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Pinterest’s New “Questions” Feature Might Be The Key To Visual Search

first_imgPinterest is testing an unnamed Q&A feature, the visual search company confirmed to ReadWrite.See also: Pinterest Is Changing The Way We BlogThe feature came to light after developer Tom Waddington blogged about noticing a blank “Questions” tab on his Pinterest account for Cut Out & Keep, a craft community he helped found in 2007. A quick scroll through the code indicated the feature was almost ready to be rolled out. When I reached out to Pinterest, a spokesperson confirmed that it wasn’t a coincidence. “We’re currently testing the ability to ask and answer questions in a more structured way on Pins, with a small group of Pinners,” the spokesperson said in an email.With meteoric growth and billions of pins, Pinterest has nailed down horizontal expansion. Over the past year, its focus has instead moved to verticals—improving the quality of information in each Pinterest category as opposed to the number of categories, which is already quite expansive. One way Pinterest is improving the quality of its information is with Rich Pins, which are images about specific topics that are tagged with relevant metadata. For example, Recipe Pins, a type of Rich Pin, automatically come with recipes attached because Pinterest can uniquely recognize the link type as a recipe.See also: In Challenge To Google, Pinterest Launches Guided SearchMost recently, Pinterest unveiled Guided Search, a search function that establishes the company’s most bold experiment yet into visual search. Guided Search works a bit like an autocomplete function, suggesting related keywords when a user types in just one thing. For instance, if you type “burgers,” Pinterest might suggest “turkey” or “vegan.”Guided Search indicates a desire on Pinterest’s part to help you search for answers you didn’t know you wanted yet. The unnamed Q&A feature could take this a step further. Pinners already ask questions on Pinterest—even though there isn’t a designated space to do so. Instead, people query in the comments on a specific pin. As pins are repeatedly repinned onto many users boards, the same questions sometimes get asked over and over again.See also: Why Pinterest Is The Google Competitor You Weren’t ExpectingRight now, the unnamed Q&A feature is a blank page, so we don’t really know what it’ll look like yet. But if it ends up being a list of frequently asked questions about a pinner’s images, it might answer questions browsers didn’t know they had yet and steer the conversation toward answers they didn’t yet know they wanted.As CEO Ben Silbermann said when revealing Guided Search:“In the future, search will be a discovery tool. Pinterest at its heart is about discovering things you didn’t even know were there.”A Pinterest Q&A feature might be part of his campaign to accomplish just that.Photo by Hannah Born Tags:#Guided Search#Pinterest#Rich Pins#The Future of Search#visual web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img lauren orsini Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Student’s outfit demands action against ABVP

first_imgPune: City-based ‘Progressive Students’ Youth Agitation Committee’ has demanded action against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the alleged physical assault it carried out against the activists of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI).The committee also protested against the terror tactics deployed by the right-wing student outfit to suppress contrarian voices at university campuses across the country.The committee is an umbrella body constituted of disparate left-leaning and secular youth outfits attached to political parties. It draws support from diverse strands, such as journalism students from the Savitribai Phule Pune University.Santosh Shinde, a member of the committee, said, “During the last couple of years, ABVP activists have increasingly resorted violence to suppress students professing progressive, liberal and left-leaning ideologies. Using coercion and pressure tactics. The ABVP has dubbed such students as ‘treasonous’ and ‘seditious’.”To condemn the ABVP’s methods, the outfit will also organize a talk on March 7 titled ‘Terror-free Education’, to be delivered by Marathi educationist Dr. Nagnath Kotapalle.Complaints galoreThe recent agitation between right-wing and left-wing outfits at Delhi University’s Ramjas College spilled over to the Savitribai Phule Pune University last week with a clash between SFI and ABVP activists, which led to the arrest of nine students.Members of both organisations lodged complaints against each other. The police arrested five ABVP members and four SFI activists. They were booked for violating prohibitory orders, causing breach of peace and inflicting hurt and injuries.City-based ABVP activists had allegedly burnt an effigy of Mr. Khalid, who was slapped with sedition charges last year. SFI activists retaliated by putting up posters condemning Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde for ‘threatening’ their colleagues at a Solapur polytechnic college. This, in turn, roused the ire of ABVP activists. Sanjay Dabhade, a member of the committee, said, “5 SFI activists were badly injured after beaten up by ABVP thugs. Even security personnel were assaulted in the melee.”Earlier this week, the SFI accused the police of denying permission to take out a protest rally on the SPPU premises, while alleging that the police had given ‘preferential treatment’ to the ABVP by allowing it to stage a rally.Police refuted this accusation, stating that they were anxious to prevent a similar scuffle. The ABVP on Monday had staged a large rally at from Shaniwarwada Fort to the Council Hall area and had submitted a memorandum to the District Collector regarding issues in many city colleges. The SFI, despite being denied permission for a rally, had staged a sit-in on the same day, condemning the ABVP’s attack on students at Ramjas College.last_img read more

High stakes for BJP, Congress. in Rohtak mayoral poll

first_img“He is the candidate of Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) and Shah (BJP national president Amit Shah). You first offer prayer at a temple on December 16 and then go to vote to ensure victory for all the 22 BJP candidates and its mayoral candidate Manmohan Goyal,” said Haryana Minister of State for Cooperatives Manish Grover at an election meeting in the auditorium of Rohtak’s Vaish Engineer College this past Friday, urging the youth to vote for the party.Rohtak is one of the five Municipal Corporations, besides Hisar, Panipat, Karnal and Yamuna Nagar, to go to the polls on December 16 with direct elections for the post of Mayor for the first time in the history of the State.Fought on the home turf of two-time former Congress Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Rohtak’s Mayor election holds much political significance for his party as well as the BJP, who holds the Rohtak Assembly constituency. Though the Congress has decided to stay away from the municipal elections as always to avoid bad blood among the large number of ticket-seekers, the hoardings of Sita Ram Sachdeva across the city claim him to be the Congress-supported candidate and bear pictures of Mr. Hooda and his Rohtak MP son Deepender Hooda.A referendum? Held in the background of the large-scale violence in Rohtak, the State’s political nerve centre, two years ago during the Jat reservation agitation and resentment among the trading community over demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax, the election could well be a referendum on the popularity and the policies of the saffron party with the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls due next year. For the Congress, though not in the contest officially, the victory of Mr. Sachdeva could mean reaffirmation of Hoodas authority in the region.Son of former Minister Seth Shri Kishan Dass, Mr. Goyal, though not very vocal, took a dig at the Congress for not contesting the election saying that it meant that the party had already accepted its defeat. Confident of his victory, Mr. Goyal, himself a former Congress man, said he was contesting the election on the plank of “vikas” (development) and promised better sanitation facilities, closed-circuit television cameras and more parking spaces in the city.While Mr. Grover, Rohtak MLA, is going around the city addressing small gatherings, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu, also a Rohtak resident, and Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma are slated to hold meetings in favour of Mr. Goyal during the course of a week-long campaign, while Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar accompanied him for filing of nominations.Amid the direct contest between the BJP and the Congress-supported Mr. Sachdeva, former All-India Democratic Women’s Association general-secretary and Bhim Awardee Jagmati Sangwan, the CPI (M) candidate supported by the Left parties and several social organisations, could well emerge as a dark horse for the coveted post, pinning her hopes on her decades-long work as a social activist in the region and support from the Dushyant Chautala camp as well. Promising better coordination between the civic bodies and the residents’ welfare associations to ensure timely delivery of basic amenities such as drinking water, Ms. Sangwan, said it was a fight between the “politics of power and the politics of people” for her.The prospects of Indian National Lok Dal-Bahujan Samaj Party’s alliance candidate 26-year-old civil engineer Sanchit Nandal, the youngest Mayor candidate in the State, seem to be marred by the ongoing feud in the Chautala family.last_img read more

ONE: Robin Catalan dominates Indonesian bet for unanimous decision win

first_imgThe 28-year-old Catalan was the much superior striker but he also beat Rahardian in his own game on the mat.Rahardian attempted several takedowns early but to no avail while Catalan easily took him down in the second and third rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCatalan redeemed himself from a submission loss to Japan’s Hayato Suzuki three months ago.Rahardian dropped to 0-2 against the Catalan brothers after also bowing to the older Rene via unanimous decision last July. View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Filipino strawweight Robin Catalan manhandled hometown bet Stefer Rahardian in ONE: Eternal Glory Saturday night at Istora Senayan here.Catalan was in total control from the opening bell en route to a clear-cut unanimous decision win to silence the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Earlier, Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Bruno Pucci wisely took the fight to the ground early to submit the heavy-handed Japanese Kotetsu Boku in the first round of their featherweight fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PBA: Phoenix survives TNT in OT for early lead at 2-0 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

African Minerals’ Export of Iron Ore on Track

first_imgzoom illustrationTwenty-six Cape-size vessels operated by African Minerals have been very busy in the first quarter of 2014, transporting 4.52Mt of direct shipping iron. African Minerals exported 9.1Mt from the Tonkolili iron ore mine in Sierra Leone in the first half and is on target to achieve full year guidance of 16-18Mt, the company said.In June, with nine vessels completed, all exports were lump and fines, with the exception of only one vessel of lump blend. On 22 June the company completed loading of the Cape Rivera with 182,289t of standard iron ore fines. The completion of loading of this vessel takes the total material exported from the operation to over 25Mt since the commencement of loading for export on 2 November 2011.Prior to the loading of this vessel, a total of 141 Cape-size ocean going vessels and 5 smaller vessels had been despatched as standard sales cargoes (excluding test cargoes). Chief executive Bernie Pryor said: “This milestone achievement that the project has reached, of already selling 25Mt in its operating life, is significant in that this has been achieved just 30 months after commencement of exports. Furthermore, exports commenced just 42 months from the drilling of the discovery hole by the executive chairman, and just 15 months from the granting of the mining lease.” “This month is also significant since it marks our first self-arranged CFR cargo, and the 6% saving we have achieved, potentially in a permanent change, shows the benefit of our stated strategy of bringing more of our own control into the costly element of shipping. Marine costs are indeed as much as our land-side C1 costs, and represent an area which can yield significant near term savings.”Press Release, July 7, 2014last_img read more

Craig Group Disposes of Its Shipping Arm amid Restructuring

first_imgzoom UK-based Craig Group has sold its shipping arm, North Star Shipping, a provider of emergency response and rescue services to the offshore industry in the UK North Sea, to infrastructure equity fund Basalt Infrastructure Partners II LP (Basalt).The existing senior management team, staff and crew of North Star will remain with North Star, under the new owners, Craig Group said.“The senior management team, staff and crew at North Star will remain with the business and this transaction will not impact on our day to day operations. We remain committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and service to our clients and provide industry-leading vessels and support,” Callum Bruce, Managing Director of North Star said.North Star currently owns and manages 31 vessels supported by a fleet of approximately 50 fast rescue crafts and 35 daughter crafts.“The opportunity arose to secure the long-term future of North Star Shipping under new ownership who could bring even more opportunity for further investment and growth. Given our rich maritime heritage, this is not a decision we have taken lightly, but it is one which makes sense for the Craig family and for the future development of North Star,” Craig Group commented.Craig Group will continue to own and manage its global oilfield procurement business, Craig International, the company added.“North Star is a highly attractive investment opportunity in a UK regulated sector. The transaction provides a proven management team that has built a stable business, with strong growth potential and providing sector diversification for Basalt,” Steven Lowry, Partner of Basalt Infrastructure Partners LLP, advisor to Basalt, said.The emergency response and rescue vessel (ERRV) business is a highly regulated sector in the UK which demands a 24/7, 365-day service provided to oil and gas companies operating with personnel on offshore platforms. “We are very excited to be partnering with Basalt for the long term. Their investment coupled with our market-leading position and sector knowledge provides a strong platform for future, sustainable growth and diversification of the Company,” Bruce added.Bank of Scotland has provided financing to Basalt for the acquisition.last_img read more

Il nest plus nécessaire de faire bouillir leau au parc du lac

first_imgDes tests démontrent que l’eau potable au parc provincial du lac Porters, dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, peut maintenant être consommée en toute sécurité. L’ordre d’ébullition d’eau émis par le ministère de l’Environnement le 24 août a été levé aujourd’hui 28 août. On avait demandé aux campeurs et aux utilisateurs du parc de ne pas boire l’eau en raison du mauvais fonctionnement du dispositif de chloration. L’équipement a été réparé et l’eau potable répond maintenant aux normes acceptables. -30-last_img read more

Ed Asner And Mark Feuerstein Star In Heifer At Hanukkah Campaign

first_imgHeifer International is proud to announce that Ed Asner, who played gruff but lovable Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and Santa Claus in “Elf,” and Mark Feuerstein, from the hit series “Royal Pains,” are the stars of the first-ever Heifer at Hanukkah campaign.Heifer at Hanukkah promotes unique Hanukkah gifts for kids that educate them about the Jewish precepts of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repair the world).“The idea of giving people something meaningful and alive that can help repair their economic wellbeing and also pave the way for future generations of their family is so beautiful,” said Feuerstein. “Heifer International is working to repair the world – one family at a time and one animal at a time.”A donation to Heifer International provides farm animals, training and more to impoverished families around the world, giving them a hand-up, not just a handout. The goal of Heifer at Hanukkah is to help children appreciate the importance of charity and how their charitable contributions help repair the world and lift families from poverty to self-reliance. Children learn that Heifer families feed themselves with the milk from cows and goats, and the eggs from chicks and ducks. They also learn that families sell the surplus for income that helps send their children to school, provide health care, and improve the quality of their homes. And finally, they see how a single farm animal gift can provide a multitude of benefits when that animal has babies that are passed on to other families in need.“Kids play with a good toy for a few months or a year, but this gift ends poverty here at home and abroad,” said Asner. “This Hanukkah, show your kids the joy of lifting a family from poverty to self-reliance.”Visit www.heifer.org/hanukkah to learn more about Heifer at Hanukkah.last_img read more

Moroccos 2019 Finance Bill to Decrease Some Notary Fees by 80

Rabat – The ministry delegate in charge of relations with the Parliament issued a statement on Thursday to announce an amendment that will “distinguish” the 2019 Finance Bill.According to the statement, the revised version of Article 135 of the general tax code stipulates that “promise of sale” contracts concluded before notaries will cost MAD 200, instead of MAD 1000.Individuals and businesses need notarized “promise of sale” contracts when buying and selling items of large value, such as real estate. Read also: Morocco to Raise Taxes on Soft Drinks by 50%The modified version of the Finance Bill, which includes Article 135 will be voted on in the House of Representatives before it is sent to the House of Councillors for deliberation.The amendment is one of several changes in the 2019 Finance Bill. The finance committee adopted 56 amendments including an increase of domestic consumption taxes by 50 percent on soft and non-carbonated drinks.The finance bill will also raise taxes on tobacco, specifically raising the prices on cigarette brands Marlboro and Marquise.Read also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill to Raises Tax on CigarettesThe House of Representatives is set to take a final vote of the Finance Bill on Friday, November 16, at a plenary meeting.The government has approved a budget of MAD 443 billion for next year’s Finance Bill, aiming to achieve a growth rate of 3.2 percent in GDP.Both upper and lower houses of Parliament have held debate sessions on the Finance Bill. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives discussed the first part of the Finance Bill. Parliamentary committees also discussed sectoral budgets for each ministry.Today, the House of Councillors will hold two plenary meetings to discuss the second part of the Finance Bill.Read also: Morocco to Postpone Thursday’s Weekly Government Council for LGV Inauguration read more

Sri Lanka UN official urges Government rebels to end civilian deaths

As thousands of Sri Lankans continue to stream out of Vanni, where Government forces are in the midst of a fierce armed offensive against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the UN emergency relief fund has targeted $10 million to assist civilians caught up in the conflict.“I came because I am desperately concerned about this humanitarian situation,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes at the end of his three-day visit to Sri Lanka to assess the condition of people who have recently fled the conflict.“Tens of thousands of civilians have been cut off from outside food supplies for weeks, have limited medical care and are in extreme danger because of the continued fighting,” added Mr. Holmes, who is also the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator.Mr. Holmes called on the LTTE to free civilians kept in the remaining combat zone against their will, and to stop forced recruitment, particularly of children. He also pressed the Government to ensure a peaceful, orderly and humane end to what appears to be a decisive stage of the conflict.In a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka earlier today, Mr. Holmes made clear his condemnation of the LTTE aerial attack on Colombo the previous night and expressed his sympathy for the families of the victims, according to a press release issued by his spokesperson.Ongoing fighting, which has intensified since December, has trapped some 250,000 civilians in the conflict zone, and the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation has led to a large number of people taking the risk of escaping the fighting, with more than 30,000 already seeking shelter in and around the town of Vavuniya alone, and many more are expected to arrive in the coming days and weeks.On his visit to Vavuniya, just south of the conflict zone, Mr. Holmes found that most of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) were mentally and physically exhausted after weeks of sheltering in makeshift bunkers but that their basic needs were met.He welcomed the increasingly good cooperation between Government officials, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in providing urgent food, shelter and medical help.Difficult challenges lie ahead, including rapid and transparent registration procedures, reinforcing the civilian nature of the camps, facilitating family reunification and greater freedom of movement, and ensuring the earliest possible return of IDPs to their homes, noted Mr. Holmes.Before heading to Colombia for the next stage of his humanitarian needs assessment mission, the Emergency Relief Coordinator also announced the allocation of $10 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a stand-by fund enabling a timely and reliable humanitarian reaction to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.“This contribution is a clear demonstration of the United Nations’ commitment to meeting the urgent needs of the people affected by the conflict,” said Mr. Holmes, adding that he hoped “that donors will provide more support in other priority areas in the coming days, especially as humanitarian needs are so significant.” The largest portion of the CERF, some $3.1 million, will go to the World Food Programme (WFP), to feed civilians uprooted by the fighting, as well as those who are still pinned down in the north. The World Health Organization (WHO) will also receive roughly $1.2 million to provide basic life-saving care.A further $1.1 million will be provided to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost their operations protecting civilians in the area, including efforts to curb the recruitment of child combatants. UNHCR will receive another $1.8 million from the CERF to help it set up emergency shelters with its partners, UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).In addition, the $1.9 million allocated to UNICEF will allow for the construction of emergency latrines, and the supply of clean water in the camps. CERF has also provided UNICEF with $385,000 for a programme which makes available emergency nutritional assistance and another $475,000 for temporary learning centers. 21 February 2009The top United Nations humanitarian official today urged combatants on both sides of the battle ravaging the northern Vanni region of Sri Lanka to make greater efforts to stop the rising toll of civilian casualties and to protect the people trapped in a small pocket of land held by rebel fighters. read more

Bangladesh starts mass antipolio drive after first case in five years –

Bangladesh will immunize 18 million children under the age of five years three times in the next three months due to the re-emergence of the poliovirus after an absence of the disease for more than five years, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.The Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, said the immunization campaign will begin immediately with hundreds of thousand of people mobilized around the country to prepare for three National Immunization Days on 16 April, 13 May and 11 June.UNICEF said that a nine-year-old girl became paralyzed by the poliovirus in January. Genetic sequencing of the virus by the Global Specialized Polio Laboratory in Mumbai India, which tests all polio samples from Bangladesh, showed that the virus is closely related to viruses from western Uttar Pradesh in India.India is one of only four countries in the world that remain endemic to the disease, along with Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan.“After a five-year absence it is regrettable that Bangladesh now has polio again but UNICEF, WHO (World Health Organization) and Rotary are working with the Government to support them in all their efforts to stamp out polio and again make it a polio-free country,” said UNICEF Country Representative, Louis-Georges Arsenault.The Rotary Foundation has already approved a $150,000 Rapid Response Grant to support the first National Immunization Days since 2004.The outbreak may continue to spread in the immediate area of the first identified case and beyond, UNICEF warned. Circulation of the poliovirus could be occurring in other parts of Bangladesh; however this is unknown at the moment. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, the Government of Bangladesh decided to immunize the entire population of children under five years of age.“The Government of Bangladesh through the Ministry of Health has engaged in a timely and appropriate response which is in line with WHO recommendations for polio eradication. The Government’s excellent surveillance system and quick action means Bangladesh is on the right track to limit the spread of the virus,” said Dr. Duangvadee Sungkhobol, WHO Representative to Bangladesh.Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious disease caused by the polio virus. It invades the nervous system, and can cause paralysis or even death within hours. The polio virus enters the body through the mouth, in water or food that has been contaminated with faecal material from an infected person. The virus multiplies in the intestine and is then excreted by the infected person in faeces, which in turn can pass the virus on to others.Polio mainly affects children under five years of age but in rare instances it can also affect older children. read more

UN envoy calls on international community to give sustained support to Burundi

Carolyn McAskie, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, told reporters in New York that as the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB) comes to a close at the end of this year, challenges still remained although at the request of the Government the UN will have completed 40 per cent of the drawdown of troops by next month.“As I come to the end of my term in Burundi – and I will be leaving at the end of this month – my challenge to the international community is: you’ve done the peacekeeping job, now do the peacebuilding job, and that’s the ultimate challenge,” she said.“What Burundi needs now is the same, sustained, international support in the economic and social fields that it has benefited from in the political and security fields,” she added.Ms. McAskie will deliver Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report on Burundi to the Security Council tomorrow, and one of the major issues under discussion she said would be that of the rebel Palipehutu-National Liberation Forces (Palipehutu-FNL).“The remaining outstanding security issue in Burundi is the fact that there is a last rebel holdout group, the FNL. The FNL have offered finally now to negotiate with the Government on the basis of no preconditions and the Government is considering this,” she said, but added this remains “a question mark until it’s completed.”“One of the major issues for the international community, which the Security Council will be addressing, is the human rights situation…The FNL remain a major perpetrator of human rights abuses…but the Government through its armed forces and its intelligence service is also a major perpetrator of human rights abuses.”Ms. McAskie went on to say that the Government had asked for the UN to help them with human rights issues and added that the world body would continue to support much-needed security reform, as well as other humanitarian and development work.“We will also retain at the request of the Government, extensive capacity in the fields of human rights and we will also be supporting the Government in putting in place the judicial mechanisms…that is, the Burundian National Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” she added.In his report to the Security Council, a copy of which was made available on Monday, Mr. Annan said that “significant challenges remain,” in Burundi and the “most immediate task facing the Government is ending the 12-year conflict and restoring durable peace.”“After more than a decade of devastating conflict, the security and economic situation in Burundi remains extremely fragile, requiring massive commitment of all involved,” the Secretary-General pointed out.“Urgent improvements are required in the areas of good governance, transparency and accountability and respect for human rights, as well as the continuation of major economic, security and political reforms,” he said, stressing the importance of the active involvement of the region, bilateral partners and the UN. read more

Bobbing for apples the silent danger this Halloween

first_imgHALLOWEEN CAN BE  a busy night for A&E departments around the country. Fireworks, sparklers, bonfires, apple bobbing. Wait, apple bobbing? Yes, apple bobbing.Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children is warning against the traditional  Halloween game where children dunk their heads into a bucket of water full of apple and try to pull one out with their teeth.According to Dr Kathyrn McCreer, eye surgeon at the hospital, injuries that can occur “as a result of the child attempting to bite the apple at force when dunking their head.”She says that possible dangers include scratches on the surface of the eye as well as infections from dirty water and water communally used by a number of children.The hospital says that although they “are not asking people to avoid fun on this family occasion”, apple bobbing is “best avoided”.Eye injuriesMcCreery says that she sees a variety of eye injuries happening to children at Halloween, most of which are completely avoidable:The most common accidents I see include corneal abrasions and bleeding in the eye, caused by children being struck in the eye with sharp Halloween accessories such as swords, knives or wands and eye injuries as a result of poor supervision of fireworks and around bonfires.“Parents need to make sure accessories such as swords and other objects are soft and flexible, and have dulled edges”, she adds.Other eye injuries that eye doctors in A&E’s departments have to deal with on a busy Halloween night include cigarette burns to the cornea, foreign objects that get under the eye lids, bruising of the eyes and infections as a result of poor removal of children wearing make-up.“Old make-up is a breeding ground for bacteria,” according to McCreery. Yikes!Read: The Burning Question*: Is it silly to decorate the house for Halloween? >Read: Warning over fireworks danger – and €10,000 fine for using them illegally >last_img read more

Internet Explorer perd du terrain en Europe

first_imgInternet Explorer perd du terrain en EuropeEurope – L’écran de choix de navigateur internet imposé depuis mars dans toutes les copies européennes de Windows se traduit déjà par un impact néfaste sur la part de marché d’Internet Explorer.Depuis l’activation de l’écran de choix du navigateur (Ballot Screen), la part de marché d’Internet Explorer a accusé en France une baisse de 2,5%, passant sous la barre symbolique des 50% de parts de marché, révèle la société de mesures d’audience StatCounter.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?En Italie c’est de 1,3% qu’elle a diminué tandis qu’en Angleterre, elle recule de 1%. Sur l’ensemble du territoire européen, la part de marché du navigateur de Microsoft diminue toutefois de façon peu significative, passant de 45,5% en février à 45,44% aujourd’hui.Cet impact du Ballot Screen a notamment profité à Chrome. Le navigateur de Google a en effet vu sa part de marché passer de 6,52 à 7,19% quand Opera Software assure que les téléchargements de son navigateur ont plus que doublé. De son côté, Mozilla a affirmé auprès de Reuters avoir constaté une hausse “significative” des téléchargements de Firefox.Moins d’un mois après son intégration aux copies de Windows distribuées en Europe, le Ballot Screen prouve donc déjà son efficacité en laissant les concurrents d’Internet Explorer grignoter ses parts de marché.Le 23 mars 2010 à 16:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver company wants out of three Macaroni Grill leases

first_imgVancouver-based Waterloo Restaurant Ventures wants out of leases for three of its now-closed Macaroni Grill locations in California and Idaho, the Portland Business Journal reports.On May 25, Waterloo asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas to cancel its lease obligations for former Macaroni Grill locations in Boise, Idaho; San Jose, Calif.; and Dublin, Calif., the newspaper reported. A hearing is set for June 18 in Dallas.In March, Macaroni Grill filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, citing declining customer traffic and the economy.Waterloo is a franchisee of Mac Acquisition LLC, a Dallas-based holding company of Romano’s Macaroni Grill Inc. It held the rights to develop the Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurant concept in Oregon, Washington, Northern California and parts of Idaho.According to court documents cited by the Portland Business Journal, Waterloo agreed to a termination and release agreement that gave it 60 days from Feb. 27 to operate under the Macaroni Grill name. The deadline was extended to June 28.last_img read more

39 believe the Lifetime Isa will cause confusion among staff

first_imgOver a third (39%) of employer respondents believe the introduction of the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) will cause confusion for employees looking to save, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.Its Business barometer report, which surveyed 900 UK employers, also found that 20% of respondents plan to respond to this predicted confusion by arranging financial education schemes to improve employees’ understanding and help in the decision-making process between a Lisa, pension or other saving options.The research also found:16% of respondents expect to see reductions in employee contributions to both workplace pension arrangements and share schemes as a result of the introduction of the Lisa.48% of respondents are worried about their employees’ poor financial wellbeing.68% of respondents think that workplace financial education should be provided to all staff.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education at Close Brothers Asset Management, said: “In our current economic climate, with a rising state pension age and house prices remaining out of reach for many, any initiatives that encourage a savings plan should be welcomed. Even without the Lisa, employees have a choice of savings vehicles in the workplace that offer a range of different benefits, helping them save for retirement, for a home or for a rainy day. The introduction of the Lisa may help engage more young people in starting their savings journey but it is another choice and with choice comes confusion and possible missed opportunities or poor decision-making.“With pensions, share schemes and [individual savings accounts] in the workplace, and other non-workplace investments the financial landscape is more complex than ever for individuals to navigate. Saving schemes are not a one size fits all and employers have a pivotal role in ensuring staff are equipped with the tools and support to improve their understanding and make the best savings choices for them whatever their age, career stage, and personal circumstances.”last_img read more

Sonam Kapoor slammed for Pak comments asks trolls to get a life

first_imgSonam KapoorInstagramSonam Kapoor is once again in the midst of a heated exchange with trolls. It all started when she became the target of netizens for her comments on Pakistan banning Indian films, particularly her 2016 release,”Neerja”.”As an artist you want to be represented everywhere and you want your work to be shown everywhere. ‘Neerja’ wasn’t shown in Pakistan even though it was a true story, because the plane landed in Karachi and the hijack took place in Karachi. It didn’t in anyway show Pakistan in a negative light at all, but the fact that they didn’t show the film there was really heartbreaking for me,” Sonam Kapoor recently said in an interview.In the interview, she also revealed she has roots in Pakistan, and that she has lots of fans in that country.”I have a huge Pakistani following and my two best friends, they are Muslim and half-Pakistani. I am half-Sindhi and half-Peshawari. So, it’s heartbreaking to see that that part of my culture is something that I can’t explore as well because of that,” she added in the interview, which she gave to BBC.”It’s heartbreaking to see where the situation has landed right now but I am very patriotic. So, I think for me now it is better to keep quiet and let this pass because even this too should pass, I think. Our countries were one country like 70 years ago, and the fact that there is so much divisive politics at play is really heartbreaking,” she also said.As soon as the video clip of the interview started doing the rounds on social media, netizens began trolling her. While some called her an antinational, others said she was an actress without work. Still others raised questions on her intellect. The hashtag #SonamKapoor started trending on Twitter.Presently, the actress decided to get back at the trolls. She asked them to “get a life”, adding that her comments had been misinterpreted.”Guys please calm down.. and get a life. Twisting, misinterpreting and understanding what you want from what someone has to say isn’t a reflection on the person who says it but on you. So self reflect and see who you are and hopefully get a job,” went the actress’s reply.Meanwhile, hate messages on Sonam after the interview comtimue on social media.”#SonamKapoor got it that these days you have no work like Rakhi Sawant so you reached BBC to get some limelight and show the world that your brain is dead but u r alive. Itna kya desperation do some meditation,” a user tweeted.Another wrote: “#SonamKapoor A deshdrohi lady like her should be jailed and banned for life for insulting the Indian Army and for disrespecting their wife’s sacrifice… The Whole Bollywood is a Garbage.””Why she leave her roots and came in India because she know reality of Pakistan, #SonamKapoor Shame on you are definitely anti national,” still another user tweeted.”Itna heart break hua h lekin makeup n fashion me koi kami nhi aayi. Fake heartbreak. Fake accent. Fake Indian. Go to Pakistan na why are you here, they too make films #SonamKapoor,” read another tweet.After the actress’s clarification on Twitter, a user quipped: “#SonamKapoor standard reply after every dumb interview of hers – Troll, Get a Life, Get a Job, I am misquoted, misinterpreted. It’s difficult to understand what’s more fake her intelligence or her accent.”Sonam will next be seen in the movie, “The Zoya Factor,” where she stars alongside Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan. The film is slated to release on September 20.last_img read more

Ginspiration 7 Scottish island gins to try in your lifetime

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Gay beach vacations in Crete: The essentialsGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalIsle of Arran – the ultimate way to experience the best of ScotlandRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ginspiration-7-scottish-island-gins-try-lifetime/ Sponsored: You might think Scotland’s west coast islands are only for whisky lovers – but you’d be wrong.There’s a whole world of exceptional gin to explore too. So get your trip to Islay or Harris booked in and start swotting up on your botanicals, as we team up withHere, Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) Ferries to bring you the region’s most crystal clear of spirits… 4 Wild Island Botanic Gin, ColonsayCreated by the team at Colonsay Brewery, and working with Langley Distillery, this small batch gin has been inspired by the island’s sweeping Kiloran Bay. The flavours found within this island Gin have been inspired by the island flora and wild botanicals.5 Tyree Gin, TireeTyree Gin is the second product released by Tiree Whisky Company Ltd. The unique flavour profile is achieved through six locally foraged botanicals, collected from the island’s rich and fertile machair ground. Together with the salty kelp and sea-belt from the wild Atlantic Ocean, Tyree Gin provides ‘the true taste of Tiree’.6 Misty Isle Gin, SkyeThe team behind Skye’s Misty Isle Gin believe in celebrating origin. The flavour profile is a marriage of crystal clear spring waters from the Storr Lochs and the right balance of botanicals, including hand-foraged juniper from various wild locations around Skye.7 Lussa Gin, JuraBorn in the summer of 2015, Lussa Gin is a community ‘spirit’ that reflects the wild, adventurous landscape of the Isle of Jura. The all-female ‘women in gin’ team grow, gather and distill using local botanicals such as Bog Myrtle, Lemon Balm and Lime Flowers. The result is a full-bodied floral gin with a hint of vegetation, reflecting the rich conditions of the island.Plan ahead and stay safeAlcohol and cars don’t mix – so if you’re planning to take your car to the islands, you’ll need to think carefully about how you’re going to get about.You could go with friends and draw up a rota for nominated drivers. Or you could make use of the local taxi and bus services on the islands. A quick search online will give you a few phone numbers. But one thing to bear in mind is that it is best to contact them in advance. A third and arguably most enjoyable option is to plan ahead to ensure you stay close enough to your chosen distillery so you can enjoy walking through the beautiful island countryside.To find out more about traveling to Scotland’s west coast islands with CalMac Ferries, visit the official CalMac website.CalMac Ferries is a client of Gay Star News 1 The Botanist Gin, IslayIslay might be most famous for its whiskies. But The Botanist is certainly helping to put the island on the gin map as well. Inspired by the rich variety of local plants and herbs, The Botanist produces gins that reflect the very essence of the island. The local flora plays a big part in their gins. Some 22 island botanicals are responsibly foraged to help produce a unique tasting spirit.Distillery tours are available year-round but you need to book in advance. The tours are family friendly too. So any youngsters are welcome to tag along, but warehouse visits are for over 18s only. While you’re there, why not visit the adjacent Bruichladdich whisky distillery as well?Getting to and from Islay also gives you a choice. CalMac Ferries leave from Kennacraig to Port Askaig in the north east of the island, and also to Port Ellen in the south. Whichever route you choose, the distillery at Bruichladdich is no more than a half hour drive, which gives you time to enjoy some of the island’s stunning scenery. And for a bit of variety, you could take a different route for the journeys there and back.2 Isle of Harris Gin, Harris They might be relative newcomers to the distilling industry, (the distillery only opened in 2015), but The Isle of Harris Gin promises the complex flavour of nine botanicals found on the island. Ingredients include sugar kelp, hand-harvested by a local diver, who probably appreciates a fine G&T after a day’s underwater foraging.A visit to this ‘social distillery’ gives you a taste of the true spirit of the island. It’s open Monday to Saturday, and you’ll find a warm welcome boosted by the peat fire that’s kept burning in the open hearth.Getting to HarrisThere are a number of ways you can travel by ferry to Tarbert on Harris. The most direct is the ferry from Uig in the north of Skye which takes you straight there in a little under two hours. With more time on your hands you could take a longer sail from Ullapool to Stornoway in Lewis and enjoy a leisurely drive south while you soak up the island’s rugged interior. Alternatively, you could enjoy a longer sail from Oban to Castlebay on Barra then make your way north by road and ferry to Tarbert.3 Colonsay Gin, ColonsayColonsay Gin prides itself in taking inspiration from both its beautiful Hebridean island home and Celtic folklore. It is hand-made in small batches of 160 bottles to a closely guarded secret. In the style of a classic London Dry, this Royal Strength juniper-led gin balances spice, peppery notes and lemon sherbet.last_img read more

Cloudflare terminates services to 8chan following yet another set of mass shootings

first_imgUpdate: Jim Watkins, the owner of 8chan has spoken against the ongoing backlash in a defensive video statement on uploaded 6th August on YouTube. “My company takes a firm stand in helping law enforcement and within minutes of these two tragedies, we were working with FBI agents to find out what information we could to help in their investigations. There are about 1 million users of 8chan. 8chan is an empty piece of paper for writing on it is disturbing to me that it can be so easily shut down. Over the weekend the domain name service for 8chan was abruptly terminated by the provider Cloudflare.”, he states in the video. He adds, “First of all the El Paso shooter posted on Instagram, not 8chan. Later someone uploaded a manifesto; however, that manifesto was not uploaded by the Walmart shooter. It is unfortunate that this place of free speech has temporarily been removed we are working to restore service. It is clearly a political move to remove 8chan from CloudFlare; it has dispersed a peacefully assembled group of people. “ Watkins went on to call Cloudflare’s decision ‘cowardly’. He said, “Contrary to the unfounded claim by Mr. Prince of CloudFlare 8-chan is a lawful community abiding by the laws of the United States and enforced in the Ninth Circuit Court. His accusation has caused me tremendous damage. In the meantime, I wish his company the best and hold no animosity towards him or his cowardly and not thought-out actions against 8-chan.” Saturday witnessed two horrific mass shooting tragedies, one when a maniac gunman shot at least 20 people at a sprawling Walmart shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. The other in Dayton, Ohio at the entrance of Ned Peppers Bar where ten people were killed, including the perpetrator, and at least 27 others were injured. The gunman in the El Paso shooting has been identified as Patrick Crusius according to CNN sources. He appears to have been inspired by the online forum known as 8chan. 8chan is an online message board which is home to online extremists who share racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. According to police officials, a four-page document was posted to 8chan, 20 minutes before the shootings that they believe was written by Crusius. The post said, “I’m probably going to die today.” His post blamed white nationalists and immigrants for taking away jobs and spewed racist hatred towards immigrants and Hispanics. The El Paso post is not the only incident. 8chan has been filled with unmoderated violent and extremist content over time. Nearly the same thing happened on 8chan before the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. In his post, the El Paso shooter referenced the Christchurch incident saying he was inspired by the Christchurch content on 8chan which glorified the previous massacre. The suspected killer in the synagogue shootings in Poway, California also posted a hate-filled “open letter” on 8chan. In March, this year Australian telecom company Telstra denied access to millions of Australians to the websites 4chan, 8chan, Zero Hedge, and LiveLeak as a reaction to the Christchurch mosque shootings. Cloudflare first defends 8chan citing ‘moral obligations’ but later cuts all ties Post this disclosure, Cloudflare, that provides internet infrastructure services to 8chan continued to defend hosting 8chan calling it their ‘moral obligation’ to provide 8chan their services. Keeping 8chan within its network is a “moral obligation”, said Cloudflare, adding: “We, as well as all tech companies, have an obligation to think about how we solve real problems of real human suffering and death. What happened in El Paso today is abhorrent in every possible way, and it’s ugly, and I hate that there’s any association between us and that … For us, the question is which is the worse evil? Is the worse evil that we kick the can down the road and don’t take responsibility? Or do we get on the phone with people like you and say we need to own up to the fact that the internet is home to many amazing things and many terrible things and we have an absolute moral obligation to deal with that.” Cloudflare has been under the spotlight over the past few years for continuing to work with websites that foster hate. Previous to 8chan, in 2017, Cloudflare had to discontinue services to neo-Nazi blog, The Daily Stormer, after the terror at Charlottevelle. However, Daily Stormer continues to run today having moved to a different infrastructure service with allegedly more readers than ever. After an intense public and media backlash over the weekend, Cloudflare announced that it would completely stop providing support for 8chan. Cloudflare is also readying for an initial public offering in September which may have been the reason why they cut ties with 8chan. In a blog post today, they explained the decision to cut off 8chan. “We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time. The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths.” Cloudflare has also cut off 8chan’s access to its DDOS protection service. Although, this will have a short term impact; 8chan can always come up with another cloud partner and resume operations. Cloudflare acknowledges it as well, “While removing 8chan from our network takes heat off of us, it does nothing to address why hateful sites fester online. It does nothing to address why mass shootings occur. It does nothing to address why portions of the population feel so disenchanted they turn to hate. In taking this action we’ve solved our own problem, but we haven’t solved the Internet’s.” The company added, “We feel incredibly uncomfortable about playing the role of content arbiter and do not plan to exercise it often,” adding that this is not “due to some conception of the United States’ First Amendment,” since Cloudflare is a private company (and most of its customers, and more than half of its revenue, are outside the United States). Instead, Cloudflare “will continue to engage with lawmakers around the world as they set the boundaries of what is acceptable in those countries through due process of law. And we will comply with those boundaries when and where they are set.” Founder of 8chan wants the site to be shut off 8chan founder Fredrick Brennan also appreciated Cloudfare’s decision to block the site. Post the gruesome El Paso shootings, he also told the Washington Post that the site’s owners should “do the world a favor and shut it off.” However, he told Buzzfeed News, shutting down 8chan wouldn’t stop the extremism we’re now seeing entirely, but it would make it harder for them to organize. In a March interview with The Wall Street Journal, he expressed his regrets over his role in the site’s creation and warned that the violent culture that had taken root on 8chan’s boards could lead to more mass shootings. Brennan founded the site in 2011 and announced his departure from the company in July 2016. 8Chan is owned by Jim Watkins and run by his son, Ron. He posted on Twitter that 8chan will be moving to another service ASAP. He has also resisted calls to moderate or shut down the site. On Sunday, a banner at the top of 8chan’s home page read, “Welcome to 8chan, the Darkest Reaches of the Internet.” Cloudflare acted too late, too little Cloudflare’s decision to simply block 8chan was not seen as an adequate response by some who say Cloudflare should have acted earlier. 8chan has been known for enabling child pornography in 2015 and as a result, was removed from Google Search. Coupled with the Christchurch mosque and the Poway synagogue shootings earlier in the year, there was increased pressure on those providing 8chan’s Internet and financial service infrastructures to terminate their support. Laurie Voss, the cofounder of npmjs, called out Cloudflare and subsequently, other content sites (Facebook, Twitter) for shirking responsibility under the guise of them being infrastructure companies and therefore cannot enforce content standards. “Facebook, Twitter, Cloudflare, and others pretend that they can’t. They can. They just don’t want to.” “I am super, super tired of companies whose profits rely on providing maximum communication with minimum moderation pretending this is some immutable law and not just the business model they picked,” he tweeted. Others also agreed that Cloudflare’s statement eschews responsibility. Voxility, 8chan’s hardware provider also bans the site Web services company Voxility has also banned 8chan and it’s new host Epik, which had been leasing web space from it. Epik’s website remains accessible, but 8chan now returns an error message. “As soon as we were notified of the content that Epik was hosting, we made the decision to totally ban them,” Voxility business development VP Maria Sirbu told The Verge. Sirbu said it was unlikely that Voxility would work with Epik again. “This is the second situation we’ve had with the reseller and this is not tolerable,” she said. Does de-platforming even work? De-platforming or banning people that spread extremist or banning these people is not a solution since they will eventually migrate to other platforms and still able to circulate their ideology. Closing 8chan is not the solution to the bigger problem of controlling racism and extremism. Closing one 8chan will sprout another 20chan. “8chan is no longer a refuge for extremist hate — it is a window opening onto a much broader landscape of racism, radicalization, and terrorism. Shutting down the site is unlikely to eradicate this new extremist culture because 8chan is anywhere. Pull the plug, it will appear somewhere else, in whatever locale will host it. Because there’s nothing particularly special about 8chan, there are no content algorithms, hosting technology immaterial. The only thing radicalizing 8chan users are other 8chan users.”, Ryan Broderick from Buzzfeed wrote. A group of users told BuzzFeed that it’s now common for large 4chan threads to migrate over into Discord servers before the 404. After Cloudflare, Amazon is beginning to face public scrutiny as 8chan’s operator Jim Watkins sells audiobooks on Amazon.com and Audible. Read Next Facebook will ban white nationalism, and separatism content in addition to white supremacy content. 8 tech companies and 18 governments sign the Christchurch Call to curb online extremism; the US backs off. How social media enabled and amplified the Christchurch terrorist attacklast_img read more

Costa Rica promotes local universities at US fair

first_imgFour private Costa Rican universities this week are participating in the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) Fair in San Diego, California.The event takes place Tuesday through Saturday, and Tico universities are aiming to promote higher ed opportunities to 8,400 members of the association, according to Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER), the agency that coordinated the country’s participation.Costa Rica is represented by the universities EARTH, UNIBE, ULACIT and Veritas.“Our country offers a variety of great programs,  security and also proximity to the United States. These benefits along with Costa Rica’s image as a tourist destination and natural beauty, makes us very attractive to NAFSA advisors that usually are seeking to offer U.S. students a holistic experience,” said PROCOMER’ Trade Promotion Manager Álvaro Piedra.Tico college advisers at the NAFSA event hope to establish alliances with colleges abroad. For that reason, the Costa Rican schools are presenting their information together in one stand under the slogan “Essential COSTA RICA,” and promoting the concept “Costa Rica: Widen your horizons, nurture your life.”Costa Rica is the eighth most popular spot in the world for U.S. students to study abroad and the most popular in Latin America, according to the latest data of the Institute of International Education. Piedra added that the fair’s main benefit for local universities will be to learn of the latest study abroad trends. Facebook Comments Related posts:Immigration Administration’s $100 fine for expired visas does not affect tourists, agency says Good news for travelers: Costa Rica’s airport exit tax (finally) will be added to ticket prices Guanacaste receives first tourist wave of Costa Rica’s high season Costa Rica’s country brand is the fastest growing in the Americaslast_img read more