CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):The Australian duo of Mike Hussey and Shane Watson have congratulated St Lucia Zouks teammate Darren Sammy, following the St Lucia government’s decision to rename the Beausejour Cricket Ground in his honour.Watson, who retired from international cricket following the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India, hailed Sammy as a “great leader” and said he was looking forward to playing alongside him at the Zouks’ home ground in Gros Islet.”I knew when I first signed up for CPL how passionate the West Indies public are, but to receive this news about the St Lucia government’s decision to rename the national stadium in honour of one of their favourite sporting sons is a huge thing, especially for someone so young, who has so much top-level cricket ahead of him,” Watson said.”Darren is a great leader and a true champion in all regards, and I know how passionate he is about the Zouks. He deserves this accolade for the manner he has led the West Indies team, and this is an honour for all time.”It really excites me about being a part of CPL 2016, and I can’t wait to step out on the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium this summer.”Hussey, meanwhile, affectionately known as ‘Mr Cricket’, called the honour for Sammy an “incredible accolade”, and heaped praises on West Indies for winning the T20 World Cup.”To win a world title for your country is the ultimate accolade and I would like to offer my congratulations to fellow Zouks man Darren Sammy, coach Phil Simmons, and the West Indies team on their win last weekend in the ICC World T20,” said Hussey, who averaged 51 in 79 Tests and 48 from 185 one-dayers.Sammy led West Indies to the second T20 World Cup title when the Caribbean side beat England by four wickets in the final of the tournament in India last Sunday.
A $40.9 million contract was signed on Monday between the Government of Guyana and Rakesh Samaroo of Builders Hardware for the construction of a state-of-the-art operating theatre at the Suddie Hospital. Signing on behalf of the Government was Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson, who said that he was very happy that Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) would finally get a state-of-the-art operating theatre.He noted that the Region requested this through its budget a long time ago, but heRegional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson and contractor Rakesh Samaroo after the contract signing on Mondaywas, nevertheless, happy that it was approved in 2018.Hopkinson stated that he had full confidence the contractor would do a good job because of his track records, and hoped that the project would be completed within the four-month period estimated.Regional Health Officer (RHO), Dr Afarah Khan was supportive of the project, and as such, would seek the advice of the Regional Engineer with respect to monitoring the project.Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson encouraged the contractor to use local skilled persons in the area. She also called for quality work.Presently, the theatre at Suddie Hospital cannot deal with all of the current cases and as such, patients who have to undergo major surgery are transferred to the West Demerara Regional Hospital or even the Georgetown Public Hospital.When completed, the operating theatre at Suddie is expected to take care of all relevant patients in Region Two.
Brand South Africa confident of the country’s transitionJohannesburg, Thursday 15th February 2018 – Brand South Africa welcomes the political certainty following the resignation of President Jacob Zuma yesterday, 14th February 2018. This once again shows the strength of our democracy. Brand South Africa has confidence in our constitutional democracy and institutions to manage the transition to a new administration.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Dr Kingsley Makhubela says; “we acknowledge that the country has seen a lot of speculation in the last few weeks, regarding the office of the President, however, we have full confidence in the new leadership of the ruling party as well as our institutions to take the country forward”.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comTsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5000Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comNotes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
Chandigarh, Apr 17 (PTI) The Punjab government today announced to introduce biometric attendance system in all the colleges and industrial training institutes run by the state Technical Education department.The announcement was made by Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister Charanjit Singh Channi while presiding over the first review meeting of the department here.He said the biometric system would be introduced both for the staff and students which would be directly connected with the head office.”The state government would launch a scholarship scheme for meritorious students interested in studying in government polytechnic, engineering colleges and industrial training institutes (ITIs),” Channi said.He said the scheme will also be applicable for outstanding sports students.In a stern message to all the officials, the minister said corruption and favoritism would not be tolerated at any level in the department and all promotions would be based on performance.He said the state-run institutes should focus on providing job orientated quality education based on the present and future needs of the global industry.He also asked the heads of the department to make extra efforts to tie up with big industrial units and multinational companies at their levels for the placement and practical training of students.Announcing zero tolerance towards copying in exams, Channi said along with the erring students, the examiners concerned will also be held responsible.”The answer sheets of students seeking revaluation would be put on the department website and if a difference of more than 10 per cent is found in the revaluation cases, action will be taken against the examiner,” he said.advertisementThe Congress leader asked the senior officials to inspect all polytechnic, engineering colleges and ITIs regularly and submit their performance reports to him.He said the internal gradation system for the department institutes would be put in place and those performing well would be rewarded and action would be taken against non-performers.The minister also announced annual state awards for three best performing principals and teachers each of the institutes of the technical education department. PTI CHS SRY
Kolkata: The Hindu Jagaran Manch, a Hindu right wing group, will organise a rally here on Saturday to press for the demand of construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, a leader of the manch said Friday. Apart from the demand of construction of the Ram Mandir, the ‘Virat Hindu Sammelan’ rally at Shahid Minar Grounds here will also demand National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal to weed out illegal immigrants from the state, he said. “We have four specific demands. One is construction of Ram Temple at Ayodha and all the political parties should come forward to make that happen,” Vivek Singha, assistant media in charge, of Hindu Jagaran Manch told PTI. The second demand is NRC for Bengal in order to identify and send back the illegal immigrants. Third is passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill in order to enable Hindu refugees get citizenship and the fourth is construction of a Gangasagar house, for Gangasagar pilgrims by the state government, on the lines of Haj House, he said.
Yesterday, F5 Networks, the company that offers businesses cloud and security application services, announced that it is set to acquire NGNIX, the company behind the popular open-source web server software, for approximately $670 million. These two companies are coming together to provide their customers with consistent application services across every environment. F5 has been seeing some stall in its growth lately given that its last quarterly earnings have only shown a 4% growth compared to the year before. On the other hand, NGINX continues to show a 100 percent year-on-year growth since 2014. The company currently boasts of 375 million users with about 1,500 customers for its paid services like support, load balancing, and API gateway and analytics. This acquisition will enable F5 to accelerate ‘time to market’ of its services to customers for building modern applications. F5 plans to enhance the current offerings by NGINX using its security solutions and will also be integrating its cloud-native innovations with NGINX’s load balancing technology. Along with these advancements, F5 will help scale NGINX selling opportunities using its global sales force, channel infrastructure, and partner ecosystem. François Locoh-Donou, President and CEO of F5, sharing his vision behind acquiring NGINX said, “F5’s acquisition of NGINX strengthens our growth trajectory by accelerating our software and multi-cloud transformation”. He adds, “By bringing F5’s world-class application security and rich application services portfolio for improving performance, availability, and management together with NGINX’s leading software application delivery and API management solutions, unparalleled credibility and brand recognition in the DevOps community, and massive open source user base, we bridge the divide between NetOps and DevOps with consistent application services across an enterprise’s multi-cloud environment.” NGINX’s open source community was also a major factor behind this acquisition. F5 will continue investing in the NGINX open source project as open source is a core part of its multi-cloud strategy. F5 expects that this will help it accelerate product integrations with leading open source projects and open doors for more partnership opportunities. Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc, said, “NGINX and F5 share the same mission and vision. We both believe applications are at the heart of driving digital transformation. And we both believe that an end-to-end application infrastructure—one that spans from code to customer—is needed to deliver apps across a multi-cloud environment.” The acquisition is now approved by the boards of directors of both F5 and NGINX and is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2019. Once the acquisition is complete, the NGINX founders, Gus Robertson, Igor Sysgoev, and Maxim Konovalov will be joining F5 Networks. To know more in detail, check out the announcement by F5 Networks. Read Next Now you can run nginx on Wasmjit on all POSIX systems Security issues in nginx HTTP/2 implementation expose nginx servers to DoS attack Security issues in nginx HTTP/2 implementation expose nginx servers to DoS attack
February 9, 2015The STEERING COMMITTEE had their second meeting at Arcosanti from Friday, February 6. to Sunday, February 8. 2015.[photos by Sue Kirsch] top row:Roger Tomalty, Scott Riley, Peter Scaglione, Steven G. Hall and Jim Carnahan.third row:George Schwetz, Ruth Rae, Jim Caid and Jeff Stein.second row: Tomiaki Tamura, Scott DeWald, George Kosmides, Jeff Zucker and Colleen Reckow.first row: Mary Hoadley, Neil Urban and his wife Monique De Los Rios-Urban, Anthony Floyd and Richard Collins.