Cisco Attacks Microsoft Lync, But Will Anyone Care?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Cisco#collaboration#hardware#Lync#Microsoft#networking#Software#UCC#unified communications antone gonsalves In 2010, Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers told reporters at the company’s reseller conference in San Francisco, “We don’t focus on other companies. We focus on market transitions.”The statement was a half-truth. Chambers should have said companies other than Microsoft.On Monday, the eve of Microsoft’s first Lync User Conference, Rowan Trollope, general manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group, posted a blog that that explained why Lync was inferior to Cisco’s platform for unified communications and collaboration.“I’m quite sure some of it will generate controversy but that’s OK – it’s a conversation worth having in our opinion,” Trollope writes.But as sometimes happens when brands or political campaigns “go negative,” the whole thing is blowing up in Cisco’s face, as analysts point out the weaknesses in Cisco’s arguments.The real takeaway, in fact, is that Cisco seems to be scared of what Microsoft is selling.Cisco’s ClaimsTrollope’s post isn’t super nasty, at least not by Apple-v-Android standards. But he takes some shots at Microsoft Lync, calling it “a solution that’s primarily been developed for a desktop PC user experience” and thus “less able to meet these wider post-PC requirements than one that has been designed and optimized for them from the outset.”An example of the latter, Trollope says, would be Cisco’s UC&C, which is a set of integrated products, such as messaging, Internet telephony, video conferencing and data sharing. All the products are accessed through a single user interface.Another of Trollope’s criticism is that with Microsoft, customers need to go out and buy all sorts of different devices instead of getting everything from a single vendor. “And, in our opinion, that could lead to increased complexity, cost and risk, not to mention the hours spent trying to figure out `who’s on first’ when troubleshooting an issue.”And finally this:“There are other important topics that we think should also be discussed. Does your collaboration vendor have any conflict of interest with other BYOD device vendors? Can you move from an in-house deployment to a cloud-based service and get the same functionality? We would encourage you to explore these points with us and any other vendors you are considering.”This is all pretty garden-variety competitive marketing, and certainly far less aggressive than what Microsoft does with its anti-Google “Scroogled” campaigns.Nevertheless, analysts were quick to cry foul and to point out flaws in Cisco’s arguments.Cisco’s HypocrisyA large part of what Trollope called a “frank and direct conversation” was a “little far fetched and hypocritical,” Gartner analyst Steve Blood says.Cisco claims Microsoft’s Surface tablet represented a conflict of interest, since Lync would also support competing tablets from Apple and Google. Cisco seems to have forgotten its own entry into the tablet market with Cius, which failed miserably and was pulled last year. “It wasn’t worried about a conflict of interest then,” Blood says.Cisco also has other conflicts when it comes to hardware. While its UC&C products work on other vendor’s systems, they run best on Cisco’s Unified Computing System. And when it comes to partners offering Cisco UC&C in the cloud, its UCS server is the only hardware option, Blood says.Trollope claims Lync is more complex and expensive because customers need to get phones, video equipment, voice and video gateways and networking gear through hardware partners since Microsoft doesn’t make those products, while Cisco sells its own integrated hardware and software.Art Schoeller, analyst for Forrester Research, isn’t buying Trollope’s argument. “Each account is different in what they have, what they want, and what capabilities are important to them and what model appeals to them more,” he says.While Cisco arguably has a stronger hosted platform than Microsoft, Cisco’s biggest resellers are also selling hosted Lync and Office 365, which is “a recognition by Cisco’s partners that in some instances, the Microsoft solution is something they would want to propose in place of Cisco,” Blood says.The biggest problem Microsoft has in offering Lync in the cloud is with voice communications. In many countries, as soon as voice hits the cloud, it becomes a regulated service, much like that of a carrier. Microsoft and Cisco are solving the problem by partnering with carriers. “Currently, Microsoft promotes Lync on premise, if a customer wants deeper voice capabilities like conferencing,” Schoeller says.Cisco Feels The CompetitionCisco is going on the offensive because Microsoft is becoming a serious competitor, which is good for companies in the market for unified communications products. However, Cisco would do better to focus on customers, rather than spend time attacking the competition with “ill-prepared, and weak arguments such as this,” Blood says.In a recent interview with AllThingsD, Chambers said, “We love to compete, and we try to always compete with class.”If Chambers believes Trollope’s blog is class, then he needs to look up the definition.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 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Meet Our Presenters for the September 21 Webinar “Mobile Apps for RDNs in Patient Care: What Does the Evidence Say?”

first_imgCan’t wait for this webinar! Mobile Apps for RDNs in Patient Care: What Does the Evidence Say?Please join us Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00 am CDT for a free webinar on cDietitians earn 1.0 CPEU.To register, visit the event page.Kristen DiFilippo, MS, RDN, LDN, Ph.D. candidate in Nutritional Sciences, University of IllinoisKristen DiFilippo received her Masters of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus in Dietetics from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research is focused on the role of mobile apps in nutrition-related programs. Kristen DiFilippo focused on eating disorders and weight management when she worked at the Mettler Center as a Registered Dietitian. She also worked at Eastern Illinois University, Parkland College, and Lake Land College where she was an instructor for various nutrition courses. In September, Kirsten DiFilippo will be presenting alongside Justine Karduck on our upcoming webinar about Mobile Apps for RDNs in Patient Care: What Does the Evidence Say?Justine Karduck, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE Ph.D. student and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, University of IllinoisJustine Karduck received her Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois. She is studying mobile apps in the clinical management of type 2 diabetes as a Ph.D. student in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Her Dietetic Internship was completed in Danville IL through the VA Illiana Health Care System and is now the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of Illinois. Justine Karduck is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. She also takes part in Military Family Learning Network where she is the Professional Education Coordinator in the Nutrition and Wellness concentration.Tune in to learn more about our presenters and the roles mobile apps have in the field of dietetics.This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more

Shiva Thapa, Sachin Siwach Reach Finals at Men’s National Boxing Championships

first_img FinalMen’s BoxingNational Boxing ChampionshipsSachin Siwach First Published: October 9, 2019, 11:02 PM IST Baddi: There were no surprises on Day 6 as all the top boxers, led by Sachin Siwach (57kg) and Shiva Thapa (63kg), comfortably marched into the finals of the ongoing 4th Elite Mens National Boxing Championships at the Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technology on Wednesday.With 20 bouts being played, Railways’ Sachin Siwach (57 kg) continued his winning run as he defeated Punjab’s Sagar Chand 5-0. The India Open silver medallist began slowly and started becoming more aggressive towards the end of the first round before dominating the bout. In the other semi-final in the bantamweight category, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammad Hussamuddin clinched an easy 5-0 win against Rajasthan’s Roshan Sain. The Services boxer will face Sachin Siwach in a highly-anticipated final on Thursday.Assam’s Shiva Thapa (63kg) staved off the challenge of last year’s silver medallist Abhishek Yadav and notched up a unanimous win. Shiva stayed low against his tall and muscular opponent from Uttar Pradesh to deliver his combination blows. He will play for the gold medal against Services’ Akash who defeated President’s Cup gold medallist Ankush Dahiya 3-2 in a close bout.Railways’ Rohit Tokas (75 kg), who defeated Asian Championships silver medallist Ashish Kumar in the pre-quarter final on Tuesday, also walked home with an easy 5-0 win over Rohit of All India Police.Haryana’s Ankit Khatana blanked Chandigarh’s Pankaj Chauhan 5-0 in a one-sided bout and will face Rohit Tokas for the gold medal on Thursday.Railways’ Naman Tanwar (91kg) continued his flawless run as he trounced Uttarakhand’s Kapil Pokhariya 5-0 to set up a rematch of the 2019 India Open final against Sumit Sangwan who would be looking to avenge his defeat On Thursday.Services boxer PL Prasad (52kg) displayed his superior form and skills to bag an easy 5-0 win over Sparash Kumar of Punjab.Gujarat’s Jayesh Desai (69kg) edged past All India Police’s Parmod Kumar 3-2 in a close bout.The finals will see 8 boxers from Services and 5 boxers from Railways fight for the top honours On Thursday. Services, who won 8 gold medals and bagged the top position last year, will be looking to defend their title this year. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Rio Haryanto becomes Indonesia’s first F1 driver

first_imgRio Haryanto will become Indonesia’s first Formula One driver after signing a deal with Manor Racing, the back-of-the-grid team announced on Thursday.The 23-year-old Haryanto will make his race debut in Australia when the season starts on March 20.”Melbourne will be a huge moment for me, my country, supporters and fans and I want to thank everyone who’s been with me since I started in single seaters; 2016 is my chance to reward that faith and represent Asia in F1,” Haryanto said.His signing as team-mate to German rookie Pascal Wehrlein completes the grid for the 2016 season. Haryanto, who finished fourth in the GP2 feeder series last season with three race wins, will be the third Southeast Asian driver to compete in Formula One since the championship started in 1950.The other two were Malaysian Alex Yoong, with Minardi in 2001-2002, and Thailand’s Prince Bira (Birabongse Bhanudej) in the 1950s. Haryanto was already the first Indonesian to drive a Formula One car, having tested with Manor’s predecessors Virgin Racing in 2010.The Indonesian’s arrival in Formula One spells disappointment for Britain’s Will Stevens, American Alexander Rossi and Spaniard Roberto Merhi, who all raced for Manor last season when the team was known as Marussia.”Rio’s huge following in Indonesia is great for the team and for F1. They are keen to see him on the grid and we’re confident that we’ll see him enjoying some exciting battles in the year ahead,” Manor owner Stephen Fitzpatrick said.Manor failed to score a point in 2015 but have rung the changes since then, with new management and drivers as well as Mercedes engines in place of ageing Ferrari ones. Haryanto’s place in the team had depended on raising funds in Indonesia, with Manor seeking 15 million euros ($16.71 million) according to local media.advertisementThe driver has been backed by state-owned Indonesian oil and gas company Pertamina but it was not immediately known how much they had contributed towards securing the drive.last_img read more

French Open: Timea Bacsinszky turns nightmare into dream

first_imgSometimes, nerves get the better of Timea Bacsinszky. The good thing is it happens off the tennis court.Facing wind, rain and cold and a crowd cheering her French opponent, the 30th-seeded Swiss player on Tuesday reached the French Open semifinals. Bacsinszky defeated 13th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-4 in a match twice interrupted by rain.It was all the more impressive considering she hardly slept the night before.”I went to bed more or less at 11 p.m.,” Bacsinszky said. “I woke up at 4 a.m. I could not sleep for an hour. Went back to sleep. Woke up earlier than my alarm. My heart was beating. Like, it was a rush.”Bacsinszky was having a nightmare. She dreamed she had to leave her hotel room and play in another tournament. But at the last minute she realized had forgotten crucial things – presents for her family.”I remember that I had, like, three towels that I wanted to give to my siblings because I have three,” she said. “But I forgot them in the closet. So it was a big drama, so I could not get into the plane without giving the towels of the French Open, and I woke up and I was sweating. It was terrible for me.”Bacsinszky thought about giving up tennis earlier in her career because of a foot and abdominal injury. She played her first semifinal in Paris two years ago, losing to eventual champion Serena Williams. Bacsinszky was up a set and a break in the second against Williams before she crumbled and eventually lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.advertisement”Serena hasn’t taken part in this tournament, so this will help me quite a lot,” Bacsinszky said.Her opponent for a place in the final will be 19-year-old Jelena Ostapenko, who beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. They play Thursday, which happens to be Ostapenko’s 20th birthday and Bacsinszky’s 28th.”She’s feisty. I’m no longer feisty. I’m eight years older than her, even though at the French Open I’m in a fighting mood,” Bacsinszky said. “I know it won’t be a bed of roses.”last_img read more

Asian Games 2018 bronze medallist Harish Kumar is an autorickshaw driver in Delhi

first_imgThis year at the Asian Games 2018 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang, India bagged a bronze medal in a sport that people hardly know about. It came as a surprise to most when India got a bronze medal in sepak takraw Men’s Team Regu event.Amidst a host of bronze medallist, there is a lanky auto-rickshaw driver from Delhi Harish Kumar, who plays the sport purely for passion.Every single day ahead of Asian Games, he would practice at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in Delhi after performing his duties of a driver just so that he could make the squad.He finally made it to the Indian team and went on to win a historic bronze medal. He is one of the youngest members of the squad and has worked immensely hard for this day.He is still in Indonesia, now competing in the Men’s Regu event along with his other teammates.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 9 LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYOn Monday, he played the role of killer on the court, winning points at the net. He, along with two of his other teammates, helped India beat Nepal 2-0.They did not qualify for the medal round but won two matches in Group B and bowed out on a high with the dominating win over Nepal. They earlier beat Taiwan 2-1.”This is the biggest moment of our sporting careers. The feeling is yet to sink in. Hopefully, there will be more recognition for the sport,” says Hem Raj, the chief coach of the team told Firstpost from Palembang.advertisementAlso read – Asian Games 2018: India grab first sepak takraw medalAhead of the Asian Games, there was a lot of controversy surrounding sepak takraw. When the Indian football team was not sent by the Indian Olympic Association citing that they were not capable of winning medals, questions were raised over the selection of sepak takraw and wushu teams.While the wushu squad returned with four medals, the sepak takraw Men’s Regu team won the historic bronze too. They rose over the pressure and controversy and an ‘unpopular’ Harish Kumar was a vital part of the history.Sepak takraw has been included in the Sports Ministry’s priority list because of which the players have been able to take part in a number of international events.Also read – Asian Games 2018: India win first medal in sepak takraw. All you need to know about the sportIn fact, ahead of the Asian Games, the government also sanctioned a two-month training schedule for the team in Thailand and that was a huge boost for the team. Thailand is the traditional powerhouse of the sport.Now that Harish Kumar would return to Delhi as an Asian Games medallist, he would hope for enough finance so that he can concentrate alone on the sport and bring much more glory to India.last_img read more

Hanuma Vihari reveals how tips from Virat Kohli helped him face England pacers

first_imgHanuma Vihari announced himself in international cricket with a gritty half-century against England during the fifth Test at The Oval.Vihari made 56 runs off 124 balls in his debut innings in testing conditions against the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Moeen Ali to help India reach a respectable total in the first innings.Vihari put on a 77-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja as India scored 292 in reply to England’s 332 in the first innings.When Vihari came into bat he looked nervous like any youngster would playing for the first time at the biggest of stages and against an opponent which has the best swing bowling attack in Test cricket.Rahul Dravid helped me ease my nerves before Test debut, says Hanuma VihariBut he had his skipper Virat Kohli at the other end who kept on providing constant support to Vihari and kept encouraging him to see off Broad and Anderson’s spells.The pep talk worked wonders for the 24-year-old Andrha Pradesh batsman as he settled his nerves to add 51 runs with Kohli and then went on to stitch another big partnership with Jadeja.Hanuma Vihari becomes 26th Indian to score 50 on Test debutVihari later revealed how he went blank when he came out to bat but Kohli helped him settle his nerves and battle it out in the middle.”I was blank at that moment. It felt like a different world altogether – going out there to face James Anderson and Stuart Broad. I have been watching them on TV from a young age. And then to be suddenly facing them felt surreal,” Vihari told firstpost in an exclusive interview.advertisementCricket Australia ready to schedule more tour games for India”It was difficult in the initial period. Kohli helped me a bit from the other end. He gave me few cues which helped me initially.”He told me that this is the hardest conditions you will get in international cricket. Nothing comes close to this. If you go through this spell by Anderson and Broad, it will be a good experience in your first Test innings. The words gave me a lot of confidence,” Vihari went on to add.Lack of practice games reason behind India’s Test series loss in England: MS DhoniReplacing Hardik Pandya in the match, Vihari showed what India have been missing throughout the series at the No.6 position. Coming off a good season with India A in England, Vihari justified his selection with a composed and patient knock.Team India report card after England Test seriesHe completed his fifty off 104 balls to become the 26th player to score a fifty on Test debut for India. The knock also saw him become the first Indian to score a Test fifty on debut in England after Sourav Ganguly and Dravid. The two legendary batsmen had achieved the feat on their Test debut at Lord’s in 1996.As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsEngland however, completely outplayed India in their second innings with Alastair Cook and Joe Root’s hundreds taking the game away from the visitors. England ended up with 423/8 declared in their second innings, setting India a target of 464.Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questionsKL Rahul and Rishabh Pant’s hundreds led the Indian reply but once they were dismissed, the innings fell apart as they got bowled out for 345 to lose the match by 118 runs as England clinched the five-match series 4-1.Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketBut Vihari and Jadeja’s knocks along with Pant’s hundred in the final innings remain the biggest positives for India in the Oval Test.Vihari and Pant in particular, look like the real deal and could be around for a long time if they keep performing like this with the former even proving to be a handy off-spin bowler.In fact that is Vihari’s next target – to improve on his off-spin bowling so that he can provide the captain with another option in the longest format.”I want to improve as a bowler. If you have a batsman in top six who can bowl, it makes a huge difference for a team. I have started bowling a lot now. And will look to focus more and more on it. This can help the team as well as me in the long run,” summed up Vihari.last_img read more

Italian city Genoa offers to host Copa Libertadores final

first_imgMilan, Nov 26 (AFP) Genoa offered River Plate and Boca Juniors on Monday the opportunity to play the second leg of the postponed Copa Libertadores final in the Italian city after it was postponed for a second time on Sunday. The clash between the Buenos Aires arch-rivals was due to be played on Sunday after initially being postponed on Saturday following an attack on the Boca team bus by River fans bus near the Monumental stadium, which left Boca players with injuries from shards of broken glass and suffering the effects of smoke inhalation. But the match, dubbed the biggest in the history of Argentine football, was postponed for a second time by South American football federation Conmebol, after Boca had called earlier demanded that River face a series of punishments including forfeiting the match. “Our city, which historically, culturally and through sport, is close to Buenos Aires, feels a deep-rooted link to your two prestigious clubs founded by our countrymen who emigrated from Italy to Argentina in the early 1900s, and today twinned to our two clubs Genoa and Sampdoria,” a letter addressed to the presidents of the two clubs by Genoa deputy mayor Stefano Anzalone read. The north-western port city of Genoa — still reeling from the deaths of 43 people when a bridge collapsed in August — offered River and Boca the opportunity to play the game at the city’s Marassi stadium. “The painful recent events which have hit us, have reawakened a profound sense of community and of rediscovering our roots; therefore, as Sports Chief Executive of the Municipality of Genoa, I am communicating to you that our city would be honoured and makes itself available to host this important and prestigious Cup final and Argentine capital derby.advertisement “We are at your disposal for anything you may need.” Conmebol chief Alejandro Dominguez is due to meet with the Boca president Daniel Angelici and River Plate counterpart Rodolfo D’Onofrio on Tuesday to decide on a date for the fixture which had been 2-2 after the first leg. (AFP) AHlast_img read more

WCD requests sports authorities to provide children of CCIs platform to excel in sports

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 29 (PTI) The Women and Child Development Ministry has requested sports authorities to explore the possibility of providing children at child care institutions opportunities to perform better and excel in sports.Speaking at the concluding ceremony of a four-day festival ‘Hausla’ organised for the children living at Child Care Institutions (CCIs), WCD Secretary Rakesh Srivastava said there is a need to recognise the hidden talent of these children and help them take it forward in their life. Srivastava has requested sports authorities to explore and if possible, provide them a higher platform to perform better and excel in sports.Supreme Court Judge Deepak Gupta, who was present at the event, said children should fear nothing and believe in their ability.The National Festival for Children of CCIs witnessed participation of more than 600 children drawn from child care institutions from 18 states.They participated in events like painting competition, athletics meet, football, chess competition and speech writing as part of the festival, the ministry said in a statement. PTI UZM ANBANBlast_img read more

NYC Coach Development Project

first_imgIn previous years TFA has conducted the Trends of the Game workshop at this event, as the focus for coach development. Following from the success of the project conducted with the Elite Eight coaches at the National Touch League, this year we are undertaking a more individualised approach to assist coaches with what they have identified they would like support in. For more information, please click on the attachments below.Related Files2011__nyc_coach_development_project_memo-pdf2011_nyc_coach_development_project_letter-pdflast_img read more

Arsenal warned £40m transfer kitty ‘isn’t enough’

first_imgArsenal have been warned that their supposed £40 million ($50m) summer transfer budget “isn’t enough”, with Robert Pires claiming that “a lot of money” needs to be spent by the Gunners.Those at Emirates Stadium are preparing for a third successive season without Champions League football.Unai Emery could only deliver a fifth-place finish in the Premier League during his debut campaign, while the Spaniard also suffered Europa League final heartache against Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The hope was that more disappointment in north London would lead to a loosening of the purse strings, but that appears unlikely to be the case.Arsenal will once again be favouring a frugal approach to recruitment, much to the frustration of a loyal fan base and former stars with the club’s best interests at heart.Ex-Gunners forward Pires told reporters of the mindset being adopted: “I read that Arsenal have a small envelope for transfers, only £40m. My opinion is that it isn’t enough.“If you want to build a good team, you need to spend a lot of money, especially in the Premier League.“I respect Arsenal’s position and the owner, but everybody knows that if you want to win the Premier League, you need to spend a lot of money.“All the top clubs want to sign great players, but if you want a great player it costs a lot of money.”Sokratis Laurent Koscielny Arsenal Chelsea Europa League final 2019If Arsenal are to once again keep themselves out of the market for big-money deals, then Pires believes they should be piecing together long-term plans.The Frenchman feels moves for emerging talents with the potential to be shrewd additions for the present and future could be the way forward.He added: “After getting his first season out of the way after replacing Arsene Wenger it’s a new era for Arsenal and for Unai.“Unfortunately we lost Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck. Maybe we need to rebuild, make a new team, and why not with the young players?“I hope some young players come through into the first team. Freddie Ljungberg did very well with the Under-23s and won the league.“We have good young players and the right man heading the academy in Per Mertesacker.“So maybe the solution, if Arsenal have only £40m, is to bring in some young players and prepare for the future.”One player of considerable promise currently being heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal is St Etienne defender William Saliba, with the Gunners said to have reached an agreement with the 18-year-old.last_img read more

2017 Human Rights Awards

first_img “We can all play a role in advancing human rights,” said Ms. Hanson. “Wade Smith’s legacy is a testament to how one individual can make a positive impact and inspire many in their own way.” Along with the award presentations, the event included a reception, African drumming and musical performances. It was held in advance of the United Nations’ International Human Rights Day on Sunday, Dec. 10. For more information on the awards and for bios of the recipients, visit humanrights.novascotia.ca. Angela Simmonds, Cherry Brook, Halifax Regional Municipality, recognized for her commitment to human rights by helping African Nova Scotian communities to obtain titles to their land Nicole Doria, Halifax, a recent graduate of Dalhousie University, honoured for her commitment to promoting human rights in support of the health of Indigenous peoples Wade Smith, Halifax, recognized posthumously for his leadership in human rights, inclusive education and community mentorship Recipients of the 2017 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards were honoured at a ceremony today, Dec. 8, at Citadel High School in Halifax. Each year, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission recognizes Nova Scotians nominated by their peers for work in the field of human rights, social justice and advocacy. This year is particularly special, given it is the commission’s 50th anniversary – the organization was established in 1967. The theme of the 50th anniversary is “Learning from our past, building for our future.” “We’ve come a long way since 1967, and we recognize that more progress is needed to ensure respect for human rights. This can only be realized in partnership with Nova Scotians,” said Christine Hanson, commission director and CEO. “We are fortunate to live in a province where we not only have human rights protections in law, but we also have passionate and engaged people like the individuals and organizations we honoured today.” The following are recipients: Youth Award: Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace, a group in Antigonish recognized for its work to promote human rights by resettling Syrian refugee families Bill 59 Community Alliance, recognized for its advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities throughout the province Women’s Wellness Within, Halifax, recognized for its work to promote the rights of incarcerated and criminalized women and their children Group/Organization Award: Dr. Burnley Allan “Rocky” Jones Individual Award: Joshua Cochrane, 11, Yarmouth, honoured for his work to foster an inclusive environment for persons with disabilitieslast_img read more

The Seany Foundation Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over 60K

first_imgOn Monday, May 20, approximately 100 guests gathered at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, for the 3rd Annual Swinging for Seany Golf Tournament.The event — hosted by The Seany Foundation — raised over $60,000 for research and programs for children, teens, and young adults affected by cancer.The Foundation also announced the exciting news that, in 2014, the American Cancer Society will pass the torch to The Seany Foundation as the funding organization for Camp Reach for the Sky, a free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings.Golfers competed in fun contests for exciting prizes such as a stay at Wynn Las Vegas, and enjoyed a relaxing cocktail hour, silent auction, awards dinner, and opportunity drawing. Special guests that day included sports celebrities Kris Dielman, Chris McAlister, Tre McLeod, Jim Trotter, Jermaine Dye, and Scott Shields.The Seany Foundation hosts events to raise awareness about the devastating effects on kids with cancer and their families. It also seeks to raise funds for vital programs and research.last_img read more

Appeal of NEB pipeline jurisdiction decision highly probable BC activist

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Press CALGARY — B.C. environmental activist Mike Sawyer says it’s “highly probable” he will appeal a National Energy Board ruling that a pipeline designed to deliver natural gas to the $40-billion LNG Canada project falls under provincial, not federal, jurisdiction.The NEB ruled Friday against Sawyer’s application which contended the $6.2-billion Coastal GasLink project proposed by TC Energy Corp. falls under federal jurisdiction because it will connect with the Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. pipeline system of northeastern B.C. and northwestern Alberta and therefore crosses a provincial boundary.The NEB found that the pipeline is not under its jurisdiction because it does not form a part of the Nova system and is not “vital or integral” to it or any other federally regulated pipeline.It said Coastal GasLink, a 670-kilometre conduit currently under construction, is properly authorized and regulated by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission. The line is to bring gas from the Groundbirch area of British Columbia to LNG Canada’s export terminal near Kitimat, B.C.Sawyer says he is in discussions with his lawyer about whether to appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Appeal, as he did after the NEB made a similar decision on the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline that was to supply the Pacific NorthWest LNG project.In that case, the appeal court sent the ruling back to the NEB for reconsideration in 2017, but the question was left unanswered when the LNG project and its pipeline were abandoned.In a brief statement on its website, Coastal GasLink said it is “pleased” with the NEB ruling. read more

Humanitarian supplies airlifted into eastern Chad UN refugee agency

Aircraft carrying medical kits, fuel bladders, communications equipment and other relief items have been shuttling between the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, and Abeche since Saturday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said.Briefing reporters in Geneva, Ms. Pagonis said the French planes transported some 40 tons of supplies – originally sent from Denmark – over the weekend. Aid agencies began airlifting supplies after heavy rains in eastern Chad and western Sudan made many roads impassable.Ms. Pagonis said some of the medical kits are designed specifically to treat cholera, and have been sent to at least three refugee camps in case there is a sudden outbreak of the disease.At least 144,000 people from Darfur have been transferred into UNHCR’s nine camps in eastern Chad. These camps are away from the border and the threat of raids by the notorious Janjaweed militias. Another 14,800 people are living at Am Nabak, a separate site away from the border.Ms. Pagonis said work will start tomorrow on setting up a new camp at Treguine. This camp, which will be run by the International Federation of the Red Cross, is expected to house up to 17,000 people, including many from the congested UNHCR camp at Breidjing.Meanwhile, Japan announced yesterday that it will donate $3.7 million so that the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) can conduct campaigns in Sudan against polio, measles and malaria.UN officials estimate 1.2 million people are internally displaced within Darfur, a region the size of France, because of deadly attacks against civilians by the Janjaweed and also fighting between Government forces and two rebel groups. The situation in Darfur has been described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. read more

Côte dIvoire More than 40 villagers killed in machete attacks says UN

Residents of a village in western Côte d’Ivoire fled the area after unidentified attackers, armed with machetes, killed or wounded more than 100 people overnight, dealing a blow to the reconciliation attempts of the past month, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today.The UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) strongly condemned the attack, saying the assailants killed 41 people and wounded 61 on the outskirts of one of the West African country’s major cocoa marketing towns, Duékoué. People from the village and nearby localities fled to the town, it said.The UN mission said it reinforced its troops in the area with mobile patrols and stationary units in the area, which is under Ivorian Security and Defence Forces (FDS) control.UNOCI sent a team of human rights experts to the area and called on the Government to arrest the perpetrators and try them in conformity with the law. read more

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World champion Kyle Snyder returns to Ohio State wrestling for lateseason stretch

OSU sophomore Kyle Snyder declares a victory during a match against Nebraska at St. John Arena on Jan. 17. OSU won 21-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorSome four months ago, Kyle Snyder was hoisting the American flag triumphantly in Las Vegas following his world-championship victory.That same image now hangs from the rafters of St. John Arena on a banner, commemorating the struggles and sacrifices the Ohio State sophomore wrestler made on his way to glory at the record-breaking age of 19. Snyder poured his heart into his training, and it showed on the mat, beating world-renowned opponents like Olympic gold-medal winner Jake Varner on his way to earning the championship.Along the way, Snyder picked up victories in the Pan American Games and the U.S. Team Trials, as well as at the U.S. Open before taking home the gold in the World Championships. With all those accolades piling up for Snyder, balancing those national duties with his academics and OSU team became a great challenge. As a result, it was announced midway through 2015 that Snyder would be redshirting his sophomore year at OSU and instead work toward Olympic glory.At the time, his peers and mentors felt it was the right choice.“I thought the best thing for him early on was to definitely take an Olympic waiver,” OSU coach Tom Ryan said.Buckeye fans were in for a surprise, though, as in early January the team announced that Snyder would remove the redshirt and return to OSU to compete in the latter half of the season.It was a move that Snyder, OSU coaches and Team USA coaches all agreed upon. “I think I decided a week before Christmas,” Snyder said. “I talked to the USA coaching staff and everybody and made sure it was the smart decision.”Ryan flipped his initial standpoint after more details arose. “As things started to fall into place, it seemed like the best thing for him was coming back,” Ryan said.Snyder’s return was set to happen in early February.“We were initially thinking Penn State,” Ryan said.But in the Buckeyes’ match with Nebraska on Jan. 17, the 97-kilogram world champion made his return to the mat after his honorary banner was unveiled. It was a moment that Snyder wasn’t expecting.“I didn’t know I was getting the banner, or any type of banner, until midway through the week,” Snyder said. “They just said, ‘Hey, you’re getting a banner.’”The crowd at St. John Arena roared at the announcement of Snyder’s return, but he gave them even more to cheer about when he took the mat in the day’s final match. With the score even at 17, Snyder defeated Nebraska’s Colin Jensen to secure a 21-17 victory for the Buckeyes. The moment that was shared between athlete and coaches meant a lot to the returning sophomore.“It was fun being able to go out with the coaching staff that’s helped me achieve that goal,” Snyder said. “It was a special moment, but I wish my family could have been here to see it.”Ryan said he felt with Snyder available, there was no way to keep him out of the lineup.“We thought he was going to be in Russia this weekend,” Ryan said after the match against Nebraska. “And when he wasn’t, it seemed natural to have him return.”In his freshman year, Snyder competed in the 197-pound class, where he achieved a 30-4 record and was a runner-up at the NCAA Championships.Now, after spending time training and competing for an Olympic run, Snyder has returned to compete as a heavyweight.“The motivation for this year, and for every year after this that I’m competing, is to be the best in the world,” Snyder said. “I think coming back this year is going to help the team, but it’s also going to help me.”There has been an adjustment by the sophomore to switch weight classes, but he does feel the added practice will benefit his career in the future.“I’m going to get a few more matches in against some tough, strong competitors,” Snyder said. “I think wrestling them and figuring them out is going to help me in the long run.”Ryan agreed, citing how the experience Snyder gains from these matches will do nothing but benefit him in his path to the Olympics and beyond.“The more heavyweight matches he gets, the better,” Ryan said.With the return of someone with the credentials of Snyder, the OSU wrestling room has become a true force to be reckoned with in the NCAA. As of rankings released Jan. 19, the Scarlet and Gray are ranked No. 9 in the country.Snyder did not compete against Michigan State, even though the Buckeyes won handily, 33-9, but he is expected to participate in future meets this season.Currently, Snyder is 1-0 for the season and 31-4 overall as a collegiate wrestler. Despite the obvious success on the mat, Ryan said he feels that there are more qualities brought by the sophomore than just an ability to dictate matches.“He is an incredible example of how to do things right,” Ryan said. “He sets the standard where every coach wants his team to go.”OSU’s next match is set for Friday against Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. It’s scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with Snyder’s presence in the lineup yet to be announced. read more