SECO makes your business IoT-ready in three easy steps

first_img Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: fanless and ultra-slim 4K digital signage playerNext powerBridge: 2U 19” system allows signal processing of 48 GigE-vision cameras SECO has put everything in place to showcase the latest additions to its product range to the tens of thousands of expected visitors at embedded world. In addition to its vast array of products and services, SECO will be presenting its IoT-oriented service that aims to convert any business in an IoT-ready business in three easy steps, delivering on the promises of the Industry 4.0 and helping the business unleash its potential, in terms of both process optimization and monetization.Step 1: connecting the business’ machine with SECO smart gatewaysThanks to SECO’s smart gateways, it is possible to provide the customer’s factory with new sensors, and ultimately turn the factory into a Smart Factory. This is made possible by the powerful and flexible CPUs (ARM and x86), full connectivity (2G/3G/LTE, LAN, Wi-Fi, BT) and, most importantly, by rapid integration with sensors and PLCs. By adopting this architecture, the customer’s business can take advantage from machine learning on the edge, with data processing taking place directly on board, without the need for cumbersome client-server communication for data analysis.Step 2: setup of the devices with the Device Manager Web PlatformOnce the customer’s business has been equipped with SECO’s smart gateways, the whole system can exploit the data analysis that takes place on the edge. This happens both automatically, through routines implemented by machine learning algorithms, as well as by human intervention. Through the Device Manager Web Platform, also accessible via mobile, the customer can indeed control and configure devices, manage sensors, actuators and the operating system, not to mention software updates and API requests. For the customer, this means that his product is always updated thanks to the possibility of further expanding its potential with over-the-air software releases by SECO – something which greatly extends the lifetime of the product itself. This, combined with smooth integration with CRM, Analytics and ERP, boosts the business’ efficiency to the highest degree. As the cherry on the cake, the customer can benefit from the insights of machine learning algorithms in the form of predictive maintenance. In other words, through extensive analysis of the data coming from the sensors deployed in the factory in phase 1, the system can extrapolate the lifetime of the product and anticipate anomalies before they happen. This not only reduces the downtime of machineries, but also decreases the costs of running the business.Step 3: monetizing data with value added servicesThanks to all this, the factory becomes smart, with relevant consequences in terms of monetization. The main result is the opportunity for the business of entering the aftersales market, providing value-added services to its customers. This is made possible not only because of the optimized process, but also the faster time to market, enabled by increased productivity and the reduced downtime that the business achieves with the new insights coming from machine learning-driven data analysis. Among these new monetization opportunities are consumables management and, most importantly, the service of predictive maintenance that the business is now able to deliver to its customers. All in all, the business is finally capable of enhancing the customer experience and profits out of it, opening new, untapped revenue streams.With a much larger stand than in previous years, in addition to its complete solutions for the industrial domain and IoT, for the very first time SECO will also host the UDOO product line and applications for makers, educators and IoT designers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Copa America 2019: Messi penalty, Armani save secure lucky draw for Argentina

first_imgLionel Messi scored from the penalty spot to salvage a 1-1 draw for Argentina against Paraguay in the Copa America on Wednesday as his side rode their luck to cling on to hope of reaching the quarter-finals.Richard Sanchez put Paraguay ahead in the 37th minute, firing into the bottom corner after a lung-bursting run from Miguel Almiron down the left wing.Argentina captain Messi levelled in the 57th minute after a handball by Paraguay’s Ivan Peris which no-one on the pitch appealed for but was spotted by a VAR review.Paraguay were awarded a spot-kick of their own a few minutes later but Derlis Gonzalez’s shot was saved by Argentina keeper Franco Armani, who was lucky to avoid a red card when he fouled Gonzalez outside his area at the end of the first half.Argentina are still bottom of Group B with one point from two games but they could progress to the last eight with a win over third-placed Qatar in their final group game on Sunday.The result ensured Colombia clinched top spot in the group on six points after they beat Qatar 1-0 earlier on. Paraguay are second on two points.Argentina’s caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni made four changes to the team that were beaten 2-0 by Colombia, which included dropping Sergio Aguero. While they were more solid, they lacked creativity throughout.Their best move came when substitute Aguero chested down a cross and laid it off to Lautaro Martinez who hit the crossbar on the volley. The ball fell to Messi but the captain’s shot was tipped away by Paraguay keeper Roberto Fernandez.advertisementMessi was preparing to take the resulting corner when the referee went to consult the screen and then ruled that Martinez’s shot had struck the outstretched hand of Peris.The Barcelona forward, who is searching for his first trophy with Argentina after losing four major finals, blasted in from the spot but his goal threatened to be cancelled out when Nicolas Otamendi fouled Gonzalez with an awfully timed tackle.Yet Argentina enjoyed a third slice of good fortune as Armani came to the rescue by punching Gonzalez’s spot-kick away, and the River Plate goalkeeper also saved a later free kick from Matias Rojas.”I think we improved the poor image we left after the first game,” Argentina striker Martinez told reporters.”We have a very difficult game ahead of us to qualify but we’ll give it our all to reach the next round.”Also Read | Ex-UEFA head Michel Platini released in Qatar World Cup probeAlso Read | Copa America: Brazil jeered again at home after 0-0 draw against VenezuelaAlso Seelast_img read more

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When Ayrton Senna proved only too human at 1988 Monaco Grand Prix

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Niki Lauda chats with his team in the pits, including the designer Gordon Murray during the Monaco grand prix in 1978. Photograph: David Phipps/Motorsport Images Share on Twitter “We became good friends,” he says. “Although he was very intense about his racing, he was relatively quiet and almost religious sometimes outside the racing. We trusted each other and worked together very well. He loved setting the car up for qualifying. I would manage the session. We had a very simple system of me standing up on the wall with a stopwatch and watching for gaps to send him out.”In 1988 at Monaco it worked to perfection and Senna was untouchable that weekend until that single lapse during the race. The mistake shocked Murray but Senna’s reaction did not.“I knew Ayrton well and he would have been so angry with himself because his concentration and his precision and dedication was so intense,” he says. “To do something like that would have destroyed him completely. He didn’t want to face the team but not through embarrassment. I have told drivers: ‘If you do crash the car don’t come back to the pits because I don’t want to see you.’ Drivers who do that a lot don’t want to face the team but not Ayrton. He would have been so upset with himself he would have wanted to contemplate that. He was that sort of guy.” It is 25 years since Senna was killed at Imola in 1994 and this week the sport had to deal with another great loss when Niki Lauda died on Monday at the age of 70. Lauda won at Monaco twice during his career and more than understood what an achievement it was. He said his qualifying lap for pole here in 1975 left him trembling at its conclusion. Lauda will be honoured in tributes before Sunday’s race and with a minute’s silence on the grid. He drove for Brabham in 1978 and 1979 and Murray mourned the loss of “a good friend, a remarkable individual and a talented driver”. He was, like Senna, a driver Murray says was able to extract more from a car than seemed possible.“I have worked with several drivers that are so calculating they can see in their mind how much quicker they can go,” he says. “Niki was one. He went out in one qualifying session and did a good time, came back in and said: ‘That’s as quick as I can go.’ Then he sat in the car and after 15 minutes told me he thought he could find another half a second. He put another set of tyres on and did it. He had gone through the lap in his head and found the time. Ayrton could do that, the guys who are that good can do that.”The remarkable career of Murray, who is now 72, reached extraordinary heights of technical and engineering achievement but when he considers Monaco 1988, his relationship with Senna and his untimely death, it is the man at the heart of the machine he remembers. “Ayrton wasn’t just a sporting loss,” he says. “I had lost a friend; it really, really hurt.” No Formula One race rewards bravery and commitment quite like threading the needle on the streets of Monaco with its looming walls that can bite even the best. For Ayrton Senna it was the scene of perhaps his finest ever lap and then, a day later, his nadir as the streets of Monte Carlo proved he was only too human.Senna won in Monaco six times, the most successful driver at the race which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. He won in 1987 for Lotus before taking five consecutive victories between 1989 and 1993, all for McLaren. The one that got away was 1988, and it was in his hands, not least because their car that year was the all-conquering MP4-4, technical director Gordon Murray’s remarkable feat of engineering that would win 15 of 16 races that season. Lewis Hamilton takes time out after death of ‘close friend’ Niki Lauda Share on Messenger Reuse this content Read more features Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Senna took pole in 1988 with a sublime lap he later described as almost not driving consciously, operating wholly on instinct. He was 1.427sec in front of his teammate Alain Prost, a startling differential. On race day, he flew into the lead and had a 55sec advantage on Prost on lap 67 when a momentary lapse of concentration saw him spin into the wall at Portier. He climbed from the car and walked straight back to his home in Monaco, not contacting the team until that evening.Murray remembers the weekend well and just what Senna had done to put in that breathtaking lap. “Everybody was stunned at his qualifying,” he says. “Everybody. Even the team who were used to him. Success at Monaco in particular is absolutely proportional to the courage. It’s precision and courage. Commitment on the braking points and placing the car on the apex. Qualifying was a combination of those two things.”Murray, who grow up in South Africa and came to the UK to work in car design, made his name at Brabham in the 1970s and early 80s with his innovative and advanced, often revolutionary cars. In the team run by Bernie Ecclestone and on a shoestring budget Murray returned wonders, with Nelson Piquet taking two titles for them in 1981 and 1983. Then, persuaded by McLaren to become their technical director in 1987, he had the resources to make an indelible mark. He was in charge for three drivers’ and constructors’ titles in a row before stepping away from Formula One at the end of the 1990 season. McLaren and Senna made it four in 1991.Murray tells his story in great detail in One Formula – 50 Years Of Car Design, which has just been published by Porter Press. Remembering his time at McLaren before this weekend’s Monaco GP he recalls the relationship he developed with Senna.center_img Twitter McLaren Topics Formula One 2019 Pinterest Ayrton Senna Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Mercedes as sharp as ever for Monaco despite emotionally difficult week Formula One Share via Email Share on Pinterest Motor sportlast_img read more

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Government Supports Sustainable Transportation in Windsor

first_imgWindsor residents will have a new way to get to the waterfront and local businesses with support from the province’s sustainable transportation grant program, Connect2. Municipal Affairs Minister Chuck Porter, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Aug. 27, $18,250 to create a multi-use connector between Water Street and the waterfront. “From shopping at local businesses, to the annual pumpkin regatta, this area is a vital part of the town’s economy and the overall Windsor experience,” said Mr. Porter. “This project will make it easier for residents to leave their cars at home, and instead walk or cycle to do their shopping or take part in festivals and events.” Connect2 support is being provided to the Town of Windsor, with additional funding from the Windsor Business Enhancement Society. “This is a project that has been talked about for decades and there are many people excited to finally see it come to fruition,” said Windsor Mayor Anna Allen. “The connector trail will open up our waterfront to the downtown and we believe it will become a major focal point in the town.” Connect2 aims to create and promote active transportation options for trips of two kilometres or less between community hubs in rural and urban parts of the province. This year, Connect2 will invest more than $600,000 to support 21 projects across the province. All projects will be completed by the end of March 2019. For more information about Connect2, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation .last_img read more

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In Imranera Pak military retains dominant influence over foreign security policies US

first_imgWashington: During Imran Khan’s tenure as prime minister, the Pakistani military has retained the dominant influence over foreign and security policies of the country, according to a US Congressional report. The report prepared for US lawmakers by the bipartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) said Khan had no governance experience prior to winning his current office and analysts contend that Pakistan’s security services manipulated domestic politics during elections with a motive of removing Nawaz Sharif. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Khan’s “Naya Pakistan” vision which appeared to animate many younger, urban, middle-class voters emphasizes anti-corruption and creation of a “welfare state” that provides better education and health care, but his effort has foundered due to the country’s acute financial crisis, and a need for new foreign borrowing and government austerity, the report said. “Most analysts see Pakistan’s military establishment continuing to retain dominant influence over foreign and security policies,” it said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The CRS is an independent research wing of the US Congress, which prepares periodic reports on issues of interest for lawmakers. Its report are for meant for US lawmakers to make informed decision and not considered as an official report of the US Congress. The CRS said that many analysts contend that Pakistan’s security services covertly manipulated the country’s domestic politics before and during the election with a central motive of removing Nawaz Sharif from power and otherwise weakening his incumbent party. A purported “military-judiciary nexus” allegedly came to favour Khan’s party. “Election observers and human rights groups issued statements pointing to sometimes ‘severe’ abuses of democratic norms, and the unprecedented participation of small parties with links to banned Islamist terrorist groups was seen to embolden militants (Islamist parties won a combined 10% of the national vote in 2018),” the CRS said.last_img read more

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Halifax man set to face jury trial in death of Montrealborn yoga

first_imgHALIFAX – More than two years after a Montreal-born yoga instructor was found dead inside her Halifax home, a trial was scheduled to begin for her former partner Tuesday.Nicholas Jordan Butcher is expected to face a jury trial in the death of 32-year-old Kristin Johnston.She was found dead on March 26, 2016, at her Oceanview Drive home in Halifax’s Purcells Cove district.Police have said Butcher, who is charged with second-degree murder, was in a “domestic relationship” with Johnston.Johnston was not yet 30 when she left Montreal for a new life in Nova Scotia. She opened a Bikram yoga studio in downtown Halifax, gaining a reputation as a kind and determined businesswoman with what friends described as a “magnetic” personality.Renowned Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, a good friend of Johnston’s, has said she “radiated from the inside out.”“She lived life to the fullest,” according to Johnston’s obituary in Montreal’s The Gazette newspaper.“From hiking in the Himalayas, skydiving in New Zealand, snorkeling in Fiji, salmon fishing in Tofino to energetically running a hot yoga studio in Halifax, her enthusiasm was contagious.”Butcher, in his mid-30s, is being represented by lawyers Peter Planetta and Jonathan Hughes, while Crown lawyers Carla Ball and Tanya Carter are prosecuting the case.Justice Joshua Arnold will preside over the Nova Scotia Supreme Court trial.Last fall, on what would have been her 34th birthday, studios across Canada held memorial classes to raise funds for a bursary in her name at the Haven’s Come Alive program on Gabriola Island, B.C. It was the second year for the fundraiser.“Like every homicide, this is a tragic case. Ms. Johnston was a young lady in the prime of her life and it’s very unfortunate what happened,” Halifax Regional Police Supt. Jim Perrin said after her death.last_img read more

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One dead in small plane crash on BCs Sunshine Coast fire chief

first_imgSELMA PARK, B.C. – The pilot of a small plane has been killed, but his three passengers were able to walk away after a crash near the Sechelt airport in British Columbia on Thursday.Sechelt fire Chief Trevor Pike says the plane came down in heavy brush and forest just minutes after taking off from the airport.Pike says the three passengers were able to get out of the fuselage and made their way to the local hospital even before emergency crews even arrived on scene.The chief says officials don’t believe anyone saw the single-engine Cherokee Piper 140 come down, but several people heard the crash.Pike says a search was launched after the crash was heard, and a helicopter crew spotted the wreckage shortly afterwards.Sechelt is northwest of Vancouver on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast.last_img

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Ontario Saskatchewan premiers to meet in Saskatoon about carbon tax economy

first_imgSASKATOON – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is bringing his anti-carbon tax crusade to Saskatchewan.Ford is to meet with Premier Scott Moe on Thursday to discuss the federal government’s carbon tax plan and the economy.“My friends, I am so excited to tell you I’m heading to Saskatchewan to see my friend Premier Scott Moe — he is a champion,” Ford said on Twitter Wednesday.“We have a strong united front against the worst tax ever — that is the carbon tax.”Ford said Ontario and Saskatchewan are going to stand up to what he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tax and spend policies.“We are going to get his hand out of your pocket and start putting money back into the taxpayers’ pocket,” he said in a video with a gas station in the background. “See everyone in Saskatchewan.”Ford’s Progressive Conservative government is challenging the federal government’s carbon pricing plan in court.Saskatchewan contends that a federal carbon tax could potentially reduce the province’s gross domestic product by billions of dollars with little effect on emissions.Moe’s government has asked Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal to rule on whether the federal plan is unconstitutional.Ford’s meeting with Moe is only one stop on his road trip.The Ontario premier is to speak Friday at a “Scrap The Carbon Tax Rally” in Calgary at the invitation of Alberta United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney.Kenney, the leader of Alberta’s Opposition, has promised to repeal the province’s carbon tax if his party wins the 2019 spring election.The former federal Conservative cabinet minister was also active on social media Wednesday with a post that shows a map of Canada. Provinces that oppose the carbon tax are shown in blue, including Saskatchewan, Ontario, P.E.I. and Manitoba.The post contains the slogan: “The Growing Anti-Carbon Tax Alliance. Alberta Coming in 2019”.Earlier Wednesday, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced that his government is scrapping its plan to bring in a carbon tax in December.Pallister announced a year ago he would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate.He said the province was pulling out completely because Ottawa has not backed off on threats to backstop Manitoba’s tax with its own, higher rate.last_img read more

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Leonard Cohens poem Kanye West is Not Picasso gets social media buzz

first_imgThis file photo taken on January 16, 2012 shows Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen, left, and rapper Kanye West (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images and AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO — Leonard Cohen aimed his proverbial pen at Kanye West as he crafted a collection of poems in the final months of his life.In the recently published book “The Flame,” which also includes lyrics and illustrations by the late Canadian literary and music star, is a piece titled “Kanye West is Not Picasso.”Dated March 15, 2015, the poem is a cheeky point-counterpoint narrative surrounding the boastful nature of the hip-hop star, who once declared onstage: “I am Picasso.” The poem had social media abuzz on Thursday as West visited the White House.“Kanye West is not Picasso. I am Picasso,” starts Cohen’s poem. “Kanye West is not Edison. I am Edison. I am Tesla.”The poem contains a couple of expletives, and also mentions rapper Jay-Z.“Kanye West Is Not Picasso” by Leonard Cohen, from Cohen’s new book ‘The Flame.’ pic.twitter.com/w5lUfkjdYv— S H I R E S’ $Hit Show (@amandashires) October 11, 2018“Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything. I am the Dylan of anything,” says the poem. “I am the Kanye West of Kanye West. The Kanye West.”Poems in “The Flame” are said to have been selected and ordered by Cohen himself.It’s billed as the final volume of poems from the distinguished Montreal native, who died in November 2016.In the foreword, his son Adam Cohen writes that the volume “was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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New Brunswick premier off to Toronto to court more cybersecurity jobs

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant is off to Toronto this week in an effort to attract more cybersecurity jobs to his province.Gallant will meet with officials of Siemens, who are looking for a location to build a “global centre of confidence” in cybersecurity.“Obviously we believe that we have the assets and a cluster that is second to none in North America for a business like Siemens to be able to invest in their global centre of confidence in cybersecurity,” he said.Gallant said the centre would include dozens of high-paying jobs, with the potential for dozens more during a second phase.“There are some ‘i’s to dot and ‘t’s to cross, but we’re very positive, and Opportunities New Brunswick has been working very closely with Siemens, who completely understand what we have to offer here in New Brunswick when it comes to cybersecurity, the cluster we’re building together, the strong workforce and innovative economy,” he said.Siemens already has a large presence in the province with facilities to develop smart-grid technology.Gallant said attracting Siemens’ new centre to New Brunswick would, in turn, help attract other major companies to locate their cybersecurity programs in the province.New Brunswick is becoming a cybersecurity hub with major investments by companies like IBM and TD Bank, and the Canadian Cybersecurity Institute at the University of New Brunswick.Last month, the TD Bank Group became the first Canadian bank to join the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity as a founding partner.Frank McKenna, deputy chairman at TD and a former New Brunswick premier, said protecting online data is “mission critical” for the bank because it is under constant attacks from hackers.He said the bank plans to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in the institute and will open an office on site with up to 20 employees to start with. The institute’s cybersecurity graduate students will work with TD technology teams to develop new ways to detect and deal with online threats.There have been reports that estimate the global cost of cybercrime exceeded $600 billion last year.“We really believe that cybersecurity is, unfortunately, a major challenge for businesses, organizations and countries around the world moving forward, which makes it a huge economic opportunity as well,” Gallant said.last_img read more

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Registration nearing a close for Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride

first_imgOrganizers realized that not everyone can bike 150 kilometres, so they added a 75 km bike race, a 10 km run, and a 5 km walk to this year’s program. In 2016 and 2017 the event had 18 riders and collectively raised $38,000 for the Foundation.To register for the Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride click here. The deadline for residents to register is July 23rd. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Tour of the Peace Charity Bike Ride is weeks away from closing registration.Tour of the Peace is a charity bike ride that aims to raise funds and awareness for children living with type-1 diabetes. The event teams up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation every year in hopes of one day finding a cure.The event includes a 150km bike ride as well as a family-friendly barbecue at the end of the race. The bike ride starts at Peace Island Park and follows highway 97 and 29 all the way to Hudson’s Hope. The bike route is shown below:bike route. photo by Joanna Webster.last_img read more

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Speaker Ryan to Trump: Muslims Are Our Best Allies to Fight…

New York – US House Speaker Paul Ryan distanced himself on Tuesday from Donald Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.The Republican party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee said that Trump’s statements are not what his party stands for, and more importantly not what the United States stands for.“This is not conservatism. What was proposed yesterday is not what this party stands for, and more importantly is not what this country stands for,” Ryan said.  The sitting House speaker went on to point out Muslim’s contribution to defending America and upholding its constitution and the values it stands for.“Not only are there many Muslims serving in our armed forces, dying for this country, there are Muslims serving right here in the House, working every to uphold and defend the constitution.”“Some of our best and biggest allies in this struggle and fight against radical Islam terror are Muslims, the vast, vast, vast, vast majority of whom are peaceful, who believe in democracy, freedom, individual rights,” he added.Ryan statement comes after the controversial US presidential candidate Donald Trump released a statement on Monday in which he called “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”Trump repeated his Hitler-like proposal at an event in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday night, as well as in an interview with CNN on Tuesday morning. read more

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Sri Lankan PR firm wins Asia Pacific award for RTI campaign

Speaking on the win, Irvin Weerackody, Chairman, Ogilvy Group Sri Lanka, said: “Once considered a stepchild in the marketing world, Public Relations is now a potent tool in marketing and of course in championing public service initiatives. Ogilvy PR has been tremendously successful in the use of best practices in PR in crisis management and strategising public service campaigns over the last few years. The campaign for the Right to Information Act is such an example, and a landmark campaign. Apart from winning the Platinum award for the best in Asia Pacific, the ‘Uncover the Truth’ campaign draws attention to a new law in Sri Lanka that forced disclosure of information held by public authorities and has given hope to the relatives of victims of human rights violations, and many others.It was hailed asa great example of a public service campaign by Paul Holmes, Founder of the Holmes Report and Chairman of the SABRE Awards, in light of a recent controversial PR campaign done in South Africa to incite racial tensions.”“It is excellent to see the creativity of Ogilvy Public Relations, combined with TISL’s cutting edge work on RTI recognised through this regional award” said Asoka Obeyesekere, Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka. “We are still only scratching the surface of RTI’s potential impact. This award serves as a reminder of the essential need for innovative communication on citizen rights.”Ogilvy Public Relations Sri Lanka, further has the distinction of being the only Sri Lankan PR Agency to win a Global SABRE Award, which will be presented in Miami, USA, on 25th October, 2017. Every year, the SABRE competitions across the globe recognise the 40 most respected and effective PR campaigns from around the world and Sri Lanka’s ‘Uncover the Truth’ campaign is selected as one of the top 40 best PR campaigns in the world for the year 2017. This year’s accolades received by the agency reign as the biggest global and regional recognitions received by a Sri Lankan PR campaign. Ogilvy Public Relations Sri Lanka is the first and only PR Agency in the country to win the Platinum ‘Best-in-Show’ Award, earning it the crown of the best PR campaign in the Asia Pacific awards show, which saw entries from Australia, Japan, India, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and many others in the region. Ogilvy Public Relations Sri Lanka succeeded in finishing ahead of 1,200 of the best award entries from across the Asia Pacific region at the SABRE APAC Awards held in Hong Kong.The agency’s ‘Uncover the Truth’ campaign for Sri Lanka’s Right to Information Act won two Certificates of Excellence, a Gold Award in the ‘Charities and Not-For-Profit’ category and the Best-in-Show’ campaign at the SABRE APAC Awards 2017. This campaign for Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) focused on educating the Sri Lankan public on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which came into effect on 4th February, 2017, after nearly two decades awaiting parliamentary sign-off. The PR campaign titled ‘Uncover the Truth’, was executed in partnership with the Neth FM radio station and its online channels, to promote the Act’s usage among the public.“The ‘Uncover the Truth’ campaign beat out four other Platinum-nominated campaigns for ‘Best in Show’. Last week was a proud moment for all of us in Ogilvy Asia Pacific. Thank you, team Sri Lanka for making us so proud,” said, Scott Kronick, Ogilvy Public Relation’s President and CEO for Asia Pacific. The SABRE Awards Show is the world’s largest and most sought after public relations awards competition, which recognises superior achievement in Branding and Reputation Management in North America, Latin America,Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), South Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions. The SABRE Awards is hosted by The Holmes Report, the authoritative voice of the global public relations industry, dedicated to proving and improving the value of public relations by providing insights, knowledge and recognition to public relations professionals. The SABRE Awards attract over 5,000 entries from more than 60 countries. The winners of the Global awards are the elite of the elite, representing the best in categories ranging from social media to social responsibility, from public affairs to employee communications. These 40 campaigns represent the best of the top 1%, a selection of work that PR professionals around the world can be proud of.Ogilvy Public Relations Sri Lanka, previously won the country’s first In2 SABRE Award at the SABRE APAC Awards 2016, for ‘The Vote Scam’ campaign done for Verite Research. Established in 1999 in Sri Lanka, Ogilvy Public Relations is the largest and most awarded PR firm in the country. It is part of the Ogilvy Group in Sri Lanka and the local office of the global PR network, Ogilvy Public Relations, with over 80 offices across the world. read more

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UN trade chief welcomes breakthrough in export talks between rich and poor

The decisions adopted last weekend by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to end export subsidies and reduce import tariffs around the world gives a welcome push to the deadlocked Doha negotiations that is of great importance to developing countries, especially in agriculture, the United Nations trade chief said today.The round of talks on a Development Agenda was launched in 2001 in Doha, Qatar, but ran into an impasse over rich countries’ export subsidies for their agricultural products, which developing countries said distorted the market for their own primary products. The talks broke down last September in Cancun, Mexico.”It is encouraging that the decision brings the Doha negotiations back on the right track by focusing on the core agenda of multilateral trade negotiations of importance to developing countries, involving agriculture, non-agricultural market access and services,” the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Rubens Ricupero, said in cotton-exporting Benin.The West African country is the coordinator of trade affairs for the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs).Mr. Ricupero said he expected that the promise that cotton subsidies “would be addressed ambitiously, expeditiously and specifically” would be fulfilled for the benefit of the African LDC cotton producers already losing export income because of the subsidies to exporting cotton farmers in rich countries.In the resumed Doha negotiations, UNCTAD would continue to give technical and analytical assistance to developing countries working to “derive development gains,” he said. read more

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UN chief calls on DPR Korea to continue to abide by Korean

“The Armistice Agreement is still valid and in force. The terms of the Armistice Agreement do not allow either side unilaterally to free themselves from it,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York.He added that the Secretary-General reiterates the validity and importance of this “critical agreement,” on the 60th anniversary of the pact that ended the war between DPRK and the Republic of Korea.“The Secretary-General calls on the DPRK to continue to respect the terms of the Armistice Agreement, as it was approved by the General Assembly,” Mr. Nesirky stated. According to media reports, the DPRK Foreign Ministry last week said it was cancelling the armistice after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution in which it imposed another round of sanctions to punish Pyongyang for its latest nuclear test.Mr. Ban had welcomed the adoption of the resolution, calling its measures “effective and credible,” and added that the Council had sent an unequivocal message to the DPRK that the international community will not tolerate its pursuit of nuclear weapons and related acts. read more

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Football Ohio State vs Nebraska – By the Numbers

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) hands the ball off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) in the third quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorLINCOLN, Nebraska — No. 9 Ohio State came away with yet another dominating win, beating up Nebraska 56-14. This was the fourth consecutive game in which Ohio State won by at least 30 points and scored more than 50. Here are some key statistics to take away from the game. 8.8 – J.K. Dobbins’ average yards per carry. True freshman J.K. Dobbins proved once again why Ohio State coaches and fans alike ought to be excited about the future. This was Dobbins’ third straight game with an average of more than 7 yards per carry, and fourth overall on the year. On the very first drive of the game, he had carries of 8, 7 and 52 yards, the latter of which resulted in a touchdown. For the rest of the game, he seemed to be having his way with defenders, making the Cornhuskers miss or fail to stop him on his way to racking up 106 yards on 12 carries.This game was just the latest in what has been a remarkable true freshman campaign for the running back. Dobbins currently sits at 10th on the list of leading rushers with 669 yards on the ground this year. Heading into the year, Dobbins said he believed he could compete at the collegiate level, but that he expected to find a bit more of a challenge this far into the year.“I knew I would get a lot of success, but this early is a little shocker,” Dobbins said.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the first quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe somewhat surprising thing about this week was that this was the third week in a row where Dobbins had either equal to or less than the total number of carries redshirt sophomore Mike Weber had. Weber has outcarried Dobbins 41-31 over the last three games, despite Dobbins averaging 8.2 yards per carry and Weber averaging just 4.5 yards per carry. It is possible the Buckeyes are just trying to limit the amount of snaps Dobbins sees so he is well rested in his first full season. 15 – Nebraska first downs. The Cornhusker offense’s dreadful start continued for most of the game. Through the first half of the game, Nebraska managed to tally just five first downs, four of those coming on the last two drives of the half. It got to the point where the Nebraska fans gave a standing ovation for the second time their team moved the chains with roughly seven minutes remaining in the half.The constant pressure applied by Ohio State’s defensive line prevented nearly any running plays from finding any modicum of success while simultaneously pressuring the quarterback into hurried decisions and inaccurate — or short — pass attempts. The Cornhuskers’ offensive line is a young, inexperienced one, and it showed on the field. The Buckeyes should not expect to see many other offensive lines like this one, particularly not in its next matchup when it takes on one of the stronger, more veteran lines in the country in Penn State. But if it can continue to apply ample pressure on opposing lines, the impact the defense can make on the success of an opposing offense is evident.303 – Passing yards by Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee. For all the success the Buckeyes had against Nebraska, it did not come from the passing defense. Ohio State allowed at least 300 passing yards for the third time this season, and the first time since Week 2 against Oklahoma. Before Saturday, it had gone four games without allowing more than 100 passing yards. But Lee was able to pick apart Ohio State’s secondary for much of the second half, totaling 207 yards on 11 successful passes in 15 attempts. Overall, he finished 23-for-38 with 303 yards and two touchdown passes — both coming in the second half. Since the bulk of the damage was done in the second half when Ohio State’s starters were leaving or had left the lineup, it is not an area of extreme concern. However, what stood out to Meyer more than anything was the chunk plays allowed by his defense as it allowed Lee to complete six passes for 15-plus yards.“I look up on the board and saw 300 yards passing, so I’m sure there’s going to be some issues to deal with,” Meyer said. “Too many big hits in the pass game against our defense.”25 – Average starting field position for Nebraska. In a perfect world, Ohio State should feel comfortable relying on its kickoff specialist. But this season, that has not been the case. Head coach Urban Meyer has often spoken up about his team’s inability to kick the ball down the field, and that trend continued Saturday. Though the Cornhuskers did not return a single kickoff for a touchdown or into Buckeye territory, four times they were able to move out to their own 29-yard line or farther. The game opened up poorly as well, with freshman kicker Blake Haubeil booting the ball down to the six-yard line where it bounced and rolled out of bounds, resulting in a penalty that spotted the ball at the Nebraska 35-yard line.The end numbers look all right, but watching the game live, it was clear the problems on kickoff linger with the team. It took kicking into the wind for Haubeil to send the kickoffs out for a touchback or far enough back that a kick couldn’t be returned for more damage. In this final tune-up before a critical game against Penn State, a team who uses Heisman Trophy-hopeful Saquon Barkley as its kickoff returner, Ohio State needed to demonstrate improvements on kickoffs to convince many that a meltdown on special teams wouldn’t happen again. Now with no games remaining until the matchup with the Nittany Lions, the Buckeyes can only hope that the wind is blowing in their favor.Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the first quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor0 – Punts from Ohio State. This is one of the only kind of zeros Ohio State can take pride in. The Buckeyes’ offense was incredibly efficient all night long, failing to score touchdowns on only one drive, led by the two backup quarterbacks. As long as quarterback J.T. Barrett was in the game, the Buckeyes marched down the field and put up seven points. So while redshirt freshman punter Drue Chrisman has been a reliable player when he has been called upon, Saturday was not the day for him.After the game, Barrett said he spoke with Chrisman on the sideline in the 50-degree temperatures and discussed the game. “I did talk to Drue towards the end of the game,” Barrett said. “He was like, ‘It’s cold out here on the sideline, huh.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, I didn’t punt tonight.’ I almost wanted to say I apologize, but I didn’t.”With a challenging remaining schedule coming up, Ohio State should not count on many more games without a punt. The unit will be called on frequently and Chrisman will be asked to flip the field for the defense. But as long as Ohio State can lean more on the kickoff specialist and less on the punter, the team should be putting up plenty of points and competing in the conference. read more

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NHS blunders claiming 11000 lives every year amid blame game culture

Eleven thousand patients a year may be dying as a result of NHS blunders amid a “blame game” culture between staff, health chiefs have warned.A new safety strategy says thousands of lives may be being lost – with older patients most likely to fall victim – because errors are being repeated as medics “close ranks”.NHS leaders will on Tuesday unveil plans to save 1,000 lives a year within five years, under a radical strategy to ensure all staff – however junior – are trained to act if they spot risks. Officials will say that conservative estimates suggest that 11,000 lives a year may be being lost across the country, as a result of safety failings – at an annual cost of £1 billion.Every hospital will be required to have a dedicated expert, who all nurses and doctors can approach, in a bid to prevent “cover ups” and stop tragedies being repeated.And all staff – including cleaners and porters, as well as doctors and nurses, will be trained in how to respond to patient safety incidents, in order to ensure that risks are detected more quickly. Dr Aidan Fowler, NHS director of patient safety, will urge the health service to embrace a “just culture” – ending a “blame game” where staff have too often closed ranks. The strategy says previous attempts to reduce risks to patients have failed because of a “mistaken belief that patient safety is about individual effort.” 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. However, it says the changes will not protect those who are guilty of malicious failings, or not fit for practice. The plans also say staff should be given more support if they speak up about errors. A new national patient safety reporting system will allow staff, patients and families the chance to report incidents on their mobile phones. Instead, everyone working for the health service will be trained under a “patient safety syllabus” which aims to ensure all workers respond quickly and openly when risks are spotted. The 82-page strategy sets out ambitions to save almost 1,000 lives a year by 2023/24. The plans, to be launched at a conference in Manchester, include efforts to use technology to halve the number of drug errors and prevent falls in hospitals, by doing more to identify and support frail patients. There will also be a drive to cut deaths and harm in maternity wards, with improved risk assessment and surveillance efforts.But leaders will on Tuesday say that changing the culture of the NHS is fundamental to saving lives and ensuring lessons are learned. Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, told The Telegraph: “This strategy builds on the NHS’ work over the past decade, and should help accelerate progress for the decade ahead. “Worldwide, health systems have been embracing the need to drive improvements in safety and while progress has been made there is still much to do.” Simon Stevens says there is still much to do to improve safety standardsCredit:Getty “We need to help NHS staff to speak up when they see things going wrong, this is crucial to improving patient safety over the next decade and will ensure that the right lessons are learned, and errors minimised.” The document warns that previous efforts to improve the safety record of the NHS have been stymied by the fact staff are too frightened to speak up – for fear it could damage their careers. “‘Just cultures’ in the NHS are too often thwarted by fear and blame. A consistent message in the consultation responses was that fear is too prevalent across NHS staff, particularly in relation to involvement in patient safety incidents,” the strategy warns. “Too often in healthcare we have sought to blame individuals, and individuals have not felt safe to admit errors and learn from them or act to prevent recurrence,” it states. “Blame relies on two myths. First, the perfection myth: that if we try hard, we will not make any errors. Second, the punishment myth: if we punish people when they make errors, they will not make them again,” it states. Efforts to focus on individual errors mean that wider problems are missed, and mistakes repeated, the strategy says.   And all bereaved families will be given the chance to discuss any concerns about the care of their loved ones with an independent doctor, under a new system of medical examiners. Dr Aidan Fowler, national director of patient safety, said: “The NHS has tough protections to deal with deliberate wrongdoing by staff, but in the vast majority of cases, it is either honest mistakes or problems with systems that are at fault. Simon Stevens says there is still much to do to improve safety standards read more

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Veolia stateoftheart Zero Liquid Waste Discharge system to treat coal mine water

first_imgAs the July issue’s water management and delivery feature closes for magazine production, it is of note that CONSOL Energy and Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies have agreed to design and build a state-of-the-art Zero Liquid Waste Discharge system to treat mine water. The parties are also completing an agreement for operation and maintenance of the facility. The system will be located in the US near Mannington, West Virginia and will treat mine water from CONSOL’s Blacksville #2, Loveridge, and Robinson Run mines.Veolia Environment’s 155 years of global water treatment experience will be key to the design and operation of this system to treat high volume, complex mine water from the mines. The partners believe “Veolia’s treatment experience combined with CONSOL’s 150 years of operational expertise will prove to be a successful partnership ensuring the success of this facility.”Katharine Fredriksen, CONSOL Senior Vice President Environmental Strategy and Regulatory Affairs explains Veolia brings design and operational experience with over 75 Zero Liquid Discharge plants around the world. “Veolia’s business philosophy of approaching environmental challenges with a sustainable life cycle approach makes Veolia uniquely qualified for this project,” said Kirk Schwab, General Manager of the Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies business unit in Pittsburgh.Final design of the facility is being completed, and construction was to start in July and full operation to commence by May 2013.last_img read more

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Offmarket bid by CIMIC for Sedgman

first_imgCIMIC Group Investments Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of CIMIC Group Ltd, has made an off-market bid for Sedgman Ltd. “At this time the Sedgman Board recommends that shareholders take no action in relation to their shares or the offer.CIMIC Group (formerly Leighton Holdings Limited) was founded in 1949, listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 1962 and is based in Sydney, Australia. It’s main activity in mining is through its ownership of contract miner Thiess, which has broad capabilities that encompass mine planning, operations and technical services, continuous mining systems such as in-pit crushing and conveying systems, mobile plant management, product handling and processing and mine infrastructure.Sedgman provides mineral processing and associated infrastructure solutions. Its services range from concept, prefeasibility and design through to construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance and asset management. Established in 1979, Sedgman listed on the ASX in June 2006 and has approximately 600 employees. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia with offices in Perth, Townsville, Newcastle and Mackay, Sedgman has international offices in Shanghai, Santiago, Vancouver and Johannesburg. One of Theiss’s most recent contract wins was last month when Jellinbah Group awarded it a contract extension worth A$1.3 billion in revenue to continue operations at Lake Vermont coal mine, near Dysart in Central Queensland. The three-year extension continues Thiess’ turnkey mining operations there until December 2021.Jellinbah Group Chief Executive Officer Greg Chalmers said: “This is an important commitment for both companies. Thiess has proactively worked with us to ensure that the Lake Vermont mine remains competitive on a global scale, driving value through innovative technical solutions and a focus on operational outcomes.”Thiess Managing Director Michael Wright said: “This extension at Lake Vermont reflects the strong performance of our operational and technical teams, and their daily commitment to working with our clients in a safe and productive manner.”In 2007, Thiess was contracted to build the Lake Vermont mine infrastructure, including the design and construction of the Coal Handling Preparation Plant (CHPP), site office and workshop. These were expanded by Thiess in 2012 with the increase in production of the mine.Since 2008, Thiess has performed the turnkey mining operations, which includes mine planning, operations, maintenance, processing and loading the product on the train to market.last_img read more

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