The Congress in Assam has lashed out at BJP minority cell chief Syed Mominul Awal for stating that the Muslim MLAs belonging to the Congress were of Bangladeshi origin.Mr. Awal had on Monday said that of the 25 Congress MLAs in Assam’s 126-member Assembly, 15 have roots in Bangladesh. The Congress had 15 Muslim MLAs, but Mr. Awal excluded one of them — Rekibuddin Ahmed – from his list.Debabrata Saikia, head of Congress Legislature Party, said Mr. Awal was toeing the communal line of the BJP. “He has probably not read history, but he should think before speaking”.
Giving a push to generation next, Congress is looking forward to field young and fresh faces from the state unit of the Youth Congress in the general and Assembly elections due next year.According to sources, Krushna Allavaru, All India Congress Committee joint secretary and in-charge of Indian Youth Congress, interviewed nine possible Lok Sabha candidates and 35 aspirants to the Assembly early this week.Party sources the State unit of the Youth Congress has been pushing for new faces and with this in mind those interviewed for LS include Sujay Vikhe-Patil for Ahmadnagar South, Dr. Ketki Patil for Raver, Shiva Rao for Chandrapur, Naina Gavit for Dindori, Utkarsha Rupwate for Shirdi, and Rahul Thakre for Yavatmal-Washim.Second generation leaders were clearly keen on continuing the family tradition. While Mr. Vikhe-Patil is the son of Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Dr. Patil is the daughter of Congress leader Ulhas Patil, Ms. Gavit the daughter of Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit, Ms. Rupawate a granddaughter of veteran Ambedkarite Dadasaheb Rupwate, and Mr. Thakre the son of the party’s former State unit chief Manikrao Thakre.Among those interviewed for the Assembly were Dhiraj Deshmukh for Latur rural, Manoj Kayande for Deulgaonraj in Buldhana, Rahul Dive for Nasik central, Dr. Jitendra Dehade for Aurangabad west, Vishal Patil for Sangli city, Nishant Bhagat for Belapur, and Satyasheel Sherkar for Junnar. Mr. Deshmukh is the son of former CM late Vilasrao Deshmukh, while Mr. Patil is a grandson of former CM late Vasantdada Patil.“The party wants to promote new and young faces in the State. It is important that these youngsters come from the party background, and especially from party organisation. We are happy that large number of youth Congress workers have come forward to contest,” said a senior leader. However, not all the interviewees will have a smooth sailing as some of the seats belong to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and negotiations over seat sharing are yet to reach the final stage. The interview included questions to aspirants on the reasons for choosing the particular constituency and their plans on how to secure victory. “All these young leaders are working for the party tirelessly. We are sure that if given a ticket, they will bring in the new voter and take the party towards victory. Decision will be taken on candidate’s winnability and nothing else,” State Youth Congress president Satyajit Tambe-Patil.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lervin Flores jumps over three people! Perfect 50! #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/B1s93NQCeh— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout #KicksStalker: High schooler LaMelo Ball gets signature shoe Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Kapampangan forward also relished winning the title on his second try after losing last year to champion Yankie Haruna.“Without Yankie, I really took the opportunity to be a champion,” he said.Justin Gutang pys a tribute to last year’s dunk champ Yankie Haruna, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/Krsnuhjm7a— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLervin Flores jumped over Renato Ular, host Andrei Felix, and judge Empoy Marquez and hammered the tomahawk dunk to win the Slam Dunk contest in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Arellano forward scored a perfect 50 in the Finals to outlast St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang and Ular.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I really prepared hard for it. I was thinking in the final round to jump over (Eugene) Toba, but he lost, so I just convinced myself to be firm. I was also thinking to jump over (Elie) Ongolo Ongolo,” kidded Flores, who was undoubtedly enjoying his time with his dance celebrations to pump the crowd. Gutang paid tribute to Haruna in his championship slam with a 360 flush while wearing Haruna’s jersey, which got him a 45.Ular, meanwhile, failed to make his ambitious off-the-glass dunk in the championship and settled for 30.Flores topped the first round after completing an off-the-bounce two handed reverse to nab a 45.Letran’s Renato Ular makes his dunk, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93 pic.twitter.com/dVjVAdXjY5— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017Also joining the competitions were San Beda’s Toba, JRU’s Jed Sarmiento, Lyceum’s Yancy Remulla, EAC’s Rustan Bugarin, San Sebatsian’s Allyn Bulanadi, Perpetual’s Kervin Lucente, who all missed their dunk attempts in the first round.The competition was judged by Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag, reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, celebrities Marquez and Ria Atayde, and NCAA Press Corps president Cedelf P. Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ‘Servant leader’ Jerrili Malabanan ready for her first year as captain for FEU Aringo added that the event is in line with the vision of the founder of The Sister of Mary School Father Aloysius Philip Schwartz.“The wish of our founding father is for the students to always be active,” said Aringo in Filipino. “In fact, our father founder is also athletic, so he is also super active. He was very busy, but also active in sports.”“Our students, not only academically, but we want to develop them holistically so they need to be active every now and then. This is also for their team-building allowing them to play with each other and have fun.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—A charity organization in Cebu received a massive boost in support from Chooks-to-Go and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.The Sister of Mary School Boystown and Girlstown received a monthly P100,000 grant from Chooks-to-Go while also getting to experience three Fiba records during the Chooks-SBP 3X3 Basketball Festival.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SBP and Chooks made such an impact to the school that the officials decided to be host future 3×3 tournaments.“If it is really for the benefit of our students, why not?” said Girlstown’s Sister Eva Aringo, SM. “Our students are happy, and if our students learn many things from these kinds of events, why not continue? Our desire is to always make our students happy and satisfied.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoystown and Girlstown were the hosts of the Chooks-SBP 3X3 Basketball Festival that saw 3,036 Fiba-sanctioned kids to play across 100 basketball courts.The festival allowed the SBP to accumulate points needed to get a slot in Fiba-sanctioned tournaments. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño
Beijing, Nov 26 (PTI) The 7th international military games will be held in Wuhan city in the central Chinas Hubei Province, the defence ministry has announced.The International Military Sports Council (CISM) Military World Games is a top sporting gala for military personnel.It comprises 329 competitions in 27 categories and is expected to attract around 8,000 participants from more than 100 countries and regions.The games will be an international event with great significance and far-reaching influence and it will also be an opportunity for foreign military personnel to learn more about China and its military, said ministry spokesman senior colonel Wu Qian.The events emblem, mascot, slogan and website have been unveiled, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.The emblem consists of a dove, a star, ribbons and other elements and the mascot is called Bing Bing, the design of which is based on the Chinese sturgeon, a critically endangered fish known as the “panda in water”.The slogan is of the games is “Military glory, world peace”.The games, which were inaugurated in Rome in 1995, is a multi-sport event organised every four years by the CISM. PTI KJV MRJ
Manchester United Man Utd star Mata plans move into management, but not for another 11 years Chris Burton 00:49 2/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Catherine Ivill Manchester United Premier League The Spain international is eager to pass his experience on to the next generation, but not until prolonging his playing career past the age of 40 Juan Mata is planning a move into management, but the Manchester United star still has plenty of football left in him yet.As a World Cup winner and proven performer at the very highest level, the Spain international has a wealth of knowledge to pass on to the next generation.He hopes to be in a position to do that at some stage, with coaching holding plenty of appeal to him. 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 Mata is, however, not planning to hang up his boots any time soon, with the 29-year-old looking to emulate the likes of Ryan Giggs by prolonging his career for another 11 years.He told Panenka magazine on his future plans: “I would like to play until I’m 40 if my body allows me to.“I will carry on with Common Goal. And management tempts me but it is an unforgiving role.“A coach depends on whether I take a corner well or finish a chance in front of goal and really, what influence does he have over this when it happens?“I understand that people take decisions under pressure but the process is not valued, only results.“I also want to work with youngsters, warn them of the perils and remind them of their responsibilities because it is sometimes easy to fall off the right track needed to get to the top level.“Psychology also attracts me and in football, the mental aspect is very important, because if the mind is not settled, the feet do not work either.”Mata appears to already be adopting a managerial mindset, with his approach to football taking him well beyond merely training and playing.He has also been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the finest coaches around during an illustrious playing career, with current boss Jose Mourinho among the best in the business.For now, though, his focus remains locked on events at Old Trafford and United’s ongoing efforts in 2017-18.He is in a position to put all other distractions to one side, with the issue of his immediate future having already been resolved with the triggering of a one-year extension to his contract.
Back to work.Week 2 | 7:00 PM | ESPN pic.twitter.com/OZHMoRoy0l— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) September 1, 2019The fans don’t seem to be having it, though: pic.twitter.com/xbwMTDWXBA— Curtis Herd (@CurtisHerd) September 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/eZc4fF0HuF— ⛳️ROBBIE UNDERWOOD⛳️ (@robbieu007) September 1, 2019Just don’t tweet— Negavol (Travis) (@Vet4vols) September 1, 2019Welcome back to the Twitterverse!— Robby Stanley (@RStanleyNHL) September 1, 2019Tennessee will attempt to get its first win of the season next Saturday, with the Volunteers taking on BYU at Neyland Stadium.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)Tennessee football’s Twitter account went silent following the Volunteers’ upset loss to Georgia State on Saturday afternoon.The Vols’ official account stopped tweeting early in the fourth quarter and hadn’t tweeted in about 20 hours.Until now.Tennessee football’s official account has finally tweeted:
Mr. Shaw said he had to link the entity with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) for them to make a “concerted” attempt to get Jamaican products into the facility. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is imploring gift shops, particularly those at attractions and airports, to display products made in Jamaica.Addressing the official opening of Things Jamaican Specialty Food Store, at Devon House, in St. Andrew, on August 22, the Minister said he recently visited an attraction and “struggled” to find locally manufactured items.Mr. Shaw said he had to link the entity with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) for them to make a “concerted” attempt to get Jamaican products into the facility.He told the audience that recently he received complaints that one of the two international airports does not have local products on display at their departure lounge, and he will be ensuring that items are placed at that facility.“We must get things Jamaican being sold in the departure lounge of a major international airport, where millions of tourists are coming through,” the Minister said, while commending the JBDC for efforts to promote Jamaican made items.The JBDC operates three stores: one at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA), the other at their corporate office located at 14 Camp Road, in Kingston, and the Devon House facility.Minister Shaw urged the agency to find ways to “penetrate” the tourism industry more, as “we are allowing in the tourism industry the absence of things Jamaican.”He noted that Things Jamaican, which was established in the early 1960s, “served with distinction” in the teaching of skills to Jamaicans.Over the past nine years, Things Jamaican has established itself as one of the largest purchasers, distributors and promoters of authentic Jamaican products of the highest quality. It markets products on behalf of over 400 active suppliers islandwide, through the three stores. Addressing the official opening of Things Jamaican Specialty Food Store, at Devon House, in St. Andrew, on August 22, the Minister said he recently visited an attraction and “struggled” to find locally manufactured items. Story Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is imploring gift shops, particularly those at attractions and airports, to display products made in Jamaica.
New Delhi: There has been a nearly 15 per cent decline in particulate matter 2.5 and 10 levels in Delhi in the last three years and the number of days with good air quality are also on the rise, the government said Friday. Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar, during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, said air pollution in the national capital started aggravating since 2007, but it was only in 2014 that action to curb it were undertaken. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark Listing out steps taken by his government to tackle air pollution in Delhi, he said reducing vehicular pollution was one of the important objectives while combating the problem. The government built two peripheral roads in the last four years so that heavy vehicles do not enter the national capital, he said. The minister said the Badarpur Thermal Power Plant was also shut down and steps have been taken to bring down instances of stubble burning. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “In the last three years, PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels have come down by 15 and 16 per cent respectively. The ‘good’, ‘moderate’ and ‘satisfactory’ days of air quality too have gone up from 106 in 2016, 152 in 2017 and 159 in 2018,” he said. Rise in PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels leads to respiratory diseases. He said stubble burning instances in the neighbouring states of Delhi too have come down by 15 per cent and the government is working to reduce the instances. Efforts are being taken to convert the stubble waste to energy and the Centre is also coordinating with five states to deal with this issue, Javadekar added.
Han Solo returned to the big screen last December with Harrison Ford reprising his legendary role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Now, fans can take home a piece of cinematic history with this rare offering from Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures (FACES), whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by epilepsy and seizures.HARRISON FORD TEAMS UP WITH NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER, FACES, AND IFONLY TO AUCTION ICONIC STAR WARS MEMORABILIAThe jacket will be offered on premium experiential marketplace IfOnly, which will auction Han Solo’s iconic leather jacket worn throughout the most recent Star Wars installment. The actor has signed this priceless leather jacket for one lucky fan, with bidding starting at $15,000.Proceeds from the sale of this jacket will benefit NYU Langone Medical Center and FACES, whose mission of funding research for epilepsy therapies and providing support to the epilepsy community is personally close to Ford’s. Harrison chose the charity in honor of NYU Langone’s Dr. Orrin Devinsky, saying, “I’ve been very impressed with the work NYU and the FACES team have done in the field of epilepsy research, and I hope this jacket will provide some means to further that exploration. This is a cause that’s near and dear to me, and unlike the cynical Han Solo, I’ve got a good feeling about this.”“We are thrilled and honored to be supporting such an incredible cause by featuring a piece of cinematic history. We’ve been lucky to support hundreds of causes, but this one is even more significant as it is so personal to Harrison,” said Trevor Traina, CEO of IfOnly.The auction begins on Monday, March 21, 2016, and ends on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 6pm EDT and can be found at IfOnly.com/HanSolo.
Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s visit to Thiruvananthapuram and meeting with his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday has triggered widespread speculation in political circles that the Federal Front concept mooted by the former was all set to take shape, post the Lok Sabha results on May 23. Chandrashekhar Rao, who had a one-on-one meeting with Vijayan on the emerging political scenario, will also call on DMK president M K Stalin on May 13. With just two phases of the Lok Sabha elections remaining, the timing of Chandrashekhar Rao’s move indicates that the Federal Front could emerge as the front-runner to form the government at the Centre. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Chief Minister, who has been pushing hard for a non-BJP, non-Congress political alternative to take over the reins of the country, has all along been saying that neither national party would be in a position to form the government at the Centre after May 23. Strong and like-minded regional parties that are seeking infusion of true federalism at the Centre unlike the NDA and UPA would come to power, Chandrashekhar Rao had repeatedly said during the election campaign. Even as the Chief Minister stepped up his efforts to forge the Federal Front, leaders of various political parties took note of the development, and described Chandrashekhar Rao as a person who understood the political pulse. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadKarnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy spoke with him and inquired about his two-State tour and also discussed the current political scenario. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said the developments in South India indicated that Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s chances of forming a government for a second time were fading fast, and that Chandrashekhar Rao ‘understands the pulse of politics’. Earlier last year, Chandrashekhar Rao flew down to Kolkata to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After the meeting, he said a beginning was made to bring together like-minded group of political leaders aimed at a real federal front for the country. Later, he met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar, MK Stalin in Chennai and former PM H D Deve Gowda as well as his son and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in April last year.
Taiwan, Province of China, deserves to become a Member State of the United Nations, the Foreign Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis told the General Assembly today – a position disputed by the Beijing Government, which says a 1971 resolution on the matter settled it permanently.Timothy Harris told the Assembly’s annual high-level debate, being held at UN Headquarters in New York, that “it is of grave concern that the 23 million people of Taiwan have been denied the right of participation in the UN and its related bodies.”The “exclusion and isolation continued even more aggressively” during the annual session of the Assembly that ended last month, he said. “There were even attempts to muffle the voices of the friends of Taiwan when they implored the UN family to recognize that they are a disenfranchised people.”Dr. Harris said the UN has to remain open for all States to become members of the Organization.“Experience has shown that membership of the United Nations is not a deterrent to unification – see, for example, East Germany and West Germany. Nor is it the panacea to fragmentation as some have argued with the deconstruction of the former Soviet Union.”He added that “Taiwan has shown that it can be a true partner in development,” and its assistance to poor nations as they strive to reach the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015 could be extremely useful.Last month, after a marathon debate involving 140 speakers, the Assembly decided for the fifteenth consecutive year to exclude a bid by some Member States to discuss the representation of Taiwan, Province of China, in the world body.In his address to the high-level debate last Friday, China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory” and his country would not permit any challenge to the one China principle or the 1971 Assembly resolution on the issue.Any attempt to change the situation was doomed to failure, Mr. Yang said, adding that he hoped Member States “will not allow themselves to be manipulated by the Taiwan authorities.”The Foreign Minister stressed: “We will never allow anyone to separate Taiwan from China in any name or in any way.” 2 October 2007Taiwan, Province of China, deserves to become a Member State of the United Nations, the Foreign Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis told the General Assembly today – a position disputed by the Beijing Government, which says a 1971 resolution on the matter settled it permanently.
“Forced evictions can only be justified in the most exceptional cases and in full compliance with international human rights law,” Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, said in a news release. In February the River State Government announced it would demolish all the waterfront settlements in Port Harcourt as part of an urban renewal strategy. The authorities have allegedly carried out demolitions at various sites throughout Port Harcourt in violation of a stay order issued by the Federal High Court to stop the evictions. Ms. Rolnik emphasized that evictions should not result in individuals being rendered homeless or vulnerable to the violation of other human rights.“Nigeria, as State Party to several international human rights treaties must take all appropriate measures, to the maximum of its available resources, to ensure that adequate alternative housing or resettlement is available,” she said. The Special Rapporteur reminded the Government that, according to international human rights standards, people affected by forced evictions have the right to compensation and to procedural protection, including genuine consultation, adequate and reasonable notice, and the provision of legal remedies.Ms. Rolnik also voiced concern that military personnel may assist in the forced evictions in Port Harcourt, and that this could result in multiple human rights violations.According to local sources, Port Harcourt’s military forces arrested over 1,000 residents on 5 August who were protesting against the demolition of their homes. Ms. Rolnik reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity, as do all Special Rapporteurs. 13 August 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert today voiced her concerns at the mass evictions planned by the River State Government in Nigeria which could leave hundreds of thousands of people homeless over the coming year.
“Just right” AlternativesMost mid to large enterprise or government entities want the benefits of a hosted solution — ability to scale, the latest advanced features, and minimized internal staff requirements — while at the same time desire the white glove transition treatment, implementation, and contract terms traditionally provided by premises solution providers. In the old fable, Goldilocks stumbled on the perfect solution on the third try. In the real world of unified communications, the perfect option is harder to come by — but it does exist. Log in or register to post comments So, if your search hasn’t yet led you to the perfect option, keep looking. It does exist. Avaya Continues Mulling Next-Step Options Beth Schultz September 12, 2019 In a brief update, company said strategic alternative review process continues, gave no indication of new expectations for wrapping it up. Either way, when paying a monthly fee, featured upgrade cycles are faster. Additionally, with this model little or no on-site staff are required to support the core elements of the solution itself. In this scenario, the vendor also provides SIP trunk connectivity, DIDs, and sometimes direct connection from the cloud provider’s data center to the customer location(s). The customer can quickly make desired changes by accessing the cloud management portal. The “self-service” nature of this arrangement can be appealing to smaller, nimbler organizations. The ability to scale quickly as the company grows or re-organizes is an improvement over long lead times of the past. Disadvantages of Premises-Based or Private CloudThe disadvantages of a premises-based or otherwise “owned” solution most often cited are slower rollout of upgrades and features, difficulty in scaling up and down, having to maintain the hardware and license environment, and needing to employ additional staff to maintain it. In addition, with this arrangement customers often must purchase and manage SIP trunks and other network infrastructure separately. doors_choice_774.png Over the past few years, we’ve assisted a number of clients who are upgrading from an older telephony platform to a more modern unified communications solution. When choosing between cloud and premises-based solutions, most of our clients face the same dilemma. There are advantages and disadvantage of each, with neither being a perfect fit. Just like with Goldilocks, one is too “cloudy,” the other is too “premisey,” while the third “just right” option is hard to find. Advantages of a Public Cloud or Hosted SolutionHere, we are generally referring to a cloud-based solution, on a shared instance of the application, sold as an all-inclusive, per seat per month cost. Most contracts for hosted solutions are priced per seat to include the desired features, such as mobility, minutes, and contact center. Some include end user handsets as part of the per month cost, while others sell the phones separately up front as a capital investment. See All in Unified Communications & Collaboration » Custom contracts and service agreements, and a full complement of implementation support resources to walk the organization’s team through the process, are often among the top reasons enterprise clients select a premises-based solution. Advantages of Premises or Private Cloud SolutionFor the purposes of discussion, we are generally referring to premises-based solutions or those privately hosted in the customer data center that are typically leased or purchased under a Capex model. Most vendor contracts for Capex solutions allow for refinement and customization to support specific requirements, including those covered by an RFP. There are also value-added reseller firms who bundle their implementation and management along with the hosted solution to provide a comprehensive package. Tick, Tock, the Clock Is Running for Avaya Zeus Kerravala September 06, 2019 Lots of speculation surrounds Avaya’s future, but mum’s still the word on a final decision. sctcperspective_Small.png “SCTC Perspectives” is written by members of the Society of Communications Technology Consultants, an international organization of independent information and communications technology professionals serving clients in all business sectors and government worldwide.Tags:News & Viewscloudpremises-based solutionsprivate cloudmanaged servicesUnified Communications & CollaborationCloud CommunicationsHosted CommunicationsSCTC Articles You Might Like Additionally, the standard contract terms offered by most cloud providers do not meet the legal requirements of many larger organizations, often favoring the vendor, with little flexibility to make changes. In one recent example, the contract called for the customer to commit to keeping all the originally contracted quantities of licenses on the system, while allowing the vendor to cancel the contract for no reason with just 30-days’ notice. And as far as flexibility, if the contract doesn’t allow for attrition without penalty, any advantage disappears. Disadvantages of a Public Cloud or Hosted SolutionWhile a nimble, self-service alternative may be attractive to some companies, as mentioned above, enterprise clients require a customized approached rather than a self-service model. While a public cloud model may require less internal staff to support the infrastructure itself, the initial set up and programming of all user devices and features can be daunting. When it comes to implementation, many of these organizations are disappointed to discover that the extent of the installation they purchased involves the vendor providing them access to log in to the portal so they can do the programming themselves, shipping them boxes of phones, and giving them a link to online training videos. Service-level agreements may be refined to reflect the organization’s priorities, as opposed to a contract that must be applied across a broad range of clients sharing one platform. In addition, traditional solution providers are accustomed to a hand-holding implementation style, which is often required by enterprise-level organizations. The types of companies that prefer this method have complex business needs requiring precise, phased rollouts, with high-touch project management and customized, live training plans. A team of vendor resources is expected to be available on site to guide the customer’s project and internal technical staff through the process. One alternative is to consider using a “boutique” partner firm to stand up a private instance of the manufacturer’s system with a managed service type of arrangement. With such an approach, the customer owns the equipment, but it resides in the vendor data center(s) and is managed by its staff. These firms also often offer custom contract and SLA terms to meet specific customer requirements and can be flexible with arrangements to accommodate non-standard requirements. Avaya Still on the Block, Resolution May Come Soon Beth Schultz August 14, 2019 As the company plugs away on cloud sales, CEO Jim Chirico looks to wrap up its review of strategic alternatives in the next 30 days. Justifying Workspace Applications: Time to Up the Game Marty Parker September 10, 2019 Communication technology vendors and their value-adding partners must take the lead in defining business justifications for their collaboration and workspace applications. Mitel, Avaya Merger on Tap? Beth Schultz August 20, 2019 On the heels of word that Avaya is close to reaching acquisition deal, the focus turns to Mitel and a reported bid of $20 per share.
Entering into government, we always knew there would be difficult decisions to be made in order to get the country back on track.Earlier this month we presented a budget that will get us out of the bailout. On December 15, we will be waving goodbye to the Troika, and it is unfortunate that some people who were elected as Labour Party representatives will not be with us to enjoy this success. The people who are paying the price now are traditionally the ones we’ve always protected. Even in the budget you have the bereavement grant being taken, the telephone allowance – ticking away and plugging away at people.I think the Troika have told them to go to the maximum, that they need to cut money and that’s that, and if it costs lives then they’re not worried about it. KERRY COUNCILLOR SEAN O’Grady today became the latest politician in the Labour party to resign, saying the actions of the party leadership in government are “no longer compatible” with the party’s ethos.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, O’Grady said he had a problem with a number decisions the coalition government made including the implementation of the household charge and the attempt to abolish the Seanad which he described as “an awful cynical exercise”.“I understand that sometimes you have to compromise in relation to what you can have in a programme for government but there are certain red line issues that you don’t go beyond and Labour in government have gone beyond them,” he said. “They’ve basically shown that there isn’t any red line and they can cross any line they want.”If it costs lives, they’re not worried about it O’Grady said he had not yet decided if he would run in the next election but affirmed that he has “no intention of moving to any other party” if he does.Related: TD Patrick Nulty resigns as Labour Party member>Read: Labour councillors resign after Gilmore fails to meet them> “It’s completely in conflict with what we were expecting and with the party commitments,” he added.“Obviously the first thing that has to be fixed is our finance but it should be tempered with the concept of social justice and that doesn’t seem to be apparent to the leadership.”O’Grady said he has been thinking about his decision for a while and was in touch with former Labour party TD Colm Keaveney in recent weeks about various issues he was unhappy with.Commenting on O’Grady’s resignation from the party, Keaveney told TheJournal.ie that his former party colleague’s commitment to Labour had been “unparalleled”.You’ll never get a nicer man or a greater gentleman in politics and it must have been incredibly difficult for him to make this decision.“When someone like Sean loses hope, it rings volumes,” he added.Waving goodbye to the TroikaA Labour spokesperson said:
Ahead of his return in a trio of Big Finish audio dramas, the Tenth Doctor continues his TARDIS travels in Titan Comics’ “Revolving Doors” interlude.Since saving the day from the evil Red Jade General, the Time Lord and “his pet,” companion Gabby Gonzalez, land in London, where they must stop an interdimensional monster while facing echoes of the past.Randomly deposited in England’s capital, the Doctor immediately demands they leave, turning cold when Gabby accuses him of unusual behavior.“Doctor?! This isn’t like you!” she tells him.“Isn’t it?” he counters. “How would you know, Gabby? What do you really know about me?!”“… I know you won’t ignore a cry for help,” she says, saved by the bell of a nearby distress call, which, it turns out, was intended to lure the travelers into a creepy trap.via Titan ComicsIt works, and the pair are met by the Reach, an evil octopus-like, other-dimensional exile trying to find its way home. By forcing the Time Lord to revisit those he left behind—to remember the loss, rage, and pain associated with London—the Reach can siphon that emotional energy into a weapon of mass destruction.Can the Doctor save the day? Or will he lose another companion “through the revolving door of life” with him?“Revolving Doors,” written by James Peaty and illustrated by Warren Pleece, is available now for $3.99.The Twelfth Doctor and punk space-bassist Hattie Munroe, meanwhile, are making progress on their investigation of mysterious goings-on at the New Oceanana seaside in 1979.via Titan ComicsPart two of “Beneath the Waves” moves the story along as seaweed “shamblers” attack the Doctor, Hattie, and the inhabitants of the local hotel—including Dr. Brown, who’s looking after the overflow of coma patients, who’ve fallen ill after a series of psychic attacks.Luckily for everyone, the Doctor has a plan: Hand himself over to the creatures from the Black Lagoon.Writer George Mann ends on a cliffhanger, enticing readers to return for the last comic in the trilogy series, brought to life via the stunning artwork of Mariano Laclaustra. Pick up your copy now for $3.99. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target
Battle Ground City Councilmember Adrian Cortes has announced he’s running for Clark County Council in a special election this fall.His announcement came in the form of a press release issued Tuesday indicating he would seek the seat currently held by Republican county Councilor Gary Medvigy representing a largely rural district that includes Camas and Washougal.Medvigy was appointed to the council in January when Eileen Quiring vacated the position after winning her race for council chair.Cortes could not be reached for comment. The press release highlighted his roots in Clark County and community engagement while broadly outlining the issues he says are facing the county.“I have seen our region transform and grow, but I am concerned about our direction. We have seen county government suffer from a host of challenging issues; whether it’s higher property taxes, property rights threatened or poor management of county resources,” Cortes said in the statement. “I hear you and I am ready to lead.”The press release does not mention Cortes’ party affiliation, but filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission indicate he will run as a Democrat. Medvigy, a former California Superior Court judge and Army general, has filed with the Public Disclosure Commission to run. Filings show neither has raised any money. Whoever wins the race will have to run again in 2020 for a full term.Cortes is in his second term on the Battle Ground City Council and also serves as the chair of the C-Tran Board of Directors. In the press release, Cortes stated he has “championed policies that have kept Battle Ground the most affordable community in our region.” He mentioned support of reducing the city debt and a “pay-as-you-go approach” and “sound oversight of taxpayer dollars.”
Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco has revealed he intends to win the team’s final group stage game of the UEFA Champions League despite already securing qualification to the second round.The Royal Blues face Lokomotiv Moscow tomorrow night, and Tedesco has stressed the importance of winning the game.“The game is important because we want to underline the fact that we deserve to be in the last 16,” said Domenico Tedesco, according to the club’s official website.“In the Champions League, we’ve played well four times and very badly once.”“On Tuesday, it’ll be about representing the club and the Bundesliga in the best way possible once again.”The Schalke manager also suggested that there could be changes from the 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Tedesco: Schalke fell apart after Aguero’s penalty Andrew Smyth – March 13, 2019 Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco believes Sergio Aguero’s penalty literally caused his side to fall apart following their 7-0 Champions League defeat.Guido Burgstaller, who was taken off after 36 minutes against Dortmund, won’t be available for Tuesday’s UCL game.Steven Skrzybski is also expected to miss out, and it’s still too early for Cedric Teuchert to think about playing the entire game.However, injuries can also provide the opportunity for other players in the squad to impress.“Ahmed Kutucu will definitely be in the squad. Ahmed is someone who always wants the ball and get forward. He can play up top, but he also plays quite well in midfield,” said Tedesco.The youngster has been causing a stir in the club’s U19 team recently.“He’s got great character and he’s earned the chance to get a few minutes under his belt,” added Tedesco.
“I woke up to the sound of what I thought were firecrackers,” said a neighbor who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera.That neighbor, a longtime resident, said she is in disbelief about the shooting. “I’ve been here about 18 years, and something like this is just overwhelming,” she said.Another neighbor, Merlis Diaz, said she knew Alvarez. She said his family had been rocked by tragedy last summer.“The dad of the kid died of a heart attack this past July. I think it was the 17th,” said Diaz, “and now the kid. It’s heartbreaking; it’s very hard.”Back in Homestead, 7News cameras captured devastated loved ones breaking down in tears at the scene of Williams’ shooting.“We’re just losing all our young people. That’s the thing. We’re losing too many of them,” said Talavert.While police search for the people responsible for these teen tragedies, the community is praying for an end to the violence. “All I know is, another child is dead, lost his life, and a mother has got to bury her child,” said Talavert. Winter Break began with the murder of a teen and is now ending with the same kind of tragedy – just one day after another teen was shot to death in his neighborhood. This is beyond unacceptable, it threatens the very decency that holds our community together. #Enough— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) January 8, 2018According to Miami Police, Alvarez was fatally shot in the area of Southwest Fourth Street and 31st Avenue, Saturday, at around 1 a.m. If you have any information on either of these shootings, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW: Police confirm the 17-year-old shot and killed in Homestead is, Jatavious Williams. @wsvn— Franklin White (@FranklinWSVN) January 8, 2018 HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said a 17-year-old male was shot and killed at a park in Homestead, Sunday evening, the second fatal shooting of a minor in Miami-Dade County in less than 48 hours.Homestead and Miami-Dade police officers responded to the scene of the shooting at Blakey Park, located at 600 SW 14th Ave.Investigators said three men walked up to the victim and opened fire.The teen, who was identified by friends as Jatavious Williams, was pronounced dead at the scene.Police later confirmed the victim’s identity. 7News cameras captured Homestead Police cruisers and crime scene investigators, including K9s, searching for clues.Meanwhile, area residents called for an end to the gun violence plaguing their streets. “We’re losing our youth, and enough is enough,” said Regina Talavert.Police said an officer sustained minor unrelated injuries during the incident.Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter to address this shooting,as well as the one that claimed the life of 17-year-old Danny Alvarez in Miami, early Saturday morning.
Bengaluru: The BJP’s Karnataka unit on Monday hit out at Congress Legislature party leader Siddaramaiah for not visiting his flood-hit Badami assembly constituency and instead attending a “biryani party.” The BJP has also posted pictures of Siddaramaiah purportedly having food along with KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao, veteran congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, party legislators BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan, MB Patil, KJ George, Krishna Byre Gowda, among others. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us “Twitter preacher Siddaramaiah has time to attend biryani party at Congress MLCs house, but he does not have time to visit flood affected Badami constituency. If eating biryani is over, make some effort to visit your constituency & listen to pleas of people who voted u (sic),” the BJP’s Karnataka unit tweeted.Siddaramaiah had cited cataract surgery and doctors’ advice for not visiting Badami in Bagalkot district that is affected by floods. He had deputed his son and MLA of Varuna constituency in Mysuru Yathindra to visit Badami and take stock of the situation. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us Siddaramaiah had been flaying the central government over the delay in releasing funds to take up relief measures. He had also hit out at Chief Minister Yediyurappa over the delay in cabinet expansion and his ability to handle the flood situation on his own, without any ministers in his government. Monday also marked the birthday of the former chief minister who completed 71 years.