Tata Communications subsidiary Tata Communications Payments Solution (TCPSL) is planning to sell its ATM business. TCPSL runs a chain of ATMs under Indicash brand. The company rents these ATMs out to several banks. TCPSL is apparently targeting a valuation of approximately Rs. 1,000-1,350 crore from the sale.Although the company has not started looking for a buyer in India, it has approached Japanese and U.S.-based buyers through investment bankers. “They are looking to bring in a strategic buyer for the deal. They have not approached any private equity players or other potential buyers in India,” a source was quoted as saying by the Economic Times.TCPSL has reportedly appointed BNP Paribas as the investment banker for the sale.Tata Communications ATM vertical has revenues of about Rs. 1,600-1,800 crore and the business is about to break even, the source told the news outlet.Indicash is the white-label ATM arm of TCPSL, functioning as a separate entity since 2013. Last year, the central government allowed 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the white-label ATM space under the automatic route. Hence, investors do not have to seek prior approval to buy a stake.A white-label ATM is managed by non-banking firms such as TCPSL, Muthoot Finance and Srei Infrastructure. These firms rent out ATMs to banks. However, it is the responsibility of the company to maintain the ATM infrastructure and not of the bank.Shares of Tata Communication traded at Rs. 459.20 at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, up 1.30 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
A Washington-based industry source said the U.S. was deliberately capping the number of H-1b visas.ReutersThe United States has told India it is considering caps on H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store data locally, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, widening the two countries’ row over tariffs and trade.The plan to restrict the popular H-1B visa programme, under which skilled foreign workers are brought to the United States each year, comes days ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to New Delhi.India, which has upset companies such as Mastercard and irked the US government with stringent new rules on data storage, is the largest recipient of these temporary visas, most of them to workers at big Indian technology firms.The warning comes as trade tensions between the United States and India have resulted in tit-for-tat tariff actions in recent weeks. From Sunday, India imposed higher tariffs on some US goods, days after Washington withdrew a key trade privilege for New Delhi.Two senior Indian government officials said on Wednesday they were briefed last week on a US government plan to cap H-1B visas issued each year to Indians at between 10 percent and 15 percent of the annual quota. There is no current country-specific limit on the 85,000 H-1B work visas granted each year, and an estimated 70 percent go to Indians.Both officials said they were told the plan was linked to the global push for “data localisation”, in which a country places restrictions on data as a way to gain better control over it and potentially curb the power of international companies. US firms have lobbied hard against data localisation rules around the world.A Washington-based industry source aware of India-US negotiations also said the United States was deliberating capping the number of H-1B visas in response to global data storage rules. The move, however, was not solely targeted at India, the source said.”The proposal is that any country that does data localisation, then it (H-1B visas) would be limited to about 15 percent of the quota. It’s being discussed internally in the US government,” the person said.The US Embassy in New Delhi did not respond to a request for comment. A spokeswoman for the US Trade Representative’s office (USTR) referred questions to the State Department, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.IT SECTOR Most affected by any such caps would be India’s more than $150 billion IT sector, including Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Ltd, which uses H-1B visas to fly engineers and developers to service clients in the United States, its biggest market. Major Silicon Valley tech companies also hire workers using the visas.Stratfor analyst Reva Goujon on Twitter called the move “potentially another big blow to the US tech industry amid US-China economic battle,” a sentiment echoed on social media by some Indians and their supporters.India’s Ministry of External Affairs has sought an “urgent response” from officials on how such a move by the United States could affect India, said one of the two government officials, who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the matter.India’s Ministry of External Affairs, as well as the commerce department that is typically involved in such discussions, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.Since last year, the Trump administration has been upset that US companies such as Mastercard and Visa suffer due to regulations in several countries that it says are protectionist and increasingly require companies to store more data locally.India last year mandated foreign firms to store their payments data “only in India” for supervision, and New Delhi is working on a broad data protection law that would impose strict rules for local processing of data it considers sensitive.While governments the world over have been announcing stricter data storage rules to better access data in their jurisdictions, critics say restricting cross-border data flows hurts innovation and raises companies’ costs.In March the USTR, in a press note, highlighted “key barriers to digital trade”, citing data-flow restrictions in India, China, Indonesia and Vietnam, among others.At a US-India Business Council event last week, Pompeo said the Trump administration would push for free flow of data across borders, not just to help US companies but also to secure consumers’ privacy.
By MEG KINNARD Associated PressGREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious Black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race’s only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj).The historically diverse field of Democratic presidential hopefuls is overflowing with options. But it is also forcing conversations about the roles that gender, race and, for the first time, sexuality should play in voters’ decisions.In this Friday, June 21, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a forum hosted by the Black Economic Alliance in Charleston, S.C. Buttigieg is focusing his efforts this weekend on campaigning in SouthCarolina, where the majority of Democratic primary voters are Black. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)The South Bend, Indiana, mayor married his husband, Chasten, in 2018.In addition to his overt expressions of his Christian faith, Buttigieg also has offered a broad policy agenda for African Americans and has been outspoken on the issue of race. This month, he became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to hire a faith outreach director.
Be all set to be mersmerised by the duet performance by sitar exponent, Azeem Ahmed Alvi and tabla player Ustad Akram Khan Sitar Player on December 21 at the Triveni Kala Sangam at Mandi house in the Capital. Azeem Alvi’s composition has been composed in different taals like rupak, ektaal, teental. Azeem will play raag yaman with alaap jod jhaha. The composition in rupak tala will start after half beat. On the other hand Ustad Akram Khan will accompany the taals on table Azeem Ahmed Alvi, is one of India’s leading and Internationally known artiste in world music. Born in the family of classical Indian music as a tradition for six generations, he is deeply rooted in the Indian classical music and studied under Ustad Mohsin Ali Khan till the age of six. He gained his true potential and skill India’s biggest Sitar living legend, also from this family and his ‘Guru’ Padmashree awarded, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and his father the renowned and respected Sitar maestros Ustad Sayyed Ahmed Alvi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Only in his twenties, Azeem Ahmed Alvi has established a strong foothold in the contemporary music scene both, in India and abroad. Already known to be one of the foremost sitar players of the world, he aspires to bridge the gap between Indian classical and western contemporary music. Through his musical expertise, he has dabbled in diverse genres like Sufi, Flamenco, Jazz, Electronica and Western Classical music.In 2012, he took his passion for traditional Indian music and the Sitar to a new level with the creation of his NGO, the Raag Mantra Music Foundation. He has recently concluded his 15th European tour with Harry Stojka when he performed at the Jazz Festival in Vienna, Stuttgart in Germany at the World Music Festival, Jazz-Fest in Nurnberg, Germany amongst many others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAkram Khan received his initial training in music from Late Ustad Niazu Khan who was famous for his technical style and guidance. He is also fortunate to have learnt from his great grandfather Ustad Mohd Shafi Khan. He continues his riyas and training under the able guidance of his father Ustad Ashmat Ali Khan. He has also undergone formal training at The Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad and passed the Sangeet Praveen (Master Of Music) From there apart from Sangeet Visharad at Chandigarh. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He is also a top grade artiste from All India Radio, New Delhi.When: December 21 Where: Amphitheater, Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House
Aarian MarshallCars Are Safer Than Ever—But Traffic Deaths Are Climbing Aarian MarshallMIT Looks at How Humans Sorta Drive in Sorta Self-Driving Cars More from the road Aarian MarshallTo Save the Most Lives, Deploy (Imperfect) Self-Driving Cars ASAP Ah, the phantom traffic jam. You know, that thing where the flow suddenly slows to a halt and you inch forward for a half hour and then things pick up again and you look around for an accident or construction or anything at all for Pete’s sake that might justify the time you just wasted. But no, nothing. It’s as if the fates chose this particular time and place to screw with you.The question is, why? People tailgating and bunching up, maybe. But a new study in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems mathematically models the implications of the larger problem: You’re not keeping the right distance from the car behind you.That may seem counterintuitive, since you don’t have much control over how far you are from the car behind you—especially when that person is a tailgater. But the math says that if everyone kept an equal distance between the cars ahead and behind, all spaced out in a more orderly fashion, traffic would move almost twice as quickly. Now sure, you’re probably not going to convince everyone on the road to do that. Still, the finding could be a simple yet powerful way to optimize semi-autonomous cars long before the fully self-driving car of tomorrow arrives.Traffic is perhaps the world’s most infuriating example of what’s known as an emergent property. Meaning, lots of individual things forming together to create something more complex. Emergent properties are usually quite astounding. You’ve probably seen video of starlings forming a murmuration, a great shifting blob of thousands upon thousands of birds.Bats flying en masse out of a cave is another example, swarming sometimes by the millions through a small exit. And scientists are just beginning to understand how they do so. “The assumption is that they’re actually aware of bats all around them, not just in front, and that’s why hundreds of thousands of them can come out of a very narrow cave and not collide,” says study co-author Berthold Horn of MIT. Keep in mind that bats not only echolocate to build a map of their surroundings, but can usually see pretty well too.When you’re driving down the highway, such grace eludes you. You’re locked onto the car ahead of you, and rightfully so—that’s the agent most likely to ruin your day if it suddenly stops. But optimally you’d be keeping an equal distance between yourself and that car, and yourself and the car behind you. This is known as bilateral control.“This is what happens when you have a control system that is simply trying to keep up with the vehicle in front,” says Horn. “And its job is not to make the world better, to have hundreds of cars moving in unison. It’s very myopic.” Copy-paste this inefficiency across the highway and you start to create an emergent property of misery. And really, you shouldn’t blame yourself. A human behind the wheel simply doesn’t have the capacity to constantly calculate both the distance forward and the distance back.But technology certainly does. Some cars already come with adaptive cruise control that automatically follows the car ahead at a safe distance. So why not also add the sensors to the back of the car as well? That way the machine can achieve equidistance on its own. Problem is, we’re talking about an emergent property here. “To get the full benefits of this, a significant fraction of the cars would have to have this,” says Horn. “In terms of societal implementation that’s a big factor, because even if it’s relatively cheap, people who implement it will question whether the first car that gets it is worth that investment, because until other cars get it, it doesn’t do a whole lot of good.” After all, if only one starling in a flock can position itself properly among its neighbors, things will get messy. It could even put the early adopters at a disadvantage, since opportunists might jam themselves into that gaps in traffic that have opened up. That’s not playing very nice.Interestingly, bilateral control may be a more immediate way to essentially replicate vehicle-to-vehicle communication, the idea that one day cars on the road could use a common system that would give them information about where to all be. That would of course require all the cars to speak the same language. But with adaptive cruise control looking both ahead and behind, automakers might more smoothly transition into this kind of organization. Keep upgrading new models with the ability, and the system gets better and better. An ideal property emerges.And Horn doesn’t think this technology will be a hard sell for carmakers. For one, it’ll make driving safer, and consumers like safety. That and it’s a more comfortable way to travel—less herky-jerkiness.Hell, if the consumers ain’t buyin’ it, the feds might mandate it. “It sounds pretty drastic, but the benefits are huge,” says Horn. “We’re talking about a potential doubling of throughput, huge decreases in CO2 emissions, a lot of aggravation reduced and fuel used.”So, fellow drivers, let us drive like bats and starlings, not eagles.
In all walks of science, researchers are achieving new “Firsts” in the pursuit of a better life for the people of the world.Now, doctors in India, a country that has been basking in its recent record-breaking satellite launch, have completed the nation’s first 3D-printed spinal restoration surgery.The patient, a 32-year-old Indian woman, lost her ability to walk due to a severe case of tuberculosis.The tuberculosis compromised her first, second, and third cervical vertebrae, removing support for both her skull and lower spine.The damaged spinal cord resulted in a curved posture, weakness in her limbs, and an involuntarily sliding of the head. If left untreated, her condition would have been essentially a death sentence.A team of surgeons at Gurgaon Hospital had an interesting solution.A team of surgeons led by Dr. V Anand Naik, a senior consultant of spine surgery from the Medanta Bone and Joint Institute, replaced the damaged vertebrae with a 3D-printed titanium copy.Using CT and MRI scans as reference, they first 3D printed a dummy spine that was perfectly sized for the patient’s needs.After much testing by design teams from India, the U.S., and Sweden for biomechanics and stress resistance, the final titanium implant was created.Naik and his team then inserted the replacement between the first and fourth vertebrae, bridging the gap within the damaged spine.The surgery was completed over an intense 10-hour period, and afterward, Dr.Naik told the Hindustan Times, “It was a very complex surgery and the patient’s condition was deteriorating by the day. It would not have been possible to do it without 3D-printing technology.”Today’s “First” in a field could eventually become a common practice that saves many lives, but for now, just saving one is enough.Source
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Last week, Jürgen Löb, a Debian user, discovered a bug in the linux-image-4.9.0-8-armmp-lpae package of the Debian system. The version of the system affected is 4.9.144-3. The user states that he updated his Lamobo R1 board with apt update; apt upgrade. However, after the update, uboot was struck at “Starting kernel” with no further output after the same. The same issue was faced by him on Bananapi 1 board. He performed the following steps to recover his system: downgrading to a backup kernel by mounting the boot partition on the sd card. dd if=boot.scr of=boot.script bs=72 skip=1 (extract script) replaced the following command in boot.script:setenv fk_kvers ‘4.9.0-8-armmp-lpae‘ withsetenv fk_kvers ‘4.9.0-7-armmp-lpae’ (backup kernel was available on his boot partition) Then execute:mkimage -C none -A arm -T script -d boot.script boot.scr After performing these steps he was able to boot the system with the old kernel Version and restore the previous version (4.9.130-2) with the following command:dpkg -i linux-image-4.9.0-8-armmp-lpae_4.9.130-2_armhf.deb He cross-checked the issue and said that upgrading to 4.9.144-3 again after these steps results in the above unbootable behavior. Thus concluding, that the upgrade to 4.9.144-3 is causing the said problem. Timo Sigurdsson, another Debian user stated that “I recovered both systems by replacing the contents of the directories /boot/ and /lib/modules/ with those of a recent backup (taken 3 days ago). After logging into the systems again, I downgraded the package linux-image-4.9.0-8-armmp-lpae to 4.9.130-2 and rebooted again in order to make sure no other package upgrade caused the issue. Indeed, with all packages up-to-date except linux-image-4.9.0-8-armmp-lpae, the systems work just fine. So, there must be a serious regression in 4.9.144-3 at least on armmp-lpae”. In response to this thread, multiple users replied with other instances of broken packages, like plain armmp (non-lpae) is broken for Armada385/Caiman and QEMU’s.Vagrant Cascadian, another user added to the list that all of the armhf boards running this kernel failed to boot, including: imx6: Cubox-i4pro, Cubox-i4x4, Wandboard Quad exynos5: Odroid-XU4 exynos4: Odroid-U3 rk3328: firefly-rk3288 sunxi A20: Cubietruck The Debian team has not reverted back with any official response. You can head over to the debian bugs page for more information on this news. Read Next Google Project Zero discovers a cache invalidation bug in Linux memory management, Ubuntu and Debian remain vulnerable Remote Code Execution Flaw in APT Linux Package Manager allows man-in-the-middle attack Debian 9.7 released with fix for RCE flaw
Yesterday, at JSConfEU ’19, the team behind Entropic announced Entropic, a federated package registry with a new CLI that works smoothly with the network. Entropic is also Apache 2 licensed and is federated. It mirrors all packages that users install from the legacy package manager. Entropic offers a new file-centric API and a content-addressable storage system that minimizes the amount of data that should be retrieved over a network. This file-centric approach also applies to the publication API. C J Silverio, Principal Engineer at Eaze said during the announcement, “I actually believe in open source despite everything I think it’s good for us as human beings to give things away to each other but I think it’s important. It’s going to be plenty for my work so Chris tickets in news isn’t it making out Twitter moment now Christensen and I have the natural we would like to give something away to you all right now.” Introducing Entropic, a federated package manager – JSConf EU Features of Entropic Package specifications All the Entropic packages are namespaced, and a full Entropic package spec includes the hostname of its registry. The package specifications are also fully qualified with a namespace, hostname, and package name. They appear to be: email@example.com/pkg-name. For example, the ds cli is specified by firstname.lastname@example.org/ds. If a user publishes a package to their local registry that depends on packages from other registries, then the local instance will mirror all the packages on which the user’s package depend on. The team aims to keep each instance entirely self-sufficient, so installs aren’t dependent on a resource that might vanish. And the abandoned packages are moved to the abandonware namespace. The packages can be easily updated by any user in the package’s namespace and can also have a list of maintainers. The ds cli Entropic requires a new command-line client known as ds or “entropy delta“. According to the Entropic team, the cli doesn’t have a very sensible shell for running commands yet. Currently, if users want to install packages using ds then they can now run ds build in a directory with a Package.toml to produce a ds/node_modules directory. The GitHub page reads, “This is a temporary situation!” But Entropic appears to be more like an alternative to npm as it seeks to address the limitations of the ownership model of npm.Inc. It aims to shift from centralized ownership to federated ownership, to restore power back to the commons. To know more about this news, check out the GitHub page. Read Next GitHub announces beta version of GitHub Package Registry, its new package management service npm Inc. announces npm Enterprise, the first management code registry for organizations Using the Registry and xlswriter modules
Google has got into an agreement with data analytics startup Looker, and is planning to add it to its Google Cloud division. The acquisition will cost Google $2.6 billion in an all-cash transaction. After the acquisition, Looker organization will report to Frank Bien, who will report to Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud. Looker is Google’s biggest acquisition since it bought smart home company Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014. Looker’s analytics platform uses business intelligence and data visualization tools. Founded in 2011, Looker has grown rapidly, now helping more than 1,700 companies understand and analyze their data. The company had raised more than $280 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. Looker spans the gap in two areas of data warehousing and Business Intelligence. Looker’s platform includes a modeling platform where the user codifies the view of the data using a SQL-like proprietary modeling language (LookML). It complements the modeling language with an end user visualization tool providing the self-service analytics portion. Source Primarily, Looker will help Google Cloud become a complete analytics solution that will help customers in ingesting data to visualizing results and integrating data and insights into their daily workflows. Looker + Google Cloud will be used for: Connecting, analyzing and visualizing data across Google Cloud, Azure, AWS, on-premise databases or ISV SaaS applications Operationalizing BI for everyone with powerful data modeling Augmenting business intelligence from Looker with artificial intelligence from Google Cloud Creating collaborative, data-driven applications for industries with interactive data visualization and machine learning Source Implications of Google + Locker Google and Looker already have a strong existing partnership and 350 common customers (such as Buzzfeed, Hearst, King, Sunrun, WPP Essence, and Yahoo!) and this acquisition will only strength it. “We have many common customers we’ve worked with. One of the great things about this acquisition is that the two companies have known each other for a long time, we share very common culture,” Kurian said in a blog. This is also a significant move by Google to gain market share from Amazon Web Services, which reported $7.7 billion in revenue for the last quarter. Google Cloud has been trailing behind Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud-computing market. Looker’s acquisition will hopefully make its service more attractive to corporations. Looker’s CEO Frank Bien commented on the partnership as a chance to gain the scale of the Google cloud platform. “What we’re really leveraging here, and I think the synergy with Google Cloud, is that this data infrastructure revolution and what really emerged out of the Big Data trend was very fast, scalable — and now in the cloud — easy to deploy data infrastructure,” he said. What is intriguing is Google’s timing and all-cash payment of this buyout. FCC, DOJ, and Congress are currently looking at bringing potential antitrust on Google and other big tech. According to widespread media reports the US Department of Justice is readying to investigate into Google. It has been reported that the probe would examine whether the tech giant broke antitrust law in the operation of its online and advertisement businesses. According to Paul Gallant, a tech analyst with Cowen who focuses on regulatory issues, “A few years ago, this deal would have been waved through without much scrutiny. We’re in a different world today, and there might well be some buyer’s remorse from regulators on prior tech deals like this.” Public reaction to this accusation has been mixed. While some are happy: Others remain dubious: “With Looker out of the way, the question turns to ‘What else is on Google’s cloud shopping list?,” said Aaron Kessler, a Rayond James analyst in a report. “While the breadth of public cloud makes it hard to list specific targets, vertical specific solutions appear to be a strategic priority for Mr. Kurian.” There are also questions on if Google will limit Looker to BigQuery, or at least get the newest features first. Then, there is the issue of whether Google will limit which clouds Looker can be run on. Although the company said, they will continue to support Looker’s multi-cloud strategy and will expand support for multiple analytics tools and data sources to provide customers choice. Google Cloud will also continue to expand Looker’s investments in product development, go-to-market, and customer success capabilities. Google is also known for killing off its own products and also undermining some of its acquisition. With NEST for example, they said that it will be integrated with Google assistant. The decision was reversed only after a massive public backlash. Looker can also be one such acquisition, which may eventually merge with Google Analytics, Google’s proprietary Web analytics service. The deal expected to close later this year, albeit subject to regulatory approval. 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Video courtesy of Marta Castro Schieber. Facebook Comments A group of surfers in one of Costa Rica’s most well-known breaks on the Caribbean coast saved a wild deer from drowning earlier this month. Video of the bizarre rescue at the gnarly Salsa Brava surf break in Puerto Viejo, Limón, was sent to The Tico Times over the weekend. Craig Schieber, agold medalist surfer, told The Tico Times that he and three surfer buddies organized what he termed a “Surf and Rescue” team to save the deer’s life after it galloped quickly into the sea.Schieber’s wife, Marta Castro Schieber, was able to record a three-minute video of the whole ordeal from her spot on the beach. Douglas Castillo, Edwin Salem and Jason Shireman are shown on surfboards and paddle boards leading the deer back to land.Schieber said on Monday that the deer returned to the hills near Puerto Viejo and locals have seen the animal alive and healthy since its near-death experience. Now that’s pura vida! Related posts:Bagging bat myths with conservation education Watch: Snorkelers swim with pseudorcas off Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula Crocodile warning signs in Costa Rica have decreased bad encounters with tourists, Environment Ministry reports PHOTOS: The rainy season in Jacó
RealWorld EDC is a cloud-based software application developed to collect patient information for post-marketing surveillance studies conducted by Pharmaceutical & Bio-pharma industry. RealWorld EDC offers a full end-to-end solution from eCRF (electronic Case Report Form) design and build to delivery of clean sets of data.The company works with its client base through the provision of the software solution directly to the pharma (and related) sectors and through a partnership with Contract Research Organisations across the globe.RealWorld EDC now provides the platform for over 75 studies with a client base including some of the top 10 global and international pharmaceutical companies & CROs.THE CHALLENGECore to RealWorld EDC’s service provision is providing a simple to use and always available front end while adhering to complex directives for the conduct of patient studies in line with patient data privacy regulations. Client companies undertake strict auditing processes regularly of company infrastructure and processes including penetration testing.Additionally, the company requires the flexibility to quickly and efficiently start new studies, run test scenarios and ensure quality control of new versioning across both Windows and Linux OS platforms.With internally hosted infrastructure, provisioning of new servers to facilitate growth or rollout of new studies was tedious and took valuable time away from our development teams. Realworld needed a solution that would reduce this effort while providing consistently high performance and security.“While we focus our efforts on application development in line with strict regulations, we need a platform and partnership model that gives us agility around deployment on a robust and secure infrastructure. Ideally, we needed a solution that would allow us to control all data in our core infrastructure while supporting fast-changing requirements in the test/dev, quality and front-end application areas.” Conal Nolan, Head of Data Management.THE SOLUTIONRealWorld has built a hybrid cloud platform for delivery of RealWorld EDC to their global client base. The core data resides on private cloud hosted primarily at Servecentric’s Data Centre in Dublin, Ireland while applications are delivered utilising Servecentric’s public cloud platform, Servecentric Enterprise Cloud (powered by CloudSigma).The self-service public cloud platform delivers the scalability and agility for the company’s requirement while delivering the necessary performance to run applications delivered to a global base of end-users. Additionally, with low latency, high bandwidth cross-connection directly into RealWorld’s core data in the Data Centre, Servecentric delivers guaranteed network performance that is usually associated with costly connectivity solutions on other public clouds.Finally, Servecentric supports the environment through the provision of a set of managed services provided by onsite 24 x 7 x 365 support team.“Servecentric’s solution works for us because the Public Cloud element facilitates tuning consumption of high-performance RAM, CPU and storage without getting into tied bundles or having unforeseen transaction charges. We do not want to be concerned with platform availability, performance and security, and to this end, Servecentric has proven to be excellent partners.” Tomás O’Mahony, Study Director.THE IMPACTOnce RealWorld EDC started using Servecentric Enterprise Cloud, the company immediately began to experience the expected benefits of complete agility and efficiency around application deployment. In addition, the solution has resulted in tangible cost savings and a complete elimination of time spent on infrastructure support.The company has also benefited significantly from the introduction of accompanying managed support services from Servecentric. The company is free to continue its strong growth trajectory without concerns relating to the management of IT resources.“Servecentric’s difference goes well beyond the platform. They are an organisation that wants to make it easy for us to do business. Even though the cloud platform includes 24 x 7 chat support as standard, Servecentric is always there when we need them and provide access to key personnel when we need a little extra help.” Conal Nolan, Head of Data Management.
WeWork’s S-1 misses these three key pointsAfter much discussion, WeWork finally dropped its S-1 filing with the SEC today as it makes preparations for its IPO. While the company has been producing sizable revenues the past few years, the company didn’t disclose everything I think it needed to in order for investors to make a judgment about its financial future.It’s not as though WeWork hasn’t tried to give us some insight in its S-1. One of WeWork’s core operating metrics is “contribution margin including non-cash GAAP straight-line lease cost” (or what I will abbreviate just this one time as CMINCGAAAPSLLC). Through this metric, the company offers us a single number into the health of its business — essentially a way for investors to understand the performance of the company’s mature office locations.[…]What’s missing here though is that WeWork has aggregated its finances for hundreds of locations down to a summary statistic, complemented with a huge amount of text devoted to describing the evolution of a property from lease signing to mature profit-making office. At no time does the company describe the contribution margin and how it changes throughout the course of a single lease. Instead, it provides the following completely numbers-free chart showing that … it makes more money as time goes on.How even the best marketplace startups get paralyzedMarketplaces are hard to build. You have to generate both supply and demand, and if that isn’t bad enough, you then have to work to match both sides of the marketplace to get a transaction to clear (and therefore generate revenue).
Travelport Best GDS Award AwardsTravelport scoops ‘Best GDS in Asia Pacific’ Award for 7th Consecutive YearTravelport (TVPT), a leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions to the global travel industry, was again awarded the ‘Best GDS in Asia Pacific’ at the 2015 TTG Travel Awards for the 7th consecutive year at Thursday night’s award ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.Mark Meehan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Travelport, said, “Travelport is delighted to accept this award and I would like to personally thank all of our customers and partners in recognising the value of our technology, continuously for so many years.”The selection of the award winners is not made by TTG Asia but rather by their readers’ vote. Since the readers are mostly travel industry users of GDS systems, this award is an accurate industry affirmation of the Travelport platform.“This has been a great year of growth for Travelport in the APAC region,” Meehan added. “We had big wins especially in the OTA space, with the likes of Hutchgo and Alitrip. We consolidated our relationships with key customers such as Helloworld and expanded our content with low cost carriers and ancillaries.”Travelport released Smartpoint 6 in July this year with extensive improvements particularly in its Rich Content and Branding feature, further solidifying the preferred status of the Travelport platform. A major advantage of Smartpoint 6 is that agents can stay within the booking workflow and have all the rich ancillary content and branded fares at their fingertips for better efficiency. The traveller can be shown images and photographs of seats, cabins, seat maps and descriptive text enabling them to make the right travel choice.Source = Travelport
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The independent committee for the investigation of state officials’ conflicts of interest, which convened on Monday to look into claims of impropriety against Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos, did not make much headway and will continue deliberations on Thursday.Hasikos was reported to the committee by auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides over the minister’s 60-per-cent stake in a company that won a contract for the renting of a building to the Civil Aviation Department in 2016.Although the company has been renting the building to the department since 2007, Hasikos was not in breach because the contract had been signed prior to his appointment.When the contract expired at the end of 2016, the interior minister’s company submitted a bid for the new contract, which it won over another company.By law, elected and appointed state officials are precluded from doing business – “submitting bids or entering any contract to supply goods or services […] either themselves or through their companies […] to the public sector” – with the state during their terms in office.Hasikos has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, arguing that renting out premises is neither “goods” nor a “service”.Additionally, Hasikos’ defence attorney, former attorney-general Alecos Markides has challenged the validity of the committee’s standing, arguing that, although a law instituting it was passed in 2008, no regulations laying out procedures and release of its findings are in place.According to daily Politis, the committee is currently mulling whether to issue a ruling or seek legal advice on Markides’ objection.Being found in conflict by the committee, which sits in lieu of a court, constitutes grounds for dismissal.The committee is chaired by a retired judge, appointed by the cabinet, and comprises three ex-officio members – the state treasurer, the House of Representatives’ general secretary, and an official from the Legal Service.Committee chair is retired judge Andreas Agrotis, with Rea Georgiou, Vasiliki Anastasiades, and Elena Zachariadou, respectively, serving as committee members.Agrotis holds a tie-breaking vote.At Hasikos’ request, Georgiou has recused herself from the proceedings.The minister claimed the state treasurer could not be impartial because Hasikos had submitted evidence against her husband to the attorney-general.Although the committee voted that she could stay on, she volunteered her recusal.You May LikeTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoAll Pro SaverSeniors In California Overpaying For Their Mortgage Should Read ThisAll Pro SaverUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias said this year’s invasion anniversary coincided with a ray of hope because the international community appeared to understand that Cyprus should be a normal, modern state.In a written statement to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Turkish invasion, the Greek foreign minister urged the international community to consider the criminal effects of the invasion and the continuing drama in Cyprus.He said the sign of hope did not relate to an immediate settlement of the problem, which Turkish intransigence made impossible for the time being, but the fact that the international community appeared to understand what was self-evident, that a reunified Cyprus must be a normal state, fully sovereign, independent, with territorial integrity.In such a state, there was no place for occupying troops, nor anachronistic guarantees “which handed Turkey the pretext to invade Cyprus and to occupy 37 per cent of its ground ever since.” You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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