Can We Outrun/Outcompute the Data Avalanche? (Part 3)

first_imgI’ve written about the big data problem and asserted some ideas on what makes up an ideal infrastructure. Let’s look at the some progress I think is relevant.At SGI we’ve been wrestling with the big data problem for many years now and we’re continuing to building and integrating systems with the attributes we feel are ideal for data intensive computing. More recently we’ve been encouraged by the potential of Intel’s 5500 series Xeon Processor (code named Nehalem) to take on the data intensive computing problem. We have run various “Data Intensive” performance benchmarks using the SGI Altix ICE platform along with the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series to see how well the combination would handle real world Data Intensive Computing.The results have been outstanding and represent material progress in sustainable efficiency for big data problems. The new system delivers reliably scalable performance gains of up to 140 percent over current generation systems across a variety of data-intensive applicationsSo, can we outrun the data avalanche? We can discuss that more in the intel.com/server discussion room, but I think the answer is that we don’t really have a choice if we want to survive. It is just a matter of figuring out the best approach to keeping one step ahead of the huge amounts of data cascading towards us and if I have my way, a better quality of live by feeling less stress from that data yoke on my shoulders.I recently co-authored a technical white paper on Data Intensive Computing that will provide you a bit more insight on this topic. Feel free to download at http://www.sgi.com/pdfs/4154.pdf….last_img read more

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Ukrainian dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy to judge Jhalak

first_imgThe new season of “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7” will not just throw surprises one after the other at contestants, challenging them to groove to dance forms like Capoeira, Zouk and Bolero, but it will also have a fourth judge – winner of “Dancing With The Stars 2014” Maksim Chmerkovskiy.Chmerkovskiy, a Ukrainian dance expert and professional Latin ballroom dancer, will join Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Karan Johar and Remo D’Souza on the jury panel of the show, which will go on air on Sony Entertainment Television Saturday.The judges will be stricter and they will be seen in new avatars – while Madhuri will give her lehengas and saris a miss this season for a sexier and hotter look, Karan will take on a no-nonsense demeanour, and Remo will be seen sporting a grunge look.They’re all excited.Winner of Dancing With The Stars 2014 Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be the fourth judge.Back for the fourth season in a row, Madhuri said: “This season, it is not only a challenge for the contestants, but also for us as judges. I have been training in Latin dance forms and am looking forward to see some newer dance forms from the contestants as well.”Karan has a special gift for the best performers – “a specially designed pair of dancing shoes”, and Remo is looking forward to an interesting mix of contestants and choreographers.Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, is confident the freshness in the new season will appeal to the audience.”Season after season it becomes essential for us to push the boundaries of possibility and showcase something new and different. This season, we decided to bring the world to our ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ stage.advertisement”Giving the stage a truly global flavour will be never-seen-before dance forms from all the corners of the globe to an exciting new jury member of international repute,” Nayak said in a statement.Hosted by Ranvir Shorey and last season’s winner, actress Drashti Dhami, this season, dancing and performances will no longer be confined to the dimensions of the stage but will venture outdoors as well.Also, dancers Salman Yusuff Khan and Lauren Gottleib will take on the role of adversaries and join hands to challenge contestants in a dance combat. There will also be popular comedian Sudesh Lehri to provide some much-needed comic relief.The contestants and choreographers:Comedian Palak (Kiku Sharda) with KrutiActor Karan Tacker with SuchitraSinger Sukhwinder Singh with BhavnaActor Purab Kohli with MohenaSinger-actress Sophie Choudry with DeepakYoung dancer Akshat Singh with VaishnaviActor Ashish Sharma with ShampaActress Mouni Roy with PunitActress Puja Banerjee with RajitVJ Andy with BhaviniActress Kritika Kamra with SavioAFormer cricketer S.Sreesanth with SnehaDancer Shakti Mohan with Tusharlast_img read more

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Big challenge to beat consistent South Africa: Rohit Sharma

first_imgRohit Sharma says the Indian team is not reading too much into South Africa’s surprise loss in the warm-up game and feels it will be a big challenge to beat of “one of the most consistent sides across format” when the series begins with the T2O International on Friday.”These are practice games. The teams field their best combination and try out reserves as well. I don’t want to read too much into yesterday’s result. Because every team is trying something or the other (in the warm-up games). It is better that we don’t look much into it. They are one of the strongest sides, in all formats and not in just T20,” Rohit said.India A had humbled South Africans in a practice game in Delhi yesterday.Also read: India vs South Africa – Top five player battles to watch out When asked about India not playing enough T2Os, Rohit said: “I agree that we have not played many T20s as a team but considering the fact that lot of guys have been playing in IPL, they are ready. We use that experience (of playing in IPL). Having said that, it will be a challenge for us to regroup in the format.”Rohit said that focus will be on the ICC World T20 which will be held in five months time.Also read: Improved Sreenath Aravind raring to go against South Africa “The World Cup is round the corner so we have to make the most out of T20 games we play from now on. It will be a challenge for them (South Africa) as well, considering they have also not played a lot of T20 Internationals,” said the stylish right-hander.advertisementBeing wary about the South African pace attack, he went on to say that frequent overseas tours have helped the batsmen tackle pace better.”The past couple of years we have mostly played outside India. It has given us a lot confidence no matter what the attack is or the conditions are. The tours outside have helped us evolve as batsman,” Rohit pointed out.last_img read more

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Sourav Ganguly to miss Libra Legends’ opener in Masters Champions League

first_imgBogged down by a back spasm, former India captain Sourav Ganguly is set to miss Libra Legends’ first match of the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL), starting here on Thursday.Ganguly was to lead Legends in the T20 tournament but had to pull out after doctors advised him rest after suffering a back spasm during a practice game some days ago, reports gulfnews.com on Wednesday.However, according to report, the 43-year-old will be in the city cheering his team for the first game on Thursday.Australian cricketer Brad Hogg who attended the captain’s press conference for the Legends said Ganguly would be joining the team soon.A source close to Ganguly said: “He (Ganguly) had signed the playing contract much earlier and was committed to play in the tournament. Despite his busy schedule, Ganguly had engaged himself in regular practice sessions for a while until this unfortunate turn of events.””We have already written to the league management clarifying the position and despite the medical advice, he will be undertaking a four and-half hour flight each way to be with the team for the first match.”When asked about Ganguly’s pullout earlier in the day, MCL chairman Zafar Shah said he still does not know much about the situation.With Ganguly not taking part in the opener, the responsibility to lead the team would surely fall on former South African star all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who won the Big Bash League (BBL) on Sunday with Sydney Thunders.”Kallis’ Sydney Thunders won the Big Bash league, so he was not there for training this morning after all that celebrations. I think he has landed and is in the hotel … I will be going and grabbing him and make sure he is there with us for cruise tonight. He has been the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, so I have to do a bit of sucking up to him,” Hogg said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Klopp: I’m not unlucky in finals

first_imgJurgen Klopp has dismissed talk of him being plagued by back luck as Liverpool prepare to face Tottenham in his third Champions League final.Since his domestic double at Borussia Dortmund in 2012, Klopp has been the runner-up in two Champions Leagues, the Europa League, the League Cup and two DFB-Pokals, meaning the Liverpool manager’s last six finals have ended in defeat, His counterpart, Mauricio Pochettino, nonetheless hailed Klopp for his success in getting to so many finals and the German himself is not concerned about that record ahead of the showdown with Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “If I would be the reason for losing six finals in a row, then everybody needs to worry really,” Klopp said at a press conference on the eve of the all-Premier League showdown.”So if that’s not the case then we always have to have a chance and that’s how we see it actually,”Since 2012, apart from 2017, I was with my team every year in the final. So we came there sometimes with luck in some moments, but most of the time because we had to go there, so I am probably in the moment world-record holder in the last seven years at least in winning semi-finals.”While an impressive accomplishment to make so many finals, Klopp noted that if he were a different person, he might get down on himself as the primary reason his teams have been unable to get over that finals hurdle. “I’m a normal human being, so if I would sit in the room and think it’s all about me, I’m the reason, if I would see myself as a ‘loser’ or whatever, then we all would have a problem, but I don’t see it like this.”He added: “I think there can be moments that are lucky and unlucky and in the few finals I was part of we were never on the lucky side, it’s true, but I cannot change that.”Liverpool will be looking to claim their sixth European Cup/Champions League crown which give them sole possession of the third-most titles in the competition’s history, behind Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7).last_img read more

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Top News of the Week 16th – 20th of June

first_imgTerntank Orders Two More LNG Powered TankersSwedish tanker owner Terntank has exercised options for two more LNG-powered product tankers pursuant to the order placed in the fall of 2013, according to Sjöfartstidningen. The eco-friendly tankers will be on a time charter with NEOT, North European Oil Trade Oy, Finland.  World Maritime News Staff, June 22, 2014 zoom China Rejects P3 Network, Plan AbandonedThe Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China denied support to the P3 Network, proposed by Mærsk A/S (Maersk Line)  together with MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. and CMA CGM S.A. The MOFCOM’s decision follows a review under China’s merger control rules. Fire aboard LNG Carrier Explorer, No CasualtiesExmar Shipmanagement NV, managers of the LNG carrier ‘Explorer’ confirmed that the vessel experienced a fire in the engine room on June 14 about 240 west of Mumbai, India. The fire was promptly extinguished by the ship’s crew using portable fire extinguishers.center_img Rising Concern over American Seamen Imprisoned in HondurasThe International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, the US professional mariners’ union, says the alleged inhumane treatment and undefined detentions of six American seamen on a salvage-relief mission in Honduras has now reached a point of critical mass and requires an immediate diplomatic remedy, which is now being formulated by State Department officials, Florida’s U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and two congressmen. Seven Workers Die at PEMEX Offshore Platform in MexicoSeven workers died on Wednesday, June 11 at the construction site of a PEMEX offshore drilling platform in Veracruz, Mexico, Empresas ICA, a Mexico-based holding company confirmed on Friday.last_img read more

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Highlights From 2004 Survey of Class of 1999

first_imgFive years after graduation from Maritime universities, class of 1999 graduates have made the transition to the work force with varying degrees of success. And the degree of success depends, at least in part, on a graduate’s gender, field of study and where they were living in 2004. These are some of the key highlights from the Survey of 1999 Maritime University Graduates in 2004, released today, Nov. 8, by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission. The survey highlights are part of a longitudinal survey exploring the themes of transition between the learning force and work force, student debt and mobility for the class. “What we are seeing now in the five-year-out survey is evidence of career progression,” said Léandre Desjardins, acting chief executive officer of the commission. The employment rate is up and now stands at 96 per cent, compared to 94 per cent in 2001. Graduates are earning 38 per cent more than in 2001, with an average salary in 2004 of $51,313. They are now more likely to have a permanent job, and more than half say they are working for the same employer as in 2001. “These findings are encouraging, but preliminary analysis shows that substantial gaps continue to exist within the class. For example, men earn more on average than women, and graduates of applied or professional programs earn more than graduates of liberal arts programs,” said Dr. Desjardins. The survey also found that graduates who had left the Maritimes are earning more than those who stayed. “In this study we were able to track student debt not only for the degree obtained in 1999, but also for any subsequent education,” said Sam Scully, vice-chair of the commission and chair of the advisory committee on information and analysis which oversaw the project. By 2004, two-thirds of 1999 graduates had borrowed money from government and/or other sources to finance their education. Some had borrowed in order to complete their 1999 degree, others for subsequent educational programs, and some people sought financial help for both.” Dr. Scully said that, by 2004, graduates had accumulated an average debt of $25,832 and still owed $14,616 — a reduction of 43 per cent. But, again, the study uncovered differences among graduates — 17 per cent of graduates who had borrowed to finance their 1999 degree and/or further education still owed at least $30,000 in 2004. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission’s full report on the class of 1999, expected to be released in the spring of 2006, will further explore labour force transitions and how graduates are coping with debt repayment, both for loans taken to finance the 1999 degree as well as subsequent education. In addition, the report will investigate how mobility patterns have evolved since the last survey. The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission was established in 1974. Its mission is to assist institutions and governments in enhancing the post-secondary learning environment. The 19 members of the commission are drawn from the Maritime provinces, and represent higher education institutions, provincial governments, and the general public. Five Years After University Graduation: Status of the Maritime Class of 1999 in 2004 – Survey Highlights is available on the website at www.mphec.ca .last_img read more

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Medical journal calls on Canada to ramp up climate action curb air

first_imgOTTAWA — A new report from one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals says Canada’s lack of progress in cutting greenhouse-gas emissions is already killing Canadians.The Lancet says that successfully tackling climate change would be the single biggest thing governments can do to improve human health this century.Chronic exposure to air pollution from greenhouse-gas-emitting activities is killing an estimated 7,142 Canadians a year, and 2.1 million people worldwide.Heat waves, forest fires, flooding and major storms are causing more deaths and long-term illness but little data is available on how many.The first recommendation in the report is simply to track the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths in Canada, something that isn’t done at all in most provinces.Last summer, public-health officials in Quebec said 90 people died during a heat wave. Southern and eastern Ontario suffered the same heat but Ontario doesn’t track heat-related deaths the same way, so nobody knew how many people had been affected in the province next door.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BILLYRAY BELCOURT WINS GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement “It was written also to try to bring about the world that we do want collectively.”The three-member judging panel praised This Wound is a World in their citation as a “politically necessary” meditation on queerness, Indigeneity, rebellion and survival.American poet Susan Howe took home the $65,000 international honour for Debths (New Directions). Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Billy-Ray Belcourt of the Driftpile Cree Nation in Alberta is the Canadian winner of the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize.Belcourt, a 2016 Rhodes Scholar, was recognized at a Toronto gala on Thursday night for This Wound is a World, published by Frontenac House.Belcourt sobbed as he took to the stage to accept his award. “This book was written not to be a book,” the 23-year-old said in his acceptance speech.“It was written … to allow me to figure out how to be in a world that I did not want, a world that many of us who are Indigenous did not want. The Griffin Prize’s judging panel praised Billy-Ray Belcourt’s This Wound is a World in their citation as a “politically necessary” meditation on queerness, Indigeneity, rebellion and survival. (GRIFFIN POETRY PRIZE / THE CANADIAN PRESS/HANDOUT) Advertisement Founded in 2000 by businessman Scott Griffin and a group of trustees, the Griffin is billed as the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English.Notable guests at the dinner reception included former governor general Adrienne Clarkson and former Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand.The reception hall was bathed in red light, with an array of candles arranged shaped in the shape of hearts in keeping with the soiree’s fiery theme, which Griffin said was inspired by the overtly political nature of the finalists’ work.“They tended to break the mould of previous poetry readings, which tended to be a little bit more old-fashioned,” he said. “They came out with statements that were very powerful, very strong and very heartfelt.”Romanian writer and political figure Ana Blandiana, whom the Griffin honoured with a Lifetime Recognition Award for her poetry opposing the oppressive Ceausescu regime, said poetry can be a “weapon” to effect change in politically tumultuous times.“It can have an extraordinary effect, only insofar that there is a vibration, a harmony, between the suffering that the poet feels, and the suffering that the audience feels,” Blandiana said through a translator.The Canadian runners-up were Montreal-born Aisha Sasha John for I have to live. (McClelland & Stewart), Donato Mancini of Vancouver for Same Diff (Talonbooks).The international short list also included three other American finalists:Tongo Eisen-Martin for Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights), Layli Long Soldier for Whereas (Graywolf Press), Natalie Shapero for Hard Child (Copper Canyon Press).Griffin also paid homage to 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize winner David McFadden, who died this week, saying the Hamilton-born wordsmith told him the honour “made a huge difference in his life.”Judges read 542 books of poetry from 33 countries, including 17 translations.In addition to the grand prize winners, each finalist also receives $10,000 for participating in Wednesday evening’s readings at Toronto’s Koerner Hall.last_img read more

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Moberly First Nation and Saulteau First Nation Chiefs speak on meeting with

first_imgAccording to the Chiefs, Premier Horgan acknowledged that the provincial government needed to do more to address the racism and misinformation that has surfaced in recent weeks.In the presentation made by Premier Horgan, he shares his biggest concern is that the region that has previously worked cooperatively on a whole host of issues, is coming to confrontation over the caribou question.”“I believe everyone in the region wants to take steps to protect the caribou and everyone in the region wants to protect jobs as well,” said Horgan. “We have an obligation, nation to nation to deal with the Saulteau and the West Moberly. Their Constitutional Rights to assess Caribou have been forgone by them in the interest of preserving the stocks. The Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations working tenaciously for a long time to protect these animals and we have entered into government to government discussion with them and now entering a broader consultation with community.”Horgan then says he regrets that they did not start the consultation earlier and he regrets that more information was not put before the public earlier.The Premier introduced Blair Lekstrom who will then act as a liaison between the provincial and local governments. The First Nations Leaders share Lekstrom will work to dispel the myths that have been circulating in local communities. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – April 15th, 2019 Premier John Horgan travelled to Dawson Creek to speak with First Nations leaders then address the public regarding extending the consultation period for caribou recovery and appointing a liaison to work with communities.In a Press Release by Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations and Chief Ken Cameron of Saulteau First Nations spoke on their talk with Premier Horgan.The Chiefs express the Premier is committed to extending the consultation timelines on the caribou recovery partnership agreement until May 31, 2019last_img read more

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Elementary teachers to begin work to rule action Monday

(Updated) Ontario public elementary school teachers will begin a gradual work-to-rule campaign on Monday. Classes will continue as will most extracurricular activities; however teachers will not perform administrative functions, EQAO test prep or PA days related to provincial initiatives.The president of the Elementary Teachers’ Foundation of Ontario, Sam Hammond, made the announcement this afternoon.The move affects 800,000 elementary school students.ETFO says the Liberal government has pushed them into this by stripping collective agreements, reducing their ability to use their own judgement when teaching, and compromising students’ learning.More to comeVideo: News Now live coverage of ETFO president Sam Hammond’s announcementCHCH News will have team coverage of today’s announcement tonight on the Evening News at 6. read more

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True story of how Prince Philips DNA solved Russian Romanov murder mystery

The Duke, who offered a blood sample to experts attempting to identify bodies found in unmarked graves in 1993, provided a match with the Tsarina and her daughters, related through the maternal line, proving once and for all their fate. It was the mystery that captured the imagination of the world, as a Russian Imperial dynasty was ruthlessly executed before details of their disappearance obfuscated for decades. The research by that team, known in detail only to scientists until now,… Now the true story of how the Duke of Edinburgh helped piece together the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family is to be told by the Science Museum in a new exhibition detailing how his DNA provided the key. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Pattersons excuse for annulling Prison contract reflects either gross incompetence or

The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C)  has responded to the admission emanating from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, headed by David Patterson, that the tendering process for the award of a contract to reconstruct the administrative blocks of the Georgetown Prison was annulled.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThe Ministry noted the reason for the annulment was to “allow for the project to fall under the relevant Ministry, which in this case is the Ministry of Public Security.”According to the PPP/C this admission now raises more questions; such as, “how was it that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure went as far as to invite contractors to submit bids, before realizing that it was taking on works and spending money budgeted under the Ministry of Public Security?”Moreover, the Party says the excuse given by the Public Infrastructure Ministry, now puts the Public Security Ministry, headed by Khemraj Ramjattan, in the spotlight.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanSee their full statement below:The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, through its Public Relations officer, has admitted that the tender process for Emergency Works at the Georgetown Prison, relative to the construction of administrative blocks, was annulled.The Ministry has also stated that the annulment was to allow for the project to fall under the relevant ministry, the Ministry of Public Security.The Public Infrastructure was also responsible for technical support.The response from the Ministry led by Minister David Patterson makes three definitive statements.ANNULMENTFirst, Patterson’s response is an admission, as it relates to his proclivity to annul tenders and flaunt procurement procedures – which is a major point made by the political Opposition.That said, his admission that the tender process was annulled raises even more questions.How was it that the Ministry of Public Infrastructure went as far as to invite contractors to submit bids, before realizing that it was taking on works and spending money budgeted under the Ministry of Public Security?A total of 20 companies were shortlisted from a prequalification process. All 20 companies were informed of this on July 25, in a letter from the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Geoffrey Vaughn.The companies were invited to conduct a “mandatory” site visit on July 27, 2017, by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.  The companies were given one day, the deadline being July 28, 2017, to respond and indicated their intention to bid for the works.The companies were informed that they then had two days after the site visit (the deadline being July 31, 2017 at 11:00hours) to deliver sealed bids to the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).The July 27, 2017 site visit was then rescheduled by the Ministry’s Work Services Group Manager, for Procurement and Contracts, Philip Bryan. In an email to the 20 companies, Bryan explained that the site visit was now fixed for July 28, 2017. However, following his July 25, 2017 letter, Vaughn, on July 28, 2017, wrote again to the bidders saying, “The Ministry regrets to inform you that a decision was taken by the executing agency to annul this bid.”All of this occurred, before the tender process was annulled.The Guyanese people would recall that during the consideration of Financial Paper, 2/ 2017, the matter of Minister Patterson answering questions as it related to capital works budgeted under the Ministry of Public Security was raised by the political Opposition.Is it gross incompetence? Is Patterson admitting to incompetence? Or is this a manifestation of a poorly disguised attempt to cover up an act of corruption?RAMJATTAN NOW IN THE SPOTLIGHTThe excuse given by the Public Infrastructure Ministry – that the annulment was to allow for the project to fall under the relevant ministry, the Ministry of Public Security – now puts Minister Khemraj Ramjattan in the spotlight.None of the substantial questions raised by the political Opposition about the works at the Georgetown Prison have been answered.  All that we have seen are excuses that not only raise questions about Minister Patterson’s competence, as we have pointed out, but now leave Minister Ramjattan in the proverbial ‘hot seat’.That said, the questions raised by the political Opposition bear repeating:What tender process was used to award the contract for the works at the administrative building at the Georgetown Prisons?Who is the contractor that was engaged?What is the cost of the contract?What technical support was provided by the Public Infrastructure Ministry and what role MPI played in the evaluation of the tenders?It must be noted that the National Procurement and Tender Administration website gives no information on any bid process involving the Ministry of Public Security and the works at the Georgetown Prison in question.  The Ministry of Public Security’s website also details no information, save for a September 26, 2017 tender for works at the other prisons.While the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s response attempted, futilely, to discredit the concerns raised by the  political Opposition, the fact remains that Patterson continues to avoid core and substantive issues, in the face of serious concerns as it relates to the rule of law, adherence to the procurement laws and about corrupt acts.While Patterson and his spokesperson talks up “mischievous attempts to spread falsehoods,” the Guyanese people would have remained in the dark, thinking that all is well, had it not been for the efforts of the political Opposition. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Days after procurement tampering, corrupt practices unearthed Govt still mumSeptember 30, 2017In “Letters””Mix-up”: IDB did not fund Demerara River Crossing feasibility study, Govt did- PattersonSeptember 25, 2017In “Business”Public Infrastructure Ministry tampering with tendering process- Opposition leaderSeptember 28, 2017In “Business” read more

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Mozilla Google riled over Windows 8 ARM browser limitations

first_imgMozilla has the web ablaze with talk about Windows RT, and not in a good way. They’ve decided it’s time to call Microsoft out for unfair treatment of third-party web browsers, and Google’s in full agreement.They’re upset because Microsoft is currently only allowing Internet Explorer to straddle the Classic and Metro divide on Windows RT. Other companies — Google, Mozilla, Opera, Apple — may not be allowed to do that. That gives Internet Explorer a significant advantage, particularly as ARM spreads across the entire range of Windows devices. While ARM tablets may be first off the line, laptops and desktops won’t be too far behind. That’s a problem, says Mozilla, and it reeks of the anti-competitive Microsoft of old.Today’s web browsers need deep, deep access to operating systems and hardware. On Windows RT, it appears right now as though only Internet Explorer will be given that kind of access. Back in February, Steven Sinofsky posted that apps for Windows RT (Windows on ARM at that point) had to adhere to a different set of rules. “Code that uses only system or OS services from WinRT can be used within an app and distributed through the Windows Store for both WOA and x86/64.”To build an ARM version, you could only use Windows RT code — because that’s the only way you’d get into the Windows Store, and you can’t get your app to Windows RT devices if you’re not in the Windows Store.So why cause a fuss now if this looked to be the case three months ago? The Windows 8 Release Preview is on the way, and both Mozilla and Google are trying to develop full-featured Metro apps for Windows 8. Presumably that also meant Windows RT to them, but it may not have to Microsoft. Microsoft might have thought x86 and x64 builds of Windows would be good enough.Still, Windows 8 and Windows RT aren’t finished yet, and developer documentation is not complete. There’s still plenty of time before the launch for Microsoft to clear the air, and it’s safe to assume that Steven Sinofsky will have something to say about the brewing browser storm. Whether his comments will underscore the fact that Windows RT devices are going to run IE and iOS-like browsers (which are really just feature and skin overlays atop the Safari core) or dispel the myth that Chrome and Firefox can’t happen on Windows RT , well…we’ll just have to wait for word from Redmond.More at Mozilla, via Cnetlast_img read more

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Training awards for WA

first_imgState Member for Perth, Ms Eleni Evangel MLA, is calling on WA residents to recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students, as well as the contribution made by trainers, training organisations and employers, by nominating them for the 20th WA Training Awards this year. There are 14 categories in this year’s awards, including WA Apprentice of the Year, WA Trainer of the Year, WA Training Initiative and WA Employer of the year. “The WA Training Awards this year mark their 20th year of celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of those working in the training sector,” said Ms Evangel. “It is important that we highlight and showcase their achievements and commitment in enhancing the skills and confidence of our community members, and encouraging them to be the best they can be,” added Ms Evangel. The award winners will be announced at a presentation event to be held in September and will share in prizes totalling more than $90,000. Applications for this year’s awards close at 5.00 pm on Friday 9th May, 2014. Winners may also be eligible to compete against the nation’s best in the Australian Training Awards later this year. For more information, or to apply for the awards, please visit www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/trainingawards or phone 6551 5608. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Netflix Tests Devaluing InstantReplay Feature

first_img Netflix is reportedly testing an instant-replay feature.Some viewers may see a pop-up after “must-see” scenes in select original and licensed programs, giving them the option to rewatch the streamed moment.“We’re trying out a feature which gives Netflix members the ability to rewatch favorite scenes and memorable moments with the click of a button,” the company said in a statement, emailed to CNET. “Right now we’re just looking to learn from it and may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future.”It’s already possible to skip backward or forward in 10-second chunks, or scroll through content using the slider. But finding a precise moments can be difficult with a remote control or touchscreen.This new function, however, lets users return to the beginning of the last scene, almost like a DVD chapter setting.Not everyone is impressed, though.“Why does Netflix insist on devaluing film even more than it does with its washdowned color grading and poorly executed original plotpoops?” Reddit user alohasprinting asked this week, after reporting links with the option to “watch this scene again” appearing during Dumplin’.Others complained of the popups while watching Black Panther, Mowgli, and Guardians of the Galaxy.“Really messed up my immersion,” catsinapeoplesuit said from Hawaii. “So far it’s happened right after two intense scenes. Really took me out of the moment.”Florida-based JustinBowers claims it happened during Dumplin’ “after a kissing scene.”People are really fired up over the abrupt addition, calling for Netflix to “stop this right now” and “kill it with fire.”The streaming service did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment.Netflix this week revealed its most-streamed movies and TV shows of the year, including hip-hop drama Roxanne Roxanne, crime thriller series Making a Murderer: Part 2, and chilling paranormal show The Haunting of Hill House.The Fab Five (Queer Eye), Lana Condor (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser), Hannah Gadsby (Nanette), and Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) are among the “stars we fell in love with this year.”More on Geek.com:New ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Teaser Reveals Episode Titles‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superhero Series Is Coming to Netflix Next YearYour Favorite Roald Dahl Stories Are Coming to Netflix What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Stay on targetlast_img read more

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DAlessandro promises an aggressive game against Inter

first_imgAhead of their trip to San Siro, Udinese midfielder Marco D’Alessandro has warned Inter Milan they would be very aggressive when marking.Inter Milan are looking to bounce back after their Champions League exit, and D’Alessandro is not planning to make it easy for them.A victory for Inter will keep within touching distance of league leaders Napoli and Juventus, while a result for Udinese will stay them further away from the relegation zone.“We will try to approach the game in the best way and we prepared well,” D’Alessandro said, as quoted by Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“The objective is to be focused and aggressive when closing down our opponents in possession.“It’s not easy to find a weak spot in the Inter squad, but our position in the table is not good, so we need to pick up points.“It’s up to us to find our strengths and make the most of them. Inter are coming off a Champions League exit and will certainly be fired up.”last_img read more

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Shutdown Will Not Affect Grain Inspection Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance

first_imgAccording to an update last week from ASA’s colleagues at the North American Export Grain Association, those activities conducted by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) and the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) that are supported by user fees will continue despite the shutdown of the federal government. These activities include inspection and weighing services. Additionally, the issuance of phytosanitary certificates by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for plant products bound for export will continue throughout the shutdown, as those activities are supported by user fees as well.last_img

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