Amaravati: Sporadic violence marred the polling to assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Andhra Pradesh Thursday, reportedly leaving two YSR Congress and one ruling TDP member dead as the state witnessed over 73 per cent voter turnout.Incidents of EVM damage and stone pelting marked the high octane polling that saw a large number out of the over 3.97 crore eligible voters turning up braving the scorching summer heat.1 The election will decide the fate of incumbent chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and main opposition YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy, son of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Other contenders include the Congress, BJP and the Jana Sena of Pawan Kalyan, who has tied up with BSP. Official sources said clashes between TDP and YSRC workers were reported in Guntur, Anantapuramu, West Godavari, Prakasam, Kurnool and Kadapa districts, but did not specify deaths. The polling was not affected in any place, they said. Police also did not confirm the election-related killings. Telugu Desam and YSR Congress issued statements reporting the deaths of their party members accusing each other of being responsible for the violence. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhile about 73 per cent of polling was reported by closing time at 6 pm, authorities expect the final figure likely to cross 80 per cent. The state had recorded 76 per cent polling in 2014. Polling was held Thurday simultaneously for 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, in the first general election after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana in June, 2014. The ruling TDP raised a hue and cry over malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and blamed the Election Commission for failing to conduct the elections properly. Chandrababu Naidu went to the extent of claiming that 30 per cent of the EVMs encountered problems across the state, a charge the EC denied. All allegations against the Election Commission are completely motivated. There was nothing amiss with the electronic gadgets though about 0.3 per cent of EVMs encountered technical glitches, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi said. The YSRC said one of its workers was attacked with sickles by the TDP men and killed in Veerapuram village under Tadipatri constituency in Anantapuramu district while another was done to death in Tamballapalle in Chittoor district. The TDP said its worker Sidda Bhaskar Reddy was killed by the opposition party in Veerapuram. Five other people were injured in the violent clash in Veerapuram.
Rabat- Following the weekly government council on Thursday, El Khalfi announced in a news conference that the government approved Draft Law 39-89 permitting the privatization of public institutions and decided to sell La Mamounia.Marrakech Mayor Mohamed Larbi Belkaid previously told Bloomberg that “the hotel had stopped distributing dividends to shareholders for eight to 10 years through 2017, mainly because of the repayment of loans obtained to fund a major overhaul.”Morocco’s state-run rNational Railway Office (ONCF) owns 60 percent of La Mamounia. The state-owned investment management fund Caisse de Depot and Gestion (CDG) and the city council of Marrakech own 20 percent each. The government’s decision came to reduce the budget deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP in 2019 and to improve their governance.Read Also: Morocco Considers Selling 51% of La Mamounia Hotel in MarrakechMinister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun declared in October that the Moroccan economy requires measures to mobilize resources, control spending, and reduce the burden on the investment budget. He also noted the impact which the rising prices of oil and gas, which peaked in early October, will have on financial balances.Built in 1923, La Mamounia Hotel is a prestigious hotel known worldwide. It received a makeover at the hands of French designer Jacques Garcia in 2009. The hotel has earned many awards since its reopening in 2009.In February, interior design magazine Architectural Digest listed La Mamounia among the “7 Most Historically Significant Hotels in the World.”Rumors had it that the government might privatize ONCF. However, Benchaaboun said that government will not privatize ONCF but may consider selling stakes in Maroc Telecom, the country’s main telecommunication company.
10 August 2009The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with a Jordanian-based business services company to promote information and communication technology (ICT) to support education, science and culture in the Arab region. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with a Jordanian-based business services company to promote information and communication technology (ICT) to support education, science and culture in the Arab region.The agreement signed today in Paris between UNESCO and the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) seeks to increase access to and measure the use of ICT in different sectors of society, enhance teacher training, and promote multilingualism and internationalized Internet Domain Names.“UNESCO relies upon and welcomes partners such as TAG-Org to realize the vision of knowledge societies,” stated Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO.The agency and TAG-Org are planning to create a knowledge society portal on which data in Arabic and English on the state of Arab countries on ICT in education, science, culture, communication and commerce – collected through digital surveys, digital reporting, and digital resources – will be made available.Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Founder and Chairman of TAG-Org, said availability of such data will assist local governments, institutions, and international organizations to understand gaps in ICT and to take a leading role in developing ICT infrastructure and building ICT capacity.Under the new agreement, UNESCO and TAG-Org will develop an immediate action plan for that project, prepare a strategy to enhance multilingualism and Internet Domain Names in the Arabic script, and work together to increase the availability of Arabic content on the Internet, among other things.
by The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 7:52 am MDT US stock market opens mixed on Wall Street; Family Dollar and Trulia jump on merger news NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is opening mixed at the start of a busy week as a batch of merger announcements lift shares in Family Dollar and other companies.The Dow Jones industrial average rose six points to 16,964 shortly after the market opened Monday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eased three points to 1,976. The Nasdaq composite gained two points to 4,451.Family Dollar soared 23 per cent after Dollar Tree announced plans to buy the rival discount store. Meanwhile, Trulia jumped 11 per cent after the real-estate listing service Zillow said it plans to buy it for $3.5 billion.With one of trading week left in July, the stock market was on track for another month of solid gains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Two years of violence, shelling and fear have left an indelible mark on thousands of people in eastern Ukraine,” said World Food Programme (WFP) Country Representative Giancarlo Stopponi. “As the conflict continues, we need to reach these people urgently. We appeal to all parties of the conflict to facilitate full and unimpeded humanitarian access to people in need across the country.” WFP aims to reach nearly 270,000 of the most vulnerable people with monthly food assistance over the first half of this year. Since November 2014, WFP has distributed emergency assistance to over half a million people in need, including 370,000 people who received monthly food packages and 180,000 people who received assistance through cash-based transfers in areas where markets are still functioning.WFP will continue to provide cash-based transfers or food assistance to the most vulnerable among those affected by conflict.People living in the non-government controlled area of Luhansk and near the conflict line are the most affected by food insecurity: over half of the population, in both the government-controlled area and non-government controlled area, experienced a complete loss or a significant reduction of income.With no presence in Ukraine before the crisis, WFP now cooperates with other UN agencies to provide assistance to those who had to leave their homes, people returning home, and people still trapped in conflict hotspots.
‹ › Evidence suggests that the threat is especially prominent in areas struck by conflict and natural disasters. Experts have warned that unless coordination and awareness-raising go beyond the ministries of health and agriculture, too many animals and humans will continue to die unnecessarily from the disease, according to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a leading organization working for the global prevention of rabies. The organization partners with WHO and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), among others. “People live, work and flee with their dogs. We need to change the way ministries work together to roll out regular mass dog vaccination campaigns, to provide more protection in times of peace, conflict and natural disasters,” said Louis Nel, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. “We have the vaccines and we know they work, so how is it possible that so many people and animals continue to die from this painful, long-known disease?” Though rabies is present in wildlife, more than 95 per cent of the disease is spread via dogs. On the basis of data and evidence collected by the World Organisation for Animal Health, a rise in rabies cases among dogs has been observed in parallel to political instability periods in some North African countries during the past decade. Fact 1: Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms appear Domestic and wild animals can spread rabies to humans. Transmission occurs through the bites of animals infected with the rabies virus, usually dogs. The incubation period varies but is usually 2–3 months. By the time of clinical onset, the virus is widely disseminated throughout the central nervous system and the infection is invariably fatal. Photo: W Mohd Fact 2: Rabies is present on all continents except Antarctica An estimated 59 000 people die from rabies every year. Up to 99% of human deaths occur in Africa and Asia, 80% of which are in people living in rural, underserved populations. Consequently, rabies deaths are underreported. Photo: WHO/B Abela-Ridder Fact 4: Four out of 10 rabies deaths are in children aged under 15 years Although all age groups are susceptible, children, who due to their playful nature often approach dogs without fear of attack or awareness of the disease, are the most vulnerable. Studies have shown that children tend to conceal their bite wounds from parents for fear of being scolded and therefore may not receive adequate first aid and appropriate healthcare. Photo: K Artor Fact 8: Human rabies is 100% vaccine-preventable While human deaths can be averted by vaccinating people, this intervention alone will never eliminate the disease and costs will only escalate over time. Additionally, for many patients bitten by a rabid animal, post-exposure treatment can cost many times their average daily income – a catastrophic out-of-pocket expense. Photo: G Sampath Fact 3: Apart from dogs, other animals including bats can also transmit rabies Dogs are the main source of up to 95% of human rabies deaths, particularly in Africa and Asia. In the Americas, bats are the main cause of the infection. Human deaths following exposure to foxes, raccoons, skunks, jackals, mongooses, and other carnivore host species are very rare. Photo: Mission Rabies Fact 5: Education and awareness are key to preventing bites from rabid animals Teaching children how to avoid animal bites is an essential component of rabies prevention and control. WHO works with various partners to educate communities by raising awareness of the disease and supporting responsible dog ownership. Photo: A Czupryna Fact 9: Mass dog vaccination breaks the transmission pathway Vaccinating at least 70% of dogs, including strays, prevents rabies being passed to humans and breaks the transmission pathway. Mass dog vaccination campaigns in Bangladesh, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal province), the Philippines and the United Republic of Tanzania have demonstrated that control of rabies is feasible through mass dog vaccination. Photo: S Cleaveland “Prevention of bites in the first place should be an emphasis of any rabies programme. When a child gets bitten the mother needs to know to wash the wound and to contact a local health worker. Most people who get bitten are too poor to pay for treatment and for transportation to facilities that carry the vaccine. We also need to help countries with forecasting their vaccine needs and building emergency stocks,” said Bernadette Abela-Ridder, Head of Zoonotic Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO), in a message to observe the Day. World Rabies Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating the disease. In addition, 28 September marks the anniversary of the death of Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and microbiologist who developed the first rabies vaccine. The theme for 2016 is ‘Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate,’ which emphasizes the two crucial actions that communities can do to prevent rabies. It also reflects the global target to eliminate all human deaths from dog-mediated rabies by 2030. Fact 10: Better data improve rabies programme Reliable data are essential for implementing efficient programmes to prevent and control diseases, including rabies. WHO and partners have developed technical guidance to support governments in improving laboratory capacity and strengthening human and animal disease surveillance. Photo: D Stewart Fact 7: Wound-washing and prompt treatment after a dog bite are essential for survival The bite wound must be washed immediately and thoroughly with soap and water for about 15 minutes. Bite victims should seek advice at the nearest health facility. Following a dog-bite, more than 15 million people are vaccinated against rabies every year. Photo: A Abdullah Fact 6: Intersectoral collaboration is crucial to controlling rabies WHO collaborates with strategic partners to support country programmes and regional networks to address rabies from the human and animal perspectives. This includes increasing access to affordable, safe and efficacious human and dog vaccines. Photo: OiE/A Poirer
TRINITY COLLEGE HAS launched a new initiative aimed at tripling the number of student admissions from Northern Ireland.The university said there has been a recent drop in numbers coming from the North, in part caused by the fact that only one in eight students there take four A-Levels. It will now be introducing a new feasibility study to find a new way of admitting A-Level applicants from across the EU, which will first be tested with applicants from Northern Ireland.This will mean some students from Northern Ireland will be admitted purely based on their best 3 A-Levels. All courses are included but a maximum of three students per course will be admitted this way.Trinity College said it hopes to reach its target of having 8% of the student body from Northern Ireland.Recently, the provost of Trinity, Dr Patrick Prendergast said that it has always been “an all-island university and that must be maintained”.“Unfortunately in the last few years our numbers from Northern Ireland have been in decline, and this has been a source of deep regret to our alumni, our students, our staff, and to me personally,” he commented. “With this feasibility study Trinity has acted to restore and re-establish a relationship that has done so much to build close links on this island between people from all backgrounds and traditions.”Read: Meet the team who installed the fixed Trinity College Front Gate>
It has been a long and somewhat painful road for Google TV users, but the search engine-powered television enhancer is finally on the right path. Now that the set top boxes support apps from the Android Market, these devices can finally start to take advantage of minds outside the Googleplex. And with a little bit more time having passed since everyone got the Google TV 3.1 update, we’ve put together a list of our favorite apps for Google TV. Airtight – Airplay for GoogleTV Even if you live an Apple free existence, chances are you know someone who doesn’t. Airtight allows Airplay users to shoot their pictures, music, and video to a Google TV the same way you would an Apple TV. The Airtight app is $.99 in the Android Market, and doesn’t require anything on the Apple device. Once you install the app on your Google TV and both devices are on the same wireless network, the Apple device will detect the Google TV the same way it would an Apple TV. Space Invaders Who doesn’t love Space Invaders? The Android-themed variant of the game is available for Google TV. This game is best played with any of the Google TV devices with the Sony controller, in my opinion, but plays great on all of them. The app is free in the Android Market, and is a terrific time-waster for everyone. Plex Media Server It would take quite a bit for me to move my HTPC setup away from XBMC, especially after customizing it so it works for my home setup so well. After two minutes of setup time with Plex, and I feel like I have been wasting my time. Plex Media server is incredibly easy to setup, and has apps for everything, including Google TV. Now, with the $.99 Plex app for GoogleTV, I have access to all the media in my house, and enjoy it wirelessly with no real HTPC setup. Plex is perfect for anyone who has media on their home network they would want to move to their TV to enjoy. Able RemoteGoogle did a fine job with the remote app for Google TV. On both iOS and Android, it’s a pretty solid experience. That didn’t stop someone from taking a good idea and strapping more awesome to it, though. Able remote adds some pretty amazing features to your Google TV experience. Voice commands, the ability to talk into your phone and have it relay the command to your TV, is amazing for searching for content. Additionally, there is an app launcher in the app that will launch the app on the TV when you tap the icon on the phone. There’s plenty of additional toys in Able Remote, though you need to install the app on both your phone and you television. Classy Fireplace There’s not really a need for a digital fireplace. In fact, this is a giant waste of time and energy. Nevertheless, this one is my favorite. Digital fireplace videos are nothing new, and there is one on Netflix that runs for hours on end, and several for iOS, Windows Phone 7, and Android. Yet the Classy Fireplace App for Android includes a fireplace, fireworks display, and an aquarium scene and I enjoy it quite a bit. The videos play in the background and repeat as they play, so you could have a wonderful fireplace (or other soothing scene) for hours.
Last month, developer Klei opened up the ability to allow user-made mods in survival-em-up Don’t Starve. For those of you that haven’t played it, it’s not just your typical Minecraft clone, even though hearing someone describe it aloud would make it seem as such.The interesting bit about modding Don’t Starve is that the game’s aesthetics are uniquely stylized, so it’s tough to accurately match. Compared to modding games like Skyrim or GTA IV — with art that wouldn’t be described as stylized — Don’t Starve is tough to mod unless you’re a talented artist. This is why it’s so great that someone modded Octodad into the game as a playable character, and it doesn’t look too out of place.If you’re unfamiliar with Octodad, the game is about an octopus stuffed into human clothing, pretending to be a human — complete with a human wife and kids. Obviously, it’s a comedy game, and a brilliant one at that. The gameplay is a little meta, in that the challenge in the game is the controls, but that’s the intent rather than a problem — it’s difficult to perform tasks as a creature without bones in an environment not suited to that creature. Luckily, Octodad doesn’t need to worry about bones in Don’t Starve.The mod simply adds a new character to Don’t Starve, and only brings the new look and Octodad’s stats. He moves more slowly than other characters, but is tough to scare (and thus lose sanity). I guess when you’re an octopus married to a human and have two human kids, you’ve seen some stuff, and the shadows and hounds in Don’t Starve aren’t too scary anymore.You can grab the mod here, and it’s also available on Steam Workshop. If you haven’t played either Don’t Starve or Octodad, both are great games that couldn’t be more different.
By Gordon Deegan http://jrnl.ie/3348226 The State is spending millions on the wages of gardaí who have been suspended “The tax payer should not have to fund any more than is necessary,” said a GRA spokesperson. 26,393 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share Tweet Email2 Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie TWO OF THE 25 members of the gardaí currently suspended from duty have been suspended for the past seven years.Yesterday, a spokesman for the Garda Representative Association (GRA) described the seven-year delay in disciplinary proceedings as “nothing short of scandalous”.In a letter to Solidarity TD Richard Boyd Barrett on foot of a Dáil question, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that one garda sergeant has been suspended from duty since 9 March 2010 and one garda suspended since 29 June 2010.Minister Fitzgerald also confirmed that a prison officer has been suspended from duty on full pay since 8 July 2010 and has been paid €320,661 in salary to date.The Tánaiste confirmed that a further three gardaí have been suspended since 2012 with two more gardaí and a sergeant suspended since 2013.A further two gardaí and a reserve garda have been suspended since 2014 with another six gardaí suspended since 2015.Last year, another four rank and file gardaí were suspended from duty along with one garda reserve and a sergeant. A further two gardaí have been suspended this year.The amount paid out to the suspended gardaí since their suspensions from 2010 to February this year is estimated to be between €1.3m and €2m.The estimate is based on published garda pay scales and the suspended gardaí receiving 75% of their pay – though from 31 January of this year, suspended gardaí remain on full basic pay after lobbying from the GRA.A spokesman for the GRA yesterday described one garda being suspended for the past seven years as “nothing short of scandalous”.He said: “Delay defeats equity and there is no greater example than a seven-year delay which does a disservice not just to the member and his family but to the disciplinary mechanisms of the entire Force.Such delays are entirely avoidable if the basic rules of fairness and natural justice are adhered to as well as normative employment practises – as would be the case in any organisation.The spokesman said that the GRA successfully negotiated that their suspended members be in receipt of full payment of their salary “because many of our suspended members were suffering undue financial hardship due to the inordinate delays it was and is taking to complete internal disciplinary investigations”.He said “It is no one’s interest that these entirely unnecessary delays continue. The sooner such investigations are completed the sooner the Member can have finality and move forward – regardless of outcome.“Furthermore, the tax payer should not have to fund any more than is necessary by virtue of senior garda management’s inability to adopt best expeditious practice when it comes to its disciplinary processes.”In her letter to Deputy Boyd Barrett, Minister Fitzgerald said that the timelines for completion of investigation in each case is outside the control of the Commissioner as each case is different and may involve serious matters such as criminal or judicial review proceedings.Minister Fitzgerald said that with regard to the reason for suspension in any particular case is a matter for the Commissioner “and it would not be appropriate for me, as Minister, to comment on individual cases”.In relation to the prison officer suspended since July 2010, Minister Fitzgerald said: “An internal investigation was put on hold pending a full criminal investigation by An Garda Siochana and subsequent court case and the salary cost incurred was €320,661.”A spokesman for the Department of Justice said yesterday: “A person is entitled to due process, presumed innocent until proven guilty and therefore can’t be punished by removing pay pending the outcome of an investigation.”.The garda press office was last night still awaiting a response from the relevant garda department to queries on the figures, and a response to the GRA statement, and was not in a position to provide comment.Read: Beaten and left to die in a burning home: New appeal over 2012 murder of James CahillaneRead: Two gardaí were attacked on the streets of a Mayo town last night 56 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 9:49 PM Apr 19th 2017, 9:49 PM
I was interested this week in a Financial Wellbeing survey, which focused on the gap between the size of superannuation, and what was actually needed for retirement. Just 23 per cent of Australians are confident their super will fund a decent retirement. When it comes to superannuation, there are distinct phases: people in their teens and twenties don’t care; people in their thirties and forties do care but they’re are focused on career, mortgage and kids; and people in their fifties and sixties are panicking about retirement. Let’s start with the first group. Those new to the work force don’t think about retirement but their decisions now have ramifications forty years later. The law says your employer has to put 9 per cent of your wages into a complying super fund, so you start with the advantage of a developing nest egg with tax breaks. You owe it to yourself to shop around the funds and see what they offer. Secondly, I suggest you roll any super accounts your might have from previous employers into one super account. You should also put some extra super in each month and select which accounts your super goes into. Your super fund has various allocations, such as conservative, balanced, growth, international, property and so-on. When you are young you should have your super in funds that ride the more volatile yet higher-yield shares-based funds. It gives you the best chance of having a large nest egg when you retire. Then we have people in their thirties and forties. This is a difficult group to interest in superannuation because all of their earnings are going into mortgages and/or kids. But these are also peak earning years so income should be put away to be accessed later. In these years you should start with owning your own home. Secondly, you should be contributing more to your superannuation than the 9 per cent your employer puts in. Fifteen per cent of earnings is a good target. And don’t forget to protect your earning power with life insurance, income protection insurance and total & permanent disability (TPD) insurance. With the complex interactions between tax, retirement savings and tax breaks, you can easily lose advantages that the law provides, so I suggest you get an adviser. The third life stage – people in their fifties and sixties – is the most complex because a certain amount of life has been lived and retirement is drawing closer. Start by knowing how much you’ll need to live on. Secondly, work on owning your home: either do this in your working years or use your superannuation to pay-out the mortgage. Thirdly, you must get the most from super, especially if own a business or you have a self-managed super fund. Superannuation is designed to allow you to be a self-funded retiree. But you have to make it work to your advantage, and for most of us, that means taking advice. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
New research suggests prescription opioids are no better at easing chronic pain than over-the-counter drugs.In patients with back irritation or hip or knee arthritis, the pharmaceuticals actually yielded slightly less relief than nonopioids.For those suffering acute pain, opioids provide a respite from ongoing discomfort. But fears of addiction and a lack of research about their effectiveness make the drug dangerous.“The studies that we had out there were short-term studies and mostly compared opioids to placebo medications,” according to Erin Krebs, of the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System.“From those studies, we knew that opioids can improve pain a little bit more than a placebo, or sugar pill, in the short term,” she told NBC News. “But that’s all we knew.”Until now.Krebs is the lead author of a study examining the validity of opioids for treating chronic pain over 12 months.During a randomized trial of 240 patients recruited from Veterans Affairs primary care clinics, half of the participants were treated with opioids, and half with common medications (acetaminophen or naproxen) or prescription drugs (topical lidocaine or meloxicam).By the end of the year, “there was really no difference between the groups in terms of pain interference with activities,” Krebs said.“And over time, the nonopioid group had less pain intensity, and the opioid group had more side effects,” such as constipation, fatigue, and nausea.Krebs chalks this up to opioid tolerance: Your body gets used to a daily intake of the medication and requires more and more to have the same level of effect. Which is why the drug comes with a risk of dependence, addiction, and overdose.“This study adds the long-term evidence that shows that opioids really don’t have any advantages in terms of pain relief that might outweigh the known harms that they cause,” Krebs said. “The bottom line for people who have chronic back pain or arthritis pain is just that you shouldn’t start opioids.”Experts instead recommend exercise, rehabilitation treatments, yoga, and cognitive therapies.The full study, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is available online. Stay on target Hell Yeah, Teens Are Growing Skull Horns From Phone UseWorld’s First 5G-Powered Remote Brain Surgery Performed in China
The Internet cannot be trusted: Between doctored photos and deepfaked videos, there’s just no telling what is fact and fiction.In an effort to regulate the digital Wild West it helped usher in 30 years ago, Photoshop maker Adobe developed a new tool for identifying altered images.Researchers Richard Zhang and Oliver Wang—along with UC Berkeley collaborators Sheng-Yu Wang, Andrew Owens, and Alexei Efros—created a method for detecting edits made using Photoshop’s Face Aware Liquify filter.The function automatically distinguishes facial features, making it easy to adjust eye size, nose height, smile width, and face shape.Popular with photographers who didn’t quite capture the expression they wanted, the feature’s delicate effects “made it an intriguing test case for detecting both drastic and subtle alterations to faces,” an Adobe blog post said.“While we are proud of the impact that Photoshop and Adobe’s other creative tools have made on the world, we also recognize the ethical implications of our technology,” the company wrote.“Trust in what we see is increasingly important in a world where image editing has become ubiquitous,” it continued. “Fake content is a serious and increasingly pressing issue.”With that in mind, Adobe partnered with the University of California, Berkeley, as part of a broader effort to better expose image, video, audio, and document manipulations.Using pictures scraped from the Internet—as well as some modified by a human artist—the team trained a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to recognize altered images of faces.“We started by showing image pairs (an original and an alteration) to people who knew that one of the faces was altered,” Oliver Wang said in a statement. “For this approach to be useful, it should be able to perform significantly better than the human eye at identifying edited faces.”Spoiler alert: It does.Flesh-and-blood people were able to ID the revised face 53 percent of the time (slightly better than chance), the neural network achieved results as high as 99 percent.The tool also pinpointed specific areas and methods of facial warping, and was able to revert images to what it estimated was their original state. The results, according to Adobe, impressed “even the researchers.”Adobe’s new tool was nearly twice as good at identifying manipulated images as humans (via Adobe/UC Berkeley)“It might sound impossible because there are so many variations of facial geometry possible,” UC Berkeley professor Efros said. ‘But, in this case, because deep learning can look at a combination of low-level image data, such as warping artifacts, as well as higher level cues such as layout, it seems to work.”This isn’t the end of fake news just yet, though.“The idea of a magic universal ‘undo’ button to revert image edits is still far from reality,” Zhang admitted, bursting our collective bubble. “But we live in a world where it’s becoming harder to trust the digital information we consume, and I look forward to further exploring this area of research.”“This is an important step in being able to detect certain types of image editing, and the undo capability works surprisingly well,” Gavin Miller, head of Adobe Research, added.“Beyond technologies like this,” he said, “the best defense will be a sophisticated public who know that content can be manipulated—often to delight them, but sometimes to mislead them.”More on Geek.com:Deepfake Tool Makes It Easy to Put Words Into Someone’s MouthGoogle AI Turns Selfies Into Ethereal Poetry PortraitsThis AI Neural Network Gives Cats Creepy, Cute Names Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS
#MagneticNewsMedia#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#EarthquakeAwarenessWeek, #MagneticNewsMedia TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 13, 2017 – Earthquake Awareness Week did more than host activities in Providenciales; in a rare opportunity the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies visited several other islands with the message of Drop, Cover and Hold – its what you do if an earthquake hits.On Thursday though, it was a series of scenarios as the DDME welcomed stakeholder input in the aim to develop a national plan for handling an earthquake event. Kayana Bowen of the DDME called it a worthwhile exchange; “It’s very heated right now at the moment, because persons are saying that they have a command, they know what their role and responsibility is, however, when you actually come to the table and faced with the situation you realize that you’re stumped. So the good thing about it is we have other stakeholders around the table who are providing feedback, giving them ideas who are discussing what are better ways to approach things and do things to make sure they respond effectively.”As many as 25 stakeholders were represented at the session held at the DDMEs office. Thursday, January 12 also marked the seventh anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which some had reported was felt even here in Providenciales at the time. The TCI was put under a tsunami watch in 2010 due to the quake in Port Au Prince, which killed nearly half a million people and displaced one million others. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio announced Friday he has decided against a run for Congress in order to focus on a campaign that aims to roll back last year’s increase to the gas tax.DeMaio bowed out four days after pulling nomination papers to challenge incumbent fellow Republican Duncan Hunter in the 50th Congressional District.Candidates have until the end of the day Friday to turn in their papers.“While I, too, am frustrated with the lack of results and the double standards for Washington politicians, I believe the Gas Tax Repeal Initiative campaign and our plans for subsequent reform initiatives in California are so much more important,” DeMaio wrote in an email to supporters Friday afternoon.Hunter is facing challengers from both parties amid a federal investigation into whether the five-term GOP incumbent misused campaign funds.The field includes Democrats Patrick Malloy, Pierre Beauregard, Josh Butner and Ammar Campa-Najjar and Republicans Shamus Sayed and Bill Wells. Updated: 10:51 PM Former Councilman Carl DeMaio decides against running for Congress KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 9, 2018 March 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: 50th Congressional District, Carl DeMaio, Duncan Hunter, Gas Tax Repeal Initiative FacebookTwitter
Employees walk out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai August 22, 2013.Reuters fileSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a flat start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 73 points or 0.22 percent to close at 32,996 on Tuesday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Wednesday:1. NGL Fine-ChemICICI Direct recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 465Current stock price: Rs 405About the company: NGL Fine-Chem manufactures pharmaceuticals for veterinary and human health. The company also produces intermediates.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 7 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 18 times forward earnings. NGL Fine-Chem has a market capitalization of Rs 2.5 billion.2. Dr. Reddy’s LaboratoriesICICI Securities recommends ‘Add’Target Price: Rs 2,378Current stock price: Rs 2,157About the company: Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories provides a complete range of pharmaceutical services. The company manufactures bulk drugs and formulations including verapamil and cephalexin.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 17 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 30 times forward earnings. Dr. Reddy’s has a market capitalization of Rs 358 billion.3. Kotak Mahindra BankJP Morgan recommends ‘Overweight’Target Price: Rs 1,200Current stock price: Rs 1,045About the company: Kotak Mahindra Bank is a full service commercial bank. The bank offers a wide range of products and services including personal, commercial, and corporate banking services, including deposit accounts, loans, and investments.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 22 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings. Kotak Mahindra Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 2 trillion.4. Central Depository ServicesHDFC Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 425Current stock price: Rs 283About the company: Central Depository Services provides transmission of securities, dematerialisation, processing delivery, account opening, receipt instructions, holding, pledging, educational initiatives, settlements, and depository services to investors.Stock Performance: The stock has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings and a market capitalization of Rs 30 billion.5. Bharti InfratelJefferies recommends ‘Hold’Target Price: Rs 300Current stock price: Rs 334About the company: Bharti Infratel is a telecommunication infrastructure company. The company operates and provides telecommunication tower and related infrastructure services in India.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 13 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 25 times forward earnings. Bharti Infratel has a market capitalization of Rs 618 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.
The General Court of the European Union ruled on Wednesday that the inclusion of the group was not based on a “concrete examination” of Hamas’s acts but on “imputations derived from the media and the internet”. Hamas has been contesting its inclusion on the list, maintained since it was created in 2001. The court said the move was technical and was not a reassessment of Hamas’ classification as a terrorist group. It said a funding freeze on the group would continue for the time being. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe foreign office of the EU reacted by sayng “We respect the General Court of the European Union’s judgement delivered on Wednesday annulling measures against Hamas, namely the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of Hamas’ funds. This legal ruling is clearly based on procedural grounds and it does not imply any assessment by the Court of the substantive reasons for the designation of Hamas as a terrorist organisation. It is a legal ruling of a court, not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The EU continues to uphold the Quartet principles”. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanIt added “The EU institutions are studying carefully the ruling and will decide on the options open to them. They will, in due course, take appropriate remedial action, including any eventual appeal to the ruling. In case of an appeal the restrictive measures remain in place”. On December 27, 2001 the Council of the European Union adopted a common position and a regulation to combat terrorism. These measures require the freezing of the funds of those people and entities included on a list adopted and regularly updated by Council decisions. The same day the Council adopted its first decision establishing that list. By this decision the Council included Hamas on the list and has maintained them on that list ever since. The General Court said “The case-law of the Court requires that an EU decision to freeze funds is based not on factual elements that the Council may have derived from the press or the internet, but on elements which have been concretely examined and confirmed.”
From the print editionIn our increasingly urbanized surroundings, it makes a pleasant change to find somewhere to eat out with views over fields and trees instead of busy roads or shopping mall parking lots. Alquimia is a modest little restaurant tucked away off the road from Santa Ana to Lindora, west of San José. It’s an oasis away from city bustle and noise, and its theme is an eclectic mix of healthful dishes emphasizing locally sourced produce where possible. Not quite vegetarian, it offers some chicken and fish plates, but no red meats, pork or shellfish. Eight wooden tables are arranged with colorful cloths on two levels of the open-sided dining terrace, with comfortable upholstered seating and a couple more outside tables set by the glass-fronted entry. Vicky Longland A first visit coincided with one of Alquimia’s all-you-can-eat sushi deals (Sun., noon-3 p.m., Sat. and Wed. 7-10 p.m.). The ₡8,500 ($17) menu includes miso soup, salad and a constant supply of sushi rolls. These are combined with traditional rolls such as California and salmon skin, but there are also some interesting twists using trout, fruit, cream cheese, heart of palm, cucumber and crispy yucca. Instead of imported sushi vinegar, the rice is flavored with local banana vinegar. Tico chef and owner Julio Alpizar is adamant about a 0 km-approach for his supplies in Alquimia. He studied cooking near Parma, Italy, where the trend is to support regional foods and neighborhood farmers instead of imported goods from thousands of kilometers away. “Our chicken dishes use free-range hens from next door, so it doesn’t come much closer than that,” Alpizar explains with a smile. During my second visit, our group went for the exotic juices of ginger, orange and honey. The Chlorophyll (₡1,100/$2.20), with its orange, basil and honey, was particularly refreshing. Alquimia has no liquor license but is happy to open your bottle of wine or beer at no extra charge.For appetizers, we selected causa limeña with tilapia and onion-stuffed mashed potato, accompanied with a tangy orange sauce (₡1,800/$3.60), a mound of crispy battered tempura vegetables over fried rice noodles with dipping sauce (₡2,600/$5.20), and a rich creamy garlic and coconut milk soup (₡2,950/$6). All were deemed a success. The tilapia in pineapple with sautéed celery, chard, onion and carrot vegetable mix and flavorful rice worked well (₡4,200/$8.40), but the tilapia with miso (₡4,950/$10) was overpowered by the sauce and very salty. The tagliatelle of rice noodles and vegetables with salmon chunks in coconut milk sauce (₡4,500/$9) was generous in size – and tasty. Desserts are limited to vanilla ice cream sprinkled with tempura crumbs (₡2,750/$5.50) and caramelized pineapple pieces (₡1,000/$2), although specials are added occasionally.Alquimia RestaurantLocation: 300 m north of Red Cross, Santa Ana, opposite Más X MenosHours: Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m., 6-9 p.m.; Wed. and Sat., noon-4 p.m., 6-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.Contact: 2282-2641, www.facebook.com/restaurantealquimia Facebook Comments Causa limeña with fish filling. No related posts.
Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments Share Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories JUBA, South Sudan (AP) – The United Nations mission in South Sudan says a U.N. human rights officer has been forced to leave the countryIn a statement Sunday, U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary General for South Sudan Hilde Johnson said she wrote the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 25 asking for clarification on the decision. The U.N. mission was informed of the expulsion nearly two weeks ago by the ministry. Johnson said she also met with President Salva Kiir on Sunday but that “in spite of the mission’s efforts, the order has not been rescinded.” Foreign Affairs spokesman Wol Mayar Ariech refused to say why the person was expelled. Patients with chronic pain give advice The South Sudan army’s has been accused of human rights abuses in Jonglei state, where deadly ethnic clashes erupted.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation