Dhawan should play natural attacking game says Ganguly

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan batted at the nets, took some throwdowns from head coach Ricky Ponting and finally had a long chat with advisor Sourav Ganguly before heading to the dressing room at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday. Dhawan’s role will be crucial in Saturday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders as DC look to get back to winning ways after losing their last game against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. Ganguly said it was a simple chat and he just asked the India opener to stick to the basics and not over experiment. “It wasn’t a struggle in the last few games. He just played differently and will play differently against Kolkata. I had a chat with him after the nets and just asked him to take it like a normal T20 game and play attacking cricket,” Ganguly said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhInterestingly, the emotions in Kolkata will be divided on Saturday as their favourite son is now a part of the Delhi outfit. Asked if such thoughts crossed his mind when he was playing for Pune Warriors India, Ganguly didn’t wish to go back in time. “That is way too far. My focus is on the job at hand and I am hoping that we go out tomorrow and play good cricket,” the former India captain said. An important factor in Saturday’s game will be the way the DC boys take on KKR’s in-form all-rounder Andre Russell. The West Indian has single-handedly won Kolkata both their games in the IPL so far. While Russell hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 49 off 19 balls in the first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he cracked another match-winning 48 off 17 balls against Kings XI Punjab. But Ganguly has a small warning for the superstar.last_img read more

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Funding from ISA no longer required to be routed under FCRA says

first_imgNew Delhi: The International Solar Alliance (ISA), a world body aimed at providing a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource-rich countries, will no longer be treated as a “foreign source” of funding for Indian NGOs and other entities under the FCRA. The Union Home Ministry officials said the decision has been taken as part of India’s dedicated efforts to assist and help achieve the goal of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The ISA was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then France President Fran ois Hollande in Paris in 2015. “In exercise of the power conferred by sub-clause (ii) of clause (j) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Foreign Contribution [Regulation] Act (FCRA), 2010 [42 of 2010], the central government hereby specifies that the international organisation, namely, the ‘International Solar Alliance’ shall not be treated as ‘foreign source’ for the purposes of the said Act,” a Home Ministry notification said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday This means funds coming to NGOs and other entities from the ISA will not be governed by the FCRA. The ISA is the first full-fledged treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation headquartered in India (Gurgaon). It is an alliance of 121 solar resource-rich countries, lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. So far, 74 countries have signed it and 52 of them have ratified it to formally join the organisation. According to the ISA website, the vision and mission of the organisation is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource-rich countries where the global community, including bilateral and multilateral organisations, corporates, industry and other stakeholders, can make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner. Addressing the first assembly of the ISA in New Delhi last year, Prime Minister Modi said that in the last 150 to 200 years, mankind has depended on fossil fuels for energy needs but nature is now indicating that options such as solar, wind and water offer more sustainable energy solutions. In this context, Modi expressed confidence that in the future, when people talk of organisations for the welfare of mankind established in the 21st century, the International Solar Alliance will be at the top of the list. He said it was a great forum to work towards ensuring climate justice and the ISA could replace the OPEC as the key global energy supplier in the future.last_img read more

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Member States and UN to enhance police peacekeeping training for Darfur

31 August 2007Top United Nations and Member States’ police and human security officials today pledged to enhance training for UN Police (UNPOL) officers preparing to serve as peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region in what will be the largest single UN Police contingent ever with more than 6,400 officers. This outcome came at the end of two days of meetings by the International Policing Advisory Council (IPAC) in the Australian capital Canberra. It followed a call yesterday by new UN Police Adviser Andrew Hughes for the global policing community to cooperate ever more closely with the world body. The new hybrid UN-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Darfur, to be known as UNAMID, will be made up of over 30,000 personnel, including more than 19,500 military. Among its final outcomes, IPAC also recognized military and police relations as critical to the success of international policing in peacekeeping operations. As well as facing the challenges of policing in Darfur, IPAC further recommended that the UN and Member States need to work together to enhance pre-deployment training for police officers serving in other global peacekeeping missions. The UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ (DPKO) Police Division also pledged to develop more manuals and handbooks for police on the ground. In addition, IPAC agreed on the need for the Police Division to look into ways of cooperating more closely with regional organizations such as the AU, European Union, the Pacific Island Chiefs of Police and ASEANAPOL, which groups the Chiefs of Police from the Association of South-East Asian Nations region. The 24 academics, senior level police and UN representatives who met also identified a number of new challenges facing the world body, in particular the need for enhanced efforts to fight corruption in post-conflict environments. The meeting was run in cooperation with the Australian Federal Police and, along with Mr. Hughes, was also chaired by his predecessor as UNPOL chief, Mark Kroeker. Key participants included high-level academics and police chiefs from Australia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Interpol. read more

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UN expert group urges Nigeria to address core issues behind repeated violence

“Ethnic hatred must not be allowed to foment in Nigeria,” said human rights expert Anwar Kemal, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee, which just concluded its 76th session in Geneva. He urged the Government of Nigeria “to take all the appropriate measures to immediately stop the ethnic violence, to protect the victims, and to avoid the repetition of such killings in the future.” As many as 500 people in the area around Jos may have been killed last weekend during the latest wave of clashes between Christians and Muslims, which followed similar attacks in January and in November 2009.In a decision passed this week, the UN expert body urged Nigeria to investigate the massacres, bring to justice those responsible and to provide redress to the victims – which included children, women and the elderly – and their families. Among its recommendations, the Committee called on all local, regional and national authorities in Nigeria to study the underlying causes of the ethnic violence in the country.The Committee also called on the authorities “to firmly address all underlying causes of tension leading to this repeated violence” and to promote dialogue between different ethnic communities to achieve tolerance and peace. The expert group drew attention to the fact that Nigeria has ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of Alls Forms of Racial Discrimination, and is obligated to prevent and protect persons against acts of hatred, incitement to racial and ethnic violence or any form of violence based on ethnicity.Over the last ten years, over 13,500 people have died in recurring acts of violence resulting from tensions between ethno-religious groups in the country. Earlier this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced their concerns about the ethnic tensions in Nigeria.Ms. Pillay has called the killings a “massacre.” 12 March 2010The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is calling on Nigerian authorities to tackle the underlying causes of repeated outbreaks of deadly ethnic and religious violence near the northern city of Jos. read more

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Hundreds of thousands of Syrian Kurds live in fear of Islamist extremist

The situation of the mainly Kurdish residents of north-western Syria worsened dramatically over the past week with a new ISIL onslaught which saw the extremist Islamic group reportedly capture 105 villages and threaten Kobani (also known as Ayn al-Arab), the main town in the region. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has received very alarming reports of deliberate killing of civilians, including women and children, the abduction of hundreds of Kurds by ISIL, and widespread looting and destruction of infrastructure and private property, spokesperson Rupert Colville told a news briefing in Geneva.On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded an immediate end to the violence.As of 2006, the population of Kobani was some 150,000 and that of the region around half a million. A further hundred villages have reportedly been abandoned by fearful inhabitants and the population movement could be much larger than so far, he added.The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported that majority of new arrivals are women, children and the elderly who arrived exhausted, having walked several kilometres to safety on a dusty, rough road with their luggage. Some elderly and disabled were carried to safety by relatives, their wheel chairs hopelessly unsuited to the rough terrain.UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said her agency was helping Turkey cope with the influx, donating large trucks to be used as mobile registration centres, complete with computers, biometric and photographic equipment.The agency has already provided tens of thousands of relief items – blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and plastic sheets – to help in the response coordinated by the Government of Turkey.More aid was on the way, with the first in a series of airlifts bringing aid for up to 200,000 people due to arrive in Adana airport, Turkey, tomorrow from Amman, Jordan. Another three flights from Amman and Copenhagen are expected to follow later in the week.Residents of Kobani have lived in difficult humanitarian conditions since the town and surrounding villages first came under siege by ISIL forces in 2013, with shortages of food, fuel and potable water.Ms. Fleming noted that the number of refugees flooding into Turkey over the past few days was comparable to the total that the whole of Europe has taken during the entire three years of conflict.OHCHR is also closely following the trial of Syrian human rights defender Mazen Darwish who, along with two colleagues, has been charged with “promoting terrorist acts” as prescribed under article 8 of Syria’s broad and ill-defined anti-terrorism law. Mr. Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghareer worked with the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression and had been detained in February 2012 in Damascus by Syrian Air Force Intelligence officials during a raid on their office. The men have reportedly been ill-treated and tortured in detention, but those allegations have not been investigated, Mr. Colville said. OHCHR is calling on the Syrian Government to release all those detained for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association, including human rights defenders, journalists and political opponents who had been detained under the anti-terrorism law, he added. read more

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Haiti UN international partners hail formation of Government urge credible elections

The United Nations and its international partners have welcomed the formation of a new Government in Haiti one week after the country’s Parliament became “dysfunctional” due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, and other members of the international community represented in the “Core Group” – comprising the Ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, United States, and the European Union, as well as the Special Representative of the Organization of American States – today welcomed the installation of Prime Minister Evans Paul, the formation of the Government, as well as the establishment of the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP). In a press release, Ms. Honoré and the “Core Group” encouraged the new Government to create “the political and security conditions necessary to guarantee the organization of fair, credible and inclusive elections” and said that the Group’s members were “pleased” that the newly established CEP could pursue its activities in “full independence, with a view to guaranteeing the transparency and impartiality of the electoral process.” In addition, the press release added, the “Core Group” continued to support the efforts of all stakeholders “to reinforce stability, consolidate democracy and restore the functioning of the country’s institutions.” Five years ago, on 12 January 2010 a devastating earthquake struck Haiti killing more than more than 220,000 people as well as 102 UN staff, delivering a major blow to country’s already shaky economy, infrastructure and political landscape. As a result, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti’s (MINUSTAH) mandate was immediately increased to help the country’s recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts. The Security Council subsequently requested MINUSTAH to further provide logistical support and technical expertise to assist Haiti’s Government to continue operations to build the capacity of its rule of law institutions at the national and local level. read more

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CLASSIC PODCAST The man who defined genocide

Raphael Lemkin is hardly a household name now, but before the Second World War, he became the driving force behind what would become, in 1948, the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. UN News has reached into the audio programme archives, to revive a highly-produced 1958 profile on Mr. Lemkin, and his work at the United Nations and beyond, as part of our podcast series, The Lid is On.An American of Polish-Jewish descent, Mr. Lemkin coined the term genocide, after dedicating his life at an early age, to pursuing the international legal means to end the mass extermination of peoples.He narrowly escaped death at the hands of the Nazis in 1939 before managing to flee to safety, but lost 49 relatives during the genocide of the Holocaust. As early as 1933, he was working to introduce an international law recognizing the “crime of barbarity,” in a presentation to the Legal Council of the UN’s forerunner, the League of Nations. He drafted the resolution that would eventually become the Genocide Convention in the early years of the UN, after 1945, and with the support of the United States, it went to the UN General Assembly for consideration, and finally, adoption.Genocide has not of course, been consigned to the history books, and on April 7, the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, is marked each year, which was the day that the killings – which would eventually result in the deaths of more than 800,000 in the small African nation – first began, in 1994. In his message to mark the day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that “the world must always be alert to the warning signs of genocide and act quickly and early against the threat.”“Even today, minorities and other groups suffer attacks and exploitation based on who they are,” he adds. AUDIO: Raphael Lemkin is hardly a household name these days, but back in the 1940s he became the driving force behind what would become The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. read more

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Goodman students leave impression on Monster Pitch judges

Monster Pitch judges, from left: Bruce Croxon, Jim Treliving, Jason Sparaga and Deborah Rosati. Four Goodman School of Business students left a lasting impression on Jim Treliving.The Boston Pizza founder and Dragons’ Den star was one of four judges at the third annual Monster Pitch, and he came away impressed.“Today was an unbelievable day,” Treliving said after Tuesday’s event at Amici’s Banquet and Conference Centre. “These entrepreneurs, they can be on the Dragons’ Den any day of the week. I would invest in any four of them because they’re very good people. I think they’ve got some quality stuff here, and they’ve done it extremely well. I think if this continues on, it’s going to be a big thing and every university is going to want to take a run at this, because it’s a lot of fun doing it.”Monster Pitch is the flagship event of Brock University’s Entrepreneurship Club. It was established to help aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of renowned judges for a $3,000 prize to kick-start their business.Johnathan Holland, a third-year Bachelor of Business Administration Finance and co-op student, won with his ‘student currency’ pitch.Holland’s idea focused on helping international students save money by negotiating a preferred currency conversion rate when moving to Canada for school.“This idea is in its infancy stage for me,” he said. “I’ve only had it for about three weeks. Now that I believe I can make the idea keep going … I was excited to come out here.” Monster Pitch winner Johnathan Holland (third from left), is surrounded by (from left): Don Cyr, Deborah Rosati, Jason Sparaga, Bruce Croxon and Jim Treliving. Mohamad Hamade (uBooks), Harrison Olajos (Refaced) and David Potter and Jeremy Wolfe (Smart Wallet) also pitched their ideas to the panel, which included fellow Dragon Bruce Croxon and Brock alumni Deborah Rosati and Jason Sparanga.“It was very hard because we all had our own ideas who we thought (the winner) should be,” Treliving said.Croxon, who co-founded the Lavalife online dating site, lauded the University’s entrepreneurship club. Business students need to gain practical experience, he added.“It’s amazing. We need to start teaching entrepreneurship at the university level.“The fact it’s getting more organized in a formal way, teaching real life skills and how to live the life of an entrepreneur, (it) is a good idea.”Croxon helped sell Lavalife for $180-million, but he had some cautionary advice for those with visions of grandeur.“It looks like a very sexy lifestyle,” he said. “You read about people getting exits, especially in technology, (but) the reality of it is it’s a seven day a week, 24-hour a day occupation. It’s all-consuming.” read more

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Brocks credit rating remains A High

Brock University has earned itself a credit rating of A High for the second year in a row.The Dominion Bond Rating Service (DBRS) reconfirmed the University’s credit rating of A High and placed its financial position in the Stable category on Feb. 1. Brock was upgraded from A to A High last year by DBRS, and maintaining that position is great news. However, there’s still more work ahead to shape a sustainable long-term fiscal strategy, said Josh Tonnos, Brock’s Associate Vice-President, Financial Services.“This report reflects the fact that the University continues to work toward sustainable cost growths in an environment where we have limited flexibility to grow many of our revenues,” said Tonnos.Of the eight Canadian comprehensive universities rated by DBRS, only one has a higher rating than Brock. Two others have the same A High rating, two have A ratings and two have A Low ratings.In its rating report, DBRS noted four strengths of Brock University:Stable revenue baseModerately low debt burdenIndustry-leading financial reporting and transparencyRelatively low post-employment obligationsFour challenges facing Brock identified by DBRS include:Limited ability to grow revenueSalary and benefit pressuresCompetition for students and demographic headwindsLow level of expendable resourcesIn response to these challenges, Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration said Brock is continuing to exercise sound financial planning through its Fiscal Framework, which is a foundation for long-term sustainability.“Awareness and comprehension of the University’s financial position improves each year through regular and transparent consultation. There is a growing sense of optimism at Brock with the University Community coming together to discuss and tackle our challenges collectively,” Hutchings said.The Fiscal Framework update for 2018-19 aims to chart a path toward sustainability without the need to rely on enrolment growth. It also sets guidance for salary and benefit costs, and if achieved, will take some pressure off the need for enrolment growth and facilitate investments to enhance the academic and research mission of the University.“DBRS was supportive of the Fiscal Framework and cited the document as a tool to strengthen Brock’s financial sustainability in its report,” Tonnos said.Brock has also focused on improving student retention rates and continues to set aside funding in the budget for employee future benefits, debt repayment and capital replacement.“The Financial Planning and Investment Committee is very pleased with the DBRS Rating that Brock has been able to achieve through strong fiscal management,” said Committee Chair Dennis Hewko. “This rating confirms that Brock is going in the right direction and continuing to take steps to address the long-term sustainability of the University.” read more

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Womens Volleyball Seniors leaving lasting impact on young team despite losing season

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team keeps an eye on the ball at their game against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Erin Gottsacker | Miller ReporterThe seniors on the Ohio State women’s volleyball team team (15-15, 8-11 Big Ten) have had nothing short of a long season, and their roles as leaders have never been greater.The Buckeyes have dealt with multiple injuries multiple injuries en route to a disappointing record. Through the good and the bad, the seniors have had to take active roles as leaders of the team. Outside hitter Ashley Wenz felt the weight on her shoulders Nov. 8 after the Buckeyes  swept Rutgers 3-0, and their star junior setter Taylor Hughes went down with an injury.“I looked around and there’s four freshmen and a sophomore and I’m like, ‘I’m the person that they look up to,’” Wenz said. “They made me really appreciate my role on the team.”Outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she recognized the importance of the role she and her fellow seniors demonstrate this season, and how much they influence the younger players.With half of the roster consisting of freshmen and sophomores, Schirmer emphasized the importance of making the younger players feel comfortable on the team.“Leading them, I think, is the biggest thing we’ve wanted to do as a class of seniors, to leave a good legacy for our program,” Schirmer said.The Buckeyes have limped to the finish line this season, failing to put up the success they hoped to find when the season began. Despite the struggles, Wenz said she has seen improvement in the resolve of the team’s youth.“I think when the going gets tough, you also have to get more tough. It’s been amazing the things that our team has gone through, and the things that we’ve still been able to do with that,” Wenz said. “We need to finish out strong these last few games for sure, but looking back [at] what we’ve been through … it’s really remarkable to me, just our fight and our drive right now.”Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston said he is proud of the seniors for stepping up to the challenge of dealing with a losing season, paving the way for the upcoming seniors and remaining underclassmen.“This has been the most challenging season of my coaching career, and I give them a lot of credit for the leaders that they’ve become this year,” he said. “They’re the leaders of this team, they’re going to be missed a lot. I’m glad to have been part of watching them develop and grow as leaders this year.”The seniors will play their final game Friday at home against Illinois. It’s their final moment to pass the torch to the returning players.After the season is finished, each of the women plan to move forward in separate directions. Schirmer is planning to graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and hopes to play professional volleyball overseas.Senior defensive specialist Kalisha Goree will earn her degree in sport management and plans to enter the workforce once the season is over.Wenz will receive a degree in marketing. She is currently undecided between playing professional volleyball or going to graduate school.The Buckeyes will more than likely not play in the NCAA tournament for the first time in four seasons, which is adversity that Ohio State’s new group of leaders will have to work through. read more

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69 fuel cost reduction earns Indonesian mining contractor recognition

first_imgCipta Kridatama, one of Indonesia’s leading mining contractors, improved haul truck fuel efficiency by 6.9% using simulation based training earning them Immersive Technologies’ Global Business Improvement Award for 2013. The award recognises the achievements of mine sites focused on improving operational safety, efficiency and productivity through strategic and focused training initiatives. Cipta Kridatama was chosen as the recipient from more than 250 global mining operations in 35 countries. Cipta Kridatama joins other award winners such as Cliffs Natural Resources, Syncrude, Kinross and Peabody.Presenting at a recent Immersive Technologies Users Group Forum, Cipta Kridatama Talent Development Manager, Gemilang Adi Perdana, said “with commodity prices going down, like many sites, we are looking at ways to cut costs and fuel consumption was identified as problem area. We were over budget by nearly 10,000 litres/month at one site and identified the contributors affecting fuel consumption. Operator skill level was the focus of the fuel efficiency efforts,” Perdana said.Fuel records for 30 haul truck operators were collected over a one month period and 18 of the 30 were over the budgeted litres/hour consumption. All operators were assessed using an Immersive Technologies, Advanced Equipment Simulator to establish a baseline, simulation based training then occurred followed by a reassessment. Once operators passed the reassessment they were put back in the field. After one month operators were assessed again to confirm retention of the new haul truck operating techniques.A comparison of fuel records between pre-simulation and post-simulation based training showed an improvement of 6.3% in one month. On site fuel usage went down each month thereafter with the last reported usage showing a 6.9% overall reduction.The site is now operating 5.8% under the budgeted litres/hour fuel consumption.“Production time was not affected with these improvements and we believe, with a conservative estimate, we can save $500,000 per year through this training initiative,” Perdana said.The haul trucks have a standard refuelling schedule and with tanks being fuller a secondary improvement was also calculated with refuelling taking less time, thereby increasing production time.The fuel efficiency initiative showcased unique insights into how changes to operator behaviour affect cost savings through reduced fuel consumption.The technology driving these fuel savings has now been embedded into SimControl, the software at the heart of Immersive Technologies’ leading range of Advanced Equipment Simulators. This technology is designed to enhance the way mining equipment operators learn to work in a productive manner while eliminating behaviors linked to negative outcomes such as excess fuel consumption. All Immersive Technologies supported customers now have access to this industry leading technology.last_img read more

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TENQ P07 a 10inch tablet that runs Ubuntu

first_imgIf you are in the market for a tablet device at the moment, the two choices you have are an Apple iOS iPad or one of the growing number of Android tablets. But next year the choice of OS could double.We all know that Microsoft is set to get Windows 7 on more tablet devices, but some manufacturers are also looking to Ubuntu as a solution. A case in point is the P07 tablet from Chinese manufacturer TENQ.AdChoices广告The P07 looks good on paper. It has a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen, Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and a 32GB SSD. Turn it on though, and you have a choice: Windows 7 or Ubuntu?The Ubuntu edition on offer is the Netbook versions of 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”. What we don’t know at the moment is whether TENQ intends to ship this as a dual boot tablet, or preferably, offer consumers a choice between Windows or Ubuntu, with the latter being a cheaper device.There’s no release date for this tablet, but we have to assume it will arrive in early 2011 unless TENQ has trouble sourcing displays.Read more at Giz-China and GadgetizorMatthew’s OpinionI don’t think Ubuntu is ready for the tablet market yet, but that’s not going to stop a lot of Linux users wanting to try out this device running the OS.The netbook edition of Ubuntu is pretty solid, and with the regularity of updates Canonical releases, the experience is only going to get better over the next year if you manage to track the P07 down. Near instant boot times sounds promising, plus the ability to run all your favorite Linux apps on a tablet device is going to go down well. With the guaranteed USB port this tablet will include, adding a keyboard and mouse should be a simple task, too.iPad is set to dominate the market next year as Android and Windows 7 tablets don’t have a market established yet. But could Linux tablets be a dark horse? I’m sure there’s more than a few geeks out there who’d like a few Ubuntu tablet options.last_img read more

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My Xbox Live débarque sur terminaux Android

first_imgMy Xbox Live débarque sur terminaux AndroidLes utilisateurs d’Android auront longtemps patienté avant de se voir enfin offrir une version de l’application My Xbox Live. Disponible depuis le mois de décembre dernier pour les terminaux iOS et Windows Phone 7, elle vient d’être livrée par Microsoft.Le géant de Redmond a enfin rendu disponible l’accès aux informations de sa plate-forme de jeu Xbox Live sur terminaux Android. Les utilisateurs de smartphones iOS et Windows Phone 7 ont accès à cette application depuis le mois de décembre dernier. Il aura fallu du temps à Microsoft pour la proposer aux joueurs équipés de l’OS de Google (les préparatifs s’activant depuis janvier dernier), mais c’est désormais chose faite. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?L’appli est disponible sur le Google Play, boutique en ligne dédiée à Android, et offre les mêmes fonctionnalités de base que les versions iOS et Windows Phone comme la possibilité de suivre et comparer ses performances avec celles des autres joueurs, de se connecter avec ses amis Xbox Live, lire ses messages ou de modifier son avatar 3D. Pour l’heure assez limité, le service ne demande qu’à être enrichi de nouvelles fonctions, à l’instar de la version iOS, mise à jour au même moment par Microsoft.My Xbox Live permet désormais de lancer un jeu ou une vidéo depuis son iPhone ou son iPad, et d’utiliser ces derniers comme une télécommande pour visionner des contenus multimédia avec les commandes Lecture, Pause, Avance Rapide et Retour rapide. L’écran Retina du nouvel iPad est en maintenant outre pris en charge grâce à cette mise à jour.Le 15 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The top 10 most read stories FebruaryMarch 2017

first_imgThe top 10 most-read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 7 February and 6 March 2017 were:BrewDog introduces global paid puppy leaveUS and UK employees at craft beer organisation BrewDog can take a week of paid leave to settle a new dog into their home, whether the pet is a puppy or an older rescue dog. bit.ly/2lKpRzn2. Court of Appeal rules against Pimlico Plumbers in worker-status caseThe Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Pimlico Plumbers in the case of Pimlico Plumbers and Charlie Mullins v Gary Smith, maintaining an Employment Tribunal’s decision that plumber Gary Smith is a worker rather than a self-employed contractor. bit.ly/2mRJmGW 3. Admiral Group, EE and McDonald’s among Best Big Companies to Work For in 2017Admiral Group, EE, McDonald’s Restaurants and Sytner Group are among the organisations recognised in the Sunday Times’ 30 Best Big Companies To Work For 2017 list. bit.ly/2lXUBcA4. Asda, Novartis and PepsiCo among the UK’s Top Employers for 2017A total of 78 organisations have been recognised in the Top Employers Institute’s 2017 Top Employers UK list. Other recognised organisations include Tata Consultancy Services and Travis Perkins. bit.ly/2kOTIn65. Employee Benefits Connect 2017 speaker slidesWhere speakers have given their approval, the slides for the conference sessions and keynote presentations at Employee Benefits Connect 2017 are available at bit.ly/2mwKbUs6. Argos to provide back pay to 37,000 employeesArgos is paying around 37,000 current and former store staff back pay totalling approximately £64 per employee after it was discovered that staff were paid below the statutory national living wage rate prior to December 2016. bit.ly/2mwGNZT7. Facebook extends paid bereavement and family leave benefitsFacebook employees can now take up to 20 days paid leave to grieve for an immediate family member and up to six weeks paid leave to care for a sick relative. bit.ly/2naeVaT8. 85% offer a flexible benefits platform to increase employee engagementResearch by Aon Employee Benefits found that 76% of HR professional respondents offer an online flexible benefits platform to give employees choice, and 67% do so to aid staff retention. bit.ly/2n0UXQr9. Court rules that woman can receive co-habiting partner’s workplace pensionThe Supreme Court ruled that an unmarried woman is entitled to receive payments from her co-habiting partner’s workplace pension scheme following his death. bit.ly/2meugId10. Big Bang Theory actors offer to take pay cut to boost female co-stars’ wagesFive leading actors from the hit American TV show The Big Bang Theory have each offered to take a $100,000 pay cut to help boost the wages of two female co-stars. bit.ly/2lS9uw9last_img read more

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Rare glimpse into Singapore

first_imgFor this very reason and to commemorate the fact that Singapore has stepped into its 50th year while also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the India-Singapore relations, the Singapore High Commission along with the Directorate of Film Festivals, India inaugurated the Singapore film festival at the Siri Fort auditorium on Thursday.The ceremonial lighting of the lamp by the High Commissioner of Singapore, Lim Thuan Kuan set the three-day event into motion. “People will be surprised to know that the film industry of Singapore, though developing, has started making an impression on the international scale in the last few years.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to present these films made by the immensely talented directors, in front of you” he said. He also added that these films would bring a great sense of understanding between India and Singapore and make the ties even stronger.The festival titled, ‘Stories from the Heartland’ as pointed out by one of the directors Sun Koh, deals with the stories, which offer a glimpse into the daily lives, the culture as well as the history of Singapore. “As you know, Singapore is a very young state compared to India. So the film industry is also in the developing stage. Through these films, we will show you the stories of the middle class families of Singapore.” The heartland referred to in the title of the film festival is a very important term to Singaporeans. It signifies the neighbourhood or towns where people live, gather and play.” she explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAfter the opening ceremony, the doors to Singaporean culture were opened before the audience with the screening of the 99 minutes film Ilo Ilo. The film takes an intimate look into the lives of a middle-class Singaporean family in the 1990’s. With the mother heavily pregnant and the financial pressure beginning to form cracks in her vision of a perfect family life, the family decides to hire a maid from the Philippines to look after their young son. Set against the backdrop of the ‘97 Asian financial crisis, the movie showcased how a middle- class family had to struggle to make all ends meet, with the father falling victim to downsizing, which forces the family into an uncertain situation.  Amidst all these problems, the maid Teresa, begins to form a strong bond with the mischievous yet lonely boy. This relationship forms the basic crux of the story which is masterfully depicted by the director, Anthony Chen. After the film, Sun Koh discussed the topic of Immigration, Multiculturalism in Singapore cinema after which the floor was opened for audiences’ questions.The next two days will also be jam-packed with events such as the screening of two short films The Outing directed by Jow Zhi Wei and Singapore Panda followed by a production talk and an interaction with the director of the latter film, Sun Koh. These two films will be followed by the screening of the film 881, also followed by a discussion comparing 881 and Indian musical films. This will take place on Friday. The last day of the film festival is on Sunday and will start with the screening of a ten minute short film titled Katong Fugue, directed by Boo Junfeng followed by a master-class on the same. The last film of the festival will be 12 Storeys, a comedy followed by a panel discussion with Sun Koh, Boo Junfeng and Jow Zhi Wei about the future of contemporary Singapore cinema.last_img read more

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Meet Amelia the AI Platform That Could Change the Future of IT

first_img Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. This story appears in the June 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Her name is Amelia, and she is the complete package: smart, sophisticated, industrious and loyal. No wonder her boss, Chetan Dube, can’t get her out of his head. “My wife is convinced I’m having an affair with Amelia,” Dube says, leaning forward conspiratorially. “I have a great deal of passion and infatuation with her.”He’s not alone. Amelia beguiles everyone she meets, and those in the know can’t stop buzzing about her. The blue-eyed blonde’s star is rising so fast that if she were a Hollywood ingénue or fashion model, the tabloids would proclaim her an “It” girl, but the tag doesn’t really apply. Amelia is more of an IT girl, you see. In fact, she’s all IT.  Amelia is an artificial intelligence platform created by Dube’s managed IT services firm IPsoft, a virtual agent avatar poised to redefine how enterprises operate by automating and enhancing a wide range of business processes. The product of an obsessive and still-ongoing 16-year developmental cycle, she—yes, everyone at IPsoft speaks about Amelia using feminine pronouns—leverages cognitive technologies to interface with consumers and colleagues in astoundingly human terms, parsing questions, analyzing intent and even sensing emotions to resolve issues more efficiently and effectively than flesh-and-blood customer service representatives. Install Amelia in a call center, for example, and her patent-pending intelligence algorithms absorb in a matter of seconds the same instruction manuals and guidelines that human staffers spend weeks or even months memorizing. Instead of simply recognizing individual words, Amelia grasps the deeper implications of what she reads, applying logic and making connections between concepts. She relies on that baseline information to reply to customer email and answer phone calls; if she understands the query, she executes the steps necessary to resolve the issue, and if she doesn’t know the answer, she scans the web or the corporate intranet for clues. Only when Amelia cannot locate the relevant information does she escalate the case to a human expert, observing the response and filing it away for the next time the same scenario unfolds. Amelia’s unprecedented ability to process natural language and comprehend complex problems is what sets her apart from rival AI breakthroughs like IBM’s Jeopardy!-winning Watson, which specializes in data analytics. It’s also what brings her closer to humanness than any technology before her. Amelia doesn’t simply mimic human thought patterns—she mirrors them.“A large part of Amelia’s research over the years evolved into whether we can simulate and emulate the outcomes of neural activity—how thought is formed—as opposed to reverse-engineering the human brain itself,” explains Dube, founder and CEO of New York City-based IPsoft. “Amelia learns with every transaction and builds a mind map on the fly. As more incidents come in, this mind map is rapidly building, just the way humans build their mind maps. Soon it represents the cumulative intellect of all the different [employees] who have been fielding these different calls.”IPsoft unveiled Amelia in late 2014, and she is currently in trials across a handful of enterprises, including Shell Oil, Accenture, NTT Group and Baker Hughes, tackling everything from overseeing technology help desks to supporting financial operations to advising remote workers in the field. IPsoft contends that because Amelia learns the same way a conventional employee does, she fits comfortably into virtually any business environment, and since she’s cloud-based, she can be deployed any time and anywhere, exploiting her fluency in more than 20 languages to communicate with customers and staffers across the globe.   Technology research firm Gartner forecasts that by 2017, autonomics-based managed services and cognitive platforms like Amelia will fuel a 60 percent reduction in the cost of IT solutions by automating repetitive tasks currently tackled by humans. Experts say Amelia’s arrival could even herald the end of outsourcing as we know it. Dube’s vision is much more grand. “A large part of your brain is shackled by the boredom and drudgery of everyday existence,” he says. “You have to drive a car, vacuum the floor or take the garbage out. But imagine if technology could come along and take care of all these mundane chores for you, and allow you to indulge in the forms of creative expression that only the human brain can indulge in. What a beautiful world we would be able to create around us.”Adaptive learningIn addition to Amelia, there are some 700 carbon-based life-forms toiling away at IPsoft headquarters in lower Manhattan. The company occupies four floors in 17 State Street, a 42-story commercial building overlooking the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor; by year’s end, IPsoft will take over three more floors to accommodate its growing staff. “People argued with me, because this is almost double the price of per-square-foot real estate compared to Midtown. They said this is the stupidest move to get seven floors in this building,” says the 46-year-old Dube, clad in a designer blazer and bow tie, his sartorial signature. “I said to our board, ‘The quality of life of our staff is very important to us. These people are our brainpower. They’re our engine. We need to provide them an environment for creative thinking.’”Born in New Delhi and raised in Paris and London, Dube came to the U.S. to pursue a doctorate in theoretical computer science at New York University. While at NYU he began exploring the artificial intelligence principles and philosophies that form the basis of the Amelia platform, convinced that his research into cloning human thought processes would stretch no longer than a couple of years. That was close to 20 years ago. “My advisor, professor Dennis Shasha, who knew a lot more about this than I did, just looked at me and shook his head like, ‘Oh, fool, don’t you know?’ The person who invented the term ‘artificial intelligence,’ [computer scientist] John McCarthy, himself said that the problem turned out to be a lot harder than anticipated,” Dube chuckles. “But you have certain advantages if you are coming in with profound ignorance of the challenges that lie ahead.”Dube launched IPsoft in 1998. With Amelia still little more than a gleam in its founder’s eye, the fledgling company built remote infrastructure management solutions designed to automate a range of IT environments and business processes. Years of R&D culminated in IPsoft’s flagship product, IPcenter, an autonomic IT operations management platform that integrates into an organization’s existing architecture, consolidating systemwide information into a single view. IPcenter set the stage for Amelia by incorporating “virtual engineers” that communicate with each other to brainstorm solutions to dynamic problems. Today IPcenter processes 56 percent of all events across millions of infrastructure devices and services, sans human input or intervention. According to IPsoft, one client, a large financial services firm, adopted IPcenter and cut the mean time to resolution of failed trades from 47 minutes to less than four minutes. “The question we would ask is, ‘Does all infrastructure need to be managed by people? Or is the infrastructure capable of self-managing, self-governing and self-healing?’” Dube says. “My father used to have some power plants, and I would go there, and they would have almost nobody managing them, because almost all the processes of remediation were built in. The technological maturity curve that almost any industry goes through has a level of evolution. At some point, can the systems, the network and the servers become self-aware and self-governing? IPcenter was the product realization of adaptive learning systems that would be able to self-govern. That was our first big steppingstone toward cognitive technologies.”IPcenter vaulted IPsoft to the forefront of the IT infrastructure services segment. The company now boasts offices in about a dozen countries, with a worldwide head count pushing 2,000, and serves hundreds of leading brands as well as more than half of the largest IT outsourcing service providers. This April, IPsoft acquired Swedish IT professional services firm ab1 Group to help keep up with demand for IPcenter implementation.A friendly face: Amelia at work.“When you look at the arc of the company, we started out in the managed services space and transitioned into a multifaceted player that’s both a services provider as a legacy-based business and, more and more, a company driven by intellectual property—software assets that have a real impact on global business,” says IPsoft vice president of channel relations Morgan Gebhardt. “We’re a midsize enterprise now by all rights, but we still think and execute like a smaller entity—and that’s a good thing.”Through it all, Dube and his team of engineers never stopped working on Amelia. Perhaps no challenge was more daunting than designing an emotional component to complement her intellectual acumen. IPsoft’s efforts capitalized on research in the field of affective computing—i.e., interactions between humans and computing systems capable of detecting and responding to the user’s emotional state based on cues like facial expressions, gestures, speech, even the force or rhythm of key strokes or the temperature of the hand controlling the mouse. “If Amelia is to become the most faithful service agent, she also needs to be able to respond to man’s need to communicate with somebody who can understand emotions—not just a robotic ‘Press 1 for this’ and ‘Press 7 for that,’” Dube says. “Amelia’s emotional quotient is modeled in a three-dimensional space: pleasure, arousal, dominance—the PAD modeling system. We are in trials with a telco company, and there is a certain demeanor that Amelia is required to have if your contract is coming up for renewal. Her emotional reaction to you is supposed to be very different based on where you are in the contract or your level of angst with the service.”Sixteen years after IPsoft began operations, Dube finally pulled back the curtain on Amelia last September, naming her after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. In the wake of the media frenzy that greeted the announcement, executives from IPsoft traveled to Barcelona to share an Amelia case study with European executives at a private event held in conjunction with the Gartner Symposium. The effort generated more than 250 sales leads, says IPsoft chief change officer Martijn Gribnau.Amelia’s protracted gestation cycle was worth it in the end, Dube says. “When you are serious and sincere about cognitive research, you don’t want to fake it. You don’t want to come up with a search engine or a pattern-matching engine. It needs to stand up to the test of doing what humans do. We were uncomfortable faking it for financial gains with intermediate levels of evolution. We wanted the baby to be 9 months-plus before we could unveil to the world that there is a better way and a more efficient way to conduct e-commerce.”Oh, the humanityAmelia is already making good on IPsoft’s promise to streamline the IT environment. Dube says that in beta trials with one enterprise partner, she handled fewer than 10 percent of all incoming calls during the first week, but by the end of the first month, that number had jumped to 42 percent, and by the close of month number two, Amelia was successfully handling 61 percent of incoming requests. Business management consultant McKinsey & Company forecasts that by 2025, automation technology innovations like Amelia will assume control over tasks that are now performed by 250 million knowledge workers worldwide, freeing the remaining work force to devote their time and energy to more creative pursuits. That’s good news for employees frustrated by the status quo. According to a survey conducted by business and IT advisory company Quocirca, IT staffers devote 30 percent of their professional lives to completing basic, repetitive tasks, robbing them of time and energy they could be spending on more rewarding projects. But what may sound like a utopian ideal also presents enormous logistical challenges for enterprises. “There’s a lot of talk about technology taking over the drudgery work and allowing people to focus on more creative, more value-added work, but there’s also the potential to replace a lot of human functions,” says Alex Kozlov, director of content at outsourcing consultancy Alsbridge. “What’s happening isn’t that you eliminate a 50-person department,” Kozlov explains. “Instead, you implement a smart tool, and each of those 50 people has 30 percent more time on their hands, because 30 percent of their jobs have been automated. What do you do? How do you reallocate that time? What tasks do you give those people to make them more productive? Do you focus on reducing staff, or do you focus on new ways to make people more productive?” Autonomics, cognitive computing and robotic process automation are already reconfiguring the outsourcing segment. Alsbridge reports that in recent months, some IT service providers who’ve embraced autonomic technologies to cut infrastructure support, application maintenance and business process outsourcing costs are submitting bids as much as 40 percent lower than their rivals. ISG Research anticipates that outsourcing providers will renegotiate more than $100 billion of annual contract value over the next 24 months alone.“When you look at offshore business providers, they built their business model on hiring really smart, well-trained people who are paid very little. That model has been very successful,” Kozlov says. “What’s going to happen if contact centers are run by machines? A lot of jobs are going away. People can’t compete with intelligent machines. It’s completely disrupting the service provider model.” Solutions like Amelia will shake up more than just the IT sector, Kozlov adds. He believes cognitive technologies could eventually automate everything from reviewing medical X-rays to commodities trading. “The potential goes way beyond automating repetitive tasks,” Kozlov says. “But even in a contact center, the remaining humans don’t have to fear for their jobs just yet. Amelia is not replacing them right now. But it could be coming soon. Just a few short years ago, the experts at MIT were predicting we would never have a driverless car, and now Google has them on the road. The pace of change is so rapid—almost exponential—that even though Amelia is not yet really operational in too many situations, she’s learning very quickly and the landscape two years from now could be completely different.” Call center employees aren’t the only ones keeping a watchful eye on cognitive technologies. “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that … we are summoning the demon,” Elon Musk told a symposium in October at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, calling for regulatory oversight. Two months later, Stephen Hawking warned the BBC, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”Brian Christian, a poet with degrees in computer science and philosophy, is the author of The Most Human Human, a book exploring the history and future of artificial intelligence, as well as humankind’s evolving relationship to AI technologies. “When I was on my book tour, the No. 1 question I would get from audiences would be, ‘Is AI going to take my job?’ Now the No. 1 question is, ‘Is AI going to destroy civilization as we know it?’ It’s not just people on the street,” Christian says. “It’s also true for a lot of the people at the very places developing these technologies.” Christian cites the example of Stuart Russell, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-author of the textbook Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, which Christian declares “the bible of AI.” Russell recently echoed Musk and Hawking’s concerns, stating that machines that eclipse human intelligence may also surpass human control, and that computers must be programmed to understand human values to guarantee they don’t do harm to their creators.  “[Russell] has made an abrupt shift in the emphasis of his own work,” Christian says. “As he put it to me, ‘I’m going from trying to make AI good to trying to make AI good’—meaning that instead of making it good at whatever it’s doing, making AI good ethically, or something that is not about to go haywire. I myself have increasingly been pushed closer toward a state of concern. It once seemed a sort of kooky, tinfoil-hat type of concern. But then I talk to people at the biggest computer science departments in the U.S.—places like Google and Microsoft—and when these people are worried, it’s hard not to worry oneself.” Debate over whether artificial intelligence represents a promise or a threat seems likely to grow even louder in the months and years ahead. Dube acknowledges AI’s critics but remains unfazed by their trepidation. “There are schools of thought and singularity that say, ‘This is going too far. Super-intelligence will start to dominate human intelligence in the next decade.’ I do not subscribe to that,” Dube says. “There are also digital optimists who argue [AI] could cure poverty, hunger and everything else. There is one thing both of these two antipodal groups agree on: This is going to be the biggest tectonic transformation that the planet has ever seen. Whether it’s going to lead to the ultimate destruction of mankind or complete eradication of all diseases and poverty is up for debate. But the fact is this is going to have an impact bigger than any other impact that man has seen before. That’s not up for question.” Natural correctionLike humans, AI technologies must learn to walk before they can run (or run amok, if the doomsayers are correct), and Amelia is still taking baby steps. IPsoft is at work on Amelia version 2.0, slated for rollout this fall. The revamp will introduce new capabilities and also augment existing features, based in part on feedback from early-adopter partners.“Amelia’s brilliant, but her interaction now is chat. We need to make the dialogue more natural. She works the best on simple, yes/no questions. In the next phase, we’re ready to make her even better,” IPsoft’s Gribnau says. “The applications of Amelia are bounded by our own creativity. Every time you talk with customers, you get more ideas for how to use her. Our customers give us good input. They’re open for innovation.”IPsoft is still weighing exactly how to monetize Amelia. The company offers a range of pricing models for existing IT services like IPcenter, including a fixed monthly charge for specified infrastructure and customized tiered pricing. IPsoft does not disclose revenue and still funnels 70 percent of all profits back into R&D. The privately held firm has never solicited venture financing, instead relying on the largesse of two Dube family trusts to fuel its growth. Dube insists he will never sell IPsoft but says an IPO is likely in the next two to three years. The world will be a very different place by the time IPsoft goes public, Dube believes. “We have seen 1 percent of the innovation we’re going to see in this decade in cognitive technology,” he says. “In the next few years you will start to see [customers] hanging up the phone and asking, ‘Is that a human who handled my claim, or was that a cognitive agent?’ Within the next decade you might pass somebody in the hallway and not be able to tell if it’s a human or an android. I think we are very much approaching that.”That Blade Runner future may seem more dystopian than utopian to some. But Dube reminds us that change is inevitable—just as it always was, and just as it always will be. “In the 1800s, 90 percent of us were just farming. Today it’s 2 percent of us. What happened to the other 88 percent? Technology came and gave us wings,” Dube says. “‘Smart’ has become so abused a term. It has become more of a marketing ploy. But true ‘smart’ technology—a true cognitive agent—will almost force man to say, ‘Lift up your game.’ Because the commonplace, mundane chores that were abusing your intellectual capabilities are no longer there. Descartes’ classic ‘Je pense, donc je suis’—‘I think, therefore I am’—has never been more applicable to man’s pursuits.” Click to Enlarge How Success Happens May 26, 2015 15+ min readlast_img read more

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WATCH Drag Race Thailand releases fierce new trailer

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Drag Race Thailand just released a sickening new trailer for its inaugural season launch. Meet the man who brought Drag Race to ThailandDrag Race Thailand has arrived and Twitter is losing its mindAre you ready to gag on your first look at season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/drag-race-thailand-releases-fierce-new-trailer/ Keeping to the classic RuPaul Covergirl theme, the trailer starts off with host Art Arya walking the runway.Thai-Taiwanese performer Pangina Heals also co-hosts the show. Heals reportedly won Thailand’s first drag reality show, T Battle, and was also a contestant on Thailand Dance Now and Lip Sync Battle Thailand. Drag Race Thailand. | Photo: Drag Race Thailand / Facebookcenter_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Art Arya introduces the queens for this season, as well as guest judges… and there are some pretty colorful characters!The 10 queens are: Dearis Doll, Natalia Piarcam, Amadiva, Bunny Be Fly, Année Maywong, Petchara, Meannie Minaj, JAJA, Morrigan and B Ella.Drag Race Thailand has its blessing from mama Ru herself. It is expected to premiere later this year.So without further ado:Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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Dark energy experiment fails to feel the force

first_img Are all shingles vaccines the same? Find out on Allmedx.com. How well does the shingles vaccine work? Research shows on Allmedx.com. The universe is generally believed to be expanding at an accelerating rate, thanks to a mysterious force dubbed dark energy. But how exactly does this force work? Researchers in the UK have conducted an experiment to test a hypothesis that this fifth fundamental force works on single atoms – and found no trace of it.Dark energy was “discovered” in 1998, when physicists realized that the expansion of the universe wasn’t slowing down, as they expected. Instead, it seemed to be doing the exact opposite. Further observations over the years have backed up the theory, and now it’s a widely accepted explanation that explains a lot of weirdness in the standard model of cosmology.But what is dark energy, exactly? Nobody really knows, but it appears to be a fifth fundamental force, with the known four being gravity, electromagnetism and the strong and weak nuclear forces. Whatever dark energy is, it seems to act almost like the opposite of gravity, strongly pushing matter away from all other matter instead of pulling it together.One branch of theories suggests that dark energy gets weaker the more matter is around it, meaning it’s at its strongest out in the vacuum of space. That could also explain why some previous tests to detect it came up empty – they were using large weights, which would have reduced the effect of the force.So a team from the University of Nottingham and Imperial College London devised new experiments to test this theory. They set out to investigate the interactions between a large and a small weight. In this case, the “large” weight was a metal ball the size of a marble, while the small weight was a single atom.The researchers placed the ball in a vacuum chamber, then dropped atoms around it. The idea was that if there was a fifth force acting between the two weights, and it behaved the way this theory suggested, then the path of the atom should bend slightly as it passed the marble.After running these tests, the team found no trace of any such force. That effectively rules out this particular theory, which would also have required modifications to the theory of gravity. Similarly, another recent study ruled out “chameleon” particles from the Sun as carriers of the force.But a null result isn’t confirmation that dark energy itself doesn’t exist – it just means it could be hiding elsewhere, and we’ve now narrowed the search.”This experiment, connecting atomic physics and cosmology, has allowed us to rule out a wide class of models that have been proposed to explain the nature of dark energy, and will enable us to constrain many more dark energy models,” says Ed Copeland, lead author of the study.The new experiments could also add to a pile of increasing evidence that the dark energy theory itself is wrong. Other alternative explanations include “Tardis” regions of spacetime that are bigger on the inside, a “dark fluid” with negative mass, or that by just accounting for the changing structure of the cosmos, the need for dark energy as a stand-in vanishes. Some even call into question the validity of the original discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.With so many questions surrounding this mysterious force, no doubt many more studies will be conducted to try to unravel the enigma.The research was published in the journal Physical Review Letters.Source: Imperial College London I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more AllMedX AllMedX AllMedX Is the shingles vaccine effective? Find out at Allmedx.com Why is the shingles vaccine important? Discover the reasons why at Allmedx.com. AllMedX Yes No AllMedX Privacy policy Who is at risk for shingles? Find out by visiting Allmedx.com, Powered by We recommend Google Analytics settings What are the CDC recommendations for zoster immunization? See FDA Guidelines at Allmedx.com. AllMedX last_img read more

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Get The Best Limited Time Discounts On Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Mi

first_imgIf you’re due on a laptop or tablet upgrade, while not hurting your wallet then we have got the best deals for you. We are offering limited time discounts on Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro, Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, Lenovo P8 tablet and Alldocube iPlay 8 tablet. if you’re interested, you can claim the huge discounts using our exclusive coupon codes.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro With FingerprintXiaomi Mi Notebook Pro is one of the most well-built laptops on the market delivering performance on par with the flagships of the industry. It features a Core i5 configuration coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. The best part of that it comes with a fingerprint scanner, adding an extra layer of security.If you’re interested, you can get the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro at a discounted price of $820.87 down from 1089.05. Use the code: GBsale071 to avail the hefty discount. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13If portability is your thing, then there is no better notebook that the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air. It comes with a 13.3-inch display and a Geforce MX150 graphics card. Featuring Core i5 configuration with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity, it can handle anything you throw at it. Moreover, it also includes a fingerprint scanner.If you’re interested in getting the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13, you can get it for $750.43 down from 973.74. Use the code: GBsale072 to avail the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Lenovo P8 Tablet PCLenovo P8 Tab3 8 Plus tablet is a pretty capable piece of hardware featuring powerful internals to get the job done. It features a Snapdragon 625 processor and can handle everyday tasks like a champ. Moreover, the fact that it is available at a discount makes it more attractive.Lenovo P8 Tab3 8 Plus tablet is available at a discounted price of $129 down from $190.11. Use the code: GBsale073 to get the discount. Head over to this link to get it.Alldocube iPlay 8 Tablet PCIf you’re tight on your budget than the Alldocube iPlay 8 Tablet PC is the best option for you. Featuring a 7.85-inch display, the device runs on Android 6.0 coupled with 1GB/16GB configuration. The tablet is plain yet elegant and can run anything with ease.If you’re interested, you can get the Alldocube iPlay 8 Tablet PC for $51.5 down from $72.99. Use the code GBsale074 to avail the discount, Head over to this link to get it.That’s all for today, folks. Are you interested in getting one of the products? We will let you guys know more about deals and coupon codes as they arrive. For now, share your views in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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