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first_imgWest Indies coach Stuart Law has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his team’s 101-run defeat in the third and the final Test against Pakistan in Dominica.The incident happened during the second session of the final day’s play when, following Shane Dowrich’s dismissal, Law visited the third umpire’s room, questioned the third umpire for confirming the on-field decision, before leaving the room while making an inappropriate comment.Law was found to have violated Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”.After the match, Law admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing.In addition to the fine, one demerit point has been added to Law’s disciplinary record.last_img read more


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first_img Continue Reading Previous Brain-boggler at ESC Boston 2017Next The app I tried Different product pipelines In IoT, there is more variation to be expected on product delivery for multiple customers (both in terms of customization and enhancement) as well as market segmentations (low, medium, and high). This presents varied production environments that may be difficult to reproduce and maintain at the development stage.Release cadence Different component of solution including firmware, web app, mobile app, and PC app have different release cadences making a unified release plan a challenge. The development of multiple features of different releases becomes challenging unless there is a well-defined process followed through, for regularly integrating the code.Also, there is a curiosity to know the true extent to which IoT developers take advantage of “mainstream” approaches like continuous integration. Based on our own project experiences, we have seen that IoT developers can leverage anything between fifty to sixty percent of DevOps implementation in areas comprising continuous integration, testing, deployment and monitoring.  The IoT ecosystem has the additional complexity of people with different skillsets following a scrum of scrum agile methodology.There are already many commercial mainstream tools available in the market for continuous integration.  For IoT, it helps us offer great assistance but would need some modification and enhancement.  For example, continuous integration in IoT would require the integration of multiple and fragmented development pipelines like device, web and mobile devices and prepare main and customized builds.  This would include automating environment configuration, code review, regression testing and reporting.Continuous testing in IoT can be more effective with sensor virtualization and simulation of physical devices (vCloud, VSphere etc.).  A CI tool (Jenkins, Bamboo etc.) can be leveraged to integrate the automation framework.Hence all these varied skillsets, tools and processes have to merge together to deliver DevOps in IoT.It is also a concern for enterprises that how developers (product manufacturers) in IoT should balance advantages like frequent updates with the practicalities of remote device update. To solve this, one has to note that the release cadence in IoT differs from traditional software release deployments.  IoT release cadence differs due to components. For example, a web patch application upgrade can be a monthly release cycle whereas a device upgrade release can vary from three to six months .  So continuous testing has to evolve to devise a more optimized way of testing solution exhaustively.  IoT testing is costly because infrastructure is huge along with exhaustive test coverage. eInfochips engineering teams have been able to reduce time to testing with improved quality for clients in various industries with our proven IoT testing methodologies. Embedded devices security and memory concerns The next important question is, How does DevOps for IoT work within robust security policies such as authentication, secure over the air update , etc.As there are multiple deployment endpoints in IoT, security has to be looked at from multiple aspects.  There are fundamentally three types of risks here: data at rest, data in motion and data in cloud. There is a computation risk within devices or within the cloud.  Also there are hardware tampering risks with physical device. The DDoS attacks on Oct 21, 2016 (now known simply as 10/21 attacks) using a network of hacked cameras and DVRs had crippled the Dyn server, effectively hurting traffic at high profile sites such as Twitter, Amazon and Netflix[2] Clearly, enterprises working on IoT solutions will have to figure out creative ways to improve the trust factor of their end products. The security concerns in IoT development environment can be greatly mitigated by inserting improved visibility and control over devices, giving each device its own identity with the business environment and humans.Embedded systems may have limited resources including memory. This can definitely impact the targeted system for implementing DevOps. Within the purview of DevOps, continuous deployment and continuous monitoring on embedded systems with limited resources will have an impact.For continuous deployment, for example, a lot will depend on the design and architecture of how the firmware update is deployed on a particular device.  For continuous monitoring, non-functional parameters like reliability and performance assume prime importance as a lot will depend on how remote updates and monitoring can be implemented without hindering the performance of the device.  Also. methods to extract data and pre-processing with a dynamic rule engine before it reaches the cloud is very important.Looking Forward The common refrain of enterprises working on IoT projects is that at a given time, there’s simply not enough talented resources with the right skills and expertise to sync with project timelines. Ensuring the timely availability of technical staff and skills is an important and desirable trait. Additionally, one has to factor in resistance to new technologies, practices and processes by the workforce. Depending on the requirement, outside expertise may be in order with service providers plugging the gap by bringing in additional skills.References [1] Manyika, James; Chui, Michael; Bisson, Peter; Woetzel, Jonathan; Dobbs, Richard; Bughin, Jacques; Aharon, Dan. “Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things.” June 2015. McKinsey.com. 19 January 2017.[2] John Roberts, Jeff. “Who to Blame for the Attack on the Internet”. Oct 24, 2016. Fortune.com . 19 January 2017.  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods There is no doubt in anyone’s mind today that enterprises across all verticals are viewing the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) as a playground of endless opportunities with somewhat undefined rules – clearly a market that they don’t want to miss out on. A McKinsey & Company analysis estimates the total economic value of IoT technologies in the range of $4 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025. [1]In order to weather the big changes of IoT transformation in near future, IoT application developers and product companies must understand that faster time-to-market is very critical to success in the IoT marketplace. To achieve that, you must allow IoT development platforms to do most of the heavy lifting . This is currently a major focus for large IoT enterprises right now, and can indeed play a very key role in the development of scalable IoT applications and services, leading to faster time-to-market because of reduced costs and time of delivery. There is also reduced need for coding and testing.To really get off the mark though, we have to understand that present day enterprise structure is really the single biggest roadblock to success in IoT . In journeying a traditional enterprise through the complex labyrinth of changes in IoT, what we require is a supportive culture and environment which celebrates collaboration and efficiency , cutting across departments, a far cry from the silos of the past.Considering the high stakes involved, if there’s one thing early adopters have learned about the nature of the IoT marketplace, the biggest obstacle to success lies in the way the modern enterprise is structured in terms of their development and operational efforts . When you’re dealing with connected devices and large chunks of data strewn among multiple delivery touchpoints, the way your people, processes and tools are geared together will play a decisive role in determining whether your solution is ready for lift-off, or everything will regress back to square one.DevOps has recently emerged as one of the most viable ideas to bring quick turnaround, speed, agility and scale in IoT solutions development. Basically, connected devices bring with them the need for continuous software deployment, for which the present day enterprise is poorly equipped to deal with the challenges that emerge during an ongoing project.DevOps in IT versus DevOps in IoT There are some fundamental differences in the way DevOps is applied for IoT solutions, as compared to a simple software engineering practice. In IT industry, the application of DevOps looks fairly straightforward.Figure 1. DevOps application in IT. (source: eInfochips) However, when you’re dealing with connected devices, sensors, unified protocols and gateways, the complexity becomes much greater. This manifests in the following ways:Complex and fragmented development pipelines: In IoT, DevOps implementation is in same as it is in pure play IT Software. The different development pipelines i.e. firmware, server side code, mobile app, desktop app adds to multiple delivery end points . Over and above hardware design/upgrades adds to further complexity. The team composition for each one of the pipeline requires different skills and follows different processes. Development teams might be able to deliver a quality code for the given pipeline, but it is challenging to integrate all the pipelines to ensure end-to-end product testing is quality proven. This requires processes to be enhanced to support the integration of code with regular Build-Verification-Tests that ensure that the code is always ready for deployment and is available to make emergency fixes/upgrades as and when needed.Legacy device and solution support Products along with cloud infrastructure usher in requirement for managing, updating, and maintaining existing devices on the field along with new additions, again increasing the variations and complexities in DevOps. The solution should be to support legacy devices/edges such as sensors and cameras to sustain the market. Further to this, there is a need for rigorous testing in end-to-end workflows. For example, a new thermostat launched in the market with its own self-learning features and cloud data collection/analytics would be definitely a preferred choice of end customers for their home automation product; but this can pose indefinite challenges for the solution designer as well as the involved test teams.Environment as code (when infrastructure as code is not enough!) Product engineering space brings additional challenges of virtualizing multiple associated devices along with the server infrastructure. The concept of ‘Infrastructure as code’ (IAC) needs to be extended to offer complete ‘Environment as a code’. Within private and public clouds, organizations are moving from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operating expenses (OPEX) models – pay for what you use. 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first_img Continue Reading Previous NVIDIA: DRIVE Constellation autonomous vehicle simulation platform now availableNext Toshiba: new small surface mount LDO regulators congatec presents a SMARC 2.0 Quick Starter Kit for the new NXP i.MX 8 QuadMax processor family. The kit offers everything developers need for the immediate evaluation of the new NXP i.MX 8 processor generation. Developers of vision-based AI applications, in particular, benefit from the natively supported integrated MIPI interfaces and optional pre-configured software support for artificial intelligence.The new congatec SMARC 2.0 Quick Starter Kit integrates conga-SMX8 computer modules with either the low-power NXP i.MX 8X or the high-end NXP i.MX 8 (QuadMax) series, as well as a conga-SEVAL evaluation carrier board, which offers access to all interfaces and functions for SMARC 2.0 based NXP i.MX 8 designs. The evaluation carrier supports a comprehensive set of interfaces including 4x PCIe x1, 1x mini PCIe, 2x USB 3.0, and 4x USB 2.0 for generic extensions. Next to 2x RJ45 for Gigabit Ethernet, 4x COM, 1x CAN bus and 12 GPIOs are also available. Displays can be connected via dual channel LVDS, eDP, DP and 2x MIPI-DSI, and additional storage media via an SD/MMC socket and 1x SATA 6G. Digital and analog audio I/Os for I2S and HDA complete the interface offer.The Quick Starter Kit also includes an ATX power supply, the conga-ACA2 MIPI CSI-2 dual camera module, WLAN antenna, LVDS adapter, SATA, USB cable and a cooling solution for the module. On software side, a qualified bootloader package and board support packages for Linux, Yocto and Android are available through the congatec Git server.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more


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first_imgOlivier Giroud netted a stunning winner to help world champions France beat Netherlands 2-1 in their UEFA Nations League match in Paris on Sunday.The goal helped Giroud end a run of 10 international matches without scoring a goal.The night started with a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise as France played their first home fixture since lifting the World Cup in July, and ended with a comfortable victory for the hosts at the Stade de France.The excellent Kylian Mbappe set France on their way with a first-half opener, but forward Ryan Babel equalised for the visitors with their only meaningful shot on target.Giroud produced a moment of magic with a superb volley 15 minutes from fulltime to seal the win, as France recorded a fifth successive victory over the Dutch.”The victory is the most important thing for the party to be really beautiful,” France coach Didier Deschamps told broadcaster M6 after the game.”I’m very happy for Olivier. It happens that strikers have periods when they are less effective.”I said before the World Cup, Olivier is often unjustly criticised. We cannot ask him to do what other attackers do, but he is very important to the team. It is when he is not there that we realise his value.”Le tifo pour nos Champions du Monde #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/6VXROjPWuyEquipe de France (@equipedefrance) September 9, 2018PROMES MISTAKEDeschamps kept the same starting line-up that drew 0-0 with Germany on Thursday, a sign of his desire to cap France’s homecoming with a victory and keep the World Cup after-party in full swing.advertisementMbappe tested the reflexes of Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen early on, before the lively forward provided a tame finish from Antoine Griezmann’s pass.The teenager, however, put his side in front after 13 minutes via a mistake from Dutch midfielder Quincy Promes.His header went straight to Blaise Matuidi, whose cut-back provided a tap-in for a grateful Mbappe.Griezmann was incisive with his passing and a superb defence-splitting ball was perfect for fullback Lucas Hernandez, who could only sky his shot well wide.@KMbappe #FRAPBS #FiersdetreBleus @NzoGraphic pic.twitter.com/4ICttKgGbPEquipe de France (@equipedefrance) September 9, 2018Cillessen then showed impeccable timing to save at the feet of a surging Mbappe just before the break, avoiding the kind of contact that could easily have resulted in a penalty.After Georginio Wijnaldum had dragged a good opportunity wide, the Netherlands levelled on 66 minutes with their only meaningful shot on target as Babel bundled the ball in off his knee from a Kenny Tete cross following a swift break down the right wing.It was the former Liverpool forward’s first goal in a competitive international since he netted on debut against Romania in a World Cup qualifier 13 years ago.Didier Deschamps et le staff de lEquipe de France honorés au Stade de France ! pic.twitter.com/pu4czyNTdZEquipe de France (@equipedefrance) September 9, 2018Giroud, however, ended his own barren run of games as he muscled ahead of Virgil van Dijk and produced a superb volley from Benjamin Mendy’s cross to take his international goal tally to 32, past the great Zinedine Zidane on France’s all-time scorers list.”A cross for the striker, you just have to defend that. That has nothing to do with quality, it should not happen,” a frustrated Dutch coach Ronald Koeman told NOS.”We worked hard and played well. We showed that if we really try to play football, then we can play.”I think we are on the right track, but we also have to improve some things. Teams such as France will punish our mistakes mercilessly.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


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first_imgOhio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins throws a pass.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 1: Quarterback Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the first quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)It’ll be hard finding a game more intriguing than tonight’s showdown between Ohio State and Penn State.During ESPN’s College GameDay, fans were out in full force, making noise for their Nittany Lions. As usual, one particular supporter had an epic sign about Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins.Instead of going over the top with a ridiculous comment, the sign simply said “Dwayne Haskins wears timbs in the summer.”A cold-blooded Timbs sign. pic.twitter.com/RoarxdI6BT— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 29, 2018Although Penn State fans were quick to reignite their rivalry, Haskins wasted little time responding to the sign.Haskins easily could have denied that he wears Timberland boots in the summer, yet he decided to take the comedic route instead. In one of the best tweets of the season, the dual-threat quarterback blamed his roots for his fashion choices.It’s the jersey in me ?? https://t.co/NtOTfSUygB— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) September 29, 2018That’s right, Haskins gave a subtle shout-out to Highland Park, New Jersey.Honestly, it’s hard to decide whether Haskins is better at throwing touchdowns or cracking jokes.As for the game itself, Ohio State and Penn State will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.last_img read more


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first_img The Minister, who is scheduled to open the debate on the Bill during today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, said the concerns raised in the media were unexpected as “I did not table the Bill without having the necessary consultations”. Story Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says he will be inviting architects and engineers to a meeting to discuss issues they have raised about the new Building Bill.He made the disclosure while addressing a national building policy workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (June 6).The Minister, who is scheduled to open the debate on the Bill during today’s sitting of the House of Representatives, said the concerns raised in the media were unexpected as “I did not table the Bill without having the necessary consultations”.He indicated that within his first three months as Local Government Minister, he held extensive discussions with various players in the building industry.“Before we sent this Bill to have the final work done on it, we circulated it, we invited (stakeholders) in the business (to make recommendations), and early this year, I met with the team and we signed off on what was tabled in Parliament,” he noted.The Minister said significant changes were made to the Bill based on the suggestions put forward, but noted that it was not possible to accommodate all views. He noted that the accompanying Regulations will address some of the concerns outlined.Minister McKenzie said the country cannot afford to postpone the debate “on the long-awaited and important bit of legislation that needs to guide the country’s building development”.The Building Bill seeks to establish a modern legislative framework that will serve to reduce the vulnerability of Jamaica’s built environment and ensure public safety and welfare; minimise damage caused by natural and man-made hazards; prevent squatter settlements; and promote sustainable development.The legislation will also streamline the permit application system to eliminate unnecessary referrals and expedite responses; facilitate the introduction of special express services; and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities regarding accessibility, safety and user-friendliness.It also provides for the establishment of the National Building Code, and identifies the Bureau of Standards Jamaica as the agency that will set the acceptable local and international standards for construction.In addition, the legislation establishes that the municipal corporations are to be the local building authorities and will be responsible for inspecting, certifying and taking the actions necessary to approve new structures, change existing buildings, or destroy dangerous structures.center_img Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says he will be inviting architects and engineers to a meeting to discuss issues they have raised about the new Building Bill.last_img read more


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first_imgzoom The Port of Long Beach reported that the quarter ended September 30 was the busiest in its 104-year history, driven mostly by record cargo volumes in July and August, as well as the port’s busiest September ever. Measured by individual containers of freight, cargo volume at the Port of Long Beach climbed 4.1 percent in September compared to the same period last year, to 655,624 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of boxed cargo.The year’s third quarter — July through September — topped 2 million TEUs in a first for the port, and improved 14.8 percent over the third quarter of 2014.“In recent months, Long Beach has seen a robust return of once-diverted cargo,” said Jon Slangerup, Port of Long Beach CEO. “We greatly appreciate our shippers’ continued confidence in the Port of Long Beach.”Through the first nine months of 2015 the port has seen a 5.2 percent increase in cargo volume compared to the same period last year. At this rate, the port would finish the year with more than 7 million TEUs for only the third time in its history — the last time was 2007.This year’s third quarter saw 10.6 percent more imports and 10.5 percent more exports, compared to the third quarter of 2014.For September alone, imports dipped 1.9 percent compared to the same month last year, to 332,909 TEUs. Exports grew 6.1 percent to 125,639 TEUs. Empty containers rose 14.6 percent to 197,076 TEUs.last_img read more


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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: CHC Helicopter Norway/ Video Screenshot Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman have filed a Class Action lawsuit against Viking Cruises regarding the Viking Sky incident from March 2019.The law firm said that the lawsuit involves Viking Ocean’s “knowing and intentional decision to sail the Viking Sky, carrying roughly 1,000 paying passengers, into notoriously perilous waters and directly into the path of a massive weather event known as a Bomb Cyclone.”In the midst of the cyclone, the vessel’s engines suffered a complete failure leaving it adrift in Hustadvika, off the coast of Norway, in late March. The cruise ship was battered by storm 10 gale force winds and more than 30 foot waves, according to the law firm.As the complaint lays out, this weather event was no surprise. Instead it was properly forecast days in advance. Despite the consensus by numerous weather forecasting agencies’ warning of extremely severe winds of storm 10 gale force capabilities expected in the vessel’s intended and actual path, Viking Sky left for its voyage on March 21, 2019.By the early morning of Saturday, March 23, the winds and rough seas were battering the vessel and later that day, while sailing through waves of over 30 feet and winds exceeding hurricane strength, Viking Sky suffered a complete engine failure.The 2017-built ship sent out a mayday signal after losing its engines, prompting a rescue operation in which close to 500 passengers were airlifted by helicopter.“At no time were the passengers advised or warned of the impending peril. It was not until the next day when large waves were rocking the cruise ship, causing passengers and crewmembers to become seasick, did the vessel alert the passengers it would not be making the intended stop,” the Maritime lawyers said.Consequently, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman seeks any and all damages available, including punitive damages, based on the allegation that Viking negligently sailed through perilous waters into the path of the cyclone.last_img read more


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Rabat – Friday’s prayer by Muslims held yesterday in the Washington National Cathedral provoked a backlash from conservative Christians.During the gathering of several hundred Muslim worshipers and other guests in the historic American church, a woman in the audience suddenly rose and began shouting against the decision to host Muslims in the church.unidentified womanThe unidentified woman shouted, “America was founded on Christian principles,” according to the the Washington Post. Addressing people attending the Friday prayer, the woman said, “We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country.”“Why can’t you worship in your mosque, and leave our churches alone?” she added.Security aides immediately pulled the angry woman out, and the service continued.In a Facebook post on Thursday, Rev. Franklin Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, expressed his dissatisfaction with hosting Muslims in the church.However, the organizers said that the event, which was marked as a “powerful symbolic gesture,” was aimed at bringing Muslims and Christians worldwide together and promoting a better understanding and acceptance between communities of both faiths.In an open greeting, Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, described the sounds of Arabic prayers “a beautiful sacred language in a beautiful sacred space,”Ebrahim Rasool, a Muslim scholar who is South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, said, “We come to this cathedral with sensitivity and humility but keenly aware that it is not a time for platitudes, because mischief is threatening the world.”Cathedral officials and local Muslim leaders emphasized the urgent need for religious tolerance and collaboration between the religious communities to erradciate extremism.For security measures, the organizers closed the gathering to the public and gave access only to selected members who were screened at the entrance of the cathedral. read more


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VANCOUVER – A federal approval for a proposed oilsands mine expansion will be reviewed Wednesday by Federal Court because of accusations that Ottawa ignored an Alberta aboriginal band’s concerns about major environmental impacts.In a case that sums up many of the issues Alberta aboriginals have with the way the province’s energy industry is regulated, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is asking the court in Vancouver to overturn Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s approval of Shell’s Jackpine project.The massive plan was approved last December, despite significant concerns from the review panel that considered it, which included 88 recommended conditions.“The federal government made no real mention of the recommendations, saying (they) would be looked at and the project approved,” said band spokeswoman Eriel Deranger.Court documents filed by the government argue that Environment Canada did meet with band representatives and responded to concerns that weren’t under provincial jurisdiction.Shell first applied for the Jackpine mine expansion in 2007. The project would open new mines, build processing facilities and increase Shell’s output by 100,000 barrels a day.However, the joint federal-provincial review panel concluded that environmental cost would be significant and irreversible. It said the project would mean the permanent loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands. It predicted the expansion would harm migratory birds, caribou and other wildlife and wipe out traditional plants used for generations.The panel also said Shell’s plans for mitigation are unproven. It warned that some impacts, together with those of surrounding mines, would probably approach levels the environment couldn’t support.In addition, the band says the approval process violates at least three federal statutes — the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Species At Risk Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act — as well as several international agreements Canada has signed.Ottawa maintains the band was consulted throughout.“In view of the unfolding of the environmental assessment process, the consultation process implemented by Canada, (the band’s) participation in the process, the consultation process carried out at each stage, and the (panel’s) findings … Canada engaged with the (band) in a honourable fashion,” say court filings. “The evidence is also clear (the band) will be consulted going forward.”Environment Canada staff held five meetings with the Athabasca Chipewyan after the panel released its report and before the project was approved by the federal cabinet on Dec. 6, 2013.“Meetings are not meaningful consultation,” said Deranger. “Meaningful engagement with First Nations would be doing things like developing parameters, developing thresholds and baselines that are necessary for the continuation of our treaty rights.”The band points out that the government released its decision before the consultation period was complete.Shell also argues the band was consulted from the beginning. It adds that consultation will continue if the project proceeds and will also occur under such provincial programs as regional land-use plans.Alberta’s land-use plan for the area is also being challenged by all First Nations near the oilsands.Athabasca Chipewyan lawyer Eamon Murphy said government and industry may have held meetings, but the band’s concerns remain unaddressed.“You met with us a few times, we exchanged some pieces of paper, but ultimately there was no real attempt to implement those recommendations.”The Jackpine review echoes frequent concerns from First Nations about Alberta’s energy industry.They say the industry’s growth is damaging treaty rights by leaving less and less land on which to practise them. They say the province is systematically narrowing the scope of public hearings to exclude treaty-based arguments and, in some cases, the bands themselves.They accuse the province of wanting to control how much consultation is necessary. And they say Alberta’s land-use policies place aboriginal concerns on the same level as a local snowmobile club or other “stakeholders.”Premier Jim Prentice, who also serves as aboriginal affairs minister, has promised to work to improve those relations.16:47ET 14-10-14 read more


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The Government can do this by fully implementing the existing legal framework, avoiding stigmatisation and fostering a spirit of dialogue and constructive criticism, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, said at the end of her five-day mission to assess progress made in Togo since her last visit in 2008. “The situation of defenders and civil society in Togo has improved with respect to what I saw in 2008, and I commend the authorities, civil society and the international community for the efforts made,” Ms. Sekaggya stated. “The environment for defenders is more enabling now, but important challenges remain.” The degree of politicization of the environment in which defenders operate has worsened with respect to 2008, the expert stressed. “I call on civil society and media to re-assess their position and role in society to make sure that they act independently and in a professional manner when checking and reporting on the State’s obligation to protect and promote human rights.” Ms. Sekaggya highlighted that journalism in Togo, which is quite young, is not always exercised with “enough degree of professionalism” and respect for basic ethics. However, she warned that the existence of defamation as an offence in the Criminal Code can be used to “unduly punish those who are critical of Government policies and considerably reduce the space for defenders to exercise the basic right to freedom of expression, which is key to claiming other rights.” Concerned about the use of force by the police when handling demonstrations, Ms. Sekaggya said security forces need to be well trained in crowd control and the role of defenders, and properly equipped. “Defenders also have a role to play in monitoring demonstrations and making sure that they are conducted in a peaceful manner,” she added. She also cited the need to strengthen the engagement between the National Human Rights Commission and human rights defenders, and to address the lack of trust that seems to exist between them. Ms. Sekaggya pointed to the challenges faced by certain groups of defenders, notably women defenders and those working on women’s rights, trade unionists, and those working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Ms. Sekaggya will present her report to the Council in March 2014. read more


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first_img“In spite of a great many attempts at self-justification after the fact, it is not possible for either Dublin City or the Department [of the Environment] to mask the Council’s incorrect interpretation of its own development plan so often,” the report claims.Its report, which cites evidence given at oral hearings held by An Bord Pleanála, suggests that council officials had collaborated with developers on some proposals to the point where they had actively encouraged a breach of the development plan’s rules on height.“The reader is entitled to draw the conclusion that substantiation has been provided for Dublin City’s support and encouragement of proposals which were in breach of the Development Plan,” the report says.An official review of Dublin’s planning procedures commissioned by the government in 2011 found that while there was no evidence of any sort of “systematic corruption”, there was evidence of of matters “ranging from maladministration to inconsistency”.Read: Planning review finds deficiencies but no evidence of wrongdoing Read: An Taisce’s report in full (PDF) > AN TAISCE has claimed that Dublin City Council has ‘wasted’ €40 million in public funds by granting planning permission for developments in Dublin, under terms in contrary to its own development plan.The body says a total of €30 million was squandered by supporting the planning application for the construction of the National Children’s Hospital at the site of the Mater hospital, which was later overturned by An Bord Pleanála.An Taisce said approving the hospital plan was a clear breach of the council’s own development plan, which imposed a strict height limit on new projects.Another €10 million was spent dealing with 25 other cases between 2005 and 2013, including the proposed redevelopments of the Berkeley Court Hotel site in Ballsbridge, and of Liberty Hall in the city centre.last_img read more


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first_imgVictoria’s Taxi Services Commission (TSC) has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Aaron de Rozario. Mr de Rozario is currently General Manager of Passenger Services in WA’s Department of Transport where he co-ordinates regulation in the On-Demand Transport sector (taxis, limousines and charter vehicles) as well as providing the WA government with strategic policy advice on industry reform and regulatory issues. The announcement follows an extensive national recruitment campaign, and the TSC said that his appointment “recognises his significant leadership experience in senior public sector roles, and in particular in transport regulation, enforcement and reform”.Mr de Rozario takes over from the Acting CEO James Holyman, who has been in the position since the former CEO Marnie Williams concluded at the end of March.In a statement to media, Mr de Rozario, who is also a member of the National Taxi Regulators Group, said he was looking forward to meeting Victorian stakeholders and working with the industry to ensure a sustainable future.Taxilink director Harry Katsiabanis, one of the state’s most vocal commentators on taxi affairs, welcomed the news of the appointment, saying that the “industry knowledge and experience that Mr de Rozario brings as a result of his position in Western Australia will deliver value to the department.”Asked what priorities the new CEO should adopt in relation to the intense debate over Uber, Mr Katsiabanis said:“We’d all like to see the TSC enforce the law to its fullest extent, and let us get on with our livelihoods.Mr Katsiabanis added that he wished Mr de Rozario well in his new post. “It’s challenging position in a challenging time, in a changing industry.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_imgIn a new report, titled ‘Servicing Australia’s Future’, ANZ warns Australia might face a substantial shortage in skilled labour by 2030 due to a shift in the economy.From a predominantly industrial-based economy, Australia has now formulated its modern structure around health, education, tourism and professional services.According to the report, by the year 2030, 20 per cent of the Australian population is expected to be older than 65. The more the population ages the likelier it is for the economy to lean towards skilled anthropocentric services.Many mining investments would be redirected to fund development of services companies, in areas including computer software and research.“The technology argument hasn’t considered the implications of an economy shifting from producing goods to producing services, increased health spending to support an ageing population, and new services export opportunities in Asia,” acting ANZ chief economist Richard Yetsenga said in a statement.“These forces will create substantial change in the Australian labour market.”The projected growth in health, education and professional services 15 years from now will reach six per cent and as a result, Australian society will require professionals with a high level of education, posing many financial challenges.“As education demand grows, a major challenge will be tertiary funding. Securing private sector investment will be vital, with partnerships between business and universities more important than ever to ensure we develop a workforce fit for a services-driven economy,” Mr Yetsenga said.ANZ said a growing service sector could change the distribution of wealth, with demand for labour in services and a contraction in capital-intensive industries like mining supporting “a recovery in the labour share of income”.Meanwhile, projected demand for labour will also continue to rise, at a pace of 1.6 per cent per year, something which could balance the current growing income inequality.However, while the economy is constantly adapting to new drivers, career paths tend to not be as linear and simple as they once were.This translates to continuously up-skilling and learning transferable skills which can be used in a number of roles, sectors and markets. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


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first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target European scientists have created tiny robots that can be introduced and accepted into insect societies.The lovechild of Ant-Man and Iron Man, these mobile machines are learning to work with insects (specifically, those of the family Formicidae) to eventually control serve humans.“The idea is to be able to solve [a] problem with a better solution than they [the robots and insects] can produce individually,” according to study lead Bertrand Collignon, of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.Part of the EU-funded CyBioSys project (a component of the Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation program), the ongoing research could be combined with other work teaching robots to communicate with animals.The process is fairly simple: A camera mounted inside the nest alerts the androids when a legion of ants are departing—a sure sign that food has been found.Embedded sensors then allow the bots to follow their creepy-crawly companions to the bounty, at which point the machines take over, using their “superior muscle power” to carry the feast back home.By working together, the robots (re-programmed off-the-shelf Thymio bots running on Raspberry Pi computers) and insects play to their respective strengths, creating a so-called “cyber-biological system” (CBS).Boasting an exceptional sense of smell, ants—as anyone who’s ever had an infestation knows—are pretty darn good at sniffing out dinner. But their miniscule bodies often can’t handle the weight of your crumbs, and some (despite an advanced pheromone system) get lost on the return journey.Robots, on the other hand, can carry a crapload more than the scuttling arthropods, in a fraction of the time.“This synergy will save the energy that should be consumed by the robots for constantly exploring the environment and quicken the collection of the food, making the ants more rapidly available for further exploration,” the project objective said.Infiltrating notoriously aggressive colonies—like ants and bees—is not new: A previous EU-funded venture found that small mobile robots could interact with cockroaches and influence their collective behavior.(A frightening glimpse into our future?)Continued work in the field may eventually lead to applications in search and rescue, exploring environments too dangerous or inaccessible for humans. Integrated artificial systems could also usher in new solutions to controlling animal behavior on farms.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Merseyside Police does not have enough evidence to prosecute the Liverpool Egyptian star but has given advice on mobile phone usageA video showing Liverpool Egyptian star Mohamed Salah texting while ignoring the team’s fans was published a few weeks ago.In the clip, he is seeing using his mobile phone while driving out of Anfield earlier in the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.And Merseyside Police have confirmed today there is not enough evidence to prosecute the professional footballer.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We can confirm a 26-year-old man was spoken to following an incident on Arkles Lane in Liverpool on Sunday 12 August,” the police department said in a press release published by Goal.“Inquiries have taken place and there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution and as such no further action will be taken.”“The man has been spoken to by officers and given advice and guidance around mobile phone use in a vehicle,” the Merseyside Police concluded.last_img read more


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first_img Historic scholarships awarded by Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Historic scholarships from Latin GRAMMY Foundation historic-scholarships-awarded-latin-grammy-cultural-foundation News Twitter Facebook Record-setting amounts awarded to select music students around the world by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural FoundationBrian HaackGRAMMYs Jul 28, 2017 – 1:24 pm GRAMMY.comThe Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s charitable support for music education programs around the world has topped more than $2.5 million in just the few short years since the Foundation launched in 2015.However, just this week, the Foundation has announced its largest-ever series of scholarship awards for a single year, with a whopping $870,000 being awarded to 44 select Latin music students from around the world.The monies include the Foundation’s yearly flagship Miguel Bosé Scholarship, which this year will provide $200,000 in tuition support for 22-year-old Dominican electric bassist Ernesto Núñez, who will be entering Berklee College of Music this fall to study contemporary writing and production.Additional Gifted Tuition Scholarship awards were presented to Andres Guerra, 21, a classical guitarist from Venezuela; Nikola Vasiljevic, 17, a Dominican bassist; and Carolina Mercado, 22, a tenor saxophonist from Mexico, in the amounts of up to $100,000 for each student.Guerra and Vasilijevic will each be attending Berklee, while Mercado will attend the School Of Jazz at New York City’s prestigious The New School.Rounding out the distribution, 40 additional students attending various schools in Colombia, Mexica, and Spain will also receive Tuition Assistance Scholarship grants of up to $10,000 each.”Thanks to our generous donors, involved artists, and compassionate partners, we continue to be in a strong position to provide support to truly talented Latin music students in need and with the tools to pursue their dreams to follow in the footsteps of their Latin music icons,” Said Manolo Díaz, Senior Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.Alejandro Sanz named 2017 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Email last_img read more


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first_img Comment 18 Photos Now playing: Watch this: MIT’s scrappy little Mini Cheetah robot is a cutie-pie of a robotic quadruped. It’s also an accomplished gymnast. MIT says the plucky machine is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip.  The school posted a video on Feb. 28 of Mini Cheetah in action. The highlight reel shows off the robot’s ability to flip, run, scoot sideways, hop and play in a pile of dry leaves like a shiny little headless puppy.Mini Cheetah rocks a modular design with low-cost electric motors built from off-the-shelf parts. “A big part of why we built this robot is that it makes it so easy to experiment and just try crazy things, because the robot is super robust and doesn’t break easily, and if it does break, it’s easy and not very expensive to fix,” says lead developer Benjamin Katz. Watch this robot cheetah do a backflip Robots Mini Mini Cheetah’s design is reminiscent of Boston Dynamics’ famous SpotMini doglike robot. We have yet to see SpotMini try for a backflip, but Boston Dynamics’ two-legged Atlas robot pulled off the feat in 2017.The MIT team is building 10 more Mini Cheetah robots, which they intend to loan out to collaborators to advance the robot’s design and development.While Mini Cheetah is plenty charming thanks to its small size and acrobatic abilities, it can still trot about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed. Keep that in mind if you ever need to outrun it. Share your voice Sci-Tech Mini Cheetah is the creation of MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory, which is also developing the much larger Cheetah 3. The big sibling bot can jump up on your desk. Personally, I’d invite Mini Cheetah to jump up on my lap for some snuggles. The robot weighs just 20 pounds (9 kilograms) but can still recover when someone kicks it around. Even when knocked entirely onto its back, it can roll itself upright. There’s an endearing blooper reel at the end of the video showing some Mini Cheetah fails, but the little robot still endures. Tags Meet Boston Dynamics’ weird and wonderful robot family 1 Originally published Feb. 28.Update, March 4: Added more information from MIT. MIT’s ‘blind’ Cheetah 3 robot can jump up on your desk Boston Dynamics robots rated by Robopocalypse threat level 1:46 Fabulous robotslast_img read more


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first_imgFormer finance minister Arun Jaitley passed away today at AIIMS around 12.07 pm. He was 66. Jaitley was admitted to the hospital on August 9, 2019 after he complained of breathlessness and uneasiness. Sorry to hear about the demise of #ArunJaitley ji, an articulate, intellect and affable leader. In his 4-decade long political career, he made notable contributions in the service of nation and stood up for values. My prayers are with his family and friends in this hour of grief.— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) August 24, 2019 Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Devastated to learn about the passing away of Arun Jaitley ji. Truly cherish the many years of friendship shared with a humble leader who was also a great statesman. My deepest condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/Fqsz8eFhYu— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) August 24, 2019Hon’ble CM Sri KCR has expressed shock over the demise of former Union Minister Sri Arun Jaitley Ji. CM recollected services rendered by Arun Jaitley to the nation and prayed that his soul may rest in peace. CM conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family.— Telangana CMO (@TelanganaCMO) August 24, 2019 Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Extremely saddened to learn about the demise of Former Union Minister Sri @arunjaitley Ji. Condolences to his family 🙏One of the most well informed & composed union ministers I’ve had the good fortune of interacting many times. Always forthright & ebullient#RIPJaitleyJi pic.twitter.com/G4z3isLlVz— KTR (@KTRTRS) August 24, 2019Saddened with the demise of Shri.@arunjaitley ji. I pray for #ArunJaitley ji’s divine soul rest in peace and prosperity. We have lost a great, honest & a remarkable leader. Om Shanthi 🙏 pic.twitter.com/lzOJEwVHhs— CM Ramesh (@CMRamesh_MP) August 24, 2019 Advertise With Us Extremely aunguished to learn about the sad demise of BJP senior leader, former Union Minister Sri Arun Jaitly Ji. He selflessly sacrificed his entire life for the nation. My deepest condolences to his family. Om Shanthi🙏 pic.twitter.com/cERWxIZmdG— Dr K Laxman (@drlaxmanbjp) August 24, 2019బిజెపి సీనియర్‌ నేత, కేంద్ర మాజీ మంత్రి అరుణ్‌జైట్లీ మృతి దిగ్ర్భాంతికరం. వారు లేని లోటు పూడ్చలేనిది. పార్టీకి, దేశానికి వారి సేవలు చిరస్మరణీయం. వారి మృతి పట్ల బిజెపి తెలంగాణ ప్రగాఢ సంతాపాన్ని తెలియజేస్తుంది. వారి ఆత్మకు శాంతి చేకూరాలని భగవంతుడిని ప్రార్థిస్తుంది. ఓం శాంతి🙏 pic.twitter.com/NlVNXU1Z6m— BJP Telangana (@BJP4Telangana) August 24, 2019Shocked to hear about the demise of Arun Jaitley ji. Throughout the long association our party has had with him, we witnessed his honesty, integrity, courage and the fine way he carried himself. My deepest sympathies and respect go out to his family.— Lokesh Nara (@naralokesh) August 24, 2019In Sh @arunjaitley’s demise, the nation has lost a star who shone as a minister, feisty Leader of Oppn in Rajya Sabha, an enduring friend of the ENTIRE political class, a darling of the ENTIRE media and as an inspirational figure for youth aspiring to join politics. Om Shanti! pic.twitter.com/EOXhYCmikM— GVL Narasimha Rao (@GVLNRAO) August 24, 2019last_img read more


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first_imgCHAW Stage Play The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) will present Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s stage play Inheritance Canyon on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Sept. 18 – Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the black box theatre at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Matinees will be held on Oct. 3 & Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. The play was written by Liz Maestri; directed by Lise Bruneau; music and sound by Kathy Cashel. The play is about celebrating women’s voices through a theatre festival. In the play survivors of a mysterious disaster face their greatest enemies — themselves — as they struggle for meaning within the restrictions of their new lives as government guinea pigs. The play features Dan Crane and Esther Williamson, with guest artists Teresa Castracane, James Flanagan, Gwen Grastorf, and Morgan Sendek. Tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit chaw.org or taffetypunk. com/shows/shows.html, or call CHAW at 202- 547-6839.last_img read more