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NetAlly Spins Out of NETSCOUT to Further Drive Innovation in Handheld Network Testing Market

Company’s first product enhancements include AirCheck G2 Wi-Fi 6 support and new Link-Live cloud platform updates that centralize tester management and data visibility for network engineers and technicians

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today marks the launch of NetAlly®, a new company comprised of a team that has been developing highly recognized and respected brands of portable network test solutions for over 25 years. Formerly a business unit of NETSCOUT®, and previously part of Fluke Networks®, the company is now an independent provider of handheld testing solutions including the LinkSprinter® Pocket Network Tester, LinkRunner® Network Auto-Tester, OneTouch™ AT Network Assistant, AirCheck™ G2 Wireless Tester, and AirMagnet® Mobile solutions. As part of the launch, the company is also announcing Wi-Fi 6 support for AirCheck G2, as well as new updates to its centralized cloud platform, Link-Live, that dramatically improve data analysis and collaboration for network engineers and technicians.

“Our testers are sought-after by networking professionals around the world, and our mission is to continue to serve those responsible for planning, deploying, validating and troubleshooting access networks and the devices connected to them,” said Mike Parrottino, CEO at NetAlly. “We’re dedicated to simplifying the complexities of network testing, providing instant visibility for efficient problem resolution, and enabling seamless collaboration between site personnel and remote experts. Our testing technology has a rich DNA and we’re excited to build on that heritage to deliver testing customers can trust, from a new ally.”

NetAlly is a 100% channel-focused company, relying on their established global partners for local representation of their award-winning products; customers can contact info@netally.com immediately for information or see a complete list of resellers on their website at www.netally.com. Existing customers with active support contracts have already been transferred over to AllyCare, NetAlly’s service and support program, which offers technical assistance, instrument repair, documentation, and training videos from a dedicated team of expert engineers.

New AirCheck G2 and Link-Live Features

NetAlly is releasing version 4.0 of its software for the AirCheck G2 Wi-Fi tester. This adds visibility of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) networks for installation, validation and troubleshooting. It also makes AirCheck G2 the first tool to integrate with new Link-Live Cloud Service enhancements. Link-Live is a centralized management workspace for network test results and site data capture, and offers results management, site data management, and user and tester management. The service now includes new data analysis and sharing features so network engineers and technicians can better coordinate field testing and verification, including:

  • Wi-Fi and iPerf Analysis – Analyze a richer and broader set of uploaded data for better centralized management and visibility by remote engineers and project supervisors. Go beyond static tables to filter by text for channel and SSID, generate a filtered list of access points (APs), drill down into data instantly, and more. This ability to review connection and roaming test logs makes it easier than ever to collaborate while troubleshooting connectivity and roaming problems. In addition, users can automatically upload and document iPerf performance test results, quickly generating reports that provide Pass/Fail information that can be used to easily validate network upload and download speeds from anywhere, at any time. All of this results in faster mean time to repair (MTTR), and simpler documentation and collaboration.
  • Link-Live API – New API allows for data extraction into an organization’s network management database or trouble-ticketing system for better data sharing and collaboration.

“These testers set the standard in the industry, and as a network analyst, I rely on them for accurate insight when testing today’s complex networks. I’m excited by the new NetAlly brand, and know their team is dedicated to delivering innovative new features and technologies,” said Mike Pennacchi, President and Owner of Network Protocol Specialists LLC, a network consulting company. “The new data analysis and sharing features are a perfect example of that innovation. This helps engineers better manage, analyze and share the test data, validating networks faster and solving problems more quickly.”

For more information about the new Link-Live features and to stay updated on NetAlly product and company news, visit https://netally.com/.

About NetAlly
NetAlly® offers testing you can trust, from your new ally. Our family of network test solutions have been helping network engineers and technicians better deploy, manage, and maintain today’s complex wired and wireless networks for decades. From creating the industry’s first handheld network analyzer in 1993 to being the industry pacesetter – first as Fluke Networks®, then as NETSCOUT® – NetAlly continues to raise the bar for portable network analysis. With tools that include LinkRunner®, OneTouch™, AirCheck™ and more, NetAlly simplifies the complexities of network testing, provides instant visibility for efficient problem resolution, and enables seamless collaboration between site personnel and remote experts. To learn more and see why NetAlly delivers the best in handheld network test visit https://netally.com/.

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This Independence Day, Give India’s Children The Childhood They Deserve

NEW DELHI, Aug. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — India gained independence 72 years ago, and is currently on a trajectory of development that will hopefully lead her to become a roaring economy of $5 trillion by the next five years. Over the past 7 decades, the country has witnessed astounding progress and achieved some milestones one can truly boast of.

But a closer look at the reality suggests that while the country has grown by leaps and bounds, a large section of India’s children are still denied of their basic rights – their rights to education, to health and nutrition, to safety or to be free from exploitation.

While the Government has taken quite a few measures to address the reality, recent statistics show that 1 in every 3 children in India are still under-nourished (NFHS-4), 1 in 10 are engaged in child labour (Census 2011), 3 in 10 complete age-appropriate education (U-DISE 16-17), and 1 in every 3 child brides in the world is a girl from India (UNICEF).

Puja Marwaha, CEO of CRY – Child Rights & You observes, “Amidst India’s fast-paced growth, a large section of our children is denied of childhood which is free of challenges. As we celebrate our 73rd Independence Day, it’s imperative to recognize that for them the struggle for freedom still continues.”

“This was the reason the organization set off in its journey four decades ago,” Puja recollects. “Since 1979, we have been working relentlessly to bridge the gap between people who work to bring change for children at the grassroots, and people who have resources to make it possible.”

“Celebration of India’s independence is incomplete when children, one-third of the country’s total population, are struggling for freedom from various social challenges. To change the status and empower them, individuals from all factions of the society and from all walks of life should come forward and contribute in bringing the perspective shift for children,” Puja Marwaha adds.

CRY – Child Rights and You is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a happy, healthy and creative childhood. For the last 40 years, CRY through its 850 initiatives have worked to ensure lasting change in the lives of more than 3 million underprivileged children, across 19 states in India. For more information please visit us at http://www.cry.org/ .

For media queries contact Abhik Bhattacharya at abhik.bhattacharya@crymail.org

صندوق النمو المستدام للمستثمرين الذين يسعون للحصول على جنسية ثانية يُظهر نتائج واعدة

لندن، 13 أغسطس 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ظلت الجزيرتان الكاريبيتان سانت كيتس ونيفيس تجذبان المستثمرين الأجانب الذين يسعون للحصول على جنسية ثانية على مدار 35 عامًا مقابل مساهماتهم. منح ذلك البلاد أموالاً ضخمة لتطوير الجزيرتين والحفاظ على خُمس إجمالي ناتجها المحلي. أعلن رئيس وزراء سانت كيتس ونيفيس خلال مقابلة على الراديو مؤخرًا أن الحكومة الفيدرالية استثمرت 2 مليون دولار شرق الكاريبي (نحو 740,000 دولار أمريكي) لترقية مدرج مطار فانس دبليو أموري في نيفيس، ضمن مناطق أخرى، مما ساعد اتصال الجزيرة بشكل أكبر. تأتي الأموال من برنامج الجنسية من خلال الاستثمار (CBI) الناجح في سانت كيتس ونيفيس.

أعطى رئيس الوزراء المزيد من التفاصيل حول كيفية دعم برنامج الجنسية من خلال الاستثمار لمشروعات مشوقة على الجزيرتين. تتيح المبادرة التي قُدمت في عام 1984 للمستثمرين الأجانب وأسرهم الحصول على جنسية ثانية بعد المساهمة الاقتصادية واجتياز كل الفحوص اللازمة. ولكونه أقدم برنامج جنسية من خلال الاستثمار، فإنه معروف في مجال الهجرة الاستثمارية باعتباره علامة “بلاتينوم ستاندارد”.

في عام 2018، قدّم رئيس الوزراء هاريس قناة جديدة ضمن البرنامج، وهي صندوق النمو المستدام (SGF)، الذي يركز على رفع رأس المال الأجنبي للتقدم الاجتماعي الاقتصادي في البلاد. يستحسن الطالب من وجهة نظره صندوق النمو المستدام لكفاءته وإجراءاته البسيطة، مع جذب مالي للأسر الشرق أوسطية الأكبر عادةً. علاوة على ذلك، فإن اتفاقيات التنازل عن تأشيرة سانت كيتس ونيفيس مع أكثر من 150 دولة ومنطقة حول العالم تجعلها استثمارًا جذابًا لأولئك الذين يتطلبون تنقلاً دوليًا أفضل.

صنعت الجنسية من خلال الاستثمار، التي نشأت في منطقة الكاريبي، فرقًا كبيرًا في تطور المنطقة. صرّح رئيس الوزراء هاريس خلال خطابه الرئيسي في قمة الاستثمار الكاريبي التي استضافتها جزيرتا سانت كيتس ونيفيس في يونيو الماضي قائلاً: “نشهد في أنحاء منطقتنا آثارًا إيجابية لبرامجنا للحصول على الجنسية من خلال الاستثمار في مجالات الإنشاء وخلق فرص العمل والأسهم الفندقية والإسكان وشبكات الأمان الاجتماعي وما إلى ذلك”.

صُمم صندوق النمو المستدام لتعزيز حياة السكان الأصليين على الجزيرتين ومواطنيها الاقتصاديين الجدد. جزيرتا سانت كيتس ونيفيس هما المنطقة الوحيدة للحصول على الجنسية من خلال الاستثمار التي توفر ميزة عملية طلب سريع (AAP) والتي تضمن إكمال إجراءات الطالبين المؤهلين خلال 60 يومًا أو أقل. وضمن محاولات لمواصلة تعزيز الفحوص الأمنية في البرنامج، أعلنت الحكومة مؤخرًا عن تقديم البصمات البيومترية كجزء من إجراءاتها اللازمة الإجبارية.

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Violence, Violations Against Malian Children Are Skyrocketing

Violence and human rights violations against children in Mali are skyrocketing, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Never entirely stable since a 2012 coup, Mali is now experiencing new unrest marked by food shortages and inter-communal clashes.

Children in Mali are among the biggest victims of the havoc being perpetrated by armed groups inside the beleaguered country, says UNICEF.

The U.N. agency says more than 150 children were killed in conflict in the first half of this year, compared with 77 in all of 2018. It says three times as many children were injured in attacks this year than last.

UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado says some children are being used as child soldiers.

The recruitment and use of children in armed groups has doubled, with 99 cases in 2019, against 47 over the same period in 2018,” said Mercado. “These are figures the United Nations has verified, and the true figures are without doubt higher.

U.N. agencies report widespread human rights violations in Mali’s central regions, including summary executions, disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrests.

Mercado says children are unable to access basic services because of the violence. More than 70,000 children have not received a vaccine that prevents meningitis and pneumonia, among other diseases, and more than a quarter-million are losing out on education because of closed schools, mostly in the central Mopti region.

She tells VOA that UNICEF is doing what it can to help and to protect the children of Mali. But she says humanitarian workers have limited access to many areas of the country because of the fighting.

We take every opportunity, every lull in the fighting, every chance we can to reach children in need … In order to reach children in need systematically, we need for the security and situation to improve,” said Mercado. “We need for the fighting to stop.

Mercado says many children are separated from their families, and suffer from sexual abuse and psychological trauma. She says UNICEF tries to help by providing medical and psychosocial care to tens of thousands of conflict-affected boys and girls.

Source: Voice of America

Toll from Tanzania Fuel Truck Blast Rises To 82: Hospital

The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania at the weekend has climbed to 82 after seven more people died from their injuries, a hospital official said Wednesday.

A spokesman for the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam said 32 others were being treated, including 17 in intensive care, following one of the deadliest oil tanker blasts in Africa in recent years.

“We are continuing to fight as best we can to save those still alive,” the hospital spokesman, Aminiel Aligaesha, told reporters Wednesday.

The explosion took place Saturday morning near the town of Morogoro, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Dar es Salaam, the financial capital.

Flames engulfed a crowd trying to collect leaking petrol from a tanker that overturned as it swerved to avoid a motorcycle.

Officials said the explosion was triggered when a man tried to retrieve the truck’s battery, creating sparks that ignited the fuel.

An official inquiry was ordered Sunday into the accident, with a preliminary report expected later this week.

It was the latest in a string of such disasters in Africa and at least the third this year.

Last month, 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people tried to take the fuel. In May, a similar incident in Niger killed nearly 80 people.

Source: Voice of America

Army Officer: Female Suicide Bomber Kills 6 in Chad

A female suicide bomber killed six people after blowing herself up in western Chad early Wednesday, a senior army officer said, in an attack attributed to Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadists.

“Six people died, including a soldier,” in the attack in Kaiga-Kindjiria district, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A number of people were also injured, the officer said, without giving figures.

A provincial security official said a woman wearing an explosives-laden belt “blew herself up near the home of a traditional chief”.

Four guards as well as a soldier were among the dead, and five people were wounded, the official said.

The death toll of six was confirmed by Chadian army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa, and by a local NGO.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Kaiga-Kindjiria lies in Lac province, which abuts the vast Lake Chad — a region shared by Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria.

Boko Haram launched an insurgency in northeastern Nigeria a decade ago, that has since spilled over into neighboring countries.

It has carried out at least 10 cross-border attacks in Chad since 2018, mainly targeting army positions.

In March, 23 troops were killed when their forward position on the northeastern side of the lake came under attack.

In June, 11 soldiers were killed and six were wounded in clashes at Tchoukoutalia, according to the authorities, who said 26 jihadists were killed.

Boko Haram’s campaign has left some 27,000 people dead and displaced around two million in Nigeria alone, according to some estimates.

In 2015, the four Lake Chad countries, together with Benin, set up a combined force to fight Boko Haram with the help of local groups of armed citizens.

Source: Voice of America

At Least 7 Killed in al-Shabab Attack on Somali Base

At least six Somali government soldiers and a cameraman were killed and 13 others were injured Wednesday when al-Shabab militants attacked a military base near the capital, officials say.

The officials say back-to-back vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) hit the base in the town of Awdhegle, 70 kilometers south of Mogadishu. Militants then attacked the base from two sides, exchanging gunfire with government forces before they were overpowered and pushed back.

Al-Shabab, which claimed responsibility for the attack, said it killed at least 50 government soldiers. Security sources told VOA Somali that government forces suffered six fatalities. The governor of Lower Shabelle region Ibrahim Adan Najah told VOA Somali that a cameraman working with the Somali National Army was also killed.

Najah said 23 militants were killed by the government forces.

Commander of Somali ground forces General Odawaa Yusuf Rageh, who was at the base at the time of the attack, told VOA that VBIEDs detonated before they could hit frontline forces.

Our forces were ready to confront, he said. The attack ended in failure, both vehicles were foiled and were blown up before they reached the defenses.

Awdhegle has changed hands between Somali forces and al-Shabab several times over the past three years. Somali troops recaptured Awdhegle from al-Shabab on August 6.

Source: Voice of America