Rabat – Morocco can help create condition for a dialogue between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to solve the Qatar crisis, Moroccan analyst Mustapha Tossa has said.In an interview with the French edition of Russia Today, Tossa explained that Morocco’s mediation can be backed by efforts from the European Union, which in turn has no interest in seeing GCC destabilized.Morocco’s initiative “might be effective and can contribute in decreasing tensions in a region that is nowadays so unstable that it resembles a gunpowder barrel.” The Kingdom’s endeavors to broker a détente between the GGC sister states reflect the kind of relationships Morocco entertains with these countries and the nature of this unprecedented crisis that saw Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain all decide to sever ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism and undermining their stability.“I think that the Kingdom of Morocco could not have stayed away from being involved in this crisis which threatens, if not dealt with in time, to undermine the existing rapports de forces in the region”, said Tossa.He went on to explain that Morocco is a “strategic partner” of GCC countries with which the Kingdom has economic, military and security bonds.“Moroccan diplomacy could stand still while the house of its precious allies has caught fire and risks disintegration under pressure caused by cleavages of its members”, he said. “This is why it was expected that King Mohammed VI intervenes to try to calm down the situation and get the members adopt a less belligerent stance and help them overcome their differences.”On Monday King Mohammed VI ordered food supply to be sent to Qatar on which an embargo was imposed by its neighbors. The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that the decision is “in line with the teachings of our religion especially during the month of Ramadan where requites solidarity between Muslim people.”When asked if this gesture could be interpreted by Qatar’s opponent as taking Doha’ side, Tossa responded that the other GCC countries “should not give this action a meaning other what it is truly intended to”.“This gesture affirms the principle of positive neutrality”, explained Tossa. “Qatar will be more inclined to listen to another country that came to its aid in those moments of distress and while it is under pressure than listen to another country which stood silent on what is going on or let itself to be carried away by the current of anger [against Qatar ]”.
The first training session for 60 people in Abéché will last four weeks and seeks to make up for the lack of professional magistrates in the field of community justice in eastern Chad, where 256,700 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur conflict, 168,000 Chadian IDPs and around 150,000 people in host villages live in close proximity.Overall the scheme, run by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT), aims to train 148 local officials.At the beginning of the month, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned that increased banditry, kidnappings of relief workers and attacks on humanitarian compounds in the region were threatening crucial aid for nearly 100,000 people.Ethnic tensions and humanitarian needs in eastern Chad have been exacerbated by the nearly seven-year war in neighbouring Darfur pitting the Sudanese Government and its militia allies against rebels seeking greater autonomy. 10 December 2009The United Nations has started a programme to train local judges in eastern Chad in a bid to end impunity in a strife-torn region where conflicts have erupted between refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said the trial by VaxGen using the AIDSVAX vaccine appears to show a protective effect among non-Caucasian populations, especially African Americans, although sample sizes were small. However, for the majority of the participants, who were Caucasians, the effect of the vaccine was minimal. “These results are promising. The trial provides clear evidence that a vaccine can work,” said Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “However, there is an urgent need for more targeted research to find out why the candidate vaccine only seems to work in certain population sub-groups.” The company stressed that the results announced today only represent findings from an initial analysis. The two UN agencies also stated that an effective vaccine providing widespread protection is still not on the horizon. The AIDSVAX Phase III trial was the first large-scale human trial of an HIV vaccine, with over 5,400 volunteers from the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands, the majority of whom were men who have sex with men. The vaccine used in this trial was designed to reduce susceptibility to infection with HIV subtype B, which is prevalent in the Americas, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand. One of the major challenges in HIV vaccine development is to develop one or multiple vaccines effective against all major subtypes of HIV. “Continued HIV vaccine research remains an urgent global need,” said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO. “We will need many more trials to develop effective HIV vaccines, particularly against the most prevalent HIV sub-types which are having a devastating impact on populations in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Addressing the opening of the three-week session of the Committee charged with overseeing that pact, Rachel Mayanja pointed out that it had proved to be a powerful tool for women advocating for change in numerous war-ravaged countries.During the current session, the experts will examine reports from Australia, Cambodia, Eritrea, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mali, Thailand, Togo and Venezuela, all parties to the treaty.The Committee will also continue its work under the Optional Protocol to the Convention, which provides for a petition and inquiry procedure regarding violations of the rights of women in States parties to the Convention and the Optional Protocol.The Convention, which currently has 180 States parties, requires them to eliminate discrimination against women in their enjoyment of all rights. Seventy-two of these States are also party to the Optional Protocol that establishes a communications and inquiry procedure, providing a significant incentive to intensify their efforts to eliminate and prevent discrimination against women in law and in practice.
by Julie Bykowicz And Chad Day, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2016 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 3:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Trump’s campaign spends $6 million with Trump companies FILE – In this June 17, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in The Woodlands, Texas. The Republican National Convention is a month away, and Donald Trump’s campaign is in freefall: little staff, less money and trailing in the polls. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File) WASHINGTON – Donald Trump is one of the wealthiest people to ever run for president, but his campaign appears to be flat broke. What’s more, fundraising reports show he’s used about $6 million in campaign money to pay his own companies and family members.The billionaire businessman’s financial woes were enough to inspire the mocking Twitter hashtag “TrumpSoPoor” on Tuesday and, far more seriously, give already reluctant donors a fresh batch of reasons to withhold their money.Trump’s campaign expenses are hardly inspiring confidence among people whose money he’s pursuing. The spending includes a $423,000 May payment to Mar-a-Lago, the private club in Florida that serves as his vacation home, and enough Trump-branded bottled water to fill a bathtub.Democratic rival Hillary Clinton ribbed Trump on Tuesday, tweeting to followers: “What is Trump spending his meagre campaign resources on? Why, himself, of course.”A presidential campaign is expensive — about $1 billion in recent years. That money pays for crucial candidate outreach, including costly television advertising and identifying, persuading and getting voters to the polls in November.Trump began this month with $1.3 million in the bank, less campaign cash than many congressional candidates and even behind several of the Republican presidential candidates he defeated. The $3 million he collected in May donations is about one-tenth what Clinton raised.Trump waves off criticism of his fundraising, saying he only began in earnest May 25 despite having become the presumptive nominee weeks earlier. He largely financed his successful primary bid through personal loans but now is leaning heavily on the Republican National Committee for help.“To date, the campaign’s fundraising has been incredible, and we continue to see a tremendous outpouring of support for Mr. Trump and money to the Republican Party,” his campaign said in a statement Tuesday.Both Trump and the party say he can write checks if donations don’t pick up. But there are signs he is taking fundraising more seriously.He made his first emailed pitch for donations on Tuesday, writing that he would match up to $2 million in contributions. “This is the first fundraising email I have ever sent on behalf of my campaign,” Trump wrote. “That’s right. THE FIRST ONE.”That more-engaged approach can’t come too soon for Republican financiers.“There’s a lot of reluctance,” said Spencer Zwick, who was Mitt Romney’s chief fundraiser four years ago. “Some are saying the finance organization is highly disorganized.”Trump’s defenders, including New York donor Anthony Scaramucci, say a major part of his appeal is that he’s a “non-politician” who does things differently.That extends to his propensity to mix business with politics.Finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission detail a campaign unafraid to co-mingle political and business endeavours in an unprecedented way.Wealthy political candidates in the past, including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and presidential contender Steve Forbes both walled off their campaigns from the companies bearing their names.Not so for Trump. Through the end of May, his campaign had plowed about $6 million back into Trump corporate products and services, a review of federal filings shows. That’s nearly 10 per cent of his expenditures.There’s nothing illegal about it. Regulations do require companies— even ones owned by the candidate— to charge fair-market value so as not to run afoul of a ban on corporate campaign contributions.They also require some complicated record-keeping.For instance, FEC reports show the campaign making about $400,000 in payments to Trump. But that’s a campaign finance accounting quirk. What’s actually happened is that Trump donated $400,000 in campaign office space and some salaries of company employees who have been working on his presidential bid.Yet Trump’s companies also charge his campaign for goods and services, putting him at risk of appearing to be a self-dealer. That’s why Forbes and Bloomberg avoided the issue altogether, former aides said.“You just never want to have to worry about any blurred lines with personal, corporate, in-kind and contributor money,” said Bill Dal Col, who ran Forbes’ unsuccessful 1996 and 2000 White House campaigns.One more complication: The $46 million worth of loans Trump made to his campaign can be repaid with donor money, even though he insists he won’t do that.The situation has some donors spooked, said Charlie Spies, a Republican elections attorney who has worked with major contributors and was helping Trump opponent Jeb Bush.“Why would donors give money when the first dollars go to help a billionaire buy products from his own company?” Spies asked.The biggest payment to a Trump company is $4.6 million to TAG Air, the holding company of his airplanes.His campaign headquarters is at Trump Tower in New York. The campaign has paid about $520,000 in rent and utilities to Trump Tower Commercial LLC and to Trump Corporation.For events, he often uses his own properties. The campaign paid out $26,000 in January to rent a facility at Trump National Doral, his golf course in Miami. He’d held an event in the gold-accented ballroom there in late October. The campaign spent another $11,000 on Trump’s hotel in Chicago.Even refreshments have a Trump tie.About $5,000 from the campaign went to Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which offers Virginia wines bearing the bold letters of Trump.Son Eric Trump also factors into another large Trump campaign expense.The campaign has paid about $4.7 million for hats and T-shirts purchased from Ace Specialties. That company is owned by a board member of Eric Trump’s charitable foundation.___Follow Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bykowicz and https://twitter.com/ChadSDay
Kevin McCoy, president of Irving Shipbuilding, leads a tour as workers construct components of the Arctic offshore patrol ships at their facility in Halifax on Friday, March 4, 2016. The Canadian subsidiary of French defence giant Thales has been awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to service Canada’s new fleet of Arctic offshore patrol ships and joint support vessels.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Canadian subsidiary of French defence giant gets $5.2 billion contract by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 8:38 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Canadian subsidiary of French defence industry giant Thales has been awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to service Canada’s new fleet of Arctic offshore patrol ships and joint support vessels.The federal government said Thursday Thales Canada, in a joint venture with the company’s Australian arm, will provide in-service support for the vessels under a contract that could total $5.2 billion over 35 years.Acting Procurement Minister Jim Carr announced the awarding of the contract along with parliamentary secretary Steven MacKinnon at news conferences in Halifax and Ottawa.The contract starts with an eight-year, $800-million service period.Carr said it will provide “men and women in our military with the equipment they need to conduct their operations effectively while creating good middle-class jobs for Canadians.”But the Union of National Defence Employees said the government is relying too much on the private sector when it should be doing the ship service work in house.Rear Admiral John Newton said Thursday the Royal Canadian Navy maintains a “fine balance” between in-house capabilities and industry support.“We are constantly migrating our in-house capability very slowly to keep a balance between what industry can provide, readiness of ships when we demand it, international deployments, and what we (the Royal Canadian Navy) can provide with specialized teams and specialized operational equipment, weapons and sensors,” said Newton, commander of Canada’s East Coast navy.“We’ll have a navy that’s ready for operations globally and it’s a good navy that thrives on this kind of relationship.”MacKinnon said the announcement is part of building the capacity for Canadians to do the work in the future.He said Canada has suffered by allowing its shipbuilding capability to deteriorate, and the government is in the process of rebuilding from the floor up.“We are literally, under the shipbuilding strategy, rebuilding an industry,” MacKinnon said in Ottawa. “This contract . . . does bring new capability to Canada. It brings new efficiencies to Canada, it brings experience from across the world.“But at the same time, it’s Canadians doing work on Canadian vessels that were paid for by Canadian tax dollars,” he said. “We’ll be building capabilities benefiting from the experience of our partners from around the world and using that right at home, using Canadians.”Carr said the federal government received four strong bids. Winning bidder Thales Canada will retrofit, maintain and repair the ships, and will also provide training.Officials say Thales will be required to hire subcontractors to complete the work in regions across the country to ensure economic benefits.Work is to be completed in Canada, except when the ships need work overseas.Thales Canada president and CEO Mark Halinaty said the company isn’t yet sure which shipyards will be used to do the maintenance and repair work.“That’s all part of the competitive process that we plan to undertake,” he said.The previous Conservative government originally launched the national shipbuilding strategy in 2010, budgeting $35 billion to rebuild the navy and coast guard fleets while also creating a sustainable shipbuilding industry on both the east and west coasts.Six Arctic patrol vessels are being built by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, with the first expected next year.Under the contract, Thales is required to subcontract work for ships delivered in the east to companies in the Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario, whereas work on ships delivered in the west must be completed in the western provinces and territories.John MacLennan, national president of the Union of National Defence Employees, said privatizing repair work puts public sector jobs at risk.He also expressed concerns related to national security and the quality of the workmanship that will be done by subcontractors on the ships.“The quality of work is very important. There is a pride and professionalism in the public service,” MacLennan said.Carr said there will be no job losses because of the contract, estimating it will create or maintain 2,000 jobs over 35 years.He added that everybody involved in the work will have a top security clearance.“We’re fully confident that all the safeguards are in place,” Carr said. “This contract will conform to the highest standards of security for Canada.”— Story by Brett Bundale in Halifax and Terry Pedwell in Ottawa.
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. “And to those who seek to treat us as a problem, to harm and dismiss us and deny our gifts and callings – that their behaviour will no longer be tolerated.” The organisation added that it “understands that other dioceses are doing work along similar lines to Lichfield”. Last year the Church released new guidance about homophobic and transphobic bullying in its 4,700 schools. At the time the Archbishop of Canterbury said: “All bullying, including homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying causes profound damage, leading to higher levels of mental health disorders, self-harm, depression and suicide.”Central to Christian theology is the truth that every single one of us is made in the image of God.”Priests and bishops in the Church of England are allowed to enter civil partnerships, but not same-sex marriages. They are allowed to enter into same-sex relationships only on the understanding that they will remain celibate. Several gay priests have left the church in order to get married, while one, Jeremy Pemberton, lost a discrimination case after he was prevented from taking up a post as a hospital chaplain having married his male partner. Progressive groups within the church welcomed the move. OneBodyOneFaith, which works to promote LGBT inclusion, said the guidance was “encouraging”. The organisation’s chair of Trustees, Canon Peter Leonard, said: “It’s my hope that the work being undertaken by Lichfield diocese, and this clear statement, will send a very strong signal to LGBT+ people that they’re welcomed and valued on equal terms with our brothers and sisters. The new guidance, which is signed by three other bishops within the diocese, warns clergy that they may not “tell or insinuate to people that sexual orientation or gender identity will be changed by faith or that homosexuality or gender difference is a sign of immaturity or a lack of faith”.If they are approached by someone unhappy with their sexuality, they must “be alert to the power relations involved in such prayers and conversations, and the possibility of spiritual or emotional abuse,” the guidance says. It adds: “As Archbishop Justin has made clear, the perception that the Church is homophobic and transphobic is harming our mission, especially to young people. “We need to challenge this perception by reaching out to LGBT+ people with the good news of God’s love, modelling God’s welcome and care for all people.” Transgender people are being encouraged to become Church of England vicars as bishops launch a diversity drive. Bishops in the diocese of Lichfield have issued new guidance to parishioners and clergy reminding them that LGBT people “can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church”.The guidance, titled “welcoming and honouring LGBT+ people”, warns that the church’s reputation as being unwelcoming towards gay and transgender people is stopping young people attending. “We very much hope that they, like everyone else, feel encouraged to serve on PCCs, or as churchwardens and worship leaders, for instance, and are supported in exploring vocations to licensed lay and ordained ministries,” the guidance says.”Nobody should be told that their sexual or gender identity in itself makes them an unsuitable candidate for leadership in the Church.”The group, led by diocesan bishop The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, also warn against “intrustive questioning about someone’s sexual practices or desires, or their experience of gender”, saying it is “almost always inappropriate”. Last year the Church’s general synod voted to call on the Government to ban so-called “conversion therapy”, which is aimed at helping gay people change their sexuality. It also voted to support the introduction of a new liturgy for transgender people, though bishops announced earlier this year that one was not needed, and that people in this circumstance could instead use the existing liturgy for affirmation of baptismal faith.
Siri fonctionne aussi sur iPhone 3GSNouvel exploit pour les hackers qui ont réussi à porter le système de reconnaissance vocal Siri sur un iPhone 3GS, un smartphone de plus de deux d’âge. Lors de la présentation de Siri en octobre dernier, Apple avait indiqué que seul son nouveau smartphone, l’iPhone 4S, pouvait intégrer ce système de reconnaissance vocale, car il lui fallait un processeur aussi puissant que l’A5, le modèle double-cœur équipant ce nouveau téléphone. Les hackers ont évidemment travaillé pour porter ce système sur un iPhone 4, avec succès, et démontré qu’Apple se livrait à un nouvel exercice plutôt détestable d’obsolescence programmée.À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Nouvelle preuve aujourd’hui avec cette vidéo montrant Siri porté sur un téléphone encore plus ancien, l’iPhone 3GS relate le site Génération-NT. L’antique modèle qui a plus de deux ans de bons et loyaux services derrière lui prouve qu’il a encore de la ressource, en faisant tourner Siri sans aucun ralentissement notable. Les limitations quant aux réponses apportées par les serveurs d’Apple ont elles aussi été éradiquées, et pour le peu que vous débloquiez votre iPhone, vous pourriez également profiter de cette technologie dans le futur.Apple n’en est pas à son coup d’essai en matière d’obsolescence programmée. On se souvient par exemple qu’il était impossible pour un iPhone 3G sous iOS 4 de mettre un fond d’écran à son menu d’accueil, Apple déclarant sans blaguer que le téléphone de 2008 ne possédait pas assez de ressources pour afficher une simple image. Siri, pourtant plaisant pour des taches courantes, ne devrait pas débarquer sur les iPhone d’ancienne génération, ce système constituant l’unique nouveauté de l’iPhone 4S en matière d’applications. Découvrez l’IPhone 3GS transformé en 4S “Siri inside”, en vidéo sur Maxisciences.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 19:26 • Maxime Lambert
An Idaho man was taken to a hospital Saturday evening following a crash between two vehicles west of Battle Ground. The collision occurred at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday on state Highway 502 near Northeast 67th Avenue, according to a Washington State Patrol press memo. A red 2007 Chevrolet Blazer driven by 77-year-old Patrick J. Delmar of Longview was headed west on the highway when Delmar attempted to turn left in front of a silver Saturn sedan that was headed the east, State Patrol said. The car struck the Blazer.A passenger in the sedan, 72-year-old Jesse Chambless of Idaho, was injured and transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. He was treated and released, according to hospital staff.The car’s driver, 71-year-old Williana M. Nichols of Battle Ground, was injured, but she did not need to be taken to a hospital. Delmar was not injured. Neither was his passenger, 73-year-old Longview resident Jo A. Delmar. All four were wearing seat belts. According to the State Patrol memo, the crash was caused by Patrick Delmar, and he was cited for failing to yield.
A Monday afternoon fire in a home in the Minnehaha area, just outside of Vancouver city limits, displaced eight people, according to the Vancouver Fire Department.Firefighters were called to 3605 N.E. 44th St., near Northeast St. Johns Road, around 4:15 p.m.Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Joe Spatz said a firefighter working on a brush fire near St. Johns Road and state Highway 500 was first to arrive, and found flames coming from the small home’s front doors and windows.When another engine crew arrived, the firefighter checked the back of the house to find only the front was burning, Spatz said.Firefighters attacked the fire burning at the front of the house from the outside, while others rolled a hose around the back to go inside and check for people and douse the flames.They rescued a cat and dog still inside the burning house, Spatz said, and both reportedly were doing well. No one was injured.The fire displaced eight people, Spatz said, and the Red Cross was called to help with post-disaster relief.The Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating.
A concentration of radioactive material above state standards has been found on the property of a chemical processing facility near the Port of Vancouver, prompting the state to ask for more oversight.The Washington Department of Health sent a letter to General Chemical, located at 2611 W. 26th Ave., last week, informing them that a pond holding wastewater from mineral processing had a high enough concentration of radium 226 to require a Radioactive Materials License.While a license is needed, there’s not enough of it to present any danger to the public, said Mikel J. Elsen, supervisor of waste management in the state Office of Radiation Protection.“There’s no threat to public health and safety that we’re aware of,” Elsen said. “It’s well below what could cause negative effects to the environment and humans.”General Chemical has been in Vancouver since 1941, and processes bauxite ore with sulfuric acid to form alum, a commonly used chemical, as a final product. The process also naturally generates the radium, which goes out with wastewater and other inert by-products. The wastewater is currently regulated under a state industrial permit with the Department of Ecology.
Just over a year ago The Huffington Post launched its video arm, HuffPost Live. Since its launch it has filmed 12 hours of video each day and welcomed over 10,000 guests onto its platform from 90 countries around the world.In Part I, Roy Sekoff, president at HuffPost Live, and keynote speaker at Folio:’s MediaNext Conference (Oct. 28-30) in New York, discusses Year-One, the business model and how The Huffington Post unexpectedly tapped into something more with “social video.”Check out Part II on October 8, where Sekoff will advise smaller-scale publishers how to effectively roll out a video strategy of their own and discusses the future of media and online video.
The short search for Rodale’s Organic Life’s new editor-in-chief is over. Melanie Hansche has been promoted to the role, effective immediately. Hansche joined Rodale in 2014 as its executive director of food content and strategy. Under her guidance the company reimagined several of its food products, including the Rodale Recipe Finder and the Rodale Test Kitchen. Before Rodale, Hanche’s career highlights include: serving as editor at donna hay magazine in Australia; editing several bestselling cookbooks for Donna Hay; and serving as a food critic and writer for several publications. “Melanie is a strong leader with a keen eye for vibrant design and compelling content,” says Chairman and CEO Maria Rodale in a statement shared with min. “Having worked very closely with her on my upcoming cookbook, Scratch, I am confident her inspiring vision and understanding of theRodale’s Organic Life audience will enable her to take this brand to new heights.” The promotion doesn’t come as a surprise since Hanche was serving as interim editor-in-chief after James Oseland left the company back in March to pursue a book and other endeavors. Oseland led the relaunch of ROL last year, after it rebranded from the original company flagship, Organic Gardening. Hansche indicates in a statement that, for now, her objective is to focus on the brand’s existing strengths. “I’m looking forward to working with the team to bring our audience compelling, clever and sassy content in the organic space that’s practical, fun and a little forgiving—meeting them at whatever stage of their organic journey they might be on—fat, sugar and bacon included!”
READING, MA — The Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) will discontinue the use of its smartphone app effective July 31, 2018. The app was initially launched because RMLD’s old website had limited mobile compatibility. The app provided a means for customers to interact with RMLD via their smartphone. This access is now available through RMLD’s new mobile-friendly website, www.rmld.com.RMLD’s new website contains information on RMLD programs and events, energy efficiency tips, allows customers to pay their electric bill, report an outage, and sign up for service, and displays RMLD’s Twitter feed prominently at the top of the page.(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”SAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”
Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 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When customers register for the program, they’ll be asked to choose their interests so the program can show them targeted ads. “This deployment represents a sizable opportunity for both advertisers reaching Cricket customers as well as telecom companies looking to build and generate revenue in revolutionary ways,” Adfone CEO Brian Boroff said in a release. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate $6 at Tidal $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 Apple iPhone XS Post a comment Sarah Tew/CNET $59 at eBay Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Cricket,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET $999 Turo
A recent spate of violence in Fairbanks is drawing concern from local officials.Listen now”Almost every day there’s some high-profile crime incident that’s happening,” Fairbanks city council member Joy Huntington said at a meeting on Monday.There have been three murders in the city this spring — as well as numerous serious assaults.The violence Huntington said has a big impact in a small community.”A lot of times, I know these people,” Huntington said. “I’m getting calls that the police are chasing some one that I know.”“There’s been a lot stuff going on in our city in the past 3 weeks,” Fairbanks City Mayor Jim Matherly said.Matherly thanked local police, tasked with responding to and investigating so many crimes. Matherly points to a focus on rental units that have been the scene of repeated incidents.”We’re gonna start cracking down on some of these local dives — that’s all I can call them. I’ve been right to their places, and they’re just terrible,” Matherly said. “If that means levying fines, if that means putting pressure on them to clean up their buildings, we’re gonna do that.”Matherly blamed landlords who neglect their properties.”If you take all the money from rent, and don’t invest anything back into the building, you’re just gonna attract more problems,” Matherly said.The recent trouble is also tied to drugs and alcohol. Huntington said many perpetrators of crime are suffering from addiction.”They absolutely are, you know, citizens, and they’re people that have families, and people that deserve the support and resources that they need,” Huntington said.Huntington stressed there’s only so much police can do, and that it’s up to the community to provide help, noting a new sobering center is currently in the works for Fairbanks.
Mohammad Shami could be seen here playing PUBGTwitter/BCCIThe Indian team is off to England with the aim of becoming World Champions for the third time. The 15-man squad took the flight to the host nation late last night. With all of them dressed smartly in formal attire at the airport, the group of players tasked with bringing the trophy home seemed to be in good mood.Key members of the squad, including MS Dhoni, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal, were seen trying their hand at a rather violent sport that has taken the world by storm. No, it’s not any of those barbaric duels from Game of Thrones but the cyber game of PUBG. Yuzvendra Chahal is also trying his hand at PUBGTwitter/BCCIWhile Shami had a large iPad on which he was shooting down rivals, Chahal was engaged in the same activity on his smartphone. Other players like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were also busy with their gadgets, though we don’t know whether they were also engrossed by the same pastime or something else. Mohammad Shami wasn’t a certainty in the Indian squad until his brilliant performance against New Zealand earlier this year made him a strong contender for the role of the third seamer in the playing XI. Chahal, on the other hand, had been overshadowed by his wrist spin-bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav before pushing himself back in the spotlight with some impressive performances against Australia. Other members of the Indian squadTwitter/BCCIThe Indian team start their campaign to regain the trophy they last won in 2011 on June 5 against South Africa. Prior to the event though, the Virat Kohli-led side will play two practice matches – first one against New Zealand on May 25 and the other vs Bangladesh on May 28. Whatever may have been the result of this cyber warfare, let’s hope that the team can implement the same ruthlessness and fighting spirit on the field that they must have showed while combating their virtual enemies. If they do, the cup may well return to Indian shores.
Introduced by Apple, CoreML is a machine learning framework that powers the iOS app developers to integrate machine learning technology into their apps. It supports natural language processing (NLP), image analysis, and various other conventional models to provide a top-notch on-device performance with minimal memory footprint and power consumption. This article is an extract taken from the book Machine Learning with Core ML written by Joshua Newnham. In this article, you will get to know the basics of what CoreML is and its typical workflow. With the release of iOS 11 and Core ML, performing inference is just a matter of a few lines of code. Prior to iOS 11, inference was possible, but it required some work to take a pre-trained model and port it across using an existing framework such as Accelerate or metal performance shaders (MPSes). Accelerate and MPSes are still used under the hood by Core ML, but Core ML takes care of deciding which underlying framework your model should use (Accelerate using the CPU for memory-heavy tasks and MPSes using the GPU for compute-heavy tasks). It also takes care of abstracting a lot of the details away; this layer of abstraction is shown in the following diagram: There are additional layers too; iOS 11 has introduced and extended domain-specific layers that further abstract a lot of the common tasks you may use when working with image and text data, such as face detection, object tracking, language translation, and named entity recognition (NER). These domain-specific layers are encapsulated in the Vision and natural language processing (NLP) frameworks; we won’t be going into any details of these frameworks here, but you will get a chance to use them in later chapters: It’s worth noting that these layers are not mutually exclusive and it is common to find yourself using them together, especially the domain-specific frameworks that provide useful preprocessing methods we can use to prepare our data before sending to a Core ML model. So what exactly is Core ML? You can think of Core ML as a suite of tools used to facilitate the process of bringing ML models to iOS and wrapping them in a standard interface so that you can easily access and make use of them in your code. Let’s now take a closer look at the typical workflow when working with Core ML. CoreML Workflow As described previously, the two main tasks of a ML workflow consist of training and inference. Training involves obtaining and preparing the data, defining the model, and then the real training. Once your model has achieved satisfactory results during training and is able to perform adequate predictions (including on data it hasn’t seen before), your model can then be deployed and used for inference using data outside of the training set. Core ML provides a suite of tools to facilitate getting a trained model into iOS, one being the Python packaged released called Core ML Tools; it is used to take a model (consisting of the architecture and weights) from one of the many popular packages and exporting a .mlmodel file, which can then be imported into your Xcode project. Once imported, Xcode will generate an interface for the model, making it easily accessible via code you are familiar with. Finally, when you build your app, the model is further optimized and packaged up within your application. A summary of the process of generating the model is shown in the following diagram: The previous diagram illustrates the process of creating the .mlmodel;, either using an existing model from one of the supported frameworks, or by training it from scratch. Core ML Tools supports most of the frameworks, either internal or as third party plug-ins, including Keras, Turi, Caffe, scikit-learn, LibSVN, and XGBoost frameworks. Apple has also made this package open source and modular for easy adaption for other frameworks or by yourself. The process of importing the model is illustrated in this diagram: In addition; there are frameworks with tighter integration with Core ML that handle generating the Core ML model such as Turi Create, IBM Watson Services for Core ML, and Create ML. We will be introducing Create ML in chapter 10; for those interesting in learning more about Turi Create and IBM Watson Services for Core ML then please refer to the official webpages via the following links: Turi Create; https://github.com/apple/turicreate IBM Watson Services for Core ML; https://developer.apple.com/ibm/ Once the model is imported, as mentioned previously, Xcode generates an interface that wraps the model, model inputs, and outputs. Thus, in this post, we learned about the workflow of training and how to import a model. If you’ve enjoyed this post, head over to the book Machine Learning with Core ML to delve into the details of what this model is and what Core ML currently supports. Read Next Emotional AI: Detecting facial expressions and emotions using CoreML [Tutorial] Build intelligent interfaces with CoreML using a CNN [Tutorial] Watson-CoreML: IBM and Apple’s new machine learning collaboration project
Travelweek Group Tags: America, Donald Trump << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Trump’s second travel ban also put on hold as judge grants preliminary injunction nationwide GREENBELT, Md. — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has suffered another federal court setback after a judge in Maryland rejected a revised measure that bans travel targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.Judge Theodore Chuang ruled Thursday in a case brought near the nation’s capital by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups representing immigrants, refugees and their families. The groups argued that the underlying rationale of the ban was to discriminate against Muslims, making it unconstitutional. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction nationwide basis.It was the latest ruling against Trump’s revised travel ban. On Wednesday, a judge in Hawaii rejected the ban.Government lawyers argued that the ban was substantially revised from an earlier version signed in January that was later blocked by a federal judge in Washington state. They said the ban was ordered in the interest of national security to protect the U.S. from “radical Islamic terrorism.”The Maryland plaintiffs also argued the ban illegally reduces the number of refugees authorized to enter the U.S. this year. Chuang granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the travel ban nationwide pending further orders from the court. He declined to stay the ruling should an emergency appeal be filed.The White House did not immediately respond to the Maryland ruling.The Wednesday ruling came from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu, who rejected the government’s claims that the travel ban is about national security, not discrimination. Watson also said Hawaii would suffer financially if the executive order constricted the flow of students and tourists to the state, and that Hawaii was likely to succeed on a claim that the ban violates First Amendment protections against religious discrimination.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsWatson criticized what he called the “illogic” of the government’s arguments and cited “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban. He also noted that while courts should not examine the “veiled psyche” and “secret motives” of government decision-makers, “the remarkable facts at issue here require no such impermissible inquiry.”“For instance, there is nothing ‘veiled’ about this press release: ‘Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,”’ Watson wrote, referring to a statement Trump issued as a candidate.Trump called the ruling an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also called his new travel ban a watered-down version of the first one, which he said he wished he could implement.“We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe,” the president said at a rally in Nashville. “The danger is clear. The law is clear. The need for my executive order is clear.”If the administration seeks an emergency stay of Watson’s decision at the 9th Circuit, the matter would be heard by different judges from the three who ruled on the case last month. That’s because the panel of judges assigned to such cases rotates every month, said court spokesman David Madden.The 9th Circuit on Wednesday declined to reconsider the 3-0 decision not to reinstate the original ban. In a dissent, five judges said they considered that decision incorrect and wanted it vacated.“Whatever we, as individuals, may feel about the president or the executive order, the president’s decision was well within the powers of the presidency,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the five.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyWatson issued his 43-page ruling less than two hours after hearing Hawaii’s request for a temporary restraining order to stop the ban from being put into practice.The hearing was one of three held Wednesday in federal courts around the country. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle, who blocked the initial travel ban last month, did not immediately rule on a request from an immigrant-rights group to block the revised version.In all, more than half a dozen states are trying to stop the ban. A case brought by Washington state argues that the new order harms residents, universities and businesses, especially tech companies such as Washington state-based Microsoft and Amazon, which rely on foreign workers. California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Oregon have joined the claim.Trump’s initial travel ban, issued on a Friday in late January, brought chaos and protests to airports around the country as travellers from seven nations – Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen – were barred from entering even if they had prior permission to come to the U.S. The State Department cancelled up to 60,000 visas, but later reversed that decision.Robart ordered the government to stop enforcing the ban, which also suspended the nation’s acceptance of refugees from around the world, and a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declined to reinstate the ban. Thursday, March 16, 2017
Go back to the e-newsletterChina’s landscapes are vast, its history and monuments epic. Complex and energetic – this country must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.And the Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river at 6280 kilometres is its symbolic lifeline. Flowing from Tibet to Shanghai, and cutting through the dramatic mountains of the Yangtze River basin, the river’s fortunes are inextricably entwined with those of the country itself. Historically, the Yangtze served as a divider between northern and southern China, a natural barrier against invaders, and a waterway for transport and commerce. Today, the river basin is the country’s heartland, home to 500 million people – a tenth of the world’s population.There’s no better way to soak up the beauty of China’s heartland than embarking upon a voyage down the Yangtze to explore this immense waterway. River cruise specialist, Sanctuary Retreats, offers a range of Yangtze cruises aboard the luxuriously appointed Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer in partnership with various operators including APT, Abercrombie & Kent and Wendy Wu Tours.Boutique cruisingAccording to Michael McCall, Sanctuary Retreats’ Director of Sales Australia, NZ & Asia the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer sets a new standard of cruising in China. Says McCall, “We’re passionate about making our client’s travels as memorable as possible. Which is why we believe small is especially beautiful.”Carrying a maximum of just 124 passengers, compared to the 300 or more favoured by other operators, guests aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer are assured a more intimate experience – and with a far more personalised touch. And with one crewmember for every guest – the highest ratio along the Yangtze, McCall says, “the on-board atmosphere is more private club than cruise ship.”Luxurious designAuthentic charm, unrivalled comfort and meticulous attention to detail are hallmarks of life on-board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Nowhere is this quality more evident than in the vessel’s elegant 38 deluxe cabins and 20 fully serviced luxury suites. Amongst the largest on the river, all feature private balconies and floor to ceiling picture windows, ensuring guests wake up to dramatic views every day. Throw in bespoke 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi, and the experience is hard to beat, says McCall.World class cuisineOf course China is also celebrated for its cuisine. The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer’s Dynasty Dining Room, features a delectable East meets West menu, with expertly crafted dishes capturing the very best of continental classics and local flavours. Says McCall “The farewell dinner aboard each sailing provides the ultimate flourish, with guests treated to a traditional Chinese banquet – the perfect occasion to feast on some of the mouth-watering specialities characteristic of this alluring Asian corner.“Me time”The leisurely pace of a Yangtze cruise naturally lends itself to relaxation, and the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is the ideal place to unwind. According to McCall, the onboard spa features six treatment rooms offering an indulgent menu of options to ensure guests look and feel their best, while an adjoining state of the art fitness centre helps them reenergise.“Passengers can also dip into our onboard programme of free activities spanning everything from traditional performances and lectures and morning tai chi sessions to Chinese medicine master classes, calligraphy lessons and dumpling making, with something guaranteed to entertain guests of every age.Special offerIf you have ever harboured the idea of sailing down China’s mighty Yangtze River, now is definitely the time to book. Take advantage of Sanctuary Retreats’ extended Early Booking Offer. Book and pay in full three months before any 2017 sailing and receive a 25 per cent discount and a free cabin upgrade for bookings made for the shoulder and high seasons and a 10 per cent discount for bookings made in the peak season.Great savingsShoulder season: 12 – 30 March 2017, 1 June – 7 September 2017.Priced from US $2025 per couple per cruise twin share, normally $2700 (save from US $675 per couple).High season: 2 – 27 April 2017, 2 – 16 November 2017.Priced from US $2805 per couple per cruise twin share, normally $3740 (save from US $935 per couple).Peak season: 30 April – 28 May 2017, 10 September – 29 October 2016.Priced from US$3564 per couple per cruise twin share, normally $3960 (save from US $396 per couple).Go back to the e-newsletter