ITF Calls for Safe Release of Kidnapped BBC Caribbean Crew

first_imgzoom A number of seafarer unions are calling for a fast but reasoned response to the kidnapping of eight crew members from the 2008-built general cargo ship BBC Caribbean in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its member unions ver.di, the Seafarers’ Union of Russia (SUR) and Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) have urged relevant authorities to secure the release of seven Russian and a Ukrainian seafarer, taken by pirates and believed to be held hostage in Nigeria.“This is an urgent and dangerous affair for these seafarers, and a deeply worrying time for their families. It requires a speedy response. We understand that the Russian Embassy is involved and if there is anything we can do to assist their diplomatic efforts to release the crew we will be pleased to do so,” David Heindel, ITF seafarers’ section chair, said.“The ship is owned by Briese Schiffahrts and managed by one of their subsidiaries in St Petersburg, and we call on the company to engage with all parties to ensure the safety and release of the crew members. Again, we are available to assist,” Heindel added.The seafarers were abducted on February 5, at about 10:00 am local time, from the 2008-built general cargo ship while it was some 120 nautical miles west-southwest of Bonny Island, Briese Schiffahrts earlier said.At the time of the incident, the 6,229 dwt ship was on its way without cargo from Duala, Cameroon to Tema, Ghana.last_img read more

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Lille star Rafael Leao dismisses comparisons with Kylian Mbappe

first_img19-year-old forward Rafael Leao insists he still has a very long way to go before he can become an equal of the “accomplished” Kylian Mbappe.The Portugal U-21 international started out his playing career in his homeland at Sporting Lisbon, where he graduated into the senior team last year and managed two goals with an assist in five games.But a training ground incident last May saw several players and staff members attacked by around 50 fans, which led to Leao and several of his teammates terminating their contracts at Sporting.The U-17 European champion then sealed a free transfer to Lille OSC and has since made a great impression over in France with seven goals in 14 Ligue 1 appearances to help the club move up to second in the standings.Leao’s breakout campaign over in France has led to fans dubbing him the “Portuguese Mbappe”.However, while Leao regards the Paris Saint-Germain forward as a “source of inspiration” for him, the teenage star believes he hasn’t earned the right yet to be compared to Mbappe.“I try not to pay attention,” Leao told Le Parisien. “Mbappe is an accomplished player.“He has already shown everyone his potential and won several big titles. I still have everything to prove, many things to learn to become a great striker like him.“He is a source of inspiration, a model. But I’m not Mbappe. I have my own story and I am my own way.”Despite interest from Manchester City, Leao has no regrets of choosing to join Lille last summer due to being able to enjoy regular football.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“For the young player that I am, it is important to chain the matches in order to progress,” said Leao.“What’s the use of being in a big club if I do not play?“I prefer to play in a team that gives me play time and allows me to grow.“When [Lille sporting director] Luis Campos called me to express his interest, I saw no reason to refuse. He told me about the project and introduced the team he was setting up.“But what pushed me to come here was especially the possibility of having play time.”🤙 @RafaeLeao7, c’est 7 buts dont 6 lors des 7 derniers matchs 🔥Le huitième dès dimanche 🆚 @MontpellierHSC ? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/wRlsQPMFK1— LOSC (@losclive) February 14, 2019last_img read more

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GigaOm Joins IDGs TechNet

first_imgIDG’s TechNetwork, a leveraged collection of technology Web sites, has added GigaOM, the marquee tech site founded by Om Malik, to the ad network.The network, which was launched in March, averages 40 million unique visitors and 120 million page views per month.Comprimised of non-IDG properties, the network is closing in on 200 sites serving “tech enterprise, enthusiast, and gamer/entertainment audiences.”A wide range of tech marketers—including Dell, AT&T and Intel—have bought advertising  on the network, and IDG said revenue—with growth in the “six figure range” per month, according to an IDG spokesperson—has “grown eightfold” since March.last_img read more

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Cosmo Alumni Take Over Real SimplePeople on the Move — 12716

first_img Wheaton joined Ad Age in 2000 as a copyeditor. He also served as features editor and managing editor. In case you missed it… On January 3, Sara Austin will join Real Simple as executive editor, from her role as senior deputy editor at Cosmo. Before Cosmo, Austin was features director of Self and senior news editor at Marie Claire. Danielle Jones joins as design director from her role as art director at Cosmo. She previously worked as associate art director on the launch of Dr. Oz the Good Life Magazine and at Glamour. Jones replaces Abbey Kuster-Prokell, who joined Real Simple in 2010 as art director. Photo director Casey Stenger and fashion director Victoria Sanchez-Lincoln are also leaving the publication. It is unclear whether either position will be filled. Time Inc. named leadership for its 10 new digital desks. Read more… Brian Hoar is now publisher and SVP of sales at Playboy magazine. He rejoins the company after time at R&R Partners. Before that, he was VP of sales and associate publisher at Playboy Enterprises.   Executive editor Nat Ives and deputy editor Judann Pollack will oversee the publication until a successor has been named. Mike McMahon was named president and executive director of the Path to Purchase Institute. He replaces Peter Hoyt, who recently ascended to president and CEO of the Institute’s parent company, EnsembleIQ. Julia Ioffe is joining The Atlantic as a contributing writer, focusing on national security, foreign policy, and politics. Ioffe previously covered the election for Politico Magazine. Time Inc.’s Real Simple has poached two from Hearst’s Cosmopolitan, amid unconfirmed rumors of editorial unification at multiple Hearst titles, including the eminent sex and lifestyle vertical. Ken Wheaton, editor of Ad Age since July 2015, will leave the publication at the end of the year to pursue fiction writing, the company announced yesterday.center_img Lydia Polgreen is now the second-ever EIC of the Huffington Post. Polgreen joins after 15 years at The New York Times, most recently as editorial director and associate masthead editor. She replaces founder Arianna Huffington, who stepped down from the role in August to launch a health and wellness company. PaperCity, the Texas-based lifestyle magazine, named Chad Miller president of UPI Digital, LLC, the magazine’s digital team. Miller joins from CultureMap, where he was CRO. He formerly worked as group associate publisher for PaperCity. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… These moves come just two months after it Leslie Yazel took over as EIC of Real Simple from her role as executive editor at Cosmopolitan. The Hill Extra, the subscription news service of The Hill, has hired Kim Dixon as editor of healthcare. Dixon, who joins from Politico, will report to Brett Ferguson, executive editor. John Cook, executive editor of Gizmodo Media Group, has announced the roster of the newly created, cross-brand, formal investigative unit for the Fusion Media Group properties. The team includes current writers and editors Tom Scocca, Kelly Scout, Kashmir Hill, Ashley Feinberg, J.K. Trotter, Anna Merlan, and Brendan O’Connor. (Incidentally, Hill is the only member of the investigative team who did not join Fusion through the acquisition of Gawker Media.) “You can call it pursuing a dream or just another midlife crisis, but it seemed like a necessary step,” he said in a statement. “While I’d been able to crank out three novels earlier in my career, I’ve had a completed first draft in needs of revision sitting neglected at home for the last year-and-a-half and it’s been driving me nuts.” Austin replaces former executive editor Sarah Collins, who took over as interim-EIC when longtime Real Simple EIC Kristin van Ogtrop left Time Inc. in August. Josephine Livingstone is joining New Republic as a staff writer covering culture. She joins from n+1.  Carolyn Kylstra is now EIC of Self. She succeeds Joyce Chang, who is leaving the magazine. Read more…last_img read more

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Scientists train AI to turn brain signals into speech

first_img Mentioned Above Amazon Echo (2017,Heather Gray Fabric) Sci-Tech 5 science mistakes in movies and TV you should unlearn $99 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 See it The researchers worked with epilepsy patients undergoing brain surgery. Science Photo Library Paseika/Getty Images Neuroengineers have crafted a breakthrough device that uses machine-learning neural networks to read brain activity and translate it into speech.An article, published Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports, details how the team at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute used deep-learning algorithms and the same type of tech that powers devices like Apple’s Siri and the Amazon Echo to turn thought into “accurate and intelligible reconstructed speech.” The research was reported earlier this month but the journal article goes into far greater depth.The human-computer framework could eventually provide patients who have lost the ability to speak an opportunity to use their thoughts to verbally communicate via a synthesized robotic voice.”We’ve shown that, with the right technology, these people’s thoughts could be decoded and understood by any listener,” Nima Mesgarani, an electrical engineer at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute, said in a statement.When we speak our brains light up, sending electrical signals zipping around the old thought box. If scientists can decode those signals and understand how they relate to forming or hearing words, then we get one step closer to translating them into speech. With enough understanding — and ample processing power — that could create a device that directly translates thinking into speaking.And that’s what the team has managed to do, creating a “vocoder” that uses algorithms and neural networks to turn signals into speech.To do this, the research team asked five epilepsy patients who were already undergoing brain surgery to help out. They attached electrodes to different exposed surfaces of the patient’s brains, and ensured they were engaged with the task by reading them stories from a children’s book “Hank the Cowdog”. To acquire the data to train the vocoder, the patients then listened to 40 seconds worth of spoken sentences, repeated randomly six times. Next, the patients listened to speakers counting from zero to nine, while their brain signals were fed back into the vocoder. The vocoder algorithm, known as WORLD, then spat out its own sounds, which were cleaned up by a neural network, eventually resulting in robotic speech mimicking the counting. You can hear what that sounds like here. It’s not perfect, but it’s certainly understandable. Another 11 subjects then listened to the vocoder and tasked with understanding what it was saying.”We found that people could understand and repeat the sounds about 75 percent of the time, which is well above and beyond any previous attempts,” Mesgarani said.The researchers concluded that the accuracy of the reconstruction relies on how many electrodes were planted on the patient’s brains and how long the vocoder was trained for. As expected, increasing the electrodes and increasing the length of training allows the vocoder to gather more data and results in a better reconstruction.Looking forward, the team wants to test what kind of signals are emitted when a person just imagines speaking, as opposed to listening to speech. They also hope to test a more complex set of words and sentences. Improving the algorithms with more data could eventually lead to a brain implant that bypasses speech altogether, turning a person’s thoughts into words. That would be a monumental step forward for many.”It would give anyone who has lost their ability to speak, whether through injury or disease, the renewed chance to connect to the world around them,” Mesgarani said. 11 Photos Amazon Echo How To • How to sell your old Amazon Echo Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Review • Amazon’s new Echo improves upon the original, slashes the price CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • A new Amazon Echo is here. Catch up on Alexa’s upgraded home Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Scientists train AI to turn brain signals into speech Post a comment See All NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. 0 • Apple Applelast_img read more

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NASA Mars rover captures two stunning solar eclipses

first_img Post a comment Deimos’ stroll in front of the sun took place on March 17.   Look! 👀Recently I saw the Martian moon Phobos eclipse the Sun. Check it out: https://t.co/pzPVOPdLZ9 pic.twitter.com/vO5zEUpt9T— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) April 4, 2019 Sci-Tech Enlarge ImageThe thin grooves on the surface of Mars moon Phobos are likely to be “stretch mark” fracture lines caused by tidal forces. NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona We recently marveled at a Curiosity rover view of Mars moon Phobos dimming the lights on the Red Planet after sunset. NASA on Thursday shared a fresh look at that shadowy phenomenon from March 25 along with some dramatic GIFs of both Phobos and daintier Deimos passing in front of the sun.Curiosity’s mast-mounted camera is equipped with solar filters that act like eclipse glasses, so it can safely stare into the sun.Mars moons are quite small, with Phobos measuring in at 7 miles (11.5 kilometers) across and Deimos at just 1.5 miles (2.3 kilometers) across. The Phobos eclipse occurred on March 26. 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained 43 Photos Tags 0 Share your voice I also spotted Mars’ tiny moon Deimos cross in front of the Sun: https://t.co/pzPVOPdLZ9 pic.twitter.com/HnstCR0M68— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) April 4, 2019 The satellites both look like dark blobs traveling across a bright disk.These observations help scientists better understand each moon’s orbit around Mars. “There’s still a margin of uncertainty in the orbits of both Martian moons, but that shrinks with every eclipse that’s viewed from the Red Planet’s surface,” NASA says.Curiosity has been exploring the surface of Mars since 2012, overcoming recent technical glitches and battered wheels along the way. Its sun-spotting exploits are a good sign the mission is still on a roll.  Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

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StubHub now lets you buy tickets using Apple Pay in your mobile

first_imgApplePay users can now pay for StubHub tickets on their mobile browsers.   StubHub Tired of too many apps on your iPhone? Good news: If you ever want to buy concert tickets on StubHub using Apple Pay, you can now just use your mobile browser, the company announced Thursday.Apple Pay is a digital wallet service that lets users make payments via their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and even Mac laptop. As of June 2019, Apple Pay was available in 41 countries worldwide using near-field communication technology, which allows you to simply tap your phone to a terminal to complete a transaction. The new capability occurs at a time when fans are already using Apple Pay in about 20% purchases for which it is available, StubHub said. The company believes the feature will increase Apple Pay’s footprint for StubHub users in the US. StubHub said its latest move reflects its commitment to consumer privacy. Currently, Apple Pay requires authentication using TouchID fingerprint recognition, FaceID facial recognition or a PIN before a transaction takes place. “By expanding the security and convenience of Apple Pay to mobile web browsers, we’re making it even easier for fans to be a part of the live experiences they love,” said Jason Zhang, group product manager at StubHub. Competitor payment systems such as Samsung Pay and Google Pay also incorporate fingerprints as authentication features, but they boast less of a footprint worldwide. Samsung Pay covers 24 countries worldwide, while Google Pay covers 29. “We do anticipate that more fans will use Apple Pay for their ticket purchases, Brad Glasser, StubHub’s senior manager of global product and technology communications, said in an emailed statement. “Now that the method is available on more platforms, we’ll see an organic increase in traffic.” Tags 7:31 Originally published Aug. 1, 12:59 p.m. PT.Update, 1:18 p.m.: Adds comment from Glasser. Post a comment Mobile Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0 Apple Paylast_img read more

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Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in LS

first_imgKolkata: Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state. Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners — Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) — both famed for their oomph factor. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to nominate the two political greenhorns had created quite a sensation, and they even became the butt of distasteful trolls on the social media. When the TMC announced its decision, there was a flurry of memes, jokes and comments. There were reports that several netizens were disgruntled with the development and quoted someone saying that Mamata Banerjee should know that unlike the Indian Premier League, politics does not need cheerleaders. However, the counting of votes has proved otherwise and shown that Tollywood celebrities can not only make the audiences flock to the theatres, but can also get a sweeping victory on the political battlefield. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee’s gamble paid off as both actors defeated their BJP rivals by handsome margins. Chakraborty triumphed by a margin of 2,95,239 votes over Anupam Hazra, while Jahan left her nearest rival Sayantan Basu behind by 3,50,369 votes. Bollywood singer-actor-turned-politician Union minister Babul Supriyo retained his Asansol seat, but his victory robbed Parliament of the presence of yesteryear actress Moon Moon Sen, who lost out in the race. Bengali superstar Deepak Adhikari (Dev) retained the Ghatal seat for Trinamool, humbling BJP nominee and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh. Deb’s winning margin was 1,07,973 votes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll the hard work of BJP’s Locket Chatterjee, who had failed to turn the tables on her opponents during the 2016 Assembly elections, brought cheer to the party as she won the Hooghly seat defeating Trinamool’s sitting MP Ratna De Nag by 73,362 votes. Another yesteryear actress and the Trinamool’s Birbhum candidate, Shatabdi Roy, posted a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins by getting the better of BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal by 88,924 votes. However, theatre personality and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha sitting member Arpita Ghosh fell by the wayside in Balurghat, from where her BJP opponent Sukanta Majumdar won with a 33,293-vote margin.last_img read more

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