Green Hills: INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS conform to FACE Technical Standard v3.0

first_imgGreen Hills Software has achieved certification of conformance of its INTEGRITY-178 Time-Variant Unified Multi Processing (tuMP) real-time operating system to the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard edition 3.0. The certification covers both the Safety Base profile and the Security profile. The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS is the first software component of any type to be certified conformant to edition 3.0, which underscores the commitment of Green Hills Software for certification to open standards.Version 3.0 of the FACE Technical Standard represents a major improvement over the prior version 2.1.1 in that it addresses the use of multicore processors in safety-critical applications.  The technical standard now requires any Operating System Segment (OSS) that claims support for multicore partitions to meet ARINC-653 Part 1 Supplement 4, including the requirement for multicore operation as defined in Section 2: “Multiple processes within a partition scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores.” In ARINC-653, each application is called a partition and has its own memory space.Asymmetric Multi-Processing (AMP), the simplest software architecture in a multicore-based system, is not sufficient to meet the requirements of Supplement 4. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only certified FACE-compliant operating system to meet the requirements of ARINC-653 Supplement 4, and it does so with the availability of Bound Multi-Processing (BMP) in addition to AMP and Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP). By definition, BMP is an enhanced and restricted form of SMP that can statically bind an application’s ARINC-653 processes (i.e., tasks) to a specific set of cores, allowing the system architect to more tightly control the concurrent operation of multiple cores. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP allows the system developers to bind ARINC-653 processes within an application to a core using an API or using the system configuration file. In addition, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP meets the ARINC-653 Part 2 Supplement 3 requirements for SMP operation.INTEGRITY-178 tuMP supports all combinations of AMP, SMP, and BMP in a time-partitioned manner (i.e., Time-Variant Unified Multi-Processing) on a multicore processor. Meeting worst-case execution times (WCET) while multiple cores are executing concurrently can be very challenging no matter the choice of AMP, SMP, or BMP. Contention from multiple cores trying to access a given shared resource, such as memory or I/O, can create interference between cores. Certification authorities have emphasized their concerns about such interference by including objectives for interference identification, mitigation, and verification in the CAST-32A position paper. As a true multicore IMA operating system with a proven 8+ year service history, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP includes both a fully capable multicore scheduler and support for bandwidth allocation and management of shared processor resource access. The supported bandwidth management technique emulates a high-rate hardware-based approach to ensure continuous allocation enforcement.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Ethernet is key to the autonomous vehicleNext IAR Systems to showcase offering for IoT security, automotive functional safety and RISC-Vlast_img read more

Notre Dame topple UConn to book showdown with Baylor for NCAA title

first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sunday’s night championship game will have two women coaches.The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor. US sports It will be the first championship game since 2012 when both coaches – McGraw and Baylor’s Kim Mulkey – are women.“The same two,” McGraw said after Friday night’s 81-76 semi-final win over UConn. “This weekend we’re all about basketball right now. So want to really focus on that. I am excited to have two women in the final.”McGraw, during her Thursday’s news conference, said it’s time for more women in positions of power, and not just in women’s basketball. She is disappointed that there aren’t more female leaders in all walks of life.Baylor and Notre Dame will both be looking for a third national championship in a rematch of the 2012 title game won by the Lady Bears 80-61.UConn, which were beaten by Notre Dame in last year’s semi-finals, captured four national straight championships from 2013-16. Tennessee went back-to-back in 2007-08, while Southern Cal won it all in both 1983 and 84.Baylor advanced after a 72-67 win over first-time Final Four participant Oregon in Friday’s first semi-final.“The feeling is unreal,” Baylor center Kalani Brown said. “I’m still in shock. I’m overwhelmed. I’m just happy to be a part of this team right now.”Brown scored a game-high 22 points Friday night. Forward Lauren Cox added 21.Baylor last made a Final Four appearance in the 2012 title season.“We’ve played in big games,” Cox said. “Obviously we haven’t been to a Final Four in a while, but we’re used to the pressure, used to that big-game moment.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian NCAA tournament 2019 Basketball Share on Messenger Read morecenter_img Legendary UNC basketball coach faces probe over racially insensitive remarks Share on Facebook NCAA tournament Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here…last_img read more

GE Power Conversion Supplies DP for Accommodation …

first_img Print  Close zoom GE’s Power Conversion business has again demonstrated its strength in this sector by winning a contract for the supply of dynamic positioning (DP) for a vessel Floating Accommodation Unit that Cosco (Nantong) Shipyard in Nantong City, China, is building for Logitel Offshore, the Singapore-based floating logistics and accommodation rig owner that has an exclusive license agreement to use the proprietary Sevan Marine design within the floating accommodation market.The complete project includes a C-Series Class 3 DP system and manual thruster control system.Sevan Marine specializes in units with cylindrical hulls, but until now it has used the design only for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units and deep water Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU). This is the first time that the Sevan design is used as a cylindrical accommodation vessel.Sevan hulls are suitable for operation in water depths of more than 3,000 meters, and the units are designed to operate in extreme conditions. This puts a particular emphasis on the DP system. GE is up to the task: the DP system for the new accommodation vessel complies with DNV’s DYNPOS-AUTRO notation.Compliance with DYNPOS-AUTRO means the DP system has a very high level of design redundancy featuring, for example, an alternate backup control position in addition to the primary control position. The accommodation unit is therefore designed to remain under effective position control following even the most extreme single failures of equipment or the spaces in which the equipment is located.GE called upon a global team of its engineering and system specialists to obtain the contract and to deliver these mission-critical position control systems, coordinating input from GE offices in China, Norway and the U.K. The control systems will be delivered and integrated into the accommodation vessel in time for its delivery around the middle of 2014. My location GE, December 11, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Cab company not liable for drivers alleged sex assault on passenger

first_imgTORONTO – A taxi company cannot be held liable for the alleged sexual assault of a passenger by one of its drivers, Ontario’s top court ruled on Friday.In dismissing an appeal by the complainant, the Court of Appeal sided with a lower court judge that the company had done no wrong.“The alleged sexual assault may be characterized as only coincidentally linked to the activities of the taxi company,” the Appeal Court said. “The taxi company did not require or permit the driver to touch the customer in any intimate body zones.”The alleged incident arose when a woman had a friend at a party call United Taxi in Kitchener, Ont., late one evening to come get her. The woman, who was intoxicated, claimed the driver sexually assaulted her. She sued him and the owner of the cab. She also sued the cab company on the basis that it was liable for the driver’s actions.In September last year, Superior Court Justice David Broad dismissed her claim against the company.Evidence was that the driver had no criminal record. Nor was there any indication the company knew, or should have known, that he might have had a propensity for, or history of, sexual or other violence. As a result, Broad said, it would defy common sense to hold the company responsible for the alleged assault.“The wrongful acts alleged by the plaintiff against (the driver) were only coincidentally linked to United Taxi’s activities as the operator of a taxi-dispatching business,” Broad ruled.The woman appealed. While she didn’t argue the company had actually done anything wrong, she nevertheless maintained it bore responsibility.The Appeal Court disagreed even though an employer can sometimes be held responsible for an employee’s misdeeds without having been negligent or having done something blameworthy.Such a situation is known as “vicarious liability,” and most commonly occurs when an employee accidentally causes loss or damage to a third party. An example might be when a supermarket worker leaves a mop on the floor and a customer trips on it.“The more difficult issue is when an employer should be found vicariously liable for an unauthorized, intentional wrong, such as a sexual assault, committed by the employee,” the Appeal Court said.In such cases, Associate Chief Justice Alexandra Hoy wrote in the decision, courts generally refrain from imposing liability for an employee’s “abhorrent, intentional acts.”A key consideration in making an exception, Hoy said in citing case law, is the existence of a strong connection between what an employer asks an employee to do and the wrongful act itself.“It must be possible to say that the employer significantly increased the risk of the harm by putting the employee in his or her position and requiring him to perform the assigned tasks,” the Appeal Court noted.In analyzing this case, Hoy agreed that a driver has some power over a lone, intoxicated woman, but said the connection to the company’s demands of its employees wasn’t strong enough to make it responsible.“Sadly, however, she is prey not only to taxi drivers,” the court said. “The power the driver allegedly wrongfully exercised was not predicated on his employment.”The court also noted the alleged assault did not further the company’s aims. In fact, its driver rules state: “Do not touch any customer if possible,” and “Do not ask a customer out for a date.”The Canadian Press does not name alleged victims of sexual assault without their active consent.last_img read more

Powell sees potential threats from global slowdown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the U.S. economy is performing well but he’s eyeing potential risks ahead.Those include a slowdown in global growth, the fading impact from tax cuts and the cumulative weight of the Fed’s own interest rate hikes.Speaking Wednesday to an audience at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Powell said the Fed is managing interest rates in an effort to prolong the current economic recovery.He said the increased political attacks on the Fed will not divert the central bank from doing its job.President Donald Trump has called the Fed’s rate hikes his “biggest threat.”But Powell told his audience that the Fed has the tools and the protections it needs to serve the public in a “non-partisan, professional way.”Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more

AAP struggles to find LS candidate for West Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: AAP’s choice of the candidate for West Delhi is yet to surface as the resignation of Lok Sabha prabhari Rajpal Solanki made the situation tough for the party at the ground, party sources said. The sources also confirmed that this is the only constituency where the party has not started much work yet.Talking to the Millennium Post, AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai said, “We have started our work everywhere but as the selected LS prabhari from West could not finish his work for health reasons, so there is some little issue we are working on it.” He explained that the party has already shortlisted a number of names from the political field and also outside but the decision would be taken later. “We are the first party to announce the candidates in other seats whereas the BJP and Congress could not announce any. This shows how prepared we are,” said Gopal Rai. The party also maintained that none of the sitting MLAs or any minister will not get a ticket. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEarlier, some parts of the constituency were included in Outer Delhi constituency and some parts were included in the erstwhile South Delhi constituency. Outer Delhi was string base of the Congress however the West Delhi witnessed one Congress MP and then a BJP MP from the constituency. The areas which come under this constituency are as follows Madipur, Rajouri Garden, Hari Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka, Matiala, Najafgarh. Earlier, just after four days of the announcement of his name Solanki resigned citing health issues. Solanki was not a well-known name within the party and a few eyebrows had been raised when he was declared the prabhari for the seat. According to the party, Solanki was on the board of hospitals and schools in Dwarka.last_img read more

Deeply divided, Spaniards vote with eye on far-right’s rise

MADRID — A divided Spain is voting in its third general election in four years, with all eyes on whether the rise of conservative nationalism will allow the right wing to unseat the incumbent prime minister.Pedro Sánchez is set to win the most votes, but his Socialists seem far from scoring a majority in parliament to form a government on their own.The fragmentation of the political landscape is the result of austerity that followed the economic recession, disenchantment with bipartisan politics and the recent rise of far-right populism.Sánchez called Sunday’s ballot after a national budget proposal was rejected in the Lower Chamber by the centre-right-conservative opposition and Catalan separatists pressing for self-determination in their northeastern region.Voting stations opened at 9 a.m. (0700GMT) Sunday and will close at 8 p.m. (1800GMT), with results expected a few hours later.The Associated Press read more

Ban welcomes US support in Ebola response ahead of Security Council emergency

The United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), in statements issued late Tuesday, both welcomed United States Government plans to ramp up its support to the global response to Ebola, saying the commitment exemplifies the kind of international effort required to intensify response activities.Mr Ban “called on the international community to be as bold and courageous in its response as those who are on the frontlines fighting this disease,” according to at the UN statement.According to the WHO, the backbone of the US response is military leadership and the establishment of a regional command and control in Monrovia. The approach includes a military staging base to facilitate the coordination of the American and international response and to expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies and personnel including up to 3,000 from the military.The new commitment provides support to the United Nations and to other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal in their work to contain this outbreak.The United Nations on Tuesday released the Overview of Needs and Requirements to contain the Ebola outbreak, saying needs totalled $987.8 million for a massively scaled response, covering chiefly activities in the three most-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for six months.And on Thursday afternoon, the UN Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on the outbreak, and the Secretary-General told reporters that he and WHO Director General Margaret Chan will outline the international action plan to contain this threat. “This is not just a health crisis; it has grave humanitarian, economic and social consequences that could spread far beyond the affected countries,” the Secretary-General said at a press conference at UN Headquarters on Tuesday to outline the priorities of the new session of General Assembly.To that end, next week, the Assembly will follow-up with a high-level meeting on the needs of the people and countries affected by Ebola which Mr. Ban described by saying “Every day we delay, the cost and the suffering will grow exponentially.”WHO, in its most recent update, reported a total of 4,963 cases and 2,453 deaths attributable to Ebola in those three countries. In addition, in Nigeria, there have been 21 cases and eight deaths, and in Senegal, there has been one case, but as yet there have been no deaths. read more

Sharks devour Blue Jackets winning streak

One big letdown against the San Jose Sharks snapped the Columbus Blue Jackets’ three-game winning streak. After scoring two power-play goals for an early 2-0 lead, Columbus surrendered three unanswered goals to the Sharks. A third-period tally from left winger Patrick Marleau put San Jose ahead, 3-2, and goalie Antti Niemi shut the Jackets out the rest of the game Wednesday night at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets imposed themselves on San Jose from the opening faceoff. Besides winning physical battles on both offense and defense, the Jackets took advantage of their first two power plays of the game. Niemi kept his team in the game throughout the opening period, turning away 14 shots. At 9:35 into the game, he got a leg pad to Blue Jackets left winger Kristian Huselius’ slap shot, despite a screen from left winger R.J. Umberger. Niemi’s pad wasn’t enough, though, and the shot trickled through his legs. Huselius’ 12th goal of the year gave the Blue Jackets an early 1-0 lead. Columbus continued to win physical battles during its second power play before defenseman Grant Clitsome skated up from the blue line to slap a shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net. Niemi only managed to turn his head in time to see Clitsome’s third goal of the year put the Sharks in a 2-0 hole at the 19:51 mark. But the Sharks pushed back, literally and figuratively, in the second period. There was increased physicality from all members of the San Jose team, and their scoring push came from unlikely players. Less than two minutes into the second period, defenseman Kent Huskins cut the Sharks’ deficit in half with his first goal of the year. Sharks center Kyle Wellwood provided his second goal of the year to even the score at 2-2, 12 minutes later. Columbus defenseman Marc Methot thought the goals were more a product of a Columbus letdown than a San Jose revival. “We did it to ourselves that period,” Methot said. “We let off the gas.” An uneventful third period turned unfortunate for Columbus when right winger Derek Dorsett collapsed after getting his leg caught on the ice. Dorsett stayed down for several minutes but managed to skate to the bench without assistance. The Sharks intensified their attack when play resumed, and eventually one of their known scoring commodities provided the game-winning goal. Columbus goalie Steve Mason, who saved 29 shots total, stood tall for much of the third period. Mason was tight up against the left post of his goal when a wrist shot from the point snuck passed him and several bodies in front of the net. The goal was credited to Marleau. Columbus coach Scott Arniel was skeptical of the Sharks’ third goal. “It just got in on the short side,” Arniel said. “(Mason) was playing a heck of a hockey game. If it goes on the short side, one way or another, he’s gotta seal that.” Marleau’s 20th goal of the year for the Sharks was met with more impressive goaltending from Niemi, who made 16 of his game-high 42 saves in the third period to help the Sharks hang on for a 3-2 victory. Arniel was mostly positive about Columbus’ effort in recent games, but questioned the mental toughness of his players. “The guys, you could tell, were a little tired at times,” Arniel said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win the game. It’s real disappointing. We felt we were good for stretches.” Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash summed up the loss to San Jose in just a few sentences. “It’s a tough one tonight,” Nash said. “We had a great first and then sat back and lost on a tough goal. We shot ourselves in the foot and threw away two points.” With the loss, Columbus remains four points behind the Calgary Flames for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. San Jose moves into the top spot in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division and third place in the conference overall with the win. The Blue Jackets return to action with a 7 p.m. faceoff Friday against the Colorado Avalanche at Nationwide Arena. read more

Polo club frequented by Prince William and Harry in row with neighbours

A polo club frequented by the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex is embroiled in a row with neighbours over plans to double its capacity to 10,000 people.Residents believe the proposal, which was approved yesterday, will bring huge crowds that will cause extra noise and blight the area, and have complained to the council.The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club in Winkfield submitted the plans to the Bracknell Forest Council licensing panel. One resident, who objected to the proposal, said: “Increasing the capacity of the premises is likely to have a negative impact on the prevention of public nuisance licensing objective.”Because a larger audience requires greater sound volume to penetrate both the greater area and the greater hubbub of chatter by the people attending.”We can hear the noise from their entertainments and are disturbed by it at night even though we live over half a mile away.”Another said there would be a “significant increase” in traffic as well as the “major increase” in noise.In particular they said it would be a problem when loud music bands play on long summer nights after the polo.Prince Charles became a patron of the 220 acre polo club – just a stones throw from Windsor Castle – after it opened in 1985. This then led to both his sons playing there regularly. Just last July the Duke of Sussex shared a passionate kiss with his new wife, the Duchess of Sussex, after a game. He scored twice as his team won 5-4.The venue currently has an alcohol licence and can play music until 2am.John Newcombe, a licensing consultant representing the club, said at the licensing meeting: “We are not here to annoy our neighbours.”We are here to be an asset to the community.” 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. read more

Report of copyright review committee delayed to 2013

first_imgTHE INDEPENDENT REVIEW committee set up by the government to investigate potential changes to copyright law has pushed back its target for publishing its report – and will now not publish its findings until next year.The Copyright Review Committee was set up in May 2011 to examine the current Irish law and the barriers it may pose to online innovation – but rose to larger prominence earlier this year amid a controversy over Ireland’s current copyright legislation.Junior minister Sean Sherlock has said the report of the group is now not expected until March of next year, having originally been earmarked for publication before the end of 2012.The delay is thought to have resulted from the volume of public submissions received as part of the group’s consultation process, which was launched on the same day that the so-called ‘Irish SOPA’ was signed into law.Responding to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael’s Sean Kyne, Sherlock said the group had received about 180 submissions, some of which raised “many complex and substantial matters” that required full and formal appraisal.“The Committee has indicated that it expects to present its final Report before March next year.”In July, shortly after the deadline for submissions, Sherlock said he expected the report to  be published “before the end of 2012″.The legislation prompted an unusual level of public outcry, with many comparing the legislation to the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills that were tabled in the US Congress a year ago, which would potentially have had the effect of blocking traffic to an entire website or domain because of a copyright infringement on one page.The government argued, however, that the legislation was merely returning Irish law to the state it was thought to have been in before the High Court ruling.Ireland already had legislation allowing copyright holders to secure injunctions against the hosts of websites which infringed their intellectual property, dating from 2004, but the High Court ruled that this was not an effective implementation of the EU’s E-commerce directive, requiring further action from the government.Sherlock had told critics of the legislation that the independent committee’s work could result in a new legal system to supersede the existing model, including an incorporation of the ‘fair use’ doctrine which does not currently exist in Irish law.last_img read more

Le Pen ignores summons over allegations she misused European Parliament funds

first_img Short URL Image: ABACA/PA Images 23 Comments Share Tweet Email 7,781 Views Mar 10th 2017, 6:29 PM Le Pen ignores summons over allegations she misused European Parliament funds Le Pen “was summoned this morning and did not turn up,” a judicial source said. Friday 10 Mar 2017, 6:29 PM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3281785 FRANCE’S MARINE LE Pen ignored a summons by a magistrate investigating allegations that she and members of her National Front party misused money from the European parliament, legal sources told AFP.Le Pen “was summoned this morning and did not turn up,” a judicial source said.Two FN officials including Le Pen’s personal assistant have been charged with breach of trust in the probe into allegations that the National Front defrauded the European Parliament of about €340,000.Le Pen, a European parliamentarian despite her opposition to the EU, had said she would not cooperate with the investigation ahead of presidential elections in which she is seen as a frontrunner.“I asked for an investigating magistrate to be named for this affair more than a year ago. It was refused,” she told France Bleu radio.“Then by chance, this move is made a few days before the presidential election. No one is fooled,” she said, adding that the justice system was being used to discredit her.Le Pen faces a separate investigation into the funding of National Front campaigning in 2014 and 2015, and another over the distribution of violent images of atrocities by the Islamic State group.Right-wing candidate Francois Fillon is also set to be charged next week for misuse of public funds over the employment of his wife as a parliamentary assistant for 15 years.She is suspected of not having worked for her salary. Fillon insists that she did.Polls suggest independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, 39, would win the two-stage election on 23 April and 7 May if it were held today, but analysts warn against making firm forecasts.- © AFP 2017Read: Gang who flew in Lithuanian brides to UK as part of sham marriage scam jailed Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: ABACA/PA Imageslast_img read more

Local man to testify at hearing on FDIC loan sales

first_imgToday’s 11 a.m. hearing on the FDIC before the U.S. House Financial Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee can be watched live on the House Financial Services website.Click on the “Live Webcasts” icon.The U.S. House Financial Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will hear testimony today from a Clark County business owner who had received loans from the now defunct Bank of Clark County.The hearing on the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s sale of loans from failed banks to Miami-based Rialto Capital Management was requested in February by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and fellow Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.“We have to better understand how the FDIC’s practices allowed an out-of-state conglomerate like Rialto to profit at the expense of hardworking folks in communities like Clark County,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement released Monday. “If we find out that federal policies are unfairly leaving small business borrowers vulnerable to this kind of devastation, those policies will need to change.”The expected testimony of the Clark County business owner, Ed Fogg of Fogg Construction and the Fogg Mortgage Co., was made available online prior to today’s hearing.last_img read more

HISD Superintendent Calls For Investment In Public Education More Centralized District

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: HISDHouston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza comments during the State of the Schools luncheon at the Hilton of the Americas, February 15, 2017.HISD’s new superintendent outlined his priorities and some challenges in the annual State of the District address.Right at the top of those priorities, Richard Carranza put funding for arts education, even if budgets are tight.“All children deserve a rich artistic experience as part of their daily education,” Carranza said.He continued to tell the sold-out crowd of over 2,000 people at the downtown Hilton Americas Hotel how mariachi music shaped his own life. (But he didn’t perform.)His remarks on HISD stretched for nearly an hour. The major theme:“Public education is an investment, not an expense. It’s an investment in our children, an investment in a prosperous future of our city, for our state, for our nation,” he said.He also addressed some challenges, such as the Texas school finance system. HISD owes millions to the state in what’s called recapture or Robin Hood. Essentially, as a property-wealthy district, HISD has to share revenue with property-poor districts. It will hold a second election in May on how to pay that, because some trustees fear the first vote – for detachment or forgoing some $18 billion in commercial property from its tax base – will end up costing taxpayers more in the long run.Carranza also said that HISD will take a more centralized approach to education. For years, school principals have made their own decisions on things like teaching strategies.“We must move from being a confederation of schools to truly an independent school district,” he said.He also said that he wants to coordinate more community resources to support the 200,000-plus kids in HISD. X Share 00:00 /01:14 last_img read more

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc – Pi Omega Chapter 6th Annual Prostate

first_imgBaltimore – May 12, 2015 – The men of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Pi Omega Chapter, will host its 6th Annual Prostate Cancer Screening and Community Wide Health Festival providing basic health services and information to the Matthew Henson community. The event is a joint partnership with Chesapeake Urology and will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:00am-3:00pm.In 2015, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and more than 30,000 will die from the disease. African American men are 60% more likely than the rest of the population to develop prostate cancer. This is one of the few health fairs in the community designed to provide prostate cancer screenings, along with basic health service and information to underserved individuals living in the area.The health fair, is free, open to the public, and will take place at the Omega Fraternity Center, 2003 Presbury Street. Vendors and information booths will be onsite, as well as free screenings for Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cholesterol, Body Mass Index, Bone Density, and HIV/AIDS to name a few. There will be activities for children, music, raffles and more! In addition, a FREE bag of groceries will be given to the first 100 men in the community who are screened for prostate cancer.The health fair is a collaborative effort organized by the Men of Pi Omega Chapter, the Pi Omega Foundation, and Chesapeake Urology.  Additional community partners include the Matthew Henson Neighborhood Association, MECU, Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation and the CHCDC Church Caucus to name a few.last_img read more

Hakim submits nomination for post of KMC Mayor

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Mayor designate Firhad Hakim submitted his nomination for the post of Mayor at the office of Kolkata Municipal Corporation on Wednesday afternoon. The election will be held on Monday, December 3.It may be mentioned that last Thursday, the names of Hakim and Atin Ghosh were proposed as leader and deputy leader of the Trinamool Congress Municipal Party. All the 122 elected councillors of KMC supported the proposal in the meeting headed by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee at Uttirnya, paving the way for both of them to become Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Today (Wednesday) I have submitted my nomination on behalf of Trinamool Congress as the Mayor, as per the instruction of our party supremo Mamata Banerjee. The election will be held on December 3 and I am hopeful of being elected, as all the TMC councillors had chosen me as the leader of the Municipal party last Thursday,” Hakim told reporters, after handing over his nomination paper to Municipal secretary Harihar Mondal. BJP has decided to field Mina Debi Purohit, who is presently the councillor of Ward 22 of KMC, to contest against Hakim in the mayoral post. When questioned about BJP’s move in this regard, Hakim said: “It is a democratic process and anybody is welcome to contest the elections.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCongress and Left Front have decided to boycott the election on Monday and stage a protest against the amendment in the previous KMC Act, that allows no person other than an elected councillor, to contest as Mayor or Deputy Mayor. It may be mentioned that the state government has passed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the state Assembly on Tuesday, paving way for a non-councillor to the post of Mayor. The person, however, after being appointed as Mayor, has to get elected as a councillor of KMC within six months of the nomination. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Tuesday night gave his nod to the Bill, paving the way for Hakim, who is the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, to file his nomination as Mayor.last_img read more

Why Hasnt Samsungs Tizen Operating System Taken Off

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. November 21, 2014 This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now » Samsung has made a lot of money selling smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system. So why is Samsung trying again (and again, and again) to build out a competing operating system?Android, which is open source, is free for Samsung to install on its Galaxy phones, Note mini-tablets, and other connected devices. It allows Samsung to outsource to Google the concerns of planning of future features, locking down security, and maintaining a marketplace, the Play Store, with more than 1.5 million apps. Best of all, it actually earns Samsung a cut of Google’s mobile advertising revenue.So why would Samsung bother with its own operating system? Because it can.Samsung has tried many times to launch a phone running Tizen, an open-source operating system it is co-developing with Intel. It has made many promises along the way, such as using the OS for its high-end flagship devices. This week, it revealed that it would instead chase low-end devices in emerging markets such as India—an acknowledgement that, despite its efforts, Tizen lacks traction. (Neither Samsung nor Google responded to requests for comment.)The technology community has long questioned the merits of the Tizen project. On one hand, the mobile devices market is largely dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone and the BlackBerry OS trailing far behind. A strong third player would heighten competition and spur further innovation, and Samsung—a massively successful manufacturer of devices around the globe—is best positioned to be it.“If anyone can succeed at building that third ecosystem, it’s Samsung,” said Jeff Orr, senior practice director for mobile devices, content, and applications at ABI Research. “They make their own CPUs, modems, displays, software . . . it makes sense they would have a strategy to move away from Google, rather than locking themselves into something outside their own control.”On the other hand, previous operating systems (such as the ill-fated Palm OS) failed to disrupt an apparent duopoly. Less than five percent of smartphones around the world use operating systems that aren’t Android or iOS, according to estimates by IDC, the market research firm. Does the Korean electronics giant really think there’s room for one more?Consider the plight of Windows Phone. Microsoft, no mom-and-pop shop, has just 3 percent of the U.S. market and even less share globally. Or perhaps consider the mobile OS remainders bin: Palm, HP (after buying Palm), Nokia, BlackBerry, and a handful of others.So hitching oneself to Android seems sensible. Yet while Google’s operating system is free, it is far from without constraints. For Google’s own apps and its Play Store to come pre-installed on a phone, companies like Samsung must sign “Mobile Application Distribution Agreements” that dictate requirements that Google has for every Android phone and tablet that ships from its partners.Among them:Google will be the only search engine used on the device at all “access points” unless the owners themselves download alternatives.Google’s search bar will be at the top of the foremost home screen on the phone or tablet.A folder labeled “Google” containing a large number of Google’s apps and prominent placement of certain apps such as Gmail.Those agreements, according to a September report from The Information, are intended to enforce “consistency in the software experience by device makers.” Even before the newer agreements, there have been “frequent fights about” modifications, “particularly between Google and Samsung,” according to The Information.Other companies have grabbed Android’s open-source bits while avoiding Google’s demands. Among them: Amazon (for its Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phone) and the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Both technology companies offer versions of Android that look and feel different from Google’s unadulterated version, yet are close enough at their core that developers can easily convert their apps for use in the Amazon Appstore or Xiaomi’s MiMarket. In China, Xiaomi recently overtook Samsung by claiming 16 percent of the country’s smartphone market. In the U.S., Amazon’s Fire phone flopped.So far, Samsung has succeeded in differentiating its Galaxy phones, Note tablets, and other products from Android-based competitors. Daniel Gleeson, senior analyst with IHS Technology, believes Google’s bundling is not really harming Samsung. “Google is simply better than Samsung at building those apps, and of course they are apps that are widely known and loved by consumers. Samsung’s strength is in its hardware engineering, not its software,” Gleeson said.At the same time, Samsung has been pushing Tizen for use in other types of electronic devices such as cameras, watches, and refrigerators. The corporate market is also an option, says ABI Research’s Orr. Samsung has already made steps into enterprise security with its Knox and SAFE programs; it could conceivably work its way into the workplace where support for popular consumer apps is less of a concern and customization of the operating system is more highly valued.“For Samsung to boost development (it must) take Tizen to new devices, and hopefully own that space,” IHS Technology’s Gleeson said. “Samsung will need to provide some compelling use cases where Tizen can out-perform Android.”The clock is ticking. Samsung announced its lowest third-quarter operating profit in three years on Oct. 6, citing flagging sales of its top-end Galaxy phones, heavy marketing and price-cutting to fight the drop, and decreased component orders all around. What’s more, those results came before Apple launched its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones, which carry larger screens that were once Samsung’s sole purview and sold in record numbers.A budding Tizen could be a success if it proliferates on devices where Apple and Google aren’t as entrenched. Samsung’s challenge is that those areas seem to be rapidly disappearing. 6 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Olly Alexander and Little Mixs Jade protest Instagram gay kiss pic removal

first_imgCelebrities including Years & Years’ frontman Olly Alexander, and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall were among those to protest the removal.Olly Alexander reposted the photo to his Intastory. The out gay singer wrote: ‘just been informed @instagram removed the following image for being “offensive and against guidelines”. Let’s take a look!’He then requested a response from Instagram, before concluding ‘Not offensive’.Olly Alexander’s Instagram response (Photo: Instagram) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Photographer Stella Asia Consonni uploaded the picture on Saturday. She later found it had been deleted for apparently ‘violating community standards’.I-D Magazine previously published the picture in an article examining London-based Consonni’s work documenting relationships. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Olly Alexander denounces ‘casual homophobia’ in music industryLittle Mix fans might soon be able to see their glam outfits on displayYears & Years release new ‘petty’ song about gay heartbreakRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/popstars-instagram-gay-kiss-removal/center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Years & Years’ Olly Alexander criticized Instagram in his Instastory (Photo: Polydor) Instagram apologized for removing a photo of two men kissing from the site following outcry from users. Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall joined the chorus of disapproval, as she uploaded the photo to her own Instastory. The singer wrote: ‘How is this image “offensive and against guidelines”. Would this be the same for a heterosexual couple kissing?’Instagram responded to the outcry with the following statement: ‘This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated.’Photographer received abuse on InstagramConsonni said that she received abusive messages in response to the picture.‘I am receiving many hate messages, saying that it’s disgusting and that I should kill myself for posting that,’ she said.Consonni intended the photo to be included in an exhibition that she is planning for later this year.The men depicted in the photo, Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer, have been in a relationship for seven years. Commenting on the photo’s removal, Bowen lamented that Instagram reduced his relationship to a ‘community guideline’.Also on Gay Star News:Olly Alexander: ‘What do I really want? A big d*ck’ What he really looks for in a manlast_img read more

PathSoftware and MGIC Announce Integration

first_img Company News Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. PathSoftware technology 2017-01-25 Phil Banker Share in News, Technology CalyxSoftware announced Monday its mortgage loan origination software, PathSoftware, is integrating with Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC).This integration allows for two-way communication and secure data exchange between PathSoftware and MGIC. PathSoftware customers can now obtain MGIC rate quotes and order mortgage insurance without leaving their loan file. The integration also auto-populates the appropriate mortgage insurance premium fields back into the loan file without leaving Path, decreasing data entry time and increasing accuracy.Margaret Crowley, VP of Marketing and Customer Experience at MGIC, elaborated on the benefits of the integration. “Our integration with CalyxSoftware addresses the growing demand for automation in the loan origination process,” she said. “This partnership further illustrates our commitment to providing best-in-class customer experiences.”Doug Mitchell, Director of Sales and Support at PathSoftware, expressed his approval of the integration and is looking forward to the future. “PathSoftware was designed to simplify and streamline the mortgage origination process and tight integrations with our partners further this goal,” he said. “We’re proud to partner with MGIC, the nation’s first private mortgage insurer, to make it easier than ever for joint clients to order MI and help first-time borrowers get into homes.”center_img January 25, 2017 616 Views PathSoftware and MGIC Announce Integrationlast_img read more

March 27 2019

first_imgMarch 27 , 2019 Roundup trial: Judge threatens to ‘shut down’ canc … A lawyer for a man who said his cancer was caused by Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup on Tuesday urged U.S. jurors to “send a message” to the company by holding it liable and awarding millions in damages, Reuters reported.The case is only the second of more than 11,200 Roundup lawsuits to go to trial in the U.S. as litigation setbacks and a prior jury verdict against the company have sent Bayer shares plunging.“A responsible company would test its product. A responsible company would tell their customers if they knew it causes cancer,” Aimee Wagstaff, a lawyer for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, was quoted as saying during closing arguments on Tuesday. She called conduct by Bayer’s Monsanto unit reckless and offensive.Bayer, which bought Roundup maker Monsanto in a US$63 billion deal last year, denies the allegations, saying decades of studies by independent scientists have shown glyphosate and Roundup to be safe for human use. Bayer and AlphaBio Control join forces to distribu … You might also be interested incenter_img Monsanto dealt first Australian lawsuit over cance … Bayer hires law firm to investigate claims Monsant … In Hardeman’s case, the jury on March 19 found Roundup to have been a “substantial factor” in causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That verdict followed a first phase of the trial that focused exclusively on science. The decision allowed the trial to proceed to a second phase in which the same jury will decide if Bayer is liable.In the second phase lawyers for Hardeman were able to present previously excluded internal documents allegedly showing the company’s efforts to influence scientists and regulators about the popular product’s safety.Jurors will now decide whether Roundup was defectively designed, whether Monsanto acted negligently, and if it failed to warn consumers of Roundup’s cancer risks. If jurors find the company liable, they can award compensatory and punitive damages.Monsanto and Bayer have continued to argue that Roundup is safe to use and does not cause cancer.last_img read more