Vital broadband expansion key to development and peace UN conference told

24 May 2010The United Nations telecommunications agency opened its quadrennial development conference today, stressing that a vital expansion of broadband networks holds the key to rapid growth in productivity in developing countries and the potential to enhance global peace and justice. “Broadband will be absolutely critical for all nations in the coming decade,” UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré told the opening session of the two-week World Telecommunication Development Conference in Hyderabad, India.“Broadband networks will change the way governments offer essential services from education and health care to transportation, water and energy. By delivering efficiencies across all of these areas, broadband networks can quickly pay for themselves, creating a virtuous circle of investment, productivity and human development,” he said.“What we decide and define here over the next two weeks will shape not just the future of ICT [information and communication technology] development over the next four years, but the future shape of the very world we live in. It will change the way that social and economic development happens, and the way ICT development happens.” The conference chairman P. J. Thomas, Secretary at the Indian Department of Telecommunications, highlighted the ability of ICT to foster faster development of various social and economic sectors in any country, citing global recognition that technological progress and innovations are long-term drivers of economic growth, especially in developing countries.“ICTs lead to equal opportunities for all mankind, especially perceptible improvement for the most vulnerable parts of society in rural and remote areas, contributing to the inclusive growth of society,” he said. “It is our cherished hope that increased general awareness among the masses created by the knowledge society would bring enhanced global peace, justice and respect for each other, which are the cornerstones for the elimination of disparity and poverty worldwide.”ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Sami Al Basheer stressed that while each country has its own challenges to face, they all share the same overall goals, calling for dedicated resources to deal with connectivity in the world’s least developed countries and better targeted and more positive regulation that focuses on incentives rather than obligations.Issues to be discussed during the conference include broadband connectivity, digital broadcasting, open source software, cyber security, e-accessibility for people with disabilities, e-applications including health, human capacity building, emergency communications and ICT policy and regulation.ITU’s focus on delivering equitable and affordable broadband access to achieve a knowledge-based information society aims to promote achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which seek to reduce extreme poverty, hunger and disease, while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability – all by 2015.Various workshops during the two weeks will deal with a host of ambitious goals, including at connecting all schools by 2015, regulatory reform and enhancing countries’ capacity to develop or update national e-health strategic plans. read more

Timor Leste UN peacekeepers help with delivery of aid supplies to flood

Rice, cooking utensils and mosquito nets are among the items being airlifted by helicopter to Covalima district, the region hardest hit, according to a press release issued today by the mission, known as UNMIT. More than half a ton of rice has now been delivered to people in need in the past two weeks. Finn Reske-Nielsen, the Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative for Timor-Leste, and UNMIT Police Commissioner Luis Carrilho joined senior Timorese Government officials today in a visit to Zumalai, a town in the flood zone, to meet with community leaders and others affected by the inundations. Mr. Reske-Nielsen said UNMIT would continue to help the Government – which is leading the humanitarian effort – to deliver supplies to those in need. 13 August 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste is distributing relief supplies to communities in the southwest of the small South-East Asian country that have been hit by recent floods. read more

Japanese crisis highlights need for enhanced nuclear safety transparency – UN

4 April 2011The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog agency today called for robust safety standards and full transparency, both of which are vital for restoring public confidence in nuclear power in the wake of the Japanese power plant crisis. “The worries of millions of people throughout the world about whether nuclear energy is safe must be taken seriously,” Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told delegates gathered in Vienna for the Fifth Review Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety Convention.“Rigorous adherence to the most robust international safety standards and full transparency, in good times and bad, are vital for restoring and maintaining public confidence in nuclear power,” he stated.The situation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant remains “very serious,” he told the opening of the 10-day conference. The plant suffered major damage from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on 11 March and has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment ever since. “The immediate priority is to overcome the crisis and stabilize the reactors. But we must also begin the process of reflection and evaluation,” said Mr. Amano, who will be convening a high-level meeting of IAEA Member States in June to discuss the Japan crisis. He reported that, as of the end of 2010, more than 60 IAEA Member States had informed the agency that they were considering introducing nuclear power programmes. Almost all of the 29 countries which already had such programmes planned to expand them.In the light of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, some countries have announced reviews of their plans for nuclear power.However, the basic drivers behind the interest in nuclear power have not changed as a result of Fukushima. These include rising global energy demand as well as concerns about climate change, volatile fossil fuel prices and energy security.Nuclear power has contributed to expanding the supply of energy and has also reduced greenhouse gas and other emissions.“The IAEA will continue to work closely with both established users and newcomers to ensure that nuclear power is used efficiently, safely and securely, and without proliferation of nuclear weapons,” said the Director General.“In the light of the Fukushima accident, we will redouble our efforts to help newcomer countries to put an effective nuclear safety infrastructure in place well before the first reactor starts up.”Mr. Amano added that a ‘business as usual’ approach will no longer work. “It is clear that more needs to be done to strengthen the safety of nuclear power plants so that the risk of a future accident is significantly reduced.”The Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) is a legally binding international instrument borne out of the Chernobyl nuclear accident 25 years ago for which IAEA provides the secretariat. Seventy-two countries are contracting parties to the Convention, which aims to promote nuclear safety, safety culture, safety management and knowledge sharing among current and future nuclear power States. read more

General Assembly authorizes UN monitors for Fiji elections

The Assembly adopted, without a vote, a draft resolution to set up the UN Electoral Observer Mission after the Caretaker Government of Fiji requested help in a letter to the President of the General Assembly. The elections are scheduled to be held from 25 August to 1 September.In introducing the text of the resolution, Fiji’s representative described the events of May 2000, when a group of armed rebels stormed the Parliament and held the elected government hostage for 56 days. He said that following the appointment of an interim civilian government, Fiji took the initiative to allow the UN to witness its return to parliamentary democracy and that he was confident the presence of UN observers would send a very positive signal for the acceptance of the election results and the future stability of the nation.In other action this morning, the Assembly adopted a resolution on preparations for next year’s International Conference on Financing for Development, including the launch of a global public-awareness campaign with support from public and private partnerships.The Assembly also endorsed the recommendation of its budget committee to grant four countries late in paying their dues – Burundi, Comoros, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova – an exemption under Article 19 of the UN Charter, allowing them to vote in the General Assembly until 30 June 2002.According to Article 19, should a Member State fall behind in the payment of its dues by an amount equal to its assessments for the two most recent years, it will lose its right to vote in the General Assembly, unless the Assembly decides that non-payment is a consequence of factors beyond a State’s control.By adopting without a vote the draft decision on the matter, the Assembly endorsed the Fifth Committee’s finding that those countries’ failure to pay the amount necessary under Article 19 was due to conditions beyond their control. read more

Gates Foundation grants UN refugee agency 10 million for relief work in

“These projects will help returnees and communities in South Sudan bridge the difficult gap between repatriation, reconstruction and long-term development,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres said in a statement. “Equipping communities early on with basic essentials such as clean water and sanitation, schools and health care helps ensure that those who are going home can stay home.”There are still 350,000 Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries waiting to go home to the south, and an estimated 4 million internally displaced persons in Sudan itself, since a peace agreement between the Government and rebels was concluded nearly two years ago.The new grant will cover immediate needs over a 28-month period in three main sectors – basic health care, education, and water and sanitation – in Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria states as well as the Upper Nile, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.A series of community-based reintegration projects focusing on each sector will benefit 210,000 Sudanese returning refugees as well as some 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) going back to their home villages. UNHCR will work with its UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners and local communities in implementing the projects.Earlier this week heavy fighting broke out between the Sudanese armed forces and members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) near the town of Malakal in what Secretary-General Kofi Annan called a serious breach of the January 2005 peace agreement ending the war.That war was separate from the continuing strife in the Darfur region where more than 2 million people are estimated to have been uprooted, including 218,000 who fled into Chad. UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said last week the number of people in need of aid to survive in Darfur had surged by hundreds of thousands to 4 million in the past six months.Meanwhile, the President of the UN General Assembly, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, today welcomed the Human Rights Council’s consensus decision to hold a meeting on Darfur.“Since the Human Rights Council is a subsidiary of the Assembly, the President has been following closely the work of the Council and has maintained contact with the Chairman on its work,” her spokeswoman, Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte, told a press briefing in New York. read more

Venezuelas president replaces longtime oil chief as part of cabinet shakeup

Venezuela’s president replaces longtime oil chief as part of cabinet shakeup by The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:45 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CARACAS, Venezuela – President Nicolas Maduro has replaced the Venezuela’s longtime oil minister and economic czar as part of a cabinet shakeup sidelining the most-prominent voice within his administration for much-needed reforms to address the country’s economic crisis.Rafael Ramirez had served as oil minister and president of the state-run oil giant PDVSA for more than a decade.Maduro made the announcement Tuesday night as part of a much-anticipated government restructuring. The president named Ramirez the new foreign minister.Ramirez will be replaced in his previous jobs by lesser-known officials. He was also forced to give up his year-old post as top economic policy maker, from which he had argued for a currency overhaul and unpopular gas price hikes to help Venezuela tackle an economic crisis marked by 60 per cent inflation. read more

UN health agency issues new guidelines for treating severe acute child malnutrition

“The guidelines are critical because many national health plans currently overlook children with severe acute malnutrition. This can be fatal. If these children don’t get the right medical and nutritional care, very often they die,” said Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (WHO).According to WHO, severe acute malnutrition is when children suffer severe wasting that may or may not be accompanied by swelling of the body from fluid retention. It occurs when infants and children do not have adequate energy, protein and micronutrients in their diet, combined with other health problems such as recurrent infections. It is diagnosed when the circumference of the upper arm is less than 115 millimetres or when the weight for height of a child is severely reduced.The updated WHO guidelines recommend that children with severe acute malnutrition who do not have health complications that require hospitalization, receive special, high-energy food and antibiotics to treat infection. This allows them to recover at home with their families. “It’s generally better for children and better for their families if they’re treated as outpatients,” said Dr. Elizabeth Mason, Director of WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. “It can be easier for families who need to continue providing and caring for other children, and it allows vulnerable, malnourished children to stay home and avoid the risk of getting hospital infections.”The new guidelines also address how to treat children with severe acute malnutrition for HIV and offer recommendations on treating severely malnourished infants under six months.They supersede WHO’s 1999 guidelines which recommended that all severely malnourished children be hospitalized, given fortified formula milk and appropriate treatment including antibiotics. While the proactive use of antibiotics is important because the immune system of a child who is severely malnourished can virtually shut down, the new recommendation advocates this specifically for children with severe acute malnutrition – not those who are simply undernourished.“Widespread use of antibiotics among children who do not need them would increase the risk of infections becoming resistant to lifesaving antibiotics – a situation that would harm the health and survival of all children,” WHO pointed out.Another new aspect relates to the treatment of severely malnourished children with HIV. The 1999 guidelines did not recommend HIV testing of children with severe acute malnutrition. At that time, there was poor availability and little experience of treating children with antiretroviral drugs. “Circumstances today are very different,” WHO noted. “We now know that antiretrovirals significantly increase survival of children with HIV, and access to these drugs is improving.”The new guidelines recommend that children with severe acute malnutrition in countries where HIV is common be routinely tested for the virus, and those who are positive should start on antiretroviral drugs as well as special foods and antibiotics to treat their severe malnutrition.Also addressed for the first time are the needs of infants under the age of six months with severe acute malnutrition. WHO recommends that all babies under six months are exclusively breastfed for optimal nutrition and protection against infections, adding that this is particularly important for babies who are severely malnourished. “If there is no realistic prospect of a severely malnourished baby being breastfed, the family may need breast milk from another woman, e.g. a family member, a neighbour, a wet nurse or a milk bank. If this is not possible, they will need infant formula and support to prepare and use it safely,” said WHO. read more

Trump cancels Obama policy that allowed illegal immigrant parents stay in America

first_img Short URL Image: Susan Walsh/AP THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION announced last night that it is cancelling an Obama-era policy to allow millions of illegal-immigrant parents of children born in the United States to stay in the country.The 2014 policy, known as DAPA, for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, aimed to help the families of so-called “dreamer” children stay together free from the threat of deportation.It was never implemented after 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block it. The US Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand last year after a four-four tie vote.Set out in a memo from the administration of then-president Barack Obama, the policy said the government would defer any action against illegal immigrant parents of children who are lawful permanent residents — mainly those born in the country to parents without legal status.DAPA would have affected as many as four million people by some estimates, those with US-born children who were in the country before 2010.But the Department of Homeland Security announced it was rescinding the policy with the support of the Justice Department. DHS Secretary John Kelly explained the move saying “there is no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy.”It comes amid a tough crackdown on illegal immigration ordered by President Donald Trump. Kelly did not say whether the government has plans to replace DAPA with another measure that would allow families living in the country for decades to remain together without the threat of deportation.However, DHS said that it is leaving in place a 2012 Obama policy known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — that allowed people who entered the country illegally as children to stay and study or work on two-year renewals.It aimed to allow between one and two million younger people who arrived in the country illegally to stay in school and complete their studies.© – AFP, 2017Read: London fire: ‘There is a risk we may not be able to identify everybody’ Jun 16th 2017, 7:07 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 16 Jun 2017, 7:07 AM 19,633 Views By Paul Hosford Image: Susan Walsh/AP Trump cancels Obama policy that allowed illegal immigrant parents stay in America The policy aimed to keep families together. Share48 Tweet Email 37 Comments last_img read more

Sidley Austin extends paid parental leave for US associates and counsel

first_imgImage credit: Sidley AustinGlobal law firm Sidley Austin has extended its paid parental leave policy for US-based associates and counsel, providing up to 14 weeks of paid leave for male and female legal staff.The enhanced policy, effective from 1 August 2019, enables both primary and secondary caregivers to take up to 14 weeks of paid parental leave; birth mothers can also specifically receive an additional eight weeks of paid medical leave, taking their total paid leave entitlement to 22 weeks.Associates and counsel in the US are also able to utilise an extra four weeks of paid time off, in addition to parental and medical leaves. This does not prorate legal professionals’ bonus target.Associates’ bonus targets are prorated to account for leave periods.Previously, US-based legal staff could take up to 10 weeks of paid parental leave.Larry Barden (pictured), chair of the management committee at Sidley Austin, said: “The changes to our parental leave policy reflect the firm’s ongoing commitment to support our lawyers and attract the best talent.“We review our parental leave and other policies on a regular basis to ensure they align with our lawyers’ needs and make Sidley an attractive destination for the next generation of lawyers.“It is important that parental leave policies evolve to reflect societal change and we recognise that. We intend to continue to offer appealing benefits that will allow our lawyers to be their best selves, both at work and at home.”last_img read more

Thieves swap lawnmowers outside West Park home

first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating the man and woman who, they said, stole a lawnmower from a West Park home and switched it for another.Surveillance video captured the duo outside the house near Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Southwest 32nd Court, June 4. They are seen struggling to put the lawnmower in their car since they already had another one inside. They finally decide to take it out to accommodate the new one.Investigators said the greedy pair left the first mower, which was also stolen, outside the house, then drove away.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Coast Guard Has Assumed Responsibility For Cleanup Of Sunken Vessel In Seward

first_imgAt this time the cause of the sinking is unknown. No hazards to wildlife or further discharge have been reported. Currently, sheening can be observed 1.5 miles south from the incident site. Light sheen has also been observed in Scheffler Creek and lagoon. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Coast Guard has assumed responsibility of cleanup efforts for fuel released by the fishing vessel Nordic Viking that sunk in Seward Harbor, Sunday. The Coast Guard opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and Alaska Chadux has been contracted as the Oil Spill Removal Organization, according to a release from the USCG. Capt. Sean MacKenzie, commander of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage: “The Coast Guard’s main objective is to limit environmental impacts through the containment and cleanup of the release as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are working diligently with Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and contracted agencies to minimize the impact of this release.” The Nordic Viking’s hull tanks can hold 2,500 gallons of fuel but the responsible party, Larry March, estimated approximately 700 gallons were in the tanks at the time of the sinking. March contracted Storm Chasers Marine Services Inc., to salvage the 71-foot Nordic Viking. Storm Chasers divers have plugged the fuel vents.last_img read more

This Month In Metallica Baseball Carpool Karaoke Folklore

first_imgA look back at a busy month of mayhem in the world of the Bay Area metal legendsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 28, 2017 – 4:49 pm August 2017 saw GRAMMY-winners Metallica popping up all over the place, from festivals, to the baseball field to the HOV lane. Here’s a quick look back at what fans of the band might have missed:Aug. 3: Metallica frontman James Hetfield kicked off the month by celebrating his 54th birthday. iHeartRadio celebrated by compiling this list of 20 Things You Might Not Know About Birthday Boy James Hetfield.Aug. 8: Hometown heroes Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett unleashed their version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at AT&T Park in San Francisco to kick off the 5th Annual Metallica Night. Facebook This Month In Metallica: Baseball, Carpool Karaoke, Folklore Twitter News Aug. 10: The band played “Metal Have I Ever” with comedian Billy Eichner in the heaviest episode of “Carpool Karaoke” yet. With sing-alongs from “Enter Sandman” to Rihanna’s “Diamonds In The Sky” and “Part Of Your World” from the “The Little Mermaid,” Eichner showed a car ride with Metallica can be full of surprises.Aug. 12: Metallica delivered a blistering set as headliners on Saturday night at San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival.Aug. 15: News surfaced that original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton’s father, Ray Burton, honors his son’s legacy by donating his Metallica royalty checks to fund a music scholarship program at Cliff’s high school alma mater, proving that the legacy of Cliff Burton lives on not only in the music he made, but in his father’s generous support of music’s future.Aug. 16: Hetfield made a powerful statement of unity at a show in Edmonton. “Before we go any further, we’ve gotta make something very clear,” said Hetfield “Metallica doesn’t give a s***, all right? We don’t give a s*** about the differences, OK? We care about the similarities. So the fact that you’re here — we don’t care who you voted for, what you do or don’t eat, we don’t care what color your skin is, what you do for a job. … So for me, you are Metallica family. All are welcome. Are you with us?”Aug. 21: A new Metallica-focused podcast, aptly titled “Speak N’ Destroy,” welcomes Robb Flynn, frontman of the GRAMMY-nominated metal band Machine Head, to talk all things Mighty Met. “The ‘Kill ‘Em All for One’ tour at the Keystone, Berkeley?” Robb recalls. “That was my Ed Sullivan Beatles moment.”Aug. 23: The band released a candid behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Atlas, Rise!,” the song that became Metallica’s ninth No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart back in February.EMBED YOUTUBE VIDEO: Aug. 25: Metallica’s WorldWired Tour led Billboard’s Hot Tours tally, proving the band’s live show remains a hot ticket over 36 years into their career.Aug. 25: The band joined Mastodon, GWAR, Portugal. The Man, and six other artists for the fourth annual Ten Bands One Cause in order raise funds for Gilda’s Club NYC, a nonprofit providing support and education programs while also fostering empowerment to cancer patients and their families. Aug. 25: Metallica’s fourth studio album, 1988’s …And Justice For All, turned 29-years-old. In an exclusive with Loudwire, the album’s mixing engineer Steve Thompson explained how the somewhat controversial sound of the project came to be.Aug. 28: In a new excerpt from Brian Slagel’s book For The Sake Of Heaviness, the Metal Blade Records founder/CEO revealed the tale of how a mere $50 in studio costs almost killed Metallica’s first recording for the label.Aug. 28: New rehearsal footage surfaced from the now-famous 59th GRAMMY Awards performance Lady Gaga, providing an inside look into a star-studded cross-genre collaboration.Watch More: Hanging Out With August Burns Red On The Set Of “Invisible Enemy”Read more This Month In Metallica month-metallica-baseball-carpool-karaoke-folklore Email last_img read more

Rupee helps IT sector toplines HCL to recruit 30000 engineers this year

first_imgPeople walk in front of the HCL Technologies Ltd office at Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi April 17, 2013.Reuters fileHCL Technologies is recruiting up to 30,000 engineers this year, eying further growth in technology outsourcing. The new talent pool the tech behemoth acquires will comprise both market hires and fresh candidates.”We expect that we would need anywhere between 25000-30000 people (this fiscal) for us to maintain the growth rate what we have given as guidance for the market,” HCL’s chief human resources officer, told the Economic Times.As of September 30, HCL has 127875 employees on its rolls.Announcing the second quarter results earlier this week, HCL had said it expects sales to expand between 9.5 percent and 11.5 percent in the financial year 2018-19.Indian IT services companies are banking on the depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar and euro. The buoyancy in mood partly stems from the fact that tech giants meet most of their wage costs in rupee while earnings are mostly in dollars.The Experis IT Employment Outlook Survey said earlier this week hiring in the sector will pick up this financial year.”… jobs are being created and IT hiring will pick up slowly in the coming months and see an upside by March 2019. Non-IT companies will be the big players in IT hiring as more and more companies establish their captive centres in India,” Experis chief Manmeet Singh said.The sector had seen about 56,000 job cuts in the previous financial year.On Tuesday, HCL said its profit for the quarter ended September 30 rose 16.10 percent to touch Rs 2,540 crore on an year-on-year basis, marginally topping analyst estimates.”We continue to deliver strong and consistent QoQ revenue and margin growth performance. This quarter we posted 3% revenue growth in constant currency fuelled by global infrastructure services, engineering and R&D and Mode 2 next-gen services,” said C Vijayakumar, President & CEO.Visa dependency HCL’s revenue in dollar terms rose 2.1 percent to $2,099 million. HCL and Bangalore-based Wipro are in a tight race to secure the third spot in Indian IT companies in terms of dollar top line.Wipro announced second quarter results on Wednesday. the company said dollar revenue improved 0.72 percent sequentially to $2.04 billion in Q2.HCL also said the US visa rustications have been dealt with and there is less dependency on H1-B visas. “We applied for 640 H1B visas this year and got approval for nearly 400,” said Apparao, adding that “localisation is something which is inevitable for the Industry and our localisation percentage is anywhere between 65-70% in most of the places” HR chief Appa Rao told the ET.last_img read more

BNP senior leaders meet Khaleda in jail

first_imgBNP leaders meet Khaleda in jail on Wednesday. Photo: UNBAn 8-member BNP delegation, including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail on Wednesday, reports UNB.Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee members Mirza Fakhrul, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mahbubur Rahman, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas, and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury met her around 2:50pm while Jamiruddin Sircar at 3:15pm at the abandoned central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the capital.On 8 February last, a special court in Dhaka sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Khaleda, a 73-year-old former prime minister, was taken to the old central jail minutes after the delevery of the verdict.last_img read more

Everything you need to know about Star Treks sex planet Risa

first_img How do you pronounce it?1/10 It depends. Two pronunciations are given for Risa. In the script for TNG episode for “The Mind’s Eye”, the pronunciation is given as “RYE-sa.” While the script for the TNG Episode “Q-Less,” gave the pronunciation as “RYE-suh.” This pronunciation would also be used in the Enterprise episode “Fallen Hero.” Whichever way you want to pronounce it, the Risians are okay with it. Just as long as it makes you happy.<><> This quick guide is a mixture of canonical and non-canonical sources, and should not be used as a guide when visiting Risa. Please consult Starfleet or the Vulcan Database for the most up-to-date information.If you want more information about Risa or anything else Star Trek related, I suggest you check out Memory Alpha and Memory Beta, and begin listening to Engage, the official Star Trek podcast hosted by Jordan Hoffman. Casual fans of Star Trek can often name several planets from the collected movies and tv shows. Most of the planets they can rattle off are the planets and moons that the major alien races inhabit, but one planet that has very little to do with birthing a major alien race looms large in Star Trek canon, the pleasure planet of Risa. Even Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, stated that Risa was the only planet from from his long run on that show, whose name he could still remember.Pleasure takes many forms, and the people of Risa are a giving people who, while appreciating sexual pleasures, seem to be most focused on the idea of personal pleasure and the pursuit of happiness. Their carefree attitude is best summed up in the common Risian saying, “All that is ours is yours.”So, what’s with Risa? Where is it? What’s it like? Is it safe? Here is everything a young ensign visiting the galaxy’s premiere pleasure planet needs to know.last_img read more

Enterprising engineers build worlds smallest microphone

first_img Novel Ear-like Dual Microphone System Tunes Out Background Noise In Cellphones Citation: Enterprising engineers build world’s smallest microphone (2012, January 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Imagine what you could do with a microphone so small, it’s almost invisible to the naked eye. Clearly there would be practical uses, such as in creating hearing aids that no one would notice, or devices that could be applied with a mild adhesive on or near the mouth or jaw bone to allow for instant communications via Bluetooth technology; but what of other more clever applications, such as always-on implanted heart monitors or super-sensitive devices that could be used as hidden monitors to detect intruders or the presence of others for those with vision impairments. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: © 2011 All of these things and more are likely on the way as research engineers continue to invent new ways to build ever smaller microphones. The new record holders are Bahram Azizollah Ganji, of Noshirvani University of Technology, in Iran, who has built a microphone that is just a half mm square, or put another way, just 700 square microns, and Bosch Sensortec GmbH, who apparently have made one that is roughly the same size. Either way, these microphones are tiny; so tiny most people wouldn’t notice them at all unless one was sitting alone on a pure white backdrop. Perhaps just as important, the tiny new microphones appear to be both highly sensitive and tiny power consumers.The tiny microphone market is huge, with some 685 million of them in various sizes and shapes sold in 2010 alone. Currently they are used in phones, electronic notepads, research equipment, computers, cameras, and a myriad of other devices (including spy equipment no doubt). But the rush is on to make them ever smaller, which should not only allow for smaller sized devices such as cell phones, but new uses for them altogether. Imagine a microphone placed strategically on either side of a person’s mouth, allowing someone listing to them on a dual speaker phone to hear their voice in stereo, or what if such microphones were to be embedded into the very construction elements of buildings, allowing people to speak to one another from their offices without having to use a phone at all, assuming they were all connected to a voice activated computer system of course. The possibilities seem almost endless.Some industry analysts, such as the trend watchers at IHS iSuppli, say that the tiny microphone market has more than doubled in just the past year, and expect such growth will not just continue, but grow. Thus, the development of ever tinier microphones is not just cool, it’s likely to be extremely lucrative. via ISNAlast_img read more

BlackBerry Creates a Storm

first_img 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story appears in the April 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Those who favor the exceptional e-mailing and messaging capabilities of a BlackBerry finally have a sleek touchscreen: RIM’s BlackBerry Storm under the Verizon network. Yet this one keeps the all-confirming click of a physical button with a screen that actually depresses. The 3.25-inch LCD has a hi-res display that automatically switches between landscape and portrait mode as you turn the phone, which then switches between full qwerty and RIM’s SureType keyboards.Included with the 5.5-ounce device are a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, video, autofocus and zoom; 1GB onboard memory, expandable via microSD slot; built-in GPS navigator; and Bluetooth capabilities.Keep in mind: Just as with the iPhone, this first-gen Storm has a few kinks to work out. Because there’s so much technology packed into such a small device, it has a hard time keeping up. But if it’s on your must-have list, watch for software updates; otherwise, the next batch should be even better. March 16, 2009 Register Now »last_img read more

UK researchers have developed a new PyTorch framework for preserving privacy in

first_imgUK professors and researchers have developed the first general framework for safeguarding privacy in deep learning built over Pytorch. They have reported their findings in the paper “A generic framework for privacy preserving deep learning.” Using constructs that preserve privacy This paper introduces a transparent framework to preserve privacy while using deep learning in PyTorch. This framework puts a premium on data ownership and its securing processing. It introduces a value representation which is based on chains of commands and tensors. The resulting abstraction allows implementation of complex constructs that preserve privacy. Constructs like federated learning, secure multiparty computation, and differential privacy are used. Boston Housing and Pima Indian Diabetes datasets are used in the paper to show early results. Except for differential privacy, other privacy features do not affect prediction accuracy. The current framework implementation introduces a significant overhead which is to be addressed in a later development stage. Deep learning operations in untrusted environments To perform operations in untrusted environments without disclosing data, Secure Multiparty Computation (SMPC) is used, which is a popular approach. In machine learning, SMPC can protect the model weights while allowing multiple worker nodes to participate in training with their own datasets. This is known as federated learning (FL). These securely trained models are still vulnerable to reverse engineering attacks. This vulnerability is addressed by differentially private (DP) methods. The standardized PyTorch framework contains: A chain structure in which performing transformations or sending tensors to other workers can be shown as a chain of operations. For a virtual to real context of federated learning, a concept called Virtual Workers is introduced. These Virtual Workers reside in the same machine and do not communicate over the network. Results and conclusion A reasonably small overhead is observed when using Web Socket workers in place of Virtual Workers. This overhead is due to the low network latency when communication takes place between different local tabs. When using the Pima Indian Diabetes dataset, the same overhead in performance is observed. The design in this paper relies on chains of tensors exchanged between the local and remote workers. Decreasing training time is an issue to be addressed. Another concern is securing MPC to avoid malicious attempts targeted at corrupting the data or the model. For more details, read the research paper. Read next PyTorch 1.0 preview release is production ready with torch.jit, c10d distributed library, C++ API OpenAI launches Spinning Up, a learning resource for potential deep learning practitioners NVIDIA leads the AI hardware race. But which of its GPUs should you use for deep learning?last_img read more

PEOPLE Unique Vacations Gary Sadler receives Jamaicas Honour of the Order of

first_img Gary C. Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales of Unique Vacations Inc.TORONTO — Well-known travel industry veteran Gary C. Sadler, Senior Vice President of Sales of Unique Vacations Inc., an affiliate of the worldwide representatives of Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, has received the Honour of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer, for his outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s tourism and hotel industry.Sadler will be invested with the insignia of the Order at the Ceremony of Investiture on National Heroes Day, Oct. 16, at King’s House in Kingston, Jamaica.Sadler, who recently celebrated his 25 years of achievements with Unique Vacations and Sandals Resorts, is no stranger to the Canadian travel industry. Sadler started his career with Sandals as a Playmaker before being transferred to Canada in 1992 to assume the role of Sales Representative, Ontario. He then moved west to Vancouver to pioneer the Western Canadian market.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksHaving conquered Western Canada, Sadler was promoted to Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the northeast U.S. Sadler returned to Canada in 1998 to accept the position of Director of Sales and Marketing, which he held until 2007 when he was again promoted to Vice President – Canada.He returned to the U.S. in 2008 to lead sales efforts in the Americas. Working under the direction of Sandals Resorts’ Chairman Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Sadler is responsible for the largest sales force of any resort company in the Caribbean, with a team of 125 sales professionals in the U.S., Canada and 22 countries in Latin America. Posted by Travelweek Group [PEOPLE] Unique Vacations’ Gary Sadler receives Jamaica’s Honour of the Order of Distinction Share Wednesday, August 9, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more