Rabat – American film director James Gray will chair the jury of the 2018 Marrakech international Film Festival (FIFM) November 30 to December 8. “The Marrakech Film Festival is a unique place where the language of cinema brings together people from all over the world. It is an immense honor to be named president of the jury and to return for the third time in this great festival,” said the filmmaker in a statement issued Wednesday by the organizers.Born in New York, the 49-year-old artist grew up in Queens but studied at the Film and Television School of the University of Southern California. Gray made his film debut in 1994 at the age of 25 with “Little Odessa,” a critically-acclaimed film that won the Critics’ Prize at the Deauville Festival and the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. He was named the same year to the Independent Spirit Awards for the Best First Feature Award and the Best Screenplay Award. His second film, “The Yards,” was selected to show in the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, just as “We Own the Night” in 2007. In his latest film, “Two Lovers,” nominated for the Césars, James Gray teams up for the third time with actor Joaquin Phoenix. The romantic drama, set in Brooklyn, also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Isabella Rossellini. “Two Lovers” was selected to show in 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival.Gray has collaborated with the biggest names in Hollywood such as Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Charlize Theron.Since its inauguration in 2002, the FIFM has welcomed notable cinematic personalities, including Francis Ford Coppola, Charlotte Rampling, Martin Scorsese, and Marion Cotillard. Last year, Marrakech’s festival was cancelled “in order to allow the festival to advance in its mission not only to promote Moroccan cinema, but also to open up to other cultures,” said the organizers in a statement.
3 November 2011The United Nations agency helping the rural poor announced today it is awarding almost $18 million in loans and grants to Mauritania to boost the incomes and living conditions of thousands of people in the arid country. The funding will be used to help rural households – more than half of Mauritanians are employed in agriculture – to significantly increase their production, according to a press release issued by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).The $17.9 million in loans and grants will also be used to create jobs for young people, help women acquire access to economic opportunities and improve food security for local communities.IFAD said an estimated 21,000 households, women and young people stand to benefit from the latest phase of the project, which began in 2002 in an area of Mauritania known as the “poverty triangle.”The agency’s President Kanayo F. Nwanze signed the agreement for the funding with Mauritania’s Economic Affairs Minister, Sidi Ould Bebaha Ould Tah, at a ceremony in Rome, where IFAD is based.Created in 1978, IFAD has invested more than $115 million in Mauritania in the years since then through a series of programmes and projects targeting at least 180,000 households.
The South China Sea disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks between China and the countries concerned, General Secretary of Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party Kabir Hashim said Tuesday.Hashim made the remarks during his meeting with Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the Xinhua news agency reported. Regional affairs should be settled through consultations among those directly concerned, rather than being subject to external forces, Hashim said. Hashim said China is a significant force to maintain regional peace and development, and Sri Lanka believes the CPC and the Chinese government will play a more active role in this regard. (Colombo Gazette)
However officials at the Prime Minister’s office said that only matters related to the economy were discussed.The governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran also attended the discussion. After the meeting the President briefed the staff of the Central Bank. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held key talks at the Central Bank today on the state of the economy.There was speculation a new governor will be named after the meeting.
Addressing a special event at UN Headquarters on Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against people of African Descent Worldwide, Mireille Fanon-Mendes, Chair of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent said that the attacks on human dignity are elaborated due to “supposed hierarchy of races and cultures and do not concern only one or [another], but the entire international community.”The discussion was organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the UN Department of Public Information, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Black Lives Matter, and Amnesty International USA. Among other speakers, the event featured welcoming remarks by Ivan Šimonović, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, who recalled that the gathering was being held in the context of the International Decade for People of African Descent, who, he said are a distinct group that regrettably faces racism and structural discrimination, and continue to face impediments to the realization of their rights.“Slavery and the slave trade are the basis of the widespread and systemic manifestations of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia…that we see people of African descent face today,” he said, adding that colonialism reinforced the challenges and they were further reinforced by, among others, modern day social and economic marginalization. In her remarks, Ms. Fanon-Mendes said that in addition to historical consequences [people of African descent] had to face, they and Africans – with colonialism and economic migration or because of war¬¬ – are the only ones subject to discrimination based on skin colour; a biological parameter that completely escapes the control of the victim of this ostracism. She added: “The hierarchy of races is scientifically false, morally condemnable, and socially unjust.”She urged Member States to reverse the “process of invisibility and inferiority” that the people of African descent face and to acknowledge their legitimate aspirations.Ms. Fanon-Mendes said that coordination of Member States and civil society will help in ensuring that “the legacy of this terrible history” is overcome. She further called for historicizing of slave trade in in order to achieve an assumed and shared history and to form an accurate sequence of the order of construction of racism.“To question the political and social construction of race, including its role at the time of the abolition of slavery [during which the freemen] had no other choice than to continue working on the plantations of their former masters, is an essential step if we want to emerge from a traumatic past,” she explained.She also stressed the need to deconstruct all assumed racial myths by “flushing out” any factor that contributes to inequality and structural discrimination.Another keynote speaker, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte, recalled his time with legendary African American actor, Paul Robeson, who had said artist are the gatekeepers of truth; humanity’s moral compass. As such, Mr. Belafonte continued, he sought to use the arts as a tool to bring the human family together.Continuing, he said that while the “mighty alliance” of the Second World War was supposed to have brought an end to fascism and intolerance, “one serious flaw was that the Allies were as guilty of racial oppression as was Hitler.” Decades of racial oppression, discrimination and intolerance, before and since the war, have meant that “most people of colour know very little about the diaspora…the depth of us as African descendants, is not known one to the other. Yet, Mr. Belafonte stressed that the United Nations is “the place to sit and have a conversation about settling the affairs of the cruelty of racism and classicism,” and he looked forward to the discussions that were ahead and the presentations of the other speakers and participants.Also addressing the event, Mutuma Ruteere, UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance said the grave issue of racial profiling across the world “impairs the fundamental rights of individuals and groups and expands on discrimination already suffered as a result of ethnic origin or minority status.”He emphasized that racial and ethnic profiling is prohibited under international human rights law, as it violates multiple human rights, including the right to live free from discrimination, the right to equality before the law, the right to personal freedom and security and the right to the presumption of innocence.“The manifestation of racial profiling has often been observed in stop and check operations which in some places disproportionately target minority groups. In Europe for instance, minorities including Roma people suffer unequal levels of stops by police. Similarly people of African descent have historically been subjected to practices of racial profiling,” said Mr. Ruteere.He also remarked that newer patterns of racial and ethnic profiling have surfaced since Member States took measures to counter terrorism in the recent years.“Migrants and minority groups have been particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of these new law enforcement practices. In the context of immigration, official border crossings and hubs of transportation, such as airports, railway stations, and bus depots, have been consistent places where racial and ethnic profiling takes place,” Mr. Ruteere explained.He expressed concern at the creation of “risk profiles” for specific ethic groups by law enforcement agencies, as this generates fear “that racial and ethnic profiling may become a regularized and permanent fixture of immigration and border control management systems around the world.”Additionally, he also said that racial profiling in administration of justice has led to “unjust and disproportionate punishment of individuals of traditionally discriminated against groups including People of African descent.”He said that such practices have led to criminalization and handing out harsher punishment for using certain kinds of recreational drugs, which disproportionately affect minorities. “Studies have identified correlations between racial status and harsher criminal sentences, and evidence from different countries around the world shows that implicit biases have noticeable effects on criminal investigations,” said Mr. Ruteere.At the same time, Mr. Ruteere observed that a number of Member States have made efforts to tackle racial profiling through the adoption of laws and policies, the establishment of adequate institutional frameworks such as oversight and equality bodies; and the implementation of training and awareness-raising initiatives.“I also recommend that States gather law enforcement data, including statistics disaggregated by ethnicity and race, which are essential in order to prove the existence and the extent of racial and ethnic profiling,” said Mr. Ruteere, stressing that more should be done to effectively address the issue of racial profiling.Lastly, he stressed that investigative oversight bodies should have the authority to address allegations of racial and ethnic profiling, and make practical recommendations for policy changes and called for the effective regulation of the discretionary powers of law enforcement personnel in order to reduce the risks.
LATVIAN OFFICIALS HAVE delayed a search for victims of the supermarket roof collapse that killed at least 54 people, citing safety concerns.Interior Minstry official Ilze Petersone-Godmane told reporters: Surveys have been carried out overnight to establish the safety of the building, but we must wait until we have full results before we can resume work.Petersone-Godmane added that controlled demolitions of unstable areas could go ahead in the afternoon.Rescue crews had appeared to be winding down their search late last night when a third section of roof collapsed forcing a halt to work for reasons of safety.Emergency medical services chief Armands Plorins said today the chances of finding anyone alive were “practically speaking, zero.”President Andris Berzins has demanded a swift and thorough investigation of what he said was the “mass murder of defenceless people”.Police said that seven of 13 people who had earlier been reported missing remain unaccounted for.Part of the roof at the two-year old Maxima supermarket crashed down during peak shopping hours on Thursday. A second collapse killed three firefighters who were among rescue teams already inside the building.SpeculationSpeculation about the cause of the disaster has centred on the construction of a rooftop garden and on the possibility that building regulations may have been bent as the structure was only two years old.The small Baltic nation of two million began a three-day mourning period yesterday as it struggled to come to terms with its worst disaster since independence in 1991.Latvians also marked the annual All Souls feast of the dead today by lighting candles at the graves of relatives.Flags across the country were flown with a black sash of mourning and a minute’s silence is planned for Monday.Read: Latvia probes store disaster as hopes dim of finding survivors>Read: Death toll in Latvia supermarket roof collapse doubles>
ARSENAL MANAGER Arsene Wenger rounded angrily on his critics today ahead of tomorrow’s crucial Champions League last-16 first leg tie against Bayern Munich.Wenger was in a tetchy mood today after suffering a barrage of abuse from fans and pundits following his side’s FA Cup exit on Saturday, when the Gunners were beaten 1-0 at home by Championship side Blackburn.That represented the second humiliation of Arsenal’s lacklustre campaign following their elimination from the League Cup at the hands of fourth-tier Bradford.After enduring 48 hours of criticism in the court of public opinion, Wenger made it clear he felt it was time for him to have his say, and that he expected his players to back up his words on the pitch against a Bayern side currently top of the Bundesliga thanks to 18 victories from 22 league games.“We play for Arsenal Football Club, we are in the last 16 of the Champions League, we have qualified for a long, long time,” Wenger said at a pre-match press conference. “What is important is not what people say but what we produce on the football pitch.“We live in a democracy of experts and opinions and we have to live and cope with that. We have to show we have the mental strength to deal with any opinion. There are a lot of experts who are not always right.”Many critics claimed Wenger was wrong to send out a starting line-up against Blackburn that had not included Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere or Santi Cazorla. But all three came on as substitutes with the game goal-less and Wenger refuted the accusation that he doesn’t take the Cup seriously.YouTube: football via 101greatgoals“Look, I have been accused of not taking seriously the FA Cup on Saturday. I won the FA Cup four times,” Wenger said. “Who has won it more? Give me one name. The second thing is that we have been accused of not putting a strong team out.“That is an insult to the players who started the game and we didn’t lose the game with the players who started. We lost in the last 20 minutes. “There is a lot of superficial analysis that you cannot accept. We have to take the blame because we went out but for the rest you have to put it in perspective. One guy says something and everybody goes the same way.”Despite Wenger’s protests that he is unfairly treated, reports on Monday claimed the Frenchman was set to be given a new two-year contract. Yet even that story provoked an oddly angry reaction from Wenger.“That is the wrong information,” he said. “I have worked for 16 years here in England and I deserve a bit more credit than wrong information. That report had only one intention and that is to harm. It came from nowhere and is completely wrong.”- © AFP, 2013Bobby Robson would have been 80 today so here are some of our favourite picsRoberto Mancini: I’m the best manager in England
Image via ShutterstockThe oldest (and we’d wager most successful) trick in the book was to get your friend to go up to the person and polite inform them that you were interested in them and that if they were too then you should let your friend know.Definitely the way that all long lasting relationships start.2. Faking a shared interestf-ckyeah1990s / TumblrWhether you pretended to have a knowledge of some sporting team or perhaps developed a completely staged interest in Pogs you’d always find a way to share a new interest with your crush on the off-chance they’d suddenly fall for you.Genius plan really.3. A request on the radioRemember the days of being holed up in your room with only the local radio request show for company while you sneakily taped songs off the radio?Nothing made a bolder statement about whether you liked someone or not then by dedicating a hit song to them.Or even just leaving your initials in the request. Either way it was the ultimate smooth moveIt was a bit like this scene from Friends but hopefully it went a bit better when you tried it:mutje tjitrodimedjo /YouTube4. The note in the lockerImage via ShutterstockThere was nothing like the school locker for leaving a covert little note.It was basically an early version of the sneaky private message on Facebook.The note itself could be as to the point or subtle as you like but it was definitely a good way to get someone’s interest.5. Pretend they were funny (even if they weren’t)Paying attention to someone was a great way for them to figure out you liked them and the ultimate way to do that was to laugh really hard at anything remotely funny they did.Even if they weren’t that funny. FierceGifs / Tumblr6. Impressing their friendsThe best way to let someone know you like them was to get on board with their gang of friends so they could slowly see how great you were before you hit them with the info that you have a crush.Basically you listened to the lyrics of this Spice Girl hit and took it to heart:Sontax25 / YouTube7. A Valentine’s or Christmas cardThis is really going for it, sending that all important card for a special occasion that really lets them know you are ready to show an interest.We’re thinking something in this vein:via Imgur8. Stand outside their house holding a boombox You could have just gone for some 80s movie inspired romance maybe replicating this John Cusack classic:Ines Fonseca / YouTubeProbably the best way to tell someone you like them really.7 great moments from last night’s MTV Movie Awards>‘The Condom Challenge’ is the newest horrifying YouTube trend> AIN’T LOVE GRAND? And there’s nothing more grand than young love.When you were a kid romance was a hard to thing to get going and telling someone you had a crush on them was very complicated.You couldn’t friend them on Facebook and send a cheeky private message but you were too shy to just approach them and tell them you liked them.So here are some of the ways you tried to tell someone you fancied them in those hallowed childhood days.1. Use your friend as a messenger
Voight-Kampff machine from Blade RunnerWhen a person lies there are a number of tells that a trained professional can use to spot them. The accuracy of detecting a lie is around 65% for an expert interrogator. But that job may soon fall to a machine rather than a person.Research being carried out at the University of Buffalo Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) has created a new automated eye tracking machine. Testing has shown it can achieve a lie detection rate of 82.5% — well beyond what any human can achieve, even those fully trained and with lots of experience.Our eyes usually give us away when we lie due to their movement. Regular eye movement under questioning usually means we are being truthful, but if that movement changes suddenly and drastically then it’s probably going to be due to a lie being told. This is what the CUBS system looks for when monitoring a person’s eyes, and the 82.5% success rate was garnered from 40 conversations the machine viewed.In the past CUBS researchers have experimented with monitoring heat changes in the body or facial movement, but neither are as reliable for detecting lies as eye movement. However, with eye analysis now working well, the system can be expanded to monitor other areas too, with the next stage being body movement.People who are good at lying know how to control their movements when telling a lie. However, it’s much more difficult to keep your eye, facial, and body movement in check, as well as maintaining a body temperature, suggesting that eventually a machine will become the ultimate lie detector no one can beat.More at the University of Buffalo, via Science Daily. Image courtesy of The Future is Here.
Google autorisé à racheter Motorola par l’Union EuropéenneGoogle est autorisé à racheter Motorola Mobility, comme annoncé cet été. La commission européenne et le département de la Justice des Etats-Unis ont validé tous deux cette acquisition.Le géant Google est désormais officiellement propriétaire de Motorola Mobility. Le moteur de recherche avait annoncé son acquisition durant l’été 2011 pour un montant total de 12,5 milliards d’euros mais celle-ci devait faire l’objet d’une validation par les instances américaines et européennes. Selon Reuters, le département de la Justice des Etats-Unis et la Commission européenne ont rendu un avis favorable à ce rachat de la branche mobilité de Motorola par Google.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous avons approuvé l’acquisition car après mûre réflexion, cette transaction ne soulève pas en elle-même de problème de concurrence”, a déclaré le commissaire européen à la Concurrence Joaquin Almunia. Mais ce dernier soulève tout de même les risques d’abus de Google par rapport à l’impressionnant portefeuille de brevets que celui-ci acquiert avec Motorola Mobility : “Cette décision n’implique absolument pas que nous ne soyons pas préoccupés par la possibilité qu’une fois Google propriétaire du portefeuille de brevets, il ne puisse abuser de ces brevets, reliant certains d’entre eux à ses équipements Android. C’est notre inquiétude. Il est possible que nous devions ouvrir des dossiers ultérieurement; ce n’est pas suffisant pour bloquer la fusion mais nous serons vigilants.”Reste les autorités chinoises qui doivent selon toute vraisemblance se prononcer sur la question aux alentours du 20 mars prochain. Google, avec Motorola dans ses rangs, devient propriétaire de 15.000 brevets tournant autour des techniques de télécommunications et de 7.500 demandes en attente de validation. Un argument de poids dans la guerre que se livrent les géants du secteur depuis un an, déposant plainte sur plainte pour protéger leur propriété intellectuelle. Google pourra désormais protéger son système Android mais également les constructeurs qui l’utilisent dans de nombreux produits, Samsung en tête.Le 14 février 2012 à 16:40 • Maxime Lambert
The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with 137 other agricultural organizations including 12 state soybean affiliates, sent a letter to Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) supporting her introduction of a resolution of disapproval regarding the decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward on regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHG) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). ASA believes that EPA should not regulate GHG under the CAA, and that unilateral action by the U.S. will further erode our global competitiveness and have negligible impact on global warming.”The EPA rule itself claims to establish only a weak, indirect link between greenhouse gases and public health and welfare, going so far as to admit there are uncertainties over the net, direct health impacts of the greenhouse gases it is attempting to regulate,” said ASA President Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio. “EPA’s finding puts the agricultural economy at risk despite the lack of any significant environmental benefit.”Both the current and past Administrations have acknowledged that the CAA is not the appropriate vehicle for establishing greenhouse gas policy. However, this EPA finding that GHG endangers public health and welfare will trigger CAA regulatory actions, such as application of National Ambient Air Quality Standards, New Source Performance Standards, and provisions of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V programs, essentially establishing GHG policy through the CAA by default.China and India, two of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, continue to reject any verifiable reduction measures. Without an effective international agreement on emission reductions, unilateral action by the U.S. only serves to further damage our economy and encourage businesses to relocate.”Such regulatory actions could carry severe consequences for the U.S. economy, including America’s farmers and ranchers, through increased input costs and international market disparities,” Joslin said. “More than half of the $33 billion U.S. soybean crop was exported last year as whole soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil. Those exports support higher prices paid to farmers, jobs in rural America and throughout the value-chain, and our nation’s balance of trade.”The ASA state soybean affiliates joining ASA in signing the letter are the Alabama Soybean & Corn Association, Arkansas Soybean Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Kansas Soybean Association, Kentucky Soybean Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Missouri Soybean Association, Nebraska Soybean Association, Ohio Soybean Association, Tennessee Soybean Association, Texas Soybean Association and Wisconsin Soybean Association.
Vancouver is ready to start a $40 million road project that’s needed for development on the city’s waterfront, but it needs one more deal to go through before work can begin. And it’s in a hurry.But the city and The Columbian are at odds over how much Vancouver should pay the newspaper to buy both a vacated part of Grant Street and property with a building at Sixth and Grant streets. Both are vital to the waterfront access project, city Transportation Manager Thayer Rorabaugh said Friday.Both Rorabaugh and Columbian publisher Scott Campbell declined to say just what the city’s current offer is, but Columbian Chief Financial Officer Douglas Ness called it “woefully inadequate.”The city presented a formal purchase offer, which Ness said he expects Campbell to counter as early as next week.For Vancouver, the sooner the deal is completed the better, Rorabaugh said. The city needs to begin work this summer to catch the construction season. Vancouver must reroute BNSF Railway trains onto temporary tracks before October, when heavy Christmas commerce and grain transport from the Midwest kicks off and the railroad can’t risk an interruption, he said.The road project is part of Vancouver’s deal with waterfront project developer Gramor Development of Tualatin, Ore. Investors expect to build more than $900 million of mid-rise condominiums, offices, boutiques and restaurants on the 32-acre former industrial site.
Glamour’s hands were clearly tied. (Need to kill some time? Peruse the 200-plus comments posted here, here and here.) But did he deserve to be fired for, as he told Radar, being a “single guy with some issues and a lot to learn. So be it. I kind of thought that’s what made my blog interesting”?By the way, Glamour says it will name its new “Man Needs a Date” man soon. I can think of one candidate … A full day after the New York Times’ shocking revelation about Eliot Spitzer’s involvment in a prostitution ring, the New York governor still, somehow, remains in office. UPDATE: Not anymore.It took less time for Glamour magazine to fire a blogger after, as they say, a majority of readers wanted to “pulverize” him. Here’s our story. And here’s the note:Our ultimate goal here is to open a productive conversation about men, sex, love and dating; clearly, that can’t happen when the majority of readers would like to pulverize the blogger.
A suspected robber was killed in a lynch-mob attack after house owner was shot to death by a gang of robbers during committing a daring robbery at Char Choumohon of Brahmaputra River basin in Chouhali upazila early Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.Of the deceased, one was identified as Dula Mia, owner of the house where the robbery was taken place.Quoting locals, police said a gang of 7-8 robbers swooped on the house of Dula Mia around 3:00 am. As they were obstructed by the house owner, robbers gunned down Dula Mia, leaving him dead on the spot.Hearing the screaming of family members, locals rushed in and caught a member of the robbers’ gang while others managed to flee the spot.Later, the angry mob gave him a good thrashing, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police rushed in and the bodies were being taken to Gaibandha, said Masrukur Rahman Khaled, Superintendent of Gaibandha police.“In recent times, robbery incidents have increased in the char areas,” he added.
Stay on target The internet is filled with streaming services, and now they’re getting more particular, hoping to cater to a specific genre and audience.Recursor is the latest in this widening catalog of options. The platform, which launched this month, is specifically for indie sci-fi, hosting content from creators and original series.At the time of launch, Recursor also premiered its first web-series Nina_Unlocked, which stars YouTube personality Lana McKissack as an android and former assassin with amnesia who sets out to interview guests about her history and creation. Three episodes are currently available to watch.Recursor hopes to be the hub where users can go to find serial, narrative-heavy stories, or what it calls the “highest quality science fiction.”“This is a golden era for hard science fiction, and we’re thrilled to be premiering the first video platform devoted to the genre,” Recursor CEO and Nina_Unlocked writer E.J. Kavounas said in a statement.“While other platforms cater to audiences of horror, comedy, and animation, we felt that despite the enormous passion people have for high-quality science fiction, there was no dedicated alternative for these viewers,” Kavounas added.On Recursor, you can search by title, obviously, but you can also search by sci-fi category, which includes sections like “Alien Encounter,” “Cyberpunk Noir,” “Post-Human,” and “Space Opera.” That’s about as specific as you can get when it comes to what you’re in the mood for.As Recursor is a hub for indie creators, it says it’s open to submissions. Filmmakers can submit projects at a time for review, which includes unfinished projects. Officials with the platform also announced an upcoming contest for creators to submit ideas for an original Recursor film, although there are few details at this time.It’ll be interesting to see if this kind of platform can be successful. The media watching economy seems to be moving in the direction of the streaming service, so giving an audience a niche platform to indulge in, would in theory, be a good idea. It also gives a platform for independent creators who might not have a place for distribution otherwise. But how much will people give for this kind of service?Currently, Recursor is hosting short films and longer projects from YouTube, so it isn’t exactly a streaming service. It’s more a center and aggregator for this kind of content, along with a way to discover filmmakers on the internet. Netflix Axes ‘The OA’ Sci-Fi Series After 2 Seasons‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Becomes Mostly Harm…
Darjeeling: A Chinese national along with a Nepali and an Indian national were arrested from Siliguri on Sunday. Indian Aadhaar Cards were recovered from both the Chinese and Nepali nationals.Incidentally, the Siliguri corridor also known as the Chicken Neck is strategically very important.Surrounded by four international borders, including China, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, this stretch connecting the NorthEast states with the Indian mainland is highly vulnerable. In the past, there have been numerous arrests of foreign nationals fromthese areas.According to sources, Po Wang, the Chinese national accompanied by one Ganesh Bhattarai, a Nepali national had arrived in Siliguri and checked into a hotel on Sevok Road a week back.Intelligence agencies were keeping a close watch on them.On Sunday, the duo were meeting one Bappai Agarwal, a local businessman engaged in the transport business when the sleuths arrested the trio.Aadhaar cards along with other documents were seized from both the Chinese and Nepali national.Wang also had a Chinese passport. During interrogation, they claimed that Wang was in India on a business trip.However, questions were raised as to why they had Indian Aadhaar cards and why Wang had no Visa.”The Nepali national and the businessman were produced at a Court on Monday and remanded to seven-day police custody,”stated Sunil Kumar Chowdhury, Police Commissioner, Siliguri.Owing to ill health, Wang, who is admitted to Siliguri Sub Divisional Hospital, could not be produced at the Court on Monday.A laptop, mobile phone along with documents have been seized from Wang.
Kolkata: The Metro Railway’s passenger count and earnings have increased significantly in the 9.5 months of the current financial year, compared to the corresponding period in 2017-18, an official said on Thursday.During the period from April 1, 2018 to January 15, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 17 crore passengers, which is 3.5 per cent higher than 16.43 crore passengers ferried during the same period in the previous financial year, Metro spokesperson Indrani Banerjee said. Earnings of the city Metro, which has the lowest fare structure among all Metro railways in the country, have also gone up in these 9.5 months from Rs 156.15 crore last year to Rs 162.7 crore this year which is an increase of 4.19 per cent, Banerjee added.
Bees need all the help they can get. Thus programmer Mat Kelsey created a bee counter to see just how many of his winged honeymakers are hanging out in his hives. His system, which uses a Raspberry Pi and a machine learning algorithm that recognizes the number of individual bees entering a hive, is used to see bee trends over time and see just how the bees are faring.“The first thing I thought when we setup our beehive was ‘I wonder how you could count the number of bees coming and going?’” wrote Kelsey. “After a little research I discovered it seems no one has a good, non-intrusive system for doing it yet. It can apparently be useful for all sorts of hive health checking.”The system looks at sets of pictures of the hive door taken every 10 seconds. It then extrapolates out the background, assesses the objects that have moved in the frame, and then counts the things that are likely to be bees. It’s a fascinating problem to solve since the bees are constantly moving and because it can also ignore bees that are coming out of the hive.You can download the source on Github and check out his detailed blog post here. Given the need for bee protection as we enter an era of colony collapses, tools like this one are wildly important. Plus it’s cool to see a Raspberry Pi do something so complex.
Lovato also posted a video to her Instagram demonstrating the damage to her vocal chords, and apologising once more.‘I always wanted to play the 02 so I’m really sad to let my fans down. I’m just very, very sick right now. Hopefully I will be able to perform at the 02, very soon.’Fans record ‘get well soon’ videoSome of the fans who had arrived at the venue Sunday night recorded a video for the singer of them performing the chorus to her track Skyscraper. Her fans, known as Lovatics, held up signs saying ‘get well soon’.Lovato shared her joy upon seeing the video on Twitter.‘My fans are seriously the best… I can’t believe how much love and support I’ve received today… the video of my fans singing skyscraper outside of the venue made me cry,’ she wrote.Lovato embarked on the tour in February this year in support of her sixth studio album, Tell Me You Love Me. The tour has so far visited North America and Europe, and is due to wrap up in South America in November.Also on Gay Star NewsDemi Lovato on surprise kiss with Kehlani: ‘It was perfect’ The show was immediately rescheduled for June 25. Demi Lovato onstage (Photo; Instagram) A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Jun 10, 2018 at 9:09am PDT The pop star, 25, was scheduled to perform at the 02 Arena as part of her Tell Me You Love Me Tour.Lovato posted a message on Twitter that afternoon revealing that she is ‘very very sick’. She blamed ‘swollen vocal chords’ for the cancellation.‘I write this through tears of frustration and sadness that I have to postpone my concert in London tonight,’ she wrote.‘If I go on tonight and injure my vocal chords anymore I could potentially have to cancel the rest of my tour.‘I’m so so sorry to disappoint any of my fans in London that have traveled hours to be here by plane or car, and to all of the fans that got these tickets for their birthday, holiday or any other special occasion. It breaks my heart to let you down.’ GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Demi Lovato cancelled her London show on Sunday – three hours before she was due to take the stage. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) LGBTI celebrities send their love to Demi Lovato following alleged overdoseDemi Lovato on surprise kiss with Kehlani: ‘It was perfect’Demi Lovato invites Florida shooting survivors onstage during concertRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/demi-lovato-cancels-london-show/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Canadian market very much a priority for Visit San Antonio Posted by Thursday, February 7, 2019 Travelweek Group Share Tags: Air Canada, Canada, San Antonio TORONTO — Visit San Antonio wants agents to know that it is committed to promoting the destination to the Canadian market, with arrivals from Canada at 60,000 annually and growing.Earlier this week came news that Air Canada is suspending its five times weekly nonstop service between San Antonio and Toronto, with the last day of operations scheduled for April 28, 2019. Air Canada launched the route on May 1, 2017.“While we were sad to learn of Air Canada’s shift in strategy, San Antonio remains a convenient destination with one-stop connections on WestJet (with a Delta codeshare), Air Canada, United and American Airlines,” says Casandra Matej, President & CEO, Visit San Antonio.She adds: “Canadian visitors are important to San Antonio. Our commitment to welcoming more than 60,000 annual Canadians continues.“We are excited how San Antonio’s unique blend of culture, history, cuisine and value have contributed to measured growth in Canadian visitor counts year after year.”More news: Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureSan Antonio celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2018 with an event-packed year. The popular city is home to the River Walk and the Alamo, plus attractions including Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld San Antonio.