first_imgAPTN National NewsThunder Bay, Ont., is considered a hub for as many as 49 First Nations in northern Ontario.It’s where many communities send their kids to get a high school education.Sadly, it is also where seven kids have died as a result of moving away from home.In 2007, the issue was brought to national attention after the sixth death.An inquest was called into Reggie Bushie’s death, but it has yet to begin.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson shows us, there is fear that more lives could be lost.last_img read more

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20 April 2010Cameroonian football striker Samuel Eto’o features in a new series of advertisements by the sportswear conglomerate Puma as part of the ‘Play for Life’ partnership campaign which the company and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formed in January to support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity. Cameroonian football striker Samuel Eto’o features in a new series of advertisements by the sportswear conglomerate Puma as part of the ‘Play for Life’ partnership campaign which the company and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) formed in January to support the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.The purpose of the partnership is to raise awareness about habitat and species conservation among soccer fans and the general public during worldwide events, including the World Cup later this year in South Africa, UNEP and PUMA said when they unveiled the public service announcements yesterday.The campaign will be seen globally in print, outdoors, in shops and online and will run through the end of 2010.“In 2010, Africa will be at the centre of the footballing world and all eyes will be on the continent,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman and chief executive of Puma. “This is a unique opportunity for the ‘Play for Life’ campaign and the public service announcements to create a powerful statement to help support biodiversity initiatives in Africa and around the world.“Biodiversity and valuing and protecting all life on our planet is a huge issue in Africa. We are proud to partner with UNEP to raise both awareness and funds to help these causes,” he added.Satinder Bindra, UNEP’s Director of Communications, said: “2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. Through this powerful partnership with Puma, we are reaching out to millions of football fans around the globe to spread the message: we can all do our part to protect our planet’s animals, plants, insects and ecosystems.” read more

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Many of the UCaaS and cloud-based PBX systems have high service level agreements (SLAs). These are typically self-reported SLAs. I’ve used these services, and they do fail. PhoneSentry logs call quality and connectivity at frequent intervals, which facilitates reporting on and documenting an outage for the provider. We also flag the call error reason, so a company could literally pay for PhoneSentry with service credits. We looked for automated tools to test the voice quality at the client’s major sites, but found nothing short of spending time manually troubleshooting routers, session border controllers, and call-processor components. The client spent more than $80,000 in consulting services, only for us to ultimately find that the culprit was its SIP/PSTN calling provider. Specifically, the provider hadn’t provisioned enough concurrent call paths with quality of service (QoS), so after a number of simultaneous calls had been reached, all calls on the circuit started experiencing call-quality issues. monitoring_774.jpg The biggest cost savings comes from getting the voice network working right in the event of an outage. That means there’s minimal downtime for call center agents or other employees for whom voice is a mission-critical service. Reaping the Value of Cloud Service Management Data Gary Audin April 05, 2019 In this Q&A with a Virsae executive, learn how access to big data can be a boon for UC and contact center improvements. 2. How big a problem is poor VoIP performance? Digital PBX services were traditionally very reliable, but expensive to maintain and scale. VoIP itself is much more cost-effective, but the QoS on a shared data network is a real issue. Configuration drift, carrier performance, and capacity limitations can all affect the call quality that an end user experiences. Without being able to monitor that, many end users simply hang up frustrated, only to notify IT at a later time. VoIP is a common method for carrying calls today, and enterprise IT communications managers have many tools they can use to measure voice quality. But these tools don’t always locate voice quality impairments. See All in Monitoring & Management » 3. How much time or money can PhoneSentry save? PhoneSentry can save a ton of time tracking down the “ghosts” of a call-quality issue. We have a clear call chain for each site that we monitor, so we can help narrow down the problem with the voice network ASAP. We also help customers document service credits for UCaaS and cloud-based PBX services, so there’s cost savings there too. They have voice problems, but don’t know about them. End users complain, but mostly to each other. IT gets a bad rap, and isn’t even aware it has a problem that needs fixing.They have infrequent outages, but don’t know about them until someone calls the helpdesk on a cellphone or puts in a trouble ticket (which likely sits in a queue for minutes before somebody picks it up). Their service might be out for a few hours before someone notices.They have an on-premises network monitoring system but they likely don’t have a proactive way of monitoring the SIP carrier for outages. 5. What types of businesses need PhoneSentry? Any company that has voice systems deployed to a user base and doesn’t want the first failure notification to come from an end user, line manager, or inbound call to the helpdesk could benefit from PhoneSentry. In addition, companies looking to monitor their carriers’ SLAs should find it useful. We’re vendor-agnostic, compatible with on-premises and cloud PBXs — even in cases of public Internet bring-your-own-bandwidth or over-the-top services, which can’t honor QoS markings. Startup PhoneSentry is tackling complex voice monitoring and alerting problems without requiring monitoring appliances or software installation. To learn more, I reached out to Nate Reynolds, company founder and CEO. 6. What do businesses that don’t use PhoneSentry do today? They do three things: 4. What makes PhoneSentry different from other monitoring products and services? We’re a SaaS-based product with zero installation requirements, no setup fee, and no professional services required. There are other monitoring products on the market. They install in your data center. They require hardware. They take weeks or months to set up, and they cost five to six figures. We cost a few hundred dollars per site, and we monitor the voice quality, carrier connection, and your session border gateway without being intrusive. We have patents pending for our unique design and our platform. Our biggest differentiator is that with our patent-pending technology we can monitor your SIP carrier for outages and call quality while other network monitoring systems may think everything is healthy because on your network, everything is fine. 7. What are the biggest benefits your customers are realizing? They benefit from knowing that their critical voice systems are working, all the time. We function like a combination troubleshooting tool, insurance policy, and record of availability.Tags:News & ViewsVoIPVoIP monitoringQoSPhoneSentryMonitoring & ManagementEmployee ExperienceEnterprise NetworkingNews & ViewsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like 1. What was your inspiration for PhoneSentry? The inspiration came when our CTO and I were troubleshooting a midsized VoIP deployment for an international client. The company’s new CEO had been complaining about the call quality on all-hands calls, which meant that we had to troubleshoot the entire enterprise (more than 200 sites). Despite having spent the last three years deploying this system in phases, we found that our client, through routine maintenance, contributed to configuration drift. Unify Square Taps Cross-Platform Collaboration Management Beth Schultz April 25, 2019 Announces plans to bring Slack, Zoom, Workplace by Facebook under management, alongside traditional Microsoft suites 6 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery December 06, 2018 This post, the second in a two-part series, delves into possible causes for poor application performance — and how to check them. Log in or register to post comments 10 Tips for Diagnosing Slow Applications Terry Slattery November 21, 2018 This post, the first in a series, explores possible causes in client-side processing and network transport. We started designing PhoneSentry for end-to-end testing of voice quality. When we identify an issue, it’s much easier to troubleshoot than by traditional methods. We already know the components in the call chain, and can focus efforts there. Are Open Source Active Path Testing Tools Viable for You? Terry Slattery July 08, 2019 An open source path testing tool could be an alternative to a commercial product, but you must understand the tradeoffs. read more

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The following courses are available this spring from Brock Continuing Education:Photoshop BasicsLearn Photoshop in this exciting project-based course. Explore the concept and process of digital collage, manipulate and correct your digital images. Expand your digital horizons and stimulate creativity, beyond your imagination. Learn what the professionals know and create digital art using your own effects and personal brushes.When: Thursday, April 15 to May 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Where: Brock University Mac LabCost: $159/$149 (senior) +GSTAdobe IllustratorIllustrator CS is the industry standard vector-based illustrating tool. It’s used throughout the world to create a vast variety of different print media from illustrations to package design. Learn to create interesting and unique illustrations. This course is an introduction to the fundamental tools and techniques of Adobe Illustrator® for print media; highlighting what you need to create high-quality line art and special effects for logos and other artwork.When: Wednesday, April 14 to May 12, 6:30 to 9 p.m.Where: Brock University Mac LabCost: $159/$149 (senior)Instructor Aldo Parrotta has enhanced and honed his love of art and design in traditional art, life drawing, sketching, drawing, painting and typography, as well as graphic design, layout and digital photography.For more information, visit Continuing Education or call 905-688-5550 x4775.Get The Brock News delivered to your email read more

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‹ › Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the second day of his visit which coincides with the celebration of Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day. UN Photo/Mark Garten “I welcome this milestone and believe this is a fitting time to deepen the already strong bonds between Pakistan and the United Nations,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Islamabad at a joint news conference with the newly inaugurated Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.“I count on the Prime Minister’s leadership to build on this achievement and deepen participatory democracy in Pakistan,” he added. This is the third visit to the South Asian nation for the Secretary-General, whose two-day programme coincides with the celebration of Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day.In their meeting today, Mr. Ban and the Prime Minister discussed a range of topics such as Pakistan’s role at the UN and its valuable contributions to peacekeeping operations; efforts to meet the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals; humanitarian issues, including the need to invest furthers in disaster risk reduction; and developments in the region, including the situation in Afghanistan.“I am very pleased that we have had a very good exchange of views on how the United Nations and Pakistan can work together to strengthen our partnership and addressing many regional and global challenges,” Mr. Ban told the press. “I firmly believe we need to widen our lens and look at Pakistan beyond any one dimension, prism or perspective. This is a vibrant, dynamic country full of promises and possibilities,” he added.“Pakistan is an important partner and a pivotal global player across the board.”Mr. Ban also held talks with President Asif Ali Zardari on many of the same issues and challenges. In addition, he attended part of the Independence Day celebrations and met with Pakistani women parliamentarians. read more

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The World Conference on Human Rights, held in the Austrian capital in 1993, as well as its outcome – the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action – marked the beginning of a renewed effort in the protection and promotion of human rights. It was also at the Conference that Member States agreed to create the post of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is currently held by Navi Pillay.To mark the 20th anniversary of the Vienna Conference, a high-level event will be convened in New York on 25 September, co-hosted by Ms. Pillay and Austrian President Heinz Fischer. Two previous High Commissioners, Louise Arbour and Mary Robinson, will also take part in the event, which takes place amid the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly.“We think that this is a great opportunity to try to identify, 20 years after Vienna, what have we achieved and where we failed,” Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović told a news conference in New York. “A lot has undoubtedly been achieved,” he noted, citing, among other achievements, a “stronger, more robust” human rights organizational framework, the creation of the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review by which every country’s record comes under scrutiny, and a “considerably strengthened” treaty body system.“However, there are definitely a number of shortcomings,” he added, recalling atrocities that have occurred during the past decades in places such as Rwanda and Sri Lanka, among others. Mr. Šimonović also noted that the human rights message has spread globally and created a lot of aspirations, as witnessed during the Arab Spring. “If human rights aspirations are not met, people all over the world will rebel.” He added that the Arab Spring has also clearly shown that it is not enough to have democratic aspiration. “There is an urgent need for support to relevant institutional building and widening of democratic space. Obviously, free and fair elections are not enough to bring democracy.”Also addressing reporters, Gerhard Doujak, Head of the Human Rights Department in the Austrian Federal Ministry of European and International Affairs, noted that the Vienna Conference came at a very important political moment and represented a paradigm shift.“The time was right for the setting of new standards for the worldwide promotion and protection of human rights,” he told the news conference. “Twenty years later, the moment came for us to take a fresh look [at] the commitments we had taken 20 years ago.”Both men urged heads of Government who will be present at the high-level event to set out a vision for the future of human rights action.The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action has been described by Ms. Pillay as “the most significant human rights document produced in the last quarter of a century and one of the strongest human rights documents of the past 100 years.”“It crystallized the principle that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and firmly entrenched the notion of universality by committing States to the promotion and protection of all human rights for all people ‘regardless of their political, economic, and cultural systems’,” she had stated in June at a Vienna+20 conference held in the Austrian capital. read more

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UN chief appoints new Special Representative for South SudanUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of David Shearer of New Zealand as his new Special Representative for South Sudan and the head of the UN mission in the country (UNMISS). Mr. Shearer, a current Member of Parliament, replaces Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark. He will take up his new position in 2017. Read more Security Council extends mission of UN mission Libya for nine monthsIn a unanimous action, the UN Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for nine months, until September 2017, encouraging, inter alia, the Mission to continue working towards a phased return to a permanent presence in the country, as security conditions would allow. Read more Investigate alleged police brutality in Cameroon – UN rights officeUrging the Government of Cameroon to ensure prompt, effective and independent investigations into reports of excessive use of force during a protest in Bamenda town last week, reportedly resulting in the deaths of four people, OHCHR called on all stakeholders, including the authorities and demonstrators to maintain calm and avoid any violence. Read more UN expert hopes Fiji’s leadership will act against racism and xenophobiaConcluding his fact-finding visit to the Pacific island nation, UN independent rights expert Mutuma Ruteere called on Fiji’s political leadership to redouble efforts to eliminate institutionalised racism and xenophobia. He also hailed the work of all Fijians to ensure reconciliation and constructive dialogue in the society. Read more Lack of action on ICC arrest warrants fostering impunity, Security Council toldBriefing the Security Council today, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court warned that as long as there was no direct Council action to induce Sudan and other countries to execute the Court’s arrest warrants against five suspects indicted for grave crimes committed, impunity would encourage new crimes.Read more read more

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Janus Lapajne ← Previous Story DRAMA IN NANTES: Dumoulin “catches” Schmid – No winners at the end Next Story → ROAD TO WOMEN’S EHF EURO 2018: Powerful start for Hungary and Spain The Slovakian champions HC Tatran Presov got an interesting player who will reinforce their squad until end of the season. The 22-years old Janus Lapajne coming from Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje, where he couldn’t find enough space to show his potential under coach Lino Cervar.Lapajne, who came from Paris Saint Germain to Skopje last summer, scored one goal in two matches of the VELUX EHF Champions League in Metalurg’s jersey.He spent last two seasons in Paris, where he came from small  domestic Urbanscape Loka from Skofja Loka. read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Two men were killed and at least 20 wounded in a violent clash between inmates at the Greek capital’s Korydallos Prison on Sunday.According to initial reports, a group of inmates believed to be Albanians and Arabs and armed with knives among other weapons, attacked another group of Pakistani inmates as they were returning to their cells at the detention facility’s C Wing.The two victims have been preliminary identified as being Pakistani nationals.An investigation into the causes of the attack is under way.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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first_imgRôle clé des cellules souches cancéreuses dans la maladie : de nouveaux indicesUne étude récente a permis une nouvelle fois de mettre en avant le rôle clé des cellules souches cancéreuses dans l’évolution de la maladie.Une nouvelle étude parue hier dans le Journal Of American Medical Association a permis de mettre en avant le fait que les patients atteints de leucémie et présentant des cellules souches cancéreuses plus actives que la moyenne avaient moins de chances de survivre à la maladie. Ce constat confirme le fait que les cellules souches cancéreuses jouent un rôle particulièrement important dans l’évolution des cancers, et explique notamment pourquoi certains traitements sont moins efficaces sur certains cancers. Ainsi, la faculté de médecine de l’Université de Stanford aux Etats-Unis, explique que certaines cellules cancéreuses seraient bien moins sensibles que d’autres aux traitements et auraient la capacité de se régénérer, rendant le combat contre le cancer plus difficile, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.Pour le Dr Ash Alizadeh, cette découverte est très importante : “Les implications cliniques de ce concept sont énormes. Si nous ne parvenons pas à concevoir des thérapies ciblant ces cellules capables de se régénérer et résistantes à la chimiothérapie, les malades continueront à subir des rechutes”. Pour parvenir à ces conclusions, l’étude s’est penchée sur le cas de mille malades atteints de leucémie aiguë myéloblastique, et chez qui le niveau d’activité des gènes de cellules souches cancéreuses a été observé. L’étude a également permis de mettre au jour le fait que les cellules souches cancéreuses avaient la même activité génétique que les cellules souches sanguines normales, ce qui implique qu’elles seraient capables de s’auto-générer ainsi que de se diviser. Cette découverte devrait relancer la recherche sur des traitements plus spécifiques contre le cancer.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 12:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgDENVER — Art is also on the line Super Bowl Sunday as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks vie for the NFL championship.In a friendly wager announced Monday, if the Broncos win, the Seattle Art Museum will send a Seahawk mask from its North Coast Native American collection to Denver for three months.If the Seahawks win, the Seattle museum gets a Frederic Remington bronze of a cowboy riding a bucking horse for three months.In a museum director’s genteel version of trash talk, Seattle’s Kimerly Rorschach says she’s already making plans to display the Remington.Denver’s Christoph Heinrich is equally confident, saying in a statement: “We know the Broncos won’t be busted.”last_img read more

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A new dawn after 12 days of lockdown

first_imgNew Delhi: In first steps towards normalcy in Jammu and KashmirJammu and Kashmir after 12 days of lockdown and communication blackout, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said on Friday that the process of restoring landline phone services would begin from tonight. He said the services would be restored in “large parts of Srinagar” on Saturday morning. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Subrahmanyam said government offices were functioning normally in the Valley, while schools will reopen next week. He added that there has been no loss of life or major injury since restrictions were imposed on August 5. The chief secretary also said 12 districts in Jammu and Kashmir were functioning normally while there was limited restrictions only in five districts. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us However, the chief secretary did not take any questions on the detention of political leaders and decided to conclude the press conference on being asked about political detentions. Most senior political leaders, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been kept in detention ever since Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its special status and statehood. Advertise With Us ‘Caged like animals’ Peoples Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti wrote to Union home minister Amit Shah questioning him about the government’s decision to revoke Article 370, and the law under which she had been detained in her home. The former chief minister’s daughter has been under house arrest since August 5 at the family’s Gupkar Road residence in Srinagar. Mehbooba Mufti was also put in detention along with several other political leaders, including former chief minister Omar Abdullah, the same day. Iltija Mufti said she had no option but to write to Shah as there was no clarity why she had been detained. She said Kashmiris were “reeling under despair” since last week. “Today while the rest of the country celebrates India’s Independence Day, Kashmiris have been caged like animals and deprived of basic human rights,” she wrote. Iltija mentioned in the letter that visitors were not allowed to meet her and called it “odd” since she was not affiliated to any political party. Ads featuring Indian artists banned Pakistan’s electronic media watchdog has banned the airing of advertisements featuring Indian artists as part of the country’s protest against India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) circulated a letter announcing the ban. Pemra said that it already withdrew the permission for airing Indian channels and content on the directions of the Pakistan Supreme Court in October last year. “However, it has been observed that advertisements of various products of multinationals which are either produced in India or carrying Indian characters/talent [are] being aired on electronic media,” according to the Pemra letter. India suspends Thar Link Exp India on Friday suspended weekly Thar Link Express which connects Jodhpur in Rajasthan to Karachi in Pakistan, a railway official said. The train’s scheduled journey on Friday will not take place, North Western Railway’s Chief Public Relations Officer Abhay Sharma said. He said the train services on both up and down lines have been suspended till further orders. On August 9, Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed had announced in Islamabad that the day’s train would be the last one to Jodhpur. Pak summons Indian envoy Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner to Pakistan, Gaurav Ahluwalia, on Friday, for the third time in a week over alleged ceasefire violations. Ahluwalia has been meeting Mohammad Faisal, Pakistan’s director general for South Asia and SAARC, in the wake of the alleged incidents taking place along the Line of Control, in which four Pakistani soldiers were killed. The ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side began on the day when India commemorated its 73rd Independence Day. The Indian Army retaliated befittingly to the unproved firing by the Pakistani troops. New Delhi has repeatedly urged Pakistan to “respect” the 2003 ceasefire arrangement between the two countries. The developments also came in the absence of Indian high commissioner to Pakistan, Ajay Bisaria, who returned to New Delhi earlier this week after Islamabad urged India to call back the envoy amid heightened tension between the two neighbours following the abrogation of Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. SC flays faulty plea on Art 370 The Supreme Court on Friday expressed anguish over “defective” petitions challenging the scrapping of provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the petition by advocate M L Sharma challenging the scrapping of Article 370 has “no meaning”. “What kind of petition is this? It could have been dismissed but there are 5 other pleas with the registry,” the bench, also comprising S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, said. The CJI said he spent 30 minutes reading the petition on Article 370 but could not make out anything. The apex court asked lawyers to cure defects in their six petitions on Article 370 and adjourned the hearing. Meanwhile, a powerful bomb ripped through a mosque during Friday prayers in Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, killing at least five persons and injuring 24 others, police said. With food stocks dipping, Kashmiris want curbs eased Life has come to a standstill for Abdul Rahim and his family, living in Kulgam district of south Kashmir. It is over ten days since the lockdown began and the family is feeling the pressure of dipping cash and food reserves. Kulgam has been a hotbed of militancy for the last several years, and many militants have been killed there. Security, therefore, is tight and restrictions are in place. “People are suffering, stocks are drying up, we are worried what is in store for us in the future,” said Abdul Rahim who owns a fruit orchard. His 17-year-old nephew, Mohammad Sufiyan, says, “Compared to the 2016 unrest following the killing of Burhan Wani, the situation is peaceful in Kulgam presently”. However Sufiyan, a second year college student, laments missing his studies: ” I have not gone to college since the lockdown after Article 370 was scrapped. All schools and colleges are closed, it is a big loss.” Sufiyan”s 13 year old sister, Sameena, also a student, says “things are pretty bad. We can”t venture out of our homes. It has been 12 days of blockade now”. The family had stocked up on food and other essentials before Article 370 was scrapped, but now the stocks are drying up. Sameena”s mother, a housewife says, “Our LPG cylinder is about to get exhausted. We are really fed up of these restrictions.” Outside Abdul Rahim”s house, the streets are mostly deserted. There is tight security in the whole of Kulgam. People do gather outside shuttered shops and discuss the situation. Mohammed Saleem runs a restaurant in Kulgam. He says: “Business has taken a major hit. Shops are closed. The bank ATMs are closed, we can”t buy or sell anything. It is high time for the government to lift the communication blockade.” Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said the issue of cashless ATMs shall be looked into and directions would be issued to ensure that ATMs have cash so that people do not suffer. Kansal added: “The government is cognizant and sensitive to the problems being faced by the people, but in order to avoid a violent fallout such measures were needed. But it is a dynamic situation, and as and when the situation improves, the restrictions will also be ended.”last_img read more

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AL plotting to keep BNP away from polls alleges Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the ruling Awami League is again ‘plotting’ to keep BNP away from the next general election, reports UNB.”Awami League doesn’t want BNP to join the polls. They’re trying to put obstacles in the way of BNP’s participation in the election by repeatedly talking about 1/11-like conspiracy,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to newsmen after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with the leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, marking its 38th founding anniversary.Fakhrul voiced their party’s strong resolve to join the next general election overcoming all the obstacles and freeing their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. “We must install a pro-people government through the next election.”He alleged that the ruling party has been on a plot to create a ‘chaos’ in the country to foil people’s efforts to ‘restore’ democracy in the country.Referring to Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s remark that BNP has started hatching conspiracies to create a dangerous situation like 1/11 one in the country, Fakhrul said BNP has no necessity to do it.”BNP has no relation with the 1/11 (political changeover). BNP is not in the driving seat now as the steering is in Awami League’s hands. They’ve the experience of 1/11 as they’re its beneficiary,” he said.Fakhrul said the ruling party is talking about the emergence of another 1/11 like situation involving BNP with an ‘evil motive’.Fakhrul criticised the government as Eid holidaymakers are going through immense sufferings in tailbacks on major highways on their way to their native homes.He also came down hard on the government for arresting the ‘innocent’ students involved with quota reform or safe roads movements, and demand the government release all of them before the Eid.last_img read more

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TSU Student Shot Near Campus In Stable Condition

first_imgA Texas Southern University student was shot on Thursday night near campus, in what appears to be a robbery.TSU released the following statement Friday morning:“Just after midnight a student was walking to a convenience store at the corners of Blodgett and Scott St. when he was randomly robbed by two men. The student was taken to the hospital where he is recovering from his injury. The two suspects are still at large. Texas Southern University wants to assure our students that their safety is our top priority. This random attack could have happened anywhere, and we encourage our students to be aware of their surroundings.”Campus and Houston police responded to the incident on Blodgett Street near Scott, outside an apartment complex close to the university.The victim is hospitalized and in stable condition.Stay aware and safe! pic.twitter.com/4chEwNCeN5— TxSU Police Dept. (@TSUDPS) April 14, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

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IMDA Chief Tan Kiat How Explains Singapores New Media Initiatives

first_imgSingapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority announced a battery of initiatives on Wednesday. They are intended to continue the growth of the industry. IMDA chief executive Tan Kiat How explains their background.Variety: What are the new initiatives? What is the IMDA planning to launch now and in the future?Tan Kiat How: IMDA is committed to creating a vibrant and forward-looking infocomm and media ecosystem.We see value in supporting digital content creation. Today, the IMDA announced the Public Service Media (PSM) Digital Partnership Fund, to support digital-first public service content arising from partnerships between Singapore media companies and overseas partners. The fund will help content producers tell Singapore stories on digital platforms and in fresh, new ways. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety To continue this healthy growth, Singapore must invest in collaborations, content and the capabilities of our people and set our sights on becoming the Asian media and tech hub. The possibilities are endless.center_img The Facebook Creator Lab, on the other hand, is a one-year program. The first such initiative by Facebook in Southeast Asia, it will support Singapore content creators to manage their presence, build a business and grow their community on Facebook. Participants will also be trained to harness user engagement and audience analytics tools, and learn how to monetize their content on Facebook. They will also have access to production facilities supported by IMDA PIXEL, and learn how to create content for Facebook Watch.Today, content is delivered and consumed via a multitude of channels. We expect manpower demand for the media industry to continue growing – so we need to deepen industry capabilities for the future.  To meet this demand, IMDA together with SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore have launched the Skills Framework for Media.It is a reference of skills and competencies for over 100 identified media jobs and 130 technical competencies, including a guide on career progression. Employers can refer to the Framework to optimize talent recruitment, development and training strategies.Existing media professionals can benefit by identifying training programs to upgrade their skills.  Individuals can also better understand the career pathways in the sector, and make informed decisions.The Singapore Digital (SG:D) Scholarship was also launched earlier this year to develop future infocomm media talents.What is the Singapore infocomm media sector’s current growth rate? And what is the projected growth rate for the future?In Singapore, the Infocomm and Media sector is a billion-dollar industry that plays a key role in the digital economy. In 2017, more than 20,000 media professionals were employed across the economy, with demand projected to grow by more than 7,000 over the three years till 2020. As a result, media skills are very much in demand by other sectors, with more than half of media professionals employed in non-media sectors, such as healthcare and retail. IMDA is also helping to develop new digital capabilities in the industry: In 2017, local production company Beach House Pictures piloted Singapore’s first VR lesson plan for students, together with Singapore’s Ministry of Education, IMDA and Samsung. Beach House also made a 4K reality series, “First Man Out,” in partnership with Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific and IMDA.IMDA supports the growth of world-class Singapore talent. The Singapore Film Commission (SFC), which comes under IMDA, will launch the Southeast Asia Co-production Grant next year. The grant will be the first in the region to support feature-length, regional co-productions. The aim is to encourage collaborations between Singaporean creative producers and Southeast Asian filmmaking talent, to co-create quality Asian stories for the world.Indeed, made-with-Singapore content benefits local talent with opportunities to work with international talent and companies, facilitate exchange of skills and we are key for Singapore stories to travel.An obvious example is “Crazy Rich Asians.” More than a global showcase of Singapore’s skyline and hawker delights, “Crazy Rich Asians” featured 12 Singaporean/Singapore-based cast. Close to 300 Singaporean and permanent resident crew members, including graduates and interns from local film schools, were also involved in the production and development of this Hollywood blockbuster. “Crazy Rich Asians” is now the most successful studio romantic comedy at the U.S. box office in nine years, and has since grossed more than US$230 million worldwide to date.HBO Asia’s partnership with Singapore-based Infinite Studios on the original drama series “Grisse”, has also opened up opportunities for Singapore directors like Ler Jiyuan to work alongside talent from around the globe.How does IMDA see itself developing the next generation of content creators?IMDA has embarked on two strategic partnerships to develop Singapore’s capabilities in creating innovative content for global distribution on digital channels.Under a two-year partnership, Disney has set up a regional Digital Content Studio, as the creative development hub for Disney’s digital-first, multiplatform content for Southeast Asia. Disney’s executives will mentor Singapore creators in digital content development and collaborate with them to produce the Studio’s first slate of original series.last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s leading software services player HCL Technologies has tied up with European telecom firm Tele 2 to tap market opportunities for Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things solutions in the continent. By focusing on the healthcare segment in Europe, the two companies will jointly address one of the fastest growing areas of the M2M and IoT market, HCL Technologies said in a statement. The companies, however, did not disclose the estimated size of the market opportunity. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashHCL and Tele2 will work together to reduce transactional and operational costs for their partners, whilst tapping into the lucrative revenue opportunities that exist within the European market, it added.Under the partnership, the companies are planning to develop remote patient monitoring systems that are enabled through smartphones.HCL will be responsible for implementation, integration, roll-out and ongoing support of M2M/IoT solutions, in addition to device connectivity.last_img read more

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Wolf spider found in Ladysmith home

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Unlike their four-legged namesakes, wolf spiders do not hunt in packs. They are solitary creatures that also don’t care to engage with people.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! A huge wolf spider was found recently at a Ladysmith resident’s home.The resident, who was not afraid at all, simply picked up the scary-looking arachnid and released it safely outside.Also read: Dangerous spider found in LadysmithAlso read: Spider Harlequin is scary?According to a local pet shop owner who deals with these eight-legged creatures, wolf spiders are harmless.Their average size is 6-30mm. Wolf spiders are hunters and find their dinner by sight or vibration.They will often ambush and pounce on their prey, which can range from crickets to grasshoppers, beetles, ants and even other spiders.last_img read more

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Pedestrian bridge is the white elephant of Ladysmith

first_imgThe pedestrian bridge over the N11 (Lyell Street, near taxi rank) that was constructed by the municipality still raises major concerns and confusion as to why it was built in the first place.The fact that hardly anybody ever uses the bridge raises one simple question: Why was the bridge built when there is a traffic light system that accommodates the safety and management of pedestrians?According to SANRAL (South African National Road Agency Limited), the local municipality was warned that a pedestrian bridge at that particular location would be wasteful expenditure due to the fact that there is an existing signal controlled intersection. Despite SANRAL’s strong reservations, the bridge was constructed anyway.The above comment from SANRAL comes in the wake of a column written in sister paper Times of Ladysmith by Iqbal Khan, in which he refers to both the Model Kloof Bridge and the bridge over the N11 as the “white elephants of Sanral”. “As part of a signed Memorandum of understanding with the municipality, SANRAL will only take over the facility if it can be shown that over a period of five years, from its construction, the bridge was being well used by pedestrians,” says SANRALThe most recent pedestrian counts carried out by SANRAL on August 2 showed that almost no one uses the bridge, but rather the robots on ground level, so it is doubtful whether SANRAL will take over control of the bridge.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Spain 1 dead of heat stroke others struggling in heat wave

first_imgSpain’s meteorological agency issued a warning Saturday saying temperatures would continue to be as high as 104 F (40 C) until at least July 16, describing the heat wave as “unusually long.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MADRID (AP) — One person has reportedly died of heat stroke in Spain and Madrid’s emergency service says it has seen 11 other cases in the last 24 hours as Spain swelters under a prolonged heat wave.The voluntary emergency service Vost Andalucia says an elderly person died Saturday of suspected heat stroke in southwestern Seville.The Madrid emergency service says two men, a 50-year-old cleaner and a 45-year-old, are both in critical condition Sunday with heat stroke in Madrid hospitals. The agency said its crews have been called out help with 144 cases of heat stroke since June 25. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A woman cools off in a park pond in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, July 9, 2015. Spain has been in a heat wave for nearly two weeks, with temperatures reaching 40 C (104 F). The heatwave is expected to last around another week. (AP Photo/Paul White) Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Japan to feature on CH9 Getaway

first_imgJapan to feature on CH9 GetawayJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Sydney Office was proud to support a recent trip to Japan by Nine Network’s Getaway.The first of the Japan stories will air on Nine Network at 5.30pm on Saturday October 10th and Saturday November 21st. The remaining stories will air in 2016 on dates to be announced.It was presenter Jesinta Campbell’s first trip to Japan and the country “really turned it on” for her despite some rainy days at the start of the trip. The crew visited the world heritage listed and recently restored Himeji Castle; experienced traditional Japan in Kyoto with a maiko experience and rickshaw ride; indulged in delicious cuisine including ‘fire ramen’; and got adventurous in Nara, training at a ninja village and attending a sushi making lesson. These experiences offered an enchanting adventure in Japan, a land of mixed culture where the modern harmoniously blends in with the traditional.Getaway is Australia’s longest-running and highest-rating holiday and travel program, attracting around 750,000 viewers in Australia every week. Currently in its 24th year of production, Getaway has been on air since 1992 and has attracted consistently high ratings since day one. Detailed story information, including videos, contact numbers and website links will be posted on “Fact Sheets” on the Getaway website at www.9jumpin.com.au/show/getaway/ JNTOSource = JNTOlast_img read more

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