17 Nov

Israeli minister in unprecedented visit to UAE mosque

first_imgAbu Dhabi, Oct 29 (AFP) Israeli minister Miri Regev on Monday shared a video on Facebook of her touring a famed mosque in the United Arab Emirates, in an unprecedented visit by a cabinet member.The culture and sport minister, known for controversial comments about Arabs, was dressed in a red abaya with a white scarf covering her hair at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.”I toured the site,” Regev told the camera, in Hebrew, surrounded by a group of people in traditional Emirati dress.”This is the first time that an Israeli minister is here on a visit.” Regev, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, visited the mosque on Sunday, according to her spokesman.Her country does not have diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates.Israeli officials publicly toured landmark sites in the UAE at the weekend, the first such visit, days after Netanyahu travelled to the neighbouring Gulf state of Oman.The delegation, which includes the country’s communications minister, was in Dubai for the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference this week.”We arrived the day (Sunday) before the conference. We went around the town, and we visited the mall,” a member of the delegation told AFP.”We were impressed, and we didn’t expect the town to be like this, this beautiful,” she said on condition of anonymity.The visit came a day after Israel’s national anthem was played at a judo tournament in Abu Dhabi after one of its athletes won gold – believed to be the first time the anthem has been played publicly in an Arab Gulf state.advertisementNetanyahu visited Oman on Thursday for talks with the country’s ruler, Sultan Qaboos, on regional security issues, according to official statements by both countries.And at a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu said of his Oman visit: “There will be more.” Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz is scheduled to visit Oman next week for a transportation conference, according to his office.Netanyahu has long sought a rapprochement with other Arab states, citing in part concerns over their common enemy Iran.But Israel currently has full diplomatic relations with only two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, as Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory remains a major obstacle to official recognition by Arab countries. (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

24 Oct

First Lady from Burkina Faso Heads Working Mission to Jamaica

first_imgThe Government of Burkina Faso is sending a Working Mission to Jamaica from June 24 to 29, led by the First Lady of that country, Her Excellency Chantal Compaoré.The purpose of the mission is to learn about Jamaica’s experience in preventing adolescent pregnancies and supporting adolescent mothers.She will be accompanied by Minister of Women Promotion and Gender, Nestorine Sangare and Head of Capacity Building, Ministry of Women Promotion and Gender, Koudraogo Kabore.On arrival, Mrs. Compaoré will be met by officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is spearheading the initiative. In the afternoon a briefing will be held with UNFPA officials at 52 Knutsford Boulevard, in New Kingston.On Tuesday, June 25, the First Lady will call on Minister with responsibility  for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, at the Office of the Prime Minister.Mrs. Compaoré will also participate in a study/ tour of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation. In the afternoon, she will meet with officials from the Ministry of Health.On Wednesday, June 26, the First Lady will visit the Haile Selassie High School. In the afternoon she will be involved in a small working lunch meeting with key gender leaders and University of the West Indies academia and will also meet with officials from the Ministry of Education.Later in the evening, Mrs. Compaoré will attend a cocktail reception hosted by the UNFPA,  at Devon House.While here, the First Lady will call on Their Excellencies, Governor General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen and Lady Allen, and Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.They will also visit the Bob Marley Museum, the National Gallery, Dolphin Cove and Dunn’s River Falls.In terms of context, early pregnancy in schools is a major concern for the persons in charge of the promotion and protection of young people and adolescent rights.In Burkina Faso, recent studies show that adolescent girls and young women are the first victims of unwanted pregnancies and illegal/unsafe abortions, along with all the risks and consequences they cause.Jamaica is supported by the UNFPA to protect and promote the rights of adolescents and young people towards responsible sexuality and access to high quality reproduction health services. In this country, teenage pregnancies are also an issue of concern.Innovative as well as relevant strategies are underway to overcome the problem. The achieved results need to be shared with countries that are experiencing the same situation.That is why the UNFPA Country Office of Burkina Faso supported the Government to arrange a field visit to Jamaica, to learn more about this experience in order to adopt and replicate it in the Burkina Faso settings. Mrs.  Compaoré will depart the island on Saturday, June 29.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

17 Sep

No Turning back of time for TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Oct 2015 – This coming weekend the tradition is to observe daylight savings time by falling back one hour, but the Turks and Caicos will not be among the nations marking the moment as a consultative and cabinet decision changed all of that. The TCI will not turn clocks back one hour. There will be no observance of daylight savings time. It was determined since early 2014, but will now take effect, in part to give the country longer days. Related Items:clock, daylight savingslast_img read more

14 Sep

UPDATE FOLIO Awards Gala Postponed Due To Weather

first_imgDue to the impending weather event expected in New York City over the next few days, FOLIO: magazine has made the decision to postpone our Eddie & Ozzie awards gala. Originally scheduled for this Thursday, the luncheon gala will now be taking place Tuesday, January 25 (same location and time).This decision was made after careful thought and in the interest of everyone’s safety. A follow-up email will be sent out Monday, January 24 with final reminders and check-in information. We look forward to celebrating your industry achievements January 25!Eddie & Ozzie Awards GalaTuesday, January 2512:00 – 3:00 pmSentry Center Midtown East730 Third Avenue New York, NYPlease contact marketing project manager Kelly Cingari at kcingari@red7media.com with questions.last_img read more

10 Sep

Amazons facial recognition software can now spot fear

first_img Amazon How a facial recognition ban could come to your city soon Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face Facial recognition is a bipartisan concern on Capitol Hill Now playing: Watch this: 1 Amazon says its Rekognition software can track and analyze hundreds of people in a photo using a database with tens of millions of faces. Critics have expressed concerns about the technology, and the American Civil Liberties Union says it could be abused by law enforcement, posing a “grave threat to communities, including people of color and immigrants.” The ACLU on Tuesday said its test of Amazon’s Rekognition software wrongly flagged 26 California lawmakers as criminals. Amazon, however, says the ACLU is misrepresenting its facial recognition software.In July, the Orlando Police Department officially ended its Amazon Rekognition program after a bumpy ride. The department had temporarily stopped using Rekognition in June 2018 after the city’s pilot program with Amazon ended and after the ACLU penned an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos highlighting privacy concerns. Amazon employees have also protested the sale of Rekognition software to police. The Washington County Sheriff Office in Oregon is currently the only law enforcement listed as an Amazon Rekognition customer.Originally published Aug. 14Update, Aug. 15: Adds more background on Amazon’s Rekognition software. Comment Advances in AI and the proliferation of surveillance cameras have made it increasingly easier to watch and track individuals. Getty Images Amazon’s controversial facial recognition technology, called Rekognition, has a new skill. It can now spot fear. The company says it recently launched updates to Rekognition’s facial analysis features, including improved age estimation and the addition of fear to its emotion detection.”We have improved accuracy for emotion detection (for all 7 emotions: ‘Happy,’ ‘Sad,’ ‘Angry,’ ‘Surprised,’ ‘Disgusted,’ ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’) and added a new emotion: ‘Fear,'” according to an update from Amazon on Monday. “Lastly, we have improved age range estimation accuracy; you also get narrower age ranges across most age groups.”center_img Tags Facial recognition Facial recognition is going to be everywhere 3:28 Security Share your voicelast_img read more

5 Sep

Seven years jail fine for Twitter executives who fail to comply with

first_img Top 5 Data Breaches Of 2018 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/2:31Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Getty ImagesThe Narendra Modi government has cracked down on social media giants, especially micro-blogging site Twitter, to make them comply with the InformationTechnology (IT) Act. Twitter’s top executives could face jail for seven years along with a fine if the government notices any “objectionable or inflammatory content”.To remove such “undesirable content” from social media platforms, the government has sought swift action from Twitter, The Times of India reported. The government said that it will invoke section 69A of the IT Act which provides for blocking/ deleting any content on social media platforms that is “detrimental to the country’s sovereignty and integrity”.The social media platforms would have to respond within 72 hours after the government brings to their notice any undesirable content, on failure of which they could face the action.The decision comes days after a parliamentary committee lashed out at Twitter for inordinate delays in blocking/ deleting the content or accounts that are a threat to India’s integrity or can create problems in law and order situation of the country. The government had asked Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to remain present in the meeting, but he could not do the same.Stricter IT rules to monitor social media content?Various social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Google Plus would be termed as intermediaries (that carry the message of a third person) and are responsible for the content displayed on their websites.Facebook alone is projected to have nearly 319 million users in India by 2021. The draft of the IT (Intermediaries Guidelines Amendment Rules), 2018, states that any internet company that has over 50 lakh users in India should be incorporated within India and have a registered office along with a nodal person of contact.The issue was earlier pointed out by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of fake news propaganda run by various political parties on Twitter and Facebook along with viral Whatsapp messages that were believed to be responsible for serial lynching episodes in the country.No politicking on social media ahead of Lok Sabha pollsThe parliamentary committee also asked Twitter to work with the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Twitter was also asked to monitor campaigns and advertisements by political parties and told that no “international interference” in Lok Sabha elections will be tolerated. An attendee waits to try the newly announced Facebook Spaces virtual reality platform during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017.Reuters fileLast month, Twitter had stated in its blog post that it would be providing details of advertisements and data on their impressions (tweets) in various countries including India to bring greater transparency to the political advertisements that the micro-blogging site carries.The decision was supposed to be implemented from March 11.center_img Closelast_img read more

5 Sep

OK Kanmani After Kamal Haasans Uttama Villain Prime Media Grabs Distribution Rights

first_img“OK Kanmani”Facebook/ OK KanmaniThe pre-release business of Mani Ratnam’s upcoming movie “OK Kanmani” is happening at a brisk pace. The producers of the movie, Madras Talkies, are getting the best deals ahead of its release. The latest update about the movie is regarding its US distribution.Prime Media, one of the leading distributors of Tamil movies in North America, has acquired the distribution rights of Dulquer Salmaan-Nithya Menen starrer. The company recently bagged the deal to distribute Kamal Haasan’s magnum opus “Uttama Villain” and the news of business with Madras Talkies was shared by Prime Media through its Twitter page.#OhKadhalKanmani USA distribution by @PrimeMediaUS.April release.@MadrasTalkies_ @dulQuer #ManiRathnam #ARRahman @nithya_mn— PrimeMedia (@PrimeMediaUS) March 15, 2015Earlier, Gnanavelraja’s Studio Green acquired the Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of “OK Kanmani” for a decent amount.With the movies’ release planned for April, individuals associated with the movie are working full time for the promotions. The team is making sure that have decent online presence with the updates on people behind the film.The trailer and the teaser of “OK Kanmani” were recently released and received some overwhelming response of from the audience with over 1 million views in one day. The team is now set to release the first track of the movie which again has become much-awaited.”OK Kanmani” is touted to be an urban love story in which Dulquer Salmaan plays the character of Aadi and Nithya plays Tara. The cinematography is done by PC Sreeram, music by AR Rahman and lyrics are by Vairamuthu.last_img read more

3 Sep

Man killed in Rajbari gunfight

first_imgMan killed in Rajbari ‘gunfight’A suspected robber was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police in Ongkurpur area of Baliakandi, Rajbari early Monday says UNB.The deceased is Badu Sheikh, 40, resident of Gobinadapur village and an accused in seven robbery cases.Hasina Begum, officer-in-charge of Baliakandi police station, said on information that a gang of robbers was taking preparation for committing robbery, a team of police conducted a drive in the area under Jangal union.When the team reached the spot, the gang members opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gunfight which left Badu dead on the spot.Police also recovered some arms from the spot.last_img read more

3 Sep

Validity of speedy trial act extended by 5 more yrs

first_img.The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for extending its validity till 2024, reports UNB.The approval came at the cabinet meeting held here with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.”The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in April 2019.So, its validity has been extended by more five years,” said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters at the secretariat after the cabinet meeting.”Since the law still has the effectiveness (usefulness) as there’re many sensitive cases which are needed to be disposed of quickly,” he said replying to a question as to why the validity of the existing law is being extended.last_img read more

3 Sep

5 wounded in Canadian nightclub shooting

first_imgToronto, Canada. Photo: PixabayPolice in Canada say five people have been wounded during a shooting inside a Toronto nightclub.Police spokeswoman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said one man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the incident early Monday morning. Four other victims are in non-life threatening condition.No information on the suspect was immediately released.Officer Stacey Davis of the Toronto Police Service told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation there was an altercation near the back of the club’s interior when shots were first fired.last_img read more

31 Aug

Rock appears mysteriously in front of Mars Opportunity rover

first_img 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. Explore further (Phys.org) —The lead scientist for NASA’s Mars rover exploration team (Steve Squyres) has announced that recent images beamed back by the Opportunity rover show a rock sitting in a place nearby where there wasn’t one just twelve days prior. The image, he says, has caused quite a commotion with the rover team as possible explanations for the sudden appearance of the rock are bandied about. The announcement was part of a meeting at California Institute of Technology to celebrate a decade of service by the tiny rover. © 2014 Phys.org Mars rover photographs featured at US museum (Update)center_img Opportunity has of course, far outlived expectations. What was originally supposed to be a three month tour has now passed ten years. In all that time, nothing on the planet’s surface has changed of its own accord. Until now. Opportunity sent back an image of the landscape just ahead of it, then twelve days later, sent back another image of virtually the same landscape (Opportunity is waiting in place for bad weather to subside). The images showed everything to be the same except for a small rock—a jelly doughnut sized rock. How it got there has NASA’s best scratching their heads. Thus far, they have two main likely explanations: either the rock was tossed to that spot after a meteorite impact nearby, or far more likely, it came to rest there as a result of clumsy maneuvering by Opportunity itself. The rover is having trouble getting around these days as one of its actuators has failed. This means one wheel winds up scrapping the ground during turns, producing what Squyres described as “chatter” which he said could have caused some debris to be flung to where the rock is now sitting.An initial inspection of the rock indicates that it’s very high in sulphur and potassium—it has bright white edges with a deep ruby red center, and looks very much like a jelly doughnut. The rover team has named it “Pinnacle Island.” Squyres reported that the rock appears to be in an upside-down position, which means it’s showing a face that has not been impacted by the Martian atmosphere, for perhaps millions of years.The rover team plans to conduct further tests on the rock, and will almost certainly have the rover spin around as soon as it’s able to see if other rocks have appeared as well. Citation: Rock appears mysteriously in front of Mars Opportunity rover (2014, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-mysteriously-front-mars-opportunity-rover.html Credit: NASAlast_img read more

10 Aug

January 27 2014Last Thursday January 23 the Co

first_imgJanuary 27, 2014Last Thursday, January 23., the Cosanti Foundation Executive Committee held its second Strategic Planning Retreat in a conference room at the nearby Orme School, with ALT, the Arcosanti Leadership Team and some of the department managers and staff. 
Attending were Mary Hoadley, Cosanti Foundation director and treasurer;Roger Tomalty, Cosanti Foundation director, and director of Cosanti Originals and Soleri Scupture Studio; Cosanti Foundation director, and director of the Soleri Archives, as well as director of Design, Tomiaki Tamura; Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein; Utilities manager Scott Riley;Ron Chandler, manager of Grounds keeping and Welding; Maintenance manager Randall Schultz; Andy Chao, Foundry manager; David Tollas, Foundry and maintenance staff; Nadia Begin, Ceramics studio staff; Kip Hersted, Maintenance and Tourism; Kate Bememsderfer, PR and Development; Travis Shappell, Planning coordinator; Ali Sadiqui, Cafe manager; Danny Derosiers, Cafe staff; Jane Tellini, Ceramics Studio manager; Travis Neal, AIS Network and Phone services;  and taking the photo was Hanne Sue Kirsch, manager of the Soleri Archives.last_img read more

7 Aug

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has signed a

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has signed a deal with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution to distribute its films through its VOD service and its OTT platform ipla.The deal covers recent blockbusters, such as Les Miserables as well as older titles like Mama Mia, Inglourious Basterds and American Gangster.The deal follows recent VOD agreements between Cyfrowy Polsat and Disney and Warner Brothers to deliver content on-demand, both through TV and the web.last_img

7 Aug

Tomasz Zuranski Polish cable operator Vectra has a

first_imgTomasz ZuranskiPolish cable operator Vectra has abandoned its attempt to secure a one third stake in alternative telco Netia.Vectra launched a tender for a 33% stake in Netia for about PLN609 million (€146 million) at the beginning of July and subsequently upped its offer from PLN5.31 a share to PLN5.41 a share and extended the deadline for acceptance.The company has now withdrawn the bid after failing to reach the minimum threshold of acceptances.Vectra CEO Tomasz Żurański had said the bid for Netia shares was a financial investment opportunity rather than part of a plan to combine the two companies operationally.last_img read more

31 Jul

7 Switching to an antiBrexit position may not be

first_img7. Switching to an anti-Brexit position may not be enough to win back Remainers.“It is not obvious, from the evidence of local elections and Peterborough, that a more “pro Remain” position from Labour would in itself win back voters currently lost to the Liberal Democrats, or in a numerical enough way that would offset Leave voters in many of the key marginals, that have lost both recently and over the last few general elections.”8. Switching to an anti-Brexit position may not be worth the risk. According to the report, the top 50 local authority shares of the vote for the Lib Dems included four marginal seats that Labour needs to win at the next election: Cities of London & Westminster, Putney, Watford, Wimbledon.4. And these are the key Leave seats to worry about. The briefing says that the top 50 council shares of the vote for the Brexit Party include 14 Labour-held seats: Hartlepool, Great Grimsby, Ashfield, Redcar, Bolsover, Barnsley Central, Barnsley East, Penistone & Stocksbridge, Wentworth & Dearne, Dudley North, Bassetlaw, Scunthorpe, Stoke-on-Trent Central, Stoke-on-Trent North.It also comprised three marginal seats that were lost by Labour in 2017: Mansfield, Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland and Stoke-on-Trent South.5. Labour’s non-metropolitan vote continues to decline.Both local and European elections provided further evidence of “instability and fragmentation of Labour’s vote in non-metropolitan Britain, including the industrial communities which comprised Labour’s heartland at least until the 1980s”, the report outlines.It says this trend can be traced back to 1987 and 1992. However, the briefing states: “In the last three general elections, differential swings have been exacerbated, particularly with the collapse of the Lib Dems in the 2015 election.” “It remains the case that there are more target and defensive seats in the Midlands and North of England which voted leave. The recent elections don’t suggest any change to this basic arithmetic, given the geographical distribution of Leave and Remain voters. There is an evident risk that shifting to a more explicitly pro-Remain position would leave us vulnerable in seats we need to hold or win without enough potential seat gains in winnable Remain majority areas.” 6. The Peterborough result suggests voters could ‘come home’ to the main parties.“Labour’s victory in the by-election was partly thanks to an increased turnout, with 10,000 additional voters compared with the European election. Overall however some of the European election switchers must have switched back to the two major parties, a tentative indication that the European election should not be taken as a precursor of potential general election behaviour.” LabourList has seen the shadow cabinet briefing written by party strategists in full. The document, which is being discussed by opposition frontbenchers at a special Brexit meeting today, covers the recent local elections, European elections and current polling of voting intentions. It particularly focuses on how Brexit played a role in the results and how Labour should respond. Here are eight key points made in the report.1. The Tories were lucky they didn’t do worse in the local elections.“It isn’t clear what difference might have been made had the Brexit Party in particular stood large numbers of candidates, but what is certainly true is that had there been more independent and minor parties available for people to vote for the Tory losses would have been much greater.”2. Lib Dem gains in the local elections were not down to Brexit… “There is some correlation with areas with high percentages of 2016 Remain voting but this is at best a partial explanation of their performance. Actually the best pointer to a strong Lib Dem performance in the local elections was their electoral success in the past. Almost all of the councils where the made most of their gains were places where they had an established political and organisational presence.”3. … but Lib Dems wins in the European elections were down to Brexit.“Liberal Democrat support correlated strongly with Remain voting in 2016, especially when Scotland (where they were competing with the Scottish National Party for Remain votes) is not included. Brexit Party support was even more strongly correlated with Leave voting, and (positively) with 2014 UKIP support. Turnout was also correlated with Remain support, i.e. the higher the 2016 Remain vote the higher turnout tended to be.”4. On the basis of the European election results, these are the key Remain seats to worry about.  Tags:Labour /Brexit /Local elections 2019 /European elections 2019 /last_img read more