Minister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says money has been identified to develop the Gray’s Inn sport complex in St. Mary.She informed that the parish’s three Members of Parliament have committed $700,000 each, from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) towards the development of the sport complex, so that it will be able to host premier league football games.The funds from the Members of Parliament will be matched by a donation of $2.3 million from Jamaica Producers.The news was greeted with cheers from residents who turned out at the Social Development Commission (SDC) Parish Forum, held at St. Mary High School, on February 21.Mrs. Neita-Headley was responding to a member of the audience, who wanted to know about the Government’s development plan for sporting facilities in the community.The Minister also revealed that Government is looking at a comprehensive plan to ensure that children living in rural areas will have access to at least one proper sporting facility within reasonable distance of where they live.She said in the case of St. Mary, that facility would be at Clembhard’s Park, which is the most central site. She said the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will be looking to develop the venue as a proper multi-purpose facility.“We are looking to see how quickly we can put in a proper field, proper basketball, netball and volleyball court, proper fencing, and seating,” the Minster said.
Kolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has come to know about more people from the northern p art of the country, who had allegedly extended support to the five Chinese nationals arrested for running a drug smuggling racket.Sources said the CID officers have recently come to know about these people, who have had close contact with the five arrested Chinese nationals. The investigation officers didn’t disclose the names and the CID officers didn’t reveal much about the places they belong for the sake of investigation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeInvestigating officers have come to know that it would not have been possible for the Chinese nationals to run the racket without their help. A team comprising CID officers are working in other states in this connection. The five Chinese nationals including Wang Zio Dong, Zeu Gong Hue, Chang Heu, Lee Chand and Lue Bouk Seoung were arrested a few weeks ago from Kolkata Station and around 197 kg drug, worth around Rs 39 crore was recovered from them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe five persons were arrested by the Government Railway Police and the case was later taken up by the CID. The CID officers had conducted raids in this connection at Naoda in Murshidabad. Subsequently, a team comprising officers of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), US Department of Justice, interrogated the five Chinese nationals. Officers of the Narcotics Control Bureau accompanied the DEA agents during the interrogation. The CID continued its probe in this connection and came to know that three of the five arrested Chinese nationals had also worked in Gurgaon. In a bid to get more information in this connection, a team comprising officers of CID went to Gurgaon. The investigating officers also came to know that one of them used to work for a mobile manufacturing company and another used to work as a cook at some place. Later, they allegedly got involved in the racket of smuggling of drugs that include methamphetamine and amphetamine.
Cancel all your other weekend plans as Delhi gets ready to host the biggest Jazz festival of the year. Organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the 7th Delhi Jazz International Festival at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri from September 23-25 will witness the convergence of top music artists from countries such as France, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, South Africa and India.”The event will feature performances of seven international and three Indian Jazz groups, namely: Four on a swing (Kolkata); The Radha Thomas Ensemble (Bengaluru); and Rattle and Hum (Nagaland),” said Riva Ganguly Das, Director General ICCR. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”ICCR believes that music can play a key role in engaging in creative dialogue with other nations. Festivals like these help us in understanding cultures of other countries and also gives the opportunity to our own people to interact with world-class performers,” she further added.For the first time since 1992, the festival is going to take place in Aizawl and Varanasi in addition to Goa, Guwahati, Shillong, Bangaluru, Pune, Mumbai and Jaipur. Artists from across the globe will be attending the three-day event. Taking the stage will be Indian and international bands; some of the most famed musicians from the different part of the world will be participating in the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the question of promoting smaller jazz artists through this festival, the Director-General said, “We always try to encourage all the young and upcoming artists to travel and participate in other parts of the world through ICCR’s robust free of cost programs of sending Indian musicians abroad.”India is being exposed to a lot of other genres of music with international artists coming here and Riva Ganguly believes that this is the way to move forward in music and other fields. “I think from each such event a lot of collaborations are built because they are interacting with each other, they listen to each other’s music and they find common elements. Jazz is purely improvised music; you can play with each other and mix it up and in my diplomatic career I have always found that whenever people meet, they just listen to each other and say, ‘Can I play with you.’ This is how you will see a sitarist playing along with a saxophone player and a tabla maestro with a guitarist.” Jazz originated in the late 19th century in the African American communities. The Jazz genre had gained popularity across the boundaries and the music moved across regions and soon out to the world. ICCR played an important role in spreading the genera within Indian boundaries by holding International Jazz Festival for the past seven years.This festival is for Jazz lovers in India. Performance of live Jazz music in the scenic Nehru Park is something that music lovers look forward to every year. So all jazz enthusiasts, gear up to groove to the melodious beats!
Amelie Rorty, a renowned philosopher, established that the change of layers of personhood we adopt are assertive to different powers and politics, success and failure, freedoms and liabilities, and expectations in the intellectual and social spaces we inhabit. So the individuals make their own narratives of their lives that are best fitted in their own patterns of thought.The theatre group ‘Thealight’, has produced a play ‘Bhoy’ that showcases convolutions of self-contradictions of human selves triggered by changing social, political and ideological environments. The ‘contradiction’ generates different psychological layers in a human mind that creates innumerable dispersed identities in an individual. The ‘identities’ fight with each other to establish one’s relevance with time and fade away giving birth to a new self that ultimately overpowers the other. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWritten in 2008, playwright Bratya Basu creates multiple identities within two characters (husband and wife) in the play and questions the morality and responsibilities in a relationship, situating them in the complex dynamics of contemporary political discourse. Basu uses the genre of a thriller and characters of ‘ghosts’ to traumatise Shuvankar as he discovers his contradictory and elapsed identities. The narrative thereby argues on the vicious gap between ideology and reality of Left politics in West Bengal along with issues of marriage, intimacy, and philosophy called life. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile ‘one’ Shuvankar criticises the changing nature of constitutional democracy and opportunism in politics, the ‘second’ Shuvankar finally admits to his unconscious desires in realms of sexuality and economic success. Even his wife Seema is forced to rethink about many unsaid and unrealised stains of relationships with her colleagues and friends besides her marital relationship with her husband. Later the opportunist ‘middle-class’ comes to the fore as a conglomeration of pretentious intellect and sticky inertness when both Shuvankar and Seema shrug off their ambiguous, controversial pasts nonchalantly and embrace their present selves in fear of being exposed further. Rajeshwari Nandy’s acting as one of the spirits draws a special mention. Blending her husky voice with a mannerism, she creates a ghost on stage with a passionate mind who dreams of an ideal world. Sandipan Chatterjee as Shuvankar, Sampa Das Sarkar as Seema and Pulak Roy as the manager contribute well to the production. Director Atanu Sarkar intelligently keeps it simple on stage as intense dialogues progressively elicit the essence of the play. The beginning of second half is done with style and precision. On a couple of occasions, the eerie feeling has sent shivers down the spines for sure. Sudip Sanyal with his reputable expertise makes the projection of light relevant and artistic. Prithwis Rana does fairly well in stage designing. The bearing of the playwright’s exploration of a phobophobia makes it so inescapable that the audience will inevitably take a plunge into it and will hanker to come out of it in the next instance.
Drive. ai has announced that it is to begin trialling a self-driving car taxi service in Frisco, Texas this Summer. The trial is to last 6 months as the organization works closely with the Frisco authorities to finalize the details of the routes and to ‘educate’ the public about how they can be used. But although the news has widely been presented as a step forward for the wider adoption of self-driving cars, the story in fact exposes the way in which self-driving car engineers are struggling to properly disrupt. And that’s before it has even begun. Drive. ai’s announcement comes shortly after a number of high profile incidents involving self-driving cars. In March, a woman was killed by an Uber self-driving car in Arizona. In May, a Waymo van was involved in a collision in Arizona too. This puts a little more pressure on Drive.ai, and means the trial will be watched particularly closely. Any further issues will only do more to make the wider public resistant to autonomous vehicles. The more issues that appear, the more the very concept of self-driving vehicles begins to look like a Silicon Valley pipe dream. It starts looking like a way for tech entrepreneurs to take advantage of underfunded public infrastructure in the name of disruption and innovation. And this is precisely the problem with the forthcoming Drive.ai trial. For the trial to work, Drive.ai are dependent on the support and collaboration of the Frisco authorities. Yes, there are some positives to this – there’s an argument that the future of public life depends on a sort of hybrid of entrepreneurialism and state support. But we’re not just talking about using machine learning or deep learning to better understand how to deploy resources more effectively, how to target those most in need of support. In this instance, we’re talking about a slightly clunky system. It’s a system everyone recognises as clunky – after all, that’s why public ‘education’ is needed. Disruption should be frictionless. Self-driving taxis aren’t. Whatever you think of Uber and Airbnb, both organisations have managed to disrupt their respective industries by building platforms that make certain transactions and interactions frictionless. However, when it comes to self-driving taxi services, things are much different. They’re not frictionless at all. That’s why Drive.ai are having to work with the Frisco authorities to sell the idea to the public. Disruptive tech works best when people immediately get the concept. It’s the sort of thing that starts with wouldn’t it be great if… No one thinks that about self-driving cars. The self-driving bit is immaterial to most users. Provided their Uber drivers are polite and get them to where they want to go, that’s enough. Of course, some people might even like having a driver they can interact with (god forbid!). Sure, you might think I’m missing the point. Self driving cars will be more efficient, right? The cost savings will be passed on to end users. Of course it might – but seen in perspective, lots of things have become more efficient or automated. It doesn’t mean we’re suddenly all feeling the benefits of our savings. More importantly, this isn’t really disruption. You’re not radically changing the way you do something based on the needs of the people that use it. Instead you’re simply trying to shift their expectations to make it easier to automate jobs. In many instances we’re seeing power shift from public organizations to those where technical expertise is located. And that’s what’s happening here. Artificial intelligence needs to be accessible to be impactful Essentially, the technology is stuck inside the Silicon Valley organizations trying to profit from it. We know for a fact the deep learning and artificial intelligence are at their most exciting and interesting when its accessible to a huge range of people. In the case of Drive.ai, the AI is just the kernel around which all these other moving parts depend – the investment, infrastructure, and acceptance of the technology. Artificial intelligence projects work best when they seem to achieve something seamlessly, not when they require a whole operation just to make it work. The initiatives being run by Drive.ai and its competitors are a tired use of AI. It’s almost as if we’re chasing the dream of taxi cabs that can drive themselves simply because we simply should. And while there’s clearly potential for big money to be made by those organizations working hard to make it work, for many of the cities they’re working with, it might not be the best option. Public transport does, after all, already exist. Drive.ai needs users to adapt to the technology Perhaps Drive.ai might just make this work. But it’s going to be difficult. That’s because the problems of self-driving cars are actually a little different to those many software companies face. Typically the challenge is responding to the needs of users and building the technology accordingly. In this instance, the technology is almost there. The problem facing Drive.ai and others is getting users to accept it. What we learned from CES 2018: Self-driving cars and AI chips are the rage! Apple self-driving cars are back! VoxelNet may drive the autonomous vehicles
The second beta of iOS 12 has been released by Apple yesterday to the registered developers for testing purposes. This is two weeks after the first beta was rolled out following the much-awaited Worldwide Developers Conference. All thanks to the ongoing beta releases, beta 2 includes modifications to many of the new features which are introduced in iOS 12 such as changes to screen time, battery usage, and other smaller tweaks. Let’s have a look at the key updates that will change your iPhone or iPad for the better. Key Updates Battery Usage The usage charts that represent the activity and battery level for the past 24 hours is redesigned in iOS 12 beta 2. Also, fonts and wordings have been updated in this section. Source: macrumors Screen Time The existing toggle that helps with clearing the Screen Time data is removed. The interface which lets you add time limits to apps via the Screen Time screen has been modified. With the first beta, when you tapped an app it would go right into the limits interface. Now when you tap on an app, more information gets displayed on the app. This information includes daily average use, developer, category, and more. There’s a new splash screen available for the Screen Time feature. There are also new options in screen time which lets you view your activity on either one or all devices. Notifications The new iOS 12 comes with a feature where Siri makes suggestions to the user about limiting the notifications from the sparingly used apps. Now with beta 2, the Notifications section of the Settings app has a new toggle that will allow you to get rid of the suggestions made by Siri for the individual apps. Photos Search With the iOS 12 beta 2, the Photos now support more advanced searches. So if you search for a photo taken on a specific date, say, May 15, all the photos from all years taken on May 15 will pop up. This is quite different than the iOS 12 beta 1 behavior. Also, the font of listings such as “Media Types” and “Albums” has changed. Now the listings’ font size in the Photos app is way bigger, which makes it easier for the users to read. Voice Memos A new introductory splash screen is added for Voice Memos in iOS 12 beta 2. Apart from these updates, there are also certain minor changes which are listed below: On unlocking any content using Face ID, the iPhone X now says “Scanning with Face ID.” Now, on opening iPhone apps on the iPad, such as Instagram, these apps get displayed in a modern device size (iPhone 6) in both the modes namely: 1x and 2x. A new interface for auto-filling a password saved in iCloud Keychain is added. Podcasts app will now show ‘Now Playing’ indicator for the currently playing chapters. Time Travel references have been removed from the Watch app. The iOS 12 public beta will launch after iOS 12 developer beta 3 around June 26. The release date for the final version of iOS 12 is set sometime in September 2018. Also, there are some known issues regarding the latest iOS 12 beta 2 update that needs resolving. Registered developers can check out the release notes for beta 2 on the official Apple developer website. Read Next WWDC 2018 Preview: 5 Things to expect from Apple’s Developer Conference Apple releases iOS 11.4 update with features including AirPlay 2, and HomePod among others Apple introduces macOS Mojave with UX enhancements like voice memos, redesigned App Store, Apple News, & more security controls