Rabat – The persistence of convict Mustapha Meziani to continue his hunger strike of over two months and the complications it entailed left no chance to save his life, said the health ministry on Friday.Mustapha Meziani died on Wednesday at the Fez Hassan II University Hospital following complications due to the failure of all his internal organs, said the ministry in a statement, adding that the inmate had all necessary health care and medical check-ups.Medical teams made huge efforts to save the patient’s life but the persistence of Mustapha Meziani to continue his hunger strike worsened his health condition causing a severe failure of all his internal organs, said the ministry. Meziani, aged 30, was put behind bars on July 11 upon the order of the examining magistrate at the Fez appeal court for taking part in premeditated murder. read more

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hewell jail, which opened in its current form in 2008, is made up of six housing blocks or wings – while there is a separate open prison called the Grange.In an announced inspection report published in January, Hewell was described as “a prison with many challenges and areas of serious concern”.Peter Clarke, chief inspector of prisons, said the “main concerns at the closed site were regarding issues of safety and respect”.He said levels of violence were “far too high”, communal areas “dirty” and many cells over-crowded, with some described as “filthy”.Almost two thirds (60%) had told the inspection team it was “easy” to get hold of drugs inside.Inspectors also found levels of self-harm had increased, a quarter of prisoners “felt unsafe”.It is understood the incident ended shortly after the bangs were heard at around midnight, and prison authorities are now back in full control of the affected wing Specially-trained prison security teams were drafted in to quell an “incident” at a Worcestershire jail.So-called Tornado squads, equipped to deal with riots, were sent to HMP Hewell near Redditch, after trouble broke out on one of the prison’s wings on Saturday.The Prison Service said a “small number” of inmates at the category B jail were involved.It is understood a handful of prisoners were refusing to follow prison officers’ orders and had been attempting to cause damage to the wing.Men shouting and swearing, as well as banging and dogs’ barking, could be clearly heard coming from the scene late on Saturday.From about 7.30pm, unmarked vans using blue lights and sirens started arriving at the site which is run by HM Prison Service.A steady stream of vans and minibuses was seen arriving at the jail’s front entrance, carrying and unloading Tornado squads carrying backpacks full of equipment.The main site, which houses about 1,000 inmates – some of whom are category A remand prisoners – is surrounded by farmland.Meanwhile, several loud quickfire bangs, thought to be distraction bursts being used by the prison authorities, have also been heard at the scene as the disorder continues. These have been greeted by loud shouts thought to be coming from inside the affected wing.last_img read more

← Previous Story Over 50.000 votes in the first week of WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 2014 Next Story → Latvia wins Riga Council Cup 2014 Dagur Sigurdssonfinn lemkegermanyQatar 2015 Germany facing a real troubles before the 2015 World Championship in Qatar. German head-coach Dagur Sigurdsson will have to make his plan without Finn Lemke, a 22 years-old left back who broke his hand in the last match of the 2014 for his TBV Lemgo against MT Melsungen. Lemke will be out for at least two months. The things became even worst with the information that another option on the left back position, Sven-Sören Christophersen, also won’t be able to join the team due finger’s injury.Sigurdsson will start preparation on the second day of January with 17 players. Balingen’s left back Fabian Bohm got a late call for the national team.Germany will play two matches on Iceland on 4 and 5 January, while Porsche Arena is already sold out for the clash with Czech Republic on 9 January. A day later, two teams will meet in Mannheim once again, what will be the last test before trip to Doha, where on 15 January starts WCh 2015.Goalies: Carsten Lichtlein (VfL Gummersbach/ab 2. Januar), Silvio Heinevetter (Füchse Berlin), Andreas Wolff (HSG Wetzlar)Left wings: Uwe Gensheimer (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Matthias Musche (SC Magdeburg)Left backs: Paul Drux (Füchse Berlin), Stefan Kneer (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Fabian Böhm (HBW Balingen-Weilstetten)Playmakers: Martin Strobel (HBW Balingen-Weilstetten)Right backs: Steffen Weinhold (THW Kiel), Michael Müller (MT Melsungen), Jens Schöngarth (TuS N-Lübbecke)Right wings: Patrick Groetzki (Rhein-Neckar Löwen), Johannes Sellin (MT Melsungen)Line players: Patrick Wiencek (THW Kiel), Hendrik Pekeler (TBV Lemgo), Erik Schmidt (TSG Ludwigshafen-Friesenheim) read more

first_imgFor those of you who are old enough to remember playing multiplayer FPS titles like Quake and Rainbow Six on the now defunct MPlayer gaming community, you probably have less than fond memories of ladder matches that suffered serious rubber-banding and lag when you put more than 15 players in a game. Of course this was back in 1999, so connectivity issues were understandable. Until recently, the most players in an online FPS match was 399, in Planetside. Last night that record was smashed when Swedish company MuchDifferent conducted a one-night experiment with a game called Man vs. Machine, which was specifically designed to allow 1000 concurrent players at once. Unfortunately,the company missed its mark and only 999 people logged in.Kidding aside, 999 is certainly an achievement. Being able to have server infrastructure and support for that many people duking it out online is an accomplishment. The effort was not without its problems though. While there were very little issues with connectivity for players, the actual gameplay has been said to have been unbalanced causing the operations team to have to make significant changes in the middle of the session. Still, the gamers involved were able to get two solid hours of uninterrupted battle, and from some of the comments I have browsed about the experience people had a lot of fun!Unfortunately for those of us that didn’t get to participate last night, Man vs. Machine will never be made available for play again. Perhaps MuchDifferent will take what they learned with last night’s experiment and make it even better to break its own record. Which, by the way, was made official by the Guinness Book of World Records shortly after the event ended. Here’s to looking forward to seeing even larger games in the future!Read more at MuchDifferent’s site, via the Vergelast_img read more

first_img“It led to a situation where we have parted ways.I am hugely disappointed not to be continuing to work with the fabulous team on the show, I am hugely disappointed not to be continuing to work with the other show teams who could not have been more supportive and helpful, and I am particularly disappointed not to be able to continue the relationship we had developed with the people who wrote to us each week, who told us their problems, their hopes, their funny stories, who texted each day and who listened in homes, offices, cars and trucks around the country. I’d have loved to be allowed to tell them goodbye.“I wish my team and all the people in the station the best.”Not renewing his contract Today FM released a separate statement about 20 minutes after Savage’s tweet.It reads: “Today FM has announced that it will not be renewing Anton Savage’s contract when it expires later this year. The Anton Savage Show first aired on Today FM in January 2015.Commenting on the announcement, Keith McCormack, Chief Executive of Today FM, said: “Following a detailed review of the schedule, the station is in the process of refreshing its line-up and focus.As part of this we have decided that we will not renew Anton’s contract. I would like to thank Anton for his commitment and dedication to the station and I wish him the very best with his career.“Full details of Today FM’s new schedule will be announced early in 2017.”A source said the decision was partly related to a drop in JNLR listenership figures – down from 215,000 when D’Arcy left in December 2014 to 174,000 in September this year.It’s believed the station hopes to revamp the slot to attract younger listeners.Read: Latest radio figures: Joe Duffy a big winner in a very nice three months indeed for RTÉ Radio OneRead: Anton Savage: There’s one message Enda and Joan are struggling to get across Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Anton Savage leaves Today FM after rows with management Drama as presenter blindsides station with angry statement – and station rushes to confirm his contract is at an end. Dec 2nd 2016, 4:08 PM 146 Comments Short URL Share4193 Tweet Email8 Friday 2 Dec 2016, 4:08 PMcenter_img Image: Today FM 110,864 Views ANTON SAVAGE HAS announced he is leaving Today FM with immediate effect.However, shortly after he released a strongly-worded statement on his former show’s Twitter account, Today FM hit back with a press release saying the presenter’s contract was not being renewed.Savage said he made the decision following a number of disagreements with station management.He took over the 9am-12pm weekday slot after Ray D’Arcy’s departure.In his statement he said:“22 months ago, I set out working with a brilliant bunch of people to create a magazine show we could be proud of between 9 and 12 on Today FM. We were told the objective was to create a great show and retain 65% or more of the previous audience.“The task of doing that was brilliant. Fun, challenging, collegiate.“The team on the Anton Savage Show could not have worked harder or been more creative or dedicated, and it was through their hard work that we were awarded our PPI award for magazine show of the year this year…Over the last year it became clear that my objectives for the show and the new management’s objectives for the show diverged greatly. We disagreed on a move to set music quotas, we disagreed on significant changes to the playlist, we disagreed on topics for discussion, on format, on choice of contributors and we disagreed on the choice of certain guests. http://jrnl.ie/3116533 Image: Today FM By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/sakhorn By Cormac Fitzgerald 7,483 Views Apr 27th 2017, 3:00 AM Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 3:00 AM 17 Comments ‘Staff who have been seriously assaulted cannot get a conviction’: Prison officers call for more support POA general secretary John Clinton said that reduced staffing levels were increasing the risk for serving officers. THE GENERAL SECRETARY of the Prison Officers’ Association has hit out at what he said was a lack of convictions for inmates who attack officers.Speaking at the Prison Officers’ Association annual delegate conference in Galway last night, John Clinton also said that reduced staffing levels was increasing the risk for serving officers.Clinton pointed to recent cases in which prison officers were allegedly attacked by inmates, but the inmates weren’t prosecuted as a result.“The reduced staffing levels contributes directly to the risk for prison officers with ever-increasing levels of assaults,” Clinton told members of the POA last night.“To add insult to the injuries inflicted on our officers there is no penalty for the prisoners involved,” he said.“It is now the case that staff, who have been seriously assaulted and report their assault to the relevant authorities, cannot get a conviction, in spite of a wealth of available evidence.In one significant case there was even an admission of guilt from the prisoner, yet no conviction.Clinton pointed towards two incidents in which prison officers were allegedly attacked in a Midlands prison, but said no convictions were brought as a result of lack of available evidence.“The issue of violence in prisons regrettably continues, with a number of very serious incidents involving assaults on prison staff in the past year,” said Clinton.He echoed recent calls at the Garda Representative Association annual meeting for mandatory sentencing for people convicted of attacking security officials.“Mandatory sentencing, as raised by the gardaí earlier this week is undoubtedly needed as one of the responses to assaults on our members, while carrying out their duties,” he said.“Staffing crisis” Clinton said that the service was facing a “staffing crisis”, and that there weren’t enough workers to “do what we are required to do”.“All of us are aware that retirements this year will exceed recruitment figures; this is not sustainable and it creates an ongoing additional risk for prison staff and prisoners,” he said.He called for officers’ pay to be restored to 2008 levels.Clinton pointed to recent analysis conducted by the State Claims Agency which found that the projected level of assaults by prisoners on prison staff for 2017 was estimated at 107.“The nature of these assaults included concussion, lacerations, cuts, fractures burns and bites. Most of these injuries were to the head and face thereby leaving a permanent reminder to the injured officer of the incident,” said Clinton.Read: Search begins for new officers with “tolerance and humanity” to work in Irish prisonsRead: Prison officers to undergo tests after being bitten by convicted ‘HIV positive’ rapist Share31 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3360211 Image: Shutterstock/sakhorn Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgHadopi : des dossiers remis à la justice avant le printempsLa troisième phase de la riposte graduée de la Hadopi sera prochainement déclenchée. C’est du moins ce qu’a annoncé la haute autorité, affirmant que les premiers dossiers seraient transmis au parquet avant le printemps 2012.Les premiers dossiers d’internautes soupçonnés de téléchargement illégal malgré la réception d’avertissements seront transmis à la justice avant le printemps. C’est la troisième phase de la riposte graduée qui s’apprête ainsi à commencer. À lire aussiHadopi, efficace à 95 % ?La nouvelle a été annoncée par la présidente de la Commission de protection des droits (CPD), Mireille Imbert-Quaretta, dans un entretien accordé aux Echos. “Il y aura des transmissions au parquet avant le printemps. Nous prenons beaucoup de temps et faisons attention sur les dossiers, pour qu’ils soient incontestables. La personne devra avoir été avisée et persister” a-t-elle expliqué. Les internautes concernés risqueront jusqu’à 1.500 euros d’amende et une suspension d’un mois de leur connexion Internet. Alors qu’il étaient 60 en septembre, il seraient aujourd’hui 159 à voir leur dossier en cours d’instruction. Mais il est fort peu probable que tous finissent entre les mains du parquet. La Hadopi est prise entre deux feux : si elle se montre trop indulgente, elle risque d’être qualifiée d’inefficace. Si elle est au contraire trop sévère, “on nous traitera d’abominables répressifs” soulignait déjà Mireille Imbert-Quaretta il y a un an dans les colonnes du Figaro.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgDécouverte de l’Archicebus, le plus vieux primate connu à ce jourMercredi, une étude chinoise a annoncé la découverte en Chine du plus vieux primate connu à ce jour, l’Archicebus achilles. Ce petit tarsier primitif aurait vécu il y a 55 millions d’années et présente une importance capitale pour une meilleure compréhension de l’évolution des primates.C’est une découverte capitale dans l’histoire des primates, leur évolution et par connexion logique, celle de l’Homme que la revue britannique Nature a dévoilée mercredi. Une équipe de paléontologues chinois menée par le chercheur Xijun Ni est parvenue à identifier le plus vieux primates connu à ce jour. L’heureux élu a été baptisé Archicebus achilles : Archicebus pour “premier singe à queue” et achilles en référence au célèbre guerrier grec et à l’anatomie un peu particulière des chevilles du petit primate. Mais la découverte ne date pas d’hier : les paléontologues ont étudié le spécimen pendant plus de dix avant de publier enfin leur trouvaille. Le fossile de l’animal a été trouvé dans la carrière proche de Jingzhou (près du fleuve Yang-Tsé) par un paysan. L’objet a été extrait d’une roche fendue en deux et montré à Xijun Ni qui menait des fouilles dans la province chinoise du Hubei. Ce dernier l’a alors étroitement étudié pendant plusieurs années via notamment de nombreux scanner 3D qui ont permis d’aboutir à une image complète et détaillée du spécimen. Aujourd’hui, l’équipe en charge du projet peut affirmer que ce spécimen est le plus vieux primate jamais découvert, datant d’environ 55 millions d’années et détrônant ainsi de 7 millions d’années le Darvinius découvert à Messel en Allemagne et à Notharctus aux Etats-Unis. Jusqu’ici, ce primate était tenu comme le plus ancien de l’ordre et son fossile fut découvert en 1983 avant d’être publié en 2009. “Ce squelette va nous dire une grande partie de l’histoire sur les origines des primates et nos lointains ancêtres”, explique Ni cité par l’AFP.Le plus vieux et le plus petitMais ce primate n’est pas que le plus vieux, c’est aussi le plus petit jamais répertorié. Si le record est tenu aujourd’hui par l’actuel lémurien pygmée de Madagascar le “microcèbe de Mme Berthe” (Microcebus Berthae) avec 9 centimètres, l’Archicebus lui mesurait environ 7 cm et ne pesait pas plus de 30 grammes, selon les paléontologues. Il était doté d’une longue queue et de doigts osseux facilitant le déplacement arboricole. Comme l’ont souligné les scientifiques, son squelette presque complet est visiblement adapté à une vie dans les arbres, notamment au vu de ses membres élancés. Il suggère que l’animal était “actif durant le jour” et se nourrissait “essentiellement d’insectes”. Ce petit primate est “radicalement différent de tous les primates connus vivants ou fossiles”, comme un “hybride bizarre, avec les pieds d’un petit singe, les bras, les jambes et les dents d’un primate très primitif et un crâne doté d’yeux étonnamment petits”, décrit Chris Beard du Carnegie Museum of Natural History de Pittsburg aux Etats-Unis ayant travaillé sur le projet.Un témoin de l’évolution des primatesAvec son statut de plus vieux primate connu, l’Archicebus est important pour les paléontologues car il pourrait donner de nouvelles et précieuses informations sur l’évolution de les primates. En effet, l’animal a vécu à la période de l’Eocène lorsque les différentes espèces de primates ont commencé à diverger donnant d’un côté les tarsiers actuels (des primates nocturnes arboricoles aux yeux exorbités) et de l’autre les anthropoïdes ou singes sans queue comme les chimpanzés, l’orang-outan ou encore le gorille. L’Eocène était une “période formidable pour les primates”, estime Beard. Pour ce spécialiste, la découverte d’Archicebus en Chine n’est d’ailleurs pas le fruit du hasard. A l’Eocène, la région était un “point chaud” de la biodiversité qui a très probablement donné naissance aux premiers primates, estime-t-il. “Les dernières découvertes paléontologiques indiquent que les premiers pas décisifs dans l’évolution des primates, y compris l’évolution vers les anthropoïdes, ont vraisemblablement été accomplis en Asie, et non pas en Afrique comme on le pensait encore voici vingt ans”, assure encore le chercheur.Les premiers primates seraient ainsi apparus en Asie avant que les anthropoïdes ne migrent vers l’Afrique il y a 38 millions d’années. Les humains eux auraient divergé des primates il y a 5 ou 10 millions d’années.Une mine de trésors pour les paléontologuesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La carrière dans laquelle l’Archicebus a été découvert est devenue un vrai vivier pour les paléontologues qui ont depuis retrouvé de nombreux fossiles d’oiseaux et de poissons datant de la même époque. A cette période très chaude, l’Asie était une grande serre où les palmiers s’étendaient jusqu’en Alaska.(Crédits photo: Xijun Ni, Académie chinoise des sciences)Le 6 juin 2013 à 12:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgMedford, Ore. — Not long after Interstate 5 pierced Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, supplanting U.S. 99, Rod Witham and his father, Harlan, built a truck stop on 20 acres near the north Medford interchange.Nearly 50 years later, Witham Truck Center, a multigeneration family business, is becoming part of Ridgefield-based Pacific Power Products, which has 17 locations in six states and more than 500 employees.“We’ve done well in this town,” said the 87-year-old Witham. “We’ve carried lots of employees and customers, and made good customers out of them.”Witham Truck Center has been a Freightliner dealer since 1954, selling new and used trucks and parts and providing a service garage and machine shop. Rod Witham turned over day-to-day management to stepsons Gene and Jerry Schneider more than a decade ago, but still showed up to the shop regularly until three years ago. “It got to the point where frankly I didn’t care that much, and I’d only go in to get stamps,” Witham said.last_img read more

first_img—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Town Museum To Host Harvest Festival On October 14In “Community”REMINDER: Harvest Festival At Wilmington Town Museum This Sunday, October 14In “Community”PUBLIC INVITED: Wilmington Flag Retirement Ceremony To Be Held On June 14In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Town Museum and the Wilmington Minuteman Company held their annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 14 at the Harnden Tavern.Participants experienced old-fashioned farm life with open-pit cooking, candle-making, and games of the past.  Attendees also received tours of the Town Museum and demonstrations from the Minutemen.Below are photos from the popular, family-friendly event shared by Mary Leach of the Billerica Colonial Minute Men:—last_img read more

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioWildfire Continues To Burn On Central Kenai PeninsulaShaylon Cochran, KDLL – KenaiA 7,000 acre wildfire continues to burn on the central Kenai Peninsula. So far, no evacuations have been ordered, and no property damage has been reported.Tyonek Fire Draws Response From State FirefightersEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageAnother fire near the Alaska Native village of Tyonek is drawing a full response from state firefighters. The blaze erupted late Monday afternoon at the village airport, which is across the Chuitna River from Tyonek. But heavy winds in the area pushed the fire across the river in several spots by evening, forcing an evacuation of the village.USFW Wants to Regulate Oil & Gas on Refuges; Young Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCAbout 200 national wildlife refuges have oil and gas development. Among them: the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the only refuge in Alaska with active petroleum extraction. The agency that manages refuges, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wants rules to regulate that activity. Alaska Congressman Don Young doesn’t like the idea and he wasn’t quiet about it at a Congressional hearing today.Fired Oil Tax Assessor To Run For State House Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIn January, Governor Sean Parnell removed Marty McGee from a board that deals with the oil producers’ tax bill. Now, McGee wants to take on oil tax policy again – but as a state legislator.Seismologist Delivers Cautionary NotesSteve Heimel, APRN – AnchorageIf you have lived in Southcentral Alaska for a year or more, you are almost certain to have felt an earthquake. But a damaging quake is something else again. Experts tell us a quake as powerful as the Great Alaska Earthquake of fifty years ago isn’t likely any time soon, but it doesn’t take a Magnitude Nine to do big damage.Ammo Shortages Still Hampering Rural Subsistence Hunters Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeWith the return of marine mammals and migratory birds to the Bering Straits region, subsistence hunters are still struggling to find certain kinds of ammunition.New Equipment Means New Opportunities For Polar Bear TreatmentJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageAs companies look to expand oil and gas exploration in Alaska, many worry about the possibility of a spill and how wildlife – including polar bears – would be cared for. New equipment has given the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the capability to treat polar bears on the scene, which, until now, hasn’t been a possibility.Former Sitka Principal Found Not Guilty On All Counts Robert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaJoe Robidou has been found not guilty on all counts. A Sitka jury of seven women and five men delivered its verdict in favor of the former school administrator accused of sexual assault Monday evening.ASD Passes Amended Budget, Adds Back In Teacher Positions Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage School Board voted to increase the 2014-2015 school budget by $26.5 million on Monday night. With the additional money the district will be able to hire back 86 of the teachers they thought they would lose, but not all of them. And there are more cuts to come in the next few years.last_img read more

first_imgAnchorage votersturned out in record numbers to cast early ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral runoff election. But the figures don’t necessarily mean a big overall turn out.By mid-day Monday, the city had broken its record for early and absentee votes in a local election.“We are at 11,167,” said Deputy Clerk for Elections Amanda Moser of the early votes and requests for ballots by mail.That’s around 3,000 more early votes than were cast last month at this time ahead of the initial mayoral election with a broad field of candidates.More than 20 people stood in line at the Loussac Library around lunch-time Monday to cast early ballots. The daily numbers of early voters have just about doubled at the polling site compared to past elections, according to Sharron McCracken, an elections official. She attributes the growth to a mix of the mayor’s race getting more interesting in the last month, better promotion from the city Clerk’s office, and plain old convenience.“Most (people) seem to be just thrilled that they can do it on their schedule,” McCracken said in the library lobby, the line winding past the door, “just real happy to get it out of the way.”McCracken is quick to counter that increased early returns are no guarantee of high turnout on election day, something she saw in the April election this year.“Last election we thought for sure the percentage of voters would have been way higher,” McCracken recalled, “and yet then the final total was still only like 27% turnout.” 27.93% to be exact.“I’m hoping it’ll end up higher,” she added, “but I really don’t have a clue.”McCracken is not alone in her uncertainty. No public polling data has surfaced in the last month, making it difficult to say which candidate has an edge. With lower turnout, the margins between victory and defeat shrink. In the April election the space between top candidates Ethan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski was just 7,385 votes. Now, margins like that could determine who’s in charge of Alaska’s largest city for the next three years.last_img read more

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Buluo Croker in Anchorage. Croker is originally from Fiji and moved up here from American Samoa.Download AudioBulou Croker of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, APRN – Anchorage)CROKER: I’m going on two years now. I came all the way from Fiji to American Samoa and I was with a son of mine. He’s in the U.S. Marines. Then I came up here the year before last because I have a son that served in the U.S. Army here on JBER. And that’s how I came here to Alaska.I came here; I think it was winter, just past winter. And it was still cool and I really like the cold weather coming from the sunny place of Fiji where it is always warm. I appreciate the cold, ‘til now. And I think we [people from Fiji] look at Alaska as a big continent where there is lots of ice.I’ve stopped over in Los Angeles and also New York, and people are quite busy in other states. But as for Alaska itself. I think the houses itself are quite expensive, the rent, but the people they are quite friendly. And they are quite helpful. I thought it would be one of the prejudiced states, but it’s not. One of my son’s has been asking me to come down to Vegas. The one in the U.S. Marines recently moved to Vegas, but I told him I prefer Alaska because of the cold weather and I know Vegas will be hot there. It’s like going back home.I came here and before two years, I’ve seen a lot of development. There’s a lot of developing going on and I’ve seen increasing traffic on the road which states there’s a lot of people moving up here. Economy here is booming. That’s why it’s attracting people. And also, PFD is one of the things that’s attracting a lot of people. I myself wish I could go back because I have ten kids. I would have moved up here in those years if it was cheaper for me to travel.The thing I can say about Alaska: Alaska has a lot to give to people who are wanting to move up here. I can provide you a lot of good jobs and pay for instance. It starts with a good rate, like $10 up. And I would like to ask a lot of people, trade people out there, that Alaska needs you. And you are welcome to come up here and make it your home. But it’s hard for you to sweat, so you better watch what you eat.last_img read more

first_imgAmeerpet: The Nagarjuna Nagar are quite angry with MLA Maganti Gopinath for ignoring their plight due to overflowing drains, leaky pipelines, which are turning colony lanes into open drains. They demand that the Jubilee Hills MLA pay immediate attention to civic problems galore in his constituency, especially at Nagarjuna Nagar in Ameerpet.”Overflowing drain is the major issue and we have been sharing our plight through WhatsApp to MLA Maganti, Vijay, Radha and others. We also have visited corporators, complained to GHMC officials. Though he heard us, no corrective action has been initiated to redress our grievances. We are highly disappointed with peoples’ representatives and officials concerned for the continued negligence,” rues Punna Reddy, treasurer of Vijaya Towers Welfare Association. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us “Pipelines in this area are old. Due to the increase in the population in the area and lack of planning in laying pipelines and sewage paths, CC roads were constructed. Before constructing the CC roads, there must be a change of sewage lines and that has not happened in this area. Mostly, due to diversion of rainwater lines from Udipi Hotel lane to Nagarjuna Nagar Colony, there frequent overflow of drains. There is no proper passage for the drain to flow because of the small pipe. As a result, overflowing drains are seen in every lane of city causing distress to the people,” says Achyuth Ramprasad, a resident of Vijaya Towers, Nagarjuna Nagar. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us “It is quiet inexplicable why authorities not responding to the civic issue in my locality. We have been facing this for over a month. Maganti should do this for us. We voted in favor of him and he needs to do this,” demands Ragunath Reddy, a resident of Nagarjuna Nagar. At least now, either the pipelines which are old should be replaced with the new drainage lines with a proper planning or the diverted rainwater to Nagarjuna Nagar needs to be blocked to ease their sufferings to some extent, say the residents of the area.last_img read more

first_imgAdil Parker, from the Birmingham Council of Mosques, told Sky News he was “appalled” by the attacks, but not “surprised” they had taken place. West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson expressed shock over the attack and noted that officers are working closely with religious leaders. Though the motive behind the attacks remains unknown, West Midlands Police said it is believed they are linked. A man reportedly smashed the windows of a mosque overnight.Five mosques in the British city of Birmingham were attacked and vandalised on Wednesday (March 20) night, with a sledgehammer, prompting counter-terrorism police to launch an investigation.A man reportedly smashed the windows of a mosque overnight. The five mosques which were attacked are on Albert Road, Birchfield Road, Slade Road, Broadway and Witton Road in the city. The mosque’s imam says that the attack took place between 1.30 am and 2 am but when officers arrived at the scene they discovered the attack had taken place sometime earlier.Forensic officers are working to identify evidence and CCTV footages are being examined. Patrols were stepped up across the city and officers discovered further damage at places of worship in other parts of the city.Councilor Majid Mahmood described the attacks on Twitter as “disgusting” and said that Muslims were “afraid after the terrorist attacks in Christchurch” last week. Mahmood posted a video on Twitter which showed a clean-up operation is in progress.This is the Slade Road mosque in Erdington that was attacked last night. All the broken windows have been boarded upIn total 5 mosques were attacked with the offenders using sledgehammersThe Muslim community is fearful of more attacks, and we need @WMPolice to step up patrols pic.twitter.com/caogRsoeEy— Cllr Majid Mahmood ? (@CllrMajid) March 21, 2019Taking to Twitter, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “Deeply concerning & distressing to see the number of mosques have been vandalised in Birmingham overnight. @WMPolice are investigating motive but let me be clear – hateful behaviour has absolutely no place in our society & will never be accepted.”last_img read more

first_imgRepresentational Picture: A man searching for porn online.BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty ImagesPornhub, the adult entertainment website, has started accepting cryptocurrencies as an alternative form of payment for services on its platforms.Pornhub users will now be able to use cryptocurrency Verge to pay for all Pornhub purchases – including Pornhub Premium – the company’s HD, On-Demand streaming service.Verge allows for anonymous transactions by obfuscating the IP address and geolocation of its users so that they are untraceable.”Our acceptance of Verge is an affirmation of our dedication to innovation and privacy, which recently has caused much concern and been at the forefront of all tech consumers’ minds,” Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in a statement.”Not only is this an exciting announcement for us and the adult entertainment industry, it’s exciting for the crypto space.”Verge currency, which was created in 2014, provides a fast, efficient and decentralized way of making direct transactions while maintaining personal privacy.Unlike its many peers, Verge doesn’t use cryptography as much to become an anonymous cryptocurrency. Instead, it uses Tor and I2P network to achieve its goals.A key attraction of this specific cryptocurrency is the Wraith Protocol — a technology that enables users to switch between public and private ledgers on the Verge blockchain. With this feature turned on, the blockchain explorer doesn’t see your transaction, thus it’s not linked to your public address.Along with the main Pornhub site, both Brazzers (adult HD videos) and Nutaku (adult gaming) will start accepting Verge currency as well.last_img read more

first_imgAerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of Los Angeles. Credit: Wikipedia. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Recognizing Foreshocks from the 1 April 2014 Chile Earthquake, Science 16 May 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6185 pp. 700-702. DOI: 10.1126/science.1255202AbstractAre there measurable, distinctive precursors that can warn us in advance of the planet’s largest earthquakes? Foreshocks have long been considered the most promising candidates for predicting earthquakes. At least half of large earthquakes have foreshocks, but these foreshocks are difficult or even impossible to distinguish from non-precursory seismic activity. The foreshocks for the 1 April 2014 Chile event and other recent large earthquakes suggest that observable precursors may exist before large earthquakes. Global map to predict giant earthquakes Explore furthercenter_img (Phys.org) —Seismologists Emily Brodsky and Thorne Lay with the University of California have gone out on a limb of sorts by publicly wondering if it might be possible to predict the largest types of earthquakes by studying foreshock patterns and characteristics. Together they’ve published a Perspective piece in the journal Science, questioning the traditional belief in the earth sciences field that it’s impossible to predict earthquakes of any kind and likely will always be that way. Journal information: Science Citation: Pair of seismologists publicly wonder if it might be possible to predict largest earthquakes (2014, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-pair-seismologists-publicly-largest-earthquakes.html Earthquakes are impossible to predict, at least for now, because they don’t behave the same way before they occur. Sometimes there are foreshocks, sometimes not, sometimes animals seem to sense something is up, other times they don’t. There are just no discernible patterns that could be used as a sign of an impending quake. But, the research duo suggest, that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be, especially for special types of quakes—those that lie along subduction zones.Brodksy and Lay point out that foreshocks occurred along just such a subduction zone prior to the earthquake that rocked Chile this past April. They note also that a very similar pattern occurred just prior to the massive 9.0 quake that shook Japan three years ago. They acknowledge that similar small quake clusters also occur along fault lines that never result in earthquakes, which of course, is why they haven’t been used to predict earthquakes. It’s for this reason that the two are calling for better monitoring systems. Currently there are few pressure sensors permanently installed along major subduction zones, due to the fact that most are along the ocean floor. They suggest that if pressure sensors were installed and data stored in a database, it might be that clues would reveal themselves. Perhaps, they propose, foreshocks behave in certain ways before a big quake that differ from small quake clusters not related to a bigger event. The only way to find out, they say, is to put in sensors.Governments big and small have been reluctant to install such sensors because of the huge cost involved—adding them along just one coast could cost billions of dollars—an investment that has no certainty of paying off. Thus, it’s doubtful that one paper by a pair of researchers is likely to cause any major changes to the status quo, though it might cause some in the scientific community to begin to question what is possible and what isn’t as it pertains to predicting earthquakes—and that might be all the two authors are really trying to achieve.last_img read more

first_imgThe Guardian columnist and austerity campaigner posted a letter on her social media moments ago.They spoke how they considered the social media platform to be ‘abusive’.Jack Monroe calls Twitter ‘abusive’‘I get viciously pilloried on a daily basis,’ they wrote.‘[I’m] inundated with people who scream in their dozens about free speech while freely speaking at me that I am an atrocious person for daring to want to push outside of my “little woman” box.’Monroe, who recently came out as once being part of a domestic abusive relationship, compared it to previous suffering they felt.‘I have been in enough abusive relationships to recognize gaslighting, coercion and bullying, and my personal relationships are suffering as a result of what I experience on here every day,’ they said.But ultimately, Monroe said they would focus on why they do what they do.Read the full letter below:I’m really quite sad to be writing this but I have thought about it long and hard and it seems to be the best thing for my mental and physical health, so with a heavy heart and a weighty self-loathing…I first came into the public eye in 2012 as a struggling single mum on the dole. I wrote about politics, poverty and austerity, and recipes from tins and scraped up change. I have worked with the Trussell Trust, Food Chain, Magic Breakfast, Oxfam, CPAG, MPs, Parliament, several political parties, in London, Manchester, Scotland, Tanzania and more. The very heart of my work is in alleviating food poverty, teaching people to cook, living wages, cheap recipes, and survival in austerity.I was warned early on not to come out as gay because it would be ‘distracting and damaging’. I did it anyway. When I came out as non-binary (genderfluid/queer) it was quite unheard of in mainstream media and there was an inevitable circus around it. I gave interviews hoping it would broaden understanding and give other genderqueer people a voice. In return I lost a £30k book deal, had to crowdfund that book (a process which has completely done me in) and invited a whole world of abuse from across the political and feminist spectrum. Jack Monroe, the ‘Bootstrap cook’ | Photo: Jack Monroe Instagram Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Twitter is a ‘great personal and emotional cost’I have spent the last two years attempting to gently (and sometimes, less gently) defend women’s rights AND trans rights (caveat – trans women are women, this is not an either/or sitaution), to educate, inform, support, explain, but at great personal and emotional cost.I get things wrong, I do my best, I can only speak for myself. And I get viciously pilloried on a daily basis, piled on, inundated with people who scream in their dozens about free speech while freely speaking at me that I am an atrocious person for daring to want to push outside of my ‘little woman’ box.I feel the core of of my work has been buried under the endless and exhausting bollocks of flamethrowing on social media. Most of the people who genuinely need my work don’t have the luxury of concerning themselves with my tits or chromosomes – they need fed and housed and hope and wages, not to see me tiresomely drawn into fight after fight after fight. Every minute I spend on justifying my clothing choices or crying because 50 people are dogpiling me with personal insults is a minute I am not spending doing my most important work.‘I am and always will be a genderqueer androgynous little dyke’I am and always will be a genderqueer androgynous little dyke, but I’m coming off Twitter for the good of my mental health. I have been in enough abusive relationships to recognize gaslighting, coercion and bullying, and my personal relationships are suffering as a result of what I experience on here every day.I am getting back in the kitchen. I will continue to fight for women’s rights, and for trans rights, and for human rights (again trans women are women), but this is not the best place for me to do it.Thanks for the last few years, and goodbye.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/jack-monroe-nonbinary-food-writer-quits-twitter-over-bullying/center_img Non-binary food writer Jack Monroe has revealed they are quitting Twitter. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

first_imgThe ’Strengthening African Machine Learning’ conference organized by Deep Learning Indaba, at Stellenbosch, South Africa, is ongoing right now. This 6-day conference will celebrate and strengthen machine learning in Africa through state-of-the-art teaching, networking, policy debate, and through support programmes. Yesterday, three conference organizers, Sebastian Ruder, Herman Kamper, and Stephan Gouws asked tech experts their view on the state of Natural Language Processing, more specifically these 4 questions: What do you think are the three biggest open problems in Natural Language Processing at the moment? What would you say is the most influential work in Natural Language Processing in the last decade, if you had to pick just one? What, if anything, has led the field in the wrong direction? What advice would you give a postgraduate student in Natural Language Processing starting their project now? The tech experts interviewed included the likes of Yoshua Bengio, Hal Daumé III, Barbara Plank, Miguel Ballesteros, Anders Søgaard, Lea Frermann, Michael Roth, Annie Louise, Chris Dyer, Felix Hill, Kevin Knight and more. Biggest open problems in Natural Language Processing at the moment Although each expert talked about a variety of Natural Language Processing open issues, the following common key themes recurred. No ‘real’ understanding of Natural language understanding Many experts argued that natural Language understanding is central and also important for natural language generation. They agreed that most of our current Natural Language Processing models do not have a “real” understanding. What is needed is to build models that incorporate common sense, and what (biases, structure) should be built explicitly into these models. Dialogue systems and chatbots were mentioned in several responses. Maletšabisa Molapo, a Research Scientist at IBM Research and one of the experts answered, “Perhaps this may be achieved by general NLP Models, as per the recent announcement from Salesforce Research, that there is a need for NLP architectures that can perform well across different NLP tasks (machine translation, summarization, question answering, text classification, etc.)” NLP for low-resource scenarios Another open problem is using NLP for low-resource scenarios. This includes generalization beyond the training data, learning from small amounts of data and other techniques such as Domain-transfer, transfer learning, multi-task learning. Also includes different supervised learning techniques, semi-supervised, weakly-supervised, “Wiki-ly” supervised, distantly-supervised, lightly-supervised, minimally-supervised and unsupervised learning. Per Karen Livescu, Associate Professor Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, “Dealing with low-data settings (low-resource languages, dialects (including social media text “dialects”), domains, etc.).  This is not a completely “open” problem in that there are already a lot of promising ideas out there; but we still don’t have a universal solution to this universal problem.” Reasoning about large or multiple contexts Experts believed that NLP has problems in dealing with large contexts. These large context documents can be either text or spoken documents, which currently lack common sense incorporation. According to, Isabelle Augenstein, tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen, “Our current models are mostly based on recurrent neural networks, which cannot represent longer contexts well. One recent encouraging work in this direction I like is the NarrativeQA dataset for answering questions about books. The stream of work on graph-inspired RNNs is potentially promising, though has only seen modest improvements and has not been widely adopted due to them being much less straight-forward to train than a vanilla RNN.” Defining problems, building diverse datasets and evaluation procedures “Perhaps the biggest problem is to properly define the problems themselves. And by properly defining a problem, I mean building datasets and evaluation procedures that are appropriate to measure our progress towards concrete goals. Things would beeasier if we could reduce everything to Kaggle style competitions!” – Mikel Artetxe. Experts believe that current NLP datasets need to be evaluated. A new generation of evaluation datasets and tasks are required that show whether NLP techniques generalize across the true variability of human language. Also what is required are more diverse datasets. “Datasets and models for deep learning innovation for African Languages are needed for many NLP tasks beyond just translation to and from English,” said Molapo. Advice to a postgraduate student in NLP starting their project Do not limit yourself to reading NLP papers. Read a lot of machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning papers. A PhD is a great time in one’s life to go for abig goal, and even small steps towards that will be valued. — Yoshua Bengio Learn how to tune your models, learn how to make strong baselines, and learn how to build baselines that test particular hypotheses. Don’t take any single paper too seriously, wait for its conclusions to show up more than once. — George Dahl I believe scientific pursuit is meant to be full of failures. If every idea works out, it’s either because you’re not ambitious enough, you’re subconsciously cheatingyourself, or you’re a genius, the last of which I heard happens only once every century or so. so, don’t despair! — Kyunghyun Cho Understand psychology and the core problems of semantic cognition. Understand machine learning. Go to NeurIPS. Don’t worry about ACL. Submit something terrible (or even good, if possible) to a workshop as soon as you can. You can’t learn how to do these things without going through the process. — Felix Hill Make sure to go through the complete list of all expert responses for better insights. Read Next Google open sources BERT, an NLP pre-training technique Use TensorFlow and NLP to detect duplicate Quora questions [Tutorial] Intel AI Lab introduces NLP Architect Librarylast_img read more

first_imgGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Calais Campbell has been a stalwart along the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive line for a while now.A second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Miami, Campbell became a starter in his second season and has not left the lineup since, becoming a two-time Pro Bowler and team captain over his time with the team.Campbell is about to enter his ninth professional season, and it just so happens to be the final year on his contract. There has been speculation that the team might look to redo his deal and keep him around long term, which is something Campbell would not necessarily be opposed to. LISTEN: Calais Campbell, Cardinals Defensive End Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Your browser does not support the audio element. “I’m really looking forward to the possibility of extending,” he told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday. “I love being a Cardinal and things have been very good the last eight years, so I’m really looking forward to going forward.”As of now, though, Campbell said his plan is to keep working hard for a team that won 13 games last season and appears poised to be even better this time around. The 29-year-old thinks highly of what the team added in the offseason in pass rusher Chandler Jones and rookie Robert Nkemdiche.“Adding Chandler Jones is huge — he’s an unbelievable talent — and I’m really excited to see what the rookie can do,” Campbell said. “You draft a guy in the first round, he’s very talented; he could have been a top-10 pick, top-5 pick, some people say. I’ve watched a little bit of the film so far and he has a mean first step. I’m really excited to see what he can do.”With Jones and Nkemdiche on board, the possibility exists for Campbell to have one of his best seasons yet. The five sacks he notched in 2005 were his lowest total since his rookie season, and there were more than a few instances where he was on the receiving end of some of head coach Bruce Arians’ criticism. 0 Comments   Share   The ripple effect of having more impact players along the defensive front could be felt all around, and Campbell could be one of the biggest beneficiaries. The timing for a resurgent season could not be much better for him given that he is in a contract year, and while he understands that, it is not something that will change his approach.“The biggest thing is just making sure I take care of the stuff I can,” Campbell said, noting he can’t control everything that’s happening around him. “You give your agent a job, he does it. The front office, everybody’s working hard to figure out something. But all I can control is just making sure I’m in great shape, making sure I’m working hard, making sure that when the time comes I perform my best and let the rest of it take care of itself.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Campbell has long maintained the coach’s comments don’t bother him because the goal is simply to get better, and with others in the defensive front seven deserving attention he may face fewer double teams this season than he has in years past. It stands to reason that with just one blocker to beat, Campbell could wreak more havoc and be a force whose impact also shows up in the stat books.While Campbell is a great talent, it helps to have the kind of talent around him he will in Jones, Nkemdiche, Corey Peters, Frostee Rucker and others.“It’s exciting,” he said. “When you see teams are not going to be able to just double-team me the whole time — they’re going to have to rotate and double-team other guys, and pick their poison because I feel all of us are going to play with our hair on fire and have a reason for teams to want to double-team us and take us off our game,” he said. “But the biggest thing is I’m trying to make sure I’m ready to beat double-teams; if I still get double-teamed, given the circumstances for me, I’m going to make sure I’m prepared and I’m still working on still refining some of my moves, the way I normally do, but really I’ve been trying to work on seeing how I can defeat double-teams as well.” Top Stories last_img read more