first_imgYesterday at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility.Video: End Violence Against Children Launch FilmEnd Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.“The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is mobilizing the world,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “There could be no more meaningful way to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”The world’s governments set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Working through the Global Partnership, governments and organizations can pool their resources and expertise to make accelerated progress toward this critical goal.“Every day, in every country and every community, children are victimized by violence – and far too often, this violence is accepted as normal, permissible, or a private matter,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership. “Violence against children is not inevitable – if we challenge the status quo that harms the lives and futures of so many children. Every child has the right to grow up free from violence – and we all need to work together to realize that vision.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in the past year as many as 1 billion children around the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence. Globally, one in four children suffer physical abuse. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life. Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence.“Violence against children is a problem shared by every society – so the solution must also be shared,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who serves as founding co-Chair of the Global Partnership Board. “When we protect children from violence we not only prevent individual tragedies and support children’s development and growth. In doing so, we also support the strength and stability of their societies.”In coordination with the United Kingdom, the multi-donor trust fund has been established to support the Global Partnership. The UK Government is making a £40m contribution to catalyze the Fund in collaboration with the WePROTECT Global Alliance. The UK funding will be dispersed over the next four years and will focus on ending online child sexual exploitation.“Online child sexual exploitation is a global crime that transcends borders, and demands a global response,” said Baroness Joanna Shields, UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security. “This important new Fund will help tackle this abhorrent crime and protect children no matter where they live in the world. I encourage countries and organizations to seek this funding, and to support the Fund’s work to tackle the violence our children face online, in their everyday lives, and in places affected by conflict and crisis.”At the launch event, government ministers from Sweden, Mexico, Indonesia and Tanzania committed to developing specific plans that will combat violence against children, including tackling behaviours and traditions that further violence, making schools and institutions safe for all children, and strengthening data collection about violence and children, among other efforts.The Global Partnership today also launched the new INSPIRE package of seven proven strategies to prevent violence against children, created with the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, End Violence Against Children, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Together for Girls, UNICEF, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. Drawing from decades of research and building on the progress made so far, the new INSPIRE strategies include parent and caregiver support programs, life skills training, the implementation and enforcement of laws, and services for victims.The launch of the Global Partnership includes the premier of a new PSA featuring Liam Neeson, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and international children’s peace prize winners from Liberia and the Philippines. The PSA tells the story of the impact of violence from the perspective of children, and includes powerful appeals from Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden, Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group worldwide, and others – all calling on governments, societies, communities, and families to #ENDViolence against children.last_img read more

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first_imgUNICEF has appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.“We are deeply honoured that Zade Dirani has accepted this role. His appointment will be a strong contribution to furthering the rights of children. His amazing talent is critical at a time when the region is in dire need for peace, tolerance, and cultural understanding” said Saad Houry, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.The founder of the Zade Foundation for International Peace and Understanding, Dirani is known for his work to help young musicians promote peace and cultural understanding. Over the past years, he has worked with aspiring and world renowned musicians to spread the message of peace and co-existence, including a much acclaimed concert for peace “One Night in Jordan,” where he was accompanied by musicians from some 40 countries.“I am delighted to be a Regional Ambassador for UNICEF,” said Dirani. “I firmly believe that music transcends borders and is a powerful tool for peace and mutual respect. As we look around our region, we are reminded how critical it is to continue to raise our voices for the protection of children, especially the most vulnerable. History will judge us harshly if we fail them.”Referred to by some as a ‘piano prodigy,’ Dirani has released several billboard charting albums, and performed around the world, including by invitation of the Jordanian Royal Family. He has also performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and the late Nelson Mandela.Dirani joins a prestigious group of UNICEF Regional Ambassadors for the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iraqi composer and singer Kadim Al-Sahir; Lebanese entertainer Nancy Ajram; and Egyptian actor, Mahmoud Kabil.last_img read more

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In an exchange of letters with the President of the Security Council, the Secretary-General says he is making the proposal after consulting with authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR), who requested the renewal of BONUCA’s mandate.Mr. Annan says the move to keep BONUCA in the country until 31 December 2003 would also enable the Office to continue to support the CAR in its ongoing efforts to “strengthen democratic institutions and the rule of law, and lay solid foundations for sustainable peace and socio-economic progress in the face of daunting domestic challenges and a volatile subregional environment.”

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UNICEF and partner WEO unload water and hygiene kits in Al Houd, Ninewa Governorate, located south of Mosul, which was retaken by Iraqi security forces on 17 October 2016. Photo: UNICEF/UN036544/Aree Dilshad/WEO “Our focus remains on the intensive and continuing push for more protection and shelter support,” Adrian Edwards, a UNHCR spokesperson, told today’s press briefing in Geneva. The agency UNHCR reports modest levels of displacement, with 3,900 people displaced and transported to a nearby reception centre in the village of Al-Hood to receive assistance. Additional 240 people were transferred from Makhmur district to a reception centre (Debaga) yesterday. According to UNHCR, additional five camps were established to shelter 45,000 people, with 11 camps planned. The agency will be able to provide shelter support for 600,000 people. In Mosul, UNHCR will soon be ready to send support and emergency assistance to 15,000 individuals, with hopes to eventually accommodate 50,000. In addition, UNHCR has partnered with other UN agencies as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to ensure that proper sanitation, sufficient water supply, health and protections services are available to the people at Al Hol.The agency was able to reach 48 per cent of its budget goal, stressing that there is still a huge need for further funding, especially when the winter is around the corner, said Mr. Edwards. Meanwhile, UNICEF is delivering clean water to thousands of families caught up in the conflict in Al Houd, a town south of Mosul that was earlier retaken by Iraqi security forces. The UNICEF Country Representative in Iraq stated that the agency has helped 3,000 children and their families who suffered the consequences of Iraqi conflict. “It may seem a small achievement, but it is one that will bring a week of respite for the children and families who have already suffered so much,” he said. “A lot of children are in a state of shock, all they need now is a safe space to play, learn and aspire,” said UNICEF’s Peter Hawkins. UNICEF stresses that the displaced and needed families require clean water and sanitation services; they deserve to feel safe and receive basic humanitarian assistance. Many children and families have already gotten sick from drinking unclean water. Therefore, UNICEF has been providing water and sanitation services, while also having emergency vaccination and psycho-social teams on standby to assist children and families in need. Despite delivering enough bottled water for 1,500 families for a week, including hygiene kits with buckets, soap and detergent, the organizations has also committed to bringing fresh water every week to people in need. read more

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The Toronto Raptors have pulled off one of the league’s biggest deals at the NBA trade deadline, acquiring Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles and Delon Wright.The blockbuster deal, which was completed late Thursday evening, brings a player long coveted by Raptors president Masai Ujiri to Toronto. It’s also a power move for a Toronto team looking to at least keep pace with Milwaukee and Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.Raptors guard Fred VanVleet spoke highly of Gasol shortly before Toronto tipped off against the Hawks in Atlanta.“(Gasol) is one of the best fives in the league for a long time now, perennial all-star, defensive player of the year,” VanVleet said. “Just really excited to see how we can acclimate him to what we do and see how much he can give us a boost. Obviously we’re very excited about that.”In a separate deal, the Raptors also sent veteran forward Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations.The 76ers and Bucks had made major moves ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, the Sixers landing Tobias Harris and Milwaukee acquiring Nikola Mirotic.As Thursday wore on, Raptors fans took to social media to implore Ujiri to make a major move.And he did. It’s Ujiri’s biggest trade-deadline deal since returning to the team in 2013.Gasol is a three-time all-star and the 2013 defensive player of the year. He’s averaging 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals a game, and his 4.7 assists a night is second best in the league behind Jokic. The seven-foot-one Spaniard is a two-time Olympian, and will be reunited with Spanish coach and Raptors assistant Sergio Scariolo in Toronto.Gasol, who played 11 seasons in Memphis, is slated to make US$24.1 million this season and has a player option for $25.6 million next season.Last summer, Gasol volunteered as part of a Spanish rescue effort in the Mediterranean Sea, plucking people from the water who were fleeing Africa. A photo showed Gasol helping lift a woman onto a stretcher. He voiced his “Frustration, anger and helplessness” on Twitter, writing “It’s unbelievable how so many vulnerable people are abandoned to their deaths at sea. Deep admiration for these I call my teammates at this time. ?openarms_fund”In Valanciunas, the Raptors’ lose of their most popular players. The 26-year, who was drafted by Toronto fifth overall in 2011, was finally cleared to play Thursday after missing 25 games with a dislocated left thumb. The team posted a photo of the big Lithuanian on social media with two words: “I’m back.”Valanciunas told reporters in Atlanta on Thursday morning: “I am really excited. I was really looking forward to this day and there you go. If nothing crazy happens, I will be playing.”Toronto guard Norman Powell said he will miss his departing teammates.“We were in the foxhole when we weren’t getting minutes, talking about the process, and working to make an impact when we did get the time and growing together in the league, so it was definitely tough seeing guys like that go, but you just wish them the best,” said Powell. “I’m sure they’ll make the most of a new opportunity and chance to go out there and prove themselves with another team.”The moves leave the Raptors with just 10 players under NBA contracts, and they must be at 14 within the next two weeks. They could convert one or both of their two-way contracts with Chris Boucher and Jordan Loyd to NBA contracts.Ujiri, meanwhile, made two moves just prior to the 2017 deadline, acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic and P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns. That Raptors team was swept by Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs. read more

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Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson (3) and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate walk down the floor in the second half against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorWhen Ohio State (13-8, 3-5 Big Ten) began conference play 0-4, it appeared the Buckeyes would be left in the dust as the rest of the conference would separate themselves from the pack. However, for some, it’s more difficult to leave the nest than it is for others.The current state of the Big Ten has nine teams separated by just one game from fifth place to 13th. OSU is one of six teams at 3-5 and a game behind three teams at 4-4. Coach Thad Matta said he hasn’t been paying close attention.“I’m more just like, ‘let’s just keep winning basketball games,’” he said. “In the end, I am aware of this, that (Saturday’s) game turns the halfway point. I think that there’s still so much that has to be done, but I guess that there is a log jam or whatever. But we’ll see how it plays out.”Whether he realizes the traffic in the heart of the Big Ten standings or not, Matta is well aware the Buckeyes can’t afford a stumble on the road against the Iowa Hawkeyes (11-10, 3-5 Big Ten) who are also fighting for relevance in the arduous Big Ten. The Buckeyes have done themselves a favor by beating Michigan State and, most recently, Minnesota at home — two teams currently projected in the NCAA tournament according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Three weeks ago, OSU looked totally overmatched against conference competition, giving reason to believe that the season could be the worst finish in the Big Ten in Matta’s tenure. Since then, OSU has gone 3-1 against three teams who are in strong consideration for at-large bids come March.But what was absent in all of that talk was the fact that two of OSU’s five conference losses have come by a combined total of three points and the team has played through the third-toughest Big Ten schedule to date. That’s just a couple reasons why Matta has been telling the players that the season isn’t over and there’s still plenty to play for after what was a bleak beginning.“You know, we’re not out of this yet,” junior forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “It’s a tight race. Anything can happen. We just got to go out there every game we play and try to win and the rest will take care of itself.”Iowa is eerily similar to OSU thus far. The Hawkeyes have the second toughest conference strength of schedule, behind Illinois, and have performed well at home, but poorly on the road. All three conference wins for coach Fran McCaffery have come at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, including a victory over then-No. 17 Purdue. Like Iowa, the Buckeyes haven’t performed well away from home. OSU is shooting roughly 44 percent from the field on the road compared to better than 47 percent on its home floor. Likewise, Iowa is six percent worse shooting away from home. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes also have both been blown out on the road to two teams at the top of the conference — Wisconsin and Northwestern, respectively.The Buckeyes have struggled with performing well from the tip on the road. Against Minnesota, OSU led by as much as 17 in the first half, which is the opposite of what usually happens away from Columbus. OSU has seen first-half deficits of 18 at Minnesota, 18 at Wisconsin and 12 at Nebraska.“I don’t know why that is,” freshman forward Andre Wesson said. “We definitely got to fix that because that definitely can’t happen again. We got to continue to do what we did, just build on what we did against Minnesota.”Regardless of the trend so far this season, OSU has to break its spell and find a way to capture a win at Iowa to avoid falling behind the ball in the Big Ten.“Where we’re at right now, our room for error is very tight,” Tate said. “Going in there and we’re going to give it the best we got and build on this last game.” read more

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They had been there to witness engineers blow up the three remaining ‘death towers’ where four workers were killed at Didcot in 2016.Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, Michael Collings, 53, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, died in the major incident in February 2016.The coal-fired station, commissioned in 1968, was turned off in 2013 after 43 years in service and owners RWE Npower had planned to clear the site by the end of 2017, but its plans were delayed when the site’s boiler house collapsed, killing the four workers.RWE said it had planned today’s demolition over several months with its contractor Brown and Mason, liaising with the relevant local authorities. A plea went out to sightseers not to take selfies when the towers were blown up.Owners RWE said they would “actively discourage all forms of public participation” amid fears that spectators would scramble for vantage points to take morbid selfies. They begged people to show some respect for the dead and not to gather and gawp.In the February 2016 tragedy, four men died when a large section of the boiler house collapsed while the building was being prepared for demolition. Mick Collings, one of four workers who died after the partial collapse of the boiler house at the Didcot A plant in February 2016 One was quickly found but the other three were listed as missing because it wsas too unsafe to search for them in the disaster area. “We are in contact with the station owner, RWE, to support them in their incident investigation alongside our own internal review into the network fault.“SSEN takes its responsibility to public safety seriously. We are aware of reports of minor injuries and damage caused by the incident at Sutton Courtenay and are working with the police and other agencies to identify those impacted. We would ask anyone affected to contact us through the power cut helpline 105 so we can investigate further.” What remained of the boiler house was demolished in a controlled explosion in July 2016.  The bodies of the three missing men were still in the remains at that time but were later found.In 2003, Country Life readers voted the landmark Britain’s third worst eyesore, but others have found the structures to be a source of inspiration for poetry.The 2,000 megawatt (MW) station operated until 2013, when RWE Power moved to decommission it when new EU reduced emissions rules were brought in.SSEN said in a statement: “Shortly after 7am this morning, SSEN received reports of damage to its network at Sutton Courtenay, following the demolition of the nearby Didcot Power Station.  SSEN engineers attended site to make the situation safe and power was fully restored to the 40,000 customers affected by 8.20am.“Initial investigations have confirmed that this morning’s power cut was caused by material related to the demolition of Didcot Power Station striking our overhead electricity network.  During the demolition, a large section of debris protection material became detached from one of the cooling towers and made contact with our 33kV overhead line, which was outside of the advised perimeter.  This resulted in significant damage to the overhead line and subsequent network faults. The power was restored by 8.20am.  SSEN initially insisted that the power-cut was unrelated to the demolition.SSEN added that an investigation is now underway into the cause of the incident.Video circulating on social media showed an electricity pylon going up in flames and people who were gathered to watch the explosion running away. People look on demolition of Didcot power station structure in DidcotCredit:Mark Hodson/Reuters 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. People look on demolition of Didcot power station structure in Didcot Tens of thousands of homes were left without power on Sunday just moments after the demolition of the Didcot power station. Up to 49,000 homes in towns and villages across a wide area were blacked out when explosives were detonated to send shock waves through the 375ft tall towers, which crumbled and collapsed in huge clouds of rubble and dust at 7am.An electricity pylon near the site, where crowds of spectators had gathered to film the blast, was seen on fire after the blast.  The power cut was likely caused by “material related to the demolition” striking the overhead electricity network at Sutton Courtenay, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity.A sub-station which serves Didcot and Abingdon, as well as Wantage, Wallingford and  parts of the Chilterns blew.  In the chaos, traffic lights went out and cafes were having to turn away hungry spectators. Mick Collings, one of four workers who died after the partial collapse of the boiler house at the Didcot A plant in February 2016Credit:Tees Riders M.C.C/PA read more

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first_imgNew legislation that provides stiffer penalties for individuals and political parties who engage in racism or incite racist violence is to be discussed in Parliament on August 26, following months of delays.The anti-racism bill was first submitted to Parliament in November but objections from the then cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos forced the government to withdraw the would-be legislation. It was resubmitted to the House but has not moved beyond the committee stages for several months. Now a new version of the bill is to be tabled in a bid to bring Greece’s anti-racism legislation, which has stood since 1979, up to date.The draft law includes provisions that mean parties or associations which promote racism will be cut off from state funding of any kind for between one and six months. The justice minister will also have the right to fine the people involved in such acts between 10,000 and 100,000 euros.Individuals engaging in racist acts can be jailed for between three months and three years. They will also face fines of 5,000 to 20,000 euros. If their actions lead to another crime being committed, this will carry a minimum six-month prison sentence.Jail terms of three months to three years will also be handed down to anyone who praises or denies “the significance of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, the Holocaust and Nazism” in a manner that could incite racial hate or violence. If the perpetrator is an MP or public official then the jail sentence will be stiffened, rising to between three and five years.Government sources told Kathimerini that the Justice Ministry would be taking on board the concerns voiced by 38 New Democracy MPs who asked in a letter that there be a specific reference to the genocide of Black Sea and Asia Minor Greeks, as well as Armenians and Assyrians. The Greek Parliament has recognized these slaughters as genocide since 1994.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian Minister for Families, Children and Youth, Jenny Mikakos, gave a speech in Greek parliament during her recent visit to her country of heritage. The minister spoke about the needs of the Greek diaspora, mainly when it comes to the promotion and retention of the Greek language as part of a broader effort to promote Hellenism, and the interests of Greeks wherever they may live. In Victoria, 134,779 people have listed their ancestry as Greek, and 110,707 Victorians speak Greek at home, which is the third most common language spoken. Despite these numbers, students learning Greek in Victorian schools almost halved between 2010 and 2017. Of these students only a very small number study Greek to the end of their secondary schooling: 252 students in 2016.In 2017, only 35 accredited Greek community language schools are providing after school hours Greek programmes to almost 6,000 students, funded by the Victorian government. At the same time, the Greek community in Victoria is undertaking other efforts to promote the Greek language with projects the likes of the Speak Greek in March campaign.“Understandably our shared interests are in looking at how we can support Greece in its economic recovery and in its foreign policy objectives,” Mikakos said.“We need to ensure that our young people born in the diaspora retain a connection to Greece and to foster a new wave of Philhellenes in our broader societies. So I want to focus my remarks now on what we can do collectively to promote the learning of the Greek language,” she said thanking the Greek Ministry of Education for funding Greek teachers across the diaspora even despite the budgetary constraints.Focusing her comments on the Australian context, and the state of Victoria, Mikakos noted that according to the most recent Australian census, 421,000 Australians have Greek ancestry – 34,000 more than the previous census, which is a result of the recent wave of recent arrivals from Greece. She urged her Greek counterparts to consider not only the continuation of the longstanding Greek Seconded Teacher Program but a possible increase in the number of teachers to support the teaching of Greek. “This needs to respond to the needs of an increasing number of students who arrive from Greece with advanced levels of Greek language,” Mikakos stated.“I would urge you to support Victorian teachers of Greek to enhance their linguistic and cultural knowledge and pedagogical skills by facilitating local and/or in-country professional learning opportunities.”Mikakos asked the Greek Ministry of Education to make available contemporary Greek language curriculum resources, including online resources to Victorian schools that teach Greek and community language schools. Many Greek teachers report a need for new and engaging resources to meet the needs of the increasing number of newly arrived students from Greece with high levels of Greek language proficiency. These resources are not available locally. “We need resources that cater for the diverse needs of students across the spectrum ranging from those with no Greek ancestry to those students with proficient Greek language skills.“The Greek Consulate in Melbourne used to have a dedicated person managing the seconded teachers and Greek language programs. This position ended in 2014. When we have to work harder to convince parents that their children should learn Greek it would be helpful to have a dedicated person coordinating these efforts.”last_img read more

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first_imgNorman : l’intelligence artificielle psychopathe créée par le MITAfin d’informer et d’alerter le grand public sur les dévoiements et les risques de l’IA, des chercheurs ont volontairement mal-élevé un algorithme dont la fonction est de légender automatiquement des images. Le résultat est tellement terrifiant qu’ils lui ont donné le nom d’un célèbre serial killer de fiction. Norman est psychopathe et même les scientifiques le disent ! Que les 10 millions d’abonnés du célèbre blogueur français se rassurent, il ne s’agit pas de leur idole mais du nom de la première intelligence artificielle perverse. Explications.L’algorithme n’est pas coupable !Une équipe du prestigieux MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), aux Etats-Unis, a eu l’idée à la fois amusante et inquiétante de mal-éduquer volontairement un algorithme classique de légendage d’images. Cette initiative a démontré que, contrairement à ce que grand nombre de personnes peuvent penser, un algorithme à la base n’est ni incorrect ni injuste mais que ce sont les données qu’on lui fournit qui peuvent le biaiser.« Les données importent plus que l’algorithme, explique le Professeur Iyad Rahwan qui fait partie du trio de chercheurs à avoir développé Norman. L’expérience prouve que la data qu’on utilise pour entraîner une Intelligence Artificielle se reflète dans la façon dont elle perçoit le monde et se comporte ».Et il faut bien admettre que Norman n’a pas qu’été nourri aux petits oiseaux qui chantent et aux bisous entre abeilles. Les chercheurs l’ont abreuvé de données venues des recoins les plus sombres du Net. Notamment de légendes brèves décrivant des scènes très violentes et des images de morts atroces trouvées sur Reddit, un site internet communautaire où (souvent) le pire côtoie (parfois) le meilleur. Un test de Rorschach morbidePas étonnant que le pauvre Norman en ait été tout retourné ! Après l’avoir gavé d’images ignobles et brutales, les scientifiques lui ont fait passer le fameux test de Rorschach. Cet outil clinique permet via l’interprétation de taches d’encres d’évaluer psychologiquement un patient. Et les résultats de Norman font peur… Là où une Intelligence Artificielle non biaisée voit un vase en gros plan, Norman perçoit un homme qui vient d’être abattu !À lire aussiDes sculptures en carton réalisées à l’aide d’un algorithmeUn petit oiseau en noir et blanc se transforme en une scène digne d’un film d’horreur que Norman légende « Homme enfoncé de force dans une machine à pétrir ». On comprend mieux pourquoi les chercheurs n’ont pas eu à se creuser la tête trop longtemps pour trouver un nom à leur nouveau robot. Un clin d’œil à Norman Bates, le psychopathe tueur du film Psychose d’Alfred Hitchcock paraissait alors évident. Mais que l’on se rassure, Norman n’est pas perdu pour la cause. Le site qui lui est dédié propose aux internautes de passer à leur tour le test de Rorschach afin de tenter de le « réparer » et de le rééduquer… A condition que leurs réponses ne soient pas aussi morbides. Par M.M À lire aussiPervers narcissique : le trouble de la personnalité narcissique, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Trouble bipolaire : symptôme , test, traitement, tout savoir sur cette maladieDépression : définition, symptômes, traitements, comment soigner la dépression ?Le 13 juin 2018 à 15:11 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A funeral procession is being held, Friday morning, for the former Spanish-radio voice of the Miami Marlins.The procession for Rafael “Felo” Ramirez is expected to begin at 10 a.m. and make a stop at Marlins Park, where the 94-year-old called Marlins games since 1993.According to the Miami Herald, Rafael “Felo” Ramirez died Monday night. He was hospitalized on April 26 after falling and striking his head getting off the Marlins’ team bus in Philadelphia.Ramirez had been transported back to Miami in June after having spent nearly two months in a Delaware hospital, the Herald reported. On Monday night, he succumbed to his injuries.“Felo” began broadcasting in Cuba, calling baseball games and boxing matches back in 1945. He went on to join the Hall of Fame after being inducted in 2001.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies have responded to a barricaded subject at a retirement community in Deerfield Beach.BSO deputies initially responded to the scene of a disturbance at Century Village, at 2002 Harwood Court, just before 4 p.m., Thursday. When they arrived, a person refused to answer their door.BSO and Deerfield Beach Police are now working the scene and are trying to establish contact with the person inside the apartment.The were several evacuations on the third floor as a precaution.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgThe National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska includes rich habitat for migratory birds. A 2017 USGS report boosted its potential for oil development. (Photo by Bob Wick- BLM)A report on Alaska’s oil potential is at the heart of a controversy at the Department of Interior.Listen nowThe magazine Mother Jones reports that a top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey resigned late last year to protest what he saw as a threat to the agency’s scientific integrity just before USGS released a major assessment of how much oil and gas it believes is in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.The assessment looked at the oil potential of the Petroleum Reserve, or NPR-A, a massive chunk of land on Alaska’s North Slope, west of Prudhoe Bay.Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke announced it just before Christmas in a press release with the headline: “New Interior Department Survey Shows ​HUGE Increase in Recoverable Energy Resources.” “HUGE” was in all caps.The USGS is a research arm within the Interior Department, and that breathless announcement was definitely not USGS style. Geologist David Houseknecht was the prime author of the report on the NPR-A.“When it comes to doing the quantitative assessments we take every precaution to avoid even the hint of political bias or influence,” Houseknecht said.Mother Jones reports USGS Associate Director Murray Hitzman resigned on principle after the No. 2 boss at Interior, Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, pressed the USGS to release the oil and gas data to the secretary days before it was released to the public.Hitzman, who was the associate USGS director for energy, did not respond to interview requests for this story, but Mother Jones published his resignation letter.The oil industry and the Trump Administration have their eyes on the Petroleum Reserve as a big opportunity for future development – including areas the Obama administration had put off-limits.For years, Houseknecht said, the USGS has made it a practice not to brief political appointees on finished assessments until the moment the document is released publicly. That way neither side, pro-drilling or anti-, gets a head start in putting its spin on the data.“The credibility of the USGS. That’s the most important thing to us,” Houseknecht said.But, Houseknecht said just about every administration in his 25 years with the service, has tried to get an early peek at the numbers.“The Rs and the Ds do that regularly in my experience,” Houseknecht said. “There’s very little difference between the two.”Houseknecht said as far as he knows, the USGS was not ultimately forced to provide a preview of the data, but then he wasn’t at every meeting.David Hayes was deputy Interior secretary in the Obama administration. He said the USGS’s concern is understandable, given the sensitive context of the Petroleum Reserve report.“Because Sec. Zinke has made it very clear that his intent is to reopen the (NPR-A) management plan that was finalized during my tenure at the Interior Department, which identified area not appropriate for oil and gas development,” Hayes said.A spokeswoman for Interior Sec. Zinke said Zinke and his deputy have the legal authority to see any scientific data produced by the Department. She also sent a statement from the acting USGS director saying the service was not asked to change the assessment at all.Still, the episode has riled conservationists. Adam Kolton, director of the Alaska Wilderness League, said it doesn’t bode well for the environmental studies that have to be done before any developments in NPR-A or to the east, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.“We need political appointees to leave the scientists alone at the U.S. Department of Interior,” Kolton said. “There’s work that needs to be done by the Fish and Wildlife Service, by the U.S. Geological Survey, in accordance with the law. And this instills no confidence.”Houseknecht said scientists like him weren’t thrilled to see the Interior Department use that all-caps “HUGE” in its announcement of the NPR-A assessment. But he said nothing in the report was changed to suit anyone’s political agenda.last_img read more

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first_imgCyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of Tata Sons, has started the process of shifting out of Bombay House, which is the headquarters of the Tata Group. The move follows Mistry’s abrupt sacking as the chairman of the $103 billion conglomerate last Monday.”The physical shifting process has started,” a senior Tata Group executive confirmed to the Hindu. He also added that the ousted chairman’s belongings were being removed from his office and the process is believed to end by Monday evening.Mistry’s personal staff is relocating his files and books from the chairman’s office, which is located on the fourth floor in the East wing of Bombay House. Mistry reportedly shifted to Bombay House in 2011 when he was appointed as the deputy chairman of Tata Sons. For one year, Mistry was “groomed” by Ratan Tata regarding the functioning of the Tata Group of companies.Cyrus Mistry was appointed chairman of Tata Sons on December 28, 2012. According to sources quoted by the publication, Mistry was supposed to retain the chairmanship for a long run (until his retirement i.e. for a period of three decades). However, his sudden ouster from the company has left India Inc shocked.In the days following his ouster, the Cyrus Mistry- Rata Tata row has only gotten murkier with allegations flying both ways. According to media reports, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will probe into Mistry’s allegations related to fraudulent transactions and mismanagement of the Tata Group’s aviation ventures.In a letter addressed to the Tata board, Mistry had alleged that he had opposed to Tata’s aviation partnership with Malaysian-based AirAsia Bhd. “A forensic investigation had found fraudulent transactions of 220 million rupees ($3.29 million) involving non-existent parties,” Mistry’s said.Following Mistry’s removal on the basis of his non-performance, Ratan Tata was named the interim chairman of the Tata Group.last_img read more

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first_imgA councillor of Phulpur municipality was chopped to death by miscreants in the municipality area on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.The deceased is Sadequr Rahman, councillor from ward-1 of the municipality.Officer-in-charge of Phulpur police station Mahbub Alam said a group of miscreants swooped on Sadequr near the local food silo around 7:30pm and hacked him indiscriminately, leaving him severely injured.Locals took him to Phulpur Upazila Health Complex where the duty physicians declared him dead.The reason behind the murder could not be known immediately, added the OC.last_img

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first_imgLosing both Best Buy and Amazon’s discount programs is a blow to gamers looking to save a few bucks. Of course, Amazon Prime has other benefits. It includes free membership to Twitch Prime. But, that’s going through some changes as well. Twitch announced on Monday ad-free viewing will no longer be part of Twitch Prime for new members starting on Sept. 14. People with monthly subscriptions will get ad-free viewing until Oct. 15, while anyone with an annual subscription will continue to get ad-free viewing until their next renewal date.“Advertising is an important source of support for the creators who make Twitch possible. This change will strengthen and expand that advertising opportunity for creators so they can get more support from their viewers for doing what they love,” Twitch said in an email to Prime members. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Amazon’s 20% discount for video game pre-orders is going away on Aug. 28, according to the company. The online retailer will offer Prime members a $10 credit on select titles instead, as first reported by Polygon.The offer only applies to games sold and shipped by Amazon or Amazon Digital Services. Ones sold by third-party vendors don’t qualify, even if they say they’re “fulfilled by Amazon” or “Prime eligible.” Amazon said it will contact buyers up to 35 days after a qualifying purchase telling them the $10 credit has been added to their accounts. It will be valid for 60 days after activation.Earlier this year, Best Buy said it’s ending its own video game discount program, Gamers Club Unlocked. GCU originally cost $99.99 for a two-year membership and offered a discount on pre-orders along with other benefits like extra trade-in credit and promotional offers. It still offers its own $10 credit via the My Best Buy program.last_img read more

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first_img AMC Stubs Subscription Service Hits 900,000 Members MoviePass Reportedly Changed User Passwords to Limit Access Related The announcement came two weeks after a report that MoviePass was accused of changing user passwords in the summer of 2018 to prevent heavy users from logging in. A Business Insider report, citing former employees, said the lack of funds led to CEO Mitch Lowe making “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” unavailable on MoviePass and ordering that half of subscribers be frozen out during the July 27-29, 2018, opening weekend.On July 3, MoviePass announced that it would be out of commission for several weeks at least in order fix technical issues and finish work on a new version of its app. At the time, it said it “plans to use this time to recapitalize in order to facilitate a seamless transition and improved subscriber experience once the service continues.”In a notice currently posted on the MoviePass site, the company claims that “service has been restored to a substantial number of our current subscribers and we are hoping to take steps to restore service to all our current subscribers.” It’s not currently letting new customers sign up.The number of MoviePass subscribers plummeted from more than 3 million last year to just 225,000 in under a year, according to a Business Insider report in April. The subscriber plunge stemmed from MoviePass’ change in August 2018 to eliminate the one-movie-per-day plan, priced at $9.95 per month, with a $9.95 plan allowing subscribers to see just three movies each month.Earlier this year, it rolled out a refashioned “unlimited” option, for $14.95 per month, to again allow customers to see one movie daily but warning that movie choices will be restricted based on “system-wide capacity.”MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson Analytics is the target of a securities-fraud probe by the New York Attorney General, which is looking into whether the company misled investors. MoviePass also is the target of a class-action lawsuit by subscribers claiming the change in the “unlimited” plan was a deceptive “bait-and-switch” tactic. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 MoviePass, the struggling movie ticket subscription service, confirmed that a security issue may have exposed customers’ records online, including credit card info.In a statement, MoviePass said Wednesday that the security lapse was recently discovered and its system was immediately secured. News of the data breach was first reported Tuesday by TechCrunch, which alleged that tens of thousands customer records were left exposed on the internet, including MoviePass card numbers and personal credit card data, because a critical server was not protected with a password.“MoviePass takes this incident seriously and is dedicated to protecting our subscribers’ information,” a spokesperson said. “We are working diligently to investigate the scope of this incident and its potential impact on our subscribers. Once we gain a full understanding of the incident, we will promptly notify any affected subscribers and the appropriate regulators or law enforcement.” Popular on Variety last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The centenary of Bengali cinema will be celebrated through a musical event at the ‘Bongo Probashi Milap 2018’ in Dubai on November 30, 2018, Bengali film superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee said. The musical event will be presented by artistes from the Bengali entertainmeent industry and is “aimed at showcasing the contemporay best of Bengal,” he said yesterday. Chatterjee said Punjabi soundtracks have become the rage for rhythm, pace and beats in the country and globally though many did not understand the lyrics. Bengali music should strive to get that kind of popularity among the non-Bengali speaking people. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We must ponder how to make Bengali music equally popular among a cross-section of Indians. We have everything – from lyrics to foot-tapping rhythm – we have such a rich reserve of different genres of music with which people can easily connect. We have to take Bengali music to the world,” Chatterjee said adding events like the ‘Bongo Probashi Milap 2018’ can serve the purpose of taking our culture to the diaspora. Besides Chatterjee, popular radio jockey-actor-emcee Mir, actors Biswanath Basu, Kanchan Mullick, actress Pallavi Chatterjee, Poulami Das and director Kaushik Ganguly have suppported the initiative. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed As part of the event, besides hosting the show to commemorate special celebration for ‘100 years of Bengali Cinema’, a film festival showcasing six Bengali feature films and six short films will be held on December 1 and 2. There will also be a trade exhibition on December 1 and 2, 2018 involving exhibitors from Bengal and UAE to showcase designer apparels, specialty foods and savories, travel and tour options, education opportunities and many more. “Bongo Probashi Milap 2018 is a celebration of the rich Bengali Art and Culture on a single platform. It is an attempt to create a warm confluence of cinema, music, business, art and culture, handicrafts, fashion and specialty food from Bengal,” actress Pallavi Chatterjee said on behalf of the organisers.last_img read more

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first_imgSavvy travellers can save about 20 per cent on hotels across the world if they book during periods between May and July, according to a new survey.According to the TripAdvisor’s ‘Best Time to Book’ report booking a hotel within three months of the trip is the best time in Asia when travellers can save 24 per cent versus peak pricing.Also, travellers can save 19 per cent on hotel bookings made in Mumbai if they book within 3 months.The travel planning and booking site based its research on hotel booking and meta click data. They found that the best time periods to book can vary depending on the region or city where the traveller is looking to visit for summer and that for most destinations, the hotel rates change gradually over time, without dramatic increases or decreases in price. “For example, the least expensive time to book hotels in Asia is within 3 months, when travellers can save 24 per cent compared to the most expensive booking period. In comparison, for European hotels, the best time to book is 2-5 months ahead, when travellers can save 26 per cent compared to the peak period,” the research says. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The least expensive time to book hotels in the USA is within 2 months of the trip but hotel prices remain fairly consistent throughout the year, with a relatively modest potential savings of 8 per cent when booking during the least expensive time period.“For the cost conscious Indian traveller, the ‘Best time to book’ report answers the most important question – when to book your hotel stay in order to maximise your savings for summer travel this year,” says Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India. An analysis of hotel booking and interest in nine popular regions around the world found this.last_img read more

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first_img‘Mughal-e-Azam: The Musical’ has earned a cult status not just across India but internationally as well winning accolades and standing ovations whichever city it travels to. After a successful first season, the musical returns to the United Arab Emirates. This time India’s most successful play will be staged at the Dubai Opera from January 10 – 12, 2019 – celebrating 150 shows of the classic. Talking about the staging of the play in Dubai Opera, Director Feroz Abbas Khan said, “Mughal-e-Azam develops a special connect with audiences wherever it goes. It’s magical to see how people cutting across age groups and nationalities own the play as their own. The Dubai Opera is a wonderful setting as the Musical returns to the UAE.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDeepesh Salgia, creative and strategic vision, stated, “Some stories are immortal and never get old. ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ is one of those epic sagas of love that transcend time and medium. We are looking forward to returning to Dubai and to an even bigger stage.” Produced by Shapoorji Pallonji, the show atempts to set new benchmarks for Indian theatre, with the live singing, intricately designed choreography by Mayuri Upadhya, and exquisitely designed Manish Malhotra costumes of the Mughal era.last_img read more

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