AI received 8 sexual harassment complaints in first half of 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India received eight sexual harassment complaints internally during the first half of this year as compared to the total 10 complaints in 2018, sources said.On May 16 this year, airline’s chief Ashwani Lohani told the employees through a text message that sexual harassment cases are “often” being witnessed in Air India and the airline needs to come down “very very heavily” on such offenders. The chairman and managing director’s message came after the airline announced on May 15 that it has set up a high-level inquiry to probe a sexual harassment complaint filed by a woman pilot against a commander. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A source told PTI, “During 2018, 10 complaints of sexual harassment have been filed at Air India. Between January 1 and July 1 of 2019, eight complaints of sexual harassment have been received.” Another source said on Sunday that Air India has been dealing with each such complaint in the “strictest manner possible”. In May this year, the aforementioned high-level inquiry was initiated after the woman pilot filed a complaint, which stated that the alleged incident took place on May 5 at Hyderabad where she was being trained by the commander. The commander was told on May 20 by the national carrier that he needs a written permission to enter the airline’s offices till an inquiry into the complaint is over. In a letter to the accused, Air India Regional Director (northern region) Abhay Pathak said that “pending (an) enquiry… during the period of suspension, you will not enter the premises of Air India Limited without written permission”. PTIlast_img read more

Lahiri regains PGA Tour card with Tied 5th finish at Albertson Boise

first_imgBoise (USA): Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri reclaimed his PGA Tour card after finishing tied 5th with a bogey-free five-under 66 in the final round of the Albertson Boise Open here. With a tied 7th finish achieved in the previous week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, Lahiri has now secured enough points to earn one of the 25 PGA Tour cards at stake in the Korn Ferry Tour (KFT) Finals. The 32-year-old former Asian No.1 sent down three closing birdies, to finish three shots behind winner Matthew NeSmith of the United States. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I haven’t experienced any kind of a high. Right now, I’m more focused on my golf and what I want to do in the time to come. I had a lot of belief in myself that I could get my card back and play well,” Lahiri said. “I’m more relieved with the fact that I’m putting some scores together which was satisfying,” added the Indian, who posted rounds of 68, 65, 69 and 66. After finishing a lowly 174th on the PGA Tours FedExCup points list, he needed to play in the KFT Finals to regain his playing rights on the world’s premier circuit. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later And with his card safely in his back pocket now, he plans to challenge for a victory in the final tournament, the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing and Finance, this week to try and top the ranking. “I’m playing well enough with a lot of confidence and I’m no longer trying to secure my card. Hopefully it frees me up and I can focus on getting into contention again and maybe get third time lucky and win,” he said. “If I can manage that, it’ll help get me into The Players Championship (PGA Tour flagship event) next year and helps me schedule my events a lot better,” he added. Lahiri refocused on his basics with swing coach Vijay Divecha during the summer. He believes his game is now back on track for the season beginning next month. “It’s coming together. It’s been a while since I was in contention and I needed to feel the adrenaline again and how to respond to it,” he explained. “I didn’t wake up on a different side of the bed the past two weeks. I started working on some basics again when Vijay came over in July. We got some rest, recharged the batteries and game wise I started to feel good again,” he said. “I hit it terribly but got up and down each and every time I was out of position. I kept grinding and had those birdies in the end,” added Lahiri. He was delighted to shoot four rounds in the 60s, which was the first time since last November when he enjoyed his lone top-10 finish of the season at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico. “…I’m more relieved to see myself scoring consistently and putting four rounds together. The trend is beginning to change and this gives me most satisfaction,” said Lahiri. He is quietly hoping to make an impression to earn a captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup. Lahiri featured for the International Team in 2015 and 2017. “The Presidents Cup is close to my heart but I think I finished 140 places out from the top-8,” he said. “I don’t know when Ernie (Els) will make the picks and I’m not thinking of it right now. I just want to play golf and I’m not expecting to be picked unless I can turn it around. I’m just going to focus on events that are in front me now,” he added.last_img read more

19 more telephone exchanges restored in Kashmir Officials

first_imgSrinagar: Authorities in Kashmir have restored 19 more telephone exchanges, a month after telephone services were snapped following abrogation of provisions of Article 370, officials said on Thursday.Landline telephone connections started working in commercial hub of Lal Chowk and press colony in the early hours of Thursday, the officials said.They said 19 telephone exchanges have been restored. There are around 100 telephone exchanges in Kashmir Valley. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The officials said no decision has been yet taken on restoration of mobile telephone and Internet services on all platforms. Meanwhile, there was more movement of private vehicles on city roads but the shutdown in the valley continued for the 32nd day on Thursday. Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the valley today, officials said. A large number of private vehicles could be seen plying in many parts of the city while some vendors also plied their trade. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe efforts of the state government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety. Government offices are open but attendance in many offices was thin due to lack of public transport, the officials said adding offices at district headquarters registered normal attendance. Restrictions under section 144 CrPC, which were imposed last month, have been eased in most parts of Kashmir but there were no signs of end to the deadlock. Restrictions continued in old city areas where security personnel have been deployed in strength to maintain law and order in view of a youth succumbing to injuries at a hospital here on Wednesday. The youth was injured during clashes between protestors and security personnel on 6 August and succumbed after battling for life for one month. Officials said the youth had sustained critical injuries after being hit by a stone hurled by protestors. Most of the top level and second rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.last_img read more

Denise Richards Wants To Save Them All

first_imgAn accomplished actress, business woman, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author (of memoir The Real Girl Next Door), Denise Richards is joining in Best Friends Animal Society’s efforts to end the killing of dogs and cats in our nation’s shelters.Denise Richards – Save Them AllCredit/Copyright: BestFriends.org 
Richards joins actor Danny Trejo, Carrie Ann Inaba and other celebrities who will be featured in Best Friends’ photo campaign featuring celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All call to action.According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 dogs and cats die in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting, and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.“I’ve been involved with Best Friends Animal Society since 2009 and I’ve seen firsthand the differences they’ve made and the countless lives they’ve saved,” Richards said. “From their Pup My Ride program, which transports small dogs from Los Angeles kill shelters to cities around the country where there are forever homes waiting for them, to the Super Adoption events and Strut Your Mutt fundraising walks, Best Friends is taking the lead in the no-kill movement. Having proudly rescued several dogs and cats myself, I’m thrilled to work with Best Friends to promote the adoption of shelter pets and I believe that by working together we can Save Them All.”Robin Harmon, Best Friends coordinator for the Pup My Ride program said Richards is not afraid to her hands dirty on behalf of animals in need. “My favorite memory of Denise is her comforting and befriending scared or hurt animals during Pup My Ride days. I’m especially impressed by the un-weaned kitten litters she has taken home to foster; she made it a family affair with her two older daughters sharing in the bottle-feeding duties. There were also several dogs that needed extensive medical help or surgery that Denise took home, paid for everything, took care of them while they were recuperating and then ended up adopting.”
Richards can currently be seen in ABC Family’s drama “Twisted” as Karen Ryder; the show is in its second season and centers on a teen with a troubled past who recently reconnects with his two female best friends from childhood. “Twisted” spring finale airs Tuesday, April 1 at 9 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Central.Richards and her children share their home with multiple rescued animals including Scooter who is featured in the campaign photo.last_img read more

Register 2 separate FIRs against Babul Supriyo EC

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to register two separate FIRs against Babul Supriyo. The Commission issued instructions after Supriyo had allegedly snatched a video camera from an official deputed by the Commission who was capturing videos as part of the surveillance that is being carried out by the Election Commission.The district official has been directed to file an FIR for the incident. Another FIR would be registered against him as he failed to submit any convincing reply as to why he released and played the controversial theme song of his party after being banned by the Commission. Meanwhile, the Commission has sought a report from the district administrative officials in West Burdwan on the incident in which BJP activists led by Asansol sitting MP Babul Supriyo stormed into the room of an Officer-in-Charge at the local police station and threatened him. A complaint was lodged with the Election Commission following which the DEO has been asked to submit a report on the entire incident that unfolded in Asansol. Supriyo had triggered controversy on a number of occasions since the notification of the Lok Sabha elections. He was earlier show-caused by the Election Commission after he released a theme song for his party. In the most recent incident, Supriyo has been accused of threatening an on-duty police officer at Kulti police station. The BJP leaders in the district claimed that some cops from the local police station ransacked the house of a BJP leader on Saturday evening. Women members of his family were also heckled by the policemen, alleged BJP. Many BJP leaders including women members of the party gheraoed the police post on Saturday night. The police officer told Supriyo that he respects him and urged him to talk properly. But Supriyo allegedly threatened him and said he would not seek any respect from the officer.last_img read more

Gang of robbers busted mobile phones worth Rs 2 crore seized

first_imgGreater Noida: Three persons have been arrested by Greater Noida’s Kasna police for allegedly stealing nearly 1500 mobile phones of OPPO company while they were being transported by a truck. Police have recovered nearly 1240 mobile phones, worth Rs 2 crore, from the possession of accused persons.According to police, the arrested accused were identified as Devendra native of Dadri area in Greater Noida, Firoz Khan from Meerut and Alimuddin. Cops said that the accused persons were involved in various incidents of heinous crime. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesVineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police (rural) said that the the accused persons used forged documents to get job of a driver in various transport companies and allegedly rob the consignment while transporting. “The robbery incident occurred on May 1 from Kasna area of Greater Noida when the accused persons robbed a truck carrying around 1470 mobile phones of OPPO company. Police teams were formed to work out the case and they managed to arrest the accused from P3 round about on Monday, following a tip-off,” said Jaiswal. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe officer further said that the accused confessed to have committed the robbery while they have also confessed to have been involved in other incidents of loot. “During sustained interrogations, the accused confessed to have committed a robbery in sector 58 police station area of Noida where they robbed a truck carrying tires on February 2. The gang members also told police that they have their agents in Meerut, Delhi and other cities of NCR regions by the help of whom they used to sell the stolen material,” added Jaiswal. Meanwhile police have recovered 1240 mobile phones and Rs 44, 400 cash from the possession of accused persons. “Police have recovered mobile phones worth Rs 2 crores from the possession of accused persons. Two of their other accomplices, Raghvendra and Sharad Goswami, are absconding,” said Jaiswal.last_img read more

Urban Meyer The closer

Urban Meyer talks to the media on National Signing Day Feb. 5 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorUrban Meyer has done it again.Ohio State’s football coach reeled in yet another top 10 recruiting class this winter, culminating Wednesday with 23 National Letters of Intent from some of the best high school players in the country arriving in Columbus on National Signing Day.The class — ranked No. 3 by Yahoo! Sports Rivals.com  — includes nine players from the state of Ohio, but Meyer also went across the nation to bring in what he calls “a great class,” picking players from Georgia, New Jersey and Texas among others. Meyer said it’s a class that could end up being the best he has landed since he arrived in Columbus.“I think we won today,” Meyer said Wednesday. “I made it clear to our guys, (I’m) very pleased with their efforts today. That was a good class, a great class.”It’s the third year in a row Meyer’s recruiting class is ranked in the top 5 in the country, but this year’s group could be a little different — with the losses of key players like All-Americans junior linebacker Ryan Shazier and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby to the NFL Draft, some of the young guys could be counted on early.Among those Meyer mentioned as potential candidates for that role were the four linebackers in the class — Raekwon McMillan, Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard — who play a position the coach said was an “emphasis” on the recruiting trail.“Just so everybody knows, there’s no redshirt plans for those players at all. We thought about that during the recruiting process,” Meyer said.McMillan is the nation’s top-ranked player at the position, coming to Ohio all the way from Hinesville, Ga. With the player being from a warmer climate than Columbus, some have wondered how Meyer was able to convince McMillan to come to OSU.“(Meyer) is really a great recruiter. He crosses all the Ts,” newly hired assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson said. “My first in-home (visit) with him was awesome, really awesome. You watch a guy go to work (and) he’s got it all going on … he covers all his bases, know the family, know the kids and that’s pretty awesome what he does. He gets that involved. You call it aggressive, but I think that’s his style.”Meyer did it while he was at Florida, too — signing six classes, four of which ranked in the top three, according to Rivals.com (the other two being No. 15 and No. 11).Getting the upper echelon of players is how a program thrives consistently, Meyer said, but getting them to buy into what the school is selling comes with assistant coaches successfully selling what he calls the “Ohio State brand.”“The brand is so strong,” Meyer said, referencing a time this offseason when wide receivers coach Zach Smith had developed such a relationship with recruit Jalyn Holmes that Holmes felt comfortable calling Smith’s son via FaceTime. “I usually walk in because I’m kind of the closer. There they set the groundwork, (and) I know where we’re headed when I walk in that home. And the number one thing without question is relationships being built.”Meyer puts such an emphasis on recruiting that he mentioned it being one of the first things he thought of when OSU arrived in South Florida for its Discover Orange Bowl matchup against Clemson.“Recruiting is what I first saw when I saw the Orange Bowl,” Meyer said Dec. 19. “The respect I have for the entire state of Florida is great … We’re hitting it real hard down there as we speak.”Maybe that’s what makes Meyer effective at what he does — he’s always recruiting, always forming relationships and always thinking ahead. It trickles down to his assistants, too.“Coach Meyer does a phenomenal job of making sure that we stay on the edge,” running backs coach Stan Drayton said Wednesday, referencing how Meyer wants his peers to take note of the recruiting styles of other teams and coaches.“If those particular teams are doing a great job of going out, getting the top talent in the country, no matter how they went about doing it, OK, then he wants to know if it’s a fit for us to continue to do what we’re doing, or is it a fit for us to go out there and explore other ways to go about doing our business,” Drayton said. “He has this competitive spirit that we all have under him and if there’s a guy or there’s a coach or a recruiter or a team that’s out there doing something really well and having tremendous success from it, then we’re going to find out what it is and try to better it or embrace it ourselves. No doubt about it.”Meyer’s competitive streak appears to be a part of every single thing he does, from recruiting, to coaching, to keeping score. So much so that he said he was “disappointed” OSU didn’t finish with the top recruiting class in the nation (that belonged to Alabama for the fourth year in a row).“I hear people say it’s not important. I disagree,” Meyer said. “As long as you’re keeping score, we’re going to try to win. I’m disappointed we weren’t the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Our staff knows we’re disappointed about that.“Is that the final end-all? No … And there is a correlation between how teams do where your team is ranked, recruiting class is ranked. But certainly that’s not the final product because you’ve got to coach and develop them and get them here.” read more

Womens tennis Melissa Schaub named ITA National Coach of the Year

Melissa Schaub is going to need to make some more room on her trophy shelf.The Ohio State women’s tennis coach was named the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year by the ITA on Tuesday.Schaub led her team to a 32-3 overall record in 2017, with the team’s season ending in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship in a 4-3 loss to No. 7 Stanford. Those 32 wins represent a program record for most wins in a season in a year that also set records for longest win streak (18), home wins (17) and shutouts (23).Her squad went undefeated (11-0) in the Big Ten, winning both the conference regular-season and tournament championship for the second straight season.This latest award comes after she was named ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. She had also been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year this season, marking the third straight season she has been honored with the title. read more

John Sentamus retirement opens the door for the Church of Englands first

Among them are the Right Rev Sarah Mullally, elected as Bishop of London, the third-most senior role in the Church, earlier this year.Bishop Mullally has expressed hope that her appointment would form part of a continuing process of women taking more leadership roles in the church, including archbishops.“The challenge is that people often think that, once you’ve appointed a woman, you’ve dealt with the issue. You haven’t,” she told the Observer earlier this year. A Church of England spokesman said it was anticipated that the position would be filled in time for the Lambeth Conference in October 2020. Emma Percy, chair of campaign group Women and the Church, said it was unlikely that a woman would be appointed.”Female bishops are relatively new,” she said. “The expectation is that it is normally someone who has been a diocesan bishop of a while. That said, it is a possibility – never say never.”In a statement, Dr Sentamu said he had decided to announce his retirement now to allow the widest possible timeframe to find a successor.”I am full of joy and expectation to see all that God is doing and will be doing in this diocese and in the Northern Province over the coming months,” he said.The Archbishop, who fled his native Uganda in the 1970s before studying at Cambridge University, has been an outspoken and prominent public figure.In 2007, he cut up his clerical collar live on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show in a protest about Robert Mugabe’s brutal regime. He vowed not to replace it until the Zimbabwean president was gone and just last year, he replaced it on the show, days after Mugabe was forced out.The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said Dr Sentamu’s service was something to “rejoice in with great gratitude”. The Archbishop of York has announced his retirement, paving the way for a woman to take the role for the first time.Dr John Sentamu will step down on June 7, 2020, three days before his 71st birthday.The Ugandan-born clergyman was enthroned as Archbishop of York in 2005 and was granted special dispensation from the Queen to extend his duties beyond the church’s compulsory retirement age of 70.He was the first black archbishop in the Church’s history and the ceremony broke with tradition, featuring drums and dancers.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Many are hoping that his retirement will allow the church to take another leap forward by appointing a woman to its second most senior clerical role behind the Archbishop of Canterbury.A Church of England spokesman acknowledged that the prospect was “entirely possible”.Dr Sentamu’s announcement, made on Monday morning, will trigger a lengthy and confidential recruitment process led by the Crown Nominations Commission, which will choose from the pool of existing bishops, drawing up a shortlist for interview.That pool now includes 17 women, all of whom have been appointed since the law was changed in 2014 when the Church’s General Synod voted to allow the consecration of women after 40 years of debate and campaigning. 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 Rt Revd Jackie Searle, Bishop of Crediton, paid tribute to Dr Sentamu, who presided over her consecration just last week.“There will be a great deal of thought, prayer and wide consultation before the next Archbishop of York is appointed… and no doubt a great deal of speculation,” she said.“The joy is that for the first time in Church history both women and men will be able to be considered for the role – alleluia!”Rev Dr Elizabeth Macfarlane, chaplain at St John’s College Oxford and a campaigner for women’s rights in the Church of England, also welcomed the fact that women were now eligible for the post.“There are senior women who are well able to be really considerable candidates for that role, and I would hope that they would be taken seriously,” she said. read more

Review Python for Kids is a playful introduction to programming

first_imgIf you have a child who has showed an interest in computers and programming, it can be hard to find a good starting point. Choose a resource that’s too dry or difficult and it can put them off completely. You also want something that not only holds their interest, but also continues to reward them along the way.We found that first resource last year when I reviewed Super Scratch Programming Adventure. It was perfect as an introduction to programming without ever doing any code writing. But it only goes so far. What do you do once your child has reached the limits of Scratch?No Starch Press is attempting to answer that question with the launch of another programming book aimed at a young audience. It’s called Python for Kids – A Playful Introduction to Programming.As you’ve probably guessed, Python for Kids focuses on using the Python programming language, more specifically Python 3. It’s a great choice as Python insists upon good code layout, has an abundance of online support and libraries, and acts as both a stepping stone to other languages as well as being powerful enough to stick with and use in pretty much any field from games to scientific programming and web development. It could even land you a job working at a place like Google.Python for Kids is aimed at children aged 10 and up, and comes in at 318 pages. That’s quite a tome for the age group, but author Jason R. Briggs has made the sensible decision to split the book up into digestible chapters of which there are 18. He’s also focused on games creation, with most chapters resulting in the reader having something to play with and/or build upon.The other bit of good news is you don’t need anything except the book and a computer. Whether you run Windows, Mac, or Linux, you can download Python for free and complete every exercise in the book without additional software installations.The first half of the book (12 chapters) teaches you the basics of Python. Everything from performing calculations, dealing with strings, user input, looping, and even functions and classes are covered. Along the way you’ll produce multiple programs that can be interacted with on the command line, as well as taking advantage of Python’s turtle module that lets you draw on the screen just like an Etch A Sketch. To finish, there’s an introduction to Tkinter and programming with graphics.All that sets the reader up nicely for the second half of the book, which is all about games. This section exists to reinforce what you learn in those first 12 chapters, while at the same time injecting some fun into programming by producing playable games. By the end of the book you have a fully-functional platform game running, and most likely a head full of ideas about your next game.It’s always going to be difficult to strike the right balance when you’re teaching someone how to code. It’s even more difficult for the short attention span of young minds. Briggs gets that balance right, though, and it’s telling that Python for Kids is just as good an introduction for adults learning to code.So, if you have a child with an interest in computers, see how they get on with Scratch. If they want to take it further, then Python for Kids is a great next step and ends with ideas on what to do next to continue learning.I’m now hopeful No Starch does a follow-up book that goes more in-depth using games and a module like PyGame as a learning tool.The copy of Python for Kids used for this review was provided by No Starch Press.last_img read more

Moonee Valley Greeks in fear as crime increases

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian residents of the City of Monee Valley met recently to voice their concerns over the increase in home burglaries, car theft and violent crime in that municipality, some of which is linked to organised gangs. This meeting comes in the wake of the recent shooting of a crime suspect in Tullamarine.“Not a day goes by when we don’t hear of a home being burgled or cars stolen in our local area,” Panagiota, a mother of two told Neos Kosmos. “Recently, someone was beaten by a group of men in their front yard in full daylight. This used to be a very quiet area and now we are afraid to leave our homes but also afraid when we are in them.”Mr Yiannis, a resident of the City of Moonee Valley for over forty years agrees: “We feel that our local authorities and government are failing in their basic duty to keep the streets safe. All senior Greek citizens in the area talk about is their fear of home invasion.”A maternal and child health worker in the municipality has pointed out that such anxiety can have unforeseen consequences.“Many of the nursing mothers we speak to tell us that they are afraid for their safety, as they are alone during the day, when most of their neighbours are at work. Caring for babies is often challenging and mothers need to be able to do it in a comfortable and safe environment.”Residents have pointed out that, in their opinion, the local police are overwhelmed and under-resourced and are thus struggling to cope with what they consider to be the marked increase in crime. “In the case of the theft of my car,” one resident complained, “the police didn’t have the time to come and see me. Instead, I was expected to make my report over the phone.”Victoria Police chaplain and priest of the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Demetrios in Ascot Vale, Father Emmanuel Lykopandis, applauded the efforts of police in trying to address community fears and cope with increased reports of crime. “These are dedicated officers who are trying their utmost to do their job,” he stated, “and they are making a difference, with the number of arrests increasing.” However, Father Emmanuel also commented that a failure to address the concerns of local residents with regard to their safety could have unforeseen social consequences.“Many of my parishioners, but especially stay-at-mothers and the elderly feel, unsafe. I would go so far as to say they are terrorised by the thought that something can happen to them, because there is this feeling out there that there is a crime wave that is out of control and that the authorities are not able to do anything about it. The temptation among some is to stigmatise certain ethnic or social groups who are considered to be directly involved in the criminal activity. This can lead to racism and divisiveness, and this is something we definitely want to avoid.”Ben Carroll, state Labor member for Niddrie, stated that “the state government is providing more resources to Victoria Police than ever before. More than $3 billion in the past two budgets”.He also pointed out the state government has introduced legislation to create tough new offences for carjacking and home invasion, including tough new penalties and statutory minimum sentences for aggravated carjacking and aggravated home invasion.In the meantime, several prominent Greek Australian residents of the City of Moonee Valley are considering the possibility of forming an action group of residents in order to seek a specific and localised crime prevention and action plan from the state and municipal authorities.last_img read more

Mourinho discusses postmatch incident

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been discussing what went on after the game between his team and Juventus on Wednesday night.The Red Devils travelled to Turin to face Group H leaders in the UEFA Champions League and stole an important victory thanks to two late goals.Former United star Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead with a well-taken goal but a late free-kick goal from Juan Mata and a late Alex Sandro own goal ensured an incredible victory for Manchester United.Mourinho talked after the game about his act of taunting the Juventus fans by cupping his ear at them.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I was insulted for 90 minutes. I came here to do my job, nothing more,” he said, as quoted by BlackWhiteRead.“I didn’t offend anyone at the end, I just made a gesture that I wanted to hear them louder. I probably shouldn’t have done it, and with a cool head I wouldn’t have done it, but with my family insulted, including my Inter family, I reacted like this.“We played a fantastic game, to our top level, as we cannot be any better than this. We came here to play like a team that was against a side with different potential on every level. We managed to win because we played a very, very positive match and we looked for the victory to the very end. We looked for it.”last_img read more

52 would contribute more than 5 of their salary into their workplace

first_imgJust over half (52%) of employee respondents who are currently saving into a workplace pension would be willing to contribute more than 5% of their salary themselves, according to research by Aviva.Its research, which is based on surveys of 2,000 UK adults who currently pay into a workplace pension, 277 of Aviva and Friends Life’s larger corporate pension clients, and 174 of Aviva’s small and medium enterprise (SME) clients, also found that 29% of employee respondents would contribute 10% or more of their salary into a workplace pension.The research also found:68% of large employer respondents would be willing to pay more than the 3% of an employee’s salary that they will have to contribute to workplace pensions in 2019, and 13% of large employer respondents would be willing to contribute 10% or more to their employees’ pensions.43% of SME respondents would be willing to contribute more than the minimum 3% employer contribution due to come into force from 2019.93% of large employer respondents are supportive of auto-enrolment.70% of SME respondents are supportive of auto-enrolment.Andy Briggs, (pictured), chief executive officer at Aviva UK and Ireland Life, said: “Auto-enrolment has undoubtedly had a positive impact on the pensions landscape in the UK. But we are just at the start of this journey. The current contribution levels will not have a significant impact on people’s financial position in retirement. Even when minimum contributions rise to a total of 8% in 2019, this still won’t provide an adequate retirement fund for millions of pension savers.“Now that [auto-enrolment] is embedded in over 250,000 businesses, we need to build on the success we’ve had already and work out exactly how we’re going to crack this pension savings challenge.”last_img read more

Twitch Prime gives away a free year of Nintendo Switch Online to

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Amazon Prime Amazon Twitch See it See It 0 29 Photos Nintendo Twitch Prime has announced a decent giveaway for subscribers. Members can now get 12 free months of Nintendo Switch Online. And if you’re a Twitch Prime subscriber who already has a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you can still get those 12 additional months added on for free. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the deals featured on this page. See this deal on TwitchNintendo Switch Online, which features Nintendo’s multiplayer games, exclusives and a library of its classics, normally costs $3.99 for a month, $7.99 for three months or $19.99 if you pay for a full year in advance. Twitch is offering the deal in stages: Members can claim the first three months until Sept. 24, 2019, and then the remaining nine months through Jan. 22, 2020.Note that all Amazon Prime members also have Twitch Prime included for free (Twitch is a subsidiary of Amazon) and you just have to link your accounts — you can read how to do that here. Twitch Prime members have until Sept. 24, 2019, to claim their three months of Nintendo Switch Online, and until Jan. 22, 2020, to claim the additional nine months. Nintendo Switch Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Walmart Amazon $299 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 $299center_img Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch The price of Twitch Prime and Amazon Prime  varies from country to country. In the US it’s $13 a month or $119 annually. In the UK it’s £8 a month or £79 annually. In Australia it’s AU$7 a month, and annual plans are also available. You get ad-free streaming and other deals in addition to the games. 4:22 Now playing: Watch this: Tags See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $309 Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go See It Nintendo Switch Online details announced Video Games $289last_img read more

Googles DeepMind is using StarCraft II to help train selfdriving cars

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 6:08 Jaguar’s I-Pace gets the Waymo treatment 38 Photos Now playing: Watch this: More From Roadshow (Hint: it’s a lot like driving a car.)What’s happening with StarCraft II’s AI is that Google’s DeepMind system is using a type of algorithm called population-based training to mimic natural selection. The algorithm shortcuts the learning process by starting with the most efficient units and then basing future adaptations on those.The same thing is happening with self-driving development. DeepMind is selecting the aspects of the neural network that are most efficient and using those when it needs to retrain or adjust its procedures as new data comes in.”One of the key challenges for anyone doing machine learning in an industrial system is to be able to rebuild the system to take advantage of new code,” Matthieu Devin, director of machine learning infrastructure at Waymo, said in an interview with MIT Technology Review. “We need to constantly retrain the net and rewrite our code. And when you retrain, you may need to tweak your parameters.”Google has already commercialized some of its machine-learning technology, but it’s specifically using this population-based training model on its fleet of Waymo self-driving vehicles, which is already viewed by many as the most advanced self-driving car program in the world and one that has driven billions and billions of simulated miles. 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo review: The performance SUV par excellence Enlarge ImageGoogle’s Waymo is using DeepMind’s StarCraft II skills to retrain its neural networks. Waymo Finding new ways to train neural networks is becoming more important all the time, especially as the race to develop autonomous cars heats up. This has led developers to come up with some reasonably inventive ways of getting their networks up to speed, and one of them seems to involve the game StarCraft II.What could a nearly decade-old game possibly have to do with training state-of-the-art neural networks? More than you’d think actually. See, according to a report published Thursday by MIT Technology Review, the techniques that some people are applying to make the game’s AI smarter and harder to beat can be carried over to neural network development.See, in StarCraft II, you’re tasked with controlling dozens of individual units, each with unique skills, all while managing resources and fighting an opponent who is trying to wipe you out. It’s a complicated task that humans are good at, but machines can struggle with. Sound kind of familiar? center_img 0 Autonomous Vehicles Video Games Share your voice Post a comment Tags Self-driving cars A ride on public streets in Waymo One Waymo Google Self-driving carslast_img read more

Tens of thousands attend Bengals mega antiBJP rally

first_imgKolkata: Tens of thousands of enthusiastic workers and supporters, including a man on a wheelchair, attended the mega anti-BJP rally at the historic Brigade Parade ground here on Saturday raising their voices against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the venue almost an hour before the scheduled time while party leaders, MPs MLAs took their seats on the side stage. Amidst elaborate security arrangements, the enthusiastic participants gathered waving giants flags. People were seen donning party symbols on hats and clothes. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal Most of their sloganeering were centred around Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and about the party’s rule “finishing” in 2019. Kamaludddin Khan came on a wheelchair came with a placard greeting the TMC chief and wished that she keeps moving ahead indirectly sharing his desire to see Banerjee as the next Prime Minister. Finally, their wait was over as the rally, which is expected to kick-start the Opposition’s campaign ahead of the upcoming general election, got going. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We want to hear didi,” Atish Chandra Bagdi, an avid supporter of the Trinamool supremo from Murshidabad district said. He painted himself in his party’s colours. Some people like Amzad Hossain from Coochbehar district donning dresses printed with the party’s symbol, had arrived in the city on Friday. “Let us take the pledge of building a progressive, strong and United India” read the backdrop of the main stage, where a number of Trinamool flags fluttered.last_img read more

Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley Almost Starred and Sang Together

first_imgWhat is it about some movies that make them ripe for remakes? Take A Star Is Born, currently going through its fourth interpretation, with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the starring roles. The original was a 1937 tearjerker with Fredric March and Janet Gaynor. The second go-round, in 1954, was a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason.US director and actor Bradley Cooper poses on the red carpet during the premiere of the film ‘A star is born’ in Paris, France on October 1, 2018. Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP/Getty ImagesBut perhaps the most intriguing (and controversial) adaptation was the 1976 film, staring Barbra Streisand — who co-produced the movie with her then-boyfriend Jon Peters and singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson. But what some may not know is that Streisand’s first choice for the role of John Norman Howard was none other than Elvis Presley.That’s right. The world’s greatest diva and The King almost appeared together in the now-famous story of a star on the skids who falls in love with an up-and-coming talent. According to those close to Presley, he wanted to do the movie. His movie career had stalled and his recording career was in a slump, with his last top ten single being Burning Love, three years earlier.Presley in a publicity photo for the film The Trouble with Girls, released September 1969.The two superstars met (at least) twice. The first time was when Streisand was performing at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis came to her show and afterward went backstage, surprising the singer in her dressing room.A nervous Streisand was painting her fingernails so she didn’t have to look Presley in the face. In a commentary track for the DVD release of A Star Is Born, Streisand mentioned that Presley, incredibly, took the bottle of nail polish, got down on his knees, and started painting her nails.Autographed posed publicity photo of Barbra Streisand for film Hello Dolly.They would meet up again in 1975 when Streisand and Peters came to Presley’s dressing room, after one of his Vegas shows, to pitch the part. Jerry Schilling, then a member of Presley’s entourage, “The Memphis Mafia,” and one of his closest friends, was present at the time.In a 2002 interview, Schilling recalled that he was surprised to see Streisand because when he and Presley had gone backstage to her dressing room a few months earlier, and Streisand asked Presley what he thought of her show, he replied, “You’ve got a great voice Barbra, but you keep putting your hand in front of your face while you sing, and it’s very distracting.”The invitation and news clipping about the premiere of Barbra Streisand’s A Star Is Born, 1976. Photo by Alan Light CC-BY 2.0No hard feelings, apparently: Here she was to talk about the movie. “After they left, I could tell [Elvis] wanted to do it,” said Schilling. “But, as with so many of the things he wanted to do at that point in his life, he expected people would try to stop him.”He was right. Some believe that Presley turned the role down because he didn’t want to play second fiddle to Streisand or because the subject matter hit a little too close to home. The real story: Presley’s longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker, took over the negotiations and overplayed his hand. First, he reportedly asked Streisand and Peters for $1 million upfront, plus 50 percent of the profits.Elvis Presley is shown during a karate workout, as seen in the film ‘This Is Elvis’, 1981. Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty ImagesBut there was no way the film’s budget could cover two superstar salaries. (Instead, they offered points — a percentage of the movie’s profits — which was a better deal in the long run.) Parker also demanded star billing. (With Oscar-winner Streisand? Not likely.) Finally, he asked that all drug references be removed (impossible since drugs were one of the reasons for the character’s demise).Presley didn’t care about any of that. He knew the role would give him a chance to show off his acting chops and help him find his way back into movies. But, as predicted, Parker would end up talking him out of doing the movie.When A Star Is Born was released in November 1976, the critics weren’t kind, pointing out that it was impossible to buy Streisand (then 34) as an unknown ingénue hitching her wagon to a star.Still, Streisand and co-star Kristofferson would win Golden Globes for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture. The song Evergreen won an Academy Award for Best Song. What’s more, A Star Is Born would make an impressive $37 million at the box office.Related Video: Elvis Presley’s 40th Anniversary – He Would Have Been 82As the 1970s went on, Presley seemed resigned to following Colonel Parker’s uninspired lead, recording subpar material he wasn’t all that jazzed about.How sad. Taking Streisand’s offer might have motivated and energized Presley, shaking him out of the stupor of his final years, and may even have given him a new lease on life. “This was not a man who waited for challenges,” said Schilling, “but a man who looked for them, even at this point in his career.”Actually, Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley would end up working together — in a sense — when Streisand released the 2014 album Partners, which included a posthumous duet with Presley.Read another story from us: Sparks Flew when Draft-Dodging George Hamilton Dated a President’s DaughterIn an interview with Billboard to promote the album, Streisand talked about A Star Is Born and The King. “His career was slightly in decline, he was overweight, and I thought he was perfect to play that part,” she recalled. Leaving the rest of us with one of the great “What Ifs” in movie history.last_img read more

Two guests contract Legionnaires disease at Rio Las Vegas

first_img LAS VEGAS — Two people who made separate trips to Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in March and April contracted Legionnaires’ disease.Mark Bergtholdt, environmental health supervisor, says the hotel began using chlorine at high temperatures on Thursday to disinfect its rooms and water system.Health officials say environmental testing of the hotel’s water system was ordered after the first illness was reported. And according to the Southern Nevada Health District and Caesars Entertainment, the testing came back positive for traces of the bacteria.Legionnaires’ disease is a respiratory disease that spreads when water droplets infected with Legionella bacteria are inhaled. Symptoms are similar to that of pneumonia, including coughing, shortness of breath, muscle aches and fever. Monday, June 12, 2017 Share Two guests contract Legionnaires’ disease at Rio Las Vegas << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by The Canadian Press last_img read more

Pope Francis meets the Castros after mass on iconic Havana square

first_imgHAVANA, Cuba – Pope Francis met Sunday with Fidel and Raúl Castro, the brothers who have ruled Cuba since its 1959 revolution, after celebratingan outdoor mass attended by hundreds of thousands.In what is sure to become an emblematic moment of his tour of Cuba and the United States — the Cold War enemies whose reconciliation he helped bring about — the pope chatted with former leader Fidel Castro at his home in Havana, then held a closed-door meeting with current president Raúl at government headquarters.Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said Pope Francis had a “very informal and friendly” conversation with 89-year-old Fidel that touched on various topics, including the environment.Pope Francis, 78, gave the former Cuban leader four books, including two on theology.Castro reciprocated with a copy of Brazilian priest Frei Betto’s book of interviews with him, “Fidel and Religion,” which he signed, “With admiration and respect from the Cuban people.”Video of the meeting aired on Cuban state TV showed the men sitting and chatting, the visibly voluble Castro clad in a tracksuit — his trademark in retirement.After years of hostility between the Church and Castro’s communist regime — which was officially atheist for more than three decades — relations began to slowly improve in the 1980s, culminating in a historic visit to Cuba by pope John Paul II in 1998.Francis, who arrived Saturday, is now the third pope to visit the island, after his predecessor Benedict XVI traveled there in 2012 — a remarkable amount of papal attention for a country where only 10 percent of the population describe themselves as Catholic.The pope later met with Castro’s brother, President Raúl Castro, 84, who took power when Fidel stepped down amid a health crisis in 2006.Before the meetings, the pope gave a homily on Havana’s Revolution Square calling on Cubans to serve the downtrodden and warning them that “service is never ideological,” in what appeared to be a veiled critique of the communist regime.“Christians are constantly called to set aside their own wishes and desires, their pursuit of power, and to look instead to those who are most vulnerable,” he told the crowd, speaking beneath a towering sculpture of his fellow Argentine Che Guevara’s iconic silhouette.“We need to be careful not to be tempted by another kind of service, a ‘service’ which is ‘self-serving.’” Pope Francis stands next to a mosaic during a meeting with Cuban President Raúl Castro at Revolution Palace in Havana, on Sept. 20, 2015. AFP/Pool/Alejandro ErnestoDissidents arrestedThree Cuban dissidents were arrested as they approached the pope shouting “Freedom!” when he arrived for the mass.An AFP photographer said the activists — two men and a woman — yelled anti-government slogans and resisted arrest as plainclothes agents detained them when they tried to get near the popemobile.The pontiff, who was busy grasping the outstretched hands of well-wishers on the other side of his vehicle, did not appear to notice.The protesters were from the Cuban Patriotic Union and “went to the square to condemn repression,” said Jose Daniel Ferrer, the leader of the dissident group.Cuba bans opposition groups and routinely arrests dissidents who try to protest — typically releasing them after a few hours, at least in recent years.Several leading dissidents have criticized the pope for not accepting their requests to meet him during his visit.The mood was otherwise jubilant on the packed square, where excited Cubans and foreign visitors camped out overnight to see the first Latin American pope.“We’ve been here since 2 am, but it wasn’t hard at all. We are so very happy to welcome the pope to Cuba,” said 43-year-old Yaniurka Hernández.Off scriptThe pope later presided over evening prayers at Havana Cathedral, abandoning his prepared speech to urge hundreds of local priests, nuns and seminarians to embrace poverty.“Wealth makes us poor,” he told them sternly, warning they risked “ending up mediocre” if they forget “the smallest, the most abandoned, the sickest” to focus on budgets or management principles.He then addressed a throng of young Cubans gathered outside in a light drizzle, turning down an umbrella and urging his audience — a demographic feeling the pain of the island’s difficult economic transition — not to give up hope.“Don’t forget to dream,” he told them.The pope will travel Monday and Tuesday to the Cuban cities of Holguín and Santiago, before heading off to give landmark addresses to the U.S. Congress and U.N. General Assembly. Facebook Comments Related posts:In Castros’ home region, Pope Francis praises Church ‘sacrifices’ When Pope Francis visits Cuba, he’ll find many priests aren’t Cuban Cuban Americans make pilgrimages to see Pope Francis in their native land Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeatedlast_img read more

Sunshine Coasts business events sector to be boosted by 6 mill

first_imgSunshine Coast’s business events sector to be boosted by $6 million redevelopmentSunshine Coast’s premier performing arts and conference centre, The Events Centre at Caloundra, will undergo a $6 million redevelopment as part of a dollar-for-dollar funding partnership between Sunshine Coast Council and the Federal Government.Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement that the council’s application for $3 million under the Building Better Regions Fund had been successful.“With council’s $3 million contribution, this $6 million The Events Centre redevelopment will include upgrades and enhancements to the existing building to ensure the venue continues to offer a premium level of service,” Mayor Jamieson said.“It has certainly added to our celebrations this month to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast.“I thank the Federal Government for this commitment and commend the Federal Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, for his support of this important project for our community.“The Events Centre is one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest venues and it welcomes national and international performing artists.“The proposed redevelopment will enable The Events Centre to continue to attract top end entertainment and performances, whilst offering our residents access to an array of cultural opportunities and business events that are an incredibly important part of the economic and social fabric of our region.“Our tourism offer on the Sunshine Coast must also continue to be diverse and attractive to a wide variety of interests.“The opportunity to attend a major business expo or conference is increasingly a part of what our visitors are looking to experience and this will be supported by the redevelopment of The Events Centre. In fact, the fivenational conferences held at The Events Centre last financial year injected almost $2 million to our regional economy.”The Events Centre chairperson and Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said that over the past few years, the venue had been building on its reputation as the region’s premier performing arts venue and the number of top level touring artists choosing to perform there was on the increase.“A premium showcase venue will attract new visitors to the region, visitors who would most likely extend their length of stay and generate a substantial economic boost,” Cr Dwyer said.“A redeveloped Events Centre will also enhance Caloundra’s cultural precinct, integrated as it is with the nearby Caloundra Art Gallery.”The Events Centre, Caloundra $6 million redevelopment project will include:Main entrance (Porte Cochere and covered link)Foyer refurbishment upgradeBox office, bar counters and function room upgradesAcoustic upgrades to theatre walls and ceilingDividing walls between main theatre and Glasshouse RoomBeausang Room refurbishmentVeranda café upgradeMain theatre and foyer heating ventilation and air conditioningCentral and playhouse heating ventilation and air conditioning plantPlayhouse reef plantation air handling unitsNew people with disability (PWD) toiletsPWD lift from carpark to foyer level Source = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more