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LLW raise money for Dream Oaks Camp

first_img March 1, 2009 Regular News L LW raises money for Dream Oaks CampAttorneys and staff from Lewis, Longman & Walker’s Bradenton office participated in a community-wide blood drive that raised $8,600 for the Foundation for Dreams.The Foundation for Dreams is an organization that provides fun, educational, and recreational experiences in an outdoor camp environment to enhance the lives of children with physical and developmental disabilities.Each donation of blood was matched with a $100 contribution from an anonymous donor to the Foundation’s Eddie Mulock Dream Oaks Camp Fund.For more information about The Foundation for Dreams, visit www.foundationfordreams.org. LLW raise money for Dream Oaks Camplast_img read more

Fine tuning in the brain: Study examines how neural networks develop

first_imgWhen newborn babies open their eyes for the first time, they already possess nerve cells specialized in particular stimuli in the visual cortex of their brains – but these nerve cells are not systematically linked with each other. How do neural networks that react in a particular way to particular features of a stimulus develop over the course of time?In order to better understand the steps of this development and explain the complicated processes of reorganization they involve, an international team of researchers has now developed a computer model that precisely simulates the biological processes. The results of the study by Prof. Dr. Stefan Rotter, Bernstein Center Freiburg (BCF) and Cluster of Excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools of the University of Freiburg, conducted in cooperation with Dr. Claudia Clopath from the Imperial College London, England, have now been published in the journals PLOS Computational Biology and PLOS ONE.“Our model enabled us to achieve a meaningful combination of typical features of biological neural networks in animals and humans in a computer simulation for the first time ever,” reports the neuroscientist Dr. Sadra Sadeh from the BCF. “The networks harness the principle of feedback to make nerve cells in the visual system into efficient detectors of features. In addition, they can precisely coordinate the points of contact between the cells – the synapses – in learning processes.” LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest The connections between nerve cells that react to similar stimuli are strengthened as they gain visual experience (thick lines), while other connections are weakened (thin lines). Share Email Share on Twitter It is difficult to combine these two properties in computer models, because it can easily lead to an explosion of activity in the network – similar to an epileptic fit. To keep the activity in the network stable, the researchers integrated inhibitory synapses into the learning process, which control the excitation in the network.Researchers can now use the computer model to simulate various developmental processes in the brain’s visual cortex. Among other things, it will allow them to determine how connections between the nerve cells change the first time they receive stimuli from both eyes after birth. Such processes play a role in early-childhood visual disorders like congenital strabismus (squinting). “In the long term, the model could even enable us to develop better strategies for treating such illnesses,” says Rotter.But why do the neural networks change their structures in the course of visual experience if nerve cells are already specialized in particular stimuli at the moment the eyes first open? The team found an answer to this question in a parallel study. “In a simulation directly comparing inexperienced and fully developed nerve cell networks, we were able to demonstrate that fully developed networks further strengthen components of a stimulus that carry more information by preferring connections of neurons with the same function,” explains Rotter. Therefore, while newborns do indeed have the capacity to process all stimuli when they first open their eyes, their perception is greatly improved through the fine tuning of the nerve cell connections.last_img read more

Would CVAs prove a good bet for troubled bookmaker chains?

first_imgSource: Shutterstock/ MichaelpucheWilliam Hill is clearly a profitable company due to its online business and expansion into the new US market. This makes a CVA seem inappropriate, given the risk of challenge and damage to reputation. There are other ways to cut store numbers, such as simply maintaining good estate management.There will always be a certain amount of leases coming to an end without renewal. But given that some landlords saw bookmakers as a good bet (pun intended), that will have put them in a strong negotiating position, which is likely to result in lower rents, short terms and tenant-friendly break clauses.William Hill’s group accounts reveal advance planning: the average period to lease end or break has been cut to three years. If that is the average across the whole portfolio, a substantial number must be ready for exit sooner. One would imagine that the other large bookmakers will have planned it in a similar way.David Williams is senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency department at BDB Pitmans Affected landlords may begin to wonder how these closures will happen and, given the recent prevalence of CVAs in the retail sector, some would be forgiven for assuming bookmakers might follow suit. But will that be the case?Such a large set of closures could well make individual negotiations with hundreds of different landlords inefficient. Providing it is approved by 75% of creditors, a CVA could be quicker and cheaper. Bookmakers could argue in support of a CVA that their business model has changed, given the changes to FOBTs.However, there are a number of disadvantages to CVAs. Not only do they have a bad reputation but landlords are increasingly willing to challenge them.Read Property Week’s analysis feature on the future of betting shopsThere is a growing sense that retail CVAs are being used simply to restructure property portfolios in light of the high-profile problems on the high street, and less because of general debt problems. Although concessions and compromises might typically fall away upon completion or failure of a CVA, this is often not the case in property CVAs. Instead, lease variations tend to survive termination.The Arcadia and Monsoon Accessorize CVAs showed landlords’ willingness to test such agreements; amendments were made to respectively award the landlords 20% equity and a profit share scheme potentially worth £10m.last_img read more

Education Minister expresses gratitude for Chinese scholarships

first_img Tweet Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Education Minister expresses gratitude for Chinese scholarships by: Dominica Vibes News – August 4, 2016 Share 253 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint Jean has expressed gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for their continued support towards Dominica’s human resource development. During a ceremony on Wednesday August 3, 2016, where thirteen Dominicans were awarded scholarships to pursue studies at eleven universities in China, the minister said the government of Dominica and his ministry are “pleased to once again receive this invaluable and tangible input to our human resource development in the form of scholarships from the government and people of the People’s Republic of China”.Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 2004, the Dominican people have benefited significantly from the People’s Republic of China, Saint Jean added highlighting the infrastructural investments, technical assistance and human resource development. “The ministry of education has been among the prime beneficiaries of such assistance. We can speak of the construction of some of our schools through grant funding from the People’s Republic of China, but importantly we can also boast of the development of our human resource over the years with significant contributions through scholarships and opportunities for learning to our people.”Moreover, Minister Saint Jean said it is often concluded that the development of human resource capacity through an educated population is the most important determinant of a country’s economic success.“Consequently, we have maintained a strong belief that the economic development of our beloved country is directly linked to the degree of investment in its human resource capacity. In light of this conclusion, we can safely say that the government of the People’s Republic of China has been making a profound contribution to our continued economic success as a nation.”He continued, “We remain convinced that a highly skilled and fully trained population is indeed a necessary prerequisite to our economic prosperity and to our higher standard of living for our people.”This Saint Jean said has been and remains the rationale for the development of the government’s vision of achieving one university graduate in every household. “Therefore, on behalf of the government and people of the Commonwealth of Dominica, I wish to thank the government and people of the People’s Republic of China, not only for sustaining the mutual bond and friendship which is critical in this global environment, but also for continued commitment to the development of our nation.”Minister Saint Jean said continued development of the relationship between the two countries is important and will in the process strengthen “the solid bonds of friendship”.The minister asked the scholarship recipients to maximize on the opportunity afforded to them. “Work hard and represent your country to the best of your ability. Indeed you are our ambassadors in this far country,” Saint Jean said.last_img read more

Fishermen saved in co-ordinated rescue mission off Fanad

first_imgA team effort from emergency services and a nearby boat led to two fishermen being saved off the Donegal coast last weekend.The incident occurred off  Ballyhoorisky, Fanad on Friday afternoon, where the crew of a fishing boat got into difficulty and radioed for help when their vessel began taking in water.Thankfully, the two fishermen had shared their position with the Malin Coast Guard before they entered the sea. The Mulroy Coast Guard, Lough Swilly RNLI and Rescue 118 helicopter were dispatched to the scene. Lough Swilly RNLI Volunteer Joe Joyce confirmed that a nearby fishing boat heard the radio call from Malin and made their way to assist the men. The fishermen were rescued from the sea after being in the water for 15 minutes.The men were brought back to shore on the fishing boat, in conjunction with the Mulroy Coast Guard, and medically assessed by the Rescue 118 crew. The men were deemed safe and well at this stage.The 30ft vessel eventually capsized and sank.Mr Joyce added that both men were wearing lifejackets at the time of entering the water.  One of the lifejackets was fitted with a personal locator beam. This beam, when activated, sends a signal to the coast guard of the jacket’s exact location. Featured image via Mulroy Coast GuardFishermen saved in co-ordinated rescue mission off Fanad was last modified: October 1st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pellegrini ready to take the fight to City

first_imgWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini insists his team must attack Manchester City if they’re to take anything from their game against the champions.Pep Guardiola’s side have won their last three games against the Hammers at the London Stadium 4-1, 4-0 and 5-0, and have already racked up five wins by five or more goals so far this campaign.However, Pellegrini, who was appointed manager of West Ham in the summer, refuses to give up on the chances of an upset and plans to fight fire with fire against his former club when he faces them for the first time on Saturday.“There are different ways to try to play,” he said, according to Sports Mole.“The first thing is you know you must not make mistakes.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“If you make a mistake, they have players who will take advantage. But they also have had difficult games this season.”“Lyon played well against them. Wolves played a good game against them. Liverpool and Tottenham played good games against them.”“There are different ways to do it. I don’t think all those teams played in the same way.”“We are trying to continue thinking and playing as a big team. Of course, we consider who we are playing.”“But we are not going to play the game just to have a draw and not to concede too many goals. We are going to try to use the game as a good test.”last_img read more