APTN National NewsJenna Talackova has become a worldwide sensation following her battle with the Miss Universe Organization over her ability to compete in the Miss Universe pageants.But her heritage isn’t discussed as often.Talackova’s roots are in the Lake Babine Nation, in northern BC. Relatives say she returns often to potlatch, and credits her uncle for teaching her the importance of her native heritage.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has the details.
Beijing: Defending its repeated attempts to block the listing of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN, China on Friday refuted US allegation that its action amounted to protecting violent Islamic groups from sanctions.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday denounced China of its “shameful hypocrisy” toward Muslims, saying China abuses more than a million Muslims at home, but on the other it protects violent Islamic terrorist groups from sanctions at the UN.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Pompeo had said it in apparent reference to China’s move to block India’s proposal at the United Nations to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Azhar as a global terrorist. Reacting to this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here on Friday that if that is so, the country that had put most technical holds in the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council should have been sheltering more terrorists. At the UN Sanctions committee, the practice of putting technical hold is in line with the rules of the Committee, he asserted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWithout directly referring to the US, Geng said, “If a certain country accuses China of sheltering terrorists by putting technical hold, does that mean all the countries that put such holds are sheltering terrorists? If this makes sense then shall we say the country that put most hold is the biggest shelter of terrorists? China has so far blocked the move four times in recent years. It recently blocked a US, UK and France resolution in the counter terrorism 1267 committee with “technical hold” saying that it provides time and space for the relevant parties to hold talks after the Pulwama terrorist attack. Following this, the US has directly moved a resolution in the UN Security Council on Thursday to blacklist Azhar which China said amounted to undermining the 1267 committee. Defending China’s move to block Azhar’s listing, Geng said, China put forward a technical hold with a purpose of conducting in-depth assessment so as to give enough time and space for the dialogue and consultation between parties. China is in communication with all parties to seek a settlement through dialogue. We hope this will be a common goal of all the members of the UNSC. Asked about Pakistan rejecting the evidence put forward by India on the Pulwama terrorist attack, he said, the 1267 committee has detailed and clear stipulation and requirements on the listing issue. What China has done is in line with the requirement of the UNSC and rules and procedures of the committee. We are always working in a constructive manner and stay in communication with the relevant parties and seek a proper solution. “It is improper to reveal to you the detailed discussions, he said. To another question whether China is preparing to defend its stand in the UNSC when the latest US resolution would come up for discussion, Geng said, China stayed in close communication with all parties on the listing issue. We will act in a responsible and a constructive manner to participate in the discussion at the committee. We also hope to work with various parties to seek a proper settlement to the issue , he said. China on Thursday asked the US not to complicate the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist by “forcefully moving” a resolution directly in the UNSC, undermining the authority of the UN’s anti-terrorism committee. “This is not in line with resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue. “We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this draft resolution,” Geng said. PTI
The military officer who was arrested over an attack on his wife recently has been remanded till September 9 by the Kaduwela Magistrate.Lieutenant Colonel Pradeep Kumara Nettasinghe was arrested over the incident where his wife was shot at in Athurugiriya by an unidentified group. The woman was admitted to hospital for treatment with gunshot wounds.(Colombo Gazette)
Among those admitted to hospital were three children. They had fallen ill last night (Friday) after eating food at a function held in the afternoon.In all, 37 people were admitted to hospital last night for treatment. Over 30 people have been admitted to hospital in Maskeliya with food poisoning.Those admitted to hospital are mostly plantation workers and their family members.
by Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2013 8:10 am MDT Review: New Surface tablets great for work, but lack the fun and style of iPads NEW YORK, N.Y. – Whether or not you like Microsoft’s updated Surface tablets will depend on your needs.On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. People used to the hundreds of thousands of apps on those devices will be disappointed.Both new tablets go on sale Tuesday. The Surface 2 starts at $449 and runs a lightweight version of Windows 8.1 called RT, meaning it works only with apps designed specifically for it. The Surface Pro 2 starts at $899 and runs a full version of Windows 8.1, so it also works with programs designed for traditional desktops and laptops, including Photoshop and Quicken personal-finance software. Microsoft also will continue to sell last year’s Surface RT model for $349.FUNCTION OVER FASHIONMicrosoft takes a lot of pride in the new devices’ redesigned kickstand. Previous models felt wobbly, while the new ones have a steady leg to stand on. The inclusion of a second kickstand position makes typing on your lap as comfortable as typing at your desk.Like other RT tablets, the Surface 2 comes with a free version of Microsoft’s Office, giving you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. The Surface Pro 2 has a more powerful processor and is designed for heavy work or gaming use, but you need to pay for Office separately or have a $100-a-year subscription. But at least you can get it. Microsoft doesn’t make Office for the iPad or Android tablets.Another feature that distinguishes the new Surfaces and other Windows tablets is their ability to run multiple programs side by side. Want to pull up a Microsoft Word document alongside a work email so you can reference it? No problem. Samsung devices do offer a similar feature, but it doesn’t work with all apps. You’re out of luck entirely with the iPad.With the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft isn’t just aiming to replace your tablet. It wants you to dump your laptop, too. To help with this, it will start selling a docking station early next year. The $200 accessory offers additional USB ports, which can connect to external monitors, printers and more. It’s similar to docking stations available for many laptops and could help make the transition from the field to the office more seamless. Even without the docking station, there’s one USB port, something rare in a tablet.The use of Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage service also helps. You can access your files from just about anywhere with an Internet connection. It also could come in handy if your tablet happens to be run over by a truck, as you can download everything back. Both new Surfaces come with 200 gigabytes on SkyDrive for two years, on top of the usual 7 gigabytes.WHAT ABOUT THE APPS?While the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 may excel in productivity, they don’t have the style and fun of their competitors. The construction is rugged, which makes me less paranoid about letting my preschooler play with it. But they also seem bulkier and heavier than other tablets. Surprisingly, the Surface 2 weighs just a pound and half, the same as the year-old iPad, while the Surface Pro 2 is about a half pound heavier. See if Apple will announce lighter iPads Tuesday.And while Microsoft Office might be great for someone who wants to write a dissertation or create a PowerPoint presentation on a train, the dueling touch screen and desktop functions of Windows 8.1 might seem maddening to people who just want to play “Angry Birds,” watch a movie or surf the Internet in bed. In addition, Microsoft’s app store doesn’t have as much to offer yet as its Apple and Android counterparts. Facebook, Netflix and ESPN are there, but not the multitude of games and other apps that Apple and Android users take for granted.On the upside, the new Surface models let you play Xbox games. In addition, the Pro 2 was designed with not just business people, but also gamers, in mind. The Pro 2 features speed and battery improvements over the previous versions. That extended battery life should come in hand for movies, too. Microsoft won’t say how long the Surface Pro 2’s battery lasts, but says it’s a 75 per cent improvement over the previous version. The Surface 2’s battery offers 10 hours of video playback, which is more than enough power to let you binge-watch the entire seven-episode first season of “Breaking Bad.”When it comes to watching TV, both Surfaces have high-definition displays, measuring 10.6 inches diagonally. That’s larger than the iPad’s 9.7 inches, but smaller than the typical laptop. The Surface screens also aren’t as sharp as that on the iPad. Both Surfaces offer 208 pixels per inch compared with the iPad’s 264.SO SHOULD I BUY IT?Do you long for an almost laptop-like typing experience and access to Microsoft Office? Or would you rather use a simple platform that opens the door to hundreds of thousands of apps all viewed on a crystal-clear screen?While the Surface 2 is probably most fairly compared to an iPad or high-end Android tablet, the Surface Pro 2’s processing power makes it more like a laptop.The optional Type Cover 2 — which comes in four colours — is essential if you want to get the most out of either new Surface. Anyone who has tried to type on a tablet’s touch screen can attest that you need a proper keyboard if you’re writing more than a few sentences. Spend the $130 for the Type Cover 2, as the $120 Touch Cover 2 doesn’t have keys that move, making typing awkward. That brings the tablets’ prices to $579 for the Surface 2 and $1,029 for the Pro 2.By contrast, an 11-inch MacBook Air starts at $999 and weighs just 2.4 pounds. If you need Windows, there are plenty of ultrabooks available for a few hundred dollars more. Those are slim and light, just like the Surface.I’m curious to see if the Surface 2 will be able to do the same work that my old, much heavier, laptop computer did when it comes to reporting from the field. Its paired-down nature probably won’t let me run a lot of the same programs that I did on my laptop. I’m not sure if I’d be willing to pay more than $1,000 for the Surface 2 Pro with the keyboard cover, even if it does let me run those programs. I think I’d have to shop around and take a good look at some MacBooks and ultrabooks, too.Meanwhile, when it comes to watching Netflix and wasting time on silly games, I’m not ready to give up my iPad just yet.___Follow Bree Fowler on Twitter at http://twitter.com/APBreeFowler AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The wads of money, the fame and the high-profile life that comes with being a celebrity professional athlete?No, what Chad Johnson has missed most since his recent arrest and subsequent release from the Miami Dolphins has more to do with a popular video game.No longer in football, the former six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was hoping to get his football fix through Madden ‘13, only to find his own avatar no longer available.It was an epiphany of sorts for the enigmatic 12-year veteran.Tweeted Johnson: “That awkward moment when you realize you’re not on Madden13 and you have to create yourself.”Johnson tweeted that message Wednesday to his 3,733,709 followers. Since he’s no longer on a roster, his avatar was moved to the game’s free agent pool.That realization apparently led to some introspection. Through Twitter, Johnson then lamented his actions that led to his Aug. 11 arrest.Police in Davie, Florida booked Johnson that night on charges of domestic battery for allegedly head-butting his wife following an argument. The two had been married barely a month before the altercation.Johnson was released the following afternoon on a $2,500 bond, but the incident assured the end of his tenure with the Dolphins.His wife formally divorced him just days later, prompting Johnson to seek a clean start in all facets.Always an avid user of social media, he responded via Twitter to a fan who asked “why did you delete your bio?” by saying, “I got to start life over and create a new one.”Johnson then politely rebuffed a fan who was trying to offer him sympathy for his current plight, saying none was necessary.“I made the bed,” he tweeted, “now I gotta lay n it.”Johnson’s downward spiral from his heady days as one of the league’s premiere receivers has been a steady one. He managed just 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown while playing for New England last year.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Todd said he believed the case would also encourage other patients who had been denied funding for other drugs to appeal. “This case may well serve to highlight the fact that it is possible for patients to access funding through appealing through this procedure, where there are exceptional circumstances,” he said. A High Court judge has overruled the NHS’s decision to deny a life-changing drug to an autistic boy, in a ruling which the family’s lawyer said would lead to “scores” more patients challenging the health service. The NHS should review its decision not to fund the drug for the seven-year-old boy, known as S, who is suffering from a rare condition which makes him intolerant to protein, Mrs Justice Andrews ruled. His autism means he struggles to stick to the special diet which forms the standard treatment for the disease, called Phenylketonuria or PKU, so his doctors sought funding for the drug, Kuvan, which would allow him to eat a more standard diet. But the appeal was refused by the NHS, leaving S at risk of the consequences of poorly controlled PKU, including brain damage, his counsel Ian Wise QC told the High Court.The judge quashed the NHS’s decision, ruling that the health service had been wrong to decide that the drug was not effective enough to be funded. She ruled that there was “no room for a rational conclusion that Kuvan is not clinically effective or that the evidence of its clinical effectiveness (for the precise purposes for which it is sought to be used here) is insufficient”. The judgment does not automatically mean that the child will receive the drug, she warned. But Peter Todd, of law firm Hodge Jones & Allen, who represented the family in the case, said it would be “wholly extraordinary” if the NHS continued to refuse funding. He added that he expected “scores” more families to come forward to apply for the drug as a result of the judgment. A spokesman for NHS England said: “We note that the judge accepted that NHS England had met its statutory duties under the Children Act and rejected the assertion that NHS England was acting in breach of the Human Rights Act. “While the outcome of this case is limited to the particular circumstances of this funding request and does not have any wider implications for how NHS England makes decisions regarding the funding of treatments, we will of course take a further look at the individual funding request in question in the light of any further information provided to us.”The funding policy for Kuvan is currently under a routine review, but an outcome is not expected “for some time”, the court heard. A spokeswoman for charity NSPKU said the drug was “an established treatment that has been available in the EU since 2008. It is already widely used in almost every other European country outside the UK, including lower income countries such as Bulgaria and Turkey.”
Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin, said the 2018 National Budget is a “good-natured budget” that benefits the ordinary man and woman.Minister Gaskin, speaking during today’s start of the budget debates in the National Assembly, stressed that measures in the 2018 budget “are all clear commitments to the man in the street, and the woman in the street who are looking to enjoy their share in the good life.”Minister of Business, Dominic GaskinThe Minister explained that the personal income tax measures allow persons who are laid off and unable to find a job, to recover taxes they paid from the previous year. Budget 2018 proposes that the minimum personal allowance of $720,000 be given in full regardless of whether a person works for the entire year or a part of the year.“This measure speaks to the ordinary man, woman, worker and lets them know our government is fair and considerate and wants the best for them,” Minister Gaskin noted.Additionally, the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) on low-cost housing units below $6.5M is a measure targetted to young people and ordinary working persons to ensure they can become homeowners, Minister Gaskin pointed out.Other measures such as concessions to employers who provide day care services and amnesty to all delinquent tax payers are all indications that budget 2018 is “a people focused budget.”Minister Gaskin noted these measures clearly disproves the claim by Opposition Member of Parliament Ifraan Ali that there is “nothing in budget 2018 for the ordinary man”. Minister Gaskin and MP Ali opened the budget debates.BUDGET DEVOID OF MEASURES TO RESCUE AILING ECONOMYAt the start of the 2018 budget debates this morning, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian, Ifaan Ali was blunt in his assessment that the budget is devoid of measures to rescue Guyana’s ailing economy and improve the well being for its people.According to Ali, the responsibilities of moving the economy forward and expanding it, in addition to creating opportunities, and jobs as well as improving the livelihood of the Guyanese people, rests squarely with the elective Government through their policies and measures.The Parliamentarian and Former Minister asserted that the 2018 budget provides no comfort for parents, especially single mothers as they are denied the $10,000 cash grant among other debts.Moreover, he lamented that the Budget does nothing for pensioners who are paying more than $1.5B as a result of the removal of water and electricity subsidies. This is as Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan during his Budget Presentations, disclosed a meagre $500 increase for pensioners.The Former Minister told the House that the proposed measures does nothing for private citizens and businesses who have been forced to pay $32.2B more in taxes over the last three years as a result of new measures – taxation measures and fees – implemented by the current administration.He further noted that again, the Budget does not provide any assistance to the tens of thousands of workers displaced from the Sugar, Forestry and Construction sectors.Opposition PPP Member of Parliament, Irfaan Ali“Budget 2018 does not address the upsurge in violent crimes,” he exclaimed in the National Assembly while adding that it did not even announce a single measure for infants who are now exposed to diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus (DPT), yellow fever, polio and Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG).“Nothing for these infants, these children, in budget 2018.’The Parliamentarian also pointed out that the Budget has nothing to offer farmers, nurses, teachers, public servants, police men and women and army officers.“Budget 2018 brings no relief for the 61% category of businesses affected by none performing loans, not a single initiative, not a single measure to help those businesses, budget 2018 is devoid of any measure to help the people in any category in this economy,” he asserted. (Ramona Luthi) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Death announcement’ budget will attract ‘pressurization’, ‘sufferation’ – HamiltonDecember 6, 2016In “Local News”Passage of scrap metal legislation likely next yearDecember 11, 2018In “latest news”Uncertainty still looms over scrap metal legislationJanuary 15, 2019In “latest news”
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Image: PA Archive/PA Images Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 9:10 AM Apr 23rd 2017, 9:10 AM AFTER A LITANY of prescriptions failed to control her stormy mood swings and deep depression, writer Ayelet Waldman finally found relief in a blue vial of diluted LSD.Feeling she “had nothing to lose”, the San Francisco Bay-area former federal public defender deposited two tiny drops of the psychedelic drug under her tongue – and soon felt her gloom subside.“I was starting to feel, frankly, suicidal,” the 52-year-old told AFP. “If the other option is death – or at least, misery that feels like death – then there’s no reason not to at least try something different.”Waldman says she renewed her spirit by “microdosing,” a modish – albeit illegal and potentially risky – trend that involves ingesting a nearly imperceptible portion of a psychedelic drug, often LSD or psilocybin mushrooms.The goal is not to hallucinate but to boost work performance and creativity – or, as was Waldman’s case, treat a laundry list of ailments including mood disorders.“Within the first day I felt better,” she said. 32,114 Views Short URL By AFP The depression was just gone – and that was astonishingShe credits her daily LSD regimen of some 10 micrograms of acid – about one-tenth of a full, far more kaleidoscopic hit – with improving her relationships and enhancing her work.“I would have access to ‘that flow,’” she said, describing how subtle doses of LSD changed her writing habits.Your mind moves swiftly but not erratically, with a kind of really delightful focus.Microdosing has gained traction outside drug-enthusiast circles in recent years, particularly among young professionals in California’s Silicon Valley looking to dial-up their careers.Its growing popularity has been ushered along by several influential US podcasts and most recently Waldman’s latest book, “A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life,” in which she details how psychedelics helped her get off the manic-depressive rollercoaster.‘More in touch’LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is a potent synthetic drug that gained notoriety in 1960s counterculture. In large doses it can induce hallucinations and drastically alter perception and cognitive functions for prolonged periods of time.Carl, whose name has been changed for fear of legal repercussions, works in media in Washington and told AFP he has microdosed with LSD at work some half-dozen times in the past year.He said the tiny hits help him stay focused.“You’ve got more energy,” the 29-year-old said.The core of your consciousness is still there – you just might be a little bit more in touch.Oliver, whose name has also been changed, describes dropping microdoses as a “very mild euphoria – almost like anticipation of something good”.The 25-year-old, who is also a media professional in the nation’s capital, has taken recreational tabs of acid – which he said have run him about 10 dollars each – in addition to tiny doses.Rather than a full psychedelic experience, he said microdosing gives him “a slight sharpening of concentration, I think produced by the effect that LSD has of making everything feel textured and interesting”.“I felt not on top of the world, but one percent more on top of the world than usual,” he said. “Which kind of made me feel like I wanted to work.”Oliver said he thinks of microdosing as “a cop-out way of doing psychedelics”.“It’s much less threatening,” he said wryly.And is less likely to like, cause temporary ego death, or make you spiral into soul-crushing confusion over the changing color of the sky.A legal gamble While microdosing has shown anecdotal medicinal and performance-enhancing promise, potential risks like long-term toxicity remain unclear, said Matthew Johnson, who studies drug abuse and addiction at Johns Hopkins University.Microdosing is “totally unstudied” for both funding and legal reasons, he told AFP: LSD was first criminalised in 1966 and in 1970 the US government grouped it, along with psilocybin, in the most legally restrictive category of substances alongside drugs like heroin and mescaline.That classification brought mid-century studies on using psychedelics as medicine to a standstill.Obvious hazards include ingesting street drugs cut with harmful substances or incorrectly controlling dosage, Johnson said.And because intended doses are so small, perceived positive impacts might actually be placebo effects.Still, he said microdosing warrants controlled study as “it’s absolutely interesting and very plausible that there could be effects of cognitive enhancement and anti-depression”.His own studies have yielded encouraging outcomes using psilocybin to help cancer patients manage anxiety and depression, or to help tobacco smokers quit.In general, he said, researchers focused on psychedelics say overregulation is hindering progress.The legal gamble ultimately dissuaded Waldman from continuing to microdose. She received her initial 30-day LSD supply from a friend of a friend – but procuring more proved nerve-wracking.Drug penalties vary state by state, but are often similar to the federal ones: up to a year in jail and a $1000 fine for a first offense of LSD possession.As a former lawyer who has defended clients on drug charges, Waldman said she couldn’t justify the risk.Until LSD is legalised – unlikely anytime soon – she said she probably won’t microdose again.Unless, Waldman said, “I start to become suicidal again.”If it’s a choice to die or commit a crime, I’ll commit a crime.If you need to talk, contact:Samaritans 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email email@example.com (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)Read: Doctor prescribed Prince medication under his friend’s nameRead: 320 cannabis plants worth €250,000 seized in Fermoy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 53 Comments Image: PA Archive/PA Images File photo. Share Tweet Email4 ‘The depression was just gone’: People are microdosing LSD to try to improve their lives Microdosing acid is becoming increasingly popular in the US.
Kenai Police Chief Dave Ross said that between 2016-17 the City of Kenai alone saw a 20% increase in arrests: “I think I share some of the same frustrations that brought most of you out today. Crime in Kenai is my frustrations, that it is growing is my frustration.” According to Sergeant Duane Kant with the Soldotna Police Department they are seeing the same upward trend in arrests as Kenai. Almost immediately after the bill passed, a debate began over whether its provisions were worsening the level of property and low level crimes. Those concerns were heard from community members during the Q&A portion of the meeting. With concerns about high crime rates, lawmakers have considered changes to the controversial SB 91, but community members are concerned “changes” aren’t enough and have requested a full repeal. Department of Law’s Criminal Division director John Skidmore believes an outright repeal of SB 91 is a bad idea: “We started to see increases in our crime rate in the State of Alaska prior to the passage of SB 91. So anyone who says that SB 91 is causing the crime to increase, there is a little bit of a problem there, because that trend began before SB 91 was passed.” According to Senator Micciche, a number of provisions have been made to SB 91 since it was passed in 2016: “It makes more sense to keep making “targeted fixes”. We will continue to listen to Alaskans and make necessary changes as they arise.” Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “We passed a bill called SB 91, some of you have heard about it. We have problems, some are related to the bill, we had problems before the bill and we are going to have problems when we fix some parts of the bill. I voted for the bill along with almost everyone in the legislature, and it became quite apparent soon afterwards that we had some things to correct. We missed the mark in several areas.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Roughly 50 people filed into the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center last night to talk about crime on the Kenai Peninsula. Representatives from the Department of Public Safety, Alaska State Troopers, Department of Law, Kenai and Soldotna Police, and the Department of Correction formed a panel to discuss the number one issue facing residents on the Kenai: crime is increasing. “SB 91 really restricted what our law enforcement people could do on the low end crimes. I just don’t understand what was the rationale on not holding people accountable.” Much of the frustration revolved around Senate Bill 91, the omnibus criminal justice reform measure signed into law in July of 2016. The thought behind SB91 was to reduce jail time for non-violent offenders, and put funding into treatment and anti-recidivism programming.
New York—”People don’t want to be talked at. They want to be talked with.” That was one of the opening statements made by Roy Sekoff, president and co-creator of HuffPost Live, during his rapid-fire closing keynote address at FOLIO:’s MediaNext event Wednesday. The notion forms the foundation of the streaming video site’s engagement strategy—that equalizing the status of the video content and community elevates interaction and deepens the story-telling experience. In 2012, the site launched with a visual emphasis on the video player, which dominated the screen, but it was when the team put community and engagement on equal footing with the video content that the site began to take off.”Once we decided to make engagement front-and-center it changed everything,” said Sekoff. “It became our North Star. It changed the platform, the technology and the people we had in front of the camera.” The emphasis on engagement was inspired by a deeper dive into viewer comment stats on Huffington Post. “I learned that 75 percent of the comments were left in response to another comment,” he said. “They were not just commenting, they were having conversations. What if we made engagement just as important as consumption?”The first iteration of the site was scrapped in favor of a smaller player with an equally-sized comment stream sitting right next to it. A “green room” nav bar along the top of the page allows viewers to see upcoming programs. Clicking on one of the programs leads to a page that lets viewers comment and interact even before it airs. Links to related Huffington Post content is also available. “We’ve had 100 comments in a green room before something goes live,” said Sekoff.Another engagement milestone was reached when the site integrated Google Hangouts to enable video comments from viewers during live programming. The tactic also altered the site’s approach to video journalism—viewers became a resource. “We had to redefine what an expert is,” said Sekoff. “We qualified them by asking ourselves, do they have skin in the game? If you have skin in the game, then I think you’re an expert. It becomes incredibly dynamic.”By adding the person-on-the-street perspective, the site’s storytelling capabilities suddenly became more meaningful, he said. “It’s something we’ve lacked. It’s very easy to get data, but we lack storytelling and narrative.”Since launch, the site has reached 16 million monthly uniques and 550 million video views.
Hyderabad: Sister B K Shivani, Brahmakumaris motivational speaker, on Sunday stressed the need to replace the element called negativity with five times more positive energy, “dua.” She was delivering a lecture at Shanti Sarovar in the city on the occasion of completion of 15 years of setting up of the meditation centre at Shanti Sarovar. Sister Shivani is in Hyderabad for three days. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us On day two of her speeches on Sunday, she emphasised on the importance of attaining hundred percent happiness. She said happiness would not come from progress and success alone. Such happiness is from outside only. But what is more important is to have true contentment from inside. The engineer-turned-motivational speaker said, “We end up doing so much hard work in life, earn success and money, but we tend to be unhappy, children turn out to be unhappy. This means we have got our equation in life reversed. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us We need happiness, health and wealth, in the same order. Many among us think it is wealth which brings health and happiness, which is not true. Without health and happiness, we will not be able to enjoy even if we make lot of money.” She went on to share how important it is to have good thoughts. “Our thoughts are the seeds for our tree of life. When I create a thought, the quality of our thoughts dictates our feelings. It affects our body.” Advertise With Us “According to her negative thoughts first affects the mind, body and then it reaches the person for whom one harbours the feelings. These negative thoughts go back and forth, and multiply and this is the reason for conflict within individuals, and countries. Sister Shivani said start everyday with one thought and visualise yourself to be surrounded by circle of God’s energy. Then no negative thoughts will enter your circle. Decide to remove one negative thought from your mind. Your thoughts manifest into reality,” she said. She further said, if you want to change your relation, change your thoughts. It can be any relation, and the thoughts can be judgemental, irritating; each of the vibrations will affect the other person. If you are feeling low, check yourself for negative thoughts. To resolve this start sending pure thoughts, ” she added.
Some professional athletes prefer to clap back at internet trolls by creating burner accounts, but former welterweight champ Zab Judah likes to take the more direct approach.The former welterweight champ from the early 2000’s was recently hospitalized after suffering a brain bleed during a loss (luckily expected to recover), but recently scored a huge W for all athletes when he confronted a trash talking Twitter troll at work and scared the hell out of the guy by telling him to step outside to get pummeled.The keyboard warrior predictably became apologetic, and got off the hook because it was all a bit for DaZN web series. Watching the troll’s reaction is so priceless.
Yesterday, the team at Facebook’s AI research announced that they have expanded and enhanced their LASER (Language-Agnostic SEntence Representations) toolkit to work with more than more than 90 languages, written in 28 different alphabets. This has accelerated the transfer of natural language processing (NLP) applications to many more languages. The team is now open-sourcing LASER and making it as the first exploration of multilingual sentence representations. Currently 93 languages have been incorporated into LASER. LASER achieves the results by embedding all languages together in a single shared space. They are also making the multilingual encoder and PyTorch code freely available and providing a multilingual test set for more than 100 languages. The Facebook post reads, “The 93 languages incorporated into LASER include languages with subject-verb-object (SVO) order (e.g., English), SOV order (e.g., Bengali and Turkic), VSO order (e.g., Tagalog and Berber), and even VOS order (e.g., Malagasy).” Features of LASER Enables zero-shot transfer of NLP models from one language, such as English, to scores of others including languages where training data is limited. Handles low-resource languages and dialects. Provides accuracy for 13 out of the 14 languages in the XNLI corpus. It delivers results in cross-lingual document classification (MLDoc corpus). LASER’s sentence embeddings are strong at parallel corpus mining which establishes a new state of the art in the BUCC, 2018 workshop on building and using comparable Corpora, shared task for three of its four language pairs. It provides fast performance with processing up to 2,000 sentences per second on GPU. PyTorch has been used to implement the sentence encoder with minimal external dependencies. LASER supports the use of multiple languages in one sentence. LASER’s performance improves as new languages get added and the system keeps on learning to recognize the characteristics of language families. Sentence embeddings LASER maps a sentence in any language to a point in a high-dimensional space such that the same sentence in any language will end up in the same neighborhood. This representation could also be a universal language in a semantic vector space. The Facebook post reads, “We have observed that the distance in that space correlates very well to the semantic closeness of the sentences.” The sentence embeddings are used for initializing the decoder LSTM through a linear transformation and are also concatenated to its input embeddings at every time step. The encoder/decoder approach The approach behind this project is based on neural machine translation, an encoder/decoder approach which is also known as sequence-to-sequence processing. LASER uses one shared encoder for all input languages and a shared decoder for generating the output language. LASER uses a 1,024-dimension fixed-size vector for representing the input sentence. The decoder is instructed about which language needs to be generated. As the encoder has no explicit signal for indicating the input language, this method encourages it to learn language-independent representations. The team at Facebook AI-research has trained their systems on 223 million sentences of public parallel data, aligned with either English or Spanish. By using a shared BPE vocabulary trained on the concatenation of all languages, it was possible to benefit low-resource languages from high-resource languages of the same family. Zero-shot, cross-lingual natural language inference LASER achieves excellent results in cross-lingual natural language inference (NLI). The Facebook’s AI research team considers the zero-shot setting as they train the NLI classifier on English and then apply it to all target languages with no fine tuning or target-language resources. The distances between all sentence pairs are calculated and the closest ones are selected. For more precision, the margin between the closest sentence and the other nearest neighbors is considered. This search is performed using Facebook’s FAISS library. The team outperformed the state of the art on the shared BUCC task by a large margin. The team improved the F1 score from 85.5 to 96.2 for German/English, from 81.5 to 93.9 for French/English, from 81.3 to 93.3 for Russian/English, and from 77.5 to 92.3 for Chinese/English. To know more about LASER, check out the official post by Facebook. Read Next Trick or Treat – New Facebook Community Actions for users to create petitions and connect with public officials Russia opens civil cases against Facebook and Twitter over local data laws FTC officials plan to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook for privacy violations, Washington Post reports
Related posts:Medical tourism fair to offer 1,000 jobs in Costa Rica Is corporate medical tourism the next niche? Medical tourism healthy in Costa Rica Costa Rica: Medical tourism hot spot From the print editionThe Medical Travel International Business Summit kicked off Monday morning at the Hotel Real InterContinental in the southwestern San José suburb of Escazú. Thirteen countries and 200 businesses took part in the three-day summit, organized by the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine and aimed at developing medical tourism in Costa Rica and Latin America.Costa Rican Vice President Luis Liberman inaugurated the event.“We have the doctors, we have the dentists, we have the whole operating system of a public-private medical system that is reaching high levels,” Liberman said. The vice president added that Costa Rica now competes with countries across the globe for travelers seeking medical treatments – something Liberman attributes to Costa Rica’s educational system.“Today, Costa Rica is the second country in Latin America in terms of absolute exports of medical devices,” Liberman said. “We have achieved that based on an educational system that we have fostered for 160 years.”Medical tourism generated about $288 million in Costa Rica in 2010, with an estimated 36,000 medical tourists visiting the country, according to figures provided by the Presidency Ministry. In 2014, the industry is expected to generate some $800 million in dividends and attract 100,000 visitors to the country.Sergio Monge, from the Costa Rican Tourism Board, said that Costa Rica is a natural choice for travelers seeking medical treatments.“Medical tourism is more than a source of revenue, we offer good, quality services,” Monge said. “And it is an opportunity for travelers to get to know more of Costa Rica.”Edgar Salazar, manager of Nova Dental Advanced Dental Center, said 95 percent of Nova’s customers are foreigners, and the majority are U.S. or Canadian citizens. He said the market for foreigners travelling to Costa Rica to have medical procedures is only going to grow.Costa Rica is already a global brand in terms of eco-tourism, biodiversity and adventure travelers, Salazar said, but “we’re going to arrive at a point in five, six or seven years in which the medical tourism industry is going to overtake all of that.”At Clínica Bíblica Hospital in San José, 18 percent of patients are foreigners, said Mary Lys Ulloa, a marketing executive in the hospital’s international services department. Like Salazar, she anticipates a growing market.“We feel that boom hasn’t even happened, yet,” she said.Medical tourism isn’t something that will just affect hospitals, she said, but will create new opportunities for all tourism-related businesses.“The industry is still in diapers,” Ulloa said. “But we feel, in this very summit, that very soon we’re going to see the industry standing up.”An example of a business looking to benefit from an uptick in medical tourists to Costa Rica is Imago, a distance-learning company that offers digital training courses to members of the tourism industry. In particular, said Imago Administrative Director Carlos Valverde, the company offers a Virtual Medical Tourism course to train tourism workers to be ready to deal with foreign patients traveling to Costa Rica for medical reasons. Neighboring countries Nicaragua and Colombia showed up at the summit to promote their own growing medical tourism markets.Ramiro José Manzanares, vice general director of Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas in Managua, Nicaragua, said with low crime rates and lower prices, Nicaragua hopes to soon become a destination for medical tourists. Foreigners or Nicaraguans who live outside the country already account for some 8 percent of patients at his hospital.Medical tourism manager for Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas, Arlen Pérez, said the idea is to offer, in addition to the price and security of the country, a “more personal style of tourism” in Nicaragua. Pérez pointed out that near Managua are numerous tourist attractions including colonial-era cities and volcanoes. Facebook Comments
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