Apple makes Siri smarter rolls out software improvements

Apple makes Siri smarter, rolls out software improvements SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors’ recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services.The tech giant kicked off its annual software conference by announcing new software features for the Apple Watch and Apple TV, as well, while unveiling a new design for the Apple Music service. It’s also extending Apple Pay to the web, so users can pay for purchases made on their Mac computers using the fingerprint authorization on their iPhone or Apple Watch. Most of these new features won’t arrive until this fall.At a time when sales of its flagship iPhone are slowing, Apple seemed determined to show that it can make its gadgets indispensable, or at least as useful as its competitors’ products.THINKING FAST AND SLOWStill, the tech giant is taking a cautious approach to integrating computer intelligence into its online services. While Apple is opening its text messaging service to outside app-builders, for instance, Apple made no mention of adding the kind of intelligent programs, or “chatbots ,” that competitors are all rushing to build into their messaging platforms.Apple executives also stressed their efforts to safeguard users’ privacy even while providing recommendations and suggestions based on individual user information. The company says it’s committed to keeping most user data encrypted on individual iPhones or other devices, rather than uploading information to process on Apple’s servers.Experts say that can make it more difficult to analyze information and provide useful services, but Apple says its software can still be helpful. Apple’s once-maligned Maps service, for example, will offer traffic information, location-based restaurants for things like restaurants, and let users connect with outside apps to do things like make a reservation or call a car service.For some features, however, Apple says it’s starting to upload some user data to analyze for broader trends or patterns, but it vowed that information will be “anonymized.”“We believe you should have great features and great privacy,” said senior vice-president Craig Federighi.MAKING SIRI SMARTERApple’s wisecracking digital assistant will play a larger role in the company’s products. On Monday, Apple announced that Siri will be coming to Mac desktop and laptop computers, where it can locate files and perform other feats. Siri will also gain new capabilities with Apple TV, where it will let you launch live TV viewing with voice command and search YouTube and the iTunes store for videos.Perhaps more important, Apple is letting Siri work with applications made by other companies. The change will open up new ways for Siri to help iPhone owners get things done more quickly.Such AI features are emerging as a major new tech battleground , one where Apple is racing to catch up with other virtual assistants from Google and Amazon. Amazon’s assistant, Alexa, is enjoying a surge in popularity, partly because it works well with a variety of other applications.Outside developers are eager to work with Siri, according to Jordan Edelson, CEO of independent app-builder Appetizer Mobile. “It could really change the way that apps are built and how customers experience them,” he said.But the move has trade-offs for Apple. Experts say the changes could make Siri more useful to consumers and help Apple learn more about its users. But it could diminish use of Apple’s homegrown apps, such as Apple Music or Maps. To start, Siri will only work with certain kinds of outside apps, like messaging, payments or ride-hailing services.APPS GET SCHOOLEDApple’s AI improvements aren’t restricted to Siri. An update to the iMessage app, for instance, will rely on machine learning to automatically suggest appropriate emoji to place alongside texts. It will also show graphics and thumbnails of the information contained in a web link and automatically play online videos when they’re opened by a recipient.Apple’s photo app will also get smarter. It’s adding the ability to analyze an individual’s photo library and group photos by people, locations or other subjects, automatically assembling them into albums and short movies. It’s similar to a feature that Google has offered users of its photo app, but with some new frills, like the ability to adjust the length of the album or select different kinds of theme music.As sales of iPhones and other smartphones slow, it’s especially important for Apple to keep its software and online services fresh, said Brian Blau, a tech analyst with the Gartner research firm. That’s why, he said, Monday’s announcements were all about “software and services, fast and furious.”NEW COATS OF PAINTOther changes were more esthetic. The messaging app, for instance, will let users alter the size of the bubbles surrounding the text to help convey the feelings underlying the words. An expression of love might get a large bubble while a message of condolence might be shown in a very small one.The feature is similar to an upcoming Google messaging app called Allo. Both are expected in a few months.Apple Music, which now has 15 million paying subscribers, is getting a new interface that’s intended to be simpler and that will make it easier to find music you store on your phone, and not just tunes you can stream from the internet.Apple’s watch, the company’s first new product since Cook replaced co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011, also got a face-lift. The retooled watch software, due in September, will include an “SOS” feature that will automatically call for help in emergencies. It will launch software apps faster than before, and will also bring fitness tracking to wheelchair-bound users and let all users share their exercise activities with others people.___AP reporters Barbara Ortutay and Bree Fowler in New York, Michael Liedtke in San Francisco, and Ryan Nakashima in Los Angeles contributed to this report.Follow Brandon Bailey at or find his reporting at Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, speaks at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2016 12:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2016 at 7:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

FFR offers clubs €2 million each to play in Heineken Cup –

first_imgA REPORT IN rugby newspaper Midi Olympique claims that the FFR (Fédération Française de Rugby) has offered the French clubs €2 million each to commit to playing in the Heineken Cup next season.Pierre Camou, the president of the FFR, apparently chaired a secret meeting last Tuesday at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in France, which was attended by representatives of the Top 14 clubs, as well as several of their English counterparts.From the outset of the announcement of plans for the Rugby Champions Cup, Camou has been strongly in opposition. This report suggests that Camou has now “raised his voice” to directly inform the French clubs that he is unhappy with their plans. The FFR chief is insistent that any European competition next season will continue to be governed by the ERC (European Rugby Cup).According to Midi Olympique, the FFR is now ready to ensure that happens by delivering a payment of up to €2 million to each of the French clubs. Camou has reportedly also proposed the idea of signing any individual players who wish to continue playing in the Heineken Cup onto central federal contracts with the FFR, similar to what the IRFU does with its star players.Camou is insistent that what the French clubs are planning to do in breaking away to form the Rugby Champions Cup is completely in contravention of the existing French rugby laws. When the plans for the RCC were first announced, the FFR were swift to remind the LNR (Ligue National de Rugby) that they had no right to organise a competition without the direct consent of both the FFR and the IRB (International Rugby Board).Paul Goze, the LNR president, has repeatedly dismissed that notion in his dealings with the media over the last two months, but Camou reiterated his feelings at last week’s private meeting in Paris. The refusal of the French and English clubs to even consider the ERC’s recent concessions has seen Camou step into the picture with more decisiveness.If this report is indeed true, it is good news for the ERC and for the IRFU, who are hoping that the Heineken Cup will continue next season. It is understood that Camou has support from several of the individual French clubs, including Toulon and Biarritz. This reported financial incentive may attract more of the other clubs onto the FFR’s side, and could result in the ERC surviving.– Originally published at 12.54Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘Out of sorts’ D’Arcy may lose out to Marshall for Australia Testlast_img read more

Nonalcohol space Exchange Dublin told to close over antisocial behaviour

first_imgEXCHANGE DUBLIN, A collective arts space located in Temple Bar, has been told to close due to “anti-social behaviour”.In an email from the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council on Monday night, volunteers were told they would have to hand back the keys this Friday.The non-alcohol space hosts music and art events and exhibitions and also offers up the space for groups to have knitting clubs, storytelling sessions and all kinds of workshops.It is run by volunteers in association with the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and is funded by a grant from the Arts Council.Yesterday, those who run the space started a petition urging artists and independent councillor Mannix Flynn, Ray Yeates the Dublin City Arts Officer  and other politicians not to close the space.“The “official reason” that for us sounds as an excuse is “antisocial behaviour”,” they said. “This antisocial behaviour that there was always in the streets of Temple Bar but not within or inside our non alcohol space!”They said that “bad kids”, drug-taking and violence were mentioned in a letter they received last summer and more recently bongo-drumming by buskers on the street outside. Dublin is full of pockets of young people, some of whom are aware of each other but have no platform to engage with each other or their city. This space is intended to provide an infrastructure for inquiry, discourse and collaboration as an antidote to some of our social problems in Dublin.One of the volunteers told that the short notice they were given is “really inconvenient” for the numerous artists who are currently exhibiting at the space.“The majority of people feel like it’s really unfair, considering the amount of meetings we’ve had with the police and they have said we’re not the cause of the anti-social behaviour – this is the residents and businessowners who are saying this,” she said.The online petition already had 904 supporters early yesterday evening.“Closing it would reflect once again that political decisions lack the understanding of what arts and culture bring to society (education, inventivity, self-expression, social exchanges, and even in terms of health, tourism and economy),” commented one person who signed the petition. “The “antisocial behaviour” excuse is inconsistent as precisely Exchange Dublin brings people together in a constructive way!”Dublin City Council did not respond to a request for comment on the issue.Read: Bus Éireann passengers terrorised by ‘rowdy’ youths throwing urine around coach>Read: Fire crew stoned with rocks a day after they call for an end in anti-social behaviour>last_img read more

Israels PM vows further action after serious blows to Iran and Syria

first_img The wreckage of a jet in northern Israel ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER said today his country delivered “severe blows” to Iranian and Syrian forces and vowed to take further action against its adversaries following the most serious Israeli engagement in Syria since the war there erupted almost seven years ago.Benjamin Netanyahu’s tough words to his Cabinet came a day after Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes in Syria.Israel ordered the airstrikes after it intercepted an Iranian drone that had infiltrated its airspace, and an Israeli F-16 was downed upon its return from Syria.Iran, for its part, denied the allegations regarding the drone and said Syria had the right to defend itself against Israeli attacks.“Yesterday we dealt severe blows to the Iranian and Syrian forces,” Netanyahu said. “We made it unequivocally clear to everyone that our rules of action have not changed one bit. In yesterday’s attacks, the Israeli jets came under heavy Syrian anti-aircraft fire and the pilots of one of the F-16s had to eject before the plane crashed in northern Israel. One pilot was seriously wounded and the other one lightly. Smoke rises from a missile, which appears to be part of a Syrian air defense missile targeting an Israeli warplane Source: AP PhotoIsrael would not confirm whether its aircraft was shot down by enemy fire, which would mark the first such instance for Israel since 1982, when it was fighting a war in neighboring Lebanon.Israel has recently issued several stern warnings about the increased Iranian involvement along its borders with Syria and Lebanon.Israel fears Iran could use Syrian territory to stage attacks or create a land corridor from Iran to Lebanon that could allow it to transfer weapons more easily to Hezbollah — a powerful Iran-backed Shiite militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction.Though Israel has largely stayed out of the Syrian conflict, it has struck weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah dozens of times since 2012.Israel has also shot down several drones that previously tried to infiltrate its territory from Syria, but the capture of an Iranian drone and the direct targeting of Iranian sites in response marked a dramatic escalation in the Israeli retaliation.Israel has long complained about the involvement of archenemy Iran, and Iranian proxy Hezbollah, in the Syria war.Both have sent forces to back Assad, who appears headed toward victory. Israel has said it will not accept a permanent military presence by Iran and its Shiite allies in Syria, especially near the Israeli border.Netanyahu has held several consultations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has also sent forces to back Assad. Following the Israeli strikes, the two spoke again yesterday, with Netanyahu conveying Israel’s determination to counter Iran’s intentions.Still, Russia’s foreign ministry appeared to criticise Israel’s actions by calling for restraint and respecting Syria’s sovereignty.“It is absolutely unacceptable to create threats to the lives and security of Russian servicemen who are in Syria at the invitation of its legitimate government,” it said.The United States, on the other hand, strongly backed Israel.Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said Iranian actions across the region were putting the entire Middle East at risk.“The US continues to push back on the totality of Iran’s malign activities in the region and calls for an end to Iranian behavior that threatens peace and stability,” she said.Read: Israel launches ‘large-scale’ air raids against Iranian targets in SyriaRead: Notorious British IS fighters nicknamed the ‘Beatles’ captured by Kurdish forces – reports The wreckage of a jet in northern Israel Image: Yehunda Pinto via AP Share70 Tweet Email Israel’s PM vows further action after ‘serious blows’ to Iran and Syria following airstrikes Russia has condemned, but the US has backed, Israel’s actions. Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 12:27 PM 12,942 Views By Associated Presscenter_img Short URL We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us. This has been our policy and it will remain our policy.Israel has periodically carried out airstrikes against suspected weapons shipments believed to be headed for Lebanese Hezbollah, the Iranian and Syrian-allied militant group since the outbreak of the Syrian war.But as the Syrian war winds down, Israeli officials have voiced increasing alarm that Iran and its Shiite allies are establishing a permanent presence in Syria that could turn its aim toward Israel.Israeli leaders said the airstrikes had sent a clear message to Iran.“We do not just talk, we act,” said Cabinet Minister Yoav Galant, a former Israeli deputy chief of staff and member of Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet.“I think that also the Syrians now understand well that the fact that they are hosting the Iranians on Syrian soil harms them,” he told The Associated Press.Yesterday’s airstrikes marked the toughest Israeli aerial assault in Syria in decades.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the war in Syria through a network of activists on the ground, said today that at least six Syrian troops and allied militiamen were killed in the airstrikes. The six included Syrian and non-Syrian allied troops, the Britain-based Observatory said.“They, and we, know what we hit and it will take them some time for them to digest, understand and ask how Israel knew how to hit those sites,” Israel’s Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told the Army Radio station.These were concealed sites and we have intelligence agencies and the ability to know everything that is going on there and yesterday we proved that. Image: Yehunda Pinto via AP 135 Comments Feb 11th 2018, 12:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Gardaí have located a 15yearold boy reported missing from his home in

first_img Apr 9th 2019, 9:02 AM Short URL Image: GARDAÍ HAVE LOCATED a 15-year-old boy who had been missing from his home in Terenure since yesterday. He was last seen when he set out for school from his home in Terenure yesterday morning around 8.30am. Following a public appeal today, Gardaí have said he “has been located safe and well”.“We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter,” a spokesperson said.  40,080 Views Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 9:02 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 6 Comments Gardaí have located a 15-year-old boy reported missing from his home in Dublin Located ‘safe and well,’ a spokesperson said. Image: By Conor McCrave Share496 Tweet Email last_img read more

Belkin le LiveAction Camera Remote disponible en précommande

first_imgBelkin: le LiveAction Camera Remote disponible en pré-commandeLe LiveAction Caméra Remote de Belkin est disponible en pré-commande. Il s’agit d’une télécommande permettant de piloter le capteur vidéo de l’iPhone. Après avoir évoqué la télécommande Belkin et son application dédiée pour iPhone, nous disposons de davantage d’informations à son sujet. Le LiveAction Camera Remote sera la dénomination définitive de la télécommande Bluetooth qui permettra de piloter à distance le capteur photo et vidéo de l’iPhone d’Apple.Elle devra être associée à une application gratuite pour fonctionner. Celle-ci sera disponible sur l’App Store ou bien en kit chez des revendeurs tels qu’Amazon par exemple. Le kit comprendra par ailleurs un socle pratique pour poser l’iPhone et il est déjà disponible en pré-commande.Au rayon des accessoire disponibles, l’utilisateur pourra compter aussi sur le LiveAction Camera Grip: une poignée possédant une prise connecteur et un bouton afin de déclencher la prise de vue, selon Mac Plus. Le Caméra Grip coûtera,elle, 49, 99 dollars, soit un peu moins de 40 euros. Le 17 novembre 2011 à 16:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Teen who helped in child abduction gets 17 months

first_imgEsmeralda Lopez-Lopez One of four co-defendants charged with helping a mother abduct her 4-year-old daughter during a supervised visit in October at Vancouver Mall was sentenced Friday to 17 months in prison. Francisco Javier Hernandez-Reyes, 18, was convicted of helping to kidnap another man whose car was used in the child’s abduction.He was facing charges of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, second-degree theft and first-degree custodial interference. But he pleaded guilty to amended charges Friday in Clark County Superior Court. His charges were reduced to second-degree kidnapping, vehicle theft and first-degree custodial interference under a plea deal.Defense attorney Jason Bailes said the prosecution agreed to amend his client’s charges and recommend the imposed sentence due to Hernandez-Reyes’ level of involvement and his lack of a criminal record.“It’s really fortunate you’re not looking at more prison time,” Judge Suzan Clark said. “It’s one of the worst kidnapping cases I’ve seen in my time with the court.”last_img read more

Jazz Soul concert to raise money for Youth instruments

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Nov 2015 – A night of Jazz and Soul is planned for the Palms this coming Wednesday and headlining the event is TCI diva, Crystal Charles. Better known as TESS, Charles is working with the Edward Gartland Youth Centre and will be hosting the event which is aimed at empowering local artists and highlighting the music program at the Youth Center.TESS explains that she will treat attendees to the soulful sounds of music from James Brown, Aretha Franklyn, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. Crystal, who hails from Grand Turk explains that a portion of the proceeds will be used to acquire Junkanoo and Rake and scrape instruments, which will then be incorporated into the brass band program now being spearheaded by Branford Handfield. Tickets for the Wednesday evening show are $50 and Ms. Charles names her sponsors as: Gilley’s Enterprises, The Wine Cellar, The Palms Turks and Caicos, Spotlight Communication and Outside the Box Marketing. A night of Jazz and Soul begins at 8pm at the Palms. Related Items:crystal charles, Edward Gartland Youth Centre, Gilley’s Enterprises, jazz & soul concert, Outside the Box Marketing, Spotlight Communication, tci diva, The Palms Turks and Caicos, The Wine Cellar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 11th Annual Conch Festival UPDATE Music program to gain from Soul & Jazz concert Crystal ‘TESS’ Charles hailed as ideal to draw out young talent Recommended for youlast_img read more

Legacy Health offers free glaucoma screenings

first_imgLegacy Health will offer free visual field screenings at its hospitals in the Portland-Vancouver metro area this month.The Legacy Good Samaritan Devers Eye Institute, a comprehensive eye center, is providing the screenings in honor of National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The screenings will test for glaucoma and other serious diseases of the eye.The screening is painless and takes only a few minutes; results are immediate. No appointment is required and everyone is welcome.The screening in Vancouver will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in the second-floor lobby, 2211 N.E. 139th St.Other screenings, all 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:• Tuesday, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Portland.• Jan. 20, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center in Gresham.• Jan. 25, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.last_img read more

Trump administration sued over Pacific walrus

first_imgPacific walrus. (Photo courtesy National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association)The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the Trump Administration for not granting an Endangered Species Act listing for the Pacific walrus. The environmental advocacy group filed the lawsuit on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in U.S. District Court.Listen nowIn October 2017, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decided the Pacific walrus didn’t warrant additional federal protections. The agency said the population appeared “stable” and had “demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing conditions.”But some conservation groups say the decision was politically motivated and not based on the best available science.In 2008, polar bears were granted an Endangered Species Act listing under President George W. Bush. But the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service says the two animals aren’t the same.Polar bears face a host of challenges with declining sea ice — more than what’s been observed of walrus.last_img read more

Code for Anchorage election result alerts court date reminders and more

first_imgCode for Anchorage is a group of tech-savvy, civic-minded volunteers who write software to help Alaskans access data and link them to government services. One example is a free, opt-in service that notifies users via text message each time election returns are updated. Another is CourtBot, which — with help from the Alaska Court System IT department — sends text reminders for court dates.The group’s captain is Brendan Babb, whose day job is Chief Innovation Officer for the Municipality of Anchorage. Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove caught up with Babb at a downtown Anchorage coffee shop to talk about Code for Anchorage.(To get alerts for updates as primary election results roll out Tuesday night, text “vote” to 907-312-1012).Listen nowBABB: Code for Anchorage is part of Code for America. There are a nonprofit out of California, and they have a different brigades which is kind of inspired by like firemen’s brigades, but basically (it’s) local volunteers that work on trying to make government services work better. So, we’ve done a lot of stuff, like you can text in a bus stop number and it’ll tell you when the bus is going to arrive, and just did something CourtBot, which will — you can text in a citation number and it’ll remind you the evening before for your court hearing. So we’ve done a lot of text based stuff.GROVE: I feel like this is the sort of thing that now is the type of infrastructure of the time that we’re living in. Am I on the right track?BABB: Yeah, I think so, in terms of working with government to see what information and data they have and trying to make services that people would use, go where people are like, Because it’s gonna be easier to get people to look their. The election one came out of a hackathon we were working on, sending results out, and yeah people have kind of latched on. It basically just watches a web page each minute to see if it’s been updated and then sends out a text to let people know when it’s been updated. Because we noticed at Election Central, people are just constantly refreshing their phones sort of like, ‘”Oh, maybe we could take that part out of it.”GROVE: Tell me about the hackathon part of that. How does that work? Is that like you throw out a challenge people try to come up with something? Or how does it work?BABB: We’ve had a couple hackathons in the past, and they’ve kind of been open-ended but some people will present problems and people will work on those, or people bring their own ideas and someone brought an idea of like, “Is there a way to send updates for elections?” And then over a weekend people worked on that problem and came up with something that kind of worked by the end of the weekend. And then Code For Anchorage, we meet every two weeks.GROVE: Tell me more about the CourtBot. Is that what it’s called?BABB: Yeah CourtBot is something we just launched about a week ago for National Day of Civic Hacking. If you have a citation number for, let’s say you have a speeding ticket that you can pay, you could text it in and it would tell you when your court date was and you could opt in to get a reminder the day before.And it also works for criminal cases as well. So if you had multiple hearings, it could send you reminders that evening before for that. The goal is to reduce failures to appear, which can mean if you miss an appointment, it might change into a warrant for your arrest or things might be escalated just because you weren’t able to remember an appointment. I mean, when I get my hair cut I get a reminder a couple days before and just have to text “C” back. So it’s nice to have the court system be as friendly as that.GROVE: What other stuff are you guys working on or problems that you’ve thrown out that you’re thinking about trying to create similar services for?BABB: We’re still kind in the early works of looking at other projects. But we’re trying to figure out how to know if a bike rack was full on a bus and trying to think of creative ways to solve that. We have a (Women in Crisis) and (food stamps) pre-screener where you can text “child” in to a number or “food,” and then it’ll give you the list of questions, like eight or nine questions, and help you see if you would likely qualify or not. And then if you would, maybe take the next step to apply there.GROVE: It strikes me as the kind of thing that, if you’re a coder, it makes sense how you would contribute to something like this, but are folks that are not into coding, are they also involved?BABB: Yeah, there’s things that we want to test. We want to figure out how to market stuff. Everyone has great ideas on how to solve things, so it’s open to other people and everyone has talents that we can use.last_img read more

BNP CPD criticise budget in identical manner Hasan

first_imgInformation minister Hasan Mahmud. Photo: BSSInformation minister Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said BNP and Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) are criticising the national budget in an identical manner every year.“They (BNP and CPD) make mainly three types of criticisms – the budget is highly ambitious, the budget is not acceptable and it won’t bring any welfare to the common people,” he said in a press conference at his secretariat office here.Hasan, also the publicity and publication secretary of the ruling Awami League, said BNP and CPD didn’t see any development whereas the World Bank is saying that Bangladesh and its economy are going ahead.“Is CPD a bigger research organization than World Bank?” he asked.“They (CPD) do research only for making criticisms,” he said.Terming the budget an excellent one, the minister said the size of GDP has increased four times and the size of the budget has increased eight times during the Awami League government’s tenure. But the number of taxpayers didn’t increase, he added.“So, the decision for increasing the number of taxpayers to around one crore is a breakthrough. The budget is industry-business-friendly,” Hasan said, adding the rate of previous budget implementation is 93 to 95 per cent and the implementation rate of development budget is 90 per cent.“How could we get the achievement if the budget was not implemented?” he asked.The minister said there was 4 million tons food deficiency when the AL government assumed office. But now Bangladesh is a food-surplus country, he added.About the behavior of Nagarik Okkya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Hasan said a politician has to have politeness, civilization and etiquette while making any criticism of others. “I cannot imagine how he made criticisms in such words though he did student politics in the past,” the minister added.He urged Kamal Hossain to maintain unity among themselves as many parties and leaders have already declared to leave the Jatiya Oikya Front.Urging BNP leaders to maintain politeness while giving speeches, Hasan said, “We want criticisms as every person has the right to criticize the government activities. But that should not be blind criticism.”State Minister for Information Murad Hasan and information secretary Abdul Malek were present in the press conference.last_img read more

Get Ready For Sex Robot Tourism

first_imgHeads up, sexually adventurous geeks! You may soon be posed with the same dilemma that Bender faced in Three Hundred Big Boys: one 300 dollar hookerbot or 300 one dollar hookerbots?One brothel in Barcelona is helping pave the way by staffing its rendezvous rooms with hyper-realistic sex dolls. You can book a little one-on-one time with their Lumidolls right now. The going rate for their services — which ostensibly includes holding a pose for extended periods of time and not making you feel inadequate about your sexual performance — is about $125 an hour.To set the mood, your hosts will dress and position your Lumidoll to suit your desires. They’ll even throw on a slow jam to set the mood. If that’s not thing, each room is equipped with a big-screen TV, and they’ll light it up with the hardcore video of your choosing.To be clear, these are not sexbots. They’re very well done life-sized dolls, like the RealDolls that Abyss Creations have been making for around 20 years. Sexbots are definitely coming, though. Abyss is actively working on an incredibly advanced robotic version of their trailblazing doll complete with AI. Companies in Japan have been doing similar work since at least 2014.Another thing companies in Japan have been doing for several years: opening sex doll brothels. More recently we’ve seen robot hotels opening up, so it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that sexbot-staffed brothels will be popping up in Japan in the very near future.Barcelona may very well be next, which gives you the choice of going trans-Pacific or trans-Atlantic for your first experimenting bumping uglies with a ‘bot. And remember, experts, say you probably don’t need to worry about one of them killing you.Until this becomes a full-fledged reality we will have to indulge in Westworld, now streaming through Amazon.last_img read more

Why Nevada is so much more than just Las Vegas

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Las Vegas is a city of wonders – and surprises wait after every corner. | Photo: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors AuthorityThese are the tricks the hotels use to you keep you gaming and spending. In fact, there are no minibars in Vegas hotel rooms – why drink in your room when you can be drinking by the blackjack table?Don’t worry about extending your overdraft quite yet. There are tables with a $5 minimum bet, and plenty of slot machines where you can play with loose change.If, like me, you don’t gamble at all, it’s still worth spending a bit of time on the gaming floors as there’s no better place to people-watch. The whole spectrum of American society can be found there, and you’ll easily find someone to chat to. (Bob and Maggie from San Diego, if you’re reading, hi!)The world on one roadThe Strip itself is very walkable, and walk you should. Where else can you see the Egyptian pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and the Rialto Bridge (spanning a canal populated by actual gondolas) on the same stroll?Travel around the world while staying in one city, what’s not to love? | Photo: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors AuthorityThe city is breathtaking in its ostentation and you need to be on foot to really appreciate it. Otherwise, get all the views at once at Vegas’ version of the London Eye, the High Roller. Not to be outdone by the Brits, the Vegas wheel is 30m taller and sits at the heart of the strip, showcasing some absolutely cracking views.We hopped aboard after dark, when the city’s lit up like a Christmas tree (you must be able to see it from space), and when you can really get a sense of just how big the city actually is.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Subtle isn’t in Las Vegas’ dictionary. | Photo: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors AuthorityBright lights, slot machines as far as the eye can see, slushies with a higher alcohol content than neat vodka; that’s what you see when you think of Vegas. Neverland on acid. Yet the City of Lights is just a single, glorious destination in Nevada and it’d be a crime not to venture out and see the state. Vegas is the perfect base from which to explore and, given the number of direct flights from the UK, the most accessible too. But first things first…High rollerEvery hotel, restaurant and casino worth its salt is situated in and around the Strip. There’s one for every budget, from the Bellagio if you’re blowing the bank (or you win big on a table while you’re there) to the gargantuan Caesar’s, to the more reasonably priced Flamingo, coming complete with a flock of flamingos in its garden. And nearly every hotel has a casino.The rules of everyday life are suspended on the floor of the house. Servers will bring you a steady flow of free drinks and snacks (all you need do is tip), gamblers will huddle around machines and tables, smoking freely, and natural light is very hard to find, making it easy to forget the world outside. center_img Vegas is like nothing else on Earth. And Las Vegas Boulevard, known more commonly as the Strip, is like nothing else in the city. To call the Strip iconic probably plays it down. The Statue of Liberty is iconic. So is the Palace of Westminster. The Strip is extra. 100-percent, 24-carat extra. This Vegas ad about a lesbian wedding is giving everyone so many feelingsBest destination for gay tourism in the USAGuadalajara set to host one of top gay pride parades in Latin AmericaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

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first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists have been told they face delays this morning as a 405ton, 69m long electrical transformer travels through Staffordshire and Cheshire. The transformer will be leaving GE, Lichfield Road, Stafford, at 9.30am today and will travel along Weston Road towards Beaconside, Redhill, and the A34 towards Stone and then Newcastle. It will then travel towards Talke where Staffordshire Police will hand over to colleagues in Cheshire at around midday today. The slow moving transformer will stop at Browns Bank, Congleton, around 90 minutes later. Read MoreParents warned to keep children inside as yobs terrorise town A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Today’s load is 405tons 69m long and 4.1m wide. It is a transformer for export to South Korea.” Click to playTap to play Video will play in  Watch again Watch Next The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Share this video Click for Sound We pay for stories! Send your videos to A Cheshire Police spokesman added: “Our Task Force Motorcyclists will collect it on the A34 near Red Bull Traffic lights at approximately 12pm, it should take about 90 minutes to arrive at Browns Bank on the A54.” The load will remain at Browns Bank until 9.30am tomorrow where it will travel through Cranage and Davenham before stopped at the A54 in Kelsall. It will complete the remainder of its journey to Ellesmere Port Docks on Wednesday. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Video Loading Video Unavailablelast_img read more

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first_imgAssociated PressNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenyan clerics across the religious divide vowed Tuesday to not allow sectarian violence to erupt following attacks on churches over the weekend that killed at least 15 people.The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya said Muslims will form vigilante groups alongside Christians to guard churches in Kenya’s North Eastern Province, where the latest attacks occurred.Adan Wachu, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims and the chairman of Inter-Religious Council, said the weekend attacks, which are being blamed on an al-Qaida-linked militant group from Somalia, are meant to trigger sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims. Wachu said clerics will actively preach against retaliation to prevent violence from spreading in Kenya like it has in Nigeria, where attacks on churches by a Muslim sect has ignited a spiral of violence“This is not a religious war and it has to be addressed from a different paradigm shift,” he said.Gunmen on Sunday killed two policemen guarding the African Inland Church, snatched their rifles and then opened fire on the congregation from inside and out, killing 15 people. A simultaneous attack took place on a Catholic church in the same area of the eastern Kenyan town of Garissa.Areas of northern and eastern Kenya along the border with Somalia have suffered a series of gunfire and grenade attacks over the last year. Militants attacked a church in Garissa in December, killing two people.Kenya sent troops into Somalia last October to hunt al-Shabab fighters. The militants, who are allied with al-Qaida, have threatened repeatedly to carry out revenge attacks for Kenya’s push into Somalia. Sunday’s attacks appear to be part of that trend.Wachu said five people, two of them Muslim clerics, had been killed in northern Kenya since late last year for speaking out against al-Shabab. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Boniface Adoyo, a Christian cleric and an official of the council, complained of a series of attacks on Christian institutions that no one has been jailed for.Religious leaders who incite their followers should be charged under the provision of laws against hate speech, which were designed to curtail instigation of violence by politicians following postelection violence in 2007-08, Adoyo said.“Anybody inciting religious worshippers for evil actions, that is hate speech and it also covers whatever we do in our temples and in our mosques,” he said.At the United Nations in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attacks.“These attacks, which deliberately targeted places of worship, are reprehensible and criminal,” Ban said in a statement. “No cause can justify the indiscriminate targeting of civilians. The perpetrators of these attacks, and of other recent terrorist acts in Kenya, must be held to account.”___Associated Press writer Ron DePasquale contributed from the United Nations.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgShanghai, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn a city gleaming with confidence, youthful splendor and high-octane excitement, the newly opened Four Seasons Pudong responds with a glamour and pulsating energy found only in today’s China. Centrally located in Pudong’s Lujiazhui business district in the recently-built 55-story 21st Century Tower – locally known as the “jewel box” – Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai rises above the urban melee with art-filled interiors that are inspired by Shanghai’s Golden Age of the 1920s Art Deco period.“Pudong literally did not exist twenty years ago – its rapid ascension to the pinnacle of Shanghai’s business and cultural life illustrates the spirit that drives the city’s success and ambitions for the future,” says Regional Vice President and General Manager Rainer Stampfer. “It’s this energy, this sense of possibility, that we have sought to capture at our new Four Seasons – a place where people can be inspired by the city’s past and future, further their own ambitions, and enjoy life to its fullest.”Enjoy spacious comfort with an air of exclusivity in Shanghai’s booming financial heart. The Shanghai luxury hotel offers wall-to-wall views of the ever-changing cityscape. Exotic woods, luxe leathers and exceptionally high-grade marble lend contemporary five-star luxury to the 187 rooms and suites. Highly functional with extra-large marble bathrooms, the room designs anticipate sophisticated travel needs.Facing Century Boulevard on the ground and second floors, the hotel’s two premier dining destinations are both accessible and exceptional. Camelia is a hip, relaxed all-day restaurant that features a sushi counter, wine lounge and outdoor terrace, while fine Chinese dining can be found in the exclusive and elegant Shàng-Xí restaurant.In celebration of the Hotel’s opening, a limited time offer Pre-Opening Package includes a $315 in hotel credit with a minimum of two nights booked that can be applied to dining, spa and more.Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is the second Four Seasons in the city, and the second of three Four Seasons openings in China this year. Four Seasons Hotel, Guangzhou opened in July, and Four Seasons Hotel Beijing is scheduled to open in September. read more

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