The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday filed the first charge sheet against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and two doctors for alleged castration of his followers at Sirsa. The Dera chief is serving a 20-year jail term in two rape cases.The doctors arraigned in the charge sheet are M.P. Singh, a resident of Delhi’s Mayur Vihar, and Pankaj Garg from Panchkula in Haryana. They have been accused of castrating Ram Rahim’s followers at his instance.Dr. Singh is currently in judicial custody in connection with the riots that took place in Panchkula and Sirsa in Haryana, after Ram Rahim was convicted in two rape cases in August last year.The CBI case is based on a writ petition filed by a former Dera follower, Hansraj Chauhan, in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in July 2012 alleging that 400 followers of the Dera chief were castrated. It was alleged that Ram Rahim got his devotees castrated on false claims that it would lead to “realisation of God” through him.Following the High Court’s directions, the agency registered an FIR in 2015 to investigate the allegations. Last October, the CBI recorded Ram Rahim’s statement in connection with the alleged castration.“Further investigations in the case are under way. More charge sheets may be filed in due course,” said a CBI official.
DefinitionA head injury is any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain injury.Head injury can be either closed or open (penetrating).A closed head injury means you received a hard blow to the head from striking an object, but the object did not break the skull.An open, or penetrating, head injury means you were hit with an object that broke the skull and entered the brain. This is more likely to happen when you move at high speed, such as going through the windshield during a car accident. It can also happen from a gunshot to the head.Head injuries include:Concussion, in which the brain is shaken, is the most common type of traumatic brain injury.Scalp woundsSkull fracturesHead injuries may cause bleeding:In the brain tissueIn the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma,extradural hematoma)Head injury is a common reason for an emergency room visit. A large number of people who suffer head injuries are children. TBI (traumatic brain injury) accounts for over 1 in 6 injury-related hospital admissions each year.Alternative NamesBrain injury; Head traumaCausesCommon causes of head injury include:Accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sportsFallsPhysical assaultTraffic accidentsMost of these injuries are minor because the skull protects the brain. Some injuries are severe enough to require a stay in the hospital.SymptomsHead injuries may cause bleeding in the brain tissue and the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematomata extradural hematoma).advertisementSymptoms of a head injury can occur right away. Or symptoms develop slowly over several hours or days. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can hit the inside of the skull and be bruised. The head may look fine, but problems could result from bleeding or swelling inside the skull.The spinal cord is also likely to be injured in any serious trauma.Some head injuries cause changes in brain function. This is called a traumatic brain injury. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a concussion can range from mild to severe.First AidLearning to recognize a serious head injury and give basic first aid can save someones life. For a moderate to severe head injury, CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY.Get medical help right away if the person:Becomes very sleepyBehaves abnormallyDevelops a severe headache or stiff neckHas pupils (the dark central part of the eye) of unequal sizesIs unable to move an arm or legLoses consciousness, even brieflyVomits more than onceThen take the following steps:Check the persons airway, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.If the persons breathing and heart rate are normal but the person is unconscious, treat as if there is a spinal injury. Stabilize the head and neck by placing your hands on both sides of the persons head. Keep the head in line with the spine and prevent movement. Wait for medical help.Stop any bleeding by firmly pressing a clean cloth on the wound. If the injury is serious, be careful not to move the persons head. If blood soaks through the cloth, do not remove it. Place another cloth over the first one.If you suspect a skull fracture, do not apply direct pressure to the bleeding site, and do not remove any debris from the wound. Cover the wound with sterile gauze dressing.If the person is vomiting, to prevent choking, roll the persons head, neck, and body as one unit onto his or her side. This still protects the spine, which you must always assume is injured in the case of a head injury. Children often vomit once after a head injury. This may not be a problem, but call a doctor for further guidance.Apply ice packs to swollen areas.Do Not Do NOT wash a head wound that is deep or bleeding a lot.Do NOT remove any object sticking out of a wound.Do NOT move the person unless absolutely necessary.Do NOT shake the person if he or she seems dazed.Do NOT remove a helmet if you suspect a serious head injury.Do NOT pick up a fallen child with any sign of head injury.Do NOT drink alcohol within 48 hours of a serious head injury.A serious head injury that involves bleeding or brain damage must be treated in a hospital.For a mild head injury, no treatment may be needed. However, watch for symptoms of a head injury, which can which can show up later.advertisementYour health care provider will explain what to expect, how to manage any headaches, how to treat your other symptoms, when to return to sports, school, work, and other activities, and signs or symptoms to worry about.Children will need to be watched and make activity changes.Adults also need close observation and activity changes.Both adults and children must follow the health care providers instructions about when it will be possible to return to sports.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall 911 right away if:There is severe head or face bleeding.The person is confused, tired, or unconscious.The person stops breathing.You suspect a serious head or neck injury, or the person develops any signs or symptoms of a serious head injury.PreventionAlthough no child is injury-proof, parents can take some simple steps to keep their children from getting head injuries.Not all head injuries can be prevented. But the following simple steps can help keep you and your child safe:Always use safety equipment during activities that could cause a head injury. These include seat belts, bicycle or motorcycle helmets, and hard hats.Learn and follow bicycle safety recommendations.Do not drink and drive, and do not allow yourself to be driven by someone who you know or suspect has been drinking alcohol or is impaired in another way.ReferencesHeegaard WG, Biros MH, Head injury. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al., eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 41.Landry GL. Head and neck injuries. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 680.Review Date:1/13/2014Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
Pilsen (Czech Republic), Jun 20 (PTI) Aditi Ashok finished tied 31st at the Tipsport Golf Masters on the Ladies European Tour here. The Bengaluru girl carded 71, 71 and 68 and at three-under 210, she was 12 shots behind the eventual winner, Denmarks Nanna Koerstz Madsen, who gave a dominant display en-route to her maiden Ladies European Tour title. It was the third straight event where Aditi had made the cut in her Rookie Year. The 18-year-old, whose best in an LET event is tied eighth as an amateur at the Hero Womens Indian Open in 2012, had finished tied 21 at Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, tied 27 at the Buick Championships in Shanghai and now tied 31 in Czech Republic. In between she tried and failed to qualify for the Majors, US Womens Open and the Evian Championships. Aditi is now 39th in the Ladies European Tour rankings from four starts and she has missed the cut at the NZ Womens Open, which was also her first start on LET Tour. Nanna Madsen, 21, professional from Smoerum fired six birdies in a closing 65 — the best round of the day at Golf Park Pilsen — to end on 15-under-par and five strokes ahead of Scotlands Pamela Pretswell and overnight leader Stacey Keating of Australia. Pretswell and Keating both holed massive birdie putts on 18 to go into joint second, while Swedens Linda Wessberg tied for fourth with Swiss amateur Albane Valenzuela. PTI Cor CM CM
Alex Hales’ fluent 166-ball 171 helped England to record the highest ODI total of 444 runs beating the previous best of 443, scored by Sri Lanka against Netherlands in Amstelveen in 2006. (Also read: England smash 444/3 vs Pakistan, record highest ever ODI score)In the third one-dayer against Pakistan in Nottingham, Hales along with Joe Root (85), Jos Butler (90*) and Eoin Morgan (57*) took the bowlers to the cleaners and powered the hosts to put up a mammoth 444/3 on the board.Pakistan in the chase could only manage 275 and losing the match by 169 runs. In ODIs, only once a score above 400 has been successfully chased. In 2006 at the Wanderers, Australia blasted their way to 434/4 and coming out for the chase, South Africa did the impossible by successfully gunning down the target by scoring 438/9. (Also read: England hit world record 444/3 to hammer Pakistan in 3rd ODI)After 2011 World Cup, a total of 625 ODIs have been played and 400-plus scores have been scored in only nine matches. South Africa are the only team to have gone past 400-mark on four occasions while India doing it twice. Let’s have a look at the 10 highest totals scored in the one-dayers.Highest One-Day International totals:444-3: England vs Pakistan, Nottingham, 2016443-9: Sri Lanka vs Netherlands, Amstelveen, 2006439-2: South Africa vs West Indies, Johannesburg, 2015438-4: South Africa vs India, Mumbai, 2015438-9: South Africa vs Australia, Johannesburg, 2006434-4: Australia vs South Africa, Johannesburg, 2006418-5: South Africa vs Zimbabwe, Potchefstroom, 2006418-5: India vs West Indies, Indore, 2011417-6: Australia vs Afghanistan, Perth, 2015414-7: India vs Sri Lanka, Rajkot, 2009advertisement
Bangladesh scripted history against Australia on Wednesday and their biggest hero, Shakib Al Hasan was the architect.Shakib picked up his second 10-wicket haul in Test cricket (5 wickets in both the innings) to steer Bangladesh to a 20-run victory over Australia.Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport and the two different Test results in a space of hours — West Indies defeating England by five wickets and Bangladesh winning their first Test against Australia — has induced a spark into the game.Shakib is currently the No. 1 all-rounder in the ICC Test rankings and he showed exactly why as he spun a web around the Australians after a fine 84 in Bangladesh’s first innings.”It feels great to contribute for the team. I thank the crowd for coming in and supporting us,” Shakib said after the match.It’s often said that the biggest weapon of an athlete in his mind and Bangladesh proved exactly that.After the match, Shakib took the microphone and spoke to the crowd in Bengali, saying it was their belief and the faith of their supporters that carried them through.”Don’t know if someone believed in us today or not, but during the drinks break, I told the rest of the team ‘whoever has come to the ground today believes that we will win and so we can’t let these guys down’,” Shakib exclaimed.The victory will taste sweet for Bangladesh and more so at home with their own people, in front of their own. In all prospect, Australia will level the series but like Shakib mentioned before the series, “Previously the mindset (of Bangladesh team) was to draw against big teams — try to play five days, make a draw – but we never used to get the result. Then we started thinking ‘let’s try to win, let’s try to play and win the game’. It’s the mindset that changed, and that made us believe that we can win.”advertisement
The author of the independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that uncovered evidence of institutionalised doping in Russian sport said on Tuesday that athletes should be duty-bound to report cases where they know of drug use by others.Canadian law professor Richard McLaren said the system could be modelled on rules governing match-fixing where failing to report knowledge of a case in many sports is an offence.However, McLaren, speaking at the ‘Play the Game’ sports conference, said sports federations would also have to build up trust with the athletes for it to work.”Athletes need to speak up, they are on the front line and I think it’s time we considered putting a duty (on them) to report corrupt activity,” he said. “We can only do that if everyone can be confident that it can be done in confidence.””If you are going to encourage people to come forward and speak up, we must have strict and rigorous confidentiality. That trust must be established. They (athletes) must be convinced that they can be and will be protected.”Speaking to reporters afterwards, McLaren said the duty could be included in “the athletes’ contract with their sport.”In match-fixing, it’s a requirement and something similar could be done with respect to doping issues.”However, he conceded that, in match-fixing, athletes often turned a blind eye to wrongdoing by colleagues despite facing bans for doing so.”I know very well the culture to keep it in the locker room,” he said. “That would be a problem, but if you conduct better education and you build trust relationships with the sport, it can work.”advertisement”It’s not a perfect solution but it’s better than what we have now,” he said.McLaren added that, having obtained the information, sports federations then had a duty to conduct a proper investigation — something that often did not happen.”The information flows into these organisations, disappears and then is never acted on,” he said.McLaren’s WADA-commissioned report published last year found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in over 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a period of five years.Russia, which has always denied state-sponsored doping, has refused to accept all the report’s findings.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho tells Benfica to move on from himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told Benfica to move on from him.Record says Mourinho was sounded out about a return to his homeland following the sacking of Rui Vitoria.He was approached but despite not giving them an outright ‘no’ he indicated returning to Benfica is not in his plans at the moment.Even the high wages of Mourinho was not considered a problem for Benfica bosses – who believed his benefits far outweigh the outlay.Mourinho was sacked as Manchester United manager in December.
Video: Duke Basketball Released An Epic 55-Minute Video Celebrating The Blue Devils’ National Championship Run
DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 07: A general view of the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils tip off at center court to begin their game on February 7, 2007 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. North Carolina won 79-73.(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Since Duke men’s basketball team won the national championship this past spring, many videos have been released celebrating the Blue Devils title. If you’re a Duke fan, you’ve probably watched all of them. None are better than the following one, though. Today, Duke released “Champions Forever: A Look at Duke’s Title Run.” It’s 55 minutes long and includes highlights, interviews, etc. It’s pretty great and definitely worth your time if you’re a Blue Devils’ fan. Video
The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour Editors’ Recommendations How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked Let’s shine a light for a moment on the type of person who likes a little extra detail in his or her life. Everyday items can become mundane – but by rethinking the essentials, we can add some excitement into the mix.These light bulbs by FerroWatt are a great example of this. Each light bulb is authentically detailed to replicate the original styles invented by a man known as Thomas Alva Edison. From their looped filaments to their hand-exhausted tips, these FerroWatt light bulbs aren’t just an essential; they’re a conversation starter. And if you haven’t noticed – they seem to be everywhere these days – from hip speakeasies to your local Pottery Barn.FerroWatt was founded in the late 1800’s in Vienna, Austria under the name “Watt AG” and was one of the first manufacturers of indoor ‘light’ – rivaling companies such as OSRAM and Phillips in 1930’s – and with over a century of experience, we think they have the whole quality thing down.At the very least, this is a great gift for any history buff.Check out their website to peruse some of their interesting styles – or to place an order. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling
Editors’ Recommendations Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Most guys interested in fashion know that fashion week happens twice a year (spring/summer and fall/winter). Store buyers (and the press) attend the shows to see what the designers are offering up for the following season and then the buyers place orders. But what most consumers don’t know about are the plethora of trade shows around the world where buyers can find even more brands to consider.While big brands like Ralph, Calvin and Tommy spend loads of cash on shows during fashion week, the trade shows are more low key, can be more fun and relaxed and can be the better place to find the newest and most exciting brands that don’t have the cash (or the desire) for a flashy fashion show.Tommy Fazio is the President and Creative Director of PROJECT, a trade show that can be found in New York and Vegas. Under the same umbrella are The TENTS, MEN’s, and POOLTRADESHOW. Needless to say he is a busy man.Prior to joining PROJECT, Mr. Fazio served as Men’s Fashion and Trend Director for Nordstrom, where he led the overall style direction for the company’s men’s department across all retail doors. He earlier served as President of Simon Spurr and Men’s Fashion Director for Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus where he successfully rebranded the men’s department in each of those stores. He also helped launch emerging designers like Spurr, Ian Velardi, and Todd Snyder to the market. Mr. Fazio began his extensive career in the fashion industry with an eight year tenure at Calvin Klein, where he helped grow the men’s business to international prominence as the Vice President, Men’s Collection.Mr. Fazio’s role as President and Creative Director provides him the exciting opportunity to connect brands to retailers by combining his years of creative expertise, trend direction, and new talent development. This experience enables him to reimagine the trade show format and the landscape of the advanced and designer contemporary market.On that note, we spoke to this well known fashion figure about his personal style. Here is what he had to share.Jeans: Baldwin Slim Five PocketShirts: Thom Browne white Oxford ShirtPants: Save Khaki Lightweight ChinoSuits: Prada Navy SuitShoes: Alden Cordovan OfficerAccessories: Bottega Venetta tote bag and…Henry the English Cocker Spaniel – he’s really the best accessory (!)Outerwear: Saint Laurent Toggle coat (which I can’t wear in California because its way too hot)Your favorite App: American Airlines…is that sad?Favorite piece of technology: My Ipad MiniNext tech purchase: I bought a gas grill –does that count? Oh! I just got UP by Jawbone. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America
zoomIllustration, Image Courtesy: LNG Carrier/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Turkey’s floating power plant company Karpower International B.V. (Karpowership) have agreed to collaborate in the LNG-to-Powership business.Under the brand name “KARMOL”, the duo aims to become an LNG-to-Powership solution provider.The parties aim to co-invest in the related assets and jointly market their solution in selected markets around the world.The business will generate power through the Powership by receiving regasified LNG through a floating LNG storage and regasification unit to provide electricity to shore grids and facilities where base load electricity and/or replacements of fuel mode are required to meet the environmental concerns.As explained, the new solution is expected to be cost-competitive, meeting the power demand. What is more, the new solution would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing higher emission fuels with LNG.MOL and Karpowership expect to achieve business synergies by combining their expertise of LNG, FSRU and Powership businesses.The companies plan to launch several projects in the coming years. They have already started to convert an existing LNG carrier into a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to provide regasified LNG to a Powership.
OAKVILLE, Ont. – An Ontario town council has voted unanimously to reject a plan to develop Glen Abbey golf course amid efforts to designate the property as a “significant cultural heritage landscape.”Jane Courtemanche, a spokeswoman for the Town of Oakville, says council on Wednesday refused a development application by Glen Abbey owner ClubLink to develop the lands.The council voted in August in favour of proceeding with a notice of intention to designate the Glen Abbey property as significant cultural heritage landscape under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.This notice, also filed in August, is the first of a number of steps the Town of Oakville needs to take before the designation is finalized.ClubLink’s development plan proposed construction of 141 detached homes, 299 townhomes, 2,782 apartments, retail and office space, as well as parks, open space and natural heritage areas.The ClubLink property is home to the Glen Abbey golf course and buildings, including an estate leased by Golf Canada that houses the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. The golf course has hosted the Canadian Open 28 times.ClubLink may appeal the town’s decision to the Ontario Municipal Board, Courtemanche added.The rejection comes days after ClubLink sent a letter notifying Oakville town council of a separate application to demolish or remove the golf course. ClubLink said Monday it notified the Town of Oakville of an application to demolish or remove the golf course and some buildings to make way for a mix of homes, offices and stores. The RayDor Estate House, home to the golf museum would be among the buildings that would remain, it said.Oakville will meet with ClubLink in the “near future” to begin the process of this separate application for demolition, Courtemanche said Thursday.ClubLink has criticized the town’s heritage efforts calling it “broad and overreaching.”“The Town simply cannot use the Heritage Act to mandate land use,” Clublink said in a statement on Monday.The council gave parties who disagreed with its intent to designate Glen Abbey a heritage site until Sept. 25 to file an objection. ClubLink did not file an objection, however, Courtemanche said Thursday that someone else has.The town will review the objection and if it meets the criteria it will forward it to the Conservation Review Board, which will then issue recommendations to Oakville’s town council as to whether it is warranted, Courtemanche said in an emailed statement.She added that if after receiving the board’s report Oakville’s town council decides to proceed, the next step would be to pass a by-law to designate Glen Abbey as a significant heritage cultural landscape.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously reported that the Town of Oakville had granted Glen Abbey heritage status.
RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says annual vehicle sales are easily on track to cruise past two million for the first time after another record-setting month.The consulting firm says October sales hit about 164,200 vehicles for a 6.3 per cent increase from the same month last year.October’s numbers brought total sales this year to about 1.76 million, up 5.6 per cent from last year, with every month but April hitting a new record.Ford led the pack last month with 21,068 units sold despite seeing a two per cent drop in sales.Ford’s chief rival General Motors followed closely behind, with its sales up 26.5 per cent at 26,847 units.That puts GM within 10,000 units of Ford for total sales so far this year.DesRosiers says October’s total sales included about 115,400 light trucks, up 13.6 per cent, while passenger car sales were down 7.9 per cent at about 48,800 units.
Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to release P. Tharshananth and K. Jenemajeyamenan or charge them with a recognizably criminal offence and try them promptly in accordance with internationally recognized safeguards;The rights group is also urging the authorities to ensure that the detainees are treated in accordance with international standards and given full access to their lawyers, families and any medical attention they may require. (Colombo Gazette) It was reported that they were arrested due to their alleged involvement in a petrol bomb attack on the office of a local political organisation, as well as their involvement in organising demonstrations. Two of the four students were later freed last month after undergoing rehabilitation at a camp in Welikanda while the other two are still at the camp. Amnesty International, a London based international human rights group, is campaigning for the release of two Jaffna university students who are under police custody.The two students were among four boys arrested by the Terrorist Investigations Division in December last year following a tensed situation which arose in the Jaffna University.
See All in Enterprise Connect » Winning in Collaboration at EC19 Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 From our ‘Best of’ awards, to new solutions from Microsoft and AWS and a successful digital transformation for Walmart, everyone is winning at Enterprise Connect! Once a niche show, the need to be at Enterprise Connect has exploded along with the realization that businesses can’t transform digitally without communications. Everyone wants to be at the forefront of the evolution in communications making this possible. Attendance this year soared above 6,500 people and in excess of 200 exhibitors showed their wares on the Expo floor, both records for the event. Lots of themes came out at during the busy conference, but the following stood out to me.AI Means “All In” — Without a doubt, EC19 will be remembered as the year artificial intelligence (AI) came alive at this show; everyone talked about it. Cisco positioned AI as a pillar of its cognitive collaboration vision, but it wasn’t alone. Cloud contact center vendors Amazon Web Services (AWS), Five9, and Talkdesk announced AI-powered features (see below) and Google Cloud has a number of G Suite features that use AI to streamline communications. The use of AI isn’t limited to big vendors either. SmartAction, for example, demonstrated an AI virtual agent and I got a taste of AI-powered “smart calling” at the Voximplant booth. One of the best AI tools I experienced came from Otter.ai, which is able to produce real-time transcripts via a mobile app. I used the app during the keynote address by Amy Chang, SVP of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, and while it confused a few words – transcribing “room kit mini” as “room kidney,” for example, it did an effective enough job that I didn’t need to take notes. AI will forever change the way we work together and service customers — and everyone should be excited about this.Voice Is Sexy Again — So much for voice being dead. Some experts predicted we would text, message, email, use social posts, video… and anything else other than call each other. It appears people still like to call, and will continue to call well into the future. Early this year Zoom jumped into voice calling, and at EC19 a number of other providers made voice-related announcements. These include AWS, which has added calling to Chime, and PGi, which announced a shift to UCaaS, with voice calling part of the feature set. Another interesting voice-centric move came from Google Cloud, with the first phones — the VVX phones from Poly (previously known as Plantronics-Polycom) now compatible with Google Voice. So, many workers apparently not only want to make calls, but also continue using desk phones. Long live voice.Contact Center Wars Heat Up — Remember when all anyone wanted to talk about was UC? Then the mania turned to team messaging. Now contact center is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. CCaaS leader Five9 took the covers off its spring 2019 release, which includes an adaptable contact center; enhancement to the reliability, scale, and security of the contact center; and AI-infused agent empowerment tools. Cloud challenger Talkdesk rolled out an integrated workforce management tool that uses AI to predict call center workloads. Not to be left out, AWS created turnkey AI solutions that can easily be dropped into its Connect platform. Lastly, Vonage threw its hat into the ring with its own CX Cloud Express, built on the Vonage Business Cloud. The Cloud Debate Rages On — The only word that might have been said more at EC19 than “AI” is “cloud.” Public clouds, private clouds, hybrid clouds, cloud management, cloud analytics — whatever flavor of cloud you wanted, you got at EC19. Pure-cloud vendors say that the only way forward is to leverage the massive scaling and compute capabilities of public clouds. Others say, “Not so fast; there are ways of transitioning to cloud while maintaining stuff on premises.” One challenge for buyers is that there are so many flavors of hybrid cloud that knowing which provides the best route can be very confusing. At EC19, Avaya introduced its Cloud Transformation Program, aimed at simplifying the process of choosing the cloud path that best meets a customer’s needs. Another decision point is single cloud or multiple ones? Vonage is the first cloud provider to offer CCaaS, UCaaS, CPaaS, team messaging, and meetings from a single platform. On the other hand, RingCentral has taken a “best of breed” approach by offering its own tools for UCaaS and team collaboration and then relying on partners for meetings and contact center. Which approach is better? Time will tell but for now, despite the messy landscape, sales of cloud seats continue to skyrocket. Where Did IoT Go? — The topic of Internet of Things (IoT) has been a hot one in communications circles for giving machines a voice. UC enables people to talk to people and IoT lets machines talk to machines, so bringing the two together lets people talk to machines and vice versa. Because of these, IoT has been prominent at EC in years past, but I felt it was largely missing from EC19. I heard IoT mentioned in a few sessions, but didn’t see any content exclusively on IoT nor demos on the show floor involving IoT. I believe this is a topic worth exploring and hopefully we will see more at EC 2020, which, by the way, is slated to take place the week of March 30. Women in Tech Take Center Stage — The women-in-tech movement has been gaining steady momentum over the past few years. At EC19, women presented three of the five mainstage keynotes, and this was great to see. Lori Wright, GM of Microsoft 365, Cisco’s Chang, and Rany Ng, director of product management at Google Cloud, all did excellent jobs and wowed the audience with their stage presence and intellect. It wasn’t just in the keynotes where women featured prominently; many shared their experience in mainstage and break-out sessions, too. For example, the Team Collaboration Growing Pains session I moderated included Lorrissa Horton, Webex Teams VP and GM, and Christina Kosmowski, VP of Global Customer Success at Slack, both of whom were awesome panelists. Diversity will only help the technology industry, and it’s great to see incredibly smart and energetic women be at the forefront of the next wave of this industry. EC19 was the typical exhausting conference with too many early mornings and just as many late nights. It was well worth it though, as it’s become the place to see how the communications and networking industries are changing to meet the demands of digital transformation. I’m so excited, I might go book my room for EC2020 now! See you then! Tags:News & Viewstechnology trendscognitive collaborationvoiceIoTwomen in communicationsEnterprise ConnectAI & AutomationCCaaSCloud CommunicationsContact Center & Customer ExperienceDigital Transformation Articles You Might Like Wow! Reflections on Enterprise Connect 2019 Marty Parker March 26, 2019 10 takeaways from an action-packed, information-filled week in Orlando, Fla., at EC19. EC19.jpg The Countdown to Enterprise Connect 2020 Is On! Beth Schultz August 28, 2019 Join us March 30 to April 2 in Orlando, Fla., for our annual enterprise communications & collaboration conference and exhibition. EC19: Know Before You Go Michelle Burbick March 16, 2019 Enterprise Connect starts Monday! Here are some things you won’t want to miss. Microsoft Wins Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 And AWS, Microsoft, Mio, Optanix, and Plantronics-Polycom win in four new breakout categories. 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FREDERICTON – The Dalhousie thermal generation station in northern New Brunswick will be permanently shut down after the province’s publicly owned utility company concluded it was no longer economically feasible to keep the 43-year-old facility running.NB Power president Gaetan Thomas made the announcement Thursday, saying the decision comes following a two-year review.“NB Power has concluded a thorough review of alternate fuel sources and the cost effectiveness of electricity production from Dalhousie was no longer economically feasible,” he said.Acting Energy Minister Craig Leonard said the provincial government examined all options in an effort to keep the facility open but decided that wouldn’t be in the best interests of the public nor the business sector.“There was only about 12 years of useful life left on the plant and to have to refurbish it on a capital basis didn’t leave enough time to recoup those costs,” Leonard said.“Obviously as a result of that, the energy that would have been produced out of the plant would not have been competitive.”A full environmental impact assessment will be conducted before NB Power begins to decommission the site. Thomas said it is expected that the decommissioning would take about four years.The 25 workers at the plant will continue to work during the decommissioning, the Crown company said.Thomas said some of the employees are nearing retirement in the next few years, while others will be reassigned to other facilities.The station began generating electricity in 1969 and has a capacity of 300 megawatts.The announcement is another economic blow to Dalhousie, a community of 2,500 people that saw the closure of a large newsprint mill in 2008, resulting in the loss of more than 300 jobs.Mayor Clem Tremblay said he has been bracing for the news but is pleased to hear the utility will continue to pay property taxes during the decommissioning.“The minister and NB Power and the government are ensuring the people of Dalhousie that the town could operate their budget for the next four years on a very positive note,” Tremblay said.“This is very good news because $1.6 million out of your tax base year after year would have hurt the people of Dalhousie.”Leonard said the Economic Development Department will work with the town in an effort to stimulate new economic growth.Tremblay said he was hopeful something could be found before the end of the four-year period.Donald Arseneault, the Liberal finance critic, said the closure was just the latest broken promise of Premier David Alward.“During the last election campaign David Alward went to the gates at NB Power, held their hands and told them he would keep it open,” Arseneault said. “He chose politics instead of being honest with them.”But Leonard was quick to defend his government.“The premier’s commitment to the people of Dalhousie was that we would leave no stone unturned to find an economical option to continue the plant,” said Leonard.“We’ve taken two years now to go through every single option.” by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2012 4:22 pm MDT Dalhousie electricity generation station in New Brunswick will be shut down AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Zimbabwe should do more to embrace and safeguard democracy, the UN-appointed independent expert on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association said on Friday, at the end of his first visit there. In a statement, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule expressed his support for the Government’s stated commitment to democratisation.But two years since Emmerson Mnangagwa became President, after the removal of long-term leader Robert Mugabe, Mr. Voule urged the authorities to go further in promoting people’s rights and engage in dialogue with all those affected by austerity measures. Mr. Voule’s comments come as UN aid agencies continue to warn of widespread food insecurity in the country, which has been left reeling by a slow-burning economic collapse made worse by drought and the impact of Cyclone Idai in March.According to a recent update by UN humanitarian coordination agency OCHA, some 5.5 million people in rural areas are now food insecure.Of this number, more than 3.5 million – around 40 per cent of people in the countryside – are expected to be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance by October.In addition, some 2.2 million people in urban areas are food insecure, the OCHA update noted.In his appeal, the Special Rapporteur cited concern over the “excessive” use of force by police and military during protests.Putting troops in the streets was becoming “commonplace”, he maintained, while also insisting that it was vital for police or military personnel who committed human rights violations to be held accountable.“To foster impunity is to foster distrust among the population, alienating them from the Government, and quashing their hopes of meaningful change in the future,” he said, before encouraging the authorities to engage in “genuine dialogue with the political class and the population, “including protest movements”.It was the “only way forward to resolve such a crisis”, he insisted, while highlighting the Government’s “unenviable challenge” of having to resolve a “profound and complex economic, political and social crisis”. Human Rights Council agrees on fact-finding mission to Venezuela The UN human rights chief has expressed “serious concerns” over reports of a lack of due process, after authorities in Egypt made widespread arrests during protests last week.In a statement issued on Friday, Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, urged Egyptian authorities to respect the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, “in full compliance with international norms and standards.”According to Egyptian civil society organizations, more than 2,000 people – including lawyers, human rights defenders, political activists, university professors and journalists – were detained before, during and after street protests that took place in a number of Egyptian cities on 20-21 September. “The UN Human Rights Office has received information that a number of those detained were subsequently released”, said the statement from OHCHR. “Reports also suggest some of those detained were denied legal representation when appearing before the Public Prosecutor, and some have allegedly been charged with serious offences.”“I remind the Egyptian government that under international law people have a right to protest peacefully,” said Ms. Bachelet. “They also have a right to express their opinions, including on social media. They should never be detained, let alone charged with serious offences, simply for exercising those rights.” “I urge the authorities to radically change their approach to any future protests, including those that may take place today,” she added. News reports said that some protesters had once again taken to the streets in several cities across Egypt on Friday afternoon, calling for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to step down. Zimbabwe must act quicker on democratic reform, urges UN-appointed independent expert Bachelet expresses ‘serious concerns’ over due process in Egypt, following mass-arrests The UN’s top human rights body agreed on Friday to dispatch a fact-finding mission to Venezuela, in response to grave concerns about killings and other abuses linked to the country’s ongoing political and economic crisis.The development follows a vote at the Human Rights Council that was supported by less than half of the forum’s 47 Member States, including several South American countries, such as Colombia, Argentina and Peru.The resolution condemned the “widespread targeted repression and persecution on political grounds” in Venezuela, the “excessive” use of force against peaceful protests and during security operations.In addition, it highlighted arbitrary detention, torture, ill-treatment, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances carried out by the Special Action Forces and pro-government civilian armed groups. At least 6,000 people have been killed in security operations since January 2018, the resolution maintained, while also urging the authorities to release all political prisoners immediately.This includes the 27 individuals identified by High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, earlier this month.Independent human rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to free Loujain Al-Hathloul A group of UN human rights experts on Friday urged Saudi Arabia to release Loujain Al-Hathloul whose arrest 500 days ago, marked the beginning of a crackdown against women human rights defenders across the country. In a statement, the group of 15 independent experts – Special Rapporteurs and members of the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and practice – said that Ms. Al-Hathloul, “who was detained on spurious national security grounds, had been instrumental in the movement to allow women to drive, and the push to end male guardianship laws.” They noted that Saudi Arabia has since been commended widely by the international community, for its recent efforts to reform discriminatory legislation in these areas. “It is shockingly hypocritical that Ms. Al-Hathloul remains in prison for campaigning to change laws which have since been amended. Indeed, she should never have been imprisoned in the first place for exercising her fundamental rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.” the experts said. “In spite of recent improvements in Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship laws, it is imperative that the world does not lose sight of the human rights concerns which persist in the country, as human rights defenders have continued to express.” Ms Al-Hathloul, who was arrested in May of 2018, has said that she has been tortured while in prison, but no inquiry into her allegations has taken place. It is also alleged that she turned down a deal offering her freedom in exchange for recanting her statements, said OHCHR. Her last hearing, which was scheduled for April this year, was cancelled, and no new date has been set. UN human rights experts have raised their concerns with the Saudi Government over the crackdown on women rights defenders, on a number of occasions.
Adelaide’s a tough place for a business, I’m not going to lie to you. So to be told that a six-week-old restaurant/wine bar is causing such a buzz in the social restaurant scene – so much so that Greek singer Nikos Vertis chose to eat there before his recent Adelaide show – one has to ask, what are they doing that is causing this stir? They have to be doing something right. And that something right has a lot to do with one of the owners, Danny Koutoulogenis. One of the most gregarious, engaging and entertaining men I have ever met, it’s little wonder this man chose a career in hospitality. A hospitable man by nature, which he credits to his Greek heritage, Koutoulogenis has a knack for making you feel at home wherever in the world you are. I should know, I’ve dined with him in Adelaide, Melbourne and Athens. But for now, the young entrepreneur has teamed up with Pietro Veri and Eddie Saleh to create the North Adelaide restaurant/wine bar, Espana. “Being young in business has its pros and cons,” confesses Koutoulogenis. “The network of friends that I have is a good way to boost business and they are a mix of young and old. Having a fresh face and a fresh attitude in business is also a good thing. And being young creates a dynamic atmosphere for the business.” Establishing a new business is no easy feat, and Koutoulogenis says that while there have been challenges along the way, he is lucky to have a strong support network. “My business partners have been in restaurants before so we have that experience behind us but it still is a challenge to get a new restaurant up and running. Making sure that everything is right and consistent – the food, the service.” Given the rave reviews this place has been receiving in just under two months of existence, it’s safe to say that the food, atmosphere and service is all top notch. “The food is Spanish. It has all the classics for tapas such as pan-fried chorizo, chargrilled prawns in Spanish oil garlic and fresh herbs, chargrilled octopus with paprika – a lot of seafood, scallops, mussels, whitebait. For mains we have your paellas, pork belly with chorizo, chargrilled rib eye steaks.” But Koutoulogenis is quick to point out the similarities between Greek cuisine and Spanish. He tells Neos Kosmos that both nationalities are “about making people feel welcome through the food, just like one big happy family”. “Greek food and Spanish food are very similar both being Mediterranean. Both cuisines use a lot of seafood; the only difference is in the spices we use.” The beauty of Espana is you can chose to have a three course meal in the restaurant and indulge in desserts to finish up – the churros come highly recommended – or you can chew the fat over a glass of Spanish wine and nibble on tapas in the wine bar with your friends. “You get the best of both worlds here, you can have a restaurant meal or just have some tapas in the wine bar. We have couches too, and an outdoor area to emphasise that relaxing, comfortable atmosphere.” The extensive wine list features highly with international and local favourites. South Australia is represented perfectly in this selection with the Clare Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley all present. But in addition to that, you can get yourself a bottle of Tempranillo from Spain, sparkling wine from France and some great wine choices from Portugal and Spain. Alongside the impressive wine list is a selection of cocktails – sangrias, mojitos, margaritas and espresso martinis. And with experienced bar staff and a plethora of spirits to boot, they can whip up whatever tickles your fancy. The decor is rustic – wood, marble, stone dominates here but classic in style, creating a homely and comfortable atmosphere. With tablecloths adorning the restaurant area and dim lighting throughout, it’s hard not to feel relaxed. “The atmosphere is vibrant,” explains Koutoulogenis, “the feedback we are getting is that it’s very relaxing, very comfortable and inviting.” For the future, the restaurant is looking at incorporating some live Spanish acoustic guitar but for now, if they keep on the path they are going on, it’s a definite certainty that Espana is on the way to a successful life. Espana is located at 98 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. For bookings and function enquiries contact (08) 8239 1345. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un crâne vieux d’1,8 million d’années bouleverse l’histoire de l’espèce humaineEn Géorgie, des chercheurs ont retrouvé un crâne vieux de 1,8 million d’années. Une découverte qui remet en question toute l’histoire de l’évolution humaine car il laisse entendre que les hominidés de l’époque, qu’ils soient en Europe ou en Afrique, appartenaient à une seule et même espèce.Et si les chercheurs s’étaient trompés au sujet de l’évolution de l’espèce humaine ? Aussi étonnant que cela puisse paraitre, c’est bel et bien ce que suggère une nouvelle étude publiée par des chercheurs suisses et géorgiens dans la revue Science. A l’origine de ces travaux : un crâne vieux de 1,8 millions d’années découvert en Géorgie, dans un village appelé Dmanisi. Celui-ci est l’un des plus anciens sites connus pour avoir été peuplés par les ancêtres de l’Homme une fois ceux-ci sortis d’Afrique.Les archéologues ont d’ailleurs déniché à Dmanisi la collection la plus complète d’ossements, crânes et mâchoires, d’Homo erectus. Le nouveau crâne découvert il y a 5 ans maintenant, est le fossile le mieux préservé d’un ancêtre de l’homme connu à ce jour. Baptisé “crâne 5”, il a été trouvé à côté des restes de quatre autres crânes, tous associés au même lieu et à la même époque. Toutefois, le fossile a présenté des caractéristiques tout à fait étonnantes, des caractéristiques similaires à ceux de la même époque retrouvés en Afrique. Or, les scientifiques ne s’attendaient pas à cette ressemblance. En effet, les hommes modernes, ou Homo sapiens, sont actuellement le seul membre en vie de la lignée Homo apparue sur Terre en Afrique il y a quelque 2 millions d’années. Toutefois, avant qu’Homo sapiens ne fasse son apparition, plusieurs autres espèces d’Homo auraient existé tels qu’Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo ergaster ou encore Homo erectus. Plusieurs espèces qui n’en font qu’une ? C’est du moins ce qu’estime actuellement la majorité des scientifiques au vu des nombreuses découvertes réalisées jusqu’ici. Mais le “crâne 5” bouleverse complètement cette théorie et suggère qu’il n’y aurait pas eu plusieurs hominidés présents à cette époque en Afrique et en Europe, mais une seule et même espèce globale. En effet, les chercheurs ont constaté que le crâne possédait une face longue, une mâchoire massive et de grosses dents, le tout associé à une petite boite crânienne.D’après l’étude, cette dernière mesurerait environ le tiers de celle retrouvée chez les hommes modernes et ne serait pas plus grosse que celle de la plupart des fossiles primitifs africains. C’est la première fois qu’une telle combinaison de caractéristiques est observée sur un fossile d’Homo. Le niveau de variation d’un fossile à l’autre est normalement utilisé pour définir des espèces séparées. Mais les scientifiques estiment que les différences observées entre le crâne 5 et les quatre autres ne sont pas si importantes. “Les individus de Dmanisi appartiennent tous à une population d’une espèce unique d’Homo. Les cinq individus de Dmanisi sont sensiblement différents, mais pas plus différents que cinq individus modernes ou cinq chimpanzés d’une population donnée”, a expliqué Christoph Zollikofer, de l’institut d’anthropologie de l’université de Zurich.Homo erectus en Europe et en Afrique Au cours de leur étude, les scientifiques ont également enquêté sur le niveau de variation existant chez des fossiles d’Homo trouvés en Afrique. Ils ont constaté un niveau de diversité comparable à celui observé chez les fossiles de Dmanisi. D’après les chercheurs, les fossiles ne traduiraient donc pas l’existence de plusieurs espèces différentes vivant dans des habitats propres mais des variants d’une seule lignée qui aurait émergé en Afrique et qui aurait été capable de se spécialiser dans une variété d’habitats.”Ce que nous pouvons déduire de notre étude à Dmanisi, c’est qu’il y a 1,8 millions d’années, il y avait une autre espèce humaine unique et globale”, à l’instar d’Homo sapiens aujourd’hui, a précisé Zollikofer à LiveScience. Mais alors de quelle espèce s’agissait-il ? “Nous pensons qu’il est sensé d’attribuer tous les spécimens à Homo erectus”, a encore ajouté le chercheur car les fossiles géorgiens présentent de longues jambes et des hanches étroites qui signent un bipédisme.Mais les chercheurs restent modérés : ils ne proposent pas d’attribuer tous les fossiles trouvés à Homo erectus. “Nous parlons seulement de la période datant d’il y a 1,8 à 2 millions d’années”, a souligné Zollikofer. Homo erectus serait donc apparu il y a deux millions d’années en Afrique. Il se serait ensuite propagé en Eurasie, en passant par la Géorgie, la Chine et Java, où les traces les plus anciennes qui ont été retrouvées remontent à 1,2 million d’années.Une découverte qui suscite le débat Sans surprise, cette nouvelle découverte divise les chercheurs. Ian Tattersall, paléoanthropologue interrogé par LiveScience trouve la découverte fantastique mais n’est pas vraiment convaincu. “C’est le spécimen le plus extraordinaire et important” jamais trouvé. Mais “je crois que c’est une erreur d’imposer Homo erectus dans l’intérêt de maintenir une image linéaire de l’évolution humaine. Le spécimen est en réalité très distinct d’un point de vue morphologique, et souligne que l’évolution humaine a impliqué une diversification vigoureuse et une expérimentation du potentiel des hominidés”. Questionné par BBC News, Fred Spoor de l’University College London estime lui que les méthodes d’analyse utilisées pour étudier les crânes n’étaient pas assez efficaces pour assurer qu’ils appartiennent à la même espèce. “Ils ont réalisé une analyse très générale de la forme du crâne qui décrit la forme de la face et de la boite crânienne avec des termes généraux et abusifs”, a t-il expliqué. De même, Chris Stringer du Natural History Museum in London émet des doutes quant à l’appartenance à l’espèce Homo erectus. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’équipe a fait du bon travail avec “ce nouveau crâne remarquable et sa mâchoire énorme”, image de la variation naturelle de la population de Dmanisi. Mais classer tous les fossiles sous l’espèce Homo erectus est difficile. “Les créatures ont commencé à utiliser des outils et manger de la viande, et ceci a conduit l’évolution. Mais je pense que cela a aussi généré de la diversité. Le groupe de Dmanisi est un exemple des espèces qui ont émergé de cela et continué ensuite en se disséminant à travers tout le vieux monde”. (crédits photo : Georgian National Museum)Le 18 octobre 2013 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert