Smb Telephony: Unified Communications, Ip Telephony &Amp; Vo Ip Have Arrived

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According to research by Springboard Research, adoption of unified communications in Australia is in the early stages of development. However the same survey, conducted with 469 CIO’s and business owners, also states 33% of SMB’s are planning on adopting some form of unified communications in 2009. Pundits agree the market is about to boom, but what is all the hype about?

If done right, unified communications is a collaborative technology that gives users the ability to make the connections they want no matter what device they happen to be closest to. That’s because moving all communications to the IP network transforms traditional multimedia end-points, such as PC’s, smartphones and IP telephones into fully functional communication devices, allowing you to get what you need wherever you are. A good definition offered by UniComm Consulting is “communications integrated to optimize business processes”.

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UC has its roots, and its largest adoption rates, among the enterprise elite. But no longer is it a privilege reserved for the enterprise. Small to mid-sized businesses (SMB) are adopting UC in droves. One factor fostering SMB UC adoption is user’s increasing comfort with tools such as instant messaging, social networking and mobility applications, said Simon Edwards, UC project director, British Telecom (BT).

One of the key factors not yet mentioned is perhaps the most important. Shifting from a traditional PABX system to a UC platform enables businesses to benefit from cost savings by using VoIP. VoIP enables SMBs to make phone calls over the IP network (if used with an IP phone) and is a cheaper alternative to the PSTN. The collaboration and mobility capabilities your business will receive from UC will help to reduce costs while raising productivity and agility. In fact, a recent survey has suggested these key reasons are the most important factors cited by SMBs like yours are adopting UC.

However, the fundamental reasons behind why UC adoption rates among SMBs are lower remain in place, namely the lack of IT expertise as well as tighter budgets. Industry heavyweights such as Cisco are doing a fantastic job of overcoming these barriers. Determined to make the communications revolution common practice among Australian SMB s, Cisco has first acted by reducing the costs of their UC500 systems, and secondly is bringing selected channel partners up to speed with the technical and sales knowledge required to successfully implement UC solutions in the SMB space.

If you are interested in a new telephony solution but aren’t sure what the best approach is, your best bet is to contact an expert to assess the potential ROI of a new system. It’s likely you’ll be happily surprised at the result. But who should you approach? The problem here is UC and IP telephony in particular has an identity crisis. Not quite a telephony solution that is best left for telephony providers, and not a traditional IT system that can be handled by a standard IT services company, IP telephony solutions require a mix of both to produce results you ll be boasting to your friends about.

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Hare Krishna village demolished in Kazakhstan, religious persecution alleged

Friday, November 24, 2006

An ongoing struggle in Kazakhstan between the authorities and a local Hindu village has turned serious. Forum 18 has been documenting the alleged human rights abuse regarding the Hare Krishna village for some time, but as of 21st November events took a drastic turn.

The following was seen and written by Ninel Fokina, president of the Almaty Helsinki Committee, and Andrei Grishin, official member of the International Bureau of Human Rights and Law Observance:

On November 21, 2006 at 1 pm the information was received that according to the court decision to evict the members of the religion organization International Society for Krishna Consciousness from the occupied land near Sri Vrindavan Dham farm, and the demolition of 13 country houses will beginimmediately.

Heavy equipment was brought to the suburban community: trucks, demolition machines, three busses with riot policemen, a bus withdemolition squad and the local authorities including the Hakim. Electricity was disconnected in the morning of the same day.

There were only women and children in the village. All men went to work in town.

The president of the Almaty Helsinki Committee Ninel Fokina tried to contact different officials in Astana (the capital): B.Baikadamov, the envoy of human rights, B. Muhamedjanov, the minister forinternal affairs I. Bakhtibayev, the assistant General Prosecutor; R.Aliev, the deputy minister for foreign affairs.

She had a conversation with B. Baikadamov, the only person she could reach at that time, who promised to communicate to theCommittee of Religious Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court, and the Court Administration Committee which includes the department of court decision execution.

At 3 pm representatives of human rights organizations: Ninel Fokina, Andrei Grishin, and Maxim Varfolomeev, press-secretary of theSociety for Krishna Consciousness, plus, a journalist and representativeof Astana TV channel left for the village which is located 40 km fromAlmaty.

All the roads to village were closed and patrolled by police. They would not let anyone go through. The human rights representatives and the journalist took detour through the fields. It was snowing, but they were able to reach the border of the village because of the four-wheel-drive jeep they were traveling in. But even that road was closed by patrol.

The jeep was not allowed to drive into the village. The patrol explained it was instruction of authorities. When Grishin and the jeep driver tried to pass by walk they were stopped and threatened to beput in handcuffs. And the patrol promised to send for additional force.

Lieutenant colonel, who came with another patrol car, explained that they are not allowed to the village for their own safety. He said that at that time the electric line was being dismounted in the area.

The driver of the jeep had his wife and two months old daughter in thevillage. He was begging to let him go through, but his request was denied. He was told that safety is guaranteed to his family.This group could still enter the village. They approached it from the other detour road, and leaving the car on the sidewalk, one by one theyentered the village.

As they approached the village they met two small groups of young people who were not drunk but unnaturally exited.They held hammers, big dumb-bells, metal crow-bars and sticks. Two of them politely greeted the group, and one said gaily, “Your houses are finished.

Four big busses with toned windows and two cars of ambulance were parked at the entrance of the village in the grove. 30-40 policemen stood by the houses, and 20-30 people in civil clothes includingthe leaders of the district with the Hakim, the head of local executiveauthority stood on the street, watching the demolition.

It was snowing. Residents’ household stuff such as mattresses, blankets,utensils cookware, and furniture were laying outside on the lawns by their houses. People in construction outfits (labor people) got inside the houses and started crushing windows and doors, destroyingwalls. The bulldozer was demolishing the buildings and the big stone fencing with cast iron openwork lattice which separated the houses from the driving area.

A small group of inhabitants (20-30 people, mostly women) did not offerphysical resistance. One of the women felt dizzy, fell down and was picked up by the ambulance. Police was bringing down thosefew (basically women) who tried to interfere with the destruction of their property. Two men tried to prevent the entrance of destroyers into a house, but were brought down by 15 policemen who twisted their hands and took them away to the police car.

During all these events none of the representatives from the Office ofPublic Prosecutor were present at the place of the event, even though both Krishna people and legal service people demanded meeting with representatives of the Office of Public Prosecutor who are obligated to be present during this type of actions.

The Hakim of the Yetisu district who was personally responsible for thisaction noticed A. Grishin photographing the destruction of the houses using a digital camera and commanded the policemen to detainhim. A. Grishin is an officer of the Human Rights Bureau and a journalist.

To avoid confiscation of the camera A. Grishin tried to escape. He ran away by 200 meters and was caught by the police. Police officers confiscated his digital camera and took away his journalist certificate.

Then he was let free, but police refused to return the camera, saying that they would give it to the Hakim. The camera was indeed found in the car of the Hakim, but the flash card and the batteries wereconfiscated. When Grishin approached the Hakim to find out for whatreason his camera and his journalist ID were confiscated, the Hakim told in front of the witnesses, “If I see you here again, I will personally crash Your eyes, even though I am the Hakim.”

No one of the policemen, who took part in the camera and ID confiscation,wanted to reveal their names.

Ms. Fokina was able to talk with the assistant of the General prosecutor I. Bakhtibayev, who did confirm that he would contact the prosecutor of the province and he would work out this situation.

The envoy of human rights E. Baikadamov, who was also contacted, said that the president of the Court Administration Committee Z. Makashev confirmed that he would contact immediately the provincial department and would give the appropriate instructions.

All the attempts of the representatives of the human rights organizations to find the people in charge of the operation and givethem any information were unsuccessful.

All the present officials refused to speak and declared that they were not responsible for the action. The Police colonels would point at bailiffs. The bailiffs did not confirm their being bailiffs.

The OSCE representatives in Almaty Eugenia Benigni and Lisa Zhumakhmetovadid not make it to the village. Their car just was stoped by police.

When the darkness fell, at around 6 pm, everything was finished: 13 houses destroyed, people thrown to the snowbound street, the village left without electricity, without heat and water.

The condition of the witnesses can be described as shock. The condition of the people who were thrown from their destroyed houses to the dirt and snow cannot be described.

When all the 13 buildings were destroyed as was planned … while theadjacent houses of other people who do not belong to the Society for Krishna Consciousness were left untouched even though theirtitle deeds have the same status … the bailiffs decided to give aninterview to the TV channel “to avoid one-sided opinion.” However no one of them introduced himself. The only thing they could say, “we are executing the court decision.”

Neither the Hakim, nor the police chiefs, nor the bailiffs would listen to the arguments that the governmental commission established to solve the issue around the Society for Krishna Consciousness has not yet come to final decision.

Notice: the notifications of eviction and demolition of the 13 houses owned by members of the cottage cooperative, who are the members of the religious organization Society for Krishna Consciousness, weredelivered to the watchman of Sri Vrindavan Dham in the evening ofNovember 20. The date of execution and the period for evacuating the buildings were not stated. It should be noted that the acting Kazakh law does not stipulate such a kind of eviction as the demolition of houses, and the eviction should be accompanied by the inventory of property removed from the evacuated building, while the storage of this property should be provided is necessary.

Bottled water concerns health experts

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Canadian researchers from C-crest Laboratories have discovered an “unusually high” amount of bacteria in bottled water. Researchers don’t blame specific brands, but bottled water in general.

A random study found unusually high rates of heterotrophic bacteria in the bottled water, more than 500 cfu, the legal limit set by United States Pharmacopeia on how much bacteria should be present in drinking water in Canada. Unusually high amounts of bacteria were present in 70% of the test samples across several brands of bottled water. “Heterotrophic bacteria counts in some of the bottles were found to be in revolting figures of (100) times more than the permitted limit,” said Sonish Azam, a Canadian researcher involved in the study, “This amount of bacteria is alarming, as if we are ingesting a cup of culture.” “Microbiologically speaking,” she said, “tap water is purer than bottled water — most bottled water. We didn’t know this until we conducted the research.”

The bacteria are not very harmful to an average person, but many sensitive groups, such as the young, sick or elderly, could get sick from it. “Heterotrophic bacteria counts in drinking water are not a health concern to the general public,” was the concluding analyses of a recent study by the World Health Organization.

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Key Features In A Quality Auto Repair Shop In Edmonds

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If you lived in the Edmonds area for any amount of time, you’re probably aware that there are many different places to take your car in for repairs should your vehicle breakdown or need regular maintenance. The question many people have when it comes to an Auto Repair Shop in Edmonds is finding the best shop for their vehicles maintenance or for its repair. While the best auto repair shops may be a matter of personal preference, there are a couple of things you want to look for that are universal with all quality repair shops.

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Perhaps what matters the most when it comes to having your vehicle repaired or having regular maintenance performed on your vehicle is having trained mechanics. You want to have mechanics that have a wealth of experience at general maintenance of various different makes and models of vehicles. That’s not to say that younger mechanics can’t be of assistance, but when it comes to the proper repair of your vehicle, you want to have somebody who knows what they’re doing and that sort of skill typically comes with years of experience in the mechanical repair industry.

The second thing you want to look for is labor rates that are reasonable. What many people don’t understand is that often times, labor rates will make up the majority of the cost you pay to have your vehicle repaired. All you need to do is look at your most recent repair bill for your vehicle to find that the chances are quite good that the labor rates either cost as much or in some cases, the labor cost exceeded the amount of money you spent for the repair parts. An Auto Repair Shop in Edmonds that charges outrageously high hourly labor rates is going to make auto repair even more expensive.

By making sure you have experienced and well-trained mechanics working on your vehicle and by making sure that the auto repair shop charges equitable rates for labor will help you to get your car repaired properly at a price you can afford. There are other subtle nuances that differ from person to person as to which makes one repair shop better than the other. However, these two central features can be found in virtually any quality auto repair shop.

Glasgow cannabis enthusiasts celebrate ‘green’ on city green

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coinciding with Easter Sunday, Glasgow Cannabis Social Club’s annual 420 event was held on Glasgow Green, under sunny blue skies, and overlooking the river Clyde. Despite the city’s council attempting to revoke permission for the gathering at the last minute, police were happy for it to go-ahead with approximately a dozen officers attending in high-visibility vests.

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The Daily Record reported five arrests were made for minor offences, likely smoking and possession of small quantities of cannabis. Taking a less-sensational — and more accurate — line of reporting, the Monday edition of Glasgow’s Evening News stated five were referred to the Procurator Fiscal who is responsible for deciding if charges should be brought.

Official figures provided by the police were that 150 attended. With people coming and going, Wikinews reporters estimated upwards of 200 attended, compared to nearly 700 who had signed up for the event on Facebook. Hemp goods were advertised and on sale at the event, and some attendees were seen drinking cannabis-themed energy drinks.

“I was searched and charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act (which is a lot of bollocks)” one attendee noted online, adding “not fair to happen on a brilliant day like it was, other than that I had a great day!” A second said they were openly smoking and ignored by police, who “were only really focusing on people who looked particularly young”.

Cannabis seeds were openly and legally sold at the event and a hydroponics supplier brought a motortrike towing an advertising trailer. Actually growing cannabis is, however, illegal in the UK.

With the event openly advocating the legalisation of cannabis, speakers put their arguments for this to a receptive crowd. Retired police officer James Duffy, of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke of the failed United States alcohol prohibition policy; stressing such policies needlessly bring people into contact with criminal elements. Highlighting other countries where legalisation has been implemented, he pointed out such led to lower crime, and lower drug use overall.

One speaker, who produced a bottle of cannabis oil he had received through the post, asserted this cured his prostate cancer. Others highlighted the current use of Sativex by the National Health Service, with a cost in-excess of £150 for a single bottle of GW Pharmaceuticals patented spray — as-compared to the oil shown to the crowd, with a manufacturing cost of approximately £10.

Similar ‘420’ pro-cannabis events were held globally.

Wikinews Shorts: December 4, 2008

A compilation of brief news reports for Thursday, December 4, 2008.

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On December 2, the Toronto city council voted in favor of banning the sales and distribution of bottled water on city property. The council also agreed to provide public drinking fountains on their properties, as well as on a measure that would make shoppers pay at least five Canadian cents for plastic grocery bags and force business owners to offer reusable bags and carry-out containers.

“Toronto’s decision to ban the bottle and turn on the tap sends a clear message that bottled water’s 15 minutes are up,” said Polaris Institute’s campaign coordinator, Joe Cressy.

All of the city’s facilities should be following the water ban by 2011, while businesses will have to implement their bag fees by 2010. Toronto has become the largest city in the world to ban bottled water on government property.

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On Tuesday, American actor, Patrick Swayze, who suffers from pancreatic cancer, denied reports that he was near death. American tabloid National Inquirer reported on November 28 that Swayze’s cancer had spread to his liver and that he was preparing for his death.

“The only thorn in my side being that many tabloids have been consistently reporting lies and false information about me and those close to me,” said Swayze in a statement to the press who also added that he knows he is in “the fight for his life,” but that it is a fight that he “is winning.”

“I’m one of the lucky few that responds well to treatment,” added Swayze.

Swayze has starred in over a dozen films, including the 1987 hit film Dirty Dancing.

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  • “Wikinews Shorts: November 28, 2008” — Wikinews, November 28, 2008

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  • “Swayze denies ‘deathbed’ rumours” — BBC News Online, December 3, 2008
  • “Patrick Swayze denies reports he is near death” — Reuters, December 2, 2008

Ways To Promote Your Website Using Web 2.0

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Website promotion is the key and only indispensable strategy to let your website be breathing and alive amidst soaring competition. Making a website more interactive and interesting is a trend that every web master needs to adopt. This essentially is referred to as Web 2.0. Today Web 2.0 is seen as an important tool to promote your website or website business. This tool can significantly boost website traffic and profits. Described below are ways or methods that will help promote your website using Web 2.0.

1. Creating a business blog: Today, every internet savvy user wants to be well informed and keep abreast with new and fresh content. This is where the blogs come in. Creating a business blog with informative content is an easy way to accomplish this. It is vital however, that the user should be allowed to comment on entries. This not only lends it a community atmosphere but also promotes visitor interaction as well as returning visitors. Just another tip here: Make sure that you maintain your blog well. Also, comment on other blogs as well. This will in turn promote interest in your website. Take appropriate measures here to prevent any kind of spamming. A spam filter works best.

2. Participation in forums: Participation in relevant forums can significantly enhance your websites popularity. Participating in discussions on topics that relate to your website products or services, is the best way to spread the word around without making it sound like an advertiser. Thereafter, include a link to your website, so people know what exactly you are talking about and get clicking! Not only will you be able to promote your web site but even alleviate any doubts or concerns of previous visitors or potential customers. This in turn boosts participation; thereby enhancing your websites credibility and popularity. It is highly recommended not to get engaged in heated arguments or mudslinging debates. Just ensure that you provide relevant and honest information to the readers, something that they find very useful and informative. This way you enhance the credibility of your website without sounding too bombastic.

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3. Submission of blog posts to popularity sites: Popularity websites like Digg and StumbleUpon is another way to boost your websites popularity. This requires the web master to submit blog posts to these popularity websites. When users start voting; it can greatly enhance your web sites popularity and result in massive exposure. It is advisable to submit other sites as well besides submitting your own. This is primarily because if you submit and vote just for your site alone, it is considered spamming. Moreover, it defeats the purpose of offering benefits to the community.

4. Writing articles: Write and submit articles to web sites that allow you to do so, and in effect are contributing towards providing useful information. Then, you can link to your website as and where it is relevant. Readers can find this quite beneficial. Make sure the content is accurate and honest without making it sound too unreal. The content should be such that can arouse interest in readers. This will ensure that the reader makes note of the URL or bookmark the page for reference at a later time.

5. Record Podcasts: Using a multimedia feature or essentially an audio file helps in conveying the exact message that sometimes may be lacking when explained in written. Moreover, users usually find this refreshing and listen to the audio in its entirety if it is packed with useful information and is made to sound interesting. This way, they retain the information even better.

6. Create RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds: RSS is a format for organizing news and news related content for news sites as well as for web logs. Although RSS feeds are associated with web logs, they can be used to announce special offers as well as new product releases etc.

7. Research: Web 2.0 is essentially the social web. Create relevant and quality content. Poor quality content spells lousy marketing. It is advisable to surf web logs and social media websites like YouTube, Google Videos, Digg, StumbleUpon, Del.icio.us, Reddit etc to lap up on as much information possible and get to know how exactly it works. Get to know the Web 2.0 culture and make the best of it while promoting your website.

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India Railway Minister presents 2014-15 budget

Friday, July 11, 2014

On Tuesday, Indian Railway Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda presented his first budget for Indian Railways.

The budget emphasized increased amenities for travelers, better safety, and timely completion of projects. There were no fare hikes announced as both passenger and freight fares had been increased last month. But, it was announced that fares will be revised twice a year to absorb fuel costs. Gowda criticized previous governments for announcing new projects and failing to complete them. He said projects will now be prioritized, such as decongesting major routes instead of announcing new ones. Gowda announced no major new projects, but announced 54 new trains. He also criticized the last government for driving the railways into a loss.

Gowda announced a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad; new semi-high speed trains in nine sectors connecting metros; and new measures towards improving cleanliness, food, and e-ticketing were announced. He said CCTVs will be installed in major stations to monitor cleanliness, and major stations will have food courts serving local cuisines and precooked food from reputable catering brands will be served on-board. The railways have faced complaints of substandard food in the past.

He announced the introduction of a new rail-flaw detection system to better investigate the causes of accidents. The budget allocated a significant sum to the construction of bridges at unmanned crossings, a major cause of rail-track deaths. He announced a new project to introduce automatic closing doors on mainline and suburban trains, and said wi-fi will be provided in larger stations and select trains. Workstations will be available for on-board use for a fee by Business travelers. The e-ticketing system will be extended from booking tickets to booking coaches and entire trains, and also retiring rooms in stations. Electric mobility carts will be provided to elderly and handicapped passengers at all major stations. Also, Railway Protection Force will recruit four thousand female constables and escorted carriages will be provided for women. A significant amount was announced for improving rail connectivity in north-east India.

Gowda emphasized use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to fund future projects. He also said he will ask the Cabinet to approve foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indian Railways. Some stations are to be improved using PPPs. Manish R. Sharma, executive director of capital projects and infrastructure at PricewaterhouseCoopers, pointed out the budget didn’t contain any information on how the government intends to attract private investors. Deven Choksey, managing director at K. R. Choksey securities, said the government now seemed to be more inclined towards PPPs than before. India’s stock index SENSEX dropped and closed 2% below opening. Investors were observed selling shares in energy, infrastructure, and real estate sectors.

Six-year-old boy on vacation in Venezuela dies in plane crash

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Six-year-old Thomas David Horne from the United Kingdom has died and eleven other British tourists were injured Friday when their plane crashed in Canaima National Park in Venezuela. They were on a sight seeing tour of the world’s tallest waterfalls, the Angel Falls.

The single engine, nine-seater Cessna 208 Caravan, lifted off shortly before the end of the runway, lost power, and then surged briefly before plummeting into the Venezuelan jungle in front of the 3,200 ft falls.

“It started to take off and we sensed it was losing power. Then it seemed to get it back and lifted off just 200 metres before the end of the runway. Then it dived into the trees,” reported Makeli Freire, a park tour guide.

Three of the injured sustained serious injuries, while the others suffered mainly broken bones. Thomas Horne, who sustained serious head injuries, died on the way to a local hospital. The pilot, co-pilot and tour guide were among the injured. Everyone on board was flown to Ciudad Bolívar, the capital city of Venezuela’s Bolívar state, where they were treated for their injuries. Among the injured were Thomas’s mother and father Jane and David who were among those who had broken bones. They were British tourists finishing up a two week holiday to Venezuela.

“The young boy died as he was being flown to hospital. His parents are both physically OK but are completely distraught over the loss of their son,” said Maiker Puga, of the Ciudad Bolivar clinic.

Liz and her husband Keith Grainger and S. Phillips, also British tourists, were also injured in the crash. The names of the three other British tourists and the three person crew who were injured have not been released at this time.

The plane tour was offered by First Choice, a division of TUI Travel PLC who extended their “heartfelt sympathy to family and friends during this deeply sad time.” LTA airline has suspended further flights until the investigation is concluded.

June Holman, Thomas’s aunt who was not on holidays said, that “there is nothing worse than losing a loved one, especially not a young child with their whole life ahead of them. The thoughts of us all are with his parents Jane and Dave at this very sad time.”