New Intel® Xeon® E Processor Delivers a Boost in Entry Workstation Performance and Capabilities

first_imgWorkstation users are the creative and technical heart of many successful businesses. Their demanding workloads drive the need for increased workstation performance from generation to generation.  Aging workstations that cannot cope with today’s workloads become impediments to business intelligence, productivity, and creativity.  These power-users need tools and technology that will help them do their best work.In September 2017, we announced the breakthrough performance of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors for dual-socket expert workstations alongside the new Intel® Xeon® W processor, delivering optimized performance for mainstream workstations.  We are continuing the momentum with today’s launch.Introducing the new Intel® Xeon® E ProcessorToday, we are pleased to introduce the new Intel® Xeon® E processor. Intel is committed to delivering the ultimate workstation performance for creative professionals worldwide. The Intel® Xeon® E processor, successor to the Intel® Xeon® E3 processors, is designed for entry workstations, where CAD and digital content creators need powerful single-threaded application performance with a platform optimized for reliability and affordability. It joins our portfolio of workstation-specific solutions including Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors for expert and Intel® Xeon® W processors for mainstream workstation professionals.The new Intel® Xeon® E processor delivers the enhanced performance and built-in visuals demanded by industry professionals. Compared to its predecessor, the new processor offers enhancements in processor speed, memory capabilities, security and reliability features. The Intel® Xeon® E processor is available with Intel® UHD graphics supported by a broad set of workstation applications.Step Up to Professional Workstation PerformanceThe new Intel® Xeon® E processor supports the increasing demands and workflows of professional CAD, media, and content creation.  With improvements in processor speed, enhanced memory capabilities, advanced hardware-enhanced security, and reliability features available with support for 4K UHD Intel® graphics technology.  The new Intel® Xeon® E processor now features up to 6 cores, with up to 4.7 GHz Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 performance and up to 64GB of DDR4 2666 MHz ECC memory support, delivering up to 1.71X improved performance compared to a four-year-old entry workstation2, and up to 1.36X improved performance compared to a prior generation1 entry workstation. When combined with a VR-ready professional GPU, the new Intel® Xeon® E processor exceeds the minimum processor requirements from the leading VR headset manufacturers, delivering an outstanding professional quality VR design experience.Putting the Processors to WorkOur partners are now shipping the new Intel® Xeon® E processors in their workstation offerings. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are among the first companies shipping with today’s launch. Equip your technical and creative teams with the latest tools to power your business.“At Dell we are committed to offering customers of all sizes a range of solutions to suit their individual needs and budgets,” said Rahul Tikoo, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Precision workstations. “Featuring the new Intel® Xeon® E processors, our Dell 3000 series entry-level workstation towers and 1U rack are designed to power through intensive workloads—all have a substantially smaller footprint and are available at an impressively affordable price point.”“HP Z Workstations customers are some of the most power-hungry customers on the planet,” said Carol Hess, Vice President Worldwide Product Management for HP Workstations, HP Inc. “New Intel® processors will help HP deliver superb performance for the rapidly changing and increasingly schedule-driven workflows customer face today.”“At Lenovo, our goal is to equip our workstation users with hardware that will deliver next-level performance and reliability,” said Rob Herman, General Manager of Lenovo Workstations. “The addition of the new Intel® Xeon® E processors to our ThinkStation* P330 family of workstations delivers outstanding performance, reliability and visuals our customers need and shows Intel’s unwavering commitment to delivering trusted, professional-grade solutions.”To learn more about Intel® Xeon® E processors and our other solutions for workstations, visit or check out our Ultimate Workstation Performance Product Brief and Comparison Guide. 1 Up to 1.71X performance improvement on a 4 year refresh. Config : 1x Intel® Xeon® E-2186G Processor, Platform: Moss Beach, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 ECC(32GB 2666MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic) ,Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_fp_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC,BIOS: CNLSE2R1.R00.X119.B54.1803131307,  03/13/2018 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 35.3 compared to 1x Intel® Xeon® E3-1286v3 Processor Platform: S1200RP, 4 x 8GB DDR4 1600 (32GB 1600MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic), Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_fp_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC,BIOS: S1200RP.86B.03.04.0006.030520181328,  03/05/2018 (uCode:0x24), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 20.3, measured as of june 20182 Up to 1.36X performance improvement gen on gen. Config : 1x Intel® Xeon® E-2186G Processor, Platform: Moss Beach, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 ECC(32GB 2666MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic) ,Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_int_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC,BIOS: CNLSE2R1.R00.X119.B54.1803131307,  03/13/2018 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, score: 41.9 compared to 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1285v6 Platform: S1200SP, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2400MHz ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic), Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_int_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC,BIOS: S1200SP.86B.03.01.1029.012520180838 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 30.7, measured as of june 2018last_img read more

3 tips for being calmer and more creative

first_imgHBR has a nice post this week on quieting your mind – and recharging it. You can check out the whole article here, and I’ve posted a quick summary. Try one or all of these three practices:1. Mini-meditation: For 10 minutes on public transportation each morning, close your eyes and imagine a relaxing scene like a tree or waterfall. Try to focus only on that. If you drive to work, arrive 10 minutes early and do this in the parking lot. Says author Matthew May, “People who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy.” Sounds like a good reason to try this!2. Pulsing: Take breaks between stretches of 90 minutes of work. You just spent a lot of energy – now recharge for five minutes by doodling, listening to music or taking a brief stroll.3. Daydream walks: Find 20 minutes or so to let your mind wander. A lunchtime walk or morning jog are good times to try. Do not think about work but rather something you like to imagine, like a dream trip. You’re taking care of your creative brain – and the benefits will extend to all of your life.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Qualifiers: Ireland hand Scotland their first loss to keep hopes alive

first_imgIreland defeated Scotland by 25 runs and roar back into the contention to progress from the Super Six phase of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe on Sunday.Scotland were subjected to their first loss of the tournament so far and are currently still joint-top of the table with one game remaining.With both teams still to play another game and the other four teams still to play two, the race for the final – and automatic qualification to the showpiece tournament in England next summer – is set to go right down to the wire.They may have spluttered through much of the competition but Ireland were irresistible today. Their marquee players – Andy Balbirnie, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, the O’Brien brothers – all proved their pedigree in this make-or-break fixture, ensuring that Ireland’s 25-run victory keeps their World Cup dream alive.”We felt that 270 kept us in the game. That was one of the best wickets in the tournament so far. Had to back our batting. There were a couple of crucial moments in the game which didn’t go our way,” the Scotland captain, Kyle Coetzer said after at the post-match presentation.His counterpart, William Porterfield, was a happy man, but had his mind on the next game already..@balbo90 reflects on his Player of the Match performance which helped @IrelandCricket beat @CricketScotland by 25 runs in a Super Six fixture of the #CWCQ #RoadtoCWC19 Media (@ICCMediaComms) March 18, 2018″Didn’t have to say a lot, knew we had to turn up and take two points. Disappointed the other day with the bat against Zimbabwe, to bounce back today was pleasing. Need a couple of things to go our way, and if that’s in place, we’ll have to turn up come Friday,” he said.advertisementFor Scotland, meanwhile, whose form coming into the match had, in Calum MacLeod’s words, been “one ball short of perfect”, will be cursing a middle-order collapse that set them back after such a rambunctious start to their run-chase.At 112/2 after 24 overs, with the captain Kyle Coetzer rattling along and the in-form Richie Berrington settling in, Scotland would have fancied their chances of reeling in Ireland’s competitive but hardly insurmountable 271/9.Desperate for a wicket, William Porterfield recalled Boyd Rankin into the attack, and the 6ft 8in quick immediately delivered, pinning Coetzer on the crease to take out his off-stump.On such moments can whole tournaments rest, and Rankin sensed it, duly nicking off the left-handed George Munsey and then inducing an eccentric shot from Craig Wallace, who flat-batted an easy return catch to give Rankin three in the spell.What a catch to wrap it up! #CWCQ World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 18, 2018For Scotland, there was no coming back from such a gutting, and despite Berrington’s 44 and some sparky late-order hitting from Safyaan Sharif, Ireland’s target was never really under any sustained threat.The consolation for the Scots is that this is a first defeat of the tournament; the concern for them is that the West Indies lie in wait in their next match.Ireland enjoy playing cricket over St Patrick’s weekend. Though their innings started slowly – Paul Stirling unluckily chipping a return catch off bat-pad to Brad Wheal, who then powered through William Porterfield’s defences to leave Ireland 45/2 – it came to life when Niall O’Brien joined Balbirnie for the third wicket.Andrew Balbirniewas adjudged as the Player of the Match for his 146-ball 105.”We wanted to turn it around as quickly as possible. Quick turnaround has helped. Hasn’t been the greatest tournament for me personally, happy to get some runs when it mattered the most. I didn’t want to be ambitious at the start, just wanted to settle in and take it along. There’s no real game plan. Just be compact and kick off in the back end. I have been batting in the middle order in the last few months. There’s a lot cricket to be played before our next game against Afghanistan. We are going to relax, take a couple of days off and then get back,” he said after the match.While Balbirnie was the more circumspect of the duo, taking up 78 deliveries to bring up his sixth ODI half-century, and crossing 1,000 runs in the format during the course of his knock, O’Brien was much more fluent, reaching his 18th ODI half-century with a cracking straight drive. The boundary also brought up the 100-run stand between the two in the 32nd over.advertisementPoor judgment ended the 138-run stand in the 38th over, when O’Brien clipped Wheal straight to mid-wicket and set off for a run that was never on. Wallace threw down the stumps to catch him well short of his ground, and O’Brien was gone for a run-a-ball 70.Here’s how the #CWCQ Super Six table is looking after Ireland inflicted a first defeat of the tournament on Scotland! #IREvSCO #RoadToCWC19 World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 18, 2018Balbirnie, playing the anchor role throughout the innings, soon reached his century with a nudge to mid-wicket, but the stage was set for Kevin O’Brien, who made his intentions clear early on, thumping Wheal for a four and a six in the 40th over to bring up Ireland’s 200.Despite a late-innings wobble which saw just 20 runs added in the final four overs after O’Brien’s dismissal for a 27-ball 46, it was still a target on a sluggish surface that would take some catching.Scotland, for the first time in the tournament, would come up short. They play the West Indies on Wednesday, while Ireland face Afghanistan on Friday in the final Super Sixes fixture.(With inputs from ICC)last_img read more

BD Stevens Ltd to Build Barrington School

first_imgWork on the new school in Barrington, Shelburne Co., will beginby mid-November. The last hurdle was cleared with the award of the $12.3-millionconstruction contract to B.D. Stevens Ltd., part of theDartmouth-based Stevens Group of Companies. Although each of the three bids for the project was higher thananticipated, the Department of Education decided to proceedimmediately rather than re-design the school to reduce costs. “Re-designing the school would have taken six to eight months,”said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “This is the right school forthe community and now is the right the time to build it.” Mr. Muir thanked the Tri-County Regional School Board, municipalcouncil, and the school steering team for their patience and hardwork on the project. The 8,100 square-metre (90,000 square-foot) school will be builton the site known as Oak Park and will accommodate 711 studentsfrom Grades 7 to 12. The target for completion is early 2006. The Department ofTransportation and Public Works will oversee the construction ofthe school.last_img read more

Technical snags hold up metro services on various lines

first_imgNew Delhi: Metro services were affected multiple times on sections of different corridors of the Delhi Metro since Wednesday morning, leaving hundred of passengers stranded at the stations. “Delay occurred due to the technical problems, but normal services have now been resumed,” said DMRC official. There was slow movement of trains between Tis Hazari and Shastri Park and later also on Pitampura-Keshav Puram section of the Red Line. On the Blue Line, delay in service took place between Dwarka and Kirti Nagar following a technical snag on the section.Commuters traveling from Yamuna Bank to Vaishali also faced problems as presence of a man on track at Kaushambi briefly disrupted the service on Wednesday morning. ” The passengers was rescued safely and the services were resumed immediately,” said DMRC official. He also added that rest of the section was running completely normal. On Green line, there was a delay in service from Ghevra to Inderlok and Kirti Nagar stations while the stretch between Ashok Park Main and Kirti Nagar developed another technical snag this morning. However, the normalcy was restored within a few minutes, DMRC tweeted. On Red line, the services between Shaheed Sthal and Rithala section also faced delays, and normal services were later resumed, DMRC tweeted. Minor delay was also reported in services between Inderlok and Brigadier Hoshiar Singh stretch of Green Line and later on Blue Line’s Dwarka Sector 21 and Noida Electronic City section. However, operations have been resumed now in both the sections. “Disruption of metro services have become a regular affair,” said Manoj Kumar, a daily commuters. He added that the train were runinng on snail pace and it was distressing moments as he was getting late for the office.last_img read more

In Pictures: Morocco’s TGV, Africa’s First High Speed Train

Rabat – The train set for Morocco’s first 12 Alstom Duplex high speed train arrived on Monday in the Port Tangier Med.The first Moroccan TGV train left in pieces from the port of La Rochelle (western France) on Friday afternoon on board on board a roll-on roll-off vessel which was..), custom-built to carry the Airbus A380 aircraft in sections.After three hours of unloading, the train set was (transferred to the assembly and maintenance center installed next to the ONCF station of Moghogha. The high speed train is the first of its kind in Africa. It will link Tangier to Kenitra in only 1:30 hour. In the future, the TGV will connect Tangier to Casablanca in 2:10 hours instead of five hours on the current train.When the project was launched by King Mohammed VI and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in September 2011, the operation of the high speed train was scheduled for December 2015. This was later postponed to 2017 because of delays in the infrastructure work.The arrival of the next train set is scheduled for late August.Edited by Miriam El Ofir read more

Tajikistan key to preventing drug trafficking from Afghanistan – UN official

Tajikistan’s role in preventing the smuggling of drugs from neighbouring Afghanistan is crucial for better security in the Central Asia region, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, lauding the Government’s efforts against narcotics trafficking.“The flow of drugs from Afghanistan poses a serious threat to security and development throughout Central Asia and beyond, and Tajikistan is the first line of defence,” said Executive Director Yury Fedotov, who has been visiting several countries in West and Central Asia. “We appreciate the difficulties Tajikistan faces in carrying out this dangerous and daunting task,” he stated after a meeting with the President of Tajikistan, Emomalii Rahmon, in the capital, Dushanbe.Mr. Fedotov’s discussions with various Government officials, including Foreign Affairs Minister Hamrohon Zarifi, focused on enhanced collaboration between UNODC and the Tajik authorities on border management, drug control, terrorism and corruption at the local and regional levels.According to UNODC estimates, 15 per cent of all of Afghanistan’s opiates and 20 per cent of its heroin is trafficked through Tajikistan.“We also encourage Tajikistan to become more deeply engaged in regional counter-narcotic initiatives, particularly the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC) and support intelligence-led policing and Operation Tarcet,” Mr. Fedotov said, referring to the operation that targets precursor chemicals used to make drugs.He pledged continued and enhanced cooperation with the Tajik Government to improve the safety of people in that country and the wider region. “Security ultimately means the ability to ensure the safety of citizens … It is also based on people’s confidence that they can live without fear of becoming victims of criminals and drug dealers,” Mr. Fedotov said. 1 December 2010Tajikistan’s role in preventing the smuggling of drugs from neighbouring Afghanistan is crucial for better security in the Central Asia region, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, lauding the Government’s efforts against narcotics trafficking. read more

The Whirlpool Aero Car will reopen this year

A Niagara Falls attraction is getting a tune-up just before it opens next month.The Whirlpool Aero Car which carries visitors above the Whirlpool on a suspended cable car is getting new suspension ropes.High above the Niagara River, contractors are working to replace the steel support cables which carry the Whirlpool Aero car across the gorge.David Adames, Acting CEO of the Niagara Parks Commission says, ” The last two months, we’ve been working hard to replace all six ropes. There’s about 650 meters across the Whirlpool.”It usually only happens once every three decades but Tibor Papp, the on-site project manager, says it had to be done ahead of schedule. According to Papp, one of the cables was hit by lightning.It happened in the fall, after the attraction was already closed and was discovered during a routine inspection.The new ropes were made in italy. It made sense to replace all the ropes at once, as all the ropes must have the same strength and quality.The aero car has been a fixture in Niagara Falls for more than a century, it gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the gorge and the Niagara Whirlpool.The ride itself takes you from Thompson’s Point to Colt’s Point in about 10 minutes.The original idea for the aero car was proposed in 1913 by a Spanish businessmen. It opened three years later. Until around 1960, the attraction was called the Niagara Spanish Aero Car paying tribute to its Spanish designer and architect.The Whirlpool Aero Car will open for the season on April 13th. read more

Worlds airlines register strong recovery for 2004 UN

A ton-kilometre is a combined measure of passenger, freight and mail traffic which also takes into account distance flown. The number of passengers carried worldwide on scheduled services is estimated to have reached 1.8 billion compared with less than 1.7 billion last year, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) said.The number of seats offered also increased with an average passenger load of 73 per cent, up from 71 in 2003, according to the figures which are based on statistics supplied by ICAO’s 188 Contracting States.On a regional basis, airlines in the Middle East showed strong growth, followed by Asia/Pacific which in 2003 was negatively affected by the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) there. Growth in North America was similar to the world average, while Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean showed strong increases that were nevertheless below the world average. read more

Philippines encouraging progress but long road ahead – senior UN official

“Visiting Tacloban today, I see big differences from my first visit, almost one month ago,” Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines Luiza Carvalho said. “The airport is operational, fuel is available, the water system is reconnected, people are receiving assistance and the town hall is functioning. “It is encouraging to see significant progress in such a short space of time but we need to remember there is a long road ahead,” she added.On Friday, UN humanitarian agencies and partners urged the world to continue to support the massive relief effort under way in the archipelago warning that the breadth of the damage is still unfolding and the needs for the millions of people affected by the storm are immense. Of the $348 million requested for immediate aid, some $168 million has been received or roughly more than 48 per cent, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.Challenges over the coming months will involve reopening the damaged schools and public buildings and restoring services. “The international community has rallied to support the affected communities but support will be needed well in to 2014 as the long task of rebuilding lives continues,” the local OCHA office said in a news release.In support of the Government-led response, humanitarian partners have reached 3 million people with food assistance and more than 20,000 families received rice seeds in time for the planting season, according to OCHA figures provided today. Over the next six months more than 100,000 children up to 2-years, as well as pregnant women and new mothers, will be assisted with feeding programmes.Medical teams are covering 25 municipalities and projects were launched to provide cash-for-work schemes to re-ignite the economy. Inputs for farmers and fishers will be procured to enable them recover livelihoods.Meanwhile, four million galvanized iron sheets are expected to be required for families to rebuild their homes, the UN relief agency announced. “The people of the Philippines are known the world over for their resilience. You just have to see Tacloban and how the recovery of the city, which was so badly damaged, is underway,” said Ms. Carvalho. read more

Mother of Libby Squire tells of her loss for the most precious

The mother of Libby Squire, whose body has been pulled from the Humber estuary, has said she has lost “one of the most precious things” in her life.Lisa Squire has written a harrowing account of her grief following the discovery of the 21-year-old student’s body last Wednesday. She had been missing for seven weeks after failing to return home after a night out in Hull.Writing on Facebook, Mrs Squire said she was “so sorry she could not keep her safe” on the night she vanished.”My baby girl is gone. Gone forever. No more birthdays with us. No more Christmas Days with us. No more family time, all together,” she wrote. “No family should have to endure that.”The mother, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, said she felt “broken” when considering all those who knew and loved the philosophy and religion student. She said no sister, brother or father should have to endure the agony of such loss. “I love you my beautiful girl with all my being and I always will.”She added that the “worst point” was having to tell her daughter’s boyfriend, Connor, of Miss Squire’s death.”I am so sorry the girl you love the most in the world has gone… He made her happy. She made him happy. That made me happy.” Referring to her daughter by the nickname ‘Pie’, she said: “I cannot thank you enough my darling Pie for making me a mummy. For choosing me to be your mummy. It’s an honour, a privilege and a joy..”I kept you safe for as long as I could and I am so sorry I could not keep you safe on that night. I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry. The discovery of Miss Squire’s body led detectives from Humberside Police to say they were now treating her death as a “homicide”.They refused to release details for “operational reasons” of what was thought to have caused her death. At 23:30 January 31, the student got into a taxi from a city nightclub to travel to her home in Wellesley Avenue.She was spotted 10 minutes later on CCTV near a bench close to her home, where it is thought a motorist stopped to offer her help.Her body was recovered at around 15:30 GMT on Wednesday close to Spurn Point, near Grimsby Docks.Pawel, Relowicz, a 24-year-old butcher from Hull, was arrested on suspicion of her abduction and remains under investigation. Miss Squire’s body was found in the Humber estuary on WednesdayCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED Miss Squire's body was found in the Humber estuary on Wednesday 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. read more

Barbara Lazovic stays Slovenian

← Previous Story Jorge Maqueda goes to HBC Nantes Next Story → Gro Hammerseng became a Mother – Olympic Games still not in the plans Right back of Slovenian Krim Mercator, Barbara Lazovic (former Varlec, 24) decided to get back in the Slovenian team after year and a half break. After she refused to play for the NT at the EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway, there was information that she will play for Serbia, country of her husband, Vuk Lazovic, also a handball player. She confirmed that she would like to play for Serbia at the World Championship 2013 in this country.Something changed in the min-time, so after she made a one year break because of baby, Barbara Lazovic decided to stay and focus on the Slovenian NT led by Tone Tiselj. Barbara LazovicBarbara VarlecHandball World Championship 2013Serbian handball teamSlovenian NT read more

Stakeholders discuss Inclusive Growth

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaYesterday, 7 May, 2015, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs (MoFEA) in collaboration with UNDP convened a Development Forum on the theme “Deepening Inclusive Growth in The Gambia” at Kiraba Hotel.The discussants focused their attention on the quality of economic growth, in addition to its level and sustainability to deal with poverty, unemployment and inequality.The Vice president of the Gambia,  Madam Isatou Njie- Saidy, in her presentation said that Growth must be inclusive. Growth initiatives must involve all citizens including rural farmers as well as urban dwellers. Growth must include men as well as women, boys, as well as girls.VP Njie- Saidy  added, “There is reduction in poverty but… we should not be complacent about the figure of 48% or whatever. There are still people who are poor and we have to do something about it. That is why we are here today. I hope we have a very productive consultative process at the end of the day so we can come up with a plan of action that we will be monitoring and also ensuring we address the issue of poverty as a whole.“Therefore, PAGE, a medium term plan for government 2012-2016 is guiding the country’s development initiative towards its long term vision-vision 2020. The strategy focuses on accelerating growth while generating employment at the same time for the population, facilitating poverty reduction and human capital development among others.“The national economy depends on agriculture, there is no doubt about that which, is mostly at small-holder level, with the rural population and particularly women being the most involved” said the VP Njie- Saidy.Therefore, she continued , the provision of interventions directed at the rural population in particular, small holder farmers and women have a direct and immediate impact on the growth of the country and the wellbeing of the population. Thus the importance of course, of gender sensitive policies, programmes and approaches, budgets, so as to have the desired impact that we all want.According to Veep Njie-Saidy, in spite of external shocks, The Gambia government has registered “impressive achievements in many sectors but more importantly, achievements that are geared toward the reduction of poverty and improving food security.”“We know poverty has been declining but more so in the urban areas than in the rural. Lessons from this experience has been highlighted therefore, the need for participation as well as ownership of the grass-roots in particular in the rural areas especially women and the under-served and underprivileged in development.Speaking Earlier, the UNDP Resident coordinator Madam Ade Mamonyane Lekoetje, said  that inclusive and sustainable growth is critical for eradicating poverty, reducing inequalities and promoting environmentally-friendly development.“Inequality in all forms has a negative impact on the well being of the people and the prospects of society as a whole. Income inequality impedes long-term growth prospects and dampens the poverty reducing impact of growth and it is associated with a host of poorer social outcomes, ranging from low health status and educational achievement to high crime rate”, said the UNDP Resident coordinator.Madam Lekoetje added that despite the achievements registered by the government there still remains critical challenges. She highlighted that 48.4% of Gambians are below the income poverty line of $1.25 per day , about 200,000 people of Gambians are vulnerable to food security and only 44.5 % of the population have access to electricity and around 39.8% of the population have access to the improved sanitation facilities.She outlined that the relatively high growth rates over the last decades have not been fully inclusive and that the poorest and most vulnerable peoples continue to face significant development challenges. ]]>last_img read more

BA and crew close to union solution

first_imgCould the war between employer and union be over? Almost according to a Unite union spokesperson who said they were close to a resolution with British Airways (BA).The cabin crew strikes against the carrier dispersed over a year could be coming to an end after a branch of the union stated a deal that satisfies both the crew and the company is definitely on its way, Airwise reported.“We did have talks with BA and (conciliation service) ACAS last Friday, we did make some progress and we hope to reconvene to continue talking later this week,” Unite union spokesperson said. In an email distributed from the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (BASSA) to members earlier in the month confirmed a resolution was in progress and could be released before the end of the week. “We have been informed that Unite General Secretary Tony Woodley believes that he should be able to conclude a new proposal, with significant changes, by the middle of next week at the latest,” BASSA’s email to members said. BA has not confirmed any solutions but said most talks would occur over the week.To date the debate over pay cuts and BA’s decision to remove staff who participated in strikes costed the airline up to GBP£150 million. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

Government pressures energy giants to consider Limassol

first_imgBy Elias HazouThe ministers of energy and transport met on Monday with representatives of the three companies engaged in hydrocarbons exploration off Cyprus, in a bid to persuade them to relocate their onshore logistics operations from Larnaca to Limassol.At the crunch meeting, it was decided to set up a technical committee to explore the best possible solutions for each of the three companies – Total, ENI and Noble Energy.The matter arose following a recent decision by Larnaca’s municipal council against extending the permit for the logistics base currently based in that town’s harbour.Each company’s needs were different, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said later.Given that Total’s needs were more urgent, as they planned to drill an exploratory well in the autumn, the technical committee would come up with a solution within the next 10 days.The solution sought for Total was a permanent one, said Lakkotrypis.For ENI and Noble Energy, the panel would deliver a proposal sometime in the next few weeks.It was decided that in any case Noble would itself handle the management of its onshore support base.ENI and Total would subcontract the new facility to third parties.It was not altogether clear whether the companies definitively agreed to maintain their onshore logistics operations in Cyprus, but at the very least the government has been able to buy itself some time.Although the government can override the decision of Larnaca’s municipal council – the permit for the support base was issued by the Cyprus Ports Authority, the government agency administering the ports – the administration has opted not to insist on Larnaca.As the permit at Larnaca port expires in August, it would have to be periodically renewed thereafter, casting a constant shadow of uncertainty over the companies’ operations.The government has therefore decided to abandon Larnaca altogether, proposing to the companies a long-term workaround, in Limassol.An area of some 25,000 square metres has been earmarked within the new port of Limassol.It would be left to the companies to invite tenders for the design and construction of the facility.Total and ENI currently make use of the same logistics base at the port of Larnaca; the facility is subcontracted to MedServ, a Cypriot-Maltese outfit providing oilfield support services to the offshore oil and gas sector.Noble Energy operates out of Larnaca as well.In the wake of Larnaca’s decision, reports surfaced that Total and ENI were considering relocating their onshore support base to Haifa, Israel.Industry people have been warning the development would lead other energy businesses – which have also set up shop in Cyprus – to leave.Earlier, walking into the meeting, Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said the government is seeking a permanent solution to the issue.Asked whether the relocation to Limassol – assuming it were accepted by the companies – would push back their exploration programme, Lakkotrypis said it would, but that the delays were “manageable”.It is estimated that setting up a new support base in Limassol will delay Total’s drilling schedule by three to four months.The French energy behemoth was planning its first exploratory well inside their offshore Block 11 licence around September. This would now be pushed back to early 2017.In addition to Total, other offshore drills were planned for this year, Lakkotrypis said, but did not elaborate.Limassol’s mayor has meanwhile said his town is ready and willing to host the companies.In a statement on Monday, Urban Cyprus, a citizens group, urged the government to discard the idea of the Limassol port and instead find space near Vasilikos – the site of the existing VTTI energy terminal and Cyprus’ main power station – which they said was far from densely-populated areas.“The mayor of Limassol is endangering citizens at the altar of money, having rushed to announce that he wants the hydrocarbons companies in his town, supposedly so that they can open offices and the municipality can levy taxes,” the statement said.“The companies can go to Vasilikos and still leave their offices in Larnaca, since they love that town so much and wish to help it,” it added with a touch of sarcasm.Weighing in, a citizens activist group representing residents of Larnaca, Aradippou and Krasas, warned the government against overruling their municipality’s decision.Otherwise, a statement said, “we reserve all our legal rights and the taking of all necessary legal action, at all levels – local, national and European – to protect our interests.” You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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