Constitutional progress that awaits implementation

first_img December 26, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more Although article 31 on freedom expression, article 32 on access to information, and article 127 on the Broadcasting Communication Agency are not entirely satisfactory, they represent a significant advance.“We hail the realization of one of the leading goals of the 2011 popular uprising,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The completion of the constitutional process that began after the October 2011 elections marks a turning point for Tunisia. “Ben Ali’s departure opened the way for media pluralism but the repressive laws inherited from the old regime were maintained. Freedom of information is now enshrined in the constitution. This is crucial for democracy in Tunisia but it is not enough.”Reporters Without Borders legal committee coordinator Prisca Orsonneau added: “If article 31 of the constitution guaranteeing freedom of expression is to be fully respected, as Tunisia’s international obligations require, legislators, judicial officials, security forces and other leading actors must act in concert with the constant aim of respecting and ensuring respect for the principle of freedom of information.”The utmost vigilance is needed to ensure implementation of the constitution’s principles. In early December, Reporters Without Borders pointed out the inadequacies of the draft being discussed.Thereafter, few amendments were adopted to improve or clarify the wording of the articles on freedom of information, except article 125, which was amended to restrict the powers of the broadcast media regulator. Amendments reintroducing a ban on blasphemy (article 6) and the addition of the concept of “public morals” (article 49) are also worrying as both could restrict freedom of expression.After following the voting article by article, Reporters Without Borders stresses the following points:- Article 6, on religion, guarantees freedom of conscience.The state’s neutrality is not enshrined in the constitution as finally adopted, which proclaims the role of the state as “guardian of religion” and “protector of the sacred.” An amendment to this article adopted on 23 January, just before the end of the debates, reintroduced a ban on attacks on the “sacred,” a concept that is not defined.Reporters Without Borders regards the ban on blasphemy (attacks on the sacred) as a restriction of freedom of expression that is unacceptable under international standards now in force and regrets this amendment’s adoption, as it opens the way to legislation criminalizing the expression of opinions in speech or writing that could be construed as attacks on religious beliefs.The fact that the criminalization of blasphemy had been dropped from previous drafts was hailed as a major advance. The crime of apostasy, which was also included at an emotional moment, has no place in a constitution.- Article 20 gives international treaties “sub-constitutional” and “supra-legislative” status.Reporters Without Borders is very disappointed and disturbed by the adoption of this provision, which sets the constitution above Tunisia’s international obligations and which therefore allows the latter to be dismissed. Despite previous criticism of this article, it was not changed.- Article 31 on freedom of expression says: “The freedoms of opinion, thought expression, information and publication are guaranteed. These freedoms may not be subjected to prior control.”The wording is positive as far as it goes, but Reporters Without Borders regrets that it does not define freedom of expression at greater length and that no provision was adopted to reinforce it. Freedom of expression should have been guaranteed not just as a fundamental right but also as the basis of other rights.This article does not say, for example, that freedom of expression is guaranteed for everyone, regardless of status, age or nationality, regardless of borders, and for every form and medium of expression. It does not mention Internet communications and does not guarantee media independence or the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.- Article 32 on access to information is not subject to any specific restrictions other than those envisaged in article 49. Its adoption is extremely positive. Reporters Without Borders urges to Tunisia to create a special body to handle access to information issues, in order to realize what this article promises.- Article 49 says: “The law determines the modalities regarding the rights and freedoms guaranteed in this constitution and the conditions for exercising them, without endangering their essence. These methods of control are established only as a result of the needs of a democratic civilian state, or to protect the rights of others, or for reasons of public security, national defence, public health or public morals, and with respect for proportionality and the need for these controls. The courts ensure that rights and freedoms are protected against any violation. An amendment may not affect the human rights and freedoms guaranteed in this constitution.”The balance introduced into article 49 at the request of many NGOs is a major advance. The addition of “respect for proportionality and (…) need” is positive. This article did not however include the need for legislative precision, stipulated by the UN Human Rights Committee, which is responsible for interpreting the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (General Comment No. 34, paragraph 25).It is also worrying that “public morals” are included in the interests that need protecting and could therefore restrict freedoms. Although their protection is given as possible grounds for restrictions in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the lack of any reference to the covenant is disturbing. The inclusion of “public morals” is particularly dangerous in the current context, as it opens the way to restriction of freedom of expression in the name of a concept that is vague and easily exploited. – Article 127 on the Broadcasting Communication Agency was amended as Reporters Without Borders had hoped. It says that the agency’s members must be “independent, impartial, qualified and upright.” The agency’s responsibilities are limited to the broadcast media, not all the media, as originally envisaged.The article says the agency should be guided by the principles of “respect for freedom of expression and information” and guaranteeing “media plurality and integrity.” The regulatory powers it is given should enable it to fully play the role of media referee.Despite its flaws, the new constitution establishes promising foundations and commits future generations to safeguarding freedoms. Protecting human rights and guaranteeing freedom of expression need to be priorities for Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa’s government and the one that follows after the next elections.Photo: ReutersSlideshow: tunisiefocus Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Receive email alerts News After debates held in a spirit of consensus, Tunisia’s national constituent assembly has approved a new constitution that tries to protect the democratic rights to freedom of expression and information. It was adopted by 200 votes for, 12 against and 4 abstentions on 26 January. January 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Constitutional progress that awaits implementation Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further Organisation Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Mounting concern about Ukrainian journalist held by separatists

first_imgNews When Aseyev went missing at the start of June 2017, the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic” (DNR) at first said nothing and then finally recognized that it was holding him. One of the few independent journalists to stay in Donetsk after the separatists took control, he reported for various Ukrainian newspapers and for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s local service under the pseudonym of Stanislav Vasin. RSF_en RSF_EECA Organisation According to former fellow detainees, he is being held in the former “Izoliatsiya” factory, which the separatists are using as one of their jails. The “DNR” is refusing for the time being to include him in a prisoner exchange with the Ukrainian government in Kiev. At the start of July, Firsov said Aseyev had begun a hunger strike in protest against the “DNR”’s refusal to give him medical care. Follow the news on Ukraine September 7, 2020 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more The annual “Donbass Media Forum” opened in the city of Kharkiv on 6 July with the adoption of a declaration calling on the “Normandy contact group” (Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France) to intercede to obtain Aseyev’s release. After holding Ukrainian journalist Stanislav Aseyev arbitrarily for more than a year, the separatists controlling the eastern city of Donetsk are apparently preparing to try him on a charge of spying. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for his immediate release.It seems that the self-proclaimed “authorities” in Donetsk want to provide Aseyev’s detention with a semblance of legality. Although he has not yet been formally charged, the separatists began in mid-July to publish what they claim to be extracts from his diary in order to give credence to the idea that he was a spy.Few people have been convinced by these “revelations” and a friend of Aseyev, Yegor Firsov, says he has Aseyev’s real diary and has posted photos of it on social networks. He also says that the separatists are trying to extract a confession from Aseyev by threatening to arrest his mother. In Donetsk, spying is punishable by 20 years in prison, or death in war-time. Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News The rest of Ukraine is ranked 101st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information center_img News UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImprisonedHostages to go further Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News March 26, 2021 Find out more “The little news of Stanislav Aseyev that reaches us is increasingly disturbing,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The separatists seem bent on persecuting this journalist, who dared to defy their news blockade and tell the rest of the country what was happening in Donetsk. We call on all parties to redouble efforts to obtain his swift release.” Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media The “DNR” and the “People’s Republic of Luhansk” (LNR) have become news and information black holes ever since Russian-backed separatists seized power in the Donbass (Donetsk and Luhansk regions) in the spring of 2014. The few remaining critical journalists have to operate clandestinely and visits by foreign observers are increasingly infrequent. Crimea has also been purged of its critical journalists and media since annexation by Russia in 2014. Receive email alerts UkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentArmed conflictsImprisonedHostages July 25, 2018 Mounting concern about Ukrainian journalist held by separatistslast_img read more

Bethany Church of Sierra Madre: A Concert with Ken O’Malley

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Top of the News Religious Music Bethany Church of Sierra Madre: A Concert with Ken O’Malley Published on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 9:42 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Discover the wonder of the Emerald Isle in story and song, presented by the Southland’s finest bard and storyteller, Ken O’Malley. Ken O’Malley’s passionate and compelling voice is what one notices first. As a solo artist, Ken O’Malley easily commands the room; with his band he also rocks the house. Quickly drawing the audience in, it is no wonder that the Irish news describes him “without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California.”Ken O’Malley will be presenting a special concert at the Bethany Church on Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.Tickets are $18 to the general public, with a special price of $15 for Bethany attenders. Log on to kenomalley.com to find out more about this very talented musician.Bethany Church of Sierra Madre, 93 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-1403 or visit www.bethanyfamily.com. HerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

New Proposed Legislation Would Enhance, Protect San Gabriel Mountain Areas Close to Pasadena

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. One thought on “New Proposed Legislation Would Enhance, Protect San Gabriel Mountain Areas Close to Pasadena” May 18th, 2021 at 9:42 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Make a comment Frank lewis says: Subscribecenter_img 18 recommended1 commentShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday How much did Padilla get deposited on a foreign account to push such a bill what crooks call lobbying Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Community News New Proposed Legislation Would Enhance, Protect San Gabriel Mountain Areas Close to Pasadena Wilderness Society official described the proposed bill as “great news for Pasadenans” By CITY NEWS SERVICE and STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 1:20 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, this week announced a proposed legislative package aimed at protecting more than 1 million acres of public lands in Los Angeles, including 30,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountain range, along with lands in the Northwest California and the Central Coast.The Protecting Unique and Beautiful Landscapes by Investing in California, or PUBLIC, Lands Act would designate an additional 600,000 acres of California land as wilderness, as well as more than 853 miles of California streams as new wild and scenic rivers in California, including 45 miles in the San Gabriel area.One of three bills within the package, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act, would expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by more than 109,000 acres to include part of the western Angeles National Forest. It would also create a National Recreation Area along the San Gabriel Valley foothills and the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel RiverCorridors.That bill aims to increase equitable access to public lands for the 17 million people in the Los Angeles County area, which Padilla noted is one of the most park-poor, densely populated and polluted areas in the nation.“Our public lands are one of our state’s greatest gifts — from the San Gabriel Mountains, to the Central Coast, and through Northwestern California’s forests and rivers. It is incumbent upon us to be thoughtful stewards of these special places so that our communities can enjoy them andbenefit from America’s natural resources for generations to come,” Padilla said during a news conference on Monday. “And we must do so in a way that reverses racial and economic disparities in access to nature and parks. Some of the protected land in this bill serves densely populated areas of the state that don’t have equal access to nature, which will help rebalance this historic disparity in access to untouched wilderness.”The package was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and was led by Rep. Judy Chu, who said “the Los Angeles area is one of the most park poor areas of the country, despite the presence of the gorgeous rivers, forests, and mountains of the San Gabriels right in our backyard.“House passage was the first step, and now I am grateful to Senator Padilla for working to advance the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act through the Senate and to President Biden’s desk,” Chu said.The Senate bills were co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and would help conserve 30% of California lands and waters by 2030, according to Padilla’s office.“From lush forests to majestic deserts to scenic coasts, California’s iconic landscapes have few rivals. In light of climate change, our growing population and challenges to the flora and fauna, protecting these special places is even more important. I’m pleased to partner with Senator Padilla on this effort and look forward to working with our colleagues to pass this bill,” Feinstein said.Wilderness Society California Deputy Director Daniel Rossman described the proposed legislation as “great news for Pasadenans.”“We treasure the nature that we have so close to us. So in the heart of the San Gabriels, this would expand the national monument that was designated by President Obama in 2014 to include the foothills that are closest to our home,”he said. “And all of that National Forest land — about 109,000 acres — would be added to the national monument that, quite frankly, was left off during the 2014 designation. And I know something that the local community really has wanted to see for a long time.”“That level of protection and management approach is something that will enhance the area for perpetuity,” according to Rossman. “Then we’ll also establish the most valuable protections of wilderness for the last remaining wild places in the landscape, and also our rivers, with wild and scenic river designations, like the East Fort San Gabriel river — a very popular place that many people go on the weekends.”“I also think it’ll be exciting that we will be at the sort of western end of this national recreation area,” he added. “The [U.S.] Park Service is really emphasizing real opportunities to collaborate on connected trails or recreation opportunities for our backyard.”The Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation and Working Forests Act would protect about 262,000 acres of public lands by designating them as wilderness, as well as 379 miles of rivers. It would also restore forest and fish habitat and aid the cleanup of lands and waters that have been impacted by trespass marijuana grows.According to Padilla’s office, that bill would also help wildfire resiliency in the northwest region by requiring federal agencies to develop coordinated fire management plans with input from communities.The final bill, the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, would designate 288,000 acres of public lands in the Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument as wilderness, along with 159 miles of streams as wild and scenic rivers. It would also establish a Condor National Scenic Trail for 400 miles from Los Angeles to Monterey County, enhancing equitable access to the Los Padres National Forest.“The Central Coast is home to some of the most beautiful public lands in America. It’s up to us to be good stewards of the environment and the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act will conserve over 250,000 acres of public land for future generations to inherit and enjoy,” Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, who is leading the Central Coast bill in the House of Representatives. “It’s crucial that we act now to permanently protect the great outdoors, which provide invaluable local watersheds and opportunities for outdoor recreation that support our health and our economy. I thank Senator Padilla and Senator Feinstein for their leadership in this important fight to preserve our public lands.” Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach John Geddert charged in Michigan in investigation tied to Larry…

first_imgLocal NewsUS News Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 25, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach John Geddert charged in Michigan in investigation tied to Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.center_img TAGS  Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach John Geddert charged in Michigan in investigation tied to Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleMyHeritage lanserer en banebrytende funksjon for å animere ansiktene i stillbilderNext articleGone to the dogs: Robert Irwin voices a character on ‘Bluey’ Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

File Report Indicating Availability Of Remdesivir, Oxygen Cylinders,Vaccines Ventilators Etc: Madras HC To Puducherry Chief Secretary

first_imgNews UpdatesFile Report Indicating Availability Of Remdesivir, Oxygen Cylinders,Vaccines Ventilators Etc: Madras HC To Puducherry Chief Secretary Sparsh Upadhyay24 April 2021 9:42 AMShare This – xThe Chief Secretary has also been asked to ensure Union Territories’ preparedness for the counting of the votes on May 02, 2021.Observing that it was necessary to monitor the steps taken by the Government in Puducherry to deal with the current crisis, the Madras High court on Friday (23rd April) asked the Chief Secretary to the Union Territory to file a report regarding the availability of Remdesivir, Oxygen Cylinders, Doses Of Vaccine, Ventilators etc. At the outset, the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy observed that four areas were of crucial importance and they are: – The availability of oxygen, The availability of the drug “Remdesivir”, The availability of ventilators and The availability of adequate doses of vaccine for inoculating even those between the ages of 18 and 45. Consequently, the Chief Secretary to the Union Territory was directed to file a report before the matter is taken up on April 26, 2021 indicating the position relating to the following issues: The number of vials of Remdesivir available at government hospitals and clinics; The number of oxygen cylinders or the quantum thereof available, The total requirement of oxygen, The availability of doses of vaccine and The availability of ventilators. The availability of beds in government hospitals and also in private hospitals and nursing homes. Further, the Court has also directed that the Chief Secretary’s report should indicate if any special notification has been recently issued to deal with the situation and the Advisories issued for maintaining Covid protocol should also be referred to. Apart from this, the Chief Secretary has also been asked to ensure Union Territories’ preparedness for the counting of the votes on May 02, 2021. The Matter has now been listed for further hearing on 26th April 2021. In related news, taking suo motu notice of newspaper reports about diversion of oxygen cylinders from Tamil Nadu to other states and the availability of Remdesivir Injection, the Madras High Court on Thursday (22nd April) had enquired about Tamil Nadu’s preparedness to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Importantly, the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy asked the Union of India to look into the matter of charging people for the Vaccines who are in the 18-45 age group, remarked. “The Population between 18-45 have been left in the lurch. They are required to pay 400/ at Government Counters/Hospitals and 600/- at private counters, and since most of them would be from the middle-income groups, it would cause a huge burden on them. This matter must be looked into” In its order, the Court also noted, “The Court has made an appeal to the Union to consider how the less-privileged and, particularly those who have been rendered without basic resources or jobs in the wake of the lockdown of last year, may be able to afford vaccination at such high cost. It is hoped that appropriate steps would be taken to take care of the lowest denominations.” Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsMadras HC Madras High Court COVID Management Availability Of Remdesivir Oxygen Cylinders Ventilators Oxygen Shortage COVID Surge Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy Next Storylast_img read more

SUU’s Angie Nickerson Named Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of Week

first_img Brad James September 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU’s Angie Nickerson Named Big Sky Cross Country Athlete of Week Tags: Angie Nickerson/Big Sky Conference/SUU Women’s Cross Country/UC Riverside FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Southern Utah University women’s cross country runner Angie Nickerson was named as the Big Sky Conference women’s cross country athlete of the week for a key win Saturday at UC Riverside.Nickerson was the Thunderbirds’ leading runner in the women’s 6-K at Riverside, Calif., running a time of 20:00.60.This is the first award of the season won by either the Thunderbirds’ men’s or women’s cross country squads. Written bylast_img

Ditsch to ditch Pretzel King name?

first_imgFollowing trials of the Pretzel King food-to-go concept last year, the company has revealed future outlets could remain under the Ditsch brand.Raz Nehushtan, managing director of Ditsch, spoke exclusively to British Baker about the German bakery firm’s plans to expand in the future. He said: “We are still operating our Pretzel King outlet in London Victoria railway station. We are happy with the concept, but we feel we don’t have to roll this out under a different name, we can just have Ditsch shops operating the Pretzel King concept.“We created some sort of awareness with Ditsch, so it may be better to run with this, rather than starting from scratch.”Nehushtan added that if the company decides to operate the concept under the Ditsch name, it will continue to sell the range of sweet and savoury pretzel products currently found at Pretzel King’s outlets, including baguette-style filled pretzels. “If we do expand outside the capital, it will only be in the big cities – London locations are more adequate to run, due to price points for customers.Ditsch’s UK estate, including Pretzel King sites, currently equates to 13 outlets. These include its two latest sites in Nottingham and Bristol, which opened towards the end of last year.Nehushtan explained that Ditsch is looking to target its products further at supermarkets and wholesalers as part of its future plans.The move followsa successful trial with Waitrose during the last couple of years, which has since been rolled out across 100 of the supermarket’s outlets in the last 12 months.The Ditsch range in Waitrose consists of its original pretzel, priced at 75p, in addition to a pretzel football roll – a small roll made from pretzel dough – which the supermarket serves loose within its in-store bakery section, as well as for Waitrose’s pre-made sandwiches.He said: “After exhibiting at Foodex last March, we are looking to attend more trade exhibitions this year and we want to attract other wholesale customers. We work with smaller firms within this market, and Waitrose is the only supermarket we supply to. There are other big retailers we are talking to, so we shall see.”last_img read more

Leadership conference to inspire creativity, engagement

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Graduate Council hosts its fourth annual Harvard Leadership Conference on Saturday (March 8). With interactive sessions and a focus on attendee involvement, conference planners hope that participants will not only learn, but take an active role in the seminars.After a keynote speech and expert panels scheduled for the morning, attendees will participate in one of five parallel streams of their choice — Education Innovation, Healthcare Innovation, Internet Security & Society, Efficient Government and Climate Change Preparedness — and spend the afternoon tackling real problems within that industry.“The whole idea is to bring together students from across Harvard and give them a forum in which to engage with each other,” said Arnar Larusson, a fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and co-chair of the conference. “The aim is that students are not just passively listening, but engaging and learning, developing leadership skills in real time.”The Internet Security and Society stream, for example, will mock a cyber breach that occurred in the Netherlands — one of best documented in the world. Everyone will assume a stakeholder role, interacting and managing the situation as events unfold, working towards their own specific goals.So as to not dilute the experience, the conference is capped at a few hundred participants. Certain streams are limited to far fewer people than others. According to Larusson, his model has proven successful in the past, allowing for increased value through engagement and a highly-participatory environment.From the opening remarks to the concluding networking event, the student planners are aiming for a high level of collaboration and innovation. Larusson said they selected the keynote speaker, Sidi Gomes, to match a theme of out-of-the-box, creative and collaborative thought. As Director of Architecture and Design at the Cambridge Innovation Center, Gomes is adept at designing collaborative and innovation-inducing spaces.“Innovation is the tone we want to set with the conference,” Larusson said. “We also want the conference to be a space for people to collaborate and forge bonds between the graduate schools.”— Elizabeth AndersonA limited number of tickets are still available, please visit the Harvard Graduate Council website.last_img read more

VMware vSphere 7 Now Available on Dell EMC PowerEdge

first_imgWhat’s New in vSphere 7 on PowerEdge?There are several new or enhanced features in vSphere 7, including:VMware Lifecycle Manager: One of the most compelling new features of vSphere 7 is VMware Lifecycle Manager (vLCM), a unified software and firmware lifecycle management scheduled within vCenter. It greatly simplifies the management process, offering one solution to configure, patch, or upgrade ESXi clusters. You can set software and firmware baselines, then easily monitor and schedule updates from within vCenter. The pre-check function allows you to preview updates and look for potential conflicts before starting the update process and reduces pre-upgrade planning time. It’s scalable to even the largest deployments and provides a consistent experience. In addition, VMware added vCenter Server profiles to provide desired state configuration management.At the current time, most global x86 server manufacturers do not offer vLCM, so this is a key advantage to running vSphere on PowerEdge.vSphere Lifecycle Manager, one solution to configure, patch, or upgrade ESXi ClustersTo see vLCM in action, check out this 4-minute demo from VMware using vLCM on PowerEdge: vSphere Trust Authority –Security is always a top priority, whether you’re running in your datacenter or in a cloud. vSphere 7 introduces remote validation for sensitive workloads using vSphere Trust Authority. You can better secure infrastructure, data, and access with a comprehensive, built-in architecture and a simple, policy-driven model. In addition, vSphere 7 provides secure vCenter Server authentication using external Identity Federation.vSphere Bitfusion – Shortly after the initial vSphere release, VMware  announced vSphere Bitfusion, which leverages accelerators such as GPUs for AI/ML workloads in VMs or containers. This vSphere feature enables users to disaggregate and attach GPU resources to any VMs or containers dynamically based on business needs. The core benefits are the ability to consolidate resources and then increase efficiency through the sharing of GPUs. Bitfusion will be available as an add-on feature to vSphere Enterprise Plus.Mike Adams, VMware Senior Director Cloud Platform Business Unit, does a great job explaining vSphere and Bitfusion in this lightboard video. We also highlighted Bitfusion in a Crowd Chat event last month: Enabling Real AI with Dell; Learn how Dell Technologies is making AI Real for customers through partnerships with VMware (if you missed it, you can catch the replay here). We are excited to add this partnership, so stay tuned for more updates on PowerEdge and vSphere Bitfusion in the months ahead.vSphere with Kubernetes Bridge the gap between Developers and ITFinally, organizations no longer need to have multiple separate systems for their VMs and containers. vSphere 7 enables the DevOps model with infrastructure access for developers through Kubernetes APIs. vSphere with Kubernetes is currently available only with VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) 4. VCF consists of two families of services, Tanzu Runtime Service, which allows developers to build applications with freedom using the upstream conformant Kubernetes distributions, and Hybrid Infrastructure Services, which allows developers to manage consistent, compliant and conformant Kubernetes clusters. Powered by innovations in vSphere 7 with Kubernetes, these services enable a self-service experience through Kubernetes APIs.A True Game-ChangerIt’s not often that something new comes along and significantly impacts the way organizations manage their operations. In fact, we can probably all recall examples of products that did NOT live up their hype (when was the last time you drove your Edsel wearing your Google Glass and drinking a New Coke?). But in this case, vSphere 7 truly does create a game changer, establishing vSphere as THE platform for modern applications and delivering Kubernetes at scale. When paired with PowerEdge servers, organizations can customize their infrastructure to improve administration, simplify their resource management, enhance security, increase GPU utilization and manage more easily manage Kubernetes clusters. With the right solutions and partners in place, you can move forward with confidence no matter what stage of the journey you are in.For more details on the above new features, as well as additional enhancements in vSphere 7 you can view the full list of new vSphere 7 features or compare versions 6.5, 6.7 and 7. For more information on how PowerEdge and VMware products and solutions can help your organization visit our Solutions Page. With PowerEdge & vSphere 7, it’s full speed ahead on your journey to the modern hybrid cloud When VMware announced Project Pacific at VMworld last fall, Kit Colbert, Chief Technology Officer of Cloud Platform at VMware, described it as “the biggest evolution of vSphere in easily the last decade.” Now that it’s here, we see that it lives up to the hype. vSphere 7 is truly a game-changer, bringing native support for Kubernetes into vSphere so organizations can run containers and virtual machines on the same platform.Not to mention, in addition to the new Kubernetes capabilities, vSphere 7 includes many other compelling features to improve administration, resource management, and security.vSphere 7 is offered in two editions, Standard and Enterprise Plus, while vSphere with Kubernetes is currently available through VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu. Whether you are just starting with virtualization, already using containers, or looking to improve utilization of your GPUs, vSphere 7 and Dell EMC PowerEdge can help your organization improve productivity and maximize its potential on your journey the hybrid cloud.vSphere 7 on PowerEdge ServersvSphere 7 is now available factory-installed on PowerEdge servers, which means Dell customers can benefit from purchasing their hardware and software customized together. Not only does this provide you with top-level service and support from one single vendor (Dell has over 1,800 VMware-certified support professionals, with virtually all calls handled without escalation to VMware), but running vSphere on PowerEdge means that you can take advantage of our systems management software plug-in, Open Manage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV), which recently added several compelling new features with the launch of version 5.1. Additionally, customers ordering 1 and 2-socket PowerEdge servers can now get vSphere 7 Standard pre-installed and pre-activated, saving up to 40 minutes in deployment time per server.¹Simplified Management Using Open Manage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV)Dell EMC OMIVV is a plug-in that helps bridge the physical and virtual gap by automating and consolidating key PowerEdge server management tasks within VMware vCenter. OMIVV reduces complexity and helps minimize errors for tasks like new ESXi deployments and firmware updates. Using a single OMIVV plug-in, you can manage up to 15 vCenters and 2,000 servers, schedule up to 15 parallel cluster aware firmware updates, and create VMware ESXi deployment jobs in just a few clicks.The newest release of OMIVV, version 5.1, includes several key enhancements including:Firmware updates managed from vCenter – Ability to deploy BIOS and firmware updates from within vCenter, including leveraging DRS for cluster-aware updatesPhysical and virtual server health in one place – physical server inventory, monitoring, and alerting directly within vCenterSpeed up new server deployment – Templates for easy server configuration and hypervisor deployment on a new system without PXE boot, drop it into a cluster and linking to vCenter Host ProfilesvSphere 7 support with vSphere Lifecycle Manager – OMIVV 5.1 can support new vSphere 7 clusters with vSphere Lifecycle Manager, allowing a consolidated scheduler of ESXi image and drivers updates alongside a firmware baseline; OMIVV 5.1 also still administrates legacy ESXi clusters (6.0 U3 and higher) along with the new 7.0 hosts using the standard firmware update processcenter_img ¹ Only applicable to new customers and based on internal VMware comparison of the typical vSphere installation and activation process as compared to the situation when vSphere is preinstalled and pre-activated at the factory. Typical installation and activation requires nine steps, while the pre-activated and preinstalled process requires three steps.last_img read more