The Elders today called on all political, military and civil society leaders in Zimbabwe to work together towards free and fair elections and a peaceful, inclusive transition following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe.They urged all stakeholders to implement immediate socio-economic measures to address urgent issues that affect ordinary Zimbabweans’ welfare and provide relief to their pain and suffering. Zimbabwe’s neighbours in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries must do all they can to support a successful political process that respects human rights and returns stability and growth to the country.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “The period between now and the 2018 election is critical both for reconciliation and organised transition in Zimbabwe. All stakeholders should come together and engage in serious debate on a future vision and public policy.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders and a former freedom fighter in Mozambique, said: “The departure of Robert Mugabe offers a huge and rare chance for the people of Zimbabwe to chart a new course towards a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive future. This will only succeed if civil society activists, human rights defenders, independent media, religious organizations and academia are engaged on the type of transition to be chosen. Zimbabwe must look to the future, but also deliver justice to those who have suffered in the past.”The Elders agree that upcoming elections in 2018 are a crucial test of Zimbabwe’s new leaders’ commitment to democracy and political reform. All state institutions, especially the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, must put transparency and integrity at the heart of their work. This is particularly important regarding the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration process, which must deliver a credible electoral roll to restore confidence to the voting system.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – Lots of likes and kudos from the general public for the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police as it moves to be more forthcoming with crime information… among the reports issued, is a disturbing series of attacks in Grand Turk from Thursday. At least two off duty police officers and two civilians reported their cars vandalized by who investigators believe may be the same culprit or culprits. Around 3am Thursday was when the vandal struck; using bricks and rocks the four separate incidents roused vehicle owners from their sleep with a loud noise and upon inspection outside they found their windshields busted. No one was injured and all of the incidents took place in Breezy Brae and information is needed to solve this one. More seriously, a young man – 27 was beaten near fatally and had to be airlifted out of the country on the weekend. The man was found on Aviation Drive around 12:30am Friday, when emergency services were called. There were head, chest and leg injuries according to the police report. Police say they have already begun investigations even as they ask the public for help in determining who is responsible for this violent assault. Kevino Smith protests to continue Thursday at Parliament Recommended for you Vehicle Break Ins escalating; fiends hot wire cars Related Items:breezy brae, cars, vandalized Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Car break ins still happening, residents not taking heed
She started liking the poetry of India’s poet laureate Rabindranath Tagore while in school, and now China’s noted dulcimer player Liu Yuening has made the first Chinese transcription of Tagore’s songs with the aim of creating an enduring basis for India-China ties as the two countries embark on summit-level talks after a month of problems this week. ‘Tagore’s poetry is like music, it is melodic, sweet and lovely,’ Liu said in an interview here on her way back from Kolkata where she attended the opening of a China gallery at Rabindra Bharati University in Jorasanko, Tagore’s ancestral estate, earlier this week. The gallery has several photographs of Tagore and his family members’ visit to China. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ At a concert in Kolkata to mark the 150th anniversary Tagore’s birth in 2011, Liu on the dulcimer had presented a combination of Chinese and Indian music accompanied by Indian musicians and instruments like the tabla. Beyond her childhood love for Tagore’s poetry, it is her musical instrument – yangqin or the Chinese-hammered dulcimer – that has made Liu the leading exponent of the India-China music dialogue and a key ambassador of culture. The yangqin is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix ‘The first world-wide dialogue between Indian yangqin or santoor and Chinese yangqin was held in Calcutta in 2011 at the concert themed ‘Night of the Orient, When East Meets East’, said Liu, who has studied in India with noted santoor maestro Shiv Kumar Sharma. ‘More than 20 countries around the world have this instrument that originated in the Iran-Iraq region,’ Liu said of the Chinese dulcimer that is quite similar to the santoor.Liu undertook a seven-month research at the University of Delhi on a Ford Foundation fellowship in 2009 to explore the grammar of the two musical instruments of the same family. Liu, who is a professor at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and the youngest professor of yangqin in the country’s history, aims to create an enduring basis of dialogue ‘between our two oriental cultures’. ‘With my Indian gurus, I am trying to make a new style of India-China music… Chinese melody, put in the Indian raga structure to create a new sentence and style,’ Liu said.Liu directs a yangqin ensemble called Jasmine and plans to bring it to India on a music tour of the Buddhist heritage sites. In May 2009, Liu held a trio concert with an Indian band called the Kedia Brothers in Jharkhand, where the yangqin, the sitar and the sarod were played together. ‘The basic tones in Chinese music are also found in India music,’ said Liu. Chinese Premier arrived in the Capital to have the first summit-level formal talks.
The world of fashion in India saw a new beginning, when a veteran fashion designer was honoured by the French Government for his dedication to the world Fashion.His Excellency, The Ambassador of France, Francois Richier, conferred the Chevalier de la légion d’Honneur on veteran fashion designer Manish Arora, at the Residence of France, in the national Capital on Tuesday. The Ambassador of France bestowed Manish with the medal and the two clinked champagne glasses celebrating the ceremony. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Legion of Honour, the highest distinction is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 1802. The award, is bestowed on both citizens of France as well as foreigners. In the past, eminent Indian personalities like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Amitabh Bachchan and JRD Tata have been honored with the prestigious award. The award is a recognition by France for Manish’s distinguished and critically applauded work and contribution to the world of fashion. Beginning the investiture ceremony, Fashion Features Director of Vogue and a close friend of Manish, Bandana Tewari, read out an entrancing personal note on the veteran fashion designer. The account narrated by Tiwari spoke of Manish’s humble beginning and his journey though the world of fashion, in India and abroad. Following the personal account, the guests were treated with an audio-visual, highlighting some of the successful shows of the designer and the comments and best wishes from eminent personalities on his triumph. Manish thanked everyone present at the event and said, “I’m amazed and honoured by the recognition I have received from the country that I love with all my heart. I hope to keep getting inspired by France, the beauty and elegance of the French.” He also thanked the French government for, “doing this for the first time in the world of fashion, in India. Only the French can do this, they can spot you, pick you up and tell you, ‘you deserve it’”.Ambassador François Richier said, “Manish has a long-standing connection with France, which is like a second home for him. He is a pioneer in bringing the fashion culture of both countries together with his lively imagination. I am delighted to confer this high honour on him.”
Facebook made its distributed log system, called LogDevice available as an open source project, two weeks back. It is a highly scalable and fault-tolerant distributed data store for sequential data. LogDevice comes with features such as high write availability, consistency guarantees, non-deterministic record placement, and a local log store. LogDevice is widely used at Facebook. Existing use cases of LogDevice include stream processing pipelines, distribution of index updates in large distributed databases, machine learning pipelines, replication pipelines, and durable reliable task queues. LogDevice is designed from the ground up so that it can serve different logs with high reliability and efficiency at scale. It is also highly tunable which allows the use cases as mentioned above to be optimized for the right set of trade-offs when it comes to durability-efficiency and consistency-availability space. Let’s have a look at the key features of LogDevice. High write availability LogDevice comes with high write availability which is uncommon in most of the existing logging applications of Facebook. LogDevice efficiently separates record sequencing from record storage. It uses non-deterministic placement of records which improves the write availability and betters the tolerate temporary load imbalances caused by spikes in the write load on individual logs. Consistency Guarantees The consistency guarantees provided by a LogDevice log are similar to the ones provided by a record-oriented file system. It comes with built-in data loss detection and reporting. In case data loss occurs, the Log sequence numbers (LSNs) of all records that were lost gets reported to every reader attempting to read the affected log and range of LSNs. Although, there are no ordering guarantees provided for records of different logs. Non-deterministic record placement LogDevice has a different approach when it comes to record placement. First, the ordering of records in a log is decoupled from the actual storage of record copies. For each log in a LogDevice cluster, it runs a sequencer object whose only job is issuing the monotonically increasing sequence numbers as records. The sequencer runs either on a storage node or on a node which has been reserved for sequencing. After the record has been stamped with a sequence number, the copies of that record get stored on any storage node within a cluster. The LogDevice client library is capable of performing the reordering and occasional de-duplication of records. This makes sure that the records get delivered to the reader application in the order of their LSNs. Local Log Store The local log store of LogDevice is called LogsDB. LogsDB is a write-optimized datastore which has been designed to keep the number of disks seeks small and controlled. Also, the write and read IO patterns on the storage device are mostly sequential. The write-optimized data stores offer great performance when writing data, even if it belongs to multiple files or logs. Apart from that, LogsDB is quite efficient for log tailing workloads, which is a common pattern of log access where records are delivered to readers soon after they are written. These records are never read again except in rare cases such as massive backfills. LogsDB is built on top of RocksDB, which is an ordered durable key-value data store based on LSM trees. LogsDB act as a time-ordered collection of RocksDB column families. Each RocksDB instance is called a LogsDB partition. For more information, visit the official LogDevice website. Read Next Facebook researchers build a persona-based dialog dataset with 5M personas to train end-to-end dialogue systems Facebook Dating app to release as a test version in Colombia ACLU sues Facebook for enabling sex and age discrimination through targeted ads