Awarding the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to the 90 military, police and civilian personnel who died last year while serving in UN operations, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno said staff at UN missions “work tirelessly and courageously to resolve conflict and pave the way to a lasting peace.”The medals, received by representatives of the 42 countries from which the 90 personnel hailed, were presented at UN Headquarters in New York a day after the world body observed the International Day for UN Peacekeepers. This year the Day coincided with the sixtieth anniversary of the establishment of the first-ever UN peacekeeping operation, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), to monitor an armistice between Israel and its neighbours.“After 60 years of peacekeeping, we cannot claim victory in the pursuit of peace,” Mr. Guéhenno said. “But we can take credit for stabilizing societies that were once the scenes of intractable conflict, saving countless lives in the process.”He said the blue helmet has become one of the most iconic images in the world, “worn by some of the most compassionate people, helping some of the most vulnerable people in some of the most dangerous places.”The Under-Secretary-General added that the best way to honour the sacrifice of those peacekeepers who have fallen in service is by “redoubling our efforts to ensure that the mandates given to UN peacekeeping are matched by the resources needed to help achieve its goal of helping societies to recover from the effects of war and destruction, and to establish lasting peace and stability.”Later today he also presented medals to military and police officials currently serving in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). 30 May 2008United Nations peacekeepers can claim credit for saving numerous lives over the past six decades by stabilizing countries that were previously engulfed by protracted war or unrest, the head of the world body’s peacekeeping operations said today.
Malaysia and the rest of the world will never forget the unforgivable crimes against humanity and the senseless murders of over 40,000 ethnic Tamils during the 30-year bloody war in Sri Lanka, she vowed.“The way forward, to be the voice of the ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka, was to constantly pressure and take the Sri Lanka Government to task and make known that Malaysia and Malaysian MPs are watching and monitoring the progress of reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts for the displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka.” To rely solely on human rights reports from the previous regime or even the present Sri Lanka Government, both notorious for denying war crimes, was akin to asking a thief to guard the house, she cautioned. “The true conditions of the displaced Tamils in the war affected areas must be seen with our own eyes. We must see for ourselves whether the reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts are being carried out.” (Colombo Gazette) “We want to ensure that the spirit of basic human rights was upheld in Sri Lanka and other democratic nations too.” “The programmes for the Tamils must uphold fundamental liberties and civil rights.”A point to note is that the last time that the national anthem was sung in Tamil in Sri Lanka was in 1949 and this year, commemorating the 68th Independence Day celebration on Feb 4, the Sri Lanka national anthem was sung in Tamil, a baby step in fostering ties with the ethnic Tamils, said the MP. “This gesture made many Tamilians in Sri Lanka weep openly. It brought back a sense of unity and togetherness.”While it is the moral obligation of an MP to be sensitive on human rights abuses, said Kasthuri, “it is also my responsibility as well, as a member of the international community, to speak out and be the voice of the Tamils who have been displaced because of the 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka.” Likewise, added Kasthuri, the DAP has been a constant and consistent warrior in voicing out against injustice, oppression and discrimination in Malaysia as well and has been fighting tirelessly in upholding fundamental rights and civil liberties without fear or favour for a Malaysian Malaysia, the Free Malaysia website reported. “It’s heartbreaking to visit the land where tens of thousands of ethnic Tamils had perished at the hands of the savage Rajapakse regime.” The Malaysian Parliamentary Caucus on Displaced People of Sri Lanka, headed by Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul, will be visiting war affected areas in the north and east of Sri Lanka to evaluate and observe how much has been done for the Tamil community there, said Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto in a statement. “The Sri Lankan Government has so far appeared optimistic on the visit.”“A follow up on this visit would be to engage with other caucuses and national human rights institutions to pressure the government to keep its promises.”
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2013 8:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home construction rises 6.8 per cent in May to an annual rate of 914,000, but permits fall WASHINGTON – U.S. builders began construction on more single-family homes and apartments in May, encouraged by more buyers and a scarcity of houses for sale.The overall pace of homes started rose 6.8 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 914,000, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. That followed a 14.8 per cent decline in April. May’s rate is still below March’s pace of more than 1 million — the highest in five years.Single-family home construction, nearly two-thirds of the market, rose 0.3 per cent last month to an annual rate of 599,000. That followed two months of declines.Apartment construction, which is more volatile, surged 21.6 per cent to an annual rate of 315,000. That came after a big drop in April.Applications for building permits, a gauge of future construction, fell 3.1 per cent in May to a seasonally adjusted 974,000, remaining close to a five-year high hit in April.Overall, the report points to more evidence of a housing recovery that has become sustainable. New-home construction has risen 28.6 per cent since May of 2012.Improved hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more people to buy homes. The increased demand, along with a tight supply of homes for sale, has pushed home prices higher.Stronger housing markets are helping the economy grow and offsetting some of the drag this year from higher taxes and federal spending cuts.A better outlook for housing has made builders more optimistic, leading to more construction and jobs. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose to 52 this month, up from 44 in May. That was the highest reading in seven years and the largest monthly increase in more than a decade.A reading above 50 indicates more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.Still, some markets are recovering faster than others. In May, housing starts rose 17.8 per cent in the South and 5.7 per cent in the West. But they fell 13.7 per cent in the Midwest and 9 per cent in the Northeast.Many of the nation’s major homebuilders have reported strong annual growth in sales during the spring home-selling season. The increased demand has paved the way for builders to raise prices and ramp up construction of more homes, despite lingering concerns over rising costs for land, building materials and labour.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB statistics.
“This review…provides an opportunity to take stock of emerging issues and challenges that have grown in relevance over the recent years and to identify the areas where we need to do things differently, or adopt different lines of action,” said Acting Assembly President Michel Tommo Monthe, of Cameroon, opening the Fourth Review of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. The Strategy, adopted by consensus in 2006, is a comprehensive policy framework to combat terrorism, signifying, said Mr. Monthe, universal condemnation of terrorist violence and providing guidance to Member States. The strategy consists of four pillars: measures to address conditions conducive to terrorism’s spread; measures to prevent and combat terrorism; measures to build States’ capacity to prevent and combat terrorism and to strengthen the role of the UN system; measures to ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law as the fundamental basis for the fight against terrorism.He said delegations had before them Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the Organization’s activities to implement the Strategy, which documents “worrying trends” in how terrorists operate and how terrorism can spread including through the exploitation of political turbulence and weak governance; the abuse of the Internet; and the evolution of terrorist groups from centrally controlled outfits to a diverse set of loose networks. “It further observes that longer-term success in the global counter-terrorism strategy will depend on fuller implementation of Pillars 1 and 4,” said Mr. Monthe, referring to measures to address conditions conducive to terrorism and measures to ensure respect for human rights as a basis for the fights against the scourge.To that end, he recalled that Assembly President John Ashe had convened yesterday an interactive dialogue on “addressing conditions conducive to terrorism including through countering the appeal of terrorism.” During the dialogue, participants exchanged information on counter-radicalization, de-radicalization and rehabilitation initiatives, many of which draw on partnerships comprised of multiple actors including civil society. “Support for victims of terrorism must also be a key aspect of our collective efforts. Victims continue to re-live the horrors of terrorism every day, long after the media attention has dissipated and the attack itself has become a mere memory,” said Mr. Monthe, urging the international community must come together to delegitimize terrorism by providing necessary support to its victims. He went on to highlight in this regard the launch yesterday of the UN Victims of Terrorism Support Portal as “an excellent example of concrete and meaningful assistance to victims of terrorism,” and applauding the efforts of the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) in bringing the Portal to fruition. Along with the CTITF, which he deemed vital to coordinating the Organization’s counter-terrorism efforts, Mr. Monthe also highlighted the work of the UN Counter-terrorism Centre (UNCCT), which “offers unique opportunities to seek synergies and leverage resources for the UN’s counter-terrorism work around the world and make a significant contribution to national and regional efforts.”Stressing that the Fourth Review is given new impetus and urgency by the recent growth of terrorism in several parts of the world, “the evidence of which is fresh in all of our minds,” he said, he expressed the hope that the exercise would lead to comprehensive and balanced implementation on the ground, which remains the primary responsibility of Member States, with assistance and support from the United Nations.
The 2016 CIS National Wrestling Championships got under way Friday at Brock University. The Badgers are attempting to win their third-consecutive men’s and women’s national titles. The placement matches (11 a.m.), bronze-medal bouts (12:30 p.m.) and finals (2:30 p.m.) will be held Saturday.For updated standings and schedule information, visit the CIS Wrestling Championships website here.
Northwestern men’s basketball coach Bill Carmody had trouble recalling Ohio State men’s basketball senior guard William Buford’s class year during a press conference following the Wildcats’ 87-54 Wednesday loss to the Buckeyes. Members of the press informed Carmody that Buford was a senior. “Thank God,” Carmody said, rubbing his brow. Buford scored a career-high 28 points, hauled in nine rebounds and dished out four assists during No. 2-ranked OSU’s victory against unranked Northwestern in the teams’ Big Ten conference opener at the Schottenstein Center. One might understand why Carmody said he was glad to see the Buckeyes’ lone senior beginning his final tour of Big Ten duty, as Buford shot 9-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the win. “I know Buford is a very good player,” Carmody said. “He’s looks as good as anyone to me. He can dribble the ball … gets in the lane. (He) gets fouled and goes to the foul line. He’s doing things decisively.” Buford, who has totaled 68 career points against the Wildcats in six games, said he just let the game come to him in this most recent matchup with Northwestern. “I was just shooting the ball,” he said. “I was fortunate to be knocking them down and my teammates just kept telling me to shoot.” Northwestern (10-3, 0-1 Big Ten) kept the score close in the early stages of the game. The Wildcats even held a lead with 14:01 to play in the first half. Buford helped distance the Buckeyes (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) with a 3-pointer that extended an OSU lead to 21-13 at the 10:00 mark in the first half. Buford smiled widely and celebrated with teammates after the 3-pointer. OSU was on course to take a 41-26 lead into half. Thanks in part to Buford, the Buckeyes wouldn’t relinquish the lead. OSU sophomore guard Jordan Sibert said the 2011-12 edition of the Buckeyes rely on Buford when the team can’t find a rhythm. “We can count on (Buford) now,” Sibert said. “He’s going to be scoring or rebounding. … He finds a way to get things going.” OSU sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who scored 17 points in 22 minutes against Northwestern, agreed. “Will is doing a great job,” Sullinger said. “This year, he’s taken a little bit of leadership upon himself because he’s been through it all. He’s doing a great job.” After watching Buford drop 28 points on his team during 35 minutes of action, Carmody had only praise for the player, saying, “(Buford’s) stepped up.” “He’s a senior and he knows what he can do, and he’s doing it.” OSU continues conference play Saturday at No. 15 Indiana. Opening tip is set for 6 p.m.
Lee moved to the property in the sleepy village of Slad in Gloucestershire when he was just three years old. He boasted of the “handsome” nature of the 17th-century former manor house in a number of descriptions in his 1959 book. The cottage’s large attic – now divided by a partition wall following the work by Mr Collins – was just one of the features described intimately by the author, who fondly remembered it as a huge, white room “which ran the length of the house, where the girls slept on fat striped mattresses”.It was an “ancient, plaster-crumbling room whose sloping ceilings bulged like tentcloths” while “the roof was so thin that rain and bats filtered through, and you could hear a bird land on the tiles”, Lee wrote. Elsewhere, changes have also been made to the property’s staircase. It is no longer a “boxed-in stair” and the district council complained a cupboard and door had been removed to carry out the work. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The upstairs attic bedroom at Rosebank cottages, pictured around 12 years ago before Mr Collins moved in Credit:Marc Hill It is a book that details the benefits of living in a remote cottage in the Cotswolds, from gorging on berries and bread to sleeping in an attic with bats circling above.But after the new owner of the house at the centre of Cider with Rosie moved in he appeared to be more interested in installing a modern staircase and partition wall than maintaining its interior.Now, a government inspector has ruled that the changes can stay – despite them being made without planning permission.Iain Collins, 40, had faced opposition from Stroud District Council over his decision to permanently alter Rosebank Cottage, a Grade II listed building and the childhood home of Laurie Lee. Mr Collins appealed the notice and it has now been overruled by inspector Anthony Wharton, who said the changes can remain. “Whilst agreeing that the staircase has a more modern appearance than the boxed-in stair, I do not consider that it is harmful to the historical and social significance of the building,” said Mr Wharton.He also decided that an attic partition could remain in place. “In my view, the works to the attic have hardly had any effect on the character and integrity of the listed building and no harm has been caused to the historic and architectural features,” he said. Mr Wharton granted Listed Building Consent for the work but refused Mr Collins’ application for costs against Stroud District Council, saying that the authority had not acted unreasonably.A spokesman for Stroud District Council said it was “disappointed” with the result.But he added: “The appeal inspector is entitled to arrive at the decision that he has. It is pleasing the inspector did not consider that the council had acted unreasonably in refusing the application and defending its decision.”Mr Collins could not be contacted for comment. Laurie Lee moved to the property in the sleepy village of Slad in Gloucestershire when he was just three years oldCredit:Julian Simmonds The book, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide, provides an account of Lee’s childhood in the post-War English countryside, chronicling traditional village life in the face of a number of changes including the increasing popularity of cars. It has since been adapted for a number of series on the BBC and ITV, as well as for a stage play at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.Mr Collins, who moved into the cottage in 2006 having grown up in the village, insisted he carried out the work to ensure it remains a “safe and warm family home”.When he applied retrospectively for planning consent from the council he explained that it had been in poor condition when he bought it, as it had been occupied by the same couple since the 1950s.”It has since been a near-obsessive task to improve the house and garden while also turning it into a safe and warm family house,” he wrote. “The changes are all sympathetic to our home and the home is in a greatly improved state than it was on purchase in 2006.”The case was sent to a Government planning inspector after the district council issued an enforcement notice in March last year requiring the property – thought to be worth around £325,000 – to be returned to its original condition. At the time, a spokesman for the council said: “The interior of the building adds much to its historic significance and the preservation of the internal features of interest is important to the preservation of its integrity.” It has since been a near-obsessive task to improve the house and garden while also turning it into a safe and warm family houseIain Collins
POLICE TODAY ARRESTED a third suspect in the gang rape and murder of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in northern India, as a top state official said he was recommending a federal investigation into a case that has triggered national outrage.The three suspects detained in the attack in Uttar Pradesh state are cousins in their 20s from an extended family, and they face murder and rape charges, crimes punishable by the death penalty, said police officer N. Malik. Two other suspects from the same village are also being sought, he said.Facing growing criticism for a series of rapes, authorities in Uttar Pradesh, which has a long-standing reputation for lawlessness, also arrested two police officers and fired two others Friday for failing to investigate when the father of one of the teenagers reported the girls missing earlier in the week.Sexual violenceIndia has a long history of tolerance for sexual violence. But the gang rape and killing of the 14- and 15-year-old girls — which was followed by TV footage showing their corpses swaying as they hung from a mango tree — caused outrage across the nation. The father who reported the girls missing, Sohan Lal, has demanded a federal investigation.“I don’t expect justice from the state government as state police officers shielded the suspects,” said Lal, a poor farm labourer who refused to accept a payment for 500,000 rupees ($8,500) offered by the state government as financial help. He told reporters Saturday that he would accept no financial assistance until the Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s FBI, takes over the case.Such government payments are common in India when poor families face high-profile calamities, and Lal’s unusual refusal — particularly for a man living in desperate poverty — was likely to focus attention on his demands for a federal investigation.With pressure mounting on the state government to act swiftly, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said he was recommending to the federal government a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Under Indian law, a state can only make a recommendation, and it is then up to the federal government to ask the CBI to investigate.Rahul Gandhi, a leader of the opposition Congress party, visited the families of the two girls on Saturday and endorsed the demand for a federal investigation.“The state has a jungle rule,” said Rita Bahugana, another Congress party leader.‘Enough is enough’Dozens of members of the All India Democratic Women’s Association marched Saturday through the streets of New Delhi, India’s capital, demanding the immediate arrest of the two fugitive suspects and justice for the victims. “Enough is enough. Women will not tolerate such atrocities any longer,” the protesters chanted, asking state authorities to take crimes against women seriously.Uttar Pradesh officials initially appeared caught off guard by the reaction to the attack on the two girls, and Yadav on Friday mocked journalists for asking about it.“You’re not facing any danger, are you?” he said in Lucknow, the state capital. “Then why are you worried? What’s it to you?”Ashish Gupta, a state inspector-general of police, pointed out to journalists that 10 rapes are reported every day in Uttar Pradesh, which has 200 million people and is India’s most populous state. Gupta said 60 percent of such crimes happen when women go into the fields because their homes have no toilets.The girls in the latest incident were attacked in the tiny village of Katra, about 300 kilometres (180 miles) from Lucknow. They disappeared Tuesday night after going into fields near their home to relieve themselves.Police refused to help Lal went to police to report them missing, but he said they refused to help. That infuriated his neighbours, who, once the bodies were discovered, refused to allow them to be taken down from the tree until the first arrests were made.The girls were Dalits, from the community once known as “untouchables” in India’s ancient caste system. The fired policemen and the men accused in the attack are Yadavs, a low-caste community that dominates that part of Uttar Pradesh. The chief minister is also a Yadav.Mother of rape victim attacked Also in Uttar Pradesh state, police on Thursday arrested three men for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to withdraw her complaint.The attack, in the town of Etawah, followed the 11 May rape of the woman’s teenage daughter. The arrests were made after the mother filed a complaint with authorities.Official statistics say about 25,000 rapes are committed every year in India, a nation of 1.2 billion people. Activists, though, say that number is just a tiny percentage of the actual number, since victims are often pressed by family or police to stay quiet about sexual assaults.Indian officials, who for decades had done little about sexual violence, have faced growing public anger since the December 2012 gang rape and murder of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, an attack that sparked national outrage.The nationwide outcry led the federal government to rush legislation doubling prison terms for rapists to 20 years and criminalising voyeurism, stalking and the trafficking of women. The law also makes it a crime for officers to refuse to open cases when complaints are made.Read: Two teenage cousins gang raped and hung from a tree in India
Technically a show about comic books, the San Diego Comic-Con has been a celebration of all things nerdy in pop culture for 50 years now. Walk through the show floor and sit in on panels about blockbuster movies, beloved TV shows, new video games, and, yes, sometimes a comic book.This year’s SDCC kicks off tomorrow on Thursday July 18. And between now and then there’s still time for companies to announce what kind of presence (or absence) they’ll have at the show. For example, we already know that Warner Bros. isn’t bringing its upcoming slate of DC movies to Hall H. But we’re still expecting Marvel Studios to shed some light on plans for Phase 4, Disney+, and beyond.However, even now we already know a lot about what to expect from SDCC 2019. No one can realistically see everything on every day. But being aware of everything happening will at least give you some options if you get turned away or a line is too long. So if you’re heading to San Diego, you can start putting together your schedule now.What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2019Enter the World of ‘Pokemon: Detective Pikachu’ at SDCC 2019 Pop-Up ActivationHere’s What Lego is Bringing to SDCC 2019Top Movies and TV Shows Coming to SDCC 2019Hasbro’s Unicron SDCC Transformer Toy Almost as Big as Orson Welles‘Dragon Ball’ Aims to Set a Major Guinness World Record at SDCC 2019Marvel Posts ‘Dawn of X’ Teaser on Twitter Ahead of SDCC 2019Wednesday July 17While this preview night is lighter compared to the full show, you’ll still be able to catch a sneak peak at It: Chapter Two as well as some DC screenings for Batwoman, Harley Quinn, Teen Titans Go, Prodigal Son, and Pennyworth. Or you can just go to some cool parties to start off your Comic-Con right.Thursday July 18Thursday is chock full of great TV panels. You’ve got Van Helsing, The Order, Evil, Nancy Drew, Undone, Teen Titans Go, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, His Dark Materials, Undone, and Agents of Shield for the first time on the main stage.Beyond those, Marvel is holding a panel on its upcoming video games like bootleg Avengers and Ultimate Alliance 3. Robert Kirkman is hosting a Q&A following the final issue of the hugely influential Walking Dead comic book. Nickelodeon is holding a 20th anniversary birthday party for SpongeBob SquarePants also teasing the new movie. Speaking of 20th anniversary celebrations, Batman Beyond is getting one as well. And for world premieres you can check out the new Shazam documentary as well as the Five Nights At Freddy’s-esque horror reinvention of The Banana Splits.Friday July 19This will be a great day to yell at creators for killing the things you love. Not only are the main creative forces behind Avengers: Endgame holding their own panels (directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) but the Game of Thrones panel is also on this day. Messy.For something more lighthearted, check out panels for DuckTales, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Veronica Mars, DC Super Hero Girls, and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. More mature panels focus on Preacher, Archer, Rooster Teeth, The Boys, Pennyworth, The Terror: Infamy, Carnival Row, Legacies, The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, and The Witcher on Netflix. Check out the world premiere of Batman Hush as well as Marvel panels centering around Spider-Man comics, 80 years of Marvel animation, and the upcoming Marvel Comics #1000.Saturday July 20Although there’s no panel for DC movies, check out panels for DC shows Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Batwoman, Black Lightning, and whatever is going on with the DC Universe streaming service. Other panels include The Expanse, Star Trek, Westworld, Snowpiercer, The Man in the High Castle, NOS4A2, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Project Blue Book, and What We Do in the Shadows. Marvel Comics also has more panels: one about X-Men, one about Women of Marvel, and a talk with Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski.And not to get you too hyped, but this is when you can expect to see whatever Marvel Studios is cooking up as well.Sunday July 21Following a 50th anniversary party, watch the world premiere of long-awaited sequel Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island. Also check out the world premiere for Teen Titans Go vs. Teen Titans and try not to get pissed. And rounding out the panels are Riverdale, Mayans, Supernatural, and how to make comics the Marvel way. ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Stay on target
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – Six boaters were rescued after their boat capsized near Key West.On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said they received a call just before 4 p.m. regarding a boat that was taking on water 10 miles northwest of Key West. The boat eventually capsized, but when officials arrived, they rescued all six on board.The boaters were in good condition, officials said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
(WSVN) – Thanksgiving is over, so go ahead and break out the Christmas lights – according to science it could make you happier.A new study published by the Journal of Environmental Psychology suggests that decorating early can lift your spirits, “most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.”According to Fox 13, mental health experts say putting up Christmas decorations remind people of their childhood.So go ahead and dust off that inflatable snowman and hang up those Christmas lights.The study also says people who tend to decorate the outside of their homes, appear friendlier than those who don’t.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Digital Media Tech Industry Internet Services Post a comment NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke is also executive vice president of the Comcast division. Alexander Tamargo/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images NBC Universal may launch its own on-demand video platform next year.CEO Steve Burke, who heads the Comcast division, unveiled in a holiday greeting to employees that a streaming service may come soon, according to Bloomberg’s report on Tuesday. The message was reportedly written in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss.”While you all go off to relax, swim or ski,” Burke reportedly wrote. “Maybe, just maybe, next year we will announce our plan for OTT.”OTT means “over-the-top” services that stream videos online, like Netflix. NBC Universal didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Traditional cable TV giants are racing to compete with Netflix, which in October unveiled that the company had accumulated over 137.1 million subscribers worldwide. US subscribers nearly doubled what Netflix had predicted.Disney plans to launch its own streaming service, called Disney+, in 2019, which would become the new home for films from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and other studios under its umbrella.AT&T is also brewing its own on-demand streaming service. The carrier’s WarnerMedia in November said the company planned to offer a three-tier video subscription service in the fourth quarter of next year. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge. Tags NBC 0 Share your voice
November Qbo 2011 video Always posing the question what-if, Francisco Paz and his Madrid based team, The Corpora, developers of the Qbo, work with Qbo as a robot project. The accent is not on robots with human consciousness but on robots with simulated consciousness. Nonetheless, always asking the question what-if, they posed a teaser for themselves.Now that they got the robot to recognize itself in the mirror, what about when one Qbo is faced with another Qbo, stacking them both with sensors and recognition software? © 2011 PhysOrg.com Kilobots bring us one step closer to a robot swarm Explore further More information: thecorpora.com/blog/?p=854 The Qbo is generally described as open source; it runs on Linux, has two cameras with stereoscopic vision and uses recognition software.They developed bots that talk to each other through Festival, a speech synthesis system, and Julius, a speech recognition engine. In their latest Qbo scenario, a green Daniel123, unaware that a Jane might be on life’s table, is told by its master to turn around, and that is when it encounters blue Jane 234. Daniel appears to be aware that Jane is a Qbo. Daniel and Jane sniff each other out, so to speak, by being programmed to generate nose flashes, to distinguish that there is another individual robot.The sniffing explanations make it tempting to imagine that the robots are independently flirting. The danger is to attribute human consciousness to robots that are not designed that way. Daniel may be able to understand it’s Jane, not himself, in the mirror, but only because it has been programmed that way by a clever human.The Corpora team is the first to dispel any magical human consciousness. They detail what makes Daniel and Jane see each other as separate, but approachable, on the team blog:“Inspired by this process of self-recognition in humans, we developed a new ROS [robot operating system] that is executed when the node “Object Recognizer,” previously trained, has identified a Qbo in the image. Using nose signals to see if the image seen by the robot matches its action, a Qbo can tell in real time whether he sees his image reflected in a mirror or he is watching another Qbo robot in front of him. The sequence of flashes of the nose is randomly generated in each process of recognition, so the probability that two robots generate the same sequence is very low, and even lower that they start to transmit it at the same time.” (PhysOrg.com) — Qbo robots created a stir recently when their developers succeeded in demonstrating that a Qbo can be trained to recognize itself in the mirror. Now the developers have taken their explorations into simulated consciousness a step further. A pair of Qbo robots, colored differently but still two Qbo entities, can recognize each other. Just as human earthling Harry met Sally, Qbo Daniel can meet Jane and they can exchange similarly empty-headed conversation. Citation: Close encounters: When Daniel123 met Jane234 (w/ video) (2012, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-encounters-daniel123-met-jane234-video.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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The Tico Times is grateful toVecinos Activos Cueva de Luz, a community news site focused on the San José neighborhood of La Carpio, for sharing photos and stories from Election Day with us.Vecinos Activos (Active Neighbors) is “a social enterprise that was born from the need for a media outlet belonging to La Carpio… to show the dynamic and vivacious nature of a community where, in the past, only dramatic or somber news has been reported,” the website states.This year’s election in the low-income settlement west of downtown San José was affected by the fact that La Carpio residents could not vote within their own district due to ongoing construction of their new elementary school. Vecinos Activos project coordinator Augusto Bolaños told the Tico Times that while the change in voting location did provoke confusion and may have affected voter turnout, one highlight of Election Day was that “many young volunteers from La Carpio who could not vote because they were underage, or immigrants, worked as guides at the Escuela Otto Hubbe,” the voting site.“They informed voters about party platforms, helped with voter transportation and with organization throughout the day,” he wrote in an email. “They were responsible for the positive atmosphere we experienced at the school.”Take a look at how the day unfolded: Young people from La Carpio brought color and cheer to the electoral process with flags from their favorite parties outside the Escuela Otto Hube in La Uruca. Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos This child crossed the street to invite people from Carpio and La Uruca to go to the Escuela Otto Hube to vote. Even though he identified with a party, he was committed to help people from all parties come and vote. Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos Alberto Yglesias Vicente voted early in the morning at the Escuela Otto Hubbe. He chose to stay all morning at the school to enjoy the day along with his pets Venus and Lizzy. Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos Residents of Pavas at the Supreme Elections Tribunal’s information station to verify where they should vote. Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos Don Evelio Castro with his daughters Carolina and Valeria at the Escuela Carlos Sanabria in Pavas. Three different parties. One family. Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos The Yglesias Vicente family collaborated by providing parking spots at the Escuela Otto Hube. They provided coffee and food to the voters regardless of the party they supported. Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos Activos Carlos Sanabria was the only voter observed by the Vecinos Activos team who was visibly supporting the candidate Fabricio Alvarado at the Pavas voting center. Courtesy of Augusto Bolaños / Vecinos ActivosRead more election coverage from Vecinos Activos here. Facebook Comments Related posts:With flags and cheers, Costa Rica faces an uncertain future on Election Eve And they’re off! Live blog: Costa Rica’s 2018 election results A night of surprises
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The finance minister said that Cyprus is under ‘intense pressure’ created by an increasingly strict banking supervisory framework to once more modernise its insolvency and foreclosure legislation, with banks facing potential fresh losses.The insolvency and foreclosure framework currently in place, enacted three years ago after dramatic negotiations in parliament as it was required under Cyprus’s bailout terms, has proved to have “gaps, weaknesses that trigger excessive pressure by the European Central Bank (ECB) to the Cypriot banking system and ultimately to borrowers,” Finance Minister Harris Georgiades told reporters on Thursday after the council of ministers approved a bundle of bills to modernise the laws in question.“We therefore believe that there is a need for an urgent improvement to this legislative framework on individual but yet important aspects rendering it more effective,” he said.Georgiades said that every additional year required to foreclose, translates to “a cost of hundreds of millions (of euros)” for the banking system in the form of increased provisions for loan impairments and capital requirements, which in turned is burdened by borrowers.“We must therefore undertake this correction and we appeal to parliament to pass this framework as early as possible, before the summer recess,” he said.The minister’s comments came hours after a Central Bank of Cyprus official warned lawmakers that a possible failure to approve a law allowing the government to extend guarantees to Hellenic Bank shielding it from potential losses caused by an underperformance of Co-op assets, would have disastrous effects. The European Commission’s competition watchdog approved on June 19 the scheme that would allow the government to extend aid to Hellenic on condition that it would reform its legal and judicial framework in such a way that it would allow a reduction of non-performing loans in the banking system, which account for roughly €22 billion, or almost half of the total.Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund, which participated in Cyprus’s bailout five years ago, criticised the social and political acceptance of strategic default.The current insolvency and foreclosure framework was the result of compromises among parties and endless parliamentary and public debates that rendered it toothless.“The supervisory framework across Europe is getting continuously stricter and more demanding and it is therefore our obligation to take our measures to prevent this intensive supervisory pressure from leading to a destabilisation of our banking system or to excessive pressure on borrowers,” the minister said.The Co-op agreement, which allowed the transfer of the state-owned bank’s operations to Hellenic Bank including €9.7bn in deposits, a large part of which the government would have to otherwise guarantee, “was a tough but necessary decision to avert risks”, Georgiades said.“I share the view expressed by the Central Bank (of Cyprus) that under the circumstances, the agreement was the best possible, taking into account that otherwise additional supervisory measures would be possible,” he added.The bills are expected to be put to the vote on Friday next week.You May LikeFood World MagazineMagnesium Deficiency Causes Heart Attacks! Eat These 15 FoodsFood World MagazineUndoBukisaDriver Leaves Pup On The Side Of The Road, Minutes Later This HappensBukisaUndoCLUESITEMS7 Practical Beginner Yoga Poses for Couples – CLUESITEMSCLUESITEMSUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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