Suu Kyi avoids Rohingya crisis in speech

first_imgMyanmar`s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the Asia-Pacific Summit 2018 in Kathmandu on 1 December, 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing international criticism over her country’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, called Saturday for “a culture of peace” to end conflict between communities.The Nobel Peace prize winner did not mention the Rohingya crisis — which has led the United Nations to call for a genocide investigation — in her keynote address to an international meeting organised by a group linked to the Unification Church.”At the basis of conflict is ill-will which seeks to hurt and to destroy and thus to open the way to conflict, which in turn spews out an ever-renewing cycle of hate and fear, snuffing out the light of peace,” Suu Kyi said.Suu Kyi called for cooperation between nations to seek peace and mutual prosperity.”Only by promoting a culture of peace in this world of interdependence will it be possible to create harmony between diverse countries and societies,” she said.Suu Kyi, whose position of state counsellor in Myanmar is considered the equivalent of a prime minister, has faced a wave of condemnation since Myanmar launched its military crackdown on the Rohingya in August 2017.More than 700,000 have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state to camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Many told horrific stories of widespread killings, rapes and villages razed to the ground.Myanmar’s military insists it only targeted Rohingya militants and Suu Kyi has deflected all criticism.Other top officials at the meeting, which was accompanied by boosted security in the Nepali capital to head off protests, did not mention the conflict which has overshadowed many of Suu Kyi’s international appearances.Her speech at the Kathmandu meeting, backed by the Universal Peace Foundation, came a day after Paris announced will it will strip her of her honorary freedom of the French capital over her failure to speak out against the Rohingya crackdown.The British cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford have taken similar action against Suu Kyi over her refusal to condemn the military violence.A UN rights team found evidence of widespread murder, rape, torture and arson, and called for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.About 300 Rohingya live in Nepal and one of the refugee community based in Kathmandu, who requested anonymity, called for Nepal to raise their issue with Suu Kyi.”We are suffering. I think if she wants to help us, she can,” he said.last_img

PM Hasina reiterates warning against corruption

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked senior government officials to act promptly against corruption so the menace could not hinder her government’s development endeavours, reports BSS.She said this after witnessing the signing of annual performance agreements (APA) of different ministries with the cabinet division.“You (senior officials) will have to give instructions to the grassroots officials (of civil administration) to stop corruption, so the development which has been achieved due to our relentless work, isn’t hampered,” she said while addressing the signing ceremony at the Shapla Hall of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in Dhaka.The prime minister also voiced a note of warning against corruption saying, “We will not tolerate it anymore.”She also asked the senior government officials to take appropriate measures to make the government officials aware of corruption.The prime minister labelled bribe, both taking and giving, as crime and requested all to stay away from the menace.Sheikh Hasina asked the government officials to exercise national integrity strategy for stopping corruption, adding that the countrymen will get benefit of massive developments made during the tenure of the Awami League government if corruption can be contained.Sheikh Hasina highly appreciated the government officials for working sincerely to implement the APA, saying “You have been working sincerely since we’ve assumed office. We have been able to achieve 8.1 per cent growth in GDP and increase per capita income to $1909 alongside acquiring the middle income country status from the least developed one.”She instructed them to be more dynamic in implementing the APAs signed for the FY 2019-20.She urged the senior government officials to take decision about the matter beneficial for their ministries and work accordingly.The prime minister also asked the government officials to work in such a way so that every people of the country can meet their minimum basic needs.Mentioning that her government wants to forward the country fast, she said “We want to transform the country into a prosperous and developed one free from poverty, corruption and militancy.”Sheikh Hasina said her government is taking the country ahead with a specific and well-thought-out plan for which the country has achieved honour in the world, adding “We have to maintain it in the future.”She also said, “We are always working with long term plan as it will not be possible to go forward without it. Now we are implementing the 7th five-year plan and second perspective plan (2021-2041) to make the country a developed and prosperous one by 2041.”Cabinet secretary on behalf of the prime minister and secretaries or senior secretaries on behalf of the ministers concerned signed the APA.Secretaries or senior secretaries handed over the APA to the prime minister after signing the agreements.The prime minister adorned the women and children affairs and the agricultural ministries and IME Division with certificates for their best performance according to the APA during the 2018-2019 fiscal.Sheikh Hasina also handed over Integrity Award-2017-18 to the IME Division of planning ministry for showing the highest performance in accomplishing its annual activities.Cabinet members, prime minister’s advisors, secretaries, heads of various departments, senior officials and diplomats of different countries were also present in the programme.State minister for public administration Farhad Hossain, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, principal secretary to PMO Md Nojibur Rahman and power division senior secretary Ahmed Kaikaus spoke on the occasion.Chief coordinator on SDGs in the PMO Abul Kalam Azad was present on the dais.A video documentary highlighting various activities under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) was also screened on the occasion.last_img read more

Tim Shey Former YouTube Programming Exec Joins Duolingo EXCLUSIVE

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Prior to Shey’s arrival, Duolingo had launched several original content initiatives. Those include Duolingo Stories — short stories designed to reinforce language comprehension — and its Spanish Podcast with simple stories en Español, with season 2 det to debut June 28. In addition, the company also produced a 30-minute documentary film, “Something Like Home,” about Syrian refugees and how language informs their experience that it plans to release June 20 (World Refugee Day) on YouTube and other films. The film was directed by Pittsburgh-based photographer Justin Merriman.Shey will focus on developing and product “different kinds of engaging content that can get people to get to fluency.” Those will span new content formats and range across all levels of language proficiency. He’s also interested in content that helps people learn a language by telling stories about culture, including history, music, food, travel, and fiction.“This year is going to be about trying a number of things and then seeing what works,” Shey said.Shey is one of the founding executives on YouTube’s original programming team, formed in 2014. Scripted programming developed and launched by his team include YouTube’s first hour-long dramas, “Step Up: High Water” from Lionsgate and “Impulse” from Doug Liman and Universal Cable Prods. He’s also overseen YouTube original comedies “Foursome” from Awesomeness TV, “Single by 30” from Wong Fu and New Form, and action series “Lifeline,” from Corridor Digital, Studio 71 and Dwayne Johnson. Shey also led deals for YouTube’s first feature-length films, including “Lazer Team” from Rooster Teeth and “The Thinning” from Legendary.Shey joined YouTube in 2011 when Google acquired early multichannel network startup Next New Networks, where he was co-founder and president. Before joining YouTube’s original programming team, he was director of the YouTube Next Lab and YouTube Spaces. He also was part of YouTube’s Original Channels, under which it funded and launched 200 channels from celebs and influencers. For now, Shey will continue to remain based in L.A., though he plans to regularly visit Duolingo’s HQ in Pittsburgh. Long term, he said, “we’ll work with the creative community all over the world.”By the way, Shey — who has a bilingual family — said he’s been using Duolingo to help brush up his Spanish, and now he’s been learning French as well.Duolingo, founded in 2011, has raised about $108 million in funding to date from investors including Google Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, Union Square Ventures, Drive Capital, CapitalG, and individual investors including actor Ashton Kutcher and author Tim Ferriss. Tim Shey, most recently head of YouTube’s scripted original programming, has moved back into the startup world after leaving Google earlier this year.Shey has been hired at language-learning app startup Duolingo, where he’s head of studios and content. Duolingo offers courses in 31 different languages, available in an ad-supported free version as well as a premium subscription version that starts at $9.99 per month. The company says it has more than 200 million users worldwide.“I had a really amazing seven years at Google and YouTube,” Shey told Variety. “I wanted to see what other challenges were out there and get back into a startup environment… I always wanted to take another shot at building out a new studio from scratch.”Shey said he was already a fan of the app and the company, and jumped at the opportunity to “use content and storytelling to make a meaningful impact on the way people learn.”last_img read more

Quantum guessing game reveals insight into strongerthanquantum correlations

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — In information processing, physicists are often in search of ways to turn classical strategies into quantum ones, with the implication that the quantum version is somehow stronger, faster, or more secure than its classical counterpart. However, quantum strategies do not always perform better than classical ones. As a case in point, a new study has compared the strength of classical and quantum correlations in a simple number guessing game and found no difference in performance. Further, the physicists found that a third form of correlations – post-quantum correlations – could outperform both quantum and classical forms. Post-Quantum Correlations: Exploring the Limits of Quantum Nonlocality More information: Mafalda L. Almeida, et al. “Guess Your Neighbor’s Input: A Multipartite Nonlocal Game with No Quantum Advantage.” Physical Review Letters 104, 230404 (2010). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.104.230404 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img In their study, Mafalda Almeida from the ICFO-Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques in Barcelona and coauthors found that classical and quantum correlations performed equally in a game called “Guess Your Neighbor’s Input.” The game involves a group of players in a ring who each receive an input number of either 0 or 1. The point of the game is that each player tries to guess the number of the person to their right. Of course, players are not allowed to know any information about their neighbor’s numbers before guessing, nor to communicate after having received their numbers. In order to win the game, players are allowed to share physical resources, such as classical or quantum correlations. Importantly, all these resources must be “no-signaling”; that is, they cannot enable instantaneous communication.The no-signaling principle is fundamental for physicists dealing with the concept of nonlocality. In nonlocality, one object can influence another object at a distance, such as through entanglement. However, this phenomenon cannot be used to send information faster than light, which prevents a direct conflict with Einstein’s theory of relativity. Nonlocal correlations, which physicists define as those violating a Bell inequality, are important because they serve as a key resource for quantum information processing.However, in the game in this study, the researchers found that players gained no advantage at guessing the correct numbers by using quantum resources compared to classical ones. This makes sense, since it seems that players should require signaling in order to improve their guessing accuracy, and neither quantum nor classical correlations involve signaling.Yet when the physicists looked at what happened when the players use no-signaling correlations (that is, correlations that satisfy the no-signaling principle) that are even stronger than those allowed in quantum mechanics (i.e. they had a higher degree of violation of a Bell inequality), they did find a surprise. No-signaling correlations could actually outperform the quantum and classical correlations, suggesting that quantum correlations obey a stronger version of the no-signaling principle.“Our study highlights a fundamental difference between quantum correlations and certain post-quantum correlations (that is, correlations stronger than those allowed in quantum mechanics, but which nevertheless obey the no-signaling principle),” Nicolas Brunner, coauthor and a physicist at the University of Bristol, told PhysOrg.com. “This is significant because it strongly indicates that quantum correlations could obey a stronger version of the no-signaling principle.”This game is the first that involves entanglement among more than two bits (called “multipartite entanglement”) to identify some of the boundary (or gap) between quantum correlations and the stronger no-signaling correlations. However, the results also raise further questions, such as what kind of physical principle might limit quantum non-local correlations? Why do (theoretical) post-quantum correlations seem to not exist in nature? And if they did exist, could these correlations be used for other information tasks? Right now, these questions are likely a long way from being answered. Citation: Quantum guessing game reveals insight into stronger-than-quantum correlations (2010, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-quantum-game-reveals-insight-stronger-than-quantum.html Explore furtherlast_img read more