first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Rodri: Season far from overby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri does not believe the club’s league season is over.Some fans and pundits are already declaring Liverpool hot favourites for the Premier League, given they have a five point lead over City.But Rodri knows that it is still early days, and that every team will slip up in the title race.”The season is very long,” he said to City’s website.”You are going to have matches like this, at least two or three. It’s normal. We are not perfect, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season, not the end.”That’s the only positive thing we can say. We are five points behind the leaders and that’s bad news but we are working and we will keep pushing.” last_img read more


first_imgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to benefit from the provision of 16 computers, a smart board and other computer related equipment valued at $2.5 million from the Universal Service Fund (USF).The computers were officially handed over on Tuesday, April 2, to the Police National Computer Centre (PNCC), during a ceremony held at the Police Commissioner’s Office, Old Hope Road.In his remarks, Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, explained that the computer centre will be used as a hub to facilitate the training of police officers in information technology (IT), as well as issuing relevant information to stations across the island.“One of the things we hope to achieve is to cut significantly our consumption of paper and fuel. As a simple example, every week on a Friday morning there are police vehicles from all the divisions assembled here at the police registry to collect copies of the Force Orders to be distributed to every police station and formation. As of last weekend that would no longer be the case,” Mr. Ellington said.He informed that a gap analysis was conducted by the PNCC to determine the levels of training required for members of the police force. “They have scheduled all of that training,” the Commissioner noted.Mr. Ellington said the provision of the 16 computers will ensure that police men and women have access to the necessary IT equipment and facilities needed to undertake their jobs.“It is for this reason that I would like to single out the Universal Service Fund for coming to our assistance to purchase the equipment and to outfit the training room,” the Commissioner said.“We are ensuring that every police station is equipped with a computer and with connectivity, so that our members can have access to the internet and whatever is being published,” he said.For his part, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, expressed his appreciation to the Universal Service Fund for the provision of the computers.“We have ongoing projects which we are putting to the Fund, and one such has to do with updating and extending the automated palm and fingerprint identification system. They have already made a substantial commitment of US$360,000 and there is an indication of more to come,” Mr. Bunting said.He pointed out that since the introduction of the automated palm and fingerprint identification system the police have been able to improve its service to the public, adding that the additional funding will facilitate expansion of the capabilities of the system.Meanwhile, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said that the donation will be the first in a series of interventions by the Fund.“We regard Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as the basis on which every aspect of our existence will be affected positively, whether in health care or education. We see ICT as playing a leading role in relation to the work that you do here and so we are committed to do more,” the Minister told the police officers. The USF, generated from incoming telephone calls, is used to accelerate the deployment of broadband services islandwide, in keeping with Government’s effort to enable more Jamaicans to access ICT. This includes the creation of an ICT platform in secondary schools, libraries, post offices, and at community access points.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Prasun Banerjee deposed before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday, in connection with the Narada sting operation probe and accused the Central agency of harassing him and his fellow party leaders. “It seems that they are trying to harass us. I told them that as I am an MP, my voice samples are easily available in the public domain. There was no requirement to summon me for the voice sample. I had already submitted all details regarding the Narada case when I was interrogated two years ago. It seems that they want to tarnish our image in public by repeatedly summoning us,” Banerjee told reporters after coming out of the CBI office.last_img


If you want to talk about the really good guy who’s not in the tournamentMarkelle FultzFreshman PG, 6-foot-4, WashingtonFultz’s Huskies won’t be in the tournament, but he may come up in draft conversations just the same. Like Ball, Fultz is a stand-out point guard prospect. But while Ball’s offense comes from all over, Fultz was at his best in pick-and-roll, where he has scored 101 points per 100 plays — among the best in the nation for that play type, according to Synergy. He’s especially good at turning the corner quickly and finishing at the rim, but he can also curl around the screen and fire a pull-up three — a shot that’s growing in popularity (and effectiveness) in the NBA. Otherwise, Fultz gets most of his offense by getting out in transition and getting set up for spot-up jumpers, where he’s good but doesn’t stand out as much as he does in the pick-and-roll.If you’re looking for wingsJosh JacksonFreshman SF, 6-foot-8, KansasJackson is a defensive standout and one of the best point-forward prospects in the class. While his defensive numbers (via Synergy) are good but not great (he’s holding his marks to 81 points per 100 plays overall), he can straight-up stick his man and chase him off of shots he’d otherwise take. In fact, his overall numbers are pulled down a bit by his role: Despite spending most of his time as a stretch-4, almost 60 percent of his defensive plays come against spot-up shooters and in isolation, which are play types where the offense believes it has an advantage. Yet Jackson is still holding his own.Jackson is a natural and willing passer who finds runners on the break and in semi-transition, often on clever back-door cuts, and sucks defenders in on drives before dishing to a teammate for an easy dumpoff and dunk. Kansas also puts Jackson in a lot of 4-5 pick-and-rolls, where he can throw lobs to center Landen Lucas. A lot of times, prospects can put up impressive passing numbers simply by using a lot of possessions (Jackson’s assist percentage is 18.9 — very good for a non-point guard), but in this case, the eye test matches the numbers. Jackson is the truth.The one question with Jackson’s game is whether his jump shot is real. Jackson began the season shooting miserably from long range, going 23.7 percent on 2.1 3-point attempts per game in his first 18 games. But since late January, he’s been on a tear. In 13 games since Jan. 21, Jackson is shooting 51.3 percent on three 3-point attempts per game. That evens out to 38 percent on the season, but that kind of extreme swing is worth keeping in mind. As with any one-and-done prospect, we’re dealing in small sample sizes. But for Jackson, there’s at least some explanation for the inconsistency: His coaches aren’t touching his jump shot this season.“Now can he tighten it up and do some things differently? Absolutely,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in December. “But that will probably be on somebody else’s watch. That won’t be on our watch as much. I don’t see a reason why when you have a young man for a very brief period of time why you want to totally cloud his brain with something other than very, very few, simple things.”So the state of Jackson’s jumper over the next few weeks may not be the most important thing to focus on. But how able he is to adjust once he’s in the NBA will be crucial, as the difference between a wing prospect who can do it all and one who can do it all minus a jumper is the difference between an All-NBA-level talent and a useful role player.Jayson TatumFreshman F, 6-foot-8, DukeTatum is a down-the-middle wing prospect. He’s a good defender (allowing 73 points per 100 plays), a pretty good defensive rebounder (19.7 percent defensive rebound rate), a pretty good spot-up jump shooter (89 points per 100 plays, according to Synergy, although 12 of his 37 made threes for the year came during a three-game stretch in February), and a pretty good passer. But his underlying metrics don’t match up with his more obvious talents, such as when he broke out and averaged 22 points per game through the ACC tournament. The natural comparison for Tatum is Justise Winslow, another Duke swingman/small-ball 4 with obvious talents that can go unrecognized by college stats.If you are Vivek RanadiveMalik MonkFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyOver the last several seasons, we’ve gotten a pretty clear idea of the tastes of Sacramento Kings owner Ranadive, as well as the forcefulness of his pursuit of those tastes. The Ranadive type is a guard in the mold of Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas or Buddy Hield, a gunslinger who can shoot a team into the Final Four all on his own. This season, no player captures that type better than Kentucky’s Malik Monk. No offense to Monk.Monk is a shooter, and almost singlehandedly shoulders the load of 3-point shooting for Kentucky. This makes him a somewhat unique Kentucky guard, as he’s averaging nearly seven 3-point attempts per game and hitting 40 percent of them, which is impressive on its own, but more so when you consider that he’s doing it while dealing with extra defenders cheating off of backcourt mates De’Aaron Fox (24.2 percent from three) and Isaiah Briscoe (27.3 percent). For many NBA fans, March Madness is the embarrassing time of year when they realize that while they can recite, say, the Milwaukee Bucks’ bench rotation or the draft implications of a Sacramento Kings win, they can’t name more than a handful of college players. The tournament is the first time such fans will be seeing many of the players whom they’ll then discuss at length leading up to the NBA draft. So if you’re starting from zero, or are just looking for a quick refresher on a few prospects, here’s a viewing guide to the top lottery prospects in the tournament.If you’re looking for point guardsLonzo BallFreshman PG, 6-foot-6, UCLAChances are that most NBA fans have heard a little bit about Lonzo Ball. But much of the talk has been about his father, his brothers or his draft stock, rather than just how outstanding Ball has been on the court.First off, Ball is one of the most efficient scorers in the college game. His top-line analytics are staggering: Ball has a 66.7 true shooting percentage and scores 108 points per 100 plays; 56.3 percent of his field goal attempts are threes (he hits 41 percent of those). The overall efficiency is propped up a little because 31 percent of his plays (a massive chunk) have come in transition, where he scores 112 points per 100. Getting out and running is an effective strategy, and a big reason why the Bruins lead the NCAA with 90.4 points per game, but it’s not quite as telling for what Ball will be able to do in the NBA. For that, catch him spotting up for that broken-looking jumper of his — he scores 125 points per 100 plays on spot-ups, which is just as impressive as it sounds.Where Ball isn’t as polished is on the pick-and-roll — a play type that fellow top prospect Markelle Fultz of Washington excels at. Ball scores a more mediocre 78 points per 100 pick-and-roll plays. He’s also just a so-so rebounder for his size, with a 9.4 total rebound rate and 14.4 defensive rebound rate, neither of which is overly impressive for a 6-foot-6 superathlete.But those are all just individual stats. What makes Ball so special is that he can do all those things while also operating as a true point guard. Combine Ball’s individual stats with his passing numbers and the numbers begin to get silly. According to Synergy Sports Technology, he has an absurd 156 points per 100 plays on all plays he finishes — so when he shoots or draws a foul or commits a turnover — plus plays on which he records an assist. A little reference, since this isn’t the most common stat around: These plays + assist numbers tend to look a little inflated compared to what you usually see for players, because adding assists includes only made shots. This isn’t ideal, but it does give a good sense of the total contribution of a player, since adding more assists will nudge the number upward. Here are the numbers for some other top players: Fultz and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox are at 127p+a/100; Malik Monk of Kentucky is at 119; Josh Jackson of Kansas is at 116. Those are very good numbers, but Ball’s still stand out when compared apples-to-apples.De’Arron FoxFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyThe line on Fox has been that he’s a jump shot away from being a top-five pick. So it’s telling that he’s still projected to be a late-lottery pick. On the year, Fox is scoring just 79 points per 100 plays on spot-up jumpers, according to Synergy, which is not very good at all. That’s not a great sign for a perimeter prospect, but Fox has one big thing working in his favor: speed.Fox is a burner, one of the fastest guards in the country, and puts that speed to material use in his game. He and backcourt mate Malik Monk are both in the top 15 of transition plays per game (5.6 per game for Fox, 5.7 for Monk). And once Fox is out in the open court, he can get to the rim at will. His penetration also carries him on isolation plays, where he’s strong (97 points per 100 plays). The question is whether Fox can combine those individual skills into an all-around game. He’s sitting on an assist percentage1The percentage of teammate field goals assisted by a player while he’s on the court. of 30, which is solid, but he doesn’t have the best passing instincts out on the break and can force things at the rim.VIDEO: Our picks for bracket success This perimeter workload has weighed down other parts of Monk’s game. As a prospect, he was known for killer athleticism, but he hasn’t gotten to the basket the way Fox has for the Wildcats: 80 percent of his shots in the halfcourt offense have been jumpers, according to Synergy. He’s scored an excellent 111 points per 100 plays on those jumpers, so it’s working out. But he’s even more efficient when he gets to the rim, either in half court or in transition.If you’re looking for big menLauri MarkkanenFreshman PF/C, 7-foot, ArizonaMarkkanen is a 7-foot freshman center out of Finland who lacks a true comparison in the modern game because I’ll be struck down by the Almighty if I invoke Arvydas Sabonis.Markkanen is sitting on a 63.3 true shooting percentage; 44.4 percent of his field goal attempts are threes, and he hits 43.2 percent of them. He isn’t just a jump shooter, though — Synergy has him averaging 125 points per 100 plays as the roll man in pick-and-roll and 102 points per 100 plays posting up — both excellent numbers. He is a bigger body than recent rangy big-man prospects like Nikola Mirotic but has more bounce than guys his size. This allows him to be a strong rebounder (17.7 defensive rebound rate) but also a live body filling the lane in transition or cutting off the ball. While Markkanen’s stats are impressive enough, he’s one of the guys in the tournament who are especially eye-opening in live action since a not-that-scrawny 7-footer moving around the court and doing the things he can do is a rare sight, even in the NBA.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more


first_img Related Items:freedom of information law, Pdm, pnp manifesto TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos is another step closer to a Freedom of Information Ordinance, after the Opposition Leader saw her motion pass through the House of Assembly with majority support on Monday. There was contentious debate on the motive for the Freedom of Information or FOI motion; the readiness of the TCI with human and other resources to support an actual FOI ordinance; argument that a Freedom of Information law was not a part of the PNP Manifesto promise, said the Premier; that the FOI would further weigh down the PNP Administration’s legislative agenda and a reminder about the constitutional responsibility to have the law, at some point, enacted. The governor’s appointed member female, Hon Lillian Missick chided the governing side for what she called, ‘emotional’ comments about the Motion brought, explaining that the TCI parliament is constitutionally obligated to establish the law so, in her view, there was no need for the hot rejection of the idea. Hon. Missick admits she would like to see first, that the country has the infrastructure to support the demands for information she believes the legislation will create. There were three abstentions including the Premier; six nay votes including most of the PNP frontbenchers, who voted ‘no’ and nine Members voted ‘yes’ to push the motion forward. All PDM members and the Governor’s female member voted in favor of drafting legislation for a Freedom of Information Ordinance. last_img read more


first_imgFile photo of Sachin Tendulkar at 2011 World Cup.PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer Indian legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the highest score by an 18-year-old at an ICC World Cup was broken by Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali Khil when the latter scored 86 off 92 balls against West Indies at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Leeds. The legendary batsman scored 84 runs against New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup.The 18-year-old wicket-keeper batsman scored the highest individual score for Afghanistan in this World Cup. After the match when asked about how he felt breaking the Little Master’s feat he said as quoted by ICC,” I’m very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy.”The youngster who idolises Kumar Sangakkara added that he was disappointed as he did not score a century and hopes that he will score a ton in future.”I’m disappointed at the same time because I thought I could score a hundred. Hopefully, in the games ahead I will score a hundred for Afghanistan,” he said.The wicket-keeper batsman further added that he wants to become the greatest cricketer of Afghanistan and is very happy with the experience he got at the World Cup.Afghanistan lost their last game of the World Cup against West Indies by 23 runs. Batting first, the Windies posted a massive total of 311 runs for the loss of six wickets with good batting performances from Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran. In reply, Afghanistan after getting an early setback losing Gulbadan Naib’s wicket recovered but fell short by 23 runs. Ikram’s magnificent performed went in vain.Afghanistan had a disappointing World Cup campaign as they lost all the nine games they have played. But in some matches, they showed glimpses of promise which they could take back as a positive from the tournament. The four teams who are practically confirmed to have qualified for the semi-finals are Australia, India, England and most probably New Zealand if Pakistan do not pull off a miracle in their final fixture against Bangladesh which is supposed to be a dead rubber.last_img read more


first_imgA comparison of university rankings in physics, as determined by the credit allocation method (CAM) and two other methods: Shen’s method and the Total Citations (TC) method. Credit: Wang et al. ©2017 EPL Journal information: Europhysics Letters (EPL) (Phys.org)—Assessing and ranking research institutes is important for awarding grants, recruiting employees, promoting institutes, and other reasons. But finding a fair and accurate method for assessing the performance of research institutes is challenging due to the many factors involved, such as the number of published papers and citations, the unreliability of some citations, and the fact that many papers have multiple authors from different institutes with unequal contributions. In a new study published in EPL, a team of scientists from China whose members study complex systems, data science, and physics has developed a new approach called the credit allocation method (CAM) for ranking research institutes that accounts for all of these factors by using many thousands of directed networks. “Different from other metrics based on citations, our work considers the citation network structure and provides one way to rank the credit for research institutes for different research fields from the viewpoint of academic reputation,” coauthor Jian-Guo Liu, at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, told Phys.org.The basic idea is that each directed network consists of one randomly chosen paper that is linked to all of the papers that have cited that paper. Then each of these citing papers is linked to all of the other papers that it cites, as long as those papers have at least one author from one of the same research institutes as the original paper. By using a formula that accounts for the order of each research institute (those listed first in the paper receive more credit than those listed later), the researchers computed the credit allocated to each research institute due to the original paper. After repeating this process for nearly half a million papers in the field of physics, with authors from approximately 19,000 research institutes, the researchers considered another problem that makes the assessment of research institutes difficult: the citation data is often unreliable. The researchers refer to a recent study that found that more than 30% of research papers had at least one incorrect citation, and that 10% of all citations were incorrect, meaning the papers cited did not clearly support the statements they were meant to support. To address this problem, the researchers randomly rewired some of the citation links in the networks, creating an artificial disturbance intended to model the inaccuracies in the citation data. In the final rankings, many of the top-ranked physics research institutes identified by the new method corresponded to institutes with high reputations. The top four overall were the University of California, Bell Labs, the Max Planck Institute, and MIT. The top four in China were the University of Science and Technology of China, Nanjing University, Peking University, and Tsinghua University.Although the researchers showed that the new method outperforms other methods of assessing research institutes, they note that it has some shortcomings. In particular, it does not account for the fact that older papers tend to have more citations than newer papers, so research institutes with longer histories tend to be ranked higher. The researchers plan to address this detail in the future by accounting for the age of the institution.”In future work, we also plan to investigate the citation networks of some specific research fields, such as management science, complexity, statistical physics, and computer science, in order to rank the research institute credit of these fields,” Liu said. “We also plan to develop a website to publish the ranking results for researchers all over the world.” Assessing scientific research by ‘citation wake’ detects Nobel laureates’ papers © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: J.-P. Wang et al. “Credit allocation for research institutes.” EPL. DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/118/48001 Explore further Citation: What’s the best way to rank research institutes? (2017, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-what-the-best-way-to.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


first_img 3 min read May 5, 2015 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global As the fields of robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence become more sophisticated, the separation between ‘human’ jobs and ‘robotic’ ones continues to disintegrate.Tasks previously reserved for humans are being automated, a trend that is gaining steam. A 2013 report by Oxford researchers projected that by 2033, 47 percent of jobs in the U.S. could be performed by machines.So is your job safe?If you work in a creative field, the answer is probably yes. That’s according to a new report, called Creativity vs. Robots, co-written by Oxford researchers and Nesta, a London-based non-profit research and innovation group. By evaluating 702 professions in the U.S. for their required degree of creativity, the report estimates the likelihood that each position will be overtaken by robots in the near future.In a reversal of current economic realities, fine artists – actors, painters, dancers and musicians – can breathe the easiest. Along with other creative types, a group that includes graphic designers, architects, marketing directors, advertising managers, civil engineers and computer game programmers, their jobs, which the study identified as “highly creative,” will be among the last to be replaced machines.Related: This Is What Robots Will Be Doing in 2025Interestingly, when it comes to monetary gain, the study found an inverse U-shape relationship between the probability that an occupation is highly creative and the average income it delivers. Unsurprisingly, fine artists (your actors, painters, dancers and the like) reside on one side of the curve, making very little, on average, a year, while creative professions associated with the arrival of new technologies  bring in high annual salaries.Other professions the report predicts will continue to be executed by flesh and blood humans well into the future include:Translators and interpretors (5.8 percent risk of compurization within the next 10 to 20 years)Performing artists (7 percent)Architects (7.1 percent)Film and TV producers (8 percent)R&D on natural sciences (10.9 percent)Manufacture of watches and clocks (5.5 percent)General secondary education (9.6 percent)Unfortunately, most of the current jobs in the U.S. aren’t so safe; only 21 percent U.S. employment is classified as “highly creative,” which leaves a large swath of the working population vulnerable to replacement by robot.Many at risk positions are predicable – such as office administrators, call-center operators, loggers and super market cashiers — but the category also includes jobs that, on the surface at least, appear reasonably safe.Related: In Japan, a ‘Strange Hotel’ Will Be Staffed Almost Entirely By RobotsWith a 67.5 percent risk of computerization, it’s likely that bartending will soon be a profession of the past. On one hand, this makes sense: Multiple companies are betting big on the imminent popularity of cocktail robots (we’ve written about Somabar, a cocktail maker for the home, and similar, more upscale devices are being installed in restaurants across the country). But on the other hand, the estimation feels off: Going to a bar is a primarily social experience – is the appeal as great if you replace a chatty bartender with a machine?Apparently so. Here’s a list of other, potentially surprising occupations that are in danger of automation. (Advances in mobile robotics, data mining and computational statistics mean that “jobs that are considered creative today may not be so tomorrow,” the report warns.)Publication of directs and mailing lists (69.4 percent)News agency activities (64.5 percent)Risk and damage evaluation (58.6 percent)Event catering activities (52.7 percent)Sale of motor vehicles (45.7 percent) Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more


first_imgWelcome to Invisibilia Season 4! The NPR program and podcast explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior, and we here at Goats and Soda are joining in for the podcast’s look at how a reality show in Somalia tried to do far more than crown a winning singer. The ultimate goal: to change human behavior.Once upon a time there was music in Somalia, but then the music started fading out. First one music radio station, then another, then another, until there was almost no music to hear and people started MacGyvering workarounds.One of the people who came up with a workaround was Xawa Abdi Hassan, a young woman who lived in a village outside Mogadishu.”We used to use a memory card, fill the memory card with music and listen to it from our phones,” Xawa says. In her house, as she cooked and cleaned, Hassan would sing along with the great Somali singers. But even in this private space she says she was careful. “I used to turn the volume down low, so no one could hear it.”The problem was al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group that dominated large parts of the country. Al-Shabab didn’t like music. In 2009 it banned music at weddings, banished musical ringtones and starting punishing people who listened to music on their mobile phones by making them swallow their memory cards.Eventually the musicians themselves were targeted. The famous soloist Aden Hasan Salad was shot and killed in a tea shop, and others were murdered in the street.Through all of that, Xawa Abdi Hassan kept listening and practicing. Because she had a dream: “I just wanted to sing and become an entertainer.”For most of her life though — because of al-Shabab — this was a pretty far-fetched dream. Then in 2013 an unexpected and interesting opportunity emerged: There was going to be a new reality television show in Somalia, an American Idol-style show with singers competing.”As soon as I heard about it I knew I wanted to join,” Hassan says.What she didn’t know — what she couldn’t possibly know — was that this reality show was part of a much larger political plan.Using reality TV to change the worldThe plan was to create a musical reality show that could undermine the power of al-Shabab, or, in the language of the memo distributed to the people involved in the show’s creation, “undercut the messaging and brand appeal of armed extremist groups.”The United Nations, which was providing the money and support for the show, had concluded that a vivid display of Somali musical culture could serve “as a kind of inoculation against the austerity of Shabab,” Ben Parker told me. Parker was the head of communications for the U.N. in Mogadishu. He says that at this point — 2013 — al-Shabab had finally been pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu. But the situation in Somalia was far from stable. There were still regular attacks, so the new government (which had U.N. backing) needed to prove to Somalis that the power of the extremist group really was fading. This is why, Parker says, a musical reality show that challenged the power of the music-hating group was so appealing.”The beauty of a reality show is that the form itself achieves some of your goals,” he explains.After all, not only is there music in a musical reality show, there’s democratic voting and individual expression. So even in its form it communicates to its audience a very different way of being.This kind of indirect political messaging, Parker told me, is increasingly popular in strategic communications: “Those working in conflict … are less and less convinced of the value of weapons and more and more convinced that other approaches can deliver the dividends.”You get further with songs than with bombs.So is he right?Can a reality show actually change reality?It turns out this question has been systematically studied.The tricky science of changing what’s normalHow do people come to see the world around them as normal, an unremarkable fact, the way things are and should be? This is the question that interests Betsy Levy Paluck, a psychologist at Princeton University who studies media and how societies change.Paluck told me that for a long time people assumed the path to political or cultural change depended on crafting the right argument.”It was all rhetoric and no poetics,” she says.But starting in the 1990s, according to Paluck, poetics started gaining ground because psychologists realized that people consumed stories in this qualitatively different way.”Their defensiveness is disabled. Their counterarguing is at rest.”What Paluck wanted to understand was whether this difference in how we consumed stories translated into any changes in what we thought and how we behaved. So around 2004 she hooked up with an organization in Rwanda that was creating a new radio soap opera that was trying encourage tolerance between different ethnicities.And what Paluck found after a year of studying communities in Rwanda randomly assigned to listen to the soap opera was that their exposure had a surprising impact.”What it boiled down to was that despite the fact that people loved this program, it didn’t change their beliefs,” she says. “But it did change their perceptions of norms, and at the same time it changed their behaviors. Which is why I thought this is something significant.”Let me repeat that: It didn’t change their beliefs; it changed their behaviors by changing what they considered to be the social norm.That’s a sobering idea.”It’s a very uncomfortable thought,” Paluck says. “We like to think that all of our behaviors flow from our convictions, and what we do is a reflection of who we are and what we think. But we’re constantly tuning ourselves to fit in with the social world around us.”So what this work suggests is that if you change someone’s perception of what constitutes the social norm — as you convince people that the world is safe enough to sing in public even though in actual fact singing in public is incredibly dangerous — then you just might be able to move the needle on the ground.She took on extremists with her songWhich brings us back to Xawa Abdi Hassan, the young woman who quietly listened to music off a memory card and dreamed of being a singer.It took her some time to convince her family that it would be OK to compete in the show, called Inspire Somalia. Her mother was afraid that participating would turn her into a target, but ultimately she got permission.Hassan says when she first took the stage to compete, her hands were shaking, and not just because this could be a big break. There was another reason: Because of al-Shabab, she had never sung in public before.It was too dangerous.”That was my first time,” she says. “Before that, I did not sing in public places.”After Hassan two other contestants had their turns, both men. One had a famous musician father; the second, a man named Mustafa, had composed his own song.Once they finished came the part of the show supposed to serve as a democracy demonstration: the voting. Ballots were distributed to the audience and judges, and for a minute the room was quiet. In this small conference room in the middle of Mogadishu people bent over their ballots and considered the options before them.The son of the famous musician.The girl who practiced at home with the volume turned low.The boy who wrote his own song.In that room they consulted their hearts, weighed strengths and weaknesses, then marked the paper in their laps.It was Mustafa who ended up winning, but Hassan says she was honestly not upset. For her just the act of singing in public for the first time was enough. “I was happy as … like I was born that day.” she told me.In fact, Hassan is now a bit famous. People occasionally recognize her on the street, and even more important, she’s part of a professional singing group. As al-Shabab remains a force in Somalia, this means she is still at risk. She says she tries not to worry too much but is often spooked when she sees a car slow down when she’s walking. Still, she is committed to keep making music.”Yes, it is dangerous,” Hassan says. “But if the young person doesn’t stand up for his country and do what’s right, how is he helping his country?”Which brings us to this question: Did this reality show actually change reality in any way?It would be impossible to make the case that Somalia is a completely different country now. It isn’t.But there is at least one undeniable change since 2013. Music is back in the streets. Brought back, slowly and painfully, through a complicated combination of political strategy and personal courage. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


first_imgIf you ate a hamburger today, or a high-priced steak, chances are it came from an animal that was fed an antibiotic during the last few months of its life.This is one of the most controversial uses of antibiotics in the entire food industry. There’s growing pressure on the beef industry to stop doing this. I wanted to know how hard that would be. My questions eventually led me to Phelps County Feeders, a cattle feedlot near Kearney, Neb. It was cold and wet on the day I visited. The weather had been bad for weeks. Joe Klute, the feedlot’s co-owner, was unhappy because he knew his 15,000 cattle were miserable, too. And miserable cattle don’t gain weight.”I mean, you spend all this time and energy and effort and money to put weight on them that you hope to get paid [for], and now it’s all going to be gone,” he said. “Because of the weather stress.”We head out to look at the raw ingredients of beef-making: giant bales of hay; piles of chopped up, fermented corn stalks and leaves called silage; steaming, flattened kernels of corn. “They get corn flakes for breakfast, just like we do,” he says with a grin.And then there are the micro-ingredients, like vitamins. They get dissolved in water and mixed into the truckloads of corn and hay. “On a 20,000-pound load, those micro-ingredients are going to be less than a pound,” Klute says.One of these micro-ingredients is an antibiotic called tylosin. It’s in there because when cattle eat a high-calorie diet, with lots of grain — which they do in feedlots, to fatten them up quickly during the last four to six months of their life — many will develop abscesses on the liver. T. G. Nagaraja, at Kansas State University, has spent most of his life studying this process. Fermenting grain produces acid in the bovine stomach that’s called the rumen, Nagaraja explains. When there’s lots of it, the acids can damage the rumen wall. This lets bacteria escape into the bloodstream and travel to the liver, where they get trapped, multiply, and cause abscesses.Liver abscesses don’t usually kill cattle, but they slow the animals’ growth and can make slaughtering operations more complicated. Nagaraja says that when cattle are fed a standard feedlot diet, 20 percent or more of them typically develop liver abscesses. Tylosin cuts that percentage by more than half, to single digits. This is, of course, great for the feedlot, but according to Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., it’s not good at all for the rest of us.”It’s basically a public health decision that they’re making,” he says, and it’s a bad one, undermining the effectiveness of drugs that people depend on.Tylosin, for instance, is almost the same as an antibiotic that doctors often prescribe, called erythromycin. So when you feed tylosin to cattle, Price says, “it puts pressure on all the bacteria in and on that animal. Those bacteria respond to the antibiotic and eventually become resistant to it.”Those antibiotic-resistant bacteria can migrate away from the feedlot, perhaps carried by animal waste. If the bacteria then infect people, they can’t be treated with erythromycin.The Food and Drug Administration has banned some uses of antibiotics in animals for exactly this reason. Farmers can no longer use antibiotics to make cattle grow faster. Overall, their use of these drugs is down. But farmers still can give antibiotics to treat or prevent diseases like liver abscesses.This gets Lance Price kind of angry. “We are creating this disease,” he says. “We are creating liver abscesses by the way we’re raising [cattle].” Raise them differently, he says, and cattle wouldn’t need tylosin.In fact, it’s being done. It’s even being done at Phelps County Feeders. About 40 percent of the cattle at Joe Klute’s cold, wet feedlot are not getting any tylosin, or any growth-promoting hormones. This beef gets sold as an “all-natural” product under the company’s own brand: Nebraska Star Beef. The feedlot gets more money for it.”We decided, hey, it’s another avenue of survival. It’s another niche. Let’s find this niche; let’s try to be different,” Klute says. I also visited another, much smaller, feedlot in Iowa that’s completely antibiotic-free. It grows cattle for the company Niman Ranch.In both places, they’re doing it pretty much the same way.”We change how the animals are fed, and we don’t have to use tylosin,” says John Tarpoff, vice president of beef for Niman Ranch.They feed these cattle more hay and silage — and less energy-rich corn. This diet is easier on the animals’ stomachs. “The idea is, you have to protect the whole digestive system,” Tarpoff says.But there’s a trade-off. The animals grow more slowly when their diet is less energy-rich. To gain the same amount of weight, it can take these cattle about five months — as opposed to four months with conventional feeding. And some cattle — less than 10 percent of them — develop liver abscesses under this feeding regimen, too. That’s about the same as in feedlots that use a high-energy diet combined with tylosin. Another fly in the antibiotic-free ointment: Occasionally, cattle get sick with other diseases and need antibiotics. In that case, they’re treated and their meat is no longer sold as “natural.” Tarpoff says this happens to fewer than 1 percent of Niman Ranch’s cattle. At Phelps County Feeders, it’s between 5 and 10 percent.In case you’re wondering, these antibiotic-free cattle still are getting plenty of grain in their diet. That’s necessary, Tarpoff says, to produce the tender steaks that many consumers prefer.Because of the longer time and extra feed required to raise cattle this way, it costs more. Tarpoff estimates that it’s roughly 15 to 18 percent more. “We get the complaint all the time, ‘Gee, your product costs more than the other guy’s,’ ” he says. “Well, yeah, it does.” Some big customers are willing to pay for antibiotic-free production. They include Whole Foods and the fast-food chain Shake Shack.Last December, in perhaps the biggest shift in the industry away from antibiotics, McDonald’s announced that it’s taking steps to cut antibiotic use by its beef suppliers. I asked Tarpoff for his reaction. He sounded cautious.”It’s not so easily done,” he said. This industry, at least the mass-market part of it, has always been driven to cut costs. Cutting out the antibiotics will raise costs. “It’ll be interesting to see what happens,” he says. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more


first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been criticised for failing to treat as a disability hate crime a case in which a disabled man was forced to work for a pittance and live in a shed for 35 years.Three people were convicted unanimously by a jury last week of requiring the 52-year-old man to perform forced or compulsory labour, after a four-week trial at Oxford Crown Court.The man, who has learning difficulties, was forced to live in a brick shed that was described as unfit for human habitation, and to undertake heavy manual labour, working for more than 12 hours a day, for which he was paid just £5 a day.If he failed to work hard enough he was beaten, on at least one occasion with a metal bar.The three defendants also applied for and collected his benefits – worth £139,000 – for 13 years and as a result were also convicted of conspiracy to defraud following a trial last November.They will be sentenced next month for this charge, and the forced labour, but CPS has already confirmed to Disability News Service that the offences have not been treated as disability hate crime.A linked case, which in June last year saw another four defendants convicted of forced labour, involving another man with learning difficulties in the same area of Oxford, was also not treated as disability hate crime.Thames Valley Police, which carried out both investigations, was unable to comment on the latest case this week because the officer dealing with the case was on leave.But a CPS spokesman said: “Disabled people face criminal behaviour every day. “Sometimes, this will be motivated by hostility towards their disability and on other occasions they will be in at-risk situations and exploited because of that.“We considered prosecuting this case as a disability hate crime but could not identify any evidence to show the offence had been committed because of hostility towards the victim based on his disability.“The offenders saw an opportunity to exploit the victim for their own personal gain.“Sentencing is a matter for the courts but the CPS will ask that a victim’s disability is taken into account.”Anne Novis (pictured), a leading disabled hate crime campaigner and a coordinator of the Disability Hate Crime Network, said: “Repeatedly we have to ask the question, ‘Why?’“Why is it not a disability hate crime when a disabled person is abused, humiliated, stolen from, made to do work they do not want to do?“For us, it is common sense that if someone is targeted due to perceived ‘vulnerability’ and that ‘vulnerability’ is due to being a disabled person then that is hate crime.“No matter what the law or the CPS say, we, disabled people, are the experts. We know what is or is not hate crime and it is our voice, our perception, and that of the victim that should take precedence.“It is obvious that the justice system still has a lot of work to do on this issue. Such cases do not inspire our confidence.”Meanwhile, a new CPS report has shown that the number of cases of disability hate crime prosecuted in 2015-16 increased by more than 40 per cent compared with the previous year, rising from 666 to 941.The number of convictions also rose by more than 40 per cent, from 503 to 707, although the conviction rate fell slightly, from 75.5 per cent to 75.1 per cent (it was as high as 81.9 per cent in 2013-14).The report says CPS will “identify and execute further work necessary to address the relatively low conviction rate”, comparing it with the overall hate crime conviction rate of 83.2 per cent.The number of cases in which the sentence was increased because the court accepted the offences were disability hate crimes also rose, from 5.4 per cent of successfully prosecuted disability hate crime cases in 2014-15 to 11.9 per cent of such cases in 2015-16. This rate had been as low as 0.6 per cent in 2013-14.The CPS report said the figure still remained “considerably lower” than for other hate crime strands, and promised to work internally to “sustain continuing improvement”, while work would “also be undertaken with the courts to ensure consistent application of sentence uplifts”.The report also revealed that the proportion of both 10-13 year olds and 14-17-year-olds involved as defendants in disability hate crime prosecutions fell from 4.9 per cent and 23.5 per cent in 2007-08 to 1.3 per cent and 9.6 per cent in 2015-16.The report says: “The CPS benefits from a strong relationship with communities affected by disability hate crime as a result of a combination of structured engagement and transparent performance and hopes that, together with an improved conviction rate, community confidence will continue to grow.“In turn, it is hoped that this will provide an environment in which increased numbers of those affected by hate crime will feel able to report.”Stephen Brookes, another leading hate crime campaigner and DHCN coordinator, said the increase in prosecutions was “good news”.But he warned against complacency, and added: “There are still far too many inconsistencies in police, CPS and the judiciary responses, and the gap shown between good and bad practice is massive.”He said the work done by the network had been “a key part of the improvements seen today, and the message from us is, ‘The fight isn’t won yet.’“Rather, we are at the beginning of the real battle of getting closer cooperation between all partners, criminal justice system, disabled people, academics, and the media, who can help with the message that disability hate crime is on its way out.”last_img read more


first_img 2 min read Tell Us: What’s the Strangest Thing You’ve Found an Employee Doing on the Job? June 11, 2015 Add to Queue The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staffcenter_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Managing Employees Next Article Apply Now » We all have the crazy work story we trot out at dinner parties – the outrageous anecdote that sounds like it could have been a storyline on The Office, perhaps drawn from a holiday party gone awry or a company retreat that had a dearth of Internet access.Job site CareerBuilder recently asked more than 2,000 hiring managers to share the oddest thing employees have been caught doing while on the clock. The results range from the more benign – searching for cat photos (we’ve all done it, don’t lie) and taking naps (granted, in this case it was on the boss’s couch) – to the straight-up crazy, like taking a drone out for a test drive around the office and testing out hypnosis skills on smoker colleagues to get them to quit.Related: Mike Rowe: This One Thing Can Make Any Job Feel Like a Soul-Sucking Waste of TimeOther examples include:An employee who decided to take a sponge bath in the bathroom sink.An employee who was supposed to be out making deliveries and hit up a tanning salon instead.An employee who thought it would be a good idea to search for a mail order bride on their work computer.An employee who actually sabotaged a coworker’s tires.An employee who had a nip of vodka at their desk while catching up on their Netflix queue.We want to hear from you. What’s the strangest thing you’ve found an employee or co-worker doing at work? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter.   Related: Use Design to Promote an Epic Office Culture Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.last_img read more


first_imgBroadridge’s 2019 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Outlook Survey reveals majority of financial services firms see value in AI for data mining, but legacy technology is a continuing impedimentThe financial services industry’s top priority for AI applications is Fresh Relevance,, according to the second annual AI Outlook Survey from Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc., a global Fintech leader that is part of the S&P 500® Index. The survey results, released today, explore the state of AI adoption and readiness among U.S. financial services companies. Data mining (36%) was followed by post-trade processing (20%), market analytics (13%) and trading systems (12%). Broadridge polled operations, technology and regulatory leaders from across the financial services industry and released the findings in conjunction with a white paper focused on AI adoption.The Age of AI?Comparing and relating the progress of AI initiatives to relevant historical eras, a clear majority of respondents (84%) say their company is in or past “The Enlightenment Age” of AI, during which they are at or beyond proof of concept. Twenty-nine percent of companies have moved into the “Industrial Age” with pilots and one-fifth (20%) are in the modern “Information Age” with AI in full production.Though most companies are in some stage of AI adoption, or at least exploration, a cautious 10% remain in the Stone Age with no current plan to leverage AI. Broadridge’s white paper is paired with the AI Readiness Assessment, which helps firms establish the strategy, structure, systems, skills and staff needed to create a successful AI program.“While most organizations recognize that AI is a transformational technology with huge potential impact, their approach to adoption has been cautious. The survey data and white paper demonstrate how to harness the power of AI and successfully increase its adoption by first establishing a clear strategy and framework,” said Michael Tae, head of strategy for Broadridge. “At Broadridge, we are focused on what we call ‘the ABCDs of innovation’™: AI, blockchain, the Cloud, digital and beyond. This is how we define our continued commitment to driving the innovation roadmap; helping our clients understand and apply next-generation technologies to transform business, optimize efficiency and generate growth.Marketing Technology News: DXC Technology 600 Brings Great INDYCAR Racing, “Digital Fan Experience of the Future” to Texas Motor SpeedwayAI’s Productivity Boost Blocked by Legacy TechnologyRespondents also ranked their top motivations or desired outcomes for investing in AI. Half (53%) cited “increased efficiency and productivity” as their top motivation and a majority (84%) included it in their top three. Other top-three motivations among respondents included enhanced data and security (69%) and the ability to redeploy human capital (51%).While it’s encouraging that a high number of respondents understand the advantages of AI’s capabilities, roadblocks continue to impede implementation. Nearly half of respondents (46%) cited legacy technology as their top challenge. This tracks with the difficulties associated with modifying or replacing a current infrastructure and the potential need for vendor or personnel changes. Cost of investment/perceived ROI was named the second largest roadblock (31%), while executive buy-in was considered a challenge by only 7% of respondents.Marketing Technology News: Step Raises $22.5 Million Series A Led by Stripe to Disrupt Banking for TeensAvengers Style: Wall Street’s Relationship with AI PartnersWhen asked which superhero relationship best describes their company’s interaction with AI technology partners, a majority (58%) chose “The Avengers,” alluding to their desire for teamwork. Conversely, 8% admitted to having an adversarial relationship with their Fintech partners, likening it to that of Batman and the Joker. Other respondents compared their technology-related relationships to that of “frenemies” like Professor X and Magneto (16%) and internal conflict like The Hulk’s (14%). The power of partnership for planning smooth AI adoption is clear and prevalent for financial services professionals and technology vendors.The Four Stages of AI Adoption The corresponding Broadridge white paper reveals the four stages of AI adoption — beginner, experimenter, fast follower and innovator — and how they differ from the stages that have played out in previous waves of technology transformation. According to the white paper, AI algorithms are often self-teaching and improve over time, making them opaque and difficult for competitors to copy or reverse engineer. Those in the innovator stage truly have an advantage over fast followers and experimenters.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch Sponsors Age of AIAI technologyBroadridge Financial SolutionsFresh RelevanceNews Previous ArticleInfluencer Marketing Is Maturing: Here’s What You Need to KnowNext ArticleGoldilocks Principle of Marketing: The Need for a Consistent View of the Consumer Journey The Age of AI and Wall Street PRNewswireJune 16, 2019, 5:00 pmJune 14, 2019 last_img read more


first_imgIn May, EasyStack launched its latest generation private cloud product ECS (EasyStack Cloud Service). EasyStack is an open source Cloud Computing company. It is a Cloud platform with features designed and delivered according to a true private cloud. The ECS was produced from an 18-month long effort spearheaded by EasyStack’s research and development team, laying foundation on the full range of products such as ECS Stack Hyper Converged Infrastructure, ECS Enterprise, and several scenario based ECS Enterprise editions, elevating the product capability to a whole new level.A recent global survey of 300 enterprises has found out that most plan to move their existing applications to Multi-Cloud Business/ SaaS by 2021. Culminating on private Cloud best practices while serving over 500 large and medium size enterprises and designed using innovative distributed micro-services on a unified integrated platform, the new-generation private Cloud ECS aims to help enterprise customers achieve their EVOLVABLE experience of service capabilities, product form-factor and ability to support multiple scenarios, ultimately enabling organizations to strategize and execute digital transformation and business innovation agenda with ease.Cloud Deployment Still Calls for the Need to Provide Consistent Cloud ExperienceCompanies like Oracle, SAP, and IBM already lead the race owing to their Cloud Experiences. Oracle Cloud delivers the broadest selection of enterprise-grade cloud computing solutions, including SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. IBM recently closed their deal with Red Hat placing $34 billion bet on transforming digital experiences for their join Public and Private Cloud customers.Read Also: mGage Collaborates with Oracle Marketing Cloud to Deliver …Chen Xilun, founder and CEO of EasyStack, commented,“The new-generation private cloud is the private deployment of cloud. We all agree both private and public cloud are cloud-centric, with the aim of satisfying the customer need: moving the cloud to the data. Simply, data inside a firewall needs a private deployment of cloud, while data outside a firewall needs a public deployment of cloud. Hence, even though private and public clouds are distinct and separate, the user perspective on both private deployment and public deployment of cloud still calls for the need to provide consistent cloud experience”.Liu Guohui, co-founder and CTO of EasyStack, emphasized —“Different from being upgradable, EVOLVABLE requires an evolution in service capability, product modularity and supporting scenarios. This means that, EVOLVABLE must ensure the evolvability of service capabilities of the cloud platform itself; being EVOLVABLE also means it should be able to adapt to cloud-ready hyper converged architecture integrating hardware and software, private cloud, industry cloud and multi-cloud solution deployed across different modular form-factors; and finally in terms of supporting scenarios, EVOLVABLE represents the ability to cater to wide ranging enterprise requirements across compute, network, storage building blocks, to commercial storage and commercial SDN (Software Defined Networking), from virtualization to bare-metal and container clusters, and from DevOps to IoT”.Recommended: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance …4 Benefits of Deploying Evolving Cloud InfrastructureIn view of private deployment of cloud, the new-generation private cloud offers the following benefits.First, applying it to the business tier, ECS supports new-generation enterprise applications such as Cloud, Mobile, IoT, BigData and AI.Second, serving Platform as a Service (PaaS) experience, it supports many types of applications through building a sharable Kubernetes-based PaaS across private and public clouds based on the ecosystem primarily dominated by open source PaaS; in fact, enterprise customers may choose to develop a new on-demand PaaS in the cloud and cater it to specific scenarios and/or industries.Latest MarTech News: OpenText Announces the Next Generation Enterprise Information …Third, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) implementation, it can offer enterprise customers consumer experience as in public clouds. Specifically, not only does it provide a complete turnkey project from on-boarding, delivery, operations & maintenance (O&M) to upgrading, but also brings about its pay-per-use service model, transitioning business and technology into the cloud service era from the cloud software eraFourth, consider the product evolution journey.The best option for evolution of the new-generation private cloud is open source ecosystem based transition approach. Keeping the new-generation private cloud compatible and aligned with the open source ecosystem, on one hand, allows it to be fully compatible with the community, and on the other hand, satisfy customers’ requirement through scenario based design and integration approach. This is a must for replacing custom designed clouds with the equivalent of scenario based solution within a complex environment and potentially leads to an enhanced PaaS ecosystem as well.Fifth, in terms of evolution approach, being EVOLVABLE is the most important characteristic of the new-generation private Cloud and is also its core feature. Decoupling software and hardware components allow software to be EVOLVABLE and hardware becoming up-gradable, truly unleashing the longer term value of the Cloud platform and thereby changes the competitive landscape of this industry.Read Also: Vonage Wins 2019 ContactCenterWorld Top Ranking Performer AwardNew-Generation Private Cloud Is the Private Deployment of CloudUnlike traditional custom designed and piecemeal implemented private cloud, the core capabilities of this new-generation private cloud is modeled to meet the demands of complex environment and data residing behind enterprise customers’ secured firewall setup. In a nutshell, it is the ability to construct a private cloud centered on customers’ data and at the same time having a multi-cloud platform that can manage multiple cloud providers both public and private.In a Nutshell: Ad Fraud to Cost North American Advertisers $100 Million a Day by …Equally important are characteristics such as compatibility with the vast hardware and software ecosystem, allowing co-existence of both new-generation and traditional enterprise applications to run and operate on, EVOLVABLE features when responding to the complex environment of business enterprises, yet offering consumer based experience similar to public Clouds.An important highlight that stands out prominently is the ability to perform product feature function upgrade without any impact to existing business workloads – is the single most important element when applying consistent user experience to both private and public deployment of cloud.Also known as smooth upgrade, when the process is being carried out, it has three major characteristics: business users are unaware of the upgrade, no data migration is required, and no service disruption. This means that all business activities running in the cloud, including the operations of the cloud platform continue as per normal during product upgrading i.e. just like a new energy vehicle being driven as usual when its system is being upgraded and the fact that you can make a call or use applications on your smartphone when you are upgrading its operating systems platform.The product portfolio belonging to EasyStack’s new-generation private Cloud not only offer public cloud like consumer based experience, but also meets stringent yet complex requirements in the context of private deployment. In the foreseeable future, the product will be further enhanced to cater to customer requirements with extended scenarios support, including integrating third-party solutions and leveraging the open source ecosystem with EasyStack innovative EVOLVABLE capability, thus contributing progressively and rapidly to the development of the global private cloud market. Now Move to Evolvable Private Cloud Product ECS, Courtesy EasyStack Sudipto GhoshJuly 11, 2019, 9:20 pmJuly 11, 2019 Cloud computingCloud ECSCloud Experiencecustomer dataEasyStackEVOLVABLEIBM RedhatInfrastructure as a ServiceNewsOracle CloudPublic Cloud Previous ArticleiSON Xperiences Commended by Frost & Sullivan for its Rapid Growth in the African BPO MarketNext ArticleSynup Announces New Executive Hires and Expansion in 2019last_img read more


first_img Source:http://www2.cnrs.fr/presse/communique/5741.htm Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 15 2018To protect neurons and limit the damage after a stroke, researchers from the CNRS, the University of Caen-Normandie, University Paris-Est Créteil, and the company OTR3 have pursued an innovative path: targeting the matrix that surrounds and supports brain cells. Their results, just published in the journal Theranostics, have confirmed this strategy on rats, and will lead to a clinical study between now and late 2019. With over 300 cases per day in France, stroke is the leading cause of handicap among adults, and the second cause of death. 80 to 85% are caused by the occlusion of a cerebral artery by a blood clot (ischemic stroke), with nearby neurons dying because of oxygen deprivation. The only existing treatment involves eliminating the blood clot, which is only possible during the first few hours following a stroke, and consequently available only for a minority of patients. Moreover, brain lesions can persist and worsen long after the start of a stroke, with no treatment being currently available to slow them, or to improve functional recovery.Related StoriesPeople who worked long hours have higher risk of stroke, shows studyUse of statins linked to reduction of mortality risk in dementia patientsStem cell stimulation shows promise as potential stroke treatmentNumerous avenues of research are studying how to protect neurons from this degeneration. However, treatments attacking this degeneration have only met with clinical failure, which prompted a team led by a CNRS researcher, Myriam Bernaudin, to take an interest in a little explored domain: the environment of the cells, known as the extracellular matrix. This matrix, which offers the cells structural support and houses growth factors, ends up being disorganized following a stroke, thereby amplifying neuronal death. The team from the laboratory Imagerie et stratégies thérapeutiques des pathologies cérébrales et tumorales (CNRS/UNICAEN/CEA) thus approached colleagues specializing in the extracellular matrix at the laboratory Croissance, réparation et régénération tissulaires (CNRS/UPEC), along with the biotechnology company OTR3, which had already brought to market “matrix therapy” treatments for the healing of cutaneous or corneal ulcers.The researchers demonstrated on rats the effectiveness of this new approach in protecting the brain and improving functional recovery after an ischemic stroke. The intravenous injection of an agent that mimics certain structural components of the extracellular matrix, known as heparan sulfates, protects and reconstitutes this matrix, promotes the development of new neurons and the regeneration of blood vessels, and improves the recovery of sensory and motor functions.It is therefore a promising avenue for limiting the aftereffects of a stroke, one that would complement existing techniques for eliminating blood clots. Pilot clinical trials should begin between now and late 2019.last_img read more


first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 3 2019With summer break and longer days ahead, parents of young teens may be wondering whether to let good sleep habits slide over the next couple of months. New research from the University of British Columbia suggests there are more benefits to a good night’s sleep than simply feeling refreshed. Related StoriesUnpleasant experiences could be countered with a good night’s REM sleepSleep decline in one’s 50s, 60s increases risk of Alzheimer’s diseaseSleep quality linked to memory problems in new studyThe study, published in Preventive Medicine, looked at 3,104 students in British Columbia aged 13 to 17 over a period of two years.”Even if these teens had difficulty falling asleep just one night a week, if that was a regular occurrence over two years, it really seemed to affect their overall health,” added Conklin. “What was particularly interesting was that the relationship between chronic, poor-quality sleep and health outcome was stronger in the boys than it was in the girls.”However, the research found no relationship between poor health outcomes and those who chronically had less than eight hours sleep a night.As an observational study, this research does not look into cause and effect, but the researchers say the findings signal that cumulative sleep problems matter for the health of young people.”It shows that there’s definitely a link between poor health and chronic poor-quality sleep, which may be gender-specific, and I’m looking forward to seeing more research explore that connection,” said Conklin.She added that the findings highlight the need for parents to work on the many recommendations around about sleep hygiene practices. “Other studies have specifically shown that late-night screen use and caffeine consumption have harmful consequences for falling sleep. Young people’s health may benefit from parents enforcing sleep schedules and placing restrictions on screen time,” Conklin said.Source:University of British ColumbiaJournal reference:Conklin, A.I. et al. (2019) Chronic sleep disturbance, not chronic sleep deprivation, is associated with self-rated health in adolescents. Preventive Medicine. doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.04.014. Chronic, low-quality sleep was associated with poorer health outcomes among young B.C. students. Kids who regularly had trouble falling or staying asleep were almost two and half times as likely to report sub-optimal or less than excellent health, compared to those who did not.”Study author Annalijn Conklin, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at UBC and a scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluations and Outcome Scienceslast_img read more


Cambridge Analytica’s acting chief executive, Alexander Tayler, said Friday that he was sorry that SCL Elections, an affiliate of his company, “licensed Facebook data and derivatives from a research company (Global Science Research) that had not received consent from most respondents” in 2014.”The company believed that the data had been obtained in line with Facebook’s terms of service and data protection laws,” Tayler said.His statement said the data was deleted in 2015 at Facebook’s request, and denied that any of the Facebook data that Cambridge Analytica obtained was used in the work it did on the 2016 U.S. election. Britain’s information regulator said Saturday it was assessing evidence gathered from a raid on the office of data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, part of an investigation into alleged misuse of personal information by political campaigns and social media companies like Facebook. Information Commissioner’s Office enforcement officers work inside the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London after a High Court judge granted a search warrant, Friday March 23, 2018. The investigation into alleged misuse of personal information continues Friday to determine whether Cambridge Analytica improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Information Commissioner’s Office enforcement officers work inside the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London after a High Court judge granted a search warrant, Friday March 23, 2018. The investigation into alleged misuse of personal information continues Friday to determine whether Cambridge Analytica improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) Enforcement officers working for Information Commissioner arrive at the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London after a High Court judge granted a search warrant, Friday March 23, 2018. The investigation into alleged misuse of personal information continues Friday to determine whether Cambridge Analytica improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) Explore further Enforcement officers working for Information Commissioner arrive at the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London after a High Court judge granted a search warrant, Friday March 23, 2018. The investigation into alleged misuse of personal information continues Friday to determine whether Cambridge Analytica improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) The scene at a window as Information Commissioner’s Office enforcement officers work inside the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London after a High Court judge granted a search warrant, Friday March 23, 2018. The investigation into alleged misuse of personal information continues Friday to determine whether Cambridge Analytica improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) Information Commissioner’s Office enforcement officers work inside the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London after a High Court judge granted a search warrant, Friday March 23, 2018. The investigation into alleged misuse of personal information continues Friday to determine whether Cambridge Analytica improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) More than a dozen investigators from the Information Commissioner’s Office entered the company’s central London office late Friday, shortly after a High Court judge granted a warrant. The investigators were seen leaving the premises early Saturday after spending about seven hours searching the office.The regulator said it will “consider the evidence before deciding the next steps and coming to any conclusions.””This is one part of a larger investigation by the ICO into the use of personal data and analytics by political campaigns, parties, social media companies and other commercial actors,” it said.Authorities in Britain as well as the U.S. are investigating Cambridge Analytica over allegations the firm improperly obtained data from 50 million Facebook users and used it to manipulate elections, including the 2016 White House race and the 2016 Brexit vote in Britain.Both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook deny wrongdoing.The data firm suspended its CEO Alexander Nix this week after Britain’s Channel 4 News broadcast footage that appeared to show Nix suggesting tactics like entrapment or bribery that his company could use to discredit politicians. The footage also showed Nix saying Cambridge Analytica played a major role in securing Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Enforcement officers working for Information Commissioner’s Office enter the offices of Cambridge Analytica in central London after a High Court judge granted a search warrant, Friday March 23, 2018. The investigation into alleged misuse of personal information continues Friday to determine whether Cambridge Analytica improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages. (Yui Mok/PA via AP) Citation: UK watchdog evaluates evidence from Cambridge Analytica (2018, March 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-uk-watchdog-evidence-cambridge-analytica.html UK seeking warrant to access Cambridge Analytica servers (Update) This document is subject to copyright. 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first_imgFriday’s showdown with Algeria in Cairo ends a season which has lasted close to 12 months for the 27-year-old, who also featured for his nation at the 2018 World Cup.Watch Premier League in August 2019 | Soccer Live Streaming | DAZN CALiverpool’s season starts on August 4 with the Community Shield clash against Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley.Newly promoted Norwich City then travel to Anfield on August 9, in the opening Premier League fixture of 2019-20.And Klopp acknowledged his concern over Mane’s readiness for the new season, confirming Liverpool are yet to decide when Mane will return to the fold.”With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final – how he is feeling and stuff like that,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.”It will be really difficult. Sixteen days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven’t made it yet.”While Mane’s return date is yet to be established, Klopp – whose squad are on tour in the United States – revealed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson will return for a training camp in Evian later in July.The trio have all been afforded extended breaks following their participation in the AFCON and Copa America respectively, with Klopp confident they will have enough time to prepare for the City fixture. Jurgen Klopp is wary of Sadio Mane’s lack of rest heading into the new season, with the Liverpool star’s campaign yet to come to an end.On the back of a gruelling 2018-19 campaign, Premier League Golden Boot joint-winner Mane has scored three goals to help Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final. “It means we have nearly a week until City, a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the UEFA Super Cup],” Klopp said.”We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot. “I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense. So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season.”last_img read more


first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE COMMENT Modi alleges the Congress party has become a university for spreading lies SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published oncenter_img Launching a stinging attack against the Congress for questioning his knowledge on Hinduism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday used the dynast-worker analogy to ask the opposition party where it got its expertise on the religion. Addressing an election rally in this Rajasthan town, the prime minister said in a sarcastic jibe that he was a small “kaamdar” (worker) who never claimed to have full knowledge of Hinduism but the “naamdar” (dynast) has the right to speak.Modi has often referred to Congress president Rahul Gandhi as “naamdar“.He also brought up India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and first president Rajendra Prasad.Nehru objected to Prasad’s visit for the consecration of Somnath temple, which was destroyed by foreign invaders and renovated by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the prime minister told the gathering ahead of elections in the state on December 7. The country, he said, was celebrating Prasad’s birth anniversary. The Congress, Modi alleged, has become a university for spreading lies. People who lie more get new posts in the party, he said. Rahul Gandhi, he asserted, has great capacity for speaking lies.“The Congress’ dreams have been crushed in all states. This will happen in Rajasthan also,” he said. The opposition party thinks it can come to power because of the trend in Rajasthan of alternate parties forming government but this will be proved wrong in the upcoming state elections, Modi declared. Rajasthan Polls Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally (file photo)   –  PTI December 03, 2018last_img read more


first_imgMarch 22, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Grand Alliance: Discussions on to ‘settle’ seat-sharing in UP, Bihar POLLSCAPEIndia votes: Lok Sabha elections 2019 The BSP on Friday announced its first list of 11 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, fielding JD(S) turncoat Kunwar Danish Ali from Amroha. Ali, who was general secretary of the Janata Dal-Secular, quit the party and joined the Bahujan Samaj Party only last week. The BSP also declared Haji Fazulrahman its nominee from Saharanpur, Malook Nagar from Bijnore and Girish Chandra from Nagina, a party release said here. Hazi Mohammad Yakoob has been fielded from Meerut, Satbeer Nagar from Gautam Buddh Nagar, Yogesh Verma from Bulandshahr, Ajit Baliyan from Aligarh, Manoj Kumar Soni from Agra, Rajveer Singh from Fatehpur Sikri and Ruchi Veera from Aonla. Mayawati’s BSP is contesting 38 of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh under the seat-sharing arrangement with Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal. Mayawati has to deposit `public money’ used for erecting her statues, says SC political candidates COMMENT COMMENTS Published on BSP chief Mayawati not in race for Parliament; to focus on campaign Uttar Pradesh SHARE RELATED BSP chief Mayawati   –  The Hindulast_img