IPU starts online admission for B Voc course

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indraprastha University here has started online admissions for its Bachelor of Vocation programme in courses such as Applied Arts (women only), Software Development, Interior Design (women only), Automobile, Construction Technology, Power Distribution Management, Printing Technology, and Electronics and Communication. The programme will be available in various upgraded polytechnics of Delhi government such as GuruNanak Dev Institute of Technology, Pusa Institute of Technology, Meera Bai Institute of Technology, Ambedakar Institute of Technology, Aryabhat Institute of Technology and others.last_img

Britishera Town Hall returns to MC City museum proposed

first_imgShimla: Almost a year after its restoration, the British-era Town Hall, one of Shimla’s monumental buildings, will finally go back to Shimla Municipal Corporation — its legitimate owner though will locate the only office of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, a condition imposed by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, flanked by Chief Secretary Srikant Baldi and Shimla Mayor Kusum Sadret on Sunday visited the Town Hall and inspected room-by-room space. More than a century-old Gothic-style building is a favourite haunt for the tourists. But this has remained unoccupied due to High Court orders. “The building has gone complete restoration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding to the tune of Rs 8 crore. We don’t want the landmark building to suffer ruins and thus need to be used for the benefit of the citizens, tourists and stake-holders. I am happy the High Court has allowed it to be handed back to the Shimla MC though only Mayor and Deputy Mayor will be able to get offices here,” he told the Millennium Post, after spending 45 minutes at the complex. Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu and Commissioner Pankaj Rai briefed the Chief Minister about orders of the High Court and made suggestions as to how the ground floor and top floor can best be used for the tourists and citizens. “If the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the High Court gives us some concessions, we will like to install a lift for the top storey for its use as city museum while the lower storey will remain as an activity area, besides having commercial use of the space,” he said. Town Hall is a grand old legacy. Its condition had turned very bad thus the state government got ADB funding for major restoration works from floor to the ground, besides re-creating an old charm of architectural importance and woodwork inside the building. But lobbying has begun within the Municipal Corporation as Councillors, more than 40 in number, also want space in the building while the Commissioner also has taken up the issue to set-up a camp office. “We may have to approach the High Court afresh and inform about we practical difficulties. I am, however, in any case, will move to the building on September 29 along with Deputy Mayor,” said Sadret. There are possibilities for the building having a high-end cafe shop, information centre and a boutique of traditional crafts and arts for tourists. Terming the Town Hall as “priceless architectural marvel”, the High Court has reminded the government of its responsibility to maintain the historic landmark building, located on the Mall road as also being a major tourists’ attraction. Earlier in 2017, the High Court had opined that the important heritage building could be used either as a city museum or a library rather than leaving it at the mercy of the ‘babus’ by allowing a public office to run from there.last_img read more

Kenny Chesney Spreads The Love For Boston

first_imgLike so many, Kenny Chesney watched the bombings at the Boston Marathon in incredulity and horror. The idea that people who’d trained so hard, who’d improved and become better runners for the iconic race – and those who’d turned out to cheer them on – would be injured was unthinkable. Like so many, he didn’t know what to do; like so many people, he wanted to make a difference.After careful consideration, Chesney reached out to WKLB‐FM and explained his desire to help fund and support prosthetics for the people who were having or would ultimately need amputations. Saddened by the state of the world, he wanted to sow healing for the nation’s souls, as well as the broken bodies of the people affected.Beyond making a sizeable donation for seed money, Chesney decided to put his music where his heart was. He’s establishing the Spread the Love Fund to work with Boston Medical Center (BMC) to help pay for not just prosthetics, but the fitting, ongoing care and physical therapy required.All Chesney’s proceeds from the downloaded single sales of “Spread The Love,” his track co‐written and recorded with the Wailers, go to the fund, which will benefit post‐acute care for victims of traumatic injuries from the Boston Marathon bombings at BMC or other Boston hospitals. In addition, people are encouraged to donate what they can, knowing the money will help the injured regain as much mobility as possible.“It’s hard to imagine a world where taking your children to school, going to the movies or witnessing something as iconic as the Boston Marathon is a dangerous thing to do,” Chesney says. “For me, I want to help give these people as much of their lives back as possible, but I’d also like to counteract some of the negativity in the world… Remind people that there are more good people out there, and it’s up to us to ‘Spread the Love.’“Music can be healing. When you’re at your lowest, it can inspire… The way these athletes, their friends, family and the city of Boston inspire me! I want to give back to the ones who need it, but also to heal all of us a little bit. So, spread the love.”“I am honored that Mr. Chesney has selected Boston Medical Center as the home of the Spread the Love Fund,” says Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. “BMC cared for many of the patients most seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, patients who have a long journey of recovery ahead. Over time, the spotlight will fade, but their needs will go on.“We thank Mr. Chesney for stepping forward to make sure these and all the Marathon patients have all the support they need over the long haul,” Walsh continues. “Thank you for embracing Boston, these patients and their families, and everyone who has gotten us through this very challenging time. Your generosity, vision and support will keep us Boston Strong.”“We are extremely grateful to Kenny Chesney for spearheading a Boston‐based fund that will meet real immediate and future needs: prosthetics and prosthetic therapy for victims. This will help make their long road to recovery a little shorter,” says Mike Brophey, WKLB/Country 102.5 Program Director. “Boston Medical Center, the patients with prosthetic needs, and the City of Boston will quickly and directly benefit from the Spread The Love Fund.”Beyond downloading Spread the Love, giving to those in need is as simple as a click. Boston Medical Center has established a dedicated link for the Spread the Love Fund, which can be accessed at www.bmc.org/kenny.“I can’t change what happened,” Chesney says. “I can’t imagine how the families, as well the city of Boston, feel – and I want to do what I can. If we can all remember that the negativity only wins if we let it, that’s a good start. That, and helping these families with this huge process of dealing with a prosthetic. Hopefully, we can all come together and make a difference.”last_img read more

Heidi Klum Honored By Gabrielles Angel Foundation

first_imgGabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research raised $3.6 million and counting for blood cancer research at its annual fundraiser, the Angel Ball, Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street.Nick Cannon and Heidi KlumCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThis black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich and Ilona Rich Schachter, honored the work of Heidi Klum; Amy and Brian France, Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, Founders, The Luke and Meadow Foundation; Mary Kitchen and Jon Orszag, Co-Founder of Compass Lexecon, Co-Directors of The Orszag Foundation.Heidi Klum at Angel BallCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesPop rock sensation OneRepublic, legendary vocalist Patti LaBelle and Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter performed throughout the evening.Usher at Angel’s BallCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe Angel Ball honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research and boasts attendees in the fields of business, philanthropy, and society alike for this annual celebration of life, music and the quest for a cure. The evening was emceed by Alicia Quarles, Entertainment Correspondent seen on E!, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show & MSNBC.Nick Cannon presented the “Angel of Light” honor to his friend and “America’s Got Talent” co-host Heidi Klum, where he made note that Klum is a woman who is “beautiful inside and out.” In her acceptance speech, Klum dedicated her honor to those fighting to beat cancer.“This one’s for you. I’m just going to keep it at my house because it’s so pretty,” Klum said with a smile. Throughout the evening, Jeff Gordon presented the “Angels of Hope” honor to Amy and Brian France, and James Carville presented the “Angels of Inspiration” honor to Kitchen and Orszag.Simon de Pury orchestrated the live auction. Highlights included a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 that was on display outside the event, which sold for $125,000; a stunning pair of Lorraine Schwartz black and rose gold sapphire earrings, modeled by musician and actress Kat Graham, that sold for $70,000; and a 6-day Caribbean cruise on a luxury yacht that sold for $140,000.As dessert was served, LaBelle took to the stage singing “You Saved My Life.” The crowd leapt to their feet and hit the dance floor after the opening to “Lady Marmalade” began to play. LaBelle invited gentlemen from the audience to join her on-stage, including the evening’s opening performer Billy Porter, who harmonized with LaBelle as the crowd sang along.OneRepublic kept the dancing going, performing their chart-topping hits “Counting Stars,” “Good Life,” “Apologize” and “I Lived.”The Angel Ball stands out as one of the highlights of the New York social season and features a cocktail reception, dinner, surprise musical guests along with a luxury live auction and online auction hosted by Charitybuzz.com. This online auction continues through November 4th. To bid, visit: charitybuzz.com/angelball.Additional guests included Usher & Grace Miguel, Angel Ambassador Selenis Leyva, Alina Baikova, Kat Graham, Star Jones, DJ Cassidy, Patina Miller, Andreja Pejic, Sam Moore, Kelly Rutherford, Ivana Trump, Montel Williams, Shanina Shaik, Devon Windsor, Toni Garrn, Deborah Cox, Rachel Hilbert, Sharina Gutierrez and Tamara Mellon.Board Member and celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz served as this year’s Gala Chair, as well as a sponsor. Other sponsors included Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited, Porsche Cars North America, Perrier Jouët and United Airlines.last_img read more

Six to look out for at TIFF 2016 Knelman

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With TIFF’s opening night just weeks away, I’m already sifting through the avalanche of titles announced so far to come up with a short list of the essential ones likely to become contenders in awards season.I haven’t seen any of them yet, so what follows are hunches, hopes and questions, not reviews.The Secret Scripture Ireland’s Jim Sheridan is a filmmaker with a spectacular track record, so the world premiere of any movie directed by him is automatically a major occasion. This is the man who gave us such winners as My Left Foot (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993) and In America (2002). Discerning festival veterans are sure to have great expectations for Sheridan’s latest.The Secret Scripture belongs to a specialized and intriguing category of film history. Among the memorable movies about psychiatric patients we’ve had in the past are The Three Faces of Eve (1957) with Joanne Woodward and Lee J. Cobb; Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945), with Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck; and Equus (1977) with Richard Burton and Peter Firth. Advertisement Either way, the subject matter is a natural for Stone, who won Oscars for directing two movies about U.S. soldiers who fought in Vietnam: Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).Snowden is likely to be the last word in Stone’s career as Hollywood’s leading naysayer to his country’s tragic Vietnam folly. Advertisement This one stars Vanessa Redgrave, arguably the greatest actress of our era, in what sounds like a perfect role for her. Roseanne McNulty has spent most of her life in a mental institution. Indeed, she has been there longer than most of the people who work there. Her fascinating personal history is revealed when a new chief psychiatrist finds a hidden memoir she has written over decades. In flashbacks, the role of young Roseanne is played by Rooney Mara.SnowdenThe audience is likely to be divided between those who consider Edward Snowden a hero for leaking secret surveillance activities by the NSA and those who consider him a traitor. But it’s not hard to guess which side director Oliver Stone is on. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Polish political leader rejects converting to euro currency

first_imgWARSAW, Poland — The leader of Poland’s ruling party has spoken out against having Poland convert to using the European Union’s shared currency, the euro.Jaroslaw Kaczynski suggested that as the Poles aspire to western European living standards, sticking with the local zloty currency would protect them during international financial crises. At the same time, this strong critic of the EU said that Poland’s strong position in the 28-member bloc will help improve Polish living standards.Kaczynski spoke at the party’s parliamentary policy meeting Friday.An EU member since 2004, Poland has been ambivalent about converting to the euro, saying it first needs to meet all the necessary criteria. Nineteen European nations currently use the euro.The Associated Presslast_img

Cong manifesto an illusion Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati Wednesday termed the Congress manifesto as a “showoff” and an “illusion” and said there was no credibility of the promises made by the party due to its past. Congress and BJP are no different when it comes to non-fulfilment of promises, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in a tweet. “Congress election manifesto appears to be a showoff and illusion like its pervious promises. Due to continuous working against its promises, there is no credibility left for Congress among the people. Congress and BJP are no different in non-fulfilling promises,” she said in the tweet. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Congress President Rahul Gandhi Tuesday released his party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha polls, making jobs creation, addressing farm distress, bringing a single moderate rate of GST and giving Rs 72,000 per annum to poor families as key focus if the party comes to power. Claiming the BJP was afraid of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Mayawati said, “They (BJP) are so afraid that instead of talking of issues, they indulge in unnecessary casteist statements on top leader of (alliance).No one should be provoked by them (statements) and give them befitting reply by showing good results”.last_img read more

Middle East UN envoy wraps up talks in Egypt and Jordan

9 July 2008The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) today concluded a series of discussions in Cairo, Egypt, and Amman, Jordan, following earlier talks with President Mahmoud Abbas and senior Israeli officials. In his travels, Robert Serry discussed all facets of the Middle East peace process, expressing the UN’s support for Egyptian efforts to consolidate calm in Gaza and enhance conditions for civilians, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists.He also underscored the Secretary-General’s backing of the continuing Israeli-Palestinian political negotiations, steps taken by President Abbas’ to boost Palestinian unity and the indirect talks between Israel and Syria, she added.UNSCO was established in 1994 following the signing of the Oslo Accord, and since 2002, the Special Coordinator has been the Secretary-General’s envoy in the Middle East Quartet, comprising the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia. read more

ICE Futures Canada Thursday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Thursday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.50 lower $491.20; Jan. ’18 $1.70 lower $497.50; March ’18 $1.80 lower $502.00; May ’18 $2.50 lower $503.50; July ’18 unchanged $506.80; Nov. ’18 unchanged $487.70; Jan. ’19 unchanged $489.40; March ’19 unchanged $492.10; May ’19 unchanged $492.10; July ’19 unchanged $492.10; Nov. ’19 unchanged $492.10.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.

Over 30000 illegal medical practitioners operating in Sri Lanka

Over 30,000 illegal medical practitioners are said to be operating in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Health said today.Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that assistance has been sought from the Police to arrest the illegal medical practitioners. The Minister said that there are over 15,000 private doctors in the country.However in order to nab illegal medical practitioners all private doctors must be registered, the Minister said. (Colombo Gazette)

UN launches ShareHumanity campaign spotlighting humanitarian crises around the globe

“We’re calling on the young and digitally-connected to help us push out these compelling stories and give a voice to the voiceless,” said Stephen O’Brien, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in a press release issued earlier today. “Young people often ask me what they can do to help and I believe we have a shared responsibility to raise awareness and help to inspire humanity on these global issues.”The #ShareHumanity campaign – to be observed across the entire UN system and beyond and culminating on World Humanitarian Day on 19 August – has already captured the endorsements of numerous celebrities and newsmakers from around the world, including Australian singer Cody Simpson, Chinese martial artist Jet Li, British media mogul Richard Branson and Brazilian footballer Kaká, who kicked off the initiative today by sharing people’s stories of survival, resilience and hope.The campaign itself calls on social media users to “donate” their social media feeds and ultimately seeks to leverage the collective power of millennials to inspire “a greater sense of responsibility, solidarity and social activism, using the far-reaching impact of social media,” according to OCHA. “I’m getting behind #ShareHumanity because it’s a way of showing that we haven’t forgotten that there are millions living in humanitarian crises,” 18-year-old singer/songwriter Cody Simpson added. “I hope others will join us in this massive display of public support calling for a more humane world.”The launch of #ShareHumanity comes at a particularly critical time for relief efforts around the world amid proliferating crises and funding shortfalls. The UN has previously noted that in 2015 alone, some 78 million people in 31 countries across the globe require urgent humanitarian assistance, in the form of shelter, health care, education and food, at a cost $16.4 billion. Funds, however, are increasingly lacking and the intensity of violence facing humanitarian workers – from Yemen and Syria to South Sudan and Iraq – is progressively hampering critical aid efforts. read more

Oireachtas agenda Magdalenes water charges and Coillte sales

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILWednesday kicks off with about 30 minutes of Leaders’ Questions at 10:30am, and once the day’s agenda has been signed off on, there’s time for another two hours of discussion on last month’s Magdalene Laundries report.At 2:30pm Brendan Howlin takes Questions to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform; there’s discussion of four topical issues at 3:45pm.After that, at 4:33pm, there’s discussion on two different educational bills: the last consideration of the Education and Training Boards Bill 2012, which merges Ireland’s VECs, and the Further Education and Training Bill which disbands FÁS and replaces it with the new ‘Solas’.The day wraps up at 7:30pm with the second of two 90-minute sessions debates on a technical group motion against the sale of felling rights at Coillte forest lands. The vote on that, at 9pm, will be the last business of the day.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s day also begins at 10:30am, with 75 minutes of debate on the day’s agenda. At 11:45am members will once again consider proposed amendments to new taxi licencing laws.At 3:30pm Fianna Fáil’s senators get two hours to debate a motion of their choice – though there was no decision, at the time of publication, about what they’d consider. At 5:30pm there’s two hours of debate on the Magdalene Report, before the day winds down with discussion of a few adjournment matters at 7:30pm.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESFive committees hold public sessions today. Let’s deal with them in chronological order:At 9:30am the Transport and Communications committee meets the incoming chairman of the Port of Cork, John Mullins, to talk about the future of that facility. (Watch here.)The Justice committee convenes at 2pm to discuss penal reform with the founder of User Voice, Mark Johnson. (Watch here.)It’s a hot topic at the Environment sub-committee at 2pm: Fergus O’Dowd is present as members consider proposed amendments to the legislation behind the new system of water charges. (See ‘One to Watch’ below.) (Watch here.)At 5pm the Public Service Oversight and Petitions committee considers the latest petitions sent in by the public. (Watch here.)At 2:30pm the Foreign Affairs committee hears from Amnesty International, who have some thoughts on Ireland’s EU presidency. (Watch here.)TheJournal.ie‘s one to watchThe discussions on the Water Services Bill 2013 – which is behind the new system of water charges – will be keenly watched.Sinn Féin has tabled a rake of amendments which turn the bill into a ‘National Water Framework Bill’, which agrees only to consider the issue but not commit Ireland to charges. Similarly, SF’s Brian Stanley and Catherine Murphy have opposed many of the Bill’s key sections.It’ll be a tense and tricky afternoon to see how the government defends itself against a deeply unpopular measure.Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

What can your nails tell you about your health

first_img A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change (You probably don’t want to be flicking through this if you’re sitting down to eat).WHEN MOST OF us look at our hands, we might notice that we need to trim, clean, or stop biting our fingernails, and that’s about it.But if you ask a dermatologist, they can see a whole lot more. Everything from poor diet and stress to serious kidney problems can be revealed by a glance at your fingernails.There are about 30 different nail signs that can be associated with medical issues, though many may indicate more than one problem, according to Dr. Amy Derick, a clinical instructor of dermatology at Northwestern University.Here are eight of the things a doctor can tell about your health based on your fingernails.1. People with emphysema and other lung problems frequently develop what’s known as “clubbed” nails, according to Derick. When this happens, the fingertips become rounder and the curve of the nail changes, developing a steeper up and down pitch. Clubbed Nails Source: Jerry Nick, M.D./Wikimedia Commons2. Small little pits or indentations can be a sign of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or eczema, according to Dr. Doris Day, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University. Arthritis affects the joints and can be related to psoriasis, which, like eczema, affects the skin.3. People who aren’t eating well and have vitamin or dietary deficiencies may have thinner than normal nails, which are more likely to break, according to Day.4. Horizontal lines, also known as Beau’s lines, are associated with serious physical stress. They look like an indented line across the nail, and frequently occur in people who have gone through chemotherapy, according to Day. They can also occur after some illnesses, injuries, or with severe malnourishment. Interestingly, there may be an altitude connection too. They’ve also been found in people who dove 1000 feet and others who participated in an Everest expedition. Beau’s lines Source: Elipongo/Wikimedia Commons5. Vertical lines, however, are generally not such a big deal. Some people are more genetically prone to them than others, but they’re commonly associated with aging. Occasionally they may appear in malnourished people.6. When people are iron-deficient, their nails can turn spoon-like, according to Derick. Instead of curving down and covering the finger normally, they’ll start to rise up on the sides and front, going from the normal convex shape to a more concave shape, like the part of a spoon that holds liquid.7. Kidney and liver problems can create “half-and-half nails,” where one part of the nail is white and the other part dark or pink, according to Derick. Kidney and liver problems frequently cause discoloration that shows up in nails and skin. Half and half nails Source: Lee et al, Annals of Dermatology8. A nail that lifts up out of the nail bed can also indicate kidney or thyroid issues, says Derick. Many thyroid problems and autoimmune diseases like Graves or lupus create complications that dermatologists notice while examining patients.Doctors note that because disease diagnosis is complex and some symptoms can be associated with different diseases, you should always see a medical professional if you are concerned about something you notice.- Kevin Loria READ: Two scientists spent six hours locked in a public toilet in the name of research READ: A glass or two of alcohol a day is good for you? Think again, say scientists The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act last_img read more

Particularly callous and unusual Woman in her 70s shot in the leg

first_img‘Particularly callous and unusual’: Woman in her 70s shot in the leg in south Dublin Her injuries are non life-threatening. https://jrnl.ie/3329274 Image: Garreth MacNamee/TheJournal.ie By Garreth MacNamee Updated 5pmA 77 YEAR-OLD grandmother was shot in the leg last night after a lone gunman fired a number of rounds into her home.The pensioner responded to a banging on her front door last night at around 11pm on Oliver Plunkett Avenue in Monkstown Farm.The shooter waited until the door was opened before firing a number of bullets.The grandmother, whose six-year-old great-grandson also lives at the address, was brought to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.Superintendent Michael Fitzgerald of Dun Laoghaire Garda Station described the attack as a “particularly callous incident”.“This is highly unusual and a new departure in many respects.“This was a very clear attack on this specific house. It was very direct. We understand that a handgun was used in the attack and that the gunman was wearing dark clothes and was between 5″7′ and 5″10′ in height.”Local councillor Cormac Devlin condemned the shooting.“It’s absolutely shocking and disgraceful that a 77-year-old woman would be shot in her own home. I hope that anyone with information will come forward and the perpetrators are brought to justice.”Anyone with information is being urged to contact their local garda station or call the confidential line on 1800666111. 37 Comments Share100 Tweet Email Friday 7 Apr 2017, 3:04 PM Short URL Image: Garreth MacNamee/TheJournal.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 45,611 Views Apr 7th 2017, 3:04 PM last_img read more

Huawei continues to grow in Ireland while countries like the US and

first_img Sep 1st 2019, 12:06 AM By Conor McCrave 34,499 Views IRELAND IS A small country with a population of less than 5 million people but that hasn’t discouraged huge investments from multinational tech companies trying to strengthen their foothold both here and across Europe.Companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple have all expanded their workforces to varying degrees in recent years, and a buoyant tech start-up community continues to grow by the hour.The latest investment to land on our shores came in the form of Chinese tech giant Huawei’s €70m investment in research and development (R&D) this week at its three locations in Cork, Dublin and Athlone.Internationally, however, the company has found itself at the centre of controversy as the US and Australia claim its 5G infrastructure, which is being rolled out in dozens of countries worldwide, will be used by the Chinese government as a tool for international espionage.Both countries have introduced a ban on Huawei rolling out its 5G infrastructure to telecoms companies, although the company still has R&D centres and sells other products to the US and Australian markets. But Ireland has remained noticeably silent on the issue as the company continues to pump money into artificial intelligence (AI) research at its Irish locations.Huawei has partnered with Irish third-level institutions, including DCU, UCD, and Trinity College where it is funding new AI technologies, video and cloud technologies.Telecom companies Eir and Vodafone have signed deals with Huawei to deliver 5G networks here, and Eir’s CEO Carolan Lennon said “we’re very confident in Huawei as a partner. No plans to change that. They’re in every network in Ireland”.Speaking to reporters including TheJournal.ie at its Shenzhen HQ in China this week, the company’s rotating chairman and senior executive, Mr Guo Ping said Ireland is an attractive base for its plans to grow in Europe.“Ireland is a very open country and has lots of outstanding talent… In Dublin, we are working closely with local partners on software development. In Cork, we have entered into many hardware agreements. In Athlone, we have also established a research centre,” he said. Short URL Image: Huawei Press Office Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 12:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Image: Huawei Press Office Huawei continues to grow in Ireland while countries like the US and Australia are trying to keep it out While countries around the world raise security concerns, Ireland remains silent when it comes to the phone manufacturer. 53 Comments Huawei will step up its investments in Ireland. Together with the Irish government, customers, partners, and other relevant enterprises, we will explore more opportunities to grow together.5G mobile internet is tipped to revolutionise internet connectivity, with download speeds more than 10 times faster than the 4G networks being used up to now.Huawei is just one of three major players in the 5G market – along with Ericsson and Nokia – capable of delivering the infrastructure to telecommunications companies. The security concerns are only being levied against Huawei, stemming from Chinese legislation introduced in 2017 which obliges any Chinese company “to support, assist and cooperate” with the government in relation to national intelligence. The company denies it is linked to the Chinese government, with Guo saying it is “fake news” and insisting the US has “no evidence” to back it up – while also insisting Huawei would decline to help the Chinese government in this way if requested.    Guo Ping speaks to members of the Irish media at the company’s HQ.Cyber securityExperts in the area of cyber security say the charges against Huawei stem from a political agenda which has led to scaremongering. “There is this fear with Huawei, and companies like Huawei, that if there is one company that is controlling the technology that sits at the heart of our vital communications network then it gives the capability to conduct espionage and that’s the fear,” Dr Donna O’Shea, head of the department of computer science at Cork IT said. The reality is that there is zero evidence of hacking, and the intelligence agencies in the US and other countries are coming back and saying ‘well there’s no evidence now but there could in the future’.“They’re saying well it could be installed through a software update, there could be a backdoor installed, and that would enable vulnerabilities in the future.”O’Shea said that the charges against Huawei are politically motivated and that telecoms companies, which will manage the networks once the infrastructure is installed, are responsible for identifying potential hacks or back doors.“The EU has stated explicitly that we’re not going to allow fear to dictate… Back doors are difficult to detect but there are investments in R&D that detect backdoors,” she added.“They made all the software open source so the telecoms should know exactly what their software looks like.”An EU report recommended that countries put additional safeguards in place to protect national security and that it would not move in the direction of an outright ban against Huawei. Meanwhile, the UK has not made a decision on whether it will give Huawei free rein to install 5G software and is under particular pressure from the US which says it will not be able to share intelligence with it if Huawei installs the system.Along with the US, Australia has also banned Huawei from setting up 5G infrastructure, and Canada says they are still weighing up all their options.America’s calls for a ban is particularly significant to Japan, Canada, the UK and Australia and New Zealand, as part of the five-eyes intelligence network. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this year said the US would not be willing to share intelligence with countries which has allowed Huawei to install 5G infrastructure. Guo in response said: “When it comes to political decisions, what I say may not count for much. I know that many people are concerned about cyber security and that the US is using it as leverage against Huawei.”‘Test of wills’The controversy surrounding the Chinese company comes against the backdrop of a decades-long trade war between the US and China, which has come to a head in the past two years under the Trump administration.In this time, the US has imposed tariffs of $250 billion on Chinese imports prompting Beijing to introduce its own tariffs worth $110 billion on US imports in retaliation.Some experts believe the heightening tensions have put Huawei at the centre of the trade war as both countries scramble for the greatest control in the lucrative global tech market.Dr Louis Brennan, professor of international studies at Trinity College Dublin said that Huawei’s position as “the number one provider of technological equipment in the world” and its advancements in 5G poses a threat to the control currently held by the US. “China would be very proud of Huawei and see it as emblematic of China’s success and progress, and advancement over recent decades, while the US would see it as a threat to its technological supremacy.“It’s a test of wills between the US and China… if Huawei continues its success you will see the crumbling of the US tech supremacy and its replacement with Chinese tech supremacy, where China and its company will get to operate at a point where they are leading the race.”Huawei is a company operating in a “sensitive sector”, which according to Brennan, has seen infrastructure exploited for “nefarious reasons” in the past.“There’s no question that if you’re in that sector you can certainly allow your equipment to be used for nefarious purposes and so on, and that is a sensitive sector, so it’s unfortunate from Huawei’s perspective, but I’m certainly not attributing that to Huawei.“The dominance in that sector is going to be so critically important in the future and the spotlight shines on it for those nefarious reasons; the fact that its a sensitive sector, the advent of critical 5G, and for the reasons that this is important for the future.”Huawei’s Ireland CEO Jijay Shen, while speaking to members of the Irish media this week, said that it has maintained contact with Irish state agencies including ComReg and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.“The Irish government has not raised any particular concerns over cyber security. Huawei has established constant communication mechanisms with the Department […], and with regulators and experts of ComReg,” he said.“We welcome and support the National Cyber Security Centre, in carrying out industry-wide and evidence-based cyber security assessments of all vendors, rather than just assessments that target Huawei.”A spokesperson for the Department, when asked if it has been in constant communication with the company, said: “The security of telecommunications services, like all critical infrastructure is of critical importance to the security of the State, and to the privacy of data belonging to citizens and businesses.“The National Cyber Security Centre in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has been reviewing the full spectrum of cyber security risks associated with 5G systems since late 2018.“This work will feed directly into the new National Cyber Security Strategy and the National Connectivity Strategy.” https://jrnl.ie/4789574 Share99 Tweet Email Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China. last_img read more

Digital Bolex la première caméra 2K RAW accessible à tous

Digital Bolex: la première caméra 2K RAW accessible à tousLes débrouillards de chez Digital Bolex développent actuellement une caméra 2K, soit 2048×1152 pixels, à un prix abordable. Une grande première pour une telle technologie !Autrefois, des caméras comme le super 8 étaient accessibles à toutes les bourses, ou presque, et fournissaient une qualité d’image projetable en salle. D’après le site de Digital Bolex (lien non disponible), ce genre d’appareil n’existe plus et il faut débourser des dizaines de milliers d’euros pour pouvoir rivaliser avec les salles de cinéma.Ici, la bête est dotée d’un capteur CCD, et non pas CMOS comme la plupart des appareils modernes. Ceux-ci sont en effet moins onéreux et plus économes en énergie, mais les amateurs de photographie trouvent toujours que les capteurs CCD dotent les images d’un piqué très appréciable. La caméra est dotée de prises XLR. Elle est capable d’enregistrer sur des cartes CF en format Adobe Cinema DNG, format RAW universel libre choisi aussi pour la fameuse Pénélope Delta. Un câble USB permet de la relier à l’ordinateur et de transférer les vidéos stockées sur son SSD. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Elle monte à 32 fps à 2k, 60 fps en 720p et 90 fps en 480p. Le principal point d’inquiétude reste la sensibilité à la lumière, 400 ISO. Rien de catastrophique, mais un cran en dessous du reste. Il faudra donc juger à l’utilisation. Et pour plus de détails, voici la fiche technique (lien non disponible).Dans un monde où tout semble nous pousser vers des caméras de plus en plus high-tech, la Bolex se met en porte à faux et ravira les fans de belles images. Le projet a été financé via Kickstarter, un site communautaire. Ils ont atteint les 100.000 dollars (76.750 euros), ce qui met en route la production des 100.000 premières caméras. Le 15 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

Romney routs Gingrich in Florida primary

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney routed Newt Gingrich in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding smartly from an earlier defeat and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Gingrich vowed to press on despite the one-sided setback.Romney, talking unity like a nominee, said he was ready to take the Republican helm and “lead this party and our nation.” In remarks to cheering supporters, the former Massachusetts governor unleashed a strong attack on Democratic President Barack Obama and said the competitive fight for the GOP nomination “does not divide us, it prepares us” for the fall campaign.“Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it’s time to get out of the way,” he declared.Returns from 98 percent of Florida’s precincts showed Romney with 46 percent of the vote to 32 percent for Gingrich, the former House speaker.Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 13 percent, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul 7 percent. Neither mounted a substantial effort in the state.For the first time in the campaign, exit polls showed a gender gap, and it worked to Romney’s advantage. He was leading Gingrich 52-28 among women voters and was winning men by a far smaller margin of 41-36. Ominously for the thrice-married Gingrich, only about half of women voters said they had a favorable view of him as a person, compared to about eight in 10 for Romney.Nor was Romney’s victory a narrow one. His winning percentage approached 50 percent and a majority that would demolish Gingrich’s oft-stated contention that the voters who oppose Romney outnumber those who favor him.last_img read more

Chinas child modelling industry booms amid controversy

first_imgBEIJING: Manicured children strut down the catwalk at a Beijing fashion show, one of the thousands of events driving huge demand for child models in China that insiders warn leaves minors vulnerable to physical abuse, 12-hour-days and unrelenting pressure from pushy parents. The kids’ apparel market is growing faster than any other clothing sector in the country and was worth more than USD 40.5 billion in 2018 according to Euromonitor. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us This, combined with the rise of “influencers” sponsored by brands to promote products on social media, is spurring greater demand for young models — but experts warn of the heavy cost of pursuing such deals. “If children don’t listen to the parents then I think hitting them is quite standard,” Lee Ku, founder of Le Show Stars modelling school, told AFP. A video of a mother kicking her three-year-old daughter in fury at her failure to comply during a modelling job went viral earlier this year, causing outrage online. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us And footage emerged in early August online of a young boy modelling thick winter clothes outside as temperatures soared to 37 degrees Celsius, also drawing heavy online criticism. But in an industry where minors can earn 10,000 yuan (USD 1,450) a session, Lee says the clip is the tip of the iceberg and that from his experience, such violent behaviour from parents was not unusual on shoots. Advertise With Us Child models sometimes go through more than 100 outfit changes in a session, often working from morning till night. But mental health experts warn it is not just physical exhaustion they have to contend with — there may be long term emotional implications. “Children from the age of zero to six are mentally developing, they need a lot of exploration and freedom,” explained child psychologist Gong Xueping. “At work, the child model will deliberately show a lot of different expressions…but this is contrary to the child’s own feelings of the moment. This limits the development of both emotional abilities and more complex psychological abilities for children, so I think it’s a very bad choice,” Gong added.last_img read more

Australia warns more terror attacks likely in Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lankan soldiers stand guard under the rain at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 25, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Photo: AFPAustralia on Friday warned more terror attacks were “likely” in Sri Lanka, cautioning citizens against visiting the island nation following the Easter Sunday bombing that claimed 253 lives.“Terrorists are likely to carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka,” the foreign ministry warned in its latest travel advice.“Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners,” it said.Canberra advised Australians to “reconsider your need to travel to Sri Lanka”, following similar warnings from Britain, the Netherlands and the United States since the April 21 bombings.The US State Department has warned that terrorist groups “continue plotting” possible attacks, with targets including tourist locations, places of worship and airports.An Australian woman and her 10-year-old daughter were among those killed in the series of bomb blasts that targeted tourists and Christian worshippers.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that intelligence indicated the attack was carried out by a local group, with support from the Islamic State group.“There were links between this group, and support being provided—including the targets of these attacks—by the Daesh network,” he said.Australian counter-terrorism police would assist Sri Lankan authorities with their investigation and are probing suspected attacker Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed’s time living in Melbourne.The Australian Federal Police refused to say whether the 36-year-old was known to them or whether he was radicalised while living in Australia.“As there is an ongoing investigation into the attacks, it would not be appropriate to comment,” a spokesperson said.Tensions remain high in Sri Lanka and a curfew has been put in place across the island, with authorities still in a desperate search for suspects.Authorities on Thursday revised down the death toll by more than 100 to 253, admitting some of the badly mutilated bodies had been erroneously double-counted.last_img read more

Cornyn In Sutherland Springs To Discuss Fix NICS ACT

first_img Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneU.S. Sen. John Cornyn speaks at the Texas State Rifle Association general meeting in Round Rock on Feb. 25, 2017.Senator John Cornyn will be in Sutherland Springs later this morning to discuss the ‘Fix NICS Act’ with church shooting survivors.It’s a bill to strengthen the criminal background check system and ensure convicted felons and domestic abusers can’t illegally purchase a firearm.The bill was signed into law by President Donald Trump last week as part of the government funding bill.26 people were killed in the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church shooting, this past November.last_img