IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#home office#Telecommuting#Yahoo Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… fredric paul 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… First Yahoo. Then Best Buy. In the last two weeks, two high-profile but seriously troubled companies have made very public crackdowns on employees who telecommute or work remotely.(See also Forget Trends, Is Yahoo’s Workplace Policy Right For Yahoo?)Telecommuting Is Never The Real ProblemI’m not saying the moves weren’t necessary to help the struggling companies recover, but everyone knows that telecommuting per se is not the problem here. The problem, in both cases, is a company culture of negativity, “coasting” and lax management.How can you tell? Easy.Lots of companies – probably including yours – have sensible policies allowing telecommuting for certain workers under certain conditions. Heck, increasing numbers of companies are run totally virtually, with no central offices at all – people work from wherever they are, and get together whenever and wherever they need.In those kinds of companies, people mostly work remotely to avoid long commutes or to work for companies where they don’t happen to live. Companies save money on office space and other fixed costs and get access to talent they might not otherwise attract.It’s a win-win situation for everyone. And they have productivity studies and management consultants by the bushel to prove it.That’s what happens in a well-run company, one with a future, and one where the vast majority of employees are committed to the company’s success. No doubt, that’s what it was like for Yahoo and Best Buy. In the beginning.Telecommuters Get Blamed When Things Go BadBut Yahoo’s and Best Buy’s fortunes soured and management clearly lost control over their increasingly disillusioned workers – who often wanted nothing more than to spend as little time as possible at the office. According to a New York Times story on Tuesday, many Yahoo telecommuters were working harder on side projects than their actual jobs. The Times claims that new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer “made the decision not as a referendum on working remotely, but to address problems particular to Yahoo.”That’s exactly it. “Problems particular to Yahoo.” And Best Buy. And whatever company announces a policy like this next.(See also Another Reason Best Buy Is Doomed – And Why That’s A Problem)If your company starts to make noises about banning telecommuting, you can be competely confident that it’s not about telecommuting at all. You can also be confident that your company has some serious cultural and productivity problems that it feels powerless to fix without drastic action.They Had To Do SomethingDo Yahoo and Best Buy know that their Draconian new policies will turn off some of their best workers unfairly targeted by telecommuting bans? That they won’t be able to hire some valuable people who desire or require more workplace flexibility? That the polices will make them look technologically backward and borderline incompetent? That the policies actually mean they are technologically backward and borderline incompetent?Of course.But they’ve decided that things are so bad that they don’t have a choice. That if they don’t do something about their real problems, things will only get worse. These companies aren’t in trouble because they banned telecommuting. They’re in trouble because they had to ban telecommuting.You could look at this as smart management taking required corrective action. Or you could look at it as a giant, lit-up red flag that the company is reeling out of control, sacrificing its long term reputation and success for a short-term shakeup.Either way, one thing is certain: If your company bans telecommuting, your company is screwed. After all, do you really think a little thing like banning telecommuting is going to fix a company so messed up it had to actually ban telecommuting?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts
Girdhari Lal Bhargava, a former BJP stalwart who was elected six consecutive times from Rajasthan’s Jaipur constituency, had coined a phrase in the 1990s to prove his commitment to his constituency and its people: Jiska koi na puchey haal, uskey sang Girdhari Lal (If you have no one to bank upon, I am with you). The locution impressed his supporters so much that they would raise it ad nauseam in every Lok Sabha election till his death in 2009. Bhargava set standards which the candidates of every political party has found difficult to match in the past one decade. Yet, sitting BJP MP Ramcharan Bohra won the 2014 Lok Sabha election by a margin of over 5.30 lakh votes, which was the largest ever in Rajasthan, by defeating Mahesh Joshi of the Congress.Mr. Bohra, 63, is in the fray again this time, trying to take advantage of his clean image. A businessman and agriculturist, he has been active in Parliament, taking part in the debates. He participated in 110 debates and asked 312 questions in the Lok Sabha sessions.With Jaipur being the State capital, an elected representative has to deal with multiple urban agencies to bring relief to the common people on various fronts.Despite his criticism by several quarters, Mr. Bohra says he has tried to reduce congestion in the city and improve water and power supply. “The local bodies need to help out the State government… I am probably the first MP who has spent ₹3 crore from MPLAD for creating a robust infrastructure for cleanliness.” Woman candidate The Congress has fielded a woman candidate, former Jaipur Mayor Jyoti Khandelwal, while taking a “calculated risk” in the constituency dominated by Brahmins and Vaishyas. A woman candidate is contesting in Jaipur after 48 years, as it was Gayatri Devi of the erstwhile royal family who had won for the third time here in 1971 as a Swatantra Party candidate.Ms. Khandelwal, who has been a Congress office-bearer in various capacities since 2004, has promised to formulate an action plan for rejuvenating all traditional water resources, including the Ramgarh dam on the outskirts of Jaipur which has completely dried up. Improving the capital city’s rail and air connectivity is another area of her emphasis.All India Milli Council’s Rajasthan secretary Abdul Qayoom Akhtar, who resides in the Walled City here, said the elected MP should not only work for infrastructure development, but also for equitable distribution of resources among all sections of society. “The living conditions in some parts of the city are pathetic. The new MP should take an initiative for its betterment,” he said.As the 21.27 lakh voters in the urban area look forward to casting their ballot on May 6, two Olympians are facing each other in the Jaipur Rural constituency in one of the State’s most keenly watched electoral battles. The Jaipur Rural seat came into existence in 2008 following delimitation of parliamentary constituencies.
Yuvraj celebrate India’s win against Australia.Star batsman Yuvraj Singh on Thursday said that he has realised the dream of piloting India to a victory against defending champions Australia in the World Cup though it was very difficult to keep his emotions in check in the high-octane quarter-final match in Ahmedabad.”Over the last one year I have been dreaming of staying till the end and taking the team to victory against Australia in the World Cup and the moment has come. This is the moment I have lived for as a cricketer,” he said at the post-match press conference.Yuvraj guided India to a sensational five-wicket victory over holders Australia with an unbeaten half century after claiming two wickets and he was adjudged man-of-the-match for the fourth time in the tournament.He admitted that it was a really tough situation with enormous pressure on him and any small mistake on his part could have thrown India out of the World Cup.”It was very hard to control emotions. It was difficult to control oneself in such a situation as one mistake and you will be out of the World Cup. I tried to just watch the ball, play down the ground and not lift the ball in the air,” said the left-handed batsman.Yuvraj said he was playing in the tournament with the thought of someone special in his life, though he did not specify the person.”I am playing for a very special person that comes in my mind and whenever things are not going well I think of that person and things work out,” he remarked.advertisementHe conceded that the dismissal of Gautam Gambhir, who was run out due to a misunderstanding with him, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in quick succession had put the team under pressure but Suresh Raina lived up to the challenge and showed nerves in crucial stages.”When Gambhir got out I thought I will get a good partnership going with M. S. (Dhoni) but when MS got out I knew I was in trouble. When Raina came in I told him to take his time and let’s get 20-30 run partnership. He has shown nerves in a crucial stage and this will boost his confidence also,” he said.He said he had already apologised to team-mate Gambhir for the mix-up that resulted in his partner getting run out today.”I have apologies to Gautam for the miscommunication on the field. We have not played together much. I think it was probably my fault,” said Yuvraj.Though he got his fourth man-of-the-match award in the tournament today, Yuvraj sounded modest and said it was a team effort that was crucial.”I feel good to have contributed to the team but the victory cannot be achieved by one person, it’s a team effort,” he said.He said though he cherished the centuries he had scored in his career, even scores like his 52 not out today were special as they resulted to the team winning a crucial tie.”Though centuries are very special for a player, when you are able to contribute 20 or 30 runs which help the team win crucial matches they also become special,” he said.Looking ahead to the semifinal clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at Mohali on March 30, Yuvraj said it was going to be another dream game after the India-Australia match today.”The India-Pakistan game is going to be another dream game after India-Australia. It’s a great victory for India today. We would be playing our best cricket against Pakistan.They know our game we know theirs both teams are equal. They have had a very good tournament and have beaten West Indies and Australia,” he said.”We don’t want to think about the Pakistan game now. It has been a high-pressure game for us (against Australia) and lot of our system has been drained. We would like to relax for a couple of days and then make plans about Pakistan game,” he added.Looking back the past one year which had seen him being axed from both the ODI and Test teams, Yuvraj said was very happy that things have turned around for him.”Last year everything I touched turned into mud. This year it has been a good year,” he said.Praising coach Gary Kirsten for the contributions he has been making, Yuvraj said that was the vital difference from 2007 when the team was knocked out in the first round of the World Cup.”In 2003 team was very great (when it made the final). I don’t want to talk about 2007. In 2011 with Gary coming in, our confidence in each other has grown. Players confide in each other and the way Gary keeps the team like a family that shows in our performance,” he pointed out.advertisement- With inputs from PTI
Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Read Next Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds PLAY LIST 01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sheriff’s officials said an 18-year-old male student was killed and several students were wounded in the shooting at a STEM School Highlands Ranch, which is about 15 miles south of the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets play.Authorities have taken two students into custody after the shooting in the affluent community of Highlands Ranch near where two students shot and killed 13 people at Columbine High School 20 years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMalone said Tuesday’s shooting happened minutes from his house in the Highlands Ranch community.“It’s not just Highlands Ranch. It’s not just Colorado. This is an epidemic. It continues to happen,” Malone said. “That’s the frustrating thing. How do you stop it? Again, gun control, laws, whatever it might be — I’m not a politician; I don’t want to sit up here on a soap box. I just want everybody back in Highlands Ranch to know we’re with you. That’s really important for them to know.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Malone said his wife contacted him Tuesday afternoon to tell him about the shooting. The couple has two daughters who attend school nearby.“The thing that makes you angry is that she’s telling me how scared my daughters are in their schools, texting her,” Malone said. “They didn’t know what’s going on. They just saw lockout. Where is this shooter? Is it at our school? Some other school?“When kids go to school, they should be going to school to learn, have fun, be with their friends, not be worried about an active shooter.”Malone was leery of addressing the tragedy with his team before Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals, saying it’s a “conversation and a subject maybe on an off day.”“These are scary times for everybody and you have to find a way to be mentally tough and get through it,” Malone said. “It’s just frustrating. It makes you angry. It hits home. That’s how I felt today.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boxing chief criticizes IOC comments on Olympic competition Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View comments Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, right, confers with guard Jamal Murray during a break in the action against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Monday, April 29, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone was shaken Tuesday by the school shooting that occurred in his neighborhood a few hours before his team’s playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers.“That’s a community I live in. I know thoughts and prayers are never enough, but … from myself, our team, our organization, our thoughts and prayers with all those families, students, school administrators, everybody that was there today,” Malone said in a heartfelt pregame news conference . “It’s a tragedy.”ADVERTISEMENT Weighing on him was how to address the shooting with his children.“Great question,” Malone said. “I’m texting my daughter, telling her she’s going to be OK. I don’t even know if she will be OK. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. When you see your kids go to school in the morning, it’s, ‘Have a great day’ and (you) assume everything is going to be all right.”
9th Race: The REd Rufus Plate Cat.III dist.9th Race: The REd Rufus Plate Cat.III dist. about 1200 M Green Striker (Mr.A.K.Jaiswal) 62.5 K.Mukesh First Lavender 61.5 B.Dileep Second Time Is Luck 59 carried 55.5 Ajit Singh Third Sacrifice 59.5 carried 58 S.S.Tanwar Fourth All 12 ran Won by: 1-1/2 l, 1-1/4 l, Short-head Time:One minute 13.37 seconds Tote paid by: Rs 40 for win, Rs 15, Rs 7 and Rs 26 for places Winner trained by: ApamSharma Joint Favourites: 1 Lavender 2 Sacrifice Forecast: Rs 202 Quinella: Rs 76 Shp: Rs 22 Tanala: Rs 1,332 each paid on 101 tickets 1st Treple: Rs 525 paid on 89 tickets 2nd Treple: Rs 410 paid on 204 tickets 3rd Treple: Rs 2,553 paid on 58 tickets consolation Jockpot: Rs 4,178 paid on 74 tickets jockpot: Rs 90,189 paid on 8 tickets. PTI COR DRS SDL SSC
Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41st time with a comprehensive innings and 21-run victory over Saurashtra on day three of the five-day final in Pune today.Not many would have predicted Mumbai to run away with the title in less than three days but their bowlers dismissed Saurashtra for 115 to cap off a dramatic day three. The record Ranji Trophy champions got their hands on the trophy for the first time in three seasons and now they have 41 titles to their name in 45 finals with 10 of them being an innings victory. Karnataka are a distant second in the overall Ranji standings with eight titles.It was a repeat of the 2012-13 final where Mumbai had made short work of Saurashtra with an innings and 125-run triumph. Mumbai were mere 27 runs ahead of Saurashtra at the start of day three before they went on to make 371 in 82.2 overs from an overnight 262/8 in their first innings.Saurashtra, who managed 235 in their first innings, failed miserably with the bat in the second essay today, lasting 48.2 overs. Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur ran through the opposition batting, ending with five wickets for 26 runs in 13.2 overs to take his match tally to eight.Saurashtra’s biggest name in the playing eleven, Cheteshwar Pujara, could not come to his teams rescue and ended with scores of 4 and 27 in the all-important final. Shreyas Iyer was deservingly named man of the match for his 117 in Mumbais only innings of the match. He ended the season as the leading run-getter with 1321 runs at 73.38 including four centuries and seven fifties.advertisement”You can’t express this feeling at the moment, you always dream of winning the Ranji Trophy. All of us worked really hard for this, and it’s been amazing. Last season I scored 810, and this season I just decided I would break that mark. I surpassed that total and it got to 1300 runs and it’s an amazing feeling,” said Iyer.Asked what he did differently this season, Iyer said: “I think I play each and every ball on its merit, I dont decide whether to hit this ball or not. The pressure situation really gets me going. I’d really like to thank the team management, they’ve given me a lot of freedom. It was a bowler-friendly wicket and it was seaming a bit.”Saurashtra captain Jaydev Shah rued missed chances in the game.”It was very disappointing. Catches win matches, and we missed two important opportunities. But my team has done really well, from Plate we came to Elite, and we’ve come up to the final. Siddhesh Lad’s last-wicket partnership gave them a very crucial lead. We’ve been in the final two times, and we’ll try our best and we hope that next year we will win the final. It’s been a fantastic season for us. Everyone has supported each other,” said Shah.
At six months pregnant, Serena Williams is refusing to let her baby bump get in the way of forehands or backhands – she is still working out and playing tennis to retain her touch, her long-time coach told Reuters on Saturday.Although the 23-times grand slam champion has not played competitively since winning the Australian Open in January, she has been soaking up the Roland Garros atmosphere in Paris this week, watching sister Venus play and catching up with friends.”She’s working out and she even played tennis the other day,” her long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in an interview at the tennis stadium on Saturday.”She said to me she didn’t want to lose her touch.”Of course she went slow, but she wanted to hit the ball.”The American former world number one, who announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in December, posted a picture on Snapchat on April 20 with the words “20 weeks”. That means Williams would currently be 26 weeks pregnant.Although the three-times French Open winner deleted the 20-week photo afterwards, her pregnancy was confirmed later that day by her publicist, Kelly Bush Novak.Speaking at a TED conference a week later, Williams said she had been keeping a weekly diary of her pregnancy and had accidentally posted the shot online.Although Williams turns 36 in September, and achieved a long-time goal when she won an Open era-record 23rd grand slam title in Australia, she has every intention of coming back, according to Mouratoglou.”When she called me to tell me she was pregnant, in the same sentence, she said: ‘I’m pregnant but I will be back, will you wait for me?'” the Frenchman said. “She is really planning on coming back, and she said to me ‘I am not done, I cannot finish like this.'”advertisementSince Mouratoglou started coaching Williams at Wimbledon in 2012, the pair have won 10 grand slam singles championships together and rewritten the tennis history books. The only big record left to break is that of Australia’s Margaret Court, who won 24 grand slam singles titles between 1960 and 1973.Although Kim Clijsters, Evonne Goolagong and Court all won grand slam singles titles after having a child, none of them did so after the age of 31. Victoria Azarenka, a two-time grand slam winner and former world No. 1, had a baby boy last year when she was 27 and will return to competition next month during the grass-court season.But for Serena, age is just a number.”Since she still feels she can win grand slams, she doesn’t want to stop,” Mouratoglou said. “The day she will think, I am too old, or for any reason, I don’t have the motivation, I cannot win any more grand slams, of course she will stop straight away.”
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — There were days when Tony Stewart couldn’t get out of bed. It was a chore to take a shower, to leave his room. The television was on, he would stare at it, and have no idea what he was watching.He didn’t care about racing. He didn’t want to talk to anyone, let alone face his family, friends or other drivers. Stewart’s grief over the death of Kevin Ward Jr. was overwhelming, and he couldn’t find his way out of the fog.Stewart, one of NASCAR’s biggest stars, spent three weeks in seclusion at his Indiana home after the car he was driving struck and killed Ward at a dirt track in upstate New York. He describes those weeks as the darkest of his life.“I know 100 percent in my heart and in my mind that I did not do anything wrong. This was 100 percent an accident,” Stewart told The Associated Press on Sept. 25 in his first interview since a Grand Jury decided he would not be charged in Ward’s death.On the advice of legal counsel, Stewart would not describe what he remembers about the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park.Ward and Stewart had been racing for position when Ward crashed, exited his vehicle and walked down the dark track in an apparent attempt to confront Stewart. A toxicology report found Ward also had marijuana in his system.Ward’s family has said “the matter is not at rest,” and Stewart may still face a civil lawsuit.Sitting on the couch of his North Carolina home, a sprint car race in Arkansas on mute on the television, Stewart said not being able to talk about what happened is extending his anguish.“It keeps me from moving forward. It just stays there, hanging over my head,” Stewart said.Ward and Stewart didn’t know each other, and Stewart doesn’t recall them ever talking. He laments that in the scrutiny that followed — some questioned if Stewart had tried to intimidate Ward for stepping on the track — that the loss of the 20-year-old driver and his promising career fell to the background. He said he can’t imagine how the Ward family is feeling.“I guess the end result is I don’t blame them for anything they say,” he said.Understanding how to deal with his grief and getting back on the track was difficult. Stewart has had his share of controversy and drama in his volatile but successful 16-year NASCAR career; none of it prepared him for the emotions he felt following Ward’s death.He said he needed professional help to cope with the situation, and asking for assistance wasn’t easy. Stewart, 43, isn’t married, has no children and keeps a tight inner circle. He’s a solitary figure of sorts, someone who broods and stews alone, and opening himself up for self-examination was a monumental task.He had no choice.“You sit there and you wrack your brain, you try to analyze ‘Why did this happen?’” Stewart said. “I made myself miserable just trying to make sense of it … I just couldn’t function. I’ve never been in a position where I just couldn’t function.”His tumble into depression began almost immediately. Stewart left Canandaigua after the crash and went to Watkins Glen, where he was scheduled to race the next morning. It was roughly 2 a.m. when he got back to his motorhome, and he looks back now and says he was in shock.But Stewart is a racer through and through, and racers pick themselves up and race. So that’s what he told his team he would do.He wanted to get into his No. 14 Chevrolet that Sunday and go, because that’s what he had done his entire life. But when he woke up the next morning, he realized immediately he was in no condition to be in a car, nor did he have the desire to drive.He did an about-face and pulled out of the race, the first of three he sat out.“You race hurt, you race sick and that’s the way racers have always been,” he said. “You say you can go do what you need to do, and then it becomes very clear that you can’t.”He watched the closing laps on television at home in Indiana, only because he wanted to see the late-race battle for a berth in NASCAR’s playoffs. He watched half of the race he missed in Michigan.Stewart said practices and qualifying sessions didn’t interest him, even as the three other cars he co-owns at Stewart-Haas Racing continued with their season without their leader at the track.It wasn’t until Bristol, the third race he missed, that Stewart was interested in watching. “It just wasn’t important to me,” he said.But he had to go back to work eventually, and he had to get out of his house. If he didn’t give himself a routine, he would never begin to heal.So Stewart returned to the track at the end of the August, racing at Atlanta, where he received a rousing ovation from the crowd during driver introductions. It wasn’t easy going to the track — it still isn’t — and although he’s back in his car, his life is far from normal.At home in North Carolina, Stewart barely steps outside the house. He needed a hairdresser to come to his place just to get a much-needed haircut.“You are part of something so tragic and so unthinkable, it’s hard to face anybody,” he said. “It was hard to wrap my arms around this, and it still is. I haven’t been a part of society for more than six weeks. You are scared to be around anybody, you are embarrassed to be around anybody because of what happened.”Focus comes whenever he pulls on his helmet and fires up his engine. Though his performance has been horrific by his own standards in his last three races, getting back into the car is a step toward normalcy.The rest of the time? A day feels like a month. His mind wanders, his emotions get the best of him.“There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by that I haven’t thought about it. And it will be like that all your life,” he said. “You are never going to forget about it. You are never going to not see it happen all over again. It’s going to be a part of me forever.”(JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Recently, Brian Bailey organized a round table that resulted in a two-part article called Supporting CPUs Plus FPGAs . The experts discussed the evolving reality of systems design based on FPGAs and CPUs. This discussion addresses recent developments in design flow and how using new technology can assist software developers in reaching a faster time-to-market for CPU plus FPGA platforms.Introduction Looking at the growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI), the emergence of connected objects (IoT), and the data center acceleration trend, all leads us to ask: what is the common denominator between the three?Software developers are at the center of all of these trends and they are looking to accelerate their programming and calculations. Latest technology breakthroughs, including low communication latency between FPGAs and CPUs, coupled with the relatively low power consumption of todays FPGAs, makes FPGA- and CPU-based systems the right choice to achieve the desired performance. At the center of this convergence, however, software developers are hampered by the underlying complexity of FPGA technology.Over the past few years, High Level Synthesis (HLS) tools have greatly improved with regard to addressing today’s system complexity and shortening time-to-market. However, HLS tools focus foremost on IP blocks (i.e., they are IP-centric). There is a broad range of system-level decisions/optimizations that can’t be supported by HLS tools to satisfy the requirements. Some of these requirements include finding the right balance between software tasks and hardware accelerators, comparing pipeline versus parallel execution, achieving desired data granularity, assessing communication mechanisms, and many more.In order to build these complex systems, software developers require a design flow that offers joint support of both hardware and software. Such a flow must be simple enough to warrant its use (like the software developer flow) and adoption by software developers. The flow must also provide insightful feedback about the optimization choices available to achieve the required performance goals. Some companies have recently paved the way to facilitate the task for software developers by abstracting the technological details of the hardware design flow. These companies are inspired by the System-Level Design approaches described in ESL Models and their Application: Electronic System Level Design and Verification in Practice.Understanding the system-level design flow methodology System-Level Design is focused on higher abstraction level concerns. While there is a need to concentrate on the bigger picture, various levels of abstractions are used to validate, verify, refine, and integrate different pieces of the system before it is actually developed. Even though the engineering community does not agree on a common language to use, the majority of design engineers start at the algorithmic level. Designers validate non-functional and functional system specifications by creating execution models written in C/C++/SystemC, MATLAB, Simulink, and LabVIEW environments. These high-level languages are used to model the behavior of the entire system.For the purposes of this discussion, we’ve focused on a System-Level Design flow based on C/C++ specifications (Figure 1). The first block is divided into three steps. The first of these steps represents application profiling (i.e., hardware-software partitioning) where pieces of C/C++ code (functions, loops, etc.) are being considered to be moved into the hardware (FPGA). The next step is the specification of the CPU/FPGA platform (e.g., ARM53/FPGA, POWER8/FPGA) and configuration of the hardware platform elements (system clock, processor cache, interconnections, etc.). The following step is to map the application tasks (based on the profiled application) between hardware and software (i.e., hard and/or soft CPU) and — at the very end — the generation of an executable architecture.Figure 1. Typical system-level design flow for CPU/FPGA(Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) The second block of Figure 1 involves architecture optimization (also known as architectural exploration or performance verification). This is depicted in more detail in Figure 2. Figure 2. The architecture optimization process (Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) The architecture optimization process addresses the following estimators:Hardware estimation assesses metrics of hardware partitioning (i.e., C/C++ code moved on the FPGA). It can be broken down by resources, performance (e.g., loop latency) and power estimates. Hardware estimation is driven by HLS (High-Level Synthesis) tools.Software estimation evaluates metrics for the C/C++ partition code running on the CPU (i.e., hard and/or soft CPU). This process is complementary to the hardware estimation step. Examples of performance metrics are processor load, task switching, and cache misses.Data transfer estimation consists of modeling the interfaces (i.e., memory mapped and streaming interfaces) by which the hardware and software communicate. Examples of collected metrics are bus performance (e.g., latency and throughput), queue, and memory usage.These estimations are aggregated in a database and a system performance analysis is presented to the developer to assess if the requirements of the system are being met. Architectures that satisfy the requirements proceed to the architecture implementation process; otherwise, additional system level optimization attempts are processed.The last block of Figure 1 relates to the architecture implementation where system architectures are converted to a bitstream (for FPGA implementation) using implementation tools such as Xilinx Vivado or Intel Quartus Prime for final and complete system generation to be executed on the specific physical platform. This step must produce quality code and should be transparent for the software developer.System-level optimization The lack of automated tools for architectural optimization has long been perceived as a key weakness of FPGA-based computing. The development of such tools was difficult due to the complexity and challenges involved.To illustrate these challenges, Figure 3 shows a typical system-level optimization process during an architectural exploration for an image processing application composed of six functions (pieces of C/C++ code) to be implemented on a Zynq-7000 platform. Here, we list eight potential architectures that can be implemented on the platform. As the time-to-market does not allow for implementation of each architecture, the best one to implement must rapidly be determined. This sequence of optimizations can be challenging, even for experienced hardware designers.Figure 3. Architecture exploration with system-level decisions shown in blue (Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) FPGA software development tools like SDSoC/SDAccel (Xilinx), Merlin Compiler (Falcon Computing Solutions), and SpaceStudio (Space Codesign Systems) are commercial solutions that assist software developers in the design of FPGA/CPU systems while achieving system-level optimization. These tools adopt a similar flow as described in Figures 1 and 2, and — by that — they demonstrate the existence of a new generation of system-level tools with different approaches.SDSoC estimates the system performance in a two-step approach. Initially, SDSoC estimates latencies for the hardware functions (from HLS tools) and internal characterization (i.e., data transfer) of the targeted physical platform and its communication interfaces. Later, this estimate is compared against a software-only version of the application running on the physical platform.Merlin Compiler proposes source-to-source transformation. The goal of source-to-source transformation is to reduce or eliminate the design abstraction gap between software/algorithm development and existing HLS design flows. The Merlin Compiler relies on four pragmas to infer specific FPGA designs. In addition to the four major optimizations triggered by explicit pragmas, the Merlin Compiler also contains various implicit optimizations (i.e., transform passes of the compiler) which are performed along with the pragmas to help improve the results of the pipeline and parallelization.SpaceStudio seamlessly generates an executable virtual platform (VP) for each architecture candidate (mapping). A typical VP is composed of processor core simulators connected to various models of buses, memory controllers, and other data peripheral models. It models the targeted platform along with data transfers in a co-simulated environment that is tailored specifically to the application. This means that the executable VP enables more accurate performance prediction and algorithm validation of the application. It also integrates monitoring and analysis capabilities for non-intrusive performance profiling of both hardware functions and software tasks. VP relies on HLS tools for hardware estimators, while delays (e.g., latencies) of hardware mapped functions are automatically annotated to increase the accuracy of the simulation process. The VP can be inspected by the software developer to understand how the optimization tasks are implemented. Such feedback helps the software developer to achieve the intended design for the specific applied optimizations.One way to view the commercial ecosystem Figure 4 proposes a view of the commercial ecosystem gravitating around the world of platform-based design of CPUs and FPGAs. The first (upper) box presents the main design entry at the algorithm level. The second box contains environments supporting algorithmic synthesis (i.e., from algorithm to implementation). The tools marked in bold support C/C++ design entry and perform system-level optimizations. The third box represents tools used to achieve the architectural implementation, mainly tools from FPGA vendors that perform the low-level synthesis and the bitstream generation. At the bottom of the figure, examples of CPU/FPGA platforms are illustrated.Figure 4. Commercial ecosystem for CPU/FPGA platforms (Source: Space Codesign Systems, Inc.) Additionally, Table 1 lists some of the main commercial tools used in CPU/FPGA platform design.Table 1. Commercial automation tools (*Note: A list is proposed in this review) Conclusion The ultimate goal is to democratize the development of CPU plus FPGA platforms to a wider population of users, such as the software developer community. Looking at the analogy of programming languages, it took the IT industry over 50 years for programming languages to evolve into friendly languages such as Python or, more recently, Swift. A similar evolution process is happening in the FPGA programming industry. The acceptance of HLS tools took some time to be endorsed by system designers. Today, with the advent of system-level solutions for software developers, we are entering into a new phase. Commercial tools such as SpaceStudio, SDSoC, and Merlin Compiler are testimony of this acceptance process. Still, much work remains to be done in order to have a fully automated and optimized process across compilers targeting CPU plus FPGA platforms.Guy Bois, Ing., PhD is the Founder of Space Codesign Systems and Professor in the Department of Software and Computer Engineering of Polytechnique Montréal. Guy has participated in many R&D projects in collaboration with industry leaders such as STMicroelectronics, Grass Valley, PMC Sierra, Design Workshops Technologies, and Cadabra Systems. Guy’s research expertise in the field of hardware/software codesign led to the commercialization of the solution and the inception of SpaceStudio from Space Codesign Systems Inc. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Epson robots bend over backwards to be flexibleNext Smart connectivity solutions enable seamless and immersive AR/VR experiences Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA
In addition to launching the Realme 3 Pro, the company also announced the Realme C2 entry-level smartphone. The Realme C2 is part of the company’s budget Realme C-series and the successor to last year’s Realme C1. The Realme C2 isn’t a major upgrade as it shares most of the same features with the Realme C1. The biggest change comes to the chipset, which is now an Helio P22. It also reduces the wide notch to a dewdrop notch to offer a larger screen real estate.The Realme C2 has been priced starting at Rs 5,999 for the base model with 2GB + 16GB configuration, while the 3GB + 32GB variant is priced at Rs 7,999. The Realme C2 will be offered in Diamond Blue and Diamond Black colours. The first sale will be on May 15 on Flipkart and Realme.com. The company is also offering Jio benefits of Rs 5,300. Realme says the Realme C2 will also be available via offline stores soon.Realme C2 specificationsThe Realme C2 sports a 6.1-inch HD+ dewdrop display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. The plastic rear panel comes with a diamond cut design. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 chipset based on a 12nm process. The phone is offered with 2GB or 3GB of RAM along with 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, respectively.The budget Realme phone offers a 13MP primary camera along with a 2MP secondary depth camera. On the front, the Realme C2 gets 5MP AI selfie camera. It houses a 4,000mAh battery. The dual VoLTE smartphone comes with a triple card slot to support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card slot.advertisementThe Realme C2 supports facial unlock rather than a fingerprint sensor. The phone ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android Pie. The phone also supports up to 480fps slow-motion video recording.
zoom Twenty-eight crew members from an offshore supply vessel were evacuated, with five remaining on board to fight and monitor a major fire that broke out in the vessel’s engine room some 200 kilometers west of Mumbai on Sunday afternoon local time, the Indian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) reports.None of the crew members suffered any injuries in the fire. The five crewmen who remained on the vessel identified as the Vestfonn are firefighters. The vessel is owned by Baker Hughes, and operated by India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONCL).MRCC received a distress call from Vestfon at around 2:20 pm local time Sunday, reporting a blazing fire in the engine room. MRCC dispatched an aircraft to the scene, and also instructed passing vessels to offer assistance in rescue operations.Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Achook was called in to provide assistance, as well as ICGS Sankalp and ICGS Samudra Prahari. Sankalp and Prahari are equipped with fire fighting and pollution control equipment.The fire was contained at about 7:30 pm local time, and the Vestfonn was towed towards Mumbai by another ONCL vessel – the Malviya 24.The extent of the damage to the vessel and the cause of the fire are still unknown.World Maritime News Staff
zoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority Rating agency Moody’s has upgraded the 20-year USD 450 million Senior Unsecured Bonds issued by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) to A1 from A2, with a stable outlook.As informed, this was based on the waterway’s strong performance since the expansion’s inauguration.Moody’s noted that the Expanded Canal has increased overall tonnage and attracted new market segments, contributing to the waterway’s successful performance.According to the company, “stronger cash flow generation coupled with a relatively low leverage has resulted in very solid financial metrics.”“This upgrade in the long-term rating is the result of the Panama Canal’s financial strength, its proven track record of institutional independence and successful governance that continue to be key to the waterway’s success,” Francisco J. Miguez, Panama Canal Vice President for Finance, explained.In addition, the credit rating agency noted that the rating “is one-notch above the A2 sovereign ceiling of Panama and three notches above the rating of the Government of Panama (Baa1 stable), implying low risk of moratorium restrictions and capturing the Canal’s very strong credit profile with a substantial international component of its revenues.”Last month, the Panama Canal Board of Directors selected Ricaurte Vasquez as the next Panama Canal Administrator. Vasquez will take office on September 4, 2019, succeeding current Administrator Jorge L. Quijano, who concludes his seven-year term at the helm of the waterway.
Etawah (UP): Two prisoners escaped from the Etawah district jail in Uttar Pradesh by climbing the boundary wall early Sunday, with police saying one of them died after he was apparently run over by a train. A railway line runs on the rear side of the jail. Ramanand and Chandra Prakash, both of whom were serving life sentences in separate murder cases, escaped from the jail around 2 am, using iron rods and tree branches to climb over the walls, an official said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! The incident came to light an hour later when deputy jailor Jagdish Prasad went on a routine inspection, following which a search was launched for the two inmates, Jail Superintendent Raj Kishor Singh said. “It was during this (search) that the railway police informed (us) about a person being run down by a train. The person was identified as Ramanand (45),” Singh said. Prima facie Ramanand was run over when he tried to hurriedly board a train, the Jail Superintendent said, adding that efforts are on to nab Chandra Prakash. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Singh admitted lapses on the part of the jail administration and promised action against those found guilty. District Magistrate Jitendra Bahadur Singh and the senior superintendent of police visited the jail. “Laxity was found on the part of officials on duty from midnight to 4 am. How was an iron-cutter sneaked inside the jail?” the district magistrate said. The official said a magisterial probe has been ordered and a report sent to the state government. Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector General (Jails), Kanpur Range, V P Tripathi has reached the spot and suspended head warden and three jail wardens for the “serious lapse”. “It is a case of serious lapse. Prime facie lapses are on the part of the head warden and three jail wardens, who have been suspended. If any other jail official is found guilty, then action will also be initiated against them,” Tripathi said.
As the explosive #metoo movement is upending patriarchy in Hollywood and politics, the music industry, too, has been awakening to deeply ingrained gender inequities and increasing pressure to change its ways, said Melissa Auf der Maur. Nevertheless, reaction by the music industry has been swift and strong. TORONTO — Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around pop-rockers Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll — but several music veterans believe a powerful sea change is already well underway. “I certainly know people who’ve been involved in high-profile sexual harassment cases, board members who were unaware of what happened,” he said. “With every decade there have been efforts to try to address this inequality.” Advertisement “In my humble experience, ‘rock and roll cliches’ include: being paid in beer. eating beef jerky for breakfast. sleeping on floors. washing your underwear in a sink,” tweeted the outspoken frontwoman of the Toronto band, adding that until abuse of power is acknowledged as such, the music industry is an unwelcoming and unsafe place.in my humble experience,“rock and roll clichés” include:being paid in beer. eating beef jerky for breakfast. sleeping on floors. washing your underwear in a sink. “abuse of power” is abuse of power & until the industry calls it as such, it is an unwelcoming/unsafe place. bye https://t.co/b1BxRttDWS— Leah Fay ? (@leah_fayy) February 15, 2018 Members of the band Hedley pose on the red carpet during the 2015 Juno Awards in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Allegations of sexual misconduct swirling around Hedley have put the spotlight on an industry long defined by the mantra of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. – THE CANADIAN PRESS / PETER POWER Anonymous claims about sexual misconduct involving young Hedley fans emerged last week, allegations that the band has said are “unsubstantiated.” “It’s a very, very incredible and strange moment for all of us because as individuals we really have to soul-search during this time on where we’re going to put our efforts,” Auf der Maur said. In addressing the controversy on Facebook, frontman Jacob Hoggard and band members Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison noted the music industry “does not exactly have an enviable history of treating women with the respect they deserve” and acknowledged that in the past they have “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.” Facebook “And I think it will.” “I’ve put on two music festivals a year for the last eight years and I’ve never run into a jerk,” she said. “I know what’s going on in my world.” And while it might be tempting to assume that someone must have known something whenever scandals such as these arise, he said that’s not always the case. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “What we’ve now seen is that when someone is crossing the line, someone is going to vocalize that that is wrong prior to what they would before the #metoo movement,” Lefsetz said by phone from Santa Monica, Calif. Advertisement Auf der Maur now runs an art centre that specializes in music festivals and art shows and said she goes out of her way to make sure she surrounds herself with “the right people.” Cassandra Szklarski / The Canadian Press He acknowledged that superstar acts can be surrounded by yes-men whose livelihood might depend on acquiescing to every demand. But that kind of power imbalance is quickly evaporating, he insisted. “We were the Lollapalooza alternative nation there — we were the reaction to the gross hair metal and all the ridiculous extension of the ’70s and ’80s and we were a mass improvement. And it’s only gotten better,” she added on a call from her home in Hudson, N.Y. By the time the Canadian expat began touring in the ’90s, she said, the more overt sexism of the ’70s and ’80s seemed to be dying off, at least in her own tight-knit alternative scene. “It’s hard to know what to do. We all have to listen to ourselves and learn from this.” The comments did not sit well with July Talk singer Leah Fay, who took to Twitter on Thursday with her own call to arms. “There was none of that at Lollapalooza. (Bands and artists including) Pavement, Rage Against the Machine, Beck, Sonic Youth — none of us would do any such things,” she said by email, before elaborating further by phone. “We’re dealing with how things have been done for years, which is not an endorsement of that, but change happens slowly and hopefully this will predict swifter change in the future,” said the author of the Lefsetz Letter, a popular music industry newsletter. Login/Register With: Still, she admitted these are challenging times. Music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz wasn’t familiar with the Hedley case, but credited the #metoo movement with ushering in what appears to be greater industry willingness to confront hard truths and rectify past wrongs. Within days the quartet was dropped by its management team, ditched by the opening acts on their cross-Canada tour and blacklisted by radio stations including the CBC and more than a hundred Bell Media outlets. Advertisement Twitter “The climate is different and there’s all kinds of improvements happening at large,” said Auf der Maur, whose heyday as a bass player included stints with the ’90s bands Hole and Smashing Pumpkins. Auf der Maur didn’t comment on the Hedley allegations but said she’s observed from afar those so-called rock ‘n’ roll cliches, although she herself has never experienced them. “Just because they’re the manager of the company does not mean they know. It also does not mean they didn’t know.”
Of the eight arrested, seven, including Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s son were later released on bail while the driver was remanded.The Police said that Aluthgamage’s son was in the Defender jeep at the time of the accident. A Defender type vehicle had crashed into the motorcycle of the Policeman and sped away followed by another jeep. Seven people were arrested today while Mahindananda Aluthgamage’s son was also taken into custody. The vehicle was seized yesterday. (Colombo Gazette) The son of United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage was arrested today over a hit-and-run accident involving the Borella Police Traffic Officer In Charge (OIC).The OIC was critically injured in the accident in Bambalapitiya yesterday.
Ohio State football’s senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown said after the team’s spring practice Thursday that the Buckeye offense has the potential to be the top-ranked unit in the country. “When we get clicking there’s nobody that can stop us,” Brown said. “That’s guaranteed.” OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith called Brown, who led the team with 60 receptions last season, a guy that the Buckeyes were able to count on. But the unit as a whole, Smith said, is in the process of improving. He said that the understanding of the offense itself is what was keeping the receivers from making more plays. “This offense is a very different offense for the wide receiver position than most,” Smith said. “What we ask (the receivers) to know and do is very NFL-like. The biggest improvement is their understanding of their role and what they need to do to be successful in this offense.” At times last year, the receiving corps of Brown, junior Devin Smith, sophomore Michael Thomas, junior Evan Spencer and senior Chris Fields was referred to as a “clown show.” Zach Smith said that was not a proud moment for him as a coach, but he did use to motivate the group. “It’s definitely motivating. I could just put quotes from newspapers on the wall and just hang them there,” Zach Smith said. “I didn’t even have to refer to them. It was motivating and it helped us improve as much as we did and also see what we needed to do last year that we are doing this year.” Devin Smith, who led the team with six touchdown receptions last year, said that the work the offense did in the winter has helped them during spring practice. “I think everybody’s comfortable with the system. The work that we did in the winter has really helped us this spring,” Devin Smith said. “We are all coming together as a unit, and are just getting better.” Zach Smith called what Devin Smith’s spring practice “up and down,” but said he has seen things from him now that he did not see last season. “He’s done well at times, he just needs to work on consistency,” Zach Smith said. “That’s the next step – things that he didn’t do last year he has done this spring, but not everyday.” After struggling most of last season to get to the level that they were expected to, Zach Smith said that the receivers knew what they needed to do to improve once the season ended and have done well so far in the offseason. “We were not near as good as what we needed to be, so they knew coming into this winter what they had to do. There was not a lot of explaining, planning or motivating because they knew what they had to do,” Zach Smith said. “They have to finish out the rest of the spring strong, and then this summer has to be the best summer in the history of Ohio State football for my group.” Spencer said he and the rest of the receivers are working at constant improvement each practice. Spencer’s 12 receptions last season were fourth-best on the team, and he is looking to having more of a role. “We’re out to strive to be the best receiving group as a whole in the country and I just want to be a part of it,” Spencer said. “If you’re out there making plays then they’re going to let you play.” Spencer said playing the spring game in Cincinnati instead of Columbus is going to be an interesting environment and that he is looking forward to showing OSU fans what the group has been working on. “I can’t wait,” Spencer said. “It’ll be a lot of fun but at the same time we just need to go out and execute and just do what we do.” The Buckeyes will practice again Saturday, with the practice being the program’s second annual Student Appreciation Day, which is open to students and begins at 11 a.m. OSU has four more spring practices between this week and next week leading up to the LiFESports Spring Game, which will be played April 13 at 1 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Handball fans looking for tickets for the EHF FINAL4 are still in luck. The final tickets for the event are now on sale but are expected to sell out in the next few days before the first ball is thrown in the LANXESS arena.Tickets in all categories, including the remaining tickets in the VIP restaurant, can be purchased via the EHF FINAL4 Ticket Shop.For historical F4 event for handball sport were accredited 400 journalists.All matches you can watch on ehftv.comSaturday, 29 May 2010Medvedi – FCB 15:30C. Real – Kiel 18:00Sunday, 30 May 20103 / 4 game 15:30Final 18:00 ← Previous Story Szmal and Pineau are the best of the World in 2009! Next Story → Vfl Gummersbach win Cup Winners Cup!
Frank Gibeau, the president of EA Labels, has shown that business truly does come before gameplay with comments he made as part of a preview document for the CloudGamingUSA event happening on September 11-12 in San Francisco.Gibeau is very proud of the fact he has never green lit a single project that consisted solely of a single-player experience. He insists that every game EA publishes has an online component to it. His reason for doing this? Apparently EA has “evolved with consumers” suggesting he thinks this is what consumers want in every game.As a consumer and gamer myself, I can totally disagree with his thinking. Forcing online into every game makes little sense. While it works for a Battlefield, Medal of Honor, Fifa, or Need for Speed title, there’s just as many games that don’t need it to succeed, or even work for online play.A good example of this would be the forthcoming SimCity %displayPrice% at %seller% , which has upset fans of the series because it will require an constant Internet connection to play. That isn’t a DRM measure, it’s due to the tight integration of multiplayer and how all players impact each others games.With the comments made by Gibeau, I have to wonder if the multiplayer components in the game were planned from the start, or did Maxis have to add them in order to get the game green lit?I’m also left wondering how many games aren’t getting made at EA-controlled studios because online doesn’t fit, or the extra time to somehow squeeze it in means the project would go over budget and gets canned instead?As the growing indie gaming scene has demonstrated, gamers want more diversity, not less. Demanding online components doesn’t encourage that diversity, it forces developers to comply in order to get published, and ultimately spend some of their time getting online to work instead of working on the gameplay.More at CloudGamingUSA (PDF), via Destructoid
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sex scandals in the Catholic Church can be avoided if priests are allowed to marry, stated Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Australia Stylianos. The Archbishop said if the Catholic Church follows in the Greek Orthodox Churches footsteps and allows their priests to be married, then the sex scandals that have been rocking the Vatican will go away. His comments were made following the shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI , and believes that the pope’s sudden resignation was brought on by the sex scandals. In an interview with the Greek Language Program of SBS Radio Archbishop Stylianos spoke very highly of the academic Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger and described him as the “best lecturer”. Archbishop Stylianos said that Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was also a friend of the Orthodox church, “but once he became a Pope he made a U-turn”. Archbishop Stylianos was engaged in many dialogues between Orthodoxy and other Christian groups, most prominently as co-chairman of the Theological Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, but also as co-chairman of the dialogue with the Anglican Church. He also started teaching Orthodox Theology and Spirituality at Sydney University. In his capacity as a co-chairman of the Theological Dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, he worked very close with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger who he admired as a theologian. Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I also expressed his sadness over the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, saying the head of the Catholic Church had “built bridges.” “I am really saddened by news of the resignation of the pope, who was doing his utmost to connect the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and overcome differences,” Bartholomew said in a media release on February 11. Bartholomew praised Benedict, describing him as “a highly influential figure in the Church, not only as a Pope but also as a theologian”. “He was a person who could solve problems not only in religion, but also in the problems that we are facing today,” Bartholomew said, adding that he believed the pontiff would continue to be a prominent figure even after stepping down as pope. “He was an important reference to everyone. Thus, I believe he will continue to add value to the world with his research and articles,” he said. “As the Fener Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate, we hope the new pope will also contribute to the fraternity between the Churches,” Bartholomew added. Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) also serves as the inaugural and permanent Chairman of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia, and Dean of St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College and is a world-renowned theologian, specialising in ecclesiology. He is also a well-regarded poet. He completed postgraduate studies in systematic theology and philosophy of religion in Bonn, West Germany, during 1958 to 1966, numbering among his lecturers Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger).