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3 killed in fire at Reliance Industries rubber plant in Gujarat


first_imgThree people were killed in a fire that broke out in the polybutadiene rubber section of the Reliance Industries’ rubber plant in Gujarat on Thursday, November 29, 2018, the company said.“The fire was restricted to one section of the plant and timely action by Reliance firefighting team helped in quickly extinguishing the fire,” the company said. According to the statement, three contractual workers, who were injured in the accident, later succumbed to their injuries despite the best efforts of the medical team. “Our prayers and sympathies are with their families in their time of grief and we will support the families to overcome their personal tragedy,” the company added.An investigation is to be conducted to ascertain the cause of the fire, the statement added, adding that the rest of the complex continued with their normal operations.last_img read more


IPL 2011: Hyderabad beat Mumbai by 10 runs


first_imgDeccan Chargers shocked title contenders Mumbai Indians beating them by 10 runs in an IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Score | PhotosThe Chargers defended a modest score of 135 for six restricting the home team to 125 for eight in 20 overs. This was the second successive defeat for Mumbai who remain on 16 points while Deccan now have eight points from 12 matches.It was the expensive 20th over bowled by Munaf Patel that changed the complexion of the match. The India speedster gave away 23 runs which included a six hit by Shikhar Dhawan (27 not out 18 balls, 2×4, 1×6) and four consecutive boundaries hit by Man of the match Amit Mishra (18 not out, 6 balls, 4×4 and 1/18 from 4 overs).The final over also saw an ugly altercatyion between Munaf and Mishra after the latter was hit for boundaries. Both hurled choicest expletives at each other and it required the intervention from umpires to stop things from getting uglier.From 112 for six in 19th over, the Chargers moved to 135 for six.On a track that offered big turn to the spinners, Mumbai Indians batsmen including skipper Sachin Tendulkar (37, 42 balls, 3×4) were not in their element as they played as many as 60-odd dot balls.After part-time spinner Jean-Paul Duminy got rid off Aiden Blizzard cheaply, Ishant Sharma celebrated his return to the Indian ODI team dismissing the in-form Ambati Rayudu (2) and the dangerous IPL specialist Rohit Sharma (4).Losing three quick wickets with only 25 on board, Mumbai couldn’t really recover on a pitch where strokemaking was difficult.advertisementIf Ishant provided breakthroughs up the order, little-known Madhya Pradesh medium pacer Anand Rajan removed T Suman (14) and Tendulkar and Kieron Pollard (24, 13 balls, 3×4, 1×6) to return with figures of three for 27 from four overs.Pollard and Harbhajan Singh (17 not out) tried their best but it was a tall-order after the top-order put up a lousy show.Hyderabad inningsChoosing to bat first after winning the toss, Chargers got off to a poor start after Lasith Malinga castled opener Michael Lumb off the second ball for a duck. The wooden spooners in the competition never really got the momentum back.Sunny Sohal (20 in 22 balls) and captain Kumar Sangakkara (27 in 28 balls) added 39 runs for the second wicket in 7 overs but the Chargers lost three wickets for 24 runs in the middle overs and could never step on the pedal.Dan Christian (18 in 23 balls) and Dhawan, surprisingly coming lower down the order, added 28 runs for the sixth wicket. But it was the 30 runs that Mishra and Dhawan added in only 1.4 overs gave the total a semblance of respectability.For Mumbai Indians, Dhawal Kulkarni was the pick of the bowlers grabbing three for 26 while Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard also got a scalp apiece. Munaf, who had taken five wickets in the previous game, went wicket-less while giving away 37 runs.The Chargers had a dismal beginning when the left handed Lumb, playing his first game, was bowled neck and crop for a duck by Malinga off the second ball he faced when trying an ill-advised heave.Sohal, who opened with Lumb, showed his aggressive intent by swinging Munaf Patel for a six over mid wicket in the second over but overall the Mumbai bowling attack kept the rival batsmen under wraps with the first six over yielding only 32 runs.Skipper Sangakkara, the Chargers mainstay in batting and their highest run-getter, looked in good touch as he effortlessly lofted Harbhajan Singh for a straight six with perfect timing and then smacked Dhawal Kulkarni over the medium pacer’s head for a four.But Kulkarni exacted revenge soon by dismissing the rival team’s captain, Kieron Pollard again bringing off a superb catch by running backwards at cover point to make Chargers 39 for two.The 50 came up in the 9th over but with the run-rate not up to the mark Sohal departed in trying to up the pace caught by Andrew Symonds in Pollard’s first over.The under-performing Jean-Paul Duminy started encouragingly by cutting Harbhajan Singh for a four before he was deceived by a sharp turning ball from the off-spinner and was stumped to leave Chargers at a difficult 58 for 4 in the 11th over.The next three overs, with Malinga back into the attack, produced just 18 runs and with the scoring rate not up to the desired levels, Bharat Chipli tried to get after Kulkarni and paid the penalty by mistiming a pull-shot and was caught by Suman at short mid wicket.At 77 for 5 with only the last few overs remaining, the Chargers were looking headed to a score well short of the desired level on what appeared to be a good track.advertisementThey added 53 runs in the last five overs to give their bowlers a decent chance of defending.-With PTI inputslast_img read more


Benchmark scores highlight broad range of machine-learning inference performance


first_imgNvidia’s EGX platform for data centre inference (Image: Nvidia)“Nvidia is the only company that has the production silicon, software, programmability, and talent to publish benchmarks across the spectrum of MLPerf, and win in almost every category,” said Karl Freund, Analyst, Moor Insights and Strategy. “The programmability of GPUs uniquely positions them well for future MLPerf releases… I think this demonstrates the breadth of [Nvidia’s] strength, and also the niche nature of the challengers. But many of those challengers will mature over time, and so Nvidia will need to continue to innovate in both hardware and software.”Nvidia published graphs showing its interpretation of the results, placing itself in the number one position across all four scenarios in the closed division for commercially available devices.These scenarios represent different use cases. The offline and server scenarios are for inference in the data centre. The offline scenario might represent offline photo-tagging for a large number of pictures and measures pure throughput. The server scenario represents a use case with multiple requests from different users, submitting the requests at unpredictable times, and it measures throughput in a fixed time. The edge scenarios are single stream, which times inference for a single image such as in a mobile phone app, and multi-stream, which measures how many streams of images can be inferenced simultaneously, for multi-camera systems.Companies can submit results for selected machine learning models performing image classification, object detection and language translation in each of the four scenarios.Data center results“Looking at the data center results, Nvidia topped on all five benchmarks for both the server and the offline categories,” said Paresh Kharya, Director of Product Management for Accelerated Computing, Nvidia. “Our Turing GPUs outperformed everyone else amongst the commercially available solutions.”Kharya highlighted the fact that Nvidia was the only company to submit results across all five of the benchmark models for the data centre categories, and that for the server category (which is the more difficult scenario), Nvidia’s performance increased relative to its competitors. Categories Available means the system is currently on the market and available to purchase. The software stack has to be fully ready and submitters have to give the community the ability to reproduce their results. This means any code which isn’t in the company’s SDK has to go on to MLPerf’s Github. Preview means the submitter will have this system available in the next round of MLPerf inference scores (expected early next summer). Submitters to this category are not required to hand over all their software. Research, Development, Other means the system is still a prototype or is not intended for production, and submitters are not required to share any software.DivisionsThe Closed Division is intended to allow direct, apples-to-apples comparison between systems, and the criteria companies have to stick to are strict, including a standard set of pre-trained model weights that have to be used.In the Open Division , which Hubara describes as the “wild west,” submitters don’t need to follow most of the rules. However, they have to disclose what they have changed. This might be something like retraining the model, or fine tuning it.Companies use this division to show off by letting their algorithm engineers loose. For example, Habana Labs showed open division scores which reduce the latency to a quarter of the latency for the closed division scores, to show off the capabilities of its Goya chip.Models MobileNet-v1 and ResNet-50 v1.5 are for image classification with the ImageNet dataset used for inference. MobileNet is a lightweight network intended for mobile phones, while ResNet-50 is more heavyweight by comparison and is used by bigger accelerators. SSD with MobileNet-v1 and SSD with ResNet-34 are for object detection. SSD refers to single shot detector, an algorithm for detecting individual objects for classification in a picture, but it has to work in partnership with a classification algorithm such as MobileNet or ResNet.The MobileNet version is again a lighter weight model run on lower resolution pictures (300 x 300 or 0.09 Mpix). The ResNet-34 version inferences higher resolution images (1200 x 1200 or 1.44 Mpix).These models use the Common Objects in Context (COCO) dataset for inference. GNMT is the only benchmark that isn’t based on convolution or image processing. It’s a recurrent neural network for language translation (in this case, German to English).ScenariosThere are four different scenarios, two for inference at the edge, and two for inference in the datacentre. Single Stream simply measures the time taken to inference one image (batch size of 1), measured in milliseconds. In this category, a lower score is better. This scenario might correspond to a mobile phone that is performing inference on one image at a time. Multi-Stream is the measurement of how many streams of images can be handled at once (batch size >1), with a latency between 50 to 100 milliseconds, depending on the model. Higher number in this category is better. Systems that do well here might end up in autonomous vehicles which use multiple cameras pointing in different directions, or in surveillance camera systems.In the Server scenario, multiple users send queries to the system at random times. The metric is how many queries the system can support within a certain latency, when the streams are not constant like for the multi-stream scenario. It’s harder because batch size must be dynamic. Higher number is better.The Offline scenario might be batch processing of images in a photo album where the data can be processed in any order. It’s not latency constrained. Instead, this scenario measures throughput of images measured in images per second. Higher number is better.Number of acceleratorsThe benchmarks compare systems, not chips. Some systems might have one host chip and one accelerator chip, while the largest had 128 Google TPU accelerator chips. The scores are not normalised per accelerator, since the host also plays a part, but they are roughly linear with the number of accelerators.Why are some scores blank?There is no requirement to submit results to every scenario or every model, or even groups of models. Devices intended for edge platforms might choose to submit only for the single-stream and multi-stream scenarios, while data centre platforms might choose to submit only for the server and offline scenarios. Clearly, each company has chosen to submit scores which it thinks will show its system in the best light.There are also other factors at play. For example, Hubara also explained that one of Habana’s scores is blank because the company missed the submission deadline for this round.Also, there were fewer submissions for the GNMT translation model, which is now widely seen as out of date, with many companies preferring to spend time implementing a newer algorithm such as BERT.Caveat emptorOverall, the scores measure pure performance, but selecting one system for a practical application of course requires consideration of many other factors.For example, there’s no power measurement in this set of scores (this is rumoured to be coming in the next version of the benchmark).Cost is also not indicated. Obviously if one system has one accelerator chip and one has 128, there will be a price difference. The spreadsheet also lists the host CPU used for each system, which can add significant cost. Some may also require expensive water cooling.The Form Factor categories (mobile/handheld, desktop/workstation, server, edge/embedded) are indications given by the system manufacturer. They are not strictly part of the benchmark as there are no criteria for each category.Clicking on the details link on the right hand side of the spreadsheet for every system should take you to some further details about the system’s hardware and software which are worth looking at. Some of these fields are mandatory, some are not, but this may shed light on system requirements such as cooling. Selected edge benchmark results from closed division, leaders in the commercially available device category. Results are shown relative to Nvidia scores on a per-accelerator basis. X represents “no result submitted” (Image: Nvidia)Results for “preview” systems (those that are not yet commercially available) pitted Alibaba T-Head’s Hanguang chip against Intel’s Nervana NNP-I, the Hailo-8, and a reference design from Centaur Technologies. Meanwhile the R&D category featured a stealthy Korean startup, Furiosa AI, about which very little is known.The recent Inference scores as well as earlier training scores are available on the MLPerf site.>> An earlier version of this article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times.Editor’s note: Originally published on EE Times, the article below by Sally Ward-Foxton offers further explanation of the information contained in the MLPerf inference scores available on the MLPerf site.Understanding MLPerf Benchmark Scoresby Sally Ward-FoxtonWhat to look for and where to start.If you follow the AI accelerator industry, you may have seen that MLPerf released a set of benchmark scores for their inference benchmarks yesterday. These scores are reported as a multi-page spreadsheet with figures ranging over five orders of magnitude. Most systems have scores in only some boxes, and systems which seem similar may have wildly different scores. To make things worse, higher or lower numbers can be better, depending on which category you’re looking at.Habana Labs research scientist Itay Hubara was kind enough to explain the meaning of the different categories, divisions, models and scenarios in the MLPerf spreadsheet for me. Here’s what I learned. Habana Labs PCIe card featuring its Goya inference chip (Image: Habana Labs)Habana also used the open division to show off its capability for low latency, restricting the latency further than for the closed division, and submitting results for the multi-stream scenario.Edge Compute ResultsFor the edge benchmarks, Nvidia won all four of the categories that had submitters in the closed division for commercially available solutions. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 SoC and Intel’s Xeon CPUs trailed Nvidia in the single-stream category, and neither Qualcomm or Intel submitted results for the more difficult multi-stream scenario. The MLPerf scores spreadsheet is not straightforward to understand (Image: MLPerf) Selected data centre benchmark results from closed division, leaders in the commercially available device category. Results are shown relative to Nvidia scores on a per-accelerator basis. X represents “no result submitted” (Image: Nvidia)Nvidia’s closest competitor in the data centre sector is Israeli startup Habana Labs with its Goya inference chip.“Habana stands as the only challenger with high performance silicon in full production, and should do well when the next MLPerf suite hopefully includes power consumption data,” said analyst Karl Freund.In an interview with EETimes, Habana Labs pointed out that the benchmark scores are purely based on performance – power consumption is not a metric, nor is practicality (such as considering whether a solution is passively cooled or water cooled), nor is cost. Continue Reading Previous When a DSP beats a hardware acceleratorNext Finding efficient transport as data scales massively Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology MLPerf has released the first set of benchmark scores for its inference benchmark, following scores from the training benchmark which were released earlier this year.Compared to the training round, which currently has 63 entries from 5 companies, many more companies submitted inference results based on MobileNet, ResNet, Yolo and other neural network architectures. In total there were more than 500 scores verified from 14 organisations. This included figures from several startups, while some high-profile startups were still noticeably absent.In the closed division, whose strict conditions enable direct comparison of the systems, the results show a 5-order of magnitude difference in performance, and span three orders of magnitude in terms of estimated power consumption. In the open division, submissions can use a range of models, including low precision implementations.Nvidia claimed the number one position for commercially available devices across all the categories in the closed division. Other leaders included Habana Labs, Google and Intel in the datacentre categories, while Nvidia competed with Intel and Qualcomm in the edge categories.last_img read more


Megastar Chiranjeevi visits the sets of son Ram Charan’s RC12. See pic


first_imgMegastar Chiranjeevi, who is currently busy with his film Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, paid a surprise visit to the sets of his son Ram Charan’s upcoming film, which is tentatively called RC12.Ram Charan’s wife Upasana Kamineni took to Instagram to share the pictures from the Megastar’s visit. She wrote, “Dinner date with Mamaya…. all dressed in black! Megastar visits #ramcharan on the sets of #rc12 before heading to Georgia. Missing u (sic).” Upasana’s Insta postLooks like Chiranjeevi has left for Georgia. However, it is not clear whether it is for the shooting of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. It should also be noted that Simbu’s upcoming film with Sundar C is currently being shot in Georgia.RC12 is directed by Boyapati Srinu and has Kiara Advani in the female lead role. Kiara was last seen in Mahesh Babu’s Bharat Ane Nenu. She is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after heroines in Telugu cinema.Ram Charan will sport a different look for the yet-untitled film, which is one of the most-awaited projects in Telugu cinema currently.ALSO READ: Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy teaser receives 12 million views in 24 hoursALSO WATCH: Taapsee Pannu defends her decision to do Judwaa 2 after Pink at Mind Rocks 2018last_img read more


Ranji Trophy: Punjab beat Delhi for their first win of 2018-19 season


first_imgPunjab registered their first win of the 2018-19 first-class season as they thrashed Delhi by 10 wickets in their Ranji Trophy match on Friday.Punjab pocketed seven points while it was Delhi’s first Ranji Trophy defeat at home in five years.With Punjab controlling the game from day one, it was only a matter of time before they scored an outright win.Delhi, who were gasping at 106 for six in their second innings and trailing Punjab by 69 runs at stumps on day two, ended up with 179 courtesy Pulkit Narang (31) and Pulkit Sood (25).Punjab needed just five runs for a big win and and they knocked it off in 2.1 overs with Jiwanjot Sharma and Abhishek Sharma in the middle.With the emphatic win, Punjab have revived their Ranji campaign after having collected just two points from the previous two games.On the other hand, Delhi’s troubles have increased with their first loss of the season. They had conceded the first-innings lead against Hyderabad and could not dismiss Himachal Pradesh in their opener for an outright win.Delhi’s batting let them down again though they did a tad better than the first innings, in which they were bundled out for 107.In the first innings, they surrendered to Punjab’s Siddharth Kaul while in the second, they were done in by spinners Vinay Choudhary and Mayank Markande.Punjab had made 282 in the first innings, thanks to a captain’s knock by Mandeep Singh (90).Yuvraj Singh, playing his first game of the season, made 24 off 88 balls.(With inputs from PTI)advertisementlast_img read more


a month agoArsenal whiz Bukayo Saka hopes to make Europa League his competition


first_imgArsenal whiz Bukayo Saka hopes to make Europa League his competitionby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal whiz Bukayo Saka hopes to make the Europa League his competition.Saka scored in their 3-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.He said: “There will be a lot of opportunities in the Europa League. That’s how I made my debut last season and I hope I can continue to get more and more opportunities and keep progressing so I can maybe one day play in the Premier League and start playing for Arsenal’s first team.”I feel like I’ve been with the first team a lot this season, I’ve been training with them a lot, I know the players, they know me and I don’t think it was too different for me because I train with them every day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


This Brewery Wants to Send You into the Sky to Test Space Beer


first_img Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer Editors’ Recommendations Space may be the final frontier, but as technology progresses, that final frontier is getting closer and closer. For some, that means commercial space flights in the next five to 10 years. For others, the goal is a lot more attainable. Also, it’s a lot more delicious. We’re talking about space beer, folks.Now, we’ve written about space beer a couple of times lately (if you’ve missed our previous coverage, check out articles on this fascinating subject here and here), but this time has the real potential to change one lucky winner’s life. No, you’re not going to get blasted into space (yet), but Vostok, which is a collaboration between Sydney-based brewery 4 Pines Brewing Company and space engineering company Saber Astronautics, is giving one person the chance to feel what it’s like to drink a beer in space.Basically, Vostok wants to turn you into Buzzed Aldrin.The company won’t be sending the winner all the way to outer space, but they will be sending them on a Zero Gravity Corporation (Zero G) Weightless Flight. Zero G flights take place in a modified Boeing 727, which soars to 32,000 feet and makes parabolic arcs to recreate the feeling of weightlessness. It’s during this flight that you will test the space beer (more on that in a sec).In order to be chosen, eager entrants will need to do a couple things. First, you’ll have to fill out this form, which includes a 50-word essay on what type of space beer you’d want. Next, you’ll need to donate $90 to the Vostok Indiegogo campaign (the equivalent of buying a bottle of the space beer), which will go live April 2018.It needs to be noted here that the contest is only open residents of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Within those areas, residents in Arizona, Alabama, Connecticut, Maryland, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Northern Ireland are excluded. If you live outside of the three, you’ll still be able to gain a variety of perks from the campaign, just not the grand prize.Vostok, which has been around for seven years, has already tested a variety of aspects of space beer, like whether alcohol is safe for people to drink in space, whether you can actually create a beer that can be drunk in space, whether this beer will taste any good. (Yes, yes, and it does.)The final stage — which they are at work on now — is developing and manufacturing the bottle that will hold the space beer. This is where the Indiegogo comes in.The grand prize, which is valued up to $20,000, will include “a return flight from either of these three regions to Cape Canaveral, Florida; accommodation for three nights in Florida; and a seat on a ZERO-G Weightless Lab parabolic flight,” according to the company.If the Indiegogo campaign does not meet the funding goal, the winner will receive a consolation prize of $1,000 USD. Translation: Find every one of your friend who loves beer and has $90 to spare and get them to enter. If one of you wins, everyone wins. Well, one person really wins, but the winner can deal with that later. From the Zero G Weightless Lab.To enter the competition, click here. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie last_img read more


CBI books brother sisterinlaw of former Arunachal Pradesh CM


first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has registered a corruption case against former Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki’s brother Nabam Hari and others in relation to PWD contracts that were awarded to a company belonging to Hari’s wife in 2005 when Tuki was the PWD Minister.The probe agency had in December 2017 registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in the matter, after the High Court of Guwahati had directed the probe agency to look into allegations of up to 11 contracts awarded to Mary Associates, run by Nabam Mary, sister-in-law of the former Arunachal Pradesh CM. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahWhile Tuki is not named in the FIR, the CBI has named his brother Hari, Mary and two other officials of the PWD in the case, alleging that contracts to construct residential buildings for Kendriya Vidyalaya in Umroi Cantonment of Shillong were awarded without following the appropriate procedure. The Central Bureau of Investigation has alleged that the accused had exploited a loophole in the procedures of awarding contracts and through Taba Tedir, then Executive Engineer(EE) and Kuru Sera, then Superintending Engineer(SE), had issued multiple work orders as a workaround to issuing a tender for the job. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyAs the Arunachal Pradesh PWD followed the CPWD Manual at the time, a clause in that allowed SE-level officers to award contracts not exceeding Rs 3 lakh and EE-level officer to award contracts not more than Rs 1 lakh, without calling for a tender. The construction of the above-mentioned residential buildings was pegged at over Rs 1 crore and as a way to bypass the mandatory provision for calling a tender for such a job, Tedir and Sera divided up the job into multiple work orders not exceeding their prescribed limit under the CPWD Manual and issued them to Mary Associates. Further, the CBI has alleged that there are no records available to show the reasons as to why the works were awarded to Mary’s firm without inviting a tender. Moreover, the probe agency said that Mary’s firm had written a letter to Tedir, describing her firm as a local contractor with “good experience” in construction work, before beginning construction of Phase-I of the project. Tedir had then awarded the work orders to Mary Associates acknowledging the firm’s experience in construction work. However, the CBI has alleged that Mary Associates was, at that time, registered to run a business of electrical goods, hardware, motor parts, lubricants, and agri-equipments. It was not enlisted as a civil contractor with PWD and did not have the requisite license or expertise to execute large construction works, the agency said in its FIR.last_img read more


Ottawa drafts regs for better national reporting of assisted deaths


first_imgOTTAWA – Health Canada has posted draft regulations designed to allow the federal government to get a better national picture of how many Canadians are getting medical help to end their lives and in what circumstances.The proposed regulations, published in the Canada Gazette, include reporting requirements for doctors and nurse practitioners who receive written requests for medically assisted deaths, as well as for pharmacists who dispense the medications required.And that’s raising concerns that the additional administrative burden could prompt fewer doctors, nurses and pharmacists to get involved in providing assistance in dying, widening the already existing barriers to access.Online consultations are underway until Feb. 13 with the goal of creating final regulations by next summer.Health Canada says it plans to start publishing annual reports as part of a new monitoring system by 2019.Until then, the department says it will collaborate with the provinces and territories to produce interim reports every six months, as it has been doing since June 2016 when Parliament passed legislation allowing Canadian adults to request medical assistance in dying.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the federal government has worked with provinces, territories and stakeholders to develop a consistent reporting approach.“We look forward to receiving thoughtful feedback from all Canadians on the proposed regulations,” she said in a statement Monday.Dying with Dignity Canada said it supports a national monitoring system but it wants Health Canada to work with its provincial and territorial counterparts to avoid duplication and streamline reporting requirements.Cory Ruf, a spokesperson for the organization, said each assisted death case already requires hours of paperwork for clinicians, including reporting to their local coroner, hospital and province. Any increase in that administrative burden could prompt some of the few existing providers to cease their involvement in assisted dying and discourage others from getting involved, he said.“This would widen existing barriers to access facing suffering Canadians who want access to their right to MAID (medical assistance in dying), particularly in rural and remote communities.”last_img read more


Environment Canada Issues Cold Weather Alert for tonight and into Friday


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected tonight and into Friday.A brisk north wind combined with overnight temperatures near -28C will create extreme wind chill values near -40 overnight and Friday morning.Wind chill values will moderate to the mid -30s Friday afternoon. Watch for cold-related symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness and colour change in fingers and toes.Remember to dress warmly. Dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. The outer layer should be wind resistant.Remember to cover up. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with the wind chill.last_img


Security Council calls for boost to womens role in peace and security


In a presidential statement adopted at the end of a day-long open meeting, the Council noted the “constant underrepresentation of women in formal peace processes,” and called for enhancing their role in matters related to the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.The 15-member body also expressed deep concern that gender-based violence, particularly rape, remain “pervasive, and in some situations have become systematic,” despite calls for the protection of women and girls. Opening today’s meeting, which heard from some 60 speakers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “there is so much left to do – both for the United Nations and for Member States,” to implement the provisions of resolution 1325 – the landmark document adopted by the Council in 2000 which stresses the importance of giving women equal participation and full involvement in peace and security matters and the need to increase their role in decision-making. Mr. Ban also stressed the need to appoint more women in leadership positions in UN peace operations, and recalled the recent appointment of Ambassador Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark to serve as his Special Representative for Liberia. As head of one of the UN’s biggest peacekeeping missions, “she will provide a shining example of the kind of qualities we need in our leaders in the field,” he said. Underscoring the vital need to address violence against women, which he said had reached “hideous and pandemic proportions” in some societies attempting to recover from conflict, the Secretary-General urged the Council to establish a mechanism dedicated to monitoring violence against women and girls. A vital tool in eliminating sexual violence is the UN’s political leadership, through the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives on the ground, as well as the key role played by UN missions in providing preventive, physical protection, for example, through their daily patrols, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the Council.“Though this protective role cannot be overstated where it protects even one person, we cannot overlook the reality that we are not present in all locations in need of protection,” stated Jean-Marie Guéhenno, pointing out that the deployment of UN troops alone will not bring an end to rape and other forms of sexual violence and abuses.To address discrimination against women, he stressed that no effort must be spared in putting more women in senior level positions and operational roles in military and policing so as to encourage local women to take on similar roles and ensure the development of a national protection system once the mission leaves. He said it was an “encouraging sign” that the Liberian National Police received three times the usual number of female applicants in the month following the deployment of the all-female police contingent from India to the UN mission in that country (UNMIL) earlier this year.“More women in the police force must be accompanied by a strategy to improve policing as a service equally accessible to women,” Mr. Guéhenno stated. “This in turn requires laws that incorporate women’s rights and a judicial system accessible to victims of sexual violence.” Despite the Council’s repeated condemnation of gender-based violence, and its demands to all parties to conflict to cease such actions, the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women pointed out that sexual violence remains pervasive. “We are at a moment in history when the world should finally be ready to alter the course of human development and renounce all forms of violence by decisively accepting the responsibility to stamp it out,” said Rachel Mayanja. “Today this Council can help accelerate this shift by establishing a dedicated mechanism to monitor the situation of women and girls in conflict and hold parties to conflicts accountable for sexual and gender-based violence,” she stated, echoing the call made by the Secretary-General.She urged all governments, parliaments, international organizations and civil society to join a worldwide campaign on violence against women and girls to be launched by Mr. Ban later this year, saying that “only by acting together can we create more equal relationships and more peaceful societies.”Joanne Sandler, acting Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), told the Council that using resolution 1325 to meaningfully address sexual violence as a method of warfare is “our greatest collective challenge.” “The real measure of effective implementation is not the setting up of systems, plans and processes,” she said. The measure is women’s participation in and contribution to more sustainable peace agreements and post-conflict reconstruction strategies, and better protection of women and girls in conflict zones. “The measure is women and men being secure enough to bring cases of wartime atrocities against women and girls to transitional justice mechanisms,” she said, adding “we have a long way to go.” 23 October 2007Recognizing the recent progress towards including women in the search for peace, justice and reconciliation, the Security Council today urged countries and the United Nations system to enhance female participation in decision-making and to take specific steps to protect women and girls from gender-based violence during conflicts. read more


Alberta approves three oilsands projects worth potential 4 billion in investments


by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2016 4:15 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta approves three oilsands projects worth potential $4 billion in investments CALGARY – The Alberta government has approved three oilsands projects that it says represent about $4 billion of potential investments, though it’s unclear whether any of the projects will go ahead.The projects include the Blackpearl Resources’s Blackrod project, Surmont Energy’s Wildwood project, and Husky Energy’s Saleski project that together total about 95,000 barrels of potential production.The approvals, announced Thursday, are the first projects to get the green light since the government established a 100 megatonne greenhouse gas cap on oilsands emissions.“They’re not the first to be approved by the (NDP) government, but they are the first under the Climate Leadership Plan,” said Energy Minister spokesman Brad Hartle.Together the projects are expected to equal about 2.5 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions if built to the design capacity.The government is still working out how to implement the emissions cap, which it says it put in place to encourage innovation and cost-effective emissions reduction strategies.The government approvals come after multiple environmental assessments, consultations with local indigenous and non-indigenous communities, and recommendations by the Alberta Energy Regulator that the projects be approved.“This is a major step that’s been several years in the making,” said Mark Smith, chief executive of Surmont.He said the company’s application process started in October 2012 and Surmont has had to contend with changes to regulations, the energy regulator, and in government along the way.“It took a lot longer than we imagined it would,” said Smith.He said the company had interest from backers in the past for the roughly US$375-million, 12,000-barrel-a-day project, but the private company will now have to work to secure firm financial backing.Husky spokesman Mel Duvall said Saleski is a 3,000-barrel-a-day pilot project that has not been sanctioned yet by Husky.“It’s something we’ll have to review in light of our current budgeting process,” said Duvall.The companies still must make final investment decisions on the projects and work with regulators on specific licences and approvals.The NDP government last approved an oilsands project in October 2015, with Devon Canada’s 9,000-barrel-a-day project near Cold Lake, Alta.-With files from Dan Healing in Calgary. read more


Fix Your Street website to be rolled out nationally by end of


first_imgA GOVERNMENT WEBSITE allowing the public to report local difficulties such as poor street lighting, dumping, road defects and other maintenance issues is to be rolled out nationwide before the end of the year.FixYourStreet.ie already operates in several council areas, including Dublin city, Fingal, South Dublin, Kildare, Galway and Waterford city, having been launched on a trial basis last year.The service currently allows people in those areas to report local issues directly to their council electronically and have those logged for the attention of local council staff.Speaking on RTÉ radio earlier, environment minister Phil Hogan said the website would be rolled out to people living in all council areas “between now and the end of the year”.The website would offer all people living in Ireland the platform to “make their representations about their local directly to the local authority, and get a response within two working days”, he said.“This is part of the new customer service that I am trying to inculcate into the culture of local government,” he said.“We’ll have dedicated customer relations, new consumer information, and new ways in which we’re dealing with the government in respect of getting a response to their individual queries,” he said.An average of about 400 reports are submitted to the site each month, with a total of 4,811 reports submitted since launch. The vast majority of those relate to the three Dublin councils currently operating under the site.last_img read more


8 celebrities who are surprisingly excellent on Twitter


first_imgIT’S NO SURPRISE that people like Sarah Silverman and Dara Ó Briain deliver when it comes to Twitter.They’re known for being funny and delivering short witty comments probably comes naturally to them.However, there are some celebrities who you wouldn’t expect to be great, who really really are.Here are 8 celebs who are surprisingly good on Twitter.last_img


Will Alan Shatter accept his €70k severance payment


first_imgHIS OFFICE IS remaining tight-lipped, but the question tonight is whether former Justice and Defence Minister Alan Shatter will accept his severance pay of more than €70,000.On Saturday, we looked at how much Deputy Shatter’s pension and severance payments are worth.He has served more than two years in office, so is entitled to the full rate of €70,282.Shatter is also entitled to a pension worth €18,139 from just his Ministerial service.What the Taoiseach thinksA Government spokesperson told RTÉ today that everyone should adhere to the Government’s policy to end severance payments to former ministers – “even Alan”.When Deputy Shatter resigned, the new Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Act of 2014 had not been commenced.Section five of this amendment “provides for the abolition of severance payments toholders of certain Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices upon cessation of Office”.This means that Shatter was covered by the previous legislation, Oireachtas (Allowances to Members) and Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Act 1992 – and so is entitled to the payment.Read: How much are Alan Shatter’s pension and severance payments worth?>last_img read more


Two men arrested after gardaí seize €100k worth of cannabis


first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested after 120 cannabis plants were seized in Galway.Gardaí made the discovery during a raid on a house yesterday at Kilgarve Court in Ballinasloe, where a quantity of harvested cannabis was also discovered.The drugs have an estimated street value of €100,000.The men, both in their 30s, are currently being detained at Ballinasloe and Loughrea Garda Stations, and can be held for up to seven days.Read: Half a million euro worth of cannabis seized as gardaí target drugs gang >last_img


Amazon Is Looking For A Few Good Robots To Stuff Boxes


first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target On August 2nd, Amazon will hold a job fair at two of its U.S. warehouse locations. They’re making a major push to enlist additional staff. When the dust clears, Amazon hopes to hire around 50,000 new workers.Meanwhile, they’re also gearing up for a future where those new workers have been replaced by robots. Today marks the start of this year’s Amazon Robotics Challenge. Sixteen teams have headed to Japan where they’ll be competing for a cool quarter million dollars in prize money.Bots that can handle picking duties would allow Amazon to fully automate warehouse operations. They’ve already got wheeled units that can autonomously re-arrange warehouse shelving to help humans efficiently fill orders. They’ve been doing all kinds of work on the drone delivery front.Challenge participants are being asked to create robots that can tackle a set of assigned tasks — tasks that closely mimic those a bot might face in one of Amazon’s actual warehouses.In one scenario, for example, they will be presented with an assortment of items like a roll of duct tape, mouse traps, a toilet brush, a pack of pens, ice cube trays, scissors, and a sack of epsom salts. Robots will have to rearrange them into Amazon’s preferred layout.Another simulates picking an actual Amazon customer’s order. From a similar shelf with a similar spread of goods, the robots will need to select only specific items and place them into a box.Amazon’s plan isn’t necessarily to take the winning robot, turn it into a prototype and start field testing it immediately. They are, however, on the lookout for new approaches and (perhaps more importantly) new talent. Bloomberg reports that most of the teams are made up of grad students and academics, some of whom would no doubt be interested in a job offer.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our surveylast_img read more


Ric Flair comments on RAW promo with Charlotte and Paige


first_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter During episode 29 of his “WOOOOO! Nation” podcast this week, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair addressed the controversy with the use of his late son Reid Flair in a promo that aired Monday night on RAW involving his daughter WWE Divas Champion Charlotte and Paige. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Source: Play.itRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp “Here’s the problem. I obviously have an opinion, but I’m afraid to voice it because I don’t want anything to affect Ashley’s career. I will just say that I know that Hunter and Stephanie and Michael Hayes have her back. I don’t think she feels like she’s comfortable enough to say no to anything yet. She’s only been up there three months. It’s a pressure cooker and a tough spot to be in. Even though she’s the champion, it doesn’t mean she goes, ‘Hey, this is what I wanna do and what I’m not gonna do.’ I think if you’re asked to do something, that’s pretty much the way things operate up there. I just spent 10 days in Europe with the RAW group and I just think that they, you know, everybody walks on pins and needles. Just because you’re the champion doesn’t mean you have the right to say no. If somebody writes it down, you know, one person approves everything. Does that make sense? I really don’t have an opinion. I was very sensitive to it obviously. It’s just a very sensitive issue and it’s still very new. I know her mom is on fire.” Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair Videos Articles Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Videos Articles Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Flair was also asked if he was given a heads up about what would be said in the promo adding, “I never heard a word about it. I started crying while I was watching. Nobody called me and nobody has called me today. That would indicate that they just assume that was good.” Pinterest New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlottelast_img read more