TSX falls on energy loonie lower after Bank of Canada rate announcement

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto stock index dipped into the red as plunging oil prices outweighed gains in financials on Wednesday, while the loonie fell nearly half a cent following the Bank of Canada’s latest decision to keep interest rates on hold.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 6.90 points to 15,908.70. Gains by several of Canada’s biggest lenders — including Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia and Royal Bank of Canada — weren’t enough to compensate for a nose-diving energy sector, which was down more than two per cent at the closing of markets.The January crude contract tumbled US$1.66 to US$55.96 per barrel, a sharp decline that Allan Small, senior investment adviser at HollisWealth, partially attributed to “artificially” inflated prices based on OPEC and non-OPEC members’ manipulation of production levels.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel and a group of allied oil-producing nations agreed last week to extend crude output cuts until the end of next year, continuing a policy that led to a significant rise in the price of oil over the past year.“If they were producing at normal rates, the price of oil would probably be around US$35 to US$40,” Small said. “But obviously they’re cutting back and trying to keep the price of oil higher.”“Meanwhile, the United States is producing at record levels,” he added.South of the border, American markets — which had held steady for most of Wednesday following drops for markets around the world — finished the trading session mixed.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 39.73 points to 24,140.91. The S&P 500 index was down 0.30 of a point to 2,629.27 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 14.17 points to 6,776.38.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading price of 78.39 cents US, down 0.47 of a U.S. cent after the Bank of Canada stuck with its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday — but it offered fresh, yet cautious, warnings to Canadians that increases are likely on the way.The central bank has now left the rate locked at one per cent for two straight policy announcements after the strengthening economy prompted it to raise it twice in the summer.“I’m very happy about that. The last thing I think we wanted to do as a nation for the economy is to get in front of the (U.S. Federal Reserve), for us to start raising rates further before the Fed does,” said Small. “Because then you’d see our loonie at 85 cents (US) …. and that wouldn’t do anyone any good.”“The Band of Canada did a wise thing not to raise rates. Let the U.S. raise rates in December. Let our dollar fall down to 75 cents. It’s a good thing for our economy. A weaker dollar makes a lot of sense,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, the January natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.92 per mmBTU, the February gold contract added US$1.20 to US$1,266.10 an ounce and the March copper contract was up two cents to US$2.96 a pound.last_img read more

Australia and Sri Lanka discuss reconciliation and human rights

The Senior Officials further discussed possible areas for future collaboration focussing on defence and combatting transnational crimes, science & technology, agriculture, trade & investment, development issues, and regional cooperation.First Assistant Secretary, South and West Asia Division, Kathy Klugman led the Australian delegation, which also included officials from the South and West Asia Division and Sri Lanka Desk of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Immigration and Border Protection Attorney General’s Department, International Security Division of DFAT, Royal Australian Navy, DFAT’s People Smuggling Task Force and Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner in Colombo. The discussions broadly focussed on the development partnership, trade and economic cooperation, people to people contacts, reconciliation and human rights, transnational crime and human smuggling, defence cooperation and maritime issues as well as the cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries. The Second Round of Senior Officials’ Talks between the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade concluded in Canberra.The Senior Officials’ Talks is a structured platform to review the bilateral relations between the two countries and to discuss regional and international issues of common interest and concern. Given the number of high level visits that took place between the two countries in 2017, which also marks the 70th anniversary since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties, the Second Round of Talks provided an opportunity to discuss the progress made in the understandings reached during those visits. The Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Additional Secretary Sumith Nakanadala and included Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia S. Skandakumar, Director General of External Resources Department Priyantha Ratnayaka, Director General, East Asia and Pacific Division of the Foreign Ministry Kapila Jayaweera, Deputy High Commissioner and Minister of the Sri Lanka High Commission. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN News 2018 Recap In Case You Missed It

UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSecretary-General António Guterres delivers a major speech on climate change at the UN Headquarters in New York. 10 September 2018.10 September 2018 – The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course. Read more…,2. Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges,3. The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors: Keeping the memory alive,4. UN mourns death of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, ‘a guiding force for good’,5. Four countries on track to graduate from UN list of least developed countries,Video1. Governments adopt UN global migration pact to help ‘prevent suffering and chaos’ 10 December 2018 – The Global Compact for Migration was adopted on Monday by leading representatives from 164 Governments at an international conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, in an historic move described by UN Chief António Guterres as the creation of a “roadmap to prevent suffering and chaos.” Watch here…,2. ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief,3. Mali: In Mopti, UN chief finds ‘a determination to fight for peace’,4. Babies born of rape, the legacy of Rohingya abuse in Myanmar,5. From low-earth orbit, ‘envoys’ of humanity join UN space forum,Audio1. ‘Free, informed consent’ of Indigenous Peoples over land-use, is key Since 1 January, UN News has covered everything that happens in and around the United Nations, bringing you stories about the impact of decisions made at UN Headquarters, in New York; our Offices at Geneva; Nairobi, and beyond; through to the lifesaving work of our peacekeeping missions and humanitarian operations around the globe.We even went beyond the stratosphere, to cover the work the UN is doing to ensure that outer space is a resource for all humankind, and our coverage continues, every day.In this special edition of ‘In Case You Missed It’, or #ICYMI, check out our multimedia coverage, with the top five most read, heard and watched news stories across our platforms.For full coverage through the year, click here. And from all of us here, have a happy and successful 2019.Stories1. ‘Direct existential threat’ of climate change nears point of no return UN Photo/Mark GartenTadodaho Sid Hill, Chief of the Onondaga Nation, delivers a ceremonial welcome to participants at the opening of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.27 April 2018 – The “free, informed consent” of Indigenous Peoples over how their historic territory is used, is a key demand arising from the latest UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which ended on Friday. That’s according to the chairperson of the Forum, Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine, who is a medical doctor from Mali, who told UN News how the two-week event had gone. Listen here…,2. Digital innovation powering efforts to end refugee hunger,3. It’s ‘high time’ tech community tackled digital challenge together, says expert,4. UN provides a ‘glimmer of hope’ for Israel Palestine conflict: Daniel Barenboim,5. World-beating athlete Paula Radcliffe, sets pace in global push for clean air,2018 in photos read more

Stigma plays a big role in failure to tackle world opioid crisis

Mr Sheff said that the idea that one has to practice ‘tough love’ to help someone dealing with a drug dependence is one “that is dangerous, because the consequences can be dire, including death. We shall intervene as soon as we can” he appealed, stressing that a whole range of treatment that is now available, it wasn’t 10 or 15 years ago.Adding her personal experience to the discussion was Vicky Cornell, co-founder of the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and wife of late rock icon Chris Cornell. Since her husband’s death in May 2017, Ms Cornell had become an expert and advocate on the whole issue of drug abuse, highlighting the importance of ending misconceptions about what is “a totally preventable and treatable disease”.And we’ll have more on this story in our Lid Is On podcast next week, where we’ll be talking to David Sheff and Vicky Cornell about their work and what the UN can do, to help with the fight against drug addiction. “Treating addiction as something criminal is contributing to this global crisis”, said Nora Volkow, Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse. Ms Volkow called on the importance of acknowledging the drug problem “from the perspective of the health system”.“When we understand that people are ill, stigma goes away, and we know what to do, we treat them with compassion and we get them the best treatment we can”, added David Sheff, best-selling author and advocate, who has become an expert on the international opioid crisis, which has become a major public health emergency in the United States.According to the latest World Drug Report launched by the UN agency in 2018, the non-medical use of prescription drugs is becoming a major threat to public health and law enforcement worldwide, with opioids causing the most harm and accounting for 76 per cent of deaths associate with drug-misuse.Highlighting the importance of understanding “brain chemistry” and the role of education in prevention, Mr Sheff added that “much of the drug usage decision comes from stress”, which can result from many factors including family discord, stress at school, or violence, but also simply the day-to-day stress of growing up.Looking at vulnerable age groups, the UNODC report found that drug use is highest among young people, with research suggesting that 12- to 17-year-olds are at particular risk.“This idea that some kids have now in some communities that if they haven’t filled out their college resumes by the time they’re 12, they are going to fail in life, it’s a lot of stress on kids”, added Mr Sheff.His memoir “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction”, where he shares the heartbreaking experience of survival, relapse and recovery of his son Nic, was recently turned into a film, screened on Wednesday at UN Headquarters. read more

Unprovoked attacks by a gang of feathered brutes Dubliners cry foul over

first_img 59 Comments By Cónal Thomas Mar 23rd 2019, 11:05 AM https://jrnl.ie/4551992 Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 11:05 AM Short URL Today I saw them swooping down and taking ducklings from the pond. At this rate there will be no ducklings and the pond in Herbert Park will be full [of] seagulls.”“Can something be done to give the ducklings a chance?”In July, a concerned citizen contacted Labour councillor Mary Freehill in relation to the “growing number of seagulls in the Rathmines area” of Dublin. With the city’s gulls “becoming bigger, bolder and more populous in urban areas”, this person wanted to know if there were measures to be taken to reduce the number of seagulls in urban areas.“They prey [on] food waste and are seen tearing apart bins creating a mess. They also make a tremendous racket as some are perched on house chimneys.“[The] abundance of noise, very early in the morning and late at nights, that is my primary distress.” Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie‘Constant droppings’Residents of Marino on Dublin’s Northside experienced similar seagull difficulties last July. “Noise pollution from 5am onwards all day every day [and] constant droppings,” a concerned Marino resident wrote to the council last summer. We even had an episode where a gull flew into our garden and grabbed food from the table which was frightening for our daughter.A Biodiversity Officer at the council’s replied saying that seagulls – or gulls –  are a “very visual component of Dublin City’s biodiversity”.They are protected under wildlife acts, legislation which is enforced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service [NPWS].“Dublin City Council does not have a role in the control of gulls,” the officer said. “However, [the council] strongly advises people not to feed the gulls as this influences the interactive behaviour between birds and humans.”Herring gulls – the most abundant roof-nesting species in Dublin – are presently red-listed. In other words, they are of high conservation concern. According to Stephen Newton, senior seabird conservation officer with BirdWatch Ireland, the country’s gull population – including the colonisation of inland towns – has increased largely due to the availability of food. Companies like Diageo have recently been granted licenses to remove gull nests from the Guinness brewery at St. James Gate.The NPWS has also issued several permits to organisations in the past like the Abbey Theatre and South Dublin County Council, as well as private individuals in North Dublin to scare gulls away, relocate chicks, or remove nests and eggs from buildings. Since 2016, NPWS has issued a total of 60 permits to private individuals, state bodies and businesses, according to a spokesperson.Of permits issued to date, 48 were for premises in Dublin.  Gulls are a visual component of Dublin’s biodiversity. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie‘Control measures’ At approximately 11.45am on 4 October, a seagull swooped down to a picnic table in Herbert Park and stole a toddler’s croissant. Their parent wrote to the council after the incident, saying that they were “worried that seagulls are becoming increasingly brazen”. The parent also wanted to know what exactly could be done to tackle the problem. Four days later, Labour councillor Dermot Lacey brought forward an emergency motion to draw up a plan to deal with seagull issues across the city and to specifically introduce measures to deal with the specific problem in Herbert Park. Several Dublin councillors have followed suit. Independent councillor Mannix Flynn has described the situation as “totally out of control”. “There’s been no attempt whatsoever to deal with this. Private individuals, firms and businesses are dealing with it in their own way,” Flynn told TheJournal.ie.“In the meantime, it’s getting totally out of control, particularly on the likes of Dame Street.”“They’re free creatures and they need to be protected,” says Flynn. “But the city also needs to manage the seagull population.”‘Intelligent, cunning, motivated’A holistic approach to this issue is what is required, according to Birdwatch Ireland’s Newton.His group is currently pressing authorities to fund surveys in order to update gull population figures and distribution information.“Only when this has been done we can review the population status, and local authorities and NPWS can open a debate about whether ‘control’ measures are necessary and what the impact may be on the national population,” Newton has said. Fingal County Council has funded a survey of roof-nesting gulls in Balbriggan, Skerries and Howth.These surveys, according to Newton, have shown a “considerable increase” since previous surveys which were carried out in 2000-2001. No efforts have yet been made by Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council or Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. For one “uniquely placed” and “highly skilled” Dubliner, however, tailor-made solutions are the way forward in tackling the city’s gull problem. “In this instance I can conduct an independent investigation to ascertain the facts which include identifying the specific breed of seagull executing the attacks, the hotspots where those attacks occur, the triggers that drive the attacks and identifying the chain of command within the flock.”All seagulls are “highly intelligent, cunning and motivated and…should not be underestimated”.“Their protective legal status, in the most part, shields them from any drastic measures normally adopted by humans to combat similar aggressive behaviour in other species.”Writing to the council, this savvy citizen pitched their linguistic expertise as a means of understanding the flock. “Once I infiltrate the flock and gain their trust I can gain an insight into the flock hierarchy and the core objectives driving their choice of action.”center_img Share116 Tweet Email5 Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieTACKLING DUBLIN’S SEAGULL problem requires a “viable, practicable and innovative” solution, a Dubliner told Dublin City Council in February. “For too long the streets of Dublin have fallen foul to the menacing, torturous and unprovoked attacks delivered by a gang of feathered brutes,” the concerned local wrote in a letter. “Each day the victim count from these attacks rise with the injuries sustained ranging in severity and the victim profile being as broad and diverse as the attacks themselves.”Protected under wildlife legislation, however – as well as being a core element of Dublin’s biodiversity – there is not much local authorities can currently do to reduce the population of urban gulls.The capital’s gull population has increased as well, according to BirdWatch Ireland, despite companies and state bodies requesting licenses to remove gull nests and chicks in a bit to scare them off buildings.As this avian issue rolls on, some are calling for a different approach than the cold-hearted cull, though – saying that seagull population surveys need to be carried out to properly assess the situation. ‘Very visual component’Concerned Dubliners wrote to the council on several occasions last year to highlight the ongoing problem, correspondence received under the Freedom of Information act show. The birds “have grown more common in recent times but are now a real menace”, said one spotter of the creatures in Ballsbridge on Dublin’s Southside last May.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 40,370 Views ‘Unprovoked attacks by a gang of feathered brutes’: Dubliners cry foul over seagull aggression 48 permits have been granted to tackle Dublin’s seagull issues. last_img read more

Transférer son ADN dans son smartphone

first_imgTransférer son ADN dans son smartphone Une équipe de chercheurs bordelais travaille sur un étonnant projet, qui consiste à transférer sur un smartphone son code génétique. Une application qu’ils considèrent comme un outil de “prévention et de vigilance”.Ce projet ne fait pas l’unanimité en France, où le séquençage du génome est très contrôlé. Face à cette réticence, c’est en Californie que l’initiateur de cette idée a décidé de s’installer, et de créer une société baptisée Portable Genomics, avec deux biologistes et une bio-informaticienne bordelais, rapporte 20minutes.fr.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Si l’idée de pouvoir transférer son ADN sur une plateforme mobile est surprenante, elle est développée de façon bénévole, et dans un but de “prévention et de vigilance”, souligne Patrick Merel, chercheur sur la plateforme technologique d’innovation biomédicale (PTIB) du CHU de Bordeaux. Aux Etats-Unis de nombreuses sociétés proposent aux particuliers de décrypter leur ADN. Des tests qui permettent notamment de connaître ses prédispositions génétiques à des maladies, et notamment au cancer. Une pratique interdite en France hors du cadre médical. L’application développée mentionne ainsi les différents risques de maladie, accompagné d’icônes d’alerte indiquant les prédispositions génétiques. Ces données regroupées de façon ergonomique sur un smartphone, un patient pourra très simplement les remettre à son médecin. En outre, le logiciel proposera des liens vers diverses applications, de géolocalisation notamment, ou de stockage des dossiers médicaux.Alors que Patrick Merel assure avoir des contacts avec “de gros investisseurs américains”, il souligne qu'”aucun acteur de la génomique personnelle n’a de solution pour les plateformes mobiles”. Le 24 février 2011 à 16:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mans Best Friend Now Avocado Industrys Best Friend

first_img Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike Sniffer dogs can ferret out explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife, and a possible solution to a serious issue in the horticultural industry.Researchers at Florida International University evaluated scent-discriminating canines for the detection of laurel wilt-affected wood from avocado trees.The vascular disease, caused by fungus transmitted by the invasive redbay ambrosia beetle, is fast-spreading and difficult to contain; it has killed more than 300 million laurel trees in the US alone.Avocado (Florida’s second-largest tree crop behind citrus) is probably the most commercially valuable plant affected by laurel wilt.cobThe disease has already decimated the industry in South Florida, and two larger avocado businesses in California and Mexico have taken notice, according to co-authors Julian Mendel, Kenneth Furton, and DeEtta Mills.As with any ailment—human or otherwise—early detection is key to fending off widespread infection.But while most people rely on doctors and high-tech medical equipment to catch an internal killer, farmers are putting their faith in our four-legged friends.Taking a cue from other industries, in which dogs have demonstrated the ability to expose spotted knapweed, brown tree snakes, desert tortoises, and various cancers, FIU trained three pups—three-year-old Belgian Malinois Cobra and two Dutch Shepherds (Candy and One Betta)—to track down laurel wilt.Spoiler alert: The tail-waggers fared extremely well, producing only 12 false alerts in 229 trials. On average, they were more than 95 percent accurate in finding diseased trees before any visible signs were evident; in some cases, the pups identified the disease 40 days prior to visible symptoms, Mills wrote in an email to Geek.“It is the best ‘technology’ so far that can detect a diseased tree before external symptoms are visible,” she said of dogs’ noses.Cobra, Candy, and One Betta were trained extensively for almost a year before being deployed in the groves three days a week. For the high-energy dogs, these sessions are more play than work: When they ID a tree, they get their favorite toy as a reward.“The old saying that ‘dogs are man’s best friend’ reaches far beyond a personal bond with their handler and trainer,” she continued. “It is depicted in their excitement every day as they deploy to the groves. Man’s best friend may even help save an industry.” There is no word on when this technique will be ready to roll out across ailing avocado crops.Read more about the study in the latest issue of the journal HortTechnology.Editor’s note: This article was updated on June 13 with additional details about the dogs.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

MIT Researchers Can Shrink Objects to Nanoscale

first_img MIT researchers invented a method of shrinking objects to the nanoscale.The team can generate structures one-thousandth the volume of the original using a variety of materials, including metals, quantum dots, and DNA.Existing techniques—like etching patterns onto a surface with light—work for 2D nanostructures, but not 3D. And while it’s possible to make 3D nanostructures, the process is slow, challenging, and restrictive.So MIT professor Edward Boyden came up with a solution: By reversing a process for imaging brain tissue, he was able to pare down a relatively large object into something one-thousandth its original size—a process called “implosion fabrication.”Using equipment many biology and materials science labs already have, researchers started by creating a scaffold out of polyacrylate (commonly found in diapers). They then soaked the frame in a solution of fluorescein molecules, which attach when activated by laser light.“It’s a bit like film photography, according to co-author Daniel Oran, an MIT graduate student.“A latent image is formed by exposing a sensitive material in a gel to light. Then, you can develop that latent image into a real image by attaching another material, silver, afterwards,” he explained. “In this way implosion fabrication can create all sorts of structures, including gradients, unconnected structures, and multi-material patterns.”Once everything is in place, researchers douse the object with an acid, blocking negative charges in the polyacrylate, and forcing it to shrink.“People have been trying to invent better equipment to make smaller nanomaterials for years, but we realized that if you just use existing systems and embed your materials in this gel, you can shrink them down to the nanoscale, without distorting the patterns,” co-author and grad student Samuel Rodriques, said in a statement.The system, however, is not perfect.There is a tradeoff between size and resolution: Researchers can currently create objects around 1 cubic millimeter, patterned with a resolution of 50 nanometers.Not quite Hank Pym’s Ant-Man suit (which uses Pym Particles to reduce an object’s size while maintaining its mass), the system could have applications in a number of fields—from optics to medicine to robotics.“There are all kinds of things you can do with this,” Boyden said. “Democratizing nanofabrication could open up frontiers we can’t yet imagine.”More on Geek.com:Diamond Nanocrystals Key to Cheap Magnetic Field DetectionMagnetic Nanobots Are the Future of HealthcareScientists ‘Squeeze’ Nanocrystals to Turn Liquids to Solids Simplest possible screw-up causes Zotac’s Zbox nano PC to idle at …Magnetosperm microrobots look and swim just like a sperm Stay on targetlast_img read more

Judge releases mother arrested by US Border Patrol agents

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — 36-year-old Perla Morales Luna was released on her own recognizance by a local immigration judge Tuesday.Judge Zsa Zsa Depaolo said Luna was NOT a flight risk or a danger to the community.The viral video shows Luna being pulled away from her three daughters by Border Patrol agents last week.Luna was accused of being involved in a human trafficking operation, which she denied.Luna’s case is now forwarded to Federal Court, where she will have an immigration hearing to determine if she will be deported. Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 9:28 AM Posted: March 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Judge releases mother arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents Elizabeth Alvarez March 21, 2018last_img read more

Humane Society holds 19th Walk for the Animals at Bayfront Park

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – South Floridians’ four-legged friends took center stage at the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s 19th annual Walk for the Animals, Saturday.More than 3,000 animal lovers and their precious pets headed to Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami for a day of fun, games and fundraising.“There’s every dog possible, from a teeny-tiny, three-pound dog to huge Great Danes, Rottweilers, all kinds of dogs,” said Laurie Hoffman, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami.One-hundred percent of the money raised helps the Humane Society provide care for homeless and abandoned animals. The funds will be used to provide cats and dogs with food, shelter and medical attention as they wait for a forever home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bonalu festivities in IT hub on July 14

first_imgGachibowli (NSS): IT corridor in city has gained a new identity by virtue of Bonalu for a few years, thanks to the efforts of the Telangana Information Technology Association (TITA) and its associates. Besides Golconda and Lal Darwaza, the IT corridor Bonalu is also becoming popular over the years. Dappu, Kolatam, Oggudolu and other performances create festival atmosphere across the IT corridor during Bonalu. The Bonalu procession in the IT area was being taken out for past six years and TITA is organizing Bonalu Jatara on July 14. The Telangana techies are going to offer special prayers and 21 Bonalu offerings to the deity Chinna Peddamma for fulfilling their prayers for enhancement in IT exports. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Poet Mittapalli Surender has written the lyrics of TITA Bonalu 2019 song. The Telangana festivities and programs were never used to be organized in the IT corridor before the formation of separate State. However, now these programs are organized with a lot of pomp and reverence. TITA has been organizing such events in IT corridor even before the State formation. The TITA is organizing the events with the support of Telangana Language and Culture Department.last_img read more

Ramp modelcummilitantsuspect detained

first_imgImam Mehedi HasanMembers of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have arrested a young man named Mehedi Hassan who was said to have been a tech-savvy businessman.Now bearded, Mehedi Hassan was once a ramp model, according to RAB.A team of RAB conducted a drive in South Banasree under Khilgaon police station and arrested him, said a SMS sent by the elite force.On Thursday, he was introduced to the media as a ‘commander’ of the banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).He was also named as Imam Mehedi Hasan alias Abu Jibril.Mehedi’s family, however, said he had been missing since 4 May.The family also registered a diary with Khilgaon police station in this regard. Mehedi’s father, Khorshed Alam, is a retired police officer.Mehedi has a BBA degree from Darul Ihsan University and he known as Mehedi among those who knew him as a model. He is said to be fluent in English.RAB said he was accused in two cases filed with Banani and Uttara police stations.RAB-3 commander Lt Col Tuhin Muhammad Masud told the media that Mehedi came in touch with a militant group in 2015.The RAB official claimed that Mehedi confessed to his involvement with the militants who carried out the Holey Artisan attack.last_img read more

Man killed in Chuadanga gunfight

first_img.A man was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Uzzalpur Field in Chuadanga sadar upazila early Thursday.Deceased Pappu Hossain, 30, son of a certain Bazlur Rahman of Akandabaria village in the upazila, is an enlisted drug trader, claimed the law enforcement.According to the Ain o Salish Kendra, a national legal aid and human rights organisation, as many as 362 people were killed in “crossfires” and “shootouts” with law enforcement agencies between January and September this year.The criminals opened fire on the police during their regular patrol in the area around 2:30am, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, said Delwar Hossain Khan, officer-in-charge of sadar police station.Later, police detained Pappu with bullet wounds and took him to Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police recovered one shutter-gun, two bullets, four hand bombs and one sack of phensidyl from the spot.The OC said Pappu was wanted in six cases, including that of drugs.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Europe demands Apple pay 145 billion for enjoying years of illegal tax

first_imgApple has been landed with by far its biggest tax bill ever this week as the European Commission has deemed its special scheme for paying tax in Ireland illegal. Now Apple and the Irish government are preparing to appeal the decision and hopefully save Apple billions of dollars in the process.The illegal tax benefits the European Commission identified relate to the way in which Apple pays tax in Ireland. The tech company pays its taxes in Ireland for all the gadgets and services it sells across Europe. The problem is, Apple has a special scheme agreed with the Irish government that means its tax rate has been as low as 0.005% in 2014. As early as 2003 the rate was already down to 1%.Rather than a legal tax arrangement, the Commission has found this to instead class as illegal state aid offered by the Irish government. So Apple is now being asked to pay a $14.5 billion penalty plus interest to the Irish government. The ruling will also mean an end to the special scheme if it stands.Apple won’t have any problem covering $14.5 billion as it has cash reserves of around $213.5 billion, but the company has no intention of paying this penalty bill. In fact, Apple has described the demand as an “effort to rewrite Apple’s history in Europe” and a decision that will “have a profound and harmful effect on investment and job creation in Europe.”That sounds like a threat by Apple to Europe if it continues to try and make it pay a reasonable amount of tax. I think we can all agree 0.005% isn’t reasonable, right?The Irish government is also going to appeal the decision as it believes the integrity of the tax system is in jeopardy if it stands. The likely outcome of the appeals process will be a reduced bill that still equates to billions, but also a change to the tax paying agreement Apple has enjoyed until now.last_img read more

Microsoft AI Can Draw Pictures Based On Verbal Descriptions

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Many of you installed Google’s Arts and Culture app to see which famous portrait its AI though you most looked like. Microsoft’ AI researchers have been working on something in the same vein.Instead of matching an uploaded images to other existing images, however, the team at the company’s Deep Learning Technology Center have been training an AI to create images from scratch. All the AI needs is a list of keywords to go by.To be clear, what’s going on in the image at the top is not what happens when you go to Google or Bing and perform a search. The AI didn’t sift through a stash of images to find something that matched up with the keywords provided. Instead, principal researcher Xiaodong He says “[…] here, the pictures are created by the computer, pixel by pixel, from scratch.”There’s no guarantee you’d find that what the AI produces in an Audobon guide, either. He goes on to say “these birds may not exist in the real world — they are just an aspect of our computer’s imagination of birds.”The team also fed the bot more outlandish suggestions to see how it would respond. A yellow and black bird is simple enough — there’s plenty of source material to draw on. It wasn’t nearly as certain what to make of  “a red double-decker bus is floating on a lake.” While a human artist could have sketched that up easily enough, the AI produced “a blurry, drippy image that resembles both a boat with two decks and a double-decker bus on a lake surrounded by mountains.”Why the difficulty? The AI knows what a bus looks like and it knows what a lake is. It also knows that a lake is not a bus’ natural habitat. Logic is getting in the way, so the bot throws in the boat because that’s the kind of vehicle it expects to appear in the water.That doesn’t make what Microsoft’s bot can do any less impressive, and it will become more humanlike as researchers find mathematical ways to mimic human creativity.While you can’t experiment with this AI yourself, you can play around with another Microsoft project that helped pave the way for it. A few years back they introduced Captionbot, which will make an educated guess about the contents of an image you upload.last_img read more

Epic Games Calls out Google for Revealing Fortnite Vulnerability

first_imgStay on target Folks who own Android devices can usually download apps from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, they cannot download the mobile version of Fortnite. In order to forgo paying the 30% fee to Google, Epic Games has instead decided to make users go to their site to download it. In our reporting, we detailed some of the potential dangers associated with downloading Fortnite on Android. Last Friday, Google revealed hackers could load malware by hijacking the game’s installation software. This reveal hasn’t sat well with Epic, who believe Google should have delayed reporting the news. In fact, the game developer has flat out called Google’s actions “irresponsible.”This sentiment was expressed by Epic’s, Tim Sweeny. The Chief Executive responded to the news on Twitter with this:Android is an open platform. We released software for it. When Google identified a security flaw, we worked around the clock (literally) to fix it and release an update.The only irresponsible thing here is Google’s rapid public release of technical details.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 25, 2018He followed that tweet up with this:We asked Google to hold the disclosure until the update was more widely installed. They refused, creating an unnecessary risk for Android users in order to score cheap PR points.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 25, 2018Though Epic is calling Google out, some believe this situation only happened because of the game’s developer’s refusal to allow its game on the Google Play Store. Troy Hunt, who is a cyber-security expert had this to say on Twitter:People will argue until the cows come home the a period is either too long or not long enough depending on which side you’re on. I’m still surprised Epic didn’t put it in the Play store to begin with (and yes, I get the financial incentive).— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) August 26, 2018According to BBC News, this isn’t the first time Google has disclosed vulnerabilities of this kind. In the past, the search engine giant revealed problems with Microsoft products, along with Apple and Samsung.Google actually made Epic aware of the vulnerability by sharing a screen recording with it on August 15. The video showed a way to dupe Fortnite‘s Android installer into loading malware. Two days later, Epic stated it was making a fix available after “working around the clock” to make it.Tune in this week to Geek Plays to get tips from a few Fortnite coaches. Learn how to correctly download Fortnite for Android. And see our complete hands-on of the game on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Follow all the latest on Fortnite news here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion last_img read more

Travelport voted AsiaPacifics Best GDS

first_imgTravelport Best GDS Award 2011 Source = Travelport Travelport honoured with three back to back wins in industry awardsTravelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has been named ‘Best GDS’ in the Asia-Pacific region for the third year running. Announced at the 22nd Annual TTG Travel Awards Ceremony held in Bangkok last night, the award reaffirms Travelport’s position as Asia-Pacific’s leading GDS provider. “We are delighted to be recognised by our industry peers once again in what’s been three very exciting back to back wins. This achievement reflects and further reinforces our commitment to delivering the best in class technology, products and service to the industry,” said Simon Nowroz, President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Travelport.“As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, 2011 has proven to be an important milestone for Travelport with the successful launch of three ground breaking products, including Travelport Universal Desktop, Travelport Smartpoint App and Travelport Rooms and More. Innovation has remained at the forefront of what we do and it is pleasing to see the industry acknowledge our leadership and efforts in this area,” Nowroz added. Launched in 1999, the TTG Travel Awards serve as a benchmark for industry excellence and are highly coveted among the region’s travel industry. More than 49,000 votes were cast between June and August in this year’s awards.last_img read more

DocMagics eVault Powers Paperless Mortgages for Deutsche Bank

first_img in Data, Headlines, journal, News, Origination, Servicing, Technology April 1, 2018 572 Views Company News Deutsche Bank Digital Mortgage DocMagic eMortgage eVault 2018-04-01 David Wharton DocMagic, Inc., a provider of fully compliant loan document preparation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services headquartered in Torrance, California, announced that Deutsche Bank has successfully implemented and is actively utilizing its proprietary eVault technology.“Deutsche Bank has an international footprint in multiple forms of lending and servicing, and having a company of their size select our eVault to safely and securely store sensitive loan documents speaks volumes about the bank’s confidence in our technology,” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic, Inc. “We are very pleased to partner with Deutsche Bank on a long-term basis to help achieve its servicing goals with our eVault.”Using the DocMagic eVault, Deutsche Bank’s document custody group is now empowered to take full possession of electronically originated assets for clients as the loan market continues to transition to a paperless process. DocMagic establishes a legally compliant method to securely move original electronic files from one custodian to another while preserving unique authoritative digital ownership.Further, the eVault ensures authentication of original documents passing between owners, irrespective of how many duplicate electronic files there may be of the same record. The repository system within DocMagic’s eVault relies upon digital tamper-proof seals and a detailed, well-documented audit trail that ensures compliance and provides detailed reporting.DocMagic also made available to Deutsche Bank the ability to leverage a unique dual-option solution that accesses its on-premise eVault installation to provide a gateway to seamlessly and securely connect to MERS via any browser, as well as by way of a direct VPN connection.As a result of partnering with DocMagic, Deutsche Bank is now well-positioned to easily, compliantly, and securely service loans housed in the eVault, creating newfound efficiencies and a competitive advantage for the bank. By providing eVault services to Deutsche Bank’s clients, they further cement themselves as a leader, innovator and provider of excellence in loan servicing. Of note is that DocMagic has been at the forefront of developing award-winning technology that facilitates a complete eMortgage solution for the entire supply chain that fully supports an end-to-end, completely paperless digital mortgage process. This includes from the point-of-sale through eClosing, eWarehouse lending, secondary marketing and even servicing.DocMagic’s eVault has been thoroughly vetted and officially approved by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and MERS to compliantly support eVaulting services.center_img DocMagic’s eVault Powers Paperless Mortgages for Deutsche Bank Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter APT has introduced small-group barge holidays in the United Kingdom in 2020. Magna Carta is a unique floating hotel proposition for travellers and can be shared by up to eight guests in four spacious suites. Guests are accompanied by a crew and onboard chef.Following an overnight stay in London, guests embark on an all-inclusive six-night journey. Bypassing the traffic, this leisurely cruise meanders through past and present, stopping off at the historic cities, old-world villages and stately homes that line the Thames River.Guests are invited to explore the royal seats of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace on specially guided tours, while afternoon tea at Cliveden House sets the stage for the secrets that have played out here, including the 1960s political scandal, the Profumo Affair. Go back to the e-newsletter Want to be in the luxury travel know? Subscribe to our free eNewsletter here to keep up to date with everything in the luxury travel industry. Magna Carta’s ambience is akin to a stylish country hotel. Intuitive service is a given and every attention to detail includes fine wood finishes, period furniture and contemporary features. Whether guests choose to unwind in the outdoor heated spa, relax over a sumptuous chef-prepared meal or make use of the walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath, there are always the quintessentially pretty English river views to enjoy.Alighting in the rowing regatta town of Henley on Thames, or docking to explore Oxford’s most illustrious university colleges, cruising aboard the Magna Carta delivers guests to the doorstep of discovery each day and ensures every step of way is both seamless and superbly indulgent.Departures are offered from May to September 2020, priced from $11,595 per person. Book before 30 November 2019 to take advantage of a Fly Free Superdeal offer of a return economy airfare per person including taxes up to $300.For more information, see aptouring.com.au/travel-styles/barge-cruisinglast_img read more

NGO aims for zero deaths during holiday period

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouFROM 2010 to 2014, a total of 271 people were killed in road accidents, of which 28 per cent were under 25 years old, non-profit organisation Reaction announced at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that the death toll reached 56 this year, 11 more than in 2014.The conference, titled ‘Vision zero for Christmas’, aimed to raise awareness to maintain zero road deaths in the next two weeks. “Between now and January 7, we will do everything possible not to have any fatal road collisions,” chairman of the organisation Marios Stavrou said.“On December 29 and 30, we will visit persons who were injured in road collisions in the Limassol and Nicosia general hospitals while on January 15 the fifth national road safety meeting will be held, where government, semi-government and private organisations will discuss and evaluate the results of 2015 and will design parallel actions and partnerships for 2016 in the field of road safety,” Stavrou announced.He said that from 2010 to 2014, 2,572 were seriously injured in road accidents. Most accidents (37 per cent) occurred on Fridays and Sundays.Stavrou added that the number of police officers should be increased and the House of Representatives needs to support all efforts to combat the problem.“The state has tens of millions of revenue annually from extrajudicial violations of the highway code, and if a small proportion of this was taken for road safety, to support the police and improve the road network the problem would be solved.”Education minister Costas Kadis said education is necessary beyond roadside checks and safe roads, and for that reason the ministry is developing specialised health education programmes for both primary and secondary schools.Health minister Giorgos Pamborides added that one of the goals of his ministry is to reduce the response time of ambulances and has created a coordinated ambulance call centre composed of trained officers which operates in Nicosia and Famagusta and which will soon operate islandwide.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more