Japan bullfighting lifts ‘men-only’ rule

first_imgFILE- In this picture taken on June 21, 2015, spectators attend a Japanese bullfighting event in Uruma, Okinawa prefecture. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKAJapanese bullfighting organizers said Saturday they had lifted a long-standing ban on women entering the sport’s “sacred” ring, in a bid to modernize the traditional activity for the #Metoo generation.Japanese sumo wrestling has recently come under fire for its strict men-only rules. In “togyu” bullfighting, women were similarly barred from the ring, which is ritually purified before matches with salt and Japanese sake.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The rings where sumo is practised, known as sumo dohyo, are seen as sacred places.Sumo is closely interlinked with the native Shinto faith, which considers women to be ritually unclean, meaning they are barred from stepping into the ring.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ But on Friday, organizers lifted the prohibition and allowed female bull owner Yuki Araki to lead her animal into the ring in Yamakoshi, north of Tokyo, after a fight on the opening day of this season.“Equality for men and women is a trend of the times,” said Katsushi Seki, an official with the Yamakoshi bullfight organization.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“By opening the ring to women, we hope this traditional bullfighting will continue far into the future,” Seki told AFP.Unlike Spanish style bullfighting which ends with a matador slaying the animal, “togyu” is a bloodless match between two bulls locking horns, with great pains taken to ensure the animals do not gore each other. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I’m glad that local people openly welcomed us,” bull owner Yuki Araki, 44, told Japanese public broadcaster NHK.One of Japan’s other traditional sports, sumo, has found itself in hot water after women, including at least one nurse, were shooed out of a sumo ring as they tried to help a man during a medical emergency.Just days after that incident triggered scathing national and international headlines, a female mayor in the western city of Takarazuka was barred from delivering a speech inside a sumo ring.Sumo bosses then came in for further criticism after trying to prevent girls from participating in a children’s sumo event in Shizuoka prefecture, citing unspecified “safety concerns”.In an attempt to stop the latest public relations disaster to hit the roly-poly sport, officials met last week, but failed to reach a decision on reversing their men-only rule.ADVERTISEMENT Rockets get back at Jazz with rout in Utah MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Estranged husband placed on $600,000 bail

first_imgLa Penitence choppingThe man who brutally chopped his estranged wife at the La Penitence Market, Iswhar Heralall, 38, of Anna Regina New Housing Scheme, Essequibo, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman and was placed on $600,000 bail.Iswhar Heralall (in yellow)It is alleged that Heralall on Sunday, July 31, 2016, at La Penitence Public Road, Ruimveldt, unlawfully and maliciously wounded Wanita Heralall with the intent to commit murder.The prosecution did not provide any circumstantial evidence; however, a relative of the defendant disclosed to this publication that the man’s wife left him with their five children for another man and on the day in question he was asking her to return home and she embarrassed him claiming she wanted her freedom.The unrepresented man’s mother told the court that she could not afford an attorney for the defendant.Heralall was placed on bail with the following stipulations: he presents himself every Friday to the officer in charge at the Criminal Investigation Department, Ruimveldt Police Station and he stays away from the Virtual Complainant (VC) pending the outcome of the matter.The carpenter by profession will make his next court appearance on August 24, 2016.Meanwhile, the VC, who spoke to this publication, related that she was recovering comfortably at the Georgetown Public Hospital.At approximately 10:30h on Sunday, July 31, the woman ran into her estranged husband who she was reportedly in the process of divorcing after years of abuse, after she left her Lot 8 Laing Avenue, Georgetown home to commence her usual market shopping.Wanita Heralall told Guyana Times earlier this week that her youngest child was in the company of his father and he asked the child if he wanted to speak to her and the child indicated that he did not.“He ask the lil boy if he wan talk to me and the lil bai shake his head ‘no’. So I turn and seh if the lil bai don’t wanna talk to me, I don’t wanna talk to him or his father, because I don’t want no problem,” she said.Her estranged husband subsequently left, but returned as she was approaching the bicycle she rode to the market, and grabbed her left hand.“I turn around fuh walk to get my bicycle and leave because I know how he stay. So by time I coulda reach my bicycle, he come from behind me and he grab this hand and stretch it out and seh ‘come here, I wan talk to you’. I said ‘no’. And as I said no, he start chopping,” she recapped.According to Heralall, the accused then swung one chop at her head, bashing her over the right eye. The man then shouted, “don’t scream!” and forcefully pinned her hand before repeatedly hacking at her arm between the elbow and wrist.With the woman’s arm almost severed, the Essequibian allegedly told her to “take your hand and move from here”.In a bid to escape, the man then tried running through the crowd, only to be captured and dealt a thorough beating before being turned over to the Ruimveldt Police Station.last_img read more

Reminding commuters to slow down during icy conditions

first_imgThe warning comes after reporting “a number of single vehicle collisions.”“On approach to intersections please do so slowly to increase your reaction time and allow for longer stopping distances in these icy conditions,” Sgt. Scott West said in a written statement.One of the incidents, a single vehicle collision involving a Super B tanker truck carrying molten sulphur, was reported on November 11 just before 4:00 p.m.- Advertisement -“The tanker left the road and rolled on to its side on a remote industrial road,” Sgt West goes on to write. “Both tanks were ruptured but the molten sulphur quickly solidified in the cold temperatures blocking the leaks.”Sgt. West adds, “The incident posed no dangers to public safety as industry arranged for air monitoring and environmental clean-up.”Just one day later, police responded to a head on collision in the 1200 block of 116 Avenue in Dawson Creek.Advertisement Sgt. West says upon investigation, police determined that one of the vehicles had crossed the centre of the road and hit another commuter.Both drivers were sent to the local hospital with what’s being described as “non-life threatening injuries.”last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Young ends Tottenham talk by signing new Man United deal

first_img1 Ashley Young Ashley Young has ended uncertainty over his future by signing a new contract with Manchester United.The midfielder’s deal had been due to expire next summer and he has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with Tottenham reportedly monitoring his situation.But talkSPORT revealed earlier this month that Louis van Gaal wanted to keep hold of the 30-year-old after he impressed in the Dutchman’s debut campaign at the helm.Now Young has put pen-to-paper on a new three-year contract, with the club holding an option to extend it for a further year.Van Gaal said: “We are delighted that Ashley has signed a new contract. Ashley is a very multi-functional player. He took to the wing-back position with great confidence and flourished on the wing throughout last season.“Ashley is always very professional and has a great presence in the dressing room.”Young, who has made 115 appearances for United since arriving from Aston Villa in 2011, added: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract.“The spirit and motivation amongst this team is very high and we are all determined to make this a season to remember.“All I have ever wanted to do is play football and to be able to continue to do that at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family.”last_img read more

‘Africa’s advocate’ Sarkozy in SA

first_imgFrench President Nicolas SarkozyImage: AidesVuyiseka GezaFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy kicks off a two-day visit to South Africa today to strengthen ties between the two countries and sign a number of bilateral agreements. He will address a joint sitting of parliament this afternoon, hold discussions with South African President Thabo Mbeki, and pay a courtesy visit to Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.Briefing the media on the visit on Tuesday, acting deputy director-general of the Department of Foreign Affairs Gert Grobler said: “France is a key global player.“It is a member of the UN Security Council – it is one of the permanent members – it is a key driver in the European Union and it is also a member of the G8, with which, as you know, South Africa and Africa engage on an ongoing basis in the interest of taking forward the African agenda.”The 40-strong French delegation includes Sarkozy’s new wife, singer Carla Bruni, as well as ministers, secretaries of state and French CEOs.Grobler said Sarkozy, who is in regular contact with Mbeki, had promised that France would remain Africa’s most resolute advocate in Africa and major international bodies.“Africa would remain a priority of France’s foreign policy and a central axis of the EU’s cooperation policy.“He went to great pains to say that Africa was not the sick part of today’s world as is often the perception, and did not need charity but needed cooperation on an equitable basis.”Cooperation agreements to be signed cover the areas of science, transport, energy, climate change, tourism, skills development, maritime claims and illegal fishing.Strong business tiesFrance is South Africa’s eighth-largest trade partner and an important investor in the country. This is partly a result of the South Africa-France Business Forum, inaugurated in November 2006 with a visit to the country by an important French business delegation.To strengthen these ties, French and South African business, accompanied by the two presidents, will meet on Friday. South Africa’s power crisis is likely to be on the agenda, with the CEOs of the Areva nuclear power consortium among the French delegation.Areva built South Africa’s Koeberg nuclear power plant, and is one of the bidders to construct the first two nuclear reactors in Eskom’s multibillion-rand power expansion programme. An energy agreement between France and South Africa is still under discussion by the two countries’ departments of Minerals and Energy.The groundwork to the visit was laid during Mlambo-Ngcuka’s trip to France in October 2007. A key issue was closer cooperation with France in advancing South Africa’s Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), which aims to develop local skills to help increase economic growth. Areva is training South African engineering graduates, and the Paris Chamber of Commerce plans to initiate a French-South Africa Technological Institute for Electronics.UN reformSarkozy is a strong advocate of UN reform, particularly of the Security Council. He has called for permanent membership of the council to be expanded to include Germany, Japan, India, Brazil, and one African country. South Africa is currently a non-permanent member of the council, and assumes its presidency for a month in April.Sarkozy has also alluded to the possibility of expanding the G8 into a G13 by including China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.With France set to become president of the EU for the second part of 2008, the first strategic partnership summit between South Africa and the European body will be held on 25 July, in France. Issues topping the agenda will include business, trade, investment and development, as well as African and global issues.France has expressed its regard for South Africa’s role in promoting peace, stability and development in Africa. France has had a leading role in the deployment of European peacekeeping forces in Chad and the Central African Republic, and works with South African forces in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast.Useful linksDepartment of Foreign Affairslast_img read more

Frequently asked questions about voting in the 2014 elections

first_imgSouth Africans gathered for a Freedom Day celebration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Freedom Day, 27 April, marks the day in 1994 when the country held its first democratic elections. This year’s vote takes place on 7 May, in  South Africa’s 20th year of freedom. (Image: The Presidency)• IEC National OfficeSpokesperson: Kate BapelaTel: 012 622 5700Fax: 012 622 5784Cell: 082 600 6386spokesperson@elections.org.zaCall centre: 0800 11 8000• Physical addressElection HouseRiverside Office Park1303 Heuwel AvenueCenturion0157• Find the IEC onlineWebsiteFacebook TwitterYouTubeCompiled by Mary AlexanderWhy vote? Am I eligible to vote? Where do I vote? What are my rights as a voter? Read our plain English answers to these and many more questions about South Africa’s 2014 elections.Jump to:Before election dayOn election dayAfter election dayBefore election day1. Why vote in the elections?By voting you help make democracy work, and play a part in keeping South Africa’s democracy alive. You help make sure ordinary people have a say in the way the country is governed.By voting, you are using your right as a citizen to choose your government.Voting is your chance to pick the people – in both the national government and the government of your province – who you think will deliver the services you need, and protect your rights.You can vote for anyone you want – the party you supported in earlier elections, a different party, or a new party. Your vote is secret and nobody can tell you who to vote for.2. When are the elections?The elections are on Wednesday 7 May 2014. The day is likely to be proclaimed a public holiday, so everyone has a chance to vote.On Election Day, voting will take place from 07:00 to 21:00 (7 am to 9 pm). If you are still in the queue to vote at 9pm you must still be allowed to vote before the voting station closes.The five-year term of the current parliament ends on 22 April 2014. According to law, elections for a new parliament and provincial governments have to be held within 90 days of this date.3. Who can vote in the elections?You can vote in the elections if:You are a citizen of South AfricaYou are 18 or olderYou have a green bar-coded ID bookYou are registered to vote in your voting district. This means your name and ID number are on the voters’ roll.You are a South African citizen living in another country who has filled out the necessary form at your nearest mission that makes notice of your intention to vote.4. How do I check if I am registered to vote in the 2014 elections?To check if you are registered to vote, and where your voting station is:Call 0800 11 8000 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (inside South Africa)Call +27 11 654 1000 (outside South Africa)Enter your ID number on the Electoral Commission’s My voter registration details web page 5. Can I vote if I’m a South African living abroad?Yes, South Africans living abroad are allowed to vote, but only for the national elections.In order to vote, they must have completed the required notification form at their nearest mission. The deadline for filling in this form closed on 12 March.Voting for South Africans living abroad takes place on 30 April 2014, during the office hours of their embassy or consulate.6. I’m in prison. Can I vote?Yes. In March 2004 South Africa’s Constitutional Court ruled that even if people had committed a crime and were in prison, they still had the right as citizens of South Africa to vote for their government.The voter registration period for people in prison took place between 5 and 7 February 2014. Voting registration for prisoners is now closed.On 7 May, election day, prisoners will be allowed to vote in the normal way, when their prison is visited by a mobile voting station.The right of prisoners to vote is a sign of South Africa’s strong democracy. In the southern states of the USA, 13% of all black men are not allowed to vote because they have been convicted of felony offences.7. What if I’m not well enough to go to a voting station on election day?Special votes: If you will find it physically difficult to go to the voting station – if you are infirm, old, ill, living with a disability or pregnant – then you can apply for a special vote.If your application for a special vote is successful, an electoral officer will visit your home on either Monday 5 May or Tuesday 6 May, between 9am and 5pm, to let you cast your vote.Applications for special votes are open only at local IEC offices – not at national or provincial offices – from 7 to 17 April. Find your local IEC office on the commission’s contact page.8. What if I’ll be away from home on election day, and won’t be able to get to my voting station?Special votes: If you know you will unavoidably be away from home on election day – for example for a job interview, or on a planned visit to family, or for any other reason – then you can also apply for a special vote.If your application for a special vote is successful, you will be able to visit your election station on either Monday 5 May or Tuesday 6 May, between 9am and 5pm, to cast your vote.Applications for special votes are open only at local IEC offices – not at national or provincial offices – from 7 to 17 April. Find your local IEC office on the commission’s contact page.9. What will I be voting for?You have two votes:You vote once in the national elections for the party of your choice to be represented in the National Assembly in parliament.Your second vote is in the provincial elections for the party of your choice to be represented in the legislature of your province.10. What are my rights as a voter?You have 10 rights as a voter:The right to free and fair electionsThe right to voteThe right not to voteThe right to spoil your voteThe right to vote once in each electionThe right to your own free choiceThe right to a secret voteThe right to get help to voteThe right to vote safelyThe right to make a complaint On election day11. Where do I vote?You must vote at the voting station for the district in which you are registered.If you have voted in earlier elections, your voting station is probably at the same place you voted at before.If you registered to vote in November 2013 or February 2014, your voting station will be at the same place you registered.If you’re not sure where to vote, enter your ID number on the Electoral Commission’s My voter registration details web page. This will confirm whether you are registered to vote or not, and tell you where to vote.If you go to the wrong voting station, the voting officers there will tell you where your right voting station is.The IEC will issue the final list of voting stations on 10 April.12. What if my voting station is far away, and I don’t have transport?In a small number of voting districts, the Electoral Commission will send out mobile voting stations to reach voters in remote and sparsely populated areas. Even if you live far away from big cities, you still have the right to vote.You must vote in the voting district where you registered to vote.On 10 April the IEC will issue a list mobile voting stations, the routes they will follow, where they will stop and the estimated hours they will spend at each stop.13. How long will it take to vote?You should not spend too long in the queue as there are a fixed number of voters registered to vote at each voting station, and election day is likely to be made a public holiday.Try to vote during normal working hours. The busiest voting times are before working hours, over lunch hour and after working hours.If you are still in the queue at 21:00 (9 pm) at the end of election day, you must be allowed to vote before the voting station can close.14. How do I vote?You have to mark the ballot paper in a way that shows the party you want to vote for. You can do this by making a cross in the box next to the name of the party you support, or in another way that clearly indicates the party you are choosing.If you are unsure about how to vote, go to a voter education workshop run by one of the IEC-accredited voter-education organisations or by your political party.15. What are the steps in the voting process?You show your ID document.The voting officer checks and scans the bar code of your ID document.The voting officer checks to see if your name is on the section of the voters’ roll for your voting district.Your hands are checked to see if they have been marked with indelible ink – to make sure you haven’t voted already.Your name is crossed off the section of the voters’ roll for your voting district. In the 2014 elections, the full voters’ roll will also be available in electronic format on the bar-code scanner devices at each voting station in case there are disputes about the right of anyone to vote in that voting district, and to find people’s correct voting station.Your left thumb will be marked with indelible ink to make sure that you do not vote again in the 2014 elections.An official stamp is put on the back of your ballot papers.You have one ballot paper for the national elections and one ballot paper for the provincial elections.You go into the voting booth and make a cross for one party on each of the ballot papers. If you are not sure how to vote, you can ask for help from a voting officer.You fold the ballot papers and put the national one into the national ballot box and the provincial one into the provincial ballot box. A voting officer will check to see that the ballot papers have the official stamps on the back before they are put into the boxes.16. What if I am physically disabled?Bring along someone to help you. This person must be at least 18 years of age, and not a party agent or candidate on a party list.Ask the presiding officer or a voting officer for help.Apply for a special vote.17. What if I have difficulty reading?Ask the presiding officer or a voting officer for help. They will ask an accredited observer and two party agents, from different parties, to watch while they help you.Ask the voting officer for a universal ballot template, a voting aid designed to assist sight-impaired citizens with voting.Find out more about voting aid for voters with disabilities and special needs.18. What if I make a mistake on my ballot paper?If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, you can get a new one from a voting officer.You can only get a new ballot paper if you notice the mistake before you put your vote into the ballot box.If you get a new ballot paper, your old ballot paper will be cancelled. After election day19. After the election, how will the votes be counted?Counting will mostly happen at each voting station.Votes can be counted at a place other than at the voting station only with the approval of the IEC.Since the 2009 elections, there are improved controls over the record paper with the final results for a voting station. This has to be signed by the presiding officer and all political parties, and then scanned to create an immediate record and so more trust and openness in the process of compiling results.20. How will the election results be worked out and announced?The overall election results will be worked out using a computer system at centralised venues under the control of the IEC.There will also be accredited observers and party agents at these venues to check that everything is done correctly and fairly.You can object against anything that happens during the elections that can affect the election results.You must make an objection before 17:00 on the second day after voting.The IEC will investigate your objection and can ask you to give evidence about the objection.The IEC will decide what to do about the objection. The IEC must make a decision within three days after receiving your objection.If you are not happy with the IEC’s decision, you can appeal to the Electoral Court within three days of the IEC’s decision.After all objections are dealt with, the IEC must announce the final results within seven days of Election Day. In practice, the IEC has managed to announce election results on the third day after Voting Day.Source: Media Guide: National and Provincial Elections 2014last_img read more

How to Secure Your Jailbroken iPhone

first_imgTags:#Apple#How To#mobile#news#web Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Earlier this week, the news of the first iPhone worm made its way around the net. Since the worm only targeted jailbroken devices and then only those which had the SSH program installed, there wasn’t a need for concern on the part of most iPhone users. However, a second hacker tool which uses the same security hole as the so-called iKee worm has reared its head and this one is far more dangerous. According to security firm Intego, the new hacker tool goes after personal data stored on the device including email, contacts, SMS messages, calendars, photos, music files, videos and any other data recorded by any iPhone app. In other words, if you’re the owner of a jailbroken phone, you should now be concerned. New iPhone Worm DiscoveredUnlike the relatively innocuous iKee worm which the creator designed more as a “public service” to alert users to the potential for malware on the iPhone, the new hacker tool, dubbed “iPhone/Privacy.A,” is the real deal. Where iKee simply switched the iPhone wallpaper to display a photo of singer Rick Astley (a nod to the internet meme of rickrolling), Privacy.A gives the user no indication that it is running on the device.The new hacker tool also operates a bit differently than iKee does, as it doesn’t have to sit on the iPhone itself in order to inflect its damage or spread. The hacker can either load the worm onto their personal device and then monitor the network for jailbroken devices to attack or they can load the malicious program onto a computer. As Intego points out in their post, this computer could be on a public network at an Internet cafe or retail store. In that scenario, the tool would then scan for any other jailbroken iPhones that came within range of the Wi-Fi network and attack them. How to Secure your iPhoneAlthough many jailbreakers are tech-savvy enough to know how to lock down their devices to protect themselves from attack, there are quite a few who have simply followed online instructions such asthese to perform the jailbreak. This group, while arguably somewhat tech-savvy, doesn’t necessarily know all the nitty-gritty details about the iPhone filesystem or its security mechanisms.To make it easy on these users, we’ve provided steps on how to change your iPhone’s root password – the common denominator required in order for the malware to gain access to your device. While some may argue there’s no need to change your root password if you haven’t also installed the SSH program, another necessary element for these attacks to work, we think that’s a little short-sighted. It would be easy enough for a malicious hacker to trick jailbreakers into installing SSH by bundling it with some other third-party application offered through underground App Stores like Cydida or Icy. By masquerading as something innocent like a wallpaper-changer or ringtone bundle, a hacker could easily set up a number of jailbreakers with SSH without the victims even being aware that it has been installed. Although we haven’t heard of anything like this happening yet, if we thought of it then you can bet that the hackers out there have thought of it too. Changing the Root PasswordThe best protection is to simply change your iPhone root password. That will keep you safe from the current iPhone malware…as least for now. Here’s how:Install the MobileTerminal application from Cydia. Reboot your iPhone. Launch MobileTerminal and type in the command: passwdAt the prompt which asks for the “Old Password,” type in: alpineAt the new password prompt, type in a new password of your choosing, making sure to pick something strong. Re-enter the password to confirm. You’ll then be returned to the Mobile$ prompt which means the change was successful. Now you’ll need to change the password for the secondary admin. Type in the command login root.Again, you’re prompted for the old password. Type in alpine.Now type in the command passwdYou’ll then go through the change password routine a second time, entering in alpine as the old password, creating a new password and then re-entering it to confirm. When you are finished, close the application. Note: these instructions assume you are running iPhone OS 3.0 or higher.Update 11/16: Intego requested that the new attack be described as a “hacker tool,” not a worm. last_img read more

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