Press release: Minister for Asia & the Pacific Mark Field visits Indonesia

first_img As a fast-growing, vibrant economy, Indonesia remains a key partner for the UK. My visit provides an opportunity to explore ways to strengthen our cooperation in education and security, and to discuss other global issues including the post-Brexit UK-ASEAN relationship. For journalists Email [email protected] Media enquiries Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister of State Mark Field is visiting Indonesia today (14 August) on a programme that includes bilateral meetings and a keynote speech on the UK’s ‘All of Asia’ policy at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies.While in Jakarta, the Minister will be meeting government representatives including Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and incoming Governor of West Java Ridwan Kamil. Mr Field will also visit the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat for talks with ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi.Discussions will cover bilateral relations, broader regional and global issues, and the UK’s relationship with ASEAN and its members after the UK leaves the EU. Mr Field will also travel to Bali to open the new British Consulate, which provides an important service to British people on the island.Commenting on his visit, Minister Field said: The Minister’s visit to Indonesia is the first stop in a 6-country visit across the Southeast Asia region.Further information Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedInlast_img read more

Taylor, Dottin set for Super League

first_img LEADING BATSMAN LONDON (CMC): Marquee West Indies women’s players Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin are among 18 overseas players set to highlight the inaugural Women’s Super League bowling off here this summer. Both players played key roles earlier this month in helping to fire the Caribbean side to their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title, with a win over three-times defending champions Australia Women a fortnight ago. Jamaican Taylor, the Windies captain, has signed on for Western Storm, while Dottin, a Barbadian, will play for Lancashire Thunder. The six teams – also comprising Loughborough Lightning, Surrey Stars, Southern Vipers and Yorkshire Diamonds – will do battle in the Twenty20 campaign under a round robin format from July 30 to August 14, with the final set for August 21. Taylor is one of the leading batsmen in the women’s game in both shorter formats, and was voted Player of the tournament in the recent T20 World Cup for her 246 runs an average of 40. She will line up alongside South African Lizelle Lee and New Zealander Rachel Priest, with top England players Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Fran Wilson all included. General manager Lisa Pagett said Taylor would be an asset to Storm. “We are really excited to have Rachel, Stafanie and Lizelle playing for Western Storm this summer,” Pagett said. “They are exciting cricketers and potential match winners in their own right. To have players of this calibre playing alongside Anya, Fran and Heather makes for a really exciting Western Storm line-up.” Dottin, meanwhile, will arrive with quite a reputation. She was the first woman to score a T20 hundred – off just 38 deliveries – back in 2010 and was also excellent with both bat and ball in the recent World Cup. Both Taylor and Dottin also played in the Women’s Big Bash League last December.last_img read more

Summer weather forecast shows wide variety of conditions around the country

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AccuWeather reports wet weather and severe storms will keep extreme temperatures at bay in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic this summer, while heat and humidity plague the South.Meanwhile, California will be at risk from wildfires due to abundant vegetation as the Northwest grapples with outbreaks of severe weather.Unlike the summer of 2016, when drought conditions gripped the Northeast and mid-Atlantic, this summer will bring on-and-off wet weather to both regions.“Especially in June and July, we should see some showers and storms from time to time,” said Paul Pastelok, AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Forecaster.The moisture will help to hold back extreme and prolonged heat.“I think we’ll have some hot weather, but it won’t be as prolonged as we saw last year a couple of times,” he said.However, northeastern I-95 cities, including New York City and Boston, may end up with slightly more 90-degree days than normal — although still fewer than last year.“[Areas] farther south may be at or slightly below normal due to a little bit more moisture over the summer,” Pastelok said.More than 100 fires have ripped across Florida this spring, and the threat shows no sign of relenting into the summer season.“The only thing that can really save them early on will be a tropical hit that could take place,” Pastelok said.“The chances are a little bit low on that, so we’ll probably have to deal with more smoke in the air down in central and southern Florida going into the early summer,” he said.Areas more likely to be impacted by the tropics early on include the western Gulf Coast, including New Orleans and Houston. The Carolina coast may also be at risk.“I’d be concerned about Charleston up to Cape Hatteras,” Pastelok said, adding that water temperatures are already running above normal in that area.Severe weather will also threaten the Carolinas in June.Across the Southeast, showers and storms will be widespread. With humidity levels running high, flooding downpours may result.Early in the season, periods of warmth across the northern Plains will trigger severe weather.However, the storms are not expected to last long. Drier conditions will set in from mid- to late season, allowing temperatures to climb.How persistent the heat is will determine whether a mild or moderate drought is likely to develop. Prolonged dryness could put stress on crops later in the season.“This is a tricky area that we’re watching very closely,” Pastelok said.Despite significant rain and mountain snow across California early this year, wildfires will still pose a threat this summer.Significant precipitation has led to abundant vegetation which can serve as fuel for fires, Pastelok said.Early in the season, heat may be inconsistent across California, but temperatures are predicted to rise significantly in July, increasing the chances for fires.Meanwhile, the Northwest will face periods of severe weather.Shower and thunderstorms will strike in June at times, but the latter part of the season will bring the greatest risk for severe weather across the interior Northwest, including Spokane, Washington, and Boise, Idaho.last_img read more

Sorry Facebook, This Was A Privacy Bungle! Here’s What You Should’ve Done

first_imgTags:#Facebook#web A week ago Facebook got itself caught up in yet another privacy controversy, when old Wall posts from 2007-09 were automatically converted into Timeline posts. The confusion was that for some people, those old posts seemed private in nature. So it was thought that Facebook had mistakenly turned private messages into Timeline posts. Facebook responded that no, it only converted “older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages.” That makes sense, but its users have every right to be angry.The Facebook of 2007-09 is a totally different ballgame to the Facebook of 2012. Here are three of the more obvious reasons why:Your Facebook profile page used to be a “Wall” of messages to and from your friends. Now it is a multimedia-filled “Timeline” of your everyday life.These days we’re accustomed to using lists to segment our friends. We post different things to different lists.Facebook now allows you to post updates publicly, a concept which didn’t exist back in 2009. Related, people you don’t know can now “subscribe” to your public updates.The upshot: while those old Wall posts probably were always visible on a user’s profile page, that’s a very different thing to those posts being visible on today’s Facebook Timeline.Even the concept of a “friend” has changed. In 2008, your entire Facebook network may have been what is now labeled “Close Friends”. In 2012, we also have “Acquaintances” (as the name suggests, people you don’t know very well) and “Subscribers” (people you probably don’t know at all). Not to mention the many custom lists we’re encouraged to create – I have one entitled “Tech Influentials”, for example. These aren’t necessarily friends of mine, but they’re people who I befriended for professional reasons.The point is, being social on Facebook encompasses far more today. Back in 2008, if you posted something on your Wall then it was very likely meant for real-life friends. But nowadays, if you post something to all your Facebook friends, then it will almost certainly be seen by people you don’t know in real life. Some of us have several hundreds of such “friends”. That’s a big change in context.Put another way: in 2007-09, Facebook was an exclusive, private social network. You had no reason to think that would ever change. But change it did, from December 2009 when Facebook suddenly set the new default for status messages as public. Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote on ReadWriteWeb at the time that “this move cuts against the fundamental proposition of Facebook: that your status updates are only visible to those you opt-in to exposing them to.”And that’s the crux of this latest privacy bungle from Facebook. Once again, the company has unilaterally decided to impose a new concept of privacy onto its users. It may be technically correct of Facebook to claim that what you posted to your friends via your Wall in 2008 is equivalent to a Timeline post to your friends in 2012. But for most Facebook users today, a friend in 2012 simply doesn’t mean the same thing as a friend in 2008.So the problem isn’t that Wall posts from 2007-09 “were always public [and] looked like something you might say privately today,” as Gizmodo and other publications are characterizing this.The problem is that Facebook in 2007-09 was actually a private space. Not quasi-private. Not public-but-looked-like-private. In 2008, Facebook was – hard as it may be to fathom nowadays – private.But in 2012, that is no longer the case. So when we have something to say to real-life friends, we either use private messaging or we do a post to a small subset of our friends – our “Close Friends” or a custom list of people (such as “Family”).So this isn’t the fault of Facebook’s users. We knew what we were doing then, when we posted to our Walls. And we know what we’re doing now. The lesson here is that Facebook should have given us the option of selecting the privacy setting for those old Wall posts. Or maybe even made those old posts available to “Close Friends” only, as the default. Then we could adjust if we wished.Facebook’s mistake was that it had no right to assume that our “Friends” of 2007-09 means the same thing as “Friends” in 2012. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts richard macmanuscenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Are You Being Outworked?

first_imgYou don’t outwork your competitors by working more hours. The number of hours you are “on the clock” is not a measurement of work, unless you do manual labor. You can get to work early and turn the lights on, and stay late and be the last to leave the parking lot and still be outworked and out hustled.The amount of time you spend in your inbox is not a useful measurement of work either. You can work desperately to keep on top of every communication and request and still fall behind on your real work. In fact, time in inbox is an indicator of ineffectiveness. There should be a KPI for time in inbox, and that time should be proof of time mostly wasted.The number of meetings you attend isn’t a useful measurement either. You know that many of the meetings you attend subtract from your real output, with the exception of client meetings. Most of the meetings you attend aren’t held to make a decision, and most are only information sharing, much of the information being better suited for some other format.That fact that you are busy or that you are being paid doesn’t mean that you are working. While you are at work a lot of hours, in the inbox, attending meetings, and taking care of things that are urgent, your competitor is focused big outcomes.The only way to not be outworked is to produce outcomes that are aligned with your highest priorities and your highest goals. A lot of other tasks are necessary, but they aren’t going to move you forward. Not being outworked requires that you do the work that matters, and that you do less of the work that doesn’t.Right now, somewhere, there is someone who is attempting to outwork you. You are the only one who can stop them. Make big choices.last_img read more

Amarinder Singh hosts Kashmiri students on Id

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday hosted 125 Kashmiri students on Id and said he was confident that situation would improve in the Valley soon.The students belonged to various universities in Punjab. With the curfew-like restrictions in place across the Valley, it was an Id away from home for the students.Normal life in the Valley has been hit following heavy security deployment and restrictions on the movement of people besides the suspension of telecom services after Parliament revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution. The invitation from the Chief Minister for lunch at the Punjab Bhavan here made it an occasion to cherish and feel at home, said many students. Assuring them of their safety in Punjab, the Chief Minister said, “We cannot replace your families. But, I hope you consider us as your family too”. Capt. Amarinder told the students that though he had not been to Kashmir in a long time due to his busy political schedule, he considered the Valley his second home. He said it was his heartfelt desire to share the happiness of this festival with the students.The Chief Minister said he was confident their families back home were safe and they would be able to meet them soon, an official statement said. Reciprocating the Chief Minister’s sentiments, the students said they too considered Punjab their second home, where they have always felt safe, even after the Pulwama terror attack.“We have seen that Punjabis have a big heart,” said Faiq Salem, a student, while another thanked the Chief Minister for listening to them.“Coming here today reminds us of our families,” said Farzana Hafeez, admitting that till they received the invitation, they had been feeling lonely at the thought of not being at home for Id celebrations. As a memento, the students presented the Chief Minister with a portrait made by Abdul Azad, a fine arts Kashmiri student from Chandigarh University. Another student gifted him a Kashmiri samovar. Capt. Amarinder gave sweets to the students to celebrate the occasion. Punjab Ministers Brahm Mohindra and Balbir Singh Sidhu, Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and the Chief Minister’s Media Adviser Raveen Thukral were also present. In the aftermath of the revocation of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir by Parliament, the Punjab government has ordered an increase in security arrangements for around 8,000 Kashmiri students in the State and directed Superintendents of Police and Deputy Commissioners to meet them personally. The Chief Minister had ordered the scaling up of security in the districts bordering Kashmir.Meanwhile, Muslims across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh offered prayers at mosques on Monday morning. Soon after the namaz, people hugged each other and the mosques reverberated with greetings of Eid mubarak.The celebrations were held amid tight security arrangements.last_img read more

Pakistan mobile networks intrude Rajasthan

first_imgThere’s a new, invisible intruder from Pakistan into Rajasthan. The security on the nation’s western frontiers is facing a constant threat from across the border as mobile phone networks of several Pakistani companies operate unabated deep inside at least four Indian districts in contravention of the international norms.The signals of several telecom service providers in Pakistan have been detected in Barmer, Jaisalmer, Ganganagar and Bikaner districts by the BSF, BSNL and administration officials. Though the Union government and the Trai have been informed of this, it has apparently failed to stir them into action.The presence of Pakistan’s mobile networks was first detected over two years ago in Barmer, when some people were held there with Pakistani SIM cards. An expert team from the vigilance and telecom monitoring cell last year confirmed the apprehension. Though there is every possibility of the networks being used by the intruders or miscreants against India, no action has been initiated to block the signals.Sources said in some areas, the Pakistani telecom signals are available up to 100 km from the International Border. As per the international norms, the mobile networks should not be available beyond 500 metres on either side of a border. The usage of SIM cards of the Pakistan-based companies has become quite common, forcing Barmer district collector Gaurav Goyal to recently ban these cards in the border areas. This step was taken only after the intelligence agencies took up the issue with the district administration. Goyal said the presence of Pakistani phone network on the Indian territory was a serious matter.advertisementA senior BSNL officer in Barmer said, “We are just a service provider. Either Pakistan should be asked to block these signals or our authorities should install powerful jammers in the border areas.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more