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TNIMA ‘Accepts, Caps’ 56 Incoming Students

first_imgFifty-six recruits, who had a successful entry into the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA) were ecstatic when they were “accepted” and “capped” by authorities of TNIMA over the weekend.These recruits, our correspondent was told, had already done a three-month course with the institute, thus, qualifying them to be accepted by the authorities.The newly accepted students are expected to obtain diplomas, qualifying them as either Physician Assistants (PAs) or Professional Nurses (PNs).Thirty-one are studying to become PAs, while 25 are determined to become PNs.Serving as the guest speaker at the occasions, Dr. (MD) Abraham Saar Borbor spoke on the “Role of Health Care Professionals in the Provision of Quality Health Care.”Dr. Borbor asked: “Who are healthcare professionals? How can they provide quality health care?”He said the provision of quality health care— in his opinion— depends on a number of factors, three of which he stated as materials, money and manpower.Dr. Borbor said, “Materials/facilities include: hospitals, health centers, clinics, equipment, supplies and drugs. Since 2005, great effort has been made to rehabilitate these facilities; even as new ones were built. There is no denying that more health facilities are needed to adequately serve the population of Liberia, especially the rural area.”He added, however, that many of these health facilities are poorly equipped; lacking basic supplies with limited availability of drugs.“It is very difficult to provide quality health care in poorly equipped health facilities. This frustrates not only the healthcare providers, but those for whom these services were intended,” he further stated.Clarifying his second point, Dr. Borbor said that money wasn’t everything, but could do many things, including paying health care providers well; constructing and equipping more health facilities; building new roads and maintaining old ones to get patients to the health centers, among others.On the theme, “The Role of Professional Health Care Providers,” he told the students that to be a professional medical practitioner one must trained, committed, law abiding, respectful, disciplined, honest, hardworking, patient, tolerant, compassionate about your profession, reliable and— above all— willing to continue learning.Dr. Borbor charged the new students: “You must cultivate team work and make your institution a part of you by taking initiative and helping to make things happen.”Other speakers, including Dr. Wvannie Mae Scott-McDonald, General Administrator of the JFK Hospital, admonished the students not the take the health profession lightly. Dr. McDonald also administrates over TNIMA, which has its campus on the grounds of JFK.Specifically, Mrs. Cecelia Morris, Chair of the Board for Nursing and Midwifery in Liberia, said it was good for all of them to know and live the Florence Nightingale ode.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebola Hinders Food Production in Liberia

first_imgThe deadly Ebola Disease virus (EVD), which has killed nearly 2,288 people in three West African countries in only six months, is affecting Liberia’s agricultural sector by hindering food production in the affected counties.Due to strict measures taken by the government of Liberia to quarantine counties affected as a way to contain the virus, Liberian farmers find it difficult to produce and sell to the local markets. In Lofa, one of the counties badly hit, it is reported that farmers in some villages have abandoned their farms altogether to flee to other parts of Liberia in attempts to avoid contracting the virus.Ebola has also caused an increase in the price of some food commodities.Lofa, known as Liberia’s leading breadbasket, was the first county to record Ebola cases. Now, rice farmers face challenges in maintaining rice fields and don’t have enough manpower to transplant, care for and harvest rice.  Every  year, Lofa farmers produce  approximately 560 tons of Liberia’s main staple rice.Mohammed Kamara, a farmer in Lofa, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the EVD crisis is posing serious economic hardship for the citizens as farmers cannot travel as before to sell their produce.He said the virus had  destroyed the lives of many farmers and caused  displacement in three districts, reducing work force in the agriculture sector of Lofa.Farmer Kamara stressed the need for government and its partners to think about the challenges of EVD in his county.“We want the government to understand that farmers will need more help to enable them to restart life after the crisis,” he mentioned.Alexander Moah, a vegetable farmer in a Monrovia suburb,  said that the Ebola had  affected market for vegetable farmers. He said the big buyers of vegetable crops in Liberia are the expatriates who are leaving the country due to the outbreak of the virus.Meanwhile, Liberia’s Vice president, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recently that there is an urgent need to address the challenges of food production in Liberia. Mr. Boakai said that government will need to increase support for farmers in terms of increasing processing facilities for marketing and providing inputs for farmers.Limited processing services represents a major constraint   for Liberia’s local food industry.Liberia, an already food-insecure nation of 4 million people, continues to recover from a 14-year civil war that destroyed the agriculture sector. The government of Liberia and its international partners are making some efforts to scale up food production, mainly rice and cassava, but the Ebola outbreak will stall the process and perhaps leave Liberians more hungry than before.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Remembering Walter Rodney for his relevance today

first_imgDear Editor,June 13 marks the death anniversary of Guyana’s dear son, Walter Rodney. It is with great sadness that we are not more aware of his great work on the global stage, and more so for bringing a solution for racial unity in Guyana at a time when no one else was able to do so then and now.Rodney understood and empathized with the poor and disenfranchised of the world, and defined with great detail and intellect how the world system works to keep people in poverty. His brilliance in history and academics as a whole helped Rodney to articulate and clearly identify what is wrong with our society. And he brought forward substantial and viable solutions to those problems we faced then and now.Rodney was recognized and respected by his peers around the world, and was among the first Guyanese to achieve that great standing that made his country proud, with the exception of the then PNC Government, of course. But it was not only the PNC that feared his brilliance and the force he brings; it was the entire system that thrives on oppressing others for their gains.During his time in Jamaica, Rodney developed a following among the poor and downtrodden in that country, along with great support and reverence from the Rastafarian community. In Jamaica, Rodney met with the people of the slums, reasoned with them to understand their struggles, and share his knowledge with the hope of uplifting his people. During his time in there, he wrote “Groundings”, a ground-breaking look at the dynamics between systems of control and poverty.With pressure from the powers that be, Rodney was forced out of Jamaica, which resulted in the now famous “Rodney riots”, wherein thousands of Jamaicans took to the streets to have their teacher and leader returned to them. This shows the magnitude and power of Rodney’s impact on social consciousness, since he was making an impact on foreign countries like Jamaica, whose people worship their local heroes with zeal; however, they made room for Rodney.Rodney’s work in his canonizing book “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa” was nothing short of a masterpiece that exposed the inner workings of an evil system designed to keep Africans in severe poverty while Europe and their allies took Africa’s wealth for free. His book made him a marked man, and no place was safe anymore. He was seen as a clear threat, because he shone the light on evil.What made Rodney different from his counterparts in politics is that he saw capitalism, socialism and communism as systems of oppression in one form or another. And even though his writings would have swayed more towards socialism, it is natural for any critic of capitalism to be seen as a socialist at best. But, at its core, Rodney stood up for justice and fairness for the unfairly treated. This position made him rise to great heights among others who only paid lip service to justice while they continue to exploit the people.For Rodney, whether a country was capitalist or communist, there was always a core group of individuals who were constantly exploiting the people by stealing the wealth from the many and giving it to the few elites. This fact was evident not only in Guyana, but in almost every former colony in the world, where leaders who rise to power on promises of equality and justice then begin thieving from the poor.In Guyana, Rodney returned to contribute to his homeland, as he had seen the severity of exploitation of all races in Guyana by the PNC Government led by Burnham. For him, Burnham was a charismatic leader with grandeur and pomp, claiming to be a liberator for the poor when in reality he was no different from the other leaders who paid lip service to poverty while enriching themselves and a few around them.Rodney understood that racial unity was critical for Guyana to grow and become successful as a nation, and he was the only person positioned with the right message and solution to bring unity. Of course this drove fear into the heart of the PNC, and their natural reaction was to eliminate the competition. The PNC did exactly what every other exploitative regime did, and that was to kill the bringer of truth and righteousness because the bringer exposed their evil acts.Being a world-renowned historian, Rodney understood that race was by design, and not a natural tendency, and he proved that it was introduced by Europeans as a means of separation and exploitation at the same time. The Europeans knew that, by separating the races, it would be easier to conquer by dividing people and putting them to fight amongst themselves. Therefore, he set about to debunk the race issue and bring racial unity to Guyana.His message and action took root in Guyana, and all races in Guyana began to follow his leadership as he pushed to become the first and only leader to bring real national unity to Guyana. Sadly, Rodney never saw his vision come to life, as he was brutally assassinated by whom many believed to be on the orders of Burnham himself. This is further assured by the fact that the only person who stood to lose from Rodney’s victory was Burnham and the PNC regime.The death of Rodney changed Guyana forever, and our beloved country has never recovered from this act of sin committed on Rodney. We can only now imagine and dream of what Guyana would have become if Rodney was not killed in the name of evil. But his ideas and knowledge are not lost, and his work is studied and shared around the world with reverence, as it is considered a source of change.We must go back and learn about Rodney, since his words are relevant today like never before, and without his message we will remain lost. Walter Rodney provided a blue print for Guyana’s future, and the time is now for us to rediscover his greatness. May Walter Rodney rise in power always.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkinslast_img read more

Ferguson wants to rejuvenate party’s base, strengthen youth movement

first_imgPNCR’s Vice Chair raceBy Michael YoungeYouth empowerment, building a stronger grassroots support base and continuing the work currently being undertaken by the current People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) executive would be the core areas of focus if Annette Ferguson were to be successful in her bid to become the PNCR’s next Vice Chairman. The party’s 20th Biennial Congress is slated for August 17-19.Ferguson, speaking with Guyana Times on Friday, said she remains committed towards working very hard to ensure the PNCR continues to be a strong party which is capable of catapulting Guyana further into the 21st century by providing the highest quality of leadership and policies that could transform its socio-economic dynamics.“If victorious, I will continue in the same manner as I am right now, work hard and serve my people. However, with the assumption of office, it means greater responsibility and accountability to the electorate and party membership. And therefore my number one priority will be to deliver the promise I made during plea for delegates to elect me,” she said.For Ferguson, the core areas of focus would include, but not limited to, building a strong youth arm and strengthening of the women’s arm; the continuous mobilisation of the masses; the development of strategies for the sustainability of the PNCR, and the implementation of programmes so that members can be trained and be exposed to the ideologies and philosophies of the founder Leader.“Whether elected or not, I will continue to contribute my ideas and plans to thosePNCR Executive Annette Fergusonvested with the responsibility of taking this party forward. I believe our ideas and plans are sound and will greatly benefit the enter membership of the party as whole. Today we compete as comrades because we are both aspiring for an office where only one can be elected; however, after that we have to pick the pieces up and work together to the betterment of Guyana,” Ferguson said during the interview.Asked what inspired her to run for the office of Vice Chairman at such a young age, given that there are more experienced party members who feel entitled after waiting their turn, Ferguson explained that she accepted the nomination of her party group because she wanted to make a difference in the way the party is administered and response to the core interest groups that constitute the key demographics in the country.“…According to the 2012 Population Census report, approximately 64 per cent of Guyana’s population is 35 years and younger. You asked me what inspires me to run at such a young age; that ought to give you an idea. I bring balance and representation to the demographics of Guyana. Young people must be given a fair chance to govern and what better role to start in than that of the Vice Chairman where you provide support to the leader and also learn and at the same time, share fresh ideas and perspective,” she remarked.The PNCR executive who currently serves as the country’s Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, also explained that she has been meeting with delegates from the various regions and has been putting forward her “case” to the party’s membership.“I believe we have done a good job in sharing our proposal and vision. The feedback is that we have generated enough interest and support from the membership… in terms of where is my biggest support base. It is a difficult question because we have been openly welcomed in the areas we have visited so far. For delegates who may still be indecisive, I solicit your support and will make a difference once given the opportunity to do so,” she explained.She even expressed satisfaction with the work being done by the Congress Committee so far to ensure that the event runs smoothly and is of high standard.“The bar has been set very high, but I am glad that we are on track with preparations. We want our delegates and comrades to feel please that they are part of a wonderful party with a solid legacy, so a lot of work has been done for this Congress. We have done everything that we can do for this Congress, so I am pleased with the preparations,” the PNCR Executive remarked.Ferguson insisted that the PNCR has a crucial role to play in building a modern democratic Guyana.“We are witnessing one of the greatest wealth discoveries of this country. And with the discovery of great wealth will come great responsibility in its fair and equal distribution. The PNCR is committed to ensuring every Guyanese gets a fair share of the pie and not just a selected few,” she added.Ferguson served as one of the representatives of the PNCR in the 10th Parliament and has held several other leadership posts in the past.last_img read more

Home Help crisis worsens as Government fails to act – Pat the Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the lack of available home help hours and extra resources for home help packages in the Dail today.Deputy Gallagher also told that Tanaiaste about the “inordinate delays” in implementing their approved home help applications.He said “This is a totally unacceptable situation, one which I am fully determined to have reversed and the waiting time reduced to an acceptable level. “Home Support Services are crucial, indispensable services which enable our most vulnerable members of society the dignity of staying in their own homes,” he said.In Donegal, there is currently a 40% increase in the waiting list over a four month period.The waiting list increased from 161 in Jan to 226 at the end of July 2019. The Government advise that there is a substantial increase in the budget however this is of little comfort to those who are waiting in excess of 24 weeks to have the service provided.Deputy Gallagher added that the Minster and the HSE state that the budget deficit will be wiped out. He said this will be at the expenses of the old, the weak and the vulnerable in society.“The HSE and Government balance the books while the weak and vulnerable suffer,” stated Pat the Cope.He said there are many in our hospitals that are medically discharged but cannot go home due to no available Home Help hours and the cost of keeping them in hospital is in excess of 8 times the cost of a weekly home care package.He said “There is no joined-up thinking within the various sections of the HSE and what is further, the Government simply do not understand.”Pat the Cope gave the Tanaiste numerous examples of constituents who are awaiting the provision of the service for too many weeks and said he is fearful that some of these people will pass on before the service can be provided. “We are facing into another winter, but unlike any other winter, our health services are facing the winter season challenges from a unprecedented crises position- record waiting lists, massive surgery delays, understaffing and now the non-availability of home help hours,” he said.He concluded “The elderly, the sick and infirm, those that depend on us for assistance are being hit the hardest by this Government, and this is another example from this Government of how out of touch they are with the realities and struggles of daily living.”Home Help crisis worsens as Government fails to act – Pat the Cope was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daildonegalhome helpPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

South Africa is Africa’s top nation brand

first_imgAnitha Soni (middle) from the IMC received an award of brand recognition for South Africa. The top three best recognised corporatebrands in Africa are South African. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Charmaine Lodewyk Brand Leadership Academy +27 11 463 5091RELATED ARTICLES • Brand leadership award for SA • Building a global legacy for SA • New board for Brand South Africa • SA driven by World Cup momentumBongani NkosiSouth Africa has been awarded the title of the most valuable nation brand on the continent, with its recent inclusion in the Bric economic bloc and successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup contributing to strong positive perceptions – both locally and abroad.Anitha Soni, chairperson of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), received the accolade from UK-based Brand Finance on behalf of the country at the launch of the Brand Finance African Nation Brand League in Sandton, Johannesburg, on 25 May 2011.“This honour underlines the progress the country has made,” Soni said.The rating by Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League takes into account the GDP revenue that a country generates.Egypt is the second most valuable nation brand in Africa, while Nigeria takes third place and is followed by Morocco, Algeria, Angola, Tunisia, Ghana, Kenya and Libya.Brand Finance pointed out that the sophistication of infrastructure is what makes Africa’s best three nation brands some of the world’s serious competitors.Hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup helped South Africa set up some impressive facilities, from which it’s poised to benefit from in future.And the World Cup itself did wonders to enhance the country’s image. “The world saw us and saw what we can do,” said Soni.Joining the Bric economic bloc – previously comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – has come at the right time for the nation, which is bracing itself for further economic growth. With the inclusion of South Africa, the group is now referred to as Brics.“Brics is a powerful new platform for promoting economic growth throughout Africa. This is a further recognition of South Africa as an important emerging country in its own right,” Soni said.The IMC is now aiming to make the country one of the top 20 most valuable nation brands in the world. South Africa is currently in 41st position.According to Brand Finance’s Global Nation Brands League, the top three most valuable nation brands at the moment are the US, Germany and China respectively. Brazil and India are also in the top 10.Enhanced reputation driving tourismThe positive perceptions of the country are also a driving force in the growth of the tourism sector. “South Africa has become one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world,” said Oliver Schmidt, managing director at Brand Finance South Africa.But it’s not just tourism that’s benefiting from the country’s glowing brand – the entire private sector is scoring too. As Brand Finance CEO and founder David Haigh said: “There’s no doubt that nation-branding contributes to the perception of South Africa’s products.”The top three most recognised corporate brands on the continent are South African. MTN is number one, while leading banks Absa and Standard Bank are second and third respectively.MTN is the 199th most valuable brand in the world and the only African brand to be included in Brand Finance’s top 500 rankings.The telecommunications group has seen major growth since being established in South Africa 17 years ago. It now operates in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, and its services connect over 120-million people.“It’s big thanks to my colleagues,” said Christian de Faria, the group’s senior vice-president for commercial and innovation.Brand Finance tips Standard Bank, which now ranks 510th, to break into the world’s best 500 in the coming years. “Standard Bank is one of the contenders”, Schmidt said.Brands of locally made goods are finding their place onto international markets, said Soni. “South African brands take their place in the global arena. We’ve taken ourselves into the international arena at every level.”All but one of the most valuable corporate brands ranked in the top 10 are from the US. The exception is UK-based Vodafone.Gateway to AfricaSouth Africa has positioned itself as a gateway to the African continent for investors. The IMC’s aim is for South Africa to become a reflection of the continent.“Our role in Africa must contribute to the growth of the continent in entirety,” said Soni.In coming years “people will know that the African agenda is driven by Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder of the Brand Leadership Group.“If South Africa does well, the whole continent does well as well,” Ikalafeng added.last_img read more

Ohio Soybean Council Foundation offers $44,000 in scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year.The scholarship program encourages undergraduate and graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities to pursue degrees in one of the many academic fields that support the future of the soybean industry including agriculture, business, communication, economics, education, engineering, science and technology.“The field of agriculture, specifically the soybean industry, is thriving and will continue to do so with the next generation of leaders,” said Jeff Magyar, Ohio soybean farmer from Ashtabula County who serves on the OSCF selection committee.The OSCF scholarship program is now in its 11th year and is proud to support those who are making a difference and advancing the soybean industry.” 2018-2019 undergraduate scholarshipsSix undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 each will be awarded. In addition, one $3,000 FLM Harvest Excellence in Communications Scholarship, which was founded to provide resources to young people with a passion for agricultural and business communication will be awarded. Also available to one undergraduate student is a $3,000 Robinson W. Joslin Scholarship, which was established to recognize a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential. Lastly, one undergraduate student is eligible for a $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named to honor Dr. Vijayendran’s contributions to the soybean industry through his scientific research and commercialization activities at Battelle. This scholarship was founded to support those pursuing a degree related to science, technology or soybean research.Eligible majors include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, biotechnology, bioenergy, biofuels, food science, crop science, environmental science, agricultural communications, agricultural business, agricultural education or any of the agricultural disciplines or related fields. 2018-2019 graduate scholarshipsThree scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to graduate students who are enrolled as a full-time student at an Ohio college or university and have proof of legal residency in the United States.Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biobased materials, biotechnology, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and focused on advancing the soybean industry.The deadline for undergraduate and graduate applications is Jan. 12, 2018.All OSCF scholarships will be competitively awarded with funds paid directly to the educational institution. Scholarships are not renewable, although recipients may reapply. For more information and to download the scholarship applications, visit the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation at read more

A Puzzling Tour — Cube Root of 39.304 (GCNCMA) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat the geocache owner, NotThePainter, has to say:“I’ve always enjoyed art, especially public art. This cache, and another long archived one, was a way to invite the caching community to go for a small walking tour of the MIT campus and see what public art MIT has to offer to the local community. I was also quite insistent that the cache be wheelchair friendly since my father had great difficulty walking at the time….A puzzle, and a multi, are the only ways to get a cacher to visit more than one spot, or more than one piece of art. Also, at the time, caching was pretty young. Puzzles, back then, were essentially gimmes that took only a few seconds to solve. (First letter of the sign is a 7, that sort of thing) and I wanted to stir up the local caching community. Based on emails and meeting cachers at events I know I was successful at that. Cachers either flocked to my puzzles or, more likely, ignore them, but that’s fine also.I have enjoyed [all the favorite points and positive logs]. I don’t use geocheckers on my puzzles, I prefer interacting directly with the seeker. This puzzle hasn’t had much interaction, since it is all solved on the ground, but I do enjoy helping a cacher work through my puzzles. The Favorite points are nice, but sharing a beer at an event is a far better way to enjoy a cache! I was exceptionally moved to find that a local cacher was secretly battling cancer, and he used to work on hard puzzles, including mine, to take his mind off his therapy during the long train ride from NH to Boston for treatment. Cube Root was one of my two Boston area caches that actually got to find during one trip to the hospital. (And yes, that cacher did eventually beat the cancer!)Photos:Another sculpture you’ll see when solving this puzzle. Photo by foragessAlexander Calder’s “The Big Sail” Photo by geocacher niraDMark di Suvero’s “Aesop’s Fables, II” Photo by geocacher niraD Geocache Name:Cube Root of 39.304 (GCNCMA)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2.5/1Why this is the Geocache of the Week:On March 14, aka Pi Day, you can earn two special souvenirs. One can be gained by attending an event. The other, by finding a Mystery Cache like this one. This Mystery Cache in particular takes you on a tour through the many art installations on and near the MIT campus. Throughout your journey, you’ll have to take a few directional readings and solve some relatively easy math. After you find this one, all you need to do is log an event for the other souvenir—and then, maybe there’s a surprise waiting for you…What geocachers are saying:“Finally! Brewer has been going to MIT for five years now and during that time he has been working to solve this. Patience, grasshopper. Well, sort of… there always seemed to be something that kept him from completing the cache. Today, he took his saved coordinates and went to GZ. His coordinates were within 6 ft. Not bad. So I guess all that time at MIT has helped. He even opened the log book. Seriously, this was a wonderful cache, A favorite in our book!” – Trail Buzzards“Found it! Found it! Catkin is back in her office (on the campus of a fine institution…) doing the happy dance post-find, since that might have proven embarrassing at GZ. Add me to the list of seekers who did not recognize the cache and ignored it a frustratingly large number of times in search of this smiley. Fortunately I came prepared for the field work and the smiley is now mine! Cache container is in great shape, though the log is close to full. Thank you NTP for this engaging, edifying expedition!” – Catkin&Golden“Waaa! Awesome! I finally discovered this brilliant little hide after several fruitless trips to the river (I couldn’t get the sculpture coordinates/bearings right and would wind up with a different GZ every time). What a wonderful cache– everything from the creative hide to the simple adventure-oriented puzzle to the beautiful buildings and sculptures and views. Here, have a favorite point to add to your well-deserved pile!” – Rainbow Crash What’s the most puzzling geocache you’ve ever found? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More Frank Gehry’s “The Stata Center” Photo by geocacher niraD SharePrint Relatedlast_img read more

Google Redesigns its Redesign of Google News

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#web mike melanson Late last month, Google News changed its design to be more personalized and the reaction was quick and seemingly unanimous – everyone wanted the old version back. Users lamented the design as hard to scan and rued the disappearance of custom sections. Today, it looks like Google has heard the cries and complaints and changed the Google News homepage to “reflect your feedback”.Google writes in its Google News blog that the redesign was the biggest since Google News’ launch in 2002. Customization, it said, was a big hit, but “some of you wrote in to say you missed certain aspects of the previous design, such as the ability to see results grouped by section (U.S., Business, etc.) in two columns.”Google is bringing back story clustering, rather then hiding it until users perform a mouseover, and giving back the ability to hid local weather forecasts. It is also making it easier to switch between views and is adding a two-column view, “which shows the three top stories from each section.” Offering the multiple columns, instead of the single stream, was definitely a gripe among many users, and offering a way around this should help ease the blow. While this isn’t a reversion to the old design, it incorporates some of the old features. So what do you think? Last time, we asked “Did Google Blow It with the Google News Redesign?” and now we’re wondering if the re-redesign has saved the day.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Microsoft Wins Big with Windows Azure Internet TV Deal in China

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#China#cloud computing#Microsoft#television#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform won a strong endorsement Monday when PPTV, which claims to be China’s leading Internet TV service provider, signed on to launch its platform on top of Windows Azure’s new Media Services offering.Specifically, PPTV will launch its PPTV Asia TV Networks (ATN) platform on Windows Azure, marking both an important design win for Microsoft as well as its first cloud-based collaboration with a local Chinese new media company.PPTV will adopt Windows Azure as the core infrastructure platform for PPTV ATN. The service will provide a cloud-based Internet TV solution, while exploring the collaboration opportunities with Microsoft on online TV, media service platform and Content Delivery Network (CDN) for its next generation domestic market needs, the company said.That’s important.While Microsoft has marketed Azure as its public cloud technology, capable of deploying both Windows Server and Linux virtual machines, the company has also positioned it as a challenge to existing content-delivery networks. In April, for example, at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, Microsoft announced Windows Azure Media Services, most likely the next step beyond the partnership Microsoft struck with PPTV. And video service providers like Netflix and Google’s YouTube are also establishing (or have established) their own content-delivery networks.Microsoft Plays the China CardBuilding ties in China is also key, both for economic and legal reasons – the Chinese government encourages joint ventures with Chinese partners, although the requirements to do so have loosened. The economies of the so-called BRIC regions (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are growing strongly, fueled by their need to catch up to the rest of the world’s infrastructure. Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein told analysts in January that Microsoft sees a “particular strength” in the BRIC markets, one that could be a “driver of growth” for the company.Chuck Tao, the chief executive of PPTV, said that the costs to roll out a dedicated video infrastructure were prohibitive, and that it had turned to Microsoft to fill the gap. From a content perspective, Tao said, the Azure platform lets global content providers upload content to the library, and to license it to service providers through revenue sharing.“PPTV chose Windows Azure platform because of its reliability, scalability, and global availability, which can accelerate PPTV’s international expansion. PPTV ATN creates an innovative user experience, to deliver to global audience with global contents, live and VoD, across screens,” said Tao in a statement. “PPTV ATN is also the first to deliver complete video cloud service on Azure. With Windows Azure, we can offer scale and flexibility not found anywhere else. We can also avoid unpredictable resource and demand fluctuations globally. PPTV ATN can thus pass on these benefits to our partners, and in the end to our global customers. This is a new competitive edge for our business.”Tao’s reference to multiple screens is probably further evidence that the company could shift to Windows Azure Media Services (WAMS)in the future. With WAMS, content can be delivered to virtually all clients, including HTML5, Silverlight, Flash, Windows 8, iPads, iPhones, Android, Xbox and Windows Phone devices, developer Scott Guthrie noted at the time of the offering’s launch.“Cloud computing is widely recognized as the nerve center of the next generation of information technology. And cloud-based services for most of the cases are well-connected to local markets,” said Ya-Qin Zhang, Microsoft’s corporate vice president and the chairman of Microsoft’s Asia-Pacific R&D group, in a statement.Content Delivery Networks Go GlobalIn 2011, Microsoft disclosed that it had placed six content delivery network nodes in the Asia-Pacific region. None are located in China, however; according to Microsoft, nodes are available in Hong Kong and Singapore, but not within the Chinese mainland.Meanwhile, rival Netflix said in June that it had begun establishing its own content delivery network, which it dubs Open Connect. The company also uses third-party CDNs to stream video, with partners believed to include Level3, Akamai and Limelight. Netflix also uses Amazon Web Services.“Given our size and growth, it now makes economic sense for Netflix to have [its own CDN] as well,” Ken Florance, vice president of content delivery for Netflix, wrote in a June blog post. “We’ll continue to work with our commercial CDN partners for the next few years, but eventually most of our data will be served by Open Connect.”Big Deal For Microsoft?What does the PPTV deal mean for Microsoft’s future success in content deliver networks? According to Diya Soubra, the managing partner for SCH Consulting in France, Microsoft has already demonstrated the capability of offering multiple languages and subtitles for the same movie, a key requirement for a CDN offering with global aspirations. That technology was sucessfully used by the Vatican to translate its weekly radio address into multiple languages. The Azure platform also now allows users to “bookmark” their progress when watching movies, allowing them to pick up where they left off, even if they continue watching on another screen.“If this ecosystem really does deliver all these elements it promises, IPTV infrastructure providers should pay very close attention, as Microsoft, with their immense buying power, may yet have the potential to displace some of the biggest names in the industry and become a CDN frontrunner in their own right,” Soubra wrote.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. markhachmancenter_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more