Intel Inside Program Platform

first_imgThe Intel Inside® brand represents “World-Class Technology and Manufacturing from Intel”. Intel Inside® is one of the world’s largest co-operative marketing programs with hundreds of members licensed to use the Intel® brand on their devices. The Intel brand is a reminder to end users that the devices they are purchasing contain Intel technology and offer performance, quality, reliability, and compatibility they expect from Intel.Intel Inside ProgramOpens in a new window is the brainchild of marketing genius Dennis Carter who brought Intel into the forefront of marketing and made the world realize the importance of Intel as an ingredient company. This program has been running since 1991 and in the year 2012, Intel CEO and CMO gave the mandate to simplify the Intel Inside Program. As part of this, a ground-up on-premise development was initiated across business processes and technology stack. The business transformation and technology platformization was completed in roughly 15 months. This platform currently serves co-marketing partners worldwide, in 13 different languages, enabling them to create thousands of unique co-marketing activities each year.Intel IT delivers on a core custom capabilitySecure: One of the core Intel IT Information Security policies mandates Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) relevant applications that handle financial transactions like the Intel Inside Program to be hosted on-premise physical hardware to ensure appropriate security controls and separation of duties (SOD) are covered.To ensure this externally available platform which handles marketing funds/payments is safe from hackers, we had 2 external security agencies reviewing our business/IT processes. They also performed an independent in-depth penetration testing to fix any OWASPOpens in a new window hackable vulnerabilities. This also enabled us to design-in additional safety nets through layered code checks into the platform.  This prevents any partner viewing other partner’s financial or marketing data even if developers did a mistake in their code.Experience: The business laid down key user experience requirements to offer our partners the best in class experience to engage with the Intel Inside Program. The team engaged with an external creative agency to help build the wireframes and templates that were integrated into a Microsoft.NET 3-tier MVC platform. The key value driver for this effort was to offer a simplified experience for our partners even when the process and data requirements were complex.It’s a one-of-a-kind integrated marketing and finance application portal that integrates into Enterprise content management solutions for marketing content and layering it over transactional finance content. This was a challenge as it had to meet the flexibility needed by the marketing team for managing content and yet provide the robustness/response time of a finance application into a single portal. The web portal available in the industry lacked these capabilities. The capability was built using a mix of client side AJAX that securely pulled the templated dynamic content from the Enterprise content management solution. The portal supports 13 worldwide languages.Opens in a new window(Click image to enlarge)Agile Releases: This platform is built to enable DevOps capabilities that allow automated code profiling, build, smoke and regression UI test execution and build deployments to environments as soon as the code is checked into the source control. This ensures very high quality of deliverables due to immediate test execution feedback and enables frequent releases.Performance: Due to worldwide demand for fast response time and pressing timelines during month ends, the portal leverages content delivery network (CDNOpens in a new window) caching to ensure content pages load up in average 5 secs. The site also enabled data archiving to ensure the cold & old data is moved out from the transactional database to reporting systems. The database is also indexed on a regular basis and web/query response times are proactively monitored using Software as a service (SaaS) based monitoring tools. This allows our support teams to proactively monitor the web application health and correlate it with historical patterns to resolve issues. This ensured the pure transaction pages also meet our 5 second response time benchmark.Enterprise Integrations: As the business process spans across marketing to payments, the system aggregates data from multiple Intel record of origin and record of reference systems to get customer/product master data, exchange rates, sales out data, ticketing systems, exchange service, supplier payments and enterprise message center for external email notifications. This app also enables external customers to email us the proof of performance as a response to an audit-related request, securely extracting email messages from an Enterprise Exchange server using web services. This offers ease of use to partners who do not need to login into the Intel Inside Portal but still email us the documents securely.Analytics: This has an end to end operational analytics capability accessible to both internal and external users. It leverages visualization dashboard using enterprise reporting tools and was the first to land on a Microsoft based external facing business Intelligence platform used by worldwide partners.A machine learning based predictive fraud detection model learns from historical data to identify possible fraud payment request claims. This ensures the payments made to the partners are for authentic reasons only. Also, it has a what-if analysis capability that helps Intel’s Partner Marketing Organization management to see the impact to program funding and membership if key program design variables were to be adjusted.SummaryIntel Inside Program has continued to run smoothly and efficiently for the last 5 years and continues to meet the demand of Intel stakeholders and external users. This is the most advanced and complete end-to-end market development fund platform at Intel, handling partner marketing and fund payouts for customers worldwide, and multi-million dollars of marketing funds. The platform roadmap continues to evolve; one thing we’re currently working on is advanced automation capabilities that will streamline key elements of the audit process.last_img read more

Modernizing the Application Stack Paves the Way for a Multi-Cloud Strategy

first_imgCloud computing has transformed how IT professionals need to think about computing resources and application development. Historically, we have thought about things in an “infrastructure up” manner, focusing more on compute, storage, and network resources than on the application. But in truth, everyone consumes IT from some type of application. As described in the Intel IT Annual Performance Report, “Driving the Digital Enterprise Transformation,” we are transforming our cloud strategy to be better aligned with business needs by taking an “application down” approach—enabling us to maximize the business value of the cloud.A Healthy Cloud Strategy Includes Application Management and ModernizationWe have developed a process for application rationalization—also referred to as application portfolio management—that examines each application from a business need perspective, as well as from a workload placement perspective. We use an internally developed application profiler to inventory all applications in use and determine where the application is in the application lifecycle.First, the application owner uses a simple decision tree to see if the application is still needed (some applications may be duplicative, or no longer provide business value). If it’s not, we EOL that application. If the application is still needed, we determine if it is hosted in the “right place.” If the app is non-differentiating from an Intel business perspective, we migrate that application to a public cloud software-as -a-service (SaaS) model. For applications that are strategic, we re-architect them to take advantage of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and container-as-a-service (CaaS) capabilities. In certain cases, some applications are not compatible with a cloud environment and must remain where they are.For apps that are indeed in the right place, application management primarily consists of maintenance. For apps that are in the “wrong place,” we develop a plan that states where the app is today, what we’re doing to get it to the right place, and when and where we’ll move it. Regular reports from the application profiler track progress for each app.It is important to realize that the application rationalization and workload placement decisions are not a “one-and-done” process—we repeat these processes on a regular cycle because the right or wrong place is dynamic. If a new SaaS application enters the market, and we make a decision to use it, any app that is then duplicative or unneeded is immediately designated to be in the wrong place even if was in the right place before.The application management process I have just described empowers application modernization—the process of re-architecting an application to be cloud-native. A cloud-native app is abstracted from the infrastructure. One often-overlooked benefit from this approach to app development is the elimination of infrastructure dependency. In the traditional app environment, if you put an app on a server, the application runs only as long as that server and the associated network remains running. As a result, you build in redundancy (fail-over servers and networks). But a cloud-native app moves the redundancy to the application layer, using containers that can transfer from one data center to another, private or public, as necessary.Modernizing the application can, in fact, change the infrastructure itself. Just recently, we experienced a network outage, and every legacy application took noticeable time to fail over to another server and some just simply crashed. But one containerized app was not affected by the outage—it seamlessly transferred to another data center and the outage was invisible to that app’s users. This illustrates the benefit of building resiliency into the application to reduce the reliance on the infrastructure.Developer Outreach Increases Cloud Strategy SuccessIt is human nature to resist change, especially if you’ve been doing something successfully for ten or twenty years. We find that, because many of our IT app developers don’t understand or haven’t been exposed to modern cloud application development, we have to shift much of our attention from technology to training. We initiated programs to educate developers about what cloud-native app development means and what the advantages are. When application developers understand the value, then they embrace it.Based on this experience, we believe it is important to remember that “cloud strategy” and “cloud transformation” aren’t so much about moving everything to a private or public cloud environment. To take true advantage of cloud capabilities, you have to completely change how you develop applications. And that requires re-educating the people who are developing the applications.Cloud Strategy Three-Year RoadmapWe first used our application rationalization and workload placement processes on IT-owned applications (that took about a year). Now, we are using the knowledge gained to refine our processes and turn our attention to applications across the enterprise (another year). Phase 3 will encompass ongoing application and workload rationalization to optimize our use of public and private cloud services – leading to a true multi-cloud environment.Read More about Intel IT’s Cloud StrategyTo learn more about how Intel IT’s multi-cloud strategy is contributing to Intel’s digital transformation, read the 2018-2019 Intel IT Annual Performance Report, “Driving the Digital Enterprise Transformation.”last_img read more

Kolkata Test: Last 10-15 overs put us under pressure, says Dinesh Chandimal

first_imgAfter staving off defeat by a whisker, Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Monday said the last 10-15 overs put his side under lot of pressure on day five of the first Test against India at the Eden Gardens.After dominating the first four days of the game, Sri Lanka were reeling on 75/7 in their second innings when bad light forced the umpires to bring the curtains down on the match.However, Chandimal also complimented his teammates for their good show.”We fought hard and competed well. Till the last session, we fought well and played as a team.”Unfortunately, the last 10-15 overs brought a lot of pressure but we played good cricket and competed well,” he said after the match.The visiting captain said his team needed to learn how to battle in the second innings.”We’ll have to learn how to battle, especially in the second innings. In UAE also, we didn’t bat well in the second innings against Pakistan. If we can do that, we can do a lot better.”Chandimal had nice words for Lankan pacer Suranga Lakmal, who returned figures of 7/119 from the match.The 30 year old Matara-born bowler had impressive figures of 4/26 in the first innings, with his victims including Indian openers Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli.In India’s second innings, Lakmal sent Rahul, Chetweshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (0) packing.”Lakmal is unbelievable, especially over the last one or two years. He’s one who you can trust as a captain,” Chandimal said.advertisementlast_img read more

Texas Tech Reportedly Interested In Hiring Rival Big 12 Head Coach

first_imgA general view of Texas Tech's football stadium.LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Tech made the decision to fire Kliff Kingsbury, as the former head coach only won five games this season. While the Red Raiders have not begun their search for a new leader just yet, one candidate is already emerging.If Texas Tech wants to return to its glory days in the Big 12, then hiring an established coach will be crucial.Although it’d require making an intriguing pitch to a conference rival, the Red Raiders have interest in West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, per Don Williams. However, it’s still unclear if he’d covet this job more than his current one with the Mountaineers.Have confirmed with a source that Texas Tech also is interested in bringing WVU coach Dana Holgorsen back to Lubbock. Think Tech folks wanted to keep this quiet, but it’s out there already, and the interest is real.— Don Williams (@AJ_DonWilliams) November 25, 2018Holgorsen clearly knows the conference well, as he’s coached West Virginia since 2011. This season, the Mountaineers won nine games and were just one victory away from playing Texas in the Big-12 Championship.Regardless of Texas Tech’s shortcomings over the past few seasons, it’s still an appealing job.We already know Will Grier is almost on his way out of Morgantown, and perhaps his coach might leave with him.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor slays gym fashion in halter neck top and mini shorts. See pics

first_imgOther Galleries 12 images Thu, 24 Oct, 2019 Kiara Advani to Urvashi Rautela: Best and worst-dressed at award night 9 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Kriti Sanon pairs smart denim jacket with neon green dress for Housefull 4 promotions. See pics 10 images Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Sara Ali Khan is elegance personified in white dress at airport. See pics 10 images Tue, 22 Oct, 2019 Priyanka Chopra in satin red mini wrap-dress enjoys date night with Nick Jonas in NYCOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PhotoLifestyleLifestyleGallery Image: Image: Caption: Janhvi Kapoor was recently spotted outside her gym in Khar, Mumbai.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Caption: For her look, the actress wore a pink halter neck ganji which she paired with a purple sports bra.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 1Image: Caption: The Dhadak actress wore her favourite pair of blue mini shorts with her ganji.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 2Image: Caption: The actress accessorised her look with with a pair of blue and pink chappals along with chunky bracelets.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 3Image: Caption: Janhvi looked gorgeous without any makeup with her after workout glow.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 4Image: Caption: The 22-year-old is currently shooting for her film, Roohiafza in which she will be starring along Rajkummar Rao.Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 5Tags: Janhvi KapoorGym lookSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticlePhoto By: Yogen ShahShort description: Janhvi Kapoor was recently spotted outside her gym in Khar, Mumbai. For her look, the actress wore a halter neck ganji which she paired with mini shorts.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5d0b21f0c16961561010672_1552482_editCommentContent Publish date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 – 11:15Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjEyMDY1NjciLCIxMjA4NTIxIl0sImNhdGVnb3J5IjpbIjEyMDg1ODkiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjEyMDY1NjcifQ==770×433: Short Headline: Janhvi Kapoor slays gym fashion in halter neck top and mini shorts. See picsApp headline: Janhvi Kapoor slays gym fashion in halter neck top and mini shorts. See pics1200x675:last_img read more

BABËL is Changing Nightlife for the Better

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now We’ve all been there. You’re in the club at 1am, surrounded by fist pumping and spilled vodka sodas, trying to hear your friend over terrible dubstep remixes of top 40 radio pop. It’s literally your worst nightmare, but all the clubs are like this, so you have to suck it up if you want to keep the party going. But it doesn’t have to be this way. That was the mindset when Waël Mechri-Yver and Juriël Zeligman founded BABËL New York. Tired of the segregation and monotony that was dominating nightlife culture, BABËL was designed to unite people of different cultures and social groups with something everyone can relate to: damn good music in a setting that encourages creativity. We caught up with the founders to learn more about BABËL’s mission and what’s in store for the coming year.When you founded BABËL more than a year ago, did you see something missing in the New York nightlife scene? Or was its creation solely based on the desire to build a community of musicians and artists?The idea for BABËL came after a long observation of the NYC nightlife scene. It was really frustrating to see how separated and segregated New Yorkers were among different social groupings – whether it was the hipster scene or the gay scene or the theatre scene – everyone had their own clubs and hangouts. You had the very high-end (and often boring) nightclubs where the music was secondary and the bottles were queens. On the other side of the spectrum, you had the underground parties where music was god and nothing else was important. Seeing everyone scattered like that wasn’t at all inspiring. BABËL’s goal is to bring back Magic to nightlife like the legendary Studio 54 or Limelight days – we want people to experience that love again.BABËL New York always throws epic DJ parties, but it’s so much more than music. You’ve built a diverse creative community with people from all walks of life. How do you use art and other creative mediums to enhance the music experience?The people are the most important aspect. Entry to our events isn’t based on how much you’re willing to pay for a table – it’s based on being part of our creative community by bringing your cool to the table. We’re always looking to infuse fresh, creative aspects of art and music into our events. We love adding performance elements to our parties through whimsical collaborations, whether it’s with a live art installation or musical performance. All together, we ensure a quality environment that is elevating and fun. That’s why we keep attracting the same people back and are growing a loyal community.We always look to recreate environments and incorporate immerse experiences. For our last Atmosphere event celebrating Summer Solstice, we had a florist come in to design the studio. For events like the Parisian Ball, held on Governors Island with Fete Paradiso, we had vintage carousels from the early 20th century shipped in with their original wood and metal detailing. Attendees were able to play carnival games and dance around this dreamy set up. With the carnival rides spinning, it really was a unique, magical journey to a different era.We find a lot of the mega clubs in big cities play generic music that doesn’t have much heart behind it. But you’re changing that by bringing world-renowned DJs who are actually super talented to bigger venues. How has the reaction been from the nightlife community? Has anyone told you you changed the experience for the better?Music is our first inspiration because there’s nothing that gives a more direct or connective experience. In our opinion, the music industry has been lacking a certain amount of inventiveness and creativity. I always think back to the music my parents grew up on – the Stones, Beatles, Bob Marley – and feel our generation is missing something big. BABËL collaborates with the best artists and producers to give listeners a selection of beautiful, non-commercial music with a focus on electronic deep and funky house. This effort has definitely not gone unnoticed, and some of the biggest names in nightlife and hospitality have come to partner and collaborate with us. It has been incredible to watch this community flourish and see all the new support from people in the industry we’ve looked up to for years.We can’t wait to hear about what’s next for BABËL. What can we expect to see this year?The goal of BABËL is to turn the darkness of nightlife into light. Nightlife is supposed to be a world where you can release the pressures of everyday life and fall into a dreamscape. We would like to see more inspiring environments with less ego and more collaborations. We want to see a real comeback of creativity fueled by the work of artists, performers and creatives instead of the commercialism around us.In the coming year, we are focused on expanding BABËL to new locations and continuing to grow our community through fresh and innovative collaborations. We brought our friends and NYC community an environment where they can express themselves, gather, socialize, inspire others and be inspired – now it is time to spread that love. In the coming months, we’ll be building out our music division and label to continue to share the music we love with the world. Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Nova Scotia Businesses Benefit from Amendments to Liquor Licensing Regulations

first_imgNova Scotia businesses in need of a liquor licence will soon find it easier to apply for one, thanks to amendments to the Liquor Licensing Regulations. The amendments, which come into effect on Jan. 4, make Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations’ alcohol and gaming division solely responsible for granting and enforcing liquor licences in the province. Previously, the Utility and Review Board was responsible for granting permanent liquor licences while the province issued temporary ones. Putting the decisions for granting liquor licences in one department simplifies the process for new businesses and existing ones expanding their services. “We’re committed to focusing on the safety and protection of Nova Scotians when it comes to liquor licensing in the province,” said Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell. “At the same time, we have to make sure companies have timely access to decisions that affect their businesses.” The amendments also allow for public input only if there are objections to granting a licence. Previously, there were expensive and time-consuming public hearings for certain types of liquor licence applications even when there were no objections. The amendments will reduce costs to business and save the province about $200,000. “These changes are definitely going to make things easier,” said Luc Erjavec, vice-president, Atlantic Canada, Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association. “UARB hearings could sometimes take months, but the new amendments get rid of that bottleneck and ensure faster decisions for new liquor licence applications.” The Liquor Control Act regulates liquor sales and consumption in Nova Scotia and the Liquor Licensing Regulations set rules for how licensed establishments can operate.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Pugwash The Municipality of Cumberland is installing water lines in Pugwash. This will result in single-lane traffic throughout the village as the work progresses. The project is expected to be finished by Dec. 16. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Route 215, between Trunk 1 and Trunk 14 near Brooklyn, will have alternating lane closures for road work from Monday, Sept. 19 until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: West Indian Road West Indian Road from Trunk 14 to Ess Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Monday, Oct. 31.Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge, Valley Mills Crowdis Bridge, in Valley Mills on Marble Mountain Road, is closed until further notice. Detour via Eden Road, Barren Road, Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Denys Road. Signs are in place. DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1 Traffic will be reduced to one lane on Trunk 1, from Duffy Road west to Meteghan River Bridge, during paving and culvert repairs. The project is anticipated to be completed Friday, Sept. 23. Signs and flag people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed for repairs until Wednesday, Sept. 21. A detour route is in place. HANTS COUNTY: Vaughan Road Vaughan Road, from Trunk 14 to Route 236, is reduced to one lane for gravelling and chip sealing until Friday, Sept. 30. Work is from Monday to Friday from sunrise to sundown. Drivers should expect delays, slow down in construction zones, and be prepared to stop. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15 tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Gully Bridge Repairs on Gully Bridge, Route 289, Brookfield Dean Road will continue until Friday, Sept. 30. One lane will be open. A traffic signal is on site. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge, on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Bàn (USH-KA BAN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Lawrence Road Lawrence Road, between Route 215 and Avondale Road, will have alternating lane closures for road work from Monday, Sept 19 until Monday, Oct 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: West River Road As part of the construction of the new roundabout in Pictou, crews will be working on the installation of new storm drains on West River Road off of Highway 106 at Exit 3A. The centreline will be adjusted during construction. Use caution and reduce speed. The roundabout is expected to be completed Friday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset and is scheduled for completion on Oct. 31 KINGS COUNTY: Marshall Road Marshall Road will be closed to all but local traffic between Highway 101 (Exit 17W) and Brooklyn Street from Monday, Sept. 19 until Friday, Oct. 7, for repairs to the Marshall Road Overpass. The closure will be 24 hours a day. There is a marked detour via Highway 1 and Brooklyn Street. HANTS COUNTY: Rockwell Drive Rockwell Drive has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Trunk 4 Trunk 4, from the canal bridge in St. Peter’s east for 5.8 kilometres is reduced to one lane for gravelling and repaving until Thursday, Dec. 1. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.center_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Pictou Road Pictou Road between Vimy Road and Hillside Avenue is now open. Work will continue on Pictou Road until Monday, Oct. 31 which will periodically be restricted to one lane. COLCHESTER COUNTY: West North River Road, Onslow Mountain Road, Trunk 2 Traffic is reduced to one lane on three roads in Colchester County during paving and other road improvements. The roads are: HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 2 and Sunnylea Road, Wellington Crews are widening and repairing Trunk 2 from Sunnylea Road in Wellington to Acorn Drive in Oakfield, and on Sunnylea Road from Trunk 2 to the end of the pavement. Work is anticipated to be completed Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays with lane closures from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pine Grove Road Pine Grove Road, from Trunk 10 to Northfield Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Highway 104 The eastbound lanes of the Amherst Viaduct Bridge on Highway 104 have alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and traffic will be controlled by concrete barriers and signs. The bridge has a 4.5 metre width restriction and an 80 km/h speed limit. NEW WORK West North River Road, from Onslow Road for 5.3 kilometres to Truro Road Onslow Mountain Road, from West North River Road for five kilometres Trunk 2, from Pleasant View Drive west for one kilometre LUNENBURG COUNTY: Cross Road Cross Road from Northfield Road to Cornwall Road has alternating lane closures for road resurfacing and upgrades until Friday, Sept. 30. Signs and flag people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Cowbay Road Bridge Cowbay Road Bridge on Highway 125, between Exit 8 at George Street and Grand Lake Road, will have intermittent 20 minute closures between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20 for installation of girders. Traffic control will be on site. Traffic will be delayed and drivers are encouraged to take alternate route. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Sections of Highway 103 from Exit 12 for about nine kilometres to Northfield Overpass, have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Monday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Annapolis River Causeway, Annapolis Royal The Annapolis River Causeway, in Annapolis Royal will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, as Nova Scotia Power will be replacing the tidal dam gates. A signed detour will be in place. HANTS COUNTY: Old Mines Road Old Mines Road has alternating lane closures for road work until Friday, Sept. 30. Traffic is controlled by flag people and work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martins Point Road Martins Point Road has alternating lane closures for road resurfacing and upgrades until Friday, Sept. 30. Signs and flag people are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

BJP to provide good govt in Odisha PM Modi

first_imgBhubaneswar: Prior to launching the BJP’s election campaign in Odisha’s Koraput district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said the saffron party will fulfill the aspirations of the people of Odisha. In his twitter post written in Odia language, Modi said the ruling BJD has failed to meet the aspirations of the people while the Congress was unable to emerge as a credible opposition. “Odisha deserves a good government and the BJP will provide it,” Modi said in the tweet. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Modi is on a visit to Jeypore in Koraput district on Friday for addressing his first election rally in eastern India. He is also scheduled to address another election meeting at Kalahandi on April 2. Polling in both Koraput and Kalahandi will be held in the first phase on April 11. Simultaneous polling will be held in Odisha for the 21 Lok Sabha seats and the 147 assembly constituencies in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.last_img read more

Fish and sharks in high seas in danger of depletion UN agency

6 March 2007Although the percentage of fish stocks assessed as depleted or on the verge of depletion has remained steady over the past 15 years, several species fished on the high seas outside the reach of national jurisdictions are in danger of overexploitation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned. Twenty-five per cent of all fish stocks monitored by the agency are either overexploited, depleted or recovering from depletion, according to a report it released on Monday.More than half of highly migratory oceanic sharks and two-thirds of high-seas fish stocks, including hakes, Atlantic cod and halibut, orange roughy, basking shark and bluefin tuna, are either depleted or at high risk of collapse, the report, entitled “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture,” said.“While these stocks represent only a small fraction of the world’s fishery resources, they are key indicators of the state of a massive piece of the ocean ecosystem,” said Ichiro Nomura, FAO’s Assistant Director-General for Fisheries.Of particular concern are “straddling stocks,” or species which frequently navigate between national maritime boundaries and the high seas.The report said that the global trade in fish and fishery products, the most traded food in the world, has reached a record high, with an export value of $71.5 billion, up 23 per cent from 2000.Additionally, the monitoring of fishing on the high seas is inadequate, the report states, thus hampering efforts to more responsibly manage stocks and assess them accurately.The report also calls for bolstering the world’s regional fisheries management organizations, which are multilateral institutions established by governments to further cooperation to curb exploitation of fish stocks.In recent years, a lack of political commitment by the members of some of these organizations and “unyielding positions that mitigate against sound regional fisheries management has thwarted, if not stalled,” efforts by some to meet and address conservation and management challenges, according to the report.However, in the report’s estimation, these organizations are the only realistic mechanisms by which exploitation of fish stocks can be scaled back. Strengthening them in order to conserve and manage fish stocks more effectively “remains the major challenge facing international fisheries governance.” read more

Broad educational programme vital to lift rural people out of poverty –

“If teaching programmes are too narrowly oriented to agriculture, they may restrict rural people’s opportunities for enterprise, and thus limit their possibilities for social and economic progress,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expert in rural development Marcelino Avila told an international meeting in Rome.“A broad perspective on livelihoods is required when it comes to education for rural people. Education, including skills development, should be a critical aspect of support interventions aiming at boosting economic activities and growth,” he said on the opening day of the annual session of the Working Group for International Cooperation in Skills Development. The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills such as extreme poverty and hunger, maternal and infant mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015, will depend on ensuring the basic skills of rural people, keeping in mind the links between skills development and livelihoods, the FAO paper says.It highlights the role of the non-farm rural economy. “Available data shows that non-farm employment and income are significant in rural areas. Non-farm sources of income are estimated to average around 50 per cent of household incomes in sub-Saharan Africa and this share already represents around 30 to 40 per cent in South Asia,” it notes.“This trend suggests some re-thinking about the relevance and role of education and training in promoting and enhancing rural livelihoods.” The two-day meeting was organized by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Network for Policy Review, Research and Advice on Education and Training (NORRAG), in collaboration with FAO and the International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).It brings together education, economics and social experts from FAO, UNESCO, the World Bank, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and several other development agencies. FAO is the lead agency for the global education for rural people initiative launched in Johannesburg, in 2002, in cooperation with UNESCO, to address the basic learning needs of rural people. read more

FEATURE We all have to do what we can to prevent sexual

The United Nations has a “zero tolerance” policy towards sexual abuse by anyone working under the blue flag. The matter is one of such weight for the Organization that earlier this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jane Holl Lute as the Special Coordinator on improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse. Her role is to work across the UN system’s many offices, departments and agencies to strengthen the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse, wherever it may occur, from headquarters locations to the most remote field bases. In her first interview with the UN News Centre, Ms. Lute spoke candidly about what the UN is doing to curb sexual abuse and exploitation, including in the field to rebuild trust with affected communities.There can be no troop-contributing country that doesn’t understand the priority of this issue for us in peacekeeping, and in the UN more generally. We’ve spoken to every Member State. UN News Centre: How wide ranging is sexual exploitation abuse within the UN system? Jane Holl Lute: I think the better question is how widespread is the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse. It frankly is a global scourge. There is not a family, a school, an organization, a military, a government, or any activity free from this problem. And that’s a powerful statement. There is, in effect, no place on the planet where women, children and the vulnerable are safe from sexual predation or the potential for that.We have the problem as well in the UN. But recognizing that this is a global scourge, accepting that we also have a problem – and we have to be constantly vigilant and constantly improving our system and ability to prevent it from happening, to begin with, and to respond rapidly when it does. UN News Centre: To what extent do you think the UN in the past has not done enough to face up to this particular issue? Jane Holl Lute: I often get asked this question in comparison to other organizations or other entities, and the fact of the matter is certainly the UN has recognized that it has a problem and has taken action. When I was first assigned to the United Nations, more than 10 years ago, this was an issue that I dealt with extensively with colleagues to address allegations that had emerged that time in the field.But I would say, and I say this advisedly, the UN is singular and this Secretary-General is singular in his voice and emphases on identifying this scourge, calling it out, and urging the Organization to do more. There is more we could do and should be doing because these incidences continue to occur. Whenever they occur they are unacceptable. And we need to do more to strengthen the prevention aspects of this as well as immediate response.UN News Centre: How do you strengthen the prevention aspects?Jane Holl Lute: In the first instance, we want to be a standards-bearing organization, we need to make very clear – what are the standards? What are the standards of behaviour that are expected of everyone who operates under the UN flag either as an employee, military or police, working with us as contractors; or for that matter, any organization or force that operates under a UN mandate? What are the standards that are expected? Certainly, no one expects abuse, sexual abuse, abuse of children, and abuse of vulnerable populations in [or] women, and we need to make this really very clear – and we need to make the consequences of having these accusations validated be very clear, as well. Jane Holl Lute speaks about the intensified efforts throughout the UN system in improving the response to sexual exploitation and abuse. Credit: United NationsUN News Centre: It’s a particular problem in peacekeeping though, isn’t it?Jane Holl Lute: It’s not; it is a particular problem wherever women, children, and [the] vulnerable are present. It’s particularly outrageous when peacekeepers are accused of these acts because they were sent to protect the vulnerable […] it is particularly outrageous when it occurs by peacekeepers because of the trust that’s placed in peacekeepers and in the UN, and in development workers and in humanitarian assistance workers; they are sent there to protect these populations.UN News Centre: What damage do you think this is doing to the United Nations in particular? Jane Holl Lute: I think any time you have serious allegations of widespread misbehaviour, particularly of this nature it has all manner of adverse effects. Certainly, it has reputational effects and sets back the reputation of the organization. It has operational effects; it has economic effects and social effects. Again, the worst effects obviously are felt by the victims, and their families, and their societies. It’s hard to overstate the adverse effects of these kinds of serious allegations. United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) peacekeepers participate in a sexual exploitation awareness training in Bondoukou. UN Photo/Ky Chung Jane Holl Lute meets with peacekeepers serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), during her visit to Bambari in April 2016. UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis UN News Centre: Given that decision was made so long ago, it sounds as though the system hasn’t worked.Jane Holl Lute: I don’t think this is an area with concise statements like that – “the system hasn’t worked.” We still have allegations, serious allegations of abuse, and again and again and again, we have Member States that are stepping up to do the necessary. This is an unpleasant topic for everyone but, frankly, that’s too bad because it’s most unpleasant for the victims. They’re the ones that we need to keep centre-most in our focus and effort, and that’s really we are trying to focus on in the coordinator’s office. Again, together with Member States and with peacekeeping, what we’re finding is that this is an ever present danger everywhere. You have 16 prominent female politicians in France coming out and saying, “We will no longer be silent in the face of this behaviour, we will speak out.” You see leadership stories in the United States, elsewhere around the world in South America, in Europe, in the Middle East, in Africa, in the Far East, everywhere this is a problem. And we are not yet at a place globally and socially where we can say our women, our children, and our vulnerable are free from this fear. So there is more work for all of us to do.UN News Centre: Would having more women peacekeepers help?Jane Holl Lute: So many people believe that it would. In fact, that it creates a more realistic environment where people find themselves in everyday lives surrounded by men, women, and others. We exist in vibrant, heterogeneous societies where respect for gender is increasingly demanded. Not only by women but by men, male leaders and others who are in positions of influence as well. We’ve made great strides in the basic regard for human life and for human dignity, but we haven’t clearly come far enough because we still have this problem. But the process of justice, and we’ve seen the processes move much more quickly in the wake of a number of changes and in the collaboration between the Member States and the leadership of peacekeeping to have rapid investigations under the Secretary-General, who has called for the shortening of investigative times from 180 days to 90 days, so that national investigative officers are deployed; that they conduct competent, impartial, judicially sufficient investigations with clear outcomes, and then we understand publicly what happened so that victims can have closure and justice can be done.UN News Centre: There have been plenty of allegations and a lot of investigations over the past year. Has anyone accused of such behavior faced justice?We have a number of units that have no incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse and this is because the standards have been made clear. They are supported in capitals through their military chains of command and commanders are held accountable for the programs that they have in place.Jane Holl Lute: There have been a number of cases that have faced justice in peacekeeping. Egypt, for example, conducted a trial of an accused immediately. South Africa has conducted trials. Tanzania has conducted trials. The DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo] as well. So we are beginning to see this kind of accountability because Member States, in the face of these accusations, understand that what people really want to know is what happened, was justice done, did your processes work. We are beginning to see more and more decisive action in that regard.UN News Centre: It sounds as though some troop-contributing countries are doing enough but many are not?Jane Holl Lute: Well, there can be no troop-contributing country that doesn’t understand the priority of this issue for us in peacekeeping, and in the UN more generally. We’ve spoken to every Member State a number of times in various gatherings, whether it’s through the General Assembly, specialized committees, the committees dedicated to peacekeeping, the troop-contributing countries, the financial contributing countries, in capitals – here, in New York, in the field – we’ve had continuing dialogues with them at every level, whether from peacekeeping, from development, from humanitarian, or from a human rights perspective, all of these together, to say more must be done. So no one can claim they don’t know what’s required. As and when serious allegations are occurring, investigations are being undertaken rapidly. And so I think we have seen a change in attitude and a change in effort.UN News Centre: Will the UN refuse to take troops from a particular country if they don’t meet the high standards that are expected of them?Jane Holl Lute: So this was a position that we took over 12 years ago, that if Member States were not prepared to uphold the standards of the United Nations, we were prepared to do without their services. These are decisions with the leadership of peacekeeping, for the leadership of the organization. My responsibilities really rest in coordinating the system’s response to strengthen the prevention activities and strengthen our response when allegations are received. UN News Centre: Moving onto your role as special coordinator – how significant do you think your appointment is? Jane Holl Lute: The significance is in the recognition that our system is not self-coordinating. We are a very large, complex, field-based operating organization with tens of thousands of people working every day. With agencies, offices, funds, programs, with separate mandates that nevertheless overlap when we are trying to prevent any instance of sexual exploitation and abuse or respond rapidly and effectively when it occurs. So it comes in the interest of achieving better coordination of our efforts and impartial recognition that we have some problems to fix. We don’t have a common approach to information sharing; we need to fix that. We don’t have a common approach in all cases to bringing assistance to victims; we need to fix that as well. We can make great progress on identifying best practice and widely promulgating that across the system and that’s what this office was created to help achieve.UN News Centre: How do you feel personally to be leading the UN on this particular issue? You seem very passionate about it. Jane Holl Lute: I think anyone who has children, anyone who has spoken to victims, anyone who has themselves been the recipient of unwanted advances of any kind feels passionate about this issue. I mean we, the world, have a real problem. There’s no family, church, school, office or activity where this isn’t an ever-present danger. We need to wake up to that fact and say: “We are not going to tolerate that. We’re not. We are going to do everything we can to prevent this from happening.” We as individuals, as international civil servants committed to the values and ideals of the UN, how can we say this is our responsibility? How can we say: “Uh, sorry those were non-UN forces so there is nothing we can do to help you.” We always have to have our human rights lights on, are ears open, and our hands willing to lend assistance where it’s needed, and say I will not put up with this, not here not now. We all have to do what we can.UN News Centre: Specifically on peacekeeping, why has it been so difficult to bring perpetrators to justice?Jane Holl Lute: This again has been a question that has been raised, again and again, [including by] Members States, particularly with the military retaining jurisdiction for the meting out of justice when serious accusations of misconduct have been raised. DPKO [UN Department of Peacekeeping] and DFS [UN Department of Field Support] follow up repeatedly with Member States on the disposition of cases that have been brought up to their notice. But very often justice in any society you know Due Process is entitled to those who stand accused. Those processes can take a very long time. But in the meantime, we do not have to take equally a long time to get emergency assistance to victims, get them psychosocial counselling, and get them the aid and assistance they need. Under-Secretary-General Jane Holl Lute (foreground left) with Diane Corner, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Deputy Head of the MINUSCA in April 2016. UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis So for strength in prevention, you need to start with very clear standards. You need effective and continuous training, effective and continuous in unambiguous ways, you need the identification of best and better practices. For example, should our commanders in the field ever be deployed without prior experience in peacekeeping? Probably not. Should they be required to identify philosophies of the approaches of sexual exploitation and abuse, and clear training programmes that they will implement during the course of their deployment? This is the best practice, for example, that Malawi follows and we think it’s excellent. There are other policies and procedure that we can have in place. Some units, for example, don’t allow forces, in their off-duty time, to travel in civilian clothes or to go to town or have contact with the local population except in supervised groups. So there are a number of things that we know for best practice, it begins with the tone of the top. Not only the Secretary-General, but also mission leadership.UN News Centre: Are those best practices making any difference? Jane Holl Lute: They absolutely do make a difference when units are observing them. We have a number of units that have no incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse and this is because the standards have been made clear. They are supported in capitals through their military chains of command and commanders are held accountable for the programs that they have in place.UN News Centre: So it is possible to reduce sexual abuse to zero within the system?Jane Holl Lute: I think it is possible. Now people say: “It’s impossible because you’ll always have people who are crossing the line, you know what is exploitation? Is transactional sex really abuse?” I mean it’s certainly against UN rules. It can cross a border to sexual abuse, and certainly sexual encounters with under-aged minors is abuse by definition. Can we drive the incidents to zero? We must have that as our goal. We can’t say, “No, we will drive it to 70 per cent or we’ll drive it to 90 per cent.” That’s not our goal. Our goal is to drive abuse to zero. Jane Holl Lute meeting with staff at the UN Mission in South Sudan in July 2007. UN Photo/Tim McKulka Jane Holl Lute (centre) visits Bambari, Central African Republic (CAR) in April 2016. UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis Jane Holl Lute visits a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the time, she was the Assistant-Secretary-General for Mission Support in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Marie Frechon UN News Centre: Is the UN doing enough for victims?Jane Holl Lute: What we know about the most cases of victims, each case individually is horrific and scars an individual for a lifetime quite frankly and very often that effect extends more broadly to their family and their society. In the first instance, we have to step up our game and getting them the immediate assistance they need when they come forward – medical care, psychosocial counselling, protection from further danger if they speak out. Victims very often, we find, just want this to stop. They want to put this incident behind them and end it as rapidly as possible. We need to give them the assistance they can to recover and help them rebuild their lives. But many victims also want to see that justice is done. So in addition to assistance, in addition to protection, they want to see justice and we need to do our part in working with Member States and working with the authorities, wherever legitimate judicial authorities exist, to help see that justice is done.UN News Centre: Have you met victims?Jane Holl Lute: Yes – it’s a searing experience for anyone. To sit and hold the hand of someone who’s had their person violated in the most intimate way. Some of these acts you can’t even imagine and they can describe it in graphic detail so you don’t have to imagine it, you can live it. In the reliving of it they’re victimized again. So what we have to do is have a system that minimizes the trauma that they have experienced in a sense, not to minimize or make light in any way, shape, or form, but not to re-victimize them through repeated interviews, repeated exposure to authority, tell your story again and again and again. They didn’t want to live it the first time. We should minimize the need to make them relive it again and again, but bring them aid, bring them protection, and bring them justice.@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -680px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 4.9em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 50px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 1px 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:46%; margin-left:8em;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.8em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.3em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic; color:#999;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 1em; height: 0; margin-bottom:1em;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} read more

Healthy and confident Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker looks to make comeback

OSU then-junior linebacker Dante Booker joins his teammates on the field before the Buckeyes game against Oklahoma on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorWhen Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore linebacker Dante Booker exited in the second quarter of the Buckeyes’ season-opening 77-10 blowout against Bowling Green last season, no one suspected it would be the end of his season.Two days after the game, coach Urban Meyer said Booker suffered a sprained MCL and would be questionable for his team’s next game. A month later, prior to Ohio State’s game against Wisconsin, Meyer said Booker suffered a sprained PCL, in addition to his sprained MCL, and once again listed the linebacker as questionable.Despite the optimism of a potential in-season return, it wasn’t until the final week of the regular season that Booker said he was finally feeling like he could play at full speed, again. By that time, his replacement at weakside linebacker, junior Jerome Baker, was flying around the field making plays. Even if Baker wasn’t performing well, Booker said he wasn’t ready to return due to a lack of confidence in his game at that late stage in the season.“The way Jerome was playing, that would’ve been a dumb decision,” Booker said. “And I wasn’t even ready to play. So, that wasn’t a decision that should’ve been made.”Heading into this season, Booker has both his health and confidence, along with a feeling of unfinished business.“I feel like it’s kind of just like getting another chance at it,” Booker said. “After last year, missing that year, I feel like it kind of created a greater fire in me that I’ve always had, but I feel like it’s burning even brighter now.”Though the St. Vincent St. Mary product senses that extra motivation, linebackers coach Bill Davis doesn’t believe it’s possible.“With Dante, I don’t think there’s any such word as ‘extra.’ He is so driven. He wants it so bad. As long as I’ve known him, he’s that driven,” Davis said. “He is full throttle, wants it as bad as anyone I’ve been around.”Though Booker has totaled only 121 snaps on defense in four years at Ohio State, his talent is not in question. Just a year ago, he beat Baker out for the starting weakside linebacker position. In his stead, Baker finished second on the team in tackles and was selected as an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree. Davis believes Booker and Baker are very similar in their raw abilities. The position coach used the word “explosion” to describe Booker on three occasions in less than three minutes.“He’s out in space, so if you want to go ahead and put a receiver on him, he can run good enough to cover. If you want to try to block him with one of the receivers, it’s going to be a long day if you want to get the perimeter run going because Dante’s such a big guy, Davis said. “When you have the combination of size and speed that he has, we can take advantage of it.”So, what is Booker’s next step? Davis said the challenge now is to translate his production from practice to games this fall. “There’s potential and then there’s getting it done and I love the way Dante’s going right now,” Davis said.Booker said he’s excited to get to Aug. 31, Ohio State’s opening game against Indiana, and admitted he’d be a little more “juiced up” than last year due to his injury, which he felt robbed him of a season.The linebacker, who feels like a new starter even though he began the 2016 season as one, said he is hungry to contribute because he feel like he hasn’t done much since arriving at Ohio State.“If anybody knows how quick it can be taken away through circumstances out of your control, it’s Dante,” Davis said. “So, every day, he comes to work. He doesn’t complain, he just works. Because he knows. He knows he got all the way to this point last year and it got taken away.” read more

Inondations aux Philippines le bilan salourdit à 13 morts

first_imgInondations aux Philippines : le bilan s’alourdit à 13 mortsDepuis la fin du mois de décembre, de graves inondations frappent le centre et le sud des Philippines. Alors que certaines régions sont victimes des pires intempéries qu’elles aient connues depuis dix ans, le dernier bilan de la catastrophe dressé par la Défense civile fait état de 13 morts.Parmi les treize victimes recensées aux Philippines, les corps de six enfants ont été retrouvés. Trois d’entre eux ont été emportés par une coulée de boue alors qu’ils se trouvaient dans des maisons à St Bernard, dans le centre du pays. Les secours ont également découvert les cadavres de deux chercheurs d’or, pris dans un éboulement dans la banlieue de Butuan.À lire aussiCes inondations et crues qui ont marqué l’Histoire de la FranceCette ville de 270.000 habitants, située au sud du pays, est totalement submergée par les eaux. Face aux menaces de glissements de terrains qui pourraient être engendrés par les inondations, plus de 4.000 personnes ont dû en être évacuées, a indiqué la responsable régionale de la sécurité civile, Blanche Gobenciong. “Il s’agit des pires inondations en dix ans. La ville de Butuan n’est pas inondée d’habitude mais cette fois, toute la ville est inondée”, déplore-t-elle.Dans le centre et le sud du pays, ce sont au total 13.000 habitants qui ont été accueillis dans des centres d’hébergement temporaires, dans l’attente de voir la situation s’apaiser. Le 4 janvier 2011 à 15:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Another match and segment set for Smackdown, Former Impact star signs with WWE

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Google+ Pinterest Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? WWE has announced another match and new segment for Smackdown this Tuesday.After going back-and-forth on Twitter, WWE has booked Carmella vs. Sonya Deville in a singles match. The Miz will also be throwing Shane McMahon a “birthday bash.”Already announced for the show is Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas.Former Impact star signs with WWEFormer Impact star Trevor Lee has confirmed he is WWE bound.The former two-time X Division Champion announced at the close of CWF Mid-Atlantic’s event on Saturday that he’s no longer a free agent and has signed with WWE.Lee finished up with Impact earlier this year following television tapings in Las Vegas. It had been rumored earlier that he was heading to WWE.Lee announced a return to CWF Mid-Atlantic on February 2 to defend the promotions championship. He tagged with Shane “Hurricane” Helms and Cain Justice on Saturday night, defeating the team of Arik Royal, Roy Wilkins and Brad Attitude.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listcenter_img The Miz Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Now Playing Up Next Triple H Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Xavier Woodslast_img read more

Four suspects arrested after HK31 million Macau gaming chip heist

first_img RelatedPosts Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August According to police, the two men alleged to have stolen the chips were arrested while trying to cross the border gate back to mainland China while a man and a woman involved in making a deal to purchase the stolen chips were arrested in a hotel in Cotai.The incident comes just a week after Macau authorities revealed a 14.1% increase in gaming-related crimes in the first three months of 2019 with 438 incidents in the SAR. Four people suspected of stealing HK$3.1 million (US$395,000) in gaming chips and cash in a daring robbery at Macau’s Four Seasons Hotel early Friday were arrested by Zhuhai police less than 24 hours later.The suspects, from mainland China, are alleged to have grabbed chips and cash from a baccarat hotel in the early hours of Friday after using pepper spray on a dealer and security guard during the heist. All HK$3.1 million was reportedly recovered during the arrests. Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinnerlast_img read more

Joyce Kerttula Dies At 91

first_imgJoyce Kerttula stands behind Gov. Bill Egan as he signs a bill by Rep. Jay Kerttula, holding his daughter Anna. Beth Kerttula is standing beside the governor. (Uncredited photo via Alaska House Democrats)Joyce Kerttula died Monday at age 91 after a long fight with lymphoma, but not before helping two generations of Kerttulas rise to political power in the state.Download AudioBeth Kerttula, the girl with the bunny in the photo, likens her mom to a 61st legislator who made Jay Kerttula’s historic rise to power possible.“My dad’s the only guy to have ever been both speaker and president of the Senate, and I just, I never could figure out how he could have ever done that until I was in and realized, you know, it’s because of my mother. If you have someone working with you who you trust implicitly and who works side by side, and who really is a, frankly a second legislator, you can get a lot done. And that’s what happened. They were a tremendous team,” Kerttula says.Beth Kerttula represented Juneau in the Alaska House for 15 years.Jay Kerttula represented Palmer in the Alaska Legislature for 34 years, and Joyce Kerttula worked alongside him as an unpaid volunteer for almost that entire time.In a 2014 interview, Joyce recalled how her unofficial career in the legislature began with an office visit. His secretary pulled open – then shut – a desk drawer that was full of papers.Joyce Kerttula in 2013. (Photo courtesy Beth Kerttula)“And I said, ‘Would you mind telling me what was in that drawer?’ And she says ‘Oh, that’s letters that I don’t know how to answer and I’ll get to them one of these days.’ And I said would you mind if I looked at one of them?’ And I pulled one out at the bottom and not the top and it was over a month old. And I said this can’t go on.”Beth Kerttula picks up the story from there.“And my mom just sat down and started writing, writing letters on one of those old Underwood typewriters. And she just kept going, and that was it,” she says.Thirty-some years later, she was still at it. Joyce Kerttula handled the legislative offices, the campaigns and constituents. In her obituary, the family calls Joyce Kerttula “the heart and soul” of her husband’s legislative offices.Originally from Oklahoma, she was born Helen Joyce Campbell in 1923. After finishing college, she left Oklahoma to be a personal assistant to a scientist working on the Manhattan Project in New Mexico, where she witnessed a test detonation of an atomic bomb.She moved to Alaska in 1954 and taught English at Palmer High School. She met and married Jay in 1955. Joyce Kerttula’s unofficial career in the Alaska Legislature began after he was sworn into office in 1961.An Alaska memorial service is in the works for the summer. She had been living in Palmer, but was in Palm Springs, Calif., for medical care when she died.“My mother used to say, you’ve got to live every day. And I, I’m going to try to emulate that a little bit better,” Beth Kerttula says.Joyce Kerttula is survived by her husband, daughters, a sister, two grandchildren and a large extended family.last_img read more

BJPs manifesto sounds economically good Akash Jindal

first_imgNew Delhi, April 7 (ANI): Market Expert Akash Jindal stated that BJP’s manifesto sounded positive for the economic development of the country if they intend on following it on formation of their government in the Centre. Jindal said that the policies of BJP may increase the national growth and make the economy stronger.last_img

Cancelling The Interview could Cost Sony Pictures up to 80 Million

first_imgIt’s not just the world that’s disappointed with the cancellation of “The Interview,” the Seth Rogen-James Franco starring dark comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Sony Pictures should probably weep at what the cancellation is going to cost the studio.Experts peg the cost of the cancellation at $80 million and above and other security and litigation costs included, the studio would have to shell out something about $200 million and above.”The cost to Sony from new software and hardware, employee labour to clean up the mess, investigation, lost productivity, and reputational damage, just to name a few, is at least over $100m and growing daily,” Hemanshu Nigam, founder of cybersecurity firm SSP Blue, who has worked with Microsoft and News Corp, told Bloomberg.Sony Pictures spent about $80 million to make and market the movie. But as it pulled the plug on its release after the hacker group threatened to launch 9/11 style attacks on theatres that screened the movie, the cost will only add up to its mounting security and litigation bills.Sony Pictures is facing its worst nightmare since the past few weeks. The hacker group “Guardians of Peace” exposed a vast amount of personal data including employee personal information and several unpublished pilot plots, which could cost the company another $80 million.Also, some employees have filed lawsuits against the company for failing to protect their privacy.While Sony said it was doing everything in its power to minimise the damage and control the situation, the costs have already gone up two folds. Experts say that the cost will probably overshadow what Target Corp, the retail giant that was also hit by a massive credit and debit card hack, had experienced.”This is almost impossible to quantify,” Daniel Hill, president of Ervin Hill, a public relations firm told the agency. “I don’t think there is a case study that’s quite like this.”Sony cancelled the movie saying it was “”deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie”.”We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatre-goers,” it added.The world expressed its disgust at the decision deeming it an act of cowardice but some experts have a different take on it altogether.Michael Goodwin, a columnist for the New York Post wrote:”The Sony story is downright bizarre — and I don’t just mean the hacking. I include the decision to make the stupid movie in the first place.””The film also offers a strange confirmation for suspicion in much of the world that American journalists actually are government spies. That distrust has gotten more than a few heroic journalists killed,” he added.last_img read more

No Longer A Death Sentence Greg Louganis Discusses His HIV Diagnosis 30

first_img 00:00 /06:12 Listen Former Olympic diver and HIV advocate Greg Louganis is the keynote speaker at the annual World AIDS Day Luncheon on Friday (Dec. 1) at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Houston Post Oak.Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse talked with Louganis about being diagnosed with HIV just before the 1988 Olympics and about how HIV/AIDS treatment has changed over the yearsPlus, he tells Ernie just where he keeps the Wheaties box with him on the front, which was issued in 2016 after a petition campaign. X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more