IPL-FEMA: ED issues notices for adjudication to SRK, others

first_imgMumbai, Jul 20 (PTI) The ED has issued notices for adjudication to actor Shah Rukh Khan and some others in connection with a FEMA case for alleged loss of Rs 73.6 crore foreign exchange related to the IPL T-20 cricket league, officials said.The actor has been asked to be present before the adjudicating authority of the case here in August 23, they said.The authority, in this case, is a special director-rank officer of the agency.The accused are issued notices by the authority so that they can participate in the legal hearing and subsequent final decision of the case which, if proven guilty, can lead to up to three times of the penalty on the actual amount of loss.They said the notice has also been issued against few others involved in the case, where the Enforcement Directorate had issued a show cause notice under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in March.The case pertains to the show cause notice where the central probe agency had issued notices to Khan, his wife Gauri, actor-friend Juhi Chawla and Knight Riders Sports Private Limited (KRSPL), which owns the Indian Premier League (IPL) team of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).The show cause notice had been issued for the sale of some shares of KRSPL to a Mauritius-based firm at a cost lower than their “actual value”, resulting in loss of foreign exchange to the extent of Rs 73.6 crore.The agency had stated that the notice has been issued for “contravention of provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) Regulations, 2000 made under the Foreign Exchange Management Act”.advertisementWhile Gauri is a director of KRSPL, Khan and Chawla are the owners of the IPL team KKR.The case pertains to 2008-09 when the ED first began investigation against the IPL franchise and its owners.Khan and others have been questioned by the ED multiple times in this case and the actors statement was also recorded under FEMA provisions.A show cause notice under FEMA laws is issued when the investigation gets completed and following this the adjudication process begins.Khans company Red Chillies Enterprises Private Limited (RCEPL), the agency had said, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Red Chillies International Limited based overseas in Bermuda and is co-owned by Gauri.”In 2008 Red Chillies Enterprises Private Limited formed a special purpose vehicle namely M/s Knight Riders Sports Ltd for the purpose of acquiring IPL franchise rights of the cricket team named Kolkata Knight Riders.”Initially, the entire share holding of Ms Kolkata Knight Riders Private Limited was with Red Chillies Enterprises and Gauri. After the success of IPL, about two crore additional shares were issued by KRSPL out of which 50 lakh shares were issued to The Sea Island Investment Ltd (TSIIL), Mauritius and 40 lakh shares were issued to Chawla.”These shares were allotted at a par value of Rs 10 whereas the actual value of these shares was much higher,” it had said.The ED said its investigation showed that Chawla subsequently sold her 40 lakh shares to TSIIL, Mauritius at the par value of Rs 10 only.”Thus, foreign based company TSIIL was issued 90 lakh shares at par value while the actual cost of share at the time of issue/sale was ranging between Rs 86-Rs 99 per share. This has resulted in loss of foreign exchange to the extent of Rs 73.6 crore,” the agency had said. PTI NES ZMNlast_img read more

Polished performance from the Aussie Women’s

first_imgAustralian veterans Bo De La Cruz, Kelly Woods and Stacey Lapham led their team to a polished 9-2 victory. Australian Stacey Lapham scored first and followed it up with almost an Action Replay with another touchdown through the link channel.Australian Flag Bearer Kristy Judd threw a dummy and went straight threw the New Zealand defence for a touchdown and 3-0 half-time lead.Louise Winchester continued the form of the Australians prior to the break with a touchdown and with Bo De La Cruz putting Emily Hopkin over on her debut, it gave Australia a formidable 5-0 lead.Carla Hohepa got the visitors on the board but Kelly Woods hit straight back with good lead-up work from De La Cruz.A juggling effort from Conal Grant gave New Zealand some hope at 6-2 but Australia lifted again to score a further three touchdowns. A long ball from Woods put local Nicole Beck in to the rapturous applause of the Wollongong crowd.Silky smooth moves from Bo De La Cruz made it 8-2 and Kelly Woods capped off a fine game to score the final touchdown of the night.Australia continued their impressive record against New Zealand with the team making few errors for the first game of the series which will be the last for captain Sharyn “Billy” Williams.New Zealand’s hopes of crashing the party were dealt a big blow with captain Leana Hoani succumbing to a hamstring injury.last_img read more

9 months agoReally? Southgate surprise new name on Man Utd shortlist

first_imgReally? Southgate surprise new name on Man Utd shortlistby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland coach Gareth Southgate is on the managerial shortlist at Manchester United.The Daily Mail says United have added Southgate to the list of potential managers to take over in the summer as they are becoming increasingly concerned that Mauricio Pochettino will stay at Tottenham.Southgate signed a new contract to stay on as England manager until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar following the Three Lions’ success in Russia.A chance to jump ship may prove difficult following his recent contract renewal with the national team, and while Southgate has been added as a viable option to take over at United, the Red Devils are wary of his experience at club level.Prior to his success with England, Southgate has only had one spell at club level where he managed Middlesbrough for three years between 2006 and 2009. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 hours agoEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the world

first_imgEverton fullback Digne: Silva can be among best in the worldby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton fullback Lucas Digne insists manager Marco Silva has the players’ full confidence.The Toffees picked up only their third league win of the campaign last weekend after beating West Ham 2-0.”He gave a lot of confidence to the players and very good advice,” Digne told the Liverpool Echo, in reference to the West Ham clash. “For me he is one of the best coaches I’ve had and I am sure he can be one of the best in the world.'”The mood [in the build-up] was perfect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Third LNGC Newbuild Joins SINOPEC LNG Project

first_imgzoom The LNG carrier CESI Beihai, ordered by a joint venture comprising Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), China COSCO Shipping Corporation, and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), was delivered at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai on June 1.Featuring a cargo tank capacity of 174,100 cbm, the CESI Beihai is the third vessel to serve the China FOB Transportation Project announced in April 2013.The ship is designated to sail under a long-term charter to transport LNG that SINOPEC purchases from the Australia Pacific LNG project.A total of six LNG carriers are being built at Hudong for the project. The first vessel, the CESI Gladstone, was delivered in October 2016, and the second, the CESI Qingdao, in January of this year.The remaining three will be delivered in succession by 2018, MOL said, which holds 20 percent stake in the joint venture.Total consideration for the construction of the six ships was set at approximately USD 1.5 billion. As disclosed earlier, long term limited recourse debt financing worth USD 1.2 billion was secured for the six ships with a syndicate of banks.last_img read more

MOL Launches LargeScale Ferry Sunflower Kirishima

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MOL The newly built large-scale ferry Sunflower Kirishima, operated by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines’ subsidiary Ferry Sunflower, was launched on September 15.Following the launching ceremony, the vessel, which has room for 20% more truck compared to its old namesake, departed the Nanko Sunflower Terminal in Osaka Prefecture for the Port of Shibushi, Kagoshima Prefecture.With a length of 192 meters and a breadth of 27 meters, the new ferry features a gross tonnage of 13,659 tons. It has a capacity to carry over 700 passengers and 121 large trucks.Together with its sister ferry, the Sunflower Satsuma, which was launched on May 15, the units will enhance their role in promoting a strong modal shift from long-distance transport by trucks to ocean transport by ferries driven by the need to reduce environmental impact.last_img read more

Virtual reality program teaches kids how to cross streets safely

first_imgTORONTO – With most kids heading back to school this week, many parents may be concerned about whether younger children are traffic-savvy enough to cross the street without supervision.Can they judge how far away an approaching vehicle is? Or how fast it’s travelling to make it across safely?“Parents tend to overestimate their child’s crossing ability,” said Barbara Morrongiello, a psychologist at the University of Guelph, whose research focuses on childhood injury prevention.“The parents tend to assume children are much more cautious than they are in fact.”So Morrongiello assembled a team of computer science students to design a program that teaches children how to cross the street using real-life scenarios — all within a computerized virtual reality environment that allows them to learn and practice.“In our system, the children are fully immersed in the pedestrian environment,” she explained from Guelph, Ont. “So they basically wear 3D goggles and are actually in the environment, they’re not observing the environment.“We can see their reaction time and their attention because we code where they’re looking and their speed of reaction.“In our system, we have a very sequential learning strategy. So we start by selecting where you cross and then we talk about how to cross and when to cross.”The virtual reality program teaches the child by having them traverse a two-lane road where there’s a blind curve or a hill, as well as what to do when crossing at a point between parked cars.A pop-up character that acts as a coach reacts to the child’s movements, saying for instance: “Oh, that was great” or “But you didn’t look to the left, so let’s practise that again.”“It was set up that way so the child can work independently,” said Morrongiello, adding that the program can take an hour or two depending on the child’s attention span.“So it’s a very tailored approach to learning. We try to make it so each child has a fun experience and wants to continue to play it.”In a study of 130 children aged seven to 10, those who were trained in street-crossing techniques using the program fared much better than a control group of kids who didn’t get the virtual reality training.Those assigned to take part in the VR program made 75 to 98 per cent fewer road-crossing errors following the test, compared to their untrained counterparts, said the researchers, whose study was recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.“The children did exceptionally well,” said Morrongiello.One of kids who took part in the study when he was younger was Kaelan Rekker.“It was really cool because it was my first time doing virtual reality,” said Kaelan, now 11 and about to enter Grade 6.“Yeah, I made a few mistakes at first,” he admitted from his home in Guelph. “I got hit by a few cars.“After that, then I was really focused on looking both ways before crossing the street … (and) like looking for gaps between the cars and how fast they were going so that I could walk across.”His mother Kristen Rekker said she was more concerned about street-crossing skills when Kaelan, his twin sister Eden and their 13-year-old brother Dawson were younger.But because of their different personality traits, Rekker was a bit more concerned about Kaelan, who “sometimes makes different decisions than the other two, who might be more careful at crossing the street.”“It’s only in the past few years that they’ve been walking to school on their own and they’ve had to cross a rather busy intersection on their way to school.”The researchers designed the program to be inexpensive, requiring only the use of a computer, 3D goggles and a game-controller like that of an Xbox to operate the virtual reality environment.“We’re hoping to disseminate it broadly. It could go in a library, it could go in a school,” said Morrongiello, noting that the program is not a money-making venture.“We do it because we really are passionate about preventing childhood injuries.”With good reason: child pedestrian injuries are a leading cause of injury-related death among Canadian children aged 14 years or younger, according to Parachute Canada, an organization that promotes evidence-based solutions to avoid preventable injuries.The Guelph researchers have already been contacted by a public health group in Israel and are in the process of translating the program into Hebrew, with a likely roll-out date in January.Morrongiello said she welcomes inquiries from school boards, municipalities and other organizations both in Canada and abroad.She won’t name a specific age when kids are ready to learn to cross the street independently, as perceptual skills and brain development vary from child to child. But generally, she suggests starting when kids are aged seven or eight.“We are very cautious in our training,” Morrongiello said. “Even when these children succeed, we make them understand and their parents understand that it doesn’t mean that they’re now free to go and cross streets on their own.“It means they have a better understanding going out our door than they did coming in. But that doesn’t mean necessarily they’re going to be able to handle any traffic situation or any unpredictable situation, like when they’re late for school and in a hurry.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Different pictures emerge of La Loche school shooter requesting youth sentence

first_imgThe Canadian PressSaskatchewan’s highest court has reserved its decision on whether a young man who shot and killed four people and injured seven others in a northern community should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.Aaron Fox appeared before the Court of Appeal on Thursday to argue that the shooter, now 21, faced cognitive and mental issues that affected his maturity and level of blame.“One of the themes throughout this whole case, from the very beginning, is you’re talking about a youth who was identified as needing help already in Grade 1,” Fox said after the hearing.“He didn’t receive it all throughout elementary school, and he didn’t receive it through high school, and he didn’t receive it after he was charged, and he hasn’t received since he’s been convicted. That’s a concern.”Crown prosecutor Beverly Klatt argued the sentencing judge considered evidence about the shooter’s mental limitations, but concluded his level of planning showed sophistication.The original sentencing hearing was told that the shooter researched different kinds of guns and the damage they could do to people. The night before the shootings he did an online search asking, “What does it feel like to kill someone?”“Everything he did leading up to the murders and what he did on that day were not the actions of someone who was immature or vulnerable,” Klatt said Thursday outside the courthouse.“They were all the actions of somebody who was adapting to a change of circumstances as it was coming and who had a plan.”Fox said the shooter did not have an escape plan nor did he attempt to disguise what he was about to do. He first posted online about his plan before driving to the high school.“I can’t imagine something less sophisticated.”The shooter was weeks shy of turning 18 when he killed two brothers at their home and then a teacher and a teacher’s aide at the La Loche high school in 2016.He was sentenced as an adult last year to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder.Fox argued the judge focused on the gravity of the crimes, but did not consider the many problems the shooter faced.Struggled with depressionCourt heard he has a low IQ and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, and has struggled with depression.Fox cited statements from the young man’s teachers who noted he was often alone, constantly withdrawn and someone who should have received academic and psychological help.At the time of the shooting he was repeating Grade 10 for a third time.Fox referred to the shooter’s school journal where he listed his dislikes as school, students and teachers and, in another section, answered a question from an assignment by bringing up a murder plan.“I read all of these words and they cry out for somebody to sit down and try and figure out what’s going on in this kid’s world,” Fox told the Appeal Court.“But it didn’t happen.”Fox said his client is serving his sentence at a maximum-security facility in British Columbia and is not receiving the psychological help he needs.The shooter, mostly looking straight ahead and sitting with his hands folded, appeared in court via video. A publication ban ordered because of the appeal prevents identifying him.Robert St. Pierre, mayor of La Loche, drove to Regina to attend the hearing and said he wants to see the young man stay sentenced as an adult.St. Pierre said the appeal retraumatizes victims who are still living with physical and emotional injuries.“It’s just not fair to the community.”last_img read more

Build a better life

first_imgMy son is in Class 8 and has become a smartphone addict. What do we tell him? Please guide.Mrs and Mr. R. Kashi, New Delhi It’s important to empower teens to take control of their own use of smartphones and maintain a healthy balance. This isn’t a one-time conversation. A few things you can do help provide guidance and support include the following: Educate: Talk openly about the benefits and potential pitfalls of screen time. Lecturing rarely yields positive results, but asking your teens for input about the pros and cons can spark lively conversations. How does too much screen time affect us physically, emotionally, academically and socially? What can we gain from using our smartphones responsibly? Also Read – Feel what you fearMake a plan: Talk about setting healthy limits and boundaries for the family and what checks and balances you can use to stick to them, like not allowing phone use during dinner. Remember, teens aren’t the only ones prone to overuse. What happens if parents are pushing the family screen time limits? Monitor use as a family: Teens look for workarounds when they feel like they’re being watched. Make monitoring a family goal so that teens own up to their usage and behavior online. There are several apps available to monitor how and when your teens use their phones. The iPhone now has a screentime setting. You can use this to track usage and set healthy limits for specific apps (e.g. xx hours per day for social media) and to shut down apps at a certain time. Talk with your teens about healthy and realistic limits. Also Read – HomecomingCreate a check-in policy: Phones, tablets, and laptops should be removed from the bedroom at night to curb sleep disturbance and insomnia. Create a plan to check devices in at a certain time in the evening and out in the morning. Establish screen-free zones: Meals, family outings, and social gatherings are examples of times when frequent checking negatively affects relationships. Set boundaries for screen use in these settings and stick to them. Model healthy boundaries: When parents are glued to their phones, teens learn that this is appropriate behaviour. Stick to the limits and boundaries you set. I have recently discovered that my younger brother is homosexual. My parents are not aware. I’m very nervous. Name withheld, Kolkata See my friend, don’t get nervous! Its fine! I understand, that ‘discovering’ this wasn’t a happy feeling but please don’t create any situation that will lead your brother to take a drastic step or make him feel awkward. If he’s really young, there could be a chance that this ‘phase’ will pass. But, if it doesn’t, please be mature enough to make him feel comfortable as this is his preference and being homosexual is never an offence or crime! Live and let live. My best friend’s parents got divorced. He is shattered. I feel very helpless. We are in the 7th standard. How can I help him? Dhruv Jha, Noida Just be extra kind and extra supportive towards him. Help him in whatever little ways you can. With his homework, taking him out to movies, bringing him over to your place for studies, sleepovers or simple chit-chat. Your parents can also help you be beside him. Why don’t you both join some salsa, music, art or something that interests you both? This is going to help him come out of this phase with ease. Good to see such a caring friend like you. I’m sure the clouds will fade and your friend will recover soon! (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

Fiat Chrysler in talks with Aurora on autonomous vehicles

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is in talks to produce self-driving commercial vehicles with Aurora, an autonomous vehicle company led by former Google, Tesla and Uber executives.FCA and Aurora have a deal to lay the groundwork for a partnership to use Aurora’s self-driving system globally in Ram and Fiat vehicles used for deliveries and other duties.The partnership would not affect FCA’s deal to provide hybrid Chrysler minivans to Waymo, the autonomous vehicle spinoff from Google.Aurora is developing hardware, software and data services. It was started in 2017 by former Google autonomous vehicle chief Chris Urmson, former Tesla Autopilot head Sterling Anderson, and ex-Uber autonomous vehicle leader Drew Bagnell. Aurora already has partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen.FCA says there are no plans to use Aurora’s system in passenger vehicles.The Associated Press read more

Sustainable economic growth crucial for development say top UN officials

6 December 2007Vigorous and sustainable economic progress is the best means to achieve development goals, top United Nations officials said today. “Robust global growth that is resilient to economic shocks and sustainable over the long-term is the best catalyst for development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim, referring to the eight targets to slash poverty and other ills by 2015.But this growth has been checked by the recent instability of financial markets, the credit squeeze and high oil prices, among other factors, he said in an address to a meeting aimed at sharing views of economic trends that could impact upon development.“The current challenges remind us that national governments and multilateral institutions must be ever vigilant and ready to take appropriate steps to ensure we can respond rapidly to changing international market conditions that may undermine growth,” Mr. Kerim noted.Although some sub-Saharan nations will not achieve many, or any, of the MDGs by 2015, some of the region’s countries “are demonstrating progress towards the MDGs is possible when strong government leadership, good policies and healthy institutions are combined with adequate financial and technical support from the international community,” he observed.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro also stressed the necessity of “urgent and concerted action by political leaders” to reach development goals as seen in countries in Africa and elsewhere.“We need a strong and sustained effort by developed and developing countries alike to ensure that millions of people can emerge from extreme poverty and hunger,” she told an Assembly Debate on Development.Richer nations must boost their development assistance flows and increase debt relief, while developing countries must take full ownership of their development processes, she said.“Furthermore,” Ms. Migiro noted, “developing countries need to have access to open, fair, equitable and non-discriminatory trading and financial systems. It is imperative that the Doha trade negotiations conclude early and deliver on the promise to be a true development round.”Touting the benefits of the Doha round of international trade negotiations, Jagdish Bhagwati, the renowned economist and Columbia University professor, underscored the benefits of free trade for developing countries.“I think we have substantial evidence that in the long run, openness really pays off,” he said at a press briefing at UN Headquarters.The lowering of external tariffs has “been a very substantial achievement and that has coincided with very substantial growth in the developing countries which managed to take advantage of that opening,” Mr. Bhagwati said.Nobel prize laureate and fellow Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz emphasized the detrimental effects of bilateral trade agreements on multilateral ones.Speaking at the same briefing, he said that “the growth of bilateral agreements is really undermining the multilateral trade system that so many people worked so hard over 60 years to create,” as many issues are hidden into trade agreements that work against the interests of developing countries.Regarding climate change, which he characterized as “an issue of global social justice,” Mr. Stiglitz suggested an alternative framework to the current carbon tax system as well as a rainforest initiative – which he hopes will come to pass at the landmark UN Convention on Climate Change underway in Bali, Indonesia – to act as an incentive for developing nations to maintain forests. read more

Sampling the Many Flavors of SDWAN

The SD-WAN Connection: A Cloud Friendly Approach Ryan Daily September 26, 2019 As cloud computing changes the traditional flow of traffic, SD-WAN solutions, like Aryaka’s HybridWAN, allow enterprises to develop a proactive “cloud-first” strategy. Enterprise Connect is coming to Orlando, Fla., March 18 to 21. If you don’t have your pass yet, there’s still time to get in on the action! Register now with code NJPOSTS to save an extra $200 off your conference pass or get a free Expo Plus pass! Searching for an SD-WAN Solution Tim Proctor October 02, 2019 As enterprises look to cut costs and manage networks more effectively, managed SD-WAN service providers are looking to help. Although some enterprises may feel carrier diversity has its benefits, it’s also common for some customers to stay with their existing carrier to help with the technology migration or to enable a smooth contract transition. Costs may be higher, but better service-level agreements are often available to support the performance promises. See All in SD-WAN » Carrier-Based SD-WANThe third SD-WAN design is carrier-centric. The on-site SD-WAN appliance is not the key here, although some router functions still help control the client-side access and uplink choices. The router will connect the local loops to the nearest carrier point-of-presence, where the carrier can separate out the standard Internet traffic. All corporate and critical traffic is delivered across the carrier-backbone, which can provide low levels of latency, packet loss, and jitter. Like the gateway design above, the carrier backbone is also directly connected with major cloud application providers to increase the performance and reliability of those applications. Many of these providers also offer or link to real-time communications services, including voice and video, as part of the directly connected services. All of the previously described SD-WAN benefits and options remain in place, but now using standard Internet links (at a lower cost) does not carry as much risk of negative impact from uncontrolled Internet events. NetworkDesign_774.png Not everyone is fully aware that software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions can be designed differently. Enterprises considering SD-WAN should understand how the design impacts total costs, network reliability, application performance, and service-level promises. The good news is that your choices are no longer limited to expensive MPLS networks or unreliable Internet-based VLANs. It’s important to note that with each of these WAN link options there can be disadvantages. A design that leaves in the deterministic MPLS circuit is unlikely to save money, although the SD-WAN performance and failover advantages may be more important than simply costs. Using a combination of ISP links, however, may save money, but it’s reliant upon the open “best-effort” Internet, which cannot provide any assurance that the best available ISP link chosen by the SD-WAN router is going to always perform acceptably. The wireless 4G link may incur usage charges, even when it’s only from test packets, and the upstream handoff is usually the open Internet. Why You Need SD-WAN in Your Digital Transformation Journey Jayanth Krishna July 18, 2019 The promise of enhanced network flexibility, improved performance, and increased security make this solution hard to ignore. Cloud Gateway DesignTo combat the performance concerns raised by relying upon standard Internet connections, some SD-WAN providers have established a cloud-based gateway for the on-premises router to use as the uplink. This design allows the provider to enhance overall performance by using peering arrangements and direct backbone connections to key cloud services such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Salesforce.com, etc. Lessons-learned from peers sharing their experiences can be helpful as well. Join me at Enterprise Connect Orlando, for my session, “SD-WAN Case Studies,” taking place on Monday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m. You’ll hear from five enterprise IT executives who have overseen SD-WAN implementations at their organizations and have advice for you to take back to your own enterprise. Which Design Is Best?Of course, no single design implementation is right for everyone. The best approach is to understand the different options and to engage with different supplier choices before making a commitment. Also keep in mind that even with similar designs, there will be differences in service offerings from the various providers. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & ViewsApplianceedge routercloud gatewaycarrierSD-WANCloud CommunicationsEnterprise NetworkingMonitoring, Management and SecurityOrganization & ManagementSCTC Articles You Might Like sctcperspective_Small.png In many cases, the SD-WAN appliance is sold as a way to move from expensive MPLS circuits to a combination of standard ISP circuits. However, the SD-WAN router allows a customer to choose the WAN connectivity, including leaving one link as MPLS while providing an alternate to improve reliability (failover) or to increase total bandwidth. Using a non-telco provider such as a cable provider or a 4G LTE wireless link can provide local loop protection. SD-WAN Still All the Rage Ryan Daily September 17, 2019 To meet the demand of UC, companies like Verizon, NEC, and Masergy are integrating and optimizing SD-WAN. Appliance-Centric DesignThe first type of SD-WAN design is the appliance-based pure overlay, which uses an on-premises router. This unit often replaces the standard site router at smaller offices or is a software feature activated in an edge router. In this design, the SD-WAN router leverages whatever WAN connections are provisioned – it’s agnostic about the uplinks. The unit will provide traffic shaping, prioritizing real-time protocols and latency sensitive data, and will seek the best performance pathway among the WAN links. Cato Says, ‘Look Ma, No Hands!’ to SD-WAN Management Zeus Kerravala July 16, 2019 Cloud SD-WAN platform provider rounds out portfolio with fully managed option A detailed example of how one vendor, Juniper Networks, has combined the on-site SD-WAN router with gateway services is explained in this No Jitter post by UC analyst Zeus Kerravala. Log in or register to post comments read more

Land degradation damaging global agricultural production warns new UN study

Presented at the opening session of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) 2nd Scientific Conference, The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought paints a dire picture of the planet’s current state, noting that up to five per cent of global agricultural gross domestic production (GDP) is being lost due to deteriorating land quality. “Business as usual is no longer an option,” UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja told the opening session of the conference, held in Bonn, Germany. The report – the first economic evaluation of its kind in over twenty years – shows that up to 12 per cent of Africa’s agricultural GDP is being lost due to environmental degradation while the levels in individual countries vary widely, from six per cent in Paraguay to 24 per cent in Guatemala. According to the UNCCD, the social costs of land degradation are even more staggering with nearly 870 million people suffering from chronic hunger globally. The UN agency reports that in Uzbekistan, food yields have declined by 20 to 30 per cent while in East Africa nearly 3.7 million people still require food assistance following the drought of 2011. “Desertification, land degradation and drought are key constraints to building social and environmental resilience, achieving global food security and delivering meaningful poverty reduction,” continued Mr. Gnacadja, adding that without action, they will remain an “Achilles’ Heel” to development. In addition to the ominous statistics, the study, which looks at the costs and benefits of addressing desertification, land degradation and drought, finds that the existing research mostly focuses on the direct economic consequences of these phenomena but overlooks the unintended consequences. The UNCCD Executive Secretary acknowledged that the study provided an unprecedented window into tackling the global challenge of land degradation but underscored that much yet remained to be achieved. “The study also points to significant opportunities for action but unless scientific understanding of all land degradation and drought is strengthened, especially in the context of a changing climate, the global community is poorly positioned to deal with the impact of change.” read more

Hungary at UN says roots of terrorism must be tackled warns migratory

“Western Europe used to be the most secure and safest region globally,” he said in his address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate. Indeed, only a few years ago, events in the Middle East would not have happened in Europe. But the current fear of terrorist attacks was now a part of daily life – as beaches, concert halls and shopping malls have become “venues of execution” – a direct consequence of the massive influx of illegal migrants over the last two and half years.Some 1.5 million illegal migrants had entered the European Union without any control, Mr. Szijjártó continued, which had given terrorist organizations the chance to send their fighters to the European continent. “We have to admit that social integration procedures in Western Europe failed. Some integration processes of former migrants have been unsuccessful, and in many places, parallel societies have been constructed.” “It is shocking that after the barbaric terrorist attacks in Europe and massive violations of national and international law, and after thousands have lost their lives on the Mediterranean Sea and elsewhere,” there are still leaders of international organizations and representatives of large countries who emphasized that migration was favourable and to be encouraged.That was “extremely unacceptable and irresponsible behaviour,” he said. Encouraging migratory waves, knowing that terrorist organizations will take advantage’ had only placed thousands of people into danger. All States had a fundamental right to guarantee security for their people and to protect their borders. He went on to recall that Hungary was a Christian country that was obliged to help people in need. The rights of people must be restored where they had been violated, he said, and people must be helped to return home as soon as possible. The solution to the migration crisis was in tackling the causes of conflict and stopping terrorist organizations. read more

Brocks UNESCO Chair launches Sustainability Poetry Contest

What kind of future do you want?That’s the question being asked this year as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Poetry Day.Brock University Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability Liette Vasseur, along with Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, is putting out a call for submissions in this year’s 2018 Sustainability Poetry Contest. All Niagara residents are eligible to enter their original, unpublished poems with the theme of ‘The Future We Want’ for this year’s contest.UNESCO has been celebrating World Poetry Day annually since 1999. The idea is to use poetry as a social tool to bring awareness to social issues, give a voice to the community, promote linguistic diversity and change the way people view their place in the world.“The poetry contest is important because when we look at sustainability in communities, arts and culture are essential for human well-being,” said Vasseur. “We are aware that when we look at sustainable development, we do not only consider economic development but also social development. It is important to integrate activities that make people feel positive about their lives and help work toward our sustainable development goals.”The Sustainability Poetry Contest, which is under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, includes categories for elementary, high school and post-secondary students, as well as the general public. Both French and English poems are welcome.This year’s topic is derived from a 2015 United Nations outcome document that spurred the development of the 2030 Agenda, citing 17 sustainable development goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by 2030.“The 2018 Sustainability Poetry Contest affords an opportunity for individuals to philosophically envision ‘the future we want’ and express it creatively,” said ESRC Director Ryan Plummer. “In making connections to the sustainable development goals, the poetry helps to bridge sustainability locally to a global agenda for transformative change.”Poems can be submitted online until 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 by visiting the UNESCO Chair’s website. Prizes such as books and gift cards, will be awarded in each of the four categories. Winners will be announced at the UNESCO World Poetry Day celebration on Friday, March 23 at Mahtay Café in downtown St. Catharines. The event is free, but registration on the Chair’s website is required as space is limited. read more

Stuck behind a tractor Give them a break says Mayo County Council

first_imgWe need to give them a break and exercise driving tolerance so they can move their machinery from field to field.He added that “drivers’ anxiety levels sky-rockets” when they find themselves stuck behind farm machinery, but that it is likely to delay the road user by just a couple of minutes.“Country roads are unpredictable and, therefore, present far more challenges to drivers,” he warned.Country crashes often result in greater numbers of fatalities and injuries because vehicles are usually travelling at higher speeds.70 per cent of fatal road collisions between 1996 to 2010 occurred on rural roads, the council said.Read: 80% of drivers killed on Irish roads last year were male > MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL has appealed to road users to exercise “tolerance” if they are caught behind farm machinery in the coming weeks and to ‘give farmers a break’.Recent weather has meant that farmers are spreading slurry and planting crops later than usual, and the council is warning that there could be an increased volume of such traffic on the road.“If farmers can’t do their job producing food and sustaining the environment, we’re all in trouble,” Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons said in a statement.last_img read more

Réforme sur la santé le texte approuvé par le Congrès américain

first_imgRéforme sur la santé : le texte approuvé par le Congrès américainÉtats-Unis – La réforme de l’assurance maladie de Barack Obama a définitivement été adoptée dans la nuit de jeudi à vendredi par le Congrès américain.Avec 56 voix contre 43, les sénateurs ont, jeudi après-midi, adopté le texte sur la réforme de la santé proposé par le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama. Des corrections y avaient été apportées et avaient été approuvées par la Chambre des représentants.Après cette approbation, les républicains avaient réussi à trouver des vices de procédure, empêchant la loi d’être définitivement ratifiée. Seulement, le président est parvenu à contourner cet obstacle grâce à l’ajout de simples additifs contenus dans un document de 150 pages, venu compléter le texte principal voté par le Sénat et promulgué mardi par le président américain.Avec 220 voix contre 207, la Chambre des représentants a de nouveau approuvé la réforme et a entamé les dernières modifications souhaitées par les démocrates. Ces modifications concernent un ensemble de dispositions relatives à l’accès plus étendu à l’assurance maladie, à l’augmentation de la contribution sociale des plus riches et à la couverture maladie pour les personnes âgées.32 millions d’Américains de plus pourront avoir accès à une assurance maladie grâce à cette réforme d’un montant de 2.500 milliards de dollars.Le 26 mars 2010 à 11:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

3Doodler Lets Patient Kids Make Their Own Toys

first_imgStay on target 3D printing is still one of the coolest, most sci-fi concepts we can’t believe casually exists in the real world today. Crunching some numbers and watching a computer spit out a physical object is just so cool. But it’s also pretty complicated, too complicated for children that might otherwise enjoy shaping plastic to their will.However, as if the maker tech behind 3D printing couldn’t get any cooler, there are now also products that let kids draw colorful flexible plastic into new shapes with special pens, essentially “3D printing by hand.” Make anything from your signature to a cube to a totem to store a piece of your soul in.We recently received one of those products from 3Doodler, a leader in the space. It was a $70 set themed around making your own toy Powerpuff Girls characters (or South Park characters with a few tweaks).I, Geek.com Senior Editor Jordan Minor, patiently messed around with one of these pens and 3D drew a terrible little pumpkin mummy monster. I can’t imagine how much time and skillful effort and plastic it would take to make the eyepatch anime Powerpuff Girls character the package came with as an example of a “proper” creation. But a childless dude in his mid-20s hardly seemed like the target demographic for this nifty device.Fortunately, Sascha Segan, mobile analyst extraordinaire for our sister site PCMag and Cool Dad, was more than happy to test out the toy with his 11-year-old daughter. Keep reading for their family-style hot takes on 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself.Since the 3Doodler Start is for ages 8 and up, we put it in a creative 11-year-old’s hands to see what she’d do with it. She took one look at the detailed Powerpuff instructions and shrugged; she had Things to Make.One of 3Doodler’s strengths is that there’s a considerable library of projects and kits available, with more coming constantly from the community. $30 ‘activity kits’ focus on robots, consumer products, architectural models or Powerpuff Girls figures, with custom stencils and (in the robotics case) a motor.If you’re just a creative kid, though, this is a terrific toy. Within a day, we had ideas for jewelry, a magic wand, a very small sword for a doll or toy, and multiple “gems” for canonical or imagined Steven Universe characters. The kid took to 3D doodling very quickly, building her first multifaceted gem within half an hour.The pen is very easy to use. Turn it on, wait for an orange light to turn green, and feed in a strand of plastic. It’ll come out soft, ductile and flexible, hardening within seconds. You build solid areas by weaving or crosshatching strands back and forth.more inkThe Start uses special 2.5mm plastic strands that come in packs of 24 for $4.99. You can’t use any other plastic; this is non-toxic, low-temperature plastic that comes out of the pen cool and safe. Its low-temp nature also means that it isn’t microwave, dishwasher or oven safe; it’ll just melt down into a blob. We got 3-5 feet of doodling from a strand, depending on how thin we pulled it.That said, we blew through the strands pretty quickly, taking a half-dozen to make a single brooch-sized gem. A pack-a-day habit would be easy to adopt, but at least it’s healthier than cigarettes.The biggest waste of plastic comes when you want to change colors, for instance when our tester wanted to create a multicolored, tourmaline gem for a Steven Universe character. You can eject a strand, but you have to doodle out the half-inch or so before you insert the new strand. Our living room table now has a bunch of little colored plastic turds on it.The pen charges via micro-USB in about 15 minutes, and it can doodle out a half-dozen strands before needing a recharge. That said, our tester needed to recharge as she completed her palm-sized gem.Hey, it’s Jordan again. While this starter edition of 3Doodler ($50 without the Powerpuff Girls license) is totally a great entry point for kids, it also got both Sascha and I interested in potentially more advanced hand-drawn 3D printing tech. And it turns out 3Doodler puts out a whole line of pens that don’t have the compromises of this child-friendly version.The popular mid-range $99 3Doodler Create lets you adjust the speed and temperature for more detailed plastic sculpting and has a sleek aluminum body. Meanwhile, the $250 3Doodler Create Pro lets true artists, engineers, architects, and other designers do real manufacturing work, however small the objects. There are different nozzle shapes, smoothing tools, material types like wood and bronze, and a portable battery pack to let your hand draw untethered. Finally, 3Doodler makes special discounted versions of its tech especially for educators.There are parts of 3D printing so repetitive and tedious it’s better to just let a machine quickly do it, like filling something in or making a big but basic geometric shape. However, the 3Doodler Create pens can craft objects and fine details that would otherwise get lost out of a normal 3D printer. Plus, if your machine-printed 3D object ever gets damaged, these pens seem great for molding plastic spot fixes onto it. It is to 3D printers what other smartpens like Livescribe are to computers.Powerpuff Girls isn’t even the only #brand 3Doodler has partnered with. To celebrate a million pens sold since the company launched four years ago, 3Doodler recently released a Star Trek-themed set, appropriate for the Star Trek-esque fantasy-made-real technology.For me, 3Doodler is a fun hot glue gun monster factory, but for others it might be the evolution of shaping a beautiful piece of your own artistic expression out of a humble lump of clay. Hopefully the latter is what most kids will get out of it. Become self-reliant and create your own dang toys.Buy 3Doodler Start Powerpuff YourselfBuy 3Doodler CreateLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. U.S. Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human HeartGeek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen Set last_img read more

Star Wars The Old Republic Finally Gets A New Expansion

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target When it comes to sources of video game drama these days, EA’s Star Wars games and whatever is going on at BioWare are basically at the top of the list. However, while it’s easy to forget now, a few years ago that drama was one and the same as we all watched the tumultuous saga of EA and BioWare’s Star Wars: The Old Republic play out.After making a role-playing masterpiece with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, BioWare got more money than God to pour into a straight-up Star Wars MMO to take on World of Warcraft. For years this game lurched through seemingly endless development as BioWare apparently developed more story than its previous games combined. But despite a strong launch in 2011 (that killed previous MMO Star Wars Galaxies in the process) The Old Republic seemed to fall into that same “not bad, not great” limbo than many games find themselves in after development hell.These days The Old Republic quietly hums along as a profitable and largely liked but seldom discussed free-to-play game. And now it’s getting its first expansion in three years, just in time to ride the coattails of excitement following Star Wars Celebration.Set against the ongoing ancient battle between the old Galactic Republic and Sith Empire, the Onslaught expansion takes players to new planets and new areas of old planets. Perhaps most recognizable to Star Wars fans who aren’t quite as steeped in the lore is Corellia, the shipyard home planet of Han Solo. Other environments include jungles and fueling stations.Onslaught introduces new gameplay additions as well. As expected for an MMO there’s a level cap increase. There are also new abilities and equipment for defining your character build, including brand new “Tactical items.” As cool as this sounds though, it’s a bit bittersweet hearing Old Republic news so soon after Obsidian shed some light on its ambitious plans for a proper KOTOR 3. Where’s Darth Revan at?The Onslaught expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic is available for free for subscribers this September. For more on Star Wars watch the first trailers for Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker and the video game Jedi: Fallen Order. And check out these weird new Coca-Cola cans for the upcoming Disney Star Wars theme parks.last_img read more

Young Artists Competition features performances of note

first_imgThe sound of young talent filled the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.Dramatic chords burst from a grand piano. Notes chirped quickly beneath the bow of a violin. Deep tones vibrated from an upright double bass.One by one, eight students performed classical works at the church, all vying for college scholarships as part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 20th annual Young Artists Competition. Three of the teens left Trinity on Sunday having each earned a $1,000 scholarship and the chance to perform their pieces with the Vancouver orchestra at an event in April. The five remaining students each earned scholarships worth $450.Valerie Ding, 16, smiled at times as she struck the piano keys on Sunday, momentarily throwing her arms away from the piano before striking her next notes. The junior at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland started practicing the piece, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22, last summer.“It’s very focused work,” Ding said after her performance, but “it’s all for the love of music.”Her hard work paid off Sunday. She was one of the three competitors to nab a $1,000 scholarship and the opportunity to share the stage with a professional orchestra.“I’m really grateful that the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has this program,” Ding said, adding that it allows young musicians to “make their debut.”last_img read more