The submission with the most passion, reasoning behind the answer and ability to articulate the response was offered a trip to attend the Girls Track at the 7th Annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. Girls Track is centered on promoting and supporting STEM skills and entrepreneurship in girls ages 12-16. By connecting Girls Track participants with delegates and speakers from DWEN, they are exposed to mentorship and guidance that will largely influence their entrepreneurial journeys.Dell and Seventeen were so inspired by the hundreds of applicants and the ambition, drive and entrepreneurial spirit coming from Gen Z. There were many strong candidates, but Nihita Sarma’s business idea of a wristwatch that enhances the lives of Alzheimer’s patients rendered her a clear frontrunner amongst an impressive field of young entrepreneurs. Nihita found a leading issue for Alzheimer’s patients to be their tendency to wander off. Thus, making it challenging for caretakers to keep track of their patients at all times or feel comfortable giving them the space they long for. Through the use of GPS technology, her watch could give patients the liberty to be more independent, and lead a more normal lifestyle, preventing the progression of brain deterioration. Nihita is eager to attend DWEN to expand her entrepreneurial skills, develop her knowledge of technology, make friends to collaborate on ideas with and spend time with Mikaila Ulmer of Mikaila and the Bees at DWEN. Nihita advises other young entrepreneurs to start by identifying what they love, and then think of ways to improve it. Nihita’s knowledge, and genuine determination to improve the lives of others is impressive and inspiring. Additionally, Dell and Seventeen selected five finalists who met the contest criteria and are working on, or have the ambition to start, businesses that promote using technology for good. The finalists were all given Dell XPS Gold laptops to help launch and run their business. The business ideas and girls selected as finalists include: Energybusters by Dhvani Bhatia: Vampire energy, or energy wasted by power-consuming devices while a device is off, is a growing problem in the USA. Energybusters aims to develop an adapter that users can plug into their device to stop the energy flow when the device is fully charged or off. With this device, Energybusters hopes to decrease the country’s energy bill by millions of dollars.DateSense by Julia Gong: Julia hopes to establish DateSense, a technology company manufacturing sensors that detect the presence of date-rape drugs, namely Ketamine, GHB and Rohypnol in drinks. She plans to embed these sensors into discreet personal items, such as rings, watches or necklaces. The sensor would then send a personalized message to the user’s phone when these date rape drugs are detected. Julia hopes that her company would offer an affordable way to increase individual’s safety and peace-of-mind while attending social gatherings, as well as adding another avenue of prevention for the all-too-common date rape that occurs in our modern society.Superself by Julianne Lefelhocz: As video games increase in popularity, the integration of the virtual world with reality becomes more relevant to daily life. Julianne’s app, SuperSelf, aims to turn physical therapy into a superhero game for children. It encourages children to complete their exercises at home. With increased participation, children will be less susceptible to re-injury, arthritis, obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory disease and even cancer. SuperSelf has the potential to greatly improve many individual’s health, simply by changing the way people think about physical therapy.Eshika Saxena: Eshika hopes to produce a hand-held device that provides instant verification of the quality and safety of food and drinks before consumption. The device will connect to a smartphone and use machine learning and smart sensor technology to make near-infrared spectrometry’s food quality assessment capabilities affordable and available for daily use by consumers.Mandy Gang: Patients often waste money by redoing tests they have already been given. This occurs by the simple mistake of a patient or hospital not having an updated record of their medical history. Mandy aspires to develop a system that would allow patients to easily transport their medical records and avoid the hassle of filling out forms at hospitals.To join the conversation going at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit in Cape Town next week, follow @DellInnovators and #DWEN. We welcome you to share your ideas for STEM-related businesses, powered by technology, below! According to the Women’s Engineering Society, only 9 percent of engineers are female, and the first step to changing that is putting technology in the hands of girls and getting them excited about it. At Dell, we are focused on increasing young people’s access to technology to prepare them for success in a 21st century, digital world.To help nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of young girls, Dell has partnered with Seventeen Magazine again this year to host a contest for girls age 12 – 16 to write about a business they would launch in the STEM field that could change the world.
Margaret Mullett, director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington D.C., spoke about her research on absentee Byzantine emperors in McKenna Hall on Tuesday night, in honor of the late Prof. Sabine MacCormack. Mullett’s lecture, titled, “Writing a Mobile Empire” focused on Byzantine emperors’ war-time lodging of choice: tents. It was the second in a year-long series of talks, “Writing Empire: Rome and Byzantium,” hosted by several academic departments, including the Department of Classics and the Department of Theology. “The emperors were on campaign for half the year,” Mullett said. “[I study] how much of the [governmental] functions travelled with them and how much they left behind, how much evidence went with them.” MacCormack, a Hesburgh Professor of Arts and Letters who died last June, published “Art and Ceremony in late Antiquity” in 1981. Mullett said she wants to update MacCormack’s ideas about the cultural impact of tents on the Byzantine empire. “I think that ceremony and performance were very much at the heart of what she thought about [the Byzantine] empire,” Mullett said. “I think its time to reassess. She’s right, but I think there are other things to be taken into account.” Mullett’s analysis focused on three areas affected by Byzantine’s mobile emperors: the government, court culture and ceremonial tradition. Despite the realm’s strengths, Mullett said Byzantium is largely ignored in comparative literature about empires. “The Byzantium Empire reigned for nearly two millennia,” Mullett said. “They had impressive road systems and communications, a cultural unity project, superb tax machinery and military logistics. … It was a primary empire.” Mullett specifically addressed the “tent poetry” that arose from emperors “governing from the furthest corners” of the domain. She said her interest in the cultural and ceremonial aspects of this kind of literature was “unexpected.” “I got hooked on structures and soft architecture and what it might mean for the empire. [It’s] less about marble and more about fabric, the silk of tents,” she said. Mullett said she was happy to be a part of the colloquium, especially since she knew MacCormack from her time at Oxford, where they both studied. “I spent a lot of time in her floor and was totally inspired by her performance in seminar and just the collegiality of [her] conversation and the power of her intellect,” she said. “MacCormack was a wonderful and unique scholar whom I knew in the early 70s,” she said. “She is a wonderful inspiration.”
Selfie stick, eat your heart out. The next generation of selfie images is about to flood the market. Lily Camera is a self-flying drone that follows you and keeps you in frame via a tracking controller pod about the size of a small hockey puck.“Point-and-shoot devices, action cameras, camcorders, and DSLRs have served us well on the ground and attached to drones, but we’ve always wanted a richer, more contextual point-of-view,” said Antoine Balaresque, CEO and co-founder of Lily in a press release. “Lily automatically creates exciting close range photos and wide, cinematic shots previously reserved for professional filmmakers.”The team at Lily Camera seem to have thought of everything. From managing the 20 minute battery life without loosing your toy to being waterproof and rugged. The only thing missing is obstacle avoidance. While the Lily Camera takes care of getting in the air and following you, you are still the pilot by virtue of your actions. If you run into the woods, Lily will follow and not know better to dodge branches, buildings, power lines or other flying objects.There are a number of shooting modes available. For shots of you standing still or getting ready in one place, you can set Lily to loop around you. There’s also an approach or “fly up” mode. When you get going, switch Lily to follow, lead or slide mode and you’re good to go. Launching Lily was made simple by just tossing it into the air. Landing is controlled by two long clicks of the tracking puck. The first long click brings Lily to a hover a few feet over the tracker. The second long click tells Lily to slowly descend so you can catch it in the palm of your hand.Another sweet feature is the audio. To avoid that drone whine (or at least to minimize it), audio is recorded on the tracking puck then synchronized with the video when the two are downloaded. While you might still hear the buzzing in the distance, the sounds immediately around the tracker are what will be most prominent.All this description is fine and dandy, but the real teller is the video below. Specs from the press release are also below and Lily Camera is currently taking pre-orders to get this gadget for $499. Expected delivery is early 2016 and by then the price for the naysayers who declined the pre-order will bump to a cool grand. Are you going to get yours? www.lily.cameraQUICK FACTSThrow it in air to start shootingFlies itself, no controller requiredWaterproofSleek design, fits in backpack, 2.8 lbsPhotos: 12 MP, Video: 1080p/60fps & 720p/120fpsSony IMX117 1/2.3’’ image sensorProgrammable flight paths via mobile app20 minutes flight timeOptimal flying: Outdoors 10-30 ft, up to 25 mphAudio recording from tracking deviceComplies with FAA guidelines
These are still an important step in the money laundering chain. Launderers put money into banks in small quantities or use money services so they don’t trigger financial transparency requirements. Financial institutions: New technologies: By Dialogo October 01, 2010 Colombian black market peso exchange: This is the first method of money laundering and the simplest one in Latin America. Colombian and Mexican cartels generate and launder between $18 billion and $39 billion in wholesale drug proceeds annually, most of it smuggled in bulk out of the U.S. at the southwest border, according to the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center. The exchange is one of the most popular methods of laundering money in the Western Hemisphere. The system uses different mechanisms to move drug profits, mainly wire remittances that are broken down and sent out. Colombian traffickers receive Colombian pesos in Colombia in exchange for their drug dollars from the U.S. Anti-money laundering specialist John Cassara told Diálogo that the main money laundering methods used in Latin America are bulk cash smuggling, the Colombian black market peso exchange, and other new financial technologies. Bulk cash smuggling: New financial products and technologies, many of which are Internet-based, offer new opportunities for laundering, making it more difficult to be detected. Stored value cards, prepaid cards and digital currencies offer new methods of laundering.
Congratulations on the site, I think the army should be used more for fighting crime, so that it would be more of a help to the Brazilian people, so many men at the headquarters doing exercises, training and throwing parties paid for with our taxes, they are not the ones to blame since they obey orders, they would obey them very well, but these disgusting politicians don’t care about anything. Armed forces on the streets nowâ€¦ since weâ€™re already in a civil warâ€¦ By Dialogo December 02, 2011 The quick and spectacular retaking of the Rocinha slum from the hands of drug dealers was a great, and in a way, an unexpected present for the population of Rio de Janeiro. Although trafficking in that community was already being monitored by police intelligence, the idea of occupying the most densely populated slum in Rio was something that was dismissed by multiple analysts at the time. The lack of police personnel for new occupations was public knowledge, so much so that the Brazilian Army was induced to remain in the Alemão Complex for an additional period of time, while the military police is engaged in training more police officers for this type of mission. Rocinha, along with the neighboring slum of Vidigal, is located in a prominent area of the city, in the middle of districts with high levels of disposable income, and in addition to retailing drugs to practically the entire Zona Sul and Barra da Tijuca areas, it also supplied several other slums in the city. The first drug laboratories in the city were found in Rocinha, demonstrating that, in addition to selling drugs, the slum’s criminals were also getting involved in manufacturing them from imported raw materials. In view of the major events that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, the occupation of the area had already been promised, but not everything that the politicians promise can actually be carried out by the police. Certainly, intelligence had a preponderant role in the events preceding the invasion. In the four weeks preceding the invasion of the two slums, the public-safety authorities started to publicly suggest the retaking of that area. The declarations and announcements in the media became more frequent, and this certainly influenced the morale of the criminals, including their leader, the dealer known as “Nem.” The head dealer even threw a farewell party, at which, very much on edge, he is reported to have used drugs excessively and ended up at the community health clinic. Undoubtedly, things were very tense for the criminals of that gang, who based their hegemony on an extensive network of very-well-paid police collaborators who were now apparently unable to do anything to save them from the fate that was awaiting them. When the operation began on November 13, the police must have already known that there would not be an organized reaction by the dealers. The police officers were again transported in armored vehicles belonging to the Marine Corps, which preferred to use the latest versions of its LVTP-7 tracked amphibious assault vehicle, equipped with supplementary armor on the sides of the main compartment in order to increase the vehicle’s resistance to attacks using hollow-point ammunition. They also used Piranhas, which are more agile and maneuverable in narrow streets than tracked vehicles. The operation showed that the police have assimilated lessons learned from the operations in the Leopoldina slums. Even when transporting their assigned weapons and ammunition, police personnel were not allowed to carry large backpacks that might support accusations of looting. In the briefings, a great deal of emphasis was placed on the fact that the population had to be protected, that the police had to behave as an authentic liberating force and not allow themselves to be seen as an oppressive group. Flyers were dropped from helicopters urging citizens to collaborate by revealing dealers in hiding, as well as stockpiles of drugs and weapons. Federal police and internal-affairs personnel were secretly positioned in the surrounding area to detect and arrest police officers who joined the dealers and helped them escape. The operations in Rocinha also allowed the Rio police to demonstrate new equipment and technological resources. Their two new Bell Huey II police helicopters, of American origin, with greater transport capacity and better armor, were used in the operation. This time, the entire area of the operation was declared off-limits to flights, and there were no television-station helicopters flying over Rocinha or Vidigal. A new Squirrel helicopter, with a sophisticated system of television cameras with zoom capability, able to operate by day or by night, enabled real-time monitoring of the areas occupied by the dealers, from safe positions at an altitude of a kilometer, retransmitting the images to a command center on the ground and to police officers in the field. An incursion by civilian police officers into an area bordering on forest, monitored from the sky using the new electro-optical sensors, as well as on the ground by cameras transported by the police themselves, left us with the impression that we were watching operations similar to the one that culminated in the death of Osama bin Laden. The operation showed that the police’s command, control, and integration capabilities have evolved dramatically. Not only were 185 weapons seized, including BAR, FAL, Para FAL, AK-47, M-16/AR-15, and Garand automatic rifles, old Mauser repeating rifles, various shotguns, M1 carbines, submachine guns, pistols, dozens of extra magazines (some with capacity for 100 rounds), foreign-made hand grenades, two 66-mm M-72 anti-tank rocket launchers, and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, but so were hundreds of kilos of narcotics, as well as 60 kg of cocaine base paste, which could be multiplied by processing in the “laboratories” set up by the criminals in those areas. Besides 47 people arrested, 75 stolen motorcycles for which the police had been looking were recovered in these communities during the course of the operation. For security professionals, there remains the certainty that there is no such thing as magic in the pacification process. Once they recover from a major blow, criminals tend to strengthen their presence in other areas of the state of Rio de Janeiro, and many of those men and women, with or without a criminal record, who used to make their living from the trafficking in those slums can be expected to shift to other types of crime, venturing “uptown” in search of victims, and can be expected to cause more trouble. We must be prepared!
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo October 28, 2020 The Ecuadorean Armed Forces dismantled three paramilitary campsites near the border with Colombia and detected the presence of Colombian armed groups linked to narcotrafficking.The operations took place in Putumayo canton, between August 27 and 30, 2020. The Ecuadorean Army reported finding ammunition, vests, tactical backpacks, magazines, awnings, antipersonnel mines, food supplies, and several logistics items on site.They also found pamphlets printed with the logo of the illegal armed group Border Commandos (CDF, in Spanish). Ecuadorean senior military officials are aware that the CDF consists of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) who are attempting to regroup following the peace process, the Ecuadorean newspaper El Comercio reported on September 2.“Authorities have detected ongoing infiltrations of Colombian illegal armed groups on the eastern end of the Sucumbíos border […] in Putumayo canton,” Army General Oswaldo Jarrín, Ecuadorean minister of Defense, told the press on August 31. “As far as we know, one of the groups is called Border Commandos […], which is trying to infiltrate Ecuadorean territory, probably looking for safe haven.”According to the Ecuadorean news agency Análisis Urbano, the CDF is engaged in an ongoing confrontation with other FARC dissidents in the area to control cocaine trafficking into Ecuador, and has been gaining strength by recruiting children and young people, who are taken to work in cocaine labs.“They use [minors] for two or three months and then rotate with other young people in exchange for financial benefits; however, there are some minors who have been taken to confrontations, who have been killed after refusing [to comply], or who had to move when trying to leave this group and report them,” Análisis Urbano said on September 14.Another FARC dissident group that operates on Ecuador’s northern border is the Oliver Sinisterra Front, which was accused of kidnapping and murdering three Ecuadorean journalists from El Comercio in 2018, as well as carrying out the car bomb attack on the San Lorenzo police station in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, that same year.Nueva Marquetalia, a gang that also operates in the region, is mainly fueled by young Venezuelan migrants who are recruited to join the ranks of this “narcoterrorist organization,” the Ecuadorean newspaper NotiMundo reported on September 3. Marquetalia, located in Tolima department, Colombia, is a rural area that is historically considered to be the FARC’s birthplace.With U.S. Southern Command’s guidance, the Ecuadorean Armed Forces train in the jungle to strengthen their operational capabilities, “to neutralize the presence of armed groups in Amazon territory,” the Ecuadorean website Noticias Equinoccio highlighted on September 2.
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“Just enjoy [the floods] […] two thirds of the human body is water, as they say. At the end of the day, it’s how we manage the water that goes in and out of our body,” said Saefullah in a playful tone.Read also: How Jakarta gets flooded: Experts take to Twitter to explainInstead of detailing the city’s strategic efforts to fight floods, Saefullah expressed support for Anies, asking the public to give the governor time to handle the floods.Saefullah also claimed that Jakarta had been successful in tackling the recent floods, indicated by a “normal” situation in Jakarta within 24 hours post-flooding. Most public facilities and main roads were immediately accessible, he added. (gis)Topics : Recent flooding in Jakarta and its satellite cities has put the city’s administration under public scrutiny again. Social media was the main platform for people to voice their complaints, especially toward Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.Read also: Climate change cause of Greater Jakarta floods, BMKG says Nevertheless, Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah took the problem lightly, adding that flooding was an issue faced by several previous governors. “According to Bang [brother] Yos [former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso], all [of the capital’s] governors dealt with flooding. Meaning that in every [rainy season], we face flooding,” he said as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.Read also: Video of Anies supporter claiming flooding ‘always occurs on day off’ under ‘pious governor’ goes viralSaefullah downplayed the complaints, telling people that the administration was working on flood control.
After months of studying from home, students in several parts of the archipelago returned to school on Monday in accordance with the so-called “new normal” protocols in their respective communities.In the meantime, a number of other regions continued to exercise caution and carried on with their online learning policies as the COVID-19 health crisis has shown no sign of abating anytime soon.In East Nusa Tenggara, students returned to their classrooms as junior and senior high schools in 13 regencies and cities across the province – including the provincial capital Kupang, East Manggarai regency, Rote Ndao regency, East Flores regency, and Central Sumba regency – were permitted to resume their normal educational activities this week, albeit with a renewed emphasis on physical distancing and personal hygiene. Furthermore, students should also be given practical lessons on health protocols so they can develop new habits to minimize the risks of infection, Habel said.Read also: Teachers, parents fret over health risks as schools prepare to reopen“Parents shouldn’t simply tell [their children] to wash their hands, but they should also demonstrate how to do it properly,” Habel added.Similarly, junior and senior high school students in Jambi city, Jambi, were also allowed to return to their classrooms on Monday, kompas.com reported.Jambi Mayor Syarif Fasha said the decision to reopen schools in the city was partly because hundreds of students in the region lacked access to online learning technology.He noted that the reopening was met with enthusiasm among students, as evidenced by the 50 percent attendance rate on Monday. He expected the attendance rate to reach 100 percent by the end of the month.“For the time being, [studying at school] is not mandatory. If a student has [breathing issues], for instance, they will be allowed to study remotely,” Syarif said.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim allowed 104 regencies and cities considered to be “green zones” across the country to reopen junior and senior high schools on July 13, which also marked the start of the new school year.However, elementary school students are still required to study from home until further notice.Amid Monday’s reopenings, some other regions remained cautious, with students told to continue studying from home because of health and safety concerns.Read also: Indonesia shifts from ‘new normal’ to ‘adapting to new habits’The Riau Islands administration, for instance, has prohibited schools from reopening as the threat of COVID-19 has yet to subside in the region.“Based on our field inspection, schools – specifically senior high schools and vocational schools – haven’t reopened. We will [impose sanctions] if they do reopen,” Riau Islands Education Agency character building division head Adimaja told The Jakarta Post, adding that learning activities had mostly taken place online.He went on to say that a few vocational schools in Batam had been permitted to allow students to resume outdoor activities, while still adhering to strict health protocols.Akmal, who serves as a principal at Kartini Senior High School in Batam, said schools could be reopened for in-person learning as soon as the region was declared a “green zone”. “[The reopening] also depends on the parents’ approval,” Akmal said.In Medan, North Sumatra, however, students flocked to schools despite the local administration’s restrictions. Based on the Post’s observations, many students were not wearing face masks.“On the first day of school, we sang together and wrote down our personal information. We had fun,” said Dori, a seventh grader at SMP 4 state junior high school in Medan.North Sumatra Education Agency secretary Alpian Hutahuruk expressed dismay over the unsanctioned reopenings, saying it endangered students.Read also: Indonesian schools not ready for ‘new normal’: Survey“This could put students in peril. We have prohibited [schools from reopening]. No school in North Sumatra may reopen when the COVID-19 [transmission rate] is still high,” said Alpian, adding that the administration would reach out to schools that were found to have violated the regulation.Separately, national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said the government had considered allowing schools in “yellow zones” to reopen because of high public demand.“We are reviewing several public requests to allow [students] in yellow zones to go back to school,” Doni said after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday.As of Monday, Indonesia had recorded 76,981 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,656 deaths linked to the disease. (rfa)Topics : Despite the high-spirited school reopenings across the province, some parents have conveyed their collective anxiety about their children’s well-being.Habel Manafe, whose child attends SMA 3 state senior high school in Kupang, called on schools to implement strict health protocols to ensure the safety of students, teachers and other staff members.“For us, it goes without saying that once schools reopen, they must [enforce] health protocols. This includes implementing physical distancing measures, for instance, by putting some distance between seats in the classroom,” Habel told the press on Monday, adding that students must also be required to wear face masks.Habel went on to say that having students tested for COVID-19 was crucial as schools adjusted to new norms.
Agus explained that consumers could expect refunds via e-wallets to be settled within a week, compared to bank transfers, which can take up to 60 days. He added that OYO had settled 99.4 percent of all refund requests within the last six months.OYO Indonesia country stock head Carlo Ongko first announced the company’s plan to partner with “two major e-wallets” in August after receiving some 5,000 refund requests from June to August.He said providing refunds via e-wallets would shorten the transaction verification process and minimize human error in data input.In the same month, the company said it had seen a 70 percent increase in occupancy from May, signaling a recovery after months of slumping demand and canceled bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.OYO has found itself in the spotlight after consumer complaints about refund and payment problems went viral. (eyc)Topics : Budget hotel aggregator OYO has announced it has partnered with local e-wallet platforms GoPay and OVO to settle refunds swiftly amid an increase in hotel cancellations as people refrain from travelling during the pandemic.OYO Indonesia country head Agus Hartono Wijaya said the e-wallet platforms were expected to simplify and speed up the refund and booking payment process, as well as reduce the need for physical contact at reception desks when customers make transactions.“We are also innovating to digitize guests’ stay experiences, especially amid the current pandemic,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.