25 September 2010Three Pacific Ocean countries today appealed to United Nations Member States to act fast to combat climate change and start mobilizing the resources needed to mitigate the effects of global warming, especially in small island developing States that are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. “Those most vulnerable and those willing to confront the challenges facing us must take leadership in this process by putting forward our own agreement spelling real and ambitious commitments and actions to address climate change – we urge others to follow,” said President Iroj Jurelang Zedkaia of the Marshall Islands during the third day of the General Assembly’s high-level debate.He called for “shovel-ready” climate change adaptation measures that will help small island developing States conserve water and other resources and protect their infrastructure.“It should be a matter of serious concern to the Secretary-General that we are actively contemplating risks to our territorial integrity and UN membership, that we are considering options to safeguard our population’s political rights if our land – and our thin water table – becomes unusable in the face of rising seas,” Mr. Zedkaia said.He also said that overfishing in the Pacific had strangled the Marshall Islands’ development and urged regional fisheries management organizations and UN agencies to identify strategies to assist the islands to realize greater share of benefits from the resource, especially Pacific tuna fishing.Echoing the same message, the Vice President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Alik L. Alik, said delays in adopting a comprehensive and legally-binding agreement to avert global climate disaster was inexcusable.“In Micronesia, we are deeply disappointed in the glacial progress at the negotiating sessions and climate change meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said Mr. Alik.“At the same time, we are growing increasingly alarmed by the prospect of lowering ambitions for the meeting in Cancun, Mexico, later this year,” he added.He said the incidence of illegal unreported and unregulated fishing in the Pacific remains of great concern.“We do maintain high expectations that through the support of the international community we can combat this illegal activity that threatens the sustainability of our fish stocks and deprives our people of the potential economic benefits,” Mr. Alik said.Kiribati’s President Anote Tong told the high-level debate that coastal erosion in heavily populated areas in his country is occurring at a rate that exceeded the Government’s capacity to respond, adding that lack of resources is exacerbating the problem.“Long before our islands are inundated by the rising seas, they will become uninhabitable as freshwater aquifers are contaminated by saltwater intrusion from rising tides,” Mr. Tong said.
Getting Down to BusinessUnder this new role, Passi’s first order of business should be to lay out the vision of what cloud means to Avaya. As I pointed out in this No Jitter post, Avaya has some excellent cloud assets but its strategy isn’t clear. Leading up to the hiring, I asked a number of Avayans what they think the new cloud chief should focus on and I got a mixed bag of answers from doubling down on hybrid, to shoring up the cloud contact center, to building a multi-tenant cloud platform. All of these are valid, but Passi needs to lay out a roadmap, prioritize the different initiatives, and ensure that everyone across Avaya understands the mission.Looking at product, Passi does have some work to do — and it should start with the CCaaS solution, Spoken, which is his sweet spot. Omnichannel is something at which all businesses are looking, but Spoken currently offers only email, chat, and voice channels. For all the success that the Five9’s of the industry have had, CCaaS is still in its infancy, and Avaya has an excellent opportunity to create some differentiation and monetize its massive installed base. Differentiation in contact center can pay big dividends, as businesses care greatly about customer experience, whereas UC is considered by many to be one big sea of sameness.It’s a bit confusing to understand the state of the product set formerly known as Zang. From what I understand, Zang Office (UC) has largely been deprecated and Avaya is using “Powered by Avaya IP Office” to fulfill UCaaS demand. Powered By is a great product, but it’s not a true multi-tenant cloud platform — and that will need to be built. Zang Spaces (for team collaboration) is being used as the messaging front end to IP Office, and Zang Cloud is Avaya’s CPaaS solution that’s offered in a number of countries and doing well. Passi should look at CPaaS and make it more robust. One approach would be to use some of the intellectual property from Spoken to drive CPaaS innovation quickly.The Powered by Avaya IP Office offering is the star of the show and can be left alone for now. This lets customers buy IP Office as a private cloud service from Avaya partners or distributors. Avaya also has a product called Avaya Cloud IP Office, which allows customers to buy the IP Office stack as a public service running as a Google Cloud container that includes some carrier services from the Zang Cloud. Over time I would expect to see the latter made available from AWS and/or Azure for greater coverage. Also, the majority of mid-market seats are driven by the Powered By program and it would make sense for Avaya to pivot this more to Cloud IP Office as that’s more a true public service that can compete with the likes of RingCentral and Vonage. However, for now, Passi can leave these be and focus more on the CCaaS and CPaaS.Making the Tough DecisionsValley rumors are that the company had toyed with buying one of the smaller UCaaS vendors as a way of fast-tracking its way onto the Gartner UCaaS Magic Quadrant. Many of the smaller vendors have old platforms and could require a teardown and re-build. Given the amount of supply out there versus demand, if Chirico is patient, he can likely land a strong acquisition for not much cash. Passi built a modernized platform and can bring a wealth of knowledge to the due diligence process. On the other hand, in the time taken to wait the industry out, Avaya might be able to stand up its own cloud. I could be convinced either way, but that’s why Passi is getting paid the big bucks.One final note to Passi’s new boss, Chirico: Be patient but act with urgency. This may sound like an oxymoron but I’ll explain. Avaya needs to do certain things, so act with urgency to put the people in place to do those things, but then be patient and let them do it. For example, Jim Geary is now in charge of Global Accounts, and it takes time to determine which companies are part of this and what kind of resources should be dedicated to it. Similarly, with Jean Turgeon running verticals, it takes time to establish the right partnerships and put together joint solutions. Expect a lot from him but have the patience to let him do it.Editor’s note: This post has been updated since publication.Tags:News & ViewsCCaaSCPaaSFive9AvayaSpokenCloud CommunicationsVendor News Articles You Might Like See All in Cloud Communications » 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. cloud_600.png Passi_Gaurav_285.jpeg Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. Earlier this week Avaya announced it has hired Gaurav Passi as president of its cloud business group, giving him oversight of Avaya’s cloud product and development, R&D, operations, business development, and product management. The role encompasses all Avaya cloud products, including public and private versions of unified communications and contact center.If Passi’s name sounds familiar, it should, as his most recent stint was with cloud contact center vendor Five9, where he served the role of executive vice president of products and technology.In his new role at Avaya, Passi will report directly to CEO Jim Chirico. He will be responsible for “further accelerating the company’s delivery of cloud-based solutions,” according to the press release, which in actuality means he’ll be responsible for putting Avaya on the cloud map.Filling the VoidPassi fills the void left by the departed Mercer Rowe, who had been at Avaya for less than a year. There was nothing public put out about Rowe’s departure, but sources I have talked to said that Rowe’s execution left something to be desired. For example, the company acquired Spoken to give it a contact-center-as-a-service offering, but by my estimates about 90% of the people have left the company and some of the features inside Spoken weren’t as mature as believed, indicating a bit more due diligence was required. I still think pulling the trigger on Spoken was a good move for Avaya, but knowing what you have upon acquisition makes planning easier. Also, Avaya has thee cloud offerings, including “Powered by Avaya IP Office” cloud, Zang public cloud, and the formerly mentioned Spoken — and Rowe never managed to build a strategy around them.Rowe certainly had a strong cloud background but he didn’t have experience in the communications industry, and this is where Passi can make a difference. Passi was the head technical person at Five9 for five years and before that spent time at Deutsche Telekom, Amdocs, and Ciena, so he’s well versed in both cloud and communications. He may disagree with this, but I believe his biggest achievement at Five9 was modernizing the platform to be truly cloud native with a microservices-based architecture. The new platform enables the company to deliver new features multiple times a day if it wants, rather than having to do it twice a year, as Five9 did in the past. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. Gaurav Passi
A Halton police officer and a citizen have been taken to hospital following a crash in Oakville. It happened on Dundas St. shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday.Police did not provide additional details about the collision but confirmed a Halton police cruiser and a second vehicle were involved in the crash.Dundas St. is closed in both directions from Oak Park Blvd. to Trafalgar Rd. for the investigation.Halton police are asking drivers to avoid the area. More to come…
TORONTO – Royal Bank (TSX:RY) says profits jumped 14 per cent in the second quarter on earnings growth in divisions like Canadian banking and capital markets.The bank reported net income of $2.5 billion, or $1.68 per share, versus $2.2 billion or $1.47 per share a year ago.Filtering out selected one-time items, Royal Bank’s adjusted earnings were $1.63 per share, which was three cents better than analyst expectations, according to a survey from Thomson Reuters.Royal Bank says its capital markets division increased profits by 23 per cent to $625 million on strong growth in corporate and investment banking activity.The insurance division saw net income drop 20 per cent to $123 million affected by changes in Canadian tax laws. Royal Bank profits rise 14 per cent in second quarter by The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2015 5:54 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
New Brunswick budget: Debt keeps rising as Liberals spend on education, tourism by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 7, 2017 1:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Brunswick Finance Minister Cathy Rogers is applauded by fellow legislators after tabling the 2017-2018 provincial budget at the New Brunswick Legislature in Fredericton, N.B., on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James West FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s government is piling on more debt in its 2017-18 budget as the Liberals opt for targeted spending increases rather than a quicker assault on the deficit.Finance Minister Cathy Rogers’ $9.4 billion budget released Tuesday hikes spending by just under four per cent despite the province’s fiscal challenges.“New Brunswickers want their government to get our finances in order, but not at the expense of our social programs,” she said in her budget speech.The deficit is projected to be $192 million by the end of March 2018. The total debt is rising to $14.4 billion — up almost $1 billion from last year’s net debt, although some of that is due to an accounting change.Bruce Fitch, the Tory finance critic, said the government has squandered a chance to stop bleeding red ink after raising sales taxes last year.“They could have balanced the budget this year, but instead they decided to spend it in order to win back … some of the popularity that they’ve lost,” he said.Robert Kavcic, the senior economist at BMO, noted that with debt rising toward 42 per cent of GDP this coming fiscal year, the province has “one of the more challenging fiscal environments in Canada.”The Liberal government says it is still projecting to balance the budget by 2020-21, with Rogers referring to her progress as “a steady, responsible way.”The budget hikes spending on both health and education.It includes an additional $56 million for education, and a funding increase for the daycare assistance parents that the Liberals say will bring the annual total to $20 million, about double levels in 2014.The Liberals say they will also spend $45 million over four years to help universities, with details yet to be worked out after meetings with the four publicly funded institutions.Overall, education spending is set at $1.19 billion, up from $1.14 billion last year.The population of the province crept up less than a per cent to 756,780 people last year, and the province says it is going to spend $2.5 million on various initiatives to boost it more significantly.The budget contains relatively few taxation changes other than a small reduction for small business, which will see its corporate tax rate lowered from 3.5 to three per cent.The province has also committed to bringing in a carbon tax as part of its climate change strategy, but the budget doesn’t reveal when this will happen or how much it will be.The province says about half the hike in total debt is due in part to an accounting change that adds nursing home debts to the provinces’ books, but the government also to plans to spend more on highways and other infrastructure as federal matching funds become available.David Coon, the Green Party’s leader, said he was alarmed at a $2 million cut to the Environment Department — one of few agencies to see their funding sliced — even as the province is hammered by storms he links to climate change.“There’s nothing in the budget related to hardening our infrastructure to better protect New Brunswickers or help us reduce our reliance on expensive fossil fuels,” he said.Economists have been warning for several years that last year’s two per cent rise in sales tax — which the minister said has added about $300 million in revenues this year — won’t sustain the province’s rising costs over time, as baby boomers age and drop out of the workforce.Health care spending is continue to climb to care for the aging population, growing 3.3 per cent — the largest increase in five years — to a projected $2.7 billion, about a third of the total spending.However, Rogers said a recent health accord with the federal Liberal government will help fund the rising costs.Rogers said the province will be adding an extra six positions to train doctors through its agreement with the school of medicine at Dalhousie University.She also said she was to able expand the vaccination program for the human papilloma virus to include boys.As the population ages, the province is continuing to spend on nursing homes, committing to about $58.2 million for construction, maintenance and improvements over three years.The past year has been a difficult one for the province’s economy, with the shutdown of a large potash mine in Sussex and sluggish export sales.Nonetheless, the budget makes optimistic predictions of a turnaround, noting employment has grown by about 5,300 people since June.By the end of March 2018, the province expects interest payments on its debt will be $701 million, the province’s fifth largest expenditure.The debt is about $19,000 for every man, woman and child in New Brunswick.Follow @mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
The report, Green Economy and Trade – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, finds that developing countries with abundant renewable resources are well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities provided by “green” products to increase their share in international markets for sustainable goods and services, according to a news release by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).The report analyzes six economic sectors – agriculture, fisheries, forests, manufacturing, renewable energy and tourism – where trade opportunities exist, and identifies measures, such as policy reforms and certification, that can help developing countries benefit from these markets.“Transitioning to a green economy can facilitate new trade opportunities, which in turn will help to make global trade more sustainable,” Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP).“At the same time, trade in environmental goods and services is clearly an area where many developing countries have a competitive advantage. With the right policies and price regimes in place, developing countries are well-positioned to help drive the global transition to a more sustainable economy.”While still representing only a small percentage of the global market, trade in certified products and in environmental goods and services is on the rise in absolute terms. For example, the global market in low-carbon and energy efficient technologies, which include renewable energy supply products, is projected to nearly triple to $ 2.2 trillion by 2020.“If we are to reverse the global decline in biodiversity, mitigate the release of greenhouse gases (GHG), halt the degradation of lands and protect our oceans, then it is an imperative that international trade becomes more sustainable and contributes to protecting that ‘natural capital’ of economies in the developing world.”The report also identifies area where public and private actions can support developing countries’ where public and private actions can support developing countries’ efforts to access greener international markets.
“Through jazz, millions of people have sung and still sing today their desire for freedom, tolerance and human dignity,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova, said in her message for International Jazz Day, celebrated each year on 30 April. Born in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, jazz is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. But as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock puts it, “the roots of jazz are in humanity.”“Music, and jazz in particular, is an international language that represents freedom because of its origin – growing out of slavery,” Mr. Hancock added in an interview with UNESCO.This year’s celebration of jazz coincides with the 20th anniversary of UNESCO Slave Route Project, consecrated to the theme, “Assume the past, understand the present, build the future together.” Since it was launched in Benin in 1994, the project has aimed to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery, and contribute to a culture of peace. Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;Jazz fosters gender equality;Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.“Music is such a beautiful way to tell stories. And in my mind, the stories we need to tell are the ones that depict the human struggle for dignity and equality,” said the Spokesperson for the Slave Route Project, UNESCO Artist for Peace and jazz musician, Marcus Miller.The main event for this year’s International Jazz Day takes place in Osaka, which in the early 1920’s was considered “Japan’s jazz mecca”. Its key early figures in jazz include composer Hattori Ryoichi and trumpeter Nanri Fumio, who Louis Armstrong nicknamed the “Satchmo of Japan.”“With its numerous jazz clubs and its world-renowned annual [jazz] competition, Osaka is the heart of the modern jazz movement,” Ms. Bokova said.The Day kicked off with a series of jazz education programs, performances, and community outreach, culminating in an internationally broadcast concert from Osaka Castle Park headlined by Mr. Hancock. The line-up also includes Wayne Shorter, Kenny Garrett, Terumasa Hino, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Mr. Miller, among others.All events are organized with UNESCO’s ongoing partner for the Day, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.“Each of the past two International Jazz Day celebrations reached more than one billion people through jazz performances, education and outreach programs, and media,” said Tom Carter, President of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. “This is a phenomenal figure and we believe even more people will participate in 2014.”Coinciding with this year’s Day, the UN Postal Administration (UNPA) is issuing postage stamps and a souvenir card. Designed by UNPA Art Director Sergio Baradat, the stamps will be issued in United States dollars, Swiss francs and Euros. To hear from jazz musicians about the Day, click here.
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. “We understand he had some underlying health issues and was admitted to hospital recently.”We’ve launched an inquiry to understand what happened in the days leading up to his death and to determine if any factors have contributed to his death.” A woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect after a 10-year-old boy was found dead in a caravan.Police and paramedics were called to an address in Blossomville Way, in Acocks Green, at 7.25am on Thursday, following reports a child was unconscious at the address.The boy was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.20am.A 44-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect and remains in police custody, the force said.Detectives are treating the death as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to take place.A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said earlier: “We were called to reports of a medical emergency at a property on Blossomville Way at 7.19am this morning.”Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.”On arrival we discovered one patient, a boy, who was in a critical condition.”He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Heartlands Hospital.”Sadly, it later became apparent at hospital that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.”Detective Inspector Joe Davenport said: “This is a truly tragic incident in which a young boy has been found dead.
Des dents humaines de plus de 200.000 ans en IsraëlPubliée récemment dans l’American Journal of Physical Anthropology, l’étude de dents humaines ou pré-humaines fossiles trouvées sur un site préhistorique en Israël par une équipe internationale, ne permet pas encore d’établir l’espèce à laquelle elles appartenaient. L’enjeu – évolution et migration de l’homme hors d’Afrique – est pourtant de taille.Découvertes dans la caverne de Qesem, un site préhistorique israélien qui a par ailleurs livré nombre d’outils de pierre et de restes d’animaux, ces 8 dents vieilles de 200 à 400.000 ans posent un problème aux anthropologues : appartenant à au moins 6 individus d’âges différents – dont de très jeunes enfants -, elles échappent aux méthodes d’identification habituelles, surtout basées sur les différences entre incisives, canines et molaires d’une même dentition.À lire aussiUn nautile extrêmement rare observé pour la première fois en 30 ans en PapouasiePar exemple, Néandertal a des incisives relativement grandes et des prémolaires bien distinctes des molaires, sapiens a des incisives plus droites, etc. Ici, les éléments trop disparates ne permettent pas cette évaluation multicritères. Les chercheurs espèrent donc trouver d’autres restes fossiles sur le site pour identifier l’espèce humaine qui occupait l’endroit.L’identification de ces dents – qui, élément clé, ressemblent beaucoup à celles d’Homo sapiens ! – pourrait remettre en question nos conceptions de l’évolution de notre espèce, que l’on considère actuellement comme étant apparue en Afrique il y a environ 200.000 ans, et de sa sortie d’Afrique, censée être survenue il y a 60 à 120.000 ans. Le 10 février 2011 à 11:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sodas : une consommation régulière augmenterait le risque de calculs rénauxUne étude américaine révèle que boire trop régulièrement des boissons sucrées telles que des sodas augmente de plus de 20 % les risques de développer des problèmes de reins, et en particuliers des calculs.Si vous consommez quotidiennement des boissons sucrées ou des sodas, une étude pourrait vous faire réfléchir à deux fois avant d’ingurgiter votre prochaine cannette. En effet, selon une étude américaine, boire quotidiennement des sodas augmente de 23 % les risques de faire des calculs rénaux. Quand on sait que la colique néphrétique (due aux calculs rénaux qui migrent dans l’uretère) entraîne des douleurs parmi les plus intolérables répertoriées en médecine, il y a de quoi s’inquiéter. Environ 10 % des Français de plus de 40 ans souffrent de calculs.Une étude sur huit ans Pour arriver à ces conclusions, les auteurs de l’étude parue dans le Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ont suivi 200.000 personnes pendant plus de huit ans.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Notre étude a montré que la relation entre les apports hydriques et les calculs rénaux pourrait dépendre du type de boisson consommée”, concluent les chercheurs.D’autant que les résultats montrent également que les consommateurs réguliers de café et de thé présentent quant à eux bien moins de risques de développer des calculs rénaux que les autres.Le 21 mai 2013 à 14:11 • Maxime Lambert
Michael Bloomberg announcing Anchorage as the recipient of the 2018 Public Art Challenge grant. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)Former New York City mayor, political donor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg was in Anchorage Wednesday, announcing the city is receiving up to one million dollars for a public art project focused on climate change.Listen nowBloomberg spoke to local luminaries, museum staff and city employees in a gallery of the Anchorage Museum, surrounded by contemporary Alaska art and Sydney Lawrence’s iconic “Mount McKinley” painting. The philanthropy program invests in cities that aim to use public art to spur economic development and promote civic dialogue. This year, according to Bloomberg, there were around 200 applicants for the grant.“Today I’m glad to announce our first winner. And as you may have guessed, Anchorage has won the public art challenge, congratulations,” Bloomberg said to applause from the crowd.The money will go toward setting up what the city calls the Solutions for Energy and Equity Through Design Lab, or SEED Lab. It will be housed in an empty building downtown near the museum, which will act as a landlord and partner with the city. The idea is to create something between a think-tank and public art space to design projects focused on climate change solutions, according to Museum Director Julie Decker. Bloomberg sees public art as a catalyst for facilitating urban improvement, something he witnessed during his tenure in New York City.“I’ve always believed from a business point of view that art is a very smart investment for cities. We have a saying at Bloomberg Philanthropies that culture brings capital faster that capital brings culture. And if you want to take a city that’s down on its luck, start by getting some artists there,” Bloomberg said.This is not the first time the city has partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies on a civic project, notably a multi-year grant funding an innovation team at city hall. But the arts are an underdeveloped economic opportunity for the municipality.Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Michael Bloomberg at the Anchorage Museum (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage)“The great works of art in our country, like the Statue of Liberty, they’re iconic,” Berkowitz said. “They remind us of who we are and what we’re supposed to be about. They stimulate the kind of debate that we’re supposed to have. They elevate the quality and tone of our conversation. Anchorage is still looking for that iconic piece of art.”Bloomberg is widely thought to be exploring a presidential run in 2020. He used part of his remarks to address broad national issues, including democratic gains in congress that he has donated money to, as well as campaigns to change gun laws.
Tlingit artist Ricky Tagaban performs as the drag persona Lituya hart as the “Besties for Breasties” drag show and medical fundraiser at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau on September 21, 2018. The event was hosted by The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) as benefit for Lingiìt (Tlingit) language teacher Mary Folletti Daaljíni and may be the first drag show sponsored by a tribal government. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)This fall, Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization hosted its first ever drag show, “Besties for Breasties” a fundraiser for Northwest coast artist Mary Folletti’s breastcancer treatment. Organized by Juneau Chilkat weaver and drag queen Ricky Tagan, the event helped promote inclusivity and acceptance of Two-Spirit community and may be the first of its kind.Language teacher Mary Folletti met Ricky Tagaban through a Tlingit immersion program at Sitka’s Dog Point Fish Camp in the mid-2000s.Over the years the two artists have grown closer.“We just developed from there,” Folletti said.“I’d call you for rides to dance practice,” Tagaban said.The two have collaborated on jewelry, and Tagaban has even helped raise Folletti’s children, weaving a prized Chilkat dance robe for her daughter Enza.In 2010, Tagaban was asked by the late master weaver Clarissa Rizal to study Chilkat weaving, a tradition practiced solely by women, it’s unusual, but because of his gender identity he’s invited to participate. He’s Two Spirit, defined by an Indigenous person of a third gender containing both male and female spirits.Performing as the drag persona Lituya Hart, Tlingit artist Ricky Tagaban wears a Shakee.át headress made created from glitter foam, duct tape, ermine, rabbit fur, and zip ties in place of sea lion whiskers. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)One way he expresses this side of himself, is through drag – where performers blur the lines of gender by donning clothing and embodying characteristics the opposite sex. Tagaban has been exploring this connection of his Indigenous and queer identities through his feminine persona, Lituya Hart, named after the ancestral grounds of his clan at Lituya Bay“Cause with the name Lituya, I always brought my Tlingit self with me,” Tagaban said. “Like that’s always just there.”Tagaban has performed internationally as Lituya, wove Chilkat in high heels at the Anchorage Museum, and brought her to the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Honolulu.“Even if I don’t look Native to people, even if I’m not doing something fiercely traditional all the time, you know I could be doing a pop song, but I’m still Tlingit,” Tagaban said.Last year, Folletti was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer following the birth of her son Carver. Her family set up an online crowdfunding campaign and hosted events to help with the cost of treatment. But the idea to raise money with a drag show, came from Folletti’s wife, Roz Cruise. She knew her coworkers at Tlingit and Haida wanted to host an event, so she suggested it to the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, southeast Alaska’s tribal government. The proposal came to the desk of Richard Peterson who serves as President of Tlingit & Haida.“Welly, you know, usually we stick to auctions and Indian Tacos, so this is a little different,” Peterson said. “I’ve never been to a drag show, so this will be new to me.”Peterson believes Two Spirit people have always existed and played an important spiritual role in Tlingit Culture.“There’s enough that divides us, and so you know I always think about people who already feel marginalized and then you have something that differentiates them you know, more, you know instead of putting that down, let’s celebrate what makes us different and unique,” Peterson said.Dancing to Cyndi Lauper, Juneau artist Ricky Tagaban performs as the drag queen Lituya Hart greeting Tlingit & Haida President Richard Peterson at the “Besties for Breasties” drag show and medical fundraiser on September 21, 2018 at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau. The event may be the first drag show to be sponsored by a tribal government. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)But Peterson says the council isn’t trying to make a statement or be the first tribe to host a drag show. It’s about upholding a family and supporting all of its tribal citizens.“You know, Mary’s dedicated her life to our culture, to language. She’s a part of that “Language Warrior” group that’s revitalizing our languages,” Peterson said. “I think sometimes we gotta warrior up for our warriors. We gotta hold her up right now.”The all-ages drag show, “Besties for Breasties” took place in Juneau’s Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall with an audience of tribal members, elders and non-native community support.Dancing to a song by First Nations DJ Collective group A Tribe Called Red, Lituya Hart took the stage in six-inch sparkly heels.“I had this denim cape that’s shaped like a Chilkat blanket, and I sprayed kind of graffiti Formline on it,” Tagaban said. “So it has a lot of elements of a Chilkat blanket, like the border but with rhinestones and all the fringe is that plastic tubing that’s really pretty with a rainbow pattern.”Tagaban floated along the catwalk, gracefully dancing in the traditional style, before stepping out of his heels and thrashing across stage. In a blinged out Shakee.át headress, Tagaban released down feathers onto the crowd like snowflakes, leaving to give hugs and collect dollar bills from the audience.Mary Folletti and her family cheer on Juneau artist Ricky Tagaban during his performance at the”Besties for Breasties” drag show medical fundraiser on September 21,2018. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)“I couldn’t see much from the crowd but people have told me that people around them just started crying, like crying was like the first response,” Tagaban said. “A lot of men stormed the stage and were dumping money into the buckets. Which I don’t know if that’s their version of crying or approving but I thought it was well received.The fundraiser raised nearly $8,000 for Foletti’s family.“In my mind, everyone should do something like this,” Tagaban said. “Like in 20 years we see Yup’ik drag queens, Yup’ik dancing in drag and Inupiat and Deniana and Gwich’in and Sugpiaq, and Unanganx,”This spring Tagaban won a Rasmuson Individual artist award for his work, and hopes that this is just the beginning. And that one day, this kind of expression will just be normal.
Mathura: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will attend the grand ‘Janamashtami’ celebrations in Mathura. He will stay in Mathura for two days during Janamashtami and perform ‘Abhishek’ at the Krishna Janambhoomi. Janamashtami will be celebrated on August 24 but the week-long celebrations in Mathura-Vrindavan will begin from August 17. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us The cultural programmes will be held at the Ramlila ground in Mathura and near the Vaishno Devi temple in Vrindavan. Special security arrangements were being made for the festival as well as for Adityanath’s visit. SSP Shalabh Mathur has sent a requisition for additional forces that were being called in from Prayagraj, Agra and other adjoining districts for the occasion. The SSP said that an ATS commando squad will also arrive in Mathura on August 22.
Close Perfume and fashion heiress Arlette Ricci was found guilty of tax fraud by a Paris court on Monday 13 April after a high-profile trial.Ricci, the 73-year-old granddaughter of designer Nina Ricci, was sentenced to three years in jail with two of them suspended. She was also ordered to pay a fine of €1m (£0.7m, $1.05m) and faced the confiscation of two properties worth €4m following the conviction.The ruling means Ricci is the first famous name to be brought down in the so-called Swiss leaks scandal, which erupted when a former HSBC employee leaked lists of people who used the services of HSBC bank in Switzerland.Ricci was tried on charges that she hid more than $22m from the French tax authorities using accounts and offshore vehicles.After the verdict was read aloud, Riccis lawyer Jean-Marc Fedida said he had not decided whether to appeal the decision and that he could instead ask the judge whether the heiress could serve the prison term wearing an electronic bracelet.Arlette Riccis daughter Margot Vignat, 51, was also convicted and handed an eight-month suspended sentence.The case was brought after Herve Falciani shared thousands of names of suspected tax evaders with authorities in France in 2008. The French government has shared the list with other governments and more trials are expected to follow.The French authorities last week placed the UK-based HSBC under formal investigation over alleged tax offences by its Swiss private banking arm. The bank said the claim had no legal basis.
The box office success of recent releases “Rustom”, “Sultan”, “Kabali”, “Udta Punjab” and “Housefull 3” seems to be rubbing off on multiplexes also. This is evident from the share prices of PVR and Inox Leisure that have gained over 35 per cent in the last three months.PVR shares were trading at Rs. 1,211.20 apiece at around 3.05 p.m. on Monday (August 22) on the BSE. Based on the closing price of Rs. 864.05 on May 23, the gain is 40 per cent.Similarly, Inox Leisure shares have risen 37 per cent from their May 23 closing price of Rs. 195.45 and were trading at Rs. 268.95 on Monday on the BSE.The upbeat box office collections also mean good business for multiplexes.PVR operates 552 screens at 127 properties in 47 cities across India, while Inox Leisure has 423 screens in India, including the launch of its recent property in Bengaluru in June.Released on August 12, “Rustom” starring Akshay Kumar, Ileana D’Cruz and Esha Gupta has been a box office success, collecting over Rs. 100 crore in just 10 days.Salman Khan’s “Sultan”, which had Anushka Sharma in the female lead, grossed over Rs. 300 crore in five weeks after its release in the first week of July. It has also become the third Bollywood film to enter the Rs. 300-crore movie club.”Mohenjo Daro”, starring Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde, has also earned about Rs. 100 crore in 10 days of release in worldwide box office collections, according to IANS. The film has been directed by Ashutosh Gowariker.Multi-lingual film starring Rajinikanth earned almost Rs. 200 crore in India at the box office since July 22. The movie also did good business at overseas centres.Besides increased footfalls, multiplexes such as PVR and Inox are also expected to benefit from a possible lowering of tax rates as and when the Goods and Services Tax (GST) comes into force.”PVR and Inox pay about 22 per cent net entertainment taxes. With GST rate expected at 17-18 percent, these firms’ taxes would decline, but this benefit will be partially offset by an increase in VAT. Net-net, we expect about 200-300bp EBITDA margin growth for these firms at a GST rate of 17-18 per cent,” BoAML had said earlier in its note.PVR had reported a marginal fall in net profit to Rs. 42.81 crore despite 17.3 per cent rise in revenues to Rs. 570 crore for the quarter ended June 30.
India’s insurance regulator has published a set of new draft rules that will seek to rationalize health insurance cover.A set of new health insurance norms the country’s top industry regulator has proposed seeks to rationalise the rules to provide customers more coverage with fewer exclusions at more cost-effective rates, reports say. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Iradai) has published a draft with six major changes to the rules that could enlarge the coverage and may also affect pricing. The Iradai has sought a public response to the draft before May 31 and wants to make the new laws effective by April 2020.The Iradai draft says that an insurer cannot exclude any illness contracted after the customer has bought a policy. According to an unidentified source that a report on the Mint website cites, currently, other than standard exclusions, some ailments like the Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease are also excluded. The draft seeks to trim the standard exclusions list.To bring clarity to the issue and help customers, the draft limits the list of pre-existing ailments that can be excluded at the time of selling a policy to 17. The draft has tightened the definition of ‘pre-existing ailment’ to prevent customer exploitation. A pre-existing condition is defined as a condition that has been diagnosed by a physician or for which medical advice or treatment had been received. The draft insurance law trims the list of diseases allowed to be excluded brings more clarity intended to benefit the customers. [Representational Image]Creative CommonsThe draft also seeks to remove the exclusion on account of mental illness, internal congenital diseases or genetic disorders. “Health insurance contracts sometimes excluded these ailments even if these ailments were contracted or found out after the policy was taken,” the report quoted Kapil Mehta, co-founder, securenow.in, as saying. “Of course, these ailments are covered only if any of these results in hospitalisation. In case they are identified before buying the insurance, the insurer can take a call whether to ensure the policyholder or not.”In effect, the draft law makes it impossible for the insurance company to deny policy cover for ailments contracted after buying health insurance. It trims the list of exclusions to make policy cover available for more cases. It standardises the list of exclusions to prevent exploitation of customers. The draft allows for a permanent exclusion of pre-existing ailment that was diagnosed at the time of before issuing the policy. The law will allow patients to explore new lines of treatment that emerge because of medical advancements like chemotherapy and stem cell therapy. The law will also seek the enforce a moratorium of eight years for claims against exclusion or prosecuting an insurance offence.There are five types of insurance cover exclusions that the report lists. Three of these exclusions are time bound. The first is the initial 30-day period during which the policy will not entertain claims for any illness. The second is disease-specific and allows insurance companies to exclude claims on certain ailments for a predefined period. The type of exclusion relates to pre-existing ailments in which the disease is excluded in the initial years of up to four years. The fourth type is the permanent exclusion in which insurers exclude certain medical procedures from the scope of the cover: like cosmetic surgeries – unless required due to an accident and requires hospitalisation; medical expenses on account of alcoholism or drug use or birth control; and sterility and infertility. The fifth type of exclusion is item-specific like consumables and other non-medical items.
Share The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing Wednesday on the future of data privacy following revelations that Cambridge Analytica gathered personal information from some 87 million Facebook users.Whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who was the former director of research at Cambridge Analytica, testifies, along with Tufts University associate professor Eitan Hersh and University of Florida Public Utility Research Center director Mark Jamison.Canada-born Wylie provided The Guardian newspaper with documents from Cambridge Analytica earlier this year, focusing on the consulting firm’s alleged unauthorized possession of personal data from over 85 million Facebook accounts.The UK’s Channel 4 also screened undercover investigative videos showing CEO Alexander Nix discussing the use of techniques including honey traps to discredit politicians. Nix was subsequently suspended, and, earlier this month, the firm filed for insolvency.
Stay on target Pinterest is more than a digital mood board filled with healthy recipes, exercise tutorials, and DIY projects.It is also a haven for stressed, anxious, or sad searchers.The social network on Monday introduced a collection of “well-being activities”—from tools to help relax to self-compassion exercises.AdChoices广告Simply search for “stress quotes,” “work anxiety,” or other terms that indicate you’re feeling blue.But don’t expect the usual litany of colorful thumbnails and interspersed ads. These new resources look different from the rest of Pinterest—”because the experience is kept separate,” according to product manager Annie Ta.Search for things like “stress quotes” or “work anxiety” (via Pinterest)“People’s interactions with these activities are private and not connected to their account,” she explained in a blog announcement. “This means we won’t show recommendations or ads based on their use of these resources.”Pinterest also does not track who uses them; all activity is stored anonymously using a third-party service.And, as always, if someone searches for self-harm-related content, they will be directed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline—just two taps away.“The experience is not meant to replace professional care, but it may help someone if they need support,” Ta said.These guided actions—created with the help of emotional health experts at Brainstorm, the Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation—are rolling out to US-based iOS and Android users over the coming weeks.Each practice offers an interactive way to try to improve your mood (via Pinterest)Pinterest is one of the Internet’s greatest time wasters: Just start scrolling, and you’ll re-emerge three hours later having chosen a fresh hairstyle, new bathroom tiles, and a week’s worth of dinners.But life isn’t always so inspiring.According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 50 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder.“Real-life feelings and experiences carry over to our lives online,” Ta wrote, citing the “millions” of Pinterest searches in the US related to emotional health.“Our goal,” she continued, “is to meet people where they are and connect them with tools they can take with them offline and do in their real lives at any time.”More on Geek.com:World Record Egg Cracks Open to Reveal Mental Health MessageDoctors to Start Prescribing ‘Museum Art’ for Better HealthStudy: Quitting Facebook Can Reduce Stress, But Increase Loneliness Microsoft Socl enters public beta to do battle with PinterestSocial media explained with donuts
Firefox 67: automatically unload unused tabs to improve memory by Martin Brinkmann on March 01, 2019 in Firefox – 21 commentsMozilla plans to introduce a new feature in Firefox 67 Stable that aims to improve the browser’s memory usage in low memory conditions.Browsers use a lot more memory than they did a decade ago, partly because websites grew significantly in size and partly because browsers changed as well.It is not uncommon anymore that single tabs may use hundreds of Megabyte of memory, and there are cases where memory usage crosses the 1 Gigabyte mark for individual tabs.Memory usage, especially on low memory devices, is a priority for browser makers. If you run Firefox or another browser on a 4 Gigabyte or 2 Gigabyte RAM system, you may experience a lot of caching if you open enough or the right kind of sites.The concept of unloading tabs in the browser to free up memory is not a new one. Extensions like Dormancy, Suspend Background Tabs, BarTab, or Unload Tab for Firefox (all no longer compatible with Firefox 57 or newer), or Lazy Load Tabs, TabMemFree, or Tabs Limiter for Google Chrome, supported the functionality for yearsMozilla improved tab unloading significantly in recent years.If things go as planned, Firefox 67 will introduce a new feature to unload unused tabs to improve memory. The initial bug report dates back eight years but work on the feature began in earnest just a short while ago.Mozilla plans to unload tabs in Firefox in low-memory situations to reduce the number of crashes that users experience caused by low-memory. The bug lists another scenario, to free up resources, but it is not clear yet if and how this will be implemented.Mozilla uses a simple priority list to determine which tabs to unload when the event fires (from lowest to highest)Regular TabsPinned TabsRegular Tabs that Play AudioPinned Tabs that Play AudioThe feature is already available in Firefox Nightly. It was turned on by default on my system but you can control it with the preference browser.tabs.unloadOnLowMemory.True means the feature is enabled, False that it is disabled. It appears that it is available on Windows only at this point because its the only platform that Mozilla can detect low-memory conditions on according to the bug assignee Garbriele Svelto.Firefox 67 will be released on May 14, 2019 to the Stable channel of the browser according to the release schedule.Google implemented a similar feature in the company’s Chrome browser. Introduced in 2015, Tab Discarding in Chrome discarded tabs from memory if system memory reached a certain threshold.Closing WordsMozilla expects a drop in out-of-memory related crashes in Firefox and plans to monitor these crashes in the coming weeks to test the hypothesis.Now You: How much memory does your browser use, usually? SummaryArticle NameFirefox 67: automatically unload unused tabs to improve memoryDescriptionMozilla plans to introduce a new feature in Firefox 67 Stable that aims to improve the browser’s memory usage in low memory conditions.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
He then formed a band called ‘Vishnu Entertainers’ that goes with him everywhere to perform. The band mainly focuses on Bollywood songs.When a Ladysmith Gazette journalist asked if this was the first time he had visited Ladysmith, he smiled and said, “No, I have been to Ladysmith a few times for other shows.”He was impressed with the Ladysmith Show and the friendly community of Ladysmith. “I had a lovely time here at the Ladysmith Show. The people were all good company and I am hoping to visit Ladysmith again soon,” said Jani. Jani Punjab had the Saturday-evening crowd at the Ladysmith Show dancing the night away to high-energy music…Jani was born and brought up in Pakistan. He then moved to Durban, where he has been living for 16 years. He is married with three children; two girls and a boy.Ever since he himself was a little boy, he always wanted to be a famous singer. He would sing at school concerts, as well as to friends and family, on the road to becoming the star he is today. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite