Seventeencom Partners with Mulu for Social ECommerce Program

first_imgHearst Digital Media partnered with Mulu to launch a social giving e-commerce program on Seventeen.com. The initiative will aid Hearst’s e-commerce strategy, allowing the website’s visitors to directly purchase products personalized according to viewed content. The shopping recommendations, which appear in a “muluBox” widget at the bottom of the web page, will bring the visitor directly to the original website of the product for easier and faster shopping. Hearst plans to introduce the gadget on several of its other sites in the coming months. Additionally, the program allows Seventeen.com to appoint its affiliate earnings towards a chosen cause from products purchased in the muluBox; proceeds support the site’s selected cause, STOMP Out Bullying, an anti-bullying and cyber-bulling program. The Mulu widget is spread throughout Seventeen’s website, and will alter its featured products according to the content of the video, slideshow or article being viewed. “Shop Now in support of STOMP Out Bullying” is read directly above the gadget to inform shoppers of the site’s designated cause. Visitors can also circulate the cause by sharing the muluBox on their own personal blog pages. More on this topic Hearst Launches Widgets for Seventeen ELLE Launches Social Commerce On Facebook Hearst Magazines Digital Media Announces Staff Changes Flipboard Transitions from Curation to Commerce with New Shopping Catalogues Hearst to Close CosmoGirl! Hearst and Meebo Establish Digital PartnershipJust In BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by The affiliation ideally creates a three-tiered advantage: increased shopping on Seventeen’s web pages, boosting Mulu’s idea of charity-based affiliate marketing to other brands and supporting the anti-bullying advocacy.According to Mulu’s website, online retailers pay 5 to 20 percent for referred sales. “Offering our consumers the ability to browse the products they love as well as shop the pages of our sites is an important strategic imperative for 2012 and beyond,” Grant Whitmore, vice president of Hearst Digital Media, said in a statement.last_img read more

Mobile Music Therapy Hummly App Will Chill You Out

first_img Chill Out With Humm.ly Music Therapy App mobile-music-therapy-hummly-app-will-chill-you-out Twitter Mobile Music Therapy: Humm.ly App Will Chill You Out Facebook Email News This app might be first ever to use professional music therapy, integrated with music and health data, to help your moods and be more mindfulPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 1:17 pm Music and wellness are a natural fit. For example, studies have shown that 30 minutes a day at work spent listening to desired music on-demand boosts cognition among I.T. workers. The Humm.ly wellness app, for iOS at iTunes, was designed to integrate many insights like that from consulting music therapists as well as from founder Joanna Yu’s previous years in music.Working in affiliation with American Music Therapy Association certified professionals, Yu brings strong music production chops from her native China and data smarts from her U.S. college degree in applied mathematics. Now studying to be a music therapist herself, Yu expects Humm.ly will help her larger task as an advocate for wellness.Choosing music to adjust mood for an increased sense of wellbeing seems likely to grow on the scientific and medical side of digital engagement, while on the consumer side, streaming music services increasingly supply a universal jukebox in daily life. Humm.ly could be balanced at just the right point.Chris Cornell: Music Therapy Program Established In Seattlelast_img read more

Enjoy The Wilmington Town Museums Summer Season

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Learn what’s happening at the Wilmington Town Museum (430 Salem Street) during its 2018 summer season.SUMMER LUNCH & GAMESFridays: July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, noon to 2pmBring a picnic lunch to the Museum and enjoy old fashioned games like cup and ball, hoop roll, and ring toss. Free. Weather permitting.TOUR THE MUSEUMThursdays & Fridays in July & August, 10am to 2pmWhat was the original Harnden Tavern? Where is the legendary secret hiding space said to be used by runaway slaves? What was it like to live in this house 50, 100 or 200 years ago? What was Wilmington like then? Tour the Museum for a glimpse into the past — experience the house and Wilmington’s history.  Tours are also available by appointment.SUNDAY OPEN HOUSEJuly 8 & August 5, 2pm to 4pmA Wilmington tradition for 30 years! Visit the Town Museum on a relaxed Sunday afternoon — maybe you will see your neighbors there.(NOTE: The above information is from the Town Museum.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Town Museum Announces Summer Hours & ActivitiesIn “Community”Enjoy The Wilmington Town Museum’s Summer SeasonIn “Government”Enjoy The Wilmington Town Museum’s Summer Season — July 9 To August 7In “Community”last_img read more

ALERT Town Beach Is CLOSED For Swimming Due To High Bacteria Count

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department has announced that Silver Lake is currently CLOSED for swimming due to a high bacteria count detected in this week’s water testing.“To minimize the risk of illness from contaminated water, beaches are required to be tested for “indicator” bacteria ― bacteria that indicate the presence of fecal contamination,” reads the announcement. “Silver Lake is tested for Enterococci or E. coli. We had an exceedance this week, therefore the Beach is closed for swimming until a re-sample tests clear.”This is the lake’s first closure of the season, and it comes at an inopportune time. The Wilmington Police Association’s Beach Day is scheduled for this Thursday, August 1, from 11am to 2pm, at Town Beach.“The Police Beach Day is STILL ON with games, activities, DJ and lunch, but no swimming,” Recreation Director Karen Campbell told Wilmington Apple. “The beach will be retested on Friday.”Silver Lake is tested every Tuesday during beach season. The Recreation Department received these results late on Wednesday afternoon.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related(GOOSE) POOP HAPPENS: Town Beach Has Successful Season Despite 16-Day Swimming Ban Due To High BacteriaIn “Government”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”UPDATE: Silver Lake Will Likely Be OK To Swim In Soon; Latest Tests Show ImprovementIn “Community”last_img read more

Super blood wolf moon next up in super year for eclipses

first_img 12 Photos Tags Share your voice Mars, space soldiers and NASA’s big party: The biggest… Finally, January’s full moon is nicknamed the “wolf moon,” because cultures in the Northern Hemisphere used to sit around during the long winter nights and hear howling wolves outside.Put them all together and you get a “super blood wolf moon” that will be viewable for about an hour in the western hemisphere late Jan. 20 or the early morning hours of Jan. 21 in western Europe.And that’s just the start. Four more eclipses are set to happen in 2019, including the big show in South America this July. We’ll have more details on how to view these events as they approach.This post first published on Jan. 2 and will be updated as the various eclipses near.  Sci-Tech 5:33 21 Photos Solar eclipse 2017: Here’s what people saw For eclipse fans in the Americas and western Europe, January also brings the last opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse until 2021. This cool celestial event occurs when the sun, Earth and moon are all in a line, casting the shadow of the Earth on to the moon and giving it a reddish tint — hence the term “blood moon.”When this happens on the evening of Jan. 20 in the western hemisphere, the moon will also be near its closest approach to Earth, making it appear the slightest bit larger in the sky. This is a fairly regular occurrence we call a supermoon.  A NASA image of a “blood moon” blushing red. NASA For sky watchers in parts of north Asia, the new year will begin with the moon taking a “bite” out of the sun a few weeks before the rest of us are treated to the spooky-sounding conjunction of celestial events known as a “super blood wolf moon.”Altogether there will six eclipses observable from planet Earth in 2019, including a total solar eclipse over parts of the Pacific, Chile and Argentina on July 2 like the one that wowed multitudes across the US in the summer of 2017.But there’s also a partial solar eclipse coming up this weekend, on Jan. 6. While much less dramatic than the spectacular sight of a total eclipse, the moon will partially cover the sun for up to a minute and 43 seconds. Observing this, however, will require special protective solar eclipse eyewear that can be purchased online. Remember, looking at the sun without such protection is, of course, very dangerous. To see the eclipse, you’ll also need to be in Japan, Korea or just the right part of Siberia, northeast China, Mongolia or Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Now playing: Watch this: Comments Shots of the super blue blood moon worth waking up early for 2 Spacelast_img read more

4port universal travel adapter Just 1199

first_imgCharge all the things, whatever country you visit. Ougrand One thing I learned during my recent trip abroad: You can’t have too many plug adapters. You and the missus each need one for your side of the bed. The kids each need one. And don’t forget plugs for things like curling irons and the Chromecast you cleverly packed as well.Read more: How to travel this summer without taking vacation daysThankfully, you don’t need to spend $20 or more per plug — not with this deal. For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Ougrand Universal Travel Adapter is just $11.99 with promo code G9B9NSS4. Regular price: $22. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Update: Ugh, this deal was all kinds of trouble. First the price jumped up a bit, then it seemed to sell out very quickly. This despite the seller telling me there were over 700 available.See it at AmazonThe plug provides a pass-through AC outlet for Australia, the EU, the UK and the US. It also serves up four “smart” USB ports: three Type-A and one Type-C.I like the bright green color, which I think makes it less likely to overlook when you’re packing up to go home (or on to the next country).The adapter scored a 4.5-star average rating from over 200 buyers, and both Fakespot and ReviewMeta give those ratings a passing grade.Bottom line: If you’re lucky enough to be traveling abroad, you’ll be glad to have a few of these along. In fact, if you buy more than one, you get added savings. Total price for four plugs, for example: $41.58, which works out to just $10.39 each. When traveling this summer, protect your home with tech Share your voice Mobile Accessories 0:56 The Cheapskate Commentscenter_img 17 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Syngenta turns down China Chemical corps 42 billion purchase offer Bloomberg

first_imgChina National Chemical Corp is in talks to buy Switzerland’s Syngenta AG but its initial offer of nearly $42 billion for the world’s largest agrichemical company was rejected, Bloomberg said on Thursday.State-owned ChemChina’s first offer valued the agricultural chemicals group at 449 Swiss francs per share, or 41.7 billion Swiss francs ($41.72 billion), according to Bloomberg.Citing unidentified sources, it said the rejection stemmed from regulatory concerns. The two companies have not broken off talks and an agreement could still be reached in the next few weeks, Bloomberg said.Syngenta, under pressure to offer value to shareholders after turning down a big offer from Monsanto Co earlier this year, is also talking to other potential suitors, according to Bloomberg.U.S.-listed shares of Syngenta were up 14% at $79.22 in extended trading on Thursday.Syngenta and ChemChina could not immediately be reached for comment.Syngenta rejected Monsanto’s cash plus stock offer in August. The offer was worth about $47 billion and Syngenta said it “significantly undervalued the company.”At the time, some shareholders expressed disappointment over the spurned deal and questioned the company’s ability to improve its financial fortunes in a slumping commodity market.To appease shareholders, Syngenta announced plans in September to buy back more than $2 billion of stock, funding the measure by selling its vegetable seeds business.last_img read more

Strong earthquake to jolt earth on May 03 warns seismic researcher

first_imgAn unidentified technician at the French National Seism Survey Institute in Strasbourg, points at a graph February 24, 2004, [ Representational image]REUTERS/Vincent Kessler VK/AAA self-proclaimed seismic researcher named Frank Hoogerbeets is now a very popular name among conspiracy theorists all around the world. His popularity rose sky high when some of his predictions regarding earthquakes turned true. Recently, he had warned that the final days of April would witness a rise in seismic activities due to critical planetary alignment, and interestingly, on April 29, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale was reported in Carlsberg ridge, Yemen.Even though this might be a coincidence, conspiracy theorists are already up in arms, and they strongly propagate that the predictions made by Hoogerbeets are authentic. Now, Hoogerbeets has outlandishly claimed that another earthquake, measuring more than 8 on the Richter scale, will jolt the planet between May 01 and May 03.A recent post of Hoogerbeets on his website Ditrianum reveals that the rise in seismic activities is mainly due to the critical planetary alignment in the solar system where Venus, Mercury, and the Sun are apparently specifically positioned, thus causing a gravitational pull on the earth. This gravitational pull will destabilise the tectonic plates on the earth, resulting in increased seismic activities.Exact place not revealedEven though the Dutch researcher has not revealed the exact place where the earthquake is going to hit, conspiracy theorists believe that an earthquake with such a magnitude will cause drastic devastation in the affected area.Hoogerbeets claim that he is making use of a sophisticated system named SSGI (Solar System Geometry Index) to predict potential earthquakes on the earth. As per Hoogerbeets, SSGI is “the computation of a dataset for a specific time-frame of values given to specific geometric positions of the planets, the Moon and the Sun”.Even though many predictions made by Hoogerbeets have turned true, seismic experts have classified his claims unauthentic stating that no technology on planet earth is capable of predicting earthquakes with precision.last_img read more

Rashmika Mandanna leaves Keerthy Suresh Kajal behind to bag Vijays Thalapathy 64

first_imgRashmika MandannaTwitterRashmika Mandanna’s wish to work with Vijay is going to be fulfilled soon. The Karnataka-based actress, who has earned popularity among Kannada and Tamil audience, is ready to conquer the hearts of Tamil cinegoers.Grapevine is abuzz with rumours of Rashmika being approached for Vijay’s next film, presently referred to as Thalapathy 64. The makers considered the likes of Keerthy Suresh and Kajal Aggarwal, but the Karnataka-based actress has bagged the film, say rumour mills.Similarly, there were rumours of Rashmika pairing up with Vijay in the Atlee Kumar-directorial. She had denied the news and tweeted, “A lot of you have been asking me if I am a part of Vijay sir’s and Atlee sir’s film but since that’s not happening this time I hope I get to work with them soon. I am so overwhelmed (like literally) to see such support from all of you. I will definitely make a debut there soon..) love you all very much..I again just want to say ‘nandri’ for all the love..(sic).”The Kirik Party actress is foraying into Kollywood with Bakkiyaraj Kannan’s film in which Karthi plays the lead. Apart from this project, she is working on Vijay Deverakonda’s Dear Comrade, Sukumar’s untitled film, Kannada movie Pogaru and a few others.The upcoming Vijay film is directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj of Maanagaram fame. BV Combines, which had earlier funded Vijay’s films like Rasigan, Senthoorapandi and Deva, is bankrolling the latest flick. Thalapathy Vijay in Sarkar.PR HandoutThe shooting will begin once Vijay wraps up his current project with Atlee.last_img read more

Stake sale process of debtridden Jet Airways delayed as banks awaits RBI

first_img Close The experts are recommending adequate caution to avoid legal conflict in the future. In a report, brokerage firm SBI Caps highlighted, “Resolution plan that involves debt to equity conversion of listed companies like Jet Airways could witness a high risk of litigation. As the RBI circular stands struck down, resolution plan that involved equity conversion could be subject to extended litigation by existing sponsors as well as shareholders.” Naresh Goyal quits as Jet Airways chairman, stake slashed to 25% In picture: A Jet Airways aircraft in Leh. [Representational image]Twitter/Jet AirwaysFinancially struggling Jet Airways’ stake sale process may have to wait due to the lack of clarity after the Supreme court struck down the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) February 12, 2018, circular. As per February 12 circular, banks having a negative book value were allowed to allot shares at Re 1. People privy to the development said banks were still expecting the RBI to clear the air pertaining to debt-equity conversion at Re 1. Due to this, the scheduled process of bidding on Saturday could not take off.A bank-executive said, “All legal approvals from the RBI need to be in place including examination of the issue of debt to equity conversion. Unless legal work is done, the bid document cannot be issued.” Notably, the consortium of lenders had said that the expression of interest (EoIs) from bidders would be invited on April 6. The deadline for receiving the bids was set 4 days after opening the bids. Financial daily, Business Standard reported that final date for submission of bids will also be extended as the process has been deferred. “Whenever the EoI is published, four days will be given to interested parties to respond,” the official further added. An IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013 (representational image).Reuters fileIn a bid to turnaround the fortunes of beleaguered airline, Jet Airways board had decided a plan as per which the consortium of lenders, led by State Bank of India (SBI) would take over the airline’s debt and convert it into 114 million shares for just Re 1. The step would mean the consortium holding 50.1 per cent shares in the company.It is to be noted that any delays would further hamper the financial condition of Jet Airways which is flying only one-fifth of its original fleet. The Airline is under humongous pressure from all its stakeholders. The airline’s creditors, including its lessors, have threatened to de-register more planes while the oil marketing companies (OMCs) have started to suspend fuel supplies to the cash strapped airline due to non-payment of their dues. In fact, Indian Oil Corporation had shut the supply on Friday for more than two hours and it was only after the government’s intervention the supply was restored. The pilots have also threatened to go on strike if they are not paid their dues. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:02Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Everybody indirectly corrupt Muhith

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul Muhith. File PhotoFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday observed that everybody in the country is indirectly involved in graft, reports UNB.Addressing the inaugural session of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) hotline service at its head office in the capital, the finance minister stressed the need for applying modern technologies to check graft.”The optimum use of technologies will help reduce corruption… there’s a big scope to minimise corruption in different sectors, including public procurement, by using technologies,” he said.Mentioning that the people who have power are involved in corruption, the finance minister said everybody is indirectly involved in graft. “Corruption is there in our blood… we’ve bogged down in this menace.”Noting that many times people are forced to get involved in corruption, Muhith said, “There was no corruption culture in Bangladesh in the past. Once it used to take place in secret…it was a matter of shame. But, now it happens openly.”He said a former ACC chairman had announced crusade against corruption, but failed to bring any change. “Well, you must investigate but don’t be a jihadist as it destroys the quality of investigation,” he asked the ACC investigation officers.Muhith said once public servants use to live a very simple life but now government salary means ‘beautiful livelihood’, observing that government employees are now changing their mindsets to keep themselves away from graft. “I hope a positive change will come over the next 8-10 years in this regard.”Speaking on the occasion, ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood said corruption is a big problem for the country and that is why the ACC launched a hotline so that people can lodge their complaints dialling 106 from their phones free of cost.”People can directly communicate with the commission through the hotline and we can take action immediately as per their allegations,” he added.Earlier, Muhith inaugurated the ACC’s hotline by making a phone call to the ACC’s Complaint Centre dialling 106.last_img read more

More Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh as 89 killed in fresh Myanmar violence

first_imgRohingya people (back) from Rakhine state in Myanmar gather near the border in Ukhiya town, where Bangladeshi border guards were stopping them from entering, on 25 August, 2017. Photo: AFPAt least 89 people including a dozen security forces were killed as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar’s authorities said Friday, triggering a fresh exodus of refugees towards Bangladesh.The state is bisected by religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.The office of de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said 12 security officials had been killed alongside 77 militants—the highest declared single day toll since fighting broke out last year.Rohingya people from Rakhine state in Myanmar gather near the border in Ukhiya town, where Bangladeshi border guards were stopping them from entering, on 25 August, 2017. Photo: AFPFriday’s fighting exploded around Rathedaung township which has seen a heavy build-up of Myanmar troops in recent weeks, with reports filtering out of killings by shadowy groups, army-blockaded villages and abuses.Some 20 police posts came under attack in the early hours of Friday by an estimated 150 insurgents, some carrying guns and using homemade explosives, Myanmar’s military said.“The military and police members are fighting back together against extremist Bengali terrorists,” Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said in a statement on Facebook, using the state’s description for Rohingya militants.One resident in Maungdaw, the main town in northern Rakhine, said gunfire could be heard throughout the night.“We are still hearing gunshots now, we dare not to go out from our house,” the resident said by phone, asking not to be named.Footage obtained by AFP showed smoke rising from Zedipyin village in Rathedaung township where fighting was ongoing Friday.Rohingya militancy -Despite years of persecution, the Rohingya largely eschewed violence.But a previously unknown militant group emerged as a force last October under the banner of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claims to be leading an insurgency based in the remote May Yu mountain range bordering Bangladesh.A Twitter account (@ARSA_Official) which purports to represent the group confirmed its fighters were engaging Myanmar’s military in the area and accused the soldiers of carrying out atrocities in recent weeks.Myanmar says the group is headed by Rohingya jihadists who were trained abroad but it is unclear how large the network is.Suu Kyi’s office posted pictures of weapons that had been taken from militants, mainly home-made bombs and rudimentary knives and clubs.Friday’s violence pushed new waves of Rohingya to flee towards Bangladesh.But border guards there said they would not be allowed to cross.“More than a thousand of Rohingya women along with children and cattle have gathered near the land border between Myanmar and Bangladesh since this morning,” Manjurul Hasan Khan, commander of Ukhiya town’s border guards, told AFP.The flare-up came just hours after former UN chief Kofi Annan released a milestone report detailing conditions inside Rakhine and offering ways to heal the festering sectarian tensions there.Commissioned by Myanmar’s own government, it urged the scrapping of restrictions of movement and citizenship imposed on the roughly one million-strong Rohingya community in Rakhine.In a statement Annan said he was “gravely concerned” by the latest outbreak of fighting.“The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying escalation of violence,” he said.New crackdown fears -The UN’s top official in Myanmar, Renata Lok-Dessallien, called on all sides to “refrain from violence, protect civilians (and) restore law and order”.The wedge of Rakhine closest to Bangladesh has been in lockdown since October 2016.Deadly attacks by the militants on border police sparked a military response that left scores dead and forced some 87,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.The UN believes the military crackdown may have amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.But the army and Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government vehemently deny allegations of widespread abuses, including rapes and murders.They have so far refused to grant visas to UN investigators tasked with probing the allegations.Amnesty International said there were now fears over how Myanmar’s notoriously abusive security forces might respond.“This cannot lead to (a) repeat of last year’s vicious military reprisals responding to a similar attack, when security forces tortured, killed and raped Rohingya people and burned down whole villages,” said Amnesty’s regional campaigns director Josef Benedict.Myanmar security forces have conducted sporadic operations to flush out suspected militants this year, often resulting in casualties among Rohingya villagers.They have spoken of their fear at being trapped in between security forces and the militants, who are accused of conducting a shadowy assassination campaign against those perceived as collaborators with the state.Access to the area is severely restricted and verifying information is difficult.Activists and supporters on both sides of the sectarian divide have a history of posting false images and footage online.last_img read more

Abu Sayeeds motorcade attacked in Pabna

first_imgAbu Sayeed`s damaged vehicle at Shimultala near Santhia Bazar in Pabna on Thursday, 13 Dec, 2018. Photo: CourtesyThe motorcade of Jatiya Oikya Front candidate Abu Sayeed for Pabna-1 seat came under attack in Pabna’s Santhia Bazar on Thursday, leaving four people injured, reports UNB. Talking to UNB, Sayeed said a group of rowdy supporters of his electoral opponent attacked his motorcade around 11:00am when he was on an election campaign.He said the attackers damaged his vehicle badly and beat up his supporters, leaving Zakir Hossain, Monwar Parvez, Nazmul Hossain and Saiful Islam, injured.Sayeed said he himself suffered minor injuries as some brick chips were thrown at him.Sensing danger, the Oikya Front candidate moved to Santhia police station with his damaged vehicle.Later, he lodged a complaint with the office of assistant returning officer Jahangir Alam.Sayeed alleged that the attackers took away three motorbikes of his campaigners.Contacted, Bera circle assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Jehadul Rahman said they will take stern action against those who were involved in the attack on the candidate of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.Abu Sayeed, a former Awami League state minister for information, joined Gano Forum, one of the components of BNP’s alliance Jatiya Oikya Front, on 26 November.The alliance nominated him for Pabna-1 constituency for contesting the 30 December national election with BNP’s electoral symbol ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.last_img

US Taliban talks very positive

first_imgTaliban walk as they celebrate ceasefire in Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on 16 June.A meeting between a senior US diplomat and Taliban representatives in Doha last week to discuss a possible ceasefire ended with “very positive signals” and a decision to hold more meetings, people with knowledge of the talks said on Sunday.The meeting between a delegation led by Alice Wells, deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, and Taliban representatives was first reported in The Wall Street Journal but has not been officially confirmed.According to one Taliban official, who said he was part of a four-member delegation, there were “very positive signals” from the meeting, which he said was conducted in a “friendly atmosphere” in a Doha hotel.“You can’t call it peace talks,” he said. “These are a series of meetings for initiating formal and purposeful talks. We agreed to meet again soon and resolve the Afghan conflict through dialogue.”He said the talks had been held without the presence of Afghan government officials at the insistence of the Taliban.The move comes as the Afghan government and the United States have stepped up efforts to end the 17 year-war in Afghanistan following the unprecedented three-day truce during last month’s Eid al-Fitr holiday.The truce, which saw unarmed Taliban fighters mingling with soldiers on the streets of Kabul and other cities, offered the first concrete vision of a peace settlement since an earlier attempt at peace talks broke down in 2015.Although the Taliban refused an offer by President Ashraf Ghani to extend the Eid ceasefire, behind-the-scenes contacts have continued and the government has said it is considering another ceasefire during next month’s Eid-al Qurban holiday.As hopes of possible formal negotiations have risen, the United States has agreed to participate directly in the talks, although it insists the process will remain under Afghan leadership.The Taliban official said the talks took place with the approval of the leadership council. The two sides had discussed proposals to allow the Taliban free movement in two provinces where they would not be attacked, an idea that President Ashraf Ghani has already rejected. They also discussed Taliban participation in the Afghan government.“The only demand they made was to allow their military bases in Afghanistan,” said the Taliban official.The meeting in Doha, where the Taliban maintains a political office, followed two earlier meetings between U.S. officials and Taliban representatives in recent months, the sources said.“We have held three meetings with the U.S. and we reached a conclusion to continue talks for meaningful negotiations,” said a second Taliban official.He said they would first exchange prisoners and then discuss other issues that could restore peace to Afghanistan.“However, our delegation made it clear to them that peace can only be restored to Afghanistan when all foreign forces are withdrawn,” he said.Another person with knowledge of the talks said the United States had pressed the Taliban side to accept the ceasefire offer for Eid-ul Adha, often known in Afghanistan as Eid-al Qurban, which this year starts on Aug. 22.“So a long-term ceasefire is expected on Eid-ul Adha,” the person said. “Both sides agreed upon the continuation of the meetings and talks and another meeting is expected before Eid, but the exact time and place is not clear yet.”The State Department confirmed that Wells had visited Doha but has said only that she met United Arab Emirates government officials, including the deputy prime minister, to talk about their contributions to the situation in Afghanistan.Asked about talks with the Taliban, a State Department spokesman referred to a July 9 comment from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, that the United States would “support, facilitate, and participate in these peace discussions, but peace must be decided by the Afghans and settled among them.”Ghani’s main spokesman Haroon Chakansuri said last week that peace talks would be Afghan-led and would build on international consensus in support of peace.last_img read more

Kolkata Police STF nabs racketeer seizes fake notes worth Rs 5 lakh

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer identified as Majibur Shaikh, a resident of Baishnabnagar, from Malda on Monday evening. Investigators have recovered FICN worth Rs 5 lakh from him.Sources informed that Shaikh’s name came up to the STF investigators, following the arrest of three FICN racketeers in the month of July. Following the arrest of the trio, investigators had recovered FICN of Rs 500 denomination worth Rs 1 lakh, along with forty semi-finished improvised firearms. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFollowing the interrogation process, STF raided an illegal arms factory at Kankinara in Jagaddal. Twenty pieces of semi-finished firearms, one lathe machine, two drilling machines and several parts of improvised firearms were seized from the factory. Six persons working in the illegal workshop were arrested.During the follow up investigation, investigators came up with Shaikh’s name. On Monday, acting on a tip-off, an STF team was waiting for Shaikh at the Esplanade bus terminus. When he got down from a bus, STF personnel surrounded him.After checking his bag, 250 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denomination were found. The investigators are suspecting that Majibur might have connection with international FICN rackets.last_img read more

Deep reinforcement learning – trick or treat

first_imgDeep Reinforcement Learning (Deep RL) is the new buzzword in the machine learning world. Deep RL is an approach which combines reinforcement learning and deep learning in order to achieve human-level performance. It brings together the self-learning approach to learn successful strategies that lead to the greatest long-term rewards and allows the agents to construct and learn their own knowledge directly from raw inputs. With the fusion of these two approaches, we saw the introduction of many algorithms, starting with DeepMind’s Deep Q Network (DQN). It is a deep variant of the Q-learning algorithm. This algorithm reached human-level performance in playing Atari games. Combining Q-learning with reasonably sized neural networks and some optimization tricks, you can achieve human or superhuman performance in several Atari games. Deep RL resulted in one of the notable advancements in the game of AlphaGo.The AI agent by DeepMind was able to beat the human world champions Lee Sedol (4-1) and Fan Hui (5-0). DeepMind then further released advanced versions of their Agent called AlphaGO Zero and AlphaZero. Many recent works from the researchers at UC Berkeley have shown how both reinforcement learning and deep reinforcement learning have enabled the control of complex robots, both for locomotion and navigation. Despite these successes, it is quite difficult to find cases where deep RL has added any practical real-world value. The current status is that it is still a research topic. One of its limitations is that it assumes the existence of a reward function, which is either given or is hand-tuned offline. To get the desired results, your reward function must capture exactly what you want. RL has an annoying tendency to overfit to your reward, resulting in things you haven’t expected. This is the reason why Atari is a benchmark, as it is not only easy to get a lot of samples, but the goal is fairly straightforward i.e to maximize score. With so many researchers working towards introducing improved Deep RL algorithms, it surely is a treat. Read Next AlphaZero: The genesis of machine intuition DeepMind open sources TRFL, a new library of reinforcement learning building blocks Understanding Deep Reinforcement Learning by understanding the Markov Decision Process [Tutorial]last_img read more

Win an MSC cruise through TravelBrands BDM Facebook page

first_img TORONTO — TravelBrands is partnering with MSC to give away a free cruise on the TravelBrands BDM Facebook page.From March 13 – 31 agents have the opportunity to win a seven-night cruise in a balcony cabin onboard the new MSC Seaside.Here’s how the promotion works:1. Facebook members will automatically receive one ballot2. Facebook members will receive one ballot for every MSC booking made during the contest window3. Answer fun MSC Trivia questions throughout the contest and receive one ballot, plus one agent will receive $50 bonus Loyalty Points.During the last week of the promotion period TravelBrands says it will open the promotion up to the rest of its travel agent partners to earn a great free cruise. Facebook members will receive two ballots for every MSC booking during the last week.“We encourage all our agents to join our Facebook page as it provides you with exclusive incentives, invites and up to date constant assistance and information,” says the company. “We are making waves with the benefits of joining ‘Your TravelBrands BDM’ Facebook page and it just keeps getting better.”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTravelBrands says it wants to show the industry “just how much there is to offer with the cruise line and we have a lot in store over the next few weeks to keep our agents informed, engaged and motivated to sell MSC product.”For more details and information, click on travelbrandsagent.com.TravelBrands also has a client incentive: an exclusive onboard credit deal to help close the sale. The OBC is worth up to $300 and applicable on select departures and staterooms. Win an MSC cruise through TravelBrands’ BDM Facebook page Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: TravelBrands Sharelast_img read more

Rep Eisen votes to support recreation opportunities for Harsens Island

first_img08Mar Rep. Eisen votes to support recreation opportunities for Harsens Island State Rep. Gary Eisen voted this week in favor of a plan to complete a recreation project from Harsens Island along the Krispin Blueway and Harsen’s Island bike trail in St. Clair County.The legislation approved by the Michigan House of Representatives, with Eisen’s support, includes $86,200 to acquire approximately nine acres located on Harsens Island along the Krispin Blueway and Harsen’s Island bike trail.Plans are to add an accessible kayak launch with a wetland boardwalk, parking, bathrooms, nature trail and a 25-foot-high observation tower looking out over the marsh.“Harsen’s Island is a great place to enjoy St. Clair County,” said Eisen, of St. Clair Township. “This plan will allow for needed updates and give our residents more outdoor opportunities.”The full plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 land acquisition projects statewide, including the Harsens Island Kayak Access project.The project investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process started in the House Appropriations Committee last week. House Bill 4244 next advances to the Senate for further consideration.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.### Categories: Eisen Newslast_img read more

The UK TV industry generated revenues of £132 bil

first_imgThe UK TV industry generated revenues of £13.2 billion (€18.9 billion) last year, up 3.1% year-on-year despite changing viewing habits and an increasing reliance on smartphones and tablets, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s twelfth annual Communications Market Report claims that the overall increase was due to gains across all revenue sources – namely a 5.1% increase in BBC income allocated to TV, a 3.9% increase in net advertising revenue, a 1.9% increase in subscription revenue and a 0.9% increase in all other revenue.Pay TV revenue climbed 1.9% from £5.9 billion in 2013 to £6 billion in 2014, but this growth slowed from the 6.5% annual increase in revenue seen between 2012 and 2013.Online TV revenue by contrast has “increased rapidly in the past five years” but still represents only a small proportion of total TV revenues, said Ofcom.Online TV revenues grew by 38% in 2014 to £793m, with income from online TV subscriptions increasing by 53% to £317m.According to the report, the TV is the device that adults said they would miss the most, cited by 37%. However, Ofcom also highlighted changing TV viewing patterns, with most 16-24 year olds found to watch on-demand and catch up programmes on computers and smartphones rather than on a TV connected to a set-top box.Some 57% of young people said they regularly watch on demand and catch-up TV on their laptop or PC, 45% watch on a smartphone, while 40% switch on a set-top box.Ofcom described the UK as a “smartphone society” and said that smartphones have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online.Two thirds of people now own a smartphone and using it for an average of nearly two hours every day, according to the report, while 54% of households now also have a tablet, marking a “rapid rise in popularity from just 2% in 2011.”last_img read more

Ignaz Semmelweis statue unveiled at MedUni Vienna

first_imgThe clinical work, strength of character and determination that characterised Ignaz Semmelweis should serve as an example and inspiration to us all. Ignaz Semmelweis can be counted as one of the ten greatest clinical doctors in the world. He championed his theory throughout his entire life and his insights saved millions of lives. I am delighted that his memorial now stands here at MedUni Vienna – because, after Budapest, Semmelweis’s life is primarily associated with Vienna.”Béla Merkely, Rector of Semmelweis University Budapest   Feb 21 2019Gift from Semmelweis University Budapest to mark 200th birth anniversary of the “inventor” of hand hygieneThe 200th anniversary of Ignaz Semmelweis’ birth was commemorated on 1 July 2018. On Wednesday evening, a statue of the doctor, kindly donated by Semmelweis University Budapest, was unveiled at MedUni Vienna, in memory of the “inventor” of hand hygiene. The unveiling ceremony was attended by Hungarian State President Janos Ader, the first President of Vienna State Parliament, Ernst Woller, Director of Vienna General Hospital Herwig Wetzlinger, Béla Merkely (Rector of Semmelweis University Budapest) and MedUni Vienna Rector Markus Müller. The statue was created by Hungarian artist Péter Párkányi Raab.   The statue is a gift from Semmelweis University Budapest to mark the 200th birth anniversary of the “inventor” of hand hygiene. Ignaz Semmelweis was one of the most important doctors of his time and an ardent champion of medical innovation. Medicine has much to thank him for. If he were alive today, he would certainly be a favorite candidate for a Nobel prize. Sadly, his immense achievements were only recognized after his death at the tender age of 47,” said Markus Müller, Rector of MedUni Vienna, underscoring the huge importance of Ignaz Semmelweis.About Ignaz SemmelweisRelated StoriesPesticide exposure may increase risk of depression in adolescentsStudy finds slime and biofilm hidden in hospital sinks, faucetsHow measles detectives work to contain an outbreakThe Budapest-born, Viennese surgeon and obstetrician (1 July 1818 to 13 August 1865) is regarded as the pioneer of medical hygiene and a champion of medical progress. In the face of strong opposition, he established the strict hospital hand hygiene regulations in around 1847 at the first Viennese Maternity Hospital. This measure significantly reduced mortality due to puerperal (childbed) fever. Semmelweis observed that the mortality rate on obstetric wards where patients were cared for by nuns or midwives was much lower than onwards where doctors and medical students worked, since the latter also performed autopsies.Semmelweis discovered that the infections, and hence the associated mortality, were caused by the transfer of infectious material (bacteria were not known about at the time). He instructed the doctors and medical students to disinfect their hands thoroughly with a chlorine solution, and later with chlorinated lime, before each delivery or before examining a pregnant woman. This hygiene measure proved extremely effective and the mortality rate fell from a maximum of around 8% to 1.3%. Later on, Semmelweis tightened up these regulations so that doctors had to disinfect their hands before every examination, with the result that, after a few months, there were no fatalities at all.About the artistPéter Párkányi Raab, Hungarian sculptor, born in Balassagyarmat on 6 September 1967. He commenced his studies at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1987, studying old masters István Kiss and György Jovánovics. He graduated in 1992 and three years later gained his master’s degree at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. He strives for integrity in his synthetic materials and seeks beauty, grace, inner harmony and truth in his works. He sees the Semmelweis bust as a salute to the man “who saved wives for their husbands and mothers for their children”. Source:https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/about-us/news/detailsite/2019/news-im-februar-2019/statue-of-ignaz-semmelweis-unveiled-at-meduni-vienna/last_img read more