5500 ways a server can benefit your small business.

first_img Are increasing employee and data demands taxing your systems and your staff? If so, you need the processing power, energy efficiency and reliability a Xeon-based server can deliver – 24/7 uptime, industry-leading performance, memory protection, and a server that automatically shuts down to save energy. Do you want to improve productivity? The increased performance of the latest Intel Xeon-based servers enables your IT equipment and your staff to do more with less. Are you ready to implement new software? Some of the latest software advances demand newer server capabilities. If you’re looking to implement VMWare* or Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008*, an Intel Xeon processor 5500 series server delivers the performance your new business applications will need. And talk to your IT solutions provider. Learn more about our new server processors: Is cost-cutting a high priority? With an Intel Xeon processor 5500 series based server, you can benefit from significant energy savings, the reduced costs of easier maintenance and need for fewer servers. By consolidating servers, you can save up on your utility bill. Check out the estimator tool www.intel.com/go/xeonestimator to see how much you could save. Are your servers getting old? Things change, and with the latest server processors, things have changed a lot. The new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series offers up to nine times the performance of a server purchased just four years ago.1 Even though you’ll be outlaying cash for new equipment, spending wisely on a server now will probably save you money in the long run. From energy usage to maintenance costs to software licensing fees, it adds up. Plus, with a new server, you get a new warranty and compatibility with the latest applications. That means fewer hassles for you. Don’t wait until your server breaks, you don’t want to discover the cost of losing data and business downtime. There are literally thousands of ways a new Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series based server can benefit your business. I’ll spare you the complete list, but let’s start with the major ones. When you ask yourself the following questions about your business and its needs, you may just find that getting a server right now is the right decision for you. Read this brochure to learn more about the advantages of Intel® processor-based servers for small and medium businesses. Is your company still using a desktop as a server? Then, now is the time to step up to a real server. Down markets are when smaller companies can take advantage of their agility. Plus, you definitely can’t afford downtime when customer service is so critical. Ultimately, the biggest question is: Can you afford NOT to invest in the newest Intel Xeon processor-based servers in this economy? Also, I’d love to hear your best reasons for buying new servers, so I can add them to the list. If you have already made the transition to the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, please share you story. 1Performance increase based on Intel comparison using SPECjbb2005 business operations per second (bops) between four-year-old single-core Intel® Xeon® processor 3.8GHz with 2M cache based servers and new Intel Xeon processor X5570 based server. Intel consolidation based on replacing nine four-year-old single-core Intel Xeon processor based servers with one new Intel Xeon Processor X5570 based server while maintaining SPECjbb2009 performance. Costs and return on investment have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for information purposes only. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests.  Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.  Buyers should consult other sources of information to evaluate the performance of systems or components they are considering purchasing. For more information, visit www.intel.com/performance/server.last_img read more

Texas Medical Board Approves Rules for Controversial Treatment

first_imgLast week, the Texas Medical Board signed off on what’s said to be the first state-level policy imposing oversight on experimental treatments using adult stem cells. The scientific community has mixed views on whether this is a good way to raise standards. Some experts say the rule will allow unscrupulous doctors to avoid U.S. Food and Drug Administration reviews. But others say it’s a good-faith effort to bring oversight to controversial treatments that clinics around the world offer for diseases including arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Read the Full Text Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Senate Panel Approves $100 Million Boost for NIH in 2013

first_imgThe Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday approved a modest $100 million raise for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2013 fiscal year which begins on 1 October. The 0.3% bump to a total of $30.723 billion is slightly better than the president’s request for no increase, but it is disappointing to the research community. The bill funding NIH provides $40 million for the Cures Acceleration Network, four times its current budget (but $10 million below the president’s request). But it rejects a proposal by the president to cut $50 million from the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, which seeks to give institutions in poorer states a better shot at NIH funding. Instead, the committee would maintain funding at about $276 million. “The Committee believes the IDeA program has made a significant contribution to biomedical research and creating a skilled workforce,” it notes in a report accompanying the bill. It also urges NIH to expand the number of schools eligible for the program. The committee did back a requested $28 million trim, to $165 million, for the National Children’s Study (NCS), an ambitious but troubled federal plan to follow the health of 100,000 children from before birth to age 21. The panel hopes the 15% cut “represents a positive sign that NIH intends to bring the costs of the NCS under control and spend its appropriation more efficiently,” it writes in the report. “The Committee is troubled that after appropriating nearly [$1 billion] for the NCS since the first work on it began in fiscal year 2000, only a few thousand children have been enrolled and fundamental questions about the project’s implementation still remain, particularly regarding the methods that will be used to recruit participants.” The panel also wants the National Academy of Sciences to review NCS’s statistical sampling strategy and for NIH to “improve its level of communication with the research community about any future changes to the project.” Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) On the subject of Alzheimer’s disease, the panel chastised NIH officials for plans to boost research in the field by snagging $80 million from a $500 million Prevention and Public Health (PPH) Fund created by health care reform legislation. “NIH research is not an appropriate use of the PPH Fund,” it wrote. “Additionally, the Committee believes it would set a dangerous precedent to provide specific amounts of NIH funding for individual diseases. The Committee notes that it took the same position in fiscal year 2010 when the administration proposed allocating specific levels of funding for cancer and autism research.” The bill must still be approved by the full Senate. The House appropriations panel has yet to introduce its version of the bill.last_img read more

Sania Mirza, Somdev Devvarman get wild cards for 2012 London Olympics

first_imgSania Mirza was on Tuesday awarded a wild card entry into the women’s doubles event of the London Olympics, ending suspense over her participation in the event and also making her eligible to compete in the mixed doubles competition in which India is hopeful of winning a medal.Sania was handed a wild card along with veteran Rushmi Chakravarthy while Asian Games gold medallist Somdev Devvarman was given a wild card entry in the men’s singles event.Sania’s wild card entry will now turn the spotlight on a miffed Leander Paes who is yet to take a final call on his participation following the selection row over the men’s doubles team.In a compromise formula worked out by AITA, Paes was forced to play with 206-ranked Vishnu Vardhan in the men’s doubles event against his wishes and was paired with Sania in the mixed section.Paes had however not given his nod to the compromise deal, raising speculations on whether the veteran tennis player would indeed carry out his threat of boycotting the Games.The two wild card entries meant India will be fielding its largest ever tennis contingent in the Olympics.All India Tennis Association has received a letter from International Tennis Federation (ITF) President Francesco Ricci Bitti, stating that wild card applications for Sania and Somdev have been accepted.Paes had demanded a written assurance from Sania that she would play only with him instead of Mahesh Bhupathi in the mixed doubles.Paes, who it is believed, was waiting for announcement of the wild card, will now have to clear his stand quickly.Sania, too, kept mum on the issue till now as she was not consulted before deciding the combination and it will be interesting to see if she also takes a stand on her combination with Paes.While the Hyderabadi had earlier expressed her desire to partner Bhupathi, the AITA broke the recently-crowned French Open combination to appease Paes.AITA had to bow down to Bhupathi and Bopanna’s demand that they be paired as team for the men’s doubles event, following their unwillingness to play with Paes.Paes was then paired with Vardhan in lieu of a mixed doubles pairing with Sania.Thirty-two teams will contest in the men’s and women’s doubles, with 24 direct acceptances and eight ITF places in both events.Direct acceptances were based on the combined world rankings of each team on June 11, with each player using the better of their singles and doubles world ranking.Any player ranked in the doubles Top 10 on June 11 was eligible for direct acceptance with a partner of any ranking.Mixed doubles has been included in the Olympics for the first time since 1924.Entries for the 16-team event will be determined on site from those players already participating in singles or doubles.Teams have to be nominated by their National Olympic Committee by July 31. There will be 12 direct acceptances based on the combined world rankings of each team on June 11, and four ITF Places.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgan arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). Travel for Less With Eurail: Off-peak Promotions Now On UTRECHT, The Netherlands, October 9, 2015/PRNewswire/– Eurail Pass savings and extra travel day promotions provide even more incentive to experience the best of Europe by rail Until the end of the year Eurail is offering customers 20 percent off the regular price of Eurail Global and Select Passes, and one free extra travel day for travellers who purchase a Eurail Regional or One Country Pass. Applicable for the full suite of Eurail Pass types, the promotional Passes are available until 31 December, 2015. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150803/254117LOGO) “Weve seen the popularity of travelling in the off-peak travel season increase as more and more international travellers catch on to the benefits of travelling throughout Europe once the summer crowds have returned home,” says Silvia Gorlach, Eurail Groups Sales and Marketing Manager. “Europe in the autumn and winter months is an attractive and affordable experience. Not only can our Eurail customers access unlimited rail travel throughout Europe with a 20 percent saving or free travel day, but they can also take advantage of reduced airfares to Europe, cheaper accommodation rates, and shorter queues for popular attractions,” adds Ms. Gorlach. During the cooler months, Europe still has plenty to offer. With a thriving and welcoming atmosphere, destinations across Europe provide something for every traveller with traditional markets, winter festivals, snow sports and unique cultural exhibitions all in full swing. Eurail Pass holders in search of warmer temperatures can still opt to head south towards the Mediterranean coastline or Greek Islands. (MORE) PRNewswire DLadvertisementlast_img read more

Sehwag is supporting us, claims DDCA presidential candidate Vikas Singh

first_imgNew Delhi, May 31 (PTI) The Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) elections on June 30 took an interesting turn today after one of the presidential candidates Vikas Singh declared that legendary Virender Sehwag has “supported” his candidature against former Test cricketer Madan Lal and journalist Rajat Sharma. “I had contacted Virender Sehwag and he has promised to support my candidature for the DDCA elections. Sehwag is curently out of the country but I have his support,” Singh, an advocate, told mediapersons. However, Sehwag is yet to confirm whether he is supporting the president of the Supreme Court Bar Council. During the media conference, which was followed by a get-together of voters, the prominent cricketers present were Surender Khanna, who will fight for Cricket Director’s post, along with Manoj Prabhakar and Ajay Sharma. Singh, however, said that he has no personal score to settle against both Lal and Sharma. “I have a lot of respect for Madan and also for Sharma. I will not utter a word against them during my campaign. My problem is not with them but the people who are backing them,” Singh said. While Singh did not take any names, it was an obvious reference to former sports committee convenor Vinod Tihara and former president Sneh Bansal, who has put up his younger brother Rakesh as a vice-presidential candidate. The other target of Singh is acting BCCI president CK Khanna, whose wife Shashi is also a vice-presidential candidate.\R ” It is part of my mission to steer the DDCA towards professionalism, transparency and excellence. First up, the aim is to bring in complete transparency in the selection of teams that represent Delhi. Sadly, at present merit and talent are forced to take a back seat at times,” Singh said, alleging that his younger son was a victim of DDCA politics as he was not selected for U-14 state team.advertisement Panel of Vikas Singh (For prominent offices) Vice-President: Arvinder Singh Lovely General Secretary: Sandeep Chaudhary Joint Secretary: Dr. Ahmed Tamim Treasurer: Bhagwan Verma Director of Cricket: Surinder Khanna. \RPTI KHS KHS PDSPDSlast_img read more

College Football’s Top 10 Recruiting Classes Of The 21st Century

first_imgGraphic shows the top recruiting classes from 21st century. Will one of these top 2016 recruiting classes become legendary?Will one of these top 2016 recruiting classes become legendary?Tomorrow is National Signing Day, and there is some serious drama in the race for the No. 1 class. LSU and Ohio State have been dueling it out for the top spot for weeks now, while recruiting powerhouse Alabama is poised to make a big jump. Recruiting rankings aren’t perfect, but they are a strong indicator of future performance. Alabama routinely signs the best classes, and under Nick Saban, it has four national championships to show for it.However, the No. 1 class does not always beget championships. Realistically, it takes four or five years to truly judge a recruiting class, once the players have matriculated and they’ve made their marks on the collegiate gridiron. Whether No. 1 or outside the Top 10, the best classes win championships, and often produce top NFL Draft picks, who turn into pro stars, who the next crop of recruits idolize as coaches blow up their phones. Recruiting rankings and websites have truly turned into a cottage industry in the last 15 years. In that time frame, a number of classes of really stand out above the rest. Here are the ten best recruiting classes of the 21st Century.Next: No. 10 ??? >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

ESPN Releases SEC Power Rankings After Week 1

first_imgAuburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix throws a pass.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)One week into the college football season and we’ve already had some surprises featuring SEC teams.Five teams lost their openers, with South Carolina and Tennessee blowing leads in doing so. The Vols suffered the most embarrassing defeat of Week 1, losing at home to Georgia State.Auburn registered the league’s biggest win, rallying to beat Oregon in the final seconds. The magnitude of that W is reflected in ESPN’s SEC power rankings.ESPN updates its conference power rankings weekly. The first ones for the SEC were released on Tuesday. ESPN’s SEC power rankings after Week 1 are as follows:AlabamaGeorgiaAuburnLSUTexas A&MFloridaMississippi StateKentuckyArkansasMissouriSouth CarolinaVanderbiltOle MissTennesseeLSU and Texas A&M have the best chances to make noise and move up in the rankings this weekend. The Tigers are on the road at Texas, a top-10 opponent, while the Aggies are facing top-ranked Clemson in Death Valley.We’ll also see which of the five Week 1 losers are able to bounce back, and which of the nine 1-0 teams falls from the ranks of the unbeaten.last_img read more

Debate on Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports next month

Meanwhile, party leaders decided that the debate on both days will be a full day debate. Parliament will debate the reports of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption next month.The debate will take place on February 20 and 21st, the Parliament Secretary General said today. The Reports of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire into the Issuance of Treasury Bonds by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) were handed over to the Secretary General of Parliament on the 17th of January 2018. (Colombo Gazette) The reports of the Presidential Commission which investigated the treasury bond scam and the Commission of Inquiry appointed to investigate into serious acts of fraud and corruption, were tabled in Parliament yesterday (Tuesday). read more

Four killed in Tangalle shooting incident

Four people were killed in a shooting incident in Tangalle today.The police said that five others were injured in the shooting incident. All those who were injured were admitted to hospital and four of them succumbed to their injuries in hospital.The Police suspect the shooting incident was over a dispute between two groups of fishermen. Gunmen had arrived on a motorcycle and carried out the shooting in Kudawella in Tangalle.The gunmen had opened fire towards a group of fishermen injuring several people. read more

Annan condemns murder of Korean interpreter who had been abducted in Iraq

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said he was appalled by the killing of Mr. Kim.Mr. Annan “condemns in the strongest terms this heartless crime, which no political or other cause can justify,” the statement said, adding the Secretary-General appealed for the immediate and safe release of all hostages being held in Iraq.The Secretary-General also offered his condolences to the family of Mr. Kim and to the Government of the Republic of Korea.

Commercial Vehicle Forum to focus on role of road transport in economic

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Innovation, sustainability, skills and safety are key themesPanellists include: Rob Flello MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Freight Group and Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)Broadcaster and financial journalist Simon Jack to ChairWith more than 90% of all raw materials and finished goods reaching the factory, supermarket shelf or the home in a truck or van, there is no other mode of delivery to match road transport for efficiency and cost effectiveness now or in the foreseeable future.Making Britain’s four million vans and trucks more efficient, cleaner and safer is important to every business and home in the land. And while uncertainty remains around when and at what pace the UK economic recovery will take place, the road transport sector continues to make substantial improvements to its performance.The Commercial Vehicle Forum 2012, which takes place in central London next month, will review how manufacturers continue to rise to the challenges of new legislation, how they are improving skill levels and creating job opportunities and how truck and van operators are using technology to provide more cost-effective services to hard-pressed businesses.How the sector is doing this and how it aims to continue delivering significant efficiency, productivity, skills and safety gains will be the subject of a top-level Forum organised by three of the UK’s leading transport and automotive industry trade associations.With over 35 million vehicles on Britain’s increasingly crowded roads, the Forum will also address the issue of the contribution that the country’s professional drivers can make to improving road safety. Statistics already show how safe these drivers are and how, with the aid of new technologies to be discussed at the Forum, they are becoming even safer.Panellists at the event include Ray Ashworth, Managing Director of DAF Trucks UK; David Cebon, professor of mechanical engineering at Cambridge University and research director at Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium; Des Evans, Chief Executive of MAN UK; Rob Flello MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Freight Group; Robert Gifford, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety; Neil Ridley, Director of the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network; Dave Rowlands, Technical Services Director, Wincanton Group and Iain Speak, Chief Executive, Bibby Distribution.The Commercial Vehicle Forum 2012 is supported by AA Drivetech, Bridgestone UK, Brigade Electronics, Greenchem Solutions, Isuzu Truck (UK) and Squarell Technology.The Commercial Vehicle Forum has been organised jointly by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, IRTE Services Ltd and The Road Haulage Association.It will take place at the headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Westminster, London, on Thursday 15 November. Further details can be obtained by e-mailing cvforum@automotivepr.com. read more

Brock experts want you to leave no trace when exploring Canadas national

While Canadians are visiting national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas for free this summer, Brock experts want them to be mindful of their potential impact on these protected areas.As part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, Parks Canada has opened its sites at no cost through use of a Discovery Pass. The gesture is expected to increase traffic at the national sites, and Brock experts are encouraging visitors to be mindful of leaving no environmental trace during their trip.“Healthy parks help to create healthy people and communities and can continue to do so for generations through actions of care,” says Recreation and Leisure Studies Associate Professor Garrett Hutson.Visiting Canada’s National Parks is a wonderful way to promote sustainable relationships with the natural world. By using Leave No Trace principles, Hutson believes Canadians can practise ways of recognizing and minimizing recreational impacts to natural areas.“Many visitors don’t realize the impacts they cause, which is why all park visitors should familiarize themselves with the seven Leave No Trace principles,” says Hutson, who has done considerable research on the topics of outdoor recreation management, outdoor leadership and person-place relationships.These principles include:Plan ahead and prepare: Park visitors should do research about a site before visiting to find out what they’ll need for a safe and enjoyable experience. Considerations include but are not limited to planning for food, water, first aid, proper footwear such as hiking boots, and clothing such as rain gear, as well as maps that might be needed.Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Visitors should stay on trails and not trample fragile vegetation. Additionally, camping at established campsites concentrates impacts as opposed to camping in pristine settings.Dispose of waste properly: Whatever is packed in to a park should get packed out. This includes all trash and garbage.Leave what you find: Artifacts discovered should be left for other people to enjoy. These could include archeological items, antlers, fossils and wildflowers. This principle also stresses the importance of not bringing non-native species into areas visited. Leave only footprints, take only pictures.Minimize campfire impacts: Campfires are a privilege and should be enjoyed at established fire rings where permitted. Many people don’t realize that fire rings damage soils that may never fully recover. Instead of cooking over a fire, cook over a camp stove. Enjoy the glow of a small candle lantern instead of a fire.Respect wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not startle, harass or disturb wildlife in any way. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Respect wildlife by storing food in a secure way away from tenting areas.Be considerate of other visitors: Be nice to other visitors and respect their experience. Be courteous and help others in need.     Students enrolled in Brock’s Outdoor Recreation courses often explore a variety of Ontario’s most stunning landscapes such as Algonquin, Killarney and Frontenac parks, where they practise and learn outdoor leadership while ensuring they leave a minimal impact on the environment.“We regularly use the Niagara Glen and other escarpment areas as outdoor classrooms,” says Hutson. “As part of our commitment to recreation management, our students earn a Leave No Trace trainer certification, which prepares them to teach minimum impact practices to others.”Integrating these basic Leave No Trace ideas into outdoor recreation programs has become commonplace, as more and more people are active outside, explains Recreation and Leisure Studies Professor Tim O’Connell.“This has led to heightened awareness of the need to educate outdoor recreationists about the magnitude and variety of impacts they create,” he says.Watch this video to learn more from Tim O’Connell about how to leave no trace this summer when visiting Parks Canada sites. read more

Ohio State notches victory over American

Ohio State’s women’s lacrosse team rebounded from its season-opening loss with a 16-7 victory over American University.Coach Sue Stimmel said that she was happy about the play of her team’s defense. Before American was able to find the back of the net, the Eagles were down 4-0. “Our offense started off slow and sloppy but then picked up,” Stimmel said.The offense did step up, securing a 10-1 advantage in the first half. In this near-flawless session, the Buckeyes scored more goals than American attempted shots.“We came out strong. After the loss last week we knew we had to play strong,” sophomore Gabby Capuzzi said. Six different Buckeyes scored goals in the first half, including Capuzzi with two.OSU flexed its muscles at the end of the first half and the start of the second half, scoring eight consecutive goals.“In the second half, we tried to get some different people in and got out of rhythm,” Stimmel said. With an 11-goal lead the Buckeyes started to substitute. Stimmel was able to allot 26 different players some time on the field.However, with the giant lead sophomore Alayna Markwordt said the team, “stooped down” to American’s level, but picked up the pace again. In the second half, both teams scored six goals.This lack of intensity with a big lead, Markwordt said, is something the team needs to work on. Whether it was a lack of intensity or mixing different lineups, OSU didn’t play as well in the second half. Along with only scoring six goals, the Buckeyes also only had three more shots on goal.With American stepping up its game, Stimmel inserted the starters back in the game. OSU takes its 1-1 record to Cal-Berkeley on Friday and Stanford on Sunday. read more

Game of the Year Lords of Cannabis

first_imgStay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Regardless of whether or not you can legally smoke weed in your state, you probably shouldn’t start running a large-scale marijuana growing operation. The world doesn’t need more drug kingpins, even if they do make for great TV show characters. Fortunately, we have games that let us act out fantasies we could or should never do in real life like stealing cars while evading cops or stepping on turtles while being Italian.Lords of Cannabis, this week’s Game of the Year, is a board game about making the sticky icky, dank nugs, sweet kush, etc., for the masses under the radar. And if you’re a fan of a certain other popular board game, this one should feel pretty familiar.Yo, dog. Do you like Settlers of Catan? Would you like it better if instead of pioneers ‘n shit Catan was about weeeeeeeeed? Well that’s Lords of Cannabis. It’s Settlers of Catan but with weed. Not officially, of course. Other Catan spin-offs based on pirates and Star Trek proudly display their Catan brand. Lords of Cannabis simply markets itself as “the strategic game of reaping, corruption, and conquest.” But it cannot be stressed enough. This is Catan but with marijuana.Every aspect of Lords of Cannabis’s design suggests a group of friends got together, possibly while high, and joked about what a Catan clone about pot would play like. And then they made it. Instead of trying to expand the biggest community you’re trying to build the biggest drug operation with the best strains. Roads become drug tunnels. Thieves become DEA sheriffs. Towns and cities become greenhouses and plantations. Instead of wholesome sheep and wheat, players gather illicit crops and cement with their stash cards.Shamelessness aside, Catan’s formula lends itself well to this world. It makes sense for friends to tentatively work together and share resources only to backstab each other in a tabletop game about the drug economy. Much like how Catan is a good gateway game for more serious tabletop play, Lords of Cannabis is a good gateway to brutal capitalism.The games are so compatible enterprising players could probably even merge Lords of Cannabis with their Catan board with some creative tweaks. Cities costs two wheat and three ore but if you throw some seeds and water in there now you’ve got a Party City under your control. They have the most chill sheep I’ve ever seen. Call this mash-up Settlers of Catannabis, which already sounds like a Mouth Moods track. Lots of folks, including myself, already agree that Catan is a pretty fantastic game. And when’s the last time adding marijuana something made it worse? Never.Sometimes I use Game of the Year to talk at length about weird, obscure games with interesting mechanics or historical context within the rest of the industry. Other times I just like to talk about weed. Given the week, it seemed right to keep things simple. So if you know any blazed Catan fans looking for gifts besides shirts and socks, enter the dank side of Lords of Cannabis. You don’t even need to go on the Dark Web to buy it!Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 last_img read more

Fire official: Man suffers burns after suspected hash oil explosion

first_imgA man remains hospitalized after suffering burns from an explosion that fire officials suspect was caused by an attempt to extract hash oil at his Hazel Dell apartment Saturday.Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 were called to The Ridge Apartments, 6208 N.E. 17th Ave., at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday for the reported blaze.A 40-year-old man lit a cigarette that exploded some butane and propane vapors, Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Young said.The vapors were suspected to have come from the marijuana extraction process used to produce hash oil, Young said.The fire was put out by sprinklers, Young said.The man involved in the explosion suffered burns to his face and hands and remains intubated and sedated at the burn center at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Young said.Young said he still hasn’t been able to talk to the man, but witnesses provided information on what happened.The man’s apartment and the apartment below were damaged by water, Young said, causing an estimated $40,000 in damage to the structure.The American Red Cross reported it assisted one adult and two children who were affected by the fire.last_img read more

FIFA demand release of Bahraini refugee

first_imgFIFA have demanded Hakeem Al Araibi, who faces possible deportation from Thailand should be freed and allowed to return to Australia to continue his football career.Thai authorities Al Araibi arrested him on his arrival at a Bangkok airport in November, based on information from Interpol which issued by Bahrain, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.#SaveHakeem“I’m a refugee in Australia, I’m scared of the Bahraini government … They will kill me. I don’t know what’s going to happen there. My life will end if I go to Bahrain.” Hakeem Al Araibi who has been detained in Thailand. pic.twitter.com/Jrdi0AwHS3— #SanctionAustralia (@riserefugee) January 9, 2019IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.The refugee footballer was convicted of vandalizing a police station in Bahrain and was handed a 10-year prison sentence in his absence but has denied any wrongdoing.“Following a renewed exchange with the Australian Football Federation, FIFA is again calling for a humane and speedy resolution of the case concerning the player Hakeem Al Araibi,” the organisation said in a statement.“This player, a Bahrain national, is currently being detained in prison in Thailand awaiting the outcome of extradition proceedings to Bahrain, where he was previously convicted of a criminal offence, the validity of which he strongly contests,” continued the statement.“This situation should not have arisen, in particular, since Mr Al-Araibi now lives and works and plays as a professional footballer in Australia, where he has been accorded refugee status.”“FIFA is, therefore, calling on all the relevant authorities (in Bahrain, Thailand and Australia) to take the necessary steps to ensure that Mr Hakeem Al-Araibi is allowed to return safely to Australia where he can resume his career as a professional footballer.”last_img read more

Sweet How Hearsts SnapchatExclusive Brand Keeps Audiences Coming Back

first_imgWe’re not chasing the news cycle, so we make Sweet a daily must-read by introducing our audience to things they’ve never seen before that we think are so special they could inspire a new obsession. And because we’re Snapchat’s first Discover brand, we aim to use its unique interactive features in a way that makes our readers feel like Sweet is a club that belongs to them and is theirs to share, because, frankly, it is.Folio: How does having Snapchat as the exclusive distribution channel impact the content the Sweet team chooses to produce? What are some ways you tailor content specifically for a Snap audience?Rice: Because Discover is our priority, our stories are tailored to take full advantage of the platform’s creative potential, which is massive. While other brands may need to repackage existing content, our editors conceive their ideas with Discover in mind, which means the way we use copy, video, photo, and animation together is more intentional. It’s a really satisfying creative challenge and it feels relevant to the way the rest of digital media is evolving.Folio: What sorts of specific challenges are involved in crafting a content strategy that is specific to Snapchat?Rice: People first joined and loved Snapchat because it was the social media app that let you talk to your real friends, privately. There’s an irreverent spirit to it and also an inherent intimacy, so we always try to capture the mood of the app by creating content our readers would be compelled to share to their circle. We want Sweet to feel elevated, but natural, and that balance is impacted by everything from micro-level copy choices to overall art direction.Folio: What kinds of stories seem to perform particularly well? How do you generally measure that success (metrics, unique visitors, etc.)?Rice: We have a strong sense of what our readers care about, and, basically, it’s building their unique identity in the world. Sometimes that’s as small as finding a floral-printed body wash that will look pretty in your shower or figuring out how to bring the magic of a Wes Anderson set into your bedroom. Other times it’s bigger, like discovering a podcast that makes you feel less alone in your small town (like the fun, queer-culture-focused “Food 4 Thot”) or deciding whether the stick-and-poke tattoo you want is worth pissing off your parents.Like most digital publishers, we measure success by how many unique visitors we have, how long they stay, and whether they share our stories. But there are a handful of interesting things that are specific to Snapchat—like screenshots (which tend to spike on our shopping content) and the recent addition of polls and quizzes. I usually find those insights especially illuminating, because they tell us things like what our readers worry about or what their goals are or whose style they’re most obsessed with (Lorde, by a landslide, it turns out). Those results have inspired new stories multiple times.Folio: How does your role at Sweet differ from producing content for a more traditionally-oriented brand like Nylon? What similarities are there?Rice: On Discover, it’s not possible to make stories in a traditional assembly-line style. In a lot of ways, our process is more like making a movie than making a magazine—the editors write the script, and after that, they share ownership with the video, animation, photo, and design teams. The majority of our work is collaborative and the magic really happens when we’re all huddled around a screen, making sure that each of our respective parts is coming together to tell the full story.Folio: What are your plans for Sweet moving forward and evolving in the future? How do you stay on top of changes to the platform?Rice: We make a point to react to new features quickly and creatively, and there is so much we’ve learned since we started publishing that we’re eager to apply on a larger scale. We recently added a few brilliant people to our team (including art director Liz Riccardi) who will be integral to refreshing and refining our visual storytelling. Beyond that, we have lots of ambitions around brand collaborations, events, and even some experimental printed products that I’m really excited to dig into. Launched in 2015 by Hearst, Sweet is the first-ever brand to operate as a straight-to-Snapchat Discover publication. Now, almost two years later, the beauty, fashion, design and culture-focused brand is home to 20 million unique visitors a month. Newly promoted to editor and formerly deputy editor, Folio: sat down with Sweet‘s Mallory Rice on building a content strategy for a Snapchat-exclusive brand, and how her team uses engagement metrics to inspire new stories.Folio: Tell us about Sweet’s content strategy and the audience the brand is hoping to reach.Mallory Rice: We started Sweet with a simple mission: love something new every day. We cover our core topics (style, beauty, design, and culture) through that lens of discovery, which celebrates boldness and individuality. Our audience mostly comprises women in their teens and twenties and they share those values — they’re not afraid to make risky style moves and always want to put their personal spin on what’s cool.last_img read more

Unlimited streaming porn comes to Ouya

first_imgThough the Ouya has been met with negative reviews that hailed the console as more of a beta product than a finished one, and though it only has around 100 games available for now, some people will find that the Ouya is about to get a little better. SugarDVD, which is essentially Netflix but for adult films, has announced that it is launching for the little Android console.Currently, SugarDVD offers a DVD-by-mail renting option, as well as streaming options for Roku, PS3, Android, and other devices and platforms. If you really dig a film, you can also purchase it through either a digital download or a DVD option.Ouya controls its own store, so it might be surprising to know that the company would’ve approved a Netlflix-for-porn. However, a SugarDVD spokesperson, Rebecca Bolen, explains how SugarDVD gets around the approval. In a somewhat sneaky movie, the SugarDVD app can be launched through a browser. It doesn’t actually run in a browser, so it is a dedicated app, but since it can be launched through a browser, it apparently doesn’t require approval from any developer. Since Ouya will have a web browser, SugarDVD’s app should run just fine. This is also how SugarDVD is able to get onto devices like the iPad, where Apple doesn’t allow adult-based apps on its store.Yes, if you have any sort of proclivity toward the internet, you might be wondering exactly why you’d pay for porn. You could just mosey on over to a number of sites, and stream to your libido’s content. However, if SugarDVD really is Netflix’s porn equivalent, then it should in theory provide that same breadth of choice and expansive library that Netflix offers compared to internet streaming sites, and without the worry of having to commit piracy.last_img read more