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Eva Longoria To Host Annual Eva Longoria Foundation Dinner

first_imgEva Longoria will host her annual Eva Longoria Foundation dinner at her restaurant Beso in Hollywood.The Eva Longoria Foundation helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. The Foundation helps Latinas excel in school and attend college. Additionally, the Foundation provides Latina entrepreneurs with career training, mentorship, capital and opportunity.WHEN: Thursday, November 5th, 2015WHERE: Beso Hollywood 6350 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028Find out more here.last_img read more

Standing Committee to summon Facebook executives to appear at the International Grand

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has unanimously adopted motions to summon Facebook executives to appear at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy in Ottawa on May 28.Committee Chair, M.P. Bob Zimmer, says Facebook executives have repeatedly ignored requests to appear before the Committee and that it is Mark Zuckerberg’s and Sheryl Sandberg’s duty to answer questions from international lawmakers about the social media platform’s privacy and data practices.“Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly ignored our committee’s invitation to appear and personally give testimony regarding the handling of Canadians’ private information on his platform. He also refused to appear before the first meeting of the International Grand Committee in London, UK. It is clear from the motions’ unanimous support that our committee feels strongly that Mark Zuckerberg and his COO Sheryl Sandberg have a duty to appear before the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy and answer questions from lawmakers representing over 372 million citizens worldwide.” Representatives from at least 10 countries, including Canada, will be participating in the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy, including Argentina, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.last_img read more

Anne didn’t want British accent in ‘The Hustle’

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Anne Hathaway says she was initially not sure about the idea that her character in upcoming comedy The Hustle has a British accent. The Chris Addison-directed film features Hathaway and actor Rebel Wilson as two women who seek revenge against men who have tricked them in the past. It is a remake of 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which was itself inspired by the 1964 film Bedtime Story. Hathaway, 36, who appeared on Good Morning America, said her character is of British origin, something which was done against her “will”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I didn’t want to do it. I just thought, if I mess this up it could be such a face plant’,” she said, adding the director “insisted” that she speak with the accent. Hathaway, however, is “relieved” that the British press has liked her accent and appreciated her performance in the film. “When the director asked me to play this character British, one of the reasons why I didn’t want to do it was I just thought this could be exhausting for everybody. Everybody knows I’m not British. I didn’t want to put myself or you through that,” she added.last_img read more

Former bishop of Liverpool knew about child abuser 20 years before he

The former bishop of Liverpool knew about a child sex abuser 20 years before he was brought to justice, it has emerged, as a judge criticised the church for threatening a complainant with prison unless he withdrew his allegation. Bishop James Jones, who has since chaired inquiries into the Hillsborough disaster and Gosport War Memorial Hospital scandal, was bishop of Hull in 1997 when he was told by a young man that he had been abused by Canon Terence Grigg, then a rector at St Mary’s church in Cottingham, Yorkshire.Earlier this month Grigg, now 84, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for 14 sex offences against victims as young as 10, though he was acquitted of the charge relating to this complainant. At his sentencing Judge Jonathan Rose said Grigg had been the “beneficiary” of the Church’s treatment of the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons.   The Church “not only refused to pursue the complaint that he made to the Bishop of Hull but turned that complaint against him with the threats of litigation and imprisonment of which we have heard, so that he withdrew that complaint because he was so fearful of the consequences of doing otherwise”, the judge told Hull Crown Court. Bishop Jones went on to become bishop of Liverpool, a role he held between 1998 and 2013, before retiring and becoming honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of York. He told the Daily Telegraph that he had no part any threats of litigation or reprisals against the complainant, and only became aware of these during Grigg’s trial.  He said he had encouraged the complainant to put his allegations in writing and that documents held at Bishopthorpe, the Archbishop of York’s palace, showed that he took it seriously, passing it on to then-Archbishop David Hope. “I am appalled by Mr Grigg’s crimes and very distressed for the victims of his sexual abuse who have been betrayed by the church,” he said.  Lord Hope resigned his role as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Leeds in 2014 after a report found that he had failed to report a different priest’s sexual offending to the authorities. At the time he denied suggestions that he had covered up allegations against former dean of Manchester Robert Waddington, saying he believed the cases were being dealt with by individual dioceses. A spokesman for the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team said: “Our first concern is for the survivors who were abused by Canon Grigg and the suffering they endured. “We apologise for this appalling abuse of trust which should never have been allowed to happen.”As our policy states, in all serious safeguarding situations a lessons learnt review must now be carried out to inform the church’s ongoing safeguarding work. “This will include a full review of files and we will comment further when this has been completed.” Earlier this year Bishop James Jones chaired the  Gosport Independent Panel’s inquiry into the deaths of a number of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial HospitalCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA Earlier this year Bishop James Jones chaired the  Gosport Independent Panel's inquiry into the deaths of a number of elderly patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital We apologise for this appalling abuse of trust which should never have been allowed to happenChurch of England National Safeguarding Team Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Charles Darwins scribbles including how he first wrote term natural selection barred

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The pageCredit:DCMS The page A rare page from Charles Darwin’s On The Origin Of Species  has been barred from leaving the UK by the government as a buyer is sought.The draft page from the book, which served as the foundation of evolutionary biology, contains what is perhaps one of the first times the pioneering scientist scribbled “natural selection”.The manuscript page, worth £490,000,  includes corrections and two inserted passages and so like other known manuscript pages differs substantially from what was eventually published in 1859, the first printing of On The Origin of Species, making it unique.Arts, Heritage and Tourism Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on the page, from a private collection, and two others from Darwin’s later publications, in the hope that a UK buyer will be found.The minister hopes the pages, which are important to national heritage and science, remain in the country.Written at Darwin’s family home, Down House, page number 324 forms part of the English naturalist’s conclusion for Chapter 8, which focuses on hybridism and is the only substantial part of the chapter from the draft to survive.Mr Ellis said the pieces “represent a direct and physical connection” to how Darwin “developed his pioneering work”. Peter Barber, member of the reviewing committee on the export of works of art and objects of cultural interest, which made the decision, said: “Handwritten drafts of Charles Darwin’s books are of the greatest rarity.”The few surviving sheets, touched by and written on by him, with evidence of pauses for contemplation, or spurts reflecting the rapid flow of thought, bring one closer to the man and his process of creation than perhaps anything else.”The fragments under threat of export are particularly important. They show how Darwin revised his texts, pinning successive revisions on to sheets containing an earlier draft.”One fragment comes from his best-known work and indeed includes the words ‘natural selection’. But the other two fragments, from his Expression Of The Emotions In Man And Animals, are perhaps even more important.”Though less well-known than On The Origin Of Species, this book, among the earliest works on behavioural psychology, greatly influenced Sigmund Freud.”The nation has the chance to save revealing and intimate fragments of two works which, directly or indirectly, have shaped and continue to shape the modern world.” He added: “These handwritten and personally signed pieces create an incredibly powerful impression that simply could not be achieved from looking at a digital version or even a published copy.” read more

Cuba Rolls Out Mobile Internet Service to Citizens for the First Time

first_imgStay on target Study: Teen Tech Time Not to Blame For Poor Mental HealthRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Cubans will now be able to access the internet on their mobile phones, according to state-run telecom agency ETECSA.The announcement is a milestone for the Communist-run country, which has long been considered one of the least connected countries in the world, and one of the last without mobile internet.Starting Thursday, December 6, citizens would be able able to start subscribing to internet access via a 3G mobile network.In a news show broadcast on Tuesday, ETECSA executives announced a range of packages valid for 30 days from 600 MB for the equivalent of $7 dollars to 4 GB for $30. Without a package, 100 MB will cost users $10, Reuters reported.With average state wages at around $30, the cost for mobile internet will likely be out of reach for most Cubans, even though users get a bonus 300MB use of local .cu domain websites.The list of packages for the connection to mobile internet from mobile phones is displayed on a woman’s phone screen in Havana, Cuba on December 6, 2018. (Photo Credit: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)Until today, citizens have mostly relied on Wi-Fi hotspots and internet cafes for mobile internet access, and the 3G service has been restricted to state-employed journalists and foreign businesses among others, according to BBC News.“It was about time this became a possibility for Cubans too,” Havana resident Joaquin Montiel, 58, told Reuters. “But for some, like me, it’s still a remote one.” Montiel said he would not be able to afford a cellphone with 3G technology on his salary of less than $20 per month as a salesman in a state company.Still, the launch is seen by many as a sign that the country is further softening its tough stance on individual freedoms. Internet was only largely available to tourist hotels and state-run clubs until 2013, when the island country began opening internet cafes.It wasn’t until 2015 when the first Wi-Fi hotspot opened at a cultural centre, and other public spaces followed, the BBC reported. But many Cubans have complained about having to brave the elements just to use the Wi-Fi at the hotspots, which also lack of privacy. In 2017, ETECSA offered a limited number of home connections.To reduce the risk of being overwhelmed with demand, ETECSA is rolling out the new 3G service will be rolled out over a three-day period.More on Geek.com:Study: College Students Choose Smartphones Over FoodApple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps of 2018Suspect Remotely Wipes iPhone While It Sits in Police Evidencelast_img read more

Hazard Real Madrid move is my dream

first_imgEden Hazard admits he faces a difficult decision on whether to renew his Chelsea contract or fulfil his childhood dream of playing for Real MadridAt 27 years old, Hazard has approached the peak period of his playing career and had been strongly linked with a switch to Real in the summer transfer window to replace the Juventus-bound Cristiano Ronaldo.But a move to Los Blancos didn’t materialise with Hazard instead remaining at Chelsea for this season.The Belgian winger has got off to a stunning start under new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with seven goals and three assists in eight Premier League appearances.However, due to his contract expiring in less than two years time, Hazard must now make the hard decision on where his future lies.“I can talk now. If they come to me, I will talk. Maybe (it is a surprise they haven’t come to me yet),” replied Hazard on the Evening Standard, when asked if he wants to delay any Chelsea contract talks.“I don’t want to say that I am not talking (at all) with the club or the owner. I am talking a lot with them. So we just need to find a good…“I don’t know (what the time frame will be). I am happy and I don’t need anything (to make me stay). It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win but I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then I am happy.”Heading into the final few minutes here then, we still have that two goal advantage! 👍0-2 [88′] #SOUCHE pic.twitter.com/dvLluVprIXRoberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 7, 2018Hazard is aware that he may only have one big move left in his playing career at the age of 27 and confessed that Real remain firmly on his mind to this day.Hazard added: “That’s why I spoke after the World Cup and said that I think it is time to change because I played a great World Cup. I am playing good football.“Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don’t want to lie. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.“Sometimes I wake up and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future.“I don’t want to talk about this every day. I don’t have time but we will talk about my future soon. I think so.”Hazard also added that he hopes to not depart Chelsea in the same manner as fellow Belgian Thibaut ­Courtois, who completed a £35m switch to Real and is now widely regarded as a hate figure among the club’s fans.“I don’t want that. I want what’s good for me but I want what’s good for the club because the club has given me ­everything. I don’t want to say, ‘yes I am signing a new contract’ and then I don’t end up signing. So I will see,” he added.last_img read more

Shutdown Appears Imminent as a Senate Democrats Threaten to Block Stopgap

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate plans to vote to cut off debate on a fourth continuing resolution (CR) Friday morning, but with most Democrats expected to withhold their support over the lack of a deal to provide legal protection for “dreamers,” the motion is unlikely to go forward, setting the federal government on the path toward a shutdown at midnight. With at least two Republicans saying they would not support the motion and 39 Democrats opposed, the cloture vote would not clear the 60-vote threshold needed to advance. As of Thursday night, the Senate didn’t appear to have a backup plan to avert a shutdown if the CR is blocked from moving ahead, reported the Washington Post.Earlier in the evening, the House passed a stopgap running through Feb. 16 after leadership promised hard-line conservatives that the chamber would hold a vote shortly on a fiscal 2018 defense spending bill that exceeds the statutory budget cap by about $80 billion.last_img read more

A Moving Target Stopping Booze at the River

first_imgAkiak Tribal Policeman Ryan Jackson staffed a checkpoint this winter intended to intercept alcohol before it entered the community. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.Citizens in Bethel are weighing a decision on a proposal for the for the first liquor store in decades. In the shadow of the debate is a powerful and elaborate bootlegging economy across the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.“Download Audio”The region’s three Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Taskforce investigators can’t be everywhere at once. Some villages are trying to fill in gaps where bootlegged alcohol reaches dry option communities. In the second of a three-part series on the law enforcements efforts to stem the flow of alcohol to the region, this report looks at Akiak’s tribal approach.On a bright spring day overlooking the frozen Kuskokwim River, Akiak Tribal Policeman Ryan Jackson explains how this low-tech checkpoints work. It’s intended to stop alcohol at the doorstep to the community, and it’s basically Jackson, a 4-wheeler, and a badge.“I just hold it up and say ‘Stop, this is a checkpoint,” said Jackson.For the past two winters, the village has set up a checkpoint where snow machines and trucks come in off the Kuskokwim River. Jackson and others make sure to have coverage for big traffic days like basketball tournaments and dog races, as well as paydays from local employers. When the community is flush with cash, that’s when they know people will make the trip to Bethel, coming back with alcohol, which fetches 80 dollars a bottle in Akiak.Jackson says his methods change depending on the weather and trail conditions.“4 wheeler, sno-go, truck, either one. The sno-go is easier to chase with,” said JacksonThat is, if someone flees:“You chase after them,” said Jackson.Leaders say they’ve seized 500 bottles coming into Akiak this past winter. An agreement with tribes in nearby Akiachak, Tuluksak, and Kwethluk  allows for similar efforts.Mike Williams, a tribal advocate, alcohol counselor, and Iditarod dog musher says the matter is extremely personal to him–he’s lost all six of his brothers to alcohol.“It’s a small community. We know who (the bootleggers) are. When a person brings in the booze from the next village, with today’s technology of instant communication, with texting and everything, we know who’s dealing,” said Williams.Tragedy was evident this winter when three Akiak people who had been drinking drove their 4-wheeler through a storm into an open hole on the Kuskokwim and drowned. Surrounded by millions of acres of tundra, back trails, and side sloughs, Akiak’s not going to catch every last bottle. Williams says bootleggers know that as well as anyone.“They have been getting real smart too,” said Williams. “They’re using communication to do the transaction outside of Akiak.”For Williams, taking an aggressive stance in the village is part of a broad push to regain local tribal control after legislation fractured jurisdiction. Williams says it has prevented tribes from having meaningful power at home.“We’ve lost so much control over the long years but we need to have that control back and take our lives back,” said Williams.While they are willing to share information with state troopers, Akiak takes a distinctly tribal approach to follow up with those caught bootlegging. They’re brought in front of tribal court judges, like 72-year-old Elizabeth Lake.“It’s good to talk. (We) have someone to talk to them in the village, instead of having troopers come around,” said Lake.Lake says people caught running alcohol may face fines or community service, but keeping them out of jail and closer to home helps in the long run. Jackson Williams is another tribal court judge.“We’re the community that wants to really go after people that bootleg to bring in booze to sell. We take care of it our way,” said Williams.And that way raises privacy concerns regarding checkpoints. But Williams takes a broader perspective.“When we first started, people were saying what about my civil rights, what about my rights as an individual? And we say-what about the rights of our children, the rights of our women, the rights of people to have a healthy community? What about the rights of people who are not using being effected? What about their rights?,” said Williams.State law enforcement doesn’t get involved in the checking. Investigator Todd Moehring from the state’s Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team says the checkpoint is strictly a tribal initiative.“I applaud their efforts. They’re doing a great job trying to take an active role in combating bootlegging, which has been really good. It has cut down on the calls we’ve gotten, they’ve been stepping it up, trying to process things tribally,” said Moehring.Chance Cunningham, worked as a Village Public Safety Officer in Akiak for two years. VPSO’s are not employed by the tribe.  He says his only role at the checkpoint is to stand by.“I just sat in the distance, in the shadows, in the hopes that nothing bad would happen, that I would have to be there because I have the tools and training,” said Cunningham.On the front lines, TPO Jackson thinks it’s working.“It’s less work if we get the bottles before they go out,” said Jackson.And to keep the bottles from entering his community, Jackson will watch where the Kuskokwim meets his village.last_img read more

Anasuya Bharadwaj slutshamed for posting a picture without pants

first_imgAnasuya BharadwajInstagramActress Anasuya Bharadwaj was slut-shamed for posting a picture without pants on her Instagram account. Some of her followers asked her to maintain some decency on social media.Anasuya Bharadwaj is quite active on social media channels like Twitter and Instagram, where she has created big fan-base for herself by engaging on a daily basis. She has used these channels as a medium to give her fans an in-way into her personal and professional life. She often shares pictures of her projects and bonding with friends and family.Recently, the Rangasthalam actress took to her Insta page to post a photo featuring her husband. Anasuya Bharadwaj is seen wearing a shirt and massaging the shoulder of her husband. In this post, she claimed that the photo was clicked by her son Ayanssh. She said that she is blessed to have a family which keeps her grounded and she thanked God for it.Anasuya wrote, “They say every picture tells a story. this one. clicked this afternoon. by my son Ayanssh. tells me the story of how blessed I am.. for giving me a family that keeps me grounded.. tells me simple things are the most beautiful.. tells me that in the end when there is.. all that matters is Us. Just being there. Taking this time to thank the almighty. #Touchwood #familyisforever #blessedandgrateful ❤.”Her followers were impressed with the pictures and said that she has been a successful woman in different roles of life. In reply to her post, Sandeepkannank wrote, “Ur a best wife, best mother, best daughter, ur blessed wid beautiful family, always be happy and keep entertain ur fans ♥️.”However, the photo did not go down well with some of her followers who resorted to slut-shaming her. Here are a few replies to Anasuya Bharadwaj’s post on Instagram:Sriman_roy_07: U forgot wearing pantBattula_ajay: Hey u forgot to wear pant…Nandhan37: Anasuya garu plzz remove the photo7396283282z: He wears long shorts than uJagadeeshgot: Try to maintain some desense medam don’t post these two hotosMesatish_jsp: Aslu expect cheyaledhu nee dhaggaranunchi ilanti pic ❤️Im_krishna_chowdary: Me koduku mundu kuda alanti battulu vesukuntaralast_img read more

Did Maha director announce SimbuHansika Motwanis rekindling of relationship with a tweet

first_imgHansika Motwani with UR Jameel and Simbu.PR HandoutSimbu surprised everyone when he agreed to do an extended cameo in his ex-girlfriend Hansika Motwani’s upcoming Tamil movie Maha. It did not take much time for rumour mongers to speculate about the former couple rekindling the relationship. Now, it has got stronger following a tweet posted by UR Jameel, director of the flick.On Twitter, UR Jameel has spoken about plans to release a poster in which Simbu and Hansika Motwani will be seen together, but what made the fans raise their eyebrows was his reference to them as “magical couple.””Actor Simbu and actress Hansika fans please calm down soon we’ll release the first look of the magical couple -U.R.J. #hansika50 #STR #Simbu @ihansika @GhibranOfficial @EtceteraEntert1 @MathiyalaganV9 @laxmanmfi @AbrahamEditor.,[sic]” UR Jameel tweeted.The tweet has left the fans wondering whether the ex-couple has left the bitter memories behind them and united again. The rumours are expected to become stronger in the days to come if the rumoured couple did not give a formal confirmation about their new-found love.Hansika and Simbu were in love and had announced their relationship on social media sites. But it did not last long, and they parted ways. They had maintaied safe distance since then and have not spoken much about their break-up.The rumours of them trying to patch up surfaced after Simbu agreed to work with Hansika. A couple of pictures and videos of their meeting after the shooting was completed had surfaced online.Maha is the landmark 50th movie of Hansika Motwani. For an important portion, director UR Jameel wanted Simbu and the actress took initiative to hold talks with the actor.Simbu is doing an extended cameo and will appear in a special song.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal overtakes Roger Federer on another victory count

first_imgRoger Federer and Rafael NadalLintao Zhang/Getty ImagesWhile his quest to overtake Roger Federer in terms of most Grand Slam titles continues, Rafael Nadal has gone past his great Swiss rival on one very important measure of success. The Spaniard now has more wins than Federer in ATP Masters 1000 events. He earned this distinction by defeating Guido Pella of Argentina 6-3, 6-4 in the third round match of the Rogers Cup, underway in Montreal, Canada.This was the Spaniard’s 379th victory in ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. What made this win even more special was the fact that it came in conditions which were not to the liking of the 18-time Grand Slam champion. The strong winds is not what Rafa likes to deal with when he is on court. But in this match, even they couldn’t stop him from going past the man whom he has battled innumerable times in Grand Slam finals.Having most victories in ATP Masters 1000 matches now sits alongside the achievement of winning the highest number of ATP Masters 1000 titles for Nadal. By having 34 trophies from such events, Nadal is ahead of Federer, who has 28. But interestingly, the Swiss Maestro is only third in the standings. The man right behind Nadal with 33 titles is Novak Djokovic.This tournament is important for Nadal in another way. He is the defending champion and has never successfully defended his title on a hard-court. So, this tournament may prove a landmark event for more than one reason for the Spanish giant. With one Masters 1000 title already under his belt this season – the Rome Masters – he would like to continue his winning run.Earlier this year, Nadal captured his 12th French Open title but failed to reach the final of the Wimbledon. A good performance on this surface would boost his chances of doing well in the last Grand Slam of the year – US Open. But first, he will have to deal with Fabio Fognini in the next round of Canadian Masters. That won’t be easy as Fognini had beaten Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this year.last_img read more

Pope defends his strategy of avoiding Rohingya in Myanmar

first_imgPope Francis gestures during a news conference on board of the plane during his flight back from a trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, 2 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersPope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue.Speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Bangladesh, the pontiff also indicated that he had been firm with Myanmar’s military leaders in private meetings about the need for them to respect the rights of Rohingya refugees.He also disclosed that he cried when he met a group of Rohingya refugees on Friday in Bangladesh, where he defended their rights by name in an emotional meeting.”For me, the most important thing is that message gets through, to try to say things one step at a time and listen to the responses,” he said.”I knew that if in the official speeches I would have used that word, they would have closed the door in our faces. But (in public) I described situations, rights, said that no one should be excluded, (the right to) citizenship, in order to allow myself to go further in the private meetings,” he said.Francis did not use the word Rohingya in public while on the first leg of the trip in Myanmar. Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar does not recognise the mostly Muslim Rohingya as an ethnic group with its own identity but as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Local Roman Catholic Church authorities had advised him not to say it because it could spark a backlash against Christians and other minority groups.The pope met Myanmar’s military leaders privately on Monday, shortly after his arrival in the nation’s biggest city, Yangon.The meeting had been scheduled for Thursday morning but the military pointedly asked at the last minute that it be pushed forward. The result was they saw the pope before the civilian leaders instead of the other way around, as had been planned.NON-NEGOTIABLE TRUTHS”It was a good conversation and the truth was non-negotiable,” he said of his meeting with the military leaders.The latest exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh of about 625,000 people followed a Myanmar military crackdown in response to Rohingya militant attacks on an army base and police posts on 25 Aug.Refugees have said scores of Rohingya villages were burnt to the ground, people were killed and women were raped. The military have denied accusations of ethnic cleansing by the United States and United Nations.Asked if he used the word Rohingya during the private meeting with the military chiefs, the pope said: “I used words in order to arrive at the message and when I saw that the message had arrived, I dared to say everything that I wanted say”.He then gave a reporter a mischievous grin and ended his answer with the Latin phrase “Intelligenti Pauca,” which means “Few words are enough for those who understand,” strongly hinting that he had used the word the military detests while in their presence.Human rights groups have criticised the country’s de facto civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner who was under house arrest for a total of 15 years before the 2015 elections, for not taking a stand against the generals.But Francis, who met with her privately on Tuesday, appeared to give her the benefit of the doubt because of her delicate relationship with the generals who were once her jailers.”Myanmar is a nation that is growing politically, in transition,” Francis said in response to a question about Suu Kyi and budding democracy in Myanmar.”So things have to be viewed through this lens. Myanmar has to be able to look forward to the building of the country”.On Friday in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, Francis held an emotional encounter with Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar and then used the word Rohingya for the first time on the trip, although he had defended them by name twice from the Vatican earlier this year.He told the crowd where the Rohingya were that God’s presence was within them and they should be respected.”I was crying and tried to hide it,” Francis said on the plane, recounting how moved he felt when the refugees recounted their ordeals to him.last_img read more

This TextBased Lie Detector Can Spot False Police Reports

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target If I’ve learned anything from watching too many true-crime shows, it’s that verbal and physical tics can betray a lie.But what about textual trembles?Scientists from Cardiff University and Charles III University of Madrid developed a computer tool that can spot a fake police statement based entirely on words contained in the document.Using automatic text analysis and advanced machine learning, the VeriPol system can recognize patterns common with bogus robbery claims: types of items reported stolen, finer details of incidents, descriptions of a perpetrator, etc.The tool has been rolled out across Spain, where it aims to save police officers time and effort by complementing traditional investigative techniques. Ideally, VeriPol (which boasts a success rate of more than 80 percent) will deter people from filing false statements—which, in some places, is considered a serious crime with serious consequences.Trained on archival police statements recognized as fakes, the system is “extremely effective in discriminating between false and true reports,” according to Cardiff University.In an initial study of more than 1,000 accounts from the Spanish National Police, VeriPol identified a number of common themes, like shorter statements focused more on stolen property than the incident, a lack of precise details, limited information about the attacker, and a lack of witnesses or other hard evidence.“As an example, our model began to identify false statements where it was reported that incidents happened from behind or where the aggressors were wearing helmets,” study co-author Jose Camacho-Collados, a research associate at Cardiff University, said in a statement.Descriptions that include brand names (Apple or Samsung) were more often associated with false claims—probably someone trying to scam a high-end handset—than those referencing bicycles or necklaces.During a one-week pilot study in Spain last summer, VeriPol detected and helped close 25 cases of false robbery in Murcia and another 39 in Malaga.Comparatively, over the course of eight years (from 2008 to 2016), the average number of fake reports detected and cases closed by human police officers in the month of June was 3.33 for Murcia and 12.14 for Malaga.“Our study has given us a fascinating insight into how people lie to the police,” Camacho-Collados said, adding that, “Ultimately we hope that by showing that automatic detection is possible it will deter people from lying to the police in the first instance.”Results of this study were published in the journal Knowledge-Based Systems.More artificial intelligence coverage on Geek.com:Robots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactoryMove Over, Chanel No. 5: AI is Creating Perfumes NowThis Is What ‘Solo’ Would Have Looked Like Starring Young Harrison Fordlast_img read more

OrthoGrid Launches HipGrid Drone Noninvasive Fluoroscopic Guide for Total Hip Replacement

first_imgTechnology | Orthopedic Imaging | November 02, 2015 OrthoGrid Launches HipGrid Drone Non-invasive Fluoroscopic Guide for Total Hip Replacement Second-generation technology helps with proper implant positioning and leg length inequality during total hip replacement, regardless of approach News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 29, 2019 Quantitative Transmission Ultrasound Featured at Acoustical Society of America May 29, 2019 — QT Ultrasound recently showcased its advanced… read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | June 12, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Announces Autologous Biologics Workshop in Partnership With EmCyte Corp. Konica Minolta Healthcare announced a new autologous biologics workshop in partnership with EmCyte Corp. The workshop… read more Fused QT Ultrasound 3-D quantitative transmission ultrasound and compounded reflection axial images showing high resolution image of internal organs, tissue, skin and hair of neo-natal piglet. Anatomy courtesy of C. Ruoff, DVM. HipGrid image courtesy of OrthoGrid SystemsNovember 2, 2015 — OrthoGrid Systems announced the release of the new HipGrid Drone intraoperative radiographic alignment system for both anterior and posterior approach total hip replacement (THR). The system is the second generation of the company’s HipGrid technology that addresses proper implant positioning and leg length inequality.HipGrid Drone is a reusable, non-sterile device, specifically conceived to combine improvements in ease of use and surgical technique reproducibility for the surgical team. In addition, it is offered through an innovative pricing model that maximizes cost reduction opportunities by incentivizing administrative expense reductions.Since its inception, OrthoGrid has succeeded in revealing data hidden within an intraoperative X-ray that cannot be accurately seen with the naked eye. Prior to the HipGrid technology, surgeons around the world were without a good option to access all of the data available via an intraoperative X-ray.  OrthoGrid will officially introduce the HipGrid Drone during the American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeon (AAHKS) meeting in Dallas, Nov. 5-8. It is scheduled for full commercial release in the fourth quarter of 2015.For more information: www.orthogrid.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 11, 2019 Aidoc Earns FDA Approval for AI for C-spine Fractures Radiology artificial intelligence (AI) provider Aidoc announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more Feature | Mobile C-Arms | July 01, 2019 | By Paramjit “Romi” Chopra, M.D. Mobile C-arm Technology Helps Build Efficiency A mobile C-arm is a medical imaging read more Image courtesy of GE Healthcare News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 03, 2019 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Develops Palm-sized 3-D Scoliosis Ultrasound Imaging System The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) announced the development of a palm-sized 3-D ultrasound imaging system… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more last_img read more

Former Venezuelan boxing champion Antonio Cermeño kidnapped and killed

first_imgPdte @NicolasMaduro lamentó la pérdida del ex campeón mundial Antonio Cermeño pic.twitter.com/VIYImQMZJz— Delcy Rodríguez (@DrodriguezVen) February 26, 2014 Related posts:Fugitive Venezuelan opposition leader surrenders at rally Venezuela’s Maduro caught between pragmatism, ideology Maduro picks new scapegoat for Venezuela’s problems Venezuela opposition leader Leopoldo López gets nearly 14 years prison Cermeño had been working as a trainer and took part in government programs to disarm the population in this country with rampant violent crime and promote sports as a way to keep young people away from street life.Authorities did not say what the motive of the kidnapping might have been nor clarify what happened to the family members abducted along with him.Civic organizations estimate an average of 65 people are killed violently each day in Venezuela, making it one of the most violent countries in Latin America. Facebook Commentscenter_img CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan boxing champion Antonio Cermeño has been abducted in Caracas and killed, local authorities said.Cermeño was a World Boxing Association super bantamweight and featherweight champion in the late 1980s and ’90s.Cermeño, 44, was kidnapped along with his family Monday in eastern Caracas and his body was found Tuesday along a highway in the northern state of Miranda.President Nicolás Maduro sent a tweet lamenting his death.last_img read more

The New York Times calls for marijuana legalization

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana on Saturday, ina bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are “relatively minor problems” — especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.“It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished,” the newspaper said.“It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol. The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.”Noting that the editorial board reached its conclusion after much discussion, The Times described the social costs of marijuana laws as “vast.”Citing FBI figures showing there were 658,000 arrests for marijuana possession in 2012 — far higher than for cocaine, heroin and their derivatives — it said “the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.”While advocating for a ban on marijuana sales to those under 21, the paper also said the “moderate use of marijuana does not appear to pose a risk for otherwise healthy adults.”The call comes just weeks after recreational pot sales began in the western U.S. state of Washington, which followed Colorado’s decision to let people buy marijuana with no medical prescription.And earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill making New York the 23rd state to legalize marijuana for medical use.In another recent move reflecting growing public support for easing marijuana laws, the House of Representatives voted in May to bar federal authorities from raiding medical marijuana facilities or growers in states that have legalized its use. Elizabeth Owens protests on the steps of New York City Hall in support of the proposed Fairness and Equity Act, which would attempt to reform racially biased arrests in regards to marijuana possession in New York state, on July 9, 2014 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFPCall sparks reader reaction The Times editorial, titled “Repeal Prohibition, Again,” kicks off a series of pieces on the issue by members of the editorial board and invites readers to weigh in.The first have already done so, with their views posted on the newspaper’s website.E.S. Lawrence, a self-described 20-year veteran high school teacher, expressed concern about children getting access to the substance, describing it as a “gateway drug” with detrimental effects on memory and learning.“It’s NOT a benign drug. As long as there’s a danger of pot being acquired by children, I’m against legality,” Lawrence posted.But Emmett Hoops argued that legalization would allow for both taxation and regulation, adding that “mere decriminalization keeps profits in the hands of criminal gangs.”“It is beyond ridiculous to keep marijuana illegal while tobacco and alcohol kill scores every day in our state,” Hoops, from New York, posted.In January, President Barack Obama made headlines when he said smoking pot was no more dangerous than drinking, though he called the practice a “bad idea.”In comments to The New Yorker magazine, the U.S. leader also noted that poor minority youths were more likely to get prison time for using marijuana than their richer counterparts.However, he stopped short of calling for legalizing the drug at the federal level. Facebook Comments Related posts:Medical marijuana opponents’ most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research Colombia president supports allowing medical marijuana 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change.last_img read more

Haiti president defends first 2 years in office

first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Marc pointed to a newly paved road in the Delmas district of the capital, where he lives, as one of the administration’s concrete accomplishments. He also hoped the government would be able to bring down the cost of basic food staples.Martelly’s critics showed their disdain for the president the past two years by organizing street protests, including one Tuesday, and by criticizing him on the Senate floor. But there has been no sign of a united front in the opposition.A potential opposition figure has emerged in Aristide, who made his first public appearance last week as part of trip to court to answer questions for a judge investigating the unresolved case of a slain journalist. The two-time president had not openly ventured from his home since returning from exile in 2011, and his motorcade through the capital drew thousands of supporters.A leader in Aristide’s Lavalas political party said it wants to run in still unscheduled legislative and local elections.The vote was supposed to have been held in late 2011 but was delayed because of infighting, the holdup frustrating Haiti’s international partners. A nine-member electoral council was created last month but has yet to announce a date for the vote. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober He also said he opposed the division that has long been a hallmark of Haitian politics and invited former leaders Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Jean-Claude Duvalier to meet with him.“It’s for you all that I’m working,” Martelly told a crowd of several thousand people on the plaza in front of where the National Palace stood before it collapsed in the devastating 2010 earthquake. “A lot of things are starting to happen.”As one of his biggest accomplishments, he pointed to a school program that he said has enrolled more than a million children by covering their tuition. There have been no independent studies to verify the number and critics have said they believe the number of students enrolled in the program is lower.Martelly, a former pop star known as “Sweet Micky” who was famous for his raunchy stage antics, spent his first year trying to install a government with an opposition-controlled Parliament. The second year was largely spent trying to implement government projects, many of them heavily focused on courting foreign investors and tourists.“I’m happy that we have a government that’s finally thinking about development,” said Jean Marc, a 28-year-old who sported a pink Martelly T-shirt that read “Victory is always for the population” _ a slight variation on a government slogan. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haitian President Michel Martelly defended his administration Tuesday as he marked two years in office, pointing to a national school-tuition program, social protection projects and the return of tourism as his leading achievements.Pacing on a stage in downtown Port-au-Prince, Martelly ad-libbed for about 30 minutes about his government’s accomplishments that were detailed in a 500-page book that he held aloft. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Quick workouts for men Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Agents still vital for intl bookings

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travellers are returning to the more traditional form of booking an international trip with up to 55 percent of Australians using an agent to book overseas holidays last year.Roy Morgan figures found that although the figure was up from 53 percent of Aussies who used an agent for an international booking in 2010, it still remains below the 68 percent high of 2007.The company’s international director of tourism, travel and leisure Jane Ianniello explained that statistics emphasised the importance of an agent when it comes to booking a long-haul trip which tend to require complex itineraries. “The Roy Morgan Travel Agent Monitor shows that Australians taking long- or medium-haul overseas holidays to destinations such as Europe, the United States or the Middle East have recently increased their usage of travel agents when making a booking,” Ms Ianniello said. Last year up to 31 percent of Aussies used an airline to book their overseas trip down from 33 percent the prior year. Despite the commitment to agents, bookings on sites including Wotif and Webjet also continue to esculate with now 12 percent of travel trips booked online compared to seven percent in 2007. “The latest Roy Morgan State of Nation Report shows early signs of a move back to more caution in the Australian population,” she cautioned. “Whether the move back to travel agents is part of a larger shift occurring in the population or more of a reaction to recent airline disruption is important for all in the travel industry to understand and monitor.”last_img read more