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Washington – The United States on Thursday reiterated that Morocco’s autonomy plan is “serious, realistic, and credible”.“The United States’ policy toward the Western Sahara has remained consistent for many years. The United States has made clear that Morocco’s autonomy plan is serious, realistic, and credible, and that it represents a potential approach that could satisfy the aspirations of the people in the Sahara to run their own affairs in peace and dignity,” says the joint statement of the third Session of the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue.The Secretary of State John Kerry, who co-chaired this session with his Moroccan peer Salaheddine Mezouar, “reaffirmed the US commitment to a peaceful, sustainable, mutually agreed-upon solution” to the Sahara question, adds the joint statement. The United States “supports the negotiations carried out by the United Nations, including the work of the UN Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General Ambassador Christopher Ross, and urges the parties to work toward a just, lasting, and mutually agreed political solution”.Kerry and Mezouar affirmed “their shared commitment to the improvement of the lives of the people in the Sahara and discussed appropriate ways to meet that goal”. read more


FREDERICTON — New Brunswickers are getting a glimpse of how legalized marijuana may be sold in the province.Although the provincial government hasn’t yet announced a retail model, NB Liquor has put out a tender call for “cannabis retail” spaces across the province.The tender seeks 3,000-square-foot spaces in 15 communities that include parking and delivery truck space. Some cities will get multiple stores — including three in Moncton and Saint John, and two in Fredericton.The tender also includes images of what the stores may look like — upscale-looking outlets similar in appearance to newly built liquor stores, with floor plans specifying locations of vaults and displays.It includes maps showing the limited areas in each community where stores may be located. They must be 300 metres from schools, playground and daycares, with preference given to locations near major grocery and retail outlets.The retail spaces are to be “substantially completed” by the end of May.The deadline for the bids closes November 10.Ottawa has introduced legislation to legalize recreational weed by July 1, but left distribution and regulation to the provinces.Last month, the province created a new Crown corporation to oversee recreational marijuana sales, and signed deals with two suppliers.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers said the Crown corporation will not directly conduct retail operations.A New Brunswick legislature committee has recommended selling marijuana through government-operated stores to anyone 19 years or older.A Deloitte report last fall suggested recreational marijuana could be worth about $22.6 billion to the Canadian economy. read more


The activists shouted slogans against the central government, which, they alleged, was taking an anti-Tamil stand. They also burnt the effigies of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa besides the Sri Lankan national flag. Police said the activists were stopped some three km from the college and arrested. Talking to reporters, K. Ramakrishnan, General Secretary, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam (TPDK), said like-minded parties and organisations have decided to stage demonstrations in front of Congress Offices in Tamil Nadu and also against Central Ministers from the state, dates for which would be announced later. Besides TPDK, workers from Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, MDMK, Vanigar Sangam and Federation of Tamil National Students, participated in the demonstration, police said. Some 600 activists belonging to pro-Tamil Eelam outfits were arrested today for allegedly attempting to march to the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, where two Sri Lankan defence personnel are undergoing training, the Press Trust of India.Protesting against the training, the activists demanded resignation of Defence Minister A.K. Antony for giving “false” assurance that no Sri Lankan military personnel would be given training on Tamil Nadu soil. read more


Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in northern Mali last January, after which radical Islamists seized control of the area. The renewed clashes in the North, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March have uprooted hundreds of thousands of civilians over the course of 2012.In December 2012, the Council adopted resolution 2085, authorizing the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA), for an initial period of one year to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring the unity of the country.“Whether the international community is successful in helping Mali restore its democracy and recapture its territory in a lasting way will depend on the breadth of its vision and the comprehensiveness of its response,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said in a briefing to the Security Council. “Vigorous military actions must be matched by an equally strong focus on the political challenges in Mali,” he stated. “They must be carried out with full attention to human rights and humanitarian concerns. And they should be reinforced by strategies to address the many transnational threats that combine to breed extremism and weaken governance not just in Mali but across the Sahel.”Mr. Feltman reported that the deployment of AFISMA troops and headquarters staff officers began on 18 January. There is general agreement among key stakeholders in the capital, Bamako, that the envisaged AFISMA strength of 3,300 personnel needs to be increased in order for it to engage effectively in offensive operations and enhance force protection, he noted.Due to the accelerated deployment of AFISMA troops, critical equipment, logistical and other support for the troops is urgently required, Mr. Feltman stated, adding that the mission is currently facing “critical” gaps, including communications capacity, air mobility and medical capabilities. “In order for AFISMA to become operational and implement its mandated tasks, the force requires critical logistical support,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an address to the General Assembly today. Mr. Ban has sent a letter to the Council, outlining several options for UN logistical support for the mission, as well as several concerns regarding capacity, human rights, and the safety and security of UN personnel and facilities. “Let there be no doubt, we are firmly committed to helping Mali in its hour of need,” Mr. Ban underscored. “At the same time, any assistance must fall within UN guidelines, including its due diligence policy on human rights. Directly assisting offensive military actions would also place our civilian personnel in the region in jeopardy. I take this issue very seriously.“As the international community responds to the security threat, let us remember that Mali is also a political challenge. It was the coup and the collapse of Mali’s democracy that opened the way for extremists. Military gains must be matched by efforts to restore full constitutional order and legitimacy in Bamako, while leaving the door open to negotiations with those groups that renounce terrorism,” added the Secretary-General.Mr. Ban will discuss the situation in Mali with African and international partners when he attends the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this weekend. Meanwhile, the start-up team for the establishment of the UN multidisciplinary presence in Mali arrived in the capital over the weekend. The head of the UN team in Bamako, João Honwana, has already begun discussions on a transitional roadmap, including regarding reconciliation, with Malian partners. “The United Nations will continue to impress upon the Malian leaders the need to agree quickly on a transitional roadmap to restore effectively constitutional order,” said Mr. Feltman. “We urge others to reinforce that message, for reliance on an exclusively military approach will be unable to build a lasting solution for Mali.”He also voiced serious concern about the well-being of the population in the north of the country, where malnutrition rates were already reaching emergency thresholds before the resumption of the conflict, while stating that, despite the challenging environment, the UN and its partners are working to address the most pressing needs. read more


first_imgTemperatures are due to plunge tomorrow with snow and hail predicted in some parts of the country.Forecasters warned of a “sting in the tail” from winter in the wake of Storm Ewan moving across the Irish sea towards Scotland.Ahead of the first day of spring on Wednesday, temperatures are expected to drop as low as half the average for this time of year. Show more Here’s a look at the latest satellite and radar for you early risers. Enjoy the rest of your weekend pic.twitter.com/qaQAYnwpyJ— Met Office (@metoffice) February 26, 2017 Brian Gaze of forecasters The Weather Outlook warned that the cold weather could last for weeks.He said: “Spring could start on a wintry note, with forecast models suggesting a very cold and snowy spell during the first half of March.”Winter looks like having a string in its tail.”The forecast means travellers could face more road and rail disruption, in the wake of the chaos caused by Storm Doris last week. Planes were grounded and trains delayed as gusts of up to 60mph battered the country.center_img Marco Petagna of the Met Office said: “It’s going to be a much colder feel across the UK.”Parts of the country could see hail and snow, especially in the north. Scotland, Northern Ireland and hill tops are the most likely to be affected.”The first half of the week is going to be quite chilly, with day-time temperatures as low as five degrees, which is below the average of seven to nine degrees at this time of year. Night-time temperatures are going to drop to just below freezing.”The tail end of Storm Ewan from Ireland will be bringing wet and windy weather to parts of Scotland, and it’s generally going turn colder and more showery across the country.” 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.last_img read more


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. “He’s very funny. I shared it on social media and the consensus is it sums up what everybody thinks.”Do your children have a nickname for Britain’s biggest politicians? Do their Brexit insights rival that of our columnists? We want to know what the generation of tomorrow really think of the biggest political story of our time. Fill out the form below to share your children’s views on Brexit.  William’s note said: “Brexit is coo-coo. I don’t understand it one bit. I wonder why all the people shout out while someone else is talking. RUDE!”My mum says this is history in the making, I say this is what I call ‘adult bla-bla’ but she says it’s my future.”Mum is having a mental breakdown because she wants ‘the people to vote’ (I don’t have the foggiest of clues what that means). Brexit “Mum is a re-moaner. P.S. She hates Nigel Farage and keeps shouting at the TV.”Mother-of-one Kirstie, who runs a PR company, and husband Gregg, 47, who works in the automotive industry, bought William a new fountain pen for Christmas so he’d be able to practice his handwriting.Mrs Colledge said: “On Tuesday he was sat at the table and I told him to choose what to write about and that’s what he came up with.”I’d put the TV on because I was interested in what was going to happen with the vote and he could hear it.”They were all shouting at each other and now his opinion of a debate in the House of Commons is that they shout out like that. Gregg Colledge, 47, and Kirstie Colledge, 46, with son William Colledge, 10 “When I saw what he’d written it did make me howl with laughter. I sent it to his dad who thought it was really funny.”I didn’t have a nervous breakdown like William said. He’s exaggerating about that. I also don’t hate anyone but I was shouting at the television when Nigel Farage was on.”I think he’s listened to the news while we’re on the school run which is where he’s picked up terms like ‘re-moaner’. We do chat about Brexit and he asks me all sorts of questions about it. A schoolboy has summed up the mood of the nation when it comes to Brexit while practising his handwriting in a hilarious note.William Colledge, 10, described Brexit as “coo coo” and as “adult bla bla” – while blasting politicians for being rude and talking over each other in the note as he worked on perfecting his handwriting.The 10-year-old also called his mum Kirstie Colledge, 46, a “re-moaner” who shouts at former Ukip leader Nigel Farage when he’s on the television.Mrs Colledge, from Nuneaton inWarwickshire, said: “I think he’s reflecting what the nation is feeling. There are so many people who don’t understand the importance of the vote or crashing out without a deal.”If the adults can’t understand, to a child it’s impossible and William’s summed it up in what he’s written.” Gregg Colledge, 47, and Kirstie Colledge, 46, with son William Colledge, 10Credit:Mercury Press read more


first_imgGARDAÍ IN DROGHEDA are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Donore Road, Drogheda at approximately 9.30pm this evening in which a 30-year-old man received a gunshot injury to his leg.The man managed to raise the alarm after he made his way to a nearby shop. He was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he is described as being in a stable condition.Gardaí have sealed off the area and the scene is currently being preserved for a technical examination.WitnessesGardaí have issued an appeal for witnesses to this incident to come forward or to anyone that may have been on Donore Road near the bus station between 9.25pm and 9.40pm this evening.If you can assist with this investigation please contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 – 9874200 or call the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.last_img read more


first_imgSource: ASSOCIATED PRESSTHE EVACUATION SLIDE of a flight across the US accidentally inflated mid-flight, entirely filling the plane’s galley as passengers snapped photos of it.The United Airlines flight from Chicago to Southern California made an emergency landing in Kansas after the incident, but nobody was hurt.Mike Schroeder, 58, said he was on board the flight last night when he heard a hiss and pop. He turned around and saw the plane’s evacuation slide starting to inflate. He said this morning: I thought to myself, ‘I hope there is no one in the restroom because if they are they’re not coming out for a long time.’ Source: APSchroeder, a lawyer from Newport Beach, California, said he was surprised at how calm all the passengers were, with many — himself included — snapping photos of the inflated slide with their phones. For a short time, he said, lights went out and movies stopped playing along the left side of the Boeing 737-700.The flight landed safely at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport. Schroeder said:When the pilot came out right after landing he said, ‘Oh golly, I’ve never seen that before.’Christen David, a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based airline, said the slide “accidentally deployed” and that all 96 passengers were seated when the slide inflated. The airline provided passengers with hotel rooms and a continuing flight.More: You could buy this entire town for the price of a house in Dublin>last_img read more


first_img Japanese moviegoers have been enjoying the film Christopher Robin recently, as many do — English films are often quite popular in Japan with English dialogue and Japanese subtitles. As RocketNews24 points out, however, movies are marketed differently to Japanese audiences in many cases. For example, Christopher Robin was a very different sort of prospect for Japanese moviegoers.It’s marketed in Japan toward businessmen working tough jobs, losing touch with their childhood wonder, and dealing with the realities of an everyday office job. Seeing that this is the way of life in Japan that many deal with each day, it makes sense that it would be popular, right? Weirdly enough, that’s part of what makes it such a frustrating prospect for so many of those who head to the movies in Japan to see it.As this particular Japanese user stated it:“Just got back from seeing Christopher Robin. Everyone in the movie says the main character is a super hard-working wage slave and worries about him, with his wife saying ‘If you keep this up, it’ll break you,’ so I was shocked to see that he arrives home at 9 p.m.” プーと大人になった僕を観てきました。衝撃的だったのが、社畜のハードワーカーと言われ、妻に「このままでは壊れてしまう」と心配される主人公ロビンの帰宅時間が21時だったことです。— カタタコ (@katatakoyaki) September 15, 2018The culture in Japan is that if you work an office job and leave right on the dot when it’s quitting time instead of doing a bit of overtime, it’s likely you’re not going to be getting home at 9 PM. Hence, Japanese movie fans were a bit confused since it’s very normal to get home at this time of day.Honestly, it’s kind of my dream to only work until 9 PM too. I regularly work until 3 or 4 AM sometimes after starting my day at 8 or 9 AM (yes, on the weekends too) so I’m with these Twitter denizens in that Christopher Robin’s “totally hard” days sound like a cake walk.Perhaps the Christopher Robin marketing team should have taken a look at that aspect of the film and marketed it through other, more realistic means. Getting home at that time of night just seems like another day at the office. For more on Christopher Robin check out MovieBob’s review of the film as well as his interview with Goodbye Christopher Robin author Simon Curtis.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Review: CHRISTOPHER ROBIN center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgNEW YORK — Energy companies powered to big gains Wednesday, leading the stock market higher, on reports that OPEC nations were moving closer to an agreement to cut oil production.Stocks switched between gains and losses for most of the day, and most industries did not move much. Energy companies surged at 2 p.m. Eastern time on reports that a deal was close. A two-year slump in oil prices has decimated profits at energy companies. The energy sector made its biggest gain since January.After stock trading closed, OPEC said it had reached a preliminary deal to reduce production for the first time in eight years.“It just creates a lot of optimism that the worst is over for investors,” said Brian Youngberg, energy analyst at Edward Jones.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 110.94 points, or 0.6 percent, to 18,339.24. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 11.44 points, or 0.5 percent, to 2,171.37. The Nasdaq composite edged up 12.84 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,318.55.A little more than two years ago, a barrel of oil cost around $100. But a huge supply glut built up as the U.S. and other countries produced more and more oil and the global economy slowed, which hurt demand. Oil hit a low of $26 a barrel in February and has traded between $40 a $50 a barrel since April, but investors doubt the price will rise further without limits on production. OPEC produces more than a third of the world’s oil.“The industry needs higher oil prices,” said Youngberg.Benchmark U.S. crude jumped $2.38, or 5.3 percent, to $47.05 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose $2.72, or 5.9 percent, to $48.69 a barrel in London.last_img read more


first_imgThe Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver will mark its 30th anniversary celebrating those who served. The parade will honor veterans of all service branches, beginning with a ceremony at 10 a.m. today on the Marshall House lawn, before more than 2,000 individuals march or ride along East Reserve Street at 11 a.m., creating one of the largest Department of Veteran Affairs-sanctioned veterans parades on the West Coast. Race to Remember, a 5K and 11K run, will lead out the parade, and continue over the land bridge and the Columbia River trail at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. 360-992-1804 or www.fortvan.org/veteransparadeKiggins Theatre and Niche Wine Bar will team up for Niche Noir Nights, pairing of film noir classics with wines influenced by the chosen films. The series kicks off with Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film, “Notorious,” starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman as spies and counterspies fall in love in post World War II South America. The wine flight will feature three South American pinots from 4 to 10 p.m. Nov. 14 at the wine bar 1013 Main St., Vancouver. It’s $10 for film and tasting. 360-980-8352 or www.kigginstheatre.net/movies/noir-nightsEast Meets West Bluegrass is a concert event two years in the making when Kentucky’s Kenny Stinson and Perfect Tym’n bring their traditional sounds to the Northwest to meet Oregon’s Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising, the 2015 International Music and Entertainment Association Bluegrass Group of the Year. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Old Liberty Theater, 113 N Main St., Ridgefield. Tickets are $15. 360-887-7260 or www.oldlibertytheater.comVancouver Symphony Chamber Series continues with a presentation of “The Soldier’s Tale,” one of Igor Stravinsky’s best known chamber works. The piece is based on a Russian folk tale that tells the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain. The performances feature a seven piece instrumental ensemble, led by guest conductor Ken Selden, and narrated by Kirk Mouser. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Tickets are $25 and $10 for students. 360-735-7278 or vancouversymphony.orgThe 14th annual Run for the Hungry 5K kicks off Thanksgiving at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 24 to raise money and food donations for the local food pantry, which helps feed more than 400 local families. The course winds through beautiful neighborhoods and Kerr Park, starting and ending at the Washougal High School stadium, 1201 39th St., Washougal. Registration is $25 to $30, $15 for ages 10 and younger. It’s $115 for a five-person team. Or just bring a box of canned food as registration fee. 360-835-2153 ext. 28 or http://gatewayweb.org/get-involved/run-for-the-hungrylast_img read more


first_imgAfter 31 years of running the largest annual one-day food drive benefitting the Clark County Food Bank, Walk & Knock volunteers aren’t afraid to experiment.Over the last few years, donations have stayed about the same despite swift population growth in Clark County. Donations peaked in 2010, when 166 tons, or 332,000 pounds, of food was collected. Last year, Walk & Knock collected 133 tons, or about 266,000 pounds, of food and $14,000 in monetary donations. Board member and volunteer Tom Knappenberger takes that as a sign that Walk & Knock isn’t reaching everyone. Maybe newcomers don’t know about the food drive or don’t get the newspaper.“We’re trying different things this year to educate and remind them,” he said.That includes a prerecorded call from former Trailblazer announcer Bill Schonely, reminding people to put out a bag of nonperishable food on their doorstep before 9 a.m. Saturday. Employees at both Chuck’s Produce stores have been wearing buttons reminding customers about Saturday’s food drive and stapling reminder cards to grocery bags. Also, reminder postcards were sent to about 10,000 homes in Camas.While it will be difficult to determine what boosts food donations, Walk & Knock and the food bank are eager to see if these methods work this weekend.Food distribution has leveled off, recently returning to pre-recession levels with the improving economy.That doesn’t mean hunger has gone away, said Matt Edmonds, program manager at the Clark County Food Bank. Many families in Clark County are still food insecure.last_img read more


first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida company is lending a helping hand just in time for the holidays.Mr. Green’s Produce delivered several boxes of food to residents in Northwest Miami-Dade, Tuesday.Each of the Christmas boxes were filled with ham, potatoes, corn and apples.The company said it’s their way of giving back.“I know at Christmas time, everyone really gets focused on material things in terms of what’s the latest iPhone to get or what electronic gadget to get for kids,” said Nick Politis, sales manager for Mr. Green’s Produce. “When you look at some of the poorer neighborhoods — and we tend to have our warehouses situated in poorer neighborhoods — it’s more a basic need of having food on the table for Christmas.”Miami-Dade Police also helped coordinate the giveaway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgArun JaitleyReutersMore than 2 lakh directors on the board of companies whose names were struck off by the Registrar of Companies (RoC) will not be able to hold any board position in new ventures, but can continue to serve on the board of other companies where they are directors at present, according to a Times of India report.”There is no intention to create problems in other companies. So we are for the moment staying away from acting against the boards of other companies,” a source told ToI.The RoC is an office under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, and mainly looks after company registration in India: It completes reporting and regulation of companies, their directors and shareholders.The names of 2.1 lakh companies have been struck off by the government office after about 2.97 lakh companies received notice for not filing returns and not completing other formalities related to compliance.This number is expected to surge in the coming months, and the crackdown against these directors will commence in a few days. RoC’s decision to remove the names of the companies will also help pinpoint shell companies that exist only on papers and are often used for money laundering.The Reserve Bank of India and the Indian Banks’ Association had received the list of names of companies RoC had scrapped in order to stop the flow of funds.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The newly opened Misti Hub in New Town did brisk business on Saturday and Sunday and people from all across the town had gathered to buy mouth-watering sweets.The parking bay was full and special parking arrangements were made on the service road. Parking is free on the earmarked area for half an hour. The hub is the only of its kind in Bengal where renowned sweetmakers of Kolkata are sharing the same roof with the traditional sweet meat sellers – the sarbhaja of Krishnanagar, langcha of Shatigarh and with mihidana and sitabhog of east Burdwan. The hub is opened from 12 noon to 9 pm. It will help the airport bound passengers to buy the special sweets of Bengal on way back home. Proper signs will be put up on Biswa Bangla Sarani to facilitate the airport bound buyers.The 10 branded shops that have been set up at the hub are KC Das, Bancharam, Gupta Brothers, Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick, Ganguram Sweets, Nalin Chandra Das, Mithai, Sweet Bengal, New Nabakrishna Guin and Hindusthan Sweets (shop no. 10).HIDCO had imposed a condition that those opening shops at the hub must have experience of 25 years or more. A central atrium with glass walls will bring the sunlight inside.The hub is a combination of tradition and modernity. There will be a caretaker on behalf of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) to look after the facilities. The hub has been built on a shop-in-shop concept. There is a potential market of Bengali sweets both in the country and abroad.Meetings had been held between the sweet shop owners and HIDCO officials including its chairman Debashis Sen where the idea was discussed. The sweet meat sellers accepted the proposal and the hub has come up near Eco Park.The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has made special arrangements to issue trade licences to the shop owners.All the shop owners have come up with new variety of sweets including the modern ones. They are manufactured and packaged maintaining quality health.The hub has given opportunity to the residents of New Town and its neighbourhood to buy quality sweets without visiting Kolkata.last_img read more


first_img Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the buzz around artificial intelligence. So it might surprise you to learn that, according to a 2017 survey published by McKinsey Global Institute, out of 3,000 AI-aware executives, only one in five are using any AI-related technology in core areas of their businesses.Why aren’t entrepreneurs and executives jumping on what they know to be a market-changing technology? In a word, uncertainty. With AI still young, leaders aren’t sure where to apply it, how to ensure a return on their investment or, most of all, how to implement it.To be sure, AI can be intimidating. It’s not a switch you flip or a widget you jam into your product. Winning with AI requires serious analysis about where to play and how to win, backed by rapid investments in software, data and machine learning.Related: Ready or Not, It’s Time to Embrace AISo where to start? We like to think about AI at three levels of granularity: business patterns, core technologies and use cases. Because virtually all business applications of AI fall within three patterns, examining them is a great way to understand AI’s use cases and specific technologies.Recurring business patternsAI describes a family of technologies that, in a rough sense, can be compared to a human brain. While AI might never replicate the creative problem-solving that people are capable of, it does offer enormous processing power and decision-making skills. Practically speaking, it’ll never get bored, get tired or call in sick the Monday after the Super Bowl. The advantages of AI mean that, in certain situations, it can perform work in mere minutes that would take humans thousands of hours. Related: The 5 Most Interesting Artificial Intelligence Trends for Entrepreneurs to Follow in 2018AI as triage, the pattern representing roughly half our work at Manifold, serves to augment the decision-making ability of human beings. Instead of having a security guard watch hours of surveillance footage, an AI solution can flag instances of suspicious activity, greatly reducing the human workload. AI as triage is especially advantageous because the software doesn’t need to be 100 percent accurate. Even an algorithm that’s 80 percent accurate saves an incredible amount of time; plus, in many cases, its accuracy improves with use.Entity resolution and topic modeling are sophisticated examples of AI as an organizer, but this AI solution essentially involves labeling data assets in order to unlock the insights they can provide. As big data takes over, AI will be essential to managing and manipulating mass quantities of information.As triage and organizer, AI requires a degree of human input and direction. Autonomous AI, however, is capable of learning certain tasks that require complex decisions to be made. Autonomous AI often receives the most attention because it makes innovations like self-driving cars possible, but at least in the short term, the business world might have more use for AI’s organizational and triage capabilities.Whatever you choose to do with AI, don’t delay. “AI is going to revolutionize the world more than any other tech advancement of the past 30 years,” Mark Cuban remarked at the recent Upfront Summit in Los Angeles. Like the internet, AI will produce a rich-get-richer environment, and those who get a head start are going to run the table. So far, the following areas of AI show particular business promise:1. Predictive analyticsImagine being able to project a customer’s worth as soon as he buys your service. Sounds impossible, right? Well, in the course of our AI-as-triage work, we helped a leading online registry predict the lifetime value of its patrons within a few days of sign-up with 90 percent accuracy. Now, the registry can make more informed decisions about its customer service, delivering as much value as possible to its most loyal users.Of course, creating a predictive solution requires a complete record of your customer interactions. Building this database takes time, but many of the necessary components are available off the shelf. Even if predictive analytics are a way off for your business, start collecting customer data now so you’ll have it when you decide to tap into AI.2. Computer visionWhat started as a cost-prohibitive technology has become commonplace in everyday life. Computer vision is the leap between storing images and videos to understanding their contents. Every time your photo app recognizes your face or you deposit a check via a mobile device, you’re using computer vision. If your business works with unstructured visual data in almost any way, it can take advantage of this type of AI.Related: Can Artificial Intelligence Identify Pictures Better Than Humans?If you’re stuck, think about all the corners of the market where computer vision is cropping up. Self-driving cars use it to detect road lines, pedestrians and other cars. Twitter uses it to crop photos uploaded by users to their most interesting parts. Computer vision can automatically label photos and videos, and Google’s Image Search uses this technology to index all images on the internet.3. Natural language processingComputers haven’t just become better at understanding visual data; they’ve started to master the intricacies of human speech and writing via natural language processing. In short, NLP algorithms decode information contained within free text. With deep learning, NLP can search huge quantities of text for both specific information and areas of contextual relevance. Acting as triage, AI can look through medical records and determine what to code for. Apixio, for example, is using NLP to locate and “read” charts across electronic health records systems, standalone images and more. According to a study it conducted, Apixio’s AI-fueled platform was 20 percent more accurate and 400 percent more productive than typical approaches. Similarly, NLP can comb through legal documents to find ones that are relevant to a specific case.Much like computer vision, using NLP requires identifying information that you would like to retrieve or alter in large chunks of text. Examples include customer feedback, media mentions of your company, search queries and internal records. For instance, to resolve a health IT client’s entity resolution problem, we built an AI solution using NLP that ingests a large collection of records, identifies duplicates and merges them into master records. Without automation, the client would have spent thousands of man hours reviewing and organizing those millions of records.Whatever you do, AI integration won’t happen overnight — but it won’t happen at all unless you initiate the process proactively. Start by identifying opportunities for quick business wins to build momentum and ensure future AI investments are on solid ground. Curate and prioritize your opportunities based on the complexity of implementation and the significance of the return. AI is often lauded for its ability to reduce costs, but its potential to drive growth matters just as much.Your next task? Start thinking about how you’ll collect, store, transform and label key data assets to power your AI solution. You’ll need them organized and updated to properly screen the opportunities you spot. Fortunately, once you’ve got your data in shape, you’ll have the hardest part behind you.  Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 2, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 7 min readlast_img read more


first_imgYesterday, the Rust Survey team published the results of their annual Rust survey of 2018. This year’s survey was launched in 14 different languages which helped in increasing the number of responses to 5991. The survey highlights that there is a slight increase in medium to large investments in Rust, most of the users prefer Linux over Windows for development, and more. Growth in the number of Rust users Rust is seeing a steady growth in the number of Rust users. Nearly 23% of these users have been using it for 3 months or less and up to a quarter of them are using it for at least 2 years. Talking about how much time it takes to get productive in Rust, 40% of Rust users said it takes less than a month of use, and over 70% felt productive in their first year of use itself. Over 22% of the Rust users do not feel productive, out of which only about 25% are in their first month of use. Larger overall investments in Rust projects Rust projects are seeing larger overall investments and trending to larger sizes. The percentage of medium to large investments in Rust has increased from 8.9% in 2016, to 16% in 2017, to 23% this year. There is also some growth in the Rust daily usage from 17.5% last year to nearly a quarter of users this year. In total, Rust weekly total usage has risen from 60.8% to 66.4%. Difficulty level of common Rust concepts Most of the Rust users consider themselves to be intermediates in terms of expertise in Rust. The users felt that Enums and Cargo are the easiest concepts to learn, followed by Iterators, Modules, and Traits, Trait Bounds, and Unsafe. The most difficult concepts are Macros, Ownership & Borrowing, and Lifetimes. Usage Patterns of Rust tools Same as last year, users are preferring the current stable release of Rust. There is a slight increase in the number of the Nightly compiler users, which is now over 56% (up from 51.6% of last year). Users are opting Nightly for accessing 2018 edition, asm, async/await, clippy, embedded development, rocket, NLL, proc macros, and wasm. The percentage of users who see a breakage during a routine compiler update remains the same as last year (7.4%). These breakages generally required minor fixes, though some reported having moderate or major fixes to upgrade to the next stable compiler. 90% of the users voted rustup as their first choice for installing Rust. Linux distros is the second option with only 17% of Rust installs. Tools like rustfmt and rustdoc got lots of positive support, following these is the clippy tool. The IDE support tools Rust Language Server and racer also had positive support but unfortunately, of the tools surveyed, generated a few more dislike votes and comments. The bindgen tool has relatively small userbase. Preferred development platforms of Rust users While there is some increase in Windows usage from 31% last year to 34% this year, Linux platform continues to be popular among Rust developers with 80% of users opting it. While there is not much change from the last year for other target platforms, WebAssembly is an exception. It has shown nearly doubled up growth from last year’s 13% to this year’s 24%. In editors, VSCode has bested Vim, the front-runner in editors for two years, which grew from 33.8% of Rust developers to 44.4% this year. Increase in commercial use of Rust Rust’s part-time usage at the workplace has increased from 16.6% to 21.2%. Its full-time commercial has doubled from 4.4% to 8.9%. In total, its commercial use has grown from 21% to just over 30% of Rust users. Though there is an increase in the commercial use, over a third of Rust users aren’t sure their companies will invest in Rust. To know more in detail, read the annual Rust Survey 2018. Read Next Rust Beta 2018 is here 3 ways to break your Rust code into modules Red Hat announces full support for Clang/LLVM, Go, and Rustlast_img read more


first_imgAgriculture Minister Costas Kadis wants to pass a new law on garbage collection fees by the end of the year based on the usage-pricing model “pay as you throw.”Kadis told the Cyprus News Agency the model, which has been implemented in several European countries, was chosen after studying several pricing schemes.Under this regime, users will pay in advance for all the garbage they wish to be collected, by purchasing a custom bag, at a relatively high cost.“People will try to fill as few bags as possible so as to pay less,” he said. “They will be pushed to recycle more and the bags will only be filled with materials that cannot be recycled,” he added.Waste for disposals in treatment plants such as Koshi or Pentakomo will only be discarded in the custom bags, the cost of which will act as an incentive for more recycling.“The way of calculating the collection fees will change, based on the amount of the waste that someone generates,” the minister said.The bill, which provides for source separated recycling and pay as you throw programs, is currently under public consultation, and in the next few days, the minister will have meetings on the issues with the union of municipalities and communities.Kadis hopes the consultation will be completed within the next few weeks. The bill will then be sent to the Legal Service for processing.“We hope that processing would not take much time, because it is very important. Soon after, the bill will have to go from the cabinet to parliament for discussion and approval. I would be happy if this process could be completed in 2019, but there are unpredictable factors such as legislative checks and the debate in the Parliament, ” he said.The responsibility for waste management was assigned to the ministry of agriculture two years ago. Mismanagement, delays, and even corruption had emerged in the past in relation to waste management and Cyprus was faced with the risk of fines imposed by the European Union due to delays in the closure of landfills.“One of the biggest challenges for our ministry is the proper management of waste, for environmental, good administration and quality of life reasons,” the minister noted.He said his intention was to support the municipalities in the transitional period, after the closure of Kotsiatis landfill and the increased cost of refuse collection.Kadis added that they have agreed with the municipalities that they should work together to move towards new directions of more rational management of municipal waste that would respect environment, health and lead to a better quality of life.  Waste management, he said, must be in line with the cyclical economy, through the use of waste as raw materials.The ministry`s objective was a more radical and integrated solution to the problem by reducing the waste that ends up in the management units so that the cost would ultimately be reduced to a minimum.“We will support municipalities to implement such programs. My intention was instead of giving municipalities cash now to cover the increased cost, to give them funding to build new infrastructure, new programs based on this philosophy.”You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

first_imgBy Elias HazouAN Israeli delegation will be visiting the island next week to discuss with their Cypriot counterparts the matter concerning the extension of the Aphrodite gas field into Israeli waters.Israel’s energy minister Yuval Steinitz confirmed the visit while speaking at an oil and gas conference in Tel Aviv.The Aphrodite gas field discovered in Cyprus’ Block 12 is believed to extend in part to the license in Israel’s waters.If true, that would mean that Israel would need to be included in the development of the reservoir. It is understood to be the key reason for the delay in signing a unitisation agreement – regulating exploitation of cross-border reserves – between Cyprus and Israel, with talks dragging on for about five years.Steinitz said the purpose of the delegation’s visit to Cyprus is “to push forward on the matter and our aim is to sign an agreement in the coming few months,” according to Israeli news outlet Globes.According to Steinitz, the unitisation agreement was discussed between himself, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Nicos Anastasiades during the latter’s official visit to Israel last week.Steinitz also said that Israel, Cyprus and Egypt are discussing the joint development of gas fields in their countries.“I’m not allowed to say much about this but we are examining the option. The first option is joint development of reservoirs and through the existing liquefied gas installations in Egypt and a second option is building a gas pipeline to Turkey, and from there the gas can continue to Europe.”Steinitz revealed also that his government would approve the nation’s gas outline agreement in mid-December and would go into effect at the start of 2016.“Then several months after that, I have already given instructions to open up the waters,” he said.Last month, energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis told Globes that Cyprus is keen on joint development of the Aphrodite and Leviathan gas fields, but that Nicosia cannot wait indefinitely for Tel Aviv.Meanwhile, the government spokesman revealed on Thursday that President Nicos Anastasiades held a telephone conversation with the chief executive of Italian energy giant ENI.“The President has returned from a very important trip to three neighbouring nations, he has spoken on the phone with the President of Egypt, and in this context there took place a discussion and an exchange of views with the chief executive of ENI,” spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told reporters.Asked whether the government had news on ENI’s plans, the spokesman said “there is an ongoing dialogue and when something specific comes up we shall make the relevant announcements.”ENI also holds licenses on three Cypriot offshore blocks.In Egyptian waters, ENI recently discovered a massive gas field, dubbed Zohr. The company’s CEO subsequently began talking up an eastern Mediterranean gas hub involving Egypt, Israel and Cyprus.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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