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first_imgOTTAWA – No figure skating.No hockey.No racing.No cell phones.But other than that have fun kids!Canadian Heritage Wednesday unveiled the details of the Canada 150 Ice Rink currently being built on the east lawn of Parliament Hill.The rink is part of a $5.6 million budget that includes a contest to bring 32 peewee house league hockey teams from across the country to Ottawa for a tournament after Christmas. The rink comes complete with cooling system, grandstands and boards.But outside of the tournament and a few other assorted events, there will be no hockey allowed on the ice. Also no food, no rough housing, no tag, no figure or speed skating, and no carrying of children.The list of rules also includes no going on the ice without skates on unless you’re in a stroller or a wheelchair. Helmets are strongly recommended but not mandatory except for those in strollers or wheelchairs.Public skating on the rink will begin at 9 a.m. on December 7, and run through Dec. 31. Skating is free but you have to reserve a 45-minute spot in advance.The rink is one of the final events of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration year which culminates on New Year’s Eve with fireworks on Parliament Hill.If you can’t skate on the rink, you can watch it from your couch on a webcam.http://canada150rink.com/about-the-rink/#hill-camlast_img read more

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first_imgToday, evian Natural Spring Water announced a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and actress Lea Michele to launch evian’s “Faster Than” campaign, which promotes regular breast self-examinations, a key to early detection when combined with regular medical consultation.evian Natural Spring Water Partners With Lea MicheleThe campaign encourages women and men (yes, breast cancer can affect men, too) to perform and share news of the completed self-exam via their social media channels using the hashtag.The hashtag #FasterThan reinforces how a simple and quick process can ultimately help save your life. It also lets people have some fun and creatively addresses one of the key barriers to self-exams – thinking that it is too complicated and time consuming.“The fight against breast cancer is a cause that I deeply care about and a cause that I have long supported,” said Lea Michele. “When I heard that evian was partnering with the NBCF to launch this campaign, it was an initiative that I wanted to be part of as regular self-examinations are the key in making a positive change in a woman’s survival rate.”Three steps to participate in evian’s “Faster Than” campaign:Step 1: Perform a self-exam (visit www.evianfasterthan.com on how to best perform one)
Step 2: Share the news that you completed your self-exam on social media and what it was #FasterThan using the hashtag (FasterThan)
Step 3: Encourage your family and friends to perform a self-exam“evian has been a longtime supporter of the fight against breast cancer. This fight is personal for many of us directly or indirectly affecting our families and loved ones. We wanted to make sure we focus our efforts on something many of us often forget – self –exams being early detection is the next best thing to finding a cure,” said Olga Osminkina-Jones, VP of Marketing for evian. “Together with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Lea Michele, we are confident that the #FasterThan campaign will encourage individuals of all ages and genders to perform regular breast self-exams.”To further support the campaign among young audiences, evian and Drai’s, one of Las Vegas’ hottest nightclubs, in collaboration will donate 5% of all ticket sales up to $25,000 generated during the month of October to the NBCF.For more information on early detection including tips from the National Breast Cancer Foundation on how to perform breast self-exam, visit www.evianfasterthan.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Giving relief to exporters, the government has extended IGST (Integrated Goods and Service Tax) and compensation cess exemptions for goods procurement under certain export promotion schemes till March 2020.These exemptions have been extended for exporters buying inputs domestically or importing for export purposes under export oriented unit (EOU) scheme, Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme and advance authorisation. EPCG is an export promotion scheme under which an exporter can import certain amount of capital goods at zero duty for upgrading technology related with exports. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn the other hand, advance authorisation is issued to allow duty free import of inputs, which is physically incorporated in export product. The move was aimed at giving relief to exporters as they do not have to pay IGST at the initial point itself. In the GST regime, they have to pay the indirect tax and then seek refund, which is a cumbersome process. In a notification, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has said that exemption from integrated GST and compensation cess under advance authorisation scheme, EOU, and EPCG scheme of foreign trade policy 2015-20 “is extended up to March 31, 2020”. During April-February of the current fiscal year, exports grew 8.85 per cent to USD 298.47 billion, while imports rose by 9.75 per cent to USD 464 billion. The trade deficit has widened to USD 165.52 billion during the 11 months of the current fiscal from USD 148.55 billion compared to the year-ago period.last_img read more

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first_imgAustralia-listed Matsa Resources has started mining the Red Dog gold deposit in Western Australia, with blasting expected to commence later this week.Red Dog is around 25 km west of the Fortitude gold mine, which Matsa conducted trial mining on earlier this year and is currently being weighed up as a full-scale operation.Matsa said all equipment is on site at Red Dog, offices have been established and blasthole drilling in preparation for the first blast this week is underway.The company has an agreement with AngloGold Ashanti Australia whereby all gold ore will be treated at its nearby Sunrise Dam gold mine treatment facilities.The feasibility study on Red Dog envisaged mining some 30,000 bank cubic metres (BCM) per month, using a 120-130 t excavator and a fleet of Cat 777 dump trucks. The total material movement is expected to come in at 600,000 t at a strip ratio of 2.4:1.Mining of the open pit is scheduled to take two months to complete with ore haulage to the mill continuing for a further month.This would see some 13,400 oz of gold recovered over the life of mine at an all-in sustaining cash cost of A$1,294/oz.last_img read more

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By CATALIN NEGREANUBucharest, May 30 2016DINAMO BUCHAREST – CSM BUCHAREST 25-23 (13-11)11 years is a long time. In sports it’s almost an eternity. This is how long the Red Bulldogs of DINAMO Bucharest had to wait to celebrate a new championship title!Monday night on their home court they clinched the second victory against CSM Bucharest and became the new Romanian champions.But it was not at all an easy ride. DINAMO had to fight all the way to the end to secure their 13th championship title and only the second in 11 years!Like in the first game, DINAMO had another storming start and after only eight minutes they were leading 6-1! It took CSM more than ten minutes to score their second goal! Still, for the next twelve minutes, the Red Bulldogs stayed in front with 3-4 goals as the Tigers of CSM were perplex to the variety of combinations DINAMO pulled out of their portfolio: wing shots, balls for the pivot, crosses and one on one penetrations at the 9 meters line. In defense, the player with 10 hearts, IbrahimaDiaw was the Red Bulldogs undisputed “minister of defense” blocking most of the combinations of CSM. It was Javier Humet, CSM’s right back, who closed the gap at only two goals with some well placed far distance shots: 9-7 in the 24th minute and the Blue Tigers were back in business.The last five minutes of the first half showed both teams managing to score withmuch ease from the 9 meters line and the Red Bulldogs went to the locker room two goals ahead. Everything was on the table for the last 30 minutes of the finals!CSM had a better start of the 2nd half and they managed to level the score: 13-13 after only two minutes! It was now DINAMO’s time to react. Out of this battle of the nerves came the most beautiful part of the game: between the 32nd and the 40th minute the two teams head to head, none of them being able to put some distance of the score board. One minute later, The Red Bulldogs were penalized with a two minutes suspension and CSM went ahead for the first time: 17-18. It seemed that the chance was finally smiling to the Tigers who looked to be in control of the game.But the Red Bulldogs had a different idea and they reacted in great style: strong defense, beautiful pivot goal and a two minutes suspension for the Tigers. The final turned again in DINAMO’s favor: 21-20 in the 46th minute after another pivot goal, but this handball thriller was far from over. The score board froze as neither of the two teams were able to score for almost seven minutes. The third shot attempt of a passive attack was successful and the Red Bulldogs were in control again: 22-20 in the 53rd minute. Another steal, fastbreakand DINAMO goes 3 goals ahead, while CSM looked unable to stand the pressure of the last crunching minutes of the game.On the other side, DINAMO was sharp, focused and inspired. When Jakov Vrankovic, who had a fantastic game on both ends of the court, stormed through the CSM’s defense and scored the 25th goal in was clear for everybody that celebration time came for the Red Bulldogs. It ended 25-23 and DINAMO Bucharest became Romanian champions again. After eleven years!DINAMO’s strong 9 meters line, the fighting spirit and the incredible defense was the decisive factor of the final. Diaw, Vrankovic, Savenco and Mousavi formed an iron wall ready to “move mountains” if needed to block their opponents. We must also mention the incredible DINAMO fans who put an incredible pressure on the opponents and helped their team in the difficult moments.For the Blue Tigers of CSM Bucharest it was the second defeat in a row in the Romanian finals (last season they lost to Baia Mare). They showed a lot determination and character but it was not enough to win against DINAMO this season. The Red Bulldogs was a very strong nut, too tough to be cracked by ZvonkoSundovsky’s boys. But CSMbecame very fast a force to be reckoned with and, for sure, they will be even stronger next season and they will come back with a vengeance.DINAMO will play next season in Champions League but the team needs some strongtransfers to stand any chance in the top competition of EHF.DINAMO BUCHAREST – CSM BUCHAREST 25-23 (13-11)DINAMO BUCHAREST:IRIMUS 5 saves, GRIGORAS 7 saves, MAKARIA – RAPCIUGA, RAGOT 2, DIAW, ASOLTANEI 5, MIRONESCU, SAVENCO 4, BALUT, ŞANDRU 5, CAMPAN 2, VANCEA, ZULFIC 4,  VRANKOVIC 3, MOUSAVI. Coach: ELIODOR VOICA.7 meters: 6/5. ZULFIC-4 & RAGOT – 1.Missed: 1 by ZULFIC.2 min suspensions:3 – DIAW 2’, VRANKOVIC 2’, MOUSAVI 2’.CSM BUCHAREST:IANCU 6, BLAZEVIC 6–MILOSEVIC 6, SIMOVIC, MILITARU, MOJSOVSKI 2, STAVROSITU, CONSTANTINESCU, RAPCIUGA, HUMET 4, NOVANC, KOSTADINOVIC 2, MARJANAC 1, NEGRU 8, ROTARU, STAMATE.Coach: ZVONKO SUNDOVSKI.7 Meters: 4/3 NEGRU – 3. Missed: 1 – NEGRU2 minutes suspensions: 3 – MILITARU 4’, STAMATE 2’.Audience: 2.500 people.Photo: RazvanPasaricawww.sportpictures.eu HC Dinamo Bucharest ← Previous Story Talant Dujshebaev: My players are my heroes! Next Story → Kielce to sign best ASOBAL goalie Vladimir Cupara! read more

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first_img3. Cuddle invia Imgur4. Forget to check the backgroundvia Obstacol.com5. Take a good few until they get it rightPress Association6. Shout “WAIT! TAKE ONE WITH MY CAMERA”7. Make you take it again because they weren’t ready via Imgur 1. Crouchvia SororitySugar/Tumblrvia My.HSJ.org 2. Take pictures of their legs and feet at the beachvia WeHeartIt.comcenter_img Don’t worry, there’s a boy version coming soon. Any suggestions? Which 80s hit is suddenly back in the charts? Any excuse to dig out the ESB ‘Going Back’ ad>last_img read more

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first_imgJapon : un mur anti-tsunami pour protéger la centrale d’HamaokaL’opérateur de la centrale nucléaire japonaise de Hamaoka (centre-sud du pays) a annoncé vendredi qu’il comptait construire un mur anti-tsunami de 18 mètres de haut. Près de 100 milliards de yens devraient être dépensés à cet effet. Quelques mois après le drame de Fukushima au Japon provoqué par une vague géante, une centrale nucléaire fait part de son intention de bâtir un mur anti-tsunami autour de son unité. Une mesure préventive destinée à rassurer les riverains. C’est le premier ministre japonais Naoto Kan qui avait appelé à de tels travaux autour de la centrale d’Hamaoka, près de l’océan Pacifique. À lire aussiLe volcan Etna pourrait s’effondrer et créer un tsunami dévastateur en MéditerranéeC’est donc bien à Hamaoka au sud du Japon qu’un mur anti-tsunami d’une hauteur de 18 mètres de hauteur devrait être prochainement construit sur 1,6 kilomètres. Chubu Electric Power, l’exploitant de la centrale a expliqué à l’AFP : “Le but de cette protection anti-tsunami est d’améliorer la sécurité de la centrale de Hamaoka et de répondre à l’anxiété croissante concernant la production d’énergie nucléaire”. Dans cette zone à haut risque, il existe en effet, selon les sismologues, 87% de risques qu’un tremblement de terre de magnitude 8 survienne au cours des 30 années à venir. Un séisme comparable à celui survenu en mars dernier et qui pourrait donc également déclencher une vague géante.  Au total, le coût des opérations s’élèvera à 100 milliards de yens, soit près de 885 millions d’euros. L’avenir dira si ces mesures étaient nécessaires mais face à l’arrêt de la centrale et au très grand risque de tremblement de terre, les autorités japonaises ont décidé de se mobiliser, souhaitant à tout prix éviter une catastrophe comparable à celle de Fukushima.  Le 22 juillet 2011 à 20:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgL’oeil des vertébrés aurait 500 millions d’annéesComment les yeux si complexes des vertébrés sont-ils apparus au cours de l’évolution ? Dans une longue étude de synthèse, un scientifique australien a retracé la saga de la vision.Nos yeux sont parmi les organes les plus complexes et les plus fascinants que l’on possède. Longtemps, les biologistes ont tenté de reconstituer leur origine évolutive. Selon les créationnistes, les yeux sont un exemple parfait pour dire que l’évolution n’explique pas la complexité de la vie. Mais ce n’est pas assez pour décourager le professeur Trevor Lamb, qui a travaillé pendant plus de 30 ans à l’étude des yeux chez les vertébrés. A la suite d’un long travail de synthèse, il estime aujourd’hui que ceux-ci sont apparus il y a plus de 500 millions d’années.Il existe de nombreux types d’yeux dans le monde animal. Des plus primitifs, de simples cellules photosensibles, aux yeux complexes des vertébrés. Chez les insectes, les yeux sont composés de centaines de cellules imbriquées en facettes, les ommatidies. Un autre exemple frappant est celui des yeux des céphalopodes : aussi complexes que ceux des vertébrés, constitués des mêmes éléments mais agencés d’une manière totalement différente.”Quels sont les anciens animaux qui ont eu besoin de ces incroyables machines, et comment s’en servaient-ils ?” se demande ainsi le professeur Lamb. “A combien de temps remonte les origines de la vision ? Comment l’oeil a influencé le cours de l’évolution ?”Les premières cellules sensiblesLes premières traces d’yeux remontent à plus de 700 millions d’années, au Précambrien, bien avant l’explosion de la vie complexe. A l’époque, on ne trouve dans les océans que des organismes unicellulaires, des bactéries, des amibes, des algues. C’est là qu’apparaissent les premières molécules photosensibles, les opsines. Permettant de capter les changements d’intensité de la lumière, cette nouvelle caractéristique s’est rapidement répandue dans les générations suivantes. Au bout de 200 millions d’années, l’évolution de ces organismes a conduit à former les premières cellules en cône, bases de la vision qui captent l’information lumineuse pour la transformer en information nerveuse et la faire aller jusqu’au cerveau.Explosion de la vie et de la visionLes vrais premiers yeux datent du Cambrien, cette période où l’explosion de la vie a commencé, il y 500 millions d’années, selon le Pr Lamb. A l’époque, une faune bien étrange peuplait les mers, comme les trilobites, ou l’Anomalocaris, un arthropode prédateur de plus d’un mètre. C’est là que les animaux ont réellement commencé à “voir” leur environnement. Avant les vertébrés, on trouve des familles de poissons sans mâchoire, comme les lamproies ou les myxines. Leurs yeux, bien que plus primitifs, fonctionnent de manière similaire aux nôtres. Le professeur Lamb en déduit donc que notre ancêtre commun possédait déjà un œil complexe. Plus loin encore dans l’arbre évolutif, on trouve de minuscules poissons primitifs, les Tuniqués et les Céphalocordés (comme l’Amphioxus). N’ayant même pas de tête différenciée, ils possèdent des cellules photosensibles rassemblées, mais pas vraiment un œil à proprement parler. Leur divergence d’avec notre branche remonte à plus de 600 millions d’années.Un avantage évolutif certain À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”On peut donc déduire que l’œil des vertébrés est présent depuis environ 500 millions d’années”, explique Lamb. “Et bien que ses photorécepteurs et systèmes de détection étaient semblables à ceux des insectes et des autres vertébrés, le système optique a évolué bien différemment des yeux à facettes des insectes et crustacés “. A partir de là, l’avantage évolutif était énorme. Avoir deux yeux qui fournissent une vision spatiale a permis aux vertébrés de conquérir tous les continents, et de donner les embranchements des poissons, batraciens, mammifères, jusqu’à nous.Le 3 août 2013 à 15:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Man linked to 2 Hollywood bank robberies arrested

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have a arrested a man in connection to robberies at two banks in Hollywood, Friday.According to the FBI, the subject entered the SunTrust branch at 2001 Hollywood Blvd., shortly after 5:30 p.m. Investigators said he demanded money from an employee and fled with undisclosed sum of cash.Shortly after leaving the bank, the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Tarrife Chaplin, was arrested without incident by Hollywood Police.Detectives believe Chaplin is also the same man caught on surveillance video entering and robbing the Wells Fargo on Young Circle, just after 9:30 a.m. Friday.Customers were inside the bank at the time of both robberies, but no one was hurt.Chaplin is in federal custody and is facing federal charges. He is expected to appear in court in Fort Lauderdale on Monday.Hollywood Police, the South Florida Violent Crime Task Force and the FBI continue to investigate this case. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Missing Miami endangered man found safe

first_imgHe was found in good health, just before 4 p.m., Friday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A missing Miami endangered man has been found safe.City of Miami Police Department officials said 21-year-old Lauren Kyle Smith went missing on Thursday. Update: Lauren Kyle Smith had been recovered and reunited with his family. https://t.co/rzGrHXoJHy— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 2, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioPolice Confident Remains Belong To Missing Kenai Family Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – KenaiPolice investigators in Kenai are confident they’ve found the remains of a family missing since last May.Shell Oil Replaces Pete SlaibyLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaShell Oil has replaced one of its top executives in charge of exploration off the coast of Alaska.Sen. Sullivan: Alaska One Family, Obama Not Its FriendLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCU.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan returned to Juneau and today gave his first speech as a senator to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. The first-term Republican established an “us versus them” theme – a united Alaska up against the Obama administration.Committee Takes Up Gas Line Board Appointments The Associated PressNew appointees to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. expressed support for a major liquefied natural gas project the state is pursuing with oil and gas companies.State Senators Question Need For Water, Sewer Construction DollarsJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageState Senate Finance Committee members are going over proposed agency budgets one by one, looking for funds or programs they can cut. Thursday they questioned Department of Environmental Conservation officials, asking just how bad it would be to turn down federal dollars for water and sewer systems.USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight OptionsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe U.S. Forest Service says a Friday court decision allowing a timber sale will help speed changes in Tongass National Forest logging. But opponents say it will damage other Southeast Alaska industries.Potential Alaska State Park Cuts Rile Valdez ResidentsMarcia Lynn, KCHU – ValdezProposed funding cuts for Alaska State Parks have caused a stir in Valdez where the one Park Ranger position could be eliminated.After 3 Failed Attempts, Freeride Holds Haines CompetitionEmily Files, KHNS – HainesThe fourth time was a charm for the Freeride World Tour in Haines. The big mountain ski and snowboard competition made three attempts to hold the event, but canceled each one because of weather. Today, conditions were finally right for about 30 athletes to take on the Haines mountains.Cindy Abbott Claims 2015 Iditarod Red Lantern Award Jenn Ruckel, KNOM – NomeAfter two prior attempts, this year’s Red Lantern, Cindy Abbott, completed her first Iditarod late last night.last_img read more

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first_imgA rig in the Pikka unit, where oil companies Armstrong Oil & Gas and Repsol say they’ve found 1.2 billion barrels of oil. (Photo courtesy Armstrong Oil & Gas)The state has released the list of companies it reimbursed for oil and gas exploration and development work last year.Listen nowThese cash-for-credits recipients used to be kept confidential, but a law passed in 2016 now requires that the state report them.According to the Department of Revenue, the state spent just over $75 million last year, paying down a debt it owes under the now-defunct program.The total debt has ballooned up to about $900 million this year. The state is making minimum payments on that debt — it’s not scheduled to pay them off fully until about 2025.A company doing work on the North Slope, Repsol, got the highest payment, at nearly $18 million.Despite getting payments totaling about $28 million, several companies like BlueCrest Energy, Caelus and Great Bear Petroleum have slowed or halted work in the state. Company leadership has consistently cited slow reimbursement from the state under the program as a reason for the delays.last_img read more

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Hyderabad Student returning from IDay function dies in road

first_imgA class 9 student was killed and his friend was injured when a car hit them here at Langer House on Thursday morning, police said. The incident took place when the duo was returning home after attending Independence Day celebrations at their school. The deceased was identified as Ayan (16). According to Langer House police, both the students were crossing the road when an SUV car rammed into them. In the accident the duo sustained critical injuries following which they were rushed to the local hospital for medical aid. Doctors declared Ayan brought dead while his friend is currently undergoing treatment. The deceased’s body was shifted to Osmania hospital for postmortem. An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the driver. Further investigation is underway.last_img read more

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China India pledge to enhance military exchanges

first_imgIndia and China have agreed to step up more military exchanges and interactions at defence talks held in Beijing.At the 9th India-China Annual Defence and Security Dialogue on Wednesday, both sides agreed to enhance exchanges and interactions through reciprocal high-level visits between the two ministries of Defence as well as between military commands.”Joint training exercises, mutual visits by defence personnel including mid-level and cadet officers were also agreed upon,” the Indian embassy said.Both sides reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and tranquillity in the India-China border areas, implementing the consensus of prime minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping and specific additional confidence building measures at the operational level.The two sides also had an exchange of views on regional and global issues.The dialogue was attended by India’s defence secretary Sanjay Mitra and lieutenant general Shao Yuanming, deputy chief of joint staff department of central military commission of China.India and China have a vexed 3,448 km long boundary dispute over which they went to war in 1962.The two countries nearly came to blows last year in Doklam, a contested territory between China and Bhutan close to India’s arterial road in the northeast where Chinese were building a road.Beijing and New Delhi underlined the importance of this dialogue as an important mechanism between the two countries for consultations on defence and security matters.They emphasised the need to further strengthen military-to-military ties in order to strengthen political and strategic mutual trust between the two countries.last_img read more

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Microsoft paper proposes using cloud servers to heat homes

first_imgvia i-Programmer Microsoft, PC makers to offer Azure cloud services Citation: Microsoft paper proposes using ‘cloud’ servers to heat homes (2011, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-microsoft-paper-cloud-servers-homes.html (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has published a research paper that proposes installing servers used for cloud computing into homes and businesses, instead of in vast data centers. The idea being, that because such servers generate so much heat, why not use them to heat homes, instead of wasting even more energy by cooling the air in centralized locations. Explore further More information: © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The paper, “The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing “ published by Microsoft Research, in conjunction with Virginia University researchers, looks at the feasibility of selling “Data Furnaces” (DFs) to consumers, who would then benefit by having their winter heating bills reduced down to almost zero. The authors argue that the cost savings of doing so, for cloud computing companies, would be significant (they estimate from $280 to $324 a year per server.)The authors envision having DFs in the basements of homes all over the country, clustered around cites, of course, where the most demand for those servers exists. A customer would purchase a unit and have it installed in the basement, where it would heat the home, and could be used for other purposes as well, such as heating hot water or drying clothes. In such a small scale system, the author’s believe that an existing broadband connection could be used, thus no additional data transfer hardware or software would need to be installed. As part of their purchase, users would agree to replace filters and reset or turn serves on or off if and when needed. For users that live in northern parts of the country, such as around New York City or Chicago, cost savings could be dramatic. In the summer, the DF could either be turned off, or the heat vented outside.Larger systems with more CPUs could be installed in business buildings large and small, allowing for more computing power for the cloud company, and free or reduced heating bills for the hosts. If such a system were to be put in place, the authors argue that storage and computing power for cloud applications could increase without an increase in electrical demand (which they say was 3% of total US demand as of 2006) because the electricity used to run the DFs would be offset by the reduction in electricity used to normally heat the homes. They also point out that such a distributed system would result in faster access times for customers since the servers would be located near the customers.One issue not addressed in the paper is the variable throughput that users of home-based broadband have become accustomed to; an issue that while annoying to customers, might cause havoc with cloud based applications. Presumably, if this were to occur, the server company would have to foot the bill for a dedicated T1 line, or something similar. Other issues that would have to be resolved would center around data security, maintenance and what to do during power outages.last_img read more

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Anuj Sharma replaces Rajeev Kumar as Kolkata police chief

first_imgKolkata: In a major shuffle in the IPS cadres, the state government has appointed Additional Director General (ADG) of West Bengal Police (law and order) Anuj Sharma as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner, replacing Rajeev Kumar, a government notification said on Tuesday. Kumar, who had completed three years in office as the Kolkata police chief, was posted as the ADG of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), it added. The outgoing police commissioner was recently in the eye of a storm over his alleged role in tampering with the evidence in the Saradha chit fund case. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Kumar was questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Shillong for five days after the Supreme Court directed him to appear before the agency and cooperate in the investigation of chit fund cases. The notification also said Sharma had assumed his new responsibilities. Siddh Nath Gupta, who was the ADG (IB), was made the ADG (law and order). According to a rule of the Election Commission (EC), any IPS or IAS officer, who has completed three years of service in a post, should be transferred before an impending election.last_img read more

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first_img In a bid to make itself more attractive to business owners, LinkedIn has launched an enhanced analytics suite for company pages. The analytics are designed to help company managers track their updates and learn more about their followers.With more than three million company pages on its network, LinkedIn has the potential to rival Facebook and Twitter as a social media outlet for business marketers. Just last week, the company announced Sponsored Updates, a new tool that allows businesses to market themselves to a wider audience. All other, unsponsored updates are visible only to those who follow a company’s official LinkedIn page.The new analytics page rolled out on Wednesday. It displays a company’s most recent updates, along with the number of impressions, clicks and interactions with each. It also shows how many new followers were gained as a result of each update.The new analytics display gives an overview of total engagement and provides line graphs that track your content’s performance over time. In this view, a chart on the left shows an update’s reach, measured in impressions, and a chart on the right shows engagement, measured in clicks. The performance is divided between follower interactions and those achieved as a result of a Sponsored Update.The suite of tools also displays follower demographics, including details such as job seniority, and tells you how each follower found your page. Also of interest to metrics-driven managers, a new “How You Compare” section ranks your company page against others in your industry, giving a benchmark for visibility and reach.And there is more to come, according to Aviad Pinkovezky, the head of company pages product development at LinkedIn. Pinkovezky said in a blog post that “more new and improved functionality is on the way” for business owners.Watch LinkedIn’s video about the functions of the new analytics suite:Related: LinkedIn Launches Sponsored Updates for Businesses August 1, 2013 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

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first_img Register Now » 4 min read May 15, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Ransomware — applications that encrypt all the data on a computer then demand payment to unlock it — have become a pervasive threat to businesses.Last Friday’s WannaCry attack was unusual in its scope, with reports that 10,000 organizations were hit in 150 countries, but business owners are no stranger to ransomware. Close to half of U.S. companies have been victims of ransomware attacks, according to a 2016 report from Osterman Research.While the sums demanded are generally low, the costs have been going up. Symantec reports that the average ransom was $679 in 2016, up from $294 in 2015. The FBI estimated ransomware firms would collect $1 billion in 2016.And that’s just the attacks that are reported. Because the ransom amounts are often less than what would be covered by insurance, and no data is actually compromised, many victims keep it to themselves. Less than one in four attacks are reported to authorities, according to Datto, a company that helps companies back up and recover their data.Datto has seen first-hand the rise of ransomware incidents.“At first it was an anomaly. And then over time ended up being something that really just started to affect our partners almost en masse,” CEO Austin McChord says.About a year ago, Datto decided to make data recovery a bigger part of its business. The company established a dedicated team called Code Red and built a lab to infect its own computers with ransomware to see how it worked. What Datto found is that the companies that use ransomware have adopted some pretty sophisticated business practices.Here are a few ways ransomware companies act like legitimate businesses:1. Ransomware has built-in A/B testing to find the optimal ransom amount.One of the first things that Datto noticed was that the programs asked for varying ransom amounts.“If we put different amounts of data or different types of data, we can see that the ransom numbers would be different, like what it was actually charging for ransom,” McChord says. He adds that he believes the perpetrators of ransomware attacks track which of the computer-generated amounts victims are most likely to pay and use that data to adjust their demands.2. Attackers research targets extensively to find an opening.Much like marketers researching a target client, ransomware companies take time to crawl employees’ public digital presence in order to send personalized emails that appear to come from a family member, friend or business associate. That false connection tricks the unsuspecting employee into downloading the ransomware.3. Some ransomware includes friendly tech support.Many ransomware victims are understandably unsure how to proceed when their data is encrypted, particularly when it comes to steps such as obtaining the Bitcoin the attackers demand as payment. In an ironic twist, some programs are more than happy to offer tech support via “helpful” pop-up messages.Image credit: Courtesy of Datto“It’s almost interesting the sort of the language that they [use to] talk about it, as though this program that is the actual ransomware application is there to help you. ‘Let’s help you get your files back. Here are the steps you need to take,’” McChord says.Other software takes a more sinister approach. One program Datto investigated (pictured above) used the clown character from the Saw film franchise and threatened to delete a file for every hour that the ransom went unpaid.4. Ransomware won’t attack you right away.Once the nefarious application is downloaded, it often lurks in the background for a few days so that victims forget they downloaded it.“The fact that the ransomware lies in wait for a while is not that dissimilar to a drip campaign in marketing,” McChord says. “You’ll sign up for something and then it might be a while before you actually start getting those emails.”How can businesses avoid a ransomware attack?While up-to-date cybersecurity software is important, keeping your business safe comes down to educating employees on avoiding questionable downloads.“Lots of people think that because they have this firewall or because they have this [antivirus] software they’re safe and they’re covered,” McChord says. “But when you open that app and you get that box that comes up in Windows that says ‘so and so wants to modify buh buh buh on your computer’ and you say ‘OK,’ you just dismissed all of that protection.”Ultimately, the way to stop ransomware for good may be for more companies to back up their data so it can be easily recovered after an attack. If victims stop paying the ransoms, the attacks will no longer be a viable business strategy. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

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Qantas Group pilots FlyPink for breast cancer research

first_imgQantas Group pilots FlyPink for breast cancer researchQantas Group pilots will FlyPink from 1 October, swapping out their normal gold epaulettes (shoulder stripes) for pink epaulettes, to show their support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The Australian-first initiative was started by QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie whose aunt was diagnosed and beat breast cancer. Joining the airline in 2013, Susan was inspired by the National Breast Cancer Foundation-branded pink QantasLink aircraft to find a way to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research that would encourage airlines around the world to join together for the cause.QantasLink Captain Susan McHaffie said she hoped her small idea would encourage other airlines to show their support.“Together with Qantas, it is my goal to raise $20,000 for breast cancer research. I hope by next year I’ll walk past a pilot I don’t know in an international airport wearing pink epaulettes in support of breast cancer research,” said Captain McHaffie.QantasLink Chief Pilot, Captain Nathan Miller said Qantas was proud to get behind all its pilots and the FlyPink initiative, which will see pilots donate money to don the pink epaulettes when they sign on for flying duty.“Qantas is really proud to show our support for breast cancer awareness, and most importantly help raise vital funds for research,” said Captain Miller.“As a global carrier, we hope we can help our pilots take the FlyPink initiative from Australia to the world and are challenging other airlines to join us.”National Breast Cancer Foundation Chair, Elaine Henry, welcomed the initiative and said the proceeds from the Qantas FlyPink campaign would go directly to life-changing breast cancer research projects around Australia.“Every day in 2015, 42 women in Australia are diagnosed with breast cancer, and it is still the biggest cause of cancer-related death in women globally. We believe that research is the key to eradicating the disease, and credit research with the many advances that have been made in breast cancer care and treatment over the past few decades,” she said.Pink epaulettes will be available to all 3,300 Qantas Group pilots who are encouraged to donate $5 and wear pink with pride in October.Qantas Group pilots will use the month of October to raise money through a number of other activities including National Breast Cancer Foundation collection tins in crew rooms and Qantas airports, and hold Pink Ribbon Breakfasts around the country.QantasLink will serve food items in FlyPink branded boxes and brownies in support of the campaign.Customers and other Qantas employees can support FlyPink by donating to www.flypink.net #WeFlyPink #showyoursupportQantas Group pilots who will wear pink epaulettes include Qantas, QantasLink, Jetstar, JetConnect, Cobham, Network Aviation and Express Freighters Australia.Source = Qantas Grouplast_img read more

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Pyla stays firm on billboard removals

first_imgFollowing its previous decision made in January, the regional council of Pyla will go ahead with the removal of any unlicensed billboards from the start of February.Vice president of Pylas regional council Antreas Kasenides told the Cyprus Mail this was an ongoing problem that the council aimed to put an end to.“These unlicensed billboards are everywhere, found on pavements and in the streets. They are a big issue that affect the comfort of people’s daily lives, and especially effecting people with disabilities who cannot use the pavements with ease” he said, adding that they were also a major threat to road safety.A crew will be send out to collect the ad boards without warning and they will be stored in a safe place. They will only be given back to the owners if the costs for removal and transportation are paid. Any damages made to them will not be the fault of the regional council.People who require additional information are advised to call at the council’s offices at +357 24644040.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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