Barca boss wants to win Champions League and La Liga

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was asked about Valladolid, the state of their pitch and the controversial plan for the Blaugrana’s trip to Girona on January 27 being played in the US and this is what he says:“The newly-promoted teams play with enthusiasm early on. They still have the joy of promotion on their minds and channel it on to the field,” he said as quoted by Football Espana.“They’re a dangerous team, so we must take that into account. It’s not normal to relay the pitch four days before a match, although Camp Nou isn’t at its best either.“The players are an important part of the show. They have a voice and something to say. They only want to be heard.”Finally, does Valverde believe Real Madrid are weakened by Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit?David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“It’s a similar situation to ours with Neymar, which gave us the strength to grow. I see them in the same way,” he concluded.“I want to win the Champions League like everyone else, as well as La Liga. It’s normal to get excited.”Barca squad for Valladolid: Ter Stegen, Ezkieta; Semedo, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Arthur, Arturo Vidal; Messi, Suarez, Dembele, Malcom, Munirlast_img read more

BAHAMAS Environmental Activists Biminites Decry South Cat Cay Development Document Evidence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 17, 2017 – South Cat Cay – A small plane circled slowly, flying over the blue-green waters of the northern Bahamas. It should have been a day of sightseeing, photographing an island under carefully managed development with its fragile marine resources protected as the gems that will lure those who will eventually visit, live there or leave their yachts.Instead, what they saw as they flew over South Cat Cay sent chills down their spines and cries of outrage and despair from their hearts.   The group in the plane included representatives from Save Our Home, a Bimini-based organisation, Save The Bays and Waterkeepers Bahamas.Save The Bays Chairman Joe Darville said what he saw convinced him more than ever of the urgency of creating comprehensive environmental protection legislation and placing an environmental watchdog on every project.“It takes hundreds, sometimes thousands, of years to create coral reefs and minutes with heavy equipment to destroy it,” said Darville. “We are pleading, not asking, pleading with government.   When will you listen?   When will we begin to take these gifts that God gave us seriously and stop allowing uncaring people to eviscerate them in the name of progress?   This is not progress.  This is evil.”The story below is their story, in their words.  Save Our Home wrote it at the close of their aerial and land inspection during early November, 2017. Their words have not been edited. The introduction, they said, was gleaned from previously published reports:In 2009, the Government of the Bahamas under PM (Hubert) Ingraham gave full environmental approval for the 85-acre privately owned South Cat Cay for an exclusive, high end, hospitality and marina project.   The project will comprise a 53 room five star branded boutique hotel with related amenities, 29 marina condo units, 37 residential units, a 137 slip marina, restaurants, shops and recreational facilities.     This high-end resort will also include an upmarket residential community.During the course of construction in two phases it is estimated that some 75 Bahamians will be employed, and upon completion and build out some 170 permanent jobs will be created.   In addition to the $94 million capital investment by the developers, their economic impact assessment projects over $200 million in real estate sales over the first five years, which will significantly benefit government revenues, suppliers and employment.   The developer said the project will bring considerable benefit to Biminites in the form of employment and entrepreneurial opportunities generated by proposed retail space and excursions in the marina village.   They said they plan to purchase Bimini built skiffs for bone-fishing excursions led by Bahamian guides.   A Bahamian will operate a ferry service to and from Bimini; an artist in residence program will expose Bahamian artists to new techniques; a recording space will dedicate studio time for local musicians and local cooks will be provided with classical training.   Additionally, a fund is being established for primary and secondary educational facilities in Bimini to further long-term environmental awareness. It is also proposed that a marine sanctuary will be created to the south east of South Cat Cay to complement the educational initiative.But there comes a point when you start to feel like it’s just Deja-vu, that we have heard all this before, been promised jobs for Biminites, been told the highest environmental impact studies are being adhered to, but the reality is, to those of us who live here, it’s all just “hot air” and what they think people want to hear to sell us another story of jobs, progress and investment, but at what expense is the big question?On Thursday, November 9 the Save Our Home-Bimini Environmental Activist group was invited along with members of the Save The Bays team and Waterkeepers Bahamas to fly over South Cat Cay and witness for ourselves what is really going on.   Pictures and videos never lie and there before our very eyes was proof that the development is taking place as we speak, without the relevant silt barriers in place, the kind that actually work and contain the silt that is, properly installed without gaps and without proof of the silt drifting for miles.   Memories of the same devastation at the hands of RW (Resorts World) Bimini in 2014 during the dredging of the cruise ship pier spring to mind, with the same ineffectual yellow silt curtains that within two weeks of being installed broke open, covering the ocean in drifting polystyrene and the beaches to this day, covered in yellow plastics.   The cruise ship was rendered obsolete in a year.   Meanwhile, we lost 12 main dive sites off the west coast of Bimini, smothered in silt, which suffocated the corals and partially buried the stones of Atlantis, sites that divers come from all over the world to see and that locals earn their living from in dive tours.   Marine life dwindled to a point that some species are no longer seen in these waters.In the past couple of weeks, more than one hundred Bahamians have been fired from RW, leaving people wondering if the resort is going bankrupt over rumors that they are losing in excess of $26,000 a day.   And whilst the resort here in Bimini conjures images of a sinking ship, long predicted by those of us in the know due to the size of the development being too big for the infrastructure on such a small island, the Government is meanwhile playing out the same story all over again in South Cat Cay.Large populations of turtles used to be seen on the cays around South Cat, just like they did offshore from RW Bimini.   Now the water is so muddy with silt, nothing can be seen and in Bimini an annual Power Boat Grand Prix is organized around the very reefs that are home to turtles and sharks.Bimini and South Cat Cay has a blessing and curse, a blessing that it is at the top of the Bahamas chain and so brings an abundance of tourism to these shores, but a curse that successive governments seem to cash in on in taxes from such large scale developments, none of which is seen invested back into the local communities.   As Fred Smith QC has pointed out, until we have local governance and taxes made on these islands invested back into local community developments, instead of going into the countries capital never to be seen again, the family islands will continue to deteriorate and decline.One would think, that when heads of agreement come together, that a budget could be put in place with the developers to financially cover the employment of an on-site environmental advisor to monitor the development and provide weekly reports that all is in keeping with plans laid out, providing jobs for Bahamians and protecting our shores.   Instead, developers seems to think they have carte blanche to do whatever they like while no one is watching.   Accountability seems sadly lacking throughout the Bahamas development.   At the end of the day, we are left with our natural resources ransacked and foreign developers pulling out, once the damage is already done.   New legislation is needed putting the environment first in order to save one of the most beautiful parts of the world before it’s too late.   With the Bahamas being such low lying islands and global warming and sea levels rising, it makes no sense not to put new environmental legislation at the top of the priorities list moving forward.Release: DPA NewsPhoto captions:Header:  Sand and silt from dredging and excavating on South Cat Cay can smother coral reefs and kill the life that depends on the marine habitat. Already, say representatives of three organizations that inspected the development site this week, the once plentiful sea turtles in the area are no more.1st insert: Dredging and infrastructure work is underway at South Cat Cay where a hotel and marina were approved for the 85-acre site under the former FNM government, but environmentalists want to know where is the protection for marine resources?2nd & 3rd inserts: Inadequate silt barriers allow disturbed sand and silt to float over open waters, smothering coral reefs and suffocating the life that depends upon the habitat, potentially endangering grouper, hogfish and reef species and upsetting the full eco-cycle in a fragile eco-system. The above image was taken from a small plane flying over a development underway at South Cat Cay in the northern Bahamas. Environmentalists from three groups want to know where are those who are supposed to be protecting the marine environment of The Bahamas? They fear the project will mirror the tragedies of nearby Bimini where world-famous dive sites were destroyed by a massive dredger to make way for a cruise ship dock. The cruise ship does not call on Bimini anymore and more than 150 people have been laid off from their jobs at the resort it was intended to serve. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Drop in BorderCrossing Minors Curbs Demand for Space at Military Bases

first_imgThe need for military installations to house unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border has subsided following a decline in the number of minors detained by the federal government since the beginning of the year.Facilities at Holloman Air Force Base have been placed in reserve status after the last group of children housed at the Alamogordo, N.M., installation were relocated at the end of February. No military bases are currently housing unaccompanied children, according to DOD.“No more unaccompanied children will be sent to Holloman unless needed and pending availability,” said a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement.A surge in the number of unaccompanied children — primarily from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — were caught crossing the Southwestern border last fall, but now the influx has dropped off, reported the Albuquerque Journal.“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community of Alamogordo and the partnership of local officials,” HHS said in a written statement, reported Alamogordo Daily News. “From the beginning, the decision to use Holloman Air Force Base was situational, based on need for temporary shelter and available facilities. We are committed to utilize Department of Defense facilities only as a last resort,” the agency said.A number of bases HHS had considered for use as a temporary shelter most likely won’t be needed, including Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and Travis AFB, Calif., according to news reports. Other bases HHS considered include Maxwell-Gunter AFB (Gunter Annex), Ala.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Naval Support Activity Philadelphia, Pa.; and Hanscom AFB, Mass.If the flow of Central American children trying to reach the United States rises again, Holloman’s shelter could be called back into service as HHS has a yearlong agreement with DOD. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Rihannas Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available

first_imgNews Facebook Released on Sept. 7 at a live-streamed event from Brooklyn, New York, the extensive line of beauty products include primers, foundation, highlighters, powders, brushes, blotting paper, and lip luminizer, among others. Available colors range from light to dark skin tones so everyone will be able to find the perfect shade. All products are also cruelty free. Get Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection rihannas-fenty-beauty-collection-now-available GRAMMY winner takes her fashion icon status to the next level with her own line of beauty products, now availableRenée FabianGRAMMYs Sep 8, 2017 – 3:39 pm Long known as an icon of both music and fashion, Rihanna has taken her style status to a new level with her recently released and highly anticipated beauty line, Fenty Beauty. Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Collection Now Available center_img Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Rihanna: GRAMMY Audience Cam Email The beauty line is produced by Kendo Brands, an indie division of beauty giant Sephora, which also carries lines such as Kat Von D and Marc Jacobs Beauty. If you have to get your hands on this collection, you can find it at Sephora stores globally or online via Sephora or Fenty Beauty.With this beauty line, you’ll be ready to “Work, work, work” in no time.See Rihanna’s Crop Over Fashion In Barbadoslast_img read more

Volkswagen will let other companies use its MEB electriccar platform

first_img • Geneva Motor Show 2019 71 Photos Volkswagen’s I.D. Buggy is the electric dune buggy of our dreams Tags Electric Cars Car Industry 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better See All reading • Volkswagen will let other companies use its MEB electric-car platform Enlarge ImageVW says that MEB would be ideal for low-volume specialty vehicles. Volkswagen Volkswagen’s plan to offer a wide range of electric cars — one the company has affectionately called a rollout of “electric cars for millions, not millionaires” — is all based around its new MEB modular EV chassis. At the Geneva Motor Show, VW announced it’ll open things up and let other companies use MEB to make their own EVs, too.The decision serves two purposes for Volkswagen. First, by selling more MEB chassis kits, it can amortize the cost of developing the new battery-electric technology. Second, it furthers the automaker’s stated goal of encouraging electric mobility in the fight against emissions.”The MEB is to establish itself as the standard for e-mobility. Based on the MEB, we will make individual mobility CO2-neutral, safe, comfortable and accessible to as many people as possible,” Herbert Deiss, Volkswagen AG CEO, said in a statement.The first such partner is Aachen, Germany-based e.Go Mobile, which will use MEB to make a new electric car. Neither company has said what the vehicle will be, but Volkswagen says that MEB is flexible enough that it can be used for small-volume, unconventional vehicles. Perhaps the best example of that is the I.D. Buggy concept shown at Geneva: Like the original Meyers Manx, VW hints the I.D. Buggy’s body could easily be separated from its mechanical chassis. Best of all, VW may even build an electric buggy inspired by the concept.Volkswagen says it expects a “first wave” of 15 million vehicles to be built on the MEB platform. That’ll include the I.D. family models under the VW brand as well as potential models from other brands, like Seat, Skoda and Audi. Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8scenter_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Volkswagen Share your voice More From Roadshow Geneva Motor Show 2019 Volkswagen 0 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet first drive: The uber-roadster Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Post a comment Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refreshlast_img read more

AirPods 2 rumors Price specs features and everything else we know

first_img Review • Apple AirPods updated review: Getting better with age Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple AirPods could get wireless charging, Amazon Prime’s… See All Apple AirPods are nowhere near as ridiculous as they look Apple AirPods Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See It Now playing: Watch this: 45 Photos reading • AirPods 2 rumors: Price, specs, features and everything else we know Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $159 See it 1:22 Mobile Accessories Headphones $184 See Itcenter_img Preview • What it’s like to live with AirPods Apple $138 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Rumors Apple Monoprice Read: Best AirPods accessories, including sports fins to keep them in your ears  Share your voice News • Apple AirPods 2 deal: $139.99 (save $19) Comments How To • 17 tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple AirPods Walmart Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2 Enlarge ImageThe AirPods 2 could come in black with a special grippier coating. Colorware Editor’s note: Apple has unveiled a refreshed version of the AirPods with a new H1 chip and a wireless charging option that costs extra. Read the AirPods 2019 review.If you’re in the market for Apple’s AirPods — or another pair of truly wireless headphones — you may want to wait a bit. Apple’s is expected to release a new set of AirPods, mostly like called the AirPods 2, this year and possibly as soon as March 25, when it’s scheduled to host a special event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Cupertino campus.Word is the company will use the event to unveil a host of new digital services — including, possibly, a new TV streaming service and an updated version of Apple News that builds on its recent acquisition of Texture. But there’s always a chance it could sneak in some hardware announcements — like new iPads and those much-anticipated AirPods 2.Here’s a quick roundup of all the latest AirPods 2 chatter. To be clear, all these rumors are unconfirmed and Apple doesn’t respond to questions about unannounced products, so take this all with a grain of salt.Read more: Best fully wireless headphonesRumored design updatesNew colors: Some sites are claiming that the AirPods 2 will come in black and possibly other colors. Aside from that, the AirPods 2 will allegedly look nearly identical to the original AirPods.New grippier finish: The new buds could have a new soft-touch coating with a subtle grip to it that helps the AirPods 2 stay in people’s ears more securely (see posts by MySmartPrice, Economic Daily News). This would be a key and welcome upgrade that seems too good to be true.Rumored feature updates (likely)Always-on voice-control: No need to double tap on a bud, just say “Hey, Siri” to activate Siri. There’s consensus among Apple watchers that this feature will be added and 9to5Mac recently discovered that iOS 12.2 includes ‘Hey Siri’ setup interface for the rumored AirPods 2.Wireless charging: The long-awaited and already announced AirPods wireless charging case will almost assuredly be included with the AirPods 2 — possibly alongside the long-delayed AirPower charger.Upgraded Bluetooth connectivity: As a report from Bloomberg suggested last year, Apple is expected to upgrade the new AirPods with a new W2 chip with Bluetooth 5.0 support. The current AirPods support Bluetooth 4.2. Improved bass performance: Tweaks to the AirPods’ internal design will supposedly improve the bass (see MySmartPrice post). The lack of bass is a weakness with the current AirPods, so it wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to have engineered the next AirPods to sound a little better.Better battery life: Some have suggested the wireless chip upgrades could mean the AirPods will be come more energy efficient and be able to eke out more battery life. I wouldn’t expect a big bump, but an extra hour or so would seem doable.Improved water-resistance: That same Bloomberg report said Apple was looking to make the new AirPods more water-resistant. Apple doesn’t state exactly how water-resistant the current AirPods are, but plenty of people run with them (and sweat on them) without a problem already. ahastyle-earbuds-earhooksEnlarge ImageThis accessory helps not only helps keep the current AirPods in your ears but it improves the AirPods bass performance. David Carnoy/CNET Rumored feature updates (less likely)”Wellness” monitoring: It’s unclear just what these monitoring features might end up being — or what sensors Apple might add — but this rumor has been making the rounds ever since Apple was granted a patent in July of 2017 for future AirPods biometric sensors. The Jabra Elite Active 65t has a motion sensor for tracking fitness performance, but Apple’s biometric patents appear to be more sophisticated.   Noise control: One of the AirPod’s downsides is that their open design allows a lot of sound to leak in from the outside world, which has a major impact on sound quality in noisy environments. That aforementioned Bloomberg report from last year also hinted the next-generation AirPods could feature some sort of noise-cancelling element. Now there’s talk of this feature appearing in the third-gen AirPods, which would also include better water-resistance and perhaps those biometric sensors. That model would potentially be larger and wouldn’t come out till 2020, according to speculation from respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.  Rumored pricingMySmartPrice, which doesn’t have the greatest track record with rumors, reported that the AirPods 2 would cost more — around $200.However, others suggest the AirPods 2 will costs $160 — or the same as the original AirPods. I personally think the price will remain the same. With all the new true wireless competitors out there, it would be a mistake for Apple to raise the price. Latest AirPods 2 news and rumorsMarch 14: Taiwan-based Digitimes, which keeps tabs on companies that make components for Apple products, claims the AirPods 2 are set for mass production and will be unveiled at Apple’s March 25 event, according to its sources. Digitimes has been wrong in the past.Feb. 12: Popular tech leaker @OnLeaks says that the AirPods 2 will launch this fall and come in new colors, according to a “new and yet unconfirmed but seemingly reliable source.” @OnLeaks predicts that Apple will launch the new AirPods wireless charging case “soon” but that it will ship with current AirPods, not upcoming AirPods 2. Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorslast_img read more

Air India Eyes Expansion May Place Order for Fleet Of Airbus A320

first_imgAir India Ltd (AI) is reportedly considering a fleet expansion and may place an order for Boeing 737-Max planes.A source with knowledge on the developments revealed the news to Bloomberg. The new order, if placed, will not replace the current fleet of Boeing 737s, but add to it. Indian carries are mulling over expanding their fleet to cater to the increase in demand for air travel. The final decision is pending, said the source without elaborating on the number of planes that is likely to be ordered.Boeing 737 Max is the aircraft manufacturer’s fourth-generation model of the 737 family. The aircraft will use larger and more efficient CFM International LEAP-1B engines. They are also reportedly more fuel-efficient.The entry of Air Vistara is shaking up the full-service airline business. Air Vistara is a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, which is expected to grow rapidly, expanding into new routes, cornering the business travel market with its more premium services. Scraping its low-cost carrier (LCC) business, Jet Airways has decided to continue operations as a full-service operator, even as it struggles with a significant debt load.India is witnessing a surge in air travel demand, a trend that the airline companies want to exploit, even as fuel charges continue to remain high. The low fares, which affect airlines’ profitability, is unlikely in the near future.Indigo Airlines, India’s largest airline by market share, has placed an order for 250 A320 Neo single aisle aircraft with the Airbus Group, on top of its previous order for 280 A320 aircraft.AI is expected to firm up its order with France’s Avions de Transport Regional GIE for 40 turboprop planes that are to be used by its regional unit Alliance Air, to connect smaller cities. The French company has already received five firm orders from AI, Bloomberg reports.The airline has accumulated debt of almost ₹40,000 crore and is trying to sell some of its real estate to help pare costs. Since its merger with Indian Airlines in 2007, Air India has never earned a profit.last_img read more

No Sachin No MS Dhoni Virat Kohli only Indian on this list

first_imgIndian captain Virat Kohli is buzzing around after the heartbreak of the World Cup. The skipper is once again up and running, bouncing between his gym training sessions and turning up for different endorsements. During all of this, he doesn’t forget to keep all his social media followers extremely interested. It is, hence, no surprise that Kohli is the only cricketer in the Instagram top 10 sporting ‘Rich List’ for 2019 as he takes the ninth spot worldwide.Portugal and Juventus footballer Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with Brazilian superstar Neymar and Argentina talisman Lionel Messi completing the top three. These results have been produced by HopperHQ.com (an Instagram scheduling tool), and it estimates that the Indian captain charges £158,000 (Rs 1,35,66,749) for every post and that makes him one of the highest-paid athletes on the picture-sharing social media portal.At the time of writing this article, Virat Kohli had 36 million followers on Instagram which makes him one of the most popular sporting celebrity on the platform. He is also the number one ranked batsman in both ODIs and Tests and recently helped India reach the World Cup semifinal in England and Wales.Cristiano Ronaldo has 173 million followers, and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is the number one ranked athlete on the app. He charges a whopping £784,000 (Rs 6,73,49,082) per Instagram post.Instagram top 10 ‘Rich List’ Virat KohliICCCristiano Ronaldo (Football): Rs 6,73,49,082 per postNeymar (Football): Rs 4,98,24,576Lionel Messi (Football): Rs 4,47,35,925David Beckham (Football): Rs 2,46,43,398LeBron James (Basketball): Rs 1,88,04,544Ronaldinho (Football): Rs 1,76,88,293Gareth Bale (Football): 1,50,26,462Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Football): Rs 1,38,24,345Virat Kohli (Cricket): Rs 1,35,66,749Luis Suarez (Football): Rs 1,27,08,094Kohli will now lead the Indian team in the tour of West Indies and after the exit in the semi-finals of the World Cup, the skipper wants his side to be ready and believe in their abilities at all times. He also believes that he has learnt a lot from his failures and setbacks and that, these things make him strong. Kohli and teamGetty Images”I have learnt most in my life from failures and setbacks. The worst setbacks have not only motivated me but also improved me as a person, made me understand the importance of those times more than the success. It makes you sit down and think about what you need to do now, build a roadmap for yourself. Secondly, these moments show you the people who are going to stand by you in tough times and the people who will jump ship,” the skipper said in a recent interview to TOI.last_img read more

One project cannot solve all problems of a community

first_imgNoted economist Wahiduddin Mahmud addresses the inaigural session of a two-day convention on the excluded communities in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday. — Photo: CollectedA convention of the excluded people in Sreemangal, Moulvibazar, on Thursday called for identifying unique problems of the marginalised communities with a view to bringing them to the mainstream.“Marginalised people are poor but the nature of their problems is not the same. So, they cannot be brought under mainstream development activities by taking only one project,” economist Wahiduddin Mahmud told the inaugural ceremony of the conference.He pointed out that the country’s 3-4 per cent people are excluded from the development process and without giving them fruits of development, it is not possible to attain overall national development goals.Wahiduddin Mahmud, a former finance adviser to the 1996 caretaker government, added that it is the responsibility of the government to take meaningful initiatives to ensure protection and development of the marginalised communities.More than 300 people of 60 communities have joined the convention and cultural festival that focussed on their lifestyle, standard of living, social crisis and cultural practices, according to a news release received in Dhaka.Power and Participation Research Centre (PPCR), Society for Environment and Human Development (SEHD), Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) and Gram Bikash Kendra organised the two-day convention titled ‘Social, Economic, and Political Protection of Marginalised and Excluded Communities’.PPARC executive chairman Hossain Zillur Rahman said the convention is aimed at making policy recommendations so that the government can take necessary steps to improve the situation. “We want to help create such an atmosphere,” he said.Vice chancellor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Farid Uddin Ahmed criticised the practice of keeping marginalised groups such as tea workers poor for the sake of an industry.“We all have to work together to take the society forward and uphold the spirit of humanity,” he added.SEHD’s Phillip Gain presented the keynote at the convention which was also addressed by writer Harishanker Jaladas, former director general of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics Abdul Wazed, and deputy commissioner of Moulvibazar Tafael Islam.last_img read more

Deportation Fears May Be Causing Drop In Domestic Violence Reports

first_img Share Immigration and Customs EnforcementImmigration and Customs EnforcementThe fear of deportation may be leading undocumented immigrants in Houston not to report domestic violence. Last year, the number of domestic violence reports dropped by 16 percent, according to a New York Times report. But, reports from non-hispanics increased. Houston police chief Art Acevedo blames the decrease on the fear of being deported among Houston’s immigrant community. In 2017 Houston police said reports of rape from Hispanics dropped 42 percent.Acevedo referenced the same deportation fears then, saying federal immigration enforcement tactics were causing the so-called “chilling effect.”last_img read more

Cloudflare raises 150M with Franklin Templeton leading the latest round of funding

first_imgAfter a long break from fundraising, yesterday Cloudflare, a U.S. based company that provides content delivery network services, Internet security, etc, announced that it raised $150 million of funding. The company also announced the joining of Stan Meresman, board member and chair of the Audit Committee of Guardant Health (GH) and Maria Eitel, founder and co-chair of the Nike Foundation as the board of directors. In 2014, Cloudflare raised around $110 million funding and the company has raised more than $330 million till date from investors including New Enterprise Associates, Union Square Ventures, Microsoft, Baidu, and many more. During the latest round of funding Franklin Templeton, an investment management company joined these investors and further extending its support to Cloudflare’s growth. Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, said, “I’m honored to welcome Maria and Stan to our board of directors. Both of them bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board and know what it takes to propel companies forward. Our entire board looks forward to working with them as we continue to help build a better Internet.” Eitel has previously run European corporate affairs for Microsoft and worked in media affairs at the White House, and also had been an assistant to President George H.W. Bush. Eitel said, “My career has been focused on creating global change, and the Internet is a huge part of that. The Internet has the ability to unleash human potential, and I believe that Cloudflare is one of the major players able to drive the change that’s necessary for the world and Internet community.” Stan Meresman was previously CFO of Silicon Graphics (SGI) and Cypress Semiconductor (CY). He said, “Cloudflare’s technologies, customer base, and global network have helped propel the company to a position of leadership in the Internet ecosystem. I look forward to lending my skills and expertise to Cloudflare’s board in order to continue this growth and make even more of an impact.” According to a report by Reuters, last year, Cloudflare was considering an IPO in the first half of 2019, that could have valued the company more than $3.5 billion. According to this latest funding round, it seems that the company isn’t yet in the direction of going public, but Cloudflare is growing and public offering could possibly be the next big step. Few users are expecting the company to go public this year and are happy that the company is moving in a good direction. One of the users commented on HackerNews, “I do wonder how people feel about this internally though. There’s a lot of expectation that the company would go public this year (and some even expected it would go public last year). Hopefully, no one needs the money they put in to early exercise any time soon!” Another comment reads, “Cloudflare is undergoing a lot of big projects to break away from the image that they are “just a CDN”. Raising a round now instead of going public allows them to invest more on those projects instead of focusing on quarter to quarter results. Also, avoiding brain-drains post-IPO while they need those talents the most.” Few others think that the company might start monetizing over the data flow. A user commented, “Doesn’t raising this kind of money scream that you’re eventually going to start to monetize the data flowing through your network (e.g. telecoms selling location data to bounty hunters)?” To know more about this news, check out the official announcement. Read Next Cloudflare takes a step towards transparency by expanding its government warrant canaries workers.dev will soon allow users to deploy their Cloudflare Workers to a subdomain of their choice Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 DNS service is now available as a mobile app for iOS and Androidlast_img read more

Mediaset España has partnered with TV app speciali

first_imgMediaset España has partnered with TV app specialist Accedo to launch its recently-released over-the-top (OTT) TV service, Mitele, on Samsung smart TVs.The Samsung deployment will be powered by Accedo’s AppGrid app management solution and is due to launch “ahead of this year’s holiday season” with more device rollouts planned for next year.Mitele went live in Spain on December 3, offering TV series, news and a dedicated channel for reality series Big Brother. The service was designed to compile Mediaset Spain’s most popular TV content in high definition and was developed using the Accedo VIA Development Kit.“It was particularly important to us to launch Mitele on Samsung smart TVs ahead of the holiday season when most people have more time to watch,” said Jorge Martín Ibarra, development director, Mediaset España.last_img read more

DerryEoin CoyleERIN HUTCHEONNorth West Regional Co

first_img DerryEoin CoyleERIN HUTCHEONNorth West Regional CollegeNWRC’s Eoin Coyle is now crunching data instead of biscuits after losing 14 stone Everything changed six years ago when Eoin decided that finally enough was enough.He said: “The cliché ‘new year, new me’ actually did apply to me. I spent months reading up on food and nutrition, and I started to understand what the body needs. “The body is like a car and you need to put the right fuel into it, or it will break down.”Eoin Coyle, pictured before his amazing 14 stone weightloss.In just 16 months Eoin had lost an incredible 14 stone – half his entire body weight. He went on to train for a half marathon losing a further two stone, but in order to remain a healthy weight regained two stone and has maintained this since.Eoin continued: “I was really lucky because I managed to escape serious illness as a result of my weight. “I was consuming in excess of 3-4,000 calories a day, but I wasn’t showing any signs of diabetes or damage to my heart.”The 30 year-old has now completely transformed his life.He said: “I’ve learned that everything is about variety, balance and moderation. The secret is to make sure your body now has everything it needs to make it healthy.“I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and healthy eating while I’ve been on this journey so I was delighted for the college to ask me to host a session on nutrition and exercise.“I want to get the message across that fad diets which say certain foods are bad for us are wrong. WE all need to make sure we have Carbohydrates, Protein and Fats in our diet, I feel at my best when I am eating all three.“These days Eoin, who is getting married to Erin Havlin next year, has a strict regime to maintain his body at his ideal weight, beginning every morning with a 5 a.m. gym session and consuming a minimum of four litres of water a day. Eoin continues to track his food and nutrition daily to ensure he is meeting his goals and that his nutrition is what his body needs.And to anyone who is thinking about losing weight, Eoin has some simple advice:“There’s no time like the present, don’t say you’re going to start tomorrow. Some simple changes can put you on the road to a healthier mind and body. I’ve never looked back.“Since I began my journey I have experienced some life changing experiences. I have completed the Waterside Half Marathon on two occasions, showcased my story on a stage in Belfast and challenged myself to goals I would have been told were never possible. The journey has helped me not just in my health, I have applied the discipline to all aspects of my life. “Kate Duffy, Director of Human Resources and Learner Services at NWRC said: “I’d like to thank Eoin for the contribution he has made relating his journey to other members of staff as part of Health and Well Being programme which operates across all of our campuses in Derry~Londonderry, Strabane and Limavady.“NWRC is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all staff and we will continue to explore innovative andcreative ways to improve their health and wellbeing.”Eoin will one of the many walkers and runners taking part in North West Regional College’s 5k Rescue Run in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue on April 4.You can register for the event at https://register.primoevents.com/ps/event/NWRC5RiverKRescueRunandWalk?fbclid=IwAR0PpjZyPxZQVPCMVCEaZ-AiezruNYXaWKYRd4Q_bAXNkS5mQZmQrKfv5NEOnline registration closes on April 2, however you can register on the night at the Foyle Building of NWRC from 5.30 – 6.45p.m. NWRC’s Eoin Coyle is now crunching data instead of biscuits after losing 14 stone was last modified: March 28th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Eon Coyle halved his weight from 28 to 14 stoneA NORTH West Regional College (NWRC) employee who shed an astonishing 14 stone, has been using his experience to help his colleagues as part of the college’s Health and Wellbeing programme. Eoin Coyle, who joined the College as Compliance Officer in October 2018, halved his entire body weight, going from 28 to 14 stone, by thoroughly researching the science of nutrition, and finding an exercise programme that fitted his lifestyle. ShareTweet And recently he shared the knowledge he’s found on nutrition and exercise by hosting a series of workshops in the college, as part of NWRC’s wellbeing programme, which runs various events throughout the year including Running Clubs, Fitness Boot Camps and routine Health Checks for staff.Eoin explained: “By the time I was 19, I had hit 24 stone. I had a poor understanding of what I should and shouldn’t eat. I did no exercise and I had no energy. Every day I slept in until 1 p.m. I was caught in a trap and at my heaviest weighed over 28 stone.“I was unable to buy my clothes in the conventional clothes shops, I often had to travel to Belfast to tall and large man shops to get my size. At my heaviest I was wearing XXXL tops and 46 inch waist jeans.“I would only let my photograph be taken if I was sitting down and would have avoided it as much as I could.”last_img read more

Justins note Beyond Meat BYND is soaring The

first_imgJustin’s note: Beyond Meat (BYND) is soaring.The plant-based meat producer is up around 500% since the company went public in May. The company is now worth over $9 billion, and is trading at more than 80 times its trailing 12-month sales.That’s an absurd valuation. But many believe the stock could keep running. That’s because the company is supposed to radically change how people eat.Personally, I think BYND’s a bubble that will pop any day now. But I was interested in the big trend here of plant-based meat. So, I got Doug Casey on the phone to see what he thinks about BYND and the future of food…Justin: Doug, there’s a lot of hype around Beyond Meat right now, and for good reason.Its stock is up around 500% since the company went public in May. Not only that, Whole Foods’ CEO recently described Beyond Meat as the future of food, saying, “You have a business here that is real and that is in the early innings.”Do you buy that? Is plant-based meat really the future?Doug: This trend – and I think it is a trend – has been predicted for some time. When I was in high school, Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly was a popular book for a while. I just looked it up – it was written in 1928. It’s been a long time since I read it, but if my memory serves, among other things it posited that people and machines would both run on the same fuel, a petroleum derivative, in a dystopian future. It’s not an unreasonable prediction. Because although there are 92 naturally occurring elements most food consists of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. These elements basically compose all carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Plus traces of others like iron, copper, and sulfur.Fabricating “food,” or at least something that can fuel the body’s cells, is just practical chemistry. As technology improves it will be possible to create all sorts of foods that look and taste like the real thing. Perhaps better. Science fiction has always been the best predictor of the future, and I have no doubt that “replicators,” like those on Star Trek, will create food. 3-D printing is a major step in that direction.Right now it’s still at the stage of using plants to transform raw materials into something that tastes like meat. The next question is not just whether we can cut out animals, which transform plants. But cut out the plants, which transform raw chemical compounds. It’s only logical that this trend will accelerate. The question is whether the foods are also economic and tasty. Let’s hope it goes in that direction, rather than towards Soylent Green – which is rather unaesthetic. The creation of foods out of various stages of raw material has lots of implications on political and sociological – not to mention philosophical – levels. But we’re mainly interested on how to turn a buck here…As far as making money is concerned, I don’t like to invest in science projects. There’s just too much research and development (R&D), experimentation, and uncertainty – it might even be riskier than mining exploration, which is saying something. In addition, projects like this tend to be cultural problems. And it takes generations to change cultures. So, I wouldn’t touch Beyond Meat’s stock with a cattle prod at the moment.Justin: Why do you think its stock is up so much then?Doug: Well, since I haven’t personally tried any of their products, I can’t comment on their taste or cost. When I do, perhaps I’ll change my opinion. I have no doubt that as the tech improves – which it will – both will get better. But there’s plenty of time to get involved – when other companies are out there, and there’s not a speculative bubble.I think the stock’s gone up because interest rates are near record lows and the Federal Reserve is printing money. All that money has got to go somewhere. It’s just part of the great financial bubble. And it’s generally a bad idea to chase after every fashionable idea. Especially late in a bubble.As far as artificial meat itself is concerned, the Chinese have made many great meat substitutes from mushrooms, soy, and wheat for many decades. When I used to live in Hong Kong, one of my favorite restaurants specialized in Buddhist vegetarian dishes. The menu had lots of pork and beef taste-alikes that were extremely appetizing. I certainly didn’t feel the need for real meat when I ate there. But those products never really made it in the U.S.But I don’t doubt “faux flesh” is a growing trend.Justin: What about the green movement? I imagine eco-conscious millennials have played a huge role in bidding up Beyond Meat’s stock.Doug: This is absolutely part of the green movement. A lot of it is based on people being made to feel guilty for even existing, not to mention eating animals.I understand the ethical argument. I don’t like killing other creatures. I feel somewhat sheepish going to a store and buying meat products that someone else has killed, despite the fact it’s just a question of specialization and division of labor. It’s certainly more authentic to eat what you’ve actually hunted and killed yourself. But that’s impractical in today’s world.This is mostly a matter of economics. Most food is based on corn, soybeans, wheat, and rice. All these commodity groups are grown in gigantic monocultures that cover hundreds of thousands of square miles. Any large artificial monoculture is an accident waiting to happen.The day of the self-sustaining family farm, like the one Joel Salatin runs and writes about, is done. At least for 98% of humanity. I’m not a dedicated farmer like Joel. But I can tell you that at current prices it’s somewhere between hard and impossible to make money growing food at today’s prices.My main objection to faux foods is personal, and aesthetic. I don’t like the idea of eating manufactured or industrial foods. But perhaps that’s just because I have enough money to allow me to eat whatever I want. Those big four grains are for feeding the masses. Humans didn’t eat that kind of food for the first 99% of our existence.That sounds elitist, I know. Which is a bit of a contradiction, because it’s well-known I generally despise today’s “elite.” But, on the other hand, every human who’s not a useless mouth should strive to become elite. It’s just a question of how we define that word. And what you do to become elite. Just being no more than a carbon-based life form that has to be fed doesn’t cut it.If you’re at a certain economic level – as I presume anyone reading this is – you’re not directly affected by whether the corn crop fails, or wheat goes back to $10 a bushel. That’s largely a problem for Third World countries with socialist governments, places where they can’t produce anything but more poor people. But, in that context I’ve got to point out that all the foods, not just wheat, corn, and soybeans, but also cattle, sugar, coffee and orange juice, are at just about historic lows. So, now is the time to get into these things from a speculative point of view.It’s very dangerous to grow anything in a gigantic monoculture. There are viruses, bacteria, insects, and other pests that can wipe out these crops wholesale. The Chinese are dealing with that now with their hog crop; an African swine fever breakout has wiped out 20% to 30% of the hogs in China. Closer to home, flooding in the Midwest has devastated this year’s corn, wheat, and soybean harvests. At the same time that most of the world’s crops have been engineered to be grown using the pesticide glyphosate (RoundUp), there are huge lawsuits being won that could ban its use. It’s accused – quite possibly correctly – as being a dangerous carcinogen. “Roundup Ready” crops don’t do well, however, without RoundUp.I say that with the understanding that productivity of all foods has been going up for many years. Farmers produce two to three times per acre more than they did just fifty years ago. I’m sure, for many reasons not germane to this short discussion, that trend is going to continue. Always remember that the longest bear market in history is commodities. In real terms they’ve been collapsing in price for roughly 10,000 years – punctuated by explosive rallies, usually caused by either natural disasters like flood or drought, or anthropogenic ones, like war and collectivism.My guess is that we’re at the bottom for commodity prices here. Unless we have a credit collapse, there will be fortunes made in the next couple of years. People who feel guilty about profiting from higher food prices simply have no understanding of basic economics. A proper speculator is a humanitarian in disguise. Why? By buying things when there’s a surplus, and prices are cheap, he’s in a position to make them available to the less prudent when there’s a shortage.Now’s an excellent time to speculate on these commodity type foods at these prices.Justin: Aside from plant-based meat, what other developments in the food industry should we expect? I recently read that insect-based foods might be needed to deal with overpopulation. What do you think?Doug: First of all, it’s too bad that most meat today is produced in an industrial manner. The conditions under which cattle, hogs, and chickens are produced are absolutely disgusting. The animals are full of steroids and antibiotics. And they’re often fed what amounts to cardboard. The entire process is very unaesthetic. I avoid industrial meat, milk, and eggs whenever possible. There’s a lot of truth to the saying “you are what you eat”, and nobody needs more steroids and antibiotics.But I’m not worried about the growing population. The population all over the world is actually dropping, particularly in North America, Europe, and Japan. And that’s not likely to change. It’s actually likely to accelerate. It’s even happening in China, the Middle East, and South America.The only place where population is growing is in Africa. Africans can’t feed themselves as it stands. They certainly won’t be able to if their population triples by the end of this century. Unless the continent completely reforms its political and economic systems, it’s in trouble. The whole continent is a welfare case, sucking capital out of the rest of the world.Contrary to most projections, however, I believe the population of Africa could collapse at some point – not for the reasons populations are declining in the developed world, but because they don’t produce anything. Africa doesn’t have the infrastructure, the capital base, or the political/economic environment to change that in the near term. The Central African Republic is much closer to reality than the country of Wakanda portrayed in the movie Black Panther. Anyway, they’re not competing with us for expensive foods like meat and fish. They’re competitors for subsistence foods.As for grubs and insects I’ve tried many of them when I was living in Thailand and Hong Kong. They can be very tasty. But, even there, they’re a specialty item. When they’re bred in meaningful quantities, however, they’ll be ground into mulch. Then they won’t be a delicacy for rich people, but subsistence protein for poor people. In any event, not a consideration for many years to come.Here’s the bottom line. It’s time to get long commodities.Justin: Great stuff. Thanks, Doug.Doug: You’re welcome.Justin’s note: As Doug said, now is a great time to bet on commodities.Our in-house commodities expert Dave Forest agrees. He says we’re entering the next “supercycle”… and smart investors stand to make a fortune.And just like Doug and I talked about today, he sees agriculture stocks specifically as one of the top ways to take advantage.The best part is, Dave just found the perfect way to profit. He just wrote about it in the latest issue of International Speculator, which subscribers can access here.If you’re not a subscriber, you can learn more, including another massive opportunity on Dave’s radar, by clicking here.last_img read more

FutureProof Your Career By Learning How to Code for Less Than 40

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue –shares Contributor Next Article Hone your programming skills on a shoestring budget with this nine-part training bundle. Apply Now » 4 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.center_img Future-Proof Your Career By Learning How to Code for Less Than $40 Entrepreneur Store Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs once said, “I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” Today, a coding education does far more than that—it makes your future self employable.You think our world is computer-reliant now? Just wait a few years: Due to “greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security”, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT employment will grow 13 percent by the time 2026 rolls around—faster than the average for all occupations. And with 800 million jobs worldwide predicted to be under threat of automation by 2030, even further growth over the next decade would be hardly surprising.Learning how to code, then, is a surefire way to extend your career’s shelf life, and no program makes that task easier than the Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bundle. Comprised of nine different courses, it’s a beginner-friendly education in all things coding. Here’s what’s included: Basic Introduction To C++ For Beginners (a $199.99 value)Gain fluency in the C++ programming language across three hours of learning in this step-by-step, hands-on course. Designed to be learned at your own pace, it’ll show you how to write C++ programs from scratch so you have a solid foundation on which to develop your skills.Become A Full Stack Web Developer: Beginner To Advanced (a $199.99 value)Full-stack developers are the apples of the programming world’s eye, as they’re proficient in both front- and back-end development. Add this lucrative skill set to your roster with this project-packed course on full-stack dev tools and the PHP framework Laravel.Build Responsive Real World Websites with HTML5 and CSS3 (a $199.99 value)Learn how to build the responsive website of your dreams from scratch by enrolling in this 11-hour class on HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Its 77 lessons are enhanced with helpful video tutorials led by self-taught web designer and developer Jonas Schmedtmann.JavaScript Essentials: Get Started With Web Coding (a $199.99 value)Want to create interactive web content? You’ll need to know how to use JavaScript. This class is a great crash course in the programming language that’ll hone the skills you need in order to harness its capabilities for a fully functional and engaging site.C# 7 & .NET Core 2.0 Recipes (a $124 value)The multi-paradigm programming language C# (pronounced “C-sharp”) can be used to build a variety of applications on the .NET framework. Featuring five hours of content, this course will both introduce you to both tools and show you how to use their latest versions to create apps.The Complete Google Go Programming Course For Beginners (a $199.99 value)As the first development language designed specifically for modern multi-core CPU computers, Google Go has become ultra-popular in recent years. You’ll explore it in-depth when you enroll in this course, which features 51 lectures and five hours of content that’s available 24/7.From 0 to 1: Learn Python Programming Easy as Pie (a $49 value)The programming language Python is virtually ubiquitous, so you’d better learn how to use it, and use it well. This class will show you how to do just that with 10-plus hours of learning that covers data manipulation, machine learning implementation, text processing, website-scraping, and other uses of Python.Java Programming for Beginners (a $99 value)Speaking of must-know languages, meet Java. (It’s contributed to just about every web app or website, FYI.) This 50-lesson class is comprised of video lectures, lab exercises, and code examples that will give you a detailed understanding of Java programming.Git Complete: The Definitive, Step-By-Step Guide (a $99 value)Invaluable to software engineers, Git is a distributed version control system used to track and manage changes in computer files. After showing you how to install it on your Mac or Windows device, this course will demonstrate various Git commands and walk you through its uses in programming.A $1,370.95 value, lifetime access to the Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bundle is normally sold in the Entrepreneur Store for $79. Act fast, though, and you can score it for just $39 — a savings of 97 percent. Image credit: Danial RiCaRoS The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. January 9, 2019 Programmerslast_img read more

Triton Digital Announces Acquisition of Podcast Powerhouse Omny Studio

first_imgTriton Digital Announces Acquisition of Podcast Powerhouse Omny Studio Business WireJune 12, 2019, 9:24 pmJune 12, 2019 AcquisitionAndrew ArmstrongMarketing TechnologyNeal SchoreNewsOmny StudioTriton Digital Previous ArticleCorelDRAW Technical Suite 2019 Offers Precision and Control for Technical IllustrationNext ArticleSophisticated AI Engine and Real-Time Insights Empower New NICE Satmetrix Release to Measurably Improve Customer Experiences Triton Digital, the global technology and services leader to the digital audio and podcast industry, announced the acquisition of Omny Studio, the creators of the world’s most advanced podcast and on-demand audio publishing platform, which Triton has been integrated with and re-selling since 2017.As a result of this acquisition, Triton Digital has acquired the technology, assets, and team of the Melbourne-based podcasting leader, and is now the exclusive provider of the industry’s most advanced, full-stack enterprise podcasting solution. The entire Omny Studio team, including co-founders Andrew Armstrong and Long Zheng, have joined Triton Digital.Omny Studio is trusted by the world’s leading radio stations and podcast networks, including Cumulus Media, Entercom, Mediacorp, Southern Cross Austereo, Corus Entertainment, Mashable, Arabian Radio Network, Mamamia, and more. The addition of Omny Studio’s comprehensive CMS and hosting capabilities into Triton’s preeminent portfolio of streaming, advertising, and measurement technologies provides the world’s audio publishers with a one-stop-shop to increase their reach and revenue while simultaneously streamlining workflows.Marketing Technology News: Esri Software Powers Location Intelligence in Microsoft’s Defense System Demonstration“Omny Studio has been an exceptional partner that shares our passion for enabling traditional broadcasters and pure play podcasters to grow their audience and revenue,” said Neal Schore, CEO of Triton Digital. “We are proud to welcome Omny to the Triton family, and look forward to combining our talent and technology to expand the solution globally and continue to innovate around podcast data and analytics.”“Triton Digital has been driving the growth and innovation of the digital audio industry for the last 13 years, and we are excited to be joining forces to further expand our global footprint and the adoption of our unequaled technology around the world,” said Sharon Taylor, CEO of Omny Studio. “We share a passion and a mission to provide publishers with the most comprehensive technology in the market, and look forward to working as part of the Triton family to drive the global audio industry forward.”Marketing Technology News: IBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One Platform“We’re excited by the opportunity to continue innovating for our customers and look forward to the next phase of the journey ahead with Triton Digital,” said Andrew Armstrong, Co-Founder and CTO of Omny Studio. “Together with Triton, we remain committed to delivering best-in-class creation, publishing, monetization and analytics tools that enable audio publishers to garner millions of podcast downloads every day,” added Long Zheng, Head of Product at Omny Studio.Marketing Technology News: OpenTable Deepens Integrations with Point-of-Sale Systemslast_img read more

Doomed EgyptAir Airbus should not have taken off French report says

first_imgAn Airbus jet operated by EgyptAir that crashed over the Mediterranean almost three years ago, killing all 66 people on board, should have been grounded because of a series of technical issues on previous flights, according to a French investigation. Antoine Lachenaud, a lawyer for the family of Clement Daeschner-Cormary, a 26-year-old passenger who died, said the report showed that the crash was due to error and not chance.”When warnings are ignored in a systematic manner this results in a crash and it becomes impossible to maintain that this is due to chance,” he said.”Based on this report and the investigations, there should be consequences over the responsibilities of those involved.”The report says the on-the-ground technician in Paris had no reason to stop the flight from taking off, since no alert of the plane’s previous problems had been given.But it does highlight eventual shortcomings in the competence and accreditation of the technician responsible for checking the plane for the return flight while it was on the ground in Paris.Cockpit fire?It also notes that the casing of the oxygen mask for the co-pilot was replaced for unknown reasons three days before the crash.”The replacement of this equipment requires careful checking, given the danger of oxygen leaks,” the experts wrote.A report published last year by France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) said its main hypothesis was that a fire erupted in the cockpit which rapidly got out of control.A second report requested by the French judges is expected to determine if smartphones and tablets left in the cockpit could have led to the fire.A source close to the case, who asked not to be identified, said French investigators had started to analyse a copy of one of the “black box” voice recordings from the cockpit.They received the recordings after the Egyptian security authorities ended their investigation.In December 2016, Cairo officials said traces of explosives had been found on the remains of some victims, but French authorities were sceptical, as no organisation had claimed responsibility for any attack. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP Explore further Investigators are not certain what exactly caused the crash Black boxes: Crucial to air crash probes French experts point to ‘considerable lack of rigour on the part of crew and the technical services of EgyptAir’ ‘Warnings ignored’ Citation: Doomed EgyptAir Airbus ‘should not have taken off’, French report says (2019, April 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-doomed-egyptair-airbus-french.html The report, ordered by the French judiciary, stops short of drawing firm conclusions about the precise cause of the disaster but makes clear a serious of previous issues with the plane should not have been ignored.Flight MS804, which was bound from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport to Cairo, plunged into the sea between Crete and the northern coast of Egypt after disappearing from radars. All passengers and crew on board, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens, lost their lives in the crash of the A320.The Egyptian authorities rapidly suggested that the crash was due to an attack, but French officials have always preferred the theory that it was caused by a technical problem.Three Paris judges investigating the case ordered two probes to reconstruct the sequence of events that led to the crash, with results from the first handed over to magistrates in June. In the document of 76 pages, first reported by the Le Parisien newspaper and seen by AFP, the two experts complain of “the considerable lack of rigour on the part of crew and the technical services of EgyptAir” in processing the aircraft’s technical documents. ‘Recurring faults’The report, by a technical expert and an aeronautic expert, says there were several incidents concerning the operation of the aircraft which were not reported by the pilots and thus not followed up by maintenance teams. These faults “were not signalled when the aircraft was at its principal base in Cairo, apparently so that it would not be grounded for repairs”. “The examination has shown that this aircraft should have been subject to checks during its four previous flights and should not have taken off from Cairo after a sequence of recurring faults which were not signalled by successive crews.” But they stop short of drawing a conclusion on what caused the crash, saying the “study of the elements” at their disposal “does not allow to determine if the accident resulted from the different technical issues”.Yet they point to suspicions that one of the faults “could have been the precursor of a major electrical failure”.last_img read more

Karnataka crisis Will face all issues on floor of House says CM

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:43 IST Making the announcement in the state assembly, CM HD Kumaraswamy said he has voluntarily decided to seek the vote of confidence. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSKarnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said that he will face all issues on the floor of the HouseKumaraswamy also announced he would seek a trust vote to end the ‘confusion’ caused by resignations of rebel MLAsHe said that only when he commanded the support in the House he can continue as the CMKarnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy on Friday said that whatever issues are there in the state, he will face them on the floor of the House.”Whatever issues are there, I will face them on the floor of the House. Let’s see,” Kumaraswamy said.While speaking in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, HD Kumaraswamy said, “After all these developments, I am seeking your permission and time to prove the majority in this session.”In a surprise move amid the existential crisis faced by his government, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also announced he would seek a trust vote to end the ‘confusion’ caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was “ready for everything”.Making the announcement in the state assembly, Kumaraswamy said he has ‘voluntarily’ decided to seek the vote, adding only when he commanded the support in the House he can continue as the CM.Asserting that he did not come to the Chief Minister’s position with the intention of remaining in power for ever, the JDS leader requested Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to fix a time for moving the confidence vote.Later, Kumaraswamy at the business advisory committee meeting proposed Wednesday for the trust vote. However, no decision was taken as the principal opposition BJP did not attend the meeting, sources said.A decision was likely to be taken on Monday, they added.Kumaraswamy’s announcement in the assembly came as the Supreme Court, hearing a petition by ten of the 16 rebel MLAs, restrained the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till next Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of the legislators.The ten rebel MLAs Thursday submitted afresh their resignation letters in person to the Speaker as directed by the apex court The assembly met Friday for a 11-day monsoon session in the backdrop of resignation of 16 ruling coalition MLAs that has raised questions over the government’s survival.Kumaraswamy took the floor during obituary references time and announced his decision.”In todays political situation in the state, due to decision of some MLAs there is a confusing situation that all the legislators are witnessing… I did not come to this position with an intention that I will remain in power for ever. Im ready for everything,” Kumaraswamy said.”My request to you is as we will have to run the administration by taking various decisions through this House under your guidance. In the backdrop of the incidences that have happened, I have decided to seek trust vote. Im requesting you to fix a time for it at the earliest,” Kumaraswamy told the Speaker.The Chief Minister, who has been asserting his government and the coalition would survive, said, “In today’s situation, it is inevitable for me to say this. Only when I have the support of this House, I can continue in this position.””I’m not ready to misuse this position in any way. So voluntarily I have decided to seek trust vote,” Kumaraswamy added.The coalition government, which has been shaky since it came into being last year after a post-poll arrangement in the wake of a hung verdict, is facing a serious crisis now with 16 MLAs — 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) — resigning their assembly membership.Besides, two independent legislators who were made ministers recently to provide stability to the government have quit the ministry and withdrawn support.The sudden announcement by the chief minister during the obituary reference time came as a surprise.According to sources, it was a voluntary decision by the chief minister and a very few within the coalition circle knew about it.The opposition BJP took exception to the chief minister raising the matter during obituary reference.State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa later told reporters that his party would decide its strategy on the basis of Kumaraswamy’s speech on the proposed trust vote.”As a Chief Minister, he has made a statement, how can I say no to it. It is left to him. We will decide on the basis of what the Chief Minister speaks when he seeks the trust vote,” the BJP veteran said.Though Kumaraswamy wanted the Speaker to fix a time for the vote, the latter said as and when the Chief Minister informed him about the date on which he would move the confidence motion it will be mentioned in the list of business.”He (CM) will have to tell me. The Chief Minister has spoken his mind that there is confusing situation and he will not stick to power. If he tells me when he will move a motion seeking trust vote, I will put it for business the next day,” the Speaker said.Stating that he expected the Chief Minister to seek the vote of confidence at the earliest, Ramesh Kumar said he cannnot ask him to move it on a specific day.Kumaraswamy was later seen in a relaxed mood in the assembly lobby and expressed confidence about the trust vote and getting numbers in favor of the coalition.According to reports, Kumaraswamy is said to be in direct talks with at least four Congress legislators, who have resigned and is hopeful that they will withdraw.Later talking to reporters, he said what ever issues are there we will see, on the floor of the House.The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker.With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113.If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.In a related development, the BJP, apparently fearing poaching of its MLAs by the ruling coalition leaders, has decided to shift its legislators to a resort on the outskirts of the city.”Every one (BJP MLAs) felt that they should be together and come together to the assembly on Monday…I have said okay,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in response to a question.On the Supreme Court order, he said it has come as a moral booster to the rebels and claimed even the whip issued (asking all ruling MLAs to attend the assembly session) will not be applicable for the ten.”The MLAs in Mumbai had contacted our friends, they all are satisfied with the Supreme Court verdict,” he said, adding the BJP would wait for the outcome of the next hearing on Tuesday.Congress is also likely to shift its legislators to a hotel or resort and the final call would be taken shortly, top party sources said.The rebel MLAs continued to remain in a hotel in Mumbai.Also Read | Karnataka crisis: No decision on rebel MLAs till July 16, SC tells SpeakerAlso Watch | Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he govt has numbersFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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