Stress Free: Intel’s Windows* 10 Self-Service Upgrade

first_imgAt Intel, we made a self-service Microsoft Windows* 10 in-place upgrade available for our employees. Using this process, we’ve successfully upgraded more than 50,000 PCs, and we expect to double this by the end of 2018. At that point, nearly our entire fleet of PCs will have gone through this process.Before we introduced our new upgrade process, employees needed to turn their PC over to IT to receive an operating system (OS) upgrade. Not only was this labor intensive and time consuming, it caused our employees anxiety. This was due to the fact that more than 3,000 enterprise applications are in use at Intel. And our employees knew that application incompatibility issues, caused by the upgrade, could prevent them from getting back to work.Our new process, described in the IT@Intel white paper, Advancing the User Experience with Intel® Architecture-Based Laptops and Microsoft Windows* 10, eliminates the concern regarding incompatibility issues, as we make application readiness an essential step that occurs before we launch our new upgrade procedures. We accomplished this by moving to an accelerated application-testing process that uses virtual machines, allowing us to make corrections before users perform the self-service Windows* 10 in-place upgrade on their PCs.Other benefits of this process include speed and flexibility. The new upgrade process takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Compare that with the typical IT technician-assisted OS upgrade that takes at least a half-day. And because it is a self-service process, Intel employees can choose when and where they upgrade their PC. They can run it at the office while they go to lunch, and come back and resume their work, or they can run it on their laptop when they’re at home.Why upgrade? Windows* 10 offers an expanding application and driver ecosystem—which can increase employee productivity—compared to older versions of Windows*. Intel will continue to align with the Windows* as a Service cadence, in order to keep pace with each new release of Windows* 10. Our new self-service in-place upgrade process enables us to transition to a continually updated OS model, avoiding the disruption and downtime associated with major OS upgrades.Developing our self-service, in-place upgrade process for Windows* 10 required multiple phases: Phase 1 (early adopters), Phase 2 (limited deployment), Phase 3 (general availability), and Phase 4 (standard on all devices). We are now in Phase 3.To ensure success at each phase, we monitored the in-place upgrade activities. Using our system tracking tools, we saw failures rates of less than 5 percent for all Windows* 10 self-service upgrades. Of those failures, the vast majority gracefully reverted back to their previous OS version. We then remotely addressed the issue and performed the upgrade. More than 95 percent of the upgrades went smoothly, with our users giving the procedure positive reviews.By going through multiple phases, we learned how to improve the process and we have much more to share. For more information about Intel IT’s self-service deployment of Windows* 10, read the most recent version of the IT@Intel white paper, Advancing the User Experience with Intel® Architecture-Based Laptops and Microsoft Windows* 10.last_img read more

How Google is making music with artificial intelligence

first_img Can computers be creative? That’s a question bordering on the philosophical, but artificial intelligence (AI) can certainly make music and artwork that people find pleasing. Last year, Google launched Magenta, a research project aimed at pushing the limits of what AI can do in the arts. Science spoke with Douglas Eck, the team’s lead in San Francisco, California, about the past, present, and future of creative AI. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.Q: How does Magenta compose music?A: Learning is the key. We’re not spending any effort on classical AI approaches, which build intelligence using rules. We’ve tried lots of different machine-learning techniques, including recurrent neural networks, convolutional neural networks, variational methods, adversarial training methods, and reinforcement learning. Explaining all of those buzzwords is too much for a short answer. 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The SketchRNN algorithm was trained on millions of drawings from our Quick, Draw! game. Our most recent music algorithm, Performance RNN was trained on classical piano performances captured on a modern player piano [listen below]. I’d like musicians to be able to easily train models on their own musical creations, then have fun with the resulting music, further improving it. A musician improvises alongside A.I. Duet, software developed in part by Google’s Magenta  By Matthew HutsonAug. 8, 2017 , 3:40 PM google Q: How do you respond to art that you know comes from a computer?A: When I was on the computer science faculty at University of Montreal [in Canada], I heard some computer music by a music faculty member, Jean Piché. He’d written a program that could generate music somewhat like that of the jazz pianist Keith Jarrett. It wasn’t nearly as engaging as the real Keith Jarrett! But I still really enjoyed it, because programming the algorithm is itself a creative act. I think knowing Jean and attributing this cool program to him made me much more responsive than I would have been otherwise. Q: If abilities once thought to be uniquely human can be aped by an algorithm, should we think differently about them?A: I think differently about chess now that machines can play it well. But I don’t see that chess-playing computers have devalued the game. People still love to play! And computers have become great tools for learning chess. Furthermore, I think it’s interesting to compare and contrast how chess masters approach the game versus how computers solve the problem—visualization and experience versus brute-force search, for example.Q: How might people and machines collaborate to be more creative?A: I think it’s an iterative process. Every new technology that made a difference in art took some time to figure out. I love to think of Magenta like an electric guitar. Rickenbacker and Gibson electrified guitars with the purpose of being loud enough to compete with other instruments onstage. Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell and Marc Ribot and St. Vincent and a thousand other guitarists who pushed the envelope on how this instrument can be played were all using the instrument the wrong way, some said—retuning, distorting, bending strings, playing upside-down, using effects pedals, etc. No matter how fast machine learning advances in terms of generative models, artists will work faster to push the boundaries of what’s possible there, too. How Google is making music with artificial intelligencecenter_img Q: How has computer composition changed over the years?A: Currently the focus is on algorithms which learn by example, i.e., machine learning, instead of using hard-coded rules. I also think there’s been increased focus on using computers as assistants for human creativity rather than as a replacement technology, such as our work and Sony’s “Daddy’s Car” [a computer-composed song inspired by The Beatles and fleshed out by a human producer].Q: Do the results of computer-generated music ever surprise you?A: Yeah. All the time. I was really surprised at how expressive the short compositions were from Ian Simon and Sageev Oore’s recent Performance RNN algorithm. Because they trained on real performances captured in MIDI on Disklavier pianos, their model was able to generate sequences with realistic timing and dynamics.Q: What else is Magenta doing?A: We did a summer internship around joke telling, but we didn’t generate any funny jokes. We’re also working on image generation and drawing generation [see example below]. In the future, I’d like to look more at areas related to design. Can we provide tools for architects or web page creators?  Magenta software can learn artistic styles from human paintings and apply them to new images. 00:0000:0000:00 Fred Bertsch last_img read more

Scare for Mumbai: Tendulkar injured in IPL 5 opener

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Wednesday sustained a finger injury in his left-hand and was retired hurt, when he tried to fend off an ugly snorter from Chennai Super Kings bowler Doug Bollinger in the IPL opener in Chennai.However, it is still not clear whether it is fracture or a simple bruise.It was the fifth ball of the ninth over and Tendulkar who was batting on 15 got a short ball from Bollinger. It climbed onto him as the delivery hit one of the green patches and reared up uncomfortably.Tendulkar could just fend it off as it hit him on the glove. The iconic batsman however faced the next delivery and got a single to go onto 16.However at the end of the over, he sought medical attention. But after being advised to retire, Tendulkar was seen returning to the dug-out looking inconsiderable pain.He had scored 16 off 15 balls with a four and a six off Albie Morkel.MI play their next match against Pune Warriors on Friday.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J1 entry-level smartphone pricing tipped

first_imgWhile the whole world awaits the launch of Samsung’s next flagship, Galaxy S6, which quite obviously be a costly affair, the company has at least one more budget offering in its kitty after launching the Z1 Tizen smartphone. We are talking about the hugely anticipated Galaxy J1 (SM-J100) smartphone, the first handset in Samsung’s new Galaxy J series.Although we are yet to get a confirmed list of specifications from Samsung itself, a new report has now tipped the pricing of the alleged device. The report (via Phone Arena) quotes a recent spotting of the rumoured device on a Russian online store. The said device is reported to carry a price tag RUB 10,990 which roughly stands at Rs. 10,000, which is not bad at all.    Moreover, the report suggests that the alleged Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphone is likely to start shipping in Russia starting from January 23, 2015. Note that we still have no word from Samsung with regards to the device, and a global launch is still not confirmed.  The alleged Samsung Galaxy J1 is reported to feature a 4.8-inch WVGA display with a 480×800 pixels resolution. It is rumoured to be powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unspecified chipset) alongside 768MB or 1GB of RAM. It is expected to sport 5MP front and rear snappers. The said device is expected to rope in 4GB of internal storage.last_img read more

Fiba World Cup surprise Poland sense pivotal moment

first_img“The country can take self-confidence from the performance of these players. We can compete, we can do it,” Taylor said after Poland dismissed Russia 79-74 thanks to a fourth-quarter blast.“We hope these guys can inspire the next generation.”Name-checking the likes of Serbia, who look easily good enough to topple World Cup holders the United States, Taylor said that there was “tremendous competition” in Europe.“Other teams have had more achievements and success,” he said.“What we are trying to do is to establish that Poland can do it too.”ADVERTISEMENT Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant “And that’s it, we are here to show that Poland is a basketball country.”Poland’s last appearance in the Basketball World Cup was in 1967 in Uruguay, where they finished fifth.The 2019 vintage will end the second group phase against Argentina on Sunday, before taking their already confirmed place in the last eight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Poland’s players celebrate their team’s win against Russia at the Basketball World Cup Group I second round game in Foshan on September 6, 2019. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP)Poland are shock quarterfinalists at the World Cup but the team have even grander ambitions — proving once and for all that theirs is a basketball country.Under their well-travelled American coach Mike Taylor, the Poles are one of the stories of the tournament in China, or “the new kids on the block” as he put it.ADVERTISEMENT They are back at the World Cup after a 52-year hiatus but are doing much more than merely making up the numbers.Poland defeated the hosts in overtime in a cauldron-like atmosphere in Beijing in the first round and on Friday made it a scarcely believable four wins in a row with the scalp of old foe Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelArgentina’s victory over Venezuela hours later confirmed Poland’s unlikely place in the last eight.“It means everything,” said Taylor, 47, whose varied coaching career has spanned NBA development teams, posts in Britain and Germany, and a position with the Czech team. Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Taylor’s unheralded men are making headlines back home.News of their win over Russia, coming back after being six points behind after the first quarter, even saw a political gathering in Warsaw interrupted by cheers.Maciej Zielinski, a former player with the national team, called it “an unimaginable event”.“I do not know what I can compare it to — when we last experienced such a thing,” he told Polish media.Rocky roadIn charge since 2014, Taylor may now be greeted with national acclaim when Poland eventually fly home, but it was not long ago that he faced calls for his head.Two years ago, Poland won only one of five matches at the EuroBasket championship.Fast forward and he and his men are talking about a potentially pivotal moment for basketball in the country of nearly 40 million people.“We waited 52 years for this,” said Aleksander “Olek” Balcerowski, whose father Marcin stars for Poland’s wheelchair basketball team.The 7ft 1in (215cm) centre is the youngest player in the tournament in China at age 18, held up as a symbol of Poland’s brighter future.“We worked so hard to come here to show that Poland can ball,” he told the website of governing body FIBA. NFL At 100: the shadow of domestic violence over league Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir gets first football stadium with floodlights

first_img Moreover, the floodlights installed at the TRC ground are of high quality, which will open the doors for the high-definition quality live telecast of matches. Sarmad Hafeez, Commission Secretary, J-K Youth Sports and Services, is elated over the development and called it a historical step. “This is a historical step and this is the first stadium in the state of Jammu and Kashmir where the floodlights have been installed. Therefore now we will be able to play under floodlights and not just national games but games of international standards,” Hafeez told ANI. “It is our government’s goal that we increase the sporting infrastructure and provide people with such an infrastructure where youth can participate in all different sports,” he added. The stadium, which was built at the cost of Rs 4.5 crore, was unveiled in 2014. Since 2015, the ground has been used for I-league matches and other local football tournaments. Hafeez said that this is just a beginning because as many as 10 more stadiums and playfields are ready to get floodlights, which will further promote sports in the state. “Our state is known for football and we have produces some very good footballers who have represented the country and represented the finest clubs in the country,” he said. “This is only the beginning and we already have 10 other stadiums and playfields, where the floodlights are ready for inauguration. In the coming days, they will be inaugurated,” added Hafeez. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates The football players here have got an exciting boost as they got their first stadium, TRC Football turf ground, with floodlights facilities. Earlier there used to be very rare football activity during the night but after the installment of lights, matches can now be conducted during the night time too.Related News Railway service in Kashmir valley to resume from November 11 Mumbai crime: Man kidnaps, rapes girl; gets seven years in jail This has paralysed the entire legal system here, says Jammu and Kashmir Bar Council presidentlast_img read more

Australia in search of 50 missing athletes and officials after CWG 2018

first_imgAustralian authorities are still searching for 50 missing athletes and officials a month after the Commonwealth Games ended in Gold Coast.Australia’s Home Affairs minister said on Tuesday that while they are searching for the missing athletes and officials, another 190 are seeking asylum.Minister Peter Dutton told reporters in Canberra an operation had been organised to find the 50 people and “take them into immigration detention and eventually to deport them.”He also said that 190 other people had sought protection visas, a type of Australian visa given to refugees. On top of that, 15 more have applied for other types of visas.While some participants at major international sporting events overstay their visas or seek asylum in the host countries, the number of claims in Australia following this year’s Commonwealth Games, held April 4-15, is high.Participants who went missing or sought refuge at previous Commonwealth Games, such as those held in Melbourne in 2006 and Manchester in 2002 and Glasgow in 2014, typically numbered in the dozens, not hundreds, according to government statements at the time.More than 6,600 athletes and team officials attended the 2018 event, held on Australia’s sub-tropical Gold Coast.Some athletes, including those from Cameroon, in Central Africa, did not show up for their events.Dutton said on Tuesday under immigration law, people who apply for temporary protections visas are given bridging visas, which allow them to stay in Australia while their claims are processed.Asylum seekers are a highly contentious political issue in Australia, which has a policy of stopping the flow of such people before they land in the country. Its policy of sending asylum seekers for processing to camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru has drawn criticism from the United Nations and international rights groups.advertisementAustralia defends its tough laws by saying it deters people from making dangerous sea journeys to try to reach its shores after thousands drowned.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Video Tanker Engulfed in Flames in Indonesia

first_imgAn oil product tanker named Srikandi 511 suffered a fire earlier today while the vessel was docked in Barito Muara Kuin River, Banjarmasin, Indonesia.Based on the video from the scene released on Youtube, the fire had spread down the river as well, as the fuel oil from the vessel spilled.There have been no casualties and all crew members are reported to be safe, Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation Pertamina said.Pertamina added that the fire at its Banjarmasin fuel terminal, one of its key fuel supply points in South Kalimantan, was extinguished at 4 p.m.The company added that the fuel supply from the terminal was not impacted and that cooling measures had been undertaken so as to prevent the fire from spreading. As a precaution, the operation of jetty number 3 has been suspended, while the jetty number 1 is working normally.The extent of the damage caused by the fire as well as its cause are yet to be determined.The Indonesian-flagged small clean tanker of 2,700 dwt, built in 2013, is part of PT Harita Prima Abadi’s fleet, according to the data from VesselsValue.World Maritime News Staff; Video courtesy: Lopi ogilast_img read more

MPs on Parliament Hill stricken at death of Tory colleague Gord Brown

first_imgOTTAWA – Shell-shocked parliamentarians paid solemn, tearful tribute to Gord Brown, describing the well-liked eastern Ontario MP as a devoted family man and a lover of hockey and politics, one who rose above partisanship to earn the respect of all members of the House of Commons.Business on Parliament Hill ground to a standstill with the news that Brown, 57, died Wednesday after collapsing in his Parliament Hill office.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who was elected to Parliament in 2004 at the same time as Brown, was visibly shaken and “heartbroken” as he rose to formally inform the House of the death of his longtime Tory caucus colleague.“I don’t have the words to properly express how terribly this has struck our Conservative family,” Scheer said, surrounded by fellow MPs, their ashen faces riven with grief.Brown was the MP for the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. His wife, Claudine Courtois, also works on Parliament Hill as a policy adviser to Conservative Sen. David Wells. Their son, Tristan, is 5. Brown also has an adult son, Chance.Following statements from each party, Speaker Geoff Regan adjourned the House for the day. Brown’s assigned Commons seat was adorned with flowers, a framed photo from a Conservative team hockey game and Brown’s number 27 jersey.“He had as much passion for (hockey) as he did for his professional work,” said Scheer.Brown, a member of the Ottawa Morning Hockey League, played in an early game at a south Ottawa arena before heading to work for the day. Paramedics and parliamentary security rushed to his office in the Justice building shortly after 10 a.m. after receiving word of his collapse.“I just want to convey our appreciation to members of the Parliamentary Protective Service who were the first on the scene and who went above and beyond doing everything they could to try and save Gord’s life this morning,” Scheer said.The weekly Conservative caucus meeting was suddenly cut short around 11 a.m. before MPs were summoned back to be informed of the tragedy. They emerged stricken and crying, shocked by word of the third sudden death of a fellow caucus member since 2014.Former finance minister Jim Flaherty died in 2014 and Alberta MP Jim Hillyer in 2016.“He was just a good man,” said a weeping Tony Clement, who has known Brown since the two were just 20 years old and part of the Ontario Tory youth wing.“He was always there for all of us. I’m just at a loss for words. I’m sorry. I’ll miss him every minute of every day.”The life of an MP can be a tough one, Clement noted.“I’m not trying to be morbid, but it’s a death trap for people sometimes,” he said. “It takes years off your life, and I know we do it willingly, but sometimes the price is very high.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Brown was “particularly good at transcending the partisanship.”“Gord was a great guy,” he said. “He was a thoughtful engaging individual who brought out the best in anyone who worked with him and who interacted with him.”Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs recalled how Brown was the party whip when she first arrived on the Hill, and served as a mentor to her and other new MPs to help them learn the ropes.Quebec Conservative MP Gerard Deltell said he had lunch with Brown and other Conservatives just one day earlier and “everything was right.”“Everything was perfect. He was a guy in good shape. He played hockey each and every week. He always put the emphasis on us, saying, ‘Keep calm, be careful of what you’re doing, keep in good form,’ then it happened.”Brown was first elected in 2004, then won four subsequent votes. Before entering federal politics, he was a town councillor in Gananoque, Ont., president of the Thousand Islands-Gananoque Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, a provincial government agency that owns parks and attractions from Kingston to the Quebec border.He also had an interest in a family-run food and accommodation business.Brown studied at Carleton University and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.Scheer praised Brown’s recent work on behalf of a constituent who was left out of a compensation package for victims of the drug thalidomide because he, and about 30 other people, didn’t have paperwork proving their mothers took the drug while they were pregnant.He recalled how, just last week, he tried to get Brown to attend a function but Brown begged off, saying he had promised to treat his wife to a date night.“We’re glad that he kept it,” Scheer said.last_img read more

Manitoba backs faithbased hospitals on issue of doctorassisted death

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba government says it will not force faith-based hospitals to provide medical assistance in dying.The comment comes in response to a controversy over the reversal of a decision by the St. Boniface Hospital’s board of directors on the issue.As a faith-based institution, St. Boniface doesn’t as a rule provide medical assistance in dying, but the board voted in late May to amend that policy to allow it to happen on site under “rare circumstances.”The Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba then ordered a review of the decision after adding 10 new directors to the board, and the amendment was overturned.That means the hospital will provide assessments for patients seeking doctor-assisted deaths but will transfer patients to a different facility to go through with the procedure.Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said Monday the government respects the decisions of medical professionals and health care facilities to not provide medical assistance in dying.“Those facilities that do not perform MAID are required to have protocols and procedures in place to transfer patients, in a manner that is safe and dignified, to an alternate facility,” said Goertzen.“It’s important to note that not all services are available in all hospitals in Manitoba. For example, some facilities do not do surgeries or provide certain tests. However, as a result of the Supreme Court of Canada decision, every jurisdiction in Canada is required to make accommodations to make sure the public has access to MAID.”Goertzen said the provincial medical assistance in dying clinical team provides access to those services to any person who meets the requirements.In Ontario, that issue of doctors referring patients seeking assisted death or abortions to another physician or health institution is being challenged in court.A group of five doctors and three professional organizations argues the policy contravenes their right to freedom of religion and conscience under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.In Montreal, meanwhile, two incurably ill people are taking legal action to challenge the constitutionality of the Canadian and Quebec laws on medical aid in dying, saying the eligibility guidelines are too restrictive.Both suffer from degenerative diseases but are not eligible for medical aid in dying because their deaths are not reasonably foreseeable and they are not at the end of their lives.(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Moroccan Migrants Stranded in Libya on Hunger Strike

Rabat – Undocumented Moroccan migrants stranded in Libya have begun a hunger strike to protest delays in their repatriation to Morocco.Husni Abu-Ayana, head of the information office of Tripoli’s “anti-illegal immigration” department told Chinese news outlet Xinhua, that the repatriation was scheduled before Ramadan, but “was delayed.”Ayana said that a delegation from the Moroccan embassy visited the migrants in April to register their information. The Libyan official added that 60 detained migrants are carrying out a hunger strike in protest.A massive number of sub-Saharan and North African migrants have found themselves stranded in detention centers across Libya after attempting to illegally cross over the Mediterranean to Europe.The number of irregular migrants in Libya reached 700,000 by the end of 2017.Several videos of Moroccan migrants went viral in 2017 and early 2018. In the videos, the migrants cried for help to end their detention in Libya and urged Moroccan authorities to bring them back home.Dozens of families of Moroccan migrants missing or detained in Libya protested in late November in Rabat, calling for authorities to repatriate their relatives, whose number was estimated to be between 200 and 700.The Ministry in Charge of Moroccans Living Abroad announced in December that it would repatriate 235 Moroccan migrants.This is the second repatriation operation that Moroccan authorities have conducted, after one in August which brought back about 200 citizens in two private aircraft.Info Migrants reported in January 2018 that Morocco will repatriate 800 migrants home in three different operations.“A reported 338 migrants will travel to Morocco with two flights operated by Libyan company Afriqiyah,” the source said. read more

UN explores closer ties between Afghanistan Tajikistan

Over the past two days, Kai Eide, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, has met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi and senior officials for agriculture, energy and counter-narcotics. “It is important to explore opportunities for win-win co-operation between Afghanistan and its neighbours,” Mr. Eide said. “I see real opportunities and hope very much that these opportunities can be built upon.” Noting that he was “well-received” in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, he said there have been “positive signs of willingness” for stepped up collaboration with Afghanistan. There have been several bilateral agreements between the two nations in the past. The Representative’s visit to Tajikistan comes on the heels of recent trips to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. His efforts are part of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to support regional cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the strife-torn nation. 25 January 2009The top United Nations to Afghanistan has been in neighbouring Tajikistan to explore further cooperation between the two nations. read more

UN legal chief calls on donors to help fund Cambodian genocide tribunal

Under-Secretary-General Patricia O’Brien, the UN Legal Counsel, voiced concern about the financial situation, including the cash flow, of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), after holding talks with the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Sok An in the capital, Phnom Penh.Ms. O’Brien and the Deputy Prime Minister issued a joint statement after their meeting in which they urged the international community to provide contributions and pledges to national and international components of the tribunal.The ECCC was set up in 2003 by the UN and Cambodia and is tasked with trying senior Khmer Rouge figures and others responsible for the worst atrocities between 1975 and 1979. It is composed of both national and international judges and staff.In their statement Ms. O’Brien and Mr. An stressed their continued strong support for the ECCC and their intention to work closely together to ensure that the tribunal is successful.They noted the completion of the trial phase in the case of Kaing Guek Eav, also known as “Duch,” who is charged with crimes including torture and premeditated murder while he was in charge of the notorious S-21 detention camp.“The ECCC has confirmed its ability to conduct complex international criminal trials to international standards, and is living up to the hope for it to be a model court,” according to the statement.“The proceedings have attracted unprecedented interest and support, as witnessed by the fact that over 30,000 Cambodians have attended court proceedings since its inception.” 19 April 2010The United Nations legal chief today called for donors to provide funds to support the UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes during the country’s genocide in the late 1970s. read more

Ontarios Kathleen Wynne promises 1B for Ring of Fire with or without

by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2014 11:20 am MDT Ontario Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne releases the party platform in Thunder Bay, Ontario on Sunday May 25, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne promises $1B for Ring of Fire, with or without Harper’s help THUNDER BAY, Ont. – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne vowed to go ahead and spend $1 billion over the next decade to build a transportation route to the mineral-rich Ring of Fire in the province’s north — with or without financial help from the federal Conservatives — if the Liberals are re-elected on June 12.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shown no interest in helping the province develop the massive chromite deposit, which would be a big boon to Ontario’s economy and create jobs in hard-hit northern communities, Wynne said Sunday in Thunder Bay, Ont.“We have not seen that kind of responsibility taken,” the Liberal leader told supporters at the party’s platform launch.“He has not taken that responsibility, but I am. We are making it a priority for my government.”But officials said they haven’t decided where or when they’ll start building the route, or how they’ll find another $1 billion to complete it in a remote region of northern Ontario if Ottawa won’t provide the funds.Those decisions will be up to a development corporation that Wynne said she’d create within 60 days of taking office that will include both levels of government, First Nations and private companies.Much of the platform Wynne detailed on Sunday essentially fleshed out unannounced details of the spending plans outlined in the Liberals’ May 1 budget, which both opposition parties rejected — triggering an election. Wynne said she’d re-introduce the fiscal plan if the Liberals win.The $119.4-billion budget had promised to put up $1 billion for infrastructure to develop the Ring of Fire, but only if the federal Tories matched the funds. That condition now appears to have changed.“We have not seen any indication in the last number of weeks that Stephen Harper is interested in stepping forward and making the same kind of support available to the Ring of Fire as he made available to the oilsands,” Wynne said.The Liberals are also pledging to fund 20 more hospices, cap or cut hospital parking fees for frequent visitors and patients, and provide more resources to help high-school students plan their path to a desired career, including revamping the curriculum for the mandatory Grade 10 careers class.Their platform finds common ground with certain promises the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats have made in their visions for the province as well.The Liberals say they’d work to extend physical activity for students to an hour a day, as well as improve their math scores by reviewing the curriculum, helping teachers specialize in teaching math and providing more help for students who are struggling. They also say they’d increase apprenticeship spaces, which the Progressive Conservatives have proposed.On the health care front, the Liberals are promising to continue to reduce wait times by focusing on referrals to specialists and guarantee that every resident will have access to a primary care provider, such as doctors, nurse-practitioners and family health teams. The New Democrats have also said they’ll reduce wait times and provide more access to health-care services if they’re elected.Wynne, some union leaders and disgruntled New Democrat supporters have slammed NDP Leader Andrea Horwath for refusing to support the last budget, saying she could have supported many of the measures it contained.Those included a hike in the minimum wage, $29 billion over 10 years to improve transit infrastructure — including the Ring of Fire —and pay hikes for personal support workers and early childhood educators.The budget, which projected a $12.5-billion deficit this year, also promised a provincial pension plan and earmarked $2.5 billion for corporate grants in an effort to attract investment and keep businesses in Ontario.The NDP was quick to criticize the Liberal plan Sunday.New Democrat John Vanthof said the Liberals are desperate and trying to “up the ante” with their platform to make their budget promises sound more attractive.They’ve made plenty of promises about the Ring of Fire that they’ve failed to deliver, he said. The development corporation tasked with helping to handle the project was announced last November and still isn’t up and running.“Now they’re ‘oh, we promise you this time we’ll actually do it this time,’” said Vanthof, who is running for re-election in the northern riding of Timiskaming-Cochrane.“Northerners are to the point where we just don’t believe them anymore. And that’s why we let the budget drop.”The NDP platform also promises to develop the Ring of Fire, but doesn’t allocate any money for it over the next four years.Wynne and Horwath are expected to face off Monday in a debate on northern Ontario issues, but Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said he can’t make it.In the 2011 election, Wynne’s predecessor Dalton McGuinty didn’t participate, citing a scheduling conflict.“I’m telling you that it would never occur to me not to take part in the northern debate,” Wynne said.Wynne also said she can still come through on her promises while still balancing the budget in 2017-18, but she said she won’t cut public services to meet the deadline.The budget projects Ontario’s net debt to grow by $20.1 billion to $289.3 billion this year, a staggering 40 per cent of gross domestic product.One bank economist noted that Ontario’s current ratio of nearly 39 per cent creates a “longer-term vulnerability” for the province.Moody’s Investments Service said the planned increase in deficits for 2014-15 and 2015-16 compared to previous budget estimates “represents a credit negative for the province.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Fighting reaches worrying proportions in South Sudans northeast – UN mission

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today voiced concern about an escalation in the fighting between Government and opposition forces in the west bank of the River Nile in the African country’s north.Fighting has reached what the head of UNMISS, David Shearer, described as “worrying proportions,” according to a statement issued by the Office of Spokesperson for the UN peacekeeping operation.“What began with an exchange of fire between SPLA [the Sudan People’s Liberation Army] and Aguelek opposition forces, has expanded geographically,” the statement said, noting that military resupplies have since been observed arriving in the area.Military operations on the west bank of the Nile River are taking place in an area where people, predominantly from the Shilluk ethnic group live, forcing people out of their homes. The town of Wau Shilluk is now reported to be deserted. Humanitarian workers have been evacuated and aid is not being provided, the statement added.On Wednesday, UNMISS received reports of hostilities between the two sides in Owachi and Tonga, Panyinkang County.Meanwhile, Mr. Shearer today returned to the South Sudanese capital, Juba, from a two-day field visit to Bentiu and Leer, two towns which have been among the most affected by the country’s conflict, according to a separate statement issued today by the spokesperson’s office.In Bentiu, Mr. Shearer met state government officials, as well as internally displaced people who are living in the largest protection of civilians site in the country. In Leer, he visited the mission’s temporary operating base to assess UNMISS’ success in mounting robust patrols which push the mission’s presence deep into the field.He held discussions with local officials and also took the opportunity to travel to an opposition-controlled area to meet with pro-Machar representatives so he could hear all shades of opinion on how to facilitate humanitarian assistance and advance the peace process, the statement said.The local opposition told Mr. Shearer that they support the current localized cessation of hostilities and remain in a defensive position which they hope will encourage the return of humanitarian agencies to Leer.Both the local authorities and the opposition praised the UN for its efforts to facilitate communications between them. Mr. Shearer heard that they both recognize that an inclusive national dialogue will assist the peace process, the statement added.South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between President Salva Kiir and his then former Vice-President Riek Machar erupted into full blown conflict between forces loyal to each in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas. read more

More than 1000 churchgoers complain of spiritual abuse

first_imgWe do have to be mindful as to the way we deliver messages that are based on our own theological or doctrinal position Church-goers at mainstream churches have said they are being “spiritually abused” by leaders.Research showed that more than 1,000 British Christians said they had experienced the abuse, which usually involves members invoking God’s will or religious texts in order to punish or control and coerce a worshipper.Two thirds of respondents to the survey carried out by Dr Lisa Oakley of the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work at Bournemouth University said they had experienced spiritual abuse in the past. Respondents said church leaders were also experiencing abuse from members of their own congregations. Dr Oakley said: “There has been a focus in previous work in this area on leaders controlling and coercing those they lead, but a strong message in this research is that ministers and leaders also experience this form of abuse.  “Any work in this area needs to ensure there is recognition that this behaviour can and is experienced by leaders as well as congregational members.”Justin Humphreys, executive director of charity the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service, who co-authored the research, said priests and other leaders had to be careful about expressing the beliefs of their church to avoid alienating or upsetting others. “We do have to be mindful as to the way we deliver messages that are based on our own theological or doctrinal position,” he told the Daily Telegraph.center_img “When leaders are delivering what would be seen as a challenging message it’s important to deliver it in a way which says ‘this is what I believe to be the case, however you as individuals should be free to challenge that or reject it entirely’. “For example, a church leader might take a very clear view of divorce that it is wrong, it is a sin, and therefore the bible says you cannot be remarried. “That may be very hurtful to someone who has divorced, or is in an abusive situation with a spouse.”He said many victims had struggled to get help because social workers and mainstream children’s and abuse charities did not understand spiritual abuse and some were unaware it existed at all. Respondents to the survey included members of Anglican, Baptist, Independent and Pentecostal churches.last_img read more

Groundbreaking science allows paralysed man use his brain to control his arms

first_img Source: case/YouTubeA DECADE AFTER a bike crash that left an American man paralysed from the shoulders down, he can again feed himself, researchers have said.The remarkable advance hinges on a prosthesis which circumvents rather than repairs his spinal injury, using wires, electrodes as well as computer software to reconnect the severed link between his brain and muscles.“To our knowledge, this is the first instance in the world of a person with severe and chronic paralysis directly using their own brain activity to move their own arm and hand to perform functional movements,” lead study author Bolu Ajiboye of Case Western Reserve University in the United States told AFP.The study’s only patient, 56-year-old Bill Kochevar, has two surgically-implanted clusters of electrodes — each no bigger than a baby aspirin — in his head to read his brain signals, which are interpreted by a computer.His muscles then receive their instructions from electrodes in his arm.After around ten years of immobility, this has allowed Kochevar to sip coffee, scratch his nose and eat mashed potatoes in laboratory tests. Bill Kochevar was left paralysed after a crash ten years ago. Source: Youtube/caseTo overcome gravity that would otherwise prevent him from raising his limb, Kochevar uses a mobile support, which is also under his brain’s control, according to the study published in The Lancet medical journal.Though the prosthesis remains experimental, the researchers hope their work will one day help people with paralysis do daily tasks on their own.‘Groundbreaking, but’ Scientists are seeking, but have not found, a way to mend spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis. In the meantime, they are developing work-around solutions that reconnect the brain to the body’s muscles.Previous efforts have also used prostheses. One reported on last year was linked to electrodes on the skin that helped an American man, Ian Burkhart, with less severe paralysis open and close his hand, the authors said.Other methods allow participants to control a robotic arm using their thoughts.For Kochevar the process of learning to use the prosthesis started by him practicing with a simulation of an arm that appeared on a screen. From there he quickly progressed to using his mind to direct the movements of his arm.During the training he told researchers: “I just think ‘out’… and it goes.”But the technology has limitations, including that Kochevar needs to watch his arm at all times in order to control it.This is because he has lost his intuitive sense of his limb’s movements and location, known as proprioception, due to the paralysis, according to the scientists. Kochevar can now perform simple tasks using his arm like drinking from a cup. Source: Youtube/caseKochevar became a quadriplegic when he crashed his bicycle into the back of a truck on a rainy day, which was about eight years before the electrodes were implanted in his brain in 2014. The hope brought by the study have had a profound impact.“For somebody who’s been injured eight years and couldn’t move, being able to move just that little bit is awesome to me,” Kochevar said.It’s better than I thought it would be.A lot of work remains before this prosthesis could be widely used.“This study is groundbreaking,” wrote Steve Perlmutter of the University of Washington in a piece commenting on the case. “However, this treatment is not nearly ready for use outside the lab.”For that, the system would need improvements, including making it wireless, as well as increasing the longevity and effectiveness of the brain implants, Ajiboye said.“While it is proof-of-concept… this technology could very well make its way to become the standard of clinical care for persons with chronic and complete paralysis,” he added.© – AFP 2017Read: 85% jump in number of complaints received about HSE care of vulnerable adults >Read: After nine-year wait, Ireland to strengthen rights of people with a disability > 7 Comments Groundbreaking science allows paralysed man use his brain to control his arms again Bill Kochevar says the device is “better than I thought it would be”. 8,908 Views By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 29th 2017, 3:45 PM Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 3:45 PM Short URL Share163 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Le Sony PlayMemories Online lancé en Europe

first_imgLe Sony PlayMemories Online lancé en EuropeUn autre cloud s’ajoute à la galaxie de ceux qui existent déjà. PlayMemories online est un service de stockage à distance de photos et vidéos en ligne, et en haute définition.Le cloud Sony était déjà disponible aux USA et débarque enfin en Europe. Ce cloud restreint à certains types de fichiers, comme son nom le suggère, les photos et les vidéos (“pouvant rappeler des souvenirs”). 5 d’espaces sont offerts avec tout compte (gratuit) Sony Entertrainement Online.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une version gratuite est disponible pour les smartphones Android, et permet la fonctionnalité, très intéressante, de l’upload direct : sans passer par un ordinateur, la vidéo qui vient d’être prise peut être envoyée sur le cloud, et peut se charger, sans la contrainte de changer le format ou de redimensionner la vidéo. Il y a également une compatibilité avec les appareils connectés de la marque, comme les téléviseurs Bravia, les cadres photo S-Frame ou encore la Playstation 3.La disponibilité du PlayMemories se fera progressivement en Angleterre, en France et en Allemagne.Le 27 avril 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

All Gratigny Pkwy lanes reopen at NW 42 Ave after garbage truck

first_imgGarbage truck on the Gratigny Expressway on fire! @OfficialJoelF @wsvn— Emily Garcia (@emily_garcia24) August 15, 2018As of 10 p.m., officials cleared and reopened all westbound lanes.Officials airlifted an adult to the Ryder Trauma Center in unknown condition.Family members identified the victim as the truck’s driver. OPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – A garbage truck fire forced rescue crews to temporarily block Gratigny Parkway before Le Jeune Road.Rescue crews responded to the scene to extinguish the blaze near the Northwest 42nd Avenue exit, just before 3 p.m., Wednesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more