NEATs Garden Party postponed due to weather

first_imgThere will be free local pastured sausages donated by Home Hardware, Salads for $6 provided by Hip Peace Produce and local beer for $6 from Mighty Peace Brewing Co. and Beard’s Brewing Company.To attend the event is $10 per adult and children can attend for free. Tickets are available at or at the door.Proceeds from the Garden Party go back to support NEAT and their work to build healthy, vibrant communities in the Peace Region.The Community Garden is across the street from the old Firehall on the corner of 96th St and 100 Ave.To view the FB event; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is postponing their family-friendly Garden Party.Due to potential bad weather, the Garden Party has been rescheduled to Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the FSJ Community Gardens.The Garden Party will be host to live music by Airik Clark & Ukulele Mike, Food Secure kids games, Carnival games by the City of Fort St. John.last_img read more

Spain Acts on Moroccan Intelligence Arrests ISIS Suspect

Rabat – A joint Spanish-Moroccan security collaboration resulted in the arrest of a Moroccan national in Spain with alleged ties to ISIS.The Spanish national police arrested a 21-year-old Moroccan individual on Tuesday, July 7, at a gas station in Vitoria, in northern Spain, El Pais reported.The suspect was accused of recruiting and indoctrinating people to join a terrorist organization. <br>Detenido en Vitoria un presunto terrorista del DAESHenVideosAccording to El Correo, the Moroccan national used audio-visual material to incite an individual to commit attacks in Spain.The Spanish outlet quoted police resources as saying, “In fact, it was Morocco which put the Spanish security forces on alert.” Following the North African country’s warning, the suspect “was subject to discreet surveillance.”The Interior Ministry later reported in a statement that the man was known for belonging “to radical circles of jihadist ideology in Algeciras,” where he usually resided.According to Europa Press, the Spanish interior ministry stressed that “the cooperation between Spain and Morocco and the constant alert of both countries is fruitful in operations that allow the deactivation of this type of threat on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar.”According to police investigations, the suspect was in contact with another individual who was arrested late last year in Morocco. Their ultimate goal was to commit attacks.Not the first arrest in VitoriaThe Spanish police have collaborated often with Moroccan authorities to arrest Moroccan nationals allegedly linked to terrorist groups.In February 2017, Spanish police arrested a 41-year-old Moroccan man, also in Vitoria, on suspicion of links to ISIS. A 36-year-old Spanish woman was arrested in Alicante on the same day.In the same month, Spanish authorities arrested two Moroccan nationals aged 25 and 27 in Barcelona. They were convicted of supporting ISIS financially through illegal activities.In March 2017, the Spanish interior ministry announced the arrest of three Moroccans in Roda de Ter, eastern Spain. The suspects were accused of inciting jihadists to carry out terrorist acts on social media. read more

In Chad UN mission starts training local police

8 April 2008The United Nations mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) is launching a programme tomorrow to train 77 Chadian police and gendarmerie commanders in law and order and respect for human rights. After an intensive four-week course, the officers will form part of the Détachement Integré de Sécurité (DIS) working in refugee camps, internally displaced person (IDP) sites and major towns in eastern Chad. MINURCAT is targeting a total of 850 personnel to eventually make up the DIS. According to a Security Council resolution last year, MINURCAT is tasked with selecting, training, advising and facilitating support to the DIS. Meanwhile the European force, EUFOR, is responsible for providing a security umbrella in the areas where MINURCAT conducts its activities. MINURCAT was set up by the Security Council last September to help protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian aid to thousands of people uprooted by insecurity in the northeast of the CAR and eastern Chad, and in the neighbouring Darfur region of Sudan. read more

Ryan Madson And The Dodgers Are Faltering When It Matters Most

BOSTON — For the second-straight chilly night in Fenway Park, Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Ryan Madson faced one of baseball’s great psychological performance tests. And for the second-straight night, Madson failed.A pitcher, the defense, dictates the action in baseball, which makes the game unusual. Standing alone in the center of the infield, a pitcher can get in his own way — and he can single-handedly let a game get away. And for a second-straight World Series game, Madson checked both of these boxes as he couldn’t command the ball. With each miss outside the strike zone, the pressure and decibel levels increased in the cramped, 106-year-old ballpark.Madson inherited two base runners on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series and three on Wednesday in Game 2. All five scored. They were the decisive runs Tuesday and again Wednesday in Boston’s 4-2 victory. The Red Sox now enjoy a 2-0 lead in the series, which heads to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday.When Madson entered Wednesday with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, it was the most crucial point in the game. Leverage index is a stat designed to weight the importance of every plate appearance in a game as it relates to potential win expectancy swings, with an average plate appearance at a mark of 1.0. A plate appearance in a one-run game in the ninth inning has a greater leverage-index value than that of a one-run game in, say, the second inning. The leverage index of facing Steve Pearce with the bases loaded and two outs, leading by one run, was 4.17 — the highest of the game and second-highest of the series.Madson, who walked just 16 batters in 52⅔ regular-season innings, began his Game 2 outing by missing badly above the zone with his first two pitches against Pearce. The crowd roared. Red Sox fans began chanting his last name, perhaps sensing weakness. Wearing just a short-sleeve T-shirt under his game jersey, Madson jumped up and down at the back of the mound to try to warm himself in temperatures that had dipped into the low 40s, feeling colder with the wind chill. But he missed twice again above the zone to walk Pearce on five pitches, forcing in Christian Vazquez and tying the score at 2-2.“I really liked him against Pearce,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. “He’s done it time and time again for us.”Madson also entered, and faltered, in a high-leverage situation Tuesday. His first pitch in Game 1 was a wild pitch against Pearce, whom he walked on four pitches.“The ball is not going where I want it,” Madson said after the game. “It’s kind of a crapshoot with inherited runners. You can be good at it for a long time and then a bloop hit, or a walk like tonight, it’s not automatic. I don’t know if it’s mechanical or physical or emotional. There is a lot of elements going in there. You just have to regroup and start over again.”Among Dodgers pitchers, Madson has pitched four of the five highest-leverage situations through two games. The Dodgers’ best reliever, Kenley Jansen, hasn’t pitched in the series. While teams have been aggressive in employing relief pitchers this postseason, Roberts has not yet used his best reliever when there have clearly been crucial situations. Instead, a pitcher the Dodgers had claimed off waivers and traded for on Aug. 31 — who had a 5.28 ERA in Washington and a 6.48 mark in a limited sample in L.A. — got the call.1In a small sample of postseason work, Madson had been effective for Roberts entering the World Series. Madson also did strike out 13 batters in 8⅓ regular-season innings with the Dodgers .After walking Pearce on Wednesday, Madson missed with his first pitch to the following batter, J.D. Martinez, and then Madson threw a fastball that found the zone. But Martinez, hobbling on a right ankle he injured Tuesday, sliced it down the right-field line for a two-run single. Boston took a 4-2 lead that held as the final score. The leverage index of that plate appearance? 3.6. It marked the second-greatest leverage index of the game after the Pearce at bat.Madson told reporters before the game that the cold weather affected his grip in Game 1, referencing the sticky stuff that has become a sticky subject this season.“Grip is essential, obviously, in a breaking ball,” Madson said before Game 2. “And a lot of times with the cold weather, I’m not saying anybody uses anything, but if you use anything, a lot of times it’s not as effective in cold weather.“I didn’t use anything [Tuesday], but I didn’t throw any breaking balls. But [Wednesday], I’m going to make sure I’ve got what everybody uses, the essentials out there again. I didn’t think it was going to be as difficult as it was [Tuesday].”Whatever he did, Madson had a tough time again Wednesday.Interestingly, Madson’s four-seam fastball had an average spin rate of 2,289 rpms on Tuesday and 2,196 on Wednesday, and that pitch’s velocity was 95.5 mph on Tuesday and 94.8 on Wednesday — not far removed from his regular-season averages of 2,250 rpms and 95.9 mph. So while his command wavered, his underlying stuff was nearly the same.The Red Sox had no trouble with the cool conditions Wednesday as their relievers again dominated, averaging 98.4 mph on all fastballs. Starter David Price and the bullpen retired the final 16 Dodgers they faced.Price took another step toward shedding his reputation as a postseason choker after burying some of his postseason demons in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series — his first win in 12 career postseason starts. He did it by adopting a new plan, throwing his change-up at a career-high rate and shelving his cut fastball. He used a similar approach Wednesday and did not allow a hit through the first three innings. He often went in with his fastball and down and away with his changeup.He gave up two runs in the fourth but returned for a scoreless fifth — going where no starter had gone in Game 1 — and even posted a scoreless inning in the sixth.Price now has two postseason wins in his last two starts. A week ago, Price couldn’t win in the postseason. So there’s hope for Ryan Madson.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Flotation chemical master Dr Nagaraj inducted into Concentration category in IM Hall

first_imgDr D.R. Nagaraj (Nag), for his work in developing flotation chemicals, will be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in the Concentration category at the gala awards dinner in Denver on February 20th, during SME Conference week. In a close run judging, he narrowly beat Olivier Guyot, currently Vice President, Technology at Metso, who created the OCS© software, leader in advanced control for mineral processing optimisation. He has also created a series of revolutionary vision (VisioFroth™, VisioRock™) and audio-based (AudioMill™) sensors, and further developed those into next generation sensors.Flotation chemicals constitute a most powerful tool in enhancing mineral separation performance, affecting overall economic and environmental impacts of the process. Dr D.R. Nagaraj (Nag) has more than 35 years of outstanding and innovative achievements in the design, development and commercialisation of numerous families of novel flotation reagents (collectors, depressants, dispersants, etc.) and in advancing the art and science of flotation agents for sulphide and non-sulphide mineral separations. His seminal 1987 paper titled The chemistry and application of chelating or complexing agents in minerals separations formally introduced the donor-acceptor model, which paved the way for rational design of flotation reagents. During his entire career he has been involved in a bridge building exercise between academic research and practical applications. However, his persistence at requiring knowledge to be useful has made him sought after by both communities. His holistic approach to reagent selection and flotation optimisation is one example of his devising a rational and practical scheme for dealing with real, complex ores. His pioneering work in the use of SIMS surface analytical technique,  for determining the disposition of collectors on mineral surfaces started a trend in the academic community and is an example of the high quality work for which he is known.In addition to devising schemes to optimize chemical usage, Nag has developed and patented many organic and polymeric materials for flotation and toxic metal removal. These include:Alkyl and Aryl monothiophosphates as acid circuit sulphide collectorsSynthetic functionalized polymers as depressants in sulphide flotationAlkoxycarbonyl thionocarbamates as collectors for mildly alkaline circuitsNew Collectors for PGMs and gold.last_img read more

World Cup qualifiers Robbie Keane still confident of booking ticket to Brazil

first_imgIRELAND CAPTAIN Robbie Keane says his team remain ‘on course’ to finish second in their World Cup qualification group.Goals from Marc Wilson, Jonathan Walters and Darren O’Dea, as well as an own goal, helped to ensure a 4-1 Irish victory over the Faroe Islands on Tuesday, and Keane believes that the performance is a result of unity within the camp and indicated that the squad would aim to progress.“It was a big test for all of the players after Friday’s disappointing result,” Keane said of the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany. “It was important that we stood up for each other and we certainly did tonight. I’ve said it before, that it’s important we all stick together when you’re going through something like this, important that the whole team, that the whole squad is on board. “Lads could easily have crumbled with the amount of pressure they’ve been under but fair play to them, they didn’t.“Our aim now is to kick on and to beat the teams around us, Sweden and Austria. Our main objective is to finish second and we’re still on course to do that.”Goalscorer Walters told reporters that it was ‘a great win’ for the team as it demonstrated their ability to respond positively to difficult circumstances.“Of course it was difficult but I think we’ve shown we can bounce back. We’ve won 4-1 here and we could have got a few more,” he said. ”It was a great win for us, it was a difficult one for us but we won. Losing 6-1 is one of those results you’ve just got to deal with. As players, as a unit, as a squad — staff included — but we showed tonight we can deal with it,” he added.It’s strange the FAI haven’t publicly backed Trapattoni, says Brian Kerr‘The referee’s a clown’ — Roy Keane’s assessment as England fans furious at Warsaw postponementlast_img read more

Appeal for 15yearold Jason Collins missing from Laois

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,421 Views 4 Comments GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 15 year old Jason Collins.The teenager has been missing from Mountmellick since Saturday 15 April.Jason is described as being 5’ 5’’ tall with black hair and of medium build.When last seen he was wearing grey shorts, a black t- shirt, grey Nike runners and a blue jacket.It is believed that he may be in the Dublin area.Anyone who has seen Jason or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on 057-8674100, the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Co-founder of LGBT charity resigns, says he received support worth €11.5k but paid funds back> Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 9:54 PM By Cliodhna Russell Appeal for 15-year-old Jason Collins missing from Laois It is believed that he may be in the Dublin area. Apr 20th 2017, 9:54 PM last_img read more

Les ressources cachées de la Nintendo 3DS

first_imgLes ressources cachées de la Nintendo 3DSVoici une bonne nouvelle pour cette fin d’année: Nintendo aurait trouvé un moyen de repousser les limites de sa console portable.Selon Nintendo World Report, la firme japonaise aurait réussi à libérer un des processeurs de la 3DS, qui, jusqu’alors était exclusif au système d’exploitation de la console portable. Nintendo aurait augmenté la puissance de cette dernière de 25% supplémentaires. Cela peut paraître énorme, mais ce n’est pas tout ! Le géant nippon aurait également trouvé une manière plus efficace de générer ses images 3D, ce qui soulagerait le CPU. Et comme il est coutume de dire “jamais deux sans trois”, une dernière nouvelle viendrait couronner le tout : les jeux en téléchargement pourraient désormais atteindre la taille de 512 Mo !Avant que les possesseurs de 3DS se réjouissent trop vite, il faudra tout de même attendre une confirmation officielle de la part de Nintendo concernant ces rumeurs, histoire de ne pas s’enflammer trop vite.Le 14 novembre 2011 à 12:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set RefineryPollution Cleanup Level

first_imgFlint Hills Resources-Alaska closed its refinery in North Pole in May, citing rising costs associated with cleaning up sulfolane contamination in area groundwater and other economic factors.(Credit KUAC file photo)A panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources.Download AudioDEC asked scientists with Ohio-based Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment, or TERA, to take a second look at the reference doses used by the state agency in setting a stringent cleanup level for sulfolane, an industrial solvent that leaked from the refinery over several years.The TERA panelists reviewed scientific literature on reference doses used by DEC to come up with the 14-parts-per-billion cleanup standard that the agency says Flint Hills must attain before DEC will declare the water safe to drink.“It’s a very important step in the process,” says DEC environmental program manager Bill O’Connell.O’Connell says the agency will now use the TERA panel’s work to help it determine whether the 14-parts-per billion cleanup standard is warranted.“Once TERA submits a written report, which will be in about two months, the DEC will take their recommendations under advisement,” he said. “And then we will go forward and calculate a cleanup level based on the reference dose that they have coalesced around.”Flint Hills Resources officials told DEC late last year that they believe the 14-parts-per billion standard is overly stringent. They say the level should set at about 25 times that level – around 363 parts-per-billion.Flint Hills asked DEC to reconsider the cleanup level; in April, Commissioner Larry Hartig agreed.In February, Flint Hills officials cited the stringent cleanup level as one of the reasons they can’t operate the refinery profitably. They closed it in May, and now operate a fuel terminal in one part of the facility.Flint Hills and the former refinery operator, along with the state, have all filed lawsuits against each other in efforts to assign blame and liability for the cleanup.O’Connell says DEC will send its final recommendation on a cleanup level to agency Hartig by the end of the year. Hartig will issue a ruling thereafter.last_img read more

Raiders Wrong For Signing Incognito

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@yahoo.comPeople who know me well, and even those who don’t probably know I’ve been an Oakland Raiders fan for many years.My love affair with the Silver and Black goes back to the 1977 double overtime playoff game at old Memorial Stadium, when the Raiders beat the Baltimore Colts in the heartstopping “Ghost to the Post” game of lore and legend, 37-31. The Raiders won their first of three Super Bowls that year.Over the decades, I’ve loved the renegade Raiders through the good and the bad and in recent years, there has been a lot of bad in the form of many, many losses. But, recently the team did some “bad” I might not get over anytime soon.The Raiders, seeking to add some depth to their offensive line after executing what was a successful 2019 NFL Draft, signed Richie Incognito, the formerly vanquished NFL offensive guard. Incognito, who built an all-pro caliber career with the Miami Dolphins also became infamous for what many describe as racist bullying during his time in Miami.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)In 2013, Incognito’s teammate and fellow lineman Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team in November in the midst of the season.  Allegedly, Martin, who is biracial said he was bullied constantly by Incognito, who on a voicemail dated April 2013, referred to Martin as a “half-ni—r piece of s—.” Incognito also reportedly threatened to kill Martin and harm members of his family during that same voicemail. Subsequently, Incognito was suspended indefinitely by the Dolphins.The reality is the “relationship” between Incognito and Martin, who has grappled with some significant mental health and substance abuse issues, was dubious beyond the obvious racist hostility Incognito exhibited. Testimony by teammates suggested the two were actually friends and Incognito’s actions were urged by the Dolphins’ management to somehow “toughen up” Martin.But, what is very clear is Incognito’s troubles continued after his stint with the Dolphins.Incognito sat out the 2014 NFL season, but got picked up in 2015 by the Buffalo Bills. With Buffalo, Incognito seemed to reinvent himself and reestablish his pro bowl level of play on the field and was rewarded with pro bowl selections in 2015, 2016 and 2017.But, by 2018, Incognito was put on an “involuntary psychiatric hold” for an altercation at a gym in Boca Raton, Fla., where the troubled football player was in “an altered paranoid state” and allegedly hurled a dumbbell at another patron of the gym.Also in 2018, Incognito was arrested and taken into custody in Scottsdale, Ariz., when he allegedly threatened to shoot funeral home employees while he made funeral arrangements for his father. Police reportedly recovered three rifles, two glocks and a handgun from Incognito’s truck.Against this sordid backdrop, the Raiders decided to take a chance on Incognito, a player who has exhibited virulently racist and violent behavior, which would be warrant permanent termination in just about any workplace in America.But, not the NFL.For me, the Raiders decision to sign Incognito is even more maddening given the team’s storied history off of the field.The Raiders organization under the leadership of pioneering American Football League (AFL) maverick Al Davis became the first NFL team in the modern era to hire a Black head coach, Art Shell in 1989. Prior to Shell’s hiring, the Raiders and Davis hired Tom Flores, the league’s first Hispanic head coach in 1979. In 1997, Davis hired Amy Trask as the CEO of the Raiders, the first woman executive in NFL history.As a Raiders fan for life, I hope Incognito is dealing with his mental health issues in a pragmatic way, guided by mental health professionals, and he has buried his racist ways deep inside his 320 pound body. I hope he has an outstanding season with the Raiders on an offensive line that protects our quarterback Derek Carr. I hope Carr throws for 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, with newly signed all-world wide receiver Antonio Brown doing much of the offensive damage for the Silver and Black. And I hope the Raiders win Super Bowl 54 (Hey, a Brother can dream can’t he?).But, at the end of the day I just don’t understand how Richie Incognito gets chance after chance to compete and get paid in the NFL. The same league that has effectively banned Colin Kaepernick for life, because he took a knee and in the process stood against police brutality for millions of Black and Brown people.Then again, I do understand; it’s not that complicated. The NFL is just as racist as America has always been.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

Madhvi Subrahmanians shadows

first_imgAt Breaking Ground in Jaipur, Madhvi Subrahmanian’s three walls created out of stoneware, projections of light and shadow materials became an interactive soliloquy for art lovers to follow and feel the essence of shades and shadows in the art of an installation that can be at once immersive as well as cast a spell on the viewer for a momentous unravelling.As curator, writer, thinker, and philosopher with an environmental aura, Madhvi’s works hinged on the makeshift gallery walls like organic elements of a larger relic, hoary and haunting images that meld and slowly pool in our irises. By no means is this a fanciful analogy. It is the understanding of installation identities and intricacies that made Forest Dreams stand on its own. As an artist, Madhvi transgresses expected gallery reflexes by presenting her images as a summation of evanescent evocations born of a forest; she also prepares us for another strategy, which lies at the heart of this show and that is reverence for nature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFull of an adroit intensity of experiential wisdom the ceramicist Madhvi breaks away from traditional notions of ceramics. Her explorations into sculptonic identities from referencing a vessel to creating and altering a space into a retinue of memories becomes her leitmotif. Migration and movement become repetitive expressions in her work. The two adjacent walls flanking the central wall are at once a prism of organic, earthy and eco -friendly echoes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe architectural square grids form a fine balance between contrasting conversations of fragility and strength. The idea of keeping the numbers low and distant from each other make for an imagery that unveils the additive impact of what is emergent. She also seeks a summary of ceramic sculptures creating an ambient that can be relaxed as well as taut. Forest Dreams with multiple miniatures on the third wall became a contemplation that questioned the dual nature of an environmental existence. Madhvi uses contextuality to hold the abstract nature of her visual imagery in counterpoint. This is not an extraneous factor, but an integral part of her self-expression. What succeeds is the manner in which she integrates visuality and repetition in a dynamic manner, almost like a chant that of patterns within her ceramic canons. It is significant that the patterns formed by the proliferating miniatures were arranged like a crowd of mushrooms, the accents of an environmental critique an ideology born of a love for nature. It is the universality of ideation that becomes the signature of intent, the wall could be interpreted as markers ruptured by years and even centuries of growth and progression. Madhvi pushes open a closed door from her past and her experience slips out like a memoir. Perhaps it is apt to recall to mind the words of critic and curator Nancy Adjania: “Madhvi is a comrade and co-conspirator of clay; time and gravity are her adversaries. She records the shadows of arrow-shaped roads; time wipes them out. She challenges gravity; she builds high, higher, not out of hubris, but because she knows that “if you push clay against its will, it pushes right back”.last_img read more

The Top 6 SMB Communications Pain Points

first_img 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fredric PaulAmong other things, a Siemens study conducted in December reveals that small and midsize companies share similar unified communications (UC) pain points as large enterprises. And those pain points carry similar costs:As usual, SMBs face the same challenges and requirements as large businesses, they just can’t afford the solutions, said Karl Hotz, Siemens’ VP of business development for the channel.According to the study, the top six pain points are:Waiting for informationUnwanted communicationsInefficient communicationsBarriers to collaborationCustomer complaintsPlanning to planFurthermore, the study says 70% of SMBs have dealt with the top five pain points, rendering an average of 17.5 hours per week per knowledge worker into “unproductive” work time. This costs an average of $26,041 per knowledge worker per year, or $5,246 per employee per year.Tricia Cooper, Siemens’ director of strategic marketing, acknowledged that “even with the most effective communications solution, all of the hidden costs can’t be eliminated,” but claimed that “at least 20% of a knowledge worker’s unproductive time can be avoided with UC technology,” such as conference calling, presence, and personal call routing.And Hotz estimated UC software costs at about $225 per knowledge worker per year, depending on whether the solution is on-premises or hosted, among other factors. That doesn’t include hardware, of course, but it’s a lot less than the promises of $5,209 savings per knowledge worker per year.Sounds good, maybe even too good to be true. And some of the Siemens study’s other findings also were more optimistic than those of a similar Research Report from earlier in 2008: “Unified Communications In Small And Midsize Companies.”For instance, the Siemens study found that “83% have at least heard of UC.” But 69% of the bMighty survey respondents had NOT heard the term unified communications. On the other hand, once they understand what the term unified communications means, SMBs are pretty clear on what capabilities and features they think belong in the UC mix — beginning with voice mail, e-mail, VoIP, conferencing, and instant messaging.And while the Siemens study said 62% were able to name a UC provider, with 30% of respondents naming Microsoft, followed by Siemens with 18%, and IBM with 11%, less than half of the participants in the bMighty study were able to name a UC vendor, led by Cisco at 43%, followed by AT&T at 28%, Avaya at 16%, Microsoft at 16%, and Nortel at 12%.Finally, the two studies do agree on some things. For instance, both surveys show that many SMBs already are using a variety of UC technologies — they’re just not integrating them into a unified solution.More to the point, while 41% of the Siemens respondents stated that having a solution to reduce the time spent addressing the top five pain points is very or extremely high, the bMighty study indicated that by far the key UC purchase driver for SMBs is potential cost savings, exactly what the Siemens study promises. Other significant purchase drivers include a need for specific features (43%), a breakdown in existing communications systems (38%), and outgrowing the current communications system (35%).Still, it won’t be an easy sell, as most of the savings come company-wide, while the costs all reside in the telecom department. According to Cooper, “education is key. Once you educate them, they can connect the dots.”The Siemens telephone survey was conducted by SIS International Research, and polled 513 respondents from companies with fewer than 400 employees in eight countries, (U.S., U.K., Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, and Russia) in the communications, finance, health care, insurance, manufacturing, professional services, real estate, and W/R trade industries.See more columns by Fredric Paul.Fredric Paul is publisher/editor-in-chief of and February 26, 2009 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Muslim activist Malaysia regressing to the Middle Ages for caning two lesbians

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- A woman is caned in Indonesia. | Photo: Twitter eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘The caning of the two women is a dreadful reminder of the depth of discrimination and criminalization that LGBTI people face in the country.’Regressing to the Middle AgesBut a Muslim activist in Malaysia has gone further, accusing the country of ‘regressing to the Middle Ages’.Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa heads the Islamic Renaissance Front which is an Islamic think tank.‘What happened in Terengganu was clearly against the standard of human rights in this century,’ he told FMT in a statement.‘We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing such humiliating treatment of our sisters.’The caning would paint a ‘black picture’ of Malaysia which has tried to prove it’s ‘modern, civil and moderate government’.‘Although it happened in a state not governed by the federal government, such degrading laws should not be allowed in this country,’ he said.‘Today is a dark day for human rights in Malaysia.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Today’s caning of two women for ‘attempted sexual relations’ with each other in Malaysia has shocked people around the world. The women were canned six times each in a courtroom in Terengganu state after their 12 August sentencing. An Islamic Sharia Court sentenced the women to six lashes and a fine of RM3,330 (US$814).About 100 people witnessed the public caning.Rights groups condemned the sentences. Amnesty International said ‘caning is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and may amount to torture, and as such prohibited absolutely under international law’.Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Amnesty International’s Malaysia Researcher the caning was ‘a terrible day for LGBTI rights, and indeed human rights, in Malaysia’.‘To inflict this brutal punishment on two people for attempting to engage in consensual, same-sex relations is an atrocious setback in the government’s efforts to improve its human rights record,’ she said.last_img read more

Water restrictions still in place despite rain

first_imgThe situation remains critical and communities are therefore also requested and advised to use water sparingly during this trying period of drought. People are encouraged to store water in containers once they have running water and also harvest rain water when it rains. This will assist in terms of having enough water in the household in times of unexpected water cuts.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite KZN MEC for CoGTA Nomsa Dube declared KZN a drought stricken province during the early months of 2015. Suffice it to say, the situation has not improved in recent months, therefore causing water restrictions not to subside, despite the fact that we have experienced some rainfall lately in most parts of the Uthukela District.As we sit, currently, Spioenkop Dam, which is now the sole supplier of water to the Ladysmith area, is at 48%. However, while that sounds promising, the Klipriver has almost totally dried up. We are only pumping 78c/h and still lack 12m3, which is required on a daily basis. The public, therefore, should be aware that water restrictions cannot be alleviated at this juncture.Furthermore, the situation will worsen should we not receive sufficient rainfall during this summer season to replenish our rivers and dams.Car washes, filling up of swimming pools, use of sprinkler systems and the watering of gardens will still have restrictions until further notice.“The public should bear with us as we try our utmost best to manage the situation,” say uThulela.last_img read more

Mexican marines free dozens of kidnapped migrants

first_img Sponsored Stories MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexican marines have freed 104 kidnapped Central American migrants who were being held in a house in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, authorities said Sunday.A statement from the Secretary of the Marines said the 102 Hondurans and two Salvadorans, including 13 women, had been held captive for four days.It said the rescue operation came after authorities received a tip that vehicles were seen arriving at the house in Tamaulipas state and armed men were then seen violently unloading people from them. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The statement didn’t say if the migrants were trying to cross Mexico in hopes of reaching the United States, but it is common for Central American migrants trying to reach the U.S. to be kidnapped and ransoms demanded from their families.According to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, each year about 150,000 migrants, mostly Central Americans, cross Mexico trying to reach the United States.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more

Poet laureate Tracy K Smith launching podcastrad

first_imgPoet laureate Tracy K. Smith launching podcast-radio show by The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2018 7:02 am PDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The country’s poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called “The Slowdown.”Smith said in a statement Tuesday that she wanted to inspire listeners to “make a daily space for poetry” in a world dominated by breaking news events.“The Slowdown” will begin on podcast platforms on November 26 and will be offered to public radio stations in January 2019. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will read works by other writers and will explore the role of poetry in the contemporary world. Her other projects include “American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities,” for which she has travelled around the country.“The Slowdown” is being funded by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. It’s also receiving support from the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center.center_img FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith stands in a rotunda of the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, N.M. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called “The Slowdown.” Smith said in a statement Tuesday, Oct. 2, that she wanted to inspire listeners to “make a daily space for poetry” in a world dominated by breaking news events. (AP Photo/Mary Hudetz, File) last_img read more

Governor signs Rep Runestads bill to remove culturally insensitive language

first_img Today, Gov. Rick Snyder approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, to remove culturally insensitive language that is no longer sufficient to describe the deaf and hard of hearing community.House Bill 5184, now Public Act 131 of 2016, amends the Division on Deafness Act by striking “deafness” and replacing it with “deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing.”“The term ‘hearing impaired’ implies that these individuals who are deaf have a deficiency or weakening quality that is entirely untrue and entirely unkind,” said Rep. Runestad. “Deaf people are excelling in all aspects of life, and as the door opens for more sign language interpreter opportunities these individuals will continue to flourish without hindrance of a perceived disability.“Designating or denoting an individual by highlighting their differences is cruel and unnecessary. We have evolved as a civilization, therefore our laws and statutes should reflect the common-sense steps we as a society have taken to support equal rights for all.”HB 5184 is part of a bipartisan package including HBs 5182 to 5188. The entire bill package was approved by the governor and signed into law today. The Legislature has previously updated laws to remove “crippled children” and other derogatory phrases. Public Act 131 of 2016 furthers the Legislature’s desire to modify existing statute with modern and culturally appropriate language.###### Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News Tags: #SB, Deaf, hard of hearing, HB5184, Public Act 131 of 2016, removing culturally insensitive language, Runestad center_img 26May Governor signs Rep. Runestad’s bill to remove culturally insensitive languagelast_img read more

Rep Bellino to host indistrict office hours April 21

first_img Categories: Bellino News 07Apr Rep. Bellino to host in-district office hours April 21 State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe will host office hours during April to meet with residents in Monroe and Wayne counties.“One way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve is by hosting local office hours throughout the community,” Rep. Bellino said. “It’s important to hear from people living in the district so I can better represent them.”Rep. Bellino will meet with residents on April 21 at the following locations:• 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Biggby Coffee, 26614 Telegraph Road, Flat Rock;• Noon to 1 p.m. at Tim Hortons, 404 South Monroe Street, Monroe; and• 6 to 7 p.m. at Little Brown Jug, 7697 Bluebush Road, Maybee.Appointments are not necessary during office hours. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to contact Rep. Bellino’s office at (517) 373-1530, email or visit read more

Rep Kelly votes for more money toward Saginaw County road repairs

first_img21Feb Rep. Kelly votes for more money toward Saginaw County road repairs Categories: Kelly News,News Budget change gets money to local, county roads this yearSaginaw County drivers will benefit from legislation approved today by Rep. Tim Kelly and the state House of Representatives, directly allocating from $175 million in additional funds for Michigan road construction as early this summer.This increases 2018 road funding investment to approximately $760 million.“It’s not winter or spring, it’s pothole season in Michigan and we’re all fed up with it,” said Kelly, of Saginaw Township. “Today’s vote gives our local and county road crews the money to make repairs now and better fund infrastructure projects for this summer, instead of delaying funding until 2019. We can’t afford to miss this opportunity.”In addition to state projects, the bill includes money for Saginaw County roads in addition to city and village roads in Frankenmuth, Birch Run and St. Charles.Today’s additional funding is already available, meaning there were no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes required for the investment.“Having snowstorms, then 60-degree weather a week later is not easy on Michigan roads or the drivers,” Kelly said. “Today’s vote builds on our commitment in Lansing to improve funding to make our drive to work or school a safe one.”House Bill 4321 advances to the Senate for further consideration.###last_img read more