To Contain Power Costs, Look First at Your Servers

first_imgAs data centers have grown over the years, server power consumption has taken to center stage in the IT theater. Electricity to power servers is now the biggest operational cost in the data center, and one of the biggest headaches for budget managers.So how do you contain server power consumption? I suggest you begin by looking first at inefficient servers—the elephant in your data center. Old and inefficient servers not only consume more power than newer servers, but they do less work. That means you’re paying more to get less.At Intel, we’ve had a laser focus on this issue for many years now, and the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family continues this focus. It addresses the efficiency problem on two key fronts: processor performance and power management.To increase server performance, the Intel architecture builds hyperthreading technology into the processor. In simple terms, hyperthreading overlays instruction paths to double the number of processor cores and deliver a lot more throughput for the same amount of energy.For further gains in power efficiency, the processor includes a turbo feature that allows energy to be focused where it is most needed. If a job running on one core needs more power, it can make use of the extra power headroom available on other cores to accelerate processing.Other automated power management features in the new processor family include Intel Power Tuning Technology and Intel Intelligent Power Technology. Power Tuning uses on-board sensors and to give you greater control over power and thermal levels across the system. Intelligent Power Technology automatically regulates power consumptionWith capabilities like these, the newest Intel Xeon processor products families deliver up to 70 percent more performance per watt than previous generations.[i],[ii] These gains help you flip the inefficiency ratio that comes with older servers. Rather than paying more to get less, you pay less to get more. Please note: This blog originally apeared on Data Center Knowledge as an Industry Perspective. [i] Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products.[ii] Source: Performance comparison using SPECfp*_rate_base2006 benchmark result at the same TDP. Baseline score of 271 on prior generation 2S Intel Xeon processor X5690 based on best publication to www.spec.org using Intel Compiler 12.1 as of 17 January 2012. For details, please see:  http://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2012q1/cpu2006-20111219-19195.htmlOpens in a new window.  New score of 466 based on Intel internal measured estimates using an Intel Canoe Pass platform with two Intel Xeon processor E5-2680, Turbo Enabled, EIST Enabled, Hyper-Threading Enabled, 64 GB RAM, Intel Compiler 12.1, THP disabled, Red Hat* Enterprise Linux Server 6.1.last_img read more

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To get to the cloud faster, finish virtualizing your datacenter

first_imgThis blog was shared by Kathy Browning:Kathy is an Alliance Marketing Manager at Intel. She has 30 years experience working in the high tech industry holding a variety of roles in both Information Technology and Marketing. She is passionate about the advances in technology that enable both consumers and enterprises to achieve more value in their lives and their business. Currently she manages relationships with software providers to deliver innovative solutions in security, manageability, networking, and storage that are transforming today’s data centers. These days, you don’t need to be a large enterprise to receive the benefits of the cloud. As virtualization increasingly goes mainstream, more small and medium businesses are virtualizing their servers to receive the benefits of greater compute agility, streamlined operations management, energy efficiency, and higher platform performance.Once you’ve virtualized your servers, it’s easy to start dreaming about moving to a private cloud, with its dedicated pool of dynamic computing resources and the agility of IT as a Service.But not so fast. If a private cloud is your goal, then the best way to get there is by virtualizing the rest of your infrastructure — storage and networking. Identifying and building the right virtualized foundation for a private cloud is critical, and building upon Intel hardware and technology with virtualization software solutions from companies like VMware builds an excellent infrastructure for gaining new levels of efficiency, control, agility, and security through virtualization.Your virtual infrastructure strategy should include:Network virtualization:10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters, virtual switches, and VLANs working together to create “big pipe” unified networking. And not just bigger pipe, but richer, smarter pipe that can be dynamically provisioned and scaled for all kinds of network traffic, including transport of block-based storage, while maintaining virtual machine (VM) isolation on the same physical networking hardware.Storage virtualization:A fully virtualized infrastructure requires a high performance cluster file system that allows virtualization to scale beyond the boundaries of a single system.  This virtualized system needs to provide multiple VMs with shared access to a consolidated pool of clustered storage to improve storage resource utilization and flexibility.Hardware enabled security:The move to cloud solutions requires protection from new threats while ensuring compliance requirements are met.  Intel® Trusted Execution Technology  (Intel® TXT) ensures that key server platform components, such as hypervisors and the BIOS, have not been modified and have launched into verified “known good states.” By working with the SW ecosystem we are able to take this a step further and provide innovative policy management, migration control, security reporting, and reporting and compliance use models that help address nagging limitations to existing and emerging virtualization and cloud deployments.Private clouds evolve from virtualized infrastructures, and if you want to grab the benefits of a private cloud, you need to finish virtualizing your datacenter.We’ll be talking about these topics in-depth in the Intel sessions and at the Intel booth, #1131 at VMworld August 26-30 in San Francisco. We hope you will join us!last_img read more

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Researchers identify four skeletons from Jamestown

first_imgTwo years after archaeologists unearthed the 400-year-old skeletal remains of four leaders of America’s first colony, Jamestown, Virginia, they have figured out their names. All four were found buried around the altar of a Jamestown church that stood for a brief period from 1608 to 1617. The site was reserved exclusively for the most important colony leaders. (An interesting aside—it was the same church in which Pocahontas married John Rolfe.) Using the specific time frame in which the church existed, the team searched through historical records from the Virginia Company (sponsor of the Jamestown adventure) and colonists’ recorded accounts to compile a list of possible identities for the deceased leaders. Then they made the final identifications by investigating a handful of rare and extremely delicate artifacts found with the bones. Two of the men, Captain Gabriel Archer and Reverend Robert Hunt, sailed over as part of the original venture to Jamestown, the team announced today at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Sir Ferdinando Wainman and Captain William West, the other men identified, arrived 3 years later. Alongside their skeletons, each Englishman had specific clues that helped the team decipher who was who. Hunt was Jamestown’s first Anglican minister, and scientists identified him through age and the orientation in which he was buried—traditionally, ministers were buried facing toward their congregation, just as Hunt was. Archaeologists found several fragments of history buried with Archer: a captain’s leading staff, a small silver box, and a journal. Using CT scans, scientists were able to see inside the little box, revealing holy relics that pointed to Archer’s potentially secret Catholic faith, hinting at a possible religious power struggle during this time. Chemical analyses of Wainman’s bones showed high levels of lead exposure, a sign that he was wealthy, as more valuable items during this time, such as pewter and glazed wares, contained more lead. Finally, using CT scans, scientists identified tattered remnants of West’s military sash, the silver bullion fringe and spangle décor still intact. The discovery is timely, as some scientists think Jamestown (on the Virginia coast) could be overtaken by rising sea levels by the end of this century.last_img read more

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IPL auction: No buyers for VVS Laxman

first_imgAll-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the biggest draw for the franchises with Chennai Super Kings buying him for a whopping Rs 9.72 crore but struggling veteran VVS Laxman found no takers in the players’ auction for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League. Live blog The 23-year-old, whose base price was $100,000, went to Chennai after the tie-breaker clause was invoked when two teams – CSK and Deccan Chargers – bid the maximum ($2million) for the Saurashtra player.Both the franchises were asked to bid a secret amount in the tie-breaker and it was Chennai which managed to outbid Deccan in the final round.But the cricketer himself will be paid $950,000 as per the contract he had signed with the now-disbanded Kochi Tuskers Kerala last year and even the secret amount that was bid on him by Chennai would go into the BCCI coffers.Laxman, in contrast, expectedly remained unsold after a string of poor performances on the tours of England and Australia.Laxman started his IPL stint as Deccan Chargers captain in 2008 but at 37 right now, age and reputation of being a Test specialist could also have been factors for the franchises’ snub.Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, incidentally the KTK captain last season, was also a big draw going to Delhi Daredevils for $1.4 million (approx Rs 6.8 crore).Jayawardene will, however, get $1.5 million as per his contract last year.Some surprise beneficiaries at the auction were West Indian spinner Sunil Narine, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $700,000 (Rs 3.40 crore) and Indian paceman Vinay Kumar, taken by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $one million (Rs 4.86 crore). Narine had a modest base price of $50,000.advertisementA total of 146 players went under the hammer with a purse of $16.94 million between the eight teams after Pune Warriors did not turn up following Sahara’s decision to give up on the franchise’s ownership.Each team had a maximum cap of $2 million, which Chennai exhausted by spending on Jadeja.Other big gainers at the auction were New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum was bought for $900,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders. McCullum’s base price was $400,000.Indian stumper Parthiv Patel went for $650,000 to Deccan Chargers, which was quite high from his base price of $200,000.Among others who went unsold in the auction were England’s James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior, West Indies’ Ramnaresh Sarwan, Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo and South Africa’s Mark Boucher.Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who was with Chennai Super Kings and Kochi in the previous editions, was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $220,000 (approx. Rs 1.06 crore).South Africa’s veteran opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs, who was released by Deccan Chargers, fetched $50,000 (approx. Rs 24 lakh) from Mumbai Indians, while Australian batsman Brad Hodge was taken by Rajasthan Royals for $475,000 (approx Rs 2.3 crore).Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson went to Mumbai Indians at his base price of $300,000 (approx Rs 1.4 crore). West Indies Andre Russell fetched $450,000 from the Delhi Daredevils, a substantial hike from his base price of $50,000.Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal was turned out to be a bargain buy for Rajasthan Royals, who bought him at his base price of $50,000.Jadeja was supposed to be the highlight of the auction on Saturday and so it turned out to be with almost all franchises placing their bids on the all-rounder.Ironically, just two years ago, Jadeja was banned for a year after trying to negotiate a deal with Mumbai Indians while still on contract with Rajasthan Royals.Dubbed the “rockstar” by Australian spin legend and Rajasthan captain-cum-coach Shane Warne, Jadeja was bought by Kochi for $950,000, and he did well by making 283 runs at a strike rate of 124.12, and taking eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.26.Another big gainer in the auction was Karnataka pacer R Vinay Kumar who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping $1 million against a base price of $100,000.Pacers RP Singh and S Sreesanth, who were part of India team not so long ago, were bought by Mumbai Indians for $600,000 and by Rajasthan Royals for $400,000 respectively. Their base prices were $200,000 and $400,000.RP Singh was bought by now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala for $500,000 in the IPL auction last year while Sreesanth had fetched $900,000.Off-spinner Ramesh Powar was bought by Kings XI Punjab for $160,000 against a base price of $100,000 while Australian Brad Hogg was sold to Rajasthan Royals for $180,000 against a base price of $100,000.Laxman apart, those who went unsold in the auction include India’s VRV Singh, Englishmen Luke Wright, Owais Shah and Graeme Swann, Bangladeshi Tamim Iqbal, Australian pacer Peter Siddle, South Africans Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Justin Kemp and Vernon Philander, Sri Lankan Upul Tharanga, West Indians Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul, New Zealander Tim Southee and big hitting Irishman Kevin O’Brien.advertisementlast_img read more

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Hot and happening: Lalu and Nitish make heat wave a political issue

first_imgPolitics in Bihar is getting hotter with Lalu Prasad launching an agitation against the state government after his return from a prolonged stay in Delhi.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president fired the first salvo by announcing his resolve to hold meetings across the state in the evenings because of the prevailing heat wave. But Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a counter-attack by chalking out a fresh itinerary to travel to the districts and meet people during daytime, regardless of the soaring mercury.Nitish is leaving for a three-day tour to Bhagalpur on Thursday as part of his ongoing Seva Yatra, his statewide tour to get the people’s feedback on public welfare schemes launched by his government. He will subsequently stay in Kishanganj from June 3-5 and visit Bhojpur between June 7 and 9. At all these places, the chief minister will hold public meetings and meet local people during daytime to listen to their grievances.Bihar has been reeling under an intense heat wave with temperatures hovering around 44 degree Celsius these days. The weather condition had prompted Lalu to avoid daytime rallies in the districts he is scheduled to visit over the next few days to revitalise his party and drum up people’s support against the Nitish government.But his announcement gave his political rivals an opportunity to hit out at him. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that Lalu had grown old and could not go out to hold meetings under the sun.”Laluji has announced that he will hold meetings only in the evenings,” he said. “On the contrary, the chief minister has been visiting different villages to get the feedback of the people even in 45 degree Celsius temperature.”advertisementLalu, however, dismissed Modi’s criticism. He said that he had decided to hold the meetings in the evening to spare the poor people from the scorching sun. “Nitish travels in the air-conditioned cars but the public remains under the sun all the time,” Lalu said. “He is not bothered about the poor people in the state.”Lalu said that Nitish was being apathetic to the plight of the people, highlighting that there was acute power crisis everywhere in the state, except the VVIP areas of the state capital. “I will have to light up the lanterns in the evenings to hold my meetings,” he added.Lalu said his decision to go out to the districts as part of his party’s agitation against the state government had unnerved the leaders from the ruling coalition. “There is a sense of palpable unease over my return to Patna,” he said. “They are keeping a watch on each and every movement of mine with trepidation.”At the RJD’s national executive committee meeting in Patna earlier this week, Lalu had announced the launch of a statewide agitation against the Nitish government on the issues of crime, corruption and power crisis. He had also called for all the opposition parties to unite against the NDA to prevent split of their votes. But neither have the Congress nor the Left responded favourably to his appeal so far.Nitish has also made light of Lalu’s call for agitation. “I do not want to say anything about him,” he said. “I am afraid he will go back to Delhi, sulking, if I say something. I want him to stay in Patna now.”Lalu had been staying mostly in Delhi since his party’s rout in the 2010 state assembly elections.last_img read more

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Govt says panel appointed by Kejriwal to probe DDCA scam is illegal

first_imgThe ongoing tussle between the Delhi government and the Centre is set to escalate further as an inquiry started by the AAP government into alleged corruption in the Delhi cricket body – DDCA has been declared unconstitutional.The Centre on Friday said that the Gopal Subramanium panel appointed by the Delhi Government to probe alleged corruption in the DDCA is “unconstitutional and illegal”.A letter issued by Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said that the Home Ministry has pointed out that since Delhi is not a full-fledged state, it has no power to appoint such a panel.”The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has accordingly held that the notification issued by the Directorate of Vigilance, Government of NCT of Delhi, is unconstitutional, illegal and therefore has no legal effect,” the letter issued by LG’s office said.DDCA enquiry commission set up by Del Govt is as per law n constitution of India. Centre’s opinion not binding on Del govt(1/2) Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 8, 2016Commission will continue work. If LG or MHA or PMO aggrieved, they may approach Court. Only a court order can stop commission’s work(2/2) Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 8, 2016 After a CBI raid on his principal secretary Rajendar Kumar in December 2015, Kejriwal had appointed former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium to investigate corruption in the DDCA during Arun Jaitley’s 13-year-long tenure as its chief.Jaitley’s party colleague and MP Kirti Azad has also alleged corruption in the DDCA and demanded a CBI probe into the issue. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suspended Azad, an MP from Darbhanga, Bihar.advertisementAlso read:At war in Delhi over corruption, Jaitley and Kejriwal share stage in KolkataDDCA Row: Arvind Kejriwal refuses to apologise to Arun Jaitleylast_img read more

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Team is more prepared than last year, says coach Maymol Rocky

first_imgMid-day hosts first-of-its-kind girls football tournament | Ranis of Rink 2019 Indian women’s football head coach Maymol Rocky on Saturday said that the team is more prepared than last year for the COTIF Cup. “We played the COTIF Cup last year as well, but I think we are more prepared this time around. The players have really improved over this last year, and we saw that in the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Olympic Qualifiers Round 1 and Round 2,” AIFF quoted Rocky as saying.Related News Last year the Indian women’s side created history as they progressed to the AFC Olympic Qualifiers. Rocky said that their next objective is the AFC Qualifiers and the team needs to prepare for it. The team missed out in the round two of the AFC Qualifiers by a small margin. She added that the qualification for the Asian Championship will be a milestone for the team and the team needs to be prepared for that. “Now, it’s time for us, as a team, to take things forward from here. We missed out in Round 2 of the Olympic Qualifiers by a whisker, but I feel that our next objective should definitely be the AFC Qualifiers. Qualification for the Asian Championship will be a big step for this team, and that is something that we all need to prepare ourselves for,” she said. The camp also saw the introduction of a number of new faces, many of whom had impressed the Head Coach with their performances in the Indian Women’s League, earlier this year. While Rocky believes that these players still have a long road ahead of them, proper work can get them to the levels where they may get the desired results for the Tricolour. The Indian squad saw a number of new faces in the side for the upcoming COTIF Cup. “It’s been a very fruitful few weeks at the camp, where we have implemented some new training techniques. The results are really paying off, as I’ve seen a number of the player make good improvements over this period,” Rocky said. “We brought a number of new faces to the camp, and they have been adjusting to the different training techniques and schedules really well. Of course, they all have a long way to go to reach the levels we are aiming for, but there’s nothing that hard work and dedication can’t achieve,” she concluded. Indian women’s squad for the COTIF Cup: Goalkeepers: Linthoingambi Devi, Aditi Chauhan, Sowmiya Narayansamy Defenders: Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi, Michel Castanha, Pakpi Devi Midfielders: Sangita Basfore, Sanju Yadav, Ratanbala Devi, Manisha, Ritu Rani, Grace Lalrampari, Ranjana Chanu Forwards: Anushka Samuel, Dangmei Grace, Anju Tamang, Bala Devi, Renu, Roja Devi, Daya Devi. India’s fixtures in the COTIF Cup are as follows: India vs Guinea: August 1 India vs Bolivia: August 3Mauritiana vs India: August 4Spain vs India: August 5 Final: August 8. The Indian team will play their first match against Guinea on August 1 and the final of the tournament will be played on August 8. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates ‘Starstruck’ David Beckham shares photo with Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City have to put in hard work to retain EPL crownlast_img read more

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GRASSLEY & JUDGE TRADE DEBATE ACCUSATIONS

first_imgThere’s a heated debate — about debates — in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race.Last Friday, Senator Chuck Grassley announced he will participate in just one televised debate with his Democratic opponent Patty Judge.That debate on K-T-I-V in Sioux City will be simulcast on T-V stations in Waterloo, Rochester, Minnesota and Quincy, Illinois.Monday, Grassley’s campaign blamed Judge for the cancellation of a second debate which would have aired statewide, on Iowa Public Television, on October 20th.Judge offered this blunt response to Grassley:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PJUDGE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……a downright lie.” :08Grassley announced in early August that he would debate Judge on Iowa Public Television.Judge says after initially asking for a different broadcast location in Davenport, she agreed with the format Grassley wanted and “even did a walk-through” of the studio in Johnston.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PJUDGE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the straight truth.”:09The Grassley campaign is now challenging Judge to agree to debate on W-H-O Radio.Judge says if that debate can also be televised, she’ll be there.She says it is “an embarrassment to democracy” that voters in central Iowa, southwest Iowa and Davenport won’t be able to watch.Grassley’s campaign says those voters will be able to view the debate online.RADIO IOWAlast_img read more

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India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at Leeds

first_img India Today Web Desk LeedsJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 18:57 IST Ravindra Jadeja has not yet played for India in the World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRavindra Jadeja could be included in the playing XI for the game vs Sri Lanka at Leeds on SaturdayJadeja, who has played 151 ODIs, is yet to get a game in the 2019 Cricket World CupRecently, Jadeja slammed Sanjay Manjrekar after he called the former a bits-and-pieces cricketerRavindra Jadeja is likely to get a game against Sri Lanka in India’s final group match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Leeds on Saturday. India have already qualified for the semi-finals and are assured of a top-2 finish in the points table.Ravindra Jadeja, an ace all-rounder with 2035 runs and 174 wickets from 151 ODIs, is yet to play in the 2019 World Cup. But he has made plenty of impact as a substitute fielder.Jadeja was out of the reckoning in the shorter formats after the 2017 Champions Trophy but he made a strong comeback last year. Selected for the World Cup, Jadeja was recently in the news for a controversial tweet targeting former India cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.Manjrekar had called Jadeja a bits-and-pieces cricketer: “I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner.”Furious with this assessment, Ravindra Jadeja had slammed Manjrekar on Twitter: “Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekar.”Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.@sanjaymanjrekarRavindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019advertisementSachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, speaking to India, have batted for Ravindra Jadeja to be included in the playing XI.”We need to look at options before we go to the big game (semi-final). Dinesh Karthik had to drop down the order the way the game panned out. His experience would come into play.”This could be on the table for discussion – if DK is going to bat at No,7, it would not be a bad idea for Jadeja to be considered so he can come and bowl a few overs. DK has done that in the past… he has won a few games. I am not saying this is what the team needs to do..,” Tendulkar had said after India defeated Bangladesh.Meanwhile Harbhajan Singh said India could use Jadeja’s all-round skills for the game against Sri Lanka and possibly further in the semi-finals.”I would like to see Ravindra Jadeja get a game against Sri Lanka or from there onwards. He gives you options – he can bowl 6, 7 or 8 overs.”Imagine if anyone has a bad day with the ball, Jadeja will not just give you 6 or 7 overs but he is a very, very handy batsman in the later part of the game,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.Also Read | Enough of your verbal diarrhoea: Ravindra Jadeja slams Sanjay Manjrekar on TwitterAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Harbhajan Singh bats for Ravindra Jadeja’s inclusion in India playing XIAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Next India vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja likely to play at LeedsIndia vs Sri Lanka: Ravindra Jadeja might get a game when India take on Sri Lanka in their final group match of World Cup 2019 at Leeds on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

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Labour Ministry Preparing Youth for Workforce

first_imgThe Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s monthly Employability Skills Workshops are helping to prepare prospective employees for the workforce, says portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson. The workshops are being conducted under the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) Programme.“This is one way of empowering our youths in particular. As our rate of employment continues to improve, we will continue to have more people seeking jobs,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the ‘Labour Department and You’ road show reception held recently at the Sea Garden Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.The ELE, which started in 2002, is one of three components of the Labour Market Information System (LMIS), a job-matching facility that offers free online and offline services to employers and jobseekers.These include résumé writing, interview preparation, entrepreneurial workshops and access to a database of skilled workers.Prospective employees who utilise the facility benefit from employability skills sessions, which are preparatory training workshops where employers and partners of the ELE make presentations and provide feedback.Meanwhile, Minister Robinson noted that social dialogue, involving employers and trade unions, is “alive and well in western Jamaica”.“It (social dialogue) is the cement that binds us together, and it is what will determine our goals for the future. Let us strive to continue on this trajectory as we build a harmonious industrial relations climate,” she urged.Let us continue this synergy through which we continue to create opportunities for partnerships and collaborations that will foster the type of Jamaica that we want to see – the place to live, work and raise families, do business and even retire,” the Labour Minister said.The road shows are aimed at bringing the services of the Ministry’s Labour Department to citizens across the island as well as to heighten awareness of its programmes and policies.Events have already been held in the parishes of Manchester, St. Ann and Kingston.last_img read more

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Education Ministry Continues Project to Improve Reading

first_img The project provided support to the Education Transformation Programme in 250 primary schools in its first two years. The initiative is consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 priority focus on human capital development. Story Highlights The Ministry of Education remains steadfast in its efforts to achieve quality education through the transformation of the sector, using a number of non-traditional tools and measures.To this end, the Ministry recently took over the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project (JBEP), which was previously implemented and managed by United States (US) Contractor, Juarez and Associates, Inc.The project, which began in 2010, provided support to the Education Transformation Programme in 250 primary schools in its first two years, and in its third year, aided the Ministry with improving the reading skills at Grades 1-3 in 172 schools across Regions 1, 4 and 6.Steered by a team headed by Project Director, Dr. Jean Beaumont, the JBEP expands on the previous Expanding Educational Horizons and New Horizons for Primary School projects, as well as best practices from the Caribbean Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training.The initiative is consistent with the Government’s 2013/14 priority focus on human capital development in the area of education.Addressing the recent symbolic handing over ceremony, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, said there is a “new wave” of effort and understanding regarding how education must be imparted.The first three years of the project was to help schools to manage responsibilities of accountability; introduce practices and materials which enhance reading progress; and contribute to an increase in early grade reading fluency from Grades 1 to 3.The USAID/GOJ project empowers principals and teachers with the necessary strategies and resources; establishes and reinforces standards for teacher and principal accountability; support personnel in the education regions to pass down transformation practices in non-project schools in those regions; and work with the Jamaica Teaching Council, to train and provide technical assistance.The resources created from the project were accessible to all schools, not just those involved in the JBEP.These include: reading assessment checklist for Grades 1-3; reading standards and benchmark for Grades 1-3; checklist for principals to monitor the use of these standards; procedures for successfully managing and supervising the reading programme; strategies for effective teaching of reading comprehension; and tools for continuous reading assessment and a manual.Technology resources for the 172-project schools include: desktop computers (in some schools), laptops, multi-media projectors, digital cameras, and the Jamaica School Administrative System (JSAS), which are available to all schools.Dr. Beaumont explains that the project was mandated to develop remedial instruction for Grade Three teachers, which resulted in Camp Summer Plus workshops  over the past three years.Using their JSAS portals, administrators and teachers were able to tell how many classes were at each site, how many students were enrolled, and the number of staff involved. Some 900 students were tracked and reports provided for seven camps in 2012.For 2013, Camp Summer Plus participants were trained in data analysis and interpretation with emphasis on the implications of their findings for instruction, based on the outcomes of the 2012 camp. The participants were also introduced to areas that needed special attention.Thirteen Reading Coaches were engaged in 33 project schools, across three regions, and were working with the students in the specified grades to help improve instructional practices in reading.Meanwhile, Principals were assisted with improving supervisory and management skills in teaching how to read. These practical interventions saw coaches hosting school-based reading workshops, co-teaching, demonstrating reading strategies; monitoring schools reading programmes; and interpreting information to guide instruction.The reading coaches also helped schools to make better use of the reading standards developed by the project. Reading modules and handbooks were distributed to guide early grade reading.Additionally, teachers and principals were trained in the use of the Ministry of Education/USAID’s electronic database (JSAS). The system helps to minimize the time teachers allocate to administrative duties, to enable more time for teaching. It stores and generates reports involving school personnel (board, staff, students), school plant  attendance and grade. More than 170 educators were trained to use the system.Rev. Thwaites says with the continued use of reading coaches and peer trainers, the reading progamme is being extended into more schools.He urges principals to ask for the assistance they need. “It is not a shame to say that you need help; that your students require more than you can give,” the Minister adds.Dr. Beaumont describes the project as having been “an extraordinary learning experience,” noting that, “the consistent improvement in students’ performance levels has proven that we must persevere.” The USAID/GOJ project empowers principals and teachers with the necessary strategies and resources.last_img read more

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Film Industry Effort to Lead Growth Receives Government Support

first_imgScreen Nova Scotia is taking the lead on growing the film industry, and government is supporting their efforts to attract more productions to the province. Business Minister Mark Furey announced today, Nov. 6, government would provide up to $475,000 for infrastructure that will help the industry take a leading role in its own success. “We have listened, and we are receptive to industry’s plan,” said Mr. Furey. “Our response addresses some of the gaps they have identified, and this support will provide industry with some of the tools they need to be successful during this transition. “Together with Screen Nova Scotia, we will move forward and restore confidence by showing producers from around the world that we have talented people, and Nova Scotia is open for business.” The two-year agreement supports Screen Nova Scotia’s efforts to address location services, including a web portal and hiring additional support. It will also provide marketing support, and help develop a long-term strategic plan. “This agreement will help us better promote Nova Scotia as a place where talented crews make top quality productions,” said Marc Almon, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia. “It will give producers a single place to turn to for support and information. Screen Nova Scotia is looking forward to further dialogue with government in the weeks ahead to address the remaining issues facing our industry.” Government will continue to work with the film industry, and discuss ways to create sustainable, long-term success. Regular reporting will be required to continue to ensure fairness, transparency and affordability for taxpayers. Since July 2nd, NSBI has received 11 applications to the new Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. Five projects have been approved for more than $1.1 million in government support representing a total production value of almost $6 million. For more information visit http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/en/home/newsevents/newsreleases/film-productions-announced.aspxlast_img read more

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After World T20 controversy Harmanpreet wanted to take a break from international

first_imgNew Delhi: India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has revealed that she wanted to take an indefinite break from the game because of the controversy that followed the World T20 in the West Indies. The team management and Harmanpreet took a collective call to drop senior player Mithali Raj for the semifinal against eventual runners-up England, triggering a massive controversy that led to divisions in the team and ouster of coach Ramesh Powar. Harmanpreet played the Women’s Big Bash League right after the World T20 in November but back home the talk of unrest in the team and her strained relationship with ODI captain Mithali gathered more steam. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun She was fed up with it before the New Zealand tour began under new coach W V Raman. And then came the ankle injury that gave her a “much needed” break from the Indian dressing room. “It (the injury) gave me a much needed break from international cricket and the Indian dressing room. I had almost made up my mind to let my parents know that I wanted to take a break. I don’t want to hold on to a spot in the Indian team just because I am a senior player,” she told ESPNCricinfo. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up “I wanted to get away from cricket. Whatever happened around the team before that was immensely draining for me. Some of the things said were so far from reality that I felt, ‘I need to step away from this madness for a while’. I’m here to play cricket. If people want to drag me into unnecessary things, drag the team into unnecessary things, I have to stop trying to reason with them,” said the 30-year-old. She twisted her ankle ahead of the first T20 International in New Zealand, following the team’s triumph in the preceding ODI series. “I twisted my left foot while playing football during a warm-up ahead of the first T20I in New Zealand (in early February). I somehow managed to play all three T20Is despite being in some discomfort because to call up a replacement at such short notice may not have been possible. Besides, all through my career, I’ve played with fevers, shoulder, ankle and wrist injuries, so I didn’t feel like this was going to be anything significant. “The taping and painkillers had been working fine in the warm-ups, so I thought I could deal with it. But during the matches, my movement was severely affected. Scans later revealed that there were some Level 1 and 2 ligament tears near the back of my ankle. I was at the National Cricket Academy from February 22 to April 9, and that break was a blessing in disguise for me,” she said. Harmanpreet said the negative talk around the team after the World T20 affected her mindset adversely. “Look, I was to play in the WBBL after the World T20, and for a while, after coming from the West Indies, I was even considering only playing in the overseas leagues and then making my way back into the Indian team. I spent hours alone, asking myself, ‘Why do I play sport?’ Because I enjoy it, because playing cricket is the only thing I’ve ever done in life. “Agar khelke mazaa nahi aa raha hai (If I’m not enjoying the game) then I don’t want to block a place in the side, because money is not everything. Yes, we’ve only just started making some money from playing cricket, but if cricket is not giving me joy, I am happy to walk away rather than hold on to that spot just because I have a Grade A contract. “So all of these thoughts were bothering me a lot. Mentally I was unwell, unfit, but that injury bailed me out of that terrible head space,” she added.last_img read more

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DRAKE TOPS SPOTIFYS 2018 LIST WITH 82 BILLION STREAMS

first_imgPhoto by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP Following Drake on the 2018 list of top artists are Post Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran, who was Spotify’s most-streamed artist last year.No women made the Top 5, but Ariana Grande ranks first among female artists globally on Spotify. She’s followed by Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello.Drake not only has the year’s top song, his hit “In My Feelings” came in fifth on the list. “Sad!” by XXXTentacion, who died in June, came in second. Malone has the third and fourth most-streamed songs with “Rockstar” and “Psycho.”Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” is the second most-streamed album behind Drake’s “Scorpion.” XXXTentacion, Lipa and Sheeran round out the Top 5.____Online:https://www.spotify.com/ Twitter NEW YORK (AP) — It’s no surprise, but Drake is the king of Spotify: He is the platform’s most-streamed artist of the year globally.Spotify announced Tuesday that the rapper earned 8.2 billion streams in 2018. He also has the year’s most-streamed album and song with “Scorpion” and “God’s Plan.”Drake is also Spotify’s most-streamed artist of all-time. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ticket service data breach disrupts music venues

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – Concert ticketing service Ticketfly says it’s working to get its system back online after a data breach leaked users’ personal information and disrupted services at live music venues.The San Francisco firm’s parent company, Eventbrite, said Sunday it’s working with outside experts to investigate the hack.It hasn’t disclosed the details to customers, but a website that tracks data breaches says the leak affected more than 26 million user accounts.The “Have I Been Pwned?” (POHNED) website also said Sunday that stolen data included email addresses, names, phone numbers and physical addresses.The breach left nightclubs and other venues from Santa Cruz, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, scrambling for alternatives to sell tickets for weekend shows.Eventbrite bought rival Ticketfly for $200 million last year from music service Pandora.last_img read more

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UN winds up repatriation scheme from Central African Republic to southern Sudan

13 April 2007The United Nations refugee agency has wrapped up its voluntary repatriation programme for southern Sudanese who had been living in the Central African Republic (CAR), with almost 10,000 people having returned home since early last year to try to rebuild their lives. The CAR is the first of six nations neighbouring southern Sudan to complete the voluntary repatriation of refugees following the January 2005 end to the 21-year north-south civil war in Sudan. UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters today in Geneva that the last official repatriation flight from the CAR, which transported 31 returnees from the Bangi refugee camp to the town of Nzara in southern Sudan’s Western Equatoria state, took place on Wednesday. About 8,400 southern Sudanese have returned from the CAR since February last year on flights arranged by either UNHCR or the International Organization for Migration (IOM), while another 1,319 people have returned on their own. The number of refugees to have been repatriated to southern Sudan with the assistance of UNHCR has now topped 50,000, with returnees arriving from Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya, as well as the CAR. At a peak in the early 1990s, as many as 36,000 southern Sudanese were living in the CAR, and many returned before the official UN-supported repatriation programme began in 2005. About 2,000 refugees are expected to stay permanently in the CAR because they have established local businesses or bonds. The first voluntary airlift from Ethiopia is expected to start tomorrow, with a plane carrying 50 refugees scheduled to travel from Gambella to the southern Sudanese town of Juba. Over the next 10 days, more than 1,000 refugees – mostly ethnic Dinka and Shuluk – will take part in the airlift, which has been arranged because of the lack of roads in much of southern Sudan. UNHCR provides returnees with basic items before and after departure, including blankets, sleeping mats, water filters, mosquito nets, sanitary kits, soap and cooking sets. The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) gives out three months of food rations as well as tools and seeds. read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 23 January 2015

DOWNLOAD1. Government announces Automotive Industrial Partnership2. Car manufacturing figures up 1.2% in 20143. Manufacturers press ahead with further growth in orders4. UK employment figures5. Cross-party manufacturing MPs launch manifesto for industrial policy change6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Ohio State womens volleyball set for beginning of home schedule

Then-freshman outside hitter Kylie Randall (1) delivers a spike against Michigan on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. OSU won 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFollowing its season-opening weekend in Oregon, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is set to begin its home schedule later today with three matches over the weekend in the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic.The Buckeyes (1-2) are scheduled to play Auburn (2-1) at 12:30 p.m., followed by Florida Gulf Coast (1-2) at 7:30 p.m.  The Buckeyes are then set to take on Southern Illinois (1-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m.After starting the season 1-2, coach Geoff Carlston said he believes the team has had a good week of practice and has corrected some mistakes from the trip to the University of Oregon Invitational last weekend.“We made a few changes on the defensive end that will be really helpful,” Carlston said. “So I’m excited to see the fruits of that labor.”Carlston added that he expects to see more of a crowd Friday evening against FGCU than the early-afternoon matchup with Auburn. He added that when the crowd arrives later in the evening, they will give an advantage to his team.With the Buckeyes playing on their home court, finding consistency, managing unforced errors and a defensive attitude lead Carlston’s three keys to victory.After starting in her first collegiate game against Oregon on Aug. 29, freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer is set to play in her first home game at St. John Arena.“I’m super excited to just be in this atmosphere, obviously never having played here before,” Schirmer said.Against Oregon, Schirmer started in all three sets for the Buckeyes.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe received all-tournament recognition in Oregon and hopes to follow that successful weekend with more success this time around.“I hope to get similar accolades, that would be nice,” Sandbothe said. “But just carrying over intensity and making sure I can be a big leader for the team (will result in) some W’s this weekend,”After the tournament, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play their next three games in Cincinnati at the Millennium Hotel Invitational hosted by Xavier University on Sept. 12 and 13. OSU is set to play Syracuse, Ohio University and Xavier in the tournament. read more

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EHF EURO 2014 Draw in Copenhagen

Denmark EHF EURO 2014EHF EURO 2014handballTOP Handball ← Previous Story TOP 10 “BEST BUYS” for 2011/2012: Stanic, Sigurdsson, Markussen… Next Story → HP Fans prediction: AG wins up to +3 Draw for EHF EURO 2014 qualification Groups will take place in Copenhagen.28 teams will play in seven groups of four with the top two teams and the best ranked third team qualifying for the final tournament. 15 places are available, with Denmark already qualified as host.They will be completed by the four winners and the two best ranked second places of the four qualification tournaments (phase 1).The teams are divided into four pots according to the EHF Men’s National Team Ranking:Pot 1: CRO, FRA, ESP, ISL, POL, SRB, GERPot 2: HUN, NOR, SWE, SLO, MKD, CZE, AUTPot 3: RUS, SVK, POR, LTU, MNE, NED, BLRPot 4: BIH, winner of qualification 1 – group A, winner of qualification 1 – group B, winner of qualification 1 – group C, winner of qualification 1 – group D, best 2nd ranked place and 2nd best ranked 2nd place qualification 1 read more

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Title match and tournament on Smackdown Live, Videos after Smackdown in Chicago

first_img WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next Jamal Khashoggi John Oliver Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby WhatsApp FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+ Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:33 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Title match and tournament on Smackdown LiveDuring last night’s Smackdown Live in Chicago, a title match was setup for next week’s show along with a tournament involving a now vacant championship.Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin def. The New Day and Rusev and Aiden English in a triple threat match to earn a shot at The Usos and the Smackdown Tag Team Championships on next week’s show from Orlando.Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal also won matches as part of the first round of a tournament to crown a new WWE United States Champion. This is a result of previous champion Dolph Ziggler laying down the title last week and appearing to walk out of WWE.Daniel Bryan addressed the tournament during a segment last night.Videos after Smackdown in ChicagoWWE posted these videos after last night’s Smackdown Live in Chicago. WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Twittercenter_img Guarantee you it’s gonna be a rerun of when CM Punk won the WWE title & walked out. The winner of the tournament will end up losing a title vs title match to Ziggler. Pinterest WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles John Oliver Takes On The WWE Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Now Playing Up Next 1 COMMENT Austen Allen WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Comments are closed. December 27, 2017 at 1:02 pmlast_img read more

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