Mining Management Institute to be Established

first_imgMinister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says the Government will be establishing a Mining Management Institute to provide training and certification for Jamaicans working in the mining sector.“We will …train managers, supervisors and workers in all aspects of mining management,” he said in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (May 30).“The management of a mine or quarry operation requires proper record keeping, safety rules, reclamation techniques and energy efficiency, while reducing damage to the environment and protecting people’s health. This will be the base of the curriculum,” he noted.Mr. Montague said the Ministry is determined to lift standards within the mining industry with training and certification for sustainability.The mining sector contributes 2.2 per cent to Jamaica’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).last_img read more

Netflix widens smart downloads to iPhones

first_img Netflix Tags Share your voice 0 Digital Media Post a comment Netflix makes its originals shows, like Sex Education, available for download.  Jon Hall/Netflix Netflix is widening its “smart downloads” feature to Apple mobile devices, the company said Thursday, giving more mobile users the option to let Netflix automate your offline cache so you don’t need to keep on top of the episodes downloaded to your device. The streaming-video giant introduced “smart downloads” on Android devices in July as a way to automatically remove downloaded shows you’ve already watched and refresh them with the next episodes you haven’t seen once your phone reconnects to Wi-Fi. Netflix defied downloads for years, holding out for the day that connectivity would advance so much that downloading to watch offline wouldn’t be necessary anymore. But it changed course more than two years ago, as competitors like Amazon Prime Video began offering downloads, and as Netflix itself expanded internationally to markets where mobile connectivity was more scarce and expensive. In 2016, it began letting subscribers download much of its catalog.  Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech. Apple: See what’s up with the tech giant as it readies new iPhones and more.last_img read more

Nodejs and JS Foundation announce intent to merge developers have mixed feelings

first_imgYesterday, the Linux Foundation announced that the Node.js Foundation and JS Foundation have agreed to possibly create a joint organization. Currently, they have not made any formal decisions regarding the organizational structure. They clarified that joining forces will not change the technical independence or autonomy for Node.js or any of the 28 JS Foundation projects such as Appium, ESLint, or jQuery. A Q&A session will be held at Node+JS Interactive from 7:30 am to 8:30 am PT, October 10 at West Ballroom A to answer questions and get community input on the possible structure of a new Foundation. Why are Node.js and JS Foundations considering merging? The idea of this possible merger came from a need for a tighter integration between both foundations to provide greater support for Node.js and a broader range of JavaScript projects. JavaScript is continuously evolving and being used for creating applications ranging from web, desktops, and mobile. This calls for increased collaboration in the JavaScript ecosystem to sustain continued and healthy growth. What are the goals of this merger? Following are few of the goals of this merge aimed at benefiting the broad Node.js and JavaScript communities: To provide enhanced operational excellence Streamlined member engagement Increased collaboration across the JavaScript ecosystem and affiliated standards bodies This “umbrella” project structure will bring stronger collaboration across all JavaScript projects With a single, clear home available for any project in the JavaScript ecosystem, projects won’t have to choose between the JS and Node.js ecosystems. Todd Moore, Node.js Board Chairperson and IBM VP Opentech, believes this merger will provide improved support to contributors: “The possibility of a combined Foundation and the synergistic enhancements this can bring to end users is exciting. Our ecosystem can only grow stronger and the Foundations ability to support the contributors to the many great projects involved improve as a result.” How are developers feeling about this potential move? Not many developers are happy about this merger, which led to a discussion on Hacker News yesterday. One of the developers feels that the JS Foundation has been neglecting their responsibility towards many open source projects. They have also seen a reduction in funding and alienated many long-time contributors. According to him, this step could be “a last-ditch effort to retain some sort of relevancy.” On the other hand, one of the developers feels positive about this merge: “The JS Foundation is already hosting a lot of popular projects that run in back-end and build/CI environments — webpack, ESLint, Esprima, Grunt, Intern, JerryScript, Mocha, QUnit, NodeRed, webhint, WebDriverIO, etc. Adding Node.JS itself to the mix would seem to make a lot of sense.” What we think of this move? This merger, if it happens, could unify the fragmented Javascript ecosystem bringing some much-needed relief to developers. It could also bring together sponsor members of the likes Google, IBM, Intel, and others to support the huge number of JavaScript open source projects. We must add that we find this move as a reaction to the growing popularity of Python, Rust, and WebAssembly, all invading and challenging JavaScript as the preferred web development ecosystem. If you have any questions regarding the merger, you can submit them through this Google Form provided by the two foundations. Read the full announcement at the official website of The Linux Foundation and also check out the announcement by Node.js on Medium. Read Next Node.js announces security updates for all their active release lines for August 2018 Why use JavaScript for machine learning? The top 5 reasons why Node.js could topple Javalast_img read more