Satyam, Re-branded As Mahindra Satyam

first_imgSatyam, the disgraced Indian outsourcing giant, has re-branded itself as Mahindra Satyam following its acquisition by Tech Mahindra. New CEO C.P. Gurnani said: “Mahindra Satyam has four immediate priorities: to strengthen corporate governance, enhance customer delight, regain market share, and build the brand.’’ Related Itemslast_img

MS Dhoni The Untold Story review: Sushant Singh Rajput delivers a pitch-perfect performance

first_imgDirector: Neeraj PandeyCast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani, Rajesh Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Neeta Mohindra, Bhumika ChawlaRating: (2.5/5)MS Dhoni: The Untold Story aims for an immediate high as it revisits the memorable night of the 2011 World Cup Final in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The audience chants India! India! India! and then it is instantaneously replaced by another five-letter word in Dhoni, who, as the captain of the Indian cricket team, takes to the pitch to chase the target set by Sri Lanka. Thereafter the film turns back in time, precisely 30 years to the day Dhoni was born and then unfolds, occasionally sluggishly, the bouncers-laden journey to the top of one of India’s most beloved sportsmen. The film works best when it showcases that talent alone is never enough, one needs to toil, persevere and take risks. Trouble is that once Dhoni achieves his dream which is to play for India, the film totters to the finish line struggling to hit the high note it began with, and the interest it maintained in the first 90 minutes.MS DHONI THE UNTOLD STORY REVIEW: Making Dhoni great again ALSO READ: Why Bollywood needs Sushant Singh Rajput That it isn’t to say that this is a poorly constructed biopic of a sporting hero, one who in fact continues to play. Given that the film is co-produced by Arun Pandey, who founded Rhiti Sports, the agency which in turn represents Dhoni, the film could easily have been a straight up hagiography. But Neeraj Pandey just about manages to present the failures, frustrations and (hardly any) flaws of his film’s eponymous hero. Dhoni has more memorable moments than Mary Kom and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag combined and that’s largely because the film shines a light on the supporting players who played an instrumental role in the making of Dhoni.  advertisementThere is his school coach Banerjee (Rajesh Sharma), who spots him and encourages him to ditch goalkeeping and take up wicket-keeping instead. Kumud Mishra is a powerful official at Central Coalfield Ltd who encourages Dhoni in his teenage years by offering him a stipend. Friends in Ranchi in Pratam, owner of a sporting goods shop, and Santosh, from whom Dhoni learned the famous helicopter shot, are always watching out for him. An Indian railways officer AJ Shukla (Kali Prasad Mukherjee) and a roommate at the Railway headquarters in Kharagpur also come to his aid as Dhoni struggles to shuttle between being a ticket collector and a cricketer at the regional level. And finally there are the supportive women, his mother (Neeta Mohindra) and sister (Bhumika Chawla), and Paan Singh Dhoni, the reluctantly supportive father (Anupam Kher) who doesn’t want his son to end up being a pump operator like him.Through Paan Singh what the film does particularly well is highlight why the middle class Indian patriarch is still wary of sports as a profession even if it is as popular as cricket. So much so that young Dhoni gets his chance because the school’s first choice wicket keeper is forced to leave the team by his father. After all studies should be priority as it promises a job. By creating a realistic middle class milieu, best seen in Dhoni’s tiny, crammed house and later in the railway quarters he resides in Kharagpur, the film is able to draw you further into Dhoni’s fraught journey from state sensation to international cricket icon.The film covers key moments in Dhoni’s career but the focus here is solely on Dhoni the big hitter than Dhoni the wicket keeper or the composed captain. So the highlights footage is largely Rajput flinging his bat than doing wonders behind the stumps. Watching the film’s second half can at times feel like watching the tail order bat to avoid defeat in a test match. That’s because once Dhoni has made the national team Pandey along with his writer Dilip Jha are unable to present as compelling a portrait as they did earlier on. Instead of focusing on Dhoni’s ascent to India’s captain and his rapport with players, viewers are made to sit through Dhoni’s romantic life which has its share of contrived moments. The love portions start out well but then quickly fizzle, adding little substance to the narrative other than telling us, Hey, Dhoni was perhaps commitment phobic? Sorely missed are moments like the showdown with Yuvraj Singh at the regional level seen earlier on. There is little on how Dhoni reacted to failures and attacks to his house. It almost seems that Dhoni didn’t want the untold locker room and boardroom nuggets to make it into the film.  advertisementNeeraj Pandey’s fourth film is his biggest yet but it is not his finest work. That honour still goes to his second feature, Special 26.  But with a physically committed and emotionally measured performance by Sushant Singh Rajput and enough untold and lighter moments, MS Dhoni manages to give us a glimpse into the cricketer albeit only till 2011. MS Dhoni The Untold Story may not bowl you over, but it is an inspiring tale which reminds you that the road to success is mostly prolonged like a test match and not as entertaining as a Twenty20 tie.last_img read more

Race for long-range IoT network finds early leaders

first_img Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT Continue Reading Previous IBASE: Mini-ITX motherboard powered by 9th/8th gen Intel processorsNext EKF: CompactPCI Serial to CompactPCI Classic bridge CameronRobertson says: 1 thought on “Race for long-range IoT network finds early leaders” July 22, 2019 at 9:11 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “Manufacturers are not sitting around when it comes to advances in the tech sector including network storage. They would grab any given opportunity and strike the iron while it is still hot. This is because changes in the tech sector can occur in the blink SAN JOSE, Calif. — LoRa and cellular’s Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) are far ahead of a pack of low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) staking out early design wins in the internet of things. The LTE-M version of 4G cellular is a distant third, and Sigfox trails, according to a new report from IHS Markit.The report suggests that a once wide-open field is beginning to narrow significantly. However, it’s still early days. IHS estimated that just 150 million LPWAN links were deployed in 2018, a figure that it expects to expand at a 63% compound annual growth rate to hit 1.7 billion links by 2023.It’s also worth noting that some alternatives are just emerging from the lab. For example, multiple vendors are shipping their first chips this year for a 900-MHz version of Wi-Fi called HaLow that’s expected to hold significant promise for long-range connections. And last year, research institute CEA-Leti announced early work on a new option based on a patented Turbo-FSK waveform.That said, IHS forecasts that NB-IoT and LoRa could claim 86% of all LPWAN links in 2023. “We think it is a two-horse race by 2023, with LoRaWAN more in private and NB-IoT mainly in public networks,” said Christian Kim, one of the authors of the report.Interestingly, Huawei’s HiSilicon division is the leading supplier of today’s NB-IoT chips, 90% of which are deployed in China. Taiwan’s Mediatek is second, and China’s RDA Unisoc is third in NB-IoT silicon. NB-IoT had its origins in technology from U.K. startup Neul, acquired by Huawei in 2014.The relatively sluggish market for LTE-M chips is led by Qualcomm, followed by Sequans and Altair. Semtech is by far the dominant supplier of LoRa chips, the current market leader among LPWANs.Overall, 54% of last year’s LPWAN deployments were in China versus about 23% each in the Americas and the EMEA region. Government-backed smart-city projects in China are driving NB-IoT today with deployments in smart meters, parking meters, and streetlights.“Most projects are using government money,” said Kim. “A lot of enterprises have not warmed to NB-IoT, even in China.”To some extent, the LPWANs are solutions seeking problems. IHS currently tracks 20 use cases proposed for the links.The China government is promoting use of NB-IoT in smart homes for electronic locks, smoke detectors, and other uses, and Huawei has talked about its use in agriculture for more efficient dairy farms. However, it has not yet taken hold in such applications to date, Kim said.In the U.S., Wi-Fi and Bluetooth by far dominate in the smart home. And in developed countries, dairy farms are already operating at high efficiency levels, he added. LoRa and NB-IoT could command 86% of all LPWA deployments by 2023. Click to enlarge. (Source: IHS Markit) last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s humility off the field is a sign of greatness: Glenn McGrath

first_imgFormer Australia pacer Glenn McGrath praised Team India captain Virat Kohli for being humble off the cricket field and thanked him for his gesture of wearing pink when he walked out to bat in the fourth and last Test against Australia in Sydney.”The fact that Virat came out the other day, with pink on his gloves, the pads, the bat, the grip, was a very special and an incredible gesture,” McGrath told The Hindu.”I love the way Virat plays the game, he is aggressive. When he walks off the field, he is a good human being, a really good person,” McGrath added.”Virat’s humility, the fact that he is a humble person off the field, is a sign of greatness. It’s not just on the field but how you carry yourself off the field too that is so important. I have a lot of respect for him,” McGrath said.India defeated Australia 2-1 to retain the Border Gavakar Trophy as Kohli became the first Asian captain and India’s only captain to come away with a series win from Australia in 71 years.Virat Kohli @imVkohli showing his passionate support for the McGrath Foundation with his pink bat and glovesWhat. A. Legend!#pinktest #IndianCricketTeam #AUSvsIND #itsyourpinktest Foundation (@McGrathFdn) January 3, 2019McGrath lauded Kohli as a leader, sating, “He’s been very friendly, very respectful. A confident man on and off the field. He has led the team passionately and motivated his men so well in this series.”advertisement”To me he is the best batsman in the world. He shows his quality when he in the middle. Great technique, great temperament. When he gets a loose delivery, he puts it away. Never misses out. That’s the sign of a great batsman,” McGrath said.Kohli was booed by the Australian crowd on the first day of the fourth Test in Sydney, something that McGrath feels is a sign of respect.”Sometimes if the opposition crowd gives you a hard time, it is a sign of respect. I think he has a lot of respect here in Australia,” McGrath said.”If Australians give you a hard time, then they respect you,” McGrath added.Weighing in on the Kohli’s comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar, McGrath said, “Sachin was one of the greats of all time, played 200 Tests, scored so many runs. Whether Virat is up with Sachin at this stage? Probably not.””But whether Virat will eventually get there, there is a good chance. He already has got his hundreds in quicker time than Sachin. He is well on his way,” McGrath added.McGrath said that the two champion batsmen were completely different personalities.”Sachin was more quiet and soft spoken on the field. Virat is a little more confident, more aggressive on the field,” McGrath said.When asked if there is something that Kohli can learn from Tendulkar, McGrath said, “There is no deficiency in Virat’s technique. Occasionally he might chase a full wide one. Sometimes, you can set him up. But he has so many hundreds already in his career and has such an ability to dominate.”McGrath said there were areas where Virat could learn from Tendulkar.”Sachin could change his game. I remember a Test innings here in Sydney where he did not deliberately play a single cover drive and made 200 plus. That’s part of a special batsman.”Also Read | Virat Kohli’s special gesture for Pink Test wins Glenn McGrath’s heartAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s pink bat in Sydney for cancer awarenessAlso Read | India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi Shastrilast_img read more

Looking towards challenge of playing against Virat Kohli, R Ashwin: Jason Holder

first_img Indo-Asian News Service North SoundAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 10:56 IST Jason Holder is the top-ranked all-rounder in Test cricket at the moment (Reuters Photo)Despite losing both the T20I and ODI series to India, West Indies skipper Jason Holder said his men are in positive frame of mind and he is equally excited on the start of World Test Championship.West Indies will host the Virat Kohli-led side for the two Test-match series, with the first one starting here on Thursday.Speaking to media ahead of the clash, Holder said: “The mindset of the team is very positive as this is the start of a brand new series at home so we begin with great confidence. We have been playing some good Test cricket over the last few years and we have been able to put together some good series wins.””If we want to beat the top teams, we need to be up for the challenge. I am personally looking towards the challenge of playing against Virat and (Ravichandran) Ashwin. I think from a team perspective, we get the best out of ourselves when we play against the best, we tend to go hard at them,” he added.”The start of the ICC World Test Championship is something special… it brings something extra special to the Test match format and the players know what’s at stake and how we plan to go about our business.”Holder earlier this year rose to the top position among all-rounder in the ICC Test rankings. He is also in the top 10 among bowlers and is joined in the top 15 by the experienced new ball pair, Kemar Roach (184 wickets; average 27) and Shannon Gabriel (129 wickets; average 29). The skipper felt that the experience of the duo has helped them improve in the longest format of the game.advertisement”Kemar and Shannon have been outstanding for us in the last few years. They always rise to the challenge and our bowling attack has been one of the main reasons why we have improved in Test cricket. We talk about batting well in partnerships, but it is also crucial to realise you have to bowl in partnerships as well,” Holder said.Further speaking on himself, he said his main focus is to win matches for the team.”It’s good to be listed as the number one all-rounder, but my aim is to win matches for West Indies. I enjoy Test cricket, the battles, the challenges… when I get the ball I look to hold down an end and let the quicker bowlers do their work at the other end,” Holder said.”With the bat, I look to build partnerships and look to get up to solid scores,” he concluded.Also Read | Virat Kohli turns anchor and interviews Viv Richards ahead of India v West Indies 1st TestAlso Read | We have a problem of plenty and that’s a great position to be in: Virat KohliAlso Read | IND vs WI: Virat Kohli hints at four-bowler strategy for 1st TestFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Jason HolderFollow West Indies vs India Looking towards challenge of playing against Virat Kohli, R Ashwin: Jason HolderWest Indies will host the Virat Kohli-led Indian team for the two Test-match series, with the first one starting in North Sound (Antigua) on Thursday.advertisementlast_img read more

CITC-Led Consortium Wins Myanmar Deepwater Port Gig

first_imgzoom A consortium led by Chinese CITIC Group Corporation has won the bid to for the deepwater port construction project in Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone, Myanmar.The consortium comprises of CITIC Group Corporation, Chia Tai Group, CHEC, China Merchants Group, Tianjin Teda and Yunnan Construction Engineering Group.The project is estimated to be worth USD 5.4 billion, covering a total area of 4,289 acres. It has been divided into the three parts:  deepwater ports project, industrial park and residential quarters.The deepwater port projects consists of two terminals, Made Island Terminal and Yabye Island Terminal, which cover an area of 370.7 acres and 237.2 acres respectively. The project involves the construction of ten 100,000t  berths with a total length of 4.1 kilometers, a road and a bridge.The construction of the deepwater port is expected to take 20 years, divided into four stages.Once completed, the port is expected to reach annual capacity of 7.8 million tons of bulk cargo and 4.9 million TEU containers. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My locationcenter_img Print  Closelast_img read more

Universities Essential for Success of Province

first_imgUniversities are essential to the future success of our province. University graduates are ready to be the innovative, creative thinkers of our world. They can enter the job market confident that they have the tools and information they need to adapt to tomorrow’s workforce. Keeping post-secondary education affordable for Nova Scotians remains a top priority of this government. Last year, the province invested $42.5 million to keep tuition at the national level, increase assistance levels and the grant to loan ratio, and cap student debt for the first time in Nova Scotia’s history – it’s the single largest annual investment specifically for students made by any Nova Scotia government. We introduced the Graduate Retention Rebate so that eligible graduates can reduce their provincial income taxes by up to $15,000 over six years. Eligible community college students can reduce theirs by up to $7,500. Government has a responsibility to find a balance that provides adequate funding for universities and a fair tuition for students, while continuing programs and services that benefit our communities and our economy. With that in mind, the new memorandum of understanding between the province and Nova Scotia’s 11 universities is aimed at keeping tuition at, or below, the national average, increases research and development opportunities, and invests $25 million in a new Innovation Fund for universities to help them become more sustainable. It’s a plan aimed at protecting Nova Scotia students and helping universities remain competitive and sustainable for years to come. Longer term, the province and its universities are set to conduct a tuition review that considers solutions that work for both students and universities. Nova Scotia’s universities provide the highest quality education and lifelong advantage for students. I remain committed to working with these institutions to ensure the future success of our world-class university system, and the future success of Nova Scotia’s graduates. -30-last_img read more

New Brunswicks cannabis retailer reports 117 million loss in first year

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Crown-owned cannabis retailer is recording a big financial loss in its first year in operation.Unaudited year-end results released Tuesday show Cannabis NB lost $11.7 million.The agency says sales of legal cannabis for the fourth quarter were $9.7 million, resulting in a year-end total of $18.6 million.General manager Lara Wood says the government knew there would be challenges but is confident objectives including reducing the illicit market and creating public awareness are being met.Last October, former Cannabis NB president Brian Harriman said with overhead and start-up costs, he hoped the 20 stores would at least break even in their first fiscal year.As the parent company, NB Liquor will consolidate Cannabis NB’s results into its year-end results.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

2108 Moroccans Visited Israel in 2018

Rabat – The Times of Israel news outlet has shared notable statistics on the number of visitors who visited Israel in 2018.The news agency obtained statistics from the Population and Immigration Authority, which revealed that nearly 55,000 tourists visited Israel from countries that have no diplomatic ties with it.From the Maghreb, the statistics show that 2,108 Moroccans visited Israel, followed by Tunisians (at 949), and Algerians (at 36). The news agency also said that 12,363 Jordanians visited Israel, followed by 4,947 Egyptians.زار إسرائيل خلال عام 2018 عدد غير مسبوق من السياح (55 ألفا) الذين جاؤوا من دول عربية وإسلامية لا تقيم علاقات مع إسرائيل وهي إندونيسيا وماليزيا وتونس والمغرب والسعودية والجزائر والكويت والإمارات وعمان وقطر.17 ألف سائح جاؤوا من الأردن ومصر.أهلا وسهلا بكم جميعا في بلدنا الجميل.— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 6, 2019The data also reveals that 14,000 Malaysians made the trip to Israel. Other visitors from Muslim countries also include tourists from Saudi Arabia (6), Kuwait (34à, and The UAE (25).The data received applause from Israeli diplomat Ofir Gendelman, who welcomed the tourists from Arab countries to Israel.The statistics come a few months after Israeli news outlets reported on a secret meeting between Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.The Moroccan government, however, denied the news, emphasizing that the Kingdom of Morocco “does not respond to rumors.”El Khalfi’s response comes after a program aired by Israeli television channel 13, which reported that Bourita met with Prime Minister Netanyahu September 2018 in New York on “the sidelines of a UN General Assembly.”The rumors are also on the heel of allegations that Netanyahu was preparing to conduct an official visit to Morocco. The Moroccan government, however, denied the news.The majority of Moroccans criticize any move towards normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel.Dozens of activists went to Parliament in Rabat to protest against any normalization of Moroccan relations with Israel in February, 2019. read more

Special discussion on Jaffna HSZ

EPDP parliamentarian Murugesu Chandrakumar, speaking at today’s meeting in Jaffna, said that the stand of the EPDP is that private land in Jaffna occupied by the army should be returned to its rightful owners.He said that the issue has already been addressed to a greater extend following discussion with the army. (Colombo Gazette) Among other issues discussed at today’s meeting was the poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters. Minister Devananda said that poaching by outsiders in the waters around Jaffna cannot be allowed and he assured that the issue will be addressed with the relevant authorities.He also called for political unity to address issues faced by Tamils in the country through a political solution. A special discussion is to be held next month over the High Security Zones in Jaffna and private land being occupied by the military.The decision to convene a special meeting to discuss the issue was taken following the district development meeting in Jaffna today. Social Services Minister Douglas Devananda and Northern province Governor G.A Chandrasiri were among those who took part in the district development meeting today. read more

Iran agrees to provide technical support to Sri Lanka

Iranian Minister of Energy and Water Hamid Chitchiaian, who attended the talks in Colombo, said that the areas of cooperation discussed between both sides included banking and investment, trading, standards, customs and economic cooperation, oil, energy and water, health, science and culture, and other mutually beneficial areas of two sides. “The agreed items are based on the political will of both sides as well as previous the bilateral experiences of both sides. I and my team thank Minister Bathiudeen and his Department of Commerce for the great hospitality extended to us during this visit.”According to the Department of Commerce, total trade between Sri Lanka and Iran surpassed $ 1 billion in 2008 but decreased to $ 162 million in 2015. (Colombo Gazette) “I understand that this session has been able to lay the foundation for some new MOUs that are of importance to both countries. I am delighted to note that your side has agreed to provide technical support relating to many fields. I congratulate both delegations for their hard work and successful outcomes achieved during a short period of time,” he said. Iran has agreed to provide technical support to Sri Lanka, the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said today.He said this following the end of the 11th round of Iran-Sri Lanka trade talks  in Colombo today. This was the first trade talks to be held with Sri Lanka after international sanctions were lifted on Iran. read more

Qatar to push opening of transportation links at UN agency special hearing

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Qatar to push opening of transportation links at UN agency special hearing MONTREAL – Qatar’s battle with four Middle Eastern neighbours will be fought in Montreal on Monday where the country’s transportation minister will urge a UN agency to pressure the countries to reopen severed transportation links.Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti says he will present a technical case in a closed special hearing about what he claims are illegal moves by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.“We are asking the international organization to do something on that because we are talking about the sovereignty of countries,” Al-Sulaiti said in an interview.The minister said the countries are required by the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation to maintain open access to and from Qatar.“We must respect what we signed for,” he added.Al-Sulaiti wants six or seven international flight corridors to open so Qatar Airways can carry international passengers. It will also try to ensure airspace over the countries will be opened for all carriers and will mount a separate case against Bahrain.Letting the countries get away with targeting one country opens the door to other states taking similar action in the future against another, he said.A nearly two-month blockade against Qatar initially stranded passengers and has resulted in a 30-per-cent drop in customers on the luxury airline. Qatar has gotten around a sea blockade by arranging new routes to India and other partners.Al-Sulaiti said the dispute has also curtailed tourism, hotel bookings and flights to the four countries. For the first time, he said Dubai hotels are offering promotions to fill rooms.“Everybody loses out in this matter, not just Qatar Airways.”While the blockade has eaten into Qatar Airways profits in part due to costly detours around closed airspace, the minister said the Gulf’s second-largest airline remains profitable and won’t be deterred from its plans to purchase aircraft and add destinations.Transportation ministers from the four countries will present defences. Their Canadian embassies didn’t immediately respond with comments. Neither did the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the specialized agency of the United Nations, which will host the meeting.Al-Sulaiti said it’s up to ICAO to decide how to enforce the rules.He hopes a solution will be reached within a week but failing that, Qatar could take its case to International Court at the Hague.While Al-Sulaiti and a dozen associates will present their technical arguments, the minister said he anticipates a political solution to the broader dispute will eventually be reached.Qatar has hired a Washington lobby firm founded by Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who left in May, to gain access to the White House, which has close ties to Saudi Arabia.The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar in early June, accusing it of supporting extremists. Qatar denies the charge and sees it as politically motivated.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. read more

As bitter winter grips Middle East UNICEF faces funding gap for support

“The winter months are even more brutal for vulnerable children in the region,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. He explained that they are weakened from months of undernutrition and lack of health care, putting them at high risk of hypothermia and serious respiratory infections from the cold.“Without help, winter could be another harsh sentence for many of them,” the UNICEF official stressed. Families affected by the conflict in Syria and Iraq are exhausted from years of violence, displacement, and unemployment. Their financial resources are drained, making it all but impossible to purchase warm clothing and heating fuel. On top of the struggle to survive with the bare minimum, many are living in makeshift shelters and camps that offer scant protection against the cold. Many have fled conflicts without bringing any belongings. UNICEF is hoping to provide more than 2.5 million children in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt with warm clothing, thermal blankets, and cash assistance for families this winter. So far, winter kits have been distributed to nearly 50,000 children in Syria, including those living in shelters following evacuations from east Aleppo. The agency has provided heating to schools in Lebanon for 95,000 children and cash assistance for more than 50,000 in Jordan. 38,000 children and 400 pregnant or lactating mothers in Iraq have received winter clothing. However, needs are outpacing support: UNICEF has received just slightly more than half of the $82 million required to help protect vulnerable children from the cold.The winter assistance the agency seeks to provide is in addition to its ongoing programmes that provide health, nutrition, water, sanitation, protection, and education to millions of children throughout the Middle East. read more

Man 60s left with serious injuries following Cavan road crash

first_img Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 8:16 AM GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses following a traffic collision in Co Cavan yesterday evening.The incident occurred at around 6pm, on the N3 near Belturbet, when a car collided with a van.The driver of the van, aged in his 60s, was taken to Cavan General Hospital with serious injuries, and was later transferred to a Dublin hospital.The occupants of the car were taken to Cavan General, but their injuries are described as not life-threatening.The scene of the collision is currently sealed off, with local traffic diversions in place, while gardaí forensic investigators survey the scene.Anyone with information relating to the collision is urged to contact Cavan Garda Station on 049 436 8800, or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.Read: Greek anarchists target Dublin financial firm with ‘exploding letter’Read: Traffic restrictions in Dublin as Port Tunnel run takes place N3 near Belturbet Image: Google Street View Mar 26th 2017, 8:16 AM N3 near Belturbet Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share10 Tweet Email1 center_img 9,517 Views Image: Google Street View Man (60s) left with serious injuries following Cavan road crash The incident occurred on the N3 near Belturbet. Short URL 1 Comment By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Seward To Begin Repair Project From 2017 Storm Surge Damage

first_imgSeward City Planner at the time of the storm Roy Long: “A declaration of disaster or emergency declares that a state of circumstances exist that is beyond the capacity of the local government.” Seward will begin construction this summer to repair shoreline damage caused by the storm. Lowell Point is located roughly 2 miles south of Seward. The storm created limited access to the roadways in Lowell Point that has gotten progressively worse since the storm. Long: “We are doing what we can do keep the road passable- the year round residents in Lowell Point use that road as their only access to and from where they live to town.” The City of Seward declared a ‘State Of Disaster Emergency’ due to storm and tidal surge damage near Lowell Point.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A storm surge from the gulf of Alaska on December 4, 2017, resulted in high tides and heavy rain that caused significant damage from high water levels and wave damage to the Lowell Point area, in Seward. Some road closures are expected during the repair project- Updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more

AK Tundra Love

first_imgDenise Lisac and Lynn Van Vactor holding carrot and rose hip infusions. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)Right now the tundra and forests of Bristol Bay are exploding with flora. While many foragers have already supped on fiddlehead ferns and are looking forward to wild berry picking, some may overlook the traditional medicinal uses of many Alaskan plants. Two Dillingham women set out to capture the benefits of these native plants in a line of homemade bath products – they call it “Tundra Love.”Download Audio:It’s a bright spring afternoon, and the ground floor of Lynn Van Vactor’s home smells of shea butter and citrus. With hot plates, a weigh scale, and bottles of oils on the shelves, the space feels like part chemistry lab, part art studio.Van Vactor and her business partner Denise Lisac hand me a mason jar filled with a dark oily mixture.“That’s chaga,” she said, as oil sloshed around in the jar. “We’re infusing chaga. We haven’t used this yet and it’s just infusing. Look at that beautiful black color of the oil.”Local plant bits are left to solar infuse in oil for several weeks: (from left) cottonwood blossoms, chythlook (wormwood), rose hips, cottonwood blossoms, carrot. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)Other jars are lined up against the sunny window, filled with infusions of rosehips, carrot, and cottonwood buds. Van Vactor explains, this is an early step in the long process of making a soap or salve.“Let it sit for six weeks in the sun, and every day you turn and toss those oils,” she said. “Yeah, so that’s some chythlook.”This basement operation got its start just last fall, when Van Vactor and Lisac both signed up for a class taught by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium on native plants.“‘The Store Outside your Door,’ basically,” she said. “So Denise and I sat next to each other. That’s how it started – yeah, that’s how it started.”The training taught about local plants that elders in Bristol Bay have used medicinally for generations. These healing plants are all over the place: Plantain is a natural antibacterial; Rose hips are high in Vitamin A for healthy skin.“And the birch bark has salicylic properties that can treat some of those conditions of inflammation and soreness,” she said.Van Vactor and Lisac shared a fascination with these plants.And when they decided to do something about it, they found they each brought a useful skill set to the table.“I started out in nursing, psych and pre-med,” Van Vactor said. “So I’ve always had an affinity for naturopathic medicine, and Denise has this expert gardening knowledge of plants.”The bars of soap are carefully crafted and topped with dried flower petals. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)So they had a pretty good foundation. But, she says, they still have a lot to learn on the healing side of things.“The native healers that use these products will spend a year just studying one plant to really understand the therapeutic benefits of those plants… so we’re no way in that category,” she said. “But we’ve had enough knowledge and ability to utilize the plants for things that we’d actually want in our day-to-day life.”So, with a lot of research and some digging in the dirt, they started making soaps, salves, and bath bombs. Each recipe includes local plants for a specific purpose. And the products have upbeat names like “Pick Me Up!” “Restore My Skin” and “Aches Away.”Denise Lisac shaping bath bombs from Epsom salt and oils – the fizzing bombs dissipate into bath water to create a soothing, aromatic soak. (Photo by Hannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham)Both Lisac and Van Vactor are semi-retired from long careers, so they’re not expecting to make a living off Tundra Love. But with a price point of $10 for 2 ounces of salve or balm, they say they were able to earn back their initial investment. Their first big sale at Christmas time sold out.Since then, they’ve gotten rave reviews. Friends and family are asking them to make more.“I know of a person whose feet had been in pain for months and months,” she said. “And those salves have helped alleviate the pressure in their feet and they’re able to walk better… so there’s these little testimonials coming up.”Encouraged by those happy customers, Van Vactor and Lisac are dreaming up new products. They’re watching for summer plants to come up so they can infuse another batch of oils. One of the biggest lessons learned, Van Vactor says, is that the recipes go based on what Mother Nature provides.For example: they’re itching to try out a naturally bug repellent oil made from wild yarrow. But, “It’s gonna be at least a couple months for the yarrow… And it REALLY goes gangbusters in the fall. You’ll get little sprouts coming up between now and then – Yeah you’ll pull it out of your garden – Yeah but now, when we pull it out of our garden, we’ll set it aside – we’re going to use it!”While their first priority is to make enough for local customers, Lisac and Van Vactor eventually want to expand. They imagine a network of Tundra Love producers, bringing healing plants into homes all over Bristol Bay.last_img read more

Man jailed in Britain for racist online trolling of Priti Patel

first_imgLondon : A man who confessed to sending offensive online messages to Britain’s new Indian-origin Home Secretary Priti Patel last year has been sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment by a UK court this week. Gerard Traynor was arrested in January this year after posting a string of racist messages to the senior Conservative Party MP’s Facebook page between October and December 2018. The 53-year-old similarly trolled Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us “This was not the exercise of the democratic right to free speech or the type of critical commentary that all politicians face on a day to day basis. On the contrary the messages are deeply offensive and threatening,” said Judge Simon Bryan, during the sentencing hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Friday. In reference to the messages directed at Patel, he noted: “The content of your message is shocking and disgusting, and is clearly racially motivated. “It uses debased language that has no place in our multi-cultural society and was designed to insult and to demean and incite racial hatred.” Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us In her statement to the police which was submitted to the court, 47-year-old Patel, who has since become a frontline minister, expressed her shock and disgust at the online attacks and described the impact it had on her personal and public life. Patel’s statement read: “I converse with the public on a daily basis this can provoke debate and I am faced with criticism. This incident has taken acceptable behaviour to serious criminality, the content was shocking and disgusting in its nature and the messages were racist, grossly offensive, hugely upsetting and caused me to feel intimidated. Advertise With Us “It had a huge impact on both my personal and professional life, I am a lot more wary of my surroundings when I am in public.” DUP leader Foster, in her statement, said she became concerned for her loved ones after the very aggressive and threatening messages. She said: “I expect a degree of commentary but these messages overstep the mark of free speech. I don’t know the sender, where he was or what his intentions were. “I was concerned about my own movements, but at least I am in control of my own movements… My concerns were for my family and those around me.” The prosecution in the case told the court that Traynor had refused to engage with support agencies in the past. He was described as a “lonely man”, who has 11 previous convictions for similar offences. Traynor pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sending threatening or grossly offensive malicious communications – 15 of which relate to Foster and the 16th to Patel – before being sentenced for the crimes.last_img read more

3 Major Industries in Which Blockchain Technology Is Changing Life As We

first_imgFebruary 15, 2018 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » “Blockchain” is one of two “B” words that are all the rage lately — the other being “Bitcoin.” While Bitcoin is grabbing most of the headlines, many people are mistakenly lumping “cryptocurrency” into the same category as “Blockchain.” True, the two are certainly related, but they’re not one in the same.Related: 9 Blockchain Influencers for You to Follow — Who All Happen to Be FemaleBlockchain is defined as a digitized, decentralized ledger that logs all cryptocurrency transactions. A blockchain records every digital transaction and exchange of goods, services and value — or private data — exactly as it occurs. To make it simple, picture a global spreadsheet running on millions of computers. Everyone can see all transactions being made, since it’s a peer-to-peer system, and they’re all conducted without middle men.The main benefactors of this technology? Big banks and tech giants. And that’s no surprise because we all know that big businesses drive innovation. By 2022, in fact, it’s predicted (by researcher Markets and Markets) that the market for Blockchain-related products and services will reach $7.7 billion, up $242 million from last year’s preduction.These figures are helping to breathe new life into older companies like IBM. By adopting Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) the tech giant is investing in enterprise systems that leverage cloud infrastructure. The launch of this service in February of 2016 helped create opportunities for IBM to transition to cloud services and to use them to build custom blockchains for its customers.Related: Just What the Heck Is Blockchain? Watch This Explainer Video.Initially, Bockchain caused a stir, mainly within the tech sector, but it has branched out to other sectors. More and more, industries are testing out this technology in order to run a more efficient, transparent and secure system — not to mention remaining current and competitive.Here are how three major industries are now using Blockchain technology.Health care In 2014, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act required all public, private and otherwise eligible healthcare professionals to adopt (or at least demonstrate) “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMR).The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) also said that doctors and hospitals needed to implement electronic health records (EHRs) and provided $28 billion in federal stimulus money to implement these changes. Despite these efforts, no clear protocol emerged about the sharing of that data across providers.What this means is that plenty of opportunities are out there to disrupt the system — not just with medical records, but supply chains, smart contracts for payment distribution and more.An example: MedRec, an MIT-backed initiative designed to be a digital family history of medical records, uses Blockchain to create for patients a family medical history that can be passed down from generation to generation. MedRec was implemented using Ethereum blockchain and uses that technology’s smart contracts to execute scripts on the blockchain.Smart contracts are “conflict-free” ways to exchange money, property and shares or anything of value via Blockchain. These contracts define the rules and penalties for each agreement and also enforce obligations automatically.Still, in this era of rampant fraud and identity theft, how safe is this system?For starters, MedRec doesn’t store information in the way we’re familiar with. Instead, metadata is encoded but still allows records to be accessed securely by patients across providers. The metadata protects the integrity of the data being requested.This process is still in its infancy, but the federal government has taken notice. Back in September 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the winners of its “HHS Blockchain Challenge,” which consisted of submissions of academic papers on Blockchain usage pertaining to health IT and health-related research.Certainly health care is a very complicated industry, in more ways than one. But it’s ripe with disruption opportunities. Blockchain might be a nifty way to revamp and simplify the industry as whole.Music In the 1990s and early 2000s, music streaming took the industry by storm. Users were able to download any song they wanted, some without paying a cent. The music industry cracked down on this illegal streaming, but along the way suffered financially, leaving artists, record labels and everyone else involved feeling angry and shortchanged.Enter Imogene Heap. She’s a British songwriter and musician and the founder of Myceria, a “collective of creatives, professionals and lovers of music.” The group’s mission is to “empower a fair, sustainable and vibrant music industry ecosystem involving all online music interaction services.”Myceria’s Blockchain-based platform has created a way for musicians to push smart contracts for the sharing of free-trade music, ensuring that profits go back to the artists. These contracts allow artists to sell directly to consumers without the need for labels, lawyers or accountants; and royalties are paid out automatically.Another company, SingularDTV, a Blockchain-based entertainment studio, is looking to lay the foundation for a decentralized entertainment industry. By developing an entertainment-app ecosystem on Ethereum, the studio’s hope is to empower artists and help rewrite the rules of the music and creative industries here in the United States.Hip hop and electronic artist Gramatik was the first musician to sign on to the tokenization program. Having such a system, Gramatik says, whereby artists can create music on their own terms, without bureaucracy “getting in the way,” is why he decided to join this platform.As entrepreneurs, we can identify with wanting to do our own thing without interference from corporate (or industry) politics.Human resourcesHR professionals spend a great deal of time verifying the potential employees’ identities, backgrounds and employment histories. According to this infographic, HR professionals spend the majority of their time performing three tasks: meetings with senior staff and business partners (22 percent), employee relations and engagement (15 percent) and meetings with employees (14 percent).These efforts take more time than low-priority tasks, like on-boarding new employees and carrying out personnel management; and are only one reason Blockchain can help revolutionize the music ndustry.It can also help simplify payroll, certification and digital-process management.As businesses continue to expand globally, they’re finding it more expensive to send payrolls overseas. Paying people abroad can also take longer to process, due to third parties and banks with different sets of rules. What Blockchain can do is simplify the process and eliminate these middle men, making investment in the technology attractive.Consider the example of San Francisco-based company, Bitwage. Bitwage operates on a Blockchain-based payroll system to facilitate cross-border payments through Bitcoin. This allows the company to pay employees, contractors, even vendors, worldwide in their preferred currencies. In fact Blockchain can handle the required conversion from bitcoins to whatever the local currency may be.  Finally, human resources and hiring managers spend a lot of time verifying the information of potential candidates —  from job histories, to references, to background checks. A survey by Careerbuilder showed that 58 percent of employers surveyed had caught a lie on a resume. Another report, by HireRight,showed that 86 percent of employers surveyed had uncovered lies or misrepresentations on resumes.Alternately, using blockchain technology could increase transparency and make it easier to spot fraud in employee credentials.Related: 8 Benefits of Blockchain to Industries Beyond CryptocurrencySo, get ready: Whatever your industry is, Blockchain will likely have a role to play, if it doesn’t already. Learn as much as you can about the technology, embrace itschanges and learn to play with the big dogs (even if you yourself are not a big dog . . . yet).last_img read more

WestJet to launch new service between Hamilton and Las Vegas

first_img CALGARY — The city of Hamilton is getting a direct link to Sin City, courtesy of WestJet.The airline has announced new nonstop service between John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, starting Dec. 29, 2017.“As Hamilton International’s largest airline, as well as the carrier with the most international flights into Las Vegas, WestJet continues to add new service in Southern Ontario,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President, Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development. “This new nonstop flight connects the community to a highly desirable leisure market and offers a great schedule to those looking to fly directly from Hamilton and surrounding communities without having to drive or connect through Toronto.”Service between the two cities will operate twice weekly (Monday and Friday), beginning Dec. 29 through April 27, 2018. Flights will be operated on WestJet’s Boeing 737 aircraft featuring the enhanced Plus product and WestJet Connect, WestJet’s inflight entertainment system accessed directly through smartphones, tablets or computers.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThis winter, WestJet has a total of 63 weekly flights to Las Vegas from eight cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto and Hamilton.“We are very pleased that WestJet is operating non-stop service from Hamilton,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation at McCarran International Airport. “Las Vegas has long been a proven winner among Canadians, particularly in the wintertime, so we’re looking forward to many more travellers taking advantage of the convenience offered by this latest extension of WestJet’s non-stop network into our area.” Posted by Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Tags: WestJet WestJet to launch new service between Hamilton and Las Vegaslast_img read more

AQSCs Steamboat Academy developed with ondemand training for agents

first_imgAQSC’s Steamboat Academy developed with on-demand training for agents Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Share Posted bycenter_img Tags: AQSC MEMPHIS — When clients envision a paddlewheeler trip along America’s rivers, most likely what they’re picturing looks a lot like an American Queen Steamboat Company sailing.AQSC says it sets the standard for cruising on American rivers, where passengers can experience the romance of the past in modern comfort on the Mississippi, Ohio, Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers onboard the company’s authentic paddlewheelers: the iconic and opulent flagship American Queen or the luxurious new boutique paddlewheeler, the American Duchess. Or clients may prefer to explore the great Pacific Northwest on the American Empress.AQSC’s all-inclusive cruises offer a pre-cruise hotel night prior to embarkation; all meals including 24-hour room service and alternative dining venues; snacks, specialty coffees, soft drinks, and bottled water throughout the voyage; wine and beer with dinner; and shore excursions in each port of call. Guests can also sit in on daily enrichment programs and check out nightly Broadway-caliber entertainment.AQSC’s travel agent support includes Steamboat Academy on-demand training, developed as a comprehensive, on-demand certification program that provides agents with the knowledge to speak confidently about AQSC’s products and destinations.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthThere are also opportunities to increase commission with trip enhancements such as additional hotel nights, City Stay packages, an Unlimited Beverage package, and premium shore excursions. Agents can also take advantage of marketing support such as customizable promotional flyers and online brochure ordering.For more information, visit << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more