MONTREAL – A top-ranking official in the prime minister’s office resigned from his position Friday, following an investigation into allegations of “inappropriate behaviour.”Claude-Eric Gagne had been on leave since Nov. 1 from his job as deputy director of operations, as a third-party investigator looked into the allegations.A PMO spokeswoman says the investigation by Rubin Thomlinson, a prominent employment law firm, has concluded, and Gagne no longer works in the office.In a Facebook message to The Canadian Press, Gagne says he “fully collaborated” with the investigation, and he “firmly” denies the allegations.Gagne says he decided to resign a few days ago, having not heard from the person in charge of the investigation.He says the “process has been very difficult on a personal front,” and he resigned in order to maintain his health and “avoid being a source of distraction” for the government.Before joining the PMO, Gagne was chief Quebec organizer for the Liberal Party of Canada during the 2015 election campaign.He had previously worked in the offices of provincial Liberal cabinet ministers Yolande James and Claude Bechard.
Dan Plante Dan Plante, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Urbn Leaf dispensary marked April 20, a date associated with marijuana culture, by hosting a “Bayked by the Bay” festival.The event, which included food and a performance by Wyclef Jean, benefitted San Diego Chihuahua Rescue.KUSI’s Dan Plante was LIVE with the story. April 20, 2018 Posted: April 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter ‘Bayked by the Bay’
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-based Merrimack Valley Acappella Chorus is collecting donations of soft items to this Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 9:30am to 11am, at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).Soft items include clothes, shoes, hats, bags, and linens/towels. In conjunction with Savers of Wilmington, every bag dropped off at the Arts Center will help raise money for the chorus to help cover the costs of rehearsal space, costuming, coaching, music, transportation, and more.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Merrimack Valley Acappella Chorus.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For September 29, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”Merrimack Valley A Cappella To Perform At Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”Merrimack Valley A Cappella To Run FREE Workshops For Middle School & High School Female Singers In WilmingtonIn “Community”
See at Amazon Bumble news Dating app Bumble bans images of guns from user profiles Dating app Bumble sues Match Group for $400 million Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint Share your voice 0 Rylo Post a comment Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $59 at eBay Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $60 at Best Buy Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice See at Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple iPhone XS Chris Monroe/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tags Amazon $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET 18 Photos Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $520 at HP Online Mobile Apps,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $155 at Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Enlarge ImageThis Bumble match didn’t end well. Oklahoma Game Wardens Oh deer. A potential date turned into a bust when a boast about a buck tipped off a game warden to some bad behavior.Oklahoma game warden Cannon Harrison connected with a hunting enthusiast using the dating app Bumble. He got into a conversation with an eligible bachelorette, who was eager to tell him how she “just shot a bigo buck” and was pretty happy about it. The Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page shared Harrison’s Bumble chat, saying, “as game wardens our personal lives are often blurred into our professional lives.” Harrison asked if she shot the buck with a bow, to which she replied, “Well we don’t need to talk about that.” She told Harrison she killed the animal during an archery-only season for antlered deer. To make matters worse, the woman also admitted to using a spotlight. Shining a bright light at a deer causes it to freeze. The practice is banned by Oklahoma’s hunting regulations. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Google Home Hub review $210 at Best Buy $999 The Cheapskate Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It $999 See it $999 Best Buy Turo See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X These far-out animals fascinate and amuse scientists Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Game wardens went to the woman’s property and gathered all the evidence they needed to make the case. She had mentioned killing the deer on her ranch and shared the location. Harrison also shared some photos of the aftermath of the poaching, one of which Facebook covered up for showing graphic content. The woman pled guilty and paid multiple fines.There are a few lessons to be learning from this dating disaster. Mainly, don’t hunt illegally. Also, don’t share your suspicious activity with a stranger you met on a dating app, which is easy if you don’t break the law in the first place. Tags 7 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET
When users ask Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, what she likes to drink, she is quick with an answer.”I have a thirst for knowledge,” she responds.Her counterpart at Microsoft, Cortana, opts for a very, very dry martini.But M, the digital assistant Facebook is testing, deflects the question. “I don’t have an opinion about that. What’s your favorite drink?”As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants’ personalities.For users, digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools developers expect to influence major decisions about what to buy and how to spend time.The more tech companies can get users to rely on their digital assistants, the more valuable data they will accumulate about the spending habits, interests and preferences of users. The information could be fodder for lucrative digital advertising or a lever for companies to keep users locked into their ecosystems.But companies are split on the best way to forge deep connections with users. Siri and Cortana are waging charm offensives, both quick to crack a joke or tell a story. Their elaborate personas are meant to keep users coming back.Facebook has built M with no gender, personality or voice. The design bears some resemblance to Google’s similarly impersonal assistant.While catchy one-liners generate buzz, a digital assistant with personality risks alienating users or, the companies say, misleading them about the software’s true purpose: carrying out simple tasks, much like a real-life assistant.Facebook’s no-nonsense assistant focuses on handling chores such as ordering flowers or making restaurant reservations.”We wanted M to be really open and able to do anything – a really white piece of paper – and see how people use it,” Alex Lebrun, a Facebook executive who oversees the AI team for M, said in an interview with Reuters.For tech companies, the stakes are high, said Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group, since digital assistants can guide users to their own products and those of their advertisers and partners – and away from those of competitors. Google’s digital assistant, for example, uses the company’s search engine to fulfill user requests for information rather than Yahoo or Microsoft’s Bing.”That trusted assistant could function as my agent for all kinds of transactions and activities,” McIlwain said.Research from the late Stanford professor Clifford Nass, an expert on human-computer interaction, shows that users can become deeply invested in AI that seems human, though they are also more disappointed when the systems come up short, raising the stakes for companies that make the attempt. And what charms one user can annoy another – a danger that Facebook and Google have largely sidestepped.Nevertheless, the Siri team concluded that personality was indispensable, said Gary Morgenthaler, an investor in Siri, the startup that created the eponymous assistant and was later acquired by Apple.”If you are emulating a human being,” he said, “then you are halfway into a human type of interaction.”Google has decided it doesn’t want to take personality further without having a better handle on human emotion.”It’s very, very hard to have a computer be portrayed as a human,” said Tamar Yehoshua, vice president of mobile search.The Google app, making use of predictive technology known as Google Now, responds to questions in a female voice but has few other gendered touches and little personality.The Google app does reflect its creator’s spirit of curiosity, however, by sharing fun facts, Yehoshua said.Facebook has a team of human “trainers” behind M, who answer some requests that are beyond the capabilities of its artificial intelligence. The company hopes to gather data on users’ most frequent requests in order to improve M so it can handle them in the future.That data is limited, however, as M is so far available only to 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area.Despite M’s design, users frequently ask to hear jokes, a request the assistant obliges. Humans tend to anthropomorphize technology, academics say, often looking for a personality or connection even when tech companies intentionally have veered away from such things.”When you give people this open mic, they will ask anything,” said Babak Hodjat, co-founder of AI company Sentient Technologies.Siri’s personality did not change much after Apple acquired the startup in 2010, though she switched from responding in text to speech at the insistence of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said Adam Cheyer, a co-founder of Siri who is now a vice president at another AI company, Viv Labs.”He was right on that call,” Cheyer said. “The voice is something that people really connect with.”Microsoft interviewed real-life personal assistants to help shape Cortana’s personality, said Jonathan Foster, Cortana’s editorial manager. The assistant’s tone is professional, but she has her whims.She loves anything science-fiction or math-related – her favorite TV show is “Star Trek” – and jicama is her favorite food because she likes the way it sounds.Such attention to detail is critical because humans are very particular when it comes to artificial intelligence, said Henry Lieberman, a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies human-computer interaction.Companies must be mindful, he said, not to venture into what researchers call the “uncanny valley,” the point at which an artificial intelligence tool falls just short of seeming human. Users become fixated on the small discrepancies, he said.”It becomes creepy or bizarre, like a monster in a movie that has vaguely human features,” Lieberman said.iDAvatars CEO Norrie J. Daroga said he walked a fine line in creating Sophie, a medical avatar that assesses patients’ pain. He gave Sophie a British accent for the U.S. audience, finding users are more critical of assistants that speak like they do.And she has flaws built in because humans distrust perfection, said Daroga, whose avatar uses technology from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform.Some academics say Siri’s personality has been her greatest success: After her release in 2011, users raced to find all her quips. But some of her retorts have caused headaches for Apple.When asked what to do with a dead body, Siri used to offer joking suggestions such as swamps or reservoirs — an exchange that surfaced in a 2014 murder trial in Florida.She is more evasive when asked the question today. “I used to know the answer to this” she says.Even in that response, Morgenthaler sees traces of the true Siri.”It’s a little bit of a protest against the corporatization,” he said. “I don’t forget, but I’ve been made to forget.”
IRB InvIT Fund has kick-started the listing programme, so to speak, for real estate investment trusts (REITs) in India, almost seven months after the Narendra Modi government removed some of the hurdles preventing ReITs from approaching the primary market.In a regulatory filing on Thursday, IRB Infrastructure Developers said its subsidiary IRB Infrastructure Private Ltd. filed documents with the capital markets regulator Sebi for getting units of the IRB InvIT Fund listed on the stock exchanges. Shares of IRB Infrastructure Developers gained 7.03 percent on the BSE after the company made the announcement and were trading at Rs. 247.25 apiece at around 1.14 p.m. The initial public offering (IPO) will consist of fresh issue of units aggregating up to Rs. 4,300 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) of units by IRB Infrastructure Developers and its other subsidiaries, Modern Road Makers Private Limited, Aryan Toll Road Private Limited, ATR Infrastructure Private Limited and Ideal Road Builders Private Limited.”The Investment Manager, in consultation with the global co-ordinators and book running lead managers to the Issue, reserves the option to retain oversubscription of up to 25% of the Issue size in accordance with the InvIT Regulations,” IRB Infrastructure Developers said in its regulatory filing on Thursday.”The Issue is being made in accordance with the InvIT Regulations and the circular no. CIR/IMD/DF/55/2016 dated May 11, 2016, as issued by SEBI,” it added. One of the stumbling blocks to the listing of REITs was the dividend distribution tax (DDT), which was removed by the Modi government, as announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the budget for the financial year 2016-17.”I propose that any distribution made out of income of SPV to the REITs and INVITs having specified shareholding will not be subjected to Dividend Distribution Tax,” he said.The move was seen as positive for the real estate sector from an investment point of view.”With most of the hurdles getting removed, we may see introduction of REITs in Indian market soon. The introduction of REITs in India would spell scores of opportunities for developers/private funds/financial institutions, etc. as they can be used as an exit vehicle to rotate funds as per the requirement,” real estate advisory Colliers International India said on February 29, 2016.
A total of 410 congregations of holy Eid-ul-Fitr would be held in the capital this year.Of those, 230 congregations will be held in Dhaka South City Corporation (BSCC) and 180 in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) areas.Around 228 Eid congregations will be held in 57 wards under DSCC while 180 in 36 wards under DNCC.The main Eid congregation will be held at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan, adjacent to the High Court, this year like every year.Senior Pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque will conduct the Eid Jamaat at National Eidgah.Separate arrangements would be made for women at the National Eidgah as around five thousand female devotees may join the congregation. Besides, mobile toilets, medical teams and places of ablution will be arranged.The venue of the main congregation will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram national mosque at 9:00am in case of inclement weather. A total of five Eid congregations will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque this year.The 1st congregation will be held at 7:00am, 2nd at 8:00am, 3rd at 9:00am, 4th at 10:00am and the 5th, the last, at 10:45am, said a press release of Islamic Foundation. Eid Jamaat would be organised at North Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 8 am. Whips of the National Parliament, cabinet members, parliamentarians, officials and staff would take part in the jamaat. DNCC public relations officer Uttam Kumar Roy earlier said that the congregations will take place at the corporation’s own grounds, open fields, school or madrasha playgrounds or other familiar places.Stringent security measures will be taken around the National Eidgah as the President, cabinet members, judges and diplomats will join the prayers there. Several congregations would be held on Dhaka University (DU) campus, including two at DU Central Mosque Masjidul Jamia at 8 am and 9 am.A congregation would be organised at 8 am at Salimullah Muslim Hall ground adjacent to the main gate while another would be held at Shahidullah Hall lawn at the same time. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) would organize a congregation at 8 am at its central mosque.Two congregations would be held at Gulshan Central Mosque and Eidgah ground at 8:00 am and 9:30 am respectively.Two congregations would be organised at Dhalpur Narikel Bagan mosque at 8:00 am and 9:00 am. City Corporation’s councilors have started preparations at their own initiatives in this regard. Places of congregations have been selected in such a manner so that devotees can join prayers at their nearest distances.