HCL looks to the cloud for Anglo American IT infrastructure extension

first_imgHCL Technologies (HCL) has extended its partnership with Anglo American, agreeing a five-year infrastructure services deal that will see the diversified miner use more cloud-based solutions.The multi-year deal is aimed at reducing Anglo’s global data centre footprint through the continued consolidation of its on-premises infrastructure and partial migration to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service operating model. HCL will also continue to provide regional and local service desk support and end-user computing services, it said.HCL was enlisted as Anglo American’s IT services partner in 2013 and has served in the same role for De Beers since 2014. Through the renewed deal, HCL will further improve quality and consistency by standardising and centralising IT infrastructure services across both organisations, HCL said.Sandeep Saxena, Senior Vice President of HCL Technologies, said: “Rather than standing still, our engagement with Anglo American has expanded into other areas where we can drive further value for its business through our more strategic Mode 2 offerings, such as Cloud Native Services.“Our global delivery model also has a particularly important role to play, adding significant value through a mix of onsite and offshore technical skills that set Anglo American on course for future success.”HCL provides IT infrastructure services and has the competency to execute large-scale, complex IT infrastructure transformation projects, the company said. Its Mode 1-2-3 growth strategy encompasses next–generation IT infrastructure services, leveraging automation, artificial intelligence, analytics and cloud to build service-oriented, future-ready IT infrastructure.Anglo American runs mining operations across Southern Africa, North and South America and Australia and has a global workforce of 69,000 people.last_img read more

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Column Celebrity culture is becoming toxic and leading us to set impossible

first_imgThe modern-day backlash has its roots in celebrity scandals of yesteryear. Elizabeth Taylor was one of the first paparazzi targets in Hollywood, scorned by her peers for her perceived thieving of Eddie Fisher from golden girl Debbie Reynolds. Similarly, Ingrid Bergman was shunned for sullying her purer-than-pure image by having an extra-marital affair and baby with Roberto Rossellini.It would be easy to think that these controversies are representative of the social mores of the time, but in many ways they linger today. Consider the stigma that’s still attached to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s relationship, or even the suggestions that Beyoncé’s baby bump was artificial and that she’d used a surrogate to have her daughter. It is the highly public nature of this media scrutiny, more so than anything the stars have done, that’s problematic. We’ve developed a culture that polices people’s behaviours mercilessly. We may not be obliged to like or approve of someone’s actions, but we are so swift to condemn that we don’t seem to notice the effects of such negativity. Loud, vocal hatred of something is often more acceptable than liking it. As Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump recently put it, “We’re so busy broadcasting our latest cultural disdain that we scantly notice anything we enjoy […] We derive our own identities from the act of hating.”Setting impossible standardsMuch has been made, for instance, of the fact that Stewart “doesn’t smile” and often appears uncomfortable in public. Rooney Mara was also criticised for acting like her press appearances in support of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were “a chore.” It seems fair to expect actors promoting a film to appear courteous and professional, but it is patently unfair to condemn someone for not always being comfortable or confident enough to act perky in front of the assembled media hordes. There’s a drastic difference between shooting a film in a controlled environment and facing a baying mob of photographers at a public event. The latter situation is stressful and could easily knock someone’s composure, yet our reaction is more often than not to mock and deride.You may be irritated by someone, dislike them as an actor or a singer or disapprove of something they’ve said or done. You’re entitled to feel that way. But are you entitled to viciously belittle someone because they don’t have a megawatt smile plastered to their face all the time, or because they’re nervous? Does this not feed a much more pervasive and perverse form of public scrutiny, one that places an impossible standard on people who are just as human as the rest of us?Victim-blaming cultureIt’s easy to overlook, especially due to their success, looks, or wealth, the fact that celebrities are people. We are essentially casting our negative eye upon ourselves. Public figures may have stylists to pick their outfits and publicists to mould their image, but the impossible standards of beauty and perfection to which they aspire stem from the endless harsh scrutiny we place upon them. To slip-up is to become tabloid fodder, something we as consumers contribute to every time we click on a sensationalised headline.This may seem harmless, but we are feeding a toxic cycle. Every time we send a sneering tweet or comment, we are normalising harsh judgement and extreme reactions. It may not seem it, but there’s not a huge stretch between berating a 22-year-old actress for “not brushing her hair” and targeting someone you know from school on Facebook. To claim it is legitimate because celebrities put themselves in the public eye is an extension of the repugnant victim-blaming culture rampant in our society. Besides, I don’t think anyone asked to have a photographer hanging in a tree outside their house just because they appeared in a successful motion picture.Criticism can be reasoned, informed, and constructiveFor me, personally, I find this disillusioning. There’s nothing I love more than conversation, but it is increasingly difficult to have meaningful discourse in a culture where people are all but pre-disposed to hatred. Criticism is a necessary part of discussion, but only where it is reasoned, informed, and constructive. Idealistic as it sounds, I would rather focus on people’s artistry than their appearance, and not have to grimace at the thought of the comment section (“boiling seas of acid,” as Stephen Fry put it) before I’ve even finished reading the article. Mob mentality in public opinion may not be anything new, but it often feels as though we build people up just so we can tear them down.Grace Duffy is a 24-year-old UCD Law graduate. A press assistant at the ECJ by day, she also writes about pop culture for Under the Gun Review and Filmoria. A FRIEND OF mine once told me that he’d been a Liverpool fan in his youth, but since becoming a sports journalist he’d developed a neutral outlook on most clubs. I’ve often found myself wishing that this was true of other writers. I write about pop culture – films and music primarily – and over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly struck by the level of hatred hurled at figures in the public eye. People such as 22-year-old Twilight actress Kristen Stewart seem to attract witless jeers from all corners of the media, something which came to a head for me when I read countless tweets viciously rebuking her appearance (on crutches, no less) at the Oscars.Public scrutiny of celebrities is hardly a new phenomenon, but it seems in recent years to have become much more ingrained and bitter, to the extent that one’s very personality becomes a target. Such pernicious behaviour illustrates, in stark terms, the toxic state of celebrity culture today and the way in which we interact with it.A culture that polices people’s behaviours mercilesslylast_img read more

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15 people expose the horrors theyve seen at the urinal

first_img Source: WordPressPeople dropping iPads Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet People skyping Just dropped my iPad in a urinal. K.— Patty O’ Fernitcher (@xsharknadox) October 21, 2013 People… gulp… EATING Source: Imgur Source: Liam Francis Quigley/Twitter I just witnessed a man using an iPad mini during his visit to the urinal. Uhh …— Taylor Martin (@caspertek) September 16, 2013 Source: Liam O’Leary/Twitter People taking selfies Source: Mirror WE NEED TO talk about urinals guys.We need to talk about…People using iPads I’ve previously seen people using an iPad balanced on a urinal which is bad enough, but Skyping is another level.— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) May 12, 2014 Source: Neal Mann/Twitter Source: Photobucket People who don’t respect ‘the rules’ In the gents. Man comes in to use the urinal, carrying an iPad. Two minutes later I see him come out of the gents, wiping the iPad. Lovely— Chris Addison (@mrchrisaddison) September 13, 2013 I was the guy who took a selfie in a urinal last night. pic.twitter.com/DnKnbhdOlm— Liam Francis Quigley (@LiamFrancisQ) July 25, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweetcenter_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet If you’r a man and at the urinal you can only look up or down. If you look left or right everyone will see and know you’re a creep— LIAMODEARME (@LIAMODEARME) July 30, 2014 Source: Taylor Martin/Twitter Source: michaelsons368/Twitter Source: Neal Mann/Twitter People on the phone Peeing in a urinal etiquette, look directly down at your Johnson or directly at the wall. No eye contact while I’m holding my business.— michaelsons368 (@michaelson368) July 29, 2014 Source: Casey James/Twitter Today a guy at the Urinal next to me farted so hard it actualy startled me. I accidentally made eye contact— Michael Ewon (@bonersniper) July 24, 2014 Source: Chris Addison/Twitter Although sometimes it can’t be helped Some dude is peeing in the urinal while eating chips……— Randomvibe (@RabbiVibe) July 26, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet I have just seen a man Skyping while using a urinal. I think the world has just hit a new low.— Neal Mann (@fieldproducer) May 12, 2014 Source: Michael Ewon/Twitter Source: Richard Lopez/Twitter Mystery toilet bowl on Cork roundabout now has its own Twitter>11 of the most literal things that have ever happened>The 11 unwritten rules of every office bathroom>last_img read more

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Geek proposes to fiancé by creating fake Harry Potter 7 app

first_imgWe’ve seen a good amount of geeky marriage proposals in the past. A popular and geeky way to surprise your fiancé is by popping the question via video game. We’ve guys hack Super Mario Bros., Chrono Trigger, and Earthbound, to name a few. One romantic dude recently decided to propose by creating an app using Android’s App Inventor.Jon Hodgson posted a step by step walk through of the app. His girlfriend naively thought it was a Harry Potter 7 quiz app. When opened, it tells the user that it’s a promotion for Harry Potter fans to get free tickets to see the new movie on opening night. The app itself looks pretty authentic; Hodgson even put in the legal page that every official app has to have. He translated part of the legal terms into Spanish which states that to be eligible for the “Grand Prize,” the user must live in New Jersey and the CRC32 of the user’s first name, last name and birthday have to match that of his fiancée Meghan’s.AdChoices广告There are four pretty standard quiz questions that only Harry Potter fans would know, but the fifth question is when things start to heat up. Question No. 5 pops the question and gives Meghan the chance to choose yes or no.So what would have happen if she were to say no? A screen would come up saying “Oh no! You killed Dumbedore” with an illustration from The PotterPuffs. Thankfully, she said yes. When she did, the app automatically texted Hodgson with his future-bride’s answer. He then took out the actual ring to seal the deal.If I was his girlfriend, I would have a hard time containing my excitement to  continue onto to the “Next” button. However, the app goes on to another screen with a picture of Ginny and Harry from the last movie kissing, along with a corresponding paragraph from that part in the book. How romantic.Check out the video below to learn more about App Inventor for Android from Google Labs.Read more at Jonq.com and App Inventorlast_img read more

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Geek deals roundup Discounts on UHDTVs Batman The Killing Joke Bluray and

first_img60-inch Vizio SmartCast UHDTV for $799.99 with $300 Dell gift card (List price: $969.99)With a UHD resolution of 3840×2160, a 120Hz refresh rate, full array LED backlighting, a handy smartphone/tablet controller app, four HDMI ports, a component input, and a bonus $300 eGift card, this 4K UHDTV is a fantastic value.Pre-order Batman: The Killing Joke Blu-ray for only $16.99If you’re a Batman fan, you’ll want to own this animated interpretation of the classic comic story. Not only can you save 32% off the sticker price, but it’s Prime eligible as well. Street Fighter V collector’s edition for $46.45Street Fighter V has definitely run into some issues this year, but the core fighting has been generally well received. If you’re in need of a fighting game fix now that EVO is over, now’s your chance to grab the collector’s edition on Amazon at a 53% discountAmazon daily deal: Save on camping knives and machetesIf you do a lot of camping and hiking, having a knife around can really come in handy. Small, medium, and large blades (up to 18 inches) are on sale for today only, so the outdoor enthusiasts among us should act fast.100-pack of velcro reusable self-gripping cable ties for $6.32 (Add-on item)Do you have a nest of cables behind your TV? What about all of those USB devices plugged in willy-nilly to your PC? If you’re in desperate need of some cable management, these cheap velcro ties will be a big step in the right direction. Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Mandzukic wants to stay at Juventus

first_imgAfter head coach Massimiliano Allegri announced that he will be remaining, Mario Mandzukic has reportedly announced that he now intends to remain at Juventus, reports Football-ItaliaThe Croatian forward is believed to have been frustrated with his role with the Bianconeri this season with Mandzukic having regularly featured out on the left flank of Juventus’ attacking line-up.In light of Allegri’s reported interest in taking charge at Arsenal for next season, Mandzukic became unsettled by the uncertainty of the boss’ future at Turin and began to question whether it was time for himself to move on.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.However, after winning a fourth successive domestic double this season, Allegri met with the Juventus board and confirmed that he intends to stay with them.Upon learning this, Mandzukic has now declared himself happy to remain at the club with the 32-year-old currently under contract until 2020.Mandzukic was signed by Allegri in June 2015 from Atletico Madrid in a €19m deal and he has since scored 34 goals in 127 appearances and has won seven trophies in his three years at the club.last_img read more

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Meters being installed for the homeless

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Springfield has new parking meters, but there are no plans to charge residents for downtown parking.Instead, the red parking meters are an effort to raise money to help the homeless.City Councilor Terri Leezer is the driving force behind the fundraising effort that got under way Friday. Leezer says a 50-cent donation to one of the meters buys a homeless person a shower, $1 provides a hot meal, $3 means a bus pass and a $5 donation translates to a sleeping bag purchase.A similar effort was made in Denver. A homelessness commission report in that city found that in the first 18 months the meter project led to a 92 percent reduction in the number of panhandlers in the downtown improvement district.Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.comlast_img read more

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Navy Close to Approving Plan to Expand Fleet at Washington Air Base

first_imgThe Navy’s plan to add 36 EA-18G Growlers to the 82 electronic warfare aircraft now based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., could begin next year, after it released the final environmental impact statement for the move last week. The plan, which would establish two new expeditionary squadrons and add two aircraft to each of the installation’s existing carrier air wing Growler squadrons, has sparked local opposition as it would increase the number of training operations at both Ault Field at Oak Harbor and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville, reported the Peninsula Daily News. The Sound Defense Alliance, a coalition of environmental and community groups from Whidbey Island, is calling for the Navy to find an alternate site to host the new aircraft. The alliance is particularly concerned about the planned increase in field carrier landing practice at OLF Coupeville, where annual operations would jump from 6,510 to 24,100.Some relief to residents could come from $2 million allocated in the fiscal 2019 defense spending bill for the Navy to research technologies that could reduce the noise produced by those aircraft. “The reality is the Navy has important work to do with training airmen, training those who keep us safe,” Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer (D) told the Kitsap Sun in August. “At the same time, the Navy needs to be a good neighbor. Part of the reason we’ve focused on efforts to reduce jet noise is to ensure the Navy upholds that obligation,” said Kilmer, who pushed for the funding.Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Jimmie Crockett Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Sony A6600 Canon EOS M6 Mark II show theres still a little

first_img Share your voice Tags How to get discounts on back-to-school tech Post a comment On the higher end, Sony’s new flagship A6600 improves on the A6500 (when did that turn 2 years old?) with one significant update to the body: support for the higher-capacity Z batteries. Even after all these years, battery life in mirrorless cameras is subpar, and Sony’s the only manufacturer who actually takes that seriously. It makes the grip bigger, which isn’t a bad thing if you regularly use heavy lenses on it. It also adds a headphone jack, which is critical for monitoring audio quality for more-than-casual video, and a screen that flips up and down to more obtuse angles and you can now use touch for focusing, tracking and shooting. It also inherits a lot of capabilities from the latest version of Sony’s Bionz X image-processing engine that we first saw in the A9 and more recently in the A7R IV, such as internal HDR 4K/30p video, interval shooting, real-time tracking and eye AF in movies and updated Picture Profile support. When it ships in November it will be pricier than the A6500 was at launch: $1,400 for the body and $1,800 for a kit with an 18-135mm lens. Canon EOS M6 Mark IIThe Canon EOS M6 Mark II continues its “viewfinder optional” policy. Canon Canon EOS M6 Mark II, 90D Canon on the other hand, sticks to its strategy of leaving the viewfinder optional for the update to its competing enthusiast mirrorless, the $850 EOS M6 Mark II, the successor to the EOS M6; alone, the viewfinder costs another $200. It’s bundled with the kits, though, at $1,099 for the kit with the 15-45mm lens and $1,349 for the 18-150mm kit. The M6 Mark II is scheduled to ship in September. But Canon is increasingly turning its dSLR and mirrorless models into twin sons of different mothers — essentially, the same camera, but a little more tailored to the desires of buyers leaning toward one technology or the other. So in addition to updating the mirrorless, Canon also debuted a successor to EOS 80D DSLR, the 90D.  That will run you $1,199 for the body, $1,349 for a kit with the 18-55mm IS STM lens and $1,599 with the 18-135mm IS USM. Both get a bump to a higher-resolution 32.5-megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS sensor with on-chip phase-detection autofocus — 5,481 points, in this case — and a newer Digic 8 image processor that expands the sensitivity range a hair. It also brings UHD 4K/30p and 1080/120p video capabilities, eye and face detection AF in the viewfinder (90D) and continuous eye detection AF for video (in Live View for the 90D). The most significant boost for both is much improved continuous-shooting performance: 10fps for the 90D with continuous AF and 14fps for the M6 Mark II, and a 30fps “raw burst” mode for the 90D. Canon EOS 90DThe Canon EOS 90D’s design is pretty much the same as the 80D. Canon The 90D’s body remains essentially unchanged from the 80D, save for growing a tiny bit, but the M6 Mark II has received some notable physical enhancements. They include a more substantial grip, swapping the exposure-compensation dial for a context-sensitive one and a slight rejiggering of the control layout.  The M6 Mark II also inherits the Fv exposure mode from the EOS RP, which is essentially all the priority-exposure modes rolled into one simple control; you adjust whichever setting you want, shutter speed, aperture or ISO sensitivity, and the others float to compensate. If you switch among the different modes frequently, it’s a nice streamlining feature. sony-a6100-a6600-1The 16-55mm f2.8 lens is a welcome addition to Sony’s E-mount line. Lori Grunin/CNET Lenses Despite the update in its EOS M line, the lack of fast lenses continues to make Canon’s APS-C mirrorless models feel like an afterthought. Canon announced new lenses for its full-frame cameras in its L series lens line for professionals — the RF24-70mm f2.8 is especially critical to filling a key hole in its professional lineup for that mount, and is coming in late September for $2,299 along with a similarly priced RF15-35mm f2.8.  Canon also announced another big hole-filler, an RF70-200mm f2.8 L, but there’s no definite ETA on that — sometime later this year — and no price. Sony, though, further emphasized its commitment to APS-C with two new G lenses — its midquality line. A compact 16-55mm f2.8 is coming in October 2019 for $1,400; the high price reflects dust and moisture resistance, a Nano AR coating and fluorine on the front element for protection, among other things. The new $1,000 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 coming in November is a more general-purpose offering and includes optical stabilization; you need it for that long a focal length and it’s more likely to be used on one of the lower-end cameras that still lack in-body stabilization. 1:10 Cameras Preview • For the EOS M6, Canon strips down the M5 See it $699 Canon EOS M6 See It Mentioned Above Canon EOS M6 (with 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, black) $699center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $699 See It 0 $699 See It Canon Sony Best Buy Dell Now playing: Watch this: Walmart The A6600’s screen has more flexible tilting angles and a deeper grip — with a bigger battery — than the A6500. Lori Grunin/CNET Sony and Canon announced updates to their mainstream APS-C cameras — the Sony A6100 and A6600 and the Canon EOS M6 Mark II and EOS 90D — and as if it wasn’t already obvious, they make it clearer that cameras based around the APS-C-size sensor have very much ceded place to their larger-sensored full-frame siblings when it comes to innovation. They now get the technological hand-me-downs. With prices for older full-frame models like Sony’s A7 II now below $1,000, it’s not surprising. But if nothing else, the newer APS-C models tend to inherit better, more recent autofocus systems and processing engines that may be worth the image quality trade-off (which you may not even notice) for shooting action. Sony A6100, A6600 The A6000 was just too good for its time, and in the five years since it launched the price has dropped to make it a great value. Sony’s been trying to lure buyers upstream to models like the A6300 and more recently, the A6400, but it takes a lot to displace a great deal. Sony’s taking another stab with the A6100.  It’s slated to ship in October for $750 (body only), $850 with the 16-50mm power-zoom lens and $1,100 for a kit with the 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses. Though Sony touts a lot of “new” features, like an improved autofocus system with its real-time tracking and 4K video, they’re only new if you compare it with the old A6000; it looks like the A6100 is more a stripped-down A6400, with the old viewfinder from the A6000 and no support for Picture Profiles, Sony’s settings for shooting video that you’re planning to edit for exposure and color. It costs $150 more than the A6000 and $150 less than the A6400. sony-a6100-a6600-16The A6000’s body is the gift that keeps on giving; the design of its successors hasn’t changed significantly since 2014, and the A6100 is no exception. Lori Grunin/CNET While it might succeed at making a slight dent in demand for the old model, I don’t think the A6100 moves the needle enough for people who are looking for a cheap-but-decent camera kit under $500, especially given how much of a bargain the A6000 routinely becomes around the holiday shopping season. To me, improvements in autofocus and processing are always worth an upgrade, but at that level it’s almost all about price. In fact, it’s more likely to eat into sales of the A6400, as well it should.  last_img read more

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Survey scans for elodea spread in Interior finds naught

first_imgA variety of agencies in the state are working to eradicate the invasive aquatic plant elodea. This summer, elodea was detected and treated in Anchorage’s Lake Hood, and a survey to search for elodea along the Tanana River downstream of Fairbanks has just concluded.Download AudioElodea. (Photo from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)The plant has the potential to make drastic changes to aquatic ecosystems.Elodea is a plant commonly found in aquariums that, if released in the wild, will dominate certain lake or river habitats, choking out native vegetation and altering the food web at all levels.National Park Service Aquatic Ecologist Amy Larsen describes a few of the changes that elodea can bring about:“It increases sedimentation rate, allowing more sediment to settle out of the water.  And it can decrease the dissolved oxygen concentration in the water because it is growing so rapidly and using up all of that oxygen.  But it also just displaces our native aquatic plants, which are good forage for a variety of waterfowl species.”In addition, elodea can ruin the clear-water habitat needed by grayling and spawning salmon, and give an advantage to ambush predators like northern pike.In a place like Lake Hood, elodea was perceived more as a threat to human safety than the environment, because it clogs floatplane rudders or impedes a floatplane’s ability to move along the water.But if pieces of elodea were to hitch a ride on some of the float planes that depart from Lake Hood, it could cause trouble in other ecosystems around the state.So a variety of agencies quickly recognized the seriousness of the situation and the state Department of Natural Resources was granted an emergency exemption to apply a series of herbicides.Invasive Plant and Agricultural Pest Coordinator Heather Stewart with DNR explains that after an initial knockdown with the chemical diquat in July, a more lethal attack with fluridone happened in Lake Hood earlier this month.“Diquat is a contact herbicide so it basically reduces the top biomass in aquatic systems. Whereas fluridone is a systemic herbicide, so there has to be uptake by the plant, and it prohibits the production of chlorophyll in the plant, so it has the plant starve itself in the long term.”The last application of fluridone comes in a slow-release pellet, which continues to work throughout the winter as elodea may be trying to reestablish itself.  Stewart says that the herbicides appear to have worked, and there is no elodea visible in Lake Hood now.  The herbicides killed most of the other plant life in Lake Hood as well.In the Interior, a multi-agency search for elodea just wrapped up, looking along the Tanana River downstream of Fairbanks and up the Tolovana River to the village of Minto.The survey did not turn up any new pockets of elodea.It was motivated by the discovery of the plant in Totchakat Slough near Nenana about a month ago.  That represents a big jump for elodea from its previously-known concentrations around Chena Slough and Chena Lakes.Amy Larsen with the National Park Service says that having elodea in a major river system like the Tanana introduces many new ways for the plant to spread.“The river itself can move that plant around, either when the Tanana floods and floods into adjacent wetlands or when streams back up and reverse flow during flooded periods.  Then fragments of elodea can move up these streams and get trapped on woody debris and then it can root.”Elodea can also be carried downriver by ice during spring breakup.  While it is not a threat to take root in the main stem of deep, silty rivers like the Yukon, it can use these rivers to get to more conducive habitats.It reproduces by fragmentation, when parts of the plant break off and move elsewhere.  It can also send out seed, though Heather Stewart with DNR says she has only seen a few examples of flowering elodea in the state – one of which was Chena Slough.DNR is attempting to get the necessary permits to apply herbicides there, in addition to waterways near Cordova.  Funding is in place to eradicate elodea in Alexander Lake in the Mat-Su Borough as well, and Stewart reports elodea is nearly gone from various locations on the Kenai.Elodea has reached a total of 22 lakes, streams and rivers in Alaska so far.last_img read more

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Term Deposit Rates Cut By ICICI And HDFC

first_imgA man walks past a HDFC Bank branchReutersDays before the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan decided to maintain rates, the nation’s two largest private banks quietly brought down the deposit interest rates on offer; where the best rates now on offer are below 9%.Cutting interest rates by up to 50 basis points on differing maturities, HDFC has bought down the highest rate offered to 8.75% on deposits above one year. The rates are effective from this week.ICICI lowered rates by 25 basis points on term deposits. Currently, the bank offers 8.75% on deposits above 390 days. The rates are in effect since 28 November.Meanwhile, SBI had reduced interest rates by 1% on the shorter end from 1 November to 5%, according to a report in Times of India.Banks cite the ‘improving liquidity environment and systemic trends,’ as contributing factors to deposit rate cuts.Banks have seen deposit growth outstripping growth in advances, enabling better liquidity.The 10-year government bond yields have dipped to a 16-month low, falling below 8%, following the RBI meeting on Tuesday, reflecting in interest rates remaining low.Although deposit rates have been cut, the base rate has remained untouched; this is the rate which determines the pricing of most loans. Banks are awaiting RBI’s confirmation that the downward rate moment is sustainable.Industry has long been awaiting a rate cut to go ahead with their planned investments aided by better loan terms.A fall in money market rates is an indicator of reduction in interest rates. However Rajan noted that the reduction in money market rates not being passed on is a reflection of weak transmission.Following the policy meeting, SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said that the bank’s deposit and lending rates remain frozen at the moment.last_img read more

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Snapdeal will now deliver Rs 2000 notes to your doorstep through CashHome

first_imgOne of India’s leading online marketing portals, Snapdeal, on Thursday announced that in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation drive, they will deliver Rs 2,000 to the doorsteps of the customers.The firm launched a pilot service called ‘Cash@Home’ which allows users to order cash online. Reports state that the service is currently in its pilot phase and is live in Gurgaon and Bengaluru, where the users can pay for their cash using their ATM cards.The cash delivering service is expected to be extended to other cities soon. Snapdeal said that it will update the details according to the availability of fresh currency notes and will also consider user feedback of the service.According to Snapdeal, they will provide the facility through the Cash on Delivery (CoD) option on the portal. The release stated that the cash requested will be delivered after a day of the order.”The service is a goodwill gesture by Snapdeal to allow users to easily access cash without having to queue up at their bank or at the ATMs. We will charge a nominal amount of one rupee as convenience fee, which will need to be paid through FreeCharge/through a debit card at the time of booking the order,” the firm said in a statement.The company also said that customers can request Rs 2,000 per booking and can use ATM cards of any bank to pay for the ordered cash. The users will be required to swipe their ATM card at the PoS machines carried by the delivery officials associated with Snapdeal’s courier partners.”The launch of the cash on demand service is intended to further help our consumers tide over any cash crunch that they might face in addressing their daily needs,” Snapdeal’s co-founder Rohit Bansal said.”As the country transitions to a more digitally enabled economy, we’ve launched a series of timely initiatives – from wallet and card on delivery, to extending FreeCharge partnerships to smoothen this transition. The launch of the cash on demand service is intended to further help our consumers tide over any cash crunch that they might face in addressing their daily needs,” he added.last_img read more

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Two JMB men held in Rangpur

first_imgMap of RangpurMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in separate drives on Saturday arrested two suspected members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Rangpur city and Gangachhara upazila, reports UNB.Tipped off, a team of RAB-13 conducted a drive at Haragachh in the city and arrested Rafiqul Islam, 58, son of Abdur Rahman, at night, said Khandaker Golam Mortuza, media officer of the RAB battalion.In another drive, the elite force arrested Nurul Islam, 27, son of Sekendar Ali along with leaflets and some jihadi books from Talpatti in Gangachhara upazila.They were involved in collecting members and fund for the militant outfit, RAB claimed.last_img

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Saudiled coalition strikes after Yemen coup

first_imgKey actors in the Yemeni conflict. Photo: AFPA Saudi-led coalition launched Sunday a strike against Yemen’s southern separatists after clashes in the second city Aden left around 40 people dead, threatening to push the war-ravaged nation deeper into turmoil.The strike came a day after the separatists seized the presidential palace in Aden, a move decried by the Riyadh-backed Yemeni government as a UAE-supported coup.The deadly violence, which threatens to exacerbate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, reflects deep divisions between secessionists and loyalist forces, both of whom have fought Shiite Huthi rebels.”The coalition targeted an area that poses a direct threat to one of the important sites of the legitimate government,” a coalition statement said, calling on the separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) to withdraw from positions seized in Aden or face further attacks.It did not specify the target but residents in Aden told AFP it was an air strike against separatist camps in the city.Since the fighting flared on Thursday, around 40 people have been killed and 260 others including civilians wounded, according to the UN.”It is heart-breaking that during Eid al-Adha, families are mourning the death of their loved ones instead of celebrating together in peace and harmony,” said UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Lise Grande.Riyadh-based Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi — backed by the Saudi and UAE-led coalition battling the Iran-aligned Huthis — discussed the “latest developments” with Saudi King Salman on Sunday, state media reported.Another force in the anti-Huthi coalition — the UAE-trained Security Belt Force — has since Wednesday been battling loyalists in Aden, the temporary base of Hadi’s government.The Security Belt Force is dominated by fighters who back the STC, which seeks to restore south Yemen as an independent state as it was from 1967-1990.The International Crisis Group think tank warned that the Aden clashes “threaten to tip southern Yemen into a civil war within a civil war.””Such a conflict would deepen what is already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” it said.The coalition called for an “immediate ceasefire” and the Saudi foreign ministry has demanded an “urgent meeting” between the warring parties.Government decries ‘coup’ Both the Yemeni government and separatists said Sunday they backed Riyadh’s call for dialogue and a suspension of fighting.But in a sermon to mark the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival, STC vice president Hani bin Breik said his group will not “negotiate under threat”.Saudi deputy defence minister Khalid bin Salman also called for an “immediate cessation of hostilities and withdrawal from all forcefully occupied locations in Aden”.A Security Belt official told AFP Saturday the force had seized the presidential palace — largely symbolic, due to Hadi’s absence — without a fight.”Two hundred soldiers from the Presidential Guard were given safe passage out of the palace,” the official said.Yemen’s government earlier blamed the STC and the UAE for staging a “coup” against it.The foreign ministry demanded “the UAE halt its material support and withdraw its military support, immediately and fully, from the groups that have rebelled against the state”.The STC’s spokesman said the council was working to restore the water network, damaged in the fighting.Ties between the Security Belt and Hadi loyalists have been strained for years, and this week was not the first time they have engaged in armed clashes.They fought a three-day battle in January 2018 that killed 38 people and wounded 222 others after the government prevented a rally by separatists.The Security Belt has accused Hadi’s backers of allowing Islamists into their ranks and of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to support the government against the Huthis — backed by Riyadh’s regional rival Iran — who control large swathes of Yemen including the capital Sanaa.’Efforts to de-escalate’ UAE foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan said Abu Dhabi was “exerting all efforts to de-escalate the situation”, Emirati state media reported.The two camps should focus their efforts on fighting the Huthis instead of each other, he said.The latest violence erupted on Wednesday during the funeral of a senior Security Belt commander killed earlier this month in a drone and missile attack on a training camp west of Aden.The commander was among 36 people killed — many of them newly graduated cadets — in the aerial attack, claimed by the Huthis.The UN human rights office later accused the Security Belt force of “reportedly carrying out and enabling retaliatory attacks against civilians” from northern Yemen.Since 2015, fighting between the Huthis and Yemeni loyalists backed by the Saudi-led coalition has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, aid agencies say.last_img read more

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1 Million People Have Flown on This Star Wars Ride at Disneyland

first_img A ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This FallBest Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ In a galaxy far, far away, Disneyland recently welcomed the one millionth member of its Millennium Falcon flight crew.On Thursday, Disneyland announced the rider milestone, which took place at the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction inside the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park land earlier this week, according to a Disney Parks blog post.Disney cast members welcomed the Ridgeway family from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, including Jonathan Ridgeway, 8, Logan, 4, mom Becky and dad Roger on the intergalactic ride. Following the one millionth rider celebration, the family was treated with a special visit from Chewbacca and enjoyed Blue and Green Milk at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is a ride that brings together interactive gameplay and immersive storytelling to take visitors on their own Star Wars-themed adventure. Visitors are given three critical roles: Flight Engineers, Gunners, and Pilots. For the ride, each group of four has to smuggle goods and avoid obstacles along an intergalactic journey.Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, on May 31. Since opening its doors, the massive theme park has welcomed Star Wars fans from all over the world. In addition to eating Star Wars-themed food and shopping for Star Wars collectible items, visitors will also be able to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which places them in a heated battle between the First Order and the Resistance, later this year.More on Geek.com:‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ at Disneyland: Here’s What It’s Like Inside’Best Food, Drinks, and Merch at ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’Watch: Disneyland Stops Rides After Earthquake Shakes Southern California Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Virgin launches into Showbiz

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Virgin Australia has forged a new partnership with Showbiz International, allowing Velocity Rewards members to earn points when purchasing tickets on a new website, ‘the box office’.‘The box office’ website is powered by Showbiz International and sells entertainment tickets for the Australian theatre, sports, operas, concerts, musicals and other major events. Velocity Frequent Flyer general manager Phil Gunter said since the program began, members were offered a range of entertainment rewards, redeemable for points.“’It [the box office] will allow us to take these offerings to a whole new level, providing a one-stop shop for a range of events, along with exclusive benefits including access to ticket pre-sales, special offers and all-inclusive event packages.” Showbiz International CEO Craig McMaster said he was proud to launch ‘the box office’ in conjuction with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer program.“Virgin Australia is actively supporting both presenters and performers, and the Australian live entertainment industry,” Mr McMaster said. “We are very excited that we can add to this with a fantastic new platform that we are confident will deliver a first class ticketing service and online experience for Velocity Frequent Flyer members.”last_img read more

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Virtuoso forms partnership with First Travel Group

first_imgVirtuoso has announced the partnership with First Travel Group as part of its ongoing global expansion, which will see further growth into Asia throughout 2015.The company has a turnover in excess of USD$14 billion in annual travel sales and hopes that this new partnership will help it grow further.Virtuoso chief executive officer and chairman Matthew D Upchurch, said that the new partnership will aim to expand in the Asia-Pacific markets.“In keeping with our commitment to expand the Asia-Pacific markets, we are delighted to welcome First Travel Group into our network.  Its reputation and commitment to servicing the client whilst delivering high-end, experiential travel mirrors our own, and we look forward to working together to co-create a network that benefits advisors and travellers alike,” Mr Upchurch said.First Travel Group is New Zealand’s leading independent travel alliance specialising in high-end leisure and corporate travel.First Travel Group’s managing director Andrew Bowman, said that the company is excited to be working with Virtuoso.“We are delighted to enter this valuable partnership, which allows for a joint focus on creating customer value whilst maintaining independence and local market flavour,” Mr Bowman said.New Zealand’s travel agency elite, First Travel Group members Voyage Affaires and North Shore Business Travel, have been Virtuoso members for more than 10 years and this foundation in the luxury market provided the impetus for a deeper partnership between the brands. Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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Slack a messaging app for work teams

first_imgSlack is a new super messaging app for businesses, with 1.1 million daily active users in just a year of its existence with about USD 340 million funding raised and USD 2.8 billion valuation. A lot of third-party services such as Dropbox, Google Hangouts and Google Drive, Twitter, Mailchimp, and others are now integrating their services within the slack platform so that users can use their services right from the Slack service.The main reason for the hyper growth of Slack is due to the vast integration capabilities within these third party apps which keep all these different digital services in one user interface.Most of these service integrations have been focused on tech teams, or tech-savvy business teams, as that was the Slack first-adopter userbase. But as it moves into the mainstream work environment, its usage is now expanding into other early extra-curricular services through its main chat function, such as dating chat, startup advice chat, developers chat, and now, a new crop of group travel advice and booking services.last_img read more

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LISTEN Bruce Arians Cardinals head coach

first_img LISTEN: Bruce Arians, Cardinals head coach How much was Deone Bucannon able to do?“He went through all of individual (drills) and did OK.”Got any better feel for him as far as when he might be ready?“He’s right on schedule. We took him off PUP (physically unable to perform), did the walk-throughs last week and started doing some individual drills. Just see how he progresses each day. … He’s got to get in football shape real fast.”What do you need to see from Chad Williams this week?“Some consistency. He did a nice job getting open, understanding everything; just hold onto the ball. He had been improving every single day up until then—other than the fumble.”From what you’ve seen out of Bucannon, any idea on if he’ll play Week 1?“Oh god, we just saw him through individual drills today. I mean it’s way too early.”Can John Brown be effective for you this season even if he’s not quite 100-percent?“If that’s as close as it is, yeah. That was against their starters, so I think that kind of answers the question right there.”How important is he to your offense?“He’s huge because he had such a big year when he was healthy. He just stretches the defense plus he’s also a great run-after-the-catch guy. J.J. (Nelson) picked up some of that near the end of last year, and we missed it last year earlier when J.J. broke his thumb and missed most of early camp. You got to have those guys that can take the top off. ‘Smoke’ can also play in the slot. He can do a lot of things.” What if you only have Brown for half or three-quarters of a year, can the offense still be as potent?“Not when he’s not out there. It’ll be different, but hopefully we’ll have somebody that can do the same things.”How do you think Aaron Dobson looked in his preseason debut?“I thought he looked really, really good. He was finally healthy. He’s missed a month. He had a great spring and he looked very explosive. If Drew (Stanton) doesn’t slip on that long throw I think he’s behind him four or five yards.”Has Chris Johnson showed you enough to make this roster?“Yeah, it’s still a battle. It’s going to be a tough decision for that spot.”Follow Craig Grialou on Twitter Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Your browser does not support the audio element. (AP Photo) 1 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through; or in today’s case, practice as the team has broken camp and returned to its facility in Tempe.“Alright, solid start to this week,” Arians said. “Had basically two different groups: guys that played a bunch the other day just did some conditioning and most of the young guys who are playing in this game got a lot of reps.”last_img read more

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