Home Orange makes secure cloud pact for French market Orange inked a deal with IT and consultancy company Capgemini to create a cloud platform designed to meet strict security requirements defined by the French state.The Bleu venture aims to provide services to public and private institutions dealing with sensitive data throughout France. The pair will also work with Microsoft on the offer.In a joint statement, the pair claimed Bleu would provide “immunity from all extraterritorial legislation” and “economic independence”.They added it would meet national rules around data transfer and provide full control of cloud-based applications from isolated infrastructure and data centres located within France.“These data centres will therefore be strictly separated from Microsoft’s global data centre infrastructure, which guarantees operational autonomy,” the partners added, noting they expect the product to achieve the “Cloud de Confiance” security designation.Orange CEO Stephane Richard said the partners would “create a trusted-cloud solution for our existing and future B2B customers and public organisations that will provide a wide-range of services, and in particular Microsoft 365, from within a sovereign infrastructure”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Orange Ventures injects €30M into new fund Author Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas European heavyweights lay out open RAN demands Chris Donkin Related Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Tags Previous ArticleChina Telecom claims NB-IoT milestoneNext ArticleIntelligence Brief: Assessing recent spectrum developments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 MAY 2021 CapgeminiOrange
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As flu season is among us, the Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH) urges all residents to protect themselves by getting vaccinated against the flu. Remember that flu can be a serious illness, especially for adults over the age of 65 years, children under five, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease.JCDPH will begin offering flu vaccines to the public on October 1, 2018. Stop by the Health Department on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM and 1:30 PM-4:30 PM to get the vaccine during General Clinic. Prices range from $35 to $60, depending on the type of vaccine administered. No appointments are necessary and a variety of insurances can be billed.For questions about the flu, call the Flu Line at 828-587-8201 or the Health Department’s main line at 828-586-8994.
Ray Maota Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is sworn in as executive director of UN Women by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon. The UN Women logo. (Images: UN Women) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nanette Braun Head of Communications UN Women Headquarters +1 212 906 6829 RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa joins UN Security Council • UN lifetime award for Tutu • Africa: Serious about food • Unesco, AU to boost journalism The creation of a new body, UN Women – or the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – was celebrated on 30 January 2011 at the 16th Summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Speaking about the new entity at the summit, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “There is progress here and there on the continent regarding women’s rights, but we must go much further to ensure greater gender equality in Africa. It is not just a matter of justice as the facts show indeed that gender equality is a factor of growth and social peace.”The entity should place emphasis on African women’s access to education, health and political responsibility, Ban added.Achieving gender equality was a key theme of the 2011 AU summit.“We need to empower African women who produce food, raise children and drive the economy. When women take their rightful place at the negotiating table, in parliament and in leadership positions across society, we can unleash Africa’s enormous potential. UN Women is here to help reach this goal,” said the secretary-general.Unveiling UN Women’s new logo at the summit, its executive director Michelle Bachelet said: “A vision of how much more is possible when men and women have equal rights and opportunities will drive UN Women. We will be bold and ambitious in our aspirations and we will also be practical in building an organisation that can make a lasting difference in women’s lives.”Bachelet was Chile’s first woman president, serving her term from 11 March 2006 to 11 March 2010. She prioritised women’s issues during her tenure and has been working with the UN Development Fund for Women (Unifem) since leaving office.Pushing gender equalityUN Women was created in July 2010 at a UN General Assembly session and became operational on 1 January 2011.It merges four previously distinct entities of the UN focusing on gender equality: Division for the Advancement of Women; International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women; Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women; and Unifem.UN Women will see to the development of women-friendly policies, and help member states implement and monitor them.Celebrating African leadersAt this year’s AU summit, President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo took over the rotating presidency of the AU from Malawian President Bing wa Mutharika.The choice of Mbasogo has been criticised as taking the AU back to the days when dictators led the now-defunct Organisation of African Unity. Mbasogo has ruled Equatorial Guinea with an iron fist for more than 30 years after executing his predecessor.The UN secretary-general spoke about the unrest in Egypt and the political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire at the summit, but also commended the successful secession referendum in Sudan.French President Nicholas Sarkozy said that France would continue to support development on the African continent.President of South Africa Jacob Zuma also addressed delegates at the summit.“Today we also celebrate many outstanding leaders on the continent. We were inspired by Julius Nyerere, Kenneth Kaunda, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Haile Sellasie, Jomo Kenyatta, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Ahmed Ben Bella, Samora Machel, Agostinho Neto, Ahmed Sekou Toure, Amilcar Cabral, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa, and many others.”“We continue to draw inspiration from their selflessness, commitment and dedication to this continent and its people,” added Zuma.
Leah Whetstone joins America’s Future Foundation after several years as a partner relations manager at the Charles Koch Foundation. She’ll be responsible for cultivating the nationwide network of young professionals dedicated to advancing the ideas of freedom and prosperity, especially through AFF’s 26 chapters across the country. Get to know a little more about Leah below:Why did you decide to work to advance liberty? I decided to pursue a career advancing the ideas of liberty because I believe it’s important for individuals – especially young people – to understand the foundations of free societies and how these principles can help society, the economy, and our country flourish.What has been your history with AFF so far? I’ve been a volunteer on the AFF DC Chapter Advisory Board for about a year and a half.What helpful skills do you hold that people could ask you for advice about? Wardrobe consulting/personal styling is my favorite side hustle, so I love listening to and providing advice on cultivating personal brand through style. I also frequently provide advice/give trainings on resumes, networking, and interviews (although I haven’t been through every type of interview, I’ve completed over 90 interviews in the past 5 years!).What are you most excited for in joining AFF full-time? I’m most excited about the potential to make a difference in young professionals’ lives. I think AFF is a fantastic resource for individuals eager to build community, learn about policies from a free-market perspective, and a place to polish professional skills. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact I can have in building and fostering that community and enhancing AFF’s brand.Coffee order: My favorite coffee drink is probably a plain latte with coconut or almond milk!Summer book recommendation: Oh boy there’s so many! I generally prefer professional development books, but I think right now my top two summer recommendations would be “Til We Have Faces” by CS Lewis (fantastic and less well known) and “Pivot” by Jenny Blake.You can find Leah on LinkedIn and be sure to say hi at an upcoming AFF event!
You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… ReadWrite Sponsors This post is sponsored by StretchSense. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite’s editors.Smart wearables require sensors that are small and able to move with the human body without restricting natural movement. They need to be able to receive information, process it and relay it back to the wearer in a way that is meaningful and useful. The main challenge in creating sensors that can make these measurements lies in the nature of the body itself. The human body is a soft structure, and many of the objects that people interact with everyday—such as clothing, shoes, and furniture—are also soft. The human body is mobile; it can bend, stretch, twist, and be squashed, and there is a real need for sensors that can accurately measure complex body movements in an unobtrusive way.StretchSense has solved this problem by developing wireless stretch, bend, pressure, and shear sensors that are made of soft materials. The basic StretchSense sensor is made of a soft material (such as fabric or silicone) connected to a Bluetooth circuit and a battery. As a wearer moves, the sensor stretches with the movement and transmits motion information to a Bluetooth enabled device. By providing realtime feedback on a wearer’s motion, posture, or technique, StretchSense sensors are becoming increasingly important in providing better healthcare, sports training and gaming experiences. The opportunities afforded by smart, soft sensor technologies are limitless.For more information, visit StretchSense on the Web or see our Expo Stage presentation at Wearable World Congress.This post is sponsored by StretchSense. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrite’s editors. How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Tags:#sponsored posts#StretchSense Related Posts The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables
The industry’s leading technologists will be at Intel Developer Forum in a couple of weeks, and we decided to grab them for two days of Chip Chat and Conversations in the Cloud livecasting!On Tuesday, Conversations in the Cloud will have an excellent line up of Intel and industry cloud computing experts, while our mission critical, storage, and technical computing gurus will stop by Chip Chat on Wednesday.If you can’t attend IDF, why not listen to our livecasts from IDF at 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day?As always, we’re interested in what you want to know from the experts. You can send in your questions for each guest via our @intelchipchat Twitter account and we’ll pass them along during the livecasts!Stay tuned for more announcements on the guest line up!
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Matthijs de Ligt made history, becoming the first foreign player to score his debut Juventus goal in the Derby della Mole. The Dutchman became the first foriegn player in Juve’s 122-year history to score their first goal for the club against city rivals Torino. De Ligt, signed for €75m in the summer from Ajax, volleyed home in the 70th minute following a Gonzalo Higuain cut back from a corner. The goal will take a weight off the young player’s shoulders, as he’s struggled in his opening months in Bianconeri colours.
Warren Buffet once said, “Cash combined with courage in a time of crisis is priceless.” Warmer temperatures are making extreme weather and other climate events more likely, threatening to throw communities around the world into an economic and social crisis within this century. So will those with the “cash”—the institutional investors who own an estimated $70 trillion in capital—have the courage to respond?WRI, in partnership with 2° Investing Initiative and UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI), hopes to give investors the tools they need to help solve the climate change challenge. Our Portfolio Carbon Initiative is developing resources to help financial institutions contribute to climate change solutions (“climate friendliness”) and manage climate-related financial risks in their portfolios (“carbon asset risk”). Our draft publication, Climate Strategies and Metrics, discusses the various strategies that institutional investors can pursue to help finance the transition to a low-carbon economy.3 Activities to Improve Climate FriendlinessWe define climate friendliness as the intent of an investor to contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and the transition to a low-carbon economy through investment activities. Investors can make many types of investment decisions to increase the climate friendliness of their portfolios.For instance, investors can modify their portfolio’s exposure to different sectors, companies or technologies by purchasing more bonds for green projects, such as renewable energy facilities or low-carbon building retrofits. This can propagate low-carbon technologies and support the growth of the low-carbon economy over time. A good example is the growing U.S. solar industry, which added 31,000 jobs in 2015.Investors can also avoid financing carbon-intensive assets like coal fields, coal mines, oil fields and refineries. Divestment is a strategy that’s garnered ample attention lately. For a single institutional investor, the impact of divestment on the real economy may be limited—for every investor that steps out of a high-carbon asset, another may step in. However, divestment can have a powerful impact by sending a strong signal to policy makers and other investors and can create more opportunities and investment flows for low carbon technologies and assets A critical mass of like-minded investors can drive up the cost and limit the availability of capital for carbon-intensive investees.Another important approach for institutional investors involves leveraging influence rather than capital. Investors may choose to directly engage their investees to influence the allocation of capital towards low-carbon technologies or to promote climate-friendly practices. For example, BP has recently agreed to be more transparent about its climate impacts after shareholders put pressure on the fossil fuels group. Though this strategy can impact emissions, the investee’s management or majority of shareholders must support the strategy in order for it to succeed.There are numerous metrics that investors can rely upon to determine which sectors, companies or technologies are climate friendly—check out our draft paper for more information.Investors Are Starting to RespondA handful of investors are already starting to respond to the climate change challenge. Thirty-four investors representing $1.4 trillion in assets signed up to the Montreal Pledge, an initiative led by PRI that asks investors to commit to measure and disclose the carbon footprint of their portfolios. Five asset owners have joined the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC), led by CDP and UNEP-FI, which asks investors to commit to decarbonize a total of $100 billion. The PDC broadly defines “portfolio decarbonization” as any type of systematic investor action in line with climate change objectives, including engagement with investees as well as modifying the make-up of investment portfolios.Though investor climate action remains small, the success of recent pledge platforms and the growing popularity of green bonds indicate an appetite for sustainable investment opportunities. By providing resources for investors that increase their understanding of their impact on the transition to the low-carbon economy, we hope to expedite this trend.LEARN MORE: Download a full draft of the report, Climate Strategies and Metrics