“We are going to evaluate and validate solutions developed by the TIP community to be adopted for deployment by mobile network operators,” he said in a press briefing on Wednesday, adding that shared infrastructure could eventually lead to optimal and affordable communication services even in rural areas.He went on to say that the lab would conduct training for university students and workers, as well as provide workshops and bootcamps to introduce new technologies and methodologies.Unequal development in telecommunications infrastructure persists across different regions of the country, with network expansion programs still heavily focused in Indonesia’s more populated areas.The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked Indonesia 57th out of 100 countries in its Inclusive Internet Index, scoring lowest for internet affordability and availability.Read also: Indonesia ranks 57th in Inclusive Internet Index, among the lowest in the world Telkom University, an institution affiliated with state telecommunication firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), is hosting a local community lab that promotes research for shared telco infrastructure as the country aims to boost network connectivity and internet penetration.The community lab is being run in partnership with global telecommunication collaborative Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).The university’s president, Adiwijaya, said that having shared telecommunication infrastructure, such as the open radio access network (ORAN), could promote wider and faster connectivity. Topics : The Indonesia chapter is TIP’s first community lab in the Southeast Asia region and the third in Asia after India and Japan, as well as the fourteenth globally.Established in 2016, TIP has more than 500 telecommunication organization members from around the world. TIP global head of engagement Vishal Mathur said that Indonesia’s internet penetration had risen by 25 million people since last year to 175 million, showing there was potential for further growth.“Our goal in Indonesia is to drive forward scaling up of standard base network solutions. We want to show that it can be commercially scalable for social and commercial use in the country,” he said.He went on to say that TIP was planning to collaborate with associations such as the Indonesian Cellular Telecommunications Associations (ATSI) and would also establish start-up accelerators with local players.Indonesia’s telco operators, including Telkomsel, Indosat Ooredoo and Smartfren, have become TIP members. Vishal said that Indosat and Smartfren had kicked off technical trials for TIP’s ORAN.Speaking as a keynote speaker at the briefing, the Information and Communications Ministry’s post and information resources and equipment director general (SDPPI) Ismail said that even with high internet penetration, Indonesia was still struggling with the last mile of connectivity.“We hope this collaboration can accelerate the nation’s goal in providing internet for all,” he said. “Especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of connectivity.”Meanwhile, the ministry’s telecommunications and information accessibility agency director, Anang Latif, said the initiatives from the lab could help the ministry achieve its goal to provide 7,904 villages and subdistricts in Indonesia with 4G by 2022.
October 19, 2020
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made no expression of remorse or apology, but said at the National Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead: “We will never forget that the peace and prosperity we enjoy today are built on the ultimate sacrifices of the war dead.”Japan’s oath is to never allow the tragedies of war to be repeated,” added Abe, who wants to revise the nation’s pacifist Constitution to allow a more aggressive defense posture.”Under the banner of proactive pacifism, Japan is determined to play a greater role than ever to solve the various challenges facing the world while working with the international community,” he said.Over in South Korea, which marks the occasion as National Liberation Day, President Moon Jae-in paid tribute to freedom fighters. Topics : He added that he wants dialogue with Japan to overcome historical issues such as forced labor and comfort women that continue to plague bilateral relations.”I believe that joint efforts by Japan and Korea to respect individual human rights will become a bridge for friendship and future cooperation between the peoples of our two countries,” he said.North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency, citing a statement by the Korean Committee on Measures for the Sexual Slavery for Japanese Army and Drafting Victims, accused Japan of “desperately shunning atonement for its past crimes” and called for a sincere apology and reparation to the “victims of hideous inhuman crimes”.China’s state-run Global Times cited experts who blame Japan for a recent chill in bilateral ties and allege a lack of sincerity in fulfilling post-war promises and a rise in historical revisionism. It said: “Japan, which had historically brought great misery to the Chinese people, should learn from history and not follow the same path.”Abe, who did not mention diplomatic issues in his speech, sent a ritual offering on Saturday to the Yasukuni Shrine but did not personally make the trip.Any visit by a sitting Japanese premier will cause a diplomatic uproar; Abe’s last trip in December 2013 not only raised the ire of China and South Korea, but was also frowned upon by its ally the United States.The shrine honors millions of war dead. But the enshrinement of 14 convicted Class A war criminals, including wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo, has raised perceptions of the Yasukuni Shrine as an emblem of Japan’s past militarism.No emperor has visited since 1978, after the decision to honor war criminals there.Four Cabinet ministers paid their respects at the shrine on Friday, the first visits on the war anniversary since 2016. They were Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda, Minister-in-charge of Territorial Issues Seiichi Eto, and Internal Affairs Minister Sanae Takaichi.”While bearing in mind the will for peace, it is only natural to want to pay our condolences to those who give their lives for the country,” Mr Koizumi, 39, who is seen as a future prime minister, told reporters.”It should no longer be an era where ministerial visits to Yasukuni Shrine become news.” Japan marked its defeat in World War II on Saturday with a minute of silence at the stroke of noon – the exact moment 75 years ago when Emperor Showa (Hirohito’s posthumous name) announced the surrender on radio.Cabinet ministers also visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine on the war anniversary for the first time since 2016.Emperor Naruhito, 60, who was born after the war, said in his first public appearance since the COVID-19 outbreak that he feels “deep remorse” for the battles waged in his grandfather’s name. He added: “I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never again be repeated.”
October 19, 2020
Who’s more ready? Biden, though, survived the Democratic primary debates earlier this year and has made a string of generally well-received speeches on the campaign trail.And while Trump often takes questions from groups of journalists, it’s rare that he’ll do the more risky one-on-one televised session with a tough interviewer. Neither has he had to debate an opponent face-to-face since Clinton in 2016.”Normally, that first debate is the toughest for the incumbent,” said Aaron Kall, director of debate at the University of Michigan.The debate moderator, Fox News host Chris Wallace, has set topics ranging across the Supreme Court, the pandemic and economic disasters, racism and the integrity of the election.But whether Wallace can keep the two men on topic remains to be seen.Topics : Trump, lagging in the polls, taunted Biden Sunday with the fresh salvo on his mental acuity. “I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night,” he tweeted, saying he would take one also. “His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???”The president offered no evidence to support his insinuation, and recently-completed negotiations between the Biden and Trump camps over debate conditions reportedly made no mention of any drug test.When asked by reporters about the demand Sunday, Biden laughed before declining to comment. Confronting Trump The TV debate will be a wild card.Trump needs to break through the 200,000 coronavirus deaths, the long-lasting economic fallout, and the widespread fatigue at the constant upheaval roiling his administration.He sees himself as a tough guy and has huge confidence in his prowess on stage.Yet unlike the fawning treatment he enjoys during his weekly call-ins to Fox News or the adoring atmosphere at rallies, he’ll find himself facing a determined rival painting him as “toxic” in front of the entire country.”When Joe Biden walks onto the debate stage, it will be the first moment in four years where an American has the opportunity to confront Donald Trump for what he’s done,” Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist turned outspoken Trump opponent, said on MSNBC.Frontrunner Biden mainly needs just to keep steady against a man many call a master provocateur.”There is virtually no doubt that Trump will try to bait him,” David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, said. High stakes Trump sees his nomination of Barrett to the Supreme Court — potentially tilting the court to the right for years — as a fundamental boost to his troubled campaign.He told Fox & Friends Sunday the Senate will “easily” confirm Barrett before the election, despite furious Democratic opposition.But Biden hit back, accusing Trump of rushing Barrett’s nomination in order to launch a new assault on health care.The president and the Republican-held Senate “see an opportunity to overturn the Affordable Care Act on their way out the door,” Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware.He again urged the Senate to delay the confirmation until after the election, noting that early voting had already begun.”Never before in our nation’s history has a Supreme Court justice been nominated and installed while a presidential election is already underway,” he said.Barring a huge surprise, Republican senators, who have 53 out of 100 votes in the upper house of Congress, are expected to confirm Barrett. Both septuagenarians are prone to blunders and gaffes when speaking — but the 74-year-old Trump has repeatedly depicted the 77-year-old Biden as mentally unfit.Biden has shrugged off such accusations. On Saturday he said he expects “personal attacks and lies” from the president, likening Trump to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.The former vice president has until recently stayed close to his Delaware home due to the challenges of campaigning in person safely during a pandemic. Trump, meanwhile, has been flouting his own government’s social distancing guidelines to crisscross battleground states, speaking frequently at mass rallies where participants are often tightly packed with few masks in sight. President Donald Trump demanded Sunday that his Democratic rival Joe Biden take a drug test for their first debate, which will bring them face to face for the first time in the volatile US presidential campaign.Tuesday’s clash, coming as Biden leads the charge against Trump’s bid to install conservative Amy Coney Barrett in the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, will thrust the nail-biting contest into a fierce new stage.For the first time, millions of Americans will watch as the two antagonists — who depict each other as existential threats to the country — step into the ring live on television, after months of shadow-boxing.
October 6, 2020
20 Norseman Crt, Paradise Waters is bang on trend for 2018. It’s on the market.DRAMATIC shades, “curvy” furniture — and Hamptons-style is here to stay. You heard it here first — these are among the hottest interior trends to hit the Gold Coast this year, according to local interior stylist, Vanessa Wood. 8 Mackay Close, Bundall offers coastal Hamptons cool. It’s set to go to auction. The kitchen at 20 Norseman Crt, Paradise Waters nails the dark trend. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoA French fireplace and picture windows finish it off.“Due to our coastal location and slight obsession with the “Hamptons” style, this preferred look will undoubtedly maintain its popularity for some time to come,” said Ms Wood.“Together with the use of weatherboard cladding and grey and white palettes on the exterior of homes, the Gold Coast will watch this architectural preference continue.” 2 Colchester Court, Maudsland is Hamptons-style on a grand scale. “Curvaceous” sofas are one of the next big things. A flower arrangement offers a pop of colour.“Not to mention, they must be one of the easiest flowers to arrange successfully!” said Ms Wood.“Faux plants by the way, are becoming more and more favoured andacceptable.” How to freshen up your abode: — Introduce the ultraviolet shade with a bold wall colour, large rug or seating. For a more subtle effect, a deep purple glass bowl, vase, art work or cushion will do just the trick.— If you like to stay on trend, it’s still possible to infuse the ultra violet colour in a Hamptons home — just be sure to use more restraint.— When it comes to selling, first impressions count. Fresh paint, neat and trimmed gardens, a welcoming scented candle and fresh flowers are so important (Then there’s the obvious declutter, put away the dirty clothes basket, tidy up the toys and freshen the bathrooms). 2 Colchester Court, Maudsland is on the market for $1.8 — $2 million. The on-trend kitchen of 2a Cypress Drive, Broadbeach Waters on the market for $2.5 million.But Ms Wood said the popular white and marble kitchens favoured in Hamptons homes will be eschewed for a darker option.“In fact, black is the new white and we may see the introduction of more black being chosen, in terms of cabinetry and even being used as a wall colour option,” she said.Chunky profiles on bench tops will also become sleeker and more understated, and feature black to brown tones or contrasting marble. The shade can be introduced subtly with art work.When it comes to the finer details, flowers and furniture are tipped to take centre stage. When it comes to furniture, Ms Wood said a trend already emerging and now set totake centre stage, is the use of lower profile, plumper and “curvaceous” sofas andfeature chairs. 20 Norseman Crt, Paradise Waters features open plan Hamptons-style.“The Pantone colour of the year has now been announced — ultra violet,” said Ms Wood.“It’s a significant contrast to the pastels and pinks we’ve worked with in more recent times.” Those “pretty” tones will remain popular for a while, along with sage green and corals. Continuing its popularity is the blue and white Hamptons-style residences, from grand waterfront homes to renovated beach cottages. Dark kitchen shades are tipped to be big this year. Velvet and suede will be popular fabrics.“These will feature in all manner of fabrics but velvet and suede are certainly thefabric choices that will be seen more in 2018,” she said. To cap it off, hydrageneas — either fresh or fake — will be the popular petal of choice to introduce purple hues, sought-after for their array of colour choices and abundant and elegant vibe. Ultra violet is in for 2018.
September 27, 2020
Manawatu Standard 29 Feb 2012The controversial Erotica Expo and Boobs on Bikes parade will no longer be held in Palmerston North – but organiser Steve Crow has fired some parting shots. Mr Crow confirmed the expo, which first came to Palmerston North in 2005, would not return after door sales were down 50 per cent on previous years. He blamed the city council for scheduling other, free events on the same weekend as the expo. “I suggest that Palmerston North City Council should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves,” he wrote online. “We help them out by moving our show dates because they originally clashed with the 2011 Santa Parade … then they put on a number of free events on the same weekend they rent us a venue for our event.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/news/6498127/Freebies-spoiled-sexpo
September 26, 2020
21 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Following the star by: – January 9, 2012 Share Photo credit: shutterstock.comFrom the word “magi” have derived words like “magic” and “magician,” but the primary association of the word as it informs the Gospel today was nothing like sleight of hand but people who studied and read the stars. Magi were magicians of the sky, astrologers, who providing people not with daily horoscopes but with guidance in a cosmic sense. Astrology was a respected discipline. For centuries, sailors, for instance, had guided their ships by watching and consulting the stars. Magi were (you may say) among the ordinary scientists of their time.That’s the general intellectual climate behind today’s gospel. From the historical angle, around the year 7BC, an unuusal interplay took place between the planets Jupiter and Saturn. For Israelites, Jupiter, the largest planet, was “the king of the heavens,” and Saturn “the protector of Israel.” Biblical commentary regarding this fact nted that this unusual interplay is said to occur every eight hundred years, and planetariums today can in fact duplicate the night sky on these famous dates to facilitate a glimpse not only into what the ancients saw but also what they ‘read’ from the occurrence.One historian of ancient Rome (Suetonius), for instance, wrote around his time that there was a prevailing rumour that the ruler of the world would come from Judaea. It is with the background that we must read this visit of “the wise mean/kings/astrologers.” “Astrologers” may be the best descriptive term of all.They followed the star from the East and consulted Herod about it. They presumed naturally that someone in Herod’s position would have information relevant to their search. Kings in those ways would have had astrologers at court, much as Presidents today have different teams of advisors.The child the wise men found was not the child destined to rule the world in the way children of kings ordinarily did. And the gifts they offered gave us a symbolic preview of this difference. Gold was there, of course, the most precious of metals, fit for royalty therefore; frankincense, a religious symbol of offerings ascending to heaven, and myrrh, a medicinal treatment for wounds and bleeding but also an embalming ointment. Not the usual set of gifts you bring when children, even children destined to be kings, are born.It’s the way the Bible has of foreshadowing Jesus’ later history. Clearly therefore written in a later time when what was foreshadowed had already occurred. We are not dealing with biography in the usual sense but with a more spiritual reading of the life of Jesus. We’re seeing hints and foreshadowings of future events in the very beginning.The gospel today can also bear another meaning, more poetic perhaps than the foregoing, but very spiritual in its own way. The star the wise men said they followed was “his” star. Behind the use of the possessive adjective lies the hint of a belief that at birth everyone has a particular star, or at everyone one’s birth a particular star rises. The pattern of one’s life’s journey lies in following that star.This is everyone’s vocation, and it means more than choosing or having a career, though the choice of a career may be a major index of one’s vocation. It means the entire configuration of one’s life, how one is meant to exist and conduct oneself in the world, where one is called to go and what one is called to do.Everyone’s star is thus unique. I have a vocation to discover and live quite unlike anyone else’s ever in history, either before or after. There has never been a vocational possibility like mine nor will there ever be. In being true to that possibility I will more likely than not find happiness even in this life. I will realize my true self in a way no other path or choice will ever make possible. My choice here in fact represents another dimension of my faith not simply as trust but as obedience.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.D
September 24, 2020
The SLS 5th Grade Cardinals basketball team lost to a talented Laurel squad Thursday, November 13 by the score 43-19.Abe Streator led the Cardinals in scoring. The 5th Grade Cardinals are now 4-1 on the season.Courtesy of STL Coach Dale Amrhein.The St. Louis boys 6th basketball team travelled to Laurel last night and narrowing escaped with a victory by the score of 37-30.The Cardinals led the game 21-10 at half but Laurel boys fought back in the second half to draw within one point in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals made some key shots and free throws down the stretch and were able to secure the lead in the final minutes.The scoring for St Louis came from Lleyton Ratcliff, Sam Voegele, Wil Freeland and Andrew Oesterling.Courtesy of STL Coach Oesterling.The St Louis 7th grade boys basketball team picked up their first win of the season Thursday night knocking off Mt. Carmel by a final score of 33 to 23.The Cardinals were hot from the start hitting their first 7 shots. Adam Cox finished with a game high 12points. Evan Vogelsang followed with 7 points and Charlie Dice had 6. Luke Esser was strong off the bench picking up 4 points. Rounding out the scoring with 2 points each were Johnathan Deal & Joshua Myers.Courtesy of STL Coach Mike Burkhart.
September 19, 2020
(REUTERS)-England pace spearhead James Anderson is hoping his body can withstand the rigours of the English test summer before he shifts his focus to the side’s defence of the Ashes in Australia later this year.Anderson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, is currently preparing for the county season with Lancashire and will not play an international until the first of four tests against South Africa starting July 6 at Lord’s.England then host West Indies in a three-match series to wrap the test summer in September.“The tests are a long way away,” Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading test wicket taker with 467 victims, told reporters.“I’ll manage the first part of the season with Lancashire to see how my shoulder pulls up and how my fitness goes, and if I’m fit then I definitely will try to play all seven (tests).“I’ll manage the first bit, so I get enough cricket in so I am ready for that test series but not so much that I turn up tired.”Anderson, who turns 35 in July, is determined to be a part of England’s tour of Australia in November but has refused to look too far into the future.“The Ashes is a very important part of this year for the English cricket team and I’ll have to focus on that closer to the time,” he added.“I’m focussed on staying fit… and I need to show the selectors that I’m still eager and hungry.”Anderson is set to feature in Lancashire’s season opener against Essex on April 7.
September 17, 2020
When Shaimaa Abdelhamid received her financial aid package last summer, she was startled by the expected family contribution — $30,000.Abdelhamid, a junior majoring in history and political science, had recently become financially independent. The Financial Aid Office had determined her family could afford to pay $30,000 toward tuition, but now that she was on her own, Abdelhamid did not know how she was going to come up with the money.“I’m on my own. Both my parents have filed for bankruptcy in the past couple years, and I can’t afford school unless I get more financial aid,” she said.Because Abdelhamid isn’t 24 years old, married, supporting someone else, in the military, from an abusive household, an orphan or an emancipated minor, she can’t list herself as an independent on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Independent students tend to earn higher aid awards than regular applicants because their parents’ income is not considered.It is unclear how many USC students are in the same position as Abdelhamid, but national trends suggest the number of students receiving zero financial support from their parents might be increasing. Schools, meanwhile, continue to calculate financial aid based on the assumption parents are contributing.“What we’re finding in our surveys is that tuition growth compounded with the economic decline, there’s increasing hesitation from parents to take on debt,” said Peter Mazareas, vice chairman of the College Savings Foundation.According to the foundation’s 2009 survey, 41 percent of parents have not saved any money for their children’s college education. Another 28 percent said they have saved less than $5,000 per child. Compared to a third of parents in 2008, nearly half of the 778 parents surveyed in 2009 expected their children to pay a third of college costs.For those like Abdelhamid, whose parents don’t offer any support, filing an appeal is important if initial aid awards seem unfair.Four days after e-mailing the Financial Aid Office last summer, Abdelhamid received an additional $23,000.Abdelhamid pooled her new aid award with a $6,000 loan, a $5,000 scholarship from her dad’s employer and federal and state grants to pay tuition. Her $4,000 work-study income covers credit card and cell phone bills. Excess financial aid pays rent.One junior majoring in political science, who asked to remain anonymous because of privacy concerns, said that except for a loan her parents co-signed when she was 17, she has paid rent, bills and tuition herself. She married her husband last March, carrying $60,000 in debt.“USC wanted to consider both my parents’ and my husband’s incomes for financial aid [last year], which made no sense whatsoever,” she said. “I was convinced for most of last summer that I wouldn’t be able to finish USC because the Financial Aid Office wouldn’t budge.”After appealing via e-mail, USC awarded her independent status and increased her aid.Mazareas said students should feel comfortable appealing because financial aid officers have discretion to amend awards in special circumstances.“The worst thing a student can do is drop out of a school for financial purposes,” Mazareas said. “They’ll find support if it’s a drastic situation.”The Financial Aid Office was not available for comment.
September 17, 2020
Supporters of USC Forward, an organization that aims to change the University’s spending policies, gathered outside Bovard Auditorium on Friday to protest rising tuition costs, low faculty wages, high executive salaries and the University’s impact on the surrounding community. The demonstration included students, faculty and representatives from community organizations such as the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, faculty of USC Forward, the Clean Carwash Campaign, the Communications Workers of America, the Service Employees International Union and the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation.More than 50 demonstrators circled Bovard, chanting slogans such as “put people over profit,” before gathering outside the office of President C. L. Max Nikias to deliver a letter explaining the organization’s demands. A spokesperson from the president’s office assured protestors that Nikias would receive the letter.According to its website, USC Forward is “a coalition of students, faculty, alumni and community fighting for a better USC.” The organization’s goals are to increase transparency and to direct funding back towards students, faculty and the local community and away from executive compensation.Maria Rodriguez, a member of SCALE and a student organizer of the demonstration, explained that one of the core issues USC Forward is trying to address is the amount of money that the University spends on management and administrative costs.“We are asking the administration to really consider where the tuition dollars that we are spending [are] going,” Rodriguez said, citing this year’s nearly $2,000 tuition hike. “We’re holding them accountable, and we need them to know that students here, faculty members, community members, religious leaders, want to know where that money is going, because it’s not going into the hands of the faculty members that teach here.”Event organizers set up Halloween-themed booths and handed out bright flyers to passersby; signs listed the difference between executive and faculty salaries, ending with the question, “WTF are we paying for?” According to USC Forward, administrative staffing has increased 306 percent since 1987, and the president receives an annual salary of $1,942,935.Faculty members involved in the demonstration focused on the low salaries and lack of job security that they face while working at USC. According to Andrea Parra, an associate professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, non-tenure-track faculty have to take on increasing amounts of administrative tasks, which leaves them working greater hours without significant pay increases. Parra, who has worked at USC since 1999, believes that these working conditions could ultimately impact USC students if these issues are not addressed.“Living in Los Angeles is quite expensive, and trying to make ends meet on USC’s starting salary is quite difficult,” Parra said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “At one time, faculty often taught at other colleges to supplement their incomes, but then the University prohibited teaching elsewhere altogether, leaving contingent faculty between a rock and a hard place.”Members of ACCE, meanwhile, addressed the impact that University activities, such as the building of the University Village, have on the surrounding community. Martha Sanchez, a member of ACCE who spoke at the demonstration, said the construction and other USC land purchases have forced out community residents, while the University’s lack of hiring in the area has left the neighborhood with a dearth of jobs.“For the last 16 years I have witnessed how this institution has been eating away at community businesses, affordable housing, and many other retail stores that used to serve people living in this community,” Sanchez said. “USC has built walls and placed guards on every street corner. We are outsiders to this campus.”Nikias did not respond to requests for comment.