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Google Shows Off Its Latest “Baby Steps” Toward Becoming the Star Trek Computer

first_imgThere are 500 million things mapped in the knowledge graph, and 3.5 billion relationships between those things. But Singhal admits, “This is still a baby step towards understanding this world like you or I do.”“Truly universal search will have information available on the Web and information that’s your information,” Singhal said. Building on Google’s Universal Search, the idea that images, maps, videos and Web pages can all results of the same kinds of searches, it’s time for Google to start bringing users’ own information into the results as well.The updates announced on Wednesday bring that knowledge to bear in new interfaces designed to make searching Google faster, more natural, and more comprehensive, all while remaining considerate of users’ privacy and devices of choice.Lead image via Wikipedia.  Google submitted the app about a week ago. It’s obviously a touchy subject, since Apple’s AI assistant, Siri, is supposed to be the onboard robot that answers people’s questions, and she goes out of her way to avoid using Google to do so. But since Google’s voice search can’t hook in to iOS contacts, phone, messages, reminders, clock or other system-level functions, Siri still has enough advantages that Apple will let Google ship this update.It’s better than Siri at the Web, though. Let’s get that out of the way. While Siri may improve over time, it just can’t match Google at Web search right now. It can also provide answers any way the Knowledge Graph can, which includes doing math. Siri uses Wolfram Alpha for math and science questions, and the race between Google and Wolfram Alpha will be interesting to watch. But for the casual math and science queries we might ask of our phones, Google is on the ball.Voice search isn’t the same as Google Now. The predictive suggestions showed off at Google I/O, which send users scheduling reminders from their Google Calendars when searching for a place to eat, for example, are exclusive to Android.The Destiny of Search“The destiny of search is to become the Star Trek computer, that perfect, loyal assistant,” SVP of engineering Amit Singhal told the audience in his introduction. We ask questions in natural language, and she answers us.There are 30 trillion URLs on the Web, Singhal said, and Google crawls 20 billion on the average day. It performs 100 billion searches per month. That represents a staggering amount of information, but it’s a big leap from indexing those Web addresses to actually understanding them. “The next scientific challenge that we face,” Singhal said, “is that we need to understand what’s in that knowledge.”It’s about more than just organizing the information. If it wants to build the Star Trek computer, Google has to tackle some of the hardest computer science problems there are. It has to master speech recognition, natural language, and, as Singhal said, “We will have to build artificial intelligence. We are clearly not there yet, but we are taking baby steps toward that future.”The most important change to Google search so far this year was the launch of the Knowledge Graph in May. Google is moving away from simple keyword matching and toward a natural-language understanding of terms and concepts.By creating a huge database of the things in the world and mapping their relationships, Google is building a way to relate the queries we ask of it to the actual concepts we’re talking about, modeling our language much like we do when speaking to one another. As Knowledge Graph lead PM Emily Moxley put it to ReadWriteWeb in July, “It’s about mapping the real world into something that computers can understand.” Only if you explicitly tell Google that you’re looking for something of yours, such as by searching for “my flights,” will it show email contents instantly in main search results. It’s all done over SSL, so no one can intercept the information, just like on Gmail itself. Knowledge Graph boxes are displayed on the right side of search results and have a two-fold purpose: helping the you (and Google) quickly clarify the query by suggesting related objects and concepts, and helping you explore the relationships between concepts.Not only does this visual representation of the things in your query help you find what you’re looking for, it helps Google better understand how these things are related.Carousel: A Touchable List of Answers from Knowledge GraphThere’s also a new carousel view for Knowledge Graph search results. The right sidebar box for Knowledge Graph only shows five related concepts at a time, but now a search for a list of things, like “famous jazz composers,” will produce an illustrated, side-scrolling list of possible answers, which can all be expanded with one tap. It’s a faster and more enjoyable way to dive into search results on the desktop, but it’s also an ideal interface for a tablet. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Gmail in search results is a field trial, so you only get it if you want it and sign up for it. You can sign up for the field trial at and see if you like it. It’s not yet available for Google Apps users who have Gmail on their own domains.Voice Q&A Search In the Google iOS App: What’s A Siri?The new version of the Google search app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch brings to Apple customers the kind of Knowledge Graph-powered, natural language, question-and-answer search Google showed off in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O in June.This is the most Star Trek of all the announcements; mobile engineering director Scott Huffman bombarded the iPhone with casual questions, and it always instantly nailed the answer, presenting it in a visually attractive and informative format. On Wednesday, Google announced new natural-language voice search on iOS, new, touch-friendly Web interfaces for its answers, and an ambitious, voluntary experiment to bring your Gmail messages into search results. Google wants to be like the Star Trek computer when it grows up, letting us ask questions naturally about anything and get a compelling answer right back. These new features show that Google’s much further along than you might realize.English-Language Knowledge Graph EverywhereStarting Thursday, users searching Google in English anywhere in the world will get Knowledge Graph results. Knowledge Graph, which launched in May, is Google’s effort to move away from simple keyword matching and toward a natural-language understanding of terms and concepts. This week U.S. users will also start seeing Knowledge Graph people, place and thing suggestions in auto-suggest and auto-complete while typing their queries. Tags:#Google#web That view of flight info is pretty neat, too. It’s not just about pulling up email messages as search results. Google is actually pulling out the information that’s relevant to you from Gmail and presenting it like a Knowledge Graph answer. Related Posts jon mitchell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Gmail Messages in Search Results – A Field TrialOn Wednesday, Google launched a limited field trial of a bold new idea: displaying your Gmail messages in appropriate search results.That might sound scary, but it’s implemented in a conservative way. It pulls up Gmail messages on the right sidebar if they’re relevant, but the email itself is collapsed. A person over your shoulder won’t be able to read your email unless you click to expand it.In a publicity event on Wednesday, Sagar Kamdar, director of product management for Universal Search, told reporters, “Gmail is almost the same size as our Web corpus.” Email is a huge store of information that is valuable to users. But for Google to pull email into search results like it does Web results, “Now we need to make it private and secure.”Collapsing email message views by default is part of that. It’s also controlled by the same toggle switch between personal and global search results as Google+ Search Plus Your World results. Clicking the globe button takes all personal info out of search, and you can permanently disable all personalized search in your Google account settings. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Britain’s Exit From EU a Positive For India

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Pawns and Queens

first_imgWere you planning on visiting my grandmother in Mumbai on Monday afternoon?”“Sorry, you won’t be able to. She is working these days, thrice a week, manning the cash counters at Sahakari Bhandar. If you notice an animated, podgy lady there with a warm smile and a head full of proud sindoor, that would be my grandma.”I am afraid the words have a tinge of wistfulness and muse. I’ve wondered often if I could express them to anyone, ever. The idea of my grandmother working in public, greeting customers, asking them about their shopping experience, seems so unworldly, almost ludicrous. She would much rather spend three hours sitting alone in her balcony, entertaining herself by observing life on the hustling streets.And so it is for tens of millions of Indian seniors.“They are happy sitting in their balconies,” counters my virologist friend at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. “Maybe they don’t want to work outside. Why do we feel that they are forced to stay at home?”His is a pertinent question that prompts another: Why do they not want to work? Some of them are probably apprehensive about dealing with strangers. Sluggish in their veins, they are quite willing to pull through the dull moments of the day. Waiting for the kids to return home to rejuvenate them, resisting the air of freedom that might help them reclaim their passion if they dared venture out of the confines of the house.The inertia stems from decades of living without options, sadly even in larger cities. They are not supposed to be selling necklaces at a jewelry shop. Or asking people if it was eat-in or take-out. Or helping them load apples and milk in plastic bags.Bored? There’s TV. Inactive? There’s cooking, and today my boss and his family is coming over, remember? Alone? There’s Mrs. Khote who is equipped with the latest and juiciest neighborhood tales. Need a walk? The temple is just the right distance for a great exercise.Working for a few hours, even if it means merely standing in a hotel lobby, nodding amiably at arriving guests, outside of the four walls of the house, can be energizing. Dilip Joshi (Name changed), after groaning and growling in New Delhi at his inability to do part-time work, is jubilant in the U.S. where he gets to massage his gregarious side. He greets new faces all the time as he oversees the restaurant kitchen, where he works, making sure every dosa is crisp and every naan soft. He is thankful to his son’s friend who helped him realize what he had sorely missed, post-retirement, in India.“Most of the older Americans who work here feel independent,” says Joshi. “They get to drive their cars, manage people and earn their own pizza money.”Admittedly, money was not Joshi’s driving force to find employment, as his son is financially well situated, but the chance to assume responsibilities and feel important keeps his mind sharp and unfettered. The few hours of liberating experience rejuvenate him every day when he spends quality time with his grandson, unlike previous periods in India of lethargy and disinterest.Access to transportation in India makes it especially easy for Indian seniors to remain active. Public transport is often more efficient, a cab or rickshaw ride is just a finger-snap away, and most shops are almost within earshot. In the U.S., seniors, many with failing backs, eroding reflexes and fading eyesight, have to drive themselves if they want to eat pancakes instead of oats. So the problem in India lies not in the dynamics of the city, but in the lack of dynamism in the mindset.The tone and words of a friend’s father who was visiting in Atlanta reflected the ebbing state of his mind. “At this age?” he scoffed at me. He’s 57, and took voluntary retirement half a decade ago.“This is your time – the younger generation. I have passed that phase of my life,” he shrugged. “Now, when it’s time to go Rama Shiva Govinda, how can I be standing in the aisles ushering people to their seats?”It is the decaying outlook, the twilight-of-my-life disposition, in so many Indian elders that bothers me. I am struck that the very boy who trembled in his boots while seeking permission to watch a movie has to be consulted on the tiniest purchase or decision. The elders feel weaker as their kids grow until they begin considering themselves exhausted and over the hill.Consider Janakiraman Krishnan, my elderly neighbor in Mumbai and favorite chess combatant. His aggressive style of play brings out the best in me. He loves action and detests the limitations that age has imposed on his life presently.“I would love to take up paid assignments for a few hours every day,” he says wistfully.What restraints him are the reactions he anticipates from meddling neighbors. Doesn’t he like to spend time with his daughter-in-law? Are they in financial crisis? How can a son allow his dad to work at this age?Janakiraman, whose liberal outlook has always impressed me, chooses to be confined to the home and not jostle with these discomforting questions. He might be winning his little battles in chess, but he fails to resist the social norms and fears the words and glances of the very people he routs in the acutest of mental games.One of my younger colleagues is critical of the urge many U.S. seniors have to keep working as they age. “Some of them have to work,” she contends, “because their retirement benefits weren’t great. They probably didn’t save up enough and are now working to lead a normal life.” Janakiraman Krishnan, whose liberal outlook always impressed me, chooses to be confined to the home and not jostle with the discomforting questions of neighbors he trounces at chess. Her animated arguments are almost convincing: “Most of them have unconcerned kids who have left them alone to fend for themselves, whereas in India they could have lived a carefree life at home. These working seniors are doing so because of a weak social support structure.”The family support system in India is indeed impressive and admittedly more powerful than in the U.S. But that system doesn’t have to weaken individuals with their receding authority at home. Our elders, many of whom might well enjoy long afternoon naps in leather couches and detest working for anybody any more, should at least be given a choice. After a few years of sitting in their balconies watching Mrs. Gomes walk her dog, they might feel the urge to take something up again.When I was a kid, my mother would have frowned at me if I had asked her for permission to work at Baskin-Robbins. Today, that mindset has transformed with so many youngsters in India flipping burgers or pouring coffee. We need a similar transformation in attitude toward our parents and grandparents – giving them a choice between watching the third rerun of Koffee with Karan and helping Veer Naik reorganize his messy Udipi account books.The options would allow our enthusiastic and agile elders, like Janakiraman, to pursue their interests and passions. Other than terrorizing my pawns and queens. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Maharashtra government is hiring 80 Junior Engineers

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has issued an advertisement inviting applications from interested, eligible candidates for the post of Junior Engineers.Vacancy details:Total posts: 80Name of the posts:Junior EngineersEligibility criteria:Educational qualifications:The interested candidates must possess a degree in Civil Engineering from a recognised university/institution.Age limit:The age of the candidates should not be less than 18 years and should not exceed 38 years.Selection procedure:The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the written exam and an interview.Pay scale:The selected candidate will draw a monthly salary in the grade of Rs 9300-34800 (grade pay Rs 4300).How to apply:Interested, eligible candidates can apply for the vacancy through the prescribed format along with other required documents.The candidates should know Marathi language and should be a domicile of Maharashtra.Application fee:Candidates will have to pay a sum of Rs 300 towards application fee. Those belonging to reserved category will have to shell out Rs 150 towards the application fee.Important dates:Last date to apply May 24, 2016Last date to deposit an application fee May 25, 2016Date of online examination June 19, 2016 (tentative)Read: Want to work in AIIMS? Apply before May 31.Read: Wish to work as an Engineer? Apply at UPSSSC Lucknow for 478 posts.Click here to get latest updates on government jobs in India.last_img read more

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Russia vows to take WADA doping allegations seriously

first_imgA senior Russian sports official vowed on Saturday that the country would take the recent report on a state-sponsored doping system in the country seriously, although the accusations were “unpleasant”. (Doping scheme may have touched all Russian athletes: WADA)On Friday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published the second part of an investigation report on Russian doping, noting that an institutional conspiracy existed across summer and winter sports athletes who participated with Russian government officials. (Russian ministry denies WADA accusations of state doping cover-up)According the report, over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sport, can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests, the Xinhua news agency reported. (Russia’s athletics ban to run into 2017)”This isn’t very pleasant and no one will underestimate the report and the allegations. But we now must proceed to the legal aspects,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said. (Craig Reedie re-elected for a second term as WADA President)However, Mutko, who was Russia’s former Sports Minister, said that from the “organisational point of view” the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and WADA should be responsible for the anti-doping procedures rather than Russia.He added that Russia supported the IOC for its decision to retest the doping test samples of Russian athletes from the Sochi Games.Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Moscow would not respond “emotionally” to the allegations, adding that the country would carefully study the report before it makes any judgments.advertisementThe first part of the investigation report was published in July, in which Russia was accused of running a statewide doping programme and a number of athletes routinely used drugs to enhance performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.last_img read more

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This 17-year-old national level cycling record holder with cerebral palsy just got selected to the Special Olympics!

first_imgBy Vaishnawi SinhaCerebral palsy can become an obstacle for many but it was not reason enough to hold back 17-year-old Abhishek Gogoi from breaking a national record for cycling.This multitalented teenager holds a national record of 19 minutes and 12 seconds, which is the 12th fastest timing in World for the 10 km Individual Time Trial in cycling in the Special Olympics category.By setting this record, he qualified to participate in the Summer Special Olympics 2019 to be held in Abu Dhabi in March.His mother, the sole wage earner of the house, couldnt afford proper equipment for Abhishek and so, he has been borrowing bikes to compete in major tournaments because of which, Ketto, a crowdfunding platform started a fundraiser for his benefit. Abhishek says that his cerebral palsy never came in the way of him trying to achieve his dreams and never affected his performance in the race. The young boy is proving to be an inspiration to young athletes all over the nation, especially those fighting cerebral palsy.No money for cycling equipmentsAt a young age, Abhishek lost his father to cancer, leaving his mother as the sole wage earner of the household. Not surprisingly, the family couldn’t afford any cycling gear for him.He has been using borrowed equipment and bikes for his training and to compete in tournaments and because of his undying determination, he has been invited to a training camp in Rajasthan to prepare for the Special Olympics qualifiers. When asked about his feelings about breaking the record, Abhishek exclaims,advertisement”I felt very happy when I came to know that I had broken the record. But I believe that all records are meant to be broken and even my record will be broken by someone.”‘I take my condition as a challenge upon myself’Abhishek feels that his condition has not yet had an affect on his performance in any race but has instead acted as a push for him to achieve higher goals.He was always interested in cycling as a child but his condition led him to lose balance and injure himself several times. Strangely, this motivated him to pursue cycling even more than before.Cerebral palsy can lead to discomfort in muscular movements and can sometimes cause major disbalance during physical activities but Abhishek trained vigorously to power through it. “I wake up at 4:30 in the morning and ride from my home till Bharalumukh and back (10 kms). After reaching home, I have breakfast and spent some time with my family and pets, says the national record breaker.””After lunch, I again take my cycle and ride around the town till evening (15-20 km approx). Then from 8-10 pm, after my studies, I hit the gym to work out and keep myself fit,” says Abhishek, explaining his training schedule.Abhishek’s future goals As of now, Abhishek’s goal is to promote cycling as a sport everywhere in the world even though his future plans are not very concrete as he loves to do things in the last moment.He is currently studying commerce at IGNOU and holds both studies and physical fitness as equally important. However, his dream is to follow in his father’s footsteps.”My future dream is to make movies like my father. I want to win Oscar and bring glory for my country,” he says.Abhishek’s cricket coach, Venkatesh Ram, and Satbir Singh Sabote, the director of Special Olympics (Bharat) were major motivators for this young record breaker.How crowdfunding is helping Abhishek achieve excellence Despite losing his father at an early age and the drawback of his condition, Abhishek’s spirit was never broken. The funds raised by Ketto had helped him a lot. He says, “Since I did not have a cycle of my own and was not able to afford a good quality cycle, some good people in Guwahati started an online crowdfunding campaign through Ketto. The campaign was successful and they have gifted me a very good road racing cycle by Giant (Giant TCR SLR).”Ketto started a fundraiser for his benefit with a goal of raising around Rs 1.5 lakh.The online crowdfunding campaign was initiated by a person named Arshel Akhter, who also happens to be the first Bicycle Mayor of Guwahati. He was supported by Bikash Doley, partner Spokehub, the Giant cycles dealer in Guwahati, says the cyclist.The crowdfunding campaign helped reach out to a larger audience and a lot of people globally who we never knew personally. Without this, it would have been impossible to reach out physically to these many contributors, Abhishek says, praising Kettos effort.advertisementYou can contribute to his success here.An inspiration to the teens of our timeAbhishek’s success as a cyclist is an inspiration to many. His spirit and drive to achieve his goals made his family very happy and made our entire nation proud.He only had one piece of advice for all aspiring achievers: “Believe in yourself. Never give up, no matter how many times you fail or what people think about you. Just prove them wrong.”Read: This woman is helping girls stay in school after puberty with eco-friendly and safe menstruation solutionsRead: How Swajals solar powered Water ATMs are solving Indias water problemlast_img read more

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Chelsea agree fee with Arsenal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

first_imgnews Share via Email Amy Lawrence Chelsea have kickstarted a frantic scramble for reinforcements in the final week of the summer transfer window by agreeing a fee of around £35m with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the player potentially the first of three England internationals destined for Stamford Bridge before the cut-off on Thursday.Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has entered the final 12 months of his contract, had been offered new and improved terms to commit his future to Arsenal but made clear towards the end of last week that his preference was to seek a new challenge having apparently grown frustrated at the role he was being asked to play in the team. He was still selected for the 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool on Sunday and will depart despite Arsène Wenger having suggested this summer that the 24-year-old would “100%” stay at the Emirates Stadium.The manager’s hand appears to have been forced in the period since with the club’s hierarchy not prepared to lose Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez under freedom of contract next summer. Given the lack of suitors for the German and the hierarchy’s intransigence over the prospect of selling Sánchez this summer – resolve that could be tested by Manchester City this week – that always left the Englishman as the likeliest to depart. Transfer window Share on Messenger Read more Arsenal Share on LinkedIn Another early-season breakdown for Arsenal but no sign of any changecenter_img Topics Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Jürgen Klopp retains an interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was secured from Southampton in 2011, and Liverpool could yet match Chelsea’s offer but relations between Arsenal and the Merseyside club have been tense since Wenger attempted to prise away Luis Suárez four years ago. That could scupper their hopes of securing the player. Regardless, Chelsea have been led to believe Oxlade-Chamberlain’s preference is to remain in the capital.Personal terms are unlikely to prove an issue – it had been suggested that Arsenal were willing to increase his wages to nearer £180,000 a week – with Antonio Conte hoping a versatile player will challenge Victor Moses at right wing-back and bolster his midfield options for the defence of their Premier League title and with a Champions League campaign ahead.England are willing to grant Oxlade-Chamberlain, and other members of Gareth Southgate’s 28-man squad, special leave to complete club moves rather than travelling to Malta on Thursday for the World Cup qualifier 24 hours later.The England manager recognises the timing of the deadline is problematic and demanding players travel with their futures in the balance would be counterproductive.Oxlade-Chamberlain could be joined at Stamford Bridge by Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater, with talks continuing between the clubs. The fee for the midfielder, who has three England caps, is likely to top £30m. There is interest, too, in Ross Barkley at Everton – the attacking midfielder is in rehabilitation from a torn hamstring – with talks having taken place between the clubs after Sunday’s meeting at Stamford Bridge. Given Barkley is expected to be absent until the new year, there is less urgency with that deal though Chelsea are conscious they will have to deflect interest from Tottenham Hotspur.The Premier League champions have pledged to supplement Conte’s options after a tense summer behind the scenes, and could also move for Swansea City’s Spain forward Fernando Llorente as a back-up to the record signing, Álvaro Morata. They are seeking to move Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid, with other fringe players still expected to depart.Loïc Rémy is attracting interest from clubs in Spain and is available for a nominal fee. The young forward Jérémie Boga has signed a new three-year contract and become the 28th player to be loaned out by the club this summer, joining Birmingham City in the Championship for the remainder of the season. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Chelsea Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Widnes on track for top three after Lloyd White try helps beat Leigh

first_img Support The Guardian St Helens’ Ben Barba overshadowed by Wigan’s superb Sean O’Loughlin Read more Leigh Centurions Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Super League XXII Super League Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Widnes took a significant step towards a swift return to the top flight next year with a 24-8 victory here in the Super 8 Qualifiers. At times this season they have looked in serious danger of being in the Million Pound Game when the Qualifiers come around. But the Super 8s truly show what a team is all about and, with three rounds left, it looks much clearer who will finish where come the end of the Qualifiers.At the top Warrington andHull Kingston Rovers appear on course for a top-three finish and an automatic place in Super League for 2018. Below them is a three-team battle for the final spot between Widnes, Leigh and Catalans. This victory for Widnes, their third in succession, puts them firmly in pole position for the third.While 2017 has been an undoubted struggle for the Vikings this win, which was more comfortable even than the scoreline suggests, may enable them to avoid the final drama at Leigh’s expense.For Leigh, at times this season, their debut year back in Super League after a decade-long absence looked as if it could have even ended with a top-eight finish and no need to navigate a path through the Qualifiers.But in recent months the Centurions have struggled – and this was a worrying performance on an afternoon that could have gone a long way to securing their safety in the top flight.Below par throughout, Neil Jukes’s side now face the ominous task of a trip to the side at the top of the Qualifiers, Warrington, next weekend.Should they lose there, a Million Pound Game place may not even be certain with Championship sides such as London not yet out of the running for fifth. “I’ve not looked at the table,” Jukes said. “This was all our own doing today.”Widnes were never behind and by half-time they had established a 14-0 lead which, given how poor their opponents were, always felt commanding enough. Tries for Lloyd White and Alex Gerrard, coupled with two penalties from the boot of Rhys Hanbury, put the Vikings well ahead and, though James Clare reduced the deficit to give Leigh hope shortly after half-time, it would be in vain.Their woes were summed up on the next set when they surrendered possession – and from it Corey Thompson capitalised to put Widnes comfortably ahead again.Matty Dawson responded for Leigh in the closing stages but two more penalties, this time from Chris Bridge after Hanbury had gone off injured, confirmed what many people knew: on this occasion Widnes were much the stronger of the two sides.They now head to Hull KR on Saturday looking to prevent the Robins from rubber-stamping an immediate return to Super League.Should Tim Sheens’s side win their fifth consecutive game, they will be all but guaranteed a top-three finish following victory against Featherstone on Sunday. In the day’s other game Catalans beat Halifax 24-0 to remain in a Million Pound Game spot.Leigh McNally; Clare, Brown, Langi, Dawson; Reynolds, Drinkwater; Tickle, Mortimer, Hansen, Paterson, Vea, Burr. Interchange Higham, Hopkins, Stewart, Richards.Tries Clare, Dawson.Widnes Hanbury; Marsh, Bridge, Runciman, Thompson; Mellor, Craven; Buchanan, White, Dudson, Whitley, Houston, Cahill. Interchange Gerrard, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Walker.Tries White, Gerrard, Thompson. Goals Hanbury 3, Bridge 3.Referee B Thaler. Attendance 6,209. Topics match reports Share on WhatsApp Rugby league Share via Email Widnes Vikings … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Dr. Wheatley to Receive Award in New York

first_img President of JCOBA, New York chapter, Carl Bennett, told JIS News that the Award will be presented to Dr. Wheatley to recognise him for his stellar work in driving Jamaica’s transition into a world-class society through innovation in science, energy and technology. Story Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, will be honoured with the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) inaugural Technology Leadership Award this month. The presentation will be made at the Association’s Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday, June 9. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, will be honoured with the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) inaugural Technology Leadership Award this month.The presentation will be made at the Association’s Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan, New York, on Saturday, June 9.President of JCOBA, New York chapter, Carl Bennett, told JIS News that the Award will be presented to Dr. Wheatley to recognise him for his stellar work in driving Jamaica’s transition into a world-class society through innovation in science, energy and technology.“This is perfectly aligned with the Association’s mission to enable innovation and technology competence through national workforce development to fuel Jamaica’s future growth,” he said.Dr. Wheatley will deliver the keynote address at the event, which is being held under the patronage of Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks. The Ambassador will address the gathering, as will Consul General to New York, Trudy Deans.The Association will also recognise and present awards to several persons, namely Dr. Robynne Chutkan and Vanessa Noel, who will receive the Woman of Distinction Award, while Clifton Patrick Simpson will receive the Jamaica Brand Ambassador Award; and four past students – Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson, Drs. William Foster, Paul Lindo and Dwight Williams – will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award.Mr. Bennett pointed out that the Griffin Award celebrates the achievements of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica in the arts, sciences, business, politics and community service. He said it is a very special event for his Association, as it provides an opportunity to honour some of the most deserving members of the community for their tireless contributions in enhancing the lives of the citizens.Proceeds from the fundraiser will help to support the science, technology, Engineering and mathematics (STEM) applications and spark innovation to advance workforce development in Jamaica.The President added that the event gives them an opportunity to support the robotics project, which was introduced at Jamaica College in 2009.The screening of Trevor Rhone’s iconic film, ‘Smile Orange’, will headline the entertainment package. Members of Mr. Rhone’s family will be in attendance to present the film.last_img read more

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The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Oct. 17———TENSIONS ERUPT AS NAFTA TALKS PUSHED TO 2018: The tensions at the NAFTA negotiating table have exploded into public view, as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced NAFTA talks are being extended into 2018. The next negotiating round is being pushed back almost three weeks in a tacit admission that negotiators aren’t going to meet their original deadline for a deal by year-end. The proposals tabled at the latest round have revealed huge chasms in negotiating positions, on everything from dairy and autos to even the basic architecture of an agreement — and the tone of Tuesday’s news conference made clear the talks have turned downright frosty. Lighthizer said other countries are struggling to accept the reality that the U.S. wants to rebalance its trade agreements. He said other countries and industries must stop counting on easy export access to the U.S. market. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland sounded a marginally more diplomatic note. But she made it clear Canada believes others at the table are preventing progress from being made. Mexico’s Economic Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo acknowledged that the talks would be difficult. He said obstacles to progress remain and that all sides need to work towards constructive solutions.———UNDER SIEGE, MORNEAU SAYS HE’S NOT LEAVING: The federal ethics watchdog confirmed Tuesday that she advised Finance Minister Bill Morneau there was no need to put his substantial assets in a blind trust. “I told him that it wasn’t required,” ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said, although it was ultimately up to Morneau to choose how to handle his affairs. Dawson’s confirmation came amid a continuing furor over Morneau’s personal financial arrangements, which have combined with the angry backlash to his small business tax reform proposals to leave his credibility in tatters. So politically damaged has Morneau become that he was even asked Tuesday if the escalating ethics controversy has him reconsidering his career in politics. “Absolutely not,” he said in French after an event in Montreal. Rumours have been circulating around Parliament Hill for months that the wealthy former businessman is disenchanted with politics after two years in the Finance hot seat. He’s unlikely to feel more positively about politics now that the focus has shifted to his personal fortune and ethics.———LIBERALS TO CHANGE PASSIVE-INCOME PLAN: The federal government is moving to pare down its controversial tax proposal on passive income so that it will only affect three per cent of private corporations. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be in New Brunswick on Wednesday to unveil changes to his passive investment proposal so that it only targets unfair tax advantages used by the wealthy, a senior government official told The Canadian Press. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of the announcement, said Morneau will also share updated estimates showing there’s between $200 billion and $300 billion in assets sitting in the passive investment accounts of just two per cent of all private corporations. The finance minister will also point out that the dollar figure has been growing by $16 billion per year as wealthy incorporated individuals reap what the official described as unlimited benefits from tax-advantaged savings accounts over and above RRSPs and TFSAs, the official said. The government wants to prevent all of this cash, which it contends is not being reinvested into the businesses or the economy, from piling up in these savings portfolios over generations, the official added.———FEDS PROMISE TO GUARD JOBS AFTER CSERIES DEAL: The Trudeau government is promising to build in safeguards to make sure this week’s stunning deal between Bombardier and European rival Airbus doesn’t hurt Canada’s aerospace industry. Airbus wants to buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries commercial planes, whose future has been in question after U.S. officials proposed a hefty 300 per cent import duty on the jet program. Airbus and Bombardier hope that by working together, they can skirt the duties by building CSeries planes for U.S. customers in Alabama instead of outside the U.S. That has raised questions about whether the deal will hurt jobs in Quebec, where Bombardier is based, but Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains hopes it will have the opposite effect. The deal still needs federal approval, and Bains promises the Trudeau government will include specific long-term promises from Airbus about keeping jobs in Canada before signing off. But he says he is cautiously optimistic such requirements won’t be needed and that the deal will actually create jobs in Canada by helping sell more CSeries planes around the world.———BANKING REGULATOR PUTS OUT CHANGES TO MORTGAGE GUIDELINES: Canada’s banking regulator said Tuesday it is going ahead with a new stress test for home buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance, who will soon have to prove they can make their payments if interest rates rise. The move is expected to reduce the maximum amount buyers will be able to borrow to buy a home, even if they have a down payment of 20 per cent or more, starting Jan. 1. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions set out final guidelines on the changes to its residential mortgage underwriting guidelines Tuesday, the broad thrust of which are similar to what it had proposed in a draft consultation in July. The regulator tweaked the calculation of the qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to address concerns that using the contractual rate plus two per cent could lead borrowers to seek out shorter terms. Would-be homebuyers will need to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada. An existing stress test requires those with insured mortgages to qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rate.———CANADIANS CHARGED IN MASSIVE U.S. OPIOID PROBE: Two men imprisoned in Canada are accused of playing a leadership role from behind bars in what American authorities are calling one of the world’s most prolific fentanyl-trafficking and money-laundering operations. The charges in the case, which come as North America grapples with an increasingly deadly opioid crisis, are said to the first in the United States against designated Chinese manufacturers of fentanyl and other opiates. The U.S. Justice Department says customers bought pure fentanyl and other dangerous drugs online directly from Chinese factories. According to the indictments, Jason Berry and Daniel Ceron ran the Canadian end of the alleged criminal enterprise while imprisoned in the Drummond Institution in Drummondville, Que. Further details about them were not immediately available, but they are accused of arranging shipments of fentanyl and other drugs from Canada to Florida and Portland Ore., in 2014, according to documents filed with an American court. The duo are among five Canadians facing charges, U.S. authorities said. Two Chinese nationals were indicted as overall leaders of the group that operated from January 2013 through August 2016.———SURVIVORS CAN PRESERVE DOCUMENTS, BENNETT SAYS: Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says there is a proactive effort underway to tell residential school survivors that their records can still be preserved if they so choose. The move comes after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled earlier this month that records detailing the abuse of former students can eventually be destroyed. The court unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that said the sensitive material collected for independent assessments should be destroyed after 15 years. The federal government and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission argued survivor accounts are a critical part of Canadian history that should be preserved. Bennett, who expressed her disappointment following the court’s decision, tells The Canadian Press she fears researchers will not be able to explore central questions about the residential school legacy if the documents are in fact destroyed. She says it will be important to give assurances to survivors that their names will remain anonymous.———INDIGENOUS NAFTA CHAPTER KEY, BELLEGARDE SAYS: The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says an Indigenous chapter in NAFTA mustn’t be allowed to fall by the wayside, regardless of the challenges and tight timeline currently confronting negotiators. Perry Bellegarde, who is also part of an advisory committee on the talks, tells The Canadian Press he wants officials to understand the importance of including the interests of Indigenous Peoples, noting they were left out of the original NAFTA negotiations in the 1990s. Bellegarde spoke Tuesday at the National Congress of American Indians in Wisconsin to build support for the chapter among U.S. tribes. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has called for “progressive” elements to be included in a renegotiated NAFTA, such as stronger labour standards, tougher environmental protections and chapters on gender and Indigenous rights. Ottawa has been exploring how provisions in the trade agreement can support Indigenous economic development while it also considers how to make the pact compliant with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.———TSB PROBING COLLISION BETWEEN DRONE AND PLANE IN QUEBEC: The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating last week’s collision between a drone and a commercial aircraft near Quebec City. The Beech King Air A100 with two crew members and six passengers was approaching Quebec City airport last Thursday when it struck the drone at an altitude of 1,500 feet. Aircraft rescue and firefighting services were deployed and the aircraft safely landed. No one was injured. The federal agency says it is the first time it has investigated such an incident. Officials say gathering information has been complicated by the fact the drone has not been found and that its owner has not yet been identified. “Given this is a first — and I believe not just in Canada because as far as I know this hasn’t happened anywhere in the world — we’re trying to see what can be done to improve transport safety,” TSB investigator Isabelle Langevin said in an interview. “Because drones are here to stay.” Transport Canada has previously issued a series of interim safety measures for drone operators as it continues to work to regulate the industry. Under these rules, it is illegal to fly a recreational drone within 5.5 kilometres from an airport and 1.8 kilometres from a heliport without special permission.———TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR ‘TRAILER PARK BOYS’ ACTOR JOHN DUNSWORTH: As foul-mouthed alcoholic supervisor Jim Lahey on the comically crass mockumentary series “Trailer Park Boys,” John Dunsworth was a slurring, stumbling mess with a drink in hand and a bitter attitude. Behind the scenes, he couldn’t have been more different, say those who knew him. Word of the beloved Halifax actor’s death Monday night prompted a flood of celebrity tributes that painted a picture of a vibrant, intelligent actor who devoted himself to the craft, served as a mentor and lived an alcohol-free lifestyle. “For a guy who doesn’t drink a drop, he was the most affable drunk in the country,” Lucy DeCoutere, who co-starred with Dunsworth on the “Trailer Park Boys,” said Tuesday in a phone interview from Italy. “He wasn’t a drinker but I guess because he could embody the inhibitions that come from being intoxicated, he was able to add the nuance and subtlety that comes from being a raging booze hound.” Dunsworth died “peacefully after a short and unexpected illness,” according to a Twitter post by his daughter Sarah, who was also on “Trailer Park Boys.” He was 71. Many stars took to social media to express condolences, including members of the “Trailer Park Boys,” late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel, Canadian rockers Rush and actor Tom Arnold.———last_img read more

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RCMP release more photos of suspected gunman in transit officer shooting

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — RCMP have released more photos of the suspected gunman in a shooting that injured a transit officer in Surrey, B.C.Police say they are still searching for Daon Gordon Glasgow, who they allege shot Const. Josh Harms on a transit platform during the busy commuter hours on Wednesday afternoon.They say the mugshots span 20 years and illustrate how Glasgow has altered his appearance many times.There has been a heavy police presence in the Bridgeview neighbourhood where the shooting took place but RCMP say they are wrapping up their search.Investigators say Glasgow may try leaving the province to evade police and they have notified officers in other jurisdictions to keep a lookout.They say Glasgow is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for being unlawfully at large with respect to an unrelated incident.An RCMP command post will remain at the Scott Road SkyTrain station parking lot so people with information about what happened can speak directly with officers.Investigators are also asking anyone with dash camera footage from the area around the time of the shooting to come forward and a tip line has also been established.Public officials, including Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum and Premier John Horgan issued statements of support for Harms, who Metro Vancouver Transit Police say has been released from hospital.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Liam Gallagher Says No To Fur

first_imgRenowned for its classic designs that are worn by musicians, sports stars and vintage-style lovers the world over, and for having been designed by the most legendary frontman in rock music, Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green label has been a global hit since it was founded in 2009.As a British-centric label it will come as no surprise that the Beady Eye singer’s clothing range is completely fur-free. In an e-mail sent to PETA, Pretty Green’s chief executive officer confirmed that the company has a no-fur policy and that it is now labelling any faux-fur trim on its garments. In addition, the company has requested to be added to the animal rights organisation’s list of fur-free fashion brands.“Only the truly arrogant can ignore the suffering of minks who go mad from being confined to small cages and foxes who chew off their own limbs to escape painful steel-jaw traps”, says PETA’s Senior Programme Manager Yvonne Taylor. “We are delighted to add Liam to the list of truly talented visionaries and trendsetters who are able to design stylish, fashionable and popular clothing without the use of fur.”Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are beaten, gassed or anally electrocuted. Sometimes, they are even skinned while they are still alive. More than 2 million cats and dogs are skinned in China every year – many while fully conscious. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood have all publicly sworn off fur. With so many stylish alternatives available, there’s no excuse to harm a hair on an animal’s back.For more information, please visit read more

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Geneva treaties on conduct in war as relevant as ever on 60th

The four Conventions, adopted in 1949 in the aftermath of the horrors of World War II, protect wounded and sick soldiers on land and wounded, sick and shipwrecked military personnel at sea during war, establish rights for prisoners of war, and afford protection to civilians, including in occupied territory. “The Secretary-General reaffirms their enduring significance and relevance for the protection of human life and dignity in situations of armed conflict,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The Secretary-General urges all Member States to take the necessary steps to ensure respect for the fundamental principles therein.” 12 August 2009Reaffirming the lasting significance of the Geneva Conventions on the 60th anniversary of their adoption, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all countries to enforce the provisions enshrining the human rights of civilians and other non-combatants during conflict. read more

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UN renews call for total nuclear ban on 60th anniversary of bombing

“No one who has seen the victims, the film footage or photographs of the aftermath of the destruction…at the end of World War II can fail to be horrified by the devastation that was wrought by the use of nuclear weapons,” said Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at a commemorative event today in Vienna.“The International Atomic Energy Agency, born out of [then United States President Dwight] Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” vision, came at a time when the horrifying consequences and images of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were still fresh,” he said, adding that he hoped the tragedy stood as a constant reminder of the need to prevent the further use and spread of such weapons and to pursue the vision of a nuclear-weapon-free world.Over the weekend in Hiroshima, Secretary-General Kofi Annan will send a message to a Peace Memorial Ceremony marking the anniversary. In the message, to be delivered by Nobuyasu Abe, UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs, he is expected to note that, without concerted action, the world may face a cascade of nuclear proliferation.Mr. ElBaradei said that through its safeguards and verification system supporting the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and other similar non-proliferation accords, the IAEA had done a great deal of work to help stem the tide of nuclear proliferation, while ensuring that the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy are made available to all those who want them.But he stressed that the Agency’s efforts could be better realized if they were reinforced by all other components of the nuclear non-proliferation and arms control regime, and accompanied by the political will and dialogue among concerned States to address other issues such as security and confidence-building, towards achieving a system of collective security that no longer relies on nuclear weapons.“A world without nuclear weapons remains a far-off goal and the world continues to be burdened with nearly 30,000 nuclear warheads,” he said, noting that the NPT had not entered into force and the negotiation of a global treaty on the verified production ban on fissile material for nuclear weapons had not started.“We cannot allow 60 years to soften our memories of how devastating such weapons are. The best protection against nuclear weapons, and the only way to prevent future Hiroshima’s and Nagasaki’s, is to bring about an end to all nuclear weapons,” he said. read more

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Violence in North Africa Middle East puts health of 24 million children

“Violence is crippling health systems in conflict-affected countries and threatens children’s very survival,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, countless children are dying in silence from diseases that could easily be prevented and treated.” Millions of children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan are lacking nutritious food and being deprived of essential health care. Moreover, water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread. “When children can’t access healthcare or improved nutrition, when they drink contaminated water, when they live surrounded by waste with no sanitation, they become ill and some die as a result,” said Mr. Cappelaere. “There is very little standing between them and life-threatening illness, especially when humanitarian access is denied.” The two-year conflict in Yemen has plunged the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises with widespread acute malnutrition leaving some 9.6 million children in need. For more than seven months, health care and sanitation workers have not been paid and contaminated water sources, untreated sewage and uncollected garbage have sparked a cholera outbreak, with 323 associated deaths in the last month alone. The conflict in Syria has rendered 5.8 million children in need. Lifesaving supplies are regularly removed from the few entering convoys and many children lack vaccinations. Those who need it, struggle to get treatment as attacks on health facilities have become commonplace – almost 20 per month between January and March this year. The few operational hospitals function with limited staff while the threat of polio – such as the outbreak that hit Syria in 2013 – still looms. In Iraq, where 5.1 million children are at risk, water supplies in camps for the displaced around Mosul are stretched to the limit as new families arriving daily – many with malnourished children. UNICEF estimates that for the past seven months, 85,000 children have been trapped in western Mosul, with limited medical access and no humanitarian aid. Immunization programmes in Libya have been challenged since the 2011conflict erupted, with suspected measles cases reported among young children. Without new funding, over 1.3 million children will not be vaccinated against the highly contagious and potentially fatal measles and rubella. In just eight months, over 8,000 cases of acute watery diarrhoea have been recorded in Sudan’s conflict-affected areas, which are set to rise rapidly once the rainy season begins in June. Some 2.3 million children there are in need. Across these countries, UNICEF is working to provide children with safe water, water treatment, medical and nutrition supplies but as conflicts continue, and amid a shrinking humanitarian space, challenges to reach all vulnerable children with lifesaving assistance are growing. read more

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What is SouthSouth cooperation and why does it matter

The Conference marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Technical Cooperation Among Developing Countries, which was also held in Buenos Aires.The central theme of discussion will be how South-South cooperation represents an opportunity to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the globally-agreed blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet.UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who will participate in opening ceremony of the event, strongly believes in the importance of South-South cooperation to generate both new ideas and concrete projects and also as a means to enable voices from the Global South to drive innovation and promote development.UN News has put together a handy guide to answer some questions regarding this important meeting.1. Let’s start with the basics, what is South-South Cooperation?South-South cooperation refers to the technical cooperation among developing countries in the Global South. It is a tool used by the states, international organizations, academics, civil society and the private sector to collaborate and share knowledge, skills and successful initiatives in specific areas such as agricultural development, human rights, urbanization, health, climate change etc.  2. What happened in Argentina 40 years ago?During the 1960s and 1970s, with the global socio-economic climate entangled with Cold War politics, developing countries began seeking ways to chart the course of their own development; alternatives to the existing economic and political order.Technical cooperation among these Southern States started as a pioneering associative effort to strengthen their diplomatic and international negotiating power through political dialogue.What is now known as South-South cooperation, derives from the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (BAPA) by 138 UN Member States in Argentina, on September 18, 1978.The plan established a scheme of collaboration among least developed countries, mostly located in the south of the planet. It also established for the first time a framework for this type of cooperation, and incorporated in its practice the basic principles of relations between sovereign States: respect for sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and equality of rights, among others.The BAPA defined as well a series of new and concrete recommendations aimed at establishing legal frameworks and financing mechanisms at the national, regional, interregional and global levels.Technical cooperation was defined in Buenos Aires as “an instrument capable of promoting the exchange of successful experiences among countries that share similar historical realities and similar challenges”. 3. But what about North-South cooperation and Triangular cooperation?The division of “North” and “South” is used to refer to the social, economic and political differences that exist between developed countries (North) and developing countries (South).Although most of the high income countries are indeed located in the northern hemisphere, it should be noted that the division is not totally faithful to the actual geographical division. A country is defined as North or South not by location, but depending on certain economic factors and the quality of life of its population.North-South cooperation, which is the most traditional type of cooperation, occurs when a developed country supports economically or with another kind of resources a less favored one, for example, with financial aid during a natural disaster or a humanitarian crisis.Triangular cooperation, as the name implies, involves three actors, two from the South and one from the North. The latter, which can also be an international organization, provides the financial resources so that the countries of the South can exchange technical assistance on a specific topic.For example, in what is considered a successful experience, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) made it possible financially for demining Cambodian experts to travel to Colombia and exchange their knowledge and experience in that field. Both Cambodia and Colombia had a major issue with anti personnel-mines in different moments of their history.4. What is the importance of South-South cooperation?“Innovative forms of knowledge exchange, technology transfer, emergency response and recovery of livelihoods led by the South are transforming lives,” said the Secretary-General in November 2018, during the inauguration of the 10th South-South Development Expo at UN Headquarters in New York.“The facts speak for themselves”, António Guterres said. The countries of the South have contributed to more than half of the world’s growth in recent years; intra-south trade is higher than ever, accounting for more than a quarter of all world trade; the outflows of foreign direct investment from the South represent a third of the global flows; and remittances from migrant workers to low and middle income countries reached 466 billion dollars last year, which helped lift millions of families out of poverty.The UN chief believes that the ambitious and transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can not be achieved without the ideas, energy and tremendous ingenuity of the countries of the Global South.5. What can South-South cooperation achieve?Together with political dialogue and financial cooperation, South-South cooperation has promoted a large number of knowledge and expertise exchanges through programs, projects and initiatives that have helped solve specific problems in the countries of the Global South.Last November, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation published a document gathering more than 100 successful experiences that have contributed to the development of countries around the world.The publication contains examples from all regions of the world that demonstrate the potential success of South-South cooperation such as Cuba’s support in the fight against Ebola in West Africa; Mexico’s experience in diversifying corn products to improve health and nutrition in Kenya; the knowledge of strategies to reduce hunger shared by Colombia to Mesoamerican countries; and the lessons from Chile to the Caribbean countries on product labeling as a measure to end obesity, among many others. UNOSSCDoctor examining child in Cambodia, member state of the South-South cooperation. 6. What is going to happen this week in Argentina?The Member States will meet again in Buenos Aires for the Second High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation, BAPA+40, to review four decades of trends and launch a  new strategy in order to implement the 2030 Agenda.BAPA+40, provides a unique opportunity to review the lessons learned since 1978, identify new areas and mechanisms where South-South and Triangular cooperation can add value and have a greater impact, and commit to build an adequate and systematic follow-up in the framework of the United Nations system.For three days, world leaders will meet to discuss a political declaration that is expected to call for an increase in South-South cooperation, as well as an institutional strengthening of reporting and monitoring systems for this type of partnership.The event will also feature panel discussions and a pavilion of different countries that will share successful experiences, demonstrating the effectiveness of this type of cooperation, and the potential of the ideas of the countries in the Global South.7. How can I participate in the discussion?You can follow live coverage of the event on UN Web TV.If you miss anything, all on-demand videos related to BAPA+40 can be found here: social media, you can comment, tweet, and participate using the hashtags: #BAPA40; #SouthSouthCooperation; and #SouthSouth. read more

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Son surprises Irish mammy with Christmas visit from Australia

first_img Source: DailyEdge.ieSpecial mention for the stunned brother and the mammy’s classic “how did you get home” questions.Happy Christmas to all!Thanks to Ciara for sending on the video Dublin airport’s arrival gates will make you feel all warm and fuzzy>Watch families reunite for Christmas at Dublin Airport>8 Christmas school rituals every Irish child knows> THIS IRISH MAMMY had no clue her ‘prodigal son’ was about to walk around the corner in time for Christmas.He’s made a surprise visit home to Belfast from Australia, and his sister was the only person who knew about his trip.last_img read more

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British FS Boris Johnson resigns

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 27 March 2018, Britain`s foreign secretary Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London after attending the weekly meeting of the Cabinet. British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has resigned, Downing Street said in a statement on 9 July 2018, hours after Brexit minister David Davis stepped down. — AFPBritish foreign secretary Boris Johnson resigned on Monday in a major blow for prime minister Theresa May, hours after her Brexit minister stepped down over her plans for leaving the EU.”This afternoon, the prime minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary,” May’s Downing Street office said in a statement.”His replacement will be announced shortly. The prime minister thanks Boris for his work,” the statement said.In private, Johnson had reportedly criticised May’s plan for retaining strong economic ties to the EU even after Brexit, referring to the plan as “polishing a turd”.Since cabinet approval for the plan on Friday, however, he had refrained from public comment.He was due to co-host a summit on the Western Balkans in London on Monday but did not show up.Germany’s junior foreign minister Michael Roth tweeted: “We’re still waiting for our host”.last_img
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The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out so get your copy NOW

first_imgDon’t forget that you can buy a copy from any of our street sellers at only R5! No scratching around for change and holding up morning traffic. One R5 coin and the paper is yours! So get your copy NOW!!!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Ladysmith Gazette newspaper is out today, so if you want to read the latest news in your community, then you had better get your copy.Read all about the Toys for Joy ‘Jail and Bail’ on our front page and continued on page 4.We have plenty of hard news stories on page 2 and 3.Not forgetting our community and school news, plus lots of local sport.If you’re looking for a job, then purchase the newspaper and check out our vacancies page.The perfect career might be waiting for you!Then see what’s on sale in our classifieds section. You could pick up a great bargain or two!The cost of the newspaper is ONLY R5.30, which is very reasonable indeed.last_img read more

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