Please Help Save Zinnah’s Life

first_imgWith fluctuations in commodity prices and the rise in bills, rent, school fees and the standard of living, everything seems uncertain and baffling. There have been many SOS calls by dozens of parents who want to save their sick or ailing children in the past year, and one of them is Philip Zinnah, Jr., a five year old boy whose life is hanging by the thread. He is presently in a very bad state, with his ability to urinate cut off and death lurking if he is not treated further as suggested by the Catholic Hospital, where he sits restrained.“Presently we have a bill of L$107,663 to pay before he can be removed so we can find further funds to get him to Ghana for surgery,” stated his father, Philip Zinnah, Sr.Back in January 2014, Junior was circumcised by an uncertified physician and in the process, the head of his penis was accidently removed. He was diagnosed with urethral stenosis.A urethral dilatation was performed on the child on March 1, 2016 at the JFK Medical Center through the intervention of Health Page Liberia’s CEO, Charlesetta Williams.In May 2016, Junior was again unable to urinate, something that had been happening off and on. He was operated on by a Dr. Sherman at the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, lower Nimba County, where it was revealed that his case “requires surgery abroad by an urologist as soon as possible.”Since then, Junior and his family have been stuck, unable to take him abroad for the urgently needed surgery. Though they have reached out to people and organizations to raise the money to send the child out of the country, there has been little success.According to the father, those who raised his hopes to get his son out of the country let him down.“They promised us all kinds of things, said they had money but then later just turned their backs on us,” he lamented.Yet still, Junior remains in a critical state, and has not been able to urinate or defecate in weeks. He was recently rushed to the hospital almost unconscious and treatment was administered.Meanwhile, the family has been urged to pursue criminal charges for malpractice against the person (whose name has not been released) who botched the circumcision. Mr. Zinnah has stated that he has no intention of doing such.“Presently, they are hard to find; you can’t just find them like that,” Zinnah Sr stated.Junior’s state is saddening, as he is in a fight that his parents are unable to fight alone.Anyone who can contribute to saving yet another life, a boy that did not ask to be injured or placed on a critical list, should please help the family get their child to a facility that can save his life.Mr. Zinnah can be reached on 0770-690-998.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Toronto standup comedians petition launches battle for shot at government grants

first_img Twitter Comedian Sandra Battaglini, seen here in her recent appearance on Comedy Network’s JFL All Access, has launched a petition through her local MP to declare standup comedy to be an art form, and hence eligible for grants from arts funding agencies such as the Canada Council. (PIERRE CREPO / BELL MEDIA PHOTO) Advertisement What’s the difference between a one-person stage play and a standup comedian’s performance?The first one is eligible for various types of government funding while the latter is not, which is a sad punchline to several of this country’s comedians. It has long been the case that various arts institutions across the land don’t recognize standup comedy under the umbrella of performing arts, which has left many comics fuming about what they see is an unfair distinction between types of performances. Canadian comedians are getting organized to try and change it.Locally based comedian Sandra Battaglini has started an Parliamentary e-petition, a government-sponsored program which ensures an official government response provided the document gets at least 500 signatures. The petition started last week and already has over 2,000 signatures. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img “I just thought this is the standup industry, we don’t have anything. This just seemed like this was something that could give comics a bit of relief, because so many comics are living below the poverty line, and it is one of the greatest legacies of our country and nobody talks about it,” says Battaglini. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Casino indictment dismissed against Akwesasne man who became fugitive to be with

first_img(Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4. Facebook photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA U.S. federal judge dismissed an indictment this week against an Akwesasne man who became a fugitive to be with his dying daughter.James Gray was one of five men indicted in 2012 by federal authorities for allegedly operating a casino illegally on the U.S. side of Akwesasne. Gray was wanted on a federal warrant.  He fled Akwesasne following the indictment to be with his 16 year-old daughter Ieweras Gray who was undergoing treatment for leukemia in Ottawa.Ieweras, whose name means “she helps bring the thunder and lightning,” died on June 4.Three of the five men named in the indictment were found not guilty by a jury this past December following a six-week trial in Albany, NY.Gray was recently in Akwesasne to bring his daughter’s ashes back to the community for the funeral ceremony held at the Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne longhouse. Her ashes will be spread out over the Pacific Ocean off the California coast.James Gray. Photo courtesy of Charles KaderU.S. federal Judge Thomas McAvoy this week granted a request filed by U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian to dismiss the indictment against Gray and another man, Anthony Laughing. Laughing was set to be retried after falling ill during the initial trial. At one point, he was taken from the courtroom with chest pains.Hartunian said the motion to dismiss was made “after considering all of the circumstances of this case and in the interest of justice,” according to court documents.U.S. authorities, including Homeland Security, with the help of the St. Regis Mohawk tribal police, raided the Three Feathers Casino in December 2012. The raid followed an investigation that included the use of undercover officers who visited the casino with hidden cameras.Thomas Square, one of the indicted men, spent nearly 11 months in jail before the trial because he refused to submit to the authority of the U.S. court system.In the end, the jury acquitted Square and Roger Jock, who are both from Akwesasne, along with Joseph Hight of Georgia.The prosecutor’s case took up most of the trial time, while the defence rested its case after one day.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Nvidia FrameView gives you frame rate bragging rights for any game

first_img Share your voice 17 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 4:22 Post a comment Tags Computers Components Laptops Gaming Desktops The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 Enlarge ImageThe options available in the beta release of FrameView. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET You can never have too many overlays — that’s got to be someone’s motto. At least Nvidia’s made one that seems pretty useful for trying to figure out why your $800 graphics card is more spud than speed demon. The company’s new FrameView utility could help answer some other questions too: Why cut scenes are rendering as if half the screen is in another time zone, for example. Or why you’re convinced that the Blue Screen of Death must be a feature of the game. FrameView, which has just entered beta testing in conjunction with the launch of its new series of RTX Super cards, can display and capture real-time, as-you-play performance statistics on the lag between the GPU and display. It can also determine what types of frame rates you should be getting, and where GPU and graphics card power-draw spikes (and by implication, possible overheating) might be overwhelming your system’s ability to deal. No extra measurement equipment required. It will even work with AMD cards, though it can’t report the power statistics as granularly because of the way the software works. It’ll need a little help from AMD to tweak the data it reports via its programming interface. I only had a brief chance to give it a whirl — long enough to see that the data it captures may offer some interesting insights. I could see where adaptive sync technologies such as G-Sync and FreeSync may be effective, where frame rates really are tanking and more. It also captures data for random other applications running, as well. It dumped data for the Windows display manager (dwm.exe) and Slack, for example, but not Chrome. The frame rate data is going to need some deeper diving, though, since it didn’t quite jibe with the numbers I got for a quick benchmark run I got from Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. But beta is beta is beta, so there’s plenty of time to fall down that bottomless data pit. AMD Nvidia Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft’s Project Scarlett looks… 0last_img read more

Pencil drawing of a sensor actually is a sensor

first_img More information: Ting-Kuo Kang. “Tunable piezoresistive sensors based on pencil-on-paper.” Applied Physics Letters 104, 073117 (2014). DOI: 10.1063/1.4866440 Using graphite pencils to draw on regular paper, researchers can make some very inexpensive piezoresistive (PZR) sensors. Due to the piezoresistive effect, a sensor’s resistance changes under an applied strain, allowing it to sense mechanical stress and pressure. The first of these pencil-on-paper PZR sensors was fabricated a few years ago as an alternative to silicon PZR sensors, which are costly and require sophisticated fabrication processes. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. A pencil-on-paper PZR sensor with an integrated circuit for measuring the sensor’s voltage change under an applied stress. Credit: Kang ©2014 AIP Publishing Journal information: Applied Physics Letters “PZR sensors can be drawn by anyone with a graphite pencil and paper,” Ting-Kuo Kang, a researcher at Cheng Shiu University in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, told Phys.org. Although graphite PZR sensors are much easier to fabricate than silicon ones, they generally are not as sensitive because graphite’s electrical properties are not as good as those of silicon. In a new study published in Applied Physics Letters, Kang has further investigated the underlying mechanisms of graphite’s PZR properties and improved the sensitivity of graphite-based PZR sensors.PZR sensitivity is characterized by the gauge factor (GF), which is defined as the ratio of the change in electrical resistance to the applied strain. While silicon PZR sensors have GFs above 100, the GFs of graphite PZR sensors are in the single digits.In experiments, Kang used 12 different grades of graphite pencils to draw U-shaped PZR sensors on paper. The pencils are graded by their ratio of graphite to clay. Grades ranged from 9B to 2H, where H denotes the hardness caused by the pencil’s clay content, and B denotes the blackness due to the graphite content. center_img The sensors were drawn on paper that was placed on an electric scale in order to measure and maintain a consistent drawing force for each pencil-drawn sensor. The drawings were then glued on printed circuit board (PCB) strips, and a strain gauge mounted on each PCB strip. Then Kang applied cycles of stress to the sensor using a four-point bending technique, and measured the sensor’s voltage change under the applied stress through an electric circuit. He found that different pencil grades produce different GF values, and therefore different PZR sensitivities. Specifically, the higher the ratio of clay to graphite, the greater the change in resistance under the applied stress, and the greater the GF. Kang explains that these differences can be attributed to variations in the initial tunneling distances between neighboring graphite, with an increase in tunneling distance corresponding to an increase in GF.”The graphite tunneling effect is from one graphite through the insulator of clay to another graphite,” Kang said. “The tunneling structure looks like a metal-insulator-metal.”Currently, PZR sensors made of silicon are used as pressure sensors, accelerometers, and biological sensors, among other applications. As the sensitivity of pencil-drawn graphite PZR sensors continues to improve, they may also be used for these applications. Kang also plans to develop flexible and disposable sensor applications using pencil-on-paper techniques. Citation: Pencil drawing of a sensor actually is a sensor (2014, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-pencil-sensor.html Relationship between relative resistance and applied stress for drawings with different grades of pencils. The differences stem from variations in the initial tunneling distances between neighboring graphite. Credit: Kang ©2014 AIP Publishing Noting tech needs, mining companies seek graphite This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more