From 1861-1865, the U.S. was embroiled in a Civil War between the Confederate States of America (the Confederacy) and the Federal Government (known as the Union). The tactics employed during the conflict are best understood through a series of campaigns fought in places such as Manassas, Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.According to author and historian Stephen W. Sears, the Gettysburg campaign was the largest of the war. It lasted about 3-days (July 1 – July 3 1863) and accounted for combined losses of approximately 57,000 men. One of the actions that defined this battle, and perhaps the one that ultimately determined the outcome of the entire Civil War, is known as Pickett’s Charge.So, what exactly does this history lesson have to do with cloud computing? My latest post on Data Center Knowledge draws parallels between Pickett’s Charge and my second fundamental truth of corporate cloud computing strategy: Cloud is a top-down architectural framework that binds strategy with solutions.After discussing the three levels of architecture we use at Intel, I try to impose some level of reality into the discussion by citing Pickett’s Charge as an example of a cause (think of it as a solution) that had an unforeseen effect on a broader strategy – something that’s essential to consider as you build your company’s cloud computing framework.As always, I welcome your feedback and encourage you to share your company’s experiences about how you align top-down frameworks with cloud solutions.For more information and any questions please feel free to contact me on LinkedIn.
Leander Paes on Saturday said that he is ready to partner whosoever is chosen by the selectors as “Olympics is my greatest honour.” Breaking his silence after Mahesh Bhupathi accused him of “backstabbing,” Paes said who he partners at the London Games was not the most important issue for him.The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has stuck to its decision to pair the two veterans while the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has asked for a report in the matter.”Winning a medal at the Atlanta Olympics is the most cherished memory I have in my tennis career. To play for our flag, and represent India for the sixth time at the Olympics, is my greatest honour. I will, as I always have in the past, put my best foot forward,” said Paes.Paes, India’s top doubles player ranked seventh in the world, refused to react to Mahesh Bhupathi’s stinging statements. “I have no reaction to the recent statements made by Mahesh Bhupathi to the media.I have always maintained that I will play with whoever the selection committee and AITA choose and this continues to be my stand,” Paes said.The 38-year-old player, who had the right to state his preference of partner for the Games, made it clear that he wanted to play with Rohan Bopanna, but said he would not mind combining with his estranged partner Bhupathi. “When asked by the AITA, I expressed my preference to play with Rohan Bopanna as my partner in the Olympics 2012, based on his physical fitness and big serve.”advertisementThe issue of India’s tennis entry for the London Olympics snowballed into a row after AITA chose Paes and Bhupathi as India’s sole representatives in men’s doubles.Bhupathi, who paired up with Bopanna in January with the London Olympics in mind, has maintained that he will not partner Paes as he and Bopanna have qualified as a pair.”It does not help to shoot one’s mouth off like this,” Rohit Rajpal, one of the selectors told Mail Today, on the outburst by Bhupathi and Bopanna. “They should have shown a bit more maturity, discuss things and think about the country. People do come together to rise to the occasion. We thought about all options before taking this decision. As of now, we do not know how it will unfold. We hope things calm down and they will think a little bit.”Asked about their options if Bhupathi refuses to change his stance, Rajpal said “We can then ask Bopanna to partner Leander.AITA chief Anil Khanna said that the federation will stand by its decision. “If Bhupathi expects AITA would buckle under pressure and refuses to pair up with Paes, he should know that it will not happen,” he said.”It will have to be Leander and Mahesh. Olympics is a different ball game and tougher than a Grand Slam and wealth of experience that the duo has would keep them in good stead in crunch and pressure situation”.Meanwhile, IOA supremo VK Malhotra has asked for a report on the issue. “Tennis is one of the sports which can fetch us a medal in the Olympics,” Malhotra told Mail Today. “I have asked Anil Khanna for a report which he has promised to give in a day or two. We will have to look at all the possibilities like whether we can send one team or two.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The senior guard fired nine of his 22 points in the payoff period, to go with four rebounds, four assists, and a steal in the win.“During our last huddle, coach was telling us that this is for JP (Nieles). He gave his all and that happened, so we didn’t let this game go,” shared Estrella as the team dedicated the win to their teammate JP Nieles, who hurt his left knee with 5:16 left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMapua faced a 64-57 deficit halfway through the fourth quarter, but Estrella scored seven of the Cardinals’ last 11 points, none bigger than his go-ahead trey at the top of the key with 20.6 seconds to go to give his side a 74-71 lead.GJ Ylagan tried to tie the game, but his trey went in-and-out, which led to Leo Gabo scoring the dagger layup with 10.6 ticks on the clock. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christian Buñag chimed in 19 markers and 14 boards, while Laurenz Victoria got 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Mapua.The Cardinals moved up to ninth place in the team standings with their 3-12 card.Perpetual suffered its fifth straight defeat and fell down to 4-11 in the battle of also-rans.Ylagan topped the Altas with 22 points and six rebounds, while Keith Pido got 18 markers and six boards.Prince Eze tallied 15 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Mapua’s Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith nothing to lose, Mapua pulled off a 76-71 stunner over Perpetual to nab its first streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Andoy Estrella once again didn’t shy away from the spotlight, drilling the game-tying floater and the go-ahead trey in the final minute to hand the Cardinals their third win in 15 games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The Scores:MAPUA 76 – Estrella 22, Buñag 19, Victoria 14, Aguirre 9, Gabo 6, Raflores 6, Jimenez 0, Nieles 0, Orquina 0, Pelayo 0.PERPETUAL 71 – Ylagan 22, Pido 18, Eze 15, Sadiwa 5, Yuhico 5, Lucente 4, Dagangon 2, Clemente 0, Coronel 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0.Quarters: 22-17, 38-42, 55-55, 76-71. NU, UP dominate their way to finals berths in UAAP badminton MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups
Unmukt Chand clobbered the Haryana bowlers in the final session with an unbeaten 48 off 52 balls as Delhi inched closer to an outright victory in their Ranji Trophy Group A encounter on Saturday. At stumps on day three, Delhi were 69 for no loss chasing a target of 224 with Unmukt hitting nine fours and a huge six over long on off Jayant Yadav.Skipper Gautam Gambhir gave him company on 18 as Delhi need 155 runs on the final day with all 10 wickets intact. Earlier, left-arm spinner Manan Sharma’s 6/105 saw Haryana get all out for 265 in 93.4 overs.Virender Sehwag looked good during his innings of 51 off 88 balls with eight fours before he was caught at first slip by former opening partner Gambhir off Manan’s bowling. The typical Kotla pitch, where lot of balls kept low, suited Manan’s style of bowling as he had match haul of 11 wickets in the game.With Ishant Sharma ruled out due to a hamstring injury, Manan had to take a lot of workload as he bowled 40.4 overs in the innings. With Parvinder Awana being rendered ineffective, Ishant’s absence was felt even more as Haryana set a decent total on a tricky surface.But Unmukt’s robust approach turned tide in Delhi’s favour.Brief Scores: Haryana: 196 & 265 (Virender Sehwag 51; Manan Sharma 6/105). Delhi: 237 & 69/0 (Unmukt Chand 48 batting)Services beat J&KLegspinner Muzzaffaruddin Khalid (7 for 61) sizzled with a seven-wicket haul as Services thrashed Jammu and Kashmir by nine wickets to grab six points in their Group C Ranji Trophy match in Jammu on Friday. Resuming their first innings at 152 for 4, Services were all out for 229 in 66.4 overs, taking a 144-run lead. For J&K, Rohit Sharma (4 for 55) and Umar Nazir (4 for 75) took four-wicket hauls to help their team.advertisementBrief Score: Jammu & Kashmir: 85 & 161 allout in 53.5 overs (SP Khajuria 51; M Khalid 7/61) Services 229 & 18/1 (3.3 ov)Services 229 all out in 66.4 overs (Y Singh 66; R Sharma 4/55) & 18/1 in 3.3 overs (S Chatterjee 10 not out; R Sharma 1/1)Manan Vohra ton puts Punjab on topManan Vohra hit his second first class hundred and skipper Yuvraj Singh was closing on his 24th as Punjab made a solid reply to Gujarat’s first innings by ending the day at 434 for 5. It was tremendous batting effort by the hosts as courtesy a collective batting show, Punjab are now set to walk away with first innings lead. They are trailing Gujarat by just 33 runs.Vohra scored 104 that came off 229 balls with 13 boundaries. He was scalped by Romesh Powar. Vohra’s overnight partner Uday Kaul was dismissed for 78 by spinner Rujul Bhatt. But there was no respite for the Gujarat bowlers as Mandeep Singh (63) and Yuvraj raised a 118-run stand for the fourth wicket.Brief Scores: Gujarat 1st innings 467 all out in 139.1 overs. Punjab 1st innings 434 for 5 in 127 overs. (M Vohra 104, Yuvraj 85 batting; R Bhatt 3/118).Jharkhand eye win against KeralaJharkhand looked to post an outright win against Kerala after setting a huge target of 317 runs and then reducing the hosts to 71 for one on the third day of their Ranji Trophy Group C tie on Saturday. Kerala need 246 runs for victory on the final day on Sunday with nine wickets in hand.Brief scores: Jharkhand: 202 & 262 (Ishan Kishan 58; KS Monish 5/66) Kerala: 148 & 71/1 (Akshay Kodoth batting 37).
I get some pretty strange pitches as a blogger. This one caught my attention: A music video about nutrition labels aimed at tweens. As parent of a tween, I started worrying the second I started reading the pitch. A “viral video?” For “Tweens?” About “nutrition labels?” Uh-oh.Then I saw the lyrics:Intro Verse:Everybody wants a simple wayTo maintain a healthy weightAnd we all want to get the most nutrition out of what we eat.There are no magic answers but there is one powerful tool we often overlookThe Nutrition Facts Label.I tested the video with my own Tween, who fell onto her bed laughing hysterically. I don’t think that was the intention. And by the way, last I checked, she wasn’t grocery shopping or eating a school lunch that came with nutrition labels. Is this the number one way to get her to eat healthy? She thought it was a joke. I said it wasn’t. Then she wanted to know: “Why does this video have old people buying things?” When I tried to explain the apparent purpose of this video, she said, “Why does reading a label make you healthy? You have to actually understand nutrition and change what you eat for that to work.”By the way, she can be receptive to messages on nutrition. She loved the documentary Supersize Me and after watching it, she never ate McDonald’s again.When people’s health, well-being and survival is at stake, we need to do our job extraordinarily well. That means doing the hard work of understanding how to truly connect to others and compel them to action. Putting finger-wagging, irrelevant information to a beat is not marketing. It’s malpractice.
Gaming World Cup glory and nearly 1,000 career goals – here’s why Romario is a PES Legend! Goal 00:30 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gaming Videos Goal have teamed up with Konami to unveil a host of world football’s greatest former players. The final player in the series is Romario Born and raised in a Rio de Janeiro suburb, the Brazilian began with nothing but go on to take it all.After beginning his career with prolific spells with Vasco da Gama in Brazil, then PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Romario headed to Spain to join the mighty Barcelona.He would score a staggering 30 league goals at for the Catalan club in 1993-94 and go on to hit almost 1,000 across his astonishing career. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Five of them arrived in USA in 1994 as fired Brazil to the World Cup title, taking the golden ball as the competition’s best player. And later that year he would be officially recognised by as the greatest on the planet – becoming the first Brazilian to be named World Player of the Year.The great Johann Cruyff labelled the little man “the greatest player I have coached.”While former France international Thierry Henry insists Romario “reinvented the centre-forward position.His glittering career was recognised around the globe as he was twice named in the top two players in world football.And now you can play as Romario in Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 – as one of many real-life legends available to play with in the game.Romario is available on PES Club Manager 2018 until April 2. Download now!
One of my favorite things to do every week is to peruse Mike Gundy’s Monday presser quotes to see what kind of gems got buried in the avalanche of Spencer Sanders and Chuba Hubbard news.Because Gundy is a character — for which I am (and this business is) grateful — some of the throwaway quotes take on a more hilarious tone. There’s more weight and more humor there because Gundy has been around so long and because we feel like we know him or at the very least we know the caricature of him.One example of this is when he goes down the parental advice path. Part of the reason for this is because, well, I’m a parent. The other is because it’s always enjoyable to think about this mulleted man who once wore zip-away ski pants to coach Bedlam in (#neverforget) parenting three kids of his own in a home I’m sure he often feels like he’s lost control of.Anyway, he talked this week about how Sean Gleeson is acclimating to FBS ball and how that’s actually a lot like being a parent for the first time.“I thought he was good,” Gundy said.Sean, your thoughts?“There’s a difference between being emotional and being erratically emotional and out of control. He gets emotional during football games. It’s like parenting.”Go on.“When you’re raising your first kid, you get emotional when they do things wrong and you overreact. Then you come back later and you’re like, ‘That wasn’t worth all that.’”This is quite true.“You’re better off just chilling and then teaching them after a while. Coaching is the same thing. Sean gets excited but then he can get right back into it and focus; some coaches go and lose their marbles, but he doesn’t.”I loved all of this, and I think it says a lot about Gleeson. He was, uh, clearly jacked up during the Texas game last week so to hear Gundy say he could get it all back together quickly is encouraging.One of the biggest (fairest) frustrations of the Mike Yurcich era was in-game adjustments. I don’t know if that was because of emotions or something else — and I also don’t want to crown Gleeson after he handed it to Chuba 203 times in a row for 3.3 yards a pop in Austin — but I did enjoy the comp and am generally excited about the Gleeson era.Not the Gundy + Gleeson era … but the Gleeson + Gleeson era. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
Wendy Williams greeted holiday shoppers on Wednesday with a sexy appeal to cross fur off their lists as she unveiled her “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” ad in Times Square to launch PETA’s national winter campaign.The campaign includes two versions of Williams’ ad, in which she is covered by nothing but long, flowing hair.“We should all try to be comfortable in our own skin and let the animals keep theirs,” says Williams, who once wore real mink and fox but had a change of heart after learning how animals are electrocuted, beaten, and even skinned alive for their fur.In addition to her ad, Williams will encourage her viewers to donate their fur coats to PETA so that they can be given to the homeless. PETA is working with shelters in Williams’ home state of New Jersey on their coat drives this winter, which have seen greater demand as the numbers of the needy and displaced have increased after Hurricane Sandy.Williams joins a growing list of stars — including Eva Mendes, Christy Turlington, and Taraji P. Henson — who have renounced fur and then volunteered to appear in PETA’s iconic naked campaign.
TORONTO – Ikea and A&W are the latest big chains to join the war against single-use plastics, with each promising to limit waste production amid a growing public outcry over pollution.Ikea said Friday it would eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws, plates, cups, freezer bags, garbage bags and plastic-coated paper plates and cups.And A&W Canada said it wanted to be the first fast food chain in North America to eliminate plastic straws with a plan to stop using them by the end of the year.The company says it will offer compostable paper straws instead. The move is expected to keep 82 million plastic straws out of landfills each year.Christine Ball of the Ecobusiness Network, which helps businesses reduce their environmental footprint, says shifting to more eco-conscious practices is an increasing concern for many companies.And she says moves by large players like Ikea and A&W can have a big impact on the broader sector.“When you start talking about something small like straws then you start to rethink the entire industry — you start rethinking how you’re using plastics overall,” says Ball, based in Whitby, Ont.“The general public and business (both) start to rethink: ‘OK, where else am I using these single-use plastics in my life where I don’t need to be?’”And it doesn’t stop with plastic, she adds.Ball points to a growing interest in the circular economy, in which manufacturing involves recycled materials and waste is eliminated or reused elsewhere. She points to one member company that produces a lot of cork waste, and efforts by the network to connect it to other organizations that grind cork to make cork floors.“Businesses are looking for new solutions as far as waste is concerned. Plastic is a part of it but businesses in our area that we talk to, they’re looking at an overall solution: ‘How do we deal with my organics? How do I deal with my plastics? My paper and my trash?’ I think that the plastics is amazing but it is just the tip of the iceberg.”Indeed, there have been an array of anti-plastic pledges in recent months: hotels including the Marriott and Holiday Inn Express have dumped their complimentary tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles in favour of larger containers that are attached to the bathroom wall; Montreal became the largest Canadian municipality to ban single-use plastic bags earlier this week, and Prince Edward Island is gearing up to become to the first province to do the same.Ikea Canada’s head of sustainability says the company hasn’t determined what alternatives it will offer to single-use plastics, which will also be phased out from customer and co-worker restaurants, bistros, and cafes by the end of 2019.But when Ikea committed to offering only LED lighting, he notes that forced the supply chain to come up with solutions quickly.“We’re hopeful that the commitment that we’re making around the single use plastics will actually encourage others to join us in this journey and then the suppliers that we work with, they can innovate or bring new products to market that will help us fulfil these ambitions,” says Brendan Seale.“In part, it’s an effort to shift the industry, and I think we have an opportunity and the ability to do that based on our scale. And if other large companies can do the same, then I think we’ll see fairly rapid movement on this.”He says Ikea is keen to join the circular economy by looking at new ways to work with renewable and recycled materials, and prolong the life of its products.Seale says Ikea has already taken some steps towards that: its Tanum woven rug is made from off-cuts from production of bed linens; the PS vase is made from the broken glass from production of other Ikea products; and a black matte cabinet door called Kungsbacka is made from recycled wood and PET plastic bottles.That’s important to consumers like Sophi Robertson of Toronto, who has been striving to produce zero waste since 2016.“I try to avoid a lot of the bigger chains but at the same time I try to also support (them) when I see that they’re making those kinds of changes,” says the 39-year-old Robertson, who estimates her family has produced one grocery bag of garbage in the past five months.“I think the big companies are the ones that kind of have to be the leaders in making these changes happen so that everyone else can follow.”
Rabat – The Spanish political party Podemos has called on authorities in Spain to take the “necessary procedures” to stop the repatriation of 23 unaccompanied minors to Morocco, El Pais reported.The political party submitted a letter to the ombudsman, who must appear “in the Office of Children Prosecutor and the Central Alien Police Station” to check details of the procedure and to ensure the minors’ rights are respected.The Save the Children NGO also sent a letter to the Ministry of the Interior, the government, and the ombudsman, condemning the planned repatriation. The letter, according to the Spanish news outlet, asked that the deportation be abolished unless the children’s rights to security and welfare is guaranteed in Morocco. Earlier this week, the Spanish and Moroccan government agreed on the initial phase of a program to repatriate unaccompanied Moroccan minors.El Pais reported that the Child Prosecution Office in Madrid summoned 23 minors for a Moroccan delegation to interview.Read also: ‘The Need Is High:’ The Rabat Migrant Center Pope Francis Will VisitIn addition to Save the Children and Podemos, several other associations and NGOs condemned the new joint repatriation measure. The Spanish Network of Immigration and Refugee Aid tweeted a call that “the process of deportation be stopped immediately.”The network described the move as “unfair and illegal.”The measure is in line with an agreement Morocco and Spain signed in March 2013 to improve border surveillance and readmission of undocumented migrants.Podemos is also known for opposing Morocco’s territorial integrity by supporting the separatist claims of the Polisario Front over Western Sahara.
DALLAS — Boeing says it will take a $4.9 billion charge to cover possible compensation to airlines whose Max jets remain grounded after two deadly accidents.Boeing said Thursday that the after-tax charge will cause a $5.6 billion reduction in revenue and pre-tax earnings for the April-through-June quarter. Boeing is scheduled to report financial results next week.Airlines around the world have cancelled thousands of flights since March, when regulators grounded the Boeing 737 Max and the company suspended deliveries of new jets.Boeing is also raising its estimate of Max production costs by $1.7 billion because production will be reduced longer than expected.It’s unclear when the plane will fly again. Boeing is working on fixing flight-control software implicated in crashes that killed 346 people.David Koenig, The Associated Press
United Nations officials today told a meeting in Nepal on HIV/AIDS that the disease was “stalking” South Asians and warned that the region had only a narrow window of opportunity for turning back the epidemic.”South Asia stands at what epidemiologists call the ‘tipping point’ in the trajectory of disease,” Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told the audience in Kathmandu. “Despite generally low prevalence levels, it is the most-affected region in the world, after sub-Saharan Africa, in terms of numbers of people living with HIV/AIDS.”Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), said immediate action could prevent at least 5 million new HIV infections by 2010, and successfully begin to turn back the epidemic in the South Asia region. “Delay in preventing the further spread of HIV/AIDS will only aggravate the epidemic and reverse South Asia’s expected economic and social progress,” he added.The meeting, organized by the two UN agencies under the theme, “Accelerating the momentum in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Asia,” brought together ministers, parliamentarians, religious leaders, young people and people living with HIV/AIDS from the region to chart the course for South Asia’s battle against the pandemic.At the conclusion of the two-day meeting today, participants were expected to adopt “The Kathmandu Call Against HIV/AIDS in South Asia: accelerating actions and results,” which will reiterate the commitment already made for the immediate implementation of a broader HIV/AIDS care and prevention agenda.As in many other parts of the world, it is the region’s young people who are particularly vulnerable, the two UN agencies noted. At the 2001 General Assembly Special Session on AIDS, the governments of South Asia joined other world leaders in pledging that at least 90 per cent of young people will have access to HIV prevention education by 2005. Although there are many examples in the region of communities mobilizing to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, recent surveys show that that South Asia is far from achieving that goal. According to UNAIDS, at the end of 2001, 4.1 million people in the region were living with the disease.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned against culling wild birds in cities in countries affected by bird flu, saying this could distract attention from the campaign to contain the disease among poultry in the battle against the virus that could spark a potentially lethal human pandemic. “This is unlikely to make any significant contribution to the protection of humans against avian influenza,” FAO senior officer responsible for infectious animal diseases Juan Lubroth said of reports that wild birds were being killed in Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam as a precautionary measure. “There are other, much more important measures to be considered that deserve priority attention. Fighting the disease in poultry must remain the main focus of attention,” he added. “Wild bird species found in and around cities are different from the wetland waterfowl that have been identified as carriers of the avian influenza virus.” The Agency has previously warned that the H5N1 strain that has hit several Asian countries is likely to be carried over long distances along the flyways of wild water birds to the Middle East, Europe, South Asia and Africa, with the potential to trigger a global human pandemic.“Controlling the virus in poultry is the most effective way by which the likelihood of the bird flu virus acquiring human-to-human transmissibility can be reduced,” Mr. Lubroth said.Ever since the first human case of H5N1, linked to widespread poultry outbreaks in Viet Nam and Thailand, was reported in January last year, UN health officials have warned that the virus could evolve into a human pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily between people. The so-called Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-1920 is estimated to have killed from 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. Overall, there have been 132 reported human H5N1 cases, 68 of them fatal, all in South-East and East Asia. Some 150 million domestic birds have died or been culled in an effort to curb the spread.FAO, along with the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the inter-governmental World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), has recommend a series of measures to fight the virus, including improved veterinary services, emergency preparedness plans, and control campaigns such as culling infected animals, vaccination and compensation for farmers to encourage them to report outbreaks.
The United Nations labour agency is calling for lifting restrictions on movement, employment and economic activity in the occupied Arab territories to boost opportunities for decent work and to enable the Palestinian economy to grow. In its annual report on the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories, which was presented today in Geneva, the International Labour Organization (ILO) cites a number of factors for the fiscal crisis in Palestine. These include the ongoing failure of donors to meet their commitments, the decision of Israel to suspend, at least temporarily, the payment of clearance revenues, as well as the pace of settlement growth. “This situation calls for measures by Israel not only to relax the application of restrictions on people and businesses but to lift them altogether, thus enabling the Palestinian economy to grow and generate decent jobs,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder says in his preface to the report. “The continuing occupation and expanding settlement activity are blocking the Palestinian economy, particularly its private sector, from significant progress,” he adds. The current situation will remain unsustainable until it is based on social justice. According to the ILO, the Palestinian economy is grappling with stagnating growth, higher unemployment and poverty and food dependency. The number of unemployed Palestinians rose by 15.3 per cent between 2011 and 2012, with the unemployment rate reaching 23 per cent. The situation is “particularly acute” in Gaza, where unemployment has reached 31 per cent and is almost 50 per cent amongst women, the agency said in a news release.It adds that 18.4 per cent of young Palestinians were neither in the labour force nor in education, including 31.4 per cent of young women. “These bleak indicators point to a clear need to develop large-scale programmes to support the school-to-work transition, such as a youth employment guarantee scheme,” says ILO.Excessive restrictions, which are economically and socially unproductive, are harming both Palestinian and Israeli business activities and any prospects for growth led by the private sector, it adds. While last year’s report warned of a dangerous political stalemate, there had still been, at that time, some advances in terms of economic growth, employment, social dialogue and gender equality in the Palestinian labour market, Mr. Ryder says. “The momentum for growth, already fragile at the time, has now come to a halt, and a fiscal crisis is turning into an economic and social crisis,” he adds.The report says that any effort to maintain a perceived status quo, in effect, promotes or at least permits “a further dangerous deterioration of the situation.” “At the very least, nothing should be done to make the situation worse,” says Mr. Ryder. “Denying rightful resources to the Palestinian Authority, stepping up the already unprecedented pace of settlement growth and constraining the Palestinian economy through restrictions and the weight of the settlements, will inevitably destroy any belief in the promise of two States for two peoples.“Instead,” he states, “together with genuine negotiations, what is needed is action to revive the flagging peace process and restore economic growth.”The report also points out that work in settlements remains largely unregulated and is open to abuse. The State Comptroller and Ombudsman of Israel had recently criticized the Israeli authorities for slow action in ensuring the inspection of wages, occupational safety and health, and social insurance for all settlement workers, including Palestinians.“All workers, irrespective of their place and form of employment, must be treated with dignity and respect for their fundamental rights, and must have effective access to remedies in the event of violations,” Mr. Ryder states.The ILO is currently hosting the 102nd session of the International Labour Conference, which opened on 30 May and runs through 14 June.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Claim 4: Sterling fall highlights future economic difficultiesMr Blair said the pound’s decline in value was proof that “we are going to be poorer”. The latest figures suggest it has been great news for UK exporters, particularly for those who want to trade outside of Europe.The Office for National Statistics noted that exports of goods rose by £2.1bn to £26.8bn in October, the highest level since records began, while exports to non-EU countries jumped to a record £14.4bn.Claim 5: Getting a deal will take yearsThe Brexit negotiations “could take years”, Mr Blair estimated. Given that Britain will have two years to strike a deal with the EU after triggering Article 50, he is correct. Claim 6: The Brexit vote was not about laws, but immigration“No one would seriously argue that the European Court of Justice alone provides a reason for leaving Europe,” Mr Blair said. “Immigration is the issue.” That is not what a post-referendum poll by Lord Ashcroft of over 12,000 people found. The top reason Leave voters gave for backing Brexit was not immigration, but because “decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK”.Claim 7: Brexit risks breaking up the UKIndependence for Scotland, Mr Blair said, is “back on the table” but “much more credible” due to the Brexit process. The Scottish people disagree, as every poll since Theresa May entered Downing Street has found that they would vote to reject it.Claim 8: Philip Hammond said leaving the Single Market would be ‘catastrophic’The Chancellor was not speaking about ending Britain’s membership of the Single Market, which is the Government’s plan, but about the risk of losing “access” to it. The US, China, Japan and South Korea aren’t members, yet have little trouble trading with the EU.Claim 9: The people do not want a second referendumMr Blair started out by saying “right now there is no widespread appetite to re-think”.On this he is right, as the latest polls show that the British people remain keen to get on with Brexit. The British people voted to leave the European Union due to “imperfect knowledge”, according to Tony Blair, but the former Prime Minister made several imperfect claims of his own.Claim 1: Britain benefits from EU enlargement.Mr Blair called EU enlargement one of the “great achievements of British diplomacy of the last decades”. But his failure to impose controls on migrants – as most EU states did – meant that migration from Eastern Europe ballooned.Claim 2: Britain is worried about non-EU migration, not EU migration.“For many people, the core immigration question… is immigration from non-European countries,” according to Mr Blair. In fact, Britons are concerned about EU and non-EU immigration alike, as The Migration Observatory at Oxford University has noted.Claim 3: Britain gains from being in the single marketThe “enormous benefit” Britain gets as part of the single market includes “billions of pounds of wealth, hundreds of thousands of jobs and major investment opportunities”, Mr Blair said.His claim is based on estimates of how many jobs depend on Britain’s trade with the EU, not on its membership of the single market. One of the academics behind this research previously told the Telegraph that it would be “a false perspective” to suggest these jobs would disappear after Brexit.Also, the European Commission admitted in 2007 that the volume of foreign direct investment had been on the decline for years as the market was “losing its attractiveness”.
As public scrutiny over the mining sector’s use of water continues to grow amid global shortages, Weir Minerals has issued its own guide on how to optimise the dewatering component of a mine site.“Water is critical for every mine site, it’s used for minerals processing to dust suppression and slurry transport, and without it the entire operation would stop,” Weir said. “Every mine site faces a different challenge with water; it’s either scarce, or in excess and causing an issue.”A comprehensive, reliable and flexible dewatering plan is essential to ensuring there is a steady supply of process water throughout the site, according to Weir. Conversely, the removal of excess water from working areas to allow excavation to continue while safeguarding the operators and maintaining productivity also requires a dewatering plan.Ian Ross, Global Product Manager for Dewatering at Weir Minerals, said: “There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to dewatering. It can be an expensive and complex challenge, which is why we deliver bespoke strategies that are cost effective and manageable.“At Weir Minerals our strength lies in our engineering and project management capabilities. We have the knowledge, expertise and range of equipment to optimise the entire dewatering component of a site.”Major considerations for any dewatering projectWeather and environmentEach site’s dewatering requirements vary and present unique challenges, with environmental and geological considerations, as well as local climatic variations.Differences in weather conditions and environmental changes can have a significant effect on an operation. The challenges operators face with water will change from region to region.“From the outback of Australia where water is scarce, the recovery of water is desperately required compared to the tropical climates of Brazil, where open pits rapidly fill with water, or sub-zero (-50°C) arctic operations in northern Canada that operate year-round – they all require effective water management systems,” Weir said. “Every site, in every country, experiences varying issues with water management and requires a strong partner to support them, whatever the issue.”Ross said: “We have extensive experience helping either open-pit or underground mine sites with their water management challenges. From designing and implementing a unified, fully-automated dewatering system in Czech Republic to delivering a dewatering system to withstand high wind speeds and tropical storms in Africa, we rarely meet a challenge we cannot overcome.”There are also a number of factors affecting the dewatering system, from the permeability and porosity of the ground, the amount of surface water, and geological features such as seasonal rainfall.All of these must all be assessed and factored into a detailed dewatering system before work can begin, Weir said. The dewatering system put in place must be able to cope with this to provide a safe solution and minimise production delays.What’s in the water?The composition of water being moved has a notable impact on the equipment and materials used, according to Weir. “The pH range, temperature, corrosive and abrasive content all play a critical role in selecting the equipment to transport water effectively. The presence of solids in the water, the specific gravity, size distribution and content percentage will determine the type of pumps required.”Equally, the pipework and valves are also subject to corrosion and abrasion from the products handled and must be designed accordingly, the company said.“For every dewatering project, it’s important the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) understands the environment before developing the strategy, to deliver the optimal solution,” Weir said.“The pitfalls of over- or under-sized equipment include excessive energy use, high cost investment and maintenance and also risk to equipment and personnel, as well as lost production in the case of insufficient capacity.”Cameron Murphy, Regional Director of Dewatering for Weir Minerals, said the company has a range of flexible solutions that allow it to use several types of pumping equipment, from self-primed diesel driven, submersibles, vertical turbine and multi-stage to high-wall pump designs for sites that have limited access due to high-sided mine pits.“Our development of sophisticated pontoon and barge designs allows our equipment to float out over water bodies for easier access. All designs are rigorously tested and include safety features to help prevent risk to operators. Each of our pontoons is designed with a fully-tested anchoring system and can be customised for extreme weather conditions,” he said.Waste not, want notWith depleting ore grades around the world, there is an emphasis on turning waste into energy, and the dewatering process is no different. Weir Minerals produces equipment which not only dewaters mine sites, but also enables the operator to recycle and re-use back through the plant, it said.Weir said: “Reclaiming process water for reuse is an increasing demand from operators as it can help overcome the issue of water scarcity, and ensure the operation is gaining maximum use of its resources. Weir Minerals has successfully partnered with a number of customers around the world to make this happen.”There are multiple ways in which Weir can help its customers reclaim water from their tailings and re-use it throughout the mine site, according to Ross. “From pump house systems to innovative and customised barge solutions, we find a solution that is right for the customer. These options can be complex, and we work with the customer to educate them on how the systems work and showcase the benefits, it’s a collaborative approach,” he said.More than just equipment“Operators usually rely on multiple OEMs for dewatering projects; a labour intensive task dealing with different providers and ensuring a solution comes together in a streamlined process,” Weir said.“Weir Minerals can remove this headache by project managing the entire dewatering solution, utilising products from our extensive dewatering range. This involves a thorough assessment of the requirements of the site, including the mine plan, operating depths, and existing infrastructure, as well as required water in-flow.”Ross concluded: “We provide a resilient process against the backdrop of increasingly difficult conditions in which many of our customers operate. What we deliver is an optimal dewatering plan, backed up by recommendation for regular equipment maintenance to keep unscheduled stoppages to a minimum.”
Nasa may be filled with scientists capable of putting man into space, but its IT department leaves a lot to be desired.As with all companies and organizations, PCs need replacing and old hardware discarded. In the case of Nasa, it was selling off PCs as operations for the space shuttle program start to wind down. The only problem being no one removed the sensitive data contained on the hard drives.AdChoices广告Policies are in place to ensure nothing confidential ever leaves Nasa premises, but those policies were not being followed by staff. In total 10 PCs were sold containing sensitive information, and a further 4 contained information restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations that were about to be sold.The problem stems from the checks done on each machine before being allowed to leave Nasa. The PCs were failing the checks, but no one was stopping them from being sold anyway.Hackers would also have a field day with a large batch of other machines (in the dozens) which still had details of network access printed on the side of the case. All those machines were in the process of being put up for sale.A PDF document entitled “A Review of NASA’s Disposition of Information Technology Equipment” goes into a lot more detail regarding the matter, which summarizes that there are:Significant weaknesses in the sanitization and disposal processes for IT equipment at four NASA Centers – Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers and Ames and Langley Research Centers. Read more at BBC News, via EngadgetMatthew’s OpinionSo the policies and procedures are in place, but the machines are not being wiped, or action taken when testing is carried out and they fail. That’s sounds like a staff problem to me. Why aren’t the people in charge of such duties not doing their job properly? It’s strange that it isn’t just one center, though. That also suggests a lack of training for staff across the board on how to deal with data.No doubt Nasa, who has been embarrassed by this, will now ensure new checks are put in place and staff are either retrained or taken out of those positions. If I had to guess I’d say the job of checking data had been removed has fallen to someone with no idea what they are checking for and ended up just running the check and letting everything through.
Luxury cars Coupes BMW Smell smoke? Best to get the car to a dealer. BMW Thousands of BMW 1 Series owners will find a recall letter in their mailboxes in the near future. The German luxury car maker will recall 41,981 1 Series models for bad wiring that may cause a fire.Per the documents filed with NHTSA, the affected 1 Series cars come from the 2008-2012 model years. Breaking the numbers down, 22,188 recalled cars are 128i and 135i coupes, while the 19,793 other models are 128i and 135i convertibles. BMW estimates 1% of the recalled cars house the faulty wiring but owners will need to bring their cars to a BMW dealership to make sure there isn’t a fire risk.The issue is a blower-regulator wiring harness that may have connectors at the end of the harness covered in tin rather than silver. If the car features tin connectors, corrosion may occur at the blower-regulator connection. The blower-regulator system is responsible for controlling fan speed in the 1 Series’ heating and air conditioning system.If the wiring corrodes, high electrical currents could increase the temperature and cause damage to additional wiring, lead to short circuits and potentially cause enough heat to melt the plastic blower-regulator surround and start a fire. Owners may notice a plastic and burning smell inside the car if overheating occurs. Additionally, the heat or air conditioning may stop working.For vehicles that do feature the bad connectors, BMW will install a new component free of charge. If the problem has affected or damaged any other system, those will be taken care of along with the recall campaign at no additional charge as well. For owners who made repairs outside of the warranty, BMW’s reimbursement program may cover previous out-of-pocket costs. Look for those recalls to start arriving on Sept. 27. Recalls BMW Share your voice BMW’s iDrive tech is better than ever in the 2019 X5 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Now playing: Watch this: BMW 1 Series lets you use your phone as a key 0 Post a comment Tags More From Roadshow 5:13 37 Photos
Share APThis photo posted on the Instagram account of Nikolas Cruz shows weapons lying on a bed. Cruz was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, the day after opening fire with a semi-automatic weapon in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Instagram via AP)AR-15s are the semi-automatic version of the M-16 assault rifle.Its bullets can cause devastating wounds and have been the weapon of choice for mass shooters from the Pulse nightclub to Sutherland Springs, Texas, and, most recently, Parkland, Florida.In Texas and many other states, it’s easier to buy an AR-15 than a 9 millimeter handgun.That’s because you have to be at least 21 to buy a handgun, while AR-15s can be sold to people 18 and up. And before Texas’ open carry law went into effect in January 2016, handguns could not be carried openly, while AR-15s and other rifles could.Melissa Hamilton, who teaches criminal law at the University of Surrey in England, said that’s because they’re grouped with other long arms that are used for hunting. “So one of the reasons that there had been historically very few regulations is because of those legitimate purposes,” she said.Lawmakers put restrictions on handguns in the 20th century, Hamilton said, because they were often used in crimes.AR-15s are actually not practical for hunting, she said, because they would essentially “blow up” the animal.Some of our listeners took issue with that idea. There has been previous reporting reflecting that the rifle was actually first marketed as “superb” for hunting.Federally licensed arms dealers have to conduct a background check before selling any firearm to someone, but private sellers – including those at certain gun shows – are exempted from that requirement.This article has been edited to correct some misinformation and clear up confusion.
‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Stay on target San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), one of the top culture conventions of the year, is known for revealing new TV and movie trailers to attendees.The event, which is taking place in San Diego from July 18 to July 21, is showcasing footage from upcoming sequels, such as Top Gun: Maverick, and new developments, including Netflix’s dark animated fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.From Paramount Pictures’ It Chapter Two to HBO’s Watchmen, here are the top film, TV, and animated series trailers you can watch from SDCC 2019.Rick and MortyRick and Morty, a sci-fi animated comedy that follows a mad scientist and his grandson on crazy adventures, is returning to Adult Swim for its fourth season in November…*Ominous beeping noise*Fear the Walking DeadSeason 5 of Fear the Walking Dead is almost done, and the series released an exclusive trailer at SDCC that showed what’s to come for the surviving squad. Fear the Walking Dead returns to AMC on Aug. 11.Van HelsingVanessa Helsing, a relative of vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is the lead protagonist of Van Helsing Season 4. The series, which will premiere on SyFy this fall, promises a lot of blood, gore, and rituals.The ExpanseThe Expanse, Amazon Prime Video’s eerie sci-fi show, teases intergalactic battles for Season 4, which will debut on the streaming service in December. When Earth, Mars, and the Belt struggle for power after the Ring Gates open to new planets, everything might fall apart at the seams.Star Trek: PicardSir Patrick Stewart is reprising his role as the Starfleet officer and former Enterprise captain Picard in Star Trek: Picard, a new series coming to CBS All Access in 2020.WestworldWestworld is welcoming a new face (Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul) and moving to a futuristic world for Season 3. Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, and Tessa Thompson are also starring in the series, which is returning to HBO in 2020.Star Trek: Short TreksStar Trek: Short Treks is coming to CBS All Access this fall: Ethan Peck (Spock) and Rebecca Romijn (Number One) and Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) are returning to the U.S.S. Enterprise for this mini-series’ six new shorts.WatchmenSet in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are considered outlaws, Watchmen, HBO’s thrilling series based on the graphic novel by Dave Gibbons, will leave you on the edge of your seat. Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, and Jean Smart star in Watchmen, which hits HBO this October.The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceJim Henson’s famous dark fantasy adventure comes to life in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a story about three Gelfling heroines that try to stop an evil group from taking over their universe. The series, which features a voice cast with Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton, and Anya Taylor-Joy, is coming to Netflix on Aug. 30.21 BridgesAn NYPD detective engages in a city-wide manhunt for cop killers and blocks off most of Manhattan in the thrilling movie 21 Bridges, which hits theaters in September.The Walking Dead Movie (Untitled)Rick Grimes’ story isn’t over yet: The first The Walking Dead movie teaser dropped at SDCC 2019 and even though it doesn’t have an official title or release date yet, we’re excited for this character to return to the big screen.The WitcherThe Witcher, Netflix’s fantasy series based on the video game series of the same name, is coming to the streaming service soon. Henry Cavill, who plays monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, must find stability in an unsettled continent where magic and reality collide.The Walking Dead The Walking Dead Season 10, which is coming this fall to AMC. This time, they’ll have to also deal with The Whisperers, a group of undercover humans who dress up like flesh-eaters to survive.She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Adora, Glimmer, and Bow are keeping The Princess Alliance strong in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 3, which will hit Netflix on Aug. 2. This time, Adora will have to venture to the Crimson Waste to untangle anther mystery that might change the course of the show.Creepshow“There are things in the corner of this world…they will drive you insane.” (All the chills here.) Creepshow, a new Shudder horror anthology series based on Stephen King and George A. Romero’s eerie film with the same name, is coming to haunt your dreams on Sept. 26.Top Gun: MaverickStill feel the need for speed? Tom Cruise is coming back as your favorite fighter pilot in Top Gun: Maverick, which will hit theaters on June 26, 2020.His Dark MaterialsBased on Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy, His Dark Materials follows a young girl who must travel to different parallel universes and find her missing friend. Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda star in this fantasy series, which is coming to HBO in the fall.It Chapter TwoThe Losers Club is back as adults in It Chapter Two, a creepy horror film that brings them face to face with Pennywise, a demonic clown that preys on children, 27 years later. Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Bill Skarsgård star in It Chapter Two, which hits theaters on Sept. 6.Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.There are only four episodes left of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 6, and fans received a sneak peek at what’s in store for the elite squad of investigators at SDCC 2019.My Hero AcademiaSeason 4 of My Hero Academia is coming to Funimation in October, so get ready for Deku to do “whatever it takes” to save a young girl in this suspenseful anime series.Terminator: Dark FateA new judgement day is coming in Terminator: Dark Fate, which stars Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, a terminator hunter who is tasked to protect a young girl (Natalia Reyes) from a “metal mother f*cker” (Gabriel Luna). Terminator: Dark Fate is coming to theaters on Nov. 1.Mayans M.C. The next chapter of the Sons of Anarchy saga, Mayans M.C., is coming back to FX for Season 2 on Sept. 3. The series, which is set in a post-Jax Teller world, follows EZ Reyes, who is trying to find out the gruesome circumstances of his mother’s death.More on Geek.com:Top Movie and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019Tom Cruise Surprises Fans With ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Trailer at SDCC 2019