Vegas hotel accuses new 4 billion resort of copying design

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The corporate owner of the Wynn and Encore resorts on the Las Vegas Strip is accusing a company building a $4 billion casino across the street of copying its building design.Wynn Resorts Holdings has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit alleging that Resorts World Las Vegas wants to mislead the public to believe its new 3,000-room project is affiliated with Wynn.Malaysia-based Genting Group plans to open Resorts World in 2020.Officials in Las Vegas did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment.The lawsuit filed Dec. 21 includes photos of bronze glass and horizontal design elements on the curved facade of the Resorts World property.It says that looks like the copyrighted design of Wynn properties in Las Vegas and the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Gold stocks push Toronto stock market modestly higher amid Fed concerns

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gold stocks push Toronto stock market modestly higher amid Fed concerns by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2013 6:05 am MDT TORONTO – Gold and energy stocks helped push the Toronto stock market to a minor gain Tuesday.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 11.23 points to 13,324.01.The Canadian dollar was up 0.28 of a cent at 94.31 cents US.Continued uncertainty over what the U.S. Federal Reserve may do about its asset purchase program continued to keep the lid on enthusiasm.New York’s Dow Jones industrials fell 52.4 points to 15,973.13, while the Nasdaq was 8.26 points lower at 4,060.49 and the S&P 500 slipped 5.75 points to 1,802.62.Investors have been hoping that the Fed wouldn’t start tapering its US$85 billion of bond purchases until well into 2014. But a slate of strong economic data last week raised speculation that the U.S. central bank could act a lot faster, maybe as early as next week when the Fed makes its next announcement on interest rates.“Because of the data being positive there is that chance,” said Sid Mokhtari, a market technician at CIBC World Markets.“We think it probably won’t happen until next year, January or March. Don’t think they would do anything at this point of the year and they will probably wait for (incoming Fed chair Janet) Yellen to take over properly next year.”The TSX gold sector ran ahead almost four per cent as February bullion gained $26.90 to US$1,261.10 an ounce despite the heightened Fed speculation. The central bank’s quantitative easing efforts had pushed gold as high as US$1,900 in 2011 as investors thought the massive bond buying program would drive inflation higher.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) improved by 90 cents to C$17.91 while Goldcorp (TSX:G) climbed 68 cents to $23.08.Tech stocks were generally higher with CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) up $1.15 to $82.65. BlackBerry stock (TSX:BB) was at its lowest level in more than a decade, but closed up 21 cents to $6.32 after going as low as $5.79.The energy sector rose 0.3 per cent as the January crude contract moved ahead $1.17 to US$98.51 a barrel, its highest close since Oct. 28, amid optimism that data out Wednesday will show another sizable drawdown of American crude inventories. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 38 cents to C$34.96.Base metal stocks had been higher earlier amid data showing that China’s factory production rose 10 per cent in November from a year earlier, slightly lower than analysts’ forecasts. But the component eventually turned lower and became the biggest TSX decliner, down 0.85 per cent even as March copper gained a penny to US$3.27 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) lost 59 cents to C$16.96.Financials also weighed on the TSX as CIBC (TSX:CM) fell 56 cents to $90.28.On the corporate front, food company Kellogg (NYSE:K) said it is closing its plant in London, Ont., by the end of 2014, resulting in the loss of more than 500 full-time jobs. The cuts are part of an overall restructuring Kellogg is undertaking to streamline operations by 2018. Kellogg shares slipped 85 cents to US$61.09.General Motors named product development chief Mary Barra as the company’s next CEO. Barra currently is in charge of design, engineering and quality for all GM vehicles across the globe. She’s also in charge of purchasing and had previously headed the company’s human resources operations. GM shares were 50 cents lower at US$40.40.There was also a shakeup at the top of clothing retailer Lululemon Athletica (Nasdaq:LULU) where founder and chairman Chip Wilson plans to resign in the wake of comments he made that seemingly blamed customers’ weight for the company’s recent problem with the sheerness of some of its pants.At the same time, the board of Vancouver-based Lululemon has appointed Laurent Potdevin as CEO to succeed Christine Day, who has been chief executive since 2008. The company’s stock was down $1.22 to C$69.12.Chorus Aviation (TSX:CHR.B), which flies most of Air Canada’s regional flights in North America, increased its dividend by 50 per cent in the wake of its arbitration win against Air Canada. The company will pay a quarterly dividend of 11.25 cents per share. Chorus had cut its quarterly payment to shareholders in half to 7.5 cents per share in May amid uncertainty about the arbitration process. Chorus shares jumped 26 cents or 6.97 per cent to $3.99. read more

Ban commends success of Sri Lanka presidential election peaceful transfer of power

“The Secretary-General applauds the Sri Lankan Elections Commission for its professionalism in ensuring a peaceful and credible election,” according to a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York today. The UN chief also commended the efforts of the candidates, including outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa, law enforcement agencies and civil society for upholding and respecting democratic governance.“The Secretary-General looks forward to working with President Maithripala Sirisena and the people of Sri Lanka,” the statement said. The UN will continue to support development, reconciliation, political dialogue and accountability in Sri Lanka.The South Asia nation has experienced a spate of ethnic and sectarian attacks since its 26-year civil conflict, which pitted the Government against Tamil insurgents, ended in 2009.Most recently, a tide of violence and recrimination against Sri Lanka’s Muslim and Christian communities by Buddhist groups with extremist views has threatened to divide the country once again. read more

UN rights chief urges Cuba to halt harassment of activists and respect

“There have been many hundreds of arbitrary arrests and short-term detentions – which in my view amount to harassment – in the past six weeks alone, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today.These often take place without a warrant and ahead of specific meetings or demonstrations, and seem to be aimed at preventing people from exercising their right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly, he continued.Mr. Zeid was particularly shocked that a number of people, including members of the Ladies in White non-governmental organization, were arrested on 10 December, Human Rights Day.“This shows an extraordinary disdain for the importance of human rights on the part of the Cuban authorities,” he said.The High Commissioner urged the authorities to respect everyone’s right to freedom of expression, and to peaceful assembly and association, and to stop arbitrarily arresting people, in particular before, during or after peaceful demonstrations.“I call for the release of all those arbitrarily arrested who may still be in detention as a consequence of the legitimate exercise of their rights,” Mr. Zeid concluded. read more

Trucks buoyup Mays registrations

Registrations: down 0.5% in May and up 5.8% to 396,368 for the rolling yearTrucks: Up 23.1% in May and 25.1% to 57,357 for the rolling yearVans: Down 4.0% for the month and up 3.1% to 339,011 for the rolling year“Bouyant truck registrations continue in 2008 and strong order books suggest the trend is firm for the year.” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Van registrations over the year to May are up too, though more modestly, as volumes are already at record levels. We expect these order and registration trends to hold over the next quarter.” DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Suspended shortstop Russell offered 2019 contract by Cubs

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs have offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining his future with the team is not uncertain.Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife.President of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says in a statement Friday the “procedural step” by the Cubs “does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future” with them.Teams had a deadline Friday to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.Russell accepted a 40-game suspension last October for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The decision followed allegations made by his ex-wife Melisa Reidy. Though Russell has denied the allegations, he apologized to Reidy and his family for “my past behaviour.”Russell had a $3.2 million salary last season. His unpaid suspension includes the 11 regular-season games he missed after being placed on administrative leave Sept. 21. Russell will be eligible to return on May 3 against St. Louis, barring any postponements.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsAndrew Seligman, The Associated Press read more

Meet the Munster rugby stars building a future for Kenyan orphans

first_imgTHREE MUNSTER PLAYERS have thrown their weight behind a charitable enterprise that is aiming to build a clinic and physiotherapy centre at a Kenyan school for the blind.Johne Murphy, BJ Botha and Dave Kilcoyne have come on-board as ambassadors for the Building of Hope project. In 2012, the charity organised for 200 volunteers to travel to Mombasa and build a residential home for some 400 orphans at the Likoni school for the blind. Another tranche over volunteers will travel to Kenya later this month to get to work on the new clinic.Murphy told TheScore.ie he has been inspired by the determination and commitment of all involved in the project. He said, “Representatives from Building of Hope came to Munster last year, looking for ambassadors. Myself, BJ and Dave decided it was something we would be interested in. As BJ is from South Africa, projects like this are close to his heart. He spoke very passionately about it. You are giving the children out there hope for a better life.“They are going to build the clinic and physio centre beside the school that they built in 2012. It is a bigger job this time but, thankfully, the donations have been larger.” One of the donations — made by an individual that prefers to remain anonymous — was a 20-foot container filled with supplies such as clothes, toys, books, hygiene products and more.Some of the residential homes that were built at Likoni School for the Blind in 2012.The volunteers raise money to pay for their travel fare. Once they arrive in Mombasa they get involved with the building and work closely with expert tradesmen, who are also volunteering their time. Murphy commented, “The plan was to try and get over to pitch in but the dates haven’t fallen correctly with Munster’s fixtures and any time we may have off. I’m very keen to get out there and if I can, later in the year, I will.“It is two weeks of very tough work and physical labour but, from talking to people who have been over, you really get something out of it. It’s about getting stuck in. There are skilled guys going out and you follow their lead. Once you get your hands dirty and your head stuck in you’ll be all right.” As a farmer’s son, the Rathangan native says he is not averse to physical labour and jokes that he could be the best broom pusher on-site if he ever makes the trip to Kenya.Building of Hope, through their Drumcondra office, also planning to pay a nurse’s salary at the clinic and provide distance learning courses for 12 students of the Likoni School. “The thing that struck me,” said Murphy, “is that they built the orphanage but didn’t just leave it there. They are going back and have committed to staying involved in the area for five years.” To find out more on the Building for Hope project, click here. Those interested can also text HOPE2014 to 50300 to donate €4.TheScore.ie helped this Irish rugby star locate his missing teethGeorge Hook meets his match as Ronan O’Gara makes RTÉ panel debutlast_img read more

Profile Gambias enigmatic leader who refused to cede power and claims he

first_img Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 8:00 AM Yahya Jammeh shows his inked finger before voting in Banjul, Gambia, on 1 December 2016 Source: Jerome DelayGAMBIAN PRESIDENT YAHYA Jammeh, who last night finally agreed to step down from office after refusing to relinquish power having lost last December’s election, seized power in a 1994 coup and clung to office for 22 years with a blend of severity, mysticism and iron-clad self-belief.“No matter what people say about me, I am not moved… I don’t listen to anybody because I know what is important,” he said before the election in which he was seeking a fifth consecutive term at the helm of the small west African nation.Governing, he said, “is between me and God Almighty”.Jammeh lost the vote to outsider Adama Barrow, but had refused to recognise the results.On Tuesday last he announced a state of emergency, saying it was necessary because of interference by foreign powers in the election.Barrow officially took the oath of office in neighbouring Senegal last Thursday.The Senegalese army said it was ready to intervene in its neighbour failing a solution to the crisis, and Nigeria announced it had sent 200 troops as well as fighter jets to Senegal as part of a regional force to enforce the result of the vote.A deeply devout Muslim, Jammeh was born in the western village of Kanilai in 1965, the year that The Gambia, a long east-west sliver of land gained independence from Britain.His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Doctor Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen joined the army in 1984.Ten years later, Jammeh mounted a coup with fellow army officers against Dawda Jawara, who had ruled the country since independence, pledging to root out corruption and hold elections.After giving up his rank of colonel to allow him to contest elections as a civilian, Jammeh swept the vote in 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011, following a 2002 constitutional amendment removing presidential term limits.Rights abusesNow 51, Jammeh has attracted worldwide attention for declaring The Gambia an Islamic nation, withdrawing the country from the International Criminal Court, and claiming he had concocted a herbal cure for HIV/AIDS. Gambian President-Elect Adama Barrow Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe longtime ruler has woven a shroud of mysticism around himself using religion and rumours of secret powers.Never seen without his Koran, sceptre and prayer beads, Jammeh’s billowing white robes are rumoured to hide a bulletproof vest, the legacy of several coup attempts by his own guards.In the last few years, a crackdown on journalists, opposition figures and anyone deemed disloyal within the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), has intensified.He has promised to bury critics “nine feet deep” and told the UN Secretary-General to “go to hell” after Ban Ki-moon called for an investigation into an activist’s death in custody.But in another moment he urged his supporters to restrain themselves from violence and allow last month’s election to go ahead peacefully.Rights groups allege that those who defy him end up in the country’s notorious Mile Two prison, where the UN in 2014 said it had obtained evidence of torture and executions by the country’s National Intelligence Agency, which reports directly to Jammeh.This was supplemented by “interference with the independence of the judiciary, denial of due process, prolonged pretrial and incommunicado detention,” Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns said.“The security forces are his tools, and he uses them to control Gambia by arresting people who don’t share his views,” a prominent opposition figure told Human Rights Watch.IsolatedGambia’s diplomatic relations have also been precarious of late. In December 2014, the EU cut off €13 million of funding, and threatened to block another €150 million in response to the country’s poor human rights record.International criticism followed the introduction of an “aggravated homosexuality” law in October 2014 that imposed life sentences for a series of new offences.And the presidential vote was carried out without the presence of EU or ECOWAS observers.Relations with neighbouring Senegal have also reached an all-time low while the state of the economy has pushed many young Gambians to take the “Back Way”, or migrant route across the Sahara to Libya, where they board boats bound for Italy.But others remain grateful for investment in education and the health system, which were severely neglected under Jammeh’s predecessor.© – AFP, 2017Read: A Dog’s Purpose filmmakers accused of animal cruelty after video footage shows dog being forced into waterRead: Irish people told to avoid Gambia as West Africa troops prepare to move in By AFP 8,332 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9 Comments center_img Profile: Gambia’s enigmatic leader who refused to cede power (and claims he can cure AIDS with herbs) Yahya Jammeh, who had until last night refused to accept his losing result in last month’s election, has led the west African nation since seizing power in a coup 22 years ago. 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NOW HIRING 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington Week of July 15 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of July 15, 2018:Full-Time Educational Assistant (Special Education) at Woburn Street SchoolFull-Time Educational Assistant (Pathways) at West Intermediate SchoolFull-Time Site Coordinator Apprentice at C.A.R.E.S. Extended Day ProgramPart-Time Group Leaders at C.A.R.E.S. Extended Day ProgramFull-Time Installation Coordinator at SunRunFull-Time Installer at SunRunPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Warehouse Associate at Vivint SolarFull-Time Warehouse Specialist at Vivint SolarFull-Time General Warehouse Worker at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Merchandise Handler (First Shift) at Crate & Barrel WarehouseFull-Time Furniture Shop Deluxer (First Shift) at Carte & Barrel WarehouseFull-Time Field Analyst at SymboticFull-Time Marketing Services Associate at Charles River LabsFull-Time Communication & Brand Coordinator (Global Graduate Program) at OSRAM SylvaniaPart-Time Cashier at K1 SpeedPart-Time Track Operator at K1 SpeedFull-Time Treasury Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sanitation Worker at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Global Alliance Sales Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Sales Manager at D.B. RobertsFull-Time (Commission) Field Sales Representative at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Store Manager at Dollar TreeFull-Time Merchandiser at Frito LayFull-Time Product Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Software Engineering Manager at World Travel HoldingsFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsPart-Time Delivery Driver at OptimaPart-Time Price Accuracy Team Member at TargetPart-Time Merchandiser at Lawrence MerchandisingFull-Time Software Application Support Rep at LoadSpringFull-Time/Part-Time Sales Associate at Nouria EnergyFull-Time Merchandiser Relief at Frito LayFull-Time Accounts Receivable and Cash Applications Specialist at AMETEK, Inc.Full-Time Market Research Manager at Charles River LabsFull-Time Associate Director Marketing (Global Discovery) at Charles River LabsPart-Time Office Manager at Group 5 POSFull-Time Elementary Teacher at Abundant Life Christian SchoolFull-Time Customer On-Boarding Coordinator at AmetrosFull-Time Key Account Executive at AmetrosFull-Time Custom Account Coordinator at RocheFull-Time Sales Operations Consultant at RocheFull-Time Disaster Restoration Crew Chief & Technician at ServiceMaster Disaster Associates, Inc.Part-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehousePart-Time Retail Project Merchandiser via Advanced SolutionsFull-Time Delivery Driver at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Retail Merchandiser at HallmarkSubstitue Teachers, Educational Assistant, LPN & Nurses at Wilmington Public SchoolsFull-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayPart-Time Foodservice Specialist at SpeedwayFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technicians at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Audio Visual Project Manager at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Audio Visual Field Technician at Verrex CorporationFull-Time Merchandiser at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Analytic Mechanical Design Engineer at SolidusFull-Time Licensed Technician at TeslaFull-Time Driver via Express Employment ProfessionalsFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus Robotics(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 14, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Chip designer Arm ditches Huawei because of Trump ban

first_img See also While some companies, like Google, were granted a 90-day reprieve to keep working with Huawei in a transitionary period, that doesn’t apply to Arm or other chipmakers. “The license only allows continued exports of parts for servicing related to existing (as of May 16, 2019) networks and handsets, not exports for new products,” the Semiconductor Industry Association said Wednesday in a statement. “No new sales to Huawei for new equipment are permitted. As a result, the license offers only very limited relief to suppliers of Huawei, including US semiconductor companies, as the majority of their business with Huawei involves sales for new devices.”While Arm can’t provide new technology to Huawei because of the ban, its earlier licenses cover technology that will be released in the future. When Arm introduces new processor architecture, it typically will have started working with licensees on the technology two or three years prior. Huawei would have had access to not-yet-announced Arm IP years before the ban. Arm also will continue to support Huawei with the Arm technology that Huawei has access to now. The BBC earlier reported the news. Originally published May 22, 5:52 a.m. PT.Updates, 9:55 a.m.: Adds Huawei comment and additional information; 12:17 p.m.: Includes additional Arm comment and information. May 23: Adds that Panasonic and Toshiba are halting some business with Huawei. What is going on between Huawei and the US? 4:59 ARM Huawei Donald Trump Phones Components Tech Industry Security Politics Tags The Trump administration has banned US companies from working with Huawei.  CNET Chip designer Arm has become the latest company to cut ties with Huawei to comply with a Trump administration ban. But Arm will keep supporting older products, and previously signed licenses likely make it possible for Huawei to build its own Arm-based chips for years to come. The Chinese company likely won’t see a huge impact unless the ban lasts for years. Arm is a UK company whose designs are the basis for most of the world’s mobile processors, including those used by Apple, Samsung — and Huawei. Its key place in the industry attracted Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank, which bought Arm in mid-2016 for about $32 billion (£23 billion, AU$40 billion). Nearly 150 billion Arm chips have shipped since the company was founded three decades ago.center_img Share your voice Comments Companies license Arm’s technology to serve as the core of their chip designs. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup, Samsung’s Exynos chips, Apple’s A-series processors and Huawei’s HiSilicon semiconductors are all based on Arm’s chip architecture. Without access to Arm technology, they’d be forced to create the technical designs on their own, which would be expensive and difficult. While Arm isn’t headquartered in the US, it does most of its high-end processor R&D there. Any intellectual property designed in the US falls under the Trump administration’s ban, which is why Arm must follow the order. The company said in an initial statement that it is “complying with all of the latest restrictions set forth by the US government.”It later added that it “is having ongoing conversations with the appropriate US government agencies to ensure we remain compliant. Arm values its relationship with our longtime partner HiSilicon and we are hopeful for a swift resolution on this matter.”Huawei, meanwhile, said in a statement that it values its “close relationships with our partners,” but recognizes “the pressure some of them are under, as a result of politically motivated decisions. We are confident this regrettable situation can be resolved and our priority remains to continue to deliver world-class technology and products to our customers around the world.”Read: Huawei could survive without Android, but not very wellCutting Huawei offAn executive order signed by President Donald Trump last week cut Huawei off from longtime business relationships that give the Chinese brand access to technology made by US companies. That included Google’s Android mobile software and its services like Gmail, Google Assistant, the Google Play store, Google Maps and Google Search. Chip suppliers like Intel, Qualcomm and Broadcom also are complying with Trump’s ban. Japanese firms Panasonic and Toshiba have reportedly stopped supplying Huawei with some electronic equipment that may include US parts or technology. 7 Now playing: Watch this: Samsung has the most to gain while Huawei’s access to Google is still up in the air Huawei gets slight reprieve on US trade ban Google cuts off Huawei phones from future Android updates Huawei says Trump’s ban will hurt US 5G deploymentlast_img read more

Recommend qualified candidates president tells PSC

first_imgAbdul HamidPresident Abdul Hamid on Wednesday asked the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) to recommend qualified candidates for jobs, reports UNB.The president said this when PSC submitted its annual report-2018 to him at Bangabhaban in the afternoon.A 15-member PSC delegation, led by its chairman Muhammed Sadique, apprised the president of the overall activities of the commission as well as various aspects of the report.President’s press secretary Joynal Abedin briefed reporters after the meeting.”Work sincerely and honestly so that the worthy and meritorious people can get jobs of the republic after PSC’s recommendations,” Abdul Hamid said.The president also advised the PSC to ensure the optimum use of information and communication technology (ICT) in its all activities.”The country is making progress in all the sectors. There’s no alternative to the recruitment of meritorious candidates to keep the ongoing trend of development and progress on. So, the PSC will have to work with efficiency to recommend the competent candidates.”He also expressed satisfaction over the overall activities of the commission.”A total of 60,551 successful candidates, including 26,584 cadres and 33,967 non-cadres, were recommended for jobs in the competitive PSC examinations in different categories from 2009 to 2018,” PSC chairman Sadique informed the president.He mentioned that people’s trust in PSC is increasing as the commission is trying to ensure more accuracy and accountability in examinations from the preliminary level to the final one.The PSC chairman also informed the president that scrutiny of answer sheets is ensured with the inclusion of a third examiner for each paper if any controversy arises with a gap of 20 marks between the two examiners in each paper.PSC chairman Sadique added that the PSC introduced 50 marks on the history of freedom struggle and Liberation War in the 200-mark written test.Secretaries concerned to the president and PSC were also present at the meeting.last_img read more

Isaac Newtons List of the Sins he Committed by the Age of

first_imgSir Isaac Newton was a mathematician and physicist during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.  He developed the principles of modern physics, especially about motion and gravity, and was considered instrumental in the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, according to Biography. Newton is a very multifaceted figure.  He was undeniably a brilliant scientific mind, and a very pious man.  He was also prone to fits of rage, insecurity, and social withdrawal, where he would do no work and isolate himself from everyone.Portrait of Newton in 1689 by Godfrey Kneller.He had a longtime interest in the study of alchemy, and was searching for the recipe to create the Philosopher’s Stone, which was reputed to turn base metals into gold, and have the power to confer eternal life.Unlike with his interests in math and physics, his alchemical research was a very private pursuit, and was not driven by money so much as it was inspired by a desire for power over nature, according to Nova.Page from from Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton’s life, by William Stukeley, 1752All of these things taken together build a picture of a man who struggled with mental illness, probably bipolar disorder, according to Futurism.When he was around 19 or 20, Newton maintained a diary in which he cataloged a list of his sins.  Examining his list, it’s clear that he had problems with anger from a young age.Newton in a 1702 portrait by Godfrey KnellerHe identifies, among his sins, “peevishness” with his mother, his sister, and at “Master Clarks, for a piece of bread and butter”.  He lists “falling out with the servants”, as well.You could say that bad temper and grouchiness are par for the course for a boy of his years, and that would certainly be true, but he also specifies, as number 13, “threatening my father and mother Smith to burn them, and the house over them”.Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica – Manuscript volume from which the first edition was printed.He also cites multiple examples of physical aggression, punching his sister, beating people, and putting a pin in someone’s hat, so that it will scratch them. He comes across as anxious, egotistical, and dominating.Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, oil on canvasNewton was not a people person.  He didn’t make friends.  In his personal life, he only had close emotional relation relationships with two people, his niece Catherine Barton, who became his housekeeper in London, and a mathematician named Fatio de Duillier, who was only 25 when he and Newton met.Woolsthorpe Manor, Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, Lincolnshire, England. This house was the birthplace and the family home of Sir Isaac Newton. Photo by Defacto CC BY-SA 4.0Their relationship was very emotionally intense, and neither man ever married, which makes some of Newton’s biographers speculate that the men were romantically involved, although there is no proof.In his professional life, he was very touchy and insecure about his work, and would fly into fits of rage over its criticism, resulting in his withdrawing and refusing to continue his work.  These episodes of withdrawal could last for months.  He shied away from fame, and requested that his papers be published anonymously.Isaac Newton in old age in 1712, portrait by Sir James Thornhill.He had sincere religious beliefs, and was a nominal Anglican, but seemed to have a Puritan view of morality and religious observance, as can be seen from his list of sins.Isaac Newton’s tomb in Westminster AbbeyMultiple items reflect his notions of what he owed to God, and his remorse at not always living up to that standard. He had a keen interest in mysticism that was tied firmly to his study of alchemy.He believed that he had been chosen by God.  In fact, the pseudonym he took to communicate with fellow alchemists was Jehovah Sanctus Unus, which translates to “Holy God”, according to the New York Post.Read another story from us: Isaac Newton’s lost alchemy recipe for ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ rediscoveredDespite all of these issues, Sir Isaac Newton was brilliant, and prolific in his work.  His intellectual curiosity was not hampered by what was clearly a difficult personality, and despite his struggles and mood swings he still made a large and incredibly significant contribution to the world of science.last_img read more

Google releases Magenta studio beta an open source python machine learning library

first_imgOn 11th November, the Google Brain Team released Magenta studio in beta, a suite of free music-making tools using their machine learning models. It is a collection of music plugins built on Magenta’s open source tools and models. These tools are available both as standalone Electron applications as well as plugins for Ableton Live. What is Project Magenta? Magenta is a research project which was started by some researchers and engineers from the Google Brain team with significant contributions from many other stakeholders. The project explores the role of machine learning in the process of creating art and music. It primarily involves developing new deep learning and reinforcement learning algorithms to generate songs, images, drawings, and other materials. It also explores the possibility of building smart tools and interfaces to allow artists and musicians to extend their processes using these models. Magenta is powered by TensorFlow and is distributed as an open source Python library. This library allows users to manipulate music and image data which can then be used to train machine learning models. They can generate new content from these models. The project aims to demonstrate that machine learning can be utilized to enable and enhance the creative potential of all people. If the Magenta studio is used via Ableton, the Ableton Live plugin reads and writes clips from Ableton’s Session View. If a user chooses to run the studio as a standalone application, the standalone application reads and writes files from a users file system without requiring Ableton. Some of the demos include: #1 Piano Scribe Many of the generative models in Magenta.js requires the input to be a symbolic representation like Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). But now, Magenta Converts raw audio to MIDI using Onsets and Frames which  a neural network trained for polyphonic piano transcription. This means that only audio is enough to obtain an output of MIDI in the browser. #2 Beat Blender The Beat Bender is built by Google Creative Lab using MusicVAE. Users can now generate two dimensional palettes of drum beats and draw paths through the latent space to create evolving beats. #3 Tenori-of Users can utilize the Magenta.js to generate drum patterns when they hit the “Improvise” button. This is more like a take on an electronic sequencer. #4 NSynth Super This is machine learning algorithm using deep neural network to learn the characteristics of sounds, and then create a completely new sound based on these characteristics. NSynth synthesizes an entirely new sound using the acoustic qualities of the original sounds. For instance, users can get a sound that’s part flute and part sitar all at once. You can head over to the Magenta Blog for more exciting demos. Alternatively, head over to magenta.tensorflow.org to read more about this announcement. Read Next Worldwide Outage: YouTube, Facebook, and Google Cloud go down affecting thousands of usersIntel Optane DC Persistent Memory available first on Google CloudGoogle Cloud Storage Security gets an upgrade with Bucket Lock, Cloud KMS keys and morelast_img read more

Renfe inks partnership with CarTrawler

first_imgCarTrawler, the online travel technology platform has announced a landmark partnership with Renfe, the national rail provider of Spain. With this partnership, Renfe passengers will get direct online access to more car rental providers than they will find anywhere else.Announcing the launch in Barcelona, Michael Cunningham, Chief Commercial Officer of CarTrawler, said, “Renfe’s 30 million passengers already have access to an extensive, reliable rail network. Now, CarTrawler will take their travel experience to the next level by enabling them to rent a car with their train ticket on the world’s best-converting travel platform. Renfe’s customers will be able to organize their end-to-end transportation needs wherever they are going with the minimum of fuss, with direct access to a full range of leading car rental providers.”Ramon Azuara, General Director of Renfe Viajeros, said, “We are announcing Renfe Viajes with the aim to offer our clients hotels, car rental and leisure activities from renfe.com along with leading partners in each sector, guaranteeing a minimum price and providing new value to our website and our loyalty program.”last_img read more

I recall an interview with director Quentin Tarant

first_imgI recall an interview with director Quentin Tarantino, who listed his 25 favorite movies since he became a director. The Matrix rightfully made the list, but he almost kept it off. His reasoning was that the two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, were so horrible that they minimized the greatness of the original. What does this have to do with anything? It has to do with Kevin Kolb.I had a hard time seeing his performance vs. the Dolphins without looking at it through the lens of that dreadful pick. Every great play he made was followed by a “yeah, but…” It was distorting my entire view. Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories It was my own Tarantino moment, and it was a mistake.For as much grief as I gave him for the pick, he deserves an equal amount of praise for the recovery. Given all the circumstances surrounding it, the touchdown throw on 4th and 10 was a thing of beauty. On that same drive, he was staring cold at a 3rd and 18, yet managed to convert a first down after two pass plays. Big picture; Kolb’s avoidance of the big mistake is a big reason for the 4-0 start. It was a potentially fatal blow, and he can’t hope to get away with a similar type gaffe in the future. But he was able to put Humpty Dumpty back together again and that demands far more credit than he was given by me. last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Emirates A380s will f

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterEmirates‘ A380s will fly between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily from 30 October with the introduction of the airline’s double-decker flagship aircraft on Christchurch services.Emirates will be the first airline to offer regular scheduled A380 services to and from Christchurch with the upgrade of the current daily Christchurch service from Boeing 777-300ERs, along with the removal of the en route stop in Bangkok which will enable passengers to travel all the way between Christchurch and Dubai, with just one stop in Sydney.The launch of the Christchurch A380 flights will coincide with the introduction of the A380 on Emirates’ daily non-stop route between Dubai and Auckland. Emirates currently also operates three other daily A380 services between Auckland and Dubai and beyond via Australia (Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane).Outbound EK412 will depart Dubai at 10:15 hours, seamlessly connecting with southbound services from European destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Manchester and many more of Emirates’ 38 Europe services. EK412 will stop only in Sydney before arriving in Christchurch at 13:50 hours the next day (local time). The return flight EK413 will depart Christchurch at 18:45 hours, touching down in Dubai at 05:15 hours the next day after its stop in Sydney, reducing the journey time to Dubai and Europe by about two hours in each direction.At the same time, the Dubai service to Auckland via Sydney, will feature the opportunity for travellers to explore Southeast Asia or Australia en route as this service, EK418, will operate via the popular hub that is Bangkok, as well as Sydney. Flight EK418 will depart Dubai at 08:55 hours and arrive in Auckland at 15:55 hours the following day (local time). The return service, via Sydney and Bangkok, operating as flight EK419, will depart Auckland at 16:30 hours and arrive in Dubai the following morning at 06:45 hours.Known as the Garden City, Christchurch is the main gateway to the South Island and is set on the Canterbury Plains. The picturesque Avon River runs through the middle of the city of more than 380,000 residents. The banks of the river feature cycle paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.Other tourist attractions include the International Antarctic Centre, the Christchurch Art Gallery and the start point for scenic journeys on the Trans Alpine passenger train.Emirates is the only airline offering year-round scheduled A380 services to and from New Zealand.All daily A380 flights provide connections in Dubai with direct Emirates flights to and from 38 destinations in Europe, as well as a number of cities in Africa and the Middle East. On many of Emirates’ routes, Auckland and Christchurch passengers will be able to fly all the way in both directions on an A380, including on services connecting New Zealand with London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Frankfurt, Munich, Barcelona and Zurich.The introduction of the new service will also mean Sydney-based travellers will have a wider choice of routings and timings on A380 flights, with the Christchurch A380 in addition to two current daily Emirates A380 services plus partner Qantas’ A380 service to Dubai.All New Zealand services will continue to offer three classes of travel – First, Business and Economy, with generous free baggage allowance (up to 35 kilograms in Economy, 40 kilograms in Business and 50 kilograms in First Class).On Emirates’ A380s, First Class passengers can look forward to quiet luxury in the comfort of their private suites and enjoy the industry’s only on board shower spa. First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise and sample canapes and cocktails at the popular on board lounge and passengers in all classes can enjoy the gourmet cuisine, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment, ice, with more than 2500 channels and free Wi-Fi, which is available on all of Emirates’ A380s.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Turkey issues threats following hydrocarbon contract signings updated

first_imgTurkey has warned that foreign energy companies will never be permitted to carry out natural gas exploration inside Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), disputing the Republic’s rights in the area.In a statement issued after Cyprus signed exploration agreements on Wednesday and Thursday, the Turkish foreign ministry said it would take all necessary measures to protect its rights and interests “in its continental shelf” as well as the rights and interests of the Turkish Cypriots.“It will be recalled that in the past, we have also repeatedly drawn attention to the problematic nature of activities carried out by hydrocarbon companies in maritime areas over which the Turkish Cypriots have rights,” the statement said. “Furthermore, a significant segment of one of the relevant areas, namely block number six, falls within Turkey’s continental shelf. Foreign companies shall never, under any conditions, be permitted to carry out unauthorized hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation activities in our maritime jurisdiction areas.”Ankara said cooperating with the Republic were disregarding the will of the Turkish Cypriots, the island’s other founding people.“This stance will also be taken into consideration when evaluating their future involvement in joint energy projects with Turkey,” it said.The Turkish foreign ministry also said it was worrying and unacceptable that the Republic persisted in acting as if it was “the sole owner of the Island and continues with its unilateral activities,” during a period when they should be displaying strong political will towards establishing a new partnership with the Turkish Cypriot people.“Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot side desire a negotiated settlement on the Island of Cyprus,” the ministry said. “The only way to utilize the Island’s natural resources prior to a comprehensive settlement, on the other hand, would be through arrangements for the joint exploitation of the resources with the consent of the Turkish Cypriot side and the fair sharing of potential revenues.”In response, the Cypriot foreign ministry reiterated the Republic’s determination to continue to apply its policy on hydrocarbons “fully exercising its sovereignty and its sovereign rights.”“The announcement and the threats included in it prove anew, Turkey’s disrespect, not only towards the Charter of the United Nations, but also conventional and customary international law, as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Seas, as well as the basic principles of behavior between civilized countries.”Such threats undermined the negotiating process and raised more doubts regarding Turkey’s dedication to the talks, the ministry said.“The government of the Republic of Cyprus has repeatedly assured that Turkish Cypriots will benefit from the exploitation of Cyprus natural resources as part of an agreed settlement.”You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Paphos motorists warned as heavy rain causes problems

first_imgDrivers in Paphos must drive with caution as heavy downpours have caused flooding and areas of standing water are affecting many roads in the town, according to officials.So far, emergency services have been called out to three instances of flooding, according to the local fire station chief, who said crews responded immediately.“One team was dispatched to each incident and used pumps and hoses to remove water which had flooded into the buildings,” he told the Cyprus Mail.The first incident saw the new court building in the centre of the town, which is currently under construction, being pumped free of water and the other two cases involved basements of houses in the town, he said.The main roads of Ellados Avenue and Nicolaou Nicolaides Road saw huge amounts of surface water accumulate, making it dangerous for drivers, he said.Pensioner Marios Costantinou, said many roads resembled rivers and drivers are finding it difficult.“I have seen many cars aquaplaning and I also ask that they think of pedestrians as I have already been soaked by a truck that was driving fast and covered me with water,” he said.By midday Thursday, no road accidents had been reported due to the inclement weather, said head of Paphos traffic police Zenon Psathitis.“Luckily there haven’t been any incidents, but people must drive with caution and care and travel at a slow speed, with lights on if necessary,” he said.A number of small streams and previously dry river beds are also inundated with water according to residents, in particular, a popular minor road in Chlorakas village used as a ‘cut through’ to Moutallos was flooded after a small river burst its banks.Local resident Jane Caldwell said it is dangerous and that along with many other drivers, she had to find another route for home.“The road is raised here above the river bed and I couldn’t see the edges. It’s very dangerous so I had to reverse and go back the way that I came. The road should be closed by the authorities until it is safe to pass,” she said.According to the met office, local showers and isolated thunderstorms are forecast across the island until tomorrow afternoon; Saturday will be mainly fine.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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