Business executives have been hearing for quite some time about the business advantages of cloud and IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS), and more recently about Data Science and Big Data Analytics. However, implementing cloud or Big Data strategies is not just about the technology. New roles, skills and business models are required for these strategies to succeed.There has been a fair amount of press coverage and industry buzz about the significant skills gap for technical skills related to cloud and Big Data analytics, and how the shortage of skilled IT professionals is a key impediment to successful cloud and Big Data implementations. But, the skills gap goes beyond technical professionals. Many of those who completed EMC’s Cloud Architect or Data Science and Big Data Analytics training and certification programs told us that they wished there was similar training designed for their business management team. In fact, in a recent EMC survey1 of over 1000 IT professionals in 600 companies worldwide, overall, only 18% of respondents felt that their management had strong skills in cloud and ITaaS, and only 16% believed their management had strong skills in data science and Big Data analytics.So how do business leaders get smarter about these topics?To help business executives develop the skills they need to undertake one of the biggest transformations in the history of IT, EMC is excited to introduce two new courses: Cloud and IT as a Service for Business Transformation and Data Science and Big Data Analytics for Business Transformation.Offered as one-day courses as well as 90+ minute Executive Modules, the courses provide business leaders with the tools and knowledge needed to successfully implement cloud or Big Data analytics strategies within their organizations.Education and skills development are critical to the success of business transformation, and those at the top must be part of the solution. Smarter, educated people do better things for their business. They make better decisions, increase productivity, improve operations, and have faster implementations. Cloud, ITaaS, Data Science and Big Data Analytics all hold enormous promise for business advantage, but unless you invest in developing the right skills across the organization, your implementations will not be as successful as they could be.1 “Managing Information Storage: Trends, Challenges and Options-2013-2014” to be published May 7, 2013
The following is a guest post by actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur and sustainability champion Adrian Grenier. As Dell’s Social Good Advocate, Grenier collaborates with us to promote healthier, more sustainable choices and actions through digital storytelling and advocacy. Dell also supports Adrian’s ocean conservation work through technology. You can follow Dell and Adrian’s work together using hashtag #legacyofgood.************It’s holiday season, which means that most of us have our hearts set on giving and receiving shiny new gifts. I love an electronic upgrade as much as the next person, but we also need to be mindful of just how much impact these purchases can have on the planet. Especially with technology, the rapid pace of innovation leaves still-working electronics feeling obsolete, which contributes to our growing e-waste problem. The United Nations reported that the world created almost 42 million metric tons of e-waste in 2014, and only one-sixth of that was recycled!But what people don’t think about is that those gadgets are still full of life and value. Many of our gently used or “broken” electronics can be repaired, refurbished and given to those who might otherwise not had access to technology. For example, the National Cristina Project provides an easy nonprofit locator to help businesses and individuals find nearby organizations that can put your old electronics to good use.So before you hit the shopping centers or your favorite online retailers, here’s a short list of ways to make sure those heart-warming holiday gifts lift receivers’ spirits but not their environmental footprint.1) Does this gift fill a need?Overconsumption is a huge problem in the U.S. and beyond, and the holiday season only makes it worse. So before you give a gift out of social obligation, ask yourself if it’s really necessary. Does the recipient really need or even want the gift? Will he or she really use it? Especially if you’re considering buying new electronics, make sure that your careful selection won’t end up in a drawer gathering dust.If you’re looking at the newest generation of internet-connected devices like smartwatches or smart-home technologies, keep in mind that “internet of things” (IoT) gadgets promise to make us more efficient and more connected, but they also make up a huge class of electronics that will need to be properly disposed of at the end of their lives. (I talk a lot more about recycling below!)2) Will it last?A big part of our overconsumption problem is due to buying products with planned obsolescence or that just aren’t built to last. In the world of electronics a device that’s built to last for a decade is priced just high enough to make it easier for budget-conscious shoppers to buy a cheaper, flimsier option.What you can do: Buy better gadgets. If you’ve decided that the gift is really something your loved one will use, spend the few extra bucks to get the durable, well-rated version. And do the research to understand whether the products consider the environment in how they’re designed, shipped or manufactured. For example, Dell recycles excess carbon fiber from other industries into their Latitude and Alienware notebooks.Or consider buying refurbished! When you buy “used and improved” products, you extend the life of all the resources used to make the gear, and save major money at the same time. Research from the Consumer Technology Association studied the lifespan of different electronics, and found that laptops, tablets, and smartphones last longer than we might expect them to.3) Does this brand reflect your values? Just as it’s important to make smart purchases as far as buying gear that will last (or not buying it in the first place if it’s not necessary), where you spend your money also makes a powerful statement. Although shoppers are always seeking the best value for the dollar, when it comes to buying new electronics, consumers should ask ‘how does this brand address working conditions, human rights, e-waste and recycling?’What you can do: Do the research! Groups like Ethical Consumer and Green America provide useful rankings to determine how a manufacturer matches up to your values. And be sure to look through a company’s sustainability website to see what they have to say about their actions. (Pro tip: If a company doesn’t have a sustainability or social responsibility website, that’s a pretty good sign they’re not performing up to snuff….)4) Is it really garbage yet? Although your three-year-old tablet may not be performing up to your high standards, it’s still got plenty of life left, and there’s a huge demand for reused electronics in other parts of the world that people in the U.S. might consider garbage.What you can do: Sell, trade-in, or donate your working but unwanted electronics. Sites like Amazon, Gazelle, Glyde and eBay will give you an instant price for your old smartphones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles, and make it easy to trade them in for cash.5) Recycle it rightIf that gadget is really broken or too old to sell again, you’re going to want to recycle it – and do it the right way. Improper disposal can result in electronics being shipped overseas, where people harvest the valuable metals from your gear using unsafe, unhealthy, and highly polluting methods.So once you’ve determined that recycling is the only option for that old gadget, make sure you do it the right way.What you can do: Find a responsible recycler. There are plenty of online resources – Call2Recycle and Earth911, to name just two – that help you find a place to responsibly recycle almost anything, including your electronics. Make sure you choose a recycler that commits to skip shipping hazardous waste to developing countries, and ideally one that recycles electronics in the U.S. in an environmentally friendly way. The e-Stewards certification will help you find a good recycler, and Dell also makes it easy through its Dell Reconnect partnership with Goodwill. You can bring any brand of computer, as well as monitors, keyboards, mice, cables – just about anything that can be connected to a computer – to any of the 2,000 Goodwill locations nationwide and they’ll make sure it gets recycled properly. Before you recycle any electronics, make sure you erase your personal data first!To show how well this works, last year I joined Dell in a NYC Tech Takeback program, where we partnered with Uber and Goodwill to collect unwanted electronics from across the five boroughs and deliver them to Goodwill locations across the city to be responsibly recycled. Through that program, we managed to collect more than 6,000 pounds of e-waste and keep it out of landfills.This holiday season, let’s embrace the joy and love that gift-giving brings – but let’s do it in a way that protects the planet for the future. Happy holidays! </p><p>
Former Irish rugby referee Donal Courtney inspires and motivates Dell Financial Services team members to win.Impossible is nothing.This was one of the many powerful messages delivered by Donal Courtney, former international rugby union referee, to inspire team members at the Leadership, Teamwork and Communication session organized recently.Donal Courtney, Independent Non-Executive Director of Dell Bank International DAC, has led a very interesting career in both the corporate and sporting worlds.While the context for a sports referee is different than a business leader, the principles remain the same. And who better to learn from than Donal Courtney!His presentation made people think. The man has an amazing ability to captivate his audience and his passion for leading a life without limits is truly contagious.I do not follow rugby but when I left the meeting room that day, I was pumped up and felt as if I was out there on the rugby field.Here are four business lessons that you (leaders and team members) can borrow from rugby and put to work in your own work setting:DiversityIn rugby there’s a place for everyone – fast players, big players, kickers, passers etc. and each player is equally important. Finding the right seat on the bus is a top priority.Rugby is a great example of diverse skills in action. It relies on the complementary skills and the real dispositions of each player- players are placed on the pitch where they can give the best of themselves.In today’s business market, to create the best team, leaders need to make sure they have diversity within the organization and one of the ways to build a dynamic team is to be rigorous in the selection process for getting new people on the bus.TeamworkRugby is a team sport. In order for a team to win, in both rugby and in business, it’s essential for each individual to know their role and dedicate themselves to the mission assigned to them, while still understanding the need to contribute to the overall team effort. “Who scored is irrelevant,” says Donal. “What matters is that the team won.’’Donal offered us a glimpse into the All Blacks’ concept of teamwork to gain a better understanding of how it relates to them.The team’s success is due to many factors but most importantly their team spirit and solidarity. Each and every member of the All Blacks is counted upon at all times to perform his designated role. They are synchronized, purposed-driven and understand that they are all in together.The unity demonstrated by those rugby players is an example from which we can draw inspiration in the day-to-day management of teams.Have you ever seen the All Blacks’ haka performance? Check out the following video, you won’t be disappointed.Adapt. Be prepared for each game.Rugby demands quick decisions from every player on the field. Every decision made can change everything for a team. Each game is different, so players are naturally expected to adapt to new rules, training, and tactics to ensure they keep winning games.This is as true in business as it is in sport. Our future success depends on how we can adapt to emerging needs, how we innovate and how open we are to new possibilities.Windows of opportunity open and close quickly. If you want to improve your chances of success:Edge out of your comfort zoneDo not wait a year to get feedback, communicate in real timeTrust the process – Stay aligned to the company’s purpose and valuesLook for opportunities to develop your skillsInvest in trainingA winning mindset: It’s a mental thing!Mental strength is what makes a great athlete ‘great.’ It’s that innate ability to push when you are hurting.Want to build this type of confidence? Here’s your blueprint:Discipline – Discipline is an integral part of the game, on and off the field.Practicing self-discipline in business helps you stay focused towards your task and goals. Step into your power to create new habits, actions and ways of thinking.Passion – In rugby, players have to put themselves through a lot of physical efforts on a daily basis, but it comes down to the fact that they do it for the total enjoyment: because they love it.Take your daily job to new levels and find what connects you with your passion.It’s extremely empowering.Motivation -If you choose the right attitude, even when faced with the biggest hurdles, anything is possible. To quote Vince Lombardi, “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” How do you create a winning mindset? Find your purpose and it will feed your confidence and motivation. The power of believing in yourself will give you the most extraordinary potential.In 2016, after 29 attempts, Ireland put an end to New Zealand’s winning streak and beat the All Blacks 40-29. That, my friend, is what Donal meant by Impossible is nothing.
Technology is ubiquitous and how it has taken over our lives is astounding. Today, it might be a better idea not to check whether someone is connected, but with how many devices they connect to the Internet each day, and for how long.In 2014, the number of mobile devices connected to the Internet surpassed the world’s entire population. Also, the average attention span of a consumer has dropped to an average of 8 seconds. This means it is more important than ever for companies and marketing teams to reach out to this hyper-connected customer in new, innovative ways that match their expectations. Let’s discuss a few ways in which we can positively impact the connection.User Experience as a Competitive DifferentiatorIf a customer is always connected, they will expect the same from a company. Unreliable access to a service or a product online is not an option. In this context, “unreliable” also includes overall user experience. Organizations know this – Customer Experience Insight says that 95% of all CEOs indicate user experience is a potential competitive differentiator. But then why do only 37% have a budget dedicated to it?Whether it is a question of penny-pinching with the marketing budget, or whether it’s uncertainty if user experience efforts should go on the IT budget, it’s certain that user experience optimizations have a positive impact. Better usability makes the connected customer’s life easier, information more easily found and services more frequently used.Technology innovations embraced by a wide audience have always relied on a selling point that they make consumers’ lives better. The same logic should be true for the technology that businesses use to reach out to customers and for ongoing communication.Level Up: GamificationOne way companies innovate in this field is with gamification. Essentially, this isn’t very different from coupons and classic customer loyalty programs, but they add a new element to the mix. For an increasing subset of customers, games and interactivity are a given, so it is no surprise that adding this element to user experience will pull in more people in that segment.While there is no surefire way to guarantee more customer interaction through user experience or gamification, best practices from game design could help out companies. Interactivity is game designers’ core business, after all.Use your audience’s prior experiences to your advantage: for instance, people already understand that the ‘thumbs up’ icon means liking, supporting or improving something.Create a sense of ownership: mostly, this is through personalization. It makes people feel they have a stake in how they interact with you.Dare to be different: standing out with a unique design that many people like and some will dislike is better than to arouse no feelings at all.Design for the right audiences: while an API section on a website should speak to developers, a notification system for users on the go has to be brief and to the point.You Don’t Need to Change Much to Change a LotThe most crucial point is that you don’t need to change much to change a lot. Innovation isn’t (always) rocket science. Game changers often start out small. Uber started from the idea that all it should take is one tap or click to call up a taxi. As a consequence, it eliminated centralized management structures and shortened the channel from customer to driver. Small changes can snowball into big disruptions.It isn’t all about cutting and trimming, however. Some airline companies fight the low-cost competition by offering an end-to-end travel experience, with personal care, taxi and hotel reservations included in the offer.Content Is Always KingInbound marketing, or content marketing, is another way to maximize the connection to your customer by offering SEO-friendly content. No matter how well-honed a contact strategy, product positioning or a company’s use of channels is, content is what draws people in. As Michael Volkmann of iDea Group says: “For Google, content is king. For social media, too, content is king. For consumers, content is king.”The hyper-connected customer navigates more channels than ever, so content should be optimized for each channel. More and more channels are popping up. Companies are experimenting with content on SnapChat or pay social media influencers to fulfill the role of market developers.In SummaryAttracting the hyper-connected customer can be done in many ways, but here are the five things from the article that stand out:User experience makes a differenceGamification can be an asset to draw in peopleGame design offers many valuable lessons for marketingInnovation often starts out smallContent is still the undisputed kingWe are living in the 4th industrial revolution and our customer’s expectations have changed. Share with us how you have driven innovation in your organizations to better delight customers.
Imagine if a toxic microcystis algae bloom left 2.3 million people (about the population of Paris, France) without drinking water for a week.After years of poor sewage systems, fertilizer runoff and wastewater from industrial processes, this is exactly what happened at China’s Lake Taihu in 2007, near some of our suppliers. Incidents like this have far-reaching consequences, especially when you consider that only 0.5 percent of world’s freshwater reserves are accessible (according to WBCSD) and more than half of the world’s population will live in areas of significant water shortage by 2025, according to the United Nations.Dell’s supply chain sustainability team is keenly focused on the importance of this issue and the role freshwater plays in the social, economic and environmental issues Dell must address – both for ourselves and across our supply chain.A 2016 McKinsey study suggested that 90 percent of air, soil, and land impacts associated with consumer goods are supply chain-related. Meanwhile, organizations such as Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) are highlighting dynamics such as the competition among supply chains for limited water supplies, alongside other key sustainability challenges such as climate change and population growth.We have an opportunity for real impact here, and focus on addressing both our direct water use, as well as driving positive change among our supply base.Dell’s own water useOur offices focus on efficiency programs to reduce water use – everything from reduced irrigation and low-water landscaping to rainwater harvesting and greywater use.For our direct operations, we focus our water conservation efforts in regions where there are water scarcity concerns due to weather or infrastructure issues. Our Dell-operated facilities in India are a great example, where each facility has an on-site wastewater treatment plant because nearby cities lack central treatment facilities. At four of our largest campuses in the country, we reuse about 80 percent of the wastewater, repurposing it to water landscapes and flush toilets. Of course, we also track the water consumption in the buildings we own or manage, and have implemented water conservation actions globally, such as replacing less-efficient fixtures with low-flow sinks and toilets and converting portions of the landscaping in drier climates to xeriscape or native vegetation.Understanding water in our supply chainWhile we hold ourselves to account for strong water stewardship, we do the same for our suppliers. In 2014, we surveyed our suppliers’ water use to understand how much water they were using, how they were using it and what they were doing to reduce usage. This allowed us to better map our supply chain both against water use-intensity and geographic water stress.Beyond better information provided by the survey, we also developed a methodology and toolkit for our suppliers to help them monitor and report their own water use. Often, effective monitoring of water use can lead to great improvements at low costs, especially by identifying previously undetected leaks or finding ways to improve wastewater quality via filtering and purification (potentially allowing for greater reuse vs. discharge). We also asked our suppliers to put together 5-year risk mitigation plans focused on water.We first distributed the new methodology and toolkit in 2016 with manufacturers, including those making LED and LCD monitors and hard drives. We are continuing to roll it out to suppliers of processors, connectors, batteries, cable and power units. So far, our program has engaged 150 of the most intensive water-users identified in our survey; last year alone saw 110 projects implemented by them, leading to an aggregated reduction in freshwater use by 815,000 cubic meters – enough to fill 350 Olympic swimming pools. Our suppliers also reduced wastewater discharge by 2.4 million cubic meters – enough to fill up the Great Pyramid at Giza! What about Lake Taihu?Of course, impressive improvements like this only go so far if the communal water supply isn’t cared for. We wanted to show how working together could not just reduce water use, but actually improve water quality.Enter Lake Taihu.In 2017 and again in 2018, we brought together a group of our suppliers, local community representatives, other consumer brands, and industry groups who are present in this water basin to address the ongoing risks and challenges that led to the 2007 algae outbreak.The roundtables provided the basis for discussions on increasing use of recycled water, implementing water metering management, and storing and treating wastewater sludge, with progress on agreed initiatives tracked accordingly. The participants underwent further training on data collection and analysis as well as water risk assessments, with companies such as Dell sharing their in-house tools on monitoring, evaluation and engagement techniques.Dell is also working with our suppliers in the Lake Taihu catchment to become certified to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard, a global standard that demonstrates efficacy to water stewardship. We had two of our suppliers in the region certified earlier this year. Dell is also partnering with AWS in the area, to leverage their network to engage more stakeholders and benchmark their mechanisms to treat wastewater effectively.“Collaboration is essential to our efforts to address water risks,” says Jason Ho, Director of Supply Chain Social & Environmental Responsibility, Dell. “Developing and sharing tools to help suppliers and Dell track progress, and connecting suppliers with the right resources for improvement, allows us to partner with our supply chain to holistically address water risks. We’re continuing to align with all our stakeholders on actions to leave the environment better than we found it and looking forward to continuing to extend our activities across Dell’s supply chain.”We are now reviewing the opportunity to increase impact across other watersheds around the world, as well as encouraging suppliers to take a similar approach in their locations.More information about our activities is available on our website. Our Water Policy Principles outline the actions we’re taking to understand and manage the impact of our business on water use and quality.We are committed to driving transparency, accountability and continuous improvement throughout our global supply chain. Explore our approach to Supply Chain Responsibility including our Dell Supply Chain Sustainability Progress Report.
Container-based architectures are being rapidly adopted by nearly every DevOps team and enterprise IT organization making the transition to cloud-native and automated environments. By making this move, these developers realize greater application agility and better business outcomes. At the same time, developers get to focus more on applications and microservices and less on the underlying infrastructure through the use of platforms like Google Cloud’s Anthos.However, selecting a modern infrastructure that supports a move toward containers remains paramount, whether on-premises, in multi-cloud environments, or hybrid scenarios. As container deployments mature and scale, bare metal architectures offer additional choice and flexibility, while maintaining support for orchestration tools such as Kubernetes. Also, the ability to run on bare metal allows organizations to achieve the full performance potential of containerized applications.Bare Metal Deployment for AnthosToday, we are announcing that Dell EMC PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore now offer bare metal deployment options supporting Google Cloud’s Anthos. In addition to supporting virtualized deployments of Anthos via VMware vSphere, these offerings bring additional flexibility and choice to our customers. Customers can now increase their agility by including more apps and workloads under Anthos hybrid-cloud management, regardless of physical location.“Anthos on bare metal provides customers with more options and control over their Anthos deployments, and our collaboration with Dell Technologies enables customers to extend the convenience of cloud-native solutions on their existing Dell hardware,” said Rayn Veerubhotla, Director, Partner Engineering at Google Cloud. “Additionally, Dell’s support for Kubernetes Container Storage Interface drivers enables customers to extend Anthos across multiple environments using Dell storage solutions.”With these solutions, customers can choose to utilize bare metal or hypervisor-based deployments that can co-exist with non-container workloads for fast, easy application management across legacy and cloud-native environments.In addition to bare metal optimizations, this new Anthos update provides support for the Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI) drivers. That enables storage products to provide their respective unique capabilities to stateful workloads that need persistent storage. Our customers can run Kubernetes on-prem or in the cloud, expanding their use cases to help them compete for the future, while benefiting from the best features our products offer in container application deployments.Validated Approaches for On-Premises ModernizationDell EMC PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore are Google Anthos-qualified options. They provide flexibility for stateful applications that require enterprise-quality results without compromise, using qualified CSI drivers with Anthos on bare metal. These are the latest enhancements extending our previously announced PowerFlex support for Anthos.As a trusted Anthos Ready Partner, we have worked closely with Google Cloud to qualify solution ingredients that meet Anthos requirements. So, customers get rapid time to value without the risk of faulty architectural results. Customers can focus on creating agile container applications instead of worrying about crafting the systems that make them deployable. PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore have been qualified for the following:Supporting Anthos for compatible deployment and scaleInteracting successfully for optimal computing, networking, and storing capabilitiesDeploying and exposing a workload through a supported load balancer on AnthosEmphasize resiliency, scalability, performance, flexibility, etc.Inherent, security considerations include integrated encryption protection for workloadsFurthermore, PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore make deploying Anthos easy. The PowerFlex rack, an engineered software-defined solution, comes fully configured with integrated networking for customers ready to run Anthos and start deploying containers. Once it’s installed, they are ready to deploy Kubernetes applications from the Google Cloud Console. For customers who want a more traditional three-tier architecture, PowerMax and PowerStore are the perfect storage options to use with Anthos.The Market AdvantagesWith these engineered, qualified solutions, Dell Technologies and Google Cloud take the risk out of the implementation, while offering customers more choices in their operating environments and the capabilities to modernize their infrastructure. By using Anthos on bare metal with PowerFlex or PowerMax, customers will enjoy these advantages: Flexible configuration: Dell Technologies customers can configure their infrastructure with total control. With PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore solutions, customers can mix any combination of bare metal, virtualized, container, and mixed-hypervisor platforms in a way that’s scalable and simple to manage. We provide all the freedom without the guesswork for customized hybrid on-prem solutions.Simplified containerization: Varied SLAs make some apps and workloads more difficult to containerize in VMs. Now, with bare-metal container architectures, customers can have choice, flexibility, and performance. Customers may also want to deploy Anthos container applications along with existing Windows and Linux applications that aren’t ready to be containerized. Our solutions can support any of these applications without requiring physical partitioning. That way, customers get the most value from their PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore systems.Total security and control: Bare metal implementations also help customers keep their data secure. With a bare metal architecture, customers have full control over hardware components and can quickly manage how servers and storage are accessed and utilized. Even as a customer’s network becomes more decentralized, they can trust their data is secure.Robust protection for data and workloads: Dell Technologies’ extensive portfolio of data protection solutions for Google Cloud is ideal for enterprise Anthos deployments. These solutions efficiently replicate to, from, and between hybrid cloud environments for maximum data mobility. They also leverage our industry-leading deduplication tools for low cost-to-protect and total cost of ownership.Scalability for the future: Whether you want to start small or grow to thousands of nodes, PowerFlex, PowerMax and PowerStore have proven track records of providing linear scalability for millions of IOPS while retaining low latency. We provide large-scale performance even for availability-sensitive workloads.Flexible Consumption Options Enable Your Digital TransformationLearn about all of our available solutions including our Flex on Demand program for simplified pricing and deployment based on your specific business needs. We are here to pave the way for your digital transformation!
BERLIN (AP) — Munich prosecutors say a German woman has been charged with preparing a far-right attack and other crimes on allegations she was in the process of building a bomb to target Muslims and local politicians in Bavaria. Susanne G., whose last name wasn’t given in line with privacy laws, also faces charges of making threats and violations of weapons laws, among other things. Prosecutors alleged Wednesday that the woman started planning a firebombing attack no later than May 2020, motivated by her xenophobic and extreme-right views. She’s alleged to have downloaded information on bomb building online and have gathered materials for the construction. She has been in custody since her arrest.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian crash investigator says a pilot was confused and disoriented from inhaling poisonous exhaust fumes before his seaplane plunged into a river near Sydney in 2017. Canadian pilot Gareth Morgan and his five British passengers died during the New Year’s Eve flight. All six had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their blood. Investigators found cracks in the plane’s exhaust system and missing bolts. Sydney Seaplanes has since installed advanced carbon monoxide warning systems on their planes. It blames a maintenance company approved by the Australian aviation safety regulator for the tragedy.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A member of the Afghan government’s peace negotiating team is warning the Taliban that if they don’t resume peace talks in Qatar soon, the government could recall the team before a deal is reached. Government negotiator Rasul Talib said in a press conference the team is waiting for the return of the Taliban leadership to Doha, Qatar, where a second round of peace talks began this month but has made little progress. He asked the Taliban to “stop spreading baseless remarks” and return to the negotiating table. There was no immediate response from the Taliban.