Mayor denounces fifth incident of hateful graffiti in small Quebec town

first_imgSAINT-HONORÉ, Qc – For Mayor Bruno Tremblay, the latest case of hateful graffiti in his Quebec town was the final straw.Sometime on Wednesday, “Ville Blanche” (‘White Town”) was written in red spray paint on the welcome sign in Saint-Honore, a few hundred kilometres north of Quebec City.It is the fifth such incident in the community since July 18.Tremblay said in an interview Thursday he decided to file a complaint with provincial police.“Yesterday (Wednesday) morning was the worst of the worst,” Tremblay said. “That’s mischief on public property and I said: ‘enough is enough’.”It all started in July when the Islamic association in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region announced it would revisit a plan to have a Muslim cemetery inside a Catholic burial ground in Saint-Honore.A few days later, someone attached a sign reading “Saguenay, Ville Blanche” (“Saguenay, White Town”) under one for the cemetery before it was removed by authorities.In another incident, a sign was posted near a local church stating there was a change of administration and that an Islamic cultural centre would open in its place.Tremblay said he thought the incidents would die down after the first one, but they continued in August.No citizens in the town of 6,000 have told him they were against the cemetery plan, Tremblay said.In any case, there’s a cemetery in place, so there’s nothing to be opposed to, he added.“Whether its someone who is Chinese, German or Arab, there’s already a cemetery there,” Tremblay said.“In 2017, we must be more open than this.”Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil told reporters at a Liberal caucus retreat in Val-d’Or, Que., that everyone was perturbed by the messages.“We denounce these acts with a lot of vigour,” Weil said. “I reiterate that this doesn’t reflect public opinion.”Tremblay said he complained in case police can tie the events in his town to others in the province.For its part, provincial police say they are investigating the most recent vandalism.— By Sidhartha Banerjee in Montreal.last_img read more

In Madagascar UNICEF provides health services to cyclonehit areas

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Commission’s humanitarian wing are working together in Madagascar to provide medicines and other vital health services to a series of villages, five months after they were devastated by Cyclone Ivan in February. UNICEF has delivered medicines to 36 health centres and conducted outreach activities in 20 remote villages, according to a press release issued yesterday by the agency. At least 93 people were killed and more than 190,000 others were left homeless by Cyclone Ivan after it struck the island country in mid-February. Local authorities said it was the worst storm of its kind to strike Madagascar since the 1980s. As part of its ongoing relief efforts UNICEF has helped give vaccinations to children and worked to treat the emergence of malaria, diarrhoea and acute respiratory diseases. 18 July 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Commission’s humanitarian wing are working together in Madagascar to provide medicines and other vital health services to a series of villages, five months after they were devastated by Cyclone Ivan in February. read more

Partnership between UN and Lebanese army stressed during Presidents visit

27 December 2008The close cooperation between United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Army in ensuring peace and security in the country’s southern region was stressed today during a visit by President Michel Suleiman to the mission’s headquarters in Naqoura. The close cooperation between United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Army in ensuring peace and security in the country’s southern region was stressed today during a visit by President Michel Suleiman to the mission’s headquarters in Naqoura. UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Claudio Graziano welcomed the President, noting that his presence was “a fervent expression of your sustained support and commitment” to Security Council resolution 1701, which helped end the war between Israel and Hizbollah two years ago. The 2006 resolution also called for renewed respect for the Blue Line separating Israeli and Lebanese forces, the disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling, among other measures. The President’s visit also highlighted “our strategic partnership with the Lebanese Army to continue endeavours in pursuit of our shared mandate for peace and security in southern Lebanon,” stated Major-General Graziano. The two men discussed the work of the UN peacekeepers and stressed the importance of the close cooperation between UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army to ensure that the relevant provisions of resolution 1701 are fully implemented in the coming year, according to a news release issued by the mission. The visit comes as UN peacekeepers and Lebanese troops have stepped up patrols along the border with Israel after rockets were discovered aimed at that country and ready to fire. UN Radio reported that security forces found eight Katyusha rockets in the coastal region between Naqoura and Tair Harfa on Thursday. UNIFIL spokeswoman Yasmina Bouziane said UNIFIL and the Lebanese army “have deployed additional troops and intensified patrols and security control of the area.” read more

UNbacked clean stove initiative to save lives and heal environment

21 September 2010A United Nations-backed intervention involving cook stoves holds the promise of saving lives, uplifting health, improving regional environments, reducing deforestation, empowering local entrepreneurs, speeding development, and helping to stem global climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined international efforts to dramatically boost the efficiency of some 3 billion cook stoves across Africa, Asia and Latin America, with the aim to protect women’s health and provide significant environmental benefits.The Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves was launched today on the margins of the General Assembly summit to review progress on the global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Part of the Clinton Global Initiative spearheaded by the UN Foundation, the Global Alliance aims to cut the estimated 1.6 million to 1.8 million premature deaths linked with indoor emissions from inefficient cook stoves.This initiative will also make a contribution to reducing deforestation by curbing the large quantities of wood and other biomass used to make charcoal, and by households switching to alternative fuels, including cookers powered by solar energy.“In addition to meeting the health targets of the Millennium Development Goals, especially among women and children who are often the most exposed to indoor air pollution, the Alliance may have wider and indeed global benefits,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.“Inefficient cooking stoves are estimated to be responsible for approximately 25 per cent of emissions of black carbon, particles often known as soot, of which 40 per cent is linked to wood burning,” he said.According to research under the UNEP-supported Atmospheric Brown Cloud project, black carbon could now be responsible for between 10 to 40 per cent of current climate change.Emissions of black carbon may also be accelerating melting rates of glaciers in mountain ranges such as the Himalayas, with the dark particles absorbing sunlight and raising ice temperatures. In addition, black carbon – a key component of brown clouds in some parts of the world – is contributing to dimming and reducing the amount of sunlight hitting the ground in polluted parts of the globe.For example, some major cities in Asia may be up to 25 per cent dimmer or darker than they were half a century ago. Reductions in visible light may also be harming agriculture, again with implications for poverty and for combating hunger under the MDGs.Such initiatives as the African Rural Energy Enterprise Development (AREED) have compiled lessons learned with respect to cook stoves. AREED’s most successful project to date has been in Ghana, where start-up funding and support has been provided to a local company called Toyola Energy. The company manufactures a stove which uses charcoal 40 per cent more efficiently than conventional cook stoves. “From its beginnings as a simple tree-sheltered operation in a community outside Ghana’s capital Accra, Toyola Energy has grown dramatically, increasing sales from 3,000 to over 35,000 units per annum within four years,” said Mr. Steiner. “By 2010, the company had supplied over 50,000 households in six regions of Ghana with improved energy-efficient stoves, and expanded their market to neighbouring countries.”Toyola Energy has also generated 200 jobs, directly and indirectly, while its stoves have reduced CO2 emissions by some 15,000 tons annually. A key factor in its success was its partnership with UNEP, which is able to raise donor awareness and co-funding, and to provide needed policy reforms to assist small- to medium-sized enterprises.Without such financial support, clean energy systems, including more efficient cook stoves, can be too expensive for the rural poor, despite fuel savings and the multiple health and environmental benefits. A cook stove can cost up to $5 or much more – way too costly for someone living on less than $2 a day.UNEP was confronted with this reality when it was looking to bring solar power to rural India, where many banks considered loans to the rural poor too risky. With support from the UN Foundation and the Shell Foundation, UNEP’s Solar Loan Programme made those loans affordable.Between 2003 and 2008, there were 100,000 stoves in areas with no electricity grid which were able to acquire solar power. The initiative proved so successful it is now self-financing. Today, 20 banks with networks of 2,000 branches are offering competitive solar loans.UNEP is also supporting a black carbon and cook stoves demonstration project called “Project Surya” in rural areas of India. Having completed its pilot phase in a rural village with 500 households and some 2,500 people, Surya’s demonstration phase has just begun. It will last two years and involve two to three rural areas spread from north to south India, each with a population of 15,000 people. Pilot phases are also being developed for other developing countries, such as Bhutan, Nepal and Kenya. read more

Owner of Wellawatta building arrested remanded

He was produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate today and remanded till May 26.Investigations had found that the section of the building which collapsed last week was an unauthorized construction. (Colombo Gazette) The owner of the building in Wellawatta which collapsed last week killing two people and injuring several others was arrested and ordered to be remanded.The owner of the ‘Excellency’ building had surrendered to the police last night and was arrested.

Oil falls 2 as traders await policy signals from Fed government report

Oil falls 2% as traders await policy signals from Fed, government report on supplies by The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2013 6:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil fell two per cent Tuesday, the sharpest decline in two months, as traders waited for the U.S. central bank to signal when it will shift its monetary policy.West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery fell $2.14 to US$104.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Analysts said some of the decline was driven by the expiration of the September contract at the end of trading. The October contract fell $1.75 to US$105.11 a barrel.Brent North Sea crude, which is used to price imported oil used by many U.S. refineries, rose 25 cents to US$110.15 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Upheaval in Egypt, which controls the Suez Canal, and lower oil production in Libya are supporting the price of Brent.Evidence that the U.S. economy is improving has led to speculation that the Fed will begin to reduce its $85 billion a month in asset purchases as early as September.The Fed’s stimulus policy has lowered interest rates and made oil and other commodities a more attractive investment by offering potentially higher returns. A “tapering” or phasing down of the program could push down oil prices.Traders were awaiting the release Wednesday of minutes from the Fed’s July policy meeting for hints of whether and when the bank might begin cutting back on its bond buying.Investors will also be monitoring fresh information on U.S. stockpiles of crude and refined products. A report on U.S. stockpiles will be released Wednesday by the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration, the market benchmark.Crude stockpiles have declined in seven of the past eight weeks.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, heating oil rose one cent to US$3.08 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline lost one cent to US$2.93 a gallon and natural gas fell two cents to US$3.44 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

The preservation of historical Canadian data is at risk experts panel

How “memory institutions” – libraries, archives, museums, galleries – share Canadian culture across the country and around the world is vastly changing in a digital world, says a Brock digital historian who is a member of a national experts’ panel.And we need to support these institutions as they adapt to the digital age, says Kevin Kee, Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities and Associate Vice-President, Research (Social Sciences and Humanities).Kevin KeeKee and 12 other experts on the Council of Canadian Academies panel released its report February 4, which calls on memory institutions to create strategic and business plans around digital technologies.“Canada is falling behind, and vast amounts of digital information are at risk of being lost because many traditional tools are no longer adequate in the digital age,” says Leading in the Digital World: Opportunities for Canada’s Memory Institutions.“As one of the most wired populations in the world, Canadians expect their heritage to be accessible and discoverable online. Today, past content and new digital information are not always accessible. This matter will not fade away with time – rather, it will become more prominent.”Kee’s research explores how best to collect, store and disseminate historical and cultural information using the latest digital technologies.During the course of his research, Kee developed the Niagara 1812 iPhone app, an i-history tour that helped people visit places, such as Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queenston, connected to the War of 1812. It included “Roam Mode,” which provided the user, through her phone, with information about the places she was walking around, as well as Quest Mode, which took app users around town solving a centuries-old mystery in an immersive adventure.“We’ve had these institutions in the past that were essentially brick and mortar, and we had to go to those institutions so that we could engage culture, whether it was a book or an old document or an artifact,” says Kee.“But now we can share these. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Iqaluit or Dartmouth or Prince Rupert; you can have access to them digitally.”The panel’s key findings include:• To keep pace with the fundamental and unavoidable digital changes that are reshaping society, Canada’s memory institutions must exercise their capacity to be leaders within and among their respective organizations.• Many of the challenges faced are rooted in technical issues associated with managing digital content, the sheer volume of digital information, and the struggle to remain relevant.• The digital world has the potential to change the relationship between memory institutions and people. The integration of a participatory culture into the daily operations of memory institutions can encourage a sustainable, authentic relationship with the public.• Collaboration is essential for adaptation. It enables memory institutions to access the vital resources required to deliver the enhanced services that users now expect in the digital age.Kee says being one of 13 members of the Council of Canadian Academies panel was a “tremendous honour and privilege” that enabled he and his colleagues explore the challenges to, and the possibilities for, memory institutions in the digital age.“My essential contribution was to draw upon the digital humanities literature – the insights of my colleagues – around research practices and possibilities for sharing the Arts ,” he says.“Dr. Kee’s knowledge of digital humanities helped to enrich and deepen the analysis needed for the Council’s assessment of memory institutions and the digital revolution,” said Janet Bax, Interim President of CCA.“He was an invaluable member of the Panel and we are grateful for his volunteer contribution. We are all confident the Panel’s work will now lead to an important discussion amongst the many actors within Canada’s memory institutions community.”The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit organization that began operation in 2005. The Council undertakes independent, authoritative, science-based, expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada.Assessments are conducted by independent, multidisciplinary panels (groups) of experts from across Canada and abroad. Panel members serve free of charge and many are Fellows of the Council’s Member Academies. For more information: www.scienceadvice.ca read more

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMinds AlphaZero in four

first_imgGary Kasparov playing against Deep Blue Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being analysed by grandmasters.The algorithm is so extraordinary because it learns from scratch. It has only been programmed with the rules of chess and must work out how to win simply from playing multiple games against itself.  When IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov in 1997, it was because it had been programmed with the best moves. But AlphaZero has learned completely on its own. “It will no doubt revolutionise the game, but think about how this could be applied outside chess. This algorithm could run cities, continents, universes.” The English grandmaster Simon Williams, who runs the GingerGM site, said that the achievement was ‘one for the history books.’“On the 6th of December, 2017, AlphaZero took over the chess world,” he said.“AlphaZero and DeepMind then went on to dominate chess, eventually solving the game and finally enslaving the human race as pets.”David Kramaley, who runs chess education site Chessable, added : “We now know who our new overlord is.“The games AlphaZero played show it can calculate some incredibly creative positional bombs, the depth of which are far beyond anything humans or chess computers have come up with. Chinese Go player Ke Jie competes against Google's artificial intelligence (AI) program, AlphaGo Chinese Go player Ke Jie competes against Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) program, AlphaGoCredit:Rex Features Gary Kasparov playing against Deep BlueCredit: Rex Features Jon Ludvig Hammer, the Norwegian grandmaster, described AlphaZero’s strategy as ‘insane attacking chess’ which was coupled with ‘profound’ positional play.The DeepMind team eventually want to use the algorithm to solve big health problems. They believe that the programme could come up with cures for major illness in a matter of days or weeks, which would have taken humans hundreds of years to find.  The company has already begun using AlphaZero to study protein folding and has promised it will soon publish new findings.Misfolded proteins are responsible for many devastating diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and cystic fibrosis.The latest achievement was published online on the site arXiv. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Coutts standards investigation allowed bankers accused of inappropriate conduct to escape punishment

first_imgThis disciplinary action involved withholding Mr Keogh’s bonus, giving him a written warning and assigning him a coach, and did not affect any other members of staff, the Daily Telegraph understands.  “The final recommendation in relation to this matter, followed an investigation involving HR, which ultimately led to the disciplinary outcome that the bank took,” the spokesman said. Alison Rose, CEO commercial and private bank RBS, said: “Over the last few years I have appointed a new management team at Coutts and we have focused on improving the culture and [levels of] inclusion across the business. “This matter in question was properly investigated in line with our established policies and procedures and based on the findings of this process, appropriate action was taken at the highest level within Coutts.”The WSJ reported that Mr Keogh accepted the disciplinary action without admitting to allegations and denied inappropriate behaviour.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Coutts bankers accused of  inappropriate conduct escaped punishment, The Telegraph understands.On Thursday the Wall Street Journal reported that the bank had investigated sexual harassment by star banker Harry Keogh. Mr Keogh, 57, who still works at the bank, was accused of inappropriate behaviour including sexually harassing a graduate trainee at a company dinner and touching her groin in front of colleagues at a meeting, the newspaper reported. But an investigation by the bank found that while standards in his whole team had dropped below par, he was the only one to be disciplined. Sources suggested to this newspaper that the “sexually charged” culture extended beyond Mr Keogh.Speaking to The Telegraph a former Coutts employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she and her colleagues would regularly go on nights out with the men at private members clubs.  “You shouldn’t have a man who you work with begging you to go back to a hotel with him,” she added.She said that where Mr Keogh was concerned, the alleged involvement of a graduate trainee led to a power imbalance. “The moment you’re in a situation where you’ve come out of university, it’s your first proper job, you’ve got a senior man acting in that way who may very well be deciding your end-of-year rating, and your own bonus, or promotion prospects – that’s when it’s wrong. That power imbalance is the thing that makes it awful.”Mr Keogh “shouldn’t have carried on being employed”, she said. “The only way that I think he kept that job is that he brought in enough business that he was protected. That’s not the way it should be.”Another former employee said she left nights out because she felt uncomfortable about sexually charged conversations, and said Mr Keogh promoted a culture of “wining and dining, heavy drinking, staying in private members clubs” among his team.It is understood that, since the investigation, Mr Keogh’s role has changed significantly and he now has less responsibility.  A spokesman for Coutts said the investigation covered all of Mr Keogh’s team and found that “standards had fallen below what we regarded as acceptable” and said “decisive disciplinary action was taken as a result”.center_img That power imbalance is the thing that makes it awful “It was so sexually charged,” she said. “It was obvious that the men wanted to sleep with the women.”On one occasion the woman, who left the company in 2014, claimed she witnessed another banker in the team who has now left the company, outside the Charing Cross Hotel “begging” another female colleague to stay with him that night. She turned him down. last_img read more

Britain slumps to bottom of cancer survival league tables – and is

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But the lag between the UK and some of the other countries is so large that for some cancers it is two decades behind.  Britain’s five-year survival rates for stomach cancer are 20.8 per cent – worse than those of Norway, Canada, Australia and New Zealand two decades before. The best-performing country, Australia, now has five-year survival at 32.8 per cent, a gap that has widened since the study began. For ovarian cancer, UK five-year survival is 37.1 per cent – on a par with Norway’s rates twenty years before. In Norway, survival is now 46.2 per cent.  For bowel cancer, UK survival is 58.9 per cent, compared with 70.1 per cent in Australia. Latest rates in Britain are worse than the rates in Australia or New Zealand in the 1990s. Survival rates from pancreatic cancer are almost half of those in Australia, at 7.9 per cent, compared with those of 14.6 per cent in Australia. And UK lung cancer survival rates are now 14.7 per cent – worse than those in Canada 20 years before.  The lag comes despite improvements in cancer survival in the UK, following repeated attempts to ensure patients are diagnosed sooner. The greatest improvements were seen in rectal cancer, where five-year survival rose by 14.3 per cent over the period, with an 11.9 per cent improvement seen for bowel cancer. In June a study by Cancer Research UK found two in three cases of cancer are not being picked up by GPs. The vast majority of cases that turned out to be cancer were never suspected by family doctors, so were not given an urgent referral.The study found that just 37 per cent of all cancer diagnoses in England involved patients who had been given an urgent referral by their GP, because the disease was suspected. Just 32 per cent of diagnoses for bowel cancer and 28 per cent of diagnoses for lung cancer were identified this way.Without a referral, patients with bowel cancer waited an average of 61 days for a diagnosis, five weeks longer than the cases that were suspected by GPs.The new research was carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a WHO agency.  Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK’s director of early diagnosis, said: “We really need to redouble our efforts on early diagnosis.”She said GPs were still missing too many cases, and even when cancer was suspected, shortages of hospital staff meant long delays for a diagnosis. “GPs are strapped for time and don’t always take the right history and ask enough questions to take the right referral route,” she said. “The UK tends to diagnose later than comparable countries and one of the key reasons is a lack of diagnostic capacity – in particular shortages in the workforce, of endcosopists, of radiologists and radiographers and of pathologists.” Around half of all cancers are diagnosed at stage three or four, when disease has spread and is more difficult to treat. Last year then Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to ensure that within a decade, three in four Britons with cancer are diagnosed at an earlier point.But key NHS cancer targets have been repeatedly missed, with a flagship target to treat patients within two months not achieved since 2013, official records show.From next year, patients have been promised a diagnosis or all-clear within 28 days.A spokesman for the NHS said: “This report is based on out of date data and in the five years since the study’s research ends, cancer survival has actually hit a record high, thanks to improvements in NHS cancer services, including the introduction of revolutionary treatments like proton beam therapy and immunotherapy.”The NHS Long Term Plan will build on this progress by ramping up action to spot more cancers at the earliest possible stage when the chance of survival is higher, saving tens of thousands more lives every year.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “Cancer survival rates are at a record high, but we are determined to go further and save even more lives. Through our NHS Long Term Plan  we will detect more cancers at an earlier stage, saving an estimated 55,000 lives a year.” Britain is bottom of international league tables for cancer survival – and is lagging two decades behind some countries for some types of disease – a global study shows. The research on almost four million patients by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows improvements have failed to keep pace with those in other comparable countries. The 20 year study shows that patients in Britain have the lowest survival rates for five out of seven common cancers. Despite improvements across all countries, the UK’s relative position now is significantly worse than when the study started in the 90s, when it fared worst for three out of seven cancers.Britain is now bottom of the table for bowel, lung, stomach pancreatic and rectal cancer, second worst for oesophageal disease and in third worst position for ovarian cancer. It follows British research which found that two in three cases of disease are not being picked up by GPs. The new study, which covers the period from 2010 to 2014, published in The Lancet Oncology, shows significant improvements across all seven high income countries which were tracked.   read more

The EU has unveiled a new logo that shows which devices follow

first_imgSmart tags and systems are part of everyday life now, they simplify systems and boost our economy. But it is important to have standards in place which ensure those benefits do not come at a cost to data protection and security of personal data.It’s expected that the global market for RFID applications is expected to grow to €6.8 billion in 2014.Read: Your items and appliances may be getting smarter, but they’re far from safe >Read: Mario Kart 8 wasn’t enough to save Nintendo from a €72 million loss > DEVICES WHICH CONTAIN smart chips and systems will get their own EU-wide logo to show consumers which devices are in line with its data protection rules.The European Commission (EC) has revealed a new logo to be used for devices that use Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) smart chips and systems and comply with EU regulations.RFID chips store information electronically and is found in a wide number of devices like smartphones, and smart tags. It can be used to complete payments, unlock items, keep track of retail stock and prevent theft.The logo is to be used by retailers and organisations and it’s asking them to deactivate stock-controlled RFID when they’re sold immediately and for free.It’s hoped that in sectors such as healthcare and banking where its use is increasing, these changes will prevent a legal ‘grey zone’ from developing around the technology.In a statement, EC Vice President Neelie Kroes said that the scheme is to help ensure that citizens’ data is protected and they are aware of what services are activated.last_img read more

Twitter dévoile la nouvelle version de son moteur de recherche

first_imgTwitter dévoile la nouvelle version de son moteur de rechercheNouvelle adresse, meilleure intégration aux fonctionnalités de Twitter, design repensé, résultats plus pertinents : Twitter Search, le moteur de recherche du site de micro-blogging, s’est offert une importante refonte.Le moteur de recherche Twitter Search n’est plus accessible à l’adresse search.twitter.com. Il faudra désormais se rendre sur twitter.com/search (lien non disponible) pour découvrir la nouvelle version du moteur. Une redirection opérée directement depuis la première adresse. Cette nouvelle mouture, Twitter l’avait annoncée le mois dernier, expliquant vouloir offrir une plus grande pertinence à son moteur de recherche. À lire aussiEn Australie, les requins utilisent Twitter pour signaler leur approchePour commencer, le design de Twitter Search a été repensé pour une meilleure intégration à l’interface du réseau social. En matière de performance, le moteur de recherche offre des résultats plus pertinents grâce à des algorithmes retravaillés. Twitter Search est en outre désormais capable d’afficher dans sa page de résultats, sur la colonne de droite, des photos et vidéos liées à l’objet de la requête et postées sur Twitter. Le moteur suggère également une liste de comptes “tendances” à suivre.Alors que le site de micro-blogging compte aujourd’hui plus de 260 millions d’utilisateurs à travers le monde, la grande majorité d’entre eux utiliseraient régulièrement le moteur de recherche de Twitter.Le 27 juillet 2011 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WIFE OF PARDONED PRISONER NARRATES HER EXPERIENCE

first_imgMr. Bojang, a former staff of Kairaba Pharmacy, together with hiscolleague, one Mrs. Fatou Njie, was serving a sentence of five yearsimprisonment.“It was on Friday night when I received a phone call from a nonfamiliar number with someone informing me about the release of myhusband. The caller asked me to come to Westfiled or at Mile Two toarrange for the departure of my husband,” said Manyima Bojang, thewife of Matarr Bojang.Mrs Bojang said after hearing the good news she then informed all therest of the family who all became excited and were rejoicing. “I thenhired a taxi which I paid D800 to take me to Westfield to pick up myhusband and then came home with him,” said the wife.She explained that they were together with the extended family,friends and neighbours for the whole day on Saturday.“On that Saturday night, as the two of us were together in our house,I went out and saw two men at our door. When I enquired about theirmission, they told me that they were asking for my husband and when Iasked them for what purpose do they need him, their response was thathe was supposed to sign something at the Brikama police station,” saidMrs. Bojang.Mrs Bojang said as she went inside to inform the husband, these twomen followed her in and called the husband aside to talk to him. Aftertalking to them outside, she explained, her husband came back to theroom to ask her to take care of the family as he was going with themand do not know what will happen next.“I wanted to follow them to the Brikama police station where they saidthey are taking him to but the men who came for my husband told methat it was not necessary. As I followed them to the gate, I saw a lotof armed soldiers surrounding our compound outside and waiting to takemy husband away,” said the wife.]]>last_img read more

Ralph Hasenhuttl provides injury update on Lemina

first_imgSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has provided an update regarding the injury picked up by Mario Lemina prior last weekend.Lemina had featured in 15 of Southampton’s last 16 games in the Premier League but was absent as the Saints recorded a shock 3-2 win over Arsenal on Sunday.Southampton hosted high-flying Arsenal, who were on a 22 match unbeaten streak, at the St. Mary’s and stunned the visitors when Danny Ings opened the scoring with a well taken header.Henrikh Mkhitaryan leveled matters for the Gunners almost immediately, before Ings headed the home team in front once again.Mkhitaryan looked to have earned at least a point for Arsenal when he pulled the scores level at 2-2 before a late Charlie Austin header ensured Hasenhuttl picked up the three points in his first game in charge at the St. Mary’s.Solskjaer slams Man United’s draw: “We should have won” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to rue another missed opportunity as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton.Speaking about Lemina’s absence after the win against Arsenal, Hasenhuttl said, according to 101GreatGoals:“Hopefully, not too serious. It’s about his stomach, it hurt him too much.”“If you can’t sprint 100 per cent, it’s better to say ‘no it doesn’t work’ and we have to put in someone else.”last_img read more

Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges

first_img Recommended for you Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:dema, emergency, grand turk, katherine hart, national park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2016 – Climate change is affecting coastal conditions in Grand Turk so severely that the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA is permitting some extra-ordinary measures to save personal property. A notice came late yesterday saying there continues to be severe erosion along the coast and that it is causing concern for beach front property owners in the Capital. The situation is so bad that DEMA is labeling the work to be done as an emergency and is allowing heavy machinery to maneuver within the National Park in order to preserve residents’ properties. Katherine Hart, Environmental Officer said: “The primary problem is erosion of the beach in the National Park which, so far, has been impacting roads…” High swells and wave action is behind this exceptional permission and drastic action. last_img read more

House Fish holds tax increase proposal

first_imgDownload AudioTo help fill the state’s budget gap, Alaska Governor Bill Walker has asked legislators to consider a variety of tax increases – including raising fisheries taxes by one percent. The bill to do so is now on hold in the House Fisheries Committee.A proposal on hold in the House Fisheries committee would increase the state’s take of fisheries revenue by increasing a variety of taxes by one percent each. (Photo by Molly Dischner, KDLG – Dillingham) At the end of a hearing Feb. 23, committee chair Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, said she didn’t want the bill to move out of committee until issues raised during public testimony were given more consideration – and efforts to increase taxes for other natural resources also moved along.“I don’t want to see the fishing industry be the only one subject to a tax increase,” she said. “Consequently this bill is gonna be held in committee until an undetermined time. Until I feel comfortable that the fishing industry is not being singled out.”The February 23rd hearing was one of multiple held by the fish committee, which has mostly heard from fishermen and industry representatives who have said they understand the state’s need to raise more revenue, but had questions about the plan put forward by the administration.The plan raises the state’s various fisheries taxes by one percent each. During a Feb. 18 hearing, state tax director Ken Alper explained that the increases, estimated to bring in $18.4 million, essentially would make fish revenue match the cost of fisheries management, without overhauling the current structure of fisheries taxes.“There are embedded features in existing statute that the governor did not want to look to upend,” he said. “For example, the percentage shares of municipal revenue sharing, or the different existing tax rates between an onshore vs a floating vs a cannery. Those are fully within the legislature’s discretion to move those around. It’s not that 1 percent was a dartboard solution, it was the most rational solution to try to come up with the desired amount of additional funding.”But at the Feb. 23 hearing, Alper gave the public and the committee a tool to look at changes to those rates: a spreadsheet.“It creates a framework to sort of plug in different tax rates for the different categories of the fishery,” Alper said. “The three percent rate that is more or less all the onshore fisheries, the four and a half percent rate that one person testified might be very high is really the canned fishery, the five percent offshore floater rate and the one percent developing. So that’s an excel spreadsheet, it’s very user friendly, it’s on the internet, individuals and the public can look at it now, if you wanted to plug in different tax rates to plug in different tax rates to try and create a desired level of revenue for alternative versions of the bill you now have that available to you.”That was largely in response to testimony about the increases, which has noted that the flat one percent increase has a different impact on different parts of the industry.Pacific Seafood Processors Association Vice President Vince O’Shea explained to the committee Feb. 18 that the one percent increase is actually about a 25 to 33 percent increase in the amount that will have to be paid.And Bob Krueger, from the Kodiak-based Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, noted that such an increase is sizable in comparison to the slim margins that some low-value fisheries operate on.O’Shea also said that the industry is facing other challenges right now, including the rising minimum wage and the strong dollar. And he noted that for products like canned salmon, a higher tariff may result in lower sales.Icicle Seafoods’ Kris Norosz echoed that in her testimony Feb. 23, saying that a higher tax on canned salmon would be bad news for places like Bristol Bay that produce canned salmon.“It’s not an increase that we can likely pass on to the consumer,” Norosz told the committee.Norosz explained that canned salmon is one of the highest priced canned foods there is, and in the retail market, cost is critical.“It’s really price sensitive, it’s the backbone of the industry, and it’s what bails us out when we have large runs,” said Norosz.But O’Shea and others said the industry is willing to work on ways to help raise revenue for the state, and wanted to collaborate on a plan. Seward fisherman and direct marketer Rhonda Hubbard said that effort just needed time.“Fisheries tax is very complex,” Hubbard said. “It’s probably one of the most complex tax components within the department of revenue. Those taxes do need to be updated. And while it’s admirable that the administration, departments are coming together providing you the information, everything. I think we, as an industry, need to be a part of that meeting, or also come together with them, in creating some more equitable ways of taxing our industry.”Despite all of the concerns, one person spoke adamantly in support of the proposal Feb. 23. Nancy Hillstrand from Pioneer Alaskan Fisheries said her company supports the tax, but wants the state to use the money fairly.“Fish are a public trust, it belongs to all Alaskans, so we totally do agree with this one percent tax, we do agree with a flat tax across the board for all,” she said.In response to all that testimony, Representative Stutes said at the end of the Feb. 23 hearing that the committee will work to pass along the comments it has heard, draft some of it’s own recommendations on the bill, and provide additional opportunities for public comment before the bill moves forward.last_img read more

DCAP Convention

first_imgThe District of Columbia Association of Parliamentarians (DCAP) will hold its 46th Annual Convention on March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Washington Navy Yard’s Catering and Conference Center, 6th and M Street S.E., Building 211. The Speakers will include Freddie L. Colston and Michael L. Swift. Tickets cost $50. For more information and to register contact Margaret Smith Perkins at 301-627-3345.last_img

Samsung Is Getting Ready to Introduce Second Smart Speaker

first_img Popular on Variety ×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 Samsung’s Galaxy Home is being powered by the company’s own Bixby assistant, which is likely also at work in this new smaller version. Both devices will be competing with speakers from Google and Amazon, as well as a number of third-party speakers integrating Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Sonos was first to make both assistants available through its speakers this month, and Bose announced a similar feature on Tuesday.center_img Samsung still isn’t selling its Galaxy Home smart speaker, but the company may be getting ready to introduce a second model soon: An FCC filing for an “AI speaker” suggests that the new model, like the original Galaxy Home, will be dual-branded, featuring both Samsung’s own brand name as well as that of its audio subsidiary AKGThe new speaker seems to have a smaller form factor, but keeps the same overall bulbous shape as the original Galaxy Home. It dons the model number SMV310, which is not a complete surprise to anyone following the company closely: Late last year, Sammobile.com reported that Samsung was looking to introduce a cheaper Galaxy Home using that model number.Samsung first introduced its original Galaxy Home speaker in August of last year, but has since delayed the launch of the device multiple times. Samsung CEO DJ Koh told Cnet earlier this year that the Galaxy Home would launch by April; the company later said it would become available in the first half of this year. Samsung also hasn’t released official pricing for the device. last_img read more

Motorist caught watching YouTube videos while driving on M6

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice caught a driver watching videos on Youtube – while driving on the M6. The motorist was stopped on the M6 in Cheshire at around 11pm last night, police said. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “Driver stopped on the M6 by a Cheshire Police unmarked car after being observed watching YouTube videos whilst driving. TOR issued.” For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Homeless man defecates in police van after smashing up public telephone Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.last_img read more

Biker killed in road crash

first_imgA 24-year-old man was killed in Paphos on Friday morning after he apparently lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.Police said the accident took place at 8.30am while the man was driving on Ayion Pente Street in Yeroskipou.The man appears to have lost control of the bike which went off the road and crashed.He was rushed to hospital where he died shortly afterwards.The circumstances of the crash are being investigated. You May LikeYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more