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Traffic Advisories Cumberland County

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Malagash Road Malagash Road between Station Road and Route 6 is closed until further notice due to culvert washout. Local traffic is being detoured through Malagash Station Road. Heavy trucks must use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 -30- CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2 from Amherst town line, south for about 4.5 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for cold planing from Monday, Sept. 13 until Thursday, Sept. 16. Traffic control personnel are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Displaced livestock shepherded to safety amid New Brunswick flooding

first_imgWhile residents of waterlogged New Brunswick are packing sandbags and leaving homes, Good Samaritans have come to the rescue of another group afflicted by the natural disaster: displaced farm animals.Livestock uprooted by the flood have been shepherded to the Fredericton Exhibition grounds, which currently houses just over 200 horses, cows, sheep, goats, and even zebu — a type of miniature bull.Charlie Miles, president of the Fredericton Horsemen’s Association, said in a phone interview that the flooded Saint John River is causing uninhabitable conditions for animals in lower-ground areas.“This time of year it’s absolutely freezing,” he said. “There are pieces of ice floating by, and you have your cows or animals standing up to their knees or shoulders, and it’s very, very hard on them because it’s cold.”Miles said he’s confident the exhibition grounds will act as a safe haven for the animals until flood waters recede, noting that they haven’t flooded since 1827.Farmers and volunteers brought the asylum-seeking animals to the grounds by trucks, trailers and barges. The last batch of animals arrived Friday.Some needed medical attention after their ordeal, Miles said.“We’ve had to have the provincial veterinarians in on several occasions to help these animals because they come in on the trucks and trailers and they’re so cold they’re shivering,” he said.“The horsemen here at the racetrack in Fredericton are providing them with blankets and coolers with things to warm them up to stop them from shaking.”The animals’ owners are working with about 15 volunteers to ensure the animals are fed, comfortable and cared for during their stay at the exhibition grounds.The grounds have plenty of room to house livestock of all shapes and sizes: for 190 years, they’ve hosted the New Brunswick Provincial Exhibition, an annual event showcasing local agriculture, farm animals and amusement park rides.Brent Dunphy, a local dairy farmer and board member of the Fredericton Exhibition, said the animals have adjusted well to their sudden relocation.He said he’s impressed by the outpouring of assistance from the community, saying a local 4-H club showed up Saturday to help clean up the cattle barn, and other organizations have stepped in with donations.“All the local businesses are donating food, and anything we need: forks, brooms, bale feeders,” he said. “It’s unbelievable, the amount of support that’s been given out here.”The ongoing floods were only made worse Friday and Saturday by heavy winds. Miles said he saw the fierce gusts knocking down power poles and whipping up waves a meter tall.He said it could take weeks before some of the animals are able to return home, since he expects some farms will need quite a bit of cleanup and repair after the extensive damage caused by water and wind.“It’s tearing up their fences, and moving the barns, and the water is hitting up against the screen doors and the first floors of their homes,” he said.last_img read more

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SCENE HEARD TIFF16 Alisters party to help Haiti

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO – One of the most moving events at TIFF each year is the Artists for Peace and Justice gala, which raises funds for health and education initiatives in Haiti.While celebrities often like to attach themselves to trendy causes, this is one organization where it’s clear that the A-listers involved (the likes of Susan Sarandon, Paul Haggis, Daniel Craig, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Nicole Kidman) and the night’s honoree, Sean Penn, actually care. Most of them have visited Haiti on multiple occasions to volunteer in disadvantaged communities.This year’s gala was “festival fair” themed and was hosted at stunning Casa Loma, with performances by Arum Rae, Kayla Diamond and Maxwell. Also in attendance: The Tenors (the remaining three of them, anyway), fresh off the controversy that occurred this summer when Remigio Periera altered the lyrics to “Oh Canada” and held up a sign reading “All Lives Matter” at the MLB all-star game. Apparently the trio has had a hard time getting bookings in Canada since the incident. Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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James Camerons Avatar sequel to be released in 2020

first_imgThe long-awaited sequel to the science fiction epic Avatar from famed Canadian director James Cameron will require a little more patience from fans — three-and-a-half years to be exact.According to the movie’s official Facebook page, the next Avatar film will open in theatres Dec. 18, 2020. It’s one of four upcoming films in the franchise.“Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels,” the post reads alongside a birdseye photo of the crew involved in the project. Following the first sequel, the next one will be released a year later, on Dec. 17, 2021.The franchise will take a three-year break before returning to the screen with two more installments, on Dec. 20, 2024 and Dec. 19, 2025 respectively.Avatar was the first film to gross more than $2 billion US when it was released in 2009 and earned nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.The story is set in fictional Pandora, a resource-rich environment which future humans are trying to colonize. It’s inhabited by the blue-skinned humanoid species, Na’vi, under threat from the expansion.The original starred Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.The first sequel had been expected in 2018 but Cameron, who was also behind the 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic and sci-fi thrillers such as The Terminator and Aliens, said earlier this year that wasn’t going to happen.Cameron initially told the Toronto Star in March about the delay, but said the scripts were done for all four Avatar films. The director called it “an epic undertaking” “not unlike building the Three Gorges Dam.” Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Over 6 people hurt as DTC bus rams into transformer

first_imgNew Delhi: Around six persons were injured after a DTC bus collided with the transformer in Kanjhawala area in Rohini district. Police said they are questioning the bus driver in the case. According to police, the incident was reported in the morning around 11 am when a bus reached Ladupur village and hit the transformer. The people who were at the spot inform the police about the incident. “The victims were pulled out from the vehicle and rushed to the hospital,” police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesA senior police officer said that they were minor injuries. “We are questioning the bus driver who claimed that the brake did not apply at the right time resulting in the incident,” police said. The investigating agency is probing whether the bus was being driven at high speed. A case has been registered in this regard. In February, a truck driver died and 13 passengers were injured after a dumper hit DTC bus in Central Delhi’s ITO area. The bus carrying 15 to 16 passengers was coming from Vikas Marg when it was hit by the truck.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka breaks world record for tallest artificial Christmas tree

The project was rescued after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to the Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Ranjith to secure his blessings. Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said, according to the AFP news agency.Cricket legend Arjuna Ranatunga initiated plans to build the record-breaking tree in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, but ran into opposition from the Catholic church which said the money would be better spent on charity. Gunasekera said 600,000 coloured LED bulbs would be used to decorate the tree, along with a six-metre (20-foot) Santa and a 12-metre (40-foot) sleigh.“On Christmas eve, we will switch on the lights,” he added.Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to victory in the 1996 World Cup, has been at the forefront of the project to raise funds for the artificial tree as a symbol of religious unity. As of Saturday morning, the tree was about 57 metres (187 feet) tall, he said, two metres taller than an artificial Christmas tree erected in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou last year.The Sri Lankan claim is subject to confirmation by the Guinness World Records. “Initial opposition… meant a delay of about 10 days in our construction work,” event coordinator Mangala Gunasekera told AFP. “Our target was 100 metres (328 feet), but construction delays forced us to cut down the height,” he said. The archbishop had initially described the project as “wasteful expenditure” and said that the estimated $200,000 cost would have been better spent on alleviating poverty.Last year Sri Lanka’s Catholic church urged priests not to put up Christmas trees in their churches over the festive period, with Cardinal Ranjith saying they had no religious significance. read more

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HRC issues summons for urgent meeting on Rohingya incident

The Police Department, Prisons Department and the local representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have also been called for the meeting. The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has called for an urgent meeting tomorrow with several Ministries to discuss the incident involving Rohingya refugees, The Sunday Leader newspaper reported today.The Cultural Ministry, Justice Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and the Ministry of Law and Order are among the institutions summoned for the meeting tomorrow. The refugees were eventually evacuated to safety by the authorities.In Sri Lanka, the presence of refugees and asylum-seekers is authorized by the Government.Report by Indika Sri Aravinda The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) was on Thursday ordered to investigate the incident in Mount Lavinia involving Rohingya refugees.On Tuesday, a group led by monks protested outside a shelter housing 31 refugees – most of them women and children – who had been rescued by the Sri Lankan Navy from a boat in Sri Lankan waters in April this year. Chairperson of the Commission Deepika Udagama told The Sunday Leader that the Human Rights Commission will compile a report following the meeting and submit it to the government. read more

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Downer handmedowns to be auctioned in September

first_imgTwenty-four rock trucks and dozens of other late-model heavy equipment items will be sold to the highest bidders – regardless of price – when Ritchie Bros Auctioneers holds a large unreserved mining equipment auction in Australia on behalf of Downer EDI Mining and 20 other owners in September this year. So far, there are over 430 items being sold on auction day, including late model motor scrapers, wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators, motor graders, crawler tractors and water trucks.”We are very pleased to be selling such a high calibre, clean, well-maintained mining equipment package – it’s a credit to Downer EDI Mining,” Simon Ross, Ritchie Bros Regional Manager said. “The auction is still two months away, but we’ve already got a great selection of equipment to offer our customers and everything will be sold to the highest bidder on sale day, regardless of price. We’ll also be adding consignments right up until sale day.”Downer EDI Mining is one of Australia’s major providers of open-cut and underground mining and mine development services. Downer EDI Mining has entered into an agreement with Ritchie Bros to sell more than 40 heavy earthmoving equipment items at the upcoming Gold Coast auction, including three 2005 and one 2003 Komatsu hydraulic excavators; four late-model Cat crawler tractors (two D10R and two D9R); 16 Cat 777D rock trucks; two 1994 Cat 775B 35,000 L water trucks; five late-model wheel loaders; and three late-model motor graders. The equipment was used in a recently completed mining project in Laos.The unreserved public auction starts at 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 18 at the permanent Ritchie Bros auction site on the Gold Coast. The auction site is located at the corner of Burnside Road and the Pacific Highway in Yatala, Queensland. Interested bidders can find a complete listing of equipment in the auction, including photos, on the Ritchie Bros web site at www.rbauction.com.last_img read more

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Hexacopter fails to smuggle phones into Brazilian prison

first_imgThe Brazilian authorities this week were surprised to discover a rather ingenious attempt to smuggle cellphones into a maximum security prison.Using a lightweight hexacopter outfitted with a small rig to carry the payload to waiting criminals, an unknown pilot attempted to deliver a scad of mobile phones over the walls of a maximum security prison. Discovered with its contraband still attached, the small UAV was spotted by a highway employee who saw it laying on the ground on the side of the Raposo Tavares highway. After seeing communication devices tethered to the copter, the employee notified the military police who in turn launched an investigation into the matter.The smuggling attempt was unsuccessful due to the seven phones still being attached to the vehicle, but the authorities have no leads as to who was in control of the remote control copter. After looking at the officially released image of the UAV above, it looks like the culprit was making use of a DJI NAZA device. What’s interesting about this model of copter is that it is able to be retro-fitted with a yet-to-be-released GPS module that would allow it to instantly return to its takeoff location with a simple press of a button.If the unknown pilot in question decided to pony up about $1,000 more than the base kit cost, he or she could have installed a global waypoint system that allows specific points to be plotted for the copter to follow. Pretty ingenious if you can pull it off. Whether or not this attempt was a simple probe to see if it would be possible to complete a full mission isn’t known, but the DJI NAZA is an expensive “toy” to just be abandoned like this one was. With kits costing upwards of $2,000 with all the acessories, we wouldn’t call this hexacopter disposable.This isn’t the first time that someone has attempted a stunt like this. In 2009 a group of UK miscreants tried to smuggle drugs into a prison using this method, and just last year in Thailand an attempt was made to get cash, drugs, and mobile devices in as well. This activity begs the question of how many actual successful flights have been undertaken, providing convicted criminals with items that certainly aren’t meant to aid in their “rehabilitation.”One thing is for certain, Andy Dufresne and his friend Red would have loved to have one of these hexacopters in The Shawshank Redemption.Read more at sUAS News, via UOL Noticiaslast_img read more

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Scientists Help Fill in Human Genome Gaps With USB Sequencer

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Back in the mid-to-late 90s, the Human Genome Project became an impressive, global undertaking. Scientists all over the planet were sharing resources and committing to something once thought impossible — not just sequencing human DNA, but gathering enough different samples from around the world to understand the deep, rich history of species, painted on our genes. And now we can do that same work on a USB stick. Kinda.Just this week, a paper in the journal Nature detailed a new device called MinION that sequence one hundred billion base pairs with relative ease. It costs only about a grand (pretty cheap for high-end biomedical gear) and connects to a standard laptop. This makes DNA reading simple and easy, for today’s modern researcher-on-the-go. MinION can read off sets of DNA in chunks of up to 882,000 base pairs — far larger than the typical few dozen or hundred. “There’s a lot of things that are exciting about this,” study author Matthew Loose from the University of Nottingham told Gizmodo. “We can sequence much larger chunks of DNA than we’ve ever seen before.”The system works by breaking down bits of DNA and strands through nanopores in a material using electrical currents. When the DNA crosses these currents, the computer can read those small changes as a different base pair.The only main downside is that the error rate is unusually high, but that can be mitigated somewhat by subsequent reads. Still, thousands of times the speed is a pretty good trade-off for small bumps in accuracy. And, so far, the researchers on the project aren’t quite sure if the mistakes are the device flubbing up or if it’s actually altering the DNA it reads with the electrical charges.It won’t be long, either, for the company’s next device SmidgION to sequence genes directly on your phone. Potentially useful for researchers working in the field who want to collect and analyze samples on-the-spot. Plus, as Ars Technica notes, there are advantages to different types of genome reading. Short, highly accurate reads can help give you the sequence of individual sections, but longer, less accurate reads can be used to piece together the overall structure. That makes sense, too, as when you’re working with millions or billions of bits of data and reconstructing it from the ground up, you’ll want both a broad overview and a more precise read to get the specifics.So useful, in fact, were MinION’s longer reads that the team behind them were able to fill in some gaps for the original human genome project. But, as another fun quirk, the project did lead researchers to find that the file format we usually store DNA information in wasn’t robust enough to handle so many consecutive and contiguous section, requiring specialized algorithms and some serious silicon-powered number crunching to make it work. As the work on this expands and improves, though, expect to see continued and rapid advancement in the realm of genomics. With the rise of computational power and now the technology for sequencing itself shrinking down to much more manageable sizes, scientists and researchers the world over will have a lot more flexibility. And that’s only good news for the knowledge-hungry among us.last_img read more

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For Shearer Tottenham can still win the league

first_imgThe former Premier League footballer believes the Spurs are still in the race to lift the English trophy at the end of the season.Tottenham Hotspur is located in the third position of the English Premier League standings with 12 games remaining in the title race.The Spurs have 60 points, five less than leaders Manchester City and second-place Liverpool.Tottenham has won 20 of their 26 matches, drawing zero times and losing six.And for former English Premier League footballer Alan Shearer, they are still in the competition.“It is a little disrespectful that not many people are talking about Tottenham as potential Premier League winners because they are in the title race – and they have shown they are not going away,” he told the BBC.“It was typical really that, on a day where Manchester City were sensational and made the headlines with the way they demolished Chelsea to go back above Liverpool at the top of the table, Spurs ground out another unspectacular victory.”“Mauricio Pochettino’s side have done something similar in each of their past four league games, but it is actually very impressive that they keep getting results when none of those performances have been particularly great,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I thought Leicester were the better team at Wembley on Sunday and the Foxes created chance after chance by getting behind Tottenham’s full-backs, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose, who stayed so high up the pitch.”“If that happens again in Wednesday’s Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund, Spurs are going to be in trouble because I think they will get punished,” he explained.“But, on this occasion, they not only survived, they found a way to win.”“It was obviously not the same sort of statement of intent that City made a couple of hours later, but to score three goals and take the three points without playing well at all is still a very good sign of the sort of shape that Spurs are in,” Shearer said.“Yes, in an ideal world Tottenham would be doing what City did on Sunday, and tearing teams apart, but they are at a stage of their season when their squad is stretched and getting results is the only thing that matters.”3⃣ goals in 3⃣ matches for Sonny! 🔥#COYS pic.twitter.com/XdJVdFvIca— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 11, 2019last_img read more

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Google Maps adds speed limit speed camera data for more than 40

first_imgAutomakers have been slowly adding speed-limit data to their embedded navigation systems, so it was great to see Google Maps begin to do the same, as many people prefer to use Google’s app for navigation. However, this feature was only limited to a small number of markets. Now, though, it’s expanded to a bunch more.Google has begun expanding its speed-limit and speed-camera information to include more than 40 countries. According to Google, as first confirmed byTechCrunch, the list of countries that can see speed limits and speed cameras now includes: Andorra, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, the UK, the US and Zimbabwe.It’s not like Google hasn’t had access to this data until now. The company regularly displays such information in its Waze navigation app, but now these features are expanding to the more traditional Google Maps. In addition to offering speed-limit information, Google Maps can now also warn drivers about stationary and mobile speed cameras along a given route. According to TechCrunch’s report, Google started rolling these features out to new countries about two weeks ago, across both Android and iOS platforms. However, Android users will get an extra feature boost by being able to report mobile and static speed cameras, adding them to the system. This should provide a huge benefit to those who prefer to navigate with Google Maps — not everybody enjoys Waze’s UI or routing, so it’s good to have some options. And thanks to the growing ubiquity of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in new vehicles, drivers can receive all the information they need through their infotainment system screen. reading • Google Maps adds speed limit, speed camera data for more than 40 countries • More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Google Maps Google Apple Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice 1 Apple Tagscenter_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Car Games and Apps Car Industry 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Google Maps tips for summer travel 1:14 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Commentlast_img read more

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Indonesia to stand by Bangladesh over Rohingya issue

first_imgIndonesian foreign minister Retno MarsudiIndonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi on Tuesday expressed her country’s readiness to help Bangladesh in easing burden on it over Rohingya issue, reports news agency UNB.She said they will continue to discuss with Bangladesh what sort of support Indonesia can provide in this regard.”This humanitarian crisis should be ended,” she said in a statement before media in a city hotel wrapping up her less than 10-hour visit to Dhaka.Earlier, Retno held meeting with prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bangladesh counterpart AH Mahmood Ali.The Indonesian foreign minister arrived at 12:10pm by a flight of Thai Airways and is scheduled to depart at 10:00pm by a flight of Singapore Airlines.As of now, around 1,23,000 people — mostly women and children — entered Bangladesh after the attacks on police and army bases in Rakhine state on 25 August and the Myanmar military began crackdown.The Indonesian minister earlier in December last year also visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and discussed with Bangladesh authorities for finding a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.last_img read more

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WATCH HS phenom Zion Williamson would have won the NBA Slam Dunk

first_imgZion Williamson is the top rated junior hoops prospect in the nation and he probably would have won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest this year if he was allowed to enter. Actually, it wouldn’t have been close.His dunks go viral quicker than the avian bird flu. His latest effort is the best yet. During a warm up for a what looks like a practice or an open run, he threw an alley-oop to himself off the gym wall behind the basket and finished an absurd between the legs throwdown.50. Shut it down. This kid doesn’t need any lame drones or props.Have a look at your 2020 NBA Slam Dunk champ.ZION IS A FREAK.(via Bryceschmo, B_Curry2/IG) pic.twitter.com/yGrfUKAZqq— go90 Sports (@go90Sports) March 16, 2017last_img read more

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Trans women are furious after 62nd woman shot and dismembered in Pakistan

first_imgPakistan’s trans community has protested in the streets to demand better police protection and action after another trans woman was violently murdered and dismembered. GAYSTARNEWS- Sajid urf Nazo became the 62nd trans woman murdered in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) region since 2015. On Thursday 17 August, her alleged attacker ‘brutally tortured and mutilated’ her. He then allegedly shot Nazo and stuffed her body into a sack.Police arrested Mohammed Farooq and another man for Nazo’s murder. Farooq confessed to shooting Nazo and chopping up her body with an axe. Police told media they found Farooq trying to dispose of the sack which contained human organs and genitals.Nazo’s violent murder is just one of many committed against the trans community in Peshawar. This year, 479 cases of violence against trans women have already been recorded in the Peshawar region alone.Farooq’s arrest was rare as many culprits who commit crime against the trans community go unpunished.Trans women have had enough in Pakistan. | Photo: Facebook/Trans Action PakistanEnough is enoughTired of seeing the violence committed against their sisters and continually living in fear, the trans community staged a powerful demonstration in KP’s capital, Peshawar. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… They protested outside the Peshawar Press Club chanting, ‘we want protection, we want respect and rights’.‘This is unacceptable [there have been] 479 cases of violence and 8 Murders of transwomen in KP in 2018 only and the silence of KP Govt [government] is criminal and shameful. We… demand justice,’ Trans Action Pakistan said in a statement.Prominent trans activists lead the protests against trans violence. | Photo: Facebook/Trans Action PakistanThe protesters called for a government to install a trans representative to better advocate for the community. They also called for the government to expedite the implementation of its comprehensive trans rights Act.Prominent trans activist, Qamar Naseem said beyond violence, trans people face discrimination on a daily basis and struggle to find work.‘The human rights violations perpetrated against people who are transgender in K-P is the result of highly machismo, conservative and transphobic culture which ostracizes and stigmatizes transgender people, posing a serious threat to their health, security, life expectancy and employment prospects,’ Naseem told The Tribune.‘This community is vulnerable without legal protections, they are at a greater risk of violence, sexual and substance abuse. Most have little access to health services. Without recognition, many cases of violence and murder go undocumented.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Tran women protest in Peshawar (L) and Sumera, a student who was attacked on 18 August. | Photo: Facebook/Trans Action Pakistan Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-women-are-furious-after-62nd-woman-shot-and-dismembered-in-pakistan/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

first_imgIt won’t be easy, because our brains are culturally programmed for a world that sees gender as strictly male or female. “It is because Q is likely to play with our minds that it is important,” says Kristina Hultgren, a linguist who wasn’t involved in the research. “It plays with our urge to put people into boxes and therefore has the potential to push people’s boundaries and broaden their horizons.”Whether tech companies embrace the idea is to be seen. Even if they do, don’t expect them to fully embrace Q. “As much as I like the idea of a gender-neutral AI, I find it really hard to imagine it being a default thing in five years,” says Kistvad. “It would be great, but for me it would be like a utopia—I don’t know if it’s even realistic.”The danger of AI and robotics is that human designers infuse their technologies with their own biases. But the beauty of AI and robotics is that if we start having honest conversations about those biases and stereotypes, we can shape a rapidly changing technological future to be not only more inclusive but thought-provoking. And the vanguard leading us there sounds a lot like Q. Boot up the options for your digital voice assistant of choice and you’re likely to find two options for the gender you prefer interacting with: male or female. The problem is, that binary choice isn’t an accurate representation of the complexities of gender. Some folks don’t identify as either male or female, and they may want their voice assistant to mirror that identity. As of now, they’re out of luck.But a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers—led by Copenhagen Pride and Vice’s creative agency Virtue—are on a quest to change that with a new, genderless digital voice, made from real voices, called Q. Q isn’t going to show up in your smartphone tomorrow, but the idea is to pressure the tech industry into acknowledging that gender isn’t necessarily binary, a matter of man or woman, masculine or feminine.[embedded content]The project is confronting a new digital universe fraught with problems. It’s no accident that Siri and Cortana and Alexa all have female voices—research shows that users react more positively to them than they would to a male voice. But as designers make that choice, they run the risk of reinforcing gender stereotypes, that female AI assistants should be helpful and caring, while machines like security robots should have a male voice to telegraph authority. While this isn’t the first attempt to craft a gender-neutral voice, with Q, the thinking goes, we can not only make technology more inclusive but also use that technology to spark conversation on social issues. More Great WIRED StoriesAnarchy, bitcoin, and murder in AcapulcoForget growing weed—make yeast spit out CBD and THCThe perfect pair of pants is just a 3D body scan awayHow data helps deliver your dinner on time—and warmEmail scammers ditch wire transfers for iTunes gift cards👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter Nørgaard created four variants, which the team then sent to 4,500 people in Europe. One voice stuck out to the survey participants. “People were saying, ‘This is a neutral voice. I can’t tell the gender of this voice,’” Nørgaard says. “In the beginning, I was like, this is going to be difficult. But when we got feedback from these 4,500 people, I think we nailed it, actually.” That voice became the basis for Q.Q, then, can now literally give a voice to the voiceless in modern technology. “I think it’s really important to have representation for trans people when it comes to not only AI, but voices in general,” says Ask Stig Kistvad, a trans man who lent his voice to the project. “It’s a new thing in the last three to five years, that trans people are actually represented in popular culture.” It’s only natural, Kistvad says, that some developers eventually embrace them, too.This is particularly important when it comes to voice assistants, a market that’s projected to grow by 35 percent a year until at least 2023. “It’s going to become an increasingly commonplace way for us to communicate with tech,” says Project Q collaborator Julie Carpenter, a research fellow with the Ethics and Emerging Sciences Group, which explores the social issues around technology. “Naming a home assistant Alexa, which sounds female, can be problematic for some people, because it reinforces this stereotype that females assist and support people in tasks.”To be fair, tech companies aren’t necessarily in the business of maliciously excluding voices that don’t neatly align with the male-female binary. But they most certainly have the power to develop something like a genderless voice, and at the very least, they can start thinking harder about the voices their products default to using. Maybe they think anything outside the “norm” would be too distracting for a product that’s utilitarian in nature (ask question, get answer). “But one thing we can do is push what the norm is,” says Anna Jørgensen, a linguist who worked on Project Q. “And we should do that.”center_img Now’s a good time, because things are about to get a whole lot more complicated as sophisticated social robots proliferate. Research has shown, for example, that people judge security robots to be more masculine, while those same robots seem more feminine when they are programmed to serve a less authoritative guidance role. What if we start confronting those biases, both by toying with the physical form of robots as well as their voices? The team began by recording the voices of two dozen people who identify as male, female, transgender, or nonbinary. Each person read a predetermined list of sentences. “At that point, we didn’t know if we were going to layer the voices, so we needed the same sentence in the same tempo as close as we could get it,” says sound designer Nis Nørgaard. By merging the voices together, they might be able to create some kind of average. “But that was too difficult,” he says.Instead, Nørgaard zeroed in on one person’s voice, which registered somewhere between what we’d consider masculine or feminine. That comes down largely to frequency, or pitch: Men tend to have a larger vocal tract, which produces a lower-sounding timbre. But there’s a sweet spot between 145 and 175 hertz, a range that research shows we perceive as more gender-neutral. Go higher and you’ll perceive the voice as typically female; go lower and it becomes more masculine. You can try it out for yourself in this interactive by dragging the bubble up and down to change the frequency of the voice.Nørgaard started to tweak that one sweet-spot voice. “It was really tricky, because your brain can tell if the voice has been pitched up and down,” he says. “It was difficult to work with these voices without destroying them.”last_img read more

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Society of Interventional Radiology Backs Reallocations Bill for Graduate Medical Education

first_img May 24, 2017 — Fourteen members of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) took to Capitol Hill recently to express the society’s support for a bill that would expand access to government-funded graduate medical education (GME) opportunities to newly recognized primary specialties, including interventional radiology.The “Enhancing Opportunities for Medical Doctors Act,” introduced by Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) would reallocate existing, but historically unused, government-funded slots to specialties recently elevated to the “primary specialty” designation (such as interventional radiology), rural institutions and new medical schools.The SIR members, who were in Washington as part of SIR’s Grassroots Leadership Program, met with congressional offices to discuss the importance of reallocating unused federally funded training spots to areas in need. Hospitals that train residents incur costs beyond those customarily associated with providing patient care. The Medicare-authorized payment program compensates teaching hospitals for “Medicare’s share” of the costs directly related to the training of residents.“We appreciate Rep. Love’s continued support and look forward to working with her and her colleagues in Congress to expand training, which will ultimately provide patients with greater access to medicine that meets 21st century needs,” said SIR President Suresh Vedantham, M.D., FSIR, professor of radiology and surgery at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the Washington University School of Medicine. “By reallocating existing, but unused, GME slots, this bill takes a fiscally responsible approach to ensuring new programs get the training support needed to deliver access to the most advanced care.”“The Grassroots Leadership Program is an avenue for IR to educate Congress about the issues facing our specialty and the medical community as a whole,” said SIR Health Policy and Economics Chair Waleska M. Pabon-Ramos, M.D., MPH, an interventional radiologist and assistant professor of radiology at Duke University School of Medicine, who also participated in the 2017 Grassroots Leadership Program. “Today, we’ve spread the word about Rep. Love’s bill as an important stopgap that ensures we are making the best use of already available training resources, while Congress considers more comprehensive GME reform measures.”SIR members used their time on Capitol Hill to explain that capping federally funded GME slots hinders training opportunities, and ultimately access to care, because some slots committed to other programs and specialties remain unused. Current law does not allow for new Medicare-funded GME slots to accommodate a new medical specialty, such as interventional radiology, or new medical training programs. Instead, a teaching hospital that establishes such a program is faced with either reducing the number of Medicare-covered residency slots in another program or operating the new program with partial or no Medicare GME funding.The proposal would require programs to make 65 percent of historically unused slots eligible for reallocation. The slots slated to be reallocated would be redistributed to hospitals that apply for them with priority given to the following: 1) hospitals that establish residency programs for interventional radiology or another recently elevated specialty; 2) hospitals located in rural and underserved areas; and 3) hospitals that establish medical residency programs that are sponsored by newly accredited medical schools.For more information: www.sirweb.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! 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But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | Interventional Radiology | May 24, 2017 Society of Interventional Radiology Backs Reallocations Bill for Graduate Medical Education SIR members visit Capitol Hill to support reallocation of unused federally funded GME to new specialties, new medical programs and rural hospitals News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more center_img Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. 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Some funny New Years resolutions

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Every year, people make resolutions to change something about themselves or to start doing something differently. Unfortunately, those New Year’s resolutions end quickly and people are soon back to their old ways. Making New Year’s resolutions has largely become a joke and it’s probably more useful to write a list of funny New Year’s resolutions and laugh at them.Here is a list of funny New Year’s resolutions you can laugh at before you fail this year.I will…Start washing my hands after I use the restroom.Stop drinking orange juice after brushing my teethStop licking frozen flag polesOnly get divorced and remarried once this yearWatch more movie remakesGo back to school to avoid paying my student loansOnly eat white snowKeep it to myself that I have trouble with authority when I’m being interviewedClaim all my pets as dependents on my taxes Funny technology-related New Year’s resolutionsI will…Watch more cute and cuddly kitten videos on YouTubeCheck my work e-mail account at least once this yearSwitch my username to “password” and my password to “username” to make each a lot harder for hackers to figure outWatch less TV…. in standard definitionStop buying worthless junk on Ebay, because QVC has better specialsStart using Facebook for something other than Farmville and stupid quizzesHelp kids stay safe by not texting on my cell-phone while eating McDonald’s and speeding through crosswalks in school zones with a frost-covered windshieldStart a blog about how I would write more often if I had something important to write. Only make one blog entry and leave it published for yearsTalk with a robot voice all the timeFunny New Year’s resolutions about weight managementI will…Lose weight by hiding it somewhere you’ll never find itGain enough weight to get on The Biggest LoserBuy new clothes big enough to account for next year’s holidaysStart smoking to lose weightLose weight by inventing an anti-gravity machineLose weight by living on the moonFind a more accurate scaleBuild biceps by increasing reps of Ding Dong curls to 3 sets of 15Stop buttering my doughnutsEat more fruit… snacksFunny financial New Year’s resolutionsI will…Pay off my credit cards every month in full… with my other credit cardsSave some money for a rainy day. That way I can shop online instead of having to go to an actual storeKeep better records throughout the year. That way I can listen to better music while I’m figuring my taxesLook for investors for my “home office” businessLower my bills by digging a hole to put them inBorrow things more often. Return them less oftenVisit the grocery more often than restaurants, especially when free samples are being servedBuy a fire extinguisher so that my money won’t burn a hole in my pocketStop throwing away money that could at least be burned for heatlast_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals Sam Bradford 9 throws during

first_imgArizona Cardinals’ Sam Bradford (9) throws during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   Related LinksCardinals’ Derrick Coleman embraces role with new teamFor Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the future can waitDavid Johnson’s absence means ‘valuable reps’ for other Cardinals RBs“Whereas here, it’s very cohesive. Everyone works together.”That has helped his move to the Valley, where Bradford is starting to get settled in.“Being out here, just getting used to Phoenix, getting used to the area, making it feel like home — that transition has been great,” he said. “The transition here in the building I think has gone really smooth as well.”Bradford is hoping to move on from what has been a testy past couple of seasons for himself and his body.“It’s definitely been frustrating, especially last year,” he said. “My knee just didn’t want to play anymore.”The Cardinals are being safe about Bradford’s knee, but at a certain point, they need to get going into high gear.Bradford understands that ramping it up before training camp is important.“From that point until now, I feel like we’ve made huge strides,” Bradford said of the program. “These next five weeks are big, just getting myself ready to go and that way when we get back here in July, we’re ready.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford’s left knee is one of the team’s biggest storylines for this season.The Cardinals, most of all, understand the value of putting him through the best process possible to be healthy and in a spot to succeed.When joining 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf on Thursday, Bradford complimented the way the team has planned for his health.“The staff here is great,” he said. “A lot of places you see sometimes the strength staff and the training staff they kind of butt heads and they don’t really get along. One has one idea of what you should do and the other has another and the plans are almost two separate completely different plans. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more