the audience gets to move through scenes and peer around.In another Oculus short called Lost, the viewer is pinned in position, with the action only progressing once you gaze in a certain direction. It’s almost an entirely new artform, a hybrid mix of movie, game and graphic novel. The old rules about scenes, camera angles, pacing and editing all need to be reassessed and reworked. Tools Of The TradeThe Oculus Story Studio team at work.As the tech companies try their best to appeal to video creators, many movie-making professionals are holding out, waiting for more more technological advances. Lunn says most of the major players in visual effects are “scurrying away in the background” while they wait for a significant level of hardware to appear on the market. But in the meantime, there’s still a lot of experimentation happening. His team uses existing VFX tools such as The Foundry suite alongside custom-made software to make existing CG assets ready for VR.These workflows are by no means set in stone, though. “It’s going to take time for [this new technology] to filter through. But it’s kind of like the Wild West of computer graphics and filmmaking all over again, because people are trying to figure out a new thing,” Lunn said.For the moment, creating VR content is a time-consuming, complex, expensive process: It requires some serious scanning and editing power, whether you’re filming the real world or creating an artificial one, with equipment costing a minimum of tens of thousands of dollars, at least for premium professional gear. Some creative types may even give Google’s Jump project a go. Although its 16-GoPro proposition isn’t all that cheap either, at a few thousand dollars, it still makes for a relatively low-cost way of making VR footage and it’s accessible to anyone. Eventually, the cost of more professional rigs will come down over time. It’s just a waiting game, for now. Lunn told us that for him discovering VR was like discovering the Web for the first time. “I felt the same level of impact, that this changes everything,” he said. “The rules are different. We’re going to experience and design things differently. We’re going to visualize things differently. We’re going to be transported … it’s such a fundamental shift.”Before too long, movie fans will be experiencing the same epiphany, and their equipment needs may not be quite so complex. Viewers can already enjoy immersive videos, even without a VR headset, thanks to offerings like the Paul McCartney concert app for iOS (by Jaunt) or the 360-degree videos available through the YouTube app for Android. They simply move their smartphone around to view in different directions. It’s like taking a peek at a future that’s already well underway. Images courtesy of Nurulize, Jaunt, Samsung, and Oculuscenter_img How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearableslast_img read more

Negotiators reach tentative deal to avoid another shutdown

first_img(AP) – Details won’t be officially released until Tuesday, but Congressional negotiators have reached agreement to prevent another partial government shutdown, financing construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.The tentative agreement allocates $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump’s border wall instead of the $5.7 he demanded.And the pact includes increases for advanced screening at border entry points and humanitarian aid sought by Democrats.last_img