Googles AI push comes with plenty of people problems

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first_imgMENLO PARK, Calif. – Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently declared that artificial intelligence fueled by powerful computers was more important to humanity than fire or electricity. And yet the search giant increasingly faces a variety of messy people problems as well.The company has vowed to employ thousands of human checkers just to catch rogue YouTube posters, Russian bots and other purveyors of unsavoury content. It’s also on a buying spree to find office space for its burgeoning workforce in pricey Silicon Valley.For a company that built its success on using faceless algorithms to automate many human tasks, this focus on people presents something of a conundrum. Yet it’s also a necessary one as lawmakers ramp up the pressure on Google to deter foreign powers from abusing its platforms and its YouTube unit draws fire for offensive videos , particularly ones aimed at younger audiences.In the latest quarter alone, Google parent Alphabet Inc. added 2,009 workers, for a total of 80,110. Over the last three years, it hired a net 2,245 people per quarter on average. That’s nearly 173 per week, or 25 people per day.Some of the extra workers this year will be part of Google’s pledge to have 10,000 people across the company snooping out videos and other material that violate the company’s policies — but which computers can’t catch on their own. That program will lead to what Google calls “significant growth ” in personnel.Google will take on even more workers in the current quarter now that it has closed its $1.1 billion purchase of part of hardware maker HTC, bringing onboard the 2,000-plus engineers who worked on the Pixel smartphone line.On Thursday, Pichai spoke bullishly about content-checkers hiring, saying the investments now set the company up to capture growth in the future — in the same call with investors that he touted self-driving vehicles developed by Alphabet’s Waymo unit, which aim to do away with human drivers entirely.For instance, Pichai said he sees consumers increasingly watching YouTube videos on connected TVs in the living room, a lucrative segment of growth for the digital video advertising that helps power Google’s growth.After controversies over YouTube stars who made anti-Semitic comments or showed video of someone who had apparently died by suicide, Google has tightened its standards . It has limited which YouTube channels can serve up ads; vowed to manually review every video in its most popular channels for 18-to-34-year-olds; and will pay outside companies to ensure that brands don’t have their ads turn up next to unsuitable videos.“While there have been some concerns, we’re working really hard to address them and respond strongly,” Pichai said.Some analysts aren’t so sure. Collin Colburn, an analyst with market researcher Forrester, wonders how much of the recent changes are just window dressing at a company for whom hiring thousands of people amounts to little more than pocket change.“I wonder if it’s more of a move of optics rather than practicality,” Colburn said, noting Google’s “massive” double-digit revenue growth and cash hoard of $102 billion.Revenue at Google parent Alphabet rose 24 per cent from a year ago to $32.32 billion. After subtracting advertising commissions, revenue was $25.87 billion, exceeding Street forecasts of $25.65 billion. But the company swung to a $3 billion loss from a $5.33 billion profit a year earlier, reflecting the recent federal tax overhaul.Alphabet shares were down 2.3 per cent at $1,141.42 in after-hours trading.Google’s growing workforce has the company on a real-estate tear.It recently opened up offices in Austin, Texas; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Boulder, Colorado; and is planning to open offices in Detroit. It broke ground in November on a huge office building in the heart of London, home to its DeepMind artificial intelligence unit, that will come complete with a rooftop running track.Near its current headquarters, construction is underway on two futuristic dome-like structures infused with natural light, brimming with solar panels and set to open in late 2019. Google is negotiating with the city of Mountain View to add 10,000 housing units, many of which will likely be home to employees known as “Googlers.”Pichai said the company intends to hire “thousands of people across the U.S.” this year, build or open five new data centres, and make “significant investments” in nine states.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

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first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Never-ending NAFTA: The seventh round of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations commence in Mexico City on Monday, where fallout from the recently signed Trans-Pacific Partnership is likely to cause tension. Ottawa has said TPP is likely to curb U.S. imports into Canada by $3.3 billion, mainly in automotive products, a gap U.S. negotiators may seek to close in a renegotiated NAFTA deal.Canada’s first feminist budget: Finance Minister Bill Morneau tables the federal budget on Tuesday, which will feature the economic success of women and gender equality as major themes. A briefing note prepared for Morneau estimates that closing the labour-market participation gap between women and men by half over 15 years would raise the country’s potential long-term economic growth by an average of 0.25 percentage points per year over that period.Banks look to the black: BMO, Scotiabank and TD are all set to release first-quarter results this week. While analysts expect one-time writedowns due to a reduction of deferred tax assets south of the border, the broader picture for the banks looks sunnier thanks to U.S. tax reform and higher interest rates, although domestic mortgage demand and ongoing tensions over NAFTA could cloud the long-term outlook.Valeant earnings: Valeant Pharmaceuticals discusses fourth-quarter and year-end results on Wednesday. A U.S. District Court judge gave Canada’s largest publicly traded drug company preliminary approval in January for a $368-million settlement of lawsuits stemming from the unsuccessful attempted hostile takeover in 2014 of Botox maker Allergan Inc.Have you checked the mail room? Bakery goods and grocery giant George Weston releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Friday. The CEO of rival grocer Sobeys said earlier this month that George Weston and Loblaw Companies “should keep checking the mailroom” for upcoming legal action after they implicated Sobeys in an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scheme that goes “right to the heart of the trust” between Canadians and their grocers.last_img read more

Kohli not shrewd franchise skipper cant be compared to Dhoni Rohit

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first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is not a “shrewd captain” who could be compared to his national team deputy Rohit Sharma or former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have won three IPL titles each, feels former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. The former India opener, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, feels that in result oriented franchise environment, Kohli has been “lucky” to have survived despite Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) never winning the coveted title in his eight years as skipper. “I don’t see him as a shrewd captain. I don’t see him as a tactful captain (tactician). And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately, a captain is only as good as his record,” Gambhir told on host broadcasters’ ‘Star Sports’ show ‘GamePlan’. Gambhir’s comments is specific to Kohli’s success as a leader in IPL since he is the first captain who has led India to a Test series win on Australian soil. “There are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage,” Gambhir said. “He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament,” said Gambhir, who had to part ways with KKR in 2018 after seven long years and two titles.last_img read more

HC stays till Apr 8 interim fee hike by pvt unaided schools

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday stayed till April 8 interim hike in fees by private unaided schools in the national capital on a plea of the AAP government challenging its single judge order allowing the same.A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta also issued notice and sought response of Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools, in which a number of private schools are members. The Delhi government on Tuesday had challenged in the HC its single judge order allowing private unaided schools in the national capital to go ahead with the interim hike in fees to implement the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe single judge on March 15 had permitted the interim fee hike by quashing a Delhi government circular of April 13 last year, which had prohibited private unaided schools functioning on government land from hiking tuition amounts without approval of the Directorate of Education (DoE). The government order was selectively applied to private schools which were on government land and as per a ‘land clause’ in the lease agreement, they needed to seek prior approval of the DoE before hiking fees. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe division bench on Wednesday said that till April 8, the next date of hearing, none of the ‘land clause’ schools will proceed to collect the interim hiked fee. It also asked the Delhi government to produce on the next date, the orders passed by it on the proposals given by different ‘land clause’ schools for hiking fees. The Delhi government, through its standing counsel Ramesh Singh and additional standing counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi, said the findings of the single judge that the interim fee hike was perfectly in order in view of an earlier order of the high court is “ex-facie unsustainable”. Seeking to set aside the order of the single judge, the government said the court had erred in holding that no prior approval of DoE was required in case of interim fee hike as the same was not an act of fee increase by the school, but a dispensation by the department itself. “The single judge failed to appreciate the interim fee hike as contemplated in the circular of October 17, 2017 could not have obviated the mandatory requirement of prior approval in DDA land clause cases, even though, the same was a dispensation by the DoE as the said dispensation was merely an interim measure subject to detailed scrutiny and prior approval of the DoE once the accounts of the schools have been scrutinised,” the Delhi government said in its appeal. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday hailed the Delhi High Court’s order staying the interim hike in fees by private unaided schools in the city till April 8. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also welcomed the court’s order. “Delhi government, in it audit report of schools that were willing to increase their fees, found that they had excess money than they were spending. Delhi has an honest government which understands the pain of parents. Schools have a right to charge fees according to their expenditure but this government will not allow them to increase their arbitrarily,” he posted on Twitter. Kejriwal tweeted there was anger among parents due to the fee hike but the AAP government appealed in the High Court.last_img read more

Manoj Tiwari holds roadshow in Delhi

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari, who is re-contesting from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat, on Saturday held a massive roadshow here. Tiwari, who is pitted against Delhi Congress chief and three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Aam Aadmi party’s Dilip Pandey, kicked off the 15 km-roadshow from MIG flats in north east Delhi to Loni road, covering areas like Shahdra, Jagatpuri and Mansarovar park. Hundreds of BJP supporters participated in the roadshow and raised slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims The traffic in the area came to a standstill as people thronged on the streets to get a glimpse of the Bhojpuri actor and singer. Tiwari had held a similar roadshow in his constituency while filing his nomination earlier this week. The elections on all the seven seats in the national capital is scheduled on May 12, in the sixth phase of polling. The BJP, which won all the seven seats in 2014, is facing a triangular fight in the city as the talks of alliance between the AAP and Congress failed.last_img read more

Week in review Reds top Indians in Battle of Ohio

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Cleveland IndiansAfter going 4-2 the previous week, the Indians struggled this week, going 1-6.Cleveland lost outfielder Grady Sizemore and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the disabled list and was swept at Tampa Bay and at home against Kansas City.The toughest loss of the week came Wednesday night when the Indians had a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning against Kansas City, but lost 8-4 after closer Kerry Wood gave up five runs in the inning.But the Indians were able to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Sunday to end their six-game losing streak.Stud: Trevor Crowe. After being called up from minor league affiliate Columbus, Crowe hit safely in six of his seven starts and had five RBIs. In the win over Cincinnati, Crowe went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and stole his third base of the week.Dud: Kerry Wood. In Wednesday’s game against the Royals, Wood gave up five runs in the top of the ninth to give the Royals an 8-4 win. For the season, Wood is 0-2 with one save and one blown save, both coming in the last five games.Up Next: The Indians open with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field before traveling to Yankee Stadium Friday for a four-game series with the New York Yankees. Cincinnati RedsThe Reds were two walk-offs shy of a perfect week.Cincinnati started off with a two-game series at Milwaukee. In the first game, a Jonny Gomes three-run home run sparked a five-run seventh inning to break open a tie game as the Reds won 6-3.In the second game, the Reds were down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Scott Rolen’s two-run shot and Joey Votto’s walk-off single won the game for the Reds, completing the sweep over the Brewers.The Reds then played a two-game series at Atlanta, with some different results.The Reds tied the first game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth, only to see Jason Heyward hit the game-winning single for the Braves with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, as the Reds lost 5-4.The second game might go down as one of the more embarrassing losses in recent memory, as the Reds couldn’t hold on to a seven-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, losing the game 10-9.But the Reds didn’t let the big loss bother them, as they finished the week with a series win over the Indians.In the first game, Laynce Nix had three hits, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning that put the Reds up 5-4. The Reds won the game 7-4.The second game against the Tribe was Nix’s third straight game with a home run. Jay Bruce also went 4-for-4 in the game as the Reds beat the Indians 6-4.In Sunday’s game, Scott Rolen hit two home runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Reds lost to the Indians 4-3.Studs: Jonny Gomes and Laynce Nix. Trying to decide which of the Reds’ hot-hitting left-fielders to start is a good problem to have. This week, the two combined for 13 hits and 13 RBIs.Duds: Cincinnati’s bullpen in the second game against the Braves. They had a 9-3 lead, and all they had to do was get three outs before the Braves scored six runs, which they proved is harder than it looks.Next Week: The Reds will stay at home for another full week of baseball, as they will play four games against the Pirates followed by three games against the Astros. read more

Pogba insists future is with Man Utd

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first_imgPaul Pogba is certain that his future is at Manchester United, despite the reported interest from Paris Saint-GermainThe France international joined United for a second spell in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89.3m, but has struggled to replicate his impressive performances with Juventus on a consistent basis at Old Trafford and found himself benched recently by Jose Mourinho for his lacklustre displays.Due to his ongoing struggles, PSG are reportedly keeping a close watch on the situation and his agent Mino Raiola is is believed to have offered his client to the Ligue 1 champions recently.While it is rumoured that Mourinho would be happy to sell the midfielder in the summer, Pogba has now insisted that his only focus is on United.“Right now, I am at Manchester United and I am honestly only thinking about the present. Transfers are not in my head,” he told Canal Football Club (via Football365).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…“You know, if I listened to everyone, I would be everywhere.“We are in the [FA] Cup final and the World Cup is around the corner.“I don’t have a problem with him, and I don’t think he has a problem with me.“He’s the coach and he has to make choices. I am a player and I accept them. I have to answer on the pitch.”last_img read more

Mat Ryan a key player for Australia – Schwarzer

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first_imgFormer Australia international Mark Schwarzer believes that Mat Ryan will be a key player for the national side ahead of the World CupThe 26-year-old was an ever-present figure in goal for the newly promoted Brighton in last season’s Premier League as they secured a 15th place finish and crucially outside of the relegation zone.Under new coach Bert Van Marwijk, Ryan has become the undisputed number one for Australia and will be expected to line-up in goal once more for the Socceroos in their Group C opener against France.Schwarzer, who made 109 appearances in goal for Australia in 20 years and played in two World Cups, believes that Ryan and two other midfielders will play a key role for the national side.“First and foremost, Aaron Mooy is a big player for us,” Schwarzer told FourFourTwo.“It’s vital he is fit, and that he is recharged after a long hard season. Mile Jedinak is still a big player for us I think he is massive and whoever plays in goals which will be Maty Ryan.“He’s had a very good season the Premier League as has Brad Jones in Holland so those guys are going to play a vital part in the performance of the team, they always do, the spine of the side is always a key.”Paulo Dybala reveals a falling out with Jorge Sampaoli Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 12, 2019 After having a relatively good Copa America performance with Argentina, Paulo Dybala came out to reveal a fall out with Jorge Sampaoli.We’ve discussed how…Ryan fended off competition from Brighton’s new signing Netherlands international Tim Krul to hold on to his spot as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, which Schwarzer praised him for.“The first five games in the English Premier league were really tough for him,” he said.“They were a steep learning curve as early on it didn’t really go to plan.“He’ll be the first to admit that he conceded goals where he should’ve done better and that some of them he should’ve saved.“But in the sixth game of the season where Brighton played Newcastle and there was a lot of talk of Matt not playing that game and being dropped, he ended up starting and played really well.“From that moment on he’s kicked on and he’s gotten better and better and he’s grown in confidence as the season went on.”Australia will also face Denmark and Peru in Group C of the World Cup.last_img read more

Alaves boss believes they can salvage points against Madrid

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first_imgBoth teams will face off tonight in Matchday 8 of the 2018-2019 Spanish La Liga tournament but Abelardo Fernandez believes his team can do wellAlaves will host Real Madrid tonight in what many have said it could be the return of goals for Los Merengues.The Spanish La Liga team hasn’t scored in the last three matches, including two Spanish tournament games.But for Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez, Los Blancos are not invincible.“They can’t play with more intensity than us,” the coach said as quoted by Football España.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The beauty of being in the Primera is being able to enjoy matches like these, but it’s not a special game, it’s one more. We’ll prepare for this one like any other.”“Madrid didn’t play poorly in Moscow. It’s true that they’ve gone three games without scoring a goal, but they’re the third highest scorers in the League,” he added.“They need a period of adaptation under Julen Lopetegui, although they’ve improved in many areas, such as when applying pressure after losing the ball.”“They remain one of the best teams in the world. They’ll need to have a bad day and us a perfect day to be able to win,” he commented.“Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are above everyone else and it’ll be very difficult to take points off them when they find their best form.”last_img read more

Second Cruise Port

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first_img Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFrom the House Assembly at last sitting: A second cruise port and it sounds as if the minister of finance, Hon Washington Missick is ready for a robust exchange on the notion. This is not the first time this idea is being put forth by the PNP Administration… and last week during his ministerial statement, Minister Misick shared that the EDF Funding 11 coming to the Turks and Caicos will be used in the transportation sector. “Mr. Speaker, to the development of a deep water port that will be strategically located to include a second cruise port. This will increase TCIG revenue from this subsector, as well as allow SMEs to tap into the new opportunities that these ventures provide. It is anticipated that such measures will reduce the cost of imports, and potentially reduce the duplication of social services by eventually linking the Caicos chain as one contiguous market.” Hon Washington Misick continued: “Mr. Speaker, I welcome public-private dialogue on issues regarding the ports, cruise industry and potential initiatives in any of the sectors. I encouraged further engagement between government, the private sector and even academia. As an aside, perhaps there could be specific curriculum offerings that are geared at tooling and retooling persons to maximize their potential in cruise tourism; by extension this broaden the skillset of the wider tourism sector.” Recommended for you Related Items:house of assembly, pnp, washingtonm misick Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Bonnier Acquires Sport Diver UK

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first_imgSport Diver UK has a print audience of 10,000 and digital audience of about 150,000 monthly unique visitors. “We hope to get it about the same size as that we are in the U.S.—175,000 in print and almost 1 million in monthly unique visitors,” says Freygang. “The amount of divers in that region is equivalent to what’s in the Americas, but in partnering with PADI and marketing to that diving database hopefully, in five to six years, we’ll get to that level.”In advertising, Sport Diver UK is at roughly 600 pages, which is pretty good given the size of its audience, and currently collects about $1.5 million in total revenue.“Our opportunity is really to grow that and go beyond the U.K.,” contends Freygang. “Ultimately we think Germany makes sense as a market to go into, France and Spain.”The magazine’s editorial and advertising staffs will remain intact. Bonnier says plans are in place to have both the U.S. and U.K. teams behind Sport Diver and Sport Diver UK collaborate on future projects with special issues like “World’s Best Diving & Resorts” and an annual “Gear Guide” title.“In pairing, we want to look for content synergies between the brands,” says Freygang.The next step for Bonnier is taking the Sport Diver brand expansion into Europe and strengthening its relationship with PADI in the Asia Pacific market, specifically.“We want to introduce a print product there, so we might look for a partner—Australia probably makes sense,” Freygang says. “For the time being, that’s where our focus will be.” Bonnier Corp. extended its dive market portfolio by acquiring Sport Diver UK, an international magazine that mirrors its own U.S.-based Sport Diver brand. Bonnier CEO Dave Freygang would not divulge the terms of the deal, but did say the move to purchase the title was very strategic in the company’s efforts to grow their U.S. brand’s global presence.Sport Diver UK grows Bonnier’s portfolio of dive market titles including Scuba Diving, The Undersea Journal, produced in partnership with The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and the digital-only Sport Diver Asia Pacific launched last year.“The opportunity is to take our Sport Diver brand, which we operate as the official publication of the PADI diving society in the Americas, into the Europe, Middle East and Africa region,” Freygang says. “We’ll start in the U.K., which is one of the largest diving communities in that region, and ultimately expand.”Freygang contends it made more sense for Bonnier to acquire Sport Diver UK than it did for Sport Diver to expand into the market unknown, especially considering the name confusion.last_img read more

IndiGo Buys 250 More Airbus Aircraft Deal Pegged at 25 Billion

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first_imgBudget airline IndiGo said on Monday that it has finalised a pact with global aerospace major Airbus for the purchase of 250 A320neo aircraft. The deal is expected to be worth a little over $25 billion.”We have firmed up the order for the 250 A320neo by entering into the purchase agreement. This follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which we had entered with Airbus earlier,” IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh told IANS.According to Ghosh, the order reaffirms the airline’s commitment to the long-term development of affordable air transportation in India and overseas.”India is one of the largest markets in the world, however it has one of the lowest aircraft penetration. We foresee a robust demand in India and by placing this order, we are clearly charting out our growth strategy for the coming years,” Ghosh added.The purchase agreement was signed on the 69th Independence Day on August 15, 2015.IndiGo, which is the largest individual airline in India in terms of domestic market share, had placed an order for 100 A320s in 2005 and 180 A320neo in 2011. With Monday’s announcement, IndiGo has placed a total order of 530 A320 family aircraft.”It fills us with pride that IndiGo, India’s largest airline and one of the early launch customers for the A320neo, is coming back for more of our benchmark aircraft,” John Leahy, chief operating officer customers of Airbus, said in a statement.The Neo has many innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices to deliver 15 percent in fuel savings, the statement said. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.Currently, the airline operates 97 A320 aircraft. As of April 30, 2015, the carrier offered 593 daily flights connecting 33 domestic airports. It also operates to five ovserseas destinations–Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat and Singapore.The airline had a market share of 33.8 percent of domestic passenger volume for financial year 2014-15.The A320 family is said to be the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft with over 11,800 orders to date and more than 6,600 aircraft delivered so far to 400 customers and operators worldwide.last_img read more

Protests continue against Rohingya persecution

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first_imgNearly 400,000 Rohingyas crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last three weeks. Photo: UNBDifferent political, social and religious organisations across the country on Thursday staged demonstrations protesting at the persecution of the Rohingya community in Myanmar.In Chandpur, a religious organisation, Bangladesh Chhatra Hizbullah, formed a human-chain at Faridganj in Sadar upazila around 12:00pm protesting at the mass killing, torture and harassment of the Rohingya people in Rakhine.The speakers at the human-chain urged the global Muslim community to lend their helping hand towards the Rohingya refugees.The journalists of Sunamganj Reporters’ Unity held another human-chain at traffic point of Sadar upazila condemning the arson attacks, rapes and barbarism committed by the Myanmar security forces.In Sherpur, different cultural and social organisations held a human-chain at district central Shaheed Minar in Chawkbazar in the afternoon.District human rights commission, Mahila Parishad, Udichi, Rabindra Sangeet Sommilon Parishad, Human Rights Defender Forum, Women Blood Donation Association, Alor Misil and students of different schools and colleges attended the human-chain.In Dinajpur, progressive teachers’ forum of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University formed another human-chain in front of the campus on Dinajpur-Dhaka Highway around 12:00pm.The speakers at the human-chain said Myanmar is trying to eradicate the Rohingya community by committing genocide, rape and arson attack.They also asked the Bangladesh government along with global community to put pressure on the Myanmar Government to take back Rohingyas and provide them national identity.last_img read more

3 new judges at SC Appellate Division

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first_imgHigh CourtPresident Abdul Hamid has appointed three judges at the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.They are Zinat Ara, Abu Bakar Siddiquee and Md Nuruzzaman – all of whom were serving as the High Court judges.The president made the appointment on Monday, an official of the court told Prothom Alo.With this, the number of judges at the Appellate Division increases to seven.The three new judges will take the oath of office to be administered by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the Supreme Court Judges’ Lounge Tuesday morning.Apart from the chief justice, there are four judges at the Appellate Division. They are Syed Mahmud Hossain, Muhammad Imman Ali, Hasan Foez Siddique, and Mirza Hussain Haider.last_img

Delhi to host IFLC

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first_imgA joint collaboration between Educational Endowment Trust, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, it aims to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote universal peace. This event will see the participation of school children from these 17 countries – India, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ukraine, Hungary, US-TX, Georgia and Russia.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The city will boast international presence as 43 international students and 18 mentors will participate along with 350 Delhi Schools on the theme- “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – ‘The world is one family’. The Capital’s Springdale’s School, The Frank Antony Public School, Ahlcon International School, Mata Gujri School, Tagore International School and Bluebells International School are also participating. Bilal Acikgoz, one of the coordinators of IFLC 2016, said: “We believe that understanding different languages and cultures helps us understand each other better, and that is the motive behind IFLC.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Lauding the potential of Indian students he said, “I would also like to share that in India we have seen tremendous talent and potential in the students. They deserve serious attention of global educational and cultural organisations.“I think the international education fraternity should work in close cooperation with their Indian counterparts to provide the opportunities the Indian students truly deserve. The Educational Endowment Trust itself is keen to explore the talents of Indian students in other parts of India as well, especially in states like Maharashtra, UP, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.” IFLC is a global effort to facilitate a cordial engagement between the young change makers from different parts of the world. Their mission clearly says- “It is our mission to rise on the wings of art and music and promote peace, love, and cultural encounters throughout the world’. India will witness the event for the first time since its inception in 2003.last_img read more

Best summer fabrics for children

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first_img* Cotton and cotton blends: Cotton has always been a preferred fabric for every age group with a wide range of prints, textures and motifs. With its unique features and multipurpose approach, cotton has become a largely used fabric in the garment manufacturing sector. * Bamboo and bamboo blends: Bamboo fabric is very soft, often described as feeling like cashmere. This is because the bamboo fibre itself is naturally round and smooth without any chemical treatment. It can be worn directly to the skin due to no sharp spurs to irritate the skin due to its organic nature.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bamboo fibres are also quite long which means that there is less piling of the fabric than in the cheaper varieties of cotton. The softness and quality of the fabric itself seems to stand up to multiple washings. * Rayon and rayon blends: Rayon and its blends are made of natural cellulose which is chemically processed to produce fibres. Its ability to absorb humidity makes it a perfect fabric for summer just like linen or cotton. Rayon should be dry cleaned due its shorter durability.* Fine polyester and polyester blends: It is an ideal fabric for warm garments and soft accessories such as blankets, caps, mittens, and bibs.last_img read more

Dilip Ghosh seen in car with police sticker

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first_imgKolkata: State BJP president Dilip Ghosh allegedly travelled in a car with ‘police’ sticker pasted on its windshield on Sunday at Durgapur. Later, a local resident identified as Akhil Shee lodged a complaint against Ghosh, narrating the incident on Monday at Durgapur police station, requesting necessary action.On Sunday, BJP organised rallies across the state, calling them ‘Sankalpa Yatras’. As per their plan, BJP supporters gathered at the Rajiv Gandhi Maidan in Durgapur. Local BJP leadership was preparing to start the rally which was supposed to be led by the party’s West Burdwan district president Lakshman Ghorui. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBut just before the rally was about to commence, police asked the BJP leaders to stop as the rally had no permission. As Ghorui and the others refused to follow the order, they were arrested. After some time, Ghosh arrived at the spot in a car. He was seen sitting in the front seat. A ‘police’ sticker was pasted on the driver’s side, while in front of Ghosh a logo of BJP was seen on the windshield. West Burdwan Trinamool leaders have alleged that Ghosh used the sticker for extortion purposes. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataGhosh claimed that his security personnel, who are policemen, use the car which is why the sticker was on the car. Though the BJP leader is allegedly not taking the issue seriously, no one other than police personnel can use a car with ‘police’ sticker pasted anywhere on the car. Interestingly, the vehicle in question bearing registration number WB 08B 6307, belongs to one Roshmi Doll Chakraborty and is registered with the Regional Transport Authority, Salt Lake, as per the database of Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.last_img read more

The Coolest Features in the iPhone XS XS Max and XR

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first_img 4 min read September 13, 2018 This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This year’s new iPhones have arrived. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR build upon the iPhone X, all coming with edge-to-edge displays, Face ID and a bevy of powerful cameras and processors.The new flagship smartphone line doesn’t feature as many dramatic changes or game-changing features as in years past. But combined with the rollout of iOS 12 on Sept. 17, the devices have plenty to offer consumers who want to upgrade. Read on for a rundown of the most notable new features and improvements the XS, XS Max and new entry-level iPhone XR.Bigger, better OLED screensThe iPhone XS has the same size 5.8-inch OLED display as the iPhone X, but Apple says the phone’s “Super Retina” display packs more pixels and 60 percent greater dynamic range than its predecessor. The massive iPhone XS Max sets a new display size record with a 6.5-inch display made up of 3.3 million pixels. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)A12 Bionic processorMost of the new phones’ performance improvements stem from the A12 Bionic processor. The 7nm chip has 6.7 billion transistors and an 8-core dedicated machine-learning engine to analyze neural network data to figure out whether to run processes on the CPU, GPU or neural engine. Apple said the A12 can process 5 trillion operations per second, compared to 600 billion operations with the A11 chip. All of this gives you significant performance bumps, with apps opening 30 percent faster while using less power.A 512GB storage optionUntil now, internal iPhone storage maxed out at 256GB. The iPhone XS and XS Max double that, with a 512GB model for those who want to pay a few hundred dollars extra.Adjust depth of fieldAndroid devices such as the Galaxy Note 9 have been able do this for a while, but with the new iPhones you can now adjust depth of field in a photo after it’s been taken. In photo-editing mode, look for the depth slider.Beefed-up camera specsThe iPhone XS and XS Max still sport the same vertical configuration as the iPhone X with a 12MP wide-angle camera and telephoto lens. However, the latest smartphones come with more powerful sensors and improved True Tone LED flash with an advanced flicker-detect system. The front camera is still a 7MP lens but has a 2x faster sensor and improved red-eye reduction, detail segmentation and more thanks to the A12 chip.Smart HDRThe A12 chip also powers what Apple is calling Smart HDR, which uses the phone’s image signal processor and neural engine to combine multiple photos into one with techniques like zero shutter lag and highlight detail to take even better quality photos. More importantly, it also greatly improves low-light photos and is available not just in photo mode but also video, portrait, timelapse and pano to add more highlight detail to every shot.Stereo recordingIn addition to overall quality improvements thanks to Smart HDR and the more powerful camera, videos will also now capture stereo sound via the four microphones built into the iPhone XS for a richer sound experience.Augmented reality and machine learningThe A12 chip improves overall performance, but also powers a range of apps and features coming in iOS 12. Cool features such as Memoji and better rendering of 3D objects in ARKit 2.0 all have machine learning running in the background to ensure everything looks smooth.Improved waterproofingA slight improvement, but the XS and XS Max bump up the iPhone’s waterproof capabilities from IP67 to IP68. The new devices are dust-proof, and waterproof up to 2 meters deep and 30 minutes submerged.Better battery lifeThe iPhone XS packs 30 minutes more battery life than the iPhone X, and the iPhone XS Max boasts an hour and a half more battery life thanks to its massive battery, the largest ever in an iPhone. Even the iPhone XR offers an hour and a half more than the iPhone 8 Plus.Dual SIMFor the first time ever, the iPhones XS and XS Max will also have dual-SIM technology combining one physical SIM card with one eSIM. Apple is calling the process Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS), and it will allow users to keep two phone numbers, have two different plans or travel with a local data plan without having to swap out SIM cards. There will also be a new Intel modem to boot, so the new iPhones will finally work with all four major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) by default.Two physical SIMs in ChinaChinese iPhone users will also have dual SIM capability. However, instead of an eSIM (it’s not as popular in China), Apple is releasing separate versions of the XS and XS Max in China that can use two physical SIM cards simultaneously. Register Now »last_img read more