National Freedom Front leader and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member Wimal Weerawansa appeared before the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today to make a statement.Weerawansa was asked to appear before the FCID to make a statement over misappropriation of funds when he was a Minister in the UPFA Government. (Colombo Gazette)
September 22, 2019
THE TWO MEN that were found dead in at a farm in Glenarm, County Antrim yesterday have been named as 61-year-old Arthur Gibson and 37-year-old Michael Murphy.Police were called to a property in the Feystown Road area of Glenarm at around 5.15pm yesterday afternoon after they were alerted to the discovery of the two men with fatal wounds.PSNI detectives are working to establish the exact circumstances of the incident and have returned to the scene this morning along with forensic experts to carry out a detailed examination.SpeculationThe police say that they are aware of ”speculation regarding this incident and say they are examining a number of possible scenarios and lines of enquiry and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time”.Post mortem examinations will be carried out in the next few days.Read: Two men found shot dead in Co. Antrim>Read: Nine year old child and elderly woman die in house fire in Wexford>
September 22, 2019
REMEMBER HOW CLOSE you were to your teenage friends?You told them the smallest detail of everything that happened to you, did EVERYTHING together and were practically joined at the hip during school.As adults, we don’t really have friendships like that any more – although maybe that’s because we can braid our own hair now and don’t need your mate’s older brother to sneak into the offo for you.Squashing in for photo booth picturesAnd then sticking them all over your bedroom wall.Source: ImgurFurtive activitiesYour teenage best friend bore witness to a lot of your fledging experiences – furtive smoking, drinking and staying out late. Who else would have held your hair back as you vomited Linden Village or lied to your Mam about what time the disco ended?Source: Reddit LurkerHogging the phoneAnd getting screamed at by the parental units for running up eye-water phone bills. Source: TheTrukStopDressing alikeAnd not just because it was the school uniform.Source: Awkward Family PhotosSleepoversStaying up all night doing prank phone calls for the boys, staying up all night discussing the intricacies of your first bra for the girls.Source: KulFotoSigning each other’s homework journalsAnd passing back and forth notes during class. Constant communication was KEY.Source: Sprout ShoutGetting set upA rite of passage. A horrifying, mortifying rite of passage.Source: ShutterstockWhat do you miss most about your teenage friendships?Read: 9 small things that made your day as a kid (but probably don’t any more)>Read: Things you definitely had in your teenage bedroom>
September 20, 2019
Le HP Wireless TV Connect fait l’objet d’une nouvelle versionLa box multimédia HP Wireless TV Connect arrive dans une nouvelle version, moins chère que la première.Hewlett Packard avait révélé le décodeur multimédia HP Wireless TV Connect en septembre dernier. Une évolution de ce petit appareil est prévue et devrait être proposée au tarif de 179.99 dollars (environ 130 euros).À lire aussiHP va licencier 270 salariés travaillant sur WebOSLe HP Wireless TV Connect permet à ses utilisateurs ne possédant pas la puce WiDi de dernière génération (embraquée dans la dernière génération de processeurs Intel Core) de diffuser en streaming un contenu multimédia HD, sans fil, depuis un ordinateur portable vers un téléviseur. Le Wireless TV est également compatible avec du contenu 3D. Le contenu qui peut être véhiculé grâce à cet appareil est par exemple de la vidéo 1080p HD des photos, via un câble HDMI.Il n’y a pas de latence perceptible, selon Hewlett Packard, lors de l’utilisation de HP Wireless TV Connect. Le 8 novembre 2011 à 10:50 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
Scintigraphie : osseuse, cardiaque, myocardique, pulmonaire, de quoi s’agit-il ?La scintigraphie est une technique d’imagerie médicale qui permet d’explorer les organes.Définition : qu’est ce que la scintigraphie ?La scintigraphie est une technique d’imagerie médicale qui permet d’explorer les organes. Elle consiste en l’injection en quantité infime d’une substance radioactive appelée radiopharmarceutique ou radiotraceur. Celui-ci dépend de l’organe et de la maladie étudiés. La scintigraphie est uniquement réalisée dans un établissement hospitalier spécialisé. Elle permet la détection de nombreuses anomalies, que ce soit dans la recherche d’une embolie pulmonaire ou de métastases cancéreuses. Elle permet également l’obtention d’informations sur le fonctionnement de certains organes comme le cœur ou les reins. On distingue de nombreux types de scintigraphie en fonction de l’organe exploré : scintigraphie osseuse, scintigraphie pulmonaire, scintigraphie cardiaque, scintigraphie thyroïdienne, scintigraphie myocardique…Déroulement d’un examen de scintigraphieLe radiopharmaceutique est le plus souvent injecté de façon indolore dans une veine du bras. Un délai d’attente est nécessaire afin que le produit atteigne l’organe ciblé. Le patient doit ensuite rester immobile pendant la prise de clichés. Celle-ci se fait avec un appareil appelé gamma-caméra ou caméra à scintillation qui se déplace autour du patient. Le rayonnement émis par l’organe est ainsi retransmis sur un écran. La durée de la scintigraphie peut aller de quelques minutes à une heure, en fonction des cas. Risques de la scintigraphieLa scintigraphie est un examen sans danger. En effet, la substance radioactive est injectée à très faible dose et ne comporte aucun risque pour le corps humain. L’irradiation est comparable à un examen de radiographie. Pour mieux éliminer la radioactivité, il est conseillé de boire beaucoup les heures suivant la scintigraphie. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Les effets secondaires de la scintigraphie constatés sont le plus souvent liés à des réactions allergiques entraînant des éruptions cutanées ou une sensation de malaise. Ils sont cependant très rares. A noter que la scintigraphie est contre-indiquée pour les femmes enceintes. En cas d’allaitement, il est recommandé d’attendre au minimum 24 heures après l’examen avant de redonner le sein. Durant cette journée, le lait doit être tiré puis jeté, afin d’éliminer toute trace de radioactivité. Le 11 janvier 2016 à 14:52 • Maxime Lambert
September 18, 2019
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have announced they’ve accepted Stephen Constantine’s resignationThe English coach had been in charge of India for the last four years in what was his second spell with the national team.But a 1-0 defeat to Bahrain on Monday ended India’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Asian Cup for the first time in their history after Jamal Rashed’s injury-time penalty.The result left India eliminated by finishing bottom of Group A with Constantine announcing his resignation to the press afterwards.“We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football,” read a statement from the AIFF General Secretary, Kushal Das, on Twitter.AIFF wants to change the face of Indian football Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is working closely with FIFA in order to fix the state of football in the country that has two first division football leagues.“Mr Stephen Constantine has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team.“We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football.”Mr. @StephenConstan has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team. We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision & thank him for his contribution to #Indianfootball: Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF pic.twitter.com/S792tJ6r1h— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019
September 17, 2019
May 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Memorial Day Weekend gas tips 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three point three million southern Californians will travel this holiday weekend and more than 80-percent will be hitting the roads.Doug Shupe from the Auto Club of Southern California joined KUSI News to discuss holiday gas trips and travel safety to help us navigate through the weekend. Posted: May 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents, Trending FacebookTwitter
September 14, 2019
What’s somewhat subversive is that you can glean a worldview from its stories. You don’t just get an information dump, you also get how smart people are thinking about events—so if you’re at a cocktail party, you can impart opinion as well as fact.Whatever it is, it’s working. This space has a lot of success stories. The Economist is one of the smartest marketing organizations in media, and its editorial content always is engaging and thought-provoking. The New Yorker and The Atlantic are as good as it gets, anywhere. Time Magazine enjoyed a very strong year editorially in the last 12 months. But The Week has notched some impressive wins. According to Guehl:Print revenue for the first half of 2017 is up by 12 percent.Overall brand revenue for the first half is up by five percent.Advertising has grown by double digits this year, even as the category, according to Guehl, has declined by 17 percent.Circulation is 573,684, significantly more than its ratebase promise, and comes at a time when some competitors have seen major declines.What’s more, the circulation is 100 percent paid, unlike magazine brands that increasingly mix in verified and other forms of non-paid circulation.And the subscription price is robust: Anywhere from $59 to $79 or thereabouts, or 25 issues for $1.19 per issue. “The loyalty of the audience has always been a key,” Guehl says. “We’re not trying to have an artificial ratebase. That’s one of the things that stands out in 2017.”Adds The Week’s executive vice president of consumer marketing and products, Sara O’Connor, “I think with The Week it comes back to the product. We have something that people need—there’s a benefit there. There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot of content and news, and The Week provides something for smart busy people.”Guehl notes that The Week has been very successful with advertising, pointing out that brands like Breitling, American Express Platinum, Dell, and Morgan Stanley have come into the print magazine this year, and Charles Schwab, Showtime, Liberty Mutual, and NBC News have come into the digital side. And full-issue takeovers were sold to Emirates and Morgan Stanley. “Print is the only medium where people are not actively trying to avoid ads,” Guehl says. “There are still advertisers that want to tap into that.”They may also want to tap into the subscriber’s resources. Guehl says The Week’s reader is in his or her mid 40s (the brand skews male by 60/40), lives in a major city and has an average household income of $160,000.In the end, both O’Connor and Guehl say, The Week has a formula that readers find valuable, and it sticks to that formula. “We’re not trying to chase the next shiny thing,” Guehl says. “Our strength is our consistency.”“We’re this safe space where readers can come and get everything they need to know, and we make sense of everything that’s going on,” O’Connor adds. One of the interesting things about the last several years in magazine media is that no one really seems to know how to accurately read the trends. We see the data about declines in ad pages, declines in folio sizes, declines in newsstand sales, declines in frequencies. We read about unrelenting layoffs and downsizings. There’s a pretty clear contextual narrative. But something else also happens on a regular basis. Media brands—sometimes print magazines—share stories of success, seemingly in the face of that clear contextual narrative.One of those brands is The Week, the 16-year-old weekly news magazine that’s barely changed since the late Felix Dennis launched it in 2001. Even if you haven’t seen The Week in a few years, you recognize the style of the covers, the cheeky headlines, the interior architecture and the inclusive nature of the curation. The Week might be a distillation of the news, a compendium with no real original reporting, but it’s also a smart, well edited, light, bright and tight read—and it’s thriving.“It’s designed to be concise for time-pressed people,” says vice president of publishing John Guehl, who shared some of the brand’s wins—as well as the strategies behind those wins— at a recent meeting. “There is a finishability to it.”Unlike all the other media brands operating in The Week’s category, including The Economist, The New Yorker, Time, Businessweek and others, only The Week is a pure summary. It gives you a quick perspective on what all of those brands as well as many others are thinking about current events. Stories are mostly no longer than a few hundred words, and it’s all wrapped into a small folio of no more than 44 pages and no more than 10 ads per issue.
September 12, 2019
Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Listen to a preview of Sheeran’s immaculate performance of a true classic and learn how Elton John’s music inspired him as a child, teen and now as an adultPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 23, 2018 – 2:59 pm Ed Sheeran looked especially forward to honoring his friend Elton John on the April 10 TV concert special “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute.” Why? It was the legend’s songbook that first got the “Shape Of You” singer/songwriter interested in music and would later inspire him to write his own songs. How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. 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Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Sheeran’s performance selection was “Candle In The Wind,” one of the more storied songs of remembrance in music history. Originally released in 1974 in honor of Marilyn Monroe, a 1986 live recording was nominated at the 30th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, and the 1997 smash modified in memory of Princess Diana won at the 40th GRAMMY Awards for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.You’d think performing one of the biggest songs in the Elton John/Bernie Taupin catalog would rattle even the most seasoned performer, but that was not the case.”I feel fortunate enough to be able to call him a friend,” Sheeran said about Elton John. “I didn’t feel that nervous. It just felt like playing a song to a mate. I know that sounds weird but it was a cool thing.”With John now planning to retire from touring and spend more time at home being a father, Sheeran felt gratified for the special opportunity to pay tribute to his mentor.”In adult life, [Elton has helped] me sort of charter this weird little music industry game,” he said. “It’s been quite a journey so I wanted to be here honoring him.””Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” will feature performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and SZA.Tune in April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for this two-hour concert special, only on CBS. 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September 6, 2019
Srikakulam: Assembly Speaker Tammineni Stiaram assured that he will strive for the development of BR Ambedkar University (BRAU) here. He participated as chief guest at the 11th Foundation Day of the college on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed on need for improvement of higher education to produce quality output. He gave an assurance for improvement of basic facilities at BRAU like hostel buildings, class rooms and library etc. He recollected that BRAU was established on June 25 in 2008 with the initiative and support of the then chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us The Speaker also assured to solve issues relating to teaching and non-teaching staff of the university. He said that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is keen on betterment of quality in education at all levels which is basic tool for development and to eradicate poverty. On the occasion, he laid foundation stone for hostel building at BRAU campus. Etcherla MLA, G Kiran Kumar and university officials attended.
September 1, 2019
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgSeventy-six people have been killed in the District of Columbia in 2019, according to D.C. Witness. This time last year there had been 72 homicides.Last week, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser exhorted residents to stop the violence and encouraged federal lawmakers to consider legislation for gun control. “We need more from our federal government than thoughts and prayers: We need universal background checks on every gun purchase,” Bowser wrote on Twitter.There were two double shootings in Southeast in Washington, D.C., which led to two fatalities, including Arkeem Jackson, 30. (Courtesy Photo)Despite the mayor’s requests, over the weekend two more District residents were victims of gun violence.In the wee hours of June 16, Arkeem Jackson, 30, was killed on the 4300 block of 4th Street Southeast, D.C.“At approximately 1:15 am, members of the Seventh District responded to the listed location for the report of the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult male victim, unconscious and not breathing, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) reported. In addition to Jackson, a woman was shot at the time in the leg and is expected to survive, according to NBC4 Washington. There are no leads into the reason for the shooting and MPD is requesting any information and offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who helps solve the case.The 4th Street S.E. shooting was the second double shooting in Southeast last weekend.Richfield Chang, 37, and his girlfriend were shot in a Capitol Hill apartment on June 15.Chang was killed and his girlfriend suffered from life-threatening injuries, but is expected to survive.According to NBC4 Washington, his girlfriend said that the shooter was a friend, and that once they saw the gun they asked him to leave, but he opened fire instead.NBC4 also reported that investigators found marijuana and $100,000 in cash in Chang’s apartment.
September 1, 2019
Google’s answer to ad blockers is simple: Just ask consumers to turn them off.Surprisingly, this seems to be working, at least for publishers that have participated in Google’s Ad Choices program. The initiative, which launched last June in beta, gives publishers technical tools to identify users who have ad blocking software enabled, and then address them directly with customized messaging.Publishers can choose to just nicely ask to turn off ad blockers, and make their case for funding journalism. The can also use Google’s tools to install a gated paywall, allowing consumers to read 10 or so articles for free each month. Or they can completely block access to the site until users have turned their ad blocker off. CREDIT: Courtesy of Google “Millions of ad blocking users every month are now choosing to see ads on publisher websites, or ‘whitelisting’ that site, after seeing a Funding Choices message,” wrote Google product manager Varun Chirravuri in a blog post Monday. “In fact, in the last month over 4.5 million visitors who were asked to allow ads said yes, creating over 90 million additional paying page views for those sites.” Popular on Variety Participating publishers also offer consumers to buy a so-called funding pass through the Google Contributor program, which essentially gives them an ad-free version of the website, for a per-page price determined by the publisher. Popular Mechanics, for instance, charges $0.01 per ad-free web page, whereas Business Insider U.K. charges $0.04 per page.Right now, there are only a few dozen publishers participating in funding choices, but Google clearly wants the program to grow. That’s why the company on Monday announced en expansion of the program to 31 additional countries. In addition, it also started to test an integration with paywalls operated by publishers.“Ad blockers designed to remove all ads from all sites are making it difficult for publishers with good ad experiences to maintain sustainable businesses,”Chirravuri said. “Our goal for Funding Choices is to help publishers get paid for their work by reducing the impact of ad blocking on them, and we look forward to continuing to expand the product availability.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
August 31, 2019
Guwahati: A day after publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, political parties and organisations in Assam slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for trying to politicise the issue, terming her criticism unjustified as the NRC is neither against Bengalis nor Muslims. Former Chief Minister and Asom Gana Parishad leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta condemned Banerjee for criticizing the NRC and said that the historical document which was updated and published on Monday was not against the Bengalis and the Muslims. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Mamata Banerjee is trying to use the issue for political gains, which is not justified,” said Mahanta, who had led the six year long students’ movement from 1979 to 1985, known as Assam movement that sought to detect and deport illegal foreigners in Assam. He also said that the Assam model of NRC updation can also be used in other states. Also opposed to granting long term visa to Bangladeshis in India, Mahanta said that as the NRC updation process is on track now and the draft NRC is already published, there is no need for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2016. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Congress leader and former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi slammed Banerjee for her statements on the NRC, advising her to rather concentrate on West Bengal politics. “Mamata Banerjee should not worry about what happens in Assam. She should be bothered with the politics of West Bengal. There is no question of harassment of genuine Indian citizens in the name of NRC updation. We are here to protect each genuine Indian citizens from harassment,” he said. Assam Health and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also attacked the West Bengal Chief Minister over her criticism of the NRC, saying those who know the process would not object to it. “The people of Assam irrespective of caste, creed and communities have understood the process and that is why there is no protest across the state despite having over 40 lakh names out of the draft NRC. Mamata Banerjee has no right to comment on the NRC in Assam,” said Sarma while adding that the West Bengal government did not cooperate with the Assam government with updating the NRC. “Every state has a responsibility as Assam government had sought verification of documents of those people who migrated from other states. The West Bengal government did not even cooperate. She is now aware about the process which has been done under the monitoring of Supreme Court,” he added.
August 27, 2019
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August 26, 2019
At the 32nd annual NeurIPS conference held earlier this month, Edward William Felten, a professor of computer science and public affairs at Princeton University spoke about how decision makers and tech experts can work together to make better policies. The talk was aimed at answering questions such as why should public policy matter to AI researchers, what role can researchers play in policy debates, and how can researchers help bridge divides between the research and policy communities. While AI and machine learning are being used in high impact areas and have seen heavy adoption in every field, in recent years, they have also gained a lot of attention from the policymakers. Technology has become a huge topic of discussion among policymakers mainly because of its cases of failure and how it is being used or misused. They have now started formulating laws and regulations and holding discussions about how society will govern the development of these technologies. Prof. Felten explained how having constructive engagement with policymakers will lead to better outcomes for technology, government, and society. Why tech should be regulated? Regulating tech is important, and for that researchers, data scientists, and other people in tech fields have to close the gap between their research labs, cubicles, and society. Prof. Felten emphasizes that it is up to the tech people to bridge this gap as we not only have the opportunity but also a duty to be more active and productive in participating in public life. There are many people coming to the conclusion that tech should be regulated before it is too late. In a piece published by the Wall Street Journal, three experts debated about whether the government should regulate AI. One of them, Ryan Calo explains, “One of the ironies of artificial intelligence is that proponents often make two contradictory claims. They say AI is going to change everything, but there should be no changes to the law or legal institutions in response.” Prof. Felten points out that law and policies are meant to change in order to adapt according to the current conditions. They are not just written once and for all for the cases of today and the future, rather law is a living system that adapts to what is going on in the society. And, if we believe that technology is going to change everything, we can expect that law will change. Prof. Felten also said that not only the tech researchers and policymakers but the society also should also have some say in how the technology is developed, “After all the people who are affected by the change that we are going to cause deserve some say in how that change happens, how it is used. If we believe in a society which is fundamentally democratic in which everyone has a stake and everyone has a voice then it is only fair that those lives we are going to change have some say in how that change come about and what kind of changes are going to happen and which are not.” How experts can work with decision makers to make good tech decisions The three key approaches that we can take to engage with policymakers to take a decision about technology: Engage in a two-way dialogue with policymakers As a researcher, we might think that we are tech experts/scientists and we do not need to get involved in politics. We need to just share the facts we know and our job is done. But if researchers really want to maximize their impact in policy debates, they need to combine the knowledge and preferences of policymakers with their knowledge and preferences. Which means, they need to take into account what policymakers might already have heard about a particular subject and the issues or approaches that resonate with them. Prof. Felten explains that this type of understanding and exchange of ideas can be done in two stages. Researchers need to ask several questions to policymakers, which is not a one-time thing, rather a multi-round protocol. They have to go back and forth with the person and need to build engagement over time and mutual trust. And, then they need to put themselves into the shoes of a decision maker and understand how to structure the decision space for them. Be present in the room when the decisions are being made To have their influence on the decisions that get made, researchers need to have “boots on the ground.” Though not everyone has to engage in this deep and long-term process of decision making, we need some people from the community to engage on behalf of the community. Researchers need to be present in the room when the decisions are being made. This means taking posts as advisers or civil servants. We already have a range of such posts at both local and national government levels, alongside a range of opportunities to engage less formally in policy development and consultations. Creating a career path and rewarding policy engagement To drive this engagement, we need to create a career path which rewards policy engagement. We should have a way through which researchers can move between policy and research careers. Prof. Felten pointed to a range of US-based initiatives that seek to bring those with technical expertise into policy-oriented roles, such as the US Digital Service. He adds that if we do not create these career paths and if this becomes something that people can do only after sacrificing their careers then very few people will do it. This needs to be an activity that we learn to respect when people in the community do it well. We need to build incentives whether it is in career incentives in academia, whether it is understanding that working in government or on policy issues is a valuable part of one kind of academic career and not thinking of it as deter or a stop. To watch the full talk, check out NeurIPS Facebook page. Read Next NeurIPS 2018: Rethinking transparency and accountability in machine learning NeurIPS 2018: Developments in machine learning through the lens of Counterfactual Inference [Tutorial] Accountability and algorithmic bias: Why diversity and inclusion matters [NeurIPS Invited Talk]
August 19, 2019
Protests erupt in Israel following controversial Trump move JERUSALEM — Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.The leader of the Hamas militant group, which runs Gaza, called for a new armed uprising in a widespread show of anger over Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.In the West Bank, crowds of protesters set tires on fire and hurled stones at anti-riot troops. In the biblical town of Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that could cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus’ birth. In Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, protesters set tires on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke over the city.Trump’s dramatic break on Wednesday with decades of U.S. policy on Jerusalem counters long-standing international assurances to the Palestinians that the fate of the city will be determined in negotiations. The Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, captured by Israel in 1967, as a future capital.Palestinians shuttered their schools and shops on Thursday to begin three “days of rage” over Trump’s decision. Rallies were underway in other West Bank cities, and a demonstration was being held outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.There were no serious casualties reported in Thursday’s clashes. But Friday, the Muslim holy day, could provide an important test when Palestinians gather for weekly mass prayers.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsIn the Gaza Strip, Hamas’ leader Ismail Haniyeh called on Palestinians to launch a new intifada, or uprising, against Israel on Friday.“The American decision is an aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries,” Haniyeh said in a speech, urging supporters “to be ready for any orders.”“We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision,” he said.The Israeli military said it would deploy several battalions to the West Bank ahead of Friday, while other troops have been put on alert to address “possible developments.”The conflicting claims to Jerusalem, and especially its Old City, where sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites are located, lie at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While Trump’s decision had no impact on the city’s daily life, it carried deep symbolic meaning, and was seen as siding with Israel and an attempt to impose a solution on the Palestinians.Israel, which claims all of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, has welcomed Trump’s decision. Netanyahu said Trump “bound himself forever” to the history of Jerusalem with the move and claimed other states are considering following suit.“We are already in contact with other states that will make a similar recognition,” he said at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.Anger at the U.S. has rippled across the Arab world.Saudi Arabia’s royal court, led by King Salman and his powerful son, condemned the Trump administration’s decision in a rare public rebuke by the U.S. ally. The regional powerhouse, which could help the White House push through a Middle East settlement, said Thursday the kingdom had already warned against this step and “continues to express its deep regret at the U.S. administration’s decision,” describing it “unjustified and irresponsible.”More news: Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckTrump’s claim Wednesday that he still wants to pursue what he has called the “ultimate” Mideast deal was met by mounting skepticism. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused Trump of throwing the Mideast into a “ring of fire” and said his motives were difficult to fathom. “It’s not possible to understand what you are trying to get out of it,” Erdogan said, referring to Trump in a speech to a group of workers at Ankara’s airport.U.S. Embassies across much of the Middle East and parts of Africa warned American citizens of possible protests following Trump’s move.The Government of Canada updated its travel advisory to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Dec. 5 ahead of Trump’s announcement, and will uphold its validity to take into account ‘Day of Rage’ protests from Dec. 6-8. The advisory warns Canadians to “exercise a high degree of caution in Jerusalem due to protests and clashes between protestors and local authorities in East Jerusalem and parts of the Old City, and politically motivated attacks and violence throughout the city.” There is also an advisory for Bethlehem, Jericho and Ramallah, as “security situation can change rapidly”. Tags: Israel, Travel Alert Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Thursday, December 7, 2017
August 19, 2019
For almost a century, the inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe — named for literature’s most famous castaway — have known that their island’s fragile ecosystem depends on them conserving its unique wildlife.One of three islands in the Juan Fernandez archipelago, 700 kilometers (430 miles) off the Pacific coast of Chile, it was discovered in the sixteenth century.The island chain secured its place in history as the home of Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish sailor marooned there for four years and four months, a tale he later related to Daniel Defoe, who penned his adventure book based on his story.One of the other islands in the chain is called Alexander Selkirk, the third is Santa Clara.In 1977, the archipelago was named a biosphere reserve and almost a year ago, Chile announced the creation of the enormous Juan Fernandez Marine Park. Covering an area of 262,000 square kilometers (101,000 square miles) of ocean, it is one of the largest protected zones in the Pacific.It also connects to a network of marine reserves in Chile totalling some 1.3 million square kilometers, meaning that about 44 percent of the nation’s waters have some level of protection against mining and industrial fishing.“Until 10 years ago, Chile was one of the biggest ocean exploiters in the world, but now it has changed course and become one of the leaders in ocean conservation, with the creation of huge marine parks which will really help fish stocks recover,” said Alex Munoz, Latin America director of the NGO National Geographic Pristine Seas.“But we are still a sick patient in need of recuperation,” he said.Cats, rats and coatisThe wildlife of these remote islands faces various threats, including ocean trash — in particular plastic — and invasive species that have been introduced to the fragile ecosystem of Juan Fernandez, home to around 1,000 people.Cats, rats and coatis (a type of South American raccoon) are the main hazard for the Juan Fernandez firecrown, a type of hummingbird found only in the islands, and whose eggs and chicks are easy prey.They are also a threat to the pink-footed shearwater, a migratory seabird which only nests in the archipelago, where there are 35,000 pairs, and on Mocha Island, close to the mainland, where there are 60,000 breeding pairs.The environment ministry has just launched a recovery plan to protect the underground nests of the shearwaters, which fly in to mate every year from the United States and Canada.“People are taking this seriously,” said Pablo Manriquez, coordinator for the NGO Oikonos, noting that residents have changed their street and house lights from white to red or green to help the shearwaters avoid crashing into buildings and trees in foggy weather, when the bright lights appear to disorient them. Downed birds are vulnerable to predators.Work has also been started to preserve the luma trees where hummingbirds nest, eradicating non-native blackberry bushes that strangle the trees.Sustainable fishingSustainable fishing is the archipelago’s main goal. As far back as 1935, fishermen started introducing measures to preserve the islands’ principal source of income, the lobster, which is mainly sold to China where a live crustacean can bring in $200.“They brought down the catch by 75 percent!” said fisherman Wilson Gonzalez, whose family has been fishing here for generations.The result was the first sustainable fishery in South America, said Daniel Gonzalez, head of the islands’ fishing union.Fishing is only permitted from October 1 until May 15 and only then using wooden lobster pots. There are also limits on the size of lobsters that can be taken, and females with eggs are returned to the sea.There are other notable success stories: the South American fur seal, a species that was almost extinct 40 years ago, now has a population of 30,000 on the islands.“The great asset of Juan Fernandez is that the local population takes part in conserving species, together with the NGOs,” said Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt on a recent visit.A paradise for divers and hikers, the islands are opening up to tourism, though getting here is tricky — the small planes that fly in carry a maximum of eight passengers because they have to carry enough fuel for the return trip, which means tickets are expensive at $800 a head.Plastic-free by 2020Plastic that arrives on supply ships from the mainland every two weeks, or is washed up on ocean currents, is one of the islands’ main challenges.Unlike Easter Island, another far-flung Chilean outpost in the Pacific which ships some of its plastic back to the mainland for recycling, the archipelago burns all its waste, some 315 tons of it.Munoz, together with local authorities and the environment ministry, has just signed an agreement that will see the islands eradicate plastic by 2020.“If we want a zero-waste world, we need to start with a world without plastic,” said Schmidt.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. 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August 15, 2019
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News April 12, 2017 740 Views Jeb Hensarling Discusses CFPB Reform and Accountability Accountability CFPB 2017-04-12 Seth Welborn “The most powerful and least accountable Washington bureaucracy in history” is what Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in a blog post on Tuesday. In the post, Hensarling acknowledges the bureau’s important mission, but notes the shortcomings that it has faced.“While the agency has an important mission, it was purposefully designed by Democrats to evade checks and balances that apply to other regulatory agencies, including those responsible for consumer and investor protection,” Hensarling states.For several months, the Financial Services Committee has been calling the CFPB’s constitutionality into question. Most recently, the committee, led by Chairman Hensarling, conducted a hearing attended by CFPB Director Richard Cordray as a witness.During the hearing, Hensarling specifically noted a lack of accountability, and a lack of success, wihin the CFPB. However, Cordray had a chance to defend himself and the Bureau.“Years of uneven federal oversight on behalf of consumers allowed a lot of bad behavior to go unchecked,” Cordray stated in his prepared hearing remarks. “As the independent consumer watchdog, we are solely focused on the job Congress gave us of assuring that these markets are fair, transparent, and competitive and consumers have access to sound financial products and services.”In his blog post, Hensarling still finds fault in the CFPB’s structure, and in Cordray’s leadership. According to Hensarling, Cordray “recklessly ignores the due process protections that have been deeply rooted in our American legal system for centuries.”Hensarling further states that Cordray’s power is too far-reaching, essentially giving him the power to alter the law at will. Rather than just a “cop on the beat,” Hensarling states that the Bureau has become “judge, jury and Congress all rolled into one.”Through the Financial CHOICE act, Hensarling hopes the CFPB will become the “cop on the beat” its supporters desire.“It would be far easier to secure criminal convictions if the Constitution didn’t require probable cause for warrants or protect Americans against unreasonable search and seizure, but few would argue that justice would be served,” Hensarling said. “In the same way, the success of the CFPB must be judged both on how it protects consumers and on whether it follows the Constitution.” Share
August 10, 2019
Cancun, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLuxury hotelier Excellence Group, responsible for the management of many top five-star Caribbean resorts, has announced plans for a new brand structure that will reaffirm the company’s high standing in the hospitality industry.As a result of the new structure, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is now the umbrella brand for the company’s product lines, Excellence Resorts and Beloved Hotels. The company has chosen the luxurious La Amada Hotel in Playa Mujeres, Cancun, as the first hotel to launch under the banner of Beloved Hotels.“The goal of this restructuring is to meet the needs and demands of our clientele. Our mission is to always be attentive to satisfy our guests and to continuously surpass the highest standards of quality. We’re dedicated to offering an unforgettable experience of sophistication and pleasure in each of our properties,” said Excellence Group VP of sales and marketing, Ignacio Fernandez.Along with the rebranding, the company has invested heavily in its Excellence Resorts in Riviera Maya and Punta Cana, improving both accommodations and amenities, including renewed spas and restaurants.Visit www.excellence-resorts.com.
August 10, 2019
Clearwater, Florida – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazinePrivate aircraft operator Avantair, Inc., is donating planes, staff and flight hours to help bring supplies and medical aid to Haiti, which was recently devastated by an earthquake.Avantair has assisted in two missions to facilitate bringing a medical team and supplies, including food, blankets and clothing, to those who have been uprooted by the massive earthquake. Nearly a month after the disaster, provisions are still in short supply and Avantair, along with the aid workers the company is sponsoring, is working to keep the Haitian relief efforts progressing.“Some of our owners and companies that regularly partner with Avantair were closely affected by this tragedy and we’re doing our best to support them during this difficult time,” said Steven Santo, founder and CEO of Avantair. “We’re contributing flight hours and pilots to help bring doctors, volunteers and supplies to the country and our owners are donating their own flight time to add to the contribution.”On February 9, Avantair carried a team of four Ocean Reef Club staff members from Key Largo, Fla., to Haiti, where they delivered packages containing rice, beans, cornmeal, canned meats, fruits and oil to family members of Ocean Reef employees, many of whom had lost homes and loved ones in the quake. The team distributed 150 packages in less than five days, and plans to return to Haiti within the next week to deliver as many as 200 more packages.In addition to that flight, Avantair also made a holiday gift donation which included a plane and flight crew to Northern Lights Foundation, on behalf of Avantair-owner David Turock. The donation was used to fly a team of doctors and nurses from East Hampton, N.Y., to West Palm Beach, Fla., where they met additional medical staff for a coordinated trip to Haiti. A total of 16 doctors and nurses flew to the country where they performed a wide variety of surgeries and other medical procedures.To date, Avantair’s contributed flight hours for the Haitian relief effort have reached a total value of $24,000.www.avantair.com