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Govt plans to transfer BSNL land debt to SPV union alleges undervaluation

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is mulling to transfer land assets and loans of loss making BSNL to a special purpose vehicle in an effort to make the state-owned telecom firm a debt free entity. Employees Union of BSNL, however, has alleged that the land parcels proposed to be transferred to the SPV at value of Rs 20,210 crore are at prime locations of big cities and are “grossly undervalued”. BSNL management denied the allegations saying the valuation has been done only on indicative basis and final valuation will be done before disposing the proposed land parcels. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe SPV is proposed to sell the land parcel and pay off BSNL debt estimated to be around Rs 15,000 crore. “It is astonishing to note that in the name of monetisation of lands, for the purpose of making BSNL a debt free company, BSNL’s land are being transferred to the SPV at a “throw-away price,” BSNL Employees Union said in a letter to the telecom secretary. The union said that market value of the 63 land parcels identified for transfer to SPV is very high, however, these are being transferred at a “dirt cheap price” in the name of book value. When contacted BSNL Chairman and MD P K Purwar said, “Such allegations are baseless and incorrect since the valuation has been done on indicative basis for the purpose of preparation of cabinet note. Final valuation will be done by a government registered valuer. The SPV proposed is also 100 per cent owned by government of India like BSNL”. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe union said that it gathered information around land parcel of Chennai and Kerala circle and found them grossly under valued. “In Chennai City, 8 land parcels are being transferred by BSNL to the SPV. The total market value of these land parcels has been determined by the BSNL management as Rs 2,753.67 crore. Whereas, the market value of these 8 land parcels comes to Rs 3,867.89 crore. Thus, it could be understood that in Chennai city alone, the BSNL’s land parcels are being under valued by Rs 1,262.89 crore,” the letter said. It also alleged that BSNL has identified 10 acres of land in the Regional Telecom Training Centre in Thiruvananthapuram at a value of Rs 10 lakh/cent (apprx 435.5 sq ft), while Kerala government six years ago paid Rs 15 lakh/cent compensation for road widening. “The SPV, which has been created to sell BSNL’s land, is going to hand over these lands to the corporates and to the entrepreneurs, at a throw away price. We are afraid that, in this process, BSNL is going to incur a massive financial loss,” the union said in the letter.last_img read more

MR invited to contest from Kurunegala

“The UPFA General Secretary gave in writing the approval for Rajapaksa to contest under the UPFA,” he said. Ekanayake said that Rajapaksa was later invited to contest from Kurunegala as he can be assured of obtaining the highest number of votes at the Parliament election.The former Minister claimed that President Maithripala Sirisena had also agreed to give Rajapaksa nominations but was now facing pressure from some people around him. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been invited to contest the Parliament elections from the Kurunegala District.Speaking to reporters in Kandy, former Minister T.B. Ekanayake said that Rajapaksa will contest the election under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) as this was confirmed by UPFA General Secretary Susil Premjayantha. He says a very positive political environment had developed in the country after the UPFA agreed to give nominations to Rajapaksa. Ekanayake said that all UPFA leaders welcomed the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to give nominations to Rajapaksa.He also said that the UPFA agrees with the proposed policy that anyone found guilty of corruption not be given nominations to contest the election. (Colombo Gazette) read more

A record 2 billion people took scheduled flights in 2005 UN aviation

The number of passengers flying on scheduled airlines worldwide rose 7 per cent over last year’s total to a record 2 billion this year, the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said today. New major safety measures also highlight a year in which no hijacking or act of sabotage has been reported by those airlines so far, according to ICAO, which sets international standards and regulations for the safety, security and efficiency of international air transport. “The global air transport system is fundamentally safe, yet a number of fatal accidents in August and September of this year focused attention on the urgent need to eliminate remaining systemic deficiencies so as to further improve aviation safety worldwide,” ICAO Council President Assad Kotaite said.“Accordingly, from 20 to 22 March 2006, ICAO will hold a worldwide safety conference of Directors-General of Civil Aviation to assess the current status of aviation safety, identify ways to achieve significant improvements and develop a global strategy for aviation safety,” he added.The Conference will take into account recent measures, including the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme which aims to help States better respond to safety threats. Under the Programme, 42 audits were performed this year, bringing the total to 103 since the initiative began in 2002.Other issues to be considered at the upcoming meeting include countries with significant compliance shortcomings on ICAO safety-related standards, such as licensing sub-standard airlines. The ICAO Council will communicate these countries’ shortcomings to all other contracting parties, the Montreal-based Organization noted. read more

Like father like son

Freshman Carter looks to follow in the footsteps of a legend at wide receiverWith every yard, touchdown and catch, Duron Carter is closer to following in his father’s footsteps. The freshman wide receiver has made an early impact this season and has found himself getting reps in three-wide formations. With a background like his, it is easy to understand how Carter has capitalized on his opportunities. Ohio State has a fine legacy of wide receivers, and like any young recruit, Carter will have to live up to their past achievements. Names like Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn and more recently Ted Ginn Jr. and Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes are just some of the past legends to wear scarlet and grey. However, before any of those wideouts made their name at OSU, the Buckeyes’ first great receiver was Duron’s Carter’s father, Cris.When Cris Carter’s career came to an end at OSU after three seasons, he held the all-time record for receptions and was also the Buckeyes’ first All-American at wide receiver. He was so smooth and athletic that some believed he might be the best to ever play the position. The eight-time Pro Bowler finished second in touchdown receptions for his career and is a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer. “I remember growing up and always being at my dad’s football games,” Duron Carter said. “I’ve been around football my whole life and always wanted to play. My dad has taught me almost everything he knows and it’s been great having a life full of football.”As a young player trying to improve his game, nothing can be better for Carter than having a father who has practically perfected his position. Using all of the elder Carter’s knowledge of the game could be key in making him the player he wants to be.“He’s taught me the little knowledge things like running routes and getting the shoulders down, little things that make a big difference playing receiver,” Carter said.Both father and son stand 6 feet 3 inches and it is obvious that most will find similarities between the two. However, Carter sees this as one of the few drawbacks in his situation, and said it is difficult being compared to “one of the best players to ever play the game.”Being a Buckeye was a dream come true for Carter, but he was not pushed toward it because of family ties. Interestingly enough, maize and blue were the colors that first attracted his attention.“I came on a visit my sophomore year, and I liked it a lot,” Carter said. “It was the place I wanted to go. It was either between here and the University of Florida, and I felt here would be a better place to develop me as a receiver. “I was a Michigan fan. I used to like Braylon Edwards a lot. He always made the spectacular catch, and that’s always something I wanted to do.”Carter’s impact thus far on his team might have been predicted by him or his coaches, but some believed it was his name that was garnering him attention during the recruiting process, and not his ability. “I thought it was pretty funny,” Carter said. “I remember going into the All-American game, I was like the No. 92 overall receiver, then after, they bumped me up to No. 11. It’s kind of comical what people say when they’ve never seen you play before.”Carter’s high school experience was also a great help to him. St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is a high school powerhouse, and was awarded the 2008 High School National Championship. He was a big part of their success the past two seasons, and is trying to translate what he learned there to the collegiate level.“I really went up against the best competition daily,” Carter said. “There are plenty of cornerbacks from St. Thomas. They’re eventually going to be the top product in the NFL and college football. Just going up against the best and getting reps against the best really prepares you.”Carter’s first touchdown grab came at Indiana on Oct. 3rd. However, it was one of his fierce blocks that caught the attention of his teammates. He said while scoring was great, he really enjoyed his punishing block because he loves to hit and get everyone on his team fired up.Although the name “Carter” will remain the same on the back of his jersey, Duron is determined to make a legacy all his own, and after 18 years, there really isn’t much more his dad can say.“We don’t really talk about football that much,” Carter said about his dad. “There’s really not much to talk about anymore.” read more

Tube strike over sacking of driver who drove through three red lights

first_imgA TfL spokesperson told The Telegraph: “He went through three red lights. After drivers are trained, when they get to a red signal, they are supposed to stop, wait for it to go green then go through.”In his first 11 weeks after training, the driver went through three red lights.”After his first time we gave him three days of training with an instructor, after his second time we gave him five days of training and then we gave him five days of rest.” “If a driver goes through a red light, there could be a train in front of them which gives a risk of collision. It endangers customers and endangers that driver and other staff members.”Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said the dispute is over a lack of meetings with TfL.He said: “We have repeatedly offered to meet LU to discuss this dispute but, instead of getting around the table, they have sent a stream of letters threatening legal action to try to prevent our members from exercising their democratic right to strike.”ASLEF members at Acton voted by 98% in favour of strike action. But, instead of recognising the concerns of our members, and reps, LU management are refusing to acknowledge that they have failed to follow their own procedures; threatened a disciplinary hearing to make a driver “agree” to be redeployed; and now refuse to talk to this union. According to TfL, they offered the driver a new role on the station floor, after assessing that keeping him as a driver would mean a possible danger to live.The spokesperson explained: “We had a meeting with him, as agreed with the trade union, in which we agreed with him he would go to a station staff role- that’s where he came from in the first place, he was station staff. “When management are intent on getting their way by threats and intimidation then we need to take a strong stand to protect our agreements and ensure fair treatment at work.” London Underground drivers walked out on Friday in a protest over the sacking of one of their colleagues who reportedly drove through three red lights.Transport for London said the driver in question was offered an alternative role after putting lives at risk by not stopping when indicated to do so.The 24-hour strike on the District Line, organised by the Aslef union,  is the result of a dispute over the treatment of the driver.Services on the line are expected to be severely disrupted throughout the day.According to Transport for London, in his first  11 weeks driving, the driver passed through three red lights, two of which are said to have been passed at danger within a four-week period. District line has severe delays due to strike action, your tickets will be accepted on the local buses.— District line (@districtline) April 13, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Xenophon takes on cults

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nick Xenophon called on the South Australian and Federal governments to introduce anti-cult legislation last Monday. Talking to Neos Kosmos independent Senator Nick Xenophon said anti-cult legislation similar to that operating in France is needed. “We need to have anti-cult laws as they have in France, where there is a crime of ‘mental manipulation’ where you can prosecute these organisations for fraud and deception,” he said to Neos Kosmos. His calls for law reform come one week after SA police raided 12 properties involved with the doomsday cult Agape Ministries, seizing explosives, guns and ammunition. “Cults had become more sophisticated and more dangerous,” the Senator said. The French laws, which have been in operation for nearly 10 years, allow judges to dissolve cults if their leaders are involved in criminal activity. Senator Xenophon’s call for anti-cult laws came after he introduced a bill in the senate two weeks ago, calling for a Senate enquiry into the activities of the Church of Scientology as well as a public benefits test to be applied to charities and religions, they are eligible for tax-free status. “The UK has had that law in for years, which means that in order to get tax free status it must show that on balance it creates a greater public benefit than public detriment, in other words that it dies more good harm.” Senator Xenophon says that organisations like Church of Scientology, who have tax-free status, avoid accountability. The SA senator said he’d received “many complaints on the Church of Scientology which are a real concern” and believes it is an issue about having a test before “taxpayers subsidise these organisations.” Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry threw his weight behind calls for a Senate inquiry into the Church of Scientology, saying the church’s teachings are putting Australians’ lives at risk. Professor McGorry, a world-renowned youth mental health expert, is supporting Senator Nick Xenophon’s efforts to set up an investigation into the church’s activities and its teachings on psychiatric care. “It’s a bit like they’re [Church of Scientology] the deniers of the reality of mental illness, which is … irresponsible and dangerous,” he said last week. Senator Xenophon says that while initially neither the ALP nor the Coalition supported his calls, that the “more stories of abuse they hear” they are changing positions. “Initially both sides were not supportive at all, but now there is greater awareness,” said Senator Xenophon to Neos Kosmos.last_img read more

Gary Neville talks about Raheem Sterling racial abuse predicament

first_imgGary Neville has been talking about the treatment of Raheem Sterling in light of alleged racist abuse the winger suffered at the hands of a Chelsea fan.The former Manchester United captain divulged his own struggle in trying to help Sterling through excessive criticism during Euro 2016.“There’s been times on this show when we’ve avoided taking on this subject. It’s not undertones, it’s blatant (racist media coverage of Sterling),” Neville said, according to Daily Mail.“Ashey Cole was the only one (from when I was playing) – he’s had to escape this country, he’s almost like a football refugee – to get away from the way he was treated.”Neville also went on to discuss the difference in the way he believes black players are covered in the media.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“When Lambert and Vardy came into the team, it wasn’t like that when Welbeck and Rashford came into the squad.”“The evidence is quite heavy in terms of the white players and black players that came into the England squad.”“What can football do? It can show zero tolerance – what Chelsea have done, those players will never set foot in a football stadium again.”“Raheem’s been strong enough to come out of it. He’s made it through the three years of media horror, intrusion, vilification.”last_img read more

LayneSmith to join London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

first_imgAli Layne-Smith is to join the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust as its new director of people and culture.Layne-Smith, who will commence her new role in September 2019, will lead a team of 65 members of staff, tackling areas such as talent, workforce analytics and engagement, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, staff experience, leadership and performance and organisational culture.Layne-Smith has 20 years of experience in the HR sector and is currently employed by the West Midlands Police as director of people and organisational development. She has also worked as HR director, global HR business partner, corporate functions at Tate and Lyle, HR business partner at Johnson and Johnson and head of HR, interim at the Medical Research Council (MRC).last_img

Loretta Lynn Announces New Album Wouldnt It Be Great

first_img Loretta Lynn Announces New Album ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’ Facebook Email News https://twitter.com/LorettaLynn/status/1032287681508769792 Loretta Lynn Announces New Album, Releases Single loretta-lynn-announces-new-album-wouldnt-it-be-great Learn more about the country music icon’s 41st studio album and listen to the title track Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 23, 2018 – 5:33 pm GRAMMY-winning country legend Loretta Lynn, who has been making hits since the ’60s, just released a new single, the title track off of her upcoming 41st studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great. Twitter As Lynn mentions in the above post, her album release was originally postponed due to health issues. The project was slated to be released last summer, but due to suffering a stroke last year and then a hip injury earlier this year, she had to postpone its release twice. Luckily she appears to now be in better health and all-around good spirits, and the album will be available on Sept. 18.The first single is a fresh take of “Wouldn’t It Be Great?,” which she originally recorded in 1985. The album includes other new recordings of prior releases, including GRAMMY-nominated classic “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’,” as well as several new songs. You can listen to the single below. Lynn has contributed many classics to the world of country music – she is truly a pioneer in the field. Her classic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 1998. In 2010 she received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and in the same year was also honored at the GRAMMY Salute to Country Music.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

ANMs stage dharna demanding regularisation in Vizianagaram

first_imgVizianagaram: ANMs who are working on contract basis in medical and health department have staged dharna in front of district medical and health officer on Tuesday. They demanded to regularise their services or appoint them in the new recruitment to be held for Grama Sachivalayams . They said, “we have been in the service for the past some years and we should be given priority while recruiting the ANMs in Grama Sachivalayams. How the government will take others while we are in service for the past some years. Our services should be recognised and we should be brought under the purview of labor laws. If any of us is dead, the dependent should be given jobs.” Later they handed a memorandum to the officers there and urged them to make justice.last_img

12 persons who were stuck in Iran return home

first_imgKolkata: The 12 persons, who were detained in Iran, have returned to Bengal on Wednesday.They got stuck after going to Iran to work in the jewellery industry there. But the situation started turning worse for them since their salaries were stopped. Initially, they didn’t realise that there could be such a problem. But slowly, they started to feel trapped after staying there for three months as they were not getting their salaries and even didn’t have money to buy food. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBut somehow, they managed to come out of that the situation and finally returned home on Wednesday. The 12 youths are from different parts of the state including South 24-Parganas, Kolkata, East Burdwan, Murshidabad and Hooghly. Their family members sought help of the Centre and the Bengal government to bring them back. They wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office as well as to the Union Minister of External Affairs. They also contacted the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). At the same time they also informed the matter to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Consulate General of Iran based in Delhi. They also got in touch with the National Anti-Trafficking Committee and members of the organisation helped them to approach different platforms for help in this connection as the 12 people were in a helpless condition with their passports allegedly seized. The approach to the National Anti-Trafficking Committee was made through a mobile phone app. Soon after the complaint was sent, steps were initiated to bring them back to Bengal. They had not want their due money even. Their only wish was that they should be able to return home. The family members of those 12 persons were extremely happy and relieved after their loved ones came back home.last_img read more

Build a foodie bot with JavaScript

first_imgToday, we are going to build a chatbot that can search for restaurants based on user goals and preferences. Let us begin by building Node.js modules to get data from Zomato based on user preferences. Create a file called zomato.js. Add a request module to the Node.js libraries using the following command in the console: This tutorial has been taken from Hands-On Chatbots and Conversational UI Development. > npm install request –save In zomato.js, add the following code to begin with: var request = require(‘request’);var baseURL = ‘https://developers.zomato.com/api/v2.1/’;var apiKey = ‘YOUR_API_KEY’;var catergories = null;var cuisines = null;getCategories();getCuisines(76); Replace YOUR_API_KEY with your Zomato key. Let’s build functions to get the list of categories and cuisines at startup. These queries need not be run when the user asks for a restaurant search because this information is pretty much static: function getCuisines(cityId){var options = {uri: baseURL + ‘cuisines’,headers: {‘user-key’: apiKey},qs: {‘city_id’:cityId},method: ‘GET’}var callback = function(error, response, body) {if (error) {console.log(‘Error sending messages: ‘, error)} else if (response.body.error) {console.log(‘Error: ‘, response.body.error)} else {console.log(body);cuisines = JSON.parse(body).cuisines;}}request(options,callback);} The preceding code will fetch a list of cuisines available in a particular city (identified by a Zomato city ID). Let us add the code for identifying the list of categories: function getCategories(){var options = {uri: baseURL + ‘categories’,headers: {‘user-key’: apiKey},qs: {},method: ‘GET’}var callback = function(error, response, body) {if (error) {console.log(‘Error sending messages: ‘, error)} else if (response.body.error) {console.log(‘Error: ‘, response.body.error)} else {categories = JSON.parse(body).categories;}}request(options,callback);} Now that we have the basic functions out of our way, let us code in the restaurant search code: function getRestaurant(cuisine, location, category){var cuisineId = getCuisineId(cuisine);var categoryId = getCategoryId(category);var options = {uri: baseURL + ‘locations’,headers: {‘user-key’: apiKey},qs: {‘query’:location},method: ‘GET’}var callback = function(error, response, body) {if (error) {console.log(‘Error sending messages: ‘, error)} else if (response.body.error) {console.log(‘Error: ‘, response.body.error)} else {console.log(body);locationInfo = JSON.parse(body).location_suggestions;search(locationInfo[0], cuisineId, categoryId);}}request(options,callback);}function search(location, cuisineId, categoryId){var options = {uri: baseURL + ‘search’,headers: {‘user-key’: apiKey},qs: {‘entity_id’: location.entity_id,’entity_type’: location.entity_type,’cuisines’: [cuisineId],’categories’: [categoryId]},method: ‘GET’}var callback = function(error, response, body) {if (error) {console.log(‘Error sending messages: ‘, error)} else if (response.body.error) {console.log(‘Error: ‘, response.body.error)} else {console.log(‘Found restaurants:’)var results = JSON.parse(body).restaurants;console.log(results);}}request(options,callback);} The preceding code will look for restaurants in a given location, cuisine, and category. For instance, you can search for a list of Indian restaurants in Newington, Edinburgh that do delivery. We now need to integrate this with the chatbot code. Let us create a separate file called index.js. Let us begin with the basics: var restify = require(‘restify’);var builder = require(‘botbuilder’);var request = require(‘request’);var baseURL = ‘https://developers.zomato.com/api/v2.1/’;var apiKey = ‘YOUR_API_KEY’;var catergories = null;var cuisines = null;Chapter 6[ 247 ]getCategories();//setTimeout(function(){getCategoryId(‘Delivery’)}, 10000);getCuisines(76);//setTimeout(function(){getCuisineId(‘European’)}, 10000);// Setup Restify Servervar server = restify.createServer();server.listen(process.env.port || process.env.PORT || 3978, function () {console.log(‘%s listening to %s’, server.name, server.url);});// Create chat connector for communicating with// the Bot Framework Servicevar connector = new builder.ChatConnector({appId: process.env.MICROSOFT_APP_ID,appPassword: process.env.MICROSOFT_APP_PASSWORD});// Listen for messages from usersserver.post(‘/foodiebot’, connector.listen()); Add the bot dialog code to carry out the restaurant search. Let us design the bot to ask for cuisine, category, and location before proceeding to the restaurant search: var bot = new builder.UniversalBot(connector, [function (session) {session.send(“Hi there! Hungry? Looking for a restaurant?”);session.send(“Say ‘search restaurant’ to start searching.”);session.endDialog();}]);// Search for a restaurantbot.dialog(‘searchRestaurant’, [function (session) {session.send(‘Ok. Searching for a restaurant!’);builder.Prompts.text(session, ‘Where?’);},function (session, results) {session.conversationData.searchLocation = results.response;builder.Prompts.text(session, ‘Cuisine? Indian,Italian, or anything else?’);},function (session, results) {session.conversationData.searchCuisine = results.response; builder.Prompts.text(session, ‘Delivery or Dine-in?’);},function (session, results) {session.conversationData.searchCategory = results.response;session.send(‘Ok. Looking for restaurants..’);getRestaurant(session.conversationData.searchCuisine,session.conversationData.searchLocation,session.conversationData.searchCategory,session);}]).triggerAction({matches: /^search restaurant$/i,confirmPrompt: ‘Your restaurant search task will be abandoned.Are you sure?’}); Notice that we are calling the getRestaurant() function with four parameters. Three of these are ones that we have already defined: cuisine, location, and category. To these, we have to add another: session. This passes the session pointer that can be used to send messages to the emulator when the data is ready. Notice how this changes the getRestaurant() and search() functions: function getRestaurant(cuisine, location, category, session){var cuisineId = getCuisineId(cuisine);var categoryId = getCategoryId(category);var options = {uri: baseURL + ‘locations’,headers: {‘user-key’: apiKey},qs: {‘query’:location},method: ‘GET’}var callback = function(error, response, body) {if (error) {console.log(‘Error sending messages: ‘, error)} else if (response.body.error) {console.log(‘Error: ‘, response.body.error)} else {console.log(body);locationInfo = JSON.parse(body).location_suggestions;search(locationInfo[0], cuisineId,categoryId, session);}}request(options,callback);}function search(location, cuisineId, categoryId, session){var options = {uri: baseURL + ‘search’,headers: {‘user-key’: apiKey},qs: {‘entity_id’: location.entity_id,’entity_type’: location.entity_type,’cuisines’: [cuisineId],’category’: categoryId},method: ‘GET’}var callback = function(error, response, body) {if (error) {console.log(‘Error sending messages: ‘, error)} else if (response.body.error) {console.log(‘Error: ‘, response.body.error)} else {console.log(‘Found restaurants:’)console.log(body);//var results = JSON.parse(body).restaurants;//console.log(results);var resultsCount = JSON.parse(body).results_found;console.log(‘Found:’ + resultsCount);session.send(‘I have found ‘ + resultsCount +’ restaurants for you!’);session.endDialog();}}request(options,callback);} Once the results are obtained, the bot responds using session.send() and ends the dialog: Now that we have the results, let’s present them in a more visually appealing way using cards. To do this, we need a function that can take the results of the search and turn them into an array of cards: function presentInCards(session, results){var msg = new builder.Message(session);msg.attachmentLayout(builder.AttachmentLayout.carousel)var heroCardArray = [];var l = results.length;if (results.length > 10){l = 10;}for (var i = 0; i And we call this function from the search() function: function search(location, cuisineId, categoryId, session){var options = {uri: baseURL + ‘search’,headers: {‘user-key’: apiKey},qs: {‘entity_id’: location.entity_id,’entity_type’: location.entity_type,’cuisines’: [cuisineId],’category’: categoryId},method: ‘GET’}var callback = function(error, response, body) {if (error) {console.log(‘Error sending messages: ‘, error)} else if (response.body.error) {console.log(‘Error: ‘, response.body.error)} else {console.log(‘Found restaurants:’)console.log(body);var results = JSON.parse(body).restaurants;var msg = presentInCards(session, results);session.send(msg);session.endDialog();}}request(options,callback);} Here is how it looks: We saw how to build a restaurant search bot, that gives you restaurant suggestions as per your preference. 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Marijuana use in the US more than doubles in just 12 years

first_imgThe number of adults using marijuana in the United States more than doubled in recent years, according to new research culling data from two massive surveys.In 2001, just 4.1 percent of adults said they used marijuana. That increased to 9.5 percent by 2013. The findings were published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.Researchers also found that marijuana abuse or dependence increased during that 12-year time frame, likely because the overall number of adults using increased so much.Increased marijuana use came during roughly the same timeframe that U.S. attitudes about legalizing the drug shifted; less than one-third of U.S. citizens were in favor of legalizing marijuana in 2002, while a majority favored legalization in 2013, according to the Pew Research Center.Starting in 2012, states began legalizing small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use; it’s now legal in four states and the District of Columbia. And medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states and the District, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Lead study author Deborah Hasin, a professor of epidemiology in psychiatry at Columbia University, said she’s been particularly interested in tracking usage trends “given all the changes in attitudes and changes in laws.”But it’s unclear what’s behind such a dramatic increase in marijuana use. “We showed that it happened,” Hasin said. “Now, the thing that really needs to be researched is the why.”“You can speculate that Americans are increasingly viewing marijuana as a harmless substance, … or laws are changing,” she added. “But we don’t really know until you do good, empirical studies on what factors are really influencing it.”Researchers analyzed two rounds of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions; in the 2001-2002 round, 43,093 people participated, while 36,309 participated in the 2012-2013 round.In addition to marijuana use, participants answered other questions that helped determine whether they also experienced use disorder, such as: did they continue using marijuana despite it causing trouble with friends and family, or physical or psychological problems; did they try and fail to cut down despite repeated attempts; and did they repeatedly drive under the influence.According to the findings, use disorder among users did decrease slightly. About three out of every 10 marijuana users experienced abuse or dependency, representing approximately 6.8 million U.S. citizens.Hasin said it’s important to present information “in a balanced way” about the risks associated with marijuana use.“While many in the United States think prohibition of recreational marijuana should be ended, this study and others suggest caution and the need for public education about the potential harms in marijuana use, including the risk for addiction,” the authors write. “As is the case with alcohol, many individuals can use marijuana without becoming addicted. However, the clear risk for marijuana use disorders among users (approximately 30 percent) suggests that as the number of U.S. users grows, so will the numbers of those experiencing problems related to such use.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Big Tobacco need not apply for work in the cannabis market Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change. A huge new study finds that medical marijuana doesn’t ‘send the wrong message’ to kids Another medical use for pot: Healing broken boneslast_img read more

Thousands attend funeral of killed Burundi opposition figure

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Sponsored Stories BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Thousands of people in Burundi’s capital on Sunday attended the funeral of an opposition leader killed in a drive-by shooting.Young people singing patriotic songs carried the coffin of politician Zedi Feruzi, stopping traffic as they marched for 90 minutes through Bujumbura, the capital, to a Muslim cemetery.Feruzi and a body guard were killed Saturday night in a drive-by shooting. Feruzi’s killing has caused many of Burundi’s opposition figures to go into hiding, saying that those who oppose President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term are not safe. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Burundi has been rocked by four weeks of street protests, in which at least 20 have died, that started after it was announced Nkurunziza will stand for re-election on June 26. The protests gave rise to an attempted coup on May 13 but army forces loyal to Nkurunziza put down the coup within 48 hours.Opposition politicians, journalists and civic activists are hiding in Bujumbura, the capital, because they do not feel safe after the killing of Feruzi, another opposition figure Agathon Rwasa told The Associated Press.“The life of anyone who opposes Pierre Nkurunziza is in danger,” said Rwasa. “People are being assassinated here and there.”At least 100,000 Burundians have fled to neighboring countries fearing political violence ahead of the elections.Four independent radio stations and TV station have been attacked with grenades and at least one has been completely burned, leaving the state-owned media as the only source of information for many Burundians who don’t leave in the capital. Some journalists who witnessed the attacks say the perpetrators were government intelligence officials and police.“I am deeply worried by the extremely tense situation in Burundi. We are receiving alarming messages from human rights defenders and journalists fearing for their safety. I urge the Burundian authorities to ensure their protection and to guarantee that there will be no unlawful reprisals following Wednesday’s failed coup,” the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said last week. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2018 5:04 am PDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oprah to serve as godmother of new Holland America ship Oprah Winfrey will serve as godmother of a new Holland America ship called the Nieuw Statendam (pronounced new STAHT-un-dam).In a video recorded with her pal Gayle King, Winfrey recounted “sailing to Alaska last year” on a Holland America ship, adding that she is “setting sail again.”Winfrey will join a Jan. 30 three-day “Girls’ Getaway” on the cruise line’s new ship from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Passengers may attend one of three live “Conversations with Oprah” onboard. Other getaway events will be hosted by editorial staff from O, The Oprah Magazine, including King, the editor-at-large.Winfrey will also christen the vessel in a private ceremony at an undisclosed date. The ship is under construction in Italy.Holland America and O, The Oprah Magazine launched a partnership in 2017.___www.hollandamerica.comcenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2018 file photo, Oprah Winfrey arrives at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” in Los Angeles. Winfrey will serve as godmother of a new Holland America ship called the Nieuw Statendam. She will join a Jan. 30 three-day “Girls’ Getaway” on the cruise line’s new ship from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Passengers may attend one of three live “Conversations with Oprah” onboard. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

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