Wikipedia to Add Research Mega-Tool for Hot News Article Editors

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Wikipedia pages about big news events are edited so fast and furious it’s hard to keep track of why decisions were made, to make sure the editing is really optimized and to ensure that the most trustworthy sources get trusted and cited. A new experiment with crisis mapping organization Ushahidi is looking to change that. Ushahidi announced this morning that it has launched a new project called WikiSweeper, a new version of its open source hybrid of Tweetdeck and Google Reader called Sweeper that’s built for Wikipedia editors. Sweeper aggregates all kinds of multimedia streams into an analytics-rich, real-time curation interface. As Wikipedians use the tool, analytics will be gathered to help Wikipedia study how high-pressure editing is being performed and to help Ushahidi further build out Sweeper.“Sweeper can also be configured to be a passive filter for data,” Ushahidi explains, “meaning you can set it to aggregate content, then automatically perform certain tasks around that. ex. Aggregate all tweets from #hashtag tagged in the state of Maine and send only that data to another platform. When used in this way, Sweeper essentially becomes a smart cron tool equipped with geo-tagging, natural language processing and other power contextual features.” That sounds awesome. Check out the screenshots of Sweeper below and imagine that tool in the hands of Wikipedia editors, instead of just their own cobbled together research systems.Below, the stream of news – click for full size.The idea of pared-down old Wikipedia getting some custom-built and self-aware news power tools from Ushahidi – and of Ushahidi getting to learn from observing the thriving community of news editors in Wikipedia – is really exciting. If they can get User Experience taken care of well (something both organizations have struggled with) then I think the combined efforts of the two organizations could make them both all the more powerful sources of international real-time news. CNN just might eat their dust. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Following coup, high-profile Asians viewed with increasing suspicion in Kenya

first_imgProminent Indian businessmen at a Nairobi function: Uncertain futureKenya’s large Asian population stands at a crossroads. Following an abortive coup against President Daniel Arap Moi last August and an economic crunch in the country, the high-profile Asians, most of them wealthy, are being viewed with increasing suspicion and hostility. Well-known journalist,Prominent Indian businessmen at a Nairobi function: Uncertain futureKenya’s large Asian population stands at a crossroads. Following an abortive coup against President Daniel Arap Moi last August and an economic crunch in the country, the high-profile Asians, most of them wealthy, are being viewed with increasing suspicion and hostility. Well-known journalist Chanchal Sarkar spent some time in Kenya recently to assess the situation. His report:Manu Chandaria can’t be called the archetypal Asian businessman in Kenya. He has interests in 25 countries. offices in London, Geneva, Singapore and Toronto, and his group’s yearly turnover is some US $554 million (Kenya’s three Asian multinationals are owned by the Madhwanis, Mehtas and Chandarias – all Gujarati families). Chandaria’s passport is British but he’s Kenya-born and educated in the US. He makes Nairobi his headquarters and so his views about the future of Kenya’s Asians are interesting and worth listening to.Why speculate about the future? Because there’s now been a second warning. The first was years ago in 1967-68 when the Asians were asked to choose between Kenyan citizenship and others. The second was on August 1 last year when a group, mainly from the Kenyan Air Force, attempted to topple President Daniel Arap Moi’s regime but failed.In the few hours of chaos before the Moi Government reasserted itself there was widespread looting in Nairobi and the main targets were Asian establishments. Newspapers said that some 200 tonnes of loot were transported to the Kenyatta Conference Centre for identification, but that was only what hadn’t been borne away.advertisementPresident Moi: FairmindedResented: One doesn’t have to be long in Kenya to notice that Asian businessmen are not liked. And just by looking at one, the African can’t distinguish between an Asian tourist, a technologist serving out a contract and a long-time Asian resident.On the ground floor of the plush-rich Chandaria office building, Comcraft House. is a boutique stocking stationery, ice cream and chocolates, picture postcards, razor blades, hot snacks, cold drinks and so on. It’s run by an Asian. But Asians must go, said Manu Chandaria. They must pull out of the high-visibility retail trades and get into who lesaling and manufacture, leaving retail to the Africans.Easier said than done, as Chandaria conceded. Today the Asians are solidly entrenched in Kenya’s retail world. Supermarkets, food stores, chemists, electronic goods, fashion wear, real estate, car sales and service, cinemas, restaurants and the little general duka (shop) in a small town – you name it: it is in Asian hands, spinning money. It is not easy asking someone raking in the shekels to stop and do something else.Fragmented Community: And yet they must think again, must reconsider their encrusted beliefs and attitudes. That is terribly difficult in a population fragmented between Gujaratis (the Shahs of Jamnagar, Patels, Cutchis and Lohanas), Sunni Muslims and Shias (including the Dawoodi Bohras and Ithne Asheris), Sikhs and other Punjabis, and Goans, to name the more important. No one body speaks for this motley crowd whose forefathers migrated from what is today India and Pakistan 80,90. sometimes a 100 years ago.They have the trappings of the West, are extremely prosperous and often maintain three or four cars. They have either bought from the departing British or later built themselves fabulous homes and gardens in what were once the “white” areas of Nairobi. The name-plates reveal who they are – Suru Shah, the Kohlis, Ghoolamally and so on.Much wealth, it would seem, but relatively little culture. This is not the Burgher community of Sri Lanka who were the professional elite. There are still two Q.C.’s (Queen’s Counsels), one 92 and the other 78, the best known gynaecologist and ENT man in East Africa and a reasonable number of doctors, judges and lawyers; but the accent is heavily on business.Cynical Traders: What is their business reputation like? It’s always chancy to hazard general statements, but the Asian businessman is out for a quick kill. His funds are often smuggled out or transferred from Kenya to Britain, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Hong Kong and elsewhere in devious ways. There is a lot of under invoicing.The customs and other departments of government are often corrupted into colluding or conniving. The average shopkeeper has no hesitation in charging “what the traffic will bear”. A small thing, a cigarette holder, for instance, can be at three different tobacconists, 220 shillings, 275 shillings and 450 shillings!As a cynical Indian said, “The Africans don’t ask questions. The Asian shopkeeper doesn’t really welcome native Indian or Pakistani customers; they ask questions.” It doesn’t matter that there is today a small African elite who are even more rich and break every rule or law there is. They are part of the soil; the Asians are not.advertisementLimited Options: Today they are cornered. There aren’t many countries to move to; most doors have clanged shut. Assets worth pound 100,000 used to buy “residence rights” in Britain, but no longer. Canada and the US are chary of migrants, even if rich.Uganda is still struggling for normalcy and Tanzania is cracking down on Asian businessmen. Meanwhile, since the August 1, 1982 attempted coup and also because of Kenya’s continuing economic slump, property values have tumbled. This is no time to get away even if the proceeds can be illegally transferred. Individual remittances abroad are limited to 4,000 shillings a month – peanuts, even to the middling rich.The government official is less restive. But he harbours doubts about his prospects even though it is said that President Moi is more fair minded than the late President Jomo Kenyatta, the Father of the Nation. In Kenyatta’s time two Indians, Inderjit Singh and Gheewala, reached the rank of deputy secretary (next only to permanent secretary) but they never made it to the top.The seniormost Asian civil servant in Kenya today is Sharad Rao (a suave Konkani barrister married to Girish Karnad’s sister) who is deputy attorney-general and deputy public prosecutor. Rao is active in Kenya’s sporting and social life and has many African friends. He has acted as attorney-general but it’s extremely unlikely that he’ll be named for that job, with a seat in the Cabinet. An Asian (Fritz DeSouza) has been deputy speaker of the legislature. There is still one Asian mp (criminal lawyer Krishan Gautama), and there are several Asian judges; but the days when Asians could get to the top have gone.THE upswing of 1964-78 is long since over; so also the quick coffee boom of 1976-77. Kenya’s treasury officials are finding it hard even to declare that the growth rate for 1982-83 was any more than 2 per cent, while the population grows at something between 3.8 and 4.2 per cent. There have been three devaluations of the Kenya shilling already. So it might well be scrape and scrounge for the Kenyan economy during the remaining years of the ’80s. Foreign exchange will be very scarce, and if agriculture and exports don’t grow there’ll be hard times.How will the Asians adapt to this? Customarily, as shortages, high prices and unemployment hit the African public they will glower at the prosperous alien groups. Of these the Asians are most vulnerable and visible; they certainly make no effort to cloak their prosperity.There are poor Asians; but in a country where distributive inequality is greater than even in India, the Asian poor is an uncommon species. No wonder Enoch Powell’s counterpart in Kenya, the volatile and popular MP, Martin Shikuku, asserts that there is no Asian who knows hunger: none who’s a sweeper or lining up at an employment exchange. In Parliament he calls fellow MP Krishan Gautama a “paper citizen”!advertisementWrong Attitudes: Here is a news item from the Daily Nation of Nairobi dated April 27, 1983: “The Industrial Court ordered the Rift Valley Labour Officer to investigate the activities of the Manager (M.P. Shah) who is accused of stripping African workers naked. Mr Gideon Isiaho was said to have been fired after refusing to strip during an impromptu search by Mr Shah. Mr Shah in his memorandum admitted that he had asked all male workers to take off their trousers and remove their shoes. He also admitted that he had ordered women employees to be searched by a woman in the toilets.”Will the attitude of generations change? Asked about relations between Africans and Asians a gurudwara priest. Rattan Singh, said the Africans were taking revenge for many years of bad behaviour. An Indian couple flying home from a textile mill job spoke quite calmly about the kalas as if it were the most natural expression in the world. They readily admitted that on August 1 they had been saved from the mob by their African neighbours, who asked them to draw their curtains and stay quietly inside, while the Africans sat outside and told the hoodlums that there were no Asians around.It won’t be easy for the Asians to change. Long ago a scholar on East Africa wrote: “Where the family – even though it be an extended family – is the total extent of a man’s responsibility, the idea of civic responsibility is slow to develop.” There are examples of philanthropy – the Chandarias have an educational trust, for instance; but what the Asians give back to Kenya is far less than what they have taken, and are still taking, from it.Problems: Prophets of doom maintain that the Patel community have decided to pull out of Kenya over the coming five years. In fact, not many have left after the August watershed. Some mention 8,000 but that surely is an overstatement.The core of the Asians remains (about 60,000; at Kenya’s independence in 1963 the number was 1.40,000) and it hasn’t given any constructive thought to the changes in attitude, social habits and economic entrepreneurship that the Asians shall have to make. For one thing, there is no forum to discuss such things, no mouthpiece. no common grounds between the fragmented Asian groups.Sharad Rao thinks that there should be an organisation representative of all the Asian elements or at least an action committee to take up grievances and problems with the Government. He and some other Asians feel that the Government is determined to uphold the rule of law.Prospects: The Asians won’t get much support if they don’t introspect. The Indian High Commission is keen to bypass those who are not Indian nationals; it attempts to link India directly with Kenya and its government through educational opportunities, industrial credits, technology transfers and so on. The point is, will this bypassing succeed?Three African working women were having lunch with an Indian journalist and discussing the Asians. They felt that the Asians never attempted to integrate, spoke Swahili as if it were an inferior language, and seldom had social links with Africans.One of the women told another, “I believe that the Indians in India are not at all like the Indians here, and that they are really very nice.” There are 4,000 Kenyan students now in India. One hopes that they are finding that statement true.last_img read more

Vazquez Real Madrid deserved more than a bittersweet draw

first_imgReal Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez was disappointed with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona for the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final tie.The Spain international put Real into the lead inside the sixth-minute of the match following a brilliant assist by Karim Benzema.It proved to be a much better display for Real on Wednesday night compared to the team that were thrashed 5-1 by Barcelona last October, with the Blaugrana struggling up front.Despite Los Blancos’ best efforts, however, Barcelona were ultimately able to claw one back through Malcom in the second half after the Brazilian slammed home Luis Suarez’ rebounded shot.Speaking after the draw, Vazquez admitted he was not entirely satisfied with the outcome of the first leg.“It’s a bitter-sweet feeling because the team deserved more,” said Vazquez on the club website.“I’m thrilled to have got the goal and helped the team but we lacked that little bit to go on and win it.“I’ll take away our efforts for 90 minutes because everyone ran hard and worked with real intensity, both up front and at the back, and that’s the secret to this group. We have to keep it up.“We’d planned a match where we’d press high up and win the ball back in their half, and we did just that, especially before half-time. Every player is extremely committed, we’re all pulling in the same direction.“Towards the end we had a couple of great chances to make it 1-2 but it wasn’t to be. The tie is wide open and it’ll be a hard-fought game next time out.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We will be going all out for a win at the Bernabeu in front of our fans. All together we’ll push to seal a place in the final.”Meanwhile, Keylor Navas was handed a rare start in goal for Real on Wednesday night and impressed against Barcelona.“Both sides had chances, we both took control of the game for different spells,” said Navas.“Ultimately 1-1 doesn’t feel so great because we wanted to win it but it’s a fair result from what was a tight game.“I thank God for giving me the strength, desire and motivation. I always say it’s my friends, my wife and my kids who make me come out, enjoy myself and give it my all for this shirt. It’s a privilege to be out on the pitch and I have to make the most of it.“We knew we had to score, to win you have to score goals. We got one and we hope it’s enough, if we keep a clean sheet at home, we could be in the final. It’ll not be easy.”The return leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on February 27 at the Santiago Bernabeu.Camp Nou ⚽✅Vamos con todo al Bernabéu 💪— Lucas Vázquez (@Lucasvazquez91) February 6, 2019last_img read more

Stop use of hydraulic horns in Dhaka in 48 hrs HC

first_img.The High Court on Wednesday asked the government to take necessary steps in 48 hours to stop the use of hydraulic horns in the capital city of Dhaka to prevent sound pollution.The court also asked the government to confiscate the instruments in the market used for hydraulic horns in the next seven days and asked the authorities to seize the vehicles after 27 August if they use hydraulic horns defying the order.The HC bench of justice Quazi Reza-ul Hoque and justice Mohammadullah passed the order in response to a writ petition filed by advocate Monjil Morshed on behalf of rights body Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.The bench also asked the government to file the progress report in two weeks.The writ petition said any machine causing sound pollution cannot be operated as per the Motors Vehicles Ordinance, but violating the act, it mentioned, different vehicles are using hydraulic horns.last_img read more

Five LS seats in West Bengal to go polls in the third

first_imgKolkata: Five West Bengal Lok Sabha constituencies – Balurghat, Maldaha North, Maldaha South, Jangipur and Murshidabad will go to the polls in the third phase of elections on Tuesday. The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, BJP and Congress are the main contenders in the five seats in which the fate of 61 candidates will be decided by a 80,23,852-strong electorate. Four seats will see four-cornered contests between the three parties and the Left. It will be a three-cornered contest in Maldaha South as no Left party is in the fray in the seat. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The constituencies saw high-octane campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, BJP president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi who raised a series of issues ranging from corruption to communalism, NRC to chitfund scams and development to security, besides infiltration. The TMC has fielded sitting MP Arpita Ghosh against BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar in Balurghat. The Congress has named Sadik Sarkar and RSP, a Left Front constituent, has fielded Ranen Burman. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state In Maldaha North, the TMC has named former Congress MP Mausam Benazir Noor against BJP’s Khagen Murmu, while Congress has nominated Isha Khan Chowdhury and CPI(M) Biswanath Ghosh. Maldaha South will see the ruling party’s Moazzem Hossain locking horns with BJP’s Sreerupa Mitra Choudhury. Congress’s Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury is also in the fray. The CPI(M) has not fielded any candidate. In Jangipur, TMC’s Khalilur Rehman will contest against former president and Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit. The BJP has fielded Mafuja Khatun and the CPI(M) Zulfikar Ali. Abu Taher Khan is the TMC candidate from Murshidabad against BJP’s Humayun Kabir. The Congress has nominated Abu Hena and the CPI(M) named Badruddaza Khan for the seat. The Election Commission will deploy 324 companies of central forces to cover over 92 per cent of the 8528 polling booths in the five Lok Sabha seats to ensure free and fair polling, officials said. Besides general election observers and expenditure observers, the poll panel has for the first time deployed a special police observer and a special observer. In another first, VVPAT will be used in all polling booths along with the EVMs, EC sources said.last_img read more