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Odisha set to introspect post-disaster communication

first_imgCyclone Fani: Proposal to train self-help groups Puri remained cut-off for 48 hours after cyclone Fani made landfall in the district on May 3 and the State control room was not able to establish regular communication with the district headquarters, resulting in utter confusion in relief and rescue operations.Experts now blame it on breakdown of post-disaster communication while the State disaster managers are all set to introspect how it failed for the first time since Super Cyclone in 1999.Two teams of HAM radio operators from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal came to the rescue of the State which takes a lot of pride for its pioneering efforts in disaster management. HAM radio was the chief mode of communication for the first several hours.Expert opinion“When disaster comes, communication becomes the first casualty. Communications are of two types – terrestrial and satellite-based. Telephone, FAX, HAM radio and VHF are part of terrestrial communication which requires infrastructure – tower for mobile phones, cable for land phones and antenna for VHF or HAM radios. For satellite communications, handheld phone is enough as it does not depend on terrestrial facilities such as power, tower and antenna,” said an expert.Also Read  For a brief period, the State control room was able to talk to Suresh Mohapatra, State Forest and Environment Secretary, who was stationed in Puri, over satellite phone. But the communication could not be carried on. A messenger had to be sent physically on May 5 to Puri to find out the status. Even the Odisha State Wide Area Network (OSWAN), which was set up to connect the State with 30 district headquarters and 284 block headquarters and 61 horizontal offices through data, video and voice communications also failed.The VHF communication being used by the police administration had very limited reach during the disaster.The expert emphasised that the disaster communication should have been multi-layered – if one fails, there should be an alternative channel to fall back upon.“The State did not have any problem with pre-disaster communications. But, when it came to post-disaster communication, it faltered especially after Fani struck the State,” he said.Asked about the failure of communication, State Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi admitted “there was temporary failure in establishing communication with the Puri district administration.”“We have to think of having fail-safe communication after the disaster.”last_img read more

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Perlas embracing tough challenge at Fiba Asia Women’s Cup

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson breaks skid, stops Power Smashers for first win Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo from FibaAsia.comThe odds are stacked against the Philippine women’s national basketball team heading into the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup after being drawn in the same group with tournament favorites Japan and Australia.But more than facing a daunting task, Perlas Pilipinas coach Pat Aquino feels facing the top teams in Asia and Oceania is a big challenge that the team should embrace.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READcenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “It’s the way to level up. The only thing that can happen to us is to go up. It’s a challenge for us to compete with that kind of level,” Aquino told reporters during the PSA Forum Tuesday.Japan is a two-time Asian champion and will be led by 6-foot-3 forward Ramu Tokashiki, who is currently playing for the Seattle Storm in the WNBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAustralia, on the other hand, will be bannered by four WNBA players in Marianna Tolo, Katie-Rae Ebzery, Tessa Lavey and Laura Hodges.The Philippines, which is now ranked fifth in Asia, had a historic Fiba Asia stint two years ago after finally cracking Level I. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Aquino said this year’s team is not much different from the previous.Making up the PH team, which is also in the same group as South Korea, are Allana Lim, Afril Bernardino, Raisa Palmera-Dy, Camille Sambile, Claire CastroRounding out the team are Andrea Tongco, Janine Pontejos, Chack Cabinbin, Cindy Resultay, Jack Animam, Gemma Miranda and Amby Almazan.The Fiba Asia Cup is set on July 23-29 in Bangalore, India.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Isaiah Thomas reacts on Calvin Abueva clothesline: ‘I woulda beat his ass’

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Meliá Hotels International enters Bangkok

first_imgMeliá Hotels International has announced the signing of Meliá Bangkok, marking the group’s first property in Bangkok and second overall in the country. This new hotel forms part of Meliá’s strategic focus on international growth.The new agreement with Asset World (TCCAW), a member of TCC Group, provides a significant boost to Meliá’s growth and expansion in Asia. Meliá Bangkok, located in the vibrant Sukhumvit district, is another milestone in Meliá’s long-term partnership with TCC Group.“It gives us [Meliá] great confidence to partner with Asset World to launch the Meliá brand in a thriving destination such as Bangkok,” said Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, Senior VP Asia Pacific, Meliá Hotels International.“We are delighted to widen our relationship with Meliá, with the addition of this third property. We stand committed to bringing best of hospitality to Thailand and firmly believe that Meliá Bangkok would further our vision of creating unique product and service offerings for our guests,” said Nishant Grover, Chief Operating Officer, Asset World.Managed under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand, the brand-new, upscale hotel will bolster the group’s already strong portfolio of urban resorts around the world. Meliá Bangkok will feature a total of 315 luxurious guest accommodations and offer exceptional F&B outlets, spa amenities, a fitness centre and meeting facilities, complementing the mixed-use development of retail and office space.last_img read more

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Gerry OSullivan Pay TV operators must embrace OTT

first_imgGerry O’SullivanPay TV operators must embrace OTT services and be prepared to adjust the way they reach customers if they are to remain successful, according to Gerry O’Sullivan, senior vice-president global TV and entertainment at Deutsche Telecom (DT).Speaking at the Digital TV World Summit in London this morning, O’Sullivan said the German telco, which has pay TV operations in 10 European countries, had made a number of changes in the way it has operated in recent months. He said the telco saw OTT services as a huge opportunity. “OTT has a role for a traditional pay TV operator. We will do it by competing with pure OTT operators, by setting up our own OTT services and by partnering with the best-in-breed OTT platforms. Most importantly, we will continue innovating. If you are losing customers to an OTT provider it’s nothing to moan about, it’s something to compete with,” he told delegates. “This is a no-choice game. If you are a pay TV operator and not providing your service on tablets and phones, you will soon find yourself out of the game. People expect it.”DT, which operates pay TV services in Germany under the Entertain brand, launched a basic OTT offering that has evolved into the core component of its main VOD service, Videoload. “You can use it to download and to stream, you can be a Deutsche Telecom customer, or not. Whoever you are, whatever device you are on, come to us,” O’Sullvan said. “This includes doing things that the pay TV part of Deutsche Telecom might feel is a bit competitive in our own ground,” he added.DT recently teamed with Samsung to offer Videoload as a preloaded app on its connected TVs in Germany, which O’Sullivan said opened up a new distribution channel for its services. The telco intends to strike similar deals with all major connected TV manufacturers in Germany next year.O’Sullivan said it was also open to third-party video providers operating on its own OTT platform. It launched with 23 free apps and DT has created a tool kit that lets third parties add their own apps and access DT’s customer base.O’Sullivan said the next stage was to offer TV services exclusively from the cloud, a process that would cut expensive hardware and shipping costs. He said that before launching such services, pay TV operators must ensure that the overall Quality of Service could match the benefits of flexibility and new business models. “I would like to see no hardware in the house apart from the screen. We are getting there, it is round the corner,” he said.last_img read more

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