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Journalist found dead after revealing tribal marriage customs

first_imgNews April 21, 2021 Find out more to go further The secretary general of the Wahi Pandhi press club in Dadu district, Aman Birhamani said that local press clubs and journalists organisations had staged a protest march after the killing and would hold seven days of mourning in tribute to their colleague.The Sindh government “must take serious notice of this gruesome killing of Ghulam Rasool Birhamani and measures (should) be taken for immediate arrest of killers and they be given exemplary punishment”, said the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ).The journalist, who was in his 30’s, contributed to several Sindhi-language dailies. He leaves a wife, a daughter and two sons. RSF_en May 14, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist found dead after revealing tribal marriage customs Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced its dismay today after journalist Ghulam Rasool Birhamani was found dead in Sindh province in the south-east of the country on 10 May 2010.Several journalists in the region told the worldwide press freedom organisation that they believed his death could have been linked to an article he had written about a forced marriage within the Lashari tribe. He is the fourth journalist to be killed in Pakistan in 2010 and the second this year in Sindh province. Ghulam Rasool Birhamani, who worked for Sindhi-language newspaper Sindhu in the Dadu district, was found by police early in the morning with fatal head injuries. A medical superintendent at the Johi Taluka hospital also found marks of torture on his body. The journalist had been reported missing the previous evening. Birhamani had just written about the marriage of a young woman of 20 to a boy of ten, both members of the Lashari tribe. Some tribes in Sindh province arrange such marriages to settle disputes. President of the Dadu press club, Ghulam Bhind, said that the journalist had received threats from tribal members. “It is deeply shocking that a journalist could be killed like this because he dared to criticise certain customs and to expose tribal or family rivalries”, Reporters Without Borders said. “We support the various local organisations for the defence of journalists who have expressed their grief and solidarity after this vile murder and we call for a rigorous investigation to quickly find those responsible.” News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire January 28, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

COVID-19 Means Nobody is Sleeping Soundly, Including Pasadena Engineers Who Work From Home

first_img Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Community News Subscribe More Cool Stuff Top of the News center_img GuRu Wireless Inc., a small Pasadena startup that’s working to develop millimeter-wave wireless power technology for commercial use, is showing how engineers could continue to be productive by using innovative work-from home strategies in the midst of a pandemic.Florian Bohn, GuRu Inc. CEO, said Work From Home for engineers will not be limited to video-conferencing alone, because work will not only involve graphs or text that can be shared online, but circuits and parts to design and to test as well.Featured on the electronics industry website FierceElectronics, Bohn said Work From Home for their engineers has been a little more involved.“Now when people test, they set up a test at a home session and take some of the equipment home or have things shipped there,” Bohn told FierceElectronics. “There’s overhead to hauling or shipping things home and you have to be very clever and efficient about who does what in a team and in what way.”The publication said GuRu engineers are using various well-established electronic design automation (EDA) tools to design integrated circuits and printed circuit boards and to conduct simulations for thermal, mechanical and electromagnetic effects.“We do drop test simulations, antenna simulations, thermal simulations – you name it and they can do it all,” Bohn said.The simulations, Bohn said, are run on the mainframe in GuRu’s main office such that their Work From Home engineers’ home computers are basically a terminal running on remote.“The software that is running is running remotely and all you have on the screen is display data that’s fairly low bandwidth and far less than streaming video,” Bohn explained.One thing GuRu Inc. tries to do for their Work From Home engineers is help them get the best possible internet connection with a VPN (virtual private network), which is ideal for online electronics development work.“Every employee needs the best connection so that it’s almost transparent that you are connected remotely,” Bohn said in the FierceElectronics interview.For fabrication and testing at home, Bohn recommends allocating a good amount of desk space for such tasks, even at the patio or the garage.Last year, GuRu Wireless, which evolved from Auspion Inc., introduced itself as the first company to offer room-scale, multi-watt, multi-device, safe wireless power-at-a-distance using millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology. In November 2019, the company said it had received $15 million in Series A funding from Kairos Ventures and BOLD Capital Partners, and will use the funds to complete commercialization, obtain FCC approval of its first products and add new management and engineering talent.GuRu’s technology is rooted in the lab of Caltech Professor Ali Hajimiri, who with Bohn and Behrooz Abiri founded GuRu to continue developing systems that could send energy over distance, including collecting solar power in space and transmitting the energy wirelessly to Earth.Since its founding in 2017, the company has transformed its core technology into commercially viable solutions while operating in stealth mode.To learn more about the company, visit www.guru.com. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News COVID-19 Means Nobody is Sleeping Soundly, Including Pasadena Engineers Who Work From Home By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 2:24 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a commentlast_img read more

Four years for sexually assaulting young Limerick girls

first_imgNewsFour years for sexually assaulting young Limerick girlsBy Editor – April 29, 2014 847 Advertisement Print TAGSCourt Reportfeaturedfull-imageJohn DalyJudge Mary Ellen RingMusic Limericko2One DirectionRihanna WhatsApp No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articleMrs Roosevelt is comingNext articleDundon and Killeen trial adjourned for prison recordings to be disclosed Editor center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Shannondoc operating but only by appointment First Irish death from Coronavirus Judge Mary Ellen RingJudge Mary Ellen RingA CONVICTED sex offender who sexually assaulted two Limerick girls on the Luas on their way to a Rihanna concert has been given a four year sentence with the final two years suspended.John Daly (53) was arrested three months later as he was about to board the tram at the O2 after a One Direction concert. He had been identified as a suspect after Gardaí viewed CCTV footage from the tram when the then 13-year-old and 16-year-old girls reported him.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He admitted that he deliberately got on the Luas for the Rihanna concert to touch young girls and get sexually aroused.He said he had it “in my head to do it” and had been doing it “for my own satisfaction”.Daly of Cabra Park, Phibsboro pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of sexual assault on October 3, 2011.In February 2000, he was sentenced to three years with one suspended by Mr Justice Paul Carney in the Central Criminal Court for other sex charges. This sentence was appealed by the Director of Public Prosecutions on the basis of undue leniency and increased to a six year term by the Court of Criminal Appeal.Daly had pleaded guilty to attempted rape and indecent assault charges relating to two young girls on dates from 1980 to 1984, and to aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault of a woman on dates from 1997 to 1998.Judge Mary Ellen Ring noted that the concert would have attracted a young and predominantly female audience.“It was clear from the evidence that this was a matter known to the accused and he knew there would be on the Luas to the O2 at the time a number of young females,” she said.She referred to the two Victim Impact Statements which had been handed into court on a previous occasion. She noted one of the girls had coped well with the incident but the other girl had been affected to a greater extent and was more afraid generally.Judge Ring said the incident had been a “shocking and damaging event” for the girls and that there was an element of planning and forethought in the offence.She said that Daly has indicated that he wanted to get treatment and he had been assessed as suitable for the ‘Safer Lives’ programme. It was to everyone’s benefit that treatment should be a part of sentencing but she could not overlook his record and the nature of the offending.She imposed a four year sentence and suspended the final two years on conditions including that he be under the supervision of The Probation Service during the suspended portion of the sentence and attend the programme.Luigi Rea BL, defending, said Daly had been a model prisoner while serving his earlier sentence but accepted that he had obviously not successfully dealt with “the demons in his mind” while in custody. He was now committed to availing of any treatment he can while in prisonA report before the court concluded that he “functions in the mild intellectual disability range”. He wanted to apologise to the girls who had been on this “nightmare train journey” and said this “dreadful” incident should never have happened.Gda Caitriona Gilmartin told Lisa Dempsey BL, prosecuting, that the girls had been brought to Dublin by one of their fathers that day and he had put them on the Luas at Heuston Station when they noticed the heavy traffic.The tram was busy and Daly approached one of the girls and put his hands between her legs. He touched her outside her shorts and tights and continued to molest her until the group got off the stop at the O2.The teenager later reported to gardaí that she felt she had “no way out” because she had been squashed against a bar. She said she didn’t know how to get out of the situation.Daly touched the other teenager’s backside after she bumped into him and apologised for standing on his toe. She moved out of Daly’s way at the first opportunity she got.The girl’s father was waiting for them at the platform at the O2 and they told him what had happened.Victim Impact Reports were handed into Judge Ring at a previous sentence hearing but not read out. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Acquitted of Rape Charge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Goldman Sachs investment banker has been acquitted following a trial in which he was accused of raping a 20-year-old Irish tourist in the Hamptons two years ago.Suffolk County Judge Barbara Kahn found Jason Lee not guilty Wednesday of first-degree rape, sexual misconduct and assault.East Hampton Town Police had arrested the 38-year-old man after the woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at a rented home in August 2013.Lee’s attorney reportedly argued that the sex was consensual and prosecutors argued that there was proof beyond a reasonable doubt, despite the judge’s verdict.last_img read more

Football offseason recap

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanThe USC football team has very high expectations for the upcoming season, as evidenced by its No. 4 ranking in the coaches poll. Everyone knows the program is one of the best in the country, but here’s what you might have missed over summer break:RecruitingThe Trojans’ 2018 recruiting class is currently ranked 18th by 247sports.com. It’s headlined by linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, the lone five-star commit USC currently has in its 2018 class.The Trojans were stung by the loss of prospect Matt Corral, a five-star quarterback in the class of 2018. Corral decommitted from USC in late June and is currently committed to the University of Florida.The pain of losing Corral was replaced with joy when the University landed J.T. Daniels — 247Sports’ top-ranked quarterback in the class of 2019 — in July. The junior quarterback from Mater Dei High School chose the Trojans over other top-flight programs Alabama and Michigan, as well as rival Stanford.Head coach Clay Helton also secured a commitment from 247Sports’ top-ranked 2018 center, four-star recruit Justin Dedich, in June.Key LossesThe Trojans will have to replace 11 starters from last year’s squad, including five players taken in the NFL Draft. The most significant loss is that of cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who, in addition to setting a school record for career kick return touchdowns with eight, won the 2016 Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and was a productive receiver in his time on campus. Jackson was drafted 18th overall by the Tennessee Titans and has already flashed his incredible athletic ability as a returner. He is working to make his way into the starting lineup at cornerback.Quarterback Sam Darnold loses top wide receivers Juju Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers, who were reliable targets last season. Smith-Schuster was drafted 62nd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who add to their abundance of talented receivers. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the rookie has sustained a number of injuries at camp, the most recent being an apparent knee injury earlier this week. Rogers signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.In addition, USC will have to replace three starters on the offensive line, including right tackle Zach Banner. Banner was drafted in the fourth round by the Indianapolis Colts, and is currently a back-up on their line.Kicker Matt Boermeester, who kicked the game-winning field goal in the Rose Bowl, was dismissed from the University in July for a student code of conduct violation. Michael Brown and walk-on Chase McGrath are in a fierce battle for the starting spot. The position has been a cause for concern as fall camp has progressed, and Helton has said that the competition could continue into the regular season.Watch ListsUSC has players on just about every pre-season award watch list. Darnold is being tracked as a Maxwell and O’Brien award candidate, which are awarded to the best player and best quarterback, respectively. Darnold is also a preseason pick for the Heisman Award.Defensive back Iman Marshall will try to follow in Jackson’s footsteps as a Thorpe Award winner. He will also be a contender for the Bednarik and Nagurski Awards for best defender.Porter Gustin is on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, as well as the Butkus Award for best linebacker. Ronald Jones is a possible recipient of the Doak Walker Award for best running back, while Helton is a preseason contender for the Dodd Trophy for best coach.Other NotesFreshman linebacker Tayler Katoa will miss the season after tearing a knee ligament during spring practices. According to ESPN, Katoa’s injury required surgery and will keep him sidelined for a total of nine months.Over the offseason, offensive coordinator Tee Martin designed an app that quizzes players on team concepts such as formations and receiving routes. A Los Angeles Times article detailed how coaches can check how long players are on the app, as well as their results. The app was created as part of a program-wide effort to reduce mental mistakes. If the system is successful, the Trojans should improve on a season in which they ranked 113th in the nation in penalties per game and 114th in penalty yardage.last_img read more

The Art of Translating Darwinese

first_imgTranslating Darwinese primarily involves taking out the assumptions and assertions and seeing if anything is left.If, like the late Phillip Johnson argued, Darwinian evolution is naturalistic philosophy masquerading as science, then it follows that Darwinian ‘science’ is fake science. It may include some tangible objects, like fossils or genes, but it will be wrapped in rhetoric intended to promote naturalism. Consequently, a perceptive reader needs to learn how to translate Darwinese. The mystical language of Darwinese makes it seem as if observational data supports evolution, when it’s really the other way around; naturalism colors the data. A successful Darwinese translator is always focusing on the actual evidence. One must filter out the assumptions and assertions to see what the data are actually indicating. Here we teach by example.Before starting, one must vaccinate oneself against bluffing, intimidation and irrelevant details. A Darwinese article, for instance, is often dressed up with attractive photos, clean website designs, pictures of smiling Darwinists, and artwork supporting the evolutionary narrative. All of that must be ignored. It has nothing to do with the science. It is irrelevant. The Darwinese translator must keep a laser-sharp focus on the evidence.Stick to the EvidenceWas early stick insect evolution triggered by birds and mammals? (University of Göttingen). Most of the first paragraph of this press release simply states observable evidence. Then the writer inserts the word “phylogeny” — an evolutionary word to watch out for.Stick and leaf insects are a diverse and strikingly bizarre group of insects with a world-wide distribution, which are more common in tropical and subtropical areas. They are famous for their impressively large body size, compared to other insects, and their remarkable ability to camouflage themselves as twigs, leaves or bark in order to hide from potential predators. A team of international researchers led by the University of Göttingen has now generated the first phylogenomic tree of these insects.For animals below the rank of family, Michael Behe shows in his book Darwin Devolves, one can expect variability in genera and species. Many creationists accept this view as well. The stick insects belong to Phasmatodea, an order, the taxon above the level of family. So if the writer is trying to link all the families within Phasmatodea into a tree of common descent, the translator needs to be on guard. Does the evidence support it? The research team at University of Gottingen examined 2,000 genes for 38 species of globally-distributed stick insects. Watch what happened:The most surprising finding is that the relationships between the early emerging groups of stick and leaf insects largely disprove the earlier assumptions. In fact, the genealogy reflects more the geographic distribution than the anatomical similarity of the animals. The authors revealed a New World lineage of purely North and South American species and a group of Old World origin that comprises species from Africa to New Zealand.In short, there was no clear phylogenetic picture. The genes looked similar, but the animals did not. When new evolutionary stories disprove old evolutionary stories, probably both stories are wrong. Next, the team ramps up the perhapsimaybecouldness index to visualize moyboy ages:The age estimation of the phylogenetic tree suggests that most of the old lineages emerged after the dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago. Thus, the remarkable camouflage of stick and leaf insects most probably evolved afterwards as adaptation against predatory mammals and birds.We have an emergence-y. The team just leaped into fantasyland, saying these remarkable animals “emerged” somehow long, long ago. Do they have fossil evidence for this? No; stick insect fossils are rare. This is pure Darwinian speculation.To translate the article into science, the translator must filter out the Darwinese. The result should include the first paragraph up to the sentence about predators, and stop. It might mention the 2,000 genes of 38 species examined, and tabulate the similarities and differences, but leave it there. Science has no tolerance for “emergence” and speculations about what “might” have happened over millions of Darwin Years.Spitting for DarwinA secret in saliva: Food and germs helped humans evolve into unique member of great apes (University of Buffalo). The proposition needing translation from Darwinese goes like this:Two million years of eating meat and cooked food may have helped humans shift further from other great apes on the evolutionary tree. The evidence is in our saliva, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.After putting this press release through the Darwinese translator, there won’t be much left but a bucket of warm spit. These Darwinians are trying to buffalo readers into thinking you can use divination on saliva from apes and humans and perceive a story of evolution, visualizing humans losing their hair and learning to cook.Human saliva is unique in that it is waterier and contains a different mix of proteins. The findings came as a big surprise to the researchers, since humans are known to be genetically close relatives of the great apes, chimpanzees and gorillas.The evolutionary story is lubricated with perhapses and maybes, ending with futureware: “The study’s findings provide a necessary basis for future studies to assess whether the differences in human salivary proteins were caused by natural selection.” In other words, they don’t even know that natural selection had anything to do with spit. It’s illogical to think it might have anyway; the Stuff Happens Law doesn’t ’cause’ anything.The only evidence that can be salvaged from this article involves design in our salivary glands and the complex proteins that help us digest our food. After translation from Darwinese into science, therefore, the article will be very short.Darwinizing DarwinismAn evolution in the understanding of evolution (University of Virginia Engineering). The heroine of this article thinks that evolution needs evolution itself, in order to be understood. Kristen Naegle spent a lot of time running divination studies on proteins to praise Darwin, but all for naught. After running her work through the Darwinese translator, there would be precious little left. She and her student Roman Sloutsky try to impress readers with their wizardry. Such divination is not for laymen, she says. In order to justify the exercise, she tries to convince the peasants that it could cure cancer.Reconstructing evolutionary branches is tricky, especially when many species share a similar type of protein that might have evolved to perform somewhat different functions. Mathematically, the problem quickly becomes very big, but discovering the implications of this protein evolution could lead to a better understanding of how our bodies deal with cancer and other diseases.First of all, she incorrectly thinks that proteins, those amazingly sophisticated and sequence-specific molecular machines, are products of evolution. That’s a show stopper right there. Second, it’s a pipe dream to think that Darwinism is going to help understand or cure cancer. A Darwinist believes that cancer is one of those things that just happens. Third, the work leaves nothing accomplished for Darwin worship. It’s all futureware.Naegle made one statement that could be a redeeming feature, and worth saving in the translated article. “Most models of protein evolution in use today are probably wrong,” she said.Including hers.With a little practice, you, too, could become a skilled Darwinese translator. (Visited 302 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The vortex of complaint

first_imgTim CohenIt’s not often you can generalise about a nation, particularly South Africa, but it’s probably true to say that South Africans in general have at least one common quality. We like to complain.By reputation, the British keep a stiff upper lip. By reputation, the French make light of things, and waft them away in a dazzling display of philosophising. By reputation, the Chinese keep stum, and seek solace in the learned balance of Confucius. By reputation, the Japanese blame themselves.But given half a chance, particularly in private, South Africans let loose in blathering explosion of anger and bile in which every conceivable thing or person is to blame, other than, of course, themselves. It’s evident on seemingly interminable talk shows on the country’s many problems and particularly on the anonymous feedback commentary on the internet. Frequently, it must be said, it has a bit of racial edge.It wasn’t always thus. It may just be a kind of wishful interpretation of history, but it does seem as if the stultification of free speech during the apartheid years has invoked a swing in the opposite direction now that speech is all too free. Now, given half a chance, everybody goes wild, so much so that the point is often lost as the arguments move away from the topic and get sucked down more familiar and emotional by-ways. Friends of mine describe this process as the vortex; the great whirl-wind of noise a wobbly nation makes as it desperately tries to keep its balance.So the country’s recent electricity cuts, termed “load shedding” for reasons best known to politicians and people who throw switches, have provided a truly magnificent opportunity for the vortex to be released. The arguments about the electricity cuts have a truly splendid way of allowing the protagonists to simply justify their pre-existing beliefs. Power utility Eskom is a state-owned, corporate entity. It’s a vertically integrated utility and as such, it not only owns, operates and maintains the national transmission grid but is also responsible for generating almost all the country’s capacity. This allows the left to blame government for corporatising the entity, and the right to blame government for not corporatising the entity enough.Whatever the case, it’s well known that Eskom provides some of the cheapest electricity in the world, and not by small margins either. The average wholesale cost of electricity is a full 60% lower than its nearest rival, which apparently is Canada. One of the reasons for this extraordinary proficiency is that South Africa has huge coal reserves and, consequently, generation is close to supply and, consequently, electricity in South Africa is cheap but also dirty.But cheap electricity in South Africa also has a historical explanation too. When Eskom was established as a self-funding organisation, it expanded its generating capacity in line with the growth expectations the organisation’s management anticipated at the time. The big-boom period was in the 1970s when gold was, well, the same price it is now. The country’s growth rate was impressive, and because the lead time in establishing large coal fired furnaces is so long, Eskom built like crazy.The result was overcapitalisation of the company and, for years, Eskom had a surplus generating capacity. Consequently, nobody bothered much. And so the electricity blackouts have caught everyone a bit by surprise, intensifying the vortex into a veritable cacophony of complaint.But in fact, in a way, electricity shortages are the kind of problem you want to have. Most often they suggest strong underlying and democratic economic growth. It means consumers are stepping up and buying electronic goods in small mountains. It means lives are improving in incremental but significant ways with washing machines and stove cookers.Of course, it would be nice if someone had their eye on the ball and managed to plan correctly. And strangely enough, someone did. A government white paper produced eight years ago suggested that at the current growth rates, South Africa would run out of electricity in – you guessed it – 2008.Personally, I blame it on the vortex. Sometimes complaining takes you further away from the problem rather than closer to it. A culture of complaint is often lauded as the first step in recognising a problem. But when it turns a kind of campaigning negative, it constitutes a retreat into argument rather than a spur to better planning. In short, the vortex sucks.Tim Cohen is a freelance journalist writing for a variety of South African publications. He is currently contracted as a columnist to Business Day and the Weekender, where he worked for most of his career, and financial website Moneyweb where he writes on business and corporate activity for an associate site called Dealweb. He was the 2004 Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.last_img read more

SA congratulates India’s president-elect

first_img24 July 2012 South African President Jacob Zuma has congratulated India’s Congress heavyweight and former finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, on being elected the 13th President of India on Sunday. India’s President is a ceremonial head of state and is elected by an electoral college comprising Members of Parliament and state legislators. India’s executive head of state is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.‘Engaging India at the highest level’ In a statement on Monday, Zuma said South Africa looked forward to continuing its engagements with India at the highest level. “South Africa will also explore new opportunities in both the bilateral and multilateral environments to engage India in an evolving global environment.” Noting that India is a strategic partner, Zuma said South Africa’s objective will be to build on the strong bilateral relationship and continue to foster goodwill and sound relations across a broad spectrum. The two countries are strategic partners at a multilateral level and have created a platform for cooperating in various forums, namely the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) forum; the India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA); the Brazil, South Africa, India, China – a climate change-specific forum; Group of 20 (G20) and India- Africa Forum, all of which reinforce the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries. Mukherjee defeated his main challenger and former parliament speaker, P.A. Sangma, by more than 50%. He was nominated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance to contest the presidential poll held on 19 July and has held key portfolios like defence and foreign ministries in his political career spanning over 43 years. The 77-year-old Mukherjee will be sworn in as the country’s President by the Chief Justice of India on Wednesday, succeeding the incumbent Head of State Pratibha Patil whose five-year term ends on the same day. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Salesforce.com Buys Google Apps Marketplace Favorite Manymoon

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Manymoon Standard, our free product, will continue to be available for existing and new customers. In fact, we’ll continue to add features to our free product. And, if you want to upgrade, you are welcome to do that through the Manymoon website whenever you like.Existing premium features, subscriptions and price points will remain unchanged.Manymoon will continue to work with Google Apps, LinkedIn and the Chrome Web Store. And, we will continue to develop new features to enhance support of these platforms.We’ll continue to support our customers in the Manymoon Support Universe.What does Manymoon bring to Salesforce.com that Chatter doesn’t already have? Project management. Dimdim will add conferencing to Chatter, and project management is the next logical step towards making Chatter a fully featured collaboration suite. But that’s assuming that Salesforce.com will actually integrate Manymoon into Chatter – the initial announcement from Manymoon makes that uncertain.Sameer Patel of the Sovo Group told us in response to the announcement:With its strong project facilitation focus, Manymoon brings solid complementary ‘get-it-done’ functionality to a general purpose engagement platform such as Salesforce.com Chatter. As important, the Google Apps Marketplace is quickly becoming a valid choice for more and more enterprises.Manymoon’s strong integration with the Google Apps Marketplace may well offer a needed bridge between Force.com and Google App Marketplace. Thanks to Manymoon’s integration with Google’s productivity applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and contact management, Salesforce.com now gets to tout a more complete collaboration picture that includes engagement, task management and content creation.The top review for Salesforce for Google Apps reads “Best CRM out there but poor integration with Google Apps.” The application has only two stars. Perhaps this acquisition will help Salesforce.com improve its integration with Google Apps.Manymoon competes with Huddle and PBWorks in the project-centric collaboration SaaS market. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finley Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Manymoon, makers of a popular online collaboration software-as-a-service, announced today that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com. Manymoon ranks as one of the most popular applications in both the Google Apps Marketplace and the LinkedIn Application Directory. According to the announcement, Manymoon will continue to exist as a separate business within Salesforce.com and will continue to offer both its free and premium services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Salesforce.com has been on an acquisition spree. In the past few months, it has purchased: Jigsaw, Sitemasher, Activa Live Chat, Heroku, Etacts and Dimdim. Salesforce.com also invested $4 million in Seesmic today.According to the announcement: Tags:#enterprise#saas 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more