Nova Scotia Destination of Choice for Creditek

first_imgECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Nova Scotia Destination of Choice forCreditek A newly established business process outsourcing operation islooking to hire more than 100 financial and accounting employeesfor its Halifax location over the course of the next year. NewJersey-based Creditek Corporation manages receivables for anumber of Fortune 1500 companies that include leaders in theconsumer packaged goods and health-care sectors. Creditek’s Halifax location marks the company’s first Canadianoperations. “We are pleased that Creditek has made Nova Scotiatheir first Canadian choice for growth, and it speaks well of thebusiness advantages that exist in our province,” said EconomicDevelopment Minister Ernie Fage. “Creditek places a high value onthe education level of our workforce and, by choosing NovaScotia, they are helping us send a strong message to theinternational business community that we’re an excellent locationfor business.” “We are extremely pleased with the talent we are attracting inHalifax,” said Regina Paolillo, president and CEO of Creditek.”Our planned growth requires a workforce that is well educated,experienced, energetic, innovative and customer focused. That’swhy we chose Halifax as a partner and location for our firstoffshore service centre and we couldn’t be happier with theresults.” Creditek has signed a four-year payroll rebate agreement withNova Scotia Business Inc. that will see the company set upinitial operations in Halifax and explore another expansionoutside of Halifax in year two of the agreement. Should thecompany meet all of its obligations, and create up to 240 jobs inthe process, it will be eligible to receive $1.7 million over thecourse of the agreement. “Business process outsourcing companies like Creditek present amajor opportunity for us because outsourcing has become the normfor many U.S.-based businesses,” said Stephen Lund, president andCEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Our province is well positionedas an outsourcing alternative to locations in India and Chinabecause we lack the geopolitical risks, we share the same cultureas the United States, and our workforce measures up with anylocation in the world.” Creditek staff require a college diploma or university degree inbusiness or accounting, or several years of experience in theindustry. The Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) providedinitial workplace training for staff in Creditek’s appliedcustomer service training. “NSCC believes it’s important to be proactive in businessdevelopment activity that impacts the economic progress of NovaScotia,” said Ken Jones, dean, customized training and part-timeStudies, NSCC. “We can provide various levels of trainingincluding curriculum development and delivery, which we customizeto meet the needs of individual business operations –telecommunications, customer service and management are threespecific areas of focus.” For more information on employment opportunities with Creditek,contact Sharon Ayres at 1-800-216-4000 ext. 333 or via e-mail . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business developmentagency, an organization that works with companies to providebusiness solutions. The private sector-led agency works toattract new businesses to the province and help those already inNova Scotia expand through services such as export developmentand financing.last_img read more

UP Police inflicts 3rd degree torture on minor

first_imgLucknow: A 14-year-old boy was picked up by the Lucknow police and subjected to third degree torture when he refused to own up to the theft of an e-rickshaw. SSP Lucknow Kalanidhi Naithani has asked Circle Officer Tanu Upadhyaya to probe the allegations against the policemen. According to reports, the boy Manish, was picked up by the Telibagh police after the e-rickshaw of one Amresh Gautam was stolen. Manish used to ply the rickshaw occasionally to make ends meet. His father works as a daily wage earner. The boy was taken to the Telibagh outpost on Thursday after Amresh Gautam lodged a complaint against him. The boy was beaten up and tortured by the cops who asked him to own up to the theft. The cops also trampled his legs with their boots. The boy’s family then contacted a social worker who took the parents and the victim to meet the SSP on Friday night. The medical examination of the boy has confirmed swelling and injuries on the legs. The SSP has assured the family that strict action would be taken against all those found responsible.last_img read more

Gurugram will not be flooded this monsoon assures minister

first_imgGurugram: For the second time in less than a week, the state PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh visited the Badshapur drain and overlooked the work being done to widen the drain. After seeing the progress, the Badshapur MLA assured the citizens that unlike 2016 and 2018 when the city was flooded during monsoon, this time there will be no such situation. He was accompanied by the HUDA administrator Chander Shekhar Khare who briefed the minister about the progress. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”We are ensuring that there is no flood like situation this time and we are making sure that all the works as far as widening of the drain is being taken. We have had some legal hurdles due to which some part of the work is being stalled,” said the minister. A 600-metre stretch in Khandsa village was identified as the main reason for the 2016 deluge, as the drain narrows in Khandsa, with its width reducing from 30 metres to 10 metres, leading to overflow of rainwater at Hero Honda Chowk and areas around it. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the District officials, the capacity of Badshahpur drain in Khandsa village is being increased to 2100 cusecs and work is in the last phase of completion. It will be completed by June 30. There is however a challenge as some part of the work may not be completed due to legal hurdles. According to an official statement released by the district administration about the meeting, Khatri had also informed Haryana chief minister ML Khattar that the motor pump panels at Hero Honda Chowk underpass, which was inundated with 50 million litres rainwater last year, have been placed outside the underpass. He also said that nearly all stormwater drains in the city have been cleaned. To make sure that there is better coordination of officials during monsoons, the Gururgam metropolitan development authority (GMDA) is also planning to open a control room from where all the situations will be monitored.last_img read more

Janmashtami in Mathura should be celebrated like Deepotsav in Ayodhya UP CM

first_imgLucknow:Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Thursday said that Janmashtami in Mathura should be celebrated like ‘Deepotsav’ in Ayodhya. Ramnavami in Ayodhya and Navratri in Vindhyachal should be celebrated the same way, he said in a meeting with the Braj Teerth Development Board here. “If you will be able to make this happen then all these events will be able to gain global recognition and tourists from all over the world will be attracted towards them. And this will boost the tourism in Uttar Pradesh,” the chief minister said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He said all the development projects should be completed within time, maintaining the quality and standard. “All the places related to Lord Krishna should be well lit and halogen lights should be replaced with LED lights. For environment conservation, plastic should be completely banned from these places,” Adityanath said. During the meeting, a discussion was also held for overall development of Vindhyachal on the lines of Kashi Vishwanath. Around two dozen projects are underway in the region and the chief minister has directed officers to complete them before November. UP Chief Secretary Anoop Chandra Pandey, vice president of the Braj Teerth Development Board Shailja Kant Mishra, ACS Tourism Awanish Awasthi and officers of other departments concerned were present in the meeting.last_img read more

BC already seeking new markets for wine in Asia US Horgan

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s premier says his government is reviewing its options and standing up for its citizens when it comes to a trade war with Alberta.John Horgan says the province was already seeking new markets for B.C. wines in Asia before Alberta banned the products earlier this week.He says he’ll continue standing up for the province’s wine industry, including on a trip to Washington state next month where he’ll talk about increasing the market south of the border.The wine prohibition was the latest escalation of a dispute between the two provinces over the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said her province imported about 17 million bottles of B.C. wine last year, with an estimated value of $70 million.Horgan says his government is also looking into whether there have been any violations of inter-provincial trade agreements, and will take action when appropriate.last_img read more

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift another fire burns near Trout

first_imgSpecial air quality statements remain in effect for High Level, Rainbow Lake, Fort Vermilion, Fairview, High Prairie and Manning as a result of smoke from wildfires. Individuals are advised to take precautions to reduce exposure and risk. #abwildfire— AHS North Zone (@AHS_NorthZone) May 26, 2019The shift in wind has also caused three air quality statements to be issued in northern Alberta communities.The Canadian Press HIGH LEVEL, Alta. — Crews battling an enormous wildfire just outside the small northern Alberta town of High Level are bracing for what could be a dangerous wind shift today.The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town, and has grown to just over 1,000 square kilometres.More than 360 firefighters, including many who have come from outside Alberta, are on the fire lines and also in High Level working to protect property and infrastructure. They are supported by at least 28 helicopters as well as various types of heavy equipment.How big is the #HighLevelFire? This video from the @YourAlberta shows from above. Latest size estimate is 105,200 hectares. Expecting more details on the conditions around 10:30. #abfire #yeg #wildfire #highlevel #abwx— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) May 26, 2019The winds have been blowing the fire away from High Level, but a wind shift is pushing the flames back towards the town.  High temperatures and a lack of any rain in the forecast are also likely to increase the fire threat.Officials have said the approximately 5,000 people who have been evacuated from the area should not expect to return until at least next week and that provincial emergency funds for their gas, food and other expenses should be available by Monday.Meanwhile, another northern Alberta community is facing a looming wildfire threat.An emergency alert has been issued for Trout Lake because of a blaze 14 kilometres southeast of the community that has covered more than 300 hectares.Residents of Trout Lake have been told they may need to leave on short notice.Applications for evacuation payments are open and Albertans who qualify will receive $1200 for each adult and $500 for each child.A voluntary evacuation is in place for Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement and areas north of High Level.last_img read more

The screen never goes dark for Stranger Things Canadian producer Shawn Levy

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment About 10 years ago, Shawn Levy figured it wouldn’t bode well for his health or that of his family if he continued to direct movies at the feverish pace at which he had been churning them out. So the Montreal-born filmmaker decided he would start his own production company in Hollywood and search out properties for others to direct for a spell.But Levy continued to be a moviemaking machine for several years after setting up his 21 Laps production company. He has done a couple of Night at the Museums, Cheaper by the Dozens and Pink Panthers, as well as the Tina Fey-driven Date Night and This Is Where I Leave You, not to mention Big Fat Liar, Real Steel and The Internship. Apart from Fey, he has worked with Steve Carell, Steve Martin, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Christopher Guest, Ben Stiller, Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, Jonah Hill, Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.A favourite filmmaker among actors, Levy is also considered to be among the most consistently bankable directors in the business. His films have grossed close to $2.5 billion. Levy did step back a tad from his frenetic directing pace, but if he had envisioned a more sedentary life on the production side, he was soon to learn that mastering his golf game would have to wait.As fate would have it, 21 Laps was behind the biggest TV/streaming hit of the year, Stranger Things. A no-name, low-budget sci-fi horror series created by the unknown Duffer brothers, it began streaming on Netflix in the summer, and a second season is in the works. Advertisementlast_img read more

Alliance is need of hour AAP Haryana head Naveen Jaihind

first_imgGurugram: At a press conference in Gurugram on Friday, AAP Haryana president Naveen Jaihind said party’s mind & heart are open for an alliance with Congress and Jannayak Janta Party (JJP). He also said that BJP is harmful to both the country and the state and saving the country from the duo of Amit Shah and Narendra Modi should be the top priority of the voters. Though Jaihind did not disclose any specific dates he said that the list of candidates will be declared soon. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticIt is widely expected that AAP that has a reasonably strong presence in Gurugram urban areas will be given the preference to contest from the Gurugram Lok Sabha seat. Interestingly Gurugram with over two million registered voters in the largest seat in the Haryana state. Proximity to the national capital has resulted in the party also has a sizeable presence in Gurugram. Some of the strong leaders from the city that are affiliated to AAP include RS Rathee who is an MCG councillor and Nisha Singh. Some of the issues that are being raised by the party towards the development of the city include ensuring better sanitation and cleanliness, replenishing the ground water table and improving the erratic power supply. In the past, the party has raised several issues that are plaguing the city and has not shied away in taking on the government directly on several of its policies in the city.last_img read more

Suspects who stole tsunami buoy nabbed

The police have arrested five suspects in Matara who had stolen tsunami warning equipment placed in the Indian Ocean, the police media unit said today.According to the police the suspects had stolen the items last month but they were later recovered. The police said that a buoy which was stolen was used to provide weather information as well as tsunami alerts. All five suspects are residents of Devinuwara in the Matara area.  The suspects are to be produced in court today. Tsunami buoys are anchored buoys that can detect sudden changes in undersea water pressure and are used as part of tsunami warning systems in the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Indian Ocean.A devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 killed thousands in Sri Lanka as the island was not prepared to alert people living along the coast. However since then the Sri Lankan government has invested on new tsunami warning equipment and also conducted several drills for the public on the precautions they need to take in the event of a tsunami alert.Sri Lanka was alerted on a possible tsunami just last week following a massive quake off Sumatra, Indonesia.Mass evacuations were carried out along the entire coastal belt of Sri Lanka following the alert. The tsunami alert was however lifted after a couple of hours.  (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan top UN officials hail treaty event heralding permanent war crimes court

Saying that a missing link in international justice is now in place, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today joined other top UN officials in hailing a historic treaty event held this morning in New York, where representatives of 10 States deposited their instruments ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), thus paving the way for the accord’s entry into force in less than three months. “The long-held dream of a permanent international criminal court will now be realized,” the Secretary-General told a ceremony in Rome, where the treaty to set up the Court had been negotiated in 1998. “Impunity has been dealt a decisive blow.””The time is at last coming when humanity no longer has to bear impotent witness to the worst atrocities, because those tempted to commit such crimes will know that justice awaits them,” Mr. Annan said in a message broadcast via satellite from the Palazio del Quirinale, where he appeared with Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the President of Italy.Today’s action brought to 66 the number of ratifications lodged with the UN. This is six more than needed for the treaty to enter into force, which will now happen on 1 July, in accordance with the provisions of the Statute. In a message welcoming what he said was “a truly meaningful moment,” the President of the UN General Assembly, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, said the scope, scale and nature of atrocities that have been committed in many parts of the world during the last 20 years have “reminded us of the urgency of creating a permanent mechanism to bring to justice the perpetrators of such inhuman crimes as genocide, ethnic cleansing, sexual slavery and maiming.”It was widely recognized that a permanent international criminal court would be more efficient than ad hoc tribunals in taking action against crimes and also in limiting the extent or duration of violence by the nature of its very existence, he noted. “Furthermore, it will provide much stronger deterrence to potential criminals by giving them a clear warning that there will be no place for them to hide,” he added.For her part, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, said that the lessons of the tribunals established for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda had proved particularly important for the substantive development of international criminal law and the protection of human rights.”The unequivocal message emerging from The Hague and Arusha is that where domestic legal order has broken down, or national authorities are unwilling or unable to punish gross violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law, the international community has an obligation and a responsibility to respond,” she said. “With the coming into force of the Rome Statute, the international community will have accepted that responsibility on a permanent basis.” read more

Top UN relief official calls for major changes in world humanitarian efforts

In his keynote address at the annual UN Department of Public Information (DPI)/non governmental organizations (NGO) forum Mr. Egeland proposed that the UN develop a more predictable funding base, strengthen response capacity, and develop a more predictable right to access, with improved security for aid workers. Referring to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report, “In Larger Freedom,” he urged UN members and NGOs to work cooperatively to meet the objectives of peace and security, development, human rights and United Nations reform. He also said that the world needs to harness the energies, resources and imagination of all sectors of society, and called for a moral and ethical revolution to match our technical progress, so that the benefits of innovation and technology could be available for all people who need them. The 58th Conference, “Our Challenge: Voices for Peace, Partnership, and Renewal” brought NGO’s together with representatives of Member States to discuss civil society’s perspective on issues of importance prior to the opening of 2005 World Summit. read more

Mystery pornography troll targets Church of England primary school staff in yearlong

first_img Kirsty Pellant is a victim of the trollCredit: STIAN ALEXANDER  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A mystery pornography troll has targeted Church of England primary school staff in a year-long hate campaign.Workers’ pictures have been taken from social media and used to create false profiles on pornography websites and adult escorting profiles.At least three staff have been targeted at St John’s in Canterbury, in Kent, with one profile claiming the woman “would consider implied and fully nude roles.”The profile added: “Also private movie producers as well as commercial as i have already starred in several private movies.”One of the victims is the school’s head of welfare and inclusion, Kirsty Pellant, who said she has been left traumatised by the online posts.Her name has been posted on scores of adult websites, with captions such as “Slutty teacher Kirsty Pellant.” They have been discovered on adult websites headed with her name and featuring videos of a woman who looks similar to her as well as images that have been digitally manipulated. On the fake profile, which lists her age as 33, from Canterbury, it states “been on stage in several productions in local area. First nude role due in September”.Police have been investigating for a year to uncover who is behind the malicious campaign against employees. But since the first report of harassment in February 2017, no suspects have been identified. Head teacher Jo Warnock said: “This is online bullying and will not be tolerated. We are absolutely desperate to find out who is responsible and to see them prosecuted. “It’s also important for children to know that it’s not right and we do something about it. It is extremely distressing for the staff involved and their families.”We are working hard to continue as normal as we do not want to see such a malicious person affect the education of the children.”Police said the investigation into harassment of staff at the school is ongoing. Kirsty Pellantcenter_img Some links have been shared on Facebook by parents, forcing the school to warn those circulating them they could face prosecution for making malicious communications.Ms Pellant, 37, who has been working at the school since 2012, said the damaging posts first started appearing in 2016.Her distress intensified in recent weeks with fresh posts appearing online being shared on Facebook in residents’ groups with as many as 23,000 members. She said: “It’s been a horrible year. The impact on me personally can’t be overstated. I could have crumbled because it has been so shocking and upsetting, but I have to keep fighting.”I have made it my mission to take down as many of the posts as possible, but they keep appearing and it’s a long and arduous task.”It’s scary, and I have no idea what the motivation behind it is but it has hit me hard and I shouldn’t have to go through this.”Of course I worry that some people might think it’s true, but all the parents I have spoken to have been very supportive.”She has the full support of the school, Kent County Council and the school governors who have written to all parents telling them about the “malicious and unfounded” attacks, urging them not to share images or links. Ms Pellant said she was distressed by what had happenedCredit:Stian Alexander  Kirsty Pellantlast_img read more

Sandviks DE100 exploration core drill series expanded to meet market needs

first_imgLower ore grades and smaller discoveries demand equipment to reach deeper and more complex orebodies. Sandvik is responding to those needs by expanding the DE100 series with the new compact and powerful DE150 core drilling rig. The DE150 can work both underground (where it is Sandvik’s most powerful exploration drill rig) or on surface. The trend in Scandinavia is towards lighter rigs, making less environmental damage, even though they are required to drill deeper and larger holes. Sandvik believes the demand for lighter yet more powerful drills is universal, creating increasing demand for drills of this size globally.The first DE150 prototype was tested in hard crystalline rock in Forsmark, Sweden, by diamond core and raise drilling contractor Drillcon. “We had a suitable project, an assignment for Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management, where we had a chance to see if the DE150 could live up to our expectations and meet the goal we had, namely to drill three holes according to a set standard,” said Mikael Berglund, CEO of Drillcon. As the new prototype was different from previous Sandvik models, Berglund said he was particularly interested in how the machine lived up to the expectations on the technologies most recently developed by Sandvik. Key technologies include the electro-hydraulic power pack, the feed boom and the control panel. “I am happy with the results. It worked well. The new technology was both effective and reliable,” Berglund said.Berglund considers the DE150 to be complementary to the Sandvik range, providing a size of rig that has been missing from the Sandvik range; aimed at a different market to the smaller models. The DE150 is powered by a hydraulic motor producing class-leading torque of 2,000 Nm at 485 rpm. The hydraulic feed cylinder design gives a push and pull capacity of 147 kN. The depth capacity is up to 2,000 m with N size rods. In underground applications, the DE150 is powered by a 110 kW electric power unit giving a maximum working pressure of 250 bar and oil flow of 300 litres/min.The DE150 shares many of the well-proven components used by other drill rigs in the DE100 series. It features a rigid and torsion-resistant steel profile feed boom and a direct coupled feed cylinder with a feed length of 1,700 mm and feed speed of a maximum 0.63 m/s. The feed boom is mounted on a frame with tilt cylinder and mechanical supports. The mounting frame has been specifically designed for quick and easy set-up when fan drilling with a full range of adjustments from vertical down to vertical up. The drill offers great push and pull capacity relative to its weight and size. The steel design also makes it suitable for environments requiring flame-proof drill units. Sandvik’s DE150 torque control enables optimal balance for torque and rotation speed. The control panel has a pilot-operated hydraulic system which gives the operator central control of all drilling operations, including flush pumps, wireline hoist and boom tilt. The system also controls hydraulic system pressure, feeding force, hold back pressure, water pressure and water flow.last_img read more

Underground safety not by default but by design

first_img“Safety is not a ‘bolt-on’ – it’s an integral, vital part of the entire business management process and the personal responsibility of each individual.” This statement by Koos Oosthuizen, Risk Executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, helps explain how the company has achieved its impressive safety record of three million fatality-free shifts at Kroondal platinum mine. Don’t forget the big safety fature in IM’s June issue.Almost unheard-of in the mining industry, this exceptional feat has been attained in just under three years. “Safety and associated safety systems should never be stand-alones,” Oosthuizen continues. “Safety is embedded in every aspect of the organisation and a natural part of production. It is implicit in our entire business management system and infuses every activity from procurement to rockface and final production.”A number of tightly interwoven factors have led to this shift to a culture and mentality of safety, not only for the individual himself, but for his colleagues and team mates. The ‘Care’ philosophy lies at the foundation of the approach. “Care stands for Contribute, Add Value, Respect and Energise,” Schalk Kruger, Risk Co-ordinator, explains. “It might sound quite abstract, but in essence it focuses on recognising the value and importance of each individual and his role in the work process.”“We’ve moved away from the remote impartial authority concept to more personalised behaviour that is integrated into our three-sided ‘procedures/training/coaching’ principle,” Oosthuizen adds. “Underlying this is the importance of knowing the individuals who work with and for you, knowing something about their lives and what is precious to them, knowing them by name and making yourself approachable and available to them. This encourages everyone to become more personally involved in the lives and safety of others.”Complementing the drive to implement the best procedures and systems and to empower each individual to do his job are the pre-shift meetings where participation is strongly encouraged. “Communication is key to promoting and sustaining the safety ethic,” Kruger stresses. “Through regular ‘Safety flash’ briefs, cartoon illustrations and considerable informal monitoring, every person is engaged at a personal level. This recognition of the individual and the importance of his contribution builds solid self-respect and respect for others. In turn, this enhances pride in personal performance and incentivises people to strive for the maximum.”Murray & Roberts’ Stop.Think campaign, based on the principle “think before you act”, birthed the perspective of “Do the right work right the first time” slogan, which applies from the highest echelons to the lowliest worker.“The active participation of management and the labour force in the Stop.Think safety campaign, coupled with the active implementation of the Cardinal Rules resulted in the entrenchment of our ultimate goal of ‘Zero Harm’,” Kruger says.He says the Stop.Think campaign is continually revived through personal two-way communication and interaction throughout the organisation, and is supported by an open door policy. “This is further strengthened through our policy of personal identification where each individual in the company wears a name tag, removing the age old barrier of management and worker.”In addition, the close involvement and interaction between Aquarius Platinum, organised labour and Murray & Roberts Cementation, and the clear understanding of each role player’s responsibility and accountability towards the strive for ‘Zero Harm’ has played a major role in achieving this remarkable milestone.“We also lay great score on learning from the mistakes of others,” continues Kruger. “Information sharing is a crucial part of our process, analysing accidents that have occurred not only in our operations, but in those of other companies at home and abroad, assessing the risks and putting measures in place to ensure that we can prevent them.”“We need to understand that this milestone is one of many that must still be met on the road eliminating all injuries,” Freddie Geldenhuys, Project Executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says. “We are, however, very proud that going home safely has become the norm and not an achievement at Kroondal and Marikana.”last_img read more

IDair fingerprint scanner captures your print from 6 meters away

first_imgIn the not too distant future, you may find yourself watching in amazement as someone waves their hand at a door, and it opens. You try, and you get nothing. I know what you’re thinking. Jedi force powers, right? Unfortunately no — it’s something more plausibly cool. A start-up called IDair has developed a system for reading fingerprints at up to 6 meters away. Just wave to the sensor, and you’re done.You might be wondering why this is necessary. Traditional fingerprint scanners are notoriously fickle. A little dirt on your thumb, and you end up locked out. Having everyone press a finger to the reader can also transfer grime that can reduce its accuracy. The IDair system makes all that easier with the use of high-resolution imaging.The system takes a snapshot when triggered and uses pattern recognition to pick out the fingers. Edge detection and sharpening is used to virtually scan the fingerprint, which is then compared to the database. IDair’s current customers are military in nature, but one fitness chain is testing it as a way to stop the practice of keycard sharing.As with all things biometric, there are some difficult privacy questions to worry about. IDair president Joel Burcham explains that the distance scanning system is not connected to the internet, or to any law enforcement database. Although, there is no reason I can think of that IDair’s technology could not be licensed by law enforcement in the future.Burcham hopes to see IDair technology used in retail to automatically process transactions as you approach the checkout. The scanners are currently selling for about $20,00 and only scan one fingerprint. That’s fine for medium-security entry control, but financial transactions traditionally require four fingers. IDair is also hoping to add in additional biometric sensors like facial recognition and iris scanning. Depending on your outlook, this is all very exciting or scary, but it’s neat in either case.via Huntsville Timeslast_img read more

ONE BILLION RISING REVOLUTION Contribution Made By Amie Sillah Sarr

first_imgWith Sarjo Camara SingatehAmie Sillah Sarr was the special guest of honour at the One Billion Rising Revolution to end violence against women, held at GAMCOTRAP’s Head quarters in Kanifing institutional area 5th October, 2015.Amie Sillah Sarr said violence against women and girls is prohibited that as partners in every aspect of human life being at home, community and government they should be cherished, loved, respected and protected by all and sundry by law and practice.The guest of honour who was wearing different caps, Amie Sillah-Sarr a trained Public Health Officer, Teacher, Mentor, Politician, Journalist and activist who has served in many domains shared her experience with young activists urging them to be steadfast and focus as the struggle for rights is tough and they will be confronted with trials and tribulations but the end result is victory and a legacy.She touched on poverty which is driving female and male youths to take up dangerous ‘back way’ journeys for greener pastures. “Parents/guardians are selling precious assets to send their children with the illusion that they will succeed and take them out of poverty, every person’s wish is to live in dignity, liberty and prosperity; should parents be blamed when governments’ have no policy in place to address such issues? This is the critical mind we need to finally solve our problems by using our precious votes to change our situation.” She then asked how many of the activists do have voters’ card. Half in attendance do have. She then urged others who don’t have to try and get one. Amie also touched on climate change. “We have to preserve our heritage and hand it over to our generation and generations yet unborn. As activists we should be involved in sustainability program in what so ever project we undertake.” Amie also touched on impunity which as a nation we should stop and struggle for democratic and republican values by standing for elective position or vote for agents of positive change. Amie also applauded GAMCOTRAP for social inclusion by inviting people with challenges of all sorts who are equally abled under conducive environment. Amie said we need a law on FGM/C to protect our children coupled with training, sensitization and giving alternative livelihood opportunities to circumcisers. According to GAMCOTRAP’ reports communities are responding positively and are asking our law makers to come up with the sanction to protect women/girls. “The One Billion Rising Revolution 2016 is a step in the right direction, the perpetuators, perpetrators in public and private have to be named, shamed and sanctioned; we have to break the culture of silence now and forever!”last_img read more

Singapore court date set for Donacos dispute with Thai vendors

first_img Load More In a filing to the Australian Securities Exchange on Thursday, Donaco revealed that a nine-day hearing has now been scheduled to commence in Singapore on 29 July 2019. It also revealed that the Supreme Court of New South Wales has granted an extension until 4 October 2019 on a freezing order issued earlier this year, preventing the vendors from selling any of their 17.9% stake in the company.The vendors, Lee Bug Leng, Lee Bug Huy and Lee Bug Tong, had previously been granted permission to host gaming facilities under the management of Donaco in a deal that saw the latter paid a monthly management fee of THB5 million (US$151,000), but that agreement expired in 2017 with no new management arrangements put in place.After they continued to run gaming operations in defiance of non-compete provisions, the vendors – who also own the land upon which Star Vegas sits – threatened in June to terminate Donaco’s 50-year land lease.Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey Court of First Instance subsequently granted an injunction of its own against the vendors preventing such termination pending further legal hearings. 10,000 Chinese citizens flee Sihanoukville in days after Cambodian online gaming directive: report Donaco to file multiple appeals after arbitrator rules in favor of Thai vendors in Star Vegas land lease dispute An ongoing legal dispute between Asian casino operator Donaco International Limited and its former Thai business partners will front a Singapore court in July 2019.Donaco is seeking damages of US$190 million via arbitration proceedings after the Thai vendors continued to run gaming operations in defiance of non-compete provisions at Star Paradise, located adjacent to the company’s flagship Star Vegas resort in Poipet. RelatedPosts Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment chargelast_img read more

Nvidia claps back at Elon Musks inaccurate hardware comparison

first_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous A large portion of Monday’s Tesla Autonomy Investor Day was spent showing off the company’s new-ish (it’s been out of development for a year and a half, according to Musk) Full Self-Driving chip and the system into which it has been built. Tesla CEO Elon Musk lavished praise on the chip design and compared it with Nvidia’s Drive Xavier system. Nvidia doesn’t seem to be especially thrilled with that.In a blog post published on Tuesday, Nvidia called out Musk’s comments as being inaccurate and maybe slightly unfair. The comments to which Nvidia refers involved the dual-chip Tesla system and its ability to perform 144 trillion operations per second (TOPS); Musk said it far outperformed Drive Xavier’s 30 TOPS.Nvidia replied by pointing out that Drive Xavier is a single chip system designed to power advanced driver assistance systems and not fully autonomous cars. Nvidia also noted that a more apt comparison would be to its dual-chip Drive AGX Pegasus system, which it says operates at 320 TOPS.Now, the ability to perform hundreds of trillions of operations per second is only one piece of the puzzle, and it’s one on which Tesla and its ex-hardware partner agree. The big difference between the two is that Tesla is already installing its FSD hardware into all of its production vehicles and it’s unclear whether Nvidia’s Pegasus hardware is still only being used in test vehicles.Nvidia didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. More From Roadshow Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Elon Musk Nvidia Tesla Self-driving carscenter_img Share your voice Autonomous Vehicles Auto Tech 1 Comment Self-driving cars Tesla 50 Photoslast_img read more

Anchorage Archdiocese addressing possible sexual abuse with independent review

first_imgArchbishop-elect Paul Etienne addresses the public at the Archdiocese of Anchorage on Oct. 4, 2016. (Stock photo by Josh Edge/APRN)The Catholic Archdiocese in Anchorage announced Wednesday it will take a close look at possible sexual abuse within the church.Listen nowThe church is appointing an independent commission to review files from the last 50 years. Archbishop Paul Etienne says the investigation will take into account personnel files, and look into how sexual abuse accusations have been handled. It will encompass both clergy and lay people.“We need to be clear with our people that when accusations of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults come to our desks that we are taking care of business,” Etienne said, “and that we are taking care of victims.”The three commission members have broad backgrounds in law enforcement and criminal prosecutions.Ten years ago, the catholic diocese of Fairbanks filed for bankruptcy after paying out millions of dollars in settlements to victims stretching back decades.Etienne says the current review was not prompted by new allegations in Alaska, but instead the climate throughout the country, and recent revelations in other states.“One of my greatest hopes in making this report is that other victims that have not yet come forward to tell us their story will do so,” Etienne said. “I want this report to give confidence, not just to people of the church and to the broader public, that this archbishop and this archdioceses is appropriately handling these cases.”The review will begin October 31st, and could take up to nine months to complete.The commission will deliver a report to Etienne and members will help determine next steps.Etienne says the church intends to make public the names of those credibly accused of misconduct.last_img read more

Central govt trying to saffronise education in the country BV

first_imgNalgonda: The CPM politburo member BV Raghavulu stated that both the Central and the State governments became slaves to industrialists and corporates.On Monday, he participated as guest to party regional meeting of Nalgonda, Suryapet, Yadadri-Bhongir and Janagoan districts party workers held at a private function hall in Nalgonda town. Addressing the gathering, he said the Central government had completely ignored the poor, middleclass and farmers in the central budget. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The Central government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi drafted a new education policy in order to saffornise the education system in the country, he alleged. “The BJP is taking all necessary steps in favour of privatisation, industrialists and corporates as the number of communist MPs decreased in 2019 Parliament elections,” he said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Stating that corporates helped BJP to come to power at the Centre for the second time, he called upon party leaders and cadre to get ready for agitations to render justice to people struggling for their bread and butter. Party state secretary Tammineni Veerabadram, in his speech, expressed his concern over Telangana MPs inefficiency in realising the promises included in State Reorganization Bill. Advertise With Us He criticised hat division of municipal wards and preparation of voter lists was going on at the behest of ruling party leaders. He suggested the State government divide the wards democratically by taking the opinions of opposition parties into account by conducting an all-party meeting. Former MLC Cherupally Seetha Ramulu, Mudireddy Sudhakar Reddy, Mulakalapally Ramulu, MD Jahangir, Kankal Reddy, Mallu Laxmi, Tummala Veera Reddy, Mallu Nagarjun Reddy, Kondamadugu Narsimha and others attended the meeting.last_img read more