19 Nov

Asian Athletics Championships: How Odisha transformed itself in just 90 days to step in for Jharkhand as the host

first_imgEarlier this year, when Jharkhand pulled out from hosting the Asian Athletics Championships meet at the last minute, its neighbour Odisha sensed an opportunity and grabbed the chance. But the opportunity came with an unprecedented challenge. Its main Kalinga stadium, where it intended to host the games, was just an oval skeletal frame, devoid of even the tracks. The state had just 90 days to prepare.”When we reached the stadium it was nothing more than a barren land,” said Adille Sumariwalla, president, Athletics Federation of India. “I was shocked and worried at the same time. I wondered how they are going to turn it into a full-fledged athletics stadium in such a short time,” said Sumariwalla. What followed next was a tale of dedication and hard work on the part of the Odisha government.In the next few weeks, synthetic tracks were laid in the main stadium as well as the warm-up area along with three lakh square feet of grass turfing in and around the stadium and 5,000 new seats for the spectators.A TALE OF DEDICATION AND HARD WORKNew mast floodlights were also installed at various points. Four huge towers were airlifted from Italy and installed on a war footing. Equipment to help renovate the stadium was imported from various foreign manufacturers.However, crisis struck when one of the crane operators operating the machine disappeared with the vehicle. “Luckily, it didn’t interrupt the pace of our work and we finished everything well ahead of the May 31 deadline,” said Vishal Dev, sports secretary, Odisha.advertisement”The 90-day challenge, despite being tiresome, was an amazing experience for us. The chief minister (Naveen Patnaik) took personal interest in the progress of the stadium,” said Dev. “The stadium wouldn’t have been possible without the workers, who actually turned our dreams into reality. It shows that if we believe in something, you can achieve it,” added Dev.THE OPENING CEREMONYThe opening ceremony on July 5 saw a floodlit 15,000 capacity stadium packed to the brim lilting to the music of Bollywood composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan, followed by a cultural performance from ‘Thousand Hands’ dance troupe from Thailand. Chief Minister Patnaik, who inaugurated the meet, called it an opportunity to take Odisha to a global platform.Accolades came from none other than the world athletics federation president, Sebastian Coe, who praised the the state-of-the-art facility at the inaugural.The sporting spectacle was preceded by an advertising blitzkrieg announcing the games in major local and national newspapers and television channels. Hoardings of sprinter Dutee Chand, the poster girl of Odisha, dotted the 15 km stretch that led to Bhubaneswar from the airport.”There have been occasions when we were asked, where is Odisha? Now with world-class athletes coming, Odisha is quickly becoming one of the emerging hubs for sports in the country,” said Chandra Sarathi Behera, sports minister, Odisha. “As athletes from over 45 countries see and experience how we managed to build this stadium in just 90 days, they will go back home with positive stories to tell,” said Behera. What better than word-of-mouth publicity for a state that dreams of putting its culture and heritage on the global map.Also Read:India enjoy promising start at Asian Athletics Championshipslast_img read more

18 Nov

HC refuses to interfere with IOA election tomorrow

first_img(Eds: With additional inputs)New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today refused to interfere with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) elections scheduled tomorrow.A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Najmi Waziri directed the association not to violate the National Sports Code during the electoral process.IOA is a body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Olympic Games, Asian Games and other international athletic meets and for managing the Indian teams at the events.The courts interim order came on advocate and well-known sports activist Rahul Mehras application seeking an interim stay on the IOA election on the ground that the polls were being held in violation of the National Sports Code of 2011.The bench also clarified that the election process and its result will be subject to the final outcome of the application pending before this court.It also issued notice to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and IOA asking them to file their responses within four weeks of the application.Mehra has filed an application for interim order against the Association in his PIL pending since 2010, asking for de- recognition of various sports body on the ground of violation of the National Sports Code, which stipulates various criteria for the person to hold office in various sports body.The main petition is listed for hearing on December 15.In the todays matter pertaining to the election to IOA, Mehra has contended that people, who are not entitled, were contesting.The advocate alleged that IOAs Constitution as amended up to date reveals that it continues to abuse its power by refusing to abide by various directions of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and its parent body International Olympic Committee, regarding the grant of voting rights to defunct State Olympic Associations.advertisementHe claimed that age restriction of members to a maximum of 70 years has been limited to only the top three offices of the IOA, instead of applying to every single member of the sports body. PTI PPS SKV HMP RKS ARClast_img read more

18 Nov

ADLINK joins Open Networking Foundation as collaborating innovator

first_imgADLINK announced its membership as a Collaborating Innovator of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) operator-led consortium. ADLINK and its broad range of strategic ecosystem partners continue to play an increasingly important role in influential industry consortiums such as ONF, Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) and Open Compute Project (OCP) by working together on advanced, open architecture business initiatives.As an open, collaborative, non-profit consortium driving transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models, the ONF serves as the umbrella for a number of projects, building solutions by leveraging network disaggregation, white box economics, open source software and software-defined standards to revolutionize the carrier industry. Working closely with leading communication service providers and equipment vendors on various open source projects, the ONF leverages its released reference designs to facilitate the roll-out of next-generation networking solutions, significantly driving down both Capex and Opex for the whole ecosystem and opening up enormous business opportunities for new services. ADLINK began its focus on open architecture by becoming a major contributor to the OCP more than five years ago. At the ONF, ADLINK will leverage its Open Compute Carrier-grade Edge Reference Architecture (OCCERA), OCP and GPU-based solutions to develop next-generation networking and communications platforms, enabling use cases such as Advanced Multi-access Edge Computing (AMEC), universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE) and extremely low-latency Edge Compute platforms for 5G networks. ADLINK’s solutions will effectively address the requirements for low-latency, high-bandwidth and compute-intensive applications driven by the needs of security, deep packet inspection (DPI), Edge Computing, virtual network functions (VNF), 5G evolution and revenue producing solutions for operators.As a leading ODM, ADLINK is an ideal contributor to the ONF-envisioned business model with its high quality design and manufacturing capabilities, producing cost-effective COTS/custom solutions with reduced time-to-market. ADLINK offers design services in every major geographic region, which benefits customers with increased responsiveness, short delivery lead-time and ease of doing business locally. ADLINK also ensures best practices in product lifecycle management by leveraging its long-standing strategic partnerships with major processor and software vendors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous DDC: 48VDC/238A, 16-channel solid-state power controllerNext Red Pitaya: STEMlab at the heart of radar warning and information disaster management systemlast_img read more

16 Nov

Review: Spain 5 Costa Rica 0

first_imgSpain 5 Costa Rica 0: David Silva inspires demolition job Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 06:25 11/12/17 silva-alba-cropped Getty Images Spain battered Costa Rica 5-0 in Malaga on Saturday, with David Silva at the fore with two goals and an assist. David Silva scored two and set up another as he inspired Spain’s 5-0 hammering of a defensively woeful Costa Rica side in Saturday’s friendly clash at La Rosaleda.Julen Lopetegui’s men played with immense freedom throughout, as they stroked the ball around in style and took full advantage of Costa Rica’s poor defensive organisation, as the away side made errors for each of Spain’s first four goals.Costa Rica actually showed flashes of promise early on, but that quickly vanished as Spain took control, with Jordi Alba’s Silva-influenced opening goal after just six minutes ushering in a period of real dominance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The lively Alvaro Morata added a second in the 23rd minute and probably should have scored at least hat-trick before his half-time withdrawal.But Spain’s attacking unit hardly suffered for Morata’s substitution, as Silva added two goals in four minutes shortly after the restart, making the most of hapless goalkeeping and calamitous defending.4 – Players with the most goals scored for Spain  :David Villa 59Raul Gonzalez 44Fernando Torres 38DAVID SILVA 35Wizard. pic.twitter.com/5nCh2hLubD— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 11, 2017Andres Iniesta added a fifth towards the end to wrap things up, with Costa Rica left realising that they have much to improve upon if they are to emulate their 2014 World Cup showing next year, while Spain already look ready to prove a point in Russia.Both sides looked purposeful in attack during the early exchanges, but defensively Costa Rica left a lot to be desired and Spain took the lead just six minutes in.Silva’s low cross into the penalty area was not dealt with by Costa Rica and Alba was there to meet it, sending a fierce first-time effort into the right side of the net.Morata then went close twice in as many minutes shortly after, testing goalkeeper Danny Carvajal from a tight angle on both occasions.Carvajal gifted Morata a goal a little later, though.Silva and Iniesta combined down the left with a clever one-two and the Manchester City man eventually played the ball into the area along the ground, with Carvajal inexplicably palming it right into the path of Morata, who had an easy finish.5 – @AlvaroMorata has scored in his four last appearances for Spain  in a row (5 goals). Killer pic.twitter.com/mW8v8cdcbG— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 11, 2017Morata should have had another just before the break, but he shot straight at Carvajal when played through by Isco’s exquisite defence-splitting pass.Spain were arguably even more relentless in attack upon the start of the second half and they extended their lead early on, with Silva sweeping home from close range after Francisco Calvo’s attempted clearance smashed against Oscar Duarte and dropped kindly for the midfielder.Silva doubled his tally a few minutes later, robbing Bryan Oviedo with a brilliant tackle and then finding the bottom-left corner from 18 yards, despite Carvajal getting a hand to it.A flurry of substitutions for both sides soon impacted on the play, but Spain scored again once they re-discovered their rhythm.Costa Rica freely invited Iniesta to charge towards their penalty area and the Barcelona star sent a 25-yard drive into the bottom-left corner, with Carvajal again looking as though he could have done better.The visitors were afforded a little more possession in Spain’s half towards the end, but the match had been won and lost long before. read morelast_img read more

17 Oct

BCs police watchdog lacked training during fatal shooting probe report

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s police watchdog lacked clear procedures and training for investigators after an officer-involved shooting led to a man’s death, says a former RCMP superintendent who reviewed the agency’s operations.Doug Kiloh said in a report that the Independent Investigations Office did not have a disciplined structure in a case where a 48-year-old distraught man was shot in the parking lot of a casino in New Westminster on Nov. 8, 2012.Kiloh, who is also a former emergency response team member, said the agency learned the man could possibly be available for an interview after he was transferred from an intensive care unit but the office delayed speaking with him and failed to provide any rationale for that decision.Mehrdad Bayrami died 10 days after being shot, and his daughter later told a coroner’s inquest he was taking medication for severe depression.Kiloh said the man’s former partner, who he held hostage, was also not interviewed by the watchdog’s investigators, but was interviewed by police for about three hours.As well, investigators did not interview a crisis negotiator liaison at the scene with police, said Kiloh, who he called a potentially significant witness.“His notes, recollection and accuracy may have had the ability to independently confirm or refute comments, information, statements or orders provided by officers in the negotiation or command groups.”Kiloh also called into question investigators’ handling of exhibits, saying the organization did not have a management system or an investigative manual.“The lack of organizational direction appeared to lead to confusion among investigators with respect to managing exhibits and forensic material.”The Independent Investigations Office report to Crown counsel contained mistakes and summaries were not reflective of the available evidence, Kiloh said, adding the Crown made several requests for more information, including input from a use-of-force expert whose report appeared to indicate an officer’s actions were in accordance with his training.The officer with the Delta Police Department was charged with second-degree murder in October 2014.However, the Crown entered a stay of proceedings in July 2015 following an independent review.In March 2016, the Delta Police Association complained to the Independent Investigations Office about alleged defects in its investigation, resulting in it conducting a review before hiring Kiloh to report on its procedures.“At the onset of the investigation, it appears that the IIO focused on officers who witnessed critical moments,” he said in the report, which was redacted to remove identifying information. “However, a full interview plan, including witness officers and civilians, was not documented, prioritized or sequenced, and I cannot confirm that potential evidentiary points were clearly articulated to investigators.“I believe some opportunities were missed, which may have provided useful information or improved the overall investigative structure,” Kiloh said, adding investigators did not seize all available video from the casino and did not immediately analyze or document content they did obtain.The report says the office has made significant improvements since its investigation, but Kiloh made 10 recommendations including more supervisory training involving critical thinking and decision making.Ronald J. MacDonald, the office’s chief civilian director, said in a statement that changes include adopting a manual to guide investigators, along with rigorous training and a new approach in presenting cases to Crown counsel.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

16 Oct

Pretty Little Liars Star To Host New Horizons Gala

first_imgNew Horizons will welcome actor Brant Daugherty, of ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” to be part of the 14th Annual “Havana Nights” themed gala to be held at Los Calamigos Ranch at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, CA on Saturday, April 18, 2015.Brant Daugherty, who has used his talent to help raise funds for New Horizons in the past, will be hosting the 14th Annual Gala. Daugherty will be front and center during the evening’s awards ceremony which will include presentations to PDC – A Brady Company; Patrick McClenahan and the 2015 Special Olympic World Games; and singer, Clay Aiken, who will be honored with New Horizons’ Celebrity Advocacy Award.“Each year, New Horizons hosts a themed Gala to raise funds and celebrate those who have helped in supporting the agency’s mission. This year we are proud to present a night that will be both entertaining and heartwarming, showing all those who attend the work that New Horizons does throughout the year.” states New Horizons’ President and CEO Cynthia Sewell.The evening will also consist of various musical performances by Torrey DeVitto, members from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the Karina Smirnoff Dance Studio, and the award winning UCLA Latin Jazz Band. The gala will also feature both a silent and live auction, along with a few other special surprises.

For ticket information and to find out how to become an event sponsor, contact Judi Pennella at 818-894-9301 or jpennella@newhorizons-sfv.org.
New Horizons is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities to fulfill their dreams. Through partnerships, community education, and advocacy, we create a brighter future in which our clients are accepted by, participate in, and add value to the community. New Horizons has been serving adults with developmental disabilities since 1954. For more information about New Horizons, visit www.newhorizons-sfv.org.last_img read more

15 Oct

The top 7 alternative fashion weeks in Toronto

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook International Muslim Fashion Design Festival (August 13-14)IMFDF is a two-day fashion and design festival geared towards Muslim women, “creating a more cohesive tie between fashion and modesty, while creating stronger ties between Muslim women entrepreneurs and fashionistas,” according to their website.Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (August 15-23)TOM is still working at building its reputation as a professionally run and managed event but it still stands strong as a fashion event worthy of your attention. This August they present Spring/Summer 2017 collections from a slew of local menswear designers. I recommend catching the Joao Paolo Guedes’ show.African Fashion Week (August 18-21)One of the most recognized fashion weeks in Canada in its own right, AFW takes over the Design Exchange and supports local, national and international designers. The African Fashion Industry Awards take place on August 21. There’s also a student designer competition, and runway showcases.TFI Fashion Labels Design Competition Show (Fall 2016)Move over Toronto Fashion Week, the Toronto Fashion Incubator is the fashion beast on the block with lots of cred and cash. They host a Design Competition and Show, which basically acts as a boot camp for new, talented Canadian designers. Stay tuned for an exact date. Twitter Login/Register With: Last month the already shaky legs of Toronto Fashion Week officially gave out when its sudden end was announced to the public. Many were sad, many shrugged their shoulders and kept shopping, others rubbed their hands together and thought: this is the time to really shine.Though the official week is gone, there are a swell of other recurring fashion events in this city worth paying attention to. Even more so now that the official week is dead and gone, it’s these small, more interesting shows that truly support Toronto’s fashion scene without Joe Fresh’s Canadian leftovers trampling in the way.Here’s a round-up of other Toronto fashion weeks and events you should know about. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

14 Oct

Tribunal orders Canada again to comply with its ruling on First Nation

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government continues to drag its heels on fully complying with the landmark decision of Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in January that found Ottawa discriminates against First Nation children on-reserve.The tribunal ruled for far too long the feds funded First Nation children living on-reserve less than non-Indigenous children off of reserve.It gave the government a list of areas that needed to fixed and issued a compliance order.They did so again in April.On Thursday, the tribunal did so again.“It rests on INAC and the federal government to implement the panel’s findings and orders, and to clearly communicate how it is doing so,” the tribunal said Thursday.The tribunal said it’s unclear who the feds have consulted with in the Indigenous community address the gaps.“INAC has previously acknowledged that it does not have expertise in the provision of child and family services to First Nations. Therefore, the need to consult with experts in the field, including the Caring Society, should be a priority,” the tribunal said, referring to Cindy Blackstock, executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.Blackstock, along with the Assembly of First Nations, were the ones who first brought the complaint against Ottawa about 10 years ago.Blackstock said she was happy with the latest compliance order and was scheduled to hold a media conference in Ottawa Thursday afternoon.The AFN also was happy the tribunal is keeping on the feds.“But it is disappointing to see that Canada has to be pushed to respect human rights and end discrimination against First Nations children, said National Chief Perry Bellegarde. “Canada must be more transparent and work with us a on a better system to reform the federal First Nation child welfare program that is supported by fair funding based on real needs.”The federal government is expected to release a statement later Thursday.Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

13 Oct

BCs Horgan defends fight to both retain and restrict Alberta oil imports

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE – B.C. Premier John Horgan says he is fighting to both retain and restrict Alberta energy imports because while the existing shipments are vital to his province, the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would see the unrefined oilsands oil go somewhere else.“The proposal to twin the pipeline is not to send more product to the Lower Mainland, but to export to other jurisdictions,” Horgan told reporters after a meeting of western premiers wrapped up Wednesday in Yellowknife.“There’s a distinct difference between those two things. One is diluted bitumen. The other is gasoline or jet fuel to be used by (B.C.) citizens to move around freely.”He made the comments after he was asked to explain why his government is going to court to determine if it has the right to regulate heavy oil imports while at the same time trying to stop Alberta from curtailing existing oil shipments to B.C.Horgan denied a suggestion that his government’s position is selfish.“Not at all,” he said, stressing that they are two separate issues.Horgan joined leaders from other western provinces and territories to discuss a range of shared concerns from cannabis legalization and pharmacare to market access.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley declined to go, saying she’s too busy trying to strike a deal to ensure Trans Mountain is built.She sent deputy premier Sarah Hoffman, who declined to sign off on the meeting’s closing statement. Hoffman said Alberta didn’t endorse the document because there was no statement affirming support for Trans Mountain.She said while she wants to proceed with the issues discussed at the meeting, it is folly to talk about how to spend money while ignoring critical issues on how to raise it.“Talking about market access without talking about Trans Mountain … is irrational” said Hoffman.The line, which would twin an existing pipe and triple the amount of oil heading from Alberta to the coast, was approved by Ottawa in 2016, but has hit permit delays and legal challenges from Horgan’s government.Alberta says pipeline bottlenecks are kneecapping the industry, costing millions of dollars a day.The pipeline builder, Kinder Morgan, has ratcheted back spending on the $7.4-billion project, citing B.C.’s obstruction tactics. The company says it needs assurance by May 31 that the line can get built.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and Alberta are exploring a range of options including buying the project from Kinder Morgan or making sure whoever builds it is covered for any losses tied to political delays.Horgan’s government has made clear it opposes the expansion over concerns about spills. His government has asked B.C.’s highest court to rule on whether B.C. can cap oil imports.Alberta has passed a bill to allow it to reduce shipments of oil and other fuels to B.C., which could lead to gas price spikes and other fuel-related hardships. B.C. has filed a suit in Alberta to stop Notley from turning down the taps, saying it violates the Constitution.Notley told reporters Tuesday that Horgan’s logic is head-spinning — he wants the fuel on one hand, but is trying to keep it the oil out on the other.Horgan, on a conference call Wednesday with B.C. reporters after the meeting, admitted things have gotten frosty on a personal level with Notley, someone he considers a friend.“They did invite me to the swearing in of their government,” he said. “I went gleefully and enjoyed myself. Maybe I’m just an acquaintance. It does not really matter. It’s not about me.”He said the last time he spoke with Notley was in Ottawa in April.“I think the tone between the two of us is strained,” Horgan said. “This is not personal for me. It’s about my responsibility to make sure that I’m doing my level best to protect our economy, our environment.”last_img read more

8 Oct

Police seek assistance to identify one of Lasanthas assailants

The Police today released a sketch of one of the assailants of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga and sought public assistance to identify the suspect.The Police media unit said that the sketch was drawn based on information provided by eyewitnesses. The suspect is believed to be around 35 years of age, just over 5 feet tall, fair in complexion with brown eyes.Anyone with reliable information on the suspect can contact 011-2422176, 011-2380380, 071-8305528, 071-8349505, 077-3291500 or 071-8070207. (Colombo Gazette) read more

7 Oct

Examining Enterprise Cloud Resistance

The ARPU factor is critical for vendors like RingCentral and 8×8. Even as revenues have grown, neither has produced an annual positive net income. Losses have narrowed, but even the EBITDA results are negative. This might cause one to wonder why, then, is cloud and MRR so appealing to the legacy vendors? The answer, as Phil has pointed out to me more than once, is the cost of acquiring new customers. Unlike the newer cloud-first vendors, the legacy suppliers have an opportunity to convert existing (premises) customers to an MRR model. This is a fundamental element of the analysis by Brent and Phil: If the cost for conversion is much lower than acquiring new customers, the bottom line benefits will be more easily realized. Why Not the Cloud?This brings us to a key point of the whole MRR-based solution approach: The analysis shows the recurring revenue business model produces better financial results for the suppliers, including higher revenue over time. But those increased revenues equal increased costs for customers. Repeatedly, independent lifecycle cost analysis shows that customers pay more for cloud (MRR) solutions than premises (CapEx) over time – the longer the analysis period, the greater the gap. This supports the reason the MRR solutions appeal to the seller, but it also supports the reason some customers are resisting cloud solutions. sctcperspective_Small.png cloud_colorful_774.png But our clients worry about their own bottom lines, not the vendors’. Although there may be many reasons to go cloud (and MRR), the financial advantages remain more clearly in favor of the vendors than the customers. 5 Steps for A Seamless Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 09, 2019 Ensuring that IT and business teams are on the same page before, during, and after the process is key to a successful migration. Hyping Up Hybrid: Making the Case Ryan Daily September 05, 2019 With the race to the cloud heating up, some enterprises aren’t dashing to the finish line with the same intensity – opting instead for a “hybrid” pace. It was not that many years ago (at least for us industry veterans) that a telephone system was a large capital investment, followed by minimal operating expenses (OpEx) for maintenance and upgrades. Furthermore, the maintenance contracts were optional and allowed competitive (third-party) vendors to flourish. Software patches were free and software upgrades were optional. Unfortunately, some of our clients’ key decision makers remember the same thing and wonder why communications system OpEx costs today are so high. In Brent and Phil’s article, they mentioned the Timothy Chao quote: “Cloud is not a technology, it is a business model.” But even if cloud is a superior business model, is it the only business model that can survive in today’s world? Perhaps more importantly, if enough customers demand an alternative, basic economic theory tells us that someone will step up to supply a solution. Given the positive financial impacts, even if cloud is better, it’s hard to see Avaya, Cisco, Mitel, NEC, Unify, etc., abandoning the premises CapEx sale. And so we can expect the manufacturers to continue to provide this alternative approach, even as they increase ongoing software support costs and other elements to balance the financial benefits. Sure, they may vigorously pursue cloud/MRR business, but they will not likely walk away from the premises business and thus create a vacuum for a competitor to grab market share. The excellent article shared by UC experts Brent Kelly and Phil Edholm last week on No Jitter highlights the compelling case for communications suppliers to pursue monthly recurring revenue (MRR) instead of the traditional one-time sale of a perpetual license coupled with on-premises hardware. However, as a consultant, not all of our customers are as eager to move their telecommunications systems to the recurring revenue model. For some customers — especially those in the public sector — it can be far easier to raise capital than increase operational budgets. This may be due to the ability (or need) to fund one-time expenses via bonds, loans, levies, or with a separate capital projects approval process. Frequently, a different budget (and approvals) are required for an ongoing expense commitment. For such customers, it may not matter if total cost of ownership over the expected lifecycle is a wash. The ARPU FactorThe rate of change could be accelerated if the monthly per-user costs for cloud begin to drop. For some reason, despite adequate competition, cloud costs to the customer and average revenue per user (ARPU) to the suppliers have remained fairly consistent. In RingCentral’s Q2 FY2018 analyst call last August, CFO Mitesh Dhruv stated, “We are seeing our ARPU hold steady in all segments.” Dedicated vs. Shared Cloud Voice Services Darin Ward October 03, 2019 When moving voice to the cloud, many service providers tout their dedicated solutions. But is “dedicated” all that it’s cracked up to be? 5 Ways Cloud UCC Changed the Workforce Mark Roberts September 16, 2019 The UCC digital renaissance has come and stayed. Now, enterprises are fine tuning their networks to better engage employees and customers. “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & ViewsARPUOpexCapexMRRCloud CommunicationsDeployment ModelsOrganization & ManagementSCTC Articles You Might Like This is evident both through the experience of many consultants and vendor-posted results. For example, last month UC analyst Dave Michels posted that Avaya’s recent financial growth (Q4, FY2018) was accomplished substantially from premises-based solutions. Although Dave states that “there’s several cloud attributes that are in conflict with general enterprise objectives,” which is true, he did not include the purely financial reasons that cloud is not the automatic choice. Are We Heading for Cloud in a Box? Tom Nolle September 26, 2019 As the cloud craze continues, enterprises are looking for simplified “in a box” cloud solutions to address their communication and collaboration needs. See All in Cloud Communications » Log in or register to post comments read more

6 Oct

Security Council welcomes POLISARIO decision to release Moroccan prisoners

Members of the Security Council today welcomed the recent decision by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO Front) to release 115 Moroccan prisoners of war . In a statement to the press, the current President of the Security Council, Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, noted that some of the prisoners had been in detention for decades.Expressing support for the efforts in this regard by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the current President of the Council of the European Union and others, Ambassador Koonjul stressed that the issue “must be solved on a strict humanitarian basis.”Members of the Council also noted the Moroccan Government’s commitment to address the problem of the fate of people unaccounted for in the Western Sahara conflict, and welcomed Rabat’s recent decision to release a number of Sahrawi detainees. Recalling the relevant provisions of resolution 1359 (2001) on the situation in Western Sahara, he said the members “urged the parties to solve the problem of the fate of people unaccounted for.”Pointing out that Council members had raised the issue several times in the past, the Ambassador called on both parties “to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law to release without further delay all those held since the start of the conflict.” read more

2 Oct

Football Ohio State running back JK Dobbins continues dynamic freshman season

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 EditorNine plays into Ohio State’s first drive against Nebraska, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins took the handoff from quarterback J.T. Barrett and followed a block from redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry to the left sideline.Fifty-two yards later, Dobbins was in the end zone and the Buckeyes had their first score of the game. Like Dobbins, they never looked back.“I saw [the defender] the whole time, and I knew I was going to have to beat him and he was the last person to beat,” Dobbins said after the game. “So I beat him.”For Dobbins, everything this season has seemed to be just that simple. Any obstacle facing Dobbins so far, he has beat with ease. With 775 rushing yards on 100 carries this season, the 5-foot-10, 208-pound running back is on pace to become the fourth freshman running back in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knows the Buckeyes will rely heavily on Dobbins the remainder of season. He said Wednesday he intends to wear Dobbins out and not hold back on his usage of the freshman. That sentiment has not changed.“We’ve had a couple games where he hasn’t had an opportunity to get a lot of carries and we’ll see him bust out,” Meyer said Saturday. “He’s just an exceptional player. And when you have a home-run hitter like that, you feed him the ball as much as you can.”Dobbins has had an exceptional freshman season. Heading into the year, the expectation was that he would serve as redshirt sophomore Mike Weber’s backup. A hamstring injury to Weber in fall camp thrust Dobbins into a starting role. And even though Weber has returned, Dobbins has continued to shine.“I didn’t think I would have this much success early, but I knew I would get a lot of success,” Dobbins said. “I think it’s advanced, but I’m glad I could help my team get a spark.”He is far from the first freshman running back to provide his team with an unexpected spark. Two years ago, then-freshman Penn State running back Saquon Barkley entered the season as the backup running back to Akeel Lynch, the team’s returning leading rusher. Barkley had had some big games before, but it wasn’t until an injury to Lynch in the fourth game of that season provided Barkley with an opportunity to claim the starting spot. Barkley missed two games with his own injury before making his debut as a starter against Ohio State. In that game, Barkley rushed for 194 yards on 26 carries.That season, he established himself as a top threat out of the backfield for the Nittany Lions as he rushed for 1,076 yards on 182 carries. However, he was outshined in the Midwest by Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, who finished the season with 1,821 yards on 289 carries in his final collegiate campaign.This season, Barkley has stolen the spotlight in the Big Ten, appearing to be an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy and a likely top-10 selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley is the face of Big Ten running backs right now, but Dobbins is in the early stages of what should be a fruitful collegiate career.Dobbins currently has the edge on Barkley in rushing yards this season (775 to 649), but Barkley’s impact as a receiver and on special teams solidifies him as the top running back in not only the conference, but also the country.The two will soon square off in arguably both teams’ most crucial game of the year. Just as the game between Elliott and Barkley was seemingly the start of Elliott passing the torch to Barkley as the face of Big Ten star running backs, this could be the changing of the guard from Barkley to Dobbins.Dobbins might not have the same 194-yard breakout game as Barkley, but just as long as he provides his team with another spark, he will be satisfied with the end result.“I know coach Meyer says he wants to get me the ball more, but if it’s all about winning the game, and it’s not going through me, then I’m fine with it,” Dobbins said. “Just want to help my team.” read more

22 Sep

London police search for Christmas tree thief

first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON have issued an appeal to track down a woman believed to have stolen a Christmas tree from a care home last week.At about 7.15pm on Monday, 16 December, the woman entered the sheltered housing building for vulnerable adults in Camberwell in the southeast of the city. She pretended she was visiting somebody who stayed there – but they have since confirmed they did not know her.After a short time in the building, the woman left and brought with her the small tree from the entrance.The tree had been donated to the facility by a member of staff and, according to Scotland Yard, was “liked by all the residents who now have no tree for Christmas”.“This is a particularly callous crime especially at this time of year involving some of our more vulnerable members of society,” said PC Lorna Clark who issued an appeal to the public for information.CCTV footage of the incident has been released.Read: Mountain rescue teams urge walkers to be safe this ChristmasToday: Difficult driving conditions, but no major travel disruption amid ‘orange alert’ windslast_img read more

21 Sep

Sony demos how Xperia Sola touchless display doesnt work

first_imgIf you didn’t quite understand the point of Floating Touch when you read about the Sony Xperia Sola the other day, maybe this new video from Sony will help. Then again, maybe it won’t.While the Sola appears at first glance to have the same sort of touchscreen as other smartphones, it’s not. Sony utilizes two different types of capacitive sensors, one (mutual) which detects physical touches and a second (self) that can pick up events from a distance of about 2.2cm. Yes, floating touch on the Xperia Sola can theoretically tell what you’re pointing at from almost an inch away!That ability, coupled with the arrival of hover events in Android 4.0, could allow for some very interesting user experiences down the road. However, right now the Xperia Sola floating touch demo Sony has posted makes the whole thing look a little futile.The finger we’re looking at is never anywhere near an inch away from the screen. Most of the time it appears to be narrowly avoiding actually touching the display — and you can see the occasional accidental touch take place. Unless you’re intently focused on not touching the screen of your Sola, chances are good you’d probably end up touching it anyway.Floating touch is a cool concept, but it’s just not very well suited to a handheld device that is meant to be handled and touched. It works much better in your living room or office, where the Kinect has shown repeatedly just how cool touch-free interaction can be.More at Sony and The Vergelast_img read more

19 Sep

Clark County Council picks 2 finalists for manager

first_imgThe Clark County Council has settled on two finalists for county manager. The council is inviting the public to come meet them at a forum that’ll be held the morning of May 30.According to a county news release, the county has selected Rick Rudometkin, county manager of Eddy County, N.M., and Shawn Henessee, city administrator for Pleasant Hill, Mo.The news release states that Rudometkin has 24 years of local government experience and previously served as director of public works in Eddy County, which has a population of 57,578 and is located in the southeastern portion of the state.According to the release, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. He also holds credentials as a Certified Advocate for Public Ethics and Certified Public Manager through the New Mexico EDGE program, part of New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.Henessee also has a background in local government. Since 2017 he has held his position at Pleasant Hill, Mo., which has a population of over 8,000. Previously, he served as county administrator for Marinette County, Wis.last_img read more

6 Sep

20 lakh cases are at a stage where summons have not been

first_imgGuwahati : Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday said over 1,000 cases are pending in courts across the country for 50 years, while a whopping two lakh plus cases are pending for 25 years. Gogoi instructed Gauhati High Court Chief Justice (Acting) Arup Kumar Goswami to clear such long pending cases in Assam as soon as possible. He said he had addressed the chief justices of various high courts on July 10, during which he requested them, inter alia, to “go after” the 50-year-old and the 25-year-old cases. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us The CJI also said, out of about 90 lakh pending civil cases, more than 20 lakh are at a stage where summons have not been served yet. Gogoi expressed concern over “belligerent and reckless behaviour” by some individuals and groups and hoped the country’s institutions will overcome such “wayward” elements. The CJI did not elaborate on his remarks and refrained from naming any individuals or groups. “It is unfortunate that the present times are witnessing belligerent and reckless behaviour by a few individuals and some groups. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “I am hopeful that such incidents turn out to be exceptions and the strong traditions and ethos of our institution shall always assist our stakeholders to display resilience to overcome the belligerence of such wayward constituents,” Gogoi said. He said that unlike offices or government establishments, courts are unique, with multiple stakeholders converging every day to facilitate and make the wheels of justice move forward, though they may not be bound by any single hierarchy of commands. Advertise With Us “It is therefore important, for each stakeholder functioning in a court complex, to learn and accept that the institutional traditions and practices are the greatest gifts that we inherit in our respective journeys even as we associate with the process of justice dispensation in various capacities,” Gogoi said. The CJI said that judges and judicial officers must remember that judgments and court orders have a bearing on public faith. “Today, I feel compelled to assert that judges and judicial officers must remember that public faith and confidence, on which our institution lives and survives, is largely built on the basis of orders and judgements passed by us,” Gogoi said. The CJI also said that getting selected as a judicial functionary is an opportunity to serve the hallowed institution, whose value is always immeasurably more than what can be reasonably visualised. “The right to adjudicate the affairs of fellow human beings and citizens has an element of divinity to it and this privilege by itself must fill us with humility and a profound sense of duty towards the people, whom we serve,” he said.last_img read more

2 Sep

Why Are So Many Democrats Challenging Sen John Cornyn

first_img 00:00 /00:45 Gage Skidmore/FlickrU.S. Sen. John Cornyn Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Republican Sen. John Cornyn is facing a growing field of challengers to keep his seat, with the entry of Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards. Other Democratic candidates already in the contest include Air Force veteran M.J. Hegar, former Congressman Chris Bell and Houston activist Sema Hernandez.Cal Jillson with Southern Methodist University says the crowded presidential contest to challenge President Donald Trump is largely driving the interest in the Senate race.“I think that represents the uncertainty of the electoral climate as we move toward 2020,” Jillson said. “Will President Trump’s appeal to racial divisions in the country affect the presidential election and all the Senate elections and House elections going on around the country?”Jillson says at this stage the large number of challengers to Cornyn could generate enthusiasm among the Democratic base in Texas. Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston agrees.“A growing primary field for Democrats is a good problem of their own making,” Rottinghaus told the Texas Standard. “Twenty-eighteen showed that Texas is winnable, it’s flippable, or purple, or it’s a toss-up, depending on how you want to characterize it.”Jillson argues that, at this point, the odds still favor Cornyn winning a fourth term, both because of his advantage in cash-on-hand and his greater name recognition.“M.J. Hegar is out front. Chris Bell won one U.S. House race, lost the governor’s race, lost a race in Houston for local office. Amanda Edwards is a local candidate in Houston who has no name recognition outside the city,” Jillson said.A fifth Democrat, State Senator Royce West of Dallas, is expected to declare his candidacy on Monday. Listenlast_img read more

1 Sep

MovieBob Reviews JUSTICE LEAGUE 2017

first_img Is Justice League any good?…are you being serious right now?…yes?……for real?So it’s NOT good, is where you’re going with thi-Are you new here – as in, on the planet?…was there a reason I was supposed to be expecting it to not be good?Well, it’s a movie that was already in production when they got the bad news that its direct predecessor opened as one of the worst reviewed films of its year. This prompted the studio-wide panic and placing the rest of what was already a production slate of questionable ambition in jeopardy and setting off a “troubled production” rumor mill that’s continued to plague it to this day. Most notably that it was supposed to be TWO movies and at some point became just the one for now. Who’s director stepped down from post-production owing to a family tragedy, leading to the film being finished by another filmmaker best known for similar features in a competing series leading to still more drama involving massive reshoots and more rumors of drastic changes to tone, story and pacing as its studio attempts an in-motion course correction? Does that strike you as a recipe for “good?”So it’s NOT good?No, it’s not very good.What’s wrong with it?Everything that was wrong with every one of these movies so far except for the first 2/3rds of Wonder Woman. Weak story, bad script, ill-defined characters, actors who feel like they want to be anywhere else, a tonal clash between “dumb” and “pretentious” and some of the most hideously ugly production design this side of the Riddick movies. This is all coupled with a franchise-filmmaking production philosophy that still favors cart-before-the-horse world building over making good individual films. It’s ugly, empty, dumb as a bag of hammers and obnoxiously insistent about its owns supposed gravitas.Is it better than Batman V Superman, at least?Ironically, it’s nowhere NEAR as bad as Batman V Superman was… but it’s also a thousand times less interesting; scaling back and cutting out all the bizarre gonzo bad decisions that characterized its predecessor but keeping all the boring corporate Hollywood bad decisions. And I… guess that’s a better outcome? If Dawn of Justice was a cauldron of scalding-hot gorilla piss, then Justice League is… the same thing, but the gorilla-piss is just room-temperature? So it’s every bit as gross and unpleasant, and you shouldn’t go near it but touching it won’t physically injure you. So that’s something.But I take it there’s a downside to that?The thinking on the post-production side here clearly seems to have been that releasing a dud is preferable to risking another disaster; and that (plus what feels like a deliberate excising of ANY plot details that might have existed to set up future storylines they’re no longer planning on using) basically means that you’re watching a film where everything that wasn’t a joke, an action scene or a character striking a dramatic pose for their merchandising stills just… doesn’t exist. Functionally, Justice League is the cinematic equivalent of a cheap fiber supplement: It has no taste, no texture and it’s mainly designed to pass harmlessly through the plumbing and kind of make you feel like you saw something.How much story did they end up leaving in?There’s a magical cube with vaguely defined cosmic significance on Earth that an alien bad guy needs to conquer… I assume the Universe? So he shows up with an army of interchangeable CGI henchmen and tries to take it. In order to prevent this, a group of superheroes is assem- er… eh, “gathered” to stop him and save the world.Um… that sounds a lot like…Yes, but there’s a pretty big difference!Oh?Yes! In this one… there are THREE magic cubes.Ha-ha. Wait – isn’t the villain Steppenwolf? And isn’t he connected to all that Darkseid/New Gods business that was so much fun in the cartoons?That seems to have been the plan when this was the next step in “big story” and not the salvaged-together remnants of what no longer seems to be the DCEU’s main direction anymore, yeah. That’s probably why it feels so empty on the stakes/villain side: You can feel where all the “bigger mythology” stuff was supposed to go in the now-unexplained places between characters changing personality or gaining understanding.Is any of it good?Gal Gadot is still fun as Wonder Woman, though she’s given very little to work with here. Some of the action beats are well staged, even though they don’t mean anything. Beyond that, not much. Affleck looks like he’s literally eyeing the exit, Fisher has presence but Cyborg is a brooding bore, Flash is a whiny, annoying, weightless Millennial stereotype and Aquaman is… easily the WORST character in the entire DC franchise now – I don’t understand how a dude as large and “exuberant” as Jason Momoa can have absolutely zero screen-presence… but here we are.How are the FX?It’s also shockingly bad-looking in a lot of spots. If you’ve seen the first wave of trailers compared to the most recent, you can already tell this was originally meant to be slightly more in line with Batman V Superman’s palette and has been color-graded and retouched into a COMPLETELY different look (to be frank, it looks mainly like they’re trying to make it match the more Crayola-colored vibrancy of the last couple Marvel and X-Men movies) and the problem with that is that things like costumes, sets and props are designed around how they’re going to be shot and lit; so the level of tampering on display here has the effect of highlighting how artificial and stagey it all looks.So… about that character who died in the last one?Gonna need to throw up the spoiler-warning on that one. For now: A waste of time, effort and classic comics – utterly skippable, and a real shame. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target [SPOILER WARNING FOR THIS POINT ONWARD]Okay, so Superman comes back to life in the middle of the movie and it doesn’t mean ANYTHING. seriously, it’s not really built up that this is a thing or a plan, just – “Hey, maybe the Motherbox can ressurect the dead, let’s try this!” And then he’s back. He’s angry for a bit, then he’s not because Lois Lane shows up and they contrive to hit “pause” on this whole plotline so he won’t have to show up and save everybody easily until the VERY end. It’s a hugely disappointing way to handle it, with a complete lack of interest in what “death” or dying now means in this context – it’s like not even the other characters can bring themselves to pretend he wasn’t coming back right away. Maybe there was more there before they took the hatchet to the movie, but it just feels like so much rushing through plot-points so the DCEU can move on to whatever it’s going to morph into post-Wonder Woman.Do they ever pay off the time-traveling Flash or Batman’s weird nightmare from the last movie?Not even a little bit – I wonder if they’ll decide to pay it off different than it was meant to pay off here at some point, or just forget that it happened, honestly.Anything else spoiler-ish or of interest?There’s a flashback scene where we see unidentified characters using Green Lantern rings, but nothing comes of it. Superman and Flash have a race in the first of two post-credit scenes, which would be a nice payoff for a relationship between the two characters that never actually develops during the movie itself. “Bonus scene” #2 I won’t spoil, save to say that the brazenness with which it says “Hey, forget an entire previous movie’s worth of characterization and a ton of plot stuff we promised would pay off – instead we’re doing this even if [character] is suddenly a totally different [personality] for no reason” is almost offensively disrespectful of the audience. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more