Pompeo to deliver major policy speech on India and US in IndoPacific

first_imgWashington: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will deliver a major policy speech next week on how India and the US lay a economic foundation for a free and open Indo-Pacific region, an official announcement has said. Pompeo will deliver the keynote address on “The US and India: An Economic Foundation for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific” at the US-India Business Council’s India Ideas Summit on Wednesday, June 12, the State Department said Friday. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ This will be Pompeo’s major foreign policy speech on India. US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross is also scheduled to address US-India Business Council’s (USIBC) India Ideas Summit on June 12 and June 13. Among other speakers at the conference are Matthew Bevin, Governor of Kentucky; Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion; Deepak Bagla, CEO, Invest India; James Taiclet, CEO, American Tower Corporation and Milind Pant, CEO, Amway. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China Indian-origin Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google; Pawan Goenka, managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra; Adena Friedman, CEO, Nasdaq; Ritesh Agarwal, CEO, OYO Rooms and Meg Gentle, CEO, Tellurian are other prominent speakers. Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla, his American counterpart Ken Juster; former Supreme Court Justice Shiva Kirti Singh; Lockheed Martin Executive VP Rick Edwards; Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot; and Intel India Managing Director Nivruti Rai are other prominent speakers at the two-day conference. Coming on the heels of SelectUSA, the India Ideas Summit will highlight the critical role cities and states play in growing the U.S.-India commercial relationship, the USIBC said. India Ideas conference will be one of the first opportunities where both governments can really amplify this relationship after the election, USIBC president Nisha Desai Biswal told PTI in a recent interview. The first edition of the USIBC’s India Ideas summit was held in Mumbai last year. The US has been pushing for a broader role by India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region. In November last, India, the US, Australia and Japan had given shape to the long-pending Quadrilateral coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of Chinese influence.last_img read more

DARPAs Justin Sanchez works to stay a step ahead of technological surprises

first_imgMONTREAL — Justin Sanchez, a neuroscientist with the United States’ Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency won’t confirm or deny if he’s working on classified projects.As director of the agency’s biotech office, his research focuses on healing American soldiers who have suffered traumatic brain injuries in battle.“I cannot confirm one way or another, because in doing so it would kind of reveal, but we are part of the Department of Defence,” Sanchez said, following his presentation at the C2 Montreal conference this week.  “And the Department of Defence does a whole number of (jobs) in a number of areas.”His answer is as mysterious as the research he conducts for the American military within the agency, known as DARPA. But he admits the scientific breakthroughs he has played a part in have applications far beyond medicine.For instance, his research has recently shown humans can operate multiple unmanned aerial vehicles using only their minds. Research subjects — already suffering from illnesses such as epilepsy or Parkinson’s — were implanted with brain sensors connected to a series of their neurons.One of his subjects was able to fly a virtual aircraft using a flight simulator — all with their thoughts. That scientific finding is “absolutely” applicable to soldiers in combat, Sanchez said, “but the technology is not ready for prime time.”In one month, Sanchez will complete a six-year term at the research agency, whose origins stretch back to 1958. The United States was humiliated when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1 into space in 1957. American leaders vowed from that point on, they would be at the forefront of technological advances.DARPA’s roughly 200 employees manage research projects around the United States with the goal of ensuring Americans are never again surprised by technology. It is credited with inventing the internet, touch screen technology and GPS.“We want to be ahead — always ahead,” Sanchez said. “And part of being ahead is thinking in ways that other people don’t.”In another project, Sanchez was able to “boost” a research subject’s memory by sending electrical impulses to a specific part of their brain.“We can do this today,” he said. “We have shown proof of concept. We can stimulate the brain to improve memory performance.”Scientists also have data suggesting it’s possible to transfer concepts into the brains of rats. Sanchez said scientists have created a mental map about how to solve a maze — and implanted that “memory” into the brains of rodents. “There are early results that show there is a possibility of helping the neurons in the brain (of rats) receive that concept and facilitate their performance in one of those kinds of tasks.”Transferring memories into humans is still a long way off, he said.But theoretically, it’s not impossible, said Carolina Bessega, chief scientific officer and co-founder of Stradigi AI, a Montreal-based artificial intelligence company.“I don’t think it’s completely unfeasible,” she said in an interview at C2. “Theoretically yes, but it’s still early research.”Stradigi AI conducts experimental research in machine learning, but it also works directly with companies by offering tailored services in artificial intelligence.DARPA’s secrecy has sparked countless conspiracy theories and tales of super-soldiers created in basement research labs across the United States, but both Bessega and Sanchez say that is pure fantasy.“The scientific community,” she said, “in general is pretty ethical.” But Bessega admits it’s impossible to know the kinds of research being done in less transparent countries, such as China.China, too, had its “Sputnik moment,” according to author Kai-Fu Lee, in his book, “AI Superpowers.”In the book, Lee recounts how the Chinese became transfixed when the country’s star Go player was beaten handily by an artificial intelligence backed by Google in 2017. That moment helped spur an intense and ongoing push by the Chinese to become world leaders in artificial intelligence.Sanchez said the United States still leads the world in technological advances, and he wouldn’t say if the possibility of Chinese dominance concerns him. “If your mission is to create and prevent strategic surprise, you can’t just focus on one person or one place,” he said.Biotech, for instance, is democratizing, meaning anyone can order a gene-editing kit online and use it at home. Governments no longer have a monopoly on technological advances, he said.“We are living in a world where lots of people can use (technology) in a number of ways, and staying ahead of surprises that can come from that — that’s what keeps me up at night.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Plot to extort DHL has Germans on edge during holiday season

first_imgBERLIN – A murky plot to extort money from delivery giant DHL Express has many Germans on edge during the busy holiday shipping season. Packages sent to a police station and a government office produced at least two false alarms Monday as a hotline buzzed with calls from anxious citizens.Officials in the German state of Brandenburg revealed Sunday that a package delivered to a Potsdam pharmacy with a crude device made of wires, batteries and nails inside was part of a conspiracy to extort millions of euros (dollars) from DHL.The package also held a barcode that directed investigators to an online message threatening more unwelcome parcels unless the company paid up.On Monday, a package delivered by DHL to the Thuringia state governor’s office and at first feared to be bearing a hand grenade brought police out to investigate. An X-ray showed only rolled up catalogues in the item, prosecutor Hannes Gruenseisen told The Associated Press.“We assume it had nothing to do with the incident in Potsdam,” Gruenseisen said. “It was considered suspicious because it came from DHL, had no return address and was sent directly to the governor.”In the other false alarm, a package delivered to a police precinct in Gransee, north of Berlin, prompted the building’s evacuation. It turned to be a traditional German Christmas cake, German news agency dpa reported.The two incidents underscored the level of nervousness in many mailrooms while the person or people behind the extortion scheme remain at large.The suspicious package delivered to the Potsdam pharmacy Friday cause police to evacuate a surrounding Christmas market and to destroy the parcel through a controlled explosion.The online message outlining the DHL extortion demand mentioned a similar package that was sent to an online company in Frankfurt an der Oder at the beginning of November and had started burning when it was opened, prosecutors said.A spokesman for a task force set up in Brandenburg state to investigate the plot refused Monday to give more details, citing the ongoing probe.DHL, a division of Deutsche Post DHL, has refused to comment on the case. Telephone calls to its headquarters in Bonn, Germany went unanswered Monday.Last month, the company said it expected to handle 8.5 million daily deliveries in Germany during the holidays, double the number it usually makes.Potsdam police woman Stefanie Klaus said a hotline activated as part of the investigation has been ringing steadily with calls about suspect parcels from concerned citizens. Tips are being phoned in as well, she said.“We have received more than three dozen phone calls, but none of them was a hot lead,” Klaus said.last_img read more

In Pictures Flooding Kills 14 People in Morocco

Rabat – Several cars and trucks were swept away by flooding, blocking the road traffic for hours in Guelmim on Sunday morning after the heavy rain that fell in the Southern region.According to several media reports, the deaths toll could reach 20 people.Three victims were killed when a car crashed into a river near Bouizegrane, (near Guelmim province south of Morocco). Eleven others, among them three women and a 9-year-old child were killed after a bus was swept away by floods while it was trying to cross the Bridge of Timissourt River, near Bouizegrane, earlier on Sunday. read more

Iraqi Scholar Muslims Should Not Celebrate New Years

Rabat – An Iraqi Sunni authority, Sheikh Mahdi Al Sumaidaie, said in his Friday prayer message in Baghdad that Muslims are forbidden from taking part in New Year’s celebrations.“It is not permitted to celebrate the New Year or congratulate it or participate in it,” the sheik said on the official Facebook page of Dar Iraqi Iftaa, a Muslim religious authority in Iraq.  “Taking part in their celebrations is taking part in [disbelief],” he added.Read Also: Moroccans Call Bakery ‘Extremist’ for Refusing to Sell New Year CakesThe Chaldean Catholic Church called Sumaidaie’s religious opinion, or fatwa, “false, malicious and far from the correct knowledge of religions.” The church’s statement added, “Sheikh Mahdi al-Sumaidaie oversees two Sunni brigades within the People’s Mobilization Force, which is composed of Shi’ite factions, some of whom are closely tied to Tehran.”According to Al-Monitor, Sumaidaie quoted 14th-century scholar Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyya in his speech, who said, “Congratulating Christians on their holidays is like congratulating them for prostrating unto their cross and believing that Jesus is the son of God.” read more

Maldives UN rights office says trial of former President politicized unfair

Addressing a press briefing at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), confirmed that she had headed a UN delegation to the Maldives from 20 to 23 April to examine the broader issues related to the criminal case against Mr. Nasheed.According to OHCHR, Mr. Nasheed’s trial began one day after his arrest, which was made on the charge that he authorised the unlawful detention of Criminal Court Judge Abdulla Mohamed in 2012 when he was the country’s President. Having previously faced charges for the same complaint, which were withdrawn by the Prosecutor-General, Mr. Nasheed was arrested again under the Anti-Terrorism Act.OHCHR has noted that the trial did not follow stipulations in the Maldives’ Constitution, which states that anyone accused of a crime shall have the right to adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence, and did not follow international fair trial standards.In the absence of an adequate criminal code, evidence law, and criminal procedures, the Maldives Prosecutor-General and the judges had excessive discretionary powers that they applied against the former President, Ms. Rishmawi told reporters, adding that Mr. Nasheed had only learnt about the charges against him under the Anti-Terrorism Act upon arrest. In addition, she said, the entire Maldives judicial system was perceived as politicised, inadequate and subject to external influence.OHCHR once again stressed the need for the authorities to allow an environment conducive to political dialogue in the country, Ms. Rishmawi continued. A mass protest had been planned in the country and the OHCHR urged the authorities to allow such exercise of freedom of expression and opinion without undue interference. read more

UN mourns death of former SecretaryGeneral Kofi Annan a guiding force for

Mr. Annan was the seventh man to take the helm of the global organization and the first Secretary-General to emerge from the ranks of its staff.The current UN chief, Antonio Guterres hailed him as “a guiding force for good” and a “proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.”“Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone,” Mr. Guterres said in a statement.“He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world.  In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all us.”Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on 8 April 1938.He served as UN Secretary-General for two consecutive five-year terms, beginning in January 1997.Mr. Annan joined the UN system in 1962 as an administrative and budget officer with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, rising to hold senior-level posts in areas such as budget and finance, and peacekeeping.As Mr. Guterres noted: “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.” Kofi Annan and the UNFrom his beginnings in Geneva, Mr. Annan held UN posts in places such as Ethiopia, Egypt, the former Yugoslavia and at Headquarters in New York.Following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, he was tasked with facilitating the repatriation of more than 900 international staff as well as the release of Western hostages.He later led the first UN team negotiating with Iraq on the sale of oil to fund purchases of humanitarian aid.Immediately prior to his appointment as Secretary-General in January 1997, Mr. Annan headed the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations during a period which saw an unprecedented growth in the Organization’s field presence.His first major initiative as UN chief was a plan for UN reform, presented to Member States in July 1997.Mr. Annan used his office to advocate for human rights, the rule of law, development and Africa, and he worked to bring the UN closer to people worldwide by forging ties with civil society, the private sector and other partners.As Secretary-General, he also galvanized global action to fight HIV/AIDS and combat terrorism.Mr. Annan and the United Nations jointly were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.In his farewell statement to the UN General Assembly in December 2006, Kofi Annan expressed emotion over leaving what he called “this mountain with its bracing winds and global views.”Although the job had been difficult and challenging, he admitted that it was also “thrillingly rewarding” at times.“And while I look forward to resting my shoulder from those stubborn rocks in the next phase of my life, I know I shall miss the mountain,” he said.However, Mr. Annan did not rest, taking on the role of UN Special Envoy for Syria in the wake of the conflict which began in March 2011.He also chaired an Advisory Commission established by Myanmar in 2016 to improve the welfare of all people in Rakhine state, home to the minority Rohingya community.His homeland, Ghana, established an international peacekeeping training centre that bears his name, which was commissioned in 2004. read more

Russian thugs beat up St Patricks flashmob after mistaking it for gay

first_imgA GROUP OF thugs in Russia’s Siberian city of Irkutsk beat up members of a St. Patrick’s Day-themed flashmob, mistaking them for gay activists, Interfax news agency reported Monday, citing police.A fight broke out after students at a language school held a belated St Patrick’s Day flashmob in a mall in Irkutsk, a police spokesman said.“On Sunday evening, members of Easy School held a St Patrick’s Day flashmob in the mall. Some youths came up to them and expressed displeasure at the proceedings. A conflict took place that grew into a fight on the square outside the mall,” the spokesman said.A law enforcement source told Interfax that the fight was based on a misunderstanding.“The Easy School members were wearing historic costumes, particularly kilts and their opponents mistook them for representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation,” the source said, using a Russian phrase meaning gay.The school posted a video of the flash mob on the social networking site VKontakte showing many wearing checked kilts and confirmed its students and teachers were hurt in the fight.“Yes our students and teachers were among the injured but it could have been any young people who weren’t to the taste of these grey masses,” the school said in a statement.Police said a teacher at the school suffered mild concussion.- © AFP, 2014Read: Couple caught having Paddy’s day sex beside bins wanted by police > Read: Gardaí arrest two youths over St Patrick’s Day assault seen in viral video >last_img read more

TV3 rebrand Childrens programmes are moving to the broadcasters new channel

first_img 11,990 Views 21 Comments TV3 rebrand: Children’s programmes are moving to the broadcaster’s new channel The broadcasting group has elected to move its children’s programming to its new “female focused” station Be3. Share102 Tweet Email Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:25 AM https://jrnl.ie/3123756 TV3 Group finally acquired UTV Ireland last Thursday at a cost in the region of €10 million.“We’ve rebranded all three stations for bespoke audiences,” director of programming Bill Malone told TheJournal.ie by way of explanation for the decision at the launch.Far from a demotion for such programming, Malone says its new home will allow it to flourish.Be3, which is set to be the group’s ‘female focused’ family channel, is to feature second showings of TV3′s major soaps, together with programmes like Loose Women, Midsomer Murders, and Benidorm.RTÉ decision Last month, citing “financial difficulties”, RTÉ announced it would cease all in-house production in favour of outsourcing all of its kids’ TV.That decision was met with anger by the Trade Union Group (TUG) which claimed that RTÉ had jumped the gun in declaring its intention to outsource.Both sides in that dispute are currently working through a “consultation period” in an attempt to resolve differences. That period finishes on 31 January, although channel controller for RTÉ One and Two Adrian Lynch has said that the broadcaster’s “obligation” to outsource remains.Voice of Bosco, Paula Lambert previously said that RTÉ’s decision “brought back incredibly bad memories for me”. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Dec 7th 2016, 6:25 AM Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter “The first thing to be cut is children’s programmes. I feel very, very sorry for the young enthusiastic people who are working in the children’s department today. I know that they give it their all with very little facilities,” she said.Bosco him/herself didn’t pull his/her punches regarding the situation in a recent interview with TheJournal.ie: TV3 GROUP HAS elected to move all its children’s television programming to its new, ‘female focused’ station Be3.The new station was announced yesterday at a media briefing outlining the group’s plans for 2017.Along with the launch of the new station, which takes over from the troubled UTV Ireland on 9 January, the group has rebranded its existing channels, TV3 itself and 3e.TV3 is now to be seen as the “grown ups”, flagship channel, and as part of the changes kids’ programming will move from 3e to Be3.The actual output of that programming should remain unchanged. Short URL Subscribe for more videos Most importantly, utv Ireland is to become Be3, a “female orientated” channel pic.twitter.com/mi8mYbcQqr— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) December 6, 2016 By Cianan Brennan I think it’s because they (RTÉ) don’t care about children… because if they did care about children then they wouldn’t take away the programmes.Note: This story was amended at 10.45am. An earlier version said that children’s programming was moving from TV3 to Be3. Read: Plans for Trump wall along Clare coast withdrawn – but a new one is on the wayRead: Bus Éireann could be out of money within two years Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

En Corée du Sud le jeu vidéo est un sport national

first_imgEn Corée du Sud, le jeu vidéo est un sport nationalPetit marché du jeu vidéo parmi d’autres dans les années 1990, la Corée du Sud a vu se développer un engouement incroyable pour cette activité.Drôle de pays qu’est la Corée du Sud… Là-bas, on ne fait pas les choses comme les autres. La preuve avec le deuxième sport favori des Sud-Coréens, les tournois de jeux vidéo ! Alors que le pays n’est qu’un petit marché dans les années 1990, la création des PC-bang, les salles de jeu en réseau, et la sortie du jeu Starcraft vont considérablement changer la donne. Progressivement, les meilleurs joueurs s’organisent en équipes pour disputer des tournois de plus en plus médiatisés. La télévision s’empare également du phénomène, et de nombreuses chaînes se mettent à diffuser les grandes compétitions, explique Le Monde. Certains joueurs deviennent même de véritables stars, sponsorisées et coachées en vue d’obtenir plus de résultats. En 2000, un syndicat est même créé, la Korean e-Sport Players Association (Kespa), soutenu par le gouvernement, qui reconnaît officiellement l’e-sport comme un sport national.À lire aussiUn scientifique sud-coréen clone des coyotes, avant les mammouthsDan “Artosis” Stemkoski, un américain qui commente en anglais les matches de la Global Star League (GSL), principal tournoi de Starcraft II, sur la chaîne Gom TV, explique cet engouement incroyable : “L’e-sport en Corée est actuellement le second sport le plus regardé, derrière le baseball. Il y a de nombreuses chaînes de télévision, et encore plus sur Internet, qui diffusent les matchs. Le jeu vidéo n’est pas totalement accepté ici non plus, mais la tolérance est incomparable à ce qu’elle est en Occident. Le fait que les meilleurs joueurs gagnent très bien leur vie, passent à la télévision et mobilisent de nombreux fans a beaucoup aidé. On trouve d’ailleurs des gens de tout âge dans les PC-bang, jouant de manière amateur à Starcraft, mais la compétition reste réservée aux plus jeunes”. Selon lui, le phénomène ne devrait toutefois pas rester cantonné à la Corée du Sud, certains tournois commençant à s’organiser en Europe et aux Etats-Unis. “Il ne faudra pas longtemps avant que Starcraft puisse être diffusé sur des chaînes occidentales. Le jeu compte déjà plus d’adeptes que beaucoup de ces sports loufoques que l’on peut voir sur quelques chaînes bizarres”, prédit-il ainsi.  Le 16 avril 2011 à 15:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

World Day Against Child Labour Acknowledged in The Bahamas

World Day Against Child Labour Acknowledged in The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Nassau – June 12 was celebrated as World Day Against Child Labour under the theme of “ In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labour”. This year’s theme focuses on the negative impact of natural disasters and violent conflict on families and children.In The Bahamas, The Ministry of Labour is committed to eradicate all forms of Child Labour including the Worse Forms of Child Labour in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the region. The Government has supported the International Labour Organization’s Regional Initiative “Latin American and The Caribbean Free of Child Labour” which was created in 2014 as an innovative instrument for intergovernmental cooperation with participation of employers and employees. The goal of this international coalition of 27 countries is to reduce the current situation of Child Labour in the Latin America and The Caribbean by 2025.Fortunately, in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas we do not experience war, however we are impacted by natural disasters in the form of hurricanes. The Government has no information on children in The Bahamas being subjected to child labour as a result of natural disasters as national reconstruction exercises are handled by the State.Social Programmes implemented by The Bahamas Department of Social Services, including a national school lunch programme and other successful measures for ensuring the well-being of children exist throughout The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.The Ministry of Labour continues to work closely with the National Tripartite Council which completed a Rapid Assessment on Child Labour designed by the ILO and also recommended the development of a National Child Labour Policy to establish a holistic strategy for monitoring, reporting and prevention tactics. The Ministry also looks forward to continued partnership with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Services and Ministry of National Security as we unite to combat Child Labour in every form.The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has declared that it stands with the rest of our international neighbors to recognize June 12 as World Day Against Child Labour. We raise our voice to declare “ In Conflicts and Disasters, Protect Children from Child Labour.”#magneticmedianews#worlddayagainstchildlabourlast_img read more

Go 113 Brings Centralized Module Mirror Proxy and Checksum Database

first_imgThe announcement of the new module mirror and checksum database sparked a reaction from developers worried about Google being able to track what packages developers use if they do not modify go get default configuration: This checksum database allows the go command to safely use an otherwise untrusted proxy. Because there is an auditable security layer sitting on top of it, a proxy or origin server can’t intentionally, arbitrarily, or accidentally start giving you the wrong code without getting caught. This is the first language in my 23 years of programming that reports my usage back to the language authors. It’s unprecedented. While leaving the language mostly unchanged, Go 1.13 brings a number of improvements to the toolchain, runtime, and libraries, including a relatively controversial default Go module proxy and Checksum database that requires developers to accept a specific Google privacy policy.At the language level, Go 1.13 supports a more uniform set of prefixes for numeric literals, such as 0b for binary numbers, 0x for hexadecimal numbers, 0o for octals, and so on. The new version also enables the use of signed shift counts with operators <>, thus removing the need for uint type casting when using them. Both changes do not break Go’s promise of source compatibility with previous versions of the language.More extensive are the improvements to the toolchain, including: some polish for go get so it works more consistently in both module-aware and GOPATH mode; support for version suffix @patch when getting a package; additional validation on the requested version string; improved analysis of which variables and expressions could be allocated on the stack instead of heap; and more.In particular, the Go module system now supports out-of-the-box the module mirror and checksum database Google recently launched. The module mirror is aimed to improve go get performance by implementing a more efficient fetching mechanism in comparison with that of what version management systems such as Git provide, and effectively acts as a proxy to the package sources. For example, the module mirror does not require downloading the full commit history of a repository. In addition, it provides an API more suited to package management, which includes operations to get a list of versions of a package, information about a package version, a mode and zip file for a given version, and so on.The checksum database also aims to ensure your packages are trusted. Prior to its introduction, the Go package manager used to ensure authenticity of a package using its go.sum file, which basically contains a list of SHA-256 hashes. With this approach, the authenticity of a package is established on its first download, then checked against for each subsequent download. The checksum database is a single source of truth which can be used to ensure a package is legit, even the first time it is downloaded by comparing its go.sum with the information stored in the database.center_img Another complaint concerns the requirement to accept a specific Google privacy policy which could change at any time in future. It should be noted that developers can disable the go get default behaviour by setting the following environment variables:go env -w GOPROXY=directgo env -w GOSUMDB=off This is considered not robust enough, though, due to the possibility of those variables not being set by mistake, e.g., on a new machine, or being inadvertently cleared, e.g. when using su -.While the new module mirror and checksum database undoubtely improve Go module system performance and security, there is a chance that their acceptance may not be very high among privacy-conscious developers until the Google Go team reviews its approach by making the usage `off` by default, or by providing a more robust way to disable them, especially in enterprise environments, where accepting the Google privacy policy could entail some complication. InfoQ will keep reporting on this as new information becomes available.last_img

Is Music Moneyball The Future Of Our Industry

Is Music Moneyball The Future Of Our Industry

first_img Email Twitter Is Music Moneyball The Future Of Our Industry? Is Music Moneyball A Reality? music-moneyball-future-our-industry Facebook News The rising prevalence of music generated by Artificial Intelligence creates problems – or opportunities – for the music industryNate HertweckGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:09 pm Imagine a world where a computer can write music instantly to suit almost any need. As you may have already guessed, that world is here.Programs like Amper Music and Jukedeck can pump out the jams in seconds, and with tools like Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” algorithms, and artificial experts like Siri and Alexa at our fingertips, the era of music moneyball has, arguably, arrived.While the marriage of AI and music has been decades in the making, a recent court ruling on the viral sensation “Monkey Selfie” may inadvertently provide a portal into future treatment of copyright as it applies to music created solely by AI.In the ruling, which declared that ownership of copyright does not extend to content created by animals, the Copyright Office also deemed ineligible “[w]orks produced by a machine or mere mechanical process that operates randomly or automatically without any creative input or intervention from a human author.”This is great news for the many artists who have devoted their lives to developing their craft, as the Copyright Office clearly recognized human input as essential element of protectable intellectual property. However, as the craze of AI mounts step for step with the creation and implementation of AI-created music, the music industry has an issue on its hands that will no doubt require some hard-thought decisions.In a recent guest column for Hollywood Reporter, entertainment lawyer James Sammataro draws up an outline of this complex issue, presenting the good cause for excitement and trepidation alike from various factions of our business before ultimately surmising, “AI is the future of the music industry.” Whether this will manifest as the next “Napster moment” or continue along the path of “plotting the dots between artist and audience…delivering a frictionless musical experience” remains to be seen.One way or another, Sammataro points out that “the technology is a long way from producing a perennial hit like Toto’s “Africa” or a concept record like Pink Floyd’s The Wall”Read More: 4 Top Announcements From Apple’s Live Eventlast_img read more

Hrithik Roshan dodges clash with Kangana Ranaut shifts Super 30 release date

first_imgHrithik Roshan dodged clash with Kangana Ranaut.TwitterHrithik Roshan and his Super 30 team have decided to change the film’s release in order to avoid clash with Kangana Ranaut’s Mental Hai Kya.Hrithik issued a statement on Thursday saying that he requested his film’s producers to shift the release date in order to save himself from the “personal trauma and toxic mental violence this would case”.In the wake of Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel accusing him of maligning the actress’ image through PR tactics, Hrithik in his statement said that he will now wait for the “collective consciousness of society to take congizance of such matters in order to maintain faith in civility”.Read the full statement below:”So as to not allow my film to be desecrated by yet another media circus, I have decided to shift the release date of my film SUPER30 in order to save myself from the personal trauma and toxic mental violence this would cause. Despite the film being ready, I have requested my producers to shift and announce the next suitable date as soon as possible. Over the past few years, to my utter dismay, I have been witness to a lot of us cheering and encouraging what was/is an open and blatant case of harassment. I must even now, wait patiently and silently for the collective consciousness of society to take cognizance of such matters in order to maintain our faith in civility of our society. This unrelenting helplessness must end”.It all started after the makers of Kangana’s Mental Hai Kya postponed the film’s release, thereby causing a clash with Hrithik’s Super 30. While producer Ekta Kapoor clarified that it was her decision to shift the date, a lot of tweets started flowing, accusing the actress of deliberately causing the clash.Later, Rangoli made some nasty tweets against Hrithik, which further worsened the situation. Although Super 30 will not clash with Mental Hai Kya anymore, the exact release date of Hrithik’s film is yet to be announced.last_img read more

Student threatens to commit suicide after release from jail

Student threatens to commit suicide after release from jail

first_imgEhsan HabibHe will commit suicide along with his mother and younger sister as soon as he is released from jail. A Jagannath University student, Ehsan Habib, who was arrested from the university for no apparent reason wrote this open letter from jail. The letter has gone viral on social media.Ehsan claimed that the police framed him in a case concerning the infighting of the university unit of Chhatra League.“I will go home from the jail. Then my mother, my disabled sister and I will commit suicide,” he wrote in the letter.Ehsan was the only earning member of his family. He is from Narail. He was arrested from the university campus on 19 February. Habib wrote about his arrest in the letter.The letter said he went to park his motorcycle at the parking lot of the university’s new building at around 8:00pm. His roommate Shovon was with him at the time. An assistant proctor suddenly appeared and a police team arrested Ehsan with no explanation.He later came at the police station that some miscreants had tord down the posters of the abolished committee of the university BCL unit ahead of the election for the new committee. Police arrested him in connection with the incident. Notably, the former committee was abolished following clashes on 18 February. Ehsan wrote in the letter that he told the police several times that he was not involved in politics. The officer in charge of Kotwali police station assured him that he would be released if innocent but sent him to court the next day.Ehsan urged the vice chancellor and proctor of the university to verify whether the accused is guilty or a scapegoat. The university authorities took the matter seriously as the letter went viral on social media.They assured that they will take steps for Ehsan’s bail. The officer in charge of Kotwali police station, Moudud Hawladar told Prothom Alo that he was investigating on every detail and evidence related to the matter. “Only those against whom there is adequate proof will be named in the charge sheet,” he added.The proctor of Jagannath University said, the university authorities will take necessary steps to free Ehsan on Sunday. “He will be acquitted if proved not to be involved in politics,” proctor Noor Mohammad added.last_img read more

Lost in Space is a Good Show That Got Lost in Pace

first_imgStay on target Yeah, I know. The title of this review is very bad. But bad headline puns are, like, 30 percent of the reason I got into this line of work, so now you all have to deal with it. The other big reason: I love TV. I love old TV, new TV and everything in between. Longform, serialized storytelling? I eat that up. Quick hit standalone episodes? Give me all of it. Entire days have flown by with the only indication that time has passed being Netflix asking me if I’m still watching. (Yes, Netflix. The answer is always yes.) So it’s kind of a big deal that Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space is some of the most aware I’ve been of each episode’s length, and more importantly, how much longer I had left.It’s far from the only show I’ve reviewed where watching it has felt like work. It’s certainly wasn’t the least enjoyable. Nor was it the absolute most I’ve clock-watching I’ve done during each episode. Marvel’s Iron Fist still holds both records. But I’ve never seen a show I liked so much of that’s also been so hard to get through. Lost In Space isn’t the longest show Netflix has ever put out. This first season only about 10 hours long. But you feel each one of those 10 hours. Nothing happens quickly on this show. You’re never so thrilled that you lose track of time. You’re very aware of the passing of each minute. And it’s even worse when the next one queues up, and you see the progress bar reads over an hour.Molly Parker, Toby Stephens (Photo via Netflix)One of the great things about the Netflix model is the amount of freedom it gives creators. They don’t have to keep to a strict 44 minute running time. They can give their story as much or as little time as it needs. This has led to some truly special series that just wouldn’t exist on a traditional television network. It’s also led to shows that don’t know when to stop. Limits are helpful for some people. Yes, the broadcast hard 44-minute run time has led to problems. Shows can often feel overstuffed, unable to give proper weight to moments and storylines that need it. But it can also force showrunners to be efficient. To tell stories that fit neatly into 44 minutes. To get the most out of every scene because they only have so many. Without that, some shows can disappear up their own ass. Giving equal weight to every little scene and detail because, why not? We’ve got time. Every character gets exposition, every aspect of every dilemma is fully discussed before a solution is finally found. The show becomes an overindulgent, bloated slog.That’s what’s happened with Lost in Space. And it’s a shame, because the show has so much going for it. At its heart, the remake of the classic 1960s sci-fi series is an awe-inspiring family adventure. The choices made in updating the show for modern audiences make sense, and lead to a more interesting dynamic. I really love these characters. The Robinson family is no longer the patriarchal early-1960s ideal. They’re more complicated than that, which is so much more fun to watch. Maureen and John Robinson begin the series estranged. John has been away in the military for years before the ill-fated colony mission, and their marriage has suffered. Maureen, a take-charge engineer in this version, decided she’d had enough when she found out that John requested another deployment rather than return home to his family. Judy Robinson is a prodigy, a young woman who became a medical doctor at age 18. Will Robinson isn’t supposed to be here. He failed his tests, and his mother cheated to get him accepted. Penny is the middle child. That might not sound like she has a ton going on, but the show gets a ton of emotional material out of it. A lot of that comes from how well Mina Sundwall plays the role.Mina Sundwall (Photo via Netflix)The individual family members, and their relationships with each other are part of what keeps you going through this show. The changes in their characters from the original show make them more interesting to watch. They butt heads, they argue, they rib each other, they fight just like any family. Those moments make it more meaningful when they finally come together to solve whatever problem they’ve run into this time. And because each family member is a genius, it’s fun to watch them solve problems with their brains.Though it drags a lot, there’s some truly great science fiction in this show. It draws and extrapolates just enough from actual science to make its situations plausible, but it keeps things accessible so everyone can keep up. It’s hard sci-fi for the whole family, pretty much. And man, are there some jaw-dropping shots in this show. One thing it captures very well is the wonder and awe of space exploration. The planet they land on feels familiar enough that it’s plausible they could survive there. But it has all these alien touches that make it feel unsafe and uncertain. It’s also beautiful. Honestly, the one bright side of the show’s slow pace is it allows you to really take in the gorgeous views on display.Molly Parker, Toby Stephens (Photo via Netflix)The story itself isn’t bad on its own, either. In this version, the Robinsons are one of many families on this space colony mission. The ship is attacked and sent through a mysterious wormhole, and most of the single-family escape ships end up on a harsh, but a survivable planet. There’s a welcome sense of urgency introduced late in the season when Maureen discovers a black hole devouring the planet’s sun. They have to work with the other survivors to escape before that happens. All while Dr. Smith, or rather an ex-con who murdered and forged her way onto the ship and stole the real Dr. Smith’s identity, thwarts every plant to avoid getting caught. It’s a fine story, but it didn’t need to be ten episodes long.After finishing the season, I was left with the feeling that the proper Lost In Space hadn’t really started until the last couple episodes. They aren’t even truly lost until the cliffhanger ending. Like this whole season was one long prequel, and the real show starts in season two if they get one. There’s no reason for this plot to take as long as it did. The very first episode is over an hour long, and mostly revolves around Judy being trapped in ice. In theory, that’s a scary situation that lets us know how dangerous this alien planet is. In practice, it’s a whole lot of standing around and crying while waiting for a solution. That’s pretty much how the whole series goes. We’ll see something cool and amazing, like a giant ship overturning in ice or a weather balloon taking a woman to the stratosphere, and then the show will decide that’s enough excitement for a couple of hours. Always, there’s a delay or a setback that requires a whole bunch of standing around and talking.Taylor Russell (Photo via Netflix)And while most of the updates were smart and even necessary for a serialized TV show in 2018, we didn’t need to go full gritty reboot for Lost In Space. This is a show that takes itself deathly seriously, and it’s a struggle to get through. In any update, you need to lose some of the camp for the show to work in a modern context, but some camp is important. The camp is the only reason most of us remember the show today. I get wanting to tell a serious story of family survival. I get that if you want to make a hard sci-fi show, you need to show the realities of being stranded on an unfamiliar planet. But in losing the camp of the original series, they’ve made it less fun. Moments of wonder and exploration are there, but they’re surrounded by hours of gruff tones and serious prolonged discussions. It’s the most bored I’ve been by a show that I’m pretty sure I ended up liking.Not all the grittier updates were bad. I like the redesign of the robot. It’s alien, powerful and a little bit scary. The whole season, you don’t know what its motivations are. It attacked the colony ship, and until the last episode, you don’t know why. Then Will saves it, and it forms a bond with him, but that bond always feels tenuous. Like the planet the Robinsons find themselves on, it’s nurturing and often life-saving, but it’s also uncertain and dangerous. It’s the most interesting character on the show, and that’s saying something considering it speaks only five words in the entire season.Parker Posey, Brian Steele (Photo via Netflix)Then there’s Parker Posey’s Dr. Smith. Instead of the cartoonish villain of the 1960s show, she’s fleshed out into a more manipulative villain. Unlike the original, you can see why the family would trust her so much. She’s confident, charismatic and tells a real good sob story. Her plan grows more flimsy and convoluted as the story goes on, and the way she gets control of the robot makes zero sense, but Posey’s performance saves the character. She has a chilling villainous sneer when no one’s looking. But the instant someone’s in the room with her; she becomes so believably friendly you almost want to start rooting for her. At one point, she says she’s not a villain. She’s a hero who never got the opportunity to prove it. You get the sense that she really believes that, and at that moment, you want to believe it too. Certainly, there are times where she does lay on the villain dialog a little thick. In those moments, she’s so obviously evil you start to wonder how smart the Robinson’s are really. But that doesn’t take away from a genuinely enjoyable performance.Lost in Space has a lot of really good things going for it, but boy it needed another edit pass. I love the idea of the freedom Netflix’s model gives artists, but in practice, it can lead to stuff like this. A show that’s genuinely good at its core buried underneath hours of self-indulgence and bloat. There’s a lot to like about Lost in Space, and it’s probably better if you take it one episode at a time, rather than binge it. It could be a fun every-couple-days thing for a family of sci-fi nerds to watch together. Taken as a whole, it’s too long, too slow and too self-serious for its own good. And even still, I hope it gets a second season. There’s enough good here that I’m willing to see if they learn their lesson.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi FlicksGEEK PICK: GEEKY VINYL SALE last_img read more

Celebrating the royal wedding

Celebrating the royal wedding

first_imgOn a bright sunny day, when Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales readily accepted Rachel Meghan Markle as his wife, the most iconic wedding of the decade was recorded in the history. Though only selected 600 lucky ones – physically present at the Windsor castle – could become a part of the nuptials, there were thousands who went a step further to enjoy the festivities.K3 at JW Marriott Aerocity was one of the few hotels who crafted a lavish royal wedding feast to give an unforgettable experience to its guests. Before I could savour an array of scrumptious food and assorted desserts illustrating grandeur and opulence, aesthetics of the place caught my attention. Suspending beautiful fabrics and sheer blush drapes fastened with florals, transformed the entire dining zone into a striking setting that radiates royalty. What added to the charisma was the dim lighting, soulful music and the tempting aroma of good food. As a whole, it was nothing less than a treat to your senses. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMoving on to the dining table, the refreshing watermelon juice gave an amazing start to my evening. It was followed by appetizers; from crumb fried fish that melts in the mouth within seconds to Methi Bhutta, Chicken Munchurian, Kebeb, Tawa Macchi and Paneer Tikka, every offering was a delight. I would happily give an extra point to the hotel service for bearing with my impatient nature, and hence serving the best of desired delicacies within no time. Amidst all of it, I don’t want to forget mentioning the live counter of Bhalla chaat which not only caught my attention but of most of the present guests. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveStuffing my stomach with all of the aforementioned food and yet another platter of Asian appetizers, I hardly had the urge to dip my spoon in the main course, but on chef’s special request to grab a bite of Lal Ghost, I readily agreed. Perfectly cooked mutton in thick red gravy can be enjoyed with Laccha Paratha or tandoori roti. In either case, the rich flavours of the dish will soothe your taste buds.Despite having all of it, a true Biryani lover like me would still manage to create a little space on the plate as well as the stomach. Indeed, chefs of JW Marriott are very well aware of the choices and demands of their guests and therefore never let them down. It was time to give a happy ending to my meal. I don’t remember the last time when I was so confused about what to eat and what not. Chane ki dal ka halwa, Boondi ke laddu, Imarti, barfi, cupcakes, chocolate balls, fruit custard and what not, you just have to wish for your favourite dessert and it was made available.Even if I try to think of one thing that didn’t go as per my expectations, I would only pressurise my mind. While watching the live streaming of the royal couple taking oaths, I truly enjoyed the royal dinner.last_img read more

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Sheppard eager to address Action Plan objectives for Michiganders

Sheppard eager to address Action Plan objectives for Michiganders

first_img Categories: Sheppard News Focused on people, blueprint will ensure bright futureCrucial policy priorities for Michigan’s continued recovery were unveiled today at a Capitol press conference, and state Rep. Jason Sheppard, said he is ready to build on last session’s success, when 80 percent of the goals were approved by the House.“I may be a freshmen on the House floor, but I’m just as eager to exceed last year’s accomplishments as my seasoned colleagues,” said Sheppard, R-Temperance. “There is no such thing as good enough when we have the honor and responsibility of serving the people of Michigan.”The Action Plan outlines priorities for the 98th Legislature that will foster job growth and strengthen the state’s economy, as well as take care of the people who make Michigan great.“As a small business owner, I know it takes a lot of strategic planning to be efficient and productive,” Sheppard said. “The same applies to state government, so we’ve charted our path for the next two years and want to be held accountable for our actions. The people of Michigan deserve this focused, measured approach to improving our state.”Commitment to reform and smart, sound budgeting are also key pillars of the House Action Plan, which—when paired with a focus on Michigan’s people—will forge a path to economic success and a brighter future for all.Learn more at gophouse.org/FocusonMICH. 05Feb Sheppard eager to address ‘Action Plan’ objectives for Michiganderslast_img read more