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Weekly’s editor murdered in Kathmandu

June 12, 2021 | bfiqjzlr | No Comments

first_img July 30, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Weekly’s editor murdered in Kathmandu News NepalAsia – Pacific NepalAsia – Pacific June 8, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Nepal May 29, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today urged the government to pursue efforts to identify those responsible for the 27 July abduction and murder of Amar Lama, the managing editor of the news weekly Tajakhabar (Fresh News), and to establish their motives. Lama was also a businessman and singer, and a member of the opposition Nepali Congress party.In a letter to Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa, who is also interior minister, the organisation said it welcomed the creation of a commission of enquiry and the arrest of three suspects, but it urged him to “make real resources available to the investigators in order to determine whether Amar Lama’s murder was linked to his work as a journalist.”Lama was kidnapped by three individuals when he went to his newspaper’s office to hand in an article. They introduced themselves as police offices who wanted to talk to him. Lama tried to escape and a chase ensued in the streets of the Kalikasthan district of the capital. When the three assailants caught Lama, they beat him and took him away in a tax. His body was found with a bullet in the head an hour later in Kirtipur, 10 km south of Kathmandu. Two women who witnessed the scene said one of the killers made a call on his mobile to say “the job is done.”Dataram Adhikari, the taxi driver who drove the three men before and after Lama’s abduction, surrendered himself to the police the next day. He said he had no links with the killers. A few hours later, police arrested three suspects including Binita Shrestha, a former business associate of Lama. Lama’s wife told police that Lama had received threats from Shrestha.The same day, the government put judge Madav Lal Shrestha in charge of the investigation. He is supposed to submit a report in two weeks.Lama is known in Nepal for being the driver of two historic leaders of the far-left CPN-UML party when they were killed in an accident in 1993. The CPN-UML blamed Lama for their deaths and he served a five-year prison sentence. He had been a member of the Nepali Congress ever since his release and recently took over the running of Tajakhabar. News to go furthercenter_img News May 17, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill News RSF_en last_img read more

But Who Will Do the Work Then?

February 27, 2021 | isuyyvzl | No Comments

first_imgArtificial intelligence is transforming knowledge work“Machines that can change society, and have been much dreamed of, are now here in the shape of networked computers and robots, fed by data whose figures far exceed the human imagination, and increasingly autonomous artificial intelligence.” — Richard David Precht, in ‘Jäger, Hirten, Kritiker: Eine Utopie für die digitale Gesellschaft’ [Hunter, Shepherd, Critic: A Utopia for the Digital Society]Artificial intelligence (AI) has little to do with human intelligence, even if it may seem that way. You could sum it up by saying that it merely resembles human intelligence. After all, even the most complex processes can be reproduced on machines using AI – not just in production halls, but increasingly in offices too.This is what differentiates AI from conventional automation and rationalization. It isn’t just limited to rule-based workflows and basic tasks anymore, but now comprises of increasingly complex activities. Anyone who has been following the news from the world of AI for the last two to three years will have learned about some amazing new technologies. In the meantime, AI is now able to take on tasks, partially or even wholly, that we were fairly certain could only be done by people until now.A change in activities of this magnitude also spells a change to entire professions, especially those in the field of knowledge work. Here are a few examples of professions that might be affected in the future:Doctors: Automated medical technology is already capable of replacing doctors in some subtasks. For example, there are AI-supported diagnostic methods that utilize medical imaging and analysis to detect tumor cells. The AI used can detect tumors far better than doctors.Lawyers: AI-supported analytic tools are able to analyze contracts and independently redraft new ones. These kinds of ‘machine lawyers’ are trained using legal documents, case studies and proposals, and are, of course, able to make evaluations faster than any human lawyer ever could. I recently read about a piece of software that can analyze a large quantity of documents in the space of a few seconds. The same task would take legal professionals 360,000 hours.[1]Journalists: Content providers have been experimenting with automatically generated texts for quite a while now. Of course, an AI system won’t win a Pulitzer Prize any time soon, but that’s not really the objective here. The idea is to create simple bulk texts, such as stock exchange summaries or sports news, and maybe even basic technical descriptions.The list of professions that AI has on its radar is indefinite. For example, we could talk for hours about employees at insurance companies and banks whose tasks have already been taken over by intelligent systems in part, or drivers whose jobs could be taken by autonomous cars, or call centers that might be replaced by bots, or robots who cook and offer nursing care, etc. The list goes on and on. Maybe one day, preachers, artists, and politicians will be the only professionals who remain unaffected by AI – but I wouldn’t even be sure about that.Of course, doctors, lawyers, and journalists won’t be made redundant by AI. Knowledge workers will always be needed. A doctor’s work doesn’t just revolve around analyzing images, a lawyer doesn’t merely draft contracts all day, and not all journalists write about the world of finance. We will always need doctors, but whether we’ll need as many lab physicians by 2030 remains to be seen. Doctors, lawyers, and journalists in 2030 will carry out their tasks in a different way to those in 2018.For other tasks and professions, however, this may mean that qualifications become ‘devalued.’ Expertise and experience that has been considered gospel up to now will no longer be fit for purpose in these new partially or fully AI-supported processes and job profiles. But a devaluation of qualifications doesn’t mean that people won’t be needed anymore. They will just have to do different things to what they do now, and that in turn means they will need new or different qualifications. The fact that we will need a new approach to education and training is indisputable. But that’s not all – We have to be aware that these newly qualified employees will not necessarily be the same people as those who have carried out this work until now.This kind of revolution will not be possible without friction on the labor market or within society as a whole. And apart from dealing with new technology, we will have to find intelligent answers to this question. This is where we’ll have to rely on our natural resources; I’m afraid that AI won’t be able to help us here.[1]        heise.de, 20 December 2017; https://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Kuenstliche-Intelligenz-verdraengt-menschliche-Arbeit-in-juristischen-Berufen-3919054.html [in German]last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — Stephen Curry was smiling when he walked off the court and laughing in the locker room.Draymond Green thought it prudent to go tell Drake what he really thought after the final buzzer and he walked into his post-game press conference beaming.Andre Iguodala was cracking jokes in his media scum — giving “Kawhi Leonard” answers to questions he didn’t deem worthy of a long response.The Warriors might be down one of the greatest players in NBA history and now down 1-0 in these NBA …last_img

T5 Klettersteig caching in Austria

December 17, 2019 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgT5 Klettersteig caching in Austria and of course the Seattle SoundersThis blog post was written by geocaching superwoman and Geocaching HQ employee, Annie Love.Geocaching can vary around the world. It also varies for individual cachers. Sure, the concept is the same. Use coordinates to find a location, search until you make the find, open the container, sign the log, make trades, then replace the container. Repeat as often as the heart desires, or as often as the obsession requires.I recently posted about finding a T5 geocache in my flip flops on my personal Facebook wall. Many of my geocaching friends around the world think I’m incredibly silly (or just plain stupid) for geocaching in my flip-flops, but I do it anyway. The T5 geocaches I’ve searched out this year in my flip flops were only accessible via boat/kayak, so my choice in caching footwear made perfect sense up to that point. But that recently changed.At the end of the summer, I attended the Meeting Friends Mega in Switzerland and the Great Moravia Giga in Czechia. Since I knew I’d be near Munich, Germany for the events, I contacted some local geocaching friends. Christian (Monsterbox) and David (dadida) were up for taking me on an adventure in their geocaching backyard (which spans to Austria). This wouldn’t be any typical caching adventure though. It would be a pretty legit T5. “Real” shoes would be necessary.Annie (Love), David (dadida), and Christian (Monsterbox)The plan was to find Huterlaner GC329QE. Known as a Klettersteig cache (also known as Via Ferrata), reaching ground zero would require special equipment. With a harness and a set of carabiners we would need to climb via fixed steel cables and iron bar steps about 200 meters (656 feet) straight up the mountain along the edge of the Austrian town of Mayrhofen. For someone who was never interested in rock climbing outside a climbing gym, this was a new challenge. I don’t have a fear of heights, but I do have a fear of falling. Basically, if I wasn’t using a harness and fell, I’d fall 200 meters down the mountain. Ouch! Luckily Klettersteig is a very safe form of climbing where you always have at least one carabiner connecting your harness to a thick steel cable. This put my mind at ease.Klettersteig is considered a safe form of climbingDavid, Christian, and I took off on a beautiful drive through the Alps to Mayrhofen. We arrived at the trailhead parking lot and put on our harnesses. My heart was racing, but I was excited. This was just the adrenaline rush I needed! Christian went first, I was in the middle and David followed. This calmed my fears knowing that experienced climbers would be there to help me along the way.For the most part, finding footing on the iron steps or rock steps was fairly easy. However, there were parts of the climb where the rock wall provided very minimal “steps” for footing. It had rained the night before and a few of these sections were quite slippery. There were a couple moments where I wondered if I could actually make it up the mountain. Each time this thought came into my mind, I remembered the little kids in the parking lot who got their harnesses on to go do the same thing. Heck, if a little kid can do this, I can too! Also, let’s face it, I wanted that T5 geocache!Finding the cache was the easy partThe cache itself was very easy to find. But the effort involved to get there made it no ordinary cache outing. Overall, it was an amazing cache adventure for me. I pushed myself to do something that I wasn’t sure I would be able to do. I had amazing guides that helped ensure I was safe and offered tips whenever needed. I left the mountain more confident in myself and wishing I could do another Klettersteig right away. Smileys from other cache finds are great, but the smiley I earned on GC329QE will go down as one of my top geocaching memories.Are your knees trembling?Some tips before you try your first Klettersteig / Via Ferrata geocache:Find an experienced climber to go with that will help provide tips for a safe journey.Ensure you have the proper climbing equipment and proper T5 shoes of course!Be open about your fears and any hesitations you have with your climbing team.Wear climbing gloves — these were a lifesaver for me!Climb with your core and legs rather than pulling yourself up with your arms.Don’t use your upper arms to balance yourself on the steel cables as you can bruise or cut yourself if you slip.Enjoy the moment! This is what geocaching is all about!The view alone was worth it!Examples of other Klettersteig / Via Ferrata geocaches:Switzerland:  Klettersteig Mürren – Gimmelwald –  GC1DDQ5Germany: Höhenglück all parts – GC1EK7GAustria: Climbing Area Mount Kanziani – GCQBPRCzechia: Vodni brana – Via Ferrata – GC45GM8Italy: Power Action Point – GCP74FFrance: Via des Echelles de la Mort – GC32NMBDo you know of fun Klettersteig / Via Ferrata geocaches around you? If so, add the GC code in the comments! I’d love some suggestions for my next T5 adventure. 😉Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedPhenomenal geocaching community stories from 2017December 26, 2017In “Community”A List to LoveNovember 6, 2018In “News”A little adrenaline never hurt anyone — Klettersteig Schweifinen (GC2FX7P) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 27, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#music#web frederic lardinois The Republic Project, which offers one of the most interesting ways for artists to monetize their efforts that we have seen recently, is coming out of closed beta this week. The Republic Project gives bands and fans a new way to connect. Fans can pre-order a band’s forthcoming album on the site and then watch as the band produces the new album. Once an album is finished, the Republic Project will deliver DRM-free MP3s to its users, and musicians will be free to sell their music on any other service.Out of Beta – All Bands are WelcomeWe first looked at the Republic Project in February this year, when it was still in closed beta with only a handful of artists, including Tim Myers, Dexter Freebish, Steriogram, and Still Time. During the beta period, the service provided a lot of help to these bands, but now that the site will be open to all bands, this amount of hand-holding won’t scale and bands will have to use the project’s self-service tools to manage their accounts. Bands will get a widget that they can put on their site or MySpace page to bring fans to their Republic Project site. On the service, they will be able to upload new videos, track orders, and set the price for their albums and a release date. When we talked to Republic Project CEO Ryan Swagar yesterday, he stressed that the project is now open for everybody, no matter the size of their fan base or style of music. Bands can set the price for their albums anywhere from $2.99 to $9.99. All of this money will go directly to the band. In addition, the Republic Project will charge fans a fixed $1.99 transaction fee. Swagar also noted that bands don’t have to produce full albums but could also use the service while they’re in the studio to record just a few songs. Focus on VideoOf course, bands are free to upload as much or as little content during the pre-release phase as they want, though to make the best use of the service, we would expect bands to update their fans at least once every couple of days. The Republic Project will hold all the money it collects from fans in escrow, just in case a band never actually finishes an album.Once an album is finished and all the music is uploaded to the service, the band flips a switch and the finished music goes out to all the fans. At the same time, though, the band’s site on the service will shut down and the band can sell its final product anywhere else as well. The service does not plan to become a full-blown music retailer and won’t sell any of the tracks after the album is finished. From what we have seen so far, we think the Republic Project looks like a great idea that is very well executed. We are also not aware of any other company that currently provides these services. The Republic Project fills a niche for both musicians and bands and it will be exciting to watch how bands use the service over the next couple of months. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more