Punjab Congress leaders have expressed anguish over the Centre’s recent notification regarding new police rules, bringing the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police of Chandigarh within the ambit of the DANIPS cadre.While State Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and MP Pratap Singh Bajwa have written separate letters to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking him to reconsider the decision, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said he would take up the issue with the Prime Minister soon.‘Foundation shaken’In his letter, Mr. Sidhu said the decision shakes the very foundation and purpose of the Punjab Reorganisation Act and the Rajiv-Longowal Accord.“…by way of the Punjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, the erstwhile State of Punjab was bifurcated by the formation of a new State, namely the State of Haryana, and also the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The aforesaid Reorganisation Act also envisaged that from the said appointed date, which was to be the 1st day of November, 1966, all assets and liabilities were to be bifurcated between Punjab and Haryana in the ratio of 60:40. The 60:40 rule, in respect of various cadres of officers allocated to Chandigarh, has become a binding convention and is being followed religiously since then,” wrote Mr. Sidhu.He added that by the Centre’s latest notification, the legitimate and existing binding convention of 60:40 has been unjustifiably taken away from the people of Punjab.Mr. Bajwa pointed out that law and order was a State subject and as such the core issue of transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab should have been decided first before notifying these new police rules.
“When you’re alone you don’t do much laughing.” – PG Wodehouse“Did you know,” said my friend the other day, while stuffing her face with food, “that Winnie the Pooh is the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations?” She then, proceeded to wash the burgers down with a Coke and started chomping on her fresh order of fries. I said I did not, and watched her suck the salt off a French fry with amusement as I reminisced happy memories from our past of similar nature.There is no telling what makes a person tick when it comes to choosing chums for life, I concluded, after having trifled away another invaluable hour of my life, watching my amiable friend gobble and guzzle. Awash in the friendship day fever, my peer rambled on about her forthcoming merry-making and I was forced to resign myself to a silent expression of disapproval not much unlike Aristotle and Cicero, who too, would have sunk into chairs, profoundly dejected by the redefined, abysmal notions of friendship espoused by the masses today.The emergence of social media, like a siren’s song, has lured multitudes into the sea of virtual reality where human contact has been replaced by electronic forms of interaction. The spirit of friendship, akin to a flower uncared for, is wilting away. Cyberspace, by a sustained blitzkrieg of discombobulation, has lulled masses into a false sense of security wherein they refuse to exercise judgment when it comes to revealing intimate details of their lives to complete strangers disguised as friends. So deeply enmeshed it has become with the lives of individuals that the mere thought of disengaging themselves from it, is distressing enough to make them clutch their brows and break into fits of hysteria. Face-to-face conversations have now become part of a dying institution. People today, have many acquaintances in the digital realm, but few friends outside of it. True friendships, are results of deliciously inexplicable happenings, built and nurtured on moments of shared excitement, passion, uncertainty and fierce camaraderie. The human ability to forge bonds of friendship is a characteristic trait, as is the innate desire for cooperation and companionship. To say, that one does not desire occasionally, to break free from the mundane task of being one’s self and pretend to be somebody else entirely, would be paltering with the truth. But on occasions, when a fellow needs a friend, I find the prospect of dropping down into a cozy sofa with a friend and watching her demolish several plates of food oddly comforting.
The Raspberry Pi board developers can now make use of the latest TensorFlow 1.9 features to build their board projects. Most developers use Raspberry Pi for shaping their innovative DIY projects. The Pi also acts as a pathway to introduce people to programming with an added benefit of coding in Python. The main objective of blending TensorFlow with the Raspberry Pi board is to let people explore the capabilities of machine learning on cost-effective and flexible devices. Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi project, says, “It is vital that a modern computing education covers both fundamentals and forward-looking topics. With this in mind, we’re very excited to be working with Google to bring TensorFlow machine learning to the Raspberry Pi platform. We’re looking forward to seeing what fun applications kids (of all ages) create with it.” By being able to use TensorFlow features, existing users, as well as new users, can try their hand on live machine learning projects. Here are few real-life examples of Tensorflow on Raspberry Pi: DonkeyCar platform DonkeyCar, a platform to build DIY Robocars, uses TensorFlow and the Raspberry Pi to create self-driving toy cars. Object Recognition Robot The Tensorflow framework is useful for recognizing objects. This robot uses a library, a camera, and a Raspberry Pi, using which one can detect up to 20,000 different objects. Waste sorting robot This robot is capable of sorting every piece of garbage with the same precision as a human. This robot is able to recognize at least four types of waste. To identify the category to which it belongs, the system uses TensorFlow and OpenCV. One can easily install Tensorflow from the pre-built binaries using Python pip package system from the pre-built binaries. One can also install it by simply running these commands on the Raspbian 9 (stretch) terminal: sudo apt install libatlas-base-devpip3 install tensorflow Read more about this project on GitHub page Read Next 5 DIY IoT projects you can build under $50 Build your first Raspberry Pi project How to mine bitcoin with your Raspberry Pi
Posted by MONTREAL — A coalition of business leaders in Canada’s largest cities is putting pressure on Ottawa to reduce security screening times and cut travelling costs to bolster a prime engine of the country’s economy.In its first political foray, the Canadian Global Cities Council is pushing to make airports more internationally competitive in order to attract more tourists, enhance economic activity and improve the travelling experience.The group of Canada’s eight largest urban chambers of commerce will unveil a series of recommendations Thursday morning on security screening, border entry and visas, and transit connectivity.“We want to make sure that Canada can be a global transit hub,” said Adam Legge, council chairman and president of Calgary’s Chamber of Commerce.The coalition says Canada’s top seven airports collectively contribute $59 billion of economic activity and support 272,000 jobs.The group is calling for enhanced use of technology, the adoption of international security screening standards and targeted checks of travellers from high-risk countries to speed up how long it takes to pass through security.While London Heathrow and Hong Kong International airports require that 95 per cent of passengers be screened within five minutes, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority expects that on average half of passengers wait longer than 15 minutes.More news: GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“We can’t say that we’re open for business and then expect people to wait in a three-hour queue,” Legge added.The council is calling for increased funding for CATSA and the Canada Border Services Agency to meet growing demands.It also wants Canada to harmonize immigration and trusted traveller programs with other countries. That means only requiring visas for citizens of high-risk countries and increasing the use of automated border clearance systems.The traveller experience can also be improved and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving transit connections from airports to downtown cores and to communities and facilities surrounding airports, it adds. While just eight per cent of passengers at Toronto Pearson airport used transit, about 40 per cent do so in London, Paris and Amsterdam, said the report.Legge said the government needs to cut taxes, fees and rents that increase the price of air travel in Canada and has driven travellers to use U.S. airports.He said the changes could see one-way travel costs cut by about $25.“It’s a bold ask but I think we have to bring to government’s attention the uncompetitiveness of Canada’s current position that will continue to be eroded over time,” said Legge.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyAir Canada says it supports initiatives that foster growth at Canadian airports and reduce high taxes and fees.Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced in November that the government will work to reduce waits at airport security to international standards and introduce an air passenger rights regime.The voice for Canada’s airports said it’s optimistic that years of talk will result in changes in the country’s airport policy.“To have the business communities in our largest cities on board with that just adds to the voices that have been calling for air policy reform for years,” said Daniel-Robert Gooch, president of the Canadian Airports Council.Montreal Board of Trade president Michel Leblanc said the coalition will push the government to adopt changes within a year.“The solutions that we are putting on the table exist elsewhere,” he said. “We’re not reinventing the wheel so that should require rather quick deadlines for implementation.”After addressing airports, the coalition plans to speak out on other subjects including infrastructure and the availability of skilled workers. Thursday, December 8, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: Airports, Ottawa Urban businesses push Ottawa to improve airports to attract tourists Share
Books open for MSC Seashore’s inaugural season Posted by Tags: MSC Cruises, MSC Seashore << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, June 26, 2019 GENEVA — MSC Cruises has opened the books on MSC Seashore’s inaugural season in the Western Mediterranean. Starting in June 2021, the ship will sail a seven-night itinerary calling at Barcelona, Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valetta.Sales open today, June 26, exclusively for MSC Voyagers Club members for a two-week period, as one of the many benefits of the program that rewards loyal MSC Cruises’ guests. All other guests will be able to book cruises starting July 11. MSC Seashore will be the third ship in MSC’s Seaside generation, following MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, which launched in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and the first of two enriched Seaside Evo ships with extended public spaces, more staterooms and the highest ratio of outdoor space per guest of any cruise ship in the company’s fleet.“Each and every ship that we build is different,” says CEO Gianni Onorato. “MSC Seashore is an evolution of the ground-breaking Seaside prototype but this enriched ship has allowed us to further enhance the guest experience with the introduction of new features and facilities as well as some further improvement of the existing ones. With an increased capacity and expanded facilities, MSC Seashore will offer guests myriad opportunities to get closer to the sea, providing yet more options for vacationers to enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean when the ship comes into service.”More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaThe increased size of the ship by 52 ft. has allowed for some of the public spaces to be redesigned, creating new public areas as well as optimizing the location of other areas throughout the ship. A new double deck show lounge has been created below the aft pool, which is now on Deck 8, while the indoor pool on Deck 18 will be extended with an additional deck over and around the pool. The family offering has also been expanded with an even bigger kids’ area and the ultimate state-of-the-art waterpark. A brand-new restaurant will be introduced for Aurea guests as well as an additional main restaurant. There will be a new location for the specialty restaurants on Deck 8, as the buffet will move to Deck 16. This new position for the specialty restaurants allows for waterfront seating on the iconic waterfront boardwalk bringing guests ever closer to the sea as they enjoy their lunch or dinner.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthMSC Seashore will also feature new stateroom designs such as connected staterooms for families and groups. The MSC Yacht Club will offer a new style of suite, featuring a walk-in wardrobe. In addition, there will be two more luxury suites with whirlpool baths, and 28 more terraced staterooms with their own private area for sunbathing.MSC Seashore, as well as the fourth ship from MSC Cruises’ Seaside-generation is being built by Italian shipyard Fincantieri.When booking MSC Seashore over the initial two-week opening of sales period exclusive to them, MSC Voyagers Club members will not only be able to have the first selection of staterooms, but also receive a special 5% discount in addition to their 5% loyalty discount. All other guests will enjoy a 5% early booking discount until Sept. 11, 2019. Prices start at Cdn$1,249 per person for a balcony stateroom.MSC Seashore will commence its maiden voyage on June 13, 2021 and will be joined 18 months later by a second Seaside EVO ship in autumn 2022. Travelweek Group Share
July 21, 2004Cosanti Foundation long time staff member Roger Tomalty is in Venice, Italy, to teach a Silt Cast Workshop at the IUAV School of Architecture. [Photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele]Cosanti Foundation long time staff member Roger Tomalty is in Venice, Italy, to teach a Silt Cast Workshop at the IUAV School of Architecture. [Photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele] [left photo] The IUAV School of Architecture in Venice is one of the most prestigious architecture schools in Italy. It has started an intensive summer program of innovative sessions with the intention of facilitating the expressive capacities of its students by putting a consistent amount of space and tools at their disposal. Important architects from all around the world were invited to participate. One of these courses, mandatory to graduate from the School, is about Paolo Soleri and Arcosanti. [right photo] Marco Felici introduces the students to Paolo Soleris LEAN ALTERNATIVE. [left photo: IUAV, right photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele] The course has been organized and delivered by Architect Antonio Fragiacomo, Structural Engineer Marco Felici and Cosanti Research Associate Roger Tomalty, with the precious help of Daniela Bruni, Maurizio Ranzi (Roma Tre University), Sandra Suatoni (Istituto Italiano Per La Grafica), Lorenzo Alfieri, Robert Clyde and Arcosanti residents Mary Hoadley and Matteo Di Michele. [Photo: Antonio Fragiacomo & text: Matteo Di Michele]
Geir BjørndalGeir Bjørndal, Conax’s former marketing chief, has joined Verimatrix.The content security specialist said Bjørndal is charged with significantly increasing the company’s market penetration and visibility with operators looking to take advantage of new generation DVB hybrid networks that include IP and over-the-top video delivery.“Verimatrix is sitting at the intersection of where traditional and new video services markets converge. Geir brings the unique combination of deep industry knowledge and vision of where the digital TV and revenue security markets are headed to help us take advantage of this position,” said Tom Munro, CEO of Verimatrix. “We feel that he will be a highly effective advocate for our multi-network, multi-screen value proposition and will further strengthen our partner ecosystem in the DVB and hybrid video services market.”
Multi-brand TV manufacturer Vestel is gearing up to launch a range of Freeview Play TVs in the UK market.Vestel’s Freeview Play range will include HD TVs and 4K Ultra HD models, allowing users to access Freeview’s connected DTT platform without connecting to a separate set-top box.“With this launch, we’re tapping into the real demands of consumers, offering a TV solution that can make the transition from linear to on-demand TV seamless and easy,” said Vestel’s UK commercial director, Sadi Acikalin.“Our partnership with Freeview marks our on-going commitment to meaningful innovation – real change that can genuinely transform and enhance the viewing experience of the majority of UK viewers.”
Stand up comedy VOD platform, NextUp, has launched on Amazon Channels in the UK.The service joins the likes of Discovery, Eurosport Player and ITV Hub as part of Amazon’s subscription channels line-up and costs users ￡3.50 per-month.NextUp launched in 2016 and has since filmed 40 original stand up comedy shows, releasing a new special every week.The service grew out of the ComComedy YouTube channel and live comedy night and was co-founded by former director of comedy at BBC Worldwide, Stuart Snaith.In August NextUp raised £230,000 (€253,000), giving the platform a valuation of £1.5 million, and struck a distribution deal with Virgin Atlantic.Amazon launched its Amazon Channels offering in the UK, Germany and Austria in May, allowing Prime users to add live and on-demand TV as part of their subscription package.
Creating greater scale either through horizontal mergers or by building out networks in greenfield areas remains the number one priority for European cable operators, according to a panel of senior executives at Cable Congress in Dublin.Manuel CuberoThe completion of the integration of Kabel Deutschland into Vodafone had provided huge opportunities for the cable business, enabling it to offer bundled products, said Manuel Cubero, chief commercial officer, Vodafone Germany, participating in the panel.Cubero said that offering a fixed-mobile bundle was key to the company’s growth strategy.“From an industry perspective, [consolidation] makes a lot of sense,” he said, citing the example of the scale of operators in China, where there are fewer players than in some individual European markets.Europe’s other major international cable operators, Liberty Global, is “busy building out” in the CEE region, adding half a million homes across the region last year. “We are not at [sufficient] scale in central and eastern Europe,” according to Robert Redeleanu, CEO of Liberty Global-owned UPC Romania and UPC Hungary, who described the region as “very fragmented”.However, Redeleanu said that an absence of obvious consolidation opportunities meant that building out Liberty Global’s own network was a viable alternative strategy.“While the opportunity of consolidating is still there, it is not so obvious and we are taking things in our own hands,” he said.Building out new areas is a good way to deliver scale, he added.“Scale is critical. With scale we could launch mobile and potentially pay for exclusive content and get the right efficiencies to launch new products,” he said.Redeleanu said that Liberty was also looking to expand its mobile presence and launch mobile services across the region.He said that Liberty had to “look at the payback” for infrastructure investment, but the case for investing in network build-outs was improving. While ARPU levels are lower than in western Europe, they vary across CEE, and ARPU has been growing across the region, he said. Liberty had been able to address premium segments of the market successfully, he said, and ARPU as a proportion of disposable income was high.Consolidating the German market is “potentially an opportunity for us as a company” with strong penetration in housing associations, said Timm Degenhardt, CEO of German operator Tele Columbus, also participating in the panel. He said that Tele Columbus as a relatively smaller player could have opportunities in a consolidating industry.