Bahamas ranked 12th highest homicide rate in the world

Bahamas ranked 12th highest homicide rate in the world

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 19th 2017 – Nassau – According to the International Homicide Rate Statistics, Bahamas is ranked as the 12th country with the highest murder rate in the entire world.  Trinidad and Tobago follows as number 13, whereas Jamaica is ranked as #6 and St. Kitts & Nevis as #9.Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands, during his 2017/18 Budget address said, “We are one of the most violent countries in the world; we beat, stab, shoot and rape each other at an unacceptable rate. Our homicide rate is triple the rate considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an epidemic. It is largely due to the professionalism of our health care team that our murder rate is not dramatically higher. In the last few years the number one cause of death of a Bahamian male is a bullet, not a stroke, not diabetes, but a bullet.”Adding to this, crime studies showed that 78% of murder victims died as a result of gunshot wounds. Magnetic Media also understands that in 2016, The Princess Margaret Hospital saw 216 gunshot wounds, and a total of 1,078 gunshot wounds dating back to 2012.Also speaking to the house of assembly during his budget address, Minister of National Security, Marvin Dames stated, “The murder count has exceeded 100 for each of the last five years.”  Adding, “while the former administration touted a 26% reduction in crime in 2016, right-minded Bahamians have long concluded that current crime levels are far too high in the first place.”However, Dames is now reassuring that the country’s National Security will get a much needed re-evaluation, remarking that it will no longer “operate in silos”. As Minister, Dames is also expected to keep the promises made by the FNM while on the campaign trail. As stated in their manifesto and the speech from the throne, these promises include, a zero-tolerance approach to crime; increased police visibility; targeting of hotspots; focusing on prolific offenders; strengthening of police-community partnerships; establishment of a Gun and Gang Unit; the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Unit; the establishment of a National Intelligence Agency; enforcement of Marco’s Law; and the establishment of a sex offenders register. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img  Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

Think Solar Solutions Outdoor Lantern World Band Radio

first_imgSeveral new solar powered items caught my eye. The Discovery Outdoor Lantern has a multi-source power solution for camping and outdoor activities. In a fixed position it becomes an incandescent spotlight. The World Band Solar & Dynamo Powered Radio has a total of four alternative energy sources. It provides access to emergency services and radio frequencies. Explore further 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. Thinking about alternative energy solutions is not only wise, but it could be a short term emergency necessity. The following products utilize solar power and convert to a standard 12V DC power sources. Discovery Solar Powered Outdoor Lantern:A noteworthy products utilizing solar power is available from the Discovery Store. The Solar Powered Outdoor Lantern runs on a built-in, rechargeable solar battery. The battery may also be recharged using a 12V DC power source. The products isuseful for emergency sources of light or for camping rips and other outdoor uses. The Solar Powered Outdoor Lantern has a 4-watt fluorescent tube that has full circle illumination capability. In a fixed position, the lantern becomes an incandescent spotlight. The lantern has a four hour lighting capacity for a single charge. The lantern comes with a 12V car adaptor. The convenient size 9 inches long by 4.5 inches wide and 4 inches high make it a great accessory for camping and rafting or other outdoor activities. The Solar Powered Lantern weighs less than three pounds. It sells for less than $50 and will be available in early October, 2007.The World Band Solar & Dynamo Powered Radio:The 11 band World Band Solar keeps the user in touch with emergency services, weather, international broadcasts, AM/FM radio and TV stations when a regular power source is unavailable. The World Band Solar & Dynamo Powered Radio comes with a built-in hand generator and a self-contained solar cell for solar charges. It can also be charged from an AC/DC or a car cigarette lighter.The convenient size of the World Band Solar & Dynamo Radio makes it a highly portable device. It measures three inches deep by nine inches wide and less than six inches high. The radio is made with Toshiba components which provides for good quality listening. The item comes with four AA Ni-cad rechargeable batteries. In addition, the radio comes with exclusively designed ear plugs, and an AC/DC plug. The 12 V car charger cable is available, but not included with the radio. The World Band radio will provide seven hours of listening from a single charge. The LED indicator light will forewarn the user when the battery is getting low. The product is definitely a multi-source powered band radio. The product is new on the market and the introductory price is $105 and an additional shipping cost of $12.95. The product is sold on-line by Global Merchants. center_img Citation: Think Solar Solutions: Outdoor Lantern & World Band Radio (2007, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-solar-solutions-outdoor-lantern-world.html Detection of spike-like structures near the front of a shock-driven solar radio burstlast_img read more

Heres How to Turn Off Googles Saved Searches and Personalized Results

first_imgSeptember 25, 2018 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img What’s the difference between President Donald Trump and a takeout sandwich?For one, it’s how Google treats a search for each. Type “best sandwich shops” into the search engine, and chances are you’ll be presented with top-rated spots in your current zip code. Search “Donald Trump,” and more generally applicable content — recent news hits, the president’s Twitter account and the White House website — receive top billing. Though we have an idea of how Google prioritizes different sets of search results, the algorithms themselves are a mystery. When it comes to personalized search, though, we do know one thing: The company saves user data, including recent search history, to potentially tweak results based on each individual. For your lunchtime query, if you type only “sub” into the search bar, Google may use your search history to determine you’re talking about a sandwich and not a submarine.No matter whether you’re seeking out the president or a panini, there’s a chance your past search history could inform the order of results. If you’re, say, a CNN loyalist, Google may use your search history to bump up that publication’s Trump content a couple of spots, whereas staunch readers of Fox News may see that publication featured slightly more prominently on the results page. By and large, however, searches should yield similar results for any user — and Google will never personalize results to be more liberal- or conservative-oriented, said Danny Sullivan, Google’s public liasion for Search. The company does not even have a way of sorting results into such categories, he said. It’s important to note that personalization is often conflated with localization, but the search engine giant maintains that they’re two separate entities. For your lunchtime query, spots within walking distance of your office may show up first, but those results should be the same for everyone in your area. “Personalization is when search results change on something that is related to only you and no one else,” Sullivan told Entrepreneur. “Localization is when something changes based on the location where a search is happening, which isn’t unique to an individual because it’s shared by a group.” According to Google, around 2 percent of search queries are treated with some level of personalization. And though the company supports personalization, it condemns bias, as CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees on Friday.“We do not bias our products to favor any political agenda,” he wrote. “The trust our users place in us is our greatest asset, and we must always protect it. If any Googler ever undermines that trust, we will hold them accountable.”Pichai’s comments follow a recent report in The Wall Street Journal that brought to light an internal Google discussion after President Trump’s 2017 travel ban. The ban restricted travel to the U.S. from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and in the internal email thread, employees discussed an idea to volley pro-immigration results in search. According to Google, the discussion was simply a brainstorming session and none of the ideas were ever implemented. But the disclosure will likely fuel critics’ complaints, especially as the 2020 election approaches, that large tech companies such as Google suppress conservative perspectives online.“We build products for people of every background and belief, and we have strong policies to ensure that our products remain free of bias,” Pichai wrote.It’s a vital conversation to have, as prominent tech companies hold the power to influence public opinion on a mammoth scale. According to peer-reviewed research published in 2015, a search engine’s algorithm may have the ability to shift undecided voters’ voting preferences by 20 percent or more — and up to 80 percent in some demographic groups — without the voters’ knowledge.But in Google’s case — as far as personalized search results go — that doesn’t seem to be a pressing issue. Although as much as 11.7 percent of search engine results may show differences due to personalization, according to a 2013 paper by Northeastern University’s Algorithm Auditing Research Group, researchers were surprised to find that past searches and browsing history did not seem to inform results in a signfiicant way. They found that a user’s location — as well as the status of being signed into a Google account — had the most impact on results. (Note that in this paper, researchers included localization in their definition of personalization.) Related: Here’s How to Stop Third Parties From Reading Your GmailThough Google works to avoid top-level bias, there’s a more overarching idea to consider here: Personalization in any capacity can contribute to ground-level bias — or a “filter bubble” on the consumer level. The term was coined by internet activist Eli Pariser around 2010, and balancing that very idea — of an “echo chamber” of sorts that purports an individual’s own way of thinking — is something many tech companies continue to struggle with.“While personalization provides obvious benefits for users, it also opens up the possibility that certain information may be unintentionally hidden from users,” the Northeastern University researchers wrote.Whether you’re concerned with data security or want to avoid potential tweaks to results, here’s your starter guide for turning off Google’s personalization features on your computer.To prevent saved searches and browsing history:Go to Activity Controls, then pause each feature, such as Web & App Activity, Location History, Device Information, YouTube Search History and YouTube Watch History.To delete account activity:Go to Delete Activity, then select the date ranges for which you’d like to delete your account activity.To control ad personalization:Go to Ad Personalization, turn off the feature, then go here to control it on other websites and apps that use Google ad services.If you’re aiming to turn off personalization on your Android, iPhone or iPad:Go here. Then, in each of the four sections on the right, select your device and follow the instructions. Register Now »last_img read more