House drops sexual violence eradication bill from this year’s priority list

first_imgThe House of Representatives’ Legislation Body (Baleg) has officially dropped the long-awaited sexual violence eradication bill (RUU PKS) from this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list, despite calls from women’s rights activist to pass the billIn a hearing on Thursday, the Baleg, the government and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) agreed to remove 16 of the 50 bills on the list, including the RUU PKS, citing scheduling difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will include the RUU PKS on the next priority list [for 2021] in October,” Baleg chairman Supratman Andi Agtas said.In the hearing, some factions suggested that the Baleg take over the RUU PKS deliberation from House Commission VIII overseeing social affairs due to the latter’s inability to make progress with the bill.NasDem Party lawmaker Taufik Basari said the party would lobby other factions in the House to continue the deliberation of the bill.“The RUU PKS was initially proposed by a member of the NasDem faction. However, by Commission VIII’s request, the bill was initiated by the commission,” he said. “We now see that Commission VIII doesn’t want to put forward the bill as its initiative, so NasDem hopes we can again propose and discuss it within the Baleg.” Read also: Public outcry as House plans to delay sexual violence bill – againMembers of other factions in the body, namely the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB) echoed Taufik’s sentiments.PDI-P lawmaker Diah Pitaloka, who has consistently lobbied the House to pass the bill, said the Baleg should take over the bill, citing a letter dated May 5 stating the cancellation of Commission VIII’s proposal for the bill.The bill has faced strong opposition from members of Islamic political parties such as the PKB and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in Commission VIII, who have argued that the bill supported the legalization of adultery and “LGBT behavior”.Marwan Dasopang, the deputy chairman of Commission VIII, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the removal of the RUU PKS from the 2020 priority list was due to the difficulties in arranging the bill’s deliberation, citing time constraints.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Where to buy a cafe, house and B & B for under $1 million

first_imgPerfect match? This chapel is for sale. 104-116 Beacon Rd, Tamborine Mountain is listed for $1.95 million.It is described as being an “established business” with “minimal risk”.The property features an open plan chapel, vestry and porte-cochere, two reception centres, a commercial kitchen, four accommodation cottages and water features and fountains.It sprawls over extensive landscaped and manicured lawns, complete with amenities and maintenance sheds, all contained within wrought iron gates and full fencing. A full list of chattels is available. The residence is split in two levels with multiple options.“A lot of B & Bs and accommodation options aren’t child-friendly but it suits families because of the two-bedroom, two-bathroom set up,” he said.The Hossy’s charged $280 per night through Airbnb.“With a quick calculation, if you did the Airbnb and rented the cafe, you are looking at a 11 per cent return projected off the figures we have,” said marketing agent David Jones, of House2Home Real Estate.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours ago“There’s commercial dishwashers, coffee machines — basically if someone wanted it, it’s ready to go, it’s even got the seats and pillows still on the beds.” There’s lower level living, while upstairs is suitable for an Airbnb. The cafe and commercial kitchen is ready to go.There’s also a two-bedroom residence upstairs, which can be used as an Airbnb or B & B.Vendor David Hossy bought the property 18 months ago.“We originally set it up for a children’s brand we were developing,” Mr Hossy said.“It was all centred around the cafe, and focused on proactive parenting and parental skills.”Mr Hossy also ran family friendly short-term accommodation upstairs. A busy Sunday afternoon on Gallery Walk. The property also features four rooms and a full bathroom downstairs, two large undercover dining/entertainment areas, a large function room, children’s play area and cubby house, and eight car parks.It’s not the only hinterland property on the market offering immediate return on investment.A purpose-built wedding venue is listed for $1.95 million at 104-116 Beacon Rd, and currently offers a 10 per cent return and forward bookings, according to its listing. 96 Eagle Heights Rd, Tamborine Mountain is on the market for $950,000.YOU can have your proverbial cake and eat it too at this home which comes with a licenced commercial cafe and kitchen.There’s no better time to tap into Tamborine Mountain’s tourism trade, according to the vendor of the unique residence that comes complete with two business opportunities. The property has a country feel.The property is ideally positioned on the corner of the Gallery Walk tourist strip, where an estimated two million local, interstate and international tourists visit each year.“Someone from Sydney or Melbourne who wanted a tree change would be ideal,” Mr Jones said.Mr Hossy agreed.“It’s a great opportunity for anyone on the mountain for the tourist trade, that’s what attracted us,” he said.“It’s a consistently busy area, school holidays are very popular.”last_img read more

Can This AIPowered Baby Translator Help Diagnose Autism

first_imgThe way people talk, text, even post on social media can give doctors clues about whether or not they’re at risk of suicide. With the right AI, of course. “We’re trying to bring the lab to the participants where they are,” says Anderson, pointing out that most autism research has been conducted in white, socioeconomically advantaged populations. Meanwhile, children of color are typically diagnosed with autism one to two years after their white peers. “Addressing these health disparities starts with having better data,” says Anderson. That’s where Chatterbaby comes in. In order to use the app, parents have to sign a research consent form. That allows UCLA to collect and store deidentified audio files recorded through the app on its HIPAA-compliant servers. Users are also asked to fill out surveys that help identify infants more likely to be developmentally divergent. Behaviors like gaze aversion and head-banging can provide clues. And because of genetic contributions, having a first-degree relative on the autism spectrum also increases those chances.These surveys will be administered every year until the child turns six. Online screening tools are also available through the app for kids older than two, so concerned parents can follow up with their pediatricians. And all of Chatterbaby’s content will be availble in both English and Spanish. Anderson’s team plans to combine all this data with the audio files to build a machine learning model capable of predicting different kinds of autism from cries alone. When “time is brain,” AI gets stroke patients in front of specialists sooner. When Ariana Anderson had her first child, she was as clueless as any new parent about how to interpret her infant’s cries. Every wail, every sob sounded an urgent alarm to her postpartum brain. But by the time Anderson’s third kid came along, the UCLA computational neuropsychologist realized she had become fluent in baby. Her ear had learned which sounds meant “feed me!” which ones were “change me!” and which ones signaled something more serious: pain. Anderson wondered if she could train an algorithm to do the same thing.Five years, thousands of howls, and more than 1,700 babies later, Anderson’s AI-powered translator is here. Called Chatterbaby, the free app analyzes changes in frequency and patterns in the sound to silence ratio to tell parents why their kiddo is crying. For now, the app’s got a pretty limited vocabulary—it can pick out hungry from fussy from pained. But the more people use it, the more it will be able to say about what’s going on in the infant brain.You see, Chatterbaby isn’t just an app designed to help parents, be they deaf, or new, or just overwhelmed and underslept. It’s also a massive data-collecting tool to see if irregularities in cry patterns could carry signals about autism—and perhaps one day, diagnose it.The seeds of neurodiversity are sown from the first moments a child’s brain begins developing. But it often takes years for children who fall along different parts of the autism spectrum to be identified, especially in communities historically disenfranchised by the medical research establishment. While everyone is different, doctors and educators agree that the earlier kids can be encouraged and accommodated according to their unique needs, the more they’ll thrive in a neurotypical world. Facial recognition software is helping doctors crack cases of rare genetic disease. It’s an ambitious goal. Autism researchers like Stephen Sheinkopf, a psychologist at the Brown University Center for the Study of Children at Risk, have shown there are strong neurological clues embedded in cries, particularly in acoustic features like pitch, energy, and resonance, which can be visualized and quantified through specialized software. But those clues probably aren’t enough to piece together a diagnosis, he says. More likely will be a combination of vocal, behavioral, and other kinds of physiological data all feeding into one model. “That’s where AI and machine learning can have really great value, in integrating these disparate pieces of information that might otherwise be hard to make sense of,” he says.But even if you could do it, Sheinkopf cautions against the efficacy of pushing an autism diagnosis into infancy, when the specifics of a child’s abilities and challenges are still far from known. “Misidentifying false positives is not risk-free,” he says. “We’re talking about changing a way a parent thinks about their child and interacts with them, which in and of itself can influence their development.” With research about how to best help neurodiverse kids flourish already lagging far behind the field of AI-based autism detection, and access to the resources that are available unequally distributed through society, algorithms won’t be enough to democratize good outcomes. But they might be a start.The Algorithm Will See You Nowlast_img read more