Grande Prairie RCMP issue warning after a series of overdoses

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are issuing a warning following a series of recent overdoses.According to RCMP, the Alberta Health Services EMS responded to approximately 14 overdose calls within the last four days.Police say investigations revealed a common trend of purple and pink coloured pills suspected to be heroin. Grande Prairie RCMP along with AHS, are cautioning individuals who engage in illegal drug use to exercise extreme caution when purchasing, and using illicit drugs.Individuals experiencing an overdose can show the following symptoms;breathing slowly or not breathing at allnails and/or lips are bluechoking or throwing upmaking gurgling soundsskin is cold and clammyNaloxone kits are available at pharmacies, community clinics and emergency departments.If you suspect an individual is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately.For more information on drug overdoses, you can visit read more

Scuffles at Paris yellow vest protests on 13th weekend

PARIS — Scuffles have broken out between French yellow vest protesters and police in a 13th consecutive weekend of demonstrations.Police fired tear gas in Paris to disperse demonstrators near the Champs-Elysees avenue on Saturday afternoon as scuffles broke out.The protest in the French capital has passed the National Assembly and will end up near the Eiffel Tower.The yellow vest activists, who have brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets over the past three months, are now trying to achieve electoral success but the movement is politically divided and has no appointed leader.President Emmanuel Macron — the target of many demonstrators’ anger — seems to be clawing back support as he tries to quell the movement with a national political debate. Recent polls show Macron’s approval ratings rising.The Associated Press read more

DHX Media just scored a deal to distribute Slugterra toys in Burger

HALIFAX — A Halifax company has scored a deal to promote its “Slugterra” animated TV series through Burger King restaurants.DHX Media Ltd. says the fast-food chain has agreed to distribute four Slugterra toys this month in kids’ meals around the world.The company didn’t disclose financial details of the deal.The Slugterra toys are based on a creation by Vancouver-based animation studio Nerd Corps Entertainment, which has since been purchased by DHX Media.DHX Media expected to overcome loss of Disney licenceCorus Entertainment snaps up Disney content from DHX Media, plans to launch Disney channel in CanadaDHX has been expanding its kid- and youth-oriented entertainment business beyond the creation and distribution of programs such as “Inspector Gadget,” “Caillou” and the “Degrassi” franchise for teens and young adults.Among other things, DHX acquired Family and other Canadian specialty channels that were formerly part of the Astral lineup. read more

Abductors arrested

The police said that they had arrested a group of abductors who had demanded ransom for the release of a woman and her child in Udugama.A 28 year old woman and her child were abducted on May 19 from their residence after the abductors broke into the house. The woman and the child were taken away in a van by the abductors who had later demanded Rs, 500,000 as ransom. The police said that the suspects had attempted to obtain Rs.  2,500,000 as ransom. Both the woman and the child were found the very next day, the police media unit said today. The police said that four suspects were arrested over the incident and a hand grenade was also recovered.Meanwhile in a separate incident the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) arrested three suspects in Mawanela over an attempt to abduct a person and obtain ransom. read more

Jaffna DIG top cops transferred

The police headquarters announced the transfer of several policemen including the Jaffna Deputy Inspector General of Police Erick Perera with effect from tomorrow.Others being transferred are DIG Ravi Wijegunawardena from Trincomalee, DIG K. Jayaweera from Vavuniya and DIG N.D. Daluwatte from Killinochchi. The police headquarter said that the Ministry of Defence had approved the police transfers.In all, 15 police officers will be transferred from tomorrow, the police media unit said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN West Africa office calls for more regional respect for constitutional authority

Sovereignty and responsibility are becoming the two faces of the same coin, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Office in West Africa (UNOWA), said at the opening of a two-day roundtable on “Sovereignty and Transition in West Africa,” in Dakar, Senegal.The conference is sponsored by UNOWA and Wilton Park, a leading centre and organizer of policy discussions in the United Kingdom, and is looking at such issues as the underlying factors preventing peaceful transitions of power, preventive diplomacy and the role of the international community and its assistance to the region.Mr. Ould-Abdallah used the recent example in Togo of President Gnassingbe Eyadema’s son briefly taking power, with military help, on his father’s death, but stepping aside under international pressure.In the absence of unconditional sovereignty, Mr. Ould-Abdallah asked, “what meaning does one give today to the concept of non-intervention in a situation like that of Togo where the crisis risks inflicting incomparable suffering on the Togolese people and having the serious consequences for the all of the neighbouring countries?”The Togolese Government, however, did not fully observe the constitution, under which the Speaker of Parliament was to become interim President on the death of the President and to organize presidential elections within 60 days. Abass Bonfoh was installed as Interim President instead of Speaker Ouattara Natchaba.Mr. Ould-Abdallah wondered, too, how to help the suffering population of Sudan while guarding against intruding on the internal affairs of that east African country.He said the recent report of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change recalled that the head of government of each country was obliged to protect its population, but said that that responsibility had to be assumed by the international community whenever Governments could not or would not guarantee such protection.Around the world over the last few years, “considerations of ethical order are gradually superseding political and economic imperatives and interests” because of the international failure to avert terrible recent tragedies, he said.Among the questions the conference might answer was how to encourage certain Heads of State to avoid manipulating national constitutions and elections so as to hold on to power for life, Mr. Ould-Abdallah said.He wondered whether guaranteeing pensions to former leaders, giving them “constructive impunity” within their countries, or making them senators for life would lead to good governance and strengthened sovereignty.He also posed the question of what should be done when a democratically elected Government ignored its own constitution, violated human life and dignity and imperilled peace and security, not only in its country but in a whole region. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2013 3:12 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,370.83 up 8.77 points):Ram Power Corp. (TSX:RPG). Geothermal energy. Down three cents, or 25 per cent, at nine cents on 5.81 million shares.Colossus Minerals Inc. (TSX:CSI). Miner. Up five cents, or 22.22 per cent, at 27.5 cents on 3.65 million shares. The gold sector was up 0.50 per cent at 159.62 points.DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd. (TSX:DRT). Construction. Down 33 cents, or 11 per cent, at $2.67 on 3.06 million shares. The Calgary-based company completed its initial public offering Thursday at 15 million common shares at $3 for gross proceeds of $45 million.Detour Gold Corp. (TSX:DGC). Miner. Up 50 cents, or 13.77 per cent, at $4.13 on 2.69 million shares.DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX). Entertainment. Up $1.02, or 24.46 per cent, at $5.19 on 2.63 million shares. The Halifax-based company has a deal to acquire Family and three other children’s TV channels from Bell Media for $170 million cash. DHX will also acquire French and English language versions of Disney Junior and Disney XD.Toronto Venture Exchange (926.67 down 2.85 points):Loyalist Group Ltd. (TSXV:LOY). Education. Up six cents, or 13.04 per cent, at 52 cents on 4.64 million shares. The Toronto-based company, which owns and operates English as a Second Language schools, booked record third-quarter earnings of $1.66 million versus $693,369 from a year earlier. Revenue nearly tripled to $10.18 million from $3.79 million.Zodiac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Oil and gas. Up half a cent, or 9.09 per cent, at six cents on 4.14 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian National Railway Co. (TSX:CNR). Railway. Down 11 cents, or 0.09 per cent, at $118.50 on 203,073 shares. CN is investing $10 million in a special program to enhance its ability to detect equipment defects, such as hot wheels and bearings in its rolling stock.Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Grocer. Up 35 cents, or 0.57 per cent, at $61.70 on 67,417 shares. The supermarket operator is consolidating its produce and dairy distribution operations at its new facility in Laval, Que. It did not say how many of the 114 workers affected by the consolidation would be able to keep their jobs.Saputo (TSX:SAP). Dairy. Up 28 cents, or 0.58 per cent, at $48.56 on 344,488 shares. The bidding war for Australia’s Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co. continued when Murray Goulburn, Australia’s largest dairy exporter, increased its offer for Warrnambool to AU$9.50 a share in cash. On Monday, Saputo said it would pay AU$9.20 per share if it receives more than half of Warrnambool’s shares or AU$9 per share if it doesn’t get a majority. read more

No changes for Ireland as Schmidt keeps faith in Ringrose at 13

first_img Short URL Ireland (v Wales):15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Devin Toner6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Iain Henderson20. Peter O’Mahony21. Kieran Marmion22. Paddy Jackson23. Tommy BoweReferee: Wayne Barnes [RFU].Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: iTunes Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 1:33 PM 50 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 8th 2017, 1:33 PM No changes for Ireland as Schmidt keeps faith in Ringrose at 13 There is only one change to Ireland’s 23-man squad, with Tommy Bowe included on the bench. Share19 Tweet Email 20,868 Views Android Senior presence Henshaw ready to ‘man up’ and make the hits against WalesPowerful Blackrock set up mouthwatering Schools Cup decider with Belvo By Murray Kinsella JOE SCHMIDT HAS named an unchanged Ireland team to face Wales in the Six Nations on Friday night at the Principality Stadium [KO 8.05pm]. Garry Ringrose remains at outside centre. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO22-year-old Garry Ringrose has kept his place at outside centre and will win his seventh Ireland cap alongside Robbie Henshaw in the midfield.With Ireland having recorded consecutive wins over Italy and France in the two most recent rounds of the championship, it was always likely that Schmidt would opt for a settled side ahead of the trip to Cardiff.Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray will again lead Ireland around the pitch as the halfbacks, while Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Rob Kearney – fully recovered from a groin issue – complete the backline.A forward pack of Jack McGrath, captain Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner, CJ Stander, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip has a familiar feel to it.Cian Healy and Peter O’Mahony, who had strong claims to start, have to be content with bench roles again this weekend.The only change to Ireland’s matchday squad from the victory against France is an injury-enforced one, with Tommy Bowe replacing Andrew Trimble in the number 23 shirt after his Ulster team-mate suffered a broken hand during last weekend’s Pro12 action.Bowe had missed out on inclusion in the initial 36-man Ireland squad for the final two rounds of the championship, but leaps ahead of the likes of Craig Gilroy and Andrew Conway after being called up due to Trimble’s injury.last_img read more

Kriticos warns of global wheat disease

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A destructive wheat disease could threaten global food security, an international team of researchers has warned. CSIRO scientist, Dr Darren Kriticos – who authored a report about how to keep ahead of the disease, recently published in the journal Science – said the wheat industry has been protected so far by developing resistant varieties. Wheat stem rust is a global problem and unless there is a long-term plan, wheat-producing countries – including Australia – will be at risk. “It’s headed for Australia. It’s not a matter of if it gets to Australia, it’s a matter of when,” explained Kriticos. “So it’s imperative for Australia’s wheat production and wheat production security to ensure that we have varieties of wheat that are resistant.”Dr Darren Kriticos wants wheat-producing countries around the world to collectively invest $50 million a year to research new ways to protect crops.“If that investment isn’t made we’re going to run into problems,” he said,Wheat stem rust, also known as UG99, is an aggressive fungus and one of the most destructive wheat diseases. It was first found in Uganda, before spreading through the Middle East, and destroying wheat crops.The international team of researches is now calling for a doubling in funding to develop disease-resistant varieties.Source: ABC Newslast_img read more

Kourou reporte le tir dAriane 5 à cause dune grève

first_imgKourou reporte le tir d’Ariane 5 à cause d’une grèveMardi, le Centre national d’études spatiales (Cnes) a annoncé le report du lancement d’Ariane 5 qui devait avoir lieu ce soir depuis le centre spatial de Kourou en Guyane. Une grève s’est déclarée dans la journée au sein de l’entreprise de la base spatiale qui travaille sur les radars.La fusée Ariane 5 ne décollera pas ce soir. C’est ce qu’a annoncé dans l’après-midi, le Centre national d’études spatiales (Cnes) qui devait normalement procéder au tir de l’engin dans la soirée depuis le Centre spatial guyanais de Kourou. Seulement voilà, les conditions n’ont pas permis le décollage de la fusée. Mais contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait supposer ce n’est pas la météo qui a cloué Ariane 5 au sol, c’est une grève déclarée dans plusieurs entreprises qui travaillent à Kourou.En effet, lundi, un mouvement social avait déjà débuté au sein de l’une des entreprises de la base spatiale, Cegelec Space, à l’appel des syndicats FO et UTG (Union des travailleurs guyanais) qui ont déposé mardi un préavis de grève pour une seconde société, la Telespazio. Or, cette dernière a un rôle essentiel dans le lancement des engins spatiaux. “C’est une société travaillant sur les radars, donc des moyens sensibles en période de tir. Et les moyens ne sont pas disponibles. Voilà ce qui justifie le report du tir”, a expliqué le Cnes. “Nous demandons la confirmation des qualifications des salariés (soit une hausse des salaires) et une prime pour le travail le dimanche”, a déclaré à l’AFP Jean Pustay, délégué syndical FO au sein de Cegelec Space avant de préciser : “Des discussions sont en cours avec la direction mais n’avancent pas vite”. Aujourd’hui, la moitié des 150 salariés de Cegelec Space sont en grève. Deux satellites cloués au sol avec Ariane À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASi la situation semble donc compliquée à Kourou, elle ne parait pas plus avantageuse du côté des opérateurs propriétaires des deux satellites qu’Ariane 5 devait lancer. Pour son cinquième lancement de l’année, Arianespace devait en effet mettre en orbite les satellites ARABSAT 5C pour l’opérateur Arabsat, basé en Arabie Saoudite, et SES-2 pour l’opérateur SES, basé au Luxembourg, rapporte l’AFP. Deux satellites notamment destinés à assurer la diffusion de chaînes de télévision, sur le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord pour Arabsat, et sur l’Amérique du Nord et les Caraïbes pour SES. Pour l’heure, le Cnes n’a néanmoins pas indiqué quand un nouvel essai de tir aurait lieu.  Le 20 septembre 2011 à 18:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Comment les chauvessouris évaluent à loreille la taille dun objet

first_imgComment les chauves-souris évaluent à l’oreille la taille d’un objetUne étude expérimentale anglo-allemande a mis en évidence la façon dont fonctionne l’écholocalisation des chauves-souris pour évaluer la taille des objets : c’est l’angle de retour des faisceaux sonores sur les oreilles de l’animal qui compte, bien plus que l’intensité de l’écho.  Des chercheurs des Universités de Bristol et de Munich ont filmé le vol de centaines de chauves-souris de 13 espèces différentes sortant de leur repaire, puis filmé à nouveau la même scène après avoir, cette fois-ci, placé un petit objet sur la trajectoire des chiroptères.”Les vidéos montrent clairement des courbes dans les trajectoires de vol des chauves-souris, après que nous ayons introduit l’objet nouveau. Cela signifie qu’elles ont été en mesure d’utiliser l’écholocalisation, dans cette situation familière de ‘cohue’, pour détecter l’objet, qui ne mesurait que 5 centimètres sur 8, et guider leur vol [en évitant l’obstacle]”, a expliqué le Dr Holger Goerlitz, de Bristol.Rebondissant sur l’objet, les ultrasons émis par les animaux leur ont permis de détecter celui-ci et de modifier légèrement leur trajectoire. Mais est-ce l’intensité de cet écho qui ont renseigné ces mammifères sur la taille de l’objet ? Pour le savoir, les chercheurs ont utilisé un dispositif qui enregistre les ultrasons émis en vol par les chauves-souris, et simule – en temps réel – les échos d’objets non présents physiquement. Avec une possibilité de jouer sur l’intensité de cet écho. Soit une première, sur des chiroptères en milieu naturel.Un autre paramètre : l’ouverture-sonarÀ lire aussiLevitron, l’incroyable machine qui fait léviter les cocktailsRésultats : même avec un écho simulant un objet dix fois plus grand que le petit objet réel utilisé lors de la première expérience, les chauves-souris n’ont montré aucun mouvement d’évitement. “Ce résultat suggère qu’il manquait à notre ‘objet virtuel’ un élément crucial pour la perception de sa taille. Nous pensons que les chauves-souris utilisent un autre paramètre, en plus de l’intensité : l’ouverture-sonar, l’angle d’incidence suivant lequel les échos se propagent jusqu’aux oreilles des animaux, (…) qui est directement corrélé avec la taille des objets réels”, a encore expliqué le Dr Goerlitz.Une deuxième étude, récemment publiée dans le Journal of Neuroscience par les collègues du Dr Goerlitz à Munich, confirme cette hypothèse : en laboratoire, des chauves-souris se sont montrées capables de repérer, indépendamment de l’intensité de l’écho, le plus grand parmi deux objets virtuels, simulés cette fois-ci grâce à une batterie de haut-parleurs permettant de jouer sur les angles de diffusion. Le 3 décembre 2011 à 12:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two Arrested In Soldotna On Drugs Weapons Charges

first_imgBoth individuals were transported to Wildwood Pretrial and held without bail, according to Troopers. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two were arrested in Soldotna following a traffic stop by the Alaska State Troopers on Friday in the area of Knackstedt Street. Mollet was arrested for Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 3rd degree, Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 4th degree, and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 2nd degree. Another occupant, Caroline Mollet, age 36 of Nikiski, was in possession of a Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun and a number of pills ranging from a Schedule IIIA to Schedule IVA controlled substances.center_img According to an online Trooper dispatch, officers arrived on scene and contacted four occupants of a gray 1999 Chevrolet Blazer. Investigation revealed Anthony Little, age 21 of Nikiski, was in possession of 3.91g of methamphetamines and concealed on his person was a handgun. Little was arrested for Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 2nd degree, Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 3rd degree, Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 4th degree, Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 2nd degree, and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 5th degree.last_img read more

Senators urge Sweeney to be tough at Interior

first_imgWonderful turnout from Alaskans at the @IndianCommittee nomination hearing for Tara Sweeney to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior. I’m bursting with pride.— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) May 9, 2018“We need you busting down doors and saying ‘we need to talk,’” Murkowski said.President Trump picked Sweeney for the job in October, but the Office of Government Ethics, in the executive branch, held up the process out of concern over her shares in Alaska Native corporations, including ASRC.Sweeney says the ethics pledge she signed commits her to stay out of all matters involving ASRC.Democratic Sen. Tom Udall pressed her further:“And will you recuse yourself from any matter that may benefit ASRC, including oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?” Udall asked.“My ethics pledge requires me to recuse myself from all matters pertaining to ASRC and I will adhere to that, yes,” Sweeney responded.There’s no word yet on when the Senate committee will move her confirmation to the full Senate for a vote. Alaskan Tara MacLean Sweeney faced no resistance at a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing today on her nomination to be assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs.Listen nowSweeney is now an executive vice president at Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. She would be the first Alaska Native woman to hold the federal position, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and helps manage federal relations with Native American tribes.Sweeney brought her family and lots of Arctic Slope leaders to the Senate Indian Affairs hearing.“You have a room full of Inupiat Eskimos,” Sweeney said at the start of her address to the senators. “And so I appreciate the staff keeping this room nice and cool, because it is very warm for for the rest of us.”Outside, the temperature was approaching 80 degrees.“I can tell you, this Eskimo is melting,” Sweeney said.One of Sweeney’s guests was ASRC founding director Oliver Leavitt, who she says inspired her career choice when she was 12. She remembers Leavitt came to her school in Barrow to talk about the opportunities of the new Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the law that created ASRC and the other Alaska Native regional corporations.“And as he left the building,” Sweeney recalled, “I looked over to my friends, including his son, and said, ‘I want to work there. I want to work for him. I want to do what he is doing for our people.’”Several senators, including Lisa Murkowski, told Sweeney they want her to be tough, to take on problems at the BIA and make demands within the administration to help ease troubles afflicting many indigenous communities, like the high rates of domestic violence, substance abuse and unemployment.last_img read more

Europes top privacy watchdog warns against transfer of personal data to US

first_imgEurope’s top data privacy watchdog called on firms to limit transfers of Europeans’ personal data to the United States, sounding a warning after a court struck down a pact between the regions over concerns about U.S. government surveillance.Yet Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who heads a working group of 28 European data protection regulators, also sought to reassure by saying companies would have three months’ grace to comply with the court decision before countries begin enforcement actions.The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) earlier this month struck down a 15-year-old system enabling companies to easily transfer Europeans’ personal data across the Atlantic.The landmark decision stemmed from a complaint by Austrian law student Max Schrems, who challenged Facebook’s (FB.O) transfers of European users’ data to its American servers because of the risk of U.S. snooping.The United States and European governments are scrambling to negotiate a replacement for the so-called Safe Harbor pact, but some are sceptical they will succeed.Meanwhile corporations are exploring back-up plans, such as building more local data centers in Europe to store information, and alternate legal measures such as consent forms or contracts.Falque-Pierrotin pledged European regulators and governments would look for “pragmatic and realistic” solutions but also warned things could not continue as before.”No one wants data transfers to stop completely, but neither does anyone want information on European citizens, who have certain rights under our laws, to be completely without protection when they leave Europe,” said Falque-Pierrotin.”We must all comply, including the companies who should reconsider, maybe critically, the organization of their cross-border data flows … They should ask themselves, are all these transfers justifiable?”Groups like Google (GOOGL.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O) are particularly affected by the end of the data transfer pact, since their web-based services often require shifting user data around. But so are companies with global workforces, and a slew of smaller firms with fewer resources to devote to compliance.Under EU data protection law, companies are not allowed to transfer Europeans’ personal data to countries with inadequate privacy safeguards, of which the United States is one.last_img read more

Tributes for Holey Artisan victims

first_imgIt is all gloomy on Road No 79 in Gulshan 2 today where five young men armed with guns and knives stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery on this day last year, taking dozens hostage and killing 22. One year later, the world is paying tribute to the victims.Around 7:30am, the Japanese ambassador came to the site and stayed for a while. He was accompanied by a number of JICA officials.The Italian ambassador is also expected to visit the place and he will probably be with a family member of a victim.After paying respect, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said, “The incident of Holy Artisan changed our life. We were frightened. None thought we would return to normalcy. I feel proud that our police force is courageously facing militants”.People from all walks of life remember the Holey Artisan victims with flowers. Photo: Abdus Salam“What the French and London police could not do, our police force did it,” the minister claimed. President of Ekattorer Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee Shariar Kabir said Bangladesh is successful in tackling militancy.An ideological fight has to be launched to eliminate militancy as it is not possible by applying force. Religion-based politics including Jamaat-Shibir, and Moudidibadi have to be banned for a temporary period. These political parties are giving wrong messages about religion, he added.BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi paid respect by placing wreaths at Holy Artisan Bakery. Terming the incident tragic, Rizvi said the extremists are involved in the incident. The extremists have built up a network across the country, he said adding a comprehensive and coordinated step needs to be taken by the government to eliminate it. Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader places wreaths in front of Holey Artisan Bakery. Photo: Abdus SalamRizvi, however, alleged that the ruling party is not coming forward to do it.Bangladesh Police also paid tribute to the victims of Holy Artisan Bakery. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia and additional IG (administration and operations) Md Mokhlesur Rahman were present.Paying respect, cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor said the history and tradition of Bangladesh is non-communal. In that light, the incident of Holy Artisan is very big. “We never thought of happening such an incident and the nation was not ready to face it”. People from all walks of life recall the Holey Artisan victims with flowers. Photo: Abdus SalamMembers of the Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee approaching to place a wreath in memory of Holey Artisan Bakery victims. Photo: Abdus SalamFloral tribute to a victim. Abdus Salamlast_img read more

AI Tool Quicksilver Fills Gaps in Wikipedia Knowledge

first_imgStay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments It’s not exactly news that women are overlooked and underappreciated.But thanks to a new machine learning system, female scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians (among other professionals) will finally get their digital due.San Francisco-based Primer is using artificial intelligence to fill in existing gaps in human-generated knowledge—starting with notable ladies like Canadian roboticist Joelle Pineau, addiction treatment researcher Miriam Adelson, and Evelyn Wang, head of MIT’s MechE department.None of whom, until this month, had articles on English Wikipedia. Yet, someone took the time to curate a “list of people who have lived at airports” for the online encyclopedia.“I didn’t discover those people on my own. I used a machine learning system we’re building,” John Bohannon, director of science at Primer, wrote in a recent blog post. “It discovered and described them for me.”(And the Internet created entries for him.)“It does this much as a human would, if a human could read 500 million news articles, 39 million scientific papers, all of Wikipedia, and then write 70,000 biographical summaries of scientists,” Bohannon added.It’s called Quicksilver. And it’s an homage to Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle novel series, which imagines technology that captures all human information “in a vast encyclopedia that will be a sort of machine, not only for finding old knowledge but for making new.”Trained on 30,000 English Wikipedia articles about scientists, their Wikidata entries, and more than 3 million sentences from news documents, as well as the names and affiliations of 200,000 authors of scientific papers, Quicksilver produced shocking results.“In the morning we found 40,000 people missing from Wikipedia who have a similar distribution of news coverage as those who do have articles,” Bohannon said. “Quicksilver doubled the number of scientists potentially eligible for a Wikipedia article overnight.”Launched more than 17 years ago, Wikipedia remains one of the largest and most popular general reference works on the Internet. But it takes a lot of upkeep; every article must be meticulously cited and regularly updated—forever.Despite a decade of attempts, no one has managed to crack the code for computer-generated passages. And Primer doesn’t plan to, either.Rather than use the World Wide Web “as an academic testbed for summarization algorithms,” Bohannon said, the firm is working on a system “that can be used for building and maintaining knowledge bases” like Wikipedia.As an experiment, Primer is publishing a sample of 100 short Quicksilver-generated summaries of scientists missing from Wikipedia.“We’re curious how long it will take before someone creates their articles,” Bohannon said.In the span of about a week, all three women mentioned in his blog have since been covered on the site. Three down, tens of thousands to go.To learn more about AI click here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Trans man wins Chinas first illegal dismissal case amid calls for antidiscrimination

first_imgA court in China ruled in favor of a trans man who sued his employer for unfair dismissal after he was sacked for wearing men’s clothes. Mr C (center) has won the first LGBTI anti-discrimination case in China. | Photo: Common Language (NGO) GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Known as Mr C, he was fired from his job a week after starting at the health center in Guizhou. The town is about 1200 miles south west of Beijing.In a first hearing on the matter in early January, the Guiyang Yunyan District People’s Court did not rule the man was discriminated against exclusively because of his gender identity.The court ordered Mr C’s employers to pay him a salary 843 yuan (US$133) and compensation of 1,500 yuan (US$238).At the time Mr C said the decision was a landmark for trans people in China.‘It is the first case in China where a sexual minority wins,’ he told the AFP.‘It is also a piece of good news for the community.’Mr C (R) with anti-discrimination lawyer Liu Xiaonan. | Photo: WeiboMr C appeals the decisionBut Mr C was not satisfied with the court’s ruling that he was not discriminated against because he was trans. He quickly appealed the decision in Guiyang Intermediate People’s Court .center_img ‘I have not received an apology up until now, which actually means that – in law – there is still very little protection in this area,’ he told Radio Free Asia.The court ruled in favor of Mr C. It ordered the court to pay him an increased amount in lost wages and compensation totalling to about 4000 yuan (US$635).The appeal ruling read that a person should not be discriminated against because of their gender identity.‘An individual’s gender identity and gender expression falls within the protection of general personality rights, [everyone] should respect others’ rights to gender identity and expression,’ the ruling read.‘Workers should not experience differential treatment based on their gender identity and expression.’Trans rights in ChinaA landmark study in 2017 revealed trans people in China face high levels of discrimination and violence.The National Survey of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Population found almost 50% of the study participants said they had considered suicide or self-harm.Also, due to widespread workplace discrimination, trans people often lived with very low incomes. A third of people earned less than 25,000 yuan ($3,770) a year.‘The discrimination from work is a reason that a relatively large number of transgender respondents earn a low income,’ the Beijing LGBT Center’s director, Xin Ying said at the timeGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Trans man unfairly fired from his job wins court fight in ChinaTrans lecturer wins years long discrimination legal battle against universityCivil rights groups urge court to accept appeal of man who may have been sentenced to death for being gayRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

ATAB last chance to get involved

first_imgThe ATAB has been created to better understand the concerns and issues individuals have in regards to the future of the Australian travel industry. “Some agents feel strongly that there should be more effective promotion by buying groups as well as industry associations, as to the value travel agents add for consumers,” Mr Bernardi said. ETB News will announce the winners of the prizes offered for completing the survey in the next two weeks. Qantas Airways has been identified as the most important supplier in the marketplace, with travel agents perceiving the airline as having the greatest impact on their business, especially domestically. “What is interesting is that there are few businesses that have a robust strategy in place to combat this competition… this is particularly true in the leisure space,” ATAB creator Simon Bernardi said. Source = ETB News: P.T. The ATAB will finalise all entries on Saturday 12 October 2013, with the research being presented to the public via ETB News and the Australian Travel Agent Barometer website.  However, most owners and consultants feel that travel agents are just as competitive as their online competitors and can offer better value add-ons for their customers. This weekend is the final opportunity for industry members to participate in the inaugural Australian Travel Agent Barometer (ATAB) research survey, as entries close this weekend. Click here to complete the survey now! The research has already revealed that the majority of owner managers surveyed cite the growth of online travel booking websites as the major threat to their business, with over 55 percent of respondents admitting these sites are having a direct impact on their operations.last_img read more

FDIC Sues Bank of NY Mellon Over 206 Billion in Failed RMBS

first_img Bank of New York Mellon Federal Deposit Insurance Corp residential mortgage backed securities 2015-08-20 Seth Welborn Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News FDIC Sues Bank of NY Mellon Over $2.06 Billion in Failed RMBScenter_img The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) has filed a complaint in a Manhattan federal court accusing Bank of New York Mellon of breaching its duties as bond trustee for $2.06 billion worth of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) purchased by an FDIC-insured bank in Texas which later failed, according to multiple media reports.The FDIC took Austin, Texas-based Guaranty Bank into receivership in 2009, and the agency claims it suffered losses of more than $440 million in March 2010 when it sold 12 mortgage-backed securities that were originally issued by the EMC Mortgage Corp unit of Bear Stearns and by Countrywide Home Loans in 2005 and 2006, according to a report from Reuters. Both Bear Stearns and Countrywide were bought out in 2008 by JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, respectively.The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claims that BNY Mellon “shirked its duty” as a bond trustee to make sure that the securities were not defective. Among the claims made by the FDIC are that servicers collected “excessive fees” for servicing the loans in the covered trust after they defaulted, which resulted in “enormous losses” for the plaintiff, according to the reports.A spokesperson from BNY Mellon could not immediately be reached for comment.This is not the only lawsuit the FDIC has pending against a bank over RMBS sold to Guaranty Bank. Earlier in August, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans revived a suit filed in 2014 by the FDIC accusing Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and the Royal Bank of Scotland of fraud with regards to $840 million worth of mortgage-backed securities sold to Guaranty Bank in 2004 and 2005. A judge in Austin had previously dismissed the FDIC’s suit against the three financial institutions, claiming that the suit had not been filed in time under Texas law.The FDIC has a lawsuit similar to the BNY Mellon case pending against bond trustee U.S. Bancorp over the sales of about $248 million worth of RMBS to Guaranty Bank, citing losses when those RMBS were sold. August 20, 2015 717 Views last_img read more

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