Girl Develop IT Takes Off With Low-Cost, Women-Only Programming Classes

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The tech industry’s rather extreme gender disparity comes up every once in a while. Most recently, an even-handed Wall Street Journal story prompted TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington to write that women are actually given preferential treatment and have only themselves to blame, which triggered a storm of commentary from all sides.Much of that commentary was inane, but one point emerged repeatedly: the problem starts early, with math and science in grade school and computer science in college. “The problem lies at the base of the tree,” one TechCrunch commenter wrote simply. Sara Chipps, self-styled “Girl Developer,” is a freelance coder based in the New York City area and Mashable recently named her one of 15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter. Chipps thinks the answer to the dearth of women in tech is to create “rockstar women programmers.” She co-founded Girl Develop IT, a series of 16 classes designed to teach women how to build their own projects with HTML/CSS, JavaScript and JQuery, and Ruby On Rails.“We think it is important to create a place where ladies would be comfortable learning concepts, and tools, and mainly ‘how to code,’” Chipps says. “I think the first step in closing this gender gap is to get women shipping software.”Mattel’s Computer Engineer Barbie. Chipps was influenced by her first computer science teacher in high school, a woman, but she’s careful not to lay blame on anyone for the lack of women in tech. She acknowledged in a recent podcast that yes, parts of the industry seem hostile to women and yes, some women’s tech groups seem to do more talking than doing, but she doesn’t dwell on obstacles.Demand has been overwhelming since the first class in July. The classes are $20 each, books provided, low-stress environment promised, and total beginners welcome. The 30-person classes filled up immediately and are booked through September. There is already a Girl Develop IT chapter in Sydney, sponsored by Google, and Chipps hopes the concept will spread to other cities. She also wants to expand the program to include more languages.Girl Develop IT is seeking books and teachers assistants in the New York City area and had to raise costs from $10 a class to $20 to cover costs. But the program has a lot of momentum. We won’t be surprised if it takes off in other cities across the globe. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adrianne jeffrieslast_img read more

Report: Bayern Munich approached PSG boss Thomas Tuchel for coach job

first_imgBerlin: Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says the German giants expect to name Niko Kovac’s replacement as coach within three weeks, although Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel said Tuesday he is not interested in the job. Kovac was sacked on Sunday after 16 months in charge in the wake of Bayern’s 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt, which left the defending champions fourth in the Bundesliga. Kovac’s assistant Hansi Flick has been named interim coach. Hoeness says Bayern’s senior figures will “think calmly about how to handle” finding a new coach with a decision expected to be made during the forthcoming international break. “I think that by the time the next away game comes around in Duesseldorf (on November 23), we’ll know how the coach’s issue has been resolved,” Hoeness added. According to Sky Germany, Tuchel, who is under contract at PSG until 2021, has been approached by Bayern but has ruled out an immediate switch.Related News CL: We made life hard for ourselves, says Bayern skipper Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich sack coach Niko Kovac after historic loss Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG enter Last 16; Manchester City made to wait “It doesn’t interest me because I’m the coach of PSG. I have a contract for next season. I can’t think for a minute about another club,” Tuchel said on the eve of his side’s Champions League game with Club Brugge. Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, one of the early favourites having coached the Bayern reserves from 2013-15, has also announced he will not leave the Dutch side before the end of the season. Massimiliano Allegri, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, who are all currently without a club, have been mentioned by the German media as possible candidates to coach Bayern. Flick, Joachim Loew’s assistant coach when Germany won the 2014 World Cup, will be in charge at least for Bayern’s home matches on Wednesday in the Champions League against Olympiakos and Saturday’s Bundesliga showdown with Borussia Dortmund. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Moto Z3 Play with 6.1-inch 18:9 display, Snapdragon 636 revealed in FCC listing

first_imgWe last heard about the Moto Z3 Play back in January when a report leaked out most of Motorola’s lineup for 2018, which included the Moto G6 line as well. The Moto G6 has been in the news quite a bit and is expected to launch next month. This week, reports on the Moto Z3 Play has been making the rounds, suggesting the phone along with the Moto Z3 could launch soon as well.The Moto Z3 Play was first spotted in case renders this week after which the phone passed through FCC revealing some key specs. The case renders line up with past reports regarding the design of the phone. Notably, the handset will sport a tall 6.1-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels. The rear panel will see a circular dual rear camera module and magnetic strips on the bottom to attach Moto Mods. The strips looks a little extended compared to the Moto Z2 which suggests possible extended functionality. Apart from this, the renders suggest the fingerprint sensor will be moved to the right side of the frame under the volume buttons while the power button will be seen on the left. The bottom of the frame will house a USB Type-C port and it appears the phone will not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack. Picture Courtesy: TVC MallWhile the case renders give us an insight into the Moto Z3 Play’s design, a FCC filing has revealed some specs of the mid-range flagship. The phone (with model number XT1929) was spotted with two storage configurations – one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery and will be powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset. The dimensions match the Moto Z2 Play, which is expected since Motorola will want the Moto Z3 Play to support older Moto Mods.advertisementThe filing also reveals that dual rear camera system will include a combination of 12MP + 8MP sensors, while the front camera will see a 5-megapixel sensor. The FCC filing does not reveal the pricing of the Moto Z3 Play, but past rumours suggest it could cost between $450 (approx. Rs 27,999) and $500 (approx. Rs 32,555), which sounds about right. To recall, the Moto Z2 Play was launched in India last June at Rs 27,999.ALSO READ: Moto G6 with 18:9 display, 3000mAh battery spotted on TENAA, could launch in Aprillast_img read more

Shakhtar manager dons Zorro mask after City win

first_imgUEFA Champions League Shakhtar manager Fonseca dons Zorro mask in press conference Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 08:41 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Paulo Fonseca, Shakhtar Donetsk Stanislas Vedmid UEFA Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City Manchester City The Ukranian side reached the Champions League round of 16 with the win, and their coach kept a promise to attend his presser in costume Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca kept a promise and wore a Zorro mask to his press conference after defeating Manchester City 2-1 on Wednesday.Fonseca said if his side were to advance to the Champions League round of 16, he’d don the costume for his presser following the deciding match. And after Shakhtar defeated City in their final group game on Wednesday, clinching second place in Group F, the Portuguese manager kept his promise.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Ukranian side finished runners-up behind City and ahead of Napoli and Feyenoord to reach the Champions League knockout phase.Even the translator is joining in. Fonseca: This is the most joyful press conference I have ever had in my life— Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) December 6, 2017″This is the most joyful press conference of my career,” Fonseca said. “I feel great joy. I think not only Shakhtar’s supporters but all Ukrainians have to be proud of our team.”The Ukrainian champions could face Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Barcelona, Liverpool, Besiktas or Tottenham following Monday’s last-16 draw.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford midfielder Doucoure: I grew up supporting PSG

first_imgWatford midfielder Doucoure: I grew up supporting PSGby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure admits he grew up supporting PSG.The Frenchman is being linked with a move to PSG this month.And he told RMC: “As a child, if I supported PSG? Yes, Paris has always been my heart club, I grew up in the Yvelines les Mureaux, so it’s my heart club and necessarily, every time I come back to Paris, it’s a pleasure to see my team again and my friends.”So inevitably Paris Saint Germain holds an important place in my heart.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoSolskjaer unconvinced as Man Utd labour past Astana

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer unconvinced as Man Utd labour past Astanaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United made it hard on themselves against Astana on Thursday.United kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 victory over the Kazakh side.The winner came through 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who finished superbly after 73 minutes in what was his first start for United.The goal saved Solskjaer’s blushes as they laboured throughout the 90 minutes.Speaking after the game, he said: “We made it hard for ourselves. Games like these, you want to make sure you win the game in the first 20 minutes and you can enjoy it.”You could see some of our lads needed games but it’s pleasing we got the three points.” last_img read more

Nova Scotia Come to life Initiative Gets Hub Town Support

first_imgFifteen associations and businesses from the Truro area have become ambassadors for Nova Scotia by becoming a charter member of Nova Scotia “Come to life”. Nova Scotia “Come to life” now has the backing of 164 charter members. Premier Rodney MacDonald welcomed the new members in a ceremony at the Holiday Inn today, June 3. Charter members act as ambassadors for Nova Scotia, raising awareness about the province and the benefits of living, working, learning and doing business in Nova Scotia. “Momentum and support for Nova Scotia ‘Come to life’ is growing. Together we are a strong voice and we’re telling the Nova Scotia story to the world,” said Premier MacDonald. “The businesses and associations signing the charter today represent the strengths and successes of this province.” The new members are: Community Access Program; Central Nova Scotia Tourism Association; CKEC 94.1 East Coast FM; Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association; Commercial Safety College; Fair Trade Community Café; Jost Vineyards; Marigold Cultural Centre; Nova Scotia Agriculture College; Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia, Truro and District Chamber of Commerce; Green Data Centre; Glooscap Heritage Centre; That Dutchman’s Farm; and the Nova Scotia Cooperative Council. “The co-op movement in the province shares the “Come to life” commitment of celebrating the innovation and lifestyle that makes Nova Scotia the envy of anyone who has ever walked on one of our beaches,” said Dianne Kelderman, CEO of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council, an umbrella organization representing more than 300 co-operative business and credit unions. “I can’t get on a plane without someone telling me how lucky I am to be able to work and live in Nova Scotia. And they are right.” The charter document formalizes the involvement of public and private-sector organizations. The two sectors are coming together to promote Nova Scotia to business leaders, immigrants, visitors and students. As a charter member, each organization agrees to help develop and support those goals. The Truro event is the second of three in the province this spring. The next charter signing will be at Pier 21 in Halifax on Tuesday, June 24. More information about Nova Scotia “Come to life”, including details about the initiative’s charter members, is available online at .last_img read more

Investment Boosts Nova Scotias Film Television New Media Industry

first_imgThe future of Nova Scotia’s film, television and new media industry is on a roll with an increased investment from Film Nova Scotia for the training and development of producers, directors and writers. Film Nova Scotia is investing nearly $200,000 in training and professional development programs in 2008-09, an increase of more than $60,000 from the previous year. “Investing in the training and development of talent in the province is a key component in growing our already strong film, television and new media industry,” said Ann MacKenzie, president and chief executive officer of Film Nova Scotia. “Film Nova Scotia has seen how participating in training and development initiatives leads to success and professional growth for producers in the province,” said MacKenzie. Film Nova Scotia will again offer the CBC/Film Nova Scotia Bridge Award, which provides eligible emerging producers an opportunity to produce a six- to 16-minute television production for regional broadcast. Past Bridge Award winners include Jay Dahl and Paul McNeill, who have gone on to produce feature films. McNeill’s feature Summerhood closed the 2008 Atlantic Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award. Dahl’s horror film The Harton Interviews will be released to theatres in 2009. Film Nova Scotia is a partner with the Canadian Film and Television Production Association for the Atlantic Mentorship Program. The program matches emerging producers with senior association companies for a 26-week internship in Atlantic Canada. Film Nova Scotia is also the major sponsor for the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative’s Film 5 program, which provides training for emerging Nova Scotia producers, directors and writers. It also sponsors the Centre for Art Tapes’ Scholarship Mentorship Program, that provides support for artists working with video, audio and new media. Jason Eisener is a graduate of the cooperative’s Film 5 Program, a past Pitcher Perfect participant and one of the producers selected to participate in the Atlantic Mentorship Program. Eisener co-produced the short film Hobo with a Shotgun, which won the Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse Trailer Competition and was featured at the South by Southwest Film Festival screening of Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s film. Eisener and his producing partner are adapting Hobo with a Shotgun into a feature length film. Along with the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Film Nova Scotia offers the Film Nova Scotia Bachelor of Fine Arts Film Production Fund. It provides up to six production grants of $2,500 each, one per film, to assist fourth-year students with undergraduate thesis films. Film Nova Scotia also offers professional development for the local industry through its annual Business Issues and Pitcher Perfect Workshops. To ensure the work of emerging producers is seen throughout the province, Film Nova Scotia hosts a Screening Night program with Empire Theatres and sponsors the Atlantic Film Festival, the CBC/AFF Short Film Face Off and Eastlink’s Aperture Atlantic.last_img read more

No charges for Alberta officer who ran over injured deer with police

first_imgLETHBRIDGE (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s police watchdog is not laying charges against a Lethbridge Police Officer who used a marked police cruiser to drive over an injured deer, ultimately killing it.The Alberta Serious Incident Response team was asked to investigate the incident due to public outrage after a cell phone video recorded by a bystander went viral.The Alberta SPCA was called in to help with the investigation, but after speaking with the officer and reviewing the cellphone footage, the decision was made that the incident fell under the provisions of euthanasia of an injured animal.In a release from ASIRT, it says that during the investigation the Criminal Code, the Wildlife Act, and the Animal Protection Act were all taken into consideration.According to ASIRT, back in January a Lethbridge police officer received a call about an injured deer on Scenic Drive, the caller told the officer that the deer was “quite injured” and “may need to be put down,” police received a second call about the same deer and was told that the deer “looks broke.”READ MORE: Animal rights group calls for charges after Lethbridge police officer runs over deerWhen the officer arrived at the scene where the deer was he is said to have attempted to figure out if the vehicle still at the scene had hit the animal, and then turned his attention to the dying deer.“The deer was described as a female juvenile mule deer, weighing approximately 60 to 70 pounds, with evident significant injury to the hindquarters and/or rear legs, which appeared to no longer function. While the deer was able to get up onto its front legs, it appeared weak and lacking in the strength to drag itself even a short distance,” ASIRT says in a release. “The officer believed that the deer was critically injured. He made the determination, consistent with policy, that the animal should be euthanized.”The officer is said to have weighed the options available and decided that using his gun would have been too dangerous with the possibility of the bulleting ricocheting off the pavement hitting someone.This left him the options of beating the deer to death with his batton, cutting the deer’s neck open, or running it over with his vehicle.The officer chose running the deer over with his vehicle with the thinking “he believed that if he drove the heavy vehicle over a vulnerable, critical part of the deer’s anatomy, causing a crushing injury, death would be virtually instantaneous.”In the release, ASIRT says that after the first time the officer drove over the deer he believed it would be dead, and was shocked when he backed up and saw that that the deer was still alive and moving.The officer had missed the animals head but that that he had caused severe injuries that would have been fatal, the officer believed that he had to finish euthanizing the deer but still believed a firearm was still not a viable choice, running the deer over until ultimately killing it.The investigation found that the officer did not try to contact a Fish and Wildlife officer.“At the time, one of the two FWEB peace officers assigned to the Lethbridge area was on annual leave and the other officer had already worked that day. The FWEB peace officer on call would have been out of Cardston, Alberta, approximately 80 kilometres distance from Lethbridge.” According to the release that would mean waiting close to an hour if not longer for the deer to be put out of its misery.As for the video itself the woman who took the video said that the 14 minute and 47-second video was not a full account of the events that occurred, being an amateur cellphone video taken at night.last_img read more

Former LTTE cadre arrested over Vavuniya incident

He was arrested in Kilinochchi and was produced in court and remanded. (Colombo Gazette) A former LTTE cadre was arrested today over his involvement in an incident at a housing scheme for families of soldiers in Vavuniya.The former LTTE cadre is accused of assaulting some of the residents in the housing scheme.

Yemen Security Council demands militants withdrawal from northwestern city

Deeply regretting the high number of casualties caused by the violence, the Council, in a statement to the press by the 15-member body’s President, Eugene Richard Gasana of Rwanda, demanded that the armed groups “hand over weapons and ammunition pillaged in Amran to the national authorities loyal to the Government.”There are reports of more than 200 civilians, including women and children, having been killed, and thousands of people are reportedly trapped inside the conflict zone in Amran City, unable to flee the fighting, according to the statement. The latest escalation follows a ceasefire that came into force in Amran Governorate on 4 June after several days of heavy fighting between Government forces and Al Houthi militants in areas surrounding Amran City. Calling for the existing ceasefire agreements to be swiftly implemented, the Council asked military units to remain committed to their obligation of neutrality at the service of the State. The Council encouraged all parties, in line with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Initiative and National Dialogue outcomes, “to take these steps and to participate peacefully in the transition. They demanded that the current turmoil should not extend to other parts of the country, including Sana’a.” In their statement, Council members noted with concern that “spoilers continue to stoke the conflict in the north in an attempt to obstruct the political transition.” In that light, the Council recalled its resolution 2140 (2014) that introduced targeted sanctions measures against individuals or entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability in Yemen.The Council also urged the Panel of Experts as they discharge their duties in accordance with the resolution to look into these spoilers as a matter of urgency and to present expeditiously relevant recommendations to the Committee established pursuant to the resolution 2140. Reminding all parties to comply with their obligations under applicable international humanitarian and human rights law, the Council stressed the need for all sides to facilitate safe and unhindered humanitarian access to evacuate the wounded and to ensure the delivery of assistance to all populations in need.Finally, the Council expressed support to President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi as he leads the political transition and encouraged continued efforts to find a peaceful political solution to the conflict in the north based on the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference. “The members of the Security Council urged all parties to continue to work together to progress Yemen’s transition,” concluded the statement. read more

DOJ Banning Netflix From Oscars May Violate Antitrust Law

first_imgStay on target Netflix Films Can Still Win Oscars (For Now)Netflix Claps Back at Steven Spielberg’s Push to Ban It From Oscars Banning streaming services from the Oscars could raise antitrust concerns and violate competition law, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.In a letter published by Variety, DOJ Antitrust Division Chief Makan Delrahim warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences against limiting the eligibility of Netflix and its ilk.“In the event that the Academy—an association that includes multiple competitors in its membership—establishes certain eligibility requirements for the Oscars that eliminate competition, without procompetitive justification, such conduct may raise antitrust concerns,” Delrahim wrote to AMPAS CEO Dawn Hudson last month.The memo, dated March 21, came in response to reports that Academy board member and Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg pooh poohed streaming films as Oscar contenders.Days earlier, Netflix walked away from the annual awards with golden statues for best director, best foreign language film, and best cinematography for original movie Roma.Delrahim cited Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890—the first measure of its kind passed by the U.S. Congress—which outlaws monopolistic business practices.“If the Academy adopts a new rule to exclude certaint ypes of films, such as films distributed via online streaming services, from eligibility for the Oscars, and that exclusion tends to diminish the excluded films’ sales, that rule could therefore violate Section 1.”While the AMPAS did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment, a spokesperson told Variety that “We’ve received a letter from the [DOJ] and have responded accordingly.”Handily, the Academy’s Board of Governors will meet later this month for its annual awards rules meeting, “where all branches submit possible updates for consideration.”Spielberg, part of the Director’s Branch, will likely be there, pushing for change.The acclaimed filmmaker is not alone in his fight against streaming services.On stage at this week’s CinemaCon, the annual convention of movie exhibitors, actress Helen Mirren—promoting her new Warner Bros. film The Good Liar—reportedly hurled obscenities at the streaming competitor.“I love Netflix, but f**k Netflix,” she said, according to Variety. “There is nothing like sitting in the cinema.”More on‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Nod Brings Oscars Into MCU‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Trailer Teases a Retro Teenage WastelandBear Grylls Stars in Netflix’s Next Interactive AdventureHere’s Everything Coming to Netflix in April 2019last_img read more

Bureau Veritas promotes White

first_imgGlobal health and safety organisation Bureau Veritas has promoted Katie White from head of centres of expertise for Northwest Europe to HR director.In her new role, White will be responsible for ensuring that HR effectively supports wider business objectives, using a people-first approach.Her main focus will centre around developing management and leadership programmes, designed to elevate organisational practices and team culture.White has previous experience across a range of departments, including marketing, commercial and project management.Prior to Bureau Veritas, White worked for information technology organisation Fujitsu for 15 years in a variety of roles, including HR business management lead, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEIA).last_img read more

Latest yoga trend Goat yoga

first_imgPHOENIX, AZ  (WHDH) — A farm owner teamed up with a yoga instructor to create a new workout trend that is taking Arizona by storm—goat yoga.The goats join in on the exercise; they even climb on the back of participants.The classes started in October. It was slow to catch on, but they are now selling out classes.The farm offers the classes for just $10 for an hour.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Infosys Shares Fall as Founders said to Sell Shares

first_imgShares in Infosys Ltd(INFY.NS) fell on Monday following reports that some of its founders were selling shares in the software services exporter worth $1.1 billion.Infosys was down 3.6 percent to 1,996.30 rupees as of 9:25 a.m.Four of the founders of Infosys are offering 32.6 million shares in Infosys at a fixed price of 1,988 rupees each, a 4 percent discount to Friday’s close, IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication said.last_img

Infosys eyes 16 revenue growth next fiscal

first_imgInfosys, India’s second largest IT firm, has set a target of raising its revenues by 16 percent in the next fiscal, as its CEO Vishal Sikka tries to revive the company to put it back on industry-leading growth rate path.The Bengaluru-based IT major hopes to surpass its peers, such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and US-based Cognizant Technology Solutions, in revenue growth in 2016-2017.The target was laid out by Infosys at its annual meeting held in Mysuru last week, the Economic Times reported, citing sources who attended the meeting.The company also aims to improve its operating profits to around 27 percent in the next fiscal, according to the sources.Infosys’ ambitious target comes at a time when the industry body has turned slightly negative over the growth of the sector in FY2017.Nasscom recently cut its growth estimate for software services to 10 percent to 12 percent range for the next fiscal year amid growing macroeconomic uncertainty and currency fluctuations. Besides, Cognizant had said earlier this month that its revenue growth would grow marginally or remain flat in the March quarter.”To achieve its targets, Infosys needs to consistently outperform its leading peers. Thus, the focus will be on Infosys’s sales engine. The proof will be in the pudding or more precisely in the execution of its sales teams,” Thomas Reuner, managing director of IT outsourcing research at HfS Research, told Mint.Sikka aims to boost the company’s revenues to $20 billion by 2020 from the current $8.7 billion recorded during the last fiscal. Last month, Infosys had raised its annual revenue guidance to 12.8 percent to 13.2 percent for 2015-2016, compared to the earlier estimate of 8.9 percent to 9.3 percent, in constant currency terms.Infosys posted upbeat earnings’ growth in the first three quarters of this fiscal over its peers.last_img read more

KhulnaKolkata train services launched

first_imgKhulna-Kolkata train services launched. Photo: Prothom AloPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a new passenger train service between Khulna and Kolkata through a video conference, reports UNB.India’s West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also joined the inauguration ceremony online.The leaders of two negibouring countries jointly inaugurated the end-to-end immigration and customs facilities for ‘Maitree Express’ and ‘Bandhan Express’.They also opened the second Bhairab and the second Titas bridges to traffic.last_img read more

Polls manifestoes must address migration issues Roundtable

first_imgPolls manifestoes must address migration issues: RoundtableMigration rights activists have called on contestants of the 11th parliamentary elections to make pledges, especially in their manifestoes, for ensuring safer and orderly movement of labour force.The politicians must play an effective role in ensuring descent work of both male and female migrants abroad, they told a Prothom Alo roundtable titled ‘Manifesto for migrants: Want safe labour migration’.The female migrants are still being harassed at every step of their migration process, and they are even tortured in receiving countries, said Sumaiya Islam, Bangladesh Ovibashi Mohila Sramik Association (BOMSA) founding director.The government, however, claims harassment of the female migrants is coming down, she pointed out.BRAC’s migration programme head Shariful Islam Hasan regretted that it has become a culture to deny any reports of harrassment and torture of the Bangladeshi migrants abroad. He cited an example of conditions of the female returnee migrants, saying that 15 of around 4,000 of them were found to be mentally devastated in the past four months.Prothom Alo in association with Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) organised the roundtable in the city’s Karwan Bazar. Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum moderated the discussion.Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia, a female member of parliament and one of the members of parliamentary caucus on migration, said there is scope to work with the representatives of the migrants at the grassroots level.Underlining the need for adequate information to solve problems in the migration sector, she emphasised that a database of aspiring ant migrants has to be created at union level.Rights organisation WARBE Development Foundation chairman Syed Saiful Haque insisted that political commitment to migrant workers has to be documented in the manifestoes.“The leaders have to show they have political will to serve the migrants,” he said adding that the government has to sign bilateral agreements instead of memorandum of understanding (MoU) to protect rights of the migrants.IID chief executive Sayeed Ahmed said those who will be nominated for contesting the 11th parliamentary polls, have to make a pledge as to what they would do if they are elected.He said they would forward to MP candidates a five-point demand – safe migration for all, transparent and fair recruitment, proactive role of the embassies, allocation of budgetary money for migrants and implementation of acts and policies.Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) director Merina Sultana said 97 per cent of overseas jobseekers depend on the middlemen. She recommended bringing the middlemen under a legal framework so that the aspiring migrants are not cheated.last_img read more

Festival of Fishers Ghost Campbelltown Macarthur

first_imgFestival of Fisher’s Ghost Campbelltown, MacarthurFestival of Fisher’s Ghost Campbelltown, MacarthurA host of free events will take place in Campbelltown from November 3 to 12, 2017, as part of the region’s largest festival of the year which celebrates Campbelltown’s infamous ghost, Fred Fisher.The annual Festival of Fisher’s Ghost is Australia’s only major festival inspired by an apparition and is one of Sydney’s largest carnivals. Held since 1956, the Festival is inspired by the ghost of emancipated convict Fred Fisher, said to have appeared in 1826 to reveal to police where his body was buried and the identity of his murderer. The legend has proved a popular story through the years, with the quirky Festival of Fisher’s Ghost broadening to showcase Macarthur’s rich and colourful history, cultural diversity and sense of fun.The biggest day of the Festival will be on Saturday, November 4, with the ever-popular Street Parade beginning at 6pm on Queen Street. For the first time this year, the Street Fair has been moved forward to coincide with the day of the Parade, and the more than 100 stalls serving food, showbags, handmade jewellery, fashion and more will be open on Queen Street from 11am through to 8pm. Rides, sideshows, entertainment and food will be on offer at the Fisher’s Ghost Festival Carnival at Bradbury Oval on November 3,4,5,10,11 and 12, with fireworks from 9pm on November 4 and 11, 2017.Other events making up the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost include:*Fisher’s Gig: Held at Bradbury Park, Campbelltown on Saturday, November 4 from 2pm to 9pm, Fisher’s Gig features Australian artists and attracts more than 3000 youth and young adults each year.*Fisher’s Kids: Campbelltown Arts Centre’s Sculpture Garden and Gallery will be transformed into a creative play area on Sunday, November 5 from 10am to 2pm.*Fisher’s Flicks: Two films will be screened at an outdoor cinema at Bradbury Park on Friday, November 10 from 7.30pm to midnight.*Fisher’s Extreme Showcase: Skate, scooter and BMX demonstrations open to all young people on Saturday, November 11, 3.30pm to 5.30pm at St Helens Park Skate Park.*Fisher’s Ghost Fun Run: Held on Sunday, November 12 at 8am, the Fun Run takes place in the grounds of Western Sydney University’s Campbelltown campus. Registrations are essential and fees apply.For more information on the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, visit or call 4645 4921 Source = Destination Macarthurlast_img read more

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