Fires Continue to Decline in Trelawny

first_imgRelatedFires Continue to Decline in Trelawny Advertisements RelatedFires Continue to Decline in Trelawny RelatedFires Continue to Decline in Trelawnycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MONTEGO BAY — The Trelawny Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade is crediting its ongoing public education programme for the continued reduction in the incidence of fires in the parish.  The campaign, which includes lectures, seminars, drills, distribution of pamphlets, and inspections, has helped to increase awareness about fire safety and prevention strategies. Assistant Superintendent for the division, Noel Myrie, delivering his report for the month of August at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council in Falmouth recently, said that despite the gains, the firefighters have not become complacent and continue to diligently carry out their duties. A total of 21 emergency calls were received in the division in August, 15 of which were genuine calls.  There were only three false alarms, two with good intent, while one was categorised as malicious. “Of the genuine calls received there were three house fires for the period, resulting in one adult being displaced,” Assistant Superintendent Myrie informed. Some 24 fire hazards were removed from communities while four building plans were approved by the department. In addition, 90 inspections were carried out across the parish, with 44 clubs and bars, 28 industrial and commercial buildings, nine offices, four hotels, three health facilities, and two churches assessed. He noted that the public education programme continued, with seven lectures and two seminars held during the month, while 98 other instances of interactions with the public were recorded. By Bryan MillerJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAY Fires Continue to Decline in Trelawny Local GovernmentSeptember 17, 2011last_img read more

Cognitive psychology experiment reveals the invisible world of human perception

first_img“The visual system really cares about objects,” says postdoctoral fellow J. Eric T. Taylor, who is the lead author on the paper. “If I move around a room, the locations of all the objects – chairs, tables, doors, walls, etc. — change on my retina, but my mental representation of the room stays the same.”Objects play such a fundamental role in how we focus our attention that many perception researchers believe we are “addicted” to them; we couldn’t stop paying attention to objects if we tried. The visual brain guides attention largely by selecting objects — and this process is widely believed to be automatic.“I had an inkling that object-based attention cues require a little more will on the observer’s part,” says Taylor. “I designed an experiment to determine whether you can ‘erase’ object-based attention shifting.”Taylor put a new twist on an old and highly influential test known as a “two-rectangle experiment.” The original experiment was instrumental in demonstrating just how deeply objects are ingrained in how we see the world.In the original experiment, test subjects stare at a screen with two skinny rectangles. A brief flash of light draws their attention to one end of one rectangle — say the top end of the left rectangle. Then, a “target” appears, either in the same place as the flash, at the other end of the same rectangle, or at one of the ends of the other rectangle.Observers are consistently faster at seeing the target if it appeared at the opposite end of the original rectangle than if it appeared at the top of the other rectangle – even though those two points are precisely the same distance from the original flash of light.The widely accepted conclusion was that the human brain is wired to use objects like these rectangles to focus attention. Alternately referred to as a “bottom-up” control or a “part of our lizard brain,” object-based attention cues seemed to evoke an involuntary, uncontrolled response in the human brain.Taylor and colleague’s variations added a new element: test observers went through similar exercises, but they were instructed to hunt targets of a specific colour that either matched or contrasted with the colour of the rectangles themselves.“They activate a ‘control setting’ for, say, green, which is a very top-down mental activity,” says Taylor. “We found that when the objects matched the target color, people use them to help direct their attention. But when the objects were not the target colour, people no longer use them — they become invisible.”Test observers are aware of the rectangles on the screen, but when they’re seeking a green target among red shapes, those objects no longer affect the speed with which they find it. In everyday life, we continually create such top-down filters, by doing anything from heeding a “Watch for children” sign to scanning a crowd for a familiar face.“This result tells us that one of the ways we move attention around is actually highly directed rather than automatic,” Taylor says. “We can’t say exactly what we’re missing, but whatever is and is not getting through the filter is not as automatic as we thought.” Stage magicians are not the only ones who can distract the eye: a new cognitive psychology experiment demonstrates how all human beings have a built-in ability to stop paying attention to objects that are right in front of them.Perception experts have long known that we see much less of the world than we think we do. A person creates a mental model of their surroundings by stitching together scraps of visual information gleaned while shifting attention from place to place. Counterintuitively, the very process that creates the illusion of a complete picture relies on filtering out most of what’s out there.In a paper published in the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics a team of U of T researchers reveal how people have more “top-down” control of what they don’t notice than many scientists previously believed. Share Email Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Nikiski Residents Delivering Home Rule Petition Today

first_imgStacy Oliva was part of the team on the road today… Oliva says the community is already providing all of the services of a city, even over to Tyonek, so very little would change, except that the service area’s taxes would all stay in Nikiski, overseen by a Mayor, City Council, City Manager, and City Clerk. Oliva: “they determine whether or not the petition qualifies, in other words, if all the i’s are dotted, the t’s are crossed, the information that the state requires is in the petition.” After the petition is accepted, the LBC will undertake a 12 month public review process and if they’re satisfied, the question would be put to a vote of Nikiski area residents. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna residents appear to have voted to become a home rule city in this year’s Municipal Election and next year, Nikiski residents may face the same question as a group of volunteers today deliver their petition to the Local Boundary Commission in Anchorage.center_img Oliva: “Basically to petition or ask the state if Nikiski can qualify or if they would approve us to move towards a vote to become a home rule city.” Oliva says the city’s boundaries would follow the current Nikiski Fire Service Area boundary, stretching across the west side of Cook Inlet to Tyonek. If it’s approved, that would make the City of Nikiski Alaska’s geographically largest city. The group is hoping to follow a public-private partnership model, where virtually all of the city’s services would be contracted out to private companies.last_img read more

Murakami postpones senior debut

first_imgShe is scheduled to skate at the senior-level Chubu regional meet in Japan that will get under way Oct. 1. NAGOYA (Kyodo) World junior champion Kanako Murakami has canceled her planned senior debut at the Nebelhorn Trophy starting Thursday in Oberstdorf, Germany, due to broken skates, according to figure skating sources.The 16-year-old Murakami is not ready to compete with a pair of new skates, the sources said. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

New GPF leadership

first_imgPresident David Granger, last week, announced that Leslie James has been confirmed as Guyana’s next Police Commissioner after consultations with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as adumbrated in the Constitution of Guyana.He, like Jagdeo, admonished the new Commissioner to ensure that he does his best to improve the country’s security situation by piloting reforms within the Guyana Police Force (GPF) that would result in positive changes and a paradigm shift in the behavioural pattern of both senior and junior lawmen.The new Commissioner, who replaces Assistant Police Commissioner David Ramnarine – who had been acting in the post following the retirement of Seelall Persaud – has already begun receiving goodwill from several high-ranking civil society organisations and stakeholders as he undertakes his new role.And as expected, James has wasted no time in meeting with those security officials responsible for manning the hierarchy of the Force in order to share his vision and philosophy of how the law enforcement agency will function under his stewardship.Efforts have already been taken to restructure and reorganise the manner in which the Force provides policing services to the public and its overall organisational structure, following the appointment too of four substantive Deputy Police commissioners.While James has no doubt started his tenure on the right, he must remember that his appointment came at a critical point in Guyana’s history and there is a lot of work ahead of him as far as transforming the image and functionality of the Force. He must also never forget that the President chose him because in Granger’s words – he was unbribable.More importantly, the new Commissioner must work hard to reverse the fast rate at which public confidence in the Force is still deteriorating. After all, it was the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) Survey which revealed that the GPF is the least trusted law enforcement body in this country.That survey also indicated that Guyanese also lack confidence in the Police and its ability to fight crime.But what was then and is still now even more disturbing is the fact that the US Embassy-initiated survey also indicated that citizens do not believe that the Police Force here conducts itself professionally or appropriately. The truth is, the findings of the survey are not remarkable or surprising in any way, as it is a known fact that the level of confidence reposed by citizens in the law enforcement entities here is relatively low if not non-existent.This is particularly true when one considers the level of crime and criminality prevailing in our society as each day citizens are murdered, victims of other heinous crimes, burglaries, rapes and domestic violence. The Police’s response is most times slothful, uncaring, unprofessional and unhelpful. Recently, patrons at an East Coast hangout spot witnessed ranks operating in an unprofessional manner when they swooped down on the location.When they left, emotions ran high as patrons voiced their concerns over the manner in which the Police executed their ‘duties’.It is simple incidents like these that impact public opinion and perception of the entire Police Force as they are not isolated or specific to one policing division. It is therefore laudable that Government, through the Public Security Ministry, has exhibited no tolerance for ranks who are engaged in unprofessional conduct in any area of their work as they are responsible for the ‘bad name’ the other ranks receive because of their deeds.But the Government has to do much more to create a paradigm shift and culture transformation within the Force. The new Police Commissioner must ensure that his commanders read the riot act and understand fully that it is their responsibility to ensure that these ranks are disciplined whenever there are reports of such unprofessionalism and thuggery.Surely, the ranks must understand too that they are not a law unto themselves and therefore whenever there are breaches of the law on their part that they will be offered no protection – not from their colleagues nor superiors. While it can be argued that the ranks are within their right to enforce the curfew laws, it can also be argued that they could spend their time patrolling the streets in pursuit of criminal elements who are usually wreaking havoc on innocent citizens.They could spend their time solving the many unsolved murders that are staining the pages of the press while at the same time working very hard to rebuild public trust and confidence. It is necessary for the Force’s administration to conduct periodic sessions with junior and middle management ranks on professionalism, ethics, effective communication and integrity. This will go a far way in addressing the basic shortcomings that result in the Force suffering immensely whenever an evaluation is done of its performance and the level of public trust. In addition, urgent efforts at reforming the Force must be undertaken.The new Commissioner faces an uphill task and the public wishes him well. He will be the sole decider of the legacy left behind when he retires.last_img read more