Colombo: Nine Muslim ministers and two provincial governors from the minority community resigned Monday to allow the Sri Lankan government to investigate allegations against some of them on links to an Islamist extremist group blamed for the deadly Easter suicide bombings. The Muslim politicians also protested what they term the government’s inability to ensure the safety of their community which constitute 9 per cent of the island’s 21 million population. There are 19 Muslims lawmakers in the 225-member Parliament and nine of them held Cabinet, state and deputy ministerial positions. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”Until security of the people is ensured and until investigations are done by the police’s Crime Investigations Department (CID) is finalised we will stay as government back benchers,” Rauff Hakeem, a lawmaker for Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, told reporters. Their resignations came four days after thousands of people, including majority Buddhist community monks, launched a protest in the pilgrim city of Kandy, demanding the expulsion of three Muslim leaders whom they alleged were linked to the National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) — the banned outfit blamed for the attacks on three Colombo hotels and three churches. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaFollowing the April 21 attacks that claimed 258 lives, some Muslim politicians representing the government came under criticism for their alleged support extended to the rising Muslim militancy. Industry and Commerce Minister Rishath Bathiyutheen was accused of supporting the ISIS linked NTJ. The Sinhala majority nationalists were demanding the sacking of Bathiyutheen. The Opposition moved a motion of no confidence in the Parliament against Bathiyutheen, who has denied links to the NTJ and its terror activities. In the wake of the bombings, majority Sinhala community mobs attacked Muslim-owned properties in towns north of the capital killing one Muslim man and leaving hundreds of homes, shops and mosques vandalised. “We took this decision (to resign) as a responsible community who is keen on ensuring reconciliation and peace in the country,” said Kabir Hashim, a senior minister. He said since the Easter Sunday attacks, the Muslim community had volunteered to give information on the NTJ.
CALGARY — Husky Energy says the company will continue to delay reinstating its dividend because of uncertainty in the oil markets and recently slumping world crude prices.Some analysts had predicted the Calgary-based energy company would use the release of its first-quarter results Friday to reinstate the dividend it cancelled in late 2015 because of low oil prices.However chief executive Rob Peabody said while Husky (TSX:HSE) has its net debt under control and is generating enough free cash flow, it’s unclear whether commodity prices going forward will support a sustainable dividend.“There’s uncertainty around whether an extension of the OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) cuts, if in fact they are extended, will be enough to offset the impact of growing U.S. shale production,” Peabody said.‘We are committed and we are very focused’: Canadian oilsands firms optimistic despite foreign exodus‘We’ve got the fight in us’: Oilsands companies battle for dollars as investors favour short-term plays“In short, the market’s not yet stable or in balance.”Peabody said he’s also concerned about whether President Donald Trump’s administration will erect trade barriers to Canadian oil exports to the U.S.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices have fallen from just under US$55 per barrel to just over US$46 dollars in the past month.In a report earlier this week, GMP FirstEnergy commodity analyst Martin King said oil prices “continue to trend sideways” as traders are confused over whether oil inventories in the U.S. and around the world will tighten and lead to higher oil prices.Husky said Friday it earned $71 million or six cents per share in the first quarter on higher commodity prices and improved refining margins, versus a loss of $458 million or 47 cents per share a year ago.Gross revenue totalled $4.58 billion, up from $2.68 billion a year ago.Production in the quarter averaged 334,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day.The Canadian Press
He said that statements have already been recorded from several eye witnesses and one suspect has been identified. Asked if an underworld figure who has been linked with the shooting will be arrested, the IGP said there was a warrant for his arrest. The JVP blamed the government over the incident but the government said an internal rift in the party may have resulted in the shooting incident. (Colombo Gazette) He also dismissed allegations that armed groups were freely roaming the area in Hambantota where the shooting took place.Armed gunmen on motorbikes carried out the shooting on Friday evening targeting the JVP rally killing two people including a woman. Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K Illangakoon today assured an impartial investigation into the shooting incident at the JVP political rally in Hambantota on Friday.Speaking at a press briefing at the Media Center for National Security (MCNS), the IGP said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is also involved in the investigation.
Head of the British Diplomatic Service Sir Simon McDonald and Secretary at the UK Department for International Development Mark Lowcock have welcomed the Sri Lankan Government’s commitments to strengthen democracy in the country, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.The two officials visited Sri Lanka yesterday to meet with high-level Government officials and discuss Sri Lanka’s progress on reconciliation. During their visit they also met with representatives of many of the organisations implementing UK funded projects in Sri Lanka in the areas of good governance, anti-corruption, de-mining and police reform. Sir Simon and Lowcock also met with Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan and heard from him about a political settlement and challenges facing the people in the north and east. During their meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sir Simon and Lowcock welcomed the Sri Lankan Government’s commitments to strengthen democracy and progress so far on reconciliation. Sir Simon reiterated the UK governments continuing support for Sri Lanka’s efforts to bring about reconciliation. In a meeting with the Commission for the Investigation of Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) they discussed UK support towards anti-corruption work and the need for international cooperation to ensure that those who are responsible are held to account. UK support has included having officers from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK, working with Sri Lankan investigators and prosecutors in Colombo.The UK will continue its programme of support for Sri Lanka to help the government fulfil its goals on reconciliation, human rights and strengthening democracy. (Colombo Gazette) The UK has supported police reform to encourage community oriented policing to improve local safety, security and post-conflict stability. Furthering the discussion on UK support Sir Simon and Lowcock met with Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake. At the meeting British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris signed a contract with The Asia Foundation to continue UK funded community policing initiatives in Sri Lanka.Lowcock also met with Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Hon. M.A Swaminathan and heard from him on land-returns and the return of IDP’s and briefed him on UK government support for demining.
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has told President Maithripala Sirisena that Government doctors from the North and East and other parts of the country have backed forming an alternative GMOA, sources said. Moves are underway to form an alternative Government doctors’ association to counter the pressure faced by the government from the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA).The GMOA has in the recent past launched strikes which has affected activities at all Government hospitals. However he says the doctors fear taking decisions which go against the GMOA and so are forced to go with the flow.Senaratne has urged the President to direct Government members of Parliament to meet Government doctors at district level and obtain their support for an alternative GMOA. (Colombo Gazette) Senaratne said that he had discussions with some of the doctors and they did not fully back decisions being taken by the GMOA.
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Neil McCartney, Brock’s Provost and Vice-President Academic, has announced he will be stepping down from the position in which he has served since 2013.Neil McCartneyMcCartney, who came to Brock in 2011 to become the University’s Dean of Applied Health Sciences, has announced he will step down on Aug. 31.The University expects to announce an interim Provost in the near future, and will commence a formal search for a new Provost in September.Brock President Jack Lightstone paid tribute to McCartney, who he said provided leadership and stability on multiple levels during a time of transition and growth for the University.“Brock owes Dr. McCartney a debt of gratitude,” said Lightstone. “Besides providing clear direction in terms of academic programming, he was an important voice as Brock negotiated and then successfully fulfilled its first-ever Strategic Mandate Agreement with the Ontario government.“Neil also provided critical leadership in negotiating a new collective agreement with the faculty association, which benefitted everyone at the University.”McCartney said the decision was a personal one, but “all good things must come to an end.”“I have been very fortunate to work with a collaborative team of people and support staff at Brock,” he said. “I have cherished my time as Provost, but it is the right time for me personally to step down and take a leave.”In his academic career McCartney has become a renowned researcher with an international reputation for his work on human aging, cardiac rehabilitation and spinal cord injury. Before coming to Brock, he was director of McMaster University’s Centre for Health Promotion and Rehabilitation, and was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Melissa Schaub is going to need to make some more room on her trophy shelf.The Ohio State women’s tennis coach was named the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year by the ITA on Tuesday.Schaub led her team to a 32-3 overall record in 2017, with the team’s season ending in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship in a 4-3 loss to No. 7 Stanford. Those 32 wins represent a program record for most wins in a season in a year that also set records for longest win streak (18), home wins (17) and shutouts (23).Her squad went undefeated (11-0) in the Big Ten, winning both the conference regular-season and tournament championship for the second straight season.This latest award comes after she was named ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year. She had also been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year this season, marking the third straight season she has been honored with the title.
Hexagon AB, the global provider of design, measurement and visualisation solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire Brazil-based Devex, one of the leading players in the field of automation solutions for mining operations. Devex is well known to IM readers as a Brazilian company with leading mine-management software solutions for open-pit and underground mines. Having grown significantly in size and scope in recent years, solutions from Devex go beyond fleet management deep into mine process automation. The Devex portfolio has grown from SmartMine®, their flagship operations offering, to a comprehensive automation platform for optimising mine performance through real-time control and remote monitoring of all mine activities, both in 3D and from a single platform.Hexagon stated: “With a leading market share in Brazil and considerable growth in neighbouring countries, the Devex acquisition not only advances Hexagon’s expansion into South America but the mining industry as a whole. Their solutions complement Hexagon’s other offerings in the mining sector, with specific emphasis on 3D environments which allow users to view and access data much more intuitively than before.” The portfolio of automation solutions offered by Devex is built on an open platform, offering ease of application development for the mobile environment as well as integration with other widely used systems. This enables mine operators to meet different necessities and manage all of the pieces as an integrated process – from long and medium term mine planning to day to day mine operations.“Hexagon’s customers in mining and other sectors are increasing the utilisation of automation technologies in order to deliver higher efficiencies at lower costs,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Devex’s strong presence and technology leadership not only opens doors to cross-sell complementary Hexagon offerings to the same market but also exploit product integration opportunities to better serve the automation needs of additional segments, like agriculture and construction.”
← Previous Story Sporting CP sack Zupo Equisoain after defeat against Porto! Next Story → IN MEMORIAM: Vasily Kudinov dies at age 48 The Danish left wing, Kasper Kvist, find himself perfect in DKB Bundesliga. The 28-years old Dane extended contract with the stabil member of the best world’s handball league until summer 2018.– Kasper has been incredibly quickly integrated with us and personally and sportingly, he has been convincing. He has tremendous athletic, a good shot and is strong in defense, says the manager of HSG Werzlar, Björn Seipp, for the club’s website.Kvist was loaned player from HC Midtjylland.PHOTO: HSG Wetzlar HSG WetzlarKasper Kvist
Whenever Apple does a new product launch they always ensure everyone knows how fantastic their latest device is. And they should, as they are after all a business that needs to sell devices in order to generate revenue. If you don’t “sell” the product, no one is going to buy it.However, during the launch of the iPhone 5 Best Price at Amazon last week Phil Schiller made the bold claim that Apple’s latest smartphone has the “world’s most advanced display.” That caused a bit of upset in the smartphone community, and in particular anyone who knew the details of the Nokia Lumia 920.In fact, one forum poster on wpcentral has called Apple out on the claim, but he did so with the evidence to back it up. Forum user Gaichuke took the time to put together a comparison of the iPhone 5 and the Lumia 920 display, and the evidence does not favor Schiller’s comment.We’ve included sections of the very large image comparison here (full version available at the link below), but here’s a run down of where the iPhone 5 display falls short compared to Nokia‘s:Display resolution and PPIiPhone 5: 1136 x 640 and 326PPILumia 920: 1280 x 768 and 332PPILumia 920 wins: 26% better resolution, 2% better PPIDisplay size and technologyiPhone 5: 4-inch and LED IPSLumia 920: 4.5-inch and LED IPSLumia 920 wins if you view a bigger display as betterDisplay response timeiPhone 5: average 23 millisecondsLumia 920: average 9 millisecondsLumia 920 wins using PureMotion HD+ making it 2.5x fasterGaichuke also points out that, even though there’s no data yet, the Lumia 920 will have much better outdoor legibility (like the Lumia 900 has) due to its use of Clear Black Display technology, which adds a polarizing layer between the touch and display panels to cut down of reflection. Combined with the 920’s higher brightness (600 nits compared to 569 nits in the iPhone 5), Gaichuke predicts 15% better legibility.There’s also the touchscreen to consider, which on the Lumia 920 uses Synaptic’s super sensitive touch technology meaning it doesn’t require your bare fingertip to work. The display will react to touch through a glove, or you can choose some other implement to tap the screen with.So Phil Schiller’s claim that the iPhone 5 display is the most advanced in the world apparently falls down in a number of areas, including resolution, PPI, size, response time, refresh rate, sensitivity, brightness, reflectance, and legibility (especially outdoors). But to be fair to Schiller, he wasn’t talking about such things when he made the claim. He instead focused on color saturation and the integrated touch, but those two features alone do not earn the iPhone that title.How these stats hold up in terms of real-world use remains to be seen as both phones have yet to hit the market. However, unless Apple knows something the display specs don’t show, the statement last week doesn’t seem to hold up under scrutiny.More at the wpcentral forums
There will periods of heavy rain, with some severe downpours at times, especially in southwestern, western and northwestern counties with spot flooding. Some falls of sleet and snow at times there also.Separately, a yellow alert rain warning for Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry also lasts until 6pm, with locals advised: Source: Shutterstock/olgatlt63A WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued by Met Éireann, with forecasters warning that the cold and unsettled weather will continue over the weekend.According to the advisory, in effect until 6pm this evening: Share89 Tweet Email Mar 3rd 2017, 7:17 AM Severe downpours: The weekend weather forecast isn’t particularly good If you’re planning to go out, it’s a good weekend to stay in. By Daragh Brophy https://jrnl.ie/3268033 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41,499 Views Some very heavy downpours at times through the rest of today, tonight and tomorrow. Totals of 30 to 40mm and possibly larger on hills and mountains.It will stay cold and cloudy overnight, with temperatures dipping to zero.There’ll be some heavy rain around tomorrow – with temperatures of just 4 to 8 degrees.And after a night of sub-zero temperatures in some areas on Saturday, we can expect outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow on Sunday morning.According to Met Éireann: It will become dry in most areas during the day with some sunny spells developing but still a scattering of showers about.The weather on Monday will be a little bit better, as the showers die out.And there’s some even better news still on the horizon. We may get some temperatures into the mid-teens next week, apparently (but it will probably still be wet).The Road Safety Authority has also issued a warning to motorists urging them to take more care if driving this weekend. The group want drivers to slow down and give themselves more stopping distance between them and the car in front.A spokeswoman said: “After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes. Also, watch out for black ice. If the road looks polished or glossy it could be, black ice one of winter’s worst hazards: It’s difficult to see and is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle or is overlooked entirely. It can occur especially in shaded areas on roads, under trees and adjacent to high walls.”Read: ‘No need to step down’? US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stood down from the Russia/Trump inquiryRead: House of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon raided Friday 3 Mar 2017, 7:17 AM Short URL
Much like its moves to regulate online gaming operators via the introduction of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) scheme in 2016, PAGCOR has also moved away from the previous permit-based system for sportsbooks to a new accreditation system with considerably stricter requirements.“We are delighted to be the first operator to be approved under this strict new sports betting accreditation process,” said MSW Managing Director, Jeff Mann.“This is a significant milestone for the company and the accreditation by the government’s gaming regulator attests to the quality service and high standards under which MSW operates. We are now in a strong position to continue our rapid expansion in the Philippines.”MSW offers sports betting services in 107 outlets across the Philippines. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet Philippines sports betting operator MegaSportsWorld (MSW) has become the first company to be fully accredited as a provider of Sports Betting Systems with Bookmaker Service by gaming regulator PAGCOR.The accreditation makes MSW the only company authorized to provide sports betting systems and services to all types of PAGCOR establishments including casinos, eCasino and eBingo outlets, sports bars, poker rooms, VIP clubs and slot machine arcades. Load More
At one point during last week’s five-hour Senate hearing on Facebook privacy practices, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) tried to score points off the lone witness with a few barbed queries.Would he, Mark Zuckerberg, be comfortable sharing with the world the name of the hotel where he stayed last night? “Umm,” the Facebook CEO responded with a nervous chuckle before pausing for five seconds. “Umm … no.” How about the names of people he’s messaged in the past week? “Senator, no, I probably would not choose to do that publicly here,” Zuckerberg replied.That awkward exchange characterized the theatrical reprimands from U.S. lawmakers, who hauled Zuckerberg in to express anger and impatience with Facebook’s mishandling of user data. As expected, many politicos also raised the prospect of new laws to keep the company in line. Facebook’s public spanking was sparked by revelations about Cambridge Analytica, the consulting firm that — and this was the red flag that made it a federal case — worked with Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The British firm improperly paid a third-party researcher for data on upwards of 87 million Facebook users without their knowing it, and Facebook didn’t disclose the breach on learning about it three years ago. Overall, though, Facebook is expected to remain hugely profitable. Factoring in expected fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Cowen & Co. analyst John Blackledge last week trimmed estimates for Facebook to 17.3% annual growth in net profit from 2018-23 (down from 17.9% previously). That’s not really much of a monkey wrench in the cash machine. For Facebook, it’s been business as usual since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, according to the company’s VP of global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson. There haven’t been any “wild changes” in users restricting the data they share, she said at a Wall Street Journal event April 12 in London. “We are not anticipating major changes to our overall revenue and business model” as a result of stricter regulations, she added.After the initial Facebook/Cambridge Analytica reports in mid-March, ad spending on the platform increased 7% for the week of March 17 (versus the year prior) and rose 15% the week of March 24, as measured by ad-tech firm 4C Insights. “Advertisers have pretty much stayed course with their Facebook plans to this point,” says an exec with a major ad agency. In surveys, many Facebook users have shown wariness or deep mistrust of the social goliath — 9% of Americans surveyed by market research firm Creative Strategies earlier this month said they have deleted their accounts entirely. Investors are waiting for Facebook’s first-quarter 2018 earnings on April 25 to assess the immediate damage the scandal may have exacted.Meanwhile, implications seem minimal for the thousands of other companies that rely on analyzing consumer behavior using vast amounts of data, according to SunTrust analyst Youssef Squali. For the internet media sector broadly, the probable adoption of new U.S. privacy laws as a result of the Cambridge Analytica uproar isn’t likely to change their long-term business outlook, Squali says.Ultimately, the U.S. will likely follow the lead of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect in late May and is designed to give consumers full control over what information data companies can and can’t store on them. In Squali’s analysis, because Facebook, Google and others are already gearing up to comply with GDPR, the costs to deploy similar controls worldwide should be manageable. Notes Bohm: “GDPR takes the objection that ‘This is not affordable’ off the table. These companies aren’t pulling up stakes in Europe.” Zuckerberg reiterated in his statements last week that Facebook would make GDPR-based features available to U.S. consumers as well. Apologies were expected. Zuckerberg delivered those, maintaining his poise, vowing Facebook would do better, promising to follow up on specific points — and saying he was open to the “right” kind of regulations. He checked off all the boxes required for an obligatory trip to the congressional woodshed.“It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” Zuckerberg told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11, after professing the same mea culpas to the Senate Judiciary and Senate Commerce Committees a day earlier. “I started Facebook, I run it and I’m responsible for what happens here.” In the end, though, Zuckerberg didn’t commit to any real changes apart from what Facebook has already said it’s going to do. After 10 hours of talk, nothing new emerged except for a few tidbits like Zuckerberg admitting that information on himself was among the massive batch of files Cambridge Analytica had harvested. He also remarked that “there will always be a version of Facebook that is free.” That prompted speculation that the company may launch a subscription version someday, but analysts see that as unlikely.So after all the posturing, what’s the upshot for Facebook?The tea leaves right now indicate nothing in the offing that will derail its enormous momentum. In terms of regulations, the service, which has 2.1 billion users (and growing), is looking at a modest wrist slap, although in the short term, potential FTC fines could be painful.What was different about the Zuckerberg hearings is that lawmakers, even those who historically have opposed internet regulations, were voicing the need for new rules. The “Trust us” argument wasn’t flying: “They’ve had 14 years of self-regulation and still haven’t managed to do it right,” says Allie Bohm, policy counsel at consumer-advocacy group Public Knowledge. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The real losers in the Cambridge Analytica imbroglio probably won’t be Facebook but the companies that have relied on its relatively liberal flow of data. Ahead of any new regulations, Facebook has instituted stricter vetting processes for app developers. It’s also winding down a program that let advertisers target users by correlating their info with third-party demographic databases from brokers like Experian and Acxiom — a standard industry practice but one Facebook is ceasing as a show of good faith. In a blog post, Acxiom CEO Scott Howe urged clients to “vote with your marketing budgets” to protest the move and said he was hopeful the company would reconsider.Of course, the hammer could still drop on Facebook. If it reveals that another massive trove of user data was misappropriated, it could pour gasoline on the nascent #deletefacebook movement and kick government agencies into overdrive.The dust will settle once politicians extract their pound of flesh from the company, predicts Murray Gunn, head of global research at financial markets research firm Elliott Wave Intl. He compared the current scrutiny of Facebook to the U.S.’ antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in the late 1990s.“What happens is the government takes aim at a successful company and eventually a settlement is reached,” he says. “The U.S. government has a long history of attacking successful corporations at their market tops.”
Six women aged 24 to 74 years are all set to embark on a unique expedition to South Pole, scripting a number of records as they do so.The surreal remoteness, extreme cold, enormous ice shelves and untouched mountain ranges make Antarctica the coldest and driest place on the globe and also one of the most isolated locations in the world.Janice Meek, a Guinness World Record holding polar adventurer will be leading a team of five women, including two talented Indians — 24-year-old Tanvi Buch from Mumbai who is a student at the University of British Columbia and Madhabilata Mitra from Kolkata. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBuch would be the youngest Indian to ski to the South Pole if she successfully completes it.Mitra is a trained mountaineer and a super-model and will be the first Bengali to visit the South Pole.She is an instructor at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and also works as a high-altitude trek guide.The team will also have Denise Martin, Canadian guide and trainer, Caroline Geraerts, a breast cancer survivor and an avid adventurer who is aiming to become the oldest woman to reach both North and South Poles within 12 calendar months, and Aileen Crean, grand-daughter of Ireland’s most celebrated explorer Tom Crean who is planning to achieve the unfulfilled dream of the latter. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeek, the oldest of the lot, is out there to prove that “age is no barrier” and believes that one should always harp on the “why not” rather than the “why”.Regarding the training, Meek adds: “If one can be on their feet for long and have a strong core, they can do it. Just eat well, exercise well and be determined.”The team will train in Scotland from September 1 to 9. After that, they will go to London and return to India.”In December, we will fly from South America and after reaching Antarctica we will be taken to a special camp called Union Glacier from where we will head for the magnetic pole.” Buch thanks her parents for their encouragement and says: “This was totally unexpected. There is a lot of positive energy that has been generated within the team and I’m enjoying every bit of it. I’m trying to keep myself fit and my main focus now is this expedition. It’ll definitely be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”Mitra says she is super-excited and overwhelmed with this opportunity. Regarding the challenges, she says: “I am a trained mountaineer and recently underwent rescue training to avoid any difficult situation during rock climbing and mountaineering.”The expedition, aptly titled the “Polar Maidens,” will highlight how ordinary women can achieve the extraordinary, expand their horizons and inspire others to explore their strengths.
Google recently announced that their Google Kubernetes Engine 1.10 is now generally available and is also ready for enterprise use. For a prolonged time, enterprises have faced challenges such as security, networking, logging, and monitoring. With the availability of Kubernetes Engine 1.10, Google has introduced new and exciting features that have a built-in robust security for enterprise use, which are: Shared Virtual Private Cloud (VPC): This enables better control of network resources Regional Persistent Disks and Regional Clusters: These ensure higher-availability and stronger SLAs. Node Auto-Repair GA and Custom Horizontal Pod Autoscaler: These can be used for greater automation. New features in the Google Kubernetes Engine 1.10 Networking One can deploy workloads in Google’s global Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) in a Shared VPC model. This gives you the flexibility to manage access to shared network resources using IAM permissions while still isolating departments. Shared VPC lets organization administrators assign administrative responsibilities, such as creating and managing instances and clusters, to service project admins while maintaining centralized control over network resources like subnets, routers, and firewalls. Shared VPC network in the Kubernetes engine 1.10 Storage This will make it easy to build highly available solutions. The Kubernetes Engine will provide support for the new Regional Persistent Disk (Regional PD). Regional PD enables a persistent network-attached block storage with synchronous replication of data between two zones within a region. One does not have to worry about application-level replication and can take advantage of replication at the storage layer, with the help of Regional PDs. This kind of replication offers a convenient building block using which one can implement highly available solutions on Kubernetes Engine. Reliability Regional clusters, which would be made available in some time soon, allow one to create a Kubernetes Engine cluster with a multi-master, highly-available control plane. This cluster would spread the masters across three zones in a region, which is an important feature for clusters with higher uptime requirements. Regional clusters also offer a zero-downtime upgrade experience when upgrading Kubernetes Engine masters. The node auto-repair feature is now generally available. It monitors the health of the nodes in one’s cluster and repairs nodes that are unhealthy. Auto-scaling In Kubernetes Engine 1.10, Horizontal Pod Autoscaler supports three different custom metrics types in beta: External – For scaling based on Cloud Pub/Sub queue length Pods – For scaling based on the average number of open connections per pod Object – For scaling based on Kafka running in the cluster To know more about the features in detail, visit the Google Blog. Read Next Kublr 1.9.2 for Kubernetes cluster deployment in isolated environments released! Kubernetes Containerd 1.1 Integration is now generally available Rackspace now supports Kubernetes-as-a-Service
Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said Wednesday diplomatic efforts to end a standoff with Turkey over natural gas exploration continued, as Italy warned it could eventually affect the entire area.“Nothing has finished, diplomatic efforts continue,” the minister told reporters. “We are in constant communication with the company. Be patient.”For the past two weeks Turkish warships, claiming to be participating in military drills in waters off the east of the island, stopped the Saipem 12000 drillship while en route to Cuttlefish, a site in block 3 where it was scheduled to drill an exploratory gas well on behalf of Italian company ENI.Lakkotrypis said diplomatic efforts continued towards all directions and on all levels.Citing Italian foreign ministry sources, Ansamed news service reported on Wednesday that Italy was willing to look for every possible diplomatic solution, in the respect of international law, to an issue that did not concern bilateral relations between Italy and Turkey, but relations and balances that are also economic between the Republic of Cyprus and the island’s northern part.“A potential negative outcome of ongoing efforts to define agreed procedures on search activities would risk compromising the potential for growth and benefits of the whole area,” the source was quoted as saying.In Cyprus meanwhile, President Nicos Anastasiades briefed the council of party leaders on the developments.According to government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides, the leaders expressed their views on the situation and the actions they thought the government should engage in.The council unanimously condemned the Turkish actions in the EEZ and supports the government’s efforts to secure the island’s sovereign rights, the spokesman said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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