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Why Specially-abled Indian Students’ Parents Prefer to Re-locate to The US

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first_imgRaising a specially-abled child is an extremely challenging task for parents all over the world. In India, the challenge becomes tougher due to an overburdened healthcare system ill-equipped to provide for the special needs of such children, an education system obsessed with rote-learning and marks, and a superstitious society that equates mental disorders with insanity.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img

ISL 5: Northeast United FC vs. FC Goa: The Highlanders and the Gaurs play…

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first_imgAdvertisementThe caravan of ISL 5 went from Kolkata to Bengaluru to Guwahati now, as FC Goa visited the Gateway of Northeast India to take on Northeast United FC. Eelco Schattorie and Sergio Lobera both played out a 4-2-3-1 formation with Bartholomew Ogbeche and Ferran Corominas being the lone man up front for their respective teams.Northeast United FC vs. FC Goa: The Highlanders and the Gaurs play out a 2-2 drawThe deadlock had been broken in the 8th-minute itself when a massive misunderstanding from FC Goa goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz awarded Northeast United FC the lead. The 18-year-old had come out of his box to collect the ball, thinking the whistle was blown for an offside. However, the referee instead gave a foul to the visitors as the goalkeeper had collected the ball outside the ball. Mohammad Nawaz, innocently, had let the ball loose and Federico Gallego pounced on the chance and guided the ball towards the back of an empty net.The joy was short-lived as Coro equalized for FC Goa six minutes later courtesy of a wonderful cross through Jackichand Singh from the left wing. Jackichand Singh could have put FC Goa in the front foot at the 26th minute twice, but both the time his shot failed to hit the target. Nonetheless, Coro had done the job for the visitors at the 39th minute as his clinical finish left TP Rehenesh no chance whatsoever.After coming from the tunnel, the home team found themselves back in the game at the 53rd minute. Keegan Pereira had sent in a dangerous looking cross and Ogbeche got an opportunity for a free header due to miscommunication between the center-backs. The birthday boy made no error and slotted the ball home from a hand-shaking distance.Northeast United FC continued to mount pressure on the visitors with some fine display of possession football. The Highlanders could have taken the lead at the 66th minute from a Nikhil Kadam screamer, or at the 75th minute from a Rowlin Borges shot. However, Mohammad Nawaz didn’t let the past haunt him and averted the danger with his brilliant goalkeeping skills.Northeast United FC had continued to pile the pressure on the visitors, but couldn’t find the back of the net as the referee blew the final whistle. Northeast United FC will travel to Kolkata to face ATK on the 4th of October whereas FC Goa will take a voyage to Chennai to face the defending champions.Advertisementlast_img read more

Controversy-hit Rockets beat Raptors in Japan NBA preseason game

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first_imgMatteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? The two exhibition games took place after a tweet by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey backing anti-government protests in Hong Kong kicked up a storm in China.It led to Chinese sponsors abandoning the team and the state-run TV network banishing them from the airwaves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manNBA commissioner Adam Silver, currently in Shanghai for a separate set of preseason games, said the organization would continue to “support freedom of expression and certainly freedom of expression of the NBA community”.The Rockets will now head to Houston to take on the San Antonio Spurs in a home preseason game next week, while the Raptors will play a home preseason game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Boxer Errol Spence seriously injured in Dallas Ferrari crash Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Becoming his own man Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The Houston Rockets won more than 50 games but missed the Western Conference finals last season after they were defeated by the Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors.The Raptors had a stellar season, however, becoming the first NBA champions from outside the United States by dethroning Golden State in the finals.But the Toronto side now face a tough season after NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard left for the Los Angeles Clippers.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook screams before the start of the team’s NBA preseason basketball game against the Toronto Raptors Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Saitama, near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Houston Rockets won a preseason exhibition game against the NBA champion Toronto Raptors 118-111 on Thursday, ending their Japan tour shadowed by controversy after a tweet by their general manager sparked outrage in China.Former NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook, traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder, scored 22 points after making his Rockets debut in Japan on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemicallast_img read more

Smart data: The next frontier in the IoT

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first_img Continue Reading Previous 10 key trends in wireless technologyNext Diverse technologies enable electric vehicle fast charging systems August 26, 2019 at 10:46 am “Yeah, very true information! Thanks for guiding us!” vjclinics says: Log in to Reply 1 thought on “Smart data: The next frontier in the IoT” I can hear through my computer screen the voices of hundreds of data scientists protesting that larger training sets are the answer to their pains. After all, haven’t generations of experts told us, over and over again, the more data, the better?The reality is just not that simple. Clearly, access to quality, large-enough datasets is key to making progress in machine learning. Yet, if the doctor told you were sick and urgently needed large intakes of vitamin C, wouldn’t you want to be conscientiously identifying the foods that do contain the said vitamin instead of rushing to your kitchen and eating every single food you could find in there? No doubt that consuming everything in your fridge or food pantry would eventually lead you to getting some much-needed vitamin C, but in the process you would also consume many empty calories. Unfortunately, it seems that the way we approach machine learning today requires intervention from the equivalent of nutritionists.This might seem like a silly analogy but there’s some heft here. For instance, the belief that more powerful GPU machines will eventually get us out of trouble is deeply flawed, just in the same way that believing that overeating will help us with vitamin intake. In reality, not only is a lot of the data we collect redundant or irrelevant to the models we try to train with it, it is oftentimes detrimental to those models. For example, overgrown training sets are often unbalanced and can lead to overfitting. Some extreme outliers might actually cause models to “unlearn.” Data can be mislabeled, miscollected or faulty.This calls for an important question: If data scientists are best suited to provide feedback on what data might be more useful for the model to learn, then why are they still taking virtually no part in the design of the hardware devices mean to collect data, and rarely have an opportunity to provide feedback of the data collection process itself?The answer is actually more straightforward than it might first seem: Just like nutritionists give different advice to different customers due to their unique nutritional needs, a data scientist also can only advise which data to collect for a specific use case. In short, the most informative data in the context of the training of a given model might actually be completely irrelevant to another, which makes it challenging for data to be triaged agnostically at the source.Hardware obviously can’t solve all of those issues. It can’t figure out which data rows are decreasing the model’s accuracy. It can’t figure out which ones are redundant. It can’t relabel bad data points. In other words, storing too much data can’t fix the problems that arise from storing too much data. We need to focus on creating an additional layer of intelligence capable of sorting meaningful data from the dross. We need to start paying attention to the data scientists who are building great models from smaller, curated datasets. We need to understand that yes, you can overfeed your model.The future of data isn’t in gigantic server farms that house every single data point, regardless of which are actually useful. It’s in small, smart data. It’s about thoughtful approaches based on the quality of data as well as its relevance to the use case — not sloppy approaches based largely on quantity. And it’s more accessible to those of us without endless budgets for labeling and servers. In other words, it’s both more intelligent and more democratic.That’s something we can all get behind.Jennifer Prendki is the founder and CEO of Alectio. The company is the direct product of her beliefs that good models can only be built with good data, and that the brute force approach that consists in blindly using ever larger training sets is the reason why the barrier to entry into AI is so high. Prior to starting Alectio, Jennifer was the VP of Machine Learning at Figure Eight, the pioneer in data labeling, Chief Data Scientist at Atlassian and Senior Manager of Data Science in the Search team at Walmart Labs. She holds a PhD in particle physics from Sorbonne University. Her favorite slogans are: “not all data is created equal”, “data is the new plastic” and “Smart Data > Big Data”. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, IoT It’s never been easier to collect data than it is today. A few clicks and you’re up and running, armed with all the best data technologies the cloud has to offer, ready to hoard all the data you possibly can. It can be hard to believe that just a decade ago, things were dramatically different. Collecting data at scale was, in fact, only an option for the largest corporations, organizations that could afford both the expensive servers that were the only viable option to store all of the data and the select few engineers who were capable of making the best out of it, back in the days when data science was just a budding field.Nowadays, luckily, generating data is not just a corporate sport anymore. In fact, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), we have now all become, for better or for worse, little Big-Data factories. By 2020, a single human will be responsible for the generation of 1.7 MB of data per second. Even now, just a single autonomous vehicle generates 11TB of data per day. And this trend shows no signs of abating. On the contrary: it’s just going to grow.This is obviously excellent news for all the data aficionados out there. It wasn’t long ago when collecting high-quality datasets was an onerous and painstaking task. Still, we always want more. If it ever seems like your brand-new Deep Learning model is “only” reaching a 92% accuracy, the easiest and readiest excuse is blaming the data. “My dataset isn’t large enough”, we tell our bosses nonchalantly. “But if we wait a few more weeks, this model will be the best you have ever seen!”This seems to pose an important question: How much data is actually enough? But it actually poses an even more important one: How much data is too much ?Interestingly, we don’t hear this question frequently in machine learning circles, even if we really should. While Big Data is a huge opportunity, it is also a gigantic, 40 zettabyte liability. If data is indeed the new oil, we need to push the analogy to its limits: Data is an extremely lucrative resource, but also just like oil, it needs to be refined. The failure to restrain ourselves from uncontrolled usage is putting us at risk. In short, the way we use and consider data today is deeply unsustainable and this fact that is still barely reaching collective consciousness.Maybe, just maybe, this is the wrong conversation to have. Maybe Big Data isn’t really the answer to AI after all.Let’s step back for a moment and think about what it is that we are really collecting. Back in the early days of digitalization, data collection was indeed more costly, so we picked our spots. We were more responsible and a bit more conscientious. As generating and gathering data became easier and easier, less attention was paid to quality, while quantity became a natural by-product of new technologies such as cloud storage, cloud compute, GPU machines, large-scale data management and transfer systems. Quickly, data became a commodity, but with the continued escalation of data and data storage, no one asked the simple question: Why are we collecting this? Does it even make sense?With the commoditization of model building, data moats certainly might seem the obvious answer to differentiation in AI, but did we all miss the big picture? Data ages. It gets stale. And ultimately, even if we have been lured into believing that data and information are two deeply different things, all data is not created equal. A teenager taking 20 selfies of herself before posting to Instagram is certainly different than a searchable catalog of medical literature, after all.None of this seems like a problem as long as we cling to the belief that progress in hardware will keep us safe from the data apocalypse. Data storage is getting cheaper and cheaper by the day, and that compute power is increasingly accessible. That stays true only if the generation of data is offset by engineers’ ability to keep up with Moore’s Law. Even if they can do that indefinitely, consider this: If not all data is equally informational, then what’s the point in processing subpar or redundant data? Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

George North on the charge as Northampton go top of the table

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first_imgThe transformation, if never complete, is now very definitely under way. Northampton may have conceded seven tries and 40 points in the first 40 minutes of this campaign, but they now, somehow, sit at the top of the table, separated from Newcastle by four points worth of differential. It’s a wonderful advert for the purging benefits of a good hiding.That achievement, though, may yet be overshadowed by an allegation of gouging against Kyle Sinckler, Quins’ England and Lions prop. The incident occurred 10 minutes into the second half, when an enraged Michael Paterson claimed he had been victim of one of rugby’s cardinal sins. The ref put it up on the big screen, where Sinckler could be seen ripping off Paterson’s scrum cap, then briefly returning his hand to the environs of Paterson’s face. The footage was inconclusive, but Sinckler was penalised for the original decapping.Paterson told the referee on the field that “100 per cent” there had been “contact with the eye”, but Northampton would not comment further on the incident afterwards. John Kingston, Harlequins’ director of rugby, on the other hand, came out in defence of Sinckler, saying he “unequivocally” did not gouge Paterson.Instead, Kingston muttered darkly about the treatment meted out to Dave Ward, his hooker and captain, who played most of the match with a swollen eye he fought to keep open. “I know how it happened, because he’s told me, and I believe him. He’s not happy about it.” This is unlikely to be the end of the matter, the referee giving notice to the players on the field that the citing procedure will deal with anything they see fit to. Chris Catling, the citing officer, has 48 hours to decide.It was symbolic of a second half that deteriorated into the fractious after an opening period of more fluency. Northampton already had the bonus point when the flare-up occurred, then a 12-point lead when Harry Mallinder knocked over the subsequent penalty. It was no less than they deserved. There is definitely an improvement in simple zest among their ranks, as they leave that horrible opening 40 of the season further behind. Share on Facebook Rugby union Northampton Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Topics Premiership Share on Twitter But there remains a certain imprecision. They will wonder how they turned round a mere five points ahead after a first half of almost total dominance. Harlequins barely entered their half in the opening 30 minutes, other than for kick-offs and one breakaway score by Aaron Morris from out of his own 22, set up by a stray Luther Burrell pass.It was a waspish reply to George North’s early score, but the second quarter saw Northampton build a new lead with two tries of the highest calibre. Tom Collins further consolidated his reputation as a waxing star, hitting Mallinder’s inside pass to knife through the first line of defence and leave Marland Yarde and Morris floundering in his wake. Then came the best of the lot, just before the break. Ahsee Tuala was involved twice in a blur of sweet handling, which culminated in Courtney Lawes sending Mikey Haywood to the sticks for the sort of high note Saints have been struggling to hit of late.All the more infuriating for them, then, to see Quins stay in the match with a punch from the ropes, when Jamie Roberts galloped over on the cusp of half-time. No matter, Northampton responded with their fourth try a couple of minutes into the second half, Tuala quickest to Nic Groom’s chip before beating Smith and Yarde to the corner.Saints seemed the more thrown by the gouging allegation, or Quins somehow the more inspired by it. Ward battered his way over in the final quarter to pull the visitors back to within five. For a side stripped of 20 players, several of them key internationals, Harlequins’ tenacity was admirable.They were denied a bonus point, though, by a late penalty from Stephen Myler, on for his first appearance of the season. With a further phalanx of talents on the brink of a return, there’s a new momentum at Franklin’s Gardens, an idea that would have seemed utterly absurd at the start of the very same month. How the wheel turns.Northampton Tuala (Foden 68); North, Horne (Myler 66), Burrell, Collins; Mallinder, Groom (Reinach 61); Waller (Van Wyk 68), Haywood, Brookes (Ford-Robinson 68), Paterson (Ratuniyarawa 68), Ribbans, Lawes (capt), Gibson, Harrison (Dickinson 56) Tries North, Collins, Haywood, Tuala Cons Mallinder 2 Pens MallinderHarlequins Morris (Swiel 66); Yarde, Marchant, Roberts, Visser (Alofa 60); Smith, Care (Lewis 60); Lambert, Ward (capt), Sinckler (Swainston 60), Merrick, Matthews (Lamb 71), Glynn (White 56), Clifford, Luamanu Tries Morris, Roberts, Ward Cons Smith 2 Pen SmithReferee Luke Pearce Attendance 12,806Game rating 7/10 Support The Guardiancenter_img The Observer Read more match reports Share via Email Harlequins Leicester overcome the elements to knock Exeter off top of the table Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. 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New Ultramax Joins CMES Fleet

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first_imgzoom China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) has taken delivery of Pacific Merit, its newest Ultramax bulk carrier.The delivery and naming ceremony was held at Chengxi Shipyard in Jiangyin, China, on January 4, 2018.On the same day, CMES took delivery of New Prime, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), from Dalian COSCO KHI Ship Engineering (DACKS).The 64,000 dwt Pacific Merit features a length of 199.9 meters and a width of 32.3 meters. The newbuilding, which flies the flag of Hong Kong, has a market value of USD 22.06 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The delivery of Pacific Merit follows the deliveries of its sister vessels, Pacific Wealth and Pacific Activity, in October and September 2017, respectively.Back in 2013, CMES ordered two 64,000 dwt energy-saving and environment-friendly ships at the abovementioned shipyard. Following this, the shipping company exercised options to construct additional four Ultramaxes at Chengxi shipyard.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Lancement du service InfoSanté 811 en NouvelleÉcosse

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first_imgLes Néo-Écossais peuvent maintenant composer le 811 pour obtenir des conseils et des renseignements fiables en matière de santé. Le lancement du service Info-Santé 811, le nouveau service de télésoins de la province offert 24 heures par jours, sept jours par semaine, a eu lieu aujourd’hui 29 juillet. « Pour assurer la durabilité du système de soins de santé, il faut inclure l’utilisation des technologies de l’information et des communications afin de rendre les services de soins de santé plus accessibles pour tous les Néo-Écossais, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé. Le service Info-Santé offre aux Néo-Écossais des conseils sur la santé au moment et à l’endroit où ils en ont besoin. » Lorsqu’une personne compose le 811 à partir de n’importe quel téléphone en Nouvelle-Écosse, elle pourra discuter avec une infirmière autorisée qui lui demandera de décrire les symptômes qu’elle ou un membre de sa famille présente. L’infirmière évaluera l’urgence des symptômes ou de l’état de santé de la personne et l’avisera sur les prochaines étapes à suivre, par exemple les autosoins appropriés, la consultation d’un médecin de famille ou autre fournisseur de soins de santé ou la visite à un service d’urgence. L’infirmière peut également fournir des renseignements sur la santé ou diriger la personne vers une bibliothèque automatisée de renseignements enregistrés sur la santé, disponible en ligne à l’adresse Tous les appels sont confidentiels et gratuits, et il n’est pas nécessaire d’avoir une carte santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Ce type de ligne d’information sur la santé est largement utilisé dans d’autres provinces et a eu un impact positif. « Les infirmières néo-écossaises que nous avons embauchées possèdent de nombreuses années d’expérience clinique dans différents environnements de soins de santé, a dit Lois Scott, vice-présidente des solutions cliniques chez McKesson Canada. De plus, elles viennent de terminer un programme d’orientation de quatre semaines en matière de télésoins, incluant l’utilisation d’un logiciel de soutien aux décisions cliniques, qui aide les infirmières à évaluer l’urgence du besoin du patient en ce qui a trait à l’accès aux soins de santé, ainsi qu’à déterminer le niveau et le moment de l’intervention. » Le service Info-Santé 811 sera offert en plusieurs langues grâce à des infirmières francophones et à un tiers fournisseur de services de traduction sur demande. Le service englobe une combinaison d’infirmières à temps plein et à temps partiel, des associés aux télésoins ainsi que divers postes de soutien clinique, de soutien à la qualité et de soutien administratif. Ce centre d’appels, qui réunit le personnel de soutien et plusieurs infirmières, est situé à Dartmouth. Les autres infirmières travaillent à domicile.last_img read more

Province Accepts Recommendations and Implements Action Plan Related to Privacy Breach

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first_img The Department of Internal Services has accepted all recommendations outlined in reports issued today, Jan. 15, by the auditor general and the privacy review officer. These reports follow investigations into the privacy breach of the Freedom of Information portal in April 2018. “From day one, our top concern has been containing the information, learning from this incident and applying those learnings to all our processes,” said Minister of Internal Services Patricia Arab. “I appreciate the work that went into these reports. All of the information and recommendations provided will help strengthen our work going forward and better protect the information of Nova Scotians.” An action plan has been developed by the department to implement the recommendations, all of which are already in progress. To view the action plan, visit The department is also completing a post incident report into the matter. The action plan will be updated to reflect actions coming from this report. -30- NOTE TO EDITORS: Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab and Deputy Minister Jeff Conrad will be available to speak with media at about 2 p.m. or, if later, immediately following the Auditor General and Privacy Review Officer’s news conference today, Jan. 15, in the Media Room, 1700 Granville St., Halifax.last_img read more

TN 3 suspected ISIS supporters held

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first_imgCoimbatore: Three suspected ISIS supporters were detained here Thursday by police for interrogation over alleged conspiracy to carry out attacks in the city, a day after the NIA arrested the terror outfit’s Tamil Nadu module mastermind following searches. Police said they carried out searches at the houses of Mohamed Hussain, Shahjahan and Sheik Safiullah and seized “incriminating” documents and digital devices. “The three persons are being interrogated regarding the “incriminating materials seized during the search,” a police release here said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission: ShahThe seized devices included cellphones, SIM cards, computer hard disks, bank account documents, pen drives, memory cards. It said the searches against the three were carried out following information that they were “staunch supporters” of ISIS and have been propagating the terrorist organisation’s ideology in social media. They were also supporters of Zahran Hashim, mastermind of Sri Lanka Easter Sunday suicide bombings, and had praised his act besides conspiring to stage terror attacks here, the release said. Also Read – In last 5 yrs, never conspired to pull down govt: UddhavA case under section 18, 38 and 39 of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967 had been registered against the three, it added. The police action came after the National Investigation Agency Wednesday carried out raids at seven locations here and arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged mastermind of ISIS Tamil Nadu module who was a Facebook friend of Hashim. A report from Kochi said Azarudeen was produced before the NIA court there and it remanded him to judicial custody Thursday. During the searches in Coimbatore, the NIA had seized digital devices, including 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, a large number of incriminating documents and a few pamphlets of Popular Front of India and Social Democratic of India, both under the scanner of security agencies. The agency had received the information that the accused persons and their associates were allegedly propagating the ideology of proscribed terrorist organisation ISIS on social media with the intention of recruiting vulnerable youth into the group for carrying out terrorist attacks in south India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the NIA said. The intention of the those detained by NIA was to recruit vulnerable youth into the ISIS or Daish for carrying out terrorist attacks in south India, especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it had said in a release last night.last_img read more

Workload wage freeze making it hard to retain Alberta prosecutors

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first_imgAlberta’s crown prosecutors say an increased workload and a wage freeze is causing some members to bolt for greener pastures. Damian Rogers with the Alberta Crown Attorney’s Association believes the government putting money aside to hire 10 more prosecutors for regional offices is a good move. But he said 20 have left those offices in the past year and the government needs to rethink how it’s doing things.“Review staffing to make a determination as to what the appropriate size of our prosecution service is and also to review the decision on this four and a half year salary freeze because it’s made it very difficult for us to retain and attract prosecutors,” said Rogers. Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said her government is monitoring the problem and she shares the prosecutors concerns.“Because those offices are very small, we have challenges with file caseloads so we’ve put in a few more people so we can help with those file caseloads but of course the concern is someone leaves and they get a little higher,” said Ganley. “We’re going to continue monitoring and working with them in the hopes of being able to solve that problem.”The association believes the heavy work and stress are a result of the Supreme Court’s Jordan decision, which means an accused can have their charges dropped if too much time passes before going to trial.last_img read more

Mahinda signs nomination papers for polls

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Several other UPFA members also signed their nomination papers today. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed the nomination papers this morning to contest the Parliament election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), former opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said.Rajapaksa will be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections from the Kurunegala District.

Only reformed UN can confront combined threats of terror and poverty –

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From terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) to hunger, disease and conflicts that reap a deadly toll of tsunami proportions every few months, the world is facing a confluence of threats that only a United Nations reformed for the 21st century can resolve, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a landmark speech today.“I said two years ago that this might be the most decisive moment for the international system since the UN was founded in 1945,” Mr. Annan told a high-level London seminar on UN reform hosted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. “We are living through a time of danger, but also of great opportunity. “The question is, will governments muster the will to seize that opportunity, and decide on a package of reforms offering protection against threats of both kinds – from terrorism and WMD to poverty, hunger and disease. By tackling them all at once we can make sure that no one – North or South, rich or poor – will feel left out, and that everyone will feel an interest in implementing the whole package,” he declared in the historic 400-year-old Banqueting House in Whitehall. Mr. Annan outlined the litany of threats endangering humanity and stressed the importance of the findings of two reports he commissioned on the shared responsibility of achieving a more secure world, and on attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of slashing major global scourges, such as extreme poverty, hunger and lack of health care and education in half by 2015. “The threats we face are threats to all of us. And they are linked to each other,” he said. “We will not defeat terrorism unless we also tackle the causes of conflict and misgovernment in developing countries. And we will not defeat poverty so long as trade and investment in any major part of the world are inhibited by fear of violence or instability.” Outlining the horrors of terrorism and WMDs, he added: “Many experts tell us the question is not whether, but how soon, the two will be combined – and we see, for example, a “dirty bomb” detonated in central London, or some other major capital. The loss of life would be shocking, but as nothing to the social and economic effects.” Disruption would be felt around the world with millions in Asia, Africa and Latin America losing their livelihoods because of the impact on the global economy in parts of the world already confronting many other, more immediate threats such as hunger, disease, ecological degradation, corrupt and oppressive government and civil and ethnic conflicts. “In some parts of Africa a combination of disease, starvation and deadly conflict is causing a disaster of tsunami proportions every few months,” he said referring to the December disaster which killed over 200,000 people, injured over half a million more and left up to 5 million others in need of basic services in a dozen Indian Ocean nations. “In this age of global interdependence, you in London can no more afford to ignore such suffering than people in other parts of the world could ignore it if Whitehall and the City had to be evacuated because of a terrorist attack.” Stressing again the interconnectedness of the threats, he noted successes, too, ranging from the response two years ago the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from China to Canada to recent successful elections in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Palestinian territories, as well as pledges for the free mass distribution of anti-malaria bed nets that could save the lives of up to a million African children each year. Mr. Annan expressed confidence that September’s 60th anniversary summit at UN Headquarters in New York offers a unique opportunity to bring all these issues together, noting that next month he will issue his own report for improving the world body. “You see, the world does need a forum for collective decision-making and it needs an instrument of collective action. Our founders intended the United Nations to be both those things. Our task is to adapt and update it so that it can perform those functions in the 21st century,” he declared. “The time is ripe to bring economic and military security back into a common framework, as our founders did at San Francisco 60 years ago. They expressed their determination not only to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’ but also ‘to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.’ “Until now, that aspiration has been at best only partly realized. Let’s resolve, this time, to do better,” he concluded. read more

Suspect subdued by bar patrons after alleged gun threat

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 18, 2018 August 18, 2018 FALLBROOK (KUSI) – A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy said.The man fired off at least one round into the air around 2 a.m. at the Red-Eye Saloon at 1448 S. Mission Road before other patrons “mobbed” him, sheriff’s Sgt. Ken Lawrence said. He fired the gun before demanding the other patrons’ wallets and phones, Lawrence said, but he was unable to take on all of the bar’s occupants.Sheriff’s deputies arrived to find the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Fidel Moreno, already subdued, Lawrence said, adding that a pistol with a loaded magazine and a spent shell casing were found on the ground nearby.Moreno was arrested and taken to the Vista Detention Facility on suspicion of robbery and weapons charges. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Suspect subdued by bar patrons after alleged gun threatlast_img read more

Anderson Suspends Normal Business Activity

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first_imgUPDATE: Anderson Files Antitrust LawsuitMega magazine wholesaler Anderson News has suspended “normal business activity,” the company announced Saturday. The decision comes roughly three weeks after the Knoxville, Tennessee-based Anderson, along with fellow wholesaler Source Interlink, threatened publishers with separate 7-cents-per-copy price hikes. Publishers largely balked at the 7-cents-per-copy surcharge and refused to pay, upset at the wholesalers’ sudden and “unilateral” decision to boost costs. CEO Charlie Anderson said the surcharge, along with shifting $70 million of scan-based trading inventory cost to publishers, was the only way out of a money-losing magazine distribution business. In his original conference call announcing the new cost structure, he strongly implied that Anderson would exit the business if publishers didn’t get on board.In a statement announcing the suspension, the company said it will “continue to hold discussions with publishers and retailers, trying to develop a viable model that allows it to remain in business.” Anderson said the situation is “a mess for us all.”“I have been told by our two largest publishers that any interruption of service should last only a few days,” he said. “I am not quite sure if they really understand the situation.”Only a ‘Skeleton Crew’ Will RemainAnderson staffers were notified of the decision during a recorded conference call Saturday. “We aren’t reporting to work Monday since we aren’t delivering magazines,” one affected employee, who wished to remain anonymous, told FOLIO:. The employee said the news affects Anderson employees at Anderson News, Prologix East, Anderson Services and Twin Rivers Technology. In the meantime, a “skeleton crew” will remain in place.It was not immediately clear how many employees will be affected or how long the shut down might last. CEO Anderson did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment. Anderson distributes books and magazines to approximately 40,000 retailers in the U.S. Combined, Anderson and Source account for about 50 percent of the magazine market.last_img read more

Only active TRS workers will be on committees MLA Dasari

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first_imgPeddapalli: MLA Dasari Manohar Reddy has made it clear to the TRS workers that only those who actively participate in the party activities and expand the party’s base in the district will get position and post in the orgnisation. Addressing a press conference at his camp office on Saturday, he said, “to get any position or post in TRS and on the committees which are going to be formed very soon, one should be active member of the party.” Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us MLA Dasari said that the TRS party has received enormous response during the recent membership drive. Large number of people showed interest in joining the party. Still there are some people who want to join the party voluntarily and will be welcomed into the party fold. Only those people who take active membership will be taken into consideration for committees either at village level or at mandal or district levels which would be formed very soon in the district, he informed. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us The members must strive hard for strengthening the party from grass-root levels and then strive to get any recognised post or position in the party. The committees will be formed transparently through the election process. Those who want to work sincerely for the party must take active membership, he suggested. Those who take either general or active membership in the party will get an accidental insurance of Rs 2 lakh, he added. The Farmers Coordinating Committee District Co-convenor Kota Ram Reddy, ZPTC Bandaru Ram Murthy, TRS leaders Marku Laxman, B Srinivas Goud, Uppu Raj Kumar and Burra Veera Swamu were present.last_img read more

After Vishal Sikkas exit heres what interim CEO UB Pravin Rao told

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first_imgInfosys CEO Vishal Sikka and COO Pravin Rao during a press conference to announce the company’s 2nd quarter financial results in Bengaluru on Oct 14, 2016 (representational image). The Bengaluru-based company is India’s second-largest IT software services exporter, after Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).IANSAfter Vishal Sikka resigned from his post of chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys last Friday, August 18, U B Pravin Rao was appointed as the interim CEO of the IT giant. Sikka said that he was resigning as he was tired of “defending against unrelenting, baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.”Also read: Will Vishal Sikka’s exit derail Infosys’ plans of hiring in US?Later, the board of Infosys also spoke in favour of Sikka and said that he had resigned due to “Mr. Murthy’s continuous assault.”Between all the blame game, Pravin Rao sent an email to the employees of the Bengaluru-based firm and said that while Sikka had moved on, the show at Infosys must go on.He explained that Infosys will “continue to execute on the strategy we have laid out for ourselves.”Even though Sikka has often been blamed for many resignations at the firm and former CFO TV Mohandas Pai even accused him of blaming co-founder Narayana Murthy of interference to hide his own “bad performance,” Sikka is known to be quite popular within the organisation.Rao too said that the firm will miss Sikka, and “wish[es] him only the very best for the future.”Here’s the full text of his email to the staff of Infosys:Dear Infoscian,On Friday we all heard from Vishal about his decision to move on from Infosys. While we respect his decision, we will miss him and wish him only the very best for the future. He will stay on board as Executive Vice Chairman, till March 2018, to help me make a smooth transition. Despite these changes, Infosys will stay on course.We will continue to execute on the strategy that we have laid out for ourselves. We have already seen how our new services are gaining traction. And how our embrace of automation is helping us become more productive in the work that we do, and how it is creating more and more opportunity for us to focus our energies toward innovation- both for ourselves and our clients.In fact, you have achieved so much over the past several quarters. Strengthened by movements like Zero Distance, you have begun an exciting journey of innovation relying on your creative confidence. You must continue the incredible work. We must all continue the work we do to create the value out clients are counting on us to deliver. It is the huge responsibility we carry. That’s why there can be no disruptions to the work we set out to do every day. As has always been, the foundation for this will continue to be our culture, our values—especially our ability to learn, and do more—much more to create real value – than simply execute the jobs we are handed.This won’t always be easy in the days ahead. Not with the intense attention on us. This can be unsettling. But only if we let it. And that we must not. If you think about it, this is not the first time Infosys has been up against a tough challenge. Rough economic conditions, near-impossible projects, leadership exits, public debates about our future, we have seen it all. And there hasn’t been a single occasion- not even a single one- from which we did not emerge stronger, wiser and most importantly still together as one team Infosys.We can do it again and we will. Helping each other, when it is needed, to stay focused on what matters- our commitments, our clients, our vision of who we really are.Having learned so much, having done so much, having come so far, we can clearly see the road ahead lies long and winding but leads to greatness. I want for us to stay the course. I know you want it too, for yourself and for your Infosys. That’s why I know I can rely on your continued support. And you can in turn, rely on your leadership, and on my personal support.I will share as much as I can in the days to follow. Days we’ll soon look back to as a time when all of Infosys came together in unwavering faith, resolute perseverance, and unflinching focus.In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to write in to me and post questions of thoughts you may have. Let’s stay in touch.last_img read more

Simple pleasures

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first_imgI fell in to sculpture,’ says Christine Margotin when we ask her about her stint with the art. Leaving behind the corporate world, Margotin started sculpting professionally from 2009. She quit her job, moved to India and then began her love affair with the beauty she saw all around her and that translated in to her art pieces.‘Once I came to India I had more time to meet people, more time to do what I loved,’ says Margotin explaining that earlier sculpting was just a hobby for her but with her time in India, she transformed it into a career. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Beauty Makes Us Happy is Margotin’s first solo exhibition that features 20 of her works in the national capital. Her works are figurative and she finds inspiration in everyday life.Her endeavour is to share these everyday moments without the need for articulation. She has selected moments and scenes drawn from daily life and endowed this ordinary ‘everydayness’.The works exhibited describe her journey from France to India – A journey resulted in amalgamation of the French and Indian culture in the form of this exhibition. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘I saw beauty all around me and I wanted to bring those emotions out through what I create,’ says Margotin.So what has she planned next? ‘Nothing yet,’ says the artiste. But she points out that she has more moments captured in her mind that will soon transform into another body of work. ‘I store the moments in my head and work on them later,’ she adds.Clearly this lady is just allowing some more great art to gestate in her head and we can’t wait to see what she will create next!When: On till 21 NovemberWhere: Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Françaiselast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Hawaiian Airlines assem

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHawaiian Airlines assembled a full house of trade partners from across the industry on Tuesday night (20 November 2018) for a Thanksgiving celebration in Sydney.Some 170 partners from all sides of the travel sphere – ranging from retail groups to wholesalers, from OTAs to MICE specialists, tour operators to aviation allies – along with a contingent of media congregated at The Hacienda Bar, Pullman Quay Grand, for an evening of networking and celebrating the American holiday while overlooking Circular Quay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.Karen Macmillan, Hawaiian Airlines Director of Sales for Australia and Partnerships Manager, ANZ addresses the audience.Karen Macmillan, Hawaiian Airlines Director of Sales for Australia and Partnerships Manager Australia and New Zealand gave a mahalo nui loa (sincere thanks) for the generous support the airline has received from the trade during 2018. Macmillan acknowledged the hardworking local Hawaiian team, and noted the airline this month proudly entered its 90th year of continuous service, a milestone “never reached” by some of the world’s most iconic carriers, she said.She also said the local team was excited for the appointment of Andrew Stanbury, who will join Hawaiian Airlines in January as its new Regional Director, Australia and New Zealand.Below are some of the happy guests at the Thanksgiving celebration.Kuber Narula, Flight Centre; Max Kingston; Jenny Edmunds, Hawaiian Airlines; Matt Quinn and Chris Neill, Flight Centre.Lauren Whicken, Brand USA; Michael Zhang, Webjet; Jess Luxton, Anne Lee and Mala Luke from GTI.Belinda Murphy and Mike Thompson, Helloworld Travel; Kate Cameron, Travel Partners; Jayson Westbury, Chief Executive, AFTA; and Kaylene Shuttlewood, Regional Managing Director Travel Counsellors.Heather Jeffery, Hawaiian Airlines PR Team; Vanessa Richards, Excite Holidays; Kylee Kay, Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services.Maria Alaveras, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Rod Carrington, Ignite and Andrew Gee, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.Lead image:  Andrew Best, Hawaiian Airlines’ National Account Manager; Kate Cameron, Travel Partners; Jayson Westbury, AFTA; Karen Macmillan, Hawaiian Airlines’ Director of Sales for Australia and Partnerships Manager ANZ; Kaylene Shuttlewood, Travel Counsellors and Bart Druitt , Hawaiian Airlines’ Partnerships and Promotions Specialist. Also present, hidden behind the Hawaiian Airlines banner,  Mike Thompson, Helloworld Travel.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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