IT organizations around the world are or should be struggling with this critical decision. And it is not an easy one. The number of strategies available to an IT organization are on par with the number of devices and OS variants that employees want to bring in. Earlier this week, my social computing alerts shared an article titled “one way to manage BYOD” written by Kevin McCaney of Government Computing News. I was really excited by this article because Kevin based his article on what we were doing inside Intel IT – thanks KevinWhat got me writing this blog was that Kevin helped me put Intel IT’s approach in a broader perspective across the spectrum of strategies available to IT by comparing our approach to those that some of our peers have taken or are considering. The spectrum or strategies for BYOD range from Say Yes to Everything Say No to AnySomething in the Middle A balanced, middle-of-the-road approach has allowed Intel IT to maximize BYOD business value through providing flexibility to employees (boosting productivity) while minimizing the IT cost/burden of support while maintaining a no compromise approach to security and enterprise risk.At Intel IT, our approach is working and evolving as fast as the number of device requests coming in from our employeesWhat approach do you and your IT org take to supporting the consumerization of IT?
Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram notched up a stunning three-game victory over higher-ranked Japanese Sho Sasaki to reach the men’s singles semifinals of the Korea Open Super Series badminton tournament on Friday.Going into the match with a 1-2 head-to-head record, Jayaram eked out a 21-19, 16-21, 21-16 win over world number 26 Sasaki in a match that lasted one hour and five minutes. The world number 32 Indian will next take on the winner of the match between China’s Tian Houwei and Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen, seeded seventh.The Dutch Open winner Indian showed tremendous grit as he fought back from 3-11 down in the first game to claw back with a eight-point burst and even though Sasaki once again marched ahead and held his lead till 19-17, Jayaram sealed the opening game by reeling off another four points on the trot.Jayaram surged ahead to a 6-1 lead in the second game but this time it was Sasaki who drew parity with five straight points and then broke off at 10-10 to eventually roar back into the contest.The decider was a hard-fought contest as the duo engaged in a fierce fight right from the start. The Japanese held a slender lead at 9-6 at one stage but Jayaram kept breathing down his neck and finally surpassed Sasaki from 12-12 before sealing the issue in his favour comfortably. Jayaram had reached the semifinals of Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold, Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold and Russian Open Grand Prix this season.advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Daily Mail)Cricket Australia (CA) are currently in no plans of reconsidering the ban imposed on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft following the sandpaper scandal vs South Africa last March.The Cape Town test match last March found the then Australian test captain Smith, vice captain Warner and test opener Bancroft guilty of tampering the state of the ball using a sandpaper. Following this shameful incident, then coach Darren Lehmann immediately quit his post.Warner and Smith were given a year’s suspension while Bancroft nine months by CA. When the punishment was announced, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) called it ‘harsh’ and asked the CA to reconsider the ban.However, CA chairman David Peewar clearly stated that the board stood by it’s decision and also stated that the suspension was imposed after completing a process.“Sanctions were carried out and imposed by the board after a very full and thoughtful process. So the sanctions stand,” said Peever. “As chairman of the board of CA, I accept responsibility for what happened in South Africa, but I’m also very confident that we’re positioned to move forward from here.”“We’ve learned many lessons and of course there has been a lot going on since then. Both within the playing group and within the organisation itself to move things forward,” he added.With the absence of Warner and Smith for the upcoming home series vs India, Australia must heavily rely on their pacers, if they are to regain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.Also Read:Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga arrested for shooting incident
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With the final round matches and also the quarter finals played today, the Opens and 20 Years tournament began to get exciting, it already was but now gets even better! The final round of pool matches sorted out the quarter final-ers from those that aren’t. Most sides were fairly aware of whether they would qualify or not when competition started, but there were several pools with a sport or two in the quarters still up for grabs and plenty of jostling for a better finishing position. However, a better finishing position doesn’t really mean anything, as you will soon find out when you read the Mens 20’s summary. MENS OPEN: The Queensland Country Rustlers continued their dominance in pool A, in fact “I didn’t know people could run that fast for that long” one ACT Mens Open player was heard to say when talking about the Rustlers. The match of the day was no doubt the 5-5 draw between the Suns and the Mets, setting up a great finals series. In Pool B the Sharks finished the round competition undefeated and headed into the quarter finals full of confidence. The Scorpions also looked to have a shot at the title, with the Cobras and the Cyclones filling out the four in their pool. The quarter finals saw the Sharks and Rustlers record easy wins over the Hornets and the Cyclones, while for the Cobras and Scorpions the wins were a little tighter. The Scorpions 6-4 win over the Mets was simply a good match of Touch, with the rumours that no love would be lost between these two Sydney sides coming to nothing and good Touch being all there was to see. Unfortunately for the Suns Mens Open, despite having a good set of round matches, they were unable to match the Cobras and bowed out 7-4. Semi finals: Rustlers v Scorpions Sharks v Cobras WOMENS OPEN: The South Queensland Sharks and North Queensland Cyclones finished top of pool A, after the Rustlers upset the Cyclones in their final round match. The news only got worse as the day went on for the Cyclones, who after starting so well lost that final round match and then lost their quarter final to the Barbarians. The Barbarians qualified for their first semi final at an NTL after finishing third in their pool, led by Bo Dela Cruz, still not at 100% after her ankle injury in the first match. The Mets and Cobras continued their good form, with the Mets going through to the quarter finals and recording a 10-2 win over the Hunter Western Hornets, while the Cobras only allowed the Rustlers to score once in their quarter final win. The Barbarians will now face the red hot and defending Champions, the South Queensland Sharks, while the Barbarians will face the Sydney Mets, with Aussie sister combinations Kristy and Amanda Judd and Louise and Claire Winchester in great form. Semi finals: Sharks v Barbarians Mets v Cobras MIXED OPEN: The Mixed Open semi finalists were literally guaranteed with one round to go in the Mixed competition. The Sydney Mets, Scorpions, Brisbane Cobras and South Queensland Sharks had sealed their spots with room to spare before the final day of competition for 2005. The Mixed competition on day three was certainly exciting however, with draws being the order of the day. It could well be said that the Brisbane Cobras either don’t know how to win or they just never lose, because they’ve had four draws this tournament, against the Mets, Sharks, Rustlers and Southern Suns, showing just how close the competition at the top of the Mixed ladder is. Some of the other matches of the day in the Mixed competition were the Barbarians 8-5 win over the Cyclones and the 3-3 draw between the Rustlers and the Barbarians. The improvement shown by the Barbarians has been good and with the Womens Open qualifying for the semi final, their future is looking bright. The Mixed competition overall has certainly been solid, with very few whitewashed matches and all teams putting in good performances at different times. Semi finals: Mets v Scorpions Cobras v Sharks MENS 20 YEARS: The Mens 20 Years finished their round matches early in day three. The Southern Suns continued on their merry way in pool A, qualifying for the quarter finals undefeated before easily disposing of the Crusaders 10-1 in the quarter final. It’s looking like a mammoth effort will be needed to stop these Suns boys from taking home the title. The Cobras, Sharks and Eagles completed the four from pool A for the quarter finals, the Eagles scraping in after a final round win over the Hunter Western Hornets. For those who have seen the Eagles play this week, you’ll know they started the tournament slowly, not really showing the Touch world what they have. That was, until the quarter finals… Pool B was dominated by the Mets and the Rustlers, both sides looking capable of challenging the Suns. The Mets finished the round matches with an 18-0 walloping of the Rebels, Scott Buckley scoring 5 touchdowns and Dean Springfield scoring 4. Despite the good form of both the Rustlers and Mets, the Rustlers were sent packing in their quarter final against the Sharks, and by far the biggest upset of the tournament was at the hand and speedy feet of the local Northern Eagles. The Eagles boys, led by Aussie rep Ricky Morris, were just too fast and agile, beating the Mets with pure speed and booking themselves a semi final birth against the Brisbane City Cobras. Semi finals: Northern Eagles v Brisbane City Cobras Southern Suns v South Queensland Sharks WOMENS 20 YEARS: The Womens 20 Years final round and quarter finals were also played on day three, with the resulting semi final schedule looking remarkably similar to the Mens 20 Years, if not identical. The South Queensland Sharks continue to dominate Pool A, while the Northern Eagles held off the Southern Suns to finish top of their pool. In the battle of the bottom sides from pool A, the Crusaders scored their first win for the tournament, over the struggling Sydney Scorpions 5-2. Pool B came down to the last round for the ACT to grab themselves the final quarter final position, only to then come out and abosilurely shock the South Queensland Sharks when they crossed over for the match. On paper the Sharks should have massacred the ACT, but the ACT lifted, finally showing the form that many believed they had, taking the match into a drop off. The Sharks survived, but not until after several scare and a dubious refereeing decision allowed the touchdown that sealed the quarter final win. The Northern Eagles easily won through to the semis, a 12-0 win over the Cyclones sending the excited locals through to a semi against Brisbane Cobras. No doubt they will have a lot of local support out at 8:30am tomorrow morning! Semi finals: Northern Eagles v Brisbane City Cobras Southern Suns v South Queensland Sharks By Rachel Moyle, firstname.lastname@example.org
By Yousra AcherquiCasablanca – Last week, Maroc Telecom kicked off the FY-2016 earnings season in Morocco. Earnings season continue with HPS which reported very robust results.Indeed, the leading payment software company’s Consolidated Net Income (NIGS) soared by 48.3% to MAD 59.2m (vs. MAD 39.9m one year ago). The Consolidated Net Margin stood at 12.2%, almost one point higher than in 2015. Likewise, earnings per share stood at MAD 84.1 versus MAD 56.1 one year ago, and the Board of Directors will propose the distribution of a dividend of MAD 35 per share.The strong results at the bottom-line level were driven by both rising revenues and an improvement in margins.Amid a global lackluster outturn in 2016, HPS achieved a high double-digit growth rate at the top-line level with Consolidated Revenue jumping by 37.4% to stand at MAD 485.8m (vs. MAD 450m guided by Management in 2015). This was driven by a high organic growth at 25.8% as well as by the contribution of switching activity in Morocco which started in July 2016. Recurring Revenue grew by 15%.In 2016, HPS improved their operational profitability by 1.3pts to reach an EBIT margin of 14.8%; and while maintaining Research and Development investment at MAD 37.9m (+1.3% YoY).The 2016 results release did not include management guidance figures for 2017.HPS is one of the country’s leading payment software company, providing electronic payment solutions for financial institutions, processors and national switches all around the world.HPS is present in more than 85 countries across 5 continents and has as clients some of the 100 biggest financial institutions throughout the world.
Rabat – Moroccan filmmaker Nouredine Lakhmari has released a teaser of his latest film, “Burn Out”.The production is a multi-narrative film, in which the stories of several characters, representing different Moroccan categories and social classes, intersect.In the film, each of the characters wants to purchase their dreams or is battling their demons. Thirteen-year-old Ayoub is a shoe-shiner who dreams of buying a prosthesis for his disabled mother. Jad, 40, is a successful entrepreneur haunted by the past memory of his dead father. His wife, Ghita, 28, finds herself trapped in an unhappy marriage. Faridi, a politician of 55, whose son died in an accident, seeks affection in the arms of Aida, a 25-year-old medical student leading a double life, selling her body in exchange for money. The stories of these characters take place in Lakhmari’s favorite setting: Casablanca. The Moroccan metropolis was the setting of Lakhmari’s last two successful films, “Casanegra” (2008) and “Zero” (2012).The movies reflected the deep influence of American leading filmmaker Martin Scorcese on Lakhmari.In the first movie, he drew inspiration from Scorcese’s 1973 film “Mean Streets”. In “Zero”, the Safi-native director gave what seemed like a Moroccan version of “Taxi Driver”.The teaser of “Burn Out” was published by HuffPost Maghreb, showing “Casanegra”’s leading actors, Anas El Baz and Driss Rokh.Lakhmari’s movies are known for their strong language, which has divided public opinion, with some denouncing them as incompatible with a Moroccan conservative society, and others praising them and saying they reflect reality.
The Gillard government has flatly denied a news report that a senior Sri Lankan government official was suspected by Australian authorities to have been complicit in the people-smuggling trade.The Australian reported Friday that intelligence agencies had identified a high-profile Sri Lankan official close to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who had authorised asylum-seeker boats leaving Sri Lanka bound for Australia. The Australian stated that senior Gillard government figures were aware of the intelligence assessments about the Sri Lankan official. Options were canvassed for how to deal with the claims ahead of a December trip by Senator Carr to Colombo.Senator Carr did not raise the allegations with the Sri Lankan government during that visit.Much of the increase in asylum-seeker boat arrivals last year came from Sri Lanka, though this has tapered off in recent weeks. (The Border Mail) But a spokesman for Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the claims were untrue. ”There is no evidence to support the allegation that this official is complicit in people-smuggling,” he said. ”Australia and Sri Lanka have a strong record of co-operation in preventing people-smuggling ventures.”The official was not named in the news report, which drew an angry response from the Sri Lankan Consul-General in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara, who called the claims ”unbelievable, ridiculous and mischievous”.
California cleared the way on Monday for college athletes to profit from brand sponsorships and endorsement deals, as Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation making it the first U.S. state to give them that potentially lucrative opportunity.The legislation states that college athletes may profit from their “name, image or likeness.”It could set up a showdown between the most populous U.S. state and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the influential governing body for intercollegiate athletics, over the NCAA’s longstanding rule that college athletes cannot be provided compensation.The measure is due to take effect in 2023.“Colleges and universities reap billions from these student-athletes’ sacrifices and success but block them from earning a single dollar. That’s a bankrupt model — one that puts institutions ahead of the students they are supposed to serve,” Newsom, a Democrat, said in a statement, referring to schools and the NCAA.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Newsom signed the bill during an appearance on the HBO program the “The Shop” alongside the show’s host, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, a vocal supporter of the measure.“I’m so incredibly proud to share this moment with all of you,” James, who bypassed college basketball and went straight from high school to the National Basketball Association, wrote on Twitter.“@gavinnewsom came to The Shop to do something that will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it!”I’m so incredibly proud to share this moment with all of you. @gavinnewsom came to The Shop to do something that will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it! @uninterrupted hosted the formal signing for SB 206 allowing college athletes to responsibly get paid. pic.twitter.com/NZQGg6PY9d— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 30, 2019The measure states that endorsement deals should not have any effect on student scholarships provided by colleges. It also permits student athletes to employ agents.The measure could make California colleges more attractive to top recruits in high-revenue sports like football and basketball.The bill’s sponsors have said it also could encourage star players to stay in school rather than dropping out to turn professional.The Indianapolis-based NCAA said the California law risks confusing current and future student-athletes by creating different rules for colleges in different states.“A patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field,” the NCAA said in a statement.The NCAA reported total revenues of more than $1 billion last year, about 80% of which came from television and marketing rights fees.The Pac-12 Conference, whose member schools are located in Western states including California, said in a statement it is “disappointed” with the move, expressing concern about “many unintended consequences related to this professionalism” in college sports.In a call with reporters on Monday, Newsom seemed unconcerned that the NCAA might sue or ban California colleges from NCAA competition and said the measure aims to establish a new status quo by addressing a social-justice issue.“This is going to force a radical departure from the existing rules and regulations around the NCAA. They’re either going to be rolled over by it, public opinion and other states’ rules, or they’re going to have to wake up and lead,” Newsom said.New York, Colorado and South Carolina are considering similar legislation to follow in California’s footsteps.
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for June 22-28 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 22-28. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.08 million.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.78 million.3. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 8.28 million.4. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” NBC, 7.39 million.5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.25 million.6. “Big Brother” (Wednesday) CBS, 6.92 million.7. “Dateline NBC,” NBC, 6.87 million.8. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.64 million.9. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 6.42 million.10. “BET Awards,” BET, 6.27 million.11. “Under the Dome,’ CBS, 6.25 million.12. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.21 million.13. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.2 million.14. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 6.03 million.15. “48 Hours” (Tuesday), CBS, 5.86 million.15. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 5.86 million.17. Movie: “Teen Beach 2,” Disney, 5.82 million.18. Women’s World Cup: China vs. USA, Fox, 5.74 million.19. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.56 million.20. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 5.25 million.___ABC and the Disney Channel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal; BET is owned by Viacom.
In January of 2011, VLC for the iPad disappeared from the App Store. Today, it looks like the popular media player could be heading back soon, as Videolan’s Jean-Baptiste Kempf has announced on his personal blog that VLC has been relicensed using the LGPL. It’s been a long twelve months, but Kempf’s hard work has paid off.More than two years ago, fans of the do-all media player rejoiced when it arrived in the App Store. The iPad version was well-received, but it didn’t stick around for long. It had been submitted not by Videolan, but by Applidium — who invoked the ire of VLC developer Rémi Denis-Courmont because the iOS app didn’t adhere to the terms of the GPL. Denis-Courmant filed a copyright complaint with Apple, and VLC disappeared from the App Store shortly after.According to the LGPL terms, developers “are not responsible for enforcing compliance by third parties with this License.” With the project now licensed as LGPL software, there’s no longer an issue with Apple’s App Store policy that limits installation to five devices.Does that mean VLC fans that don’t want to jailbreak their iOS devices can start celebrating? It might be a tad premature right now, but a little optimism is certainly in order. When I asked Kempf whether his announcement meant that VLC was headed back to the App Store, he replied with a knowing “Maybe :).” Not exactly a confirmation, but with the distribution issue clearly addressed it should only be a matter of time before it pokes its head through the soil of Apple’s walled garden once again.More at Jean-Baptiste Kempf’s Blog
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NASSAU, The Bahamas, July 10th 2017:The annual Cat Island Regatta will be held this year in New Bight, Cat Island, on Emancipation Weekend during the holiday of August 4-7, 2017 the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources announced, on July 6, at its offices. Parliamentary Secretary Carlton Bowleg, Permanent Secretary Rena Glinton, and the Regatta Desk’s Cindy Gay presented a cheque for $45,000 to the Cat Island Regatta Association Chairman, Pat Strachan.“The Cat Island Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in The Bahamas. Therefore, I would like to encourage all Bahamians to support this event generously this year as they celebrate the contribution of Ezekiel “Zeke” Taylor, one of the outstanding leaders who is at the helm steering the Cat Island Regatta to the major event we see today,” said Mr Bowleg.“This year’s regatta will feature A, B, and C class Sailing sloops and some of the best entertainers in the country. I’m advised the committee is anticipating a large crowd and made every effort to provide crowd pleasing events to make this year’s regatta enjoyable and memorable.”Mr. Bowleg also invited the public to join the North Andros/Berry Islands Regatta, taking place this weekend, starting July 7, 2017 at his hometown in North Andros. He added that regattas are known for generating economic stimulation to the Family Islands, so Bahamians are encouraged to support the local sloop sailing races.Story Courtesy: Gena Gibbs, Bahamas Information Services
Retention of fin-clipped fall chinook in this year’s exceptional Buoy 10 salmon season at the mouth of the Columbia River will continue as scheduled through Sunday.Washington and Oregon officials agreed Tuesday that chinook angling at Buoy 10 can continue and remain within federal Endangered Species Act guidelines.Buoy 10 is the name given to the late-summer salmon sport fishery between Buoy No. 10 where the Columbia meets the Pacific Ocean and a line 16 miles upstream stretching between Tongue Point in Oregon and Rocky Point in Washington.Angling opened Aug. 1 with a daily limit of two salmon, but only one chinook. The chinook could be of hatchery origin — denoted by a clipped adipose fin — or wild.High catch rates caused the states to change the rules on Aug. 20 to hatchery-only chinook beginning Aug. 23 to try to extend the season to the scheduled end on Sept. 1.Through Aug. 22, the catch was 16,252 chinook. Catches were good over the weekend with 6,824 chinook handled and 2,892 chinook kept.John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the harvest (catch plus release mortalities) is 19,891 chinook.He said catch projections for Monday through Sunday are another 5,341 chinook, bringing the season total to 25,232 chinook, including release mortalities.Coho catches are improving, North said.The coho catch through Sunday is estimated at 4,048 fish, which is 31 percent of the 13,100 coho set aside for Buoy 10.Beginning Monday, the daily bag limit at Buoy 10 will be two hatchery coho.Liz Hamilton, executive director of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, said it appears most anglers planning to fish at Buoy 10 remained in the area despite the switch to hatchery-only chinook.
Today, Capital New York reported that Spin Media–to almost nobody’s surprise–ceased the print production of Vibe.The company acquired the suffering brand from Yucaipa Companies in April 2013 through an equity exchange with no cash on the table. At the time of the acquisition, many expected Vibe‘s print future to have the same fate as Spin, which shut down its print operation shortly after it was bought by BuzzMedia (later rebranded as Spin Media). In addition to the killing the print magazine, CEO Stephen Blackwell confirmed that the company also reduced its workforce by 14 percent, laying off 19 staffers who were mostly tied to Vibe. According to Capital New York, the video, photo and sales departments suffered most of the attrition. The magazine’s circulation was much smaller than its digital audience. At one time the magazine reached around a million readers but, as of late, that number has been reduced by about three-quarters. Online, however, Vibe still has a strong presence. Blackwell claims that the site attracts around six or seven million UVs every month, and its following on Facebook alone is north of one million. Vibe has had a tumultuous past. Quincy Jones launched the magazine in 1993 in a partnership with Time Inc. A few years later it was sold to Miller Publishing, then sold again in 2006 to The Wicks Group. In 2009 it shut down for a brief period until InterMedia Partners made and investment to resurrect the magazine, along with Magic Johnson and, eventually, Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies pitching in. A source who used to work for the magazine tells FOLIO:, “They should have never brought it back [from its 2009 hiatus]. To me, it’s like Weekend at Bernie’s, watching someone carry around a cadaver and pretending it’s alive.”
Email Kesha’s “Hymn” For The Dreamers kesha-dedicates-hymn-release-dreamers-struggles Kesha Dedicates “Hymn” Release To Dreamers’ Struggles Kesha’s Rainbow was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th GRAMMY Awards and the LP’s first single, “Praying,” was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, marking her first GRAMMY nominations. Millions saw her performance of the cathartic ballad of redemption on the 60th GRAMMY telecast, respecting and admiring her agency as a survivor.Now, the dedication of “Hymn” draws attention to her determination to use her art as a platform for others’ struggles to live. Are you on the team?Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more The GRAMMY nominee’s heartfelt anthem defending youth lifestyles is tied to DACA immigrants’ worthy causePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 31, 2018 – 3:45 pm The official video for Kesha’s “Hymn” from her GRAMMY-nominated album, Rainbow, was released on May 31, but with special intention: The video has been dedicated to United We Dream’s #HereToStay Network supporting DACA Dreamers’ efforts to remain in the U.S.In the words of the anthem’s lyrics, the song is “a hymn for the hymnless” youth and how they choose to live, while preaching solidarity between people “on the team.”The big influence on “Hymn”‘s dedication was Kesha meeting the organization’s co-founder and executive director Cristina Jiménez at the Time 100 event celebrating inclusion on Time magazine’s list of “the most influential people of 2018.” Kesha is in great company supporting Dreamers — her dedication follows the pro-immigrant speech by Camila Cabello at the 60th GRAMMY Awards and Demi Lovato’s efforts to support ongoing awareness. Facebook Twitter https://twitter.com/UNITEDWEDREAM/status/1002271400537853953 News
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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday reached Canada on a four-day official visit to attend the outreach session of the G7 Summit, reports BSS.The prime minister is joining the outreach session of the G7 Summit at the invitation of her Canadian counterpart Justine Trudeau.An Emirates flight carrying the premier and her entourage members landedat Pearson International Airport in Toronto at 9:30am local time (7:30pmBangladesh time).Bangladesh consul general in Toronto Nayeem Uddin Ahmed and director of international relations of Canada and deputy chief of protocol, Ontario province Jonathan Sauve received the prime minister at the airport.After a two-hour stopover in Toronto, the premier will fly to provincialcity Quebec, the venue of the outreach session of G7 Summit.Bangladesh high commissioner to Canada Mizanur Rahman and federal andprovincial dignitaries of Canada will receive the prime minister at Jean Lesage International Airport upon her arrival in Quebec.Earlier on her way to Toronto, the prime minister made a five-hour stopoverin Dubai.In the evening today, Sheikh Hasina will join a dinner to be hosted by governor general of Canada in honour of heads of state and government taking part in the G7 Summit and outreach programme.The prime minister will join G7 Outreach Leaders Programme at Le Manoir Richelieu Hotel on Saturday.She will hold a meeting with Justine Trudeau on Sunday morning at her place of residence at Hotel Chateau Frontenac.From Quebec, Sheikh Hasina will return to Toronto on Sunday and exchange views with expatriate Bangladeshis at Hotel Metro in the evening.On Monday, she will hold a meeting with special envoy of Canada on Myanmar Bob Rae at her hotel The Ritz Carlton where she will be staying.The premier will also have a meeting with deputy premier of Saskatchewan and minister for trade and export development Gordon Wyant Q.C. and minister of immigration and career training of Saskatchewan Jeremy Harrison and business leaders of Saskatchewan Province.Before leaving Toronto, the prime minister will hold a meeting with president and CEO of Commercial Corporation of Canada (CCC) Martin Zablocki at her hotel.The premier will return home on Tuesday night via Dubai.Sheikh Hasina is joining the G7 Outreach Programme with 16 other world dignitaries beyond the Group of Seven (G7), a platform of world’s economic power houses.The G7 is a group consisting of the world’s seven largest advanced economies – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.President of Argentina and chair of the G20 Mauricio Macri, president of Haiti and chair of the caribbean community Jovenel Moise, prime minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, president of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the Marshall Islands Hilda Heine, prime minister of Norway Erna Solberg, president of Rwanda and chair of the African Union Paul Kagame, president of Senegal Macky Sall, president of Seychelles Danny Faure, president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, prime minister of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, managing director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Jose Angel Gurria, secretary general of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and chief executive officer of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva will join the event.
Stay on target Syfy Axes ‘Krypton’ Superhero Series After 2 SeasonsRevisiting ‘Passions,’ the Craziest Soap Opera Ever Syfy really wants you to know that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon produced their new TV series. It’s difficult to tell if their involvement had any effect on it’s quality, but Incorporated turned in a fine first episode regardless of who was involved. As with a lot of high-concept science fiction shows, we open with some text explaining the world we’re to inhabit for the next 40 minutes. In the future, environmental disasters have caused governments to fall, and large corporations have taken their place. People who work for the corporations are taken care of and live in Green Zones; others live on whatever they can in the Red Zones. Oh, and the corporations are at war with each other over what remains of the Earth’s natural resources.As the show begins for real, we see just how bad a shape the world is in. A Category Five hurricane is brewing, Canada is building a fence to stop U.S. citizens from immigrating illegally (ha), and there’s been a bombing in Jakarta. We follow Ben, a manager at the Spiga Corporation, a powerful biotech company that makes drought-resistant seeds among other inventions. He works for his wife’s estranged mother, which is exactly as awkward as you’d think it is. He takes a self-driving car to work, and there’s a cool moment where the green pastoral scenery is revealed to be a projection, hiding the harsher reality from the rich.One of the more plausible versions of the future on TV. (Photo: Screenshot via Syfy)As the episode goes on, we find out that Ben isn’t who he says he is. His real name is Aaron, and he’s working undercover for a powerful figure in the Red Zones. He’s infiltrated Spiga to search for Iliana, a friend’s sister who’s been sold as a sex slave to one of Spiga’s executive’s clubs. Ben/Aaron makes it his mission to become an executive and rescue her. The problem is the higher up he gets promoted, the more scrutiny is on him.It’s an interesting premise, and the world is well-realized. One thing I appreciate is that the technology is all extrapolated from what we currently have and the characters act like they’ve had it for years. They relax in self-driving cars while videos play on the windshield. There is a literal divide between rich and poor, though the rich can visit the Red Zones and indulge in a bit of class tourism as they get drunk and high. It’s like a Black Mirror episode extrapolated out into a full series, only slightly less bleak and depressing.The acting is not great, but it’s on par with what you’d expect from a Canada-United States Syfy collaboration. The world is interesting enough that I’m intrigued to see it explored more as the series goes on. The 45-minute pilot makes me miss the days of Syfy’s shows kicking off with 90-minute TV movies. Shows like Warehouse 13 and Eureka were given enough time to introduce the world, the characters, and tell a compelling story that set up a formula for episodes to come. Here, we have the characters and the world, but the story didn’t have time to shine.Julian (Dennis Haysbert) explains what happens when you betray the company. (Photo via Syfy)At this point, our main character has a relatively simple goal, and the stakes are small and personal. No doubt as Ben rises higher in the company; he’ll discover some unsavory things about Spiga and work to stop it somehow, but that’s just me speculating. As of right now, there’s no indication of where the story is going and no promise that it will grow in any direction, other than knowing how TV dramas work. There is some interesting tension between Aaron’s commitment to his mission and the fact that he really likes his life as Ben. It looks like, as much as he loves Iliana, he’s also fallen for his Green Zone wife, Laura. The show has potential, but it’s hard to see whether it’ll capitalize on it or not.I’m always happy when Syfy produces, you know, actual science fiction and Incorporated is off to a decent start. The characters aren’t as immediately charming as in some of Syfy’s other series, but in science fiction, a good premise counts for a lot. The promise of futuristic corporate espionage and war is exciting and the threat of “the quiet room” will boost the tension a bit. We’ll have to wait and see if the series has legs, but it’s off to a pretty good start.
Kolkata:Stung by defections and poor show in the Lok Sabha polls, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee Thursday gave some pep-talk to her party MLAs asking them to be more humble while reaching out to the people and if needed, apologise for the mistakes committed in the past. Banerjee held a meeting with her party MLAs during the day — her first since the Lok Sabha polls which saw the BJP snatching away 18 of the 42 seats in the state, just four less than the TMC. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata A senior TMC leader said at the meeting, Banerjee exuded confidence that her party will bounce back in the 2021 Assembly polls and asked workers to prepare for it and bring old-timers back to the party fold. “Our party supremo has asked all MLAs to be more humble and reach out to the masses. She has also asked us that if needed the MLAs should apologize for their mistakes committed in the past,” a TMC MLA said. Another senior party leader said, “We have been told to submit a list of four names per booth who will look after booth level organisation, IT cell and reach out to the masses with the welfare schemes of the state government.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state According to TMC sources, Banerjee admonished some of the senior MLAs for making statements which did not go down well with the people during the Lok Sabha polls. She asked her party leaders to introspect and rebuked a section of them for the TMC’s poor performance in the general elections, a source said. The TMC supremo accused a few leaders of not working properly in their areas and for being “keen on taking illegal commission” (cut money) from people to provide benefits under government schemes. Elected representatives at municipal and panchayat levels are facing public ire over the issue of cut money.