Freedom on the Net Moroccan Internet Users Are Partially Free

Rabat- In its 2018 annual Freedom on the Net report released on November 1, US-based NGO Freedom House assessed that Morocco is “partially free” in terms of freedom for internet users. Not much has changed since the 2017 report as Morocco maintained its score, 45 out of 100.Freedom on the Net assesses 65 countries, covering 87 percent of the world’s internet users worldwide, and tracks developments in internet freedom each year. Imprisonment of journalists and activistsThe report monitored the internet freedom in Morocco from June 1, 2017, to May 31, 2018, noting the Moroccan government’s crackdown on online news channels and imprisoning of journalists and activists for their involvement in the Hirak protests in Al Hoceima.“Moroccan laws on criminal defamation and terrorism continue to pose a threat to free speech. Several online journalists and activists were arrested and imprisoned as part of a crackdown on the Hirak Rif protests,” the report states.The research mentions Moroccan journalist Hamid El Mahdaoui, editor in chief of news site Badil Info. A Moroccan court sentenced El Mahdaoui to 3 years in prison in June for “inciting participation in banned [Hirak] protests” and “threatening national security.”Like Mahdaoui, Abdelkabir Al-Hor, the founder of the online news site Rassd Maroc, was sentenced to 4 years in prison in February on charges of “condoning terrorism and inciting illegal street protests through the outlet’s coverage of the protests.”In June, a court in Casablanca gave sentences ranging from 1 to 20 years for 54 Hirak Rif activists. Hirak leader Nasser Zefzafi and three other activists received 20 years in prison for their participation in the “unauthorized” protests.The Hirak movement began in October 2016 after the death of Mohcine Fikri, a fishmonger who was crushed to death in a garbage truck while trying to save his goods that had been confiscated by authorities in Al Hoceima. The incident angered citizens, causing protests across the country, but especially in Al Hoceima province, which condemned Fikri’s death and social disparities in Morocco. Police arrested an estimated 400 activists and protesters involved in the protests in 2016 and 2017.Read Also: Morocco’s Unemployment Falls Slightly, Youth Unemployment at 27.5%Limits on contentThe report also addressed the difficulty of creating a news website in Morocco.It recalls the Ministry of Culture and Communications’ refusal to grant press cards to Mohamed Ezzouak, founder of Moroccan news outlet Yabiladi, and Ali Amar, founder of French-language site Le Desk. The cards were granted seven months later in May 2018. It is illegal for news outlets without press cards to practice journalism in Morocco, according to the 2016 press code.Though the state has strong control over media content, it did not block or filter any political, social, or religious websites and other sites discussing controversial issues such as the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the Amazigh (Berber) minority, or Islamist groups, nor social media sites such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter “over the coverage period.”Still, the state can shut down publications “prejudicial to Islam, the monarchy, territorial integrity, or public order” and issue prison sentences and heavy fines on publishers of infringing content. News criticizing the monarchy does not exist in Morocco, notes the report.The report notes: “Discriminatory allocation of advertising and the repeated prosecution of online news editors impedes the diversification of Morocco’s digital media landscape. Digital advertisers were obliged to pay a 5 percent tax starting in January 2018, stifling an already financially fragile media sector.”The partial freedom given to Moroccan internet users has allowed them to “take advantage of various social media tools to educate, organize, and mobilize people around a wide variety of issues.” That organization was shown in the April boycott campaign that targeted three major companies in the country.Online activism and the boycott campaignThe research recalls the major boycott against high prices which sprouted on April 20 thanks to “online activism.”It all started with Arabic hashtags equivalent to “Let_it_spoil” and “SayNotoHighPrices,” against not only the high prices of Sidi Ali (mineral water), Centrale Danone (dairy products), and Afriquia (gasoline) but also against market monopolization and all forms of price manipulation across the country. The boycott caused a massive controversy in the country and prompted government ministers to repeatedly ask Moroccans to end the milk boycott, particularly. The boycott caused major economic losses for the targeted companies in its early days. Afriquia stations recorded losses of 47 percent in Nador, 25 percent in Al Hoceima, and 39 percent in Casablanca’s Hay Hassani less than a month later, according to newspaper Akhbar Alyaoum.Centrale Danone suffered a net loss of MAD 115 million in the first half of 2018 in comparison to a net gain of MAD 56 million during the same period in 2017.The boycott had largely ended by mid summer.Digital activists also continue to provide a platform for discussion on the Hirak protests.Beyond Morocco, the report states that of the 65 countries assessed, 26 have been on an overall decline in terms of internet freedom since June 2017, compared with 19 that registered net improvements.Egypt and Sri Lanka, followed by Cambodia, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Venezuela, scored the biggest declines.“A number of governments are moving to regulate social media users as media outlets in order to legitimize further crackdowns on online speech,” Freedom on the Net reported.Egypt ranks third in the world for highest numbers of jailed journalists. read more


Government committed to post conflict reconciliation process

The Government is committed to the post conflict reconciliation process, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Sweden Damayanthie Rajapakse said.She said this while participating at a ceremony held at the Sri Lankan Embassy premises in Sweden to mark the 68th Independence Day of Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said today. She also expressed the desire to strengthen relations between Sri Lanka and Sweden.Religious observances were conducted at the ceremony by the Buddhist, Hindu and Christian clergy bestowing blessings upon Sri Lanka for the country’s prosperity and good governance. Ambassador Mrs. Damayanthie Rajapakse hoisted the National Flag and delivered a speech at the ceremony elaborating on the Government’s commitment to embark on the post conflict reconciliation process and for economic development. A large gathering of Diplomatic community and Senior Officials representing the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden attended the event. A group of Sri Lankan children and adults residing in Stockholm adorned this event with the rendition of patriotic songs and presentation of Sri Lankan dance forms captivating the audience.At both the events, two minutes silence was observed in honour of National Heroes and the National Anthem of Sri Lanka was sung in Sinhala and Tamil. (Colombo Gazette) read more


The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug remains No 1 at box office

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jessica Herndon, The Associated Press Posted Dec 29, 2013 1:59 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Over the bustling post-Christmas weekend, Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continued to lead the box office, landing in the No. 1 slot for the third weekend in a row.The Warner Bros. prequel earned $30 million, bringing the domestic gross to $190.3 million, according to studio estimates on Sunday.Disney’s animated adventure, “Frozen,” took the No. 2 position, earning $28.9 million over the weekend and $248.4 million domestically after six weeks at the multiplex.“‘Frozen’ probably had the best release date of the year because they positioned themselves to completely dominate the family film marketplace over the holidays,” said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak. “To be No. 2 in its sixth week is a total reflection of that.”Reigning box-office champion “Hobbit,” ”really contributed to this record box office that we have at the end of the year,” he added. “With ‘Hobbit’ and ‘Frozen,’ we are talking $450 million at the box office between those two films alone. They are absolutely killing it here at the end of the year.”This year is poised to be a banner one at the box office, and it is projected to surpass 2012’s $10.8 billion by nearly 1 per cent, making this the highest annual take ever.Paramount held two slots in the top five over the weekend, with the comedies “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” starring Will Farrell, and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. Sequel “Anchorman 2” came in at No. 3 with $20.2 million, and Martin Scorsese’s dark comedy, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” took the No. 5 spot, earning $19 million after opening at No. 2 on Christmas Day with $9.15 million.“Some people are calling the performance of ‘Anchorman’ a bit of a disappointment, but it will be a $100 million gross at the end of the day,” Dergarabedian said. “All of the marketing certainly raised its profile. It will have a good showing.”“Anchorman” met studio expectations over the Christmas holiday.“We are thrilled and we feel the movie will play well in theatres for a while,” said Don Harris, president of distribution at Paramount. “The first film brought in $84 million, and this one will be well north of that.”At nearly three hours long, “Wolf” does not have as many showings in a day as the rest of the pictures currently in theatres, yet it’s holding its own at the multiplex. “The movie is very much out there in terms of content, and that’s a good thing,” added Harris. “It’s different than anything else in the marketplace. I think people are surprised that it’s a lot of fun.”At No. 4, Sony Pictures corruption saga, “American Hustle,” made $19.6 million. David O. Russell’s entertaining take on the Abscam investigation of the 1970s, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, has grossed $60 million domestically and gained seven Golden Globe nominations.Oscar hopeful “Saving Mr. Banks,” Disney’s making of “Mary Poppins” story, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, came in at No. 6, making $14.3 million.Fox’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Ben Stiller’s dramatic turn, which he also directed, took seventh place, earning $13 million. “‘Mitty’ is a feel-good film and with the combination of our excellent exit polls and audience friendly rating at PG-13, I think we are going to play well into the New Year,” said Chris Aronson, president of distribution at Twentieth Century Fox. “This has been an incredibly fragmented and healthy marketplace as we’re expected to finish with a record year.”And despite lacklustre reviews, Keanu Reeves’ martial-arts film “47 Ronin” managed to slide into the top 10 at No. 9 with $9.9 million in its opening weekend.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday:1.”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” $30 million ($98.3 million international).2.”Frozen,” $28.9 million ($50.5 million international).3.”Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” $20.2 million ($8 million international).4.”American Hustle,” $19.6 million ($1.7 million international).5.”The Wolf of Wall Street,” $19 million ($6.5 million international).6.”Saving Mr. Banks,” $14.3 million ($300,000 international).7.”The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” $13 million ($27.2 million international).8.”The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” $10.2 million ($9 million international).9.”47 Ronin,” $9.9 million ($13.8 million international).10.”Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” $7.4 million.___Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:1.”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” $98.3 million.2.”Frozen,” $50.5 million.3.”The Secret Life of Mitty,” $27.2 million.4.”Police Story 2013,” $18 million.5.”47 Ronin,” $13.8 million.6.”The Physician,” $13 million.7.”Personal Tailor,” $12.5 million.8.”Walking With Dinosaurs,” $12.3 million.9.”The Attorney,” $12 million.10.”The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” $9 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Jessica Herndon on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/SomeKind “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” remains No. 1 at box office, earning $30 million read more


Enshrine new conscience clause for Christians in Bill of Rights ministers urged

first_imgReligious liberty is a fundamental right, but recently we have seen it being downgraded compared to other human rightsDavid Burrowes MP Instead of setting out a list of competing rights, as the Human Rights Act effectively does, there should simply be a new duty on employers or businesses to make “reasonable accommodation” for people’s beliefs, the report suggests.It follows a string of high-profile cases in which the rights of Christians to manifest their beliefs came up against other rules, ranging from company uniform policies to laws preventing discrimination against gay people.In perhaps the most high profile example, Nadia Eweida, a British Airways check-in clerk who was sent home because her cross contravened the airline’s uniform policy at the time, took her discrimination claim to the European Court of Human Rights and won.But as part of the same case, the court ruled that Shirley Chaplin, a nurse who was forbidden from wearing a cross at work had not suffered discrimination because in her case the reason given by the hospital was a “health and safety” issue. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. While the Strasbourg court also threw out a challenge by Lillian Ladele, a registrar who asked not to conduct civil partnership ceremonies because of her traditionalist beliefs, two judges offered a dissenting minority  judgment warning of the danger of Christians’ rights being sidelined.Last month the Court of Appeal in Belfast upheld a discrimination finding against Ashers, a bakery run by an evangelical Christian family, for cancelling an order for a cake bearing the political slogan “Support Gay Marriage”. The case is now set to go to the Supreme Court.The report argues that, in the English courts at least, there is mounting evidence of a “growing preference” for putting the right to manifest a religious beliefs second to the right not to be discriminated against for sexual orientation.It argues that such cases are part of a wider trend towards the “relentless privatisation of religious beliefs”.Other faiths too, especially little known minority sects, are being mistreated or even branded “insufficiently British” for sticking to traditional ways of life, it adds.But it argues that a new rule of “reasonable accommodation” – similar to principles already applied in catering for people with disabilities – could sidestep such bitter confrontations.“Examples of reasonable accommodation might include public swimming-pools reserving special hours for women whose religion prohibits mixed swimming; or a hospital offering menus without pork to accommodate the dietary  practices of Jewish and Muslim patients; or an employer making reasonable effort to rearrange work timetables to permit religious employees to observe religious holidays,” it explains.“What distinguishes the doctrine from indirect discrimination is that the employee would no longer bear the burden of proof – he would not need to show that a rule or requirement puts him at a disadvantage.“Instead, the employee need only make a request that his religious beliefs or practices be accommodated, and the burden of proof rests with the employer to assess whether reaching an accommodation would impose an unreasonable degree of hardship.”David Burrowes, the Tory MP and Chairman of the Conservative Christian Fellowship, said: “Religious liberty is a fundamental right, but recently we have seen it being downgraded compared to other human rights.“This ResPublica report delivers a strong set of recommendations for Government in light of the future British Bill of Rights, which would be the perfect vehicle for underlining the UK’s commitment to reasonable accommodation of religious belief.“I encourage the Government to consider these recommendations carefully.” Christians and followers of others faiths should have new protections enshrined in law to enable them to “reasonably” opt out of tasks at work which go against their beliefs, a new report published in Parliament concludes.The paper, by the influential conservative-leaning think-tank ResPublica, blames existing equalities legislation for stirring up divisions between different minority groups and even spreading “political extremism”.It urges ministers to use a Tory election manifesto pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new “Bill of Rights” as an opportunity to develop a new way to protect religious believers at work.last_img read more


Global mining gathering in China to discuss the big concerns

first_imgThe China Mining Congress and Expo will be held in Tianjin, October 20-22, 2009 and International Mining will be there. The event will provide the appropriate platform to discuss questions like those below at one of the largest mining events worldwide, hosted by China’s Ministry of Land & Resources:How is the current economic situation affecting the mining industry & commodities?What do industry and commodity trends look like?What is the role of China within the global mining industry?How and where to find business opportunities in China and about Chinese companies going abroad.Providing the largest mineral exploration and mining trading platform, China Mining Congress and Expo plays an important role in creating more communication and co-operation opportunities for domestic and international mining corporations. The rising importance of this event will be also reflected by the continuing rise in the number of visitors and delegates. Last year more than 3,500 delegates and 400 exhibitors from nearly 50 countries and regions joint the event and celebrated the 10th anniversary in 2008.China Mining Congress & Expo’s trade show attracts foreign and domestic governments, associations and companies, including mining and exploration companies, mining technique and equipment suppliers, geologists as well as banks and legal consulting firms.Conference, exhibition and featured events, as the three cores of the event contribute to greater world appeal and influence. China Mining Congress & Expo not only collects a tremendous amount of information, capital and technology stream, but also provides a convenient channel for the purpose of economic and trade co-operations and communications between China and the world.During the conference, government officials, industry leaders, experts from both Chinese and foreign mining industries will have an in-depth mining industry discussion. The topics will cover mining industry development trends, mining and capital markets, domestic and international investment opportunities, China’s outbound investment, mining and sustainable development, commodity trends, geological surveys, technologies and equipment etc.The exhibition will include main mining countries’ pavilions, mining and exploration companies, investment and financing institutions, evaluation and consulting companies, (technical) service providers and equipment suppliers. China Mining Congress & Expo aims to boost co-operation in fields like exploration, development, investment, equipment and technologies. According to the Organising Committee, nearly 200 booths are already booked. And still some booths are available. This year’s show is also going to build a wider stage for better dialogue and co-operation opportunity for governments, enterprises and all circles from each country.China Mining Congress & Expo 2009 will be held at Tianjin Binhai International Convention and Exhibition Center (BICEC), October 20-22, 2009. Tianjin, the largest harbour city in northern China, will now open its gates to the global mining industry. Tianjin is about 160 km from Beijing, with all integrated connections to other cities with an international airport, the first high speed train in China and Tianjin Port. As the centre city of the Ring Bohai Economic Circle (including Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning and Shandong), Tianjin represents one of China’s biggest industrial centres, has built up an all-round industrial system with machinery, electronics, textiles, chemicals, metallurgy, foodstuffs, etc. as its mainstays. Tianjin is one of the most prosperous business areas as well as a distribution centre for goods and materials in North China. www.china-mining.org/enlast_img read more


McDonald criticises plan to take property tax from bank accounts

first_imgSINN FÉIN TD Mary Lou McDonald has criticised the government over plans to take the property tax directly from a homeowner’s bank account if they fail to pay it.Yesterday, the Public Accounts Committee was told that Revenue will have the power to take the money at source from bank accounts as well as PAYE workers and social welfare payments.McDonald said that at a time when one in four households are experiencing mortage distress and 65,000 local authority tenants are unable to meet the costs of their rent, the idea of taking the tax in this way is “simply wrong”.“Government’s response to this reality is to merely defer, not exempt, property tax payments for people who have suffered a ‘significant and unexpected’ financial loss or expense,” she said. “This of course will not even be applicable to families in very real distress.”During the committee meeting, McDonals questioned the legality of Revenue taking money directly from a bank account which she said struck her as a “real big brother measure”.Related: Property tax will account for flooding risk in coastal homes>This is what the new Local Property Tax form will look like…>last_img read more


Archbishop slams defacto law poor imitation of marriage

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Archbishop Ieronymos, the head of the Church of Greece, has slammed cohabitation agreements, which grant couples living together similar rights to those who are married, describing the pact as “a poor imitation” of marriage.In a letter to Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos last week, Ieronymos described the cohabitation agreement as “a neoliberal rewarding of irresponsibility in interpersonal relations which it relegates to a simple transaction.”As for a bill that foresees extending the cohabitation pact to include same-sex couples, Ieronymos asked whether the state was planning to pave the way for provisions for “the homosexual family”.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more


Benitez spoke about Newcastles interest in Torres

first_imgFernando Torres played his last game for Atletico Madrid today as his contract won’t be renewed and he can possibly come back to Premier League where he used to play for Liverpool and Chelsea.The Spanish striker can reunite with Rafael Benitez who is currently coaching Newcastle and the manager himself didn’t rule this option out as he admitted that he would be, for sure, interested in this move.Benitez spoke about this possible surprising transfer as he said, according to Shields Gazette:“I think it will be harder for him to come, not because we don’t want to.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I don’t know what’s going on in his head, but maybe he is thinking about something else.”“It would be appealing, but I don’t think it would be easy.”“In Liverpool, he was sensational.”“Then we went to Chelsea and, although he had a bad time when he arrived, he was essential for us in winning the Europa League.”last_img read more


Van plan aims to get seniors moving

first_imgLorraine Harrington is shy but cheerful by nature. Sometimes she closes her apartment door and keeps to herself. But she really loves putting on a big smile and hitting the town.That’s not always easy for the 67-year-old resident of Columbia House, a downtown senior-citizen apartment building owned and operated by the Vancouver Housing Authority. It’s even less easy for many of her friends, who aren’t as healthy and as mobile as she is.“I am lucky, so far. Most people here have medical problems,” she said. “A lot of them can’t go anywhere.”So Harrington, president of the Columbia House residents’ committee, is gushing with praise for a new transportation program masterminded by VHA and its AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer, Adna Tanjo. So far, the shuttle program is limited to a farmers market trip every other Sunday morning, but Tanjo is hoping it’ll blossom next spring into a more frequent service with regular visits to grocery stores, doctor offices, community centers — and even charter outings to fun occasions like the Clark County Fair.Seven downtown senior-citizen buildings have signed on to a cooperative plan to use and support the service. In addition to three VHA properties — Columbia House, Van Vista Plaza and Vista Court Senior Apartments — there are four private partners, too. They are Smith Tower, Kirkland Union Plaza, Knights of Pythias and Lewis and Clark Plaza.That means a grand total of 770 residents and potential riders, Tanjo said. The program is dubbed “Plan 770.”Tanjo doesn’t want to displace C-Tran, the Human Services Council, or any other transit service that’s already shuttling senior citizens around downtown, she said. She just wants to fill in some of the blanks they’re missing. For example, she said, it takes a hurried transfer between C-Tran buses to get from the west side over to the Marshall and Luepke centers. That’s just not possible for a slow-moving senior in a wheelchair or walker.last_img read more


Christian Music Executive Bill Hearn Dies At 58

first_img Christian Music Executive Bill Hearn Dies At 58 Twitter Email News Remembering Bill Hearn, Christian Music Maestro christian-music-executive-bill-hearn-dies-58 Facebook Capitol Christian Music Group leader helped develop the modern Christian and gospel genresPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2017 – 1:16 pm On Dec. 10 Bill Hearn, chairman/CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group, died in Nashville, Tenn., from cancer. He was 58 years old.The son of Billy Rae Hearn, Bill Hearn got his start in the industry with Sparrow Records. During his career, he worked with Christian artists such as Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Matt Redman, and TobyMac before assuming the same role his father held at Capitol Christian Music Group.Hearn’s producing efforts earned Hearn two GRAMMYs during his career, first for 1995 for his contributions to Amazing Grace — A Country Salute To Gospel for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel and again for 2009 for his work on the collection Oh Happy Day, which earned Best Traditional Gospel Album.In 2015 he was honored with the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Frances Preston Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award.A great friend to the Recording Academy, Hearn served the organization as a past Trustee.”Following in the footsteps of his late father Billy Ray, Hearn played an essential role in the formation of the renowned Christian music company — Capitol Christian Music Group,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Hearn will not only be remembered for his impressive list of achievements, but for his philanthropic efforts, kind spirit and commitment to his craft.”Hillary Scott on GRAMMYs, God, Family, ‘Love Remains’Read morelast_img read more


Apples latest hire might help burnish its AI image

first_img Sprint Tags $999 See All $999 Best Buy $999 See It See It Google Siri Apple See it $999 See It Mobile Tech Industry Culture Apple iPhone XS Boost Mobile Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Apple’s pushing further into AI. Getty Images The next time you think of Apple and artificial intelligence, it might be about more than how frustrating Siri can be.The tech giant poached Ian Goodfellow, a high-profile scientist in the artificial intelligence world, from Google last month. CNBC spotted the move when Goodfellow, who helped invent a new approach to the technology, updated his LinkedIn page to indicate he’s working as Apple’s “director of machine learning” at its secretive “Special Projects” group.Goodfellow isn’t the only big-name hire Apple’s poached from Google. Last year, the company lured John Giannandrea away from its rival, where he’d been the head of search. At Apple, Giannandrea handles Siri, as well as its machine learning technology for app developers.”Machine learning and AI are important to Apple’s future as they are fundamentally changing the way people interact with technology, and already helping our customers live better lives,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement last year, when promoting Giannandrea to senior vice president of machine learning and artificial intelligence strategy.Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment about Goodfellow.The hires are the latest signs Apple is pushing more heavily into the world of AI, where it isn’t broadly viewed as a leader the way Google and Facebook are. AI is increasingly seen as a key to a new way of computing that will allow machines to identify people in video feeds, drive our cars and anticipate our schedules.Apple’s Siri was one of the first voice assistants offered to the public when it was released in 2011. But it’s struggled to keep up with a growing list of competitors.Amazon’s Alexa, for example, has stood out as an easy way to connect with smart appliances, such as light switches, security systems and even your car. Meanwhile, Google’s made waves turning its assistant into a live language translator. Its Duplex feature helps people schedule appointments by calling businesses and negotiating appointment times for you. Facebook’s AI is being used to more quickly identify extremism and bad behavior. And Microsoft built its AI into an app to help the blind by describing anything a phone’s camera is pointed at.Apple “saw Siri as a feature rather than a platform,” said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. One example, she said, is that Apple’s Siri works better on her iPhone because it has access to apps and information she keeps on it. But Siri isn’t as good on Apple’s $299 HomePod speaker because the company hasn’t created robust ways for its assistant to send information between her phone and other Siri-powered devices. Apple’s latest hirings and announcements suggest the company is now taking AI technologies like Siri more seriously, she added. “There is no question in my mind that Apple is either rethinking Siri or accelerating its effort,” she said.More intelligenceA12 Bionic  apple-event-091218Apple pitched the AI smarts as a major feature of its A12 Bionic chip for the iPhone and iPad. James Martin/CNET When people think of Apple AI, they typically think of Siri. But there are other AI efforts underway.For example, the company’s A12 Bionic chip, which powers the $999 iPhone XS and latest $799 iPad Pro, includes a “neural engine.” Apple says the engine bolsters the photos you take and the games you play. It also helps the device do a better job with augmented reality, which overlays computer images like a photo filter on the real world.Those technologies extend to the software powering Apple’s iPhone too. Apple said artificial intelligence technologies help to power its Face ID, which identifies you with a sensor in order to unlock your phone.Silicon Valley’s churnApple’s high profile hires aren’t happening in a vacuum. There’s constant churn between Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and the many startups that dot the San Francisco Bay Area and the larger West Coast. It’s likely helped Apple that Google, in particular, has been criticized for its AI efforts. Last year, the search giant’s employees protested against Google’s involvement in Project Maven, a Pentagon initiative to use AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. And last month, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Google’s AI work in China is “indirectly benefiting the Chinese military.”google-home-assistant-1353-3Google’s AI tech gets attention, but also courts controversy. James Martin/CNET Analysts say high profile poachings, like Apple’s with Giannandrea and Goodfellow, also help the company with further recruiting because big names often act as a magnet drawing their colleagues from one company to another.Another way Apple can bulk up its efforts is with acquisitions. Apple was said to have bought an AI-powered voice startup called PullString in February, for example. Purchases like that typically come with new intellectual property (IP), in the form of new apps, code and patents. Cook said last month that Apple purchased 18 companies in 2018.”We’re constantly on the market looking for great IP and fantastic people,” Cook said at the time. “We’re very confident about our future.”CNET’s Richard Nieva contributed to this report. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 4 Share your voice Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it reading • Apple’s latest hire might help burnish its AI image •last_img read more


India rejects Pakistans allegation of planning attack vows counterterror actions

first_imgIndia rejected Foreign Minister of Pakistan’s claim with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region.ReutersThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has rejected “irresponsible and preposterous” Pakistan’s claims of India planning an attack on the neighbours. In a statement on Sunday (April 7) night, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “India rejects the irresponsible and preposterous statement by the Foreign Minister of Pakistan with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region.””This public gimmick appears to be a call to Pakistan-based terrorists to undertake terror attack in India,” he said. Pakistan has been advised to use the established diplomatic channels to “share actionable and credible intelligence” it has about terror attacks, he added. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.Reuters”India reserves the right to respond firmly and decisively to cross-border terrorist attack,” the spokesman said, adding said it has been made clear to Pakistan that it cannot absolve itself of responsibility of a cross border terrorist attack in India.”No attempt at creating an alibi for its complicity in such attacks will succeed. Pakistan needs to take credible and irreversible steps against terrorism operating from all territories under its control rather than making hysterical statements to obfuscate the core issue that bedevils our region: cross-border terrorism.”Earlier in the day, Reuters quoted Pakistan minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as saying, “We have reliable intelligence that India is planning a new attack on Pakistan. As per our information, this could take place between April 16 and 20.” Qureshi told the media that Islamabad had “reliable intelligence that India is devising a new plan” to attack Pakistan.He did not elaborate on what evidence Pakistan had or how he could be so specific with the timing, but he said Prime Minister Imran Khan had agreed to share the information with the country.”I am speaking responsibly, I hold a position of responsibility, and I know the words I utter will be picked up by the international media,” he said.last_img read more


Narsingdi road crashes toll hit 9

first_imgTwo road accidents in Narsingdi kill nine people. Photo: CollectedNine people were killed and four others injured in separate road accidents in Madhabdi and Shibpur upazilas of Narsingdi on Monday morning.In Madhabdi, six people were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a microbus on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Kandail area around 6:30am.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Madhabdi police station officer-in-charge Elius Miah said that the accident took place when the Narayanganj-bound bus collided with the Beanibazar-bound microbus, leaving four passengers of the microbus dead on the spot and three others injured.Among the injured, one died in the Dhaka Medical College Hospital and another died in the Narsingdi Sadar Hospital.In Shibpur, three people were killed and three others injured when a bus hit a human hauler in Kararchar area around 9:30am.The deceased are Arman, 50, a schoolteacher, Masum 45, a mosque Imam and Sohag, 22.Narsingdi district hospital sources said that the accident took place as the bus hit the human hauler in the area, leaving Arman dead on the spot and five others injured.Later, the injured were taken to the hospital where Masum and Sohag succumbed to their injuries.last_img read more


Kolkata Police organises campaign prohibiting use of mobile phones while walking on

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police has organised an awareness campaign to make people realise the ill effects of using mobile phones while walking on roads.According to an officer of the Kolkata Traffic Police, it has been noticed that many accidents can be avoided if pedestrians in the city become a bit more careful and avoid using cell phones while walking on roads.A police officer said earlier people only used to speak over phone while walking. Though their concentration used to get diverted, at least they used to look straight while walking. But now the situation has turned worse as people keep texting while walking. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMany were even found remaining glued to the screens of their cell phones while crossing a road. There were many instances when pedestrians were found walking on city roads using earphones to speak on cell phones or listen to songs. “This is more dangerous as many times they cannot realise that a vehicle is approaching when he or she is crossing a road and it often leads to an accident,” the police said.So, the police have started creating awareness among pedestrians so that they do not use cell phones while walking on roads. The awareness campaign was held mainly at two important locations in the city including Hare Street. Such initiatives have brought down the rate of accidents as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the state-wide campaign Safe Drive Save Life.The Headquarter Traffic Guard took the initiative to create awareness on this particular issue and it was done by engaging school goers as it is considered that people easily accept when a child requests him or her to follow something.last_img read more


Global Hosiery Women and Men Market Report 2019 Manufacturers Focus on

first_imgGet an inclusive research report offering a thorough market analysis and growth outlook of the global Hosiery market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global Hosierymarket based on Electronic Type Infant Scales, Mechanical Type Hosieryand region. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.Request for a Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2895135?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABThe research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global Hosieryindustry.Key market players operating in the industry include:GildanHanesbrandsKayser-RothLVMHGolden LadyL BrandsWolfordDonna KaranMengnaFenliThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the Global Hosiery market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the Hosiery Industry has achieved extensive growth since 2025 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts.To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2895135?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more


HP Chromebook x360 Goes Full Premium with Core i7 CPU

first_img Rami Tabari, on With premium chromebooks on the rise, the easy-to-use Chrome OS is attracting more and more luxury users, and HP is welcoming them with the HP Chromebook x360 14 — the company’s first Chromebook to support an 8th Gen Core i7 processor.We’re expecting it to launch sometime in January and start at somewhere in the mid-$500s, but the price subject to change. HP Chromebook x360 Boasts Core i7 CPU, Aluminum ChassisHP is pushing the premium Chromebook trend with the HP Chromebook x360, a 2-in-1 with an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU and full aluminum body.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/hp-chromebook-x360-14-price-and-specs?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:3801:38Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:25How to Freeze Rows in Excel关闭  Starting Price~mid-$500 CPUIntel Pentium 4415U, Core i3-8130U, Core i5-8350U, Core i7-8650U GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 610 (Pentium), Intel UHD Graphics 620 (i3 and above) PortsTwo USB 3.1 Type-C, one USB 3.1 and a 3.5 mm audio jack Size12.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. The HP Chromebook x360 14 can be configured with up to a Intel Core i7-8650U processor with an Intel UHD 620 GPU, 16GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage. 64GB isn’t really on the premium side, but not to worry, HP includes a 2-year subscription for a 100GB Google Drive (which runs around $40).AdvertisementOn top of its beefy specs, this 2-in-1 Chromebook has a full aluminum chassis that weighs in at 3.7 pounds and measures 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches, making it portable and that much easier to convert into tablet mode. It comes outfitted with two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, one USB 3.1 port, a 3.5-millimeter audio jack and a microSD card slot.Despite its lightweight stature, the HP Chromebook x360 14’s aluminum chassis is also MIL-STD-810G tested, which means it can handle itself in a fight with the floor, among other things (more details to come).MORE: Best HP LaptopsIts 14-inch, 1080p panel averaged 220 nits of brightness and covered 67 percent of the sRGB spectrum on HP’s tests, which is a little closer to your average Chromebook, but it does have slim bezels. The HP Chromebook x360 14 also has a neat, backlit island-style keyboard, but it felt shallower than I would have liked as I typed on it.Another luxurious aspect that this Chromebook takes on is a pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers located above the keyboard. However, HP doesn’t include a dedicated Bang & Olufsen audio app, so you’ll have to settle with the one in the Google Play Store.HP rates the Chromebook x360 14’s battery life to last up to 13 hours, which would be quite impressive if it can deliver.We’ll know more once we get the HP Chromebook x360 14 through our lab, but it looks like 2019 is going to continue embracing the premium Chromebook.Credit: Laptop MagLaptops with the Longest Battery LifeWhich Laptop CPU is Right for You?Best Chromebooks Available Now Weight3.7 poundscenter_img StorageUp to 64GB eMMC HP Chromebook x360 14 RAMUp to 16GB by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoForbes.comCrazy Rich Asians for RealForbes.comUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoAdvertisement Author Bio Display14-inch, 1920 x 1080 Rami Tabari, HP Chromebook x360 14: Price and Specslast_img read more


How will an improved running game help what the of

first_imgHow will an improved running game help what the offense is able to do this year?“That’s one of the most important parts of a passing game is the running game. We’re a heavy play-action team. We do a lot of big play-action shots. We do play-action screens. We can kind of do it all. There’s a lot of different things we can do, but anytime you can effectively run the ball and a defensive coordinator comes in worried about your running back getting loose, it just helps you on the outside in the passing game.”Would you say that last year teams weren’t worried about the running game?“Um, yeah. We’ve spent a lot of time this offseason on the running game, and I think that has a correlation with what we did last year in the running game. The improvements are drastic. You can see it every day in practice, you can see it at night when we go and sit in meetings and watch film. Coach Arians put a huge emphasis on the running game and it’s showed.”What are some of the strengths running the hurry-up offense?“I think anytime you put yourself in that position you’re kind of putting the defense on their heels a little bit and that’s one of the things you’re trying to get away with. Maybe you slow down the pass rush a little bit, maybe you make the defense think a little bit. Shifting formations, motions changes things defensively. It’s one of those deals you just kind of slowly move the chains really kind of eats away at a defensive’s mentality and slows down that pass rush, slows down them maybe reaching schemes and jumping routes.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Coach said 10-year vets get the day off so how will you spend the afternoon?“Well, it’s a mental day but it was a joyous day when he announced that for a lot of guys. That’s the first time he’s done that and guys understand that it’s not a mess-around session this afternoon. Guys understand that if he’s going to do that, you better handle it the right way and the vets that are 10-plus years turn into coaches almost and really bringing the young guys along and not stand in the back squirting each other with Gatorade. It’s time to focus in and help out and not be a distraction. He wouldn’t do that if he didn’t think we were mature enough to handle it and we have a very mature group.” – / 45 What were your thoughts when you heard the team had signed Chris Johnson?“Just excitement. I’ve played against him a number of times. I’ve seen too many highlights — I’ve seen too many highlights against the teams I’ve played on and had to play against him. So, I’m excited to see what he brings to this offense. I think it’s a really, really good fit for him, personally. This is the kind of scheme that he can get put in certain situations where he has mismatch and we’ve got a bunch of guys on the outside you got to worry about and you got to worry about him splitting the gap and taking it all the way. He’s done that a number of times as we all know. So, really just excitement and pretty typical for what happens around here. It seems every year we somehow find a way to sign a guy that you don’t think you can or you don’t think you will. It’s a great place to play, obviously. A lot of guys want to come here and live here and play here and play for this organization. It just makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons for him.”How do you define a successful run game?“The outcome is what matters. It’s not statistical outcome, it’s did you do what you needed to do to win the game on offense and did you win. There’s certain games, there’s certain opponents where we’re not just going to bang our heads against the wall and do what we do. We’re going to do what’s best for us. Some of that’s depending on what’s going on the other side of the ball, the type of offense we’re playing. There’s a big difference between Seattle’s offense and New Orleans’ offense, so some games will dictate more runs, some personnels that we’re playing against will dictate more or less runs, it just depends. It’s really week-to-week with us.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.How much do you look forward to playing a full quarter coming up on Saturday against San Diego?“Yeah, very much so. You kind of got a tease last week, just getting a couple seven or eight plays, whatever it was. To get a little bit longer this week, it’s still not enough. No matter how successful the first quarter goes, you always want to go a little bit more. But, it’s a good opportunity for us. A very good defense. I think a very good secondary. They have a good pass rush. They do a lot of things disguising … it’s a really good test for us.” Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more


CHICAGO – A Chicago masseuse is suing Marvel Comic

first_img CHICAGO – A Chicago masseuse is suing Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, accusing him of inappropriate behaviour during two massages in 2017.Maria Carballo filed the lawsuit Monday seeking more than $50,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees from the 95-year-old writer and artist.The Chicago Tribune reports that Lee’s attorney, Jonathan Freund, called the lawsuit “a shakedown” and says Lee denies the allegations.Carballo also filed a complaint with Chicago police, who are investigating.According to the complaint, Lee fondled himself during the first massage and moaned so much during the second that Carballo stopped the treatment. Lee stood up and angrily demanded Carballo keep massaging him.The complaint also says Carballo was massaging Lee with her feet when he grabbed her foot and touched it to his genitals.___Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2018 8:17 am PDT Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 10:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 27, 2017 file photo, famed comic book creator Stan Lee appears at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, in Los Angeles. A Chicago masseuse is suing Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, accusing him of inappropriate behavior during two massages in 2017. Maria Carballo filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24, 2018, seeking more than $50,000 in punitive damages and attorney fees from the 95-year-old comic book writer. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill File) center_img Masseuse accuses Marvel’s Stan Lee of fondling himselflast_img read more


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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Car being chased by police crashed into Taylor Swift’s gate by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2019 6:08 am PDTcenter_img WESTERLY, R.I. — Police say a car stolen in Connecticut has crashed into the gates of singer Taylor Swift’s beachfront Rhode Island home.Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey tells The Sun of Westerly that officers in the neighbouring Rhode Island town of Hopkinton started pursuing the vehicle at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.He says the car sped away from several attempts to stop it, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. The vehicle eventually crashed into the wall outside Swift’s property in Westerly before ricocheting into the main entrance gate at an estimated speed of 35 mph.The driver, 19-year-old Shykeim Edwin Lewis, of Hartford, Connecticut, faces several charges and was held on $10,000 bond. No attorney was listed in online court records.The car’s three other occupants were not charged.___Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more