EMIRATES has started loaning Microsoft Surface tablets to customers on non-stop flights bound for the US so they can continue working.First and business class passengers will be able to borrow the complimentary tablets on flights from Dubai to the US, download their work to a USB drive and continue working. The tablets are equipped with Microsoft Office 2016 and a keyboard.The Emirates move comes after rival Qatar offered a similar loan service involving laptops to premium customers flying on its direct flights to the US.Both airlines have been caught up in a US ban requiring passengers on direct flights to the US from some Middle East and North African destinations to check-in laptops, tablets and other electronic devices bigger than a smart phone.The ban, which began March 25, has been widely criticised and the International Air Transport Association has urged authorities to find an alternative.US officials said the move stemmed from “evaluated intelligence” that terrorists are increasing their focus on aviation. Britain adopted a similar ban for some airports but excluded the big Gulf hubs in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.Australia ramped up security requirements at the Gulf airports but stopped short of banning large devices in cabin baggage.Emirates has also introduced a laptop and tablet handling service for US-Bound passengers that allows them to use their devices in lounges and hand them in at the boarding gate.Available free to all classes, passengers must declare the devices and hand them over to security staff who then pack and tag the device for storage in the aircraft hold.The devices are returned to customers when they reach their US destination.The airline said almost 8,000 passengers have used the service on its 112 weekly non-stop flights to the US.Ironically, the US directive does not apply to Emirates flights travelling to the US via Milan and Athens. Nor does it apply to any flights to the affected destinations from the US.Separately, Emirates announced Thursday it would start a second daily flight to Bali using two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.The new flight starts July 2 and will offer connections to destinations across Europe.
South Africa could well be on its way to providing free education for financially needy students.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)The South African government will take steps towards providing free tertiary education to financially strapped students, the ruling African National Congress announced in its annual statement on 8 January 2011. President Jacob Zuma said that undergraduate students using the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be exempt from having to make loan repayments for their final year of study – if they complete the year successfully.While the scheme will at first only benefit final-year students, the overriding aim is to apply it to all years of tertiary study. “This model will be phased in over the next few years to include students in earlier years of study,” Zuma said.“We are committed to progressively introducing free education up to undergraduate level,” he added.NSFAS spokesperson Bonnie Feldman explained that additional funds will be injected into the loan scheme to settle students’ accounts for their final year, but they will still have to reimburse students for their first two years of study – she said the government will allocate an additional R750-million (US$109-million) to NSFAS for this.“This is to make sure that the students are able to graduate without much of a burden,” she said.The existing loan scheme currently converts 40% of loan repayments into bursaries for students at all levels of study who complete their courses successfully, but this settlement will now be upped to 100% for final year studies.NSFAS will now be liable for 60% of the fees of students who perform well. The funding covers tuition fees, accommodation and food expenses.Zuma explained that final-year students will “receive a loan equivalent to the full cost of study and necessary living expenses”.“If these students graduate at the end of the year, the loan for the final year will be converted into a full bursary. They will not have to repay the amount,” said Zuma.NSFAS exclusively provides funds for university students who cannot afford the fees.The ANC, which has been in government since 1994, committed to introduce free tertiary education in 2007 – this was one of its many resolutions adopted at it its 52nd national conference.The ANC Youth League welcomed the “gradual introduction of free education for the poor until undergraduate level,” Floyd Shivambu, the organisation’s spokesperson, said in a statement.“We welcome these interventions and hope that other measures will be introduced to ensure that free education is provided until undergraduate level for all academically deserving, yet poor students at all levels,” added Shivambu.Free education at public collegesEducation at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges will be completely free for students who qualify for financial assistance.FETs, which are popular among cash-strapped youngsters, are spread across the country with various campuses in some rural areas and townships.The government wants to attract more students to FETs, which churn out a significant number of professional artisans each year.The Department of Higher Education and Training is hoping to see at least 1-million students enrol at FETs every year from 2015.“We have to prioritise further education and training, and provide resources including expanding bursary schemes for supporting attendance at FET institutions,” Zuma said.The government spent about R1.9-billion ($276-million) on improving infrastructure and curriculums at FETs between 2006 and 2009.
3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#Products klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Last year a Microsoft enthusiast Francisco Martin posted the slides from a presentation on Windows 8. He claimed they came from an HP engineer in charge of vendor relations. Martin’s website has been taken down, but you can still view some of the Neowin and TechRadar.According to the slides addressing multimedia, Windows 8 will include support for 3D. Companies like Lenovo already offer laptops with 3D displays and HTC just announced the EVO3D smartphone with glasses-less 3D support, so this may be old hat by the time the OS actually comes out.3. App StoreMicrosoft will also jump on the desktop app store bandwagon, according to another slide. Microsoft already has a Windows Phone 7 store, so this will likely be an extension. Tech Radar reports that one slide said: “Currently the indication is that app development will move to the Web. There is significant opportunity for Microsoft if hardware capabilities, and OS services and Web could be integrated into a hobbyist developer toolset.”4. ARM support (Meaning: Tablet Support)Microsoft officially announced ARM support earlier this year. That might sound boring, but what it really means is that Windows 8 will run on tablet computers, and maybe even smart phones. Tablets were also pictured in the slides.5. Facial Recognition Related Posts Another one from the slides is facial recognition for logging in. Apparently, the OS will be able to switch user profiles automatically based on who is looking at the screen. This is another feature already available for Windows through third-parties.6. Faster Startup TimeAccording to the slides, Microsoft is working boosting its startup speed. It will accomplish this with a new feature called “Log-off and hibernate,” which will cache system components but still shut down applications and reload the desktop. This seems like a must-do, considering the startup speed of ChromeOS, OSX on the Macbook Air and “instant-on” operating systems like Splashtop (see our coverage).Next: Kinect, multiple desktops, and more. No one knows what exactly the next version of Windows will look like, or even what it will be called. Internally it’s called Windows.Next, but Microsoft developers refer to it as Windows 8 on LinkedIn. The details we have come from LinkedIn, the portfolio of a developer at Microsoft India R&D, a official statements and presentations by Microsoft and slides supposedly leaked by an HP engineer responsible for OEM relations. Together, these pieces begin to form a picture of what the next generation of Microsoft’s operating system will look like.Let’s take a look at some of what may be in the next version.1. 128-Bit SupportIn 2009, PCPro reported that a Microsoft developer mentioned on his LinkedIn profile that he was working on 128-bit compatibility for Windows 8 and 9. Considering how slow the adoption of 64-bit operating systems has been, we doubt 128-bit support will be a game changer for anyone but those needing high-end computing resources.2. 3D Support Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
A Zen Master I know, Genpo Roshi, wrote a book called Spitting Out the Bones. The book title is something his Master said to him about Zen. His Master told him that he must “swallow the whole fish and then spit out the bones.”A lot of us, your humble author included, tend to write in terms that suggest there is only one way to do something, or one right answer. We sometimes set up straw men against which we rail to make a point, but in doing so, we frame things as mutually exclusive choices. Because of the mediums we choose, like a blog post or LinkedIn, we don’t always provide enough context. In law school I learned that every major law had exceptions, and those exceptions had exceptions of their own. Context is always taken into account, and judges (or more accurately, their law clerks) write pages and pages explaining the context and why it matters to a decision.If you have been here for any time, you know that I want you to stop being transactional and be super-relational. Except when you shouldn’t be super-relational. If what you sell should be sold as a transaction, by all means, transact. You are not creating value by dragging things out for the person trying to buy something from you (unless of course, you are . . . see how difficult generalizations can be?)You should also defend your price and justify the delta between your price and your competitors. Except for when you shouldn’t. Maybe the discount is strategic, and your company is trying to buy market share (something the Japanese auto manufacturers did in the 1980’s to great effect). Or maybe you live in a place where everything is a negotiation, and where people increase their prices knowing they are going to haggle. In these cases, the advice I offered is harmful to you. It’s out of context.All things being equal, relationships win. Except when they don’t. There are people who will find enough value in your product and solution that they’ll buy it even if they aren’t head over heels in love with you. As much as my experience informs my belief that relationships are incredibly powerful in creating a competitive advantage, nothing is universally true (except that nothing is universally true, but even that could be false).When you see me write words like “mostly,” and “likely,” it’s because I believe there is more gray than there is black and white. What works in some cases doesn’t work in others. The reason that I like choices is that when something doesn’t work, you need to try something else.So, I will offer you what Genpo Roshi’s master provided him. Swallow the whole fish, and spit out the bones. If something isn’t right for you or for some situation, don’t believe that you must follow a rule that leads you to an adverse outcome. My goal is always to write ideas that matter and that are actionable, but that isn’t always going to be true for everyone who runs across this blog. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
In 2014, villagers in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills set aside a part of their community-owned land to create village reserve forests, giving right of passage to elephants.In acknowledgement of that gesture, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) on Monday rolled out the ‘Gaj Yatra’ from Tura, the principal town of Garo Hills.People’s initiative’Gaj Yatra’, a “journey celebrating India’s national heritage animal”, aims at securing 100 elephant corridors across India. Four of these are in Meghalaya, including the Siju-Rewak corridor that some 1,000 elephants use to travel between the Balpakram and Nokrek National Parks in the State.“The campaign has aptly been launched in the Garo Hills, where the people have created community forests for human-elephant harmony and conservation of animals such as hoolock gibbon,” Vivek Menon, executive director of WTI, said after the four-day campaign was flagged off.The event involves taking an elephant mascot across districts frequented by jumbo herds for generating awareness among the people.Meghalaya Home Minister James K. Sangma said the ‘Gaj Yatra’ could go a long way in providing space for elephants to move. “There have been 14,700 cases of man-animal conflicts that may have occurred due to space constraint and less food available,” he said.He underlined the role of Nokmas, traditional custodians of the land, in supporting the move towards co-existence between man and animal and helping conservationists for the success of the initiative. Expansion of human settlements have resulted in fragmented elephant habitats in the Garo Hills, leading to conflicts.
ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, has invited applications for the recruitment to 61 various posts at the Dehradun headquarter. India’s largest PSU, ONGC has the status of Maharatna. Last date for application is June 27, 2014.Vacancies1. Technical Assistant Grade-III (Geophysics- Surface): 2 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a post graduate Degree in Geophysics or Physics and have studied Chemistry at B.Sc level.2. Technical Assistant Grade-Ill (Chemistry): 2 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a post graduate Degree in Chemistry.3. Assistant Rigman (Drilling): 4 posts Salary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a 3 year Diploma in Mechanical/ Petroleum Engineering.4. Assistant Technician (Electrical): 2 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a 3 year Diploma in Elecreical Engineering and have a Certificate of competency as Electrical Supervisor.5. Assistant Grade-Ill (Transport): 1 postSalary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a 3 year Diploma in Auto/ Mechanical Engineering or post graduate Diploma in Business Management/ Administration. Candidate must have a valid heavy vehicle Driving License. 6. Assistant Grade-Ill (Materials Management): 2 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a 3 year Diploma in Materials Management/ Inventory/ Stock Control or one year post graduate Diploma in Materials Management. The Diploma must be recognized by the state board of technical education.advertisement7. Assistant Grade-Ill (Accounts): 3 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a post graduate Degree in Commerce or graduation Degree in Commerce with a one year Diploma in Finance and Accounts or ICWA (Inter)/ CA (Inter).8. Assistant Technician (Electronics): 6 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 12,000 – 27,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a 3 year Diploma in Electronics/ Telecom or E and T Engineering.9. Junior Assistant Technician (Electronics): 5 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 11,000 – 24,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have completed Class 10 or equivalent with Science as a subject and have a Trade Certificate in Electronics Engineering or Radio Engineering.10. Junior Technical Assistant (Chemistry): 19 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 11,000 – 24,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a B.Sc degree with Chemistry as main subject.11. Junior Technical Assistant (Geology): 12 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 11,000 – 24,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have a B.Sc degree with Geology as main subject.12. Junior Fire Supervisor: 1 postSalary: Pay scale Rs 11,000 – 24,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 30 years. The candidate should have completed Intermediate (or equivalent) and have a valid heavy vehicle Driving Licence.Experience: Candidate should have minimum 6 months experience in fire services.13. Junior Fireman: 2 postsSalary: Pay scale Rs 10,000 – 18,000Eligibility: Age of the candidate should be between 18 years and 27 years. The candidate should have cleared Class 10 (or equivalent), completed 3 month Fireman training and have a valid heavy vehicle driving license.SelectionEligible candidates will be selected for the positions on the basis of performance in a written test and then an interview. Only candidates qualifying the written test will be called for the interview.How to applyInterested candidates can apply for the posts online on the official ONGC website. However each candidate can apply for one post only.
The teaser of Kanaa, the production venture of Sivakarthikeyan, was released by the actor-producer today. Kanaa looks like an intense sports film about an aspiring woman cricketer.Arunraja Kamaraj, who is known for singing Neruppu Da, is making his debut as a director with this film starring Aishwarya Rajesh in the lead female role.The teaser reveals that the film is about the heroine, who against all odds, fights to become a national-level cricketer.Very Happy to present the Sivakarthikeyan Productions maiden venture #Kanaa teaser – https://t.co/CUkWsDPxQG Hope u all wil lik itSivakarthikeyan (@Siva_Kartikeyan) August 23, 2018Apart from Aishwarya Rajesh, the film also has Sathyaraj in another important role. From what the teaser reveals, he seems to be playing the role of a farmer in Kanaa. Dhibu Ninan Thomas has composed the songs for the film.Towards the end of the teaser, Siva makes a cameo appearance and his look suggests that he will be a mentor figure to the heroine.Within an hour of its release, the teaser has gained a good number of views and has become a hit among fans.Meanwhile, Sivakarthikeyan is busy wrapping up his upcoming film Seemaraja, which is directed by Ponram.ALSO READ: Cricketer Smriti Mandhana to unveil album of Sivakarthikeyan’s KanaaALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, Nayantara