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GUYANA is a peaceful and complex society, where freedom of beliefs and religion promotes togetherness and teaches respect for each other, in spite of differences.This sentiment was shared by President David Granger during his address at the Hindu celebration of Maha Shivaratri, hosted at the Cove and John Ashram, East Coast Demerara, on Monday.
Thousands from all parts of Guyana visited the ashram, attended their local mandirs, or stayed at home to offer their prayers as part of an annual observance. In attendance at the ashram was Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ally; India High Commissioner, Venkatachalam Mahalingam; Justice Nandram Kissoon; Jailall Kissoon, special invitees, students of the Hindu College, and devotees.
In delivering a message on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, President Granger said the Guyana Sevashram Sangha is an iconic institution that is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary, having being established by an act of the Legislative Assembly in 1956.
He said its genesis is integrally linked to the propagation of Hinduism in what was called the West Indies, which is now known as the Commonwealth Caribbean.
“Hinduism, the great religion of the East, was first brought to our shores by the indentured immigrants from the sub-continent. It was the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, conscious of the needs of the Indian diaspora, (who) requested the Bharat Sevashram Sangha to send a mission to what was then the West Indies,” the Head of State explained.
He said the mission left in 1950 by ship, and arrived firstly in Trinidad and Tobago. The mission left Trinidad for Guyana in 1951, and Swami Vidyanandaji Maharaj, who was the founder of the national arm, was left behind in Trinidad, but sent an enthusiastic mission in Guyana amongst the local Hindu community.
Nevertheless, President Granger said the swami then arrived in Guyana on October 1955, and established the ashram in Cove and John on six hectares of low-lying land donated by Mrs. Resaul Maraj.
“The swami can be considered one of the pioneers of Hinduism in Guyana. He is also recognised for the establishment of what is known as the East Coast High School, now known as the Hindu College. The college accepts students of all faiths, of all ethnic backgrounds; and the swami encouraged girls to have an education because he saw education as a means of empowering women, which is something I adopted,” President Granger asserted.
He said every Guyanese child should be in school, particularly girl children, because they become mothers and they teach their children. Underscoring his support for schooling and education, President Granger said the Minister of Social Cohesion is facilitating the three Bs (Boats, Buses and Bicycles) Initiative, which assists children on their journey to school. He said such was the message of the swami 60 years ago, along with the college that was eventually founded, which gives poor children an opportunity for an education while allowing others scholarships to universities.
Adding that the swami has a series of successes and successors, the Commander in Chief said a breeding ground was created for other swamis to emerge. “The rich tradition and festivals have not only knitted the community together, but have also ensured that Hindus remain vibrant in Guyana…
“Maha Shivaratri is an auspicious festival which is characterised by acts of devotion, piety, acts of generation to Lord Shiva — which enriches the culture of the entire country, and all Guyanese are proud of the fact that we are a land of such great religions such as Islam, Hinduism and Christianity,” His Excellency noted.
He said the Constitution guarantees religious freedom, which also promotes tolerance, especially through education.
Minister of Social Cohesion, Amna Ally, said one of the ashram’s beliefs is serving God by serving people; and as Minister of Cohesion, the religious community is one of the most strategically positioned institution in Guyana to foster peace, unity and harmony.
“Through religion, there are captive gatherings, congregations and audiences in our country and around the world…therefore there is tremendous potential for all of the world’s religions to promote peace and stability; since faiths have common principles that can be used to bring about greater unity and harmony among people,” Minister Ally said.
She noted that Guyana is a multi-ethnic and multicultural society, and this must be regarded as an asset, and not a liability. “We are a proud mosaic of ethnicities within our country,” she said.
Minister Ally noted that her Ministry aims to promote upward mobility in Guyana, and devotees of the Hindu community can assist by working collaboratively with the Ministry in building a cohesive Guyana.
(This article was originally published in guyanachronicle.com)
As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: Humanoid Robot, Ameca, Technology)
Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
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Chip manufacturer MediaTek on Monday announced that it is focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, substantial expansion in Research and Development capabilities.
MediaTek's plans to boost technology democratisation and enable access to disruptive connectivity with its range of mainstream to flagship 5G chips.
"We at MediaTek are focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, and substantial expansion in our R&D capabilities. For 2022, we are focused on further strengthening our presence in India, offering incredible experiences to customers, and supporting the country's technology initiatives with our expertise and collaboration with leading OEMs," Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said in a statement.
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In the flagship segment, MediaTek recently announced the Dimensity 9000 chip, which is a milestone of innovation and a rise to the incredible, built-to-power flagship 5G smartphones in the world, the company claims.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 features a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
It packs a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 that takes care of graphics processing, the report said.
The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.Unsplash
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The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.
The chipset can handle screens with up to a 180Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolutions. It is also the first chipset to have an 18-bit image signal processor, offering the ability to capture 4K HDR video using up to three cameras at the same time, or still photos using up to a massive 320MP sensor. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: 5G, smartphones, Mediatek)