No More Wild West For Bring Your Own Devices

first_imgIn June 2007, Apple launched the first iPhone, marking a new era in corporate mobility. Before the fashionable mini-computer, people used smartphones for voice, texting and email. With the iPhone and its remarkable touchscreen users could also be entertained with music, video and games. Corporate executives became so attached to their hip device, they wanted to use it for business, so they bullied IT departments into providing access to email and corporate data. Employees soon joined their bosses and the bring-your-own-device trend began.Six years later, what started out with one smartphone has grown into an army – far too much for the Wild West atmosphere of BYOD to continue as it has been. Many companies that have allowed BYOD will soon be pulling back on such freedoms. While BYOD may not die altogether, it will carry stricter restrictions meant to finally get this trend under control.The Fate Of BYOD“BYOD is clearly an important trend, but we expect it to plateau in the coming one to two years as enterprises decide that the cost and security issues associated with unlimited BYOD do not warrant the anarchy and increased support costs it has often caused,” a recent report from tech analyst J.Gold Associates said.Where the iPhone use to be in a class by itself, the smartphone now competes with Android phones from Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony and 10 other vendors.  In addition, there is the BlackBerry and multiple devices running Microsoft’s Windows Phone.In 2010, Apple added the iPad to the chaos, creating a whole new market for tablet computers that brought lots of competitors from manufacturers in the Android camp.From the beginning, BYOD was a challenge for IT departments, which had to wrestle with data security, device manageability, support and app control. Nevertheless, enterprises went along with the trend and the majority allowed at least some workers to use their personal devices for business.But configuration, workflow and security issues were always making things difficult for IT. For instance, cyber-criminals saw an easy target in Android – with so many devices running older versions of the OS, hackers could target known vulnerabilities that were left unpatched by manufacturers and wireless carriers.BYOD LimitsA survey of enterprises that allow employees to use their own notebooks, smartphones and tablets found that nearly half had experienced a security breach. As a result, more than 40% of the companies either restricted mobile data access or installed security software, according to the poll of more than 400 IT professionals and chief executives conducted by Decisive Analytics and released in August 2012.Despite the breaches, only 12% of companies outright cancelled BYOD programs, an indication that most remained committed to providing flexibility to employees, while moving toward imposing rules.Indeed, Gold found that companies are realizing “the current mostly wide-open, laissez fare approach to BYOD is not sustainable longer term, and that more controls and better strategy are needed.”As companies clamp down on BYOD, employees will likely find they will have to surrender their devices in order for IT departments to install technology to protect corporate data and communications. At the same time, manufacturers are providing more enterprise features in order to ensure their products get approved for work and play.Samsung recently launched technology called SAFE that the vendor boasts brings enterprise-class security to selected devices. People who buy the Galaxy S III or S 4 smartphones, the Galaxy Note II smartphone/tablet hybrid or the Note 10.1 tablet have the option of including SAFE, which provides a container for corporate data and email in order to separate it from personal applications.BlackBerry, which has always been considered the gold standard in device security, has added similar data-separating technology in the new Z10.In time, enterprises are likely to give the nod to those devices that can meet the demands of consumers and businesses and shun those that don’t. So instead of BYOD, the policy of the future will be BYODA, or bring-your-own-device-for-approval.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Apple#BlackBerry#bring your own device#BYOD#iPad#iPhone#Microsoft#mobile#Samsung#smartphones#tablets#Windows Phone center_img antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

What Dissatisfaction Means (Part One)

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now We use the word “dissatisfaction” to describe the gap between the status quo and some better future state. It might mean that your dream client is unhappy with something now. They might have some pain that they can point to. It might also mean they have aspirations. They might have a vision of where they want to go in the future. We call it dissatisfaction, but it’s really just a way to confirm that there is some gap between the present state and some better future state.If there is no gap, there is no reason to change. Sometimes your dream clients recognize the gap themselves. They can tell you exactly what’s wrong and what is required to make it better. You love it when you walk and your dream client has a list of problems, challenges, and issues that you can help resolve, don’t you? It means there is a reason to change. It means you can be compelling.But sometimes you find your dream client and they aren’t unhappy with the way things are going now. In fact, things are working out rather well in their opinion. Focusing on pain doesn’t work. But that doesn’t mean that your dream client shouldn’t be dissatisfied. You may need to work to show them that even though they’re not dissatisfied, that they may be capable of producing even better results. This provides a reason to change. It might also be compelling.Some of your dream client contacts may be change agents. They may operate from the idea that, “If it ain’t broken, break it!” They believe that there is always improvements to be made and that you can’t allow the status quo to take hold, lest you become complacent. They always see a brighter future. They are always moving away from the status quo and towards “better.” They have aspirations. They frame them in the positive.Some of the opportunities in your pipeline aren’t going to become deals. They have no dissatisfaction. Your dream clients don’t recognize a gap themselves. You haven’t done anything to show them that they have good cause to be dissatisfied if they’re not. And they don’t have a compelling vision of a better state that they want to bring to life. Whether they are moving away from something identifiable and negative or towards something identifiable and positive, you need dissatisfaction because you need a compelling reason your dream client will change. Without it, you have no deal.QuestionsCan you define the dissatisfaction in every opportunity in your pipeline?Can you define what the dissatisfaction should be in the “opportunities” where you can’t define the dissatisfaction?What do you do when you can’t find pain?How do you elicit your dream client’s desired future state when it’s positive, not an identifiable, negative pain?last_img read more

ZP official alleges threat by minister, opts to retire

first_imgThe Additional CEO of Akola Zila Parishad has opted for voluntary retirement citing “threats and pressure” from the Minister of State for Home Ranjeet Patil, who is also the guardian minister of the district.“On February 12, the guardian minister had organised a ‘Janata Darbar’ in Akola. During this programme, the guardian minister spoke to me in unparliamentary and abusive language publicly. He also pressurised me to accept some tenders. I told him that accepting tenders, without following proper procedure, will be illegal but he got angry on me,” Subhash Pawar has said in his letter to Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Water Resources Department of Maharashtra government.Mr. Pawar has also alleged in his letter that the minister also threatened him during the programme.“The guardian minister threatened that he would see how to implicate me in some scandals since he is the minister of state for home. He also asked me as to why do I work as a government servant. I never experienced such treatment from anyone during my 25 years long service. My tenure as a government servant is spotless. This entire episode has increased my mental stress which is why I don’t intend to continue in the service anymore,” Mr. Pawar has said in his letter seeking voluntary retirement. Mr. Patil did not respond to calls from The Hindu.last_img read more

Govt ropes in private firm to shore up jobs in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh

first_imgWith Assembly polls just a few months away, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has roped in a private talent management company to shore up job prospects and impart necessary skills to youths. The Opposition Congress has, however, dubbed the move as an “eyewash” aimed at “misleading” youths in the time of elections which are due by the year-end. Madhya Pradesh has created an average of 17,600 jobs every year in the past 13 years of the BJP rule (2004-2017), according to an official data presented in the Assembly during the budget session. Now, a private player has been entrusted with the task of scouting employment opportunities in the non-government sector and enhancing job-getting skills of the state’s unemployed. Speaking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development and Employment Generation Board chairman Hemant Vijayrao Deshmukh said, “In a bid to generate more jobs for youths, the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pune-based Yashasvi Academy for Talent Management Pvt Ltd.“This company would turn the employment exchanges in 15 districts into placement centres under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.” The MoU will cover 15 districts – Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Gwalior, Sagar, Ujjain, Hoshangabad, Shahdol, Dhar, Khargone, Dewas, Singrauli, Satna and Katni. The Congress, however, said this step of the BJP government would benefit only the private company. The Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh of the Congress said, “Why has the BJP government woke up after 14 years? It is just trying to mislead youths. In any case, the BJP is going to be defeated in the coming elections.“In the recent budget session, the government admitted that unemployment has gone up by 16.4 %.” Singh said the BJP government has failed to deliver on the employment front.“Where are two crore jobs that the BJP had promised.Youths are under depression due to lack of jobs.” Deshmukh, however, believes the MoU with the Pune firm would definitely benefit the state’s unemployed youths. He said, “We have set a target of facilitating jobs for one lakh youths. Apart from making job opportunities available in the private sector, the company would also impart skills in writing curriculum vitae (CV) besides working for personality development of unemployed youths.” The agreement would boost the job sector as employment exchanges were fast losing their relevance, the board chairman said. Apart from preparing unemployed persons as per market demand, job fairs and career counselling sessions will be organised by the company, Deshmukh said. Jobs will be made available to applicants in their respective area of interest, he said. Deshmukh said Yashasvi Academy would manage the cost of running placement centres in coordination with companies which would provide jobs. The Berojgar Sena, an outfit of unemployed youths, however, is not enthused by the move. Instead of improving employment exchanges, the government has been making efforts to shut them down, it said.“According to private estimates, there are over 75 lakh unemployed youths in the state and through this PPP agreement, the government plans to provide jobs to one lakh youths.“So, it will take 75 years to provide jobs to the current number of the unemployed,” said Sena convener Akshay Hunka. More than five lakh unemployed youths are getting added every year, he said.“This MoU was signed only to mislead youths ahead of the Assembly elections. The state government has completely failed on the employment front,” Hunka maintained. The Economic Survey-2018, presented during the budget session, said the number of registered educated unemployed in MP stood at 11.24 lakh by 2016-end.last_img read more

Indian Business In South Africa Welcomes New Visa Regime

first_imgIndian businesses in South Africa have cautiously welcomed the new visa regime change for India and China that South African authorities plan to implement by the end of this month.Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba recently announced measures to make it easier for tourists, business people and academia to come to South Africa, including a visa on arrival process for business travellers from India and China.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

‘Navel is the new cleavage for sexy Indian women’

first_imgKatrina Kaif captured a nation’s imagination with her tantalising performance in the wildly popular item song Sheila ki Jawani in December last year. The film, Tees Mar Khan, quickly faded into obscurity but Katrina’s sexy display of flat abs for five minutes might well have started, or at the very least cemented, a new fashion trend. For long, a voluptuous body and revealed cleavage defined what was sexy for the Indian woman. Now, thin is in. The navel is the new cleavage.Bollywood, always a quick assimilator of new fashion trends, was on to it. In March, early promotional posters of Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum featured only the exposed midriff of Deepika Padukone. The film didn’t make a splash but Padukone’s navel baring performance in a remixed version of the iconic Dum Maaro Dum song drew millions of fans. Padukone soon emerged as the leader of the flat abs brigade, twirling her bare waist in Nescafe’s Rs 30 crore “Shake it, Baby” advertisement campaign. Padukone readily agreed to do a photo shoot for this issue of INDIA TODAY showing off her perfect midriff.Away from the big screen, the rise of the navel has led to the re-emergence of the sari. Clearly, stories about the death of the sari-pushed into oblivion by the ubiquitous salwar kameez, jeans, and trouser suits-were greatly exaggerated. And it is the younger crop of Indian fashion designers who have pushed the sari back into the mainstream. The 36-year-old Kolkata-based Sabyasachi Mukherjee is perhaps the best known of the lot. Along with saris, the midriff-revealing ghaghra-cholis have made a comeback. Designer Manish Malhotra’s Fashion Week collections regularly highlight low waisted ghaghras accompanied by short cholis. The creations of Sabyasachi, Malhotra and their fellow designers have found a market. At evening parties in Mumbai and Delhi, the very women you might have expected to sport a skirt and top two years ago now sport the old sari in a new avatar. It’s the new style statement.Our cover story written by managing editor Kaveree Bamzai traces the emergence of this new fashion trend. It is also a social trend. Indians have become more health and fitness conscious. Says fitness specialist Leena Mogre, “No one has a full figure any more. Everyone is on a diet and fitness regime.” In 2009, when Rujuta Diwekar, a celebrity nutritionist from Mumbai, who advised Kareena Kapoor on how to get a size-zero figure, published a book titled Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, the first 20,000 copies sold out in less than a month. At least some people might have anticipated the rise of the navel well before Katrina and Deepika danced their item numbers.Curiously, the south Indian film industry has been navel gazing for a long while now. But there is a difference in aesthetics. In the south, they prefer some flesh around the abs. Says actor Priyamani who has worked in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies, “The size-zero phenomenon would not be appreciated down south.”To each their own. Variety is the spice of life and fashion.last_img read more

Hindu outfit cautions RSS on womens entry in temples

first_imgPanaji, Mar 14 (PTI) Seizing on the RSSs stance on entry of women in temples, Goa-based Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has said that the Sangh should seek guidance from religious leaders before deciding on the controversial issue.”RSS has taken the decision to change the uniform of Swayamsevaks from shorts to full pants after a lot of deliberation and rounds of discussions. The saffron outfit, which took such a long time to decide on the uniform should not take a decision to change the religious practices and traditions in such a haste,” HJS spokesman Ramesh Shinde said in a statement issued here.”The RSS should seek guidance from Dharmacharya or Shankaracharya before taking any stand on equality of men and women in the field of religion and spirituality,” Shinde said.HJS statement comes in the backdrop of the RSS backing womens entry in temples, stating restriction on entry of women in places of worship was “unfair” and managements in such places should change their mentality.”In case any dispute was to arise as the time passes, Adya Shankaracharya has given authority to Acharya-Pitha, established by him to take appropriate decision. Just as political decisions are taken in the Parliament by the elected representatives of the people, similar decisions regarding Dharma should be taken in the Parliament of Dharma (Dharma-Sansad),” the statement said.”If such decisions were taken on the platform of organisations instead of Dharma-Sansad, it would create a lot of confusion in the future. Therefore, RSSs stand over the issue may project that the science of Dharma is false, which in turn may provide strength to anti-dharma progressive elements effortlessly,” Shinde stated.advertisementThe issue came into the fore after protesters led by activist Trupti Desai had recently demanded entry for women in temples at Shani Shingnapur and Tryambakeshwar. PTI CORR DK NM SRYlast_img read more

FRAMOS: ON Semi CMOS sensor for simultaneous 2D and 3D imaging

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADI showcases total sensor-to-cloud capabilities at Embedded WorldNext Arrow to integrate Basler vision technology into its SoMs and development boards portfolio ON Semiconductor has announced its new AR0430 CMOS digital image sensor. This device, available from the global imaging expert FRAMOS, combines classic 2D video imaging and 3D image recognition on a single sensor. The AR0430 CMOS sensor, with a small 1/3.1-inch optical format, delivers high-quality images with advanced 2.0 µm pixel stacked BSI technology; and, a 4 Megapixel resolution at 120 frames per second (fps). The innovative depth mode enables depth mapping concurrently, while shooting video at 30 fps. ON Semiconductor’s low-cost depth solution empowers both innovative industrial and consumer end-product applications with cutting edge 3D features like cameras for IoT, wearables, security, and AR/VR/MR.The AR0430 has an active-pixel array of 2312 (H) x 1746 (V), achieving a 4:3 aspect ratio. The device provides low-power performance, drawing a mere 125 mW, when a 4 MP data stream is operating at 30 fps. The low power monitoring mode drawing only 8 mW in standby, is especially valuable in battery-powered security applications. The AR0430 in standard imaging mode, can provide high quality images in both day and night lighting conditions, thereby enhancing its suitability for use in security cameras. This imager, with a large linear full well capacity and high dynamic range, succeeds in challenging light conditions with leading color performance. It can record video at 120 fps in slow motion mode and use the zoom feature, while retaining the resolution quality that is perfect for wearable devices. The feature of depth data at 30 fps promotes the possibility of object recognition, virtual replacement, or downstream AI, that can interpret data for autonomous decisions, or touchless device control.Simultaneous video and depth mapping is enabled by ON Semiconductor’s Super Depth technology, built on the latest stacked die technology. Super Depth Technology, together with the Color Filter Array (CFA) feature and on-pixel micro-lenses, creates a data stream containing both image and depth data. This data is combined off the sensor, via an algorithm, to deliver a 30-fps video stream and depth map of any object within one meter of the camera. Imaging engineers and system designers will benefit from the AR0430’s significant configuration flexibility. This flexibility includes the ability to program gain, horizontal and vertical blanking, frame size/rate, exposure, image reversal, window size, and panning. Current engineering samples are available in bare die format, and full production will start later in Q1′ 2018.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Pandya brothers are only 2-over bowlers in T20Is: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgPandya brothers are only 2-over bowlers in T20Is: Sanjay ManjrekarSanjay Manjrekar was critical of the Pandya brothers and said Hardik and Krunal should not be bowling four over in T20Is and may only come good in some of the gamesadvertisement Ritayan Basu New DelhiFebruary 10, 2019UPDATED: February 10, 2019 16:34 IST India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya is in fact has been the most expensive bowler in the series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSanjay Manjrekar feels Hardik and Krunal Pandya should not bowl fours overs in T20IsHardik Pandya gave away 131 runs in the three games and that too at an a economy of 10.92Krunal Pandya cost 119 runs from 72 balls at an economy of 9.92 and picked up 4 wicketsHardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya have been expensive with the ball against New Zealand in the three-match series, prompting former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar to down criticising the bothers.As a matter of fact the most the brother have been one of the more uneconomical bowlers in the series.Hardik is in fact has been the most expensive bowler in the series for either team having given away a total of 131 runs from the three games. He has a economy of 10.92 having bowled 72 balls and picking up three wickets at an average of 43.67.In the first T20I in Wellington, Hardik Pandya was hit for 51 from his four overs though he picked up two wickets. In the 2nd T20I in Auckland, Hardik went for 36 runs from his four overs as well as picking up one wicket. In the third and last T20I, Hardik was the most expensive, going for 44 in his four overs and he was also wicketless. His elder brother, Krunal didn’t fare any better, as he cost 119 runs from 72 balls at an economy of 9.92. He picked up a total of 4 wickets at an average of 29.75.Krunal in the first T20I went for 37 and picked up one wicket. In the second T20I, Krunal put up a man-of-the-match performance as he took three wickets from his four overs and that too with giving away just 28 runs. In the third and last T20I though, Krunal was his most expensive in the series as he was hit around the park by thge New Zealanders for 54 as he went wicketless.advertisementManjrekar took to social media to raise concerns about the lack of consistency from the two Pandya, who have been the preferred all-rounders for India. He feels the two Pandyas should not be bowling four over in T20Is and may only come good in some of the games but not always.”If not today, the realisation will come soon enough that the Pandya brothers are your 2 overs bowlers & only a good day could bowl 4 in T20Is,” Manjrekar wrote on Twitter.If not today, the realisation will come soon enough that the Pandya brothers are your 2 overs bowlers & only a good day could bowl 4 in T20Is. #INDvsNZt20Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 10, 2019India went onto lose the third T20I as well as the series as they fell short of the New Zealand total by 4 runs. The mixing and matching of players will have to fine-tuned with the ICC Cricket World Cup just round the corner.Also Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | I am a big fan of Mr Kohli but bigger fan of Mrs Kohli: Banner spotted during Hamilton T20IFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Krunal PandyaFollow Pandya brothersFollow India vs New ZealandFollow T20IsFollow Sanjay Manjrekarlast_img read more

National Disaster Risk Financing Policy Should be in Place Next Year

first_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Administration is looking to institute the proposed National Disaster Risk Financing Policy ahead of the expiration of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in October 2019. Story Highlights The policy, development of which was approved by Cabinet, aims to position the Government and wider society to better plan for and finance damage and losses resulting from natural disasters such as hurricanes and drought. center_img Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the Administration is looking to institute the proposed National Disaster Risk Financing Policy ahead of the expiration of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in October 2019.The policy, development of which was approved by Cabinet, aims to position the Government and wider society to better plan for and finance damage and losses resulting from natural disasters such as hurricanes and drought.Speaking at a public forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on November 7, Dr. Clarke said initial policy analysis and preparation is being targeted to commence in January 2019.Noting that Wednesday’s forum marked the start of stakeholder consultations, he indicated that further public engagements will be facilitated during the policy’s development process, culminating with the document being tabled in Parliament as a Green Paper.This, Dr. Clarke added, will pave the way for additional public consultations, “where representatives can speak of how the policy is likely to address their particular constituency”.“We hope to have the policy finalised and in place by the middle of next year. This is a very aggressive but necessary timeline, because we want to ensure that prior to the expiration of our current PSBA, we have a strategy in place… a policy that has been tabled and debated in Parliament and accepted, and which becomes our National Disaster Financing Risk Policy,” he added.Dr. Clarke said the policy’s implementation, which represents a comprehensive and strategic approach by the Government, will target pre- and post-disaster interventions.“This entails mitigation and resilience measures, and post-disaster risk transfer measures, on how to plan for and better finance damage and losses, so that natural disasters don’t derail us from our objectives,” he noted.The Minister indicated that the policy will have 10 objectives focusing on ensuring that disaster resilience and planning at the local authority/parish level are “part of our public investment approach” in instituting safeguards.Dr. Clarke said the World Bank is offering technical support for the policy’s development, while the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing “significant” grant funding.“We hope to involve the IMF as far as ensuring that the strategies and plans that we put in place are consistent with our overall debt and growth objectives,” he explained.Dr. Clarke emphasised that the policy, for which a Steering Committee will oversee key development processes, will provide the strategic context that enables the Government to prioritise the options for disaster risk financing.The forum, which was jointly hosted by the Ministry and World Bank, was held under the theme ‘Facing the Fiscal Risk of Natural Disasters’.last_img read more

Privacy Breach of FOIPOP Website Information

first_imgGovernment is working with Halifax Regional Police to investigate a breach of information on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPOP) website. Of the documents that were inappropriately accessed, less than four per cent, about 250, contained highly sensitive personal information. In total, about 7,000 documents were inappropriately accessed. Examples of sensitive information may include birthdates, social insurance numbers, addresses and government services client information. Applicants’ credit card information was not accessed during the breach. Government first became aware of the issue on Thursday, April 5, when a problem was identified with the freedom of information website. It was immediately shut down while a solution was sought for the problem. On Friday evening, April 6, government confirmed information was inappropriately accessed. Government filed a complaint with Halifax Regional Police to investigate on Saturday, April 7. The incident set in motion the government’s privacy breach protocol, which prompted a shutdown of the system and an immediate and thorough investigation. It also activated government’s cybersecurity incident response process. Government’s next step will be to notify affected individuals after careful consideration to not compromise the police investigation. Anyone concerned about their personal information can call 902-424-3843 or email . Nova Scotia’s Privacy Commissioner, Catherine Tully, who was informed of the breach earlier this week, has provided advice to government, and will investigate the incident. “We deeply regret that individuals’ information has been compromised,” said Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab. “We welcome the commissioner’s full investigation of this incident.” Internal Services and its cybersecurity team are working closely with the third-party service providers, Unisys and CSDC Systems, to secure the site and get it back up and running. Until then, Nova Scotians inquiring about FOIPOP applications, or looking to view public applications can contact the FOIPOP office at 1-844-424-2985. Launched in January 2017, the access to information website allows applicants to electronically submit requests, check for updates on the status of their requests and access previously released FOIPOP requests that were eligible for disclosure.last_img read more


first_imgBelow is everything coming to Netflix Canada this December:December 1BattleConnor McGregor: NotoriousCrossroads: One Two JagaGet SmartHellboyLittle WomenMan vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1Mary and The Witch’s FlowerMemories of the Alhambra PriestResident Evil: AfterlifeRock DogUnknownYes ManDecember 3Hero MaskThe Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2December 4Blue Planet II: Season 1December 5American PieAmerican Pie 2American WeddingBruce AlmightyEvan AlmightyWentworth: Season 6December 6Star: Season 3December 75 Star ChristmasDogs of BerlinDumplin’Free Rein: The Twelve Neighs of ChristmasMowgli: Legend of the Jungle Nailed It! Holiday!Neo Yokio: Pink ChristmasPine GapReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?Super Monsters and the Wish StarThe American MemeThe Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur)The Ranch: Part 6TrollsDecember 11Vir Das: Losing ItDecember 12Back Street Girls: GokudolsOut of Many, One December 13Wanted: Season 3December 14Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: “A Midwinter’s Tale”Cuckoo: Season 4Fuller House: Season 4Inside the Real NarcosInside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose MiracleROMASunderland Til I DieThe FixThe Innocent ManThe ProtectorTidelandsTravelers: Season 2Travelers: Season 3Volton: Legendary Defender: Season 8December 15Dolphin TaleSherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsDecember 16PaddingtonSpringsteen on BroadwayDecember 18BakiEllen DeGeneres: RelatableIp Man 3Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5December 213Below: Tales of Arcadia7 Days OutBack With the ExBad SeedsBird BoxDerry GirlsDiableroGreenleaf: Season 3LAST HOPE: Part 2PerfumeSirius the JaegerStruggle: The Life and Lost Art of SzukalskiTales by Light: Season 3The CasketeersWolf (BÖRÜ)December 23RoomDecember 24Hi Score GirlDecember 25Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity WarDecember 26Alexa & Katie: Season 2YouDecember 28Instant HotelLa noche de 12 añosMurder MountainSelection DayWhen Angels SleepYummy MummiesDecember 29Eating AnimalsWatership Down: Limited SeriesLast Call: Titles that will be rotating off Netflix in December 2018December 1Bones: Seasons 1-5Gone GirlHidden FiguresDecember 20Disney’s MoanaDecember 31Bob’s Burgers: Season 1-7New Girl: Season 1-6 Canadians must have been good this year because Christmas is about to come early.And this December, we’re receiving the gift of awesome new releases on Netflix Canada.With its latest list of titles old and new, including an impressive lineup of Netflix Original content, Hollywood blockbusters and holiday titles, it really doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood for this month, because chances are, Netflix Canada has it. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War/Netflix Canadacenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

National MMIW Inquiry hearings in Whitehorse hear from families at first public

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National NewsAfter decades of lobbying for a National Inquiry into the disproportional number of Indigenous women who are murdered or go missing, the first public hearing was held Tuesday in Whitehorse.A number of families told about their loved ones, and how they died.They are stories that the commissioners are expected to hear many times again before they wrap up their work.smclean@aptn.calast_img

Civilian military leaders must do more to bring stability to GuineaBissau –

5 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged both the civilian and military leadership in Guinea-Bissau to show commitment to achieving long-lasting stability in the West African country, and to restore the rule of law by fighting impunity and curbing organized crime. In his latest report on Guinea-Bissau to the Security Council, covering the four months since 24 June, Mr. Ban also called on the Guinea-Bissau’s leadership to forge a national consensus on the best way to ensure the stabilization for the country.Guinea-Bissau has been beset by coups and political instability since it became an independent country in the early 1970s. The United Nations has an integrated peacebuilding office on the ground, UNOGBIS, tasked with helping to promote stability.In April, troops under the command of the then-Deputy Chief of General Staff, Major General António N´djai, took control of the armed forces’ headquarters, detaining the Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral José Zamora Induta, and briefly holding Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Júnior.“Established laws must be applied and fundamental principles of the rule of law, such as the duty to ensure fair legal proceedings and the right to defence, must be respected,” the Secretary-General wrote, while also noting that the consequences of the events of 1 April, such as reduced donor support, confirm that political and security instability can have a major negative impact on economic prospects.Presenting the Secretary-General’s report to the Council today, his Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau, Joseph Mutaboba, said the failure to release Vice Admiral Induta, as ordered by the military court, demonstrated the continued dominance of the military leadership over the judiciary.“It will undoubtedly increase the reluctance of some international partners to engage with the authorities of Guinea-Bissau as it underlines the lack of civilian oversight over the armed forces and the existing environment of impunity in the country,” Mr. Mutaboba told Council members.In his report, Mr. Ban also pointed out that drug trafficking and organized crime continue to pose a serious risk to the stability of Guinea-Bissau and to the West African sub-region as a whole. He said that while the authorities of Guinea-Bissau should continue to demonstrate, through concrete action, their commitment to tackling this phenomenon – the international community also had a role to play.“There is a need for the international community to step up efforts to fight this menace in all its aspects and, in particular, to enhance national and regional capacities to do so,” the Secretary-General wrote.On the economic front, despite the country’s challenging political and security situation, Mr. Ban noted that the Government of Guinea-Bissau has continued to make encouraging economic recovery efforts, including steps that would make it eligible for international debt forgiveness under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative, and he encouraged the authorities to continue pursuing economic and fiscal reform. read more

For Big Ten mens soccer tournament parity is everything

#4 Michigan vs. #5 Indiana Michigan (8-6-3. 3-3) comes into the tournament after winning four of six of its last games. Sophomore forward James Murphy is leading the team with four goals and two assists. Michigan was the third seed in last year’s tournament. The Wolverines finished as the runner-up after losing to MSU in the finals.Coach Chaka Daley said it is hard to prepare for consecutive matches in a short period of time.“You prepare for one game in one day. I don’t think you can certainly overlook one opponent. We certainly are not,” Daley said.Indiana (6-11-1, 2-4) is the reigning NCAA champion. IU was the preseason No. 1, but fell out of the top spot after consecutive losses against University of California-Los Angeles, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and West Virginia in September.Senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov leads the Hoosiers with five goals and 3 assists. Last season, IU was the fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament but lost in the first round to MSU, 2-1.IU senior midfielder Harrison Petts said the team has to play “one game at a time.”“We need to win (the Big Ten tournament) to move on to the NCAA tournament,” Petts said. “We won’t hold back. It’s win or go home for us.”Michigan defeated Indiana earlier this season by a score of 2-1 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The match is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. #3 Michigan State vs. #6 Ohio StateMichigan State (10-4-3, 3-2-1) is the reigning Big Ten tournament champion. The Spartans were awarded the fifth seed in last season’s tournament.Spartan coach Damon Rensing said tournament results depend solely on the first match.“It’s cliché, but the first game is the most important. Everyone plays their best that first game and we play Ohio State, who is at home and playing for their season,” Rensing said.This season MSU is lead by redshirt-junior forward Tim Kreutz with eight goals and four assists.Ohio State (5-7-5, 1-3-2) comes into the tournament after winning three of its last four games. Freshman forward Danny Jensen leads the team with three goals and three assists. Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov has also been keeping OSU alive by recording eight shutouts and leads the Big Ten in goals against average, save percentage, saves and saves per game.“Going back into Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, it’s our home field, defending our home turf, and we’ve done well here this year. We have a winning record at home,” Ivanov said.Last season, OSU finished last in the conference going 0-4-2 and was the seventh seed in the tournament. The Buckeyes lost in the first round to Northwestern 2-0.Buckeye coach John Bluem said it takes a little something special to win in tournaments.“A lot of it comes down to mental approach and if you’re physically ready to battle, because that’s what it takes this time of year,” Bluem said.Ohio State and Michigan State played to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting in East Lansing, Mich. Oct. 13.The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Freshman forward Danny Jensen (9) attempts to find an open teammate with a pass during a match against Michigan Oct. 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Sally Xia / Lantern photographerSoccer season runs into the early months of winter, so when the Big Ten men’s soccer tournament begins this week, expect some frigid excitement in Columbus. Temperatures are expected to be just warm enough to melt any leftover snow at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, Wednesday, when the tournament is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. with Michigan State versus Ohio State.“There’s just something about it when the weather gets cold … the ball is hard, the grass is crisp and it feels like tournament time,” Wisconsin coach John Trask said.This year marks the third time since 2001 Ohio State has hosted the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 13-17. #1 Penn State First Round ByePenn State (11-5-1, 5-1) clinched a share of its second consecutive Big Ten conference title and the top overall seed in the conference tournament.Coach Bob Warming said the team learned last year that a first round bye does not guarantee a tournament championship, after losing in their first tournament game to Michigan State 3-1.“We have a first round bye. It’s the second year in a row and the only time we’ve gotten it twice in a row,” Warming said. “It didn’t help us last year at all and (Michigan State) deserved to win.”PSU comes into the tournament on a two game, double overtime losing streak, dropping games against OSU and Akron.Warming said the level of play in the Big Ten is a tremendous competition.“In this league, we all recognize the margin of victory is one possession,” Warming said. “What I mean by that is it’s won by one goal and an incredible amount of games have been won in overtime.”PSU is slated to face the winner of UM and IU on Friday at noon. #2 Wisconsin vs. #7 NorthwesternWisconsin (13-3-2, 4-2) comes into the tournament as the second seed with an 8-1-1 record in its last 10 matches.Badger coach John Trask said his team is peaking at the right time.“We’re playing great soccer,” Trask said. “I think we seem to be improving every training session.”Leading the Badgers is senior midfielder/forward Nick Janus with nine goals and two assists. Last year, Wisconsin was the sixth seed and was bounced from the tournament with a loss to UM in the first round.Northwestern (9-6-3, 1-4-1) goes from first to worst after earning a share of the 2012 Big Ten regular season title, but this year, coming into the Big Ten Tournament as the seventh seed. The Wildcats are led by sophomore forward Joey Calistri who has 12 goals and four assists.“We have to go into every game with a good game plan and we have to play smart,” Calistri said. “We’re excited. It’s a great opportunity and we aren’t taking it lightly. Somebody’s got to do it.”Last year, the wildcats reached the semi-finals in the Big Ten tournament before losing to Michigan, 3-0.Coach Tim Lenahan said records are thrown out the window in postseason play.“The thing about the Big Ten with men’s soccer is that it is the only conference in the country where every team believes it will win the tournament and can win it,” Lenahan said. “No matter the record, they are still capable of winning it all. The parity is everything.”Wisconsin beat Northwestern in their first meeting of the season, 1-0 in Evanston, Ill., Nov. 3. The match is set for 7 p.m. read more

Cambridge spy seminars hit by whispers of Russian links as three intelligence

first_imgBut he admitted Russian involvement was “possible” amid a “cascade” of Russian intelligence-related activities.He said: “After the heady days of post-Cold War and the belief that we were moving the Russians into a rules-based international system, we seem to be going very rapidly in the opposite direction.”Whether it’s cyber activities, their apparent general malevolence and disruption, what you’re hearing is alleged to have taken place in the United States – and there is no reason to suggest the United States has made this up – it’s a catalogue of activities.“Television outlets like Russia Today are running around all over the place. There is a lot of Russian activity. It is perfectly plain that the Russians are in a hyperactive mode and this seems to be on the face of it orchestrated by Mr Putin, and frankly I find it very worrying.”Cambridge University declined to comment. Sir Richard and Mr Martland have been approached for comment but have not replied.Gleb Cheglakov, who is believed to have set up Veruscript with his wife, said it would be editorially independent of the organisation. He did not comment on the alleged link with the Russian government. Sir Richard (pictured) has been joined by Stefan Halper, a former policy adviser at the White House, and historian Peter MartlandCredit: PA Sir Richard (pictured) has been joined by Stefan Halper, a former policy adviser at the White House, and historian Peter Martland The Cambridge Intelligence Seminar holds seminars on Fridays at one of the university's colleges It has been more than 70 years since a ring of Cambridge spies infiltrated British intelligence so they could pass on crucial information to the Soviets.But it seems academics at the university are once again involved in whispers of espionage and double bluffs.This time, it is not a spy ring at the centre of intrigue but rather suggestions that Kremlin operatives may be targeting a seminar programme. The Cambridge Intelligence Seminar holds seminars on Fridays at one of the university’s collegesCredit:MARTIN POPE Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “It is possible [they have targeted CIS] but it is not very important,” he said. “Cambridge is just small pin point, the centre of the earth is London and there are at least 40 officers, including 25 KGB officers there.“They are always not very organised as they are very poorly paid and therefore they are not dangerous. They would use publishing or creative industries to infiltrate, it is very possible they might be doing this.”The warnings came as Government sources acknowledged for the first time that Russia is waging a “campaign” of propaganda and unconventional warfare, including fake espionage, misinformation, cyber attacks and fake news, against Britain. It is understood that intelligence officers and senior civil servants voiced their concerns during a meeting at the Cabinet Office two months ago, which discussed the growing scale of the Russian threat. Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, who chairs the House of Commons Intelligence and Security select committee, said he did not wish to speculate as to the precise reasons for Sir Richard’s departure. …unacceptable Russian influence on the groupStefan Halper The concerns emerged after a number of experts unexpectedly resigned from their positions at the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS), an academic forum on the Western spy world. The men – former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove, Stefan Halper, a former policy adviser at the White House, and historian Peter Martland – are said to have left amid concerns that the Kremlin is behind a newly-established intelligence journal, which provides funding to the group.Mr Halper told earlier reports that his decision to step down was due to “unacceptable Russian influence” on the group. Last night, a former KGB spy chief said it is entirely possible the experts’ alleged fears are true.The CIS was set up by official MI5 historian Professor Christopher Andrew. Seminars, which take place on Fridays at the university’s Corpus Christi college, are advertised on the university website, with previous attendees including Mike Flynn, Donald Trump’s choice as new national security adviser for the US, and Dr Paul Martin, the ex-director of parliamentary security. Suspicions were allegedly raised after claims a new digital publishing house called Veruscript, which helps cover some of the CIS’s costs, may be acting as a front for the Russian intelligence services.The publishing house, which, according to its website, is based in London, is also publishing a new journal, the Journal of Intelligence and Terrorism Studies. Some of those involved are thought to be concerned that Russia may attempt to use the link to the seminars to influence sensitive debates on national defence and security, sources told the Financial Times.Last night, experts warned it was feasible for the Russians to be involved, despite no concrete evidence yet found to suggest the claims are true.Oleg Gordievsky, who ran the KGB’s London bureau and was a double agent for the British intelligence service from 1974, said Russians were targeting creative industries but in larger cities, such as London.last_img read more

Pioneering stem cell work wins Nobel Prize for researchers

first_imgMEDICAL RESEARCHERS from Japan and Britain have won the Nobel Prize in medicine for work in cell programming, a frontier that has raised dreams of replacement tissue for people crippled by disease.Shinya Yamanaka of Japan and Sir John Gurdon of Britain found that adult cells can be transformed back to an infant state called stem cells, the key ingredient in the vision of regenerative medicine.“Their findings have revolutionised our understanding of how cells and organisms develop,” the Nobel jury declared. “By reprogramming human cells, scientists have created new opportunities to study diseases and develop methods for diagnosis and therapy.”Among those who acclaimed the award were Britain’s Royal Society, Ian Wilmut, “father” of Dolly the cloned sheep, and a leading ethicist, who said it eased a storm about the use of embryonic cells.Stem cells are precursor cells which differentiate into the various organs of the body. They have stirred huge excitement, with hopes that they can be coaxed into growing into replacement tissue for victims of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases.Gurdon, 79, said he was grateful but also surprised by the honour, since his main research was done more than 40 years ago.In 1962, he discovered that the DNA code in the nucleus of an adult frog cell held all the information to develop into every kind of cell. This meant that an adult cell could in essence be reprogrammed.His landmark discovery was initially met with scepticism, as the journey from immature to specialised cell was previously deemed irreversible.“I’m amazed and immensely grateful and astonished that they should recognise work done such a long time ago,” Gurdon told Swedish Radio. ”Of course I’m extremely grateful to be recognised with Shinya Yamanaka who’s done this wonderful work.”“It is particularly pleasing to see how purely basic research, originally aimed at testing the genetic identity of different cell types in the body, has turned out to have clear human health prospects,” he later told reporters in London.‘A waste of time’ as a teenagerBased at Cambridge University, Gurdon is fond of recalling that his school tutor told him when he was 15 that it would be a “total waste of time” to pursue a career in science, and credits his mother with encouraging him to follow his passion.More than four decades later, in 2006, Yamanaka, now 50, discovered how mature cells in mice could be turned back to their youthful state using a batch of reprogramming genes.The advantage of this would be to avert the need to use stem cells taken from early-stage embryos. These are hugely versatile but have stirred ethical controversy.“This is not only a giant leap for science, it is a giant leap for mankind. Yamanaka and Gurdon have shown how science can be done ethically,” a professor of practical ethics at the University of Oxford, Julian Savulescu, told the Science Media Centre in London.Yamanaka “deserves not only a Nobel Prize for Medicine, but a Nobel Prize for Ethics,” he said.Yamanaka, a professor at Kyoto University, has pointedly warned of the ethical controversies of science.“We should limit the application of technology to treatment or what can make patients happier,” he has said. “We may be able to generate new life (with this technique), so we are presented with another ethical issue.”Stem-cell research is still at a very early stage, and only a tiny number of human trials have taken place. In the field of so-called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, for which Yamanaka was singled out for the Nobel, work is still only in the lab.He was modest about the honour on Monday, telling reporters he was “just an obscure researcher” who planned to carry on his research. ”I really feel that I have to realise a medical application and contribute to society as soon as possible,” he said.The pair had been among the frontrunners for a Nobel after they won the prestigious Lasker Prize in 2009 and Yamanaka shared the €1.2 million Millennium Technology Prize earlier this year with a software engineer.Because of the economic crisis, the Nobel Foundation has slashed its prize sum to eight million Swedish kronor (€930,000) per award, down from the 10 million kronor (€1.16 million) awarded since 2001.- © AFP, 2012last_img read more