Bell Canada, Bell Mobility, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers Communications, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus and Videotron must each submit a detailed report, no later than six months for the date of the decision, concerning their respective plans to invest in the ongoing accessibility of telecommunications services. Fixed broadband Internet access service, as set out in the decision, should be available in 90% of Canadian homes and businesses by the end of 2021 and in the remaining 10% within 10-15 years. New funding mechanism Guiding principlesThe new funding mechanism will focus on underserved areas in Canada.1The CRTC will attempt to align this new funding mechanism with the broader ecosystem of current and future funding and investment.To the greatest extent possible, the funding mechanism will be managed at arm’s length from the CRTC, based on objective criteria, and administered in a manner that is transparent, fair and efficient.Fund designGeneralA competitive process will be used to distribute funds to successful applicants under the new funding mechanism.Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals to build or upgrade access and transport infrastructure for fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet access serviceGovernment funding and private sector investmentApplicants requesting funding will be required to secure a minimum level of financial support from a government entity.2Applicants will be required to provide a minimum amount of investment for their project.The amount of funding from public and private sources cannot be nominal and must be commensurate with the nature of the project.In the assessment stage, more weight will be given to applications with higher amounts of government funding and private investment in their projects.Amount of fundingThe current local voice subsidy will now be transitioned to the new funding mechanism.The first five years of funding (amounts will be reviewed after three years) will be no more than the following:Year 1: $100 millionYear 2: $125 millionYear 3: $150 millionYear 4: $175 millionYear 5: $200 million Canadians should have access to the latest generally deployed mobile wireless technology (currently LTE). This technology should be available in Canada not only in homes and businesses, but on major transportation roads. Measurement of success Data allowance Universal service objective Backgrounders Summary of key decision points A follow-up proceeding will be initiated in early 2017 to examine these preliminary views as well as other matters related to the new funding mechanism._________________________1 An underserved area is defined as an area that does not meet the criteria used to measure achievement of the Commission’s new universal service objective.2 “Government entity” includes federal, provincial, regional and municipal entities, Aboriginal governments, community entities, and non-profit organizations. Criteria for the universal service objective New funding for broadband projectsThe CRTC is establishing a fund to support projects in areas that do not meet these targets. Applicants will be able to submit funding proposals in order to build or upgrade infrastructure for fixed and mobile broadband Internet access services. The fund will:make available up to $750 million over the first five years;be complementary to existing and future private investment and public funding;focus on underserved areas; andbe managed at arm’s length by a third party.Accessibility and tools for consumersThe CRTC wants Canadians to have access to the tools and services they need to empower themselves regarding fixed Internet access services. No later than six months from today, service providers should ensure that contracts are written in clear and plain language, and should make available online tools so consumers can easily manage their data usage.Also, all wireless service providers will have to offer and publicize, no later than six months from today, mobile service packages that meet the needs of Canadians with disabilities.The path forward for Canada’s digital economyDuring its consultations with Canadians, the CRTC also identified further gaps regarding the adoption of broadband Internet services in Canada that are outside its core mandate. Today, the CRTC is submitting a report to the Innovation Agenda, as encouraged by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, on the availability and adoption of broadband Internet services in Canada. This report includes information on access gaps resulting from infrastructure, affordability and digital literacy issues, as well as barriers to connectivity in Indigenous communities.The decision issued today complements the Government of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. Looking ahead, the CRTC will contribute in ways appropriate to its mandate. However, all stakeholders have a role to play to ensure that broadband Internet service is universally available and barriers to adoption are removed.Quick FactsBroadband Internet access services are necessary to the quality of life for Canadians and empowers them as citizens, creators and consumers.While most are well-served, many Canadians, particularly those in rural and remote communities, do not have access to broadband Internet access services that are comparable to those offered to the vast majority of Canadians in terms of speed, capacity, quality and price.Broadband Internet services would allow more Canadian entrepreneurs to easily access crucial information relating to international markets and create more business opportunities across Canada.In 2015, 82% of Canadians had access to speeds of 50 Mbps download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband services.The CRTC is shifting its regulatory focus from wireline voice to broadband services.Currently there is a subsidy for residential local voice services in rural and remote areas that amounted to approximately $100 million in 2016.The current local voice subsidy will now be transitioned to the new funding mechanism announced today (for projects that meet the new targets).Further to a broad consultation, more than 50,000 Canadians provided their views on the telecommunications services they need to participate in the digital economy.Quote“Access to broadband Internet service is vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive. Canadians who participated during our process told us that no matter where they live or work in our vast country—whether in a small town in northern Yukon, a rural area of eastern Quebec or in downtown Calgary—everyone needs access to high-quality fixed Internet and mobile services. We are doing our part to bring broadband services to rural and remote communities.The availability of broadband Internet, however, is an issue that can’t be solved by the CRTC alone. All players in the Canadian communications landscape will need to do their part to ensure Canadians have access to the services they need to participate in the digital economy.All levels of government must address gaps in digital literacy. Affordability concerns are best addressed by the emergence of a dynamic market place where service providers compete on price for telecommunication services, in conjunction with social responsibility programs of telecommunications carriers and different levels of government.High quality and reliable digital connectivity is essential for the quality of life of Canadians and Canada’s economic prosperity.”– Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, CRTC The new funding mechanism will involve two main functions: project management and accounting.Third-party administrator(s) will carry out these functions.A fairness monitor will be appointed to observe the competitive process.An audit committee will be established to verify the accounting function.CRTC will retain oversight and will approve the projects to be funded. Advertisement Consumer empowerment regarding broadband Internet access services Login/Register With: Canadian home and business subscribers of fixed broadband Internet access services can access speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload. These speeds are to be the actual speeds delivered, not merely those advertised. All providers of retail fixed broadband Internet access services must notify residential and small business customers who have incurred overage charges of where they can find information about:(i) the account management tools offered,(ii) the data usage associated with common online activities, and(iii) alternative plans that may better suit the customer’s needs. Customers should be able to opt out of these notifications at any time. Such notifications must be provided each month in which a customer incurs data overage charges, unless the customer opts out of receiving such notifications. Canadians, in urban areas as well as in rural and remote areas, have access to voice and broadband Internet access services, on both fixed and mobile wireless networks. Follow-up proceedingThe CRTC has set out preliminary views on the following aspects of the new funding mechanism: Speeds Levels for latency, jitter, and packet loss will be established to assess high quality for fixed broadband Internet access service. The CRTC wants Canadians to have access to an unlimited data plan option and speeds of at least 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today declared that broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians. The CRTC is also setting ambitious new speed targets and creating a new fund that will invest up to $750 million over and above existing government programs.Broadband and mobile servicesFurther to its legislative mandate, the CRTC has set the following targets for the basic telecommunications services that Canadians need to participate in the digital economy:speeds of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) download/10 Mbps upload for fixed broadband Internet access services.an unlimited data option for fixed broadband access services.the latest mobile wireless technology available not only in homes and businesses, but also along major Canadian roads. Fixed broadband service Within six months of the date of this decision, all Internet service providers that provide retail fixed broadband Internet access service are expected:(i) to ensure that contracts and related documents clearly explain, to all customers;the services included in the contract, any limits on the use of those services that could trigger overage charges, the minimum monthly charge for services included in the contract, information on where customers can find information on rates for overage charges, and whether or not there is a maximum data overage charge that might be incurred in a monthly billing cycle, and if so, the amount of that maximum charge. (ii) to provide account management tools that enable customers to monitor their data usage; and(iii) to provide plain-language information on the data usage associated with common online activities. The above-noted information and tools should also be accessible to customers with disabilities. Policy regarding modern telecommunications services for Canada’s digital economy Advertisement Mobile wireless broadband service Availability and awareness Modifications to current regulatory measures for local voice services All wireless service providers must offer and publicize, no later than six months from the date of this decision, mobile service packages that meet the needs of Canadians with disabilities who tend to rely more on data services than voice services. These packages must ensure access to 9-1-1 service, and be based on consultations with Canadians with disabilities. Current and future initiatives Quality of service Advertisement Eligibility and assessment criteria.Responsibilities of the CRTC and the third-party administrator(s) for the project-management and accounting functions. Fixed broadband Internet service criteria Facebook Accessibility Mobile wireless and fixed broadband Internet access services are key components of this new objective. In addition, Canadians living in rural and remote areas should have a level of broadband Internet access services similar to those available in urban areas. Canadians should have access to fixed broadband Internet access service offerings that meet certain levels of speed, data allowance and quality of service. Specific values and parameters for these characteristics are discussed below. Local service subsidy Awareness and notification Canadian home and business customers can subscribe to fixed broadband Internet access services that include the option to have an unlimited data allowance. The local service subsidy will be phased out. A follow-up proceeding will be launched in early 2017 to examine how it should be phased out. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For the first five years, up to 10% of annual funding will be allocated to satellite-dependent communities to cover operational costs and certain related capital costs.Governance and accountability All wireless service providers’ websites are expected to meet the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by June 1, 2017. Twitter
Chennai: Having lost two matches in a row, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would be under a bit of pressure when they take on in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. On Sunday, CSK faced a heart-wrenching one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chasing a “below par total” of 162, CSK lost their top four batsman inside the first four overs. It was only MS Dhoni, who single-handedly brought them into the match and kept their hopes alive till the last ball of the inning. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDespite two consecutive losses, CSK still sit pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from 10 games. However, they will like their top order to perform and secure a playoffs berth. But it will be a tough ask for them against SRH, who would be riding high on confidence after their comprehensive victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Hyderabad. SRH, however, will be wary of the fact that Tuesday’s game would be the last match for their in-form opener Johnny Bairstow, who will be leaving to attend England’s training camp for the upcoming World Cup. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBoth David Warner and Bairstow have scored the bulk of the runs for the SRH and their middle-order has not performed — a fact well known to them and their opponents. With five wins from nine games, the Kane Williamson-led side would want to continue with the winning momentum and move upwards in the points table. The last time these two teams met in the ongoing IPL, SRH had secured a convincing six-wicket win at their home ground.
26 September 2007A settlement to the Cyprus problem in the form of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation that is unified, democratic and inclusive is feasible and need not involve unfair compromises, the President of the country told the General Assembly today. A settlement to the Cyprus problem in the form of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation that is unified, democratic and inclusive is feasible and need not involve unfair compromises, the President of the country told the General Assembly today.Tassos Papadopoulos said the status quo on the Mediterranean island was not sustainable and it was important to continue with the process outlined in an agreement signed on 8 July last year by the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.The accord sets out the necessary framework for a political process that was designed to lead to the resumption of full-fledged negotiations under the auspices of the good offices of the United Nations Secretary-General but, more than a year later, the negotiations remain yet to begin.Mr. Papadopoulos said “the surprising laboriousness in implementing this carefully crafted agreement” is not inherent to the process and he reiterated that the 8 July agreement provides the only basis for taking the issue forward.He stressed that he regards “the preservation of our interests and those of Turkey in our region not as mutually exclusive but as complementary and interdependent,” adding that it was time to seize the opportunity to prevent the dispute becoming eternal.“We are convinced that reaching a settlement well above the lowest common denominator is feasible and the creation of a unified, democratic, inclusive and forward-looking society fully assuming its place in the European Union is within reach.“We are also convinced that a settlement in the form of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation can be truly comprehensive and need not sacrifice justice for the sake of peace.”
SAN JUAN DEL RIO, Mexico — Looming above a Canadian auto-parts plant, keeping watch over workers, is a painting of the Virgin Mary. This same plant plans a celebration of its latest expansion with a party featuring a mariachi band.It’s far from Windsor. It’s close to Mexico City.The story of the Exo-s factory is the story of NAFTA: manufacturing booming in Mexico, while surviving in the north; supply chains that are internationally interconnected and extra-efficient; and a Mexican workforce seeing the most modest gains and longing for more.Canadian auto-parts companies have more than 120 plants and 43,000 employees in Mexico, and this Quebec-based plastics-maker is among them. It has grown a bit in Canada, but exploded here: when it opens a new warehouse on its property, its Mexican workforce will have nearly tripled to 300.While workers hammer and weld together the new warehouse frame, the plant manager explains why Mexico was a must.His company’s customers — GM, Cadillac, Fiat Chrysler — are here and need plastic products. They opened plants here because of Mexico’s low costs, government incentives, and free-trade agreements with 47 countries allowing tariff-free shipment throughout Latin America.“For us it was a no-brainer,” Francois Ouellet said.“When (our customers) open a new plant they want us to be close to them. If not we would have put at risk our actual business we have in Canada and the United States… We would have a problem to keep our business (without Mexico).”The company’s U.S. and Canadian branches are still adding jobs, albeit more modestly. Canada has about 127,000 auto jobs today, the same the year before NAFTA was signed in 1993.But something dramatic then happened. Canada’s long-term trendline looks like a steep mountain: employment climbed toward a peak in 2000, dropped, then plunged catastrophically after the 2008 recession and is now slowly inching back to early 1990s levels.The Great Recession was a near-death experience for many companies, including the precursor to Exo-s. It relied upon GM for three-quarters of its revenues — and that giant’s near-collapse almost pulled down an entire ecosystem of suppliers.Exo-s responded by diversifying. It not only spread operations to Mexico; it spread beyond the auto sector, beyond its core business of under-the-hood plastics like engine covers and coolant tanks.On the same Mexican plant floor that produces car parts, an overhead machine spits down black, plastic trash bins. Someone strips away excess plastic, then hands the bins to Nataly Jacobo.She grabs one bin to insert a wheel, then another, then another. She repeats this over an eight-hour shift, six days a week. The 23-year-old usually works on car parts, producing more than 3,000 pieces a week.Her weekly salary is about Cdn $61.This represents a raise for her. She arrived here three months ago from a job that paid $51. She also gained benefits here: the company subsidizes half her meals, offers free transport, and built a shower with hot water which many households here lack.Ask her whether she deserves more, and she squirms. But she answers a broadly phrased followup: What if NAFTA were adjusted, so people in your country earned more?“Mexicans make very little,” Jacobo replied.“(Salaries) could be a bit higher… It would be good if they kept us in mind (at the negotiating table) — the Mexicans.”Salaries have indeed increased in this manufacturing area. Ouellet estimates that his average worker makes about $6-$7 an hour with benefits, and it’s going up because of an acute labour shortage here.“Go around everywhere. You’re going to see signs that they need employees. All companies — hotels, restaurants,” Ouellet said. “It’s really hard to find employees. So there’s (salary) increases.”That’s in this manufacturing area.But the overall story of NAFTA, in Mexico, is one of flat wages. In fact, they’ve declined overall because traditional corn-farming communities have been hard-hit by U.S. competition since 1993.The Canadian government is pushing for higher labour standards in a new agreement. It has consulted closely with union leader Jerry Dias, who has done multiple interviews in Mexico spreading the message that Mexicans deserve a pay raise.Dias said workers across the continent would benefit if Mexicans got more independent unions, freer collective bargaining, and pay hikes. The Unifor boss repeatedly told media assembled at last week’s NAFTA talks: “Mexican workers deserve to be able to buy the products that they make.”It’s more complicated than that, according to industry and some analysts.For starters, it’s unclear how an international agreement would enforce local labour laws. Dias favours an international panel. But the U.S. wants to end the international panels that already exist for intra-industry disputes.There’s also the question of unintended economic consequences.Industry insists profit margins are tight, and big salary hikes would just steer jobs like Jacobo’s toward Asia — or to machines. Canada’s auto-parts association says these jobs simply won’t ever return to Canada.But the association’s Flavio Volpe said Canada does benefit from being part of supply chains that include Mexico.That includes a certain plastics maker from Richmond, Que. It is planning a party in its other home — about a 43-hour drive south, off a road lined with taco eateries and women selling colourful, hand-woven indigenous clothing.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He said Ms Chai was a ”forum shopper” and wanted to fight in England because an English judge would give her a more generous award.Ms Chai, who was Miss Malaysia in 1969, said they had moved their home to Berkhamsted before separating and therefore decisions should be made in an English court.In December 2015, Ms Chai claimed victory in the fight over jurisdiction following a ruling by three Court of Appeal judges in London. A 78-year-old Laura Ashley boss could mount a challenge in the Court of Appeal after being ordered to give his 70-year-old ex-wife £64 million.Former beauty queen Pauline Chai wanted about £100 million from ex-husband Khoo Kay Peng following the breakdown of their 42-year marriage.Ms Chai, who lives in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, had said she should get half an asset kitty she estimated to be at least £205 million.Dr Khoo, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings, said she should pocket about £9 million. A High Court judge analysed evidence at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.Mr Justice Bodey announced his decision on Thursday and said Ms Chai should get a £64 million package made up of cash and property.His full ruling has yet to be published.Lawyers representing Dr Khoo say they want to challenge some of Mr Justice Bodey’s findings in the Court of Appeal in London.No date has yet been fixed for any appeal court hearing.Ms Chai and Dr Khoo – who both come from Malaysia, married in 1970 and have five children – have spent more than £6 million between them on lawyers since splitting, judges have heard.The pair had been unable to agree on whether decisions about who got what should be made in English or Malaysian courts, and litigation was launched in both countries.Dr Khoo, who is based in Malaysia, said the marital home was in Malaysia and a judge in that country should make decisions about the division of money. Khoo Kay Peng, 77, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings Credit:Stefan Rousseau/PA
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies confident ahead of first Test match against EnglandJanuary 22, 2019In “Sports”Ambrose passes the Antiguan baton to Alzarri JosephApril 9, 2019In “latest news”Ambrose slams ‘pathetic’ West IndiesAugust 22, 2017In “latest news” (AFP) — Joel Garner has warned against “writing the West Indies off too early” ahead of their upcoming Test series against England.A three-match campaign starts with the first day/night Test ever staged in England, atJoel GarnerBirmingham’s Edgbaston ground on Thursday.England, fresh from a 3-1 win over South Africa in a four-Test home series, will start as huge favourites.Not only have the West Indies lost their last six Test series, they have been beaten in 14 of their most recent Tests in England and drawn the other three.But fast-bowling great Garner, now the West Indies team manager, said Monday: “It’s going to be some interesting times. I think people are writing the West Indies off too early and it could be at their own peril.”And with a fast-bowling attack led by Kemar Road and Shannon Gabriel, allied to a new work ethic being installed by Australian coach Stuart Law, Garner believes his side, who have played a day/night Test — a hard-fought defeat by Pakistan in Dubai in October — could yet upset the odds.“Cricket is played in the middle at the end of the day,” Garner added at an event staged by series sponsors Investec in London on Monday. “I think the fellas have got talent.”“It’s who makes the greatest adjustment in the day/night game. Games between England and the West Indies are competitive. I wouldn’t completely write them off.”West Indies, however, have arrived in England without several star players including Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy — the legacy of a bitter dispute with West Indies cricket officials and the fact that the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament is going on at home at the same time as the Test series.While Cricket West Indies, as the West Indies Cricket Board is now known, recently granted an ‘amnesty’ in a bid to get senior players back on board ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England, it has come too late to alter the squad for the Test series.“We will welcome them back because they are our better players but at the present moment we are here to play cricket,” said the 64-year-old Garner. “We’ve got to work with what we’ve got. We still have fight.“We can’t keep looking and saying ‘we’ll wait and see if the other players come back as well’.”Garner, who stood for election as WICB president two years ago but lost to incumbent Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron, said he felt relations between players and officials were improving.“There’s a lot more communication going on between the players and the officials,” he said. “It can only get better.”But the 64-year-old Garner accepted the timing of the CPL was far from ideal.“That is the biggest challenge because that is where most of the money is being aimed at,” said Garner.“I think you have to work around it and get the tours organised in such a way there’s no competition from the shorter version of the game.”The giant Garner, who took 259 wickets in 58 Tests at an average of just 20.97, said he felt standards had slipped since the day when he was a key member of the West Indies side that dominated world cricket in the late 1970s and 1980s.“If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail…Some of our players have become accustomed to the CPL way of doing things.“Players are being encouraged to train harder and get fitter. We’ve always had players with ability, players with style and flair, but the lack of preparation at the top could have been part of the problem.”
Clariant Oil Services has invested in Ultimate EOR Services, a provider of enhanced oil recovery solutions based on proprietary technologies developed within the Centre for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas, Austin. The company has made discoveries which have improved efficiency of enhanced oil recovery solutions and lowered cost.The services involved include candidate reservoir screening, developing surfactant formulations for specific reservoirs, advanced modelling of oil field performance and full field optimisation. Hariolf Kottmann, CEO of Clariant said “Our investment in Ultimate EOR Services with its expertise in designing chemical enhanced oil recovery solutions is part of the company’s strategy to further develop and strengthen Clariant’s portfolio with a focus on innovation and high performance solutions.”Nick Phillips, Vice President Marketing, Technology and Key Accounts for Clariant Oil Services stated “This agreement couples Ultimate EOR Services’ unmatched intellectual horsepower in enhanced oil recovery solutions together with Clariant’s expertise in chemical technology development, testing and application, and is complimentary to our global growth strategy.”
Denison Mines Corp’s C$14.5 million (Denison’s share) exploration and evaluation budget for 2017 is focused on the company’s 60% owned flagship Wheeler River project, which is located in the infrastructure rich eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin region, in northern Saskatchewan.Following a break in field activities, after the completion of a highly successful summer exploration program in October 2016, exploration drilling and project development work resumed at Wheeler River in early January 2017. The 2017 work program for Wheeler River includes approximately 46,000 m of infill and exploration drilling designed to confirm and expand uranium mineralization at or near the Gryphon deposit, ahead of the completion of a PFS for the project. Accordingly, a C$12.5 million work program and budget has been approved for Wheeler River in 2017, of which Denison’s share will be C$9.4 million – representing 75% of the project budget. As announced on January 10, 2017 (see latest issue of International Mining Project News), Denison has entered into an agreement with its Wheeler River Joint Venture partners, Cameco Corp and JCU (Canada) Exploration Ltd to fund 75% of Joint Venture expenses in 2017 and 2018 (ordinarily 60%) in exchange for an increase in Denison’s interest in the project to up to approximately 66%. Under the terms of the agreement, Cameco will fund 50% of its ordinary 30% share in 2017 and 2018, and JCU is expected to continue to fund its 10% interest in the project.Additional exploration programs are expected to commence in the coming weeks on five high-priority pipeline projects included in Denison’s significant Athabasca-focused exploration portfolio. High-priority projects for 2017 include the recently acquired Hook-Carter project, in the western portion of the Athabasca Basin, as well as the Waterbury Lake, Murphy Lake, Crawford Lake and Moon Lake South projects in the eastern portion of the Athabasca Basin. The exploration and evaluation activities for 2017 are fully funded with a total budget of approximately C$14.5 million (Denison’s share). Including partner’s share of expenses, the projected 2017 work program is budgeted to cost over C$20.5 million, and is expected to include approximately 68,000 m of drilling across eight of Denison’s projects.David Cates, President and CEO of Denison, commented, “Following the recent announcement of our agreement to increase our interest in our flagship Wheeler River project, from our existing 60% interest to up to approximately 66%, it should come as no surprise that our 2017 budget is heavily weighted towards the work required to advance Wheeler River towards the completion of a PFS. With new mineralization discovered in the immediate vicinity of the Gryphon deposit on numerous fronts in 2016, and the addition of the highly prospective Hook-Carter project to our exploration pipeline portfolio in late 2016, we are optimistic that 2017 is poised to be another high-impact year for Denison’s Saskatoon based exploration team.”In April 2016, Denison released a PEA for the Wheeler River project, which evaluated the economic merit of co-developing the Gryphon and Phoenix deposits. The PEA returned a Pre-Tax IRR of 20.4%, based on a uranium price of $44/lb U3O8 and initial CAPEX for Denison’s 60% interest of C$336 million.Since the PEA was released, Denison completed a highly successful 2016 exploration drilling program, which identified additional mineralization in the immediate vicinity of the Gryphon deposit – including the newly discovered D Series lenses to the northwest and the up-dip and down-dip expansion of the A and B Series lenses. These discoveries provide potential to materially increase the estimated mineral resources at Gryphon, which could extend the mine life in the economic model for the Gryphon deposit and ultimately improve the economics of the project. As a result, the original timeline for completing infill drilling at the Gryphon deposit during H1-2017 has been modified to allow for additional exploration and infill drilling throughout the 2017 winter and summer field seasons. Additional infill drilling is intended to improve the indicated resource base at Gryphon for inclusion in the PFS. Consequently, the completion of the PFS has also been deferred from H2-2017 to H1-2018.Project development field programs, including environmental and engineering data collection programs required for the PFS and Environmental Assessment process, commenced at Wheeler River in June 2016 (Denison’s release dated November 2, 2016 for a detailed update). Existing data collection programs will continue during 2017 and additional programs, including metallurgical testing and analysis, will be initiated. Further engineering studies related to shaft sinking methodologies, mining methods and water treatment will also be initiated in 2017. In addition, throughout the year, Denison expects to continue to advance and strengthen relationships with various northern communities.
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4590617 Share48 Tweet Email6 Apr 13th 2019, 2:51 PM FISHER-PRICE RECALLED nearly 5 million infant sleepers in the US on Friday after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher.The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate.Fisher-Price and the CPSC said the deaths occurred after infants rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained, but did not specify how they died.In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.A safety warning was issued last week, but The American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price and the CPSC to recall the sleepers, calling them “deadly.” Source: Fisher-Price®/YouTubeIn a statement Friday, Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the voluntary recall “due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions”. The recall covers about 4.7 million sleepers, which sold for between $40 and $149 since 2009.It is not clear whether the product has been sold in Ireland. 32,786 Views Image: US Consumer Product Safety Commission 16 Comments Short URL The recalled Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper By Associated Press The recalled Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper Image: US Consumer Product Safety Commission Fisher-Price recalls millions of baby sleepers linked to multiple infant deaths Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products when issuing the voluntary recall. Saturday 13 Apr 2019, 2:50 PM
Google : vers la fin de l’aventure chinoise ?Chine – Les négociations se poursuivent entre Google et les autorités chinoises quant aux règles d’utilisation du moteur de recherche. Cependant, l’entreprise américaine serait sur le point de quitter le pays, trop insatisfaite par les propositions de Pékin.Échaudé par les multiples attaques virtuelles dont il est victime en Chine, Google pourrait cesser prochainement toute activité dans le pays. Néanmoins, le géant américain est en discussion avec les autorités afin de cesser le filtrage sur le Net, application obligatoire selon la loi chinoise. Ce week-end, le journal Financial Times a assuré à “99,9%” que Google se retirerait de Chine laissant le champ libre au moteur de recherche national Baidu qui détient déjà 58% du marché. Li Yidzhong, le ministre chinois de l’Industrie, a qualifié l’attitude de la firme “d’irresponsable” lorsque cette dernière a menacé de fermer unilatéralement ses services en cas d’auto-censure. Le 15 mars 2010 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrin
Share your voice 12 Tags If you can overlook the hilariously terrible brand name, this massage gun can really help you overcome muscle pain. Laiwussy Here’s what happened: While on vacation with extended family, my brother-in-law, a personal trainer, showed off his favorite new tool for easing sore muscles. I’d never seen anything like it, nor heard of the brand: Theragun. It looked like a cross between an electric hand-mixer and a cordless drill — and it worked like a massage therapist that never gets tired.Because I have a chronic condition involving pelvic muscles, and because trying to manually massage various trigger points leads to very sore hands, I started investigating these things immediately. Ouch, sore wallet ahead: Theraguns range from $249 to $599.Thankfully, my research revealed many similar “percussive massagers” priced lower. A lot of them were around $200, but I found one for $160 — and thought I’d scored a pretty great deal.Sigh. That was barely two months ago. Now there are tons more copycats, and prices have plummeted. Case in point: The Laiwussy (oy) Muscle Massage Gun is $79.20 when you clip the on-page 8%-off coupon. Regular price: $85. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.See it at AmazonIf that one sells out, here’s a virtually identical one from Lansi for $79.99. Bottom line: There are now lots of these priced in the $80-$90 range. I’m basically here to introduce you to the product category as a whole.You’ll note that many of these look more like a gun than the actual Theragun, which is more triangular, but the functionality is effectively the same. It has three speeds and comes with four interchangeable massage heads. And it’s cordless, able to run for a couple hours before needing recharging.You also get a carrying case so you can tote the gun wherever you need it — like, say, the gym, to relieve sore muscles right after a workout. (The aforementioned Lansi doesn’t include a case, though it comes with six heads instead of four.)It looks virtually identical to the one I bought, so I have to assume it works just as well. For me, this thing has been genuinely helpful, and in fact I used it just yesterday when I woke up with a nasty pain in my shoulder. Your mileage may vary, of course, and obviously a trained massage therapist is always going to be vastly superior to any machine.Still, if you often get knots that need to be worked out, or you’re finding that foam rollers aren’t getting the post-workout job done (I’ve never liked those), something like this is worth a look — especially considering how affordable they are now. Oh, quick word about the reviews: This one has four, and they’re all bogus, according to Fakespot and ReviewMeta. Many others have no reviews at all. As I said, this is a fairly new category, with lots of new copycats hitting the market. If you want a brand name with reliable reviews, be prepared to spend a lot more.Your thoughts?Read more: 5 wellness devices you’ll want in 2019CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Comments Wellness The Cheapskate Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.
Photo: Eric Keto/Alaska Public MediaThroughout President Obama’s tour of Alaska last week, he spoke at length about efforts to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. He spoke very little about his support for Arctic Ocean drilling.Download Audio:The drilling policy could affect the global climate much more than any of Obama’s climate-friendly initiatives.The president wrapped up his climate-change tour of Alaska in Kotzebue, just above the Arctic Circle.“One of the reasons I came up here is to really focus on what is probably the biggest challenge our planet faces,” President Obama said. “If there’s one thing that threatens opportunity and prosperity for everybody, wherever we live, it’s the threat of a changing climate.”In Kotzebue, Obama spoke of climate-friendly initiatives big and small around the state.“And I know you guys have started putting up solar panels and wind turbines around Kotzebue,” President Obama said.And he highlighted his government’s biggest initiative of all aimed at helping the climate: the national Clean Power Plan.“Last month, I announced the first set of nationwide standards to end the limitless carbon emissions from our power plants, and that’s the most important step we’ve ever taken on climate change,” President Obama said.Alaska is exempt from that plan. The president did not mention one of his policies that does have direct relevance in Kotzebue and the rest of Alaska.Kotzebue is one of the Western Alaska port towns getting business from the quest for oil in the Chukchi Sea. Shell’s Arctic Challenger oil-spill barge and other support vessels are based in Kotzebue Sound.The Obama administration gave Shell the green light in August to drill into oil-bearing rocks beneath the Chukchi Sea.The U.S. Geological Survey says more than 20 billion barrels of oil can be recovered from beneath the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. If that oil is burned in engines and homes and businesses, it would pump many times more carbon dioxide into the sky than the president’s big clean power plan would keep out of the sky.“Approximately 15-times greater,” Lois Epstein, an engineer with The Wilderness Society in Anchorage, said. Her group has been opposed to drilling in the Arctic Ocean for mostly non-climate reasons.She says Obama’s approval of Arctic drilling is inconsistent with his big push to fight climate change.“The administration should be at least trying to be consistent in their decision making,” Epstein said. “They have chosen not to be consistent, and that will have climate consequences.”Other environmentalists have been less diplomatic, calling Obama hypocritical or even schizophrenic when it comes to climate change.Shell Alaska spokesperson Meg Baldino declined to comment on the climate impacts of Arctic Ocean oil.But earlier this year, the head of Royal Dutch Shell, Ben Van Beurden, said he agrees the world can’t burn all of its fossil fuels and avoid dangerous climate change.“I accept the fact that having the climate change beyond 2 degrees C is probably highly undesirable, and we should do everything to prevent that from happening,” he said.Van Beurden spoke with the left-leaning Guardian newspaper in England.Even though this year’s plummeting oil prices reflect a world awash in oil, the Shell CEO said his company can’t stop looking for new sources, in the Arctic or elsewhere.“I think to just say we can do without hydrocarbons, and we don’t need them any more, stop exploring for them because they are coming out of our ears already—that is not quite an accurate reflection for a company like us,” Van Beurden said.Van Beurden put responsibility for opening the Arctic Ocean to drilling on the U.S. government.“The opening up of the Arctic is not our decision. It’s the decision of an Arctic nation, in this case, the United States,” he said. “And it’s our task to figure out: Can we do this responsibly? Can we do this profitably? Can it be done at all? If the answer to all that is yes, then we should consider it as an investment opportunity.”Shell officials say it could be 10 to 20 years before any oil from the Chukchi Sea would be available as fuel. That would mean Arctic drilling could remain controversial for a long time.During the president’s three-day tour, White House handlers didn’t let journalists ask him any questions, with the exception of an exclusive interview and photo shoot with Rolling Stone magazine.
Pollock photo by NOAA FishwatchIt’s official: The fish formerly known as “Alaska Pollock” now goes by a single name. It’s just called “pollock” now. That’s according to the FDA, which today updated its list of acceptable seafood marketing names. Download AudioIt matters because when “Alaska” was part of the fish name, purveyors of foreign pollock could fool consumers – with the FDA’s blessing — into thinking the fish they were buying was from Alaska when it wasn’t. Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Maria Cantwell of Washington state both claim credit for forcing the name change on the FDA with an edict in the year-end spending bill. Now, the FDA says, only pollock caught in the waters off Alaska can be labeled “Alaska” or “Alaskan” pollock.
(From left to right) 1. A vehicle hits nine-year-old Raj. 2. On-duty policeman talks to a man sitting inside the vehicle. 3. The policeman helps the man flee the scene. 4. Raj succumbs to his injuries at hospital. Illustration: Prothom AloNine-year-old Raj was playing with friends by the roadside in Dayaganj. Suddenly he was hit by a vehicle. Seriously injured, the boy was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, but it was too late.The locals stopped the vehicle that hit the boy, but, an on-duty cop helped the vehicle flee the scene as it belonged to police. Later, the police sub-inspector himself left the place with his patrol team. None of the policemen helped to take the injured boy to hospital.The boy was hit on 10 February (Friday) afternoon by a white Toyota Land Cruiser.Raj’s family provided Jatrabari police with the number of the vehicle (Dhaka Metro-D-11-0358). But, Jatrabari police station did not file any cases regarding the accident.Raj’s uncle Kamal said that they were afraid to file any case where the police were involved.”They are influential. We won’t lodge any case,” he told Prothom Alo.The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) confirmed to Prothom Alo that the vehicle was registered in the name of inspector general of police. It is now being used by additional superintendent of police Golam Azad Khan, transport division of police headquarters told Prothom Alo.Md Salam, another uncle of Raj, said, ”The local people stopped the vehicle after the accident. But on-duty police SI Md Redwan Khan arrived at the scene, talked to someone inside the vehicle and helped him flee the scene.””The man in the vehicle was using a walkie-talkie. Later, Redwan also left the place with his patrol car,” he added.Quoting witnesses Salam said that Raj could have survived if he had been taken to hospital in time. The boy was first rushed to two local hospitals but none of them treated him as it involved an accident, he also said.On the day of the accident, Prothom Alo contacted Jatrabari police station officer-in-charge (OC) Anisur Rahman but he did not want to comment on the incident. Meanwhile, assistant police commissioner (Demra zone) Iftekharul Islam claimed that the vehicle that killed the boy did not belong to the police.SI Redwan Khan did not pick up his phone on Thursday.ASP Golam Azad Khan told Prothom Alo over phone, ”You can be sure that I wasn’t inside the vehicle that day.”Asked who was in the vehicle, the ASP said he was busy in a meeting.Former IGP Nur Mohammad told Prothom Alo that if the accident was done by a policeman, he could not avoid his moral responsibility.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo by Katie Haugland. CC license.Rice UniversityWhen it comes to college, students and their parents are focused more and more on the price and which schools offer the best return on their investment.To help guide them, Money Magazine has released its annual “Best Colleges for your Money” list. Texas colleges have some deals to offer students: Five schools in the state ranked in the top 100 of the country.“Considering the number of schools in states like Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, Texas is doing very well,” said Kim Clark, who writes for Money Magazine.The college that gives you the best bang for your buck in Texas is also one of the best deals in the country. Rice University came in No. 4 in the national ranking and No. 1 in Texas.“Rice University, amazing school — if you can get in, you should go,” Clark said.She said that one thing that’s amazing about Rice is their generous financial aid, especially for low-income students.“If you come from a family earning maybe $50,000, you’ll get something pretty close to a full ride. The second thing is that the Rice graduates do very well on the job market. Of all the schools in Texas, they earn the highest salary,” she explained.Clark said that laser focus on finances makes this study different than other college rankings. It uses new federal data on how much students who receive financial aid earn after graduation and how they handle their college-related debt.It also factors how easy it is to get into a good school. That’s why Texas A&M University ranked as the second best deal in the state and No. 13 nationally.“They accept about two-thirds of the students who apply, so that’s a pretty good chance of getting in, right?” Clark said.She said that on average Aggies earn more than their peers from the University of Texas at Austin. UT-Austin came in as the third best value in Texas and number 50 in the country.Here’s a full list of how Texas schools ranked nationally in the “Best Colleges for your Money.”Rice University, No. 4 Texas A & M University-College Station, No. 13 The University of Texas at Austin, No. 50 St. Mary’s University, No. 52 The University of Texas at Dallas, No. 91 Trinity University, No. 163 Southwestern University, No. 195 Texas Tech University, No. 209 University of Dallas, No. 248 University of Houston, No. 257 Austin College, No. 350 Sam Houston State University, No. 413 Texas State University, No. 441 Southern Methodist University, No. 452 Saint Edward’s University, No. 472 Texas A & M University-Commerce, No. 477 Texas Christian University, No. 500 University of North Texas, No. 555 Baylor University, No. 565 X 00:00 /01:30 Listen
We hope he’s sending Cassidy to us! #Preacher pic.twitter.com/llPlZLpQC0— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) July 16, 2018Jesse tries to close The Tombs back down, now that he’s ensured Cassidy’s safety, but they really do bring out the worst in him. Cassidy shows up to call him out, because he still won’t leave without Tulip. Showman Jesse takes over and The Tombs stay open, if only so Jesse can once again incapacitate Cassidy. This is where the episode gets real dark. Jesse turns into a monster as he hurts Cass. Even when Tulip shows up, she can see it. That’s when she realizes that she has to break Jesse’s contract and get him out of Angelville as fast as she can. And having Cass around is going to be a liability. She sneaks him out using his skin suit idea (hey, it works!), and drops him at a bus to New Orleans. He considers using Madame L’Angelle’s love potion on her, but backs out. So he really does care about her.I don’t entirely agree with sending Cassidy away. He’s the most fun of all three of the main characters right now. Breaking them up to feel like it’ll only slow things down. But the love triangle story isn’t really working either, so if we can get a break from that, it may end up being a net positive. The final shot at least sets his story in an interesting direction too. Featherstone is on the same bus a few rows behind him. Why? How? That’s not explained. I just think the show must have a good reason for it, though.Ruth Negga (Photo via AMC)Though this episode didn’t make much forward momentum itself, it definitely oriented the season in a good direction. I’m excited to see how Tulip tries to kill Madame L’Angelle, what Cassidy and Featherstone do in New Orleans, and how the Saint of Killers hunts down Hitler and Eugene. We’re nearly halfway through the season, and we’ve finally got something pulling us forward. Jesse’s top hat heel turn wasn’t quite as scary as the show clearly wanted it to be, but the story seems to have moved onto something better. I guess we’ll have to see for sure next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Forgotten Vertigo Comics That Would Make Awesome TV ShowsThe Greatest Romances in Comic Book History This scene was inspired by NSYNC’s No Strings Attached album cover. #Preacher pic.twitter.com/nDw5aOnY7W— PREACHER (@PreacherAMC) July 16, 2018A while being the entire episode. We don’t check back in until the end, and when we do, the lashing is just ending. That’s when Satan finally reveals why these scenes even exist. After his punishment, he sends the Saint on a mission. He’s to bring back Hitler and Eugene, and put them in Hell. Without using his guns. If he does, he’ll get his guns back and then he’s free to go kill Jesse. With that, things are looking up for this season. It looks like (I hope) next week, we’ll finally, finally, see what Hitler and Eugene have been up to. Plus, the Saint of Killers being back on Earth could mean great things for the overall story. Season Two was at its best when this scary, unstoppable threat was slowly, steadily creeping towards Jesse and crew.Back in Angelville, we get a look into Jesse’s past, right after one last moment of wild badassery from Tulip. As Madame Boyd’s guards try to break down the door. Tulip shoots some holes in the floor, grabs Boyd and makes an escape. It’s a good bit of fun, cartoon action in a fairly dark episode. Tulip spends the entire episode trying to get back to Angelville. She doesn’t know the area very well, and soon gets lost. That’s when Boyd tells her what really happened. She doesn’t just hate the L’Angelles due to a business rivalry, she hates Jesse specifically. It turns out they had a relationship as teenagers, back when Jesse was an announcer in The Tombs. And quoting Gladiator because that was the hot new movie back then. But after Jody made it clear that Madame L’Angelle wouldn’t approve, Jesse broke up with her in the most hurtful way. He called her family trash to make sure she wouldn’t try to get him back. Damn Jesse, you didn’t have to go that far.Ruth Negga (Photo via AMC)As Tulip gets even more lost, Boyd eventually tells her the rest of the story. Her brother went to The Tombs to confront Jesse. Jesse further insulted the family, and the two fought in the middle of the ring. To hear Boyd tell it, Jesse choked out her brother and screamed “are you not entertained?” to the gambling crowd. This is the closest the show’s come to making Jesse a compromised hero. It’s the first time we see him do something bad and not just kind of mean. Of course, we learn that isn’t quite the way it happened. Later, when she convinces him for, what, the 27th time to stop keeping things from her, we hear his side of the story. (See, that really is the show’s biggest flaw. Jesse isn’t so much an antihero as he is just kind of a jerk. Not in a fun way, either. In that annoying learn-the-same-lesson-twice-a-season way.)It turns out that Jesse tried to stop Boyd’s brother from fighting him. That he tried to explain, and begged him to stop. It was only when Jesse was about to have the life choked out of him that he fought back, and won. The first thing he did after choking the brother out, was try to make sure he was alive. And it destroyed him to find out that he wasn’t. It was Jody, in fact, who held Jesse’s hand up and shouted the line from Gladiator. Upon hearing the truth, Jesse and Tulip have make-up sex, after which she realizes she left Madame Boyd in her trunk. You know, more than any other plot development, this episode felt like the show finding its sense of humor again. And still, the scene where Tulip lets Boyd out sends the show off in an interesting direction. Boyd tells Tulip how she can save Jesse from his contract: She has to kill Madame L’Angelle.Joseph Gilgun (Photo via AMC)Cassidy’s storyline was surprisingly fun too. I was ready for this to be another boring underground arena episode. You know, the kind of story genre shows do when they’re desperately casting about for ideas. (Both Angel and Torchwood did one in their first seasons, and boy were those episodes the worst.) Usually, they’re meant to show how depraved humanity is. But that depravity is where Preacher lives. A soulless zombie fight club isn’t even the 10th most messed up thing we’ve seen on this show. And Preacher knows it. After one quick fight between Cassidy and some unnamed prisoner, the real story starts. Jesse ushers everyone out, and when he and Cassidy are alone, he chops the vampire up with a machete.Yes, this episode contains no shortage of gruesome, comedic gore. When Jody’s distracted, Jesse puts all of Cassidy’s disembodied limbs into a box, while the head admonishes him the whole time. It’s such a weird, disgusting scene, and I love it. Cassidy floats the idea of sneaking out using some other guy’s skin as a suit, and Jesse says that’d never work. He leaves Cassidy a blood pack to promote healing and ships him off to New Orleans. It’s like a Garfield cartoon only much more violent. Cassidy heals very quickly though and escapes, leaving a trail of blood on the floor. (“I told him no liquids.” Ha!) Stay on target The finale of Preacher Season Two made sure this season had a ton of potential. We were going to Angelville. The Saint of Killers was in Hell. The Grail was still at large. Arseface helped Hitler escape Hell. There are so many exciting places the show could take these stories. Aside from one episode with The Grail that more or less left things as they were, we’ve only really explored Angelville. And it’s really only been these last two episodes that showed us why we should fear the place. By this point, I’ve accepted the TV show’s slower approach to the story than in the comics, but I was hoping we’d check in with some of those other plot threads from last season. The actors who play Arseface and Hitler are named in the opening credits, and we haven’t seen one second of them. Pip Torrens is too, but he’s only appeared in one episode. Fortunately, this episode showed some promising signs of course-correcting.We get a decent amount of the comedy-horror we come to Preacher for. The sequence that bookends the episode is a welcome break from the bleak atmosphere of Angelville. It takes us back to Hell. Not the grey bureaucracy part of it either. Someone collects the Saint of Killers from his Hell, and brings him down to the -9th floor. (Or circle, I’m guessing. Clever.) Here, we see a Hell we all recognize. The fire-and-brimstone, boiling-lava, big-red-devil kind of Hell. This is Preacher though, so we know there’s some kind of twist on it. Mostly it’s the Devil being some kind of faux-friendly, douchey, Good Boss character as he talks around the fact that the Saint of Killers is going to be tortured and whipped for a while.
Police say at least 14 people were killed and 28 others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in central Vietnam.Deputy police chief in Ha Tinh province, Bui Dinh Quang, said on Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work on a seaport breakwater project led by Samsung C&T Corp, a unit of Samsung Corp of South Korea. Quang says it is not known if any more workers are trapped in the rubble. Police and rescue workers are searching through the rubble trying to find any survivors from the yesterday night accident. The Son Duong seaport is part of the Vung Ang economic zone where Taiwan’s Formosa Corp. is building a multi-billion dollar steel complex.
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. September 2, 2010 Do you dream of giving Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Symantec and all the rest of the pain-in-the-you-know-what techno giants the old heave ho? Well, potentially, now you can by entering the emerging world of small-business appliances that stuff computing and telephony into a single box.All-in-ones combine the once-uncombinable–technologies like phone servers, file servers, file walls, routers and web servers–into a single digital device that fits on any shelf. They’re not exactly cheap; units start in the $2,000 range. But they are far cheaper than the business technologies bought separately. And all-in-ones can be self-installed, easy to customize and powerful enough to support an entire small business’s techno-infrastructure.“The idea is to keep complex business technologies as simple as possible so even the smallest firms can access enterprise-level tools,” says Shawn Chute, executive vice president at Sutus, the British Columbia-based integrated business device maker.There are other cool startups worth knowing here–East Rochester, N.Y.-based Allworx and Fairfield, N.J.-based Critical Links–but Sutus makes probably the most representative device of the all-in-one market, the Business Central 200 (a three-person business will pay about $2,500 for a fully installed system). The thing combines everything from e-mail servers to wireless routers to voice mail management into one unit.To save you the hassle of testing an all-in-one–or worse yet, having you convert your shop over to one you hate–I got a thorough briefing from Sutus executives and installed a BC200 at my six-person digital content company.What’s to LoveJust as the company promises, this really is a business-ready phone, file and e-mail server–plus a ton of other stuff–in one easy-to-install box.The unit, about the size of an average desktop PC, could not be easier to get running, at least to start. Plug it into a wall outlet. Connect the swanky, business-class Polycom desk phones via a single normal Ethernet cable. Then plug in up to three phone lines and one fax line. Connect the whole system to a broadband connection–again via a normal Ethernet jack–and then sit back and do nothing at all. The unit boots up the phone, creates basic telephony and PC identities, creates voice mail, brokers a firewall, configures the e-mail server–in other words, gets you ready for business in less than one hour. Very impressive.What’s Not to LoveAs simple as it is to set up, the BC200 is still major-league technology. It will take real time and effort to get it to actually do what you need it to do.I’ll be blunt: Sutus, and probably all these integrated solutions, are configuration train wrecks waiting to happen. Yes, they can automatically set up basic voice mail, e-mail, file servers and all the rest. But you still have to configure your exact employee names, match them to passwords, get the log-ins right and manage the phone-calling sequences. And that’s just the phone. Then there’s the e-mail. And the file servers. And wireless routers and … and … and. And all of that–all of it–has to be dead right for your business to stay in business. Pretty daunting stuff.Do This NowFrom one small-business owner to another, Sutus is a legit techno solution. If you are in the market for office systems, by all means give these guys a sniff. Yes, you can dream the dream of never having to say you’re sorry to Microsoft: Just be aware that your entire business infrastructure is getting jammed into a single device.And bad data, no matter how cool is the box it sits in, is bad data.
The TTF season started with two houseful shows in Kolkata and Hyderabad. Over 500 participants took part with colourful pavilions and stalls at Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium and the adjacent Khudiram Anushilan Kendra, and at HITEX in Hyderabad, for the three-day events, part of India’s oldest and largest network of travel trade shows, which are now organised annually in nine other cities as well.Participants from 15 countries and 26 Indian States & Union Territories came to sell at these TTFs. These included state tourism boards, national tourist offices, hoteliers, airlines, tour operators and travel agents, online travel companies, railways, cruises and other travel marketers.“Considering TTF Kolkata and Hyderabad grew by over 25%, compared to last year, we are expecting buoyant markets ahead, with TTF Pre-Diwali Series lined up in Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, and Pune, in September-October, extending into Guwahati in November,” said Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media, the organiser of TTF. “The TTF series with 12 shows annually across India provides an important tourism marketing impetus, to make investments in tourism more viable,” he added.Fairfest Media, organiser of the TTF & OTM shows has strengthened its unparalleled lead as India’s No. 1 travel trade show organiser, with about half the market share. It organises every year TTF branded shows started in Kolkata (in 1989), in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Pune, and Guwahati (July-November) followed by Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi (January-February), in addition to the grand finale OTM Mumbai in February.There were colourful displays of various places one could visit, with a hint of their various attractions. Eye-catching displays were put up by Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and of course the two Host States Telangana and West Bengal to cater to the local tourists.Among the countries represented were Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Germany, India, Jordan, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UAE and Uzbekistan.India Tourism also participated at both the locations.To enhance and showcase their respective offerings, aside from attractive and elegant stalls, participating states and countries presented daily cultural events and marketing presentations to trade visitors and the media.West Bengal Tourism’s new promotional branding Experience Bengal was seen for the first time on display at TTF Kolkata 2015.TTF Hyderabad 2015 took place at a strategic time when the newly born Telangana state has just completed its one year. Telangana’s maiden campaign ‘It’s all in it’ attracted a lot of attention from the travel trade as well as media.Apart from marketing presentation, Jammu & Kashmir Tourism organised a Kashmir Food Festival at TTF Kolkata to give visitors a taste of their culinary delights.The TTF series has important value additions like pre-registration for trade visitors, more travel trade engagements, focus on B2B, etc. The specially branded section, Outbound Village @ TTF helps expand the outbound presence.The TTF Award for Contribution in Tourism was instituted by Fairfest Media to recognise leading travel producers and buyers. Awardees received the recognition and walked the show on the inaugural days of TTF Kolkata and Hyderabad. In addition, an equal number of sellers participating in the show were awarded, on the concluding days of both the events.