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Odisha bureaucrats protest against Minister’s remarks

first_imgThe IAS Officers’ Association of Odisha has taken strong exception to the remarks made by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan against a senior IAS officer of the State at a function here on Monday.In a memorandum submitted to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the Association said that Mr. Pradhan, during the inauguration of the National Data Centre of the National Informatics Centre, had “personally targeted” State IT Secretary Ashok Meena, who was attending the function on invitation.While addressing the gathering, Mr. Pradhan had remarked that senior IAS officers were unable to take decisions independently, and for every mundane issue they were seeking approval from “higher-ups”, in an apparent reference to the CMO.Others who were present at the function included Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney and State Revenue Secretary Chandra Shekhar Kumar.Demoralised officialsStating that several such incidents had been reported by field functionaries, the Association said, “This has vitiated the working atmosphere and has a demoralising effect on the officers and employees of the State government.”“The IAS Association of Odisha strongly condemns such incidents and stands by all State government employees facing such situations,” Association secretary Vishal Dev said in the memorandum.The Association requested the Mr. Patnaik to take up the matter at the appropriate level. The OAS Officers’ Association representatives also met the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat and demanded action in the matter.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh to have hefty profit share for Kabir Khan’s 83?

first_imgWith each film he does, Ranveer Singh is galloping towards superstardom. Just last year itself, both his films Padmaavat and Simmba together earned more than Rs 500 crore at the box office. And his latest release Gully Boy, is raking in money as well.Ranveer is unstoppable and is already prepping for his next film. ’83, which revolves around India’s grand victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and is being directed by Kabir Khan. Ranveer will play Kapil Dev in the biopic.From Simmba onwards, Ranveer has been on a profit-share with his producers, something that only big stars demand. A top trade source told a portal, “Ranveer is no longer the heir apparent. He is the superstar of this generation as his track record of delivering blockbusters show. And he has been delivered blockbusters consistently. Post-Padmaavat, which saw his performance propel the film to shatter several box office records, Ranveer’s equity has seen a meteoric rise. The first choice of producers and directors, Ranveer now has a substantial pie of the profits and filmmakers are sweetening the deal for him by offering him a big margin.”The actor has reportedly cracked a deal with ’83 producers, where he will get an extensive profit share. “Ranveer’s on top form with back to back blockbusters and from Simmba he has been getting a major percentage of profit share. Kabir Khan’s 83 has a big profit percentage carved out for Ranveer. In fact, for all films going forward, Ranveer will have profit share chalked out for him. Only the big superstars of our times have been able to command this status and Ranveer has reached this place in just 8 years. It’s an incredible success story,” the source added.advertisementWhile there were reports doing the rounds that Ranveer would train under Kapil Dev himself, the actor had earlier revealed that they haven’t started working together yet. “I’m hoping to become his shadow. I will follow him wherever he goes and try to pick as much as possible from him. I hope to get some tips on bowling and batting from the man himself. I have never done this before. This will be a first for me, a unique process of spending time with the person I play on screen,” Ranveer had said.Ranveer has started training with one of the original team members from the 1983 winning team in Mumbai. Balwinder Singh Sandhu has been helping him master his strokes. In a recent interview, he said that he realises he must work harder on his bowling action. “Ballu sir, as we call him, is an amazing coach. I train with him for four hours everyday in Mumbai. I focus on my bowling and do a lot of physio. I’m doing better in batting because from my childhood, I’ve had a natural ability for it. I’m a good fielder too. But I need to work particularly hard on my bowling.”ALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have eyes for only each other at Mumbai receptionALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

I will try to make a comeback at Commonwealth Championships, says Soumyajit Ghosh

first_imgI will try to make a comeback at Commonwealth Championships, says Soumyajit GhoshTable tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh and his family members were granted an unconditional bail in the domestic violence case.advertisement Next Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 21:11 IST Soumyajit Ghosh has been accused of domestic violence (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSoumyajit Ghosh’s wife filed a complaint of domestic violence against him and his familyGhosh and his family members were granted an unconditional bail in the domestic violence case”All the allegations against me are false,” Ghosh saidEmbroiled in a case of domestic violence, former national champion Soumyajit Ghosh on Wednesday said he is eyeing a competitive return with the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in June, after being granted an unconditional bail by Barasat Courts.”All the allegations against me are false and myself and my family have got bail,” Ghosh, who had become the youngest national champion back in 2013, told reporters.”I will try to make a comeback in the Commonwealth Championships. I will try my best. But at the same time I’ll have to appear in courts whenever they summon.””With the bail, I can concentrate on playing again. It’s a very difficult battle and I consider myself lucky that my family and well-wishers stand beside me.”Ghosh and five of his family members and relatives were charged with IPC sections 498A (physical and mental torture), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 195A (threatening to give false evidence) and 34 (common intention) at the Barasat Courts on January 16.”We all made an effort to reunite but I’m clueless why all these allegations were made against us. I was really shocked to see the complaint. I’m innocent and waiting for the verdict.”After getting a notice, they appeared at the Barasat Courts and after the hearing, the chief judicial magistrate granted bail without imposing any condition, his lawyer Sibashish Pattanayak Dey said.Ghosh married the same girl who had accused him of rape and after the case was dismissed, the same girl filed fresh charges against the Olympian.Also watch:advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Soumyajit Ghoshlast_img read more

Fisheries Bill for Parliament this Fiscal Year

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, has given his commitment that changes to the law governing the fisheries sector will be brought to the House of Representatives during this Parliamentary year.The fisheries bill will make the necessary legal provisions for the sustainable management of the sector, which engages some 30,000 Jamaicans. Minister Clarke, who was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 8, also pledged to advance the modernisation of the Fisheries Division into an executive agency.Giving an update on the situation at Pedro Cays, Mr. Clarke informed that up to the end of 2012, the Government had spent over $9.8 million to conduct garbage removal at the location.“We have stepped up enforcement with the placement of two fisheries officers on the cays. They are working closely with the Marine Police and the JDF (Jamaica Defence Force) Coast Guard to enforce adherence to the fisheries licence regime on the cays,” he told the House.Additionally, the Minister noted, a contract is being finalised with the University of the West Indies to undertake a carrying capacity study, to determine the number of people that the cays can support and the kind of sanitation infrastructure required. “On the basis of this study, the Ministry will establish an appropriate licensing regime, notwithstanding our proactive stance in reducing the number and validity period of licences issued this year,” he said.The Ministry will also contribute to the installation of the required infrastructure. “It is imperative to state that the day-to-day management of the cays will have to be addressed through the formulation and execution of a multi-agency sustainable management regime,” the Minister said.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

ASCO Columbia Shipmanagement to Create Tanker JV

first_imgBaku-based Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company (ASCO) has reached an agreement to set up a new joint venture with Columbia Shipmanagement.Under the memorandum of cooperation, the parties plan to further enhance bilateral cooperation through the JV.Namely, the companies said they would create a solid basis for the exchange of experience on the operation of large tankers in international waters, training of seafarers and office staff of ASCO, and ensuring the participation of the shipping company in new foreign projects.The parties reached an agreement to continue negotiations on the creation of the JV and the development of the necessary technical and economic documentation.last_img read more

Forest Practices Board recommends changes to compliance and enforcement program

first_imgFor more information, you can visit the Forest Practice’s Board website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Forest Practices Board has released a new report on the compliance and enforcement program in the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.Forest Practices Board chair, Kevin Kriese, says the public cannot be confident that the Government’s compliance and enforcement framework is achieving the intended result of promoting license compliance with legislation.“Sufficient oversight of forestry and range activities is critical to support the environmental, social and economic values that B.C.’s forestry legislation is intended to protect. We conclude that the public cannot be confident that the Government’s compliance and enforcement framework is achieving the intended result of promoting licensee compliance with legislation.” Based on the Board’s audit work, Kriese says the program does limited proactive monitoring of forest and range activities, or public reporting of compliance levels.“Based on our own audit work, we believe that overall levels of compliance with forest and range legislation are fairly high. However, we found the compliance and enforcement program does limited proactive monitoring of forest and range activities, or public reporting of compliance levels. Together, this makes it difficult to determine what the level of licensee compliance really is.”According to the Board, the evaluation was based on interviews with program staff, including natural resource officers, ministry staff and industry representatives.The evaluation found a number of weaknesses in the design and implementation of the program to address the complexities of forestry legislation and inadequate public reporting, from a lack of appropriate performance measures and targets to issues with staffing and training.The report makes a number of recommendations for improvement that will require the ministry to review all aspects of the program, from guiding policies and procedures to hiring, training and operational tools.The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.last_img read more

On golden anniversary Ban lauds Pakistans contribution to UN peacekeeping

“Peacekeeping is a credit to us thanks to the fine work of our troop-contributing countries – Pakistan a leader among them,” Mr. Ban said last night in remarks at the opening of a photo exhibition celebrating 50 years of Pakistan’s participation in UN peacekeeping. He noted that Pakistan’s contribution has been consistent ever since the first Pakistani peacekeeper served in the Congo 50 years ago. Pakistanis have served in 38 missions worldwide. They are involved now in nine of the UN’s most dangerous operations, with large contingents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. “The numbers tell only part of the story. The other part is played out in the lives of people recovering from war,” Mr. Ban told the gathering, held at Pakistan’s Mission to the UN. From the women who are treated by female members of Pakistan’s medical unit to children who play football on fields constructed by Pakistani troops, the services rendered by brave Pakistani troops, police and civilian personnel deserve profound gratitude, said the Secretary-General.At the same time, “this great contribution comes at a great cost,” Mr. Ban added, noting that 122 Pakistani military, police and civilian personnel have lost their lives while serving the Organization.“They are sons and daughters of Pakistan … but they are also members of the United Nations family. We mourn their deaths. We remember their lives. And we vow to carry forward their valiant work for peace.” 26 April 2011As Pakistan celebrates 50 years of participation in United Nations peacekeeping, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the dedication of the troops, police and civilian personnel who play a crucial role in helping people around the world recover from war. read more

UNICEF seeks aid as millions suffer in droughthit Horn of Africa

Eight million people are facing the ravages of drought in the Horn of Africa, including 1.5 million children under the age of five, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, appealing for donor assistance to expand its relief efforts in the region.Rains have largely failed in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia for the past two years and UNICEF is now calling for $16 million to help fund its response to the drought, with its executive director emphasizing that the emergency assistance is needed to help avoid a greater crisis in the months to come.“There is a potential for widespread disease, greater malnutrition and the displacement of significant numbers of people,” said Ann M. Veneman in a statement from New York. “The international community must respond immediately to the need for assistance.”Crop failure and death of livestock significantly contribute to increased malnutrition among children, while measles also pose a threat to children’s survival as immunization rates in the affected areas are low, the statement said. Children weakened by malnutrition also face a much higher risk of infection, and measles can spread lethally and quickly among unprotected populations.Working with governments, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and partners from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UNICEF is already supporting feeding programmes in the region. But the agency said its plans to expand these efforts in the next few months will require extra funding.“These additional resources will allow the agency to move quickly in getting water and other services into the affected areas, including measles immunization campaigns for children and families,” the statement said.The agency also pointed out that the drought is having a long-term impact on education because children are spending so much time searching for food and water that they have no time to attend school. As such, UNICEF concluded that there is no time to lose in getting assistance to those in need.“The severe drought may not be receiving the same amount of attention as other emergencies. We must act now to save lives,” said Ms. Veneman. read more

South Sudan UN envoy Government agree on steps to tackle widespread sexual

The Special Representative travelled to Bentiu, the capital of Unity state, to engage with the local commander of the Sudan People´s Liberation Army (SPLA), Government authorities, UN staff, humanitarian workers and survivors of sexual violence. “What I witnessed in Bentiu is the worst I have seen in my almost 30 years in dealing with this issue. This is because of the combination of chronic insecurity, unimaginable living conditions, acute day-to-day protection concerns and rampant sexual violence,” said Mrs. Bangura. “The bodies of women and children are the battleground of this conflict. In the words of a woman activist I met: ‘It is not just about rape, it is to inflict unimaginable pain and destruction,’” Ms. Bangura continued. Her visit concluded with a Joint Communique with the Government that outlines clear steps they will take to prevent and address sexual violence crimes. During her time in the country, Mrs. Bangura met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, Ministers, the army, and the police. She also met with the Chairman of the South Sudan Human Rights Commission, women’s groups, community leaders, service providers, journalists and UN staff. The situation on the ground has gotten worse. Following last December’s escalation of violence, there has been an additional dimension of sexual violence attacks and reprisals on an alarming scale, said Mrs. Bangura. There are also grave concerns of sexual violence perpetrated along ethnic lines with attacks fuelling reprisals and a cycle of recrimination and revenge. Condemning these atrocities, she reminded all parties to the conflict, including Government forces and opposition, that they “cannot declare war on their own people” and ultimately must held accountable for their crimes. The humanitarian cost of the conflict will continue to rise until there is a viable peace agreement between the parties. But one thing is for sure: “The message from the women of South Sudan to their political leaders is very clear: end this war!” the SRSG said. A lack of services for victims of sexual violence, reporting of this crime to security, judicial and social welfare actors because of government offices closures, malfunctioning police services and social stigma associated with sexual violence. All these factors contribute to a climate of impunity. “The international community cannot leave survivors to fend for themselves. Now is the time to step up and help South Sudan put an end to these atrocities,” the Special Representative urged. The newly signed agreement outlines critical priority areas for action including ensuring medical, psychosocial and legal assistance to victims; addressing impunity, security and justice sector reform, and ensuring that sexual violence crimes are explicitly addressed in the peace process and as an aspect of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement. The Special Representative also met with Riek Machar leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (Opposition) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss concrete measures that the opposition must take to prevent sexual violence by their forces and in areas under their control. read more

Ohio State rugby advances to conference semifinals

Just as Terrelle Pryor and the Ohio State football team marched out of Happy Valley with a win on Saturday, the “other” football squad — OSU men’s rugby — performed lights-out on a big stage, defeating Northern Iowa 44-20 and securing itself a place in Saturday’s conference semifinals.Northern Iowa and OSU squared each other up for the first 20 minutes — in a game consisting of two 40-minute halves — until sophomore wing Gareth Williatt broke the stalemate in the 25th minute with not one, but two remarkable 40-yard runs.“Those tries were all him just reading the defense,” senior captain Mickey Franco said. “He kind of did his own work on the sidelines, broke a couple of tackles and it was just a real individual effort on his part.”In a matter of minutes, the Bucks were up 10-0.Shortly after, the Buckeye defense held and after an effective drive down the field, senior Eric Sanchez bulled the ball in for a try. A missed extra point (worth two points) by Alex Brust left the score at 15-0.Freshman Josh Holland was the next to step up for the Bucks.  Holland had been making dazzling cuts for long gains all game. One time, he sprinted to a foot within the out-of-bounds line, stopped, made a 360 spin, and then sprinted for another 10 yards in the opposite direction. He broke a 25-yard run late in the first, and OSU led 22-5 at halftime.As the second started, Northern Iowa rumbled out of the gates strong, maintaining possession with short runs up the middle. NIU reached OSU’s goal line several times but the scrappy Buckeye defense refused to break. A few stands and a quality punt later, the ball ended up at the NIU 10-yard line. There, junior flanker Chad Cochran capitalized on a fumbled punt, making the score 27-5 and all but sealing the match.Northern Iowa volleyed back but only faintly. The score got as close as 27-15, but the speed of the Buckeyes was uncontainable. Quick-hit scores by Franco, Spencer Dye and Kyle Harmon made the score 44-15. A last-second try by Northern Iowa left the final score at 44-20, in favor of OSU.    The combustive offense of the NIU game should come as no surprise. The Buckeyes bring a speedy but young back seven that starts four underclassmen, including three freshmen. Quick, elusive, and well-organized, they are the lightning to the thunder of the big boys on the front eight. In the NIU game, they scored on six of eight tries.“We’re running plays and we’re scoring,” Franco said. “Our backs have come together really well. We moved some guys around, and it’s starting to click now. We’re starting to know each other, get to know where each other are out there. … It’s looking real good right now.”Starting next Friday in Elk Heart, Ind., the Buckeyes take on Bowling Green in the semifinals of the Midwest Conference.  On the other side of the bracket awaits Notre Dame or Indiana, with the winner of the league championship receiving the only bid to the 16-team National Championships, which starts in the spring. Bowling Green — though not currently ranked — was ranked No. 17 before the Buckeyes defeated them 43-19 Oct. 31.  “We’ve been waiting four years to get that win,” Franco said. “They’ve been beating us for a while, winning the Midwest Championships.”After losing tough games to No. 3 Navy and No. 7 Penn State (twice), the team was 1-3. They beat Notre Dame and Purdue, lost to Indiana, and were 3-3 before squaring off against the Falcons.Now at 6-4, the Bucks find themselves ranked No. 23.  They have won four of their last five games, averaging 40 points per contest while allowing just 15 points per game in those four victories. Only one team will advance from the Midwest and this weekend decides it. “We feel strong, real strong,” Franco said. “We feel ready to go, real confident. We feel ready to beat whoever stands in our way. … We’re excited about [the Midwests] and we’re ready to bring home some hardware.” read more

LAX approach looks awesome from cockpitmounted camera

first_imgWhen I was a kid I always wanted to see the view the pilot had from the cockpit of a plane during takeoff and landing. My dad even wrote to Virgin Atlantic asking if it was possible to mount a camera on the front of the plane and have the feed live on the monitors for passengers to watch. He got a response explaining that Virgin has tested doing that, but it freaked a number of passengers out so they decided against it.Well, I wish they had decided to implement it, as the video above shows you the stunning views the pilots get on approach to airports. This is especially true at night with a city lit up and vehicles moving around like insects on the ground below. This particular approach is to LAX, and one thing is clear, it would be impossible to get your appraoch right just by sight alone. I don’t see the runway appear until they are almost ready to touchdown.AdChoices广告It helps that the video is sped up slightly, but I think it would still be impressive at normal speed. I also hope we get to see more of these videos produced for other runway approaches around the world.via YouTubelast_img read more

Air Force to Identify Candidates to Host RPA Units

first_imgAfter identifying candidate bases, survey teams from Air Combat Command will assess each site against requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, infrastructure and manpower. They will also develop cost estimates to bed down the units, according to the release. The Air Force plans to look for candidate bases to host a possible new MQ-9 Reaper wing with units of the remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) housed at up to two locations, officials announced Tuesday. Only active-duty Air Force bases in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii that do not currently have an MQ-9 wing are eligible to host one of the units, according to a news release. A second potential location may host a full MQ-9 wing that will include a launch and recovery element and a mission control element. This installation needs at least an 8,000-foot runway and is expected to house 24 MQ-9s. The Air Force first will identify a location to host an operations group with mission control elements. To be considered, candidates must have an active-duty flying wing or group that performs at least one core RPA mission or is co-located with an active-duty distributed ground system. MQ-9 crews will fly the MQ-9 from these locations but no aircraft will be associated with these units.center_img The basing criteria will focus on mission requirements — runway length for the launch and recovery mission and synergies between common missions with existing units — capacity, environmental requirements and cost factors. The Air Force plans to identify candidate installations during the summer and preferred alternatives by early 2017. The secretary of the Air Force will make final basing decisions after an environmental analysis is complete. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Jennifer Wingets look from her debut web series Code M leaked Photo

first_imgJennifer WingetinstagramJennifer Winget, who had been missing from the small screen for quite some time now, will soon be making her digital debut with ALT Balaji web series Code M.The shooting of the show had begun a few days ago and Jennifer had also shared a picture on Instagram calling the beginning of the show. And now, a picture of hers from the sets has been leaked on social media.In the picture, Jennifer’s character Monica is seen engrossed in a conversation. Code M will see Jennifer as an army officer and will also star Tanuj Virwani and Rajat Kapoor in crucial roles.Besides Code M, the gorgeous actress also has a few projects in the pipeline. She will be seen the second season of popular psycho thriller Beyhadh. The show with a gripping storyline had become a massive hit. Jennifer played the role of Maya in Beyhadh and her striking chemistry with Kushal Tandon was loved by fans.Apparently, the actress will also be making her debut as a host in celebrity dance reality show Nach Baliye 9. Joining her as co-host will be Sunil Grover.The Dill Mill Gaye actress has always been critical about her performances. Talking to Pinkvilla, the Jennifer had earlier said, “Oh, but that I have always been. Since the time I started acting I have always been like ‘I should or could have done this better’. That is why there are so many of scenes and episodes that I don’t watch because then I start overthinking about it, little things bother me. I deal with it by not watching it (laughs).”last_img read more

How Small Companies Are Keeping Global Giants on Top of Their Game

first_img 4 min read The stratospheric rise of technological growth has created an interesting problem for enterprise companies’ R&D departments — there are just too many directions to grow in. Enterprises just don’t have the resources to provide R&D across the spectrum of their needs, leading to two options: stagnation or the delegation of modernization. With early stage startups and small businesses disrupting traditional industries at an ever-increasing scale, larger and less agile companies are finding it more difficult to stay ahead of the curve and avoid losing market share to the new encroaching companies.Related: 11 Startups Taking Advantage of Business Opportunities in SpaceThe world of finance has traditionally been seen as a behemoth — slow to change but powerful, impenetrable and often elitist — but in a press release earlier this month, PwC announced that it forecasts traditional global financial firms could stand to lose almost one-quarter of their revenue to standalone fintech companies in three to five years. Eighty-eight percent of financial services companies that were surveyed saw their new competition as a real threat, but rather than attempting to squeeze the newer fintech companies out of the market, these giants are embracing the challenge. By understanding and providing for the needs of the smaller companies (access to customers, data and funding), larger institutions are implementing the new technological solutions and maintaining their leading edge.This has led some smart global giants to rethink their innovation strategy, and shift the responsibility of companywide modernization from one single, internally facing department to each sector of the business exploring options for how they can stay on top of their game. This could come in the form of new workflows or changing internal processes, but increasingly, small companies are becoming the driving force behind innovation, with small, nimble startups providing products or services to larger enterprises, and being the differentiating factor central to their business success.Related: 4 Tips for Success From One of Silicon Beach’s Most Creative CompaniesFor these collaborations to work, there are numerous hurdles to overcome. Small- and medium-sized businesses can often find it difficult to connect with enterprises — getting in front of the most relevant person, pitching and winning a tender can take years, meanwhile the enterprise is being prospected with hundreds or companies, with only a handful being relevant to their current needs. Once this prospecting process is complete, and the enterprise selects a startup to work with, a “proof-of-concept” (PoC) period is started, which leads to its own challenges on both ends. Startups need to adapt to scale their offering while larger companies have to contend with the new risks of data breaches and contingency planning if the PoC fails.One company has sprung up to help contend with this growing challenge over the last few years. Israel-based prooV bridges the gap between startups and enterprises by operating as a service platform. Speaking with the CEO, Toby Olshanetsky, he explained, “Enterprises are finding themselves in a situation where their industries are being disrupted by more innovative startups than themselves. They’re realizing how crucial it is to keep up with the smaller guys to stay ahead because if they don’t, they’ll quickly fall behind. Simply put: Innovate or die. So many enterprises are looking to collaborate with smaller startups, because they have the solutions to fill the enterprises innovation needs.”Related: How to Avoid Getting Fooled by TrendsUsing a platform like prooV, enterprises are able to “taste” many different startups’ technologies at once, running limited and secure trials on their own systems before deciding to purchase the software, or even acquire the company as a whole. This idea of “PoC as a service” has gained credence, with clients including General Electric and Amazon Web Services.Whereas in recent years, industry incumbents viewed growing small businesses and startups as competition to be quashed, the mindset is quickly shifting to embrace these new companies as an opportunity to evolve, grow and fill in the gaps from their own R&D departments.  Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 16, 2017 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Torres returns to her post after Beristain Navarrete declared winner

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — Cristina Torres Gómez, mayor of Playa del Carmen, has returned to her duties at the municipal palace.The official counting of the votes released July 8 confirmed her defeat to mayor-elect Laura Beristain Navarrete.Torres indicated that she has a government program to follow, which is to deliver the planned work projects before September 29, the last day of the administration. She said that the transfer from one administration to the next will be a good one since the finances are healthy and is without new debt.“The debt has been paid on time and the interest rate has improved. Three times the rating has been improved and in 2019, debt can be restructured without penalty,” she explained.She also said that the trial against Aguakan will continue and should not be neglected. “Everything has been provided that’s needed to win. Now it depends on their defense.”Torres returns to her post after Beristain Navarrete declared winnerLaura Beristain NavarreteThe announcement came after the July 8 official count from the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo. The final figures showed Laura Beristain Navarrete finished with 39,439 votes against Cristina Torres Góme, who finished with a final total of 36,363 votes.Beristain Navarrete said that when she receives her certificate accrediting her as municipal president of Solidarity, returning peace will be her priority.The new mayor-elect is from the coalition Morena-PT, the same as the new president-elect. She noted that she was happy since they have an elected president with whom she worked for 17 years.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

5 things parents should teach their children when it comes to strangers5

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 5. Teach children to always let a trusted grownup know where they are going. Kids should play and travel in groups.  Being alone makes them more susceptible to being hurt.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Parents are always concerned about their children’s safety, especially when it comes to strangers.Here are 5 tips on safety parents should know:1. Teach children what kind of touching is appropriate and inappropriate. Tell them nothing should be kept a secret.2. Tell kids that manners should not count if they are in danger.3. Help kids understand who a safe grownup is. Let them know who the trusted adults in their lives are.Remember, however, that many adults in “trusted” positions hurt children.People who hurt kids often scare them by saying they will hurt their parents or other loved ones if they tell. Don’t believe them. Kids can and should always tell a safe grownup if someone does something that hurts them or makes them feel uncomfortable.4. Do not have children display items that strangers can easily get their name from.last_img read more

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first_img Related Content July 23, 2010 — CT Vision is Siemens’ in-room CT imaging solution, combining a SOMATOM CT scanner on rails with a Siemens linear accelerator and a high-precision treatment table. With a CT moving on rails and a smoothly rotating treatment table, it is possible to perform a CT scan and deliver treatment in a single time slot. Siemens is the only provider worldwide that manufactures both linear accelerators and CTs and provides them as one solution in the same room.CTVision provides unmatched visualization with up to 82 cm field-of-view (FOV) of the bony anatomy, soft tissue, markers and real-time tumor motion; superb soft-tissue contrast for conformal avoidance and tissue differentiation for all tumor types; unparalleled image quality across a broad spectrum of clinical challenges and diagnostic precision due to the ability to view planning and high-quality treatment images with Adaptive Targeting software in the same modality. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | July 23, 2010 Perform a CT and Deliver Treatment in One Time Slot News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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Nigeria president visits Cameroon to discuss militant threat

first_img YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The president of Nigeria made his first official state visit to neighboring Cameroon on Wednesday, as the two former enemies struggle to contain the mutual threat posed by Islamic militants carrying out suicide bombings across the region.New Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari came to Cameroon’s capital to bolster support for a multinational army to fight the Boko Haram uprising that has claimed at least 60 lives in recent days in Cameroon alone. FILE- In this file photo taken Friday, May 29, 2015, former General and Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria. Nigeria’s new President Muhammadu Buhari makes his first official visit to one-time enemy Cameroon on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 to ease tensions and bolster support for a regional army to fight the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that is spilling across borders, his spokesman and Cameroon’s defense minister said. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File) Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The violence has displaced nearly 2 million people and killed 20,000 across the region where the borders of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad meet in the course of the 6-year uprising.Attacks have mounted over the past year in Cameroon’s far north and in Chad’s capital as the militants seek retaliation for those countries’ military aid in the Nigerian army’s fight against Boko Haram.The group drew international prominence when it abducted nearly 300 girls from Chibok, sparking an international campaign for their return that has stalled. Girls and young women have increasingly been used as suicide bombers in attacks on civilians.Also complicating the fight has been the long-tense relations between Cameroon and Nigeria, and concerns over the role of Chad’s military might on Nigerian soil. The U.N. Security Council has issued a statement calling for “increased regional cooperation.”Hard feelings between Nigeria and Cameroon date back to a 1980s land dispute. More recently, Nigeria accused Cameroon of doing little to prevent Boko Haram from using their territory as a refuge.Cameroon saw Buhari’s failure to visit earlier as a snub after he traveled to Niger and Chad, and the Cameroonian president, Paul Biya, didn’t attend Buhari’s May inauguration. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Entertainment Ahoy for Carnival Magic

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Setting sail on her inaugural voyage on 1 May from Venice, 130,000 tonne Carnival Magic will feature some of the most spectacular entertainment ever seen at sea.Some 3690 passengers will be treated to three production shows, along with a wide array of entertainment options throughout venues across the ship. From solo performers to comedians, it’s all about choice on board the latest ‘fun ship’ to join Carnival’s extensive fleet. “Carnival Magic is our most entertaining ship to date,” said senior vice president of guest operations Mark Tamis. “With our most fun and diverse entertainment lineup ever, we are offering something for everybody.”Speaking exclusively to e-Travel Blackboard from onboard Navigator of the Seas, comedian Steve Caouette  shared his excitement about performing in the Punchliner Comedy Club on Carnival Magic’s inaugural voyage.”I’m really happy that I was asked to be a part of something so special,” Mr Caouette said. “I can’t wait to see the new design. The indoor/outdoor concept is a great idea. I’m also looking forward to the new show lounge the comedians are performing in.”A detailed description of the slated entertainment was released by Carnival Cruise Line yesterday:A Magical ExtravaganzaThe first production show, “Destination: Unknown,” is the largest show ever staged on a Carnival ship and the latest in Carnival Cruise Lines’ arsenal of hits.  It stars Jason Byrne, award-winning “magician extraordinaire” and Las Vegas headliner. The mood is set before guests even enter the Showtime theatre with high-tech special effects, and as the houselights dim, full-stage silk drapes fall into view and quickly disappear into the floor or fly into the wings to reveal the full cast of singers and dancers.  Then Byrne, the show’s star magician, appears out of thin air piloting a helicopter mid-stage.  What follows is a mystical and magical circus full of masterful illusions made possible by the Showtime theatre’s state-of-the-art, unparalleled technology. This is a can’t-miss show stopper that’s sure to entertain the whole family.Grooving Through the ’70sThe 1970s were more than just disco music and polyester bell-bottoms, and “The Groove Line” is a funky journey through the city streets and iconic discotheques of that era.  Choreographed to the tunes that shaped a generation and featuring artists such as KC and the Sunshine Band, The Jackson Five and Sister Sledge, this show will have guests on their feet and carry them back to the heyday of the 1970s.It’s a Game Thing”Win! The Game Show” is a wild and crazy parody of television’s most popular game shows.  The different and twisted games comprise a travelogue that guides the audience to exotic and exciting places, from a NASCAR-style race track to the Las Vegas Strip. With opportunities for audience participation and a fabulously catchy soundtrack featuring songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Shania Twain and Ricky Martin, this show is sure to be a major hit with guests.More Entertainment OptionsCarnival Magic’s two new venues help to take the line’s reputation for diverse, at-sea entertainment choices to a new level.  Cucina del Capitano (“The Captain’s Kitchen”) not only boasts singing and dancing waiters and waitresses alongside a barrel of Chianti on wheels, but also has a loop of 65 hand-selected, Italian-themed songs.Meanwhile, each evening as the sun sets, patrons of the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub can kick back to live acoustic guitar and vocals as they relax on swing-gliding chairs or amuse themselves with any number of bar games, such as foosball, a tabletop shuffleboard, darts, puzzles and more.Ocean Plaza is the central entertainment hub of the ship.  Here, sip on a latte from the coffee shop, delight in an ice cold beer or indulge in a frozen concoction.  By day, this is the place to surf the web, gather with friends or enjoy fun trivia contests led by the cruise staff.  By night, the fabulous indoor/outdoor space turns into a whole different world with entertainment acts taking the stage and guests dancing the night away.Also featured on the Carnival Magic is the Punchliner Comedy Club, which highlights a wide variety of comedians offering both family-friendly and adult-only performances nightly.  “Superstar Live” takes karaoke to a whole new level by offering wannabe starlets, crooners and rockers the opportunity to perform accompanied by a live band and backing singers.Additionally, a variety of solo performers and musical ensembles can be found in different locations throughout the ship, providing musical entertainment spanning a wide range of musical genres.More Shows in TexasUpon arrival at Carnival Magic’s homeport of Galveston, Texas, two more shows will be added to the ship’s entertainment lineup. The first is guest favorite “Carnival Legends.”For those who have dreamed of performing with a live band dressed as Tina Turner, Michael Jackson or Cher, this is the opportunity to make that a reality.  During the “Carnival Legends” show, guests don authentic, highly detailed costumes of their favorite singer and perform one of the artist’s signature tunes, backed by a talented 10-piece orchestra and full complement of dancers.  After rehearsing with the Carnival Magic’s band and production show dancers, it’s “showtime” as the would-be stars take to the stage and strut their stuff to a packed audience.Carnival Magic will be sailing in Europe on a variety of 7-12 day Mediterranean itineraries from 1 May to 16 October before heading to her homeport of Galveston, Texas. 7 day voyages to the Caribbean from late October will make her the port’s largest year-round cruise ship. e-Travel Blackboard will be featuring reports live from Carnival Magic’s inaugural voyage next week. Do you have any questions you’d like answered about the newest ‘fun ship’?last_img read more

Malaysia is eyeing a total of 331 million tourist

first_imgMalaysia is eyeing a total of 33.1 million tourists and RM134 billion receipts for 2018 on the back of new tourism developments expected for this year, but the big news for the Australian tourism industry is that, after a hiatus of several years, a new PR agency is to be appointed here.Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General of Tourism Malaysia, made the pledge to appoint a new PR agency in Australia during question time at a press conference today at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai.Speaking to a room full of international media attending the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Chiang Mai Exhibition & Convention Centre, Thailand, today, the Director General said he anticipated that the roll-out of new attractions such as Desaru Coast Malaysia, a premium integrated destination resort, and the 20th Century Fox World Malaysia theme park, would help boost the appeal of the country as a holiday destination.He also conceded that Malaysia needed to work a lot harder to compete with neighbouring tourism destinations, who are all showing much healthier numbers in terms of tourism growth.Malaysia recorded a total of 21,504,930 tourist arrivals from January to October 2017, indicating a decrease of -2.5% compared to 22,056,417 for the same period in 2016. Tourist arrivals from Indonesia registered a decline of -5.9%, followed by Singapore (-6.6%), Myanmar (-12.6%), Philippines (-12.6%) and Cambodia (-32.8%). Australian visitor numbers are down by 6.7 per cent in 2017.Desaru Coast is one of Malaysia’s first integrated premium resorts and the most anticipated new tourism developments with the initial phase to open from June 2018.It offers a themed water park, known as Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, where visitors can experience the largest wave pool in Southeast Asia, as well as the region’s first water coaster. The fully-integrated beach-front destination will encompass globally renowned hotels and resorts namely The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast and Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas.The new attractions complement the country’s existing theme parks and shopping attractions such as Perak’s Movie Animation Park Studios, Lost World of Tambun (the only theme park that operates day and night) and various Premium Outlet malls around the country.Datuk Seri Mirza also listed out new hotels expected to open in 2018/2019 which included Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur; Movenpick Resort & Spa in Terengganu; W Hotels; and DoubleTree by Hilton, and highlighted the tourism board’s efforts to increase accessibility via various airline partnerships for scheduled and charter flights.All these efforts are in place in the lead up to Visit Malaysia Year 2020 campaign which is expected to bring in 36 million tourists and RM168 billion in tourist receipts. The objective is to promote Malaysia as a top-of-mind destination by highlighting the “Travel, Enjoy and Respect” tagline, in line with the National Eco-Tourism Plan 2016-2025.In conjunction with ATF 2018 and to kickstart the VMY 2020 promotion, AirAsia is running a regional promotion with up to 70% off to all Malaysian destinations. The booking period is from 22 to 28 January for travel between 1 August and 22 November 2018.last_img read more