ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC):FIFA has suspended Grenada’s senior men’s national football coach Anthony Modeste for four games and fined him more than US$10,000 for misconduct against match officials.The Disciplinary Committee, comprising of Claudio Sulser of Switzerland as chairman, and members Jim Shaw of Northern Ireland, Ariel Alvarado of Panama, and Cristian Varela of Chile, handed down its decision on July 23. The ruling was communicated to the Grenada Football Association (GFA) last week.The Spice Boyz coach is accused of breaching the FIFA Disciplinary Code by committing an unsporting conduct towards a match official during their World Cup preliminary round game against Puerto Rico in June.According to FIFA, Modeste, who received a red card during the first-leg preliminary game against Puerto Rico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 12, will miss Grenada’s third-round qualifying games against Haiti next month.FIFA said that the automatic match suspension was already served when Grenada played Puerto Rico on June 16 in St George’s and in light of the fact that Grenada has qualified for the next round of the preliminary competition, Modeste will be served two match suspensions against Haiti on September 4 and 8.The governing body said that the remaining match suspension will have to be served if Grenada qualify for round four of the competition.However, if Grenada does not qualify for the subsequent round of the preliminary competition of the FIFA World Cup 2018, the remaining match suspension will be carried over to Grenada’s next official match.Modeste is also fined US$9,000 in application of the ruling and US$1,000 for the proceedings. He has 30 days from the date of notification of the decision to pay the fine.
Commissioner Nick Patsaouras had harsh words for the state of affairs: “It’s a scam.” It’s a scam, all right, but one that L.A.’s leadership has endorsed repeatedly. City leaders have signed off time and again on DWP employee contracts that award lavish raises far beyond cost-of-living increases and above those given for comparable municipal jobs. Is it any surprise that they would agree to such ridiculous OT terms? Oh, yes, it’s good to be the DWP. The DWP’s overtime costs will only continue to rise, and they will no doubt be passed on to the utility’s ratepayers until city leaders have the courage to stand up to public-employee unions and say “enough.” DWP employees are paid more than fairly as it is. Allowing them to pad their paychecks is an insult to every taxpayer in the city.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT’S good to be the DWP. Not only do the men and women employed by Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power enjoy the highest salaries in a city government that boasts the highest municipal wages in the nation, but they get to rack up thousands more in overtime – even on days when they took some time off. It’s such a good deal that last year about 90 DWP employees were able to tack on $65,000 in OT to their regular generous paychecks. That’s like getting a whole other annual salary without having to work a whole other job. Sounds outrageous, but it’s all perfectly legal. The provisions of the employees’ contracts – the same one that gave DWP workers pay raises of up to 28 percent over five years – have lax and questionable OT rules. Considering how much DWP employees get paid even before they claim time and half for overtime – six-figure salaries are common for even blue-collar workers – it’s no wonder the utility has to keep raising rates. An internal audit uncovered this abuse when analyzing the DWP’s soaring overtime costs during an 11-month time period in which employees claimed about 2 million hours of OT. No doubt, some of this expense couldn’t have been avoided, as the city’s failure to keep up with capital improvements requires more emergency maintenance. But much of the overtime billing seems questionable because of the rules that allow workers to claim OT even when working within their normal hours. Not surprisingly, the internal audit also found that the DWP’s overtime payroll process lacks oversight and is poorly run. While it’s appropriate that employers compensate employees for work over and above 40 hours a week, the DWP’s rules go far beyond reasonable compensation. In fact, it’s a system that only guarantees rising OT costs: The DWP needs more overtime because it can’t afford more workers; and it can’t afford more workers because it has such a high cost for overtime.
Splice Machine has announced its data platform for intelligent apps is now available on Microsoft Azure. According to the company, this will give users an option to use the platform to deploy on premise, on AWS and now on Azure.The data platform is designed to help developers easily build and deploy predictive apps without having to stitch compute engines together or dealing with a lot of data movement.“We fiercely believe in cloud independence and want to give our customers more choice in how they run their mission-critical applications,” said Monte Zweben, CEO of Splice Machine. “Splice Machine replaces or offloads traditional and cloud-based RDBMS and Data Warehouse solutions, simplifying architecture, reducing cost, and improving scalability and performance. Now, we have given customers the choice to deploy their applications on Splice Machine as a fully managed cloud service on Azure, AWS, or on premise using affordable Hadoop clusters, but without the complexity of operating Hadoop.”Mozilla Test Pilot experiments Mozilla has announced the first Test Pilot experiments for mobile devices. The Test Pilot team has recently been experimenting with desktop through Firefox Color and Side View, but says its time to begin pushing the boundaries of the browser to mobile.The mobile Test Pilot experiments include Firefox Lockbox for iOS, and Notes by Firefox for Android. Firefox Lockbox enables iOS users to access saved Firefox passwords without having to open a webpage. Notes by Firebox enables Android users to take and store notes across devices.Xen Project Hypervisor 4.11The Xen Project announced the release of Xen Project Hypervisor 4.11. According to the team, the release features a cleaner architecture as well as new PVH-related functionality. Other features include mitigations for Meltdown and Spectre bugs. “The Xen Project community worked swiftly to address the security needs of Spectre and Meltdown, and continued to match its goals in adding significant features to this release,” said Lars Kurth, chairperson of the Xen Project Advisory Board. “The latest features in this release around PVH functionality bring better security, performance and management to the Hypervisor.”Technical features of the release include scheduler optimizations, added DMOPs, improved memory bandwidth allocation, and emulator enhancements. More information is available here.The Qlik Trusted Extension Developer programData analytics provider Qlik announced the Trusted Extension Developer (TED) program this week to help developers create and deliver visual extensions. The program features extension accreditation, best practices and enablement, testing tools, promotion and marketing, and assured upgrades.“Developers consistently expand the value of analytics, using data in new and unique ways and finding new use cases. Extensions have a key role in making these developer efforts come to life,” said James Fisher, SVP of strategic marketing at Qlik. “Our Trusted Extension Developer Program will help developers bridge open source extensions to commercial availability, bringing these innovations to the wider enterprise audience with confidence.”AT&T to acquire AlienVaultAT&T is looking to expand its enterprise-grade security portfolio with the acquisition of AlienVault. AlienVault is a cybersecurity company that features threat intelligence, detection, prevention and response services.“Regardless of size or industry, businesses today need cyber threat detection and response technologies and services,” said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO, AT&T Business. “The current threat landscape has shifted this from a luxury for some, to a requirement for all.”“AlienVault’s expertise in threat intelligence will improve our ability to help organizations detect and respond to cybersecurity attacks. Together, with our enterprise-grade detection, response and remediation capabilities, we’re providing scalable, intelligent, affordable security for business customers of all sizes,” Arroyo added.
by, Michael C. Patterson, ChangingAging ContributorTweetShare2ShareEmail2 Shares Michael C. PattersonWe applaud Kavan Peterson’s Forget about Memory! Focus on Imagination article. We are inspired by with such an assertive stand advocating for new approaches to dementia and Alzheimer’s care — approaches that can improve quality of life without resorting to the use of anti-psychotic drugs. As Kavan says, the very least dementia care communities should do is introduce the Music and Memory Program. The use of the arts in dementia care is an exciting field that is just hitting its stride.While our efforts to promote cognitive wellness tend to focus on healthy older adults, most of our recommendations pertain equally to people who are living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. As the title of Kavan’s blog suggests, loss of memory does not mean loss of mind and certainly does not mean loss of imagination. Nor does dementia signal the loss of the ability to find pleasure and fulfillment in music and other arts. There is growing evidence that the arts not only contribute to cognitive health, but just as important, contribute to overall wellness and satisfaction with life for people with all kinds of challenges.At MINDRAMP Consulting we strive to translate cutting edge research into practical programs and strategies that promote cognitive wellness. This goal begs the question — just what do we mean by cognitive wellness? We have come to believe that there are two essential components of the wellness equation. One side of the equation focuses on brain health — on the attempt to limit structural damage and to manage diseases that undermine cognitive function. But, the other side of the equation is equally important. This second side focuses on the ability to find pleasure, meaning, purpose and fulfillment in life.The term “flourishing” is frequently used as a shorthand term for all of these elements of wellness. Martin Seligman in his book Flourish, defines wellness as being composed of five core elements: positive emotions, meaning, engagement, accomplishment and positive social interactions.[i]As I explained in a recent review of Seligman’s book posted on Amazon, I was quite taken by his point that mental wellness is not achieved by simply removing the causes of mental distress. The absence of pathology can still leave people feeling empty. The other side of the wellness coin is the cultivation of real happiness, meaning and fulfillment, which requires concerted effort. We need to learn how to release and nurture the positive aspects of our psychological makeup. Quality of life is not achieved when we languish; it is achieved by learning to flourish.A healthy brain may make it easier to attain these positive conditions of wellness, but a growing body of evidence makes it clear that people who struggle with profound cognitive deficits can still flourish. And, it is frequently the arts that unlock the gates to this secret garden of subjective wellness.Kavan asks for additional ideas on how to improve quality of care and quality of life and reduce the use of anti-psychotic drugs. I’d like to offer some ideas that center around the power of the arts to nurture wellness.For starters, I want to whole-heartedly second the support for Ann Basting’s Timeslips program. It is a model program that sets the standard for approaches that promote quality of life for people living with dementia. The Modern Museum of Art’s art program for Alzheimer’s patients and John Zeisel’s work pioneered the approach captured by your title. Forget about memory; focus on the imagination.Timeslips and the museum projects use the arts to interact with people in the here and now. They focus on feelings and thoughts that are happening in the present, not on the ability to recall facts and figures from the past. In so doing they reaffirm the dignity and worth of people who have lost their memory by engaging retained cognitive functions, like imagination, to discover meaning, fulfillment and joy in what is happening right now.MINDRAMP has very close ties with the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA). The mission of the NCCA is to foster an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to develop programs that build upon this understanding. Their membership includes the top teaching artist in the country. These working artists design, implement and test arts programs for older adults, both healthy adults and adults with dementia.So, here you go, Kavan. Here are two ideas to consider:1) I highly recommend that teaching artists, elder-living and care community leaders, and those interested in creativity and aging, become members of NCCA and take full advantage of their many services. We recommend that your readers learn more about NCCA at: http://www.creativeaging.org/about-ncca-0.2) I also recommend attending the second annual Creative Aging Leadership Exchange that will be held at Arena Stage in Washington DC this May 19-20. Leaders from the field of creative aging will explore arts programs, the business of supporting arts programs for elders, and the scientific research that support the field. I will be moderating the opening research plenary panel.Learn more about the conference at: http://www.creativeaging.org/www.conference.creativeaging.org.[i] Seligman, Martin. (2011) Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being. New York. Free Press.Related PostsForget About Memory! Focus on ImaginationYesterday I had a conversation with the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) in my home state of Montana about how to change dementia caregiving practices in the state’s nursing homes. I offered three ideas and would like suggestions from readers.A bit more about “Dementia Beyond Drugs”I’ve been a bit remiss in my blogging of late. I guess more timeliness will have to be my New Year’s resolution. Meanwhile, I am cross-posting an interview I had recently with Stephen Woodfin. Stephen is an attorney, a novelist and … Continue reading →Dementia: the Joy of Living an Improvisational LifeIn her December 2017 post, “Stealing Hope,” Anne D. Basting passionately challenges the fear and stigma-inducing “tragedy narrative” that distorts how people living with dementia are seen within the broader culture. The two of us were especially inspired by Anne’s closing words, “Family members and friends…can learn to shift toward creativity…TweetShare2ShareEmail2 Shares