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Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old leader, who is refusing to accept a deal with the military that would allow him to resign without the disgrace of being forced from office.
Mugabe’s allies are quickly turning against him, and now his own ZANU-PF party — which he co-founded to usher his country into independence — looks set to give him a vote of no confidence Sunday.
Mugabe addresses a ZANU-PF youth rally in early November.
At the party’s headquarters in the capital, Harare, official Obert Mpofu opened the meeting, declaring that the meeting’s aim was to recall Mugabe, a statement that received a standing ovation and roars of support.
Mpofu, a former mining minister who once described himself as Mugabe’s most obedient son, said he and members had gathered with a “heavy heart” at the headquarters, a place still adorned with images of the veteran leader.
Removing Mugabe as party leader would not automatically dethrone him as Zimbabwe’s President, but it is an indication that if parliament held a vote on his future, they would have the numbers to impeach him.
How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today
Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been on the brink of collapse since the army seized power in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and placed the leader under house arrest as they tried to negotiate his exit.
Zimbabwe was thrust into political chaos on November 6 when Mugabe fired his powerful vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an attempt to anoint his wife, Grace Mugabe, as the country’s next leader.

Mugabe ‘willing to die’

Sources have told CNN that a deal would involve Mugabe stepping down to make way for an interim President, while Mnangagwa would likely be installed as the next ZANU-PF leader at a congress in December, paving the way for the presidency in next year’s election.
But after days of talks with military officials, with a Catholic priest as arbiter, Mugabe has refused to agree to a deal, an official told CNN. State media reports he will on Sunday again meet with military officials, who are growing increasingly impatient with the leader.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, said the President “is willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution.”
Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state and once infamously claimed that “only God” could remove him from office. He had planned to contest the 2018 presidential election, despite his age.
Mnangagwa has not been seen since his dismissal, but CNN has learned that he had been instrumental for some time in plans to seize control from the President.
“This takeover was planned a long time ago by Emmerson Mnangagwa and secret discussions did take place with opposition about a succession plan including forcing out Mugabe,” a senior opposition leader told CNN.
Mnangagwa served as Mugabe’s right-hand man throughout his entire leadership and is among many allies who have turned on the President, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Protesters demand change

The country’s powerful army veterans organization, once loyal to Mugabe, has also turned on the President. The group organized a rally in Harare on Saturday, in which tens of thousands of people called for an end to Mugabe’s rule.
Some waved Zimbabwean flags and placards with slogans like “Mugabe Must Rest Now” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty,” a rare sight in Zimbabwe, where such gatherings had been banned for decades.
“The whole nation is celebrating today. We are finally getting rid of the old man,” said Tanashe, a Harare resident who declined to provide a second name.
Others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude for their actions.
Foreign powers have also largely supported the military’s actions so far, with few international voices condemning its apparent coup.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the army to show restraint but described the situation in Zimbabwe as an “opportunity” for the country.

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:04:04 +0000

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Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old leader, who is refusing to accept a deal with the military that would allow him to resign without the disgrace of being forced from office.
Mugabe’s allies are quickly turning against him, and now his own ZANU-PF party — which he co-founded to usher his country into independence — looks set to give him a vote of no confidence Sunday.
Mugabe addresses a ZANU-PF youth rally in early November.
At the party’s headquarters in the capital, Harare, official Obert Mpofu opened the meeting, declaring that the meeting’s aim was to recall Mugabe, a statement that received a standing ovation and roars of support.
Mpofu, a former mining minister who once described himself as Mugabe’s most obedient son, said he and members had gathered with a “heavy heart” at the headquarters, a place still adorned with images of the veteran leader.
Removing Mugabe as party leader would not automatically dethrone him as Zimbabwe’s President, but it is an indication that if parliament held a vote on his future, they would have the numbers to impeach him.
How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today
Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been on the brink of collapse since the army seized power in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and placed the leader under house arrest as they tried to negotiate his exit.
Zimbabwe was thrust into political chaos on November 6 when Mugabe fired his powerful vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an attempt to anoint his wife, Grace Mugabe, as the country’s next leader.

Mugabe ‘willing to die’

Sources have told CNN that a deal would involve Mugabe stepping down to make way for an interim President, while Mnangagwa would likely be installed as the next ZANU-PF leader at a congress in December, paving the way for the presidency in next year’s election.
But after days of talks with military officials, with a Catholic priest as arbiter, Mugabe has refused to agree to a deal, an official told CNN. State media reports he will on Sunday again meet with military officials, who are growing increasingly impatient with the leader.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, said the President “is willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution.”
Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state and once infamously claimed that “only God” could remove him from office. He had planned to contest the 2018 presidential election, despite his age.
Mnangagwa has not been seen since his dismissal, but CNN has learned that he had been instrumental for some time in plans to seize control from the President.
“This takeover was planned a long time ago by Emmerson Mnangagwa and secret discussions did take place with opposition about a succession plan including forcing out Mugabe,” a senior opposition leader told CNN.
Mnangagwa served as Mugabe’s right-hand man throughout his entire leadership and is among many allies who have turned on the President, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Protesters demand change

The country’s powerful army veterans organization, once loyal to Mugabe, has also turned on the President. The group organized a rally in Harare on Saturday, in which tens of thousands of people called for an end to Mugabe’s rule.
Some waved Zimbabwean flags and placards with slogans like “Mugabe Must Rest Now” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty,” a rare sight in Zimbabwe, where such gatherings had been banned for decades.
“The whole nation is celebrating today. We are finally getting rid of the old man,” said Tanashe, a Harare resident who declined to provide a second name.
Others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude for their actions.
Foreign powers have also largely supported the military’s actions so far, with few international voices condemning its apparent coup.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the army to show restraint but described the situation in Zimbabwe as an “opportunity” for the country.

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:04:04 +0000

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Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old leader, who is refusing to accept a deal with the military that would allow him to resign without the disgrace of being forced from office.
Mugabe’s allies are quickly turning against him, and now his own ZANU-PF party — which he co-founded to usher his country into independence — looks set to give him a vote of no confidence Sunday.
Mugabe addresses a ZANU-PF youth rally in early November.
At the party’s headquarters in the capital, Harare, official Obert Mpofu opened the meeting, declaring that the meeting’s aim was to recall Mugabe, a statement that received a standing ovation and roars of support.
Mpofu, a former mining minister who once described himself as Mugabe’s most obedient son, said he and members had gathered with a “heavy heart” at the headquarters, a place still adorned with images of the veteran leader.
Removing Mugabe as party leader would not automatically dethrone him as Zimbabwe’s President, but it is an indication that if parliament held a vote on his future, they would have the numbers to impeach him.
How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today
Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been on the brink of collapse since the army seized power in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and placed the leader under house arrest as they tried to negotiate his exit.
Zimbabwe was thrust into political chaos on November 6 when Mugabe fired his powerful vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an attempt to anoint his wife, Grace Mugabe, as the country’s next leader.

Mugabe ‘willing to die’

Sources have told CNN that a deal would involve Mugabe stepping down to make way for an interim President, while Mnangagwa would likely be installed as the next ZANU-PF leader at a congress in December, paving the way for the presidency in next year’s election.
But after days of talks with military officials, with a Catholic priest as arbiter, Mugabe has refused to agree to a deal, an official told CNN. State media reports he will on Sunday again meet with military officials, who are growing increasingly impatient with the leader.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, said the President “is willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution.”
Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state and once infamously claimed that “only God” could remove him from office. He had planned to contest the 2018 presidential election, despite his age.
Mnangagwa has not been seen since his dismissal, but CNN has learned that he had been instrumental for some time in plans to seize control from the President.
“This takeover was planned a long time ago by Emmerson Mnangagwa and secret discussions did take place with opposition about a succession plan including forcing out Mugabe,” a senior opposition leader told CNN.
Mnangagwa served as Mugabe’s right-hand man throughout his entire leadership and is among many allies who have turned on the President, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Protesters demand change

The country’s powerful army veterans organization, once loyal to Mugabe, has also turned on the President. The group organized a rally in Harare on Saturday, in which tens of thousands of people called for an end to Mugabe’s rule.
Some waved Zimbabwean flags and placards with slogans like “Mugabe Must Rest Now” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty,” a rare sight in Zimbabwe, where such gatherings had been banned for decades.
“The whole nation is celebrating today. We are finally getting rid of the old man,” said Tanashe, a Harare resident who declined to provide a second name.
Others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude for their actions.
Foreign powers have also largely supported the military’s actions so far, with few international voices condemning its apparent coup.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the army to show restraint but described the situation in Zimbabwe as an “opportunity” for the country.

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:04:04 +0000

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Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old leader, who is refusing to accept a deal with the military that would allow him to resign without the disgrace of being forced from office.
Mugabe’s allies are quickly turning against him, and now his own ZANU-PF party — which he co-founded to usher his country into independence — looks set to give him a vote of no confidence Sunday.
Mugabe addresses a ZANU-PF youth rally in early November.
At the party’s headquarters in the capital, Harare, official Obert Mpofu opened the meeting, declaring that the meeting’s aim was to recall Mugabe, a statement that received a standing ovation and roars of support.
Mpofu, a former mining minister who once described himself as Mugabe’s most obedient son, said he and members had gathered with a “heavy heart” at the headquarters, a place still adorned with images of the veteran leader.
Removing Mugabe as party leader would not automatically dethrone him as Zimbabwe’s President, but it is an indication that if parliament held a vote on his future, they would have the numbers to impeach him.
How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today
Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been on the brink of collapse since the army seized power in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and placed the leader under house arrest as they tried to negotiate his exit.
Zimbabwe was thrust into political chaos on November 6 when Mugabe fired his powerful vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an attempt to anoint his wife, Grace Mugabe, as the country’s next leader.

Mugabe ‘willing to die’

Sources have told CNN that a deal would involve Mugabe stepping down to make way for an interim President, while Mnangagwa would likely be installed as the next ZANU-PF leader at a congress in December, paving the way for the presidency in next year’s election.
But after days of talks with military officials, with a Catholic priest as arbiter, Mugabe has refused to agree to a deal, an official told CNN. State media reports he will on Sunday again meet with military officials, who are growing increasingly impatient with the leader.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, said the President “is willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution.”
Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state and once infamously claimed that “only God” could remove him from office. He had planned to contest the 2018 presidential election, despite his age.
Mnangagwa has not been seen since his dismissal, but CNN has learned that he had been instrumental for some time in plans to seize control from the President.
“This takeover was planned a long time ago by Emmerson Mnangagwa and secret discussions did take place with opposition about a succession plan including forcing out Mugabe,” a senior opposition leader told CNN.
Mnangagwa served as Mugabe’s right-hand man throughout his entire leadership and is among many allies who have turned on the President, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Protesters demand change

The country’s powerful army veterans organization, once loyal to Mugabe, has also turned on the President. The group organized a rally in Harare on Saturday, in which tens of thousands of people called for an end to Mugabe’s rule.
Some waved Zimbabwean flags and placards with slogans like “Mugabe Must Rest Now” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty,” a rare sight in Zimbabwe, where such gatherings had been banned for decades.
“The whole nation is celebrating today. We are finally getting rid of the old man,” said Tanashe, a Harare resident who declined to provide a second name.
Others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude for their actions.
Foreign powers have also largely supported the military’s actions so far, with few international voices condemning its apparent coup.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the army to show restraint but described the situation in Zimbabwe as an “opportunity” for the country.

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:04:04 +0000

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Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old leader, who is refusing to accept a deal with the military that would allow him to resign without the disgrace of being forced from office.
Mugabe’s allies are quickly turning against him, and now his own ZANU-PF party — which he co-founded to usher his country into independence — looks set to give him a vote of no confidence Sunday.
Mugabe addresses a ZANU-PF youth rally in early November.
At the party’s headquarters in the capital, Harare, official Obert Mpofu opened the meeting, declaring that the meeting’s aim was to recall Mugabe, a statement that received a standing ovation and roars of support.
Mpofu, a former mining minister who once described himself as Mugabe’s most obedient son, said he and members had gathered with a “heavy heart” at the headquarters, a place still adorned with images of the veteran leader.
Removing Mugabe as party leader would not automatically dethrone him as Zimbabwe’s President, but it is an indication that if parliament held a vote on his future, they would have the numbers to impeach him.
How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today
Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been on the brink of collapse since the army seized power in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and placed the leader under house arrest as they tried to negotiate his exit.
Zimbabwe was thrust into political chaos on November 6 when Mugabe fired his powerful vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an attempt to anoint his wife, Grace Mugabe, as the country’s next leader.

Mugabe ‘willing to die’

Sources have told CNN that a deal would involve Mugabe stepping down to make way for an interim President, while Mnangagwa would likely be installed as the next ZANU-PF leader at a congress in December, paving the way for the presidency in next year’s election.
But after days of talks with military officials, with a Catholic priest as arbiter, Mugabe has refused to agree to a deal, an official told CNN. State media reports he will on Sunday again meet with military officials, who are growing increasingly impatient with the leader.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, said the President “is willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution.”
Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state and once infamously claimed that “only God” could remove him from office. He had planned to contest the 2018 presidential election, despite his age.
Mnangagwa has not been seen since his dismissal, but CNN has learned that he had been instrumental for some time in plans to seize control from the President.
“This takeover was planned a long time ago by Emmerson Mnangagwa and secret discussions did take place with opposition about a succession plan including forcing out Mugabe,” a senior opposition leader told CNN.
Mnangagwa served as Mugabe’s right-hand man throughout his entire leadership and is among many allies who have turned on the President, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Protesters demand change

The country’s powerful army veterans organization, once loyal to Mugabe, has also turned on the President. The group organized a rally in Harare on Saturday, in which tens of thousands of people called for an end to Mugabe’s rule.
Some waved Zimbabwean flags and placards with slogans like “Mugabe Must Rest Now” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty,” a rare sight in Zimbabwe, where such gatherings had been banned for decades.
“The whole nation is celebrating today. We are finally getting rid of the old man,” said Tanashe, a Harare resident who declined to provide a second name.
Others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude for their actions.
Foreign powers have also largely supported the military’s actions so far, with few international voices condemning its apparent coup.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the army to show restraint but described the situation in Zimbabwe as an “opportunity” for the country.

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:04:04 +0000

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Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Zimbabwe's ruling party readies to expel Mugabe – CNN

Pressure is mounting on the 93-year-old leader, who is refusing to accept a deal with the military that would allow him to resign without the disgrace of being forced from office.
Mugabe’s allies are quickly turning against him, and now his own ZANU-PF party — which he co-founded to usher his country into independence — looks set to give him a vote of no confidence Sunday.
Mugabe addresses a ZANU-PF youth rally in early November.
At the party’s headquarters in the capital, Harare, official Obert Mpofu opened the meeting, declaring that the meeting’s aim was to recall Mugabe, a statement that received a standing ovation and roars of support.
Mpofu, a former mining minister who once described himself as Mugabe’s most obedient son, said he and members had gathered with a “heavy heart” at the headquarters, a place still adorned with images of the veteran leader.
Removing Mugabe as party leader would not automatically dethrone him as Zimbabwe’s President, but it is an indication that if parliament held a vote on his future, they would have the numbers to impeach him.
How it feels to be a Zimbabwean today
Mugabe’s 37-year rule has been on the brink of collapse since the army seized power in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday and placed the leader under house arrest as they tried to negotiate his exit.
Zimbabwe was thrust into political chaos on November 6 when Mugabe fired his powerful vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in an attempt to anoint his wife, Grace Mugabe, as the country’s next leader.

Mugabe ‘willing to die’

Sources have told CNN that a deal would involve Mugabe stepping down to make way for an interim President, while Mnangagwa would likely be installed as the next ZANU-PF leader at a congress in December, paving the way for the presidency in next year’s election.
But after days of talks with military officials, with a Catholic priest as arbiter, Mugabe has refused to agree to a deal, an official told CNN. State media reports he will on Sunday again meet with military officials, who are growing increasingly impatient with the leader.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, said the President “is willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution.”
Mugabe is the world’s oldest head of state and once infamously claimed that “only God” could remove him from office. He had planned to contest the 2018 presidential election, despite his age.
Mnangagwa has not been seen since his dismissal, but CNN has learned that he had been instrumental for some time in plans to seize control from the President.
“This takeover was planned a long time ago by Emmerson Mnangagwa and secret discussions did take place with opposition about a succession plan including forcing out Mugabe,” a senior opposition leader told CNN.
Mnangagwa served as Mugabe’s right-hand man throughout his entire leadership and is among many allies who have turned on the President, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Protesters demand change

The country’s powerful army veterans organization, once loyal to Mugabe, has also turned on the President. The group organized a rally in Harare on Saturday, in which tens of thousands of people called for an end to Mugabe’s rule.
Some waved Zimbabwean flags and placards with slogans like “Mugabe Must Rest Now” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty,” a rare sight in Zimbabwe, where such gatherings had been banned for decades.
“The whole nation is celebrating today. We are finally getting rid of the old man,” said Tanashe, a Harare resident who declined to provide a second name.
Others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude for their actions.
Foreign powers have also largely supported the military’s actions so far, with few international voices condemning its apparent coup.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the army to show restraint but described the situation in Zimbabwe as an “opportunity” for the country.

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:04:04 +0000

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Argentina: Missing navy sub tried contacting bases – CNN

Argentina: Missing navy sub tried contacting bases – CNN

The calls were made on Saturday to different bases between 10:52 a.m. and 3:42 p.m. and ranged from four to 36 seconds long, the ministry said in a statement to CNN en Español. No communication connection was made.
The navy said the military is working with a US-based company that specializes in satellite communication to determine the location of the submarine, which has been missing for more than three days.
The ARA San Juan submarine and the 44 crew members were traveling through the Atlantic Ocean from a base in far southern Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its home port in Mar del Plata. The vessel had been due to arrive at its destination Sunday.
The submarine was last spotted Wednesday in the San Jorge Gulf, a few hundred kilometers off the coast of southern Argentina’s Patagonia region and nearly midway between the bases.
News of the search struck a chord in the Vatican. Pope Francis, an Argentina native and a former archbishop of Buenos Aires, offered his “fervent prayers for the 44 officers aboard the ARA San Juan” in a message released on his behalf Saturday by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.
Francis encouraged efforts to find the vessel and “asks that his closeness be conveyed to their families and to the military and civil authorities of the country in these difficult moments,” the message reads.
Southern Argentina’s Patagonia coast is notorious for strong storms that race across the region.
“Currently a powerful low pressure system is causing wind gusts in excess of 70 kph (nearly 45 mph) and churning up the South Atlantic Ocean with swells equivalent to a two-story building. This weather will hamper the search efforts for at least the next 48 hours,” CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.

TR-1700 submarine

The Argentine navy said it ordered “all terrestrial communication stations along the Argentine coast to carry out a preliminary and extended search of communications and to listen into all the possible frequencies of the submarine.”
Argentina’s military says the San Juan is a 65-meter long (213 ft) TR-1700 submarine, powered by one electric and four diesel egnines.
The ship was built in Germany and launched in the early 1980s, receiving a refit in Argentina in 2007, according to the World Heritage Encyclopedia, which says the San Juan is armed with six torpedo tubes can dive to 300 meters.

International search

The US Navy said it was helping in the search. It planned to deploy a P8-A Poseidon maritime aircraft to Argentina the US Naval Forces Southern Command said in a statement.
The 21-person US crew had been in El Salvador supporting “counter-illicit trafficking patrol operations,” the agency said in a statement. The aircraft also had assisted in a search for a South Korean ship that sank in April in the South Atlantic, and more recently,it was sent to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
NASA will help in the search with a P-3 Orion aircraft, agency spokeswoman Katherine Brown told CNN. She said the US plane was “already in Argentina on a scientific mission.”
One of the Argentine navy vessels searching for the San Juan.
The P-3 is a turboprop aircraft capable of long-duration flights, according to NASA.
Britain’s Royal Navy said its patrol ship the HMS Protector was also joining search and rescue efforts at the request of the Argentine government.
“HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship, and is equipped with sonar equipment which can search beneath the waves,” the Royal Navy said in a statement.
The ship was expected to arrive in the search area Sunday morning, it said.
“We are currently making best speed towards the search area to provide assistance as quickly as we can,” the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Angus Essenhigh, said.
“We stand prepared to help with the search and rescue efforts and my team on board are trained to deal with this task. They are working hard to ensure we are ready to begin search operations as soon as we arrive.”

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:03:24 +0000

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Argentina: Missing navy sub tried contacting bases – CNN

Argentina: Missing navy sub tried contacting bases – CNN

The calls were made on Saturday to different bases between 10:52 a.m. and 3:42 p.m. and ranged from four to 36 seconds long, the ministry said in a statement to CNN en Español. No communication connection was made.
The navy said the military is working with a US-based company that specializes in satellite communication to determine the location of the submarine, which has been missing for more than three days.
The ARA San Juan submarine and the 44 crew members were traveling through the Atlantic Ocean from a base in far southern Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its home port in Mar del Plata. The vessel had been due to arrive at its destination Sunday.
The submarine was last spotted Wednesday in the San Jorge Gulf, a few hundred kilometers off the coast of southern Argentina’s Patagonia region and nearly midway between the bases.
News of the search struck a chord in the Vatican. Pope Francis, an Argentina native and a former archbishop of Buenos Aires, offered his “fervent prayers for the 44 officers aboard the ARA San Juan” in a message released on his behalf Saturday by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.
Francis encouraged efforts to find the vessel and “asks that his closeness be conveyed to their families and to the military and civil authorities of the country in these difficult moments,” the message reads.
Southern Argentina’s Patagonia coast is notorious for strong storms that race across the region.
“Currently a powerful low pressure system is causing wind gusts in excess of 70 kph (nearly 45 mph) and churning up the South Atlantic Ocean with swells equivalent to a two-story building. This weather will hamper the search efforts for at least the next 48 hours,” CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.

TR-1700 submarine

The Argentine navy said it ordered “all terrestrial communication stations along the Argentine coast to carry out a preliminary and extended search of communications and to listen into all the possible frequencies of the submarine.”
Argentina’s military says the San Juan is a 65-meter long (213 ft) TR-1700 submarine, powered by one electric and four diesel egnines.
The ship was built in Germany and launched in the early 1980s, receiving a refit in Argentina in 2007, according to the World Heritage Encyclopedia, which says the San Juan is armed with six torpedo tubes can dive to 300 meters.

International search

The US Navy said it was helping in the search. It planned to deploy a P8-A Poseidon maritime aircraft to Argentina the US Naval Forces Southern Command said in a statement.
The 21-person US crew had been in El Salvador supporting “counter-illicit trafficking patrol operations,” the agency said in a statement. The aircraft also had assisted in a search for a South Korean ship that sank in April in the South Atlantic, and more recently,it was sent to Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
NASA will help in the search with a P-3 Orion aircraft, agency spokeswoman Katherine Brown told CNN. She said the US plane was “already in Argentina on a scientific mission.”
One of the Argentine navy vessels searching for the San Juan.
The P-3 is a turboprop aircraft capable of long-duration flights, according to NASA.
Britain’s Royal Navy said its patrol ship the HMS Protector was also joining search and rescue efforts at the request of the Argentine government.
“HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship, and is equipped with sonar equipment which can search beneath the waves,” the Royal Navy said in a statement.
The ship was expected to arrive in the search area Sunday morning, it said.
“We are currently making best speed towards the search area to provide assistance as quickly as we can,” the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Angus Essenhigh, said.
“We stand prepared to help with the search and rescue efforts and my team on board are trained to deal with this task. They are working hard to ensure we are ready to begin search operations as soon as we arrive.”

Published at Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:03:24 +0000

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Machine Learnings — Conversation with Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures

Machine Learnings — Conversation with Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures

Source

Awesome, not awesome.

#Awesome
Let’s say we offer a $500 monthly plan in which you can tap a button and get access to transportation whenever you want it, and you get to choose your room-on-wheels experience. Maybe you want a cup of coffee on your way to work, or you want to watch the Warriors game later, so you’re in what’s basically a sports bar, with a bartender. If 0.5 percent of all miles driven are done on a ride-sharing app, and then if that number increases to, say, 80 percent, it’ll be such a huge industry shift that even if only 2 percent of that 80 percent is done by human drivers, it still represents a drastic increase in the number of human ride-sharing drivers.”— John Zimmer, Co-Founder and President of LyftLearn More on The New York Times >

#Not Awesome
“She finds the notion of children empathizing with robots troublesome and quite possibly dangerous. Kids need connections to real people in order to mature emotionally. “Pretend empathy does not do the job,” she told me. If relationships with smart toys crowd out those with friends or family, even partially, we might see “children growing up without the equipment for empathic connection. You can’t learn it from a machine.” — Alexis C. Madrigal, Learn More on The Atlantic >

What we’re reading.

1/ When 20% of cars on the road are driven by algorithms, a single catastrophic human vs. machine collision could slow the adoption of autonomous vehicles for many years — but the upsides probably outweigh the downsides. Learn More on The New York Times >

2/ 100% car autonomy presents its own set of problems — but the most apparent? An utter lack of imagination. Social constructs, like cities, are so hardened in our minds that it’s difficult to picture a world that will be quite different from the one we all know. Learn More on The New York Times >

3/ All Algorithms are susceptible to manipulation by bad actors. Google, Facebook, and now YouTube are under fire for what the’ve let slip through their filters — but more stringent filters could make everything so much worse. Learn More on Polygon >

4/ In a world overloaded by information, content creators care above all else that you discover their information. How does it make you feel to know the content you consume exists for the sole reason that you discover it — and nothing deeper? Learn More on BLDGBLOG >

5/ The next time you swipe right in your data apps, you shouldn’t be so sure that you’re not connecting with an AI bot. Learn More on Motherboard >

6/ “Truck drivers” of tomorrow will operate the vehicles carrying their payload from hundreds of miles away from their phone or in front of their computers. Learn More on The Atlantic >

7/ Machine learning is actually to blame for adding the annoying “I” bug to your autocorrect in iOS. Learn More on Twitter >

What we’re building.

At work, our inboxes fill up quicker than we can empty them, key decisions are posted and immediately lost in Slack, and we forget the thousands of useful articles we’ve read that could help us do our jobs better. Information overload is wreaking havoc on our ability to process information, make decisions, and be productive.

We’re building Journal to help you remember and find all the important conversations, ideas, and knowledge you need to work faster.

Join our waitlist, and you’ll be one of the first people to get free access to our chrome extension. You’ll never forget important information or lose time recreating work again.

Where we’re going.

Highlight from “AI Ethics and the Race to Bring Pen and Paper Industries Online — A Conversation with Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures”

Sam: …There are obvious benefits to bringing these processes and datasets online — but I doubt this will always be for the good.

For example, earlier this year the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election integrity sent out a request for voter roll data (name, address, dob, political party, voter history, SSN) from states to “fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting.”

One doesn’t have to think too hard to imagine how this data could be abused to suppress voting from specific populations.

Now that machine learning allows us to process and draw connections between ever larger data sets, how should developers decide which ones are ethical to work on?

Leo: To be honest I don’t have a good answer for this. Everyone has their own code of ethics, and individuals will have to make the personal call as to whether or not they’re okay with the potential impact of the algorithms they build.

Technology is like science in many ways. It has the potential for good. It has the potential for evil.

You can use Google to diagnose if you’re having a heart attack, or to find instructions on bomb making.

It’s up to people building products to think critically about the societal and ethical implications of their work. It’s the unfortunate truth that many things built with the best intentions can be abused for evil. It’s a tough question.

Read the full conversation with Leo Polovets >

Links from the community.

“Job Security: What happens when AI takes over web design?” by Josh Aarons (@joshaarons). Learn More on Noteworthy >
“How Clarifai Buils Accurate and Unbiased AI Technology” submitted by Avi Eisenberger (@aeisenberger). Learn More on Clarifai >
“Business questions engineers should ask when interviewing at ML/AI companies” submitted by Samiur Rahman (@samiur1204). Learn More on Medium >
“Importance Of Bloomberg’s Article On Apple’s AI Headset Project” submitted by Carl DeBrule (@carldebrule). Learn More on Seeking Alpha >

Published at Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:39:57 +0000

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Jabra Storm review

Jabra Storm review

Let me start by saying this – the Jabra Storm is by far the best Bluetooth headset I’ve ever used. Period. I know there are (arguably) better models, but I haven’t been able to play with one of those.

The Storm offers a great sound quality, it’s easy to carry around (you can forget you have it behind the ear), and it’s battery is solid. Actually, being a fan of the podcasts, I would appreciate that it had a bigger battery, but that would make the entire package heavier, hence not as pleasant to use.

Let’s dive into details, shall we?

Inside the box

Jabra Storm from the side Here’s what’s included inside the compact packaging:

  • Fitted eargel times two – if the default one goes missing or becomes unusable.
  • Windsock for extra voice clarity in windy conditions
  • Standard USB cable for charging
  • Quick start guide and warranty leaflet (with 1-year limited warranty)

In other words, all of the things you would need come included inside the box. So we’re moving on to the next part.

Design

At just 8 grams, the Jabra Storm is a light-weight product that is easy to snug around your ear. The sleek and curved design delivers that “put it and forget it” experience and at some point, you can even wonder whether you’re still using the headset or not.

The device feels solidly built despite being so light. You can wear it behind both ears by simply rotating the speaker and twisting the eargel to fit-in. It uses silicon rubber to make it easier to adjust for comfortable fit.

All of the essential buttons are placed on the silver-colored spine of the Storm, including volume control buttons, call receive/disconnect button and power on/off. The charging connector is covered underneath a small flap.

When I first saw it, I thought the Storm was made for call center agents; but that’s not the case. It’s much smaller and too fancy to be given away to call center staff (pardon my ignorance). 😉

Features

Thanks to the microPOWER battery technology, the Storm has a rated talk time of 10 hours and standby time of 10 days. However, listening to the music and/or some other audio content (like podcasts or audio books) will shorten the battery life. The charging time is 2 hours.

The device has standard operating range of 30 meters based on Bluetooth 4.0 compliance. It can be paired with up to eight devices, while two devices can be concurrently connected for multiuse.

The Storm also features Wind Noise Blackout that keeps delivering the crystal sound even in windy conditions.

As an added bonus, Jabra included voice-activated actions: by default, the Storm will say “To answer call say Yes or No”, which — I’m sad to report — doesn’t work as advertised in a noisy place where the headset will reject or attend the call even before you utter a word. The good thing is that you can disable this feature by pressing the volume down and call button together.

Usage

Using the Jabra Storm is a real pleasure. Aside from those voice controls, everything else is perfect – from the initial pairing to the ongoing use. You get to clearly hear the person on the other end, and the same goes the other way round.

The Wind Noise Blackout technology works like a charm, and when it doesn’t — the wind is too heavy — use the windsock to keep talking like it’s nobody’s business.

Conclusion

I can’t recommend Jabra Storm enough. As I said in the introduction, this is the best Bluetooth headset I’ve ever tried. And honestly, I’m not sure that a more expensive model could deliver much more than what the Storm has to offer. Right now, you can buy it for less than $80; and if you need a Bluetooth headset – go for it!

Published at Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:06:11 +0000

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