MySQL Vs. MariaDB: Power Plays By Expanding Communities

first_imgbrian proffitt Tags:#MariaDB#MySQL#Oracle Related Posts David Axmark and Monty WideniusMariaDB, the open source fork of the popular MySQL relational database, is slowly but surely making inroads in the MySQL user base by building a stronger community. Clear evidence of that comes with the report from The Register today that Google is assigning a full-time engineer to the MariaDB Foundation. But Oracle is responding with its own plans to diversify its own MySQL developer community.In itself, Google sending a single developer to MariaDB might not seem like big news, but it points to a growing trend for MariaDB in its battle against predecessor MySQL. MySQL has become increasingly isolated as an open source project since the open-source database was acquired by Oracle when the software giant purchased Sun Microsystems.“Isolated,” in this case, points to the growing perception that Oracle does not accept many outside contributions for the MySQL database, which is dual-licensed under the GNU General Public License for developers and a commercial license for customers. The GPL is key here: any project that forks away from MySQL and makes code changes to improve upon the original MySQL code is required to publish the source code for those changes somewhere, presumably for the benefit of the MySQL team.This is the very heart of free software “copyleft” development: it ensures that improvements can be shared among many related projects. But critics such as Monty Widenius  the original creator of MySQL and the newer MariaDB project, maintain that Oracle is deliberately keeping the number of accepted contributions low. There is no rule in the GPL, after all, that says code changes have to be accepted by the parent project.The effect of such policies, critics charge, is that as forked versions of MySQL like MariaDB are changed, it is increasingly difficult to maintain compatibility with MySQL. While some forked projects in the open source world don’t give a flying fig about compatibility  MariaDB most certainly does—otherwise, it would not be able to be a one-to-one replacement for existing MySQL databases.This is why Widenius and his MariaDB team are geared up about Google’s participation: they believe that strength in diversity will make MariaDB a better project and one not controlled solely by a single commercial entity. Indeed, the Register article speculates that this is why Google is coming on board: their own Cloud SQL product is based on MySQL, and therefore has its destiny tied to the whims of Oracle. Getting more involved with MariaDB is a good piece of insurance, should Oracle get squirrelly.SkySQL CEO Patrik Sallner gave The Reg his theory on why he thinks Google is joining in. ‘There are quite a few companies not financially sponsoring the Foundation but [which] are providing resources, because they see the value of being part of the community. That’s another thing we learned from MySQL, to make sure there are enough contributors. At MySQL there were not that many externally,’ he said.‘None, none,’ Widenus [sic] chipped in during our conversation.Did Oracle Pick Up The Clue Phone?Widenius may have gotten ahead of himself with that statement to the Register, as Oracle may be wising up to the fact that if it wants to keep interest going in MySQL as an open source project, it has better start opening the shell a little. As recently as last month, MySQL Community Manager Dave Stokes made a public call for external contributors for MySQL.Stokes’ request was met with some derision, with complaints about his mentioned requirement for contributors to sign the Oracle Contributors Agreement. Such agreements can rankle those in the open source development community, since they usually mean giving up license control and even intellectual property rights for submitted code to the project host.Former MySQL Community Manager Giuseppe Maxia came to Oracle’s defense a few days later.“I may not like it, but licensing was still a consistent part of the business when I left Oracle, and I assume it still is. Since this “feature” helps paying the developers that create open source software, I believe it is a reasonable trade-off.“Besides, also MontyProgram asks the same thing, and so does Apache and Canonical,” Maxia wrote.Maxia also cited that in his experience, contributing to MySQL code is more difficult than other projects, due to the intricacy of the database’s source code itself.If Oracle’s call to action has the intended effect, it should increase the diversity of the MySQL community, and perhaps allay ongoing fears that Oracle will always dominate the destiny of MySQL and can’t be trusted.But that won’t stop the MariaDB team from using the “more open than MySQL” tactic to win over business customers and their developers. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Assam to be oil exporting hub for Southeast Asia

first_imgAssam is slated to soon become one of India’s major oil exporting hubs catering to the eastern neighbours of the country and Southeast Asia, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday.The Minister based his prediction on a slew of projects for augmenting oil exploration, refining and transportation capacity in various stages of completion in the region. Eight of these projects under Hydrocarbon Vision 2030, worth more than ₹1,500 crore, were inaugurated in Guwahati. “Assam will soon send petrol and diesel to Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Southeast Asian countries,” Mr. Pradhan said.last_img read more

NSF Asks Scientists to Give It Time to Regroup After Shutdown

first_imgGuidance on HR actions, such as performance reviews and hiring activities, will be forthcoming. Agency travel (outreach, site visits, etc.) should be postponed for at least one week, if possible. Advisory committee meetings will be canceled through December unless an exception is granted by me. Routine internal meetings and training should be canceled through the end of October. Panel and PI meetings should be postponed through the end of October, pending directorate and office review.center_img Staff should pre-emptively communicate expectations with respective scientific communities via directorate/office websites, consistent with NSF-wide guidance, and refrain from responding to PI calls and emails until this guidance is available. Senior leadership will review and possibly modify individual and institutional performance goals to accommodate lost productivity.Additional guidance on other matters will be shared as it is developed.Your thoughts and suggestions are vitally important, and your directorate and office leaders will be seeking your input on the impacts of the shutdown and start-up approach. I invite you to attend a town hall meeting tomorrow, October 18, in Stafford I, Room 375 to learn more about our recovery plans and to share your perspectives. We will hold three sessions according to the follow breakout of directorates and offices:9 – 9:45 a.m. (BFA, BIO, EHR, OD)10 – 10:45 a.m. (CISE, ENG, GEO, OIG)11 – 11:45 a.m. (MPS, SBE, NSB, OIRM)We will also attempt to webcast the session — recognizing potential network challenges as a result of the shutdown — and we will separately post status and instructions for connecting to the broadcast. We would also invite your questions ahead of time at Your questions will help to ensure that we appropriately address all policy, procedural and systems issues.I am truly grateful for your continuing professionalism and commitment to our mission and our nation’s science and engineering enterprise. Thank you, in advance, for your support as we work our way back to normal operations.Cora B. MarrettActing Director No advisory committee meetings for the rest of the year. No review panels until November. And don’t call us just yet.That’s the guidance to the research community from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which reopened yesterday after the 16-day government shutdown. A memo from NSF acting Director Cora Marrett (also see below) outlines a series of steps that the $7-billion-a-year agency will be taking to get back to business over the next several weeks.“It will take time and extra effort to work through the backlog of activities,” Marrett writes. “It’s important for us … to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)NSF is urging scientists not to contact their program officers until the agency has had time to catch up on the backlog generated by the shutdown and resume normal operations. To that end, Marrett’s memo asks staffers to “pre-emptively communicate expectations” with the research community and “refrain from responding to PI calls and emails.”To ease the immediate crunch, Marrett has directed staff members to postpone all panel reviews “through the end of October” and to cancel meetings of the various advisory committees that offer regular input to the agency’s research directorates and major programs until 2014. Staffers have also been asked to postpone travel, including site visits, “for at least one week, if possible.”NSF is holding town meetings this morning to give staffers at its Arlington, Virginia, headquarters a chance to comment on what Marrett calls NSF’s “recovery plans.”CORA MARRETT’s MEMO:October 17, 2013Dear Colleague,I’d like to welcome everyone back to the office after a difficult 16-day government shutdown. While I recognize that you are as eager as I am to get back to work, I also appreciate that this hiatus likely caused personal hardship for many of you. I am hopeful that the continuing resolution agreed to by the Congress and signed into law by the President will provide the basis for the longer term funding stability we need to meet our personal commitments and to plan and execute NSF’s responsibilities.In an Important Notice to the community, I described some of the effects of the funding lapse on our activities and asked for patience and support as we focus on the actions necessary to restart NSF activities. Additional detailed guidance on assistance and contract-related policy and systems issues will be provided to you, as well as the community, as soon as possible. These communications will help us set expectations for both ourselves and the community as we recover from the shutdown and transition to normal operations. A copy of the Important Notice is attached.It will take time and extra effort to work through the backlog of activities. We are establishing priorities that will enable us to resume normal operations as quickly as possible while minimizing extra burden on our already hardworking staff. It’s important for us in this timeframe to focus on re-establishing core functions, such as receiving, reviewing and awarding/declining proposals, as well as oversight and management of existing awards. We will strive for consistency in extending deadlines and addressing other delays or cancellations caused by the shutdown. We will also consider the impact of our actions on other NSF offices engaged in start-up operations and foster creative solutions, consistent with NSF policy, to recover operations and activities impacted by the shutdown.The following near term actions will help ensure a successful restart of agency operations:BFA will establish and publish on the NSF website within one week agency-wide policies for proposal deadline extensions and other grant-related actions.last_img read more

Australian insects build houses to keep from drying out

first_imgLife is a major challenge for small animals living in the hot and dry Australian outback. Being small increases their risk of desiccation, and there are few options to deal with the constant hot and dry weather. At a mere 2 to 3 millimeters in length, thrips are among the smallest insects found on Australian soil, and they have evolved various ways to keep cool and avoid drying out. Their main strategy involves the formation of galls on various acacia plants. These galls—hollow knobby growths of plant tissue that swell in response to thrips—protect insects from the outside weather. Now, scientists have found a new antidesiccation strategy in a group of acacia thrips, according to a study published online before print in the journal Behavioral Ecology. Dunatothrips aneurae (pictured) build a tiny house made of the phyllodes (leaflike structures) of acacia trees, glued together by a silklike secretion extruded from the insect’s anus. This silken chamber keeps moisture levels high inside, stopping these minuscule insects from drying out. Although cozy, these homes are also fragile. The domicile wall often gets damaged by wind, and the thrips rush over to fix the damage so their offspring don’t dry or fall out. The discovery represents the first confirmed case of active parental care against desiccation in an insect. The finding may also represent a step in the evolution of social behavior in thrips, as domicile building is often a group affair. Domiciles can host groups of adults, which may be considered a kind of babysitting club, so if someone dies there are others to care for their babies, as happens in bees and termites.last_img read more

Munaf Patel is spinning the ball these days: Roberts

first_imgWest Indian fast bowling legend Andy Roberts is baffled as to why young Indian pacers suddenly lose speed after showing early promise and start “spinning the ball”, pointing out Munaf Patel as the most recent example.India pacer Munaf Patel has lost speed according to legendry West Indian fast bowler Andy Roberts. AP”When Munaf Patel came here in 2006, he had some pace,” said Roberts wryly, “Now he is spinning the ball.”Roberts was speaking from his experience of having worked with Irfan Pathan briefly during the 2006 tour by the Indians after the then coach Greg Chappell requested him to look at the left-arm seamer’s problems.”You have to remember this happens only once they make it to international stage. Maybe they are better off without these coaches.”These coaches turn you into line-and-length bowler. Not what you naturally are. These boys then lose their ability.”Roberts, who picked up 202 wickets from 47 Tests at 25.61 average, is hailed as the father of fearsome West Indian fast bowlers of 70s and 80s. He certainly is not impressed by the fast bowling in world cricket presently.”Shaun Tait throws his arm. Dale Steyn, whom I like, also occasionally throws his arm. Less said about the West Indian pacemen the better. The likes of Kemar Roach, Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards are not running in fast enough at the batsmen,” he said.”They saw Curtly Ambrose run in smoothly and ping the ball. But he could do it because he was so very strong. Others must run in hard in their run-ups.advertisement”There are two ways to bowl fast. Either you steam in or you have a lot of strength to bowl even if you are relaxed in your run-up,” Roberts explained.Roberts is dismissive of the notion that today’s cricketers play a great volume of cricket.”Too much cricket? They play mostly Twenty20s and one-dayers. It’s 4 or 10 overs a match.”He also sought to correct the notion that reverse swing almost exclusively was the preserve of the Pakistani bowlers in the 90s.”We began the reverse swing. When Pakistanis came here in 1977 they were surprised to see us do it. It’s no rocket science, you keep the ball polished on one side and it would reverse swing. For it to happen, the other side must have a bit of moisture on it.Inevitably, Roberts is asked to compare who he thought was better between Sachin Tendulkar and Sunny Gavaskar.”Sachin is one of the game’s greats. No questions about it. However, you judge a batsman on how he handled the best of pacemen and best of spinners of his era.”In the 70s, West Indies had the quick ones. England had a very good spinner in Derek Underwood. And Sunny always did well against them.”Nobody was said to have a more deceptive bouncer than Roberts in the game. Gavaskar has mentioned he had two bouncers — one a slower one with which he set a batsman up and the other a quicker one which a batter could only see as a blur.”You can’t bowl 95 mph all the time and hope a batsman would surrender. They get used to it after a while. You need to vary the pace, the angle, the seam or swing,” Roberts said.”I could bowl everything: seam, swing, pace, slower one, bouncer, cutters, everything.”Asked to pick the favourite batsman and fast bowlers of his era, Roberts said, “Viv Richards to me was the best player of short-pitched bowling ever.”I liked Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, Malcolm Marshall. Imran (Khan) was a great bowler but he wasn’t an out-and-out fast bowler. Same was the case with Richard Hadlee.”Like most of his era, Roberts can’t see the revival of West Indian cricket any soon.”The top brass needs a kick in the back side. Presently our cricket is flat on its back. The board at one time had 18 directors.”I was once told by a director that I could become a coach if I had a level 2 or 3 coaching certificate. The same man asked me to come to Trinidad and give a lecture on fast bowling in his academy. The knowledge is with me. But I can’t be going around asking for work,” he said.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Sushil meets with WWE official but refuses immediate move

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 15 (PTI) Indias double-Olympic medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar today conceded that he has met top officials of the WWE but ruled out any immediate move to professional wrestling. The head of talent Development WWE, Canyon Ceman flew down from Orlando, Florida to meet Sushil and explore options of moving into professional wrestling in the near future. “I had a very good meeting with the head of the WWE talent development and I am exploring a lot of options as I just want to continue wrestling,” Sushil told PTI. Asked if it meant bidding goodbye to amateur wrestling, Sushil replied in negative. “I would not say that I am leaving the amateur arena. I am just keen to explore other avenues as I really want to continue playing,” he added. Raman Raheja, whose company Super Sports handles Sushils commercial interests, said that the WWE had been planning to expand in India for some time now and has been in talks with Sushil for the past four months. “Something is going to materialise soon…in about a month or so we will finalise something. Today Canyon had a face-to-face meeting with Sushil for the first time. He had come all the way from Orlando to meet Sushil,” said Raheja. On what are the other options that Sushil is exploring, Raheja explained, “Like WWE, there are other professional wrestling bodies like TNA, so we are looking at a number of other options as well. But I am still not saying that Amateur doors are closed as yet. “But yes, Sushil has already achieved a lot in the amateur wrestling and there is still a lot left in him to showcase. So, professional arena may bring more out of him.” Sushil was compelled to think about moving into professional wrestling after being ignored by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) for the Rio Olympics. The WFI had refused to hold a selectional trial in the 74kg category to chose between him and Narsingh Yadav to represent India at the Rio Games and that prompted the two-time Olympic medallist to move the Delhi High Court to get relief. However, his plea was dismissed. Narsingh was chosen by WFI to represent India in 74kg category after bagging the Olympic quota last year at the World Championship. But just about 20 days before the Rio Games, Narsingh returned positive for methandienone, a banned anabolic steroid. Despite initially being let off by National Anti Doping Agencys disciplinary panel, Narsingh was eventually handed a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) a day before his bout at the Rio Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had lodged an appeal with the CAS. Eventually nobody represented India in the 74kg category. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Thais rejoice at success of dramatic cave rescue

first_img\R Chiang Rai, Jul 11 (AFP) Thailand celebrated the successful mission to free 12 boys and their football coach from a cave today, with the nation heaping praise on the rescue team as the triumphant tagline “Hooyah” pinballed across social media.The nerve-shredding three-day mission ended on Tuesday with the final group of four boys and the coach emerging from the cave which had held them captive for 18 days.The rescue received blanket coverage in Thai media with newspapers The Nation running a “Hooyah! Mission accomplished” and the Bangkok Post emblazoned with “All Wild Boars saved” Their ordeal gripped the world, with the lives of the boys aged 11 to 16 and their 25-year-old coach hanging the balance as the threat of heavy rain injected urgency to an already perilous extraction bid.Rescuers had weighed up several options to save the boys, including keeping them in the cave through the months-long monsoon season.But they were prodded into the dangerous task of ‘diving out’ the team through submerged chambers and claustrophobic passages as oxygen levels in the cave plummeted and rains menaced.The group were led out in three batches by a team of 13 international divers flanked by the Thai Navy SEALs, who greeted each successful rescue with a “Hooyah” on their Facebook page.That sign off quickly turned into a hashtag shared across social media, where luminaries of business, politics and sport extended their best wishes to the team and the rescuers.The boys and the coach are in quarantine in Chiang Rai hospital, apparently in good spirits despite their ordeal.advertisementToday, a few hundred school children gathered opposite the hospital, looking up at the building that will be home to the rescued football team for the coming days.Their teacher led them in a chant thanking “everyone who came to help make the mission succeed,” in a small reflection of a wider gratitude towards the foreign experts who helped extract the stricken group.Authorities have shrouded the details of the rescue bid in secrecy, with fragments of information emerging about the heroic efforts of the dive team.The dangers of the rescue were brought into sharp relief last Friday by the death of a retired Thai Navy SEAL as he ran out off air in the flooded cave complex as the extraction plans were being laid.”I’m very happy and relieved. I haven’t been able to sleep for days. I’m happy that the boys are out too,” Khamluh Guntawong grandfather of the team coach Ekkapol Chantawong said.”Ekk really loves and cares for the boys,” he added, of a figure who is emerging as something of hero despite being the only adult to accompany the boys into the cave on June 23.The group became trapped in rising floodwaters and were found nine days later emaciated and dishevelled on a muddy ledge, with water lapping ominously below.The saga captivated a global audience for over two weeks, rewarding them with a remarkable happy ending.French football star Paul Pogba dedicated his country’s World Cup semi-final victory over Belgium to “the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong” he tweeted.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img read more

Busquets: Athletic made us work

first_imgBarcelona Sergio Busquets: Athletic Bilbao made Barcelona work Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 06:40 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barcelona Athletic Bilbao La Liga Juan Manuel Serrano Arce Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Athletic Club v Barcelona Athletic Club Primera División Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a winning return to his old club as his side survived a late scare to triumph away at San Mames Sergio Busquets admitted Barcelona had to dig deep to secure a 2-0 win away at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Lionel Messi’s 12th goal in 10 La Liga games gave the Catalans a deserved lead at the break but the visitors failed to produce a repeat performance in the second half, leaving them to rely on Marc-Andre ter Stegen to stay ahead.11/2 for Girona and Real Madrid to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having denied Aritz Aduriz twice in the first half, the German goalkeeper produced a stunning save to keep out a near-post header from the Athletic striker in the closing minutes, preserving Barca’s narrow lead at San Mames.Paulinho’s injury-time tap-in wrapped up the result on the road, as visiting coach Ernesto Valverde enjoyed a successful return to his former club.”They made us work, particularly in the second half,” Busquets told  Movistar .”The goals were vital for us. In the second half they were better, they raised their game. We had to be much more precise with our passing and our use of the ball, but we won 2-0.”Whether it’s spectacular or not, our run continues. It certainly wasn’t easy, this is a great place with good players.”They pressed us and we felt the pressure. It was difficult to break through their lines, we did it, but not enough.”17 – Barcelona haven´t lost in their last 17 La Liga games (W16 D1), their longest unbeaten run since March 2017. Hammer. — OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 28, 2017 Athletic also hit the woodwork after the interval, Raul Garcia sending a header from a corner against the bar, as they failed to score against Barca for a fifth straight league meeting.”We had three or four super chances to put ourselves ahead but we didn’t take them and they do what they do and scored,” Athletic midfelder Ander Iturraspe told Movistar .”We kept making chance after chance, Ter Stegen did very well. 2-0 is just what happens when you get played on the break.”It has been difficult over the last few weeks but we have to think who we were playing. We can be proud of the performance – we did our jobs.”last_img read more

Province Welcomes Comments on Conceptual Plan for Western Crown Lands

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to provide feedback on a new conceptual plan for more than 1.5-million acres of Crown land in the western region of the province. “Nova Scotians told us they want to be involved in managing their land to ensure sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits for communities,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “They recognize that different land uses need to be balanced, and we think that the conceptual plan provides that balance.” The plan provides a strategic vision of how management of the diverse Crown land in western Nova Scotia could proceed. It includes a map that divides the western region into 19 areas and five planning units. Almost 700 people attended public open houses and more than 200 people submitted written comments during extensive consultations, earlier this year on the best ways to use land, including those purchased from Bowater Mersey Ltd. The deadline for comments is Sept. 9. Comments will be considered before the final plan is released in early fall. The conceptual plan is available at read more

AlQaeda heir Hamza bin Laden killed says US media

first_imgWashington DC: Slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, the potential heir of the global terror group, has been killed in an air strike, US media reported, citing intelligence officials NBC News said three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the place or date. The New York Times subsequently cited two US officials saying they had confirmation that he was killed during the last two years in an operation that involved the United States. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USQuestioned by reporters in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump did not confirm or deny the NBC report. “I don’t want to comment on it,” he said. Both reports suggested that bin Laden may have been killed well before the US State Department announced a USD 1 million bounty on his head in February 2019. The 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children and a son of his third wife, Hamza, thought to be about 30 years old, was “emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise,” the State Department said in announcing the reward. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad, he had put out audio and video messages calling for attacks on the United States and other countries, especially to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011, the department said. Documents seized in the raid on his father’s house in Abbottabad suggested Hamza was being groomed as heir to the Al-Qaeda leadership. US forces also found a video of the wedding of Hamza to the daughter of another senior Al-Qaeda official that is believed to have taken place in Iran. Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have never been pinpointed. He was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran but reports suggest he also may have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. The group behind the deadly September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, Al-Qaeda’s prominence as a radical Islamist group has faded over the past decade in the shadow of the Islamic State group. But the proliferation of branches and associated jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency. Hamza bin Laden was not targeted just because he was bin Laden’s son, said Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremists. “He was one of Al-Qaeda’s loudest voices calling for attacks in the West and giving directives. He, with Al-Qaeda’s help, was positioning himself to lead the global jihadi movement,” Katz said on Twitter. “He was seen as a future leader who would unite the global jihad. Thus, if he is indeed dead, it will be a major blow to the movement,” she said. At his father’s side in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks, Hamza learnt how to handle weapons, and ranted in his thin voice against Americans, Jews and “Crusaders” in videos uploaded online. In 2016 Al-Qaeda released a video message in which he urged Islamic State and other jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine.” “There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilised against Muslims,” he said. In a later message that year he called on Saudi youth to overthrow the kingdom’s rulers, telling them to enlist in the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to gain battlefield experience. In 2017 he was placed on the US terrorist blacklist, seen as a potent future figurehead for the group then led by Osama bin Laden’s former deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. “With the Islamic State ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement,” former FBI special agent and Al-Qaeda specialist Ali Soufan wrote at the time of his blacklisting.last_img read more

Cyprus Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping mission

The Council voted unanimously to keep the mission, which has been in operation since 1964 after the eruption of intercommunal violence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, in place through 15 June 2009.The negotiations have created “the prospect of a comprehensive and durable settlement,” the resolution said, urging the sides to take full advantage of the opportunity by stepping up the pace of talks and maintaining the existing atmosphere of trust and goodwill.The 15-member body also called on the sides to continue to consult with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone.In his latest report on Cyprus to the Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was “encouraged” that Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat had decided to resume formal negotiations towards achieving a bizonal, bicommunal federation.“It reflected political courage, vision and commitment, which both leaders clearly share,” he wrote.The latest round of talks took place between the leaders of the two communities last week in the UN Protected Area in Nicosia. 12 December 2008The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP) by six months, welcoming September’s historic launch of talks between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island. read more

Urging greater generosity Annan arrives in Pakistan for quake donor conference

“I would expect the world, those with capacity, to be generous and to give, and give willingly and I am not just speaking to governments, I am also speaking to the private sector and individuals who have been generous in other situations. I call on all of them to help us here as well,” Mr. Annan said of Saturday’s conference. “We need more resources, not just for emergency relief, but also for recovery and reconstruction and I hope as we rebuild we are going to rebuild better houses. We are going to do what we tend to call ‘recovery plus.’ Not just build what was there before, but build in a manner that can withstand, God forbid, if another disaster struck.”Welcoming Mr. Annan at Islamabad airport, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid M. Kasuri said the UN and the Secretary-General “have provided the leadership and stood by Pakistan in these very trying times.”“We are grateful to the Secretary-General for coming here especially for this conference,” he added. Asked whether there was still a threat of a second cycle of death from disease, exposure and the logistical difficulties in reaching victims after the quake, which killed more than 86,000 people, injured over 100,000 and left up to 3 million homeless, Mr. Annan noted that the death rate has already been increasing. “If we had been able to get all the resources, and we didn’t have the logistical challenges that we had, some of the people who died may have been saved but it was not as bad as it could have been,” he said. On the ground today, UN agencies continued their efforts to bring in relief supplies ahead of the harsh Himalayan winter, when snows are expected to isolate the more remote areas.In its latest update, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that the UN’s $550 million flash appeal was still less than 30 per cent funded, with only 5 per cent of shelter needs and 9 per cent of water and sanitation requirements so far met.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is increasing food rations from 75 kilograms of wheat flour per family per month to 100 kilos but has stressed the very real threat posed by the shortfall in funds to continuing its programme especially if remote villages are to be reached by helicopter.“It’s certainly no secret that funding is not to a level we requested. That’s going to have an effect as no money means no flights. Of course we’re worried, it’s a real danger,” WFP logistics officer Tony Freeman said. WFP is distributing food by road and by air, and using mules in some areas which remain inaccessible.“The situation is very bad. Almost everyone is hungry and there is no network of roads or communications. All the shops and bazaars have collapsed and people need food and shelter,” WFP programme officer Kyaw Oo Maung said of the mountainous region where many roads have been cut off by landslides and supplies considerably delayed.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started a new airlift of vitally needed tents, blankets and cooking equipment with giant British heavy-lift Chinook helicopters. On the first day of the operation yesterday two huge choppers delivered nearly half of the 240 tonnes of aid slated for distribution in the remote Leepa Valley. Over the next few days UNHCR is providing a total of 2,000 tents, 36,000 blankets, 4,000 plastic sheets, 4,000 kitchen sets and 4,000 jerry cans to the Leepa Valley. “It is extremely important that we provide shelter and other supplies to these high altitude communities as quickly as possible. Snow is already accumulating on the peaks and soon these areas will be under several metres,” agency emergency coordinator Christine Neveu said.For its part, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pakistani Health Ministry to immunize 800,000 children under 15 against measles. “We can have a major impact on child mortality in this disaster situation, in which children’s immune systems are under stress due to chronic under-nutrition in many cases, and to trauma from the earthquake and the upheavals that have followed,” UNICEF Emergency Coordinator Claudia Hudspeth said. read more

BMV investigation shows no wrongdoings OSU halts own probe

After the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles concluded its investigation of car purchases made by Ohio State athletes and found that all purchases were legitimate, OSU has canceled its own investigation. According to the BMV’s 65-page report released Tuesday, which examined purchases from the Jack Maxton Chevrolet and Auto Direct dealerships in Columbus, there was “no evidence” to suggest wrongdoing by the dealerships or OSU players. “In light of the report from the BMV and an examination done by the Ohio Independent Automobile Dealers Association, we have seen no evidence that would lead us to believe that Ohio State student athletes violated any policies when purchasing used cars,” OSU spokesman Jim Lynch wrote in an email to The Lantern. “Therefore, we will not be conducting an independent examination outside of what has already been done by these parties.” The report cited that all 25 transactions were legitimate; however, no OSU officials were referenced in the BMV report. In a separate investigation released Tuesday, James R. Mitchell, the executive director of Ohio Independent Automobile Dealers Association, said that each of the 25 cars in question were sold at “fair market value.” “It is my professional opinion in regards to the sales transactions regarding (OSU) student athletes and their family members that there was no preferential treatment,” he wrote in a letter. The BMV’s investigation found that the automobile titles for the cars in question accurately reflected the actual purchase prices of the cars. The report also said there was no evidence of players providing memorabilia or tickets to the dealerships in place of cash. The Columbus Dispatch originally reported OSU’s plan to investigate car sales on May 7. Terrelle Pryor, who was connected to the use of at least six different cars during his time at OSU, departed the university on June 7 to pursue an NFL career. Thomas Bradley contributed to this story. read more

Marks Spencer runs out of waistcoats ahead of Waistcoat Wednesday

In the UK, thousands of office workers are expected to take part in “waistcoat Wednesday” while raising money for good causes.Bloodwise, the cancer charity, said that “in honour of the England boss’ new-found football fashionista status” it was urging fans to don the waistcoat. 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. Meanwhile, Willowbrook Primary in Leicester was also asking its pupils to wear waistcoats or else England kits to school. Doubt I can pull off this look in an XL @marksandspencer ☹️— Joshua Grills 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@joshuagrills1) July 8, 2018 Marks & Spencer is running out of Gareth Southgate’s trademark waistcoat prompting anguished protests from England fans.The waistcoat has become a cult fashion item since Southgate began wearing it at the start of England’s run to the world cup semi-final. It even has its own spoof Twitter account with the slogan “Fashion’s Coming Home”.But ahead of “Waistcoat Wednesday” to coincide with the semi-final against Croatia, supporters have found themselves unable to buy the item.Even in Russia, the Moscow branch of M&S had run out of most sizes of the waistcoat.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Ivan Novikov, 25, a Moscow tax consultant, bought one, costing 3,999 Roubles(£50)  yesterday after watching the England manager on Russian television.“I saw him at England versus Colombia and I thought: ‘he looks good,” said Mr Novikov, “I don’t even know his name.”Mr Novikov believes the waistcoat will become a must-have fashion accessory among Russia’s younger workforce. M&S responded: “It’s been restocked in some of the sizes now Joshua. Hope you can pick one up!”An M&S spokesperson said, “Gareth’s sideline style has meant our waistcoats are really scoring with our customers with sales doubling since the World Cup began. We’ve got enough different styles in stock for everyone to show their support for the boys on #waistcoatwednesday.”  On the M&S website, half the available sizes have sold out with only XXL and XXXL guaranteed. Joshua Grills, a Labour Party youth officer, tweeted: “Doubt I can pull off this look in an XL” accompanied by a photograph of Southgate at the end of the victory against Sweden. read more

Dementia patients should be offered music and dance therapy

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. He said: “Dementia can devastate the lives of people affected by it and although there is not yet a cure I believe we can do more to improve the lives of people with the condition.”In particular, I want to combat over-medicalisation and dishing out pills when it’s not in the best interests of the patient.”There is increasing evidence suggesting music can bring calm to people with dementia by reducing agitation and supporting those affected to cope better with symptoms.”This is the kind of personalised care that I fully endorse as a key part of our NHS long term plan.”Officials said that such therapies should be used in addition to conventional medicine.Around 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and this is projected to rise to more than a million in under a decade. More people with dementia should be given music or dance therapy in a bid to prevent them being “over-medicalised”, the Health Secretary has said.It follows research which found that giving people with dementia personal playlists resulted in a 60 per cent reduction in the need for mind-altering drugs.Matt Hancock said that while guidance says local areas should consider music or dancing for people with dementia, such therapies have not been widely adopted across England.He has previously called on GPs to prescribe “personal playlists” to reduce agitation in patients with dementia.Speaking following a reception hosted by the Prince of Wales at Clarence House in support of “social prescription” therapies, Mr Hancock said doctors were “dishing out” too many pills, when other options should be offered. Research suggests that singing and listening to music can help people with dementia, in some cases reducing the need for medication.Studies suggest it can help reduce agitation and minimise the need for restraint, helping people with dementia and their families cope better with symptoms.One charity Playlist for Life – which creates personal playlists for people with dementia – has achieved a 60 per cent reduction in the use of psychotropic medication at one care home.A collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Hull’s stroke recovery service, used music sessions to help people after they had suffered a stroke.Nearly 90 per cent of patients saw improvements in their physical and mental health, with fewer dizzy spells and epileptic seizures, less anxiety, improved sleep, improved concentration, and memory.In Gloucestershire, hospitals are now referring patients with lung conditions to singing sessions, while a scheme in Cheshire connects school choirs to local care homes. read more

Travel advisory for Greece updated

first_imgThe Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) updated its travel advisory for Greece early this week, due to bomb attacks in Athens and possible civil unrest. The information under Safety and security: Civil unrest/political tension contained on the DFAT website, was updated after a homemade bomb exploded inside a suburban Athens shopping mall, on January 20, slightly injuring two security guards. “Groups opposed to the Greek Government, Greek institutions and Western commercial and diplomatic interests have bombed government, commercial and other buildings in Greece on several occasions. This included bomb attacks at several locations in Athens in January 2013 and a serious bomb attack on a government building in December 2010. Such attacks have resulted in death and/or injury. Further attacks cannot be ruled out,” the DFAT website reads. Despite the updated information, the overall level of the advice has not changed, and Greece keeps its position in a group of countries where “normal safety precautions” should be exercised. “We continue to advise Australians to exercise normal safety precautions in Greece,” the DFAT website notice reads. The DFAT has advised Australian citizens and travellers to monitor the media and be prepared to change their travel plans in case of transport disruptions. Australian citizens are also advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent. As main areas in Athens that have been effected by demonstrations and riots in past, the website refers to Syntagma Square, Monastiraki (tourist area) and Omonia. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

InterCaribbean Airways encourages ESTA registration

first_img Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCI Recommended for you Related Items:airline, flights, international, travel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online.It only takes seconds for the 38 countries affected by the recent US Border Control ESTA notice to register themselves online.CEO of InterCaribbean Airways, Trevor Sadler said those holders of Turks and Caicos e-passports will continue to enjoy the unique relationship where they can travel on a TCI Police record; and that it is fine for e-Passport holders who have a US Visa to travel in the States as is, but for those who are on the list of countries apart of the Visa Waiver Program, including the UK, they will need to get an ESTA else they will not be processed by airlines for travel into the United States.The change has been in effect since April 1, 2016 according to online notices issued recently.Sadler said their ICA flight into San Juan, Puerto Rico is affected by the new requirement and this means unless the traveler from one on the list of 38 countries has their Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA; interCaribbean Airways would not be able to check them in and explained that even if they did, US authorities in San Juan are likely to turn the traveler back.Sadler said it literally takes seconds to register for that ESTA, online. Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tourism Pitch In Houston Impresses 45 Year Travel Agentlast_img read more

Search underway for 2 in Porsche theft in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who, they said, were responsible for stealing a Porsche sports car in North Miami, last week.Surveillance video shows two men looking around a cul-de-sac before parking their car in the Keystone Islands community, along Arch Creek Drive. One man hopped in a Porsche parked in the driveway of a home and took off.According to the owner of the Porsche, there have been more than a dozen burglaries and thefts in the neighborhood.“As far as the violation of privacy, it’s all of the above,” said victim William Fonseca. “Now the doors need to be locked, the alarm needs to be on. It has just turned out to be a nerve-wracking circumstance.”If you have any information on this car theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kidney racket busted in Hyderabad 1 held

first_imgA Tamil Nadu based person was arrested by the police at Neredmet for sharing a post on a social networking site regarding kidney transplantation. Siva cheated the people with the post which said that kidney transplantation can be done for Rs 15,000. The police busted the online kidney racket and arrested the accused. On April 2, the Rachakonda police busted an international kidney selling racket with arresting three people from Noida and Delhi.last_img

Titan sees Rs 500 crore loss from mandatory PAN requirement

first_imgJewellery and watch-maker Titan Co estimates its income to come down about Rs 500 crore in the current fiscal as customers are now required to produce permanent account number (PAN) for transactions exceeding Rs 2 lakh.In December last year, the Finance Ministry had reduced the purchase limit for quoting PAN to Rs 2 lakh per transaction from Rs 5 lakh as part of its efforts to check the menace of black money.”We would have around Rs 400-500 crore effect on our turnover. This would be loss of turnover. This is our estimate,” Titan Co Managing Director Bhaskar Bhat told PTI.Bhat said Titan sales have already come under pressure from the earlier limit of Rs 5 lakh, without disclosing the exact figures.Titan had said last month its cash sales of jewellery items between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 5 lakh could be hit by the new PAN rule.Bhat claimed the company has not “resorted to means circumvent the rule” by splitting the bill.”We are suffering on account of that. We do not break up bill as Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1 lakh and then sell,” he said.Titan posted a revenue of Rs 11,903.21 crore for the fiscal year ending March 2015. Currently, the company derives 73% of its revenue from jewellery and 25% from watches. The rest comes from eyewear and the precision-engineering segment for the company. Its watch segment is witnessing an annual growth of about 10%.”People are buying; luxury segment and premium segment is growing. However, mass market has got affected,” Bhat said.The company has partnered with global IT giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) for its smart-watch segment.last_img read more