CAIRO – Militants have killed 496 people in Egypt since the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, mostly soldiers and policemen, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.Attacks have surged since the army removed Morsi last July 3 and the military-installed authorities launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.A foreign ministry “factsheet” sent to media said 252 police and 187 military personnel were killed in “terrorist” attacks, along with 57 civilians. Most of the attacks were in the northern Sinai Peninsula and targeted policemen and soldiers.The army has poured troops into the mountainous and underdeveloped region bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Israel, to combat growing militancy.But militants have also launched brazen attacks farther afield.In mid-March, gunmen killed six soldiers at a checkpoint in Cairo.Al-Qaeda-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) has claimed most of the deadliest attacks, including a car bombing at a police headquarters in Cairo, shooting down a military helicopter and the suicide bombing of a tourist bus in the Sinai.The Sinai-based group said the attacks were in retaliation for the crackdown on Morsi supporters.More than 1,400 people have been killed in the crackdown, according to rights group Amnesty International. Thousands have been jailed.
“The UN is the lead global institution dealing with many of these challenges,” he told the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on New Technologies for Meeting Global Challenges at Yale University in the United States yesterday, citing this week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti as a prime example of the need to close the technology gap between developing and developed countries. “We have technologies to build sturdier buildings and to build infrastructures that take into account possible fault lines. We know a great deal about how to work with the natural landscape to ensure that urban settlements are more secure. The problem is that so many parts of the world are not benefiting from this knowledge and these technologies. Disaster risk reduction measures must not be a luxury that only some States can afford.”But the gap between the haves and the have-nots is not the only challenge in harnessing technology to drive development. No technology is risk-free and its responsible use is therefore crucial, Mr. Ban stressed.“Technological development has opened the door to a host of new global threats. Some of these are quite horrifying. A dangerous virus could escape the confines of a high-security lab; or terrorists could steal nuclear materials from medical or energy facilities and turn them into weapons. A synthetically produced organism could have an adverse impact on the environment or on health,” he said. “It is clear that we must create an environment in which science and technological innovation can flourish, but with robust safeguards and oversight mechanisms, which protect both people and the environment from unacceptable risks,” he added.He highlighted wide-ranging UN experience on the issue, citing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) helps monitor, but warned that biotechnology and cyberspace are two areas of research where efforts to control the risks nationally and internationally are not keeping pace with innovation. 15 January 2010The United Nations has a vital role to play in helping Member States, particularly those in the developing world, to harness new technologies to mitigate natural disasters, climate change, food shortages and a host of other challenges, according to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
WINNIPEG — Canada is transitioning away from fossil fuels and looking at more capacity for solar energy, wind power and interprovincial hydro transmission, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Wednesday.Carr is hosting a two-day conference on the future of Canada’s energy industry, called Generation Energy, where experts said fossil fuels will have to be phased out by the middle of the century if major countries are going to come close to meeting the emissions targets under the Paris climate change accord.“I agree that we are in transition. There will be a discussion, among those who make predictions, about the speed of that transition,” Carr said after a morning panel discussion.“The time frame that I heard this morning was 30 years, 40 years, mid-century, 50 years — which gives Canada and other countries around the world a sense of the way in which transition will unfold and at what pace.”Carr said energy companies can look at fossil fuels as a legacy part of their business while developing new sources.The conference was told investments in renewable energy around the world have risen sharply and the cost of producing solar power has dropped in many parts of Europe and other regions.“In the last three years, solar cost is half (what it was),” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, a body set up during the oil crisis of the 1970s that now has 29 member countries, including Canada and the United States.“We expect in the next three years, between 2017 and 2020, another halving.”Birol said Canada has already done a lot for clean, renewable energy by building up hydroelectric capacity and there is much more room now for improvements in solar and wind power.Carr said solar and wind power will be developed, but there is also a federal interest in helping to build more transmission lines so that hydro-rich provinces such as Manitoba and British Columbia can export to other provinces and parts of the United States.The idea of an east-west power grid was pushed a decade ago by politicians including former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer, but never came to fruition.“We’re very interested in electricity inter-ties. We have been talking about that with our provincial partners for two years now,” Carr said.“We seek to work with the provinces to determine what makes sense from their perspective and build out according to the pace that’s comfortable for our provincial partners.”
She had also reiterated the need to restore the traditional fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the Palk Bay by annulling the Indo-Sri Lankan agreements. (Colombo Gazette) The fishermen were arrested while fishing near Katchatheevu, an islet ceded to Sri Lanka by India by two agreements of 1974 and 1976. Twenty one Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Navy on charges of crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line, the Press Trust of India reported.The three boats of the fishermen, hailing from Pamban and Thangachimadom near Rameswaram, were also seized by the Navy personnel, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department D Gopinath said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had earlier this month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to act decisively to find tangible mechanisms to permanently resolve this vexatious issue, affecting the livelihood of lakhs of fishermen of the state.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Maithripala Sirisena had a teleconference this evening and discussed the fuel crisis in the country.The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that Modi assured India’s assistance following Sri Lanka’s request for emergency petrol shipments. Additional petrol will be available to Sri Lanka at the Kochi Refinery while further shipments will also be made if required. (Colombo Gazette) The Indian High Commission said that a ship with 21,000 kl of petrol from India is also scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka. Lanka Indian Oil (LIOC) has made available 3500 kl of petrol from its stocks to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).
Hashish hidden in a skateboard when was sent to a journalist in Nugegoda was seized by customs officers at the General Post Office in Colombo today.Customs officers attached to the airmail unit of the Post Office detected 1.4 kilograms of hashish valued at Rs 1.4 million concealed in the skateboard. Investigations revealed that the Hashish was send from Spain to the freelance journalist in Nugegoda. (Colombo Gazette)
Sandy Gray is inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the concentration category for 2015. In second place was Dr D. R. Nagaraj (Nag) who has more than 35 years of outstanding and innovative achievements in the design, development and commercialisation of numerous families of novel flotation reagents.Gray, Technical Director and co-founder of Gekko Systems, has made a significant and unique contribution to the international mining industry. He has offered the industry a platform that maximises the recovery of minerals by using new developments alongside more conventional processing equipment. These developments can be used to eliminate waste and create a high-grade stream of concentrate from which minerals are extracted by gravity separation, or intensive cyanidation. Both methods provide simple, economical, and environmentally responsible means of recovering a range of minerals.Gray’s expertise in mineral processing is evident in his ability to design a range of innovative, state-of-the-art, step-change mineral processing flowsheets. The range of patented equipment includes; InLine Pressure Jig, InLine Leach Reactor, Python Modular Plant, and G-Rex Resin Column. These not only set new standards in design, fabrication and efficiency, but also in improved economic, environmental, and recovery rate benchmarks not met elsewhere in the mining industry.The equipment he invented has established the following new principles:Innovative with smaller environmental footprintSignificantly greater energy efficiencies and cost reductionsModularity – Gekko’s equipment can be dismantled and angled to fit into previously inaccessible or economically unfeasible sitesTransportability – the equipment can be collapsed into containers and economically transported, providing long-term advantage to clientsHigh adaptability engineered and tailor-made for a specific siteLow capital cost and lower operating costsFully automated and controlled via PLC systems with remote connectivityGekko equipment can be constructed, pre-commissioned and calibrated before transportation, enabling rapid start-up, thereby increasing significant financial returns.Advanced gravity separation is an alternative process offered through Gray’s innovative equipment compared with the 19th century-designed options currently available. His contribution has been to demonstrate not only the advantages of gravity separation as a viable means of mineral capture, but also when coupled with state-of-the-art, fine crushing technology, it can provide significant economic and energy efficient benefits to customers. The latest development is the modular Python Processing Plant which is inexpensive to operate, and capable of placement in previously inaccessible locations or deep mines. It also has the flow-on benefit when installed underground of reducing the volume of concentrate that has to be taken to the surface for further treatment to as low as 10%. This is unprecedented in the mining industry and has profound implications for the international mining community. Over 400 InLine Pressure Jigs have been sold into similar systems.Another significant development has been the intensive cyanidation in gold and silver mines. The first commercial InLine Leach Reactor was installed into the Penjom Gold Mine in Malaysia in 1997. Since then many gold mines (some silver) use this technology to recover gold from gravity concentrates. The introduction of this technology not only increases overall recovery but also has major benefits in security and manual handling. Over 140 units have been installed worldwide.Since 1996, Gray has led the mining industry into the 21st century by creating a range of economical, modular and environmentally responsible mineral processing equipment. He is an innovator of note and represents a perfect blend of vision and product development for the global mining industry.Don’t forget to put your nominations in (to email@example.com) for the 2016 inductions. There are 12 categories:ExplorationUnderground developmentUnderground ProductionSurface miningComminutionConcentrationMining softwareSafetyBulk handlingMetallurgyEnvironmental management and stewardshipOutstanding innovator
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KEITH FAHEY HAS returned to Birmingham City training, the club have confirmed this morning. The Ireland international was granted compassionate leave in November and has been in Dublin to deal with a family issue since then.The former St Pat’s midfielder has been training with Shamrock Rovers in recent months and the Championship outfit say his fitness is good as he heads back to St Andrew’s.“I want to thank the club for giving me the necessary time and support to deal with what was a genuinely personal family matter, I appreciate it greatly,” said Fahey today.“Over the last few weeks I have been doing the equivalent of pre-season training with my local club Shamrock Rovers and I would like to thank that club’s manager, Trevor Crolly, for allowing me to do so.“While I need to achieve match fitness I believe I am close to being ready to return to Championship football. I now want to contribute fully to Blues’ campaign for the remainder of the season.”Manager Lee Clark is satisfied that Fahey will be back in the mix for a starting spot within weeks.“It is great that Keith has now returned to the club,” he said. ”He underwent a full fitness assessment last week and I’m delighted to say that he is in great shape so, within a few weeks of being back in full training and some reserve team action, he should be ready to push his way back into consideration for first-team selection.”The news may also boost Giovanni Trapattoni’s options ahead of the World Cup qualification double-header next month.‘Better than treble’ United face Reading in FA Cup
Vancouver Public Schools on Tuesday offered more details on a March 15 brawl at Gaiser Middle School that ended in the arrest of nine children. Community members, meanwhile, called on the district to use the incident as an opportunity to reflect on how students of color have been impacted by recent police shootings.According to the updated statement from the school district, three students got into a confrontation at a middle school basketball tournament that evening, escalating into a “disturbance” involving 50 students and, eventually, the response of more than 30 law enforcement officials.“The issue reached a tipping point when several students assaulted district security officers as they attempted to remove a student from the school because of a confrontation with two other students,” according to the district statement. “The security officers were hit, pushed and punched by students.”From there, 28 students from seven schools were placed on emergency expulsion, a 10-day period allowing the school to investigate and determine final disciplinary action. That’s up from the 27 the district originally reported. Nine of those students also were arrested, and two face felony charges.“We’ve established processes for students who have been suspended or expelled to continue their learning,” the district said in the statement. “Demonstrate accountability, and re-enter the classroom in a responsible, productive manner.”
Related Items:carpha, World Health Organization, ZIka Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp No Zika reports for TCI Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM CDC supports CARPHA in Zika PR Campaign materials to region Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Dec 2015 – Jamaica’s Health Minister is calling for Jamaicans to safeguard themselves from the newest mosquito borne virus, Zika. Ten countries in the Americas and the Caribbean are trying to fend off the disease which is also spread by the Aedes mosquito. Nearby Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile (Easter Island), Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela have all recorded the virus; Jamaica is on high alert. CARPHA has put the region on alert too, but there have been no official warnings from TCI Ministry of Health. Some symptoms are rash, fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis aka, pink eye. The World Health Organization says the virus has also been linked to birth defects in unborn babies.
Elizabeth Alvarez, Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter January 15, 2019 Posted: January 15, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez Burn scar area of Alpine prepares for rain 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Many people who live near Highland Street in Alpine have placed sandbag even barriers to protect their homes.This is a community that was left with a huge burn scar from the West Fire six months ago.It’s that burn scar that firefighters and other emergency respondents are concerned about this week with all the rain San Diego county is getting.They say flooding and erosion can happen in places that are not covered by landscaping, grass, trees and shrubs.Community members are cautiously optimistic about the current conditions.Maddie Yeager said “We’re not too affected but we do have people that could be affected so it can definitely be an issue… but it’s not that much raining it’s not down pouring.so…fingers crossed.”Michelle Brown tells us she too has taking a few safety measures at her home, “I do have sandbags at my house but nothing too drastic..you know we don’t have a lot of erosion so we don’t really have that problem.”San Diego county and Cal Fire advises you to do what you can to protect your home and property. They are making free sandbags available at several locations throughout the county.Sand and BagsBonita/Sunnyside: 4900 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902 P: 619-479-2346Boulevard: 40080 Ribbonwood Road, Boulevard, CA 91905 P: 619-390-2020De Luz: 39524 Daily Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-3140 *(Not staffed 24/7)De Luz: 39431 De Luz Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-728-2422Fallbrook: 4375 Pala Mesa Drive, Fallbrook, CA 92028 P: 760-723-2024Lakeside River Park Conservancy:12108 Industry Road, Lakeside CA 92040 P: 619-443-4770 *(Closed over the weekend)Palomar Mountain: 21610 Crestline Road, Palomar Mtn., CA 92060 P: 760-742-3701Ramona: 3410 Dye Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-0107Ramona: 24462 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-9465Rincon: 16971 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061 P: 760-742-3243Valley Center: 28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 P: 760-751-7605Warner Springs: 35227 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086P: 760-782-9113Bags OnlyAlpine: 1364 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901 P: 619-445-2635Deer Springs: 1321 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos, CA 92069 P: 760-741-5512Campo: 31577 Highway 94, Campo, CA 91906 P: 619-478-5516Campo (Lake Morena): 29690 Oak Drive, Campo, CA 91906 P: 619-478-5960Deer Springs: 8709 Circle R Drive, Escondido, CA 92026 P: 760-749-8001Deer Springs: 10308 Meadow Glen Way East, Escondido, CA 92026 P: 760-751-0820De Luz: 39431 De Luz Road, Fallbrook, CA. 92028 P: 760-728-2422Descanso: 24592 Viejas Grade Road, Descanso, CA 91916 P: 619-445-7508 (currently out of bags)Dulzura: 17304 Highway 94, Dulzura, CA 91917 P: 619-468-3391El Cajon: 551 Harbison Canyon Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019 P: 619-445-5001Escondido: 9127 W. Lilac Road, Escondido, CA 91916 P: 619-445-7508Jacumba: 1255 Jacumba St., Jacumba, CA 91934 P: 619-766-4535Jamul (Deerhorn): 2383 Honeysprings Road, Jamul, CA 91935 P: 619-468-3030Jamul: 14024 Peaceful Valley Ranch Rd, Jamul, CA 91935 P: 619-669-6580Julian: (Shelter Valley) 72160 Great Southern Overland, Julian, CA 92036 760-765-0155Mount Laguna: 10385 Sunrise Highway, Mt Laguna, CA 91948 P: 619-473-8281Ocotillo Wells: 5841 Highway 78, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 P: 760-767-7430Pine Valley: 28850 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962 P: 619-473-8445Portrero: 25130 Highway 94, Potrero, CA 91963 P: 619-478-5544Ramona: 829 San Vicente Road, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-8914Ramona: (Intermountain) 25858 A Highway 78, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-3710Ramona: (Mount Woodson) 16310 Highway 67, Ramona, CA 92065 P: 760-789-1150Ranchita: 37370 Montezuma Valley Road, Ranchita, CA 92066 P: 760-782-3467 *(Not staffed 24/7)San Pasqual: 17701 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92025 P: 858-573-1322Warner Springs: 31049 Highway 79, Warner Springs, CA 92086 P: 760-782-3560
A Vancouver company that tests and analyzes fuel is under investigation by the Washington State Patrol based on allegations that it falsified analysis reports and failed to test fuel samples according to certain standards.FuelOnly Inc.’s contract to test fuel samples for the state Department of Agriculture has been suspended through Jan. 8 as WSP continues its investigation. State officials may seek to recover taxpayer dollars paid to the company, but the amount they would try to recoup depends on the results of the police investigation.The WSP declined to discuss the details of what it has confirmed is a criminal investigation. “We’re investigating a concern that the state paid for work that was not performed,” said WSP spokesman Bob Calkins.Steve Talbot, the Vancouver attorney representing FuelOnly, said in an e-mail to The Columbian that the company’s president — Malala Pou — has cooperated with state officials and has nothing to hide. “What possible motive could my client have to falsify data submitted to the state? He can gain nothing from doing this and can only hurt himself and his company.”Complex situationIt’s a complex situation that involves a fuel-testing contract intended to prevent damage to vehicles, an investigation by the Agriculture Department that preceded the one launched by WSP and a lot of finger-pointing on the part of FuelOnly officials and the whistle-blower who first raised concerns.
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has launched a new engagement and sustainability programme for the 4,000 employees based across its four campuses.The new programme, Green Rewards, was implemented on Monday 4 February 2019. It has been introduced to encourage staff to participate in activities that boost sustainability, at the same time as improving their own wellbeing. This aligns with NTU’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and its pledge to reduce its environmental impact.Green Rewards, provided by Jump, allows employees to track their positive actions on an online platform across six categories: my carbon footprint, my resources, my travel, my food and drink, my community and my health and wellbeing.Activities such as calculating their individual carbon footprint, making a plastic pledge, volunteering, taking lunchtime walks and engaging in mindfulness time are all rewarded through the programme via a system of points.The themes have been designed to directly correlate to the SDGs, demonstrating to employees that they can have a positive impact on a global, individual and organisational level. For example, staff are rewarded for using reusable bottles and coffee cups instead of single use plastics. This relates to SDG 12: responsible consumption and production.Using an online leader board, the top two individuals each month will win a £20 voucher for either Love2Shop, John Lewis, National Book Tokens or to use at the cinema. The top performing team is also recognised every six months, winning a £200 charity donation.NTU promoted the event to staff using teaser emails and via its internal communications channels.The organisation also hosted launch events to promote the programme, answer employees’ questions and give them an opportunity to sign up for events. These took place on Monday 4 February on City Campus and Tuesday 5 February on Clifton Campus.Charmaine Morrell, sustainable development manager at NTU, said: “We’re really excited to be launching Green Rewards for all of our employees, as positive lifestyle choices are fundamental to us achieving our sustainable, environmental and wellbeing ambitions.“The programme demonstrates the strategic importance we place on sustainable and wellbeing choices we all make, and we hope it will inspire [employees] to work together in a fun and engaging way.”
Niantic added a bunch of new Shadow Pokemon last week: you can now catch Poliwag, Grimer, Muk, Drowzee, Hypno, Cubone, Scyther, Magikarp (which you can evolve into Gyarados), Houndour and Houndoom after beating Team Rocket grunts. Ralts, who just had its own Community Day, will be joining that list soon.Lucky players might get a shiny Ekans and Koffing in the wild, in raids or from an egg. Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime It also replaces the Frustration charged attack with Return, a move exclusive to purified Pokemon. You’ll be able to spot the Shadow and purified ones in your storage because of the dark and bright icons next to them. You also can’t trade Shadow Pokemon with your friends.”Purified Pokemon have been found to be stronger than their normal counterparts due to the gratitude they feel toward the Trainer who saved them,” an in-game announcement said. 13 Photos 5:26 The update also brings Team Rocket-themed “A Troubling Situation” Special Research, which rewards you for completing various tasks. It seems pretty straightforward: Most of the objectives involve beating Rocket Grunts, then catching and purifying the Shadow Pokemon. Completing them nets you XP, Stardust and some rare items.First published July 23 at 3:14 p.m. PT.Updated Aug. 5 at 3:40 a.m. PT: Adds new Shadow Pokemon. Gotta eat ’em all at the Pokemon Cafe Nintendo unveils sleep tracker, Pokemon Go Plus Plus Now playing: Watch this: 0 Post a comment Pokemon Go Pokemon Go Share your voice Pokemon Go finally adds Team Rocket and Shadow Pokemon Pokemon Go-One Piece crossover now live Pokemon Go battles are a whole lot better now Team Rocket brought a bunch of new Shadow Pokemon into battle. Pokemon Go Pokemon Go brought Team Rocket trouble in its latest update, and you can take them on in battle. By defeating them, players catch newly added Shadow Pokemon in the augmented reality (AR) mobile app game. You can battle grunts at some PokeStops, which will appear on your map as black and warped instead of light blue.Shadow Pokemon also have a dark aura, use the attack Frustration and look pretty darn cool. Once you beat a Team Rocket grunt — using the cool, new trainer battle mechanics — and capture the abandoned Pokemon, you can use Stardust and Candy to purify it, which brings it back from the dark side and raises its stats. Tags Mobile Mobile Apps Gaming Video Games Pokemon Go
PRThe Indian Film Festival of Melbourne kick-started their tenth year celebrations with a grand opening press conference that took place on August 8, 2019, at Melbourne’s Central Business District. The award-winning film festival, considered amongst the largest Indian festivals in the world in the presence of Bollywood’s who’s who, amidst much frenzy and fanfare.Taking charge of the event, Mitu Bhowmick Lange, director of the festival introduced the programs of the festival. Given that the list includes names like Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar and Tabu, none of who require introduction, the excitement in the air was palpable. Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries for the Victorian Legislative Assembly, was present at the do.Khan, the guest of honour at the festival was received with great love by the audience. The superstar, who has earlier shot Chak De India (one of his career’s most memorable film) eloquently spoke about how much the city means to him. In his trademark charm, he quipped, “Many years ago in 2006-07, I came here when I was a rising superstar giving hit films after hit films. And now I am back here again, still a rising superstar not making as many hit films (chuckles), as much as I would want to do so. I thank everyone for the opportunity to speak here. When I was shooting for Chak De in the city, I used to play Trivial (a game) with crew members on set. Because of being an Indian film actor, we often feel localised. It’s thus heartening that because of the Indian diaspora – the second generation of Indians here (people like Mitu) Indian cinema is getting noticed. It’s extremely gratifying and makes every Indian proud. I speak for everyone on the dais today, that we are happy to be here.”Witty and sharp as always Khan’s energy was matched by long-time collaborator and dear friend KJo. As their wise cracks entertained audiences, they also spoke about the overarching theme of courage. Karan said, “I have to start by thanking Mitu who has been such a strong force right through the festival. It’s not the films but the people behind the festival who make it what it is. When I see this fantastic panel and we say the theme is courage, I say the panel is reflective of the glorious courage of our films and changing face of Indian cinema. It represents three feature films that have changed the way we look at Indian cinema and how it has travelled across the globe and will continue to do so. There is Super Deluxe, Andhadhun and Gully Boy. All of these have appealed not only to the diaspora but to international audiences across the globe, making Indian cinema so proud. And what to say about Shah Rukh Khan, he fully represents super stardom. I firmly believe, in the era we belonged to, the term is understood because of him. It’s not just about his large heart but his tremendous presence and aura. The fact that he is an outstanding actor is hugest icing on the cake. I look forward to my time here and all the selection of movies is on point and resonant with the theme of courage.”Also in attendance were Zoya Akhtar, Rima Das, Thiagarajan Kumararaja, Vijay Sethupathi, Arjun Kapoor, Tabu, Gayathrie Shankar and filmmaker Sriram Raghavan.Mitu says, “It’s been 10 wonderful years of the festival. I’m so grateful for all the guests who have come here year on year and been part of the festival. I’m extremely humbled and excited to have Shah Rukh Khan here as our chief guest and to have the friend of our festival and one of the best film directors of India, Karan Johar. And the esteemed panel of guests. We take immense pride in the diversity and inclusion we represent at the festival and this year we’re celebrating courage and who better to display courage than these amazing filmmakers like Zoya, Thiagarajan, Sriram, Rima.”The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will go on from the 8th of August to the 15th of August in Melbourne, Australia. The festival will screen over 60 films from all across India and the subcontinent in over 22 languages. Film aficionados will get the opportunity to interact with their favourite artistes and filmmakers at the festival in event, pose questions at Panel Discussions and Q&A sessions post each screening.
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. She has the ability to identify objects placed before her. She is equipped with a sensor which allows her to signal pain or annoyance. If you squeeze her cheeks or other parts of her anatomy she will tell you, “That hurts or stop touching me.”Video: Aiko at Ontario Science Center: November 22-23, 2008Aiko has the ability to talk and interact with humans with 13,000 sentence at her disposal. She has can be programmed to recognize intruders and immediately switch to a defense mode. If it is raining outdoors, she will bring you an umbrella. Aiko is a dream girl, but her inventor Le Trung envisions a day when Aiko clones can be used as security in airports and other public places, assistants for house-bound disabled people, the elderly and as office assistants. Aside from Aiko’s lovely appearance, Le Trung’s biggest claim to fame is the technology. He combined his innovative ‘Brain’ technology by programming in C# and Basic which constantly updates. The ‘Brain’ software controls speech, reading, math, vision, colors, hearing, automation and sensors. She is a work in progress with the best yet to come. Video: Aiko’s Smaller Hand: August 25, 2008Additionally, the software can control Robot kits like Kondo KHR2 through voice activation, automation and basic recognition. Uniquely, the ‘Brain’ software is designed to interact with Aiko’s environment, process the data, and record it in the internal memory. When the internal memory reaches full capacity, the synthesized data can be transferred into the server data base. The result is an evolving data base that can be shared and used by future Aiko clones. Le Trung has maxed out his personal funding and credit lines to create Aiko. Project Aiko has made the rounds with the press and public trade shows. The latest interview with a CNN reporter demonstrated the lighter side of Aiko. Aiko demonstrated her sight recognition features by recognizing the difference between a coca cola product and water and distinguishing food. While the public events thus far have been geared to attract public attention, the genius behind the ‘Brain’ technology and its future is astounding.The human applications for incorporating Aiko clones to assist sight-impaired and multi-modal impaired humans is almost limitless. Le Trung estimates Aiko clones can be mass-produced for $15,000 to $17,000 USD. At first blush, this amount may seem pricey, until you factor in the cost of a 24/7 human caregiver or security assistant. For more information about Project Aiko, See: Project Aiko© 2008 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Aiko is a humanoid robot with a built in Biometric Artificial Intelligence Neural System (Brain) designed by Le Trung in Canada. Aiko is slightly less than 5-feet high with 32.24-inch bust, 22.44-inch waist and 33.07-inch waist. Aiko which means “love child” is the perfect companion. In fact, lovely Aiko speaks Japanese and English and can respond to annoyances and questions. Citation: A Perfect Female Companion: Project Aiko (2008, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-female-companion-aiko.html Aiko – Credit: Project Aiko Important results for brain machine interfaces
Arenal is a great place to hold a destination wedding. The wedding of Tara Eisenbeis and William Behn took place July 5 at the house of the bride’s parents, Myrna Kastner and Jim Vernon, in Nuevo Arenal. Tara and William live in the U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia, and the 35 guests came from many parts of the U.S. and as far afield as New Zealand.Heavy rain prevented the wedding from being held in the garden, but this did not dampen the spirits of the wedding party; everyone thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and the reception that followed. The wedding dinner and dance was held nearby in a private home, with music from Brad Moodie’s band, Los Mojitos, from Liberia. The majority of the guests were visiting Costa Rica for the first time and all were impressed with the hospitality and range of activities. Guests arrived a week prior to the wedding and stayed at the recently renovated Hotel Lago Arenal. Therapeutic massages provided by Gerardina Fonseca were popular – many visitors scheduled repeat sessions.On July 4, the staff at Hotel Lago Arenal arranged for the wedding party to celebrate Independence Day with a whole pig roast accompanied by typical Costa Rican dishes and music by a local Nuevo Arenal marimba band. The dinner and dance lasted well into the night and ended with a fireworks display. You can schedule a massage with the masseuse, Gerardina, a graduate of IECSA Institute in San José who has worked at two hotels near Jacó – Punta Leona and Villa Lapas. She makes house calls. Dial 8524-6226 for Spanish or 8896-2048 for English.Guanacaste Province Animal Welfare foundation (G-PAW), a nonprofit that provides low-cost animal clinics to Guanacaste residents, will be holding two spay/neuter clinics in August: Saturday, Aug. 18, in Río Piedras and Sunday, Aug. 19, in Tilarán. For more info, visit: http://g-paw.com.Property issues are on the minds of Arenal-area residents. Representative of Corfoga, an organization of cattle producers, held a well-attended meeting Tuesday, July 17, to explain Proposal 18,070, which concerns the preservation of agricultural land use. The issue is now being debated in Congress, and if passed would give farmers a tax break.If property has an agricultural use, taxes are calculated slightly more than 20 percent of the value of the property. Corfoga sent a bus to San José on Tuesday, July 31, with protesters from Arenal. Five buses traveled from the Tilarán area. Protesters marched from La Sabana Park, on the west side of town, to the legislature.Another meeting was held July 19, for the Regularization of Maps and Records at the National Registry. Workers equipped with aerial photos delineating property boundaries plan to visit every owner to verify information about their lot, farm or property. In some cases, there are properties overlapping and this will be pointed out. Neighbors will need to discuss the situation, and if there are still problems there will be a free conflict resolution service. They plan to hold a second meeting in the near future.Thanks to Michelle Cloutier, Myrna Kastner and Jim Vernon Myra for their assistance with this article. -Lynn Farris LynnFarris@ymail.com Facebook Comments No related posts.
Related posts:Lawmakers, Culture Ministry clash over construction of new Legislative Assembly facilities Culture Ministry’s Heritage Conservation Center blocks Legislative Assembly renovation Fire destroys Black Star Line building, a Limón landmark Why May 1 is much more than Labor Day for Costa Rica’s government Culture Minister Elizabeth Fonseca on Monday rejected another request by the Legislative Assembly’s directorate to approve building permits for a new Assembly complex in downtown San José, at the legislature’s current location.Fonseca agreed with rulings issued earlier this year by ex-minister Manuel Obregón and the Heritage Conservation Center that stated the renovation project in its current design would threaten the integrity of older buildings declared architectural and historical patrimony.“We agree entirely with the decision issued by this ministry on March 31, 2014 to deny construction permits for this project, as it would damage the current facilities,” Fonseca stated.Because of the patrimony declaration, approval from the ministry’s conservation center is required for construction to move forward.Yet lawmakers are in limbo, because Health Ministry inspectors have declared some of the Assembly’s 100-year-old buildings “uninhabitable.”Conservation center experts say the excavation called for by the proposal would damage La Casa Rosada, a structure built using an antique system of construction known as bahareque, which uses mud and bamboo.They also said the new project’s design would disrupt views of the neighborhood, which include culturally important buildings and parks such as the National Museum, the National Culture Center, the old Atlantic Railway Station, the old Customs House (Antigua Aduana), the National Library and the National Park.Most lawmakers support the project, which is estimated at $76 million for a new Assembly building and an additional $5 million for repairs to old facilities. Last month, a group of legislators presented a bill to remove the architectural heritage status of legislative buildings in order to proceed with construction.During Monday’s session, legislative directory secretary Luis Vásquez filed a motion to prioritize that bill to expedite its approval, meaning it could be discussed in coming days. Facebook Comments