CPIM en route to extinction in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Left Front, which had ruled Bengal for 34 long years, has failed to open account in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, CPI(M) had MPs Mohammed Salim and Bodruddoza Khan. While Khan had won by over 18,000 votes from Murshidabad, Salim was elected from Raigunj by a margin of 1,681 votes.A few days before the elections, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury had said that the party would score like Lionel Messi. However, the result shows that instead of scoring, the party has conceded same-side goals. Ina bid to take revenge on Mamata Banerjee, who has sealed the fate of the party in Bengal, CPI(M) has decided to vote for BJP. The poll trend shows that 23% of CPI(M)’s votes have been transferred to BJP. In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, CPI(M) had got 28% votes, which has now come down to only 5%. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThis transfer of votes has become suicidal for the party. CPI(M) had fielded star candidates like Nandini Mukherjee in South Kolkata and former Mayor Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya in Jadavpur. While Mukherjee has emerged as a distant second in South Kolkata, Bhattacharya has occupied the third position in Jadavpur. The party had fielded Gargi Chatterjee in Barrackpore, Kaninika Ghosh Bose in North Kolkata and Nepaldeb Bhattacharya in Dum Dum, but none of them could put up any resistance against the Opposition. Front partners RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI had earlier alleged that CPI(M) was backing BJP everywhere.last_img read more

Anurag starts shooting for Ghost Stories

first_imgFilmmaker Anurag Kashyap recently commenced the shoot of his short film for the upcoming Netflix anhtology, ‘Ghost Stories’.The filmmaker posted a photograph on Instagram in which he is seen holding a clapboard, with the caption: “Ghost Stories Day one, shoot life.” Actors Shobhita Dhulipala and Pavail Gulati will also be a part of Anurag’s film. ‘Ghost Stories’ is an anthology of four short films directed by Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Dibakar Banerjee. This is the third time that the quartet is collaborating on an anthology project. They have previously co-directed the 2013 film, Bombay Talkies, and the 2018 Netflix movie, ‘Lust Stories’.last_img read more

Canada offers helicopters planes trainers to UN but no decision on where

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada inched closer to a much-anticipated return to peacekeeping on Wednesday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered the UN badly needed soldiers, equipment and a fresh feminist perspective on peace missions.But while UN officials were effusive in their praise for Canada’s commitments and leadership, two key questions remained: When and where will Canadian peacekeepers be deployed?Trudeau unveiled the package of measures and commitments during an address to hundreds of foreign dignitaries and military officials on the second day of a major peacekeeping summit hosted by Canada.The package represented Canada’s most tangible step back into peacekeeping since the Liberals promised last year to provide up to 600 troops and 150 police officers to the UN.Canada is specifically offering up to six helicopters and two transport aircraft, plus their associated pilots and support personnel, as well as a 200-strong quick reaction force to the UN.It has also pledged $21 million to help double the number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations around the world, which Trudeau emphasized as critical to bringing peace and stability to conflict-ridden areas.“Women bring a unique and valuable perspective to conflict resolution,” Trudeau said.“They look beyond the interests of warring parties, bring the wider community to the table and focus on root causes. Including women and girls in peace operations is a smart, practical pathway to lasting peace.”Canada is also planning to make dozens of trainers available to the UN and other countries to help professionalize militaries from developing countries that are often involved in peacekeeping.Some of those trainers will be deployed to UN centres in Africa, such as Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. But officials say up to 50 could also be sent to other countries and may even deploy on missions with their students.“Six-hundred Canadian armed forces personnel is significant for Canada as a commitment, but let’s remember that there are close to 100,000 peacekeepers deployed around the world,” Trudeau said.“So we have to focus on how Canada can best help. What we will do is step up and make the contributions we are uniquely able to provide.”The government’s plan was warmly welcomed by the UN’s top peacekeeping official, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who asserted that the values that guide peacekeeping are the same espoused by “this great nation of Canada.”“And with Canada on our side, we feel stronger,” Lacroix said. “We feel more empowered to confront the many challenges that peacekeeping is facing.”Yet when it came to timelines and specific locations, especially for the deployment of Canadian troops and military equipment, Trudeau remained vague.That is because Canada has offered them without dictating when and where they must be used, which is what the UN has asked countries to start doing so it has flexibility in filling critical gaps in different missions.Canada is looking at basing a transport plane in Entebbe, Uganda, that will help ferry UN personnel, equipment and supplies for seven different peacekeeping missions.“They are exactly consistent with the critical needs that we have in terms of capability, but also the flexibility in which these offers have been made,” Lacroix said of Canada’s pledges.But government officials told reporters on background that Canada and the UN have only just started what could be six to nine months of discussions about when and where any of those capabilities will be deployed.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the discussions aren’t just about the UN finding the right fit for Canada’s troops and equipment, but also making sure they have the right support and rules of engagement.“They’ll do that proper assessment,” Sajjan said of Canadian military officials during a news conference marking the end of the summit.“I can’t put a timeline to that, but one thing is sure: we’re going to move as rapidly as possible to make sure when we provide those resources, it’s going to have the impact the (UN) needs.”The lack of detail nonetheless sparked criticism from some observers and foreign dignitaries, who questioned why Canada was only now starting discussions with the UN about where to send military equipment.They noted, for example, that the UN has told member states for years that it needs helicopters, while the number of Canadian peacekeepers in the field reached a new low last month.Canada had 62 military personnel and police officers deployed on different missions in October, which was down from 68 in September and 112 in August 2016.“The Vancouver conference provided an excellent opportunity for Canada to live up to (its) promise,” Royal Military College professor Walter Dorn, one of Canada’s top experts on peacekeeping, said in a statement.“But Canada has not done so. The delaying and dithering continues.”Trudeau refused to confirm during a news conference shortly after his address whether the government was still interested in sending helicopters or troops to Mali, as has been widely expected since last year.The prime minister also sidestepped questions about what level of risk the government is willing to accept when it comes to deciding on a mission, saying that would be only one factor taken into consideration.“We will always look at the impact that we can have along with the risk profile,” he said.“What Canadians expect is that we will engage in ways that will make a positive difference around the world, and we will do so in a way that minimizes risks to Canadians.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Ottawa failing First Nations children FSIN

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is one of those organizations facing cuts.But they’re also blasting the federal government for failing to keep an election promise to First Nation children.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf has this story.last_img

We wish it wasnt closing down Edmonton food kitchen closure forces clients

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsA soup kitchen in Edmonton is being forced to close forcing hundreds of people to find another place to get a warm breakfast and lunch.The Gathering Place on Fort Road, also known as Mawachihitowin Otah, has been operating out of a closed downtown hotel since Nov. 2017.The operators had a restaurant license, but the Fort Road Business and Community Association appealed their permit saying it wasn’t a restaurant.Carola Cunningham is the CEO of Niginan Housing Service who operated the Gathering Place.She said she feels for those who relied on their services.“We had 80 people lined up and six of them were children, ready for breakfast. So very disheartening for us to have to turn people away,” she said.(Carola Cunningham is the CEO of Niginan Housing Service says the kitchen was an essential part of the community.” Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)People like James Phaneuf, and Amanda Veinot say the kitchen did a lot for the neighbourhood.”We wish it wasn’t closing down, trust me. They did a lot of help for us feeding us everyday. Making us feel at home,” said Phaneuf.Veinot says it wasn’t just a place to get a meal.“It’s just a good place for people who didn’t have anywhere to go. And just to communicate, which is a big thing too. So now the communication is gone,” says Vienot.“It’s sad.”(James Phaneuf, and Amanda Veinot say they are disappointed the kitchen is being forced to close. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)The Fort Road Business and Community Association says the problem is not having the right permit.Robert Noce, the lawyer for the association, says the area is zoned for commercial businesses.“We conceded the good work they were doing and we know the people they are reaching out to need help, we get that,” says Noce.“The problem of course is the planning documents that the city of Edmonton has adopted for this area did not support this kind of activity.”Cunningham says having this space, which also offers internet access helped the community.“I don’t know how many of the business owners actually live in the area but it would be interesting for them to talk to the active community members and find out,” she said.“You know that services like ours are almost essential. It will reduce crime. It will keep the people housed. And it will keep people from desperation.”Cunningham says she’s hoping a local business can offer a new location for the kitchen to reopen.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

South African woman makes landmark Everest summit

first_imgKathmandu: A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest on Thursday in what is believed to be the first summit of the world’s highest mountain by a black African woman. Saray Khumalo, 47, reached the top of the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain after three previous bids were thwarted by bad weather, injury and tragedy. Khumalo’s Summits with a Purpose expedition organiser said she was the first black African woman to reach the top of Everest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportNepal’s Tourism Department confirmed that Khumalo had made the summit but had no record on whether she was the first black African woman. In 2017, strong winds and frostbite forced Khumalo to give up on Everest, just metres from the summit. In 2015, her expedition was cancelled after an earthquake hit Nepal. All Everest climbs were halted during her first attempt in 2014 when an avalanche killed 16 guides on the mountain. Khumalo is on a quest to conquer the highest peaks on each continent. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsShe has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia. In 2003, South African park ranger Sibusiso Vilane became the first black person to summit Mount Everest. Khumalo uses her expeditions to raise funds for libraries and support children’s educational activities. “My dream is to go higher and go further for as long as I breathe. To pave a way for my children and other ordinary people, so we may realise and accept that ordinary people like us can achieve extraordinary heights,” Khumalo says on her website. Many Himalayan mountains — including Everest, the world’s highest — are at peak climbing season with the window of good weather between late April and the end of May.last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX hits alltime high of 1510925 as US Fed announces

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed at a record high Wednesday as traders received reassurances from the U.S. Federal Reserve that it likely won’t move on interest rates until 2015.The S&P/TSX composite index added 53.36 points to 15,109.25, pushed up by gold and material stocks to surpass its previous record close set six years ago to the day in June 2008, just before the Great Recession.The Canadian dollar rose 0.12 of a cent to 91.17 cents US. In its latest policy announcement, the U.S. central bank said it will stay on track and will with reduce its monthly bond buyback program by a further $10 billion to US$35 billion a month as it continues to see more signs of a strengthening economy. The stimulus has kept long-term loan rates low and propped up stock markets.The Fed did not say when it might start raising its short-term benchmark rate, only that it plans on keeping rates low “for a considerable time” after it ends all the bond purchases.Most economists think a rate increase is still at least a year away despite recent signs of rising inflation, which chair Janet Yellen dismissed as “noisy” in comments following the policy announcement.Macan Nia, manager of the portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management, said he doesn’t expect the Fed decision to have much of an impact on markets.“Given the evaluation of the U.S. market, which we believe is fairly valued, it won’t be a catalyst for dramatic movement,” said Nia. “The market is earnings driven and based on more about the underlying economy rather than the continuation of easing monetary policy. I don’t think the market expects anything different.”On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained 98.13 points to 16,906.62, the Nasdaq rose 25.61 points to 4,362.84, and the S&P 500 index added 14.99 points to 1,956.98.In corporate news, the federal government gave conditional approval Tuesday for Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) proposed $7-billion, 1,200-kilometre Northern Gateway pipeline that would connect Alberta oilsands to the British Columbia coast and open Canadian oil markets to customers across in Asia. However, pipeline opponents, including B.C. aboriginal groups, are vowing that it will never be built and plan legal challenges as well as protests. Shares in Enbridge fell 58 cents to $51.38. Nia said there wasn’t a lot of reaction from energy and currency traders because the approval came with so many caveats.“It was the market expectation that the federal government would approve,” he said. “But that’s just the first checkmark of a long list of checkmarks that Enbridge needs to check before it can even start construction on the pipeline and before any energy reaches from Calgary to the western port.”In Iraq, Islamic militants attacked the country’s largest oil refinery after capturing a large swath of northern territory in the past week, including the major city of Mosul.The TSX energy sector was up 0.20% despite the decline in Enbridge shares as well as a 39-cent drop in the July crude contract to US$105.97 a barrel.Gold was the leading advancer on the TSX with a 2.5% gain as August bullion rose 70 cents to US$1,272.70 an ounce. July copper was unchanged at US$3.06 a pound. read more

Warrant for suspect in Frigo shooting

Police now have a suspect in last week’s shooting death in Clinton, Ontario of construction executive Don Frigo.A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for Boris Panovski, 70, from Scarborough. He’s wanted for murder and attempted murder. Police have released a photo of him, asking for the public’s help tracking him down. He’s 5 foot 7, 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes; however police say he may have changed his appearance.They’re also looking for a blue ’98 Toyota four-door sedan similar to the one above that Panovski is believed to have been driving. Don Frigo was shot last Saturday. He was riding horses with his wife at a wildlife conservation area in Huron county, about 2 hours northwest of Hamilton. Police say she was able to get away safely and suffered only minor injuries.Police say Frigo and Panovski knew each other. Panovski could be armed and dangerous and shouldn’t be approached. They’re looking to speak to anyone who may have had contact with Panovski in the past seven days or has seen his car. OPP have set up a dedicated line at 1-844-278-4794; they can also call local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). read more

Malaysia exPM use elaborate plan to loot fund prosecutor

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s second corruption trial has started, with a prosecutor alleging he pilfered billions of dollars from the 1MDB state investment fund through an “elaborate charade” and then sought to cover his tracks.Chief prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram says the prosecution would show how Najib took steps to channel 1MDB money into his accounts using a “circuitous route” including a purported donation from a Saudi prince to prevent detection of the source of the funds.He told the High Court on Wednesday that prosecutors will also show that fugitive financier Low Taek Jho was Najib’s “alter ego” and that the two acted as one in the scam.Najib faces 42 graft charges linked to the 1MDB scandal that led to his election defeat last year.The Associated Press read more

HBC shares fall more than 10 after company announces 2000 layoffs

TORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) shares fell more than 10 per cent in early trading, a day after the company released disappointing quarterly earnings and announced it is cutting about 2,000 jobs.CEO Jerry Storch told analysts in a conference call Friday that the company’s transformation plan is intended to put HBC ahead and stay ahead of rapid industry trends, which include a shift from in-store to online shopping.The company released its first-quarter results after markets closed Thursday and performed worse than analysts anticipated in a number of categories, including revenue and earnings per share.RBC Capital Markets analysts Sabahat Khan and Irene Nattel wrote in a note that they expected HBC’s shares to be weak Friday.The company’s shares fell 10.50 per cent or $1.01 to $8.61 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. HBC shares fall more than 10% after company announces 2,000 layoffs by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 9, 2017 8:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Netherlands a step away from redeeming ODI status

Netherlands – who lost ODI status in 2014 following a calamitous performance at the World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand – are on the verge of a great triumph after the ICC confirmed this month that the winner of the ongoing World Cricket League Championship will join the inaugural 13-team ODI League. The league, approved earlier this month and slated to begin in 2019, will also decide the ten teams that will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.With the Dutch in pole position on the WCL Championship table, holding a two-point lead over Papua New Guinea heading into the final two-match round to be played in the UAE in December, their head coach Ryan Campbell has lauded the ICC’s decision and is working to make sure Netherlands don’t run out of steam before the finish.Netherlands celebrate after closing out another tight win (ESPNCricinfo)“I think it’s a fantastic decision by the ICC,” Campbell told ESPNcricinfo regarding the announcement of the 13th team in the ODI League. “We can talk about how many teams go to World Cups and the Associate world is obviously down in the dumps with the number of teams going, but what I think the ICC have shown with the elevation of Ireland and Afghanistan to Test status and now confirming that the 13th team will come from the winner of the WCL, I think it gives all us lesser nations something to strive for.“To be involved in the [ODI] league for two years against the top 12 teams in the world, whoever wins [the WCL Championship], it’s going to make their cricket so much better for us here in the Netherlands. Hopefully it’ll really take giant strides forward in making the game more of a sport where kids, and parents of kids will say, ‘Yeah we do want you to play cricket because we can see a future. We can see that you’re going to play against teams around the world and there may be full-time contracts.’”Following three straight World Cup appearances in 2003, 2007 and 2011 which strengthened their reputation as top-tier Associate team, Netherlands finished one point behind Afghanistan in the 2011-13 WCL Championship and narrowly missed out on an automatic World Cup berth. Then a devastating loss to Kenya on the last day of the opening round of the Qualifiers in New Zealand not only knocked them out of contention but also took away their ODI status.Having gone through that heartache in 2014, the Netherlands squad is acutely aware of the ramifications of their final two games in the WCL Championship against Namibia in Dubai starting December 6.“I know as an organization, we’ve learned, the KNCB [Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond] has learned from their mistakes in 2014,” Campbell said. “The team went out of season to New Zealand and didn’t have enough preparation and the players played accordingly. We’re not going to be thinking about that.“I have 11 players at the moment working [hard] in South Africa staying ready to go because we’re heading into winter here in the Netherlands. More players will be joining them in Pretoria to prepare well and then we’re going to Dubai even earlier. So everything will be in place and it’s just about us keeping our nerves and playing good cricket.”The preparation plan may seem like overkill for two games against Namibia, who are currently tied for last place on the WCL Championship table. However, thanks to first-choice players’ availability, Namibia struck a convincing win in Scotland last June, a result that has left Scotland three points behind Netherlands. Campbell was in Edinburgh at those matches to do some advanced scouting and believes them to be a dangerous opponent regardless of ranking.“Namibia’s batting is as good as any team in Associate cricket,” he said.”[Gerhard] Erasmus is a very good player and they’re very aggressive at the top and don’t leave anything to chance. I think they’re a very good team. They lost games early on through lack of [player] availability, which hurts every team. They’re dangerous.“They have match-winners all the way through. [Sarel] Burger is a very good captain. He’s been there for years now and is a very good competitor… we’re planning accordingly and taking them on as if they’re number one on the table, not down at the bottom. They play in the South African domestic competition so they play against good players. They’re very good and we’re not going to take them lightly, that’s for sure.”The final round of the WCL Championship is a prime reminder that Associates rarely play dead rubbers. Not only is there a battle for the top of the table to gain entry into the 13-team ODI League, but close attention is also being paid to the middle of the table because the top four teams will be guaranteed entry to the 2019 World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.Hong Kong can jump from fourth to first if they win both their remaining matches against PNG, while keeping their run-rate up, and Netherlands lose twice to Namibia. Kenya can clinch fourth place – and so enter the World Cup Qualifier – if they beat Scotland and PNG knock Hong Kong out in both games.Should that happen, Hong Kong would have to go back to WCL Division Two, where they would compete against UAE, Namibia, Nepal, Canada and Oman for a top-two finish to claim one of the final spots in the World Cup Qualifier.“What it does say is that as far as Associate cricket goes, they’ve all got something to play for and it’s going to be an absolutely awesome round of cricket [in Dubai],” Campbell said. “The top four go to Zimbabwe automatically. So Kenya and Hong Kong will be fighting for that. Scotland are only three points behind so they’ll be wanting to win to go to the top.“Papua New Guinea, what a great story that would be if they end up winning the whole competition. Of course for us, we want it bad and we want to be the 13th team. I just think the World Cricket League conclusion is going to be absolutely awesome and everyone around the world should take notice because there’s going to be some good cricket.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedODI status denied to some World Cup Qualifier gamesJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news”Four new teams in the ICC’s ODI rankingsJune 1, 2018In “latest news”Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC BoardOctober 13, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Man Sues Facebook for 500000 over Religious Discrimination

first_imgA Staten Island Facebook user is suing the social network after it cut off his account with apparently no warning. Thirty-nine-year-old Mustafa Fteja lost contact with his roughly 340 Facebook friends, losing a valuable connection to the world, his suit claims. And now the site won’t respond.“You call, they don’t answer the phone,” said Fteja. “You write, they don’t reply.” The man also noted that he was Muslim in the $500,000 lawsuit, stating that religious discrimination may have played a role in the company’s decision. “I’m not doing this for money,” Fteja told reporters. “I’m doing this for justice. I believe there should be some, somewhere.” Fteja’s account was cut off on September 24th. When he reached out to the site, he received a form letter stating that he had violated Facebook’s terms of service. “I know one thing,” says Fteja. ” I didn’t do anything. I didn’t violate anything.”last_img read more

Committee Chair Maps Out Path to Reinstate Earmarks

first_imgA modified version of congressional earmarks could be in place by the time fiscal 2019 spending bills are crafted and, possibly, by the time lawmakers advance an infrastructure bill this year, under plans House Rules Committee Chair Pete Sessions (R-Texas) described to reporters Tuesday. “We’ve kicked around what we think we might do and in fact we think we might start with a process of one, two, or three areas and make that work and gain confidence — as opposed to the whole ball of wax,” Sessions said, reported CQ.He stressed that if House Republicans vote to lift the current moratorium on earmarks, the spending tool would be significantly changed from when it last was allowed prior to 2011. “This is draining the swamp. If you think we are going back where we were, you have missed the boat,” Sessions said. The new format would provide a greater opportunity for members and states to provide input on how money is allocated, he said. “It’s important that as we pass an appropriations bill [we] know what projects are in it, the administration knows what’s in it.”The Rules Committee will hold two hearings this week on the issue, one will provide members a chance to weigh in and the other will gather testimony from policy experts.Photo by the Architect of the Capitol Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Thieves stole 15 tolas gold in Venkatadri Express

first_imgHyderabad: Thieves stole 15 tolas gold from a passenger in Venkatadri Express on Thursday morning hours. According to Kachiguda Railway Police, Satyanarayana and Revathi, residents of Amberpet went to Tirumala and after completion of darshan they returned to Hyderabad in Venkatadri Express. After reaching Kachiguda Railway Station they found that somebody has stolen their bag containing 15 tolas gold ornaments. Immediately they complained in Kachiguda Railway police station. By registering a case police are investigating.last_img read more

Online April Fools Day Jokes

first_img More information: Last year story: Google Chrome Goes 3D iCade – iPad Arcade Cabinet Take this one from ThinkGeek, regarding the iCad, designed to work with the iPad. This interesting device allows you to plug in the iPad and instantly play games on your desktop. ThinkGeek offers some of the specs:The docking cradle uses a standard 30 pin connector to link the iPad to the professional-grade arcade controls. Once the iPad is in place, launch the iCade App (available free in the App Store April 3rd) and it’s game on! We didn’t want to take any chances you’d run out of juice during your favorite game, so we included a 10w USB power adapter so you can charge the iPad through any electrical outlet. Now you’re all set to make an uninterrupted run on the Dig Dug World Record! It’s a great joke, and once people click on the price to buy it, the message appears.Google, as usual, has its own jokes. It’s changed its name to Topeka (as in Kansas) for the day, and is offering other jokes. In Britain, Google U.K. is “offering” a beta version for a Translate for Animals application:Translate for Animals is an application for Android phones that recognises and transcribes words and phrases that are common to a species, like cats for example. To develop Translate for Animals, we worked closely with many of the world’s top language synthesis teams, and with leaders in the field of animal cognitive linguistics, including senior fellows at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Google Maps Just Got OCCA These are some great jokes. Enjoy your April Fools’ Day! © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Every year, on April 1, you have to be careful of what you read on the Web. Everyone is putting up April Fools’ Day jokes.center_img Explore further For Google Australia, it’s OCCA’d maps that offer special Aussie directions:OCCA greatly reduces the latency between a user’s thought and ability to pinpoint information; a boon for local users who’d have Buckleys makin’ sense of American English.Aussies around the country can stand tall; OCCA’d Maps are a world-first that promise to take Google Maps to the Back of Bourke and beyond. Apple pushes back shipping of new iPad pre-orders Citation: Online April Fools’ Day Jokes (2010, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-online-april-day.html 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.last_img read more

This Wearable Promises to Get You Out of Bed With Electric Shocks

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals April 20, 2016 Register Now » 2 min read Heads up, sleepyheads: The team behind the Pavlok wearable wristband, which shocks your bad habits away, is releasing a new device aimed at breaking your love/hate relationship with the snooze button: the Shock Clock.The new band is soliciting funds on Indiegogo, where it has already far surpassed its modest $1,000 goal, raking in more than $18,500 from 177 backers with 21 days left to go in its crowdfunding campaign.”You know the feeling — you set an alarm the night before, sure you’re going to wake up. But when you hear the alarm … and well — you just can’t help hitting the snooze button,” Pavlok wrote on the campaign description. “What if you could get up, effortlessly and naturally, at the time you desired?”With the help of the Shock Clock, you may just become the morning person you’ve always wanted to be. Instead of buzzing an annoying alarm next to your ear right away, the Shock Clock starts with a “silent and gentle” vibration. If that doesn’t work, it will blast a “loud and irritating” beeping sound. And if you ignore the alarm, the Shock Clock will resort to its worst-case scenario: a mild electric shock.”Within a few weeks, you’ll naturally fall asleep earlier and wake up earlier — even if you forget to strap the device on,” the company promises. “Your conversion from night owl to morning person is complete.”Pavlok aims to start shipping the $99 Shock Clock this September, and promised not to turn into vaporware like so many other crowdfunded projects.”Unlike other projects we have a proven product and we have a proven team,” the company wrote. “We have built devices before, and we have already engineered this tech. With IndieGogo’s support, we’ll build the SOFTWARE to make this device the best alarm clock ever.”last_img read more

Breaking News All routes in full operation for Klipriver and Sizwe taxi

first_imgAlso read: Update: Mass shooting on the N11 near Ladysmith – 11 dead, taxi boss named Also read: New Video: Mass shooting on the N11 near Ladysmith – 11 dead, taxi boss and daughter killedThe ban was intended to bring stability to the taxi industry in Ladysmith and areas within Alfred Duma Local Municipality, where approximately 71 lives had been lost since the outbreak of the conflict between Sizwe Transport Taxi Association and Klipriver Taxi Association.The MEC lifted the ban after it had been in effect for about a month, as angry community members protested and blocked roads coming in and out of Ladysmith because they wanted taxis back on the road.However, as a condition, the MEC allowed only short-distance operations.Today he lifted this restriction, allowing taxis to operate on long-distance routes as well.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison Mr Mxolisi Kaunda has re-opened long-distance routes for the Klipriver and Sizwe taxi associations. The MEC visited Ladysmith today (February 21) and made this decision.On December 6 last year at the Town Hall, MEC Kaunda instituted a six-month taxi ban on the two warring associations in an attempt to stop the killing of operators and innocent commuters.Initial story: Breaking News: MEC for Transport takes on Ladysmith taxi warlords, banning taxis operating in Ladysmith for 6 monthsAlso read: MEC bans taxis in Ladysmith for 6 monthsAlso read: Update: MEC for Transport bans local taxis for 6 months – buses have been supplied, but expect workers to be latelast_img read more


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