Top UN envoy urges Iraq to protect minorities after latest killing in

In a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Staffan de Mistura, expressed his “shock and outrage” at the continuing targeting and killing of religious minorities.Some 2,200 families, or over 9,000 people, had fled Iraq’s second largest city due to the upsurge in attacks, threats and intimidation in early October. On Tuesday, the UN refugee agency reported that some of the Christian families that had fled were beginning to return after hearing that the security situation had improved. Iraqi security forces have recently strengthened their presence in the area, with up to 35,000 army and police personnel in Mosul city alone, resulting in a decline in the number of explosions and arbitrary killings, according to UNAMI.Mr. de Mistura said Mosul has historically been and must remain the cradle of religious and ethnic diversity, reiterating the UN’s position that respecting and guaranteeing the rights of minorities in Iraq is “absolutely fundamental to a stable and democratic future for the country.” He called on the Iraqi Government to do everything in its power to safeguard the human rights of Christians, Yezidis, Shebeks and other minorities – all of whom have been the victims of terrible attacks – and to ensure that those responsible for these attacks are swiftly brought to justice. The Special Representative also urged local authorities, as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government, to assist in protecting the rights of minorities and their religious identity, as well as in ending impunity for these criminal attacks. 13 November 2008The top United Nations official in Iraq has urged the Government to do all it can to protect the country’s minorities, after two Christian women were killed in the northern city of Mosul, just hours after some families displaced by recent violence began returning to their homes. read more

General Assembly President wraps up environment meetings in Nairobi

During his 3 to 4 May visit, Mr. Eliasson also undertook a field visit to the Kibera slum – considered the largest in Africa – to witness first-hand conditions there. He was welcomed by members of the community and received briefings on the joint UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-HABITAT Nairobi River Basin Project as well as the latter agency’s Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme.Addressing the Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP and UN-HABITAT on Thursday morning, Mr. Eliasson outlined the ongoing process of UN reform, touching on the Peacebuilding Commission, the Human Rights Council, management issues and global environmental governance.He also called on those present to embrace the reform programme and to help strengthen the UN, citing his vision of a world in which countries understand that “well functioning international structures are in the national interest of each country.”The President also underlined the importance of regional cooperation and multilateralism. “We need to inspire others to take up their international responsibility,” he said, adding “the word ‘together’ is stronger than the word ‘alone.’”At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Mr. Eliasson pointed out that the UN would be “judged by the real difference we make in the world,” adding: “There is no security without development, no development without security, and no security without respect for human rights.” He said that while today’s global problems need global solutions, they are also local problems. In spite of certain contrary trends, he argued that “there has never been a stronger need for good and effective international solutions and structures; a strong and effective United Nations is in everyone’s interest.”Commenting on his visit to Kibera and the need to translate the Millennium Development Goals into reality by improving the lives of people in need, he said: “We must realize that clean water is a luxury for 1.2 billion people worldwide. We can talk about the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], but we must make them more concrete, in the form of malaria medicines, clean water, toilets and sanitation.”“We are in a hurry,” he warned. “We have to take the first step towards ensuring security, development and human rights hand in hand.” read more

Talisman withdrawing from Peru says unable to build material resource

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Talisman Energy Inc., which switched CEOs earlier this week, says it plans to wind down its operations in Peru as it was unable to big enough resource position there.The company’s Peruvian subsidiary will stop exploration in the Maranon Basin and plans to exit the country once it completes ongoing commercial transactions.Despite the company’s success in finding light oil in a property called “Situche Central,” or Block 64, it was “unable to build a material resource position in Peru,” Richard Herbert, Talisman’s executive vice-president of international exploration, said in a statement.“After careful consideration, a decision has been made to exit Peru and focus on near-term liquids and oil-linked gas opportunities in our global portfolio,” he said.The company will withdraw from licence contracts and work with local authorities to transition them to a new opearator.“While we are disappointed this play has not come to fruition for Talisman, we are hopeful another operator will continue our good work in the area and develop the Situche discovery in the future,” said Herbert.Talisman drilled a successful well in the area in 2009, but a second one drilled this spring came up dry. A process to sell the Peruvian assets began shortly after that.“We didn’t receive any competitive bids for the business as a whole, but we are now in discussions to sell our stake in individual blocks,” said company spokeswoman Phoebe Buckland.Talisman (TSX:TLM) says it enjoyed strong support from the Peruvian government and local authorities.“The company has worked extremely hard to build relationships with local communities on the ground and local authorities and we wouldn’t have been able to do the work we did without their support,” said Buckland.But the support for Talisman’s operations in Peru was not unanimous. Members of Peruvian indigenous groups regularly travelled to Calgary for Talisman’s annual shareholder meetings to tell then-CEO John Manzoni directly they oppose any oil drilling in their territory.On Monday, Talisman announced Manzoni had “agreed to” step down and had been replaced by Talisman board member and former TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) CEO Hal Kvisle.In a statement Thursday, opponents to the Amazon drilling declared victory.“We have fought long and hard against Talisman’s drilling in our territory because of the negative environmental and social impacts we have seen from oil drilling around the world,” said Peas Peas Ayui, president of the National Achuar Federation of Peru.“Now that Talisman is leaving we can focus on achieving our own vision for development and leave a healthy territory for future generations.”Gregor MacLennan, with the group Amazon Watch, said the company recognized it couldn’t drill without the consent of the Achuar people.“Talisman’s exit sends a clear message to the oil industry: Trampling indigenous rights in the rush to exploit marginal oil reserves in the Amazon rainforest is not an option.” by News Staff Posted Sep 13, 2012 7:18 pm MDT Talisman withdrawing from Peru, says unable to build ‘material resource’ read more

Harry Caray this Buds for you

FILE – In this undated photo, Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray sings “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during a Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field. Brewer Anheuser-Busch honored the legendary sportscaster, who died in 1998 having not seen his beloved Cubbies make it to the World Series, with a video that had him calling the end of Game 7, with the Cubs defeating the Cleveland Indians in an extra-inning 8-7 nail biter. The brewer also resuscitated 1984 Budweiser ad in which the Bud pitch man, and consumer, caught a cold one launched into the Wrigley Field bleachers using a net. (AP Photo) by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 12:36 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Harry Caray, this Bud’s for you. NEW YORK, N.Y. – Harry Caray, this Bud’s for you.Anheuser-Busch is honouring the legendary sportscaster with a video that has him calling the nail-biting end of Game 7 in the early hours of Thursday, when the Chicago Cubs edged the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings.The ad shows the statue of Caray outside Wrigley Field and tense fans in bars, his deep voice intoning, “Boy, if you have a weak heart, turn the set off. The rest of you, stay with us!”Then it cuts to fans celebrating, and Carey saying “Holy Cow! You talk about a mass of happy humanity. How about those Cubbies? Now our lives are complete!”Caray died in 1998 having not seen his beloved Cubbies even make it to the World Series.The brewer also resuscitated 1984 Budweiser ad in which the Bud pitchman, and Bud lover, caught a cold one launched into the Wrigley Field bleachers using a net.The company, working with marketers, moved quickly to create the video that would capitalize on one of the greatest feel-good sports moments in more than a century. The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908.During the 16 years that Caray called games at Wrigley, the Cubs made it to the post season but twice, never making it to the big game. He died several months before the start of the 1998 season, when the Cubs advanced to the National League Division Series, only to be swept by the Atlanta BravesThe Anheuser-Busch video with Caray calling the final out of this year’s World Series, was conceived of only about 10 days ago and spliced together with audio from Caray’s days as a Cubs broadcaster, said Ricardo Marques, a vice-president at Budweiser.With the blessing of the Harry Caray estate and Chicago’s WGN network, a team from Budweiser and the agency VaynerMedia in New York culled through archives of yesteryear’s games between the Cubs and the Indians, and also games with big finishes, to set up the illusion.A separate crew worked throughout Wednesday night to capture video of fans in and around Wrigley Field as game seven unfolded. They could have used stock footage, Marques said, but everyone wanted something that looked very real.The final two-minute video was approved at 5:30 a.m. Thursday and went online around 7 a.m. Budweiser is currently working on an ad that runs shorter than the original two-minute version, slated to air on TV this weekend.Allen Adamson, head of the New York consulting firm Brand Simple, calls the campaign a “smart way to bring in the history, brand equity and nostalgia together and be relevant in the moment.”Anheuser-Busch, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has been the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball for more than 30 years. The brewery’s commercial ties to Caray stretch back to the 1980s, when he pitched the brew as a “Cubs Fan Bud Man.”He also announced games for the St. Louis Cardinals, which were once owned by Anheuser-Busch, for 25 years, until 1969. The brewer is now owned by Belgium-based beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA.Caray is still revered in Chicago, where a statue of the broadcaster outside of Wrigley Field features an outstretched hand which, coincidentally, holds a can of Budweiser quite snugly.___This story has been corrected to read that the Cubs were swept by the Atlanta Braves, not the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the 1998 National League Division Series. read more

UN agency urges restraint after staff member is shot dead by Israeli

In a statement, the UN relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said the staff member was killed instantly in an operation in the Kalandia refugee camp in the Occupied West Bank. “Credible reports say that he was on his way to work and was not engaged in any violent activity. He was shot in the chest,” UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said of the 34-year-old staff member who lost his life. “Another UNRWA staff member, a sanitation labourer, was shot in the leg during the same operation and is in a stable condition. An UNRWA investigation is ongoing.”Three people in total were killed during the operation, and about 20 injured, some of them seriously.UNRWA condemned the killing and called on all sides to “exercise maximum restraint and to act in accordance with obligations under international law.” read more

Finally A Heater That Mines Cryptocurrency

first_imgMost modern heating systems will save you money. That’s great and all… but if you’re going to spend your hard-earned cash on a new heater that actually makes you money?That’s the thinking behind French company Qarnot’s newest offering. The Qc1 looks a lot like wall-mounted heater — albeit a very stylish one — but it’s essentially a big radiator attached to a crypto-mining rig. By default, the Qc1 mines for Ethereum.Inside the Qc1 is a powerful little Linux-based PC. It features a pair of 8GB Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX580GPUs to do the heavy lifting. When the room gets cool, the integrated thermostat tells the PC to shift the mining process into high gear. The system is passively cooled, so you won’t hear fans blaring while mining is going on.Unlike some of the ready-to-use mining scripts that are out there, Qarnot doesn’t take a cut. 100% of the Qc1’s payouts go directly into the owner’s wallet. Setup is a breeze, too, thanks to Qarnot’s mobile app — which lets you monitor cryptocurrency trends as well as the ambient temperature.According to the company, keeping the average space warm with the Qc1 would earn you around $120 of ETH per month at today’s rates. You can’t expect that kind of return forever, though, given that difficulty increases over time.Still, if you’re going to spend money keeping a room warm you might as well generate heat by letting a computer put a few cryptocoins in your digital pockets. With a street price of $3200, it’ll take you a little while to break even. Radiant wall-mounted heaters (even really nice ones) can be had for $150 or less. Heck, you can buy a fairly decent heat pump for less than half the cost of the QC1.None are as geeky a way to heat your space as the QC1, though.last_img read more

Plantronics is transforming into a new brand called Poly

first_img Mobile Accessories 9 Photos Cisco Microsoft Share your voice Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 go true wireless “Today feels like my first day as CEO of a new company,” said Joe Burton, Poly’s president and chief executive officer. “We see limitless opportunity for how people communicate and collaborate today. With advancements in AI, machine learning and new technologies, we see a future where Poly makes the connection, then quietly steps out of the way to become the one thing you don’t notice in the meeting.”The origin of the prefix poly is from an ancient Greek word which means “many.” Poly The company said the Poly logo “honors the company’s new path forward as well as its legacy.” Its lava red color and angle of letters form a propeller reflecting Plantronics’ 60-year aviation lineage while its three legs pay homage to the design of Polycom’s iconic conference phone.Don’t expect the Plantronics name to disappear immediately, however. At the Enterprise Connect 2019 conference, Poly is unveiling new products and services, some of which confusingly retain the Plantronics and Polycom names. Here’s a look at some of the products Poly is rolling out, according to the company:Polycom Studio, a video USB bar that upgrades huddle rooms to business class and works with services like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype for Business, Google Meet, Cisco Webex or Amazon Chime.Plantronics Elara 60 Series, a mobile phone station designed for the “increasingly mobile-first worker” and provides users with a one-touch Microsoft Teams experience.Eagle Eye Cube, a video conference camera with 4K sensors and rich sound to upgrade meetings in small to midsized rooms. Blackwire 7225, a new boomless UC headset designed for open offices. It’s equipped with active noise cancellation to muffle sounds around you when taking calls or listening to music on a Windows PC or Mac.The Plantronics Status Indicator, a wired presence indicator that sits on your desktop and connects with whatever communications platform you’re using to let others know if you’re available, on a call or away from your desk.center_img Comments Tags Headset manufacturer Plantronics acquired Polycom for $2 billion last year. After the deal closed, Reuters reported that the company was trying to sell itself and Logitech was interested in acquiring it. But no sale transpired, and instead the company has decided to rename itself Poly and recalibrate its mission.Poly will focus on “the human experience of communications and collaboration, aiming to make communication as rich and natural as in-person,” according to a press release announcing the new name. 2last_img read more

Solve issues pertaining to RTC TMU to government

first_imgKarimnagar: Telangana Mazdoor Union (TMU) district secretary MP Reddy demanded that the government must solve all the issues pertaining to Road Transport Corporation (RTC). As part of the call given by the State committee, the TMU members staged a dharna in front of Karimnagar bus depot I and II on Thursday.Speaking on the occasion, MP Reddy alleged that the government is negligent in solving the various issues pertaining to the RTC such as rectification of salaries of RTC employees, providing medical services, purchasing new buses and making new appointments along with merging the RTC into the government. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He demanded that all these issues should be solved as early as possible. Otherwise, as per the instructions of the State committee, they will intensify the agitation, he warned. TMU members M Ramesh, G Manohar, N Srinivas, AVR Reddy, Mallesham, JP Kumar, MR Reddy, Kanakaiah, Radhika, Sunitha, P Thara, Sheshu, JS Rao, Uma Devi, TS Kumari, Kamalakar, Ramulu, Jagan and Ramana were present along with others.last_img read more

CMs IDay speech full of political rhetoric BJP

first_imgHyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State unit called Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s Independence Day speech as disappointing and said it was only political rhetoric and boasting about bringing new changes. Addressing media here on Friday, BJP State unit president K Laxman said the Chief Minister’s speech did not address the aspirations of the people, welfare and development, announcement of PRC or interim relief to the employees, pensions schemes etc. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us He said unemployed youth in the State are waiting for the filling up of three lakh government jobs. But there is no word about the same. The Chief Minister announces about conducting universal health checks to create health profiles of people while Aaryogyasri Health scheme has come to a grinding halt. Yet, the government refuses to implement the Ayushman Bharat Health Scheme initiated by the Centre. Similarly, release of funds to Kalyana Lakshmi, Shaadi Mubarak, fee reimbursement scheme, payment of pending bills to the small contractors remained unpaid. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us The State has become a “Badala Telangana” and “Bakayala Telangana” instead of “Bangaru Telangana”, he said. Laxman said lack of doctors and medicines left the people in the lurch while the dengue fevers are playing havoc across the State. The inefficiency and unnecessary expenditure, corruption led to problems mounting and the debit-ridden government not able to figure out solutions for the same. Advertise With Us Referring to the Chief Minister’s statements to bring new laws to contain corruption, Laxman demanded that the State government release a whitepaper on the number of ACB cases for which approvals are pending and action is taken. “The State government not able to respond to the questions asked by the State High Court, Governor had returned the bill, President of India has asked for a report on the intermediate results fiasco and the Comptroller and Auditor General is finding fault,” he said.last_img read more

3 killed in RAB gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationThree people were killed in what the members of Rapid Action Batttalion (RAB) called gunfights in Chattogram and Chapainawabganj districts on Thursday night and early Friday.In Chattogram, two persons were shot dead in a ‘gunfight’ with the elite force members during an anti-drug raid in Madarbari Barishal colony of Sadarghat police station on Thursday night.ASP Mimtanur Rahman of RAB-7 said a team of the force conducted a special raid at the colony, which is popularly known as a drug den, around 11:30pm.Sensing the presence of RAB members, the criminals opened fire, prompting the law enforcers to retaliate, leaving two people dead on the spot, he said.In Chapainawabganj, an alleged drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ between his cohorts and RAB members at no 4-Beribadh ghat area of Padma river in Shibganj upazila early Friday.The deceased could not be identified yet.Squadron leader Syeed Abdullah Al Murad said a team of RAB-5 conducted a regular drive in the area to seize drugs.Sensing the presence of the elite force members, the criminals opened fire on RAB members, prompting them to fire back that triggered the gunfight.One of the criminals was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while the others managed to flee, he said.Five RAB members were injured during the gunfight, Murad added.The law enforcement recovered 6.70 kgs of hemp, two pistols, five bullets and two magazines from the spot, the RAB officer said.RAB’s versions of the events were, however, could not be verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victims’ families.last_img read more

How Should Black People Discipline Their Children

first_imgMost Black people of a certain age (I’m thinking 40 and over) can tell vivid stories about the most severe beating (or beatings) they received as children at the hands of parents or other family members, in the name of “discipline.” The stories are often wrapped in the nostalgia of the, “good ol’ days,” when you got caught doing wrong and a neighbor had the duty (or right) to beat (correct) you, then you would get it again when your parents (or parent) got home. Oh, how we long for the good ol’ days!But, too often those stories of childhood whuppings are deep, painful memories, suppressed and never uttered.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Dr. Stacey Patton, an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Morgan State University and author of the book, “Spare the Kids: Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America,” wrote an essay adapted from the book, which appeared in the New York Times this past weekend.“It’s something that I’ve thought about ever since I had moved into my adoptive parents’ home when I was five years old,” she told the AFRO on March 13. “From the very first time she (adoptive mother) ever…popped me in the mouth, my entire world felt like it came crushing down because this was an adult who was supposed to love me and keep me safe and I was supposed to trust her,” Patton added. “And so, as I got older the whippings escalated and eventually funneled me into the foster care system and while I was in the foster care system, I saw so many young people, particularly Black children who had been intellectually, physically, spiritually, psychologically destroyed by that kind of aggressive child rearing practice.”Beyond her own destructive experiences being physically disciplined as a child, Patton illustrates what many believe is the undeniable link between, “aggressive child rearing practice,” a “bastardized” Christian tradition and the ubiquitous American systems of Black oppression, slavery and Jim Crow.“It is a European idea that children are ‘born in sin’ and should have the devil beaten out of them with a ‘rod of correction.’ That brutality cascaded across other cultures through slavery, colonialism and religious indoctrination,” Patton wrote in the New York Times. “It should not be surprising, then, that Black American slaves, who endured trauma of their own beatings, inherited their oppressors’ violence and, for centuries, passed down these parenting beliefs. This is one of the saddest untold stories in American history — the way in which the victims of racist oppression and violence have hurt the bodies of their own children in an effort to protect them from a hostile society,” Patton declared.She says the reaction to her observations have always been varied and sometimes volatile, from incredulous Whites saying, “How dare you blame White people for Black child abuse,” to the more nuanced argument of, “there’s a difference between spanking a child and beating a child,” Patton said and there has also been affirmation for her findings. “There’s been quite a number of people on both sides of the color line, writing to say thank you, to share their own personal experiences of having gotten corporal punishment as a child, so the piece was validating to them,” she revealed.Patton also refutes that somehow corporal punishment of Black children has somehow saved Black lives from death and destruction.“Between 2006 and 2015, more than 3,600 Black children were killed as a result of maltreatment, according to the Administration for Children and Families. That’s an average of 360 children a year, three times higher than for other racial and ethnic groups,” Patton wrote in the New York Times.“The truth is that White supremacy has done a masterful job of getting Black people to continue its trauma work and call it ‘love,’” Patton wrote.“Black children are also more at risk of being assaulted, seriously injured or killed by a parent than by a police officer, a neighborhood watchman or an irritated racist who hates rap music. We have to stop hurting our children to protect them. It is not working. And worse, it erodes our children’s humanity and co-signs the slave master’s logic that you have to hit a Black body to make it comply.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of, AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m. on WEAA 88.9.last_img read more

Southborough police log Aug 23 edition

first_imgSouthboroughThursday, Aug. 11:11 p.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA unknown injury.2:32 p.m. Acre Bridge Rd. Suspicious activity.4:52 p.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA unknown injury.5:34 p.m. Marlboro Rd. MVA unknown injury.Friday, Aug. 212:26 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Assault.1:32 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.2:10 a.m. Boston Rd. Suspicious activity.8:23 a.m. Crystal Pond Rd. Suspicious activity.10:44 a.m. Main St. Complaint/scam.12:00 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Larceny/forgery/fraud.8:42 p.m. Breakneck Hill Rd. Suspicious activity.Saturday, Aug. 31:28 a.m. Acre Bridge Rd. Suspicious activity.5:10 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.8:47 a.m. Turnpike/Oak Hill Rds. Erratic operator.4:27 p.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA property damage only.5:20 p.m. Richards Rd. Suspicious activity.Sunday, Aug. 412:20 a.m. Arrested, Brian Arthur Peterson, of Grove Street, Norfolk, for OUI-liquor or .08% 2nd offense, negligent operation of motor vehicle.6:56 p.m. Southville Rd. Animal complaint.10:19 p.m. Constitution Dr. Larceny/forgery/fraud.Monday, Aug. 57:04 a.m. Turnpike Rd./Central St. Erratic operator.10:15 a.m. Woodland Rd. Animal complaint.10;50 a.m. Overlook Dr. Suspicious activity.4:42 p.m. Deerfoot Rd. Vandalism.4:58 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Erratic operator.5:09 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Erratic operator.9:10 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.Tuesday, Aug. 65:09 p.m. Marlboro Rd. Animal complaint.5:25 p.m. Thayer Ln. Disturbance.8:26 p.m. Cordaville/Turnpike Rds. Suspicious activity.11:55 p.m. Southville Rd. Suspicious activity.Wednesday, Aug. 73:42 a.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.6:24 p.m. Southville Rd. Erratic operator.Thursday, Aug. 85:17 a.m. Marlboro Rd. Animal complaint.1:06 p.m. Richards Rd. Suspicious activity.8:25 p.m. Deerfoot Rd. Suspicious activity.Friday, Aug. 912:59 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.1:45 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.9:17 a.m. Turnpike Rd. MVA no PI.10:53 a.m. Woodland Rd. Animal complaint.3:04 p.m. Newton St. Animal complaint.11:28 p.m. Boston Rd. Erratic operator.11:59 p.m. Turnpike Rd.Saturday, Aug. 102:03 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.5:50 a.m. Parkerville Rd. Tree/limb down in roadway.6:16 p.m. Wolfpen Ln. Animal complaint.7:15 p.m. Marlboro Rd. Animal complaint.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

neutriNote powerful notetaking for Android

first_imgneutriNote: powerful note-taking for Android by Martin Brinkmann on July 06, 2017 in Google Android – 7 commentsThe Android application neutriNote is a powerful note taking application that supports math (LaTeX), rich markdown, and drawings among other things.Many Android devices come with basic note taking functionality, and a new application needs to offer something that these default applications don’t offer to stand a chance.The free application neutriNote does that, but is still easy enough to use for basic note taking without all the fancy stuff added to it.The application is free, does not have advertisement or a premium version that it requires users to purchase to get all the functionality it offers. Permissions too are reasonable and explained on the Google Play page the application is listed on.neutriNote note taking appOnce you start the application you can start taking notes right away. Before you do however, I suggest you visit the application’s settings as you may find a couple of customization options there that you may want to check out.Some of the more interesting options include toggling auto saving and incremental backup functionality, switching to a dark theme, or enabling the storing of location data.You find plenty of advanced options in the settings of the application as well. Create custom filters, use your own parser for mathematics, or install some of the add-ons that have been created for the application.A total of four add-ons are available right now of which one, backup+ is free to add  while the remaining three are paid add-ons.The user interface of the note taking part is as straightforward as it gets. You can hide some interface elements for extra space, and use menus at the top or bottom to access some of the advanced options that neutriNote supports.While you can add text of all kinds to the app, you can also use markdown, tables, math formulas, add images, links, or even drawings.  If you use markdown, you can switch between markdown and plain text view with the tap on a button.The bottom toolbar requires some explaining as it may not be clear to all users that you can scroll it to display additional tools. Once you swipe to the left, you get a new set of tools the application supports; for instance options to add an image captured with the device’s camera, or using the built-in barcode scanner.Other options that you find there include searching for words in your mobile browser of choice, taking photos from the device’s gallery, or loading drawing mode.You may also use Google Now to dictate directly to neutriNote, use the application’s text expansion functionality, or use batch select options to improve your productivity while using the app.The application supports full text search across all notes, and you may filter by custom filters, location, metadata or date/time as well.Power users may find some of the advanced functionality that neutriNote ships with useful. It is for instance possible to add your own metadata, custom styles, and change advanced preferences as well.VerdictneutriNote is a powerful, well designed note taking application for Android. The advanced features will take some getting used to time, as will the various options the application displays in its interface. You can check out the help file here for information on general functionality and advanced features that the application supports.Summary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 6 votes Software Name neutriNoteOperating System AndroidSoftware Category OfficeLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

Unity releases MLAgents toolkit v05 with Gym interface a new suite of

first_imgIn their commitment to become the go-to platform for Artificial Intelligence, Unity has released a new version of their ML-Agents Toolkit. ML-Agents toolkit v0.5 comes with more flexible action specification, a Gym interface for researchers to more easily integrate ML-Agents environments into their training workflows, and a new suite of learning environments replicating some of the Continuous Control benchmarks used in Deep Reinforcement Learning. They have also released a research paper on ML-Agents which the Unity platform has titled “Unity: A General Platform for Intelligent Agent.” Changes to the ML-Agents toolkit v0.5 A lot of changes have been made pertaining to ML-Agents toolkit v0.5. Highlighted changes to repository structure The python folder has been renamed ml-agents. It now contains a python package called mlagents. The unity-environment folder, containing the Unity project, has been renamed UnitySDK. The protobuf definitions used for communication have been added to a new protobuf-definitions folder. Example curricula and the trainer configuration file have been moved to a new config sub-directory. New features New package gym-unity which provides gym interface to wrap UnityEnvironment. The ML-Agents toolkit v0.5 can now run multiple concurrent training sessions with the –num-runs=command line option. Added Meta-Curriculum which supports curriculum learning in multi-brain environments. Action Masking for Discrete Control which makes it possible to mask invalid actions each step to limit the actions an agent can take. Fixes & Performance Improvements Replaced some activation functions to swish. Visual Observations use PNG instead of JPEG to avoid compression losses. Improved python unit tests. Multiple training sessions are available on single GPU. Curriculum lessons are now tracked correctly. Developers can now visualize value estimates when using models trained with PPO from Unity with GetValueEstimate(). It is now possible to specify which camera the Monitor displays to. Console summaries will now be displayed even when running inference mode from python. Minimum supported Unity version is now 2017.4. You can read all about the new version of ML-Agents Toolkit on the Unity Blog. Read Next Unity releases ML-Agents v0.3: Imitation Learning, Memory-Enhanced Agents and more. Unity Machine Learning Agents: Transforming Games with Artificial Intelligence. Unite Berlin 2018 Keynote: Unity partners with Google, launches Ml-Agents ToolKit 0.4, Project MARS and more.last_img read more

IS militants kill Turkish soldier near Syria border

first_img Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The soldiers were attacked by five militants, the Turkish military said in a statement, adding one IS militant was “captured dead” along with a rocket launcher and an AK-47 automatic rifle.The attack comes amid a surge of violence in Turkey following a suicide bombing Monday near Turkey’s border with Syria that killed 32 people and wounded scores. The attack has been blamed on militants linked to the Islamic State group and came amid a clampdown by Turkey on the extremist group.Turkish officials say they have detained more than 500 people suspected of working with IS in the last six months.Turkey had reinforced its border at Kilis a day earlier, deploying elite special forces units there, a government official told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations that bar civil servants from speaking to reporters without authorization.Earlier Thursday, unknown assailants ambushed traffic police in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast, killing one officer and seriously wounding a second.Police Chief Halis Bogurcu said the officers were gunned down after they were called to a street in Diyarbakir, the region’s largest city, by people who reported a hoax traffic accident. There was no immediate claim of responsibility and an operation was launched to catch the assailants. Comments   Share   How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories Kurdish militants on Wednesday claimed responsibility for killing two other policemen in retaliation for Monday’s suicide bombing, which killed many Kurds. Members of the minority group say the Turkish government did not do enough to prevent the attack.The state-run Anadolu news agency said the youth wing of the Kurdish rebel group claimed responsibility Wednesday for killing a 45-year-old man in Istanbul. The report said the group falsely accused the man, identified as Mursel Gul, of being an IS member.__Butler reported from Istanbul.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from Syrian territory on Thursday, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding two others, Turkish officials said. Turkish troops retaliated, killing at least one IS militant.Suleyman Tapsiz, the governor for Kilis province, said the border outpost was attacked from a region in Syria under IS control. He said the two injured sergeants were not in serious condition. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour Named One of Worlds Best Value Hot

first_imgSource = Crowne Plaza It seems that luxury can come at a great price.Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour has been recognised as the second best value hotel in the world, in a reader’s poll conducted by Travel + Leisure US.The magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2009, published in the March 2010 issue, revealed Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour as number two in the category of World’s Best Hotel Values, $250 or less a night.The hotel also scored within the overall top 20 city hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, coming in at number 19.To celebrate the win, Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour is offering corporate travellers staying at the hotel a “free breakfast and internet” special, including complimentary high-speed internet access and complimentary buffet breakfast. Terms and conditions apply. Bookings must be made three days in advance and a deposit equal to one night’s stay to be made at time of booking.CROWNE PLAZA DARLING HARBOURCrowne Plaza Darling Harbour features 345 spacious guest rooms with sweeping views of Darling Harbour or the glittering lights of Sydney’s city skyline, complimentary 24-hour gymnasium, business centre, concierge services, a Body and Soul in-room dining menu designed by leading nutritionists, Redsalt Restaurant and Bar, Connections Bar and Lounge, and Darling Harbour’s only Club lounge.With Sydney’s CBD and famous Darling Harbour precinct at its doorstep, the hotel is just minutes walk to the city’s top attractions, such as the Sydney Aquarium, Star City Casino, Cockle Bay Wharf, Chinatown and the Queen Victoria Building. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

Cruise vision spans the next decade

first_imgThe NSW government’s events and tourism planning body, Destination NSW, has hired private consultancy MI Associates to work in collaboration to build a 10 year vision for cruising in NSW.The 10 year cruise initiative, which is a recommendation of the NSW government’s Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan, comes after the Australian cruise industry was identified as the number one industry in the world by growth and penetration by the Cruise Lines International Association Australasia.Deputy Premier and Tourism Minister Andrew Stoner said that the plan would help set up the cruise industry for the future.“The plan, to be developed in consultation with industry, will forecast the growth in cruise ship arrivals and passenger numbers to ensure NSW is equipped to capture a larger share of the economic benefits, including providing food and other supplies to cruise ships, pre and post-cruise tours for passengers and developing financial models to identify capacity and infrastructure needs,” Deputy Premier Stoner said.Deputy Premier Stoner also said that the government would help ensure the NSW cruise industry has the infrastructure, stevedoring and ground touring arrangements it needs so it can exploit the massive growth in interest in cruise travel.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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first_imgWed, Fri, Sun 10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019 Operated by 10 Mar 2019 – 29 Mar 2019 2 Dec 2018 –8 Mar 2019 Auckland20:10 Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon didn’t take long to embrace the city, donning a Chicago Bears baseball cap on arrival | Photo credit: Air New ZealandGuests on the departing flight back to Auckland were greeted at O’Hare International Airport with a traditional Maori dance.Photo credit: Air New ZealandAll images supplied by Air New Zealand.Go back to the enewsletter Effective dates Frequency Auckland06:30+2 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland20:10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Air New Zealand Wed, Fri, Sun Air New Zealand NZ26 (UA6728) 30 Nov 2018 –8 Mar 2019 Flight No. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Air New Zealand NZ27(UA6727) Auckland06:30+2 NZ26 (UA6728) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Chicago19:10 NZ27(UA6727) Chicago16:15 Go back to the enewsletterAir New Zealand commenced services on its newest international route between Auckland and Chicago last Friday afternoon. Flight NZ26 departed at 5:01pm local time in Auckland and landed in Chicago at 12:11pm local time in Chicago. With a flight time of approximately 15 hours northbound (and just over 16 hours southbound), the flight is Air New Zealand’s longest, taking over from Auckland–Houston, which has a flight time of 13.5 hours.Chicago is Air New Zealand’s sixth North American gateway, with the flight to Auckland also the longest from O’Hare International Airport to any global destination.Touch down of Flight NZ26 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on its inaugural service | Photo credit: Air New ZealandAir New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon, who travelled on the inaugural flight, says the airline’s new route means exciting new opportunities for travellers to explore the United States’ third-largest city, along with more of the East Coast of the US and Canada.“With our alliance partner, United, operating more flights out of its hub of O’Hare International Airport than any other airline, the new service to Chicago provides customers with convenient one-stop codeshare connections to approximately 100 destinations across the US,” he said.Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon, flanked by cabin crew | Photo credit: Air New Zealand“New Zealand already welcomes around 340,000 visitors annually from the US and we anticipate this number will grow with the introduction of this new service. We expect the route will contribute around NZ$70 million annually to our economy, and we know 50% of spending by US visitors is done outside the main centres,” Luxon said.Chicago lures 55 million visitors each year. Among the biggest attractions are: Chicago’s fascinating history, world-class museums and stunning architecture; the internationally renowned jazz and blues scene; and award-winning restaurants and culinary dishes, including the iconic deep-dish pizza.David Whittaker, Choose Chicago President & CEO; Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand CEO; Rich Butler, Chicago Department of Aviation Interim First Deputy Commissioner; Kelvin Davis, New Zealand Tourism Minister; Tony Carter, Air New Zealand Chairman – flanked by Air New Zealand cabin crew | Photo credit: Air New ZealandAir New Zealand’s direct Auckland-Chicago service, operated by its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, will depart Auckland on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as follows: Chicago20:10 Departs Chicago17:15 Wed, Fri, Sun Air New Zealand Arrives Wed, Fri, Sun Aircraft typelast_img read more

June 29 2000 A historic moment for Arcosanti in t

first_imgJune 29, 2000A historic moment for Arcosanti in the Paradoxroom as Ivan and Jeff send the first file over our new Arcosanti computernetwork. Congratulations to the folks who made the network a reality. Specialthanks goes to Lou Dallara who helped Jeff and Ivan with the network during lastweekend’s Alumni Reunion. Photo by: DoctressNeutopialast_img

March 6 2002 February participants of the 5week

first_imgMarch 6, 2002 February participantsof the 5-week Arcosanti Workshop Mike Lengton (from left),Bradly Bishop, Ray Lam and Junko Kobayashi, pose by the concrete beamform, while SpencerMarrese-Atom, Construction Manager, inspects their work. [photo: Nadia Begin & text: T] (in themiddle), explains the concrete mixing process to workshoppers. [photo:Nadia Begin & text: T] The second floor slabis ready to be formed at the East Crescent Phase Five construction. [T] The connectiondetails are prepared by the staff and volunteers at various locations.[T]last_img