Big Data Is Creating Big Job Demand

first_imgbrian proffitt IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Tags:#enterprise#Finance Programming and development abilities top many employers’ most-sought-after-skills lists, as big data and mobile-platform development jack up demand to new levels.Wall Street firms, for example, are searching hard for programmers with a side of database skills, according to employment recruiter eFinancialCareers, which specializes in financial gigs. When the site posted its top 10 skill searches for the summer of 2012, programming languages and databases were at the top “by a wide margin,” a company statement reported.It’s also evident what’s driving a large part of this aggressive searching: big data. That’s because C and Java programming skills were the top specific skills sought for data applications that need C’s speed of execution and data engines like Hadoop that are all about the Java.The next most-sought skill? SQL, the database query language that’s still very pervasive in relational databases and even in some of the non-relational databases that are such hot properties in big-data land these days.“The next four skill sets on Wall Street’s ‘buy’ list are fixed-income, risk, project-management and business analysis. Technology pervades these jobs as well,” an eFinancialCareers representative said.Consider job listings such as the one for an investment bank and securities firm looking for a fixed-income quantitative analyst who’s well-versed in matrix-oriented programming languages such as MATLAB, R, Python, or GAUSS, and who has a working knowledge of Ruby, VBA, SQL, and database programming. The meshing of technology and business skills is a big “get” for most businesses, as any geek who can speak numbers or any suit who can grok tech is highly sought candidates.Programming and development is also the big target for the technology sector. Tech job site Dice.com recently released its top-skill requests for the year as of October 1, and software development topped its list, too. Quality assurance came in second, followed by Python, SOAP and virtualization skills, respectively.“Software development is beyond compare in today’s tech-job market. Even if you are not an engineer –- many hiring managers want candidates to have a thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle. More development equals more QA or ensuring a project, product or service meets certain standards and satisfies requirements,” wrote Managing Director Alice Hill on the Dice blog.High finance is not the only sector hiring tech workers. Last month General Motors announced it would hire up to 10,000 IT workers globally, kicking it off with 500 new IT slots in its Austin “innovation center.”Yesterday, GM followed up on that, announcing a new innovation center in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich., which will need 1,500 IT staffers. The company plans to open two more such tech centers in the United States soon, spreading the wealth, as it were, to make up for some regional shortages in programmers and developers.Programming has been at the top of the career skills lists for quite a while, and there are no signs of this demand abating any time soon. Between big data and mobile-application demand alone, those who code well should have more employment opportunities for some time to come.Image Courtesy of Shutterstock 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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T-Mobile May Have Killed The Smartphone Contract, But It Doesn’t Save You Money

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Carriers#smartphones#T-Mobile Let’s compare T-Mobile to AT&T, which uses the “traditional” subsidy model. If we go with the baseline plan for AT&T, we are paying $40 for 450 minutes of voice time and unlimited texts (an unlimited voice plan will go for $70). Then you add in a data plan tier and messaging. The most popular is 3GB for $30 and $20 for unlimited texts. That is $90 a month, or $2,160 over a 24-month contract. Now, assume that you paid for a $200 subsidized iPhone or brand-new Android. That shakes out to $2,360. So, the difference between the most comparable plans on AT&T and T-Mobile are about $100 in favor of T-Mobile. Good, but not exactly earth shattering.So, if we look at the baseline plan plus cost of device between AT&T and T-Mobile, you actually pay less on a contract with Ma Bell than you do with Big Pink over 24 months. Depending on the smartphone you buy, you can end up paying more per month and over a 24-month period with T-Mobile.Does that contract really look so bad now?T-Mobile’s MotivationsIf you ever listen to a quarterly earnings call from the executives at AT&T or Verizon, they often lament the damage to their bottom line that smartphone subsidies do to them. You may pay $199.99 for a new Samsung Galaxy device from Verizon but the carrier is paying the full $550. That is millions of dollars in upfront costs that the carriers absorb.The iPhone is especially cumbersome on carriers’ bottom lines and the more smartphones the carriers sell, the worse for wear their quarterly earnings are. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint (and yes, T-Mobile) make up the money through the life of a contract. If a user wants out of that contract, they have to pay an early termination fee. T-Mobile is doing away with the subsidy by passing on the cost of the phone directly to the consumer. You may not be on a contract, per se, but you are still going to pay a termination fee (the remaining cost of the device plus any other T-Mobile fees) if you want to leave. T-Mobile will also allow users to bring their own smartphones with them. So, if you have an unlocked iPhone from AT&T, all you need to do is get a $10 T-Mobile SIM card and activate it on T-Mobile. That way T-Mobile doesn’t have to deal with the smartphone manufacturer at all and can just make money providing data. Too bad it is currently illegal to unlock your cellphone.The aim for T-Mobile is to take over the bottom of the smartphone market in the U.S. Users that do not need a lot of data and want a very cheap phone can do very well on T-Mobile’s plan. If you want an older phone, like the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, you will pay $240 for the phone and $1,200 for 500MB of data a month over 24 months. Unless you want to get a straight pre-paid plan from the likes of Cricket, that is about as cheap as it gets among the four major carriers.The fact of the matter is that, one way or another, you are going to pay both the carrier and the smartphone manufacturer. There is really no way around it. The wireless carriers in the U.S. will always try to convince you that their service is better, faster, cheaper. The fact of the matter is that you will pay nearly the same (within a couple hundred dollars) no matter which carrier you choose. If you want a new, top-end smartphone, you are likely better off with the two-year contract from one of the larger carriers. Update: Article updated to reflect $20 text messaging per month charge from AT&T. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces In the United States, the smartphone contract is king. T-Mobile, the smallest of the major American wireless carriers, wants to end the reign of two-year contracts, phone subsidies and early termination fees. It even argues it can save you money in the process.Well, at least part of that is true.T-Mobile is instituting its plan to kill the subsidy-and-contract model for U.S. smartphone buyers. Instead of paying one lump sum for a smartphone and 24 months worth of contract, consumers can pay a minimal upfront cost of a smartphone and then a monthly fee as part of their bill.For instance, if you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S3 with 16GB of storage from T-Mobile, you can pay $69.99 up front and then $20 a month on top of your phone bill for 24 months. If buyers prefer, they can pay the full amount of the phone up front and skip the monthly installments. T-Mobile’s wireless plans start at $50 for one line and 500 MB of data. Users get 2GB of data for $60 and unlimited data for $70. Add the monthly smartphone fee into the equation and users are still going to get cellphone bills between $70-$100 on a monthly basis. How The Numbers Break DownOn one hand, consumers will be happy with the fact that they are not on a contract. Ostensibly, that means they can leave whenever they want. But that still have to have to pay for the smartphone they bought. One way or another, users are going to pay for the entire unsubsidized portion of your new smartphone.For instance, if you choose to get a Samsung Galaxy S3, you are going to eventually pay $550 for the phone. You pay $70 up front plus the $20 fee per a month. If you get the get the unlimited data plan at $70 a month, your total cost is $2,230 for the life of the phone. If you look at the fine print in T-Mobile’s contract, it will start throttling users back to “2G” speed after 5GB of data use. If you go with the bottom-tier plan at 500MB of data, the total cost of ownership is $1,750. The most popular tiered plan will likely be the $60/month for 2GB of data. That will run you a total $1,990.For a comparison, the averages users consume about 2.3 GB of data per month. That includes moderate to heavy usage without playing an excessive amount of videos or using your smartphone as a hotspot (which usually requires a separate charge from the carriers).T-Mobile does have cheaper phones available. The Windows Phone 8X from HTC costs $0 at checkout and $18 a month for a total of $432. A Nexus 4 will cost you a down payment of $49.99 and $17 a month for a total of $457.00. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Patient’s severed leg put under his head as pillow at govt hospital in UP

first_imgA man’s leg, which got severed in a bus accident, was allegedly used as a pillow to prop him up at the state-run Maharani Laxmibai Medical College here, prompting the Uttar Pradesh government to suspend four staff and order a departmental probe into it.Ghanshyam (28) claimed that the hospital staff put the severed leg under his head as a pillow. He had lost the leg in the accident on Saturday and was brought to the hospital in a critical condition.However, the medical college’s principal, Sadhna Kaushik, said a four-member committee has been formed to find out who put the severed leg under the patient’s head.Taking cognisance of the alleged incident, state medical education minister Ashutosh Tandon, late last night, directed suspension of two doctors and two nurses with immediate effect on the ground of laxity in discharging their duty.As the video of the man lying on a stretcher in the hospital with the severed leg under his head went viral on social and electronic media, Kaushik said strict action would be taken against those found guilty.“He [the patient] was given immediate medical aid. The doctor looked for something to raise his head. The patient’s attendant used the leg for the same. We’ve set up a committee. Strict action will be taken if our staff is found to be at fault,” she said, adding it appears to be a case of mischief.“Head of department of surgery Dr. Rajeev Sinha will head the committee and it will give its report in 48 hours. Action will be based on the findings of the report,” she said.Jhansi is 300 km from state capital Lucknow, and the Maharani Laxmibai Medical College is affiliated to the Bundelkhand University, Jhansi. It serves many districts in Uttar Pradesh’s backward Bundelkhand region.A government spokesperson said, the staff who have been suspended are Dr Alok Agarwal (senior resident – orthopaedics), Dr Mahendra Pal Singh (emergency medical officer), sister in-charge Deepa Narang and Shashi Srivastava, a nurse.Instructions have been issued to initiate departmental action against Dr Praveen Saraogi, an assistant professor in the orthopaedics department, the spokesperson said.According to the medical college authorities, the CCTV footage would be reviewed to find out who was responsible for placing the severed leg as a pillow. Chief medical superintendent Harish Chandra Arya said stringent action will be taken against the guilty after the inquiry.Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma said the state government will take action once the full information about the incident is available.Mr. Ghanshyam was a cleaner of the school bus which, on its way to the institute, overturned in Mauranipur, 65 km from Jhansi, as the driver tried to avoid a collision with a tractor-trolley. Nearly a dozen children were injured in the accident, the police said.He lost his leg in the accident and was sent to the medical college after preliminary treatment at a local health centre.The incident at the Maharani Laxmibai Jhansi Medical College is the latest in the list of several controversies to have hit Uttar Pradesh’s healthcare, including the death of several children at a Gorakhpur hospital last year allegedly due to oxygen shortage.last_img read more

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Air Traffic Via India Feeds Busiest International Routes

first_imgThe busiest international route in terms of flight volume currently is the one that connects Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, with over 30,500 one-hour-long flights operated to and fro last year. The three-hour trip linking Mumbai to Dubai may be the busiest route out of India, but is not among the Top 20 busiest in the world on flight volume.Read it at Times of india Related Itemslast_img

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CBI carries out searches at 22 locations in West Bengal in chit fund scam case

first_imgThe CBI is carrying out searches at 22 locations in West Bengal which are the premises of directors and promoters of New Land Agro Industries, one of the accused companies in a ponzi scam case, officials said on Monday.The company was booked in May 2017 on the orders of the Supreme Court, they said.The apex court had directed the agency to probe all the companies allegedly involved in the ponzi scam being probed by a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal, the officials said.It was alleged in the complaint that over 250 agents, who had deposited approximately ₹ 1 crore each, were cheated by the promoters and directors of the agency by promising them lucrative return.But the maturity amounts were not paid to the gullible investors, it was alleged.last_img

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Pakistan keen to put fixing shadow behind

first_imgKeen to re-establish their reputation dented by the spot-fixing scandal, unpredictable Pakistan will look to launch their World Cup campaign on a rousing note when they take on minnows Kenya in Hambantota on Wednesday.Having suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Ireland, which eventually resulted in their first round ouster the 2007 edition, Pakistan would be wary of taking their opponents lightly this time around. In fact, captain Shahid Afridi has already warned his team to take every opponent seriously.”There have been so many upsets in the World Cup in the past, like the one against Ireland four years ago. So we have that in mind and we will be on our toes in every match, be it Kenya or Sri Lanka,” said Afridi.Going into the match, Pakistan would take heart from their recent 3-2 one-day series victory over New Zealand in New Zealand just before the World Cup.And even though they had mixed fortunes in the their two warm-up games – a win against Bangladesh and a defeat against England, Pakistan are well aware that if they play as a unit, they have enough firepower to go a long distance in the tournament.Pakistan’s batting, consisting of the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, former captain Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, the Akmal brothers Kamran and Umar, has the reputation of creating quite a flutter in the opposition camp.In the absence of their banned opener Salman Butt, Pakistan would be banking on Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad in the opening slots, followed by the more experienced middle-order. Veteran Younis is expected to bring in stability with all his experience of playing international cricket, followed by Test skipper and in-form Misbah and the two Akmals.ND with captain Shahid Afridi and allrounder Abdul Razzaq coming down the order, Pakistan should not have any trouble blowing the Kenyans away in their opening match.As far as the bowling department is concerned, Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul would be looking to go for the kill from the very first ball. This match will also give both the pacemen an opportunity to get back to their peak form.Even Saeed Ajmal would get a chance to experiment with his doosra before his team faces bigger names during the course of the tournament. Afridi’s fast wrist spin is also expected to come in handy against the African nation.Kenya, semi-finalists in 2003, Afridi not ready to take Kenya lightly in their opener at Hambantota suffered an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat against New Zealand in their opening match, would be keen to re-group against the Asian cricketing giants and pose a challenge.The Kenyans were bundled out for their lowest-ever World Cup total of 69 against New Zealand and the entire match was over in no time. Surely, the Kenyans will need to put up an improved show to be able to compete against the Pakistanis.They would be relying on their promising opener Seren Waters, who scored a century in their last warmup match against the Netherlands, to give them a good start.Their bowling unit has not performed too badly over the last few practice games they have played but the failure of their batsmen gave them little opportunity to make a mark. Nehemiah Odhiambo has performed consistently and has been well supported by Peter Ongondo and bowling all-rounder Thomas Odoyo.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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London Olympics 2012: Archers, Abhinav Bindra arrive at Olympic Village

first_imgAce rifle shooter Abhinav Bindra, the 10-member archery team and the four weightlifters were among the first Indians to arrive in the Olympic Village in London.Bindra, who won the historic gold medal in Beijing, was the first Indian shooter to check into the Games Village on Monday. The Indian athletes were welcomed at the village by deputy Chef de Mission P.K. Muralidharan Raja.The Indian contingent, comprising 81 athletes and 51 officials, has been allocated the Seaside Building S1, also named the Titan. Most of the athletes and the officials are on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors.All athletes and officials will be given accommodation on twin sharing basis. Each apartment has two double bed rooms, TV and WIFI connection.The main dining hall has a special corner called Foods from India and Asia, which will be operational soon.The official welcome ceremony for the Indian contingent is slated for July 22.last_img read more

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Nietes may lose belt if he refuses Palicte bout

first_imgOminous surge for Elasto Painters But that would mean Nietes must vacate the junior bantamweight title.“As much as we don’t want to fight another Filipino, I owe it to Aston to give him another world title shot,” Soong told the Inquirer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesLegendary champion Roy Jones Jr., who now promotes Palicte internationally, is also pushing for a world title fight for the Bago City native.The WBO recently mandated both camps of Nietes and Palicte to arrange a rematch for the title. They have until next week to come to an agreement that would mean a minimum purse of $100,000 for both. But Nietes’ camp has yet to respond to the call out by Palicte’s camp.The 36-year-old Nietes is the longest reigning Filipino champion but his domain is largely confined within Asia.He fought Palicte to a split draw last September in California.The four-time champion then announced he would like to get big fights against certified crowd drawers of the division like Juan Francisco Estrada and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.Instead, he fought Kazuto Ioka of Japan on New Year’s Eve, in an uneventful bout that also ended in split draw.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ About the same time, Palicte scored a second-round knockout win over Jose Martinez which warranted a possible crack at the title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aston Palicte’s camp won’t force a fight against Donnie Nietes but the rising star is bent on winning a world title the soonest possible time.Jason Soong, manager of the 28-year-old Palicte, said if and when Nietes’ camp refuse to come to the table and hold a rematch, his protégé will have to face highest-ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) challenger available.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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HTC launches One M9 Prime Camera Edition with Helio X10, 2GB RAM

first_imgHTC has announced an upgraded variant of last year’s One M9 in Germany, that it calls the One M9 Prime Camera Edition. The One M9 Prime Camera Edition is now listed on the company’s official website for Germany and is also available for buy at around EUR 22.70 (roughly Rs 1,700) per month for a period of 24 months on contract. There is however no word yet regarding its global availability and pricing.Boasting of an all-metal unibody design, the HTC One M9 Prime Camera Edition looks much like the One M9 and will come in Gunmetal Grey and Gold colours.Speaking of specifications, the HTC One M9 Prime Camera Edition comes with a 5-inch FullHD screen with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card.The One M9 Camera Edition runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-based Sense 7 UI and supports 4G LTE. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with Optical Image Stabilisation and dualLED flash. There’s also a 4-UltraPixel front-facing camera on-board the device. The phone is backed by a 2,840mAh battery.Also Read: HTC launches One S9 phone with Helio X10, 2GB RAM and BoomSoundHTC also launched the One S9 in Germany recently. Priced at roughly around $565 (which is about Rs 37,587 in INR), the HTC S9 looks like a follow-up to last year’s M9 in looks. It comes with a 5-inch FullHD Super LCD screen and a 2GHz octa-core Mediatek Helio X10 processor with 2GB of RAM. It has 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card. It runs Android Marshmallow-based Sense UI and supports 4G LTE.advertisementThe phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 4-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera on the front. It is backed by a 2,840mAh battery.last_img read more

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Verification of tenants in bordering areas More than 1000 cases registered

first_imgNew Delhi: From a security point of view, bordering areas of Delhi are very sensitive. Even slight negligence in safety, at times, may have serious consequences. Nevertheless, it seems that people living in those areas are taking security measures too lightly.The city police have registered more than 1,000 cases during verification of bordering areas’ tenants. Police sources told Millennium Post that as many as 1,191 cases were registered under sections 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of IPC in 11 districts. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Most of the cases were against landlords for ignoring the rule and rent out their properties without police verification of their occupants,” an officer said. Various police districts share their borders with other states. Through tenant verification, police can know the history of any occupant whether the person had any criminal record. Sources said that Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, in a recent meeting, instructed all police officers to be vigilant in their respective districts. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The top cop also reviewed security measures including tenant verification,” sources said. Sources claimed that as many as 843 violations were found. The North East district registered 567 cases under section 188 of IPC whereas 375 cases were registered by Outer North district. The South district registered 229 cases. As many as 192 cases were registered by North West district. Adding further, sources disclosed that as many as 145 meetings were organised with bordering districts officers and 7,262 tenants living in bordering areas were verified. The city police also shared details of 2,418 tenants with bordering districts officers. Sources, explaining on tie-up and action against criminals operating across borders, said,” In this regard as many as 132 meetings organised with counterparts. Around 155 joint actions were taken against criminals.” Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range) Alok Kumar, elaborating more on violations at bordering areas, “We look for unverified tenants. And we are registering cases of 188 IPC against landlords when we found that they have not got their tenants verified.” He further added that they also register 188 IPC cases against sim card dealers, cyber cafe and guest house owners for not maintaining proper records. Recently, during a tenant verification drive, North East district police arrested Sandalwood smugglers in the Welcome area.last_img read more

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Eli Lilly buying Loxo Oncology for about 8 billion

first_imgSTAMFORD, Conn. — Eli Lilly is buying Loxo Oncology for about $8 billion, broadening its lineup of cancer treatments.Loxo Oncology Inc., based in Stamford, Connecticut, is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of medicines for patients with genomically defined cancers.Eli Lilly and Co. said Monday that it will pay $235 for each Loxo share. That’s a 68 per cent premium to the company’s Friday closing price of $139.87.The deal is expected to close by the end of the first quarter.Shares of Eli Lilly, based in Indianapolis, fell 2.7 per cent in Monday premarket trading.The Associated Presslast_img

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Happy to make people aware about crimes Tisca Chopra

first_imgMumbai: Actress Tisca Chopra, who is hosting “Savdhaan India” — which has clocked seven years on the small screen this week — says she feels that it’s her duty to encourage people to fight back against criminals. “The aim of ‘Savdhaan India’ is to create awareness about the various kinds of crimes happening in the society. I decided to be a part of the show as it aims to encourage people to fight back against criminals. “As a responsible citizen, I feel it’s my duty to spread this message to the viewers and I am happy that through the show, we can make people aware about what kinds of crimes occur in the nation and how they can fight against them,” Tisca said in a statement. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The Star Bharat show is based on real events. Each episode of the show portrays a different crime story, ranging from robbery, fraud and murder to cyber crime and sexual assault. Over the years, anchors like Sushant Singh, Pooja Gor, Siddhartha Shukla, Divya Dutta, Hiten Tejwani, Sakshi Tanwar, Gaurav Chopra, Atul Kulkarni and Kavita Kaushik have taken the show forward. In its seventh year, “Savdhaan India” is being anchored by Tisca and Ashutosh Rana. The focus for this particular season is new-age crimes. Tisca said: “The show has been instrumental in creating awareness, educating the audiences about the crimes that are happening in society and urging them to rise and fight back for justice. With every new season, the show aims to instil confidence in viewers to stand up for their rights and fight against crimes.”last_img read more

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UN and partners unveil programme to combat West Africas growing drug trade

16 December 2010With drug traffickers in West Africa increasingly adjusting their tactics to avoid counter-narcotics efforts, the United Nations and partner organizations today launched a comprehensive, integrated programme to combat drug trafficking and organized crime in the region. The programme – the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Programme for West Africa 2010-2014 – covers 16 countries and will respond to the needs of West African countries on the principle of shared responsibility, addressing the transcontinental nature of the challenge, in particular, the transatlantic route. It will focus on peace building, security sector reform, and national and regional institution- and capacity-building; as well as strengthening action in the areas of organized crime, trafficking and terrorism, justice and integrity, drug prevention and health, and awareness raising and research.The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has often raised the alarm over narcotics trafficking in West Africa, noting that the problem has been compounded by widespread corruption and money-laundering. In its 2009 report on transnational drug-smuggling, UNODC estimated that up to 100 tons of cocaine might have transited through West Africa that year. In some cases, the value of trafficking flows through the region surpasses the gross domestic products of the countries in West Africa, which are among the world’s poorest countries.The launch of the West Africa programme took place at a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters in New York, co-chaired by UNODC, the UN Office for West Africa and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and in cooperation with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the UN Department of Political Affairs and the International Criminal Police Organization, better known as INTERPOL. “The added value of UNODC facilitating the entire process will certainly lie in its particular mandate and experience, as well as in its role within the UN system as the main international forum to address crime and drug trafficking as a threat to international security at the global level,” the Executive Director of UNODC, Yury Fedotov, said at the launch. Established in 1997, UNODC is the UN agency charged with assisting countries in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.Mr. Fedotov said that West Africa has become a hub for cocaine trafficking from Latin America to Europe, with its widespread poverty and geographic location halfway between the two continents making it particularly attractive to narcotics smugglers and other organized criminal networks.He also noted that West Africa is a major transit route for counterfeit medicines, the smuggling of commodities and people for sexual exploitation, and risked becoming a major safe haven for terrorists if the narcotics trafficking problem remained unaddressed. Drug use has also been on the rise in the region, Mr. Fedotov added.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, described the programme as a “strong and effective alliance” of countries and organizations against organized crime in a region that “has been under severe attack by drug trafficking networks.”“The fight against drug trafficking and organized crime was an essential pillar for any conflict prevention and peace building strategy in West Africa,” said Mr. Djinnit said at the launch. “The UNODC Regional Programme will be key to streamlining support for the ECOWAS regional plan of action and efforts at combating this global threat to peace and security.”The regional programme is a culmination of an ECOWAS ministerial conference in Cape Verde in 2008, which resulted in a political declaration and regional action plan to combat drug trafficking and organized crime in West Africa. That meeting, followed by a multi-agency West Africa Coast Initiative, gave the impetus to the creation of the regional programme launched today. read more

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Some of what was said Wednesday as threeway NAFTA talks got underway

WASHINGTON — Some quotes from Day 1 of the NAFTA renegotiation talks:“Our approach stems from one essential insight, we pursue trade, free and fair, knowing it is not a zero-sum game.” — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.—“Trade is about people, it’s about creating the best possible conditions for jobs, for growth and for prosperity.” — Freeland.—“It is not up to Canadians to choose who is the government of the United States. That is the democratic choice of the American people, and we absolutely respect that choice.” — Freeland, when asked how Canada can negotiate with a U.S. administration that appears to have lost the confidence of business leaders.—“We want to protect NAFTA’s record as an engine of job creation and economic growth. We will work to modernize NAFTA, to bring it up to date. We’re going to take advantage of this opportunity to cut red tape for businesses and to harmonize regulations.” — Freeland.—“We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement.” — American trade representative Robert Lighthizer.—“We cannot ignore the huge trade deficits, the lost manufacturing jobs, the businesses that have closed or moved because of incentives — intended or not — in the current agreement.” — Lighthizer.—“My hope is that together we will produce a result which moves us to freer markets, fairer and balanced trade and stronger ties between our three countries.” — Lighthizer.—“The process we begin today is not about going back to the past. It is about looking to the future. The issue is not about tearing apart what has worked. … For a deal to be successful, it has to work for all parties involved.” — Mexican lead minister, Ildefonso Guajardo.—“Each country has issues that they could bring forward. If we spent our time talking about these, all it would be is a family fight. … the three countries operate in very close relationship, we’re going to have differences and I don’t think it’s bad to have differences and having a healthy discussion around those.” — Canadian Federation of Agriculture president Ron Bonnett.—“Our stand is that we do no harm. This has been a good trade treaty for North American agriculture from Mexico to Canada and we want to make sure that we have our voice heard loud and clear, that we don’t want to harm the gains that we’ve had in it.” — American Farm Bureau Federation president Zippy Duvall. read more

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Smartphone ownership way up Canadians addicted to their phones Google study

Smartphone ownership way up, Canadians addicted to their phones: Google study AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2013 8:42 am MDT TORONTO – Not only is smartphone ownership way up in Canada, users are getting increasingly addicted to their mobile devices, suggests a new report released by Google.Based on online surveys with 1,000 Canadians earlier this year, the report estimates that 56 per cent of adults were using a smartphone, up from 33 per cent in early 2012.About eight in 10 smartphone owners said they don’t leave home without their mobile device. And two-thirds of them said they had used their phone every day in the past week.About 35 per cent said they’d become so reliant on mobile connectivity that they’d give up TV before having to part with their smartphone.“Mobile has become a core part of how people live their lives today,” said Google Canada’s head of mobile advertising Eric Morris.“The study shows people are using mobile to change all aspects of their life, whether it’s their job, travel, shopping, the way they communicate with others, and specifically trying to understand the world around them.”About 78 per cent of the smartphone users said they connected to social media with their device and 52 per cent said they logged on daily.Morris said he was struck by the number of users who reported they were watching video on their phone. About 75 per cent said they had streamed video on their small screen and almost one in five said they did it daily.“People watch videos on the biggest screen they have available to them,” said Morris.“Sometimes that’s your 50-inch TV at home, sometimes that’s your tablet while you’re on the couch or in bed, and sometimes that’s the smartphone while you’re on the couch or travelling or even in the office.“I think one of the interesting things from this survey is there is a lot of mobile consumption that’s being done in the home…on home WiFi.”Other stats revealed in the report:— The average smartphone user had 30 apps installed on their device and had used an average of 12 in the past month. They had paid for an average of eight apps.— Just over one in four smartphone users had made an online purchase with their device. Of those users, about half had made a purchase in the past month and the same number said they shopped on their phone at least once a month.— About 77 per cent said they had searched for a product or business on their phone, and 27 per cent said they changed their mind about a purchase in a store after completing a mobile search. read more

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Justice remains elusive for Guinea stadium killings – UN human rights chief

“The victims have already waited far too long,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in Geneva.The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a press release that on 28 September 2009, tens of thousands of opposition protestors were attacked with tear gas and live ammunition by Guinean security forces. At least 156 people died, 109 women were raped and more than 1,000 people were injured. The whereabouts of dozens of individuals remain unknown five years after the events. In the aftermath, a UN-led international commission of inquiry recommended that the Government should take appropriate measures to respond to this situation. The Guinean Government set up an investigation led by a team of three magistrates, but the probe has yet to be concluded and not a single prosecution has taken place so far.“Five years after the Guinea stadium events, justice remains elusive for the victims,” Mr. Zeid said. “It is particularly disturbing that at least two high-ranking officials who were charged in relation to the September 2009 violations remain in influential positions within the defence and security forces.” Mr. Zeid also noted that many officials have been reluctant to respond to court summons. “Immediate, concrete steps need to be taken to advance the quest for justice and the fight against impunity for the crimes and human rights violations that were perpetrated against unarmed civilians in Conakry in 2009,” he said, adding “a clear message needs to be sent from the highest levels that cooperation with the investigation is compulsory.” “The best way for Guinea to put this terrible episode behind it is to confront it honestly, deal with it in accordance with the law, and in so doing reduce the possibility of such crimes being committed again by the country’s authorities,” the High Commissioner said. read more

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EHF CL BEST 7 – Round 12 Where is Soren Rasmussen

EHF TV presented the BEST 7 of EHF Champions League Round 12. Take a look on best performances in European elite competition last weekend…GK – Gonzalo Pérez de Vargas Moreno (FC Barcelona Handbol)LW – Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson (Rhein-Neckar Löwen)LB – Momir Ilic (Veszprém Handball Team)CB – Császár Gábor (Kadetten Schaffhausen)RB – Alex Dujshebaev (RK Vardar)RW – Bogdan Radivojevic (SG Flensburg-Handewitt)LP – Michael V. Knudsen (Bjerringbro-Silkeborg Elitehåndbold A/S)HE IS THE MAN: Grandpa Soren put Kiel on silence EHF Champions League ← Previous Story BREAK IN SKOPJE! ZRK Buducnost strike again! Next Story → Meshkov have to win in Zagreb to qualify for SEHA Final4

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Googles Honeycomb 31 launches on Motorola Xoom

first_imgAnnounced today at Google’s I/O conference, Android‘s tablet OS is getting a major upgrade. Originally released in February for the Motorola Xoom tablet, Xoom customers will be able to use the Honeycomb 3.1 platform update starting today. Honeycomb 3.1 will offer new features for both users and developers.The Honeycomb update will offer widgets that now have the ability to be resized, which will make viewing documents, mail, and apps much easier. Google upgraded Honeycomb’s task switcher, so moving through multiple open apps is also a lot more smooth. The update will also feature support for USB peripherals, like phones, cameras, printers, keyboards, controllers, and so on.AdChoices广告Google TV will be getting the Honeycomb 3.1 update sometime this summer. Google also announced its new Android version for mobile devices called Ice Cream Sandwich.With the popularity of Apple’s iPad, Google is going to have to do a lot to sway customers into buying the Xoom tablet instead of the iPad. But are the new updates enough to do so?last_img read more

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113 WWE RAW remains among the top 25 shows on cable

first_img Google+ Twitter Kanye West Pinterest Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcast Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The 11/3 WWE RAW once again ranked among the top 25 shows on cable for the week ending 11/9/14. The show came in at No. 13, No. 15 and No. 17.The show, which had an average of 4.04 million viewers, came in at No. 16, No. 17 and No. 20 last week.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:06Loaded: 100.00%0:06Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeupcenter_img Videos Articles Exclusive Interviews – Oscars buzz is rising at the Toronto Film Fest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kendall Jenner opens up about her insecurities WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match)last_img read more

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Upcoming road schedule for WWE this weekend 87813

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Upcoming road schedule for WWE from August 7 to August 13, 2015.* 8/7 live event in Melbourne, Australia* 8/7 NXT live event in Orlando, Florida* 8/8 live event in Sydney, Australia* 8/8 live event in Victoria, British Columbia* 8/8 NXT live event in Largo, Florida* 8/9 live event in Vancouver, British Columbia* 8/10 RAW TV tapings live in Everett, Washington* 8/11 Smackdown/Main Event TV tapings in Portland, Oregon* 8/13 NXT TV tapings in Winter Park, FloridaAttending any of these events over the next week? Send us a live report to either AdamMartin@wrestleview.com or Jason@wrestleview.com.center_img Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitterlast_img read more

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