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Next Steps towards a Connected Organization

first_imgLast week Extension was incredibly fortunate to have Dave Gray talk with us about how Extension could become a more “Connected Organization”. Even if you missed the live event, you can still join the conversation. The video, along with the comments and questions posted during the talk can be viewed at the Google+ event page.During “The Connected Organization,” Gray  helped us see how we might transform what from what he calls a divided organization into a connected organization, where autonomous teams, called ‘Pods,” can handle the dynamic environment together creatively, providing better service in changing environments.With over 3000 counties nationwide, and Extension offices in most, Gray says we have a network of pods, but our next challenge is to do a better job of connecting them together through platforms to achieve our common purpose. These connections would enable improved coordination, collaboration, and idea-sharing.Gray discussed how purpose, pods, and platforms help to glue the connected organization together, where the purpose guides the team and guiding rules for platform development, and the platform serves to connect the pods so they can know what’s going on (i.e., situational awareness). By providing such platforms, people and pods can find each other more easily to solve a problem or create something new.Platforms are Like Extension: They Help People to Help ThemselvesGray says platforms have a similar function to the extension mission. Platforms, like Extension’s mission, “help people, help themselves”.  He urges Extension to think past its role as an information provider in the era of Google to one of helping others know what questions to ask and connect with each other. Extension’s Mission since 1914Today Extension’s mission must go beyond providing information in the era of Google Platforms connect peopleGray provides a number of hopeful ways Extension might utilize platforms to connect with its clientele and also internally, or across the nation-wide organization.  Gray highlights Jim Langcuster’s  Mission Extension  blog, and his work with Network Literacy as an example explaining platform use and building within Extension work.Gray points out that platform sites help people connect and exchange value, pointing to examples such as Airbnb, Uber, Amazon services. Gray notes these platforms don’t own the product – they help other people exchange money or information, such as ratings about the services provided.Platforms to connect people in communitiesExtension ChallengesSo, how can Extension use platforms to connect with clientele in its communities? Gray provided examples of platforms and tools that Extension could use to help communities gather, connect or overcome some of our common challenges, like tighter budgets.Meet up – aimed mostly at local communities. It’s a way to find a group near you.IGivefirst – for non-profit institutions. You can get a “give” button on any webpage. Grays says this can be especially effective to do when you are telling your story.Kickstarter – a platform that can be used to raise money for a project (big or small)  that people care aboutUshahidi –  Ushahidi can help people find each other and tell stories about what is going on. Ushahid’s crowdmap allows you to create a map and tell stories inside the map.Platforms to connect across the (internal) organizationGray said organizations also need to have internal conversations with each other to discuss something that may be private, sensitive or to work on something  for which they are not ready to set expectations.Gray pointed to the tremendous potential that could come from 15,000 Cooperative Extension professionals sharing information with each other, and provided some ideas of platforms that might provide the ability for ‘Extension pods’ to connect.SalesforceSharepoint + newsgatorLinkedIn group – (A private linked in group only visible via the organization can sometimes work quite well)Bloomfire(The Network Literacy CoP has established an open community for Extension on Google+. It’s not private, as Gray suggested, but could become a great place for Extension profesionals from around the nation to connect and share.)Gray stresses, invest before it’s too late!Gray says, you can’t build the dike when the floods comes….Gray stressed that the right time to change your business model and to invest in social networks is BEFORE there’s a problem, such as a budget cut or stakeholder support issue. If you wait until the crisis comes it’s too late — the social network that helps you out, or goes to the politicians to help you out, won’t be ready.Consider storytelling in new waysGray also urged Extension professionals to consider storytelling, but went one step further by asking:“How do you get the people you serve to get excited to help them tell your story to their friends?”He recommended Extension professionals think about how to encourage others to share and tell our story in social networks like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.Tools to help change to organization modelIn closing, Gray left us with some service design tools and resources that can help organizations shift their business models to become more connected organizations:Business Model Canvas – a strategic management tool allowing you to describe, challenge, or reinvent your business modelService Design Tools – a customer journey map, which provides or a way to map how you serve customersCulture Mapping – provides a way to understand your organization’s culture so you can identify where to change itMeeting Gray again in March 2014Will Cooperative Extension be a more Connected Organization in March 2014 when we Gray speaks at the National eXtension Conference (March 24-28, 2014)? If so, how will we know and what will be different?The tools (platforms) created within the eXtension initiative have connected many of us, but probably only a small portion of Extension professionals. How much more connected could we be with the many people doing important work if these platforms had wider adoption and participation. How can we use social networks to forge new connections with our peers, colleagues, and communities?– Karen Jeannette (+KarenJeannette, @kjeannette)eXtension Community of Practice Support – ConsultantNetwork Literacy Community of Practice MemberVideos and images are courtesy of and should be attributed to Dave Gray. This article was originally published on the Military Families Learning Network blog. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

Modi visits Lingaraj temple

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi offered milk, juice of tender coconut, leaves of Bengal quince (bael) and flowers when he worshipped Lord Lingaraj inside the sanctum sanctorum of the 11th century temple, a prominent Shiva shrine of the country, here on Sunday.Here, on a two-day visit to attend the BJP’s national executive committee meeting, Mr. Modi visited the temple before leaving for the party event.Flanked by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and State BJP president Basanta Panda, Mr. Modi went around the stone-floored premises of the temple complex. He also worshipped at the Siddhi Vinayak temple and Devi Parvati temple on the campus. Sevayats (servitors) and temple officials apprised Mr. Modi of the temple lore. The temple complex having 50 smaller shrines in its spacious courtyard was made dust-free ahead of the PM’s visit. According to Rajkishore Mohapatra, one of the servitors, the PM sought the “blessings of Lord Shiva” for the well-being of the country.last_img read more

MLB umpire Tumpane rescues woman on bridge

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena What followed were chaotic moments of panic, fear and ultimately, grace.“I couldn’t tell you how long we were waiting for everyone else to get in place,” Tumpane said. ‘Obviously another power comes into be when you’re hanging on and you know what the alternative is of you letting go and not having other people to help you.”Tumpane, Weinman and the third volunteer clung to the unidentified woman until emergency responders arrived. A police boat raced up the river to the iconic yellow bridge named for the Pirates Hall of Famer who died on Dec. 31, 1972, when a plane making humanitarian deliveries to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed. Now, 45 years later a crowd thrust together by fate brought a complete stranger back from the brink. Together.“Once they were able to secure her, we were able to talk her back to help us out and we got her back on this side,” Tumpane said. “After that I went up to her, she said, ‘You’ll just forget me after this’ and I said, ‘No, I’ll never forget you.’ This was an unbelievable day and I’m glad to say she can have another day with us …”Tumpane, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, got into umpiring as a teenager, made his major-league debut in 2012 and received his full-time MLB commission in 2016, stressed he’s no hero.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’ MOST READ So the 34-year-old Tumpane reached for the woman even as she urged him to let her go.“It was just pure instinct,” Tumpane said . “You hear kind of stories of this all the time, different scenarios, people aiding and situation where I was lucky enough to be there to help and try to think of everything I could do, hanging on to her. At times she wanted to go the other way. I was like, ‘not on my watch, please.’ We were just hanging on.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd saving a life.Tumpane secured one of her arms. A bystander walked up and grabbed the other while another — Mike Weinman, an employee for the Rays — clutched her legs and pinned them to the railing while Tumpane mouthed to someone in the crowd to call emergency line 911. What ‘missteps’? “I just happened to be there,” he said. “I think I’ve been a caring person in my life. I saw somebody in need, and it looked like a situation to obviously insert myself and help out.”The aftermath was a bit surreal. After the woman was taken away, Tumpane called his wife, his arms still shaking.“Not too many times you call your wife and say you helped save somebody’s life,” he said. “A really special moment.”One that stayed with him even as he prepared to call balls and strikes behind home plate Wednesday night. During breaks in the action his eyes would drift to the bridge just a few hundred feet behind the center field wall at PNC Park.“It’s also hard when you stand back behind home plate and look and you see the bridge in the distance, In between innings and whatnot, just thinking of how things could have maybe been,” he said. “Glad it was this way.”Tumpane has no experience in crisis management or suicide prevention. He’s spent 16 years living the nomadic life of an umpire. Asked what was going through his head while he tried to coax the woman back to safety, Tumpane just shrugged his shoulders. How do you explain the unexplainable?“I happened to be in the right spot at the right time,” he said. “Tried to be as comforting as I could and talk her through it. Thankfully that was the outcome.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIEScenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Major league umpire John Tumpane consoles a woman he had seen hop over a railing along the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the Allegheny River, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)PITTSBURGH—John Tumpane can’t explain why he approached the woman as she hopped over the railing of the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Wednesday afternoon.The woman told Tumpane she just wanted to get a better view of the Allegheny River below. The look on her face and the tone of her voice suggested otherwise to Tumpane, a major league baseball umpire in town to work the series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Modi addresses Bhutan’s Parliament, says a stronger India better for Bhutan too

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a Joint Session of the Parliament of Bhutan on Monday.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government was committed to making the India-Bhutan relationship stronger. He also said a stronger India will be better for Bhutan too.”The relationship between India and Bhutan is historic. The new government is committed to make this even stronger,” Modi told members of the Bhutan Parliament on Monday.”If you walk a few steps, we too feel like walking those steps and supporting you,” Modi said in his address in Hindi. Modi arrived in the Himalayan country on Sunday.”Our hearts are always open for friendly relations with neigbours. A change in governance will not change that,” he said.”Strength of a democracy is very important for that region and its people. The stronger India will be, the better it is for Bhutan and other SAARC nations. A strong and stable India is needed to make sure that we can help our neighbours with their problems,” he said.Modi also promised to help Bhutan in science and technology.”India’s satellite technology can be used for Bhutan’s development. Our space technology can bring both countries closer. We have decided to form an E-library network for Bhutan,” he said.He also proposed a sports meet of all Himalayan states and Bhutan.”I thought: can’t we do a special sports meet on a regular basis for all Himalayan states and Bhutan? Sportsman’s spirit brings happiness,” he said.Modi also praised the Bhutan’s royal family for ushering in democracy.advertisement”Bhutan’s smooth transition from political monarchy to a successful democracy is admirable. Bhutan has worked tirelessly in establishing democratic values. The prime quality for maintaining democracy is self-reliance. Bhutan has established democracy among its people through awareness and strong democratic traditions. I congratulate Bhutan’s political family for securing development and protection of traditions and environment,” he said.”When a country provides for teachers to educate its society, it strengthens democracy. I am delighted that in the 2014 budget, Bhutan has devoted a lot of resources towards education. They are looking at future generations,” he said.”The Himalayas bring us together. We must be very proud of the Himalayas. They are our strength. The Himalayas are India and Bhutan’s common heritage,” Modi said.”India and Bhutan sharing culture and traditions will be beneficial for the youth,” he said.”Terrorism divides and tourism unites. Bhutan has rich potential for tourism to grow,” he said.last_img read more

Ospina leaves Arsenal on Napoli loan

first_imgDavid Ospina has completed his loan switch from Arsenal to Napoli, with the Serie A side having a €5 million (£4m/$6m) purchase option.The Colombia international goalkeeper has headed for the exits at Emirates Stadium after slipping down the pecking order.Having competed with Petr Cech for starting duties in recent years, the 29-year-old saw Unai Emery bring in Bernd Leno over the summer . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ospina had already been considering a move before that deal was done, with regular game time proving hard to come by in north London.He conceded ahead of World Cup 2018 duty that he would be weighing up his options , and the decision has been taken to make a fresh start.Napoli moved to secure his services on Serie A deadline day.A statement released by the Italian club on their official website read: “SSC Napoli have officially acquired the services of David Ospina from Arsenal with the details of the loan including a purchase option.”Ospina had been at Arsenal since 2014, when he was acquired from Nice.Good luck at @sscnapoli , @D_Ospina1 👊— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 17, 2018 He made 70 appearances for the Gunners across four seasons, but only 29 of those outings came in the Premier League.The South American will be hoping to be a more prominent figure at Napoli, who have been in the market for a proven performer between the sticks.Having seen Pepe Reina depart at the end of his contract and link up with AC Milan , an important position has come up for grabs.Ospina is ready to step into the void, with it now up to him to prove his worth and ensure that a permanent transfer clause is triggered in the summer of 2019.last_img read more

Panathinaikos Gets Champions Spot

first_imgATHENS — Panathinaikos sealed its place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League after the Athens club held on for a 1-1 draw against Atromitos to win the Greek league playoffs.Viktor Klonaridis tapped home a loose ball in the 33rd minute to put Panathinaikos ahead, while Atromitos’ Stefano Napoleoni got the equalizer five minutes from the end of a match played without spectators at Leoforos stadium due to recent crowd violence.PAOK lost 1-0 at Asteras,  with Argentine Mauricio Carrasco scoring the only goal.Panathinaikos struggled early in a season dominated by Olympiakos, but recovered to win the Greek Cup and the six-round playoffs that end on May 18.Other playoff teams will be awarded spots in the Europa League. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Ballon d’Or: Ronaldo voted best in the world for 4th time

first_imgMADRID (AP) — After giving a European Championship title to Portugal and another Champions League trophy to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo ends 2016 with something just for himself — his fourth world player of the year award.Ronaldo on Monday won his third Ballon d’Or award, which this year is being handed out by France Football magazine separately from FIFA. Ronaldo also took home the Ballon d’Or prize in 2013 and 2014, and the FIFA award in 2008 while still playing for Manchester United.The Portugal forward is also in contention for FIFA’s prize this year, along with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, who finished second and third to Ronaldo on Monday, respectively.“This was likely the best year of my career, individually and collectively,” Ronaldo said in a pre-recorded video. “It was unforgettable.”Only Ronaldo and Messi have been voted the best in the world since 2007, when Kaka won the prize. Messi won a record fifth award last year.“For me it’s a great honor to receive my fourth golden ball,” Ronaldo said. “I never thought in my mind to win (it) four times, so I’m so pleased, I’m so happy. I have to thank all my teammates, the national team, Real Madrid, all the people, all the players who helped me win this individual award.”Messi was runner-up for the fifth time in his career, while Griezmann finished third after a remarkable year with France and Atletico Madrid. Luis Suarez was fourth and Barcelona teammate Neymar fifth in the results announced by the Paris-based magazine.Ronaldo teammate Gareth Bale, who led Wales to the semifinals at Euro 2016, was sixth. Leicester had Riyad Mahrez finishing seventh and Jamie Vardy eighth. Madrid defender Pepe and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon tied for ninth.The 31-year-old Ronaldo was picked from a list of 30 players by a group of international journalists selected by France Football, which for the previous six years awarded the coveted prize in partnership with FIFA. Soccer’s governing body, which relies on the votes of coaches, team captains, journalists and — for the first time — an online poll of fans, will be handing out its own award in January.“I’m happy because I worked very hard to win this,” Ronaldo said. “It’s not easy to stay at a high level year after year. You can count on one hand the players who can do it, there are very few who can, and I do it year after year. That makes me very proud.”Ronaldo is receiving the Ballon d’Or award a month after his contract with Madrid was extended until 2021, keeping him in Spain until he is 36 years old.It has been an up-and-down season for him so far, but he couldn’t have finished the previous one more strongly.Ronaldo converted the decisive penalty kick in a shootout against rival Atletico Madrid in the final of the Champions League, helping the Spanish powerhouse win the tournament for the second time in three seasons. Ronaldo also won the Champions League title with Manchester United in 2008.Ronaldo scored a record 11 goals in the group stage of the European competition last season and finished with a total of 16, one short of the record he himself set in 2014. He is the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 95 goals, and is two away from becoming the first player to score 100 goals in European club competitions.It was with Portugal that Ronaldo achieved one of his greatest feats, helping the nation win its maiden European title after several close calls, including a runner-up finish at home in 2004 when it lost to Greece.“To win a title for the first time with Portugal was something that was missing from my resume,” Ronaldo said. “It was one of the most important moments of my life.”Ronaldo scored one of the goals for Portugal in the 2-0 win over Wales in the semifinals at Euro 2016, then watched from the bench as his teammates defeated France 1-0 in extra time. Ronaldo played only 25 minutes of the final at Stade de France in July before being substituted because of a left-knee injury.Ronaldo also won the European Super Cup with Madrid, as well as UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season, a prize he also won in 2014.Ronaldo is with Real Madrid in Japan to play in FIFA’s Club World Cup.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ADI: rugged transceiver delivers in extreme temperature and high noise environments

first_imgAnalog Devices introduced the LTC2879X extreme temperature 175°C ±60V fault tolerant RS485/RS422 transceiver. The device is engineered to operate in demanding temperature ranges and is 100% tested to specifications at 175°C. Features such as enhanced overvoltage fault protection and extreme electrical overstress (EOS) protection ensure reliable data communications against the most common threats in electrically noisy environments. The LTC2879X’s tiny 3 x 3mm footprint is 50% smaller than comparable devices, which helps lower PCB costs and develop condensed design formats.The extreme temperature range, rugged fault tolerance, and low-drift, low-leakage circuitry of the LTC2879X device make it well suited for use in oil and gas exploration, industrial control, and aerospace and defense applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How flash-based FPGAs simplify functional safety requirementsNext Cypress and Semtech collaborate on LoRaWAN solution for smart city applicationslast_img read more

8 days agoValencia defender Gabriel Paulista open to playing for Spain

first_imgValencia defender Gabriel Paulista open to playing for Spainby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia centre-back Gabriel Paulista has opened the door to playing for Spain.Gabriel has never made an appearance for the Brazilian national team and, although his preference is to still represent the Selecao, he is open to playing for Spain.”If I don’t get any opportunities from Brazil, I’d open the door to playing for the Spanish national team,” Gabriel told Esporte Interativo.”If Spain gives me that opportunity, I’d accept it with a lot of respect.”I will continue to be Brazilian; if I take that decision [to represent Spain], everyone knows why.”I am playing really well and there’s not been a call from Brazil.”If the opportunity arises to play at the next Euros [for Spain], I will accept it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pole Position

first_imgSituated in Central Europe, Poland shares its borders with seven countries – Russia, Germany, the Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus and the Czech Republic. Its beautiful cities, medieval and global culture, old attractive towns, huge castles and churches, snow-capped mountains, lush forests, lakes and sandy beaches, and many other such temptations make the country suitable for filming. One of the first Bollywood films shot in Poland was Aamir Khan and Kajol-starrer Fanaa, which released in 2006. Later, Bollywood films like Kick (2014), Shaandaar (2015) and Fitoor (2016) followed. Bollywood has not returned to this European country to shoot after that. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary What makes Poland a suitable filming destination for Indian filmmakers? Variety of easily reachable locations, a well-developed home market, English-speaking crews, a long tradition and great achievements in filmmaking makes Poland a go-to destination that can satisfy the most demanding filmmakers. I believe we also have some credits already – Poland has hosted crews of such Indian films as Fanaa, Kick, Mersal, 24 and Shandaar, and is definitely ready for more. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka What are the most popular locations in Poland that can be used as film backdrops? Warsaw is a vigorous European capital, famous for its skyscrapers and big-city rhythm. Cities like Gdansk, Wroclaw, Krakow or Poznan charm with their old towns, colorful tenant houses and cobbled medieval streets. Also, there are ravishingly decorated palaces and lordly castles scattered across the country, majestic, Alpine-looking mountains in the south and large and sandy beaches in the north. Poland truly has it all. How can a filmmaker approach you with a project to be shot in your region? The first contact point for filmmakers interested in making films in Poland is Film Commission Poland, which works within the structure of the Polish Film Institute, the main film funding body in the country. We closely cooperate with seven regional film commissions and Polish producers so we can help search for partners and service providers. We also assist in preliminary location scouting so that producers can reach us when seeking advice about locations. The best way to reach us is via email or setting up a meeting at the international film markets that we attend. How cost-effective is it to shoot in Poland compared to other countries? The prices in Poland are very competitive, especially compared to Western Europe. Now shooting in Poland has become even more cost-effective as there is a 30 per cent cash rebate on Polish eligible expenses introduced since the beginning of this year. Producing films in Poland gives a chance of saving up around one-fourth of the budget. What are the financial incentives provided by the government of Poland? As for our incentive system, in a nutshell, since February we have a 30 per cent cash rebate in Poland. The system is operated by the Polish Film Institute. Reimbursement of production costs incurred in Poland in the amount of 30 per cent of Polish eligible expenditures is available for feature films, animations, animated series and documentary series. The return is available for the production of Polish and international co-productions and services provided for foreign productions. The cultural qualification test and minimum spending thresholds apply. There are also limits per project and applicant per year. To apply for support, a Polish partner or company registered in Poland is required. There are no deadlines; applications are processed in order of submission until the funds for a given year are depleted so it works on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Financial support is paid after the presentation and positive verification of the final report on production or the stage of work covered by the support. More information can be found on the Polish Film Institute website: How easy or difficult is it to get a permit for Indian filmmakers to shoot there? It really depends on where the shooting is taking place, how big the crew is, and what kind of equipment the crew uses. For example, a small crew with a hand-held camera only filming in public places does not need a permit but if the crew is going to occupy a traffic lane or pavement, a permit is required. Also, it will be required if the crew wants to shoot on private grounds. Foreign crews can count on help from local fixers, location managers and regional film commissions. What is the criterion to get visas for the production crew? Poland belongs to the Schengen Area, so in order to enter the area, citizens of third countries must hold a valid travel document and, if required, a visa. Travellers should also state the purpose of their journey. Artists can legally work in Poland up to 30 days within 12 calendar months, without any additional permits. If they would like to increase this period of time, they would need to apply for a working visa. Is it possible for foreign filmmakers to rent equipment, and if so, what is the process? There are many rental companies offering world-class equipment, and foreign producers can use their services directly or cooperate with Polish line producers or fixers. The main production hub is in Warsaw, but rental houses and sound stages are also located in central and southern Poland, in the cities like Lodz, Krakow and Wroclaw. How easily is manpower available in Poland? The Polish audiovisual market is relatively big. About 50 feature films are produced every year, and, in addition, numerous TV shows and series are made and all this creates stable working conditions for professionals. In recent years, Poland has hosted many productions from the US, Europe and Asia, like the American film Bridge Of Spies by Steven Spielberg or the Indian film Kick by Sajid Nadiadwala. So our crews are experienced in working in an international environment. Is there any co-production potential for Indian film producers? There is a bilateral treaty between Poland and India, so the gate for making co-productions has already been opened. Poland can offer its exquisite landscapes, admirable architecture, and talents and skills of Polish filmmakers and producers. Polish history and tradition can be an inspiration for Indian filmmakers. Likewise, the Indian contribution could introduce new challenges and quality to Polish cinema. How convenient and viable is transportation for a film crew in Poland? Poland can be reached by air from every major city in Europe in a mere two to three hours; the journey from India takes about 10 hours. Warsaw, the centrally located capital, has direct fight connections with all the major cities in Poland. The condition of Polish roads is good, and there are highways enabling fast and comfortable transportation between locations.last_img read more

BMC mayors public interaction step a hit

first_imgKolkata: The first session of ‘Apnar Ward E Apnar Mayor’ (your Mayor in your ward), an initiative by the Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Krishna Chakraborty, was found to effective and successful. On Sunday, residents of Ward 23 and 24 met Krishna at Kalamandir in Keshtopur and raised their concerns and informed about their problems.On Sunday, Chakraborty along with Deputy Mayor Tapas Chatterjee, Member, Mayor in Council (MMiC) Debraj Chakraborty, Pranay Kumar Ray, BMC Commissioner and other officials heard the grievances of local residents. Several residents pointed out the problems of waterlogging in the area and requested for necessary action. Krishna heard the grievances and assured the residents that BMC is taking necessary steps to solve their problems. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMayor on Sunday alleged that huge number of constructions made in the area violated the norms of municipal corporation norms. BMC is checking the details of those constructions and trying to find a way to solve the problems and how those can be regularized after modification where possible. Regarding the waterlogging problem, Krishna said: “To solve the waterlogging problem, BMC has already prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) and work will be done as soon as possible.” She further said: “We are here to provide services to the people. To supply purified drinking water, pipelines have been laid. Soon supply of water will start.” She also answered other questions regarding trade licence and other municipal services.last_img read more

Ontario New Democrats forced to admit to annual 14billion costing error

first_imgPETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Ontario’s New Democrats, often accused of fiscal incompetence, made a $1.4-billion annual costing mistake in their election platform, the party’s leader was forced to admit on Sunday.The miscounting of a $700-million annual reserve fund as revenue rather than as an expense will affect deficit projections for several years, Leader Andrea Horwath conceded.At the same time, Horwath downplayed the problem, saying it would have little affect on the party’s campaign platform — or what could be achieved if the NDP were to form the government after the June 7 vote.“It doesn’t prevent us from doing any of the things that we believe we can do to help get rid of hallway medicine for example, and fix seniors’ care in our province,” Horwath said on her campaign bus in eastern Ontario. “The deficit will be a little bigger than expected, but we still will be on the trajectory to balance.”With two weeks to go before the provincial election, the gaffe became immediate fodder for the Liberals, who gleefully jumped on the error.“The NDP insist they’re ready to form a government but for the last week they’ve had a tough time explaining how their plans will actually help people in Ontario,” The Liberals said in a statement.“Now the NDP is admitting they’ve made a $7-billion dollar mistake in their platform — an error that will lead straight to higher taxes and lower job growth,” the Liberals said. “It’s clear the NDP are not ready to take on (Progressive Conservative Leader) Doug Ford, keep our economy strong and deliver for families.”The NDP had been buoyed by recent polls showing the party has attracted the attention of voters as a potential alternative to the long-governing Liberals under Premier Kathleen Wynne. Just how much the impact of the mistake might have remained to be seen.Horwath, however, said people expected her to own up to it, and that was what she was doing. She insisted the error amounted to only a fraction of the province’s overall budget.“People want to have the kind of leadership that isn’t afraid to be honest about making a mistake like this,” Horwath said.Not surprisingly, however, the Liberals saw it differently. Added up over the five years laid out in the NDP’s budget calculations, it would make for a projected deficit $7 billion greater than initially calculated.Horwath said the deficit would be a “little bit bigger” than expected and balancing the budget would take longer. However, she said, the party’s plans were “solid.”The New Democrats had previously insisted the costing of their platform had been verified by former Parliamentary budget officer and economist Kevin Page. He confirmed the error on Saturday.“Looks like a spreadsheet type of error,” Page told the Ottawa Citizen, which first reported on the mistake.Horwath said Page appeared to have initially missed the error, which is why she had at first dismissed questions about the problem.The Liberals said the amount involved was equal to the combined annual operating budgets of two of Toronto’s main hospitals.last_img read more

UNICEF warns of impact on children of ongoing violence in Southern Sudan

5 May 2009The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it is deeply concerned at the impact on children of continuing violence in a number of states of Southern Sudan, and urged that all parties ensure the protection of young people. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it is deeply concerned at the impact on children of continuing violence in a number of states of Southern Sudan, and urged that all parties ensure the protection of young people. The agency calls on groups involved in fighting in Southern Sudan to show “immediate restraint and ensure the full protection of children, those who care for them, and the services on which they depend for their survival and development,” UNICEF’s Veronique Taveau told a news conference in Geneva, recalling that Sudan is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.Ms. Taveau said that since the start of this year, thousands of children are estimated to have been displaced from their homes due to attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central and Western Equatoria, while repeated clashes between tribal groups in Jonglei, Lakes and Warrap States were believed to have resulted in the death and abduction of children. In Pibor Country of Jonglei State, more than 140 children had been reportedly abducted, while children were feared to be among the 450 people believed killed in Pibor and the 170 people killed in Akobo County. The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) had, almost two weeks ago, expressed its deep concern over renewed tribal clashes in the country’s southern Jonglei State. It had appealed to local authorities to take steps to restore stability in the affected areas and also to the Government of Southern Sudan to do all it can to ensure civilians’ safety and to find a way to end the hostilities.The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 by the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan ended two decades of north-south civil war. UNICEF noted that since then, progress in primary education and health care has been a positive example of the valuable peace dividends benefiting the children of Southern Sudan.However, these gains are being jeopardized by the current level of violence, the agency warned, calling on all parties to ensure the protection of all children in Southern Sudan. read more

Slurp swish and chirp – a day in the life of a

Slurp, swish and chirp – a day in the life of a Tim Hortons coffee tester AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 25, 2012 7:23 am MDT ANCASTER, Ont. – Coffee lovers are all too familiar with that satisfying moment — the first sip of a freshly brewed cup — but for the lead coffee taster at Tim Hortons, that borderline euphoric sensation has become a lifestyle.Kevin West leads a team responsible for maintaining the trademark flavour of Tim Hortons’ coffee, a process engineered from the company’s facility on the outskirts of Hamilton.Every day he pours a seemingly endless stream of coffee made with beans from around the world. The goal is to ensure that the quality of each is up to expectations, and all together he estimates that he tastes about 75,000 cups each year.At first, West’s estimate sounds like a huge exaggeration, but he’s quick to follow it up.“When we first built the facility, we cupped so much in one day that I went home calling my brother thinking I was having a heart attack,” West says.“I had about 600 cups of coffee and my heart was racing.”Tim Hortons wants Canadians to know that, like its coffee tasters, it’s critically serious about coffee.The country’s biggest restaurant chain is in the midst of an intense battle for the lucrative coffee products market, facing competition from both low-priced and higher-end rivals.But unlike a majority of businesses vying for the same market, the Canadian mainstay has built its reputation almost solely on coffee and doughnuts since 1964.The Oakville, Ont.-headquartered company is just a short drive from its $30-million facility in Ancaster, Ont., which opened nearly three years ago.The 74,000 square-foot building is tucked in the corner of an industrial park and operates under the guise of Maidstone Coffee, a company owned by Tim Hortons. Inside the building, a sequence of machines process beans fresh off the truck into the finished ground product.At several points in the process, West steps in with his taste buds at the ready, looking for any brews that don’t fit the profile. The procedure begins in the morning when he and his team of four other “cuppers” gather around a stainless steel Lazy-Susan that’s equipped with built-in sinks that bear a slight resemblance to the spittoons at your dentist’s office.The table top is covered in a neatly arranged circle of coffees made with beans from around the world — Columbia, Brazil, Guatemala, regions of Africa. A top-secret formula determines which quantity of each bean go into making the blend that has defined the Tim Hortons flavour.Each cup on the table has been steeping for exactly five minutes before the team “breaks the crust,” or removes the floating coffee grounds, and begins their flavour critique.“It’s very similar to wine tasting,” West says as he dips his spoon into one of the little white bowls.But this tasting session is noisy enough — sluuuuuurp — to make any wine connoisseur blush.West swishes the coffee around in his mouth while making a chirping sound that he says helps the flavour reach all of his taste receptors.After a moment he spits the coffee into the sink before turning his attention to the next brew.“This is a lower altitude Guatemalan coffee,” he says, wafting the scent towards his nose.“When you smell this, think of fresh grass from mowing your lawn.”Lawn clippings?For the average coffee drinker, most of what West is saying its probably too esoteric. And by the time he begins describing other coffees at the table as “chocolate,” “citrus,” “lemony,” and “flowery” it becomes clear that it might be easier to agree than question his veteran palette.The proof is in the coffee served at Tim Hortons restaurants across the country, a flavour that has divided some but is still a familiar favourite of many Canadians.In the first quarter, the company’s sales were up 12 per cent to $721.3 million. Profits increased 10 per cent to $88.6 million or 56 cents per diluted share.Despite the improved results, even a household name like Tim Hortons has to keep its reputation in check, especially in the increasingly competitive world of coffee. Over the past few years, McDonalds has emerged as a formidable low-priced brewer with its McCafe line, while Starbucks continues its aggressive rollout of locations across the country.However, none of Tim Hortons’ competitors have put a notable dent in the company’s sales yet.“Tim Hortons has such a high market share in Canada that while they may lose a little bit here and there, at the end of the day I think coffee drinkers are hard to get to switch,” says Brian Yarbrough, research analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Most people I talk either like Hortons, Starbucks or McDonalds, and switching for them just doesn’t happen.”While some customers are steadfast loyals, the pressure of a weak economy has hurt sales in some of Canada’s manufacturing towns where high unemployment has caused some to visit less frequently throughout the day.Tim Hortons’ strategy has been to give customers more reasons to return to its stores multiple times throughout the day. It has recently expanded its line of specialty beverages, and branched out into non-coffee products, like frozen lemonade, and a range of hot foods like lasagna and breakfast sandwiches.“People laugh, but adding lasagna worked well,” Yarbrough says.“They’re always innovating with new bagels or cookies, and I give them credit for that.”But it ultimately comes back to the basic cup of coffee. About 40 per cent of Tim Hortons’ annual revenue comes from coffee, even though its one of the lower-priced items on the menu.“I know for myself on the weekend I’ve got to go to Tim Hortons three or four times to get the coffee,” West says.“(I do it) as an employee but, more than anything, as a consumer. I’m addicted to the coffee. It’s so easy to drink.” read more

BlackBerry introduces services for rival Android Apple smartphones

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 25, 2013 10:46 am MDT WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry (TSX:BB) is launching a business service for corporate and government workers with rival Google Android and Apple smartphones.It’s called the Secure Work Space, and it allows Apple and Android users to separate their data and work apps, such as email and calendars, from their personal apps bringing a greater level of security.The business service is a way for BlackBerry to compete with its rivals, which have been eating into its business user base, which is mainly long-term corporate customers. Those deals can be highly lucrative.BlackBerry announced plans for broadening its business services earlier this year. The new service makes its security features and operating system available to the growing trend of “bring your own device” users who have opted for something other than a BlackBerry phone.The Waterloo, Ont., company launched its new BlackBerry 10 line of smartphones in January.BlackBerry announces its fourth-quarter results on Friday.Share of Blackberry rose 32 cents to $15.07 near midday Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. BlackBerry introduces services for rival Android, Apple smartphones read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 30 September 2011

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The 2017 Cubs Never Clicked

A season after winning their first title in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs couldn’t recapture that same magic in 2017. They started off slow, suffering one of the worst hangovers ever for a defending champ, and struggled to fend off the upstart Milwaukee Brewers for most of the summer. Although Chicago did eventually start playing to its potential in the second half of the year, the Cubs needed an epic Washington Nationals meltdown (and maybe a little help from the umpires) to squeak their way into the NLCS, where they rarely seemed like fair competition for the Los Angeles Dodgers. It took five games for L.A. to officially end Chicago’s repeat bid, with the Dodgers winning 11-1 at Wrigley Field on Thursday night to finish the series.Now Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon and the rest of the Cubs’ brain trust have five months to contemplate what went wrong in their team’s title defense.They can start by looking at the bullpen, which blew game after game. One of the Cubs’ prize trade-deadline additions, reliever Justin Wilson, pitched only 0.2 innings in October, and many of Chicago’s other bullpen arms disappointed. Epstein was never able to assemble the stocked relief cabinet that other top playoff contenders, from the Dodgers to the Yankees, managed to collect.But there’s plenty of blame to go around. The Cubs’ usually dynamic duo of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant scuffled, and the whole lineup produced one of the worst offensive performances in the playoffs in decades. And in general, this roster wasn’t as talented as the one that steamrolled the league in 2016. Although a healthy Kyle Schwarber, who returned this season after missing all but two games last year with a torn ACL, should have offset the loss of Dexter Fowler, the returning slugger never hit as well as expected, and the offense took a small step back. On the other side of the ball, the Cubs’ incredible pitching and defensive performance last season fell back down to earth in 2017.Even Maddon, who has a reputation as a tactical genius, showed signs that his strategic brilliance may be only skin deep. In the ninth inning of Game 2, Maddon made the controversial decision not to use ace closer Wade Davis, instead opting to hand the ball to starter-turned-postseason-reliever John Lackey, who had also pitched the night before — and the results were predictably disastrous. Lackey proceeded to give up a walk-off dinger to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, putting the Cubs in an 0-2 series hole from which they never recovered.On its own, Maddon’s decision wasn’t as egregious as, for example, Orioles manager Buck Showalter sitting Zach Britton in the Wild Card contest last year. But it’s part of a pattern of less-than-stellar bullpen management for the Cubs skipper. Last season, Rian Watt and I created a bullpen-management statistic with which to grade managers, and Maddon has been surprisingly mediocre — 22nd out of 35 qualified skippers — in that aspect of the game over the past several years. (In fact, Maddon’s score was almost identical to Showalter’s.)Other managerial metrics are similarly unkind to Maddon: He has often ranked highly in former Grantland writer Ben Lindbergh’s managerial meddling index, which quantifies the degree to which coaches call for often-unwise tactics from the bench. So perhaps it was fitting that Merlot Joe’s reliever usage wasn’t the only questionable call he made this October. As sabermetrician Dave Cameron pointed out, Maddon’s calls — including setting the lineup and failing to pinch hit in several tight spots — were poor throughout Game 2.This isn’t to say that Maddon is a bad manager. Despite the outsized importance that bullpen decisions acquire in the postseason, we found that they only tend to be worth a win or so over the full season. How a skipper manages his players’ egos and clubhouse chemistry is likely to be much more important than the fiddling he does with a lineup or the pitcher he calls on to get critical outs. And Maddon excels in those soft skills: He is famous for maintaining a relaxed, jovial clubhouse, and it shows in the outstanding performances of his players.But this season, Maddon was unable to coax quite enough out of his roster. There is good news for Cubs fans: Several of the All-Stars from last season’s World Series-winning outfit will return again next year. Since the difference between the wild card winner and the World Series champion often comes down to luck, the Cubs might only have to wait until next year — instead of 107 years from now — before they celebrate once again. read more

Moors murderer escapee tells how he got away

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tommy Rhattigan tells of how he escaped from Ian Brady and Myra Hindley after they lured him into their home.last_img

NASA Astronauts may have to abandon the 100 billion ISS in November

first_imgThe International Space Station may be left empty in November if its astronaut inhabitants are forced to abandon it. According to NASA, Russian engineers are currently trying to figure out what caused a failure of a Soyuz rocket that crashed just after its August 24 launch intended to deliver 2.9 tons of supplies to the ISS. The unmanned rocket was attached to the Russian cargo ship Progress 44.The main reason for concern is that Progress’ Soyuz rocket is very similar to the one that Russia uses to launch a vehicle that carries the crew to the station. There are currently six astronauts living on the ISS, and the problem isn’t the loss of supplies – the ISS has enough supplies to last them until next summer. The big issue is that until the Russian engineers figure out what went wrong with the Soyuz rocket, there isn’t any way to launch more astronauts before the current residents have to leave in mid-November.NASA’s space station program manager Mike Suffredini said there are plenty of options. The last resort would be to abandon the $100 billion ISS altogether, but it’s not out of the questions. Astronauts have been living on the space station since 2000 and the goal was to have astronauts on the ISS until 2020. However, the deserted space station could be operated by flight controllers indefinitely, but without anyone onboard to make sure there are no problems, the risk of anything happening is much greater.So if there are enough supplies to last until next summer, why don’t the six astronauts on board just stay there until the problem is smoothed out? Three of the six are scheduled to leave next month, and the other three are supposed to come back in mid-November. There are spacecraft and landing restrictions that can’t be broken, which means the astronauts can’t stay any longer than November. The three astronauts due to come back on September 8 have already been told that they will stay on for at least another week until the Soyuz can send up another three astronauts.Two unmanned Soyuz launches are scheduled for October. One will be commercial, and the other will attempt to bring supplies again. These two runs will serve as test flights. The ISS crews need the Soyuz-launched capsules to get back, and the capsules are only certified for no more than 6.5 months in space, which is why the crew needs to regularly rotate. As one crew comes up, another goes down.Lighting conditions at the Soyuz’s Kazakhstan landing site is also a big issue since the landings must happen at least one hour after dawn and one hour before dusk so that search and rescue operations can be performed easily if needed. According to, the “lighting window” closes for about five weeks on September 19 for the first crew and around November 19 for the second crew. If they wait past those dates, it would stretch the Soyuz’s 6.5-month lifespan past the point of safety.This was the first accident out of 44 Russian supply hauls. A crew could have very likely survived the accident due to safety precautions built into the spacecraft, but nobody wants to risk that. Until Russian space officials have come up with a cause for the accident and a repair plan, the launch and landing dates will stay up in the air, so to speak.Now that NASA’s Space Shuttle program has come to an end, it will have to rely on Russia to launch its astronauts to the ISS. Private American crew-carrying spaceships are in the works but won’t be ready until about 2015.via Space.comlast_img read more

FreedomPop a nearly free home broadband and mobile hotspot service

first_imgWhile some of us feel the need to be constantly tethered to the fastest data connection possible, and are fully willing to pay for the privilege, others are quite happy to settle for an affordable chunk of data when they need it. FreedomPop is creating a home broadband and mobile hotspot service catered to the latter group, at a “mostly free” price point.We’ve seen a couple of companies in recently memory trying to approach the market with a way to “escape” from the carriers and ISPs that seem confident they can increase their prices and restrict their data without consequence. With Republic Wireless, for example, the company wagered that most people would use their own WiFi to make calls and use data, and the monthly fee would cover the very little that would be used after that. According to Republic Wireless, they guessed correctly. FreedomPop is making the opposite assumption, that by offering a small amount of data for free the users will most assuredly go over and the prices paid for the other data would cover the freebies.FreedomPop is the latest in an attempt to help users into a new way of using the internet, though they are the first to offer solutions for both the home and on-the-go. The FreedomPop mobile hotspot service offers the first 500MB free to anyone who would need it, and $10 per GB used after that. By accessing Sprint’s WiMAX network, they are able to offer a 5-10Mb connection in covered areas.Most people that we’ve spoken to who have used FreedomPop have, so far, really enjoyed it. The company has several pieces of hardware available, ranging from USB sticks to mobile hotspots and an iPhone case, that users pay for upfront. As long as most people use more than 500MB every month, FreedomPop is going to continue to do well in this arena.Can the same be applied to the home broadband connection though? FreedomPop is betting that the answer is yes in their new plan to make broadband services available in several markets across the US. The same basic principles apply — you buy the WiMAX modem with a built-in wireless router outright and get 1GB of data every month. If you go over that 1GB during the month, you pay the extra amount. By the time the service is actually rolled out, there will be actual data plans for users who fully intend to use more than 1GB every month starting at $10. If you have a lot of friends, you can get more free data by signing up other users for the service.There’s a certain appeal to both of these approaches. After you pay for the hardware, you can activate and de-activate the hardware as you see fit, and continue to use as you need it. If you aren’t a heavy data user, $1 per GB for all of your data usage doesn’t sound bad at all. For mobile hotspot users, that price is less expensive that most of the tethering plans that are available through carriers right now.FreedomPop also promises that they will upgrade to Sprint’s LTE service at some point in the future, though there’s no mention of how that will affect prices.last_img read more