Jamaica’s staging of the 2013 Carifta Swimming and Water Polo Championships has received a major boost, with sponsors providing an additional $8.8 million. Major sponsor, Petrojam Limited, yesterday (March 7) presented $7 million to the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ), during a press conference held at the National Stadium Aquatic Centre (Stadium Pool) in Kingston. These funds are to assist with underwriting the cost for the renovation of the Stadium Pool facilities, where the event will be held. CAPRI Sun, and CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers Jamaica Limited, also handed over $1.2 million and $570,000, respectively, which will go towards other expenses, such as transportation and meals. Expressing gratitude for the donation, President of the ASAJ, Martin Lyn, said the additional money now brings the organisation closer to its target of $15 million for the staging of the event scheduled for March 30 to April 3. The donation puts the organisation just $2.5 million short of its target, with $12.5 million already in hand. Mr. Lyn said he is particularly grateful for the donation from Petrojam, which he said, is “the largest single amount aquatic sports has ever gotten in terms of one sponsor”, and it indicates to other sponsors that they need to come on board to help with the development of the sport. “When sponsors such as Petrojam come on board, they send a strong signal that aquatics is not only important to our country’s sporting image but to the development of our youth. It is with sponsors like this that we will certainly be able to represent and compete at the highest level worldwide,” he stated. In response, Human Resource Manager, Petrojam Limited, Andrea Bent, said the company is of the firm belief that the development of sports is critical to national development. “We believe in fostering the growth and development of the nation’s youth by providing opportunities that can unearth and cultivate current and future talent. This is what forms the basis of this donation,” she stated. During the press conference, a 34-member team was named to represent Jamaica at the upcoming games, which the ASAJ believes, will improve on the country’s 5th place finish at the last CARIFTA games. This is the 5th time in 28-year staging of the event, that Jamaica will be hosting the championships. Another event, Open Water Swimming, will be introduced this year. Other sponsors include: Island Grill, Digipoint, Romans, YSpeedos, Tastee Ltd., Sports Development Foundation, Brumalia House, Edge Chem, and Jamaica Money Market Brokers.
Rabat – Morocco is in a strategic position for energy integration with neighboring countries and in the Mediterranean region, according to the Energy Charter Report on investment climate in Morocco.The forthcoming report encourages Morocco to support all initiatives related to interconnection between electricity and natural gas markets.The Energy Charter Conference, which is the governing and decision-making body for the Energy Charter process, said that Morocco created an environment favorable for foreign investments and abiding by market principles in the energy sector. Morocco also created non discriminating conditions for foreign investment pursuant to the Charter principles dated 1991, said the document.The Energy Charter Conference invited Morocco to consider adhering to the Energy Charter and the agreement on energy efficiency to reinforce conditions for trade, transit and investment in the energy sector.MWN with MAP
30 June 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a meeting in Paris today of five nuclear non-proliferation treaty States as a unique opportunity to advance nuclear disarmament. “The Secretary-General welcomes the holding of the second Conference on Confidence Building Measures towards Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Paris today,” his spokesperson said in a statement. Five nuclear-weapons States party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – the United States, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and France – are to discuss transparency, verification, and confidence-building measures, according to media reports.“The conference provides a unique opportunity for the five nuclear weapon States to engage on the full implementation of the action plans agreed to at the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, peaceful uses of nuclear energy and on the Middle East,” Mr. Ban said. “The Secretary-General also looks forward to greater efforts to promote transparency as a confidence building measure,” it said.
Photos by Jeff Barrett The Price Youth Soccer Association (PYSA) took advantage of warm weather and green fields last week as young soccer players were invited to a summer camp.The camp featured four different sessions each day, including 10-12 year olds, 13-14 year olds, and high school boys and girls. Each group was treated to four days of instruction by PYSA members during the camp.“It has been so much fun watching these players enjoying the sport they love while improving their skills,” camp organizers shared on the second day of the camp.The camp served to prepare the young players for the fall season. The deadline to register for fall is Aug. 1. For more information or to register, please visit www.priceyouthsoccer.com.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCosmetologist gets 4 years jail, fined $14M for Soesdyke cocaine bustJanuary 22, 2018In “Court”$550M cocaine bust: Implicated persons charged- CANUMay 31, 2017In “Crime”3 men remanded on cocaine, illegal gun possession chargesOctober 5, 2018In “Court” A vendor is now in the custody of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) after some five (5) kilograms of cocaine were found in his Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home.The man, Andre Singh, was reportedly escorted to his house by the agents on Wednesday night at around 22:30h after they received a tip off.INews understands that Singh was intercepted at the Kingston Seawall where a search was carried out on his white Toyota Premio motorcar.It is being reported that two firearms, one pistol and a revolver, were discovered hidden under the seat of the car.Following this discovery, the ranks escorted him to his Diamond residence where the drugs were reportedly found hidden in a bedroom along with US $5000 and GYD $3M.Moreover, some thirteen rounds of ammunition were reportedly discovered in another section of the house.Singh was taken into custody where he is said to be assisting with the investigation.
In Slovenian Play-Off League, Gorenje Velenje wins in Koper against TOP 8 EHF CL team, Cimos Koper 31:29 (18:10) and almost secured the Champions title. Seven rounds before the end, Gorenje has 6 points more than Celje Pivovarna Lasko.Cimos Koper : Gorenje Velenje 29:31 (10:18)Dvorana Bonifika, spectators 1800Cimos Koper: Škof, Vran, Skoko 1, Dobelšek 2, Brumen 11, Čemas, Bombač 4, Poklar, Džono, Krivokapić 5, Skube 4, Mlakar, Konečnik, Rapotec 2, Bogunović, Bundalo, Osmajić.Gorenje Velenje: Gajić, Taletović, Melić 3 (1), Medved 5, Bezjak 4 (1), Pucelj 1, Manojlović 4, Dolenec 4 (1), Cehte 5, Miklavčič 2, Gaber 3, Golčar, Gams, Bajram, Šimič 1, Dujmović.Celje PL wins over Maribor Branik 35:21.League table:1. Gorenje Velenje 23 – 452. Celje PL 23 – 393. Cimos Koper 22 – 314. Trimo Trebnje 23-245. Maribor Branik 22-176. Krško 23 – 17 ← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL (1/2 Final): Buducnost wins in Norway! Next Story → Dainis Kristopans stays in Presov until 2015 CeljeCelje PLCimos KoperGorenje VelenjeKoperSloveniaSlovenia handballSlovenian handballVelenje
HEALTH MINISTER JAMES Reilly has mounted a robust defence of his conduct in the decision to select two sites in his constituency for primary care centres.Reilly insisted this morning that that “any contention that there’s anything remotely inappropriate about this is utterly wrong” referring to a story in today’s Irish Independent regarding to the owner of the site for one of the centres in Balbriggan who is a Fine Gael supporter.The Minister told RTÉ’s Today with Pat Kenny that while developer Seamus Murphy is a member of Fine Gael and has been for four decades “anyone in Balbriggan would know him” and he said that this site was identified for a primary care centre as far back as 2010.“The selection of this site is absolutely nothing to do with me,” Reilly insisted pointing to a parliamentary question from February 2010 in which the site had been identified by the previous administration.He insisted that the town of Balbriggan needed a primary care centre pointing to the doubling of its population in the last 10 years and the high unemployment rate, repeating his claim that it was an insult to people living there to say they were benefiting from ‘stoke politics’:It’s a town that needs very much a proper primary care centre. Reilly rejected the notion that he had interfered anyway in the drawing up of a list of sites for primary care centres saying that the list was drawn up by the HSE.“I really reject any sense that I have interfered in anyway or have tried to get benefit by this,” he told RTÉ saying that in fact he had been hit financially by his decision to enter politics.‘Toreador’The Minister rejected the characterisation of him as a ‘bull in a china shop’ or a ‘bull in a bullring’ who was at the mercy of the bullfighter or toreador, stretching the metaphor, he said:I know who the toreador is, and the toreador are my electorate and the people who put Fine Gael into government, and they are the ones I’ll answer to.On criticism of him from the former Primary Care Minister Róisín Shortall, who resigned last week following tensions with her senior minister at the Department of Health, Reilly said that Shortall would have known these changes to the list of primary care centres would be happening.But he said that he was the one who was in charge and tasked with taking the final decisions, he rejected her claim that he was trying to Americanise the Irish health insurance system and said the reality was the government was improving the provision of health.He also rejected claims that he was a bully: “There is no way that I have a bullying manner, and I reject that completely,” adding that he had an “excellent working relationship” with his other junior health minister, Labour’s Kathleen Lynch.The Health Minister is due to make further comments on the matters related to primary care centre site selection in a statement to the Dáil at 3.45pm today.Read: Reilly to give Dáil explanation over primary care centres todayIn photos: James Reilly is good with his hands
Short URL ‘Totally unacceptable’: British soldiers shown shooting at Jeremy Corbyn target The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation. Source: Alistair Bunkall/Twitter 46 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4574325 A spokesperson for Ministry of Defence condemned the incident and said an investigation has been launched.“We are aware of a video circulating on social media.“This behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects, and a full investigation has been launched,” they said in a statement.The Independent newspaper reports that the footage was filmed recently in Kabul, Afghanistan, and features members of an elite parachute regiment.It is understood that the soldiers were using simulation munition rather than real bullets.The footage has been criticised online, and Labour MP Alex Sobel said he has submitted a parliamentary question to Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence, to ask “what steps he has taken to investigate”.Tobias Ellwood, a minister in the Ministry of Defence, confirmed he is looking into the video. 23,939 Views By Órla Ryan Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 10:15 AM Apr 3rd 2019, 10:15 AM Share236 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The target Source: Screengrab/Sky NewsAN INVESTIGATION HAS been launched after British soldiers were filmed shooting at a target of Jeremy Corbyn.Footage circulating online shows soldiers shooting at a photo of the British Labour leader.The video was originally shared on Snapchat and includes the caption ‘happy with that’. Video has emerged of soldiers on a shooting range in Kabul firing at a target of Jeremy Corbyn. MOD confirms it as legit: pic.twitter.com/qOr84Aiivj— Alistair Bunkall (@AliBunkallSKY) April 3, 2019
Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras hit back at claims that the government intends to reduce the heating oil tax amid a clamor from within New Democracy and PASOK ranks for the coalition to adopt some popular policies when Prime Minister Antonis Samaras delivers the keynote speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday.Stournaras spoke to Kathimerini to clarify that there would be no move to reduce heating oil tax after MPs from New Democracy and PASOK had created a whirlwind of speculation about the measure. “This is not the time to reduce taxes,” he said. “We have not achieved a primary surplus yet. We are on the right track but we are some distance from the final target. It would be wrong to bring this issue up now. This is the government’s position, as set out by the prime minister and the Finance Ministry.”Stournaras’s rebuttal, which had been cleared by Samaras, came as the Finance Ministry announced a 2.6-billion-euro primary surplus in the general government budget for the first seven months of the year. Also, Stournaras stood by last year’s measure of pushing up tax on heating oil to the same level as for vehicle fuel even though revenues from fuel tax were 300 million euros lower than a year earlier.The government believes that this was partly due to people stocking up on heating fuel before the tax rise and a relatively warm winter. The ministry has also seen signs that the tax hike achieved one of its intended goals, which was to tackle smuggling.“The special consumption taxes on heating oil and vehicle fuel were unified to combat smuggling,” said Stournaras. “If we reduce the heating oil tax, we will give smugglers a window of opportunity. We can look at simplifying the process for those claiming subsidies but not reducing the tax.”Ahead of the premier’s speech in Thessaloniki this weekend and the scheduled return of the troika later this month, the main leftist opposition SYRIZA is increasing the pressure on the government. The party’s central committee, which convened over the weekend, reportedly decided to boost the party’s efforts in two directions – toward abolishing Greece’s loan agreements, or memorandums, and toward pushing the government to collapse.Over the past few weeks, SYRIZA has called for a moratorium on Greece paying interest on its foreign loans and has supported the causes of school teachers, hospital workers and other civil servants.The pressure on the government is being compounded by Democratic Left (DIMAR), which quit the three-party coalition in June after Samaras shut down state broadcaster ERT, and which appears to have shifted to the left. Recent statements by the party call for a reduction of Greece’s debt, compared to previous calls for a lightening of the burden or a restructuring.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nokia en quête d’un nouveau dirigeantFinlande – En pleine crise, Nokia souhaite se donner un nouvel élan. Pour ce faire, le géant finlandais aimerait aujourd’hui recruter un nouveau PDG.Le navire Nokia a du mal à se maintenir à flots, et cherche un autre capitaine pour définir un nouveau cap. L’année dernière, la direction du groupe a reconnu que les résultats étaient “insatisfaisants”. Pour casser cette spirale négative industrielle et boursière, le conseil d’administration cherche un successeur au PDG Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, en poste depuis 2006. L’apparition des smartphones multi-fonctions, qui explique en grande partie la forte croissance d’Apple, a nui aux affaires de Nokia qui a continué à développer des portables aux fonctions classiques. Désormais, le nouveau maître d’œuvre devra rattraper le retard accumulé depuis au moins trois ans.Le 20 juillet 2010 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrin
Voters in the Vancouver School District will cast ballots for either a long-tenured incumbent or a political newcomer in one school board race this primary election.Anthony Licerio, a 28-year-old service agent, is running to unseat incumbent Mark Stoker on the Vancouver Public Schools board. Stoker, 59, is an attorney who has been on the school board for a decade. A third candidate, Shantel Okorie, said she is no longer running for the position but did not withdraw in time to have her name removed from the ballot.The Columbian sent a questionnaire to all school board candidates which included reader-submitted questions from Clark Asks, our reader interaction software.Licerio, who attended a small rally for a transgender student who was bullied at McLoughlin Middle School, told The Columbian Editorial Board recently that he was running to support the district’s diverse population of students. He believes not all student voices are being heard and noted incidents of bullying in his response to a Columbian survey, but did not provide specifics.Licerio said the most significant challenge facing the district is the high rate of poverty at its campuses, adding that the district should provide free lunch for all students and improve health care access.“These students are at risk of losing valuable resources that provide them with a quality of life they deserve but we can do better,” he said.
Steve Tagg has been appointed HR director at Breedon Aggregates. He will also have responsibility for overseeing group safety and play a role in the organisation’s upcoming acquisition of Hope Construction Materials.Tagg joins from Aggregate Industries, where he spent 21 years in a variety of senior HR roles, including organisation and human resources director.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 L.A.-based Parcast operates two studios and has around 20 employees. According to Spotify, Parcast will continue to function as an autonomous studio.“The addition of Parcast to our growing roster of podcast content will advance our goal of becoming the world’s leading audio platform,” Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content officer, said in announcing the deal. “Crime and mystery podcasts are a top genre for our users and Parcast has had significant success creating hit series while building a loyal and growing fan base.”“In three years, we have created a production house that has grown exponentially and hit a chord with mystery and true-crime fans, especially women, across all 50 states and around the world. We are proud to join the world’s most popular audio subscription streaming service and gain access to one of the largest audiences around the world,” Parcast’s Cutler said in a statement. “Alongside Spotify, our ability to scale, grow and amplify the unique and tailored brand of content we create is full of fantastic possibilities.” Popular on Variety Spotify announced plans to acquire Parcast, a scripted-entertainment podcast studio — the streaming giant’s third podcasting pickup so far in 2019.Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Spotify expects the acquisition to close in the second quarter of 2019. Parcast had not raised any outside funding; founder and president Max Cutler and his father, radio producer Ron Cutler, were the only investors, according to a report in Podcasting Business Journal.The Parcast acquisition comes after Spotify last month paid around $337 million to buy two podcasting companies: producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc. Spotify told investors it expects to invest between $400 million and $500 million in podcasting this year.Parcast, founded in 2016, has launched 18 premium podcast series to date and has more than 20 shows in development that are slated to launch later this year. The startup focuses on mystery, crime, science fiction, and history genres — with an audience that is more than 75% female. Parcast’s lineup of original shows includes “Serial Killers,” “Unsolved Murders,” “Cults,” “Conspiracy Theories” and “Mind’s Eye.”
A few months ago, our kids’ school district, one of the largest in South Carolina, was hit with a virus that spread “ransomware,” a malicious software designed to block computer systems by encrypting the data in which the attackers gain access. Unlike other types of malware that attempt to steal data, ransomware is unique in that it simply blocks access to systems or files until a ransom is paid.Networks typically become compromised because of poor cyber security practices and “phishing” scams, where an attacker tricks a user into opening a phishing email and visiting a phishing website. Once done, the user unknowingly downloads a piece of malware software, and the attacker expands from there to explore resources and, in enterprises, may attempt to move laterally to explore the network and encrypt shared and network drives.Related: Ready, Set, Hack: Pentagon Invites Hackers to Break Into its Computer SystemsEventually, our school district capitulated to the demands of the attackers and paid the ransom demands of $10,000, and all data was returned and restored — albeit with a heightened sense of security and importance. Our school district got off cheap compared to other organizations, however, such as a New Jersey school district that recently had its network system infected with ransomware with the demand of $124,000 in Bitcoins.I can tell you with a high level of certainty that my high school grades were never worth that much.According to numerous industry reports, ransomware attacks are becoming more common every day, doubling in number between 2014 and 2015 according the Symantec Internet Threat Report. And the trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, and moreover, authorities have no solid strategy for stopping them. In fact, currently the FBI recommends companies to pay the ransom if they ever want their data restored.The future in this regard does not look bright when the FBI throws its arms up in defeat.Making the matter worse is the evolving sophistication in these attacks, as a new and emerging innovation called “ransomware-as-a-service” (RaaS) starts to take root. According to Business Insider, “(RaaS) is a variant of ransomware designed to be user-friendly and… deployed by anyone with little cyber know-how. These agents simply download the virus either for free or a nominal fee, set a ransom and payment deadline and attempt to trick someone into infecting his or her computer. If the victim pays up, the original software author gets a cut — around five to 20 percent — and the rest goes to the party who deployed the attack (called the ‘script kiddie’).”In January 2016, researchers identified a new RaaS called Ransomware32, complete with a user-friendly dashboard to track income statistics and manage individual attacks while also removing most of the the upfront costs and technical barriers. This kind of RaaS trend is making ransomware accessible to the least technical hackers.As terrible as RaaS sounds, it still sounds better than multi-level marketing.Unfortunately, many enterprise IT teams focus on efficient management of networks and privileges rather than designing networks that can contain the damage of a breach or ransomware attack. And while any technique an enterprise uses to avoid phishing scams will help avoid getting ransomware, there is no way to guarantee that an enterprise can avoid infection altogether.WEI is one company that has been studying the evolution of ransomware and providing cutting-edge technology tools to businesses. They suggest that, as an additional prevention, every enterprise consider how to contain, rather than just prevent, a ransomware breach with network segmentation in addition to other strategies.Related: Adobe Issues Emergency Update to Flash After Ransomware AttacksIn part, network segmentation limits the volume of resources that an attacker can access by logically grouping network assets, resources and applications together into compartmentalized areas called segments and allowing only approved types of communication in and out of the segment. Segments that are physically separated from other segments and have no established link to allow interaction are known as segregated.For example, devices involved with financial transactions should be fully segregated both logically and physically from devices that can surf the web.The objective with security-minded network segmentation is to ensure that attackers have access to as few digital resources as possible. This technique will also help contain the potential damage from other types of cyber attacks.Since departments and teams have different access needs, an enterprise should divide a network into segments and then controls each segment’s communication to the outside world. In addition, the enterprise should control communication between segments of the same network. With limited access between segments, an attacker’s movement to another segment is either stopped or slowed enough to allow monitoring tools to alert enterprise staff to the intrusion before massive harm is done.To secure a segment containing sensitive information or data, an enterprise would simply prevent all communication and physical access, including but not limited to emails, websites, file sharing, cloud services and any external devices such as storage or mobile devices that have both external access and access to the network.Failing to segment properly creates what is described as an “egg network,” or a network that, like an egg, has a “strong perimeter surrounded by their soft, gooey, defenseless (data) yolks.” Such organizations have false confidence in outward facing firewalls and other tools that protect the network’s external perimeter while liberally allowing internal communication between network segments. An attacker who stumbles into such liberal access would be able to block and ransom large volumes of enterprise electronic resources.Enterprise IT teams should also consider their network backup strategy. “The best line of defense against any ransomware is to have backed up your machines yesterday,” says Kaspersky Labs. “Some ransomware variants are smart enough to also encrypt every backup they are able to locate, including those residing on network shares. That is why it is important to make ‘cold’ backups (read and write only, no delete / full control access) that cannot be deleted by the ransomware.”Related: 1 in 5 Companies Had a Security Breach, New Study SaysIn the end, enterprises should ensure that their approach to network management reaches beyond efficiency and considers how best to leverage segmentation to thwart attackers and limit damage. Enterprises should confirm that staff members who are responsible for segmentation truly understand the security implications of the segmentation architecture. And business areas that are responsible for selecting software should draw security and IT resources into the decision-making process before a solution is selected and ensure that the vendor’s implementation team has a strong background in the security of the software being purchased. 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 21, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Auditioning for a role in He’s Just Not That Into You | Photo: YouTube/intomore GAYSTARNEWS- Previously, she also whitewashed a role that was meant to be Asian in Ghost in the Shell.Movies already have a lack of LGBTI representation.In GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index for 2017, they found only 14 Hollywood films had LGBTI characters. Out of 109 released. When media, especially major blockbusters, tell the stories of LGBTI people, it’s important to be authentic and representative.It’s why Ryan Murphy’s new series Pose on FX is receiving acclaim for its trans cast, crew, and storytelling.More from Gay Star NewsHere are five trans male actors who should star in Rub & Tug instead of Scarlett Johansson A gaggle of transgender men recently decided to audition for Scarlett Johansson’s past movie roles. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Scarlett Johansson steps down from role as a transgender manScarlett Johansson gives rude response to critics of her playing transScarlett Johansson to play cross-dressing lesbian in 1970s mob movieRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-men-audition-scarlett-johansson-roles/ Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The hilarious and on-point video comes courtesy of Into.They had trans men come in and read lines from a variety of Johansson’s movies and the roles she played, including Her, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Avengers.At the end of the process, the man who auditioned for Samantha in Her finds out he gets the role.[embedded content]When he realizes it’s for a white female, he looks concerned. Then he says: ‘Sorry, I’m just having trouble because cis women are actually really marginalized in Hollywood. I know there are people who have lived this experience who would bring a lot of authenticity to it and I feel a little weird about taking that from them.’Ultimately, he turns the role down.Not cool, ScarJoThe movie is in response to Johansson taking on the role of a real-life transmasculine figure in the upcoming movie Rub & Tug.When people slammed her for taking on a role that should be played by trans men, she gave a tone-deaf response. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
Apple recently hired Mike Filippo, lead CPU architect and one of the top chip engineers from ARM Holdings, which is a semiconductor and software design company. According to Mike Filippo’s updated profile in LinkedIn, he joined Apple in May as the architect and is working out of the Austin, Texas area. He worked at ARM for ten years as the lead engineer for designing the chips used in most smartphones and tablets. Previously, he had also worked as the key designer at chipmakers Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. In a statement to Bloomberg, a spokesman from ARM said, “Mike was a long-time valuable member of the ARM community.” He further added, “We appreciate all of his efforts and wish him well in his next endeavor.” Apple’s A series chips that are used in the mobile devices use ARM technology. For almost two decades, the Mac computers had Intel processors. Hence, Filippo’s experience in these companies could prove to be a major plus point for Apple. Apple had planned to use its own chips in Mac computers in 2020, and further replace processors from Intel Corp with ARM architecture based processors. Apple also plans to expand its in-house chip making work to new device categories like a headset that meshes augmented and virtual reality, Bloomberg reports. Apple acquires Drive.ai, an autonomous driving startup Apart from the chip making business there are reports of Apple racing in the league of self-driving autonomous technology. The company had also introduced its own self-driving vehicle called Titan, which is still a work in progress project. On Wednesday, Axios reported that Apple acquired Drive. ai, an autonomous driving startup valued at $200 million. Drive. ai was on the verge of shutting down and was laying off all its staff. This news indicates that Apple is interested in tasting the waters of the self-driving autonomous technology and this move might help in speeding up the Titan project. Drive.ai was in search of a buyer since February this year and had also communicated with many potential acquirers before getting the deal cracked by Apple. The company also purchased Drive.ai’s autonomous cars and other assets. The amount for which Apple has acquired Drive.ai is yet not disclosed, but as per a recent report, Apple was expected to pay an amount lesser than the $77 million invested by venture capitalists. The company has also hired engineers and managers from Waymo and Tesla. Apple has recruited around five software engineers from Drive.ai as per a report from the San Francisco Chronicle. It seems Apple is mostly hiring people that are into engineering and product design. Read Next Declarative UI programming faceoff: Apple’s SwiftUI vs Google’s Flutter US regulators plan to probe Google on anti-trust issues; Facebook, Amazon & Apple also under legal scrutiny Apple previews macOS Catalina 10.15 beta, featuring Apple music, TV apps, security, zsh shell, driverKit, and much more!
Posted by Travelweek Group Canada Jetlines picks Halifax Stanfield to be its Eastern base VANCOUVER — Canada Jetlines has set its sights on Canada’s east coast by selecting Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) as its eastern operational base.As such, the ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) will offer ultra-low fare service from the airport when it begins flight operations next summer.“We are pleased to announce the selection of Halifax Stanfield International Airport as our eastern operations base. Halifax is the leading airport of the Atlantic provinces and we look forward to lowering the cost of air travel to and from Atlantic Canada with our ultra-low fares,” said Stan Gadek, CEO of Jetlines stated.This announcement marks the third airport that Jetlines has agreed to terms with, in addition to Hamilton, ON and Abbotsford, B.C.Bert van der Stege, Chief Commercial Officer at YHZ added: “We’re delighted that Canada Jetlines has selected Halifax Stanfield as one of their first airports in the country. Experience has shown that the model of low-cost and low-fare travel stimulates demand and we look forward to offering passengers more travel options between Atlantic Canada, Hamilton and Abbostford.”More news: Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCanada Jetlines is set to become Canada’s first ULCC airline, with plans to operate flights across Canada as well as nonstop service from Canada to the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. During a teleconference in September, Gadek said fares would be “about the same price as a pair of jeans” and announced a “low-fare guarantee” that promises Canadians the lowest fares in the market.Ticket sales will begin through its website at jetlines.ca in Spring 2018. Wednesday, December 6, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Canada Jetlines Share
6 Things to Avoid When Developing an App for iOS Platform By Mehul RajputMobile apps have taken over the world. According to Statista, smartphone users are likely to increase to 3 billion by the end of 2019! And by 2022, globally, consumers are expected to download over 258.2 billion apps in total. It is safe to say that app development is a lucrative field.But, does this mean you will always succeed when developing an app? No. There are various factors you must consider and different things you must avoid.If you are planning on developing an app for the iOS platform, here are six crucial mistakes you might want to avoid: Using UI operations with the main threadWhen it comes to developing an iOS app, one of the most common issues faced by the developers is related to multithreading. This is mainly because of the nature of the UIKit, which is not bug-free or fully secure. Therefore, coming across complex bugs and lags is quite common.The problem further amplifies by hampering the main thread in the programming process. Addressing the problem is not easy. This is because the Swift programming language does not have built-in support to combat the issue.Hence, it is essential to be careful when using a code simultaneously for the main thread and the UI operations. Use concurrency APIs to concretely define a block of code which will stop the process of accidentally blocking the main thread operation due to the UI command. Not paying attention to the onboarding and registration processDeveloping code is just one of the many phases of app development. The next step is to create the user interface. This is the step that can make or break your app.Remember, there are a plethora of apps available on iOS platforms. To stand out, you need to pay attention to the onboarding and registration process.Keep the interface of the app as simple as possible. First impressions of apps matter a lot. If your app doesn’t impress the user the first time they use it, they are likely to uninstall it then and there. Your goal is to ensure that your app user understands how the app functions from the moment they open it.Make sure the registration process isn’t the first thing your users see. Instead, have some features available without asking the user to sign in. What will this do? It will allow people to test the app. And people prefer apps that satisfy their need for convenience.If you don’t pay attention to the interface and complexity of the registration process, you won’t be able to attract as many app users as you would like.Check the ROI of similar apps to make sure that you don’t end up spending too much time developing an app that is not needed by the masses. Using the Model-View-Controller (MVC) patternIf you are an iOS app developer, the chances are you have heard about the Model-View-Controller, or MVC, Pattern. This is one of the modes of iOS app development. As the name suggests, it consists of three layers, which include: The Model LayerThis layer contains all the main data of the app and also functions as the business logic layer. It is essential that this layer does not directly interact with the view layer. The View LayerThe view layers consist of an array of objects that are responsible for building the user interface. UITableView, UIButton, and UILabel are examples of such objects. This layer is bifurcated from the model layer and does not contain any business logic or main material. The Controller LayerThe controller layer is present between the model and the view layer. It ensures that the two layers are separated and are not allowed to interact with one another, yet it allows the two to work together.While the controller layer is vital for managing the interactions between the two layers, it is common for app developers to try and misuse the layers. Many try to alter how the controller layer works to create a code for the two layers.If done incorrectly, this can negatively affect your app development process. This is why it is advised that you first create an application architecture and outsource the development of logic objects as well as helper objects. Having a little too many featuresOne thing that everyone agrees about iOS apps is that they are sophisticated and premium. In an effort to keep up with it all, it is easy to get carried away. You might be tempted to add any and every feature to your iOS application.This is a mistake you don’t want to make. Why? This is because the more features you have, the more problems can arise in your app. And when faced with such problems, you wouldn’t know what the source is since there are too many codes operating at the same time!Therefore, make sure you don’t include a wide variety of features. Instead, start with the essential ones and then build-up on them, keeping in mind the vision you have for your app. You can always add additional features if you detect the need later on. Only using iOS simulators for testingiOS simulators are a staple for iOS app developers. No one can deny the fact that the iOS simulator is convenient and fast. If you use a quality iOS simulator, you can speed up the app development process and make your life much easier.But, the right question is whether the benefits offered by iOS simulators are worth it? Can it replace the need for actual app testing?Well, while an iOS simulator is excellent for initial testing, it shouldn’t be the only way you test your app. This is because in most cases, an iOS device and a simulator are not synonymous to one another in terms of functionality.Merely testing your app on the simulator and being happy about its positive performance won’t be enough. The app can very well be problematic on devices, and you would never know!Therefore, make sure to test your app on both a simulator and on real devices to prevent yourself from nasty surprises after the launch of your app. Not paying heed to memory usageYes, the iOS platform, as well as the compiler, will be managing most of the memory required for any iOS app. But, this doesn’t mean that you are free from worrying about memory usage completely.This is because there is still a chance that the platform malfunctions and some of the data stored in it gets lost. Here, you will be the one at a loss. This issue may arise due to the retain cycle.And because it is almost instantaneous, you must be well-aware and ready for the problem. Use the debug navigator tab present in the Xcode to keep track of the memory usage of the app.Final ThoughtsIt is not hard to create an app on the iOS platform. However, it is challenging to create an app that satisfies the needs of the platform as well as the users. Make sure you avoid all the six mistakes mentioned. Do you think we are missing out any crucial factor? Let us know!By Mehul Rajput, who is a CEO and co-founder of Mindinventory, a software development company that provide web and mobile app solutions from startup to enterprise level company. His role involves heading the operations related to business and delivery with strategic planning and defining road-map for the future.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. 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