Chaos, Cacophony, and the New Data Order in the Coming Decade

first_imgThe total volume of data transmitted over the US mobile phone network in 2007 amounted to 86 petabytes. Today, the same volume is transferred in less than a day. So what will things be like ten years from now? We might only need ten minutes to transfer this amount of data, which would correspond to a 52,000-fold acceleration. It is safe to assume that the global increase in data transmission volumes will be in the same ballpark. At Dell Technologies, we refer to the next ten years as the “next data decade” and have aligned our 2030 goals accordingly.Dell has always set itself ambitious and long-term goals. Nearly ten years ago, for instance, we announced our “2020 Legacy of Good” plan, based on the idea that technology should be the driving force behind human progress. We adopted this key idea in the plan for the coming decade, which will, of course,lead us to a completely different world from the one we know today. We will generate vastly more data, because everything will be connected to everything else. However, data has no intrinsic value; we need to bring it to life to make it usable in areas such as industrial automation, which will continue to advance; in autonomous cars, which will shape the urban landscape by communicating with other vehicles, traffic lights and the power grid; in healthcare, which must be drastically improved worldwide; in smart homes, smart cities, smart government, in our personal well-being, and basically in every conceivable sphere of life.Not just big data (the term should actually be renamed incredibly enormous data in the new decade), but also thousands, millions, or perhaps even more fragmented databases and storage spaces will shape everyday life. This isolated data is nothing but chaos and noise until it interfaces with the rest of the world. The integration of all these data silos into countless clouds and on-premises systems is the Herculean task that companies and the IT industry are facing. Only when we solve the question of data integration will new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning blossom and play a truly fundamental role in our future society. After all, these systems need to make a vast number of sometimes vital decisions based on this data jumble in real time.However, this will only be possible if data security is also ensured. Therefore, data integrity and encryption will play an equally important role in the coming years. There are formidable factors to consider, among them the development of the quantum computer, which will completely revolutionize the way we do IT while also providing cyber attackers with a tool to crack almost any asymmetric encryption in mere seconds. We must therefore work to develop effective quantum-safe methods. Fortunately, the US organization NIST is already developing new standards for post-quantum cryptography.And there are more challenges in store for us. For example, we cannot simply allow AI, which is being made more powerful by the day, to act like “black boxes.” We must ensure that decisions remain comprehensible and algorithms transparent, if necessary based on legal standards. This is no small feat in today’s globalized world. We must also ensure that the human being remains the key focus of technological advancement. In other words, we need to uphold ethics and human values in a fully digitized society – digital humanism if you will. And we must increasingly protect our environment.All of this is part of our Next Data Decade plan, in which we will focus on product sustainability above all. Our concept here is what we call one-to-one recycling: for every product a customer purchases, we will fully recycle or repurpose a similar product. Second, we will promote inclusion with the goal of having 50 percent of our global workforce made up of women by 2030. Third, we strive to improve lives on a broad scale based on technology, that is, for billions of people. Fourth, we want to do so while upholding ethics and data privacy.Do we know whether we will achieve these goals? Do we have any idea how information technology, let alone our society, will evolve over the next decade? Of course not. Can we anticipate stumbling blocks? Certainly. Will we be able to handle big data, AI, data security, and technological innovation over the next ten years as envisioned today? Even though the future may be uncertain, we are optimistic and will do everything in our power to advance human progress by leveraging our technology, our knowledge, and our compassion. This new decade is certain to be an exciting one!last_img read more

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Michael Simpson on Fooling the Audience in The City of Conversation

first_imgAge: 33 View Comments “When you talk about Texas, you talk about football and Jesus, but it’s a well-kept secret that people love theater and Shakespeare down there. There were one or two Texans in every class at Juilliard, [including] Michael Urie, Lee Pace and Brian J. Smith.” Hometown: McKinney, TX “I just got my own place in Jersey City, which is somehow closer to Manhattan than Brooklyn was. I’ve had a roommate for three years; he’s a wonderful human being, but I am ready to live alone. I finally get to walk around in my underwear with no shame!” Related Shows “I got forced into theater class in eighth grade and goofed off; I wasn’t a very good student. My teacher said, ‘You need to take this seriously because it might be something you do for the rest of your life.’ At that moment, everything loose in me locked into place. I fell in love with it.” Show Closed This production ended its run on July 26, 2014center_img “The first thing I loved about this play is that it’s filled with people who are smarter than me. ‘Talky’ people can be alienating on TV and film, but when arguments are presented in the theater by really, really smart people, it’s like watching a good football game.” The City of Conversation Stage Cred: After graduating from Juilliard, Simpson dealt with a decade of “personal and family issues” that kept him from properly launching his career. But co-starring with Jan Maxwell at Lincoln Center Theater was a break worth waiting for: “I don’t have the words for how grateful I am.” “The family in this play is very different from mine. I grew up in a red state, but my mother is from Norway, and my parents treated politics and religion the same way, which was: Ask any questions you want, and then decide for yourself.” “One of my favorite compliments ever was when I was leaving the theater and a man said, ‘I feel like an idiot, but I didn’t realize you were playing two different roles.’ As an actor, there’s nothing better than not being recognized on stage.” Current Roles: A doubly impressive New York stage debut in The City of Conversation as Colin Ferris, a young man whose politics don’t jibe with those of his Washington power broker mom, and (after intermission) Colin’s grown son, Ethan.last_img read more

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Trauma Tuesday: Wipeout!

first_imgSince so many in the Blue Ridge are dreaming of warm weather and beaches today, or perhaps you are on spring break and actually on a beach, here are some of the Web’s best oceanside wipeouts from Hawaii for your entertainment.Sandy beach shorebreak wipeouts…last_img

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April 1, 2004 On the Move

first_imgApril 1, 2004 On the Move April 1, 2004 Regular News Galego & Fuentes has relocated its office to Coral Gables at 232 Andalusia Ave., Ste. 202, phone (305) 444-9000. The firm concentrates its practice in residential and commercial real estate law. Susan Hoffman has joined Koch Harrington & Smith. The firm concentrates in matters of divorce, custody, and related appeals. Brian M. McKell, formerly of Douberley and Cicero, and Henry N. Porter have joined Sachs Sax Klein in Boca Raton. McKell concentrates in community association law, professional liability, and insurance coverage defense. Porter focuses on representing developers and landlords in commercial real estate matters. Fred D. Franklin has joined Rogers Towers, P.A., in Jacksonville. He concentrates in complex litigation and negligence litigation, including personal injury, and wrongful death. James Bacchus, former chief judge of World Trade Court, has become chair of Greenberg Traurig’s global trade practice group in Orlando. He provides trade advice to multinational corporations, trade associations, and businesses regarding WTO rules. Gina Steffens and Stephanie Begy have become associated with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed in Orlando. Both concentrate in real estate transactions, development, and finance. Carlos A. Kelly has become a stockholder in Henderson Franklin in Ft. Myers. He concentrates in matters of real property disputes, business torts, construction claims, creditors’ rights, and contract-based disputes. Stephen R.A. Knight, formerly a solo practitioner in Tallahassee, and Marc E. Dwyer announce the opening of Knight & Dwyer. the first African-American law firm in the city of Palm Coast. The firm focuses on estate planning, real estate, and civil litigation. Phone (386)447-9190. Michael Nolan, formerly of Carlton Fields, has become a shareholder with GrayRobinson in Tampa. He practices in health care, taxation, estate planning, trusts, and probate Offices are located at 201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 2200, Tampa, 33602. Schell, Quillin, Mitchel & Cooley, has relocated it offices to 1830 Main St., Ste. 100, in Weston Town Center. The firm focuses in the defense of claims in matters of healthcare, medical services, professional negligence, insurance litigation, products liability, employment law, business litigation, and complex litigation. Phone (954) 659-8383 Noel P. McDonell has joined Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen in Tampa. She concentrates on eminent domain litigation. Offices are located at 400 N. Tampa St., Ste. 850, Tampa, 33602. Kerry H. Lewis, Joseph A. Miles, and Scott D. Rembold have become partners with the firm of Elder, Kurzman & Vaccarella, P.A. The firm name has changed to Elder, Vaccarella, Lewis, Miles & Rembold, P.A. the firm concentrates in construction law and commercial litigation. Jordan M. Keusch has joined the firm as of counsel. Offices are located at 601 Brickell Key Dr., Ste. 401, Miami, 33131, phone (305) 373-6065. The Office of the Chief Counsel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has relocated to One Riverview Sq., Ste. 200, 333 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 33138, phone: (305)400-6160, fax: (305)536-7225. Michael J. Reppas, II, announces the opening of the Law Office of Michael J. Reppas, P.A., with an office on Coral Way at 3135 S.W. Third Ave., Miami, 33129, phone: 305-854-5029. Reppas concentrates in Commercial Litigation and Admiralty & Maritime. Timothy R. Whitney has become shareholder of McConnaughhay, Duffy, Coonrod, Pope & Weaver, P.A., and will become the managing partner of the firm’s Pensacola office. He practices in the defense of insurance companies, and matters of employers in workers’ compensation and liability issues. Phone (850) 434.7122. Donna Kirk and Clay Deatherage have become associated with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed in Orlando. Kirk concentrates in real estate transactions, development, and finance. Deatherage focuses on commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Benjamin P. Butterfield, formerly general counsel and secretary of Hughes Supply, Inc., in Orlando, has become general counsel and secretary for Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) in Miami. Christian Marlin, formerly of Foley & Lardner in Orlando and Miami, has joined the company as assistant general counsel. Bruce M. Kleinberg has become a shareholder of Luhrsen, Walsh & Associates in Sarasota, and the firm name has changed to Luhrsen-Walsh-Kleinberg. Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capuauno & Bozarth, P.A., has renamed their Treasure Coast Office to Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer. The Ft. Pierce office handles matters concerning bankruptcy issues, commercial litigation, and mediation. Lauren Heatwole has become associated with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster Kantor & Reed in Orlando. She practices in commercial litigation, family and marital law, and labor and employment law. Cynthia Strickland has joined the firm of Aronfeld Trial Lawyers. She focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice. Edward Montoya and Robert Flavell have formed Montoya and Flavell, in Coral Gables. The firm will continue to handle personal injury, real estate, and commercial litigation cases. Elizabeth Ricci of Rambana & Ricci, P.A., immigration attorneys in Tallahassee, has become an adjunct professor at Barry University. Brian W. Bennett, formerly of Gronek & Latham, has become a partner with Page & Eichenblatt in Orlando. The firm name has changed to Page, Eichenblatt, Bernbaum & Bennett. He has expanded his civil trial practice to include the prosecution of complex tort and negligence actions. Offices are located at The Beardall House, 214 E. Lucerne Circle. Sandra I. Murado announces the opening of her practice, Sandra I. Murado, P.A., concentrating in the areas of immigration, nationality, and consular law. Office is located at 4100 S.W. 57 Ave., Miami, 33155, phone: (305) 740-5800, fax (305) 740-0034. Jennifer H. VanHoose has joined the litigation team of Gould, Cooksey, Fennell, O’Neill, Marine, Carter, & Hafner in Vero Beach. She focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. David H. Lowe, formerly of the Hinckley Company, announces the opening of his practice in Palm City. The statewide firm focuses on civil mediation and arbitration. Phone: (772) 475-4798. George L. Waas has become special counsel to the attorney general. He has been with the Attorney General’s Office for the past 17 years. Victor Moises Gonzalez of North Miami Beach, has become a partner with Barry M. Snyder, P.A. The new firm name is Snyder & Gonzalez, P.A. The firm concentrates on personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and criminal defense. Offices are located at 1558 NE 162nd Street, Ste. A, N. Miami Beach 33162, phone (305) 919-9797. Fowler White Boggs Banker has opened a new office in Jacksonville. Thomas C. Dearing, formerly a partner with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae , has joined as the office managing shareholder. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation including disputes involving lending institutions and other corporate and individual business clients. John P. Marino, E.K. Cottrell, and Bethany Vause have also joined the firm. Marino, formerly a partner with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, has become a shareholder. He has experience in the matters of class actions and complex litigation involving consumer fraud, deceptive business practices, and insurance related issues. Cottrell has become shareholder, and Vause has become an associate, both formerly with LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, and are similarly experienced in commercial matters. Offices are located at 50. N. Laura St., Ste. 2200, Jacksonville, 32202, phone:(904) 598-3110. Richard H. Fairweather has joined Rogers Towers in Jacksonville. He concentrates in estate planning, probate, guardianship and elder law, including Medicaid planning. Howard M. Rosenblatt has moved his office from 2830 NW 41st Street, Ste. H, Gainesville, 32606-6667, to its new location at 2830 41 St., Ste. J, Gainesville, 32606-6667. The phone and fax numbers have not changed. Alexander Dombrowsky is pleased to announce the opening of The Law Offices of Alexander Dombrowsky. He will continue to practice criminal defense and family law, with offices located at 908 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, 32303, (850)224-2539, Ford & Harrison announces the opening of its New York City office. The firm has gained three lateral partners, Kenneth D. Stein, Stephen R. Zweig, and David M. Safon, from the New York firm, Benetar Bernstein Schair & Stein. Stein focuses on employment discrimination and litigation and labor-management disputes. Zweig concentrates in employment law and litigation, contract negotiations, ERISA, and executive compensation. Safon’s practice is devoted to representing and training management in labor and employment matters. Lisa M. Brauner, formerly of Benetar Bernstein, has also joined the firm. Dale S. Bergman has joined the business & real estate transactions group of Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin in Miami. Bergman focuses his practice on advising clients in corporate and security matters.Offices are located at The Miami Center, 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 33131, phone: (305) 379-9000. Kevin Ross and Geoffrey di Mauro have become of counsel to Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando. Ross concentrates in litigation matters of business torts, business commercial and property rights, as well as the areas of insurance coverage and matrimonial law. di Mauro practices in commercial litigation and environmental law. Peter S. Baumberger has become associated with Rossman Baumberger Reboso & Spier, P.A., in Miami. He handles claims involving wrongful death, admiralty, products liability, premises liability, and medical negligence, and commercial litigation. Regina Shanney-Saborsky has become partner with Edwards & Angell in West Palm. She focuses her practice in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation, ERISA litigation (focusing on fiduciary representation) and tax favorable liquidity, and exit vehicles in the private sector. John F. Mariani has joined Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A., as an equity shareholder, in the West Palm Beach office. He concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation-class action suits, antitrust and trade regulation, securities, franchise litigation, partnership disputes, product liability defense, trademark, and patent litigation. Phone: (800) 749-1980. Stacey A. Huse has become associated with Ward, Rovell & Van Eepoel, P.A., in Tampa. The tax boutique firm focuses on employee benefits, corporate, estate planning, and real estate law. George J. Wall has become senior partner of Rutan & Tucker in Costa Mesa, CA. Wall concentrates in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and securities having represented parties in some of the largest corporate transactions in Orange County. Phone: (714) 662-4673. Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed announce that Zachary Bancroft, Richard Dellinger, Derek Kurtz, Gregory Lee, Thomas Norsworthy, Drew Sorrell, Scott South, William Vanos, John White, and Ormend Yeilding have become senior associates. Bancroft concentrates in commercial and bankruptcy litigation. Dellinger practices in general litigation. Derek Kurtz focuses in real estate transactions, development and finance, and commercial leasing. Lee concentrates in land use and zoning, real estate transactions, development, and finance. Norsworthy practices in real estate transactions, development, and finance. Sorrell concentrates in commercial and bankruptcy litigation, general litigation, labor and employment law, and e-commerce. South practices in general litigation. Vanos concentrates in real estate transactions, development, and finance. White focuses in real estate transactions, development and finance. Yeilding concentrates in real estate transactions, development, and finance. Michael Feldenkrais, formerly of Ferrell Schultz Carter & Fetrel P.A., has become a shareholder with Fowler White Burnett P.A., in Miami.He joined the firm’s immigration department. Bressler, Amery & Ross have added eight new attorneys, all formerly of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, to work in their new office in South Florida. Bennett Falk, Keith Olin, and Alex J. Sabo have become partners with the firm. Jill E. Dokson, Lilliana M. Real, Izabela C. Reis, Beverly Jo Slaughter, and Coren H. Stern have become associates. The office is temporarily located in Ft. Lauderdale. Offices are located at 101 N.E. Third Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, 33301, phone: (954) 499-7979. Holly A. Davis has become a stockholder of Henderson Franklin in Ft. Myers. She represents employers and insurance carriers in the area of workers’ compensation. Gorman Miotke & Associates, P.A., have relocated their offices to 9800 Fourth St. N., Ste. 403, St. Petersburg, 33702, phone: (727) 897-9084. The firm concentrates in matters of immigration and naturalization law. Stump, Webster, Craig, Staten & Recksiedler, P.A., announces that Sage Morris-Webster has become a partner, and the firm name has changed to Stump, Webster, Craig, Staten, Recksiedler & Morris-Webster, P.A. The firm concentrates in trial practice, criminal and civil experience, workers’ compensation, general civil and automobile liability, and personal injury protection. Offices are located at 118 E. Jefferson St., Orlando, 32801, phone: (407)425-2583. Margaret Ioannides, formerly the attorney advisor at the Board of Immigration Appeals, announces the opening of her firm in Austin, TX, that will concentrate in immigration and related international law. Web site: www.mifirm.com. Philip T. Ridolfo, Jr., formerly of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., in West Palm Beach, and Scott A. Frank, formerly of The Goodman Company, have joined Hodgson Russ in Boca Raton. Ridolfo concentrates in corporate and security matters. Frank focuses in commercial real estate and general corporate law. Yueh-Mei Kim Nutter has become a partner of the firm; she concentrates in matters of civil litigation, with a focus on family law. Rosenberg & McAuliffe, 777 S. Flagler Dr., Ste. 800 W., West Palm Beach, 33401, phone: (561) 515-6094, fax: (562) 515-6144. Fernando Chavez, California plaintiff’s attorney and eldest son of the late Cesar Chavez, and John de Leon, a past president of the Greater Miami American Civil Liberties Union, announce the opening of Chavez and de Leon, P.A. The firm concentrates in catastrophic injury, civil rights, products liability, labor discrimination, criminal and commercial litigation. Offices are located at 5975 Sunset Dr., Ste. 605, S. Miami, 33143, phone (305) 740-5347, fax: (305) 740-5348. Regina Shanney-Saborsky has become a partner of Edwards & Angell in West Palm Beach. Saborsky, an employee benefits attorney, has joined the corporate practice group in its West Palm Beach office. Laurie Mack Schaefer, formerly with M. Sue Wilson Law Offices, P.A., announces the opening of Mack Schaefer & Santana Law Offices, P.C., located at 2000 Pillsbury Center South, 220 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402, (612) 605-0967. The firm concentrates its practice in the area of family law and related civil litigation. Delano S. Stewart and Barbara Twine-Thomas announce the opening of their firm, Stewart & Twine, P.A. The firm is a general practice. Offices are located at 601 E. Twiggs St., 4th Floor, Tampa, 33602, phone: (813) 221-4454, fax: (813) 221-4505. Scott Haas has become associated with Walters Levine Klingensmith & Thomison in Tampa. He concentrates in construction and business litigation matters. William Thomas, formerly a practicing corporate attorney in New York, has joined the law firm of Genovese Joblove and Battista in Miami. He focuses his practice on corporate Chapter 11 work.last_img read more

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Both Georgia Senate races appear headed for runoffs as Senate control hangs in the balance.

first_imgRepublicans were ready to try to harness the grievance among Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters, hoping that the president’s baseless claims of fraud and a backlash to his potential loss could power them to a win in January. Over the last 24 hours, Ms. Loeffler has repeatedly tweeted support for the president, who is falsely claiming that the election is being illegally stolen from him. Facing such extraordinarily high stakes, both parties were quickly preparing themselves for a nine-week year-end sprint that some estimated could ultimately cost at least another $100 million and put Georgia at the center of the nation’s political fray just two weeks before Inauguration Day.Democrats around the country were already mobilizing to use the contests to complete Mr. Biden’s victory and make possible the liberal agenda on health care, the economy and the environment he ran on.“Change has come to Georgia,” Mr. Ossoff said in a rally in Atlanta on Friday. “And Georgia is a part of the change coming to America.”- Advertisement – If Joseph R. Biden Jr. prevails in winning the White House, his vice president could cast tiebreaking votes to give the party de facto control.- Advertisement – Georgia’s special Senate election has been destined for a runoff since Tuesday, when the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, emerged as the top two vote-getters in a crowded field vying to replace the retired Senator Johnny Isakson.Democrats would need to win both seats on Jan. 5 — a steep task in a state with deep conservative roots — to draw the Senate to a 50-50 tie, but they were riding a wave of liberal enthusiasm and demographic change that appeared poised to deliver victory in Georgia to a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1992. Ms. Loeffler said that she had donated to a fund fighting for the president’s cause.“Praying for four more years of @realDonaldTrump!” she wrote in another message.With Mr. Trump defying the election results, it was hard to predict how involved he might be in the Senate races. But early Friday morning, he insinuated in a tweet that Democrats were still trying to claim power through nefarious means so they could reverse Republican policies.“Would End the Filibuster, ‘Life’, 2A, and would Pack and Rotate the Court. Presidency becomes even more important,” he wrote. “We will win!” – Advertisement – With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, Republicans and Democrats began positioning themselves on Friday for a pair of high-stakes January Senate runoffs in Georgia that could serve as a referendum to cement or upend the results of Tuesday’s election, even as one of the races remained uncalled.Senator David Perdue, a Republican, was narrowly leading his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, in the uncalled race. But as protracted counting dragged on, he fell below the 50 percent threshold needed to win outright. He was not expected to clear that bar with many of the remaining votes coming from Democratic counties.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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China’s daily air passenger numbers up 7.9% in April vs March: Aviation regulator

first_imgThe International Air Transport Association noted on Tuesday how the number of domestic flights in China had plateaued, after an early upswing from mid-February into the first week of March.”Actual demand is expected to be significantly weaker as load factors on these flights are reported to be low. China accounts for some 24% of all domestic passengers,” it said in a statement.The CAAC said it had almost doubled the number of weekly cargo flights to 1,989 during the week of April 20-26, from 1,014 flights before the epidemic struck. Of the 1,989 flights, 939 had been converted from civil flights, it said.China last month said it would increase international cargo flight capacity and stabilize supply chains amid the coronavirus outbreak. Topics : China’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday daily transported air passenger numbers rose 7.9% this month, as of April 21, from March, but was only at 29% of the level seen a year ago, in a sign of how the sector’s recovery remains fragile.The country’s number of daily flights rose only 1% in April to 6,586, amounting to just 42% of daily flights before the coronavirus struck, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said.The global tourism industry is closely watching trends in China for clues to travel patterns in other major markets once the virus under control and curbs on movement are lifted.last_img read more

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India uses arrival of new fighter jets to warn China

first_img‘Capacity booster’Security was tight around Ambala air base for the jets’ arrival, with local residents warned not to stand on their roofs to take photos or shoot video, local media reported.Indian and Chinese forces have been in a six-week-long standoff on their Himalayan border since a hand-to-hand battle in which 20 Indian troops were killed. China also suffered casualties in the showdown but has not given figures.The two sides blame each other for the clash in the Ladakh region and have since moved thousands of troops there while pursuing talks that they say aim to ease the tensions.India acknowledges it is behind China and other key nations in military firepower, and the purchase of the Rafale jets is one of many made in a bid to bolster its 1.4 million-strong army.New Delhi has also been eager to update its ageing fighter-jet force amid tensions with nuclear-armed neighbors China and Pakistan.Sameer Patil, an international security studies expert at the Gateway House think-tank, said the jets were a “much-needed capacity booster”.”It will help India to deal with the heightened nature of the Chinese threat, as it becomes clear that the current territorial stand-off in Ladakh will stretch into the winter months.”The purchase of the French jets marked a significant shift in India’s traditional preference for Russian defense equipment.The main opposition Congress party had alleged corruption in the deal but the government strongly denied any misconduct and a top court said there was no evidence for an investigation.French firm Dassault is in competition to sell more of the jets to India, which has said it will need more than 150 additional combat aircraft for its navy and air force. Topics : “If it is anyone who should be worried about or critical about this new capability of the Indian Air Force, it should be those who want to threaten our territorial integrity,” Singh said.Singh did not directly name China, but media and observers said his comments were clearly aimed at the neighboring giant. The first five Rafale fighter jets bought from France in a multi-billion-dollar deal landed in India on Wednesday, and the defense minister used their arrival to launch a veiled warning to neighboring China over territorial tensions.A water-cannon guard of honor greeted the five jets when they landed at the Ambala air base in Haryana state. India has bought 36 Rafale fighters from France in a deal estimated to be worth $9.4 billion. All are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2021. An intense nationwide spotlight on the combat jets has been sharpened by a deadly border standoff with China.Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the jets with a tweet in Sanskrit: “There is no sacrifice like the national defense; there is no good deed like the national defense; there is no practice like national defense.”Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the arrival of the fighter jets marked “the beginning of a new era in our military history”.The jets will make the Indian Air Force “much stronger to deter any threat that may be posed on our country”, he added in a series of tweets.last_img read more

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Antique to create task force vs insurgency in 590 villages

first_imgThe University of Antique in Sibalom town hosted the Campus Peace and Development Forum last year. ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY Meanwhile, a Provincial YouthLeadership Summit was held at the Saint Anthony’s College in San Jose townwhile a Campus Peace and Development Forum was held at the University ofAntique in Sibalom town to help hinder the alleged recruitment of rebels inschools.   “Task force ELCAC will be organized inthe barangays of the province,” Tacda said on Friday.  Tacda said the mayors of the 18 townsin the province should also ensure the organization of the barangay task force. Several activities have been conductedby the provincial government with the creation of PTF-ELCAC – such as themedical-surgical-dental mission and information caravan in San Remigio andValderrama towns, which are considered conflict areas with the continuingpresence of alleged members of the New People’s Army. Around 1,500 individuals in the twomunicipalities have availed of the services through the efforts of thedifferent national government agencies and local government units.center_img Gov. Rhodora Cadiao issued theProvincial Task Force (PTF)-ELCAC here on Sept. 26, 2019. SAN JOSE, Antique – The governmentcampaign to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) will be intensified thisyear with the organization of task forces in the 590 villages of the province,according to Cherryl Tacda, director of the Department of the Interior andLocal Government (DILG)-Antique.  She added the move was provided inExecutive Order (EO) 70 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Dec. 4, 2018, whichaimed to attain inclusive and sustainable peace in the country byinstitutionalizing the “whole of nation” approach. Meanwhile, Tacda said local officials,police, school principals, and other stakeholders in this town held a covenantsigning last Nov. 11 to support EO 70, declaring the communist rebels as “personanon grata.”(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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WV police chief reminds personnel of their health

first_imgBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan onMarch 23 said that the police, who are among the frontliners in the fight tosuppress the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, are also at risk of thevirus while performing their functions in ensuring peace and order. ROXAS City – The regional policedirector in Western Visayas has reminded his personnel to take good care oftheir health. “Please take good care of your healthand still continue working for the safety of the people of Western Visayas,” Pamuspusansaid. “As to peace and order in thecommunities, police have recorded minimal cases and they are manageable,” headded. He added: “I’m sure na ang ginagawa natin ay para sa kabutihan ng nakararami, so tayo ay kailangan magsakripisyo.Ituloy-tuloy lang natin ang ating trabaho.” He also urged the cops in this region toreport to their respective immediate or higher officers if they are not feelingwell or should they have identified that their colleagues have manifested signsand symptoms of the virus. “There were no problems encounteredespecially in the borders as there is a smooth and continuous food delivery,except for a glitch at first at the port. It was, however, immediatelycorrected,” Pamuspusan said. “Huwagtayong mag hesitate na mag-report at huwag tayong magtago if alamnatin na tayong mga frontliners ang the ones na exposed sa disease,”Pamuspusan stressed.center_img Meanwhile, all protocols in conductingcheckpoints in the borders of Western Visayas were all orderly placed. Pamuspusan appealed to the policemen tohave the patience since no one knows when the COVID-19 outbreak will end. “However in areas with confirmed cases,we are trying to restrict the movements of police,” he added.As part of the police’s prevention measures against the spread of the virus,they continuously disinfect their offices. According to him, he has not receivedany reports about policemen that have manifested signs and symptoms ofCOVID-19. Western Visayas police director Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan (left) gives boxes of face masks and fruits to Dumarao chief of police Larnel Frial, which are to be used by personnel who conduct checkpoint at the border of Iloilo and Capiz provinces in Barangay Aglalana, Dumarao, Capiz on March 23. PIA Pamuspusan still conducts inspection inthe various provinces of Western Visayas to ensure that the directives of theDepartment of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine NationalPolice in ensuring peace and orderliness are being followed.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

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Klopp makes strong season refusal after Liverpool defeat to Arsenal

first_img Loading… read also:​Klopp wants Liverpool to lift Premier League trophy with Chelsea win The German did, however, express his disappointment at the performance in North London as Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson condemned the Reds to their third reverse of the season. “I am disappointed with the result, of course,” Klopp said. “I am OK with big parts of the performance and it is one of the better games we have played here. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp said he will not “make a negative” of Liverpool’s season as their hopes of a record points tally fell by the wayside at Arsenal. The Reds were beaten 2-1 at the Emirates as the Gunners secured their first Premier League win over the Anfield side since April 2015. Two rare mistakes from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker turned the game around after Sadio Mane had given the visitors the lead and the result means the Premier League champions will fall short in their hopes of breaking Manchester City’s 100-point tally set back in 2018. Klopp, though, declared himself uninterested in such accolades and said he cannot possibly find a frustrating angle from a campaign that has seen Liverpool win their first league title in 30 years in record time.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

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