The national debate on asylum seekers in the last two weeks has drawn a strong reaction from advocates for asylum seekers and refugees.The debate has been stirred by the interception of the seventh boat carrying asylum seekers by a navy ship last week and the explosion on another boat carrying asylum seekers two weeks ago which killed five people.Asylum Seeker Resource Centre CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis, said the claim that Australia is facing a serious problem with asylum seekers is a myth. “Australia has hardly any people seeking asylum in this country compared to what’s happening globally,” Mr Karapanagiotidis said. He highlighted the fact that there is a worldwide increase of 12 percent in people seeking refuge away from their home countries due to the catastrophic conditions in the war torn countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Mr Karapanagiotidis points out that “The hysteria is about having had 260 people seek asylum by boat this year compared to 171 last year. “The Director of the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture, Paris Aristotle, further stressed that Australia’s asylum seekers numbers pale by comparison to other Western countries. “It’s completely blown out of proportion compared to Europe. Greece last year had approximately 15,500 asylum seekers, Italy had over 30,000, Spain had 18,000, the U.K. had over 30,000 same as France. The numbers coming to Australia are dramatically less,” Mr Aristotle said. According to a 2008 report by the United Nations on Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialised Countries, the number of people who sought asylum in Australia was 4,750 and in the last five years there were 18,650. The same report found that out of that number only 2.7 percent came by boat with the overwhelming 97.3 percent arriving in Australia by airplane.“The level of media hysteria is what distorts the problem, some press reports were referring to how well these asylum seekers were dressed as if they don’t have a genuine claim,” Mr Aristotle said. He underscored the irony of Australia committing forces to fight a war against the regime of Taliban in Afghanistan that is considered vile and oppressive yet when people are fleeing from this apparently resurgent regime they are not entitled to seek protection. Mr Aristotle argues that the Opposition is playing politics with the asylum seekers issue with its simplistic stance to a complex issue. He argues that Australians need to show more empathy and that the international community agree on a multilateral approach.Mr Karapanagiotidis is also strong in his condemnation of the position taken by sections of the Liberal Party, accusing them of wanting Australia to return “ to the most shameful time in our treatment of refugees.”The times call for a more humane rather than harsher refugee policy, Mr Karapanagiotidis said.“The people coming by boat to Australia are fleeing for their lives. They are not leaving their countries by choice but by necessity. Talk of this government being soft on refugees is a joke.” Mr Karapanagiotidis explained that the policy of Mandatory Detention has not ended although he concedes that the Labor government is on the right track with their decision to abolish the Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) regime introduced by the Howard government. The TPVs set various restrictions for asylum seekers such limitations on employment opportunities and the receipt of welfare, while the fear of not being granted refugee status and being sent back was always there. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
July 23 will go down in history as one of Greece’s darkest dates.An asymmetrical arrow of wildfires spread uncontrollably while 100km/h strong winds blazed through the Eastern suburbs of Attica crossing one of Greece’s most popular resort spots off the map.The most recent update coming from Hellenic Fire Service spokesperson Stavroula Malliri, has the tally of the dead reach 91 of whom only 59 victims had been identified. Twenty five people are still reportedly missing, six days after the deadly Mati fire that affected at least 2,000 homes.“Another 28 sets of remains, are yet to be identified,” she said adding that four more people that recently succumbed to their burns in local hospitals have not been linked to missing persons from relatives.Ms Malliri went on to request anonymity due to the cause of the fire still being under investigation.People light candles as they gather for a vigil for the victims of wildfires in Mati at Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, 30 July 2018. Photo: EPA via AP/ALEXANDROS BELTESGreece’s navy seals are still searching the waters of the surrounding areas as many people took to the sea seeking cover, which resulted in several people drowning. The investigation, however, was put on hold until the flash storms and tide following the pine forest fires ceased.“There’s fewer of us now than usually,” Bishop Kyrillos of the local Greek Orthodox Church said during the memorial service. “It is the victims of the recent fire that are missing — friends, relatives and acquaintances, next-door people that we saw every day in town and on the beach.”“What words of comfort can you offer the person who has lost their father, their mother, the grandparents in whose arms their grandchildren were found?” Kyrillos added quoting the Holy Synod. “What words of solace can you offer a mother who has lost her baby and left a few flowers on the beach?”Meanwhile, both the Church and the Greek Government are still facing backlash for providing minimal support to the fire-struck community and not assuming responsibility for poor infrastructure and crisis response respectively.Another vigil took place on Monday night in Syntagma Square in Athens, where people lit candles as they gathered to commemorate the victims. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The CW is going to have to bear the weight of four different DC Comics superhero series this year, and if that wasn’t ambitious enough, The Flash is kicking off the season in the midst of Flashpoint, a time travel event from the comics that changed everything.The first look at the third season of The Flash debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday and calls out the comic book story arc by name: The Flash is headlong into Flashpoint!It looks like Barry (Grant Gustin) is in deep trouble, even if his parents are both alive and his friends seem slightly better off than when he left them. It doesn’t look like Barry and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) are on good terms, so Barry probably can’t let Joe know that Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is Kid Flash in this timeline. Meanwhile, Eobard Thawne (Matt Letscher) looks like he knows what Flash did in preventing him from murdering Barry’s mother in the season two finale.Villan-wise, you can spot another dark speedster and a hint at Dr. Alchemy in the teaser.Before releasing the trailer, The Flash production team warned that Flashpoint could cause changes in the other three CW DC Comics shows: Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl (who just migrated from a inaugural season on CBS). Heck, since the show is already leaning so hard into multiple dimensions, at this point we wouldn’t that be surprised if this Flash crossed paths with his cinematic Justice League counterpart. Grant, meet Ezra.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Finance hosted seminars on its Public Financial Management and Performance Monitoring Reform (PFM/PMR) Project, September 18 to 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton, under the title, ‘Strengthening the Delivery of Public Services Using a Centre of Government Approach.’ Parliamentarians, senior public servants, as well as academia, civil society, and businesspersons participated.The aim of the PFM/PMR Project is to strengthen management capacity of the public sector to monitor priority projects and programs more efficiently and effectively, thereby reducing waste and increasing value for money in public spending.Sir Michael Barber, former UK Blair Administration Inaugural Head of the first developed Delivery Unit, presented the seminar topics. Sir Michael is currently a leading global advisor on Delivery Management and Centre of Government Approach.At the private sector seminar, Sir Michael Barber noted that ‘delivery’ amounts to meeting the political needs of voters and taking measures through performance monitoring to track progress and authenticity. He gave UK examples from the Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair administrations on how they strengthened the management capacity of their public sectors to monitor efficiency of priority projects effectively.“One of the major contributing factors to inefficiency in project spending is the lack of centralized infrastructure for decision making, planning and monitoring across national ministries, departments and agencies,” said Sir Michael.“Several other developed countries, including the United Kingdom have adopted a ‘Centre of Government’ approach that revolves around a unit, often located in the Office of the Prime Minister, which provides planning, support and monitoring for these priority projects, to ensure their successful completion.”As the Inaugural Head of the Delivery Unit, developed under the United Kingdom’s Blair Administration, Sir Michael was a key figure in development of the concept of ‘Deliverology,’ which has become “a results-oriented paradigm, for managing these key projects.”And as a current leading global advisor on Delivery Management/Centre of Government Approach, he teaches methodologies that save public resources — protecting public resources by reducing waste, and increasing monetary value in public expenditure.While in The Bahamas, Sir Michael met with the Prime Minister, parliamentarians and senior civil servants along with those stakeholders of academia, civil society and the private sector. He proposed they associate expected outcomes and benefits with the model application of delivery management.Sir Michael contends the meetings increase awareness and acceptance for “the Centre of Government Approach and the Delivery Unit Model that has demonstrated performance improvements.“It is expected that through this seminar series, leaders in government from both the administrative and executive branches will have the requisite background to make an informed decision on the value of such systems to the Bahamian context,” said Sir Michael.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo Caption:Sir Michael Barber, Head of the first Delivery Unit developed under the Blair Administration of the United Kingdom and current leading global advisor on Delivery Management and Centre of Government Approach led seminars for Parliamentarians, senior public servants, and private sector stakeholders on increasing value for money in public spending, September 18 to 20, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton. (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) —
Tax increase, litigation hits Genting Malaysia bottom line in 1Q19 Korea’s leading foreigner-only casino operator Paradise Co Ltd has seen its casino revenue soar by 65.9% year-on-year to KRW57.6 billion (US$51.4 million) in June as the company’s recent resurgence continues.Paradise’s latest monthly results improve upon a 25.2% year-on-year increase in May to KRW51.8 billion, with the June figures also representing 11.1% sequential growth.Table games were the primary source of growth in June, with revenue up 71.8% on the same month last year to KRW54.6 billion and up 15.2% on May numbers. Slot machine revenue declined 33.3% sequentially to KRW3.0 billion, a slight 0.2% increase on June 2017 levels.The strong overall results mean that for the first six months of 2018, Paradise Co’s revenue has grown by 23.7% to KRW296.3 billion (US$264.5 million) following a tough 2017 in which sales were hit hard by a Chinese government ban on tour groups to Korea. Paradise Co, which launched the country’s first IR in April 2017 in Incheon and also operates Walkerhill casino in Seoul, Jeju Grand in Jeju and Busan Casino in Busan, subsequently saw its group-wide revenue fall 8.6% in 2017 to KRW551.9 billion (US$516.5 million), down from KRW603.8 billion (US$565 million) in 2016.In its filing to the Korea Exchange on Thursday, the company also revealed an 18.3% increase in table drop for the first six months of 2018 to KRW2.75 trillion. Load More Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Casino revenue grows 18.5% for Korea’s Paradise Co in May RelatedPosts
Harry Urban, who previously served as vice president of Vance’s interiors media network will oversee Residential Lighting’s transition to Scranton, the company said. It was not immediately clear how many positions were terminated in association with the closures. Walker did not return requests for comment.Scranton publishes several titles, including Water & Waste Digest, Storm Water Solutions and Lawn + Garden Retailer. Vance Publishing has shuttered its décor magazine brands, including Furniture Style, Design & Décor and Residential Lighting.In a memo to staffers, Vance president Peggy Walker attributed the closings to the down economy, indicated that management had “painstakingly reviewed” several cost-cutting options but opted to shutter the décor magazines to improve Vance’s long-term viability.Scranton Gillette Communications, another Chicago-area b-to-b publisher, has agreed to purchase the assets of Residential Lighting. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.According to Vance’s Web site, Residential Lighting carries a circulation of 11,000. Design & Décor’s was 20,000 and Residential Lighting’s was 25,000.
Evans says that while Working Mother has had a few international events over the last decade, many of the brand’s domestic sponsors have large employee bases in other nations and were looking to reach that market.“They wanted us to bring our conferences to women outside the U.S. as we do for their employees inside the U.S.” she says. “It’s challenging to go global, but I can’t think of anything more important that we’ve done in the past 10 years than meeting this customer need.”Working Mother’s b-to-b event, the Working Mother Global Advancement of Women Conference, is sponsored by Intel, Dell, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard, General Motors and others. It is designed to serve companies that want to help their female employees balance work and home, so the strategy for the conference took on a different approach when compared with the brand’s U.S. events, which look to directly target the brand’s core bases of working mothers.“We have about 300 to 400 women who are being sent by their companies,” says Evans. “We’re not reaching out to women in Brazil to come on their own but we’re reaching out to companies in the United States who have large offices or headquarters in Brazil and have a lot of people working in the country. We’re asking them to send their employees.”In comparison, Working Mother’s b-to-c Brazilian conference, the I-NAFE (National Association for Female Executives) Women Leading Business Summit, is sponsored by Avon and designed to attract female entrepreneurs, business owners and those in government positions within Brazil. Evans expects the events to draw a combined audience of over 700 women.“We’re also launching our magazine in two countries this year—Turkey and Indonesia,” says Evans. “They’re both Muslim countries so it’s interesting that Working Mother is going into two countries as a magazine, and that both of those two countries that have stepped forward and said they want Working Mother are primarily Muslim nations.”Evans adds that these global conferences are not used to grow the brand’s U.S. following or presence, but to institutionally grow its global reach to serve its clients.“Working Mother Media’s primary customers are major, global and multi-national organizations that use us to help their employees,” says Evans. “We have a b-to-b and b-to-c platform—our magazine goes to consumers and we sell an enormous amount of consumer advertising to support the magazine and reach our 2 million readers. However, we also have a business-to-business part of our model, which is helping companies with their employee relations and supporting women and people of color with all aspects of work-life-balance. The events make a huge difference—when we have these global companies supporting our efforts outside of the U.S. it provides a deeper customer relationship and we can provide more solutions to them when compared with most media companies they work with anywhere in the world.” With events making up at least a third of its revenue, Working Mother, part of Bonnier Corporation’s Working Mother Network, is expanding its business internationally to include both b-to-b and b-to-c events, and new printed products in the Middle East.The magazine has held numerous events in the United States and a handful overseas throughout the years. As economies and markets become more global, the company will now look to expand its conference series more aggressively in Brazil, in addition to China and India—even extending its print brands in Turkey and Indonesia.“We’re undertaking the global expansion of our conference business, and expanding our whole company globally, because we feel very strongly that we can bring a message about U.S. ideals of work and family balance, while also learning from women in other countries,” says Carol Evans, president and founder of Working Mother. “We’ve been pushed into this global work that we do by our clients—our customers, who are mostly multi-national and engaged in our U.S. conference work, asked if we would take our conferences global.”
Kohli is the fittest cricketer in India but doesn’t compare well with Indian hockey playersRyan Pierse/Getty ImagesIn the last couple of years, the Yo-Yo test has often been in headlines with regard to the Indian cricket team. It is part of Virat Kohli’s determination to take his team’s fitness to the next level. The Kohli-led side has set a benchmark for all its players, without clearing which, they are not qualified for selection in the national side.This unique fitness test was first utilised in European football and was later adopted by various cricket teams. India are relatively late entrants into the Yo-Yo club. It reflects the demands of new-age cricket as well as the determination of the India captain. Not surprisingly, he has been acing the test and leading by example.Not going into the complex details of the test, it basically involves cricketers shuttling between two cones placed 20 meters apart at an increasingly fast pace. The cut-off score for Indian cricketers in this test has been set at 17.5. Those who get an even higher score are considered super-fit. Virat Kohli’s scores in this test have been usually around 19. But in his prime, he has even reached the score of 21.The shocking factSounds impressive, doesn’t it? Of course, you would expect Kohli with his chiselled body and severe control over diet to lead the fitness charts. But would you believe that even the Indian cricket captain – with his near-perfect physique – wouldn’t even qualify as an average athlete if pitted against our country’s hockey players?But it’s indeed true! Hockey India put out a tweet on their official twitter handle on March 23 revealing that the average score of Indian hockey players in Yo-Yo tests is between 22 and 23.5! The fitness of Indian hockey players is very impressiveTwitter/Hockey IndiaImportance of this factIt shouldn’t come as a surprise that hockey players are performing better than cricketers. The very nature of the two sports makes it necessary that the former are more athletic than the latter. But even if we compare the hockey team’s results by the general standards, they are highly impressive.A score of 22 is world-class for an athlete in any team sport. Getting one above that is exceptional. This brilliance of the hockey team is very important as it points to a major change in Indian hockey. Over the last three decades, it was believed that the main reason for Indians not succeeding in their national sport was the inability to match the fitness and speed of other teams.In fact, the defeat of the men’s side in the 2002 Busan Asian Games gold-medal match to South Korea was entirely ascribed to better fitness levels of the victors. The Indian hockey team was even sent to train with NSG commandoes at their base for making them fitter.The fact that hockey players are extremely fit shows that this is no longer an issue. And it is plainly visible. Watching the Indian team in action would make anyone realise that they are as strong and as quick as any other side. This is a major achievement for the Indian hockey community. But, for the results to get better, a few other areas need improvement as well.
Love watching horror movies? Well, the fear or horror can curdle your blood for real, preparing the body for blood loss during life-threatening situations.The results suggest that using the term “bloodcurdling” to describe feeling extreme fear while watching horror films is justified, say researchers, adding that scary movies result in an increase in the clotting protein – blood coagulant factor VIII.To understand this further, researchers in The Netherlands set out to assess whether acute fear can curdle blood. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study involved 24 healthy volunteers aged 30 years or younger recruited from Leiden University Medical Centre.Fourteen were assigned to watch a frightening (horror) movie followed by a non-threatening (educational) movie) and 10 to watch the movies in reverse order.Before and after each movie (within 15 minutes), blood samples were taken and analysed for markers or “fear factors” of clotting activity.The horror movie was perceived to be more frightening than the educational movie, with a 5.4 mean difference in fear rating scores. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe difference in coagulant factor VIII levels before and after watching the movies was higher for the horror movie than for the educational movie.“Levels increased in 12 (57 per cent) participants during the horror movie, but only in three (14 per cent) during the educational movie,” the authors noted.Levels decreased in 18 (86 per cent) participants during the educational movie, but only in nine (43 per cent) during the horror movie.However, the researchers found no effect of either movie on levels of other clot-forming proteins, suggesting that although coagulation is triggered by acute fear, this does not lead to actual clot formation.The term “bloodcurdling” dates back to medieval times and is based on the concept that fear or horror would “run the blood cold” or “curdle” (congeal) blood.“Watching bloodcurdling movies is associated with an increase in blood coagulant factor VIII without actual thrombin formation,” the authors concluded in the journal The BMJ.
Well known Kuchipudi danseuse Meenu Thakur’s disciples, presented a Kuchipudi dance recital nritya aradhana, at Bipin Chandra Pal Auditorium in the Capital recently. Suramya, which is one of the premier institutions of classical dance, organized the event that was attended by a large audience. The young dancers showcased their dancing skills, under the watchful eyes of their Guru Meenu Thakur.The highlights of the event were well-etched out choreographies, Radha Krishna Leela, Trilokarakshini and Maa Saraswati Vandana along with traditional Kuchipudi items like Ganapati Vandana, Jatiswaram, Tarangam and Manduka Sabdam. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe efforts undertaken by Thakur to propagate Kuchipudi dance among non-Telugu speaking learners were evident as the dancers were skilful, artistic and exuberant, excelling in all the traditional Kuchipudi items. While performing Tarangam, the display of intricate footwork on a brass plate by Thakur’s senior disciples, left the audience spell-bound. The pulsating performance, choreographed by Thakur with excellent backstage narration by Supriti Sethi, lasted for more than an hour.The occasion was graced by Commando Surender Singh, MLA, Dr Jeetram Bhatt, Secretary, Hindi Academy, and eminent Gurus, Nalini-Kamalini and Krishan Kumar Sharma, who honoured Thakur and her disciples.
Installing VeraCrypt in GNU/Linux by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on April 30, 2017 in Linux – Last Update: September 14, 2018 – 7 commentsFor those of you unfamiliar with it, Veracrypt is a successor to the encryption software Truecrypt. Truecrypt was suddenly abandonded by the creators, and others decided to take up the responsibility by forking the application and creating Veracrypt.Veracrypt leaves many things untouched from the last working Truecrypt version, however they have added some new features that really bolster the level of security one can make use of. More information about Veracrypt can be found on their website at https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/The InstallationInstalling Veracrypt is extremely simple, and only requires roughly five minutes of your time. Navigate your browser to the downloads page here and select “VeraCrypt Linux Setup 1.19” which is the latest version at the time of writing this.Save the file anywhere you wish, such as your Downloads folder, and then pop open your terminal.Next, we need to extract the setup filescd Downloadstar -xf veracrypt-1.19-setup.tar.bz2lsYou should see a bunch of setup files, you’ll want to run the GUI setup for your Architecture../veracrypt-1.19-setup-gui-x64Then press 1 and hit enter to start the installation, followed by “Q” when the terms and conditions pop up, followed by “Yes” and enter once more. You will then be prompted to enter your root/sudo password, and the installation should only take a brief moment thereafter.That’s it! But, since that was so easy, why don’t we set ourselves up an encrypted container while we are at it?Setting up an encrypted file storage containerHow I find myself describing to people what a container is, is the computer version of a safe, but a safe that you can design to look like something else. You theoretically could make your safe APPEAR to be an .mp3 file, a .JPG, or a text document if you wanted (granted if you have a container that is 20GB in size, that’s an awefully large jpeg…)Setting up a container can take as little as five minutes, or absolute hours depending on some of the choices you make throughout this, and the power of the machine you are using. My intel i5-4210U will process cryptographic processes like a ferrari compared to doing the same thing on a Core2Duo, for example.Pop open your applications menu and find VeraCrypt, usually under “Accessories”.Next, we want to click Volumes > Create New Volume.From there, select that you wish to create a container, and make it standard not hidden on the next screen as well.At this point it’s time to create the file you wish to use as a container. I tend to make mine usually just gibberish names, like “dmbe7363” or something personally; but ultimately you could name it, “Top secret files I want to hide from the government” if you wanted to as well.Once that’s finished, it’s time to select the Algorithm we want to use. I personally am on the viewpoint of, “I’d rather it be as secure as possible.” After all, why am I going through all this trouble, just to make my container something that can be broken into…? So, for my own container I chose a cascade suite of cyphers; AES first, Twofish next and then finishing with Serpent. I’m not going to get into a huge explanation about these, but the general point to get across to you is, “AES is what your SSL and TLS certificates typically use, and is the industry standard military grade encryption.Twofish is even more powerful and complex, albeit a little slower to decode, and Serpent is the grandaddy of slow but beefy encryption.” This suite means that IF an adversary somehow managed to break the AES encryption or find a way past it, they still have Twofish and Serpent in their way, making it extremely unlikely (as long as the rest of this setup is done properly) that anyone will EVER access this file by force.For my Hash Algorithm, I use SHA-512 or Whirlpool typically. SHA-512 was designed by the NSA and is widely considered one of the more secure algorithms for password hashes while maintaining great speed. Now, for the paranoid minded, yes, I did say made by the NSA, however; there is no evidence of any backdoor to SHA-512.The next couple screens are fairly self explanatory, selecting the size of the container you wish to make, and the filesystem used. Simply put, FAT is fine as a filesystem, unless you plan to put files that are larger than 4GB themselves into the container, then you’ll want to select a different format (Although if you selected that option, VeraCrypt will pick one for you!)When asked about creating a password it is absolutely crucial that your password is secure. Your password should be 20+ characters, with no words or repeated phrases or numbers.An example of a secure password is: F55h$3m2K5nb2@$kl%392@j3nm6^kAsmxFC^75$There are various methods for creating and actually remembering passwords like that to be found on the internet. How you create your password is up to you, but remember that the strength of the encryption is absolutely irrelevant if your password is “password123” or something simple!The next screen is going to ask you to move your mouse as randomly as possible within the window. Simply do so until the green bar is completely filled, and then click “Format”.Once that’s done, your container will be set up, and will be ready to go…sooner or later.Once that’s finished, let’s mount the container so we can drop a file into it!First, select a slot and then click “Select File” on the main VeraCrypt screen, and then click “Mount”.Select the file we created, and enter the password.Once that is done, your file will be mounted like a drive, in your file manager! Treat it just like a thumb drive, drag and drop or copy and paste anything you want into it! Once you are done with it, make sure you go back into VeraCrypt and dismount the container!Congratulations! If you followed this guide properly you now have an extremely over-secured and nearly unbreakable as far as we are aware; encrypted container!SummaryArticle NameInstalling VeraCrypt in GNU/LinuxDescriptionMike walks you through the steps of installing VeraCrypt on Gnu/Linux, and setting up your first encrypted container while you are at it.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Read full story: Singapore gets first female president without a vote5. Japanese firm to offer ‘drive-thru’ funeral serviceA Japanese funeral parlour is set to offer relatives the chance to pay their final respects to deceased loved ones without leaving the comfort of their cars.Read full story: Japanese firm to offer ‘drive-thru’ funeral serviceClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! 1. Help police locate missing person25-year-old Xolani Dlamini was last seen on August 31 by his sister.Read full story: Help police locate missing person2. Are you ready for the Dog-A-Thon on Saturday?Young and old are invited to have a good time with their “best friends”.Read full story: Are you ready for the Dog-A-Thon on Saturday?3. Update: Puppy found and back safely with owners in LadysmithThe Essop family would like to thank Kimisha Moodley and Farzana Kaloo for finding their beloved dog.Read full story: Update: Puppy found and back safely with owners in Ladysmith4. Singapore gets first female president without a voteAn establishment stalwart was named Singapore’s first female president Wednesday but the milestone was overshadowed by criticism that her selection was undemocratic after she was handed the job without a vote. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Yesterday, the Oath network automation team open sourced Panoptes, a distributed system for collecting, enriching and distributing network telemetry. This pluggable, distributed and high-performance data collection system supports multiple polling formats, including SNMP and vendor-specific APIs. It also supports emerging streaming telemetry standards including gNMI. Panoptes is written primarily in Python. It leverages multiple open-source technologies to provide the most value for the least development effort. Panoptes Architecture Source: Yahoo Developers The architecture is designed to enable easy data distribution and integration with other systems. The plugin to push metrics into InfluxDB allows Panoptes to evolve with industry standards. Teams can quickly set up a fully-featured monitoring environment because of the combination of Grafana and the InfluxData ecosystem. There were multiple issues inherent in legacy polling systems, including overpolling due to multiple point solutions for metrics, a lack of data normalization, consistent data enrichment and integration with infrastructure discovery systems. Panoptes aims to overcome all these issues.Check scheduling is accomplished using Celery, which is a horizontally scalable, open-source scheduler that utilizes a Redis data store. Panoptes ships with a simple, CSV-based discovery system. It can be integrated with a CMDB. From there, Panoptes will manage the task of scheduling polling for the desired devices. Users can also develop custom discovery plugins to integrate with their CMDB and other device inventory data sources. Vendors are moving towards a more streamlined model of telemetry. Panoptes’ flexible architecture will minimize the effort required to adopt these new protocols. The metric bus at the center of the model is implemented on Kafka. All data plane transactions flow across this bus. Discovery plugins publish devices to the bus and polling plugins publish metrics to the bus. Similarly, numerous clients read the data off of the bus for additional processing and forwarding. This architecture enables easy data distribution and integration with other systems. The team at Oath has deployed Panoptes in a tiered, federated model. They have developed numerous custom applications on the platform, including a load balancer monitor, a BGP session monitor, and a topology discovery application. All this was done at a reduced cost, thanks to Panoptes. This open-source release is packaged for easy deployment into any Linux-based environment and available on Github. You can head over to Yahoo Developer Network for deeper insights into this news. Read Next Performing Vehicle Telemetry job analysis with Azure Stream Analytics tools Anaconda 5.3.0 released, takes advantage of Python’s Speed and feature improvements Arm releases free Cortex-M processor cores for FPGAs, includes measures to combat FOSSi threat
A rust fungus commonly known as“roya” that already has caused losses of more than $100 million in Nicaragua could also affect coffee production in Costa Rica, the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) warned this week.MAG experts estimate that 30 percent of the local coffee harvest could be lost due to the fungus.The most affected area is Pérez Zeledón, a southern region of San José, where 7,000 hectares are infected, followed by Coto Brus (south of Puntarenas) with 3,000 hectares, the Central Valley (500 hectares), the West Valley (118 hectares), Los Santos (southeast of the capital, 50 hectares) and Turrialba (east of Cartago, 40 hectares).Rust fungus (Hemileia vastratrix) affects the leaves of a coffee bush until it completely dries the plant. This fungus is spread by contact from one leaf to another. The fungus does not affect the quality of the coffee but could cause coffee prices to increase.According to MAG, the situation is so alarming that they are studying the possibility of declaring an emergency.Coffee producers are very concerned about the situation and will be holding meetings with MAG officials this week to seek solutions. Facebook Comments No related posts.
Source = The Savoy The Savoy opens The Landing, a new private VIP LoungeThe Savoy Opens The Landing, A New Private VIP LoungeThe Savoy has recently unveiled The Landing, an exclusive, private lounge where VIP clients will be welcomed to discuss the finer details of their forthcoming events. Having long been renowned as London’s most favourite and famous meeting place, The Savoy hosts all styles of occasions from intimate family celebrations to glittering balls, and from corporate functions to charity fundraisers. With the opening of The Landing, both The Savoy and the client will be able to fine tune the arrangements of any proposed event together in a relaxed setting to ensure every detail entirely fulfils expectations.Beautifully furnished and featuring a private bar, The Landing provides a comfortable space in which to peruse a selection of inspirational ideas, images and videos, and bespoke items, presented by both the in-house team, including Savoy Weddings and Savoy Flowers, and recommended external suppliers such as events production company, Ruby J Events, and luxury dinnerware and accessories company, Blue Ribbon. The Savoy prides itself on offering entirely bespoke meetings and events and this additional service will further showcase the infinite possibilities on offer.The Savoy boasts three impressive banqueting rooms and six private dining rooms, ideal for more intimate gatherings. A highly experienced events team, including a dedicated Savoy Weddings team headed up by internationally-renowned social planner, Bruce Russell, are on hand to create a wide range of bespoke events that range from small meetings or celebratory family dinners for as few as eight guests, up to a lavish ballroom reception for up to 800 guests. For a real sense of VIP arrival, The Savoy offers a separate entrance on the quieter Thames side of the building.
Britney Spears puts Vegas shows on hold due to dad’s health FILE – In this April 12, 2018 file photo, Britney Spears arrives at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Spears is putting her planned Las Vegas residency on hold to focus on her father’s recovery from a recent life-threatening illness. The pop superstar announced Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 she is going on an indefinite work hiatus. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 4, 2019 11:27 am PDT LAS VEGAS — Britney Spears is putting her planned Las Vegas residency on hold to focus on her father’s recovery from a life-threatening illness.The pop superstar announced Friday she is going on an indefinite work hiatus.Her residency was scheduled to kick off in February at Park Theater at the Park MGM casino-resort.Spears says she is dedicating her focus and energy to care for her family.The statement announcing her decision says her father, Jamie Spears, has had a complicated recovery after becoming ill two months ago, undergoing emergency surgery and spending several days at a hospital.Refunds for “Britney Domination” shows are available at the point of purchase.Bill Hornbuckle, president of casino operator MGM Resorts International, says the company respects Spears’ commitment to her family.The Associated Press
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