Centre delaying payments for rural job scheme Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the scopes of 100 days work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) are gradually shrinking due to some restrictions imposed by the Centre.Banerjee during her speech in the Assembly said the opportunities in 100 days work have been reducing in the state due to the Center’s apathy. She also accused the Narendra Modi government of intentionally delaying the payments under the MGNREGA. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe pointed out that the Bengal government has already converged Panchayats and Rural Development department with various other departments like Irrigation and Waterways, Forest, Fisheries and Environment to provide some momentum to the 100 days work in the state and also to ensure that more number of people are brought under the scheme. “The Centre has made some restrictions in some areas as a result of which the scopes of 100 days work have narrowed down in the state. They have a tendency to reduce the opportunities in 100 days work. The people are facing difficulties as there is a delay in the release of funds by the Centre. We have urged the Centre on a number of occasions to clear the dues on time,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe further added: “We have done a convergence between the Panchayats and Rural development department and other departments like Irrigation and Waterways, Forest, Fisheries and Environment in such a manner that more number of people get opportunity. More jobs will be created if the Forest department deploys people under the 100 days work or the Fisheries department provides fingerlings to those who dig up ponds under the ‘Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo’ scheme. We have discussed it during the administrative review meeting on how 100 days work can be implemented through the involvement of various Self-Help Groups.” Banerjee once again reminded the House that the Bengal government has secured first position in the implementation of the 100 days work scheme in the country and also the same position for creating employment. In the construction of rural roads Bengal has topped the list. During a question-answer session, Panchayats minister Subrata Mukherjee in the Assembly said around 33.83 man-days were created by his department in 2018-19 while in the current financial year, 5.73 crore man-days have already been created so far under the MGNREGA.last_img read more

US Japanesebased firms named as prime contractor for BC LNG plant

first_imgVANCOUVER – The international consortium behind plans for a liquefied natural gas terminal on British Columbia’s north coast has awarded the contract to design and build the proposed $40-billion project.A news release from Texas-based Fluor Corp., says it and JGC Corp., based in Japan, have been approved as joint venture contractors for the engineering, procurement and construction of LNG Canada’s planned export facility in Kitimat.The award of the estimated multibillion-dollar contract is conditional on a positive final investment decision from the project partners led by Shell Canada, along with Mitsubishi Corp., Kogas, and PetroChina.A post on LNG Canada’s Facebook page says if the Kitimat terminal moves forward, Fluor and JGC would be responsible for directly hiring the majority of the thousands of skilled workers required during the five-year construction period.Fluor says its team’s design and execution strategy improves the competitiveness and predictability of the Kitimat project and positions LNG Canada for a final investment decision.The final decision was delayed indefinitely by the consortium in 2016 because of a skid in global LNG prices.In addition to construction of the Kitimat terminal, LNG Canada is looking to TransCanada Corp. to build a proposed $4.7-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline to carry LNG from the gas fields of northeastern B.C. to the port for shipment overseas.In March, B.C.’s New Democrat government offered new conditions and tax incentives for the province’s liquefied natural gas projects, including relief from provincial sales taxes, subject to repayment in the form of an equivalent operational payment.LNG projects would also be subject to new greenhouse gas emission standards and would have to pay general industrial electricity rates consistent with other industrial users in B.C., but the framework would repeal an LNG income tax introduced under the B.C. Liberals.Companies in this story: (NYSE: FLR, TSX: SHC)last_img read more

Ban Kimoon pledges to spare no effort to ensure safety of UN

13 December 2007As information continues to emerge about the toll from Tuesday’s deadly bombings in Algiers, which killed a number of United Nations staff members, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today assured the world body’s staff that he will spare no effort to ensure their safety. “Let me assure all UN staff around the world: I will spare no effort in ensuring we provide adequate security for you, wherever you serve,” Mr. Ban said in his second letter to UN staff since the blasts rocked the Algerian capital. “We will look at all possible ways, with all parts of the system, and with Member States, to ensure that this is done,” he added. At least eleven UN staff members are among the dozens killed in the attacks, and several more are injured and missing. Rescue workers helped to remove several UN staff alive from the rubble, and they are now receiving medical treatment. Mr. Ban has dispatched a team of his top aides to Algiers to visit the injured and the families of those national staff who were lost, and also to report back to him on the overall situation. read more

Somalia UN voices grave concern after more aid workers are killed

15 July 2008The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia today expressed grave concern at the rapidly deteriorating security situation in the country after two Somali aid workers were killed on Friday, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that one of its transport agents was shot dead on Sunday. “It is intolerable and incomprehensible that humanitarian workers striving to save lives and alleviate human suffering in one of the most difficult environments in the world are being targeted and killed,” Mark Bowden said in a statement.The two aid workers who died on Friday worked for Somali non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the capital Mogadishu.“It is also very worrying that the general level of violence in large parts of Somalia has been constantly rising this year and has reached unacceptable levels of civilian casualties,” Mr. Bowden said.In Sunday’s incident, militiamen opened fire in the southern town of Buale, killing the WFP transport agent in a local dispute. WFP says that payments are demanded by militiamen for trucks carrying humanitarian assistance to pass the hundreds of checkpoints in South and Central Somalia.So far this year, a total of four WFP-contracted drivers have been killed in Somalia.“We condemn these shootings, and are very concerned that growing insecurity threatens to sabotage the humanitarian response in Somalia,” WFP Country Director Peter Goossens said, adding that violence was rising when more than two million people needed assistance because of drought and high food prices.WFP said today that a plague of kidnappings and attacks on aid workers and members of civil society had broken out in recent weeks. Mr. Goossens warned that all sides to the conflict had to recognize that they would be responsible for the further suffering of innocent people should aid deliveries become impossible.The UN agency said it needed to double the amount of food assistance in Somalia over the rest of the year to feed an average of 2.4 million people per month. WFP says that delivery of food aid by sea is critical and has appealed for naval escorts to ships from piracy. read more

New crossing point opens in UNbacked efforts to reunify Cyprus

“There is hope that the two leaders now can bring this country together and reunite Cyprus,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Alexander Downer said referring to the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders whose talks he has been facilitating in an effort to reunify the island, where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964.“That is possible and the success of this project simply demonstrates that point and I think demonstrates it very clearly. It will require a lot of political will, a lot of political courage and the leaders can rest assured that they will get great support, not just from us in the United Nations, but from the broader international community.”The new Limnitis/Yesilirmak crossing in the northwest of the island required upgrading some six kilometres of road and is the seventh such link facilitating movement between the two communities. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban voiced the hope that it will help strengthen “the climate of trust and goodwill necessary for the UN-supported negotiations to achieve a mutually-acceptable and lasting settlement as soon as possible.” For the past two years Mr. Downer has been facilitating the talks between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterparts, first Mehmet Ali Talat and after April elections Dervis Eroglu, in a bid to establish a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status.Other issues include the economy, European Union (EU) matters and property.Mr. Downer did not underestimate the difficulties in the process and paid tribute to the leaders and the two communities for completing the new project. “I can remember not all that long ago some people saying that this project would never be complete,” he said. “Others said it was a test of whether it would be possible to reunite Cyprus. “That if it wasn’t even possible to build this crossing and to open it, then it wouldn’t be possible to reunite Cyprus – probably a fair point.“But it was of course the pessimists that were wrong and the determination of the two sides that made this possible. And it does demonstrate a point that none of this work here in Cyprus, bringing the two sides together, is easy work.” 14 October 2010A new road crossing between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities was opened today, a step a senior United Nations official said proved the pessimists wrong and raised hopes that the Mediterranean island can be reunited. read more

Findings of US team confirms UN analysis of Iraqs weapons programme

The latest report to the Security Council by the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) includes an initial analysis of the findings of the Iraq Survey Group, led by Charles Duelfer, on Iraq’s chemical, biological and missile weapons programmes.UNMOVIC does state, however, it had been unaware of some of Iraq’s procurement efforts after 1998 which are highlighted in the Duelfer report.Mr. Duelfer (himself a former UN weapons inspector), the Special Adviser to the United States Director of Central Intelligence for Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, and his team shared their findings with UNMOVIC during a meeting on 8 October in New York.UNMOVIC also notes in its report that the Governments of Jordan and the Netherlands have destroyed, under UN supervision, the Iraqi missile engines which had been found in scrap yards in those countries.The UN inspectors also note the deterioration of two weapons sites inside Iraq: The Muthanna State Establishment, Iraq’s prime chemical weapons facility, and Al Qaa Qaa State Establishment, one of the country’s major weapons-related industrial complexes. read more

World must do more to tackle shadowy mercenary activities undermining stability in

Bolster legal regimes, globally and nationally, including the 1989  International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries. “From antiquity to the medieval era to the present-day, those who fight for financial reward or other material compensation have been a near constant on the battlefield”, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Council, noting that the shadowy nature of mercenary activities has evolved over the years. “Today they are exploiting and feeding off other ills such as transnational organized crime, terrorism and violent extremism”, he told the meeting, which was convened by Equatorial Guinea, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month.Their activities in Africa require “work across the spectrum”, Mr. Guterres stated, “from prevention to prosecution, and from mitigating the impacts of mercenary activities to addressing the root causes that give rise to them”.He zeroed-in on mercenary activities in the Sahel, Cote d’Ivoire, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea and emphasized specific actions needed to resist their scourge, including strengthening legal regimes and frameworks. Mr. Guterres vowed that the UN Regional Office for Central Africa and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa would continue to help advance the African Union’s ‘Silencing the guns by 2020’ agenda.He pointed to the importance of cooperation, such as mixed border commissions, joint border security monitoring mechanisms and intelligence-sharing between national defense forces, highlighting as “vital”, strategic partnership between the UN, African Union (AU), Economic Community of Central Africa States and region countries.He also said it was critical to create opportunities for youth to reduce “the lure of mercenaries and the threat of radicalization” – underscoring that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can help with this and more.He concluded with the UN’s promise of continued support in “tackling mercenary activities”. African Union Commission Chair calls for bolstered international support to tackle scourge Speaking via teleconference from Addis Ababa, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, recalled since the 1960s, the continent’s history has been “punctuated by the of involvement of mercenaries in activities of destabilization, including coups, interventions in armed conflicts and attempts to seize control of natural resources in the countries concerned” – endangering the harmonious development of African States.While efforts have been made over the years to combat the scourge, mercenaries persist.  UN Photo/Cia PakTeodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and President of the Security Council for the month of February, chairs the Council meeting on threats to international peace and security.“It is clear that we have to strengthen international instruments as they relate to this phenomenon”, he maintained.Moreover, Mr. Faki Mahamat said he “could not stress enough” the need for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration in countries emerging from conflict.He concluded by calling for “increased international support”.,For his part, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea, said that after more than 50 years of independence, most African countries have yet to know peace or socioeconomic development, “despite the great economic potential they have in natural resources”.“Africa remains the least developed continent” he attested, calling mercenaries one of “the potential causes of this delay”.Mr. Mbasogo spoke of five different attempts in his own country over the last quarter century, with the last attempt thwarted by Angola, Zimbabwe and Cameroon.Speaking on behalf of Rwandan President Paul Kigami, Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera also underscored Africa’s history of mercenaries, saying they have “presented a grave threat to the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity of Member States”.,UN chief recommends actions to combat mercenaries: Increase bilateral, regional and international cooperation, with a focus on border management to stem the flow of weapons and foreign armed actors throughout Central Africa.  Examine the political, economic, social and psychological factors that promote mercenary activities, such as exclusion, poor governance, inequitable public services and no protection for minorities and other vulnerable groups.,He recounted the 1977 definition of mercenaries, which he said “may no longer be adequate to describe” today’s activities “of the worrying increase of transboundary criminal networks…many connected to global terrorist networks”.Rwanda is no stranger to the scourge.“Today, mercenaries are not only involved in active combat, we now see an increase in cyber attacks and industrial espionage carried out by mercenary groups within the comfort of their own homes”, he said.As they continue to evolve and innovate, he argued: “We should not be static in our response” but update existing legal instruments to meet the unfolding challenges. read more

Homes of elderly should be used to fund social care NHS head

The head of the NHS said lack of social care and delays accessing services were now wiping out swathes of NHS capacity – the equivalent of 36 hospitals on any one day.Latest figures show around 18,000 hospital beds filled by patients stuck in hospital for at least three weeks, often without medical need, he said. “A lot of that is attributable to difficulties getting discharged and the social care support that people needs. That is the equivalent of having 36 of our acute hospitals out of action.” The NHS is seeking solutions to help pay for social care The NHS is seeking solutions to help pay for social careCredit:Chris Ryan/Caiaimage The comments come amid argument about whether any future funding increases for the NHS should come via an ear-marked tax.Mr Stevens signalled some enthusiasm for such a course of action, saying it was important to “connect for the public the money they are paying with the service they’re getting”. Highlighting the £1.5 trillion “accumulated housing wealth” held by those in retirement, he suggested any “sustainable” solution would make use of such assets.Allowing pensioners to keep the value of their homes would be “a difficult argument to win,” he said, particularly if the alternative meant an “unbalanced” increase in taxes for working-age adults. 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. “Where people have got resources then that needs to form part of the funding answer,” he said.  And the NHS chief said schemes of deferred payment – which mean councils fund care, and claim back costs from the estate of the deceased – should be used far more widely to become “part of the answer” to future funding.Mr Stevens comments came during an inquiry by the Commons’ Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care committees, into long-term funding of adult social care.It comes a month after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Brits will face a cap on “punitive” social care costs. Pensioners’ homes should be used to fund social care instead of major tax rises on those of working age, the head of the NHS has said.Simon Stevens said the “accumulated housing wealth” held by older generations should be used to pay for their care, saying they were in a “relatively advantaged position” compared to younger generations.The comments to MPs are set to spark a fierce political debate about how to tackle a growing crisis in elderly care.Last year Theresa May’s manifesto pledge to make pensioners pay more towards the cost of social care was swiftly dubbed a “dementia tax” because it would hit sufferers living at home while those with other illnesses would receive hospital care.Mr Stevens said on Tuesday afternoon the assets of the elderly – including their homes – should be used to fund their care, backing schemes which allow councils to reclaim care costs from the sale of pensioners’ property.The Government is due to publish a green paper on social care this spring, which will consider how best to fund care for an ageing population. The Prime Minister is also expected to announce a funding increase for the NHS, as part of a long-term funding plan. Mr Stevens told a House of Commons inquiry: “I think there are big questions about intergenerational fairness and what the right way to raise resources is, given the relatively advantaged position of my parents’ generation relative to my children’s generation.” read more

Government of the DRC reports on mining contract review progress

first_imgThe Ministry of Mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo reports “good progress as it undertakes the final phase of the Contracts Review. Negotiations between the key parties to a number of the 61 contracts are approaching conclusion, although the Ministry does report that some of the contract holders have yet to come to the table with anything meaningful.”H.E. Victor Kasongo, Deputy Minister of Mines, commented, “The process does appear to be working and we have made significant progress so far, although as the deadline of 30 September 2008 approaches, there are still some companies who need to come forward and engage and I urge those whose situations are retrievable to do so, our door is open and we are ready to listen”.Two weeks ago Kasongo advised that of the 61 mining companies in the renegotiation process, 14 had already satisfied all the DRC criteria. Others are approaching finalisation and details of these will be made available once negotiations are complete. However, the Government does note that there has been a certain intransigence on the part of some operators to understand that what might constitute a ‘good deal’ for them does not necessarily mean that the contracts are a good deal for the DRC.The review process has revealed the extent to which some contracts are not viable or have in some way failed on feasibility, adherence to the Mining Code, or have otherwise not realised the terms of business agreed upon at the outset.One example is the Sengamines operation, which owned the rights over 794 km2 of potentially diamondiferous concessions in the Mbuji Mayi region of the DRC, including the Tschibwe kimberlite pipe and several other kimberlitic and alluvial prospects, and is one of the companies which has had its licence revoked.The Sengamines Co has experienced a number of challenges including changes in ownership and management, and it has effectively ceased operations for more than three years, violating the Mining Convention signed with the Government. Further audit and official records have identified that only a proportion of the required and contracted investment entered the DRC legitimately, which may shock the shareholders of the operation who assumed in good faith that the management team were executing to plan.Furthermore, the equipment that is in place was not officially imported, and there were a number of failures in corporate governance and reporting which resulted in an overall lack of transparency.Kasongo said, “The Sengamines situation is an unfortunate one for all parties. At its outset there was a sense of optimism and potential, yet the operation was never properly capitalised and started, and for this and a number of other reasons it fell dramatically short of the Mining Code and our own Mining Convention.“We are committed to ensuring that all mining contracts deliver maximum value and ROI for all stakeholders, as well as employment and revenue opportunities for the Congolese people and businesses. When this cannot be identified and realised then we have to follow the letter of the law and revoke the licence concerned.“When mining contracts are awarded, they are intended for active mining, and if no proper activity takes place then nobody benefits other than perhaps some people in the financial markets – we are having to now adopt a firm policy towards the contracts and licences of ‘Use them, or lose them’.”last_img read more

Celebrating 20 years in fine dry milling and air classification

first_imgEstablished in 1992 RSG Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary next month. The company is an equipment manufacturer, specialising in fine dry milling and air classification systems. Its systems are in operation on all five continents, processing industrial minerals, cement, lime, fly ash, clays and numerous other fine and ultrafine dry products. RSG maintains a state of the art pilot plant for air classification, dry ball milling, crushing and ultrafine grinding. With over 200 successful plants in operation throughout the world some of its notable installations are:ACS-300TD – High efficiency classifier for 50 t/h ultrafine hydrated limeMCS-600 classifiers. – World’s largest fly ash beneficiation plant in South Africa1,500 kW mill – Ball mill and classification system for calcined aluminaUfg-200 – Ultrafine grinding mill system for calcium carbonate (shown here).last_img read more

Marco Silva unsure if Andre Gomes will stay at Everton

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva admits he has no control over what happens with Andre Gomes’ future after a promising start to his loan spellThe 25-year-old midfielder arrived at Everton in August on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona after a difficult two years.After recovering from a hamstring injury, Gomes has since put his Barcelona troubles behind him by becoming an instant hit at Everton.The Portugal international has made seven Premier League appearances for the Toffees with Silva recently expressing a desire to make his stay permanent.But any chance of sealing a deal in January is something that is out of both Silva and Everton’s hands.“It is not something that it is in our hands,” Silva told Sky Sports.“The best scenario to look at is – it is not just in our hands as a club, not just in the hands of Andre, there is a third party as well.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Barcelona are included, let’s see when we can talk about the situation.”On how Gomes settled in at Goodison, Silva added: “I think at first, I agree, he is doing very well.“But what is most important for me is the team and the squad, I think it is not fair just to talk about Andre.“If Andre is doing well then he is helping our squad. He is getting better every time, taking his responsibility in the squad is important for me as well.“But if he is doing well it is because his teammates are helping him since the first day.“He’s enjoyed his first two months but let’s see what we can do. We are working on that, I don’t know if I [will have an] answer in one week or two weeks.”Sixth-place Everton will face Watford at home on Monday night in the Premier League.last_img read more

Miss Teen TCI on the Dangers of Domestic Violence

first_img Meet Miss Teen TCI contestants Results in for 2nd Miss Teen TCI; called a close contest Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Dec 2014 – Miss Teen TCI launches a dramatic presence on Facebook to point to her platform which is standing against domestic violence. Malique Ferrette is set to take off in the New Year to represent the Turks and Caicos Islands on an international level, but before she does, the intelligent beauty is making her presence felt by drawing attention to the dangers of domestic violence. In one of her charges to her followers on social media, Miss Teen TCI says: “Ladies, you are so much more than what ‘they’ say! Your body is beautiful, that mind of yours is powerful. Your potential is more than ‘they’ can ever conceive. Stop what you’re doing and think about that! You are a queen and your worth, unmentionable. Keep your head up and forget ‘their’ words; for they do not capture the splendor of YOU.” Miss Teen Universe Malique Ferrette who won the title in late September, will attend Miss Teen Universe in Guatemala in February. Related Items:domestic violence, Malique ferrette, Miss teen tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Busy holiday weekendlast_img read more

Andeavor Awards KPBSD With 175000 Grant To Fund STEM Programs

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Andeavor presented the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District with a $175,000 grant to go towards STEM programs within the district.. Chelsea Plagge, a Sophomore at Kenai Central High School, and SkillsUSA student will be competing at the national competition, in the culinary division. She is the first student from KCHS to compete at the national level. The competition will be from June 25-29, in Louisville, Kentucky. The school district worked with Andeavor on the grant, which will go towards purchasing materials for the STEM based programs. The district follows a national program ‘Project Lead the Way’ which creates a STEM based curriculum learning experience for K-12 students and teachers. Cameron Hunt, Vice President of Andeavor’s refinery in Nikiski: “It betters our community, and our employees live right here in this community. Whether these students go on to be engineers, or go onto other continuing technical education, that’s going to be good for our state. What’s good for Alaska is good for Andeavor.” center_img The grant will fund three programs in the District: $75,000 to purchase laptops and carts, $75,000 to support the Upstream Middle School Academics and $25,000 to for the SkillsUSA program in the Career and Technical Education program. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. KPBSD STEM programs include Project Lead the Way, Upstream Academy, and KPBSD Career and Technical Education SkillsUSA.  Upstream Academy, funded through Title VI, allows students to take part in weeklong overnight camps which emphasize in STEM based learning. The program allows students to engage in the local career/technical based job fields.last_img read more

Google Fibers secret weapon in its gigabit comeback has failed

first_img 48 Internet Internet Services 1:49 Tags Now playing: Watch this: Here are 5 amazing ways 5G will change our lives over… AT&T Fiber operates in some of the same neighborhoods where Google Fiber deployed in Louisville, so it may provide a comparable alternative for some customers. An AT&T spokesperson confirmed that AT&T Fiber will continue to expand its network in Louisville. AT&T also noted that in late 2018 Louisville was one of the first 12 cities where it deployed its 5G network with mobile hotspots, which can rival some of the lower-speed fiber connections.When Google Fiber goes into a city, it usually spurs competition from other internet providers to increase their connection speeds and provide better customer service. That’s been the case in Louisville, where AT&T and Spectrum have stepped up and offered their own forms of gigabit service, though AT&T charges more for its version and Spectrum’s service features much lower upload speeds. With nanotrenching off the table for Google Fiber, it’s going to have to play the long game more like a traditional telecom provider. Companies like AT&T take a much slower, more measured approach in rolling out new networks, and AT&T thinks of fiber as an investment with a 100-year return.12-google-fiber-louisville Jason Hiner/CBS Interactive Read moreHow Google Fiber launched in Louisville in just 5 months (TechRepublic)The rise and fall and rise again of Google Fiber: A timeline (TechRepublic)Google Fiber is using a secret weapon to outpace AT&T and other gigabit competitors (TechRepublic)Google Fiber just gave up on me — and many of its employeesGoogle Fiber CEO steps down after five months on the jobGoogle Fiber 2.0 targets the city where it will stage its comeback, as AT&T Fiber prepares to go nuclear (TechRepublic)AT&T to Google Fiber: Suck it up, broadband is tough – and get ready to eat our dust (ZDNet) Comments Share your voice Google’s trick to more rapidly and cheaply deploy its super-speedy Google Fiber project has hit a wall, complicating the company’s broader attempt to get its gigabit service back on track across the nation.The internet titan had pinned its hopes on an experiment called “shallow trenching,” which enabled it to deploy gigabit internet in Louisville in just five months and drastically outpace rival AT&T Fiber. But a Google Fiber spokesperson said problems with the process will force Google Fiber to cease operations in Louisville. Google is informing customers Thursday that their service will end on April 15.It’s a massive setback for Google Fiber, which “paused” operations in October 2016 but rolled out in Louisville and San Antonio in 2017 as part of a quiet Google Fiber 2.0 comeback, using cutting-edge techniques to control costs and outflank traditional telecom companies. The service was supposed to be a speedier, less costly alternative to your standard cable or phone provider, but Google encountered the same problem as everyone else: the insane costs of laying down physical fiber lines. In the other 10 metropolitan areas where Google Fiber is still operating — Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Kansas City, Missouri; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Orange County, California; Salt Lake City/Provo, Utah; and San Antonio — it’ll continue to put more fiber in the ground and sign up new customers. A Google Fiber spokesperson also told CNET that it’ll learn from the failure in Louisville and improve its deployments in other cities.Google Fiber installers laid fiber using “shallow trenching” in Louisville. Jason Hiner/CBS Interactive The Google Fiber team cited the experimental construction methods used in Louisville as the reason behind the failure. That deployment technique, called “nanotrenching,” enabled Google Fiber to deploy fiber at greater speed and lower cost.The construction crews for Google Fiber in Louisville were digging trenches only two inches deep on the edges of roads, laying the fiber cables and then filling in the trench with a rubbery liquid that would solidify when it dried. Within several months, though, some of the fiber cables started popping out of the trenches and were lying exposed in the streets. In other cities, such as San Antonio, Google Fiber has switched to “microtrenching,” which uses a similar technique but goes at least six inches deep. The Google Fiber rollout will proceed in San Antonio.16-google-fiber-louisvilleAn example of the “nanotrenching” technique Google Fiber installers used in Louisville. Jason Hiner/CBS Interactive It should be noted that AT&T has been using various forms of shallow trenching since 2009 and hasn’t seen similar issues. Google Fiber’s build quality and customer service also got called into question when a number of Kansas City customers lost service for over a week during a January snowstorm.The Google Fiber team indicated that it didn’t have any plans to continue operations in Louisville, because it would have to rebuild its entire Louisville network from scratch to bring it up to the same standard of service of its other gigabit cities.In notifying its Louisville customers of the shutdown, Google FIber is also letting them know they won’t be billed for the final two months of service. That could be of little consolation to consumers who were thrilled to get the upgrade to an internet connection that features both upload and download speeds that can reach up to 1 gigabit per second — far faster and more consistent than the cable and DSL connections most users will have to go back to. Google Fiber AT&T Googlelast_img read more

Society is in a state of regression Actor Adil Hussain

first_img“It is extremely distressing to hear about the lynching.How can one human being kill another human being. If you want to politicise the issue, you can do. But then for me it is a human point of view,” Hussain said.The critically acclaimed author was in the city to participate in the five-day CMS Vatavaran festival, refereed to the recent incident in Dadri where a man was killed over rumours of alleged beef consumption. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“You are regressing instead of progressing. Politicians should behave themselves and make sure that these kind of incidents do not happen in the future. The Dadri incident reflects a total lack of love and empathy,” Hussain told reporters.The actor, who has worked in international films such as The Reluctant Fundamentalist and The Life of Pi hailed the festival and said any initiative to spread awareness about environment is less. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Any initiative on the environment awareness is less. No matter how much we do is, it is not enough. We have a deep rooted habit of how we behave. These include simple habits which are created in childhood. Our understanding of the environment has to be profound,” Hussain said. Following his love for nature and environment, the actor said he plans to make a film titled Bolia Haathi (The Rogue Elephant) based on a story written by Atul Anand Goswami. The film portrays the relationship between an elephant and a human and explores how one could possibly cultivate sympathy for the other. “It is my dream to make this movie which is based on a story that I had read 20 years back. The film is at the scripting level and producers are also ready. But the only problem that we are facing to get permission to shoot with an elephant.The actor said he was being assisted in the shoot by Parvati Barua, who has received an UN award for her work with elephants.The 52-year-old actor said it was important to take the environment film festival to different parts of the country.“It is not only important to take it all over the country but in every blocks of districts along with the capital cities. The government should telecast these films not only on Doordarshan but also spend some money and allow the private channels to telecast it and spread awareness,” he said.last_img read more

Why am I finding it so hard to write about Australian marriage

first_imgGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalPride Month: How is LGBTQ tourism doing these days?Disappointment for LGBT rights in Taiwan after gay tourism is boomingRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/why-am-i-finding-it-so-hard-to-write-about-australian-marriage-equality/ They have been working behind the scenes to lobby their party and draft new legislation. They plan to cross the floor against their party and vote in favour of marriage equality.The fifth member of this band is a former crocodile hunter (yes, this is real. It is Australia after all) and long-time LGBTI advocate, Warren Entsch.He penned a powerful op-ed in News Limited yesterday and went around telling media that his colleagues don’t have ‘balls’ and all he wants ‘is a bloody vote’. While this candid language is not unexpected from Entsch, it does speak volumes about how close to the precipice they might be to giving a dramatic push on the issue.Given the eggshell diplomacy and strategizing from the ‘rebel MPs’, it sends a clear message. And that is that they’re not going to mess around anymore. But there are so many parliamentary rules that may hold back any kind of vote happening, so I’m just like ¯_(ツ)_/¯I’m concerned we haven’t seen the draft bill and don’t know what exemptions or sacrifices they’ve included. I’m not sure if it rings true to draft legislation formed after an extensive parliamentary select committee on the issue. All sides of the debate were happy with that draft legislation.I think we’ve come too far to compromise now.Things have changed… since this morningSince starting the latest incarnation of this column only a few hours ago there has been multiple developments. Because, of course there has.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called an emergency party room meeting for Monday for the Liberals to make a decision on what will happen on marriage equality moving forward. It turns out having a postal plebiscite is a bit illegal, or something.And then, we found out even if a free vote was held in parliament some Labor MPs would cross the floor against their party and vote no to marriage equality.Maybe they could high-five the ‘rebel MPs’ as they cross the floor to each other’s sides.I spoke on Australian’s first LGBTI radio station earlier this evening, where I said that only a Magic-8 ball could predict what is going to happen regarding marriage equality.How we all feel right nowWe’re at a critical juncture pic.twitter.com/l2XiOqVl6s— Lane Sainty (@lanesainty) August 1, 2017There’s been countless times where we thought we were close before. But there’s something that makes me think we might have a massive week ahead of us.But Australia’s history on marriage equality has taught me not to get my hopes up.This isn’t a game and this isn’t an exercise of power for government MPs to flex their influence. It also isn’t for other parties to leverage this issue in their favour.This is about people’s lives.Grow up Australian politicians. Legislate on marriage equality as soon as parliament resumes.Whatever your views on marriage, we must not let MPs abdicate their legislative responsibilities because recognising equality troubles them.— Senthorun Raj (@senthorun) August 2, 2017To cheer us up, here’s a photo of my dogs supporting marriage equality:Spikie and Vlad support marriage equality GAYSTARNEWS- I’ve sat down so many times to express my frustration at the lack of progress in my home country.I have reshaped and reformed my argument so many times based on political events here and abroad.At first I wanted to express what a distraction it was to focus attention on an issue that could be legislated on and resolved in minutes.Especially as I write stories in a region where things for LGBTI people are much worse than Australia. Some of our closest neighbours face violence, death, prosecution, hate and persecution because of their sexual and/or gender identity.I, like many people feel Australia’s best advocates’ energies are wasted fighting for marriage equality when they could be spent working on achieving basic human rights for LGBTI people in the Asia Pacific.Then every time another developed country was on the cusp of legalizing same-sex marriage, I promised my editor I would publish a response piece as an Aussie waiting for it to happen here (sorry, Tris!).My next angle was going to write about the farcical series of political manoeuvres that have prevented it from happening.If you don’t know, Australia could pull an ‘Angela Merkel‘ – our government could decide to hold a vote on the issue, it could be legislated on immediately and voila, we would all be able to get married.Also important to know the majority of Australians have been in favour of marriage equality for 10 years now. Instead, for years every major Australian party has played ‘political football’ on the issue. There has been some absurd suggestions such as holding a plebiscite (public vote) on the issue. This idea was shut down in the senate.But then another conservative MP came up with the bright idea to have ‘postal plebiscite‘. So, a voluntary postal vote would be non-binding and politicians would still be have to vote on the issue.It’s so stupid and embarrassing. The constant delays and game playing on a basic human rights issue sends a clear message to the LGBTI community. Which is that our leaders do not take the health and wellbeing of the community seriously enough to stop playing games.A new hopeBut some hope has been brewing in the past few weeks. Five Liberal Party (the conservative governing party) politicians have been plotting to introduce their own draft bill on marriage equality.The ‘rebel MPs’ consist of three gay MPs – Trevor Evans, Trent Zimmerman and Tim Wilson aka the ‘Triple Ts’ and a gay senator – Dean Smith. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ever since I started as the Asia Pacific Correspondent for Gay Star News in January I wanted to write an opinion piece about marriage equality in Australia.last_img read more

Italian justice minister says corruption growing

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories In an interview Sunday with Sky TG-24 TV, Severino said corruption is “extremely widespread in a context of great political weakness.”The non-elected technocrat government of economist Premier Mario Monti has slashed public spending, raised taxes and made Italians work longer for their pensions.Corruption probes have rocked regional governments in Rome, the financial capital of Milan, and elsewhere. Several political parties hit by corruption scandals face elections next spring.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img ROME (AP) – Italy’s justice minister is warning that rampant corruption by politicians’ pilfering public funds is reaching unprecedented levels, just as the government is demanding sacrifices from its citizens to keep the country from succumbing to the European debt crisis.Minister Paola Severino says corruption is worse than during 1990s kickback probes, nicknamed “Bribesville,” that brought down an entire ruling class. Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How men can have a healthy 2019 The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

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