Students to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition

first_imgStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition TechnologyMay 19, 2011 By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter RelatedStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition RelatedStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition RelatedStudents to take part in Blackberry Developers Competition FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Primary, secondary and tertiary student’s islandwide have until midnight, Thursday, June 30, to register for the Blackberry Developers Competition, being spearheaded by the Ministry of Education and the Office of the Prime Minister.  Dubbed ‘App.ti.tude’, the competition, which was officially launched on May 17, at the Wyndham Hotel, New Kingston, aims to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial activity among students. The initiative will encourage students to use their creativity to submit ideas, and to develop or create mobile applications for either the Blackberry Smartphone, or Playbook. Speaking at the launch, Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, said through the competition, youngsters would be able to use their creativity to develop a product that can generate income and employment. “We are taking our naturally gifted youngsters and we are going to give them the opportunity, the incentives and the support, and I have every confidence that they will create applications that can become marketable, that can secure enough intellectual property rights that will add to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Jamaica,” he said. Acting Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Wahkeen Murray, said the Government recognises the tremendous power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to mobilise the youth, provide new avenues for creative self expression and career development, and facilitate greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which they live and must thrive. “It is therefore appropriate that the minds of the competitors at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels are being directed to the gamut of endeavours of the information age. No doubt, at the end of this exercise, the perspective of each participant will be forever changed,” she said. “The government of Jamaica continues to seize and celebrate all opportunities to partner with the private sector in preparing our young people to perform on the world stage and to expand the vista from which they will design their career paths, and determine their mode of contribution to Jamaica and by extension the world,” she added. During the launch, an agreement was signed by the Ministry and sponsors, Blackberry Smartphone developer, Research in Motion Limited (RIM), and telecommunications provider, Digicel, to collaborate on the initiative.  Entrants can register at:, and deadline for the submission of ideas and application is Sunday, July 31. Only teams comprising a minimum of three students and a maximum of four, from publicly or independently operated institutions will be allowed to participate in the competition. Each team is required to have a named coach who must be a teacher/lecturer at that institution. A school may enter an unlimited number of teams and each school must be registered with the Ministry of Education or the University Council of Jamaica. Prizes will be awarded to schools, team coaches and team members. There are prizes for members of the top 10 school teams at the primary level and members of the top three teams at the secondary and tertiary levels. The overall winning team will receive the Best in Show award, which is an all expense paid trip from RIM to the upcoming Blackberry Developers Conference in October, to be held in San Francisco, United States. Digicel will use the overall winning Blackberry application in all its markets as a value-added service to its Blackberry customers. Advertisementslast_img read more

Santa Monica theft suspect leaves Sephora without paying

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeSanta Monica theft suspect leaves Sephora without paying May. 24, 2016 at 6:12 amCrimeSanta Monica theft suspect leaves Sephora without payingeditor5 years agoburglaryDolores Ceron Hernriquezdolores henriquezLos AngelesSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica Crimesanta monica crime watchsanta monica newssanta monica policesephoratheftthird street promenade On May 10, at about 2:48 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Sephora, 1244 3rd Street Promenade, regarding a theft suspect in custody.Officers determined the suspect entered the store and selected merchandise from the display cases.The suspect concealed the merchandise in a shopping bag and purse. The suspect exited the store without paying for the merchandise and was detained by a loss prevention agent.The suspect was in possession of a tool to remove security sensors from merchandise.Dolores Ceron Hernriquez, 44, from Los Angeles, was arrested for burglary and possession of burglary tools. Bail was set at $20,000.Note: Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.Tags :burglaryDolores Ceron Hernriquezdolores henriquezLos AngelesSanta Monicasanta monica californiaSanta Monica Crimesanta monica crime watchsanta monica newssanta monica policesephoratheftthird street promenadeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentNow that Santa Monica has the Expo Line, let’s do transit rightBoys basketball: Crossroads hires Chad Beeten as new coachYou Might Also LikeCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agoCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

North Korea now blasting choral, folk music at demilitarized zone, not propaganda

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — North Korea has changed its tune — at least along the DMZ, or Korean Demilitarized Zone, a two-and-a-half-mile-wide buffer of landmines and booby traps that separates it from South Korea.For years, giant speakers at North Korea’s propaganda village, Kijong-dong, would blast a looping playlist of martial speeches. But since the Winter Olympics began earlier this month in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the speeches, which some American officers said they can recite nearly word for word, have given way to pleasant choral and folk music, according to United Nations Command officials.“Instead of a lot of the hard-line speeches, it has gotten softer,” Lt. Cmdr. Daniel McShane, a United Nations Command duty officer who has been posted at the DMZ for five years, told ABC News during a visit to the site Wednesday. “We’ve been hearing a lot more music, and a lot of it has been more classical, especially at night.”The new playlist may point to a wider thaw in the 65-year-old cold war that has dominated the Korean Peninsula since the communist North invaded the South in June 1950. Relations also appeared to warm when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dispatched his sister and the president of the country’s puppet parliament to represent him at the Olympics.North Korea also sent a cheerleading team and a marching band, and the nation’s athletes marched under a unified flag with the South Koreans.McShane said North Korea’s different musical offerings near the border “could be just because there’s a good number of North Korean citizens here.”“Or,” McShane added, “it could just be a coincidence. Maybe they’ve run out of speeches.”Not much else has changed near the DMZ. Although diplomats from both the North and South recently met at the so-called Peace House, tensions remain, according to McShane. Communicating with North Korea remains challenging. In 2013, representatives of North Korea stopped answering a hotline phone that had connected them to the U.S.-led United Nations command.When messages must be sent — especially complaints about armistice violations — an American officer will descend from a command post, walk between the iconic blue huts, around the sunglasses-wearing South Korean guards, and signal for a translator who must literally yell into North Korea from the very edge of South Korea.It often takes multiple attempts. Eventually, a North Korean officer will descend, carrying a video camera to record the U.S. officer’s request. That video, according to officers on the South Korean side, is then relayed to central command in Pyongyang. Often, the North Korean officer will not even respond directly to the American who’s making the request.Nearby, to the north, an estimated 15,000 artillery pieces are pointed directly at Seoul, about 25 miles to the south.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more