16 September 2009The top United Nations relief official today appealed to donors to fill the $5 billion funding gap the world body and its partner agencies face to provide emergency aid to people enduring the most severe humanitarian crises around the world. Less than half of this year’s $9.5 billion appeal the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) made to cover relief efforts assisting the world’s most vulnerable people has been funded, stressed UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. Deteriorating humanitarian situations in hotspots, such as Somalia, the occupied Palestinian territories, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Sudan have led to an upwards revision of Consolidated and Flash Appeals by $1.5 billion since the start of the year, Mr. Holmes told reporters in New York.He noted that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), for example, an extra 250,000 people have been driven from their homes this year by the conflict with the FDLR – a Rwandan rebel militia operating in the east of the country – as well as a campaign of terror inflicted on the population by another armed group in eastern DRC, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).“Donors actually have been responding remarkably generously and well to these rising needs,” said Mr. Holmes, who also acts as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and head of OCHA. “For example, the $4.6 billion we had collected in July in response to these needs was the highest ever figure in absolute terms that we collected, and in terms of a percentage of what we’re asking for – 49 per cent – it was also the highest ever,” he said.“Nevertheless, that figure still leaves… $4.8 billion worth of needs unmet, which is also the highest ever unmet demand we’ve had at this time of year,” stressed Mr. Holmes.Mr. Holmes also pointed to deteriorating non-conflict related crises, such as the intense droughts and floods affecting various parts of the world, including countries in the Horn of Africa facing several years of failed rains. Poor rains in Eastern African have produced crises in the areas of food, nutrition, water and disease among others, leaving some 24 million people in need of aid – up from 17 million last year – in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia and parts of Uganda.“That’s another powerful reason why we’ve been arguing that a climate change deal in Copenhagen is so essential,” he said referring to the UN conference in December that will be seeking a successor greenhouse gas reduction pact to the Kyoto Protocol. “Because we think those trends are bound to intensify, in fact they will intensify.”
One of the best French female teams – Issy Paris Hand prepares TOP quality team for the next season. New signing is connected with the name of Pernille Wibe (25). Norwegian line-player from Larvik HK, who playing in EHF CL semi-final this season, will be the third Norwegian player in Paris. She signed a one year contract with the French team.Wibe has 10 appearance for Norway A team. Two other Norwegian players in Issy Paris are Charlotte Mordal and Stine Oftedal.photo:http://www.issyparishand.com Issy ParisIssy Paris HandPernille Wibe ← Previous Story Martin Galia leaves Bundesliga after 9 years – Swiss St.Otmar is next destination! Next Story → EHF CL 1/4: THW Kiel – Veszprem, Atletico Madrid – Barcelona, Metalurg – Vive, Hamburg – Flensburg
THE DIRECTOR OF Operations at iconic Dublin department store Clerys has said that the capital’s main thoroughfare is a cold and dangerous environment.Speaking to the Dail committee on jobs, Bob Parker said:“O’Connell Street is a very cold environment. I don’t see a café culture. I don’t see a reason for tourists to come to the area to stop and take in the history, the beautiful architecture and then decide with their own feet who’s going to get their tourist euro.”The department store has had a presence on Dublin’s main street since the mid-nineteenth century, interrupted only briefly after the original building that housed it was destroyed during the 1916 rising.Parker said that, despite several recent policing initiatives to tackle drug use and anti-social behaviour in the area, many people still feel unsafe around Clerys.“One out of three don’t find it safe in daylight hours, and two out of three at dusk or nighttime.”He referred to a recent incident in which two tourists were hospitalised after an assault under Clerys Clock last week. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandFianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary echoed his sentiments, saying: Value, not rates blamedParker was speaking to the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation committee on measures to support business growth and job creation.Both Parker and Brown Thomas director Stephen Sealey argued for a reduction in commercial rates for smaller independent businesses, but said that they were happy to continue paying their own rates at their current levels.Sealey told the committee that he would like “better service for the rates I pay, but not a reduction”.He said that the luxury retailer spend €26,000 per year powerhosing the pavement outside the shop, in addition to the work the council does on the surface.He said he would be happier paying the rates if he felt he got a “clean, safe, attractive city centre” in return.Parker agreed, saying: “We’re not looking for a rate reduction, but for value for money.”PressureSinn Fein deputy Peadar Toibin said that under funding of local authorities had pushed county and town councils to raise money from business rates and car-parking charges, which had “killed the goose that lays the golden egg” by forcing shoppers out of town.Toibin suggested that tying rate levels to profitability could help particularly struggling retailers.Director of Retail Ireland Stephen Lynam said that Ireland had shipped the biggest retail losses during the recession out of all EU countries.He said that rates hikes meant retailers were “squeezed in terms of their own costs while their consumer base had less money”.A rates holiday, especially for a retailer who had taken over a vacant premises, would help inject more life into the main streets of Ireland’s town centres, Lynam said.Read: Ireland’s most shuttered main street is…Read: Are Ireland’s independent retailers a dying breed?> You’re right about O’Connell Street not being a nice place to go…there’s just something cold about it.
Get our daily news round up: Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday Weather warnings, Sudan and Tiger Woods had everybody talking today. Banners carrying the sigils of House Bolton, House Stark, House Tyrell, House Greyjoy, House Martell, and House Arryn, on display at the launch of the Game of Thrones touring exhibition at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Short URL INTERNATIONAL Representative Ilhan Omar Source: SIPA USA/PA Images#COMEBACK: Tiger Woods has won the 2019 Masters at Augusta, completing one of the greatest comebacks in the history of golf. #SUDAN Its new military leaders want the rest of the world to back them.#BREXIT Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern have penned an op-ed calling for a second Brexit referendum.#USA Top Democrats defended Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being dismissive of the significance of the 9/11 attacks.#JULIAN ASSANGE His father said he could be deported to Australia.PARTING SHOTGame of Thrones is back tonight – but who will end up sitting on the Iron Throne? Here’s what our writers think… NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Banners carrying the sigils of House Bolton, House Stark, House Tyrell, House Greyjoy, House Martell, and House Arryn, on display at the launch of the Game of Thrones touring exhibition at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesA Status Orange rainfall warning is in place for Cork and Waterford – one of a number of weather warnings in place until tomorrow across the countryA renewed appeal was made after a woman died following being struck by a motorcycle on 8 AprilTwo women were arrested in the Mullingar area in a human trafficking investigationA member of the public was thanked for helping gardaí arrest a dangerous driver who had no licence or insuranceFigures released to TheJournal.ie showed that hundreds of people were suspended from housing lists for refusing multiple offersThe NTA defended the new MetroLink stop despite a €12 million spend on a nearby underground station site https://jrnl.ie/4591340 Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 7:59 PM 9,664 Views Share1 Tweet Email By Aoife Barry Apr 14th 2019, 7:08 PM Image: PA Wire/PA Images 1 Comment Banners carrying the sigils of House Bolton, House Stark, House Tyrell, House Greyjoy, House Martell, and House Arryn, on display at the launch of the Game of Thrones touring exhibition at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek government may boast for the reduction of unemployment, but most of the new jobs created are for part-time and casual roles. This is evident in the data released this week by the Ministry of Labour. The data, collected through the ministry’s ‘Ergani’ system confirms that roughly 128,000 new jobs were created in 2017. The vast majority of these positions, i.e. 58.05 percent, were registered as part-time work, while 42 percent of the new hirings in November 2017 were for full-time work. Furthermore, the ministry data concludes that “elastic” forms of employment characterise one out of every two new job spots (i.e. 54.67 percent) created during the same period, while at the same time it confirms a trend among employers to change employees’ work contracts from full-time to part-time and rotational work. Specifically, 5,181 such contract changes were recorded last month, a figure deemed as extremely high.
Des panneaux solaires flotteront bientôt dans le sud-est de la FranceEn partenariat avec EDF, une société israélienne lancera en septembre prochain l’expérimentation de panneaux solaires flottant à la surface de l’eau. Un site a été choisi à Cadarache, commune du sud-est de la France.Cet étonnant concept a été développé par une start-up israélienne créée il y a deux ans : Solaris Synergy. Comme l’explique le site de l’Expansion, les panneaux solaires flottants sont composés de modules photovoltaïques articulés. Afin de ne pas nuire aux paysages, cette innovation est destinée aux plans d’eau industriels et agricoles, et ne devra pas être installée dans des sites touristiques ou en pleine mer. En outre, les plateformes sont conçues de façon à ce que l’oxygène puisse passer pour assurer la survie des écosystèmes marins. À lire aussiDes scientifiques créent un liquide capable de stocker l’énergie solaire pendant 18 ansLe premier prototype du projet sera testé dès le mois de septembre, en collaboration avec EDF. Il sera installé sur un plan d’eau situé à proximité d’une installation hydroélectrique, à Cadarache, dans le sud-est de la France. Le système sera expérimenté pendant neuf mois, pour une mise sur le marché prévue dès l’été 2012.L’intérêt écologique de cette technologie est double, puisqu’en plus de produire une énergie d’origine renouvelable, les panneaux flottants ne nécessiteront pas la destruction de forêts ou de terres agricoles, un problème majeur dans l’installation des centrales solaires classiques qui occupent de vastes surfaces au sol.Le 3 avril 2011 à 19:27 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des tissus vivants bientôt recréés grâce à des microfibres remplies de cellules ?Des chercheurs japonais sont parvenus à mettre au point des microfibres composées de protéines et de cellules. Pliées et tissées, ces fibres sont capables de reproduire certaines fonctions des tissus vivants.Depuis plusieurs années, ces chercheurs sont capables de fabriquer des microfibres à base d’hydrogel artificiel (un gel contenant une importante proportion d’eau), de les combiner et de les structurer. En revanche, ces gels n’étant pas des constituants naturels des enveloppes cellulaires, ils ne sont pas capables de se lier comme le font les tissus vivants. De plus, les protéines qui constituent l’enveloppe des cellules ne peuvent pas remplacer l’hydrogel artificiel car elles demandent beaucoup plus de temps pour se gélifier.Mais les choses sont en train de changer grâce à une équipe de scientifiques japonais menée par Shoji Takeuchi, de l’Institut de science industrielle de Tokyo. Comme elle l’explique dans la revue Nature Materials, celle-ci a réussi à créer des microfibres composées de protéines et de cellules qui sont capables de remplacer certains tissus vivants. En effet, ils sont parvenus à stabiliser le taux de sucre d’une souris diabétique en lui implantant dans le rein des microfibres renfermant des cellules pancréatiques fonctionnelles (sécrétant de l’insuline dans ce cas).Une fibre microscopique qui peut atteindre jusqu’à un mètrePour arriver à ce résultat, les chercheurs japonais ont utilisé une espèce de micro-seringue qui a constitué un minuscule tube d’hydrogel artificiel qu’ils ont rempli d’un mélange de protéines et de cellules. Dans ce tubule, les protéines se sont transformées en un gel solide tandis que les autres cellules du mélange se multipliaient dans ce milieu propice. Pour les scientifiques, il ne restait plus alors qu’à utiliser une enzyme pour décomposer l’hydrogel artificiel et libérer la fibre cellulaire de son moule initial.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour l’heure, trois types de protéines et dix sortes de cellules ont été testées avec succès. Les chercheurs nippons indiquent que la fibre produite est d’un diamètre microscopique mais qu’elle mesure jusqu’à un mètre de long. Shoji Takeuchi et son équipe ont même réussi à tisser ensemble trois fibres cellulaires d’une longueur totale de 2,5 mètres, pour réaliser une sorte d’étoffe de 2 cm sur 1 cm, repliée sur elle-même pour constituer à une structure en 3D. Des fonctions proches de celles des tissus Les scientifiques souhaitent, à terme et grâce à cette technique, permettre aux médecins de reconstruire “in vivo” des tissus musculaires, des vaisseaux sanguins ou des réseaux nerveux complexes. En effet, l’étude fait part de résultats particulièrement prometteurs : une microfibre fabriquée à partir de cellules cardiaques de rat se contracte spontanément au bout de trois jours, faisant bouger la totalité de la structure. Une autre comprenant des cellules endothéliales (qui tapissent la paroi interne des veines) fabriquait au bout de quatre jours une réplique de vaisseau sanguin.Une troisième, réalisée elle à base de cellules cérébrales de rat, parvenait à créer un réseau de neurones le long de ce tube. Le procédé pourrait même encore évoluer grâce à d’autres “techniques d’assemblage, comme le moulage, l’impression ou l’auto-assemblage”, qui permettent de reconstruire des tissus complexes à grande échelle où “les vaisseaux sanguins et réseaux nerveux seraient intégrés organiquement à d’autres types de cellules”. Le 3 avril 2013 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambert
Des astronomes britanniques relancent la recherche SETISelon la BBC, de nombreux astronomes britanniques ont constitué un réseau destiné à relancer, dans leur pays, la traque d’éventuelles ondes radio émises par des civilisations extraterrestres (projet de type SETI). Le principal problème reste le financement. Essentiellement menés aux États-Unis, notamment à Berkeley, les programmes SETI (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) consistent à “éplucher” les multiples signaux radioélectriques captés par nos radiotélescopes terrestres pour y déceler, parmi les innombrables ondes cosmiques naturelles, d’éventuels signaux d’apparence artificielle.Pour promouvoir ce type de recherche dans leur pays, des universitaires de onze institutions britanniques ont créé un réseau, le UK Seti Research Network (UKSRN). La volonté est là. Mais quid du financement du projet ?”Si nous avions 0,5 % de l’argent qui va dans l’astronomie…””Je l’ai présenté ainsi : si vous deviez demander à tous les gens qui sortent d’un film de science-fiction s’ils seraient heureux qu’une petite fraction des recettes fiscales de ce film soit utilisée pour tenter de déterminer si un peu de ce qu’ils viennent de voir est vrai, je suis sûr que la plupart diraient ‘oui’”, a déclaré Sir Martin Rees, astronome royal (titre honorifique) et patron du projet. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Si nous avions (…) 0,5 % de l’argent qui va dans l’astronomie à l’heure actuelle, nous pourrions faire beaucoup”, estime quant à lui Alan Penny, de l’Université de St Andrews et coordinateur du projet.Un observatoire au nom de la scienceDéjà, de 1998 à 2003, le radiotélescope de l’Observatoire de Jodrell Bank (nord de l’Angleterre) avait contribué aux recherches SETI californiennes. Désormais modernisé et relié à d’autres installations anglaises, cet observatoire, tout en conservant sa mission principale, pourrait dédier une partie de ses ressources, non utilisées, aux travaux du réseau UKSRN, “permettant ainsi de faire de la recherche SETI presque gratuitement”, fait remarquer Tim O’Brien, directeur adjoint de Jodrell Bank.Le projet pourrait également utiliser le concept SETI@home, qui permet aux particuliers possédant un ordinateur de laisser les chercheurs utiliser la puissance de calcul de leur machine lorsque celle-ci est en veille. Mais pour obtenir des subventions, il reste tout de même à convaincre le Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), le principal bailleur de fonds de l’astronomie au Royaume-Uni, qui, dans la situation économique actuelle, n’est pas prodigue de ses dons.Le 14 juillet 2013 à 12:06 • Maxime Lambert
Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 9/2/19 (Clash of Champions contract signing, KOTR Quarterfinals) Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Bobby Lashley Officially Replaces John Cena at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia Twitter Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Bobby Lashley is the new Intercontinental ChampionA new Intercontinental Champion was crowned on RAW earlier tonight.In a match announced on Sunday night at Fastlane, Finn Balor defended his title against Bobby Lashley. Lio Rush, who had previously broken away from Lashley, showed up wearing a hoodie and rang the bell, which caused the distraction and eventually allowed Bobby Lashley to win. Here is what happened in the conclusion of the match:“Balor sends him into the corner and goes to the top rope, but the bell starts ringing. Lio Rush is ringing the bell and holding the Intercontinental Championship. Balor goes outside and intimidates him. Balor shoulders Lashley back and kicks Rush. Balor goes for a springboard, but Lashley spears him out of mid-air for the win!” From Mike Tedesco’s live RAW recap.The hype man is BACK in BUSINESS!A distraction from @itsLioRush allows @fightbobby to collect, dominate, and win the #ICTitle! #RAW pic.twitter.com/OZxQWY4tzF— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019 Facebook WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery Now Playing Up Next John Cena’s Replacement At WWE Crown Jewel Possibly Revealed .@FinnBalor is all HEART. The #ICChampion does everything he can to crawl back into the #ICTitle Match against @fightbobby on #Raw! pic.twitter.com/BaaMDy8ilN— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019 Now Playing Up Next WHAT ARE YOU DOING, @itsLioRush? #RAW @FinnBalor pic.twitter.com/VMF6naJDia— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019 WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Finn Bálor Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWho Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:42/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Early voting began Monday for the June 5 primary election, with the ballot including everything from the governor’s race to a variety of local, state and federal posts.Interested voters can cast their ballots at the County Registrar of Voters office at 5600 Overland Ave.San Diegans will cast ballots for four City Council seats. San Diego County, meanwhile, has two supervisor seats up for grabs, while voters will also choose a sheriff, treasurer, assessor and district attorney.The ballot also includes state Legislature posts as well as contests for the House of Representatives and Senate. An array of challengers are vying for the chance to replace termed-out Gov. Jerry Brown, with the race likely heading to a runoff on Nov. 8.Voters can also skip the Registrar’s office in favor of mail-in ballots. More than 1 million vote-by-mail ballots were sent out Monday, according to the county.“If you know how you want to vote, grab that mail ballot when you get it, mark your choices and send it back in right away,” Registrar Michael Vu said. “The sooner we get the ballot back, the sooner we can start processing it.”May 21 marks the last day to register to vote, and May 29 is the deadline to apply to vote by mail. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by June 5 for acceptance. Posted: May 7, 2018 May 7, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Early voting begins for June 5 primary election
Updated: 8:30 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, Dan Plante Show Your Colors. Free Flag Give Away. 2000-Free American Flags Compliments Of “Alamo Flags” In Seaport Village, San Diego. Owner Is First Generation American Who Loves Red, White And Blue And Loves To Share The Love. KUSI TV. pic.twitter.com/d1vyGC8J1Y— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) June 21, 2018 ‘Flag Man’ in Seaport Village giving out free American flags Show Your Colors: Free American flags for 4th of July June 20, 2018 Posted: June 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIf they ever held a contest for “most patriotic American”, first generation American Mike Ishmael would likely walk away with the trophy.“I feel blessed. My parents were immigrants and I’m a first generation American. This country has been good to me and I want to give back”, says Ishmael, the owner of “Alamo Flags in Seaport Village, San Diego.When he says “give back” he really means it. “Last year I gave away more than 1000-American flags before the 4th of July. This year I’m going to double it. This year I’m giving away 2000-American flags for free”, says Ishmael.You heard right, FREE FLAGS.On opening day of the free flag give away, Alamo Flags looked like the United Nations. Tourists from Germany, China and India were among the first to receive free flags.“It’s not a simple thing for us to receive this flag. This is something special that would happen in American only”, says Gyatre who’s visiting from India.When it comes to waving the flag and bleeding red, white and blue, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. “This is the best country in the world. We want to make sure that everyone gets a flag, for free”, says Dean Ishmael, the son of Mike. “This is an ongoing tradition and this year we decided to ‘double up’ and give away 2000-flags instead of 1000.”Not many people would take money out of the own pockets, but Mike is not like most people. “This is no biggie, I come from a family of givers. It all comes back one way or another”, says Mike.Alamo Flags is located in Seaport Village, in downtown San Diego.Thanks to their love of country and generosity, the landscape of San Diego will have a lot more red, white and blue this 4th of July. “It’s the greatest country on earth, God bless America”, says Mike.By the way, you don’t have to buy anything to get that free flag.
A coalition of environmental groups and the Yakama Indian Nation sued in federal court Wednesday to stop the planned shipment of Hawaiian garbage up the Columbia River for burial in Klickitat County.The lawsuit cites concerns over invasive plants and animals that could be contained in the garbage, and alleges the plan has undergone inadequate environmental analysis.A private operator, Hawaiian Waste Systems, received final approval earlier this week to begin shipping large bales of shrink-wrapped garbage from Honolulu to be buried at the Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Klickitat County, which already receives imported garbage from mainland cities.The garbage would be shipped to the Port of Longview, where it would be off-loaded and shipped by rail through Clark County to the landfill.The plaintiffs submitted photos of ripped bales of garbage in a news release announcing the suit. The operator says the bales would be rewrapped for shipping and buried promptly upon receipt at the landfill.
Washington could lose some funds under a possible diversion of federal high-speed rail dollars. But the proposal isn’t likely to throw the state’s overall rail aspirations off track.In May, federal officials announced the reallocation of stimulus funds turned down by the state of Florida. Among the new beneficiaries was the Port of Vancouver, which received $15 million for a rail project.That amount hasn’t been formally secured yet, and could be diverted if funding is instead sent to disaster relief in the Midwest, as proposed.Even without the port’s allotment, Washington has already banked well over $700 million in high-speed rail funds, including $145 million awarded after Ohio and Wisconsin similarly rejected funding. Washington’s original share of rail funds was about $590 million, according to Washington State Department of Transportation spokesperson Melanie Coon.All of that funding is contractually obligated and cannot be reallocated, Coon said.WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans this week are side-tracking $1.5 billion in high-speed rail funds already awarded to several states.In an adroit maneuver, GOP lawmakers propose shifting the high-speed rail dollars to pay for Midwestern disaster relief. The move would help ease the federal deficit while it underscores Republican resistance toward the Obama administration’s rail plans.
Get ready, social networks. Deepfakes could make your lives miserable. Photo Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed up in an altered video that attacked her credibility, her words sounded choppy and confused. But it’s the reaction by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, which fueled the spread of the video, that sparked disagreement about how tech companies should handle manipulated content.On May 22, a Facebook Page called Politics WatchDog posted the video, which was slowed to give the impression that the Democratic lawmaker from California was slurring her words. It quickly made its way to all three social networks. In an early taste of the challenges they could face during the 2020 US election, each had different responses. Facebook allowed the video to remain on its service but displayed articles by fact-checkers. YouTube pulled it. Twitter let it stay on its platform. The differing responses underscore the challenge that manipulated video, and misinformation more broadly, pose for the companies. The social networks have rules against posting intentionally misleading information, but they also try to encourage free expression. Finding a balance is proving difficult, particularly as what promises to be a particularly bruising election season heats up. Pressure is building on them to find an answer. We see it with our own eyes, we hear with our own ears and we assume that means it’s true. Eric Goldman, director of the High-Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University On Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee held a hearing on manipulated media and “deepfakes,” a technique that uses AI to create videos of people doing or saying something they didn’t. The Pelosi video, a simpler form of edited video that some viewers thought was real, isn’t considered a deepfake, but it’s an example of how social media companies deal with manipulated content.”The Pelosi video really highlighted the problems that social media companies face in making these judgment calls,” said Eric Goldman, director of the High-Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University. The video, he said, is misleading and was “weaponized,” but he added it could be considered political commentary. Share your voice The problem will likely get worse. Deepfake software is already available online. Early deepfakes relied on hundreds or thousands of photographs of the person being faked to get convincing results. Because politicians lead public lives, plenty of photographs are available. But even that requirement is changing. Samsung recently said it’s developed a technique that allows relatively realistic fake videos to be created from a single image. The approach will almost certainly be reverse-engineered, making it easier to fabricate misleading video.Deepfake videos have been created of Kim Kardashian, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former President Barack Obama. The quality of these fake videos has US intelligence agencies concerned they could be used to meddle in elections both in the US and in allied nations.”Adversaries and strategic competitors probably will attempt to use deepfakes or similar machine-learning technologies to create convincing — but false — image, audio, and video files to augment influence campaigns directed against the United States and our allies and partners,” the US intelligence community’s 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment said.(An academic paper released Wednesday outlined a new technique for detecting deepfakes of world leaders, though it wouldn’t work for everyday people.)US lawmakers are urging tech giants to act swiftly. “Now is the time for social media companies to put in place policies to protect users from misinformation, not in 2021 after viral deepfakes have polluted the 2020 elections,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee during Thursday’s hearing. “By then, it will be too late.”Combating misinformationSocial media platforms admit they dropped the ball during the 2016 US presidential election, allowing Russian trolls to post false information and sow division among Americans. The major platforms have improved their defenses since then, though it’s unclear whether they’ll ever be fully prepared.Facebook uses a mix of AI and human beings to flag offensive content and employs dedicated engineering teams that focus on systems for identifying manipulated photos, videos and audio. It has also been examining whether it needs a more specific policy to tackle manipulated media, according to a report by MarketWatch. Deepfake videos have been created of high-profile politicians, celebrities and tech moguls. Alexandra Robinson/AFP/Getty Images “Leading up to 2020 we know that combating misinformation is one of the most important things we can do,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “We continue to look at how we can improve our approach and the systems we’ve built. Part of that includes getting outside feedback from academics, experts and policymakers.”Still, there’s no guarantee that fake news will be pulled from the world’s biggest social network even if monitoring systems flag it. That’s because Facebook has long said it doesn’t want to be “arbiters of truth.” Its community standards explicitly state that false news won’t be removed, though it will be demoted in its News Feed. “There is also a fine line between false news and satire or opinion,” the rules state. (Facebook will remove accounts if users mislead others about their identity or purpose and if their content incites violence.) A spokesperson for Google-owned YouTube said that the company is aware of deepfakes and has teams focused on these videos. The company said it’s also exploring and investing in ways to deal with manipulated videos, but didn’t share specifics. The video-sharing site has a policy against “deceptive practices” that prohibits the use of titles, descriptions, thumbnails or tags that “trick users into believing the content is something it is not.”Twitter has also cracked down on fake accounts, looking for stolen profile pictures or bios. It recently simplified its rules to make clear what is and isn’t allowed.But Twitter didn’t pull the Pelosi video and declined to comment. The company would take action against a video if it included misleading statements about voting, according to Twitter’s rules. Its election integrity policy also states that “inaccurate statements about an elected official, candidate or political party” generally don’t violate their rules. Senate takes on deep fakes with Sheryl Sandberg and Jack… Now playing: Watch this: Different approachesSocial media giants interpret their own rules. That can make their actions seem random or arbitrary, academics and experts say. If a video is removed from one site, it’ll often migrate to another.That’s what happened with the Pelosi video posted on Facebook. CNET was able to find the video this week on YouTube, but a spokesman said YouTube was removing re-uploads of the video. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has criticized Facebook for not removing an altered video that made her seem drunk. Win McNamee / Getty Images Hany Farid, a computer science professor and digital forensics expert at the University of California, Berkeley, says Facebook’s terms of service state that users can’t use the social network’s products for any activity that is “unlawful, misleading, discriminatory or fraudulent” or “infringes or violates someone else’s rights.” The Pelosi video, he said, runs afoul of the company’s rules.”I simply don’t buy that argument that Facebook has dealt with the problem by flagging the video as ‘fake’ and by downgrading it on the News Feed,” he said. “This type of misinformation is harmful to our democracy and can impact the way that people think and vote.”A Facebook representative didn’t answer questions regarding Farid’s assertion. Pelosi, who slammed Facebook for not removing the altered video, didn’t respond to a request for comment.Some of the fact-checkers who work with Facebook say pulling down doctored videos could have unintended consequences. “If you leave [the video] up, you’re able to track it and control it,” said Alan Duke, editor-in-chief of Lead Stories, one of Facebook’s fact-checking partners.Data & Society researcher Britt Paris said labeling the videos wouldn’t discourage social media users from sharing or creating fake content. Some people just share content “because a message speaks to what a user sees as an implicit truth of the world even as they know it is not factually true.” Lies spread faster than truth on social media, according to studies. Social networks could also start tracking users who share fake news and reduce their reach, which would discourage them from posting misinformation.”If these social media companies are going to continue to exist at the scales they currently operate, they are going to have to start making these types of decisions,” she said.Part of the problem, Goldman says, is that social media users just ascribe too much truth to video.”We see it with our own eyes, we hear with our own ears and we assume that means it’s true,” Goldman said.Originally published June 13, 4:00 a.m. PTUpdate, 11:48 a.m. PT: Includes information from House Intelligence Committee hearing. 4:05 55 Comments Tags Politics Tech Industry Facebook Twitter YouTube
Gov. Bill Walker hosted his first Governor’s Picnic in Juneau on Friday at the University of Alaska Southeast. While serving up hot dogs and salmon, KTOO’s Elizabeth Jenkins asked picnic-goers what they’d do as governor for the day.Download AudioWalker greets people at his first Juneau Governor’s Picnic. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)The community lined up on a warm, sunny afternoon to mingle with state officials but also for the free food: hot dogs, salmon, and locally made ice cream. Gov. Walker was dressed for the occasion.“Well, I’m wearing my cook outfit. My apron. My governor’s picnic apron and it’s the third time I’ve worn this outfit,” he says.He says it can be tough doing double duty: serving the public filets of fish and being a politician.“My problem is this: I like to shake hands and say hello to people and I have to wear a plastic glove and then I have to take it back off, put it back on, take it back on,” Walker says.Brenda Calkins and her daughter are waiting in line. They’re inching closer to the governor but not sure what they’ll say as he serves them a piece of salmon.“Yeah, I don’t know if I have anything. … I might have to think up a question in, like two seconds,” Calkins says.In years past, the governor’s picnic has been held at Sandy Beach. This year, it’s on the UAS campus to highlight education and kids activities.A fire truck is parked nearby for children to hop aboard. And like the food, there’s a line for that, too. Volunteer firefighter Steven Anderson is making sure everything runs smoothly.“I’ve been doing this about five years. As much as I can I come out to the community events,” Anderson says.What would he do if he was governor for the day?“I don’t know much about politics and I don’t think I could change much for a day. I’d be kickin’ back in the mansion,” he says.After thinking a few seconds, he says he’d work on increasing the budget for firefighting.The Thunder Mountain High School football team also helped out at the event.“Just kind of picking up trash, handing out fliers and at one point we were helping people find a place to park,” says left tackle Josh Quinto.He has his own ideas about what he’d do if he were governor–more community events.“I think at most, maybe throw a big party. I’d have different music everyday. Maybe some rock, country occasionally. So random stuff like Fall Out Boy or Nickelback, I guess,” Quinto says. “Definitely not the same food. Maybe something other than salmon, I don’t know like halibut. Fish and chips, those are always good.”Picnic-goers lounge on a half-moon concrete bench, scraping food off paper plates and watching people play corn hole.Andualem Fanta is watching the fun. He travels for work with Delta Airlines.“I am originally from Ethiopia so I migrated to U.S. I lived in different state. But this my first time the governor invited everybody and having a good time,” Fanta says.What would he do as governor?“If I’m a governor, today? Serve the people like this. It could be a great opportunity to show you care about the people,” Fanta says.From everyone, there was a variety of responses from dog racing, building a pipeline and making it permanently sunny in Juneau.Brenda Calkins and her daughter make it through the end of the food line. Unfortunately, Gov. Walker ducked out for a photo-op with a costumed bear but first lady Donna Walker is still there.“I didn’t know it was the first lady,” Calkins says with a laugh.Which is what the Governor’s Picnic is all about. Getting to know your officials.
Amitabh BachchanBollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek reportedly invested $250,000 in Singapore-based Meridian Tech Pte Ltd in May 2015. Now, the megastar family has reportedly made 70 times return on investment (ROI) in two years mostly driven by a massive rise in bitcoin price. The reason why Bachchan’s made this big return in investment is mainly because in 2017, Meridian Tech decided to shift its focus on becoming a blockchain technology empowered solution provider and since then it has started providing microfinance services through cryptocurrencies across the globe.Soon after Meridian Tech linked its worth to the robust performance of cryptocurrencies, Bachchan’s stock investment skyrocketed in value.”The Bachchan family’s investments were made through two separate accounts. $150,000 from Amitabh’s account, and $100,000 from a joint account belonging to Amitabh and Abhishek,” said Meridian founder Venkata Srinivas Meenavalli.Last week, Meridian Tech’s primary asset Ziddu.com was acquired by a US-based firm LongFin Corporation also another blockchain company financed by Meenavalli for $2.5 million restricted shares.Hence, based on Bachchan’s 2015 investment, he received 250,000 shares of LongFin. So, at $70 a share, holding is worth $17.5 million.LongFin’s stock prices have already surged more than 1,000 percent driven by the bitcoin price rally. Further, after Ziddu.com’s acquisition was reported, LongFin’s stocks rose by another 2,500 percent.However, in the latest development on Bitcoins in India, the I-T department is closely watching the cryptocurrency exchanges in India. Earlier this month, the I-T department had also carried out sudden raids inside nine popular bitcoin exchanges in the country. Some of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell’s coins are pictured at his office in Sandy, Utah, September 17, 2013.REUTERS/Jim Urquhart [Representational Image]ReutersLast week, the Income Tax (I-T) Department has also decided to send notices to about 4-5 lakh high net worth individuals involved in the cryptocurrency exchanges in India for suspected tax evasion.Further, a Mint report suggested that even the Enforcement Directorate (ED) might also examine Bitcoin exchanges across the country.China has already banned any sort of cryptocurrency trading. With such a mass crackdown on cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, it raises doubt that India might too ban this sort of trading.
Kurt Patat has been named YouTube’s Global Head of Consumer and Entertainment Communications, the company announced today, overseeing consumer, music, creator and YouTube Originals communications teams.According to the announcement, he will direct all communications strategies and campaigns to drive YouTube’s 1.9 billion users to the brand’s premium and ad-supported entertainment content, including original series, events and movies, as well as YouTube Music. In addition, he works closely with YouTube’s partnership and entertainment team to identify and publicize key partnerships with YouTube creators and celebrities.He will be based in Los Angeles and report directly to Chris Dale, YouTube’s Global Head of Communications and Public Affairs.Before joining YouTube, Patat held several senior level positions at Viacom. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Communications for Paramount Network and CMT, a dual role in which he led corporate communications, media relations, internal communications, and oversaw publicity teams in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville for series and music specials including “Nashville,” “Yellowstone” and the annual “CMT Music Awards.” Previously, he served as Vice President at MTV and Logo where he directed brand and series publicity campaigns for some of their biggest series and music events, including “MTV Video Music Awards,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and “Unplugged,” as well as all digital/social initiatives. Before joining Viacom, he led consumer media relations for AOL. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Stay on target Today marks the release of BOOM! Studios’ Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York crossover comic book. Written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss, the six-part series brings together two iconic 80’s action movie heroes: Jack Burton and Snake Plissken — both of which were played by Kurt Russell in films directed by John Carpenter. It is, quite frankly, a pairing that should have happened years ago.If this story follows the usual tropes found in crossover comics, then we can expect Burton and Plissken to fight each other over a misunderstanding before putting their differences aside to confront the actual villain (or villains) of the story. Even though both characters were played by Kurt Russell, their personalities are completely opposite. Burton is an arrogant blowhard who thinks too highly of himself while Plissken is a self-serving, anti-authority nihilist who only does things that are in his best interest. Having these two men try to work together to meet a common goal should be a lot of fun to see.But which one of these guys is “better”? This is an extremely subjective question, but it is one that fans have no doubt asked themselves over the decades. Who is the better fighter? Which one is smarter and more resourceful? These questions will no doubt be answered within the pages of this new series. We’ll see how things unfold during the next few months, but for now, let’s have some fun breaking down each of the characters’ strengths and weaknesses and try to determine a winner.On the surface, it appears that Snake Plissken is a stronger character than Jack Burton. Burton is a relatively dim-witted truck driver with delusions of grandeur while Plissken is a jaded, ruthless, ex-Special Forces soldier turned criminal. This seems like a lopsided comparison almost from the start, but there is more to this than what we can initially see.There is no denying that Plissken is the more capable combatant. Whenever he confronts an enemy, he takes them out in the most efficient and brutal way possible. On the flip side, you have Jack Burton who seems to survive most fights through sheer luck. He isn’t exactly well coordinated and doesn’t have a good grasp of what he’s doing. Snake would never accidentally knock himself out during a crucial battle, but Jack would. This man wouldn’t last two minutes against Plissken, let alone survive in his dystopian world, right?Despite his bumbling nature, Burton has arguably faced off against more threatening foes than Plissken. The psychotic New York and Los Angeles criminals Snake has squared off against are still human beings. Burton’s enemies are supernatural entities with strange powers. Somehow, this normal guy can best monsters and magic-wielding demigods. Could Snake take on Lo Pan and his hordes? More than likely, but you have to give Burton respect for facing these threats and living to tell the tale.In the first issue of the comic book, Jack Burton (along with his beloved truck) are transported to the dystopian future world Snake Plissken inhabits. This is a place that is foreign to Burton but one that has forged Plissken into the man he is. It is a harsh, war-ravaged land that breeds equally vicious people. Snake has the advantage of knowing how to survive in this merciless environment. Jack Burton may have an unbelievable amount of luck on his side, but his fortunes will be tested to their limits inside of the future Manhattan-prison. Plissken has the distinct advantage here. He is of the world, whereas Burton is just a confused visitor.Snake is the quintessential loner. He doesn’t need friends, lovers or anyone. He is an island. This can certainly be advantageous in a world where most people are either out to use you or kill you. We can’t blame Snake for wanting to be dependent only on himself, but having allies can certainly be beneficial.Though he believes he’s the hero of the story, Jack Burton relies on allies to help him. He wouldn’t have gotten very far without them in Big Trouble in Little China. In the Escape from New York/Los Angeles world, this would be trickier since people aren’t exactly trustworthy. However, if Jack makes the right type of friends, he could potentially have an advantage over Snake. Snake may be self-sufficient, but that can only last so long. Having a group that is willing to help you out because they are loyal is better in the long run. Jack is charming and would have an easier time making friends than Snake ever could. Jack’s life expectancy could potentially be longer than Snake’s with strong allies by his side.What about intelligence? As much as I love the Jack Burton character, I will be the first one to admit that he is basically a truck driving, beer chugging meathead. Whenever he finds himself in a sticky situation, instead of thinking things out, he barrels through head-first without any sort of plan. On the other hand, Snake is very much a strategist who knows how to handle and adapt to any situation. He is admittedly more clever than he is book smart, but his gut instincts seem to do him right. He is also very capable with advanced technology, whereas it is surprising that Burton even knows how to start his own truck.As I said before, Burton and Plissken will fight each other but eventually call a truce. But what if they actually decided to fight to the death? Which one would actually win? Let’s be honest here; it is extremely difficult to imagine any scenario where Burton could beat Plissken in a legitimate one on one fight. While Jack has freakishly good luck on his side and is somewhat adept at combat, Snake’s experience alone will ensure his victory. The instant Burton makes even a single mistake (something that is guaranteed to happen) Snake will end him. Yes, I know Burton took out the 2000-year-old sorcerer Lo Pan, but that was through sheer luck after he screwed up the first attempt to kill him. Snake Plissken would present a considerable challenge that I doubt Burton could overcome.Personally, I think Snake Plissken could best Jack Burton any day of the week, but I would also expect Burton to get in some lucky shots before he was taken out. We all know that both of these characters will most likely be alive by the end of this mini-series but it is still fun to speculate about which one of them would win. Even outside of combat, it will be interesting to see how Burton manages to cope with the unforgiving world he’ll find himself in. As a person who grew up watching Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, I am very excited to read this series.Who do you all think is better: Snake Plissken or Jack Burton? Let us know in the comments below. While you do that, I’ll be contacting BOOM! Studios to ask them if they ever plan to do a Rambo/Demolition Man or Commando/Predator crossover book.Big Trouble in Little China/Escape From New York #1 is available now for download at Comixology. Marvel Studios unveils casting details, Doctor Strange trailer, and Brie…Priceless 140-year-old guitar accidentally smashed in The Hateful Eight
FDCI presented the Amazon India Fashion Week in association with Maybelline Autumn Winter ‘16 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national Capital from March 16 to March 20. The opening show of Varun Bahl on Wednesday set the tone for the fashion fiesta.Being one of the most important events in the country’s fashion calendar- Amazon India fashion Week provided a platform to almost hundred designers. There is more to fashion than just what the movie stars wear. Fashion includes clothes, jewellery, accessories like shoes, bags and belts, hairstyles, makeup and most importantly passion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Friday afternoon saw some exquisite jewellery collection from Sahai Amber Pariddi, Nitya and Vasundhara. Sahai Amber Pariddi displayed their new collection ‘Memoir’, which was inspired by the captivating and mysterious oceans and tried to portray that the sea is the perfect summation of the modern day woman who is strong and dreams big. The elegant accessory pieces had their silhouettes derived from the fluid merging and layering of the different hues of the crashing waves and vibrancy of the eco systems thriving underwater. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show stopper of Mine of Design was none other than Sayani Gupta who donned some beautiful pieces of jewellery and walked the ramp with confidence, “I am very comfortable wearing the jewellery, since I don’t realise the weight, even though I’ve a lot of pieces on. I love aquamarine, turquoise and pearls and I can actually wear them (the jewellery pieces) with just a blue jeans and white shirt,” said the actor happily.Nitya’s jewellery collection was called ‘Modern Mughals’, for the young women excelling in their fields. “We have used a lot of acidic bright colours and jewel stones, on gold plated brass. We are so rooted to our culture that I don’t think we’ll ever stop wearing jewellery,” smiled Nitya when asked whether today’s women would like to wear heavy jewellery. Vasundhara Mantri’s collection called ‘Werifesteria’ was all about natural elements of the forest. The collection also had some beautiful shoes with ornamental dragonflies or bugs on them. The display was like a walk in the wilderness with incorporated natural rocks, filigree leaves, twigs, branches, and metal insects, bugs and butterflies in different forms and patterns. Actor Aditi Rao Hydari was the showstopper for designer Shruti Sancheti who showcased her collection titled ‘Constantinople’. “It was seamlessly organised and I loved the fact that Shruti was inspired by Istanbul,” said Aditi Rao Hydari. “The shoes are exquisite and specially made for this collection while the dress can be worn almost anywhere…” added the actor flaunting her beloved attire.The collection ‘Constantinople’ featured ultra luxurious modern cuts with conflicting pattern clashes of fluid paisley, geometric mosaics and rustic clamp dying, forming the core of this line. It was a paradox of conflicting crafts, fabrics and cultural ethos, deeply influenced by the unconventional characteristics of the historic and exotic city. The collection offers natural fibres like finely woven Karnataka silk, chanderi, chambray, wool, teamed with international favourites like felt and denim, to impart a global appeal.Chandrani Siingh Fllora displayed her latest collection ‘Mrityunjay’, a culmination of her personal journey during this time. Symbols of Shiva like the trishul and conch shell were incorporated in the prints and embroidery of the pieces. The collection was dominated by dark blue, bottle green and various shades of yellow as she used hand-woven fabric and experimented with stripes and ombre.Providing an exquisite array of designs rooted in elegance, long, fluid fabrics which are fashioned into pieces of timeless antiquity perfect for women of all cultures and eras were showcased by Sulakshana Monga in her collection ‘Pathless woods’. Reynu Tandon’s collection was a classic combination of fit and unfit, as she defined her USP as her flamboyant perspective of colors, contour and soft intricacy. For the collection, Reynu had handpicked unique items, since it is not easy to re-invent styles that last for decades and the audience got to see a potpourri of versatility through that. She has infused her thread work that connects all the pieces together. The unique silhouettes with balloon puff opulent sleeves were re-introduced in fashion and were combined with classic capes and chic vintage heritage jackets.
It’s summer in Costa Rica, when the bougainvillea, orveraneras, are at their most vibrant. These flowers are very common in Costa Rica and fill the dry season with bright and vivid purple and pink. Keep an eye out as you travel around the country… although you’d have a hard time missing these explosions of color.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series, or learn more about how your hotel or other business can sponsor a photo from your corner of the country? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Related posts:Flying away Tan lindo Tamarindo Enjoying the vibes from Ocaso A Guanacaste seascape