New York – Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, declared his support for Muslims in an open letter he wrote on Friday, via Medium, a blog platform.The latest Islamophobic acts and hate speech against Muslims in America has reached a dangerous level of fear and intolerance, made worse by instigation of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who plans to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.Meanwhile, other key figures in business and politics, like Internet giant Google’s CEO, have expressed their support for the Muslim community. In a letter titled “Let’s not let fear defeat our values”, Pichai denounced discrimination and intolerance, while indirectly referencing to Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.“That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days — statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion,” Pichai wrote.Born in Madras, India, Sundar Pichai opened up about his life when he immigrated to the U.S. with his family and spoke of all the support and opportunities he found that made them feel welcome.“I came to the US from India 22 years ago. I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India,” he said.Google’s boss called America the “land of opportunity”, a country built by millions of immigrants.“And it’s not just about opportunity. The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. And that is no coincidence — America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants,” Pichai affirmed.As CEO of the third “World’s Most Valuable Brands” and the number one “America’s Best Employers” company, according to Forbes magazine, Pichai stressed that the “mix of races and cultures” in his company is key for its success.“I firmly believe that whether you’re building a company or leading a country, a diverse mix of voices and backgrounds and experiences leads to better discussions, better decisions, and better outcomes for everyone, he said.Pichai leads an enterprise of nearly 54,000 employees from all around the world.He urged everyone to stand up against intolerance and hatred, while sending a message of hope and support to those who feel oppressed.“But I feel we must speak out — particularly those of us who are not under attack. Everyone has the right to their views, but it’s also important that those who are less represented know that those are not the views of all,” the famous CEO concluded.Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement supporting Muslims that no one should be “persecuted for the actions of others” and “we must stand up against attacks on all communities.”
Sri Lanka is to work with former peace negotiator Erik Solheim once again, this time however on environmental issues.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talks with Solheim in Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. “Green economy. Sustainable tourism. Wildlife. Water. Agreed cooperation between Sri Lanka and UN Environment w Ranil,” Solheim tweeted. As a negotiator of the peace process in Sri Lanka between 1998 to 2005, Solheim attempted to reach a compromise between the Government and the LTTE.Wickremesinghe was Prime Minister when Solheim was involved as a Norwegian peace negotiator but Solheim was later accused of being biased towards the LTTE.Norway eventually withdrew from the peace process as the former Government decided to defeat the LTTE militarily. (Colombo Gazette) Solheim is the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and he has agreed to work with Sri Lanka through his new role. The Prime Minister’s office, meanwhile, said that Wickremesinghe sought Solheim’s assistance on environmental issues.It was decided at the talks to appoint a committee to study the proposals on collaboration between Sri Lanka and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Police are turning to the public for help in locating a Haldimand man who has been reported missing.Haldimand OPP say Peter Jarvis, 54, was last seen Friday at a Grand Sports Drive residence in Cayuga.A family member concerned for Jarvis’s well-being contacted police on Saturday afternoon.Jarvis is described as an Indigenous male, about 5′ 8″ in height and weighing about 240 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and goatee-style facial hair.Police say he is believed to be operating a grey 2010 Ford Focus with Ontario licence plate CBMY 213. He may have been travelling to the Barrie area.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Ontario Provincial Police at 1- 888 – 310 – 1122.
B.C.’s beetle-gnawed, carbon spewing forests recovering quickly says researcher by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2016 12:32 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – A study out of University of Victoria says nature is finding a way to heal from the devastation of British Columbia’s mountain pine beetle outbreak.The research from the U-Vic-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions says global warming is making B.C. forests grow faster and the trees are taking in more carbon dioxide, the gas associated with the globe’s steadily climbing temperatures.Under normal conditions, forests act as so-called “carbon sinks,” scrubbing the atmosphere by pulling in CO2 while releasing oxygen.But researchers say that over the span of the pine beetle epidemic, dead and rotting trees pumped more carbon into the environment, helping global warming by turning B.C.’s forests into a gas producers.Lead researcher Vivek Arora says the waning outbreak means forests are recovering, and oxygen output due to speedy growth caused by climate change will soon compensate for the carbon emitted by rotting trees.The study, which was published in the publication Geophysical Research Letters, says the switch will happen by 2020, faster than scientists had expected.
A new study estimates that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes in the United States are keeping their sexual orientation hidden from some or all of their teammates. Lesbian athletes in the same age group (under 22 years old) were more willing to be public about it — 63 percent said they were hiding their orientation.The reason for the secrecy — even in an age when polls show that acceptance has been increasing — is often fear. Nearly half of gay men and 44 percent of lesbians around the world who kept their sexual orientation hidden said they did so in order not to be bullied. In addition, fear of discrimination from coaches or officials was mentioned by 32 percent of gay men and 28 percent of lesbians.The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents, both gay and heterosexual, had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports.Titled “Out On The Fields,” the report was based on a survey of nearly 9,500 gay, bisexual and heterosexual people and claims to be the largest-ever study on homophobia in sports. (The questions only related to sexual orientation, not gender identity, so the study offers no information about transgender athletes.)After publicizing the anonymous online questionnaire through various media outlets,1 They included Outsports, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Same Same, Fairfax Media, The Guardian, ESPN, EILE Magazine Ireland, Gay NZ, GayStar News, Daily Xtra and Pink News UK. the researchers received answers from several English-speaking countries. The highest numbers of responses came from Australia (3,006), the United States (2,064), the United Kingdom (1,796), Canada (1,123), New Zealand (631) and Ireland (501).The United States received the lowest overall “inclusion score” of all the countries analyzed, with a high number of respondents saying the U.S. was not accepting of gay athletes. (Though because of the small sample sizes for respondents from New Zealand and Ireland, it isn’t necessarily fair to say that the U.S. ranks worst.)In a phone interview, the survey’s lead author, Erik Denison, said attitudes about privacy among athletes are often related to the perception of homophobia in sports.“I made that decision myself when I kept in the closet,” he said. “Implicitly it is about discrimination, though. The straight men can talk openly in conversations about what you did at the weekend, the women they met. If you’re gay though, you either have to make up stories or be excluded. It’s not the same.”The large scale of the survey, though, doesn’t mean that it is the definitive word on homophobia in sports. Even in countries that had a high number of respondents, it can be difficult to tease out more detailed trends because the subgroups are far too small. Responses were split into youth and adult sports (i.e. under age 22 and over age 22) but also broken out by sports played and the sexual orientation of the respondents.What’s more, not everyone even said they played sports — among U.S. respondents, for example, 81 percent of gay women and 75 percent of gay men said they participated in youth sports, while 63 percent of gay women and 42 percent of gay men said they participated in adult sports. As a result, the finding that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes keep their sexuality hidden from teammates is based on just 114 individuals.Denison and his co-author, Alistair Kitchen, both members of Australia’s first gay rugby team, said they were are aware of those limitations. Their international approach was partly informed by the fact that past smaller-scale studies on homophobia in sport have been dismissed for being too limited in scope. The final methodology and findings were reviewed by seven academic experts prior to publication.Overall, these results should be treated as estimates in an under-researched area filled with speculation, rather than definitive numbers about gay athletes.Gay respondents were more likely than heterosexual ones to say that homophobia was more common in team sporting environments than in general society. But LGB athletes also related positive reactions to revealing their orientation to their teammates. In its write-up of the report, the gay sports site Outsports.com acknowledged many of the issues cited by respondents but added that “people in sports behave very differently when an athlete actually comes out,” often welcoming the LGB athlete and apologizing for language used in the past.Denison also described what he called “the snowball effect” — the notion that the more LGB athletes there are who are open about their sexual orientation, the more accepted gay athletes will become in sports. As evidence for that, Denison pointed to the higher share of lesbian athletes in the U.S. who are open about their sexuality with their teammates and the fact that lesbian athletes around the world are more likely to say teams offer them a “supportive and safe environment.”Because of their visibility, LGB professional athletes are likely more influential than amateurs in getting the snowball effect rolling, but few seem comfortable speaking publicly. The survey allowed respondents to submit detailed stories about themselves — around 1,600 did so. Denison said that about three dozen of those who provided narrative accounts were professional athletes, including at least two on their respective countries’ national teams.Last year, after the professional football player Michael Sam told ESPN and The New York Times that he is gay, he said he received messages from many fellow athletes who “had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out.”So far, Sam’s decision has not created a snowball effect in the U.S. — partly because there will need to be other outspoken gay athletes before the sport reaches what Denison describes as “a critical mass.”
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes upfield with his teammates during their game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 27-30. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe chain-link between an orange, black-striped marker at the 25-yard line and an orange, black-striped marker at the 15-yard line was what everyone was watching. That and the spot of the football on which the game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan rested.One of the greatest rivalries in sports came down to the position of a ball that is 11 inches in length and 22 inches in circumference. Ohio State needed just one of those inches to reach the marker.It did. First down.All anyone can remember is that fourth-down play and Curtis Samuel’s 15-yard touchdown run on the next play to clinch the Buckeyes’ 30-27 double-overtime victory, which cemented him as the hero in the greatest game ever played in the 113th meeting of the rivalry.It will torment every Michigan fan, coach and player for an eternity — because Michigan was the better team that day and everyone knew it. It was obvious.The Wolverines dominated Ohio State for three quarters, but when it mattered most, all of a sudden Jim Harbaugh’s defense couldn’t stop the Buckeyes.After kicker Tyler Durbin missed a 21-yard field goal that would have tied the game with 7:01 remaining, it should have been over. All Michigan had to do was gain a couple of first downs and run the clock out and it would have headed to the Big Ten championship game.It couldn’t and Ohio State got the ball back.The Buckeyes had a third-and-7 in their own territory. Michigan was called for pass interference on a ball that sailed over Samuel’s head and the drive continued.With the game on the line, Ohio State had third-and-goal from the 16 with a shaky Durbin on the sideline. Michigan allowed a 10-yard completion and Durbin connected on his 23-yard field goal instead of being forced to attempt a 33-yarder.Hysteria had set into Ohio Stadium well before the first overtime began and it lasted all the way through the moment when a sea of scarlet sang Neil Diamond’s timeless hit “Sweet Caroline.” By then, Urban Meyer was back on his feet after falling to the turf as Samuel was hoisted into the air by center Pat Elflein.One play made that scene, but there were many plays before it that turned the game into a classic.The reality of last year’s game will continue to torment Michigan fans and elate Ohio State fans as Fox replays Samuel’s touchdown over and over on Saturday’s broadcast. The rivalry will probably never have another game like 2016.You’d need a book thicker than the King James Bible to write down every moment that mattered in that edition of the Ohio State-Michigan game. Parents will tell their children about how Ohio State was counted out and still beat the Wolverines. Michigan fans will pass down the story of how Harbaugh and the Wolverines were screwed over on that fourth-down play.How do you capture a game that will live forever?It’s simple. You play it again.
(AFP) — An Indian man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai, police said Monday.Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, the city’s police said in a statement.“We have arrested a doctor and another junior staff member under section 304 of the Indian penal code for causing death due to negligence,” Mumbai police spokesman Deepak Deoraj told AFP.The incident occurred on Saturday night at the Indian financial capital’s Nair Hospital.Police said preliminary reports suggested that the man had died from inhaling liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder.It is thought the cylinder was damaged after hitting the machine.Ramesh Bharmal, the dean of the hospital, told AFP that an investigation had been launched to determine the exact cause of death, adding CCTV footage of the incident had been handed over to police.The victim’s uncle said Maru had been asked to carry the cylinder by the junior staff member who assured him the machine was switched off.“The ward boy who was supposed to prevent such incidents told my family members to go inside when the machine was turned on. We are shocked and devastated,” Jitendra Maru told AFP.The state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, announced compensation of 500,000 rupees (US$7,870) for the victim’s family.MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, machines use a powerful magnetic field to produce images of the body’s organs. Metallic objects are pulled towards it and must not be carried into the room.In 2014 two hospital workers sustained injuries when they were pinned between an MRI machine and a metal oxygen tank for four hours at a hospital in New Delhi.In 2001, a six-year-old boy undergoing an MRI scan in New York was killed when a metal oxygen tank flew towards the machine and crushed his skull. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan ‘kills 14 members of family’ – then himselfFebruary 28, 2016In “World”Indian teen raped, raped again, then killedJuly 26, 2016In “World”At least 99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in IndiaFebruary 11, 2019In “latest news”
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has faced a call to resign at the Labour Party conference in Killarney this morning.The party has debated and voted on a number of health motions including cuts to disability services, medical cards and fluoridation of the water supply.One speaker, Gerry Kerr from the Dublin North West branch, called on Gilmore to resign over the “disproportionate and cumulative effect” that spending cuts have had on the disabled community.Kerr claimed that Gilmore had promised during the general election that his number one social policy priority was the protection of the disabled and that subsequent cuts have “proved he has failed on this”.“Words like fair but tough, decent, protection of the vulnerable, no longer have a currency or a credibility when spoken by Eamon Gilmore,” Kerr said.“I believe the requirements of this motion will not be fulfilled unless there is a change in leadership. I want to call for Eamon Gilmore to resign.” Kerr, who has previously criticised Ruairí Quinn over DEIS school cuts, was speaking on a motion put forward by the Finglas branch of Labour. The motion called on the party to ensure there are not further cuts to services, benefits, allowances or grants to people with disabilities. Junior health minister Kathleen Lynch defended Gilmore saying he has done an “incredible job” in defending the disability budget.“We are doing our very best,” she said, adding that she would “dread” to think what might happen if Labour was not in government.The conference carried all but one of the health motions considered this morning with a debate on water fluoridation sparking some interesting comments from the party’s chief whip Emmet Stagg.He said that fluoridation of the Irish water supply is a “most unscientific way in taking a substance” calling it “mass medication”.Others spoke against the motion which called for an examination of the practice of fluoridation. One delegate, Padraig McLoughlin, said the campaign against fluoridation is “vociferous but misguided”. There have been no major protests at the conference this year with security tight following protests at last year’s event in Galway.The Psychiatric Nurses Association is holding what it says is a “canvass” outside the event, calling on the government to end the “current and long standing second class status afforded [to] mental health services”.LIVE: The 66th Labour Party national conference in KillarneyRead: Burton hopes voters will reward Labour next year as day two of conference gets underway
The crisis in the property market looks set to continue for another two to three years, according to 56.3 per cent of real estate experts who took part in a survey by the Statistics Department of the Athens University of Economics and Business. Almost three-quarters of respondents said that house prices will decline in the next six months, while almost all said there is an oversupply of professional properties. Falling demand, lower incomes, tighter bank lending and fears of job losses are some other factors that, according to report, will hinder possible property market recovery within the next six months. The report didn’t not mention how many agents were surveyed. Eight out of 10 interviewees said demand for commercial properties will be much lower, with 70 per cent saying prices will fall as a result. According to current figures house price declined five per cent in the first quarter while the number of property transactions involving lending from financial institutions fell almost 48 per cent from the same quarter in 2010, the Bank of Greece said in May. The university’s general real estate confidence index dropped to 35.8 points for the second half this year from 36.3 points in the first six months, the University said. Austerity measures agreed to by the government last year in return for 110 billion euros ($159.8 billion) of emergency loans have deepened Greece’s recession as unemployment has risen and consumers have bought less. The Greek Parliament last week approved further budget cuts that were key to receiving further financial aid. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on target After being first willed into existence two years ago, famous follow-up to beloved but bad 1990s basketball movie Space Jam is getting even closer to actually existing. Instead of Michael Jordan, LeBron James is the live-action superstar athlete because of course. His cartoon co-stars remain Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes. However, the most recent news is that Terence Nance of the experimental HBO sketch comedy show Random Acts of Flyness will be directing while new filmmaking superstar Ryan Coogler is producing. Like we said, Space Jam is a bad movie. But Coogler’s sterling record now has us interested in the sequel. Keep reading to learn more about the artist who made Black Panther’s this year smartest superhero hit.At last, like a king ascending his throne, Black Panther has completed his journey from underappreciated long-running Marvel Comics character to Captain America: Civil War supporting character all the way up to star of his own masterpiece of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. On-screen we can now see great actors like Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassett bring Wakanda’s rich cast of characters to life. However, before we all see the movie, I want to talk about the man behind the camera who has worked so hard to give us the Afrofuturist superhero movie we deserve. Let’s talk about why Ryan Coogler is such a cool director.A USC film school graduate, Coogler directed various short films from 2009 to 2011. Considering the types of short films folks fresh out of film schools tend to direct, the fact that Coogler’s work won several awards was an early hint that he was the real deal.However, movie buffs really started paying attention to Coogler in 2013 after he wrote and directed his first feature-length movie Fruitvale Station. On paper, the film tells the story of the death of Oscar Grant, a young Black man from San Francisco unjustly shot and murdered by police officers in 2009 at the titular train stop. But the bulk of the movie is a fictionalized take on the day before Grant’s death, a day that to him and everyone else was just a normal day. Grant’s life is what mattered, not just the tragedy of his death. This film also marked the first collaboration between Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan, who has appeared in every one of Coogler’s films since including the upcoming Black Panther.After the critical success of the relatively serious and low-key Fruitvale Station, Coogler surprised everyone by choosing to direct Creed, the next Rocky film. Set after the climactic Rocky Balboa, the film stars Jordan as Adonis Creed, the conflicted son of the late Apollo “Not Muhammad Ali” Creed training under an even older Rocky of course played by Sylvester Stallone. Considering Stallone’s attachment to the series despite its varying levels of quality, it was hard to predict how this one would turn out. Would it be great or would it fail to unseat bad Floridian grunge bands and video games about assassins as the one true Creed?Amazingly, Creed was arguably the best film of 2015. It was fun and emotional and inspiring and artistic. It was full of life and charm and modern energy while still feeling absolutely like a Rocky movie. It’s the best kind of fan fiction in that it builds upon what works about the world of the original with rejuvenating fresh ideas and characters. It made me cry. Just like the original, Oscar-winning 1976 Rocky, Creed was a real film with real themes about legacy and family, not some dumb cartoon about punching Russians. Sorry The Force Awakens, but Creed was by far the best seventh entry in a beloved 1970s movie franchise released in 2015. Stallone gives his greatest performance in decades, but the real miracle is that the film ultimately feels like the work of Ryan Coogler.Fruitvale Station showed Coogler wanted to imbue his films with a Black social consciousness and unique auteur look and feel perspective. Creed proved he could still do that while also making crowd-pleasing blockbusters that were part of long-running franchises controlled by other people with big egos. All of these traits are crucial for making an authentic Black Panther movie while still operating under the thumb of Disney and Marvel.We already saw hints of Coogler’s take, on the character. He rewrote some of T’Challa’s scenes in Civil War, and most agree Black Panther is a particularly bright spot in that movie. Ava DuVernay would have been an amazing pick for a Black Panther director, but after she declined in favor of A Wrinkle in Time, courting Coogler next to write and direct was a brilliant move on Marvel’s part. Coogler has already said this is his “most personal” film yet.The modern blockbuster movie machine has a young talent problem. The crop has not been maintained. As old masters get too old or disinterested to direct these vital studio tentpole features, there aren’t enough up and coming filmmakers to take their place. Studios get so desperate they pluck indie guys (but never gals) with potential but not nearly enough experience to survive the big-budget obstacle course.Colin Trevorrow directed the pretty good $750,000 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed and then immediately directed the profitable but bad $150 million Jurassic World. Josh Trank directed the great superhero movie Chronicle and then the awful Fantastic Four reboot. Some can weather this transition like Godzilla/Rogue One’s Gareth Edwards and Pete’s Dragon’s David Lowery, but this unsustainable practice can seriously sour audiences on promising filmmakers who aren’t quite ripe yet.What first gave me hope for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, besides the high quality of his previous movies, is that we have watched him come up through the studio system the right way. The scale of his movies has grown safely and naturally, and he properly prepared himself to comfortably tackle a big-budget superhero film while retaining his auteur touch. This is the same reason why Rian Johnson was a great choice to handle famous cannibal film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And now Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has prove once again that both the character and the artist are the real deal.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Former England U-21 international Callum Wilson insists he’s confident about shining for the senior national team ahead of his potential debut on Thursday night.The Bournemouth striker was called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest squad after his impressive goalscoring run his club and could feature when the United States men’s national team come to Wembley.“He gave me an opportunity at that level, a lot has happened since then and I think as you get older you appreciate more getting recognition for England,” Wilson said, according to Sports Mole.“When I was younger, got called up for the Under-21s, a lot of players in that squad were playing in the Premier League and I was in the Championship at the time.”Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“You felt like you’re here and they are there sort of thing.”“I suppose I didn’t appreciate it, I didn’t feel like I was meant to be there then whereas now I think my performances in the Premier League have shown that I am able to be here.”The former Coventry City striker also revealed the commitment it took to get from recovering from two long-term injuries to the brink of representing his country.“I actually missed the birth of my second child being out (of the country) doing rehab, so that’s the sort of sacrifices I made to get to this point,” Wilson said.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 28, 2017 – Montego Bay – Residents of Montego Bay, St. James, whose houses and other belongings were destroyed by the flood that swept through sections of the city on November 22, have received assistance from the Government.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented cheques to the first set of 80 recipients on December 22, at the temporary Montego Bay regional offices of the Ministry on Cottage Road.“Over 150 persons were affected. We had to send back some of them to get their Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) as they were incorrect, or we never got a TRN for them,” Mrs. Robinson explained. “We know that the money can’t buy back everything that you lost, but we are making an effort,” she told the gathering.The flooding resulted from excessively heavy rains, estimated at 3.5 inches, which lashed the city for about four hours. Several roadways were blocked for hours and extensive damage was done to private and public properties. Many residents living on William Street, King Street, Norwood, Dome Street and other areas were impacted.During a tour of the affected sections of the city on November 23, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, promised that in addition to a $20-million emergency allocation from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, he would convene a meeting with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to come up with further support in order to ensure that persons, particularly homeowners, were given assistance.In an interview with JIS News following the presentation, Mrs. Robinson said representatives of the Ministry are continuing their fieldwork to collect the relevant TRNs, so that the remaining 70 persons will get assistance.“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security stands ready to do its part in times of emergencies like this,” she said.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Governor Dunleavy called the Alaska Legislature into a special session on May 16, 2019 to adopt operating and capital budgets, fund education, provide a full PFD as outlined in statute, and pass an effective crime package. With 23 days left in the first special session, these items remain outstanding. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy Thursday issued a statement following one week of special session on the back of a 121-day regular session, in which the legislative leadership has failed to accomplish the basic tasks of government which includes passing a constitutionally mandated budget: Gov. Dunleavy: “The legislative leadership has delayed for too long the essential priorities of this session. We are now approaching 130 days without final action on critical bills, specifically: No operating budgetNo supplemental budgetNo capital budgetNo education fundingNo PFDNo crime billThe people of Alaska made their voices clear both in the election last fall and this session – tackle crime, provide a full PFD, and balance the budget to fund core services of government, including education. It’s time for the leadership of both bodies to act in the best interest of Alaskans by bringing these issues to the floor for a vote.”
Amberpet: Seasons Hospital and Care Hospital jointly organised a health camp at Vaibhavnagar in Bagh Amberpet on Sunday. Local legislator Kaleru Venkatesh along with noted physician Dr Hari Charan inaugurated the camp. He called upon the people to make best use of the opportunity.The doctors conducted various diagnostic tests on patients and distributed medicines free of cost. They sensitized the people on bones and heart related diseases and the precautions that should be taken. Noted numerologist Daivaghna Sharma was present.
Close OnePlus has become a household name in India and many major markets in the world. The brand itself has grown to become one of the most reliable and trusted names in the industry, which is why the expectations from end users grow and they tend to demand better things in every aspect. For most people out there, the camera plays a major role in a smartphone buying decision, and OnePlus phones have been at par with some of the best phones but not all of them.IBTimes India was a part of OnePlus Camera Lab tour in Taipei, which allowed us to look at everything happening behind closed doors. From robust subjective and objective tests to endurance tests and beyond, OnePlus engineers are thriving to make the phone cameras in OnePlus phones to be the best. This is a crucial area to work on for the company in order to gain more customers.OnePlus 7 Pro was recently launched to much fanfare. Despite being the best Android flagship in various aspects, camera is where the phone struggled. Over the weeks, OnePlus rolled out several software updates and made the OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera a lot (a lot) better. But it still doesn’t surpass the likes of Google Pixel 3 and Huawei P30 Pro – the industry-leading camera phones so far, like it does in other aspects of the performance and battery.OnePlus 7 Pro’s camera isn’t bad, it’s just not up to the competition thrown by the best phones out there. Since OnePlus has grown to become a sensational brand name, expectations are risen high. From our tour, we have learned that a lot of OnePlus fans and camera enthusiasts will be excited in the near future, especially next year.OnePlus 7 Pro’s OxygenOS 9.5.9 isn’t the last update to improve the overall performance and camera of the phone as the engineers are hard at work to bring more optimisations to the camera.Before we get to the roadmap, here’s what we learnt from our lab visit to OnePlus’ camera R&D. Located in the heart of Taiwan, the OnePlus camera lab is a massive open-space office with interesting architecture. A few shots from the office tour are below: 1/4 OnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThen, there’s the lab with a series of smaller rooms, where all the magic happens. All that feedback from community members, beta testers, field engineers and even Pete Lau’s timely suggestions are taken into account and the software testing is pushed inside the lab. The camera test lab covers testing phone camera in different artificially-set scenes and analysing data produced from those samples.The testing lab is divided into five main areas, objective tests, camera functional verification, HDR development, 3A development and reflective target development, where the machines test camera’s capabilities in various parameters such as white balance, brightness, speed of autofocus and saturation. The purpose of these various labs is to ensure balanced results in any scenario – be it a sunny day or a candle-lit dinner or a backlit scene. Finding a balance between subjective and objective needs is a tedious task and these tests done by OnePlus aim to achieve the best results – both in DxO scores and what people need. 1/7 OnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextOnePlus uses prototype hardware to shoot images and then analyse the data to find errors and correct them. It was evident that software does play a huge role, more so in future, and we’re hoping to see more of that smart optimisation on cameras of existing OnePlus phones.Speaking of smart optimisations on images, OnePlus product manager for OnePlus’ imaging team, Zake Zhang, said: “AI is definitely a direction everybody is looking to. In the near future, when you point out at a scene, the camera recognises a scene and know exactly how you want the photo to be. That’s true AI. We are not there yet, but it is the direction we are heading. So we don’t use the term AI, instead, we call it smart scene detection or smart-anything or computational algorithms. We don’t recognise mere edge detection as AI.”Speaking of current trends, Zhang noted, “For now, the most important thing is the software – the computational power of the mobile platform.”Going back to the various test labs conducted at the OnePlus camera lab, the main highlight for us was the automotive objective test lab complete with a huge robotic arm controlled by a programmatic test software. The smartphone affixed to the robotic arm takes photos of the charts on the big screen and displays instant results – all without any human intervention. 1/2 OnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextIn the same room were three mannequin heads, which at first looked creepy for their sheer realness. It was as if looking at a scene from Game of Thrones. The purpose of the mannequin heads was to pose for a natural portrait shot where the engineers could test and perfect the bokeh effect that users love so much. One of the engineers said that they were planning to add a fourth mannequin head – of a man with a fully grown beard. OnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus also had a dedicated station with several OnePlus phones plugged in and they were all testing the performance of the camera app on a loop. Each phone would launch the camera app, snap a photo in normal mode and then switch to different modes and take a sample before closing the app and going through this process over and over again. All the results of the camera app performance were shown in real-time on a monitor nearby. OnePlus camera lab in TaipeiIBTimes India/Sami KhanThere were other labs, like the one with a rotating joyride with LED lights on it in order to test the autofocus speed, and another one with charts and objects under SpectraLight QC light booth to measure ISO, colour accuracy, exposure and other parameters in different lighting situations.With all this, OnePlus has a clear vision in mind – deliver pleasing results to end-users, be it through computational algorithms or capable hardware setup. The company’s direction towards software optimisations looks promising and it is bound to add value to the camera in future updates. If nothing, Zhang seemed pretty confident that next year’s OnePlus flagship – which we believe will be called OnePlus 8 – will be able to surpass other camera smartphones.OnePlus is also working with the challenge of having a small camera team as compared to giants like Google. It heavily relies on its community for feedback, which according to Zhang is extremely helpful. But the team is expanding and with it let’s hope we get to see some Pixel-grade camera performance from future OnePlus devices.To give you an idea about how far OnePlus has come with its cameras, take a look at some shots taken from OnePlus 7 Pro in Taipei below. But the idea to be better than this. 1/10 Shot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanShot on OnePlus 7 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNext OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classy
Popular on Variety On March 30, Bezos’ personal private investigator, Gavin de Becker, wrote in an op-ed on the Daily Beast that his investigation had concluded with “high confidence” that the Saudi Arabian government had stolen private info from Jeff Bezos’ phone, allegedly in retaliation for the Washington Post’s aggressive coverage of the regime and specifically the Saudis’ murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. AMI has said its source for the texts and photos was Michael Sanchez, Lauren Sanchez’s estranged brother.De Becker did not explicitly accuse AMI of collaborating with the Saudis to obtain dirt on Bezos. According to the investigator, American Media had demanded de Becker make a public statement saying he was not aware of “any form of electronic eavesdropping or hacking in [AMI’s] news-gathering process” — otherwise, the company threatened, it would publish the private Bezos photos in its possession. De Becker also noted that in 2018, AMI published a 100-page magazine called “The New Kingdom” that heaped praise on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. pic.twitter.com/oFGWPkK3dB— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2019Jeff Bezos, 55, and MacKenzie Bezos, 48, were married in 1993, after they met at hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co. in New York City where Jeff Bezos was an SVP and MacKenzie Tuttle was a research associate. They are the parents of four children: three sons, and a daughter adopted from China.Jeff Bezos last year began dating Lauren Sanchez, the wife of Endeavor executive chairman Patrick Whitesell. Sanchez and Whitesell, who were married in 2005, separated last fall.In a bizarre twist, Bezos in February publicly leveled accusations that the National Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Inc., engaged in a scheme to blackmail and extort him with a threat of publishing compromising photos it had somehow obtained via private texts between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. AMI’s initial response was that it acted “lawfully” in reporting on the story about Bezos and Sanchez. Kristen Stewart on ‘Seberg’: ‘It’s Not Hard for Me to Wear My Politics’ Streamers, Asians, V/R, Boost Industry Attendance As Venice Market Kicks Off ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “A petition for divorce was filed on April 4, 2019, and the divorce decree is expected to be issued in approximately 90 days,” Amazon said in the 8-K filing. If MacKenzie Bezos sells or transfers any of her Amazon stock holdings, the “proposed transferee” must enter into a voting agreement on the same terms and conditions granting a proxy to Jeff Bezos to vote those shares, per the filing. Related Bezos will remain the richest individual in the world, even after the divorce, with a net worth over $110 billion as of Thursday, per Forbes. The divorce settlement — believed to be the biggest ever — will make MacKenzie Bezos the third-wealthiest woman in the world, according to Forbes, trailing L’Oréal’s Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (with a net worth of $52.9 billion) and Walmart’s Alice Walton ($45 billion).Bezos announced the couple’s plans to divorce in January after 25 years of marriage. MacKenzie on Thursday announced the financial details of the couple’s divorce on Twitter.“Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness, and looking forward to next phase as co-parents and friends,” she wrote in the tweet. “Happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post, Blue Origin, and 75% of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies. Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next.” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will keep 75% of the shares in the ecommerce giant that were jointly held with his wife, MacKenzie — and he will retain full voting control of all of the couple’s shares — after the two finalized terms of their divorce.In addition, MacKenzie is granting Jeff her full interest in the Washington Post, which Jeff Bezos bought in 2013, and space-aeronautics company Blue Origin, according to a tweet she posted Thursday.According to an SEC filing Thursday, MacKenzie Bezos will hold shares representing about 4% of Amazon’s outstanding common stock, currently worth around $35.6 billion. That means Bezos will retain a 12% stake in Amazon, worth more than $100 billion. The divorce settlement makes MacKenzie the fourth-largest shareholder of Amazon, behind Jeff Bezos and investment firms Vanguard Group and BlackRock. Bezos also issued a statement via Twitter, saying in part, “I’m so grateful to all my friends and family for reaching out with encouragement and love. It means more than you know. MacKenzie most of all… In all our work together, MacKenzie’s abilities have been on full display. She has been an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother.”
BALURGHAT: A group of miscreants allegedly led by some BJP activists attacked the house of Trinamool MLA of Itahar in North Dinajpur, Amal Acharjee, on Tuesday night.The goons had allegedly pelted stones and hurled bombs targeting the house. Acharjee is also the Trinamool Congress district president of North Dinajpur. Acharjee has filed an official complaint with the police on Wednesday. According to a police source, the BJP had conducted a victory rally after forming the Panchayat board in Itahar, while miscreants led by party activists targetted Acharjee’s house. Notably, the BJP had bagged 13 seats and formed the board of Itahar Gram Panchayat on Tuesday. Trinamool had won in 12 seats. “Itahar is a peaceful area. The BJP after capturing the Gram Panchayat started terrorising Trinamool voters, leaders and workers. We will not tolerate this. Trinamool is against any such activity. I have urged the police for strict legal action against those who were behind the crime,” Acharjee said.
Chicks, bread and craftsBut now they’ve set up some enterprising initiatives to help them get by. The LGBTI refugees have set up poultry, bakery and arts/crafts businesses to make money to provide basic needs for themselves.‘Our LGBTI friends in Japan gave us the courage to start up a mega poultry project to help in empowering the minorities. It’s aimed at feeding the most vulnerable like the ones who are HIV medication,’ Mbazira said.‘We have an active project on the ground that is successful. We have 50 chicks so far.’A refugee sells bread to get by in Kakuma’s refugee camp. | Photo: SuppliedBut they are still struggling to cover the costs of buying the equipment to help their micro-businesses flourish. The more goods they can produce, the more profits they can make.‘Your donations towards the success of the project will help in increasing output as the more birds we have the more returns and more profits to help improve our living conditions which are currently dire,’ Mbazira said.People who want to help the LGBTI refugees can donate to the crowdfunding campaign which has already raised about $500.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . One of the refugees at Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp tending to the chickens. | Photo: Supplied A group of LGBTI refugees who faced violence after holding a Pride festival in their refugee camp have been forced to find new ways to make money because of anti-LGBTI persecution. Here are the photos from the first Pride march in refugee camp in KenyaMeet the people behind the first Pride at a refugee camp in KenyaLGBTI refugees face violence, discrimination and we need to help themRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-refugees-get-creative-to-survive-after-homophobic-violence-drove-them-out-of-work/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay Star News exclusively reported in June that LGBTI refugees in the Kenyan Kakuma Refugee Camp held the first Pride parade there. Many of them come from Uganda. The Kakuma refuguee camp is one of the largest in the world. All of the LGBTI refugees in Kakuma fled their home countries because of persecution they faced because they are LGBTI.But now that the LGBTI refugees in Kakuma are more visible because of the Pride event, they have faced violence and death threats. They have also faced discrimination in employment, according to the refugees.‘There are no opportunities for us to work in the camp or even outside the camp, we are segregated against, nobody wants to hire an LGBTQ refugee person in Kenya,’ said the head of advocacy group Rainbow Flag Kakuma, Mbazira Moses.Sometimes if they refugees don’t have any money they only get to eat one meal a day.‘The expenses we have in the camp that are very urgent in the camp. We have to pay for food, medical supplies, bedding, charcoal stoves for cooking, clothes, telecommunications and maybe internet,’ Mbazira said. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS-
Mortgage Rates 2017-10-13 Brianna Gilpin October 13, 2017 545 Views Mortgage Rates Hit Biggest Increase Since Summer Freddie Mac released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey Thursday, revealing that 30-year fixed-rate mortgages rates posted its biggest week-over-week increase since July 2017.”The 30-year mortgage rate increased for a second consecutive week, jumping 6 basis points to 3.91 percent,” Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said. “The 10-year Treasury yield also rose, climbing 4 basis points this week.”Last week, 30-year fixed rate mortgage rates averaged 3.91 percent, which was at 3.47 percent this time in 2016. 15-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.21 percent with an average 0.5 point, an increase from last week when the 15-year FRM sat at 3.15 percent. In early October 2016, the rate averaged 2.82 percent.Five-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) averaged 3.16 percent with an average 0.4 point. This was a slight decrease from last week when it averaged 3.18 percent and an increase from this time last year when it averaged 2.82 percent.In its weekly mortgage rate trend index, Bankrate said nearly two-thirds of respondents said rates will remain relatively stable next week, but Shaun Guerrero, Branch Manager at Alterra Home Loans in Silverdale, Washington believes they will go up.“The housing market is still going strong! Year over year, we are up almost half a percent in rates and purchases are still up 7 percent for the year,” Guerrero told Bankrate. “It is important that as rates look to continue to go up, you lock in your loan early in the lending process. Rates will continue their rise over the next few weeks.”Les Parker, SVP of LoanLogics in Trevose, Pennsylvania, believes rates will go down.“It’s October. Will it be Surprise, Trick, or Treat (or is it Tweet)? The mix of trends among related markets offer opportunities for surprises and tricks,” Parker told Bankrate. “But the sweet treat comes with mortgages staying bullish. Who knows about tweets?” in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Share