Pakistan PM to make policy statement on Kashmir today

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said Prime Minister Imran Khan will make a “policy statement” on Kashmir on Friday during his public address at the PoK’s capital Muzaffarabad. Announcing this during his weekly media briefing here on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said Pakistan is ready for any third party mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue and asserted that the legality of the matter is based on international law. Mediation offers (on Kashmir) are there but India is not ready. We are ready for it. Our considered view is that all problems can be solved through talks, he said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USFaisal said Prime Minister Khan in his public address in Muzaffarabad would make a “policy statement on Kashmir.” However, the Foreign Office spokesperson did not elaborate. India maintains that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there was no role for a third party. New Delhi has also made it clear to Pakistan that cross-border terror attacks and talks cannot go hand in hand. The Pakistan Foreign Office said, “Kashmir struggle is a process and not an event. We have taken some actions and more actions can follow.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTo a question, he said the legality of the Kashmir issue was based on international law. He said the statement on Kashmir by the chief of UN Human Rights Council showed a “growing concerns” of international community about the situation in Kashmir. The comments came as India and Pakistan engaged in a war of words over the Kashmir issue on Tuesday at the UNHRC with New Delhi stoutly defending its “sovereign decision” to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.last_img read more

Apex court Collegium recommends 2 judges for elevation to top court

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Collegium on Friday recommended Justice Aniruddha Bose of the Jharkhand High Court and Justice AS Bopanna of the Gauhati High Court for elevation to the Supreme Court.”While recommending the names of Justices Aniruddha Bose and A.S. Bopanna, the Collegium has taken into consideration, apart from their merit and integrity, combined seniority on all-India basis of Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of High Courts. The Collegium has also kept in mind the desirability of giving due representation on the Bench of the Supreme Court, as far as possible, to all the High Courts.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBorn on 1959, Justice Aniruddha Bose enrolled with the Bar Council of West Bengal as an Advocate in October 1985. Elevated to the Bench as permanent Judge of the High Court at Calcutta on January 19, 2004, and was appointed Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court last August. Justice Bopanna too was born in 1959. He enrolled as an advocate in November 1984 and practised in civil, constitutional, company, service and labour matters in the Karnataka High Court as well as in the civil and labour courts. He was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court last October.last_img read more

Brock professor talks about future of unions on national radio

Kendra CoulterKendra Coulter, an assistant professor in Brock’s Centre for Labour Studies, was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Current news and current affairs show.She was part of a panel discussion about whether organized labour can survive in the current economic times, which aired during the Dec. 19 broadcast.The Current airs nationally on weekday mornings.Listen to the panel discussion

DR of Congo UN mission mourns two peacekeepers killed in Uganda bus

The bodies of Lt. Col. Simhadri Raja and Maj. Sandeep Sharma were flown back to the Mission’s headquarters in Kinshasa from Kampala on Saturday. Their remains will be repatriated to India later this week, according to UN officials.Over the weekend the deputy chief of MONUC, Lena Sundh, attended a mass burial ceremony in Uganda for the crash victims. She sent condolences from the UN to all the bereaved families, thanked the Ugandan officials for their assistance, and paid special tribute to the MONUC observers.Meanwhile on Saturday, MONUC chief Amos Ngongi witnessed the departure from Kinshasa of the first commercial barges to travel the Congo River in over four years up to the northern Equateur province.The 12 barges, which will be escorted by UN units, will carry fuel and spare parts to factories in the province. On their trip down river, the barges will bring back to the capital timber, rice, palm oil and other products.At the end of April, the Congolese business leaders signed an agreement with the DRC Government and representatives of the two main rebel groups – Movement for the Liberation of the Congo and the Congolese Rally for Democracy – to reopen river barge traffic. read more

UNESCO awards press freedom laurel to jailed Cuban journalist

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said the award was a tribute to Mr. Rivero’s “brave and longstanding commitment to independent reporting, the hallmark of professional journalism.” Mr. Rivero is serving a 20-year jail sentence after being found guilty of undermining Cuba’s independence or territorial integrity. He and 25 other journalists were given lengthy prison terms in April last year, one month after they were arrested by Cuban authorities as part of a general crackdown on dissidents. Dr. Matsuura called on Cuba to free Mr. Rivero – who is reported to be suffering circulatory problems in a prison in the country’s east – and the other jailed journalists. Jamaica’s Oliver Clarke, chairman of an international jury of media professionals which awarded the 2004 World Press Freedom Prize to Mr. Rivero, said he hoped the honour would encourage Cuba to respect the right of freedom of expression. UNESCO said today that Mr. Rivero has endured sustained harassment from the government since he left the State-controlled media in 1988. This has included several interrogations, detentions and restrictions on his movements. Mr. Rivero founded the Cuba Press independent news agency in 1995 and the first independent association of Cuban journalists in 2001. He has also conducted training workshops for other journalists and helped publish the magazine De Cuba. The $25,000 World Press Freedom Prize, created in 1997, is named in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who was murdered in 1987 after he denounced the activities of the country’s drug barons. read more

Torstar chops dividend in half as it faces another quarter of weak

TORONTO – Weaker spending by advertisers left another mark on the results of Torstar Corp. as the publisher halved its dividend payments and focused on growing readership of its new tablet app.The media company, which owns the Toronto Star and various other newspapers in Ontario, reported a loss Wednesday as print advertising revenues dropped 13.5 per cent at its flagship newspaper — a “moderation” of declines faced in recent quarters.Chief financial officer Lorenzo DeMarchi said Torstar’s media assets, which include the Star Media Group and Metroland Media Group, continue to face challenges from ongoing shifts in spending by advertisers.“Indications are that revenue trends experienced at Star Media Group and Metroland in the third quarter have continued early into the fourth quarter with print advertising revenues likely to continue to be under pressure,” he told analysts on a conference call.He said the company also expects a modest decline in subscriber revenues through to year’s end.During the third quarter, Torstar (TSX:TS.B) slid to losses of $164.3 million versus a profit of $125.3 million in the same period last year.Included in the quarterly loss was a $135.4-million writedown that accounted for lower revenue projections at the Metroland papers, driven by economic weakness and less interest from advertisers. A year earlier, Torstar booked a pre-tax gain of $224.6 million on the sale of its Harlequin romance novel division.Softer advertising hurt operating revenues, which fell seven per cent to $185.4 million, as the sale of print ads continued to slow. Overall revenues from the Metroland Media Group fell 8.8 per cent.Digital revenue across Torstar’s operations experienced better results, jumping by 22.8 per cent, mostly from the acquisition of VerticalScope. At the Star Media Group, digital revenue increased 5.1 per cent on better results from thestar.com.Along with its financial results, the company said it would chop its dividend to 26 cents per share annually starting in the first quarter. Torstar had promised to maintain its dividend until after deciding how to invest money earned from selling Harlequin.Over the past year, some of those plans have begun to take shape.In July, the company announced buying a 56-per cent interest in VerticalScope Holdings Inc. as it looks to expand beyond traditional media assets. VerticalScope specializes in the world of niche online forums that cater to everyone from car fanatics to pet lovers.The Toronto Star has also been rolling out its Star Touch tablet application, a colourful alternative for telling news stories it hopes will resonate with younger readers and keep advertisers from straying further.“We ultimately made a decision to go with high growth … with a commitment to reinvest back into the same business,” said CEO David Holland.The Star hired about 70 newsroom staff ahead of the Star Touch launch on Apple iPads in September. A version of Star Touch will be available for Android devices in early December, spokesman Bob Hepburn said.Under the current plan, Star Touch will be exclusive to tablets despite an increasing number of news readers accessing information through their smartphones.Several news organizations have decided to scrap their tablet versions in favour of prioritizing apps.Last month, Postmedia shut down its evening tablet edition in three Canadian cities and British tabloid the Sun scrapped its tablet app to make its stories available across all digital platforms.However, other media outlets have seen their tablet apps succeed.French-language newspaper La Presse is making plans to publish only a Saturday newspaper starting in January as it makes tablets a priority. Readership of the tablet app has eclipsed that of its newspaper, the publisher said.The Star hopes to follow in those footsteps with a goal of 180,000 daily Star Touch readers by the end of 2016, Holland said.Star Touch is expected to cost between $11 million and $12 million this year, when factoring in development and marketing, which is a couple of million dollars higher than initial estimates. Another $8 million will go into the project next year, the company said.“We’re trying to build something here and it’s going to take time and marketing dollars to support it,” Holland said.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. TorStar President and CEO David Holland attends the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Wednesday May 6 , 2015. Weaker spending by advertisers left another mark on the results of Torstar Corp. as the publisher halved its dividend payments and focused on growing readership of its new tablet app. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Torstar chops dividend in half as it faces another quarter of weak advertising by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2015 6:59 am MDT Last Updated Nov 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In visit to Guinea UN envoy works for calm and dialogue ahead

Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, also appealed to those who planned to participate in demonstrations today to ensure that any protests take place in a peaceful manner and in accordance with the law, and called on all parties in the country to act with restraint. In March, protests in the West African nation related to the polls led to several deaths and hundreds of injuries. Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN human rights office appealed for calm amid the violence and urged political actors in Guinea to pursue dialogue to create conditions for peaceful elections.Mr. Djinnit, who heads the Dakar-based UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), spent the past three days in Conakry, where he is supported by a team of UN experts. He is scheduled to return to the country early next week to continue his consultations.The visit follows his appointment by Mr. Ban as facilitator for the UN as part of the college of facilitators established to help bring about inclusive political dialogue in Guinea.Established in 2002, UNOWA is a political mission charged with enhancing the contributions of the UN towards the achievement of peace and security in West Africa, an important aspect of which is preventive diplomacy. The Office has been involved in intensive diplomatic efforts in Guinea since a 2008 coup when Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power following the death of long-time president Lansana Conté. It encouraged a return to constitutional rule via democratic elections held in 2010, which resulted in the election of Alpha Condé as President. A political impasse has blocked the holding of subsequent legislative elections, however. read more

Rollingfm is a Turntablefm clone in nearly every way

first_imgIs imitation the sincerest form of flattery? There isn’t always a clear answer, at least not in the case of rolling.fm. This site arrives in the wake of turntable.fm’s widespread success, and its features are surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, the same.Tim Zhou, a former Google engineer, crafted rolling.fm not too long ago (the domain name was registered on June 27). The site is a group-listening music service much like turntable.fm, but with slight differences in functionality and graphics.To get into rolling.fm, you need to log in with Facebook, the same mechanism is in place for turntable. Once you’re in rolling.fm though, if you hover your cursor over your avatar, you can see your Facebook profile photo. This can be a slight privacy concern for those who wish to remain anonymous.Each room looks like a disco hall with the bright lights in the background shining down on the dance floor. There’s a chat window to the left of the screen, and the DJs get a chance to spin to the right. Unlike turntable, rolling features a communal laptop as opposed to each DJ having his or her own laptop represented. Users are represented by customizable avatars, and can vote a track “hot” or “weak” as they see fit.There is a list of rooms available to join and users also have the option to create a room. The room can have as few as one DJ or as many as seven. Speakers are piled on top of speakers where the DJ spins, and there’s a cat that bobs to the music at the top of the speaker tower. Unlike turntable, rolling.fm avatars can be customized with purchased items. Turntable awards DJs with a new set of avatars when certain DJ point milestones are achieved while on rolling.fm users can buy hair or hats, sunglasses, shirts, and assorted bling.With a steady stream of investments and licensing deals, turntable.fm may not have to worry about rolling.fm. Yet, it is interesting, if slightly strange, how quickly rolling.fm came into being. Despite some aesthetic and functional differences, the experience is a direct mirror of turntable. In offering the same experience, rolling.fm has the potential to steal some of turntable’s audience, but it’s too soon to tell though.See more at Rolling.fm, via WiredJulius’ OpinionI’ve had the good fortune have some measure of success on turntable.fm. I run a room for fans of chillout music, think downtempo electronica, trip hop, and the like. Part of what makes turntable successful, I think, is the moderation system. Granted, there are some kinks, but the turntable team has been tightening the controls.At the time of this writing, I created a mirror of my turntable room on rolling.fm. Aside from setting the name and number of DJ spots, I have no other control over the room. There isn’t an option to write a room description, so that if someone plays something out of genre, I have to sit and listen to it.The avatars look like poorly sculpted clay models. Turntable’s cast of avatars, while they may seem quirky to some, are more appealing and a great deal smoother than what rolling.fm offers.I’ve no reason to jump ship. If you want, come chill in my tent.last_img read more

Multnomah Falls trail detour opens Saturday

first_imgClark County residents who are planning to visit Multnomah Falls this summer should be prepared for a hike.Last spring a landslide removed part of the trail to the highest viewing deck platform overlooking the falls. The damaged trail has been closed, but a temporary trail allowing visitors to access the overlook will open Saturday.The old trail was paved and allowed for wheelchairs and strollers to access the overlook of the popular waterfall. The temporary trail is not paved and will be suitable only for hikers wearing appropriate walking shoes.Wheelchairs and strollers can still access the trail to the lower overlook, but they will not be able to climb up to the higher overlook.Multnomah Falls, the second-highest year-round waterfalls in the nation, is one of the most-visited tourist spots in the Vancouver-Portland metro area.Planning for a permanent trail reroute will occur this fall. For details, visit Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Planet Fitness Partners With Pacers National Bullying Prevention Center

first_img(NOTE: Planet Fitness is located at 355 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington.)HAMPTON, N.H. — As part of its continued commitment to preventing bullying and promoting kindness among today’s youth, Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., has teamed up with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the nation’s leading nonprofit bullying prevention organization, to introduce “Bullying Prevention 101 ” and help schools build environments defined by kindness, acceptance and inclusion. This new, free-to-download educational resource is designed to equip teachers, counselors and other educators with tools to empower students to prevent bullying and stand up for kindness during National Bullying Prevention Month (October) and beyond.The partnership is an extension of Planet Fitness’ Judgement Free Generation® philanthropic initiative, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness everywhere. In addition to helping provide resources for educators on the effects of bullying, a major goal of this partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is to demonstrate how students can play a role in creating a more positive atmosphere at school, in the community and online, ultimately helping them improve and shape “judgement free” communities for generations to come.Planet Fitness and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center developed “Bullying Prevention 101,” a resource designed to be a one-stop shop for classrooms, student groups and parents that may face bullying behavior, as well as for those hoping to get ahead of these issues before they start. The material is available for elementary, middle and high school students and can be adapted to fit different educators’ needs, with free-to-download resources including PowerPoint presentations, student handouts, group activities and more. Students will be provided with a deeper understanding of bullying, learn the power of their actions and identify how to help address and prevent acts of bullying. The materials also include resources for parents to better communicate with their children, empowering them to be an active participant in their child’s developmental journey. Such tips include:If your child is being bullied, listen to them without judgement, reassure that you are there for them and start by discussing ideas on how they want to take control of the situation.If your child witnesses bullying, share how they can make a positive impact on others by being kind to peers experiencing bullying and help them understand that reporting an incident to an adult is not tattling and is often an important step to stopping the bullying.If your child is bullying, recognize that children bully for a variety of reasons and that bullying is about behavior, which can be changed by outlining your expectations and providing them with direction on how they could have handled the situation in a more positive manner.“When you walk into a Planet Fitness, you enter what we affectionately refer to as the Judgement Free Zone. We want today’s youth to experience those same feelings of acceptance and belonging day-in and day-out, whether they’re at school, in their community or anywhere in between. That’s what the Judgement Free Generation is all about; that’s the world we’re hoping to create,” said Chris Rondeau, Planet Fitness’ Chief Executive Officer. “We’re so thankful to partner with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to truly make a difference throughout the country, as there is so much potential to spread a bit more kindness and help positively shape the futures of today’s youth.”“We are thrilled to work with Planet Fitness in developing these resources and getting them into the hands of educators everywhere,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “These resources will be both useful and relevant for years to come as they address how youth can feel empowered and involved in spreading kindness in their school, community and online.”The joint effort to counter the effects of bullying is more important this year than any other as, based on the results of a national study commissioned by Planet Fitness, a staggering 56 percent of Americans believe Americans are less kind than just one year ago. Working to improve the everyday school experience is a key priority for Planet Fitness and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center as 47 percent of Americans feel bullying is more common today than when they were in school. In fact, only 4 percent of adults today feel children are nicer now than when they were kids themselves.Pertaining to the effects of bullying specifically, the survey uncovered a number of other concerning insights:Too Many Have Suffered. Close to half say they’ve personally been bullied (45 percent) or know someone who has been bullied (44 percent).Kids Aren’t Opening Up. Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of parents admit their child has been the victim of bullying, and only eight percent have children that talk to them regularly about it.Biggest Fear Among Parents. 47 percent confess that one of their greatest fears is that their child will be bullied, which is more than those parents who say their greatest fears are other big issues, such as their child talking to strangers on the internet (34 percent), becoming overweight (21 percent) or even struggling with their sexuality (12 percent).More Action is Needed. 76 percent of Americans believe that society is simply not doing enough to address the bullying problem.Conversely, 99 percent of Americans say they try to do things that help spread kindness on a regular basis. The most popular actions people take to spread kindness include:Smiling (74 percent);Being appreciative (73 percent);Paying a compliment (71 percent);Doing a good deed (67 percent);Teaching kids the importance of kindness (66 percent); andNot judging others (54 percent)Also, more than one-third (39 percent) of Americans have stood up to a bully before, with more millennials claiming to have stood up to a bully than older generations (42 percent vs. 37 percent).Planet Fitness’ work with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center complements the organization’s continued partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, also centered on bullying prevention. In September, Planet Fitness hosted a fundraiser across all of its U.S. clubs, inviting new and existing members to donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As a result, Planet Fitness members, franchisees and partners raised $1 million. Since 2016, Planet Fitness has donated more than $4 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Funds raised support Judgement Free Generation programs, such as bullying prevention trainings for Boys & Girls Club professionals and teen leaders, as well as scholarships for club youth who promote kindness and acceptance in their communities.“It’s critically important that our Club members feel emotionally safe when they walk through the doors of our Clubs. The support shown by Planet Fitness will help us continue to place an emphasis on emotional learning and shape a culture of kindness and inclusion for our members and those they impact,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO Jim Clark.To download “Bullying Prevention 101” resources from Planet Fitness and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and learn how you can start spreading kindness and stand up to bullying, please visit PACER.org/planetfitness .About Planet FitnessFounded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of June 30, 2018, Planet Fitness had approximately 12.1 million members and 1,608 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Mexico. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention CenterFounded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center – a program of PACER Center – actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities and online. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students. To learn more, visit PACER.org/bullying .About Boys & Girls Clubs of AmericaFor more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org ) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,400 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.(NOTE: The above press release is from Planet Fitness.) Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Planet Fitness’ Annual National Scholarship Awards $150,000 To 30 Boys & Girls Club YouthIn “Business”Planet Fitness And Its Franchisees Pledge $1.3 Million To Pro-Kindness, Anti-Bullying InitiativeIn “Business”Planet Fitness Raises More Than $1 Million For Boys & Girls Clubs Of AmericaIn “Business”last_img read more

Mobile Network Subscriptions Declined in April TRAI

first_imgThe telecom industry witnessed a slump in the number of subscriptions in April, according to the telecom regulator TRAI. Surprisingly, the stoop in wireless as well as wireline subscriptions was noticed particularly in urban areas.The total number of telephone subscribers in India decreased from 898.02 million to 897.02 million by the end of April 2013, causing a negative monthly growth of -0.11 percent. Rural subscribers have increased and now contribute to 39.29 percent to the total share, whereas the share of urban subscribers decreased.Last year, STel and Etisalat exited from the telecom market because of the 2G spectrum scam. Due to disconnections by some network providers, the regulator noticed a slump in wireless subscriptions from 867.80 million to 867.02 million during March-April this year. And again, more subscribers from rural India went for the wireless service, while there was a dip in urban subscribers.The country’s total wireline subscribers also declined from 30.21 million to 29.99 million. But there was an increase in subscriptions by the urban population from 77.78 percent to 77.93 percent.Despite the 2G and 3G babble, the total Broadband subscriber base increased from 15.05 million to 15.09 million over the period. The yearly growth in broadband subscribers is 8.21 percent in the last one year.According to a financial ratings agency, Indian telecom operators are planning to invest significantly less than their Indonesian, Chinese counterparts over the next few years.Moreover, the industry is pressured by a mounting debt of ₹1, 85,720 crore in 2011-12. The telecom commission in India has now proposed to increase the ceiling on foreign direct investment to 100 percent.last_img read more

Polltime govt before general elections PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the nation on Friday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed her optimism that all the parties registered with the election commission (EC) will join the electoral contest for upholding the country’s democratic process.”As per the constitution, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held at the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our constitution,” she said in her address to the nation.”An election-time government will be formed as per the constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the election commission to conduct the election.”The prime minister addressed the nation to mark the completion of her government’s four years in office after the 5 January 2014 national elections.Her speech was broadcast by Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations in the evening.Sheikh Hasina in her around 27-minute speech said the president constituted the new election commission as per the recommendations of a search committee and the commission has already gained people’s confidence through conducting some local government elections, including ones to two city corporations, in a fair manner.”I hope all the parties registered with the election commission will participate in the next general election and help uphold the country’s democratic flow,” she said.The prime minister, however, expressed her apprehension that vested quarters might try to create an anarchic situation in the country over the next election.She also warned that people will not accept the loss of lives and property in the name of a movement boycotting the election.Describing people as the county’s owners, Sheikh Hasina asked them to determine their goals. “You have to decide what you want to see — advancement of the country or backward march of Bangladesh. Think for a moment what was the position of the country 10 years back,” she said.Throwing a question to people, she said, “Don’t you want to educate your children with quality education and make them self-dependent? Don’t you want electricity in all houses, development of roads in all villages, foods in all houses and peaceful life?””We don’t want to be identified as poor after 47 years of independence. We want to live as a dignified nation keeping our heads high in the world. If these are your desires, we’re always beside you,” Hasina said.She said the government is determined to make the country a middle-income one by 2021 country while a developed and prosperous one by 2041. “We aren’t sitting idle just setting our aims but we’re implementing necessary programmes,” she said.The prime minister mentioned that the government does not want to stick to the past, but will not surely forget the past. “We’ll step forward evaluating successes and failures of the past and correcting the wrong and errors,” she added.Hasina mentioned that the country is heading forward through the highway of development and there is no scope of looking back from there. “The present and future generations will take the responsibility to remove all hurdles to the path of prosper and progress,” she said.Hasina urged all irrespective of parties and opinions to build a developed, happy and prosperous Bangladesh unitedly.”Bangladesh is marching forward and the march will continue. The next generation will get a prosperous Bangladesh. I’m urging the people the country to walk through the path of development remaining alert so that its march is not hampered,” she said.Pointing out the unbridled corruption, money-laundering and looting of public money as well as killing, torture and other destructive activities unleashed by the then BNP-Jamaat government, Hasina said they gave a rise to terrorism, militancy and Bangla Bhai and carried out serial bombings at 500 places of 63 districts together.She said the BNP-Jamaat nexus also indiscriminately killed and burnt people, torched houses and set fire to the Holy Quran in the name of a movement to foil the election. “Some 500 innocent people were killed, and 3500 vehicles, 29 trains and nine launches were burnt.”Assuming office in 2009, the prime minister said the government first fixed short, medium and long-term plans as well as some five-year plans and a 10-year perspective plan, and it has been implementing the initiatives for the country’s welfare.Her party had been able to form government again in 2014 which enabled it to maintain the continuation of development pace, she said adding that Bangladesh is becoming a prosperous country as her government got opportunity to serve the nation continuously for the last nine years.Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh has already achieved the status of a low- middle income country, while its per capita income reached $1610 and the volume of its GDP to Tk 1,975,817 crore.Besides, the country’s growth is 7.28 per cent this year and the poverty rate was reduced to 22 per cent from 41 per cent in 2005, she said.The prime minister said verdicts against the war criminals and the killers of Bangabandhu have been executed and the trial of the BDR mutiny has been completed.The government also successfully contained terrorism and militancy in an iron hand, she said, adding that mass awareness is also being created against such social menaces.Hasina said her government wants to develop Bangladesh as a rich country and is implementing a number of mega projects to this end.She said half of the work on the Padma Bridge has been completed while work on the Dhaka Metro Rail and Elevated Expressway is progressing. “The entire country is being brought under the railway network and a tunnel is being constructed under the Karnaphuli River.”Besides, a nuclear power plant is being set up at Rooppur of Pabna while Bangabandhu Satellite will be launched into the orbit very soon and Payra Port is being constructed in Patuakhali, Hasina said.The work on the coal-based power plants at Matarbari and Rampal is going on, she said, adding that it has been possible to make blue economy effective following the settlement of the maritime disputes with India and Myanmar.The prime minister also elaborated her government’s massive successes in education, health, communication, power and ICT sector, saying the government is providing free textbooks to students on the first day of the year, achieved the capacity to generate 16,350 MW electricity and reached electricity to 83 per cent of the population.About the step of her government in establishing 100 special economic zones across the country, Hasina expressed her firm optimism that no one will remain poor in Bangladesh in near future.last_img read more

Organic farming makes Majid a pioneer

first_imgAbdul Mazid poses for camera in his home garden. Photo: Prothom AloHe makes pesticides with natural ingredients and organic fertiliser with the compost of cow dung, water hyacinth and other plants. He takes these to the farmers in the fields, recommending that they to use this fertiliser and pesticide instead of chemical fertiliser and toxic pesticides. He makes the farmers aware of the benefits of organic methods of cultivation and the concept of of safe food.This is Abdul Majid Sardar from the village Sanyasgachha in Keshabpur upazila of Jashore. He has been carrying out this method of farming for more than a decade. The 62-year-old man has made a model plantation of vegetables and fruits in his yard. His idea appears as a saviour at a time when people are concerned about adulterated food. Farmers come to him to seek suggestions about growing chemical-free produce.BackgroundMajid went to Dhaka to earn a living after completing high school. He tried to run a business but that flopped. He returned to his village to start farming. The idea of growing safe food struck him in 2002. He began following natural methods of cultivation, making organic pesticides using natural ingredients.Local farmers initially found his initiative crazy. However, in course of time, they too started adopting his methods. A farmer of Sanyasgachha village, Kamrul Fakir, said he was successful in growing chemical-free crops on the advice of Abdul Majid. According to farmer Belal Hossain, Abdul Majid’s suggestion of using organic fertilisers and pesticides in rice cultivation yielded good results last year.Abdul Majid is now invited to various meeting and seminars by the agriculture department where he advises farmers on organic methods of farming and growing safe food.“He loves farming. Majid’s home garden is an ideal one in the area,” said Keshabpur Upazila deputy assistant agriculture officer Tapan Kumar Dey.Home gardenMajid has a wonderful garden of fruits and vegetables at home. He sells some of the produce in the market after meeting his own family needs. His vegetables and fruits include strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, cloves, pumpkins, dragon garlic, onions, coriander leaves and mustard. People came from far to see the garden. Many of them are now making gardens with this advice.Majid is becoming quite well known in different areas of the country for his innovative methods. Mostafa Kamal of Kaliganj upazila of Jhenaidah said, Majid’s organic fertilisers and insecticides are very good. He has succeeded in cultivating cauliflowers, cabbages and eggplants using his concoctions.Majid’s dream“Abdul Majid possesses a researcher’s mind. He calls me and exchanges his thoughts often. His initiative is good,” said Monirul Islam, a teacher of agro technology of Khulna University.However, financial constraints restrict Abdul Majid’s farming initiatives. He dreams of making an organic farm.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Five challenges for victorious Modi

first_imgIndian prime minister Narendra Modi gestures towards his supporters after the election results at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarter in New Delhi, India, 23 May, 2019. Photo: ReutersWith Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party re-elected in a landslide, AFP looks at the challenges facing his government over the coming five years.- Jobs -Modi in his first term fell short on creating jobs for the more than a million Indians entering the labour market every month, experts say.A leaked recent government report showed that unemployment rose to a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent in 2017-18.Government jobs have seen staggering numbers of applicants, including many overqualified candidates drawn to the prospect of a secure position with perks. Last year 19 million applied for 63,000 positions at Indian Railways.Non-farm sectors are hampered by stringent labour laws and insufficient investment in skills, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.- Farmers -Many of those looking for work are those escaping from a dire crisis gripping Indian agriculture that has driven thousands of farmers to suicide in recent years.Agriculture, with its allied sectors, is the largest source of livelihoods in India, with 70 per cent of rural households depending primarily on it.Farmers are finding it ever harder to water their crops as groundwater levels fall and monsoon rains become more unpredictable.This has prompted extreme measures including curfews and armed guards near water sources while groundwater supplies in many areas have been contaminated by pollutants.Farmers are also reeling from low prices for their produce and a lack of infrastructure meaning 40 per cent of fruit and vegetables rot before reaching consumers, according to the UN.- Pollution -Modi had pledged billions of dollars to clean up the holy Ganges river, which like other waterways is awash with raw sewage and industrial effluent. But results have been mixed.India’s air is also a health hazard — the country is home to 22 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities, according to Greenpeace. Industrial emissions, car fumes and smoke from burning crops are creating a toxic cocktail.Poisonous air was responsible for 1.24 million premature deaths in India in 2017, according to a study published last year by Lancet Planetary Health, which said tens of millions of people face serious health risks.Every winter Delhi, the world’s most noxious capital, chokes through haze so extreme that levels of airborne pollutants routinely eclipse safe limits by more than 30 times.But the environment barely got a mention in the election campaign.”Whilst the public across the world is generating awareness on environmental issues, it is clearly missing in India,” Aarti Khosla, director of Climate Trends, a New Delhi-based initiative, told AFP.- Hindu hardliners -Modi on Thursday vowed to build an “inclusive” India but critics have accused his party of fomenting animosity towards the country’s religious minorities, particularly its 170 million Muslims.Under Modi, lynchings of Muslims and low-caste Dalits for eating beef and slaughtering and trading in cattle have risen.Several cities with names rooted in India’s Islamic Mughal past have been renamed, while some school textbooks have been changed to reflect Hindu right-wing ideology, culture and history.With a new mandate, Modi will be under pressure from hardline Hindu groups that have long espoused “Hindutva”, or Hindu hegemony.This includes kickstarting the building of a temple in Ayodhya on the site of a mosque destroyed by mobs in 1992. That kicked off riots across Hindu-majority India that left some 2,000 people dead, most of them Muslims.”Whichever government comes in power, we expect it took look at key civilisational issues like the construction of a grand temple for Lord Ram at Ayodhya,” said a spokesman for one Hindu group, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).- Foreign policy -Modi also faces foreign policy challenges, not least with Pakistan, against which India has fought three wars since partition in 1947.In February the two nuclear-armed nations conducted tit-for-tat air strikes after a suicide bomb killed 40 Indian paramilitaries in Indian-administered Kashmir.Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan tweeted on Thursday that he looked forward “to working with him (Modi) for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia”.India is also concerned by China’s rising influence, especially Beijing’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. One project passes through Pakistani-administered Kashmir which India claims.In 2017 India and China had a military standoff over a Himalayan plateau claimed by Beijing and Bhutan, a close ally of India. Since then China and India have sought to patch up relations.India also walks a tightrope between the United States and Russia, with Moscow still a major arms supplier to New Delhi including the S-400 missile system.Modi made the S-400 deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin last October, defying US warnings of sanctions on countries buying Russian arms.last_img read more

Use alternatives of food to comfort infants Study

first_imgParents could reward infants with activity or cuddling rather than food, encouraging healthy behaviour and lifestyle in the future, says a study. Babies who get upset easily and take longer to calm down might be at higher risk of obesity. The study found that children can learn healthier lifestyles only when parents model healthy behaviour themselves and don’t immediately use food to comfort a child who is crying or fussing.“The research tells us that differences in behaviour begin as early as infancy and those differences can influence health behaviours that impact future health risks,” said Kai Ling Kong, Researcher at the University of Buffalo.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the study, 105 infants between the age of nine to 18 months were taught to press a button to earn a reward. They completed the task twice and received either a piece of their favourite food as a reward or ten seconds of a non-food reward, such as blowing bubbles. Parents were instructed to say only specific phrases while the child completed the task. As the task went on, it became increasingly difficult for the infants to earn the reward as they had to press the button many times.  The amount of work they were willing to do was calculated by counting the number of times the child was willing to press the button to get the reward. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe child’s temperament was assessed through a detailed, online questionnaire that parents completed. “We found that infants that rated higher on cuddliness had lower food reinforcement. That means they were willing to work more for a non-food reward versus a food reward. So an infant who enjoyed being held closely by a care-giver was less motivated to work for food,” Ling Kong added.If a parent sees high relative food reinforcement in their child, it is not cause for immediate concern. Instead, the parent could evaluate their child’s relationship with food, encouraging the child to engage in activities other than eating, especially as a reward, the study suggested. “Using rewards other than food, such as a trip to the playground or engaging in active play with their parents, may help reduce their child’s tendency to find pleasure in food,” the researcher mentioned, in the paper published in the journal Childhood Obesity.last_img read more

10 Women in Science and Tech Who Should Be Household Names

first_imgIt’s International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and throughout history. But the day is also about recognizing the hardships women face and the continued urgency of the fight for gender equality.That is true of WIRED’s world too—the world of technology and science, of media and innovation. Though this magazine was cofounded by a woman, and women have been key figures in every part of scientific and technological progress, men’s narratives still dominate. Men still hold more STEM jobs. Men make more of the money. Men’s issues are treated with more respect and funded at higher rates. Men have more power. To be a woman in science and tech and even media is often to be outnumbered, overlooked, undervalued, or harassed.Even International Women’s Day itself is evidence of a lack of equality. If women were equal members of society, would they need their own special day, or month? This day, even in its celebration, is proof of a problem. And yet, women rise.Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, we want to highlight just a few of the incredible women WIRED has written about over the years, whose work breaks boundaries, makes new worlds possible, and sets the stage for the future. These women are fighters, they are visionaries, they are tireless advocates for change, for progress, for hope. And you should know their names.Margaret Hamilton – Mother of Software Harry Gould Harvey IV“It might surprise today’s software makers that one of the founding fathers of their boys’ club was, in fact, a mother,” WIRED wrote in a 2015 profile of Margaret Hamilton. Hamilton was working as a coder at MIT in 1960, planning to apply to graduate schools to get a PhD in math. But before she could pursue that dream, she wound up changing the world. The Apollo space program began, and Hamilton would lead the team at MIT in charge of onboard flight software on the Apollo computers. She did all this with only an undergraduate degree and while raising a toddler. Her work at the time was not only groundbreaking but radical in that it was coming from a woman. Hamilton was the ultimate outlier. Without her, the modern computing era would not be what it is today.Fei-Fei Li – Artificial Intelligence Researcher Jewel Burks works every day to try to make the tech industry more diverse and accessible, but first and foremost she’s an entrepreneur.Michelle GroskopfJewel Burks works every day to try to make the tech industry more diverse and accessible to all people, of every gender, race, nationality, age, and socio-economic level. But Burks is a maker, first and foremost. WIRED featured her in our 25th anniversary issue as someone who will “shake up the next 25 years” of tech. She was nominated by Reddit and Initialized Capital cofounder Alexis Ohanian, who first met Burks when she launched a cutting-edge computer vision app called Partpic. Partpic lets you use a smartphone to snap a picture of a mechanical part you need to replace, and then it helps you order those parts. Though Burks had no background in computer vision, she recognized there was a need for such an app and taught herself how to build it. Partpic went on to raise more than $2 million in venture capital—especially notable given that women, and especially women of color, often face difficulty getting funded. Burks then sold the company to Amazon, where its technology is used to power replacement-part searches in Amazon’s shopping app. Burks now leads a team inside Amazon and advocates for racial and gender inclusion in her industry.Donna Strickland – Physicist Andy Kropa/APSusan Fowler’s most famous contribution to technology happened when she left the industry. She’d been working as a programmer at Uber, but after facing discrimination and sexual harassment, which the company dismissed, she quit her job and in 2017 published a blog post detailing her experience. That post sparked a national conversation about how women are treated in the tech industry. And it took guts. In the wake of her post, more women came forward with stories of harassment in the tech world. Uber hired former US attorney general Eric Holder to review its policies and culture; shortly after Holder’s recommendations were released, Uber’s CEO resigned. While many tech companies, including Uber, have updated their harassment policies, the changes come too late for some women. Fowler now works as a writer at The New York Times. Betty Holberton, and the women who programmed the first true computerThe Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer didn’t look anything like computers of today. It weighed 27 tons and comprised 1,800 vacuum tubes and diodes. But ENIAC was the world’s first computer, and it was conceived as a way to help the war effort during World War II. Since most men were overseas fighting, a team of six women ran ENIAC: Betty Holberton, Kay Mauchley Antonelli, Marlyn Meltzer, Ruth Teitelbaum, Jean Bartik, and Frances Spence. They continued to work on it as the Cold War raged, using its computing power to help design a thermonuclear warhead. Holberton went on to codevelop one of the earliest programming languages, without which the internet and modern digital computing would not be possible. But the contributions of these six programmers went largely unrecognized for decades, until a Harvard student researching women in computing rediscovered them in 1986.Holberton’s work, ENIAC, and other women whose contributions shaped the internet age are highlighted in the book Broad Band, whose author, Claire L. Evans, WIRED interviewed last year.More Great WIRED StoriesHow to keep parents from fleeing STEM careersMachine learning can use tweets to spot security flawsWays to get text onto your screen—without a keyboardGene mutation that could cure HIV has a checkered pastAnarchy, bitcoin, and murder in Acapulco👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter Elizebeth Smith Friedman – Code BreakerElizebeth Friedman was one of the founders of modern cryptography, the information-security methodology that underpins everything from cybersecurity to digital surveillance. During World War II, she and her husband worked as code breakers, spying on the Nazis and helping the Allied forces win the war. Daily they intercepted and decoded messages about what the enemy was up to, arduous and technical work that resulted in the arrest of Nazi spies. For years, her husband was hailed as the sole creator of cryptanalysis, the field they pioneered together. Now she is finally getting her due, thanks in part to a 2017 biography by former WIRED writer Jason Fagone titled The Woman Who Smashed Codes. You can read an excerpt of that book here.Cohl Furey – Mathematical Physicistcenter_img BRYAN DERBALLAYou’ve heard about gene editing and the magic “Swiss Army knife for genes” that is Crispr technology. Crispr ushered in a new era for biological sciences, driving a renewed interest in gene therapies for disease, raising the risk of “designer babies,” creating new ways to store information in DNA, and even making crazy-sounding notions like resurrecting the woolly mammoth to fight climate change maybe sort of possible. And it was cocreated by two women: UC Berkeley professor Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, director of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, who published their work on bacteria in 2012. (The question of who owns the patents to Crispr technology has been the subject of an intense legal battle with scientists at the Broad Institute, who six months later published work using the technique in human cells for the first time. Last fall, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of the Broad Institute.) Doudna, a WIRED 25 icon, has gone on to be a leading voice for caution in the field, urging scientists to think through the ethics of what Crispr enables before following the science wherever it could lead.Bonus: Jiwoo Lee, a Stanford sophomore who’s studying not just the science of Crispr but also the social and ethical quandaries it raises. For WIRED’s 25th anniversary issue, Doudna highlighted Lee’s work, calling her a “Crispr wunderkind.”Susan Fowler – Writer and Former Engineer Peter Power/ReutersDonna Strickland might just have the coolest job in the world. She plays with lasers for a living. Her specialty is getting lasers to pulse so brightly for a fraction of a second that they “contain more power than the entire US electricity grid,” according to WIRED’s profile of her work last year. Why were we profiling her in 2018? Oh yeah, because she won the Nobel Prize in Physics for her contributions to the field. She was the first woman to win the prize in physics in 55 years. “Obviously, we need to celebrate women physicists, because we’re out there,” Strickland said when she won. Cohl Furey, a mathematical physicist at the University of Cambridge, is finding links between the standard model of particle physics and octonions, numbers whose multiplication rules are encoded in a triangular diagram called the Fano plane.Susannah Ireland/Quanta MagazineCohl Furey’s work is so complex it’s difficult to describe, but her research has implications for the very building blocks of reality. Furey is obsessed with figuring out the mathemat­ical laws of nature. Her discoveries challenge the standard model of particle physics, revealing how octonions—eight-dimensional numbers with special properties—could be at the heart of how atoms hold together. Furey’s work builds on decades of research and seems to confirm widely held suspicions in the field about the relationship between pure math and physics. Now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, Furey could change our under­standing of how the world works.Jennifer Doudna – Molecular Biologist Artificial intelligence has a problem: The biases of its creators are getting hard-coded into its future. Fei-Fei Li has a plan to fix that—by rebooting the field she helped invent.Christie Hemm KlokStanford computer science professor Fei-Fei Li works at the forefront of artificial intelligence. As codirector of the Stanford Human Centered AI Institute, she and her team are trying to imbue artificially intelligent algorithms with human sensitivity. This is the kind of technical work that has an invisible impact on almost all walks of life. Algorithms and other forms of AI are increasingly determining our world; they decide everything from who gets out of prison to what medication patients should take to who gets hired for which job to where your child goes to school. As such, algorithmic bias—that is, human bias that gets transferred, often unintentionally, into algorithmic systems—can undermine social progress and further stratify society. In a field with a documented lack of gender balance, Li is working to obliterate such bias, to ensure that when the computers are making decisions, they are being fair.Jewel Burks – Entrepreneurlast_img read more

Underfloor Heating Manifold Market Development Strategy During 20192023

first_imgThe Global Underfloor Heating Manifold Market study focuses major leading industry players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. It provides information on trends and developments, and focuses on markets and materials, capacities and technologies, and on the changing structure.Underfloor heating and cooling is a form of central heating and cooling which achieves indoor climate control for thermal comfort using conduction, radiation and convection. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Underfloor Heating Manifold Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).In this report, the global Underfloor Heating Manifold Market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.Get Free Sample Copy Of This Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3208487?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kThe report firstly introduced the Underfloor Heating Manifold basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:Zhejiang Valogin TechnologyHongyue Pipe IndustryAkanZhejiang Weixing New Building MaterialsRuizeMenredIvar GroupCorleoEmmeti S.p.A.Danfoss A/SThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-PE-RTPEXMetalOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Underfloor Heating Manifold for each application, including-ResidentialCommercial Get purchase discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3208487?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Microsoft introduces public preview of Azure Dedicated Host and updates its licensing

first_imgLast week, Microsoft introduced a preview of Azure Dedicated Host that provides a physical server hosted on Azure and is not shared with other customers. The company has made few licensing changes that will make the Microsoft software bit expensive for the AWS, Google and Alibaba customers. Currently, the dedicated host is available in two specifications, first is Type 1 based on a 2.3GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) and has 64 vCPUs (Virtual CPUs). It costs $4.055 or $4.492 per hour depending on the RAM (256GB or 448GB). Another is Type 2 based on the Xeon Platinum 8168 (Skylake) and comes with 72 vCPUs and 144GB RAM, it costs $4.039 per hour. These prices don’t include the licensing costs and it seems Microsoft is trying to bring changes in this area. Last week, the team at Microsoft announced that they will modify their licensing terms related to outsourcing rights and dedicated hosted cloud services on October 1, 2019. The team further stated that this particular change won’t impact the use of existing software versions under the licenses that are purchased before October 1, 2019. The official post reads, “Currently, our outsourcing terms give on-premises customers the option to deploy Microsoft software on hardware leased from and managed by traditional outsourcers.” The team is updating the outsourcing terms for Microsoft on-premises licenses in order to clarify the difference between on-premise/traditional outsourcing and cloud services. Additionally, they are planning to create more consistent licensing terms across multi-tenant and dedicated hosted cloud services. The customers will either have to rent the software via SPLA (Service Provider License Agreement) or they will have to purchase a license with software assurance, an annual service charge. From October 1, on-premises licenses purchased without Software Assurance and mobility rights will no longer be deployed with dedicated hosted cloud services that are offered by the public cloud providers like Microsoft, Alibaba, Amazon (including VMware Cloud on AWS), and Google. According to Microsoft, they will then be referred to as “Listed Providers.” These changes won’t be applicable to other providers, Services Provider License Agreement (SPLA) program as well as to the License Mobility for Software Assurance benefit except for expanding this benefit to cover dedicated hosted cloud services. Customers will benefit from licensed Microsoft products on a dedicated cloud platform Customers will be able to license Microsoft products on dedicated hosted cloud services from the Listed Providers. Users can continue to deploy and use the software under their existing licenses on Listed Providers’ servers that are dedicated to them. But they will noy be able to add workloads under licenses that are acquired on or after October 1, 2019. Users will be able to use products through the purchase of cloud services directly from the Listed Provider, after 1st October. In case, they have licenses with Software Assurance, then it can be used with the Listed Providers’ dedicated hosted cloud services under License Mobility or Azure Hybrid Benefit rights. These changes aren’t applicable to deployment and use of licenses outside of a Listed Provider’s data center. But these changes are applicable to both first and third-party offerings on a dedicated hosted cloud service from a Listed Provider. To know more about this news, check out the official post by Microsoft. Read Next CERN plans to replace Microsoft-based programs with an affordable open-source software Softbank announces a second AI-focused Vision Fund worth $108 billion with Microsoft, Apple as major investors Why are experts worried about Microsoft’s billion dollar bet in OpenAI’s AGI pipe dream?last_img read more

Weekend strike to shut Acropolis at height of tourist season

first_imgWeekend strike to shut Acropolis at height of tourist season Share Thursday, July 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Source: The Associated Press Tags: Greece, Travel Alert ATHENS, Greece — A two-day strike by Greek culture ministry employees protesting staff shortages will shut the Acropolis and other ancient sites and museums in Athens this weekend, at the height of the tourist season.But the strike will not affect the Acropolis Museum outside the ancient citadel, museum officials said.The ministry workers’ union said Wednesday it wants the left-led government to honour a pledge to hire some 230 archaeologists and guards, replacing employees who retired in recent years.Under the terms of Greece’s international bailouts, only a fraction of civil servants who retire can be replaced by new hires.The union said the strike will apply to archaeological sites and state-run museums in Athens and the surrounding province of Attica.last_img read more

5th Annual Pitaya Fest approaches

first_imgStarting on Feb. 23, the 5th annual Pitaya Fest is expected to attract about 5,000 people to Playa Hermosa in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The event will showcase music from local musicians, such as Cables Pelao, Milly Majuc and Run Dun Crew. Several Costa Rican artists and Pantalones Calientes from Mexico will also make an appearance.The music festival will include a two-day surfing competition, and the tournament will pre-select participants for the ISA Junior World Championship in June 2013.The festival will raise funds for Casa Llanta, which provides scholarship programs and English classes in the community of El Carizal. Money raised will also go to transportation and teachers’ salaries at Los Pipitos, a school for people with disabilities.The event is sponsored by Quiksilver, Martin Guitar, Claro, Pitaya Plus and Intur. To learn more visit www.earthshippitayafestival.com or www.facebook.com/The-Earthship-Pitaya-Festival. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more