PM Tables Bill to Retake Ownership of Shares in Petrojam

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, today (February 12), tabled a Bill, entitled ‘The Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act, 2019, in the House of Representatives.This is to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam that are held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe.The Bill seeks to give effect to that decision and provides for: ownership of the applicable property to vest in the Accountant General in Trust for the Government and for compensation to be paid to persons having an interest in the applicable property in accordance with specified rules.The existing ownership structure of Petrojam exposes it to serious risks, which threaten Jamaica’s energy security and economic stability.These risks have been exacerbated and made more imminent by sanctions imposed by third-party countries. As a result, a decision has been taken to enact legislation to provide for the compulsory acquisition of the shares held in Petrojam Limited (“the applicable property”) by persons other than the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.The Government’s decision to repurchase the shares is based on the need to safeguard the country’s interests.This is particularly in light of increasing sanctions against the administration of Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, initially by the United States through Executive Orders, the latest of which was issued in January, and subsequently Canada. This is to retake ownership of the 49 per cent shares in Petrojam that are held by the Venezuelan State-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDV) Caribe. The Bill seeks to give effect to that decision and provides for: ownership of the applicable property to vest in the Accountant General in Trust for the Government and for compensation to be paid to persons having an interest in the applicable property in accordance with specified rules. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, today (February 12), tabled a Bill, entitled ‘The Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act, 2019, in the House of Representatives.last_img read more

2015 Order of Nova Scotia Recipients Announced

first_imgFive outstanding Nova Scotians whose excellence and community leadership gained them provincewide acclaim and respect will be invested into the Order of Nova Scotia this fall. Lt.-Gov J.J. Grant, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, made the announcement today, Aug. 28. “Through their remarkable achievements and passion for helping others, these individuals inspire our fellow citizens to strive for excellence in all facets of life,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “On behalf of the Queen and all Nova Scotians, I extend my sincere thanks to the recipients for their lifelong service to our province.” The 2015 Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: — Dr. Margaret Macdonald Casey, Halifax: Dr. Margaret Casey is a health-care provider, an educator, and a community advocate. She is one of a small group of health professionals who recognized the urgent need of accessible health care for families in the north end of Halifax and worked to provide it. Dr. Casey is a role model and mentor to many in the medical profession who champions the importance of improving the social determinants of health. — Louis E. Deveau, Dartmouth: Originally from Salmon River, Digby Co., Louis Deveau founded Acadian Seaplants Limited, a multi-national, bio-tech manufacturing company specializing in technical marine plant-derived products with exports to over 80 countries. Today, the company employs over 350 people in eight countries and 700 seasonal harvesters in Canada, Maine and Ireland. It also operates five major manufacturing facilities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ireland. — Martin R. (Rudy) Haase, Chester: Rudy Haase is an exceptional community leader, mentor, and entrepreneur with decades of service to a range of causes. Rudy is one of Nova Scotia’s longest serving environmentalists. He has fought against harmful pesticides, uranium mining, nuclear power, and clear-cut logging, always with wisdom and civility. He was the first landowner to donate a conservation easement to the new Nova Scotia Nature Trust, protecting a tract of land on the Bras d’Or Lakes in 1996. — Sharon Hope Irwin, Sydney: Sharon Hope Irwin has devoted 40 years to ensuring that child care is inclusive, affordable, accessible and comprehensive. She moved to Nova Scotia in 1974 to create the Town Daycare Centre in Glace Bay and serve as its executive director. The centre successfully integrated children with visual impairments, children who had brittle bone disease and those with cerebral palsy. Ms. Hope Irwin created the non-profit SpeciaLink: The National Centre for Early Childhood Inclusion. — Alistair MacLeod, Dunvegan (Posthumous): Alistair MacLeod is recognized as one of Cape Breton Island’s finest literary voices. Alistair was a storyteller, deeply influenced by the Gaelic language and culture of his people. He was able to translate the spirit and value of oral traditions into the printed word and his words were translated into 17 languages. He has been acknowledged by numerous accolades, including, in 2001, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel, No Great Mischief. The Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council selected the recipients from 108 nominations brought forward by their fellow Nova Scotians The 2015 recipients will be recognized at the 14th investiture ceremony on Sept. 30 at Province House in Halifax. The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is the highest honour bestowed by the province. Since it was created, 77 recipients have been invested into the Order. Recipients have the right to use the initials O.N.S. after their names.last_img read more

Questlove Entertains At Holiday Rock Roll Bash

first_imgOn Wednesday evening, December 16, Cablevision Systems Corporation, The Madison Square Garden Company, and AMC Networks hosted the 15th annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private nonprofit funder of pancreatic cancer research.DJ Questlove entertained the crowd at The Lustgarten Foundation’s 15th annual Holiday Rock & Roll BashHeld at TAO Downtown in New York City, the event raised more than $2 million for the second consecutive year. Due to the support of Cablevision, 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.Entertainment for the event included a special performance by DJ Questlove, popular drummer of The Roots (house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), along with an exclusive Radio City Christmas Spectacular performance by the world-famous Rockettes. More than 1,000 guests attended this year’s Bash.“Marking its 15th anniversary this year, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash is a beloved annual tradition that unites us all for an important cause: to beat pancreatic cancer,” said Kerri Kaplan, executive director and chief operating officer of The Lustgarten Foundation. “Since it was created, the Bash has raised $21 million for research, and we are so grateful to our many generous supporters. As a result of Cablevision’s financial support, all of the money raised for the Bash goes directly to research to develop an early detection test and more effective treatments so that patients can live longer lives.”During the program, James Dolan, chief executive of Cablevision and executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, welcomed guests, along with Andrew and Jessica Lustgarten, the children of Marc Lustgarten, who paid homage to their father’s legacy. James Dolan and Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan helped establish The Lustgarten Foundation in 1998 in honor of Mr. Lustgarten, who served as the former vice chairman of Cablevision and chairman of Madison Square Garden before he died from pancreatic cancer. Cablevision has worked closely with the Foundation throughout its history in support of its mission to advance pancreatic cancer research. That support includes underwriting the Foundation’s administrative expenses and partnering with the Foundation for the curePC public awareness campaign.Pancreatic cancer is swift and silent, often undetected until it is too late. The overall five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is seven percent and most with advanced cancer die within a year. There are no early detection tests, no effective long-term treatments and, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages, no cure. It is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.Since its inception, The Lustgarten Foundation has contributed more than $110 million toward pancreatic cancer research. Recent research progress funded by the Foundation includes international clinical trials with patients to develop a routine early detection test, as well as trials to identify new drug combinations and immunotherapies that would more effectively treat the disease. In addition, at The Lustgarten Foundation’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dr. David Tuveson, research director of The Lustgarten Foundation, has developed a new human culture system for pancreatic cancer that offers a path to personalized treatment approaches in the future.Visit to learn more about The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision’s fight to defeat pancreatic cancer.last_img read more

Flying Manaskov is the IHF Photo of 2015

The International Handball Federation faced the challenge of choosing the IHF Photo of the Year and once again, the photographers did not make it an easy choice. A lot of great pictures taken in 2015 were submitted but only few photographers succeeded in capturing the nature of handball, the powerful sport we all came to love.This year, the IHF awarded two Photos of the Year in the end. The first picture was taken by Denis Dukovski from Macedonia, who captured the Macedonian player Dejan Manaskov, who currently plays for the German club Rhein-Neckar Löwen, lying in the air at the Qatar 2015 Men’s World Championship match Macedonia vs Iran. A picture of the French photographer Laurent Theophile was chosen as a second winner, featuring Alexandrina Cabral Barbosa from Spain in the EHF Champions League match between the French Club Fleury Loiret Handball, where she played from 2014 to 2016, and FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria.source: IHF ← Previous Story IHF: A resin-free future of handball Next Story → 6 things to know before IHF Super Globe 2016 IHF read more

Exiled Syrians run radio station for those stuck back home

first_imgCONNECTIONS OFTEN BREAK down, power cuts are frequent and nobody rings when the radio show host invites listeners to call in with comments.But the tiny group of Syrian exiles running Istanbul-based Radio Alkul is determined to keep broadcasting “uncensored” news back to those trapped in the country’s brutal civil war.The station – whose name means “radio for all” in Arabic – started up last April in a cramped, ninth-story office in a seedy building in crowded Istanbul.It now employs 12 people fulltime, both technicians and journalists – at least one a former face on state-controlled Syrian TV now working under a fake name.The group transmits over the Internet via a network of small, secret transmitters deployed in seven regions around Syria – but the war itself rules the timing.“If there are no bombing raids we can switch on the transmitters,” said programme director Obai Sukar said. But if there is the slightest risk, we tell our people to stop because their lives are more important.Their local sources in Syria often Skype in reports on the latest bombings and massacres, which have claimed more than 130,000 lives since fighting began in March 2011, according to the latest tally by the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Radio Alkul journalists wage their own battle against endless technical problems. Take one recent 20-minute broadcast.Anchorman Mohammed Al-Barodi was hooked up via Skype with a correspondent giving a graphic report of aerial bombings by forces loyal to Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad against rebels in the northern city of Aleppo.As quickly as they establish contact, the link breaks down.“This is a real problem,” conceded Sukar.We often wait for a phone call but then nobody calls. Admittedly, it’s not easy, what with all the power cuts and Internet breakdowns in Syria.‘Our own editorial freedom’Yet the station has plugged on for eight months, offering a daily four-hour programme recorded and stored in Istanbul, then downloaded by its technicians in Syria.It has about 100,000 people who tune in everyday and hopes to go live in January, its founders say.For some, the technical problems as less daunting than reporting under Syrian state control.“Inside Syria, we cannot work freely,” said journalist Ahmed Zacharya, who worked under state censorship in the central city of Homs before fleeing to Turkey.“But when we’re reporting from overseas, we can get ourselves heard by besieged Syrians more efficiently,” he said.Yet even a thousand kilometres from Damascus, the journalists feel they are not working without risk.“Slava”, the 30-something former presenter for Syrian national television, uses an alias to avoid any reprisals against family members.“I would never have thought that I could say the truth about the regime and what it does to its people,” she said.Like other “free” radio stations that have sprung up in the civil war, Radio Alkul is fiercely opposed to Assad’s regime but rejects being labelled a “rebel” radio station.With funding from US and European non-governmental organisations, Alkul is close to the exiled opposition National Coalition.Yet it wears its editorial independence proudly.“We have nothing to do with them, we have our own editorial freedom,” said Sukar. “When we criticise them, they go crazy.”Sinan Hatahet, in charge of the Coalition’s communication department, also defended the station’s independence.“If the revolution managed to ‘sell itself’ to the world, it’s thanks to the independence of activists who worked with next to nothing from the inside,” he said.“We need to create free media as an example of the democracy we want for Syria.”Read: Iraq suffers worst year of violence since 2008IN PICTURES: Over 100,000 dead as Syria sees another year of violencelast_img read more

Vince the white rhino shot by poachers at French zoo and mutilated

first_img Mar 7th 2017, 6:51 PM Vince the white rhino shot by poachers at French zoo and mutilated with chainsaw The killers hacked off the animal’s horns. Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 6:51 PM Stock photo of a white rhino. Image: Andrew Milligan Image: Andrew Milligan 41 Comments By AFPcenter_img Short URL 28,817 Views INTRUDERS AT A French zoo have shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns in a grisly overnight poaching incident.The perpetrators forced the main gate to Thoiry zoo near Paris and broke through at least two other security barriers on Monday night, without disturbing five people who live on the grounds.The animal, a four-year-old “critically endangered” southern white male named Vince, was attacked inside an area where at least two other rhinos are kept.“Staff left the rhino enclosure on Monday. When they returned on Tuesday, an animal had been killed and its two horns had been sawn off,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.ChainsawShe added that the horns were “probably cut off with a chainsaw”.The rhino had been shot three times in the head.“Only the main horn was stolen,” the spokeswoman said.Investigators estimate the horn is worth €30,000-€40,000.Black market rhino horn sells for up to €55,000 per kilo, more than gold or cocaine, with demand principally coming from China and Vietnam where it is coveted as a traditional medicine and aphrodisiac.In the last eight years alone, roughly a quarter of the world’s rhino population has been killed in South Africa, home to 80% of the remaining animals.According to the zoo, this would be the first time a zoo was the target of an “attack” of this nature leading to the death of a rhino.Thoiry is equipped with video surveillance, but cameras are not installed in the area where the rhinos live.“This was carried out despite the presence of five members of staff who live on the site and (despite) security cameras,” the zoo said.The two other rhinos in the enclosure with Vince which were unharmed were a 37-year-old female, Gracie, and a five-year-old male, Bruno.- © AFP, 2017Read: Coroner finds George Michael died of natural causesRead: Indian police find 19 female foetuses dumped in sewer Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1021 Tweet Email1 Stock photo of a white rhino.last_img read more

GUYANA Emulate the bravery of Rose Hall martyrs says Minister Norton at

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Guyana, March 14, 2018 – Georgetown – Minister of Social Cohesion, with the responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton, yesterday, called on Guyanese to emulate the bravery and sacrifice made by the 15 slain Rose Hall Estate Sugar martyrs by standing up against all forms of injustice. The Minister made this call in his address at a memorial ceremony, which was held to mark the 105th anniversary of their deaths, at the Rose Hall Memorial Site, Canje, Berbice, East Berbice-Corentyne (Region Six).Minister Norton said that while it is important to remember the courage of these sugar workers, who fought against the cruelty of British colonialism, it is similarly important to build on their legacy of sacrifice so that their loss would not have been in vain.  “Not only must we be proud and recognise their contributions to the world we live in today, but we must emulate the bravery of these fallen heroes.  As Guyanese, we need to stand firmly to guard against injustices, not just those committed against us and our families, but our friends, neighbours and our country as a whole,” he said.Regional Executive Officer, Ms. Kim Williams-Stephen expressed similar sentiments.  She said that as a nation, Guyanese have much to be grateful for and we can achieve even more if we persevere through challenges, put aside differences and co-operate.  “Isn’t it time that we put our energies together to ensure that we have that good life? It is time, as Guyanese people, that we recognise the importance of unity… Each one of us can contribute to the better life of people in Guyana and, by extension, the world at large,” she said.Minister of Social Cohesion with the responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton urges the nation to remember and emulate the sacrifices of the slain Rose Hall Sugar Estate workers at a memorial ceremony held this morning.Meanwhile, in an invited comment, Dr. Fred Sukdeo, who is a descendant of, Nibur, one of the slain sugar workers, said that he was pleased to be included in the observances.  “I think it’s important the whole country recognise this particular event because… it is the second major precipitation for the revolution for change in Guyana,” he said.The ceremony opened with the recitation of prayers from students from the New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary, the Berbice High and Canje Secondary schools.  It also included two cultural items; a ballad, which was sung by representatives of the East Canje Humanitarian Organisation and spoken word item by Founder and President of Guyana Families Unite in Service and Education, Ms.  Valini Indira Yacoob.  At the close of the ceremony, Minister Norton joined representatives of the Guyana Sugar Corporation, the Department of Education and other officials in the laying of wreaths on the site of the monument.Director of Culture, Ms. Tamika Boatswain, representatives from the health, education and public security sectors, along with students from the aforementioned schools as well as the Betsy Ground Primary and Rose Hall Estate Primary also attended the ceremony.On March 13, 1913, the 15 martyrs were shot by colonial police after they protested against having to work on days that they had been granted leave. Fifty-six other sugar workers were injured.Release: DPIlast_img read more

Defining Religious Liberty And How Far It Should Stretch

first_img Share Michael HagertyReligious liberty is one of many rights enumerated in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, though it never seems quite so simple as “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or [prohibit] the free exercise thereof.”What exactly does religious liberty mean from a legal standpoint and how has it been interpreted by courts? To discuss that, we talk with Josh Blackman from South Texas College of Law Houston. Then, to get some perspectives from religious leaders on what religious liberty means to them, we talk with Rev. Laura Mayo of Covenant Church, and Mustafaa Carroll with the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).last_img

Democrats Dig In On Immigration Shutdown Risk Or No

first_imgSenate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y. speaks to reporters about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days, Friday, April 28, 2017, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Congressional Democrats on Wednesday dug in on their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn’t paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants — a hard-line stance celebrated by liberal groups who have shrugged off risks of a government shutdown.Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among his party’s lawmakers to oppose GOP-drafted legislation that would only keep the government’s doors open for four weeks past a looming Friday deadline. Schumer did not say his caucus was entirely unified, but the rhetoric signaled growing chances that a stop-gap measure could come up short of votes in the Senate and federal agencies could begin closing their doors Friday at midnight.“The overwhelming number in our caucus have said they don’t like this deal and they believe if we kick the can down the road this time we’ll be back where we started from next time,” Schumer told reporters. “So there’s very, very strong support not to go along with their deal.”The hardening stance reflects the influence of an emboldened Democratic base clamoring for a showdown with a president many on the left view as racist and untrustworthy. The fight over the fate of the “dreamers” — some 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. as children and are now here illegally — is increasingly becoming a test of Democrats’ progressive mettle, surpassing health care or taxes as the top year-two priority for the liberal base.“It needs to be very clear for vulnerable Republicans as well as for Democrats who do not act this week that there will be political consequences,” said Cristina Jimenez of the immigrant activist group United We Dream. “The progressive movement who are going to be the boots on the ground for the Democrats to regain power” in November’s midterm elections, she added, “are going to hold them accountable if they don’t come through.”On Capitol Hill, Democrats are being urged to let federal funding expire unless Republicans and President Donald Trump agree to extend the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Protesters have rallied at offices of Senate Democrats, threatened primary foes for those who don’t push hard enough for an immigration deal and promised to brand those deemed to have fallen short “the deportation caucus.”That approach undoubtedly comes with risks for the moderates in the party — senators from states won by Trump such as West Virginia, Montana and Indiana. While the tough talk carries weight in some Democratic circles, it’s far from clear other voters will look kindly on using federal agencies as leverage in the fight over immigration.Trump has telegraphed how the GOP would attack Democrats should there be a shutdown this weekend.“The Democrats want to shut down the government over amnesty for all and border security,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “The biggest loser will be our rapidly rebuilding Military, at a time we need it more than ever.”On Wednesday, ongoing talks over a deal showed no signs of progress. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and expressed vague optimism about prospects — but attendees said Kelly would not commit to supporting one bipartisan proposal, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., which would provide protection for immigrants brought into the U.S. as young people and add resources for border security.Immigration activists have been gearing up for this fight for months.Clashes over health care and taxes dominated Trump’s initial year in office, even as his administration cracked down on illegal immigration. The administration has given agents leeway to detain and try to deport a wide range of people in the country illegally, from criminals to otherwise law-abiding residents with jobs and U.S.-citizen children.Those actions did not require congressional approval, and there was limited pressure activists could bring compared to the battle that helped stall repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law.That changed in September when Trump announced he’d end, effective March 5, Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which let hundreds of thousands avoid deportation and legally work. Trump tossed the issue to Congress to act before March. That also turned the spotlight on those who have benefited from DACA, men and women who were raised in the United States and are the most sympathetic face of the immigrant rights movement.The Trump administration was “out in front, advancing their agenda and they were basically getting away with it,” said Frank Sharry of America’s Voice, an immigrant rights group. “Then they picked a fight with well-organized, American kids. They picked the wrong fight and it’s brought attention to all their immigration agenda.”It was during Oval Office negotiations over a potential DACA replacement last week that, in the course of dismissing one deal negotiated by Senate Democrats and Republicans, Trump used a vulgar word to describe African countries and wondered why the U.S. doesn’t get more immigrants from places like Norway. That stiffened the resolve of liberal groups to push for a DACA deal this week, at the moment they feel Democrats have maximum leverage.“Everything we’ve seen from this administration has been this effort to remove people of color and streamline the process for white people,” said Angel Padilla of the anti-Trump group Indivisible. “This week is an opportunity for Congress to reject that racism.”Corey Stewart, a pro-Trump Republican Senate candidate in Virginia, said Trump is picking the right battle.“It’s a smart fight,” Stewart said. “His biggest promise of the campaign trail was to crack down on illegal immigration and build a border wall. He cannot back down on this.”Still, Republicans fear they may lose their majority in the House of Representatives, where several of their vulnerable members represent diverse districts and support a DACA deal. Immigration advocates are confident popular opinion is on their side — people from heads of companies like Amazon, Apple and Starbucks to TV personality Kim Kardashian have urged a deal.Todd Schulte of FWD.US, which supports increased immigration, also noted that people previously safe under DACA already are losing protections every day. While the program technically doesn’t expire until March 5, roughly 100 immigrants a day who didn’t renew their enrollment in time are losing permission to work and protection from being deported. That number will rise to 1,200 a day after March 5. Sharelast_img read more

Expert Says Census Citizenship Question Would Hurt Latino Count

first_imgMary Altaffer/APThis file photo shows former New York Attorney General Attorney General Eric Schneiderman posing for a photo with members of District Council 37 after a news conference held April 3, 2018, to announce a lawsuit by seventeen states, the District of Columbia and six cities against the U.S. government arguing saying that a plan to add a citizenship demand to the census questionnaire is unconstitutional.Asking people whether they are U.S. citizens on the 2020 census would worsen the undercount of Latinos and non-citizens compared with other groups, an expert in surveys said Monday at the start of a trial over the Trump administration’s decision to include the question for the first time in 70 years.Colm O’Muircheartaigh, a professor at the University of Chicago, said the question would reduce the percentage of Latinos and non-citizens who respond to the census questionnaire. He testified in federal court for California and numerous cities that argue that asking about citizenship is politically motivated. The state and cities are suing the U.S. government to keep the question off the population count that is done every decade.California has the largest number of foreign-born residents and non-citizens of any state, so an undercount would jeopardize its federal funding and congressional representation, the state said in the lawsuit.Figures from the census are used to determine the distribution of congressional seats to states and billions of dollars in federal funding.DOJ argumentThe U.S. Justice Department argues that census officials take steps to guard against an undercount, including making follow-up visits in person, so the final numbers will be accurate. Households that skip the citizenship question but otherwise fill out a substantial portion of the survey will still be counted, government attorneys said in court documents.O’Muircheartaigh, who has served as an adviser to the Census Bureau, said the bureau’s additional efforts to count those people would not “remediate the damage caused by the introduction of the citizenship question,” referring to an undercount of certain groups.It’s the latest battle between California and President Donald Trump’s administration, with both sides suing the other over immigration and other issues. The government has cracked down on immigration and border security, while California has some protections for immigrants in the country illegally.U.S. Judge Richard Seeborg is scheduled to hear a week of testimony from experts and other witnesses in the census case before deciding whether to allow the question. Seeborg is the second federal judge considering the issue, with a ruling by the first judge expected soon after a trial in New York ended in November.Minority voting rightsThe Commerce Department announced the addition of a citizenship question in March, saying the Justice Department had requested it and it would improve enforcement of a 1965 law meant to protect minority voting rights.Government attorney Carlotta Wells said in an opening statement that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross considered a range of opinions and evaluated data from census officials before making his decision.The move sparked an outcry from Democrats, who said it would disproportionately affect states favoring their party. All households were last asked whether individuals were U.S. citizens in the 1950 census.Documents in the litigation in New York appear to show that Ross was pushing for the question well before the Justice Department’s request and spoke about it in spring 2017 with former senior White House adviser Steve Bannon and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.There was enough evidence “to infer that Secretary Ross was motivated to add the citizenship question for the partisan purpose of facilitating the exclusion of non-citizens from the population count for congressional apportionment,” California and other plaintiffs told Seeborg in court documents.No evidence of improper motiveRoss’ interest in pursuing the question and his discussions with other people are not evidence of an improper motive, Wells said.O’Muircheartaigh’s testimony is part of the plaintiffs’ effort to show the citizenship question would result in a costly undercount that they say would violate the constitutional requirement that the census include everyone in the U.S., even non-citizens.The Justice Department plans to rely on its expert, Stuart Gurrea, to argue that the question would cause no change in congressional apportionment in any state and only a negligible dip in the distribution of federal funds to California. Sharelast_img read more

This Robot Hand Taught Itself How to Grab Stuff Like a

first_imgElon Musk is kinda worried about AI. (“AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization and I don’t think people fully appreciate that,” as he put it in 2017.) So he helped found a research nonprofit, OpenAI, to help cut a path to “safe” artificial general intelligence, as opposed to machines that pop our civilization like a pimple. Yes, Musk’s very public fears may distract from other more real problems in AI. But OpenAI just took a big step toward robots that better integrate into our world by not, well, breaking everything they pick up.OpenAI researchers have built a system in which a simulated robotic hand learns to manipulate a block through trial and error, then seamlessly transfers that knowledge to a robotic hand in the real world. Incredibly, the system ends up “inventing” characteristic grasps that humans already commonly use to handle objects. Not in a quest to pop us like pimples—to be clear. The researchers’ trick is a technique called reinforcement learning. In a simulation, a hand, powered by a neural network, is free to experiment with different ways to grasp and fiddle with a block. “It’s just doing random things and failing miserably all the time,” says OpenAI engineer Matthias Plappert. “Then what we do is we give it a reward whenever it does something that slightly moves it toward the goal it actually wants to achieve, which is rotating the block.” The idea is to spin the block to show certain sides, each marked with an uppercase letter, without dropping it. More Great WIRED StoriesCrispr and the mutant future of foodYour next phone’s screen will be much tougher to crackThe 10 most difficult-to-defend online fandomsSchools can get free facial recognition tech. Should they?A landmark legal shift opens Pandora’s box for DIY gunsLooking for more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories For instance: Typically in the lab these researchers would position the robot hand palm-up, completely flat. Sitting in the hand, a block wouldn’t slide off. (Cameras positioned around the hand track LEDs at the tip of each finger, and also the position of the block itself.) But if the researchers tilted the hand slightly, gravity could potentially pull the block off the hand.The system could compensate for this, though, because of “gravity randomization,” which comes in the form of not just tweaking the strength of gravity in simulation, but the direction it’s pulling. “Our model that is trained with lots of randomizations, including the gravity randomization, adapted to this environment pretty well,” says OpenAI engineer Lilian Weng. “Another one without this gravity randomization just dropped the cube all the time because the angle was different.” The tilted palm was confused because in the real world, the gravitational force wasn’t perpendicular to the plane of the palm. But the hand that trained with gravity randomization could learn how to correct for this anomaly.To keep its grip on the block, the robot has five fingers and 24 degrees of freedom, making it very dexterous. (Hence its name, the Shadow Dexterous Hand. It’s actually made by a company in the UK.) Keep in mind that it’s learning to use those fingers from scratch, through trial and error in simulation. And it actually learns to grip the block like we would with our own fingers, essentially inventing human grasps.Interestingly, the robot goes about something called a finger pivot a bit differently. Humans would typically pinch the block with the thumb and either the middle or ring finger, and pivot the block with flicks of the index finger. The robot hand, though, learns to grip with the thumb and little finger instead. “We believe the reason for this is simply in the Shadow Hand, the little finger is actually more dextrous because it has an extra degree of freedom” in the palm, says Plappert. “In effect this means that the little finger has a much bigger area it can easily reach.” For a robot learning to manipulate objects, this is simply the more efficient way to go about things. Video by OpenAIcenter_img It’s an aritificial intelligence figuring out how to do a complex task that would take ungodly amounts of time for a human to precisely program piece by piece. “In some sense, that’s what reinforcement learning is about, AI on its own discovering things that normally would take an enormous amount of human expertise to design controllers for,” says Pieter Abbeel, a roboticist at UC Berkeley. “This is a wonderful example of that happening.” Now, this isn’t the first time researchers have trained a robot in simulation so a physical robot could adopt that knowledge. The challenge is, there’s a massive disconnect between simulation and the real world. There are just too many variables to account for in this great big complicated physical universe. “In the past, when people built simulators, they tried to build very accurate simulators and rely on the accuracy to make it work,” says Abbeel. “And if they can’t make it accurate enough, then the system wouldn’t work. This idea gets around that.”Sure, you could try to apply this kind of reinforcement learning on a robot in the real world and skip the simulation. But because this robot first trains in a purely digital world, it can pack in a lot of practice—the equivalent of 100 years of experience when you consider all the parallel “realities” the researchers factored in, all running quickly on very powerful computers. That kind of learning will grow all the more important as robots assume more responsibilities.Responsibilities that don’t including exterminating the human race. OpenAI will make sure of that. If the system does something random that brings the block slightly closer to the right position, a reward tells the hand to keep doing that sort of thing. Conversely, if it does something dumb, it’s punished, and learns to not do that sort of thing. (Think of it like a score: -20 for something very bad like dropping the object.) “Over time with a lot of experience it gradually becomes more and more versatile at rotating the block in hand,” says Plappert.The trick with this new system is that the researchers have essentially built many different worlds within the digital world. “So for each simulation we randomize certain aspects,” says Plappert. Maybe the mass of the block is a bit different, for example, or gravity is slightly different. “Maybe it can’t move its fingers as quickly as it normally could.” As if it’s living in a simulated multiverse, the robot finds itself practicing in lots of different “realities” that are slightly different from one another.This prepares it for the leap into the real world. “Because it sees so many of these simulated worlds during its training, what we were able to show here is that the actual physical world is just yet one more randomization from the perspective of the learning system,” says Plappert. If it only trains in a single simulated world, once it transfers to the real world, random variables will confuse the hell out of it.last_img read more

UPDATE Costa Ricas Turrialba Volcano explodes again

first_imgUPDATE:OVSICORI reports another explosion at 1:48 p.m. and a 2:26 p.m. report states that the ash column reached some 1,000 meters (some 3,280 feet). Facebook Comments Related posts:National Emergency Commission lifts two road closures near Turrialba Volcano Turrialba Volcano vapor plumes are normal, experts say Ash from Turrialba Volcano keeps falling on the Central Valley Turrialba Volcano again spews ash and vaporcenter_img Original story continues here:Volcanologists from the University of Costa Rica and the National University confirmed a new ash, vapor and gas explosion of Turrialba Volcano at 10:50 a.m. on Thursday.The fumarole spewed materials for about 24 minutes and reached some 500 meters (1,640 feet) above the crater’s summit, located some 67 kilometers northeast of the capital San José.A series of volcanic tremors in the surroundings of Turrialba canton followed the explosion, said Raúl Mora, a volcanologist with the National University’s National Seismological Network, who was at Turrialba at the time.Mora said the explosion had a greater magnitude than those recorded last weekend.Reports on the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica’s Facebook page stated ashes were visible on roofs, windows and cars as far as the provinces of San José and Heredia.See a video of the explosion recorded by an OVSICORI’s webcam:last_img read more

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first_imgWith guaranteed sunshine and crystal-clear turquoise water, spring is one of the best seasons to visit the Seychelles. For the lucky ones who will be staying at the recently opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon, the experience will be even more special as three of the most renowned Six Senses experts will also be visiting during this period.The line-up starts with Paul Frank Wagner, a world-renowned conceptual artist who was raised in New York City and is now based out of Sardinia, Italy. Strongly influenced by the 1960s minimalism movement, Paul primarily uses rope and natural materials as his medium. In 2005, Paul was one of the 30 artists featured in “30 Ways to Make a Painting”, together with high profile artists such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Nam June Paik, Keith Sonnier, Joseph Kosuth and Allan McCollum. In 2009 his solo show was featured at Scope Miami and in 2014 his “Exhale” installation featuring forest animals won first prize on ArtSlant.Paul travels the world creating rope painting installations and working with children as a Hoopla Education Specialist because he firmly believes that all children are artists. While on Félicité Island during Easter, 12 to 17 April, Paul will be running a five-day educational and land-art programme for both adults and children. The name of the programme is Gumballs, a term that describes his colourful works with circles and the endless possibilities they entail. In these contemporary art workshops, adults and children discover the amazing world of circles found in nature, the road and many other curious places, exploring their creativity with circular shapes to create their own unique works of art.With a totally different approach, but with the same objective of reconnecting with yourself, Six Senses’ Félicité Island will be home for two weeks for Abdoulaye Fadiga. Abdoulaye specialises in mental and physical coaching, which includes boxing, general physical preparedness and biomechanics together with nutrition and health. He has twice held the prestigious title of World Champion of Muay Thai together with the French Champion title for nine times. Abdoulaye is the founder and CEO of the company Champion Spirit, as well as one of the most respected European sports academies, 50 Foch by Abdoulaye Fadiga, which is based in Paris.With more than 10 years of experience Abdoulaye Fadiga developed a bespoke and extremely efficient work out programme named Champion Spirit Training. Benefits of this method have been appreciated and used by world-class athletes, top executives, busy mothers and even a few supermodels. During his stay, Abdoulaye will offer coaching sessions which include general physical and mental preparation, interval training, circuit training, boxing lessons and many other techniques that would enable clients to reach their desired level of fitness and learn a healthy way of life.The third specialist to visit is Astronomer Dr Parag Mahajani. The independent consultant and trainer in the fields of science and technology and Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society, London (FRAS) will be at Six Senses Zil Pasyon from 10 to 22 May 2017. Dr Mahajani is an expert in the field of astronomy with 25 years of experience. He frequently visits Six Senses resorts to delight guests with his slide shows, talks and sky observation programmes. During his career he has received prestigious awards such as State Level Best Literature Award Winner (C. D. Deshmukh Puraskar) for Science and Technology for the book, ‘Tarakanchya Vishwat’ from the Maharashtra Government in 2005-2006. He has written around 500 articles in various Indian and international publications on science and technology, and he has given close to 1000 lectures on astronomy and related subjects.last_img read more

Anastasiades wants to dismiss CBC governor

first_imgBy George ChristouPresident Nicos Anastasiades said he was looking into going to the Supreme Court to get rid of the Central Bank (CBC) governor whom he accused of being inadequate and spending more time abroad than doing his job in Cyprus.Speaking on private Mega television on Wednesday night, Anastasiades said he was putting together evidence showing Panicos Demetriades’ weakness or lack of competence.“I am investigating and documenting all the things that make up the weakness or the inadequacy in the performance of his duties and accordingly, in line with the constitution, I will decide the prospect of referral to the highest legal council,” Anastasiades said.Relations between the president and Demetriades have been strained, but took a turn for the worse in the last week, as a result of the latter’s delay in approving the new directors of the Bank of Cyprus who were elected at the AGM of September 10.The Governor has come under criticism also from the political parties and business organisations for his prevarication over the evaluation of the new directors.The Central Bank had still not completed the ‘fitness and probity’ evaluation of six directors, even though as a member of the resolution authority it had given its approval to all of them.Anastasiades said he was running out of patience with Demetriades.“This cannot go on,” the president said.Responding to the interviewer’s suggestion that Demetriades may have been giving a demonstration of his powers, the president said bluntly: “The economy’s and the country’s needs will not depend on the whims of anyone. We are not student organisations that play games.”“The Governor should have evaluated all of the candidates who had put forward their names to be members of the board ahead of the AGM. Despite having promised the resolution authority that this would happen before the AGM, I established that on the day of the AGM he (Demetriades) was not ready yet.”Anastasiades was so concerned that he called Demetriades and “advised him to be careful because we had already suffered a number of delays and it would be unthinkable that any of those elected to the board of directors would depend on what he decided.”He added: “I told him you will cause an uproar and more uncertainty and instability within a bank which is expecting to have a new board of directors. Ten days on and there is still no final decision regarding the board of directors.”He also had a dig at Demetriades tendency to spend much of his time abroad.“Someone who holds such an important position will not be allowed to spend such long periods abroad instead of carrying out his duties,” he said.The CBC responded late on Wednesday night, accusing Anastasiades of trying to undermine the independence of the governor.The regulator rejected the claim that Demetriades was abroad all the time and did not do his job.The governor’s frequent presence at the European decision-making centres, especially Frankfurt, did not include holidays, a CBC statement said, but was necessary in a bid to influence decisions in favour of Cyprus.The regulator added that the evaluation of the members of the newly-elected board was being carried out carefully, based on the criteria set by the European Banking Authority “to protect the credibility of the BoC and avoid past mistakes.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: September 2,Rahul Dravid who have retired from cricket could have been picked come as a surprise for authorities of the institute as the health team which raided the hospital in August this year found dengue mosquito larvae and had also declared the hospital in high risk zone for dengue outbreak. barely a month after we killed our children in Peshawar.partially under Western pressure,and Lady Bird. Following the Golden Globes winners’ announcement it was declaredthat The Shape of Waterand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri will hit Indian cinema screens on 2 February and 16 February respectively Fox Star Studios to release #GoldenGlobes winners #TheShapeOfWater and #ThreeBillboardsOutsideEbbingMissouri on 2 Feb 2018 and 16 Feb 2018 respectively in India pictwittercom/WHtVx8u00M — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 8 2018 The Shape of Water is a dark fantasy directed by the acclaimed Guillermo del Toro which won him the coveted Best Director award at the Golden Globes ceremony Martin McDonagh the critically acclaimed filmmaker known for his dark comedy In Bruges swept away the night with yet another trademark dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri winning the Best Motion Picture – Drama award along with a powerhouse performance by Frances McDormand winning her the Best Performance by an Actress – Drama award The film also wonBest Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell and Best Screenplay Published Date: Jan 09 2018 13:26 PM | Updated Date: Jan 09 2018 13:26 PM tags: #2018 Golden Globe Awards #BuzzPatrol #The Shape of Water #Three Billboards #Three Billboards outside Ebbing also see Golden Globes 2018 as it happened: Big Little Lies The Shape of Water win top honours; see full winners list here Golden Globes 2018 predictions: Shape of Water The Post Handmaid’s Tale are the top contenders PETA urges Rajinikanth fans to not slaughter goats in celebration of his political party Written by Reuters | Los Angeles | Published: March 24 2010 9:01 am Related News “Twilight” fans didn’t show up en masse for recent new movies starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewartbut they snapped up plenty of copies of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” DVD when it went on sale at 12:01 am Saturday Summit Entertainmentthe studio behind the teen vampire franchisereported Tuesday that the DVD of the second installment in the “Twilight” saga sold more than 4 million units in its first weekendsurpassing the 38 million opening-weekend sales that the first “Twilight” racked up in 2009 That film went on to become the top-selling DVD of the yearwith 92 million units sold Director Chris Weitz and many of the “Moon” cast members fanned out across the country for appearances at “‘New Moon’ at Midnight” events “The ground we have broken with in-store partnerships and the availability of this title has been a positive influence on the retail DVD business” Summit president of home entertainment Steve Nickerson said “Moon” released in Novemberhas grossed more than $705 million in theaters worldwide “Eclipse” the third installment in the serieshits the big screen in North America on June 30 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mandya | Published: October 1 2013 5:03 am Related News A day after Narendra Modi accused the Congress of undermining the Prime Minister on the issue of an ordinance to protect convicted lawmakersSonia Gandhi came out in full support of Manmohan Singh Monday emphasising that the whole party stands behind our Prime Minister? She was speaking at a rally in Mandya to thank the Karnataka electorate for voting for the Congress in the Assembly election and the recent Lok Sabha bypolls The Congress president said: They ridicule usthey ridicule our Prime Minister and they ridicule the whole party The party stands behind our Prime Minister All our achievements have been under his leadership?No other government has achieved as much as the UPA. Madhur Bhandarkar made it clear that he was absolutely happy with the censor’s final decision. there are none to be had from not talking.

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