Robot servers and 3D menus Whats on tap at the restaurant of

Patrons enter a cafe and pass by a hologram of coffee pouring from a carafe into a cup. They scroll through a three-dimensional menu and see exactly what each dish will look like to help them decide what to order. A small robot, arms fixed to a tray, delivers the meal to the table and says “Your food is here.”That is what the restaurant of the not-too-distant future looks like, say those developing the technology, which they argue can boost company profits and lower labour costs.But so far, only a few eateries in Canada have embraced robotics and other high-tech offerings, and more owners may be hesitant to do so due to high costs in a low-margin industry.“I think the robot will be the future in our life,” said Fiona Jiang, a manager at Robo Sushi in Toronto that is staffed partly by robots.At the restaurant, waist-high robots with two eyes and a smile permanently fixed on their faces guide patrons to empty seats.Guests order food using an iPad and a different style of robot zooms between the kitchen and tables, bringing guests rolls, nigiri and other items. It might utter “excuse me” when it slips past a human body or “enjoy your meal” to diners about to eat.The restaurant opened last year and claims to be the first of its kind in North America. So far, guests seem excited by the artificial intelligence servers, sharing videos and photos of the robots on social media.“Everyone loves the robots… They’re so cute,” Jiang said.Autonetics Universe sells a number of machines that can greet customers, take orders, display prices and promotions, and carry food and drinks, among other tasks. Based in Aurora, Ont., the company distributes robots purchased from one Chinese firm and another in Japan, but is also working to develop robots in-house.“Why not jump on the cutting, the leading edge of what’s to come?” asked founder Ian McGowan when explaining why he decided to launch the company about two years ago.So far, a restaurant is yet to purchase a service robot from Autonetics, he said. But he believes it won’t be long before one of his robots is greeting customers, taking orders or serving guests in a Canadian restaurant — though he said he can’t put a date on it.He noted Canada is fairly new to incorporating robotics into retail, whereas he finds it’s more common in other countries.Part of the hesitation could come from sticker shock as money is the first factor Jiang points to as a reason more restaurants don’t deploy robots.McGowan said the service robots Autonetics sells run from about $7,000 to $25,000 or higher, depending on what additional parts a buyer wants. Some initial support is included, but beyond that repairs and training are extra.However, he believes restaurateurs may also be slow to add robot staff because no one’s brought the product to market in Canada yet. McGowan is trying to bring businesses on board by showing them the benefits of automation.“I can see them lowering some labour costs,” he said, making sure to highlight that it also creates jobs in technology.At this year’s RC Show, an annual trade and conference show put on by the industry association Restaurants Canada held in Toronto in late February, industry insiders marvelled at the robots McGowan displayed at his booth.“No shortage of: ‘You guys are the coolest thing in the show,’” he said.The restaurant of the future was a big theme at the annual show where Toronto-based 3D Food and Drink launched its new technology which allows customers to use their phones to see realistic, three-dimensional representations of menu items.“It brings the menus to life,” said Alan Smithson, founder of Mississauga, Ont.-based Metavrse, which invested in the 3D-menu company.McGowan also expects holograms — three-dimensional videos that don’t require any special glasses or technology to view — will soon be in more eateries as the technology sells itself and lures customers in. He recently sold one to a coffee shop, which might use it to display coffee being poured into a cup, for example.“I think a lot of people are just going to come to the coffee shop just to see that thing.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Historic African free trade agreement enters into force

JOHANNESBURG — African leaders are celebrating the entry into force of a continental free trade agreement that creates what they call the world’s largest trading market of 1.2 billion people.The agreement that entered into force on Thursday is meant to take advantage of a booming young population, boost intra-African trade and rely less on the volatility of commodity prices that affect raw materials that make up so much of exports.With the agreement, countries have committed to remove tariffs on 90 per cent of goods. Full implementation will take years.African Union Commission chair Moussa Faki Mahamat says the continental market has a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion.So far, 52 of the AU’s 55 member states have signed the agreement. Noticeably absent is Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and most populous country.The Associated Press read more

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UN steps up vaccination campaigns amid measles outbreaks among uprooted Syrians

“With large population movements and the breakdown of regular health services in Syria, additional precautions are required to ensure that children are protected against killer diseases like measles no matter where they are,” said Mahendra Sheth, UNICEF Regional Health Advisor. “Immunization is one of the most cost-effective tools we have available.” In addition to the more than 70,000 people killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, more than 1.4 million people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries. Currently, up to 8,000 Syrians are fleeing the country daily, UNICEF said in a news release. There are also some 4.25 million people displaced within Syria – nearly half of them children. Many live in cramped and unsanitary conditions where disease can easily spread, the agency noted. According to UNICEF, about 332 cases of measles have been reported since December 2012 in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq; 300 reported in Lebanon since January; 133 registered cases in Syria; and 5 cases have been identified among Syrian refugees in the densely populated Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. There have been some 3,000 to 4,000 reported measles cases in Turkey over the past year, including 300 among Syrian refugees. In all the countries, UNICEF, working with the Ministries of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, has increased vaccination campaigns to help ensure that all children are protected against disease. The mass vaccination campaigns coincide with World Immunization Week, which promotes global immunization as one of the most effective tools to keep children safe from deadly disease. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous contribution of around $43 million from the United Kingdom that will help provide much-needed food assistance to tens of thousands of Syrians both inside and outside their country. The agency will also use the funds to issue food vouchers to thousands of Syrian refugees who are either sheltering in camps in Turkey or as urban refugees in Lebanon. “Ever since we launched our emergency operation in Syria and the region last year, the UK has been both timely and effective in responding,” said WFP Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis Muhannad Hadi. “The UK has also given us the freedom to maximize our use of resources, according to our assessment of the situation. For example, we provide food vouchers instead of direct food assistance in areas where markets are still functional. This means WFP is supporting both Syrian refugees and host communities, who are suffering increased pressure in these difficult times.”The UK is also helping WFP scale up its logistics capacity by providing armoured vehicles and personal protective equipment to assist field monitors inside Syria move around in dangerous areas. The agency must raise $19 million each week to provide food assistance to 2.5 million hungry people inside Syria and more than one million refugees in neighbouring countries. read more

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Ohio State womens soccer ready for tilt with Indiana Hoosiers

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Middleman takes a free kick during a match against Illinios Sept. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Michele Theodore / Copy chiefComing off a 1-1 draw against Illinois in its last match, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is set to host undefeated Indiana.Thursday afternoon’s match will be the second Big Ten game for the Buckeyes this season. OSU players said they notice a change in play when it comes to conference games.“It’s just a whole different ball game. The girls are so physical, and so feisty, bigger actually, physically bigger than the other teams we play,” sophomore goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said.McVicker and senior Rachel Middleman have split time in goal almost evenly this season. In nine games this year, The Buckeyes have only allowed six goals between them. The 0.67 goals against average is good enough for third best in the conference, tied with Iowa.“I feel like we both compliment each other and the team really well,” McVicker said of the goalies splitting time.Freshman forward Nichelle Prince leads the Buckeye offense this year scoring five goals while recording four assists. The 14 points for the first-year Buckeye has her tied for 10th in the Big Ten.“She’s definitely a strong player up top, has amazing touch and super fast,” said freshman forward Lindsay Agnew of Prince. “Her presence on the field kind of calms people down, and any goal could happen any second.”Prince, originally from Ajax, Ontario, said she is still adjusting to her role with the Buckeyes.“It’s new coming into a new environment, but the players have been really open to helping us,” Prince said. “We have a decent start right now and a lot more games to do well.”On offense, the Buckeyes have been working hard to improve on their ability to finish.“We really focused on our final passes, because we have a lot of opportunities in games, but the final pass and the final shot are a little off sometimes. We’ve just been working on a lot of patterns to capitalize that,” McVicker said.Indiana is 8-0-1 on the season, and the Hoosiers have only allowed two goals so far. Those figures, however, have not changed the practices for the Buckeyes this week.“We usually just practice the same, and adjust a few things depending on the opponent,” Prince said.Senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy leads the Hoosiers in scoring with six goals. Indiana averages 2.33 goals a match, good for sixth best in the conference.The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

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The Queens official approval of Prince Harry and Meghan Markles marriage transcribed

Detail of the 'Instrument of Consent', The wording differs from the instrument signed to give consent to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:Victoria Jones/PA 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. The document states: “Now know ye that we have consented and do by these presents signify our consent to the contracting of matrimony between our most dearly beloved grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales KCVO and Rachel Meghan Markle.”The wording differs from the instrument signed to give consent to the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, when the bride was described as “our trusty and well-beloved Catherine” in a phrase reserved for citizens of the United Kingdom and the Queen’s realms.Significantly, it includes a Commonwealth emblem, reflecting the couple’s commitment as youth ambassadors in the family of nations, as well as images for Prince Harry’s maternal heritage from the Spencer family.  The design to the right of the text, representing Ms Markle, also includes the rose, the national flower of the United States. To either side of it are two golden poppies, the state flower of California where Ms. Markle was born. Between the flowers is the Welsh leek, together with Prince Harry’s Label with olive branches underneath. To the left, underneath the two main designs, is the coronet for Prince Harry with the Commonwealth emblem on the right.  Detail of the 'Instrument of Consent', which is the Queen's historic formal consent to Prince Harry's forthcoming marriage to Meghan Markle The design to the left of the text incorporates a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, together with the UK’s floral emblems, the rose, thistle and shamrock.  It also features Prince Harry’s Label, including three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms. The document features various emblems Credit:Victoria Jones/PA Prince Harry, as sixth-in-line to the throne following the birth of Prince Louis, had to seek the permission of the Queen under the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.The Act requires the first six people in line to obtain the Queen’s blessing to marry, unless they wish  to be disqualified from succeeding to the Crown. The formal document gives Prince Harry the Queen’s permission to marryCredit:Victoria Jones/PA The official document granting permission for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry has been released, incorporating the symbols of America onto traditional vellum to represent the bride.The ornate Instrument of Consent, the official document confirming the approval of the Queen, features emblems for Ms Markle including a rose, the national flower of the United States, two golden poppies from her home state of California, and olive branches adopted from the Great Seal of the United States.  The Queen signed the Instrument of Consent in March, at the top of a vellum document transcribed in calligraphy and issued under the Great Seal of the Realm. Detail of the 'Instrument of Consent',  read more

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Pig brains partially revived hours after animals died

first_imgPig brains partially revived hours after animals died Certain brain cells’ normal functions had restarted and the immune system appeared to work. https://jrnl.ie/4597226 23,760 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Dusan Petkovic By Cónal Thomas Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 8:04 PM Image: Shutterstock/Dusan Petkovic 26 Comments Apr 17th 2019, 8:04 PM Share149 Tweet Email3 SCIENTISTS IN AMERICA have partially revived pig brains four hours after they were slaughtered. While it had been thought that brain activity ceased once the flow of oxygen did, the experiment shows that cell death occurs longer than previously thought. Using the severed heads from 32 pigs that had been killed for meat at a slaughterhouse near his lab, Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan and his team removed each brain from its skull. They then pumped a liquid containing chemicals that stop neurons from firing, to protect them from damage and to prevent electrical brain activity from restarting.The scientists monitored the brains’ electrical activity throughout the experiment and, just in case, were prepared to administer anesthetics if they saw signs that the brains might be regaining consciousness.For six hours, the scientists monitored the pig brains and discovered that certain brain cells’ normal functions had restarted – like consuming sugar and producing carbon dioxide – and that their immune systems appeared to be working.They also found that blood vessels in treated brains responded to a drug that makes vessels widen.The team, however, never saw co-ordinated electrical patterns across an entire pig brain, which would indicate advanced brain activity or even consciousness.‘Ethical questions’The experiment, which brings up ethical questions about the definition of death, raises hopes for medical advances, particularity in the field of Alzheimer disease research. “Cell death in the brain occurs across a longer time window than we previously thought,” Prof Sestan has said. Such research might lead to new therapies for stroke and other conditions, as well as provide a new way to study the brain and how drugs work in it, he said. “For most of human history, death was very simple,” Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, Washington, has said. “Now, we have to question what is irreversible.”Scientists and governments are now left to confront the legal and ethical quandaries related to the possibility of creating a conscious brain without a body, Nature science journal notes.“This really is a no-man’s land,” says Koch. “The law will probably have to evolve to keep up.”Koch wants a broader ethical discussion to take place before any researcher tries to induce awareness in a disembodied brain. “It is a big, big step,” he says. “And once we do it, it’s impossible to reverse it.”The pig brain experiment also enters an ethical minefield, he said. It questions the widely used definition of death as the irreversible loss of brain function because irreversibility “depends on the state of the technology; and as this study shows, this is constantly advancing,” he said.The BrainEx system is far from ready for use in people, Prof Sestan has said, not least because it is difficult to use without first removing the brain from the skull.With reporting from Associated Presslast_img read more

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John Cena joins Jackie Chan’s “Project X”, Video of Stephanie McMahon on “Undercover Boss”

first_imgFacebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Deadline.com is reporting that WWE star John Cena will be joining Jackie Chan’s untitled action film “Project X.” The project includes the following description:“The script, written by Arash Amel, follows a Chinese private security contractor who must help get oil workers out of peril when the refinery is attacked in Baghdad. Once he uncovers the attack as part of a plot to steal the oil, he partners with an American former Marine who lives in Iraq teaching orphans. The Marine had been fooled into thinking he was working to seize illegally gotten Chinese assets before he learns he was had and partners up with the Snow Leopard Commando.”Video of Stephanie McMahon on “Undercover Boss”WWE has posted a two minute video clip preview of Stephanie McMahon on CBS’s “Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition” that premieres this Friday night.The clip includes Stephanie talking about her disguise with Vince McMahon and Triple H, along with footage of her transformation for the show.You can check out the clip below courtesy of WWE.Watch as @StephMcMahon transforms into #SamanthaMiles in a sneak peek of this Friday’s @undercover_cbs: Celebrity Edition! #UndercoverBoss pic.twitter.com/YL4rOtUK1F— WWE (@WWE) June 12, 2018 WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Pinterestcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award WWE stars join “Brawlhalla” as Epic Crossovers in SummerSlam game eventlast_img read more

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Boban tips AC Milan to return to greatness

first_imgFormer Milan midfielder Zvonimir Boban believes the Rossoneri are not far from returning to their glorious past.Milan are currently stable on and off the field for the first time in years, and Boban is optimistic that may be the springboard to success for his old club.“I hope they can start a new cycle and that within 3-4 years, we’ll see Milan again in all their greatness, but we need a lot of work. I wish them well,” the midfielder-turned-FIFA secretary told Radio Anch’io Sport.“Leonardo and Maldini have started working very well, they’ve put everything into their roles and they know football. Good results will come, it takes time.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The Croatian, who won four Scudetti and a Champions League with the Diavolo, was then asked about Silvio Berlusconi’s recent purchase of Serie C club Monza.“It was a fun and romantic deal,” he added.“They couldn’t stay away from this sport.”last_img read more

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Kevin Hart stops by Coral Gables to promote new book

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Comedian Kevin Hart stopped by Books & Books in Coral Gables to sign autographs and meet fans, Friday night.Hart is currently on a nationwide book tour promoting “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons,” which details his life’s journey.The comedian and actor signed autographs for attendees who brought his new book and even took the time to greet his excited fans during the event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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I shot him twice Dabholkars killer

first_imgPune: The man accused of killing rationalist Narendra Dabholkar six years ago, has told the Karnataka police how he shot the 67-year-old twice — once in the head from behind, and when he fell, once above the right eye. In a chilling 14-page confession, Sharad Kalaskar also admitted to being linked to two other murders — that of rationalist Govind Pansare and journalist Gauri Lankesh, according to NDTV report. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Sharad Kalaskar, who was arrested last October in connection with another case, has been in jail, charged with conspiracy and murder of Gauri Lankesh. It was during questioning in this case that he mentioned details of Dabholkar’s murder. Several others have been accused in the murder of the Dabholkar — the first of the three rationalists killed while he was out on a morning walk. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Dabholkar’s murder in Pune, in August 2013, had been followed by the shooting of Govind Pansare in February 2015 and MM Kalburgi in Kolhapur in August the same year. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru in September 2017. He also revealed who was their next target: Justice BG Kolse Patil, a former judge of the Bombay High Court. Advertise With Us Sharad Kalaskar was arrested last October in connection with another case. But during investigation, his connection to the murder of the rationalists surfaced and he has been charged with conspiracy and murder of Gauri Lankesh. Sharad Kalaskar revealed that they had studied the former judge as a target on the instruction of Amol Kale, one of the main conspirators, who is now in jail. Justice Patil, who worked with Dr. Narendra Dabholkar on the anti-superstition bill, said that this was not news to him.last_img read more

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MLA Bethi launches development works

first_imgHabsiguda: MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy along with local corporator Bethi Swapna Reddy launched various development works in Habsiguda division on Thursday. The development works include underground drainage work in Ganesh Nagar, interlocking tiles work in Madhuranagar Park and road repair works. The MLA lauded Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for striving towards making Hyderabad clean and green city. Local leaders Vidyasagar Reddy, Raghu, Subhash Reddy, V Gopal Reddy, N Shiva, J Venkateshwara Reddy, G Ravi, G Sudhakar, Ranbir, Krishna Reddy, Shaga Ravi, Municipal AE, DE and locals were present.last_img read more

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RBI not to pursue proposal to introduce Islamic banking in India

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seal is pictured on a gate outside the RBI headquarters in Mumbai, India, February 2, 2016.Reuters fileThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Sunday said that it has decided not to pursue a proposal for introduction of Islamic banking in the country, PTI reported on Sunday.Islamic or Sharia banking is a financial system based on the principles of not charging or offering interest.In a reply to an RTI query, the country’s central bank said, “Taking into account the wider and equal opportunities available to all citizens to access banking and financial services, it has been decided not to pursue the proposal to introduce Islamic banking further.”The apex bank said that the issue of introduction of Islamic banking in India was examined by both RBI and the Government of India.Earlier in 2008, a committee on financial sector reforms, headed by the then RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, had stressed on the need for a closer look at the issue of interest-free banking in the country, the agency reported.”Certain faiths prohibit the use of financial instruments that pay interest. The non-availability of interest-free banking products results in some Indians, including those in the economically disadvantaged strata of society, not being able to access banking products and services due to reasons of faith,” the committee then said.As per the central government instruction, an inter-departmental group (IDG) was set up in the RBI to examine the legal, technical and regulatory issues for introducing interest-free banking in India.Following that the RBI in February 2016 submitted the report to the finance ministry and recommended an “Islamic window” in conventional banks for a gradual introduction of Sharia-compliant banking.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka revises death toll to 253 from 359

first_imgTwo soldiers on a motorbike patrol along a street in Colombo on 25 April, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPAuthorities in Sri Lanka on Thursday lowered the death toll in a spate of Easter bombings by more than 100 to 253, admitting some of the badly mutilated bodies had been erroneously double-counted.The toll revision will boost the pressure on a government already under fire over its apparent failure to act on intelligence about the attacks, and follows the resignation of a top defence official.The top bureaucrat in the island nation’s defence ministry, Hemasiri Fernando, was the first official to step down in the wake of the attacks — the worst since a civil war ended more than a decade ago.”Many of the victims were badly mutilated… There was double counting,” the health ministry said in explaining the new death toll of 253, down from 359 announced on Wednesday.Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) personnel gesture outside a house during a raid — after a suicide blast had killed police searching the property — in the Orugodawatta area of the capital Colombo on 21 April, 2019, following a series of blasts in churches and hotels. Photo: AFPThe ministry said that once all autopsies were completed, and cross-referenced with DNA samples, the new lower toll was reached.The ministry did not offer a new breakdown of the tally in terms of locals and foreigners. Earlier, Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry had said 40 of the victims were foreign nationals.Indian intelligence shared several specific warnings about plans for attacks with Sri Lankan authorities, an Indian source told AFP, but the information was not given to ministers, in what Colombo has called a “major” lapse.Authorities are now in a desperate hunt for suspects linked to the bloodshed. On Thursday, police released the names and photos of three men and three women they want to question.Tensions remained high, with the capital on alert over rumours of fresh bombs, but police said there had been no credible reports of explosive devices.Sri Lanka’s Catholic church nonetheless suspended all public services and closed churches “on the advice of security forces”.Private burials were still to be carried out.President Maithripala Sirisena met Thursday with political party leaders and announced he would revive a military-police body last used during the country’s fight against Tamil insurgents to coordinate operations after the bombings.In the past, the joint operations command was headed by a senior military figure and included members of the military as well as police and intelligence.- Visa-free plan halted -Security forces using special powers granted under a state of emergency have arrested 16 more suspects, bringing the total in custody to 74.The army, navy and air force poured more than 3,000 additional troops onto the streets to help police.Authorities have banned drone flights and the government suspended plans to implement visa-free travel for tourists from 39 countries — including European Union nations, Australia and the United States — for six months from May 1.Sri Lanka’s police chief warned on April 11 of possible suicide bombings against churches by local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), citing information from a foreign intelligence agency.India warned Sri Lanka several times of possible attacks, based on information from suspects arrested in India over links to the Islamic State group, a source close to the Indian investigation told AFP.But that information was not shared with top ministers in Sri Lanka, the government has conceded.”It was a major lapse in the sharing of information,” deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene said Wednesday.Sirisena, who is also defence and law and order minister, has pledged to make “major changes in the leadership of the security forces.Fernando was the first to go, telling Sirisena in a letter that he was “accepting responsibility and resigning,” a defence ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.Additional resignations were expected.Investigators are still piecing information together about the attacks and those involved, with officials revealing one attacker had studied in Britain and did post-graduate studies in Australia before returning to Sri Lanka.Wijewardene said most of the assailants were “well-educated and come from middle, upper-middle class families, so they are financially quite independent.”- FBI investigating -Experts say the bombings had many of the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks.An FBI team on the ground is helping with the investigation.Among the suspects unaccounted for is NTJ leader Zahran Hashim, who appeared to be among eight people seen in a video released Tuesday by IS.Officials said it was still unclear whether Hashim was among the suicide attackers or had escaped.In all, nine people are believed to have blown themselves up on Sunday, either during attacks or when police attempted to arrest them.Among them were two Muslim brothers, sons of a wealthy Colombo spice trader who is now in custody. The brothers blew themselves up at the Shangri-La and the Cinnamon Grand hotels.The Kingsbury hotel in the capital was also hit, along with three churches. A fourth attack on a hotel failed, authorities said. The would-be attacker was followed back to a Colombo guest house, where he blew himself up, killing two people.Two more people — a man and a woman — blew themselves up at another location as security forces launched a raid, killing three police, sources said.last_img read more

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Datafriendly YouTube Go comes out in beta in Southeast Asia

first_imgGoogle has released its data-friendly YouTube Go app in some of Southeast Asia, and Africa’s new markets.Available now in beta for Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the app is a way to get video to users in countries where data availability might not be as complete as it is in other countries.One of the app’s key features tackling the data issue is an offline viewing mode, allowing users to first download video over Wi-Fi before hitting the road.Users can also choose to stream video in lower resolutions or high quality, controlling their data spend. The ability to download in high quality is an update from the earlier beta, which only allowed up to standard resolutions.Choose which size you want to download.Image: youtube Image: NurPhoto via Getty ImagesBy Victoria Ho2017-12-01 04:17:53 UTC Browse your downloaded videos.Image: youtubeYouTube Go was first announced about a year ago, and has since hit India, Indonesia, and Nigeria — three vast markets that struggle with getting fast connectivity to everyone.Besides Southeast Asia, Google today releases the beta to the African countries of Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.In the coming weeks, Sri Lanka, Senegal and Uganda will get it, too.Obviously, because the app is targeted at these emerging markets, it’s coming out first for Androids, not iOS. You can download it from Google Play, or sign up to be notified when it releases for your market.last_img read more

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Github Sponsors Could corporate strategy eat FOSS culture for dinner

first_imgYesterday, at the GitHub Satellite event 2019, GitHub launched probably its most game-changing yet debatable feature – Sponsors. GitHub Sponsors works exactly like Patreon, in the sense that developers can sponsor the efforts of a contributor “seamlessly through their GitHub profiles”. Developers will be able to opt into having a “Sponsor me” button on their GitHub repositories and open-source projects where they will be able to highlight their funding models. GitHub shared that they will cover payment processing fees for the first 12 months of the program to celebrate the launch. “100% percent of your sponsorship goes to the developer,” GitHub wrote in an announcement. At launch, this feature is marked as “wait list” and is currently in beta. To start off this program, the code hosting site has also launched GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund. This means that it will match all contributions up to $5,000 during a developer’s first year in GitHub Sponsors. GitHub sponsors could prove beneficial for developers working on open source software, that isn’t profitable. This way they can easily raise money from GitHub directly which is the leading repository for open-source software. More importantly, GitHub sponsors is not just limited to software developers, but all open-source contributors, including those who write documentation, provide leadership or mentor new developers, for example. This and the promising zero fees to use the program has got people excited. While on the flip side, GitHub Sponsors can also limit the essence of what open source is, by financially influencing developers on what they will work on. It may drive open-source developers to focus on projects that are more likely to attract financial contributions over projects which are more interesting and challenging but aren’t likely to find financial backers on GitHub. This can hurt FOSS contributions as people start to expect to be paid rather than doing it for inherent motivations. This, in turn, could lead to toxic politics among project contributors regarding who gets credit and who gets paid. Companies could also use GitHub sponsorships to judge the health of open source projects. People are also speculating that this can possibly be Microsoft’s (GitHub’s parent company) strategy to centralize and enclose open source community dynamics, as well as benefit from its monetization. Some are also wondering the plausible effects of monetization on OSS, which can possibly lead to mega corporations profiteering off free labor, thus changing the original vision of an open source community. Andre Staltz also made an interesting point about the potential on the zero fee model driving out other open source payment models from existence. He believes once Microsoft’s dominance is achieved Github’s commissions could go up. A Hacker News user also conjectured that this may also get Microsoft access to data on top-notch developers. “Will this mean that Microsoft gets a bunch of PII on top-notch developers (have to enter name + address info to receive or send payments), and get much more value from that data than I can imagine?” At present GitHub is offering this feature as an invite-only beta with a waitlist, it will be interesting to see if and how this will change the dynamics of open source collaboration, once it rolls out fully. A tweet observes: “I think it bears repeating that the path to FOSS sustainability is not individuals funding projects. We will only reach sustainability when the companies making profit off our work are returning value to the Commons.” Read our full coverage on GitHub Satellite here. To know more about GitHub sponsors, visit the official blog. Read Next GitHub Satellite 2019 focuses on community, security, and enterprise GitHub announces beta version of GitHub Package Registry, its new package management service GitHub deprecates and then restores Network Graph after GitHub users share their disapprovallast_img read more

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Canadian air traffic controllers buy 100s of pizzas for US colleagues

first_img Posted by Canadian air traffic controllers buy 100s of pizzas for U.S. colleagues Monday, January 14, 2019 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Traffic Control, Food, Funny MONTREAL — There’s nothing like a good ol’ pizza pie to bring the world together.A group of Canadian air traffic controllers extended a helping hand to their American counterparts during the U.S. government’s partial shutdown by treating them to hundreds of pizzas over the past few days.Peter Duffey, the head of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association, said the initiative began last Thursday when employees at Edmonton’s control centre took up a collection to buy pies for controllers in Anchorage, Alaska.Other facilities across Canada decided to join in, and the idea snowballed.“The next thing we knew, our members were buying pizzas left, right and centre for the colleagues in the U.S,” Duffey said Sunday in a phone interview.Huge thank you to our Union brothers and sisters at @CATCA5454 YYZ Tower for sending us pizza last night!! #NATCA #CATCA #unionstrong pic.twitter.com/S6erEK6FpG— NATCA EWR (@NATCAEWR) January 13, 2019“As it stands right now, I believe we’re up to 36 facilities that have received pizza from Canada, and that number is growing by the hour.”More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamDuffey estimates that as of Sunday afternoon, some 300 pizzas had been received by American controllers, many of whom took to social media to express their gratitude.Duffey said many union members had been looking for a way to show solidarity with their American colleagues, who have been working without pay due to the partial shutdown.“Air traffic control is a very stressful job,” he said. “They say you have to be 100% right, 100% of the time. People just don’t need to be reporting to work with the added stress of worrying about how to pay their mortgages and grocery bills on top of it.”He said one anonymous Canadian donor contributed $500 to the pizza fund, while another single-handedly bought lunch for two facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, to thank them for “taking care of all the snowbirds from Western Canada who go down for the winter.”Ron Singer, the national media manager for Nav Canada, which manages the country’s civil air navigation, says Canadian and American air traffic controllers interact “on a daily basis” as they manage North American airspace.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“There’s a bond there, automatically,” he said in a phone interview.He said that as of Sunday afternoon, Nav Canada employees from all of Canada’s seven control centres and many of its towers have bought lunch for their U.S. counterparts.Some 10,000 air traffic controllers in the United States have been working without pay since late December due to the ongoing government shutdown.Their union filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington on Friday, asking for an order compelling the government to pay them what they’re owed.With file from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Demon tree in Poort Road

first_imgFrom a certain angle, it appears to have a bowed head, with a wing extending out from its back. An angel? No, but aren’t those horns we see?Anyway, opinions vary from the demonic to the angelic to the unusual to “it’s just a tree and nothing special at all”.Maybe you’ll see the tree’s greenery move to reveal a sinister sneer, or maybe you’ll just think “what’s all the fuss about?”Some local residents go so far as to say that the tree used to look like a ghost, but now has grown horns and looks like a demon that’s trying to scare motorists going up Poort Road. Would it stand out at night? Are you brave enough to see?Christina Jooste noticed this tree last year, when she said it didn’t have horns. She is now astonished to see the “protrusions” and that the tree has grown bigger (with new and mysterious power?). Well, community, you be the judge when you drive past. What does it look like to you?Let us know, comment below the story. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Some people in Ladysmith believe there is a “Demon Tree” in Poort Road.Motorists driving up Poort Road are likely to see the unusual tree if they are checking the advertising signboards in the middle of the road. Have a good look as you’re approaching the Carbineer Road turn-off and the “spruit” in the centre island in Poort Road.Some say if you look quickly, it’s almost as if the tree moves, even on a windless day.Then you look again and it’s standing as rigid as all the other trees around it.last_img read more

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Taxi overturns near Van Reenen passengers seriously injured

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A minibus taxi full of passengers has overturned near Van Reenen’s Pass, leaving most of the occupants seriously injured.It is alleged that the taxi was travelling from Johannesburg to Ladysmith when the driver lost control of the vehicle near Van Reenen.Patients were taken to hospital in Ladysmith by EMRS, while police and RTI officers controlled the traffic flow along the busy road.The circumstances surrounding the accident are being investigated, and the taxi driver was taken to the police station for questioning.last_img read more

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Construction Spending Up YearOverYear

first_imgConstruction Spending Up Year-Over-Year in Data, Featured, journal, News April 2, 2018 477 Views Census Bureau Construction Spending Residential Construction Spending single-family construction spending 2018-04-02 David Whartoncenter_img Overall construction spending increased by 3.0 percent year-over-year according to the latest monthly Construction Spending Report released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report also found a month-over-month spending increase, with overall construction spending inching upwards from $1,272.2 billion in January 2018 (revised) to $1,273.1 billion in February.Private construction hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $982 billion in February, up 0.7 percent over the revised January estimate of $974.8 billion. Breaking things down further,  residential construction in February reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $533.4 billion, creeping up 0.1 percent above the revised January estimate of $532.9 billion. On the nonresidential side of things, construction for February was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $448.6 billion in February, up 1.5 percent over the revised January estimate of $441.9 billion.The Census Bureau reports that new single-family construction increased 0.1 percent month-over-month, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $281.8 billion in February, up from $279.2 billion in January. Compared to February 2017, however, new single-family construction increased 9.5 percent. Public construction took a downturn in February, with the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending hitting $291.1 billion for the month. This was 2.1 percent below the revised January estimate of $297.4 billion. Under the public construction umbrella, educational construction was measured at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $74.6 billion, 0.5 percent below the revised January estimate of $75 billion. Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $88.5 billion, 0.2 percent below the revised January estimate of $88.7 billion.The Bureau will release its next construction spending report—which will cover March 2018’s figures—on May 1, 2018. Sharelast_img read more

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