5 Solutions Showing Off Intel IoT Gateway and Ecosystem Collaboration

first_imgIntel IoT Gateways serving machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobile environments interoperate with an IBM messaging appliance via a simple command line interface.Two major IoT challenges are connecting legacy devices to the Internet and ensuring that all IoT and M2M communications are seamless and secure. Now, organizations can quickly connect devices of all types to cloud infrastructure using systems developed by Intel and IBM that work seamlessly out of the box. The solution combines an IBM messaging appliance and an Intel IoT Gateway that communicate via the MQTT* protocol, which is much smaller and faster than HTTP.  Discover the details and see step-by-step instructions that can get you started.Get the details »The IBM Internet of Things Foundation*: Connecting an Intel IoT Gateway to IBM Cloud Services*Rapidly compose analytics applications, visualization dashboards, and mobile IoT apps.The IBM Internet of Things Foundation is designed to help you derive value from IoT devices. On the Foundation’s associated developer site, you’ll find recipes that help you gain access to IBM’s cloud services. Craig Owen, a solutions architect with Intel, demonstrates in a short video how to connect an Intel IoT Gateway to the IBM IoT cloud with step-by-step instructions. Craig’s demo of the IoT Cloud Quickstart* connection is especially helpful.Learn more about Intel IoT Gateways, join the conversation via Facebook and Twitter, and also make sure to check out the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, a directory that lets you search for ready-to-go systems or foundational components to help you build your own innovative solutions.Stay up-to-date with Intel’s IoT developments—keep your eyes on this blog, our website, and on Facebook andTwitter. This blog was originally posted on April 9, 2015 on blogs.intel.com/IoT – click to viewInternet of Things solutions are all about connections that transform business and change lives — from predictive maintenance and operational efficiencies to personalized healthcare and beyond. When you consider that more than 85 percent of today’s legacy systems are unconnected, you’re reminded of perhaps the greatest IoT challenge: integrating the newest technology with existing infrastructure in order to take full advantage of cloud connectivity and IoT data management and analysis.Intel® IoT Gateways are crucial to addressing this inherent complexity. By providing pre-integrated, pre-validated hardware and software building blocks, the gateways speed the deployment of connecting legacy and new systems and enable seamless and secure data flow between edge devices and the cloud. Plus, Intel gateways have the performance to provide critical analysis and intelligence at the edge, so that only useful data is sent to the cloud and both data transmission and storage costs are better managed.Since no single person, company, or technology can enable the Internet of Things alone, gateway interoperability and ecosystem collaboration are also key elements to the growth and success of IoT.In this post, I’ve gathered five examples of how we at Intel are collaborating with our robust ecosystem to deliver the critical interoperability that lets you choose your desired development environment and gets you to exciting IoT innovation, faster. Many include step-by-step guides for building your own IoT solution, so explore, enjoy, and be inspired.Running Oracle Java* on Intel IoT Gateway SolutionsInternet of Things solution serving machine-to-machine (M2M) and mobile environments integrates Java runtime environment.Today, the Java runtime environment is one of the most important application development components of an IoT gateway solution. Learn about the interoperability of the Intel IoT Gateways with Oracle Java*, a combination which delivers the analytics, security, and performance capabilities required to process large volumes of events in near real time.Get the details »Scaling Internet of Things Data Movement with Amazon Kinesis*Collect, cache, and distribute high-throughput, low-latency machine data coming from Intel IoT Gateways for real-time processing.In the past, collecting, storing, and analyzing high-throughput information required complex software and a lot of infrastructure that was expensive to buy, provision, and manage. Today, it’s easier for companies to set up high-capacity pipes that can collect and distribute data in real time, at any scale, using Intel IoT Gateways to send each event to Amazon Kinesis to enable real-time processing. Learn more about how this collaboration can help you turn raw data into actionable information in a connected world.Get the details »Simplifying Application Development for the Internet of ThingsThe Solution Family development framework running on Intel IoT Gateways reduces effort to communicate with legacy devices over various protocols and APIs.In any IoT solution, devices and sensors must communicate to the outside world using a wide variety of protocols and APIs. To reduce the time and effort required to write and test this code, the Solution Family team has created a tool-based IoT development platform that enables rapid, extensible, and secure IoT development in minutes while preserving existing investments and reducing development costs by 80 to 90 percent. Read the solution brief for details, including a step-by-step guide for creating a simple deployment with the Solution Family product running on an Intel IoT Gateway.Get the details »Connecting Sensor Networks and Devices to the Cloud in Just Minutes‌last_img read more

National Science Foundation Study Looks at Who Does Interdisciplinary Research

first_imgU.S. graduate students in the agricultural sciences are more likely than those in other fields to carry out interdisciplinary research, according to a first-ever analysis of the issue by the National Science Foundation. And the Massachusetts Institute of Technology leads the nation in the percentage of its doctoral students whose dissertations involve more than one discipline. But beyond that, it’s not clear what the data say about this important subject. It’s an article of faith among science policymakers that interdisciplinary research is essential to address society’s most pressing technological challenges, from energy independence to improved health care. But don’t ask them to measure it. The National Academies’ upcoming assessment of doctoral research programs, for example, asked departments what percentage of their faculty members were associated with other programs. But the data “aren’t very satisfactory,” says Charlotte Kuh, study director. Part of the problem is the fuzzy definition of an interdisciplinary program, she adds. In 2001 NSF began asking newly minted doctoral students if their dissertations spanned more than one field, and in 2004 added an explicit reference to interdisciplinary research. This week its Division of Science Resources Statistics issued the first analysis of those responses, through 2008, to its annual Survey of Earned Doctorates. 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Graduate students in the agricultural sciences top the list, with 39% of them declaring a second field. Those in the biological and geosciences were next, at 35%. At the bottom are graduate students in the computer sciences, mathematics, and psychology, with only about 20% going outside their primary discipline for their dissertation. MIT leads the pack of institutions, with 44% of its doctoral students reporting more than one dissertation field. (Of the 44,000 respondents to the 2008 survey, fewer than 2% listed more than two fields.) Seven other institutions topped 35%. NSF officials say the survey doesn’t address the larger question of how difficult or easy it is for students to pursue interdisciplinary degrees, nor the extent to which senior faculty engage in interdisciplinary research themselves. An ongoing NSF survey of academic research piloted a question about how much is being spent on such activities, and where on campus the research takes place. But that proved to be a tough question for research administrators to answer, says one program manager, and the results may not be usable.last_img read more

Watch : Leandro Carvalho scores an insane outer foot goal directly from a corner!

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe goal scored by Leandro Carvalho at the stoppage time of the match has created a huge sensation over the social networking sites. The football fans are already mentioning that this goal deserves to be in the list FIFA Puskas award for the next season.It was a match between Corinthians and Ceara SC. Corinthians took the lead of two goals within the first half of the match. An own goal of Joao Lucas and a goal from Vagner Love gave Corinthians the early advantage in the match. On the other hand, the goal of Thiago Galhardo was cancelled by VAR.In the second half of the match, Ceara SC started to make a comeback in this match. Thiago Galhardo pulled one goal back at the 59th minute of the match. After the first goal, Ceara SC were desperate to score the equaliser through out the second half. The pressure was on for the rest of the 30 minutes of the game. At the stoppage time, Ceara SC were awarded a corner kick.Leandro Carvalho scored directly from the corner with a right footed curled shot. The goal certainly deserves to be shortlisted for the next year’s FIFA Puskas best goal award.Um absurdo de gol do Leandro Carvalho🔥👏 pic.twitter.com/4itPqqKou2— SÉRIE A (@SerieAdoBrasil) September 7, 2019last_img read more

Sitharaman gets Defence, Goyal made Railways Minister

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 3 (PTI) Nirmala Sitharaman emerged as the biggest gainer of the cabinet reshuffle today as Prime Minister Modi gave her the heavyweight Defence portfolio, while Piyush Goyal replaced Suresh Prabhu in the Railway Ministry in a major rejig, which saw nine new faces being inducted.Sitharaman became the first woman Defence Minister of the country since Indira Gandhi held the charge.Sitharaman, who was holding the Commerce portfolio as a Minister of State, was elevated along with Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to the cabinet rank.As the Defence Minister, Sitharaman will be a member of the crucial Cabinet Committee on Security whose members include the Prime Minister, Home Minister, External Affairs Minister and the Finance Minister.Prabhu was shifted to the commerce and industry ministry, while Pradhan and Naqvi retained their portfolios of Oil and Gas and Minority Affairs respectively. Goyal will continue to head the Coal Ministry along with Railways.Modi stripped cabinet minister Uma Bharti of the charges of water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation and handed them over to Nitin Gadkari.Bharti will take care of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.Pradhan was given the additional charge of Skill Development Ministry.The Prime Minister also reposed faith in the administrative capabilities of three former government officials by giving them independent charge of crucial portfolios.Former diplomat Hardeep Puri and former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam have been made MoS (Independent charge) of Housing and Urban Development and Tourism respectively.R K Singh, former Home Secretary, was given charge of Power and New and Renewable Energy portfolios. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore replaced Vijay Goel in the Sports MInistry.advertisementGoel, who earlier held independent charge, has been shunted as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Afairs and Statistics and Programme Implementation. PTI PYK/NAB KR MPB ARClast_img read more

Giant killer Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’

first_imgWorld Cup Mexico hero Lozano revels in ‘best goal of my life’ after Germany giant-killing Chris Burton 02:41 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hirving Lozano Germany Mexico World Cup 2018 170618 Getty World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany Mexico The PSV winger netted the match winner for El Tri as they stunned the reigning champions in a thrilling opening Group F encounter at World Cup 2018 Hirving Lozano admits his match winner for Mexico which downed reigning champion Germany at World Cup 2018 is “the best goal I have scored in my life”.An entertaining encounter at the Luzhniki Stadium saw both sides create chances as they sought to open their Group F campaign on a positive note.It was to be El Tri who took the spoils in a stunning giant-killing performance, with ‘Chucky’ Lozano recording the only effort of the game in the 35th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move His strike sparked wild celebrations during and after the contest in Moscow – with an earthquake recorded in Mexico City – and the 22-year-old is delighted to have played the role of hero.Lozano told reporters after a memorable outing for him and his country: “We are very happy.”My teammates and I did some great work, we all ran our hearts out and this is the result of all this hard work.”I don’t know if it is the biggest victory in [Mexican] history but one of the biggest for sure. It is great to start on the right foot when you are playing against the world champions.”I would have to agree it is the best goal I have scored in my life. We all dream of playing in the World Cup.”Tears flowed at the final whistle, as the enormity of what they had just achieved dawned on the Mexico players, with few having given the CONCACAF nation much of a chance against the pre-tournament favorite.El Tri did, however, boss proceedings for long periods, with head coach Juan Carlos Osorio revealing that a tactical approach to overcome Germany was pieced together long before his side arrived in Russia.Juan Carlos Osorio Mexico 06212017He said: “We had drawn up a plan six months back but due to injuries we had to change some of our players. But we always thought of having two quick players on the wings and an offensive midfielder in Miguel Layun.“In the first half we played with intelligence defensively and caught them on the counter.“We could have scored earlier. In the first half we were the better side, in the second we knew that Germany have an outstanding team and they tried to attack more.“We prepared for their use of Mario Gomez. Yesterday we practiced defending with four midfielders and three players up front and that’s how we almost got the second goal today.“Mexico has a bright future, with Jesus Gallardo who is 23 and Hirving Lozano even younger.“We will celebrate responsibility. I’d like to dedicate this win to all the Mexican fans that made the journey out here and to everyone that supports us.”Mexico will be back in action on Saturday when Osorio’s side faces South Korea, before wrapping up the group stage efforts and looking to make it to the last-16 following a meeting with Sweden on June 27.last_img read more

This Charred Pig Tail Recipe Revamps a Southern Classic

first_imgSeasoned Boil*Ingredients:10 dried chilis5 heads of garlic, split3 onions, peeled and cut in half3 lemons, cut in half3 oranges, cut in half3 gallons water2 cups crawfish boiling spice2/3 cups soy1/2 cup fish sauceMethod:Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.Season to taste.Chili Lime Marinade**Ingredients:12 stalks of lemongrass, cleaned and sliced thin6 cloves of garlic, sliced thin2 Thai chilis, sliced thin1 cup fish sauce3/4 cup soy sauce3/4 cup lime juice3/4 cup cane syrup3/4 cup toasted chili powderMethod:Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.Season to taste. Everyone knows bacon is delicious. As are pork chops. As are ribs. As are just about every other cut of pork we’ve ever tried. But do you know what part of the pig is delicious and you may not have tried yet? Pig tails.A staple in Southern cuisine, pig tails have been cooked now for centuries in a variety of ways. Whether they’re smoked or brined, served with black-eyed peas or collards, they’re a cut of meat that, while you may not have ever contemplated eating before, are worthy of your attention.This recipe — which takes pig tails and kicks them up a notch thanks to a piquant and citrusy chili lime marinade — comes to us courtesy of chef Marcus Jacobs of Marjie’s Grill in New Orleans.Charred Pig Tails with Chili Lime MarinadeMarjie’s GrillIngredients:8 pig tailsSeasoned boil*Chili lime marinade**Sea saltFresh herbs:MintCilantroThai basilScallions How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs Method:Combine ingredients of seasoned boil* and bring to a rolling boil over a high flame. Turn down and simmer for about 30 minutes.Strain seasoned boil into a clean pot large enough to accommodate the tails and bring to a boil.Add tails and reduce to a light simmer. Simmer for about 2 hours or until tails are totally tender, but not falling apart. (It’s important not to boil the tails too much or the skin will split.)Once tails are braised, remove from the boil and allow to cool to room temperature. (Once cool, the tails can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.)Light half a chimney of charcoal.Once coals are completely lit, transfer to one side of your grill so that you’re set up for two-zone grilling.Make sure your grill grates are clean and well-seasoned and start grilling the tails in batches over the charcoal. If they flare up too much from the fat dripping off of the tails, move them to the cooler zone. This is definitely a hands-on grilling project. You must flip the tails around every couple of minutes until you have them nicely charred, but not burnt the whole way around.Once your first batch is done, move them to the cooler side of the grill and cook the rest of the tails.Once all of your tails are cooked, roughly cut them up into 1-inch pieces and pile them onto a warm serving plate.Smother with the chili lime marinade** and fistfuls of chopped herbs.Dig in with your hands, get messy, and pair with a bone-dry Riesling or ice-cold cheap American beer. How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes The Peached Tortilla’s Fried Rice Recipe Is Just Plain Delicious Editors’ Recommendations How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Timelast_img read more

China not able to join CanadaUK coal phase out alliance McKenna

first_imgOTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says getting China into Canada’s international alliance to wean the world off coal power would be a huge win, but the world’s most populous country can’t make that kind of commitment right now.McKenna is in Beijing this week as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s China trade mission.She tells The Canadian Press she trusts that China is committed to climate change, has installed a significant amount of renewable energy, is cutting back on building new coal plants and is on track to meet its commitment to see its emissions peak before 2030.But while she has discussed coal with Chinese officials, getting them into the alliance is not on the table.“I just don’t think they’re in a position to sign on yet,” she said.Twenty nations signed onto the Canada-United Kingdom Powering Past Coal Alliance at the United Nations climate change conference in Germany last month. None of them are among the world’s biggest consumers of coal power, such as China, the United States, India, Germany and Japan.The goal is to grow the group to 50 within a year, but the 20 in the alliance right now are already among the world’s least dependent on coal, including five which don’t use coal at all.China is the world’s No. 1 producer and consumer of coal, consuming more of it than the rest of the world combined. In 2014, about 70 per cent of its power supply and 71 per cent of its emissions came from burning coal. There are nearly 4,000 coal-fired plants in operation across the country.Burning coal to make electricity is the single biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity, representing almost half the total production of carbon dioxide emissions in the world. A typical 500-megawatt coal plant produces the same amount of emissions in a year as 600,000 cars.About nine per cent of Canada’s emissions — and 10 per cent of the country’s electricity — came from burning coal in 2015, the last year for which emissions data is available. Canada intends to phase out coal by 2030, although agreements with Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia to make that happen are still in the works.The Paris climate change accord aims to keep risks associated with climate change from skyrocketing by limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The scientific analysis that informed the Paris agreement says developed nations have to be off coal by 2030, with the rest of the world to follow by 2050, if there is to be any chance of meeting that target.McKenna acknowledged having China at the Powering Past Coal Alliance table would be hugely beneficial to bringing the rest of the world into the coal-phase out plan.“Maybe at some point they will be ready, but ultimately every country has to figure it out,” she said.Canada and China released a joint statement Monday on climate change reaffirming both countries are committed to the Paris agreement. The statement talks about “reducing reliance on traditional fossil energy and transitioning to clean energy,” but never mentions coal.Catherine Abreu, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, said while China should get credit for agreeing to cancel more than 100 planned coal plants at home, Chinese companies are still one of the biggest players in building coal plants internationally.Germany’s Urgewald environmental group tracks coal plants and says there are 1,600 new plants being planned in 62 countries. Chinese power companies are behind 700 of the plants, and about 140 of those are not in China.Abreu said if Canada and the United Kingdom want their anti-coal alliance to have a real impact, they need to have difficult conversations with China about cutting back its international coal plant construction plans.“That is something that China can absolutely make a move on and that Canada should be having a conversation about.”— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Legacies of the First World War Canadian veterans battle for benefits support

first_imgOTTAWA – When the armistice that ended the First World War was signed and the guns fell silent on Nov. 11, 1918, Canadians wearily celebrated what they hoped was the start of a new era of peace.For thousands of Canadian veterans, however, — particularly those wounded by bullets, shells or gas attacks — a far different battle loomed: the fight with Ottawa for support and benefits.It’s a battle that persists to this day.Much has been made about Canada’s disproportionate contribution to the Allied war effort; more than 600,000 Canadians served in uniform, which represented around seven per cent of the young country’s 8 million people.But there was a heavy financial cost that came with fielding such a large force — a cost that Ottawa initially believed would be covered by London, but which would later be borne by Canadians and result in a $2-billion deficit by the end of the war.While the government did create veterans’ hospitals and disability pensions and provided some land to those who served, the services were difficult for many to access and extremely limited in actual benefits.Making matters worse was the fact many veterans had a hard time finding jobs.“There was a great fear in Canada that we might get into the terrible mess that they got into in the U.S. after the Civil War with veterans’ pensions, which were an enormous economic cost on the federal public,” says author and historian John English.“So we always had that in mind and we were conservative. But there was a sense of great disappointment.”The ensuing years would see the emergence of influential veterans’ organizations demanding Ottawa increase its support — and their sheer numbers ensured the government had no choice but to listen.Hearings were held in Parliament, federal commissions were organized and the government opened its wallet, to the point where veterans’ pensions consumed more than 20 per cent of federal revenues starting in 1920.One question went, and remains, unanswered: What does the government actually owe Canada’s veterans?Many veterans have pointed to a speech delivered to the troops by then-prime minister Robert Borden on the eve of the battle for Vimy Ridge as the genesis of a “social contract” or “social covenant” between the government and those in uniform.“You need have no fear that the government and the country will fail to show just appreciation of your service to the country in what you are about to do and what you have already done,” Borden said.“No man, whether he goes back or whether he remains in Flanders, will have just cause to reproach the government for having broken faith with the men who won and the men who died.”The difficulty, says Canadian War Museum historian Tim Cook, is that while Borden promised the soldiers that their country would care for them, “no one could define that during the war and that led to a post-war conflict of what was owed to the veterans.”Despite various agreements between veterans and the government, the dispute borne of that vague commitment more than 100 years ago continues even as it has evolved to include what is owed to veterans’ dependents, survivors and caregivers.Most recently, six disabled veterans of the war in Afghanistan cited that speech in a high-profile lawsuit that alleged Ottawa broke its contract with veterans when it replaced the disability pensions available to previous generations with a lump-sum payment in 2006.Government lawyers contended that Borden’s words were “political speeches not intended as commitments or solemn commitments” and noted that there is no “social contract or social covenant” enshrined in legislation.The government’s argument was consistent with its longstanding practice, says David Bercuson, a military historian at the University of Calgary, namely that while it may have a moral obligation to support veterans, there is no legal obligation.“In other words, ‘We’ll give you money, but you don’t have a right to that money. We have a moral obligation and also it helps to re-establish society’,” Bercuson says. “They don’t want to be nailed down to a legal obligation.”After several years of litigation and negotiation, the courts sided with the government as the B.C. Court of Appeal struck down the veterans’ claim in December and the Supreme Court of Canada said in August that it would not hear the case.The moral question persists. Many veterans, angry at the Trudeau government for not bringing back the old pensions, hope the other parties will pick up the torch in next year’s election.“Going forward, there’s only one solution and that solution at the current time is a political one,” said retired major Mark Campbell, who lost both legs in Afghanistan and was one of the six plaintiffs in the recently dismissed lawsuit.“We’re not adverse to talking to the Conservatives. We’re not adverse to talking to the NDP. We’re not adverse to talking to anybody who will work to move the yardsticks forward in a positive way for the veterans’ community.”For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in February defended the new system for providing compensation to veterans, which includes money for rehabilitation, job-training and career support. He added that some vets were asking for more than the government was able to give.The comment prompted boos from the crowd in Edmonton and demands for an apology from the Tories, while highlighting the balancing act between helping veterans and fiscal prudence that successive federal governments have cited for not doing more since 1918.The reality, says Wilfrid Laurier University historian Mark Humphries, an expert on mental health among veterans since the First World War, is that there is no real answer to the moral question because society — and veterans’ needs — are constantly changing.“The veterans don’t simply end,” Humphries says. “They continue to age and they continue to then experience being a veteran differently depending on how far they are from that conflict.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

Diana Penty glitters like gold at Cannes

first_imgCannes: Bollywood actress Diana Penty made a sparkling debut with a glittery gold ensemble at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. For her look, the “Cocktail” actress chose a ravishing mini golden tassle dress by Greek fashion designer Celia Kritharioti. Diana, who is a part of the film gala as part of an association with vodka brand Grey Goose, paired the dress with embellished sheer golden knee-length heeled boots by the same designer. The 33-year-old actress attended the grand Chopard party with nude make-up and lips. She completed her look with sleek middle-parted hair. Apart from Diana and actress Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi will be seen at the Cannes red carpet for the brand this year. Diana began her modelling career in 2005. She made her acting debut in 2012 with the romantic-comedy film “Cocktail”, and later featured in films like “Happy Bhag Jayegi”, “Lucknow Central”, “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran” and “Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi”.last_img read more

Rapper Asylum Seeker in Belgium Sparks Outrage Burning His Moroccan Passport

Rabat  – After becoming an asylum seeker in Belgium, Moroccan rapper, Mouad Belghouat, better known as El Haqed (The Enraged), released a video clip on Friday entitled “Raka Taka,” showing himself burning his Moroccan passport.El Haqed no longer lives in Morocco. The decision to burn his passport has outraged social media users, who categorically disagree with him, saying, “There is a difference between the country and the regime.”After posting the video clip on his Facebook page, El Haqed, who is well known for his anti-establishment songs, was heavily criticized by his fans. The comment of one fan reads, “You found what you want and you forgot the principles that you had been defending.  It’s normal to burn your Moroccan papers. You no longer have anything to do in Morocco, you [were singing] on the pretext of your fans and you now forget them.”El Haqed rose to fame after his participation in the February 20 Movement in 2011, amid the emergence of the so-called Arab Spring in late 2010.His gesture has also shocked his friends. Bilal Aljouhari, a friend of El Haqed took to his Facebook page Friday evening to react to the video.“Mouad El Haqed has been my friend and still is even he unfriended me [from his Facebook],” Aljouhari said.  “I wish him the best of luck – but I disagree with him about his burning for the passport. If he burnt it in Morocco – I will totally disagree with him. I wish you the best Mouad.”El Haqed had been detained in prison three times. First on charges of defaming and cursing police in one of his previous songs. The second arrest involved assaulting someone proclaiming himself to be a “monarchist.” On the third occasion, he was accused of public drunkenness, assaulting security agents and selling tickets on the black market.In spite of his checkered past, El Haqed has received several awards, including a prize for integrity by NGO Transparency Morocco. He is also the winner of the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Arts. read more

Conservatives say Wynne involved in 230 million decisions to cancel gas plants

by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2013 2:42 pm MDT Conservatives say Wynne involved in $230 million decisions to cancel gas plants AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s opposition parties stepped up the pressure Wednesday on incoming premier Kathleen Wynne to agree to some form of hearings into cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga, which cost taxpayers at least $230 million.As Liberal campaign co-chair in 2011, Wynne was involved in the politically-motivated decisions to cancel the two energy projects to save Liberals seats in the suburbs west of Toronto, said Progressive Conservative critic Rob Leone.“With complete disregard for taxpayers, Wynne treated public funds as if they belonged to the Liberal party, and now taxpayers are left with the bill,” Leone told reporters.The Liberals pointed out Wynne’s name was absent from a list of 18 names the Conservatives released last fall of people they wanted to testify at committee hearings into the gas plants.While the Tories are demanding committee hearings into the cancelled gas plants right after the legislature resumes Feb. 19, the New Democrats want a full-blown public inquiry.The ball is clearly in Wynne’s court, said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath: agree to either committee hearings or a public inquiry into the decisions to scrap the gas plants and move the projects to southwestern and eastern Ontario.“One way or another, the people deserve the answers and it’s up to Ms Wynne to decide which way that’s going to happen,” Horwath told reporters.“It’s a choice that she’s going to have to make.”Wynne wouldn’t address the issue during an interview with The Canadian Press Wednesday, and said she wants to have talks with the opposition party leaders on a wider range of topics.“The fact that Andrea chose to talk about the gas plant issue and a public inquiry, that’s her prerogative,” said Wynne.“She can begin with whatever subject she chooses, but I’m going to be looking for a broad discussion of issues.”The Tories also released an internal memo from the Ontario Power Authority, dated Oct. 3, 1012, which they said clearly showed political interference by the Liberals in trying to hide documents related to the cancelled gas plants.“This is nothing less than an orchestrated cover-up on the part of the government, who was running from the truth,” said Leone.“This is evidence that the government misled the public and instructed the OPA not to search for key documents.”The government eventually released over 60,000 documents on the cancelled energy projects, but Leone said the Opposition is convinced more are being withheld.Both opposition parties said the public is entitled to know the truth about the reasons behind the decisions to cancel the plants.“The bottom line is the people of this province deserve answers when it comes to the behaviour of the Liberals in 2011,” said Horwath.“We are not some kind of regime where the ruling elites take money from the public and use it to keep themselves in power. That’s not a democracy.”Premier Dalton McGuinty blamed the non-stop debate over the gas plants for proroguing the legislature when he resigned Oct. 15, just hours before committee hearings into the projects, and a rare contempt of Parliament motion, were to begin.If Wynne doesn’t agree to hearings, she can expect legislative business to be tied up again as the Tories try to force her hand until a committee is struck to study the situation, said Leone.“We’ll do what we have to to make that happen,” he said. read more

CoucheTard rolling out Circle K banner throughout southeastern US this spring

Couche-Tard rolling out Circle K banner throughout southeastern U.S. this spring LAVAL, Que. – Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. says its Circle K brand will be in place at hundreds of additional U.S. stores by this spring as the Quebec-based company moves to adopt a global identity for its convenience stores and gas stations.Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) says it’s on track to put the new image on more than 400 stores in the southeastern United States by the end of its financial year, which concludes in April.In total, it expects to rebrand more than 1,000 stores in the region as it integrates the Pantry chain into its network of stores and filling stations.It also has two Circle K pilot stores in Norway, where Couche-Tard got its start in Europe with the purchase of Statoil Retail.The company said in September that it will keep its Couche-Tard banner in Quebec but adopt the Circle K banner for its Mac’s stores elsewhere in Canada as well as throughout its retail network in other countries where it operates.The update on Couche-Tard’s brand strategy was included with the company’s third-quarter financial report issued Tuesday.For the 13 weeks ended Jan. 31, Couche-Tard had US$274 million of net income, up 10.4 per cent from US$248.1 million a year earlier. Earnings per share rose to 48 cents from 44 cents. Revenue grew 2.5 per cent to US$9.33 billion from US$9.11 billion a year earlier. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2016 8:05 am MDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN official condemns arrest of Somali journalist for reporting on rape case

“Allegations of rape should be met with objective investigations by the proper authorities, not detention for victims who come forward or arrest for journalists who report on such crimes,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura. “The approach taken by the Somali police does not serve the interest of justice; it only serves to criminalize victims and undermine freedom of expression for the press.”The journalist, who worked for Radio Ergo and other media outlets, was detained on Thursday by Somali police, while another journalist working for a separate media outlet was also called in for questioning. In addition, the woman interviewed by the Radio Ergo journalist was also detained, as was the person who introduced them. The reporter had yet to publish the interview in any media outlet before his arrest.“I condemn the use of sexual violence in any context, and I call on the Government of Somalia to release the reporter and investigate the allegations of rape,” Ms. Bangura said in a statement. “Victims should not have to live in fear and shame while perpetrators enjoy the very protections that should be afforded to survivors.”Ms. Bangura stressed that attempts to intimidate reporters rather than investigate crimes of sexual violence diminish the credibility of Government institutions while letting criminals go free. “Regardless of the facts of the case, journalists have a right to report on allegations of rape and survivors should not be discouraged from coming forward to report sexual assault cases to the authorities. Only when we shine a light on these crimes will we be able to break what has long been called history’s greatest silence,” she said, adding that her office will continue to monitor the case closely. read more

UK weather Record heatwave forecast for bank holiday weekend

Chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “We’ve had a fairly wet and windy August so far, however that’s going to change this weekend as we see high temperatures, sunshine and light winds return. From Friday, south-easterly winds will draw warm air from Europe towards the UK, bringing rising temperatures along with dry and settled weather. A bank holiday heatwave could see record temperatures replace the wind and rain that has dogged August, the Met Office has said. And by Monday, temperatures may reach 33C (91.4F) – which would set a new record for the late bank holiday weekend. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “On Saturday and Sunday there’ll be plenty of sunshine across the country with temperatures reaching into the mid-20s… read more

Call for lifting of public service hiring embargo to cut JobBridge use

first_imgSINN FÉIN’S SOCIAL Protection spokesperson has made a call for the lifting of the public service hiring embargo.Deputy Ó Snodaigh made the call as he commented on an advertised JobBridge vacancy within the IDA, criticising the IDA’s use of JobBridge as “an abuse of the despair of job-seeking graduates”.The latest IDA intern position on JobBridge is for an executive assistant in their International Financial Services Division.The public services embargo prevents the IDA hiring new staff. Deputy Ó Snodaigh accused the IDA of saying “we can’t create a job for you, but we will use your free labour to create jobs for others.”“Creat[ing] proper jobs with proper pay and conditions should be the aim of this government, not yellow pack internships. Lift the public service embargo and fill the vacancies that require to be filled,” said the TD.In response to his criticism, the IDA said: As Deputy Ó’Snodaigh would be aware, all public bodies, including IDA Ireland, fully participate in the Government’s JobBridge programme, the aim of which is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job – without experience.A spokesperson said that the IDA “provides valuable work experience, career development, and learning opportunities, for those on the JobBridge Programme, which they can include on their CVs for future job applications”.They added that the programme also gives these job seekers “the opportunity to apply and be considered for permanent roles outside of IDA, but also within the organisation, as and when such positions arise”.To suggest that IDA is abusing the programme or to think that there is no possibility of a full-time job at the end of an internship with the IDA is simply incorrect – Mr Ó’Snodaigh should check his facts before making such statements in future.JobBridge was also criticised today by Patrick Nulty, who called it a “cynical exploitation of people seeking work”.He said he has raised with Minister Joan Burton the matter of a constituent who is receiving €100 a week through JobBridge by working with Fingal County Council, but he “received an inadequate response”.Read: 58 teaching positions have been filled on JobBridge>Read: Protest planned against extension on JobBridge schemes>last_img read more

Le grand froid se maintiendra au moins jusquen début de semaine prochaine

first_imgLe grand froid se maintiendra au moins jusqu’en début de semaine prochaineAujourd’hui encore, 39 départements restent placés en vigilance orange en raison de la vague de froid qui traverse l’Hexagone. L’épisode de grand froid devrait se poursuivre au moins jusqu’en début de semaine prochaine, selon Météo France.Ce matin, 39 départements étaient placés en vigilance orange en raison de l’intense vague de froid qui sévit en France. Aujourd’hui, aucun dégel n’est à espérer, “les températures maximales ne remontant pas au-dessus de -3 à -7 °C en plaine et de -8 à -12 °C sur les hauteurs”, selon Météo France. Cette période de grand froid est prévue pour durer au moins jusqu’en début de semaine prochaine. À lire aussiCanicule : 7 règles d’or pour survivre à la chaleurUn froid rendu plus intense par un vent glacial venu du nord-est de l’Europe. “Le vent de nord-est sera sensible (15 à 30 km/h en général, et beaucoup plus sur les hauteurs), ce qui renforcera fortement la sensation de froid glacial. La nuit de vendredi à samedi sera aussi froide que la précédente, le thermomètre descendant jusqu’à -8 à -14 °C en général en plaine et le vent restera mordant”, souligne-t-on de même source.En revanche, sur une grande partie de la France, le soleil brillera largement dans un ciel bleu azur. Ainsi, cette vague de froid reste moins intense que celle de 1985, selon les prévisionnistes. Toutefois, en ce qui concerne les intempéries, “il neige toujours faiblement sur le piémont pyrénéen” souligne Météo-France. “Il va continuer à neiger faiblement durant la fin de nuit et la matinée. D’ici vendredi midi, il tombera encore 1 à 5 centimètres supplémentaires”, est-il également précisé.Par ailleurs, avec le froid, la consommation électrique augmente. Elle a ainsi atteint 96.377 mégawatts (MW) jeudi à 19 heures, heure de pointe, frôlant le record du 15 décembre 2010 (96.710 MW). Celui-ci pourrait toutefois être dépassé dès lundi prochain. Les régions les plus exposées au risque de coupures, la Bretagne et la Côte d’Azur sont appelées à modérer leur consommation entre 18 heures et 20 heures, indique lemonde.fr. Le 3 février 2012 à 11:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Oregon man convicted of assaulting 2 officers with explosive

first_imgPORTLAND — An Oregon man has been found guilty of assaulting two officers by igniting an explosive as a federal terrorism task force attempted to arrest him.The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that 27-year-old Jason P. Schaefer was convicted Wednesday in Portland of charges including assaulting officers, using and carrying a destructive device in relation to the assault, and using an explosive to commit a federal felony.Authorities say Schaefer used a lighter to ignite a cigarette pack filled with explosive material in his car on a Portland street in October 2017.The task force had an arrest warrant for Schaefer, who was already a felon, for possessing explosives and chemicals used in explosives purchased through eBay.Schaefer faces up to 30 years to life in prison during an August sentencing hearing.last_img read more