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first_imgRussia will appeal in the Swiss Federal Court on Monday against the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) decision to uphold a blanket ban on their athletes from competing in next month’s Rio Paralympics.”The appeal has been launched in the Swiss court,” the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) president Vladimir Lukin as saying on Friday.Earlier this week the Lausanne-based CAS, sport’s highest tribunal, rejected an RPC appeal against the suspension that was handed out by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) because of a state-sponsored sports doping programme.The Federal Court can only overturn the CAS ruling on the basis of a procedural mistake and not on the merits of the case.The decision to exclude Russia’s team means at least 260 competitors from the country are now set to miss the Sept. 7-18 Paralympics.The IPC went further than the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which stopped short of a blanket ban on Russia at the Rio Olympics that ended on Sunday and left the decision instead in the hands of international sports federations.PUTIN CRITICISMOn Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the Paralympic ban cynical and immoral but also said Moscow acknowledged mistakes it had made in tackling sports doping.The country’s track and field team were also excluded from the Olympics due to the sports doping programme.Putin said the decision to bar Russian athletes, including those who had not tested positive for any banned substances, was a vivid manifestation “of how the humanistic foundations of sport and Olympism are shamelessly flouted by politics”.advertisement”The decision to disqualify our Paralympic team is outside the law, outside morality and outside humanity,” he added.”It is simply cynical to vent one’s anger on those for whom sport has become the meaning of their life … I even feel pity for those taking such decisions because they must well understand that it is so demeaning for them.”The whole dispute centres on a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that found the Russian government and the FSB security service had, over years, covered up hundreds of doping cases across the majority of Olympic sports and Paralympic events.Although not widely followed or celebrated in Russia, where rights campaigners say many disabled people are marginalised by regressive social attitudes and inadequate state support, the country’s para-athletes are some of the best in the world.Their team topped the medal table at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in the Russian city of Sochi after taking second place behind China at London 2012.last_img read more

first_imgIn our previous article, we discussed how agile, adaptable and future-proof development allows developers to manage multiple sources of data in today’s Internet of Things. Now, we’ll put those philosophies into practice with the development cross-platform user interfaces (UIs).Engineering software projects are never simple, and they get very complex with embedded development. Developers must navigate around not only desktop, mobile and web applications, but also through several operating systems and various hardware specific aspects from screen resolutions and aspect ratios to hardware-specific drivers.Developers who fail to efficiently navigate these will find themselves retracing their steps and delaying time to market. To avoid this, here are a few ways an application development framework helps developers build cross-platform applications.Simplify and Streamline Development There are three key criteria for successful cross-platform development: Continue reading on page two >> Have an efficient, cost-effective way to write code Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Developers benefit greatly when they use cross-platform technologies such as Qt API’s, QML, HTML5 and others to meet these criteria. Cross-platform technologies enable developers to reuse code from one platform to another. This is especially the case when developers retarget their projects for embedded applications. In this case, the development target is an embedded device; however, this doesn’t mean that your development environment needs to be on an embedded device.Cross-platform technologies allow developers to start with more user-friendly, common engineering environments (see Figure 1). For example, a developer can use a Windows PC to develop and compile app. Then, using cross-compiling/deployment tools, the developer can then compile and execute the source code for the embedded target. Long story short, this process only takes one code for one project with multiple different targets.Figure 1: Cross-platform development enables developers to maintain a streamlined workflow while deployed to custom hardware (Source: The Qt Company). Maintain Productivity Across Platforms Cross-platform development is not a one-size-fits-all project. Different platforms – desktop, mobile, embedded – run on different resources. For example, embedded devices typically have hardware resource constraints. Meanwhile, on the other side of the spectrum, desktop applications have constant circuit power, big screens and – when compared to embedded applications, an almost endless amount of memory and CPU.With that, embedded developers often find themselves in a tug-of-war between getting the best out of their embedded hardware and providing their UI designers a nice, easy-to-use technology for UI design. These two requirements prove very difficult to combine into one application, which then impedes productivity.In an optimal solution, developers can mix and match C++ code with higher-level UI code to maintain device productivity and efficiency. Developers can bucket application logic, hardware-specific routines and other actions/activities that require a lot of CPU time into C++ and then mix that code with a higher-level UI language such as QML, JavaScript and HTML5 (see Figure 2).Figure 2: Cross-platform technologies allow developers to develop applications in user-friendly environments before deploying them to a wide array of devices (Source: The Qt Company). Developers have the full freedom to choose what technology and software architecture to use. However, developers who solely rely on higher level UI technologies such as HTML5 and JavaScript, may run into performance issues on limited hardware capacity or issues with managing and maintaining large code base over several releases. Have you ever tried to manage few hundred thousand lines of JavaScript code? Have the ability to write, deploy, debug and test on different environments (hardware and operating system) at the same time Bridge the Gap Between Developers and Designers Imagine a developer starting a new project for a new embedded device application on a Linux desktop. The developer’s company hasn’t yet ramped up manufacturing efforts, so device prototypes are hard to find. Development and testing cycles thus run into a wall until prototypes become available (see Figure 3).Figure 3: Development and testing cycles depend on the availability of prototypes from design cycles (Source: The Qt Company). A cross-platform framework often provides work-arounds for these challenges, as they include cross-platform APIs and functionalities. What this means is that developers can use other devices – perhaps a PC, tablet or previous versions of the device – as a development platform to perform the bulk of their work before testing on prototypes and final hardware. Better yet, as mentioned earlier, developers can develop in their desktop platforms first and then throw the draft project onto the embedded device when it’s ready.Cross-platform APIs are also useful when dealing with business requirements and needs. For example, management may provide a new platform, device or operating system that they need developers to work with. Instead of ramping up for each platform, device or OS, developers with cross-platform frameworks already have the cross-platform APIs taken care of. Developers can then build applications for all kinds of different targets, promoting time to market and taking productivity into their own hands.On top of all this, designers also need to contribute to UI development. Oftentimes, designers create a robust UI on Photoshop, Illustrator or another design suite, but then they run into challenges as they work with the developer to mimic that interface in a programming environment. This also slows down the project with each and every iteration and update.Next-generation cross-platform frameworks will provide environments for rapid UI creation. New tools will allow designers to work with the tools they’re comfortable with – Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. – and then directly share those files with developers. Developers will be able to directly access these files and input them into programming environments. This allows designers and developers to work iteration by iteration with automatic updates to the file from either side.So, What’s Next? The future is bright for today’s developers. Next-generation tools and frameworks will keep developers adaptable and agile as they create applications for an exponentially growing number of IoT devices. These innovations will also streamline development workflows within a company, allowing developers, designers and others to do what they do best and come together to create cutting-edge applications for embedded devices and beyond.Santtu Ahonen works in The Qt Company as product manager of the Qt for Device Creation. Santtu has over 20 years of experience in product management on various high technology products including Nokia Maemo as Head of Developer Offering Product Management where Qt was essential part of the plan. Santtu joined back in to Qt technology and The Qt Company in spring 2017. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Maintain a fast time to market Continue Reading Previous SGeT: open standard connects embedded devices to the cloudNext PEAK-System: latest technology on show at embedded world 2018last_img read more

first_img\R Moscow, Jul 12 (AFP) Croatia have relied on mental strength to defy limited resources and become the smallest nation in 68 years to reach a World Cup final, said defender Dejan Lovren. Zlatko Dalic’s men have taken the long road to a meeting with France in Moscow on Sunday after three lots of extra-time and two penalty shootouts in the knockout phase to squeeze past Denmark, Russia and England. Born to Croatian parents in the Bosnian city of Zenica, Lovren was forced to flee to Germany at just three years old when the Bosnian War broke out in 1992. His family eventually settled back in Croatia and the Liverpool defender believes a tough upbringing and fierce desire to make the nation of just over four million people proud are key motivating factors. “I think it is our mentality. We went through again a lot… wars, all these things, and even now the situation is not the best. But it is unbelievable how many talents we have in sports,” Lovren told reporters after Croatia ended England’s World Cup dreams with a 2-1 semi-final win. “We knew we could write history and we did it. Now there is only one game left to make it forever.” Lovren and his teammates have already gone further than Croatia ever have before at a World Cup, but can become legends if they gain revenge for France’s semi-final victory in the 1998 World Cup. French right-back Lillian Thuram scored his only two goals in a storied 142-cap international career in that semi-final 20 years ago.advertisement “I think now in many years people will remember us, not the ’98 team. This is what I wanted, this is why I’m proud and I deserve this.” added Lovren. “I was only nine. I remember my mum was screaming and she was crying after the France game. People were talking about Lillian Thuram, where did he come from? Maybe it is our time for revenge.” Having seen off Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in 90 minutes and had an extra day’s rest following their semi-final on Tuesday, France will be heavy favourites to make amends for defeat to Portugal on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 on Sunday. However, Croatia have grown used to beating the odds, and will relish the role of underdogs once more. “France are definitely the favourites, there is no hiding from that, but we like that,” added Lovren. “We like to be the underdogs from day one. “Without being arrogant. I think if you are in the final, you are the two best teams in the world.” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) As many as 1.35 lakh students will decide the fate of 23 candidates in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls on Wednesday.While the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has promised the “Institute of Eminence” tag for Delhi University and thalis for Rs 10, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has promised to spend 50 per cent of the union’s budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention to promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) student wing, the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), and left-wing students’ outfit All India Students Association (AISA) are jointly contesting the DUSU polls.After the AAP came to power in Delhi in February 2015, its students wing had unsuccessfully contested the DUSU polls.It has promised to ensure installation of CCTV cameras, setting up of police booths on campus, ending the “culture of hooliganism” and opposing commercialisation of education.Around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed in 52 centres. The polling in the morning colleges will commence at 8 am and end at 1 pm, while in evening colleges, it will be held between 3 pm and 7.30 pm.The results will be announced on September 13. Last year, the polls saw a 43-per cent voter turnout. PTI SLB RClast_img read more

first_imgShare on Messenger Joe Schmidt calms fears on injured trio after Ireland victory over Wales Ireland rugby union team Six Nations Since you’re here… Read more All is looking rosy in the Ireland camp. If their opener in Paris was notable for the nerve they showed in adversity, the win against Italy was a chance to develop the range of their attack. Here, they put both together to dispatch a Wales team who just would not be shaken off.There is no doubt that Ireland’s fixture list has been kind this championship, allowing them to build to their likely showdown at Twickenham with this run of three home games in the middle. No such luck for Wales, whose championship has slammed into the brick walls of Twickenham and Dublin. They now finish with two home games against the “easier” of the Six Nations teams but the damage to their hopes has been done.“We need to make some changes against Italy because we want to see where some of the squad is at this level,” said Warren Gatland. “Can they handle international rugby? The focus changes a little bit. It is important we finish in that top three, but also start thinking long-term, in terms of the World Cup.”Ireland will be doing the same, but their ambitions are somewhat higher than top three. Six Nations 2018 Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray, Ireland’s prize assets at half-back, are unlikely to be exposed to the promised intensity of Tuesday’s training. Both men left the field in some discomfort, albeit Murray at the end of the match, but neither’s injury is thought to be serious. Sexton “copped a knee in the backside”, while Murray caught his foot awkwardly but was walking on it afterwards.Ireland have suffered their fair share of injuries to key personnel this championship, not least for this match against Wales, and have ridden the absences well, but the loss of their half-backs would be calamitous. Sexton himself was an injury scare in the build-up, but, notwithstanding the early misses of a conversion and two penalties, he ran the show superbly, alongside the incomparable Murray.Around them, meanwhile, Ireland are starting to thrive again, after the passing of their fabled “Golden Generation”. Garry Ringrose is available and Sean O’Brien is set to play for Leinster this weekend. Even better news than that, though, is the form of those whose places they will hope to win back.Chris Farrell was awarded man of the match for his muscular display at outside-centre; Dan Leavy should have been awarded it for his on the flank; Andrew Porter’s performance meant the loss of Tadhg Furlong barely registered; and James Ryan’s industry is food for thought for Iain Henderson, another poised to return. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Support The Guardian Suddenly this Six Nations is Ireland’s to lose. Take maximum points at home to Scotland – as, for example, Wales did, the team they took maximum points against here – and England would need to do the same against them at Twickenham in the final round just to stand a chance.Joe Schmidt is doing a manful job of trying to dampen the escalating expectations of his public. “Other people make assessments but I wouldn’t,” he dutifully said. “It’s a lot easier for us than it is externally, because we do live in a bit of a bubble during the championships. In the early part of the week the guys won’t get too excited. They may well see they have to roll up sleeves.”center_img Read more Jacob Stockdale surges past Wales to keep Ireland’s grand slam hopes alive Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Rugby union Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgOver the next four  years Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2015 World Cup being hosted in New South Wales, Australia. Leading up to 2015 Australia will compete on the international stage annually at various events in various divisions. TFA is therefore seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches to fill a number of coaching positions. For full information please see the attached doucment. Related Files2011_tfa_hp_coaching_advertisement-pdflast_img read more

These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 1.0026Brazil real 0.4026China renminbi 0.1912Euro 1.4936Hong Kong dollar 0.162615India rupee 0.01983Indonesia rupiah 0.000095Japan yen 0.01162Malaysia ringgit 0.2962Mexico peso 0.07093N.Z. dollar 0.9254Norway krone 0.1599Peruvian new sol 0.3913Russia rouble 0.02120Saudi riyal 0.3390Singapore dollar 0.9324South Africa rand 0.09497South Korean won 0.001111Sweden krona 0.1560Switzerland franc 1.3182Taiwanese dollar 0.04190Thailand baht 0.03824Turkey lira 0.3598U.K. pound 1.6506U.S. dollar 1.2711Vietnam dong 0.000056 read more

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was further remanded today till March 6 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court in connection to the misuse of Government vehicles.Weerawansa was arrested last month over claims he misused Government vehicles when he was the Minister of Housing.

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Manisha Gunasekara, met The Queen and presented her Letters of Credence.Buckingham Palace said that during an audience, Manisha Gunasekara was received by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Court of St. James’s. (Colombo Gazette)

The Government is struggling to rally support from Iraq’s various political groups and ethnic communities – precisely when, according to the UN envoy, unity is what it needs most to stamp out the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Daesh, which still occupies a third of the country.  In addition, the terrorist group’s systematic human rights violations have led to an increase in the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs), whose humanitarian needs are growing every day, even as the attention of international donors is focused on numerous other crises around the world. The country is a rare example of democracy in the region. The current Government emerged after democratic elections. You can see this in the work done by the Parliament and the political forces represented in it. You can see the vibrant civil society that is there. Following a recent briefing to the UN Security Council, Mr. Kubiš shared with the UN News Centre his views on the latest developments concerning Iraq, including the need to ensure that some three million IDPs are able to eventually return to their homes, the importance of the international community’s continued support for the fight against ISIL and his faith in the country’s democratic institutions.UN News Centre: You have been heading the UN mission in Iraq since February 2015. What is your assessment of the country’s current situation?Ján Kubiš: Well, I believe that the country is at a very difficult stage of its development, in particular since the onslaught of Daesh. It’s a very complex situation, full of various influences, both within the country and in the region. But at the same time, there is hope, there is potential. And that is why I believe that the Iraqi people and Government as well as their supporters from the international community can still successfully stamp out Daesh and achieve a level of development that will contribute to the stability, security and prosperity of the country. An increasing number of people, including families with children and the elderly, have encountered deadly ambushes as they try to escape areas controlled the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Photo : UNAMI Ján Kubiš, UN Special Representative for Iraq, discusses the latest developments in the country. Credit: United NationsAnother major area of concern is human rights, with a focus on women’s rights, minorities’ rights and children’s rights. This is an extremely important part of our work. Dedicated members of our team are indeed working and following up on specific human rights issues all over the country, and we also work with the Government and other institutions on this aspect. We should not forget about long-term objectives for the UN and the country, including economic and social development. So we try to be engaged in these areas as well. Another element of our work consists in regional outreach as a way to mobilize the neighbouring countries and gain their support for the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people.UN News Centre: What are Iraq’s strengths in dealing with its challenges?Ján Kubiš: I believe that we should not only look at what the situation is in Iraq, but also at the environment. The country is a rare example of democracy in the region. The current Government emerged after democratic elections. You can see this in the work done by the Parliament and the political forces represented in it. You can see the vibrant civil society that is there. You can find different interesting concepts there that should help the country to stay united, to stay together and to work for the future. So this is one of Iraq’s advantages. Meanwhile, there are many other world crises, in and outside of the region. There are situations that require a strong engagement from the international community. There are humanitarian catastrophes, not only in Iraq, but also in many other parts of the region and the world. And this means that donors sometimes tend to focus on the emerging crises and, in a way, pay less attention to the older crises that are already there. That’s sometimes called donor fatigue; sometimes it’s simply called prioritization, but it does affect the situation. That’s why one of our major tasks is to work with the international community and tell them: “Stay on course! Provide support to Iraq!” This is a case that is not only humanitarian – which means it needs compassion. That’s why one of our major tasks is to work with the international community and tell them: “Stay on course! Provide support to Iraq!” For example, European countries are now struggling in the face of the migrants who are trying to come to the continent. They are talking about addressing this phenomenon at its roots. What would be more efficient than to prevent waves of migration from Iraq and support IDPs that are still willing to stay in the country and go back to their homes? Even if this means giving hundreds of millions of dollars to the country this year and the next.UN News Centre: Prior to Iraq, you were the UN’s top official in Afghanistan. Are there any similarities between your experience there and what you are doing now in Iraq? And how does your experience in Kabul inform your experiences in Baghdad?Ján Kubiš: There are many similarities, but I would say that they are more superficial than anything else. I believe that every situation is different and very specific. I try not to just automatically apply the experience learned from a previous situation to a new one, but it is also true that parts of the methodology and approach are applicable. So I’m trying to utilize my experiences from previous conflict situations and put them to good use when dealing with the situation here in Iraq and in the region. A second advantage is that Iraq is full of educated people who are ready to work for the future of the country. And I believe this is a major one. I would add as well that we benefit from the increasing support of the international community, perhaps because of the perception that we can do better in Iraq than in some other regions and areas of the Middle East.So I believe that the country has advantages. Eventually, what will underpin all of this is also the country’s economic potential. Let’s not forget that while Iraq is short of funding, short of money, short of revenue because of low oil prices, the fight against ISIL and terrorism in general, and the humanitarian crisis, it is potentially a rather wealthy country. So potentially, again, this is an advantage that they can count on.UN News Centre: What impact does Daesh have on UN efforts in Iraq?Ján Kubiš: A major one, if you consider that the priority of the international community is to fight this abhorrent manifestation of international terrorism and that the anti-Daesh coalition is actively supporting the Government of Iraq and other components who are joining the fight against Daesh. All of this has triggered a wave of IDPs, which heavily influences the situation in the country and the work of the United Nations. Daesh equals abhorrent violations of human rights and minorities’ rights… ethnic, religious, etc… and this is a major area for us to work on. It threatens the unity of the country and the future stability of the country, the region and even the world. UN News Centre: What is the international community doing about Daesh, and have there been any signs of fatigue with the Iraq issue?Ján Kubiš: I would say yes and no. There definitely hasn’t been a sign of fatigue with regards to the fight against this manifestation of international terrorism that is increasingly a global threat. In fact, I believe that we will increasingly see determined and effective actions led by regional and international players against Daesh. Pictured left to right: Ján Kubiš, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan, and presidential candidates Dr.Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah (September 2014). Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for the country (UNAMI), Ján Kubis (right), speaks with Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim of Iraq prior to briefing the Security Council on the country’s situation. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz In Khanke, Iraq, cement foundations like these have been constructed by UNICEF with funds provided by Saudi Arabia, as part of a project that will provide basic water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities to 20,000 people. Photo: OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis UN News Centre: What is UNAMI doing to help and what challenges does it face?Ján Kubiš: We, as a mission, are facing many challenges; if anything, because the country itself is facing many challenges. We operate in various areas, including the humanitarian level mainly to support IDPs. The country now registers close to 3.1 million IDPs, and the UN is at the forefront, together with the Government, of the efforts to provide them with assistance. We are also starting to support those IDPs who are returning to their places of origin after these areas are liberated from Daesh. That is a massive task and, unfortunately, an underfunded one. So one part of my work as SRSG is to advocate in favour of, and try to raise financial support for, the Iraqi Government and the UN-led humanitarian efforts to help IDPs and other people in need. Then, of course, another aspect of the mission has to do with the political “good offices” to raise support for the Government’s programmes, mainly because these programmes contain elements that are important for bolstering political dialogue and leading the country toward a historic national reconciliation. We try to achieve this by being in contact with different political representatives who, along with the country’s people, are supporting the Government, but also with various opposition groups based outside of the country, because we believe that only a comprehensive and holistic effort will eventually bring equality to the country’s various components and minorities. UN News Centre: What adjustments did you have to make, if any, after coming to Iraq?Ján Kubiš: First of all, as always – family life. But this is normal; this is a non-family mission. Second of all, I’m trying to learn quickly – as quickly as possible – the local realities. I’ve been following the situation in Iraq and the Middle East for the past two, three decades, so I was not completely unprepared for the realities on the ground and had prepared myself before going to Iraq. But it is still a learning curve for me.UN News Centre: On a more personal note – Tajikistan, Afghanistan and now Iraq – what is it that draws you to work in such difficult and challenging places?Ján Kubiš: People! Because people, unfortunately, are the ones who pay for the missteps and mistakes, misperceptions and misdeeds of politicians. And they pay for it, unfortunately sometimes, with their own lives and well-being. This is one of the main reasons that always compelled me to help people by getting involved in different conflict situations. Of course, it is much better to do conflict prevention, and during a major part of my life I was busy doing conflict prevention. But if the conflict is already there, then fair enough, let’s at least have some conflict mitigation and then conflict resolution. It is something that is a part of my life. So it is indeed about people.   UN News Centre: You lived in a fortified compound in Kabul and do the same in Baghdad. Can you tell us what that is like and what one does to take one’s mind off the daily grind of working in such conditions?Ján Kubiš: For me, it makes almost no difference because I am working long hours so I don’t feel any pressure. It’s more for my colleagues. They – and I as well – need from time to time to maintain some distance between the workplace and the personal sphere. This is very difficult to do in a compound like the one in Bagdad. It creates problems, tensions. So yes, it’s a difficult environment. My recipe is to work, but you cannot do it endlessly. So there must be some other activities and, eventually, the ability for us to visit and be with our families, have a change of environment for several days in a row and then come back to this artificial environment in which we live and work. @media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 670px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -460px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 3.6em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#FFFFFF; position: relative; top: 50px; xtext-align:right; text-shadow: 5px 5px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:52%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em;}strong { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.4em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0; margin-top:2em;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} read more

first_imgThe company has also contracted with Sedna Industrial IT Solutions, now based in Elko, to provide to provide networking infrastructure support and maintenance. “The Arturo site is the ideal environment for testing because we are in early phases of mine development and able to integrate and the autonomous technology on an existing fleet of trucks. Testing can be done without impacting production at Barrick’s core operations,” said Jerry Johnson, Superintendent for Open Pit Operations at Goldstrike. The company recruited autonomous operators and staff for the project from its existing workforce. In addition, Sedna is currently recruiting and training a local team to ensure that the capability to support and expand the project remains in Elko. As reported yesterday in the Elko Daily Free Press, Barrick Gold Corp has begun testing surface autonomous haulage technologies at its South Arturo Joint Venture gold operation in Nevada (Barrick 60%/Premier Gold Mines 40%), building on the use of autonomous and semi-autonomous equipment at Barrick’s underground operations such as Cortez.South Arturo provides potential for open pit production that could extend over an 8 to 9-year period with underground mining opportunity as a further upside. The ore from South Arturo will be trucked primarily to Barrick’s Goldstrike mine for processing. The focus for 2018 will be to commence construction of the Phase 1 open pit and El Nino underground deposit, which be developed from the bottom of the Phase 2 pit. For 2018, operational guidance at the mine is 5,000 to 10,000 oz gold at a cash cost of $600-$650/oz and all-in sustaining costs of $620-$670/oz.Barrick and Premier have partnered with Utah-based Autonomous Solutions Inc to retrofit an existing fleet of five haul trucks with autonomous kits. IM understands that the five trucks are Komatsu 930E-2 models. ASI began installation of the technology in early April 2018. The first truck is currently undergoing system testing and is expected to enter full operation by the end of June 2018.“The goal is to use advances in automation technology to help Barrick prove and deliver improvements in safety, efficiency and production,” said Matt Majors, Superintendent of Mining Operations and Project Manager for autonomous haulage. “As the mining industry continues to innovate and adopt new technology at increasing speed, autonomous is quickly becoming a critical component to running a safer and more sustainable operation,” said Bill MacNevin, CEO of Barrick Nevada. “The company’s long-term sustainability is dependent on the safety and security of our employees. That is why Barrick remains committed to innovation and teaching the next generation of skills in a rapidly changing technological environment.” Surface testing will begin with autonomous haulage at Arturo, located approximately 25 miles northwest of Carlin on property adjacent to Barrick’s Goldstrike operations. Testing will continue through 2018 and include evaluation of the potential for surface autonomous technology at other Barrick operations in Nevada such as Goldstrike.last_img read more

Swedish NT member, right wing Anton Halen (24) will play at DKB Bundesliga! Lefthander will join Frisch Auf Goppingen for the next two seasons. He played this year at VELUX EHF Champions League with Swedish best team – Drott HK. ← Previous Story Baltic Handball League F4 LIVE-STREAM Next Story → EHF EURO 2016 DRAW: Russia against Ukrane – Spain, Germany and Austria at Group 7 Anton HalenDrott HKFrisch Auf Goppingen

first_img Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 3:12 PM 31,910 Views By Cianan Brennan Apr 15th 2017, 3:12 PM 55 Comments ‘I’m thrilled for him’ – former Green Party leader Trevor Sargent aiming to become Church of Ireland priest Sargent led the political party for six years between 2001 and 2007. Share Tweet Email center_img Ryan added that the party, whom Sargent continues to informally advise as a committed environmentalist, were aware of the direction he was taking.“We knew of his interest in theology and the Church of Ireland of course,” he said.I think there’s a connection there, between green politics and a certain kind of spirituality. It makes a lot of sense for Trevor, and I’m thrilled for him.Read: ‘We want people to know what’s going on’ – Why Venezuelans will be protesting in Dublin todayRead: Illuminated and flown 24/7: Government Building’s new plan for the tricolour Trevor Sargent, pictured in 2009 Source: Rollingnews.ieFORMER GREEN PARTY leader Trevor Sargent is set to become a minister of the faith in the Church of Ireland.In an interview with today’s Irish Independent Review magazine, Sargent confirms that he is training as an ordinand at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute, while simultaneously studying for a Theology Masters at Trinity College Dublin.Should all go to plan, Sargent would first become a deacon before then ascending to the priesthood.Sargent led the Green Party for six years between 2001 and 2007. He served as Minister for Horticulture in the following government before losing his seat in Dublin North in the 2011 election.He now lives in Wexford where he works in organic horticulture.Today, current Greens leader Eamon Ryan said that he is “thrilled” for his former colleague.“As a friend and colleague, I’m thrilled for Trevor,” he said this afternoon.I think it’s a natural fit for him, it’s not a surprise. I think it’ll be great for him. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowForoyaa has been reliably informed that the last batch of Gambian pilgrims in Mecca have been returned to Jeddah with no official information advance for the cancellation of the flight.Foroyaa has been reliably informed that the pilgrims were at the airport awaiting their flight to come to The Gambia, but were sent back to the hotel without any explanations by the airline staff.The Muslim pilgrimage commonly referred to as the Hajj has ended 13 days ago.Family members told Foroyaa that their loved ones are in Jeddah and are not told when they will return home.“They (the pilgrims) do not know whether they will come or not. They are just told to wait,” family members told Foroyaa.“They should have come last night (Friday). I came purposely from the provinces to welcome my wife. I came with my children, unfortunately, she (the wife) has sent us a voice message indicating that their flight has been cancelled without any explanations by the travel agency,” the husband to one of the pilgrims told Foroyaa in an interview.He said his wife went with the last flight of the Gambian pilgrims and she is supposed to come with the last flight.“My wife told me that they have been evacuated from the airport to a hotel in Jeddah at 7 am (Gambian time) on Friday which was 4 am in Mecca,” he added.He said his wife has decried that they were dumped at the hotel without any food and information provided for them.He continued: “She told me they were only served lunch at the airport but when they reached the hotel, they were abandoned and they did not have dinner and breakfast the following day.  She said they did not see any agent of the airline agency or a member of the Hajj Commission or a representative of the Gambian embassy in Saudi Arabia.”He said the wife went with Banjul Travel Agency.Other family members told Foroyaa that this was not expected of the travel agencies and therefore, their loved ones shouldn’t have been evacuated to the hotel without any explanations.Last year, the last flights of Gambian pilgrims faced similar issues and were transited to Dakar where they boarded buses to come to The Gambia.“We wouldn’t want our loved ones to face the same ordeal,” one of them said.We made attempts to speak to the travel agencies, but all attempts proved unsuccessful. Foroyaa will engage the airline agencies today to know why the flight has been delayed.last_img read more

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Delegates at Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will be able to learn about the importance of creating a savings culture in order to support employees with their financial wellbeing and monetary goals.Jeanette Makings (pictured), head of financial education services at Close Brothers Asset Management, and Simon Williams, senior financial planner at Close Brothers Asset Management, will jointly present a session titled ‘Creating a savings culture and empowering your people for the future’ as part of the talent conference stream on Wednesday 28 February 2018.The session will demonstrate the value of creating a savings culture within an organisation, citing advantages for both employers and their employees. These could include improved staff retention and engagement, as well as increased productivity and a reduction in employee financial stress and absenteeism.Makings and Williams will use research statistics to explore the current employee stance on savings, pinpointing various savings gaps and challenges that employers should be aware of, such as the savings gap between men and women or the savings gap between employees starting their careers and those who are near retirement.Makings and Williams will go on to discuss what employers can do to enable and empower a savings culture within their organisation in order to help employees improve their financial future. This will include looking at how to generate a better return on investment for the benefits provision that employers already have in place, for example utilising existing modelling tools better or promoting an annual benefits statement. Makings and Williams will also demonstrate the role of communications, which can work to inspire employees to make financial decisions at appropriate times.Williams will additionally use his background as a financial planner to showcase some key ways that employees can improve their savings and positively impact on their finances without increasing the amount that they physically save.Makings said: “[The session is] looking at the future if [employers] don’t change anything, and the future if [employers] do change some things; how [they] can intervene today to make a better future happen. What [employers can] do to really empower a savings culture within their organisation.“[Employers] are looking to ensure that they get more productivity out of their employees to release the capability within their people populations. They’re looking therefore at ways in which they can do things around financial wellbeing, around things like better return on investment for their benefits spend. For employers to get the best out of [employees], they recognise that they’re having to put more in place to help them with [financial] decisions.“Employers are in a fantastic position to reach a large number of people, and also they’re in a fantastic position because they provide the wherewithal for the vast majority of people to improve their financial wellbeing, to help them through that savings culture. The employer is in a pivotal role to really cause that sea change and to make the future better and the future different for their business and also for the employees that work with them.”Williams added: “This is actually about saying ‘well look, you’ve got all the tools available to you now, if you just use them in the right order, in the right place, you can make a massive impact on your future.’ [Employees] probably have most of the components there already; it’s just trying to remove a lot of the bad behaviours and emotion that people bring when it comes to making their savings.”Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at Park Plaza, Westminster, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

first_imgTelecommunications organisation BT has appointed Paul Thomas as its new reward director.Thomas, who is qualified with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has experience in managing reward strategies within FTSE 100 organisations. This includes leading transformational reward projects.Previously, Thomas worked as head of reward at Simplyhealth, UK compensation and benefits manager at Vodafone and reward manager at British Gas.last_img

first_imgThe Miramar Police Department has opened its new headquarters after 11 years of construction, Wednesday morning.The 65,000-square-foot facility is located 11765 City Hall Promenade in the Miramar Town Center, and will also house the City’s Emergency Operations Center. It broke ground in 2014, nine years after the previous headquarters was destroyed by Hurricane Wilma.“The Miramar Police family has been eagerly waiting for our new home,” said Miramar Police Chief Dexter Williams. The day we placed shovels in the ground sparked the beginning of a new adventure. We will remember our past and celebrate our future while providing stellar police service to our community. On behalf of the men and women of the Miramar Police Department, we thank you for your continued support.”The department will conduct tours of the new facility after the ribbon cutting ceremony.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The 24th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) will be inaugurated on November 10.The announcement came when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was attending a programme at Nabanna in which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the state government and British Council.It may be mentioned that Mamata Banerjee has taken the KIFF to a new height by adopting various steps.The 23rd edition of KIFF was inaugurated on November 10 in 2017 with musical magic created by Bikram Ghosh, Tezendra Narayan Roy and Rashid Khan and their troup. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAmitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Kamal Hasan, Mahesh Bhatt and Kumar Sanu were present at the inaugural ceremony. Several new components have been introduced in the film festival across the past few years and it includes screening of films on rare Indian languages – Boro, Khashi, Chakma from North East, apart from that, there are Dogri from Himachal Pradesh in North India and one from Goa.It provides them an international platform. As many as 143 films including 93 in foreign category were screened at Nandan I, II and III, Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Nazrul Tirtha, Star Theatre, Mitra Cinema, Navina Cinema, Mani Square, EZCC and Inox City Centre from November 11 onwards in 2017.The best film and the best director in the category of foreign language films are felicitated with award money of Rs 51 lakh and Rs 21 lakh respectively. From 2017, the best film and the best director of the films in Indian language also get award money worth Rs 7 lakh and Rs 5 lakh respectively.last_img read more

first_img“The Honduran authorities’ claims simply are not credible, when confronted with forensic evidence and so much eyewitness testimony to the contrary,” Dan Beeton, spokesman for the Washington-based Center for Economic Policy and Research in Washington, wrote in an email.Some agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration accompanied Honduras’ National Police officers during the operation, but the agency said none of the U.S. personnel fired their weapons.Authorities in the U.S. and Honduras have refused to release videos of either the May 11 shooting incident or the autopsies of the victims, video that could resolve disputes over details. The operation has been the object of intense criticism in Honduras.German Enamorado, chief of Honduras’ Office of Human Rights, said Friday that two female victims were not pregnant as witnesses reported. Beeton said autopsies of the two women were carried out in an unprofessional manner 40 days later in the open air at the cemetery. He said friends of the women claimed both were pregnant.Enamorado also said forensic tests show the bullets that hit the four people killed were fired horizontally, not from above. In addition, the slugs were from smaller-caliber bullets used by M-16 rifles and not the heavier weapon mounted on the helicopter, he said. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The vital role family plays in society An earlier report by Rights Action, a Toronto-based human rights organization, and by Beeton’s group, a progressive economic-policy think tank, took a different view on the ballistics: “Death records as well as an interview of a Honduran official present at the exhumation and autopsy of the victims confirm that all of the deceased victims had sustained high-caliber bullet wounds.”The shooting occurred during Operation Yunque, a joint initiative using six U.S. helicopters and a special team of DEA agents in addition to the Honduran police.At least seven people were killed during the operation’s three months, including one fatally shot by DEA agents who were approaching a crashed plane they suspected was carrying drugs.___Associated Press writer Martha Mendoza in Santa Cruz, California, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressTEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – A U.S.-based non-governmental organization on Saturday criticized Honduras’ official investigation of a fatal shooting during a drug interdiction operation after its conclusions contradicted reports of witnesses and the group’s own investigation into what happened.The probe’s findings announced Friday said that two victims were not pregnant and that none of the four people killed were hit by gunfire from a law-enforcement helicopter involved in the May drug raid in the Mosquitia region. Local people and some rights activists have claimed the victims were shot by police, two were pregnant and all were innocent civilians traveling a river at night. Police said the people killed were in a boat that fired on the helicopter. Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectlast_img read more