Marrakech- US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the Ebola virus is “spiraling out of control” and could see “hundreds of thousands of people infected” if the world does not act.Speaking at the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, he said that the outbreak was getting worse and spreading faster and that West African health services, which were weak to begin with, are now being overwhelmed. People are dying in the streets, he said. This disease is a threat to global security and the international community must act quickly.The president announced that the US would set up a military command center in Liberia to help counteract the outbreak of the disease. He said that America was ready to provide the necessary leadership in the fight against Ebola. He would ensure that an air bridge would be created to fly in personnel and instructors to train health workers more quickly. The US will build 17 hospitals with 100 beds each in the region and will staff them with health experts. The online site The Hill said that Congress had been exerting pressure on the President to take more action on Ebola. House Speaker John Boehner was reported as saying that he was surprised that it had taken so long for action.The World Health Organization estimates that the outbreak could require a billion dollars of expenditure. Some experts said that the President’s call for a fund of $88 million to tackle Ebola was not enough.The President concluded that the outbreak was going to get worse before it gets better, and that the world still had the opportunity to save countless lives.
Meknes – Parents of suspended students protested against the headmaster’s decision at the Al-salam high school in Meknes to refuse giving their children another chance to pursue their education after two consecutive years of failed attempts at Baccalaureate exam.The protests started last Monday, October 19th, when the parents visited the high school to discuss their children’s suspension with the headmaster. As a result of the headmaster’s refusal to reconsider his decision, the parents have been leading protests at the front door of the high school.According to the law and administrative regulations in Morocco students have the right to a third chance. The head master has justified his decision on the basis that third chances are only given to students who are 19 years old or less, who have received at least 8/20 the previous year, and who have never been through any disciplinary council. “None of these students meet the following criteria” said the head master. The parents have also spoken with some officials working as proxies to the Ministry of Education in Meknes, who confirmed the right of their children to have a third chance or a certificate of departure which would allow them to join another high school. The head master has refused the latter option as well.The families of the students intend to keep fighting for their children’s right to study and are contacting other officials in the Ministry of Education so as to take legal actions against the head master of the institution.
Participants in the two-day gathering in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital and UNEP headquarters, included representatives from FIFA, the world football governing body, which organizes the World Cup, and organizers of the Winter Olympic Games.The Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) reviewed the impact of environmental projects from events such at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and discussed the sustainability measures planned for future sporting meets.Participants shared expertise and experiences that can help step up “greening” efforts in the lead-up to events such as the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.“UNEP’s work in Sport and the Environment has two main objectives: to use the popularity of sports to promote environmental awareness and to encourage green activities through sport that bring real benefits to communities and to the environment,” the agency said in a news release.UNEP advises host countries and organizing committees on how to integrate environmental considerations into the staging of major sports events, and also carries out environmental impact assessments before and after the games.The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, for example, will be held against the backdrop of diverse habitats such as the Black Sea, the Caucasus Mountains and Alpine meadows.Organizers are already working on ways to minimize and to offset the event’s impact on the local environment by focusing on four key areas – protection of nature, climate neutrality, waste management and environmental communications.Following the recommendations of an expert assessment released by UNEP in 2008, the Sochi organizing committee relocated the proposed sliding centre (for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events) and mountain village away from its initial location to a less environmentally-sensitive site. 9 November 2010Organizers of major international sporting events today concluded a forum sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kenya to discuss how best to limit the negative impact of such events on the environment.
An annual homegrown arts festival is accepting applications from local artists.In the Soil, a five-day multi-disciplinary festival, is inviting applications from artists of all levels of experience with a close connection to Niagara. This year, In the Soil will feature more than 75 music, theatre, dance, film and media works.Additions to the third annual festival include an outdoor Rock n’ Roll Brunch, a “streetscape” category aimed at bringing new life to the downtown streets and a closing event, Cabaret in the Soil.The application deadline is Nov. 26. A jury of local professionals will select the entries. The top three opening spots, dubbed “Top Soil” acts, will be displayed at Brock’s Centre for the Arts. Applications are available at inthesoil.on.caLast year, more than 250 artists and 2,500 festival patrons celebrated the arts at In the Soil.
“Africa does not need your sympathy or overseas development assistance,” said President John Dramani Mahama during the general debate. “Africa needs a fair chance to trade with the rest of the world and amongst ourselves. The progress towards the creation of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is commendable and must be fast tracked.”He said that raising intra-African trade alone from the paltry average of 15 per cent will create better opportunities for Africa’s youth.Recently he took the decision to allow citizens of other African countries travelling to Ghana to obtain visas on arrival. This would stimulate trade and investment if it were replicated across the continent, he explained.He said that Africa is a continent of 54 countries at different stages of progress and development, and has the potential to be the next continent on the rise. Democracy is not a one size fits all system.“The mistake with Africa is that we are seen as a homogenous unit and treated as such, not taking cognizance that we are a whole continent with different aspirations, cultures, democracies and economic development,” he said.Ghana is a part of Africa’s success story as the “model of democracy” or the “beacon of democracy” in the region, the President said, explaining that since the adoption of the 1992 Constitution, successive elections – with power occasionally swinging between opposing political forces – has established Ghana’s democratic credentials in the world.A strict two-term limit for the President means that every eight years it is guaranteed that there would be a new person in charge, and Ghana has a fiercely independent media with hundreds of newspapers and radio stations, he added.The people of Ghana will go to the polls this December and the processes before, during and after will mark a further consolidation of Ghana’s credentials as a leading world democracy, he said.Ghana’s economy, in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), has been chugging along at a pace of about six per cent over the last decade. With the structural reforms undertaken in collaboration with partners, and new developments in offshore oil and gas prospects, Ghana is looking at a respectable eight per cent annual GDP growth from next year.As for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he said that Ghana has begun its work on the targets in earnest, and has put into place the necessary national structures to ensure that the policies and measures taken fall in line with the 40-year development plan the country is currently formulating.The President said he has also signed the ratification instrument of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and would be part of the event today to deposit Ghana’s instrument with the UN.While Africa accounts for close to one third of the UN membership and nearly two-thirds of the work of the UN Security Council, “it remains woefully under-represented in the permanent and non-permanent category” of the Council, he said, calling for an equitable reform.
Wisla Plock To intensify its search for young talent, SPR Wisła Płock will soon start working with European scouts and managers.After a tumultuous summer, Orlen Wisła had to part with several of its players. In some cases, coach Manolo Cadenas decided this was the best course, while others were just too expensive for the club. With changes in the executive board, as well as the coach’s bench, the team-building strategy of the Oilers has also changed. “We are looking for young, promising players, whose financial expectations are within our reach,” Robert Raczkowski, president of SPR Wisła Płock, and coach Manuel Cadenas agreed before the season.So far, only Ivan Milas has met these requirements and joined the club, but SPR Wisła Płock wants to go further. “We just didn’t have enough time after the summer break. We are now going to look for talent among European youth. To do this, coach Cadenas and I will build a network of managers and scouts in several countries to attract players who will be able to develop their potential in our club under the Spaniard’s tutelage. As we all know, this coach is famous for his ability to work with young players. Most of the members of the Spanish national team — the current world champions —entered the arena of top-league handball under Cadenas,” president Raczkowski announced. “We are particularly interested in Southern Europe. As previous transfers have demonstrated, players from this region are perfectly at home in Poland and are currently the mainstay of our team’s strength. Naturally, we will not ignore other markets either, but we’ve decided that our chance of success in hiring players is highest in this region. We have already been able to make some valuable contacts, though a lot remains to be done to achieve our goals. We are open to all forms of cooperation in this area.”What about young players from Płock? “Nothing has changed in this regard. Coach Cadenas will be watching the second team’s players closely and if he decides that any of them deserves to be promoted, he will certainly do it. We will continue to encourage close cooperation between the Spaniard and the coaches of the younger teams. As I have already stated in the past, I would very much like the core of the first Orlen Wisła Płock team to consist of Polish players, but when this proves impossible for whatever reason, we have to look for reinforcements abroad,” explains the leader of the Płock club. “Our company is financially stable, but its budget is, shall we say, rather modest in comparison with top clubs. We stand no chance against the European heavyweights when it comes to securing contracts with star players, as we can’t match the financial incentives they offer. So, we are looking for other solutions, while even today we manage to hold our own against the best teams. This is a good sign,” concluded Raczkowski. ← Previous Story MT Melsungen signs Momir Rnic for next season! Next Story → FRIENDLY TOURNAMENT IN AFRICA: Brasil takes Tunisian challenge
Image: Shutterstock.com https://jrnl.ie/4613564 Share51 Tweet Email1 6,594 Views May 1st 2019, 6:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cónal Thomas Worst April on record as 10,000 people forced to wait on hospital trolleys and chairs last month Some 106 children were among those waiting without a bed. 30 Comments Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6:20 AM Short URL LAST MONTH OVER 10,000 admitted patients were forced to wait on trolleys and chairs, according to the latest figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. The INMO’s monthly ‘trolley watch’ analysis shows that 10,229 people were treated without hospital beds in April. Some 106 children were among those waiting without a bed, according to the organisation.According to the INMO, it’s the highest ever number of patients on trolleys in April, an 8% increase on April last year and a 125% increase on April 2006, when figures began.The worse hit hospitals were: University Hospital Limerick: 1,206 patientsCork University Hospital: 826 patientsUniversity Hospital Galway: 683 patientsSouth Tipperary General Hospital: 623 patientsTallaght University Hospital: 566 patientsCommenting on April’s figures, INMO General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha has said it is “the second month in 2019 where over 10,000 patients have been forced to wait without a bed.”“The crisis is without question worsening. Overcrowding hits two main groups directly: those who depend on public health services and those who work in them, providing the safest care they can in these conditions.”“We started the trolley count over a decade ago because of unacceptable overcrowding. The problem has more than doubled since then.”The HSE did not respond to queries regarding the above figures by the time of publishing. Image: Shutterstock.com
Jim Raptis says he owes the Australian Tax Office no money and will not be paying a $21 million tax bill. The thrice-failed veteran Gold Coast developer spoke out after the Raptis Group lost a High Court battle over a tax ruling. Mr Raptis told the stock exchange he owed no debt to the tax office and the Raptis Group itself was free of all debt. Mr Raptis said the tax office would be entitled only to a distribution of up to two per cent of Raptis Group shares to satisfy the $21 million tax debt. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A line of people gathered Tuesday morning to catch a glimpse and whiff of Titan VanCoug — the rare corpse flower at Washington State University Vancouver — quickly swelled to 100 or more visitors.That’s not at all surprising given that the Amorphophallus titanum will only bloom for 24 to 48 hours, then die off. It began opening its leaves Monday around 8 p.m., revealing its purple innards and an odor like dirty socks and rotting flesh.It’s the first time the massive plant has bloomed since Professor Steven R. Sylvester planted its seed 17 years ago. It started like any house plant, perched on his desk, but it soon grew too big for his office — as in, leaf stalks stretching to 14 feet tall. For a time, the flower grew in a stairwell of the campus’ science and engineering building. In its flowering stage, the plant stands at 4 feet tall.Now located just outside the science building, the plant is fenced off to protect it from tens of thousands of expected visitors.“Did you pull an all-nighter?” a visitor shouted from the forming line.“I got two hours of sleep. People were still coming in at 1:30 in the morning,” Sylvester said. The plant is open for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and, if the bloom continues, Wednesday.An occasional breeze wafted the plant’s stench a good distance. Onlookers seemed unfazed until they caught a smell drifting through the air. No one turned tail and ran. Sylvester appeared unaffected, standing near the plant and answering questions about the plant’s origin and life cycle.
Bahamas, June 22nd 2017: Soon you will be able to receive notifications on any pending emergencies such as storms or hurricanes at the touch of your mobile phone. This as government is working on developing an Emergency Alert Mass Notification Pilot Project. The project comes at the start of the Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th.This will allow the public to receive notifications of a pending emergency via text messages and emails. However, residents will have to register to the alerts via email.The partnership involves the Economic Development and Planning Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and both telecommunication companies, Bahamas Telecommunications Company, BTC and Aliv, which will conduct a six-month Pilot Project to be launched this July 2017.Speaking to House Members on Tuesday, Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Hubert Minnis says the aim is to “strengthen our disaster preparedness and emergency management policies and operations.”Noting there is a lot of work still to do as a result of Hurricane Matthew, Prime Minister Minnis described it as “a long road to restoring normalcy to many Bahamians.” He adds that there were currently 700 assessments in terms of home repairs for the islands of New Providence, Andros, and the Berry islands pending to determine eligibility for assistance, with 320 of those assessments will be eligible for assistance at a total cost of $3.7 million for labour and material.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#BahamasEmergencyAlertSystem#BahamasNEMA#BTC#Aliv Related Items:
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Salvation Army got into the spirit of the season, with a little help from The Cheesecake Factory.Staff from Cheesecake Factory restaurants across South Florida volunteered for the charity’s annual Thanksgiving Day Feast in Fort Lauderdale, Thursday.Employees provided full service to those in need, serving them what organizers described as a top-notch meal.“We’re so grateful that every year Cheesecake Factory makes this possible for those that may be homeless, for those who may be lonely, for those who just want some fellowship, for those who want to serve others on Thanksgiving Day,” said Salvation Army Maj. Keith Biggers.Volunteers said they’re aiming to serve over 400 people by the end of the night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
This story first appears on FOLIO: sister publication, minonline.The two-year-old UFC magazine is a leading source of news and features on the emerging sport of mixed martial arts (a.k.a. Ultimate Fighting Championship). And as of this December 27, the magazine will be published on newsstands and in digital under the Bonnier flag. The magazine had been working with Bonnier TransWorld and is extending the relationship to the main company, which will help give it a reach into 17 countries and also on ubiquitous digital platforms via Bonnier’s Mag+ business serving the digital magazine world.Read the rest of the story here.
Originally published May 19. Now that the Game of Thrones is finally played out, how will you fill your time? You could watch some of the best fantasy and action TV shows already available, or you could go back to George R.R. Martin’s novels when he gets round to completing the Song of Ice and Fire series that inspired HBO’s smash hit. But then what?Luckily there’s no shortage of epic fantasy, sci-fi and thriller books being adapted into movies and TV shows in the coming months and years. From beloved classics to contemporary best-sellers, these are some of the adaptations that will challenge Game of Thrones’ crown to become your new obsession.Dune Call Me By Your Name star Timothy Chalamet leads the glittering cast in a new version of Dune. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images The cult 1984 movie and 2000 miniseries have their fans, but in November 2020 we’re being treated to a new big-screen version of Frank Herbert’s classic novel. In the far future of humanity, Duke Leto Atreides and his son Paul battle over life-giving spice with the venal Baron Harkonnen on the desert world of Arrakis. After reimagining Blade Runner 2049, acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve takes on another sci-fi classic with the help of a galaxy of stars: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem are among those involved. Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment FoundationIsaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation series is coming to Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV Plus. Beginning as a series of short stories in 1942, the Foundation books make up a vast, dense sci-fi saga about scientists trying to stave off an oncoming dark age. The 10-episode series is being developed by Josh Friedman, the man behind the Terminator TV series, and David Goyer, co-writer of the Dark Knight movies.Who Fears DeathGame of Thrones fans will be interested to know George R.R. Martin is an executive producer on HBO’s show based on the 2015 novel by Nnedi Okorafor. The post-apocalyptic afrofuturist story follows young Onyesonwu on a quest to find her father — a sorceror who raped her mother. It’s being adapted by Twilight Zone writer Selwn Seyfu Hinds. Good OmensMichael Sheen and David Tennant enjoy Good Omens. Chris Raphael David Tennant and Michael Sheen are perfectly cast as a demon and an angel throwing a wrench in the works of the apocalypse in Good Omens on Amazon. The miniseries is based on the devilishly funny 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman about the delightful shenanigans that ensue when the antichrist accidentally grows up with the wrong family. While many others on this list are still in development, Good Omens premieres soon, on May 31.Lord of the Rings Amazon paid a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights to a new TV show based on JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings stories, because who hasn’t looked at Peter Jackson’s movie series and thought, yeah it’s OK but it could be longer. Rumors suggest Amazon Video’s series could be set in the distant history of Middle-earth, years before the events of The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. We’ll find out in 2021.The RookYoung Myfanwy Thomas can’t remember why she’s woken up surrounded by dead bodies. But it’s probably got something to do with a secret service for humans with weird abilities in this supernatural spy thriller based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley. Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson and Olivia Munn star in this TV show premiering on Starz June 30.ArmadaThe runaway success of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One guaranteed his next book, Armada, was bought by Universal Pictures before it was even published. The book follows high school student Zack Lightman as he suspects his favorite online game is a sophisticated simulator training him to face a very real alien invasion.GormenghastIt was adapted by the BBC in 2000, but this time Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman are involved in a new adaptation of the baroque novels by Mervyn Peake. Murder and betrayal ensue as the rightful heir Titus Groan to Castle Gormenghast challenges the scheming Steerpike.His Dark MaterialsForget the underwhelming 2007 movie version of The Golden Compass. This planned BBC adaptation is a TV show, which should give the space and depth for a satisfying take on Philip Pullman’s novels Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Steered by some of the producers behind Doctor Who, the story follows young Lyra in an adventure spanning twisted parallel versions of our reality. Logan’s Dafne Keen stars as Lyra with James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Now playing: Watch this: 77 Photos 0 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Tags The Kingkiller Chronicle Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and cult director Sam Raimi are reportedly overseeing TV and movie adaptations of this recent series by author Patrick Rothfuss. First released in 2007, The Name of the Wind and sequel The Wise Man’s Fear recount the memoirs of musician and magician Kvothe. Like Game of Thrones, the final book, called The Doors of Stone, has yet to be published.Consider Phlebas Amazon boss Jeff Bezos gave a personal stamp of approval to the announcement that Amazon’s streaming service is adapting Iain M. Banks’ 1987 novel, the first in the Culture series. These weighty space opera stories are set in a utopian society in which civilizations awkwardly co-exist with each other and with artificial intelligence, while spaceships have names like “Prosthetic Conscience” and “No More Mr Nice Guy.”Game of Thrones prequelOK, so maybe nothing can replace Game of Thrones. If only Westeros will do, HBO has you covered with a planned Game of Thrones prequel series set centuries before the hit show. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts 6:20 50 Photos TV and Movies Game of Thrones
Hebah PatelCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookThe buzz in the media is that Hebah Patel, who was recently seen in the movie 24 Kisses, is set to enter Bigg Boss Telugu 3 as a contestant and she is likely to brighten up the house with her glam quotient.After facing a lot of hiccups, Star Maa recently made an official announcement that Akkineni Nagarjuna would host Bigg Boss Telugu 3, which is set to go on air soon. Though they are yet to reveal its date, the speculation is that this hit reality TV show would be launched on July 21.Names of several celebs from various fields were linked with Bigg Boss Telugu 3. Some of them have denied the reports, while others kept mum. Based on their response, there is a list of 14 contestants that has been doing rounds in the media for the last couple of weeks.The latest addition to the list is none other than actress Hebah Patel, who is known for her performance in Sukumar’s Kumari 21F. It is rumoured that the bosses of Star Maa have finalised this bold diva as a contestant on Bigg Boss Telugu 3. She is said to have agreed to spend 100 days inside the house.The bosses of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 think that Hebah Patel is popular for her glamorous roles and her entry into the shows will surely boost its viewership.Back in July 2018, it was rumoured that Hebah Patel would make a wildcard entry into the house of Bigg Boss Telugu 2. The speculation was made after anchor Shyamala was eliminated from the show, but it did not turn out to be true. Now, it should be seen whether it is going to be another baseless rumour or factual.Born and brought up in Mumbai, Hebah Patel made her acting debut with the Tamil movie Thirumanam Enum Nikkah 2014. In the same year, the actress also forayed into Kannada and Telugu film industry with Adyaksha and Ala Ela, respectively. She has played female leads another eight Telugu movies in the next five years.Hebah Patel was last seen in Ayodhyakumar Krishnamsetty’s 24 Kisses, which hit the screens on November 23, 2018. The actress has churned out a series of flops in recent years. She does not have any projects in her kitty. She was recently in news for a hot photoshoot. Having no films in her kitty, she might accept the offer of Bigg Boss Telugu 3, say the sources from the film industry.
Prothom alo file PhotoA week has passed since the prime minister announced that there would no longer be any quota in public service jobs, following which the protesting students postponed their agitation.However, no gazette regarding the quota has been issued as yet.The cabinet division and the public administration ministry are in a quandary as to what to do and many questions remain unanswered.In the meantime, different organisations of freedom fighters and their children took to the streets in Dhaka and outside Dhaka. They have called for a grand rally at Shahbagh in the capital on 28 April.Many women organisations are also demanding that quota for women quota in public service to be retained. There is debate over district quotas.No committee has been formed as yet to decide about quotas for disabled and ethnic minorities and no one has a clear idea about how the current recruitment process will proceed.All this has created confusion among the protesters about the fate of the prime minister’s announcement.There is much discussion about the implementation of the announcement on this sensitive issue in the election year. Administrative officials think that it is important to make the quota issue clear. They, however, think that it will take time to make clarify whether the quota system will be fully scraped or not. They said that this issue is complex as no decision will please everyone. The government has to analyse the issue before taking a final decision.The protesters are also confused. Several of their leaders told Prothom Alo that they think that the government’s target was simply to stop the movement. They are disappointed and angry with the activities of the police and some ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leaders after they postponed their movement. The recent picking up of three of their leaders by law enforcers and, subsequent release, has also given them cause to worry. A leader said that they do not believe that prime minister will back away from her announcement but confusion was created among students because of the behaviour by the police, BCL and other quarters.However, public administration ministry officials said that as the head of the government made the announcement in parliament, so there is no room for confusion. However, a gazette is needed to make this official. They are waiting for directives from the prime minister’s office.When asked, senior secretary of public administration ministry Mozammel Haque Khan told Prothom Alo that there is no need to be worried over the quota system in public service.So far, the government’s formal decision over the quota system is an announcement made by prime minister Sheikh Hasina in parliament, he said, adding that it is, however, clear that members of ethnic communities and the differently-abled will be recruited through a special system.Asked why the government is taking time to issue the gazette, Mozammel Haque Khan said that it would not take long.Whether the gazette is issued or not, the quota system has been abolished and this is final, he also said.Several officials of the cabinet division told Prothom Alo that they are considering quota system abolished after PM’s announcement. Now if prime minister wants to keep a special arrangement for members of ethnic communities and the differently-abled, it would be fixed by a committee, headed by the cabinet secretary, they added.But, these officials have not yet received any written directives in this regard.Cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam on Tuesday told Prothom Alo that there has been no further progress on the cancelation of the quota system.Students and job-seekers have long been waging demonstrations for reform of the existing quota system in public service, terming it complicated and discriminatory.They say they are not anti-quota protesters; rather they want reformation in the system.According to a Bangladesh Bureau of Statistic (BBS) survey, as many as 2.6 million people are unemployed. And only 359,261 public service posts are vacant as of January 2018, says a report provided by the public administration ministry to Jatiya Sangsad.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced on 11 April, amid countrywide demonstrations demanding a reform in quota system, that the quota system would be abolished altogether.The PM, now abroad, will return on 23 April and fly abroad in the last week of April. And so quota related complications will need some more time to be resolved, said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam.However, amid the confusion over the quota system’s existence, the process of public service recruitment is going on.Asked about this, former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder told Prothom Alo that the government should issue a circular over the quota system, resolving all complexities as early as possible.”I personally support quotas in some cases. However, open-competition (merit) jobs should be at least of 80 per cent in BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service),” he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Mushfique Wadud and Imam Hossain.
Every week during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and with Week 1 in the books he’s made some adjustments to his first Top 10.The Seahawks and Patriots dropped down. The Steelers and Titans are out, and the Chiefs are in after dominating in Foxboro.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 1:10. Baltimore Ravens – Colin loves the Ravens’ D, and they had an NFL high 5 takeaways in their road shutout of Cincy in Week 1. Even though their offense looked inconsistent, and Joe Flacco was uneven, he’s putting them at 10 because their D will keep them in games, and in the hunt in the AFC North. Advertisement 9. Carolina Panthers – The Panthers showed a commitment to the run (38 attempts), and their front 7 looked impressive, albeit against the rebuilding Niners. They aren’t going to light up the scoreboard, but if they can run the ball and play defense, they should win enough games to make the playoffs.8. Seattle Seahawks – Colin loves the Seattle roster, especially their defense, but he drops them from 2 all the way to 9 this week because Russell Wilson was running for his life against the Packers behind an offensive line that still looks shaky. They also don’t have a clear cut lead running back. Offensively, it’s all on Wilson, which will be a problem, especially on the road.7. Minnesota Vikings – Sam Bradford averaged 10+ yards per pass, and rookie Dalvin Cook looks like a star. Defensively, they held the prolific Saints passing game in check. Colin likes their overall roster better than Green Bay’s, they just don’t have Aaron Rodgers, but nobody does. If Bradford can stay healthy, Minnesota is for real.6. New England – The Patriots Super Bowl celebration was crashed by the Chiefs, who seemingly exposed every one of the Patriots flaws. Brady and Belichick should be able to fix most of the offensive problems, but the defense can’t rush the passer. The loss of Donta Hightower showed how thin they are at linebacker, too. They may score points, but it’s not clear how they are going to consistently stop anyone.5. Kansas City Chiefs – KC had three touchdowns of 20+ yards against the Chiefs, and “game manager” Alex Smith played maybe his best game as a pro. Colin thinks they have one of the best overall rosters in the NFL, and rookie running back Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill are explosive. Andy Reid gives them a coaching advantage in most games, but the biggest question is if Smith can continue to play like he did in Week 1, or if he’ll revert to dinking and dunking like he has for most of his career.4. Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr and the Raiders went on the road and beat the Titans by averaging 5.7 per play. Marshawn Lynch looked great in his first game since sort of retiring, and will be a huge asset in short yardage and goal line situations. The D is still questionable, but they are more than capable of winning shootouts.3. Philadelphia Eagles – Colin picked Philly to win the NFC East, and Carson Wentz looked great in Week 1, converting 57% of the third downs he faced. The Eagles have the best offensive and defensive line combo in the league. The Philly D had 4 takeaways, and because the offense can extend drives, they should be able to stay fresh. Colin loves Wentz and the Eagles.2. Dallas Cowboys – Dallas was the only NFL team that didn’t have single 3-and-out in Week 1, and that was against an impressive Giants defense. Ezekiel Elliott looks like he’ll continue to play thanks to an court injunction of his suspension. Dallas is the only NFL team without a notable offensive flaw, and the defense looked impressive.Green Bay Packers – Everyone knew the Packers offense would score points, but it was their defense that impressed Colin in their win over the Seahawks. They forced Seattle into 3-and-outs on over half their drives and consistently pressured Russell Wilson. If they continue to play at this level, Colin would pick Aaron Rodgers and the Pack to beat any NFL team on a neutral field.Here’s Colin breaking it all down:“If you put everybody on a neutral field, GB is probably the most well-oiled machine.”The Top 10 NFL teams according to @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/lpLRm2JcwM— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 12, 2017
A view in vRealize Operations manager consists of the view type, subject, and data components: In this tutorial, the view is a trend view, which gets its data from the CPU Demand (%) metric. The subject is the object type, which a view is associated with. A view presents the data of the subject. For example, if the selected object is a host and you select the view named Host CPU Demand (%) Trend View, the result is a trend of the host’s CPU demand over a period of time. Today we will walk through the parts needed to define and build custom views in vRealize Operations manager, and learn to apply them to real work situations. This article is an excerpt from Mastering vRealize Operations Manager – Second Edition written by Spas Kaloferov, Scott Norris, Christopher Slater. Adding Name and description fields Although it might seem obvious, the first thing you need to define when creating a report is the name and description. Before you dismiss this requirement and simply enter My View or Scott’s Test, the name and description fields are very useful in defining the scope and target of the view. This is because many views are not really designed to be run/applied on the subject, but rather on one of its parents. This is especially true for lists and distributions, which we will cover below: What are different View types The presentation is the format the view is created in and how the information is displayed. The following types of views are available: List: A list view provides tabular data about specific objects in the environment that correspond to the selected view. Summary: A summary view presents tabular information about the current use of resources in the environment. Trend: A trend view uses historic data to generate trends and forecasts for resource use and availability in the environment. Distribution: A distribution view provides aggregated data about resource distribution in the monitored environment. Pie charts or bar charts are used to present the data. Text: A text view displays text that you provide when you create the view. Image: An image view allows you to insert a static image. List A list is one of the simplest presentation types to use and understand, and at the same time, is one of the most useful. A list provides a tabular layout of values for each data type, with the ability to provide an aggregation row such as sum or average at the end. Lists are the most useful presentation type for a large number of objects, and are able to provide information in the form of metrics and/or properties. Lists are also the most commonly used presentation when showing a collection of objects relative to its parent. An example of a list can be found in the following screenshot: List summary A summary is similar to a list, however the rows are the data types (rather than the objects) and the columns are aggregated values of all children of that subject type. Unlike a list, a summary field is compulsory, as the individual objects are not presented in the view. The summary view type is probably the least commonly used, but it is useful when you simply care about the end result and not the detail of how it was calculated. The following example shows Datastore Space Usage from the cluster level; information such as the average used GB across each Datastore can be displayed without the need to show each Datastore present in a list: Although it will be discussed in more detail in the next chapter, the availability of creating simple summary views of child resources has partially removed the need for creating super metrics for simply rolling up data to parent objects. Trend A trend view is a line graph representation of metrics showing historical data that can be used to generate trends and forecasts. Unlike some of the other presentation types, a trend can only show data from that subject type. As such, trend views do not filter up to parent objects. A trend view, in many ways, is similar to a standard metric chart widget with a set of combined preconfigured data types, with one major exception. The trend view has the ability to forecast data into the future for a specified period of time, as well as show the trend line for historical data for any object type. This allows the trend view to provide detailed and useful capacity planning data for any object in the vRealize Operations inventory. When selecting the data types to use in the view, it is recommended that, if multiple data types are used, that they support the same unit of measurement. Although this is not a requirement, views that have different unit types on the same scale are relatively hard to compare. An example of a trend view is shown as follows: Distribution A distribution view is a graphical representation of aggregated data which shows how resources fall within those aggregation groups. This essentially means that vRealize Operations finds a way of graphically representing a particular metric or property for a group of objects. In this example, it is the distribution of VM OS types in a given vSphere cluster. A distribution like a summary is very useful in displaying a small amount of information about a large number of objects. Distribution views can also be shown as bar charts. In this example, the distribution of Virtual Machine Memory Configuration Distribution is shown in a given vSphere cluster. This view can help spot virtual machines configured with a large amount of memory. An important point when creating distribution views is that the subject must be a child of the preview or target object. This means that you can only see a view for the distribution on one of the subject’s parent objects. Both visualization methods essentially group the subjects into buckets, with the number of buckets and their values based on the distribution type. The three distribution types are as follows: Dynamic distribution: vRealize Operations automatically determines how many buckets to create based on an interval, a min/max value, or a logarithmic equation. When dealing with varying data values, this is generally the recommended display. Manual distribution: Allows the administrator to manually set the range of each bucket in the display. Discrete distribution: Used for displaying exact values of objects rather than ranges. A discrete distribution is recommended if most objects only have a few possible values, such as properties or other binary values. Text and images The text and image views are used to insert static text or image content for the purpose of reports and dashboards. They allow an administrator to add context to a report in combination with the dynamic views that are inserted when the reports are generated. Adding Subjects to View Although the subjects are generally selected after the presentation, it makes sense to describe them first. The subject is the base object for which the view shows information. In other words, the subject is the object type that the data is coming from for the view. Any object type from any adapter can be selected. It is important to keep in mind that you may be designing a view for a parent object, however, the subject is actually the data of a child object. For example, if you wish to list all the Datastore free space in a vSphere Cluster itemized by Datastore, the subject will be a Datastore, not a Cluster Compute Resource. This is because although the list will always be viewed in the context of a cluster, the data listed is from Datastore objects themselves. When selecting a subject, an option is provided to select multiple object types. If this is done, only data that is common to both types will be available. Adding Data to View Data is the content that makes up the view based on the selected subject. The type of data that can be added and any additional options available depend on the select presentation type. An important feature with views is that they are able to display and filter based on properties, and not just standard metrics. This is particularly useful when filtering a list or distribution group. For example, the following screenshot shows badge information in a given vSphere Cluster, as long as they contain a vSphere tag of BackupProtectedVM. This allows a view to be filtered only to virtual machines that are deployed and managed by vRealize Automation: Adding Visibility layer One of the most useful features about views is that you have the ability to decide where they show up and where they can be linked from. The visibility layer defines where you can see a hyperlink to a view in vRealize Operations based on a series of checkboxes. The visibility step is broken into three categories, which are Availability, Further Analysis, and Blacklist, as shown in the following screenshot: Subsequently, you can also make the view available in a dashboard. To make this view available inside a dashboard, you can either edit an existing one or create a new dashboard by navigating to Home, Actions, then Create Dashboard. You can add the desired view within your dashboard configuration. Availability The availability checkboxes allow an administrator to devise how their view can be used and if there are cases where they wish to restrict its availability: Dashboard through the view widget: The view widget allows any created view to be displayed on a dashboard. This essentially allows an unlimited amount of data types to be displayed on the classic dashboards, with the flexibility of the different presentation types. Report template creation and modification: This setting allows views to be used in reports. If you are creating views explicitly to use in reports, ensure this box is checked. Details tab in the environment: The Details tab in the environment is the default location where administrators will use views. It is also the location where the Further Analysis links will take an administrator if selected. In most cases, it is recommended that this option be enabled, unless a view is not yet ready to be released to other users. Further Analysis The Further Analysis checkbox is a feature that allows an administrator to link views that they have created to the minor badges in the Object Analysis tab. Although this feature may seem comparatively small, it allows users to create relevant views for certain troubleshooting scenarios and link them directly to where administrators will be working. This allows administrators to leverage views more quickly for troubleshooting rather than simply jumping to the All Metrics tab and looking for dynamic threshold breaches. Blacklist The blacklist allows administrators to ensure that views cannot be used against certain object types. This is useful if you want to ensure that a view is only partially promoted up to a parent and not, for example, to a grandparent. How to Delete a View Views show up in multiple places. When you’re tempted to delete a view, ask yourself: Do I want to delete this entire view, or do I just want to no longer show it in one part of the UI? Don’t delete a view when you just want to hide it in one part of the UI. When you delete a view, areas in the UI that use the view are adjusted: Report templates: The view is removed from the report template Dashboards: The view widget displays the message The view does not exist Further Analysis panel of badges on the Analysis tab: The link to the view is removed Details > Views tab for the selected object: The view is removed from the list vRealize Operations will display a message informing you that deleting the view will modify the report templates that are using the view. Now, you have learned the new powerful features available in views and the different view presentation types. To know more about handling alerts and notifications in vRealize Operations, check out this book Mastering vRealize Operations Manager – Second Edition. 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