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  • Membertou Welcomes the World

    first_imgOnce again, the Membertou Mi’kmaw community has shown itself as a leader in business development, benefiting the local Mi’kmaw and non-Mi’kmaw business community of Cape Breton. In June, the band broke ground for the Membertou Business Centre, a 33,000-square-foot mall, located on the site of a future connector road through Membertou, which will link the Sydney Harbour area to Hwy. 125. The centre is described as an incubator mall. In addition to space for established commercial and professional offices, it will have smaller units geared toward fledgling entrepreneurs. “The 1,000-square-foot incubator units are perfect for new businesses that want to get started in a professional environment, or home-based entrepreneurs who are ready to grow,” says Bill Bonnar, manager of special projects and commercial real estate for the Membertou Band. “It’s great for Membertou because it will draw people to the area, and it’s great for the community because it provides a new kind of business centre space,” says Bonnar. Each unit has a store front and drive-up customer parking. This appealed to potential tenants, says Bonnar, and made it easy to fill the space. Right now, about 80 per cent of the commercial space is rented,” he says. “On the small-business side, a Mi’kmaw craft shop and a hair salon have each booked a unit. “The chief is always saying ‘See a need and fill it’. That’s what we did here.” The mall is part of an overall development plan for a business park in Membertou. Chief Terrance Paul, in his 25th year as leader of the 1,200-member band, has worked with its council and residents to make Membertou not only a self-sustaining community, but also a vital part of the greater Sydney area. The results seen today are rooted in work done years ago. In the 1990s, the band developed a plan to get Membertou on solid footing. They ensured transparency and accountability, and, in 2002, became the first Aboriginal community in the world to achieve International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification. They opened an entertainment centre that brought in a new revenue stream and welcomed talented people from across the country to the community, as business investors and partners, clients, customers, employees and visitors. Chief Paul says attaining the internationally recognized ISO certification was a big help in securing outside investors. “That increased our credibility,” the chief says. “Companies know that to achieve this certification, you really have to have your administration and management processes in place.” And, he says, the benefits were realized quickly. “Right after we got our certification, we had an aerospace company express interest in partnering with us in a bid for a manufacturing contract.” Even though that particular bid was not successful, Chief Paul says it still raised the profile of Nova Scotia, and Membertou continues to pursue partnerships with both local and international connections. Last year, the community hosted a wind turbine manufacturing group from Spain. “We are exploring partnerships,” says Chief Paul, “and the Basque people are at the forefront of manufacturing.” In 2004, the band completed the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, one of its most visible achievements. At 47,000-square feet, it’s the largest convention centre in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. This culturally unique centre, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, Mi’kmaw cultural display, Great Hall which seats up to 900, and range of meeting spaces, is not only a conference venue, says the chief, but a place worth visiting just for the experience or a nice meal in the restaurant. “We have a beautiful building here. It’s been a focal point for all of Cape Breton,” says Chief Paul. The trade and convention centre is an ideal venue for special events, and has featured performers like Tommy Hunter, Bachman Cummings and Gordon Lightfoot. “We are also the centre people think of first when it comes to comedy,” says general manager Donald Davis, who books more than 10 Yuk Yuks comedy shows each year. For special events, one of the centre’s biggest competitive advantages is its half-million-dollar sound system. “It’s a state-of-the-art facility,” says Davis. “When a band comes in, they don’t have to transport a lot of equipment with them. And we have the technical expertise on-site to run it. “The catering kitchen is also high-tech. We invested close to $1 million about a year ago to install two Rational-brand ovens and upgrade our catering.” These professional ovens hold up to 80 plates each on metal racks that are close to six-feet tall. Using the Rational system, the chef and staff are able to prepare portions of meals in advance. Food is cooked and quickly chilled, then arranged on plates, ready to be heated just moments before serving. “When we’re catering big events, timing is everything,” says Davis. “We can easily serve 600 to 800 meals at one sitting.” Over the past two years, the trade and convention centre has achieved 20 per cent to 30 per cent revenue growth. The key, says Davis, is diversification. “Catering is our bread and butter,” he says with a smile, adding that it’s the combination of services — meetings spaces, catering, restaurant, gift shop and special events — that make the operation a success. Chief Paul says the trade and convention centre welcomes over 900 groups a year and is a model for business development in Membertou. “It’s helped Membertou be recognized by the outside world as a very progressive community,” he says proudly. “It shows that whatever job we are asked to do, we get it done, and done right.” -30-last_img read more

  • The first of 16 Funeral for playbyplay announcer of Humboldt Broncos

    first_imgA broadcaster in his first year as a play-by-play announcer for the Humboldt Broncos will be the first of 16 victims of last Friday’s bus crash to be laid to rest.The funeral for Tyler Bieber, 29, will be held Thursday at the Elgar Petersen Arena where the Broncos played their home games.Bieber worked for radio station CHBO and was with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team as it headed to playoff game in Nipawin when bus collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection north of Tisdale.Of the 29 people on board 16 have died, including Bieber, who also coached high school football and basketball.Thirteen were injured and the truck driver wasn’t hurt.Team president Kevin Garinger said this is a time when everyone needs to pull together.“You can’t undo anything. We need to immediately work toward supporting each other,” he said.“People are hurting and that’s what we need to direct our energy toward.”Two other funerals are scheduled for Friday.Jacob Leicht, a left-winger, will have his service in Humboldt. Adam Herold, who would have turned 17 on Thursday, will have his funeral in his hometown of Montmartre.Funeral details for the rest of the victims will be posted here as they become available.Players on the Broncos were from communities across Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.Related contentTrainer for Humboldt Broncos dies after crash; death toll now at 16Cherry pays further tribute to Humboldt Broncos, calls for fundraising supportTTC employees to participate in Jersey Day for Humboldtlast_img read more

  • BJP springs surprise denies tickets to 6 sitting MPs in UP

    first_imgLucknow: The BJP has sprung a surprise by denying tickets to six sitting MPs from Uttar Pradesh, including Union minister Krishna Raj and National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairman Ram Shankar Katheria.In its first list of 184 candidates announced Thursday for the Lok Sabha elections in the electorally crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP fielded Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow. The party renominated Smriti Irani from Amethi to take on Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Significantly, the candidature of former Union Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, an MP from Kanpur, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi who represents Pilibhit, and her son Varun Gandhi representing Sultanpur was not announced in Uttar Pradesh where the BJP faces a formidable alliance of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. In the first list, besides Krishna Raj (Shahjahanpur-SC) and Ram Shankar Katheria (Agra-SC), others who have been refused party nominations are: Anshul Verma (Hardoi-SC), Babulal Chaudhary (Fatehpur Sikri), Anju Bala (Misrikh-SC) and Satya Pal Singh (Sambhal). Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKrishna Raj is the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. The new candidates fielded from these constituencies by the BJP are: SP Singh Baghel (Agra), Parameshwar Lal Saini (Sambhal), Raj Kumar Chaher (Fatehpur Sikri), Jai Prakash Rawat (Hardoi-SC), Ashok Rawat (Misrikh-SC) and Arun Sagar (Shahjahanpur-SC). After the announcement of tickets, Irani in a series of tweets said, “Congratulations to all the candidates announced by @BJP4India. Let us all work for #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar by ensuring lotus blooms in every constituency.” She also thanked Prime Minister Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and senior party leaders for giving her the responsibility to contest Lok Sabha elections from Amethi. “It would be matter of pride for me to enable the lotus bloom in Amethi and strengthen the BJP in the Parliament (Amethi se kamal khilaakar Sansad mein BJP ko majboot karnaa mere liye garv ki baat hogi),” she said. Irani in another tweet said, “Had the honour of representing Amethi, got love of party workers of Amethi. Now we have to make the lotus bloom and create history.” In the 2014 general elections in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi (4,08,651) defeated Irani (3,00,748) by 1,07,903 votes. Other prominent candidates fielded by the BJP are Union minister of state (Independent Charge) Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar (from Bareilly) and Hema Malini from Mathura. “Some people were wanting that I should come back (and contest the Lok Sabha polls), and they used to tell me that I have to come back. If you will come, it will be good. This time, I have come back, and would like to thank Amit Shah ji Modi ji and all those present in the meeting for giving me the ticket, as they have re-nominated me,” Hema Malini said. In the last elections in Varanasi, Modi (5,81,022 votes) defeated AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal (2,09,238) by 3,71,784 votes.last_img read more

  • WhyBeAfraid Saudi Hashtag Honors Moroccos Nordin Amrabat

    Rabat – Saudi fans of the Al Nasr football team in Saudi Arabia are using a viral hashtag to express gratitude to Morocco’s Atlas Lion Nordin Amrabat.The fans have found a creative way to honor the international footballer who also received applause for his performance with Morocco’s national team during the 2018 World Cup.Nicknamed the gladiator among Saudi fans, Amrabat is honored by his fans on social media through a hashtag #why_be_afraid_since_we_have_Amrabat. Read Also: Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat Happy with Saudi Arabian ClubOne of his fans wrote on Twitter, “He is really a lion.”#علاش_نخاف_وعندنا_امرابطفعلا هذا اسد يقود حصانية pic.twitter.com/V2XaG4LgCG— ريم العسيري (@UFRTdli3fzmOy5i) 15 décembre 2018Amrabat signed a 3-year contract with Al Nasr in July for a €3 million salary per year. Some fans speculated that signing with a Saudi football club would end his career because he had a chance to sign with European football clubs. As it turns out, Amrabat is having a strong impact on the Saudi league.However, in the first few weeks after he signed with Al Nasr, the footballer was frustrated for being benched in several games.“I came to participate in the clubs’ tournament, not to serve as a substitute. This is the second time the coach has made this choice and I have to see what he will decide for the next matches,” he said at the time. Several other Moroccan football players chose to join Saudi clubs over the summer transfer season, including Karim El Ahmadi, who signed a two-year contract with Al Ittihad Jeddah in July.Heeft een foto geplaatst @ Riyadh, Saudi Arabiahttps://www.instagram.com/p/BrYI_3KAPRg/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=1rju21lk1cyn1— Nordin Amrabat (@NAmrabat53) 14 décembre 2018 read more

  • UN rule of law security officials outline key priorities for 2008

    21 January 2008Ensuring that United Nations disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) efforts are more fully integrated into the overall peace processes, getting quality staff and developing new partnerships are among the key priorities for the newly created Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), according to its senior officials. Ensuring that United Nations disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) efforts are more fully integrated into the overall peace processes, getting quality staff and developing new partnerships are among the key priorities for the newly created Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), according to its senior officials. “In peacekeeping, DDR has to be an enabler of the peace process itself, not something that’s been added on,” said Ayaka Suzuki, the new chief of the DDR section, which was recently incorporated within OROLSI. “It has to really be an instrumental tool to push the peace process forward, that’s a key priority.” Another priority is translating policy into actual programmes that can be implemented in the field, said Ms. Suzuki, who took up her post last month. She noted that few people working on DDR worldwide realize, for example, that the UN, along with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has produced the most comprehensive guidance and standards in this area. “This is very important because DDR is a very multi-dimensional process, and in many places it’s intimately linked to security sector reform and rule of law reform and of course policing.” Ms. Suzuki added that a third priority is getting quality staff, which is particularly important for all parts of OROLSI, especially given the unprecedented demand for peacekeepers worldwide. OROLSI, which came into being last September, brings together a wide range of Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) entities, including the police division; judicial, legal and correctional unit; mine action; DDR, as well as security sector reform functions. Assistant Secretary-General Dmitry Titov, who heads the new Office, said another key priority in the year ahead will be to further develop partnerships with regional, bilateral, multilateral and other organizations so that the UN is able to maximize its comparative advantages in providing sustainable support. “All the functions of OROLSI are at the core of UN efforts to support the sustainable development and reform of security, especially in post-conflict countries. We have also been asked to serve as a global UN focal point for the police and corrections issues,” he said. “With the establishment of OROLSI, the expectation of Member States, of the Secretary-General, and of DPKO’s leadership is that we be more responsive, strategic and agile in providing support and guidance in the police, justice and corrections, DDR and mine action areas.” Continuing to recruit more and better quality staff and develop closer partnerships, particularly with INTERPOL and other policing organizations, are also two of the key priorities for the Police Division, says Police Adviser Andrew Hughes. “The number of UN Police deployed has increased by around 65 percent in just under three years to more than 11,000 officers as of January 2008 and with demand increasing, there could be over 16,000 officers worldwide by the end of this year. Managing such rapid expansion is obviously a major challenge.” The Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Section of OROLSI covers two distinct rule of law areas: legal and judicial systems, and corrections or prisons systems. In these areas, the section has the responsibility for policy development, screening of candidates for field assignments, as well as for mission support and planning, explains its chief, Robert Pulver. “In the field, tasks range from assistance in correctional reform and constitutional processes to monitoring and helping to reconstruct the legal system. While the number of officers devoted to these tasks in the field is growing, with around 250 authorized justice posts and over 100 corrections officers, Headquarters staffing remains relatively thin, with the projected total strength of nine officers.” “Our main priorities for 2008 include working with the Police Division on the concept of a rapidly deployable capacity for Rule of Law, and also providing more guidance and operational support to relevant field components, including through the development of training materials,” he said. The inclusion of the UN Mine Action Service in OROLSI reflects the growing awareness that achieving many peacekeeping objectives depends on eliminating the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war, explains John Flanagan, the Service’s Officer-in-Charge. “Mine action clears roads and infrastructure, enabling the deployment of peacekeepers. But it also contributes to public safety and human security.” A lot of the work done by the UN in the area of security sector reform has not been explicitly part of its mandate and has largely been ad hoc. To address this gap, the Secretary-General last year set up an inter-agency task force to develop an integrated system-wide UN operational approach to providing more effective support for this crucial process. read more

  • Internal markets could propel economic recovery in AsiaPacific region UN says

    The roundtable, whose theme was “Global economic crisis and the Asia-Pacific region: sustaining Asian dynamism in a post-crisis world,” was jointly organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Club de Madrid, an independent group aiming to promote democracy and change and whose members are former heads of State and government.“There is a question mark on the ability of the region’s economies to sustain recovery beyond the fiscal stimulus packages as developed countries wind down the global imbalances or curb excessive consumption,” said Noeleen Heyzer, ESCAP Executive Secretary.She added that the region “will need to find new sources of supplementing aggregate demand to sustain its growth.”There are 950 million poor people in Asia and the Pacific, who, participants at the meeting pointed out, could help boost domestic consumption if the necessary policies are in place to lift them above the poverty line.Enormous gaps in infrastructure development across the region also could help increase domestic investment, as well as allowing smaller and less developed countries to share the benefits of growth with their larger and wealthier neighbours.November’s meeting of the Group of 20 (G20) in Seoul, Republic of Korea, will be the first gathering of the leading and emerging nations in the Asia-Pacific region.In this regard, participants at today’s meeting underlined that the region should play a global governance role commensurate with its increasing economic strength.“In the months to come, it will be necessary to find the balance between short-term macroeconomic coordination to prevent a double-dip recession and important long-term issues,” said Wim Kok, former prime minister of the Netherlands and current head of the Club de Madrid.“Asia needs to avoid being complacent, and its leaders need to be prepared to take the next steps forward,” he stressed. 19 August 2010To sustain its economic recovery, the Asia-Pacific region needs to create new internal markets by addressing infrastructure gaps and alleviating poverty, according to a United Nations-backed gathering that wrapped up today in Bangkok, Thailand. read more

  • It is raining gold in Sri Lanka

    Meanwhile, in Dambulla some rocks fells from the skies. After coloured rains, it is now raining ‘gold’ in certain parts of Sri Lanka, Emirates 24/7 reported quoting the Veerakesari newspaper.The Tamil newspaper has reported that some unidentified objects which are gold in color have been falling when it rained in Gaminipura, an area in Hatton. Many people picked them up and took them to their homes, it has been reported. In Puwakththawala of Samanthalaya area some rock-like black, white and yellow color stones have been falling from space.Police officials also claim of having confiscated some unidentified objects that had fallen from the sky on earlier occasions too in Arangvila.

  • Tolerance is key to peace and fight against terrorism UN officials say

    In his message marking the occasion, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that following the 11 September attacks, millions of people united in expressing humanity’s shared values. “One of those values is tolerance,” he noted. “It is a value that makes peace possible.” Mr. Annan explained that exclusion and marginalization could lead to hostility and fanaticism – a process which would generate further intolerance. “The promotion of tolerance is thus an important part of the fight we are conducting against terrorism,” he said. “It lies at the heart of our objective to create a global community built on the shared values of solidarity, social justice and respect for human rights.””Dialogue must prevail over violence, understanding over indifference, knowledge of others over ignorance and prejudice,” he stressed, calling on the international community to renew its commitment to tolerance. “In the face of rising intolerance,” he warned, “the risks posed by indifference are far too great.” Joining this call, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, said that in today’s ever-more interdependent world, “tolerance is not a luxury – it must become our way of life.” In a statement issued in New Delhi, Mrs. Robinson agreed that the recent terrorist attacks had added impetus to the UN’s work for tolerance. “Even before the horrendous events of 11 September, the world was facing the stark choice of uniting in all its rich diversity or sinking deeper into conflict born of hate of the other.”She pointed to the significance of September’s World Conference against Racism, which she said “marked a historic turning point in battling intolerance.” The forum had adopted a global anti-discrimination agenda on 8 September which “became fundamental three days later following the terrorist attacks in the United States,” she said. read more

  • Somalia UN mission head condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Mogadishu Galkayo

    Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and the head of the UN mission there (UNSOM), said no legitimate political agenda can be advanced through the indiscriminate killing of innocent children, women and men.“Today’s attacks on civilians in Mogadishu and Galkayo demonstrate the disregard of violent extremists for the sanctity of human life”, he said, adding that the UN “stands with the people and government of Somalia in their rejection of terrorism.”The Al-Shabaab terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the early morning assault on a compound belonging to Sufi Muslim cleric Abdiweli Ali Elmi, in the southern portion of Galkayo, according to UNSOM. In early afternoon, a car bomb was detonated at a busy market in Wadajir district of Mogadishu. A suspect has been arrested by Somali security forces.According to media reports, Mr. Ali Elmi had received death threats from the jihadist group in the past.Though Al-Shabaab has been largely forced-out of Mogadishu and other towns and cities, it continues to remain a potent threat, launching frequent and deadly attacks in the capital and elsewhere. read more

  • iPad un prototype pour inciter Apple à simplifier lédition

    first_imgiPad : un prototype pour inciter Apple à simplifier l’éditionUn utilisateur de YouTube, Daniel Chase Hooper, propose quelques idées pour simplifier l’édition sur Ipad. Dans une courte vidéo, celui-ci présente un système qui utilise le mouvement des doigts pour déplacer le curseur ou réaliser une sélection.Le clavier de l’iPad a du mal à rivaliser avec les claviers traditionnels. En effet, l’absence de pavé numérique et la nécessité d’utiliser un menu de sélection pour les fonctionnalités d’édition, comme réaliser une sélection ou un copier/coller, rendent le traitement de texte un peu fastidieux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’américain Daniel Chase Hooper, propose donc une simplification de l’édition sous iPad grâce à un tweak, une légère modification logicielle, présenté sur YouTube dans une courte vidéo. Le principe est simple : le curseur se déplace en faisant glisser un ou deux doigts de droite à gauche. Pour réaliser une sélection, il suffit de faire le même geste avec la touche shift enfoncée. Ce mouvement, plutôt instinctif, n’est pas sans rappeler celui effectué avec une souris ou un touchpad pour réaliser ces mêmes actions. En plus de la simplification d’utilisation, cette modification a pour avantage de pouvoir réaliser l’édition sans bouger ses mains de la zone du clavier de l’iPad, ce qui permet de gagner du temps. Pour le moment le tweak n’est pas disponible pour le grand public, mais Daniel Chase Hooper invite les utilisateurs d’iPad à faire part de leurs récriminations auprès d’Apple pour que la firme intègre ces nouvelles fonctions.Le 6 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Loyalty programs are a honey pot for hackers says report

    first_img Mobile Internet Security Mobile Apps Phones Comment Finding our personal data on the dark web was far too… That loyalty app might know a lot about you and how you spend your money. Benjamin Torode / Getty Images Using an loyalty app that could save you a few dollars at your favorite restaurant or clothing store might seem harmless. That’s exactly what hackers are counting on, according to report Saturday from The New York Times.One billion dollars is lost each year to online loyalty program-related crime, one security group estimated, according to the Times. In addition, such crimes doubled from 2017 to 2018, according to Javelin Strategy and Research firm.Kevin Lee, a risk expert for the digital security firm Sift, told the Times that loyalty program apps are “almost a honey pot for hackers” and provide “the path of least resistance” to personal information. Lee said the loyalty programs are easy to sign up for, the passwords are weak and aren’t always used frequently. According to the report, loyalty programs can reveal valuable personal information like your favorite food or flavor, shopping locations, when you’re hungry or thirsty, how you pay for items and billing details and contact information. The programs are attractive to hackers since they’re so tailored to personalized customer experience. Emily Collins, an analyst with Forrester Research, told the Times companies that create the apps have “oceans of data and puddles of insight” and it’s often “more than they can actually use.”Data stolen in breaches typically gets sold in black markets to criminals who use it for fraud and identity theft. That’s what makes data breaches dangerous to everyday people. If you learn that your data was stolen from a loyalty program or any other service, the Identity Theft Resource Center offers a tool to help you decide how best to protect yourself. 3:53 Tags Share your voice 1 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

  • PM calls for setting up one hightech park in every district

    first_imgSheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government will set up one high-tech park in every district to flourish the ICT sector, reports UNB.Necessary incentives will also be given if the investors come up to invest in this sector in proposed 100 economic zones across the country, shes aid.The prime minister said this while inaugurating a four-day Digital World – an ICT exposition –at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre with the slogan Ready for Tomorrow.The ICT Division in collaboration with Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) organised the exposition.Sheikh Hasina called upon all to work together to build Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Father of the Nation through turning the country into a welfare oriented, peaceful, knowledge and science-based digital one.The PM said the dream she and her party had showed the countrys people before the 2008 general election to make Digital Bangladesh is now a reality.In 2009 when the government assumed office only 1.3 million people of the country used internet and now it crossed 80 million within 8 years of time, she said.The prime minister also said people are now availing of 200 types of government services through mobile apps sitting at home.Hasina said the government has taken steps to take the government services to the doorsteps of people through reducing the prices of internet bandwidth, development of infrastructure and reducing the prices of digital equipment to remove the digital divide.She said an opportunity of a new industrial revolution has been opened for the country with the flourishing information technology and Bangladesh could play a leading role as it has huge number of young people which is the main element of industrial revolution.Hasina said although the number of work force is decreasing in the developed world for the use of information technology but the age of 65 per cent people of Bangladesh is under 35.The government has already taken multifaceted projects to turn the huge young force capable and suitable for the challenge using the demographic dividend of the country.The prime minister said the prices of mobile sets and call rates have been reduced remarkably when her government in 1996 broke the monopoly of mobile phone sector by giving licenses to a number of companies.At the same time, the services reached the remote areas of the country.She said her government set up union digital centers in 2010 which were extended to municipal and city corporation levels in 2013 and 2014.Information services were made easily accessible to all through introduction of the biggest web portal with 25,000 government websites, she added.Mentioning that her government is trying to make the young generation self-reliant by engaging them in freelancing, the prime minister said Bangladeshi freelancers attain the second position and will retain the top position soon.She hoped that about 2 million youths of Bangladesh will be involved in ICT profession by 2021.Hasina said her government reduced the price of internet bandwidth to Tk 500 to Tk 1000 from Tk 76,000.With the connectivity of the second submarine cable and giving international terrestrial facility to private sector, the internet services have marked a rise by 10 times, she said.The PM said her government made the ICT education compulsory at the secondary level from 2011 and supplying computers and other necessary materials free of cost alongside setting digital classrooms.Hasina said training programmes on ICT have been expanded across the country as about 50,000 youths are being given skill development training.She said about 10,000 ICT graduates are coming out every year from universities and they have been able to attract the eyes of the world community.Referring to the export of Bangladesh software and IT services to over 50 countries, including the USA, Europe, Canada and Australia, Hasina hoped the software export will exceed one billion dollars this year while five billion dollars in 2021.State minister for information and communication technology (ICT)Zunaid Ahmed Palak, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on post, telecom and information technology ministry Imran Ahmed, BASIS president Mostafa Jabbar, secretary of information and communication technology division Subir Kishore Chowdhury also spoke at the inaugural session.Later, the prime minister talked to Sophia, a humanoid robot that generated quite a buzz among youths and the artificial intelligence industry around the world.Hasina also visited different stalls of the exposition.Some 170 companies, including Google, Facebook, Motorola and Qualcomm, have signed up for the exposition.About 400 exhibitors from home and abroad are attending the event.The event will remain open from 10:00am to 8:00pmevery day.last_img read more

  • What Would Repealing Net Neutrality Mean For Houston Internet Users

    first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFCC Chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled his plan to undo the 2015 “net neutrality” rules that had placed Internet providers under the strictest-ever regulatory oversight. X Share Listencenter_img All data is created equal. The concept is known as net neutrality.It means that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data on the Internet the same. That they shouldn’t discriminate or charge differently based on who’s using the data, what the content is, what website it comes from, what equipment is involved in accessing it, etc. In other words, net neutrality means ISPs shouldn’t be allowed to slow down a certain website or give slower service to one group over another.Back in 2015, after years of debating, the Federal Communications Commission crafted a series of regulations along those lines. But now, the FCC is set for a controversial vote that would repeal net neutrality rules established by the Obama Administration.What would the implications be for Houston consumers, and how did we get here?We get some answers from Dwight Silverman, technology editor for the Houston Chronicle. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /15:12last_img read more

  • Why Things Become Unpopular

    first_imgA recent study has found that the fall of an item’s popularity mirrors its rise to popularity, so that items that become popular faster also die out faster, which is demonstrated by name trends. Image caption: Berger and Le Mens. ©2009 PNAS. In their study, Jonah Berger from the University of Pennsylvania and Gaël Le Mens from Stanford University and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona have investigated why things become unpopular, and have found some surprisingly counterintuitive results. Their study is published in a recent issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“While it is easy to see products, ideas, or behaviors catch on in popular culture, less in known about why such things become unpopular,” Berger told PhysOrg.com. “We show how social dynamics drive cultural change, and examine the reciprocal interplay between individual decisions and collective outcomes. Aggregate changes in popularity shape individual choice, which in turn drives aggregate popularity.”To investigate how cultural tastes change over time, Berger and Le Mens analyzed thousands of baby names from the past 100 years in France and the US. (Because there is less of an influence of technology or advertising on name choice, baby names provide a way to study how adoption depends on primarily internal factors.) The researchers found a consistent symmetry in the rise and fall of individual names; in other words, the longer it took for a name to become popular, the longer it took for the name to fade out of popularity, and thus the more staying power it had compared to names that quickly rose and fell. The effect was robust, occurring in both countries and across various time windows.To find additional support for this relationship, the researchers also interviewed expecting parents on how likely they would be to give their children certain names. Afterwards, participants rated their perception of how trendy each name was. The results showed that parents viewed names that had experienced sharper recent increases in usage as fads, and avoided these names in accordance with this concern. As the scientists explain, these findings suggest that beliefs about the evolution of popularity may be self-fulfilling. There is no mathematical necessity that forces cultural items (such as names) that sharply increase in popularity to die out faster, but people’s beliefs have the ability to create this reality, since people don’t want to be seen as following the herd. This effect is an example of how psychological processes shape culture, in addition to the more widely known reciprocal dynamic, that culture can shape thought processes. Adolescents with unpopular names more prone to committing crime (PhysOrg.com) — “Why is everybody suddenly wearing those new sandals and listening to that new band? It’s so trendy!” A recent study has investigated this sentiment in order to understand why some cultural products and styles die out faster than others. According to the results, the quicker a cultural item rockets to popularity, the quicker it dies. This pattern occurs because people believe that items that are adopted quickly will become fads, leading them to avoid these items, thus causing these items to die out. Explore furthercenter_img Besides baby names, the symmetry between popularity rise and fall can carry over to other cultural items. For example, the scientists noted that similar outcomes have been observed in the music industry, where new artists who shoot to the top of the charts right away also fall quickly, and so have lower overall sales than those who rise more slowly. While this finding seems counterintuitive, since a quick rise in popularity would seem like a good thing, it shows that a backlash to perceived fads should be taken into account. As the researchers explain, people who want to ensure the persistence and success of particular items should seek to popularize the items at a slow but steady pace. “Managers often want their products to catch on quickly, and conventional wisdom would say that products which catch on quickly should be more likely to succeed,” Berger said. “Our results, however, show that the exact opposite can occur. Fast adoption can hurt success. We think these findings extend to a broad range of areas where choices signal identity. People often join social movements, choose products, or wear styles because of what it communicates about them to others, and in these domains of life, adoption speed should influence cultural success.”More information: Jonah Berger and Gaël Le Mens. “How adoption speed affects the abandonment of cultural tastes.” PNAS, 8146-8150, May 19, 2009, vol. 106, no. 20.Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. 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