Sri Lanka to import rice from neighbouring countries

The cabinet has also taken note that the Government of Indonesia will donate 10,000 MT of rice to Sri Lanka on a request made by President Maithripala Sirisena and it will arrive in Sri Lanka soon.It also paid attention to the need of importing rice from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and Vietnam unless the price of rice is reduced. (Colombo Gazette) It further considered that though Lanka Sathosa has already processed the paddy and a kilogram of rice is being traded through Sathosa outlets at Rs. 76/-, private mill owners have still not issued them to the market. Sri Lanka is to look at importing rice from neighbouring countries, the Government information department said today.The cabinet has noted that the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs has taken steps to issue 90,958 MT of paddy of the Paddy Marketing Board in district level to private paddy mill owners and Lanka Sathosa to be processed into rice. The cabinet has decided to appoint a cabinet subcommittee to issue the rest of the stocks in a suitable method and to take action against mill owners who have failed to issue rice stocks to the market. read more

Ukraine Sri Lanka exchange documents on transfer of criminals

The Ambassador for Ukraine to Sri Lanka, resident in New Delhi, Igor Polika, and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam exchanged Instruments of Ratification of the ‘Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters’ and the ‘Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Persons’ this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo.These two treaties that will strengthen legal and judicial cooperation in criminal matters and transfer of sentenced persons between Ukraine and Sri Lanka were signed in June 2016, during the official visit to Ukraine by former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera. The two countries are also currently in the process of negotiating several agreements in the areas of promotion and protection of investments, merchant shipping, culture, education and sports with a view to further strengthening and expanding bilateral cooperation. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN independent expert concerned over reports of intimidation of judges in Sri

“I urge the Sri Lanka Government to take immediate and adequate measures to ensure the physical and mental integrity of members of the judiciary and to allow them to perform their professional duties without any restrictions, improper influences, pressures, threats or interferences, in line with the country’s international human rights obligations,” the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, said in a news release. According to reports she has received, most cases of attacks and interference against the judiciary in Sri Lanka are not genuinely investigated, and perpetrators are not held to account. “The irremovability of judges is one of the main pillars guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary and only in exceptional circumstances may this principle be transgressed,” Ms. Knaul said, while also expressing her uneasiness with the procedure of impeachment of the Chief Justice of the country’s Supreme Court, Dr. Bandaranayake, launched before the Parliament on 1 November. “Judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence, after a procedure that complies with due process and fair trial guarantees and that also provides for an independent review of the decision,” she said. “The misuse of disciplinary proceedings as a reprisals mechanism against independent judges is unacceptable.” According to media reports, on Wednesday Sri Lanka’s Parliament appointed 11 lawmakers to investigate an impeachment motion accusing Chief Justice Bandaranayake of misusing power and having unexplained wealth. She denies wrongdoing, and opposition parties and independent analysts reportedly say the impeachment attempt is aimed at stifling judiciary independence and concentrating power with Sri Lanka’s President. In the Special Rapporteur’s view, according to the news release from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the procedure for the removal of judges of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court, set out in article 107 of the country’s constitution, allows the Parliament to exercise considerable control over the judiciary – and is therefore incompatible with both the principle of separation of power and article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. “I urge the authorities to reconsider the impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and ensure that any disciplinary procedure that she might have to undergo is in full compliance with the fundamental principles of due process and fair trial,” the Special Rapporteur added. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Ms. Knaul, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Libya Amid threat of renewed conflict UN envoy urges restraint

“I urge all parties to act with restraint and to resolve issues through peaceful dialogue,” said Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and the head of the UN Support Mission in the country (UNSMIL).According to UNSMIL, Mr. Kobler also emphasised the need for urgent renewed efforts to find solutions to political issues that will allow for the full implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement.Signed in December 2015, the Agreement contains four main principles: ensuring the democratic rights of the Libyan people, the need for a consensual government based on the principle of the separation of powers, oversight and balance between them, as well as the need to empower State institutions like the Government of National Accord so that they can address the serious challenges ahead, respect for the Libyan judiciary and its independence.However, its slow implementation has been noted as an issue of concern.In mid-December 2016, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned that “the road to peace is long” and the Libyan people have not yet achieved the stability and security they deserve. At the time, Mr. Ban also urged the parties that are not currently engaged in the process to join efforts to find a consensual solution to the ongoing crisis. read more

Volunteers set up mobile library for refugees in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While refugees in Greece’s refugee camps are provided with food, shelter, clothing and medical attention, one thing often missing is a sense of purpose. Having witnessed this firsthand, four volunteers including Laura Samira Naude and Esther ten Zijthoff set out to fill the void with the launch of Education Community Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) – a library on wheels.They shared their ambition with friends in England and Belgium, who assisted with fundraising and sourcing an old minibus, which they fitted out with shelves and computer points for internet access. They drove the minibus to Greece, where Naude and Zijthoff put a call out for books in Greek, English, Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi and French and managed to fill the shelves.Since launching in November, the response to the mobile library has been overwhelming. With 1,300 books, both on shelves and in storage, they welcome 115 readers of all ages each week.“We have also lost many books along the way, as they inevitably go missing, and sometimes, especially with language-learning books, we let people keep them and then make copies to keep up with the demand,” Zijthoff told The Guardian.“In the freezing winter we’ve had in Thessaloniki, the van was sometimes warmer than the tents, and people would come inside just to get warm.”The library on wheels has become a familiar safe space, giving refugees the chance to read in a peaceful environment and to learn English through informal classes. Run by Zijthoff and Naude full-time for no salary, along with the assistance of volunteers, they have had some challenges along the way, sometimes not being granted access to camps or being shut down without warning. But with ongoing positive feedback from users of the library, the pair remain positive about their initiative, and hope that it will spread to other countries with people in need. “When we started the project, we had a vision of duplicating the library setup in multiple regions in Greece,” Zijthoff said. “We are looking for people to hand over the project to, and many volunteers and organisations, not only in Greece but Serbia, Italy, Palestine and Lebanon, say the set-up could work very well. So, even if we are not the ones starting them, we hope that the concept will spread.”last_img read more

Alves reacts to losing Messi assist record

first_imgDani Alves is not happy about no longer being the player who provided Lionel Messi with the most assists in La LigaThe Brazilian’s record tally of 26 assists for the Barcelona star was overtaken by Luis Suarez in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Valencia.After Ezequiel Garay had put Valencia in the lead, Suarez traded passes with Messi before the Argentine then scored a 32-minute equaliser for Barcelona from 20 yards.Until then, nobody had provided Messi with more goals at Barcelona than Alves.Reacting to the news on Twitter, Alves seemed to take it in good humour by saying: “Nooooooo!!!” and including two tears of joy emojis.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Alves ended an eight-year spell with Barcelona in 2016 to sign for Juventus and now plays his club football at Paris Saint-Germain.Nooooooo!!! 😂 😂— Daniel Alves (@DaniAlvesD2) October 9, 2018last_img read more

ASA President Calls for Improved Access to EU Market for Biotech Crops

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) President Mark Berg testified before the House International Relations Committee last week to present soybean producers’ views on trade issues with the European Union (EU) concerning agricultural products derived from biotechnology. Berg, a Tripp, South Dakota soybean grower, pointed to the rapid acceptance of biotech crops by U.S. farmers as an important factor for addressing EU delays in approving imports of these new varieties.”After many years of seeing the technology advance, and now with the commercialization developing rapidly, American farmers are very eager to take advantage of the benefits plant biotechnology offers,” said Berg.Berg reported that 30 percent of U.S. soybean acreage, 25 percent of corn acreage and 40 percent of cotton acreage—a total of 44 million acres—would be planted with genetically modified varieties in 1998. “This rapid expansion is possible not only because of the developments in technology, but also the regulatory system in the United States which efficiently evaluates the safety of genetically modified crops using science-based risk assessments.”The United States has approved the marketing of three soybean varieties and fifteen corn varieties since 1996. In contrast, the EU has approved the marketing of only one soybean variety and one corn variety. EU delays in approvals are beginning to disrupt marketing of U.S. commodities to European Markets, prompting Berg to make five recommendations.”First we need the EU to adopt a much more transparent and efficient process for approving new biotech varieties,” said Berg who cited frustration with the EU changing its approval process in midstream.The second action Berg suggested is for biotech and seed companies to seek clearances for new varieties in major U.S. export markets on a timely basis, and preferably before they are commercialized in the United States. To prevent trade sanctions against all U.S. soybeans, ASA has requested that each company currently in the soybean biotech arena not launch biotech varieties into commercial markets until the varieties are approved overseas as well as in the United States. ASA has received assurances for 1998 that companies will postpone their commercial launches of unapproved varieties.Berg’s third request was for the EU and other countries to accept that there is no scientific basis for requiring segregation or labeling of biotech varieties that have been determined to be substantially equivalent to conventional varieties in terms of safety, nutrition and composition.Fourth, the Clinton Administration needs to engage the EU in an effort to reach agreement to recognize each other’s procedures for approving and commercializing biotech crops and products.Berg’s final recommendation was that rules governing biotech should be included in the next World Trade Organization negotiations. “The language in the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement in the Uruguay Round Agreement must be clarified to apply to biotech crops and products, and to supersede the rules of any other international treaty or agreement,” Berg said.last_img read more

Washington to increase execution access

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington state will allow witnesses to executions to see the entire process, including the insertion of intravenous catheters during a lethal injection, state officials told The Associated Press.The new witness protocol, currently a draft that is in its final stages of approval, includes the use of television monitors to show the inmate entering the death chamber and being strapped down, as well as the insertion of the IVs, which had both previously been shielded from public view. The new technology has already been installed, and officials say the protocol will be finalized within the next week. Through public disclosure requests, the AP had sought information about any potential changes to execution protocols. State corrections officials spoke with the AP about the new procedures this week. The change is in response to a 2012 federal appeals court ruling that said all parts of an execution must be fully open to public witnesses. That ruling was sparked by a case brought by the AP and other news organizations who challenged Idaho’s policy to shield the insertion of IV catheters from public view, in spite of a 2002 ruling from the same court that said every aspect of an execution should be open to witnesses.“We have been working on this for many, many months,” Dan Pacholke, assistant secretary of the prisons division at the state Department of Corrections, said Wednesday.Pacholke said they have been researching the technology needed to make the change and followed the process currently used by Arizona, which provides an overhead view via TV monitor of the IV insertion during an execution.last_img read more

AK What happens when a community gets running water People get healthier

first_img“I don’t need to heat water,” Xenia Black said, turning a faucet. “I just turn that on and there it is.” She laughs as clean, running water flows into a bucket. “It’s easier for me to do my chores, like doing more laundry and doing more dishes.”Black’s chore is cutting fish: fresh caught pike. She dunks the cut slabs in the water and lays them next to dozens of others glistening on the cardboard. Thin red veins streak the translucent meat. Pausing, she lays down her uluq and closes her eyes.“I can’t do as much as I used to,” Black said with a sigh. “I get tired really easily after I had pneumonia.”Black is 72 years old and has had running water for about a year, but she got sick before that. Pneumonia is more common in communities without running water. Lots of illnesses are, particularly respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal infections.“So when I do something I rest a lot,” Black explained.In Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskowkim Delta, 40 percent of the homes outside of Bethel, or 1,699 residences, do not have running water.The community of Eek, population 474, is working with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to install their new system using a combination of federal and state money. When running water and sewer is introduced to a community, infection rates drop. In one study of rural Alaskan communities, clinic visits for respiratory infections declined by 16 percent, skin infections by 20 percent and gastrointestinal infections by 38 percent.“Yeah, we use up a lot of water,” Seth Heakin said, taking off his gloves.Heakin is helping install the water system, and he’s seen the change firsthand in his five young children.“They’re not coughing as much, not getting sick as much,” Heakin shared. Before it seemed like one of them always had a cold. “It’s just the everyday hand washing and not reusing the water is the biggest thing for us.”Water quality is important, but so is water quantity.For many Eek homes, installing plumbing means building a bathroom in the house. Plumbers Nicholas Henry and Robert Sitton are pictured here on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel)Before pipes, Eek residents could get treated water from the community watering point, paying a quarter for every five gallons. Most homes also collected rain water in summer and river ice in winter.When people don’t have to haul every gallon of water they use to their house, they use more of it. Instead of everyone reusing the same basin of water to wash their hands, they can turn on a faucet. They can clean the house and wash dishes more often. They can also take showers and do laundry at home instead of going to the community washeteria.“Now that you have access to water, you can do whatever you like,” explained Stella Alexie, Eek Tribal Administrator and city council member, “mop, wash dishes right after you eat dinner.”Before plumbing, she couldn’t keep the house as clean. Because she was the first in her family to get running water, her sons, mother, and grand-kids would come over to bathe and do laundry in the months before their homes were retrofitted.“We were running our washer a lot more this winter, sometimes from morning to evening,” Alexie remembered.Rural Alaskan homes without running water tend to use about 1.5 gallons of water per person per day. The World Health Organization classifies this amount as a “very high” health concern. Meanwhile, the average American with running water uses 156 gallons of water per day. The largest use of American household water is flushing toilets.George Alexie is Eek’s Tribal Council President. He lives in the same house he grew up in, but now plumbing has changed the layout.“Right over there, where you see that couch, that used to be where the bathroom and the toilet used to be,” Alexie said, pointing to a corner near the front door.The bathroom consisted of a basin and a toilet. The toilet was a honey bucket: a five-gallon bucket with a seat and a trash bag. Having it near the door made taking it outside to dump easier. Now he has a bathroom in another part of the house. It’s complete with a sink, shower, bath, and flushing toilet. He no longer has to handle the waste and the house smells better.“So it’s a better, cleaner environment,” Alexie said, smiling.When asked if he could go back to the old system, Alexie replied, “No, I wouldn’t want to go back to taking out a lot of waste.”Growing up, Alexie’s Elders told him to conserve water and never to play with it. Now, he’s told to use as much water as he wants. He’s having no trouble getting used to that. ANTHC workers install a water and sewer system to an Eek home on February 21, 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel)What’s it like to go from hauling all your water and sewer to one day being able to turn on the faucet and flush a toilet? In Eek, a multi-year project is wrapping up bringing running water to the community for the first time.last_img read more

Indias World Cup match venues in England What conditions to expect

first_imgLord’s would be the venue of 2019 World Cup finalTwitter/Lord’s Cricket GroundWith India’s World Cup squad now finalised, the focus turns to assessing their strengths and weaknesses. England is one of the most difficult places to predict the conditions. It takes just fifteen minutes for the weather to change and batting-friendly conditions to become severely testing. It’s helpful to look at the grounds which would be hosting India’s matches and the bowlers who may be key to their success on them.Indian begins their campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Hampshire Bowl. Their last round-robin game would be on July 6 against Sri Lanka. The nine matches India will compete in, before the semi-final stage gets underway, would be hosted by six grounds: Hampshire Bowl, The Oval, Nottingham, Old Trafford, Edgbaston and Headingley.It has to be remembered that, like most grounds around the world, pitches for ODI cricket in England too, have become very flat. So, the conditions will not be as challenging as they once would have been. Still, there are some unique qualities and challenges that each ground possesses. Let’s look at the six venues that will host India’s matches and their unique characteristics.Hampshire Bowl vs South Africa, AfghanistanIt’s very hard to predict what this venue will produce. It can be anything from a spin-friendly track to one assisting pacers. The nature of the pitch would be known only on the playing day. A well-rounded attack would probably be the best option.The Oval vs Australia This is usually a dry pitch, especially towards the end of the season. But since the World Cup is being played in mid-season, the pitch won’t be that dry. Still, it may help the spinners. India may well bring in Ravindra Jadeja as a spin-bowling all-rounder for this one.Nottingham vs New Zealand In Tests, this is the happy hunting ground of James Anderson. So, as you can understand, the ball moves around here. However, a lot would depend upon the overhead conditions. Since the ICC would be in charge of pitch preparation, it’s unlikely that there would be any grass on the wicket. Any cloud cover, though, may tempt India to bring in Hardik Pandya as the fourth seamer.Old Trafford vs Pakistan, Windies Old Trafford is one of the grounds that will host India’s matches in the World CupTwitter/Keaton JenningsAt Old Trafford, the ball may move around, but not in a conventional way. Reverse swing, rather than orthodox variety, can be a potent weapon which makes Mohammed Shami a good option to have. Additionally, bounce can be another factor as the pitch is usually quite hard. Jasprit Bumrah may play a key role for India here due to his ability of bowling a good bouncer.Edgbaston vs England, BangladeshQuite simply, one of the best batting pitches in England. Indian pacers will have their task cut out on this track. Spinners can be effective but they would have to bowl well. Kuldeep Yadav may be the man for India here.Headingley vs Sri Lanka In the old days, this pitch used to test a batsman’s technique as well as his mental strength. The ball will do something for the seamers, especially if there is cloud over. Shami and Bhuvneshwar will be the dangerous bowlers for the opposition.The final would be played at Lords. Traditionally, a decent batsman-friendly wicket and one that should be even more so without any grass allowed by ICC. The timing of the match in mid-season will also prevent it from being too dry.last_img read more

Congos Ebola Outbreak Might be Declared Global Emergency

first_imgBy JAMEY KEATEN and MARIA CHENG Associated PressGENEVA (AP) — A top Red Cross official said Friday he’s “more concerned than I have ever been” about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus in Congo after a new spike in cases.Emanuele Capobianco spoke ahead of a key World Health Organization meeting taking place Friday about whether to declare the Ebola outbreak in northeastern Congo an international health emergency.In this Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 file photo, a health worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after working at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, eastern Congo. Top Red Cross official Emanuele Capobianco said Friday April 12, 2019, that he’s “more concerned than I have ever been” about the possible regional spread of the Ebola virus in Congo after a recent spike in cases. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro, File)To be designated a public health emergency of international concern, a situation must be “serious, unusual or unexpected,” threaten to infect other countries and require “immediate international action.”The Ebola outbreak in Congo announced on Aug. 1 has become the second-deadliest in history, behind the West African one from 2014-16 that killed more than 11,300 people.Congo’s health ministry on Thursday reported 1,206 confirmed and probable cases, including 764 deaths.Capobianco, head of health and care at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, cited Congolese health ministry statistics on Thursday showing 40 new cases over two days this week.He called that rate unprecedented in this outbreak.Ebola cases have spiked in recent weeks and officials are increasingly losing track of where the virus is spreading. Many new Ebola cases aren’t linked to previously identified patients, and numerous people are dying in the community rather than in health centers where they might be isolated to prevent further infection.“The numbers are increasing. And so I’m more concerned than I have ever been of a potential regional spread,” Capobianco said, while cautioning it was a “personal” assessment.He cited lack of trust about Ebola treatment in the community, which had never faced an Ebola outbreak before, and insecurity caused by rebel groups that has hurt aid efforts.Previous global emergencies have been declared for the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, the emergence of Zika virus in the Americas and the international attempt to eradicate polio. WHO was criticized for not declaring the 2014 Ebola outbreak an international emergency until nearly 1,000 people had died and the disease had spilled across borders.Emergency declarations almost always boost global attention and donor funding. In recent weeks, WHO has noted it is woefully short of the $148 million it says is needed to fight Ebola for the next six months. It had received only $74 million as of mid-March.WHO reported Thursday in a weekly Ebola bulletin that 57 health zones in Congo had reported new cases over the last three weeks.The outbreak is occurring close to the borders of Uganda and Rwanda, with South Sudan not far away.Tariq Riebl, who is based in a current Ebola hotspot, Butembo, for the International Rescue Committee, said a major obstacle to stopping the outbreak is that officials are simply unaware of how many Ebola cases there are.“We’re discovering people when it’s way too late,” he said, noting numerous cases were buried in secret and never reported to authorities. “Given the average number of cases we’re seeing now, this is not going to be over for at least another six months or more.”___Cheng reported from London.___Follow Africa news at read more

Stranger Things Star Noah Schnapp Joins Neil Gaiman VR Adaptation Wolves in

first_img Popular on Variety Noah Schnapp of “Stranger Things” fame has joined the voice cast of “Wolves in the Walls,” an animated VR series based on Neil Gaiman’s children’s book by the same title. Schnapp will be voicing the brother of Lucy, the main character of “Wolves,” in the second chapter of the series, which is scheduled to premiere in April. “We believe that Noah Schnapp brings a special quality to the brother role,” said “Wolves” director Pete Billington. “As soon as he read his first line, we were smitten. We love him in ‘Stranger Things’ and can’t wait for audiences to hear his performance in ‘Wolves in the Walls.’” Fable, the immersive entertainment company behind “Wolves in the Walls,” shared the casting news exclusively with Variety ahead of Sundance. The company is also using the film festival to announce a new focus on what it calls virtual beings — characters that are powered by artificial intelligence and can respond to and interact with their audience. CREDIT: Courtesy of Fable ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Fable plans to premiere “Whispers in the Night” this coming summer, when the company is also going to hold a virtual beings conference in San Francisco. But even with that new focus on virtual beings, Fable plans to continue to work on “Wolves in the Walls,” which the company wants to release to consumers once it has finished all 3 parts, likely in 2020.This week, Saatchi, Billington and Shamash argued that virtual beings powered by artificial intelligence can ultimately make such VR stories more meaningful, even if they may exist on multiple screens. Most consumers would not watch VR movies for longer than a couple of minutes, said Saatchi.However, smart displays and phones might provide an opportunity to interact with virtual characters far more often, and for longer periods of time — which could ultimately lead to characters inviting viewers to join them in VR again. “I don’t think it cannibalizes VR at all,” he said.And some of that artificial intelligence-based interactivity may even find its way back into “Wolves in the Walls,” suggested Shamash: “‘Wolves’ will be this living, breathing thing.” CREDIT: Courtesy of Fable “We are changing the make-up of our team radically to add machine learning folks,” said Fable co-founder and executive producer Edward Saatchi.Fable’s first foray into this new area of interactive story-telling with virtual beings is called “Whispers in the Night,” which is a kind of spin-off of “Wolves in the Walls.” In the piece, viewers get to interact with Lucy, the main character of “Wolves in the Walls,” and even have conversations with her. “‘Whispers is a natural language processing project where you can talk to a character,” said Saatchi.Much like “Wolves in the Walls,” “Whispers in the Night” is also a VR experience, but Saatchi said that the company was working on quickly bringing the character to other mediums as well, including smart displays like Facebook’s Portal and Amazon’s Echo Show.Fable wants to tie those different types of screens together by making Lucy a character that is not only able to respond to her audience, but actually remember things. “With ‘Whispers,’ we are exploring this idea of memory,” said the piece’s creative director Jessica Shamash. “She doesn’t reset and forget everything,” added Billington. And by remembering things that people tell her, Lucy is going to personalize the experience for each and every viewer.last_img read more

Australian claiming to be inventor of Bitcoin fails to provide real proo

first_imgOn Monday, May 2nd, we thought the real person behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto and the inventor of the most popular cyrptocurrency that is Bitcoin had finally come forward. But it now looks as though he didn’t, he won’t, and it was possibly all just a big ruse.Craig Wright is the man in question. He gave extensive interviews with the BBC, the Economist, and GQ Magazine explaining that he was indeed Bitcoin’s inventor. He also made it clear the publicity was unwanted and his decision to come forward was forced due to his friends and family being badgered by the media. He also apparently presented proof that he’d been the person to carry out that first Bitcoin transaction back in 2009.The proof was immediately called into question and further evidence demanded. We’ve been waiting on that evidence ever since, but today we found out it is never going to appear. Craig Wright has removed the contents of his website and replaced it with an apology, which you can read below:At no point does he say he was lying, but without real proof we cannot be certain he is Satoshi Nakamoto. His reason for effectively leaving the Internet is weakness following his life being dissected, his character attacked, and his qualifications questioned.To that I respond with “well, what exactly did you expect to happen?”Claiming to be the inventor of Bitcoin is a huge revelation. The claim is going to be scrutinized, especially if the tech community is left waiting days for real proof. It’s also fair to say that the person intelligent enough to create Bitcoin is also intelligent enough to know he/she needs to present proof without doubt immediately.Craig Wright has apologized specifically to Jon Matonis (founding director of the Bitcoin Foundation) and Gavin Andresen (chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation), stating “they were not deceived, but I know the world will never believe that now.”I take that to mean Wright still thinks he’s Satoshi Nakamoto, and the only response to his continuing claim has to be: “prove it.”H/T BBC Newslast_img read more

Dont Fly Your Drone Over These 10 National Monuments

first_img Watch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado PeakGeek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone Stay on target Want a closer look at the Statue of Liberty or Mount Rushmore? Think twice about flying a drone there.Starting Oct. 5, the government is cracking down on unmanned aerial vehicle use in the vicinity of 10 national monuments.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of the Interior (DOI) last week agreed to restrict drone flights up to 400 feet in the lateral boundaries of these sites:AdChoices广告Statue of Liberty National Monument (New York, NY)Boston National Historic Park (U.S.S. Constitution) (Boston, Mass.)Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)Folsom Dam (Folsom, Calif.)Glen Canyon Dam (Lake Powell, Ariz.)Grand Coulee Dam (Grand Coulee, Wash.)Hoover Dam (Boulder City, Nev.)Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (St. Louis, Mo.)Mount Rushmore National Memorial (Keystone, SD)Shasta Dam (Shasta Lake, Calif.)The move, according to an Administration announcement, aims to “address concerns about unauthorized drone operations” over protected areas. There are some exceptions—presumably for film crews and the likes—which must be arranged prior to launch with site management and/or the FAA.Know before you go: UAV pilots (and, really, any member of the public with an interest in drone activity) can check this interactive map before sending expensive equipment into a restricted zone. Fail to comply and you may be slapped with “civil penalties and criminal charges,” the government warned.This marks the first drone-specific airspace constraints over DOI landmarks; the FAA also regulates flight over military bases, and has banned takeoffs and landings in national parks.More monuments may be added to the list in the future. So hurry up and get some aerial shots of Muir Woods (California), Rainbow Bridge (Utah), and Devil’s Tower (Wyoming) while you still can.The memo came just one day after FBI Director Christopher Wray expressed his concern that terrorists will use drones to attack the US.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

RamSoft to Demonstrate RevenueIncreasing Products at RBMA PaRADigm 2017

first_img Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. 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Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more April 26, 2017 — RamSoft recently announced their plan to demonstrate four new products at the 2017 Radiology Business Management Assoication (RBMA) PaRADigm annual meeting, April 23-26 in Chicago. The new products — including Universal Worklist, Patient+, Availity Authorizations and Availity Patient Access — are available within RamSoft’s PowerServer RIS/PACS (radiology information system/picture archiving and communication system), PACS and Tele Plus. They are designed to streamline workflow to improve patient care, maximize productivity, strengthen relationships with referrers and increase revenue.When reviewing studies from multiple sites, RamSoft’s Universal Worklist simplifies workflow by consolidating study information to a single worklist, eliminating the need to switch between different PACS and RIS systems. This streamlines radiology workflow and in-turn saves valuable time and money, while keeping physicians content with quick turnaround times.Patient+ is a robust set of solutions designed to increase patient referrals. It includes Direct Messaging, which facilitates secure communication between referrers and the radiologist; RapidResults, a zero-footprint, clinical image and report viewing app that conveniently enables physicians to view images and reports from any browser-capable device with just one-click from virtually any electronic medical record (EMR); and Microsoft HealthVault, which simplifies report management by sending reports to patients’ Microsoft HealthVault accounts.Availity Authorizations automates the prior authorization process, dramatically reducing it from days to minutes. It automatically checks eligibility and benefits, and submits authorizations in real-time to reduce costs and increase productivity.Availity Patient Access optimizes collections workflow by verifying patient and payer coverage information, processing payments and more. 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Boeing 787 Dreamliner visits Sydney

first_imgThe Qantas group, celebrating its 91st birthday, welcomed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Sydney today.  With 50 Dreamliner’s on order Jetstar will be the first to take delivery of the new aircraft in mid 2013 followed by Qantas from 2014 onwards.The Dreamliner represents the next generation of aircraft technology; it offers 20% greater fuel efficiency, lower operating costs and a better customer experience said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.Qantas and Boeing have over 50 years of history together. Boeing used to fly as an airline and Qantas used to build its own aircraft though today we both specialise in what we do well. The history of our relationship has always been a game changer since 1959 with the delivery of the first Boeing 707. That transformed air transportation; it made air travel more economic for the masses said Mr Joyce.Bruce Buchanan Jetstar’s CEO reaffirmed Mr Joyce’s comments saying the Dreamliner would give Jetstar the competitive edge and help keep fares low. The Dreamliner is a watershed product that will change the industry and we are pleased to be the first low cost carrier in the world to introduce the 787 into their fleet and the first Australian airline.Boeing Chief Project Engineer Michael Sinnett and his team have spent the last two years proving the aircraft will do everything we said it will do. It’s a very unique milestone to bring the 787 into service with its 30% lower maintenance costs. These savings are due to the airplane being largely constructed of carbon fiber, which is a very efficient structural system, it takes a lot of weight off the aircraft and enabled us to build more aerodynamic wings. Because carbon fibre doesn’t corrode or fatigue like metal does the fuselage can be pressurised to higher levels, we can carry more oxygen, more humidity which will make passengers feel better said Mr Sinnett.The B787 will visit Melbourne tomorrow on the second leg of its Australian tour.Click here to view photo gallery on ETB News Facebook page Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.M Qantas CEO Alan Joycelast_img read more

THAI opens Puff Pie Food Truck Service

first_imgTHAI opens Puff & Pie Food Truck ServiceTHAI opens Puff & Pie Food Truck ServiceMrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo (fifth from left), Acting President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over the opening of THAI’s Puff & Pie Food Truck service, designed to accommodate a new generation’s lifestyle. This Puff & Pie Food truck serves premium foods, pastries, baked goods, and beverages, as well as signature dishes from Thai Catering Food Contest 2017 – Deep Fried Spicy Minced Chicken and Banana Caramel Cheese Cake. Mrs. Phakkhra Ruangsiradecho (seventh from left), Executive Vice President, Aviation Business Unit Department, along with Mrs. Suvimol Bualerd (second from left), Executive Vice President, Human Resources and General Administration Department, Flight Lieutenant Kanok Thongpurk (third from left), Executive Vice President, Legal Management Department, and Mrs.Varangkana Luerojvong (fourth from left), Managing Director, Catering Department, were present at the ceremony.The Puff & Pie Food Truck initially opened at THAI’s Head Office, THAI’s Operations Center on 13 November 2017 and afterwards will set up at the Big Mountain Music Festival, Suvarnabhumi Airport Operations Building, Assumption University Bangna Campus, and Central Westgate.Source = THAIlast_img read more

Refi Boom Compliance Keeping Loan Defects Low

first_imgRefi Boom, Compliance Keeping Loan Defects Low Share The recent spike in mortgage refinances driven by near historically low mortgage rates has benefited the loan production process by the lowering the frequency of defects, fraudulence, and misrepresentation in the information submitted in mortgage loan applications, according to data released by First American Financial Corporation on Wednesday.The First American Loan Application Defect Index for July 2016 reported a decline of 2.8 percent over-the-month in July and a drop of 16.7 percent over-the-year. The Defect Index in July was down by 31.4 percent from its risk peak, reached in October 2013, according to First American.“The Defect Index continues to improve as the share of refinance activity in the market remains strong. According to the latest MBA mortgage applications survey, the refinance share of mortgage applications remains above 60 percent. The housing market continues to benefit from historically low mortgage rates, which are driving lower defect-risk refinance activity,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell in July to 3.44 percent from 3.57 percent in June. Other than between October 2012 and January 2013, this marks the lowest mortgage rates have been since Freddie Mac began tracking mortgage rates in 1971. To the extent that lower defect-risk refinance applications continue to occupy a large share of the mortgage market, the overall index will benefit.”For refinance transactions, the Defect Index declined by 1.7 percent from June to July and 18.1 percent from July 2015 to July 2016. For purchase transactions, the Defect Index was down 1.3 percent over-the-month and 13.2 percent over-the-year in July. These two Defect Indices are also way down from their peaks reached in late 2013, albeit at a much higher rate for refinance transactions than purchase transactions (41 percent compared to 24 percent).“The benefits in compliant loan production processes are becoming more clearly evident, particularly for refinance transactions, in the big declines we are observing in loan application and mortgage defect risk,” Fleming said. “Refinance activity, fueled by historically low mortgage rates, combined with improved loan manufacturing processes are resulting in higher quality loan applications with the lowest level of defects and misrepresentation that we have seen in recent history.” in Daily Dose, News, Originationcenter_img August 31, 2016 630 Views Compliance Loan Defects Refinances 2016-08-31 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

ICC ruling cannot stop FBME liquidation says CBC

first_imgTHE Arbitral Tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce may have ruled to allow the conditional access of FBME Bank’s owners to the lender’s premises, but it denied their request for the immediate cessation of all actions toward its liquidation, the Central Bank of Cyprus said in a statement on Friday.It was responding to a statement by FBME on Tuesday, which claimed that the ICC had ordered that the embattled bank’s two shareholders be granted unfettered access to the premises, from which they had been excluded on March 31.FBME was placed in administration in July 2014 by the CBC, after the Financial Crime Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a division of the US Treasury, designated the Tanzania-based bank as “of primary money-laundering concern” with links to Hezbollah.Last December, the CBC revoked its banking licence, and ordered its liquidation.FBME’s owners resorted to the ICC for arbitration in the second half of 2014, demanding compensation from the Republic of Cyprus under the terms of a 2003 international agreement between Cyprus and Lebanon that protects investor rights in each other’s country.“On April 25, Messrs Farid and Fadi Saab filed for an injunction with the Paris Arbitral Tribunal, in order to order that the CBC: (a) immediately ceases all action for the liquidation of the Cyprus branch until a final ruling has been issued by the Cypriot courts, and (b) allows the shareholders full access to the offices, archives, and personnel of FBME’s branch,” the central bank’s statement said.“In its May 27 and July 26 rulings, the Arbitral Tribunal fully denied the request for an order to cease all action by the CBC with regard to the branch’s liquidation.”With regard to the issue of access to the offices, archives and personnel of the branch, the tribunal “ruled only that Messrs Farid and Fadi Saab be allowed access to the branch’s office in the presence of their lawyer, and on condition of practical arrangements made between the lawyers of both sides”.“To date, no agreement on such practical arrangements has been reached,” the oversight authority said.“It is noted that the court came to the aforementioned decision after judging that the presence of these individuals at the offices of the FBME branch could impact the smooth operation of the branch, which is under the administration of the Special Administrator appointed by the CBC.”Therefore, the central bank added, the Arbitral Tribunal’s ruling “in no way overrules the Special Administrator’s decision to end the employment of Messrs Farid and Fadi Saab, nor does it allow them any rights of management or interference in the operation of the branch”.The Cyprus Mail asked an FBME spokesman for a copy of the ruling in question, but was told that the ICC does not release them.A source from the Special Administrator’s office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the matter at hand is not really whether the owners are allowed physical entry to the building or not, but rather whether the right to such access would be unfettered and permanent.“I’m sure the administrator is open to agreeing to let them into the premises if they want to retrieve something,” the Mail was told.“But what he won’t allow is them being there all the time, terrorising the employees.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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