Udhampur: Failing to engineer infiltration of militants from across the LoC, Pakistani agencies have resorted to social media to radicalise Kashmiri youths, with 40 of them joining militancy since January, an Army commander said on Monday.”Pakistan has been continuing with its efforts to show this (terrorism) as an indigenous movement. Today, they feel absolutely starved because of the very effective counter-infiltration grid of the Indian Army,” General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadLocal recruitment still remains a matter of concern, but youths are realising that “we do not want to become fodder for Pakistani agencies”, he said. “Successful infiltration from across the Line of Control (LoC) is virtually becoming very difficult,” Singh said while replying to a question on recruitment by militant outfits in Kashmir. “Therefore, for them (Pakistan) to continue with this militancy, they want that the local content should be increased,” he said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi”Local recruitment remains a matter of concern for all of us. Last year, 217 local youths had taken to militancy. This year, number has significantly reduced. As on date, there are only 40 youth who have picked up arms,” the Army commander said. The Army said a large number of misguided youths returned to mainstream society because of its outreach programmes to connect with families and teachers. Since 2016, there has been a constant rise in the number of youths joining militancy, as per official data. In 2015, 66 youths joined militancy in Kashmir and 53 in 2014. In 2017, 126 locals had joined militant ranks, it said. South Kashmir districts Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag have become a breeding ground for militants with many youths joining their rank and file, it said. Outfits like the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashker-e- Taiba find more recruits. The data said out of the 217 recruits in 2018, 154 hailed from south Kashmir. The highest, 69, was from Pulwama.
Rabat- A Moroccan delegation led by House of Councillors President Abdelhakim Benchamach will be in Chile from July 17 to 19 to strengthen ties between the two nations. The three-day visit aims to foster cooperation and friendship between Morocco and Chile, while exploring various ways to benefit from the partnership. The delegation is composed of Abdelkader Salama, the 4th vice president of the House of Councillors, Ahmed El Kharif, a member of the House’s office and its representative in the Central American parliament,and Touria Lahrach, a coordinator of the Democratic Confederation of Labor in the House councillors. This is the second time Benchamach has led a Moroccan parliamentary delegation to Chile in 2017, his first being in January.During the trip Chilean Minister of Economy, Development, and Tourism Luis Felipe Céspedes said that Morocco was a gateway for Chile to African markets, while Chilean Minister of Energy Andrés Rebolledo said his country was interested by the kingdom’s solar energy experience.
By Samantha TropperRabat – Living in the southern part of the US, I’m frequently made aware that my looks are unique. I am different, and people want to know why. But in Morocco, ironically, my experience was the opposite. I was the same.I have the same hair color and texture, the same skin tone, the same eye color and shape, even a fairly similar facial form as many Moroccan women I saw. People did not inquire about my family background. That is, until I started talking. I was in Morocco learning Arabic, but I was studying Modern Standard Arabic, not Darija (the Moroccan dialect). Not knowing Darija, I struggled to understand native Moroccans when they spoke to each other. But people still spoke to me in Darija.Leather tanneries in the Fez Medina. Photo by Samantha Tropper.I would respond in French, the language many Moroccans use with foreigners. Cue a pronounced look of surprise. “Oh, you are not Moroccan?” they would ask. They would be surprised again when I would say that I am American.I am not exactly the image that springs to mind when people envision a generalized American person.Morocco was not the first time I had this experience. I lived in Cairo for a few months in 2011, where I also fit in physically. I am familiar with the shocked expressions that come with discovering that I am, in fact, American, not North African.At that time, I was not sure how I felt about it all. But I have come to realize over the years and after more travel that this kind of assumption can seldom be negative. People love to fit in. People sometimes actively try to change things about themselves, whether they physically or in personality, in order to be accepted by their peers.I have done it. I have seen others do it. I feel like I would be hard pressed to find someone who has honestly never done that. It is not necessarily a bad thing. Read Also: Fez’s American Fondouk Promotes Equine WelfareSo if other people go to great measures trying to be the same, why have I felt awkward in the past about being assumed to be the same, when, in reality, their perception of similarity is inaccurate? Does that matter anyway? Of course, it matters that I am not actually North African. I would not pretend to be something that I am not. But it does not matter in the way that it matters that a dog is different from a snake because each one’s basic biological needs are vastly dissimilar.It matters because being American has brought me different life experiences than I would have had if I were Moroccan, simply because of geographical and cultural diversity. But it does not make it overly difficult to relate to others. I have one advantage over the “stereotypical” American, however: I have a connection.I do not mean a connection because of language or the fact that I studied the Middle East and North Africa in college. I had an automatic connection with many people I met in Morocco before they knew any of that. My connection came from a relational conclusion, however inaccurate, that they presumed when they first saw me.Even after finding out that I am American, people were still interested and friendly, perhaps more so than if there were no obvious similarities between us.I lost count of how many times I was told, in English, “You have a Moroccan face,” especially by taxi drivers. I quickly realized the statement was meant as a compliment, and I enjoyed taking it as such!Since I was able to converse in French instead of only English, some great conversations then ensued after the typical exchange in which I told them I was American. I felt like I had an advantage, a privilege even, simply because of how my genes made my face look, genes which have quite the opposite effect in the US.So how can that assumption be a bad thing? It usually is not. I can change it too, if I want.If I responded as if I were offended by the assumption, presumably the conversation would not usually go in a positive direction. Each party has a share in the outcome of that seemingly inevitable assumption. But it works out well.In fact, during my entire 7-week stay in various parts of Morocco, of all the copious times I was greeted with the same surprised look, nothing negative ever occurred.Because of this perceived connection, I felt more relaxed around people I met and felt more included in daily life. I was given the opportunity to engage in the culture on a deeper level, almost as a part of it, instead of only as an outside observer. It was a great feeling.For that, I am proud of and grateful for my “Moroccan face.”Merzouga desert-Morocco. Photo by Samantha Tropper.
Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks, made the announcement today after his meeting in New York with the President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, and the country’s main negotiator for the “name issue,” Zoran Jolevski. He added that he hopes to develop some momentum, which he believes was already developing during the summer with a number of ideas on the table.In July, Mr. Nimetz travelled to Athens and Skopje, where he held talks with government officials and conveyed his amended proposals for resolving the issue.The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. 24 September 2009Talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the official name of the latter country will restart once the Greek elections are over and a new government is in place, the United Nations envoy dealing with the issue said today.
Shared experiences at scale — Like all interactions in the AR cloud, the virtual realm will be layered over the view of the physical world, so the technology can detect the real-time movements of people. The ability to enable shared experiences will yield engagement opportunities across commerce, gaming, and medicine, and will create new ways for employees to collaborate. ARcloud_774.jpg To read the full report, “Ovum Market Radar: AR Cloud’s Promise of Persistent Virtual Data and Interactions,” go to www.ovum.com.Tags:News & Viewsaugmented realityVirtual realityCustomer EngagementContact Center & Customer ExperienceAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightCustomer ExperienceDigital TransformationNews & Views Articles You Might Like Ovum believes the enablement of multiuser engagement combined with the AR cloud’s persistence of information will greatly enhance the overall customer experience by transforming the way enterprises serve and interact with customers and the way they work and collaborate with employees. The scenarios for how the AR cloud will improve customer support and engagement are endless. Ride-hailing company Lyft, for example, last October acquired Blue Vision Labs, an AR localization and mapping startup. Blue Vision connects ride-sharing passengers with their drivers by overlaying the car’s position onto the rider’s smartphone screen in AR. The company said the application of the AR cloud is allowing developers to create shared new AR experiences at unprecedented scale. For example, consumers would be able to search for information just by visualizing an object or concept rather than by clicking through pages online. Or, when reporting issues or a product malfunction, a customer could simply use an AR-enabled camera to present the object, such as a nonfunctioning cable box, to a technician. The technician, in turn, would see not only the issue through an AR-ready device or visual browser, but also the complete history of the relationship between the cable company and the customer. Retailers such as Walmart and Ikea will begin adopting immersive AR experiences that allow shoppers to use their phones to view how products will look and feel in their homes. And home goods retailer Wayfair has released an AR app that uses a phone’s camera to create a digital version of an interior. The app can then place a 3D object such as a virtual sofa in a room to see how it would fit in certain spots and to try different fabric colors and patterns. Log in or register to post comments Real-time employee visibility and productivity metrics — Ovum expects the greatest momentum around the AR cloud will come from the adoption of AR tools to create greater visibility and transparency throughout organizations internally. A specific hotbed for growth lies in the contact center. Consequently, in the coming months, Ovum expects to see several cloud contact center and platform providers offering AR tools geared toward supervisors to monitor performance levels and identify coaching opportunities. Here are six examples of the potential benefits businesses could gain from engaging with customers and employees via the AR cloud: Increased redemption and conversion rates — The AR cloud presents a unique opportunity to move off screen and into the physical world. This is especially valuable in retail, where companies can overlay products with targeted offers and upsells. In the AR world, retailers can guide and inform users along their shopping journeys, providing a concierge-like marketing and guided service that is rarely achieved in physical stores. Connected global workforce — Companies are increasingly investigating AR and virtual reality (VR) to deliver new workplace experiences such as improving collaboration or making hands-free data access easier. Typical examples of these workplace experiences include training, design, and field service. The potential of AR headsets such as Oculus Rift and the Microsoft HoloLens connected to the AR cloud could create virtual meeting places and communications platforms where documents and information persist, enabling users to conduct business collaboratively, work in teams, and transact. American Apparel, for example, is equipping customers with mobile app-driven experiences. Essentially, a shopper opens the app and scans a picture of signage. The app pulls up product details, including customer reviews, color variants, and pricing. In another example, the latest version of the Warby Parker app for iOS includes a new Virtual Try-On feature that shows users how they’ll look in any pair of glasses. Reduced support costs — Many companies are turning to AR to improve maintenance, repair, and support processes as well as to reduce on-site and travel costs for technicians. The advantage is that important information is provided quickly and at the right place, resulting in faster repairs and prevention of mistakes during specific tasks. Whether guiding people through crowded environments or uniting remote workforces, the promise of the AR cloud is vast. It has been called the single most important software infrastructure in computing. Its complex architecture of technologies enables developers to overlay a 3D virtual map onto the real world, where information and experiences are augmented, shared, and tied to specific physical locations to occur and persist across apps and devices. Genesys, for example, demonstrated AR software loaded onto a tablet that supervisors can use to scan the contact center. Three-dimensional icons of contact center agents at their desks pop up on the screen, depending on where it’s aimed. The device simultaneously displays real-time data, so supervisors and agents can simply visualize the clusters of data around them presented in bubbles and nodes through a 3D user interface to help them decide where to go and who needs help in real time. Ford, for example, is using the Oculus Rift to create virtual models of cars and collaborate on design changes with different team members. VR minimizes Ford’s need for physical prototypes and allows engineers to explore creative design. And Microsoft is equipping the global workforce of deskless employees in warehouses and factories with HoloLens headsets to build 3D models, receive training, and other activities. ThyssenKrupp, an elevator manufacturer, is using HoloLens to visualize an elevator repair before the technician reaches the site. Once on site, the technician can use AR to view digital overlays of manuals and repair guides while fixing the elevator. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? This shared 3D spatial web of the future will eventually serve as the data framework for enabling the use of shared spatial screens among hundreds of millions of digital devices. These shared experiences (not just videos and messages) will be augmented with information for visualization of a dimensional universe of virtual data, objects, and logic. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Enhanced customer engagement and loyalty — The interconnectivity and transparency of personal data enabled by the AR cloud will allow enterprises, especially retailers, to deliver hyper-personalized interactions because of the ability to analyze IoT data and then enable its persistence. Being able to visualize or get quick information on products right on a mobile screen would enable a retailer to personalize offers and drive engagement, using strategic techniques to connect customers to brands in hyper-personalized ways. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI In his 1950 book, “The Human Use of Human Beings,” cybernetics theorist Norbert Wiener argued that machines are meant to interact harmoniously with humanity through automation. The augmented reality (AR) cloud could truly fulfill Wiener’s prophecy. On the enterprise side, rather than click through customer histories, contact center associates could simply visualize the information. Together, the components of the AR cloud would give in-store associates a real window into inventory to search for products on the floor for customers and then blend that with their historical and real-time data. And marketers could use AR tokens or objects as a means of gamification or to engender customer loyalty. Such capabilities will inevitably transform the way enterprises serve and interact with customers.
“The immediate release of the approximately 1,300 political prisoners would send a powerful signal to the people of Myanmar and the international community that the Government is seriously committed to a genuine process of reconciliation and to establishing a participatory democracy in Myanmar,” said Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights.In addition, the Special Rapporteur said the Government of Myanmar must demonstrate its commitment to reform by guaranteeing the full and effective participation of all political actors, including the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), as well as political parties and ethnic leaders, in a meaningful and substantive dialogue.”While the release of a large number of common prisoners and some political prisoners is to be welcomed,” he said, “such steps are sadly tempered by the ongoing arrests, detention and maltreatment of civilians and democracy advocates.”Since the presentation of his last report to the United Nations General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur said he has continued to receive allegations and substantiated reports of serious human rights violations against ethnic minorities, as well as ongoing forced labour and relocations, all of which has resulted in the displacement of large numbers of people. “Steps can and should be taken immediately to end such serious violations of human rights and to hold those responsible to account,” he said.
“Quite extraordinary,” was how David Nabarro, the UN System’s Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza, described an amount that was much more than the $1.4 billion he had previously said was needed to combat the spread of a disease that in humans has already led to 79 deaths globally.“What we’ve seen today is that the world really does care and wants to respond effectively to the threat of avian influenza and a possible human pandemic,” Dr. Nabarro was quoted as saying by a UN spokesman in New York.Donors have been gathering over the past two days at the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Influenza in Beijing to raise funds to fight the disease. In a message aired at the conference earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said there must be a coordinated international response.“To be truly prepared, we will need to mount a massive effort – from upgrading veterinary systems and launching vaccination drives, to encouraging change in the ways people coexist with animals,” Mr. Annan said, pointing out that the cost of action now was small compared to the price of tackling a pandemic.In his video message, Mr. Annan also called for sharing of information, biological material and scientific expertise, providing essential medicines to those in need, and galvanizing international efforts “with a minimum of red tape and quibbling.”Pledging the UN’s full support for this effort, he said: “I have asked all parts of the United Nations system to have contingency plans in place, so that we can sustain vital support, if and when a human pandemic does erupt.“I encourage all Governments to do the same,” the Secretary-General added. “There is no time to waste.”Echoing the urgency of the situation, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today it was particularly concerned about the possible spread of the avian influenza virus to Africa, adding it could also become “entrenched in the Black Sea, Caucasus and Near East” through trade and the movement of people, animals and birds.“In Turkey the virus has already reached the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, and there is a real risk of further spread. If it were to become rooted in the African countryside, the consequences for a continent already devastated by hunger and poverty could be truly catastrophic,” FAO Deputy Director-General David Harcharik told the Beijing conference.Also at the China meeting, Shafqat Kalakhel, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said the emergence of avian flu as a threat to people reflected the fact that humans were now more intensively interacting with the natural environment. As such, he called for looking at how the virus behaves in wild birds and also at other related environmental issues as part of the overall strategy against the disease.During the past two years, six countries have reported outbreaks of avian influenza caused by the H5N1 virus in people. More than 140 million chickens have been slaughtered to try and contain the disease but this has caused massive economic hardship to farmers while spreading fear in their communities.So far, the virus has only spread from infected animals to humans, however the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it could change into a form that spreads easily from person to person, triggering an influenza pandemic which could kill tens of millions of people worldwide.In humans, treatment with antiviral medicines is one way to reduce death and illness. WHO has been building up drug stockpiles at different locations worldwide for quick distribution in case of emergency.“There must be visible improvement in control of avian influenza and pandemic preparedness by countries, technical agencies, and all others involved,” Dr. Lee Jong-wook, WHO Director-General, warned the delegates in his opening remarks in Beijing.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2013 11:42 am MDT Oil fall to near US$108 after Britain refrains from backing action against Syria The price of oil fell to near US$108 a barrel Friday after British lawmakers refused to approve military action against Syria, easing concerns about international intervention in the country’s civil war.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for October delivery was down 77 cents to $108.03 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.30 to close at $108.80 a barrel on Thursday.Britain’s parliament on Thursday refused to go along with Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to intervene in Syria, whose government is suspected of a chemical weapons attack earlier this month that killed more than 300 civilians.Another hurdle in forming an international coalition to undertake a military strike against Syria took place at the U.N., when Russia blocked British efforts to force a resolution approving action.Syria is not a major oil producer but a widening conflict there could affect major producers in the region or disrupt supply routes.“The surprise out of the UK took out some premium in crude oil although the question remains as to whether the current supply-disruption premium currently in the market is for Syria or for Libya,” said analyst Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix in Switzerland.Earlier this week, Libya’s deputy oil minister, Omar el-Shakmak, said the country was currently exporting between 300,000 and 320,000 barrels a day, a fifth of the 1.6 million barrels it regularly exported before the 2011 war that overthrew dictator Moammar Gadhafi.The export drop was due to protests by security guards protecting Libya’s oil industry and infrastructure shutdowns.Jakob said Libya’s supply disruption was “a very significant event.”Traders were also looking ahead to the release later Friday of information on U.S. consumer spending in July, one of the key indicators of economic activity.Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes, was down 21 cents to $114.95 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex:— Wholesale gasoline was down 1.89 cents to $2.9117 per gallon.— Heating oil lost 1.11 cents to $3.1772 per gallon.— Natural gas dropped 1.3 cents to $3.605 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this report.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE)
On March 9, Brock University’s Board of Trustees ratified a renewal collective agreement that had been reached between the University and CUPE Local 4207-1, which represents contract instructors, teaching assistants, course coordinators, marker-graders and lab demonstrators. Bargaining unit members ratified the agreement Thursday, March 16.The three-year agreement is retroactive to Sept. 7, 2016, and is effective to Sept. 6, 2019.A draft of the new collective agreement will be available on the University’s website shortly.
NineSigma’s client, Newmont Mining, is inviting proposals for methods, process, or materials to increase silver extraction from ores. More information is available in the Request for Proposal (RFP) document online at https://www.myninesigma.com/sites/public/_layouts/RFPs/NineSigma_RFP_66942.pdf . The final submission date for Proposal Briefs is February 4, 2011. If after reviewing the full RFP document you are interested in submitting a proposal or would like more information, please contact Kevin Andrews at PhD@ninesigmainc.com and reference RFP# 66942 in the subject line. When you submit a proposal, please use the response template downloaded from the link: (https://www.myninesigma.com/sites/public/_layouts/ProposalTemplates/Response_Template_66942.doc).
The Fairtrade Foundation says “giving gold jewellery is about love, romance and beauty. But all too often, how gold is mined is not a pretty story. That’s why the world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold from South America will be launched for Valentine’s Day.“This groundbreaking move will open up new opportunities for of thousands of impoverished small-scale and artisanal miners in Peru, Bolivia and Colombia to sell under Fairtrade and Fairmined terms and through the Fairtrade premium invest in community projects. “Fairtrade and Fairmined gold has the potential to radically reform the gold jewellery sector, improving the lives of millions of miners and their communities in some of the world’s poorest regions.“Though artisanal and small-scale miners produce 10% of global gold supplies, they account for 90% of labour in gold extraction, experiencing high levels of poverty. The launch of Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold provides a lifeline for communities who find themselves at the mercy of volatile markets, when agriculture and other livelihoods are not viable.“Many miners face exploitation from middle men who pay below market prices and cheat them on weight and purity of the gold content. Mining community members lack basic sanitation, clean and safe drinking water and have poor housing, little or no access to education or healthcare and are financially unstable. Fairtrade and Fairmined certification is an important development tool, and will complement other development interventions.The project was first piloted by the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), with nine mining organisations in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. More producer organisations from Latin America will shortly join the system. ARM is also establishing a network of pilot projects in Africa, and later in Asia. “Fairtrade and Fairmined gold will be initially launched in the UK and then rolled out to other countries with a long term vision of capturing 5% of the gold jewellery market over a 15-year period. Fairtrade and Fairmined gold will be co-labelled, bearing both the FAIRTRADE Mark and the Fairmined Mark, demonstrating the strength of the partnership between the two organisations. “The FAIRTRADE Mark is a certification mark and a registered trademark of Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) of which the Fairtrade Foundation is the UK member. The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent certification body which licenses the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products which meet international Fairtrade standards. This independent consumer label is now recognised by 72% of UK consumers and appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal. Today, more than 7.5 million people – farmers, workers and their families – across 58 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.“The Fairmined Mark ensures that the gold has been extracted and processed in a fair way and responsible manner. This means that the miners receive a fair price, good health and safety practises, care for the environment and participate in the social development of their communities. ARM is an international community-based multi-sector governed initiative created to enhance equity and wellbeing in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) communities. ARM is committed to social justice and environmental responsibility as the values driving the transformation of ASM. “The partnership between Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) and ARM will create differentiated market access for gold products to support social, environmental and economic development outcomes for artisanal and small scale miners through:A credible programme of support and development for artisanal and small scale miners.A high profile and trusted product label to drive market access on terms that support development.ARM has the experience and networks to provide the necessary support, and Fairtrade labelling to create differentiated market access on terms that support development.
He was pinned though and got a fair old wallop on his head.He was conscious and talking when he was taken to hospital.Gardaí are now investigating.Read: ‘Human remains’ found during Luas works outside Trinity this afternoon> A MAN WAS hit by a Luas tram in Dublin city centre today.It happened at the Luas red line between Smithfield and the Four Courts at around 1:45pm.The pedestrian, who is believed to be in his mid to late 30s, was taken to the Mater Hospital with a suspected broken arm.A source told TheJournal.ie that the pedestrian ‘didn’t go under the Luas’.
The Greek Community of Melbourne have opposed the Australian Government’s plans to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. They join a number of influential community groups who are outspoken in their opposition of the proposed repealing of section 18C. The proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act will see the words “offend, insult and humiliate” removed from the current laws and replace with the word “vilify”.In a letter to the Prime Minister, the community have stated that the laws that celebrate diversity and Australia’s ethnic heritage need to be protected. “Racial vilification has no place in this country and is at odds with its multicultural foundation,” said Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Community of Melbourne. “By allowing racial vilification, if anything, we believe it will result in reducing the capacity of people to express themselves freely,” he said in the letter. The community said one of the benefits of living in Australia is the right to free speech and that Greek Australians have always been involved in robust debate and have therefore enjoyed the benefits of freedom of expression. However, it said it also respects the importance not to defame or incite discrimination when exercising that right. “Freedom from racial discrimination is just as important as the freedom to express oneself.”In its submission to the Attorney General’s Department, the Greek Orthodox Community of New South Wales said that it opposed the amendments that “would encourage those racist elements in the Australian community to voice their prejudices, their hatreds, without any recourse to those who are victims of such prejudices…”NSW Citizenship Minister Victor Dominello and Victorian Multicultural Affairs Minister Matthew Guy said it was vital that the Federal Government did not “weaken protections in place against racial vilification”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form When I think about The Game Awards, I just laugh. I laugh about its crass Spike TV roots before moving online. I laugh about how it’s more newsworthy for world exclusive trailers/commercials than it is for rewarding current accomplishments. I laugh about how its arbitrarily early cut-off date cuts off promising games from the rest of the year like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I laugh about how it wrongly equates quality and prestige with Naughty Dog-style expensive cinematic action and gloss. And being a part of a gaming awards show myself, the New York Video Games Awards, I laugh out of respect for the sheer amount of work Geoff Keighley must sink into the show.In that spirit, here are the nominees for the 2018 Game Awards along with my (hopefully) funny thoughts on them. Watch the show live online on Thursday December 6 at 8:30 PM EST.GAME OF THE YEARAssassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)Celeste (Matt Makes Games)God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)It’s probably Red Dead but give Monster Hunter an award for “Most Improved But Still Bad.” Holding out hope for Celeste, too.BEST ONGOING GAMEDestiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)Fortnite (Epic Games)No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)Overwatch (Blizzard)Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)A game being “ongoing” just feels like an excuse for it to launch unfinished, but it is impressive how much people care about Rainbow Six Siege now.BEST GAME DIRECTIONA Way Out (Hazelight Studios / EA)Detroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)That cel-shaded Spider-Man outfit in otherwise realistic PS4 Pro New York is one of the most stunning things I’ve seen in a game this year.BEST NARRATIVEDetroit: Become Human (Quantic Dream / SIE)God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)Detroit: Become Human is an awful game with an awful story written by an awful man. It even being on this list frankly invalidates this entire show.BEST ART DIRECTIONAssassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)Octopath Traveler’s blend of retro sprites and modern graphical flourishes got to me forget it was still a JRPG for about 15 hours, which is a long time!BEST SCORE/MUSICCeleste (Lena Raine)God of War (Bear McCreary)Marvel’s Spider-Man (John Paesano)Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom (Joe Hisaishi)Octopath Traveler (Yasunori Nishiki)Red Dead Redemption 2 (Woody Jackson)The first game did this too, but whenever Red Dead 2 kicks in a haunting cowboy vocal track it sure is something.BEST AUDIO DESIGNCall of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch Studios / Activision)Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)Forza Horizon 4 still carries over too many wrong lessons from realistic racing games, but the audio design for the vehicles isn’t one of those mistakes.BEST PERFORMANCEBryan Dechart as Connor, Detroit: Become HumanChristopher Judge as Kratos, God of WarMelissanthi Mahut as Kassandra, Assassin’s Creed OdysseyRoger Clark as Arthur Morgan, Red Dead Redemption 2Yuri Lowenthal as Peter Parker, Marvel’s Spider-ManThe way Christopher Judge bellows “boy!” sure is fantastic.GAMES FOR IMPACT11-11 Memories Retold (Digixart / Aardman Animations / Bandai Namco Entertainment)Celeste (Matt Makes Games)Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)Life is Strange 2: Episode 1 (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)The Missing: JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories (White Owls / Arc System Works)This is a weird, pandering category shunting off progressive games into their own ghetto and also makes the whole awards show suspect.BEST INDEPENDENT GAMECeleste (Matt Makes Games)Dead Cells (Motion Twin)Into the Breach (Subset Games)Return of the Obra Dinn (3909 LLC)The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)This is maybe the most stacked list. I would lean Into The Breach but really you can’t go wrong with any of these.BEST MOBILEDonut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)Fortnite (Epic Games)PUBG Mobile (Lightspeed & Quantum / Tencent Games)Reigns: Game of Thrones (Nerial / Developer Digital)Florence’s digital love story isn’t just great but takes advantage of the mobile format by weaving in how smartphones are an essential part of modern romance and communication.BEST VR/AR GAMEAstro Bot Rescue Mission (SIE Japan Studio / SIE)Beat Saber (Beat Games)Firewall Zero Hour (First Contact Entertainment / SIE)Moss (Polyarc Games)Tetris Effect (Resonair / Enhance, Inc)Tetris Effect is maybe the only game that could ever make me feel jealous for not having PSVR at home.BEST ACTION GAMECall of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)Dead Cells (Motion Twin)Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)Far Cry 5 (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)Mega Man 11 (Capcom)This is a weird group of games that probably shouldn’t be compared. And I have too many separate issues with all of them to have a frontrunner.BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE GAMEAssassin’s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)God of War (Sony Santa Monica / SIE)Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / SIE)Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Eidos Montreal / Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix)It’s Red Dead.BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAMEDragon Quest 11: Echoes of an Elusive Age (Square Enix / Square Enix)Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom (Level 5 / Bandai Namco Entertainment)Octopath Traveler (Square Enix / Acquire / Nintendo)Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment / Versus Evil)It’s Monster Hunter, or maybe Octopath.BEST FIGHTINGBlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle (Arc System Works)Dragon Ball FighterZ (Arc System Works / Bandai Namco Entertainment)Soulcalibur 6 (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)Street Fighter 5 Arcade (Dimps / Capcom)Dragon Ball FighterZ being so fantastic is one of the biggest feel-good gaming stories of the year for people of all walks of life.BEST FAMILY GAMEMario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)Nintendo Labo (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)Overcooked 2 (Ghost Town Games / Team 17)Starlink: Battle for Atlas (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)Super Mario Party (NDCube / Nintendo)This is another weird ghetto of a category by if we’re being strict about the word “Family” then my pick is Nintendo Labo.BEST STRATEGY GAMEBattletech (Harebrained Schemes / Paradox Interactive)Frostpunk (11 bit studios)Into the Breach (Subset Games)The Banner Saga 3 (Stoic Studio / Versus Evil)Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Sega CS3 / Sega)Another stellar category, but Into The Breach’s brilliant turn-based mech combat is the rare roguelike I straight-up adore.BEST SPORTS/RACINGFIFA 19 (EA Vancouver / EA Sports)Forza Horizon 4 (Playground Games / Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)Mario Tennis Aces (Camelot Software Planning / Nintendo)NBA 2K19 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 (PES Productions / Konami)Mario Tennis Aces should’ve been up for best fighting game but best sports game is a suitable consolation prize.BEST MULTIPLAYER GAMECall of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Treyarch / Activision)Destiny 2: Forsaken (Bungie / Activision)Fortnite (Epic Games)Monster Hunter: World (Capcom)Sea of Thieves (Rare / Microsoft Studios)It took jettisoning a single-player mode to get there, but props to the variety and quality of multiplayer modes on display in Blops 4.BEST STUDENT GAMECombat 2018 (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences – Norway)Dash Quasar (UC Santa Cruz)JERA (Digipen Bilbao, Spain)LIFF (ISTART Digital – France)RE: Charge (MIT)Sorry kids, but I don’t know these.BEST DEBUT INDIE GAMEDonut County (Ben Esposito / Annapurna Interactive)Florence (Mountains / Annapurna Interactive)Moss (Polyarc Games)The Messenger (Sabotage Studio)Yoku’s Island Express (Villa Gorilla)The awesome pinball Metroidvania action of Yoku’s Island Express truly came out of nowhere.via Efren Salinas/DotEsportsBEST ESPORTS GAMECounter-Strike: Global Offensive Dota 2 Fortnite League of Legends OverwatchBEST ESPORTS PLAYERDominique “SonicFox” McLean (Echo Fox)Hajime “Tokido” TaniguchiJian “Uzi” Zi-Hao (Royal Never Give Up) Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere)Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang (New York Excelsior)BEST ESPORTS TEAMAstralis (CSGO)Cloud9 (LOL)Fnatic (LOL)London Spitfire (Overwatch)OG (Dota 2)BEST ESPORTS COACHBok “Reapered” Han-gyu (Cloud9)Cristian “ppasarel” Bănăseanu (OG)Danny “zonic” Sørensen (Astralis)Dylan Falco (Fnatic)Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi (Team Vitality)Janko “YNk” Paunovic (MiBR)BEST ESPORTS EVENTELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018Evo 2018League of Legends World ChampionshipOverwatch League Grand FinalsThe International 2018BEST ESPORTS HOSTAlex “Goldenboy” MendezAlex “Machine” RichardsonAndersBlume Eefje “Sjokz” DepoorterePaul “RedEye” ChalonerBEST ESPORTS MOMENTC9 Comeback Win In Triple OT vs FAZE (ELEAGUE) KT vs IG Base Race (LOL Worlds) G2 Beating RNG (LOL Worlds)OG’s Massive Upset of LGD (DOTA 2 Finals)SonicFox Side Switch Against Go1 in DBZ (EVO)There are seven eSports categories in this awards show and I couldn’t care less about any of them except SonicFox winning whatever he wants.CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEARDr. LupoMythNinjaPokimaneWillyrexWe just hope whoever wins thinks women are cool and Nazis aren’t.For more on games likely to win many of these awards check out our reviews of Red Dead Redemption 2, Spider-Man, God of War, and Monster Hunter World.
HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a Miami-Dade Police officer to the hospital after, officials said, he was injured after shots rang out near a park in Hialeah.Police and fire rescue crews responded to the scene near Amelia Earhart Park, at 401 E 65th St. Tuesday night.Officials did not specify whether the victim was shot or grazed by a bullet.Paramedics airlifted the officer to an area hospital.Police have set up a perimeter in the area while they continue to investigate. Miami-Dade Police are assisting Hialeah Police in their investigation.If you have any information that could help police, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced that the nomination deadline for this year is June 1, 2018. All nominations must be received by the deadline in order to be considered.Established in 1990, Wilmington’s Hall of Fame honors the school’s athletes, coaches, benefactors, and special contributors.The selection process is based on the rule that the candidates for induction be evaluated on what they did in sports while at Wilmington High School exclusively. Achievements in sports while at college or at the professional level will have no bearing on the selection committee’s deliberations.To be eligible for nomination, the athletes must have participated in at least one varsity sport. Athletes nominated for the Hall of Fame must have graduated at least ten years prior to nomination.All nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSubmit Your Nominations For WHS Athletic Hall Of FameIn “Sports”The Wilmington Insider For June 1, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2016 Announced, Ceremony Set For Nov. 5In “Sports”
5 The long drawn-out death of 3D continues.This time, it comes from chipmaker Nvidia, which said Friday it plans to stop supporting its decade-old “3D Vision.” The technology, first announced in 2009, was meant to serve as a standard for PC and gaming communities. The company made the announcement on a support page on its website.The move is the latest in the slow, painful death of 3D. The technology trend sprang to life amid the hype over James Cameron’s Avatar sci-fi film in 2009. Many more 3D movies followed, while broadcasters such as ESPN began hyping the technology for use in our homes.That’s where Nvidia’s 3D Vision came in. Known for the graphics chips it sells for high-end PCs, the company saw 3D vision as an opportunity to standardize the technology PC and monitor makers used. “When you look at 3D movies, look at 3D games, you feel like you are inside the computer and the experience is very dramatic,” Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang told Reuters at the time.Ultimately, that’s not how it played out. The glasses were goofy-looking and 3D content often cost more, pushing most people away. By 2017, 3D TV was dead.Now, Nvidia has given up too.The company didn’t respond to a request for comment. Share your voice Comments Tags Mobile TVs Tech Industry Gaming Accessories Nvidia
Karimnagar: It is quite common to overload autorickshaws in rural areas. But accommodating 24 passengers in an auto is quite a wonder. Police were surprised to see an auto carrying 24 passengers on the outskirts of Karimnagar city on Monday, during routine vehicle checkup.The police gave counselling to auto driver Abdul, resident of Thimmapur village of Karimnagar rural mandal, and to the passengers, who boarded the auto with their children. Cops warned the driver that his license will be cancelled, his auto will be seized and a case also will be filed against him, if he repeats this feat again. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us The police had uploaded the video of the auto with 24 passengers on social media, which went viral in no time. Commissioner of Police VB Kamalasan Reddy said the police during routine vehicle check noticed an overloaded auto and gave counselling to the driver and passengers. He expressed worry that many passengers might have received injuries, lost limbs or worse even die, if this vehicle meets with an accident, as the auto is not designed to transport passengers more than the seating capacity. Kamalasan Reddy said that on number of occasions, the police had warned the auto, taxi, van and bus drivers not to carry passengers more than the seating capacity of the respective vehicles as it would result in the accidents and also imposed fines to those, who violated the rules. But some parents are reportedly forcing the vehicle drivers to board their children even though there is no place for their children in that particular vehicle. Cases will be lodged against parents and passengers, including vehicle drivers if they violate rules, he warned. The CP appealed the people not to board such vehicles, which carry more passengers and asked them to take care of their own safety. If they notice any vehicle drivers, who overload passengers, inform the police to prevent accidents, he stated.
Gold prices soared on Thursday amid increase in demand from jewellers and fading expectations over interest rate by the US central bank.The yellow metal prices rose Rs 275 to Rs 26,600 per ten grams in the bullion market, rebounding from losses witnessed in the two previous sessions.Jewellers stepped up buying gold ahead of the festival and wedding seasons, lending support to the metal’s prices.Besides, the precious metal’s prices are supported by data in the US that showed a fall in consumer prices in the country, easing concerns over a rate hike by the US Federal Reserve today.”Today’s FOMC meeting is one with forecasts’ update and press brief, a good opportunity for policy change. Necessary conditions are not always sufficient, and we do not expect the Fed to change its policy stance,” BNP Paribas said in a note.In the international markets too, gold prices traded higher on the back of fading expectations over Fed rate hike.Core inflation in the US remained unchanged at 1.8% in August.”The still low inflation rate is one argument for the doves at the US Federal Reserve not to raise interest rates at today’s meeting,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.”August’s financial turmoil is not the reason why. Admittedly, jittery financial markets reminded Fed officials that policy decisions can have huge impacts. This is the reason for the Fed to try and be crystal-clear about future steps, not to postpone decisions otherwise seen as necessary,” BNP Paribas added.Silver prices also gained sharply by 1,000 to Rs 35,700 per kg due to improved demand from industrial units and coin makers.