Express Logic supports Cypherbridge secure boot and secure firmware update solution

first_img Continue Reading Previous Socionext develops AI accelerator engine optimized for edge computingNext Mouser: global distribution partnership with Advanced Energy Industries Express Logic announced the integration of the Cypherbridge Systems uLoadXL secure boot and safe software update solution with its X-Ware IoT Platform.The X-Ware uLoadXL secure boot and secure firmware update solution anchors the product root of trust, authenticating and integrity checking the X-Ware-based system application. Managed software updates are securely distributed and installed on the target product. The precertified X-Ware IoT Platform provides operating system, middleware features, and performance. Together the integrated system boosts platform security, safety, and reliability, while simultaneously blocking malware, reverse engineering, counterfeiting, and overproduction.Express Logic has established itself as the safety leader in the embedded IoT space with its industrial-grade approach, including precertification to SIL 4 and ASIL D safety standards.The Express Logic X-Ware IoT platform includes the popular ThreadX RTOS, high-performance NetX and NetX Duo embedded TCP/IP stacks, the FileX embedded FAT-compatible file system, the USBX Host/Device embedded USB protocol stack, and the GUIX embedded graphical user interface development toolkit.The Cypherbridge uLoadXL SDK is widely deployed today across a range of vertical markets and products including payment systems, industrial control devices, and medical instruments. It delivers features such as secure boot, root of trust, application authentication, and secure software update. The solution also includes in-device firmware and offline software management tools, designed for use throughout the product lifecycle, from commissioning to long tail support. The uLoadXL+ includes options or hardware of trust and secure data storage, integrated with tamper-proof secure element devices at a mass-market value-point.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Broadcaster can’t decide on selection, BCCI tells ACC on Kohli’s absence

first_imgVirat Kohli’s absence from Asia Cup has led to a issue of disagreement between BCCI and Asian Cricket Council after broadcasters Star Sports expressed their displeasure.The BCCI, however, in a tersely worded reply to Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has made it clear that neither them or broadcasters have any say in national team selection matters.Kohli, inarguably the biggest draw in world cricket, was rested after an 84-day tour of England where he emerged as top run getter with 593 runs in five Tests.In an email to ACC Game Development Manager Thusith Perera (in possession of PTI), the host broadcaster expressed their displeasure, stating how Kohli’s absence will impact the financial aspect of the coverage.”In our view, the announcement of the absence of one of world’s best batsmen from the Asia Cup, only 15 days before the commencement of the Asia Cup, is a severe dent to us (event broadcaster) and will severely impact our ability to monetise and generate revenue for the tournament,” the email stated.The broadcasters had asked ACC to get in touch with BCCI as they made it clear that since MRA (Media Rights Agreement) obligations required ACC to ensure best national teams are playing the Tournament.However, BCCI made it clear that it’s solely parent body’s prerogative to choose their national team and no outside interference would be allowed.”Please note that selection of best available team for participation in a tournament is sole prerogative of BCCI,” BCCI CEO Rahul Johri replied to Perera.advertisement”It is not open for ACC or its broadcaster to insist on selection of any particular player and/or to question the expertise of any selection committee as to which is the best available team for particular tournament,” Johri further wrote.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M40 on sale today on Amazon: Price, specs and should you buy it

first_imgThe Galaxy M40 (Review) will see its second sale in India today at 12pm on Amazon India and Samsung’s online store. The first sale took place on June 18 and saw the Galaxy M40 going out of stock in minutes, which seems to suggest that consumers have taken to the phone’s unique Infinity-O punch-hole display.The Galaxy M40 is priced at Rs 19,990 in India and comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. This makes it the most expensive Galaxy M phone yet. Some offers on Amazon India include up to Rs 1,500 instant discount on ICICI Bank Credit and Debit Card on EMI transactions.Samsung Galaxy M40 specificationsThe Galaxy M40 is the first in its segment to offer a punch-hole display. It sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Infinity-O LCD display with Gorilla Glass protection and 91 per cent screen ratio. The rear panel is a 3D glasstic shell that comes in glossy gradient colours that includes Midnight Blue and Seawater Blue.Another USP of the Galaxy M40 is that it is the first phone in the Galaxy M series to ship with a Snapdragon 675 chipset. The 2GHz octa-core processor is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card. Another draw is the triple camera setup that includes a 32-megapixel primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera with a 123-degree FoV, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Galaxy M40 also offers a 16-megapixel selfie camera that rests under the punch-hole cutout.advertisementUnlike the Galaxy M30 that houses a large 5,000mAh battery, the Galaxy M40 gets a smaller 3,500mAh capacity. The phone supports 15W fast charging and ships with One UI based on Android 9 Pie.Should you buy the Galaxy M40?Before you head over to Amazon to purchase the Galaxy M40, there are a few things to keep in mind. While the device offers an attractive Infinity-O display, it is nonetheless an LCD panel rather than AMOLED. The Galaxy A50 and the more affordable Galaxy M30 offer Super AMOLED displays in comparison.The Galaxy M40 also comes without a headphone jack, which may disappoint audiophiles who own quality wired earphones. The Galaxy M40 also comes with a smaller battery compared to the Galaxy M30 and Galaxy A50, which means one shouldn’t expect the battery life to last beyond a full day.Samsung’s latest Galaxy M phone offers a smooth, lag-free performance thanks to the Snapdragon 675 paired with plenty of RAM and an optimised One UI software. The phone also offers a versatile 32MP triple camera setup, which is decent when shooting in daylight conditions. If you’re looking for raw performance, last year’s Poco F1 still hold strong today. If you’re looking for a better display, then you’re better off going with the Galaxy A50, which is currently available for as low as Rs 18,490.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 at Rs 18,490: Should you buy it over Galaxy M40?ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 review: A unique display but Galaxy A50 offers a lot morelast_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brighton

first_imgRedknapp: Guardiola, Klopp couldn’t handle Brightonby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says the Premier League’s best managers wouldn’t be able to take a smaller club into the top-six.Redknapp believes the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola would not be able to dominate the league without their star-studded playing groups.Asked about former club Spurs, Redknapp told the Daily Mail: “They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.”You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said “your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between” and that is football management. “If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not gonna go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way. “It’s about the players. He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one of two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Fighting poverty 16yearold boy makes it to IITDelhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Vijay Kumar, a 16-year-old boy from a slum of Delhi, cracked the IIT examination and took admission to the B.Tech (Chemical) course. Kumar studied in a Delhi Government School at Sundar Nagar and always loved to Mathematics. His brother studies in DTU, the father is a daily labourer and mother is house help. “I always wanted to be an engineer but never imagined that I would ever be able to crack IIT examination,”said Kumar. While studying in class 12, he took the free coaching scheme for competitive exams for the SC/ST/OBC students in Delhi which are known as Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana. “I went to the local government school and from the very childhood, I always loved mathematics. Every Day after coming back from school, I help my mother to finish her household job. It was never possible for me to only study and not to help my parents. But my parents and brother stood beside me. They always motivated me to study. My teachers at school were also very nice and they encouraged me too,” Kumar said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThirty-five underprivileged students who got free coaching under an Aam Aadmi Party government scheme have cracked the JEE Main and NEET examination this year. Four of them have secured admissions to leading technical institutions such as IIT-Delhi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology Delhi and IIT BHU. “Both me and my brother we love to study. When my brother passed out of school then there was no such scholarship scheme for the students like I got now. He could not take any coaching for any competitive examination. But I got this opportunity to study in free and the experience of the coaching was also pleasant,” said Kumar. He also said that he has a dream to go abroad for further study but his priority would be to stand beside his family. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”My priority is to stand beside my mother. I do not want her to work anymore because I have always seen how difficult it has been for her to work. The whole day she works and then comes back to cook for us. I also want to pursue my study and want to go abroad for further study. But if I go I will take my parents and my brother with me. We have hardly gone out of Delhi so I have a dream to show many beautiful things to my parents,” Kumar said.last_img read more

Ontario NDP leader wouldnt introduce corner store sale of beer and wine

first_imgTHUNDER BAY, Ont. – The current system of restricted retail beer and wine sales in Ontario works well and is socially responsible, New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath said Saturday.Campaigning in Thunder Bay, Ont., Horwath said there’s no need to allow convenience stores to carry the products — a perennially favoured if never-implemented idea that once helped propel the Liberals to office in the mid-1980s.“I’m going to be straight up about it: I don’t think we need to have beer and wine in the corner stores,” Horwath said. “I don’t think this is a broken system in Ontario. I don’t necessarily think that we need to mess with it. It’s working fine for people.”The prospect of liberalized sales surfaced during the June 7 campaign when Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford said he would allow corner-store sales of beer and wine if he’s elected premier.On Friday, ahead of the Victoria Day long weekend, Ford made his campaign promise on the topic, and on Saturday reaffirmed the commitment while at a brewery in Baysville, Ont.“This is about making life a bit more convenient for you,” Ford said Saturday. “The Liberals and NDP think they know what’s best for you. They oppose giving you more choice and convenience when it comes to buying beer and wine.”But Horwath poured cold beer on that notion, saying people already know where they can buy their alcohol. The issue, she said, goes beyond one of convenience.“It’s more than just accessibility; it’s social responsibility,” Horwath said. “That social responsibility piece is important.”Horwath was campaigning in northern Ontario on Saturday, where she talked up her health-care strategy — more hospital beds and attention to long-term care — and visited a farmer’s market.The Liberal government expanded alcohol sales in recent years beyond the provincially run LCBO and privately owned Beer Store, with more than 350 grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider, and 70 allowed to sell wine.Under their plan, up to 450 grocery stores will sell beer and cider, including 300 also selling wine, but the Liberals haven’t supported expanding sales to other retail outlets.last_img read more

CF18 fighter pilot fined 2000 after pleading guilty to flying too low

first_imgThe Canadian Press COLD LAKE, Alta. — A fighter pilot has been fined $2,000 after pleading guilty at a court martial to flying his CF-18 jet too low during a training mission in which his wingman died in a crash.Capt. Christopher Mileusnic was the leader of a two-aircraft formation on Nov. 28, 2016, that was practising dropping bombs on targets near the Cold Lake weapons range in northeastern Alberta.The rules for the low altitude mission required that the aircraft have a working heads-up-display — a device that shows flight information that the pilot can read by looking forward at the canopy.According to the agreed statement of facts, the pilots were under pressure to drop all of their bombs before returning to base.Mileusnic’s heads-up-display was flickering, not showing consistent altitude information as required by flight rules.Despite the problem he continued making bomb runs with his wingman, Capt. Thomas McQueen.“During the last target run, Captain McQueen flew the target run-in at 450 feet AGL with Captain Mileusnic in a three mile trail position. While conducting the safe escape manoeuvre, Captain McQueen inadvertently flew into terrain and died instantly,” reads the statement of facts.“The actions of Captain Mileusnic during the Swift flight are in no way alleged to have contributed to the crash and death of Captain McQueen.”At Monday’s court martial Mileusnic pleaded guilty to flying an aircraft at a height less than the minimum height authorized in the circumstances.He was also charged with negligently performing a military duty imposed on him and negligently committing an act deemed dangerous to life.A military spokesman said the prosecutor decided not to proceed with the other charges following the guilty plea on the first charge.The court martial judge then accepted a joint submission by the prosecutor and defence and sentenced Mileusnic to the fine.An accident report released last April into the fatal crash suggested that McQueen was distracted and trying to see where a practice bomb had landed just before his CF-18 hit the ground.The report said flight rules have since been changed to raise the acceptable altitude for such training to more than 300 metres and to underline safety standards for low flying.“The low-level environment is an inherently hazardous and unforgiving region where only a few seconds of distraction can mean the difference between life and death,” the report said.A military publication says Mileusnic is an experienced pilot who has taken part in missions intercepting Russian Bear aircraft over the Arctic. He also once served with the Royal Air Force.last_img read more

CBCs archival music series to premiere in November

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Canadian pubcaster CBC’s previously announced From the Vaults is set to premiere Nov. 15.Hosted by Amanda Parris (pictured, left) and Tom Power (right), From the Vaults is a six part series that spans 60 years of Canadian music history, making use of the CBC’s archives to unearth important musical performances, including Sammy Davis Jr.’s first-ever solo TV special, Shania Twain performing at 14 and Leonard Cohen’s TV debut in 1966.The series will feature rare historic performances and interviews with musicians including The Guess Who, Celine Dion, Buffy Sainte Marie, K.D. Lang, Paul Anka, Bryan Adams, and more, culled from past CBC shows including Adrienne Clarkson Presents, Let’s Go, Nightcap, Parade, Pilot One, Take 30, Talent Caravan, The Tommy Hunter Show and The Wayne & Shuster Hour. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It is produced by Toronto’s music-focused prodco Banger Films for CBC, with executive producers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, and creative producer Ralph Chapman.From the Vaults premieres Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBC, the CBC streaming app and special advance screening will take place at the Hot Docs Theatre in Toronto on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Foreign Policy Research Institute Hails Moroccos CounterTerrorism Role In Sahel

first_imgWashington – Morocco acted with vision and boldness regarding its counter-terrorism strategy in the Sahel, wrote on FridayUS think tank Foreign Policy Research Institute.“The Moroccan king saw a chance to partner with the new French leader and forge a regional alliance to defeat the Islamists in Mali and contain the contagion of radical Islam. This is a major reversal.Morocco emerged to lead an African-French coalition against Jihadists in Mali,” said the body in an article entitled “Morocco, Counter-Terrorism, and the US-Africa Summit.” “That requires a broad strategy, encompassing intelligence and military operations, economics and, most controversially, religion. The regional intelligence sharing partnership, the “Rabat Declaration,” is now underway,” said author Ahmed Charai.Morocco has also launched initiatives to boost trade and investment across the region.Morocco’s Attijariwafa Bank, which recently acquired a majority stake in Mali’s Banque Internationale, has innovative approach to emerging market banking, it said, noting that the Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), the Moroccan phosphates company, increased mining operations in Mali.“These investments are creating economic growth, which should also minimize the appeal of radical Islam,” the article underlined.last_img read more

Haitis presidential poll offers historic opportunity for country Ban says

The former first lady Mirlande Manigat and the popular musician Michel Martelly are contesting tomorrow’s run-off round of presidential elections, four months after the first round was staged. Legislative elections are also being held tomorrow.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban stressed his hope that “a calm and peaceful atmosphere” prevails during voting.“The Secretary-General calls on the Haitian authorities, the candidates, their supporters and the population as a whole to ensure that Sunday’s vote provides the political stability Haiti requires for its recovery, reconstruction and long-term development.”The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, issued a similar call earlier this week and underscored the need for all sides to refrain from violence or any acts of harassment or intimidation. 19 March 2011A day before Haitians head to the polls to vote for a new president, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to “take full advantage of this historic opportunity to shape the future of their country.” read more

Mali UN condemns terrorist attack at hotel on the outskirts of Bamako

In a statement issued today by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, the UN chief expressed his condolences to the bereaved and the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Mali. He also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.Mr. Guterres also commended the rapid response by the Malian defence and security forces and the French forces, which the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) supported. According to statement, the Secretary-General has offered his full support to the Government in its efforts to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.“This act strengthens the United Nations’ determination to support the people of Mali, the Government and the signatory armed groups in their efforts to uphold the peace agreement, to counter terrorism and violent extremism and their quest for lasting peace and stability,” the statement concluded. News reports suggest that at least five people were killed in the attack against Le Campement Kangaba, a popular resort east of the Malian capital Bamako. Yesterday, MINUSMA also strongly condemned the revolting terrorist attack and expressed its deepest condolences to the Governments and families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. The Mission reported that all United Nations personnel are safe, though four MINUSMA personnel were slightly injured and evacuated on the evening of the attack.“MINUSMA congratulates the Malian security forces for their diligent efforts and underlines the importance of full cooperation with the relevant Malian authorities to ensure that those responsible for this heinous crime are identified and brought to justice,” said the mission. read more

Curb the salesmen who prey on new mothers minister tells hospitals

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Caroline Dinenage MP warns that staff from…–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Today,  Caroline Dinenage, the care minister, calls on hospitals to do more to control “intrusive” sales people offering photos and handing out fliers and ensure families are in a “safe and comfortable environment” after the birth of a child. Worried families have told The Sunday Telegraph mothers are being preyed on within hours of giving birth and parents fear theirs and their children’s personal data is being shared with third-parties. New parents have complained that hospitals are failing to protect them from sales representatives who pressure them to accept promotional products and hand over personal information. read more

Graffiti artists hit by train were only guilty of their love of

Jack Gilbert ( KBag ) , 23, Alberto Fresneda Carrasco ( Trip ) , 19 and Harrison Scott-Hood ( Lover) , 23 Jack Gilbert ( KBag ) , 23, Alberto Fresneda Carrasco ( Trip ) , 19 and Harrison Scott-Hood ( Lover) , 23Credit:British Transport Police The three friends, who all lived in London, had met the evening before to practise their passion, Southwark Coroner’s Court heard on Thursday.Detective Sergeant Simon Rees, who led the investigation into their deaths, said it was “completely pitch black” on the largely moonless night, but they would have seen the train’s lights coming towards them. 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. The graffiti artists hit by a train at Loughborough junction last year were “only guilty of their love of painting”, their families have said as they mourn their loss.Alberto Fresneda Carrasco, 19, and 23-year-olds Jack Gilbert and Harrison Scott-Hood were hit in the early hours of June 18 last year on tracks in Brixton, south London.An inquest heard of their love of art, and street art in particular, as the families defended the young men.Mr Gilbert’s mother Maxine said she knew her son, an events inspector from Enfield, north London, painted but was surprised he was on the train tracks, having believed he was using legal spray walls.The last thing he told her was: “I’m going out painting, love you lots.”In a statement, she said the “gorgeous, bright, cheeky, inquisitive boy brought everyone joy” and that he had been supporting his sister and two nieces after the death of his brother-in-law in January 2018.”Painting grounded him and in those last few months, in our family’s darkest days, it was his release, his therapy,” she said.In a statement, Mr Scott-Hood’s mother Susie Hood said her son, a chef who lived in Muswell Hill, north London, was a “creative, free-spirited young man”, and criticised the “stigma” surrounding the “amazing art form” of graffiti. “My view is it’s impossible to know what rail it was on and I believe their first instinct was to conceal themselves because they wanted to go on to create artwork,” he added to the court.”It is likely in terms of where they were they dropped down behind a wall so they are not seen. Unfortunately they had already put themselves in harm’s way.”He said they are believed to have scaled a 6ft fence to trespass on the elevated track near Loughborough Junction station.The driver said his shift was “uneventful” and did not realise there had been an impact, which occurred between Denmark Hill and Brixton.Mr Fresneda, a New York City-born student who lived in Hampstead, north London, had written up a list of his aspirations shortly before he died.In a statement read to court, his mother Isabel Carrasco said: “He wrote a to-do list just a few hours before the accident and we just wish he could’ve fulfilled his dreams.” All three men died from multiple injuries as a result of being struck by a train, post-mortem examinations found.The inquest continues. read more

GPSU ELECTIONS Showdown ensues over irregularity

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKenya election: Voting begins in re-run amid tightened securityOctober 26, 2017In “latest news”Kenya election: Kenyatta re-elected in disputed pollOctober 30, 2017In “latest news”‘We are about progress not violence, but we will not allow injustice to take place’ -Opposition LeaderJune 25, 2018In “latest news” … Police called in to pacify situationHigh drama surrounded the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) elections on Saturday as Police had to be called in over the refusal of election officials to provide the voters list to supporters of incumbent President Patrick Yarde’s challenger.The tension was high at the GPSU headquarters on Shiv Chanderpaul drive, Georgetown as the union’s Presidential candidate, Gregory Gaspar and his supporters cried foul over the process. Gaspar, who spoke to the Guyana Times newspaper outside the building, was adamant that the list was not a private document.“We were informed last night (Friday) that the counting would have resumed at nine today. So we are here. And I think at nine fifteen (9:15 hrs) the election officer would have taken one of the boxes and took off the seal, emptied it out on the table and said, we are here to proceed with the counting.”“I intervened; I said we would not proceed with the counting until I have the list for that particular box so that I can know how many votes were cast. His words to me were if I am trying to stall the process and that we can get the list after. I said no, (that) that is not standard operating procedure, we need to get the list first so that we can do the proper checks and balances.”“To date, he had abandoned the building. That box that was opened, the ballots are on the table, he has vacated his post. He hopped in his vehicle and drove away. That was about an hour ago.”In a strongly worded letter addressed to Elections Officer Herman De Souza, Gaspar had complained that the list was requested on April 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29, but was never provided. In the letter, he also complained about ballot boxes being delivered without the elections or assistant elections officers present.The letter also raised the issue of no statement of polls for outlying regions such as Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) being made available to members.“Members are aware that this information is critical for validating the count of ballots cast for the respective stations/roving ballot boxes, and I therefore demand that this information be made available to each candidate contesting the GPSU elections for 2017, as well as the observers witnessing the count prior to the counting of ballots.”In addition, Gaspar expressed fears that voters were inadvertently disenfranchised. He stated that after the injunction restraining the holding of the election of office bearers for the Executive Council of the Guyana Public Service Union was discharged, De Souza had set the election for April 27, 2017.“This action resulted in the disenfranchisement of several eligible voters of the Guyana Public Service Union as ample notice was not given to all eligible voters. Many of these voters indicated that efforts were made to have this matter addressed but to no avail, and have informed me of same,” Gaspar stated in his letter.Gaspar also expressed concern about the condition in which some of the boxes arrived. In his letter, Gaspar referenced a Region Three ballot box which he stated was allegedly tampered with. He said that allegations that votes from non-eligible voters were placed in the box should be reviewed before finalising the electionsHe stated that in one case four ballot boxes from Linden, Region 10 arrived with three seals broken. Gaspar related that he approached the elections officer earlier, but was told that they were given three seals for each box.“The one that came from Linden only had one seal. The others were open and empty. We asked how come and we were told that someone who was working with the boxes emptied out everything and put them in one box,” he said.Gaspar was adamant that this was a breach as no one was authorised to breach the seal. He stated that as a result of these events the elections results would be compromised.Their position had, up to late yesterday (Saturday), resulted in a standoff as the ballots had not been counted. It is understood that Police were eventually brought by election officials to mediate the imbroglio and to ensure that law and order was maintained.Meanwhile, the Chief Elections Officer late Saturday evening said that despite efforts to ensure that the elections process is not only free, fair and transparent, but also free from fear, it has become apparent that there are individuals determined to disrupt the process. According to De Souza, this will only result in the disenfranchisement of the thousands of members throughout the numerous branches across the length and breadth of Guyana.“All parties concerned were pertinently informed in a timely manner of the intention to recommence the counting and verification of ballots at 09:00 am Saturday. However, as the process was about to commence, my staff and I were subjected to disruption and intimidating behaviour, meted out by some candidates and what appeared to be their supporters; many of whom admitted themselves into the building without proper authorisation, and refused to exit when instructed to do so by internal security personnel,” the elections officer said.The disruption lasted until 15:30h, a period of six and one half hours after the time counting was officially scheduled to commence.“This action gives me the impression that persons present are deliberately attempting to obstruct the counting process which is necessary for there to be a declaration of the results of the elections.” read more

Sandvik merges mining and construction

first_imgSome years ago Sandvik separated out its mining and construction business areas, as did Atlas Copco. Now things have turned full circle with Sandvik merging its operations Sandvik Mining and Sandvik Construction into one business area – Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.The new entity will be organised in a de-centralised business model with separate product areas based on the product offering. Each product area will have full responsibility and accountability for its respective business.“Products developed for the customer segments mining and construction are based on common technologies with a similar aftermarket offering. In addition, manufacturing units are already largely shared with to some extent shared front line resources. By joining the operations into one business area we achieve a leaner and more efficient structure. The decentralised business model enables an even clearer focus and faster response to our customers”, says Björn Rosengren, Sandvik´s President and CEO.The new structure will be effective as from July 1 and Lars Engström, currently President of Sandvik Mining has been appointed President of the new business area, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. Dinggui Gao, President of Sandvik Construction will leave the company.last_img read more

Man gets in fistfight with shark and wins

first_imgA 25-YEAR-OLD Hawaii surfer and former boxer fought a shark and survived.Jeff Horton was surfing on Sunday morning with about 10 others near Kilauea when someone spotted a fin in the water, The Garden Island reported.Twenty minutes later, Horton was sitting on his surfboard with his legs dangling in the water when he spotted a dark shape approaching from the left. ”It came flying straight toward me,” he said.He pulled his left leg out of the water and the shark got a mouth full of surfboard.The impact knocked Horton off the board. He rolled onto the shark and grabbed a fin.On top of the shark, holding on with one hand, he began punching as hard as he could with his other fist. He estimated he landed eight blows, saying: I finally got one nice punch into the eye. I put some really good hits on it, for sure.When his knuckled jammed into the shark’s eye, the shark spit out the board and retreated.Horton scrambled onto his board. With another surfer, he caught a wave and paddled toward shore.The shark briefly followed but did not attack again, he said.After they reached shore, a tourist gave him $50 and told him to buy a bottle. Horton’s only injuries were scratches from the shark’s rough skin.The seven-foot board, however, was left with a semi-circle imprint of the shark’s jaws.It will not go back in the water. ”I’m going to put it up on my wall,” Horton said.He surfed again on Monday at another beach.WATCH: Huge basking shark swims with kayaker in Donegal>It’s a shark-eat-shark kind of world out there guys…>last_img read more

Marks and Spencer strike for tomorrow called off

first_imgA STRIKE DUE to take place by workers at Marks and Spencer shops around the country tomorrow has been called off.Employees voted 97 per cent in favour of recommendations by the Labour Court last Friday evening, which sought to bring an end to the ongoing industrial dispute.More than 2,000 employees at the company’s 17 shops went on strike on Saturday 7 December over major changes to the company’s pension scheme.M&S closed the employee defined benefit pension scheme at the end of October and was also proposing a range of changes to employee pay, including the elimination of the Christmas bonus usually paid to workers and a reduction in the Sunday and public holiday premium.Unions have now written to the company looking for a roadmap of how it plans to follow the guidelines set by the Labour Court.Gerry Light of Mandate, which represents the vast majority of workers, said it was “vitally important” for the company to liaise with the union’s appointed accountants “as soon as possible in order to end this protracted dispute”.Read: More than 2,000 Marks & Spencer workers on strike today over pensions > Read: Mandate workers at M&S vote in favour of industrial action > Read: Marks & Spencer to introduce gender-neutral toys by Spring 2014 >last_img read more

Chessington World of Adventures seeks Father Christmas for parttime role

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Although the summer holidays are still in full swing for many individuals, some organisations are getting a head start on preparing its workforce for the snow-encrusted festive season. For example, theme park Chessington World of Adventures is advertising for a part-time Father Christmas to work at the resort from November.Chessington World of Adventures, part of the Merlin Entertainments group, has posted on its recruitment site that it is looking for a male actor, performer or entertainer to fill some famously big boots as Father Christmas.The part-time contract starts in mid-November for the chosen candidate to complete training and rehearsals. However, the main task listed in the job description requires the selected Santa to work in the theme park’s grottos. These will be open on various dates between the 1 and 24 December 2018.As a key part of the job, the new Father Christmas will be required to “spread some festive cheer”, notes the online advert.Luckily, the chosen Santa will still be able to maintain his work-life balance and ongoing commitments in the North Pole in the run up to Christmas because the position offers part-time hours only.Here at Employee Benefits, we think it is a great idea for Chessington World of Adventures to get ahead on the hunt for a perfect Father Christmas; after all, suitable candidates do not just fall down the chimney…last_img read more

Stock markets stage biggest singleday gain in a year

first_imgAfter posting the highest weekly-fall in seven years last week, Indian stock markets staged a rally on Monday, tracking cues from global equity markets. An oversold market position also helped the markets stage a pullback rally.The S&P BSE Sensex gained 568 points, its biggest single-day gain in the past one year, to close at 23,554.12, while the NSE Nifty settled at 7,162.95, up 182 points, or 2.61 percent.The Sensex opened higher from its previous closing of 22,986, and rose 636 points during the day, but later trimmed gains on profit-booking.The biggest gainer of the day on the BSE was state-owned lender Bank of Baroda, whose shares rose 22.04 percent to end the day at Rs 139.55.The second biggest lender of the country had posted a net loss of Rs 3,342 crore for the quarter ended December 2015, the biggest-ever quarterly loss by an Indian bank. The bank had registered a net profit of Rs 333.98 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal.Tata Steel shares closed 13 percent higher at RS 246.20, followed by Larsen & Toubro (up 9 percent) and State Bank of India (up 7.94 percent). Other top Sensex gainers included Adani Ports, Coal India, Axis Bank, Tata Motors, M&M and ICICI Bank.The markets clearly shrugged the weak IIP data that showed contraction in December and retail inflation that rose to a 17-month high in January 2016.On the NSE, Bank of Baroda was the biggest Nifty gainer with a gain of 23 percent. Other shares that staged a comeback on the benchmark index included Vedanta, Tata Steel and Hindalco.Among the sectoral indices on the NSE, the Nifty Metal index was the biggest gainer, up 9.84 percent, followed by the PSU Bank index, up 9.57 percent.The advance-decline ratio was 45:4 in favour of advances.Indian stock markets mirrored Asian equity markets that rebounded on Monday, tracking the US markets that gained following a rally in banking stocks and the largest single day rise in crude oil prices in four years last Friday.European stock markets were also trading on a firm note on Monday, with Germany’s DAX gaining 2.5 percent and French CAC40 rallying 3 percent.(1 crore = 10 million)last_img read more

Intels new Bay Trail NUC could be your 250 Steam Box

first_imgIntel’s got another new addition to its line-up of compact NUC machines: the DN2820FYKH. Unlike the other models you may have seen on Geek before this one doesn’t run an Intel Core processor.It’s got a Bay Trail chip, and it’s selling for around $140. This may not be the same kind of processing powerhouse as the Core-based NUCs, but it’s still a very capable system at a reasonable price.Even when you add in a pair of SODIMMs and a 2.5-inch drive you can still put together a full DN2820FYKH for under $250 — that’ll get you at least 8GB of RAM and 500GB of hard disk space. It’s an H-series NUC, so you’re not limited to slimmer drives. You can pop in anything up to 9.5mm in height.If you’re OK with playing games that aren’t quite current, the DN2820FYKH would actually make a nice, cheap little Steam Box. It’s got an HDMI port and Wi-Di, so theoretically you don’t even need to find room in your entertainment unit to fit the NUC in if you’ve got a compatible wireless display. Not that squeezing in the 4-inch square would be all that tricky. And it’s fanless, so it’ll operate silently as you game and/or watch video.No, you won’t be playing ARMA III at full settings with it… but the Celeron 2820 and Intel HD graphics shouldn’t have any trouble with classic titles, indies, or emulators. And since Valve just added an easy dual-boot option and a Windows-based installer to Steam OS this might be the perfect little barebones to give it a shot on.The DN2820FYKH also looks like a great fit for cash-strapped schools and thrifty offices that need new PC hardware but don’t necessarily run any apps that are all that processor-intensive. Even when you tack on the cost of a Windows license it’s still a good buy.last_img read more