How Chicken Came To Town

first_imgChicken, one of the domestic fowls, cherished by most people today, once lived in the bush. It was a part of the fowl species of animals.  Chicken and Bush Fowl were counterparts and did everything in common until one day when their friendship took a different twist! Bush fowl and chicken had gone to search for food the fateful rainy day and though it had not started raining by then, they hastened to be where they would have enough to eat before the rains. For, during this time of year, the rain would be ruthless, once it began to pour and it would not pity anyone though; not even Chicken and Bush Fowl.  And so, as Chicken and Bush Fowl began to feed on bugs, earthworms and remnants of fruits left behind by squirrels, birds and monkeys, the once gay and promising sky soon became bleak and cloudy and in a breath-taking uproar of thunder, and there was an abrupt down-pour of a mighty rain amidst violent thunderstorm which threatened their survival. They soon became terrified and worried as to how to get back home.  All they could do that was to remain calm in the face of the eminent danger until the harsh rainstorm abated after soaking them down to their bare tender skins, as their feathers would no longer save them. It rained like what seemed like an eternity and when it finally abated, they were left shivering! Shortly after the cessation of the mighty rain, Chicken and Bush Fowl, the two best friends, began their sojourn for home. While en-route home, Bush Fowl suddenly had a thought. He thought that Chicken could go to town for firewood so that they could catch a fire to warm themselves afraid that they might die. But would Chicken be brave enough to undertake such an adventure, knowing not what lay ahead of him? It was quite obvious that none of them had ever come in close contact with a human being before; not even Bush Fowl himself! To go to town for fire was their greatest predicament! But one of them had to go anyway, no matter what, or the severe cold could be much harmful since the sky was still bleak, without any trace of sunrays to warm their bodies.  Howbeit, Chicken studied his friend’s suggestion, for it was rather a do or die affair! Either one of them would go to town for the fire, or both of them stay and die from the cold. Then Chicken, having given this suggestion a second thought, declared: “Yes, my friend I will go to town for the fire and let come what may; for God knows our plight and He will not allow me to fall into the hands of evildoers though I do not know the characteristics of the human race.”  “Bravo my friend! “Bush Fowl cheered him. “Indeed, you are a very brave fellow! May God be with you as you undertake this tedious task.”  By that, Chicken started his journey for town; the place where humans and other domestic animals like goat, sheep, dog and cat lived. But the true intent of Chicken’s visit to town soon turned otherwise though, when he approached the entrance of the town, Chicken observed women and children beating and fanning rice, as goats, sheep and cats went about their normal businesses while ducks and ducklings fed on the rice dust, as men split wood to add to the glowing fire hearth in the kitchen.  “Oh, what a happy and busy place this town is like!” Chicken now was surprise, and wished to be part of these happy and busy people and animals! No sooner did Chicken enter the town, when he started to feed on the scattered rice found on the ground around the place where women and girls were busy beating rice. The sun was shinning brilliantly in this busy town and there was no need for Chicken to find fire to warm himself. And so, as Chicken was busy helping himself, no one actually seemed to care about his presence in the town until late in the evening as Chicken was caught sleeping in a corner near the fire hearth in the Chief’s kitchen! But the Chief did not bother to raise alarm, for all he thought was that a Bush Fowl had mistakenly come to town and had been caught in the midst of the darkness and could not find his way back into the bushes. The Chief therefore “let the sleeping dog lie.” Yet, Bush Fowl was still anxiously waiting for chicken, his dear friend to return from town, but to no avail!  Bush Fowl then began to wonder as to what had really happened to his friend: Whether he had missed the road and was now wandering into the bushes and finding it difficult to find his way back home, or whether he had been simply captured by the townspeople, who were noted for not sparing any bush animal for that matter. They would soon make a delicious soup with it once it became victim to their vicious trap! Bush Fowl worried the more and in spite of his plight, soon forgot about what happened to them that fateful morning and did not sleep the whole night. He kept contemplating on what might have happened to his friend. But Chicken was apparently not worried as to what condition his friend was in. All he knew, he had found a paradise on earth and why must he return to his friend in the bush, a place of hardship.   “Let him remain where he is,” Chicken said, “poor him, and suffer for the rest of his life, thinking that I will carry fire to him.” The next morning, Chicken flew happily from the corner where he had slept the night before and was enjoying himself since no one ever asked him as to where he came from; not even the Chief and his wife, or his children! For all the Chief felt, he was quite a very lucky fellow indeed for a fowl to leave the bush and come to be with him and his family, without anything probably instigating him to do so. It was a wonderful occurrence in the Chief’s life as villagers from far and nearby towns and villages soon came to see the Chief’s new found wonder!  And as time went by, Bush Fowl decided to go to town in search of his friend. On that day, Bush Fowl took off for town and when he approached the entrance of the town, he became frightened upon seeing the number of people, cattle and huts in the densely populated town; and instead of reaching the town, Bush Fowl decided to call Chicken in the town from where he stood atop an old tree stump. And as Bush Fowl did so, he began to call: “ Kor-kweh, kor-kweh!” But Chicken did not pay heed to his friend’s call.  And all in all, this is how Chicken came to town, and remained while his friend, Bush Fowl is usually found calling him atop a tree stump. “Kor-kweh, Kor-kweh!”  Lesson: There are many friends like chicken today, who often forsake you when better days come their way, despite how long you might have struggled together!The EndShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scientists Are Studying Your Garden for Ideas

first_img51; Your garden plants are visited by a butterfly and various insects as you sip tea in a lawn chair.  Did you have any idea that inventors are watching the same things with an eye to making money?  Or that military officers are getting ideas from the garden to use against the enemy?  Biomimetics – the imitation of nature’s designs – is on a roll, because some of the best design ideas are right in your yard.It’s a bird; it’s a plan:  Watch the video clip of Matt Keennon’s ornithopter at PhysOrg.  It’s a robotic mimic of a real hummingbird – size, shape, wings and all.  Like the real thing, it can hover and move in all directions.  The military wants to use such devices as “spybots” to enter buildings with tiny cameras.    The hummingbird makes it look easy: “Manager of the project, Matt Keennon, said it had been a challenge to design and build the spybot because it ‘pushes the limitations of aerodynamics.’”Moving plants:  Schoolkids are often delighted with touching the leaves of the sensitive plant, Mimosa, and watching how they instantly fold up.  PhysOrg reported that University of Michigan researchers are sensitive, too: they are leading studies of moving plants that are “inspiring a new class of adaptive structures designed to twist, bend, stiffen and even heal themselves.”    Where could these efforts lead?  “When this technology matures, [Kon-Well] Wang said it could enable robots that change shape like elephant trunks or snakes to maneuver under a bridge or through a tunnel, but then turn rigid to grab a hold of something,” the article ended.  “It also could lead to morphing wings that would allow airplanes to behave more like birds, changing their wing shape and stiffness in response to their environment or the task at hand.”Solar plants:  What uses sunlight better than a leaf?  Penn State researchers are trying to copy photosynthesis, reported PhysOrg, in order to make efficient fuels.  “Inexpensive hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel may be possible by mimicking photosynthesis,” the article said, “…but a number of problems need to be solved first.”  Thomas Mallouk at the university has only achieved 2-3% hydrogen so far.  He needs to aim for 100%.  His team is trying to figure out how to handle the “wrecking ball” of oxygen produced by his experimental solar cells, and how to channel electrons so they stop recombining.  Plants make it look so easy.Hear thee:  Chang Liu at Northwestern is fascinated by the hair cells of the inner ear.  Like many researchers with the biomimetics bug, he “is using insights from nature as inspiration for both touch and flow sensors – areas that currently lack good sensors for recording and communicating the senses.”  He’s not all ears; “Hair cells provide a variety of sensing abilities for different animals: they help humans hear, they help insects detect vibration, and they form the lateral line system that allows fish to sense the flow of water around them.”    This multi-application potential of nature’s design particularly impressed him: “The hair cell is interesting because biology uses this same fundamental structure to serve a variety of purposes,” Liu said.  “This differs from how engineers typically design sensors, which are often used for a specific task.”  Synthetic hair cells might be useful for anything from robots to heart catheters. Fly me a computer:  Last week’s Science (Feb 11) had an article by Jeffrey Kephart about “Learning from Nature” to build better computer networks.1  What, in nature, did he have in mind?  Fruit flies.  “Studying the development of a fruit fly’s sensory bristles provided insight into developing a more practical algorithm for organizing networked computers,” the caption said on a photo of the little bug’s bristly head.    Kephart explained that biomimetics has a long history.  “The tradition of biologically inspired computing extends back more than half a century to the original musings of Alan Turing about artificial intelligence and John von Neumann’s early work on self-replicating cellular automata in the 1940s,” he noted.  “Since then, computer scientists have frequently turned to biological processes for inspiration.  Indeed, the names of major subfields of computer science—such as artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, and evolutionary computation—attest to the influence of biological analogies.” (Note: evolutionary computation is a form of intelligent design, in which a scientist or computer selects outcomes from randomly varying inputs according to purpose-driven goals.)Crawl me a network:  Speaking of IT, ants are inspiring new ideas for computer networks.  According to PhysOrg, “Ants are able to connect multiple sites in the shortest possible way, and in doing so, create efficient transport networks,” scientists at the University of Sydney are finding.  Even without leaders, they solve this complex problem by making many trails and pruning them back to the best ones.    Ants are not the only inspiration for the next generation of networks: “The findings sheds light on how other ‘simple’ natural systems without leaders or even brains – such as fungi, slime molds and mammalian vascular systems – are able to form efficient networks, and can help humans design artificial networks in situations lacking central control,” Dr. Tanya Latty said.Firefly probe:  Science Daily told how scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs have made a probe of hydrogen peroxide levels in mice based on the chemical that makes fireflies glow: luciferin.  Their device seems reminiscent of Doc Bone’s hovering probe that could detect problems non-invasively: the new probe “enables researchers to monitor hydrogen peroxide levels in mice and thereby track the progression of infectious diseases or cancerous tumors without harming the animals or even having to shave their fur.”    How did Christopher Chang come up with this neat idea?  “The fact that in nature fireflies use the luciferin enzyme to communicate by light inspired us to adapt this same strategy for pre-clinical diagnostics,” he said.  Their PCL-1 probe has already passed a milestone and has found that hydrogen peroxide, “nature’s disinfectant,” is continuously made even in a healthy body.  Now they are working to improve the sensitivity of the probe.Roach model:  Hopefully your garden experience was not interrupted by seeing a cockroach in the kitchen when getting your tea out of the refrigerator.  Even so, Israeli scientists at Tel Aviv University are finding things to admire in the beasts: PhysOrg said, “Ask anyone who has ever tried to squash a skittering cockroach – they’re masters of quick and precise movement.”  That’s why “Tel Aviv University is using their maddening locomotive skills to improve robotic technology too.”  While we’s getting grossed out with bugs, the article added, “Cockroaches are not the only insects that have captured the scientific imagination.  Projects that highlight both the flight of the locust and the crawling of the soft-bodied caterpillar are also underway.”  Good.  Get them out of the house and yard and give them to the scientists.Chang Liu had one of the best recent summations of why biomimetics is such a hot trend: “Using a bio-inspired approach is really important,” he said.  “Nature has a lot of wonderful examples that can challenge us.  No matter how good some of our technology is, we still can’t do some of the basic things that nature can.  Nature holds the secret for the next technology breakthrough and disruptive innovation.  We are on a mission to find it.”1.  Jeffrey O. Kephart, “Computer science: Learning from Nature,” Science, 11 February 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6018 pp. 682-683, DOI: 10.1126/science.1201003.As stated before, biomimetics provides a breakthrough that can bring scientists together.  Evolutionists do not have to worry about how these things evolved, nor waste time and energy making up stories or building their shrines to the Bearded Buddha.  Creationists do not have to mention God and risk alienating their colleagues who don’t want to hear the design argument for God’s existence.  Everyone can agree that the designs in nature, however they arose, are fascinating, important, and worth imitating.  The public will benefit from the inventions that result.    Follow the biomimetic research lead, and pretty soon Eugenie Scott will be out of a job, because all scientists will be marching together away from Darwinland and into the promised land of nature-inspired technology, talking design without any need for help from those who already knew intelligent design is the inference to the best explanation.  The ranks of the Darwinists will shrink by attrition.  Why?  Nobody will be looking to them for answers (re: stories), when practical science based on design is winning the hearts and minds of everyone.  Books and lectures on garden-variety intelligent design will, by then, seem perfectly natural.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Maboneng moves to Ghana

first_imgPeople live there. And eat, socialize, work and open businesses there. The Maboneng district has revitalized a part of inner city Johannesburg (Image: Darren Smith) • Jonathan Liebman Founder Propertuity +27 11 592 0513 • Moad builds a genius space for Africa’s arts • New technology hub for Braamfontein • Creativity for a good cause • Benin gallery keeps African art in Africa • Smart cities need innovative citizensRomaana Naidoo Joburg’s trendy urban neighbourhood, Maboneng is the inspiration behind a new development initiative planned for Accra, the coastal capital of Ghana.Jonathan Liebmann, the founder of Propertuity, the company that owns and developed what many see as the embodiment of regeneration in the inner city, says he will take his Maboneng model to the West African city because “it’s in need of something alternative to the new buildings that are going up”. Although the Maboneng model is the inspiration for the new development, Liebmann says the concept will always be adapted to the local environment, while features such as mixed-use space and mixed-income housing will remain.Maboneng, meaning “Place of Light”, is an ultra-modern take on inner city living, breathing new life into the once-derelict eastern side of the Joburg CBD. The precinct is a “mixed-use” space that offers housing, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as loft apartments, offices, a hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces, all in an urban landscape. Although the plans for Ghana are still in their infancy, Liebmann has already identified a local partner and is looking into various prospects.With this being Propertuity’s inaugural venture outside South Africa, Liebmann says: “Our initial investment will be limited so as to not materially change our risk profile” to ensure the project doesn’t negatively affect the company’s finances. “We are still mainly focused on Maboneng as our largest investment but we feel the company has gained intellectual capital that can now be leveraged in other parts of Africa.”He adds that Perpetuity will look to invest and develop in any city with a significant population but it largely depends on the local partners that become available. Africa offers huge growth and a unique vibrant culture that other parts of the world do not, Liebmann says.The future of the property sector on the continent, “will follow major international trends in becoming consolidated and owned by fewer larger companies rather than being family-owned”.Choosing GhanaThe Greater Accra Metropolitan Area is home to some four million people, so it makes sense that Liebmann would venture there first. As Accra has expanded, some of the old buildings have been neglected. Large numbers of buildings have not been finished, mainly because the organisations and individuals who own them have run out of money. However, new suburban areas are being established with services and infrastructure to cater to the needs of the middle-class earners.Present-day Accra is a modern city with British, Danish and Dutch influences, such as James Fort; Osu, now Osu Castle; and Ussherstown near the Dutch Ussher fort. It’s also home to the National Museum of Ghana, the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Archives of Ghana and Ghana’s central library, the National Theatre, the Accra Centre for National Culture, a lighthouse, and a sports stadium.Over the year, immigrants from the Americas, Europe, Asia and other African countries have flocked to Accra, and the city has expanded. Ring Road, extending from the Korle Lagoon in the west, going east to the juncture of Independence Avenue, and continuing on to Osu, forms a circle around the oldest districts of the city. This area separates central Accra from the outlying suburbs.Central Accra comprises the CBD, which is made up of the historic districts of Usshertown, Tudu, Victoriaborg, West Ridge and East Ridge, as well as the historic residential districts of Jamestown, Adabraka, Asylum Down, North Ridge and Osu. Residential areas are mostly found in eastern Accra or north of Ring Road East, stretching as far north as Kwame Nkrumah Motorway. Western Accra, on the other hand, is a mix of residential and business.Portions of Accra’s inner city contain a mixture of very low-density and high-density developments, with under-utilised service infrastructure as well as overstretched infrastructure. Housing can be grouped into three broad categories: low income, middle income and high income. Low income housing areas include Osu, Jamestown, Adedenkpo, Chorkor, La, Teshie, Nungua, Sukura, Kwashieman, Odorkor, Bubiashie, Abeka, Nima, Maamobi and Chorkor.Together, they are home to about 58% of Accra’s total population; and most of the city’s informal businesses are situated in low income areas. In the inner city, low income structures are built with minimal room to expand.Accommodation in middle income areas, which are largely populated by Ghanaian citizens, has been provided by state, parastatal and private sector organisations and individuals. These suburbs include Dansoman Estates, North Kaneshie Estates, Asylum Down, Kanda Estates, Abelempke, Achimota,Adenta and Tesano. Buildings here are better than those in low income suburbs since they have been planned. The middle income group makes up 32% of the city’s population.The remaining 10% of the population live in high income suburbs. These comprise North Ridge and West Ridge, Ringway Estates, north Labone Estates, Airport Residential Area, Roman Ridge, and East Legon. Buildings in the high income suburbs are spacious, well-planned and well-developed.Environmental redesignLiebmann was drawn to property development because of its “necessary scale to be able to create change”. He says: “I am obsessed with good design as I believe design can be a major tool to transform an environment… Regeneration is a focus of our company so we like to start with areas that really need attention. The area [Maboneng Precinct] made sense in that it’s very centrally located and has beautiful old buildings.”Propertuity is focused on transforming areas by designing and developing iconic properties to create an “integrated and uplifted urban environment”. “I enjoy the character and design of the old buildings; I have been exposed to them on my travels and so have seen the way that they can be converted into new spaces,” says Liebmann.Speaking about the driving force behind taking such a massive risk with Maboneng, he says: “It started with my personal needs to live and work in alternative spaces. I am also a true urbanist so for me, reconnecting with the urban core was the driver.“Our 2020 vision for Maboneng is to grow the community to 20 000 people. We have 30 buildings in the pipeline to be developed in the next three years.” Liebmann is one of the youngest property developers in the country and says his age has allowed him to be fully committed to his work and have the energy to take on numerous tasks.Recent developmentsPropertuity has recently concluded an agreement with Arrowhead Properties for the company to buy eight buildings in the Maboneng Precinct for R180-million. The acquisition, at a forward yield of 11%, is in line with Arrowhead’s strategy to procure “revenue-enhancing properties”. The buildings will be managed by specialist CBD property managers Mafadi Property Management.These eight buildings, with a to let area of 58 000m2, are mainly industrial, with a smaller component of office and retail. “We will use the funds from this sale to propel Maboneng into its next development phase,” says Liebmann.Propertuity intends to develop and sell more properties to Arrowhead in a mutually beneficial relationship. Propertuity focuses on development and Arrowhead on acquiring developed property with solid yields. Arrowhead’s overall strategy is to increase its portfolio to R10-billion by 2016 by obtaining properties that offer attractive yields. It currently owns properties valued at more than R5-billion.Arrowhead’s chief executive officer, Mark Kaplan, explains: “This transaction further reinforces the continued interest in the Johannesburg inner city where regeneration efforts have resulted in improved property values.”Maboneng PrecinctLiebmann founded Propertuity in 2008 with a vision to create a well-designed and affordable integrated urban offering in Johannesburg. That year, the company made its first acquisition and along with architect Enrico Daffonchio, designed and developed Arts on Main, which offers a space for creatives to live and work. By 2009, Arts on Main was completed and celebrated artist William Kentridge and the art-focused Nirox Foundation’s NIROXprojects gallery moved in as tenants.Following its success, Propertuity initiated plans to develop the surrounding area to form a “connected urban neighbourhood”. This led to the company acquiring its second structure just 500m from Arts on Main, at 286 Fox Street; in 2010, Main Street Life was completed. It has 194 residential apartments, a boutique hotel and ground floor shops. That same year, Propertuity began construction on Revolution House, on the corner of Kruger and Main streets; The Main Change, at 20 Kruger Street; and Fox Street Studios, at 280 Fox Street.The Maboneng Precinct is made up of a number of completed and “in the pipeline” developments which include:·         Artisan Lofts (residential, 260 Market Street);·         The Main Change (commercial offices, 20 Kruger Street);·         Craftsmen’s Ship (industrial, 260 Main Street);·         Maverick Corner (retail, 300 Commissioner Street);·         Arts on Main (mixed use, 264 Fox Street);·         Revolution House (residential, 21 Kruger Street – corner Kruger and Main streets);·         12 Decades Hotel (7th floor, 286 Fox Street);·         Fox Street Studios (commercial, 280 Fox Street);·         MOAD – Museum of African Design (exhibition and performance space, 281 Commissioner Street);·         Main Street Life (residential, 286 Fox Street);·         The Urban Fox (residential, 276 Fox Street);·         Curiocity (backpackers’ lodge, 302 Fox Street);·         Off the Grid (five-storey parking lot and transport hub, 250 Main Street);·         Remed’s View (student accommodation, 306 Commissioner Street);·         Aerial Empire (mixed-use, Sivewright Avenue);·         Rocket Factory (residential, 275 Commissioner Street);·         Living MOAD (residential, 281 Commissioner Street); and,·         The Townhouse (residential, 280 Fox Street Street).Arts on Main was recognised for its original use of public space when it scooped the Johannesburg Development Agency’s Halala Award for “Relaxing and Playing Joburg: the recreation destination” in 2010. The category recognises “creativity and innovation through the use of new and old buildings that provide unique recreational spaces”.In 2012, The Main Change won the Halala Award for “Working and Buying Joburg: creating a business destination”, which identifies innovative commercial and retail developments that attract people to the business hub.Liebmann was invited to speak at TEDxStellenbosch in 2011 on how his projects had developed a vibrant community and creative hub in the Maboneng Precinct.He has participated in many forums, including the World Economic Forum on Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 2012, where he represented Johannesburg and South Africa on the global stage. At the event, Liebmann was asked to speak on Urban Africa. He championed the regeneration of blighted urban areas and spoke about his company’s vision to rescue old office blocks and warehouses in Johannesburg and convert them cultural hubs, with galleries, artist studios, offices and retail spaces for the creative community.He was also chosen as one of Forbes’s “Top 30 entrepreneurs under the age of 30” in 2012 and 2013, and featured in the Mail and Guardian’s “Top 200 Young South Africans in 2010”. He appeared on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine in February 2013. The success of Maboneng has breathed new life into the city. Now Jonathan Liebman hopes to emulate that success in Ghana. (Image: Pascal Parent)last_img read more

NoSQL Benchmark Open-Sourced

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Tags:#Big Data#hack Related Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finleycenter_img Earlier this month Belgian computer science student Dory Thibault posted a slide deck with the surprising results of a benchmark comparing Cassandra, HBase, MongoDB and Riak. The benchmarks are a part of his mater’s thesis, and the slides were difficult to interpret without the accompanying oral presentation.Thibault has now open-sourced the benchmarks so that others can check his work. “I would like to say that all of this benchmark is an idea that is quite recent and I’m still working on it,” Thibault writes. “That means that there could be bugs in my code, errors in my configuration of the various clusters and other kinds of problems.”Here’s the original presentation:Comparing noSQL databases : benchmarkView more presentations from Thibault Dory. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Show Padmavat in court, directs Rajasthan HC

first_imgThe Rajasthan High Court on Friday directed producer-director Sanjay Leela Bhansali to show his film Padmavat in court before passing an order on his petition seeking the quashing of a First Information Report.The FIR was registered at the Didwana police station in Nagaur on February 17, 2016. Besides him, actors Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone were also named as accused.The case was lodged on the complaint of two individuals who alleged that the movie would disrupt communal harmony and hurt religious sentiments of a community. Padmavat is slated for release on January 25.Meanwhile, Gujarat has also joined the States where the film will not be released. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on Friday said, “We banned the film based on inputs on the law and order situation. The ban continues in the State.”last_img read more

Haryana cabinet expansion on November 14

first_imgThe first cabinet expansion of the Manohar Lal Khattar led Bharatiya Janta Party-Jannayak Janta Party coalition government would take place on November 14.An official statement said that Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Ministers in Chandigarh on November 14.Mr. Khattar , was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Haryana for the second time on October 27 while JJP’s Dushyant Chautala took oath as Deputy Chief Minister of the State. However, no other ministers were sworn in even though it was expected that a few MLAs would be inducted in the council of ministers along with the Chief Minister and his deputy.The BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 40 seats the in the Assembly polls but it fell short of six seats to form the government on its own. The BJP and the JJP, which secured 10 seats in the polls decided to come together to form an alliance government in the State.last_img read more

Talks with Pakistan won’t change stand on 26/11: Govt

first_imgTaj hotel after the 26/11 attack.The foreign ministry is hardpressed to explain that the Indian government is not putting the 26/11 issue behind it while reviving talks as well as sports ties with Pakistan.A day after foreign minister S.M. Krishna pointed to the infamous 2009 Sharm-el-Sheikh statement to stress that action against the 26/11 perpetrators and talks with Pakistan were different issues, the external affairs ministry on Thursday issued a statement saying India’s concerns on 26/11 would definitely figure in the talks with Pakistan.A government source said this implied that India now wanted a dialogue to deliver what dozen-odd dossiers to Pakistan on 26/11 have not been able to do in two years.Earlier this month, Home Minister P. Chidambaram clearly said Pakistan hadn’t delivered on our demands. On Thursday, the external affairs ministry’s statement said: “The government has embarked on a dialogue with Pakistan with the aim of normalising relations.This dialogue will naturally seek to address our terrorism-related concerns, particularly with respect to the Mumbai attack. This issue figured in the recent home secretary-level talks as also in interactions with the Pakistan government. Clearly, there is no dilution of our position in this regard.”The international community, particularly those countries whose nationals were killed in the attack, wanted the 26/11 perpetrators brought to justice expeditiously, the ministry said.Retired diplomats, such as the former high commissioner to Pakistan G. Parthasarathy, however, believe that although dialogue is understandable, India’s overtures to Pakistan undermine the point of terrorism which India made a cornerstone issue post-26/11.advertisement”We have allowed Pakistan to get away from its responsibility which involves seeking out, trying and punishing those responsible for 26/11,” Parthasarathy said.Former foreign secretary Lalit Mansingh also questioned the utility of the dialogue at the highest levels when Pakistan hadn’t delivered on India’s demands.”I agree with the PM’s (Manmohan Singh) strategic vision. His logic is impeccable – that we have to look at our growth prospects and for that, India needs to come to terms with Pakistan and normalise ties. But our primary concern is terrorism and 26/11. We have made demands on Pakistan and the answers have not been forthcoming. Time and again, we have said that continuation of dialogue depends on how well Pakistan delivers on our terror concerns. So if that has not happened, there is a question mark on the utility of these high-level meetings,” Mansingh said on Thursday.Some government sources said the dialogue process with Pakistan would not be rolled back unless there was another Pakistan-sponsored terror attack on India.They added that Krishna’s remark pointing to the Sharm-el-Sheikh statement was significant in this regard.Parthasarathy pointed out that PM Singh had to backtrack from the statement later in Parliament. The PM had said: “I wish to reiterate that the President and PM of Pakistan know, after our meetings, that we can have a meaningful dialogue only if they fulfil their commitment not to allow their territory to be used for terrorist activities against India.”last_img read more

20 Medals Now For Michael Phelps Including Another Gold

A London Olympics that started with a whimper for Michael Phelps has been a big bang ever since, including Thursday, when he increased his most medals record to 20 by besting American rival Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley.Lochte said these Games were “my time” after he opened by winning the gold medal in the 400 individual medley. He also said Phelps, who finished fourth in that event, would come back more determined than ever.Lochte was wrong about the first, right about the second.Phelps earned his 16th gold medal by handled the field in a time of 1 minute, 54.27 seconds, just off his winning time in Beijing. The silver went to Lochte and Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took the bronze.So his final Olympics that looked bleak at the start look golden now. He was not as dominant as he was four years ago in Beijing. But his medal count this year rests at two golds and two silvers in five races – and he still has two more events to go.In fact, as soon as Phelps finished off Lochte, he hopped out of the pool and headed to the nearby diving well to warm down, knowing he still had a semifinal of the 100 butterfly before the night was done.Lochte had gone through the same routine just a few minutes earlier, trying to pull off an impressive double 31 minutes apart. He came up short in both races, fading to bronze in the 200 backstroke behind fellow American Tyler Clary, then touching after Phelps in the medley.Phelps’ reaction wasn’t a water-pounding celebration, just look of relief. He seemed to be soaking it all in, relishing a gold of his own in London with his previous victory coming in the 4×200 freestyle relay.Lochte shook hands with his rival before crawling out of the pool for the last time at these Games. In a symbolic gesture, he tossed his cap and goggles into the crowd, his work done. His final tally: two golds, two silvers, one bronze and a fourth-place finish — impressive, but undoubtedly shy of what he had predicted would be “my time.” read more

Two teens get a break caught stealing

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – Two very young men, an 18 year old and a 19 year old caught a really lucky break as they were shown leniency by the judge after being caught red handed trying to break into an apartment on Leeward Highway and after being found with stolen goods from another burglary in Turtle Tail, which happened just days before.     Haitian Government makes major donation to Turks and Caicos, 630 generators among supplies Related Items:#, #teenageburglarersgivenleniencybyjudge, #teenscaughtstealing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Devante Brisco, 18 and Benjamin Cox who is 19 did not fight the charges and pleaded guilty to the thefts which happened in September.  They were given a two year suspended sentence for attempted burglary and handling stolen goods. Boyfriend protects woman from gunshots in Provo shooting; ‘critical’ in hospital Prime Minister breaks ground for Darliston Serviced Lots Developmentlast_img read more

CW in the Vanguard of Pre5G testing in the Caribbean

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPUNTA CANA, DR – July 17, 2017 – At the 33rd CANTO Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition, John Reid, CEO of C&W Communications (C&W), announced that C&W has completed a groundbreaking pre-5G (fifth generation wireless broadband technology) trial in Antigua. Once installed, Antigua will be the first country in the region with the most advanced pre-5G network, delivering download peak speeds of up to 800 Mbps. In the trial’s next phase, the Company expects to test a 5G prototype reaching 2 to 5 Gbps peak speeds, which will have a profound positive impact on the island.The announcement came as part of Reid’s keynote address today to prominent Caribbean officials at the 33rd CANTO Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition in the Dominican Republic. “These are exciting times for C&W Communications, as we continue to invest and develop more pioneering innovations to meet the needs of our customers and enable growth in the region through transformative technology,” said Reid. “This pre-5G trial in the Caribbean, is a significant step towards the evolution of C&W’s mobile networks across the region to 5G, and providing Gigabit speeds to our customers in Antigua,” he continued.C&W’s pre-5G technology trial, a combined effort with parent company Liberty Global, is based on LTE Advanced Pro (LTE-A Pro), the latest LTE evolution, that delivers lower latency, more capacity and improved reliability for customers. This translates into a faster mobile internet experience where customers can better participate in advanced technology such as richer video experience and new apps.In early October, the Company will further test a 5G prototype network designed to deliver wireless data connections above 2 Gbps. If the trials are successful, and the business case favorable, the Company plans to invest another $5 million in Antigua alone to significantly upgrade the wireless infrastructure there. C&W has invested $1.5 billion in the region over the last three years.5G is a new set of standards beyond traditional 4G/LTE technologies. This set of standards will allow operators to deliver wireless data connections above 1 Gbps and to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). C&W’s pre-5G trial and 5G prototype trials are part of a partnership with Ericsson, who will provide the equipment and software in Antigua and across the Caribbean.C&W Communications will be a major participant during the 33rd CANTO Annual Telecom Conference & Trade Exhibition, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Punta Cana, The Dominican Republic. Please visit us at booth No. 27 and 28.Press Release: C & WAbout C&W CommunicationsC&W is a full service communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video, broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in 18 countries. Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing cloud technology to serve business and government customers.C&W also operates a state-of-the-art submarine fiber network – the most extensive in the region.Learn more at www.cwc.com, or follow C&W on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.About Liberty GlobalLiberty Global is the world’s largest international TV and broadband company, with operations in more than 30 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. We invest in the infrastructure that empowers our customers to make the most of the digital revolution. Our scale and commitment to innovation enable us to develop market-leading products delivered through next-generation networks that connect our 25 million customers who subscribe to over 50 million television, broadband internet and telephony services. We also serve over 10 million mobile subscribers and offer WiFi service across 6 million access points.Liberty Global’s businesses are comprised of two stocks: the Liberty Global Group (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) for our European operations, and the LiLAC Group (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB), which consists of our operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.The Liberty Global Group operates in 11 European countries under the consumer brands Virgin Media, Unitymedia, Telenet and UPC. The Liberty Global Group also owns 50% of VodafoneZiggo, a Dutch joint venture, which has 4 million customers, 10 million fixed-line subscribers and 5 million mobile subscribers. The LiLAC Group operates in over 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Más Móvil and BTC. In addition, the LiLAC Group operates a sub-sea fiber network throughout the region in over 30 markets.For more information, please visit www.libertyglobal.comC&W CommunicationsInvestor Relations: Kunal Patel    (+1 (786) 376 9294)Media Relations: Claudia Restrepo    (+1 (786) 218 040)last_img read more