Moving from Reactive to Predictive Analytics

first_imgIn legacy IT landscapes, information is frequently siloed horizontally across business units or vertically by function. Critical data may reside in legacy IT systems, a data warehouse, or systems that are outside the corporate data center. This mix of data may be in structured, semi-structured, or unstructured formats.For analytics purposes, operational data is typically replicated, reformatted, merged, and aggregated multiple times before initial analysis can take place. Depending on the data in question, this process might require hours, days, or weeks. This all adds up to a delay in drawing insights from the data.By the time the data gets analyzed, its relevance has decreased and its costs have increased. Any actions taken on the insights gained though analytics will tend to be reactive rather than proactive. This puts the business in a state where it is continually looking back at what happened in the past rather than looking forward to predict what is likely to happen in the future. This high latency from event to insight is an unsustainable state of affairs. For businesses to compete effectively in today’s fast-moving, digitally driven marketplaces, they need to reduce the latency of the environment to just hours, minutes, or even seconds, and they need to focus more on predicting what lies ahead rather than reacting to what happened days, weeks, or months ago.Here’s a case in point. A fast-growing company called FarmLogs is using real-time analytics to help growers leverage data collected by sensors in the field to increase crop production. With the ability to see current soil conditions, precipitation levels, and other field measurements, along with analysis of that data, farmers can adjust resources on any given day or moment – Get the full story at Data Science Technology Seeds Smarter Farming.While this new imperative to shift to predictive analytics is a challenge for CIOs and IT departments, it is also an opportunity. It presents an ideal time for companies to get started on the path of transformation to new, data-driven business models.And this is where we return to the software-defined infrastructure (SDI) story. SDI enables the movement from reactive to predictive analytics by providing a flexible and adaptive environment that allows you to deploy infrastructure on demand, and then deploy analytics on top of the software-defined foundation. This IT agility positions your organization to take advantage of new data as it comes in—which is often your most valuable data. It gives you access to the resources you need, when you need them, and where you need them.SDI is an ideal complement to technologies like Hadoop, which allows you to combine diverse datasets and run queries and reports in real time, and in-memory analytics, which moves data closer to the processors. Capabilities like these accelerate time to insight with big data, and help you make predictive analytics a reality.But, of course, the world won’t stop there. As we move from reactive to predictive analytics, we need to keep our eyes on the road ahead, and the follow-on destination: prescriptive analytics. I will take up that topic in a future post.In the meantime, for a closer look at some of the exciting ways people are using data analytics to accelerate time to insight, visit the Intel New Center of Possibility site.last_img read more

Venus Williams loses, Andy Murray advances at Australian Open

first_imgVenus Williams tried to rally, winning two games and getting another break-point chance after falling a set and 5-0 behind, before her 16th trip to the Australian Open finished in a first-round loss to Johanna Konta.The 35-year-old, seven-time major winner trudged off Rod Laver Arena, waving to the crowd at 1:55 p.m. on the second day of the tournament following a surprising 6-4, 6-2 loss to the No. 47-ranked Konta, a Sydney-born British player who was making her debut in the main draw at the Australian Open after losing twice previously in qualifying.Andy Murray opened with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over Alexander Zverev, sand remains very much a round-by-round proposition at Melbourne Park, where he has lost the final four times. He had Amelie Mauresmo, a new mother, back in his coaching corner for the match and was happy not to get any mid-match news from home. He has said he’ll leave immediately, regardless of the stage of the tournament, if his wife, Kim, goes into labor in London with their first child.”I’m more excited than nervous now,” Murray said of the pending arrival. “I don’t have any news because I’ve just come off the court. I’m hoping my phone hasn’t been buzzing in my bag. But Kim will message my team if anything’s going on during the matches, and I’ll see what happens.”Williams had a career comeback last season, winning three titles, finding some consistency after a long struggle with illness and finishing the year in the top 10 for the first time since 2010. She reached the quarterfinals at the Australian and US Opens – the first and last majors of the year.advertisementIn 2016, she’s 0-2 after also losing in a warmup tournament at Auckland, New Zealand.It was the eighth time she’s lost in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament and the third in Australia, where she reached the quarterfinals in her first appearance in 1998 and lost the final to her youngest sister, Serena, in 2003.Konta was really going for her groundstrokes in a high-risk, high-reward approach that kept Williams, who had wrapping on her left leg, on the defensive.”When the draw came out and I saw who I was playing I was like ‘Well, ok, I just hope to stay out there more than an hour,'” Konta said in a post-match TV interview, apparently as surprised as anyone after her straight sets win over the No. 8-seeded Williams.No. 3 Garbine Muguruza needed exactly an hour to beat Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-4, No. 11 Timea Bacsinszky advanced over Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 7-5 and No. 15 Madison Keys, a semifinalist here last year, had to save set points in the first before beating Zarina Diyas 7-6 (5), 6-1.No. 18 Elina Svitolina, No. 19 Jelena Jankovic and No. 21 Ekaterina Makarova, who beat Venus Williams in the first round here in 2014, also advanced.On the men’s side, No. 13 Milos Raonic followed up his win over Roger Federer in the final of the Brisbane International tune-up event with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over Lucas Pouille, No. 18 Feliciano Lopez beat Daniel Evans 6-1, 6-0, 6-4 and No. 32 Joao Sousa beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.No. 5 Rafael Nadal was playing fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in a rematch of the epic semifinal here in 2009.last_img read more

Commitment to Resurgence: Imran Khan vows to reform Pakistan cricket

first_imgAdvertisementAfter their below-par display at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Pakistan have several questions that need to be answered. The team failed to make it to the semi-finals for the second time in a row which has apparently got Imran Khan in the mix as well.From their shambles in the field to botched tactical decisions, Pakistan have had a nightmare in England after having lost a bilateral series before the commencement of the World Cup.Despite making a strong case at the business end of the tournament, Pakistan failed to make it to the final four on the grounds of an inferior run rate. With the quality of the cricket dipping even with a trophy in the form of the 2017 Champions Trophy, Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to address the issues and make the 1992 World Cup champions a force once again in world cricket. He said:“After the World Cup, I have decided that I will improve this Pakistan team. I am going to reform Pakistan cricket,” Imran Khan said.“There have been a lot of disappointments. Hopefully, in the next World Cup, you will see a very professional, best Pakistan team. Remember my words,”Read Also:MS Dhoni premitted to train with the paramilitary regimentMS Dhoni keeps everyone waiting, not retiring as of now Advertisementlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo teases retirement in the next year or two

first_imgAdvertisementPortuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that while he still loves football, he has planned about a life the beyond the beautiful game. Even at 34, Ronaldo remains as competitive as ever on the pitch, and has also built a business empire off it. The Juventus forward is one of the world’s highest paid athlete and has been wise enough to invest the money in numerous business ventures. He owns his own luxury underwear line, footwear, blankets, a fragrance line, mobile apps, a creative agency, restaurants and even hotels.“I’m not a crazy man,” he told SPORTbible in a recent interview. “I’m not obsessed with training, I’m obsessed with success, which is completely different.”“I still love football. I love to entertain the fans and the people who love Cristiano. It doesn’t matter the age, it’s all about mentality.”The former Real Madrid winger was given a lifetime contract worth $1bn by American sports apparel giant Nike, back in 2016 and became the third sportsperson after basketball legends Michael Jordan and LeBron James to sign such a deal.“You have to trust in yourself. In football, I have more control. I know what I can do. In business, it’s more difficult, you depend on other people, but I have a good team. It will be a challenge.”“Outside of football I’m not there yet, but I’m a competitive guy and I don’t like to be the number two or number three. I always want to be number one. I will do it, 100 percent” he further added. Advertisementlast_img read more

How to sell like a CIA negotiator

first_imgImagine facing an armed madman who has a hostage in a headlock and is threatening to kill himself and everyone in the room. With your heart pounding and thoughts racing, you need to appear calm, collected, in control, and even a little friendly. From there you need to convince this crazy person to let the hostage go and put the weapon on the floor.This scene was just another day in the life for former FBI hostage negotiator Mark Goulston. Today, however, Goulston is using his powerful persuasion skills to help the business world. As a business adviser and consultant, he shares his advice on how to get people to do what you want in the Business Insider article, Former FBI hostage-negotiation trainer shares 6 tricks for getting people to do what you want.After reading Goulston’s advice, I couldn’t help but think that some of his tips can be applied to sales. As a freelancer, you’re constantly selling yourself and your business either directly or indirectly. You know your products and services can help, but there are always ways to sharpen your persuasion skills.Here’s my take on how some of the persuasion tips Goulston offers in the article can be used by freelancers to sell ideas, products and/or services:“Get them to talk.”I learned this one at a networking event, and it was re-affirming to see Goulston back it up. When we’re selling something, there is a tendency to want to go into full detail about what the product can do. Instead let your prospect do more of the talking and you’ll be more likely to discover unmet needs they may have, which will allow you to personalize your pitch.“As they are speaking, pay attention to the adjectives and adverbs they use.”This is a great piece of advice. As a person is talking, pay attention to when and where they use adjectives and adverbs like “really” “perfectly” or “very.” So, if for example a prospect says “We’re really looking to increase revenue this year,” the use of “really” is an indicator that your pitch needs to be focused on helping them increase revenue.“Use ‘fill in the blanks.’”Goulston suggests using a fill-in-the-blank method instead of asking direct questions since asking questions can feel too much like an interrogation. Instead of asking “What is your budget?” try saying “So your budget is…” and let them fill in the rest.“Try to trigger positive flashbacks.”Goulston writes, “Whenever you say, do, or ask something you almost always trigger unconscious flashbacks for the person you’re speaking to.” Your goal is to make sure those flashback are positive. If they are, then the prospect is much more likely to go along with what you’re trying to do.Do you have any powerful persuasion skills or tactics that you help sell your freelance services? Share them below!This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.last_img read more

Mullets and green braids: The weirdest hairdos across World Cups

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to begin on June 14. The biggest stage in world sports is an opportunity to catch some of the greatest football. But it’s also a stage for the best footballers to make style statements.Due to restrictions on the pitch, players generally resort to unique hairstyles to expresses their fashion sense. David Beckham, Andrea Pirlo and many others have went on to become style icons because of their exquisite hairstyles during World Cups. But along with that, the tournament has also given us some of the most weirdest hairdos.From ridiculous braids to unbearable mullets, the World Cup has seen it all. We have picked some of the weirdest hairstyles that have been part of the quadrennial event over the years.Rene Higuita, Colombia (1990) The Colombian goalkeeper was best known for his scorpion kick against England that helped him save a goal. But what he was not famous for was his hairstyle. It would not be wrong to say that his long curly hair wasChris Waddle, England (1990) To give company to Higuita, Waddle came to the 1990 World Cup sporting a mullet. While fashion has evolved quite a lot over the years, the former English player could still not be forgiven for the disastrous hairstyle.Rudi Voller, Germany (1990) A great footballer but we are confident that Voller wasn’t proud of the perm.Carlos Valderrama, Colombia (1994) A brilliant playmaker, it should be football for which Valderrama must be popular for but it’s his blonde Afro.Roberto Baggio, Italy (1994)advertisement If Waddle’s Mullet was bad then Baggio’s was worse. After all he decided to add braids to it. The combination ensured that the hairstyle looked weird from all sides.Romania (1998) Not just a player but the whole team of Romania dyed their hair blonde for the 1998 edition. Not the best decision.Taribo West, Nigeria (1998) You won’t remember much about Taribo the footballer but it’s impossible to forget his hairstyle. Green braids of different length with most of the head shaved.Christian Ziege, Germany (2002) The Mohawk didn’t make Ziege look great and we sure no one would have looked great in that hairstyle.Ronaldo, Brazil (2002) One of the greatest footballers of all time, Ronaldo also gave the game one its weirdest haircuts. In 2002 edition, the Brazilian had an almost shaven head except for the front third. It literally looked like a triangle shaped haircut. It was recently revealed by the striker that he opted for the bizarre look to divert media’s attention from his groin injury.David Beckham, England (2002) Beckham has sported many hairstyles that went viral due to their exquisite looks but the 2002’s hairdo is something he won’t be proud of.Asamoah Gyan, Ghana (2014) Gyan wore the number 3 jersey during the World Cup. While the number was visible at the back of his shirt, for some reason he decided to put the number on the side of his head as well.Rodrigo Palacio, Argentina (2014) Almost a shaved head with a rat’s tail. Not the most pleasing hairstyle.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 launch tipped for September, to come with pop-up selfie camera like Vivo NEX

first_imgXiaomi is working on a couple of premium phones for this year. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun on Tuesday hinted that the company may be launching the Mi Max 2 successor aka Mi Max 3 in July. Alongside the Mi Max 3, Mi Mix 3 is also in works, suggest rumours. A new report reveals that Xiaomi may launch the Mi Mix 3 in September, almost at the same time when Google is expected to launch this year’s Pixel phones, which are most likely going to be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. To recollect, Mi Mix 2 was also launched in September last year.A new image of the revealing the design of the Mi Mix 3 has been leaked. Previous rumours suggested that the Mi Mix 3 will be the first phone from Xiaomi to come with pop-up selfie camera like the Vivo NEX. The pop-up selfie technology is the new trend that the smartphones manufacturers are adapting to. It all started with the Vivo NEX. After Vivo, Oppo with its flagship Find X took the technology to a whole new level. Xiaomi with the Mi Mix 3 is also aiming to do the same.Earlier this week, some renders of the Mi Mix 3 were leaked flaunting the overall design of the device, both front and back panel. The renders also revealed that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a pop-up camera on the front, just as the Vivo NEX. Now the newly leaked image also reveals the same. The image doesn’t reveal any additional hardware or design details about the phone.advertisementThe image shows the silhouette of the Mi Mix 3, below which it notes “2018.9” hinting at the September launch. Xiaomi, however, is yet to reveal the launch details of the Mi Mix 3.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 to sport pop-up selfie camera like Vivo Nex, under-display fingerprint sensorAccording to previous leaks, overall, the design of the Mi Mix 3 will be a lot different from that of the Mi Mix 2. The Mi Mix 3 is tipped to come with under-display fingerprint sensor unlike the Mi Mix 2 that comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. On the back, the Mi Mix 3, as rumours suggest, will sport vertically placed dual rear camera set up just as the iPhone X. The two cameras will be separated with a LED flash in the middle. The Mi Mix 3 will come with ultra-slim bezels on all sides, suggest rumours.For now, not a lot is known about the Mi Mix 3. All we know is that the device will come with some flagship specifications like Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor, Android 8.1 Oreo and more.last_img read more

Aamir Khan refused to eat at Shah Rukh Khan’s house party. Watch video to know why

first_img‘Mr Perfectionist’ Aamir Khan leaves no stone unturned to get into the skin of his character. For Nitish Tiwari’s sports drama Dangal, he underwent an incredible physical transformation in just five months.When Aamir began shooting for Dangal, he put on weight for the role and was 96 kgs with a paunch. He managed to shed almost 30 kgs in just five months to achieve a sculpted body.At an event on Wednesday, Aamir revealed that he followed his diet to the T, and carried his tiffin with him to parties as well. He narrated an anecdote of how he refused to eat at Shah Rukh Khan’s house during one of his parties because he could not cheat on his diet.”Aap kabhi Shah Rukh se milenge toh unse poochiyega, aur woh aapko bohot interesting kahaani sunayenge. Jab Tim Cook unke ghar pe aaye the, Shah Rukh ne hum logon ko bulaya tha khane pe,” he said.Gauri Khan insisted that Aamir eat something before leaving, and he agreed. “Khana lag gaya toh maine bola main apna tiffin saath mein laaya hoon,” he said, adding that incident took place during the making of Dangal and he was trying to lose weight.Interestingly, when Aamir’s food was served, the guests were shocked at the large portions. In fact, Shah Rukh even asked if he was putting on weight or losing it. Though the Thugs Of Hindostan actor was losing weight, the quantity of his food seemed to suggest otherwise.Currently, Aamir is losing 20 kgs for his next, Lal Singh Chaddha, which is a remake of the Hollywood blockbuster Forrest Gump.ALSO SEE: Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan goes on date night with rumoured boyfriend. Seen yet?ALSO WATCH: In conversation with Aamir Khan and Kiran Raolast_img read more

Excellent Willian states his case for Brazil

first_imgBrazil Willian states his case for Brazil with excellent performance Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 01:43 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Willian Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017 Pedro Martins/MoWa Press Brazil Colombia v Brazil Colombia WC Qualification South America The Chelsea man faces a fierce battle with Coutinho for game time in the Selecao, but did his chances no harm against Ecuador and Colombia Willian started the World Cup qualifiers as the most consistent starter in Brazil’s under-achieving line-up, but then saw his place come under threat as Tite whipped the Selecao into shape. As the games wore on the Chelsea man lost his spot in the starting XI to Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool’s star proving on top of his game while Willian struggled to rediscover his best form.READ MORE: Coutinho shines in new role | Neymar merely Brazil’s star | IN STATS: Brazil-EcuadorCoherent as ever in his decisions, Tite picked those at their best, leaving the winger marginalised. But he never lost faith in himself, and continues to be a valuable member of the Brazil start even if he is not guaranteed a place amongst the starting XI.That commitment was rewarded on Tuesday with a stunning goal against Colombia, the icing on the cake in a performance that keeps Willian in the fight for places ahead of next year’s World Cup. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Coutinho Willian Brazil Ecuador Eliminatorias 2018 31082017In June’s friendlies against Argentina and Australia, which allowed Brazil to experiment away from official competition, Willian impressed with his performances. And with Coutinho distracted by the constant speculation over his future and without game-time at Liverpool, he was given the chance to shine against Ecuador and Colombia in these most recent qualifiers.In the first game in Porto Alegre Willian gave another good account of himself, although the encounter changed on its head when Coutinho entered off the bench, creating a potent attacking duo in the middle. The Chelsea man set up Paulinho for the first goal of the night with a teasing corner before Coutinho weighed in with his own strike to seal a 2-0 win.Willian Neymar BrazilAgainst Colombia Willian retained his place, and he made the most of his start once more. This time he opened the scoring with a spectacular shot, while Coutinho’s entrance in the second half, again in the place of Renato Augusto, failed to have the same impact as in Porto Alegre.Tite’s recent system has Coutinho in a slighly more withdrawn role, creating play from deep and feeding those further forward. And while in the coach’s head he remains the main man on the right, Willian’s displays will have given him food for thought and a welcome selection dilemma that will surely be worked on further in the months leading up to Russia 2018.last_img read more

Clemson Unveils New Death Valley Tombstones

first_imgClemson unveils tombstone signifying 2018 national title win over Alabama.ClemsonEvery season, Clemson adds a new tombstone outside of the team’s football complex for each win over a ranked team away from home. As you can imagine, that cemetery has gotten pretty crowded.The Tigers have developed into one of the truly elite teams in college football. In 2018-19, they took home their second national championship under Dabo Swinney.Along the way, Clemson knocked off No. 17 Boston College on the road, and then Nos. 3 Notre Dame and 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff.Each of those Clemson victories has earned a new tombstone, unveiled on Wednesday.From the Tigers’ Twitter account:Today, we unveiled our newest tombstone additions next to Reeves Football Complex.For every Top 25 team the Tigers defeat away from Death Valley, we add a tombstone.There were several new additions after this season 🐅🏆 #ALLIN— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) March 14, 2019That is a pretty great way to keep the team inspired after an early spring practice.Swinney’s team has made it a habit of adding to the collection every year, since he took over the program in 2008.In October 2009, Clemson knocked off No. 10 Miami on the road. This year’s three additions bring the total to 18 tombstones under Swinney by my count.Of course, that Alabama tombstone is going to be the highlight, perhaps of the entire display. That clinched a 15-0 season, and one that Clemson is happy to promote as the greatest in college football history. That is up for debate, but the Tigers team has to be in the discussion at least.last_img read more

Maersk, MSC Establish Ten-Year VSA

first_imgMaersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) have signed a 10 year Vessel Sharing Agreement (VSA) on the Asia-Europe, Transatlantic and Transpacific trades.The VSA will be referred to as 2M, and it replaces all existing VSAs and slot purchase agreements that Maersk Line has in these trades.The VSA will include 185 vessels with an estimated capacity of 2.1 million TEU, deployed on 21 strings.“We will continue to provide our customers with competitive and reliable container shipping in the East-West trades at attractive prices.To do so we have to be innovative and take out cost, while keeping a product that is best in class for our customers in terms of coverage, frequency and reliability.Our agreement with MSC is a step towards achieving all of these objectives in the East-West trades,” said Søren Skou, Maersk Line CEO.The 2M VSA differs from the earlier proposed P3 alliance in two important aspects: the combined market share is much smaller, and this cooperation is a pure VSA. There will be no jointly owned independent entity with executional powers.The 21 strings covered by the 2M are split as follows: Asia/North Europe: 6, Asia/Mediterranean: 4, Asia/US West Coast: 4, Asia/US East Coast: 2, North Europe/USA: 3, Mediterranean/USA: 2.Maersk Line will contribute with approximately 110 vessels with a nominal capacity of app. 1.2 million TEU (55% of the total capacity).MSC will contribute with approximately 75 vessels with a nominal capacity of app. 0.9 million TEU (45% of the total capacity).The VSA is expected to start early 2015. The starting date is conditioned by filing of information to and in some cases approvals by relevant authorities.last_img read more

New Faces Meet New Programs as Students Teachers Return to Classroom

first_imgA number of education programs are expanding this year, including SchoolsPlus, which has added four sites and is now available in more than 150 schools to help prepare students for personal and academic success. “I am pleased to welcome back all our students and school staff to what I am sure will be another successful school year filled with opportunity,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. SchoolsPlus brings services like mentoring, homework support and health programs, including mental health clinicians, into schools where students and families can easily access them. Another focus for this year is on math and literacy at all levels. “We are working with teachers and students to provide them with the tools they need to be successful in math and literacy,” said Ms. Casey. “The department along with the school boards, are coming together to ensure that Nova Scotia’s students have the skillset and knowledge required to be successful when they leave the public school system and pursue other workforce or post-secondary opportunities.” The Options and Opportunities (O2) program is also expanding to provide more students with opportunities to explore different careers. It is now offered in 63 high schools with more than 2,400 students across the province. Skilled trades will continue to play an important role in education with new skilled trades centres opening this year. Students from Glace Bay High School and Cole Harbour District High School will benefit from hands-on training as they experience skilled trades first-hand. Students and parents will also notice improved report cards this year with personal comments that identify students’ strengths and areas to improve as well as suggestions to support student learning at home. The report cards also update some comments sections, give percentage grades for grades 7 and 8, as well as other changes to Primary report cards. About 118,000 students are enrolled at 400 schools across Nova Scotia. “I wish all students and teachers a safe and happy school year where everyone will have an opportunity to explore, learn and grow,” said Ms. Casey.last_img read more

Event to create awareness on saving water in Balurghat

first_imgBALURGHAT: Save Water Day was observed in all eight blocks of South Dinajpur on Friday.Inaugurating an event in Balurghat, District Magistrate Nikhil Nirmal said: “The world is under great threat due to scarcity of water. Through this event we aim to deliver the message in every nook and corner of the state.” “We are aware of the fact that only three percent of Earth’s water can be used for drinking while the rest of 97 percent of water is covered by the ocean in earth. Water is precious and it should be saved by us at any cost,” he said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA colourful rally was organised with Kanyashree students of different schools. Various Self Help Group (SHG) members along with people from all sections of the society took part in it. Pamphlets were distributed and people were made aware of the importance of water conservation. Tableaus were also taken out from block levels covering Hili, Gangarampur, Banshihari, Tapan, Kumarganj, Kushmandi, Harirampur apart from Balurghat. Additional District Magistrate Pranab Kumar Ghosh, ADM (Gen) Krittibas Nayak, ADM (Dev) Ranjan Kumar Jha and Sub-Divisional Officer of Balurghat Sadar Isha Mukherjee along with other guests and dignitaries took part in the event.last_img read more

Ottawa opposes United Conservatives as interveners in Sask carbon tax case

first_imgThe Canadian Press REGINA — The federal government is opposing a pitch by Alberta’s United Conservative Party for intervener status in an upcoming court case in Saskatchewan over the national carbon tax.Documents filed by Ottawa in Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal say the party’s interest in the case is political and speculative.The federal government also says it doesn’t want the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the Assembly of First Nations to have standing in the case.Saskatchewan has asked the court to rule on whether the federal government’s plan to force a carbon tax on the province is constitutional.The province believes its own climate change plan, which doesn’t include a carbon tax, is enough to reduce emissions.The case is to be heard in mid-February.last_img

Istanbul Attack: Moroccan Nassima Raji Returns to Morocco

Rabat – Nassima Raji, the young Moroccan woman who suffered a head wound duringthe terrorist attack on New Year’s Eve in Istanbul, has left the hospital. Raji is on her way hometo Morocco and is scheduled to arrive Wednesday, according to Le 360. “After an eleven-day stay in hospital and two surgeries, doctors have issued a certificate confirming that Nassima Raji is safe and recovering satisfactorily,” a well-informed source was quoted by Le360 as saying.The same source goeson to add that “doctors were hopeful about the state of Nassima’s health on Tuesday after she regained consciousness and began breathing on her own, eating and speaking from time to time.” Le360 is also confirming that the doctors working on her case remain very confident in Raji’s recovery from the partial paralysis currently afflicting the right side of her body. “Currently, Nassima can follow her medical treatment in Morocco and keep normally living her life as we hope,” her Turkish physicians are quoted as having said.Accompanied by her siblings and mother, Nassima will arrive at the Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca at 7:00 pm,according to the source, who went on to add “the crisis cell implemented in Istanbul under the authority of the Moroccan ambassador, Menouar Alem, is investing all its efforts to insure that Nassima makes it home in the best condition.”At the time of the attack, victims were transported to Istanbul hospitals for treatment.  It was shortly thereafter that Moroccans learned of the post-attack status of six citizens, including4 injured and two dead, in a statement presented by Moroccan representatives in Turkey.Last Friday, while attending the funerals of the two Moroccan girls who perished in the attack, Turkish ambassador to Morocco, AdhanBarkan Oz, said “the injured Moroccans are undergoing treatment in Turkey and are in stable condition.” read more

Mongolia UN provides more funds as severe winter continues to bite

A “dzud,” which is unique to Mongolia, can have a devastating impact on the rural economy. Herders and villages become isolated as heavy snows and high winds result in layers of ice that are impenetrable to livestock which already do not have enough feed because of the earlier drought.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that it has stationed a natural disaster response expert in Mongolia to provide support to the UN Resident Coordinator on the crisis.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) received $1.5 million of an allocation from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was released last month, for livestock carcass removal and income generation for 120,000 people who have lost at least 50 per cent of their livestock.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is using $1.5 million to fund projects to provide emergency medical supplies, food and fuel to 43,000 children under the age of five, 8,200 pregnant women, and 17,200 school children.Some $600,000 of the CERF funds was allocated to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for emergency livestock-support projects for 1,100 dzud-affected families, while the UN World Health Organization (WHO) received $227,000 for psychosocial support, medical supplies and communications tools.Another $227,000 was allocated to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for emergency reproductive health support for 7,000 pregnant women, lactating mothers and other vulnerable women of reproductive age.The humanitarian impact of the dzud has been worsening since January and there is a growing need to prevent serious medium-term problems, including increased levels of poverty, higher chronic malnutrition and disease levels, massive migration to poorly serviced and overcrowded outer-urban areas, unemployment and psychological problems. 29 March 2010The United Nations has allocated $3.7 million in emergency funding to support UN agencies in Mongolia as they try to assist more than half a million people suffering from the combined effects of a long, severe winter and a preceding harsh summer drought. read more

Ontario court dismisses lawsuit over sale of Hydro One shares

TORONTO — An Ontario court has thrown out a lawsuit against the provincial government over the controversial partial sale of Hydro One.The lawsuit filed last December by the Canadian Union of Public Employees alleged the sale of shares in the utility was “motivated by improper and ulterior purposes,” namely to reward benefactors of the Ontario Liberal Party.It aimed to stop the sale of any more shares of Hydro One, though the government has since moved forward with its plan.Lawyers for the government had filed a motion asking that the lawsuit be dismissed, arguing there was no basis for challenging government policy and no conduct was unlawful.In a decision released this week, Justice Peter Cavanagh sided with the province, calling the lawsuit an “impermissible attack on a core policy decision taken by the ministers.”He said the plan is “immune from judicial review in a civil tort action.”The government, which is prohibited by law from reducing its ownership of Hydro One below 40 per cent, put its final offering of shares up for sale in May.The Liberals have said they plan to use $5 billion from the sale of the shares to pay down some of the $8.3 billion in debt left after the old Ontario Hydro was broken into five companies, while a remaining $4 billion would fund transit and infrastructure projects.More than a year before the Liberal government announced in 2015 that it would partially privatize Hydro One, polling showed strong opposition to the idea.Pollara conducted research at the government’s behest in January and February of 2014 asking people for their thoughts on selling Hydro One, and just 25 per cent of respondents supported the idea.The Canadian Press read more

Four sentenced to death over murder 12 years ago

Four people were sentenced to death today over a murder committed 12 years ago.The Matara High Court sentenced the four individuals to death after they were found guilty of murdering a father of two in Ghandara. The death sentence is not implemented in Sri Lanka and as a result the convicts will serve life in prison. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile, according to reports, five police officers who were attached to the Kandekatiya police, and a former Civil Defence force member were sentenced to death by the Badulla High Court today, after being found guilty of a 2014 murder of a suspect who was in their custody.

Reports of unrest continue to flow in from Sudans Darfur region –

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and up to 1.85 million others displaced since rebels took up arms in early 2003, partly in protest at the distribution of economic resources in Darfur, which the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.African Union (AU) monitors and humanitarian agencies last week found seven villages that have been totally burnt recently and three others abandoned in South Darfur state, but there was no information on who was responsible, the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) reported.In North Darfur, an AU team found over the weekend that six people were abducted allegedly by three armed men who took their cattle before releasing them. In West Darfur suspected armed tribesmen disrupted a food distribution operation by a non-governmental organization (NGO), while other armed tribesmen looted 50 bags of cereal and five bags of sugar.A report by a UN-appointed commission of inquiry into whether genocide has occurred in Darfur has found that the Government, Janjaweed militia and the rebels are responsible for possible war crimes.The UN World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, is helping the Ministry of Health to raise supplementary funds to constitute a vaccine stock in the event of widespread meningitis outbreak.According to the Ministry, between 22 January and 2 February, 69 cases, 23 deaths of them fatal, were reported from Gadaref and Blue Nile states. Since then, more cases and related deaths have been reported form South Kordofan and El Gazeria states. read more

Canadian dollar up amid strong housing sector data traders look to jobs

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid a strong housing sector report while traders looked ahead to key employment data coming out Friday.The loonie rose 0.38 of a cent to 90.98 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the total value of building permits issued by municipalities rose 8.5 per cent to $7 billion in January. That was much higher than the 1.7 per cent rise that economists expected and followed a 4.8 per cent decrease in December.The agency said the increase in January came from higher construction intentions in the residential sector, which more than offset a decline in the non-residential sector.Economists looked for the Canadian economy to have created about 15,000 jobs in February.Markets will also look to American job creation figures from last month on Friday.Harsh winter conditions have crimped job creation and expectations for the February U.S. non-farm payrolls report are muted. Economists looked for around 145,000 new positions to have been created last month after only 113,000 jobs were created in January.There was positive news out ahead of that data. Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, declined to 323,000 last week from 348,000, the lowest level in three months.Markets are still monitoring developments in Ukraine after getting off to a rocky start at the beginning of the week after Russia invaded the country’s Crimean peninsula. Russia has major military installations in Crimea and many people are Russian speaking.European leaders said Thursday that Russia will face sanctions unless it withdraws its troops from Crimea or engages in credible talks to defuse the situation.But leaders appeared divided between countries close to Russia’s borders and some western economic powerhouses — notably Germany — that were taking a more dovish line.On the commodity markets, April crude was up 11 cents to US$101.56 a barrel.May copper was ahead two cents at US$3.22 a pound while April gold bullion gained $11.50 to US$1,351.80 an ounce.Overseas, China’s finance minister said Thursday that creating jobs is the government’s priority this year and economic growth below the official target of 7.5 per cent might be acceptable. China’s economic growth tumbled to a two-decade low of 7.7 per cent last year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 6:44 am MDT Canadian dollar up amid strong housing sector data; traders look to jobs report Loonies are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward read more