After bypoll debacle, BSP blames BJP for poor show

first_imgAfter drawing a blank in the Uttar Pradesh assembly bypolls, the BSP blamed the ruling BJP for its debacle, saying it helped the Samajwadi Party win some seats. In the bypolls to 11 assembly segments, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal (S) bagged 8 seats and the SP three. The SP, which emerged as the biggest gainer, wrested Zaidpur seat from the ruling BJP and Jalalpur from the BSP, while retaining Rampur. “As part of a conspiracy to bring the morale of the BSP men down before the UP Vidhan Sabha elections, the BJP in these bypolls made the Samajwadi Party win some seats and not allow the BSP to win a single seat,” BSP president Mayawati tweeted after the loss in the elections.“Partymen understand this well. They will definitely work wholeheartedly to fail their conspiracy,” she added. The Uttar Pradesh bypoll results have come as a setback for the BSP which had sought to project itself as the main opposition party in the state. It not only failed to retain its Jalalpur seat but also pushed to the fourth spot in six of the 11 assembly segments. BSP’s Chaya Verma lost the Jalalpur seat to Samajwadi Party’s Subhash Rai by a slender margin of 790 votes. Chaya Verma is the daughter of senior BSP leader Lalji Verma and Jalalpur was a BSP stronghold from where its its candidate Ritesh Pandey had won the Lok Sabha elections earlier this year. The party candidates fared below Congress nominees and also lost deposits at many of the seats. On six seats-Gangoh, Rampur, Lucknow Cantt, Govindnagar, Pratapgarh and Zaidpur-its candidates fared a poor fourth. On three others-Manikpur, Balha and Ghosi-it took the third spot and on two-Iglas and Jalapur-it finished the runners up. The party got the lowest 2.14% votes in Rampur and the highest 33.96% and 31.25% in Iglas and Jalalpur, respectively. The BSP, which was the major gainer in this year’s Lok Sabha polls, winning 10 seats in alliance with the Samajwadi Party, had decided to contest the bypolls after almost 12 years.last_img read more

Thumbs down to the Mr and Mrs Vivek Oberois’ wedding attire

first_imgActor Vivek Oberoi gets married to Bangalore-based management graduate Priyanka Alva on November 30.One would have thought Vivek Oberoi’s luck would change with his marriage to business management graduate Priyanka Alva. But the flop actor, sporting a clean shaven look, wasn’t spared the critics’ digs even on his big day.This time around, it wasn’t his former rivals in love or film pundits or producers he disappointed, but the very unforgiving fashion police. Looking every bit the bridegroom at his wedding to Priyanka at her Bangalore residence on Friday night, the couple happily posed for the shutterbugs. While the wedding was a grand affair – with ceremonies both in Kannada and Punjabi style to be followed by a reception in Mumbai – it was the bride’s and groom’s wedding outfit that turned out to be an eyesore.Designed by the czar of bridal wear Tarun Tahiliani, the overly coordinated outfits were quite a disaster. While Vivek wore a deep maroon, heavy brocade jacket with tacky embroidery top to toe, with velvet turban and jootis, his wife did not look any different. Her heavily embellished lehenga with 14 different colours on the panels and her antique jewellery were a bling overload.The lehenga was designed keeping in mind that she was getting married to a Punjabi, Tahiliani said. But it seems when North weds South, the clothes are the biggest casualty. While the wedding was attended by a number of local politicians, the Bollywood fraternity, with the exception of Sushmita Sen and Sangeeta Bijlani, gave it a miss.advertisementReports suggest that fans, after having waited for more than three hours at the venue, were disappointed because almost no star turned up for the wedding. Among those guests who turned up were politician-cumactor Ambareesh and actors Sudeep and Ramya. Interestingly, Vivek had invited Abhishek Bachchan, hubby of his ex-girlfriend Aishwarya Rai, to his Mumbai reception.Also on the guest list was Sanjay Dutt, who is unhappy with Vivek after he reportedly made uncharitable remarks about his wife Manyata. It remains to be seen if they turn up.last_img read more

Messi Wins FIFA Player of the Year as Ronaldo Skips Ceremony, Megan Rapinoe Bags Women’s Honour

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Milan: Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday in FIFA The Best Football Awards at La Scala opera house in Milan while Megan Rapinoe took the women’s prize to cap a historic year for the United States’ World Cup icon.Barcelona forward Messi’s victory in Milan was a surprise as he edged out Virgil Van Dijk, who won the UEFA player’s award last month after helping Liverpool to the Champions League last season. With the Champions League in the bag and the UEFA Nations League final to his name, van Dijk was believed to be the frontrunner for the award but it sprung a surprise as Messi took the honours. Both Messi and van Dijk are in the running for the coveted Ballon d’Or which will be announced on December 2. #LeoMessi #TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/qRmcG4w85e— #TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 23, 2019 Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo had also been shortlisted for the award.Rapinoe, on the other hand, beat fellow World Cup winner Alex Morgan and England’s Lucy Bronze to the women’s title. The 34-year-old won the Golden Boot for being top scorer and the Golden Ball for the best player at the World Cup, and also became the face of the tournament for her outspoken views on US president Donald Trump.Rapinoe’s award-winning speech was no different as she spoke her mind and picked up relevant issues to address once again, asking everyone to act on the things that really matter.“Some of the stories that have inspired me this year. Raheem Sterling and Koulibaly – their amazing performances on the field, but the way they have taken on the disgusting racism that they have to face. The Iranian woman who eventually set herself on fire. The LGBQT players who fight homophobia. These are the stories that inspire me but also make me sad.“If we want change, everyone has to contribute. I want to see people other than Sterling and Koulibaly as outraged about racism. People other than LGBQT community outraged about homophobia. To all people here, Lend your platform to others, lift them up, share your success. #AlexMorgan #MeganRapinoe #TheBest | #FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/avUyt0jCIC— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) September 23, 2019 “We have a unique opportunity in football, different to any other sport in the world, to use this beautiful game to actually change the world for the better. So that’s my torch to everyone, I hope you take that to heart and do something, do anything. We have incredible power in this room,” Rapinoe said.List of all the winners at FIFA’s The Best Awards ceremony:Best men’s player: Lionel Messi (ARG/Barcelona)Best women’s player: Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC)Best men’s goalkeeper: Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool)Best women’s goalkeeper: Sari van Veenendaal (NED/Atletico Madrid)Men’s World 11 team of year: Alisson Becker (BRA/Liverpool); Sergio Ramos (ESP/Real Madrid), Virgil Van Dijk (NED/Liverpool), Matthijs De Ligt (NED/Juventus), Marcelo (BRA/Real Madrid); Luka Modric (CRO/Real Madrid), Frenkie De Jong (NED/Barcelona), Eden Hazard (BEL/Real Madrid); Lionel Messi (ARG/FC Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (FRA/PSG), Cristiano Ronaldo (POR/Juventus)Women’s World 11 team of year: Sari Van Veenendaal (NED/Atletico Madrid); Lucy Bronze (ENG/Lyon), Wendie Renard (FRA/Lyon), Nilla Fischer (SWE/Linkopings), Kelly O’Hara (USA/Utah Royals); Amandine Henry (FRA/Lyon), Julie Ertz (USA/Chicago), Rose Lavelle (USA/Washington); Marta (BRA/Orlando), Alex Morgan (USA/Orlando), Megan Rapinoe (USA/Reign FC)Men’s coach: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)Women’s coach: Jill Ellis (USA)Puskas Award best goal: Daniel Zsori (HUN/Debrecen)Fair-play award: Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United(With AFP inputs) Alisson Beckercristiano ronaldoFIFAFIFA World Player of the Year First Published: September 24, 2019, 7:05 AM ISTlast_img read more

127 women lynched in Jharkhand after being branded aswitch

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Altogether 127 women were lynched in Jharkhand between 2012-14 after being branded as witch, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”As per information provided by the NCRB, a total of 26, 54 and 47 cases were reported under murder for witchcraft in Jharkhand during 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said replying to a written question.The Minister said continuous awareness programmes through print and visual media are being conducted and help of NGOs in educating people of witchcraft related superstition is being taken. PTI ACB RTlast_img read more

Rahul Dravid will do an incredible job if he becomes India coach, says Shane Watson

first_imgVeteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has backed batting legend Rahul Dravid to step in as the Indian cricket team’s head coach, should the former captain get the cricket board’s nod for the vacant post.”At the starting point, there is no doubt about the quality of person Rahul Dravid is. I was very fortunate to know him well while working with him at Rajasthan Royals (first as the captain) and (later as the) mentor and then learning about his cricketing abilities,” Watson told IANS. (BCCI to soon advertise for post of India coach)”There is no doubt that he will do an incredible job if he gets the chance to coach India and also with Virat Kohli who is continuing to grow in this IPL as a leader. He is an incredible man. He has an amazing amount of experience to pass on to the youngsters,” added the 34-year-old, who quit international cricket after the 2016 World Twenty20.The top post has been lying vacant for more than a year following the departure of Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher. Ravi Shastri was serving as the director and his contract ended after the conclusion of the World Twenty20 championship held in India in March-April.INDIA’S BUSY SEASON AHEADAfter the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), the national team has a busy schedule, packed with Test series against the West Indies, New Zealand and England till December.Moreover, calls have grown louder to appoint a proper head coach and Dravid has been heavily rumoured to take the job.advertisementHe has earned accolades for training Indian Premier League (IPL) sides — the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils. He has also served as the head coach of the India A and Under-19 sides — the latter finished runners-up at the World Cup earlier this year.Many, including Sunil Gavaskar and Harbhajan Singh, have declared that they would like to see Dravid taking one of the most important jobs in world cricket. (Gavaskar backs Dravid as as coach)And Watson, who played under Dravid in Rajasthan, feels that the former right-handed batting star has the necessary attributes to do well with Virat Kolhi as captain in all the three formats – once Dhoni steps down as the limited-overs captain. (Make Dravid head coach, Zak bowling coach, says Harbhajan)Dravid had captained Kohli at Royal Challengers Bangalore in the maiden edition of the IPL in 2008.Watson, who played for Rajasthan from 2008 to 2015, is now working closely with Kohli in this edition of the IPL at RCB, who have reached their third final of the cash-rich tournament.’HAPPY AT RCB’Even though he hasn’t had enough batting opportunities due to the success of the top order — Kohli, AB de Villiers, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle — he isn’t complaining. He has played a crucial part in bowling, with captain Kohli asking him to operate his medium pacers in the death overs.He joint second in the bowlers’ chart, picking 20 wickets from 15 games with an economy rate of 8.07.”I am happy with whatever roles I have been assigned at the RCB. My batting hasn’t been required too much (due to the success of the top three). Virat chose me at crucial and important times and in the majority of the times it has worked and sometimes, like it happens in Twenty20 cricket, it hasn’t worked out exactly according to the plans.””But I have contributed pretty well in a lot of the games while bowling. I feel great responsibility with Virat calling me to bowl those (crucial) overs. And with my experience, I try to do the best possible job,” he added.When Watson, who scored 3,731 runs and took 75 wickets in 59 Tests and played 190 One-Dayers taking 168 wickets and scoring 5,757 runs, decided to retire at the age of 34, many felt it was a pre-mature decision.COACHING A GOOD CAREER OPTIONBut the Queenslander feels it was right to quit the game as he plans to do off-field activities alongside playing the Twenty20 tournaments across the world. Moreover, he plans to become a coach.”I feel I still have got a few years of playing, especially these Twenty20 tournaments throughout the world. I would like to play IPL a few more years — I have always had incredible time over here,” said Watson, who was the Player of the Tournament in the 2008 IPL.”I could have played a few more years of international cricket but I have decided to do some off-field initiatives. There are a lot of down-time after the T20 tournament and in this period I would like to study physical education, children education from (learning) the coaching point of view.”advertisement”That’s why I always say that education is extremely important and a kid, whatever he does (play any sport), should study — that will help him take the right decisions at the right time and also help in the post-retirement careers,” Watson concluded, leaving a message for the youngsters.last_img read more

Arsenal F.C. failings exposed in ‘Big Six’ matches

first_imgArsenal F.C. head to Anfield on Sunday seeking to improve their poor recent record against other ‘Big Six’ teams amid growing uncertainty surrounding their most creative players, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.Arsene Wenger’s side have not won at Anfield since 2012, since when they have played 50 matches against their major rivals, only winning 11, drawing 19 and losing 20. Away from home, they have just won two of 24 games at Chelsea F.C., Liverpool F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Manchester City F.C. and Manchester United F.C.Anfield also was the scene for one of their greatest humiliations when a vibrant Liverpool F.C. side thrashed them 5-1 in 2014, ripping them apart with four goals in the first 20 minutes.The contrast between their recent failures and that last victory in September 2012, when two of their summer signings, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, scored the goals, could not be more stark with Wenger again this week bemoaning the state of the transfer market as he seeks to add to his summer business.Wenger needs to sell before he can buy long-term target Monaco winger Thomas Lemar and has described his 33-man squad as “unmanageable”. But, in a familiar refrain, he this week lamented the market difficulties experienced by English clubs.”There is no transfer market anymore because the price depends only on the identity of the buyer and when you are English, you have straight away 50 per cent [extra] on the price of a player and that makes it difficult to act,” said Wenger.advertisementReuters Photo His failure to offload any underperformers, given the disappointment of last season when Arsenal F.C. failed to qualify for the Champions League, has surprised respected Irish commentator Johnnie Giles, the former Leeds United midfielder.”I’ve always been a great fan of Wenger and I think he has done a great job with Arsenal F.C. over the years – I think everybody agrees with that,” said Giles on Eamon Dunphy’s The Stand podcast.”But when you have Ozil in the team, again, and Chamberlain in the team, again, Walcott still there, Xhaka — these are proven failures, and why they are there, I don’t know. I think it will be the end of Wenger.”I thought they would be out, start from scratch, good players in, or better than he has. These are proven failures and why he is sticking with them, I do not know.”Not everyone agrees with that assessment, particularly of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who Wenger insists is not for sale despite interest from Chelsea F.C. and Liverpool F.C.With Sanchez also linked with a move to Manchester City, there could be several ins and outs ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.Before then, Wenger will be desperate for some reward at Anfield, his favourite English stadium, on Sunday after last week’s defeat at Stoke City F.C.Laurent Koscielny is free to return after missing the first two games through suspension. His presence should bolster a defence that has conceded four goals in two games.Sanchez is also expected to be in contention after missing the opening games with an abdominal strain.last_img read more

Seton Hall Hurler Perfect

first_imgSOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Shane McCarthy threw the first perfect game in Seton Hall history, striking out eight in the Pirates’ 10-0 victory over LIU Brooklyn on April 15.The sophomore right-hander from Fair Haven needed just 88 pitches — 69 strikes — to complete the fourth shutout of his career and etch his name in the record books for Seton Hall.McCarthy (4-3) was doused with Gatorade by his Pirates teammates, who mobbed the history-making pitcher on the field after the final out.Mike Alescio, McCarthy’s batterymate, had two hits, a walk and two RBIs for Seton Hall (24-11). Derek Jenkins and Rob Dadona also each drove in two runs.Baylor LaPointe (3-5) took the loss for LIU Brooklyn (9-20).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Virat Kohli on India’s thrilling win over Afghanistan: This one is right up there

first_imgVirat Kohli on India’s thrilling win over Afghanistan: This one is right up thereIndia vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli said he rated India’s 11-run win over Afghanistan as highly as any other and also admitted his team had started to doubt itself at the half-way stage. 10 Najibullah Zadran N. Zadran c Yuzvendra Chahal b Hardik Pandya Series Status: Player Of The Match: Jasprit Bumrah ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 India IND b Mohammed Shami 3 vs fine Leg Point All batsmen are considered right handed ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 28 B (50.0) Point 39 (49.5) 2 1 Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah 213 0 Afghanistan AFG Mid Wicket Afghanistan batting AFG batting Mohammed Shami M. Shami 1 1 Mid off 7 covers All batsmen are considered right handed Match Ended 2/36 (10) 213 covers 3.9 3.9 Gulbadin Naib (c) G. Naib (c) c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya Square Leg Point Mohammed Shami (IND) M. Shami (IND) Mohammad Nabi M. Nabi c Hardik Pandya b Mohammed Shami 64.28 6s S/R 5.1 0 91.30 Square Leg c Yuzvendra Chahal b Hardik Pandya 166/6 ( N. Zadran 41.3 Overs) , 0 c & b Jasprit Bumrah Top Bowlers Top Bowlers fine Leg 4.06 covers Mid on Mid off Mid Wicket Mid on fine Leg ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 1 Square Leg covers Super Over India Bowling IND Bowling Mid Wicket Mid off 4s 70 0 India IND Mid off 46.66 Point Rahmat Shah R. Shah c Yuzvendra Chahal b Jasprit Bumrah 94.54 106/3 ( R. Shah 28.4 Overs) , third Man 0 213 Point All batsmen are considered right handed m 0 India Today Web Desk SouthamptonJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 23:58 IST Virat Kohli and teammates celebrate the win over Afghanistan (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said India’s victory over Afghanistan was specialKohli said India players had some self doubts at the half-way stageKohli also said horizontal shots cost Indian batsmen on the Southampton pitchVirat Kohli admitted India had started to doubt themselves in the half-way stage of Afghanistan’s chase of 225 in Southampton on Saturday. Ultimately, Mohammed Shami’s hat-trick and Jasprit Bumrah’s double wicket blow helped India record their 4th win of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Virat Kohli top-scored with 67 as India posted a modest 224 for 8 off their 50 overs. However, Afghanistan gave India a real scare before Bumrah struck twice in the 29th over to peg them back.And then Mohammad Nabi played a heroic knock. With 16 needed off the final over, Nabi hit a boundary before Shami removed Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman off 3 successive balls to win it for India.Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Virat Kohli said this was a memorable win.”This is right up there. You win the toss, and you decide to bat and then you see the wicket slow down. You think 260 or 270 would be a good total,” Kohli said. “At the half-way stage, we had our doubts in our minds, but we also had self-belief in the change rooms.”Virat Kohli said he realised the pitch was not the kind where batsmen could play cross-batted shots and felt horizontal shots cost Indian batsmen on the slow surface.”As soon as I went in, I understood the pace of the pitch. Cross-batted shots aren’t on, and a lot of horizontal bat shots cost us on this pitch.”You can’t take the game away from the opposition. You have to knock the ball around, and with three quality wrist-spinners, it was always difficult,” Kohli said.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Mohammed Shami 2nd Indian to take World Cup hat-trickAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Mohammed Shami hat-trick seals thrilling win for India over AfghanistanFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mohammed ShamiFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs Afghanistan 0 0 (49.5) covers Next third Man Mid Wicket 21 45 2 Match Ended 3 42.10 third Man 0 0 Mid Wicket 16 0 19 Point 0 Extras: 17 runs (B: 4, LB: 4, WD: 9, NB: 0, P: 0) 0 213/8 ( M. Nabi 49.3 Overs) , (49.5) 4 Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed Mid off Hashmatullah Shahidi H. Shahidi c & b Jasprit Bumrah All batsmen are considered right handed 9.5 covers Yuzvendra Chahal (IND) Y. Chahal (IND) 224/8 224/8 e/r Square Leg Mid on 55 52 Scorecard r 24 No data available! st MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahalcenter_img Square Leg Mid Wicket commentary Mid off wd Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed third Man 87.5 third Man 2 0 3.6 0 fine Leg 0 Fall of Wickets 213/10 ( Ur Rahman 49.5 Overs) , 57.14 Afghanistan Point 0 42 Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav b Mohammed Shami Mid on graphs India 21 0 Afghanistan AFG 36 Mid on Mid Wicket 67 (63) 10 1 0 Ikram Ali Khil (wk) Ali Khil (wk) not out Mid off view full scorecard Mid on 0 2 1 India beat Afghanistan by 11 runs 23 Mid on 0 0 130/5 ( A. Afghan 35 Overs) , c Yuzvendra Chahal b Jasprit Bumrah covers Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal 41.66 52 (55) 0 Point 63 fine Leg (50.0) Mujeeb Ur Rahman Ur Rahman b Mohammed Shami Square Leg Mid Wicket 4 fine Leg All batsmen are considered right handed 0 fine Leg c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya covers 0 Hazrat Zazai H. Zazai b Mohammed Shami 64/2 ( G. Naib 16.5 Overs) , nb Point 27 106/4 ( H. Shahidi 29 Overs) , Toss: IND elected to bat 10 third Man 8 All batsmen are considered right handed o Square Leg Rashid Khan R. Khan st MS Dhoni b Yuzvendra Chahal w 213/9 ( A. Alam 49.4 Overs) , covers 20/1 ( H. Zazai 6.3 Overs) , c Hardik Pandya b Mohammed Shami Square Leg – All batsmen are considered right handed Mid on 36 b Mohammed Shami Mid on fine Leg 0 190/7 ( R. Khan 45.4 Overs) , 39 2 0 third Man 0 40 Aftab Alam A. Alam b Mohammed Shami 0 14 Mohammad Nabi (AFG) M. Nabi (AFG) Mid off Mid off Referee: Chris Broad (ENG) Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Richard Kettleborough (ENG) Asghar Afghan A. Afghan b Yuzvendra Chahal R 1 Virat Kohli (IND) V. Kohli (IND) third Man fine Leg 2 4/40 (9.5) 10 10 51 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen b Yuzvendra Chahal 10 advertisement 2 not out view more view less 1 third Man Hardik Pandya H. Pandya last_img read more

Nova Scotians Needed for Volunteer Positions on Agencies Boards and Commissions

first_imgNova Scotians from all communities and walks of life are needed to serve on agencies, boards and commissions. Applications are now being accepted from people interested in serving on one of the province’s 160 agencies, boards and commissions. All Nova Scotia residents are eligible to apply. “This week is National Volunteer Week, a time when we recognize the valuable contributions made by Nova Scotian volunteers. It’s also a great time to encourage people to learn more and consider applying for positions available with agencies, boards and commissions,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister of the Voluntary Sector. “By serving in these roles, Nova Scotians can make a real difference in their communities while gaining valuable experience.” The deadline for some applications is May 29. Applicants are assessed on their skills and qualifications, taking into account the needs of the individual agency, board or commission. Applications will be considered for both current and upcoming vacancies. Typically, appointees are reimbursed for expenses, and, in some cases, are nominally remunerated for their services as well. To learn more and apply, visit novascotia.ca/abc, or call 902-424-4877 or 1-866-206-6844. The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy. Applications from aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians and other racially visible people, persons with disabilities, women and members of other employment equity groups are welcomed. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify when applying for appointment.last_img read more

An evening with Sake

first_imgTo raise awareness of Japanese food and Sake in India, The Embassy of Japan has organised a Japanese Sake promotion event ‘An Evening with Sake’, on September 4, at 7:00 pm, at Ambassador’s residence.The Embassy has earlier organised other events including Sake Trade Tasting, November 2017, Japanese Food Promotion Event, March 2018, at the occasion of the visit of Miyakoshi, Special Advisor to Prime Minister of Japan, An Evening with Japanese Food, February 2019 and much more. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThis year, with the cooperation of the Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association, nine Sake breweries and ‘Miss SAKE’, Sanae Haruta from Japan have been invited for the Sake promotion event, targeting Indian hotel buyers and importers. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur will be the chief guest at the occasion. ‘An Evening with Sake 2019’ will be divided into two parts – Part I will be Japanese Sake lecture and media interaction, from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and Part II will comprise of Japanese Sake event, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Sake has played a central role in Japanese life and culture for the past 2,000 years, while the knowledge and techniques involved in sake brewing spread to every corner of the country. In fact, sake is such an integral part of the Japanese diet that, having some knowledge of it can add to one’s understanding of Japanese history, culture, and society.last_img read more

TIFF announces four international participants for Rising Stars Programme

first_imgAdvertisement All of the international Rising Stars have experienced recent success on the big screen.Athie was most recently seen in the breakout hit Patti Cake$ (2017) and will soon be seen in Oscar-winner Brie Larson’s Unicorn Store (2017). Larson’s directorial debut will see its World Premiere at this year’s Festival. Bennett recently appeared in the sci-fi thriller Ghost in the Shell (2017), and landed his first starring role in director Nic Gorman’s debut feature, Human Traces (2017).After starting her career on stage, El Arabi was chosen by filmmaker Stephanie Strecker to play the lead role in her recent feature A Wedding (2016). She appears next in Eye on Juliet (2017), the latest film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kim Nguyen, which will premiere at this year’s Festival. Buckley most recently appeared on the small screen in the BBC’s 2016 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and in Taboo (2017–present),starring Tom Hardy. She stars in the feature film Beast (2017), playing a troubled young woman who falls for a mysterious outsider, which will premiere at this year’s Festival in the Platform programme..Mamoudou AthieNY-based Mamoudou Athie is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. In 2015, Athiemade his New York stage debut in The Mystery of Love and Sex, for which he received critical praise. He starred as Grandmaster Flash in The Get Down (2016–2017) for Netflix, and he can be seen alongside Emma Watson and Tom Hanks in The Circle (2017). Athieappears in Brie Larson’s directorial debut, Unicorn Store, which will receive its World Premiere at TIFF 2017.Vinnie BennettNew Zealand actor, Vinnie Bennett has appeared in both television and film. His television credits include Power Rangers Dino Charge (2015–2016), The Shannara Chronicles(2016–present), and Filthy Rich (2016–present).  His film credits include Fantail (2013),Ghost in the Shell (2017) and Beyond the Known World (2017). He takes a starring role in the new feature film Human Traces (2017). Login/Register With: TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today four outstanding actors who will participate in the newly expanded TIFF Rising Stars programme. Renowned as an annual showcase of emerging Canadian talent poised on the brink of success, the additional set of talent hails from across the globe and consists ofMamoudou Athie (USA), Vinnie Bennett (New Zealand), Lina El Arabi (France) andJessie Buckley (Ireland).They will join the four previously-announced Canadian Rising Stars — Daniel Doheny, Mary Galloway, Théodore Pellerin and Ellen Wong — in specialized programming and events organized by TIFF’s Industry team, including seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings, sessions with leading filmmakers, media training and a series of unique networking opportunities.“These four actors impressed us with their nuanced performances and on-screen charisma,” said Kathleen Drumm, TIFF Industry Director. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase their talent and support their creative development, at a point where they will be discovered by audiences at TIFF and around the world.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lina El ArabiLina El Arabi is a Paris-based actor who has appeared in Ne m’abandonne pas (2016) and A Wedding (2016), which received the award for Best Actress at the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival. El Arabi will appear on stage this autumn in a one-character play called Mon Ange, in a solo performance that has already received rave reviews. She stars in Eye on Juliet, which will make its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and will screen at TIFF 2017.Jessie BuckleyJessie Buckley is an actor from Killarney, Ireland. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, her stage credits include the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2008–2009), The Tempest (2013), and Henry V (2013). Buckley recently appeared in BBC’s 2016 adaptation of War and Peace and in Taboo (2017–present), starring Tom Hardy. She will star in the upcoming TV series The Woman in White and The Last Post. This year, Buckley stars in Beast, which has its World Premiere at TIFF.The actors were chosen based on nominations from TIFF’s international Festival programmers, with a TIFF Jury (Rising Stars Producer Natalie Semotiuk, Industry Programming Manager Lynne Crocker and Industry Director Kathleen Drumm) deciding the final selection.Festival tickets go on sale September 4 at 10 a.m. (TIFF Member pre-sale September 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Buy tickets online at tiff.net, by phone at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or in person at a box office. See box office locations and hours at tiff.net/tickets.TIFF prefers Visa.Social Media:@TIFF_NETFacebook.com/TIFF#TIFF17About TIFFTIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution programme, Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandeland Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.center_img The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation is the Presenting Partner for TIFF Rising Stars.TIFF Rising Stars is supported by IWC Schaffhausen and Telefilm Canada.L’Oréal Paris is proud to be the TIFF Rising Stars Hair and Makeup Sponsor.TIFF Industry is generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Telefilm Canada.TIFF’s Industry initiatives are supported by the Share Her Journey campaign. Facebook The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Leadership and partnership more important than ever Ban says on UN Day

“This is a crucial year in the life of our United Nations,” Mr. Ban noted, on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Organization. “We have just passed the midpoint in the struggle to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he said, referring to the pledges world leaders made to halve extreme poverty and other ills by the target date of 2015.Mr. Ban pointed out that many countries are still not on track to reach the Goals on time. It was to address this development emergency that he brought together a broad coalition for change consisting of Governments, private sector leaders and civil society last month in New York, which generated “unprecedented” commitment in pledges and partnerships to help the world’s poor.He also expressed deep concern about the impact of the global financial crisis, which was the subject of a brainstorming session the Secretary-General held yesterday with five eminent economists and the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Talks focused on “the international economic situation and, in particular, on the special challenges facing the developing countries in the context of the worldwide financial crisis and its likely consequences,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.During the discussion with Nancy Birdsall of the Centre for Global Development, Dani Rodrik and Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University, and Jeffrey Sachs and Joseph Stiglitz of Columbia University, Mr. Ban stressed the need to keep the long-term objectives – such as the MDGs and the fight against extreme poverty, as well as the need for action against climate change – at the centre of the global agenda. The financial crisis will also be discussed today at the regular meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), which includes the heads of the various UN specialized agencies and by the chiefs of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), otherwise known as the Bretton Woods institutions.“Never has leadership and partnership been more important,” Mr. Ban stressed. “We can see more clearly than ever that the threats of the twenty-first century spare no one. Climate change, the spread of disease and deadly weapons, and the scourge of terrorism all cross borders.” Global partnership has resulted in significant advances, he said, such as in the case of malaria, thanks to focused planning, greater funding, coordinated management and excellent science and technology.“Partnership is the way of the future,” he stated, pointing to the success achieved in combating the disease. “We need models like these to tackle other challenges.“Let us keep building on this as a way forward. There is no time to lose,” he said. “The United Nations must deliver results for a safer, healthier, more prosperous world. On this UN Day, I call on all partners and leaders to do their part and keep the promise.” 24 October 2008As the world contends with numerous crises, ranging from food insecurity and climate change to financial uncertainty and the development challenge, leadership and partnership are more important than ever to tackle today’s most pressing issues, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message marking United Nations Day. read more

Teenage girls death sentence spotlights Sudans failure to tackle forced marriage genderbased

“We have received information that Hussein’s forced marriage, rape and other forms of gender-based violence against her were not taken into account by the Court as evidence to mitigate the sentence, and that the most stringent guarantees of a fair trial and due process were not fulfilled in this case,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the High Commissioner for Human Rights told the press in Geneva.  As the case has drawn international attention, the UN Human rights office said that it has become increasingly concerned for the teen’s safety and that of her lawyer and other supporters.“We urge the authorities to ensure full protection for Hussein’s physical and psychological integrity during her detention, as well as full respect for her rights to a fair trial and appeal,” Ms. Shamdasani stressed.In trials of capital punishment, scrupulous respect for fairness is particularly crucial.The UN expert on summary executions has argued that imposing the death penalty against clear evidence of self-defense constitutes an arbitrary killing, particularly where women have been charged with murder when defending themselves.“We call on the authorities to fully take into consideration Hussein’s claim of self-defense against the attempt by the man to rape her, after he had reportedly already raped her on a previous occasion with the help of three other people,” Ms. Shamdasani continued.With only 15 days to appeal the Court’s decision ­– which was announced last week­ – the right for a conviction and sentence to be reviewed by a higher tribunal is particularly important.“A review that is limited to the formal or legal aspects of the conviction – without any consideration of the facts – is not sufficient under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Sudan has ratified,” the spokesperson reminded the press.The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Human Rights Committee have expressed serious concern about the situation of women’s human rights in Sudan.“Hussein’s tragic case is an opportunity for Sudanese authorities to send a clear message that gender-based violence will not be tolerated in the country,” concluded Ms. Shamdasani, adding that the office would remain in contact with Sudanese authorities. read more

Nursing home fees reach £1000 per week on average report finds

first_imgThe report also calls on regulator the Competition and Markets Authority to examine whether the higher fees paid by self-payers are fair. The body is due to publish a market report about care homes next month. It said: “The CMA may wish to consider whether the wide disparity in fees paid by local authorities and self-payers for the same level of accommodation and service amounts to a cross-subsidy which results in detriment to the consumer.”William Laing, the report’s author, said that a national shortage of state-funded care home places could be imminent as businesses are no longer able to survive on the low fees offered by councils. He warned that “financially stretched local authorities are likely to continue to offer only sub-inflation fee uplifts to care homes”. Owain Wright, of not-for-profit agency Care Funding Guidance, which advises families on care home fees, said: “We always say to families to plan for fee increases – they never seem to go down. “In the past couple of years, because homes have been taking on a great deal of extra cost, we’ve seen double-digit rises in some areas.” Average nursing home fees have reached £1,000 a week for self-funders, new figures show. A report by analyst LaingBuisson found that fees for nursing care had broken the £1,000 barrier and had reached £1,200 in some places. Weekly fees for self-payers in residential care homes without nursing care have reached £700 on average, compared to £486 for state-funded residents. The report said: “National average self-pay fees for nursing care across the country are now approaching £1,000 per week, with developers of new-build provision targeting well over £1,000, depending on the specification, location and segment of the market addressed. “LaingBuisson surveys now indicate that about 10 per cent of existing nursing care capacity is in the £1,200 per week plus bracket.”Fees for self-funded residents have been increasing rapidly as councils struggle to pay care homes enough to cover their costs.Earlier this year a report by the Communities and Local Government Committee found that self-payers paid an average of 43 per cent more than state-funded residents for the same room and care.In most cases older people must pay for their own residential care if they have assets worth more than £23,250.The LaingBuisson report added that the introduction of the new living wage will put more upward pressure on care home fees. Care homes will have to increase charges by at least 3.9 per cent every year to maintain their profits. The National Living Wage was introduced by former Chancellor George Osborne and first came into force in April last year at £7.20 an hour, rising to £7.50 an hour from April this year. 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.last_img read more

Lands and Surveys Commission going digital says CEO

GL&SC CEO Commissioner Trevor BennCommissioner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC), Trevor Benn says the work of the agency is being digitised as part of its efforts to deliver a higher quality of service to clientsAddressing the media at the commission’s end of year briefing on Monday last, he disclosed that as part of the plan to transform digitally, the commission began linking regional offices to the head office through a Wide Area Network (WAN).The WAN was developed, tested and implemented in Regions Two, Three, Six and Nine.It was outlined that regional offices are now able to access the centralised accounting system, the Lease Management System and digital records of survey plans.The commission has also implemented a procurement tracker application which was designed by staff.According to a DPI release, it is a web-based intranet application which was developed based on the workflow of the internal procurement process. This application was developed to improve accountability, transparency and efficiency in procurement management.Benn highlighted that the application provides the opportunity to track transactions from the initial stage to the end.The commission has also begun computerizing receipts and invoices. He noted that the commission has increased its computer training for staff and has made it mandatory for staff to be computer literate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGL&SC lease application service to be offered online by 2017October 18, 2016In “latest news”National Land Policy coming soon -GL&SC CommissionerDecember 19, 2017In “latest news”Lands Commission warns of tough action against SquattersAugust 12, 2014In “Business” read more

Improving mine camp sustainability all part of the licence to operate

first_imgLife Cycle Analysis Concrete floorsReduces demand for heating and cooling Solar energy generationEnergy generated is fed into the switchboard and provides base-load energy requirements for the village Influences passive energy efficiency, social impact and consideration for surrounding vegetation Includes water demand, treatment and disposal but worth noting the impact of remote locations and the affect of drought Reduces water and energy consumption Master Planning Recommended to include embodied carbon, recyclability and reuse considerations Select on basis of thermal performance to maximise energy efficiencies Building Fabrication The emphasis is on waste generation and environmental management plans for construction Reduces requirement for new resources ResultsSt Barbara’s 222 room sustainable mining village was completed in October 2008. The village was subsequently recognised for its contribution to environmental excellence and awarded a ‘Certificate of Merit’ from the Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum at the 2009 Golden Gecko awards.Results to date indicate a reduction of per head water use of 50% and energy use of 30%. Greywater reuse system connected to all rooms and water is delivered to gardensReduces water consumption associated with gardenscenter_img Energy Management Energy management, in particular, provides tangible results and delivers a quick pay-back.The choice of building materials has a significant impact on internal thermal conditions and therefore influences air-conditioning demand and operational costs. The use of high thermal mass materials not only provides thermal benefits but also acoustic comforts. Computer modelling is also a useful tool to assess the impact of alternative building materials in relation to thermal conditions.Energy supply and demand are equally important. Significant improvements are achieved by considering the impact of air-conditioning systems, hot water systems and artificial lighting systems. Alternative energy options of on-site renewable energy generation through solar, wind or geo-thermal sources are also valuable.Measuring anticipated energy demand supports the decision-making process. Computer modelling using statistical local weather data provides information to optimise design decisions while predicting current and future demands. Computer modelling software can also be implemented to simulate building thermal performance and energy consumption. Sub-meters also provide an economic way to monitor high energy use areas.Mine employees have a role to play in minimising energy consumption. Communicating energy efficiencies to them helps them understand the role they play in conserving energy and contributing to a better mine site living experience. Real-time energy data can be collected and presented in a graphical format to highlight energy consumptions.Communications is a powerful tool to drive behaviour change.Water Management Like energy, water is an essential service that needs to be used intelligently and is often in short supply. Water efficient fittings and appliances are now commonplace in areas where water has been in short supply for some years. Techniques such as rainwater and stormwater harvesting, grey-water reuse and on-site water treatment are commonly used to boost the available water supply and reduce the reliance on dams and bore water systems. However, most importantly, behaviour change is critical for water conservation. Again, sub-metering is a technique that is used to monitor water consumption trends and compare against set water targets.The increased productivity level of mineworkers who are accommodated in comfortable, energy efficient environments has been shown to impact on the bottom line.Learning from successful mine camp developments, a sustainability strategy involving energy-efficient pre-fabricated buildings and water conservation solutions is an achievable goal and should be given early consideration in any mine site development.  Energy and water efficient washing machines Transport Parasol roof design and larger verandasAbsorbs and reflects heat as well as cooling air passing through to reduce cooling demand Case studyImproving environmental design of mining villages With key assets located at Leonora Village, in the north eastern goldfields of Western Australia, mid-tier gold producer and mineral explorer, St Barbara, undertook a Mine Camp Design Study that led to the development of a new mine village. The new village, built within a sustainable framework, illustrates the possibilities that can unfold when companies go beyond compliance to achieve the best possible environmental outcome.SituationHaving acquired an existing mining village as a result of the purchase of new gold assets in 2005, St Barbara set about determining the best possible approach to bringing the accommodation up to world class standards while satisfying, environmental, social and economic concerns.Working with SKM, a study was commissioned to identify opportunities for water and energy efficiency and environmental performance during the construction and operation phases. The study succeeded in pinpointing a number of environmental opportunities and provided clarity around costs and benefits necessary to judge the project achievable.Challenge Mine site accommodation development is typically characterised by a requirement to keep costs to a minimum and requires a fast establishment time. St Barbara however, recognised that accommodation facilities for their workforce should follow the same environmental principles applied to operational areas.Response St Barbara understood that the approach to success would entail engaging with experts in sustainable mining village design and construction.The program entailed three steps:Initial investigation into the feasibility of establishing an environmentally sustainable mining village – the SKM study examined environmental initiatives and a cost benefit analysis. Architect, Ian Hooke, used the study to design the village and implementing the recommendations. After the initial design was complete, Ausco, a temporary accommodation construction company, was invited to custom design the village units. The combined efforts of all those involved resulted in a cost-effective solution incorporating as many of the recommended initiatives as feasible, within budget. The final stage involved constructing the village. The units were constructed off-site to reduce waste while on-site installation and preparation works got underway. Some of the initiatives implemented included: Upgrading of existing facilities, ie gym, recreation room, kitchen  Initiative  Results For mining companies, a long-term licence to operate depends on a capacity to renew existing commitments while seeking new solutions to environmental concerns.Sustainability best practice recognises the need to reduce a site’s ecological footprint, so it is logical to include any mine camp in this equation. Many companies have been embedding sustainability principles into mine camp design for decades and their experience in this area can be shared with others new to these concepts. The application of sustainable development principles can include the selection of location, materials, energy and waste management for the mine village. In this way, the mine village can be developed using socially and environmentally responsible design principles. Companies that are already taking these issues very seriously implement accommodation solutions that deliver value to the business and improved standards of living for their mine site employees, Jody Finsen – Senior Sustainable Buildings Consultant, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) reports. They are using the approach of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD), which considers the short and long-term impact of the mine site accommodation and more importantly advocates establishing a sustainability framework before the site is developed.Pre-fabricated buildings are the structure of choice in this solution as they can be transported to the next ‘short-term’ accommodation site – taking their sustainability benefits with them. Early consideration of the impact of these plans on the environment and the people being housed provides a better chance of delivering a sustainable solution and applying the latest technological advances.Furthermore, while working on a sustainability philosophy for design and site master planning, considering all three sustainability pillars – social, environmental and economic – is vital. The ‘whole project’ perspective ensures sustainability is on the agenda at the start of the project and ecological design concepts are conceived and tested to increase the long-term value of the development.Areas for early consideration: Low flow shower headsReduces water consumption Water Supply Building Materials How accessible is the site and what modes of transport are required to access the site?last_img read more

Irelands first legit drone drop landed on a boat at the weekend

first_img 16 Comments Monday 30 Jan 2017, 4:07 PM THE FIRST OFFICIALLY approved parcel delivery by drone in Ireland was completed over the weekend.The parcel, which was delivered in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, took two minutes to complete from take-off to parcel drop with the drone taking the 250 gram parcel from the shoreline to a boat at sea almost 200 metres away.It contained medical supplies: an emergency thermal blanket, an Epi-pen, bandages, plasters, thermometer, first aid leaflet, gloves, wipes and burn dressings. It also contained food and a drink in the form of a high-energy bar and water. The supplies were attached to the underside of the drone in a waterproof container.Though the delivery was a success, the company that delivered the package, Pony Express Couriers say they are not planning to offer a drone parcel delivery service in Dublin or Ireland any time soon.“The delivery of low value, urgent items such as takeaway food, especially to remote rural areas is highly likely,” said Audrey Browne, operations manager.“But important city deliveries such as the majority of our same-day express services could not be trusted to drones yet, the possibility of interception, loss or damage would be too great. When parcel delivery by drone can be proven to work safely in an urban context, then we will revaluate the situation, but for now we will continue offering parcel delivery by our traditional methods of bicycles, motorbike, vans and trucks.”This flight is the first parcel delivery drop by drone that the Irish Aviation Authority have sanctioned in Ireland.“We’re delighted with the success of the first official parcel delivery in Ireland via drone under controlled conditions which met all regulatory requirements. The application of drone technology is vast and the IAA will continue to foster, promote and encourage its use with the emphasis as always on safety,” said Ralph James, the IAA’s director of safety regulation.Read: The co founder of Skype is backing a company building mini electric planes that take off vertically>Read: Own a drone? These tips will help you take great photos with one> 24,536 Views http://jrnl.ie/3213381 By Michelle Hennessy Ireland’s first legit drone drop landed on a boat at the weekend The drone delivered medical supplies and food to the boat in Dun Laoghaire. Share235 Tweet Email2 Image: Pony Expres Image: Pony Expres Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Jan 30th 2017, 4:07 PM last_img read more

MIT Algorithm Reads Your Face to Detect Pain

first_img In one of my favorite Scrubs scenes, J.D. and Elliot refer to an “archaic” chart—illustrated expressions in varying degrees of pain—to gauge a patient’s discomfort.Mr. Peele, whose face looks like he just bit into a lemon, is a seven. Todd, hanging four stories from his banana hammock, is a 10.Sacred Heart Hospital’s rating scale, however, isn’t as antiquated as the fictional doctors believe. According to Medscape, single-dimensional scales, like the one held up by Dr. Reed, are still used to assess acute pain.More complex issues like chronic pain require multi-dimensional scales, which measure intensity, nature, and location of suffering, as well as the impact on a patient’s activity or mood.But these tools often require patients to have good verbal skills and sustained concentration—not always possible when your body is throbbing, convulsing, or cramping.Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a modern solution that takes automatic pain estimation to a new level.In a paper published last month, MIT scientists describe a two-stage hierarchical learning algorithm called DeepFaceLIFT (Learning Important Features).Trained on videos of people with shoulder pain grimacing through range-of-motion exercises, the neural network has learned to detect subtleties in facial micro-expressions.When paired with self-reported pain scores, the algorithm can better estimate the user’s degree of discomfort. Age, sex, and skin complexion personalize the technique for more accurate results.MIT researchers Dianbo Liu, Fengjiao Peng, Andrew Shea, Ognjen Rudovic, and Rosalind Picard may not sound like heroes to you. But the team has developed a system that can help doctors and nurses distinguish between patients in need and those trying to scam prescription painkillers.For now, however, physicians must remain reliant on the face pain chart, while sadistic scientists continue schooling their algorithm in what it means to feel pain.“We plan to derive more advanced statistics that could potentially capture additional information and improve estimates of subjective pain,” according to MIT’s study. “Finally, we hope that these findings will advance applications of pain estimation in clinical settings.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Machine Learning Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular DeathMIT’s Color-Changing Ink Lets You Customize Shoes, Phone Cases Stay on targetlast_img read more

Obama Signs Defense Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama on Wednesday signed the reworked version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill despite misgivings about its lack of cost-saving reforms proposed by DOD and several provisions restricting the closure of the military prison at Guantánamo.“I am also disappointed that the Congress failed to enact meaningful reforms to divest unneeded force structure, reduce wasteful overhead, and modernize military healthcare. These reforms are essential to maintaining a strong national defense over the long term,” Obama said at the conclusion of his signing statement.Much of the president’s statement, though, was devoted to blasting lawmakers for blocking the administration from shuttering the detention facility at Guantánamo and moving some detainees to the United States.“The restrictions contained in this bill concerning the detention facility at Guantanamo are, as I have said in the past, unwarranted and counterproductive,” Obama wrote.The president has pledged to close the prison, but with the language in the authorization bill hindering the administration from going ahead, the White House has broached the possibility of using executive action, reported the Hill. The administration had been expected earlier to release a plan for closing the prison, but that has been postponed with no definitive timeline.The policy bill prohibits the transfer of detainees to the United States, or the construction or modification of facilities in the United States for housing the detainees.“It is long past time for the Congress to lift the restrictions it has imposed and to work with my administration to responsibly and safely close the facility, bringing this chapter of our history to a close,” the president said.In October Obama vetoed the initial conference report over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account, which would have allowed the Pentagon to skirt the statutory spending caps without providing equivalent budget relief for non-defense programs. The new version authorizes $5 billion less in funding than the original, after the two-year budget deal called for $33 billion in defense spending above the Budget Control Act cap for FY 2016, an increase that didn’t quite meet the $38 billion in extra funds Congress and the administration had planned for.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly April 14 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioHouse Steps Towards Full Legal Marijuana SalesZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA bill that is fundamental to setting up legal regulations for marijuana in Alaska passed the state House today. The bipartisan vote is a step toward the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board establishing a permit structure that oversees a full legal market, from growers to commercial sales.New Rules For National Guard To Wait Until Next YearAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauA bill that applies a uniform code of military justice to the Alaska National Guard will not pass the Legislature this year.Eielson Will Keep F-16 Squadron Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska officials Tuesday that Eielson Air Force Base will keep its F-16 Aggressor squadron.Lawmakers Opt To Keep Anchorage LIO Lease … For Now Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIn a 13-to-1 vote, the Legislative Council has decided to punt on the question of what to do with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.Facing Budget Cuts, Aleutians East to Close Cold Bay School Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Aleutians East Borough is closing its second school in three years. The school board voted last week to shut down the Cold Bay School, with state budget cuts looming and enrollment on the decline. Locals are worried the closure could put the tiny community in jeopardy.Juneau Assembly To Decide Fate Of Haven House Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauA group of Juneau residents is challenging a transitional home for former female inmates in their neighborhood. The Juneau Assembly heard the appeal Monday night.Alaska Salmon Producers Seek To Rejoin MSC Certification Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamA group of ten of Alaska salmon producers, which represent nearly three quarters of the Alaska’s salmon harvest, are attempting to rejoin the Marine Stewardship Council label.Private Funding Allows Round Island To Remain Staffed, Open Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamRound Island, the centerpiece of Alaska’s Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary will remain staffed this summer and perhaps next, thanks to private funding.  Last year, citing state budget cuts, Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation removed funding for the program, which costs around $100,000 annually.Search Continues For ‘Denali Highway Dog’ Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks animal advocate is continuing her effort to rescue a loose dog in the Anderson area. The so-called “Denali Highway Dog” has been wandering through communities along the Parks Highway since last summer.last_img read more