PM Modi holds extremely fruitful meeting with Chinese President Xi

first_imgBishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said he had an “extremely fruitful meeting” with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here and discussed the full spectrum of bilateral relations as they vowed to work together to improve the economic and cultural ties. This is the first meeting between the two leaders after Modi’s re-election following the stunning victory of the BJP in the general elections last month. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France The meeting also comes a month after the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the powerful UN Security Council designated Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifted its technical hold on the proposal to blacklist him. “Had an extremely fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping. Our talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations. We shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between our nations,” Modi tweeted after the delegation-level talks with President Xi. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The meeting began with President Xi congratulating Prime Minister Modi over his election victory. “After the election results in India, I got your message, and today again you wish me on the victory, I am very grateful to you for this,” Modi replied. Xi had extended “heartfelt congratulations” to Prime Minister Modi for winning the general elections last month, in a rare gesture of greeting a foreign leader well before the official announcement of the results. “On behalf of all Indians, I wish you a very happy birthday,” Modi told Xi, greeting the Chinese leader who will turn 66 on June 15. “As you said, in the days to come, we both can progress on several subjects. We both have a contemporary tenure to work more,” he said. “After our meeting in Wuhan, we have seen a new momentum and stability in our relations. There has been a rapid progress in the strategic communication between the two sides, leading to be more sensitive towards each other’s concerns and interests. And there has been new areas for further cooperation since then,” Modi told Xi in his opening remarks. The 2018 Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Xi was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff, triggered by Chinese troops attempts to build a road close to Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan in 2017. After the Wuhan summit, both the countries stepped up efforts to improve relations on different spheres including the military-to-military ties. The two leaders have met more than 10 times in the last five years, including thrice after their informal summit in Wuhan — first at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in June last in China’s Qingdao, the second time at the BRICS summit in South Africa’s Johannesburg in July and third time in December last on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Argentina. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the two leaders had a warm meeting. “Leaders discussed all aspects of enriching our bilateral relations and recognised the positive role of strategic communication in deepening our partnership,” Kumar said. Ahead of the meeting, China hinted that President Xi would highlight the need to forge a united front against US President Donald Trump’s policies of trade protectionism and unilateralism using tariffs as a weapon. China and the US have been in an escalating conflict over trade for the past year. The scope of the battle has expanded in recent months as Washington has tightened trade restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Chinese officials hope that India, which is also facing trade frictions with the US specially over termination of its designation as a ‘beneficiary developing country’ under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), would join the fight against Trump’s protectionist policies. Prime Minister Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the SCO summit, the first multilateral engagement post his re-election. The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017. The economic and commercial engagement between India and China constitutes a major component of the bilateral relations with bilateral trade which crossed USD 95 billion last year and is set to cross USD 100 billion this year. Last month, the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the powerful UN Security Council designated JeM chief Azhar as a global terrorist after veto-wielding permanent member China lifted its technical hold on the proposal by the US, the UK and France to blacklist him. It was a huge diplomatic victory for India after a decade of relentless efforts to ban the mastermind of several terror attacks against India, including the deadly Pulwama attack against Indian security forces.last_img read more

UN peacekeepers help in rescue effort after deadly school collapse in Haiti

The upper storey of the two-storey school collapsed during morning classes, crushing all of the classrooms on the ground level. So far, 75 children and teachers have been reported injured and evacuated to two local hospitals.“UN blue helmets are on the scene clearing rubble and trying to help people buried under the debris,” David Wimhurst, a spokesperson from the UN mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, told the UN News Centre.Frantic rescue efforts are under way but the scene of the accident is surrounded by thousands of people, including anxious family members of the hundreds of children who attend La Promesse School in Pétionville, an outlying suburb of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince.The crowds are making it difficult for rescue workers to gain access to the site to dig out survivors and provide emergency care. The UN commander in Haiti, Maj. Gen. Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz, had to park a kilometre away and walk through the amassed group to get to the school.“If we can’t get rescue equipment in and out it’s going to be hard to help the people trapped in the building,” said Mr. Wimhurst.Peacekeepers are using ambulances to help clear a passage for rescue workers and to transport survivors to hospitals. By mid-afternoon some 60 blue helmets – including military engineers from Brazil, Chile and Ecuador as well as military from the Philippines – that were helping with crowd control had also delivered 540 litres of water to people still buried in the rubble and survivors suffering from dehydration. MINUSTAH had also provided three generators and three sets of industrial strength lighting to aid emergency rescue efforts through the night.“This is a terrible tragedy for the families involved and the children but also for Pétionville itself, which is a huge metro area. It is also a tragedy for the national community because of the loss of life to children,” said Mr. Wimhurst. 7 November 2008United Nations peacekeepers are helping rescue workers dig through the rubble of a school building in Haiti after it collapsed this morning, killing at least 11 children and severely injuring dozens more. read more

PM assures religious freedom

The monks forced the police to seal the premises on Friday and issued a deadline for the authorities remove the mosque saying if it is not removed by Monday then they will remove it themselves.In a move seen aimed at defusing the tensions Prime Minister Jayaratna on Sunday ordered that the mosque be relocated to another suitable location. The government today assured it will protect religious freedom in the country after a demand by Buddhists monks to remove a mosque in central Sri Lanka had created controversy.Prime Minister D.M Jayaratna said that while the Sri Lankan constitution calls for the promotion and protection of Buddhism, it does not encourage one to harm the rights of other religions. Monks and protestors had last week converged on a mosque in Dambulla and demanded that it be demolished on the basis that it has been constructed near a Buddhist Temple. “Doing such a thing is not right. As Buddhists we cannot do that. If there is a problem it should be discussed and resolved instead of creating rifts between religions,” the Prime Minister’s media unit quoted him as saying at an event in Kandy. However the decision drew flak from some government Muslim Ministers who insisted that the mosque had every right to operate at the previous location.The monks who protested against the mosque said that it was an illegal construction however the Premier admitted today that it was not and the mosque was at that location for some 10 years.Jayaratna warned that if rifts and clashes occur between various religions in the country that will force the government to react and in turn it will also give the international community a chance to raise allegations against the government similar to the allegations raised after the war with the LTTE. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Navy nabs 77 Australia bound people

They were escorted to the Modara Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations. (Colombo Gazette) The asylum seekers are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Puttlam, Colombo, Udappuwa, Mannar, Chilaw and Kalpitiya. Among those on the boat were 61 Tamils, 14 Sinhalese and 02 Muslims. The navy said that there were 75 males, a woman and a child. The navy intercepted a boat carrying 77 people to Australia today 20 nautical miles off the Thoduwawa seas, the navy media unit said.According to the navy, the trawler named “Nirmani” was intercepted by a Fast Naval Patrol Craft attached to the Western Naval Command. read more

Malik Samarawickrama resigns as UNP Chairman

The move is part of reforms taking place in the UNP.Last week UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim had resigned from his post in the party to make way for reforms in the UNP. Malik Samarawickrama has resigned as the United National Party (UNP) Chairman.Samarawickrama said that he has tendered his resignation letter to UNP leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. There is speculation that former Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar will be offered the post. (Colombo Gazette)

Braxton Miller drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round

Former OSU H-back Braxton Miller salutes the crowd before his final home game on Nov. 21 against Michigan State.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorBraxton Miller, former quarterback and wide receiver for OSU, was selected by the Texans with the 85th pick of the draft.Miller starred as the signal caller for the Buckeyes for three years after coming in during the fourth game of the 2011 season. The mixture of speed and athleticism propelled Miller to Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013. After totaling over 5,000 yards through the air and more than 3,000 yards rushing, along with 84 touchdowns, he was injured at the beginning of the 2014 seasonThis prompted the 6-foot-1 quarterback to take a medical redshirt. OSU fans would see Miller return as a fifth-year senior, but in a new position. Miller became an H-back/wide receiver in an attempt to better utilize his athleticism.The Huber Heights, Ohio, native did not disappoint, as he racked up 341 yards receiving and 260 yards rushing, along with four touchdowns.Miller might not have produced Heisman-type numbers, but he showed flashes of what he can provide to an NFL team in his stellar Senior Bowl performance.Miller will most likely be lining up as a receiver next season, along with the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and fellow rookie Will Fuller from Notre Dame.There is an OSU connection for Miller in Houston in the form of linebackers coach Mike Vrabel, who played for the Buckeyes from 1993-96, and later became an assistant coach at OSU from 2011-13.  The Texans season is slated to begin on Monday at NRG Stadium against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 11. Later in the season, the Texans face the Denver Broncos on Monday night on Oct. 24, setting up for a showdown between Miller and former OSU standout cornerback Bradley Roby. read more

Possible iPhone 5 USB cable surfaces

first_imgIf all of the rumors, leaks, and photos of iPhone 5 shells are to be believed, one of the big changes coming to the new iPhone is an update to the connector used for power and accessories. Apple has used the 30-pin connector on just about everything up to this point, and a new size will mean some pretty big changes for Apple fans. Recently the Twitter account for a known cable manufacturer started blasting photos of a cable that lines up nicely with the mini port that we’ve seen in leaks for the new iPhone.The Twitter account for started blasting the same tweet with a photo of an unusual looking USB cable attached. The tweets all said the same thing — that this was the cable for the iPhone 5. The tweet included a link to their website, but the image and the cable were nowhere to be found there. The cord hold an 8-pin connection, which fits several of the rumors about the new dock connector and accessory port for the next generation of Apple products.The new connector means new iPhone users will need to completely replace all of their iOS accessories, unless Apple makes an adapter, like they did with the new MagSafe found on the Retina display MacBook ProBest Price at Amazon. It has yet to be seen what new features or benefits will come along with this power adapter, but this cable is expected to be one of the many new things that Apple will be announcing on September 12th.via TechCrunchlast_img read more

Swinhart to lead two departments

first_imgFive years after helping Camas and Washougal usher in a decade-long fire department merger, Nick Swinhart is being tapped to take charge of another agency: East County Fire & Rescue.After years of discussing the idea of sharing fire resources, East County Fire & Rescue and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department finalized an agreement earlier this week to share the chief.“Previous attempts (to share resources) have flamed out for one reason or another, and there’s a sense of relief that we pulled something together,” said Swinhart, 46. “It’s not because of my great leadership abilities; it’s the perseverance by elected officials.”But colleagues disagree.“It seemed like a logical solution, but it’s only a logical solution if all the players are the right people,” East County Interim Chief Al Gillespie said. “Nick has the temperament needed for this job.”It’s a sentiment also shared by fire commissioners and union representatives.Adam Brice, union president of East Clark Professional Firefighters, said that East County Fire & Rescue firefighters are optimistic about the move and happy to see progress when it comes to securing leadership.last_img read more

‘Aunty Deva,’ bringer of aloha spirit to Vancouver, dies at 62

first_imgDeva Yamashiro, the Hawaiian native who embodied aloha spirit in her adopted home of Vancouver via dedicated cultural education and joyous celebration, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 62. “We’ve all been blessed and impacted by this larger than life person,” Yamashiro’s son, Kaloku Holt, posted on Facebook. “We ask that you remember all the great times … and make her proud by carrying on and staying strong. We will continue to be inspired by her.” Yamashiro’s family and fans were thrilled to swarm Vancouver City Hall during a council meeting last month in order to accept the honor of having her birthday, Sept. 15, declared Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro Day in Vancouver. But “Aunty Deva,” as everyone loved to call her, could not attend because of her declining health.That same week she also learned that she’d won a 2017 Governor’s Heritage Award from Gov. Jay Inslee for her contributions to culture as a “master traditional artist” and a recognized “tradition bearer,” according to the nomination criteria. Her family had hoped to see her attend the Nov. 14 award ceremony and dinner at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.Still, “It’s a blessing that she was able to see for herself” that she’d won these honors, said longtime friend Rhona Sen Hoss. Sen Hoss, who said Yamashiro was her childhood neighbor and elementary school classmate, was astounded to run into her one day, about 25 years ago, at a riverside concert in Vancouver.last_img read more

Northwest Pipe overstated profits by millions

first_imgVancouver-based Northwest Pipe Co. overstated its profits by $37 million to $47 million over the course of a number of years, the company disclosed Friday.From Jan. 1, 2005, to June 30, 2009, the company previously reported $91.6 million in profits, but that figure was $17 million to $22 million too high because of errors in accounting procedures, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Before 2005, Northwest Pipe also overstated profits by $20 million to $25 million over a period of several years.“The company is aware that the occurrence of a restament of previously issued financial statements to correct errors is a strong indicator that material weaknesses in internal controls over financial reporting exist,” the company told the SEC. “Accordingly, management is assessing the effectiveness of the company’s internal control over financial reporting.”The company said it does not yet know when it will be able to provide restatements of past financial reports, which are currently under development.In detailing its situation, the company outlined a number of highly technical accounting errors related to when it booked expenses and how it calculated financial results.last_img read more

Elderly driver crashes car into McDonalds in Boynton Beach

first_imgBOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — An elderly driver crashed a car into a McDonald’s in Boynton Beach, Monday.According to reports, the driver accidentally backed into the fast food restaurant, located along Military Trail and Boynton Beach Boulevard.The driver then reportedly hit the gas, crashing into another car and a tree outside.No serious injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tetris 99 gets offline mode for Nintendo Switch but it costs 10

first_img The #Tetris99 Big Block DLC is available on Nintendo eShop for $9.99 and adds offline modes! Battle 98 bots in CPU Battle, and survive in Marathon mode to clear the most lines possible! Stay tuned for more on additional upcoming game modes.— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 10, 2019 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 See It $299 Tetris 99 Big Block is available for download in the Nintendo eShop.  Amazon The #Tetris99 3rd MAXIMUS CUP is set for 5/17, 12 AM PT – 5/19, 11:59 PM PT! Celebrate the @tetris_official 35th anniversary with this special event! All participants who earn 100 event points will unlock an in-game theme inspired by the original Game Boy game!— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) May 10, 2019 $289 Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Share your voice Nintendo Switch Walmart $299 See it See It Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Tags See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) Gaming News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Post a comment 0 Nintendo Tetris 99 Nintendo Nintendo released an online-only battle royale version of the iconic puzzle game for the Switch in February, and now it’s available for offline play. The Mario maker tweeted the release of Tetris 99 Big Block on Thursday. Priced at $9.99, the downloadable content adds an offline mode to Tetris 99 where players will face off against 98 computer-controlled competitors in lieu of competing online against human players. Also included is Marathon mode, which is the traditional mode to see how long a player can last. Nintendo surprised many gamers when it revealed the new take on classic line-clearing game. Tetris 99 was made available for free to anyone with a Nintendo Switch, however, as it was an online-only game, those wanting to play needed a subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online service, which costs $19.99 a year or $3.99 a month.To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Tetris, Nintendo will host its third Maximus Cup starting on May 17 at 12 a.m. PT until May 19 at 11:59 p.m. PT. All Tetris 99 players competing online during this period can receive points for placing high in matches. The 999 players with the most points will receive My Nintendo Gold Coins to use in the Nintendo eShop. $299last_img read more

Houston Doctor Told To Cover Up Before Boarding A Flight And A

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /16:11 Listen A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:A Houston doctor is told by an American Airlines flight crew to cover up her outfitA nudist resort loses some privacy, but gains some membersOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Amber Ambrose, founder and CEO of Ambrose/McDowell Communications Marcus Davis, owner of The Breakfast Klub restaurant and host of Sunday Morning Live on Majic 102Lisa Falkenberg, editor of opinion for the Houston Chroniclelast_img read more

Facebook Confetti Live Trivia Show Lines Up Digital Stars for Creator Week

first_imgFacebook has caught the interactive trivia game-show bug with “Confetti,” which doles out real cash prizes to the winners of the game each weekday — and this week, it has lined up its biggest prize-pool payout ever along with a roster of guest creators to co-host the show.Facebook’s pop-culture trivia game was launched in June with media company Insider. It’s patterned on HQ Trivia, the popular live game show app that has spawned dozens of imitators since launching a year ago. For Facebook, the live, interactive show on its Watch video platform is designed to drive users — and their friends — to engage in repeat visits.This week, “Confetti by Insider” is hosting a special “Creator Week” event with digital stars Gigi Gorgeous (Oct. 1); Andrew “King Bach” Bachelor (Oct. 2); LalaSizahands, aka Lala Milan (Oct. 3); gamer StoneMountain64, aka David Steinberg (Oct. 4); and comedian-actress Laura Clery (Oct. 5). By enlisting the digital creators, Facebook is hoping to draw on their large fanbases in hopes that they’ll become regular “Confetti” players. The total prize money is $12,500 for each game Monday-Thursday; Friday’s prize is $50,000 — for a total of $100,000 this week. Since launching in June, “Confetti by Insider” has distributed nearly $500,000 in cash to winners.The digital stars will co-host “Confetti” this week with regular host J.D. Witherspoon. They’ll be asking questions, offering hints and interacting with special guests on the show’s main stage. In addition, the trivia game will include special questions highlighting the guests.The “Confetti” live trivia game streams live weekdays (Monday-Friday) at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. Currently, the show has 120,000 followers on its Facebook Watch page ( “Confetti” is produced by Thumb Candy Media, the digital studio division of B-17 Entertainment; Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher serve as executive producers alongside Craig Brooks.Facebook encourages users to invite their friends to play “Confetti” along and see their answers in real time. Players who answer all questions correctly are eligible to split the cash prize.To play a live game, users must open the Facebook app for iOS or Android. At the “Confetti” show’s page, tap to join the live broadcast, then tap “Play Now.” To invite friends, users can tap “Share” in the bottom left, then search for friends and tap “Invite” next to their name.Another Facebook game show is “What’s in The Box” by Fresno, in which viewers can win cash prizes for correctly guessing the contents of a closed box.Pictured above (l. to r.): Gigi Gorgeous, King Bach, Laura Clery Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Researchers simulate information signaling between cells

first_img Citation: Researchers simulate information signaling between cells (2015, October 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (—Many natural systems are described by dynamics of traveling wavefronts. Sharp traveling fronts are employed in countless phenomena, including fluid convection, chemical reactions, and cellular phenomena. Living systems use front propagation encoded in biochemical reactions to communicate and perform computations, but these dynamics are difficult to study in three dimensions (i.e., in vivo). Thus, to understand how propagating gene expression fronts work in complex living systems, it is important to study how they work in minimal systems. Artificial cells act like the real thing More information: “Propagating gene expression fronts in a one-dimensional coupled system of artificial cells.” Nature Physics (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nphys3469AbstractLiving systems employ front propagation and spatiotemporal patterns encoded in biochemical reactions for communication, self-organization and computation. Emulating such dynamics in minimal systems is important for understanding physical principles in living cells and in vitro. Here, we report a one-dimensional array of DNA compartments in a silicon chip as a coupled system of artificial cells, offering the means to implement reaction–diffusion dynamics by integrated genetic circuits and chip geometry. Using a bistable circuit we programmed a front of protein synthesis propagating in the array as a cascade of signal amplification and short-range diffusion. The front velocity is maximal at a saddle-node bifurcation from a bistable regime with travelling fronts to a monostable regime that is spatially homogeneous. Near the bifurcation the system exhibits large variability between compartments, providing a possible mechanism for population diversity. This demonstrates that on-chip integrated gene circuits are dynamical systems driving spatiotemporal patterns, cellular variability and symmetry breaking. Explore further © 2015 Journal information: Nature Physics A group of researchers in Israel and the United States report in Nature Physics the results of a study of a one-dimensional array of artificial cells in a silicon chip—in essence, a system of coupled cells in which the researchers could implement reaction-diffusion effects and study how they propagate among cells.Artificial cells?Artificial cells are engineered systems of various kinds that simulate a number of functions of biological cells. In this case, the array of cells consists of 15 compartments inside which the researchers patterned gene circuits. The compartments simulate the microencapsulation of the biological membranes of cells, separating the internal cellular mechanisms from other “cells” while allowing the exchange of small molecules.Carved into a silicon substrate, the compartments were fed by a main flow channel and interconnected by fork-shaped capillaries. Cell extract from Escherichia coli was fed continuously through the main channel. The researchers were interested in how biological multicellular systems use traveling wavefronts to communicate. Signals dissipate over short distances within a medium, so cells accomplish long-range transmission of information by consecutive local cell-to-cell interactions. In living systems, the transmission models are too complex to study, but this isolated array of artificial cells revealed interesting dynamics likely applicable to the study of actual multicellular systems.Though front propagation has been studied in the past, yielding results that have applications in science and industry, the authors note that this is the first time anyone has created a synthetic, spatially coupled cellular system capable of long-range cell-to-cell communication. The first compartment was patterned with a small amount of starter protein construct, and as the medium flowed through the channels, the researchers found that the DNA starter initiated diffusion of the activator to the neighboring compartment. This created an autocatalytic reaction in which the neighboring compartment created a new source of activator. The researchers characterized expression-diffusion dynamics by measuring the timescales between the diffusion of proteins along the capillaries, which occurred over minutes, and the gene expression dynamics in the compartments, which changed over hours. In essence, the researchers created a system of autocatalyzing protein synthesis in which the activator signal cascaded through the compartments, which amplified it and diffused it to neighboring compartments. The authors write, “The spatial organization of DNA circuits together with short interaction length, set by the array geometry, will allow integrating long-range signaling with local information processing reactions based on gene expression, in analogy to multicellular systems, electronic circuits, and neural networks.”last_img read more

Deliver Software Quickly While Boosting Your IT Staffs Productivity

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Revenue gains from delivering features, enhancements and fixes to market faster Cost reduction due to increased quality and fewer application failures Gains from increased IT and development team productivity Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Continuous delivery allows organizations to deliver features and fixes much faster, allowing companies to respond more quickly to market demands and gain competitive advantage. A survey commissioned by Computer Associates found that companies reported almost 20 percent increase in top line revenue.Related: Developers Are in High Demand. How Do You Recruit the Best?The second measurable benefit is fewer failed applications due to increased application quality. Usually, companies calculate the cost of application failures using measurable costs associated with complete failures or chronic poor performance. A survey by Puppet Labs found that DevOps-enabled organizations experience a full 50 percent fewer application failures.Another approach is to measure the time to recover from an issue. RebelLabs found in their research that teams who have not yet implemented continuous delivery (40 percent of those surveyed) take on average 60 minutes or longer to restore service in case of an application issue, with the majority of incidents lasting at least 30 minutes. In contrast, those who were taking advantage of continuous delivery are able to restore services in well under 30 minutes on average.Companies will also save time and money with increased IT productivity. In many organizations, valuable time is eaten up due to inefficient processes, lack of visibility and reliance on repetitive manual tasks. Additional examples of time “wastage” include time spent by developers diagnosing problems and time spent by testers on manual testing.The IT Ops & DevOps Productivity Report found that IT engineers in traditional settings spend about three hours more per week to complete their normal tasks as compared to a continuous delivery-enabled organization. This ended up meaning that on average, continuous delivery and DevOps-oriented teams save about 4.9 hours per week per person completing their core tasks compared to traditional IT staff.There are a few “soft ROI” benefits associated with continuous delivery that are worth noting, including market advantages gained from more flexibility, higher customer satisfaction through faster response to user feedback, boosted competitive advantage and improved employee motivation.Ultimately, continuous delivery offers a streamlined application delivery mechanism that meets both internal business and external customer demands for innovative quality applications. During the past couple of years, we have already started to see those companies who have truly embraced a continuous delivery model achieve “market-leader” status, and I expect this dynamic to only accelerate.Related: Cloud-Based Tech Companies Are Hot IPO Candidates (Infographic) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Innovation, agility and speed are all synonymous with market leadership. A company’s ability to rapidly deliver quality applications that support business goals, meet customer demand and drive innovation is critical to business success, and some would say to a company’s survival.Added to this is the reality that expectations for application performance and availability are rising with increased adoption of mobile devices, social media and the cloud. As applications have become a competitive focus for companies, organizations are laser-focused on how to deliver the right applications to market quickly. That’s where “continuous delivery” comes in.Continuous delivery is a collaborative, agile software delivery process that involves deploying smaller sets of features more frequently, and through an integrated and automated set of processes, bringing a new app or new version from code to production.Related: Avoid Loss in Translation. Put Developers and Creative Staffers on the Same Page.When implemented collaboratively by development and operations teams, continuous delivery not only drives agility in the software delivery approach but produces real quantitative and qualitative return on investment for organizations. Studies have shown that companies with a continuous delivery capability are able to deploy their software up to 30 times more frequently than their peers.As organizations recognize that “real ROI” is derived from investing in a more collaborative and agile software delivery process, a number of companies are addressing this market need. Companies within the DevOps/continuous delivery ecosystem include BMC, Electric Cloud, HP, Chef and Puppet Labs. Offerings from these companies streamline the process of bringing an application from development to production.So the next question is, how can my company see “real ROI” from a continuous-delivery approach? How do I actually quantify what benefits this would bring to my team?The good news is that while implementing a continuous-delivery approach requires a “skills adjustment,” it does not typically demand additional headcount or even an upfront investment. Also, keep in mind that an organization can adopt continuous-delivery best practices in stages, with each automated step delivering additional quality and efficiency-related value.Lets take a look at how a team can actually measure the potential ROI of a continuous-delivery approach. There are three distinct areas that are measurable: July 24, 2014 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more

How to Run a Virtual Meeting That Gets Results

first_imgJanuary 22, 2016 With the proliferation of online resources, social media and cellular phones, the landscape of the “workplace” has changed forever. No longer do we need to show up at a brick-and-mortar building, or gather in the oak-paneled conference room for our weekly meeting. Nowadays, most everything can be done virtually.Although this gives us abundant freedom, it also creates challenges in coordinating both people and information flow. Here are some guidelines for becoming better at virtual communications.Set an agenda.If your meeting includes a number of people, it is wise to create and disseminate an agenda that includes the timing and objectives for each item. This will help focus on the goals for the meeting and keep everyone on the same page.Practice.Don’t use a new technology for the first time; instead, go through a “dress rehearsal” and practice its navigation and features beforehand. It’s always a good idea to have a contingency plan in case technology fails you at a critical moment.Related: Secrets to Yawn-Free Board MeetingsStay focused.Put your cell phone aside, and concentrate on running the meeting. You’ll have enough to do with coordinating speakers, running the agenda and facilitating the technology without checking messages every few minutes.Be the first on the call.As the host, be the first to log into the call. Arrive at least five minutes early to make sure there are no glitches before the meeting begins. Introduce yourself and greet each person as they “arrive” and ask who has joined the call.Introduce everyone.Once everyone is present, make introductions including names, titles and roles. Start your meeting when everyone knows who’s on the call.Include an introduction.Before the meeting begins, take a couple of minutes to make some small talk to get everyone warmed up. Tell a brief story, relate an experience, or ask everyone about his or her week. Their comfort level will rise and it will be easier to transition into the agenda.Related: This App Will Make Your Next Virtual Meeting AwesomeKeep up the pace.Don’t let the meeting lag, or let any one person dominate or drag down the conversation. Remain in charge and set limits on speakers, or table conversations for later discussion. Ask everyone to be mindful of any ambient noise or activity in the background that others might hear. Also, ask everyone to disengage their music-on-hold feature just in case they have to tend to an urgent matter and leave the conference momentarily.Create a FlowYour advance preparation will aid in creating a cohesive flow to your online presentation. Don’t jump around from file to file, or open new programs, if possible, or flip from page to page or move your cursor quickly around, making it difficult to follow.Encourage participation.Be sure to include all attendees in the conversation. Go “around the room” and ask everyone for input. This will keep everyone engaged, so they don’t get bored or lose focus. Everyone should feel like their presence is important.Do a recap.At the end of the meeting, recap what has been covered, what has been assigned, and to whom it has been entrusted. It’s best to set the time and date for the next meeting while you have everyone together.Follow up.If possible, send out a copy of the meeting notes and action items to all in attendance. Thank them for their participation and encourage them with words of praise.Running any meeting is a skill, and more so when it is virtual. Incorporate these tips, and some of your own, to create a productive and interesting presentation each and every time.Related: 6 Ways to Manage a Virtual Work Force Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

NewLeaf doubles summer capacity on highdemand routes

first_imgTags: New Routes, NewLeaf Travel Share Posted by Travelweek Group Monday, February 6, 2017 center_img WINNIPEG — NewLeaf Travel Company’s summer 2017 schedule has fewer destinations but more frequencies on its most-travelled routes.This is NewLeaf’s fourth schedule release since it began operating in July 2016. The company, which offers flights on Flair Airlines, recently flew its 150,000 passenger.The summer schedule runs May 1 – Oct. 30 and includes: flights between Abbotsford and Edmonton (five times weekly); Abbotsford and Winnipeg (nine times weekly); Edmonton and Winnipeg (three times weekly); Hamilton and Edmonton (five times weekly); Hamilton and Abbotsford (six times weekly); Winnipeg and Hamilton (five times weekly); Hamilton and Halifax (five times weekly) and Edmonton and Halifax (five times weekly).Back in November NewLeaf announced a U.S. sun program with direct flights from Hamilton International Airport to Orlando Melbourne International Airport as well as three times weekly service from Calgary and once weekly service from Edmonton to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.Days later WestJet announced new service to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Calgary and Edmonton. In January NewLeaf said it was cancelling plans to offer flights between Alberta and Phoenix-Mesa, and also that it was postponing its service to Florida from Hamilton. NewLeaf doubles summer capacity on high-demand routes << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

2015 marks a milestone year for Qatar Airways

first_img2015 had been a milestone year for Qatar Airways right from the beginning, with the start of A350 operations for which it was the global launch customer, to growing its fleet by 20%, through to ending on a high note by launching a new brand campaign, ‘Going Places Together’ and debuting an exclusive on-board safety video featuring the world-famous FC Barcelona players.Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker said, “This has been a momentous way to end what has been a truly historic year for the national carrier of Qatar which has seen, amongst other things, several top award wins, the forging of new partnerships, strong engagement on social media, the launch of a brand new aircraft type and the start of several new routes on both its passenger and cargo networks.”Responding to the growing demand in its existing markets, the airline increased service to more than 30 of its destinations. Moreover, in the recently launched global ‘Going Places Together’ campaign, the airline highlights its core ambitious plan for this year, that is, to strengthen its global reach by bringing people and places together. This year, it has plans of further expansion to Adelaide, Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Los Angeles, Sydney and Ras Al Khaimah.“The phenomenal response to our new global brand campaign and safety video has been overwhelming and has strengthened the strong bond that Qatar Airways has with its passengers. The new brand campaign evokes an emotional connection inspiring passengers to go to new places together, where our dreams and ambitions may be brought to life. In a more humorous tone, our new safety video with FC Barcelona players has captured the attention of our passengers and the wider communities, including our large social media fan base,” said Salam Al Shawa, Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications.last_img read more

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