New Parliament building by 24 says Hardeep Puri

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri onFriday said the country is likely to get new buildings for the Parliament, central ministries and other government offices by 2024. Speaking at ‘Land Pooling: Building India’s Capital’ event, organised by Ficci and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Puri said the government is planning to reconstruct those buildings built between 1911 and 1927 like North Block, South Block, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Parliament building. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We are going to reconstruct all of that. By the time we meet in 2024, at the time of next election, it is our expectation we will be in a new Parliament building,” he said, adding that the government’s request for proposals has received great response from the stakeholders. Calling the old buildings “heritage”, he said the buildings have served their purpose. “I will say that the technology has changed. Also, most of the buildings were not earthquake resistant and a lot of money is spent every year on the repair of these buildings.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe said Parliament House is a heritage building. “But we don’t have rooms for our MPs, also there is no space for new MPs if the number of seats are changed in future.” Saying that no plan has been finalised as of now, he added the government is looking for ideas and suggestions. Calling the Land Pooling Policy for Delhi an important step towards making Delhi the world’s largest megapolis with the highest international standards, he said it will add 17 lakh residential units, hugely contributing to the country’s GDP and jobs. The Minister said the Policy is a “balanced policy” as out of the 17 lakh dwelling units, it provides 5 lakh dwelling units to people from the economically weaker sections. He also invited private sector companies to come forward and explore opportunities. Highlighting the plan, he said the pre-bid meeting happened on Thursday and the stakeholders have shown a positive response. “I am aiming and expecting that by October we will float the tenders and by next year the work will start. Although this is a tentative schedule,” Puri said. He added that now the government has the designs, it will do the consultation on the policy. Puri also said that the work related to the Land Pooling Policy will be done by the CPWD. “The Land Pooling Policy was pending from 12 years. This will solve a lot of issues of Delhi. Farmers too are very happy with the policy,” Puri said. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who is also the Chairman of the Delhi Development Authority, said that the system is being geared up to offer ease of doing business to both local and international developers and investors, who have already started showing interest in the venture.last_img read more

Half of those considering divorce have change of heart a year later

first_imgEDMONTON – A new study suggests many people contemplating divorce have a change of heart a year later.Researchers at the University of Alberta and Brigham Young University in Utah conducted an online survey of 3,000 Americans aged 25 to 50 who have been married at least a year. One out of four of the respondents said they had thought about divorce in the last six months.The study suggests half of those considering divorce had a significant change in their feelings when they were asked again a year later.“Marriage has its ebbs and flows,” said Adam Galovan, a family scientist in the University of Alberta’s Department of Human Ecology and co-author of the study.“A lot of them just need some time.”Of those who said they thought about divorce in the past, but not recently, about 90 per cent said they were glad they stuck it out with their spouses.The researchers grouped those thinking about divorce into three categories — soft, serious and conflicted. The soft thinkers were generally more hopeful about improving their marriages than the serious thinkers.A third group dubbed conflicted thinkers yielded some intriguing results, said Galovan.That group was dealing with more intense issues such as adultery, addiction and abuse, and was the smallest at about five per cent.While they were the most hopeful initially, they ended up having the highest rate of divorce of the three groups a year later.“Part of that might be that they were also the most religious, so maybe they were hopeful initially because of their religious convictions that things would work out,” said Galovan.While only Americans were surveyed in the National Divorce Decision Making Project, Galovan said he suspects similar trends would be reflected in Canada.He said thoughts of divorce often end up bringing issues to light that couples can work through.“It’s scary, but that initial scary thought can lead to improvement.”last_img read more

Medical Specialists to Strike over Health Insurance Bill

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Clinics and private medical specialists throughout Morocco will go on strike on March 30.The strike, organized by the National Union of Private Medical Specialists (NUPMS) and the National Association of Private Clinics (NAPC), is partly intended to put into effect the 98-15 bill on Compulsory Health Insurance. The bill would introduce medical coverage for private medical specialists, whose numbers have increased to almost 11 million. The strike, which is expected to last the whole day, will not include practitioners affiliated with the national union’ liberal specialists.The strikers have also called for the revision of the CHI National Convention established in 2006.”This should be reviewed every three years, but it has not been changed since the date of its establishment,” said NUPMS spokesman Mohamed Hssain.The associations also aim to highlight the issue of fairness in the firing of practitioners in the field. ”The ministry must review its decisions when it comes to dismissing doctors in case of medical errors,” the spokesmen added.In response, the ministry in charge of managing the current situation has promised to accelerate the project on medical liability. read more

Ring of steel plan to protect Londons skyscrapers from terror attack

first_imgSuch checkpoints were phased out after the IRA announced a ceasefire in 1994 and The Gherkin building now stands on the site of the Baltic Exchange.The latest move comes in the wake of the Berlin Christmas market terror attack on Monday in which Tunisian Anis Amri, drove a lorry at shoppers, killing 12 and injuring 49 people.A Corporation report said they “had identified that the area was highly sensitive to… a hostile vehicle-borne security threat”.The new protective ring will border Liverpool Street, the Bank of England and Fenchurch Street – an area which is home to some of the capital’s newest and most recognisable skyscrapers.”This eastern section of the City of London is especially of importance in as much as there are going to be a number of major landmarks developed around the area that could be of interest,” the report said.The new plan would be subject to a consultation but could be fully implemented by 2022.Will Geddes, founder of International Corporate Protection, said: “Although we’ve seen of late ‘lo-fi type’ attacks, like the Berlin Christmas market where a lorry that was hijacked and driven into a crowded area, we cannot discount the type of attack that will… include a large truck packed with explosives” A view of the London skyline Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A view of the London skylineCredit:PA A £5 million “ring of steel” has been proposed to protect the heart of London’s financial district and its skyscrapers from terrorist attack.Following advice from MI5 and counter-terrorism police, the Corporation of London plans to install manned checkpoints, rising street bollards and crash-proof barricades.It would be the first time since the late 1990s that manned checkpoints were used following the IRA’s bombing of the Baltic Exchange in Bishopsgate in 1992.last_img read more

Volkswagen signs up blockchain specialist Minespider to track lead supply

first_imgBeginning in April, Minespider says it is to partner with Volkswagen in an initial pilot focusing on tracking the carmaker’s lead supply, working with suppliers and sub-suppliers accounting for more than two-thirds of the group’s total lead starter battery requirements.Volkswagen’s ultimate aim, according to the blockchain specialist, is to ensure all of its raw materials are sourced in a socially and environmentally sound manner.“In the automotive sector, like in many other industries, supply chain transparency is a major issue, and to ensure sustainable mobility, responsible procurement is essential,” Minespider said. “Minespider and Volkswagen are working together to make procurement both more transparent and secure. Blockchain allows participants to trace the supply chain from the point of origin to the factory.”Marco Philippi, Head of Strategy for Volkswagen Group Procurement, said sustainability in the supply chain is one of the company’s top priorities. “We see blockchain technology as part of the solution to ensure compliance with environmental and social standards along the entire supply chain,” he said.Minespider is an open source, public blockchain protocol that offers stakeholders the opportunity to track the origin of their raw materials and present a complete chain of custody from certified mine to end manufacturer, according to the company. It was originally founded to address increasing global conflict mineral legislation, including the Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502 and the EU’s Conflict Minerals Regulation, which require companies to know who is supplying their gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten.“With industry interest turning toward increased transparency, the Minespider team are also launching initiatives into other key materials,” the company said. “The public protocol approach is a departure from previous supply chain tracking initiatives that used private, permissioned blockchains. This avoids the risk of a large player with a private blockchain creating a monopoly on the global mineral supply chain. By using a token-driven design, they provide the mechanism for decentralising protocol governance.”Minespider’s Founder, Nathan Williams (pictured), said: “Ultimately, we would like to see an industry-wide transformation, a public protocol that any responsible supplier can join.”Minespider’s protocol uses nested encryption to ensure a company’s data remains private on a public blockchain, it says. Digital “certificates” are created at certified mineral sources, such as mines or recyclers, which are then encrypted with the company’s public key and posted in a publicly accessible database.As mineral shipments are sold, responsibility data of the new owner is added to the certificate which is re-encrypted with the public key of the new owner, creating a layered encryption like a “Russian doll”, Minespider says. “This ensures that only the owner is able to access the supply chain data, even though it is in a verifiable, immutable public data store, enabling supply chain transparency without sacrificing data security.”last_img read more

De Lyon à Avignon une mobilisation historique pour sortir du nucléaire

first_imgDe Lyon à Avignon, une mobilisation historique pour sortir du nucléaireDimanche 11 mars, un an après la catastrophe survenue à Fukushima au Japon, une gigantesque chaîne humaine s’est formée sur 230 kilomètres entre Lyon et Avignon pour manifester la volonté de sortir du nucléaire. Selon le Réseau Sortir du nucléaire, plus de 60.000 personnes étaient présentes.”Non au nucléaire, non au nucléaire” : ce week-end, le Japon n’a pas été le seul pays à commémorer le triste anniversaire de la catastrophe survenue le 11 mars 2011. Dimanche, un an jour pour jour après le séisme et le tsunami, plusieurs pays se sont également grandement mobilisés. Le but : exprimer leur volonté de sortir du nucléaire. En France, c’est ainsi une gigantesque chaîne humaine qui s’est formée entre les villes de Lyon et d’Avignon, le long de la nationale 7, au cœur de la zone la plus nucléarisée d’Europe qui compte 14 réacteurs. Co-organisée par le Réseau “Sortir du nucléaire” et le collectif “Réaction en Chaîne Humaine”, cette manifestation s’est étendue sur près de 230 kilomètres, soit la distance qui sépare Fukushima de Tokyo, et a réuni pas moins de 60.000 personnes, selon les organisateurs. Simples citoyens et militants de longue date, riverains des centrales et habitants des régions voisines, les manifestants sont venus en voiture, en vélo, en cars de tout l’Hexagone mais aussi d’Allemagne, d’Italie ou de Suisse pour crier leur rejet de cette énergie. Venus avec leurs deux enfants, en “sympathisants” de la cause écologique et “en solidarité” avec le Japon, Sébastien et Marianne réclament eux aussi “un monde sans pesticide, sans nucléaire”. A deux pas, deux adolescents font danser dans le vent leurs drapeaux “Nucléaire non merci”.Sur la route, un couple de trentenaires des Alpes-Maritimes, Hélène et Jean-Noël ont confié à l’AFP : “On essaie de lancer un message au gouvernement et aux candidats à l’élection présidentielle, et se donner du baume au coeur car on a l’impression que l’écologie ne fait pas trop partie du débat présidentiel malheureusement”. Plusieurs personnalités politiques étaient pourtant présentes à ce grand rassemblement et notamment Eva Joly, candidate d’Europe Ecologie/Les Verts à la présidentielle. “C’est un moment où nous marquons l’anniversaire de l’horrible tragédie de Fukushima (…) C’est aussi un geste de solidarité avec le peuple japonais”, a t-elle expliqué.”Les solutions techniques sont à notre portée”À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalité”C’est aussi pour marquer notre espoir qu’avec le changement programmé de président et de gouvernement, nous allons travailler sur la sortie du nucléaire”, a ajouté la candidate. Selon le Réseau Sortir du nucléaire, cette mobilisation historique démontre “que la sortie du nucléaire est une aspiration forte partagée par la majorité des citoyens français”. Dans un communiqué, le Réseau ajoute : “Traquer les gaspillages énergétiques, isoler les bâtiments, améliorer l’efficacité énergétique, développer des énergies alternatives propres, sûres, créatrices d’emploi : les solutions techniques pour mettre fin à l’atome sont à notre portée ! Il ne manque plus qu’une décision politique, que plusieurs de nos voisins européens ont d’ores et déjà adoptée”.D’ailleurs, cette chaine humaine n’a pas été la seule manifestation en Europe, où des dizaines d’autres rassemblements ont également eu lieu, en Allemagne ou encore en Belgique. “De nombreuses actions ont prouvés la volonté des peuples de protéger leurs enfants et les générations futures en bannissant le nucléaire de notre avenir commun”, précise Sortir du nucléaire. Alors qu’une commission d’experts missionnée par le ministre de l’Energie a récemment déconseillé une sortie du nucléaire, le Réseau conclut : “à quelques semaines de l’élection présidentielle, les futurs candidats n’ont plus le droit d’ignorer les demandes des citoyens : mettre au point un calendrier de sortie du nucléaire civil et militaire, fermer dès maintenant l’ensemble des réacteurs vieillissants, mettre fin au programme EPR, et s’engager résolument dans la transition énergétique”.  Le 12 mars 2012 à 10:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Arthur talks about his devotion to Xavi and Iniesta

first_imgBrazilian Arthur revealed how much he admires both Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta, he had to touch one of them to make sure they were real.In what is turning out to be a fantastic first season for Arthur at FC Barcelona, comparing him to Xavi and Iniesta is almost inevitable due to his style of play that is so similar to those two legends of the game.The Brazilian midfielder has been growing as a player for Barcelona, but he has managed to stay grounded and doesn’t mind geeking out when he talks about either of his two idols.It’s safe to say that Arthur gets a little bit more excited when he talks about Iniesta than Xavi, but his game is a lot more similar to that of Hernandez’s and he doesn’t shy away from how proud he feels for it.“When I met Iniesta, I had to touch him just to see if he was flesh and bone,” said Arthur on Mundo Derpotivo.“He is an idol I have followed since I was younger, that moment when I met him was incredible. I got goosebumps just thinking about it.”“I didn’t know he was coming and I was very pleasantly surprised. He actually greeted me very well.”“I have to thank him because he was the nicest to me, this moment will stay with me for the rest of my life,” he added.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Arthur also reacted to the time Xavi said he felt identified with his style of play: “That was also another thing I thought was a lie,” he continued.“I don’t really follow the newspapers, I dedicate my free time to watching series or studying Spanish, my mom is the one who tells me all about these things.”“I thought it was a joke. To me, Xavi and Iniesta are the best midfielders I ever saw play.”“I wish Xavi played for many more years because I can learn more from him, but he will retire next summer. I’m pretty sure he will be just as good when he becomes a manager,” he concluded.The Arthur – Xavi likenings are true..— BU Videos (@BuVideos) December 17, 2018last_img read more

REMINDER After Monday New Years Week Trash Recycling Collection Is Delayed By

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an important reminder from the Town of Wilmington:Trash and recycling collection on Monday, December 31, 2018 will be picked up as regularly scheduled. Tuesday through Friday pickup will be delayed one day due to the New Year Holiday.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedREMINDER: Due To Memorial Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”REMINDER: After Monday, Christmas Week Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One DayIn “Government”REMINDER: Due To Presidents’ Day, Trash & Recycling Collection Is Delayed By One Day This WeekIn “Government”last_img read more

Corporator Alakunta Saraswathi takes out padayatra

first_imgTarnaka: Corporator Alakunta Saraswathi took out padayatra in Vinobha Nagar on Wednesday. She enquired residents about the problems in the colony. They said they have drinking water supply and drainage issues.She assured them that officials concerned would visit the colony soon and take steps to solve the problems. TRS leaders Nagu, Santosh, Lingam, Raju and others were present.last_img

Hyundai Xcent Launched In India Price Feature Details

first_imgHyundai’s much anticipated Xcent sedan launched in India with price tag starting at 4.66 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The Xcent, which made its first appearance at the recently concluded Delhi Auto Expo, is a sub-4 metre compact sedan and is offered in both petrol and diesel variants in India. It is the company’s first offering in this segment and will challenge India’s best selling cars like Honda Amaze, Maruti Swift Dzire and the upcoming Ford Figo Concept car.The bookings for the new Xcent will start from Wednesday.Built on the Hyundai’s Grand i10 hatchback, the Xcent share similarities with its small car Grand i10 and reaches Indian market in three trims- Base, S and SX. The sedan comes with slew of features like steering-mounted audio, rear AC vents, 1GB hard drive for the 2-DIN music system, push-button start, electric rear view mirrors, Bluetooth controls and a cooled glove-box.On the safety front, the new Xcent offers standard dual front airbags on the SX trim and ABS option in S and SX variants.Under the hood, the petrol variant of the car comes with the same 1.2-litre kappa 2 motor, which powers the Grand i10 hatchback and the diesel model is powered by 1.1-litre diesel engine. These engines are mated to a 5 speed manual transmission.While the Base trim petrol is priced at  4.66 lakh, the diesel comes with a price tag of  5.56 lakh. The S petrol costs  5.32 lakh and the S(O) petrol is priced at  5.57 lakh.The top SX petrol variant comes at a price point of  6.22 lakh and SX diesel costs  7.13 lakh .The SX (O) petrol variant is available at  6.47 lakh ,while the diesel is priced at  7.38 lakh .The pricelist of the Hyundai Xcent (ex-showroom Delhi):Petrol VariantsXcent Base model : 4.66 lakhXcent S : 5.32 lakhXcent S (O) : 5.57 lakhXcent SX : 6.22 lakhXcent SX (O) : 6.47 lakhAutomatic VariantsXcent Petrol S (O) : 6.28 lakhXcent Petrol SX (O) : 7.19 lakhDiesel VariantsXcent Base model : 5.56 lakhXcent S : 6.23 lakhXcent S (O) : 6.48 lakhXcent SX : 7.13 lakhXcent SX (O) : 7.38 lakhlast_img read more

New Sonos Satellite Speaker Pops Up in FCC Filing

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of the FCC A list of the equipment used in testing the new device includes a mention of the company’s existing Playbar as a “master device,” and describes the S18 as a “wireless smart speaker (right).” The fact that the new device was tested in conjunction with the Playbar suggests that it is meant to be used as a satellite speaker in a home theater setup. Smart speaker maker Sonos seems to be readying a satellite speaker to bring true surround sound as well s voice control to its Playbar soundbar, if a new FCC filing is any indication.A Sonos spokesperson declined to comment on the filing.The heavily redacted filing, which was published by the FCC Monday, describes a new Sonos device with the model number S18, which has both Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity. Photos and other documents aren’t included in the public version of the filing, but one slip-up gives us a good idea of what S18 will be: Sonos first introduced the Playbar as its very first soundbar back in early 2013. The company followed up with a smaller and cheaper model, dubbed the Sonos Beam, earlier this year.Like all recent Sonos products, the Beam includes microphones for far-field voice control — something that the original Playbar doesn’t offer. By adding smart satellite speakers to its line-up, Sonos could allow Playbar owners to get surround sound as well as voice control to their home theater setups.Adding another product for Playbar owners to its line-up would also be a good match for the company’s business model, which relies heavily on repeat buyers. In its fiscal year of 2017, Sonos sold around 38% of its devices to consumers who already owned at least one of its products.Update: 10:53am: This post was updated with additional information on touch control for the S18 device. CREDIT: Courtesy of the FCC ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety The filing further illustrates this setup with the following schematics: The speaker also seems to have touch controls similar to the ones first introduced with the Sonos One (hat tip to Dave Zatz), which indicate the presence of a built-in microphone for far-field voice control.last_img read more

45 lakh school students under North Corporation bereft of insurance cover

first_imgIt has come to light that the North MCD, with around 4.5 lakh students of 765-odd schools under it, has stopped providing insurance facilities to its students.As per the report, the students enrolled in North MCD schools have not been able to avail insurance facilities from April this year due to non-renewal of the insurance terms. The Corporation, which is supposed to spend Rs 2.5 lakh per annum for the insurance of its students through a private company, is yet to make the payment for the contract renewal. The civic agency claims that the insurance company is seeking Rs 1.30 per children per year or nearly Rs 6 lakh in total, which is beyond its means. “The Corporation is facing a financial crisis hence it cannot bear a premium amount which is more than double in comparison to last year. We have been looking for a company which could provide services on lower premiums,” said a Corporation councillor. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIRenu K Jagdev, Additional Commissioner (Revenue) of North Corporation said that the agency issued tenders in February and April but failed to finalise any of the companies. “In February, HDFC Insurance Company came forward with a rate of Rs 1.10 per children but the tender was not allotted as the company was a lone participant. In April, the existing insurance company, Bajaj Allianz, and HDFC insurance participated and the latter had quoted Rs 1.30 which was the lowest. The tender was not awarded due to some reasons and now the agency is gearing up for a fresh tender,” the Additional Commissioner said. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindLeader of Opposition in the North Corporation Mukesh Goel said that it’s unfortunate that the students, who fall under economically backward categories, are being deprived due to non-payment of a small amount. The students do not have an insurance coverage and the ruling BJP is paying no heed to this issue. “Last week, a nine-year-old boy died after a grille kept in the balcony of a Municipal school fell on him in North-west Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar due to negligence on the part of school authorities. The family did not get the insurance amount due to lack of coverage. The North Corporation must act like a responsible body by renewing the contract immediately,” Goel said.last_img read more

Security Awareness Training is Essential for Small Businesses

first_img Enroll Now for Free 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Research from the Ponemon Institute claims that human error is responsible for approximately 80 percent of all business data leaks. It only takes one careless employee to cause a big issue. Here is an example: A worker in your office, Sally, is checking her personal email at work and opens one that promises she will lose 10 pounds within the next week. She clicks the link inside of the email and without her realizing it, this action installs a virus on to her computer. Not only is the virus now on her computer, it is also infiltrating the network.Related: This Cybersecurity App Handles Your Company’s Internal Weaknesses As you can see, this scenario can happen to anyone, which is why it is imperative that owners of small businesses teach security awareness. How does one go about this? Try these tips:After presenting information about security awareness, come up with a scheme to set up a situation where employees are given the opportunity to open a very alluring link in their email. This is called a “phishing simulation.” This link will actually take the worker to a safe page, but you must make the page have a message, such as “You Fell For It.” You should also make sure that these emails look like a phishing email, such as adding a misspelling.The people who fall for this trick should be tested again in a few days or weeks. This way, you will know if they got the message or not.Don’t make it predictable as to when you are giving out these tests. Offer them at different times of day and make sure that the email type changes.Consider hiring a professional who will attempt to get your staff to hand over sensitive business information over the phone, in person and via email. This test could be invaluable, as it will clue you into who is falling for this.Quiz your staff throughout the year, to allow you to see who is paying attention.You want to focus on educating your staff, not disciplining them. They shouldn’t feel bad about themselves, but they should be made aware of these mistakes.Make sure your staff knows any data breach could result in legal, financial or criminal repercussions.Schedule workstation checks to see if employees are doing things that might compromise your business’ data, such as leaving sensitive information on the screen and walking away.Explain how important security is to your business and encourage staff to report any suspicious activity.After training your staff and testing your employees, make a full list of all of the important concepts that they should understand. Examine this list frequently and then re-evaluate the list to see if any revisions are required.Related: Cybersecurity Planning is Finally Demystified (Infographic) Keep in mind that there is no such thing as sharing too many tips on security with your staff. Take the tips, post them around your workplace, and schedule things such as short seminars on security or workshops. This will help to keep this info fresh in the minds of your staff. Also, frequently recognize members of your team who commit themselves to security in the workplace. Related: For Cybersecurity Companies, It’s Time to Shine This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now February 21, 2017last_img read more

IBM unveils worlds fastest supercomputer with AI capabilities Summit

first_imgWorld’s most powerful and smartest supercomputer, called Summit, has been revealed by IBM and Department of Energy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It is capable of performing 200 quadrillion calculations each second, a speed called 200 petaflops which is almost as fast as 7.6 billion people on the planet doing 26 million calculations each second on a basic calculator. Summit was funded back in 2014. It was a part of $325 million Department of Energy program called Coral, but it took quite a few years to develop Summit. Summit is capable of delivering high speed with a new processor, quick storage capacity, internal communications, and a versatile design that can use Artificial Intelligence methods. This makes it quite expensive. Let’s have a look at the features that the Summit Supercomputer entails. Supercomputer and AI integration Dave Turek, vice president of high-performance computing and cognitive systems at IBM said that AI and high-performance computing are not different domains. The two are deeply interconnected to each other which is why Summit will be seen using AI methods for different purposes. Summit will mainly be used for AI development and machine learning. Apart from AI, Oak Ridge will be using Summit to carry out scientific research in subjects such as chemical formula designing, studying links between cancer and genes on a large scale, fusion energy investigation, universe research using astrophysics and simulation of changing Earth’s climate. Super Big Supercomputer Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summit consists of 4,608 interconnected computer servers, housed in huge refrigerator-sized cabinets. It takes up an eighth of an acre, which, to put into perspective is the size of two tennis courts. Peak energy consumption of Summit is 15 megawatts which have the capacity to power more than 7,000 homes. Each server has two IBM Power9 chips at 3.1 GHz. Each chip has 22 cores running in parallel and six Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs each. Each server consists of 1.6 terabytes of memory and data can be saved at 2.2 terabytes each second on a storage system of 250-petabyte which is 1000 times the storage capacity of a high-end laptop. Supercomputer performance measure Supercomputers’ performance is measured in terms of a benchmark called Linpack in the top 500 list and China’s Sunway TaihuLight grabs the highest Linpack score of 93 petaflops. But Turek feels that measuring the value of a machine based on a single figure of merit is not that accurate; rather a machine should be able to scale on real applications. This is IBM’s attempt to exascale in the future. With Summit, IBM is quite convinced that it can reach its goal to build a system capable of performing a quintillion calculations per second (five times that of Summit). Along with Summit, there is also work being done on a less powerful computer, Sierra. Both are scheduled to go online sometime this year. This will take U.S’s arsenal of supercomputers a step forward in terms of competition. Lately, the top spots have been held by other countries, but Summit can become the United States’ chance to stay ahead in the game by retaking the lead. Read Next PyCon US 2018 Highlights: Quantum computing, blockchains, and serverless rule! Quantum A.I. : An intelligent mix of Quantum+A.I. Q# 101: Getting to know the basics of Microsoft’s new quantum computing languagelast_img read more

NewLeaf Flair Airlines offer Calgary flights for the holiday travel season

first_img Tuesday, October 18, 2016 TORONTO — NewLeaf Travel Company and Flair Airlines are set to launch seasonal routes from Calgary starting Dec. 16.Passengers will be able to fly to and from YYC Calgary International Airport to Abbotsford, Hamilton, Halifax and Moncton. The routes are available for a limited time, between Dec. 16 and Jan. 8. Tickets are now on sale.“We actually didn’t anticipate to be operating from Calgary within the first five months of operation, however there is a big demand from Calgarians. So, we are thrilled to provide Southern Albertans with low fares for the holiday season. We have had tremendous interest and support already so we are anticipating great success … and who knows, there could be more for the region,” said NewLeaf Travel Company President & CEO, Jim Young.Regular domestic flight service will be offered seven days a week during the holiday period. Included in this schedule are the following airports: Abbotsford, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax and Moncton. Some flights during the holiday season are nearly sold out, added Young. Tags: Calgary, NewLeaf Travel Posted by Sharecenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> NewLeaf, Flair Airlines offer Calgary flights for the holiday travel season Travelweek Group last_img read more

TSA urged to rethink small knives on planes

first_imgTSA allows small knives and previouslybanned item back on board. “A knife may not bring down a plane down, but it could take out a flight attendant” – just one of the comments being made by the US travel industry, after the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revoked regulations against bringing certain items on board.From 25 April 2013, travellers will be allowed to carry knives that do not lock and have blades that are 2.36 inches or six centimetres or less in length, bats, hockey sticks, ski poles, two golf clubs and billiard cues in their permitted carry-on luggage and into the cabin.Although the TSA said the decision was made to promote “better focus” on finding “higher threat items”, the industry says it doesn’t take an explosive to cause serious issues mid-flight.American Airlines has reportedly told the TSA to reconsider its decision, and requested a collective discussion on alternations that will “affect our crewmembers and customers”, Dallas News reported.“The safety of our people and our customers is paramount and we will continue to support policies that keep the airspace safe, and allow customers to move through the screening and security process as quickly and safely as possible,” American Airlines senior vice president of government and regulator affairs Will Ris said.“But we encourage the TSA to reassess its proposed revisions to the prohibited items list, scheduled to take effect April 25, to ensure that any and all changes have been thoroughly reviewed and vetted.”Meanwhile, a former flight attendant, David said although flight attendants are trained to handle certain situations on board, there have been many occasions which could have “been escalated to a more severe level of knives were involved”.As well as staff concerns, David added that passengers should also be wary because they could end up “sitting next to someone who becomes agitated and whom happens to have a knife and tries to use it”.Welcome changes or urgently reconsider? Where do you stand on having small knives on board? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

Emirates adds more routes to its global network

first_imgEmirates adds more routes to its global networkEmirates airline officially commenced daily direct flights from Dubai to Hanoi, Vietnam on 1st July, providing Emirates’ passengers from Dubai and other destinations across Europe another seamless route to Vietnam. Passengers travelling to Hanoi will no longer stop in Yangon, saving approximately 2hrs30mins of travel time.The first direct flight EK394 from Dubai departed at 03:30hrs and arrived at Noi Bai International Airport at 13:05hrs local time on 1st July 2017. The new non-stop service is operated with a two-class configured Boeing 777-300ER which offers 42 seats in Business Class, 386 seats in Economy Class and up to 20 tonnes of capacity for cargo, with generous free baggage allowance (up to 35kg in Economy Class and 40kg in Business Class).The return flight, EK395, departs from Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at 01:30hrs and arrives in Dubai International Airport at 05:05hrs. Timings of the service have been scheduled to allow for seamless connections from and to many European and GCC destinations, via a convenient stopover in Dubai. Emirates provides its customers with a wide range of choices across its global network of more than 150 destinations in 84 countries and territories.As well as the Vietnam announcement, Emirates announced that it will introduce an additional daily flight to Brussels, complementing Emirates’ existing schedule and providing a double-daily service to customers from 29 October 2017.The new scheduled flight will be added to meet the growing demand for travel on the route – Emirates has carried over half a million passengers between Dubai and the Belgian capital since launching operations on 5 September 2014 – and continues to grow demand both inbound and outbound.As well as providing choice and convenience for both Belgian customers and inbound visitors, Emirates’ operations over recent years have made a positive impact on Belgium’s tourism, trade, investment and employment. Keen to build on its already significant economic contribution, Emirates is confident its analysis demonstrates that the high potential of the route more than justifies the addition of a second daily service between Dubai and Brussels, both to meet existing demand and to stimulate new growth.Inbound tourism is also expected to receive a significant boost, the new flight creating an anticipated 50,000 more tourist arrivals and generating over USD 110 million of tourist revenues for the Belgium economy annually.The second daily flight, offering additional cargo capacity in the belly hold of the wide-body Boeing 777-300ER, will enhance trade links between Brussels and Dubai, transporting pharmaceuticals, perishables such as chocolates and automotive parts from Belgium to the U.A.E. and beyond.The new year-round flight will enhance Belgium’s global long-haul connectivity, offering passengers travelling from Brussels the chance to reach over 70 Emirates’ destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia which are not currently served directly by any carrier operating out of Brussels.In its commitment to continue to redefine air travel, Emirates works closely with manufacturers and suppliers to ensure all aspects of the customer experience are second to none, and offers passengers the industry leading ice (Information, Communications and Entertainment) entertainment system with more than 2,500 channels of entertainment featuring over 400 movies from around the world, including Vietnamese content. Emirates has won the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment award for a record 13th year at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.Source = Emirates Airlinelast_img read more

FHFA Official Charged with Threatening ExDirector

first_imgFHFA Official Charged with Threatening Ex-Director May 6, 2014 445 Views Edward DeMarco FHFA Mel Watt 2014-05-06 Tory Barringer A top official for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is looking at a felony charge for allegedly threatening the agency’s former acting director, Edward DeMarco.According to a case summary from the District of Columbia Courts website, Richard Hornsby, FHFA’s COO, was charged in late April with “[threatening] to kidnap or injure a person,” resulting in an order for him to stay away from DeMarco. He has also reportedly been directed to keep away from the agency, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first broke the story.The next hearing for the case is scheduled May 14.Citing police and court records, the Journal reports: “Mr. Hornsby allegedly threatened to shoot Mr. DeMarco after making ‘increasing threatening comments’ about him over the course of several weeks … FHFA officials notified the agency’s inspector general about the threats on April 28, after an incident in which Mr. DeMarco was ‘escorted to a secure location following a report of a threat.'”The Journal report goes on to say that employees were notified following the incident that Hornsby had been placed on leave and will replaced for the time being by Eric Stein, a former Treasury official brought on as a special adviser to FHFA Director Mel Watt earlier this year.DeMarco announced in late March his intent to depart FHFA at the end of April after serving more than four years as the agency’s acting director and several months as senior deputy director. He was replaced in January by Watt, a former congressman from North Carolina.center_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

AP PhotoRick Scuteri

first_img(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 3 Comments   Share   Antoine Bethea and Zach Moore were the beneficiaries of the other sacks.The Cardinals entered the game against the Niners with 20 sacks this season, which ranked No. 8 in the NFL. It was another slow start for the Arizona Cardinals’ offense on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but not for the defense.The Cardinals recorded three sacks in the opening quarter against Niners quarterback C.J. Beathard and allowed zero points.Three sacks in the 1st quarter!— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 28, 2018Markus Golden sacked Beathard on third down on the Niners first drive, which forced a punt. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Government revises economic fiscal performance forecast upwards

first_imgThe finance ministry revised its 2017 forecast for growth marginally upwards to 2.9 per cent and that of fiscal balance considerably upwards to a fiscal surplus of 0.2 per cent of the economy, the finance ministry said.The economy is expected to expand at the same pace in 2018 with growth slowing down to 2.7 per cent over 2019 and 2020, the finance ministry said in its Stability Programme 2017-2020. In 2018 to 2020, the government expects to generate a fiscal deficit of 0.4 per cent of gross domestic product.In the draft budgetary plan published in October, the finance ministry was forecasting a 2.8 per cent growth rate for this year accompanied by a fiscal deficit of 0.6 per cent of economic output. Last year, the government generated a fiscal surplus of 0.4 per cent against a forecast of 0.3 per centThe finance ministry expects to see public debt, which rose to €19.3bn last year, drop as a percentage of economic output from 107.8 per cent in 2016 to 104 per cent this year and 99.7 per cent next year. In 2019 and 2020, debt is projected to decline to 94.6 per cent and 88.8 per cent respectively.Less than two weeks ago, the International Monetary Fund said that it expected public debt to increase to 109.3 per cent this year and drop below the 100 per cent mark first in 2020.The finance ministry expects the unemployment rate to drop this year to 11.5 per cent from 13 per cent last year and further to 10 per cent in 2018. In 2019, the jobless rate is expected to drop to 8.5 per cent and 7 per cent in 2019 and 2020 respectively, after remaining in the double-digit area since 2012.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more