Intel pivot to IoT produces lackluster growth

first_imgFollow the Puck Intel’s restructuring towards a focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based businesses delivered disappointing growth this quarter.As reported by Computer Weekly, the U.S. microchip behemoth posted profits that were down 51% this quarter compared to the same period last year.The poor results were blamed on $1.4 billion in restructuring costs as Intel refocuses on businesses linked to IoT and cloud computing. This follows the announcement in the first quarter of 2016 to cut 12,000 employees, or 11% of its worldwide workforce, as part of the strategic reorientation.Though growth figures were glum, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich noted that Q2 revenues matched the company’s outlook and profitability was better than forecast. Intel posted revenues of $13.5 billion, which is an increase of 3% from a year ago.“Our restructuring initiative to accelerate Intel’s transformation is solidly on track,” said Krzanich. “We are gaining momentum heading into the second half.”The restructuring is projected to produce $750 million in cash savings this year and $1.4 billion in annual savings beginning in 2017.Intel also lagging on data centersHowever, for this quarter Intel did not hit growth targets for microchip sales destined for data centers. These sales were meant to compensate for a slowing trend in sales of personal computers and their requisite components.Revenues for data centers rose only 5% to $4 billion, which was less than half the growth of last year and less than analysts’ estimates of $4.16 billion. Meanwhile IoT revenues were $572 million, an increase of just 2% compared to the same period last year.Nonetheless, Intel brass remained optimistic that the restructuring will produce the desired results sooner or later. “While we remain cautious on the PC market, we are forecasting growth in 2016 built on strength in data centers, the Internet of Things and programmable solutions,” said Krzanich.Specifically, Intel is betting that corporate clients will buy its new datacenter chips which will be launched later this year. The microprocessors are based on Intel’s Broadwell micro-architecture and are aimed at the enterprise market.This follows other moves by Intel to move further into such realms as autonomous vehicles and machine learning. Donal Power Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Tags:#cloud#data center#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

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2020 Census to be printed without citizenship question

first_img(AP) — Days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau has started the process of printing the questionnaire without the controversial query.Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits challenging the question that the printing of the hundreds of millions of documents for the 2020 counts would be starting, said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco confirmed Tuesday there would be “no citizenship question on 2020 census.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that while he respected the Supreme Court’s decision, he strongly disagreed with it.“The Census Bureau has started the process of printing the decennial questionnaires without the question,” Ross said in a statement. “My focus, and that of the Bureau and the entire Department is to conduct a complete and accurate census.”President Donald Trump had said after the high court’s decision last week that he would ask his attorneys about possibly delaying next spring’s decennial census until the Supreme Court could revisit the matter, raising questions about whether printing of the census materials would start as planned this month.For months, the Trump administration had argued that the courts needed to decide quickly whether the citizenship question could be added because of the deadline to starting printing materials this week.On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump wrote that the Supreme Court ruling marked a “very sad time for America.” He also said he had asked the Commerce and Justice departments “to do whatever is necessary to bring this most vital of questions, and this very important case, to a successful conclusion.” He did not elaborate.Even though the Census Bureau is relying on most respondents to answer the questionnaire by Internet next year, hundreds of millions of printed postcards and letters will be sent out next March reminding residents about the census, and those who don’t respond digitally will be mailed paper questionnaires.“The Supreme Court’s ruling left little opportunity for the administration to cure the defects with its decision to add a citizenship question and, most importantly, they were simply out of time given the deadline for printing forms,” Clarke said in an email.Opponents of the citizenship question said it would discourage participation by immigrants and residents who are in the country illegally, resulting in inaccurate figures for a count that determines the distribution of some $675 billion in federal spending and how many congressional districts each state gets.The Trump administration had said the question was being added to aid in enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voters’ access to the ballot box. But in the Supreme Court’s decision, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four more liberal members in saying the administration’s current justification for the question “seems to have been contrived.”Democratic mayors and governors opposed to the question argued that they’d get less federal money and fewer representatives in Congress if the question was asked because it would discourage the participation of minorities, primarily Hispanics, who tend to support Democrats.Attorneys general for two of the largest states controlled by Democrats praised the decision to abandon the citizenship question.“While the Trump Administration may have attempted to politicize the census and punish cities and states across the nation, justice prevailed, and the census will continue to remain a tool for obtaining an accurate count of our population,” said New York Attorney General Letitia James.While praising the question’s disappearance, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned that the Trump administration had underfunded the Census Bureau, making it difficult to count hard-to-reach communities.“It’s an investment of time and resources that we have not seen, and this administration is dragging its feet,” Becerra said.Top congressional Democrats hailed Tuesday’s news. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it “a welcome development for our democracy,” while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised his party “will be watching the Trump administration like a hawk to ensure there is no wrong-doing throughout this process and that every single person is counted.”Dale Ho, who argued the Supreme Court case as director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project, said, “Everyone in America counts in the census, and today’s decision means we all will.”last_img read more

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Whoosh, Pow! Batman Eats Robin

first_imgBatman and Robin make a dynamic duo, but it might shock the Caped Crusaders to learn that real bats and robins are sometimes mortal enemies. Now scientists have found the first evidence of stunts that would make comic book illustrators proud: A species of bat pursues and sinks its teeth into unsuspecting birds in midair.Many tropical bats catch birds perching in trees. But proving aerial combat was harder; after all, the greater noctule bat, Nyctalus lasiopterus, hunts at night, hundreds of meters above the mountainous forests of northern Spain. Researchers led by Carlos Ibanez at Spain’s Estación Biológica de Doñana in Seville assembled their evidence from an ongoing study of bat fecal pellets.The team found bird feathers in a substantial number of their 14,000 samples, as much as 70% during peak autumn migration. Bat feces were most likely to contain feathers during this time of year, when some 5 million to 10 million birds are estimated to fly over Spain. Since the bats hunt by night and the birds only roost by day, the capture must happen mid-flight, they argue in the 7 August issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Furthermore, the greater noctule bat’s 40-centimeter-plus wingspan and low-frequency sonar are well-suited for hot pursuit in the wide open sky, but not for finding birds in crowded tree canopies.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)”This is as good a smoking gun as you get,” said neuroscientist James Simmons, an echolocation expert at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. “Next to actually videotaping it, that’s about the best they can do.” And if one species of bat can hunt on the wing, it could be happening wherever large bats and migratory birds overlap.Related sitesAn interactive biosonar siteBat Conservation Internationallast_img read more

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BMW X5 M, X6 M launched in India

first_imgBMW India have launched their latest offering in the country in the form of BMW X5 M for RS 1.5 crore (ex showroom Delhi) and BMW X6 M for Rs 1.6 crore (ex showroom Delhi) on Thursday through their recently opened BMW M studio. The @bmwindia X5M and the X6M launched at 1.55 and 1.6crire ex showroom India @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/1UbkD8YfFX AUTO TODAY (@AUTOTODAYMAG) October 15, 2015Both BMW X5 M and the X6 M will come with the 4.4-litre, M TwinPower Turbo, eight-cylinder petrol engine churning out a maximum power output of 567hp and maximum torque of 750 Nm, mated to an eight-speed M-Steptronic transmission. Moreover, BMW claims that the X5 M can zap from 0-60km/hr in 4 seconds while the X6 M can go from 0-100km/hr in just 4.2 seconds, achieving a top-speed of 250 km/hr.  The @bmwindia M twins the X5M and the X6M are powered by a 4.4L twin turbo V8 making 567bhp and 750Nm of torque. pic.twitter.com/3gdc8N6DYu AUTO TODAY (@AUTOTODAYMAG) October 15, 2015In India, BMW have already lined up the M range. These include the M3, M4, the M5, and the recently launched facelifted M6 Gran Coupe. The new additions of X5 M and X6 M to the order will  surely add more power to the M range in India.  Interiors are typical @bmwindia with differences like the M gear lever and a sport steering wheel @IndiaToday pic.twitter.com/ZzGNs3Mjvt AUTO TODAY (@AUTOTODAYMAG) October 15, 2015The two BMW’s will come with the CBU kit and will rival the Mercedes GL 63 AMG, Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne in the Indian market.  advertisementlast_img read more

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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus likely to get Jet White variant

first_imgPlanning to buy an iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus? Well, if you want a an absolute white phone wait for a few weeks. The iPhone is currently available in the Jet Black, Space Grey and Rose Gold colours. But Apple is planning another option soon. The company is expected to launch a Jet White versions of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.According to Makotakara, a Japanese tech blog focussed on Apple-related news, the iPhone makers is hoping to bring the Jet White versions of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus before the holiday season starts in the Western markets. Ahead of the Christmas holidays, Apple usually does a brisk business selling its gadgets as people buy new products for their own use as well as for gifting purposes. With the new Jet White version the company hopes to create a little bit more buzz around the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus.Just like the Jet Black version, the Jet White version too is expected to be incredibly shiny, which is actually a great news as far as the looks and the phones are concerned. The Jet Black iPhones look almost like shiny jewels. They truly sport premium looks and it is expected that the Jet White will be similar.Also read: Eyeing iPhone 7? Here’s a pro tip, don’t buy Jet Black version in India However, it is also expected that just like the Jet Black iPhones, the units in Jet White colour too will have softer shell, which will be highly susceptible to scratches and smudges. Apple says that to achieve the shiny mirror-like finish for the Jet Black versions it polishes the aluminium metal in several unique ways. Although that processing achieves the desired result in terms of design, it also makes the metal slightly softer compared to the metal shells in iPhones that sport matte finish.advertisementApple launched the iPhone in India a few weeks ago. The iPhone 7 is available at a starting price of Rs 60,000 while the iPhone 7 Plus costs Rs 72,000. The two phones compete with the number of other devices in the market but its most notable competitors are Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Google Pixel phones. Incidentally, Pixel and the Pixel XL are available in a shade of grey that is almost white. However, the Pixel phones have matte finish and they don’t look as classy as the Jet Black iPhone. Also read: iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus review: Better than everlast_img read more

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Lesser known Sachin: Para-powerlifter wins bronze and redemption battle

first_img(Updating with quotes and additional information) Gold Coast, Apr 10 (PTI) Para-powerlifter Sachin Chaudhary exorcised the ghosts of Glasgow as he won Indias first medal in Para-sports at this edition of Commonwealth Games, claiming a bronze medal in the mens heavyweight final, here today.In a 10-man final, Chaudhary finished with a combined effort of 181 kg at the Carrara Sports Arena 1 to bag the bronze.Nigerias Abdulazeez Ibrahim won the gold while Malaysias Yee Khie Jong bagged the silver medal with cumulative efforts of 191.9 kg and 188.7 kg respectively.The 35-year-old had won a silver at the Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai with a career-best lift of 200 last year. He had finished ninth in the mens -82.50kg event at the 2012 Summer Paralymics. For Chaudhary, life turned a full circle as he stood on the medal podium after going through a nightmare during the last edition in Glasgow. He returned from Glasgow without participating, owing to his fathers failing health. It was later reported that he also failed an out-of-competition doping test in June. Tested positive to the anabolic steriod methandienone and testosterone abuse in June 2014, and was banned for two years. “In India, the Commonwealth Games is regarded as one of the most prestigious sporting events. This is a life-changing moment for me,” an ecstatic Chaudhary said after the event. “My nerves were in check at all times during the event. I was confident that I would be successful in getting a medal today.” On his teams technical protest after judges ruled no lift on his first two attempts:advertisement “My coaching team and I were fairly confident my lifts were good, but the decision was not in my favour. I managed to contain the stress that I was feeling and converted it into positive energy during my final lift.” PTI ATK KHS KHS KHSlast_img read more

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Mahesh Babu’s Bharat Ane Nenu satellite rights sold for a whopping amount

first_imgTelugu superstar Mahesh Babu, who was on a month-long holiday in Paris, returned to Hyderabad a couple of days ago.He wowed his fans by sporting a beard-moustache look, presumably for his next flick with Vamsi Paidipally.Mahesh Babu’s Bharat Ane Nenu, which released on April 20, completed its theatrical run in Telugu and Tamil (dubbed version) recently. But the film is still continuing to rake in profits in the form of satellite rights.According to the latest report, Bharat Ane Nenu’s satellite rights have been sold for a whopping sum of Rs 22 crore. It is being debated that this is probably the highest ever bid for a Telugu film (except Baahubali).Produced by DVV Danayya, Mahesh Babu’s Bharat Ane Nenu has so far collected Rs 230 crore in less than 20 days.Bharat Ane Nenu also starred actors such as Sarath Kumar, Prakash Raj, Posani Krishna Murali and Brahmaji.ALSO SEE | Bharat Ane Nenu Review: Politician Mahesh Babu is the leader we need todayALSO WATCH | Decoding the Telugu superstar Mahesh Babulast_img read more

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The Dez Bryant ugly Christmas sweater is awesome

first_imgScreen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.30.12 AMThis is really a brilliant concept.Take a culturally hot Holiday trend (the ugly Christmas sweater) and pair it with the most culturally-engulfing sport a country has ever seen and voila, you get the NFL ugly Christmas sweater collection.I really loved the Dez one but that Money Manziel sweater with Santa and Rudolph doing the money sign is world-class.Not even Dez can hang with that.Via Freshbrewed TeesIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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Apple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max molds hint towards a triple rear camera setup

first_imgApple iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max molds hint towards a triple rear camera setupApart from a 12MP camera in the front, Apple is also expected to include a 12MP super-wide angle lens in its triple rear camera setup.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 09:44 IST HIGHLIGHTSApple is expected to launch the iPhone 11 in the fall this year.Leaked image of iPhone 11 shows that it would come with a triple rear camera setup.Apple is expected to offer a 12MP camera in the front instead of a 7MP camera.Apple is slated to release the next iteration of its iPhone later this year. Ahead of its official launch, the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XI (or whatever else they are calling it these days) has been constant subject of rumours and speculations, most of which indicate that the phone is going to sport a triple camera setup at the back that was housed in a square camera bump. And now, a new image has once again hinted towards the Apple iPhone 11 sporting a triple rear camera setup.Serial tipster Slashleaks, shared an image of the upcoming iPhone XI and its bigger variant – the iPhone XI Max – on Twitter. The image shared by the tipster is essentially of the mold that would possibly be used by the third-party manufacturers for case production. The image shows the backside of the two upcoming iPhones with a camera bump, the Apple logo and the iPhone logo. The mold layout is similar to the previous leaks which indicate that the Cupertino, California based company would upgrade its camera setup in its 2019 iPhone to include a three cameras at the back that would be place in a square-shaped layout.Separately, a Weibo user, who goes by the name engage in machine on the platform, shared images of both, the front and back side of the mold. The front image shared on the platform indicates that Apple’s 2019 iPhones would come with a notch that is similar to the one on the 2018 iPhones, which includes the Apple iPhone XR, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max.advertisementMeanwhile, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last week in his predictions for Apple 2019 iPhone lineup said that the company was planning to upgrade the 7MP camera in the front to a 12MP camera. This upgrade would not only be witnessed in the 2019’s top iPhone model but it would also permeate through the lower models – possibly the iPhone XR 2 as well. He also said that Apple would add a brand new 12MP superwide angle lens to the rumoured triple rear camera setup this year. Other than that Kuo hasn’t spilled any beans about the upcoming iPhone 11 and we will have to wait till the company officially unveils the device in the fall this year to know more about it.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone XR 2 in 2019 may come with better selfie camera, a new 3-camera systemALSO READ: | Apple iPhone 11 to come with reverse wireless charging featureALSO READ: | Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup may include two OLED models with a triple rear camera setupGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow AppleFollow iPhone 11last_img read more

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Another Alberta gas station attendant killed in gas and dash near Thorsby

first_imgTHORSBY, Alta. – A gas station attendant was killed Friday afternoon after what police call a “gas and dash” at a fuel station in Thorsby, Alta.RCMP Sgt. Corey Kyle said it appears a driver of a stolen truck was speeding away from the Fas Gas station without paying for fuel when the fatality occurred.A witness from a nearby tire shop told CTV News he heard yelling and when he went outside, he saw a large white cube van driving away with the gas station employee hanging onto the passenger side mirror.The witness said the van headed north for a distance before swerving, tossing the man from its side before running over him.“He was on the side of the cube van, he may have been trying to stop the van, and it appeared he had fallen off,” said Kyle, who added a number of investigators were on scene and a crime scene analyst was reconstructing what happened.The 54-year-old victim died at the scene.Mounties were still searching for both the van, with a sign for Middleton Flooring Ltd. on the side, and the driver.Ironically, it was not the only gas and dash the detachment dealt with on Friday.They said in a news release they had arrested two people in a gas and dash involving a school bus that had earlier been stolen from the Rimbey area.They also said the suspects are believed to have stolen a truck from a man who stopped to assist them on the highway, and to have stabbed another civilian whose car they tried to steal.That driver suffered a cut which was treated on scene.In August, a 22-year-old man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for a gas-and-dash that killed Calgary gas-station worker Maryam Rashidi, 35.She was run over by Joshua Cody Mitchell when she tried to stop him from taking off without paying for $113 worth of fuel.Rashidi and her husband had come to Canada from Iran in 2014. She had been working at the Centex gas station for just two weeks after being laid off from her engineering job during Calgary’s economic downturn.Mitchell was convicted of manslaughter, hit and run and theft.(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

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DR Congo UN envoy calls on parties to implement commitments in Kivus

7 April 2008The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has appealed to the parties in the volatile Kivu provinces in the country’s northeast to implement the commitments made in recent accords and help more than one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees try to resume normal life. Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, told the opening of the mixed technical commission on peace and security in the Kivus – otherwise known as the ‘Amani programme’ – that it was time to move into the “realization phase” of the peace process.Speaking at the conference in the town of Goma on Friday, Mr. Doss said the vast population of IDPs and refugees in North Kivu and South Kivu, which have been beset by fighting and instability since the official end of the civil war in 2003, are waiting for the commitments in the accords reached in January by Government forces (known as the FARDC) and armed rebel groups to be fulfilled.“In the last weeks, the United Nations gave priority to the monitoring and consolidation of the ceasefire,” he said. “An informal dialogue mechanism was established between the FARDC and the armed groups, and the UN would like to see this quickly formalized.“There have been many violations of the ceasefire, but much was due to banditry than to real military action. None of the violations were likely to affect the peace process.”The accords include provisions for members of the armed rebel groups to either disarm or join the ‘brassage’ process in which they join the FARDC after retraining.Mr. Doss called on all the armed groups as well as the commanders of FARDC to impose more discipline on their troops to reduce human rights violations.The more delicate issues, such as the scope and nature of the military structures to be deployed in the east of the DRC, will also have to be tackled soon if the region is to have a durable peace, he said. read more

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DMK demands CHOGM venue shift

In a letter to partymen, he recalled his April 6 statement that DMK MPs and party-backed TESO members will meet envoys of member countries of Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and explain in detail that the meeting should not be held in Colombo. India’s DMK party today once again appealed to the Indian government to exert pressure for shifting the venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka where it is slated to be held in November, the Press Trust of India reported.Party President M Karunanidhi, citing media reports, said a recent Commonwealth Legal Conference at Capetown where Chief Justices of 27 countries had participated, had resolved that Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) meeting in London on April 26 should decide on removing Sri Lanka from Commonwealth among others. “It is atrocious that despite insistence from those concerned about Eelam Tamils that Sri lankan Defence personnel should not be trained in any part of the country, they continue. There is no way other than condemning the Centre’s act on behalf of Tamil Nadu,” he added. “I once again insist that CMAG should support (the demand) that the meeting should not be held in Sri Lanka and that Indian Government should exert the required pressure,” he said.Karunanidhi, whose party quit the UPA coalition over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue last month, claimed there were reports that Indian Navy had imparted training to 250 Sri Lankan naval personnel onboard three Coast Guard ships — Sujatha, Tarangini and Varuna. The DMK Executive had also last month adopted a resolution seeking shifting of the venue of the CHOGM from Colombo. read more

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Mahinda fears attempt being made to weaken the SLFP

The former President and SLFP member said that since the last parliamentary election 17 members of the SLFP central committee have been sacked.He said that Nationally known figures have been replaced with individuals who are either defeated candidates, or politicians who have got much fewer preference votes even at the provincial council level.“Such changes are designed to weaken the SLFP and to give the UNP the upper hand when it comes to an election. The responsibility for splitting the SLFP by removing its most popular electoral organisers will finally have to be borne by the President who is the leader of the party. What we are now seeing is the second phase in the plan to destroy the SLFP. The first was the dissolving of the local government institutions the vast majority of which were controlled by the SLFP. These local government institutions would have been immensely helpful to the party in the event of any election. Yet all these were dissolved, giving a clear advantage to the UNP,” he said. He said that popular organisers of the SLFP are being removed and replaced with less popular politicians in order to weaken the SLFP and to confer an advantage on the UNP. Rajapaksa also said that the coalition between the UNP and the SLFP was extended from two years to five years without seeking the views of the SLFP central committee, the executive committee or even the SLFP government parliamentary group. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa fears an attempt is being made to weaken the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).He noted that the removal of several SLFP electoral organisers including Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, C.B. Ratnayake, Gamini Lokuge, Keheliya Rambukwella and others by the President was part of this move. He called upon all members of the SLFP to carefully observe these moves that are being made to weaken the party and give the UNP the upper hand. (Colombo Gazette) Rajapaksa noted that Parliamentarian Sanath Nishantha whose party membership has been suspended got the highest preference votes among all political parties in the Puttlam district.“Many of the electoral organisers who have been removed are among the top two or three in their respective districts. For example, Prasanna Ranatunga got the highest preference votes in the Gampaha district. S.M.Chandrasena came first in the Anuradhapura district, Dilum Amunugama came third in the Kandy district. Rohitha Abeygunawardena, came second in the Kalutara district, C.B. Ratnayake, came second in the Nuwara Eliya district after Armugugam Thondaman, and Pavithra Wanniarachchi came third in the Ratnapura district,” Rajapaksa said. “This is the latest round of reprisals against SLFP members associated with the Joint Opposition. On earlier occasions, Dilum Amunugama, Salinda Dissanayake, S.M.Chandrasena, Geetha Kumarasinghe and Prasanna Ranatunga were similarly removed from their organiserships. Puttlam district parliamentarian Sanath Nishantha has been suspended from the party. This persecution has effectively caused a split in the SLFP,” Rajapaksa said. read more

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Egypt says third of population lives in poverty

CAIRO — Egypt says one in every three citizens was living in poverty in 2018.The country’s statistics agency says 32.5% of Egyptians lived below the poverty line that year, up from 27.8% in 2015 and 16.7% in 2000.Monday’s report was the first on poverty and income since the government secured a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund in 2016.The government has imposed hikes in the price of fuel, government services and utilities, implemented a value-added tax and floated the currency.The austerity measures have taken a heavy toll on poor and middle-class Egyptians.The IMF is set to deliver the final round of the bailout in the coming weeks.The Associated Press

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Workshop to focus on SSHRC Insight Grants

An upcoming workshop will provide researchers with valuable funding application information.Researchers interested in learning more about applying for an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) or receiving feedback on their existing applications are invited to attend an upcoming workshop hosted by the Office of Research Services.The SSHRC Insight Grant Workshop is planned for Monday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 207 of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. The session will provide an overview of SSHRC’s Insight funding and will distinguish Insight Grants from Insight Development Grants.Successful Insight Grant recipients will share their experiences and offer suggestions for a successful application. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask program- and application-related questions. Peer reviewers, as well as those interested in contributing drafts of their SSHRC Insight Grant applications, are needed for the workshop.Reviewers will assess Insight Grant applications and provide feedback to applicants at the upcoming event or at a time convenient to them. Past, current and future Insight Grant applicants are encouraged to consider this opportunity. Faculty members interested in reviewing or contributing an Insight Grant application draft for the workshop are asked to email Rachel Hirsch at rhirsch@brocku.ca.The Office of Research Services will arrange applicant/reviewer matches. Applications must be sent to reviewers no later than Aug. 20.Faculty members interested in reviewing or contributing applications, who are unable to attend the workshop, are asked to email Hirsch by Sept. 24.The workshop will include a lunch where matched mentor and applicant pairs will have the opportunity to meet in person and share feedback on application drafts exchanged in advance. All eligible researchers who are considering applying for SSHRC Insight Grants within the next several years are encouraged to attend the session. Participants are asked to RSVP to orsadmin@brocku.ca. read more

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Buckeyes hold off late Spartan attack to win 42

Senior forward Sergio Somma’s two goals and senior forward John Albert’s four assists led the Ohio State men’s hockey team (14-13-2, 9-11-2-2 CCHA) to a 4-2 win against Michigan State (12-14-4, 8-12-2-0 CCHA) on Saturday night at the Schottenstein Center. “Yeah,” Somma said, “(this win) was definitely important.” The Buckeyes did not get off to a good start, as Michigan State took a 1-0 lead 5:55 into the game. OSU senior defenseman Shane Simms and Michigan State senior forward Joey Shean were penalized in the first period for roughing after the whistle. Less than two minutes into the second period Somma scored his first goal on a power play, tying the game, 1-1. Albert, who assisted on the goal, said he knew the goal would get the team going. “One lucky bounce and you don’t know what can happen,” Albert said. “It gave us momentum.” The Buckeyes added another goal 4:30 into the second period to take a 2-1 lead. The goal, by senior forward C.J. Severyn, came while the Buckeyes were shorthanded. Michigan State was on the power play because of a holding penalty by OSU junior forward Cory Schneider. The Buckeyes were then able to hold off a late Michigan State attack as the Spartans were on a power play with less than two minutes to go in the second period. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said the team had to be aggressive to prevent Michigan State from getting scoring chances. “We were extremely aggressive,” he said. “We didn’t give them room to set up.” Just more than four minutes into the third period, Somma added his second goal of the game, increasing OSU’s lead to 3-1. Michigan State closed the gap to 3-2 after a goal by Spartans senior forward Dustin Gazley. The Buckeyes held off a late charge by the Spartans, who were on a power play with 3:35 to go. The Buckeye defense prevailed and scored an empty-net goal with just under three seconds left, securing a 4-2 win. “I thought tonight was a redemption game for our guys,” Osiecki said. Despite having 32 shots on goal, OSU fell to the Spartans, 2-0, the night before. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take on Michigan (17-9-4, 14-7-1-0 CCHA) at 7:35 p.m. Friday and Saturday. read more

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Pacific Energy building 5 MW diesel power station at Beacons Jaurdi gold

first_imgPower generation specialist Pacific Energy Ltd is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pacific Energy (KPS) Pty Ltd, has secured a new electricity supply contract with Beacon Minerals Ltd. Under the contract, KPS will build, own and operate a 5 MW diesel fuelled power station at Beacon’s Jaurdi Gold Project, located 75 km north-west of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The contract runs for an initial term of 3.5 years.Pacific Energy’s Managing Director, James Cullen said “We are grateful for the award of this contract by Beacon Minerals and look forward to contributing the energy component for this new gold project.” Beacon’s Managing Director, Graham McGarry said: “We look forward to working with KPS who will be an essential part of the Jaurdi Gold Project team. This contract extends an association with KPS which started with the purchase of generator sets from Ken Hall (KPS Executive Director) in Kalgoorlie in 1985.” Cullen also said that planning was already well underway with commissioning expected to occur in the last quarter of calendar 2018.last_img read more

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ARPAD STERBIK IN VARDAR ONE MONTH AFTER Ive never made any mistakes

← Previous Story HSV Handball talks with Luka Stepancic! Next Story → SC Magdeburg overcomes financial deficit Arpad Sterbik Exclusive interview for Balkan-handball.comOne man from Vardar has outshined all of the players from Macedonian national team on the pre-season tournament played in Struga couple of days ago. Even though there were several national players, Arpad Sterbik (35) has picked up the loudest aplause of Macedonian crowd. And that just shows how big and well respected he is. Former goalkeeper of Jugović, Veszprem, Ciudad Real and Barcelona has commited to Vardar for following four years, where he has joined the rest of handball stars in chasing the EHF Champions League trophy.Having been asked has he ever imagined himself on Vardar’s goal, a team which was not very attractive destination in times when he was on the begining of career, he replied with following, „I have always been picking the right teams for me!“„I have never made a wrong move. First Jugović, followed by Veszprem, Ciudad and finally Barcelona. I was always heading in other direction. This is the right move. This project is serious. From the first moment I arrived, I realized that everything is tip-top, both board and players. It’s getting better each year. I had an invitation from Vardar two years ago, which unfortunately I had to refuse. We have also talked last summer, that didn’t work out. Aftwerwards we have made a deal.Vardar will have a new hall, meaning the you’ll probably have the best training conditions in EuropeVardar has no worse conditions than other teams I’ve played in. Those requirements should be standard for every team worldwide. Good conditions are followed by good results.LONG WAY TO COLOGNESo, you have arrived to Balkan, place of specific pressure and the highest possible expectations. You are expected to fight for medals in Cologne. What would satisfy your needs in the following season? It’s hard to say. Every season is a story for itself. There are many great teams in EHF Champions League. It will be extremely hard to reach the Final four. Some teams that were really strong have become even stronger. Our goal is to step up year by year. We’ll try to return the title in Macedonian’s national league, and for EHF Champions League I’m hoping for convenient draw and luck with avoiding injuries. It’s a base for good result. There are several significant candidats for F4: Kiel, Veszprem, Barcelona, Kielce, PSG… those are very serious teams.RAUL WAS A MORE THAN ASSISTENT TO TALANTHe wasn’t one of those assistents whose role is to warm the team and then sit on the bench. Raul has played with Talant in the national team, he was a middle back player and he has learnt much from Pastor. He’s really good at what he does and it’s no wonder he was handpicked by Talant for the job in Vardar. He was helping Talant a lot, especially concerning tactical part. He had a chance to join Talant in Kielce, but he decided to step up – to take the team and become a real coach.In last sezone, your team mates were pointing out how satisfied they are with him…His great work is not new to me. He was my coach for seven years. We have done similar things in Ciudad Real, more or less. It’s a different game style, different system, people need to be shown on video what and how it’s done. Every coach has his visions, so do coaches here on Balkans. He sees handball totally different from our coaches. We have good and smart players here, it doesn’t take much to figure out what he’s asking us to do. Little by little, we’re adopting new things. Every day is something new, so we’ll see when it will come to perfection.WHY I DIDN’T GO TO BARCA SOONER? For many years you have been running away from Barcelona, although the invitation was always open; and yet you haven’t stayed long there, only two years. Some thought that you were going to end your carreer in Barca?!Whenever I was changing clubs I used to say that it can’t be better than it currently was. And I was mistaking, always. I have spent two wonderful years in Barcelona. When I arrived there, I kept wondering why I didn’t come earlier. It went fast, but that the way it is in life. When something is good, time goes by quickly. We haven’t won the Champions League, but we did win a lot of titles, we were on top of European handball and we were all more-less satisfied. It would had take a Champions league title to make it all perfect.CIUDAD WAS WORLD CLASSBy the end of the last decade you were in Ciudad Real, the most powerful team of 21st century, with which you have won three European titles. How do you remember that time? We had really good team, and when there are results, the atmosphere is good, life is good. Those few years were really fantastic. Our biggest oponent was Kiel, but it was a different way of competing, it was easier to play the Germans in two-games finals. It would be different if F4 is now in Spain or elsewhere. Now the German teams have the advantage of home crowd in Cologne. I think we got maximum from the Ciudad Real team.Is Skopje your last station, considering you’ll be 39 when your contract expires?I don’t know, we’ll see. When the time comes, I will make a decision based on the way I feel at that moment. I want to make the best out of this contract with Vardar, I want to give all I can to make it worth. We’ll talk about the future after that. Health is my priority, followed by motivation to play good and win titles. As long as it stays that way, I will be giving my best. One thing is certain, though, I will be in Skopje for the following four years.THE BIG THREE BETTER THAN SPAINYou have won the gold with Spain in 2013, but before and after that – no finals…Is that little? There are better teams than us. Croatia, France and Denmark all have better team quality than Spain. We’re taking out maximum of our team, we’re among best four on each tournament. In London’s olympics we have lost to France by a single goal – scored in last second. We’re somewhere there, right next to the big three, that’s our spot.What do you expect in Qatar 2015?Qatar is step one for following Olympics, that’s our goal. If we make it to the medals, that’s a great bonus.What are your memories of times you played for Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro?Very nice. I’m in touch with all the guys from the team. We had a good time.How do you explain the fact that no country ever has suffered from players loss as Serbia did, as it was case of you and your generation? I have no idea. Some weren’t counted on, some went to places they felt more comfortable. I know for a fact that Eklemović and Miša Krivokapić left because nobody was counting on them.Do you follow Serbian handball? I do. I’m friends with Ilić and Toskić, we chat about the national team a lot.WHAT DO GERMANS AND SWEDES SAY? Does Serbian disasted against Czechs bother you? You can’t always be on top. Crisis must hit you from time to time. It’s very difficult to remain on high level. Serbia is a country of good handball, you have made appereances on last several competitions. Every country plays handball, so does Czech Republic. What are Germans and Swedes supposed to say after losing to Montenegro? Serbia dropped out by the Czech, but Germany and Sweden got dropped out by Montenegro, a country that was nowhere to be found in terms of world handball. Everybody plays handball, everybody wants to join the World Championship. Iceland got dropped out, Hungary got dropped out, Germany got dropped, but returned eventually… that is sport.FROM „PERKE“ TO LANDINWho are, next to you, the best goalkeepers of your era? I have always favored Perke (Dejan Perić), not only because I’ve learnt from him much, but because of the way he approaches sport, national team, teams he played… he was always positive, optimistic, a leader, giving energy. In hard times he was always giving his maximum to level up. But, there is one goalkeeper, Thierry Omeyer. He’s been best for ages now.Omeyer is quite oposite to you…Bigger goalkeepers are slower but cover more, smaller ones are quicker… but there are no advantages, really. Omeyer is the best for previous years. Now the era of Landin is coming. He’s a great talent, remarkable goalkeeper and he will be best in future, no doubt.MORE SERVASES AND SAMSONENKOSHow do you see a figure of Sergej Samsonenko in sport?There should be more of the kind in handball. Many go to basketball or football. There are very few people like owner of Kielce, former owner of Ciudad Real or Samsonenko – owner of Vardar. With 5 – 6 more people like these, handball would be on the basketball level.TRANSLATION: Maid Begic read more

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Body of man 20s found in Tallaght field

first_imgTHE BODY OF a man in his 20s was found in a field in Tallaght last night.The remains were found near Killinarden Hill at around 9 pm.Gardaí in Tallaght are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery and are appealing to anyone with information to contact Tallaght Garda Station 01-6666000 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.The scene is being preserved pending a full technical and forensic examination by the coroner and the state pathologist.last_img

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It made me feel empowered The Coombe celebrates 100 water births

first_img Apr 1st 2017, 10:30 AM Short URL 19,369 Views ‘It made me feel empowered’: The Coombe celebrates 100 water births The hospital has invited all of the parents and their water babies back for a reunion which will take place later today. By Michelle Hennessy 7 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3317152 WHEN JULIE HUNTER Shaw went into Labour with her first child Finn, she found it all “very daunting”.“I could hear women screaming and I thought that’ll be me soon, maybe I should get an epidural”.The 30-year-old had told midwives she was interested in a water birth and The Coombe in Dublin offers this option to women as part of a study they have been carrying out.“I asked the nurse should I get the epidural and she said they’d fill up the pool and I could get in and if they didn’t like it I could get out and get the epidural.”I sat into it and the first half an hour I was able to talk again and drink water. I was able to get a bit of a break from it all. It got very tough again of course, but it gave me a little breather in the middle of it.Hunter Shaw stayed in the pool to deliver her baby, but some women use the pool as a method of pain relief and then get out to give birth, Paula Barry, research midwife at the Coombe explained.“It’s called hydrotherapy. If you have period pain, or back pain, etc you like a warm bath. We know water is good for pain relief. It’s also good for gravity, the woman is weightless – the pool is the size of three to four baths.”Barry is currently conducting research comparing the benefits and outcomes of water births with those of what are referred to as ‘land births’, which are not in water.To celebrate the more than 100 water births that have taken place at The Coombe since 2014, the hospital is today welcoming back all of the parents and their water babies for a reunion.Barry said she hopes highlighting the positive experiences of mothers who chose water births will encourage more women to consider it as an option.“We want people to know that it’s not just a matter of putting them in and then walking away. These women get the exact same care as everyone on the ward, we monitor their blood pressure, the baby’s heartbeat, if we’re worried we’ll ask them to exit the pool – it’s not water birth at all cost,” she told TheJournal.ie.This is for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies that go into labour themselves at term.Previous research studies have incdicated a number of benefits of using a birthing pool.“They say there is definitely less pain, you find women requiring less epidurals and other forms of pain relief. The women seem to cope quite well when they get in.”The described the process as a “gentle birth” that the mothers are in control of. No one touches the baby until it has fully emerged and is in the water.This is because of nerves on the baby’s skin – once they are touched, the baby may begin breathing too soon.“We’ll guide the baby out of the water to their mother and the baby will then breathe once they hit the air,” Barry said.She said there is “something different” about babies who are born through water birth.“You could put it down to no pain relief – they’re not drugged so they seem quite alert. It’s a gentle birth, there’s no big pushing and mum is very much in control. When the baby is born, one thing all the evidence points to is that the eye contact with the mother and baby is amazing.“It’s like they’re on a natural high, they’re both so alert from that natural adrenaline rush. They’re also inclined to breastfeed straight away, their sucking is strong. And generally mums will have a natural third stage so they don’t need to revert to medication for the placenta.”For Julie Hunter Shaw, deciding to have a water birth made all the difference.She had been overdue and was given a membrane sweep to help kickstart her labour. She said she is “so grateful” for this because it meant she went into labour naturally and allowed her to pool birth.“Definitely I think it did make me feel more relaxed. You’re just told to listen to your body. It made me feel empowered. I was in control of the birth. You always see in the movies, the doctor delivers the baby – well I delivered my baby. They half pulled him out of the water and I half pulled him out onto myself.”Hunter Shaw said baby Finn breastfed without any problems and she experienced no tearing during the birth so her recovery was quick.“I was discharged after one night and up and about walking around my local park the next day. I think the way I delivered Finn really got us off to a good start as it meant I was in good physical shape with minimal pain so I was mobile and mentally I felt in control of my body during birthing and felt confident in being a new parent.“It’s important for a woman to feel in control in labour and I’m just really thankful that I was lucky enough to have such a positive birthing experience.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: water birth image via Shutterstock Share8 Tweet Email12 Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 10:30 AM Image: water birth image via Shutterstocklast_img read more

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