first_img ADC AUTHOR ADC is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Defense Community Awards.Categories include Community or State Leadership, Congressional Leadership, John Lynch Base Redevelopment Leadership, and Military Leadership.Nominations can be completed online and are due March 1.Awardees will be recognized in America’s Defense Communities magazine, in a special video and at the Defense Communities National Summit in Washington, D.C., in June.last_img

first_img Tags Post a comment Sci-Tech NASA says the reviews included discussions of the flight plan, procedures and redundancies built into the spacecraft systems.”This is a big milestone for us today,” ISS program manager Kirk Shireman said. “We think this vehicle is in excellent shape and we’re ready to have it on board the International Space Station.”Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend five days docked at the ISS and then return to Earth carrying research samples. If everything works out, it will land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.If SpaceX’s crew capsule passes all of its tests, it will be used to take actual astronauts into orbit as soon as mid-2019. This would signal the start of a new era of spaceflight for the US. 16 Photos Share your voice A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft attached, rolls out of the hangar at NASA Kennedy Space Center. SpaceX NASA and SpaceX got together on Friday and scrutinized the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission to determine if it’s truly ready to launch to the International Space Station in March. So far, so good.The result of the flight readiness reviews is that NASA is confirming the targeted launch time of 11:48 p.m. Pacific on Friday, Mar. 1 (2:48 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, Mar. 2) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The capsule will ride to space on a Falcon 9 rocket.Crew Dragon won’t have any humans on board for this initial test flight, but it will carry supplies and equipment to the ISS. The mission was previously delayed several times.The Crew Dragon is part of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing developing spacecraft capable of taking astronauts to orbit from US soil. NASA has been paying for rides to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.center_img 0 SpaceX readies Crew Dragon Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship NASA, SpaceX look ready to finally launch Crew Dragon capsule to ISS SpaceX’s Crew Dragon suffers third straight setback NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

first_imgAn Air India Airbus A320 passenger aircraft.ReutersAn Air India aircraft, bound for a flight to San Francisco, caught fire on Wednesday (April 24) night during a routine repair of the air conditioner at the Delhi airport.The auxiliary power unit (APU) of a Boeing B777-200LR (VT-ALF) flight, was damaged. The fire brigade was present at the scene and doused the fire immediately. According to reports, the plane was on the runway and was empty at the time of the incident.#WATCH Air India Delhi to San Francisco (Boeing 777) flight caught fire in Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) yesterday at Delhi airport. Fire started during AC repair. Air India terms it minor incident, plane was empty at the time of repair work, fire was doused immediately. pic.twitter.com/Og790FVABE— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2019″Yesterday night at Delhi when an engineer was doing a routine technical examination of an empty aircraft (777), APU auto shut down took place. Airport fire personnel observed black fumes from the APU exhaust and believing it to be a fire hazard sprayed APU and part of the fuselage with foam spray,” a statement released by Air India on Thursday read. Twitter/ANIThey added, “After this event, APU was examined by opening its cowlings and there was no trace of any burn or external damage noticed except for the minor oil leaks traces, which was normal. A detailed inspection is going.”This is not the first mishap of an Air India aircraft. In October 2018, an Air India flight travelling from Tiruchirappalli to Dubai had unknowingly hit the perimeter wall while take-off. The pilots in the flight came to know of the incident when they were over the Arabian Sea. They had to turn back and make an emergency landing in Mumbai to repair the damage caused to the underside of the flight.last_img read more

first_img.A young man drowned and two others went missing after a trawler carrying them capsized in the Rangamati river at Goma in Barishal’s Bakerganj upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased was Anwar Hossain, 42, from Khodabashkathi village of the same upazila while the identities of disappeared could not be known immediately.Witnesses said the trawler sank around 6:30pm, leaving one dead on the spot.On information, firefighters rushed in and recovered the body from the river, said Md Habibur Rahman, station leader of Barisal Fire Service and Civil Defense.last_img read more

first_imgSpace City FilmsAn astronaut on a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /09:36 X center_img Share Space City FilmsWhen you think about the dangers of a spacewalk, accidentally floating away from your ship or running out of air might come to mind — but not drowning.But that’s what almost happened to an astronaut on a spacewalk in 2013.A new documentary details what went wrong. It’s called EVA 23. EVA stands for extravehicular activity, NASA lingo for a spacewalk.It was July 2013, and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano were doing some pretty routine work outside the International Space Station.But things took a turn when Parmitano experienced something unusual: he felt water on the back of his neck.The incident wasn’t cause for panic. Perhaps the pouch containing his drinking water had leaked as they believed it had on a previous spacewalk.But, as time passed, more water began filling Parmitano’s helmet to the point where his eyes and nose were covered — only his mouth remained unobstructed so he could breathe.Space City FilmsItalian astronaut Luca Parmitano demonstrates how water behaves in zero gravity.Eventually the decision was made to end the EVA and return the station. But as he worked his way back in the darkness of space the water began moving as he moved, creating the fear he wouldn’t get back to the airlock before his helmet was completely filled.Space City FilmsNASA astronaut Chris Cassidy describes the problem that occurred with his colleague’s spacesuit, as documented in the film EVA 23.The story of what went wrong and how Parmitano survived with the help of Cassidy and his ISS crew mates makes for a harrowing reminder of the inherent dangers of space exploration.In the audio above, the film’s directors Phil Sexton and Austin Havican of the Clear Lake-based production company Space City Films tell Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the story of EVA 23.The documentary is screening now at both the Kennedy Space Center and Space Center Houston.– / 8 Listenlast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Politics dominated the year 2018 in West Bengal which saw an increasing tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP, main opposition parties the Congress and the CPI(M) taking a back seat, violence during panchayat polls and communal clashes. Panic over a carcass meat racket in April-May prompted the Mamata Banerjee government to form a high-powered committee for keeping a check on such malpractice. The BJP pipped the Congress and the CPI(M) to emerge as main challenger to the ruling TMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The state not only witnessed bipolar politics between the TMC and the BJP but also sharp communal polarisation. Both the TMC and the BJP feel that results in parliamentary polls in Bengal, which has a total of 42 seats, will play a major role in the post poll scenario. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. We will not win less than 26 seats from Bengal. This will help us in increasing our tally nationally,” claimed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed TMC national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’ Brien countered saying his party will play a major role in the 2019 polls. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. The people of Bengal are with the TMC and that has been proved in all the by-elections and rural polls where the party had won hands down,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. Apart from the fast changing political narrative, the state also witnessed one of the worst communal violence in Asansol area of West Burdwan district over Ram Navami rallies in March-April. As the year drew to a close, the issue of giving permission to BJP’s rath yatra, covering all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, remained in focus with the saffron party accusing the TMC of being “undemocratic and autocratic” by denying the nod. The TMC maintained that the Rath yatra was aimed at creating communal polarisation in the state. The BJP, which has been making steady inroads in the state since the 2016 assembly polls, surprised everyone and cemented its position as main challenger of the TMC by increasing its vote share by leaps and bounds in all the by-elections that have been held across the state in last one year and also the three-tier panchayat polls. The panchayat polls of May will go done in the history of Bengal politics as one of the most violent elections that the state witnessed since the inception of Panchayat Raj in 1978. Even though the TMC won the polls by bagging nearly 85 per cent of the rural seats, it couldn’t breathe easy over the BJP making inroads in the Junglemahal districts of Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and West Midnapore. The unease could be easily sensed in the ruling camp as it shunted out two ministers who hailed from those areas for alleged under performance. Buoyed by the BJP’s performance in the rural polls where it won more than 7,000 seats in the panchayats, party chief Amit Shah has set a target of winning at least 22 of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Killing of BJP workers in post-panchayat poll violence in areas where the party had performed well drew the ire of its central leadership, which not only launched a countrywide stir against the TMC government but also organised several rallies and programmes by top leaders, who vowed to oust Banerjee in the next elections. The TMC countered, accusing the BJP of spreading the poison of communalism across the state as party supremo Banerjee toured the country and met leaders of various opposition parties in a bid to put up a united fight against the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls. She floated the idea of a federal front of regional parties and proposed one-to-one fight against the BJP across the country to ensure maximum polling of anti-BJP votes. The TMC in a bid to showcase the unity of the opposition front called for a rally of opposition parties on January 19. It, however, has ruled out any possibility of alliance with the Congress in Bengal by repeatedly stating its desire to contest in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. On the opposition front, the West Bengal Congress unit witnessed a change of guard with old horse Somen Mitra being brought back as state party chief, replacing Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a bitter critic of TMC. The CPI(M)-led Left Front on the other hand continued to erode both politically and electorally as its vote share continued to slide in all the elections that took place during the year. Both the Left Front and the CPI(M) seem to be in a dilemma over the issue of alliance with the Congress in the state. The Left Front allies such as Forward Bloc and RSP had threatened to quit the front if it decides to go ahead with the alliance or understanding with the Congress. With the BJP projecting the TMC as a party “working for only Muslims”, the latter tried to woo the majority community by organising various programs such as Hanuman Jayanti, Purohit Sammelan and doled out funds to clubs organising Durga Pujas in the state.last_img read more

first_imgATEC today announced three new corporate partnership agreements across a range of industry stakeholders including the accommodation and horse racing segments and an Inbound Tour Operators (ITO). The new partnerships are with AOT Group – one of Australia’s biggest ITO’s, TFE Hotels – an Australian hotel brand extending into Asia, and the Australian Turf Club (ATC).ATEC managing director, Peter Shelley said the ATEC team is pleased to have signed these new agreements.“We are very pleased to have signed three new tourism businesses to ATEC’s Corporate Partnership program, representing the breadth and strength of our industry,” Mr Shelley said.“The ATC has recognised the value of the international visitor market showing just how widely the reach of the export tourism industry now extends,” he added.Mr Shelley said over the past 12 months, ATEC had undergone a wholesale strategic review and repositioned itself as a more industry focused organisation working to build business capacity for the sector.All of the new parties that have signed new agreements have said they are excited to work with ATEC to build a positive future for Australia.ATC general manager of commercial and sales Tony Partridge, said horse racing carnivals were a major drawcard for visitors to Sydney and Australia.“We are delighted to become a corporate partner with a prestigious body such as ATEC, recognised as the peak tourism organisation in the country,” Mr Partridge said.The AOT Group’s chief executive officer, Andrew Burnes, said his business was highly supportive of the leadership role ATEC plays for the tourism industry.“With the growing recognition of tourism exports by all Governments, the role of ATEC as the voice of tourism exports to government is even more important moving forward,” Mr Burnes said. TFE Hotels group director of marketing Emma Fraser said the business was committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of inbound tourism in Australia.“At TFE Hotels, our guests are at the heart of everything we do and we understand the importance of working alongside partners to make sure our guests, from across the international marketplace, are warmly welcomed and well looked after,” Ms Fraser said. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

first_imgAs Florence lurches across the state, it brings with it many hazards: high-speed winds capable of downing trees, and those same trees falling on power lines.And as of mid-day Friday, there had been four reported fatalities in North Carolina, including a mother and infant who were killed in New Hanover County when a tree fell on their home.Craig Fugate is a former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He says that the biggest threat from Hurricane Florence could be the rain, with some coastal communities already seeing storm surges as high as 10 feet.“I think again the term life-threatening, catastrophic, flash flooding, needs to be taken seriously,” says Fugate. “The problem is it’s going to be hard to know with certainty which areas will see the heaviest rainfall. That’s why the entire region has to be prepared for this.”And as the storm continues to creep inland, it’s bringing significant rainfall, with many areas of North Carolina under a flash flood watch.“And that’s one of the harder things to forecast,” says Fugate. “We know generally, [and] we’re seeing now forecast range is 20 inches plus or more in some areas, but until that rain starts coming down it’s really hard to tell what the local impacts are going to be.”As of this afternoon, hundreds of people have been rescued from rising waters in New Bern, N.C., and that number is expected to climb.last_img read more

first_imgCampaigners have welcomed the decision of a controversial right-wing writer and free schools advocate to resign from the board of the government’s new higher education watchdog, and say he should never have been appointed.Toby Young’s resignation came just hours after disabled Tory MP Robert Halfon called on his own government to reverse its decision to appoint the journalist to the board of the Office for Students.There was shock and anger among many disabled people last week when Toby Young was appointed to the board, despite writing articles that included “insulting” and “extremist” comments about inclusive education and eugenics.There had also been outrage at years of misogynist and homophobic remarks Young had made on social media, which he has now deleted from his Twitter account.Simone Aspis, policy and campaigns coordinator for The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said ALLFIE welcomed Young’s resignation.  But she said he should “never have been appointed in the first place, never mind being forced to resign, bowing to public pressure”.   She said: “Toby Young, who is against the inclusion of disabled pupils in mainstream education, should never have been appointed in the first place, especially when his views are incompatible with the government’s obligations to promote disabled people’s human rights to inclusive education under article 24 [on inclusive education] of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”Halfon, a former education minister who now chairs the education select committee, had told fellow MPs on Monday of the “quite dark articles” in which Young had supported “progressive eugenics” and written about disabled people and working-class students*.Halfon said: “I find this incredibly dark and very dangerous stuff, and I suggest that [Jo Johnson, the universities minister] looks again at this appointment because I do not think it will give students confidence.”Hours later, Young published an article on the website of the right-wing magazine, The Spectator, in which he said his appointment had become a “distraction” from the “vital work” of the OfS and that he was standing down from its board.He insisted that he was “a passionate supporter of inclusion and helping the most disadvantaged”, but added that “some of the things I said before I got involved in education, when I was a journalistic provocateur, were either ill-judged or just plain wrong – and I unreservedly apologise”.But the resignation came after the prime minister, Theresa May, and the universities minister, Jo Johnson, had both defended his appointment and insisted that he should not be sacked.Johnson suggested to MPs that he had not seen the article on progressive eugenics, telling Halfon that he would “look carefully” at the article, but insisting that Young had “expressed his regret” and had “apologised unreservedly for comments that have been made in some cases going back to the 1980s”.He said that neither he nor the Department for Education were aware of the many offensive messages Young had posted on Twitter until after he had been appointed.Halfon had been one of two Tory select committee chairs who criticised the appointment.Dr Sarah Wollaston, chair of the health committee, told MPs on Monday that Young’s comments “do cross a line and are indicative of an underlying character”.Maria Eagle, a former Labour minister for disabled people, said it was “quite right” that he had resigned.She had told MPs before his resignation: “As a former minister for disabled people, I am appalled by some of his recently expressed views about the place of disabled people in our society.“The minister has said that many of Mr Young’s misogynistic tweets were from many years ago, but his views about disabled people are very recent indeed.“How can the minister appoint somebody who thinks so little of the contribution of disabled people to our society to such an important position? Does he not agree that it is indefensible?”A Department for Education (DfE) spokesman said: “We can confirm that Toby Young has decided to resign from the board of the Office for Students.“Everyone appointed to the board brings valuable experience which will be vital to the role of the new higher education regulator and we remain confident it will deliver for students.”But DfE has refused to comment on whether Johnson had now read the eugenics article, as the universities minister has now been appointed to a post in the Department for Transport as part of this week’s ministerial reshuffle.*Five years ago, in an article for The Spectator about plans to bring back O-levels, Young wrote of how “inclusive” was a “ghastly, politically correct” word, which meant that schools had to have “wheelchair ramps… and a Special Educational Needs Department that can cope with everything from Dyslexia to Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy”.He added: “If [Michael] Gove is serious about wanting to bring back O-levels the government will have to repeal the Equality Act because any exam that isn’t ‘accessible’ to a functionally illiterate troglodyte with a mental age of six will be judged to be ‘elitist’ and therefore forbidden by Harman’s Law.”He later added a footnote that claimed he was not opposed to including disabled people in mainstream education and suggested that critics had misunderstood him.He has also written, in another article, published in 2015, of how he is in favour of “progressive eugenics”, arguing that “it is not through changing the culture that we will be able to solve the chronic social problems besetting the advanced societies of the West, but through changing people’s genes”.He adds: “What I’m proposing is a form of eugenics that would discriminate in favour of the disadvantaged.“I’m not suggesting we improve the genetic stock of an entire race, just the least well off.“This is a kind of eugenics that should appeal to liberals – progressive eugenics.”Picture: Toby Young being interviewed on Channel 4 News in 2014last_img read more

first_imgBotkeeper’s Updated Dashboard Gives More Power to the User PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 6:10 pmMay 31, 2019 The updated Botkeeper Dashboard includes the ability to set and compare data for custom date ranges, automate dashboard exports, add and configure new widgets based on business data sources, set custom SMS and email alerts, and create goals for select widgets. The improvements are available for users accessing their Dashboards via desktop or on mobile through the Botkeeper Financial Hub app available on the App Store and Google Play. Botkeeper engineers worked for months on the new updates, each of which came as the result of client feedback and requests. Angelina DeLago, Botkeeper co-founder and Product Research & Development Director, said more new and exciting features are coming soon, such as password-protected, customized URLs for sharing a user’s Dashboard with others.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportThe Botkeeper Dashboard 2.0 is the latest update in Botkeeper’s pursuit to the company’s desire to change the way modern businesses approach bookkeeping.More on the new Dashboard can be found here, including video demonstrations of each new feature.“Botkeeper is fundamentally changing an age-old industry and redefining modern accounting best practices—moving businesses from traditional bookkeeping to automated ‘Botkeeping,’” said Botkeeper founder and CEO Enrico Palmerino.Marketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive ReportWith Botkeeper’s combination of AI and human assistance, clients receive the best of both worlds—great service and support at an unbelievable price point. Botkeeper software securely accesses financial and non-financial information (e.g., bank, credit card, CRM, web analytics, and accounting software) to make entries, track and schedule revenue and deferred expenses, account for payroll, reconcile bank accounts, send invoices, and provide a 360-degree view of a client’s business. In addition, skilled Botkeeper accountants continuously review client financials to ensure accuracy, handle complex accounting challenges, and are available to assist with any financial questions that may arise. Botkeeper can be the first bookkeeping solution for a new early stage business, or a bookkeeping alternative for mid to large sized businesses who are looking to extend the life of their QuickBooks Online- and save tons on overhead costs.Marketing Technology News: From Sensing to Sensemaking: Converging Big Data with Plant AI Botkeeper, the leader in automated bookkeeping, announced the release of its updated Dashboard, enabling clients to have more control and flexibility over their business’ financial and business data.center_img Bookkeeping with Botkeeper. Better than humans, better than machines. Automated bookkeeping with a human touch crmEnrico Palmerinofinancial and business dataMarketing TechnologyNewsutomated bookkeepingweb analytics Previous ArticleEurope-based Ovum Names Demandbase an ABM Leader in their Analyst ReportNext ArticleSpotX Earns Independent Recertification for TAG Anti-Fraud, Anti-Piracy, Anti-Malware, ICQ Seals via BPA Worldwidelast_img read more

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 9 2019Caring for someone with dementia is one of the most challenging caring roles in today’s society. A new Health and Social Care in the Community study has explored the support and social networks of family carers of people with dementia towards the end of life and the role of the internet in supporting them.In interviews with 20 current and former family carers aged 65 and over in England, carers described a separation of two worlds: their internal caring world and the outside world of society, with varying networks of support. Carers discussed experiencing a spectrum of losses but also a process of reconstruction of life as a carer. The internet helped to provide support, including options to develop new relationships and networks. The internet alone was not enough, however, and human interaction was still needed.”The findings from our work suggest that family carers can feel separated from society, and have to develop new social and support networks,” said lead author Dr. Nathan Davies, of University College London. “As our population ages and internet savvy groups age and become carers themselves, I think we will increasingly see the internet being used by carers as a source of support for them in this difficult caring role. With this we need to emphasize the use and benefits of the internet for social networking for carers whilst also remembering it cannot replace face to face human contact.”​ Source:https://newsroom.wiley.com/press-release/health-and-social-care-community/study-examines-support-those-caring-loved-one-dementilast_img read more

first_imgWe are pleased to be the exclusive distributor for EIKEN’s newly developed test for detecting P. vivax infections and to provide access to a reliable diagnosis through our worldwide network.”Dr. Petra Rehberger, Vice President Marketing & Strategic Purchase at HUMAN Apr 23 2019Human Diagnostics Worldwide (HUMAN), EIKEN CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (EIKEN) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) announced today the launch of the first commercially available molecular diagnostic test for the detection of malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax parasites. Malaria-LAMP is a molecular test that works using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), developed by EIKEN with exclusive distribution by HUMAN. FIND evaluated the prototype test in collaboration with the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, UK, and coordinated in-country clinical performance studies in Colombia and Peru. The test was unveiled at the sixty-seventh annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in November 2018. Eliminating malaria is a global health priority, but without effective diagnostics it just cannot happen. P. vivax is challenging to diagnose, and this test represents an important new tool that can support elimination efforts.”Catharina Boehme, CEO of FIND Related StoriesHuman liver cell protein aids development of malaria parasite, study findsMosquito surveillance in Madagascar reveals new insight into malaria transmissionProteasome inhibitors show potential for combating multidrug-resistant malariaMalaria is an urgent public health threat, with 2.5 billion people at risk globally. Of the five malaria species, P. vivax is geographically the most widespread form of disease. It accounts for more than half of all malaria cases outside sub-Saharan Africa, but control strategies to date have focused on Plasmodium falciparum. P. vivax malaria is not easy to detect, largely due to much lower densities of parasites in the blood compared with P. falciparum and, unlike P. falciparum, P. vivax parasites can lie dormant in the liver and cause relapses. However, the proportion of malaria due to P. vivax is increasing in many regions; in 2017, a total of about 7.5 million cases of P. vivax occurred worldwide.To control malaria caused by P. vivax, sensitive and reliable tools are needed, especially in areas close to elimination. Different species require different treatment strategies, but while current diagnostic tests can identify P. falciparum, they are generally not able to differentiate between the various malaria species. There is currently no diagnostic that can effectively detect inactive parasites in the liver – which is why effective and highly sensitive blood-stage diagnosis is key.Malaria-LAMP is a comprehensive molecular solution introduced for the diagnosis of malaria. The test can differentiate between Plasmodium pan species, P. falciparum and P. vivax, and has a sensitivity of 84–94%, a specificity of >92% and a limit of detection of 1–2 parasites/µL. Source:https://www.finddx.org/publication/pr-23apr19-3/last_img read more

In-memory de-duplication technology to accelerate response for large-scale storage Citation: Data processing architecture can reconfigure content within IoT data processing stream (2018, March 8) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-architecture-reconfigure-content-iot-stream.html Stream processing technology, which is effective in the high-speed processing of these sorts of huge volumes of data, has issues in that, because processing must be temporarily stopped when changing or adding processing content according to additions or improvements to services, the provision of services can be delayed. Now, Fujitsu has developed a new stream processing architecture that automatically switches to a newly provided data processing program when a parallelized data processing job has been completed, by separating stream processing into data reception processing and actual data processing so that data reception processing and current data processing are not stopped (patent pending). As a result, in a simulation of the reception of a few dozen bytes of data per second from one million vehicles, Fujitsu has confirmed that this architecture is able to continue processing streaming data while adding or changing processing programs, with an average delay increase volumes of five milliseconds or less. Fujitsu Laboratories is looking to commercialize this technology during fiscal 2018 on the Mobility IoT Platform, offered by Fujitsu Limited, and extend it to other industry areas. Details of this technology were presented at DEIM2018 (the Forum on Data Engineering and Information Management), a conference being held in Awara, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, from March 4.Development BackgroundWith the recent development of IoT technologies, data has begun to be gathered from all sorts of objects and collected in datacenters, and it is expected that by analyzing and utilizing this, a variety of new services will be created. In the case of connected cars, for example, it is thought that by collecting, analyzing, and utilizing data from automobiles in real time, it will be possible to relieve congestion, assist drivers, and improve the safety of autonomous driving (figure 1). Details of the Newly Developed TechnologyNow, Fujitsu Laboratories has developed Dracena, an architecture that can modify the processing programs of a system while it is operating, without halting operations. With this technology, when changing or adding data processing contents, this architecture distributes the new data processing program as a message, in the same way data is distributed, to each individual processing unit, called an object, such as the processing unit for each car. This eliminates the impact on overall processing speed due to the concentration of queries on the repository. Moreover, by separating intra-object message reception processing and data processing in this architecture, the system is able to add in the new data processing program without stopping the message reception processing or the existing data processing, and then have all objects change over to the new data processing program with the same timing. This has enabled Fujitsu Laboratories to create a stream processing architecture in which the data processing program can be added to or changed without stopping, in order to continue parallelized processing without holding back the flow of huge volumes of data for copying (figure 2).The results of a simulated evaluation confirmed that, in a use case in which a few dozen bytes of data are transmitted once each second from one million vehicles, this architecture was capable of continuously providing services when adding a sudden-braking detection service in a situation where the system was already providing a service to detect excessive driving times, with an average delay increase volume of five milliseconds or less. This architecture will enable the rapid provision of real-time services that require uninterrupted operation and that can respond to problems occurring in society, including providing driving assistance for connected cars, supporting energy-saving usage of appliances, providing in-home health and safety monitoring, and providing travel guidance for tourists using smartphones. Moreover, this architecture enables users to adopt a build method in which they first build a base system aimed at simple analysis and utilization, and then gradually add new services. Using this technology in the case of automobiles, for example, it would be possible to begin with a system that reads signs of drunk driving based on steering wheel operation data, and then add new services layer by layer, such as combining this with map data to detect crosswinds at tunnel exits, or combining it with image data to detect the presence of illegally parked cars, which can be expected to improve the efficiency of service development.Fujitsu aims to commercialize this technology during fiscal 2018 as a constituent element of the Mobility IoT Platform offered by Fujitsu Limited. In addition, Fujitsu is looking to extend this technology beyond the mobility field to business areas that require real-time services based on data that is continually generated at a high frequency, such as providing directions to people during events or in disaster situations. In order to rapidly process data, such as speed and location, that are generated on a second-to-second basis by huge numbers of cars in motion, the most effective method is to construct a system that uses stream processing to process data in parallel, such as on a car-by-car basis. In order to add to or change the processing program according to service additions and improvements, the current method involves preparing two systems of the same scale in advance, using one for operations, making changes to the other one, and then quickly swapping them out. This method required both systems to be temporarily stopped, however, while the data, such as the speed or position of a car, held in the memory of the system in use, was copied over to the revised system. This made it difficult to produce services that required truly continuous operations, such as the real-time transmission of warnings to connected cars. In addition, because new processing programs were obtained from the database, known as a repository, congestion resulted with the numerous queries from large volumes of processing units, delaying overall processing. Figure 2: Differences between the existing technology and Dracena’s non-disruptive update technology. Credit: Fujitsu Figure 1: Real-time services via the collection, analysis, and utilization of data from connected cars. Credit: Fujitsu Explore further Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of the Dynamically Reconfigurable Asynchronous Consistent EveNt-processing Architecture (Dracena), a stream processing architecture that can add or change content while processing large volumes of IoT data, without stopping. With recent advances in IoT technologies, it is expected that many real-time services will be created to utilize the large volumes of data flowing into the cloud from various devices across factories, homes, and social infrastructure. In the progression towards autonomous driving with connected cars, researchers are considering the analysis of the vast amounts of information, such as speed and location, generated from vehicles, which can then be presented to drivers, in the form of warnings, for example. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by Fujitsu read more

© 2018 AFP Citation: On chaotic SE Asian roads, local hero Grab zips past Uber (2018, March 26) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-chaotic-se-asian-roads-local.html Uber selling Southeast Asia operations to Grab: report Spanning 10 countries, from wealthy, ultra-organised Singapore to places like Indonesia and the Philippines that are home to traffic-choked cities, coming up with a ride-hailing service for the whole of Southeast Asia was never going to be easy.But Grab’s Malaysian chief executive, Anthony Tan, combined his local knowledge with sharp business sense from his time at Harvard Business School to come up with a service well adapted to the region and quickly raced past Uber.After a years-long fight that cost both companies huge sums as they aggressively slashed fares and rolled out special offers, the California-based company threw in the towel Monday and sold its ride-sharing and food delivery services to Grab for an undisclosed sum.”Grab is more familiar with its home territory, Southeast Asia,” said Song Seng Wun, a regional economist with CIMB Private Bank.”They saw the Uber model and tweaked it to adapt to local conditions, giving Southeast Asians what they want.”In 2015 they added motorbike taxis to their ride-hailing app in Indonesia, where many commuters get around on two wheels due to heavy traffic, helping them to rival local titan Go-Jek, which had pioneered the service.Uber followed slowly up the rear, only adding motorbike taxis to their service in the Indonesian capital a year later, by which time the market was saturated.Uber’s disadvantage was that they lacked local knowledge and relied heavily on the model which had allowed them to lead in developed markets, according to Song.Dramatic expansionWith smartphone ownership exploding across a region that was rapidly growing more affluent, Grab moved fast and expanded aggressively to ensure they were Southeast Asia’s best-known ride-hailing app—they now operate in 195 cities across eight Southeast Asian countries. As they became more successful, they attracted more funding, including $2.5 billion last year from investors including Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing and Japan’s SoftBank.By contrast, when they sold off their operations, Uber was operating in just 64 cities in eight Southeast Asian countries.Grab has expanded dramatically from its early days. In 2012 Tan quit his job at the family business—Tan Chong Motor, which distributes Nissan cars in Malaysia and Singapore—and founded taxi-booking app MyTeksi with a friend from Harvard. The name was later changed to GrabTaxi and then just Grab. It now has a huge range of services, from offering private cars and motorbike taxis to renting out coaches, push bikes and electric scooters, to a payment system called GrabPay.Tan himself sounds amazed that his company has done so well. “We are humbled that a company born in Southeast Asia has built one of the largest platforms that millions of consumers use daily,” he said, in a statement announcing Monday’s deal.His next big challenge is Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest market—where he will be taking on former Harvard classmate Nadiem Makarim, the CEO of ride-hailing market leader Go-Jek. Uber may be the world’s biggest ride-hailing company but it was left in the dust in Southeast Asia by homegrown upstart Grab, which knew better how to navigate the chaotic highways and byways of an eclectic region. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Grab’s Malaysian chief executive, Anthony Tan, used his local knowledge to come up with a service well adapted to the Southeast Asia region and quickly raced past Uber read more

first_img Provided by University at Buffalo A new study suggests the power industry is underestimating how climate change could affect the long-term demand for electricity in the United States. Journal information: Risk Analysis Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Sayanti Mukherjee et al, A Data-Driven Approach to Assessing Supply Inadequacy Risks Due to Climate-Induced Shifts in Electricity Demand, Risk Analysis (2018). DOI: 10.1111/risa.13192 Citation: How will climate change stress the power grid? Hint: Look at dew point temperatures (2018, September 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-climate-stress-power-grid-hint.html The research, published today in the journal Risk Analysis, was led by the University at Buffalo and Purdue University.It describes the limitations of prediction models used by electricity providers and regulators for medium- and long-term energy forecasting. And it outlines a new model that includes key climate predictors—mean dew point temperature and extreme maximum temperature—that researchers say present a more accurate view of how climate change will alter future electricity demands.”Existing energy demand models haven’t kept pace with our increasing knowledge of how the climate is changing,” says the study’s lead author Sayanti Mukherjee, Ph.D., assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “This is troublesome because it could lead to supply inadequacy risks that cause more power outages, which can affect everything from national security and the digital economy to public health and the environment.””The availability of public data in the energy sector, combined with advances in algorithmic modeling, has enabled us to go beyond existing approaches that often exhibit poor predictive performance. As a result, we’re able to better characterize the nexus between energy demand and climate change, and assess future supply inadequacy risks,” says co-author Roshanak Nateghi, Ph.D., assistant professor of industrial engineering and environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue.The limitations of existing models The overwhelming majority of climate scientists predict global temperatures will rise throughout 21st century. This is expected to increase the demand for electricity as more people turn to air conditioners to keep cool.One of the most common energy modeling platforms used to predict future electricity demand—MARKAL, named after MARKet and ALlocation—does not consider climate variability.Another common energy-economic model, the National Energy Modeling System, or NEMS, does consider the climate. However, it’s limited to heating and cooling degree days. A heating degree day is defined as a day when the average temperature is above 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius). A cooling degree day is when the average temperature is below 65 degrees. Study’s projections show climate change to increase commercial Indiana energy consumption, reduce residential use While there are different ways to measure heating and cooling degree days, they are most often calculated by adding the day’s high temperature to the day’s low temperature, and then dividing the sum by two. For example, a high of 76 degrees and a low of 60 degrees results in an average temperature of 68 degrees.The trouble with this approach, Mukherjee says, is that it doesn’t consider time. For example, it could be 76 degrees for 23 hours and 60 degrees for one hour—yet the average temperature that day would still be recorded as 68 degrees.”Moreover, choice of the accurate balance point temperature is highly contentious, and there is no consensus from the research community of how to best select it,” says Mukherjee.Dew point temperature is the keyTo address these limitations, she and Nateghi studied more than a dozen weather measurements. They found that the mean dew point temperature—the temperature at which air is saturated with water vapor—is the best predictor of increased energy demand. The next best predictor is the extreme maximum temperature for a month, they say.The researchers combined these climate predictors with three other categories—the sector (residential, commercial and industrial) consuming the energy, weather data and socioeconomic data—to create their model.They applied the model to the state of Ohio and found that the residential sector is most sensitive to climate variabilities. With a moderate rise in dew point temperature, electricity demand could increase up to 20 percent. The prediction jumps to 40 percent with a severe rise.By comparison, the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (PUCO), which does not consider climate change in its models, predicts residential demand increases of less than 4 percent up to 2033.It’s similar in the commercial sector, where the researchers say demand could increase to 14 percent. Again, PUCO’s projections are lower, 3.2 percent. The industrial sector is less sensitive to temperature variability, however, researchers say the demand could still exceed projections.During the winter months, variations between the models is less significant. That is due, in part, to the relatively low percentage (22.6 percent) of Ohio residents who heat their homes via electricity.While the study is limited to Ohio, researchers say the model can be applied to other states. To communicate results, the researchers used heat maps, which provide an immediate visual summary of the data represented by colors. The idea, they say, is to better inform decision makers with accurate and easy to understand information. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – British police said they had arrested the brother of a suicide bomber following his extradition to London from Libya, on suspicion of helping him plan the deadly 2017 arena attack in the northern city of Manchester. Hashem Abedi, 22, was detained after he landed at a London airport on Wednesday and will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court, though police did not specify when. Salman Abedi blew himself up at the end of a show by U.S. singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring more than 500. Police said Hashem Abedi had been charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion likely to endanger life. “He has today been successfully extradited, for offences relating to the Manchester Arena attack,” Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said in a statement. “He was handed over by Libyan authorities to British police officers this morning. They escorted him on the flight back and he landed in the UK a short while ago.” Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen AddisonOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

first_imgMOGADISHU (Reuters) – A car bomb went off on Friday at a hotel in Somalia’s port city of Kismayu where local elders and lawmakers had been discussing an upcoming regional election and was followed by gunfire, police said, adding that the death toll could be high.A journalists’ group said it had confirmed two reporters among the dead.The militant Islamist group al Shabaab, which is trying to topple Somalia’s central government, claimed responsibility for the attack. It said its fighters had battled their way into the hotel after a suicide car bomb attack.One police officer said the gunfire had died down about an hour and a half after the explosion. Residents said the attackers were still in the hotel at 2000 GMT. Related News Related News World 23 Jun 2019 Three al Shabaab fighters killed in Kenya after attack on police “… but we believe the militants are still in the building. We have not confirmed the death toll, but there were many people inside, and there may be a high death toll,” police captain Abdullahi Isak told Reuters by phone.Major Mohamed Abdi, another police officer, told Reuters earlier that local elders and lawmakers were meeting at the Hotel Asasey when the attack happened.Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman, said the militant group had been behind the attack.”First we targeted (the hotel) with a suicide car bomb and then armed mujahideen (guerrilla fighters) stormed the hotel. We are still fighting inside the hotel,” he said.”There are many dead bodies inside the hotel, including a dead white man. We control the hotel now.”Hussein Nur, a shopkeeper in Kismayu, told Reuters: “There were many people including officials and elders, mostly from one clan, who were discussing the coming Kismayu election.” Nur was referring to elections in the city due sometime in August.Somali Journalists Syndicate said in a statement that two journalists based in Kismayu had been confirmed dead in the attack.”Mohamed Omar Sahal, SBC TV correspondent based in Kismayu and Hodan Naleyeh, female TV journalist and founder of Integration TV (are) both among (those) killed,” Abdalle Ahmed Mumin, the syndicate’s secretary general, said.It said Naleyeh had recently returned from Canada.”The deaths of Hodan, 43 and Sahal, 35, become the first journalists killed in the country this year,” the statement said.State-run Somali National News Agency said in a statement Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire had condemned the attack.Al Shabaab was ejected from Mogadishu in 2011 and has since been driven from most of its other strongholds.It was driven out of Kismayu in 2012. The city’s port had been a major source of revenue for the group from taxes, charcoal exports and levies on arms and other illegal imports.Kismayu is the commercial capital of Jubbaland, a region of southern Somalia still partly controlled by al Shabaab.It remains a major security threat, with fighters frequently carrying out bombings in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya, whose troops form part of the African Union-mandated peacekeeping force that helps defend the Somali government. (Reporting by Abdi Sheikh; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Gareth Jones and David Gregorio)center_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 29 Apr 2019 Air strike kills four people in Somalia -relatives World 10 May 2019 U.S. air strike kills 13 Islamic State fighters in Somalia – U.S. militarylast_img read more