Former US financial regulator J. Christopher Giancarlo, also known as ‘Crypto Dad’ for his support of cryptocurrencies, has announced the launch of a think tank to push the idea of digitizing the US dollar. Read Full Article at RT.com
Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi, the world’s first graduate-level, research-based AI university, will «help and benefit small countries,» Danny Faure, the President of Seychelles, told Emirates News Agency, WAM. «I am impressed by the UAE’s initiative to establish a university of Artificial Intelligence in Abu Dhabi, which will bring together students from all over the world,» he said in an exclusive interview. «It is very good that the UAE has taken this initiative because small countries such as Seychelles will benefit from it,» added the president who was in Abu Dhabi this week along with many other world leaders to attend the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). Although Seychelles has an institution for science, technology and innovation, the president thinks that it is not practical to emulate the UAE’s initiative in his country. With an area of 455 square kilometres and a population of around 95,000, Seychelles is a tiny African island nation in the Indian Ocean. «Given the size of my country with limited human resources, instead of trying it our own [Artificial Intelligence education], I think we rely on a country like the UAE. Our excellent bilateral relationship gives us the opportunity to have a partnership with the UAE to allow our students to benefit from this novel initiative,» he said. The top students from Seychelles will come and seize this opportunity, he added. Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), will open for students in September 2020. The university aims to drive excellence in knowledge creation, transfer and use AI to foster economic growth, while positioning Abu Dhabi as a hub for the international AI community. AI-driven transformation has the potential to generate 133 million new jobs globally, as well as contributing significantly to economies and societal development, according to Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, and Chair of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees. Talking about bilateral relations, the President of Seychelles revealed that the UAE pledged support during his visit to build the first rehabilitation centre for drug addicts in Seychelles. «The UAE is a strong partner. We enjoy excellent relationship between our two states and of course our peoples. The UAE is a natural partner because it believes in the vision we have for our country,» he said. «Any programme or project we put before the authorities here, the UAE is always supportive.» The Seychelles’ coastguard is receiving support from the UAE to protect its borders, he revealed. The UAE also invests in real estate, renewable energy and tourism sector in Seychelles. «The good relationship with the UAE has helped Seychelles to develop similar ties with other Gulf nations,» Faure emphasised. The 57-year-old politician, who was appointed in 2019 as the African Union Champion on Blue Economy, said, «Most of the African countries now only realised that we have oceans. Their impression was they only had lakes and rivers.» The works done by Seychelles convinced African leaders around two years ago that the small country could be the best place to become a blue economy, he said. The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem, according to the World Bank. Seychelles will be presenting the first comprehensive strategy on Blue Economy for the African continent in February, the president explained. About Africa’s united efforts for prosperity, Faure said, «Our countries have been fighting each other before. We are a young continent. Now only we have a clear vision: Africa 2063. There is an overall consensus to work harder and develop our environment,» he said. African nations started taking environment seriously just 20 years ago, he added. «We spent a lot of money and time on wars. I think the time has come to work for resources, energy and real development that touches people’s lives.» The president, who attracted global attention for delivering the first live speech from a submersible under the Indian Ocean in April 2019, said it made an impact in terms of raising awareness on ocean conservation. «When we destroy oceans, we destroy humanity, that was the message I wanted to give.» About Seychelles nationals living and working in the Middle East, the president said they started coming to the region in 1950s, beginning with Lebanon and Bahrain. Following Bahraini royal family’s visit to Seychelles, some people got jobs in Bahrain and the relationship further strengthened when the royal family bought properties in Seychelles, he said. He added that the relationship with Lebanon was also excellent but most of Seychelles citizens had to go back home during the Lebanese civil war. Go to link to see the interview: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302816406
Limited access to land, technical support to farmers and becoming self-sufficient remain Seychelles' greatest challenges in the agricultural sector, said the outgoing Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) representative. Patrice Talla Takoukam spoke after a farewell visit to President Danny Faure at State House on Friday «Seychelles being a small country has many challenges when it comes to agriculture,» he said. «It is important for Seychelles to continuously allocate land to farmers so that they can continuously produce for the population, thus, ensuring food security.» Tatoukam said that access to land is not the only issue and that «it will depend on if the land is ecologically good for agriculture because if the land is not good, there will be no output, hence, a waste of money.» The FAO representative said technical support and assistance is also important for farmers to able to produce more. «A perfect environment is needed that will facilitate local farmers to reach the local market. More importantly, it is important to look at the need of the younger farmers, and by that, I am talking about providing proper incentives for them to stay in the sector,» he said. In July last year, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a new policy that will facilitate graduates from the Seychelles Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture with access to parcels of state-owned lands for agricultural development. Seychelles becoming self-sufficient in certain areas in agriculture was another topic discussed. Patrice Talla Takoukam paid a farewell visit to President Danny Faure at State House on Friday. (Thomas Meriton) Photo License: CC-BY «The level of importation is having an economical and nutritional impact on the population. We can reduce importation and inject that money to develop agriculture, which will, in turn, ensure quality of agricultural output. It is much safer to eat what you produce,» said Takoukam. The visit of Takoukam in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, was also an opportunity to talk about the different projects the island nation received support from FAO. The Food and Agriculture Organisation is supporting Seychelles with the drafting of a National Forest Policy. The $275,000 project is expected to be implemented over an 18-month period. It will include training, forest policy analysis and public consultations. The FAO last year pledged a sum of $148,000, to help Seychelles put a pest management system in place to fight against the invasive Euproctis caterpillar (hairy caterpillar) through a 24-month project. This will include laboratory equipment and technical assistance from experts to build the capacity of local staff to handle the scientific work associated with the caterpillar. It will also cover the cost of developing a database for insects, pests and others related to the hairy caterpillar and designing stronger and more effective methods to control populations of the species. The caterpillar starting affecting inhabitants in February 2015 when people reported developing an itchy skin rash after coming in contact with the species.
Central Region Water Board (CRWB) could face a fresh wave of strike action but its staff to force the removal directors of finance and administration and technical services on the basis of poor performance. The CRWB director of finance and administration Ernest Mtawali and director of technical services John Makwenda a re accused of failing […] The post Central Region Water Board staff issue fresh strike notice for heads to roll appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.
Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) women wing says it is dragging the Malawi Police Service to court after its failure to arrest and prosecute officers named as suspects who allegedly raped women in and around Msundwe area along the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road in October last year. Barbara Banda, women coordinator for HRDC and also chairperson of […] The post HRDC women desk drag police to court over Msundwe sexual violence appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.
Up and coming singer Thomson Msiska aka Spark Liko Ndineyo projects has a great year ahead following the strides he has so far made in linking with fellow artists—both local and international—on collaborations. Spark Liko, a fresh education arts graduate from Mzuzu University (Mzuni), told Nyasa Times that his collaborating with TopKid, real name Chikwado Emodi from […] The post Mzuni graduate Spark Liko features Nigeria’s TopKid in Nyenyezi appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.
Demonstrators in Thursday’s Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)-led demonstrations looted the Central Poultry 2000 Limited farms in Lilongwe and stole chickens and eggs worth over K40 million. According to CP Risk and Loss Control Manager Benson Chirwa, the demonstrators ransacked Mpingu Breeding and Msundwe Farms and went away with about 15, 000 breeder chickens. “They […] The post Demonstrators loot Central Poultry farms, millions worth chickens stollen appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.
Dozens of masked, panga-carrying men on Thursday caused problems at the end of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)-led demonstrations in Blantyre when they attacked people in a vehicle that was used in ferrying a public address (PA) system and burnt the car along the Sanjika Road in Blantyre. The ‘thugs for hire’, known as the […] The post ‘Thugs for hire’ behind the attacks on protesters, torching of car appeared first on Malawi Nyasa Times - News from Malawi about Malawi.
Former National Security chief Georgi Kutoyan's body had a shotgun wound, according to the Investigative Committee.
Shortly after the Punjab assembly passed a resolution against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, CM Amarinder Singh on Friday said his government will approach the Supreme Court on the issue. He said the Centre will have to make the necessary amendments to the CAA if it has to be implemented in Punjab and other states opposing the legislation.
Yangon police have told activists that any protest at the Chinese Embassy during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit would harm bilateral relations.
January highlights included statements on ongoing hearings on the rule of law under Article 7(1) of the Treaty on European Union (EU) regarding Hungary and Poland; bushfires in Australia and climate change consequences; cross-border organised crime and its impact on free movement; a common charger for mobile radio equipment; the gender pay gap; and the 'Housing First' approach to address homelessness. Parliament also debated statements on the situation in Iran and Iraq, in Libya, and in Venezuela following the illegal election of the new National Assembly Presidency and Bureau. Members voted on annual reports on implementation of the common foreign and security, and foreign and defence policies. Members debated citizens' rights provisions in the UK Withdrawal Agreement. They also voted on a resolution on the European Green Deal, following their debate in December's special session – on the day on which the Commission had itself adopted and presented its plans. In addition, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan addressed a formal sitting of Parliament. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
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SINGAPORE - Commuters taking the train to and from Changi Airport MRT station should expect additional travel time of less than five minutes, after a crack was found on the track near the station. Rail operator SMRT told The Straits Times on Thursday (Jan 16) that it found a crack in the crossing near the MRT station during engineering hours on Monday. The crossing is where two tracks intersect. SMRT did not disclose the size of the crack. Its chief communications officer Margaret Teo said the repair work is complex and will be completed by next Tuesday. «All trains are diverted to one platform to avoid the affected section. As a precautionary measure, trains are travelling at a slower speed near the stretch. »We seek commuters' understanding and patience,« she added. Assistant marketing manager Kelvin Choo, 36, who takes the train to Changi Airport after work, said he has experienced the delay. »The train slows down and starts intermittently when it enters the curved section of the track heading towards Changi Airport," said the Sembawang resident who works in Changi Business Park.
Transport operator ComfortDelGro said it has taken disciplinary action against a taxi driver who told his passengers to step out of his vehicle following a disagreement over payment modes. Facebook user Ummi Abdullah Saadah, who has over 200,000 followers on the social media platform, called out the driver in a post that has since been taken down. She said that her daughter and sick granddaughter had booked a cab ride to KK Women's and Children's Hospital. According to a screenshot posted by Ummi, the booking for the standard taxi ride was made via ride-hailing app Grab. Other photos accompanying the post show a sick-looking child resting on the shoulder of an adult and a ComfortDelGro taxi. In her post, Ummi alleged that the taxi driver had told her daughter to «step out» of the cab «just because she wanted to pay by NETS and not cash». Ummi's daughter then had to «step out» and «carry the pram out of the boot» despite having a child who had high fever with her.
Ever wondered what the tiny tables or stands are for in pizza delivery boxes? Also known as pizza savers, they're invented to prevent the pizza boxes from collapsing. That's how you get perfect pizzas without the toppings stuck to the top of the boxes. Other than keeping your pizzas safe, did you know they could come in useful at home? Singapore-based Facebook user Tom Yan shared on the Journey to Zero Waste Life Facebook page on Tuesday (Jan 14) how these tiny stands can be reused in our everyday life. Me? I threw away all these pizza savers over the festive period without giving them a second thought. Yan said on his post: «I collected a few (pizza savers) and refused to let these go to landfill». He then forced himself to think of new ways to use them, and they're pretty brilliant. Using his creativity, he has used the pizza savers to hang brooms, bags, and hooks for clothes.
The appointment of a new prime minister has boosted the Russian stock market to new record highs on Friday, with the national currency holding on to gains reached over the past 18 months. Read Full Article at RT.com
SoftBank has offered to invest up to US$40 billion in the new capital city Indonesia plans to build on Borneo island, a minister said on Friday, though the Japanese tech conglomerate said no figure had been suggested yet.
Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora was hearing a plea by one of the four death row convicts in the case, Mukesh Kumar Singh, seeking postponement of the date of his execution scheduled for January 22. Earlier in the day, the Tihar jail authorities sought issuance of fresh death warrants against the four convicts.
In an interview with DW, a German state-owned public international broadcaster, Khan said that there has been a «lukewarm response» to the Kashmir issue and said that «commercial interests are more important for the Western countries».
Well known Kathak dancer, Manjari Chaturvedi was allegedly forced to stop her performance midway at an event organised by UP government here on Thursday, because she was performing on a 'qawwali'.
U.S. Africa Command officials believe that al-Shabab militants from Somalia crossed the border into Kenya to conduct an attack on U.S. and Kenyan forces earlier this month in Manda Bay — with the assistance of facilitators within Kenya.
Islamabad Ambassador of Federal Republic of Somalia to Pakistan, Khadija Mohamed Almakhzoumi and Comsats Executive Director (ED) S M Junaid Zaidi in a meeting held here Thursday discussed expansion of Comsats programmes to its relatively newer member states.
DHUSAMAREEB (HOL) - A former advisor at the Prime Minister’s office Dr.Mohamed Nur Gaa’l has been elected the new speaker of Galmudug parliament.
Animal rights watchdog PETA has hit out at Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone following their discussion about snakeskin jackets during the UFC 246 press conference, calling on the fighters to stop wearing exotic animal skin. Read Full Article at RT.com
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L'international gabonais Frédéric Bulot Wagah, ancien joueur de l'AS Monaco vient de s'engager avec Felda United, un club de première division en Malaisie. Après avoir connu des débuts tonitruants avec Monaco, Caen, le Standard de Liège, et après un passage du côté de Charlton Athletic en championship anglaise, le Gabonais avait été promis à un bel avenir. Mais depuis sa grave blessure il y a quelques années, le milieu de terrain n'a plus été aussi performant. Après Reims, et Tours, il s'est envolé au (...) - SPORT / SUJET_ECRIT_MAISON
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