Arms dealer held in Baruipur

first_imgKolkata: A huge quantity of firearms were seized from Baruipur on Wednesday and an arms racketeer has been arrested in this connection.According to police sources, on Wednesday morning sleuths got a tip-off that one Barkatulla Laskar is running a firearms racket at his house at Bakultala in Baruipur. Immediately, police raided his house. During the search , sleuths found one double barrel pipe gun, one six chamber revolver, one 9 mm pistol along with magazine, one 7 mm pistol along with two magazines, one single shoter pipe gun, 12 live bullets of small fire arms, 13 bullets of three rifles, 10 kg explosives and 4 crude bombs from his house. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the preliminary investigation, sleuths came to know that Laskar used to import illegal firearms from Munger in Bihar and sell them to local people. It is suspected that he had recently imported the firearms to use during the polls. It is suspected that apart from Laskar many more persons are involved in the racket. Sleuths have launched an extensive search operation to nab other connected with the racket. Last month, huge quantity of fire arms were seized from Kultali and Diamond Harbour. An arms factory was busted at Napitkhali in Kultali. Police had raided a house and found huge numbers of fire arms. In the factory, mainly small firearms were being manufactured. Sleuths had found the fire arms, which were already packed and ready to be delivered. Two persons were arrested in this connection.last_img read more

FEATURE Central African Republics Parliament seated after UN support for polls

Preparations for the second round Sensitive electoral material arrived in Bangui, in preparation for the second round of the presidential elections to be held in Photo: MINUSCA First round of elections Central Africans in the capital Bangui vote in the presidential election in December 2015. Photo: MINUSCA First round of elections Central Africans in the capital Bangui vote in the presidential election in December 2015. Photo: MINUSCA First round of elections Central Africans in the capital Bangui vote in the presidential election in December 2015. Photo: MINUSCA Second round of elections Polling sites in the second round of the presidential election and in the legislative polls. Photo: MINUSCA First round of elections Central Africans in the capital Bangui vote in the presidential election in December 2015. Photo: MINUSCA Second round of elections Polling sites in the second round of the presidential election and in the legislative polls. Photo: MINUSCA Second round of elections Polling sites in the second round of the presidential election and in the legislative polls. Photo: MINUSCA First round of elections Central Africans in the capital Bangui vote in the presidential election in December 2015. Photo: MINUSCA ‹ › Both candidates reiterated to MINUSCA their adherence to the Electoral Code of Conduct and their commitment to peaceful electoral campaigns. Following the 14 February vote, President Toudera was inaugurated on 30 March, in a ceremony in Bangui which was attended by the head of UN peacekeeping, Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous, and other senior officials from the international community. “Today, the situation – for which we have waited for three years – is a decisive symbol of the Central African Republic’s return on the road of progress, development and reconciliation,” Mr. Ladsous said. “The time has come! We want this President to put an end to the crisis we’ve been going through for a long time now,” a spectator at President Touadera’s inauguration told Guira FM. Preparations for the second round Sensitive electoral material arrived in Bangui, in preparation for the second round of the presidential elections to be held in Photo: MINUSCA Preparations for the second round Sensitive electoral material arrived in Bangui, in preparation for the second round of the presidential elections to be held in Photo: MINUSCA ‹ › The UN helped to make sure that not only citizens of CAR within the country’s borders could vote, but also those seeking refuge in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. Tripartite agreements were worked out with the Governments of those asylum countries, allowing the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide logistical support to National Electoral Authorities to refugee camps and urban refugee settlements and for registration materials prior to and during the vote. As a result, the turnout rate for the first round of the presidential elections among the registered refugee population was 61 per cent, while the turnout rate for the second round was 40 per cent of registered refugees. For all voters, there was outreach to teach them about the elections and the importance of voting. In Ippy town, Ouaka County, local resident Madina Dia, helped to organize a workshop with MINUSCA’s support. Dozens of people attended from local authorities and communities, including religious leaders, youth and women. “For the elections to go well, we have to encourage the population to vote en masse,” said Ms. Dia. The workshop also covered the role that media play during elections, such as helping to explain the process and strengthening messages of peace and social cohesion, according to participant, Mathurin Lakara. First round of votingOn 30 December 2015, after three days of delays, military and police unity from the 11,000-strong MINUSCA joined soldiers from the French Sangaris force and local security teams in “a strategy of pre-emption, prevention and reaction to anticipate, prevent and react against all imponderables and all risks,” the Mission reported. Throughout the country, more than 62 per cent of the eligible population turned out to cast ballots in a mostly peaceful first round of the presidential and legislative elections. “I voted because I’ve suffered long enough. Central Africans have suffered a lot. We must vote! It is our civic duty, as citizens,” said one voter interviewed by MINUSCA’s Guira FM radio. Another said that she had been waiting in line for some time, but was determined to cast her ballot: “It doesn’t even discourage me because the future of my country is at work. It’s my duty. I have to vote.” As none of the 30 presidential candidates met the required threshold of 50 per cent vote, the elections went to a second round. Visiting polling sites, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga, said that by voting, people had shown they wanted a “peaceful and absolutely transparent” electoral process. “These people want to move on,” he added. “These people want to turn the page.” The polls were preceded by a referendum on 13 December, extended to 14 December, for a proposed new constitution that would limit future presidents to two five-year terms in office. The referendum passed with 93 per cent of the votes. Second round of the electionOn 6 February, the two candidates for the second round of presidential elections, Anicet-Georges Dolonguele and Faustin Archange Touadera, officially launched their campaigns. Second round of elections Polling sites in the second round of the presidential election and in the legislative polls. Photo: MINUSCA Second round of elections Polling sites in the second round of the presidential election and in the legislative polls. Photo: MINUSCA ‹ › Preparations for the pollsMINUSCA was established in 2014 to protect civilians and support the transitional government. When the UN Security Council renewed the Mission’s mandate for another year in April 2015, one of the roles of UN peacekeepers was to work on an urgent basis to support the Transitional Authorities, headed by Bangui’s former mayor Catherine Samba-Panza, and the National Electoral Authority (NEA), to hold “free, fair, transparent and inclusive presidential and legislative elections.” That meant supporting a constitutional referendum on 13 December and legislative and presidential elections in late December, February and March. Around 9 December, the first flights with electoral materials, including ballots for the second round of the presidential and the annulled legislative elections, arrived at Bangui’s Mpoko airport. From Bangui, MINUSCA transported the sensitive materials – including ballot papers, boxes and voting screens – to polling locations throughout the capital. The Mission also deployed electoral documents, as well as electoral workers, to five of the 16 prefectures. “Given the conditions in the country we had to move by air roughly over 350 tons of materials in coordination with the national authorities,” said Alain Nkanga, a MINUSCA Electoral Officer involved with the logistics. “I recall that for the referendum when we received the ballot paper, it was four days before the elections. In principle it is very difficult to deploy that much material in just four days, including to far off villages. But thanks to the good cooperation with Government, this challenge was met.” Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, said the operation’s contribution was crucial to the success of this process.“We worked hand-in-hand with the Transitional Authorities, other key international partners of the G8-CAR and the whole UN family in the country,” Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said, referring to the group which includes representatives of the UN, the African Union, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), European Union (EU), France, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), United States, and the World Bank.“Most importantly, it was the massive mobilization of the Central African people that made a huge difference,” Mr. Onanga-Anyanga added. His comments followed a meeting with the newly elected National Assembly which opened its first extraordinary session in the capital, Bangui, on 3 May, with 128 out of the 140 Members of Parliament. The remaining 12 parliamentarians will be elected during partial elections scheduled for 15 May. The opening session took place one month after the inauguration of President Faustin Archange Toudera, the first elected leader in the country since March 2013 when a coup by Séléka rebels toppled the Government of former President Francois Bozize. The coup sparked fighting that killed thousands and forced one-fifth of the country’s population to flee, causing communities to split along ethnic and religious lines. The situation in the CAR today is very different from what it was in 2013, but much remains to be done. MINUSCA peacekeepers have played a key role in helping the country move towards greater political stability, from assisting with early planning to transporting ballots and securing electoral sites. Preparations for the second round Sensitive electoral material arrived in Bangui, in preparation for the second round of the presidential elections to be held in Photo: MINUSCA Preparations for the second round Sensitive electoral material arrived in Bangui, in preparation for the second round of the presidential elections to be held in Photo: MINUSCA read more

Major gold silver and copper projects underway in Mexico

first_imgSpeaker’s from some of the country’s leading mining companies presented at BNamericas Mexico Mining Summit in Mexico City (May 22-23) and outlined projects that will greatly increase Mexico’s mining output. BNamericas reports that the projects, owned by major producers such as Grupo México subsidiary Southern Copper (SCC), Mexico City-based Fresnillo and US-based Coeur Mining, along with development company Chesapeake Gold, should generate an additional 63 Moz of silver, 898,0000 oz of gold and 318,400  copper annually once in production.SCC’s pipeline of projects is expected to produce an additional 318,400 t copper, 5.27 Moz silver and 21,000 oz gold annually by 2018, Vidal Muhech, Vice President of projects, said. Projects include the $1.38 billion concentrator with a molybdenum circuit, which is expected to produce 188,000 t copper, and the $174.7 million Angangueo polymetallic mining project in Michoacán state. These projects will also produce zinc, molybdenum and lead.In addition, SCC is in the process of a $2.8 billion investment program at its Buenavista copper mine in Sonora state, which will see production increase from 180,000 t to 488,000 t by 2015, the company said previously.Fresnillo plans to increase annual production to 65 Moz/y silver by 2018 from 41 Moz in 2012, CEO Octavio Alvídrez told the summit, with the growth planned from a number of projects including San Julián on the Durango/Chihuahua border, the Saucito II silver-gold expansion project in Durango and the Herradura dynamic leaching plant in Sonora state. The company also plans to increase gold production to 500,000 oz/y from 473,034 oz in 2012.Coeur Mining’s La Preciosa silver-gold project in Durango state is set to produce up to 9 Moz/y of silver and 10,000 oz of gold, with initial production expected in 2H18, Joe Phillips, Senior Vice President and Development Director explained.Chesapeake’s Metates project, also in Durango state, will be one of the world’s biggest gold and silver mines once built, President Randy Reifel said, annually producing 845,000 oz gold and 25 Moz silver, along with 150 Mlb zinc. The company expects the $4.3 billion project to begin production in 2018.Mexico produced 162.2 Moz of silver in 2012, according to the Silver Institute, making it the world’s largest producer. Gold output reached 2.8 Moz last year, according to figures from the US Geological Survey, while Mexican copper production was an estimated 500,000 t.last_img read more

Facebook cofounder selling 10M shares worth 300 million

first_imgWith a company potentially worth 50 billion dollars, news that one of the Facebook co-founders is looking to sell 10 million of their shares has left investors at Wall Street a little baffled.It is a little strange that a co-founder would want to give up such a large portion of his stake in what is one of the most successful companies in the world, but at this stage we do not know which co-founder is interested in selling. However, the choices are pretty simple really as it can only be whittled down to four individuals: CEO Mark Zuckerberg, co-founders Chris Hughes, Dustin Moskovitz or Eduardo Saverin.AdChoices广告A sale of 10 million shares would only represent about a half of 1 percent in the company anyway, but it would still bring to the table a small fortune to whoever sold them. Currently each share is worth $30, so by doing some basic math’s the result would amount to a cool $300 million.At the moment Facebook co-founder shares have no restrictions on transfer, but the company last year implemented a new rule that can affect sales of future shares, thus limiting their transferability. So this could be why one of the co-founders is selling out his shares now, or maybe he sees something coming we do not know about, but either way it should not be long before the person is named and an explanation will follow we are sure.Read more at the NewYork Postlast_img read more

Good to Let Subscribers Name Their Own Price

first_imgIn the footsteps of other magazines like Paste and Premier Guitar, Good is launching a three-month-long campaign in which readers can name their own price for a yearlong subscription.In addition to increasing its subscriber base, Good is hoping the initiative raises money for its Choose Good campaign, for which it donates 100 percent of its subscription revenue to nonprofit organizations, a Good spokesperson told FOLIO:. Since launching two years ago, Good has donated more than $850,000 to global non-profits, the company says.The “choose your price” initiative, which kicks off Thursday, will be launched in conjunction with a partnership with Starbucks in which Good will publish the Good Sheet, a weekly newsprint publication featuring content the companies say will “bring Americans together to talk about issues that matter.” “The Good Sheet is an unconventional, creative and fresh platform that will allow individuals to link up and discuss important social issues that touch us all,” Good CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement. The Good Sheet will be available in Starbucks locations over the next three months. Greenblatt, who was named Good’s first CEOin April, co-founded Ethos Water in 2002 and helped sell the company toStarbucks three years later in 2005.Late last year, Decatur, Georgia-based music magazine Paste launcheda month-long pay-what-you-want subscription offer which president TimRegan-Porter said addedroughly 28,000 paid subscribers to its list. The initiative was inspired byexperimental rock band Radiohead, which asked fans to pay what they wanted fora digital download of its then most recent album.The average price for a subscription to Good, whichpublishes six times a year, is $20, according to the spokesperson.last_img read more

WarnerMedia could be getting JJ Abrams Bad Robot shows

first_img Post a comment J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles preview LIttle Voice 3:28 Crutchfield $179 Tags See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) Share your voice See it $179 Apple 0 See It Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better See Itcenter_img Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming Bad Robot content could be coming to WarnerMedia. Bad Robot WarnerMedia has reportedly beat out Apple, NBCUniversal and other media companies to secure streaming content from J.J. Abrams. The deal is worth around $500 million, a report says.Abrams runs media company Bad Robot with his wife, Katie McGrath. Bad Robot is responsible for shows and movies including Westworld, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lost, Fringe, Mission: Impossible Fallout, Star Trek, Cloverfield and Alias. The deal entered final negotiations Monday, The New York Times reported, citing two sources involved. It said the deal will cover TV shows, movies, music, digital content, consumer products and even video games.The reported WarnerMedia deal comes despite J.J. Abrams in April signing on with Apple TV Plus to produce a third show for the service, Stephen King’s Lisey’s Store.According to the Times, Bad Robot content was last sold off in a deal to Paramount back in 2006 for between $55 million and $65 million.AT&T’s WarnerMedia service will reportedly be available in beta later this year, and could be available fully by March 2020.Last week, it was reported that AT&T could be dropping its plans for a three-tiered streaming service in favor of combining its Warner Bros., Cinemax and HBO content into one offering of around $16 or $17 a month.John Stankey, an AT&T executive heading up WarnerMedia, said last year that the streaming service would cost more than HBO Now’s $15-a-month subscription.  WarnerMedia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Best Buy Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $169 $179 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier CNET may get a commission from retail offers. • Now playing: Watch this: Apple TV 4K Apple reading • WarnerMedia could acquire J.J. Abrams content for $500 million Mobile Media Streamers Mobile Apps TV and Movies See Itlast_img read more

Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit

first_imgArguments have been scheduled on the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.Download AudioGovernment attorneys say the decision by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was reached after five years of environmental analysis and public outreach. They say Jewell wasn’t obligated to approve a road and her decision is owed deference by a federal judge.The state joined the city of King Cove, tribal governments and individuals in challenging Jewell’s denial of a road through Izembek [EYE’-zem-bek] National Wildlife Refuge that could improve access to emergency flights.Arguments on the motion to dismiss are set for Monday in Anchorage.last_img read more

Keeping Safe At Pools During The Texas Summer Heat

Keeping Safe At Pools During The Texas Summer Heat

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: For many people across Greater Houston, swimming is a cornerstone of summer life. But many pool-goers don’t realize that a day by the water can have some risks.The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reports that 75 children drowned in the state last year — eight in Harris County.The YMCA’s 2015 Water Wise initiative to advertise pool safety.Heather Saucier is with the YMCA of Greater Houston. She says the weather and population may have something to do with the high numbers.“It’s hot down here, we have access to the beach, and of course we have a lot of swimming pools as well,” Saucier said. “So, when you combine population and the fact that we have a warm climate and want to go swimming during the summer, it does lead to a lot of drownings, unfortunately.”The Houston Apartment Association and YMCA partnered this summer to bring water-safety lessons to children. The goal is to combat the high number of drownings.Saucier says that there’s also a lot that parents can do to help keep their children safe this summer.“We want to make sure that they have fences around their pools, make sure that their gates are functioning properly,” she said. “It’s very important to learn CPR, and of course, give your children swimming lessons.”Texas has seen 52 children drown in Texas this year — 24 of those incidents occurred in residential pools. 00:00 /01:22 X Share Listenlast_img read more

How Secure are iPhone and Android Apps

How Secure are iPhone and Android Apps

first_imgThe Android smartphone and iPhone handle application security radically different. (PhysOrg.com) — Today’s smartphones are pocket size computers that can be customized by downloading applications. This is what makes a smartphone vulnerable to cybercriminals. In this article we will examine how an iPhone and Android phone handles security. Both phones handle security radically different. Citation: How Secure are iPhone and Android Apps (2010, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-iphone-android-apps.html Lots of developers already developing apps for Apple’s iPad © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Via: TechnologyReview In order for iPhone application to get listed in Apple’s App Store, developers must create an account and pay an annual fee. All applications are evaluated by a team at Apple and approve each version of the software before it’s made available in Apple’s App Store. Apple roughly disapproves about 10% of all applications submitted to the App Store because the applications would steal personal information or pose a threat in some other way to the user.In Android’s Marketplace, applications are not evaluated by Google. Android users are protected in a completely different way by using a security model based on “capabilities”. Each Android app that is installed must tell the phone’s OS what capabilities it requires.When an application is installed, the Android OS lists all the “capabilities” that is required in order for the application to run. This allows the capabilities-based system to be governed by the OS and preventing the application from doing more than what it’s supposed to.The capabilities-based system has its flaws. For instance, there is no way of knowing that the application will act the way it’s supposed to with the trust that it’s given. This system also can’t tell the difference if the privileges it grants the application is for legitimate use or not. For example, some applications will ask for a user name and password to communicate over the internet with a remote host. Other security features for the iPhone and Android phones is that they both can be set to lock after a length of inactivity; a password is then required to unlock the phone. The iPhone however has an additional security feature where 10 failed password attempts can erase all data on your phone. The iPhone also supports remote wipe. The Android OS has neither of these features making it less secure.No matter what security features are deployed in the iPhone or Android smartphones there are other ways of obtaining personal information from smartphones. Manufactures can only try to make it harder for cybercriminals obtaining your personal information. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Cancun television cameraman one of two shot killed walking down street

Cancun television cameraman one of two shot killed walking down street

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Two people were shot and killed on the streets of Cancun Wednesday, one of which was a local television cameraman.Javier Rodríguez Valladares, a young cameraman with Channel 10 news in Cancun, was shot and killed while walking along a street with a friend. The shooting occurred at 5:00 p.m. in SM 29 of Cancun on Caleta Street.Official details of the shooting have not yet been released, however, preliminary reports say the cameraman and his friend were likely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Neighbors report hearing gun shots before seeing two men laying on the ground. A blue car with tinted windows then reportedly fled the scene.Javier Rodríguez ValladaresEmergency personnel were called and arrived to confirm that both men were deceased. Only Rodríguez Valladares has been identified. The identity of the second man has not been released.A statement released first thing Thursday morning by La Fiscalía General del Estado says their investigation in still in progress and that “In a preliminary manner, we know that the cameraman was outside his work schedule and not wearing company clothing, so for the moment, his death is not being ruled as a direct attack on freedom of expression.”The death of Javier Rodríguez has shocked journalists in the city. Local journalists and correspondents expressed their bewilderment and demand a thorough investigation.In July, local journalist Rubén Pat was shot and killed in central Playa del Carmen. He was known to be a controversial journalist who reported mostly on police incidents and social complaints. He was the second person from the online outlet, Playa News, to be killed.In June, a former police officer-turned-journalist, José Guadalupe Chan Dzib, was shot and killed in the southern town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. He was also a writer for Playa News.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How Changeorg uses Flow Elixirs library to build concurrent data pipelines that

first_imgLast month, at the ElixirConf EU 2019, John Mertens, Principal Engineer at Change.org conducted a session – Lessons From Our First Trillion Messages with Flow for developers interested in using Elixir for building data pipelines in the real-world system. For many Elixir converts, the attraction of Elixir is rooted in the promise of the BEAM concurrency model. The Flow library has made it easy to build concurrent data pipelines utilizing the BEAM (Originally BEAM was short for Bogdan’s Erlang Abstract Machine, named after Bogumil “Bogdan” Hausman, who wrote the original version, but the name may also be referred to as Björn’s Erlang Abstract Machine, after Björn Gustavsson, who wrote and maintains the current version). The problem is, that while the docs are great, there are not many resources on running Flow-based systems in production. In his talk, John shares some lessons his team learned from processing their first trillion messages through Flow. Using Flow at Change.org Change.org is a platform for social change where people from all over the world come to start movements on all topics and of all sizes. Technologically, change.org is primarily built in Ruby and JavaScript but they started using Elixir in early 2018 to build a high volume mission-critical data processing pipeline. They used Elixir for building this new system because of its library, Flow. Flow is a library for computational parallel flows in Elixir. It is built on top of GenStage.  GenStage is “specification and computational flow for Elixir”, meaning it provides a way for developers to define a pipeline of work to be carried out by independent steps (or stages) in separate processes. Flow allows developers to express computations on collections, similar to the Enum and Stream modules, although computations will be executed in parallel using multiple GenStages. At Change.org, the developers built some proofs of concept and a few different languages and put them against each other with the two main criteria being performance and developer happiness. Elixir came out as the clear winner. Whenever on change.org an event gets added to a queue, their elixir system pulls these messages off the queue, then prep and transforms them to some business logic and generate some side effects. Next, depending on a few parameters, the messages are either passed on to another system, discarded or retried. So far things have gone smoothly for them, which brought John to discuss lessons from processing their first trillion messages with Flow. Lesson 1: Let Flow do the work Flow and GenStage both are great libraries which provide a few game-changing features by default. The first being parallelism. Parallelism is beneficial for large-scale data processing pipelines and Elixir flows abstractions make utilizing Parallelism easier. It is as easy as writing code that looks essentially like standard Elixir pipeline but that utilizes all of your CPU cores. The second feature of Flow is Backpressure. GenStage specifies how Elixir processes should communicate with back-pressure. Simply put, Backpressure is when your system asks for more data to process instead of data being pushed on to it. With Flow your data processing is in charge of requesting more events. This means that if your process is dependent on some other service and that service becomes slow your whole flow just slows down accordingly and no service gets overloaded with requests, making the whole system stay up. Lesson 2: Organize your Flow The next lesson is on how to set up your code to take advantage of Flow. These organizational tactics help Change.org keep their Flow system manageable in practice. Keep the Flow Simple The golden rule according to John, is to keep your flow simple. Start simple and then increase the complexity depending on the constraints of your system. He discusses a quote from the Flow Docs, which states that: If you can solve a problem without using partition at all, that is preferred. Those are typically called embarrassingly parallel problems. If you can shape your problem into an embarrassingly parallel problem, he says, flow can really shine. Know your code and your system He also advises that developers should know their code and understand their systems. He then proceeds to give an example of how SQS is used in Flow. Amazon SQS (Simple Queue System) is a message-queuing system (also used at Change. org) that allows you to write distributed applications by exposing a message pipeline that can be processed in the background by workers. It’s two main features are the visibility window and acknowledgments. In acknowledgments, when you pull a message off a queue you have a set amount of time to acknowledge that you’ve received and processed that message and that amount of time is called the visibility window and that’s configurable. If you don’t acknowledge the message within the visibility window, it goes back into the queue. If a message is pulled and not acknowledged, a configured number of times then it is either discarded or sent to a dead letter queue. He then proceeds to use an example of a Flow they use in production. Maintain a consistent data structure You should also use a consistent data structure or a token throughout the data pipeline. The data structure most essential to their flow at Change.org is message struct – %Message{}. When a message comes in from SQS, they create a message struct based on it. The consistency of having the same data structure at every step and the flow is how they can keep their system simple. He then explains an example code on how they can handle different types of data while keeping the flow simple. Isolate the side effects The next organizational tactic that helps Change.org employ to keep their Flow system manageable in practice is to isolate the side effects. Side effects are mutations; if something goes wrong in a mutation you need to be able to roll it back. In the spirit of keeping the flow simple, at Change.org, they batch all the side-effects together and put them at the ends so that a nothing gets lost if they need to roll it back. However, there are certain cases where you can’t put all side effects together and need a different strategy. These cases can be handled using Flow Sagas. Sagas pattern is a way to handle long live transactions providing rollback instructions for each step along the way so in case it goes bad it can just run that function. There is also an elixir implementation of sagas called Sage. Lesson 3: Tune the flow How you optimize your Flow is dependent upon the shape of your problem. This means tailoring the Flow to your own use case to squeeze all the throughput. However, there are three things which you can do to shape your Flow. This includes measuring flow performance, what are the things that we can actually do to tune it and then how can we help outside of the Flow. Apart from the three main lessons on data processing through Flow, John also mentions a few others, namely Graceful Producer Shutdowns Flow-level integration tests Complex batching Finally, John gave a glimpse of Broadway from change.org’s codebase. Broadway allows developers to build concurrent and multi-stage data ingestion and data processing pipelines with Elixir. It takes the burden of defining concurrent GenStage topologies and provides a simple configuration API that automatically defines concurrent producers, concurrent processing, batch handling, and more, leading to both time and cost efficient ingestion and processing of data. Some of its features include back-pressure automatic acknowledgments at the end of the pipeline, batching, automatic restarts in case of failures, graceful shutdown, built-in testing, and partitioning. José Valim’s keynote at the ElixirConf2019 also talked about streamlining data processing pipelines using Broadway. You can watch the full video of John Mertens’ talk here. John is the principal scientist at Change.org using Elixir to empower social action in his organization. Read Next Why Ruby developers like Elixir Introducing Mint, a new HTTP client for Elixir Developer community mourns the loss of Joe Armstrong, co-creator of Erlanglast_img read more

Samoa Incentive with Air New Zealand

Samoa Incentive with Air New Zealand

first_imgAir New Zealand and Samoa Tourism Authority have launched the 2018 Beautiful Samoa Agents Incentive withan opportunity to win one of five prizes. Eligible tickets must be originating from New Zealand to Samoa for travel from 21 September to 31 May 2019.The incentive is valid for tickets issued between 21 September to 18 November 2018 and each bookingneeds to be ticketed for two or more passengers to be in to win.First prize is a seven-night holiday in Samoa for people; second prize is a four-night holiday for two; third prizeis a four-night holiday package for one person; fourth prize is a space on the Samoa Tourism Authority famil in March 2019; and fifth prize is a discounted travel agent industry rate for travel to Samoa during February and March 2019.The famil covers hosted activities, including meals and accommodation. Registrations close on 18 November andthe winners will be contacted no later than 26 November. The more tickets sold the more chances agents have to win.  Check terms and conditions.[Source: Traveink MEMO 25 September 2018, issue 1140]The post Samoa Incentive with Air New Zealand appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

APTC graduates become first iKiribati nationals to work under Pacific Labour Scheme

APTC graduates become first iKiribati nationals to work under Pacific Labour Scheme

first_imgA total of 11 Kiribati nationals have commenced work under the Aged Care sector in Australia to work under the Pacific Labour Scheme.APTC provided refresher training to the first APTC alumni to work in the aged care sector in November to ensure work readiness of recruited care providers when departing to Australia.The group of confident professional care providers are employed with Bolton Clarke and Warrigal under the Pacific Labour Scheme.APTC Individual Support Trainer, Sandy O’Brien, says it is an exciting opportunity for these capable care providers.“I am super proud and excited for these i-Kiribati women to be granted this opportunity. They are excellent ‘Support Workers’ full of compassion. They will be a wonderful asset to their new employer and the older clients they will be caring for.”Sandy Kurarenga, who is one of the care providers, says she is grateful for the opportunity and looks forward to her new venture.“The refresher training that was provided in Kiribati by the trainer helped us familiarise ourselves with the facilities that are actually here [at Bolton Clarke and Warrigal] as well as prepared us for this move.”“We all give thanks to APTC for this support as without this training we would not have had the opportunity to work in Australia and hopefully more Aged Care workers will come to work here from the Pacific.”Bolton Clarke Workforce Resourcing Manager, Alison Boundy, has expressed her satisfaction with the i-Kiribati nationals currently employed in the aged care residential facility in Longreach.“As an approved employer participating in the Pacific Labour Scheme, I was very impressed with the speed at which APTC responded to our request for refresher training in the Certificate III in Individual Support for all our shortlisted candidates. Our new employees arrived in Australia ready to work and have settled into their new roles very well.”To date, APTC has graduated 308 students in Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing, Home and Community), of which 37 are i-Kiribati nationals.The Pacific Labour Scheme provides an opportunity to Pacific Island citizens to earn an income, save money and send income home, allowing them to financially support their community and plan for the future. APTC is managed by TAFE Queensland and provides Australian qualifications to Pacific Island citizens in their own countries.Images can be found here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskNRj3Nt.APTC is supported by the Australian Government and managed by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275).For more information, please contact the APTC Strategic Communications Team on email: media@aptc.edu.au or phone: +679 702 1819. Visit our website: www.aptc.edu.au.The post APTC graduates become first i-Kiribati nationals to work under Pacific Labour Scheme appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

Over fivehundred people came to experience Arcosa

first_imgOver five-hundred people came to experience Arcosanti and the wonderful musical performances this Juneteenth. Here we see an amphitheater audience attending a midday performance under the shady tent canopy. [photo & text: Logan Bier] Next up is the Milt Cannon Quartet with Paul Anderson, performing jazz with live piano, drums, electric guitar and bass. Here we have jazz pianist Nicky Adams, drummer Hanzq Ab Dul, guitarist Byron Fry and bassist Ray Carter.[photo: sue & text: Logan Bier] Pianist, singer and composer Rachel Eckroth performed masterful pieces with bassist Ted Sistrunk and percussionist/drummer Dowell Davis. Eckroth’s compositions encompass qualities from both classical pieces and contemporary jazz performances, melding together to offer a truly unique acoustical experience. Eckroth earned an MFA in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University, studying under legendary pianist Stanley Cowell. She has a six-disc discography, including LOUDER THAN WORDS (2009) and MIND (2005). [photo & text: Logan Bier]center_img June 20, 2011The 13th annual Juneteenth festival at Arcosanti kicked off colorfully with a Praise Dance by The Johnsons. The performers wore bright red kaftans and white gloves, the leader bearing a white mask as well. [photo: sue & text: Logan Bier]last_img read more

Georgiades deflects responsibility for Coop

Georgiades deflects responsibility for Coop

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesFinance minister Harris Georgiades said that he expects to be summoned to the committee probing the breakdown of the cooperative banks but deflected responsibility for the bank’s gaps in governance.While Georgiades, who was commenting on state-radio CyBC on Tuesday, after the committee appointed by Attorney-general Costas Clerides resumed on Monday, said that he wouldn’t consider it “appropriate” to comment on the testimonies of the five witnesses so far, he made reference to the issue of political interventions.“It wouldn’t be ethical as it could be interpreted as an attempt to influence the committee’s conclusions, although I haven’t been summoned I think that it is reasonable that I will too be summoned at some point,” he said.“I was hearing yesterday that the chairman state the opposite, that there had never been political interventions,” he said in an obvious reference to the testimony of Christakis Taoushanis who testified on Monday and said that he had not been recipient himself of interventions from politicians.In his testimony, Taoushanis lambasted the bank’s executive management for entering a deal with Spain’s non-performing loans specialist Altamira without seeking expression of interest from other parties, as well as the government’s decision to donate 25 per cent of the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank to its customers. During Taoushanis tenure, the bank’s chief executive officer (CEO) was Nicholas Hadjiyiannis, a childhood friend of the finance minister, who advanced from the position of the chairman of the Co-op to its top executive under questionable conditions.Demetris Theodotou, a former board member who said that he was sacked without any explanation after expressing disagreement about the bank’s organisational structure, said that Hadjiyiannis’s name had not even been in the shortlist of candidates when the bank sought to replace former CEO Marios Clerides in 2015. He also added that while there was dissent in board meeting that decided on Hadjiyiannis’s appointment expressed by him and another board member, this was not included in the minutes.Clerides told the committee on Friday that while he was serving as CEO of the Co-op, which the taxpayers bailed out with €1.7bn, he noticed that board, chaired then by Hadjiyiannis, had garnered excessive powers.“But I don’t want to go that road to comment on air the testimonies of an institutionalised investigative committee,” Georgiades said.The bank’s corporate governance, he continued, was after all “the reason the Co-op was led to a financial impasse and required the state bailout”.“How could an organisation have the proper structures which was not an organisation and was (instead) a network of almost 100 local branches?” he asked.You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityWe protect our home with earthquake insuranceCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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