Campbell joins Holloway at Millwall

first_imgDJ Campbell has joined Millwall on loan from Blackburn for the rest of the season. The 32-year-old from Shepherd’s Bush played under Lions boss Ian Holloway at Blackpool prior to joining QPR in 2011.He signed for Blackburn after his Rangers contract expired during the summer but is yet to score this season.His stay at QPR was unsuccessful and he spent much of the time training with the club’s Under-21 squad managed by Marc Bircham, who recently left Loftus Road to join former Rangers man Holloway as first-team coach.Campbell’s career has also included spells at Yeading and Brentford.See also: Bircham faced challenges at QPR and can leave with his head held highSee also:Campbell could join Holloway at MillwallFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Collaborative efforts at CITES CoP17 in South Africa

first_imgThe 183 Parties were discussing 120 documents and 62 proposals at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), said Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.South Africa, she added, was delighted to host the conference.Watch her welcome message:“Delegates should be prepared to work throughout and make sure that we make our nations proud and at the heart of it all to save our species that are almost extinct but also regulating those that need to be regulated,” she said.At the gathering, the delegates, who include ministers and government representatives from the member countries, representatives from inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, civil society and other stakeholders, are taking decisions on what additional measures are needed to end illicit wildlife trafficking, among other things.Continental agreementThe 12 African rhino range states and ex-range states have agreed on an overall strategy to tackle poaching and increase the population of the animals in the coming five years.Molewa launched the African Rhino Range States’ African Rhino Conservation Plan on the sidelines of the conference on 25 September.Minister Molewa addressing the side event of the rhino conservation range states action plan #CITES #CoP17 pic.twitter.com/eQjNzFrILk— Environmentza (@environmentza) September 25, 2016The African rhino range states and ex-range states are Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.Spanning a period of two years, with discussions spread out over three workshops, the plan took shape. The minister emphasised that it was important for the range states to work together to increase rhino populations.But the plan would not override current national plans. The African plan focused on general principles of conservation on which all states could agree.“It seeks to complement national plans by providing an overarching higher-level umbrella plan under which all the national plans can fit,” she said. “The continental plan also seeks to identify and focus on areas where collectively and co-operatively there may be opportunities for range states to work together to enhance rhino conservation.”Key pointsProtection, law enforcement, investigations and intelligence: to implement legislation and strengthen law enforcement actions between both countries and different departments of government; improving investigation and collectively sharing knowledge, skill and state of the art technology; Biological management: to achieve the envisioned growth rate to sustain, and manage the rhino population and to conserve genetic diversity through standardised monitoring; Co-ordination: to improve co-ordination between range states by active involvement on an international scale; Socio-economic: creating support for conservation by tapping into the local population through empowerment of people; Political support: to boost collective continental political support for rhino conservation; Communication and public support: to garner understanding and support from the public and all stakeholders involved in rhino conservation through targeted communication; Capacity: to make certain there are enough human resources used wisely, and make sure they are appropriately trained and equipped; and, Adequate financing: to explore and develop financing mechanisms and structures to make sure efforts are sustainable.The conference ends on 5 October 2016. South Africa was one of the first signatories to CITES in 1975 and continues to play an active role in the enforcement of the Convention.For the full plan, click here.The ConventionCITES is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. States that have agreed to be bound by the Convention are known as Parties. Although CITES is legally binding on the Parties – in other words they have to implement the Convention – it does not take the place of national laws.Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Wildlife and forest crime is not limited to certain countries or regions, but is a truly global phenomenon.Source: Flauna and South Africa.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Why Did Groupon Diss Google? $15 Billion I.P.O.

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market mike melanson The New York Times’ DealBook blog is reporting tonight that social buying site Groupon “is pushing ahead with plans for its initial public offering, a debut that could value the company at $15 billion or more.” The site previously turned heads when it rejected Google’s $6 billion acquisition offer and spurred many to begin discussing the dreaded “B-word” – Bubble.Just last week, the site raised just under $1 billion in funding and released some interesting statistics on its meteoric growth. In the past year, Groupon has expanded from one to 35 countries, launched in 500 new markets (up from 30 in 2009), grew subscribers by 2,500% and worked with nearly 60,000 different businesses. The closest competitor in the market, LivingSocial, recently raised $175 million, a figure now dwarfed by Groupon’s latest round. DealBook reports that Groupon may be trying to get while the getting’s good:Groupon, say analysts, may be moving quickly to take advantage of the market’s momentum and the excitement around fast-growing Web companies.“It’s smart to strike while the iron is hot, and they’re the most visible and fastest growing player in their market,” said [Greg Sterling, an analyst and the founder of Sterling Market Intelligence]. “To wait a year would inject a level of uncertainty for the proposition of going public.” Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web last_img read more

56% of Peoples’ 1st Wikipedia Edits Are Good

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick If you thought Wikipedia had seen its heyday, you’d have thought wrong. A small study performed by Wikipedia staff and published today found that new Editors are signing up and making edits to the site at a far greater rate than they were years ago. A slight majority of their first edits are acceptable or better.The number of new editors registering on the site has grown from 60 on an typical day in 2004 (when the site was 3 years old) to now 1800 people joining English Wikipedia and making at least 1 edit in a given day today. Vandalism is way up but still makes up less than 25% of edits from new editors. 55% of first edits by new editors today meet the site’s (increasingly) stringent quality controls and require no clean-up by other editors. While that’s down from 72% in 2004, it’s still pretty good.“Right now, our top priority is to promote the health of our projects and community and that means making sure that we’re maintaining an open culture that welcomes newcomers,” Wikimedia’s Moka Pantages told us. “This preliminary look into the activity of new Wikipedia editors indicates that new people do have valuable contributions to make and we’re looking at ways to invite them in and make sure they’re able to contribute.”I’m a little surprised by these numbers, but it’s also remarkable to think about how many people visit Wikipedia every day and don’t sign up to edit anything. Twitter wishes people loved reading Tweets that much. It’s interesting that a medium famous for making encyclopedic knowledge writable remains in the largest part a read-only phenomenon for most people.center_img Tags:#New Media#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Japan drug giant Takeda tumbles as Shire recommends 64 bn offer

Shares in Tokyo-listed Takeda tumbled Wednesday after it raised its offer for Irish pharmaceutical company Shire to £46 billion ($64 billion), which would represent the largest ever foreign takeover by a Japanese firm. © 2018 AFP Takeda lifts Shire takeover bid again (Update) Some analysts say a takeover bid of this magnitude could put too much pressure on the finances of Takeda, whose logo is seen here London-listed Shire said it was “willing to recommend the revised proposal to Shire shareholders subject to satisfactory resolution of the other terms of the possible offer”.The latest bid follows a string of lower offers rejected by Shire over the past month. It comes as Takeda looks to expand abroad in the face of an expected drop in drugs prices at home.Analysts said the buyout would be a smart move by Takeda as it looks to diversify, and could pay off in the long-term.However, the news sent Takeda shares plunging more than nine percent in Tokyo at one point Wednesday morning, with investors worried it would overextend the firm’s finances. At the close it was down 7.02 percent to 4,510 yen, while Shire opened in London trade up 2.80 percent at £40.40.In its statement on Tuesday night, Shire set a new May 8 deadline for the conclusion of negotiations.The offer is equivalent to £49 a share, Shire said, and represents a 60 percent premium to its closing price on March 27, before Takeda made its interest known.Shire said that on completion of the deal, shareholders would own about 50 percent of the enlarged Takeda, while the new Takeda shares would be listed in Japan and the United States.’Long-term benefits’Shire on Friday had rejected Takeda’s fourth offer in a month, worth £42.8 billion, saying it was too low.Last week Botox maker Allergan said it was considering making a counter-offer for Shire, raising the prospect of a bidding war, but then confirmed it would not go ahead.The buyout is the latest in a flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the pharmaceutical industry as traditional players see profits eroded by competition from generic medicines.Japanese drugmakers in particular are facing pressure in the domestic market as the government tries to cut prices of many branded medicines and increase the focus on cheaper generics to curb health spending as the population ages rapidly.Takeda, led by Frenchman Christophe Weber, has been actively looking overseas for acquisitions.In 2011 it took over Swiss rival Nycomed for 9.6 billion euros ($13.6 billion at the time).Masayuki Kubota, chief strategist at Rakuten Securities, said that notwithstanding the negative initial market reaction, the takeover would likely be good for Takeda.”It would be the biggest-ever takeover by a Japanese company and it’s natural for that to spawn worries” because a failed buyout could cause huge losses, he told AFP.But he said Shire offered an attractive portfolio.”They have a lot of treatments for rare diseases, where the barriers to entry for other companies are very high. Their profitability is high.”Kubota said Takeda was right to take advantage of its ample cash flow and Japan’s low interest rates.”It may look expensive short-term, but it will bring good benefits over the longer term.”Fumiyoshi Sakai, an analyst at Credit Suisse, agreed.”It would also enhance its global reach,” he told AFP, adding it would give Takeda access to “research and development in the field of digestive systems, mental illness and rare diseases where Takeda has wanted collaboration”. Citation: Japan drug giant Takeda tumbles as Shire recommends $64 bn offer (2018, April 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-japan-drug-giant-takeda-shire.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

Counterterrorism police are now training with virtual terrorists

Terrorist incidents are increasing. Credit: Max Roser, Mohamed Nagdy and Hannah Ritchie (2018), CC BY What if you could save an airport from terrorists, escape insurgents in South Sudan, and rescue civilians in an underground station all in one morning? With modern technology, the ability to recreate these scenarios within virtual and augmented reality is here, and we’re using it to help train counter-terrorism officers and aid workers. Historically, such training would be provided through classroom and online exercises and real-world training scenarios. But with these new technologies we’re able to enhance decision making, situational awareness and emotional resilience during dangerous, threat-to-life scenarios. Working alongside law enforcement agencies and United Nations organisations, our research into the use of serious games has led to us being able to successfully apply it to security training.Often people get confused between virtual and augmented reality. During a virtual reality experience, you enter a digital world that becomes all you can see. In contrast, augmented reality projects digital information over the real world. So, augmented reality can be anything from a projection of a clock in front of you to catching a Pokemon on the bus. Counter-terrorismThe AUGGMED (Automated Serious Game Scenario Generator for Mixed Reality Training) project has developed an online multi-user training platform for joint first responder and counter-terrorism training. Virtual reality allows trainees to perform exercises within virtual reconstructions of the real world while interacting with virtual civilians and terrorists. However, augmented reality allows trainees to see and interact with virtual terrorists and civilians within the real world. Both technologies enable trainees to improve their decision making and gives them experience of performing within stressful situations. Provided by The Conversation Humanitarian agenciesNon-governmental organisations and humanitarian agencies are also exploring the use of VR to improve training. In 2017, we created a VR training simulation for the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM). This Advanced Training, Learning And Scenario (ATLAS) simulation was designed to train civilian staff who work in dangerous environments to respond effectively to life-threatening situations. Trainees experience a convoy attack and have to assess and respond to the situation effectively to survive. As part of the simulation, trainees are expected to identify the threat and find the safest method of escape. The simulation was commissioned following increased hostile activity against aid convoys and specifically an attack which killed two members of IOM in South Sudan. Explore further Augmented and virtual reality explained. In March 2018, security officers with the Piraeus Port Authority in Greece used AUGGMED to train for potential terrorist-related threats. Using augmented reality, on-site trainees in Piraeus worked alongside other trainees working remotely who were experiencing and responding to the same scenario through virtual reality. Together they had to effectively respond to a terrorist incident. This meant they had to assess the nature of the incident, before ensuring the safety of nearby civilians and neutralising the threat. IOM ATLAS Cropped. International Organization for Migration/ATLAS, Author provided Trainees from multiple agencies can train simultaneously and this enables collaborative training between different disciplines, such as the police force, security personnel and paramedics. AUGGMED has been used to improve emergency service work across Europe and has been used by British police officers for critical incident response training.With the number of terrorist-related incidents increasing, and the method of attacks evolving, regular proactive training that responds to these changing threats is becoming a necessity. Virtual reality helps to bridge this gap by providing a cost-effective and rapid training solution, and it is being used across the world from New Zealand to Singapore. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Virtual reality training to help catch drug trafficking This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The future of trainingAs serious games and virtual reality technologies become standardised and accessible, their uses and benefits for training and learning are becoming more apparent. While certain sectors such as military and aviation have already been using these technologies for quite some time, it is only now that discussions around the usage of virtual and augmented reality technologies has reached the more traditional sectors such as law enforcement, construction and even food safety. In the future, the use of modern technologies to improve and augment existing practices will become commonplace. While digital learning has begun the move from standard classroom-based training to the digital landscape, virtual reality won’t be far behind to supplement real world scenario training thanks to its cost effectiveness and proven benefits to learning and knowledge retention. Serious games and virtual reality will one day be ubiquitous within training packages. But before then, the benefits of these technologies need to be explored and discussed further, because they hold remarkable potential. Citation: Counter-terrorism police are now training with virtual terrorists (2018, May 14) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-counter-terrorism-police-virtual-terrorists.html Virtual reality is helping train counter-terrorism officers. Credit: Josh LeCappelain/US Deparment of Defense read more