The country’s annual inflation rate cooled slightly last month but, at 2.2 per cent, it stayed hot enough to hover above the two per cent midpoint of the central bank’s ideal range, Statistics Canada said Friday in a new report.Headline inflation for April was a little lower than the March number of 2.3 per cent, which was the rate’s strongest year-over-year reading since 2014. It matched the 2.2 per cent figure for February.The upward pressure on inflation last month was led by higher costs for gasoline, air transportation and restaurants. The biggest downward forces came from cheaper prices for digital equipment, travel tours and natural gas.Core prices, meanwhile, also continued their gradual, upward climb last month, the report said.The average of the Bank of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which omits more-volatile items like pump prices, edged above the two per cent mark last month for the first time since February 2012. The core average was 2.03 per cent, up from 1.97 per cent the previous month.The Bank of Canada carefully scrutinizes inflation numbers ahead of its interest-rate decisions. It can use rate hikes as a tool to help prevent inflation from climbing too high.But recent readings are unlikely to have a major impact on an upcoming rate decision because governor Stephen Poloz has predicted inflation to remain above two per cent for all of 2018.Last month, Poloz challenged the notion that two per cent represents some unbreachable barrier. With higher energy prices, he said it’s natural for the long-term trendline to balance itself out — and he called it a “positive thing.”“What I don’t want is for people to spend this entire year asking what I’m up to because inflation is above target,” Poloz told reporters during a late-April visit to Washington, D.C..“You need every once in a while to remind people there’s a range, and that’s okay. The policy allows for this. We’re not violating our target in some way.”The bank’s inflation range is one to three per cent, but considerable attention is focused on where the rate sits relative to the two per cent midpoint.Last month, the central bank raised its headline inflation projections as it pointed to the temporary effects of higher gasoline prices and minimum wage increases. The bank is now expecting inflation to average 2.3 per cent this year before settling back down to 2.1 per cent in 2019.Poloz has raised the central bank’s benchmark interest rate three times since last July and is expected to remain on his rate-hiking path with the economy operating close to its capacity.But last month the bank left its key rate at 1.25 per cent, where it has been since January.Poloz said that the economy was still unable to maintain its pace without the stimulative power of lower rates, despite recent improvements.The bank’s next rate decision is May 30, but many analysts have been predicting Poloz will wait until July before introducing another rate increase.In a separate report Friday, Statistics Canada released its latest figures for retail trade, which showed an increase for a third-straight month with sales rising 0.6 per cent in March. Retail sales rose to a total of $50.2 billion.Retail trade also saw increases of 0.5 per cent in February and 0.3 per cent in January.The report said higher sales in March for vehicles and automotive parts — especially by new car dealers — more than offset weaker sales at food and beverage stores and gas stations. By excluding sales of vehicles and parts, retail trade would have contracted 0.2 per cent in March.
MONTREAL — Three people are dead after a plane crashed in a remote region of northern Quebec.The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton says a Hercules aircraft was dispatched on Friday evening near Lac Boulene to respond to an emergency locator beacon.Search and rescue technicians parachuted to the site where they found three people without vital signs and they were pronounced dead.Capt. Trevor Reid says a fourth person in the plane was still alive and transported by Griffon helicopter to nearby Chibougamau, about 700 kilometres north of Montreal, for further medical treatment.Quebec provincial police say that man was released from hospital and will meet with investigators.They say the families of the three male victims have been notified, but police won’t be releasing their identities for now.Police say the men were friends heading for a fishing expedition in the area.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is aware of the incident, which is believed to have occurred around 4:30 p.m., and it is currently assessing the situation.The Canadian Press
TORONTO – North American stock markets slipped slightly lower Thursday as metals took a hit amid trade uncertainty and the U.S. and China imposed tariffs on each other’s goods.Markets have been volatile but have traded in the summer on headlines, said Ian Riach, CIO of Fiduciary Trust Canada.“So I think a lot of the trade talk around the U.S. and China today…probably has a broad effect on the North American markets,” he said in an interview.The world’s two largest economies imposed 25 per cent tariffs on $16 billion of each other’s goods, including automobiles and factory equipment. The previously announced increases come as envoys met for their first high-level talks in two months.Canada’s main stock index edged lower, led by losses in the materials sector, base metals and gold weighed on the market.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 20.55 points at 16,326.79 Thursday, after reaching an intraday high of 16,358.58 on 171 million shares traded.The materials sector was down 1.5 per cent as almost all companies closed down on the day, led by Tahoe Resources and New Gold, on a stronger U.S. dollar.The Canadian dollar traded down at 76.55 cents US compared with an average of 76.83 cents US on Wednesday.Health care gained 1.45 per cent led by cannabis companies Canopy Growth Corp. and Aphria Inc.Information technology, industrials, energy and telecom services were up by less than a percentage point. Financials, utilities, consumer staples, real estate and consumer discretionary were down slightly.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 76.62 points at 25,656.98. The S&P 500 index was down 4.84 points at 2,856.98, while the Nasdaq composite was off 10.64 points at 7,878.46.U.S. markets face a lot of uncertainty right now as trade issues gain lots of public attention while interest rates and earnings are longer-term drivers of activity, said Riach.“In the short-term there’s a lot of uncertainty particularly around trade and just the political situation in the U.S. that I think has investors just a little bit nervous,” he said.“Here in Canada obviously with the U.S. being the largest importer of our goods, any trade uncertainty there I think just tends to put a ceiling on stock prices.”The October crude contract was down three cents at US$67.83 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up 0.8 of a cent at US$2.964 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$9.30 at US$1,194.00 an ounce and the September copper contract was down 1.9 cents at US$2.654 a pound.
Rabat – The Faculty of Law of Mohammed V University at Souissi in Rabat was the locus of an engaging workshop hosted by the Marti Ahtisaari Centre (a Presidential initiative of Former Finland President & Nobel Prize Winner Marti Ahtisaari), in conjunction with the Ministry in charge of Relations with Civil Society & Parliament, on September 26-27, 2014.Under the theme “Public Participation in Policy-Making: Stocktaking of the Commission of National Dialogue on Civil Society,” this inaugural international workshop helped set a platform for dialogue and multi-stakeholder reflections on the National Dialogue recommendations to develop an inclusive framework for enabling civil society’s public participation in policy-making. A special focus was given to the experience of l’Instance Centrale de Prévention de la Corruption [The Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption] as well as Moroccan Diaspora Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).With a focus on public consultations, the breakout sessions addressed the linkage between public consultations and socio-economic development and analyzed Article 12 of the Moroccan Constitution and ways to codify it in texts of law so as to catalyze the engagement of civil society in public policy-making. Day II highlighted Nordic good practices in the area of public consultations through the strengthening of civil society engagement in public policy making/monitoring processes. Overall, the program was met with strong interest, hosting many participants representing civil society organizations; academics; international organizations; and policy makers. The inauguration of the Forum featured notable speakers including: Minister El Habib Choubani, of the Ministry in charge of Relations with Civil Society & Parliament; Moulay Ismail Alaoui, President of the National Commission of Policy Dialogue on Civil Society and New Constitutional Roles, as well as other high-level Moroccan policy-makers and international personalities.The national and international organizers, “shared the same vision in terms of inclusiveness and the need to conduct a dialogue to ensure multi-stakeholder ownership and confidence building in the Commission’s recommendations,” said Leila Hanafi, a Moroccan-American lawyer and member of the National Commission.The multi-stakeholder workshop addressed the following objectives:– Dissemination of National Dialogue outcomes/recommendations to develop an inclusive framework for enabling civil society consensus building & ownership– Stock taking on the National Dialogue process– Increased understanding of the groups that did not participate in the Commission’s consultative process in the value of the new constitutional framework– Raised awareness on mechanisms to influence policy making in Morocco, with a focus on socio-economic issues (i.e., access to basic social services, youth unemployment, diaspora interests)– Sharing of best practices, including Nordic models.Overall, there was a general consensus among participants that intensifying dialogue surrounding the recommendations of the Commission is integral to civil society’s implementation of them. At the conclusion of the two day forum, several recommendations ensued from the discussions including, but not limited to:– Continuing dialogue with key national authorities in constructive dialogue forums such as universities to enable a demand-driven approach to hearing the concerns of civil society inside and outside of Morocco.– As the number of CSOs of Moroccans residing abroad increase, so does the need to integrate them further into policy-making processes and to allow them exercise their constitutional rights.– Follow-up on the draft public consultation law to promote participatory process for policy formulation.National Commission of Policy Dialogue on Civil Society and New Constitutional RolesThe main objectives of the National Commission of Policy Dialogue on Civil Society and New Constitutional Roles are to: facilitate the development of an enabling environment for dialogue between government and citizens to come up with a participatory joint vision of the new role to be accorded to civil society, as part of the societal plan mapped out by the revised Constitution.The Commission represents an unprecedented opportunity to encourage dialogue with senior representatives from Moroccan government agencies, parliament, academia, civil society, and international organizations on the implementation of the constitution to promote a strong and fair lawmaking process, and, ultimately, greater confidence in the constitution as a blue print for future public policy reform through inclusive participation.The Commission in the last year held more than 18 meetings that drew nearly 10,000 people. The Commission’s work was, officially, praised by the King of Morocco by marking March 13th as National Day of Civil Society. Regional organizations such as ISESCO and the Council of Europe have adopted the Moroccan experience of the Commission’s National Dialogue for sharing among their constituencies.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Rabat – In a bid to benefit more from skilled migrants, while consolidating its reputation for easing socio-professional integration for migrants, Canada is planning to appeal to more international, French speaking students.If, as a Moroccan student, you are proficient in French and you plan to pursue your academic training in Canada and subsequently launch your professional career in the North American country, there is good news for you. Canada is embracing students with similar profiles, as it plans to open its schools and labor market to a larger pool of young, French-speaking candidates.In an announcement published on its official website on August 30, the Canadian government declared its goal of attracting more students from Morocco and Senegal. The move, the announcement explained, is part of the government’s policy of appealing to thousands of French-speaking students. “Canada is making the Student Direct Stream (SDS) available to international students coming from Senegal and Morocco, starting September 9, 2019,” began the statement by the Canadian government. “By providing fast, reliable processing of study permit applications, Canada is better equipped to compete in attracting the best and the brightest from around the world.”The announcement comes six months after Canada unveiled its Francophone Immigration Strategy, a policy designed to attract Francophone students to Canada as a “top destination” for studies and socio-professional integration.“Expanding this faster and more efficient application process to prospective students from Senegal and Morocco supports the Government’s Francophone Immigration Strategy to encourage more young French speakers to choose to study in Canada,” noted the statement.With its effectively bilingual professional and academic environments, as well as its global, solid reputation for being a successful model of multiculturalism, Canada takes enormous pride in leading the global dance for intercultural dialogue and exchanges on a daily basis between citizens or (international) students with different social, economic, or religious backgrounds.For international students, the government’s announcement suggested, with Canada’s multicultural reputation in mind, the North American country presents unique learning and professional and academic growth opportunities.The country offers international students “a high-quality international education and employment in their field of study once they graduate, ” in addition to providing ample opportunities to secure “permanent residence through Express Entry.”The encouraging statements from the Canadian government are not empty, outsized marketing slogans, the type that often bend the daily experience of international students just to attract even more of them. The positive, laudatory appraisal suggested by the government’ announcement has precedence.On August 13, OECD reported that “Canada has the most comprehensive and elaborate migration system.” The OECD report elaborated, “Canada boasts the largest share of highly educated immigrants in the OECD as well as high levels of public acceptance of migration. In addition, it is seen as an appealing country of destination for potential migrants.”Commenting on the rationale behind Canada’s policy to attract students from Morocco and Senegal, Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, put forth the country’s hope, and goal of cementing its global leadership on matters of successful migration and multicultural policies.Hussen echoed OECD’s finding: “Canada’s diverse, welcoming society, high-quality educational institutions and opportunities to work or immigrate after graduation have made Canada a leading destination of choice for students from around the world.“In expanding the Student Direct Stream to a more diverse range of prospective students, we’re enhancing the tremendous cultural, social and economic benefits that international students provide.”
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid a string of solid U.S. economic news this week and rising oil prices.The loonie was up a third of a cent to 93.98 cents US as the greenback lost value against a variety of currencies.The Canadian currency had sunk a quarter of a cent Wednesday to its lowest level since May 2010 after the Bank of Canada left rates unchanged and left markets with the impression that rate hikes were still a long way off.Traders looked to Friday and the release of the latest employment report for Canada, where economists expect about 7,500 jobs were created in November.But the major event of the week is the same-day release of the U.S. government’s non-farm payrolls report for last month.Expectations for job creation have moved higher after payroll firm ADP reported Wednesday that the private sector added 215,000 jobs last month. Prior to that report, markets had expected job creation of about 183,000.While a stronger report would be welcomed as another sign of an improving economy, it would also raise concerns that the Federal Reserve is getting close to cutting back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases, a program that has kept long term rates low and supported a strong equity market rally this year.There was further positive news on the U.S. jobs front Thursday. The Labor Department reported that applications for jobless benefits, which are a proxy for layoffs, dropped 23,000 last week to 296,000.Other data out Thursday morning showed that U.S. gross domestic product for the third quarter was revised upward to an annualized rate of 3.6 per cent from 2.8 per cent.In other market-related news, Bank of Canada senior deputy minister Tiff Macklem is leaving the central bank in the spring. Macklem was widely expected to win the contest for bank governor last June but was beaten out by Stephen Poloz. Macklem will become the dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of TorontoOn the commodity markets, oil prices advanced for a second day after a much larger than expected drawdown of U.S. supplies last week. The January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 18 cents to US$97.38 a barrel.Metals were lower as March copper declined two cents to US$3.23 after the American jobs data, along with strong housing and trade reports, helped push the metal up eight cents on Thursday.December bullion fell $15.30 to US$1,231.90 an ounce. Loonie advances, traders look to Canadian, U.S. jobs data being released Friday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2013 6:44 am MDT
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-0. Credit: Lantern file photoA third-set Buckeye effort wasn’t enough to stop the Indiana Hoosiers from swiping a win from the Ohio State women’s volleyball team on Saturday. Indiana took home the 3-1 victory on their home court, while No. 22 OSU fell to 15-11 overall on the season and 5-9 in the Big Ten. The loss tallies two in a row for the Buckeyes, dropping a match to Wisconsin prior to their faceoff with the Hoosiers. OSU has just six remaining matches in the regular season. The Buckeyes will see three of those teams for the first time this season. A week ago, junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said that allowing teams to go on three or four-point runs is ruinous for the Buckeyes. In the first set alone, the Hoosiers went on three three-point runs and created a hole for OSU. Near the conclusion of the first set, the Buckeyes pulled within two points but it was the deadly three-point deficit that came back to haunt them. The Hoosiers took the first set, 25-22. The second set was anchored offensively by sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold, who swung for 10 kills. Even with impressive statistics, the Buckeyes were doomed to play catch-up nearly the entire set. However, OSU rallied and tied the score at 23-23. Then, Indiana’s Deyshia Lofton secured a kill and an assisted block for the second Indiana set win. By the third set, the Buckeyes had had enough, and jumped out to an 8-0 lead, assisted by multiple attacking errors from the Hoosiers. It wasn’t long before sophomore setter Taylor Hughes set foot on the service line and led the team on another three-point run to make the score 14-4. The OSU kills kept rolling, as senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe racked up three in a row, and junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz led the set-winning attack. The Buckeyes headed into the fourth set trailing 2-1. Down for nearly the entire set, OSU gained its first lead at 14-13. The advantage changed hands briefly before the score was mirrored at 22 each. It was the Hoosiers’ Allison Hammond who slammed down two attacks in the final minutes to take the match, 25-23. Appold and Sandbothe combined for 37 kills during the match, while freshman Madison Smeathers assisted with five blocks. OSU will have a chance to redeem its loss to the Hoosiers at the final match of the regular season in front of a home crowd. Before then, the team will first face Rutgers at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. John Arena.
If I was asked to recommend an e-reader right now, I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest the latest generation Kindle. It has a great screen for reading, long battery life, and very large selection of books offered through Amazon.But for some people, the color-less screen of the Kindle isn’t good enough, and they want a bit of color for those publications that can take advantage of it. So the Nook Color becomes an option. The only problem being you can’t gain access to that same large book catalog Kindle owners get.AdChoices广告Well, that’s no longer the case, and unlocking access to Kindle books on your Nook Color is now very easy. Andrei Pushkin has written a detailed guide as to how exactly you can do this over at the Unofficial Blog Kindle (link below).The method of unlocking your Nook Color for Kindle access is made simple by two factors. The first is that the Nook Color is just an Android device controlled by Barnes & Noble software, and the second is that rooting your Nook Color is quite easy. Once you’ve rooted and turned your device into a standard Android tablet, it’s possible to access the Android Market and download the Kindle App.You also don’t have to stop at just accessing Kindle books. Once rooted, the Nook Color can be used with a range of different Android apps, the full list of which can be found at nookDevs.Get full instructions on how to do this at the Unofficial Kindle BlogMatthew’s OpinionAmazon will have no issue with your running the Kindle app on your Nook Color. It essentially means new customers for its e-book store even if those people haven’t bought a Kindle. If Amazon had an issue with that it wouldn’t have released the Kindle app for most portable devices currently on the market.Barnes & Noble on the other hand won’t like this at all. They don’t want e-books bought from Amazon, they want the revenue coming to them instead. But there’s little they can do to stop it, and should see it as a feature that has the potential to sell more hardware than content.If you try this on your Nook Color let us know how you get on. We expect it to be quite a pleasant Kindle app viewing experience.
JK Rowling knows how to tease her fans, and there are plenty of them to be teased. Yesterday she launched a new web site called Pottermore, which features nothing but the Pottermore logo and JK Rowling’s handwriting underneath that reads “Coming soon…” and her accompanying signature. Some fans think it’ll be a new series of Harry Potter novels, others think it’ll be a new movie, but if you look into who owns the rights to “Pottermore,” you’ll rightly believe it could be a video game.The trademark for Pottermore is actually owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, and describes the product as “providing multiple-user access to a global computer information network,” among other features like chat rooms, bulletin boards, and links. That could be as simple as a website, but it could also be as comprehensive as an massively multiplayer online game. Many people have been predicting a Harry Potter-based MMO for months, and this new announcement could be the event they’ve been waiting for.AdChoices广告At the same time, there’s nothing in the trademark that explicitly tells us it’ll be an MMO: if anything, you could read the trademark and think it’s just a community site with forums and chat, maybe with some browser-based online games. Even so, The Guardian is stepping up speculation, noting that Pottermore could stand for Potter Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Experience, which we think is a bit of a stretch.Coding The Wheel, however, has dummied up some screenshots of what they want a Harry Potter MMO to look like, and even go into detail about how it would be played. They propose a game where you create a character and choose the Hogwarts house your character belongs in, much like choosing a race in other MMOs. Then you would choose your school of magic, much like choosing a class. They would even put your character in the middle of the story described in the books, attending Hogwarts and encountering major characters from the books.JK Rowling’s YouTube Channel, JKRowlingAnnounces, has a countdown clock on it, which would put the launch on the 23rd of June. We’ll have to wait until then to find out whether the hype was really worth getting excited about and we’re on the brink of something new in the Harry Potter universe, or we’re about to see the launch of a new Harry Potter fan portal.Read more at Pottermore, via Massively and Coding the Wheel
9,840 Views By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share5 Tweet Email 5 Comments Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie AFTER A WILD and wet weekend across the country things are set to calm down somewhat over the next few days.According to Met Éireann, scattered outbreaks of rain will persist this morning over parts over Leinster and Munster.These should clear off as the day continues with some sunny spells developing. It will stay fairly misty in parts of the east and the south, however.Wind speeds will remain quite high throughout the day but temperatures will generally be higher.Highest temperatures of about 10 C should be felt across the country, although the winds will make it feel colder.Tonight will stay cloudy and with scattered outbreaks of rain. Temperatures will remain quite high throughout the night.It’s looking like mild temperatures and scattered outbreaks of rain will be the order for the rest of the week also.So, overall more settled weather but remaining wet throughout the week.Read: Sinn Féin to publish motion of no confidence in government todayRead: Storms Desmond and Frank: ‘One year on, we need to rethink how we manage flood risk’ Monday 13 Feb 2017, 7:37 AM Weather: Rain to remain for the week but it’s going to be a fair bit warmer After a wild and wet weekend across the country things are set to calm down somewhat over the next few days. Feb 13th 2017, 7:37 AM http://jrnl.ie/3236867 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — The former City Hall building in Jacksonville came crumbling down within seconds, but not without complications.After being there for almost 60 years, the 15-story building was destroyed on Sunday.However, the building’s implosion caused window damage to other buildings in the surrounding area, as well as car alarms to go off.Jud Miller, a nearby business owner, was inside his business when the building crumbled down.“The windows were flexing,” Miller said. “I was like ‘Oh, God, this is not a good idea. Maybe I shouldn’t be in here.’”The force of the blast was so strong it dislodged a news camera inside the building next door.Nearly a dozen windows were shattered at the neighboring Blackstone Building. Windows in condos above were also busted out. “We went upstairs and just checked it out,” Miller said. “Not much of anything – two windows this close. Those guys did a good job.”A city spokesperson said the implosion went according to plan, and that any damage would be addressed and promptly repaired by the contractor.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The political landscape is vastly different in Iceland than it is in the US. While both countries are on the verge of elections, they’re historic for very different reasons. In the US, we have two candidates with high unfavorability ratings vying for the presidency. In Iceland, the Pirate Party is currently polling in first place. 2016 is weird. The newspaper Morgunblaðið and the Icelandic Social Science Research Institute just released a poll showing the Pirate Party running at 22.6% in advance of the October 29th election. That’s a point and a half better than the ruling Independence Party and four points ahead of the Left-Greens. This is an impressive increase in support — in the 2012 election the Pirates got just 5.1% of the vote. Iceland uses proportional representation, which encourages multiple parties to compete in an election. The party with the most support in the 63-member Althingi (national parliament) typically controls the government, but only if it controls a majority of seats or can put together an alliance to get majority support. The Pirate Party is currently on track to get 15 seats on the Althingi. That’s not enough to take the government outright, and party leaders have already said they will not ally with the Independence Party.AdChoices广告If the Pirates do get enough support to take control, it intends to implement policies in support of privacy and the right to online anonymity. Copyright reform, once a pillar of the Pirate Party, is strangely absent from the stated platform. The party wants to make Iceland a safe data haven where information cannot be disclosed without authorization and open data formats are strongly supported. That gets at some of the same problems, but it doesn’t make any direct changes to copyright.
Toy StoryToy Story 4 depends on the emotional attachment you’ve built up with these characters. So for maximum feels go back to where it all began and watch the original movie from 1995. The movie absolutely holds up. And let this be a history lesson on how much CGI animation has improved since the original Toy Story kicked off the trend nearly twenty five years ago.Child’s PlayIn a genius stroke of counter-programming, the Child’s Play remake hits theaters the same day as Toy Story 4. Instead of watching living toys protect and care for humans, watch a living toy slaughter them instead. The poster even has Chucky, now driven evil by A.I. rather than dark magic, massacring off-brand versions of Woody and crew.The Lego MovieThe Lego Movie is the true inheritor of Toy Story’s legacy, not the sequels. Yeah it’s based on a specific toy #brand and not playthings in general, but its meta messages of creativity and how kids approach imagination versus adults works extremely and especially well with Lego building blocks. Plus the Lego worlds are just gorgeous to look at.The Iron GiantThe Iron Giant has a lot of big Toy Story energy. The giant robot basically serves as an overgrown living toy for young Hogarth Hughes. The 1950s setting gives it a similar old-fashioned vibe as a movie with a cowboy and a spaceman as the two leads. And they’re both intelligent, heartwarming, and heartwrenching animated movies. No wonder Pixar scooped up Brad Bird to work on The Incredibles after this.The Brave Little ToasterThe Brave Little Toaster from 1987 is almost a proto-Toy Story. The way that household appliances pretend they can’t talk when humans are around is basically the same conceit. And watching them get lost and go on a journey to find their owner is basically the same plot. But what’s more telling is that many Pixar founders worked on this film first. They even wanted this to be their debut CGI feature, not Toy Story.The ToySuperman director Richard Donner remade this French comedy where Richard Pryor basically sells himself into slavery. I really just like reminding people that this movie even exists.Jack FrostWoody and Buzz Lightyear basically act as quasi-mystical dads to the child they belong to. But who needs metaphor when you can watch a movie about an actual dad protecting their kid in a fun new form. In Jack Frost Michael Keaton plays a dead dad whose spirit inhabits a snowman in his family’s yard. Conversely, you can watch that other Jack Frost movie where the snowman has the spirit of a dead serial killer instead. Stay on target Disney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN BundleA Reminder That ‘The Lion King’ Is One of the Best Movies Ever Toy Story 3 released at the perfect time to just devastate me emotionally. In the summer of 2010 I had just graduated from high school and was preparing to leave my old life and toys behind for exciting but scary new adventures in college. So to say I felt seen by a movie about characters going through the same thing, as a franchise that had been its own kind of toy for me was ending, is a bit of an understatement. But now nine years later Toy Story is back, and not just in Kingdom Hearts 3. Toy Story 4 promises to end the saga but for real this time. Now with Key and Peele and Keanu Reeves.Watch these movies before Toy Story 4.
Uber’s AI research team introduced Go-Explore, a new family of algorithms, capable of achieving scores over 2,000,000 on Atari game Montezuma’s Revenge and an average score of over 21,000 on Atari 2600 game Pitfall, earlier this week. This is the first time when any learning algorithm has managed to score above 0 in Pitfall. Go-explore outshines the other state of the art algorithms on Montezuma’s revenge and Pitfall by two orders of magnitude and 21,000 points. Go-Explore uses the human domain knowledge but isn’t entirely dependent on it. This highlights the ability of Go-Explore to score well despite very little prior knowledge. For instance, Go-Explore managed to score over 35,000 points on Montezuma’s Revenge, with zero domain knowledge. As per the Uber team, “Go-Explore differs radically from other deep RL algorithms and could enable rapid progress in a variety of important, challenging problems, especially robotics. We, therefore, expect it to help teams at Uber and elsewhere increasingly harness the benefits of artificial intelligence”. A common challenge One of the most challenging and common problems associated with Montezuma’s Revenge and Pitfall is that of a “sparse reward” faced during the game exploration phase. Sparse reward refers to few reliable reward signals or feedback that could help the player complete the stage and advance within the game quickly. To make things even more complicated, any rewards that are offered during the game are usually “deceptive”, meaning that it misleads the AI agents to maximize rewards in a short period of time, instead of focusing on something that could make them jump the game level (eg; hitting an enemy nonstop, instead of working towards getting to the exit). Now, usually, to tackle such a problem, researchers add “intrinsic motivation” (IM) to agents, meaning that they get rewarded on reaching new states within the game. Adding IM has helped the researchers successfully tackle the sparse reward problems in many games, but they still haven’t been able to do so in the case of Montezuma’s Revenge and Pitfall. Uber’s Solution: Exploration and Robustification According to the Uber team, “a major weakness of current IM algorithms is detachment, wherein the algorithms forget about promising areas they have visited, meaning they do not return to them to see if they lead to new states. This problem would be remedied if the agent returned to previously discovered promising areas for exploration”. Uber researchers have come out with a method that separates the learning in Agents into two steps: exploration and robustification. Exploration and Robustification Exploration Go-Explore builds up an archive of multiple different game states called “cells” along with paths leading to these states. It selects a particular cell from the archive, goes back to that cell, and then explores from that cell. For all cells that have been visited (including new cells), if the new trajectory is better (e.g. higher score), then its chosen to reach that cell. This helps GoExplore remember and return to promising areas for exploration (unlike intrinsic motivation), avoid over-exploring, and also makes them less susceptible to “deceptive” rewards as it tries to cover all the reachable states. Results of the Exploration phase Montezuma’s Revenge: During the exploration phase of the algorithm, Go-Explore reaches an average of 37 rooms and solves level 1 (comprising 24 rooms, not all of which need to be visited) 65 percent of the time in Montezuma’s Revenge. The previous state of the art algorithms could explore only 22 rooms on average. Pitfall: Pitfall requires significant exploration and is much harder than Montezuma’s Revenge since it offers only 32 positive rewards that are scattered over 255 rooms. The complexity of this game is so high, that no RL algorithm has been able to collect even a single positive reward in this game. During the exploration phase of the algorithm, Go explore is able to visit all 255 rooms and manages to collect over 60,000 points. With zero domain knowledge, Go-Explore finds an impressive 22 rooms but does not find any reward. Uber AI Labs Robustification If the solutions found via exploration are not robust to noise, you can robustify them, meaning add in domain knowledge using a deep neural network with an imitation learning algorithm, a type of algorithm that can learn a robust model-free policy via demonstrations. Uber researchers chose Salimans & Chen’s “backward” algorithm to get started with, although any imitation learning algorithm would do. “We found it somewhat unreliable in learning from a single demonstration. However, because Go-Explore can produce plenty of demonstrations, we modified the backward algorithm to simultaneously learn from multiple demonstrations ” writes the Uber team. Results of robustification Montezuma’s Revenge: Robustifying the trajectories that are discovered with the domain knowledge version of Go-Explore, it manages to solve the first 3 levels of Montezuma’s Revenge. Now, since, all levels beyond level 3 in this game are nearly identical, Go-Explore has solved the entire game. “In fact, our agents generalize beyond their initial trajectories, on average solving 29 levels and achieving a score of 469,209! This shatters the state of the art on Montezuma’s Revenge both for traditional RL algorithms and imitation learning algorithms that were given the solution in the form of a human demonstration,” mentions the Uber team. Pitfall: Once the trajectories had been collected in the exploration phase, researchers managed to reliably robustify the trajectories that collect more than 21,000 points. This led to Go-explore outperforming both the state of the art algorithms as well as average human performances, setting an AI record on Pitfall for scoring more than 21,000 points on Pitfall. Uber AI Labs “Some might object that, while the methods already work in the high-dimensional domain of Atari-from-pixels, it cannot scale to truly high-dimensional domains like simulations of the real world. We believe the methods could work there, but it will have to marry a more intelligent cell representation of interestingly different states (e.g. learned, compressed representations of the world) with intelligent (instead of random) exploration”, writes the Uber team. For more information, check out the official blog post. 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Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau (GBCB) was announced as the newest full alliance partner of BestCities Global Alliance during IMEX Frankfurt 2016. GBCB is the first bureau from Latin America to join the fold, a key step in the alliance’s expansion into new and emerging markets.BestCities new Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup of Wonderful Copenhagen, made the announcement at IMEX Frankfurt which also saw him take the baton in his new role from former board chair Karen Bolinger of Melbourne Convention Bureau.Jonas commented, “This is an exciting time for BestCities and the announcement of Bogotá’s successful application is significant. In recent years the meetings industry has recognised the growth potential of Latin America and Bogotá in particular; it’s great to see BestCities at the forefront of that trend.“Bogotá is a great complement to the alliance with a commitment to excellence and client focus as well as drive to achieve our overarching ambition; to create long-term positive lasting impact from events in their host city and globally. This desired impact is not just financial, but much wider reaching and despite being a young bureau, Bogotá is leading the way in this area with a commitment to this goal.”Ranked sixth in the ICCA Latin American Rankings, Bogotá scooped the ICCA Gold PR Award last year for its campaign ‘People the Power of Hope’. With legacy at its heart, the campaign brought major city players together in a bid to make Bogotá the venue for the global gathering of youth leaders: One Young World in 2017. “People the Power of Hope is an excellent example of the strategic, bigger picture approach to meeting planning we value in our partners. We’re thrilled to have Bogotá on board,” Wilstrup continued.Following a comprehensive external audit to ensure Bogotá surpassed BestCities’ highest quality standards, Bogotá’s successful application is the culmination of many years of work for the GBCB to grow the international association market.During the last year, the city has won 50 major international events, with 12 more world class events in progress. The opening of a new International Conference Centre, the ‘Agora Bogotá’ in 2017, will further increase the city’s venue delegate capacity by almost 4,000 and El Dorado International Airport now has over 700 weekly international direct flights to 43 countries globally.Bogotá is responsible for 56% of the tourism that arrives in Colombia and is home to 1,423 multinational companies, public institutions, and the National Government. The city also has 17,000 three, four and five-star hotel rooms, with a plan to develop more hotels closer to the Convention Center.Sandra Garcia, Executive Director at GBCB said, “It’s a fantastic development in our journey to be accepted as a full BestCities partner and we look forward to working with the Alliance’s expert network of associations and clients to continue developing and growing the industry here in Latin America.“In Bogotá, we have shown that is the power of people who achieves real changes and the events industry can become an engine for this transformation. Public and private institutions working together, have shown a strong commitment to pursue more businesses for the city as well as a strong leadership in different sectors.”“As a non-profit organisation, the nation’s future development is at the heart of everything we do. We work closely with our partners in the city to promote this mission and ensure the meetings and bids we pursue have scope for creating a positive impact, leaving a legacy to future generations,” added Sandra.
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by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted May 5, 2019 8:51 am PDT Last Updated May 5, 2019 at 9:23 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — “Avengers: Endgame” has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.The Walt Disney Co. estimates Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster has added $145.8 million from North American theatres and $282.2 million internationally in its second weekend in theatres bringing its global total to $2.2 billion.“Endgame” is one of 5 movies to ever reach that mark and, not accounting for inflation, is now the second biggest film of all time worldwide behind “Avatar’s” $2.8 billion. “Avatar” reached $2 billion in 47 days of release compared with 11 for “Endgame.”New films picked up scraps at the domestic box office, including “The Intruder,” with $11 million, “Long Shot,” with $10 million, and “Uglydolls” with $8.5 million.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press This image released by Disney shows, from left, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Karen Gillan, the character Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson in a scene from “Avengers: Endgame.” (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP) ‘Avengers Endgame’ nears global record with over $2 billion
The government’s aim is to create an Internal Affairs Service that will have the power to investigate claims of corruption within the police force effectively, justice minister Ionas Nicolaou said on Wednesday.Speaking after a House legal affairs committee session, in which discussion of five government bills on police corruption continued, Nicolaou addressed the most contentious of the provisions – the sweeping powers to be granted to the new service, which will include the right to legal surveillance of communication, and the lifting of the right to privacy.“I can assure you that there is very good cooperation with the committee members,” the minister said.“Some reservations have been voiced, but they all essentially revolve around the extent of powers afforded to the service, which go beyond the powers afforded to police officers investigating crimes.”The point of these powers, he added, must be understood by everyone, and it is the need to enable effective investigation of any information the service receives.“These investigations will not be triggered only by official statements to the police but from any information, whether anonymous or not,” Nicolaou explained.“The effort is to create a service that can effectively investigate incidents of corruption involving members of the police force. This service will be responsible for investigating any such involvement – by police officers – and not anyone else’s role in such cases, whether they are a public figure, a civil servant, or any person with power.”Asked when the bill might be brought to the plenum for a vote, Nicolaou said there is still much work to be done with the committee but he hoped that discussion on the Internal Affairs Service bill might be concluded soon.“There are four more bills relating to the police force, and more time will be required to discuss these, too,” he said.In addition, he said, two more bills relating to the lifting of privacy in communications – allowing surveillance of telephone conversations – and the protection of people who report incidents of corruption in the public service will be submitted soon.But these, he added, will not hold up the five police bills, which will be brought to plenary vote as a package.“I expect a lot of discussion on the wire-tapping bill, because some have already expressed reservations over its provisions,” Nicolaou said.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverCalifornia: Seniors Born Before 1970 Surprised By New Mortgage RuleAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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