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Energean to deploy ODYSSEA platform at gas production facility in Greece

first_img Energean to deploy the ODYSSEA Platform at its Gas Production Platform in Greece. (Credit: Pixabay/C Morrison) UK-based oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) company, Energean Oil & Gas has signed an agreement with the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) to deploy the ODYSSEA Platform.The ODYSSEA instrumentation, which was developed by the EU-funded ODYSSEA Project, will be deployed on the company’s gas production platform that is based in South Kavala, Greece.The equipment will be used to monitor the selected oceanographic parameters that include conductivity, water temperature (pH), water level, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen as well as the currents at various depths over the water column, suspended matter and marine noise.Energean will deploy ODYSSEA’s Modular Seafloor LanderODYSSEA coordinator Georgios Sylaios said: “The agreement illustrates the rapid progress made by the ODYSSEA Project.“This is the essence of ODYSSEA, since it aims to familiarise users with oceanographic instrumentation, models, forecasts and services.”The firm will also use an autonomous system, the ODYSSEA’s Modular Seafloor Lander that includes different sensor types which are powered by an on-board battery package.The system will be deployed at the sea bottom near Energean facilities in the Thracian Sea where it will collect data with a pre-defined temporal interval.The oil and gas company said that ODYSSEA is in advanced stages of developing, operating and demonstrating an interoperable and cost-effective platform.The platform completely integrates the networks of observing and forecasting systems across the Mediterranean basin, addressing both the open sea and the coastal zone.Energean HSE director Vassilis Tsetoglou said: “As a company that is focused on delivering energy transition and securing the sustainable development of natural resources in the Mediterranean, we are committed to advance research and data collection in the Mediterranean.”Recently, the firm has submitted an addendum to the field development plan (FDP) of the Karish North field to the Israeli government upon completion of an independent competent persons report (CPR). The ODYSSEA equipment will be used to monitor the selected oceanographic parameters that include conductivity, water temperature (pH), water level, turbidity, and dissolved oxygenlast_img read more

Profile: Michael Møller

first_imgIf the United Nations stopped its operations today,” Michael Møller told me, the repercussions “would be felt by each and every one of us. All seven billion of us.”Over the course of our conversation, Møller – who is Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva – displayed again and again an unimpeachable belief in the mission and purpose of the United Nations (UN), expressing too a faith that it will continue to exist and be an arena for its 193 members to discuss and negotiate.A faith that almost surprised me, seeming, as it does, all the rarer every day. Just last March, a scathing article by a former assistant secretary general was published in The New York Times, titled ‘I Love the UN, but It Is Failing’. Referring to a ‘sclerotic personnel system’, decisions being driven by ‘political expediency’ and a bloated bureaucracy, the article’s author, Anthony Banbury called the UN ‘a Remington typewriter in a smartphone world.’Not, of course, that Møller is not critical of the UN, an organisation he described as still reflecting its 70-year-old nature; and hence unfortunately gripped by archaism in its operation. The UN, he said, has become bloated. “If it is to be around in 30 years, hopefully it will be as leaner and more efficient.”In fact, almost as often as he expressed a belief that the UN served an important purpose as a place for discussion, advice, and cooperation, Møller pointed out that our world today is tremendously different to how it has been in previous decades.“The structural changes that we’ve seen,” he told me, “the pace of technological development, climate change, migration: because of these things, the United Nations needs new, interactive solutions – new ways of solving problems.“I see [the UN] growing into a more advisory body, coming to work more closely with these other forces that have cropped up” – referring to civil society and business – “no longer the sole force for tackling these kinds of problems facing the world, as it was when it was created.”As he spoke, we passed Balliol and Trinity colleges. I interviewed Møller over the course of a long walk, and never did he resist my pace: I noticed occasions on which I sped up but he matched me, in order that I would best be able to capture his point. There was a passion in his discourse, a quiet one perhaps, but nonetheless an emotion one might not have expected from a top UN official – deal, as he must with the bureaucratic obligations of “being the glue that keeps the Office at Geneva” together.He is also, as he added, assistant Secretary General of Disarmament – although above disarmament, Møller concentrates on climate change as the most pressing issue facing the world today. “Everything else” he told me, “must come as a secondary consideration.” Given the threat climate change poses it seemed to think all else pales in comparison. And he referred repeatedly to the Paris Agreement, the climate change accords of last year, as a major achievement of the UN – having been the impetus for the talks. “In the last year, we saw the Paris Accords,” he said when I asked about the UN’s recent accomplishments, “which ended up being more of a success than we initially thought possible.” At multiple other points, he raised the Paris talks as evidence, as well it is, of the United Nation’s potential impact even today.Another trend that I noted as he spoke was an almost visceral dislike of the power and influence larger countries wield over smaller ones, quickly positing on a couple occasions first, that the United Nation’s Security Council – which consists of five permanent members, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Russia, and China, as well as ten others, chosen by rotation – needed institutional reform, and second, more fundamentally, that it is unfortunate the system allows for some nations to dominate others.He also described the United Nations’ peacekeeping efforts, which Banbury criticised harshly as well, as being underfunded. He said that without reform there too, it is uncertain the peacekeeping arm of the UN can continue to operate 20, 30 years from now – although he said he thought it would.Perhaps most of all, Møller thought the UN must harness its powers of interactivity and be vigilant in its mission to modernise and reform, as he claimed it has begun to do under its last ten years of leadership (the current Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has served since January 1, 2007). Indeed, Møller seemed to be gripped by the challenge, even relishing it.And though I consider myself as cynical as the next too-clever-for-his-own-good-and-hence- prematurely-jaded Oxford student, I could not help but find myself starting to give the United Nations a second chance, to recognise that it does, in fact, fill an important place in society.I found myself doing so as a result of what I considered most admirable about Møller: that even at this point in his career, he sounded as idealistic as ever about the potential of the UN. In other words, he seemed a happy synthesis of maturity in experience on the one hand and a still youthful ambition on the other.It is my conclusion that Møller is exactly the advocate the United Nations needs if it wishes to remain relevant and serve an important role in coming years. That above all else, the UN needs to show that there still remain those, unlike Banbury, who have been exposed to the bureaucracy of the UN, but not consequently dissuaded – and convince everyone else that idealism in the UN’s democracy is not misplaced.last_img read more

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Speech: Acting with Unity

first_imgThank you very much Mr President. I wanted to start by apologising for my absence at the start of this debate. I left the chamber to go to a Remembrance service for the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. I think it’s very good and thank China that we’re having this debate day so close to that anniversary, which started the march to multilateralism in earnest, even though some foundations had been laid in the previous century. And of course the end of World War II saw the creation of the United Nations and the United Nations be the apex of the [rules-based international] system that, on the whole, has kept us all safe and prosperous since 1945.I wanted too to say at the outset how grateful we are to the United States for giving the United Nations its home here in New York and for their contribution, without which many of the gains of the preceding almost 70 years could not have been made.I’d like to speak on three themes today: One, on collective challenges; one on the particular role of the Security Council; and one on what we now need to do, in our view, to strengthen multilateralism.In my own country, public debate on foreign policy issues nearly always features as a reference to the need for a solution to be pursued through the United Nations, no matter where on the political spectrum the comment is made from. Post-Brexit you will find the United Kingdom an even more active participant in the affairs of the UN and of global affairs more generally.Mr President, 70 years ago no one could accuse the UN founding fathers of a lack of ambition but since its foundation, the United Nations has faced an almost unbridgeable gap between its ambition and our ability to help it deliver.Important gains have been made. Kofi Annan spoke of pushing heavy rocks to the top of the hill, even though some had eluded our grasp and that we needed to keep going. What I wanted to stress Mr President was that whatever country’s economic or security model, all the evidence shows that countries thrive best if they have open societies, if they pursue open trade, open speech, open association and open information.A rules-based international system which preserves stability is in the interests of the vast majority of the member states of this organisation but, as many of you have identified today, we face a proliferation of threats from many quarters. We have heard a lot of reference to those today. Some of them have been the cause of great dispute in this Council but they are all relevant to the entire membership, whether you are on the Council, electing a member of the Council or standing for election yourself. No nation can protect its people without engaging positively in the crises that affect the world. I cannot see a single major threat that can be solved by one nation alone, whether it’s migration, cybercrime, modern day slavery, terrorist threats, disease or climate change. All these threats challenge security and prosperity at home and they challenge collective security. They can be resolved only by collective action on the world’s stage.But effective collective action Mr President, can not only mean action by consensus. Threats to international peace and security, by their nature, often involve a challenge to international law and norms. It logically cannot be the case that action to uphold international peace and security must always be by consensus; that will not be sufficient.You, Mr President, spoke of the need for the Security Council to act with unity, wisdom and courage. Our collective wisdom tells us that inaction in the face of gross abuses of human rights and violations of international law – acts of genocide, acts of using prohibited weapons – [like chemical weapons] – leads to disastrous outcomes and hence we fail to uphold international peace and security because we lack the courage to act on the wisdom we display. We end up being disunited.From Rwanda to Srebrenica, to current conflicts in Myanmar and Syria, we are failing the cause of multilateralism by failing to act in line with the Charter. The United Nations Security Council was invested with powers under Chapter VII of the Charter in order to fulfil its duties to maintain international peace and security, but if we are blocked by one or two members from using those powers, that is not a legitimate expression of the Charter but an abuse of the power of the veto.Mr President, we completely share the views of those Security Council members who spoke about the importance of Chapter VI and Chapter VIII of the Charter relating to the Security Council. To that I would also add Article 99 which we believe is underused – the ability of the Secretary-General to draw matters to the Security Council’s attention.But I want to stress Mr President that under Chapter VI, the Security Council may investigate any dispute or any situation that may give rise to a dispute and may determine whether or not it constitutes international friction and endangers the maintenance of international peace and security. The Charter does not require the Security Council already to agree that such a threat exists, and it is our view Mr President that the more some countries try and stifle Security Council discussion of these situations under Chapter VI- for example, when a government is attacking its own people or abusing its neighbours – the more likely it is, if Chapter VI is stifled, that more dramatic action will be needed eventually under Chapter VII. That’s an irony Mr President, that I think the Security Council should do well to reflect on.A rules-based international system Mr President must, of course, adapt to thrive. It must even adapt if it wants to survive. A number of speakers today have called attention to the importance of supporting reform, and I would like to add the UK’s voice that as well, and I would say that that includes Security Council reform.I think we must also redouble our efforts to defend the rules-based international order. We need multilateral organizations that are fit for purpose. We need to reform outdated and bureaucratic structures. This is the best way to make sure that the institutions do not collapse. We need WTO reform so that we succeed in warding off the dangerous temptations of protectionism and we need World Bank reform so that its governance reflects the changing balance of the global economy. We need to strengthen the invisible chain that links democracies and we must also ensure though, at the same time, that we are better at acting in concert when we face real and present threats.[I have two difficult messages for member states today. The first is that the rules-based international system requires us all to uphold it; we cannot pick and choose the rules we would like to adhere to. Secondly, we must collectively but robustly confront that minority of states who defy this collective will. If you use chemical weapons, and a UN investigation finds that you have done so, we cannot sit in this Chamber and talk about the importance of multilateral solutions without talking about it. Sovereignty isn’t a license to play fast and loose with international rules and norms; it isn’t a license to abuse and attack your own people; it isn’t a license to annex other people’s territory. The P5 have a particular role in this regard, whether your preferred reading is President Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Stan Lee: with great power comes great responsibility.]Mr President, we would see one of the most important things as a renewed commitment from all members of the Council but also all members of the General Assembly, a more a stronger commitment to responsibility and partnership from both state and non-state actors – civil society, the private sector. It is all about what we can do together as we move towards the seventieth anniversary of the United Nations in 2020.The SDGs are the most supreme, if you like, manifestation of this goal. And this goal is all the more important as we grapple with new and disruptive technologies, like artificial intelligence and cyber which will change the way governments interact with each other and with their own citizens.So while the United Kingdom Mr President strongly agrees with the premise of this debate, we know that we must be vigilant against the tendency of this subject to become an exercise in mutual adoration. In conflicts, atrocities are committed and international laws are breached. An increase in the use of multilateralism should never be coded language for negotiating agreements with those who have violated the rules of our international system.Thank you Mr President. Note: remarks in square brackets were in the original version of this statement but were not delivered in the Council.last_img read more

Roosevelt Collier Jams On Allman Bros, Radiohead And More With Dopapod And Turkuaz Members

first_imgLoad remaining images Throughout last week, pedal steel guitar “Doctor” Roosevelt Collier toured throughout the Empire State with his New York Get Down crew, a lineup that consisted of Dopapod’s Rob Compa and Eli Winderman along with Turkuaz’s Michelangelo Carubba and Taylor Shell. As Dopapod and Turkuaz have collaborated in the past, the foursome proved quite the tight-knit backbone for this rocking show, as led by Collier’s soulful pedal steel sounds.Collier brought the crew to DROM last Saturday, February 12th, closing out a four-show run in New York, NY. The “Get Down” was true to its name, as fans everywhere were getting down at the intimate venue.The setlist was a mixed bag of covers spanning an array of genres, opening with Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” and never looked back. The show featured a version of The Allman Brothers Band’s “Hot ‘Lanta,” and moved soulfully into Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” The group went back to the blues for the Allman’s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin,” before busting out their version of Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.” Next up was John Scofield’s jazzy tune “Chank,’ and the set concluded with a powerful version of the folk anthem, “Freight Train.”Check out the setlist below, as well as a full gallery from Scott Harris Photo.Setlist: Roosevelt Collier’s New York Get Down at DROM, New York, NY – 3/12/16Set: Stratus, Hot ‘Lanta, Billie Jean, Don’t Keep Me Wonderin, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Chank, Freight Trainlast_img read more

Vulfpeck Announces Run Of Kids Shows: An Introduction To Modular Funk For Children

first_imgVulfpeck has seen their star rise to dizzying heights in a relatively short amount of time. Since their inception in 2011, the band has gone from YouTube cult favorites to international stars, selling out rooms on multiple continents and maintaining a diverse, worldwide fan base.Vulf’s music has universal appeal–excellent musicianship for the music nerds, sing-along melodies for all the pop lovers, and light-hearted lyrics for fans of all ages. It’s funky, and it’s fun–it’s the music that you, your baby brother, your too-cool-for-school teenage sister, your classical flautist mom, and your 90-year-old grandpa can all get down to when you play it at the family barbecue.So Vulfpeck’s upcoming run of kids’ shows simply makes sense. The band announced a the run via a post on their Facebook page yesterday, stating that the shows would be “an introduction to modular funk for children.” The band will stop at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN on May 2nd, METRO in Chicago, IL on May 5th, and The Michigan Theater in the band’s hometown of Ann Arbor, MI on May 13th. You can purchase tickets to the shows via the links below:an introduction to modular funk for children:Minneapolis: vuuulf.com/minnChicago: vuuulf.com/chiAnn Arbor: vuuulf.com/a2Check out Vulpeck’s newest video for “Newsbeat” from the band’s 2014 album Fugue State below:last_img read more

Preventive measures key in planning for disasters

first_img Read Full Story Earthquakes or floods can wipe out infrastructure—including health care facilities, when they’re needed more than ever. Given the risks to public health in the wake of a natural disaster, it’s important for health systems to plan ahead, according to disaster health expert Ali Ardalan.“Health systems have to take a proactive approach, preventive measures to reduce the risk of disasters,” said Ardalan, visiting scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a senior fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, in a March 15, 2016 Reuters article.Ardalan, chair of the Disaster and Emergency Health Academy at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, spoke at a recent Bangkok conference on health aspects of planning for disasters.last_img read more

Date Set for The Drama League Awards

first_img The eligibility cut-off date will be on April 19, with the nominee announcement taking place on April 21 at Sardi’s for Outstanding Play, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Musical and the Distinguished Performance Award. View Comments Another date for your calendar! The Drama League has announced that the 81st Annual Drama League Awards Ceremony will take place on May 15 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theatergoer awards chosen by audience members—specifically, by the thousands of Drama League members nationwide who attend Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. Last year Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris took home the top honor, winning the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for his performance in Hedwig.last_img read more

Lesli Margherita Reflects on Her Cooter-Slamming, Scooter-Riding Time in Matilda

first_imgIn the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Lesli Margherita is playing her final performance in the hit musical Matilda on September 6, so we asked the Olivier winner to take Broadway.com’s Exit Interview to tell us all about her time as Mrs. Wormwood before she begins her new gig in Dames at Sea. Below, Queen Lesli reflects on her wig-wearing, back-flipping and (of course) LOUD time in Matilda.How did you feel when you first got this job?At first it was extreme joy. Like, weeping joy. I had waited so long to finally make my Broadway debut—and had literally waited so long because it took three months to hear I got the job. Then it went to extreme fear when I realized I had to actually move to New York from L.A. The subway…walking…[shudders].How do you feel now that you’re leaving?Total mixed feelings. This is my family, and this show absolutely changed my life. But two and a half years is a long time to spend with one character, cooter-slamming and back-flipping. I’ll miss her, but I’m so excited to do something new—and not wear blue eyeshadow.What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Loud. Loud. Loud.What was the easiest thing about this job?Mrs. Wormwood’s look. I’m a tacky Italian. I already had the fake nails, high hair and wear a ton of makeup. The more sparkles the better. I had much more in common with her than I wanted to admit. It was also easy to dance with Phillip Spaeth every day. Please. Gorgeous.What was the hardest thing?Saying goodbye to kids when they outgrew their roles. That and scooting in heels on a raked and extremely bumpy stage. The scooter won the Lesli vs. evil scooter battle many times.What was the highlight of your time at this job?There have been so many, but the first preview will always be special. It was my Broadway debut, and I’ll never forget stepping on stage and saying my first line. I remember listening to the London recording while driving on the 405 in L.A., and that moment was like, “Wow, it’s really happening.”What skills do you think are required for future job applicants?1. Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself.2. Be able to slide through someone’s legs with a giant wig on without knocking them in their man parts.3. Have the ability to scoot in heels on a raked and extremely bumpy stage.4. Have Ethel Merman vocal cords. (Loud! Loud! Loud!)What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Tylenol.How do you think you’ve grown?Figuratively, I’ve grown just by performing alongside these kids. Long runs can be challenging, but they were excited for every single show and always gave 100%. They made me do the same. Literally, I think I’ve grown wider because when you do a show with kids, someone is always bringing in sweets.Why are you leaving?I’m leaving to go about 50 feet across the street from the Shubert to play Mona Kent in Dames At Sea.What will you miss the most?My family at the Shubes: cast, crew, everyone. They became my first New York family and will always be special. And my pink sparkle dance shoes. I’ll miss them. A lot. [Steals shoes.] Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments Lesli Margherita Star Files Matilda Related Showslast_img read more

Leaders gather in Burlington in joint effort to enhance economy through aviation

first_imgToday, during the Vermont Aerospace & Aviation Association (VAAA) Open House, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas signed a proclamation declaring February as General Aviation Appreciation Month, highlighting the significance the industry has on Vermont s statewide economy. Douglas also presented a $30,000 grant to South Burlington to fund preliminary work on a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center at the Burlington International Airport.The VAAA is a division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce which manages this association in partnership with Lt. Governor and VAAA Chair Brian Dubie, who also serves as National Chair of the Aerospace States Association. The event was attended by general aviation (GA) leaders from around the country including Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) Executive Director Selena Shilad. As Vermont seeks to rebound from the recession, we have to work to maintain and strengthen industries that positively impact our small towns and businesses, said Governor Douglas. By declaring February Aviation and Aerospace Appreciation Month, we re sending a clear signal that we support this industry that is central to our state s economic success.Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, who founded VAAA in 2006, added, Our national security, our economic vitality, and our national mobility rely on a strong aerospace and aviation sector. Similarly, Vermont s aviation sector plays a vital role in our state s economic well-being and public safety.AAAA Executive Director Selena Shilad said, We are so pleased to have the support of Governor Douglas and Lt. Gov Dubie as we continue to highlight the economic significance of general aviation on local economies around the country. General Aviation provides a lifeline to small communities, farms, and business by providing them with needed access to emergency medical services, economic development and mobility.Vermont depends heavily on general aviation. GA alone contributes $274 million, or $430 per capita, to Vermont s economy annually. Vermont has 16 public-use airports, 1,350 pilots and 877 general aviation aircraft. Aviation, including commercial service, accounts for 9,000 jobs and $225 million in wages to Vermont s economy. These and other statistics from our newly launched economic impact survey can be found online at http://www.aviationacrossamerica.org/States.aspx(link is external).Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 4,400 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.last_img read more

Long odds for Trump plan to save U.S. coal

first_imgLong odds for Trump plan to save U.S. coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal ($):The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer.The proposed new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans is expected to release within days, would be the latest in a series of reversals of policies the Obama administration adopted to slow climate change. It would replace the agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan for the electricity business with regulations that cede power to states, and could ultimately lead to more heat-trapping gases going into the atmosphere even as it sets parameters to boost efficiency at coal-fired power plants.President Trump has repeatedly promised to support coal, an industry beset by a shrinking customer base, competition, falling prices and bankruptcies; the plan may be his administration’s most ambitious effort yet to kill regulations on coal’s behalf.And yet plummeting costs of cleaner fuels including natural gas, wind and solar in recent years have driven consumers and power companies away from coal so dramatically, they may blunt the proposal’s ultimate effect.  The Trump administration proposal would have to be submitted for a public rule-making process before taking effect. It would apply to the power industry at large, but is firmly targeted at coal.The anticipated legal tussles mean the proposal this week is just one step in a process that may still take years to complete. The proposal will next go for public comment and then likely take months of review to complete.Some observers say the legal wrangling could leave the issue unresolved well into the next presidential administration.More ($): EPA Is Set to Roll Back Restrictions on Coal-Burning Power Plantslast_img read more

2020 Marketing: 10 things you need to examine

first_imgJanuary is almost over which means by now you’ve read countless articles on 2020 goals and trends. All of those are important. We’ve even written two ourselves (How To NOT Get Overwhelmed in 2020) and (20/20 Vision For 2020).While understanding trends and goals is important, when it comes to marketing it’s also important that you examine it. That you ask the right questions.Here are ten questions every credit union and bank executive should answer now:1. How am I going to gain more from my existing base?Many financial institutions are seeking growth. More new people. However, one of the best ways to grow your overall profitability is to increase the relationships you have with your existing members or customers. Rather than just add and add, how about digging deeper? ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Facebook Is Now Using AI to Help Human Moderators Identify Posts That Need Review

first_img– Advertisement – Having said that, Facebook knows that AI is not the perfect solution for all problems and cannot solely help moderate content on its platform.“We’ve optimised AI to focus on the most viral and most harmful posts, and given our humans more time to spend on the most important decisions,” said Chris Palow, a software engineer in Facebook’s interaction integrity team.Facebook has also developed a local market context that helps understand market-specific issues, including the ones that emerge in India. This will allow the machine learning algorithms to consider local context and help mark out content that could impact a particular group of people, Palow explained.In addition to the new changes to its content moderation, Facebook has announced that it is expanding access to its Rights Manager to give all page admins on its platform and Instagram with the ability to submit copyright protection applications. This will allow more creators and brands to issue takedown requests for the content re-uploaded on both Facebook and Instagram. The Rights Manager was piloted with certain partners in September.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Facebook was initially relying on a chronological model to deal with content moderation. However, it over time started making a shift towards AI and enabled the system to automatically find and remove content that isn’t suitable for the masses. That automation helped recognise duplication reports from Facebook users, identify content such as nude and pornographic photos and videos, limit the circulation of spam, and prevent users from uploading violent content.Now, Facebook wants to go beyond automation and use its machine learning algorithms to sort the reported content on the basis of priority to help utilise its human reviewers optimally.“We want to make sure we’re getting to the worst of the worst, prioritising real-world imminent harm above all,” Ryan Barnes, a Facebook product manager who works with its community integrity team, told reporters during a press briefing on Tuesday.- Advertisement – Facebook is using its algorithms to intelligently rank user reports in a way that its human reviewers could review and filter out all the content that couldn’t be caught by computers but is harmful for the society. One key factor that the company is taking into consideration is around how popular a violating content could potentially be on the platform.“We look for severity, where there is real world harm, such as suicide or terrorism or child pornography, rather than spam, which is not as urgent,” Barnes said.Additionally, Facebook is considering the likelihood of violation and looks for the content that is similar to what already violated policies. This would help prioritise areas where human reviews are important.- Advertisement – Facebook says it is improving the way it moderates content on its platform by using artificial intelligence (AI). The social networking giant, which has a content review team of around 15,000 reviewers who review content in over 50 timezones, receives a significant amount of user reports on objectionable content on an active basis. However, as reviewing those reports is vital to build an effective social network, Facebook is now deploying machine learning. This helps to prioritise reported content. Facebook is also boosting copyright protection by allowing page admins to submit copyright requests.Content moderation is must for a massive platform like Facebook. But with thousands and millions of users posting content simultaneously, it is not an easy task to filter out something that is not harmful or objectionable at first glance. The growth of hate speech and violent posts on social media is also making it difficult for human reviewers to put a stop on all inappropriate content. Thus, Facebook wants to use its AI and machine learning skills to speed up the filtering process.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Edinburgh retail: Walk this way

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Mikel Arteta unhappy with ‘unacceptable’ Arsenal defending after Olympiacos defeat

first_imgMikel Arteta unhappy with ‘unacceptable’ Arsenal defending after Olympiacos defeat Advertisement Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s defending was ‘unacceptable’ in their loss to Olympiacos (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has hit out at ‘unacceptable’ defending from Arsenal following their defeat to Olympiacos in the Europa League on Thursday evening.The second leg was forced to extra time but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s overhead kick in the 113th minute appeared to book the Gunners’ place in the last-16 of the Europa League.But Bernd Leno’s failure to clear the ball from a corner saw Olympiacos swing the ball back into Arsenal’s box and Youssef El-Arabi struck from close range to secure a last-gasp victory for the Greek side.‘Obviously he [Leno] could have kicked it out, but after that there is another situation to defend,’ said Arteta.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Feb 2020 1:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link924Shares Bernd Leno and David Luiz made mistakes which led to Arsenal’s exit in the Europa League (Getty Images)‘And it’s not only the first phase, it’s the second phase of that corner we concede and the player steps in and just taps the ball in the six-yard box which is unacceptable and something we have to improve on.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’ve done the most difficult thing to react after that and play against a team with 10 men behind the ball in 25 metres.‘Even at the end we had an incredible opportunity to win it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘If we would have gone through, energy wise it would have given us a big lift again and bring everybody together.‘It’s a big disappointment and I’m right behind the boys, the way they played, the way they tried, the effort that they put in the game was enormous and we have to move forward together.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Swiss commission to review contribution interest rate

first_img2018 ?  2009 2.00%  2017 1.00% 2004 2.25%  The president of the commission, Christie Egerszegi-Obrist, told IPE the working group would assess whether a different formula could better capture current market yields.There was broad support within the commission to set up a working group to analyse the purpose of the minimum interest rate and the role it plays in different types of pension providers, she said.Hanspeter Konrad, director of the Swiss occupational pensions trade body Asip, said it backed the commission’s decision.Trade union SGB/USS was positive about the commission’s move, calling it sensible and saying that it meant the commission could adapt the formula to the “reality” of Swiss pension funds’ investment behaviour. Trade unions have argued for such a review in the past. Peter Zanella, senior consultant and Pensionskassen specialist at Willis Towers Watson, took a different stance, questioning the value added by a commission in the first place. He said it would be difficult or even impossible to come up with a formula that would suit all Pensionskassen given the diversity of their structures.Rate-setting should be depoliticised, Zanella said, with Pensionskassen allowed to set the minimum interest rate on their own based on their risk capacity. 2008 2.75%  2014 1.75%  2016 1.25%  The formula behind Switzerland’s minimum interest rate on mandatory pension contributions is to be reviewed to see if an alternative might better reflect the current yield environment.The independent commission that advises the Swiss government on the interest rate (Mindestzins) said it was setting up a working group to analyse the formula. The working group’s findings, expected in the spring of 2018, would inform any changes to its approach to setting the rate.In the meantime, the commission recommended that the government should not review the rate this year, and keep it at 1%.IPE understands this is the first time that the commission’s methodology has been subject to a review, although discussions about the appropriateness of the formula have been going on for some time. 20033.25%  2005 2.50%  The minimum interest rate has been on a downwards trajectory for several years, although some Swiss pension funds pay a higher effective rate. In 2015, for example, when the legal minimum rate was 1.75%, the average effective rate was 1.91%, according to a survey from consultancy PPCmetrics.Several business trade bodies reportedly wanted to see it lowered to 0.5% this year, which would be a new record low. André Tapernoux, head of wealth at Mercer in Switzerland, said there would have been pressure for a higher rate, however, given decent investment performance this year and a rise in yields. He described the commission’s recommendation as a compromise and the search for a new formula as an attempt to depoliticise the matter.The recommendation is not binding, but the government has so far followed the commission’s suggestions.The current formula has been used for several years, and assigns a strong rating to historical government bond yields – although equities, real estate and other fixed income securities are taken into account.Source: Various Minimum interest rate  2012 1.50% last_img read more