Moroccos Foreign Minister Meets UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Rabat – Morocco’s minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, held a meeting this Tuesday with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, currently on a four day official visit to Morocco at the invitation of the Moroccan government.The invitation extended to the UN official comes to confirm the continuous and close partnership uniting Morocco and the UN human rights mechanisms.It is part of Morocco’s irreversible choice, spurred by King Mohammed VI, to consolidate, protect and promote human rights and defend basic freedoms. This is Pillay’s first official visit to Morocco since she took office in 2008.During her stay in Morocco, the UN high commissioner will meet the head of government, the minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, the minister of justice and freedoms and the inter-ministerial delegate for human rights, the source adds.On her schedule are also work sessions with the speakers of the two parliament’s chambers, he president of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), the chairman of the economic, social and environment council and representatives of the Moroccan civil society.Talks will cover the whole set of cooperation aspects between Morocco and the UN body as well as means to reinforce partnership. read more

Moroccan Urologist Karim Touijer Named among 2018 Best Doctors in New

Rabat – Moroccan Karim Touijer, a urologist at the MSK Cancer Center, has been named the 2018 Top Doctor in New York.Top Doctor Awards recognizes the achievements of the most influential and respected doctors in medicine. The selection criteria are based on education, research contributions, patient reviews, and other quality measures.Health News Today published the news about Touijar’s award in a statement on August 30. “He has been awarded the prestigious title of Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and his dedication and expertise make Dr. Karim Touijer a very worthy winner of a 2018 Top Doctor Award,” reads the statement.Touijer told Morocco World News, “I am not sure what is taken into consideration in the selection process.  My understanding is that the nomination is based on  the votes from other doctors (peers) and patient testimonials.”He added, “Once a year the hospitals and Doctors receive a ranking and awards in their respective specialties. US world news report, New York magazine and top doctors awards are the ones doing  the rankings and giving the awards.”Dr. Touijer is a urologist at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, where he has also served as a professor since 2002. He is also an oncology specialist who has been practicing for 26 years.Touijer is known across New York as a specialist in the treatment of patients with genitourinary cancers, including cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, and adrenal glands.“I perform approximately four to six prostate cancer surgeries a week and about 150 to 200 each year,” Touijer said.The types of surgery Touijer performs include “Nerve Sparing Laparoscopic or Robotic Radical Prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) for prostate cancer Laparoscopic Radical Cystectomy (removal of the bladder) and Urinary Diversion for invasive bladder cancer Laparoscopic,” he added.The Moroccan doctor is known for his expertise in invasive surgical techniques and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques to treat urologic cancers. Touijer’s educationTouijer completed his specialized studies in oncology and urology and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy at Hassan II University in Casablanca in 1992.After completing a fellowship in urologic oncology and advanced laparoscopic oncology at MSKCC, Touijer joined the attending staff of MSKCC’s Urology Service in 2004. The awarded doctor received a master’s in public health (MPH) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2015.Touijer is also board certified by the American Board of Urology and a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the American Urological Association, and the European Association of Urology. Toujier said he also “serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed urology and cancer journals.” read more

Global economic slowdown having fiscal impact on Canada Harper says

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is lowering expectations when it comes to Canada’s economy, saying a global financial slowdown is affecting the country’s growth.The prime minister spoke after the Bank of Canada downgraded its economic growth outlook for the country to 1.9% for the year just ended and 2.0% for this year.[np_storybar title=”BoC signals no rate hikes anytime soon as economy slows” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/23/bank-of-canada-signals-no-rate-hikes-anytime-soon/”%5D While the Bank of Canada acknowledges the economic outlook here and elsewhere “is slightly weaker” than thought, policymakers are also offering up some hope for the near future. Full story here. [/np_storybar]The central bank also said it will likely have to keep interest rates at super-low levels for longer than expected in the face of the surprisingly weak economy.Harper says his government downgraded its own growth forecast in the fall due to changes outside its borders.“There has been a general slowing of the global economy over the past half-year so it is obviously a concern to us. And…it’s going obviously to have some fiscal impact on us, will have some impact on the pace of job creation.”But Harper says despite the setback, Canada continues to create jobs and is faring relatively well compared to other countries.“Families and businesses and ourselves as government should try and look past the fluctuations we’ve had over the past several years and are likely to continue to have, and look instead at what we need to do to continue to create jobs, growth and prosperity in the long term for this country.”Harper spoke after announcing that Toyota will receive nearly $34-million from the federal and Ontario governments as it retools an assembly line at its plant in Cambridge, Ont., for the first Lexus hybrid produced outside of Japan.The Canadian Press read more

UN Security Council extends sanctions on Liberia for 12 more months

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council decided that measures it had imposed on the West African nation last spring – including an arms embargo, a travel ban for officials and a prohibition on the import of Liberia’s rough diamonds – would be continued until compliance had been achieved.The Council’s decision also reiterated a call upon the Government to establish an effective Certificate of Origin regime for Liberian rough diamonds that was transparent and internationally verifiable. The Council also called on the Government to establish transparent and internationally verifiable audit regimes to ensure that revenue derived by the Government from the Liberia Shipping Registry and the Liberian timber industry is used for legitimate social, humanitarian and development purposes.Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked to establish within three months a Panel of Experts to conduct a follow-up assessment mission to Liberia and neighbouring States in order to investigate and report on compliance by Liberia’s Government with the resolution’s demands. The report would also cover the resolution’s potential economic, humanitarian and social impact on Liberia’s population as well as any violations of the measures.The Council also asked all States, in particular arms exporting countries, to exercise the highest degree of responsibility in small arms and light weapons transactions to prevent illegal diversion and re-export, so as to stem the leakage of legal weapons to illegal markets in the region. read more

Wealthy countries should allow in more refugees UN High Commissioner says

“Refugees are victims, not a threat,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres yesterday during a tour of the Thai government’s Tham Hin camp for Karen refugees. “They have been victims of conflict and persecution and sometimes they may be victims again if security concerns do not take into account their real situation.”More than 140,000 Karen refugees, who fled conflicts in their home country of Myanmar, live in nine camps along the Thai-Myanmar border.“It’s very important for people who have lived for 10 years without freedom of movement, without employment, without any hopes for the future, to have a chance to start a new life,” he said.Mr. Guterres, currently on a four-day mission to Thailand, is travelling with the United States Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey, head of the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. He thanked the US for welcoming two-thirds of the 70,000 refugees that are resettled each year.He also paid tribute to Ms. Sauerbrey for her role in removing roadblocks to resettlement of the Karens in Tham Hin caused by anti-terrorism legislation. By year’s end, the United States plans to accept 2,700 Karen refugees from the camp. read more

Spotifys Top 10 most viral tracks

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 4:12 pm MDT Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, July 15, to Sunday, July 21, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.UNITED STATES1. Kings of Leon, “Supersoaker” (RCA Records)2. Avenged Sevenfold, “Hail to the King” (Warner Bros.)3. John Mayer, “Wildfire” (Columbia Records)4. Lorde, “Royals” (Lava Music/Republic Records)5. Justin Timberlake, “Take Back the Night” (RCA Records)6. Lana Del Rey, “Summerime Sadness” (Interscope)7. Pearl Jam, “Mind Your Manners” (Island Records)8. Panic! At the Disco feat. Lolo, “Miss Jackson” (Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen)9. The Weeknd, “Belong to the World” (Universal)10. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Universal)UNITED KINGDOM1. Avenged Sevenfold, “Hail to the King” (Warner Bros.)2. Kings of Leon, “Supersoaker” (RCA Records)3. Wild Club, “Thunder Clatter” (Big Light Recordings)4. Avicii, “Wake Me Up — Radio Edit” (Universal)5. Pearl Jam, “Mind Your Manners” (Island Records)6. CHVRCHES, “Gun” (Universal)7. The Weeknd, “Belong to the World” (Universal)8. Ramin Djawadi, “Pacific Rim” (WaterTower Music)9. John Mayer, “Wildfire” (Columbia Records)10. Pet Shop Boys, “Love is a Bourgeois Construction” (x2 Recordings Ltd) read more

Green Vale iron ore vessel loads for the first time at Tubarão

first_imgThe first second-generation Very Large Ore Carrier (VLOC) loaded for the first time this week at the port of Tubarão, in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil. The vessel, Yuan He Hai, with a capacity of 400,000 t, is the first to come into operation of a total of 32 under construction to serve the seaborne iron ore trade, particularly in the Brazil-China route. The new VLOCs, more efficient and sustainable, are being built with Vale’s support, maintaining the company’s maritime transportation of cargoes as one of the most efficient in the world in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.The new vessels will emit between 15% and 20% less carbon dioxide than the existing Valemaxes, considered as the first generation, which have been in operation since 2011. The Valemaxes, a pioneer project by Vale, emit 35% less carbon dioxide compared to capesize vessels, which were the standard ships for iron ore transportation, with carrying capacity of 180,000 t. The Yuan He Hai docked at Tubarão port last Sunday, February 25, and took one and a half days to load before departing to Asia.The remaining 31 vessels of 400,000 t will be delivered to shipowners by the end of 2019. In addition, Vale is negotiating contracts which will result in the construction of new 325,000 t ships, called Guaibamax. “We believe these vessels incorporate the state of art in terms of efficiency and environmental innovation in this field. The Guaibamax, for example, will also be equipped with scrubbers which will allow for elimination of up 99% of sulphur emissions into the atmosphere”, says Vale’s Shipping director, Renata Costa. Between 70% and 74% of the large vessels (in other words, vessels with a capacity of over 180,000 t) that transport cargo for Vale are used in the Brazil-China route.last_img read more

This man has a novel way of ensuring he has a seat

first_imgHAVING TO STAND during your morning train commute is undoubtedly a pain, and we have to tip our hat to this man for circumventing the problem so beautifully.Ken Gaughran snapped this photo on the packed 8.40am commuter train from Malahide to Pearse Station this morning – the overcrowding wasn’t an issue for this guy, who produced a camping chair and sat in the middle of the aisle. Not a bother on him. What a legend.Thanks to Ken for sending in the photo.Irish lad hits the Ploughing Championships to pick up some farmers>This guy pulled off the Jenga move we’ve all dreamed of>last_img

MAV lab creates worlds smallest autopilot for micro aircraft

first_imgUnmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones need some kind of autopilot system regardless of how big or small they are. The autopilot handles such tasks as establishing communication with a ground station and controller, allowing stable flight or hovering states to be maintained, and handling specific maneuvers when required.The smaller such craft are, the more premium space becomes. Until now the smallest autopilot system available to use weighed at least 32 grams, but the MAV lab at Delft Technical University in the Netherlands went back to the drawing board to redesign the system. What they cam up with is the world’s smallest and lightest autopilot system for use in micro aircraft.The 32 gram+ weight of the previous smallest autopilot has been cut to just 1.9 grams, and it measures just 2 x 2 cm in size. When you’re talking about a craft that is small enough to sit in your hand, you can see why such a reduction is size and weight could have a massive impact on performance and use cases. Micro air vehicles (MAV) as they are known, will be able to fly for much longer periods of time using the same battery, can be made smaller to travel into more confined areas, or even carry larger payloads.The video below shows both a quadcopter and a helicopter drone using the new autopilot system.The research team at MAV lab, headed up by researcher Bart Remes, has named the autopilot system Lisa/s and decided to make it open source. By doing so it is hoped other people will get involved to improve it and make it more accessible to anyone working with MAVs.The large reduction in size and weight for the autopilot was achieved in part by combining the functionality of maintaining a link to a ground station and a remote control transmitter. But there’s still functionality to add including environment sensing and route planning. Once incorporated, the tiny autopilot system can be used to make an MAV completely autonomous while able to fit in a pocket. That should make them an invaluable edition to any search and rescue (or spying) operation.last_img read more

Google fait son entrée sur Chrome et YouTube

first_imgGoogle + fait son entrée sur Chrome et YouTubeYouTube et Chrome viennent d’être intégrés à Google +, le réseau social du géant de la recherche sur Internet. Il est désormais possible de rechercher et partager des vidéos depuis Google +, tandis que deux nouvelles extensions ont fait leur apparition dans le moteur de recherche de Google.Google est fier d’annoncer, sur son blog officiel (lien non disponible), l’intégration de son réseau social à deux de ses services : le site de partage de vidéos YouTube, et son moteur de recherche Chrome. Le premier fait son apparition sur Google + avec une nouvelle icône, qui située en haut à droite de l’écran, permettra aux internautes de rechercher des vidéos directement depuis le réseau social. Une playlist de contenus liés à la recherche s’ouvrira alors dans une nouvelle fenêtre. Des vidéos qui pourront être partagées avec des cercles d’amis. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Google + fait également son apparition sur Chrome avec deux nouvelles extensions. Google+ Notifications permet d’afficher les notifications du réseau social dans le navigateur, quand Google +1 Button est la version Google + du “J’aime” de Facebook, qui permet de partager des pages web.Google entend ainsi harmoniser son réseau social avec tous ses services pour attirer toujours plus d’utilisateurs et parvenir à se hisser à la hauteur du réseau de Mark Zuckerberg. Le géant de Mountain View travaille ainsi également sur l’intégration de Google + dans son OS mobile Android, à partir de sa dernière mouture, Ice Cream Sandwich. Le 4 novembre 2011 à 20:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Reward Gateway to launch global wellbeing allowance for staff

first_imgReward Gateway is to launch a wellbeing allowance and holiday buy and sell for its 330 staff worldwide.The two new benefits, which will launch in July, will be available to all employees based in six countries worldwide.The wellbeing allowance, called Wellbeing Choice, is a quarterly allowance paid through payroll, which employees can use to purchase items from a list of 25 wellbeing-based benefits, surrounding physical, mental and financial health.In the UK, the wellbeing allowance will total £500 a year. Benefits employees can purchase include gym membership, fitness equipment such as kettlebells and yoga mats, mindfulness courses, retreats, personal training sessions, wearable technology, meditation courses, life coaching, sleep therapy and financial advice.There are two pre-requisites to the scheme; the benefits employees purchase must be for themselves and they must be something that staff can specifically set a goal for and report back on their progress.Debra Corey (pictured), group rewards director at Reward Gateway, said: “It’s more that we can be partnering with [employees] on their journey and giving them not only financial support but also the emotional support. I think this will give people a lot more flexibility and also, not everybody wants physical [benefits], which is what a lot of programmes are all about.”Also in July, Reward Gateway will increase its total level of paid holiday from 30 to 35 days for staff across all its locations. Corey said: “We increased it from 30 to 35 to go in line with our benefits principle of balance because we felt that although 30 days was good, we wanted more balance between work life and personal life.”In addition to the extra paid time off, the organisation’s new Choose Your Package initiative will also allow staff to both buy and sell holiday days, in order to give employees greater flexibility.“We want to take a step away from holiday trading and have people think about it more holistically,” Corey said. “We want people to think about are [they] selling the days because they want more money? Maybe [they’re] saving up for a big holiday next year and put that money aside, then the next year buy days, so it creates that connection between time off and salary. [They] choose what is more important for them and their personal life in that particular year.“We really wrestled with this whole global aspect. With paid time off, 30 days in the US was fantastic already. I didn’t have to move it to 35 but again, you have to come up with your philosophy and strategy, and need to stick with it. But it’s difficult when you have different regulations and countries.”The two new benefits are part of Reward Gateway’s developing reward structure, which it began to roll out in April 2016 with the launch of a one year, fully paid parental leave policy that is available for both men and women.last_img read more

AP House passes law to regulate schools

first_imgAmaravati: Assembly passed The School Education Regulatory and Monitoring Commission Bill, 2019 on Monday. According to the government, the bill provides for setting up of a commission that will “maintain standards of school education, regulation of fee, competences of teachers, information disclosure, effective inspection, monitoring of schools, implementation of the provisions of RTE Act, 2009, punitive measures on defaulting schools and to regulate all the matters pertaining to school education”. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, during discussion on the bill in Assembly, termed it as “historic and revolutionary” bill. He expressed regret over the inefficiency of the previous government in controlling the fee and failure in regulating and managing the corporate schools, which have been looting parents. “We just maintained silence, even though we aware of the daylight robbery of the private school managements in the state. The corporate school management and owners were the ministers in the previous government. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us That was the main reason why we were unable to control the incredulous fee structure in the state,” the Chief Minister explained in the House. The corporate educational institutions in the state have been collecting fees from Rs 63,000 to Rs 1 lakh for even the LKG, UKG, First and Second classes. If this fee structure continues , we may not even imagine about the education in our state in the near future, Jagan observed. Advertise With Us He stated that the political leaders and corporate institutions have destroyed the government schools in a planned manner, for the benefit of the private schools. All the private schools must provide 25 per cent of seats at free of cost for the poor students, according to the Right to Education Act. They must maintain normal fee. But, for the last five years, not even a single private school implemented the RTE Act. This paved the way for private school managements to increase the fee as per their wish and will, the Chief Minister said. He said that the government will appoint a retired High Court judge as chairman of this commission, as suggested by the AP HC Chief Justice. In addition, 11 experts will be appointed as members in the commission. Grading of schools, implementation of RTE Act, accreditation of schools and monitoring of the educational institutions and other matters will come under the purview of the commission. Besides giving warning to the school managements, the commission can close the schools, if they do not comply with the rules, regulations and Acts related to the education system in the state, Chief Minister said. Earlier, during the question hour, school education minister Adimulapu Suresh said the government would take action against the irregularities of private organisations and steps were already initiated in this regard. All the problems in education system were identified by the government and required measures would be taken to solve the problems, he said. YSRCP member Abbaiah Chowdary said that the education system should be changed totally. He asked the minister to introduce the rating system for government schools based on their performance. MLA C Jagga Reddy also said that the corporate schools totally dominated the education system. He said that the previous government closed several schools in the name of rationalisation in favour of corporate schools’ management.last_img read more

Man Spends 1 Million of Stolen Money on Game of War

first_imgThe ironic thing about free-to-play games is that players tend to spend a great deal of real-world money on them via microtransactions. While some folks can go overboard with how much money they put into a mobile game, most tend to keep themselves in check and not go wild. But what would happen if a player had near limitless funds? How much could a person actually spend on a free-to-play game? We now have an answer to this question.A forty-five-year-old man named Kevin Co from Sacramento, California recently plead guilty to fraudulently using company credit cards to steal $4.8 million from his employer, Holt California. He spent $1 million of the stolen funds on Game of War (a game made famous thanks to commercials featuring Kate Upton and Mariah Carey showing a healthy amount of cleavage). The game brings in an average of $1.6 million a day thanks to all of its users, but Co managed to spend that same amount of money all by himself.As for what Co spent the rest of the stolen money on, he used the company card to purchase expensive cars, plastic surgery, a golf course membership at the exclusive Whitney Oaks Gold Club in Rocklin, California, home furniture, and season tickets to San Francisco 49ers and Sacramento Kings games. All of this and more are detailed in his plea agreement (via Ars Technica). Co indulged himself on company funds over the course of seven years.Mr. Co has pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and money laundering. He will be sentenced in May of next year. The two charges against him each carry jail terms of up to 20 years. However, the US government’s attorney has recommended a lesser punishment as part of the plea deal.last_img read more

Flying silent seeing more unmanned Silent Falcon makes debut

first_img More information: www.auvsi.org/news/www.silentfalconuas.com/News.html (Phys.org) — Silent Falcon UAS Technologies of Albuquerque, New Mexico earlier this week took the wraps off the solar-powered Silent Falcon. The Silent Falcon is designed to be a man-portable small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) for long-duration surveillance and reconnaissance. It is light enough to be carried and hand launched, while rocket launching is an option. It has a top speed of 112 km/h. and an operational flying altitude from 100 feet (30.5 m) to 20,000 feet (6096 m) and a range of 25 km (15.5 mi). Lt. Gen. Mary Legere of the U.S. Army said UAS would continue to be essential enablers for the Army but their capabilities and operability must evolve. Legere said she would like to see multi-intelligence payloads for UAS and plug and play, “iPad easy” controls for soldiers who use the systems. The system was built in collaboration with Bye Aerospace, which provided research and engineering support. Shown at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference in Las Vegas, one of the promotional talking points was its ability to provide superior imagery and data at higher altitudes of lengthy flight endurance missions. The Silent Falcon carries an electro-optical imaging system called FalconVision with night vision capability, a laser pointer, an onboard HD video processor, all inertially stabilized. The system can identify and track targets and perform geo-location and geo-tracking operations. Another feature is that the Silent Falcon is modular. Three interchangeable wing configurations are provided so that the Silent Falcon can adapt to mission endurance requirements. The company’s products target several markets — defense, domestic public safety, and private security contractors. Commercial production on the Silent Falcon starts next year.At the conference in Vegas, Vice Adm. William R. Burke, deputy chief of Naval Operations Warfare Systems for the U.S. Navy, told his audience how the Navy was changing the way it thinks about unmanned systems capabilities. Now, he says, the Navy works to evolve with the speed of technology, instead of with a traditional seven- to 15-year platform timeline. The company’s motto for this solar electric model, “Flies Silent, Flies Longer and Sees More,” is an accurate explanation of why the Silent Falcon is an attractive newcomer. The Silent Falcon’s power comes from thin film photovoltaic panels built into the wings with lithium polymer batteries for storage. Falcon has an endurance of up to 14 hours in the sky, whereas it can fly up to six hours running on battery power at night. The Silent Falcon system, built of lightweight carbon composites, is also billed as very quiet with low thermal signature to reduce detection. 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. Falcon Heavy Rocket gets unveiled by SpaceX (Update) © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Flying silent, seeing more, unmanned Silent Falcon makes debut (2012, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-silent-unmanned-falcon-debut.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

BlackBerry Recruits Major Partners in New Mobile Solutions Push

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read November 13, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals BlackBerry Ltd unveiled its new mobile-device management and security platform on Thursday and struck wide-ranging partnerships to bolster its capabilities, sending its shares more than 6 percent higher.BlackBerry said it would team up with Samsung to provide a “highly secure mobility solution” for Samsung’s Android phones. The system couples the Canadian company’s device management capability with the KNOX software embedded on Samsung’s Galaxy phones and tablets, and will be available in early 2015, the companies said.”The partnership with Samsung is a very big deal,” said John Jackson, a technology analyst at IDC. “It’s hard to imagine a partnership with more significant practical impact potential.”The new platform, the BlackBerry Enterprise Service, or BES 12, will allow corporations and government agencies to manage and make secure not only BlackBerry’s mobile devices, but also those running on rival operating systems such as Google Inc’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows platform.For the first time the platform will also be able to manage the use of medical diagnostic equipment, industrial machinery and motor vehicles.”When we think of mobile devices today, we think of tablets, smartphones and laptops, but very quickly we are going to have sensors, medical devices and a variety of ‘connected things’, so we’re positioning the platform to be able to handle all of those things as well,” Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said in an interview at the BES 12 launch in San Francisco.BlackBerry also announced a BES12 deal with Brightstar, the world’s largest wireless distribution company, and a tie-up with business software company Salesforce.com Inc that will let clients in healthcare and other regulated industries use Salesforce software to securely access data via the BlackBerry platform.”It looks as though BES 12 ticks all the boxes,” IDC’s Jackson said. “The challenges are it is just a phenomenally competitive environment full of very capable, very well-capitalized big guys like IBM and SAP.”The new products and services are the backbone of BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen’s plan to turn around the smartphone pioneer, whose devices have lost ground to Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy devices and a slew of other gadgets powered by Google’s Android operating system.While it is still a player in the smartphone business, BlackBerry is pivoting to focus on services and the demands of a large base of enterprise clients that are increasingly grappling with data security concerns.The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said its customers have registered for five million BES licenses since a migration push was launched in March, with some 30 percent of these prospective clients moving from rival mobile device management platforms.BlackBerry’s Nasdaq-listed shares jumped more than 6 percent to as high as $12.05, their highest level since August 2013, soon after the news.(Additional reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Alden Bentley; and Peter Galloway) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Windows 10 1809 full rollout begins

first_imgWindows 10 1809: full rollout begins by Martin Brinkmann on March 21, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: March 21, 2019 – 19 commentsWith Windows 10 version 1903 just a month or so away, it is quite puzzling that a large number of devices have not yet received the update to Windows 10 version 1809.Microsoft began the rollout phase of Windows 10 version 1809 on January 16, 2019 but restricted automatic updates via Windows Updates. Only devices that the company believed to have the “best update experience” would receive the update back then.Administrators could run a manual check for updates and would receive the feature update then if no upgrade block was in place and if the device passed compatibility tests.Microsoft lists one upgrade block currently on the official update history page of Windows 10 version 1809. Devices who run “certain new Intel display drivers” are blocked from receiving the update via Windows Update. The solution right now is to update Intel display drivers so that they are newer than 24.20.100.6345.Microsoft updated the “Get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update” support page yesterday to indicate that the rollout of the new feature update for Windows has finally started.Windows 10 devices will receive the feature update automatically now provided that they are compatible with the new version and don’t meet any upgrade block that may still be in place; this is true for devices with Windows Updates set to download and install updates automatically.Microsoft suggests that administrators run manual check for updates if the update is not offered automatically at this point. This is done by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and activating the “check for updates” option on the page.It is still possible that the feature update is not returned when administrators run manual check for updates. Administrators may then download the Update Assistant from this Microsoft page to use it to update (or receive information on why an update is not possible).Closing wordsOne has to wonder if it would not be better to sit this one out and wait for the release of the upcoming feature update. While it is certainly an option to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809 and then a month or so later to Windows 10 version 1903, it is probably less time consuming to skip 1809 and wait for 1903 instead.Windows 10 version 1809 launched with major bugs and Microsoft had to pause the update for about six weeks. It is probably not a good idea to jump on the Windows 10 version 1903 bandwagon right after official release; far better to monitor the update for a month or two before making any upgrade decisions. (via Born)Now You: Do you run Windows 10? Are your devices already on version 1809?SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 1809: full rollout beginsDescriptionWith Windows 10 version 1903 just a month or so away, it is quite puzzling that a large number of devices have not yet received the update to Windows 10 version 1809.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Adam Rippon turns down NBC offer in order to support teammates

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Instagram/Adam RipponAdam Rippon will compete on Team USA Adam Rippon has ‘turned down a role’ at broadcaster NBC – so he can continue to support teammates who are still competing.Rippon has become the star of this year’s Winter Olympics after winning over the hearts of the world with his social media wit, likeable personality and his gracious figure skating skills.He managed to win a bronze medal in his first event – but his likeability has seen him become the highlight of the games.Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy | Photo: TwitterRippon won’t leave his fellow Olympians behindNow, Rippon says NBC has approached him to become a correspondent at the Pyeongchang games.However he turned them down as he would have been required to move out of the Olympic Village.I am flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent for them here in PyeongChang. Doing this would require me to leave Team USA and move out of the Olympic Village. I don’t want to do that so I had to declined the opportunity.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018Taking to Twitter, Rippon said: ‘I am flattered that NBC wanted me to work as a correspondent for them here in PyeongChang. ‘Doing this would require me to leave Team USA and move out of the Olympic Village.‘I don’t want to do that so I had to decline the opportunity.’Adam continued to explain his decision, saying he wanted to return the support he received during his famous run on the rink.I love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them. I look forward to being with them, and I’m very excited for the rest of the competition. Go Team USA!!!— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018‘I love being on Team USA and representing our country. My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them.‘I look forward to being with them, and I’m very excited for the rest of the competition. Go Team USA!!!’‘2018 is wild girl’Finally, in the true spirit of the internet, Rippon also joked that he hadn’t been approached directly – but had rather ‘found out’ about the offer on Twitter.I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter HAHA 2018 is wild girl— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) February 19, 2018‘I actually found everything out about the offer via twitter HAHA  2018 is wild girl,’ he wrote.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Adam Rippon and Leslie Jones make the best Olympics commentatorsWinter Olympics 2018: Adam Rippon nailed his debut Olympic performanceWinter Olympics 2018: Adam Rippon holds back tears as he hails the ‘overwhelming’ support he’s receivedRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/adam-rippon-turns-down-nbc-support-team-mates/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Tesla wants to make the car the most fun possible

first_imgReady to race?Image: e3 / screengrabBy Sasha Lekach2019-06-14 23:45:09 UTC Tesla owners, prepare to be entertained. Elon Musk made an appearance at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3, in Los Angeles Thursday and said in a conversation with game designer Todd Howard and video game journalist Geoff Keighley that entertainment options are expanding in Tesla vehicles.“What can we do to make the car the most fun possible?” Musk mused on stage.[embedded content]First up is the game Cuphead, which Tesla announced earlier this month as an addition to the gaming options already in the Tesla in-car screen. Then Bethesda Game Studios is working with Tesla to bring Fallout Shelter to the gaming selection.Beach Buggy Racing 2 is also coming to the games collection, but this one uses the car’s steering wheel and will be multiplayer. “If you have a steering wheel and it’s sitting right there…” Musk said about the in-vehicle steering. All the new games are made specifically for a Tesla.Within the Tesla browser, streaming video options like Netflix and YouTube will be available when the car is parked and connected to WiFi. If you’re just parked somewhere, waiting for someone to finish an appointment, or at a Tesla Supercharger station recharging your electric vehicle, Musk suggests squeezing in some quality streaming time straight from your car.  Musk noted that the Tesla screen “was not originally made as a game player,” but the Easter egg drawer full of games — many from Atari — is becoming a well-known secret. Also hidden on the Tesla screen is fart mode, which Musk described as “my finest work.”last_img read more

Businesses need to learn how to manage cloud costs to get real

first_imgThis year’s Skill Up survey threw a spotlight on the challenges developers and engineering teams face when it comes to cloud. Indeed, it even highlighted the extent to which cloud is still a nascent trend for many developers, even though it feels so mainstream within the industry – almost half of respondents aren’t using cloud at all. But for those that do use cloud, the survey results also illustrated some of the specific ways that people are using or plan to use cloud platforms, as well as highlighting the biggest challenges and mistakes organisations are making when it comes to cloud. What came out as particularly important is that the limitations and the opportunities of cloud must be thought of together. With our research finding that cost only becomes important once a cloud platform is being used, it’s clear that if we’re to successfully – and cost effectively – use the cloud platforms we do, understanding the relationship with cost and opportunity over a sustained period of time (rather than, say, a month) is absolutely essential. As one of our respondents told us “businesses are still figuring out how to leverage cloud computing for their business needs and haven’t quite got the cost model figured out.” Why does cost pose such a problem when it comes to cloud computing? In this year’s survey, we asked people what their primary motivations for using cloud are. The key motivators were use case and employment (ie. the decision was out of the respondent’s hands), but it was striking to see cost as only a minor consideration. Placed in the broader context of discussions around efficiency and a tightening global market, this seemed remarkable. It appears that people aren’t entering the cloud marketplace with cost as a top consideration. In contrast however, this picture changes when we asked respondents about the biggest limiting factors for their chosen cloud platforms. At this point, cost becomes a much more important factor. This highlights that the reality of cloud costs only become apparent – or rather, becomes more apparent – once a cloud platform is implemented and being used. From this we can infer that there is a lack of strategic planning in cloud purchasing. It’s almost as if technology leaders are falling into certain cloud platforms based on commonplace assumptions about what’s right. This then has consequences further down the line. We need to think about cloud cost and functionality together The fact that functionality is also a key limitation is also important to note here – in fact, it is actually closely tied up with cost, insofar as the functionality of each respective cloud platform is very neatly defined by its pricing structure. Take serverless, for example – although it’s typically regarded as something that can be cost-effective for organizations, it can prove costly when you start to scale workloads. You might save more money simply by optimizing your infrastructure. What this means in practice is that the features you want to exploit within your cloud platform should be approached with a clear sense of how it’s going to be used and how it’s going to fit in the evolution of your business and technology in the medium and long term future. Getting the most from leading cloud trends There were two distinct trends that developers identified as the most exciting: machine learning and serverless. Although both are very different, they both hold a promise of efficiency. Whether that’s the efficiency in moving away from traditional means of hosting to cloud-based functions to powerful data processing and machine-led decision making at scale, the fundamentals of both trends are about managing economies of scale in ways that would have been impossible half a decade ago. This plays into some of the issues around cost. If serverless and machine learning both appear to offer ways of saving on spending or radically driving growth, when that doesn’t quite turn out in the way technology purchasers expected it would, the relationship between cost and features can become a little bit strained. Serverless The idea that serverless will save you money is popular. And in general, it is inexpensive. The pricing structures of both AWS and Azure make Functions as a Service (FaaS) particularly attractive. It means you’ll no longer be spending money on provisioning compute resources you don’t actually need, with your provider managing the necessary elasticity. Read next: The Future of Cloud lies in revisiting the designs and limitations of today’s notion of ‘serverless computing’, say UC Berkeley researchers However, as we’ve already seen, serverless doesn’t guarantee cost efficiency. You need to properly understand how you’re going to use serverless to ensure that it’s not costing you big money without you realising it. One way of using it might be to employ it for very specific workloads, allowing you to experiment in a relatively risk-free manner before employing it elsewhere – whatever you decide, you must ensure that the scope and purpose of the project is clear. Machine learning as a Service Machine learning – or deep learning in particular – is very expensive to do. This is one of the reasons that machine learning on cloud – machine learning as a service – is one of the most attractive features of many cloud platforms. But it’s not just about cost. Using cloud-based machine learning tools also removes some of the barriers to entry, making it easier for engineers who don’t necessarily have extensive training in the field to actually start using machine learning models in various ways. However, this does come with some limitations – and just as with serverless, you really do need to understand and even visualize how you’re going to use machine learning to ensure that you’re not just wasting time and energy with machine learning cloud features. You need to be clear about exactly how you’re going to use machine learning, what data you’re going to use, where it’s going to be stored, and what the end result should look like. Perhaps you want to embed machine learning capabilities inside an app? Or perhaps you want to run algorithms on existing data to inform internal decisions? Whatever it is, all these questions are important. These types of questions will also impact the type of platform you select. Google’s Cloud Platform is far and away the go-to platform for machine learning (this is one of the reasons why so many respondents said their motivation for using it was use case), but bear in mind that this could lead to some issues if the bulk of your data is typically stored on, say, AWS – you’ll need to build some kind of integration, or move your data to GCP (which is always going to be a headache). The hidden costs of innovation These types of extras are really important to consider when it comes to leveraging exciting cloud features. Yes you need to use a pricing calculator and spend time comparing platforms, but factoring additional development time to build integrations or move things is something that a calculator clearly can’t account for. Indeed, this is true in the context of both machine learning and serverless. The organizational implications of your purchases are perhaps the most important consideration and one that’s often the easiest to miss. Control the scope and empower your team However, although the organizational implications aren’t necessarily problems to be resolved – they could well be opportunities that you need to embrace. You need to prepare and be ready for those changes. Ultimately, preparation is key when it comes to leveraging the benefits of cloud. Defining the scope is critical and to do that you need to understand what your needs are and where you want to get to. That sounds obvious, but it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the possibilities and opportunities of cloud without paying careful consideration to how to ensure it works for you. Read the results of Skill Up 2019. Download the report here.last_img read more

Moonwhale Blockchain Ventures Inc Confirms USbased Wired and Wireless Networking Technology Distributor

first_imgMoonwhale Blockchain Ventures Inc. Confirms US-based Wired and Wireless Networking Technology Distributor, WAV Inc. as Corporate ClientMoonwhale Blockchain Ventures Inc. is pleased to announce WAV Inc. as new corporate client. WAV Inc. is a value-added distributor of world-class wireless networking technology and provider of best-in-class support and services. WAV distributes the technology that connects your customers to the internet, from LTE and wireless broadband to networking and Wi-Fi.Growing Demand in Networking TechnologyAccording to MarketWatch, the Industrial Wireline Networking / Enterprise Network Equipment market will register a CAGR of almost 13% by 2023. One of the reasons that will drive industrial networking market growth is the increasing adoption of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things). Implementing IIoT will enable industries to collect and analyze collect, analyze, and exchange data through numerous physical devices. Industrial Ethernet has become first choice in end-user industries to connect devices. These devices are embedded with sensors, software, and hardware. Ethernet offers a standard and converged network platform, therefore it fulfills all the connectivity requirements. This helps industrial companies in building a connectivity-enabled business strategy.Concurrently, over the next five years, the WiFi Access Point market will register a 9.3% CAGR in terms of revenue, the global market size will reach US$ 3580 million by 2024. WiFi Access Point is a networking device that allows easy access to the Internet over the air. Most access points look very similar to routers. An access point receives data by wired Ethernet and converts to a 2.4Gig or 5Gig Hz wireless signal. It sends and receives wireless traffic to and from nearby wireless clients, hence facilitates most connections for IoT devices.Technology Delivered Faster, Smarter with WAVWAV, Inc. is resolute in capitalizing the growing market demand for world-class networking technology. With ambitious expansion plans in the enterprise LAN and WLAN markets, WAV.inc (500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States in 2002) is aiming to disrupt the traditional product service offering to resellers.WAV now is developing a new model, which allows resellers to deploy their products to end customers at a very low monthly fee. For remote communities and municipalities, as well as for enterprises and SMEs it will be more efficient and simpler-to-implement connectivity infrastructure. The new model, the brainchild of WAV Founder Norm Dumbroff, aims to deliver global connectivity as the 4th utility, a standard which availability will be as natural as electricity or water supply. Another highlight, the upgrade path to the latest and greatest technology facilitated much more economically viable.Moonwhale will help WAV Inc. to structure and to bring the new model to the market, in America and beyond.“The growing adoption of IoT and IIoT is inevitable. The IoT industry is forecasted to earn $457 billion in revenues by 2020, and globally, there will be 75 billion connected devices by 2025. Therefore, the demand for wireline and wireless networking solutions will increase substantially in the coming years.” said Danny Christ, CEO of Moonwhale Ventures. He further added, “Norm’s brilliant solution can help communities, Smart Cities, enterprises and smaller businesses with an affordable and constantly up-to-date connectivity infrastructure. We are excited to be part of this new strategic approach.”When asked to comment, CEO of WAV Inc., Norm Dumbroff said, “Relying on Moonwhale’s experience will help us bring our concept to the market not only quicker, but in a more complete manner.  We are excited to be partnering with the Moonwhale team”.Follow WAV Inc. on social media:Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn |About WAV Inc.Established in 1990, WAV, Inc. is a full-service distributor of LTE, wireless broadband, networking, and Wi-Fi equipment. Located in Aurora, IL, WAV provides its partners a competitive edge by offering extensive product knowledge & unmatched technical expertise, support for multi-vendor solutions, product availability, as well as professional value-added services for its VAR & WISP communities, including (but not limited to): technical support, predictive analysis services, FCC coordination and installation & diagnostics. “We Make the Internet Work”. For more information, call (800) 678-2419 or visit the web at www.wavonline.com.About Moonwhale VenturesBased in Singapore and the USA, Moonwhale is a Blockchain Technology Consultancy, providing full services to identify and implement Distributed Ledger Technology solutions within value chains of SMEs and Corporations. Moonwhale is also an STO Financial Advisory, offering companies strategic advice on Security Token Offering to finance business expansion or new ventures. A One-Stop-Shop to advise, structure and execute financial & business planning,  process & structure, token economy and issuance, secondary market onboarding, and exploiting strategic partnerships. https://moonwhale.io/Follow Moonwhale Blockchain Ventures Inc. on social media:Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn |More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. 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