Fresh tremors were felt in the Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in Karnataka as two Congress MLAs – Anand Singh and Ramesh Jarkiholi resigned from the assembly on Monday. Their resignation means that Congress’s strength is reduced to 77 in the state assembly while Janta Dal (Secular) maintains 37 seats and with the two independents and one from BSP, the coalition government now stands at 117 in a house of 225. Should the coalition witness a loss of 5 more members either through resignations or possible defections, the Kumaraswamy government will lose its majority in the state assembly. Down to 117, the coalition government is precariously held with challenging times ahead, especially with former CM and BJP state president Yeddyurappa on the lookout to form the government should the current coalition fail to keep the majority. The two MLAs who submitted their resignation have earlier been identified with the “rebel camp” which has threatened to destabilise the government and hence their resignation should not have been unexpected. Anand Singh’s resignation comes in the wake of the coalition government’s decision to sell 3,667 acres to JSW Steel in Balari – where he represents Vijayanagara – and the “injustice” in general meted out to the district. It is understood that several Congress leaders had urged the government to scrap the JSW decision in the interest of the state, however, the Cabinet decided to sell the land at Rs 1.20 lakh per acre to the steel manufacturer. While Anand Singh had his reasons, Ramesh Jarkiholi has been threatening to resign ever since he was dropped from the Cabinet in December 2018. In fact, he has been the face of the disgruntled group of Congress legislators as the party has been facing dissidence since the formation of the coalition government. The two resignations have revived apprehensions of a falling government in the state with BJP observing the development closely. They portray an impression that they are not responsible if the JD(S)-Congress coalition cannot sustain but they feel the onus to stake claim to the government should it collapse. BJP houses 105 seats in the state assembly – 8 short of the magic number i.e., 113 – and if somehow those resigning the Kumaraswamy government swear allegiance to BJP, which is clearly not out of question, BJP may have a shot at forming the government. But that is a possibility that CM Kumaraswamy and Congress have refuted by citing confidence on their government’s survival. As uncertainty hovers, speculations are ripe about more resignations in line which builds up a dangerous prospect for the Kumaraswamy-led coalition. With the conundrum prevailing in the Karnataka state assembly, speculations are high regarding a Cabinet reshuffle before the Monsoon Session to prevent the disgruntled MLAs from quitting the party and giving BJP a chance to embarrass the coalition government by dragging the government to a floor test. While away on personal agenda to the US, HD Kumaraswamy asserted confidence in his government but his presence is mandatory to subject the Cabinet to a reshuffle in a bid to appeal to the protesting Congress MLAs whose defection could cause Kumaraswamy his seat as the CM of Karnataka. Congress leaders reportedly unhappy with the coalition government must assess the situation and act accordingly because should they join BJP and still fail to make up the magic number, it will be a grossly embarrassing scenario for them. Much has been speculated about BJP’s ‘Operation Lotus’ – an alleged ambition to topple Kumaraswamy’s coalition government – but BJP has denied all speculations by maintaining the fact that they remain committed to playing the part of a healthy opposition. The recent Lok Sabha elections only reflected the plight of JD(S) and Congress in the state with both winning just one seat each whereas BJP grabbed 25 out of the 28 parliamentary seats. While those were for the Centre yet they seemed to have a bearing on the state assembly’s proceedings with the precariously held coalition government struggling to keep its flock together. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhile the government tries to consolidate its position as it faces a potential collapse owing to apprehensions of MLAs resigning from the coalition, it should be noted that a shaky legislative assembly does not augur well for the state, rather any state. The government machinery is gravely affected in such circumstances and has a bearing on its functioning which, in turn, affects the state proceedings on different fronts. Karnataka cannot incessantly indulge in this shaky assembly and needs a concrete government to carry out the development work for which it has been elected. The instability it asserts has only reduced the popularity and confidence in coalition governments in the eyes of citizens who may see this assembly imbroglio as highly unappreciative by democratic standards.
Geneva – Moroccan novelist and poet Tahar Benjelloun was made honorary chairman of Geneva’s 9th international oriental film festival, scheduled next April 4-13.Moroccan novelist and poet made honorary chairman of Geneva international oriental film festivalBenjelloun will also chair the jury of the international contest that will award gold and silver prizes. The Moroccan novelist will also give a lecture in the University of Geneva on the festival’s central theme: body representation in the Orient and in the Occident.Over one hundred movies will be screened during the festival in Geneva and Versoix (Switzerland) as well as in France.
Rabat – Fouzi Lekjaa, the president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), has confirmed the extension of the contract of Morocco’s national team coach, Herve Renard.The announcement was made on Friday in Rabat on the sidelines of the Draw of the 2018 Nations African Championship (CHAN). Lekjaa told the press that “Renard’s contract was already extended since the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2017), which took place in Gabon earlier this year. Lekjaa said that that the coach will be working with the Moroccan football team “under the best conditions until 2022 and with different objectives.”Lekjaa has also talked about the federation’s goals regarding the 2018 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place next summer in Russia. “ I think we must be ambitious because we can do it in order to make all Moroccans happy again,” he said. The 49-year-old Frenchman took over as Morocco’s coach in February 2016, succeeding to former coach Badou Ezzaki.With his rich experience in the field, Renard helped his team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after great performances in one of the most difficult group of the qualifiers, which included Mali, Gabon and Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco.Renard has entered history as the fifth head coach to qualify Morocco to the World Cup.
The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today announced a $22 million loan to Ghana to boost the livelihoods of over 100,000 households in the West African nation.The funds from IFAD are part of a larger $103 million initiative targeted at achieving sustainable livelihoods for poor people in rural areas, especially small farmers, women and vulnerable groups in northern Ghana.The Northern Rural Growth Programme seeks to enhance the incomes of rural residents. Some 45,000 households will be directly supported, and it is hoped that more than double that amount will benefit from improved infrastructure.The scheme aims to improve access to financial services and increase investment to protect against post-harvest losses. Additionally, irrigation systems will be enhanced.It is a direct response to the three poverty divides in Ghana: rural-urban, north-south and gender. 12 September 2008The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) today announced a $22 million loan to Ghana to boost the livelihoods of over 100,000 households in the West African nation.
The longing for peace is “great,” Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told journalists in New York. During her visit to the DRC and Uganda between 26 and 31 May, Ms. Kang said, everyone she spoke with “appealed very earnestly for peace so that they could resume their lives and livelihoods.”She said there is optimism following the recent visit to the Great Lakes by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, his Special Envoy for the region, Mary Robinson, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim around the peace agreement – known formally as the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Region. Mr. Ban’s visit to North Kivu in eastern DRC came just days after renewed fighting between the DRC national armed forces (FARDC) and the 23 March Movement (M23) rebels.Ms. Kang, whose visit followed soon after, said she was “impressed” by the humanitarian efforts to provide urgent assistance to the people in need, which include 2.6 million people displaced throughout the country, some 973,000 displaced in North Kivu alone. She cautioned that despite efforts, many remain in need outside the reach of humanitarian access, due to insecurity and lack of resources. The $892 million Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP) – launched for 2013 by humanitarian partners and the Government to provide aid to millions affected by food insecurity, conflict and disease – is only about 37 per cent funded at $333 million.“Funding is a big concern,” Ms. Kang said, adding that at the current rate there is only enough food available to last five or six months. In South Kivu, Ms. Kang spoke at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu to women and girls who had suffered rape and other sexual violence. Quoting its medical director, Ms. Kang said the hospital treats around 300 survivors of rape every month, an increase in the numbers seeking treatment since 2012. The survivors of sexual violence, beyond immediate medical and psychological needs, have told Ms. Kang that they place hope in the framework as “the last chance to bring about peace.” Some of the issues raised by Ms. Kang were also touched on today during a panel discussion on “Women and peacebuilding in the Great Lakes region,” which featured among its speakers Mrs. Robinson and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura.Mrs. Robinson said that during her first visit to the region in late April and early May to promote the peace accord, she encouraged the widest possible partnership with civil society and she had made it a priority to meet with many women’s groups. Women had been very active in developing and promoting action plans, she said, and they would be vital to ensuring acceptance and implementation of the accord, which she has dubbed the “Framework of Hope.” She announced that women from the Great Lakes and other countries whose Governments had signed the accord planned to meet on 9 July in Bujumbura, Burundi, to outline a platform as a means to ensure that women’s voices influenced the accord’s monitoring mechanisms, oversight and proposed benchmarks. Women’s active participation would ensure that the Framework will be embraced by people “from the bottom up and adhered to and implemented by Governments from the top down.” Ms. Bangura said that the world was coming to realize that without the active participation of 50 per cent of the population, there could be no peace or active pursuit of the broader development agenda. “Women bring experiences, ideas and points of view that we cannot ignore if we want to heal the wounds of the past and ensure justice,” she said. The Framework Agreement provided an excellent opportunity to “tap into the vast potential that is African women,” she stated. Women could be leaders in all the priority areas under the accord – from peacekeepers to activists and religions leaders. “If we accept as fact that women – from Heads of State to grandmothers – have an integral role in rebuilding communities after war, we can make real progress,” she declared, adding that women’s education, empowerment and inclusion at all levels would yield the peace dividend “to build the future we want for the DRC and the Great Lakes.”
At a press conference earlier today in the CAR capital of Bangui, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters that he had headed to the country as soon as possible following the Security Council’s unanimous authorization on 10 April of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA).“I have come…to personally get a more accurate picture of the situation. To hear from the different actors and stakeholders, to be sure that we integrate all these elements in the vision we have for deployment of MINUSCA, “said Mr. Ladsous, emphasizing the Organization’s commitment to help usher the country of “this terrible crisis,” and end the suffering that has continued “far too long.”Fighting in CAR has taken on an increasingly sectarian nature following a 2012 coup and has since grown more brutal with reports of ongoing human rights violations and reprisal attacks between largely Christian anti-balaka and mostly Muslim Séléka rebels that have displaced hundreds of thousands of people both inside and outside the country, and left 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid.The new UN Mission will take over the responsibilities of the African-led International Support Mission, known as MISCA, and, as from 15 September 2014, will initially comprise up to 10,000 military personnel, including 240 military observers and 200 staff officers, as well as 1,800 police personnel.Further, the Council has requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to incorporate the presence of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) into MINUSCA and to ensure “a seamless transition” from one entity to the other.”I think we are now in a phase where we will work hard to ramp up MINUSCA, building on the excellent work that had already been the Special Representative of the Secretary-General Gaye [in] BINUCA,” said Mr. Ladsous.The new mission will aim to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access in the war-torn country, and Mr. Ladsous said the shift from a political office to a peacekeeping operation would enhance the UN capacities on the ground, including through the deployment of civilian teams, as well as military and police components.”[MINUSCA’s aim] is therefore to create safe conditions for significant improvement in the situation. It will help restore [State authority] and its various institutions. It is also to help with a political process…and national reconciliation,” he added.”We will spare no efforts…and I think we have the desire to work with all stakeholders in the international community, with our partners in the African Union, in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and major regional actors, all in a unity of vision, “Mr. Ladsous declared, adding that the CAR Government must also play a key role in easing the crisis.
THE IRISH WINTER wardrobe is an extremely dashing and attractive one.Here’s what it consists of:1. Bed Socks Source: fiomahaEither just old socks, or woolly affairs bought specifically for the purpose. Generally kicked off in the middle of the night when your feet reach a temperature around that of the inside of the sun.They should be big enough to go over another pair of socks and/or the ends of your jeans, for about-the-house wearing.2. House Jumper Source: storebukkebruseA hideous object that you only ever wear in the house, and cannot be seen outdoors. Depending on its state and/or your level of self-respect, you might not even open the door in it.Nevertheless it is warm and deeply comforting and gives you that unmistakeable feeling of ‘home’. Basically it is your blankie.3. Beloved Slippers Source: batatinhaBattered and falling apart and having lost all their padding/insulation/warmth, but somehow the most comfortable objects you know.Beloved Slippers often coexist with New Slippers, which someone has given you having noticed your slippers are fit for the great shoebox in the sky. While being newer and fresher and in every way more practical, the New Slippers will sit abandoned in a corner until the last possible moment.4. Good Coat Source: Ken_MayerThat you wear to any going-out type thing, and refer to as your ‘winter coat’. But in actual fact your winter coat is your…5. Actual Warm Coat Source: coteYou probably keep this in your utility room, if you have one. It is most likely fleece-lined, and may well be in some kind of fluorescent colour.You wear either (a) when you’re not going to be seen, or (b) on those days when you look out the window and absolutely cannot face leaving the house in anything else.6. Dressing Gown Source: cormaggioWorn over clothes in times of great need. Or times of great hangover. Probably hasn’t seen a washing machine since the boom years.7. And finally, Sofa Blanket Source: exalthimThis blanket lives spread out along your sofa like some kind of fleecy sea creature (except on the rare occasions when you have a tidy fit and fold it up neatly on the sofa arm). Around October, it feels like a delicious luxury. By February, you’re so accustomed that you feel naked if you’re watching Masterchef without it.It goes without saying that it should have tea stains and biscuit crumbs scattered liberally across it. This completes your winter wardrobe.What other particular winter garments do you need? What are we missing?8 reasons why Sharon Ní Bheoláin absolutely can’t leave The Six One>The 5 stages of ‘Did I Lock the Door?’>
The Flash is a classic, beloved DC Superhero going back to his debut in the Golden Age of comics back in 1940 by creators Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert. That’s back when The Flash was portrayed by Jay Garrick whose better known for being a member of the Justice Society or played by John Wesley Shipp on The Flash TV show on the CW. More Flash fans are probably familiar with his persona that debuted in the Silver Age, Barry Allen, created by Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino or Wally West created again by Carmine Infantino with John Broome.Needless to say with the character approaching 80 years in our pop culture and being in comics, video games, TV, movies and more, you probably have a Flash fan in your life. We here at Geek put together this gift guide to help you find and get some Flash gifts fast!The Flash Q-FigFlash Q-FigThis adorable little Flash Q-Fig is unique — you probably won’t meet many fans with it.Flash Zip Up Cosplay HoodieKeep warm and pay tribute to one of the fastest superheroes around with this cozy hoodie. Look as stylish as Barry today.The Flash Rebirth: Volume 1In the summer of 2016, DC Comics rebooted its entire line. One of the runaway smash hits of that reboot has been The Flash. Catch up with your buddy Barry with this first volume!The Flash vs. Zoom Print with FrameZoom is easily one of The Flash’s cruelest, most menacing villains. This colorful, dynamic print shows these two battling and would be a great addition to anyone’s den or lounge room. Available in multiple sizes and in either a black or white frame to accommodate your decorating needs.The Flash Animated StatueA whole generation was introduced to The Flash before the CW show in the Justice League animated series and his appearances in other cartoons like Young Justice. Now you can celebrate this beloved speedster with this statue based on his animated appearances from Diamond Select Toys. You can preorder this statue on Amazon today! Available May 30th.The Flash by Geoff Johns: Volume 1Geoff John’s run on The Flash is considered by many to be one of the best the series has ever had. Any fan of the character that isn’t familiar with the comics is going to want to start here!LEGO The Flash vs. Captain Cold This 88 piece LEGO set has The Flash go up against one of his fiercest rogues, Captain Cold! Yes, we don’t know why Flash would be using a car either, but don’t let that spoil the fun!Flash Funny T-ShirtWho doesn’t love a good gag t-shirt? Walk down the street with confidence that someone will stop you to make sure that you know they think that’s a funny shirt! And the unisex cut available in multiple sizes makes this gift good for just about anyone!S.T.A.R. Labs MugThe Science and Technology Advanced Research Laboratories are a staple in the DC Universe and featured prominently in The Flash on the CW. Have your morning coffee while pretending you’re making breakthroughs in super speed technology to help Barry and the gang!Gund Uglydoll Jeero The Flash Stuffed AnimalThese Uglydolls from Entertainment Earth offer a unique take on your favorite DC Superheroes! This Flash comes in at 11″ tall, is surface washable, and very huggable! Stay on target Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich were tipped off as favorites to win the German Bundesliga at the end of the season.Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are the favorites to win the German Bundesliga this season.At least that was what many experts said before the start of the 2018-2019 season.Now Dortmund has a seven-point lead over the Bavarians with just 14 games left to play.“We still have 14 games and a lot can happen in that time,” said Bayern’s coach Niko Kovac to the league’s official website after his team lost against Bayer Leverkusen today.“We’ve now lost a game having won seven in a row in the Bundesliga. It’s frustrating, but we now just need to ensure that we go on a new run.”“We don’t get any points by talking anyway, so it doesn’t matter what I say. What were we missing? Good question,” Bayern’s forward Thomas Müller wasn’t very happy to answer.“Of course we look at the other results after the game. We can’t leave here completely satisfied because we would’ve like to have won the game,” Marco Reus, Dortmund’s captain commented.“There were periods in the second half, and at times in the first half, where we made a few mistakes. We’ll have to work on this.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’re not satisfied. We look at each other and we all know we’d have liked to have won here,” Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Bürki said.“Then it would have been a top weekend. Although Bayern losing is a consolation, we’d rather have won.”“Obviously we came here trying to win, but you can’t win every game and unfortunately we got a draw today,” Borussia winger Jadon Sancho commented.“It’s still good and we still got a point. We just need to keep working hard and the next game, we’ll come back.”FULL TIME | Stalemate at Frankfurt.We keep on marching.#SGEBVB 1-1 pic.twitter.com/zeobuCcENp— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) February 2, 2019
Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco has revealed he intends to win the team’s final group stage game of the UEFA Champions League despite already securing qualification to the second round.The Royal Blues face Lokomotiv Moscow tomorrow night, and Tedesco has stressed the importance of winning the game.“The game is important because we want to underline the fact that we deserve to be in the last 16,” said Domenico Tedesco, according to the club’s official website.“In the Champions League, we’ve played well four times and very badly once.”“On Tuesday, it’ll be about representing the club and the Bundesliga in the best way possible once again.”The Schalke manager also suggested that there could be changes from the 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Tedesco: Schalke fell apart after Aguero’s penalty Andrew Smyth – March 13, 2019 Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco believes Sergio Aguero’s penalty literally caused his side to fall apart following their 7-0 Champions League defeat.Guido Burgstaller, who was taken off after 36 minutes against Dortmund, won’t be available for Tuesday’s UCL game.Steven Skrzybski is also expected to miss out, and it’s still too early for Cedric Teuchert to think about playing the entire game.However, injuries can also provide the opportunity for other players in the squad to impress.“Ahmed Kutucu will definitely be in the squad. Ahmed is someone who always wants the ball and get forward. He can play up top, but he also plays quite well in midfield,” said Tedesco.The youngster has been causing a stir in the club’s U19 team recently.“He’s got great character and he’s earned the chance to get a few minutes under his belt,” added Tedesco.
28-acre brush fire burns near Otay reservoir in Chula Vista KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 29, 2019 June 29, 2019 CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Firefighters were battling a 28-acre brush fire east of the Lower Otay Reservoir today, according to CalFire officials.The fire began around 10 a.m. and was reported to be about five acres, but soon grew to 28 acres. The fire was 10 percent contained by 1:10 p.m. Air and ground firefighting units were dispatched to the scene. No structures were reported threatened, a CalFire spokesman said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom,
Top Tech Online-Only Pubs:1) CNET 2) IDG News Service 3) PC Magazine 4) TechTarget 5) InfoWorld Best New Pubs: 1) CFO World2) Channelnomics3) Edtech Digest4) Network Computing5) RCR Wireless Top Tech Standalone Blogs: 1) TechCrunch 2) GigaOM 3) Mashable 4) Gizmodo 5) Engadget Top Tech Blogs Associated with Pubs: 1) Bits (The New York Times) 2) All Things Digital (The Wall Street Journal) 3) InformationWeek’s Security Weblog4) Pogue’s Posts (The New York Times) 5) Digits (The Wall Street Journal) PRSourceCode, a service provider for technology public relations, announced today the results of its second annual “2011 Top Tech Publications” survey – the tech PR community’s ranking of the top tech business and trade publications, tech blogs and tech journalists, based on a survey of 146 tech PR professionals in Q1 2011. The survey reveals 80 percent of 2010’s PR pros have shown up again as 2011 winners, displaying loyalty to their top pubs. PR pros have broadened their focus from standard print pubs, recognizing blogs and online-only publications as key sources of media outreach. According to the study, Twitter content is vital, 65 percent of PR pros saying they engage with journalists via Twitter. Top Tech Print Business Pubs: 1) The Wall Street Journal 2) The New York Times 3) Financial Times 4) Forbes 5) Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top Tech Print Trade Pubs: 1) InformationWeek 2) Network World 3) CIO 4) Wired 5) EE Times
The Business Secretary has said that nationalisation of the Tata steel works is not the solution to the crisis. Sajid Javid made the comment in a statement issued shortly before he stepped on a plane to return to the UK from Australia.Javid insisted that the government is looking at all viable options to keep steel making continuing in Port Talbot. He added: I dont think nationalisation is going to be the solution because I think everyone would want a long-term viable solution.And if you look around Europe and elsewhere I think nationalisation is rarely the answer, particularly if you take into account the big challenges the industry faces. Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of key ministers on 31 March to discuss the crisis with at least 15,000 permanent jobs under threat. According to analysis conducted by IPPR think tank, some 40,000 jobs could be on the line if no buyer is found.Cameron has resisted calls from the Labour party to recall Parliament despite Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn launching a petition calling on the prime minister to act to protect our steel industry. The petition has garnered over 37,000 signatures.Calls for a bail out intensifyCorbyn was the first senior Westminster politician to travel to Port Talbot, after cutting his holiday short. He warned that the government needs to step in. We need a steel industry in Britain. We need a manufacturing base to our economy in Britain, Corbyn told Sky News.If you leave it to market forces, we will end up with a Chinese-dominated steel industry in Europe, he added. There has to be intervention.Surely the function of government, the function of being Prime Minister or Business Secretary is where necessary to intervene to protect jobs and communities and this crucial industry. The Labour leader added that losing more than a century of steel making in towns and cities across Britain would be unacceptable.His call for intervention was echoed by fellow politicians, who pointed out the governments role in rescuing banks. This industry is as important to Wales, I would argue, as the banking sector is to the whole of the UK, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood told BBC News. If the banks could be bailed out, then the steel industry should be bailed out too, she added.
Three Dhaka University (DU) students, who were handed over to police from Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall on Tuesday morning on charge of spreading rumours on Facebook, were released in the afternoon, reports UNB.The students are Tariqul Islam of mathematics department, Mashiur Rahman Sadik of institute of information and communication technology and Zobaidul Haque Rony of physics department.Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly beat them up and handed over to the police over the allegation of spreading rumours.They were released around 4:00pm after students under the banner of ‘students against repression’ went to the proctor and demanded his step to release the detainees.The proctor assured them of taking steps to this end and later, the trio was freed.Officer-in-charge of Shahbagh police station Abul Hasan said they released the students as they did not find any evidence of spreading rumours against them.
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Tagsartificial intelligence ethics Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission evangelicals homepage featured principles Russell Moore technology,You may also like News News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — Artificial intelligence may allow technology to help people make wise decisions and work more efficiently.But it is not morally neutral, argues a group of Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders in a new declaration about technology and ethics.“We affirm the use of AI to inform and aid human reasoning and moral decision-making because it is a tool that excels at processing data and making determinations, which often mimics or exceeds human ability,” according to the statement titled “Artificial Intelligence: An Evangelical Statement of Principles.”“While AI excels in data-based computation, technology is incapable of possessing the capacity for moral agency or responsibility.”Dozens of people gathered Thursday (April 11) at an event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for a discussion about the implications of artificial intelligence on topics ranging from faith to foreign policy.ERLC President Russell Moore said the technological innovation could lead to new ways of sharing translations of the Bible with people across the globe who have yet to hear the gospel, and it already allows blind believers to listen to a smart speaker recite portions of the Bible.But he said it is crucial to raise spiritual questions about the use of AI.“For many years I have grappled with the issue that many of our people in my community seem to think that the most pressing cultural issues are those items being debated on Facebook right now,” he said, “when in many cases the most pressing cultural issue is Facebook itself and how we relate to all of these emerging technologies.”Jason Thacker, ERLC’s creative director, developed the five-page statement with the assistance of experts in theology, technology, law and medicine.Jason Thacker, creative director of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, speaks in Washington, D.C., as his agency releases a statement on artificial intelligence on April 11, 2019. 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BanksThe statement aims to help evangelicals proactively navigate their use of technology like smartphones and virtual assistants such as Siri or Alexa from a scriptural perspective that focuses on the ethics of human dignity.“I believe that AI presents one of the greatest opportunities for human flourishing in our lifetime, but it also presents one of the greatest threats to human dignity that we’ll ever face,” said Thacker, author of a forthcoming book titled “Technology & the Future.”Thacker compared modern technology to the story in the biblical book of Exodus where Egyptians created and worshipped a golden calf.“If we don’t think about what we’re creating with artificial intelligence,” he said, “we’re going to fall prey to the same temptation to worship the creation rather than the creator.”RELATED: As Facebook reels, Silicon Valley dabbles in ethicsTaylor Barkley, program officer for technology and Innovation at the libertarian Charles Koch Institute, said he “couldn’t agree more” with the statement’s declaration that “human beings should develop and harness technology in ways that lead to greater flourishing and the alleviation of human suffering.”Barkley, an advocate of “permissionless innovation,” said he appreciated the statement’s aim of diminishing fears about the future of technology and said “concerns should be addressed as we arrive at them rather than throwing darts at whatever may come.”The statement urged that AI should be used to “identify and eliminate bias inherent in human decision-making.” But data should not be used to benefit the powerful or harm the weak.“We deny that human agency or moral culpability in war can be delegated to AI,” it says. “No nation or group has the right to use AI to carry out genocide, terrorism, torture, or other war crimes.”The signatories also condemned using AI for what they consider inappropriate sexual purposes, including objectifying of human beings.“AI should not intrude upon or substitute for the biblical expression of sexuality between a husband and wife according to God’s design for human marriage,” they said.RELATED: Should we live to be 500? Christians and secularists come together over transhumanismThe statement also affirmed the value of work as “part of God’s plan for human beings” and said technology should be used to enhance it rather than replace it.“Humanity should not use AI and other technological innovations as a reason to move toward lives of pure leisure even if greater social wealth creates such possibilities,” the statement says.In an interview after the event, Moore said the ERLC is planning to develop curricula and other resources for churches as parents, clergy and Sunday school teachers grapple with whether or how to use smartphones and tablets in worship.“The number one question that I get right now in terms of personal ethics is about technology,” he said. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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Paramount Pictures and Anonymous Content are teaming up to produce a live-action TV series based on Electronic Arts’ popular Battlefield series. Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta will be the show’s executive producers, with it being available to view across broadcast, premium cable, and streaming services. However, at this point, no network is attached to the project.The report comes up dry with regards to actual details about the series itself. Battlefield games have taken place during different eras in history. The original titles were set during World War II while the latest games took place in modern times. The upcoming Battlefield 1 takes place during the first world war. The show’s producers could either make it a period piece or something more contemporary.Battlefield is one of the biggest games out there so it makes sense that Hollywood would want to try to make it into a series or movie. The question is, how will this series stand out and be different from other shows based around war?Despite what the report says, the Battlefield series is not known for having a strong narrative or memorable characters. That means a brand-new storyline and cast of characters will have to be created specifically for this series. If that is the case, what will make it a distinctly “Battlefield” experience?This project has just been announced so it will be some time before it officially goes into production. As always, stay tuned for more on the Battlefield TV series as news is released.
Stay on target You can now communicate with Alexa in the bathroom, thanks to Kohler’s new Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet.On Friday, the company unveiled the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet and other smart bathroom products at CES 2019. In a press release, Kohler said it extended voice control technology, so customers can have a connected bathroom experience. The products aren’t available right now, however, Kohler said they will be introduced to the smart home market this year.“Connected technology is driving innovation in the smart home category, but connectivity alone isn’t enough,” David Kohler, CEO of Kohler Co., said in the press release. “We believe in leading with design and seamlessly incorporating the right technologies so that our customers can personalize their bathroom experiences to be just right for them.”AdChoices广告Kohler’s smart bathroom products, including the the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet, sync with Kohler Connect, an application for Android and iOS devices that enable hands-free motion control, personalized presets, and voice commands. The aim of Kohler Connect is to make key living areas, including the bathroom, more smart-home friendly. With Kohler Connect, customers cane easily ask questions and manage devices without moving rooms.The Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet isn’t your typical potty. Its cool features include personalized cleansing and dryer functions, a heated seat and excellent water efficiency to get the job done. For a more peaceful bathroom session, the toilet’s lighting comes with ambient colors and high-quality speakers. Plus, Alexa is built into the toilet, so you can use simple voice commands to heat the seat, ask questions about the weather, and play your favorite beats in the bathroom.If you have your heart set on a smart bathroom, Kohler also offers other high-tech additions, including a Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror powered by Google Assistant, a DTV+ Shower System that allows you to virtually control water settings, and a PerfectFill Technology filler that produces the right water level for your bathtub. You can easily turn your boring bathroom into a high-tech lavatory with Kohler’s innovative technology.More on Geek.com:Pencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From PoachersNew App Warns LA Users Of Impending EarthquakeRolls Royce Aims to Build the World’s Fastest All-Electric Airplane Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350
Stay on target Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Although Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee broke new ground last year as the first core Pokemon games on a home console, those Nintendo Switch titles weren’t meant to be the next great leap forward for the franchise. After all, they were remakes of the original games with mobile connectivity and motion controls from Pokemon Go. They were cool but they weren’t the new true generation of Pokemon.Now, that next, eighth generation has been revealed. We finally got our first look at Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, the next mainline Pokemon role-playing games coming to Nintendo Switch this holiday.As many rumors suggested, Pokemon Sword and Shield are set in a region inspired by England, the Galar Region. After the tropical Alola region I guess Game Freak thought players would be into something a little more rustic. Or maybe they just played a lot of Forza Horizon 4. Given the royalty theme we wonder if we’ll encounter kings or queens or other kinds of Pokemonarchs? There’s a glimpse of Pokemon soccer so they aren’t holding back on going full Europe.While Let’s Go’s world was constrained by the grid-like nature of the original Game Boy games, Sword and Shield take the more open map approach Sun and Moon used. Don’t get your hopes up too much. In both its design and its visuals, the games don’t look as ambitious as the free-roaming Pokemon: Breath of the Wild of your dreams. And it looks like random battles are back, arguably making the gameplay even more archaic than Let’s Go. But the areas you do explore look more organic, the countryside vistas more splendid. We even got some Red Dead vibes from the steampunk cities.And finally we saw the new crop of starter Pokemon. The early favorite is energetic fire rabbit Scorbunny but curious grass chimp Grookey and shy water lizard Sobble are building up fan bases of their own. Presumably legendaries will come later, perhaps inspired by the coat of arms designs on the logos.Honestly, I really need to stop thinking Pokemon games will be anything other than iterative. Even the leap to a new console hasn’t seemed to change the game that fundamentally. And decades of that kind of conservatism has bugged me. But legions of Pokemon fans clearly disagree, and they are surely stoked to pick up Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield on Nintendo Switch this holiday.For more on Pokemon check out the latest brain-melting Pokemon: Detective Pikachu trailer for Pokemon Day and watch us talk about how the original Pokemon Red and Blue are games to play before you die.
Explore further Journal information: Science Morality clearly plays a role in modern society, in many instances, it might even be cited as one of the prime preventers of chaos—people see, hear and engage in things that they deem moral, or immoral, and tend to respond in certain ways because of it. But because of its ephemeral nature, scientists have had difficulty not only defining and measuring it but perhaps more importantly, finding the ways in which it works in people and in society as a whole. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to learn more about how morality works by periodically asking people directly about their observations, feelings and acts.In the experiment, 1,252 people found via social media, agreed to download an app to their phone that allowed the researchers to query them at random times regarding moral acts they engaged in or witnessed during the prior hour, how it made them feel and how they responded. Text messages were sent to the volunteers and received from them over a period of three days. Afterwards, the researchers analyzed the 13,240 messages they’d received from the volunteers to see if they could spot patterns, trends or other pertinent information.Among the host of findings, the team discovered that those who considered themselves religious didn’t necessarily commit more or less moral or immoral acts than those who did not. They also found that people who were the target of a moral act tended to feel better about themselves than did those who committed a moral act themselves—and those same people tended to also be more likely to commit a moral act later on—social scientists call it moral contagion.The researchers also found evidence that suggests political affiliation had an impact on morality as well—those of a liberal persuasion, for example, tended to focus more on fairness between people, while those who saw themselves as more conservative tended to respond more strongly to acts of respecting authority or the status quo.The study marks a new foray into sociological testing techniques using new technology and might just be one of many to come that seek to better define the rules by which people behave in society. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands has uncovered some new ideas about the nature of morality by using a smartphone app. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe how they enlisted a large group of people to serve as volunteers in a morality experiment, and what they learned as a result. Jesse Graham, of the University of Southern California offers a Perspective piece in the same journal issue. Citation: Smartphone app used by experimenters to learn more about aspects of morality (2014, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-smartphone-app-experimenters-aspects-morality.html Image of the Smartphone Experience-Sampling Signal (SMS linking to smartphone survey). Credit: Wilhelm Hofmann More information: Morality in everyday life, Science 12 September 2014: Vol. 345 no. 6202 pp. 1340-1343 DOI: 10.1126/science.1251560 ABSTRACTThe science of morality has drawn heavily on well-controlled but artificial laboratory settings. To study everyday morality, we repeatedly assessed moral or immoral acts and experiences in a large (N = 1252) sample using ecological momentary assessment. Moral experiences were surprisingly frequent and manifold. Liberals and conservatives emphasized somewhat different moral dimensions. Religious and nonreligious participants did not differ in the likelihood or quality of committed moral and immoral acts. Being the target of moral or immoral deeds had the strongest impact on happiness, whereas committing moral or immoral deeds had the strongest impact on sense of purpose. Analyses of daily dynamics revealed evidence for both moral contagion and moral licensing. In sum, morality science may benefit from a closer look at the antecedents, dynamics, and consequences of everyday moral experience. © 2014 Phys.org How do former churchgoers build a new moral identity? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.