Top 10 Tech Priorities of CIOs in India

first_imgRelated Posts klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Want a more global perspective of enterprise technology trends? Gartner’s 2011 CIO Agenda survey included responses from 2,014 CIOs across 50 countries and 38 industries. In a recent announcement, Gartner detailed the responses of 36 top CIOs in India.Cloud and mobile technologies beat more traditional concerns like enterprise resource planning and network communications.According to Gartner, the top 10 technology priorities for CIOs in India are:Cloud computingMobile technologiesVirtualizationEnterprise resource management (ERP)Enterprise applicationsBusiness process management (BPM)IT ManagementNetwork, voice and data communicationsBusiness intelligence (BI)AnalyticsAlthough none of the CIOs polled are currently running the majority of their applications in the cloud, 67% of the respondents in India say they expect to be mostly in the cloud within the next four years. One of the reasons for this push is that CIOs want to re-allocate the funds that are spent on day-to-day operations to more strategic projects.In the past we’ve covered what both IT managers and IT workers can do to prepare for the changing skill requirements of the enterprise. Tags:#enterprise#Trends center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Top 10 YouTube Videos Of All Time

first_imgRelated Posts readwrite Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Updated 8/7/2014.YouTube has come to define the era of online video, so let’s take a look at its most popular videos of all time. We reported that Psy’s Gangnam Style was the first video to reach a billion views, and the viral hit is standing strong at number 1 and has reached the coveted 2 billion view mark! Psy makes the cut twice in this month’s YouTube Top 10, reaching the number seven spot with his follow-up single, Gentleman. We first did this list in August 2007, at which point Evolution of Dance by comedian Judson Laipply was number 1 with nearly 56 million views. The next update was September 2008, when Avril Lavigne’s Girlfriend pop music video was number 1 with 103 million views. In January 2010, Charlie bit my finger – again ! was number 1, with 148 million views. By the beginning of January 2011, Justin Bieber was at number 1 with over 400 million views for Baby—and that video went on to hold the top slot through most of 2012. Here are the top 10 as of June 2014:1. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE; 2,056,555,704 views Justin Bieber – Baby ft. Ludacris; 1,070,285,790 views Video Hits From the ReadWrite ArchivesBieber’s ‘Baby’ Will Hit 500m Views Today; It’s Also The Most Hated Video on YouTube (For Now)3. Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor ft. Pitbull; 771,889,381 views Video Hits From the ReadWrite ArchivesGettin’ Down on Friday: Bieber’s Baby No Longer Most Disliked Video on YouTube4. Charlie bit my finger – again !; 750,234,328 views Eminem – Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna; 724,621,184 views Video Hits From the ReadWrite ArchivesTop 10 YouTube Videos of All Time (2007)6. LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem ft. Lauren Bennett, GoonRock; 723,800,805 views Shakira – Waka Waka(This Time for Africa); 721,678,029 views Video Hits From the ReadWrite ArchivesTop 10 YouTube Videos of All Time, 20088. PSY – GENTLEMAN M/V; 719,256,648 views Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball; 692,890,060 views Lady Gaga – Bad Romance; 598,340,166 views post was most recently updated by Stephanie Chancenter_img Tags:#web#YouTube A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

ED summons Misa Bharti in PMLA case

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate has summoned Misa Bharti, daughter of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, for recording her statement on Tuesday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with a case involving shell companies.The agency had issued summons to Ms. Bharti’s husband, Shailesh Kumar, for questioning on Monday. However, he failed to turn up. “We will summon him again,” an official said. The move comes after the ED raids on the premises of Ms. Bharti, an RJD MP, her husband and their company Mishail Packers and Printers in the national capital on July 8. Money launderingThe searches were part of an investigation related to a charge sheet filed by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office against Surendra and his brother Virendra Jain for alleged money laundering using shell companies.The ED says four shell companies allegedly controlled by the Jains had bought 1.2 lakh shares of Mishail Packers and Printers at ₹100 each in in 2007-08. The shares were later allegedly bought back by Ms. Bharti at ₹10 a unit. The agency has alleged that Rajesh Agarwal, a chartered accountant and mediator, provided ₹90 lakh in cash to the Jain brothers in advance for investments in Mishail Packers and Printers as share premium. The Jains purportedly disclosed that they would receive cash and invest it as share premium.last_img read more

UK Teacher Gets 4-Year Prison Term for Filming Girls in School Toilets

first_imgThe Gloucester Crown Court sentenced a science teacher to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to placing cameras in toilets of three schools where he worked in southwest UK. Judge Ian Lawrie described Rahul Odedra as “not wholly bad, and not wholly good,” and sentenced him on Feb. 14 for “persistently” carrying out his perverse behavior.Rahul Odedra, 46, had positioned the cameras in cubicles and toilet roll holders to film dozens of women and girls using the facilities. This is not the first time the Indian-origin teacher was rapped by the court. He had pleaded guilty to an attempt to possess an indecent image of a child, two offences for possession of indecent images of a child and 20 offences of voyeurism during 2009 and 2017, in three different schools.“He would set it up in the lunch period and then take it down later,” prosecutor Anjali Gohil was as saying by PTI report. “No one goes to a toilet, locks the door and expects to be filmed for third parties to see.”The judge said to Odedra: “You are facing the consequences of what is long held voyeuristic compulsion to look at females. A toxic secret with the consequence you are going to prison.”Saying it was a “gross breach of trust” and a “brazen” violation, the judge further said: “People’s dignity should be respected. This was a carefully calculated intrusion into people’s privacy. This is some of the worst examples of this type of offending. You caused immeasurable emotional harm to your victims.”The teacher was caught when one of the students noticed that he was trying to film up her skirt, and reported him. The police later found 200 videos of women or girls on the toilet or videos that were filmed up their skirts. On further analysis of the images, the officers observed that Odedra had cropped and clipped the films he captured in the toilet so he could get back-to-back images of women “in the act of wiping.” The prosecution told the court that while the bulk of the videos featured adults, there were children as well.Odedra’s lawyer Joseph Keating admitted to court that he is aware of the gravity of his offences, which he committed out of an “interest in voyeurism.” Odedra had said in his second police interview that he received no sexual gratification from watching the content.“At the time of doing this, he had little comprehension of the impact on the victims as they were not physically harmed, but he now fully understands the lasting impact that will be hard to bear. He would like to apologize. He is deeply sorry for what he did,” Keating said.Keating also noted that Odedra’s career was ruined as he would never be able to teach again, which was “very much a calling” and “something he was good at.” He said that Odedra wanted to serve his sentence so he could start to build his life again.Odedra also got a sexual harm prevention order and was directed to sign the sex offenders’ register for life. Related ItemsBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

ICC probes Amir for breach of ban

first_imgPakistan’s Mohammad Amir is being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after playing in a minor English league match last week despite being banned from the sport for corruption.Mohammad Aamer is serving a five-year ban for spot-fixing.The 19-year-old Aamer took part on Saturday in an official Surrey Cricket League match for Addington 1743, a village team based in a south London suburb that didn’t realise he breached his five- year ban by playing.”The suspension clearly states that he cannot take part in any cricket-related activities,” ICC spokesman Sami-ul Hasan said. “We are aware of the reports and are investigating the matter.” The Surrey Cricket League is under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board, which said it is “investigating and liaising with the ICC as appropriate.”The ICC tribunal that banned Amir in February for “spot-fixing” could impose a further sanction if it is proved he played in a competitive match.”He has been at all times anxious not to violate his ban,” said Gareth Peirce, Amir’s lawyer. “He has seen today’s news reports with alarm. He is making contact directly through his lawyers with the ICC.”He was given the chance of joining in part of a game with a village cricket team as a way of keeping in practice. He was assured by the team that they had asked their league if he was permitted to play with them and had been told that he was. He did not stay for the whole match.”advertisementThe left-arm fast bowler was introduced to Addington, which has less than 20 members, through captain Ijaz Raja and a team sponsor last week. Amir took four wickets and scored 60 runs in the match.”We’ve got a couple of guys who have contacts with people from the Pakistan team. They said it would be good if he could play, and it was a good day out for him and us,” club secretary Raheal Shafi said.”I got the news from our captain on Friday morning and we spoke to the league secretary, Robin Ford, on Friday just to make sure everything was fine … and he was fine about it.”He said there shouldn’t a be a problem. Robin Ford is associated with St. Lukes and he is one of their members. The opposition were St. Lukes and they did not have any objections.” Shafi, who has been a member of Addington since 1991, said he thought Amir was only prohibited from playing professional cricket.”We are nowhere near Test or county standard and there was no money involved,” Shafi said.Aamer and Pakistan teammates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were banned for at least five years by the International Cricket Council in February for accepting money from a businessman to bowl pre-determined no-balls during a Test in England last year.They are also due to face a criminal trial in London in October after being charged with conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments along with their agent, Mazhar Majeed.When he wasn’t playing on Saturday, Amir gave advice about how the Addington players could improve their batting and bowling.Shafi said his teammates watched clips of Amir bowling for Pakistan on the internet in front of him.”He was very down to earth,” Sahfi said. “He was relaxing and sitting on the grass and talking about life in Pakistan, life in England and where he has travelled.”last_img read more

Microsoft sends out invites for Surface event on October 2

first_imgThree major tech giants are going to be holding events over the next two months. We already know that Apple will be announcing its new iPhones next week on September 12, and Google also plans to unveil its next Pixel phones on October 9. Now, Microsoft has also sent out invites for an event on October 2. The invite reads “A moment of your time” along with the date and time of the event which will begin at 4:00pm ET (October 3 1:30am IST). The hardware event from Microsoft is expected to see new Surface devices.Details regarding Microsoft’s upcoming event is still quite hazy. While we do expect refreshes for the company’s Surface products, there haven’t been a lot of reports or leaks about any specific new Surface device. Back in June, some reports said that Microsoft is planning a big redesign for the Surface Book 6, but we don’t expect to see that until next year. It’s possible that the Surface Pro line and the Surface Laptop will see an incremental update with the latest Intel processors, but a major redesign is not expected the upcoming event.The company could also announce a new Surface Studio, its all-in-one PC setup that was first announced two years ago. We also expect Microsoft to give us a better look at the new Surface Hub 2. The next-gen Surface Hub 2 comes with a sleeker design and a bezel-less 4K 50.5-inch display aimed for offices and conference rooms. You can combine up to four screens together and tilt them in portrait or landscape view. Microsoft may give a demo of the Surface Hub 2 in action on October 2. There are also talks that the company is working on a foldable Surface phone that may launch later this year, but we haven’t heard anything more on this since July.advertisementEarlier this year, Microsoft announced the Surface Go, which is an entry-level tablet to take on the iPad. The design is similar to the Surface Pro, but hardware has been stripped down. It sports a a smaller 10-inch display with a 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution. The $399 Surface Go is powered by a Intel 7th-gen Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with up to 8GB of RAM. The tablet also gets a built-in pop-out stand, a 5MP front camera for facial recognition login, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, and a Surface Connector port for charging and docking with a desktop.last_img read more



10 months agoFather of Ajax defender De Ligt opens door to Juventus

first_imgFather of Ajax defender De Ligt opens door to Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe father of Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt has opened the door to a move to Juventus.De Ligt’s agent Mino Raiola met with Juve officials this week.“Juve could be a possibility, but they’re not the only team interested,” Frank de Ligt said.“Now we’re focusing on this season with Ajax. Turin is a beautiful city, I came here for the Netherlands match in June too.“In the next few months, I, my son, and [agent Mino] Raiola will make the best decision for his future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Badminton Team Named for Canada Games

first_img The Games will be a family affair for siblings Andrew Brennan, 19, Ryan Brennan, 21, and Hannah Brennan, 16. In preparation for the Games, the team will continue individual training and tournament schedules. The team meets four or five times a year to train as a group and review training programs. Each athlete plays three or four times a week. The team will be accompanied by coach Elliot Beals of Dartmouth and manager Shirley Thomas of Halifax. “Badminton is an individual sport, but there is a great team atmosphere at the Games,” says Mr. Beals. “We work really well together; it’s going to be a great event.” Team Nova Scotia 2007 has 290 members — 213 athletes, 36 coaches, 23 managers, three artists and 15 mission staff. See the team’s website at for the latest information on Team Nova Scotia. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. More than 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers will gather in Whitehorse to compete for 1,122 medals in 22 sports. Alexandria Bauld of Stewiacke Andrew Brennan of Antigonish Hannah Brennan of Antigonish Ryan Brennan of Antigonish Myles Dalton of Pugwash Lynnette McCormack of Pugwash Cole McGrath of Pugwash Jennifer Medeivos of Bedford Ajit Sidhu of Lower Sackville Jacobi Vanderweit of Port Williams Ten Nova Scotia badminton players will rally their way to Whitehorse, Yukon, at the 2007 Canada Winter Games from Feb. 23 to March 10. The final team was selected after a three-year selection process. The team consists of:last_img read more

Bilateral seat quota AI had warned UPA govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid enquiry into the alleged role of a middleman in higher bilateral seat quota with Gulf countries during UPA era, it has now emerged that national carrier Air India had repeatedly warned against such move.Letters written by the airline to Civil Aviation Ministry had claimed that the capacity entitlements on almost all the key international routes were benefitting foreign carriers requiring the Indian government to trade cautiously. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistIn a letter faxed to the Ministry in April 2010, the state-run carrier had argued that the capacity deployed by foreign airlines was in far excess of the market requirements. It had noted that excess capacity was causing a deleterious effect on Air India and needed to be addressed. “Any further enhancement of capacity entitlements particularly under the bilaterals with the SE (South East) Asian and Gulf/Middle East carriers will enable the carriers from these countries to further increase their capacity deployment, aggravate the already existing capacity situation and divert even more traffic/revenue from the Indian carriers,” the letter from T.K. Palit, Executive Director (Planning and International relations) to the aviation ministry stated. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe airline stated that major foreign carriers operating to and from India were much stronger than Air India and other local airlines. Further, they had large and modern fleets, bigger network and well-developed hub airports in their home bases. In addition to this, the foreign airlines were cash rich and could sustain yield and seat factor declines over long periods of time because of the financial and other support they received from their governments.last_img read more

Guatemala progress made on justice system says head of UNbacked probe

Since the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, known by its Spanish acronym CICIG, officially began its work in January of last year, “we have made significant progress,” Commissioner Carlos Castresana told reporters in New York.The Commission seeks to bolster the rule of law in Guatemala and is permitted by its mandate to conduct independent investigations and help authorities bring representative cases to trial in national courts. It differs in that regard from international tribunals and is thus an “innovative” effort, Castresana said.After more than three decades of armed conflict came to an end in 1996, illegal security organizations which used to prevent the courts from acting in cases of human rights abuses “have basically been reduced to organized crime” groups, Mr. Castresana said.Last year saw the expulsion of 1,700 people – including 50 senior officials – from the police force, within which there is “a lot of endemic dysfunction and corruption is rife.”Further, he said the CICIG took their case to the Guatemalan president when the Attorney General refused to cooperate with the Commission, which ultimately resulted in the resignation of the Attorney General and the invitation of 10 of the country’s main public prosecutors to leave their positions.“We’ve built up a relationship of trust with our Guatemalan peers,” he said, noting that plans to step up witness protection programmes and create a maximum security prison to house the most dangerous offenders are also underway.However, “there is still 98 per cent impunity in Guatemala, unfortunately,” said the Commissioner of the CICIG, which was established under an agreement signed between Guatemala and the UN in December 2006.Dealing with trans-national criminals including drug traffickers will require “high-impact” courts in Guatemala City, he stressed, since it courts in the country’s interior lack the legal and security protections necessary to try the most sensitive cases. Trying such offenders will also require physical protection “because the environment is very hostile.” The Guatemala City-based CICIG is currently investigating 20 “high impact” cases, and is a complementary prosecutor, along with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, in four of them.Mr. Castresana paid tribute to the governments in the country for their bravery in recognizing the seriousness of the threat to security posed by the presence of regional organized criminal groups He also thanked the international community for their generosity “which is gradually helping Guatemala clean things up with the contribution of prosecutors in Guatemala who are now able to do their jobs, something they were unable to do alone.”The ultimate goal, the CICIG chief said, is not to replace the nation’s democratic institutions, but rather to help build a democracy where the rule of law is entrenched where “citizens have a referee who can resolve their disputes” without resorting to violence.The CICIG, which has a two-year mandate, is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from the international community, receiving over $20 million in donations or secondments of personnel through the end of last year.Based in the capital Guatemala City, it currently has approximately 150 international Guatemalan national staff, most of whom are criminal justice experts with experience in organized crime. 24 February 2009Despite strides made in dismantling organized criminal networks in Guatemala, substantial work is still necessary to consolidate the rule of law in the Central American nation, the head of a United Nations-backed commission investigating the presence and activities of these groups said today. read more

The Warriors Should Be Worried About The Rockets

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight This week on Hot Takedown, we’re joined by FiveThirtyEight editor in chief Nate Silver as we look ahead to the second round of the NBA playoffs and the potential Warriors-vs.-Rockets rematch. Some experts are picking Houston to advance, but our model still favors Golden State. Who’s right? As for the other opening rounds, with the exception of the all-knotted-up Nuggets-Spurs series, the higher seeds seem likely to advance — which leads us to ponder some possible restructuring of the NBA’s playoff format.With the NFL draft starting Thursday, the big question on everyone’s mind is whether the Arizona Cardinals will take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick. We discuss Murray’s draft position and take a look at the draft value of quarterbacks in a year when there aren’t a lot of great QB prospects available. As for the teams in general, is it better to draft for need or draft for talent?We’re also introducing a new segment called “Get Off My Field.” This week, Nate thinks there are too many home runs and strikeouts in baseball.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Chris Herring writes about Russell Westbrook’s continued playoff woes.We’re following the playoffs with our NBA predictions.We eagerly await Kirk Goldberry’s new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA.”Michael Salfino explores the value of different NFL draft positions.We marvel at Giannis Antetokounmpo laughing in the face of the laws of physics. read more

Pippa Middleton granted injunction over photos stolen from iCloud account

first_imgPippa Middleton has been caused “considerable distress” by the alleged theft of photographs and information from her iCloud account, a court has heard.The 33-year-old sister of the Duchess of Cambridge was granted an injunction in the High Court preventing the publication of any of the material stolen from her online account.A High Court judge made the order against “person or persons unknown” after hearing that Miss Middleton and her fiancé, James Matthews, did not know exactly what material had been accessed during the hack. Adam Wolanski, representing the couple, said the hack had been “flagrant and dishonest” and “indeed criminal act” which had caused them both “considerable distress”.More than 3,000 photographs featuring Miss Middleton, members of her family and her friends were allegedly stolen when her Apple’s iCloud account was illegally accessed.Some of the images were understood to feature the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.It was also reported that other pictures featured Miss Middleton, who recently became engaged to Mr Matthews, a hedge fund manager, trying on her wedding dress.The court heard that Scotland Yard launched an investigation into the alleged hack after a journalist from The Sun newspaper contacted Miss Middleton’s representatives to say they had been offered material for sale. 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. The case was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday morningCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP High Courtcenter_img Pippa Middleton On Sunday, it was revealed that website designer Nathan Wyatt, 35, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, had been arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.His three-bedroom house was searched by forensic officers investigating the case.He was subsequently bailed by police to return to a south London police station on a date in late November.Mr Wolanski said the claimants were not concerned that the stolen material would be published by the mainstream press, but by “rogue elements” on the internet or overseas.The hacking of cloud based accounts has becoming increasingly common with more than 100 celebrities reporting that their personal photographs had been accessed and unlawfully posted elsewhere online. Pippa Middleton ‘suffered considerable distress’ following the alleged theftCredit:Dominic Lipinskilast_img read more

EnviroGear Pumps now offers G series sealed internal gear pumps

first_imgEnviroGear® Pumps, part of PSG®, a Dover company and a global leader in internal gear pumps, announces the addition of G Series Sealed Internal Gear Pumps to its product line.  EnviroGear G Series pumps (formerly known as Maag Industrial) use only two moving parts and operate equally well in both directions while providing a positive, non-pulsating flow. Its innovative design provides multiple inlet and outlet positioning, a single end-clearance adjustment and easy drive-end access for ease of maintenance and adjustability. G Series pumps are available in both cast iron and stainless steel and are extremely reliable, durable and cost effective for challenging industrial applications involving both thin and highly viscous liquids up to 431,000 cSt.Interchangeable with 95% of the internal gear pumps on the market, EnviroGear G Series pumps allow easy equipment upgrades with no piping changes, no driver changes, no coupling changes, no flow rate changes and no baseplate changes.EnviroGear will continue to offer its E Series line of seal-less internal gear pumps.last_img read more

Google is building Skypelike features into Chrome

first_imgLast month, when Microsoft bought Skype, Google execs pointed out that the only reason Microsoft got it was because Google backed out of acquiring Skype themselves at the last minute. Part of the reason that Google bailed on the talks was because they figured they could do Skype better in-house. Now it looks like they’re going to. Reports now are that Google is planning a Skype-like video and audio chat service for the Chrome browser.Google recently released a software product called WebRTC (real time chat) as an open-source app that anyone could download, tweak, and work with. Google got the software when they acquired a company called Global IP Solutions back in 2010. Google has already pointed out that the product could be used to integrate video and audio chat into Gmail without forcing users to download a plug-in, as they do now.At the same time though, Google isn’t stopping with Gmail. With the rapid growth of the Chrome browser and Google making a big play to get Chromebooks into the market, they want users to be be able to use video and voice chat regardless of whether they’re logged in to Gmail. According to CNet, Google wants to make WebRTC a web standard for videoconferencing, and is planning to roll it into the Chrome web browser.If you’re worried the software will be exclusive to Chrome, don’t be. Google has already promised to keep the software open-source and royalty-free, and that they’ve engaged the Mozilla Foundation and Opera Software about including the technology with future versions of Firefox and Opera.In the end, Google could scoop services like Skype entirely with a web application that anyone can roll into their web app or personal site. The idea is similar to services that already use Adobe Flash or JavaScipt for webcam chat, but WebRTC wouldn’t even require a plugin be installed first.Read more at WebRTC via Cnetlast_img read more

Taoiseach urged to tell employers to pay staff who cant make it

first_imgTaoiseach urged to tell employers to pay staff who can’t make it in during storm The ISME said many businesses can not afford to pay staff if they do not come to work. Image: Eamonn Farrell Image: Eamonn Farrell Short URL 71 Comments Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 12:24 PM By Michelle Hennessy Share1030 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 52,292 Views Mar 1st 2018, 12:24 PM THE GOVERNMENT HAS been urged to tell employers to pay staff who can not make it to work because of the severe weather over the next two days.People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith criticised companies who are refusing to pay employees who can not get to their workplaces.“In many cases, public sector workers have been told not to show up for work, but in the same workplaces contracted private companies are telling their workers that if they do not show, they will have to take annual leave,” she said.“This is outrageous, potentially dangerous and grossly unfair to the workers involved,” she said.She said in light of advice issued to members of the public to stay home during the storm the Taoiseach should instruct employers to pay workers.“The whole country has been told to do everything to protect themselves from 4 o’clock today,” she told “If people are already in – how will they get home? With contract staff in a hospital say, they won’t necessarily be looked after like the staff who are directly employed by the hospital.”Sinn Féin has already moved legislation on this issue and TD David Cullinane said today it is “utterly incredible that the Taoiseach believes the decision to open or close a business during a national weather emergency is a personal matter”.“We are talking about people’s lives here. Despite this, Leo Varadkar refuses to provide government leadership and direction. He has essentially outsourced the government’s role to the private sector.”His party’s legislation would make it mandatory for all non-essential employees in places of employment subject to the alert are to be allowed to stay away from their place of work until the alert ends, with no loss of holiday entitlements or pay. The legislation would also impose penalties on those engaged in “reckless behaviour” in the midst of a severe weather warning, the TD said today. ‘It’s up to each business’Yesterday, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humpheys said the “paramount and overriding concern” for the government, citizens and employers is safety.“Ultimately, it is up to each business in affected areas to decide whether they will stay open or close. However, when making their decision, I would encourage employers to consider the constraints on public transport and the current and anticipated snow conditions in their local area,” she said.“It is not possible to issue blanket advice about whether a business should close in the event of a Status Red Warning from Met Éireann, because many organisations are engaged in the delivery of essential services.”She asked employers to recognise that demonstrating concern for the welfare of employees and treating employees fairly translates into a better working environment to the benefit of both the staff and the employer.‘The money isn’t there’The Irish SME Association reminded employers they have a duty of care to consider whether it is safe to ask employees to travel to work or to undertake their work.Where a business closure does not occur, it said business should allow flexibility for employees, especially those who have some distance to travel and consideration should be given to how long it will take staff to commute home safely.Speaking to this morning, ISME chief executive Neill McDonnell said there are small business who would not be able to afford to pay workers if they can not come in.“With some small businesses – barbers, cafés, and some man in van services, the payroll cost is over 80% of the business and they might be able to take a one or two day hit, but they are paying people out of money that isn’t there in the business,” he said.“You can’t force a person to take leave, but you can ask if they want to take it as a leave day or they can work up the time at a different point. There are flexible options.”He said many businesses “got a scare” during Storm Ophelia when public transport stopped while some of their staff were still at work. Lessons had been learned, he said, and these businesses made plans and decisions earlier on.Are you working today? We want to hear from you. Email Takeaways and fast food delivery services close due to severe weather>Read: Here are the stores, banks and post offices closing today due to the weather>last_img read more

At least 11 people killed in horrific bombing at busy Somali market

first_img By Associated Press At least 11 people killed in ‘horrific’ bombing at busy Somali market The death toll is likely to rise. Nov 26th 2016, 1:26 PM Short URL Share31 Tweet Email Image: AP A CAR BOMB exploded near a police station in a busy market in the Somali capital today, killing at least 11 people and injuring 16 others, a police official has said.The attack targeted a police station in Mogadishu’s Waberi neighborhood while President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud had been visiting a university, Captain Mohamed Hussein said.He said the death toll was likely to rise, citing the horrific injuries suffered by the victims.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group al-Shabab often carries out such attacks.Medical sources suggested nearly 30 people had been killed, but this was not confirmed by authorities.“Our ambulances have collected 13 wounded civilians and 28 dead bodies, the toll could be higher because of the density of the location where the blast occurred,” Dr Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adem, director of the AMIN ambulance service, told AFP.Al-ShababAl-Shabab, which seeks to establish an Islamic emirate ruled by a strict version of Shariah law, has waged an insurgency against Somalia’s weak UN-backed government.More than 22,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Somalia in the multinational African Union force. Al-Shabab opposes the presence of foreign troops.Despite being ousted from most of its key strongholds in south and central Somalia, the group continues to launch deadly guerrilla attacks against the Somali government and African Union forces across large parts of the horn of Africa nation.Contains reporting from © AFP 2016Read: French presidential race: ‘Who will beat Marine Le Pen?’Read: ‘A greater sense of political power’: the angry, white alt-right are feeling legitimised after Trump’s win 10 Comments 5,896 Views Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 1:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: APlast_img read more

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmingtons New Police Chief Joe Desmond PART 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple recently caught up with Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond, who was appointed to the position on Monday, July 15.Below is part two of a two-part interview. (Read part one HERE.)Question #1: In Town Manager Hull’s initial FY2020 budget, he had budgeted for 4 new police officers, with the hope of adding an additional 4 down the road, allowing for the creation of a fourth police sector in town. Those plans were placed on hold, in part, over staffing needs of the Fire Department. The Police Department hasn’t seen a new officer position added since FY2008. Will the Police Department be getting some new staffing in the near future?Chief: “We think so. There’s only one pie. The Finance Committee has a difficult job to do in picking which priorities to fund each year. I helped Chief Begonis with that staffing plan. We’re certainly willing to work with the Finance Committee and come up with solutions. I think with our responsibilities and the advent of defibrillators and Narcan, the more people we have out on the street, the quicker our response can be. The town is a wonderful town, but because it’s so wonderful, it’s growing rapidly, and we want to be able to maintain the level of service we always do. With that, we’ll need more men, and that unfortunately costs money.”Question #2: Do you think the School Resource Officer program will be expanded to the lower schools? Chief: “Like with anything else, you want to prioritize with the staffing levels that you have. We’ve always felt that an officer in the schools is a very valuable thing. I think the schools will back that up. They rely on us heavily. Our school resource officers get phone calls asking for advice on how to deal with certain things. DARE has taken a back seat as some studies have shown it wasn’t getting a bang for its buck. I certainly look forward to looking at things to see if there is a place for another school resource officer.Question #3: Do you ever see the K9 program being brought back?Chief: “That was a very successful program, but that’s one of those things where you have to pay for the main course before you can get dessert. Unfortunately, until we can offer the necessary staffing levels, it would be difficult to do that at this point because of the training involved. Once we pick a K9 officer, it’s a 6 month training and then more specialized drug training. That officer off the line for awhile. The answer is YES, we look forward to looking at the possibility of getting that back because it was so successful. Eric Palmer was great at it. The dogs he had were fantastic. And it helps the reputation of this police deparmtent in many ways, not only community outreach but actual law enforcement.”Question #4: How do you feel the Department is doing combating the opioid epidemic and helping those struggling with addiction and their families? Chief: “We’ve hired Samantha Reif and she’s been outstanding. We’re seeing the number of overdoses go down. You have to analyze those numbers and peel back the onion — are the OD’s really going down or is the advent of Narcan just preventing the OD’s? We’re encouraged by the direction the numbers are going, but we can’t let our guard down. We have a comprehensive plan to deal with opioids. Samantha, unfortunately, will always be busy. We can’t forget about alcohol. Alcohol is the #1 drug addiction issue that we see. We’re making progress with the opioids and we need to continue. And a lot of people addicted to drugs have duel diagnoses – they have something else going on. Samantha can assist with mental health issues as well.”Question #5: What are your thoughts on the town’s solution of building a temporary platform at North Wilmington station so emergency vehicles aren’t delayed when trains are stopped and the gates are down?Chief: “We appreciate everything our state officials have done to expedite this. There a lot of communities out there that have needs relative to trains and platforms. Moving in the direction of a new platform is great for us. All it takes is one call — if that gates are down and the fire department can’t get through there – even though it doesn’t happen often — it only takes once. We look forward to resolving the issue.”Bonus Question: You currently have two student officers – Sousa and Fitzgerald. How are they doing in their training and when will they officially join the force?Chief: “They’re about halfway through [the academy] and will graduate in the fall. Then they start a 12-week FTO (Field Training Officer) program. From my understanding, they’re both doing well and are great candidates. We’re excited to get them out there. I’m sure they’re excited too. We can count them as manpower after their FTO program.”Bonus Question: Officers Paul Chalifour and Louis Martignetti are retiring in the coming months. Any thoughts on their careers with the WPD?Chief: “I’ve worked my entire career with Paul. Paul was here before me. I’ve worked about 90% of my career with Louie. They’re both great guys. I wish them well. I guess there’s a time when you know it’s time to go. Paul is currently our Community Liaison Officer. That was a new position that Chief Begonis started and it’s one I’m going to continue because it’s a really great point person to deal with community issues as they arise — kinda of like a rapid response position. Louie is a very hard worker. Always professional. Always polite. I’m going to miss them both.”Look for 5 questions with Wilmington’s new Finance Director Bryan Perry tomorrow on Wilmington Apple.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”Wilmington Police Chief Joe Desmond & Deputy Police Chief Brian Pupa Sworn InIn “Police Log”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”last_img read more

Seat Minimó concept brings a twee electric car to Geneva

first_img See All 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata review: Club life isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK 50 Photos • reading • Seat Minimó concept brings a twee electric car to Geneva Seat Minimó concept is all about urban mobility Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Post a comment 0 Share your voice 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Concept Cars Electric Cars As cars become rolling platforms of technology, we’re starting to see them pop up in odd places. CES is now practically its own auto show, and recently, VW Group’s Spanish division Seat unveiled a concept car at MWC, the world’s biggest phone show, in its hometown Barcelona. But now, it’s made its way to the Geneva Motor Show.To be fair, the Seat Minimó concept is only barely a car. Seat actually refers to it as a quadricycle, taking some aspects of cars and blending them with some aspects of motorcycles. It’s a tiny little guy, with enough space for two people and little else. If you want to bring a passenger and a suitcase, you’ll have to stow the suitcase out back, exposed to the elements.As for the interior, it’s on the minimalist side. The doors are hinged to make it possible for you to get in and out in tight spaces, and the front seat slides forward to offer passenger access. The dashboard is straightforward, with your standard steering wheel and brakes, in addition to a gauge cluster screen that appears to double as an infotainment system.Enlarge ImageIt’s like a Renault Twizy, but way less dorky. Andrew Hoyle/Roadshow That small footprint may not help with hauling, but since this concept is built for urbanites, its tiny dimensions should leave it well suited to handle tight corners and busy streets. It also happens to be electric, which means it’ll be no problem in European city centers that have implemented diesel bans or congestion charges for gas guzzlers. The Minimó concept is designed not to be owned, but to be shared — it’s not something Seat envisions living in your driveway. Instead, it will be out and about all day, lending itself to urbanites in need of a ride. To that end, it’ll keep downtime to a minimum thanks to a hot-swappable battery that slides out from underneath the body. Seat estimates this could reduce car-sharing operation costs by some 50 percent, since there’ll be little if any downtime. Its battery is small, but since everything is small, range clocks in at a decent 62 miles.Other bits of the concept’s tech are also aimed at the mobility market. There’s no physical key — access is found digitally, using a smart device. That same device can bring navigation into the car by way of wireless Android Auto. The concept relies on human drivers, but it could theoretically be outfitted to run autonomously, becoming even more efficient by minimizing the time it spends idle. Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Geneva Motor Show 2019 Tags Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mobile World Congress 2019 More From Roadshow 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the USlast_img read more

Rebound in Crude Oil Prices No Threat to Global Economy Say Analysts

first_imgA 50 percent recovery in crude oil prices raises concerns about its impact on global economy, but analysts see more chances of a fall in prices than for a rise.”We do not think that a rebound in oil prices to $60-70 per barrel represents a major threat to the global recovery,” said Capital Economics in a note on Thursday.It says current level of prices is far below the average of $110 (for Brent) seen between 2011 and mid-2014, benefitting the consumers. Besides, the current rebound in oil prices is expected to ease pressure on the producers to a little extent.Brent crude oil prices have recovered to nearly $70 per barrel, up $24 from its January low of $46 per barrel.The recent rebound in oil prices has largely been supported by falling US oil production over the past three months, as drillers idle their oil rigs due to weak prices.However, many analysts say that higher prices will attract the US oil drillers to resume production.”Some US oil producers have announced their intention to scale up their drilling activities again at higher oil prices,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Capital Economics expects the US drillers to increase the active rig count again in the short-term leading to sudden rebound in the US production.Further, the oil market is already oversupplied even before Iran starts exporting oil once the sanctions are eased.Oil prices are likely to come under pressure going into the meeting of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on 5 June in Vienna.In its previous meeting in November last year, the OPEC had rejected the proposals to cut oil production by 30 million barrels per day, which accelerated the decline in oil prices.”OPEC delegates have already hinted that no change to production policy is likely at the cartel’s meeting in early June, meaning that OPEC will continue to produce more than is needed,” Commerzbank added.The dollar is expected to strengthen again on impending US central bank interest rate hike, putting pressure on the oil prices.”We think that oil prices are now more likely to fall than to rise further over the rest of the year. Our end-2015 forecast for Brent remains $60,” Capital Economics added.last_img read more