Swain and Jackson County Livestock Producers Reminded to Report Forage Losses by Jan. 30

first_imgSwain/Jackson County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Becky Williamson reminds livestock producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2016 due to drought or wildfire to report their losses and to enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) by Jan. 30, 2017.LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Swain and Jackson  Counties are eligible to apply for 2016 LFP benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass or forage sorghum.  Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.“Prolonged drought or wildfire conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Swain and Jackson Counties,” said Williamson. “I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Jan. 30 deadline.”Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30, 2017, for losses that occurred throughout 2016. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.Visit www.usda.gov/disaster to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs or contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office at 828-488-2684 Ext.2 or 828-524-3175 Ext.2. To find a local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.In a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations to develop the central resource for disaster related materials. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered bylast_img read more

Nehalem-EX Brings New Economics to Scalable Systems

first_imgThe other problem with the scale out approach is the people, facilities, software and overhead costs and complexity of managing very large numbers of servers, which can grow to a point where the costs outweigh the performance and system cost benefits.  The industry solution to achieving better ROI has been to consolidate multiple scale-out servers onto single industry standard scale-up servers with virtualization solutions.  This is a good solution, but is limited by the number of application loads the IT manager feels comfortable placing on a single server, given the need to maintain peak performance and availability for each application. The debate on how to best increase system capacity to accommodate growing applications has raged on for years; “scale up” with more CPU, memory, and I/O, or “scale out” with loosely connected systems.    Scaling out by adding networked systems to increase capacity has been a good economical solution for many IT managers because it allows them to grow by using less expensive, industry standard building blocks.  However, there are some notable exceptions to this line of thought.  One is that the class of applications that require shared memory and large database support are much better suited to run on a single, expandable system that scales up.  These are typically transaction processing, business intelligence and ERP solutions.   Until now, IT managers running applications that require scale-up systems larger than 4 or 8 CPUs have had limited platform choices and most were proprietary and expensive RISC-based servers. So the net of it is that the industry is going to see a broad selection of highly scalable, next-generation servers that significantly extend the economic advantage of industry standard scale-up solutions for business-critical, large database, and high-end virtualization/consolidation deployments.     I would expect these systems to give IT managers a very cost-effective alternative to the much more expensive and proprietary RISC-based servers they use today.What are your thoughts?  Mike Well, it looks like the scale-up, scale-out debate is about to take another turn.  In the server product update Intel gave on May 26th, they talked about new levels of system scalability and choice supported by the upcoming Nehalem-EX processor.  This processor will support systems that scale up to 8 sockets natively (shared memory, without any additional silicon), and up to 16 sockets and higher with node controllers from system manufactures that allow single systems to share memory beyond 8 sockets.   So far there are over 15 different designs from 8 OEMs that offer 8 socket or higher scalability.  But of course, for the class of application where scaling is important, socket count doesn’t tell the whole story of what’s needed for scalable performance.  Thread support, key for transaction processing and virtualization, scales at the rate of 16 threads per socket with 8 cores and Hyper Threading (2 threads per core).  That would be 128 threads for an 8-socket system, and 256 threads for 16 sockets.   And in order to keep those threads fed with data close to the CPU, each processor supports up to 24 MB of shared cache (1.5X current generation Xeon), and an impressive 16 memory slots per socket or 128 DIMMs on an 8-socket system.  In addition, the Scalable Memory Interconnect gives these systems 9 times the memory bandwidth of today’s top Xeon processor.  Finally, four QuickPath interconnect links per socket allow for high-bandwidth sharing of data across the system.center_img Related Topics: NHM-EX Press Fact SheetNHM-EX May 26th Press Briefing Video – condensed versionIBM 8Socket Demo VideoNHM-EX–A New Standardlast_img read more

Sneak Peek of vPro Uber Geek’s IDF demo of KVM Remote Control

first_imgThe Intel Developer Forum is just around the corner! I went into the lab and found Jake Gauthier, our vPro Uber Geek, in the lab. Check out this sneak peek of his KVM demo for IDF. I hope that you don’t suffer from motion sickness – I shouldn’t have had that afternoon latte….last_img

Bell Media and Its Partners Take Home 52 Awards at the 2018

first_imgAdvertisement “We are immensely proud of the achievements of Bell Media team members and partners who continue to produce the very best original Canadian series and films,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “My biggest congratulations to our inspiring award winners and nominees across news, sports, scripted, factual, reality, lifestyle, and music programming, many of whom we welcomed and celebrated at Bell Media House this past week.”“As well, congratulations to Beth Janson and everyone at the Academy on another spectacular Canadian Screen Week and Awards.”CTV’s acclaimed Canadian drama series CARDINAL, from Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, garnered a total of six awards, including Campbell’s Best Lead Actor win, Best Supporting Actress, Drama for Allie MacDonald, and Best Original Music, Fiction for Todor Kobakov.CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA from Insight Productions took home six awards, including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series for the fourth year in a row; Best Direction, Reality/Competition; Best Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition; and the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show.Space’s juggernaut sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK from Temple Street Productions secured three wins for its final season, including Tatiana Maslany being named Best Lead Actress, Drama Series for the fifth year in a row; Best Writing, Drama Series; and Best Achievement in Make-Up. In addition, Space’s WYNONNA EARP was recognized with the digital award for Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction.The CraveTV Original Series LETTERKENNY, from New Metric Media, won in two significant categories for the second year in a row: Best Direction, Comedy, and Best Writing, Comedy.Bell Media Original Productions’ CANADA IN A DAY took home two awards, including Best Direction, Documentary Program, and Best Picture Editing, Documentary.THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW from Bell Media Studios was named Best Talk Program or Series for the third year in a row; Discovery’s Original Production MAYDAY won Best Factual Series; THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS was recognized as Best Live Entertainment Special; and RUSH: TIME STAND STILL, supported by premium pay TV network The Movie Network, was recognized as Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series.With a near sweep of its eight nomination categories, TSN took home seven awards, more than all other sports broadcasters combined, including Best Sports Host for James Duthie (2017 TRADECENTRE), Best Sports Analyst for Jack Armstrong (RAPTORS BASKETBALL ON TSN), Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer for Luke Wileman (2016 MLS CUP), and Best Live Sports Event (2016 MLS CUP).CTV News received two awards, with CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME winning Best National Newscast, and W5 being recognized with the prestigious Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.Bell Media-supported films won 19 awards, led by Maudie winning all seven categories in which it was nominated, including Best Motion Picture, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Sally Hawkins); Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Ethan Hawke); and Achievement in Direction (Aisling Walsh). The Breadwinner won for Adapted Screenplay in addition to three awards for Achievements in Music and Sound. Hochelaga, Land of Souls also received four awards, recognized for its Art Direction/Production Design, Cinematography, Visual Effects, and Overall Sound. Support for films comes from The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, as well as pre-buys and acquisitions from premium pay TV networks The Movie Network and Super Écran.In addition, Bell Media congratulates Bell Let’s Talk on being recognized with the 2018 Humanitarian Award. This Special Award, accepted by Bell Let’s Talk Chair Mary Deacon, recognizes an extraordinary humanitarian contribution or act of compassion.One of its most-anticipated broadcasts of the year, ETALK caps off its coverage of Canadian Screen Week with full coverage from last night’s Canadian Screen Awards gala. Devon Soltendieck reports from the show’s red carpet riser and Danielle Graham hosts winners and stars in ETALK’s backstage lounge, including CSA winners Tatiana Maslany, Billy Campbell, the cast of LETTERKENNY, Margaret Atwood, and Sarah Gadon. ETALK’s special ETALK AT THE CSAs airs tonight (Monday, March 12) at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO.The full list of Bell Media television and film winners includes:Television and Digital Awards (33)CTVCTV/Bell Media StudiosTHE MARILYN DENIS SHOWBell Media StudiosBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi, John SimpsonCTV Original ProgrammingCARDINALSienna Films and eOne in association with CTVBest Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited SeriesBilly CampbellBest Supporting Actress, DramaAllie MacDonaldBest Original Music, FictionTodor KobakovBest Photography, DramaSteve CosensBest Picture Editing, DramaTeresa De LucaBest Achievement in CastingJon ComerfordTHE AMAZING RACE CANADAInsight Production Company Ltd.Best Reality/Competition Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Steff Millman, Catherine PetersenBest Direction, Reality/CompetitionRob BrunnerBest Photography, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“Can I See Your Kuna?” – Ryan ShawBest Picture Editing, Reality/Competition“Finale” – Al Manson, Jonathan Dowler, Clare Elson, John Niedzielski, Jay Prychidny, Jordan Wood, Michael TersigniBest Writing, Lifestyle or Reality/Competition“Can I See Your Kuna?” – Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner, Jennifer PrattGolden Screen Award for TV Reality ShowJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Ann Camilleri, Guy Clarkson, Steff Millman, Catherine PetersenCANADA IN A DAYScreen Siren Pictures Inc.Best Direction, Documentary ProgramTrish DolmanBest Picture Editing, DocumentaryNick HectorTHE 2017 JUNO AWARDSInsight Production Company Ltd.Best Live Entertainment SpecialJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Randy Lennox, Allan Reid, Mark Cohon, Lindsay Cox, Pam De Montmorency, Tracy Galvin, Kristeen Von Hagen, Luciano Casimiri, Mark Vreeken, Howard Baggley, Simon Bowers, Doug McClement, Alex NadonTSN2016 MLS CUPBest Live Sports EventJim Panousis and Steve AbitranteBest Direction, Live Sports EventRichard WellsBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerLuke Wileman2016 GREY CUPBest Sports Opening/TeaseCraig Chambers, Devon Burns, Troy Hacock2017 TRADECENTREBest Sports HostJames DuthieRaptors Basketball on TSNBest Sports AnalystJack ArmstrongTHE MISSIONBest Sports Feature SegmentJosh Shiaman, Brent Blanchard, Sid Bailey, and Gary HawkeCTV NEWSCTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMMEBest National NewscastLisa LaFlamme, David Hughes, Rosa Hwang, Allan Myers, Allan BlackW5Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research“W5: Making a Terrorist” – Madeline McNair, Brennan Lefler, Victor MalarekSpaceORPHAN BLACKBoat Rocker MediaBest Achievement in Make-Up“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Stephen LynchBest Writing, Drama Series“To Right the Wrongs of Many” – Graeme Manson, Renee St. CyrBest Lead Actress, Drama SeriesTatiana MaslanyWYNONNA EARP DigitalBest Cross-Platform Project – FictionDaniel Dales, Jarrett Sherman, Alex Lalonde, Emily Andras, Jordy Randall, Tom CoxCraveTVLETTERKENNYNew Metric Media Inc.Best Direction, Comedy“The Election” – Jacob TierneyBest Writing, Comedy“Relationships” – Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoDiscoveryMAYDAYCineflix (Mayday 16) Inc.Best Factual SeriesAlex Bystram, Kim Bondi, Martin PuppThe Movie NetworkRUSH: TIME STAND STILLFadoo ProductionsBest Biography or Arts Documentary Program or SeriesAllan Weinrib, Pegi Cecconi, Ray Danniels, John Virant, Corey RussellTHE MOVIE NETWORK, THE HAROLD GREENBERG FUND/LE FONDS HAROLD GREENBERG (19)MaudieEquity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkBest Motion PictureBob Cooper, Mary Young Leckie, Mary Sexton, Susan MullenPerformance by an Actress in a Leading RoleSally HawkinsAchievement in DirectionAisling WalshPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleEthan HawkeOriginal ScreenplaySherry WhiteAchievement in Costume DesignTrysha BakkerAchievement in EditingStephen O’ConnellThe BreadwinnerEquity and development financing by The Harold Greenberg FundPre-buy by The Movie NetworkAchievement in Music – Original ScoreMychael Danna, Jeff DannaAchievement in Music – Original SongQais Essar, Joshua Hill – “The Crown Sleeps”Achievement in Sound EditingNelson Ferreira, John Elliot, J.R. Fountain, Dashen Naidoo, Tyler WhithamAdapted ScreenplayAnita DoronHochelaga, Land of Souls | Hochelaga, Terre des ÂmesEquity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistiqueFrançois SéguinAchievement in Cinematography | Meilleures imagesNicolas BolducAchievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensembleClaude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Daniel Bisson, Louis-Antoine LassondeAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsAlain Lachance, Yann Jouannic, Hugo Léveillé, Nadège Bozetti, Antonin Messier-Turcotte, Thibault Deloof, Francis BernardRumble: The Indians Who Rocked The WorldPre-buy by The Movie NetworkTed Rogers Best Feature Length DocumentaryCatherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Linda Ludwick, Lisa Roth, Stevie Salas, Tim Johnson, Diana Holtzberg, Jan Rofekamp, Ernest WebbBest Cinematography in a Feature Length DocumentaryAlfonso MaioranaBest Editing in a Feature Length DocumentaryBenjamin Duffield, Jeremiah HayesThe Ravenous | Les affamésEquity investment by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesÉrik Gosselin, Marie-France Guy.About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO (March 12, 2018) – Bell Media congratulates its production partners, team members, and talent on a stellar performance at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. Garnering a total of 52 awards across television, film, and digital, Bell Media continues to be recognized for its ongoing commitment to creating exceptional original Canadian content.With a total of 33 wins in television and digital categories, Bell Media and its partners took home four of the major television awards handed out at last night’s closing gala, including Best Lead Actor, Drama Program or Limited Series (Billy Campbell, CARDINAL), Best Lead Actress, Drama Series (Tatiana Maslany, ORPHAN BLACK), and two awards for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA – Best Reality/Competition Program or Series, and the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show.Viewers can catch a full recap of the Canadian Screen Awards, including red carpet arrivals and behind-the-scenes coverage, with ETALK’s special ETALK AT THE CSAs, airing tonight (Monday, March 12) at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Kenyan pay TV operators GOtv Kenya and StarTimes K

first_imgKenyan pay TV operators GOtv Kenya and StarTimes Kenya have said they will take legal action after local broadcasters aired adverts advising viewers not to purchase the two firms’ digital set-tops, according to local reports. The broadcasters, Nation Media Group (NMG), Royal Media Services (RMS) and Standard Group (SG), which together recently formed the Africa Digital Network (ADN) to supply digital set-tops to the Kenyan market, aired the adverts on channels NTV, KTN, QTV and Citizen, asking vieers to wait for their own deciders to made available to the market.GOtv and StarTimes have taken issue with claims that they breach copyright by making the channels available on their own services, arguing that they are obliged to do so by must-carry rules that have been upheld by the country’s Supreme Court.The pair said that the advert is defamatory and intended to mislead, and that their boxes offered Kenyans the option of receiving channels for free or signing up for pay TV services.last_img read more

Building the backbone of a smarter smart home

first_imgWilliam Yeoh, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is working to help smart-home AI grow up. Credit: Washington University in St. Louis The system’s job isn’t finished, however, once the parameters are set and the scheduling is done; it still needs to work on its communication skills. Communication is a two-way street. Not only does Yeoh want to develop smart home systems that a user can tell what to do, he also thinks that the system should be able to explain itself to the user.”The system needs to be able to explain to the user ‘why,'” Yeoh said. “The field has been working on getting good answers from AI. Now it’s time to get good explanations.”Say a homeowner rarely goes in the basement, but heads down one night to get something out of storage. All of a sudden, the lights go out. Without being able to ask the system why, the user may be wondering, “Is there a power outage? Is someone here? Is my house out to get me?”If the system could simply be asked what happened however, the homeowner would realize that in an attempt to save energy, the system has been turning off the lights in the basement each day after a certain time, because (via sensors, perhaps) it knows that the user rarely goes downstairs in the evening.Yeoh’s project is developing the tools to give users the ability to ask those questions, vocally or by turning to a visual interface designed to give users access to a host of information, from details about specific devices to a broader view of energy consumption.Having access to that information will allow the user to more narrowly tailor settings, working with the system instead of simply having to accept its settings. After all, there are lots of variables for a smart-home AI system to take into account if it’s monitoring the temperature, locking the doors, charging a vehicle, preheating the oven, and monitoring a security system—all while trying to conserve energy usage.”Energy prices, weather, the status of the devices,” Yeoh said of all the changing conditions that AI will need to monitor. “And humans, the most fickle variable of all.” The smart wheelchair Explore further Provided by Washington University in St. Louis The state of artificial intelligence (AI) in smart homes nowadays might be likened to a smart but moody teenager: It’s starting to hit its stride and discover its talents, but it doesn’t really feel like answering any questions about what it’s up to and would really rather be left alone, OK? Citation: Building the backbone of a smarter smart home (2018, August 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-backbone-smarter-smarthome.html William Yeoh, assistant professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, is working to help smart-home AI to grow up.The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Yeoh a $300,000 grant to assist in developing smart-home AI algorithms that can determine what a user wants by both asking questions and making smart guesses, and then plan and schedule accordingly. Beyond being smart, the system needs to be able to communicate and to explain why it is proposing the schedule it proposed to the user.These challenges rely heavily on communication. And like that moody teen, communication is not currently one of AI’s strengths.”So far, a lot of AI is successful in isolation,” Yeoh said. Feats such as winning a game of “Go,” or recognizing faces do not require significant user interaction; a computer can do these tasks mostly on its own. “But if AI is going to help people,” he said, “interaction with people is pretty important.”The first step in this project is figuring out what the user actually wants: The temperature to be 70 degrees at home upon arrival; the car fully charged by 8 a.m.; and so on. And it must decipher what the user doesn’t want: The air conditioner set at full-blast all day long, or the car to charge during peak hours.An AI system could meticulously and continuously ask a user for every one of his or her preferences. But because that is not possible (or would be, at the least, extremely annoying), the research sets out to determine how many questions should be asked and what should those questions be, as noted by Yeoh in his grant application. The reason for asking: to make the smartest possible decisions when the user has not supplied specific information.The algorithm that determines which questions to ask will be restricted by how many questions it can ask, and so will have to decide which questions have answers that will yield the most useful information.Once the parameters and constraints are set, and the system has all of the available information it’s going to have, it devises a schedule that honors the user’s preferences and maximizes the user’s comfort, while minimizing energy usage. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Government to launch portal to help Jet staff find jobs in other

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 17, 2019UPDATED: July 17, 2019 08:11 IST Photo: ReutersThe government may not have extended support to now-defunct Jet Airways, but it has promised to facilitate employment to job-less airline staff.The Civil Aviation Ministry is in touch with other private airlines such as SpiceJet and IndiGo to assist Jet staff get meaningful employment.Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said that a website would be launched listing staff of Jet Airways and help find employment in other private entities.”We are also producing a website which is ready. I wish I had the capacity of telling you that the website is up. Every employee would be listed there and the prospects for their re-employment or employment will be facilitated by the government,” Puri said while replying to Members in the Rajya Sabha on the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019.The Minister, however, said that government can not assume responsibility for a business failure conducted by a private party.Referring to Jet Airways, Puri said he was sensitive to (business) failure and willing to see what can be done within the governmental system to cushion that failure.”But to suggest that a private sector entity goes belly up and the government has to take the responsibility I don’t think that is correct,” the Minister said.Run out of cash, Jet Airways had suspended its entire operations on April 17. Subsequently, the government re-allocated its slots and foreign traffic rights to rival carriers. Lenders to the airline led by State Bank of India (SBI) have initiated bankruptcy proceedings against it after all attempts to rope in a buyer failed.Before the airline suspended its operation, it had nearly 20,000 staff on its rolls. Several hundreds of them are learnt to have joined other carriers.Replying to Members on the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, he also countered a comment that airfares had gone up.Also Read | Indian airlines suffering Rs 37 lakh loss daily as US-Iran tensions make Iranian airspace riskyAlso Watch | Ex-Jet Airways chief Naresh Goyal stopped at Mumbai Airport, taken into custodyFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandey Tags :Follow SpiceJetFollow IndiGoFollow Jet Airways Government to launch portal to help Jet staff find jobs in other airlinesCivil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said that a website would be launched listing staff of Jet Airways and help find employment in other private entities.advertisementlast_img read more

Chhattisgarh polls Congress supports urban Maoists says Modi

first_imgSHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL November 09, 2018 COMMENTS Published on Chhattisgarh elections: BJP to release manifesto on Saturday RELATED center_img Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday accused the Congress of backing urban Maoists who he said have ruined the lives of poor Adivasi youth.Addressing his first election rally for the state Assembly polls scheduled later this month, Modi also said Congress makes “fun” of adivasis (tribals). “I don’t know why Congress makes fun of adivasis. Once I had gone for a rally in North-East India and wore a traditional adivasi headgear but Congress leaders made fun of it. This was an insult of adivasi culture,” he said.Modi said he will not rest till he fulfils late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dreams for a prosperous Chhattisgarh, adding the Congress-led government did not do enough to develop the Naxal-infested Bastar region citing the Maoist menace as an excuse.“The urban Maoists who live in air conditioned homes in the cities, look clean and whose children study abroad, remote control the adivasi children in the Naxal dominated areas,” Modi said. “I want to ask the Congress why it supports the urban Maoists when the government takes action against them and come to Bastar and speak against Naxalism,” he said.Describing Naxals as “monsters with evil mindset”, the Prime Minister said earlier governments did not do enough for development of Bastar region. “Will you forgive such people? These people will not win Chhattisgarh. I appeal to you to ensure that BJP wins all seats in the Bastar region. If anyone else wins, it will be a blot on Bastar’s dreams,” he added.Modi said no other Prime Minister visited Bastar as often as he did. “I have not come empty handed but given you some scheme and development programme. We are working hard to eradicate unemployment, poverty and hunger from the region. Previously there were resources but nothing happened,” he said.Modi said he wanted to serve the people of Chhattisgarh and fulfil Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dreams of a prosperous state. “I will not rest till I fulfil his dreams. Chhattisgarh is now 18 years old. There are different dreams and aspirations of 18 year olds now,” he said.Congress speaks of Dalits, deprived sections and tribals but the party considers them as vote banks and not as human beings, he said. “Do you want a government which works or one which stops development works,” he said.Modi said his government has never discriminated among people. “Previous governments did that. Our government works for development of all,” he said.Elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will be held in two phases on November 12 and November 20. COMMENT Chhattisgarh Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo).   –  PTI regional electionslast_img read more