Government Schools opening delayed in TCI

first_img Recommended for you Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas Related Items:clement howell, enid capron, ianthe pratt, marjorie basden, tci schools, turks caicoos school Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSchool reopens for government institutions not this coming Monday but on September 8… Education Minister Akierra Missick in the HOA on Thursday explaining that conditions from TS Cristobal has delayed contractors and materials needed for the refurbishment of the 14 schools. Private schools are due to begin on Monday September 1st… this decision impacts government institutions only; delaying their start by one week. Grace Bay Club Community Foundation set for big weekend fundraiser Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor visits resort developments & schools in South Caicoslast_img read more

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White House Close to Completing Plan for Shuttering Prison at Guantánamo

first_imgThe White House in the coming days is expected to send Congress a plan for closing the military prison at Guantánamo, even as President Obama’s options for carrying it out seem limited.On Wednesday, press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama could try to sidestep Congress if lawmakers reject the plan to close the facility and send some detainees to the United States, reported the Hill.“At this point, I would not take anything off the table in terms of the president doing everything that he can to achieve this critically important national security objective,” Earnest told reporters.In response, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (R) threatened to block the administration’s nominees from advancing in the Senate if Obama resorted to executive action in an attempt to shut down the prison.“An act of Congress would be required to move detainees to the mainland,” Roberts said in a statement. “I will place holds on any nominee necessary to prevent this unilateral action.”One step the president is not expected to take is vetoing the reworked version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill now advancing through Congress. When he vetoed the original defense bill last month over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account to evade the statutory spending caps, the president also cited the measure’s restrictions on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo as a factor in his decision.But now that congressional leaders and the White House have reached a two-year deal to exceed the Budget Control Act limits for defense and non-defense spending, it appears unlikely Obama would veto the defense authorization bill again, reported CQ.The policy bill would prohibit the transfer of detainees to the United States, or the construction or modification of facilities in the United States for housing the detainees. It also returns to stricter standards that would freeze the remaining population at Guantánamo for at least the next year. The legislation would require DOD to submit a plan within 90 days for the current and future detention of individuals, including a “specific facility or facilities that are intended to be used” for holding detainees.A plan from the Obama administration for closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay has been expected since the summer. DOD already has surveyed several candidate sites to house the detainees, including Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, S.C., and a federal supermax facility in Florence, Colo.The administration’s proposal is not expected to recommend a single U.S. site for transferring prisoners but, instead, will include a list of alternatives and the costs associated with each. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Court Vacancy Likely to Disrupt Congress Plans to Pass Spending Bills in

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The fierce battle the Obama administration and Senate Republicans are headed for over the nomination of a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could have repercussions for much of the chamber’s legislative business this session, including fiscal 2017 appropriations.Democrats could respond to a decision by Senate leaders to block a vote on a replacement for Scalia by slowing the progress of spending bills, the defense authorization bill, or any other measure or vote, reported CQ Roll Call.Last year, Senate Democrats stopped Republicans from bringing up appropriations bills for a vote in an effort to oppose measures that adhered to the Budget Control Act caps. The maneuver succeeded as congressional Democrats and the administration got a two-year budget deal that raised the caps on defense and non-defense spending by equal amounts.Republicans in both chambers have emphasized their commitment to returning to “regular order” to pass 12 individual spending bills this year, but the unexpected vacancy on the nation’s highest court very likely could upset those plans.“It’s the majority that sets the agenda, but the minority who drives the agenda,” Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) said earlier this month. Manchin’s comment acknowledges the reality of the Senate — even though Republicans control the chamber, Democrats can block virtually anything they want from coming to the floor, according to the story. The Senate is governed by unanimous consent, and a single senator can slow almost any business from advancing simply by saying, “I object.”last_img read more

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Wintermute voice assistant makes intro at CES

first_img Explore further 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. Discussing the project in Las Vegas, Nuance showed how a cross-platform phone and other devices could work with each other as a total platform-agnostic system with the virtual assistant able to serve the user’s questions and commands from one device the next, regardless of device type or operating system. Wintermute can tie together data from multiple devices. The Wintermute aid at the CES show was put to work in a smartphone scenario where the smartphone was asked for a football game score, and then a voice command to a Dragon TV-enabled television was to “Put the game on,” without any mention of the teams that were involved in the phone request. The television began playing the same game, unprompted. The Wintermute demo showed the technology enabled an ability to take a query and understand across platforms. Responses to the Wintermute project showing at CES were favorable to the very idea of being able to tap into a virtual personal assistant from any computer, handset, or tablet. Nuance has clearly seen the role that mobile persona assistants play and believes in the company’s potential to find success in a cloud-based system such as this. (“At Nuance, we’re the people who make voice work,” boasts the company, which is known for its Dragon speech recognition software, where the user talks and the computer types.) Nuance’s Personal Mobile Assistant survey of 1,000 American consumers asked respondents what they were using their personal assistants for. The most common uses were for driving directions, 84 percent; the weather, 72 percent; and restaurant recommendations, 61 percent.Nuance said survey results also showed that over 80 percent of people surveyed would want their mobile personal assistant to travel with them across all of their devices, including phones, tablets, PCs, cars, TVs, and cameras. Citation: Wintermute voice assistant makes intro at CES (2013, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-wintermute-voice-intro-ces.html (Phys.org)—Nuance, the Burlington, Massachusetts-based company known for its speech technology, is talking up its Project codenamed Wintermute, and is demonstrating the project’s cross-platform, cloud-based virtual assistant. Nuance said it is presenting its cross-device persona project Wintermute at Nuance’s exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show, to demonstrate “how mobile personal assistants follow you from one device the next, remembering what you like, what you’ve been doing, and where you’ve been. Listening to the game in your car? Your TV will know when you ask to simply “put on the game” just which one you mean.” More information: www.nuance.com/company/news-ro … assistantsurvey.docx © 2013 Phys.org Credit: Nuance Communications Nuance buys British voice-to-text company SpinVoxlast_img read more

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