Microsoft Oracle join hands to take on AWS Cloud

first_imgSan Francisco: In a rather unusual arrangement, two Cloud rivals Microsoft and Oracle have announced an interoperability partnership enabling customers to migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. Enterprises can now seamlessly connect Microsoft Azure services, like Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to Oracle Cloud services, like Autonomous Database. The move is seen as an effort by Oracle to offset losses in the fierce competition coming its way from Amazon’s Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app AWS has offloaded Oracle as its Cloud vendor and would soon be 100 per cent reliable without the need of hosting Amazon workloads on Oracle Cloud. Don Johnson, Executive Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) said that Oracle and Microsoft have served enterprise customer needs for decades. “With this partnership, our joint customers can migrate their entire set of existing applications to the cloud without having to re-architect anything, preserving the large investments they have already made,” he said in a statement late Wednesday. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Taken together, Azure and Oracle Cloud offer customers a one-stop shop for all the cloud services and applications they need to run their entire business. “As the cloud of choice for the enterprise, with over 95 per cent of the Fortune 500 using Azure, we have always been first and foremost focused on helping our customers thrive on their digital transformation journeys,” said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division. “With Oracle’s enterprise expertise, this alliance is a natural choice for us as we help our joint customers accelerate the migration of enterprise applications and databases to the public cloud,” he added. Connecting Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly allows customers to extend their on-premises data centres to both clouds. This direct interconnect is available starting today in Ashburn (North America) and Azure US East, with plans to expand additional regions in the future, the companies announced.last_img read more

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Injured Metro Vancouver transit officer says thanks to his supporters

first_imgNEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — An officer with Metro Vancouver Transit Police who was shot last week in the line of duty will undergo surgery for his injuries this week.In a statement, Const. Josh Harms expressed his gratitude to his colleagues with the transit police and the RCMP, as well as staff at the B.C. Ambulance Service and Royal Columbia Hospital.The 27-year-old also thanked his wife, family and members of the public who expressed their support.Harms was shot Wednesday on a SkyTrain platform in Surrey.Police said Daon Glasgow was taken into custody Sunday after a Canada-wide warrant was issued.No charges have been laid.Transit police say Harms visited the department’s headquarters on Friday to meet with his co-workers.“I have so many reasons to be grateful, and so many people to thank,” he said in the statement released Monday.“I thank God my injuries were not worse. Though I have a long road ahead, I am going to make a full recovery and rejoin my colleagues as soon as possible.” The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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UN again suspends mine clearance in parts of Afghanistan

“Demining teams remain in the area but have, for the moment, stopped the demining work until security is reassessed and measures are in place to guarantee security,” the spokesman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Manoel de Almeida e Silva, said in Kabul today.He said the decision taken by the UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan, followed several incidents, although no one had been injured.In one incident, on 26 May in Rooza village, 12 bullets were fired at a survey team from the Mind Dog Centre (MDC) and the Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA). Three gunmen on motorcycles threatened an MDC team which was working at Sultan Khail village at Saydabad. Other teams have been threatened and told to leave the area or they would be killed, Mr. de Almeida e Silva said.“We understand that there was a demonstration in Zabul province that involved about a thousand people calling on deminers to return to work and supporting them,” he added.Mine clearance on stretches of the road was already suspended at the beginning of May after attacks in which a driver was killed and three people wounded.On another front, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed serious concern over the lack of new funding commitments for long-term agricultural development projects in Afghanistan.“Without the additional amount of $25 million, we will have to stop more than 70 per cent of our activities by the end of this year,” said Manfred Staab, FAO Programme Manager for Afghanistan. “This would have serious repercussions on the farming communities we are now helping and would prevent us from assisting more farmers.”Long-term projects include seed production, the cultivation and marketing of fruits and vegetables, livestock vaccination campaigns and veterinary services, the rehabilitation of destroyed irrigation systems and the strengthening of fragile government services over the next years. read more

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Womens gymnastics Ohio State tops No 11 Michigan Washington and Kent State

The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team snagged another win with an overall score of 195.8 after their home quad-meet against No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State on Saturday evening.The team started strong in their first rotation event on vault, scoring a total of 49.12. Junior Alexis Mattern received the highest score and career best of 9.9, tying for first on vault with Michigan’s Olivia Karas.“Person after person, and being the sixth person up on vault, it’s, it’s kind of tough,” Mattern said. “So you have to wait and watch your teammates, and you just wait in the wings until it’s your turn. And for me to do the vault that I’ve been training all week, right in the moment, when it really counted, was just really great to start that off.”The Buckeyes gained the lead after the first rotation and continued with momentum to the second event on uneven bars. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland placed second overall with a score of 9.85.After the third rotation on beam, OSU still held the lead before entering their fourth and final event on floor.“As much as we try not to focus too much on the scores, we could see that we were still in the lead going into the last event,” Hofland said. “Floor is a strong event for us. It’s a fun event. It’s an awesome event and we knew we all could do it.With the team placing first in their Saturday meet and Mattern finishing third in the all-around with a 39.125, Ohio State received their first conference win against Michigan.“To beat them at home when all the odds were really stacked against us just means so much more, especially because we worked so hard,” said Mattern.After riding a wave from their second victory, the team said it won’t take the win for granted. A few minor performance issues were seen during the meet, such as two girls receiving a one-tenth point deduction for stepping out of bounds on their floor routines.Although coach Carey Fagan took these performances as something to improve upon in preparation for their next meet on Jan. 28 against Iowa, she holds a strong positive outlook for the coming meet and the season as a whole.“Starting off in the conference 1-0 is going to be huge for my team, and beating — Michigan is a great team,” said Fagan. “They’re historically strongest in the conference, so I think the confidence that my team will get knowing that they compete with the best will really set us up for the rest of the season.” read more

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President wings out for more treatment on Christmas Day

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident Granger being treated for cancer in CubaNovember 14, 2018In “Health”President Granger completes radiotherapy regime in CubaApril 20, 2019Similar postPresident Granger returns to Guyana tomorrowNovember 19, 2018In “latest news” Two weeks after completing his second round of Chemotherapy treatment in Cuba, President David Granger is expected to depart Guyana on Christmas Day to continue with his treatment.President David GrangerThe Guyana Times understands that the Head of State summoned an emergency meeting this morning at his office with top officials of the joint services and his cabinet.It is not clear how long the president intends to stay in Cuba but from reports received, he is in good spirit.Since his return to Guyana on December 11, the president was not seen in public but the Guyana Times learnt that he is now sporting a bald head.This, an official stated is a customary when someone is being treated for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a form of cancer.The President is being treated and evaluated at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas (CIMEQ) in Havana. read more

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Poseidon Nickel signs toll treatment agreements in Western Australia

first_imgPoseidon nickel has signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with two exploration companies in Western Australia to toll-treat nickel ores. This follows Poseidon’s recent feasibility study which confirmed that the re-start of its own Silver Swan mine and Black Swan mine and concentrator were economic. The MOUs were signed with exploration companies Sulphide X and Estrella Resources, both of which have projects within trucking distance of the Black Swan concentrator plant. Sulphide X owns exploration tenements at Mt Venn which it aims to develop. Estrella owns the historical Carr Boyd project, 38 km away from Black Swan.Roskill’s view is: “Poseidon Nickel recently published a feasibility study confirming that the re-start of its Black Swan and Silver Swan mines, as well as the Black Swan concentrator, would be economic. Were these MOUs to come to fruition, however, the Black Swan concentrator would be able to operate at a higher capacity utilisation than planned by the feasibility study, as the combined mill feed from the re-started operations would only be half the process plant’s capacity of 2.2 Mt/y. Although the re-start costs of Black Swan and Silver Swan are fully-funded, following a recent equity raise, the tolling agreements would open an additional income stream for Poseidon.”last_img read more

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30 former AIB senior execs asked to take pension reduction

first_imgAIB HAS SENT more than 30 letters to its former senior executives asking them to take a voluntary reduction in their pension levels.Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan told Deputy Michael McGrath this when asked by him about the total number of requests the board of AIB made for former directors to surrender part of their pension voluntarily.Noonan said that he has  been informed by AIB that the bank has sent out in excess of 30 letters to the former senior executives, requesting a voluntary reduction in their pension levels.He said that:As AIB indicated when before the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform quite a few responses have been received and the process remains ongoing.However, for “reasons of confidentiality”, AIB cannot say which executives agreed to pension cuts, or what level of cut was agreed on.In 2012, it emerged that the Chief Executive of AIB had written to the bank’s former senior executives asking them to consider waiving some of their pension entitlements.That news came a week after it was made public that AIB had used €1.1 billion of its pension scheme – funded by the taxpayer – to maintain the pensions of its former executives who earn up to €500k a year.Read: AIB chief executive asks senior executives to give up pensions>last_img read more

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UPDATED Three dead 140 injured in Boston Marathon blasts

first_imgInitially posted 20.07; Updated 07.00TWO EXPLOSIONS CAUSED devastation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, resulting in three deaths and dozens more injuries.US media outlets, citing a law enforcement source who was briefed on the investigation, are reporting that an 8-year-old boy is among the dead.Authorities confirmed that at least three people died in the explosions. About 140 more were injured. It is understood that at least 15 people are in a critical condition and many more have injuries described as “serious”. Injuries range from shrapnel wounds to limb amputations.“The number of injuries is an unfolding issue, we will not have hard figures until this morning,” police commissioner Ed Davis told reporters at a press briefing at 1.45am (Irish time). He added that the blasts were powerful so there were “serious, serious injuries”.The explosions occurred near the grandstand area at Boylston Street about four hours and nine minutes after the marathon began.The police chief again dismissed rumours that a suspect is in custody.“There is no suspect at Brigham and Women’s Hospital,” he said, adding he wanted to “fix” those erroneous reports. It has been confirmed that 20 people are being treated there.“There are people we are talking to,” he confirmed. Earlier reports suggested there was a person of interest being treated at the medical centre.FBI investigator Rick DesLauriers, who will lead the joint terrorism investigation, said that he could not offer comment on “specific leads”.“There is an investigative activity ongoing. Again, it is a very active and fluid investigation at this time.”Speaking from The Westin Hotel, Davis said federal, state and local authorities will ‘turn every rock over to find those responsible for this cowardly act’.Children hurtA number of the victims of the blasts are minors. Boston Children’s Hospital has confirmed that it is treating 10 patients.According to Reuters journalist Edith Honan, the injury list includes leg traumas, fractures and two head injuries to a 14-year-old and a two-year-old.Another of the injured is a student at Boston University.Earlier reports that “multiple explosive devices” have been found in the city were also dismissed by Davis. He said all packages, bags and other items discarded by runners in the area are being treated as suspicious and are being examined by explosive experts.“Anything that is unattended is being treated as a potential problem,” he explained. “We are methodically going through the area.”Massachusetts General Hospital asked all staff to remain at work as it deals with the emergency. Doctors there are treating 29 patients and the hospital’s Incident Command System has been activated. It is understood that security has been provided at all area hospitals.Some 23,000 runners took part in the race, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathons.Stay calm but vigilentAuthorities have asked the public to stay at home and to avoid congregating in large groups tonight.They described the situation as “ongoing”. Governor Deval Patrick said it will “not be business as usual” in the city tomorrow either. He explained security will be ramped up and urged residents to be extra vigilant.He asked citizens to report suspicious activity and to be patient as there will be random security checks of parcels, backpacks and other items.He thanked residents for the “extraordinary kindness” being shown to runners, neighbours and visitors “shaken by this experience”. “We are going to get through this,” he added.A third incident at JFK Library was confirmed by police earlier today but it has now been described as “fire related”. It is not thought to be linked to the race explosions. There were no injuries in the fire.Addressing the American people from the White House, US President Barack Obama pledged that authorities would find out who carried out the attack.“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” he said adding that it was a “senseless loss”.Mayor of New York Bloomberg also said the city’s thoughts and prayers were with the City of Boston.Security in Manhattan has been ramped up. The Mayor’s office said NYPD is “stepping up security at hotels and prominent locations in NYC until more is known about the Boston Marathon”.TheJournal.ie understands that 50 people with Irish addresses had registered to participate in the race. The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Irish consulate was making contact with emergency services in the area but information gathered so far indicates that no Irish citizens were caught up in the blasts.An Irish eye-witness described the scene at the line as “chaos” with people “stampeding” to escape the area.Scotland Yard in London said it would be reviewing its security arrangements ahead of the city’s marathon this weekend.Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry, event commander for the London Marathon, said: “A security plan is in place for the London Marathon. We will be reviewing our security arrangements in partnership with London Marathon.”Here is the initial broadcast of the explosions from CNN:Updated: So far no reports of Irish caught up in marathon blastsRead more coverage of the Boston Marathon explosions> Read: Hashtag #BostonHelp offers support to those in needlast_img read more

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DARPA finds the best sentry is a manmachine hybrid

first_imgUnmanned drones are becoming more commonplace in the skies above us, and depending on their location, many of them also carry weapons. There’s a growing concern over whether one day control of firing those weapons will revert to a computer rather than a human, and with it we all take a step closer to Skynet.But it seems we don’t need to concern ourselves too much (yet), as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has discovered combining a computer and a human makes for a much more reliable threat analysis system regardless of what kind of robot/drone weapons are attached to.Recent tests carried out by the agency attempted to find out what the best solution for a sentry would be: a sentry being a system that monitors an area for threats. Would it be a computer controlled system, a human, or both? Take either a human or a computer in isolation and both make mistakes, but DARPA found by combining the two you get just 0.2% false positives, or a sentry that performs correctly 99.8% of the time.The man-machine hybrid that achieved such high levels of accuracy is called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System or CT2WS. It works by sitting a trained person in front of a wide-angle camera and radar video feed while they are hooked up to an electroencephalogram device.The person is there to view footage captured by the camera, but the footage presented is better than anything a human alone could see. That’s because the camera has an increased field of view and the radar can highlight things not normally visible to our eyes. The thing that pushes this hybrid system over the top,though, is the use of the electroencephalogram.An electroencephalogram device, commonly referred to as EEG, is used to measure brain activity. What the system does is detect when the user’s brain unconsciously recognizes something on the display, and can therefore react to it or bring it to the attention of the person.So what we have here is a sentry system that relies on a human being present, yet can see more and react to more potential threats than a human could ever hope to achieve alone. DARPA has effectively created a super-human sentry thanks to technology.More at MIT Technology Review and DARPAlast_img read more

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Intel teases silkysmooth 1080p gaming on upcoming Lenovo Android phone

first_imgIt’s just a few more days until MWC 2013 kicks off, and Intel’s Francois Piednoel is so excited about his company’s next-generation mobile processors that he’s taken to YouTube to show off what they’re capable of. The phone in the video is none other than the Lenovo K900, a 5.5-inch beast that is thought to be running a dual-core Atom Z2580 processor. That’s not too exciting in-and-of itself given the limited (OK, minimal… OK non-existent) popularity of Lenovo’s smartphones in the United States, but the technology is quite impressive.As you can see in the video, Intel’s chip powers through intense graphics without breaking a sweat — even on the K900’s 1080p display. Movement in Epic Games’ Citadel demo is buttery smooth, something very hard to pull off on any mobile device, let alone a smartphone. Similarly, performance in Texture Mark’s free mode is also impressive.Piednoel’s excitement has a lot to do with how quickly Intel has closed the gap with ARM. While Intel’s first-gen mobile chips didn’t find there way into that many devices, things may be different this time around.Then again, performance is only half the battle. There’s that little matter of efficiency, too, and that’s considered to be Intel’s real Achille’s heel. Unfortunately, Piednoel didn’t offer us any clues as to whether the K900’s endurance is on par with its sheer muscle, so we’ll have to wait for the official unveiling to see whether or not Intel is really going to go bell to bell with ARM in round two.last_img read more

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Department of Social Protection to train staff in the use of plain

first_img Share333 Tweet Email It is essential that the Department presents its communications in a clear and simple manner that will make it uncomplicated and easily understood.Benefits of plain EnglishCommunications manager at NALA Clare McNally said businesses and organisations are opting to use plain English because it makes good business sense.“Plain English saves you time and money. Clearer information is shown to reduce mistakes and complaints,” she said.She added that it’s fairer to use plain English: “When you use plain English more people can understand your information. This is important for the one in six people in Ireland who have literacy difficulties.”Research by NALA has found that almost 95% of Irish adults are in favour of businesses and organisations providing information in plain English. The research was carried out by Empathy Research, with 1,100 participants in the survey.McNally went on to explain the importance of plain English and said that the longer the sentence, the less information readers will understand.“Long sentences aren’t just difficult for people who struggle with reading or have dyslexia. They’re also a problem for people with extensive vocabularies,” she said.“This is partly because people tend to scan, not read. In fact, most people only read around 25% of what’s on a page. This means it’s important to get information across quickly.” This varied customer base and the range of communications required means there is an ongoing need to ensure that the Department’s communciations are clear and appropriate for each customer cohort. Jun 25th 2018, 6:10 AM Short URL Monday 25 Jun 2018, 6:10 AM THE DEPARTMENT OF Employment Affairs and Social Protection is planning to train its staff in plain English to better improve customer communications.Plain English is a way of presenting information that helps people understand it the first time they read or hear it. It is a more efficient way of writing that allows them to access, understand and use information quickly and effectively.The National Adult Literacy Agency Organisation (NALA) has won the tender for the provision of plain English writing, editing and training services.NALA is a charity that works to ensure people with literacy and numeracy difficulties can take part in society and have access to educational opportunities that meet their needs.The tender has two parts to it.The first is the provision of plain English writing services, which includes reviewing all written communications, such as letters, application forms and website content. This will be carried out as required by various sections of the Department on an ad hoc and project basis.The second element is the provision of training of staff in plain English and the principles of plain English.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection outlined why the tender is being carried out. “Greater use of plain English is an important part of the government’s Public Service Reform agenda,” it said.“The Department now administers over 70 separate schemes and services which affect the lives of almost every person in the State and in doing so generates a large volume of literature and correspondence. Image: Peshkova via Shutterstock By Hayley Halpin 32 Comments Department of Social Protection to train staff in the use of plain English Plain English is a way of presenting information that helps people understand it the first time they read or hear it. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Peshkova via Shutterstock 17,881 Views https://jrnl.ie/4079143 last_img read more

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Hoban believes he can still be an EPL player

first_imgThe 25-year-old English defender believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.Tommie Hoban started his professional career in 2011 with Watford.There, he scored two goals in 54 appearances as a defender.He was loaned to Wealdstone in 2012, then to Blackburn Rovers in the 2016-2017 season.His latest loan cames this summer, as he joined Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.But the 25-year-old believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.“Unfortunately for me it’s been one thing after another,” he tells The42.“You do get to a point where you have to ask yourself if you can go back to it again.”“I was devastated, to be honest,” he says.“You try to stay as positive as you can, but when so much time in your career is going to waste it does get hard to keep your spirits up. If you get too down it can become a negative cycle which can be really hard to get out of.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“When the injury happened, my son was a few weeks away from being born, so you’re starting to think about his future as well. ‘How many more times can I go through this?’ — that’s what you’re asking yourself,” he added.“I had already been looking into a few other things, doing some extra studying outside of football just to prepare for the worst-case scenario if it ever got to that stage.”“My dad has a business in financial advising and it’s something I’ve always had an interest in,” he recalled.“It’s hard to explain, but even when you get back to fitness, you’ve missed so much football that your body doesn’t feel the same as it did before. You have to make a lot of adjustments. Your recovery takes longer and that can take a bit of getting used to.”“Obviously it has been great to be back playing recently,” said the Watford loanee.“I feel fit now but I still have issues sometimes with pain. I’ve had to take tablets before and after games. That can all take a toll on you. But being part of a winning team, as I have been in the last few weeks, is a feeling that not many things can come close to.”…I know the club will bounce back to where they belong soon and I wish all the players, staff and fans all the best for the future!— Tommie Hoban (@tommiehoban05) May 7, 2017last_img read more

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marine receives Marine of the Year Award

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017  – Nassau – Leading Seaman Sharif Turnquest joined an elite list of marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, after he was recognized as the Marine of the year 2017 at the force’s Annual Christmas Carol Service at the Defence Force Base.A total of 14 marines were recognized by their various sections for their outstanding and dedicated services throughout the year. Sharif, a Physical Training Instructor (PTI) in the Training Department was successful in placing first overall as the overall results.   He became the latest recipient of the coveted Leon Smith Award.  This prize is in honor of the first Bahamian Commodore who headed the Defence Force from 1983 – 1997.   Both he and his wife were in attendance to present the award.“I based my career on some of the positive principles instilled within me by some of my seniors on the Force,” says Turnquest.   “A Marine is at his best when no-one is watching; I always dare to stand out in the crowd; I always thrived to maintain a standard; For every action, there are consequences, and once you understand the consequences, you will be careful of your actions.”Able Seaman Lashando Greene from the Port Security Department was the 1st runner-up, Able Seaman Delron Mitchell from the Airwing Department was awarded the 2nd runner-up; and Leading Seaman Durant Roker from the Headquarters Department received the 3rd runner-up award.Minister of National Security, the Honorable Marvin Dames congratulated all the winners via a teleconference as he emphasized his government’s commitment to continue working efficiently with the men and women of the Defence Force.   Commodore Tellis Bethel also extended his congratulations to all of the awardees and thanked them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.Leading Seaman Turnquest joined the training staff in 2012.   Prior to that, he served 8 years in the Commando Squadron Department.  He has undergone numerous training locally and internationally.   These include the Military Dive, Combat Dive, Physical Training Instructor and the Skill-At-Arms Courses.   A decorated marine, Turnquest hopes to be an inspiration to others as he continues to fulfill the Defence Force’s mandate in Guarding Our Heritage.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritagePress Release: RBDFlast_img read more

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Adam Kingl to open Employee Benefits Connect 2017

first_imgAdam Kingl, executive director of thought leadership at the London Business School Executive Education, will deliver the opening keynote address at Employee Benefits Connect 2017 on Wednesday 1 March.In the opening keynote session, ‘The future of work and the workplace’, Kingl will discuss new paradigms of work and leadership, and outline the technical trends that are set to change the workplace. He will also highlight the factors that help attract and retain generation Y, and examine how this generation will lead organisations in the future.During the one-day event, delegates will have the opportunity to gain insights from industry experts across six conference streams: holistic wellbeing; technology and innovation; employee engagement; driving performance; talent management; and data analytics.In the talent management stream, Adam Gibson, strategic workforce planning leader at the Metropolitan Police, will highlight how employees’ priorities and their approach to work are changing. The session, ‘Leveraging workforce planning and people analytics for smarter decisions’, will also investigate how caring responsibilities, the gender pay gap, and equality and diversity will shape the future work model and drive workforce strategy.The data analytics conference stream will feature Eric Barratt, healthy workforce programme manager at NHS England. In a session titled ‘Driving positive behaviour for a healthier workplace’, Barratt will discuss the long-term goals for health and wellbeing at work in the NHS, and how data can be utilised to encourage behavioural change.For more information and to register to attend.last_img read more

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Yellow Bird Dancers To Visit Kenai

first_imgThe Yellow Bird dancers perform a mix of traditional dances as well contemporized versions set to modern music to get more young people interested and engaged. Hoop dances are always the finale. The show will feature a special appearance by Nick Hanson, the “Eskimo Ninja.” Nick, who is Inupiaq, was born and raised in Unalakleet and has become a fan favorite on “American Ninja Warrior.” Tickets are $15 and are available at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s administration building at 150 N. Willow Street in Kenai, and will be sold at the door. The event is a fundraiser for the Tribe’s Yaghanen Youth Program. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Yellow Bird Productions, an internationally known indigenous dance group, will perform at Kenai Central High School on Saturday, January 19, at 7 p.m.center_img The evening also will include a performance by the Kenai Central High School Drumline, under the direction of Deborah Sounart. Yellow Bird Productions is under the direction of Ken Duncan, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Duncan says he emphasizes to audiences that Yellow Bird performances are based on family strength.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday July 28 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWalker opts not to veto bill putting local school boards in charge of sex edAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauA bill that puts local school boards in charge sex education will become a law, after Governor Bill Walker decided against vetoing it Thursday. House Bill 156 requires that school boards approve any sex education curriculum, as well as any teachers who aren’t employed under a contract with schools.Why a Bahamas tanker is carrying North Slope crude Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauA foreign-owned tanker is expected to transport North Slope crude to Asia in the coming weeks. BP has shipped its oil overseas before, but it’s been decades since it was on a tanker built and managed outside the U.S.Unextinguished campfire cause of McHugh FireWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Department of Natural Resources have determined that an unextinguished campfire was the cause of the McHugh fire that has been raging in Chugach State Park near South Anchorage since July 16th. According to a release sent out this afternoon, the fire began in an area not commonly used by hikers and not in an established campfire ring.State partially lifts ban on drug felons applying for food stampsAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchoragePeople with drug felonies can now apply for food stamps in Alaska, but they have to prove that they are complying with parole and substance abuse treatment requirements.Scientists have increased alert level for Pavlof VolcanoLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaScientists have increased the alert level for Pavlof Volcano for the second time this month. On Thursday, the Alaska Peninsula volcano showed signs of low-level eruptive activity, prompting officials to raise its alert level from “advisory” to “watch.”Search continues for missing Tuluksak manAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe search continues for a man who walked away from the village of Tuluksak 15 days ago.South Peninsula students study STEM subjects through ANSEPDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerWomen and Alaska Natives are underrepresented in the STEM fields, but two south peninsula girls are breaking barriers before even leaving high school. They are learning about— science, technology, engineering and mathematics —at University of Alaska Anchorage this summer. The girls are participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, five-week Acceleration Academy.New evidence of Denali dinosaursDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksDinosaur bones have been found in Denali National Park. The bone fragments were discovered this summer by a team of University of Alaska Fairbanks and National Park Service scientists. The researchers found the bones on a mountain slope in the Cantwell rock formation, north of the Park Road.Researchers find new whale species in Western AlaskaShaylon Cochran, KDLG – DillinghamResearchers think they’ve found a new species of whale in Western Alaska. A new study published in Marine Mammal Science is identifying the find as a relative of the Baird’s beaked whale.Deer rescue operation occurs off Juneau’s Shelter IslandLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauWhile passing the west side of Juneau’s Shelter Island Wednesday, an 18-passenger tour vessel saw more than whales.Flood watch issued in Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon ValleysJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageHeavy rains in the Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys have prompted theNational Weather Service to issue a flood watch beginning Friday, extending through Saturday evening.Warm ocean water leads to heavy rain in AlaskaAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageIt’s been unusually wet across a large section of the state this summer.last_img read more

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Pebble CEO and opponent debate whether mine proposal is the nose under

first_imgA base camp at the site of the proposed Pebble Mine. (Photo by Isabelle Ross/KDLG) “You can’t expect stockholders to fund digging a hole halfway down and then refilling the hole and not develop the resource that they have under claim. It is not a reasonable expectation,” Halford said. The federal Army Corps of Engineers is currently reviewing Pebble’s most recent mine plan. The company argues this plan is smaller than earlier proposals and better designed to protect the Bristol Bay region’s salmon fishery. The CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership and a prominent Pebble opponent today debated a key point of contention about the proposed mine: its size. On the show, Pebble CEO Tom Collier said the company currently doesn’t have plans to expand. Collier said before the mine could get bigger, it would have to go through an additional permitting process. Reached after the call-in show, Halford said he still opposes Pebble’s current proposal, arguing it remains a large project in same region as the most valuable salmon fishery of its kind in the world. The full exchange can be heard on the June 25, 2019 edition of Talk of Alaska. “When the major complaint now about the proposal that Pebble has put forward is that it is ‘the nose under the camel’s tent’ and there may be more coming along, that’s the same thing as saying there really isn’t anything wrong with the current proposal,” Collier said. During Alaska Public Media’s weekly call-in show, Talk of Alaska, former Alaska state Sen. Rick Halford raised a concern shared by many in the anti-Pebble camp — that the new mine proposal is only the beginning. In its application, Pebble says it plans to mine 1.4 billion tons of material over 20 years, although it’s estimated that there is much more copper, gold and molybdenum that could potentially be mined in the deposit. The Army Corps’ public comment period on Pebble’s proposal ends July 1.last_img read more

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BSE closes points 12988 up on Jan 20

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 129.88 points up to stand at 21,192.88. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 42.30 points up to stand at 6,303.95. MCX and Aurobindo Pharma were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.86 % and 6.31% along with Reliance Communication Ltd and Tata Consultancy with an increase of 6.11% and 5.53% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services and McLeod Russel with a decrease of 2.42% and 2.22% along with TTK Prestige and RIL with a decrease of 1.77% and 1.70% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 86.40 points at 12,114.46 while the banking sector is up 93.66 points at 12,574.74 and the realty sector is up 9.29 points at 1,335.79. The Indian currency is down 0.07% at Rs 61.59 per dollar.last_img read more

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UNHCR operations chief in city to see Rohingya crisis

first_imgUNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for operations George Okoth-Obbo has arrived in Bangladesh to see the Rohingya situation on the ground, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, the head of UNHCR operations who arrived in Bangladesh on a three-day visit on Tuesday, will meet Rohingya refugee families to better understand their needs and review UNHCR’s response, UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said in a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.While in Dhaka, he will meet Bangladeshi authorities to underline UNHCR’s readiness to significantly ramp up its response and provide support to the government in addressing the humanitarian needs and ensuring the protection of refugees, according to a message UNB received from Geneva.Meanwhile, UNHCR emergency airlift lands in Dhaka as Rohingya crisis deepens further.On the other hand, Mohammed Abdiker Mohamud, director of the department of operations and emergency, International Organization for Migration (IOM), and their teams are also currently visiting the country to observe the current influx of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Cards Wrap Up Thursday Doubleheader with 52 Win Over Xavier

first_imgThe Cardinals (11-3) gained an early advantage with doubles wins at Nos. 1 and 2. Senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and freshman Fabien Salle teamed to beat Jack Dykema and Brett Winters 6-2 on court one. Seniors Brandon Lancaster and George Hedley followed quickly with a 6-3 win over Matthew Graft and Connor LaFavre at the two-spot to clinch the first point of the match. Live Stats Xavier’s Graft wrapped up the match with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 win over Salle on court three. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster  Doubles competition1. C. Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Jack Dykema/Brett Winters (XU) 6-22. Brandon Lancaster/George Hedley (LOU) def. Matthew Graft/Connor LaFavre (XU) 6-33. Michael Lee/Jan Vrba (XU) vs. Sergio Ramirez/Fredrik Moe (LOU) 3-3, unfinished Coach Rex Ecarma Interview Louisville moved ahead 2-0 in singles with Morin-Kougoucheff’s 6-1, 6-2 decision against Winters at No. 1. “Xavier obviously made a push tonight,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “Some of those guys we know very well, some of those guys came here on recruiting visits, so they were really hyped up for Louisville and they did a good job. Fede Gomez and Fabien Salle, have played so many matches. I was thinking when I was out there on the court with Fabien, we’re not even halfway through the season and he’s got so many matches under his legs and Fede is the same way. I was really glad they pushed it to a third set. Gomez got his, Salle didn’t get his, but again it was a short week. It’s like football, you have a Sunday game and all of a sudden you have a Thursday night game. That’s how we felt. We were much fresher in the morning, and you could see the wear and tear by the end.”  Sergio Hernandez Ramirez Interview Next Match: NORTHWESTERN 3/3/2019 | Noon Photo Gallery The Cardinals countered on court two, where Lancaster topped Dykema 6-2, 6-1 to push Louisville’s lead to 3-1. #44 Louisville Men’s Tennis 5, Xavier 2 The match was decided at the No. 4 spot where freshman Sergio Hernandez Ramirez beat LaFavre 7-6, 6-1 to clinch the win for the Cardinals. Senior Federico Gomez increased the Cardinals’ lead to 5-1 with his 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 decision against Vrba at the five-spot. At the six-spot, Xavier’s Michael Lee posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over freshman Juan Paredes to put the Musketeers (1-8) on the scoreboard and cut the lead in half.  Singles competition1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff (LOU) def. Brett Winters (XU) 6-1, 6-22. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Jack Dykema (XU) 6-2, 6-13. Matthew Graft (XU) def. Fabien Salle (LOU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-34. Sergio Hernandez Ramirez (LOU) def. Connor LaFavre (XU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-15. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Jan Vrba (XU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-36. Michael Lee (XU) def. Juan Manuel Paredes (LOU) 6-1, 6-3 The Cardinals will return to action on March 3 when they play host to Northwestern at 12 p.m. Tennis Match ResultsXavier vs Louisville Men’s Tennis2/21/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) Match Notes:Xavier 1-8Louisville Men’s Tennis 11-3; National ranking #44Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3)T-2:15  A-168  LOUISVILLE, Ky. The University of Louisville men’s tennis team collected its fifth straight victory with a 5-2 win over Xavier Thursday evening at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. The match completed a doubleheader sweep after the Cards beat Northern Kentucky 7-0 earlier in the day. Matchup History Story Links  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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