Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Quarterly reports about venture capital investment are fairly commonplace. But information about early stage investment can be more difficult to come by.To help investigate some of the investment trends, the Angel Capital Education Foundation (ACEF), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights are announcing a partnership that will produce a quarterly research report. The aptly-titled Halo Report will track angel investment activity in the U.S. and Canada, providing data that entrepreneurs and early-stage investors have long sought after.CB Insights CEO and co-founder Anand Sanwal notes that “Unlike data on VC investments, comprehensive, rigorously collected data on angel-backed companies and angel investors does not currently exist in any centralized fashion.” The Halo Report aims to give more visibility to this segment of early-stage investment, which in turn will help build data-driven tools to help both investors and entrepreneurs. CB Insights has an extensive database of private company financing, and we often cite its findings here at ReadWriteWeb. The Halo Report will draw on that data, in conjunction with SVB and ACEF’s expertise in angel investment, to include information about overall investment activity, as well as details about round sizes, location, and industry preferences.The first Halo Report is expected to be available in the second half of 2011. Tags:#start#tips
There is a certain variety of anti-cold calling charlatan that hedges their statements when they disparage cold calling. They’ll say that it is dead, that only a fool or a dinosaur would interrupt their dream client, and that no one answers the phone, that the medium no longer works (I know, this in the face of results that prove that they couldn’t be any more incorrect). But after making these statements, they say, “But of course, the phone still works sometimes, and you should make it part of your strategy.” (I would rather they have the courage of their convictions and skin in the game by boldly proclaiming that businesses remove all phones from the sales force, allowing only LinkedIn and email for sales-related communications).The idea that one medium replaces another is to misunderstand communication mediums and evolution. Evolution works by transcending and including what came before, by adding some new novelty. But because the ethos in Silicon Valley is disruption, ideas here in the United States are framed as “destroying what came before to create something new,” i.e. “what is old must die.”Truth be told, things are mostly the same.People have been trading since they figured out how to have something worth trading. This was done in face-to-face exchanges, a choice that we still tend to prefer when something is important. As we developed the ability generate in excess of some commodity, markets and bazaars appeared, places where people could go to buy, sell, and trade. Some of these markets traveled from place to place, trading all along the way.Move forward in time, you add technology to buying and selling. You add newspapers, magazines, catalogues, and stores and shops. Markets and bazaars didn’t go away, they just found a permanent location. The ability to share what you have or what you need was printed so as to extend your reach. Still much was done face to face, even though catalogues allowed people to have goods shipped to their homes or businesses.Move forward to the telephone. With this invention, the barrier of space was eliminated. I can speak to you as if I am standing in the room with you, even if we are on opposite sides of the planet. It allows something close to face to face when that is difficult or expensive. It allowed people in commerce to do some of the work across long distances.Add television, which has shifted form and now appears on more and different size screens, but where advertisements still live. Add Radio, which now appears on more devices but is every bit as ubiquitous, even if what is broadcast has been democratized, with power shifting away from corporations.The internet is a marketplace. It’s also television, radio, movies, books, grocery store, homeware stores, sporting goods. It’s news, opinions, and art. It’s an evolution of what has already existed in a form that transcends and includes what came before but doesn’t replace them. We added all of the things, impossible as it might seem, to the one device we treasure above all else . . . the phone.None of the ways we communicate have changed. The Pony Express turned into mail, turned into email. Amazon.com is the Montgomery Ward Catalog of 1895. You still need attention, regardless of where you go to get it. If you want to know what the phone is going to look like in the future, my guess is that face to face, the oldest of all the ways we buy and sell, will cause the phone to mean video and audio instead of just audio. In fact, I believe this is already true.Look back over the list of mediums and notice they are all still in existence. Then decide of all the mediums, which ones is still dominant for your business communications.
New Dolphin Discovered in BrazilIn the Amazon Basin, local legends claim that it’s bad luck to kill a river dolphin. But that’s not the only reason to protect these animals. Researchers recently identified a whole new species of river dolphin in Brazil—and discovered that each species of river dolphin is much rarer than we thought.Earth Won’t Die as Soon as ThoughtSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Good news, everyone! New studies show that the sun won’t vaporize our planet’s water for at least another 1 billion to 1.5 billion years—hundreds of millions of years later than we thought. The findings won’t change your retirement plans, but could imply that habitable, Earth-like alien worlds are more common than scientists thought.Facebook Spreads—and May Die Out—Like a DiseaseA pair of researchers has used a simple epidemiological model to track the use of Facebook and found that it has spread just like a contagion. Moreover, their model suggests that, just like Myspace before it, Facebook will suffer a colossal fall within the next few years.Rosetta Awakes and Prepares to Chase CometThis week, the European comet-chasing probe Rosetta successfully roused itself from a 2.5-year sleep and signaled anxious controllers on the ground. Rosetta has traveled 6.2 billion km in an attempt to do something never done before: to catch up with a comet, 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as it speeds toward the sun and to go into orbit around it.Fight the Flu, Hurt Society?Taking medication to control your fever when you have the flu may not actually be a good idea. Scientists say that lowering your body temperature when you have a fever may make the virus replicate faster and increase the risk that you will transmit it to others. In fact, a new study claims that there are at least 700 extra flu deaths in the United States every year because people suppress their fever.
India will play Canada in an away Davis Cup World Group Play-offs tie in September. The draw for the World Group Play-offs was held in London today and the tie will be held from September 15-17. India had made it to the World Group Play-offs after a 4-1 win over Uzbekistan last weekend.Canada are currently ranked 16 in the ITF rankings and India are two rungs below them.Canada have Milos Raonic, who is currently ranked 6th in the world, and Vasek Popisil as the two top singles players in the team.India have qualified for the World Group play-offs for the fourth straight year. They lost to Serbia in 2014, Czech Republic in 2015 and Spain in 2016 in previous three years, all of which held at home.This time India made it to the play-offs with a 4-1 win over Uzbekistan which was the first for the team under non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi.Leander Paes was dropped from the team as Bhupathi went into the tie with Rohan Bopanna as the sole doubles specialist. This was the first time Paes was dropped in his 27 long years in Davis Cup.Canada were relegated to play-offs after their 2-3 loss to Great Britain 2-3 in the World Group first Round in February.
Continue Reading Previous Altium to showcase Designer 18 and PDN Analyzer at embedded worldNext Bridgetek: EVE graphics controllers with ASTC functionality Lynx Software Technologies and ETAS announced that, together with Robert Bosch GmbH, they are jointly working to provide the safe and secure hypervisor foundation for the ETAS RTA-VRTE platform software solution incorporating the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform standard. RTA-VRTE supports the next generation of cross-domain and vehicle computer ECUs being introduced in upcoming vehicles. ETAS is offering an early access package for the RTA-VRTE platform including training and consulting to help users get started quickly.Lynx and ETAS first announced their collaboration in March 2017 at the Embedded World conference in Nuremberg. Under this developing partnership, ETAS has added the LynxSecure Separation Kernel Hypervisor to its automotive software stack, for significantly enhanced ECU and vehicle computer security and safe system separation for the next generation of domain controllers and vehicle computer ECUs.ETAS is supporting LynxSecure with a version of the RTA-BSW AUTOSAR solution, the RTA-VRTE AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform and the ESCRYPT embedded security solution to run within the lightweight isolated virtual machine containers of LynxSecure. This combination forms a complete software platform, available from ETAS, designed to address real time automotive use-cases which demand the highest level of safety and security.The LynxSecure Separation Kernel allows powerful multi-core microprocessor-based hardware to be partitioned and isolated into different virtual machines allowing software applications to co-exist while providing freedom from interference. The LynxSecure Separation Kernel technology also offers the LynxSecure Application virtual machine containers. These bare-metal virtual machines are highly efficient allowing application code to run directly on the microprocessor without the need for a guest operating system. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Amid the furor over umpires call to give an extra run when a throw struck Ben Stokes’ bat in the World Cup final, it has now come to light that the all-rounder had asked the umpires to take away the four overthrows which ultimately proved to be decisive in England’s win over New Zealand.During the final over in England’s chase of 241 on Sunday at Lord’s, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.After consultation with Marais Erasmus and the rest of his umpiring colleagues, Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident, meaning that England — who by then seemed to be drifting out of contention needing nine runs from three balls — were suddenly right back in the hunt for their World Cup glory needing three more from two.James Anderson, Stokes’ Test team-mate, has revealed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.”The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Anderson as telling BBC’s Tailenders podcast.”But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it.”I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’.”But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is,” he added.Former Australian umpire Simon Taufel has described the costly ruling in the World Cup final as a “clear mistake”.”They (England) should have been awarded five runs, not six,” Taufel told foxsports.com.au.”It’s a clear mistake and it’s an error of judgment,” he added.However, the ICC said the umpires took decisions on the field based on their interpretation of the rules, and the cricket body would not comment on the episode.advertisement
Bayern München Bayern confirm Alaba injury blow Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 07:02 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bongarts Bayern München Hoffenheim v Bayern München Hoffenheim Bundesliga Carlo Ancelotti will be without either of his preferred left-back options after the club confirmed an injury lay-off for their Austrian star Bayern Munich’s run of injuries has continued with versatile full-back David Alaba set for a stint on the sidelines.Alaba suffered an ankle knock in Austria’s World Cup qualifying clash with Georgia and had to be withdrawn prior to half-time on Tuesday.Bayern 13/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 The length of the lay-off has not yet been determined, but it leaves head coach Carlo Ancelotti without either of his natural left-back options as Juan Bernat continues his recovery from ankle surgery.However, there is some good news for the Italian with midfielder Sebastian Rudy cleared of injury.46 – Only Lewandowski (51) and @David_Alaba (50) made more appearances for @FCBayernEN under @MrAncelotti than @esmuellert_ (46). Clan. pic.twitter.com/4vu0Ipck8N— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 6, 2017The 27-year-old was taken off as a precaution in Germany’s 6-0 rout of Norway but has been deemed fit to re-join training on Thursday.German champions Bayern visit unbeaten Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Premier League A Mourinho myth? Man Utd booked for simulation more than any Premier League side Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:43 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Guardiola José Mourinho Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester City Manchester City were accused of being regularly guilty of simulation by the boss of their cross-town rivals before the derby, but was he right? Jose Mourinho put a magnifying glass to Manchester City’s apparent eagerness to deceive match referees by diving before Sunday’s enthralling Manchester derby, but as it turns out, United are by no means angels in that respect.The Portuguese coach claimed that City players just needed “a little bit of wind and they fall”, clarifying his remark after initially saying that “one thing that I don’t like a lot is that they lose their balance very easily”.But, ironically enough, referee Michael Oliver’s decision to book Ander Herrera for going down too easily under a Nicolas Otamendi challenge in the second half gave United their second yellow card of the season — after Antonio Valencia against Tottenham in October — for such unsporting behaviour. 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 That meant United — who went on to lose 2-1 — have received more bookings for simulation than any other team in the Premier League this season, though Everton have had one yellow card and a retrospective two-match ban dished out to them so far.79′ – Herrera is booked for simulation after Otamendi seemed to catch his foot in the box. #MUFC #MUNMCI— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 10, 2017Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s City are still yet to be punished once for simulation, so has Mourinho got it all wrong, or is the system flawed?RETROSPECTIVE INCONSISTENCYBefore the start of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, it was announced that retrospective action would be introduced in an attempt to stamp out diving.Generally, the move was applauded because, in theory, it prevented players from escaping punishment for deception.Oumar Niasse is the only player to fall foul so far, picking up a two-match ban for diving to win a penalty in Everton’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.GOAL!! #CPFC 1-1 #EFC. Niasse is brought down inside the area and up steps our all-time record penalty scorer Baines to level with five minutes gone. A quick and much-needed response – COYB! #EFCawayday pic.twitter.com/NvZ3btYtfN— Everton (@Everton) November 18, 2017However, as is pointed out in the Disciplinary Procedures of the Football Association handbook, such retrospective punishments can only be implemented if the action leads “either to a penalty being awarded or the dismissal of an opposing player”.JESUS DIVED FOR HIS SINS?Before the Herrera incident, a contentious moment involving Gabriel Jesus brought the simulation debate to the fore on Sunday.The tricky Brazilian did brilliantly on the edge of the United area in the 22nd minute, skilfully sidestepping a couple of challenges before then going to ground, much to the annoyance of defender Chris Smalling.Upon further inspection of replays, it seemed clear that referee Oliver made the right decision in not awarding a penalty, though Jesus got away without a sanction.Come on City pic.twitter.com/PIP8uzV5lX— Gabriel Jesus (@gabrieljesus33) December 10, 2017Such is the wording in the FA’s rules, Jesus cannot be punished retrospectively, which highlights a significant flaw in the system.And the fact that Jesus and Herrera opted to try their luck arguably proves that the FA’s pre-season move — though a step in the right direction — was not strong enough to deter players from attempting to deceive match officials. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Government is planning to establish a branch of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) in Montego Bay, St. James, next year. This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during the IDT’s Christmas luncheon, held at Heather’s Garden Restaurant in New Kingston, on December 13. “Come next year, we will be looking more deeply into the matter to try and get a branch of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal established in Montego Bay, so that workers in that area of the island who have disputes will be able to access the IDT there,” he said. He argued that the work of the Tribunal is a significant one in keeping the business of industrial relations going in the country, adding that it has done a lot in helping to maintain industrial peace and harmony. “The IDT is one of those organizations that do not operate within the sphere of publicity, but the work that the IDT does in keeping the lid on industrial disputes in settling them amicably on behalf of workers and employers and ensuring that the country maintains a stable industrial climate, cannot be measured at all,” the Minister said. Mr. Kellier said amendment of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act (LRIDA), to enable non-unionized individuals to take their dispute to the IDT, has put a strain on their work load, so another office would assist greatly to deal with disputes. The House of Representatives recently passed legislation granting access to the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) to non-unionized workers, who have disputes with their employers. In the meantime, Mr. Kellier said he will be meeting formally with the Executive members of the IDT. The Industrial Disputes Tribunal has been the final level of the system of dispute resolution in Jamaica.
A new $2 million fund will enhance community facilities and public spaces operated by non-profit community organizations. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson today, Dec. 8, unveiled the Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Fund. “This investment means improved access to community centres and public spaces that support a better quality of life for Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Wilson. “It means good jobs and more support for Nova Scotia’s hardworking non-profit organizations.” Applicants will be eligible for a one-time provincial contribution worth up to 75 per cent of the cost of the project to a maximum of $50,000. Registered non-profit community organizations can apply for funding starting in April 2012. Proponents will need to outline how capital enhancements to community facilities will create jobs in the community. Proposals must also provide a detailed project budget and other key elements of community support. Kinsmen Club of Sackville is an organization that could stand to benefit from the new fund. Supporting community causes since 1961, the Kinsmen operate a Kin Centre where they host special events and fundraising activities that give back to the community. “Having this grant available will allow community service organizations such as the Kinsmen Club to make necessary improvements that will enhance our organization and allow us to focus on our goal of serving the community’s greatest need,” said Scott Forbes, president of the Kinsmen Club of Sackville. Eligibility criteria and application forms will be available on the department’s website in the spring. Applications will be reviewed by staff who will make recommendations to the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The minister will make final funding decisions. The Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Fund is part of the department’s mandate to support strong communities that celebrate Nova Scotia’s diverse culture and heritage. More information about the Kinsmen Club of Sackville is available at www.sackvillekinsmen.ca.
Le gouvernement atteint un autre objectif de la stratégie sur les ressources naturelles en organisant des consultations publiques à l’échelle de la province au sujet des parcs provinciaux. « Nous sommes très fiers des parcs de la Nouvelle-Écosse et nous souhaitons qu’ils soient durables pour l’avenir, a dit John MacDonell, ministre par intérim des Ressources naturelles. Cette consultation nous aidera à développer nos parcs afin d’atteindre l’objectif établi dans la stratégie sur les ressources naturelles. » Une série de rencontres communautaires seront organisées à l’échelle de la province à compter du jeudi 31 mai. Les gens peuvent également transmettre leurs commentaires en ligne ou par téléphone. Un sondage en ligne sur le site Web du ministère des Ressources naturelles et un sondage téléphonique auprès des Néo-Écossais offrent également aux gens la chance d’exprimer ce qui est le plus important pour eux au sujet des parcs provinciaux et de transmettre leurs suggestions sur la façon de les gérer dans le futur. « Nous encourageons les Néo-Écossais qui utilisent les parcs à participer à cette discussion. Leurs commentaires sont invités et nécessaires », souligne M. MacDonell. La stratégie sur les ressources naturelles de la province, intitulée « The Path We Share », a été publiée en août 2011 et recommande un examen visant à établir un réseau de parcs plus durable. Les renseignements et les commentaires fournis par les Néo-Écossais pendant les consultations seront considérés par le gouvernement en vue d’établir un réseau de parcs amélioré et durable. « Les parcs provinciaux sont importants pour les Néo-Écossais, a dit Chris Miller, biologiste de la conservation à la Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada. Les parcs sont des endroits où les gens peuvent profiter de la nature et apprendre au sujet de la conservation. C’est pourquoi il est important pour les utilisateurs des parcs et pour tous les Néo-Écossais de faire part de leurs idées. » La province compte près de 300 propriétés dans le réseau des parcs provinciaux, y compris 20 terrains de camping, 122 parcs d’utilisation diurne, dont bon nombre ont un accès côtier. D’autres propriétés sont incluses dans des réserves. Lors des consultations, il sera déterminé si les parcs accomplissent le mandat prévu par la loi sur les parcs et les possibilités de changements seront considérées. Des rencontres publiques auront lieu en anglais dans 15 localités de la province, et des consultations en français auront lieu par vidéoconférence dans cinq régions francophones. Les renseignements à ce sujet seront publiés dans les médias locaux et en ligne à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/natr.
Washington DC: There was a sharp 10 per cent decline in the approval of H-1B visas by the US in the fiscal year 2018 which experts attributed to the “aggressive” policies of the Trump administration to clamp down on the use of the work visa programme, popular among highly-skilled Indian IT professionals. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 335,000 H-1B visas, which included both new and renewable, in the fiscal year 2018. This was 10 per cent less from 373,400 in the previous fiscal year of 2017, according to the USCIS’s annual statistical report. The approval rate of H-1B declined from 93 per cent in 2017 to 85 per cent in 2018. “This administration has aggressively pursued strategies to clamp down on use of the H-1B programme, and these efforts are now showing in the data,” Migration Policy Institute analyst Sarah Pierce was quoted as saying by The Mercury News. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe daily said for the first six months of this fiscal year, the overall H-1B approval rate for new and continuing visas continued to plummet to 79 per cent by the end of March, down from 85 per cent last year. The Trump administration has tightened the noose on firms violating H-1B visa rules. President Donald Trump has himself accused many IT companies of abusing the work visas to deny jobs to American workers. Two years ago, Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American executive order, which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for US workers and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering our immigration laws. It directed the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with other agencies, to advance policies to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries. The H-1B visa programme is the main vehicle through which US employers can sponsor skilled foreign workers for admission. According to the latest statistical annual report, in 2018, the USCIS completed 396,300 H-1B application as against 403,300 in 2017. In 2018, 396,300 H-1B beneficiary petitions were processed, which is 13 per cent more over the five fiscal years and two per cent less from 2017. In 2018, the USCIS completed 850,000 naturalisation requests, a five year high and granted 1.1 million green cards.
Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Neil Young is many things — a songwriter, poet, activist, pioneer of audio and clean energy technology — but above all, he is a musician’s musician.The legendary Winnipeg artist has spent more than half a century inspiring musicians globally while pushing his own musical boundaries, whether solo or in the form of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and collaborations with his backing band, Crazy Horse. From his infamously intense performance inThe Last Waltz to his nearly five-decade-old song recently setting the scene for HBO’s biggest new hit, Young’s voice has stood the test of time (and technology).In honour of his Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction this week, we’ve asked artists how Young has influenced their careers. Musicians from Cadence Weapon, the Barr Brothers, Jenn Grant, Alan Doyle and more picked a song of Young’s that has affected them the most — personally, professionally, but most often, both. Scroll down for picks taken from Young’s magnum opus, Harvest, to the more overtly political like Living With War — and a lot in between.All answers have been edited for clarity.Artist: Jolie HollandNeil Young song: “Don’t Cry No Tears;” “Revolution Blues;” “Welfare Mothers Make Better Lovers”“Neil’s work is really everything to me. I couldn’t name a single song. It’s his entire ethos that inspires me. He doesn’t shy away from the beauty or the brutality, but he’s never gratuitous. ‘Don’t Cry No Tears.’ ‘Revolution Blues.’ ‘Welfare Mothers Make Better Lovers.’ Among the big songwriters, he’s the lord of uncomfortable honesty. In that sense, he stands alongside Daniel Johnston. Neil’s always a model of aiming to the heart of the matter, but he never loses step with the muse. If she needs him to veer off in some crazy course, he’s right there with her. In that sense, Neil is among the most faithful of songwriters. You can feel it in all his work, his most transcendent songs as well as his most embarrassing ones. He knows meaning, but the music sends us right through the end of meaning, because Neil is that trusting, that available, to the muse.”.Artist: Brad Barr (the Barr Brothers)Neil Young song: “Don’t Let it Bring You Down”“The first time I heard this song, it reminded me of the way low-flying cumulus clouds break up the sunlight on bright days; thick shadows between moments of strong light. Even someone who knows little about music theory knows that most musical compositions are either in a major key or a minor key. In a nutshell: happy or sad. Classical composers often move freely between the two, but it’s rarely heard in classic rock, country, pop, etc. Neil does it on this song.READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment RICH FURY/AP Advertisement Twitter
The United Nations human rights chief today expressed serious concern about the sudden execution of 14 prisoners in Afghanistan over the past few days after more than a year without carrying out the death penalty.“Under international law and Afghanistan’s own treaty obligations, the death penalty must be reserved for the most serious crimes and only applied after the most rigorous judicial process,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. “In the past, shortcomings in the Afghan judicial procedure have raised serious questions about such cases.” The executions were reportedly approved by President Hâmid Karzai following a review of 250 cases of prisoners sentenced to death by a presidential committee. The 14 prisoners executed at Pul-e-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul on 20 and 21 November had been convicted of serious crimes, including murder, rape and national security crimes. The last such executions in Afghanistan were carried out in June 2011.Afghanistan’s justice system relies primarily on confessions, including some obtained through the use of torture, which raises serious concerns about the trials of those who were sentenced to death, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a news release. In addition, the UN has repeatedly flagged the country’s failure to meet international fair trial standards and due process guarantees under Afghan law.“Afghans have already suffered the brutalizing effects of decades of war and the right to life – the most fundamental of all human rights – is in desperate need of reinforcement in a country plagued by killing and violence,” Ms. Pillay said. The resumption of executions in Afghanistan comes in sharp contrast to the general trend worldwide towards ending the use of capital punishment. Just two days ago, a record 110 countries voted in favour of the latest General Assembly resolution calling for the abolition of the death penalty. “More and more countries are recognizing that the death penalty does harm to society. I urge President Karzai to show that the rule of law can also be built on clemency and humanity, and that Afghanistan too will join the worldwide trend against the death penalty.” Ms. Pillay also added her disappointment at the execution in India of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab who was convicted for his role in the terrorist attack on Mumbai in 2008. This was the first execution carried out in India since 2004. “There can be no question of the gravity of the crimes committed in Mumbai, but in equally serious crimes, international tribunals have imposed sentences of life imprisonment,” she said. “The supreme court of India has sanctioned the death penalty in only the ‘rarest of the rare’ cases, but I hope that India too will move towards total abolition.”
This year the Ultrabook market is going to focus on either exceptional hardware or lower price tags. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite is an attempt at making a low end touch Ultrabook that looks nicer than the rest.Samsung has done a great job making all of their hardware stand out on the shelves right now. Their Galaxy line of mobile devices and their ATIV PC and tablet PC line are all easy to spot and easy to appreciate. The ATIV PC line has been one of the more visually impressive ultrabook lines for a while, but they are all focused towards the premium hardware market. There needs to be a “budget” section in the ATIV line, and in order to address that market Samsung has announced the ATIV Book 9 Lite.It’s not easy to make a low cost Ultrabook now that Intel has mandated that all screen be touch screens in order to benefit from the branding. The ATIV Book 9 Lite is a 13.3-inch touch Ultrabook with an unfortunate 1366 x 768 resolution display rated at 250 nits and a 1.4GHz quad core processor. With 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, this machine will function similarly to the Surface Pro, but the lower quality screen will be a huge separation point between the two machines.What this laptop has going for it is the ATIV Book design, with its huge touchpad, well designed screen hinge, and comfortable keyboard. The nearly three and a half pound Ultrabook will be incredibly thin and very attractive in Mineral Ash Black or Marble White, with battery life reportedly between 5.5 and 8.5 hours. The hit to the display means Samsung can sell this machine for $799, which means it is almost $350 cheaper than a similarly specced Surface Pro with the type cover. Samsung has also included their SideSync software, which is designed to merge user experiences if you’re a Samsung Galaxy phone user. Samsung plans to release the ATIV Book 8 Lite on July 28.[UPDATE] This article has been adjusted to reflect additional information. According to Mobile Mark 7, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 is rated for 8.5 hours of battery life. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY NP915S3GNP915S3GATIV Book 9 Lite Mineral Ash Black FrontNP915S3GATIV Book 9 Lite Mineral Ash Black TopNP915S3GATIV Book 9 Lite Marble White TopNP915S3GATIV Book 9 Lite Marble White SideNP915S3GATIV Book 9 Lite Marble White FrontNP915S3GATIV Book 9 Lite Mineral Ash Black BackNP915S3GATIV Book 9 Lite Mineral Ash Black SideATIV Book 9 Lite Mineral Ash Black Front
Short URL 43 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Science Museum. “Charles Babbage, credited as the world’s first computer pioneer, designed the ‘Difference Engine’, of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843.” Queen Elizabeth II’s first Instagram post is displayed alongside an 1843 letter to Prince Albert from Charles Babbage. Source: PA Wire/PA Images Mar 7th 2019, 9:47 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share247 Tweet Email2 Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Science Museum. Image: PA Wire/PA Images In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the ‘Analytical Engine’ upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron.“Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children’s computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors.”The 92-year-old monarch shared her first Instagram post to the account’s 4.7 million followers. The post had over 150,000 likes at the time of writing. Image: PA Wire/PA Images QUEEN ELIZABETH HAS posted to Instagram for the first time.The Queen of England took to the royal family’s account on the image-based social media to share a picture of an 150-year-old letter addressed to Prince Albert. The Queen was visiting the Science Museum today which had the letter on display.The picture’s caption, which is signed off “Elizabeth R”, says: Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 9:47 PM 47,551 Views https://jrnl.ie/4529611 Today, as I visit the Science Museum, I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert. The Queen has posted to Instagram for the first time And it’s about…. science. Kind of.
Samsung Galaxy S : le smartphone bientôt en vente en FranceFrance – Un nouveau smartphone s’apprête à rejoindre le marché, quasi monopolisé par l’iPhone d’Apple : le Galaxy S de Samsung. Selon l’agence de communication de Samsung, il sera proposé au prix de 499 euros sans abonnement ni forfait, dans la même tranche de prix que ses futurs concurrents (chez Bouygues Telecom, le Blackberry Bold 9000 coûte par exemple 539 euros “nu” et le Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, 489 euros).La Galaxy S sera équipé d’un écran AMOLED de 4 pouces, de deux caméras (une dorsale de 5 mégapixels et une frontale VGA, toutefois pas de flash pour l’appareil photo), d’une batterie longue durée, du Wifi N et d’une mémoire interne de 2 Go. Certains blogs parlent d’une mise en vente courant juillet, voire courant juin (donc peut-être avant celle de l’iPhone 4 prévue le 24 juin prochain), il ne reste plus qu’à attendre confirmation. Le 15 juin 2010 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrin
Un Samsung Galaxy 3D en 2012 ?Samsung prépare ses armes pour le Mobile World Congress de Barcelone en février 2012. Le constructeur y présenterait le Galaxy S3, un nouveau Galaxy Note et surtout un smartphone avec écran en relief. Si les rumeurs se confirment, Samsung serait en train de peaufiner une gamme de produits nomades communicants armée en tous points pour contrer ses concurrents les plus féroces. Car si l’on parle beaucoup du CES de Las Vegas, un mois plus tard, en février, se tiendra le Mobile World Congress de Barcelone, le salon incontournable des smartphones et tablettes. Et Samsung dévoilerait trois nouveaux mobiles, répondant chacun à un public différent et bien défini.En premier lieu, le constructeur coréen dévoilerait le Galaxy S3, le smartphone Android très attendu après le très beau succès du précédent modèle. Les premières informations évoquent non pas un processeur double-cœur mais quad-cœur avec 2 Go de RAM et un capteur photo 12 mégapixels. Un téléphone dopé aux stéroïdes, capable de rivaliser et de surpasser tous les acteurs du marché. Il resterait ainsi dans la tradition des Galaxy, leader dans le choix des composants les plus performants.On verrait aussi un nouveau Galaxy Note, ce téléphone à mi-chemin avec une tablette avec un écran tactile de 5,5 pouces. On ne sait pas encore grand chose sur ce nouveau produit, hormis qu’un énigmatique Samsung GT-N8010 a eu sa certification américaine. Derrière ce nom de code, certains imaginent que le “N” signifie Note et préparerait donc sa présentation en début d’année.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Enfin, pour parfaire la gamme avec un produit plus inattendu et haut-de-gamme, Samsung dévoilerait le Galaxy S 3D, un smartphone à écran auto-stéréoscopique, du même ordre que la Nintendo 3DS ou du LG Optimus 3D l’année dernière. Personne n’a d’information à son sujet mais Gizmodo relaie le fait qu’il pourrait sortir au second semestre 2012, de quoi imposer un produit Samsung en téléphonie tous les six mois.Toutes ces rumeurs attendent désormais d’être confirmées sous le soleil de Barcelone, en février prochain. Le 27 décembre 2011 à 16:46 • Maxime Lambert
What is it about money that makes people do bad things?It seems a fair question when the news is dominated by misdeeds of the rich and powerful. The Paul Manafort trial, now entering its third week, has revealed details of his alleged crimes: defrauding banks out of tens of millions of dollars, evading taxes by stashing huge sums in offshore accounts and using riches earned through unregistered work for foreign governments to buy $15,000 ostrich and python jackets.Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates testified about the small fortune he embezzled and spent on his globe-trotting infidelities. Also last week, Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., was charged with insider trading. Scandals have shown Trump’s Cabinet members flouting government rules and ethics for private jet rides, $31,000 dining table sets, $43,000 soundproof booths and questionable business trips abroad.“To researchers who study wealth and power, it’s dismaying but not surprising because it tracks so closely with our findings. The effect of power is sadly one of the most reliable laws of human behavior,” said Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley who has spent decades studying wealth, power and privilege.Six years ago, Keltner and a then-graduate student in his lab, Paul Piff, published influential innovative experiments that confirmed many of our worst assumptions about the rich and the corrupting power of wealth.In one experiment, the researchers stationed themselves at a busy intersection with four-way stop signs and tracked the model of every car whose driver cut off others instead of waiting their turn. People driving expensive cars — like a brand-new Mercedes — were four times more likely to ignore right-of-way laws than those in cheap cars like an old beat-up Honda.
In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement Wednesday of an impending retaliatory ban on a significant number of agricultural imports to Russia, American Soybean Association President Ray Gaesser highlighted soybean farmers’ concerns with the ban, that would halt the import of a yet-to-be-determined list of farm and food commodities from countries that have placed sanctions on Russia as a result of its building aggression in neighboring Ukraine.“Russia is a key trading partner for U.S. agriculture, and the Russian people are our customers like so many others in the world’s emerging markets. However, we would add that Russia, while very important, is only one of hundreds of our customers worldwide. By limiting his people’s access to American soybeans and other products, he does a great disservice to his Russian countrymen and women.“ASA pushed hard for the establishment of permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Russia last year because of the significant growth and opportunity presented in the Russian marketplace. Soybeans are the biggest crop export from the U.S. to Russia, due in large part to that country’s burgeoning economy and growing demand for meat. Sanctions and bans like the one proposed by President Putin serve only to hurt the Russian people by limiting their access to the food and products they need and want.“It remains to be seen which commodities and products appear under the Russian ban, and while we certainly want to see a key market protected, it is equally important for American farmers to demand a higher standard from our trading partners. In this case, that standard is not being met, and we urge President Putin to rescind this ban.”