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Dec
3

Updated: New Review Slams Fusion Project’s Management

first_imgITER, the international fusion reactor project in France, is reeling from an assessment that found serious problems with the project’s leadership, management, and governance. The report is so damning, Science has learned, that after a 13 February special session that reviewed and accepted the report’s conclusions and recommendations, the ITER Council—the project’s governing body—restricted its readership to a small number of senior managers and council members. ITER leaders fear that the damning assessment, combined with expected delays, could cause backers to pull their funding.For the full story, see this week’s issue of Science.*Update, 28 February, 3 p.m.: The executive summary of the report on management of the international ITER fusion reactor project was published today by The New Yorker.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Nov
26

Film stars join Tendulkar as co-owners of Kerala Blasters

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Jun 1 (PTI) A consortium of investors, including Telugu film stars Chiranjeevi and Akkineni Nagarjuna, today joined cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar as co-owners of Indian Super League franchise, Kerala Blasters. Besides the duo, two other new co-owners are leading film producer Allu Arvind and industrialist and serial entrepreneur Nimmagadda Prasad. The consortium has purchased stake in Blasters Sports Pvt Ltd, the owners of Kerala Blasters Football Club. Tendulkar, will continue to be a co-owner of Kerala Blasters holding a significant stake. Speaking at press briefing here on the occasion of announcement of new co-owners, Tendulkar said: “We are beginning our third season in right earnest and have some of the biggest names coming on board as investors in Kerala Blasters.” “Last couple of seasons, watching football has been exciting,” the master blaster said. Tendulkar said he values the support he had received from each of his fans. “Not always I performed well. There were obstacles on a number of occasions. That is what you need to practice to face challenges and overcome them,” he said. “Kerala Blasters in the first season performed really well, but the second year was difficult, which was absolutely normal in sport,” he said. “Many guys tried to tell me many things. But being a sportsman, I exactly understand how hard players go and try. I felt fans motivated them, so they go and give their best. I have no doubt that this season the fans will stay with Kerala Blasters and make them give their best. “I feel when passion and profession gets together, the results follows. Everyone is passionate about football. There is lot of planning and thinking going on behind the scenes now. The target is to lift the trophy this season,” Tendulkar added. Telugu Superstar Chiranjeevi said being part of the association was a new experience to him. Chiranjeevi said he had essayed roles of a footballer — a goalkeeper and coach in two of his films. Stressing that sports should become an integral part of childrens education, fellow actor Nagarjuna said unfortunately the country was lagging behind in sports. PTI UD VS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Nov
17

Trent Bridge Test: India on verge of victory after Bumrah’s 5-wicket haul

first_imgEngland’s Adil Rashid and James Anderson frustrated India as they finished Day 4 of Trent Bridge on 311/9 on Tuesday.Jasprit Bumrah took a five-wicket haul (5/85) as Indian bowlers snared nine wickets in total in the day but are still one away from a win.On the other hand, England need 210 runs to achieve the improbable.India took five wickets in the final session of the day after failing to take a single wicket in the second session. Four wickets fell in the first session.The Indian bowlers, however, failed to pick the final wicket and will now have to return on Day 5.India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 4: HighlightsFlamboyant strokeplayers Buttler (106) and Stokes (62) curbed their natural instinct to added 169 runs in 57.2 overs in a show of grit and application.It was a tough period for the Indian bowlers as the two players were ready to grind it out. Buttler playing 176 balls with 21 boundaries but more importantly Stokes, who consumed 187 deliveries, hitting only six fours.While India were never in trouble but the period once again defined the beauty of Test cricket where it was once again proved why patience is the most important virtue for top teams.Stumps on Day 4. India one wicket away from victory. A 5-wkt haul for @Jaspritbumrah93.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/xXJrKrkyxPBCCI (@BCCI) August 21, 2018However things changed dramatically after skipper Virat Kohli took the second new ball and Bumrah got Buttler and Jonny Bairstow (0) off successive deliveries.Buttler shouldered arms to an angular delivery expecting to go over stumps but it cut back sharply to hit the knee roll and was adjudged leg-before.advertisementBairstow, coming out to bat with a finger fracture also expected an incoming delivery but it straightened after pitching to knock back the off-stump.Lord’s Test centurion Chris Woakes (4) got lethal short ball that reared up and he tried to fend it awkwardly as Rishabh Pant timed his jump to perfection to snap the chance.Hardik Pandya (1/22) having a dream Test match then removed the stodgy Stokes who was squared up as KL Rahul took his third catch of the innings.Jos Buttler, dropped on 1 by Rishabh Pant, slams maiden Test hundredBumrah’s penchant for bowling ‘no-balls’ then prevented him from completing his five-wicket haul after Adil Rashid was caught by Kohli in the slip cordon. The TV replays showed that Bumrah had overstepped.However he completing the well deserved milestone when Stuart Broad (20) edged one to Rahul for his fourth catch.Earlier, starting from overnight 23 for no loss, the English openers didn’t stay for long, as they had no answer to Ishant’s probing line and length.Keaton Jennings (13) was out off the fifth ball of the day, caught behind. Ishant then made it two in seven balls as he also accounted for former skipper Alastair Cook (17), caught by KL Rahul at second slip.From 32-2, Joe Root (13) and Olliver Pope (16) put on 30 runs for the third wicket. England crossed 50 in the 19th over.However the duo were never really comfortable at the crease. Root was having trouble comprehending Bumrah’s angular delivery while Pope was playing flashy drives at every possible opportunity.It led to their eventual downfall, and they departed within five balls over the 25th and 26th overs as England wee reduced to 62/4.Root was first to go, just hanging his bat out to a wide delivery as Rahul caught another one at second slip. Then, Pope was out caught off Shami, with Virat Kohli leaping in front of Rahul to finish a fabulous diving catch.Things could have been worse for England with young Rishabh Pant dropping Jos Buttler on 1 off Bumrah in the 27th over.Thereafter, Buttler tightened up and along with Stokes before Bumrah opened up the game in the final session.last_img read more

Nov
14

Donovan-MX a perfect partnership realized too late

first_imgTransfers Landon Donovan-Liga MX a perfect partnership, but one coming together too late Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 03:39 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Landon Donovan LA Galaxy MLS 09112016 Jayne Kamin-Oncea Transfers Liga MX León v Toluca León United States His personality and playing style have long made him a dream signing in Mexico, but the timing of the actual move is questionable Landon Donovan was the perfect fit in Liga MX.The former U.S. attacker spent years as the biggest villain in Mexico, though in truth he was a player Mexican fans loved to hate far more than they actually hated. Why couldn’t they muster up real animosity for Donovan the man? He was just too likable.Donovan played along with the jokes, appearing in Mexican TV commercials. He spoke Spanish in news conferences and interviews. And there was the playing style that made him seem more like a Mexican player than any American who had come before him with his technical ability and vision. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player There were rumors for years about Donovan going to one of Mexico’s biggest clubs, usually America, where he could have lived in Mexico City and been at the center of everything while representing one of the country’s traditional powers.Now the move is finally happening with Donovan arriving in Guanajuato to play for Club Leon. Everything is still perfect — except the timing.Leon isn’t one of the country’s biggest clubs but, as Donovan noted in his Friday night message to club president Jesus Martinez, does have a history of winning titles. The team has won seven, including the back-to-back trophies it lifted in the 2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura. Meanwhile, Donovan is still the same Spanish-speaking, easy-going human being. The skills, though, may have left him. He arrives in Mexico less than two months shy of his 36th birthday and has played just 455 professional minutes in the past three years. We can’t be entirely certain — the only games we know Donovan has played lately are a charity game in Houston and some kick-arounds — but if he’s not in even better form than he was when he came back in 2016, it will be difficult for Donovan’s time in Mexico to be an on-field success.Landon Donovan Houston charity gameThere is no obvious place for Donovan in the Leon starting XI. Maybe that’s a good thing and everyone is on the same page that Donovan will be an impact substitute, perhaps start in a few (largely irrelevant) Copa MX matches and show up at photo-ops. Donovan at least knows he’s taking a risk, tweeting Saturday, “The brave don’t live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”The brave don’t live forever but the cautious do not live at all. I’m excited for this new adventure 😎⚽️🦁💚— Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) January 13, 2018 He will definitely have work to do if he’s trying to crack the team. Up top in Gustavo “Chavo” Diaz’s 4-2-3-1, forward Mauro Boselli won a share of last tournament’s Golden Boot with 11 regular season goals. Boselli, himself no spring chicken at 32, is 30 goals shy of Leon’s all-time scoring record and already has added to his total with a goal in Leon’s opening-round win against Atlas.The assist on Boselli’s goal came from quick, clever Colombian winger Andres Andrade, who plays on the left. “El Rifle” scored the second of that match with an assist from Luis Montes, the No. 10 whose return from injury last year helped Leon back into the playoffs. On the right is fringe Mexico national teamer Elias Hernandez, who scored six goals in the Apertura and also added seven assists. After that starting group there’s Jamaica international Giles Barnes, another former MLS veteran whose signing was announced this week. Donovan had so much going on in his life that the comeback seems stunning, especially when you stop and think about just how difficult it will be for him to make a return to the field successful. MLS continues to close the gap, but Liga MX remains a cut above — as evidenced every year in the CONCACAF Champions League. Leon, a playoff team last season, has big aspirations. So too does Donovan, a man who was not content to sit back and appear on television, be part of a Premier League ownership group, be an ambassador for the LA Olympics in 2028 and be a father. Whether or not those aspirations can be fulfilled in Leon is a question about which it’s plenty fair to have some skepticism.It also is fair to let Donovan have his chance and to see if this can somehow work out. Rafa Marquez was a year younger when he won titles with Leon. Sinha and Cuauhtemoc Blanco played roles for Liga MX sides at more advanced ages than Donovan.Donovan has never been one to follow the formula of what we think soccer players should do. So even if this move would’ve delighted fans on both sides of the border five years ago and now is met with a cocked eyebrow, it’s harmless enough to let it play out and see if Donovan can make this Mexico cameo as fun as one would’ve been when he still was in his prime.last_img read more

Oct
28

10 months agoEx-Molde keeper Pettersen: The best quality of Man Utd boss Solskjaer is…

first_imgEx-Molde keeper Pettersen: The best quality of Man Utd boss Solskjaer is…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Molde goalkeeper Espen Bugge Pettersen says the man-management ability of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is his best quality.The Molde coach has been loaned to Manchester United as caretaker manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.”I think most people were surprised when Solskjaer got the job at United, but this is a great fun for Ole Gunnar. He’s going to be followed by everyone in Norwegian football,” Pettersen told VG.”Ole Gunnar is generally very good with people, also as a coach. I want to say it’s his greatest strength that he sees all the players all the time. He manages the players and the coaching in a good way, regardless of the situation, and of course he has a football professionalism.”Pettersen won two league titles with Solskjaer at Molde.And he added: “It is in the offensive game he is the best and he does not tie up his players. Ole Gunnar triggers creativity and speed. Watching from outside, he is the real opposite to Mourinho.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Oct
25

India A suffer series’ 1st loss despite Shikhar Dhawan’s 52 against South Africa A

first_imgIndia A suffer series’ 1st loss despite Shikhar Dhawan’s 52 against South Africa AShikhar Dhawan’s 52 off 43 balls went in vain as India A suffered four-run defeat to South Africa A in unofficial fourth ODI.advertisement Next Press Trust of India ThiruvananthapuramSeptember 5, 2019UPDATED: September 5, 2019 16:54 IST Shikhar Dhawan’s 52 against South Africa A (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia A suffer series’ 1st loss despite Shikhar Dhawan’s 52 against South Africa AIndia A were on course for victory when skipper Shreyas Iyer (26) and Shivam Dube (31) were in the middleIndia A lead the five-match ODI series 3-1. The final unofficial ODI will be played here on FridayOpener Shikhar Dhawan was back amongst the runs with a brisk 52 off 43 balls but it wasn’t enough to get India A over the line against South Africa in a rain-hit unofficial fourth ODI, ending the visitors’ losing streak here on Thursday.South Africa A pacemen Anrich Nortje and Marco Jansen shared three wickets each, triggering a middle-order collapse to help the team win the game by four runs via Duckworth-Lewis method.The game, which was extended to a reserve day, resumed on Thursday afternoon after another delay to due to rain and wet outfield with India requiring 137 more runs in 17.2 overs to secure a fourth successive win, having already sealed the series.One big positive from the game was Dhawan being back among the runs ahead of the T20 series against South Africa beginning on September 15. The southpaw endured a dry run in the West Indies with scores of 36, 2, 3, 23, 1 in the limited overs leg of the tour.India A were on course for victory when skipper Shreyas Iyer (26) and his Mumbai teammate Shivam Dube (31) were in the middle.However, their dismissal in the space of two balls by the pacy Nortje (3/36), began the India A slide as the host slipped to 178 for 9.Dube, who carted three big sixes, was well caught by substitute Khaya Zondo in the deep off Nortje’s bowling. Two balls later, the captain fell to a catch in the deep.Local star Sanju Samson, from whom a lot was expected, fell to a superb catch by the ‘keeper Sinethemba Qeshile off rookie Lutho Sipamla for 1.advertisementNitish Rana and M S Washington Sundar fell while going for big shots and it was left to Rahul Chahar to try and pull off a win in the company of No.11 Ishan Porel.He tried his best, hitting a six and a four, but couldn’t take the team past the line as Beuran Hendricks didn’t allow him to score off the final delivery.Earlier, Dhawan and Prashant Chopra (26) began confidently with the former reaching his half-century in style.After Dhawan’s fall at 110 in the 15th over, Shreyas Iyer and Dube joined forces and kept the scoreboard ticking with a mix of cautious play and big shots.However, the exit of Iyer and Dube turned things around for South Africa ‘A’, who went on to clinch a consolation win.India A lead the five-match ODI series 3-1. The final unofficial ODI will be played here on Friday.Brief scores: South Africa ‘A’ 137 for 1 in 25 overs (Reeza Hendricks 60, Matthew Breetzke 25, Heinrich Klaasen 21 not out, Rahul Chahar 1/18) beat India ‘A’ 188 for 9 in 25 overs (S Dhawan 52, Shivam Dube 31, Shreyas Iyer 26, Prashant Chopra 26, A Nortje 3/36, M Jansen 3/35, L Sipamla 3/55) by 4 runs (by DLS method).Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow India AFollow Shikhar Dhawanlast_img read more

Oct
17

Police trying to find people who left injured muskrat on shore of

first_imgGORES LANDING, Ont. – The case of a muskrat found badly injured in a diaper box has triggered an investigation by Ontario’s provincial police.Investigators say they’ve determined the muskrat, that has died, was left in a Huggies box on the shore of Rice Lake at Gores Landing, Ont., about 40 kilometres south of Peterborough, Ont., on Monday evening.They say a witness told them a mid-sized, four-door blue sedan drove into a boat launch area with three occupants — two females and a male driver — who all appeared to be 16 to 18 years old.Police say one of the female passengers allegedly placed the box near the water’s edge before the vehicle drove away. They say the witness investigated and found the injured muskrat.The animal was taken to Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue centre in Bowmanville, Ont., where staff named it George, and then taken to a veterinarian on Tuesday for treatment of cuts to its mouth, broken teeth and an eye injury. The muskrat died a short time later.Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the three people in the car.Stefanie MacEwan, the founder of the rescue centre, had started a GoFundMe page to pay for George’s vet bills, but said Wednesday that some of the money raised — nearly $3,400 — would now go to pay for a detailed autopsy on the rodent.George’s remains were to be sent to the Ontario Veterinary College located in Guelph, Ont., for the autopsy, MacEwan said.last_img read more

Oct
17

Mail delivery au naturel Calgary police nab naked man driving Canada Post

first_imgCALGARY – It was a clothes call for Calgary police on Wednesday when a report came in about a naked man driving a Canada Post truck.Duty Insp. Ryan Jepson says officers were told just before 5 p.m. about the truck driving the wrong way down a street.The report said the driver was throwing clothes out of the window.Jepson says the truck was seen a short time later on a major Calgary thoroughfare where it hit between six and 10 vehicles.He says the driver abandoned the delivery truck and ran naked into a nearby neighbourhood where he was taken into custody.Investigators are working to determine whether the Canada Post truck was stolen, or if the driver, a man in his late 20s, is an actual employee.Jepson says the suspect was obviously under the influence of some kind of substance.A police spokesman says dangerous driving charges are pending.(CFFR, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Oct
8

Montreal seeks to be world leader in responsible artificial intelligence research

MONTREAL — Various computer scientists, researchers, lawyers and other techies have recently been attending biweekly meetings in Montreal to discuss life’s big questions — as they relate to our increasingly intelligent machines.Should a computer give medical advice? Is it acceptable for the legal system to use algorithms in order to decide whether convicts get paroled? Can an artificial agent that spouts racial slurs be held culpable?And perhaps most pressing for many people: Are Facebook and other social media applications capable of knowing when a user is depressed or suffering a manic episode — and are these people being targeted with online advertisements in order to exploit them at their most vulnerable?Google, Microsoft, Facebook and recently even the Royal Bank of Canada have announced millions of dollars in investment in artificial intelligence labs across Montreal, helping to make the city a world leader in machine-learning development.As a consequence, researchers such as Abhishek Gupta are trying to help Montreal lead the world in ensuring AI is developed responsibly.“The spotlight of the world is on (Montreal),” said Gupta, an AI ethics researcher at McGill University who is also a software developer in cybersecurity at Ericsson.His biweekly “AI ethics meet-up” brings together people from around the city who want to influence the way researchers are thinking about machine-learning.“In the past two months we’ve had six new AI labs open in Montreal,” Gupta said. “It makes complete sense we would also be the ones who would help guide the discussion on how to do it ethically.”In November, Gupta and Universite de Montreal researchers helped create the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, which is a series of principles seeking to guide the evolution of AI in the city and across the planet.The declaration is meant to be a collaborative project and its creators are accepting comments and ideas over the next several months on how to fine-tune the document and share it with computer scientists working internationally on machine-learning.Its principles are broken down into seven themes: well-being, autonomy, justice, privacy, knowledge, democracy and responsibility.During a recent ethics meet-up, Gupta and about 20 other people talked about justice and privacy.Lawyers, business people, researchers and others discussed issues such as whether to fight against the fact so much power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of a handful of AI companies.“How do we ensure that the benefits of AI are available to everyone?” Gupta asked his group. “What types of legal decisions can we delegate to AI?”Doina Precup, a McGill University computer science professor and the Montreal head of DeepMind, a famous U.K.-based AI company, says it isn’t a coincidence Quebec’s metropolis is trying to take the lead on AI ethics.She said the global industry is starting to be preoccupied with the societal consequences of machine-learning, and Canadian values encourage the discussion.“Montreal is a little ahead because we are in Canada,” Precup said. “Canada, compared to other parts of the world, has a different set of values that are more oriented towards ensuring everybody’s wellness. The background and culture of the country and the city matter a lot.”AI is everywhere, from the algorithms that help us read weather patterns or that filter news on our Facebook feeds, to autonomous weapon systems.A major ethical quandary most people will soon have to deal with involves self-driving cars.Cars are a classic example, Gupta explains. For instance, he asks, should car companies produce autonomous vehicles that are programed to maximize driver safety or pedestrian safety?“What if you’re in the car and the pedestrian is your child?” Gupta asks.Nick Bostrom, a Swedish philosopher and one of the world’s pre-eminent thinkers on AI, said “it’s quite amazing how central a role Canada has played in creating this deep-learning revolution.”While many of the AI field’s pioneers in the United States and elsewhere have left academia and entered the business world, Canada’s leaders, such as Universite de Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio, have had different priorities, Bostrom said in an interview from Britain.“Bengio is still teaching students and nurturing the next generation of research talent — he’s also been relatively involved in trying to think about the ethical dimensions of this,” said the author of a seminal book on AI, “Superintelligence,” published in 2014.Bostrom said there is a role for the international AI research community to reflect and try to develop a “shared sense of norms and purpose that can be influential” because it will put pressure on companies to hire people who care about developing machine-learning responsibly.“If you are a corporation that wants to be at the forefront you need to hire the very top talent — and they have many options available to them,” Bostrom said.“If your corporation is seen as running roughshod over this shared sense of responsibility you are going to find it harder to get the very top people to work with you.” read more

Oct
7

Portuguese cuisine coming to Salinas bakery

Food choices in downtown Simcoe continue to diversify and become more interesting.The latest entry is Salinas’ Bakery and Take-out, which is taking shape at the former shoe store at Norfolk Street South and Water Street.Salinas Ferreira, wife Fabiana and their family are resurrecting the business they ran in Hamilton for 12 years. That bakery was sold two years ago. Their specialty is Portuguese baking and cuisine.“It will have everything you would find in a normal bakery, plus what you would find in a Portuguese bakery,” Fabiana said.Baked goods include Portuguese custard tarts, sweet breads, pretzels and the like. Takeout items will include Portuguese roast chicken, which is typically infused with garlic, oregano, paprika, chili spice, lemon zest and a touch of sweetness.The bakery is the kind of business Norfolk County is looking for when it comes to downtown revitalization.Traffic at the two methadone clinics in the area of Water Street has sterilized a number of neighbouring storefronts. The former Al’s Shoes building has sat dormant for a considerable amount of time but the Ferreiras are undaunted.“The people here are nice,” Salinas said during a break in construction. “Just the clinics are no good. But no one bothers me.”The Ferreiras have not set an opening date.Fabiana said the renovation has been challenging with a number of unexpected delays.“It’s taken such a long time,” she said. “We’re trying hard. We’ve been trying for a year now. There have been construction bumps that everyone complains about. This is my last project like this — too many roadblocks along the way.”Fabiana said the “roadblocks” involve engineering work and contractors. They have nothing to do with red tape and the Norfolk building department’s expectations for new construction, she said.Across town on Robinson Street, Janice Burden is renovating the former Captain Nemo’s building near the intersection of Kent Street South.The former Hamilton woman will open the business as the Fluffy Banana bar this summer. She hopes to have a chef on staff in 2020 with expert knowledge of spicy Caribbean cuisine.As well, for the past two summers, Norfolk County has promoted the presence of food trucks in the core, each with their own unique menu offerings.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Oct
4

Buffett says his firm had subpar 2012 that trailed the market as

Buffett says his firm had subpar 2012 that trailed the market as he failed to land a big deal by The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2013 5:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OMAHA, Neb. – Investor Warren Buffett says last year was “subpar” for his company even after posting a 45 per cent increase in profit, because the value of Berkshire Hathaway trailed the overall market.Buffett said Friday that 2012 was only the ninth time in the past 48 years that Berkshire’s book value per share failed to outpace the S&P 500.The legendary investor also confessed that the two investment managers he hired over the last few years left Buffett in their dust.Berkshire’s net income soared in 2012 to $14.8 billion, up from $10.3 billion the previous year, but most of the increase came from paper gains on its investments and derivative contracts.Without the paper gains, Berkshire’s operating earnings advanced 17 per cent to $12.6 billion, up from the previous year’s $10.8 billion. read more

Oct
3

Bombardier Transportation cutting up to 2200 railway jobs in Germany

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 11:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bombardier Transportation cutting up to 2,200 railway jobs in Germany MONTREAL – Bombardier’s railway division said Thursday it is eliminating up to 2,200 jobs in Germany by 2020, representing nearly a quarter of its workforce in the country.The move is part of restructuring plans announced last fall to eliminate 7,500 transportation and aerospace jobs around the world.The layoffs affecting 700 temporary workers applies mainly to plants in a Berlin suburb and Gorlitz near the Polish border, but no closures are foreseen.The Montreal-based company (TSX:BBD.B) won’t exclude the possibility of similar cuts at production facilities in France, Britain or North America.The union president at Bombardier’s railway plant in La Pocatiere, Que., says there is currently no impact for about 450 workers at the facility that is assembling Montreal subways cars.Bombardier Transportation employs about 950 workers elsewhere in the Montreal area. It has 2,600 workers in the rest of Canada and 2,700 in the United States.The company announced in early June the elimination of 650 positions by the end of next year in Switzerland. read more

Oct
2

Syria UN chemical weapons team reaches inspection site after convoy hit with

The team returned to the site after its convoy was hit by sniper fire earlier this morning. Though its vehicle was destroyed, the team, led by Swedish scientist Dr. Åke Sellström, was unharmed. The Secretary-General said that the UN will register a strong complaint with the Government and opposition authorities about an attack “so the safety…of the investigation team will be secured.”“What I am told is that despite the very difficult circumstances, our team replaced their car and returned to the suburbs of Damascus to carry out their investigation,” he said after being briefed by UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, who is in Damascus meeting with the Syrian Government to facilitate access for the team. Mr. Ban said he is now waiting for a fuller report from Dr. Åke Sellström.The Team is spending up to 14 days, with a possible extension, probing the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Government at Khan al-Asal, as well as two other allegations reported by Member States. The team is working in cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapon (OPCW) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).Speaking from Seoul where he is on an official visit, the Secretary-General earlier said “every hour counts” and demanded that all parties allow this mission “to conduct a full, thorough and unimpeded investigation.”He added that this team has his “total confidence in their expertise, professionalism and integrity.”Mr. Ban also reiterated that any use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances is a serious violation of international law and an outrageous crime. “We cannot allow impunity in what appears to be a grave crime against humanity,” he stressed.The latest allegations of chemical weapons use concern the Ghouta area outside Damascus. The attack, on 21 August, reportedly killed more than 300 civilians including children. Citing those figures, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) today added its voice to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and others for all parties in the conflict to stop targeting civilians.“This atrocity is a gross violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Committee Chairperson Kirsten Sandberg. “It is a shocking example of how children’s rights are being violated as the Syrian conflict deepens, first and foremost the right to life.”“Whoever committed these killings, as well as all those responsible for other crimes committed against Syrian children, should be held accountable,” said Ms. Sandberg on behalf of the Committee.Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, including more than 7,000 children.In addition, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. At least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance, half of whom are children. read more

Oct
2

Some 60000 flee recent South Sudan violence bringing exodus to 900000 since

Refugee flows from South Sudan into Uganda have doubled in the past ten days, bringing the total to more than 52,000 since violence escalated three weeks ago. Kenya has reported the arrival of 1,000 refugees in the same period, while 7,000 have fled to Sudan, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).“The refugees bring disturbing reports that armed groups operating on roads to Uganda are preventing people from fleeing South Sudan,” Melissa Fleming, UNHCR chief spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.The recent fighting between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar – erupted in and around Juba, on 7 July.New arrivals from Yei say they received letters warning them to evacuate the town in anticipation of conflict between rebel and government forces, the spokesperson said. Refugees have also reported that armed groups operating across different parts of South Sudan are looting villages, murdering civilians and forcibly recruiting young men and boys in to their ranks.More than 85 per cent of the refugees arriving in Uganda are women and children under the age of 18, she added. Many children have lost one, or both of their parents. Most are from Eastern Equatoria, with smaller numbers from Juba and Upper Nile state. Many took advantage of the opportunity to flee alongside Ugandan military convoys evacuating Ugandan nationals.“Improving conditions and capacities at existing reception facilities in Uganda is a key priority,” Ms. Fleming said. Collection points in border areas have now been significantly decongested, although transit centres and reception centres remain severely stretched. Efforts are underway to rapidly open a new 100,000 capacity refugee settlement area in Yumbe district.Both Kenya and Uganda are reporting rising cases of severe malnutrition, particularly among very young children, she said. Those found to be suffering are being placed on food nourishment programmes to bring them back to health.The spokesperson said that UNHCR is reminding all parties to the conflict in South Sudan of a fundamental human right to seek asylum and urging them to ensure that civilians are provided with unhindered access to safety as the number of refugees crosses a worrying milestone.With over 2.6 million of its citizens forcibly displaced, the world’s youngest nation currently ranks among the countries with the highest levels of conflict-induced population displacement globally, she said, warning that half the population relies on humanitarian aid.South Sudan was founded in July 2011, after it gained independence from Sudan. The country descended into conflict in December 2013 due to internal struggles between rival factions. read more

Sep
28

Ohio State wrestling stumbles against Penn State

In a battle of top-five ranked wrestling teams, No. 5 Ohio State fell, 34-9, against No. 2 Penn State in front of a sold-out crowd in University Park Pa., Sunday afternoon. “It was a complete mental, physical letdown,” said OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan. “Overall, it wasn’t a lot of positive to draw from it.” OSU was only able to win two matches behind the effort of brothers redshirt freshman Logan Stieber and freshman Hunter Stieber. The two have been the last two weeks’ Big Ten Wrestler and Co-Wrestler of the Week. At 133-pounds, Logan Stieber pinned Frank Martellotti and, shortly after, at 141-pounds, Hunter Stieber secured an 8-5 decision against Bryan Pearsall. From 149-pounds on, though, Penn State piled 31 straight points over the course of seven straight wins in a blowout victory for the defending national champions. While Ryan said Penn State provided some match-up problems, he was still upset that his team didn’t wrestle up to level of competition that they did against Iowa, which the Buckeyes won, 20-9. “This isn’t about winning and losing. It’s about effort,” Ryan said. OSU was without 149-pound freshman Cam Tessari and 184-pound redshirt junior C.J. Magrum. Both sat due to lingering injuries. Between OSU and Penn State, 17 wrestlers, as of the day of the dual, were ranked in the top 25 in their respective weight class. Penn State, who last beat Iowa 22-12, improved to 9-1 and 5-1 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, slipped to 9-3 on the year and 3-3 in the conference. The loss comes nine days after OSU secured what some call its biggest dual win in history against the Iowa Hawkeyes. This week, however, the Buckeyes were less fortunate on the road, like they have been much of this season with all three losses coming away from home. OSU will look to rebound at home against Michigan at 6 p.m. Friday night. “I do think we we’ll respond,” Ryan said. “We saw what we’re capable of against Iowa.” read more

Sep
25

Too early to throw support behind David Granger Presidential candidacy –

Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesThe Alliance For Change (AFC) on Wednesday said that it was too early for the party to say whether it will be supporting President David Granger as presidential candidate for the impending General and Regional Elections.“We’re not there right now absolutely not there right now, we hope that President Granger continues the speedy recovery that he is making…we continue to wish him the best, we have no idea, we have no idea when the election is going to be so we are not in a position to answer that right now”.That was the party’s Vice Chair, Cathy Hughes, responding the INews when asked whether the AFC would support Granger as the presidential candidate of the Coalition for the upcoming polls.During a press conference held at the party’s head office in Kitty, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan reassured his party’s commitment to the Cummingsburg Accord, adding that they will go into the next elections as a Coalition with the APNU since this would have worked in the past.“We’ve indicated that we are going to go coalition, we prefer to go coalition because of the fact that the chances are better there than if we go separately which we appreciate” Ramjattan said.While insisting that the minority party has done everything it could have to stay relevant within the Coalition administration, the AFC nevertheless assured that it is ready for elections should it be called.“We are very much prepared for elections but we will have the elections I understand as was agreed to in the presidential meeting with the Opposition Leader when of course the two very important matters, the Court cases and GECOM’s readiness are done. Yes we are on outreaches across the country as we have been doing for a number of months now and that will continue, it will be even bigger this year” Ramjattan explained.The AFC took a trouncing in the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) when they decided to contest alone garnering just under 4 per cent of the overall votes, while the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) won 61 per cent and APNU 34 per cent. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC still to decide on Presidential, Prime Ministerial candidatesJanuary 26, 2015In “Politics”AFC awaiting NEC meeting to decide on Nagamootoo’s fate as PMJanuary 23, 2019In “latest news”APNU+AFC request that GECOM stop recounting votes; 94% of results to be released tonightMay 13, 2015In “Politics” read more

Sep
21

Part of Brussels sealed off after car filled with gas canisters driven

first_img By AFP 18,998 Views Part of Brussels sealed off after car filled with gas canisters driven by known radical stopped The driver had been listed as ‘being radicalised’. Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 6:51 PM A police officer stands at a cordon during the investigation of the suspect car in the centre of Brussels today Source: PAPOLICE AND SOLDIERS have sealed off part of central Brussels after finding gas canisters in a car whose driver was known to authorities as having been radicalised, officials said.“The car was stopped because the driver jumped several red lights,” a police spokeswoman said.The police then noticed several gas canisters in the boot and rather than take any risks, they called for help from the army bomb squad.Local mayor Charles Picque told AFP the driver was “someone potentially dangerous” who was listed as radicalised.“When you put it all together… and that there were gas canisters in the boot, which he did not want to open, then obviously you have to be prudent,” Picque said.Press reports said a blast was heard near where the man was detained, apparently as the bomb squad dealt with the gas canisters.A security perimeter was set up in the Porte de Hal neighbourhood, near the main Midi rail station in an area that is famous for a medieval fortress which attracts tourists.Nearby buildings were evacuated and public transport either halted or diverted, causing rush-hour chaos.The Brussels prosecutors’ office, which confirmed the driver was known to police, said he was now being held for questioning to determine what his intentions were.“It is absolutely too early to say that the driver had criminal intentions. All speculation in this sense is premature,” a statement said, adding that the identity of the driver could not be released while the investigation is underway.Attacks carried out by home-grown, Islamic State-inspired jihadists on 22 March last year on the Brussels metro and the Belgian capital’s airport left 32 people dead.The same jihadist cell also played a key role in the November 2015 Paris attacks which claimed 130 lives.Authorities significantly stepped up security after the Brussels attacks, with troops in full combat gear patrolling the streets and guarding key buildings.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘No need to step down’ despite Trump’s attorney general’s contact with Russia during campaignRead: Hosni Mubarak acquitted over deaths of protesters during Arab Spring revolt 55 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3267745 Share184 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 2nd 2017, 6:51 PM last_img read more

Sep
21

With Greek coffee and … syrtaki

first_imgUnder the watchful eye of the historic building of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), now covered up to be demolished, the annual Antipodes Lonsdale Street Festival was launched. The Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Mr Nicholas Kotsiras, GOCMV president Bill Papastergiadis and co-chairs of the Antipodes Festival Tammy Iliou and Leonidas Vlahakis were all on hand Wednesday morning to give a taste of what is to come this weekend. Present at the launch were several business personalities of the Greek community of Melbourne such as Craig Kayas and Leonidas Argyropoulos, who have provided handsomely and continue to support the longest running Greek community organisation in Melbourne. With a cup of Greek coffee in hand, the 50 or so guests took part in a small event which heralds the world’s largest outdoor Greek festival outside Greece. The launch took place at the traditional home of the glendi, Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street. The Festival Director George Menidis welcomed Mr Papastergiadis and Mr Kotsiras, noting that more than 250 people will showcase their talents and perform at this year’s glendi. In his speech Mr Papastergiadis thanked Delphi Bank, the main festival sponsors, as well as all those present, for their continuous support. He then touched on the construction of the cultural centre and the importance of this centre for the wider Greek community. He stressed that this project would not have been possible if the community had not believed in it and, as a result of that strong commitment, contributed generously. Mr Kotsiras congratulated the work of GOCMV with particular emphasis on the new Cultural Centre saying “everyone was telling me it will happen one day… now that I see it I feel very proud.” The Victorian Government contributed $70,000 to the festival through the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Mr Kotsiras also took the time to promote cross cultural relations that come from the glendi and the Antipodes Festival in general. “Through the glendi and the Antipodes Festival, the wider community gets a better understanding of Greek culture,” said the Minister. The focus of this year’s glendi falls into a particularly “Dionysian” aspect of Greek culture – the act of dancing. So it was unthinkable for dancing to be missing from the launch. Syrtaki came to the fore and Mr Kotsiras, without knowing he had been promoted by the new Premier moments before, took to the dance floor and celebrated it the Greek way. Together with a team of GOCMV volunteers, Mr Papastergiadis, the co-chairs of the Festival and other guests, passersby received a glimpse of what is to come this weekend in the heart of Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep
10

Lego Ideas raids the archives and puts forgotten Lego sets up for

first_imgLego Ideas creator XCLD has dreamed up this International Space Station lego set.  Lego Ideas Lego might have given us a full-scale replica of Hogwarts, 20 years’ worth of Millennium Falcons and even the Upside Down from Stranger Things, but there’s no reason the folks at Lego should have all the fun. Half the fun is coming up with the ideas yourselfThat’s the concept behind Lego Ideas, the platform that lets Lego fans come up with their own ideas for Lego sets and then take them to a public vote to lobby for them to be made. And now, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Lego Ideas is reopening voting on four classic fan-designed sets that never made it through to final approval.  Lego Hogwarts: Go inside the 6,000-piece Harry Potter school 0 36 Photos Post a comment Toys and Tabletop Gamescenter_img Tags The list includes a miniature version of the famous “Yellow” lego sculpture, Stitch (from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch) as well as a set of miniature Sega Classic arcade machines. For die-hard space fans, you can also vote to for the miniature International Space Station, an 843-brick set with dockable spacecraft, rotating solar panels and modular sections that can be rearranged depending on how close you want your mini Russian and US minifig astronauts to be in space. Voting is open on the Lego Ideas website until June 4, 2019 at 3 p.m. GMT (7 a.m. PT). Share your voice Space Legolast_img read more

Sep
9

Policy Change Could Could Create Indian Country in Alaska

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Interior has proposed a rule change that would allow Alaska tribes to ask the federal government to take their lands into trust. The request isn’t always granted, but Wednesday’s announcement is a legal turn that could vastly expand the recognition and authority of tribal sovereignty in Alaska.Download Audiolast_img