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Of peace talks and terrorOf peace talks and terror

first_imgAfter a Taliban attack in Kabul last week which killed 12 people, including a US soldier, US President Donald Trump called off peace talks and secret meetings and also cancelled the US-Taliban negotiations in Qatar. The stately protest of the act of terror was in expression of disagreement to the violence recently perpetrated. Taliban, on the other hand, has condemned President Trump’s abrupt move to suspend the ongoing peace talks with the group to close the 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, dubbing this gesture as an “anti-peace move”. The Taliban are very adamant on their assertion against the US that this move will bring more harm upon Washington and that US will end up more losses. Following the suspension of talks, the Taliban expressed through a series of tweets that “Our struggle for the past 18 years … will continue until the foreign occupation is finished and the Afghans are given a chance to live by their own choice”. Matters were progressing steadily before the recent bombing that claimed innocent lives, the Doha talks were a positive development with fruitful discussions going towards signing the agreement. September 23 was decided as the inaugural day of another round of inter-Afghan dialogue hoping that a deal with the US would be reached by then. With the sudden turn of events between the US and Taliban, the government of Afghanistan issued a statement that real peace would be possible only if he Taliban stopped launching attacks and held direct talks with the government. The Afghan President’s spokesperson, Sediq Sediqqi, stated that a direct negotiation with the group was a long-awaited wish and that they “strongly believe in a process that can be led and owned by the Afghan government and Afghan people”. This triangular picture of the Afghanistan peace process points to the fact that however defunct or incapacitated, a civilian government has no substitute and that for any step in the direction of peace for common good and general wellbeing, the civilian government is an indispensible entity. The Taliban, however, does not recognise the Afghan government calling it a “puppet regime” and refuses to engage with it. For the US to pull out of the situation, a willing party wielding some amount of power has to be necessarily involved, but as matters stand in Afghanistan, between the weakened civilian government and the radical Taliban, it is Taliban with which the peace talks are executed as choosing the Afghan government for this purpose would be fraught with impediments owing to the Taliban. An all-out withdrawal of the USA from the war-ravaged Afghanistan would create a vacuum in the country giving space for greater terror-like disorder to thrive. The USA, for now, has been very firm in its stance against Taliban and had gone on to diplomatically register its disagreement by recalling its special envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, to Washington to determine the path forward. Certainly, this is a startling move because the suspension of talks for peace would that the status of war in Afghanistan will prolong further. This, however, does not indicate that talks are abandoned altogether but that USA is more insistent on its ways. Talks and terror cannot go together, as Indians often say. But considering the eccentric Donald Trump, he is known to be walking away from negotiations, as both the US President and as a business tycoon, as a move for getting a better or stronger negotiating position. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe pertinent question now is: who needs a peace deal more at this point, Afghanistan or the USA? Of course, it is Afghanistan but the USA with its prolonged situation in Afghanistan also perpetuates the status of the war-torn country. It was expected that the Taliban would be in a greater need for a peace deal but the very contrary seems to have been proved with the recent bombing in Kabul. It was only last week that the US and Taliban negotiators struck a draft deal that could have resulted in the withdrawal of troops from America’s longest war so far. There are at present 14,000 US forces and thousands of other NATO troops in Afghanistan, 18 years after its invasion by a US-led coalition following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre. Trump’s characteristic style of negotiations, however, are unlike a typical diplomatic exchange centred on statecraft, his approach tends to be more in a manner of business transactions. As per The Guardian, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that “Its credibility will be affected, its anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world, losses to lives and assets will increase” with reference to Trumps move on the peace talks. A damage to credibility has been the recurring point of Taliban given Trump’s walk-out on peace talks. The Doha rounds were seen as a silver lining in the nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan. For long, people were afraid the US would sign a cease-fire but the Taliban would continue their war against the Afghan government and people. Nine rounds of discussions between the militant group and the US had already taken place in Doha, Qatar, and according to BBC, on September 3, a top American negotiator had claimed that a peace agreement had been reached “in principle”. Under the proposed deal, Washington had said it would withdraw 5,400 soldiers in 20 weeks in exchange for the militant group’s guarantee that Afghanistan would not be used as its base for terrorism. Afghanistan has borne the brunt of several terror attacks in the past few months amid US peace talks with the Taliban. The terror group wants all American and NATO troops to leave the country and is at its strongest now since the US took control over large parts of the country following the 9/11 attack. As far as peace in Afghanistan goes, it is only elusive. And there is a necessity for a peace deal to work out effectively for Afghanistan for the stability in the South Asian region. Terror activities that go on unabated in Pakistan receive a considerable cover-up with the situation perpetuated in Afghanistan. India can’t not be concerned at this.last_img read more

Nick Cannon Walks For Lupus FoundationNick Cannon Walks For Lupus Foundation

first_imgHollywood stars of television turned out to shed light on the cruel mystery that is lupus and raise critically needed funds for research and education programs during the Lupus Foundation of America’s (LFA) Walk to End Lupus Now, in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 20, 2014.Walk to End Lupus Now Grand Marshal, multi-talented entertainer and television personality, Nick Cannon rallied a crowd of more than 5,000 participants at Exposition Park.Cannon was joined by Walk Ambassador Ian Harding of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and special guest Margaret Avery of BET’s Being Mary Jane. Fellow Being Mary Jane cast members LaTarsha Rose and BJ Britt also came out to show their support for the millions of families affected by this unpredictable and debilitating disease.“I am thrilled to participate in Walk to End Lupus Now and have the opportunity to join thousands of individuals with lupus, and their families and friends in the fight against lupus. We can’t do it alone. Together, we can raise awareness of lupus and its impact on our communities and call attention to the importance of lupus research,” says Nick Cannon.NBC4 Southern California weekend co-Anchor, Kathy Vara and “Today in LA” co-anchor Whit Johnson served as emcees for the event, which was overflowing with people wearing purple, the signature color for lupus, and t-shirts filled with names of family and loved ones affected by lupus.Los Angeles walk participants raised more than $300,000 in donations, which is expected to increase in total as more donations are accepted online through the end of the year. Walk to End Lupus Now was also made possible with the generous support of its sponsors including NBC4 Southern California, Genentech, Starbucks, and Mallinckrodt pharmaceuticals. To make a donation, or learn more, visit www.walktoendlupus.org/losangeles.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Alan Cumming Fighting For Release Of Caged ChimpAlan Cumming Fighting For Release Of Caged Chimp

first_imgAward-winning actor and longtime PETA supporter Alan Cumming is making an impassioned plea for the release of his costar in the 1997 film Buddy, a chimpanzee named Tonka, who’s been stuck in a cage in Festus, Missouri, for more than a decade.Festus is home to the Missouri Primate Foundation, where chimpanzees discarded from show business and other situations live in small cages that are often so filthy that the facility’s owner, Connie Braun Casey, has been repeatedly cited by the government for violations of federal animal-welfare regulations. In a letter sent last week, Cumming urges her to release Tonka and the other chimpanzees to accredited sanctuaries.“I’m writing to you about a mutual friend: Tonka,” wrote Cumming. “I worked closely with him on the 1997 film Buddy. My character had many scenes with him, and we developed a very close camaraderie during the months when we filmed. By the end of the shoot, his trainers let him groom me. It was a special friendship — one I’ll always treasure. I hoped to see Tonka the following year at the film’s premiere but was told that he was no longer manageable and had been “retired to Palm Springs.” Over the past 20 years, I imagined him living out his post-Hollywood years on a sprawling sanctuary.“I just learned, though, that Tonka didn’t end up at a sanctuary in Palm Springs but inside a cage in Festus, where he isn’t able to have complex social relationships with other chimpanzees and doesn’t have meaningful outdoor access to run, climb, or play.“Connie, even though we’ve never met, I believe in my heart that you feel great affection for Tonka and the other chimpanzees at MPF. But lifetime care for a dozen sophisticated, intelligent chimpanzees requires a team — and terrain where they can roam and socialize. As an old friend of Tonka’s, I respectfully ask that you allow him and the chimpanzees at MPF to be sent to accredited sanctuaries where they can enjoy some semblance of the life that nature intended for them.”last_img read more

Highlights from Ontarios fall economic statementHighlights from Ontarios fall economic statement

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government released a fall economic update Tuesday that included a tax cut for small businesses as an offset for a minimum wage that will rise to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and $15 an hour the following year. Here are some highlights:— The corporate income tax rate for small businesses will be lowered from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent on Jan. 1.— Small businesses with fewer than 100 employees that hire young workers (aged 15 to 29) will get incentives of $1,000 and another $1,000 for retaining that worker for six months.— Producers of locally grown fruits and vegetables will get $60 million in supports.— An apprenticeship training tax credit will be turned into a grant, giving employers $2,500 upon an apprentice’s completion of both level one and level two, $3,500 for completion of levels three and four, and $4,700 when the apprentice gets certification.— The apprenticeship grant would be available to all trades eligible for the current tax credit, as well as in five additional trades: hairstylist, cook, horticultural/landscape technician, baker and appliance service technician.— The legislation takes a preliminary step toward allowing Ontario’s nine Indigenous institutes to award degrees or diplomas on their own.— The government will put $85 million toward mercury remediation in the English-Wabigoon River system, which has affected the Grassy Narrows community for decades, through a trust that will be set up in collaboration with First Nation communities.— Real GDP growth is forecasted to be 2.8 per cent this year, up from the 2.3 per cent projected in the spring budget.— Net-debt-to-GDP ratio is projected to fall to 37.3 per cent this fiscal year— Interest on debt, which is currently about $312 billion, is projected to grow from about $12 billion now to $13.3 billion in 2019-20.— A moderating housing market has left the government with about $300 million less in land transfer tax revenues since projections in the spring budget.last_img read more

MUTTON TAKA TAK SLOOPY BAOMUTTON TAKA TAK SLOOPY BAO

first_imgIngredients For Mutton Taka Tak Mutton (boneless) 150 gm Yellow Pepper 30 gm Red Pepper30 gm Green Capsicum 30 gm Garlic 6 gm Ginger 5 gm Green Chilli 8 gm Meat Masala 10 gm Degi Mirch10 gm Coriander Powder8 gm Garam Masala 8 gm Chat Masala 7 gm Lemon Juice 10 ml Salt 7 gm Coriander Leaves 5 gm Onion 25 gm Tomato Puree 50 gm Peri Peri Powder 3 gm For Bao Lotus Flour 13 gm Fresh Yeast 3 gm Vinegar 10 ml Baking Powder 2 gm Also Read – PUMPKIN MASH, TAMATAR RASSASugar 15 gm Milk 40 ml Preparation For Mutton Taka Tak Heat oil in a pan and saute ginger and garlic till golden brown. Add onion and green chilli to it and again saute it. Once onions become translucent, add bell pepper to it. Now, add mutton and saute it nicely. Sprinkle all spices over it and mix it nicely. Add cooked tomato puree to it and let it cook for a while. Top it with chat masala, lemon juice and coriander leaf. For Bao Sieve the flour, mix all then ingredients and make a soft dough. Keep it aside for 1 hour at room temperature. Then make round shape (35 gm each) and steam it. Garnish it with peri peri powder. (Courtesy: Chef Ramesh Rana, Decode Air Bar)last_img read more

Families of Moroccans Stranded in Libya Protest in RabatFamilies of Moroccans Stranded in Libya Protest in Rabat

By Sana ElouaziRabat – Dozens of families of Moroccan migrants detained in Libya protested in Rabat on Monday, November 27, calling on Moroccan authorities to help their relatives return home as soon as possible.In front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarter in Rabat, the demonstrators, who came from several Moroccan cities, lambasted the “slowness” of authorities, demanding the release of their loved ones. Authorities say that the delay in repatriating the migrants stems from security concerns. “Technical and logistical problems hinder the identification of Moroccans detained in Libya. Moroccan authorities also fear infiltration of jihadists and radicals on Moroccan territory,” a government source said.One protester, Abderrahim Ouzim, told the news outlet Telquel Arabi that his brother left Morocco in early September, passing through Algeria to join Libya in order to cross the Mediterranean to Italy. He also expressed his hope for a royal intervention to put an end to the miserable detention and mistreatment of his brother.A large group of Moroccans are currently stranded in Libya after their attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe failed. They found themselves the subject of human trafficking by smugglers before being detained by Libyan forces in Tripoli and the center of Zouara near the Tunisian border.In several videos, the migrants have called for help from the Moroccan government and King Mohammed VI to bring them back home as soon as possible.In response to the video, Moroccan authorities vowed to repatriate the large group of Moroccan migrants and recalled a previous repatriation operation, “which resulted in the return of about 200 citizens before Eid Al Adha [a sacrifice feast] through allocating two private aircraft deployed by the ministry for this purpose.”King Mohammed VI also gave instructions to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Moroccans living abroad to monitor the situation of Moroccans detained in Libya. read more

Large oyster farms planned for southeast AlaskaLarge oyster farms planned for southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska — Large oyster farms have been proposed for southeast Alaska, marking potential growth in mariculture that a state task force says could be a $100 million industry.CoastAlaska reports Silver Bay Seafoods has been working on securing a 10-year lease on 182 acres (74 hectares) of seafloor near Sitka.State agencies are reviewing the application by the seafood company, which has been buying and processing fish at its plant in Sitka for the past decade.Silver Bay Seafood’s proposal is out for public comment through March 1.Another oyster farm has been proposed on 127 acres (51 hectares) off Prince of Wales Island.The farm has passed its regulatory review but still needs to post a bond, pay its fees and sign for the lease.The Associated Press

Police investigate shooting on Mount Albion RoadPolice investigate shooting on Mount Albion Road

Updated:People living in a row of town houses on Mount Albion road near the Red Hill Valley Parkway received a rude awakening late last night as shots rang out hitting one of the homes.Just before midnight police say gun shots were fired into a unit. The window was still intact this afternoon with at least eight bullet holes shot through it. Several people were inside at the time and weren’t hurt. Initial police reports say the shooters were in a vehicle at the time of the shooting but it appears that it would be difficult to fit any car down the grassy path. While police are still searching for the motive, residents have a clear idea.We heard from three people who live in the town house complex who say that they aren’t surprised in the slightest that this unit was targeted. They say the man living here has caused a lot of issues over the last two years. They even started a petition to get him out of the neighbourhood.Police say their detectives are canvassing the area and looking for security footage in order to locate those involved with the shooting. read more

UN agencies assist Côte dIvoire as humanitarian conditions deteriorateUN agencies assist Côte dIvoire as humanitarian conditions deteriorate

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for $16 million from the international community to deliver food assistance to 500,000 people in Côte d’Ivoire for a period of eight months. These include internally displaced persons, refugees from Liberia and families hosting them, WFP said.”Hundreds of thousands of people are already confronting food shortages caused by civil unrest over the last few months,” WFP Regional Coordinator Gemmo Lodesani said. “As armed incursions continue in Liberia and western Côte d’Ivoire, more people are being displaced, trapped and cut-off from sources of income and food.”Mr. Lodesani warned that if people were not helped to start a normal life, Côte d’Ivoire would soon fall back into chaos and conflict. “We have to move quickly and rebuild people’s lives, if the hope of peace is to be fulfilled,” he stated.Over the weekend the number of new Liberian refugees totalled 15,000 following the rebel takeover of Mariland County just over a week ago, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency is providing shelter and emergency assistance to large numbers of people who continue to pour into the southwest of Côte d’Ivoire.”Most of the other arrivals have made their way into rural villages where they are believed to be integrating with the local population,” UNHCR spokesperson Kris Janowski said today in Geneva. “The new arrivals consist of Liberians, Ivorian returnees unable to return to their place of origin, and so-called third country nationals – West Africans who had been living in Côte d’Ivoire and had initially fled to Liberia in the wake of the Ivorian conflict.”Mr. Janowski said UNHCR is distributing hundreds of mats, blankets, plastic sheeting, soap and jerry cans to the village chiefs at the major crossing points in appreciation of their willingness to accept refugees. The West African region is already swirling with hundreds of thousands of refugees from earlier wars in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where some 850,000 people depend on UN food rations for their survival. read more

Opinion 5 lessons from Ohio States week offOpinion 5 lessons from Ohio States week off

Georgia junior running back Todd Gurley (3) stiffarms a defender during a game against Tennessee at Sanford Stadium on Sept. 27. Georgia won, 35-32.Credit: Courtesy of MCTEven though the Buckeyes had the weekend off, there was still plenty going on around the college football world.For instance, we have seen a new No. 1 crowned and a new Heisman hopeful emerge, while another might have seen his season come to an end.With everything that went on, there was a lot to keep up with, so The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned during the week off in Columbus.1. The rules are still the rules, but people can’t seem to rememberThere was a time when it was surprising every time a high-profile athlete got in trouble for off-the-field issues. Today, it seems easier to expect the worst than anything close to the best from athletes at the collegiate and professional levels.Georgia junior running back Todd Gurley — who was arguably the Heisman Trophy front-runner heading into the week — was suspended indefinitely for a violation of NCAA rules. What did he do? Sign a lot of autographs for a lot of money that he — within the rules — could not have legally accepted.If that story sounds familiar, it’s because the same (or close to the same) thing happened to Johnny Manziel before his final season at Texas A&M. Manziel was suspended for one half of a football game, while Gurley is seeing his season in jeopardy for a similar offense.The claims against the Georgia man seem more substantiated, but the crackdown shows tighter enforcement of rules that are more and more debatable every day.Gurley should be allowed to sell autographs, but he can’t, and all collegiate athletes need to remember the rules no matter how much they might disagree.2. Dak Prescott is your Heisman front-runnerThe leader of the newly crowned No. 1 team in the country seems to have taken the reins as the leader for the 2014 Heisman trophy. Redshirt-junior quarterback Dak Prescott has led the Mississippi State Bulldogs from an unranked team to the best in the country behind three straight wins against top-10 teams. In those games, Prescott has totaled 782 yards through the air for five scores and two interceptions while adding another 303 yards on the ground to go along with six additional scores.Prescott was largely two or three on everyone’s Heisman list, however once Gurley was suspended indefinitely, Prescott jumped to the front of the list.As of now, it is looking like, for the third straight season, a relatively unknown quarterback could very well be the Heisman trophy winner. 3. Michigan has lifeIt might be hooked up to an iron lung, but it is still breathing. The Michigan football program got much-needed win over the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night in front of its home crowd in the school’s third-ever home night game win. While it wasn’t pretty, the 18-13 victory gave the Wolverines their first conference win of 2014 and put an end to a three-game losing streak despite amassing just 256 total yards and one touchdown. UM coach Brady Hoke still has a lot of work ahead of him in order to save his job, but for now, the sun will shine a little brighter in Ann Arbor, Mich. 4. Taking a week off doesn’t mean a fall in the rankingsThe Buckeyes didn’t fall lower than No. 15 in the Associated Press top 25 poll, and they actually climbed two spots to No. 13, despite having the week off.That’s made especially interesting considering the fact that OSU took a tumble on the rankings earlier this season despite demolishing Kent State, 66-0, that weekend.The polls are generally unpredictable and not particularly important in the grand scheme of college football, but winning a game and moving down in the process is an unlikely and mostly unexplainable occurrence. The Buckeyes’ idle rise should come as less of a surprise, and more of a testament to the general public’s acceptance that OSU still has some life this season, even after losing a game early in non-conference play.5. J.T. Barrett is even better this week, despite not playingThe redshirt-freshman quarterback’s numbers have been staggering so far this season, putting him near the top of the national rankings in multiple categories. Heading into the Buckeyes’ bye week, Barrett was No. 4 nationally with a pass efficiency rating of 186.3. Fourth best is pretty good, but the Wichita Falls, Texas, native got to watch games from his couch this weekend and still managed to become the third-most efficient passer in college football.Barrett slots into the rankings behind Oregon redshirt-junior Marcus Mariota and Clemson freshman Deshaun Watson — two names that were much more recognizable than his own coming into the season.Among the players Barrett ranks ahead of are UCLA redshirt-junior Brett Hundley, Alabama redshirt-senior Blake Sims and reigning Heisman winner and Florida State redshirt-sophomore Jameis Winston.The numbers are a testament to his talent, but Barrett’s ability to rise in the rankings despite not playing is just another reminder that simple statistics must be taken with a grain of salt. read more

HP Elitebook 2560p handsonHP Elitebook 2560p handson

first_imgYesterday HP officially announce the Elitebook 2560p notebook. It’s an ultraportable aimed at enterprise businesses and buyers looking for a top-of-the-line, sub-4 pound computer that has yet to shed its optical drive. Like its main competitor, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220, the 2560p has moved to a 12.5-inch (16×9) display but the changes didn’t stop there. The 2560p, which replaces the 2540p, moves to Intel’s Sandy Bridge (second gen Core i5/i7) processors and has the option to use both 7200RPM drives and SSDs.Aside from the larger display and new processors/graphics the 2560p is extremely similar to the 2540p. The other notable difference is that the capacitive buttons above the keyboard on the 2540p have been replaced with three physical buttons on the right side, above the keyboard.The 2560p is 810G tested for ruggedness, so it should have no trouble putting up with the rigors of day-to-day business use. Some of the features include a magnesium bottom, aluminum lid, toughed hinge design, and a latch to open and close the lid.In addition to updating the standard (clam-shell) laptop, HP also updated their Elitebook tablet. The 2740p becomes the 2760p, complete with that same Sandy Bridge gear. The display on that model remains 12-inches instead of moving to 12.5.The 2560p will go on sale on May 23rd, starting at $1099. The 2760p is available now for $1499.Sal’s ThoughtsThe Elitebook 2540p was arguably the best 12-inch business laptop of its generation and it’s quite possible that the 2560p will continue that trend. The attractive metal exterior and the inclusion of an optical drive set this system apart from the ThinkPad X220, which is otherwise quite competitive (and actually better when it comes the keyboard and cursor controls).The 2560p marks a minor change for the notebook–it’s a simple shift to 2011 (Sandy Bridge) components combined with a slightly larger display. The shift from 12-inches (16:10) to 12.5 (16.9) was surely done because of better pricing on 16:9 panels from the LCD manufacturer, which explains why Lenovo moved the very same year.With up to 14 hours of battery life and an optical slice battery HP has been doing a great job of balancing weight and longevity. The fact that this system remains the only enterprise-ready ultraportable with an optical drive is just as important though, so don’t expect too many people to drop the DVD drive and replace it with a high performance 2.5-inch hard drive.The 2540p was an excellent notebook and while the 2560p doesn’t add in anything unique it will remain a great option for large businesses and demanding consumers.last_img read more

GrandeBretagne liPhone 4S plus fort quAndroidGrandeBretagne liPhone 4S plus fort quAndroid

first_imgGrande-Bretagne: l’iPhone 4S plus fort qu’AndroidContre toute attente, le smartphone d’Apple a pris des parts de marché à Android sur le marché britannique au mois d’octobre.Si Android reste en tête du marché des smartphones vendus outre-Manche, Apple a fait mieux que se défendre au mois d’octobre. L’iPhone 4S a en effet vu sa part de marché grimper à 27,8%, soit 2,8 points supplémentaires par rapport au même trimestre 2010 se terminant en octobre, explique MacPlus. Des son côté, Android a perdu 3,6 points à 46% de pdm alors que RIM se contente 19,6% (-1,3 point). Ainsi, au cours du mois d’octobre, l’iPhone a représenté 42,8% des ventes de smartphones en Grande-Bretagne, contre 35% pour les terminaux équipés du système d’exploitation de Google. Des chiffres impressionnants, le dernier iPhone 4S n’ayant été mis en vente que le 14 octobre, comme en France et aux Etats-Unis.Le 29 novembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bahamians Celebrate National Labour DayBahamians Celebrate National Labour Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews#nationallabourday#sirrandolfawkes Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationallabourday, #sirrandolfawkescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamians, June 2, 2017 – Nassau – The week of May 28 – June 3 is being observed as Labour Week in The Bahamas, with the official Randol Fawkes Labour Day being celebrated on June 2.As part of the holiday tradition, members of the labor unions from different organizations, as well as political parties and Bahamians will participate in the annual 2017 Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade that have started in Nassau this morning. Local bands and a few Junkanooers will lead the parades, providing lively music for the marchers and spectators. The parade will end at the Southern Recreation Grounds, where union leaders will deliver speeches.National Labour Day in the Bahamas was established in 1961 by late Trade Unionist and Politician, Sir Randol Fawkes. In 2013, then Government Leader in the Senate, Attorney General and Minister ofLegal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson introduced the renaming of the holiday to honour the man who fought for justice and safety of workers.last_img read more

Cutrone I give everything to win for MilanCutrone I give everything to win for Milan

first_imgPatrick Cutrone has affirmed his stunning volley that helped in AC Milan’s 2-1 win over Parma stems from the desire to win for the club.Parma opened the scoring via Roberto Inglese from a corner, but Milan restored parity within 15 minutes thanks to Cutrone’s volley from a tight angle then followed by Franck Kessie penalty to seal the win.“It’s an important victory and a great success. It’s not easy to go behind and fight back for the win, especially as Parma tried to clam up, but we did really well,” the striker told Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“My goal came from my desire to win. I give everything to get the victory for Milan. I have always had a good rapport with the Coach and we hope to continue like this.”Considering he keeps scoring so regularly in Serie A and the Europa League, is Cutrone concerned at the possible January arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic?“If Ibrahimovic comes, then good, but either way I focus on my own progress.”last_img read more

The First Community Wellness Seminar and Clinic at Hoover High SchoolThe First Community Wellness Seminar and Clinic at Hoover High School

first_img Posted: April 12, 2019 April 12, 2019 The First Community Wellness Seminar and Clinic at Hoover High School KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) -Hoover High School Head Football Coach has partnered up with the NFL to hold our first Community Wellness Seminar & Clinic at Hoover High School, in City Heights.The event will be hosted by former SDSU great and New Orleans Saint running back, Lynell Hamilton.Coaches will promote healthy exercise, healthy life styles, family bonding, a strong competitive nature, and outstanding fun for all the kids and their whole family, according to Head Coach Zach Shapiro.There will be free food, laser tag, a game truck, NFL clinic drills for all the kids who choose to test their speed and abilities, and a great deal of fun activities for the whole family.The event will be this Saturday from 10am – 1pm.Boys and Girls between the ages 5-18 are absolutely, as well as kids all of ages.The registration is completely free for all who attend, but we do ask for people to register so we may know the amount of food to provide so that everyone is feed, and feed well. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Meeting to discuss alternative commercial fishing gearMeeting to discuss alternative commercial fishing gear

first_imgASTORIA — The Oregon and Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting Wednesday to discuss and answer questions about their recent evaluations of new commercial fishing gear for the Columbia River.The meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Loft at the Red Building in Astoria, 20 Basin St., Suite F.last_img

Cirque du Soleil surprises Sawgrass Mills shoppers with performance previewCirque du Soleil surprises Sawgrass Mills shoppers with performance preview

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – Cirque du Soleil entertainers took a break from practice today to perform a sneak peek of their newest production “Ovo” at Sawgrass Mills Mall in Sunrise.The entertainment group also hit up Bayside Marketplace in Miami for a performance.“Ovo” is playing at the BB&T Center through July 23.To buy tickets to the performance, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

W3C looks to improve speech recognition technology for web transactionsW3C looks to improve speech recognition technology for web transactions

first_imgW3C, the standards-setting body for the Internet (World Wide Web Consortium), has completed a draft for the important VoiceXML 3.0 – technology enabling voice identification verification. While normally associated with voice commands, it has the potential to greatly speed and improve the accuracy and positive proof of online transactions. Name that voice: Mathematica catches impersonations Explore further Some larger net businesses are even using it to confirm orders and verify identity. Many, however, have become increasingly worried about the reliability and security of these transactions with fraud and identity theft on the rise. Error rates have been around 1 to 2% – unacceptable for ironclad business transactions.W3C does not actually make software but produces standards. They now have a working draft, said James Larson, co-chair of the W3C VBWG – Voice Browser Working Group. The standard also addressed the issue of extending its Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) functionality to certain languages including Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean. SSML is important because it allows software makers to control speech from pitch to volume to pronunciation. This insures the software will hear the right tones and pitches so critical in languages were a tiny change in pronunciation can affect the whole meaning of a word.SSML is also used to tag areas of speech with different regional pronunciations. It is based on JSpeech Grammar Format (JSGF).A technical description and how to use SSML version 1 on a web page can be found here: www.xml.com/pub/a/2004/10/20/ssml.htmlMicrosoft Agent website is another source for would be speech interface developers.www.microsoft.com/MSAGENT/downloads/user.aspOpera browsers can be programmed for speech recognition with some XHTML (Extended Hypertext Markup Language) extensions. my.opera.com/community/dev/voice/Working with web-based speech applications can be frustrating. While the speech recognition software works well, poor quality microphones and PC speakers combined with slower Internet connections can put a damper on effectiveness. These issues will be difficult to address due to being largely beyond the control of the developer. New speech compression algorithms and simple responses like yes or no make the job much easier.Trained systems – ones that are accustomed to the user’s voice – have been much more successful, but users typically do not have the patience to complete the training and the time factor makes it impractical. Expect to find the first complex VoiceXML 3.0 technology mostly in telephone-connected and cell-phone activated systems – ones that have more controllable voice quality.Hopefully, with the new W3C standards, companies can dedicate more to useful speech recognition and less to reinventing the wheel. Standards usually lead to software tool kits for programmers and these often end up in popular packages like Microsoft’s Frontpage and Adobe’s Macromedia Dreamweaver.Amateur and professional web designers alike may soon find a compelling reason to upgrade to voice enabled web design suites.Maybe one day you can toss that pesky keyboard and mouse and talk to your machine instead – a promise made since the late 1980s and not yet satisfactorily realized.by Philip Dunn, Copyright 2005 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Citation: W3C looks to improve speech recognition technology for web transactions (2005, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2005-12-w3c-speech-recognition-technology-web.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Ladysmith Headon collision between 2 bakkies on R74Ladysmith Headon collision between 2 bakkies on R74

first_imgTwo bakkies collided head-on this morning (February 7) on the R74 between Colenso and Weenen.Two people sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. One of them was transported to hospital, while the other  refused to be taken to hospital.Sharaj Ambulance Services, EMRS, Colenso Emergency Services, police and towing personnel were on scene. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img

How much do tourists spend each day in the worlds 10 mostHow much do tourists spend each day in the worlds 10 most

first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — If your clients want to visit the world’s most popular places, it’s going to cost them – or not.Mastercard has revealed its latest Global Destination Cities Index, which identifies the top 10 cities that saw the most travellers in 2017. The index accumulated the number of overnight visitors in 162 cities last year, as well as the average amount of money travellers spent in-destination on accommodation, food, shopping, tours, transport and more.Some cities proved to be quite affordable, while others (you can probably guess which ones) will set your clients back a pretty penny.Here are the top 10:1. Bangkok: 20.05 million overnight visitors, US$173 average daily spend2. London: 19.83 visitors, $153 average daily spend3. Paris: 17.44 million visitors, $301 average daily spend4. Dubai: 15.79 million visitors, $537 average daily spend5. Singapore: 13.91 million visitors, $286 average daily spend6. New York City: 13.13 million visitors, $147 average daily spendMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported7. Kuala Lumpur: 12.58 million visitors, $124 average daily spend8. Tokyo: 11.93 million visitors, $154 average daily spend9. Istanbul: 10.70 million visitors, $108 average daily spend10. Seoul: 9.54 million visitors, $181 average daily spend Share How much do tourists spend each day in the world’s 10 most popular cities? Tags: Tourists, Travelcenter_img Posted by Friday, September 28, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more