Feds urged to back research on psychedelic drugs for medical treatments

first_imgOTTAWA – Canadian researchers are urging Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor to support broad research on the use of psychedelic drugs —including LSD and an active ingredient in magic mushrooms — as medical treatments for conditions including addiction and depression.Mark Haden, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), is among leading experts who say psychedelics could offer a breakthrough for a range of health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction — an urgent national health crisis.It is “absolutely pressing” for the federal government to examine the safe use of the drugs in controlled clinical settings, Haden said, adding that a “psychedelic renaissance” underway in the research world could greatly benefit patients.“Researchers have walked through the wide open door and are demonstrating a level of effectiveness that has not been seen in things like addictions treatment,” Haden said.“What we have is a fentanyl crisis on our hands but we also have a crisis of spending way too much money criminalizing people for their drugs. It is a non-evidence based approach.”MDMA — commonly known as ecstasy— was the subject of a clinical trial in Vancouver sponsored by MAPS and authorized in 2009. It studied the drug’s effectiveness in treating PTSD.The research did not get federal funding.“We’ve done the work … it is a multi-country trial and the phase two clinical data was examined by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the States and they granted this process as breakthrough status,” he said.“What that means in the States is that they will essentially fast-track it. It would be reasonable therefore that Health Canada looks at that and says ‘If the American FDA are so enthusiastic about this, what could Health Canada do to support the equivalent?’”Haden and other researchers are now also pressing the federal health minister to act on a House of Commons petition calling for Ottawa to explore multi-year funding on psychedelic research projects at hospitals and universities.It is sponsored by Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.It is important to explore treatments that could help Canadians suffering from mental health issues, Erskine-Smith said Monday.“We, as a society, are coming to grips with the importance of addressing mental health concerns,” he said in an interview. “We should explore every opportunity we can to explore those concerns.”Erskine-Smith said he has been vocal on the push to decriminalize simple possession of all drugs and the need to treat addiction as a health issue, noting this is why petitioners approached him on the issue.“I don’t think we should be taking options off the table just because people have pre-conceived and often times, ill-conceived notions of harms associated with psychedelics or other drugs,” he said.“There’s evidence these are promising therapies and no one is asking these therapies be rolled out — they are asking for more research.”A spokesperson for Petitpas Taylor did not comment on the petition and instead pointed to a list of federal funding investments including $17.5 million for a PTSD centre under the Veterans Affairs Department.Yves Comeau, the director of communications for the minister, made no mention of Ottawa funding psychedelic research.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Google Celebrates 61th Anniversary of Moroccan Independence

Rabat – Google is once again celebrating Morocco’s independence day, this time with a “doodle” on its homepage featuring the “outstanding” architecture of Ksar Aït Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate province.The site is a prominent example of southern Moroccan architecture and is a familiar spot to many foreigners, as it has been used as a backdrop for many movies and shows in recent years.While hovering the mouse over the doodle, you can see “Anniversaire de l’indépendance du Maroc” in Morocco’s Google homepage. Once you click on it, it leads you to a Google search page showing several links related to Morocco’s independence. Google Doodles are decorative changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, scientists and athletes and can vary from a country to another.Morocco celebrates its independence on November 18, which marked the end of the French and Spanish occupation. The celebration comes two weeks after the yearly commemoration of the Green March. read more

UN envoy to TimorLeste urges democratic election process

12 June 2007With campaigning for Timor-Leste’s parliamentary elections in full swing, the senior United Nations envoy to the country today called on all concerned to ensure a democratic process. “It is important that campaign messages be delivered freely, fairly and without violence or intimidation or misuse of state resources,” he said in a news release.So far, only four of the more than 150 campaign activities held across Timor-Leste by the 16 political parties have been marred by violent incidents, according to the UN Integrated Mission there (UNMIT).Mr. Khare stressed that the 30 June elections should have a restorative and unifying impact and must not lead to divisiveness.In view of a number of security incidents that occurred during this campaigning period, the Special Representative reminded all political players that justice and the rule of law will be upheld. “Those who break the law and use political campaigning as an opportunity to indulge in criminal activity will continue to be dealt with swiftly by police in Timor-Leste,” Mr. Khare said.UNMIT is mandated by the Security Council to support Timor-Leste in all aspects of the 2007 presidential and parliamentary electoral process.In another development, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) has announced the launch of a campaign to promote women’s participation in all spheres of public life in Timor-Leste.Called Hau Bele, or “I Can,” the drive aims to achieve popular support for the message of gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout Timor-Leste, the agency said. read more

UN aid to Palestinians likely to increase but Authority plays crucial role

Concerned at the prospect of a further deterioration in the living conditions of Palestinians in the new political climate, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the United Nations would most likely increase the scale of its assistance and urged intensified donor support to the people, while stressing that the Palestinian Authority remains critical to averting a humanitarian crisis.In a message to a UN seminar being held in Cairo, Mr. Annan called for “all concerned” to understand the central role played by the Palestinian administration. “Increased UN and NGO [non-governmental organization] activity cannot fill the void that would be created were the institutions of the Palestinian Authority to be unable to do so,” Mr. Annan cautioned in the message, which was delivered by Assistant Secretary-General Angela Kane.“These institutions, moreover, are the blocks on which we hope to build a Palestinian State,” he added. “Bearing in mind all these considerations, the United Nations will continue to work with our partners and the parties to try to find ways to ensure that the needs of the Palestinians are met.”He said that a combination of factors is coming together that could precipitate a humanitarian crisis: key donors have discontinued direct support to the Palestinian Authority; Israel continues to withhold tax clearance revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, and the contraction of economic activity is expected to reduce Palestinian domestic tax revenues. In addition, he said the irregular operation of the Karni commercial crossing between Gaza and Israel and the system of internal closures in the West Bank hinder the movement of people and goods, exacerbating poverty and unemployment, and adding to the humiliation and hardship caused by barrier construction and other factors.“The UN has repeatedly expressed its concern over these matters and continues to remind Israel that it must uphold its responsibilities as an occupying power under international law,” he said.At the same time, he called upon the Palestinian Authority to reaffirm Palestinian commitment to the principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel’s right to exist and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Road Map outline peace plan, which envisages two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side within secure and internationally recognized borders. read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 6 February 2015

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Leading mans proud grandfather hails Hamilton success as another step forward

first_imgRachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton) and Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) shine in the musical HamiltonCredit:Matthew Murphy l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Christine Allado (Peggy) and Rachel John (Angelica) backstage at the Victoria Palace Theatre Jamael Westman’s grandfather Barry Hermitt at his home in West Dulwich, south London Credit:Patrick Sawer l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Rachel John (Angelica) and Christine Allado (Peggy) – The Schuyler SistersCredit:Matthew Murphy l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Rachel John (Angelica) and Christine Allado (Peggy) - The Schuyler Sisters But for those who can’t afford it or can’t wait there is a way of seeing its leading lady for free. Rachel John, the London-born actress who stars as the glamorous Angelica Schuyler, still sings along with her local church choir.The 37-year-old, plucked from obscurity to star in the musical, is still living with her parents in their modest terraced house in Walthamstow, north east London, during the course of the run.When she can the actress goes to church on Sundays with her mum Patricia John, 67, a retired NHS nurse who came from Trinidad in 1973.Mrs John is understandably delighted and proud at her daughter’s meteoric rise to star in the hottest musical for years. Ms John first got a taste for the spotlight when she appeared with the church choir on the BBC children’s television show Why Don’t You?.“She started off singing in church and the BBC came and filmed her for Why Don’t You? That was it,” recalled Mrs John. “She was maybe eight or ten years old at the time. But it [performing] just came naturally. She still goes to the local church. She still sings in the choir.”The family have given Hamilton their seal of approval. “It was absolutely fantastic,” said Mrs John. Like many of his generation Barry Hermitt faced years of prejudice and discrimination when he arrived from Jamaica in 1953.Frequently refused housing and unable to pursue his ambition to become an engineer he turned to building work, helping to construct London’s Barbican Centre.But, more than 60 years on, the 89-year-old is proud to say he has lived long enough to see a member of his family hailed as a rising star by theatre critics.On Thursday night Mr Hermitt travelled from his home in south London to the Victoria Palace Theatre to watch his grandson Jamael Westman take centre stage in a triumphant performance of the acclaimed hip-hop musical Hamilton.In his first major role since leaving drama school Westman plays Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, in a radical reworking of the story of the American revolution. Jamael Westman as a schoolboy l-r Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Christine Allado (Peggy) and Rachel John (Angelica) backstage at the Victoria Palace TheatreCredit:Twittercenter_img Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton) and Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) shine in the musical Hamilton Wallace Hermitt, who attended Reading University, became a respected football coach, initially working with Crystal Palace FC before going on to found the Black and Asian Coaches Association and working with inner-city youth in Brixton.Although his parents separated when Westman was a teenager the family are still very close, according to Mr Hermitt. Jamael still visits his grandparent’s house for a traditional Sunday lunch whenever he can.Mr Hermitt credits Mrs Westman with encouraging the young Jamael to pursue his ambitions.“She is forceful figure, a very strong lady who urged him always to strive for better,” he said.Westman’s grandfather says his verdict on Hamilton is perhaps predictable. “It was wonderful. Jamael was brilliant. He had so many lines to learn and he remembered them all,” he said. “If I could afford it I would go back to see it again.”Tickets to Hamilton are like gold dust and even at £200 each, the premium seats sold out within hours when they first went on sale a year ago. Mr Hermitt told the Sunday Telegraph of his immense pride in one of his grandchildren taking advantage of the opportunities that he was denied when he was a young man.“When I came here I wanted my children to have the benefits of a better life and I’m so happy of what Jamael has achieved, because lots of us didn’t have that opportunity,” he said.“Things were difficult for people like me. It was brutal. People pretended there were no job vacancies when they saw my face. When I answered an advert for a room they said it had been taken. Politicians like Enoch Powell said we weren’t wanted here.“But my son’s generation managed to make progress. Now Jamael’s generation has taken another step forward to do better than their parents and grandparents.” Jamael Westman’s grandfather Barry Hermitt at his home in West Dulwich, south London  It is perhaps fitting that Westman has made his name in a musical that employs a cast of non-white actors to tell the story of the founding of America in a way that looks very different to the history textbooks.Mr Hermitt’s life experience has also run counter to perceived wisdom.When he first arrived in London he found the housing conditions and levels of education of many Britons worse than those back home, yet he was the one regarded as backward because of the colour of his skin:“When I came here two million people in Britain couldn’t read or write. Much of their housing was in a terrible state. But I was educated and I had a broader view of the world than many of the masses I worked with.”A widely read man – his shelves are packed with books, including biographies of the US president Abraham Lincoln, the assassination of JFK and the great black American writer James Baldwin –  Mr Hermitt encouraged Jamael and his 11 other grandchildren to be curious about the world around them.Westman’s mother Susan, a community worker originally from Gloucestershire, met his father Wallace through her friendship with his sister. The pair settled in the Streatham area, where they had two sons, Jamael and Myles, who in 2011 had a role in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Jamael Westman as a schoolboyCredit:Facebook 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

Africa readies for next mining industry growth wave

first_imgMining Indaba (Cape Town, February 6-9) reports “Africa’s mining sector is gearing up for growth. Governments are exploring new horizons, co-operating across borders, commiting funds and removing obstacles to ensure their countries are ready to leverage the next growth wave. In North Africa, Egypt is opening its gold assets to foreign companies for the first time since 2009, with the country’s first international tender for gold mining concessions taking place.“Then there’s the newly-cemented West-South partnership, which will see Nigeria and South Africa adopting a two-year action plan for co-operation in mining. The MoU covers areas such as geology; regulatory framework and licensing; mineral processing; metallurgy; artisanal and small scale mining; investment promotion; and capacity building.“The Nigerian Government has also allocated over N4 billion for the resuscitation of the Ajaokuta Steel Co.“In East Africa, small-scale miners in Kenya look set to get licences this year. According to Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu, who will be speaking at the 2017 Mining Indaba, the Ministry is keen to have a system for licensing small-scale miners before dissolution of Parliament in the run-up to the August general election.There is news from Harare that platinum miners are set up to invest over $50 million on expansion projects in a development anticipated to increase the metal’s annual output, according to the Chamber of Mines Zimbabwe. Much of this news has been covered in International Mining Project News.Investor Appetite in 2017 – Is the worst over? Where will most of the investors invest their money? What level of appetite will investors have for junior miners in 2017 as the market changes? Panellists George Lequime, Willem Middelkoop, David Street and Joanne Warner join moderator Tyler Broda, Director of Global Mining Research at RBC Capital Markets, to take stock of the segments most likely to attract investment in 2017. See for yourself!2016 was an extraordinary year for miners, according to Investec’s Jeremy Wrathall. ”The whole industry has really had a massive surprise this year by how good of a year it has been but really the question is what happens in the future.”2017 looks set to be an equally good year for mining stocks, according to Citi analysts, thanks to industry-wide trends toward increased free cash flow, upward earnings momentum and the potential to return excess capital to shareholders.Favoured sub-sectors include diversified miners, base metal companies and selected gold companies bringing on new projects.Interestingly, Nedbank’s Leon Esterhuizen and Arnold van Graan argue that Sibanye Gold’s $2.2 billion purchase of Montana-based Stillwater Mining late last year is, among other things, a big bet on prices for platinum group metals and gold.last_img read more

Road to Womens EHF EURO 2018 in France begins

UkraineSlovakiaFYR MacedoniaAustriaSloveniaTurkeyBelarus Norway play Croatia, Ukraine and Switzerland on their way to a potential title defence as the way to the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 was determined for 28 teams at the qualification draw in Paris on Friday.Olympic champions Russia have been drawn to Group 4 with Romania, Austria and Portugal while EHF EURO 2016 and World Championship 2015 silver medallists, Netherlands, face Hungary, Belarus and the winners of Group B in Qualification Phase 1.The overview for all seven groups looks as follows SwitzerlandItalyWinners Gr. A PortugalIcelandLithuaniaWinners Gr. B CroatiaPolandSerbiaRussiaCzech RepublicGermanyHungary NorwayMontenegroSwedenRomaniaDenmarkSpainNetherlands 15 teams will eventually qualify for the Women’s EHF EURO 2018. Hosts France are the only team that is directly qualified. The top two teams from each group as well as the best third ranked team overall will make their way to the final tournament. To determine the best third ranked team only the matches played against the teams ranked first and second will be taken into account.The qualification rounds will be played on the following datesRounds 1 & 2: 27 September to 1 October 2017Rounds 3 & 4: 21 to 25 March 2018Rounds 5 & 6: 30 May to 3 June 2018The final tournament takes place from 30 November to 16 December 2018. The five host cities are Nancy, Nantes, Brest, Montbéliard and Paris. Main round matches will take place in Nancy and Nantes; the final weekend will be played in Paris. Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7 ← Previous Story Uros Zorman retires after Vujovic didnt call him for matches against Germany Next Story → VIDEO: Sheriff Pascual and 18 magnifics send message to Kiel read more

How have the Kardashians influenced Irelands top baby names

first_imgNOT CONTENT WITH their own reality show, perfume, books, and other endorsements, the Kardashian family have left their mark on Ireland – by influencing parents who want to name their newborns.Mason, the name of the son of Keeping Up With The Kardashian stars Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick – and nephew of Kim Kardashian – jumped from number 242 in the boys’ names rank in 2007 to 57 in 2012.Meanwhile, though Kim did not enter the top 100 names, Chloe (the standard spelling of Kardashian sister Khloe’s name) was named the 15th most popular name in 2012.Other interesting names that grew in popularity were Logan (inspired by the Gilmore Girls, perhaps?), Amelie (parents that were fans of the French film, no doubt) and Alfie (Michael Caine fans?).The latest CSO results for baby names in Ireland show that Jack was still at the top spot for boys’ names in 2012, having first reached number one in 2007. Emily, meanwhile, was the top name for girls in 2012, and has been since 2011.The top five boys’ names in 2012 were: Jack (831)James (773)Daniel (683)Sean (677)Conor (639)The top five girls’ names were:Emily (626)Sophie (577)Emma (497)Grace (461)Lily (449)Interestingly, the top five boys’ names have been in the top five since 2007, with four – Jack, Sean, Conor and James – being in the top five since 1998, although their order changed from year to year.Meanwhile, the top five girls’ names and their order remained the same between 2011 and 2011, making it the first time since 2004/2005 that the five most popular girls’ names remained unchanged for two consecutive years.VarietyThere was a wider variety of names for girls rather than boys, with 4,730 girls’ names registered compared to 3,804 boys’ names.When it comes to Irish names, they have certainly fallen in popularity – while there Sean and Conor are in the boys’ top five, you have to go to number 11 in the girls’ list to find the first Irish name, Aoife. Other popular Irish names for girls include Caoimhe and Saoirse.Irish names for boys that parents loved last year were Oisin (14), Cian (15) and Liam (13). Names that grew in popularity last year were Logan, Isaac and Tyler, while Amelia, Hollie and Evie grew in popularity for girls.NationalitiesFor boys whose parents were Irish nationals, Jack was the top ranked name, while James was the most popular choice with parents of UK nationality.David and Matteo were the most popular boys’ names chosen by parents from the EU15 (excluding Ireland and the UK), and Filip was the boys’ name chosen most often by parents from the accession states.Parents from nations outside the EU made Daniel the highest ranked name of baby boys registered in Ireland in 2012.For girls where both parents were Irish nationals, Emily was the most popular name, and Ella and Jessica were the top ranked names chosen by parents of UK nationality.Emma ranked first with parents of the EU 15 (excluding Ireland and the UK) and Julia took top spot with parents of the accession states.Outside of parents of EU nationality, Sarah was the name that ranked highest of baby girls registered in Ireland.Read: Looking more like Alfie: Top baby names of 2010>Read: Jack and Emily: Ireland’s most popular baby names>last_img read more

We are confident now Yuto Nagatomo

first_imgAccording to the Japanese defender, his team had a very difficult match against Turkmenistan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Japan barely defeated Turkmenistan 3-2 in their Group F match in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo, the team learned from that and will be ready for the next challenges.“We struggled against Turkmenistan but it was very important for us players to know what the AFC Asian Cup is,” Nagatomo told Ghana Soccernet.Christian Pulisic ‘happy’ with his Chelsea debut Andrew Smyth – July 19, 2019 Christian Pulisic was happy with how Chelsea debut turned out despite it ending in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Kawasaki Frontale.“We will use the experience gained against Turkmenistan to good effect. We have had three days to prepare for our next match against Oman (on Sunday) and we are confident of a better showing.”“We saw a recording of the match and we know that they are very good in counter attacks and have speedy players. Oman will be a difficult team to beat,” he added.“Having said that, we are also a good team and we have the players who can get us a positive result. We will prepare accordingly for Oman.”“It doesn’t make a difference whether we qualify after the second or third match as long as we qualify for the knockout stage,” he concluded.last_img read more

Dave Scots World of Wonder Butterflies

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Dave Scott took a look a the beautiful butterflies in his World of Wonder Dave Scot’s World of Wonder – Butterflies May 11, 2019 Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Sackers launches personalised financial education programme for staff

first_imgPensions law firm Sackers has launched a new financial education programme for its 100 employees, including partners and support staff.Sackers introduced the programme, provided by Nudge, with the aim of ensuring  that its staff have access to targeted financial education support that meets their needs, and to provide them with a well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of their personal finances.The programme covers topics such as employee benefits and personal finances, with communication to employees personalised depending on their age, dependents, salary, financial goals, benefit choices, and attitudes to risk.Julia Perrin, director of HR at Sackers, said: “Sackers prides itself on its unique culture and providing a better quality of life than many of our competitors. While our people deal with the intricacies of pensions every day, we wanted to find a better way of engaging them with their employee benefits, and ensuring that their knowledge extended to encompass the entirety of their personal finances.”last_img read more

Pentagons Manufacturing Industrial Base Policy Office to Be Split under Reorganization

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR DOD’s Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy (MIBP) office will be split up between the two successor organizations to the department’s former acquisition, technology and logistics office, two senior officials revealed Monday at the Farnborough Airshow. The office’s manufacturing component, including the Manufacturing Technologies program, will move to office of the undersecretary for research and engineering. The office’s remaining responsibilities — along with the office of Small Business Policy — will reside under the acquisition and sustainment undersecretary within a newly rechristened MIBP office, reported Defense News.The reorganization plan for the acquisition and sustainment office, which Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently approved, is designed to support the Pentagon’s modernization objectives and encourage innovation, said Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary of defense for MIBP. “Given where we are right now in the world there’s a real need to get back to what I’ll call a real industrial policy capability within the Pentagon, to address the sorts of problems that we know we’re going to face going forward,” Chewning said.Photo by John Snyderlast_img read more

Case Dismissed Against Hiker Who Freed Trapped Eagle

first_imgKathleen Adair says she feels relieved with the court’s decision to dismiss the case against her. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)The State of Alaska dropped its case against a Juneau woman who was cited for springing legal traps and freeing a bald eagle.At Kathleen Adair’s arraignment Thursday, the district attorney asked the judge to dismiss the case and encouraged Adair to continue freeing eagles.District Attorney James Scott says Kathleen Adair did violate the law when she triggered the traps on her way out of the Davies Creek trail. But he says he used his prosecutorial discretion.“There is space between the technical violation of a law and whether or not a case should be brought, and sometimes cases fall within that space, and I think Ms. Adair’s case is a perfect example,” Scott says.Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Adair on Jan. 10 for intentionally hindering lawful traps on Dec. 24. Adair says she sprang a total of three traps out of concern for the safety of dogs and hikers. She also freed an eagle that was caught in two traps. Despite her efforts to save the eagle, it was euthanized later that day.Scott reminds the public that tampering with lawfully set traps is treated like a criminal offense. Anyone caught doing it could face jail time.District Attorney James Scott (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)But, as Scott said in the courtroom, he considers what Adair did for the eagle admirable.“If she finds herself in the same situation I hope she does the same thing again. However, before she takes it upon herself to trip traps generally, I really encourage her to meet with and talk to the other folks with an interest in this to keep us from having to go to court at all. That’s really my goal here,” Scott says.Alaska Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Aaron Frenzel says his office had a valid case and stands by the decision to charge Adair.“If the law is violated we have the duty for both the victim in this case, as we would with any case, to bring charges forward on an individual. It was clearly violated so we felt like the charges were appropriate,” Frenzel says.He stresses Adair was not given the citation for freeing the eagle or springing a trap in the immediate area; she was cited for tampering with another trap twice over a span of four days. Frenzel says the complainant, called “J.F.” in official paperwork, had said even more of his lawful traps were sprung during that time period.“To say who, if maybe something else set off other traps, who knows? We know what she had advised us of and what he had advised us of, and was there more? I don’t know,” he says.Adair says she feels relieved with the court’s decision. She says in hindsight, she may have acted differently.“I probably would’ve left the eagle there. I mean, it saved the eagle from some suffering but they ended up having to put the eagle down anyway and all of this hassle just – I don’t know whether it was worth it or not,” Adair says.Then again, “It’s hard to say if I would or not. When the eagle is staring at you the way that one was, it’s really hard to say what you’d really do,” she says.Adair says she might pursue the official steps to limit trapping on Davies Creek Trail.last_img read more

3 Chhatra League men injured in RU infighting

first_imgRajshahi UniversityAt least three activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in infighting at Rajshahi University (RU) on Friday, reports UNB.BCL is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).The injured are Maruf and Asif, both second year student of RU Public Administration department, and Anik, a third year student of Economics department.Anik is a follower of BCL RU unit general secretary Faisal Ahmed Runu while Maruf and Asif are the supporters of RU BCL president Golam Kibria.Campus insiders said two groups of BCL — one led by Anik and the other by Maruf and Asif –locked into a scuffle at the university’s Sabas Bangladesh playground in the afternoon over a cricket match.Following the incident, Anik along with his supporters beat up Maruf and Asif with cricket bats and stumps at Rojob’s Tea Stall beside the Shahidullah Arts Building in the evening.Being informed, a group of 10-12 supporters of Maruf and Asif beat up Anik as the later was found walking alone at the university’s Zoha Chattar.last_img read more

How Machine Learning Turned Major Lazers Make It Hot Into Vertical Video

first_imgManually editing each and every video didn’t seem like a good option, and forcing a landscape-oriented video to show vertically didn’t work either. “You can’t just crop a video centered,” Premji said.That’s why the duo began to develop machine learning technology that would use image recognition to identify the parts of a video worth keeping and the parts that could be safely discarded. “The system has object as well as human detection,” Gardiner explained.Premji said that GoVertical’s system still needed a bit of hand-holding, which includes a human review to make sure the algorithm didn’t accidentally cut something essential. “Right now, it’s a fairly bespoke service,” he admitted, but added that it would improve over time.Eventually, GoVertical also wants to develop an API as well as a self-service web interface to give customers a way to turn their own assets into vertical videos. And over time, GoVertical also wants to expand from music videos to other genres, including ads and movie trailers — assets that are often recut by hand these days, with mixed success. “A lot of these social media teams, they are not video editing experts,” said Gardiner.Ultimately, algorithms can do a better job at converting these videos, especially at scale — which is what makes it interesting to Mtheory, a company that provides marketing and operations infrastructure for a number of artist managers. “Our friends at GoVertical did an amazing job converting it and now we’re using it on Instagram, TikTok, etc,” said Gershen. “Making videos available in vertical format is really transformational for our artist marketing.” Major Lazer Documentary About Historic Cuba Concert to Air on Apple Music GoVertical’s co-founders Irfaan Premji and John Gardiner realized the need for such a solution when they worked on their own social music app. “We wanted to incorporate music videos, but we didn’t want to force you to turn your phone,” recalled Premji. Related Major Lazer & Anitta’s new track “Make It Hot” has all the makings of a summer hit — including a version that plays well on the go: Alongside the official video, artist manager services company Mtheory released a version on Wednesday that was cut for vertical viewing on Instagram and TikTok.“With the way fans are consuming video today, we wanted to have the video live in as many places as possible, so we needed to make it in vertical format,” said Mtheory partner Zack Gershen.But instead of manually cropping a mobile-optimized version of the clip, Mtheory used state-of-the-art machine learning to transform “Make It Hot” into a potential TikTok hit. To do this, Mtheory partnered with GoVertical, a new startup that is specializing in automating the conversion of regular landscape clips to vertical video. Major Lazer Remixes Fortnite Soundtrack and Releases New In-Game Skins Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Heres a Site That Helps You Steal Top Employees From Your Biggest

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. October 15, 2014 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Recruiting the best talent to work for your company can be a huge challenge, especially when some of the best employees are already working for your competitors. One startup thinks it’s come up with a way for you to snatch those employees from right under your competitors’ nose, and even have them come to you.Called Poachable, it works sort of like an online dating site for professionals. Potential employees fill out a profile with information about themselves, their background and what it would take to lure them away from their current spot. Poachable then uses its algorithms to match those employees to companies within its system it thinks would be a good fit and asks if they’d be interested in learning more — all while keeping the employee’s identification a secret.Related: This Nifty Tool Uses Artificial Intelligence to Build Your Ultimate WebsiteYou’ll get a list of possible employees sent your way based on candidates who respond “Maybe” to potentially working for your company. If you’re interested in any of them, you just let Poachable know and it will facilitate an email intro.The whole recruitment process is a bit simpler in that you already know an employee is interested in chatting before you ever connect and you have a good idea of what it might take to lure the person away from his or her current position before you sit down for that first cup of coffee.You only pay Poachable when you ask to see an employee’s full details on the site and the employee agrees. Once you’ve seen the person’s full background you can decide whether or not you’d like to be introduced and chat about bringing that person on.Related: Now Evernote Wants to Help Organize Your Physical Life, TooThe service is already being used by companies like Google, eBay and Amazon to recruit new talent. Top employees on the site include mid-level professional in a number of fields, with the majority in engineering, product manager and designer positions. Job seekers are scattered  around the U.S., with a particularly strong showing in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.The downside, obviously, is that your own employees could be using Poachable. The algorithm takes into account someone’s current position and company and makes sure employees aren’t matched with their current boss, so you won’t find out. That’s even more incentive to make sure your current compensation package is competitive enough to keep everyone happy.Related: These Custom Keyboards Make Typing on Apple’s iPhone and iPad Faster, Easier Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Global Demolition Grapple Market Growth Business Planning Innovation to See

first_imgThe research report, titled Global Demolition Grapple Market,is an analytical study of the global Demolition Grapple, aided by an in-depth analysis of the performance of the market, both historically and in recent times using efficient analytical tools such as market feasibility and investment return to find out market attractiveness and to make future projections about this industry.The report begins with a brief introduction and market overview, in which the Demolition Grapple is first defined before estimating its market scope and size. Next, the report elaborates on the market scope and market size estimation. This is followed by an overview of the market segmentation such as type, application, and region. The drivers, limitations, and opportunities are listed for Demolition Grapple, followed by industry news and policies.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3247131utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ShifaliBy Market Players: Company AThe report includes an analysis of the growth rate of every segment with the help of charts and tables. In addition, the market across various regions is analyzed in the report, including North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA. The report manifests the growth trends and future opportunities in every region.In this Demolition Grapple research report, the major factors driving the growth of this market were documented and the business partners & end operators were long-winded. The configuration of the business division, examples and complications manipulating the market internationally are similarly a piece of this broad analysis.The various factors supporting the market’s trajectory and those posing threats are studied in the report in detail. Furthermore, the market study segments the Global Demolition Grapple based on application and industry chain structure. In these sections, it covers various factors influencing the market’s trajectory across the segments. Furthermore, it identifies the most profitable of them all to help investors take the well-versed decision.For the future period, sound forecasts on market value and volume are offered for each type and application. In the same period, the report also provides a detailed analysis of market value and consumption for each region. These insights are helpful in devising strategies for the future and take necessary steps. New project investment feasibility analysis and SWOT analysis are offered along with insights on industry barriers. Research findings and conclusions are mentioned at the end.Reasons for Buying This Report:•It Provides A Forward-Looking Perspective on Different Factors Driving or Restraining Market Growth.•It Provides A Five-Year Forecast Assessed on the Basis of How the Market Is Predicted to Grow•It Helps in Understanding the Key Product Segments and Their Future.•It Provides Pin Point Analysis of Changing Competition Dynamics and Keeps You Ahead of Competitors.•It Helps in Making Informed Business Decisions by Having Complete Insights of Market and By Making an In-Depth Analysis of Market Segments.Get a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3247131?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ShifaliAbout Us: Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Demolition Grapplelast_img read more

Salvadoran archbishop orders church human rights office closed

first_imgNo related posts. Human rights workers, officials and advocates in El Salvador urged Catholic Church leaders on Tuesday to secure the records of the San Salvador Archdiocese’s human rights office the day after El Salvador Archbishop José Luis Escobar Sul ordered the office closed, according to Salvadoran news reports.Since its founding in 1982, the human rights office, called Tutela Legal in Spanish, has been instrumental in investigating cases of human rights violations, including the murder on March 24, 1980 of Archbishop Óscar Romero and the El Mozote massacres in December 1981, where more than 800 men, women and children were slaughtered by an elite U.S.-trained anti-insurgency battalion.El Salvador daily El Mundo said Tutela Legal possesses 80 percent of the documentation of human rights abuses in the country.Other reports in Salvadoran newspapers did not mention the archbishop’s official reason for closing the office, and an official notification has not yet been made.Human Rights Prosecutor David Morales, a government official, asked the church to ensure that historical records are properly preserved and protected.“It has contributed to saving tens of thousands of lives and protecting thousands of people,” Morales told El Mundo, referring to Tutela Legal.Tutela Legal Assistant Director Wilfredo Medrano told the online newspaper La Página that he lamented the decision to close the office and fire its 13 employees.“The archbishop has made an irresponsible decision for Salvadoran society. He closed [the office] with locks, put up security doors and hired private security as if we were delinquents. … We have ended up like villains after working to defend and promote human rights in this country. The legacy of Archbishop Romero has been destroyed,” Medrano said.Medrano added that church officials told him Tutela Legal “no longer had a reason for being” and therefore was being closed.Benjamín Cuéllar, director of the Salvadoran-based Human Rights Institute of the Central American University, told El Mundo that the country’s attorney general should take charge of Tutela Legal’s files.“I’ve heard the argument for closing, that it no longer had a reason for being, something that is completely false in a country where human rights continue to be violated,” Cuéllar said.The church’s move comes shortly after the country’s Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to 1993’s Amnesty Law, which protects many of those accused of rights abuses committed during the decade-long civil war. It also comes a month after a report was released by the U.N. Truth Commission, established by the 1992 U.N.-brokered peace agreement that ended the war, which claimed some 75,000 lives.The Truth Commission found that of the 7,000 human rights violations studied, 95 percent was attributed to the government or death squads linked to the government, and 5 percent was attributed to leftist guerrillas of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front.Recently government officials have come under pressure to reverse amnesty. The San José, Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights recommended that amnesty be lifted in a ruling last December, finding the Salvadoran Army guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the El Mozote massacre case. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Facts about Egypt as election results announced

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths CAIRO (AP) – Following is a factsheet about Egypt, where Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi has been declared the winner of a presidential election runoff:_ Population: 82 million, along with another estimated 8 million citizens living abroad._ Religion: About 90 percent Muslim, 10 percent Christian._ Land Area: About 1 million square kilometers (386,000 square miles), bordering the Palestinian Gaza Strip, Israel, Sudan and Libya. Most is barren desert. The population is concentrated on about 7 percent of the land, mostly along the Nile River. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homecenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements _ GDP growth in 2011: 1.8 percent._ Official unemployment rate in 2011: 10.4 percent._ Literacy: 71.4 percent._ Inflation in 2012: 8.3 percent, according to Central Bank of Egypt._ Key moments in modern history:Egypt was a monarchy until a 1952 military coup. Its first four presidents after that came from the military, starting with Mohammed Naguib, who served briefly, and Gamal Abdel Nasser. Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by Islamist militants after signing the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab state. His vice president, Hosni Mubarak, assumed power.Mubarak ruled for nearly 30 years, imprisoning many Muslim Brotherhood members while allowing others to run in parliamentary elections as independent candidates but not as a party. Thousands of people were tortured and some died in the country’s notorious prisons during Mubarak’s rule.Corruption, widespread poverty and curbs on freedoms sparked the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising engineered by youth activists. Nearly 900 deaths and 18 days later, Mubarak was forced to step down, and his longtime Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, heading a council of generals, assumed power.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more