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Ramayya resigns as Region 6 REO

By on January 12, 2020

first_img… 3 candidates shortlisted for position By Vahnu ManickchandAfter months of finding himself constantly buried in controversies, the embattled Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Dr Veerasammy Ramayya, has resigned from the post.Ramayya tendered his resignation on August 10 to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, giving notice up to September 15, according to a statement from the Ministry on Tuesday.Region Six REO, Dr Veerasammy Ramayya“Consequent to his resignation, the Ministry acknowledged receipt of the notice and expressed heartfelt gratitude to Dr Ramayya for his service to the Regional Democratic Council and the people of Region Six,” the Ministry stated.Since his appointment, calls have been mounting for the embattled REO to be removed from his post over his apparent incompetence. In fact, a no-confidence motion was set against the REO last year at the Council’s statutory meeting and was passed in November with a 16:8 majority vote.Moreover, Ramayya was said to be at loggerheads with several officials within the regional administration. He was accused of poor performance and not attending the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meetings. Additionally, the regional Councillors have complained of not being paid their travelling allowances, while contractors have been waiting on payments for months.To add fuel to the fire, the REO, back in May, imposed a limit on the amount of fuel to be issued to Regional Vice Chairman, Dennis DeRoop, who also heads the Regional Works Committee. A few weeks later, he had a standoff with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Amsterdam Hospital, Colin Bynoe, whom he had accused of assaulting him when he visited the hospital.The situation had gotten so out of hand that even the A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU’s) lead RDC Councillor, Samuel Fraser, was very vocal at the May statutory meeting and made no hesitation in joining calls for Ramayya to be removed from the position of REO.“The previous REO, I understand used to remain in the office in the afternoon to get his work done and even on weekends. We cannot have our administration on TV discussing politics. The President (David Granger) said that the election period is over. We need the REO to be in his office doing his work… I support all that you have been saying,” Fraser stated.More recently, Ramayya was accused of abandoning his post last month and travelling to the United States without informing the regional authorities. However the Communities Ministry had clarified that he was on leave.Ramayya had resigned from the Alliance For Change after the APNU/AFC coalition won the May 2015 General and Regional Elections and was not given any position within the new administration. However, he subsequently rescinded his resignation after he was offered the REO job in Region Six.In the meanwhile, the Communities Ministry assures the people of Region Six that no effort will be spared in ensuring the replacement REO possesses administrative skills to deliver effective leadership to the region in the provision of services.To this end, the Ministry announced that three prospective candidates have since been shortlisted and the process of selection will commence shortly. Guyana Times understands that one of the candidates being considered for the position is Deputy REO, Claude Henry, who is also the former Mayor of the New Amsterdam municipality.last_img read more

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The Misleading Numbers Behind the Global Warming Impact of Insulation

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESAvoiding the Global Warming Impact of InsulationCalculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the Planet I’ve been reading a lot of BS lately. No, I’m not talking about blood sugar. It’s brain science that’s captured my attention: understanding how the human brain works, why we do the things we do, and what common illusions often lead us astray.What I want to talk to you about today, though, is foam insulation and global warming. But first, we have to talk about calamari.Have some calamariThis has nothing to do with any visual similarity between calamari tentacles and grey matter. Instead, let me relate a story first told on This American Life in 2013. Let’s say you go to a restaurant and order fried calamari. The server brings it and you and your friends start munching away. Well, all but one of you anyway.Your friend Kim is just sitting there, not partaking of the fried delicacy you’re all enjoying so much. Even worse, he’s grimacing while watching the rest of you eat. So you ask him what’s up … and then you wish you hadn’t. Calamari served in restaurants, he tells you, is often not calamari at all. It’s really hog rectum! Farmers package it as imitation calamari and that’s what a lot of restaurants serve now, he says.Disgusting, right? A lot of people who have heard that story, first taken mainstream on that 2013 This American Life episode, think so. The truth, however, is that there’s really no evidence to support that claim. It’s an urban legend. So will you eat calamari tonight?I’ll come back to the calamari in a bit, but first let’s look at foam insulation and global warming. I promise that everything will make sense when I’m done here.Foam insulation and global warmingLast November I was at a conference when one of the speakers showed a graph with the same data you see below. In the graph, you can see two lines way above the others. And they increase rapidly, whereas the other lines are much flatter.[Image credit: BuildingGreen]As it turns out, the quantity plotted on the vertical axis is a bad thing. That means whatever it is that’s represented by those two lines at the top must be really bad. I’ve seen these data show up over and over at conferences and in articles since 2010.The graph above comes from Alex Wilson’s article, Avoiding the Global Warming Impact of Insulation. In it he showed results from calculations of the “payback” of various types of insulation. It wasn’t financial payback, though. He wanted to know how long it would take for insulation to save enough energy to offset the global warming impact of the insulation itself.Here’s an easier way to understand it. Using insulation saves energy. (Duh!) Saving energy means power plants put less greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. But insulation takes energy to make, too. That’s the embodied energy. And some types of insulation use greenhouse gases that can escape into the atmosphere.Wilson wanted to quantify the relationship between greenhouse gases prevented and greenhouse gases emitted. You can read his article and see a summary of what they did. The graph below is perhaps the main result. It’s the same graph as above with the labels included this time. Payback is on the vertical axis, and lower is better.[Image credit: BuildingGreen]The two insulation materials he vilified were XPS (not XPF), which stands for extruded polystyrene, and ccSPF, which is closed cell spray polyurethane foam. His calculations showed they would have very long payback periods, and the more of it you used, the worse it got.“Assumptions are key in this analysis”When I first read Wilson’s article in 2010, I thought that I must have missed something. So I read it again, more thoroughly. I still didn’t see how he got from point A to point B. Even after reading the full article, I just didn’t think it held up.The main problem is they had to assume too much. With a different but reasonable set of assumptions, their results would have looked far different from what they showed. But hey, they told readers upfront that the results didn’t really mean much when they said, “Assumptions are key in this analysis.”A few months after Wilson published his article, I wrote a response titled, Don’t Forget the Science in Building Science. In it I laid out the assumptions:The manufacturers used high GWP blowing agents.The offgassing profile is uniform.The lifetime of the product is somewhere between 50 and 500 years, though the article doesn’t say what numbers they used.You can go back and read my article for more on my original criticism. The main point is that they really had only one bit of information. It was a guess because manufacturers were tight-lipped about exactly which blowing agents they were using, but it was a good guess.Blowing agents and global warmingReally, it all came down to the blowing agents used in the foam insulation materials. That’s the stuff that turns the liquid chemicals into a foam. Global warming potential (GWP) of various materials is a number that refers to carbon dioxide. For example, methane has a GWP of about 36 over a 100 year time horizon. That means it can trap 36 times more heat than the same mass of carbon dioxide.At the time Wilson wrote his article, most closed cell spray foam was probably using HFC-245fa as the blowing agent. Its GWP is about 1,000. XPS probably used HFC-134a, with a GWP of about 1400. The other foams use water or pentane as blowing agents, and they have much lower GWPs.In the calculations Wilson reported, the embodied energy of the various insulation materials had little effect on the payback. The biggest factor was the emission of high GWP blowing agents. (Again, those results were based heavily on the assumptions they chose.) That’s why the ccSPF and XPS lines were so far above the rest.The times they are a changin’, though. Honeywell has a low GWP blowing agent called Solstice. It has a GWP of less than 5. At the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance conference last month, I heard that at least one of the big spray foam companies (Lapolla) is using it. More are sure to follow.The calamari connectionNow, let’s wrap this up by getting back to calamari and brains. Researchers have documented that when we’re given bad information, we believe it. And when we’re told later that the information was wrong, we still believe it. How many jurors do you think really disregarded a specious comment from a defense lawyer just because the judge told them to?I haven’t had calamari since I first heard the hog rectum rumor. I’m sure many others have done likewise. Our brains hold onto the initial information, even when it’s shown to be wrong later.As I said, I’ve seen this bad information about closed cell spray foam and XPS foam board come up many times in the last six years. I’ve spoken up whenever I could to attempt to get people to understand they shouldn’t base decisions on that misleading graph.Yes, those two types of insulation probably used — and some still use — blowing agents with high global warming potentials. That’s really as far as you can go quantitatively, though. We just don’t have enough data to make the kind of pronouncement that Wilson did.The brain likes to hold onto those things that get there first. Even when they’re shown later to be wrong. Even when the one thing those products were guilty of becomes no longer true as foam manufacturers switch to low GWP blowing agents.I’m going to have some calamari this week. How about you? Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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BJP poaches Dhangar leader to take on Ajit Pawar

By on December 1, 2019

first_imgDhangar leader Gopichand Padalkar, the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi’s (VBA) candidate from Sangli in the Lok Sabha polls, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the BJP could field Mr. Padalkar in the Baramati constituency against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar. “Gopichand fights like a tiger. If he is ready to fight from Baramati and if you (his supporters) are ready to fight, I will recommend his name to my party for this seat,” Mr. Fadnavis said, amid loud cheers from supporters at the Garware Club in south Mumbai. Baramati Assembly is considered the bastion of the Pawar family, and in 2014, Mr. Pawar won the seat with the second largest margin in the State, of around 80,000 votes. The BJP has been claiming that it will defeat Mr. Pawar this time.Mr. Padalkar, who contested the 2014 Assembly elections as a BJP candidate, joined the Prakash Ambedkar-led VBA earlier this year. Though he could not win the Sangli Lok Sabha contest against the BJP candidate, he polled over three lakh votes. On Monday, Mr. Padalkar minced no words in attacking Mr. Pawar, though he did not name anyone. “There are people who cry after receiving just one notice,” he said, in an apparent reference to Mr. Pawar breaking down at a press conference on Saturday after resigning as MLA. The NCP leader was served a notice by the Enforcement Directorate in the alleged scam at the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank. Mr. Padalkar said, “Before 2014, I was accused of petty thefts, including stealing mangalsutra. But I continued to fight for my Dhangar community. No one can fool the voters with emotional speeches. Spend at least one day in jail — like I did when I was thrown in prison several times by the government before 2014 — then talk about being wrongly accused.”Mr. Pawar, meanwhile, said Mr. Padalkar has every right to contest from wherever he likes. “We never underestimate our opposition. I am yet to be given a ticket by the party. But whoever the party fields will win this seat (Baramati) by a margin of more than one lakh,” he said. He said only the BJP can do justice to the demands of the Dhangar community. Dhangars have been demanding the ST status, which the BJP had promised to fulfil in its first Cabinet meeting if it came to power in 2014. But the State government is yet to make public the report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Science on the subject, and a related case is pending in the Bombay High Court. At the same time, elected representatives from the ST category have opposed the Dhangar community’s demand. To appease both sides, the BJP-led State government announced schemes worth ₹1,000 crore for the Dhangars, prior to announcement of polls. Congress MLA joins tooAlso joining the BJP on Monday was Kashiram Pawara, Shirpur (ST) MLA of the Congress. Mr. Pawara is a close associate of senior Congress MLC and former minister Amrish Patel from Dhule district.BJP State unit president Chandrakant Patil said, “With Kashiram Pawara joining the party, I am hopeful of Amrish Patel also joining us in the coming days. We are planning to hold another such function to welcome more leaders.”last_img read more

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PSC partners with USANA

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Usana Philippines vice president Aurora Mandanas-Gaston (center) with (from l-r) PSI national training director Marc Edward Velasco, Josephine Medina, Usana executive Lerwin Onanad and Rubilen Amit. Photo by June NavarroThe Philippine Sports Commission has forged a partnership with the United States-based company Usana Health Sciences, Inc. that will benefit the 300 elite athletes from the national team for the next two years.PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Usana Philippines vice president Aurora Mandanas-Gaston signed a memorandum of agreement Wednesday together with Philippine Sports Institute national training director Marc Edward Velasco and Usana field development supervisor Lerwin Onanad.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I’m very happy that Usana partnered with us and invested in our athletes,’’ said Ramirez. “Any help and support for the national team is welcome news and shall be vital in our campaign for higher achievement on the global arena.’’Velasco said nutritional supplements will be given to Filipino athletes who played in the Olympics, Asian Games and medalists of the previous Southeast Asian Games as well as Class A, B and C priority athletes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBefore the government sports agency formed the teamup, Usana has already been supporting 30 national athletes, including Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, Southeast Asian Games men’s triathlon champion Nikko Huelgas, Misagh Bahadoran of the Philippine Azkals and Amit. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:47Palace: PH economy won’t suffer without aid from UN probe backers01:32Rescuers retrieve the body of a quake victim in Batanes02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Barcelona says Neymar wants to leave club amid PSG rumors DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

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CES 2014 Innovative Technology Trends to Watch Out For

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgThe countdown for the 2014’s first – and one of the year’s biggest – electronics trade fair International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has already begun. The event is scheduled to run for four days straight (7-10 January) at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada, hosting industry’s top-notch companies like Samsung, Asus, LG, as well as new and upcoming start-up firms like Innovega and others to showcase their innovative technology.Here is the list of innovative technological trends to look out for at International CES 2014:Li-Fi (Light Fidelity) wireless data transfer technology:This new visible light communication technology which made its presence (theoretic) felt in late 2013 has now grown into a practical application in smart devices. If implemented, gadgets via Li-Fi (IEEE 802. 15) will be able to transfer data at an astronomical speed of 150 mbps using LED lights, 10 times faster the current Wi-Fi technology (IEEE 802.11).French companies SunPartner Technologies and Oledcomm will be doing a demo of Li-Fi using a smartphone prototype at the CES this year.3D Printers:Even though 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) has been around since the 1980s – used mainly in rapid prototyping (in industrial sectors) and research purposes, companies have now brought the technology to the main stream, especially 3D gun with shooting capability, which brought a lot of attention last year.In CES 2014, Singapore-based start-up company Pirate3DP’s will showcase its ‘Buccaneer’ printer; sharing the stage will be the industry leader 3D Systems, who is expected to demo three new model categories: edibles, ceramics and full-colour plastics, reported BBC.Smart Wearable Devices:In 2013, Google’s flagship eye gear ‘Google Glass’ did bring a new niche segment in the smart wearable devices, which now include smart watches and fitness bands. This connected Google eye gear now has tough competition from Innovega, which has brought an innovative contact lens, tentatively titled as ‘iOptik’, that brings information right on the eye ball.Innovega’s lens ‘iOptik’ does not actually directly stream contents on the eyeballs. Instead, it picks up light from images projected from the companion eye gear, giving some augmented reality vision around us, reported BGRThe company will be showcasing a demo with a fully operable test device at the CES 2014.Here is video demo of Innovega’s iOptik lens (v1.1): Other smart wearable technologies include new smart fitness band from LG, and we can also expect new smart watches from Samsung (Galaxy Gear 2), Chinese firm ZTE and others.Future Car Technology:Over the years, CES known for its platform for consumer electronics, has begun to welcome auto companies to showcase their technological advancement in terms of on-board car entertainment and dashboard system, as well as self-driving (limited to auto car parking) abilities. This year, top car firms Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and others have signed up to showcase improvement in the autonomous car technology, including 4G connectivity in the car’s dashboard, as a value-added information (for live weather and traffic) service.Japanese firm Toyota is also expected promote alternative fuel (hydrogen) cell-powered concept vehicle, capable of recharging in three minutes – enough to run for 310 miles.Big curvier and 4K resolution televisions:World’s top display makers Samsung and LG who brought the curved smartphones last year will be up against each other, to show case their big (105-inch) high-definition curved televisions and a new line of 4K (four times the conventional full HD resolution) Ultra HD TVs, along with Japanese rival Sony.  Though expensive, the product prices are expected to scale down with increase in demand over the year. Even popular US based on-demand online content provider Netflix has reportedly announced to stream 4K media starting February with the premiere of the critically acclaimed political drama – House of Cards Season 2.64-bit architecture chipset for Mobile Devices:We already seen Apple’s iPhone 5S (boasting 64-bit architecture based A7 chipset) trashing the more powerful quad-core (and even Octa-core) based competitors in benchmark sites, now arch rival Samsung and semiconductor giant Qualcomm which are slated to make new generation chipset commercially available later this year will be performing a demo with prototype subjects at the CES.Other gadget things to expect in CES 2014 include big (12.2) tablets, hybrid desktops and smartphones from Samsung, Acer, Asus and others.last_img read more

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US refinery strike widens to include nations largest refinery

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first_imgU.S. refinery strike widens to include nation’s largest refinery1.8K viewsU.S. refinery strike widens to include nation’s largest refinery1.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00U.S. refinery strike widens to include nation’s largest refinery1.8K viewsBusinessWhen the clock struck 12:01 am on Saturday, workers at the Motiva Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas walked off the job — joining a U.S. refinery strike that’s suddenly that much bigger. At issue –Ventuno Web Player 4.50When the clock struck 12:01 am on Saturday, workers at the Motiva Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas walked off the job — joining a U.S. refinery strike that’s suddenly that much bigger. At issue —last_img read more

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Thai cave rescue site to become museum

By on September 3, 2019

first_imgRescue personnel work at the Tham Luang cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand July, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. Photo: ReutersRescuers who pulled a young Thai football team from deep inside a flooded cave were dismantling their worksite Thursday, as plans emerged to turn the spot into a museum in tribute to the daring operation.At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the “Wild Boars”.Stunning footage of that rescue was released Wednesday showing the youngsters — aged 11 to 16 — being stretchered to safety.They were also seen sitting cheerfully in their hospital beds, where they are being kept in isolation until doctors are sure they did not pick up any nasty diseases during more than two weeks in the dark.Workers were Thursday packing up the industrial water pumps, heavy-grade machinery and construction equipment at the mouth of the Tham Luang cave, which had been a high-tech command centre during the 18-day ordeal.Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters the site would ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue.”I believe it will become another highlight in Thailand,” he said. “Tourists will come visit.”About 50 people were working at the site, National Park ranger Pinitpong Wongma told AFP, adding that he expected work would continue until at least Sunday.”Nobody is allowed to go inside the cave at all even though there is still a lot of equipment there because water levels have been rising since the rescue mission,” he said.- Inspiring story -The rescue of the “Wild Boars” team was still being celebrated in Thailand as the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach recovered in a local hospital.The Nation newspaper called the operation a “Triumph of global cooperation” on its front page Thursday while the Bangkok Post published a collage of images of those involved under the heading “You Are Heroes.”The saga started on June 23 when the players walked into the Tham Luang cave complex after football practice and were trapped when monsoon flooding blocked their exit.Nine days later British divers found the dishevelled and hungry group perched on a ledge four kilometres (2.5 miles) inside the cave.Over the following week, experts from around the world descended on northern Thailand and rescuers pumped out more than 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools-worth of water.A huge media pack of more than 1,000 journalists gathered at the mouth of the cave feeding audiences all over the globe with every twist and turn of the dramatic rescue until its joyful conclusion on Tuesday.The huge international interest in the story sparked immediate talk of books and films.Michael Scott, the managing partner of faith-based production house Pure Flix, said the company intends to pursue a film about the against-the-odds mission.Scott, who lives in Thailand and went to the site in Chiang Rai as the boys were being pulled to safety, made the announcement late Tuesday on Twitter in a video.”We’re here really looking at this as a movie that could inspire millions of people across the globe,” Scott said.last_img read more

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Victims of the System

By on August 31, 2019

first_img“Umesh from UP was falsely accused of molestation by his neighbour aunty when in reality it was a property dispute. When the cops did not find any evidence or grounds against him, they did not probe further into the matter but then the woman went to some senior police officer and asked for action to be taken against him. Umesh felt so harassed, he committed suicide.” While the rest of us strive to achieve reforms and raising the status of women, we totally forget the ‘male’ gender. They are neglected, labelled and their problems are not taken into consideration, because how can men have problems? They have it easy, we assume. This gender antagonism has led a lot of people wrongly interpreting the cause of feminism. What’s more, male-bashing often leads to internet subcultures where critiques of feminism mix with hostility towards women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDeepika Bhardwaj, a male activist, has sparked a change all across India with her TedxTalks and her documentary ‘Martyrs of Marriage.’ Her cause that started as a result of a familial problem has now led to a nation level awareness programme. Her documentary features men from parts of India and their voices are given a platform to open up. Approximately, 90,000 married men committed suicide in 2016 alone – this is not an ignorable number. ‘Section 498A of the IPC deals with a non-bailable offence which applies to a husband, or relative(s) of a husband, of a woman, who is/are subjecting her to cruelty.’ Made with the right intentions to protect women from being harassed, it is being majorly misused and has become a tool in a woman’s hand as she can easily frame her husband and his family to gain anything from them. Every man convicted in this case is treated the same way by the police. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf a woman is found guilty of falsely accusing her husband and his family, she has to pay a penalty of Rs10000 or Rs100 and it’s bailable. Most cases would just be closed. In majority of these cases they’ll accept the case, question the woman, and ask the man to take the case to court. If the woman is found guilty, the judge can prosecute her and initiate proceedings against the woman which is a rare case. In rape cases, we are seeing some progress. “I know of a case where a woman from Ludhiana, met a Delhi man on Facebook, just one week before her husband committed suicide. Then two weeks after her husband’s burial, she and her online ‘friend’ went to Rajasthan after she came to visit him in Delhi. What happened after that was surprising. After coming back she filed a rape case against him, claiming he drugged her. Now the man is in jail, fighting for innocence with laws that already biased against him,” said the documentarian “What these laws essentially do is they hide what’s really happening in our society. And to put the cherry on the cake, there is dowry and harassment, which is usually seen as something that happens to women and not men. These are the clothes you just throw over the real big problem, to underplay it. The truth is, marriages are falling apart, extra-marital affairs are happening so easily, people have no patience,” added Deepika.When asked if she is a feminist, she exclaimed, saying she wasn’t because she thinks the modern interpretation of the word just puts her off. She believes the women who graduate from prestigious colleges, celebrities, the ‘feminists,’ who call the shots are super bigoted and they send the wrong message to the others.”People call me a male activist but I am just a film maker, I just show the truth and make movies, I am just a story teller and know the right from wrong. If you look at me just as a human being, I am just trying to do something that I saw and thought was right,” said Deepika.On being asked about receiving any political support, she said, “All politicians are the same when it comes to these issues; they all want to play it safe. This is not anybody’s concern because it’s not on anybody’s agenda. It’s the backlash that they are afraid of. People are very skeptical when they are powerful because they don’t want to lose their position.”She did not start with a plan but now she has a lot of plans which however, don’t come with a deadline but after the screenings of her documentary, Deepika is going to work on more projects to spread the word on male harassement. Several issues in this space need to gain attention and be changed. The day she can stop even one person from being framed in a false 498 A case, she’d have done it all and can finally rest.last_img read more

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Day 1 at the Amazon re Invent conference – AWS RoboMaker Fully

By on August 26, 2019

first_imgLooks like Christmas has come early this year for AWS developers! Following Microsoft’s Surface devices and Amazon’s wide range of Alex products, the latter has once again made a series of big releases, at the Amazon re:Invent 2018 conference. These announcements include an AWS RoboMaker to help developers test and deploy robotics applications, AWS Transfer for SFTP – Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by Arm-Based AWS Graviton Processors, Amazon EC2 C5n Instances Featuring 100 Gbps of Network Bandwidth and much more! Let’s take a look at what developers can expect from these releases. #1 AWS RoboMaker helps developers develop, test, deploy robotics applications at scale The AWS RoboMaker allows developers to develop, simulate, test, and deploy intelligent robotics applications at scale. Code can be developed inside of a cloud-based development environment and can be tested in a Gazebo simulation. Finally, they can deploy the finished code to a fleet of one or more robots. RoboMaker uses an open-source robotics software framework, Robot Operating System (ROS), with connectivity to cloud services. The service suit includes AWS machine learning services, monitoring services, and analytics services that enable a robot to stream data, navigate, communicate, comprehend, and learn. RoboMaker can work with robots of many different shapes and sizes running in many different physical environments. After a developer designs and codes an algorithm for the robot, they can also monitor how the algorithm performs in different conditions or environments. You can check an interesting simulation of a Robot using Robomaker at the AWS site. To learn more about ROS, read The Open Source Robot Operating System (ROS) and AWS RoboMaker. #2 AWS Transfer for SFTP – Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3 AWS Transfer for SFTP is a fully managed service that enables the direct transfer of files to and fro Amazon S3 using the Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP). Users just have to create a server, set up user accounts, and associate the server with one or more Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets. AWS allows users to migrate their file transfer workflows to AWS Transfer for SFTP- by integrating with existing authentication systems, and providing DNS routing with Amazon Route 53. Along with AWS services, acustomer’ss data in S3 can be used for processing, analytics, machine learning, and archiving. Along with control over user identity, permissions, and keys; users will have full access to the underlying S3 buckets and can make use of many different S3 features including lifecycle policies, multiple storage classes, several options for server-side encryption, versioning, etc. On the outbound side, users can generate reports, documents, manifests, custom software builds and so forth using other AWS services, and then store them in S3 for each, controlled distribution to your customers and partners. #3 EC2 Instances (A1) Powered by Arm-Based AWS Graviton Processors Amazon has launched EC2 instances powered by Arm-based AWS Graviton Processors. These are built around Arm cores. The A1 instances are optimized for performance and cost and are a great fit for scale-out workloads where the load has to be shared across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets. AWS Graviton are custom designed by AWS and deliver targeted power, performance, and cost optimizations. A1 instances are built on the AWS Nitro System, that  maximizes resource efficiency for customers while still supporting familiar AWS and Amazon EC2 instance capabilities such as EBS, Networking, and AMIs. #4 Introducing Amazon EC2 C5n Instances featuring 100 Gbps of Network Bandwidth AWS announced the availability of C5n instances that can utilize up to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth to provide a significantly higher network performance across all instance sizes, ranging from 25 Gbps of peak bandwidth on smaller instance sizes to 100 Gbps of network bandwidth on the largest instance size. They are powered by 3.0 GHz Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (Skylake) and provide support for the Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512) instruction set. These instances also feature 33% higher memory footprint compared to C5 instances and are ideal for applications that can take advantage of improved network throughput and packet rate performance. Based on the next generation AWS Nitro System, C5n instances make 100 Gbps networking available to network-bound workloads.  Workloads on C5n instances take advantage of the security, scalability and reliability of Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The improved network performance will accelerate data transfer to and from S3, reducing the data ingestion wait time for applications and speeding up delivery of results. #5  Introducing AWS Global Accelerator AWS Global Accelerator is a  a network layer service that enables organizations to seamlessly route traffic to multiple regions, while improving availability and performance for their end users. It supports both TCP and UDP protocols, and performs a health check of a user’s target endpoints while routing traffic away from unhealthy applications. AWS Global Accelerator uses AWS’ global network to direct internet traffic from an organization’s users to their applications running in AWS Regions  based on a users geographic location, application health, and routing policies that can be configured. You can head over to the AWS blog to get an in-depth view of how this service works. #6 Amazon’s  ‘Machine Learning University’ In addition to these announcements at re:Invent, Amazon also released a blog post introducing its ‘Machine Learning University’, where the company announced that the same machine learning courses used to train engineers at Amazon can now be availed by all developers through AWS. These courses, available as part of a new AWS Training and Certification Machine Learning offering, will help organizations accelerate the growth of machine learning skills amongst their employees. With more than 30 self-service, self-paced digital courses and over 45 hours of courses, videos, and labs, developers can be rest assured that ML fundamental and  real-world examples and labs, will help them explore the domain. What’s more? The digital courses are available at no charge and developers only have to pay for the services used in labs and exams during their training. This announcement came right after Amazon Echo Auto was launched at Amazon’s Hardware event. In what Amazon defines as ‘Alexa to vehicles’, the Amazon Echo Auto is a small dongle that plugs into the car’s infotainment system, giving drivers the smart assistant and voice control for hands-free interactions. Users can ask for things like traffic reports, add products to shopping lists and play music through Amazon’s entertainment system. Head over to What’s new with AWS to stay updated on upcoming AWS announcements. Read Next Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Snowball Edge comes with a GPU option and more computing power Amazon re:Invent 2018: AWS Key Management Service (KMS) Custom Key Store Amazon announces Corretto, a open source, production-ready distribution of OpenJDK backed by AWSlast_img read more

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