Ruthless competitiveness is what Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison uses to win in business. So no one should be surprised that how he defines the cloud depends on what’s needed at the time. Inevitably, this sometimes shows the emperor has no clothes, or at least is down to his Armani skivvies.While something in Oracle’s massive portfolio may fit the industry definition of a cloud service, it is not the company’s new integrated hardware and software bundle that’s meant to provide the infrastructure for private clouds, according to David Linthicum, chief technology officer and co-founder of cloud consultancy Blue Mountain Labs. What Oracle is really selling, or in this case renting, is preconfigured application servers for the data center.“Now we know how Oracle is addressing this shift in the market: by renting its stuff and calling it a cloud,” Linthicum says.Oracle’s Cloud StrategyOracle’s cloud strategy has been challenged before. Charles Babcock, who has covered the cloud for years for IT trade magazine InformationWeek, named Oracle the number one “cloud washer” of 2011. That term refers to companies whose cloud products are mostly old technology with the word cloud added to the name.At the time, Babcock took aim at the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, “a name that contains so many contradictions of the definition of cloud computing that it threatens to render the term meaningless.”“It’s an old-fashioned appliance that’s been renamed ‘a cloud in a box,’” he wrote.Oracle Can’t Move Fast EnoughMulti-billion-dollar companies like Oracle can’t simply turn a switch and re-architect their technology to meet customer demand for something so dramatically different as cloud computing. This is why Ellison refused to acknowledge the cloud even existed until Oracle OpenWorld in September 2010. With startups eating away at his software business, Ellison needed to do something fast. Confusing customers with verbiage was the quickest way to buy time.Fast-forward two years to this year’s Oracle’s OpenWord conference in San Francisco, and cloud became Ellison’s favorite word to essentially describe renting Oracle data center technology, and letting the company handle the maintenance. Instead of real cloud computing, Ellison introduced what was mostly a new way of buying last-generation technology.What’s In StoreThis year should get really interesting. Oracle is expected to start feeling even more pressure from true public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Google, Microsoft and Rackspace, as well as private cloud providers like Eucalyptus. If history is an indicator, then Ellison is likely to release the attack dogs in his marketing department to try to discredit rivals and confuse customers, while the company plays catch up.For example, Oracle responded last year to tough competition from IBM in the hardware business by releasing ads with unsubstantiated claims that Oracle servers were much better. Three times the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau pressured Oracle into removing the ads that appeared as full-page spreads in The Wall Street Journal and other publications.The last ad, pulled in November, claimed Oracle’s Exadata server would run five times faster than IBM’s Power Server “or you win $10,000,000.” The NAD found that the ad did not provide “any speed performance tests, examples of comparative system speed superiority or any other data to substantiate the message.”Ellison is sure to use this kind of bare-knuckles competitiveness in battling cloud rivals. It’s in his DNA. Let’s not forget that in January, Oracle Team USA, the America’s Cup champion team owned by Ellison, was fined more than $15,000 for spying on the Italian team.So cloud watchers should sit back and get comfortable. Ellison is likely to provide quite a show and a lot more smoke and mirrors.Photo by ShutterStock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now antone gonsalves IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#cloud#Oracle Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Author: Jim LangcusterThis article was originally published Wednesday November 13, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Hi, AleX:Pardon this deep immersion in storytelling, but no three accounts better illustrate the kind of world in which we are now living — not to mention, navigating, as 21stcentury professionals.We’ve already introduced you to Frank Kovac. He is the determined individual whose father instilled him with a deep, abiding love of the stars. From an early age, Kovac dreamed of becoming an astronomer and planetarium operator. Unfortunately, taxing college math courses stymied that dream.Note that I used stymied instead of prevented, because Kovac never let the lack of a conventional educational credential stand in his way of his goal. You recall the rest of the story: Supporting himself as a paper mill worker in rural Wisconsin, Kovac used his free time to access books and online sources about astronomy as well as the design and construction of planetariums.In time, he built his own hand-operated planetarium, which he touts as the largest one of its kind in the world. For all intents and purposes, Kovac is a planetarium director in the fullest sense of the word. His small facility has even become a local Wisconsin tourist attraction from which visitors not only leave impressed with Kovac’s immense knowledge of the stars but also imbued with a measure of his infectious passion.Passion: Kovac’s life speaks volumes about what a powerfully emotive force it an be in shaping lives. Educators are taking note of this essential truth, too. Some, including Dr. Sugatra Mitra, to whom you have also been introduced, are calling for the end of the industrial age educational model, partly for the reason that it does such a lousy job instilling passion.As Mitra has learned, passion is the key to learning — actually, it always has been, only now, the power of digital media is underscoring that essential truth. As you recall, Mitra got his own taste of this after installing a computer in a wall in an impoverished Indian village near the corporate headquarters of a software company where he worked as a chief scientist.Sugatra Mitra, world-renowed proponent of emergent learningWhat he discovered based on experimentation with similar wall computers within the next few years challenges conventional education but also threatens to drive a stake into its heart.The children quickly learned how to use the embedded computer. This prompted more experimentation on Mitra’s part. A few years later, he uploaded information about molecular biology onto a computer in a southern Indian village. After informing a group of 10- to 14- year-olds they would find something interesting on this computer, he turned and walked away, not returning until a couple of months later.During that time, the children not only learned how to work the computer but also were able to answer one in four questions on the computer about molecular biology.Within few more weeks, the children, inspired by the encouragement of a friendly local, got every question right.Through all this experimentation, Mitra has gained a heightened appreciation not only for emergent learning but also for the values that underscore it: innovation, creativity, independent thinking and, yes, passion.These insights have led to something equally significant: a global dialogue about the learning as an emergent process.Quoted recently in an online version of Wired, Mitra observed that “If you put a computer in front of children and remove all other adult restrictions, they will self-organize around it like bees around a flower.”To put it another way, “if you’re not the one controlling your learning, you’re not learning as well,” Mitra contends.Word of these insights is spreading to a growing number of educators around the world, many of whom struggle to reach students in the most disadvantaged of circumstances.An article published Oct. 15 in the online edition of Wired highlights the efforts of Mexican teacher Sergio Juarez Correa. Juarez Correa has desperately searched for ways to reach his students at the Jose Urbina Primary School, an impoverished school located near a dump in a sun-drenched northern Mexico border town little more than a stone’s throw from American schools where tablets, Ipads another other online learning tools are almost taken wantonly for granted.Until he discovered Mitra’s emergent learning practices, Juarez Correa employed the same hidebound teaching methods as virtually every other Mexican teacher — lectures, memorization and lots of busy work — ones that had secured the same frustrating results year after year: low test scores.Juarez Correa determined to put Mitra’s insights into practical use in his classroom by allowing his students, in Mitra’s words, to “wonder aimlessly around ideas.” The change that took hold of Juarez Correa’s class not only astonished him but also his principal upon discovering how this new teaching method produced a dramatic turnaround in test scores.Previous test scores revealed that 45 percent of the class had essentially failed the math section of the test, while 31 percent failed Spanish. The latest results revealed that a mere 7 percent failed math and 3.5 percent failed Spanish. Equally significant, sixty-three percent of the class garnered excellent scores while none had in the previous test.These new insights are not only receiving a receptive ear in materially disadvantaged countries such as Mexico. For example, the Wired article reports that in the 1990s Finland, in addition to reducing its math curriculum from 25 pages to four and the school day by an hour, also began focusing on independence and active learning. By 2003, Finnish students had ascended from lower ranks of international performance to first place among developed nations.Americans classrooms, despite being equipped to the teeth with all manner of laptops, tablets and iPads, should draw a lesson from this dramatic change of thinking.As the Wired article reports, currently almost a third of U.S. high school graduates are not academically prepared for the first year of college courses. Equally disturbing, the United States now holds a dismal ranking of 49th among 148 developed and developing nations in the quality of math and science instruction.Equally significant, the article also reports that the top three demanded skills in the 21st century will be teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills.AleX, we have stressed to you before how you and millions of other professionals were trained to think about and deliver information in linear terms — through programs such as lectures, seminars, and workshops, with your students serving more or less as passive recipients of this instruction.The ways you serve you clients have been defined by those methods for the bulk of your career.All of this is changing — quickly and inexorably, Alex. The ways people connect to knowledge — education almost seems too constricted a term to describe what is taking place — has become more open and democratized than ever before.And, frankly, we should all revel in and celebrate that fact. This is part of the “Hi, AleX” series — advice to AleX NetLit about enhancing her levels of network literacy through day-to-day personal and professional social networking. AleX Netlit is a fictional persona created by Network Literacy Community of Practice to serve as a guide to Military Families Service professionals, Cooperative Extension educators and others seeking to learn more about using online networks in their work.More about Alex NetLit
Gunmen shot dead a policewoman outside her residence in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Saturday.Khushboo Jan, Special Police Officer (SPO), was fired at from a close range near her house around 2:40 p.m. at Vehil village of Shopian district, said a police official. The victim breathed her last on the way to the nearby hospital.SPOs are lower rung police personnel hired for non-combat duties.This is the fourth such attack in the last three days where unidentified armed men have attacked political workers, former soldiers and civilians in south Kashmir.The attacks come at a time when Jammu and Kashmir is heading for the Lok Sabha polls from April 11.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Lyceum lost hold of its 17-point lead, 71-54 in the third quarter as Laurenz Victoria and Leo Gabo willed Mapua to get to as close as six late in the game.Robinson said that it’s something his team needs to work on as the Pirates gear up for tougher foes ahead.“That’s the challenge for us. If we want to stay on top, there’s a lot of responsibilities that come with it. We’re the barometer. Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for us that any team can beat us if we let our guards down,” he said.Gabo paced Mapua (1-9) with 21 points and five assists, while Christian Buñag had 18 markers and 14 rebounds in the loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 markers, six boards, and two dimes.MJ Ayaay and Ralph Tansingco both chimed in 10 points apiece in Lyceum’s 10th straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his side reacted to the Cardinals’ challenge, as the cellar dwellers gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“I guess we didn’t play our usual game. We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us. Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well for us,” the youthful mentor said. View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Africa champion Cameroon misses out on World Cup Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak to the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LYCEUM 96 – Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90 – Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
TURIN (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments) – Greece got their campaign at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turin off to the best possible start with a comfortable 78-53 win over Iran on Monday.Turning point: Early in the second quarter, Greece turned a 29-25 lead into a 39-25 advantage with back-up guards Giannis Athinaiou and Evangelos Mantzaris out on the court. The 10-0 run was triggered by a Ioannis Bourousis three-pointer.Stats Don’t Lie: Iran turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and Greece capitalised by scoring 19 points in building a 48-31 lead. Greece also shot the ball exceptionally well through the first two quarters, hitting five of their seven attempts from long range.Game Hero: Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 16 points on an efficient 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Special mention to Stratos Perperoglou and Kostas Koufos who had 9 points apiece in the first half.The Bottom Line: Iran executed well on offense early on and had a terrific game-plan but Greece turned the contest in their favor by increasing the defensive pressure. If there were concerns about Greece’s ability to knock down jump shots, they allayed those in the first half with five different players hitting from behind the arc. Greece’s full-court pressure was a factor and will be raising eyebrows, especially with Thanasis Antetokounmpo having a strong performance.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Newcastle owner Ashley confident sale date can be metby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United owner Mike Ashley is growing confident of completing the club’s sale before the New Year.The Daily Star says the legal team at law firm Walker Morris, who are working on the sale with Peter Kenyon, have been told that all Christmas leave has been cancelled.It suggests that both parties have thrashed out a deal in principle and are now working on the finer details in readiness for a takeover within the next few weeks.Ashley has publicly stated he wants to sever his links with the club he’s owned for the past 11 years.And the buyers too are keen to get their feet under the table as soon as possible.That is music to the ears of Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez, who knows his January spending plans could depend on the sale of the club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric: I’ve always had my doubtersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric admits he’s always had to battle against doubters.Modric won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA The Best awards this year.But the Croatian admitted that the path to the top hasn’t been easy, and that he’s had to overcome many obstacles.”I’ve been surrounded by doubts since my childhood,” he told GQ.”Because of my physique, because of my height…”Some thought those elements were important to succeed in life and in football, but I never doubted myself.”All of the difficulties that happened in his childhood helped him to become stronger.”Thanks to that trust and that faith in myself, I came to the best club in the world,” he added.”At the beginning many people didn’t believe in me either, it’s part of my life, always surrounded by doubts, always hearing that no I won’t reach the top.”All the recognition, such as the FIFA World Player or the Ballon d’Or, are worth much more when you are aware that nobody has given you anything.”Nothing has been given to me by anyone, I’ve had to work for it.”
WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fourth consecutive week, with the key 30-year rate reaching its highest level since May.Costs for would-be homebuyers continue to climb. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 4.65 per cent, from 4.60 per cent last week. The average rate has increased from 3.83 per cent a year ago.The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate loans rose to 4.11 per cent this week from 4.06 per cent last week.The primary factors driving rates higher include the strong economy, trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries, and the U.S. government stepping up sales of its debt, according to Freddie Mac chief economist Sam Khater.The expanded U.S. debt sales suppress Treasury bond prices and push their interest rates higher. The yield on the key 10-year Treasury note has been running above 3 per cent, approaching a seven-year high. The yield jumped to 3.08 per cent Wednesday, from 2.96 per cent a week earlier. It held at 3.08 per cent Thursday morning.The higher mortgage rates “represent continued affordability challenges for prospective buyers — especially first-time buyers,” Khater said.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week.The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates.The average fee on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year mortgages also remained at 0.5 point.The average rate for five-year adjustable-rate mortgages edged down to 3.92 per cent from 3.93 per cent last week. The fee rose to 0.4 point from 0.3 point.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – 14-year-old Chance Clark, on the morning of January 22nd, 2019 when crossing the intersection of 85th Ave and 86th Street was making his way to school when he was struck by a vehicle.Clark, being admitted to the FSJ Hospital in a critical state, was flown to the Vancouver Children’s Hospital. His injuries would include, shattered femurs, a broken pelvis and multiple broken ribs.According to the GoFundMe set up to help Clark’s recovery, his first surgery on January 24, had to be aborted mid-operation due to respiratory distress. Pins and external braces were temporarily put into place until his condition stabilized. Due to the complications of the first surgery, Clark is slated for another surgery on Tuesday, January 29, where he will have rods installed through the center of his femurs.Clark has been in and out of consciousness since the accident, able to speak to his parents for a few minutes at a time before blacking out again.Until he is further stabilized, doctors are not able to provide a recovery timeline to Clark’s parents. He has undergone 2 CT scans and is presently waiting for his condition to improve to undergo an MRI.The GofundMe goes on to express the driver of the vehicle did the right thing – he immediately called emergency services and stayed with Clark until they arrived. He is cooperating with the police and very remorseful.To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERE
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 25.Tennessee Titans3-4lost to LA Chargers 20-19(▼4)Love the decision to go for two; hated the play call. 12.Cincinnati Bengals4-3lost to Kansas City 45-10(▼2)Smashed by Kansas City. At least they have company in that group. 23.New York Jets3-4lost to Minnesota 37-17(▼4)The perils of starting a rookie QB: Darnold was terrible against the Vikings. 26.Indianapolis Colts2-5beat Buffalo 37-5(▲3)Andrew Luck has 15 TD passes over his last four games. 7.Los Angeles Chargers5-2beat Tennessee 20-19(–)Winning streak temporarily halted by Week 8 bye. 31.Oakland Raiders1-5Bye Week(▲1)Trading Cooper for a first-rounder is the best thing they’ve done this season. 4.Kansas City Chiefs6-1beat Cincinnati 45-10(–)Four more touchdowns for Patrick Mahomes. 5.Minnesota Vikings4-2-1beat NY Jets 37-17(▲1)Can anyone slow down Adam Thielen? 6.Baltimore Ravens4-3lost to New Orleans 24-23(▼1)Nobody in Baltimore feels worse than Justin Tucker. 13.Chicago Bears3-3lost to New England 38-31(▼2)If only Trubisky could’ve put a little more oomph on that throw… 29.Buffalo Bills2-5lost to Indianapolis 37-5(▼1)It turns out Derek Anderson is still in the league. Good for him. 9.Green Bay Packers3-2-1Bye Week(–)Packers play Rams, Patriots, Seahawks and Vikings on the road in the next five weeks. 10.Carolina Panthers4-2beat Philadelphia 21-17(▲5)Tremendous fourth-quarter comeback in Philly. 11.Washington Redskins4-2beat Dallas 20-17(▲8)Washington fans the only ones who liked the penalty on the Dallas long snapper. 15.Seattle Seahawks3-3Bye week(▲2)Back from the bye to take on Detroit. RankTeamRecordResultMovementComment Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 4 Comments Share 16.Philadelphia Eagles3-4lost to Carolina 21-17(▼2)Eagles look almost nothing like the team that won the Super Bowl. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 32.Arizona Cardinals1-6lost to Denver 45-10(▼1)What a mess. Here’s a full look at this week’s pecking order.Arizona Sports NFL Power Rankings – Week 8 24.Denver Broncos3-4beat Arizona 45-10(▲1)Either Von Miller rallied his team, or he knew how bad the Cardinals are. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 19.Detroit Lions3-3Beat Miami 32-21(▲4)Offense, bolstered by Kerryon Johnson, has looked good the last two games. 17.Miami Dolphins4-3lost to Detroit 32-21(▼1)On the bright side, Brock Osweiler finally looks serviceable. 30.San Francisco 49ers1-6lost to LA Rams 39-10(–)C.J. Beathard continues to be the most turnover-plagued QB in football. 22.Tampa Bay Buccaneers3-3beat Cleveland 26-23 (OT)(▲2)Beat the Browns despite being -3 in turnovers. 27.Cleveland Browns2-4-1lost to Tampa Bay 26-23 (OT)(▼1)Browns have played four OT games in their first seven contests. 2.New Orleans Saints5-1beat Baltimore 24-23(–)More milestones for Drew Brees. 14.Houston Texans4-3beat Jacksonville 20-7(▲6)Suddenly, the Texans have won four in a row. 8.Pittsburgh Steelers3-2-1Bye Week(–)Will try to “avenge” Week 1 tie vs. Cleveland. 21.Dallas Cowboys3-4lost to Washington 20-17(▼3)Lost a game that rightly should have gone to overtime. 1.Los Angeles Rams7-0beat San Francisco 39-10(–)Todd Gurley is on pace for 32 touchdowns. We’re nearing the halfway point (for most teams) of the 2018 NFL season, and we’ve got four really good teams and about five that are just terrible.At the top of the pecking order, things look the same this week as the Rams, Saints, Patriots and Chiefs — last week’s top four teams — all won in Week 7 and still constitute the top eighth of the league.At the bottom, there was a little movement. It’s impossible not to return the Arizona Cardinals to the cellar after a nationally televised beatdown at the hands of the Denver Broncos that led to the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and a reported trade demand from Patrick Peterson — arguably the team’s best defensive player. 18.Jacksonville Jaguars3-4lost to Houston 20-7(▼6)Outscored by Texas teams 60-14 over the last two weeks. 3.New England Patriots5-2beat Chicago 38-31(–)Never hurts your chances of winning when you get two special teams touchdowns. 20.Atlanta Falcons3-4beat NY Giants 23-20(▲2)Ryan has completed almost 75% of his throws with 13 TDs and zero interceptions over last five games. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) hits Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) as he throws during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 28.New York Giants1-6lost to Atlanta 23-20(▼1)Back-to-back 1-6 starts for the G-Men. Somewhere, Ben McAdoo is laughing.
Independent media company High View Group has acquired German thematic channel Deluxe Television. Deluxe had filed for insolvency earlier this year.The acquisition gives High View the free-to-air Deluxe Music TV channel, eight radio stations and the Deluxe Lounge HD channel.Deluxe will move its operations to Landshut near Munich and will be headed by Alexander Trauttmansdorff.High View operates five pay TV channels in Germany – documentary channels Planet and Planet HD and music channels Jukebox, RCK TV and RLX TV.
Russian service provider ER Telecom’s Dom.ru service has launched HD TV in five cities across the country.The operator’s HD TV Dom.ru TV. Home Entertainment Center has launched in Volgograd, Volzhsky, Kurgan,Magnitogorsk, and Penza. The service, which includes a basic package of 33 HD channels, was launched in 19 cities last year. ER Telecom said more launches would follow this year. Other services include premium sports and movies channels and video-on-demand.
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has begun offering household insurance packages to its subscribers.The operator is offering five packages of insurance, with premiums deferred for up to a year.Packages are available including insurance against theft, damage to property and civil liability in legal cases. The lowest cost package is available for a premium of PLN7.49 (€1.80) a month.
When Maria Toorpakai plays squash in the Pakistan city of Peshawar, military snipers stand on the roof over the court to protect her from the Taliban.But she’s certainly not afraid of attention. The country’s greatest female squash player is the star of a documentary, The War to Be Her, which debuts on the PBS documentary series POV on July 23.Toorpakai, 27, grew up in Waziristan, a mountainous tribal region that borders Afghanistan — and is a haven to Pakistan’s Taliban. Girls there face grave risks just for attending school.Because she wanted to play sports and pursue other opportunities not open to girls, she burned her dresses, cut her hair and put on her brother’s clothes. Her father introduced her as his son, “Genghis Khan.” And she took up squash.But around age 12, word got out that she was pretending to be a boy. Male squash players harassed her, and extremists warned her to stop.Still, she kept playing. At 16, she won the bronze medal in the World Junior Squash Championships for girls and received an award from former President Pervez Musharraf.That’s when the Taliban started making threats. To continue training in safety, she reached out to squash academies around the world. Eventually, a former squash champion named Jonathan Power invited her to Canada. She trained there between 2011 and 2016.Toorpakai isn’t just trying to empower girls, says Human Rights Foundation legal counsel Joy Park, who met her when she spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2017. When talking to groups, she tries to “educate the boys to give them the idea that your fellow girls, your sisters, are the same as you. They deserve the same opportunities.”Toorpakai spoke to NPR by phone from Peshawar, where she now lives with her family. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.So, why squash?It was something that saved me. Hitting was something that would take away my anger and all the disappointment because people treated me differently.In the documentary, your dad is a pillar of strength and support. How much did he help you in your dream to become an athlete?My dad is my mentor. He is my inspiration. He always helped me even when there were times I was feeling down, disappointed, hopeless. He always showed me the path. That I shouldn’t care about society or people.What would he say to you?They are scared of change but we should just improve ourselves and eventually people will follow.Because of the Taliban’s threats when you were 16, you spent 2007 to 2010 practicing squash in your bedroom — like “Rocky, locked in Siberia,” your coach in Canada said. What was that like?It was in an upstairs room, and it didn’t have much furniture. It had one bed and one small carpet. It was a good size. I was doing a lot of lunging, push-ups, sit-ups, a lot of short-hitting [hitting the ball close to the wall to develop control with the racket]. I was just thinking, “What can I do next?”What gave you the strength as a teenager to persevere amid the threats you and your family were getting?I would imagine myself in a squash court, standing on a podium after winning a match. I would imagine myself being free, training [and as someone who] people are appreciating. At the same time, I have a very strong belief in God. So that also gives me hope and strength.Was there ever a moment when, as a female facing so much adversity, you felt like giving up? It was just before the #MeToo and Times Up movements. My sister [a parliamentarian named Ayesha Gulalai] spoke up about harassment that she was facing inside her political party from the party leadership. During this time, we were locked in a two-bedroom apartment for a month with 24/7 security. People [in politics] were running campaigns against my family.I stopped playing tournaments and didn’t train. I gained a lot of weight. I was just lost, confused about the whole purpose of my life. This is the country that I was playing for — this is Pakistan. These are the people I was representing.You wrote a memoir in 2016 and recently started a nonprofit organization that aims to help children in remote communities. What else are you hoping to do?I want to build a state-of-the-art sports science university in Islamabad. And once things are in my hands, I think I’ll be able to encourage more and more girls, and give them an environment [where] they can stay and live and play and learn.I understand you have used your income from competing, coaching and public speaking to build a health clinic for women and children and that you sometimes instruct girls on the squash court.They come in burqa and start diving after squash balls. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
If you have an infant, you’re probably all too familiar with the origin of this treatment.Yep, it’s baby poop.Researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine have developed what they call a ‘probiotic cocktail’ from gut bacteria strains found in infant feces. Researchers explored it since babies are generally healthy, and dirty diapers are plentiful.The team behind the study collected samples from the diapers of 34 infants.After the probiotics were extracted, they were given to mice. Scientists found that these rodents produced a higher number of short chain fatty acids – and that’s what keeps a stomach healthy.The probiotic market has exploded in recent years, as studies have shown that certain diseases can be treated or prevented if gut health is improved.The researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine say their findings could be useful in investigating the influence of probiotics on the human microbiome, metabolism, and associated diseases.
Three-quarters of Americans say they want to keep in place the landmark Supreme Court ruling, Roe v. Wade, that made abortion legal in the United States, but a strong majority would like to see restrictions on abortion rights, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.What the survey found is a great deal of complexity — and sometimes contradiction among Americans — that goes well beyond the talking points of the loudest voices in the debate. In fact, there’s a high level of dissatisfaction with abortion policy overall. Almost two-thirds of people said they were either somewhat or very dissatisfied, including 66% of those who self-identify as “pro-life” and 62% of those who self-identify as “pro-choice.””What it speaks to is the fact that the debate is dominated by the extreme positions on both sides,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist Poll, which conducted the survey. “People do see the issue as very complicated, very complex. Their positions don’t fall along one side or the other. … The debate is about the extremes, and that’s not where the public is.”The poll comes as several states have pushed to limit abortions in hopes of getting the Supreme Court to reconsider the issue. Abortion-rights opponents hope the newly conservative court will either overturn Roe or effectively gut it by upholding severe restrictions. The survey finds that while most Americans favor limiting abortion, they don’t want it to be illegal and don’t want to go as far as states like Alabama, for example, which would ban it completely except if the woman’s life is endangered or health is at risk.A total of 77% say the Supreme Court should uphold Roe, but within that there’s a lot of nuance — 26% say they would like to see it remain in place, but with more restrictions added; 21% want to see Roe expanded to establish the right to abortion under any circumstance; 16% want to keep it the way it is; and 14% want to see some of the restrictions allowed under Roe reduced. Just 13% overall say it should be overturned.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Even though Americans are solidly against overturning Roe, a majority would also like to see abortion restricted in various ways. In a separate question, respondents were asked which of six choices comes closest to their view of abortion policy.In all, 61% said they were in favor of a combination of limitations that included allowing abortion in just the first three months of a pregnancy (23%); only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman (29%); or only to save the life of the woman (9%).Eighteen percent said abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants during her entire pregnancy. At the other end of the spectrum, 9% said it should never be permitted under any circumstance.More than half (53%) of Americans say they would definitely not vote for a candidate who would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would limit or overturn Roe.Politically, abortion has been a stronger voting issue for Republicans than for Democrats. This poll found that abortion ranks as the second-most-important issue for Republicans in deciding their vote for president, behind immigration. But for Democrats, it is fifth — behind health care, America’s role in the world, climate change and personal financial well-being.The poll also notably found the highest percentage of people self-identifying as “pro-choice,” those who generally support abortion rights, since a Gallup survey in December 2012. In this survey, 57% identified that way versus 35%, who called themselves “pro-life,” those who are generally opposed to abortion rights.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here The percentage self-identifying as “pro-choice” is an increase since a Marist Poll in February, when the two sides split with 47% each. The pollsters attribute that shift to efforts in various states to severely restrict abortion.”The public is very reactive to the arguments being put forth by the more committed advocates on both sides of the issue,” Carvalho said, adding, “The danger for Republicans is that when you look at independents, independents are moving more toward Democrats on this issue. … When the debate starts overstepping what public opinion believes to be common sense, we’ve seen independents moving in Democrats’ corner.”In the case of self-identification, 60% of independents identified as “pro-choice.” Asked which party would do a better job of dealing with the issue of abortion, a plurality of Americans overall chose Democrats (47%) over Republicans (34%).Independents chose Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job by an 11-point margin (43% to 32%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Asked if they’d be more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict or ones that do the opposite, 60% of Americans overall, including two-thirds of independents, chose laws that decriminalize abortion and are less strict.What specifically do Americans support and oppose?The poll also asked a long series of questions to try to figure out what Americans support or oppose when it comes to potential changes to abortion laws pending in several states. Poll respondents were not told which states these proposals come from.The poll found that Americans are very much against requiring fines and/or prison time for doctors who perform abortions. There was also slim majority support for allowing abortions at any time during a pregnancy if there is no viability outside the womb and for requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures. A slim majority also opposed allowing pharmacists and health providers the ability to opt out of providing medicine or surgical procedures that result in abortion.At the same time, two-thirds were in favor of a 24-hour waiting period from the time a woman meets with a health care professional until having the abortion procedure itself; two-thirds wanted doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges; and a slim majority wanted the law to require women to be shown an ultrasound image at least 24 hours before an abortion procedure.Don’t see the graphic above? Click here “What’s most interesting here,” Carvalho said, is that “the extremes are really outliers. When they advocate for their positions and change the debate toward the most extreme position on the issue, they actually do the opposite. They move public opinion away from them.”The more vocal advocates on either side, however, have had the ability to shift the debate and public opinion to their point of view. Consider that many of the specific items above, at one point or another, have been hotly debated.When does life begin?The poll also asked the very big question of when Americans think life begins. There was not an overwhelming consensus. A plurality of the six choices given, but far less than a majority, said life begins at conception (38%). Slightly more than half (53%) disagreed, saying that life begins either within the first eight weeks of pregnancy (8%), the first three months (8%), between three and six months (7%), when a fetus is viable (14%) or at birth (16%).Don’t see the graphic above? Click here Gender gap? Try a stark party divide, particularly among womenThe most acute divide among Americans on the issue of abortion, arguably, is not a gender divide but between the parties — and of women of different parties.For example, 54% of men identified as “pro-choice,” compared with 60% of women. For women of the different parties, 77% of Democratic women identified as “pro-choice,” while 68% of Republican women identified as “pro-life.” (A lower percentage of Republican men, 59%, considered themselves “pro-life.”)Throughout the poll, the divide was stark. On Roe, for example, 62% of Republican women said overturn it or add restrictions; 73% of Democratic women said keep it the way it is, expand it to allow abortions under any circumstance or reduce some of the restrictions.Eighty-four percent of Democratic women said they are more likely to support state laws that decriminalize abortion and make laws less strict; 62% of Republican women said they are more likely to support laws that criminalize abortion or make laws stricter.On requiring insurance companies to cover abortion procedures, 75% of Democratic women support that, while 78% of Republican women oppose it, higher than the 63% of Republican men who said the same.Republican women also stand out for the 62% of them who said they oppose laws that allow abortion at any time during pregnancy in cases of rape or incest. They are the only group to voice majority opposition to that. Fifty-nine percent of Republican men, for example, said they would support such a law.And Republican women are the only group to say overwhelmingly that life begins at conception. About three-quarters said so, compared with less than half of Republican men and a third of Democratic women.It’s a reminder that Republican women, in many ways, are the backbone of the movement opposing abortion rights. The survey of 944 adults was conducted by live interviewers by telephone from May 31 through June 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Editor’s note: The survey asked respondents to identify as either “pro-life” or “pro-choice.” This question wording, using the labels “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” was included in the survey because it has tracked the public debate on abortion over decades. It is sensitive to current events and public discussion even though it does not capture the nuanced positions many people have on the issue. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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83 Labour MPs have written to Jeremy Corbyn urging him not to agree any Brexit deal without laying down another referendum as a condition of his support.Last week, Theresa May reached out to the Labour leader and expressed a willingness to find a way through the Brexit impasse that has brought the process to a standstill.The Prime Minister tweeted a video over the weekend in which she said: “People didn’t vote on party lines when it came to the Brexit referendum. And I think members of the public want to see their politicians working together more often.”The cross-party negotiations have not been productive so far, but it is thought that the government could be ready to compromise on some of Corbyn’s five demands for Brexit – particularly a UK-EU customs union. Such a move would anger Tory MPs and Brexiteers in the cabinet, yet would likely allow May to push her withdrawal agreement through the Commons.Labour is understood to favour another EU referendum only in the circumstances that ‘Remain’ would be pitched against a “damaging Tory Brexit” on the ballot paper. The negotiating team has not laid down a public vote as a condition for backing any deal.Labour MPs, activist groups and shadow cabinet members Tom Watson and Emily Thornberry have argued that this approach would not align with conference policy and that any deal – even one that meets Corbyn’s demands – should be ‘put to the people’ in a ‘confirmatory ballot’.The letter signed by 83 Labour MPs and sent to Corbyn reads: “It is not Labour’s job to rescue Theresa May and usher in her successor. We need a general election to kick out the Tories. It is our job to find a find a way to break the deadlock. In our view, the only way to do that is with a public vote.”It contends that any compromise deal would only be “legitimate” if signed off by the public, and that insisting on another public vote would increase the likelihood of an early general election, which is the leadership’s top priority.The original signatories of the letter form part of ‘Love Socialism, Hate Brexit’ group of pro-EU, left-wing MPs, including shadow ministers Marsha de Cordova and Clive Lewis. It is designed to show that parliamentary party pressure comes from members across all factions, not exclusively Corbynsceptics.On Monday afternoon, a Labour spokesperson said: “Following further communication between the Brexit negotiating teams over the last 48 hours, Labour Party and government officials are meeting this evening.”This story will be updated if more signatories are added…Below is the full text of the letter and list of signatories.Dear Jeremy,In a desperate move by a Prime Minister who has run out of options, the Labour Party has been invited to enter negotiations with Theresa May about reaching cross-party agreement on a Brexit deal. With no support in parliament or in her own party, the Prime Minister has turned to Labour to bail her out.But Theresa May has been clear that the legally binding part of the Brexit deal, the Withdrawal Agreement, cannot be renegotiated. This means that the only concessions Labour could obtain will be non-binding assurances about the future relationship. Any future Tory Prime Minister could simply rip up these “guarantees” after Theresa May leaves office, and it is the stated aim of the vast majority of Tory MPs to do precisely this.The only way to guarantee jobs, rights and protections – and Labour’s reputation with its membership and the electorate – is to support a confirmatory public vote on any option which is agreed by parliament, which will put additional pressure on the government to hold the early general election the country needs.Under the current leadership, Labour is offering a vision of hope which has inspired millions of people. Tory Brexit threatens this, and so does any perceived participation in delivering it. Any compromise deal which is now agreed by parliament will have no legitimacy if it is not confirmed by the public.The views of members are clear. Labour’s democratically established policy, passed at party conference in September 2018, is to oppose a Brexit deal which does not meet Labour’s six tests and put any deal that does to a public vote. It would be untenable for Labour not to insist on a public vote on a deal which did not meet these tests.It is not Labour’s job to rescue Theresa May and usher in her successor. We need a general election to kick out the Tories. It is our job to find a find a way to break the deadlock. In our view, the only way to do that is with a public vote.We – your supporters – urge you to make a confirmatory public vote your bottom line in negotiations with Theresa May and to fight to bring this government down.Original signatories from Love Socialism, Hate Brexit (18):1. Marsha de Cordova MP2. Janet Daby MP3. Anneliese Dodds MP4. Rosie Duffield MP5. Ruth George MP6. Preet Gill MP7. Ged Killen MP8. Clive Lewis MP9. Rachael Maskell MP10. Anna McMorrin MP11. Stephen Morgan MP12. Chi Onwurah MP13. Kate Osamor MP14. Luke Pollard MP15. Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP16. Alex Sobel MP17. Paul Sweeney MP18. Catherine West MPAdditional signatories that support the sentiment of this letter (65):1. Debbie Abrahams MP2. Rushanara Ali MP3. Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP4. Tonia Antoniazzi MP5. Margaret Beckett MP6. Ben Bradshaw MP7. Chris Bryant MP8. Karen Buck MP9. Ruth Cadbury MP10. Ann Clwyd MP11. Neil Coyle MP12. Mary Creagh MP13. Stella Creasy MP14. Alex Cunningham MP15. Geraint Davies MP16. Tan Dhesi MP17. Stephen Doughty MP18. Angela Eagle MP19. Maria Eagle MP20. Dame Louise Ellman MP21. Julie Elliott MP22. James Frith MP23. Kate Green MP24. Lilian Greenwood MP25. Helen Hayes MP26. Meg Hillier MP27. Margaret Hodge MP28. George Howarth MP29. Rupa Huq MP30. Sarah Jones MP31. Susan Elan Jones MP32. Darren Jones MP33. Liz Kendall MP34. Peter Kyle MP35. David Lammy MP36. Chris Matheson MP37. Steve McCabe MP38. Kerry McCarthy MP39. Alison McGovern MP40. Catherine McKinnell MP41. Madeleine Moon MP42. Ian Murray MP43. Jess Phillips MP44. Bridget Phillipson MP45. Steve Reed MP46. Rachel Reeves MP47. Ellie Reeves MP48. Virendra Sharma MP49. Barry Shearman MP50. Andy Slaughter MP51. Owen Smith MP52. Jo Stevens MP53. Wes Streeting MP54. Gareth Thomas MP55. Stephen Timms MP56. Anna Turley MP57. Thelma Walker MP58. Matt Western MP59. Martin Whitfield MP60. Phil Wilson MP61. Dr Paul Williams MP62. Daniel Zeichner MP63. David Hanson MP64. Seema Malhotra MP65. David Drew MPTags:Labour /Jeremy Corbyn /Brexit /Public vote /
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Add to Queue Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. Pretty much every concern that prompts towns to deny dispensaries is either unfounded or the opposite of what’s true. dispensaries.com Licensing dispensaries requires approval by local officials, and the debate over whether to grant a license often revolves around fears about what how the business might impact the neighborhood.Those fears typically revolve around higher crime, lower property values and more kids having access to pot. That’s led to fewer dispensaries getting licensed in some states, and some towns and cities simply outlawing the idea altogether.However, a new study has found that the fears associated with dispensaries are built on a weak foundation. Conducted by the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research and the website Leafly, the study finds that myths are fueling these fears.Related: You Can Land a Better Job in Cannabis Than the Job You Have NowLet’s look at the statistics.The study involved a review of previously published studies that had not been considered as a whole before. Researchers looked at more than 100 studies before finally settling on in-depth analysis of 42 that had looked in detail at the impact of dispensaries on surrounding neighborhoods. The 42 studies were then reviewed by a team of data analysts, researchers and editors.What they found directly contradicted the established, conventional wisdom in some places that have been fueled by fears about cannabis dispensaries. In looking at the data from the previous studies, the new study found the following happened in neighborhoods where a dispensary had opened.Crime rates stayed the same or droppedProperty values increasedTeen marijuana use stayed flat or decreasedThe researchers have put together their findings in a report called Debunking Marijuana Myths. They plan to send the report to “elected officials, legislative aides, activists, industry groups and researchers nationwide.”Related: Listen: MedMen’s Adam Bierman on Building the Apple Store of WeedDishonesty and hyperboleAccording to the report, fears about dispensaries impacting property values and the crime rate have led to 75 percent of jurisdictions banning marijuana in California. In Nevada, 75 percent of counties and 42 percent of cities ban marijuana stores. The researchers argue that this has led to the black market continuing to thrive in many states, even after cannabis has been made legal. The report notes that most bans happen in suburban and rural areas.The debate over whether to license dispensaries is “often rife with misinformation based on 80 years of government dishonesty and drug war hyperbole,” the researchers wrote.Leafly editor David Downs told Rolling Stone that he knows many will feel the research is biased, since Leafly is involved in the cannabis business. But he encouraged people to read the actual report and look at the data, adding that implementation of marijuana legalization is as important as all the votes that made marijuana legal across the country.He said, ”If we fail at local implementation, then legalization won’t really happen. These myths have been the biggest barrier to succeeding at local implementation, and I hope we can get over this barrier and, as citizens and local taxpayers, have smart, incisive discussions about the best path forward.”Follow dispensaries.com on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news. Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Study Finds Cannabis Dispensaries Don’t Cause High Crime or Low Property Values May 30, 2019 –shares Free Green Entrepreneur App dispensary Next Article Guest Writer Image credit: MCCAIG | Getty Images Download Our iOS App