El Khayat Likely to Face Imprisonment or Dismissal

Fez – Television host Amany El Khayat continues to face repercussions for her incendiary remarks concerning Morocco. Moroccan press has reported that the board of ONTV substituted Mrs El Khayat with young animator Ramy Radwane for the program ‘Sabah TV’, customarily hosted by El Khayat.Akhbar Lyaoum newspaper has reported that Moroccans’ political and social discomfort following the Egyptian TV host’s attack on Morocco has placed pressure on ONTV channel to make urgent decisions to alleviate tensions between Morocco and Egypt. Moroccan Diplomacy is said to have brought El Khayat’s case to court after the Egyptian journalist labelled Morocco a leading country in prostitution, AIDS, and political corruption. Moroccan activists, especially on social networks, have been calling for punishment for the Egyptian channel and its presenter.Assabah reported that the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs held a meeting with Egyptian press editors to warn them against ruining Egypt’s close bilateral relations with Morocco. Similarly, Egyptian Ambassador to Morocco Ahmad Ehab Jamal Eddine expressed his respect for Morocco and its monarch and his pride of the good relations Egypt has with the Kingdom.Egypt’s latest actions revealed that the government has asked media to ‘repair’ what El Khayat has spoiled with her emotional anti-Morocco statements.Meanwhile, Amany El Khayat is being put on leave from ONTV until the case is closed. The same sources report that Morocco’s official move may be to demand El Khayat’s arrest for her baseless accusations of Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Siberian plateau added to UN World Heritage List

2 August 2010A Siberian plateau that contains pristine tundra, forest and cold-water lakes and is the site of a major reindeer migration route was today added to the United Nations World Heritage List. The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), continuing its meeting in Brasilia, today inscribed the Putorana Plateau in Russia. The committee also approved an extension to the Monte San Giorgio site in Switzerland, which has been on the list since 2003.Announcing its decisions, the committee noted that the Putorana Plateau, which lies about 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, “harbours a complete set of sub-Arctic and Arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range, including pristine taiga, forest tundra, tundra and Arctic desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems.”The extension to the Monte San Giorgio site is contiguous with the existing site, but on the Italian side of the border with Switzerland. The mountain is regarded as the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period, which took place between 245 million and 230 million years ago.Today’s additions to the World Heritage List join 27 other natural, cultural and mixed sites that have been inscribed or extended during the current session of the committee, which wraps up tomorrow. read more

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Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 103.70 points to 15,252.23.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 28.49 points to 21,438.52.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 4.87 points to 2,440.48.The Nasdaq composite index gained 19.57 points to 6,253.52.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.50 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 75.13 cents US.

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Chinas Tencent in talks to buy 10 of Universal Music Group

PARIS — Chinese tech giant Tencent is in talks with French media company Vivendi to buy 10% of Universal Music Group, whose artists include Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, U2 and the Rolling Stones.Vivendi said Tuesday it has started preliminary negotiations that value Universal Music at about 30 billion euros ($33.6 billion).Tencent would have a one-year option to buy an additional 10% stake, the statement said.The Chinese and French companies are also considering “areas of strategic commercial co-operation.”Vivendi said the deal would help it seize growth opportunities and better promote Universal artists and new talents in new markets.Tencent is the world’s largest gaming company and one of the world’s biggest social media businesses.The Associated Press read more

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UN launches initiative to highlight commitments to end violence against women and

“We all must do better to protect women and prevent this pervasive human rights violation,” said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet. According to UN women, currently, there are 125 countries which have laws that penalize domestic violence. However, up to seven in 10 women continue to be targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is still not a crime.The new initiative, COMMIT, asks governments to make national commitments that will be showcased globally, encouraging countries to come up with new policies to protect victims.“We hope to see new and improved laws and national action plans that provide for safe houses, free hotline services and free health and legal aid to survivors,” Ms. Bachelet said. “We count on education programmes that teach human rights, equality and mutual respect, and inspire young people to take leadership on ending violence against women and girls.” “We need increasing numbers of women in politics, law enforcement, and peacekeeping forces. We need equal economic opportunities and decent jobs for women,” she added.There are high expectations that governments will agree on framework to tackle violence against women and girls in March at the next session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is expected focus on this issue, UN Women noted in a news release.The announcement of the COMMIT initiative comes days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which falls on 25 November. read more

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OpEd Pattersons unilateral appointment cannot be allowed to stand

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC’s leaked emails show Executives dissent with President’s GECOM appointmentNovember 23, 2017In “latest news”PPP/C launches ‘non-cooperation’ campaignOctober 20, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: Jagdeo says AFC cannot deny its role in the unilateral selection of PattersonNovember 14, 2017In “latest news” (Following is an opinion piece written by PPP  Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Mohabir Anil Nandlall)I am convinced that the PNC has not changed, from, historically, a party that is innately and inherently authoritarian and undemocratic and if allowed, will rig every election in this country as it has done from 1968-1985. The unilateral appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson vindicates absolutely what I have said, repeatedly, over the last two and a half years, that is, we are on a road to political dictatorship and authoritarianism.The President did not see it fit to even consult with his coalition partners in Government on this fundamental appointment. Both the AFC and the WPA have so confirmed in public statements. It is difficult to conceive of a clearer exhibition of dictatorship than this. At least the WPA’s reaction was critical. The response of the AFC will have to be the subject of an entire article.I said from the inception that President Granger would eventually choose a person for his own liking, irrespective of the provisions of the Constitution. A year thereafter, that is exactly what he has done. In the process, he has led this nation along a deceptive and agonizing path of public debates on constitutional interpretations, public consultations that produced 18 outstanding Guyanese, all of whom were eventually rejected, and a ruling from the constitutional court – all of which made no difference in the end. Instead of using the Ruling as a guide, the President craftily uses selective parts of it to justify his perverse appointment.The President, from the inception, misinterpreted Article 161 (2) of the Constitution by contending that it only qualifies a judge, a former judge or a person qualified to be a judge, for the position of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). When this interpretation was met with public condemnation, only then the President conceded that that provision of the Constitution also caters for “any other fit and proper person”. Even when he recognized that the Constitution spoke to the latter category, the President and his Attorney General injected another nonsensical slant to their interpretation by arguing that the Constitution expresses a preference for the judicial category.proviso has no applicabilityThese infantile interpretations to the clear language of the Constitution were all put to rest by the Chief Justice’s Ruling. Now the President has misinterpreted the other part of Article 161 (2), that is, the proviso. When one examines the intention of the framers of the Constitution, which was to create a bi-partisan mechanism to produce a chairman of GECOM, no rational mind would be unclear when the proviso can be activated.It can only be activated when no list has been submitted by the Leader of the Opposition. Once a list has been submitted, this proviso has no applicability. Any other interpretation would make a mockery of the letter but moreover, the spirit of the Constitution because every President would then be free to reject a list submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition and appoints a person of his own choice, rendering the very constitutional provision otiose, superfluous and nugatory. President Carter and those who coined the Carter Formula were not that naïve.Great moment is being made by those who wish to defend the travesty committed by the President by arguing that the words “a list as is provided for”, in the proviso means a list submitted by the Leader of the Opposition which finds the acceptability of the President. I reject this argument as misconceived. The article when read literally cannot mean that; but more importantly, the literal words of the article cannot be read in isolation from the spirit and intention of those who crafted it.Let us examine what responsibility the Article imposes on the Leader of the Opposition and the President, respectively. I submit that a duty is placed on the Leader of the Opposition to submit a list of six names to the President, which in the opinion of the Leader of the Opposition is not unacceptable to the President, from which the President is empowered to choose one. Since the Leader of the Opposition is not endowed with clairvoyant powers or an ability to read the President’s mind, the framers of the Constitution could not have expected and do not expect him to know which names the President would find not unacceptable. Therefore, the responsibility is on the Leader of the Opposition to select six names that in his opinion, the President would find not unacceptable. The Leader of the Opposition submitted not 6 but 18 such names to the President. To his credit, the Leader of the Opposition did not confine the 18 names submitted to his subjective judgement. He engaged several major organisations in this country in a consultative process which produced those names.the golden ruleSimultaneously, when the Constitution vests with the President, a power or a discretion to determine whether the names are not unacceptable, the framers of the Constitution expect and the law mandates that power and discretion to be exercised rationally and reasonably and not capriciously and whimsically but in a manner that a responsible President would do in the circumstances. To enable him space to exercise that power, the Constitution was fair enough to give him six choices. In this particular instance, he had 18 choices.If any doubt or ambiguity arises in interpreting the literal language of the constitutional provision, then the established cannons of construction mandate that the golden rule be employed in the interpretative process. This golden rule requires the interpreter to decipher the intention of the framers of the Article.This takes us straight back to the Carter Price/Formula, where the intention was to dispense with the unilateral appointment of a chairman of the Elections Commission and to establish an election’s commission whose membership evenly reflects both the Opposition and the Government with a Chairman produced by a process involving both the Leader of the Opposition and the President.Out of this intention, came GECOM, comprising of 6 Commissioners, three representing the Government and three representing the Opposition and a Chairman who is empowered with the authority of a casting vote to break gridlock and who is to be appointed from a list of six names emanating from the Leader of the Opposition from which the President is obliged to select one. Therefore, the President was never intended to have a unilateral power of appointment. His power of appointment is circumscribed to that list of six names submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition. It is only in the rare and exceptional circumstance where there is no list submitted then the President can make a unilateral appointment.I must emphasize that it was never expected that the President must find the names acceptable. After all, the names are coming from his political opponent. That is why the framers of the constitution, rather than use the word acceptable they used the double negative, not unacceptable. Therefore, the names submitted are not necessarily to be acceptable to the President. They must be not unacceptable. The term not unacceptable does not mean acceptable. I say all of this to illustrate the length at which the framers of the constitution travelled to ensure that there is a Chairman produced through a bilateral process and to eschew a unilateral appointment, except in that rare and exceptional circumstance where there is no list provided. Therefore, a unilateral appointment will lead to the destruction of that vital balance at GECOM, which the framers of Article 161 intended to create.the three Is’The perversity of the decision to act unilaterally is compounded by the fact that the President has not given a single reason for rejecting 18 accomplished, professionally qualified and respected Guyanese. Legal arguments aside, the President led this country to believe by several public statements, including a joint statement with the Opposition, that he will not act unilaterally but will pursue a collaborative course on this issue to the very end. So on that note, the President has simply deceived to the nation. If anyone was in doubt about the President’s bonafides in this matter, those doubts would have immediately dissipated by the choice the President made in the form of Retired Justice Patterson.I had the privilege of attending almost every meeting between the Leader of the Opposition and the President on this matter. At one point in time, the Leader of the Opposition had asked the President for some guidance on the criteria he would find acceptable after the first six names were rejected. I remember the President saying that the person must possess the three ‘Is’ that is, they must be “independent”, must have “integrity” and must be “impartial”. I say with the greatest of respect that Justice Patterson does not satisfy these requirements.In his resume, Justice Patterson states that he was the Chief Justice of Grenada in 1987. I have spoken to several retired judges and lawyers from Grenada and in the Eastern Caribbean jurisdictions but no one can confirm that Justice Patterson was appointed Chief Justice of Grenada. I have consulted a book, which chronicles all the important post holders of Grenada annually and the Chief Justice of Grenada in 1987 is listed as Sir Samuel Horatio Graham. I have received information that a Guyanese who worked for over 25 years in Grenada in a very high public office has advised the President that Justice Patterson was never appointed Chief Justice in Grenada, yet the President cites Justice Patterson’s alleged appointment as Chief Justice of Grenada as the basis of appointing.Rally Around The People’s National CongressIn a list of criteria submitted by the President to the Leader of the Opposition, the President indicated that the candidate who he is looking for must not be a religious activist or leader. As a result, the Leader of the Opposition deliberately omitted to include any religious leader in the names, which he submitted to the President.In his CV, Justice Patterson described himself as a reverend and an entire page in that CV is dedicated to listing the several theological qualifications which he possesses and religious posts which he held. In that list of criteria, the President stated that the candidate should not have “any political affiliation or should not belong to any political party in any form, apparent or hidden” and that the person should have a general character of honesty and integrityJustice Patterson can, by no objective standards, be adjudged as impartial or independent or, not connected to the People’s National Congress. Indeed, the evidence available link him intricately to this Government and to the PNC.He has been appointed as an Adviser to the Attorney General, a post for which he is being remunerated; so he is an employee of the Government. He has been appointed by the President to head a Commission of Inquiry into the Georgetown Prison break in July 2016. He has been appointed by the President to the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy; so he is an Adviser to the President. He has been appointed by the President to a committee to review applications for the position of Chief Justice and Chancellor of the Judiciary.Even more damaging, he was a pallbearer at former President Desmond Hoyte’s funeral. This was not the State funeral but a private event for Party leaders and supporters held at Merriman’s Funeral Parlour. The other pallbearers at that event were all PNC leaders, members and supporters. This information can be found on the PNC website, I have photographs in the event that they now wish to remove them. Justice Patterson is also a member of the Facebook page calling itself ‘Rally around the People’s National Congress’, established just before the 2015 General Elections.How can the Guyanese electorate have any confidence in this person’s independence, impartiality and integrity? One cannot discount the fact also, that the Government has asked Justice Cecil Kennard to resign as Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority and Prem Persaud to resign from the Public Utility Commission and the Judicial Service Commission. Their ages are 80 and 76 respectively. The President is reported in the press as saying that they were requested to resign because of their age. Mr. Patterson is 84 years old. Yet, the President appoints him.The appointment simply cannot be allowed to stand. read more

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GSOC received nearly 2000 complaints about the conduct of gardaí last year

first_img Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:26 PM It runs the risk that fair and independent investigations are not seen as such by the public because they were not notified outside the organisation. Most importantly they run the risk of undermining public trust significantly if such internal investigations go wrong.In addition, the report notes a new pilot local intervention scheme was rolled out in 2018 in conjunction with GSOC and An Garda Síochána to address the lack of satisfaction felt by people who make complaints regarding alleged failure in service provision by garda members.The GSOC report views this as a positive step towards working collaboratively with the gardaí, stating that the pilot scheme began in the Dublin Metropolitan South Central Region at the beginning of last year.It states that 62% of the complaints in this pilot were resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant.The pilot scheme was extended to the South Eastern Region (Carlow/Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford) and discussions have been underway in relation to rolling it out in Dublin Metropolitan West Region from early 2019. Share14 Tweet Email5 12,298 Views https://jrnl.ie/4634703 Image: Eamonn Farrell GSOC received nearly 2,000 complaints about the conduct of gardaí last year The commission received 24 protected disclosures in 2018. This practice runs the risk of allegations of cover up or bias or corruption when it becomes known that such investigations have been carried out internally.  Image: Eamonn Farrell By Christina Finn 50 Comments GARDA SÍOCHANA OMBUDSMAN Commission (GSOC) received 1,921 complaints last year.This is a decrease of 28 complaints received in 2017, in which there were 1,949. Last year saw an increase in complaints of 10% on 2016.GSOC also sent 17 files to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), and dealt with 17 public interest cases, with 14 cases being closed.Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan asked the government to note the 2018 annual report today, which found that 74 sanctions were applied by the Garda Commissioner in 2018 on foot of disciplinary investigations. Those sanctions ranged from advice to reduction in pay.24 protected disclosures were made to GSOC during 2018 under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.GSOC’s primary responsibility is to deal with complaints made by members of the public concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána. It also investigates matters in relation to the conduct of gardaí, when it is in the public interest, even if a complaint has not been received.The report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, which was set up to push Garda reforms, recommended that all complaints of alleged misconduct by garda members be investigated by an expanded and re-named complaints body.GSOC echoed these recommendations, stating in its report that it is looking forward to engaging with the Commission on the Future of Policing group.Last week, GSOC chairperson Judge Mary Ellen Ring said it was troubling that An Garda Síochána continues to conduct criminal investigations of its own members without the knowledge or participation of GSOC.An Garda Síochána is not required to inform the ombudsman’s office of all internal disciplinary inquiries and criminal investigations of gardaí. Judge Ring said this practice “flies in the face” of the recommendation of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland that all complaints against An Garda Síochána be routed through the ombudsman to determine what action should be taken. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 14th 2019, 6:26 PM last_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 10 and 16 March 2016:EAT reverses ET decision on childcare vouchers.Government confirms plans to limit salary sacrifice.Employer contributions to public sector pensions to increase.Employee Benefits Connect 2016 speaker slides.National minimum wage to rise to £6.95.Tax-free childcare to be phased in and childcare vouchers extended.Cafe recruits cat nannies to support feline workforce.John Lewis and Waitrose employees to receive 10% bonus.Insurance premium tax to rise to 10%.The future work landscape will require a changing approach to reward.last_img read more

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IBMs AI loses debate to a human but its got worlds to

first_imgChampion debater Harish Natarajan argues against IBM Debater, represented by a screen with a blue oval, in a competition at the IBM Think conference. Stephen Shankland/CNET The subject under debate was whether the government should subsidize preschools. But the real question was whether a machine called IBM Debater could out-argue a top-ranked human debater.The answer, on Monday night, was no. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Now playing: Watch this: reading • IBM’s AI loses debate to a human, but it’s got worlds to conquer Sci-Tech Internet Services Harish Natarajan, the grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championships, swayed more among an audience of hundreds toward his point of view than the AI-powered IBM Debater did toward its. Humans, at least those equipped with degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities, can still prevail when it comes to the subtleties of knowledge, persuasion and argument.It wasn’t a momentous headline victory like we saw when IBM’s Deep Blue computers beat the best human chess player in 1997 or Google’s AlphaGo vanquish the world’s best human players of the ancient game of Go in 2017. But IBM still showed that artificial intelligence can be useful in situations where there’s ambiguity and debate, not just a simple score to judge who won a game.”What really struck me is the potential value of IBM Debater when [combined] with a human being,” Natarajan said after the debate. IBM’s AI was able to dig through mountains of information and offer useful context for that knowledge, he said.It was the second time IBM Debater took on humans in public, though it’s taken part in dozens of debates behind Big Blue’s walls. In the first IBM Debater competition, the AI defeated one human debater soundly while losing a closer competition with another. This time, though, the human opponent was tougher — indeed, IBM researchers involved in the years-long project expected their AI would lose.Computer persuasionIBM Debater lost, but there’s no question it won in a way: Listening to it, you evaluate what it’s saying, not just that it’s a computer saying something. The machine marshaled its argument, broke that down into a few points and backed them up with data from various studies. It wasn’t perfect, but it was on point. And, weirdly for an AI, it told us how Homo sapiens ought to behave.”Giving opportunities to the less fortunate should be a moral obligation for any human being,” IBM Debater said.IBM Debater looks somewhat like the alien monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, only with animated bouncing blue circles to denote activity. Behind the scenes, Debater uses a group of powerful machines on IBM's cloud-computing infrastructure.IBM Debater looks somewhat like the alien monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, only with animated bouncing blue circles to denote activity. Behind the scenes, Debater uses a group of powerful machines on IBM’s cloud-computing infrastructure. Stephen Shankland/CNET In the debate, each side had 15 minutes to prepare — though only IBM Debater has the advantage of being able to draw upon 10 billion sentences’ worth of publications from news articles and academic research. Each side took turns making its case, rebutting the other and then presenting a closing argument.The debate is scored based on how many people change their minds. Before the debate, 79 percent agreed with the position in favor of preschool subsidies, the stance IBM Debater argued for. But afterward, the audience support dropped to 62 percent.In an age in which Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant listen to our questions and answer in human-sounding voices, it’s easy to forget how remarkable it is that we can converse with computers. IBM Debater goes a step beyond, speaking for minutes.”She was surprisingly charming and human-sounding,” said John Donvan, host of the debate moderator of Intelligence Squared Debates, which runs debates and broadcasts them through a radio show. IBM’s new AI can debate you Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice 3:18 Hear IBM Debater argue with a human — and lose Now playing: Watch this: 34 Don’t expect to run something like Project Debater on your laptop anytime soon. It ran mainly on a powerful server with 28 processing cores and a whopping 768GB of memory — roughly 50 times that of a high-end laptop. It was supported by a quartet of servers, each with 64GB of memory and 2-terabyte hard drives packed with text.Preschool subsidiesIBM Debater argued in favor of the view that we should subsidize preschools, and Natarajan argued against it.In Debater’s view, preschools “carry benefits for society as a whole. It is our duty to support them.” Good preschools mean kids — especially poor kids — do better in life.Natarajan countered that preschool subsidies are “little more than a politically motivated giveaway to members of the middle class … and not to the individuals who are most underprivileged.” He also poked holes in Debater’s assumptions, for example that a subsidy will meaningfully improve education for the poor.Debater showed improvements over its 2018 debate. One new trick up its sleeve was the ability to offer a parallel argument — in this case that subsidizing health care can be beneficial. Another was improved rebuttal skills. After Natarajan argued that some kids might not benefit from immersion into the potentially competitive world of preschool at age 3 or 4, IBM grasped that view and took issue with it: “My opponent argued that preschools are harmful,” it said.”We were working very hard since June to improve the system,” said Noam Slonim, the Project Debater principal investigator at IBM Research. Debater’s source material — academic publications and news articles — also have been expanded with another year’s worth of data to the end of 2018. Humans discussed IBM's AI debate technology at a contest touting the tech. From left to right: Noam Slonim, Project Debater's principal investigator at IBM Research; IBM's Project Debater screen; Ranit Aharonov, IBM's manager of Project Debater; and Harish Natarajan, the grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championships.Humans discussed IBM’s AI debate technology at a contest touting the tech. From left to right: Noam Slonim, Project Debater’s principal investigator at IBM Research; IBM’s Project Debater screen; Ranit Aharonov, IBM’s manager of Project Debater; and Harish Natarajan, the grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championships. Stephen Shankland/CNET Most challenging contest so farThe competition was the most challenging yet for IBM’s AI.Natarajan “is at a different level compared to the debaters we faced so far,” said Ranit Aharonov, IBM’s manager of Project Debater. “He’s the most decorated debater in the history of university debate competitions with the world record in the number of victories.”The event, at IBM’s Think conference in San Francisco, is IBM Debater’s last big debate. “Debater is nice, and it’s good to showcase, but we should be focusing on how to take that technology and make something that’s commercially viable,” Aharonov said. “We are at the stage where we’ll finalize the first use case we’ll work on.”That could be something like helping a company understand the views of its employees or customers, or helping the news media or governments engage people in discussion about contested issues, she said.That’s because the technology behind Project Debater is all about the messiness and nuance of the real world we humans live in, not the black-and-white realm of games.”We are going out of the comfort zone of AI into territory which is more gray,” Slonim said.Facebook acquires AI startup: GrokStyle is here to help you shop.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. 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SFIO questions RBIs role in ILFS crisis recommends internal probe for appropriate

first_imgAn Indian man walks past the entrance of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai on August 1, 2018. -PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesMaking serious allegations against the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) said that the timely intervention by the central bank could have led to early detection of the crisis at the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS). Notably, one of India’s largest non-banking financial company, IL&FS, defaulted on payments multiple times which sent ripple effects in the Indian economy. The SFIO, in its chargesheet, said that the IL&FS subsidiary IL&FS Financial Services (IFIN) which is at the core of the investigation was allowed to operate despite RBI raising a red flag. Shockingly, the RBI did not take any action even after raising concern.According to Economic Times, the SFIO chargesheet has recommended RBI to conduct an internal investigation and take “appropriate action”. In its chargesheet, the SFIO highlighted, “Action at the right time may have prevented ballooning of the matter.” It further added, “It is observed that RBI had repeatedly pointed out noncompliance with the group exposure norms and wrong calculations of net owned funds (NOFs) in its inspection reports for the year 2015 onwards.” The IL&FS group is facing serious liquidity crisis and has defaulted on interest payments on various debt repayments since 27 August.ReutersNotably, no penalties were imposed on IFIN and the subsidiary was allowed to operate without taking any corrective measures. The chargesheet read “It was only in November 2017 (that) the classification of group companies in order to arrive at NOF and credit to risk assets ratio (CRAR) as per RBI Act was strongly conveyed to IFIN.” The SFIO, which is the investigation arm of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs submitted that the report must be shared with the apex bank. Interestingly, it is the first time that the SFIO has raised the question on the RBI’s role in the IL&FS issue. The recent times have witnessed SFIO arresting the former directions and filing chargesheets against the many of senior top management officials of the financially troubled company.Regarded as the ‘Lehmann moment of India’, the IL&FS started defaulting on re-payment of loans last year and is reeling under a whopping Rs 90,000 crore debt. The default of one of the largest non-banking Financial companies (NBFC) infused market-wide credit freeze whose effect can be witnessed till date.last_img read more

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Biswa Ijtema begins 15 Feb

first_imgFile PhotoBiswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after hajj, will be held on 15-17 February and it will be held once instead of two phases, reports UNB.State minister for religious affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah made the announcement on Thursday from a meeting held at religious affairs ministry with the presence of a delegation from two feuding groups of Tabligh Jamaat.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Wednesday said the Biswa Ijtema will be held in February in Tongi as the two factions of Tabligh Jamaat reached an understanding over holding this grand congregation.The first phase of Biswa Ijtem was scheduled to be held from 11 to 13 January while the second one from 18 to 20 January last, but those were postponed due to the 30-December national election.last_img read more

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Research team develops acoustic topological insulator idea to allow for hiding from

first_img Citation: Research team develops acoustic topological insulator idea to allow for hiding from sonar (2015, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-team-acoustic-topological-insulator-idea.html , arXiv Around the bend. An acoustic topological insulator would guide sound waves around its edges, as shown in this simulation. Credit: Z. Yang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. (2015) Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working in Singapore has come up with what they believe is a way to apply a topologic insulator to an object to prevent sound waves from being bounced back and detected by a source. They have published their work in the journal Physical Review Letters. Have researchers discovered the sound of the stars? Journal information: Physical Review Letters © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Scientists have developed ways to coat materials with other materials to causes electric current to remain on the surface, preventing damage to sensitive parts inside—such coatings are called topological insulators and are generally based on causing less scattering and creating a band gap. In this new effort, the research team has expanded on that idea to bring a similar result for insulating objects from sound waves.To make a topological insulator work against sonar would involve creating a coating or cover that could cause sound waves to propagate around an object (instead of scattering) rather than allowing them to be bounced back to a receiver. To make that happen, the researchers envision a cover made up of a lattice of spinning metal cylinders, each of which would be surrounded by a bit of fluid which would itself be contained within an acoustically transparent shell. The same fluid would be used to fill the spaces between the cylinders, but it would not move. Because of the spinning movement inside, a vortex would be created in the fluid that surrounds the cylinders. In this setup, sound waves would not be able to move through the center of the structure due to a periodic pattern that would produce a sonic band gap—but the rotating fluid around the center would allow for causing propagation to occur in a predefined direction—the edge states, the team notes, could guide sound waves with high precision. A submarine covered with such an insulator would be invisible to sonar because sound waves sent in its direction would be routed in a direction away from where they came from, preventing them from bouncing back to the source.The work thus far by the team is purely theoretical, but they suggest there is no reason to believe it would not work in practice. The most difficult part they note, would be dealing with irregular “bumps” on a surface, which could throw off the propagation if not handled properly. More information: Topological Acoustics, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 114301 – Published 20 March 2015 . dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.114301 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1411.7100ABSTRACTThe manipulation of acoustic wave propagation in fluids has numerous applications, including some in everyday life. Acoustic technologies frequently develop in tandem with optics, using shared concepts such as waveguiding and metamedia. It is thus noteworthy that an entirely novel class of electromagnetic waves, known as “topological edge states,” has recently been demonstrated. These are inspired by the electronic edge states occurring in topological insulators, and possess a striking and technologically promising property: the ability to travel in a single direction along a surface without backscattering, regardless of the existence of defects or disorder. Here, we develop an analogous theory of topological fluid acoustics, and propose a scheme for realizing topological edge states in an acoustic structure containing circulating fluids. The phenomenon of disorder-free one-way sound propagation, which does not occur in ordinary acoustic devices, may have novel applications for acoustic isolators, modulators, and transducers.last_img read more

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Skull fragments with carved long deliberate lines found at Gobekli Tepe

first_img Explore further Frontal bone fragment of skull 3 with carvings (1) and cut marks (2,3). Credit: Julia Gresky, Juliane Haelm, DAI. Schematic drawings of Göbekli Tepe skulls. Gray, preserved elements; red, modifications. Credit: Julia Gresky, Juliane Haelm, DAI. Aerial view of Göbekli Tepe. Credit: German Archaeological Institute (DAI) Skull fragments with cut marks. Credit: German Archaeological Institute Schematic drawings of Göbekli Tepe skulls. Gray, preserved elements; red, modifications. Credit: Julia Gresky, Juliane Haelm, DAI. A pillar from Building D at Göbekli Tepe seen from the southeast. Credit: German Archaeological Institute (DAI) Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Skull fragments with carved long, deliberate lines found at Gobekli Tepe (2017, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-skull-fragments-deliberate-lines-gobekli.html Aerial view of Göbekli Tepe. Credit: German Archaeological Institute (DAI) © 2017 Phys.org Anthropomorphic depictions from Göbekli Tepe. (A) Intentionally decapitated human statue (height, 60 cm). Credit: Nico Becker, Göbekli Tepe Archive, DAI. (B) The gift bearer holds in his hands a human head (height, 26 cm). (C) Pillar 43 (building D) with low relief of an ithyphallic headless individual, one arm raised (bottom right). Credit: Dieter Johannes and Klaus Schmidt, Göbekli Tepe Archive, DAI Göbekli Tepe is the name given to an ancient temple in what is now southern Turkey—it was built approximately 11,000 years ago, during the Stone Age. Workers have been at the site for the past 20 years removing the soil covering the tall pieces of T-shaped limestone, some of which rise up to 18 feet from the ground. Thus far, researchers at the site report that it does not appear that the temple was used as living quarters, but was instead a temple where the locals gathered to perform rituals. One such ritual appears to have involved using human skulls—hundreds of them, broken into pieces, litter the areas between the limestone columns. These findings have caused researchers to label the site as evidence of one of the earliest skull cults. In this new effort, the researchers report that some of the skull pieces have been found to have lines cut into them.The team determined that the skull fragments they found with the unique marks on them belonged to just three individuals—each had deep straight-line grooves carved into the bone and one of them also had a hole drilled through its top. The grooves were found to measure between 0.2 and 4 millimeters deep and were clearly made by a person using stone tools, rather than by another animal or other natural process. Also, it was determined that the grooves were made after the person had died—there was no bone growth suggesting natural repair. Also, it appeared likely that the grooves had been made shortly after the person had died, while the bone was still relatively elastic. Details of artificial skull modifications. A, C, D: carvings, B: drilled perforation. Credit:Julia Gresky, DAI (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the German Archaeological Institute has found long, deliberate marks carved into ancient skulls found at the Göbekli Tepe dig site. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes the skull fragments they have been studying and offer some possible explanations for the markings they found. More information: Modified human crania from Göbekli Tepe provide evidence for a new form of Neolithic skull cult Science Advances  28 Jun 2017: Vol. 3, no. 6, e1700564, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700564AbstractArchaeological excavations at Göbekli Tepe, a transitional Neolithic site in southeast Turkey, have revealed the earliest megalithic ritual architecture with characteristic T-shaped pillars. Although human burials are still absent from the site, a number of fragmented human bones have been recovered from fill deposits of buildings and from adjacent areas. We focus on three partially preserved human skulls, all of which carry artificial modifications of a type so far unknown from contemporaneous sites and the ethnographic record. As such, modified skull fragments from Göbekli Tepe could indicate a new, previously undocumented variation of skull cult in the Early Neolithic of Anatolia and the Levant. Because it is not clear why the grooves appeared only on three skulls, the researchers were left to generate theories—they believe one of the likeliest possibilities is that the grooves were made to hold cords in place while the skull was hoisted onto a pole using the drilled hole—possibly as a way to scare off enemies. Ancient stone pillars offer clues of comet strike that changed human history This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgSamyukta, a special duet by two senior disciples of (Padmashri) Geeta Chandran : Sharanya Chandran and R. Amritha Shruti Radhakrishnan, have conceptualised a tribute in dance to their teacher Geeta Chandran’s  40 Years of Dance. The event marking 40 Years of the spectacular dancing career of Geeta Chandran will be held on 19 November Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, in the capital.Samyukta literally means ‘united’ or ‘together’;  and in the performance they have conceptualised and choreographed, both dancers explore the concept of Samyukta through a unique, eclectic approach – keeping the Bharatanatyam Nritta or grammar as the base, and building on it to explore new movements through a reactive approach – in an attempt to create beauty and an original notion of symmetry, by reacting to the rhythm and music. This performance sees them exploring the build-up of movement vis-a vis music and space – reaching a high point, which is immediately followed by quieter/ more introspective movements, which again work their way up before they begin to explore the quiet yet again. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Daughter and disciple of Chandran, Sharanya has been learning Bharatanatyam since age four, both from her mother and Guru K N Dakshinamurthi. She presented her formal solo debut performance, the Arangetram, in New Delhi in November 2001, at age 13. It is her endeavour and passion to learn, invent and conceptualise new additions to the classical dance repertoire. Sharanya is also a development and policy expert. Amritha has been learning dance since over 16 years, having presented her formal solo performance, the Arangetram, in New Delhi in December 2010. She received the Scholarship for Young Artists by the Minister Of Culture, in 2013. A member of the Natyavriksha Dance Company, Amritha has extensively traveled, both in India and abroad accompanying her Guru for several SPIC MACAY lecture – demonstrations at various splaces.In her 40th year, Geeta Chandran  carries out yet again her most eloquent and powerful role as custodian and role model for younger aspirants, and with her disciples, establishes the completion of an evolving circle.last_img read more

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Overcoming the Challenges of Data Analytics

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 6, 2014 Besides being one of the primary metrics used for selling advertising space on websites, analytics can be powerful in determining the type of content consumers are looking for and help businesses better tailor their online experiences for customers.However, with analytics programs able to turn any interaction with a website into a number, it’s important to keep in mind that most of those numbers cannot make a website better. Instead, it is the job of every site to determine which metrics are most valuable to them, then decide how and to what extent to use those numbers to determine future content direction and best practices. In news-speak, this would be called taking an editorial approach to the data.   Discovering valuable insights within the analytics noiseWhen used correctly, analytics can reveal insights about content and websites that are otherwise invisible. But analytics can often create a cacophony of noise with no obvious message, turning a tool that is intended to clarify user experience into a confusing mess of numbers.Related: 9 Online Ad Campaign Stats You Must TrackMarketers report their problems with analytics often surround basic questions: who, what, when (and for how long), where and why are people viewing their content?Each one of these problems raises another set of questions: Which is the best metric to use to answer this question? Does a metric exist to measure this? What do I do with this information once I’ve acquired it?  “Friends don’t let friends measure pageviews”The simplest metric to measure is a pageview count, but just because it is easy to log does not mean it is valuable. Too many publishers put too much emphasis on the importance of clicks, mistaking a user’s action for a positive impression. Valuing clicks, which are only truly useful for ad-driven sites, can give a mistaken impression about a user’s experience and often results in publishers delivering content that user don’t really want.“Are a lot of pageviews per visit are good thing (“the visitor loved our site so much!”), a bad thing (“our site is so bad it takes 23 pages to find what you’re looking for!”) or a horrible thing (“After a 23-page hunt, the visitor gave up!”)? Measuring only pageviews, how would you ever know?” writes Avinash Kaushik on Think with Google.Perhaps the only way to rationalize the continued obsession with pageviews is that this information is easily obtainable, easily quantifiable and easily understandable to those who don’t work regularly with analytics.But even seemingly simple and established metrics like “time on page” or “bounce rate” have their limitations.  Related: This Software Company Can Boost Your Retention RateSo how do you measure true engagement?Viral content site Upworthy, which does not use banner ads, wrote it was changing its primary metrics for gauging content from pageviews to “total attention on site” and “total attention per piece,” which it defines as more precise than the more common “time on page” metric.“We built attention minutes to look at a wide range of signals —  everything from video player signals about whether a video is currently playing to a user’s mouse movements to which browser tab is currently open — to determine whether the user is still engaged,” Upworthy posted on their blog.“The result is a fine-grained and unforgiving metric that tells us whether people are really engaged with our content or whether they’ve moved on to the next thing.”  Measuring the reach of visual contentThe picture becomes even more blurred when visual content and social sharing come into the picture. While sites can easily track who is sharing their posts on social media (a sure sign the audience is engaging with it in some manner), images can easily be dislodged from their original context, reposted and shared beyond the reach of traditional analytics programs. It’s therefore difficult to truly understand the full reach of any visual content on the Internet.Despite these challenges, marketers and analytics experts continue to come up with new metrics and new ways to contextualize data in order to glean new insights.What challenges have you faced when using analytics on your site? Related: Get Comfortable With Big Data in 3 Steps Register Now » This story originally appeared on Visual.ly 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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The Fairmont Acapulco Princess Tees Off With The O

first_imgThe Fairmont Acapulco Princess Tees Off With The Ochoa Golf AcademyAcapulco, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWHO: Renowned Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa and the iconic Fairmont Acapulco Princess hotel hosted the Ochoa Golf Academy, the official flagship golf academy for children and adults from around the globe, in the legendary resort destination of Acapulco this summer.WHAT: The Ochoa Golf Academy was holding 3-day Junior Golf Summer Camps this summer.WHEN: The Junior Golf Summer Camps are based on the teaching, techniques and philosophies of Rafael Alarcon, the long-time instructor of Lorena Ochoa. The 3-day camps focusd on educating junior golfers on all the facets of the game; from the basics of grip, swing and rules as well as chipping and putting to video swing analysis and course management and etiquette. On July 13th, Junior Golfers enrolled in the very first OGA enjoyed a special visit from Lorena Ochoa and Rafael Alarcon who were present to inaugurate the camp and host a private clinic for participants.WHERE: A magical combination of incredible beauty and hypnotic charm, Acapulco is Mexico’s largest and most dazzling seaside resort attracting over five million visitors annually.www.visiteacapulco.comlast_img read more

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first_img FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, Aretha Franklin smiles after the Detroit Pistons-Miami Heat NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Franklin is seriously ill, according to a person close to the singer. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) Aretha Franklin by The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2018 4:33 am PDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2018 at 7:07 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – The Latest on the first day of a public viewing of Aretha Franklin at a storied Detroit museum (all times local):___9:30 a.m.A public viewing for Aretha Franklin is underway in Detroit and is prompting people from as far away as Miami and Las Vegas to pay their final respects.People are approaching the gold-plated casket inside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to the sounds of Franklin’s gospel recordings. They find Franklin in repose, legs crossed at the ankles. The casket is surrounded by roses of varying colours.As people approached, they cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses.Museum board member Kelly Major Green says the goal was to create an environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start.Tammy Gibson of Chicago says she lined up outside about 5:30 a.m. She came alone but made fast friends with others who sang and reminisced.___7:30 a.m.Hundreds of people are lining up to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.Fans outside Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History have been talking about their memories of the Queen of Soul as they wait before dawn Tuesday for the start of public viewing. Occasionally the crowd bursts into song.Many of those in line are from Detroit, but others travelled from as far as Las Vegas and Miami.Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday couldn’t be more fitting. The associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech says Franklin is “being honoured almost like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States.”Franklin died Aug. 16 at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.___12 a.m.Thousands are expected to pour into Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin.Paula Marie Seniors says the setting for the public viewings Tuesday and Wednesday couldn’t be more fitting. The associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech says Franklin is “being honoured almost like a queen at one of the most important black museums in the United States.”Seniors says the Queen of Soul was “a singer of the universe.” Yet she added Franklin, who died at age 76 on Aug. 16 of pancreatic cancer, also was “so unapologetically black” and “so proud of being a black woman.”The museum hosted a similar viewing for civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death. The Latest: Aretha Franklin public viewing begins in Detroitlast_img read more

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This undated photo provided by the National Comedy

first_img This undated photo provided by the National Comedy Center shows a page from the script of an “Dick Van Dyke Show” episode from Nov. 21, 1961, called “The Unwelcome Houseguest.” Hollywood producer Carl Reiner and the National Comedy Center say they’re working together to digitally preserve Reiner’s collection of scripts from the 1960’s comedy. His scripts for all 158 episodes have been stored away since production wrapped in 1966. (National Comedy Center via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 21, 2019 7:08 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Scripts from ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ to be digitally preserved JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Hollywood producer Carl Reiner and the National Comedy Center say they’re working together to digitally preserve Reiner’s collection of scripts from the 1960’s “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”The scripts are full of Reiner’s handwritten changes to the dialogue.Reiner, who turned 97 on Tuesday, says creating and producing the comedy is the project he’s most proud of. His scripts for all 158 episodes have been stored away since production wrapped in 1966.The National Comedy Center also says it has acquired production documents and scripts from director John Rich, who directed the first 41 episodes of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and was the original director of “All in the Family.”The interactive comedy centre opened last summer in the western New York city of Jamestown.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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