5 Forecasts About the Future of Machine Learning

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Quantum machine learning algorithms have the potential of transforming the field of machine learning. For example, these algorithms can utilize the benefits of quantum computation to enhance the capabilities of classical techniques in machine learning. If quantum computers are integrated into machine learning, it could lead to faster processing of data, which could accelerate the ability to synthesize information and draw insights—and that’s is what the future holds for us. Quantum-powered systems will provide a much faster and more heavy-duty computation to both supervised and unsupervised algorithms. The increased performance will unlock amazing machine learning capabilities, which may not have been realized using classical computers. Cognitive services consist of a set of machine learning SDKs, APIs, and services, which allow developers to include intelligent capabilities into their applications. With such services, developers can empower their applications to carry out various duties, such as vision recognition, speech detection, and speech understanding.As this technology is continuing to evolve, we are likely to witness the development of highly intelligent applications that can increasingly speak, hear, see, and even reason with their surroundings.Therefore, developers will be able to build more engaging and discoverable applications that can effectively interpret users’ needs based on natural communication techniques. Dr. Michael Garbade In machine learning, unsupervised algorithms are employed to make predictions from datasets when only input data is available without corresponding output variables. Whereas in supervised learning the output of the algorithm is already known, its unsupervised counterpart is closely associated with true artificial intelligence—the concept that a machine can learn to identify complicated processes and patterns without any direct human intervention. When algorithms are left alone to scour and present the interesting patterns in a dataset, hidden patterns or groupings can be discovered, which could have been difficult to get using supervised methods.In the coming years, we are likely to see improvements in unsupervised machine learning algorithms. The advancements in developing better algorithms will result in faster and more accurate machine learning predictions. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … As machine learning is becoming more sophisticated, we’ll see increased usage of robots. Robotization depends on machine learning for accomplishing various purposes, including robot vision, self-supervised learning, and multi-agent learning. Soon, we expect robots to become more intelligent at accomplishing tasks. Drones, robots in manufacturing places, and other types of robots are likely to be used increasingly to make our lives easier. ConclusionMachine learning is one of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century. Although this technology can still be considered to be nascent, its future is bright. The above five predictions have just scratched the surface of what could be possible with machine learning.In the coming years, we are likely to see more advanced applications that stretch its capabilities to unimaginable levels. Till then, see you! Machine learning personalization algorithms are used to offer recommendations to users and entice them to complete certain actions. With such algorithms, you can synthesize the information in a data and make appropriate conclusions, such as a person’s interests.For example, an algorithm can deduce from a person’s browsing activity on an online retail website and discover that he is interested in purchasing a mower for his garden. Without that insight, the buyer could have left the website minus making a purchase. Currently, some of such recommendations are inaccurate and annoying, which cripple users’ experiences. However, in the future, the personalization algorithms are likely to be fine-tuned, leading to far more beneficial and successful experiences. Improved cognitive services Rise of robots Follow the Puck Enhanced personalization Improved unsupervised algorithms Machine learning is a revolutionary technology that currently forms a critical aspect of numerous burgeoning and established industries. This technology allows computers to access hidden insights and predict outcomes, leading to remarkable changes to businesses. Wei Lei,  who is the Vice President and General Manager at Intel, says that “machine learning is becoming more sophisticated with every passing year. And, we are yet to see its full potential—beyond self-driving cars, fraud detection devices, or retail trends analyses.”So, what’s the future of machine learning? How will it impact our world in the future?Here are five key forecasts about the future of machine learning. Increased adoption of quantum computing Related Posts Tags:#AI#Future Tech#Machine Learning Dr. Michael is the CEO of the Los Angeles-based blockchain education company LiveEdu. It’s the world’s leading project learning platform that equips people with practical skills on creating complete products in future technological fields. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

No separate national flag or constitution for Nagas, says interlocutor

first_imgThe Centre will conclude the Naga peace process by October 31 and there will be no separate national flag or constitution for the Nagas, interlocutor R.N. Ravi told The Hindu.Accusing National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN-IM] of delaying the talks, Mr. Ravi said, “Endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable.”Mr. Ravi said the NSCN-IM, with which the Centre signed a framework agreement on August 3, 2015 to find a solution to the Naga issue, had adopted a “procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement, raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution.”Mr. Ravi, who is also Nagaland’s Governor, said the Naga political movement belongs to the Naga people and the civil society groups had given their opinion clearly. He said a “mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for inking the final agreement”, and it has the blessings of the Church.Also Read Tribal groups push for early settlement of Naga political issue Details of 2015 Naga agreement emerge  Mr. Ravi shared the details of the 2015 framework agreement signed with NSCN-IM and the 2017 agreement signed with the armed Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) with the delegation on Friday.“The two agreements do not mention any separate flag or constitution for the Nagas… NSCN-IM has been misleading and lying to the people. It only talks of power sharing. I read out the details in front of the civil society groups, they have made up their mind to conclude the process,” Mr. Ravi said.A statement issued by Mr. Ravi’s office said, “Political maturity and wisdom of the Naga leaders who expressed their overwhelming support in favour of a settlement without any further delay is deeply appreciated. Respecting the Naga people’s wishes, the Government of India is determined to conclude the Peace Process without delay. Endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable.”NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh — to unite 1.2 million Nagas. Centre has said there will be no disintegration of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur to merge the Naga inhabited areas with the existing State of Nagaland.  “Naga people are represented by their traditional tribal apex bodies, village headmen, civil society groups etc…. they have collectively taken a decision for the first time on one platform. We have a written endorsement from them to go ahead and conclude the peace process,” Mr. Ravi said.Asked if the peace deal would be signed without the NSCN-IM, Mr. Ravi said, “I would expect that since the Nagas have expressed their voice, the NSCN should heed the voice.”Details sharedOn Friday, Mr. Ravi held detailed consultations for over three hours with the apex leadership of all the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland, all the minority non-Naga tribes of Nagaland, the Nagaland GB Federation, the Nagaland Tribes Council, the Church leaders and civil society organizations in Kohima.Also Readlast_img read more

Lady Chiefs complete three-peat, beat Lady Altas in 4 sets

first_imgSan Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 94 PLAY LIST 03:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9400:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I have high respect for Perpetual because they really brought the best in us,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier, whose squad came back in the championship series after dropping Game 1, in Filipino.Blood, sweat and tears all worth it for the Lady Chiefs as they celebrate their 3rd NCAA volleyball crown in a row. #NCAAFinals pic.twitter.com/trdOfmMj8kFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) February 12, 2019 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Down 11-13, Arellano scored 11 unanswered points capped off by an Ebuen kill that took the fight out of Perpetual Help.Arocha, who took home the Finals MVP plum for the second consecutive time, fired a game-high 16 points, Princess Bello had 12 points and 18 digs while Ebuen added 11.Cindy Imbo paced the Lady Altas with 12 points in her final collegiate game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “Our loss in Game 1, was big for us because we learned how to recover and realized the things that we still need to do,” Javier added.The Lady Chiefs have now won four titles in five seasons and they did it after going on a blistering run in the fourth set led by Arocha and Ebuen.“All of what we do is for the school. This trophy is for the school,” Javier said.Three-peat for Arellano University Lady Chiefs! #NCAAFinals pic.twitter.com/kCuwUpLDJX— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) February 12, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES View comments Kawhi Leonard banks in winning basket as Raptors edge Nets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University completed a three-peat after rolling past University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-18, in the rubber match of NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Finals Tuesday before a raucous crowd at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Reigning MVP Nicole Ebuen and Regine Arocha led the way for the Lady Chiefs, who foiled the Lady Altas’ bid to sweep this year’s volleyball tournament after ruling the men’s and juniors’ divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationslast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Bowlers face Dhoni’s ire, litmus test for Kohli’s RCB and more

first_imgAngry Dhoni slams new-ball bowlers after Pune suffer another defeatAfter suffering his fifth defeat in seven Indian Premier League matches this season, MS Dhoni is certainly not a happy captain. Put into bat, Rising Pune Supergiants piled up 195 for three, courtesy Steve Smith 54-ball 101. However, they failed to defend a massive total against fellow newbies Gujarat Lions and this forced Dhoni to slam his bowlers, especially the “new-ball bowlers”.Delhi Daredevils look to exact revenge against KKRDelhi Daredevils will look to build on their hat-trick of wins when they clash with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday.Sunrisers Hyderabad aim to bounce back vs RCBSunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) would look to bounce back against a struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday after losing against Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League (IPL).CAS to decide Michel Platini’s fate within 10 daysSuspended UEFA president Michel Platini said he was more optimistic of having his six-year ban from soccer overturned after his appeal hearing at sport’s highest tribunal on Friday, with a decision due within 10 days.NADA launches programme to control doping among Indian athletesThe sports ministry on Friday announced that the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has launched an outreach programme to make Indian athletes aware about the pitfalls of taking substances which are prohibited by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).last_img read more

Aaron Finch gets Test call-up for Pakistan series in UAE next month

first_imgAustralia’s limited-overs specialist Aaron Finch has been named in the 15-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month.Australian selectors have also recalled paceman Peter Siddle while have dropped Peter Handscomb from the squad.The Test series against Pakistan will be Australia’s first since the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa in March.Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were all suspended for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal the rocked Australian cricket.Selectors have given Finch a chance at a Test debut, along with South Africa-born duo Michael Neser and Marnus Labuschagne.So incredibly happy and proud for my good mate @AaronFinch5s call up to the test squad! Has been sensational this year and thoroughly deserves his opportunity! #woofwoof #testdoggaGlenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) September 11, 2018Rookie Brendan Doggett joins a pace attack led by Mitchell Starc, with warhorse Siddle recalled in his first squad in nearly two years.Regular quicks Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have been ruled out of the two-Test series which starts in Dubai on October 7 and heads to Abu Dhabi for the second match.South Australia captain Travis Head is the fifth uncapped player and will have a chance to slot into Handscomb’s spot in the middle order.Two-Test spinner Jon Holland joins fellow left-armer Ashton Agar in a slow bowling brigade led by Nathan Lyon.”There has been significant change to our Test squad, due to the unavailability of a number of key players,” selector Trevor Hohns said in a media release.advertisement”That said, we firmly believe the squad selected is up to the challenge ahead, and is capable of playing a brand of cricket that can perform well in this series against Pakistan.”Squad: Aaron Finch, Matt Renshaw, Brendan Doggett, Michael Neser, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (captain), Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Gautam Gambhir asks Army, Defence Ministry to help veteran begging on Delhi streets

first_imgFormer India batsman Gautam Gambhir on Saturday spotted a man who once served in the Indian Army, begging at Delhi’s Connaught Place.The man, identified as Peethambaran, was seen holding a walking cane in one hand and in the other- a placard saying “I need your help”. It claimed the reason for his begging as he recently met with an accident and has been going through financial difficulties.Gambhir pointed out in a tweet that due to technical reasons, the ex-serviceman can’t get the support he needs from the Army. Gambhir also urged Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence and Additional Directorate General of Public Information (ADG PI) of the Indian Army, to intervene and help the veteran as he is begging on the streets. (Photo: Twitter/@GautamGambhir)Gambhir, whose hometown is New Delhi, said the man he found served in the Army from 1965 to 1971 and can be verified through his ID, which was seen hanging around his neck. The man claimed he participated in the India-Pakistan war and also the India-China conflict in 1967.The Defence spokesperson responded to the ex-cricketer’s tweet within a few hours saying, “We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete.”We appreciate the concern raised by you and assure that the response will be quick and complete. @adgpi https://t.co/qA23ZqTHjmDefence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) February 2, 2019Last week, Gautam Gambhir was conferred with the Padma Shri award on Republic Day. He played a key role in helping India win the World T20 in 2007 and the 2011 World Cup. In December 2018, Gambhir announced his retirement all forms of cricket.advertisementREAD | Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri among 9 sports stars honoured with Padma awardsALSO READ | Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadWATCH | Gautam Gambhir slams MS Dhoni’s captaincy decisions during 2012 tri-series in Australialast_img read more

PHOTOS: Health Minister Encourages Healthy Lifestyle

first_imgPresident, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Sir Trevor Hassell, makes presentation at the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s Caribbean Non-communicable Disease Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Monday (April 23). Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (right), speaks with (from left): President, Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Sir Trevor Hassell; Director, Non-Communicable Diseases and Injury Prevention, Ministry of Health, Dr. Tamu Davidson, and Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacqueline McKenzie, at the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s Caribbean Non-communicable Disease Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, on Monday (April 23).last_img read more

Pilot Project Connects Patients Doctors

first_imgSome Nova Scotians will soon connect with their family doctor and manage their health care records online. About 3,000 patients in the Capital District Health Authority will be able to access their medical information, test results and book check-ups using RelayHealth, a secure, online personal health-record service. “I’m proud that Nova Scotia is leading the way with this technology,” said David Wilson, Minister of Health and Wellness. “Patients will have immediate access to their health records, and giving patients another way to connect with their caregivers will help provide better care sooner.” The project will help strengthen primary health care, bring patients and providers closer together, and make patients more engaged in their care. “It is exciting to be part of a community of doctors in Nova Scotia who are piloting the use of electronic communication with patients,” said Dr. Ajantha Jayabarathan, a family physician in Capital District Health. “This project is the first step of a giant leap forward in giving people access to their health related information and presenting new ways to access services provided by their family doctor.” In partnership with McKesson Canada, the province will pilot the project over the next two years. McKesson Canada says RelayHealth will show how technology brings patients and health-care providers closer together, which gets patients more involved. “We have been delivering this solution for more than 13 years internationally, with more than 20 million patients and 36,000 physicians benefitting from the service,” said Dale Weil, senior vice-president of integrated health care solutions, strategy and business development at McKesson Canada. “RelayHealth is a web-based technology that has been proven around the world.” The province and McKesson Canada are in the final stages of setting up demonstration sites. The project will be online for selected physicians and patients in early 2013.last_img read more

McDonalds serves up bagels amid breakfast war and Tim Hortons franchisee strife

first_imgTORONTO – Alongside the Egg McMuffins, hashbrowns and hotcakes that have been on McDonald’s menus for years, consumers who visit the fast food giant’s restaurants Thursday might spot something new on the menu boards.McDonald’s Canada starts serving bagels at its restaurants across the country this week, following a four-month pilot in Ontario.The product addition signals an intensification of breakfast wars in Canada as eateries compete to earn dollars associated with the first meal of the day. In recent years, McDonald’s and A&W put pressure on competitors when they expanded breakfast from a short window to all day, putting them head-to-head with offerings from Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Country Style and even, Taco Bell and Burger King.It’s a high stakes competition. Breakfast is the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012, according to research companies NPD Group and Nielsen, and breakfast sandwiches make up a third of all orders placed during that time of day.McDonald’s plans to sell bagels in a variety of flavours: original, everything, multigrain, and cinnamon and raisin. In Quebec, where consumers favour sesame bagels, the company will swap it with the everything variety. Customers can choose between two types of cream cheese or butter to smear on the bagels, and can substitute a bagel for the bread portion of breakfast sandwiches.“Our goal is to grow our breakfast business,” said Anne Parks, director of McCafe menu management for McDonald’s Canada. “We know bagels are a billion-dollar category with over 290 million servings (per year) and it is something our guests have been asking for, so the time is right.”McDonald’s menu expansion comes as one of its biggest breakfast rivals, Tim Hortons, and some of its franchisees are engaged in a public battle that’s resulted in multiple lawsuits between an unsanctioned franchisee group and the chain’s parent company, Restaurant Brands International. One alleges the company improperly used national advertising funding and delays in the delivery of restaurant supplies. RBI denies the allegations and they have not been proven in court.But despite its troubles, Tim Hortons is probably still king when it comes to breakfast, said Mike von Massow, an associate professor of food economics at the University of Guelph.Even after Tim Hortons dropped to 50th place from fourth place in a recent brand reputation rankings survey, he said he still sees long lines at the chain’s locations and people drinking their coffee.“People might think less nostalgically or warmly about Tim Hortons, but I doubt it has made a whole lot of difference in terms of sales and if they have gone down, it is only marginally because they are still the dominant player,” he said.When asked if he was worried about other brands trying to swoop in and capitalize on the rough patch that has fallen over Tim Hortons, the coffee-and-doughnut chain’s president Alex Macedo said the company has “some very good competitors.” But the Tim Hortons brand is “the strongest,” he said, and its breakfast products are “the best in Canada.” Tim Hortons recently-launched plans to keep improving its business should make rivals “very concerned,” he added.Parks denied McDonald’s bagel launch was timed to take advantage of its competitor’s troubles, stressing it came about due to customer demand and the results of a survey McDonald’s and research company VIGA conducted.It found that 53 per cent of Canadians that tried McDonald’s bagels and were surveyed would recommend them to a friend, she said, and that 61 per cent would order a coffee with their bagel.“This is our journey,” Parks repeatedly said. “We launched coffee quite a few years ago and it has been very well received by guests. And then we moved into all-day breakfast, which was the next phase of the journey, and what we learned through consumer research is the perfect food that goes with coffee is bagels. So that was the next phase.”Parks wouldn’t say what’s next for the brand’s breakfast plans, but admitted that the Canadian branch of the company always keeps an eye on innovations from McDonald’s international divisions. Overseas McDonald’s locations have sold porridge, breakfast pies, toast, croissants, broth and noodles.Von Massow said it’s hard to predict what will be the next hot item in the breakfast wars, but he thinks Canada will see companies try to differentiate themselves in the same way burger brands did with things like angus burgers and innovative toppings.He anticipates growth from non-meat proteins in the breakfast business.“Eggs do it for some people, but there are other things” he said. “I am sure in the product development offices of all of these (companies) they are coming up with different things.”last_img read more

California high school under fire over Arab mascot

first_imgAlex Dobuzinskis, ReutersA California high school’s decades-old use of an Arab mascot to promote its sports teams has drawn the ire of an Arab-American rights group that says the mascot is an offensive caricature, portraying Arabs with a large nose, beard and head-covering.Coachella Valley High School sports teams are dubbed the “Arabs,” which the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee complained in a letter to the school this month plays on harmful stereotypes.The group, whose leaders say they are not aware of another U.S. school with the nickname Arab, also cited as offensive the school’s logo of an Arab, which it said was displayed in the middle of the basketball court and elsewhere at the school. “It’s a very stereotypical logo of Arabs, it has the angry-looking Arab with the hook nose and the beard,” said Abed Ayoub, director of legal and policy affairs for the group.The controversy over the Arab mascot comes as the use of ethnic team names and mascots has gained new prominence with a campaign this year to pressure the National Football League’s Washington Redskins to change their name. American Indians and others have long pilloried the Redskins moniker as racist.At the Coachella school’s sporting events, a person in an oversized mask dances and entertains the crowd as the mascot.In its letter, the Anti-Discrimination Committee described YouTube videos of half-time shows at Coachella Valley High School sporting events that show the Arab mascot making an appearance while “a female dressed as a belly dancer entertains him.”A Web search by Reuters found a video of the school’s mascot dancing with a belly dancer on a basketball court, in the middle of a circle of cheerleaders.Ayoub said he understands that the school, which opened in 1910 and is located in the arid Coachella Valley town of Thermal, 125 miles southeast of Los Angeles, originally used the Arab mascot as a nod to the region’s date-growing industry, because the date palm is associated with the Middle East.“There is an appropriate way to recognize the ties with Arabs and the Arab community, but this was not it,” Ayoub said.Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Darryl Adams is due to discuss the issue with the local school board later this month, Adams’s interim assistant, Marita Rango, said. Adams was not immediately available to comment.“He just hopes to resolve the issue there with the mascot,” Rango said. “He is working with (the ADC).”Ayoub, whose group was alerted to the existence of the mascot a few weeks ago by a member in New York, said Adams has been receptive to his group’s concerns.last_img read more

Syria may fall victim to new cycle of colonial wars – UN

In a message delivered by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro Moros, President Hugo Chávez Frías said that the real reason for military intervention in Libya this year was to take over its wealth, and that the same imperialist tactics are being exercised in Syria.“It is intolerable that the powers of the world intend to claim for themselves the right to direct the lawful rulers to resign immediately. This was the case in Libya and they want to proceed in the same way in Syria,” he said.In March, the Security Council authorized Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians, following the crackdown against a popular uprising by the forces supporting the then leader Muammar al-Qadhafi.Members of NATO subsequently carried out air strikes and, after months of fighting between pro-Qadhafi forces and rebels, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has been internationally recognized as having assumed authority over the country.Mr. Chávez called for the immediate cessation of the bombing operation in Libya, and spoke strongly against any form of intervention in Syria.“The ‘Libyan Case’ was brought before the Security Council on the basis of an intense propaganda by the Western mass media, who lied about the alleged bombing of innocent civilians by the Libyan air force, not to mention the grotesque media setting of the Green Square of Tripoli,” he said.“After the Libyan air force was completely annihilated, the continued ‘humanitarian’ bombing shows that the West, through North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), intends to impose their interests in North Africa, turning Libya into a colonial protectorate,” he added.Mr. Chávez stressed that the same should not happen in Syria, and that military intervention should not be an option for the country.“Only the Syrian people can solve their problems and decide their fate in the light of the right to self-determination of the peoples, an inalienable right in all respects,” he said.“Were it not for some permanent members showing a firm stance, everything would be defined within the Security Council to authorize shooting missiles and sending bombardiers against Syria,” he added.Top UN officials have repeatedly expressed concern this year about the Syrian Government’s response to a largely peaceful protest movement, calling it a violent repression which has resulted in at least 2,600 casualties.The UN Human Rights Council has also ordered an inquiry into the violence after an earlier UN fact-finding mission outlined a litany of Government abuses, including murders, enforced disappearances and acts of torture. 27 September 2011Syria runs the risk of falling victim to the same “new cycle of colonial wars” that was imposed on Libya, Venezuela told the General Assembly’s annual general debate today. read more

Cancer survivor shares her story

After being berated by a stranger for her appearance, a Smithville woman who lost half of her face to cancer has been given new hope. A good Samaritan from Hamilton has made it her mission to help raise money to fund an expensive prosthetic procedure.Ida Deslandes-Guarascia says she often feels like she’s living in a fishbowl, subjected to stares, pointing and occasionally, even rude comments.“We were out one night at a buffet dinner in the falls and one guy came up and said, oh they even let people from the freak show out”.A similar incident happened to her while she was shopping at Foodland in Smithville this weekend. She shared her experience on Facebook, saying a woman walked up to her and said, she should be ashamed of herself, being a woman and going out with a hole in her head.The 60-year-old was diagnosed with cancer 4 years ago and the surgery that saved her life also cost her part of her face. Over the course of 4 years, she’s often had to travel to St. Joseph’s hospital in Hamilton, where she’s had 8 surgeries on her face and countless appointments. Medical costs have depleted the couple’s savings and an expensive prosthetic for Ida seemed out of reach until Sharon Williamson came into the picture.“I thought about it and said you’re beautiful to me, but if this is what you want Ida then I’m going to help you.”Williamson is the founder of Helping Hamilton’s Homeless and says after reading Ida’s Facebook post, she sprang into action. She’s created an online donation page,  hoping to raise $15 000 – $20 000 to help pay for part of the cost of the prosthetic. read more

CannTrusts auditor no longer endorses 2018 financial statement amid controversy

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRST)The Canadian Press VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. says its independent outside auditor has withdrawn its endorsement of the 2018 financial statements, the latest fallout from recent revelations about illicit grow rooms at the Ontario-based cannabis company.The Ontario Securities Commission and RCMP confirmed last week they are investigating issues around unlicensed growing at CannTrust’s greenhouse.That follows a Health Canada probe that found the company had grown cannabis in several rooms at its Pelham, Ont. facility without government approval, and that employees had provided inaccurate information to regulators.CannTrust now says auditing firm KPMG LLP has withdrawn its March 27 report on 2018 financial results and declared that the audited results can’t be relied upon as accurate.However, CannTrust says it will co-operate with KPMG, which remains its outside auditor, as well as authorities investigating the matter. CannTrust’s shares have fallen more than 50 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange since the scandal broke and the scandal has led to the ousting of the company’s CEO and the chairman of its board of directors.The company has warned that it would likely miss its filing deadline for an interim financial report because of the significant uncertainty on the impact of the pending Health Canada decisions.“We will continue co-operating with our auditor and regulators, and take whatever steps are necessary to restore full trust in the company’s regulatory compliance. Our medical patients, customers, shareholders and employees deserve nothing less”, Robert Marcovitch, the company’s chief executive officer said in a statement Friday.Health Canada’s probe could result in the suspension or termination of CannTrust’s cannabis licences and fines up to $1 million.Illegal cultivation is also a criminal activity under the Cannabis Act, for which individuals could face up to 14 years in jail.The Vaughan, Ont.-based company, which has halted all sales and shipments as Health Canada continues its probe, said it had hired a financial adviser to help it explore a potential sale and other strategic alternatives.CannTrust has disclosed that the production in five unlicensed rooms took place between October 2018 and March 2019, before it received licences for those rooms in April 2019. read more

UNESCO treaty on protecting oral traditions could come into force next year

A treaty to protect the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature is on track to enter into force next year following a slew of new ratifications, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today.Eleven countries – Algeria, Mauritius, Japan, Gabon, Panama, China, Central African Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus and the Republic of Korea – have now ratified the Convention on the Safeguarding on the Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 2003.“If this rhythm is maintained, we could expect the Convention to enter into force next year. This is very good news for those who’re justly concerned about the threats weighing against this particularly vulnerable heritage,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said, noting that the 11 ratifications only 16 months after its adoption placed it among those most rapidly ratified.It will come into force three months after the thirtieth State deposits its instruments of ratification.The treaty, completing UNESCO’s normative instruments on the conservation of tangible cultural heritage, aims to safeguard oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, traditional craftsmanship, as well as knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.It provides for drawing up national inventories of cultural elements that must be protected, the creation of an Intergovernmental Committee comprising experts from future States Parties, and the creation of two lists: one covering the intangible heritage of humanity, and the other featuring parts of that heritage considered to be in urgent need of safeguarding. read more

Vanderbilt rebounds with win over Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE — Simi Shittu scored 15 points and Matthew Moyer added a season-high 14 and Vanderbilt beat Middle Tennessee 79-51 on Wednesday night.The Commodores (6-2), who lost point guard Dais Garland to a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 23, rebounded from Saturday’s loss to North Carolina State.Vanderbilt ended a three-game losing streak to Middle Tennessee (3-6), increasing its lead to 30-7 in the all-time series.Middle Tennessee’s Antonio Green, who scored a career-high 30 points in Saturday’s loss to Lipscomb, led the Blue Raiders with 18 points as the Blue Raiders lost their fifth straight game after starting the season 3-1. Reggie Scurry added 14 on 6 of 9 shooting.Middle was 2 for 14 from 3-point range and Vanderbilt went 18 of 19 from the foul line (95 per cent). The Commodores made nine 3-pointers.Vanderbilt took charge early, grabbing a 42-21 halftime lead as Middle Tennessee missed 18 of its first 26 shots.The Blue Raiders’ Darnell Butler, a Seminole State (Okla.) transfer, was ruled eligible Wednesday. Butler, who averaged 19.2 points and 5.5 rebounds last season, didn’t score against Vanderbilt.A moment of silence was held before the game to honour Vanderbilt tight end Turner Cockrell, who died Thursday after a one-year battle with melanoma. He was 21.BIG PICTUREMiddle Tennessee: The Blue Raiders’ slump continued as they struggled offensively.Vanderbilt: The Commodores are still adjusting to the loss of Garland.UP NEXTMiddle Tennessee State: Hosts Murray State (4-1) on Saturday. The Racers were picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference preseason poll.Vanderbilt: Hosts No. 20 Arizona State (7-0) on Dec. 17 after a 12-day break for final exams.More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Chip Cirillo, The Associated Press read more

Friends and Steamboat Willie Get the Lego Ideas Treatment

first_imgWhat do the 90s sitcom Friends and the 1928 Disney classic Steamboat Willie have in common? They feature some of the most popular characters in entertainment history… and they’re being turned into Lego sets.Lego just announced the latest pitches to survive the grueling Ideas process. First up is Central Perk, the fictional coffee shop on Friends that’s so iconic it was turned into a real coffee shop in China.At first glance you might think this one is pretty similar to the Ideas Big Bang Theory set. As it was proposed, though, Central Perk is surprisingly complex. It required 1716 pieces to build, and you can see why when you take a closer look at how elements like the couch and chair are constructed.The stars are all here in minifig form — Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe. And since neither Rachel or Joey was ever a particularly good employee at Central Perk, Gunther is there to keep things running smoothly.Lego’s design team will make its tweaks before the set goes on sale Don’t be shocked if things get simplified a bit to reduce the piece count. And because a set with six minifigs will be expensive enough, Gunther should probably brace himself for the possibility of yet another crushing disappointment. That’s sort of his thing anyway.Also making the cut this round is delightfully monochrome Steamboat Willie. This charming little display piece does an amazing job of capturing the first Mickey Mouse animation to be distributed.This one could arrive on store shelves fairly soon. As submitted, it’s a fairly straightforward build with just 156 pieces and a single minifig.That could, change of course. Lego could decide to scale things up slightly so that Mickey can actually steer the ship, and they might want to add Minnie — she made her big debut in Steamboat Willie too.More on Geek.com:You’ll Have a Yabba Dabba Doo Time With the Lego Flintstones11 Best Movie-Based Lego SetsLego Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Star Wars’ With Anniversary Setslast_img read more

UCSD study finds link between Roundup Herbicide and liver disease

first_img Posted: May 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom May 14, 2019 UCSD study finds link between Roundup Herbicide and liver disease 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) – Researchers at UC San Diego published a study today establishing a link between the weed killer Roundup and severe cases of liver disease in humans.The researchers studied the amount of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, in the urine samples of two groups of people: one with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and one without. The study found that glyphosate residue was higher in the urine of subjects with liver disease regardless of possible underlying factors such as age, body mass index or race.Company representatives could not be immediately reached for comment on the results of the study, which was published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.The UCSD researchers surveyed 93 patients in total, 41 percent of whom were men and 42 percent were white. An additional 35 percent of subjects were Hispanic or Latino.“There have been a handful of studies, all of which we cited in our paper, where animals either were or weren’t fed Roundup or glyphosate directly, and they all point to the same thing: the development of liver pathology,” said UCSD professor and study leader Paul Mills. “So I naturally thought: `Well, could it be exposure to this same herbicide that is driving liver disease in the U.S.?”’Roundup, manufactured by Monsanto, a subsidiary of the German chemical company Bayer AG, has rapidly increased in use since the mid-1990s. During that same period, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease cases in the U.S. have also risen significantly, according to the UCSD researchers.Glyphosate-based herbicides account for roughly half of Monsanto’s annual revenue, and most people are exposed to the chemical by eating non- organic grains like wheat and oats. Glyphosate is currently the most widely used herbicide in the country, according to UCSD.On Monday, a jury in Alameda County awarded more than $2 billion to a San Francisco Bay Area couple who claimed Roundup caused them to contract non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The verdict was the third Roundup-related legal battle Monsanto has lost in California since mid-2018. The company said it plans to appeal the decision, as it has the other two, and maintains that Roundup does not cause cancer or other illnesses.“Bayer is disappointed with the jury’s decision and will appeal the verdict in this case, which conflicts directly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s interim registration review decision released just last month, the consensus among leading health regulators worldwide that glyphosate- based products can be used safely and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic and the 40 years of extensive scientific research on which their favorable conclusions are based,” the company said in a statement.More than 13,000 plaintiffs across the country currently have lawsuits pending against Monsanto.Mills and the UCSD research team plan to launch further studies into glyphosate’s affect on humans. One of those studies includes putting a group of subjects on a strict diet of organic food to track how herbicide-free food may affect the development of liver disease. The researchers also intend to monitor how other herbicides affect human health.“There are so many synthetic chemicals we are regularly exposed to,” Mills said. “We measured just one.”More Info: https://bit.ly/2fofFKg Categories: California News, Health, Healthy Living, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img

MediaNext Postponed

first_imgMore on this topic The Joss Group’s Hurricane Marketing: Case Studies from the Bad Taste Department ‘Funny’ is Money: How The Onion Transformed Its Business Circ Day La: Role Model For A Successful Regional 10 CEOs Lay Out Their Priorities for the Final Four Months of 2015 Sources: Virgo Publishing Close to Sale FOLIO: is Alive and KickingJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by Due to expected travel disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy and our concern for the safety of those planning to attend MediaNext, we have made the decision to postpone MediaNext until January 8-10. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and I’m sure you can imagine how difficult this entire decision was. We were so excited for all of our constituents to come together for the best event in years—now we will have to wait a few months longer. All fees will be applied to the event in January.Tony SilberGeneral Manager last_img read more

Robb Report Taps New EIC People on the Move

first_imgPaul CroughtonPaul Croughton was tapped as Robb Report’s next editor-in-chief, bringing two decades of editorial experience to the luxury brand. Most recently, Croughton served as founding editor of Robb Report UK where he provided the editorial vision behind the brand’s inaugural European edition.In his new role, Croughton will oversee all editorial operations for the brand’s U.S. print and digital editions. He joined Penske Media Corporation, parent company of Robb Report, from creative and digital agency Brave New World, where he served as a partner and editor, and prior to that started his career as a journalist specializing in luxury travel and men’s style.“We’re energized and excited by Paul’s fresh perspective as well as his unwavering commitment to best-in-class storytelling and content creation,” says Jay Penske, chairman and CEO of Penske Media Corporation. “Paul’s superior understanding of the media landscape’s continuous evolution, coupled with his personal assurance to not only maintain but grow Robb Report’s ownership of the luxury media space, will propel this iconic brand into our next 30 years.”  Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Advance announced this week that Oren Klein, VP finance and controller, will succeed current CFO, Tom Summer, effective October 1 of this year. Summer, who initially planned on retiring, instead plans on remaining with the company full-time until the end of the year, and then assume a senior advisor position after that. Klein, who has been in his VP role since 2008, was selected to take over for Summer due to his “strategic perspective and business acumen,” according to Steve Newhouse, co-president of Advance, which he says has added great value to the company. Kalmbach Media tapped Christine Metcalf as its newest VP, finance. Metcalf joins the company from Rexnord Corporation where she served in a similar capacity as its VP of finance for the process motion and control division. Prior to this role, Metcalf also held senior finance positions with Johnson Controls, Newell Rubbermaid and S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.“She has an outstanding track record driving strong financial results and an unmatched enthusiasm for our brands,” says Dan Hickey, CEO, Kalmbach Media. “She will play a pivotal role in Kalmbach’s growth as we continue to invest in the future of our company.”The Forward made two additions to its staff this week in an effort to continue its digital growth. Jay Ehrlich was tapped as VP of product and engagement for the brand, coming from Valassis where he served as VP of product, responsible for creating new omnichannel products across the company’s core coupon offerings. In his new role, Ehrlich will lead the charge on increasing subscriptions to the Forward.Ben Fractenberg is joining the Forward’s editorial team as a staff writer, where he will spearhead the creation of visual articles for the brand’s site. He will also rely on his background of New York City political reporting to assist in the development of new articles. Most recently, Fractenberg served as a reporter, photojournalist and videographer at DNAInfo.JEGI has made two changes to its Leadership team including the appointment of Adam Gross, former chief marketing officer, to managing director, where he will solely focus his efforts on the deal execution side of the company. Gross has been with JEGI for nearly two decades and also serves as a board member of Ventana, a holographic technology company, and SIIA’s Connectiv division.David Clark, who has held the role of managing director at JEGI since joining the company in 2005, is taking on the role of chief marketing officer, where he will “help guide the firm’s business development and thought leadership initiatives,” according to Wilma Jordan, CEO of JEGI. Prior to working at JEGI, Clark was a managing director at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance, and a senior member of Deloitte’s global TMT industry consulting practice.Vox Media tapped Meridith Webster as its first chief communications officer, where she will oversee external and internal communications, corporate marketing and public affairs, and will report directly to CEO Jim Bankoff. Prior to this hire, Webster was at Emerson Collective where she led its public affairs practice, focusing on high profile advocacy campaigns and creating powerful storytelling tools.Entertainment Weekly alumna, Sara Vilkomerson, is leaving her post as a senior writer to take on the position of segment producer at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”Rolling Stone tapped Mother Jones’ Andy Kroll as its next Washington bureau chief.Christian Datoc is joining the Washington Examiner as its night news editor from his position at the Daily Caller as the breaking news editor.Task & Purpose’s former features editor, Aaron Gell, is joining Medium as a contributing editor. Prior to Task & Purpose, Gell served as EIC of the New York Observer and has held editor roles with Business Insider and Maxim. Former freelance journalist for Bustle, The Intercept and Popsugar, Lucy Westcott, is stepping into the roll of James W. Foley fellow at the Committee to Protect Journalists.Max Chafkin was promoted to features editor of Bloomberg Businessweek.Jean Ellen Cowgill is heading to Bloomberg as general manager of TicToc from her role as president of Atlantic 57.Quartz promoted Mike Murphy to deputy tech editor and has tapped Daniel Wolfe as a reporter on the Things team.last_img read more

photos Chihiro Saito

first_img[photos: Chihiro Saito] February 28, 2011We continue our report from 2/25/11, about the new SPACE FRAME Special Assembly.This is the second piece in a series, that sculptor Brent Scott made for Cosanti. The original prototype was installed there last year [see our reports from March 15., April 14. and 16. 2010].This second piece is half of the size of the original.Special Assembly sculptor at Cosanti, Abel, joins Paolo with suggestions of bells that will make a unison of sound desired by Soleri.Brent with the sculpture in front of Soleri’s house at Cosanti.last_img read more