European Countries Seek to Ban FullFace Islamic Veils for Good

Casablanca – The ongoing question in Europe on whether or not the wearing of a burka or niqab should be accepted has started to receive long-term answers. The concern of taking away a women’s religious freedom has been swept aside for female equality and the fear of possible terrosim. Many politicians have demanded a ban of the veil that covers the face apart from the eyes. The ban is not to be seen as weapon of discrimination; rather, it aims to give the women a chance to assimilate into the culture of their host country and respect its public policies.As a matter of fact, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has recently approved the ban on the full-body veil that was enacted in France three years ago. France is known to have the largest Muslim minority in Europe, with about five million inhabitants practicing the religion. Under the supervision of ex-President Nicolar Sarkozy, the ban took effect on 11 April 2011. For this reason, no woman, either French or foreign, has been seen with a burqa since the new law has been enacted. In most cases, the majority of the Muslim female community gave in and switched to the typical head-scarf; however, some of them have stood up for their beliefs and paid fines for violating the burqa ban.In June of 2011, Belgium introduced the ban of any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in public localities.Spain has not enacted a national ban, yet the city of Barcelona and two smaller towns in Catalonia impose bans.Britain is open-minded with regard to veils, since they do not posses a law to restrict them; but it is up to the schools and workplaces whether or not they want to follow a dress code.The Netherlands has attempted to impose a ban, but failed many times due to lack of strategy and the fear of violating civil rights. Either way, only around 300 women are expected to wear a niqab or burqa in the country.Italy went a step further from France and even displayed signs in several towns, which serve as a reminder to the local bans of the burqa and the niqab.In 2008, Denmark banned all sorts of religious symbols—such as the veil, turbans, and Jewish skull caps—in public institutions.Turkey has banned the head-scarf in official buildings, but the issue is deeply two-sided, since the country’s population is predominantly Muslim.  The wife and daughters of Turkey’s prime minister and president, for instance, cover their hair with a scarf.The situation in Germany is not as intense, since there is no national restricition of the burqa or niqab. However, many Germans find it challenging to accept an image of a woman hidden completely under a large piece of cloth. Women with a simple head-scarf, on the other hand, are allowed to teach at schools and are respected by most people.Russia is less tolerant and announced a ban of veils in 2013. The authorities believe that the dress code of Muslim women is a violation of Russian law.Switzerland joined  its neighboring countries to agree on the law enforcement against the veil, since it made the majority of its citizens feel uncomfortable.In light of the fact that the traditional Islamic veil is acceptable in most Europan countries, the bans of the burka or niqab are not that disastrous. Because of this, authorities believe that it is only for the good, in order to live peacefully and with no misunderstandings in a community full of diversity.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed 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,, 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

Brock to host twoday science adventure for high school students

High school students from across the province will experience hands-on science this week as Brock University hosts its annual two-day event designed to encourage youth to pursue education and careers in science.More than 70 Grade 10 and 11 students from southern and central Ontario will take part in Scientifically Yours Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12. They will participate in projects ranging from forensic science and holograms to wine science, heart and bone health research, and learn how to use fossil preparation techniques employed by paleontologists and museum curators.New this year is Experience @BrockMakerSpace, the collaborative area in the James A. Gibson Library led by Jonathan Younker of Library Systems and Technologies. Students will get to experience creative technologies such as programming a robot, 3D printing, Raspberry Pi single-board computers, green screen photography and audio/video editing. Other program areas that will be explored in projects include physics, computer science, psychology, mathematics, chemistry and biology.This year’s plenary speaker is Anne Sutherland Boal, CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association. Sutherland Boal earned a degree in psychology at Brock before going on to a career in health service administration for the British Columbia Health Ministry.She is now an advocate for improved home-care services across Canada.Sutherland Boal’s keynote address is Thursday from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.On Friday, scientific mentors will attend a dinner with the participants, where they will speak about their experiences in careers such as medical physics, naturopathic medicine, nursing, risk modelling analysis, consumer insight and water conservation. read more

New technologies on show and Future of Mining conference at AIMEX

first_imgThe Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) will once again see the industry gear up for one of the most significant mining events. Taking place 29-31 August, more than 300 exhibitors will showcase their new advances and innovations, products and services on the exhibition floor. The exhibition “will provide visitors the opportunity to obtain vital technical information and network with industry colleagues in an interactive business environment.” Visitors will also have the ability to connect face-to-face with leading industry suppliers showcasing the latest technologies, including:Renishaw’s new void scanner designed to produce accurate 3D laser scans of underground voids as well as its Boretrak® which enables users to measure the audit borehole deviation from proposed designs;TOMRA Sorting Solutions new multi-channel laser sorting technology unlocking opportunities for quartz and gold processing;Davies Wear Plate Systems’ new wear side only attachment system;Global Pumps’ Verderflex VF Series peristaltic hose pump; andHedweld Engineering’s Trilift® range of component handling equipment and Safe-Away® range of Ladder and Stair Access Systems.Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from the some of the sectors’ most renowned minds as part of the free-to-attend conference, The Future of Mining, sponsored by Fluidmesh. The program features more than 30 world-leading experts across 16 sessions. World Coal Association Chairman, Mick Buffier, Head of Telstra Mining Services, Jeannette McGill; CSIRO Research Director for Hard Rock Mining, Dr Ewan Sellers; and Coal Services CEO and Managing Director, Lucy Flemming; are among the key speakers for the conference.AIMEX Event Director Brandon Ward said the event provides attendees the opportunity to explore the latest technologies and hear from world leaders across three streams – mining innovation, surface mining and underground mining. “Event attendees will have the opportunity to draw on key insights on the future of mining, discover what emerging technologies and practices are available and better understand how best their operations can stay competitive and sustainable in an ever-changing sector.“AIMEX also provides mining industry professionals the chance to meet with one another, exchange ideas, network and generate new business leads,” Mr Ward said. AIMEX Non-Executive Chairman David Moult said the mining industry has come through one of the most difficult periods in its history and is now looking for new opportunities for growth and development. “The exhibition and conference provides sectoral leaders, suppliers and operators the platform to discuss the current state of the industry, showcase the latest innovations entering the sector and discuss what more is required for future growth.”last_img read more