Mother of slain children lives in fear over fathers possible escorted outings

first_imgCOQUITLAM, B.C. – The mother of three children who were killed by their father says she lives in constant worry for her safety following a board’s decision over escorted outings for Allan Schoenborn.Darcie Clarke said in a statement she is disappointed with last week’s ruling from the B.C. Review Board to leave it up to a psychiatric hospital to decide if Schoenborn should be granted outings into the community.“He could be in our community at any time without the public’s knowledge because the review board does not have the public’s safety as their paramount concern,” she said.A B.C. Supreme Court heard during Schoenborn’s trial that he stabbed his 10-year-old daughter Kaitlynne and smothered his sons Max and Cordon, eight and five, at the family’s home in Merritt, B.C., in April 2008 because he believed he was saving them from a life of sexual and physical abuse. He was found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.The review board first gave the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Coquitlam, B.C., the discretion to grant Schoenborn escorted outings in 2015 and last week’s decision made no changes to his custodial conditions.Schoenborn has never been granted an escorted outing. Defence lawyer Dante Abbey told the board the possibility of trips outside the hospital is a useful tool for Schoenborn’s treatment team to motivate him in his recovery.Crown counsel Wendy Dawson told the board the false hope of escorted outings might interfere with Schoenborn’s recovery by pushing him to view his treatment team as a gatekeeper or obstacle to being granted accompanied access outside the hospital.Dawson also asked the three-person panel to require that the hospital notify family members and police of any planned outings, but the ruling did not contain those provisions.Review board chairman Bernd Walter said an explanation for the decision would be released within 40 days.“The panel issued the same order that has been in place for about three years now with no changes and under which the accused has not had any community access,” Walter said in an email Monday.“We will have to await the panel’s written reasons for its decision regarding the inclusion or not of any other terms.”A document provided by an agency of the provincial government responsible for mental health services says escorted outings begin with a minimum of three assessment trips within a 15-minute drive of the hospital and last up to an hour. A patient is not allowed further than an arm’s length from staff except when using the washroom during those trips.Depending on the assessment, a patient may then be considered for escorted outings with up to eight fellow patients. Two staff members for every patient are present on those outings.Privacy legislation prevents officials from notifying the public about the hundreds of community outings that take place every year, it says.— By Geordon Omand in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Police seek woman missing in Mexico after male travel companion dies by

first_imgMONTREAL — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a 41-year-old Quebec woman who left on vacation to Mexico last month and never returned home.Quebec provincial police say Christine St-Onge of the Montreal suburb of Laval travelled to Los Cabos, Mexico on Nov. 29 with a male friend. They were supposed to return to Canada Dec. 6.The friend arrived home a day early and the following day he died by suicide, police spokesman Sgt. Stephane Tremblay says.St-Onge’s family have not heard from her since Dec. 4, and she never flew back to Canada.Mexican authorities and the RCMP are working with provincial police on the investigation.The missing woman has blue eyes and blond hair. She is five-foot-four and weighs 122 pounds.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Irving Oil raises cautions about NB Liberals throne speech talk of carbon

first_imgFREDERICTON – Irving Oil says any New Brunswick carbon plan needs to allow the province’s businesses to remain competitive.Premier Brian Gallant’s government announced in Tuesday’s throne speech that his Liberal government would bring in carbon pricing that helps combat climate change.The premier says the pricing model will minimize the impact on consumers while calling on industry to reduce emissions or pay its fair share.In a statement sent to The Canadian Press, Irving Oil said 80 per cent of its production goes to the U.S., where its competitors face no carbon tax.Jeff Matthews, an executive from the firm, said in the release that the firm is “committed to working with all levels of government on a plan that protects the environment while also maintaining competitiveness for New Brunswick businesses.”He’s calling on the province to create a Made in New Brunswick carbon pricing model.last_img read more

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Credit card fraud suspects

Police are asking the public to help them identify a few credit fraud suspects.They say a man installed a skimming device on a Burlington area ATM in February and managed to get debit card and pin information.The info was then used by the same man and two others at various locations in Burlington, Hamilton, Grimsby, Toronto and Markham. So police want to identify this man.And another man, seen here, who police say used the stolen info to purchase various gift cards, and pre-paid credit cards.They’re also looking for a woman in connection with the case.Police are asking anyone with information to give them a call.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

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Fighting forces UN to evacuate seven staff from South Darfur Sudan

The fighting has continued and clashes have also taken place in areas of Jabal Marra in central Darfur, according to UNMIS.In another development, the mission reported that a person reported missing following yesterday’s helicopter crash in Jabal Marra had been later confirmed dead. None of the injured passengers, who were on a humanitarian mission when the accident occurred, had to be taken to Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, for medical treatment.Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan has helped the Government of National Unity launch a project under its Transfer of Knowledge through Expatriate Nationals programme encouraging them to volunteer their expertise for short periods.The programme will encourage various Sudanese institutions to bring interested expatriate Sudanese professionals to Sudan to share their skills and expertise for up to eight-week periods. UNDP will cover the expatriates’ travel expenses and provide a living allowance in Sudan.First implemented in Turkey in 1977, the programme has since been expanded to include more than 25 countries, including India, Pakistan, China, the Philippines, Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vietnam, Lebanon, Syria, Senegal, and Nigeria. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by News Staff Posted Jun 29, 2012 4:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,596.56, up 171.86 points):Progress Energy Resources Corp. (TSX:PRQ). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 0.1 per cent, at $20.07 on 15,878,469 shares.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Technology. Down $1.92, or 20.3 per cent, at $7.54 on 8,418,038 shares. RIM reported disappointing earnings, cut 5,000 jobs and delayed the release of its new smartphones.Martinrea International Inc. (TSX:MRE). Manufacturing. Up seven cents, or 0.88 per cent, at $8 on 7,177,728 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurance. Up 32 cents, or 2.97 per cent, at $11.09 on 6,433,775 shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN.RT). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 12.20 per cent, at 92 cents on 5,259,024 shares.BlackPearl Resources Inc. (TSX:PXX). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.33 per cent, at $3.01 on 5,174,516 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,190.99, up 26.53 points):Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV:BGM). Miner. Up 40 cents, or 49.38 per cent, at $1.21 on 7,195,569 shares.Lions Gate Energy Inc. (TSXV:LG). Oil and gas. Up 0.5 cents, or 6.25 per cent, at 8.5 cents on 3,819,050 shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Railway. Up $1.20, or 1.63 per cent, at $74.72 on 596,349 shares. CP named Hunter Harrison as its new president and chief executive officer. read more

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Rocker Neil Young continues criticism of Keystone XL at FarmAid

Rocker Neil Young continues criticism of Keystone XL at Farm-Aid by News Staff Posted Sep 21, 2013 3:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Neil Young is continuing his verbal assault on the Alberta oilsands.Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”“The reason I am talking about that ugly situation is because the farmers again are the solution to the problem.”Earlier this month, Young compared Fort McMurray to post-apocalyptic Hiroshima.“They have the dirtiest oil in the world, where the Keystone pipeline is going to originate and cut through our country through our back lawns and through our farms all the way to a free trade zone in Port Arthur, Texas,” Young said.Premier Alison Redford recently dismissed Young’s criticism, along with those of actor Robert Redford this month, saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone and that we need to have a conversation on facts.“I’ve really got to question how people who are using energy flying on planes can make these sorts of comments and assume that they are going to have any credibility,” Redford said Tuesday.Young called the oil the dirtiest in the world this weekend at the annual Farm-Aid Concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.He touched on Fort McMurray while telling a story about a cross-country drive he took in his electric car, bringing up the subject in support of farmers on the front line of climate change.“The farmer wakes up in the morning and figures out ‘what the hell can I do with this mess now?’” he said. “This fuel is going to be shipped to China and Asia, don’t think this fuel is for America, it’s not.”“The reason I am talking about that ugly situation is because the farmers again are the solution to the problem.”Earlier this month, Young compared Fort McMurray to post-apocalyptic Hiroshima.“They have the dirtiest oil in the world, where the Keystone pipeline is going to originate and cut through our country through our back lawns and through our farms all the way to a free trade zone in Port Arthur, Texas,” Young said.Premier Alison Redford recently dismissed Young’s criticism, along with those of actor Robert Redford this month, saying it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone and that we need to have a conversation on facts.“I’ve really got to question how people who are using energy flying on planes can make these sorts of comments and assume that they are going to have any credibility,” Redford said Tuesday. read more

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Fickell hopes students get better each and every week at games

There wasn’t much excitement swirling around Buckeye nation after the football team’s 24-6 loss in Miami on Sept. 17, but a change at the quarterback position followed by a win might have been just enough to get the fans back into it. The excitement began last Thursday, when coach Luke Fickell announced that true freshman Braxton Miller would be replacing redshirt senior Joe Bauserman as the starting quarterback. With his new responsibility, the young freshman impressed the crowd of more than 105,000 fans Saturday at Ohio Stadium as he earned his first career win as a starter, throwing two touchdowns to fellow freshman Devin Smith, while cruising to a 37-17 win over Colorado. Miller’s performance put a little swagger in the Buckeyes step and rallied the fans and his teammates. “His (Miller) stats are great, but the moves he was putting on guys, just making people look stupid — it was fun to watch,” said Kyle Morrison, a first-year in business. Fickell expressed his own excitement with Miller and his team. “We had to play with some emotion,” he said. “I think that’s what we wanted, to get back home and get that feel of emotion, get those guys on the sidelines, gets the students into it. And I think that’s what we saw out there today from the beginning of the game, really, to all the way to the end. We’re excited about those things.” And the students were into it. “It was electric,” Morrison said. “I thought they did a great job, the crowd was incredible.” For first-year Alex Allen, Saturday’s game marked his first visit to the ‘Shoe. “It was breathtaking,” Allen said. “It was overwhelming to see it all and realize I’m finally watching a game at The Ohio State University.” As for the intensity of the crowd, “It was crazy,” Allen added. “It’s Block ‘O’ so we had to be.” Fickell again mentioned the impact of the student body at home games in a press conference on Tuesday. “I think the one thing our guys enjoyed as much as I did is having students back on campus … Obviously the way we played is a boost, but it’s nice to have that behind you,” Fickell said. “Really want to thank them. Hopefully they continue to do the same things and get better each and every week.” That electric and crazy crowd will need to stick around Saturday as the Buckeyes play host to Michigan State (3-1), coming off of a blowout win against Central Michigan. “The crowd is going to be fantastic,” said Alex Grant, a second-year in actuarial science. “I know it’s going to be crowded like always.” But Buckeye fans are looking for more than positive energy in their first conference game. They’re looking for a win. “Hopefully we win,” said Andrew Scholl, a second-year in marketing. “It will be exciting. I mean, it’s Ohio State football, It’s always exciting.” And the Buckeyes have more excitement on the way. Not only does Big Ten play begin Saturday, it also marks a one-week countdown to the return of suspended key players, Dan “Boom” Herron, DeVier Posey, Solomon Thomas and Mike Adams. But it’s the return of another starter that has some fans excited for Saturday’s game. “Braxton Miller,” said Tyler Edwards, a first-year in exercise science. “We’re (students) going crazy about him.” read more

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BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto terminate iron ore production JV

first_imgOn June 5, 2009, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto signed core principles to establish a production joint venture covering the entirety of both companies’ Western Australian Iron Ore assets.  This resulted in the signing of definitive agreements in December 2009.  The completion of these agreements was subject to a number of conditions, including regulatory approvals.Since the agreement was signed it has become increasingly apparent that regulatory approvals of the joint venture are unlikely to be achieved.  Consequently, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have reluctantly agreed to dissolve the proposed joint venture.BHP Billiton Chief Executive Officer, Marius Kloppers, said, “The large synergies from combining our Western Australian iron ore assets with Rio Tinto’s have caused us to persevere in seeking to obtain regulatory approvals.  However, it has become clear that this transaction is unlikely to obtain the necessary approvals to allow the deal to close and as a result both parties have reluctantly agreed to terminate the agreement”.Kloppers said he appreciated the high level of cooperation and goodwill displayed by Rio Tinto in pursuing the joint venture.  The parties have mutually agreed that no break fee is payable.While both companies were progressing approvals for the joint venture, they have continued to invest in their Western Australian Iron Ore businesses. Rio, in itsa press release noted: “Both parties have recently been advised that the proposal would not be approved in its current form by the European Commission, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Japan Fair Trade Commission, Korea Fair Trade Commission or the German Federal Cartel Office.” Some regulators have indicated they would require substantial remedies that would be unacceptable to both parties, including divestments, whereas others have indicated they would be likely to prohibit the transaction outright.Tom Albanese, Chief Executive, Rio Tinto, said: “The full value of the synergies on offer from a 50:50 joint venture was a prize well worth pursuing. Both companies have worked hard together over the last 16 months in a positive spirit to demonstrate its pro-competitive effects and I am disappointed that ultimately the regulators did not agree with us.“Rio Tinto has exceptional operating assets and expansion potential in the Pilbara and we are already pushing ahead with a major development program.  We also have a range of very attractive growth options across all of our product groups, with investment of more than $13 billion in capital projects planned over the 18 months to December 2011.”Ambrian commented that in valuation terms, “we think there will be no loss to analysts’ modelling on this morning’s news given that, whilst doubtless, their would have been great operational synergies delivered by a logistical tie-up in the Pilbara (geology aside, Tier One iron ore margins are all about logistics), the market never had a feel for the value of these synergies. Instead, an opaque ‘$10 billion of savings’ guidance from BHPB over an undefined time period. Additionally, this of course now means that Rio Tinto no longer stands to receive a $4-6 billion in cash as a balancing payment from BHPB to equalise asset valuations in the Pilbara, as originally stipulated by the JV. We doubt whether any analyst was presumptive enough to factor this into Rio Tinto’s future cash flows either.“What might not be commented on this morning, amongst the barrage of commentary that will no doubt follow this announcement, is perhaps some of the concessions that were probably made in conjunction with a move towards reducing the anti-competitive nature of a BHPB-Rio’s JV in the Pilbara.“The first of these was a review of the logistical infrastructure that the two companies have historically used to secure dominance in the region. The review by the Australian Competition Tribunal resulted in the request that the companies had to give up sole access rights to the Goldsworthy (a Rio/BHPB JV) and Robe River (Rio JV with third parties) rail lines.“The second of these concessions was to agree to pan-Pilbara royalty rates – which were increased from 3.75% of sales revenue to 5.625% for fines (3.25% to 5.0% for Beneficiated Ore) and up to 7.5% for lump royalty.“It is doubtful that these concessions will be given back and thus…..the true cost of the failed deal is not simply just some: meaty lawyers and corporate advisory fees. It is also perhaps, a notch (albeit very small) out of the operations’ global competitiveness.”last_img read more

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Saristavros family offers 1m to find dads killer

first_imgSpeaking to Neos Kosmos, Stavros Saristavros, son of late Greek Australian businessman Christos Saristavrou, has confirmed the family is offering a $1 million reward to anyone who helps catch the man responsible for his father’s death.“We want to close this chapter in our lives,” says Stavros, explaining the monetary incentive is nothing but their latest move in a long desperate quest for justice.Best known as the founder of Black Swan dips, Christos Saristavros was 44 when he was fatally shot during a robbery at Melbourne’s Box Hill in October, 2000.But over 18 years after the tragic incident, a police investigation remains open with authorities lacking strong leads to find the culprit.Christos Saristavros. Photo: SuppliedNeos Kosmos’ Thursday 26 October 2000 frontpage reporting on Christos Saristavros deathChristos Saristavros. Photo: SuppliedThe only available evidence so far has been the CCTV footage from a 7-Eleven close to the crime scene earlier that night of a man who intended to rob the store.Amidst what seems to have been a bungled robbery, the hooded suspect approached the victim’s car – with his wife Tammy a passenger – making demands.Following a fight between the two men, Mr Saristavros was shot in the chest and pulled together his last bit of strength running after the assailant for a few meters, but suffered a fatal shot in the head the moment he managed to grab him.With the case missing evident motives or further witnesses, the deceased’s wife resorted to hypnotherapy hoping to recover memories of any clues that could assist detectives.In a message directed to potential informants through the Sunday Herald Sun, Mr Saristavros’ youngest son Stavros reiterated the purpose of the $1 million reward, which is in addition to the existing $100,000 being offered by Victoria Police.“Find dad’s killer and the money is yours,” he said.“The reward is a great incentive for justice. We are not running a contest giveaway or a prize – it’s for justice.”According to the paper’s report, police used a linguist in a bid to establish the gunman’s accent, believed to likely be of South East Asian origin.Looking back, Mr Saristavros recalls his father’s murder coming as a shock to the community.“This is not an underworld killing; he was an ordinary family man,” he said.Recognised as a business pioneer of humble beginnings, Christos Saristavros turned his grandma’s recipes for Greek dips into one of Australia’s most successful food brands.On the night of his murder he was going home after attending a charity event for disadvantaged Cypriot children.Along with wife Tammy, they left the venue around 10.00 pm before the fundraiser had finished, as the victim reportedly wanted to get up early the next day for work.“My father was highly respected and it’s not just because he was my father that I’m saying that.“Could he have enemies? You can’t rule that out, but you struggle to think like that.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Les lézards gravement menacés par le réchauffement climatique

first_imgLes lézards gravement menacés par le réchauffement climatiqueMonde – 20% des reptiles pourraient être amenés à disparaître d’ici 2080 à cause du réchauffement climatique, selon une recherche internationale parue dans la revue américaine Science.La disparition d’une si grande partie des reptiles aurait des conséquences désastreuses. En effet, ces animaux sont au cœur de la chaîne alimentaire : proies pour les oiseaux ou les serpents, et prédateurs pour les insectes. C’est donc toute une branche de l’écosystème qui est en jeu.Ces conclusions sont issues de l’observation de l’évolution des populations de lézards dans différentes régions du monde selon la sévérité du réchauffement climatique depuis 1975. Les scientifiques ont, à partir des observations, élaboré un modèle d’anticipation. Les lézards sont des animaux ayant besoin de soleil pour se réchauffer, cependant des températures trop hautes les inciteraient à rester à l’ombre, là où il y a moins de nourriture, d’où la diminution de leur nombre.Cette étude diffère des autres qui, le plus souvent, analysent la disparition d’espèces par rapport à la diminution de leur habitat, et non pas par rapport à l’évolution des températures. Pour ne pas voir ces sombres prévisions se réaliser, la seule solution est, une fois encore, de limiter les émissions de CO2.Le 17 mai 2010 à 11:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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LinkedIn se transforme pour les terminaux mobiles

first_imgLinkedIn se transforme pour les terminaux mobilesL’application mobile du réseau social professionnel s’est vue dotée d’améliorations afin de coller aux habitudes de ses membres, qui se connectent désormais beaucoup plus depuis de leurs tablettes et smartphones.LinkedIn ne pouvait passer à côté de ces chiffres. En effet, 22% des membres du réseau social professionnel se connectent via l’application pour tablettes tactiles et smartphones. L’enjeu est donc de taille et LinkedIn a donc voulu apporter des améliorations à cette application mobile. La principale modification consiste en la possibilité de synchroniser votre agenda avec l’activité de vos contacts, explique Challenges.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ainsi, chaque jour, l’appli LinkedIn affiche en temps réel vos rendez-vous avec vos contacts au sein de votre calendrier et tout changement d’activité ou réunion annulée sont affichés. Pour la version iPad, LinkedIn va encore plus loin puisqu’il devient un vrai portail avec le cours de la bourse, la météo, mais aussi les titres de l’actualité, ou encore la liste des personnes qui ont regardé votre profil. De quoi concurrencer efficacement Facebook dans le cadre professionnel ?Le 2 mai 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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House Republicans delay transportation package release

first_imgOLYMPIA — State House Republicans, who were expected to announce a transportation reform package today, have delayed the proposal’s release because the bills are still being drafted, according to House Republican Caucus Spokesman Brendon Wold.House Republicans are working on a package of transportation bills that they say would reduce the state’s transportation costs. If those savings are achieved, Republicans said they might be more likely to put money toward the state’s most crucial transportation needs. Wold said he expects the package to be unveiled later this week. Republicans announced last week that the package would be released today, but staff didn’t have enough time to finish the transportation proposals, especially while working to meet a bill deadline on Friday in Olympia, Wold said.Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, is expected to sponsor at least one of the bills in the transportation package, Wold said.Unlike the House Democrats’ transportation package, a funding proposal that specifically doled out $450 million for the Columbia River Crossing project, the Republicans’ bill package is not expected to earmark money for any specific transportation project.The Democrats’ package would allocate nearly $10 billion to the transportation system and is projected to create 56,000 jobs in 10 years. It would, in part, be paid for by a gas tax increase of 2 cents every year for five years.last_img read more

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Multiple murders rock Mexican tourist hotspot

first_img(WSVN) – There has been a disturbing surge of violence in one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations.Officials in the resort town of Cancun report 14 murders in just a 36-hour span.The bloodbath was the result of six separate incidents that also left five additional people injured.The violence is reported to be cartel-related but each execution occurred in close proximity to the popular tourist hotspots.Nine people were killed on Wednesday, April 4 alone.Nearly four million Americans traveled to Cancun in 2017 according to the United States Department of Commerce.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Google Assistant now speaks 27 languages

first_img See it 7 Photos The first 5 things to do with a new Google Home speaker Apple Google Pixel Buds 2 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. An Interpreter mode on phones has the potential to make the experience even more natural and free-ranging, enabling the discussion to take more spontaneous twists and turns.   That’s the dream. But, of course, there’s reality. And reality hasn’t always been kind to Google when it comes to next-gen translation efforts. Two years ago when Google unveiled its Pixel Buds wireless headphones, it also announced a live translation feature. The tool worked fine in demos, but didn’t impress reviewers. CNET editor David Carnoy said in his review that “the best thing about Google’s Pixel Buds is their case.” If Google brings Interpreter mode to phones, it won’t be the first company to create a translation device. Developers including Dosmono and China’s Sogou already make them. But if Google’s version can pull off all the nuances of live translation, it could help scale the technology immensely: After all, almost nine out of every 10 smartphones shipped in the world run Google’s Android software. “Android’s scale is really interesting because it’s distributed in places where so many people speak multiple languages,” said Vincent Lacey, a product manager for the Assistant. “You can see that unlocks a lot of opportunities.”    CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. I don’t speak German. But at the concierge desk at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, I’m shooting the breeze with Phillip Klimke, a Google partnerships manager who’s speaking nothing but German at the moment. Our translator? Google Assistant.   It’s the latest trick for the Assistant, the search giant’s digital helper software that’s akin to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. On Tuesday at CES, the world’s largest technology show, Google unveiled the Assistant’s Interpreter mode, which aims to serve as a go-between for people who don’t speak the same language. Google is piloting the feature now at concierge desks at Caesars Palace (which is why we’re here for the demo), the Dream Downtown in New York City and the Hyatt in San Francisco. The feature will be available first in smart displays with the Google Assistant built in. That includes Google’s own Home Hub, a smart home device announced in October with a screen that shows you things like recipes and news updates. It also includes smart displays made by Google’s partners, including Lenovo, JBL and LG.  But Google wants to eventually bring it to other devices, including smartphones. Here’s how it works: Say, “Hey Google, be my Thai interpreter.” You’ll hear a beep and the Assistant will tell you to start speaking. After you say your next sentence in English, you’ll hear another beep, then the software recites the sentence in Thai. The translated text is also displayed on the screen. The tool works in 27 languages, including Spanish, Czech, Hindi and Vietnamese. “It’s very futuristic,” said Manuel Bronstein, vice president of product for the Assistant. “Our core focus is to make a product that can understand everything you say, can hear you, can convert those intents into actions and help you fulfill them.” Google is piloting the Assistant’s new Interpreter mode feature at the Caesars Palace concierge desk. James Martin/CNET The Assistant’s Interpreter mode is like using the Google translate app, but it’s meant to streamline the back and forth and make it feel more natural. The tool worked without a hitch during a demo Google planned with a Caesars Palace concierge. But when we tried it ourselves, there were some stumbles. Sometimes you can get lost in the sequence of beeps because you’ll want to rush into an answer, which throws off the timing of the software. Google said it’s still trying to figure out the best rhythm of conversations. I ask Klimke how he’s doing and what he likes to do in Vegas. I ask him who his favorite basketball player is. The Assistant spits out the questions in German. He replies, in German, that his favorite player is Dirk Nowitzki (naturally). The timing hitch aside, the Assistant handled all the translation questions from the CNET team pretty well: Where is the nearest bathroom? Does what happens in Vegas really stay in Vegas? Where can I find the best Elvis impersonator? You know, the important stuff.   CES or bust The new translation tool is the centerpiece announcement in Google’s elaborate showing at CES, the largest trade show in the world. For the second straight year, the search giant is going over the top in a town already known for over-the-top spectacles. In 2019, Google’s outdone itself: Its presence at CES is three times larger than last year. A massive banner reading “Hey Google” hangs over the main entrance of the Las Vegas Convention Center, as if it has the venue’s naming rights. Google also set up an expansive playground and interactive ride in the parking lot outside the conference halls to showcase how the Assistant works with everything from TVs to washing machines. CES and Las Vegas are now the front lines in the war between Google and Amazon over smart home supremacy, and Google is still playing catch-up. Amazon’s Echo devices, powered by its popular Alexa software, dominate the smart speaker industry with 73 percent of the market. Google’s Home devices come in second with 24 percent, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, though the research firm notes that Google is “making strides.” Now playing: Watch this: Even though Duplex remains controversial, it’s those kinds of projects that could set Google’s Assistant apart from its rivals. And that includes projects like Interpreter mode. A live translation tool, especially on the smartphones almost everyone now carries around with them, has profound implications on how we interact with each other. I know it firsthand, from an extreme situation. In 2016, CNET sent a team to Greece to write about what impact, if any, technology was having on the global refugee crisis. When Syrians left home, they traveled first to Turkey, then the Greek isle of Lesvos, the nearest gateway to Europe. As we visited refugee camps, we met migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Morocco and several other places. Many spoke English, but many did not. When they didn’t, we passed our smartphones back and forth using Google Translate to communicate, like a digital talking stick. One memorable conversation I had was with a then-15-year-old Syrian boy I met in Athens. He spoke sparse English, but from our app-assistant chat I was able to learn that he arrived in Greece on a boat with 15 other families, that he plays a card game called Trex to pass the time, and that he loves to sing. His plan was to be the next Justin Bieber. 3:59 $159 Best Buy CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Pixel Buds review: Wireless headphones for a niche audience Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Last week, Amazon announced that more than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold. Not to be outdone, Google on Monday said the Assistant, first released in 2016, is expected to be built into on 1 billion devices by the end of the month, up from 500 million last May. While the chasm between Google and Amazon seems huge, the figures don’t really tell us a lot about how much people actually want the Google Assistant in their homes, since Android phones now already come with the software installed by default. To gain ground in smart home devices, the company on Tuesday also unveiled Google Assistant Connect, a platform that lets third-party hardware makers more easily integrate the Assistant into their gadgets. Now device makers will be able to use tools provided by Google in their products that pairs with a nearby Google Home. The tech acts as a bridge, sending the Home’s smarts to the outside devices. bed-sidetable-marble-white-weatherGoogle and Lenovo showed off a smart alarm clock. Lenovo Because all the computing is done by the Home device, the data stays with Google, Bronstein said. The company said it’s still figuring out what terms it will have set up with device makes. Those decisions will be important as Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies face intense scrutiny not only for their own data collection practices, but for their abilities to keep that data safe from outsiders. Google also highlighted the range of what Assistant-enabled devices could be. The company on Tuesday announced an $80 smart clock made by Lenovo, a smaller version of the Home Hub that’s meant to look unobtrusive on a nightstand. It’s similar to the Amazon Echo Spot, which the e-commerce giant announced two years ago. Other new Assistant devices include a car phone adapter made by Anker Roav that plugs into a cigarette lighter and a Whirlpool KitchenAid smart display. “They are going to use this show as a demonstration of strength in diversity,” said Brian Solis, an analyst at the Altimeter Group. “Devices are only going to become more connected.” Potentially profound The biggest challenge for Google’s Assistant may be getting everyone to stop comparing it to Amazon’s Alexa. That’s easier said than done, given the comparisons are merited: You can use both to control your thermostat or lock your door. But even though it wants to own the home automation market, Google is working to lure consumers to the Assistant by proving it can do more that just tell you the day’s headlines. So Google is banking on its 20 years of experience as the world’s most advanced search engine, as well as its position as an artificial intelligence powerhouse, to build an assistant that aims to be more intelligent than the competition. “At the beginning, it’s going to be basic things like, ‘Hey Google, play music,’ and ‘Turn on this light,'” Bronstein said. “But as you see with translation and so forth, I think the complexity of the tasks the Assistant is going to be able to handle will increase. And it’s going to help you do things you weren’t able to do before.” Those things include having a robot make a phone call on your behalf. That’s what Google did in May with new Assistant technology called Duplex that ended up generating as much controversy as buzz for CEO Sundar Pichai. Duplex is a jaw-dropping, realistic-sounding AI that mimics human speech. The software uses verbal tics like “uh” and “um,” and pauses while talking, as if thinking of what it’s going to say next, even though its responses are preprogrammed. The point of Duplex is to enable the Google Assistant to make restaurant reservations and hair appointments for you. But almost immediately, industry watchers, AI ethicists and consumers were worried about the software’s ability to deceive the people it was talking to. Google later said it would build in disclosures that those calls were automated. It’s going to help you do things you weren’t able to do before. Manuel Bronstein, vice president of product for the Assistant $159 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Lenovo Smart Clock tailors Google Assistant for your nightstand See All Tags reading • Google Assistant adds interpreter mode as war with Amazon Alexa heats up Comments Mentioned Above Google Pixel Buds (Just Black) • Smart Home Mobile Google Assistant Amazon Google Lenovo LG Apple Alphabet Inc. Whirlpoollast_img read more

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NYSE Resumes Trading after 4hour Halt due to Outage

first_imgThe New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) resumed floor trading after more than a three-hour halt on Wednesday due to an undisclosed technical problem, officials said.NYSE halted trading in all securities starting from 11.32 a.m. on Wednesday.NYSE and US officials reported it as a technical issue and not the result of a cyber-attack, Xinhua reported.The Federal Bureau of Investigation said no law enforcement action is needed at NYSE.The White House confirmed that there was no indication of cyber-attacks in the trade suspension of the NYSE.”At this point, there is no indication that malicious actors were involved in these technology issues,” said Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman.The trading halt came in the middle of a selloff in US stocks that was fuelled by concerns over Greece’s uncertainty.However, trading of NYSE securities on other platforms, including NASDAQ, was unaffected. Investors could still buy and sell NYSE-listed stocks at other venues.The NYSE problem came soon after the United Airlines grounded planes at US airports for two hours due to a computer glitch.The website of Wall Street Journal was also temporarily out of use for a while around mid-day for technical difficulties, and was resumed shortly.last_img read more

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Gods own flavours

first_imgHow does one define a regional cuisine chef in the capital city of Delhi? In a city inundated with eateries and restaurants – Delhi has panned into a city with the possibility of nearly infinite new flavours and techniques, as well as young first- and second-generation chefs with different perspectives on what deliciousness might entail.In the kingdom of South Indian cuisine, Kerala cuisine has its own cove and there are very few Chefs in Delhi who can give you the authentic Dravidian flavor with ingredients and seasoning and the amalgam of roasted spices. One Chef however holds his own and judging by the tables filled with gaiety at ITC Sheraton’s Dakshin you can be sure Chef Velu is one who can carry you into flashes culinary epiphany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfYou are shown to your table, in the splendid lamp filled room, and you can begin with a glass of cold coconut water to cool down as the basket of papadums can be enjoyed with four different chutneys-tomatoes, coconut, tamarind tinged and herb flavoured mint. Chutneys which your grandmother may have served you with dosas or idlis in yesteryear — is not a bad way to start. Save your space for a feast with Chef Velu. He begins with a globular lentil fried Kuzhi Panniyaram which can be swiped with the coconut chutney to give you a sensory idea of granular flavours on the tongue. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIs the starter something you want to dip in a seafood sojourn? Sure, why not – the presence of Prawn Varathatha and the tamarind ginger chutney read into distinct designs in ingredients. Ever heard of the Fish Pollichatha, a grandmother’s recipe off the backwaters of Kerala? In case you haven’t, it’s tangy, spicy and flaky in all the right ways as you unravel the banana leaf inside which it has been steamed on a pan. The spicy, slightly – roasted fish schools you into the mysteries of the fish recipes. Velu is equally at ease with Syrian Christian, and Moplah recipes as he is with traditional Nair Hindu fare. While you are relishing the fish, Chef sends in a dark chewy, slivers of coconut chunked lamb known as Erachi Olathiya, the piece de resistance of the menu. Robust hints of roasted coriander, chillies and the ingenuous Kerala garam masala tantalize the tongue.Savour slowly – you have to save space for just a spoonful of Kerala par boiled rice with a mélange of prawn curry, a spicy fish curry and roasted spiced chicken curry that goes best with fluffy appams.” We get spices as whole and then create the masalas according to the recipes,” says Chef Velu who has won numerous awards for the ITC chain and wears his pedigree of two decades of fine regional cuisine, with modesty. His balance of spice and the smoothness of the gravies is what makes the curries splendid.What remain in memory are not just the flavour and the experience of authenticity that leaves you in a state of familial reverie, but the perfection of the curries and the seafood succulence can also be read as a statement of food principles: handpicked authentic ingredients, fascinating flavours, careful and experienced execution and a subtle signature of chilly.Does it mean anything in particular when a chef is identified with the most relished dishes in the South Indian repertoire? Chef VeluMurugan comes from the Mudaliar community, and Mudaliar cuisine is a culinary tradition developed by an intrinsically vegetarian community which started out as pioneering agriculturists during the time of the early Cholas. His Pineapple Pachadi, an amalgam of tempered yoghurt and cubed pineapple as well as his seamless pumpkin Elicherry stand testimony to his vegan roots. While Velu specialises in the cuisine of sub-communities of south India such as Nadar, Udipi, and Syrian Christians, his best memory is that of fish curry and Kerala rice relished on a banana leaf in the style of his ancestors.Velu is joyous in his hours in the Dakshin kitchen. He swirls even the desserts – an addapayasam into a delight served in a modest-sized brass bowl. Dakshin, a south Indian cuisine restaurant does that magical thing where it is impossible to tell where the perfection of its service and food ends and the satiety of the experience begin. There are strong, succinct signatures of hard work, research and multiple journeys into Kerala’s waterways and a wood fire burning kitchens with a quaint touch of history. In an age of obsessive fusion in cuisine, authenticity is obviously a relative construct – cuisines change all the time all over the world – but it becomes valuable as kind of a benchmark; a point of reference when you stick to the original. This is the hallmark of the ever smiling Dravidian genius Chef Velu Muruganof Dakshin.last_img read more

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Marriott believes its women associates Shape our Future

first_imgMarriott International Asia Pacific announces its second Women in Leadership Asia Pacific Conference closes today after a resounding past three days of success.The event took place at Marriott International’s recently-opened The Ritz-Carlton Macau and JW Marriott Macau Hotels, and was hosted by Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Asia Pacific; and Yibing Mao, General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Asset Management & Financial Analysis Asia Pacific.The conference convened 73 Marriott women executives from across the Asia-Pacific region to bolster their working knowledge and give them an opportunity to network, share insights, and be inspired by each other.“Women have always played a pivotal role at Marriott. Even in 1927, our co-founder, Alice S. Marriott, was imperative to Marriott’s success,” said Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific.“Marriott International Asia Pacific has a high percentage of women in leadership roles, and a third of our senior executives are women. That makes me very proud and I know that the company is better for it.”Mr. Smith continued, “However, we are far from being done. Marriott International is committed to encouraging more women to take on leadership roles and we will support our women associates and help them grow personally and professionally. They are vital to Marriott’s future.”A series of diverse topics covered over the three days included “The Competitive Advantage of Female Talent,” presented by Mr. Smith; “Pursuing Excellence” by Rajeev Menon, Chief Operations Officer, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China); and “Building Your Innovation Brand,” presented by Jenny Hsieh, Vice President, Insight, Strategy & Innovation.“The company is determined to think forward on how it can continue to mentor and grow women in leadership roles, and I have seen it firsthand since I started at Marriott International over 10 years ago. It is an honor to co-host this year’s conference, continue Alice’s legacy, and do my part in opening doors of opportunity to the women in the company within this region,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Asia Pacific.The annual conference is part of Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, which was founded in 1999 with the aim to increase the presence of women in management or decision-making positions by engaging senior leaders to ensure career development, as well as encouraging current female leaders to drive organizational success.Globally, women represent 52% of Marriott International’s staff and nearly 60% of its management roles, with nine women leading divisions worth more than US$100 million annually.In Asia Pacific, close to 40% of the company’s managers are women, with a substantial increase in women General Managers over the past few years.In September 2015, Marriott International was named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women 2015 by Fortune.com and the Great Place to Work® Institute.Companies were selected based on responses from over 135,000 women in the US on issues such as fairness of promotions, access to information and leadership, and support for personal lives as well as for the level of representation of women in leadership positions. Marriott InternationalSource = Marriott International Inc.last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter History has been made a

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterHistory has been made and a long-anticipated dream realised in Mojave, California, as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, landed from her maiden spaceflight to cheers from Richard Branson and the teams from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company.Just last week, Branson indicated all was in readiness for a flight into space before Christmas for the program, and it’s a target that’s now been successfully achieved.Not only is this the first human spaceflight to be launched from American soil since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011, but the very first time that a crewed vehicle built for commercial, passenger service has reached space.VSS Unity lands smoothly after her first SpaceflightThe historic achievement has been recognised by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) who announced today that early next year they will present pilots Mark “Forger” Stucky and Frederick “CJ” Sturckow with FAA Commercial Astronaut Wings at a ceremony in Washington DC. CJ, as a four-time Space Shuttle pilot, will become the only person to have been awarded NASA and FAA wings.The accomplishment has also been recognised by the NASA Flight Opportunities Program, which flew four space science and technology experiments on VSS Unity, making this Virgin Galactic’s first revenue-generating flight.Virgin Galactic’s First Spaceflight on 13 December, 2018The spectacular spaceflight, which was witnessed by a large crowd of staff and their families, as well as special guests and media, saw a 60-second planned rocket motor burn which propelled VSS Unity to almost three times the speed of sound and to an apogee of 51.4 miles.As VSS Unity coasted upwards through the black sky and into space, Virgin Galactic Mission Control confirmed the news and congratulated the two astronaut pilots: “Unity, Welcome to Space”.After a Mach 2.5 supersonic re-entry into the atmosphere, which utilised Unity’s unique “feathering” configuration, Forger and CJ guided the spaceship down to a smooth runway landing and an emotional homecoming welcome.Virgin Galactic’s first two astronauts walk back to greet RichardCommenting from the flight line Richard Branson said: “Many of you will know how important the dream of space travel is to me personally. Ever since I watched the moon landings as a child I have looked up to the skies with wonder. We started Virgin nearly 50 years ago dreaming big and loving a challenge. Today, as I stood among a truly remarkable group of people with our eyes on the stars, we saw our biggest dream and our toughest challenge to date fulfilled. It was an indescribable feeling: joy, relief, exhilaration and anticipation for what is yet to come.“Today, for the first time in history, a crewed spaceship, built to carry private passengers, reached space. Today we completed our first revenue-generating flight and our pilots earned their Commercial Astronaut Wings.Richard Branson celebrates first Spaceflight“Today, we have shown that Virgin Galactic really can open space to change the world for good. We will now push on with the remaining portion of our flight test program, which will see the rocket motor burn for longer and VSS Unity fly still faster and higher towards giving thousands of private astronauts an experience which provides a new, planetary perspective to our relationship with the Earth and the cosmos. This is a momentous day and I could not be more proud of our teams who together have opened a new chapter of space exploration.”Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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Talks to restart next week update 3

first_imgNegotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem will resume on Tuesday, special advisor to the United Nations’ Secretary General for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide said on Tuesday.In a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, Eide said that “after consultations with [President Nicos] Anastasiades and [Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa] Akinci following Sunday’s dinner, we have agreed that #CyprusTalks resume 11 April”.An hour later, also on Twitter, Anastasiades expressed “satisfaction at the resumption of dialogue”.“At the same time, I express the hope that we will focus on creative dialogue,” the president tweeted.In a written statement shortly thereafter, Anastasiades repeated his Twitter message and added that he hoped to “be able to reach a solution that will be governed by the principles and values of the EU, with full respect for the European acquis and always taking into consideration the best interests of the Cypriot people”.Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Turkish Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had spoken on the phone with both Akinci and Eide the previous night.Talks for the island’s reunification between the two leaders had stalled in mid-February, when the Cyprus parliament voted to introduce an annual commemoration of the 1950 referendum for Enosis (union with Greece) in state secondary schools.Amid Akinci’s insistence that the decision be revoked and Anastasiades’ arguing that the Turkish Cypriot leader was using it as a pretext to delay the talks ahead of the April 16 constitutional referendum in Turkey, Eide hosted a dinner for the two leaders last Sunday, which produced no result.In a statement following Sunday’s dinner, the UN noted that the two leaders reconfirmed their joint commitment to finding a solution in the best interest of all Cypriots and exchanged ideas about the way ahead.Furthermore, the announcement said that Eide would continue his interaction with them in order to lay the groundwork for the resumption of the negotiations as soon as possible.Meanwhile, Akinci, who was in Brussels Tuesday for a meeting with UN chief Antonio Guterres, confirmed the Turkish Cypriot side was “ready to resume talks” on Tuesday.The Turkish Cypriot leader hinted at standing by his demand for the revocation of the Cyprus parliament’s decision before talks can restart, and said developments in the next few days will make a new start in the talks possible.It is understood that he was referring to a legislative proposal, introduced by ruling Disy and brought to Friday’s plenum, to strip parliament of the right to set school commemorations and hand it to the education ministry, which implies that the government will scrap all current commemorations and decide on a new list.Akinci said April 11, as a possible date for the resumption of talks, had been put forth by both sides during the Sunday dinner.“It is a shared perception that the developments of the next few days will make a fresh start possible,” Akinci said.Akinci described the meeting with Guterres, which lasted a little over an hour, as “constructive” and said he “conveyed to the UN secretary-general everything that happened after Geneva” in January, and reaffirmed his commitment to a bizonal, bicommunal federal solution.Akinci’s office announced late on Tuesday that the Turkish Cypriot leader was scheduled to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday.Speaking to reporters late on Tuesday, Anastasiades said “consultations had been made” with regard to the possibility of resuming the talks, and that Akinci “appears to have been persuaded after his meeting with the UN secretary-general”.Asked whether the revocation of the House decision remains a prerequisite to the resumption of talks, the president said this “is not a matter for government but of parliament, therefore there is no issue of prerequisites”.Earlier on Tuesday, prior to the announcement of the resumption of talks, Anastasiades had reiterated the Greek Cypriot side’s readiness to engage in talks immediately.“Our position remains that we are prepared at any moment to continue the dialogue that will help us, we expect, achieve a solution,” the president said.Anastasiades declined to comment when asked whether the Turkish Cypriot side did not listen to Greek Cypriot concerns.“The entire effort is focused on our desire for a settlement of the Cyprus problem,” he said, adding that he could not predict whether the Turkish stance would change after the referendum in Turkey.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppTake Online Privacy on a whole New levelFigLeaf Beta AppUndoMarie Claire | HanacureMeet The Beauty Equivalent To TIME’s Person Of The Year AwardMarie Claire | HanacureUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionType in your name and wait 8 seconds. 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