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first_imgIndustry Perspective – We’re working with the server ecosystem to bring you a wide range of experiences and perspectives.  Join one of the upcoming live chats in The Server Roomon 4/2 @ 10am pacific. Visit Open Port Radio to listen to podcasts from industry insiders, or comment on and contribute to blogs and discussions.Become a Contributor/Submit an Article –Simply register and follow the “write a blog” or “create a document” links in the Action Box.Stay on top of the latest developments and key new content through Twitter.Access our XEON® 5500 Wikithat will include the best content available for Intel® Xeon® 5500 processor based Systems and Solutions including Case Studies, Best Practices, Known Solutions, Tools, Top Blogs, References, and Video links.More frequent polling to better understand your needs and desires and ensure that the community content hits the mark based on the community needs.And of course, we’re maintaining our popular “Ask an Expert” forum and other well established features from The Server Room. I’m excited to welcome you to our new Server Solutions Insider blog. Our goal is simple. We want to create a community where industry insiders debate insights and industry newcomers plug into what’s possible with the next generation of server technology. So I hope that you’ll join me and become a Server Solutions Insider.Here are a few of the new exciting capabilities you’ll find: Boyd . By:  Boyd Davis, General Manager, Server Platforms Group Marketing, Intel Corporation Click around. Check out the content and tools. Provide your point of view. Share your experiences. Invite others to join the conversation. And most importantly, let us know how we can make this a more valuable forum for you.last_img read more

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New Report Urges U.S. to Fund Research on Geoengineering

first_imgA group of scientists and policy specialists say it’s time to bring geoengineering research into the limelight. A new report, published by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center, argues that the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) should begin to coordinate “climate remediation” studies across a range of agencies. “The government should start doing research,” Jane Long, co-chair of the center’s 18-member Task Force on Climate Remediation Research, said in a press conference today. “It’s very critical that we not proceed in ignorance.” The problem is that, on the federal level, “there’s no research program at all in a coordinated way,” panelist Ken Caldeira, a climate scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, told ScienceInsider. This report isn’t the first to call for further investigation into the potential of geoengineering strategies, which encompass techniques to cool the Earth or absorb existing greenhouse gases using technology or ecosystem-based methods. A 2009 report published by the U.K.’s Royal Society argued that such drastic efforts could become important short-term tools for reversing dangerous changes to the climate. But the report also highlighted how little is known about the impact of many proposals to tweak global temperatures. A 2010 climate report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences came to similar conclusions. 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Such extreme measures are also likely to be relatively inexpensive, making it easy for relatively small groups to toy with the world’s climate. “If [the U.S.] does not create a real research program in the next couple of years, other things will fill that vacuum,” says Keith. Geoengineering techniques are also wildly diverse, notes panelist David Goldston, director of government affairs for the National Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., and a former chief of staff of the House of Representatives science committee. They include everything from planting new forests to painting houses white to using reflectors to bounce sunlight back into space. Although many government agencies should be involved, he says the White House is in the best position to coordinate the overall research agenda. “You need some kind of centripetal force,” he says. The report also recommends that OSTP form a panel of outside experts to address ethical concerns surrounding geoengineering efforts. Finding the money won’t be easy, Goldston admits. But he notes that government scientists are already exploring many of the basic questions underlying effective climate manipulation, such as how more opaque clouds may tweak rainfall. Other initial geoengineering studies may also be relatively cheap, since they’d largely be relegated to the lab. One controversy surrounding geoengineering, however, may revolve around the name itself. After some discussion, the panel opted for the term “climate remediation,” to avoid the negative connotations surrounding “geoengineering,” Caldeira says—the term may conjure up images of mad scientists. The report notes that some of the authors, however, preferred the old vocabulary.last_img read more

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India find ways to deal with bumpy turf

first_imgIndian hockey team looks well settled when it comes to one of the most important aspect of the game – drag-flicking. With three drag flickers – Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh – at their disposal, India will have the cushion to work out various combinations on the field.Most of the teams, though, have found it difficult to score from penalty corners, particularly from one side of the field at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, where the turf is bumpy as was seen during the warm up series against South Africa when stoppers found it difficult to stop the ball.”The role of stopper will be very important and we are working on that aspect,” Jugraj Singh, who is part of the coaching staff and a drag-flick expert, told Mail Today. “During practice sessions, we are trying to locate the exact area where the pitch is uneven so that we can avoid that part during penalty corners but it needs some practice,” he said.Jugraj said India have a few surprises up their sleeves as well. “We are practising some variations to surprise the teams in the qualifier. It is sometimes important to use the variations because the opponents may be ready for the straight hits.” Jugraj, who has been with the team for some time now, says the team is looking in good shape as far as penalty corner conversions are concerned.”We never had it so good. We have three quality drag-flickers. They have pace and accuracy and all three have different style and techniques. “Sandeep and Raghunath are in good form and Rupinder is getting back to form.” Jugraj said that they are also getting the videos of the dragflickers of other teams to study them.advertisement”France has a very good dragflicker, but I have not seen him. From whatever information I have been able to gather, I can say that he is good.”We are trying to get some of his footages so that we can analyse his game. Canada, too, are good in penalty corner conversions,” he said.last_img read more

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Sunil Gavaskar denounces on-field scuffles during India-Lanka series

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar today loathed the way Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers got involved in ugly on-field altercations, saying such incidents are poor advertisement for the sport.Indian paceman Ishant Sharma exchanged a few words with Dhammika Prasad and Dinesh Chandimal today, and yesterday, the gangling bowler argued with Rangana Herath and Kusal Perera.”These are some of the scene that you don’t want to see. The kids are watching and international players are role models. This is just a sport which should be enjoyed. You don’t want the parents to tell their kids that you should not play this sport,” Gavaskar told NDTV.However, the batting legend was impressed with the way Ishant has bowled in this Test. Also read: India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test Day 4: As it happened”He was terrific. The wrist position is better, the seam is upright, the away going delivery seems to have come back.It’s good news for the Indian cricket. If he can control (his temperament), it’s good (for the team),” he said.He played as he usually plays. If he can stop thinking about aerial shots, it will be good. He should play his shots but along the ground.” The former captain was also impressed with the batting of the lower-order batsmen.”It was fantastic. It was good to see the application shown. Amit Mishra was promoted and wickets in first innings must have spurred him on. The determination required was there. You just don’t sell your wicket cheaply. Make it hard for the opponents,” he said.advertisementAsked about the struggle of the openers of both the teams in the series, Gavaskar said,” the credit goes to the new ball bowlers. The kind of line and length they bowled made the job of the openers tough. There surely was technical deficiency. They played with foot forward and missed the range of shots on the back-foot.”last_img read more

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Green Chinese Entrepreneurs Striving to Be Effective Business Communicators

first_imgGreen Chinese small and medium business owners in a remote university conference center in southern Guangdong province rolled up their sleeves to become better communicators. Organized by the World Resources Institute’s New Ventures China program and hosted by the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communications at Shantou University, 34 green small and medium enterprises (SMEs) convened for a one and a half day workshop to learn the art of making an investment pitch. The businesses came from all over China—as far as Inner Mongolia—and represented industries ranging from water recycling to organic honey.”There are so many brilliant SME entrepreneurs in China who have developed innovative solutions for the country’s environmental challenges,” said Ye Weijia, New Ventures China Director. “They need investment and their main challenge is to communicate their solutions to investors in a simple and effective way.”Held on May 9th and 10th, the training was facilitated by Patrice Schneider, a former media executive and business communication expert. “Tell your story so that you can be a diamond!” emphasized Schneider who stressed to the entrepreneurs that the goal of the pitch is to attract investor interest by showing explicitly how their business solves the “pain” of the market and that they are capable leaders. “Investors always invest in people, not projects nor technology,” he advised.The centerpiece of the workshop was an interactive session in which the green SMEs presented a timed “6-minute pitch” of their business to the trainers. “Get to the point—fast, and make sure we know your ask,” Schneider told one presenter. Many entrepreneurs took this advice to heart. “After listening to the teacher’s instructions, I cut my 40-slide presentation down to 10 and re-organized my pitch to start with a brief story,” says Qian Yixin of Beijing Kingbo Biotech Company, a firm that produces organic fertilizers.With financial support from the Citi Foundation, Shell China, and Alcoa Foundation, the workshop also provided a unique opportunity for these entrepreneurs to network with each other – everywhere you turned, business cards were being exchanged and friendships were being forged. The event is part of the New Ventures program which supports sustainable enterprises by accelerating the transfer of capital to outstanding companies that incorporate social and environmental benefits.Learn more about New Ventures at www.new-ventures.org.last_img read more

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Spurs boss Pochettino hails ‘top player’ Alli

first_imgLeague Cup Tottenham boss Pochettino hails ‘top player’ Alli Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 12:53 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DeleAlli - Cropped Getty Images League Cup Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley Barnsley Following Spurs’ win over Barnsley in the Carabao Cup, the manager admitted the midfielder is crucial for his side’s success Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praised “top player” Dele Alli after the midfielder’s goalscoring heroics against Barnsley.Alli scored a 65th-minute winner to see Spurs past the Championship outfit 1-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Tuesday.Spurs 15/2 to win League Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Pochettino lauded the 21-year-old England international, although the Argentinian said the midfielder was not yet at his best.”For me, Dele Alli is a top player. He is a key player for us,” Pochettino told a news conference.”I think he helps us by scoring today. I am so happy with him. It’s true that everyone can do better, but I am happy.That felt good! Onto the next round #COYS #DELE20 #heretocreate pic.twitter.com/v46jdbcPLh— Dele (@dele_official) September 19, 2017″It is a period that he needs to find his balance, but I am so happy, his performance was good. He tried and scored and that is fantastic.”Spurs are back in action with a trip to West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

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Asian Airgun Championship: Indian shooters continue their dominance, make clean sweep of gold medals

first_imgAsian Airgun Championship: Indian shooters continue their dominance, make clean sweep of gold medalsIndian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.advertisement Press Trust of India TaipeiMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 18:52 IST Indian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei. (NRAI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndian shooters make clean sweep of gold medals at the ongoing Asian Airgun ChampionshipIndia’s overall tally stands at 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medalsThe competition concludes on Monday with the junior events in the 10m Air RifleIndian shooters made a clean sweep of gold medals in 10m Air Rifle event to continue their dominance at the 12th Asian Airgun Championships in Taoyuan, Taipei.India have won 12 out of 14 gold medals so far and their overall tally stands at 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medals.On the fifth day of the competition, Divyansh Singh Panwar and Elavenil Valarivan bagged the 10m Air Rifle men and women’s individual golds. They combined with respective teammates to win two Team gold medals as well and ensured a clean sweep.Divyansh shot 249.7 to Kim’s 247.4 for silver and Shin’s 225.5 for bronze.He shot 628.2 to top the qualification and lead two other Indians — Ravi Kumar (626.3) and Deepak Kumar (626.2) — into the eight-man final.In the final, Divyansh, the least experienced international among the three, led from the start to shut out the challenge from the Koreans.The Indian trio clinched the team gold with a total of 1880.7 to leave behind Korea with 1862.3.In the women’s final, Elavenil also led from the front to shoot a score of 250.5 and emerge triumphant.Hosts Taipei’s Lin Ying-Shin won silver with 250.2 while Park Sunmin of Korea bagged bronze with a score of 229.1.The Indian women’s team of Elavenil, Apurvi and Meghana claimed the top spot with a combined total of 1878.6. Taipei were second with 1872.5.In the men’s event, all three Indians including Apurvi Chandela and Meghana Sajjanar had also made it to the finals but finished fourth with 207.8 and seventh with 143.3 respectively.The competition concludes on Monday with the junior events in the 10m Air Rifle.advertisementAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championships: India’s gold haul rises to 8 after Sarabjot, Esha winAlso Read | Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team goldAlso Watch | Want to be at the top of my game ahead of Olympics, says Indian shooter Apurvi ChandelaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Asian Airgun Shooting ChampionshipFollow India gold medalsFollow Indian shootersFollow Shootinglast_img read more

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Liechtenstein can do more to enhance its financial integrity – UN anticrime

22 February 2008The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has called on Liechtenstein to take further steps to enhance its integrity as a financial centre after the tiny European principality recently ratified a global pact against international organized crime and human trafficking. Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of UNODC, issued a statement yesterday in Vienna describing Liechtenstein’s ratification of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crimes – which contains protocols against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants – as a critical step in the global fight against transnational threats.“This will further strengthen Liechtenstein’s efforts to combat money-laundering and enhance its integrity as an important financial centre,” he said. “It also opens the way for better mutual legal assistance, and eliminates banking secrecy as an impediment to prosecuting financial crimes.”But Mr. Costa added that “tax havens should not be used to shelter the proceeds of crime” and he urged Liechtenstein to also ratify the UN Convention against Corruption.“This would be a clear signal of Liechtenstein’s commitment to fighting corruption and improving international efforts to recover stolen assets. We need all countries, large and small, to prevent dirty money from finding a safe haven.” read more

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Ban urges Sudan to bring perpetrators of attack on Darfur blue helmets

10 July 2008The United Nations has launched an initial enquiry into Tuesday’s attack on its joint peacekeeping force with the African Union (AU) in the war-torn region of Darfur, which resulted in the deaths of 7 blue helmets, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Sudanese Government to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly. In addition to the five Rwandan peacekeepers and two police officers – one from Ghana and the other from Uganda – who were killed, 19 others – and not 22 as initially reported – were wounded when a patrol from the force known as UNAMID came under attack in North Darfur. “I condemn such violence in the strongest possible terms,” Mr. Ban said today at a press conference in New York, adding that the UN will continue its “impartial” efforts to fulfil the Security Council’s mandate and bring peace to the region.His spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters that “a preliminary fact-finding investigation is underway, which will be followed by an official investigation.”UNAMID reports that seven of its vehicles were removed by the attackers. Two others were burnt and an armoured personnel carrier was vandalized.The joint UNAMID military and police team was on a patrol to conduct an investigation into the killing of civilians in the area when they came under attack.The perpetrators were onboard 40 vehicles mounted with heavy machine guns, anti-aircraft weaponry and recoilless weapons, the mission said. During the attack, the team was engaged in a heavy and sustained fire, which lasted for about three hours, resulting in the loss of lives and severe injuries. read more

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Key UN body to examine links between population development issues

The 35th session of the Commission on Population and Development will also deliberate on the follow-up actions to the recommendations of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.In his opening remarks, Nitin Desai, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, stressed the link between the agendas of the Commission and other UN bodies. The start next Monday in Madrid of the Second World Assembly on Ageing, for instance, shows that the work of the Commission for Social Development, which had generally handled the questions relating to the ageing of the world population, was connected to that of the Commission on Population and Development as the demographic, social and economic dimensions of the issue were coming together.Another prominent issue of the current session was how to handle the ICPD review process, considering the high degree of overlap with various other processes dealing with social, environmental and human rights issues, Mr. Desai said. While the Millennium Declaration was an overarching framework for the international community’s work, a single, coherent framework was needed for monitoring implementation of the goals set by major international conferences, including the Copenhagen meeting on social development and the special session on HIV/AIDS.For her part, Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said the cost of funding contraceptives for family planning and condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS would double in the next 15 years. Despite that growing need, she said, donor support for contraceptives was at its lowest level in five years; UNFPA was facing a serious financial situation, as a shortage of $50 million was projected for 2002, and the ICPD financial targets were far from being met.More resources were urgently needed if the goals were to be achieved, the Executive Director stressed, adding that she hoped the recent conference on financing for development in Monterrey, Mexico, would result in greater funding for reproductive health, which was so crucial to women, families and sustainable development. read more

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Euro 2012 Soccer Racism and Soccer Are in Play

Read the rest of this story on Nytimes.com The most important sporting event in Eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall begins June 8 with the European soccer championships hosted by Poland and Ukraine.But a complicated racial issue has arisen as the families of two of England’s black players have said they will probably not attend the 16-team tournament, fearing abuse or violence in Ukraine, where the team will play its first three matches. A BBC documentary depicting racism at soccer games there has further inflamed emotions.At the same time, one of England’s top players, defender John Terry, faces a criminal charge after the tournament of racially abusing a black opponent during a club match last October in the English Premier League. The charge led to Terry’s being stripped of his captaincy of the English national team.Although racism in soccer has been a continuing problem in England, Italy and Spain, it has by degree seemed to be more virulent at matches in Eastern Europe, with some fans making monkey chants and throwing bananas at black players, while others have given Nazi salutes and chanted, “Sieg heil.”In 2011, the Bulgarian soccer federation was fined after fans made monkey chants toward the English players Theo Walcott, Ashley Young and Ashley Cole during a European qualifying match in Sofia. Also last year, the Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos walked off the field when a banana was thrown  toward him at a league match in Russia.The British government and the chairman of the English soccer association have expressed concerns about the possibility of racial abuse of players and fans in both host nations, particularly Ukraine. Few families of the English players are planning to attend the tournament, called Euro 2012, a spokesman for the soccer association said.Ashley Walcott, the brother of the English wing Theo Walcott, said recently on Twitter that the family was avoiding Euro 2012 “because of the fear of possible racist attacks/confrontation.” He added, “Some things aren’t worth risking.”A third of England’s team is black. Mark Chamberlain, a former player and the father of the teenage forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has said he will skip the group matches in Ukraine but may attend the tournament’s later stages. The final will be played in Kiev on July 1.“It’s a major concern,” Chamberlain said in a British television interview. “I think your safety is more important than a game of football. It’s just prudent to keep myself away from it.”Not since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo has Eastern Europe staged a sporting event the magnitude of Euro 2012. As co-host, Ukraine hopes to showcase itself 26 years after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and two decades after it gained independence with the dissolution of the Soviet Union.Yet the soccer championships will be played amid a planned political boycott of Ukraine by some European leaders over the imprisonment of a former prime minister, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, and accusations of an erosion of democracy. Widely publicized concerns have been expressed about racism, sex trafficking, overly aggressive police, the spending of more than $13 billion to host the event in a struggling economy and exorbitant hotel prices charged to visitors.“When Ukraine got this, people were saying it would be a showcase, to show its democracy, that its economy was growing, that it was part of Europe,” said Steven Pifer, a former United States ambassador to Ukraine who is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “Now that it has arrived, the price gouging, corruption, the perception that Ukraine is going back on democracy and the decision by some European leaders to stay away is going to put a rain cloud over their parade.”There has long been a strain of xenophobia in the Slavic cultures of the former Soviet Union. While anti-Semitism has waned, it has often been replaced by racism toward people from the Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa.Club soccer at the top level in Europe, however, is increasingly inclusive, with players from different nations, races and ethnic groups joining to form the highly regarded teams at Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Manchester United. National teams in England, France, the Netherlands and Germany also field multicultural squads. read more

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You will need to check out by 4pm Grenfell Tower survivors given

first_img Image: Frank Augstein AP/Press Association Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 24th 2017, 3:50 PM 27,518 Views Image: Frank Augstein AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3462157 Share43 Tweet Email ‘You will need to check out by 4pm’: Grenfell Tower survivors given hours’ notice to leave hotel Survivors were left unsure of where they were going to go next, after the letter from the local council. Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 3:50 PM 24 Comments By Sean Murray SURVIVORS OF THE Grenfell Tower fire were forced to leave a west London hotel with only a few hours notice.In a letter, seen by Sky News, from Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, survivors were asked to leave the hotel they were staying in by 4pm yesterday afternoon.The letter left contact details to arrange alternative accommodation, but some victims said that there was no answer as to where they should go next.The council letter said:Despite efforts to extend your stay… regrettably the hotel has stated that they do not have availability to extend your booking. You will need to check out of this hotel by 4pm. Please contact the accommodation team as a matter of urgency to discuss your urgent options.The Muslim Council of Britain, who have been assisting the survivors of the fire, said that some of those occupying the 20 rooms in the hotel were left unsure of where to go next.Asif Hussain said: “When they rang the number that was written on the letter even as late as 12.30, they weren’t told, they didn’t know where they were going, they had to pack their bags, get ready to go but they didn’t know where.They have been left completely in the lurch, completely in the dark not knowing where they are going until a taxi arrives at the hotel, taken to the taxi and at that point they know where they are going.Hussain added that several of those forced to move said that this had already happened on several occasions since the fire.A spokesperson for the Grenfell fire response said that the moves from the hotel were necessary because the hotel had to accommodate previous bookings.“We obviously regret disruption to people who have already suffered,” they said, “and we are trying hard to avoid unnecessary moves.”The spokesperson added that the victims had been accommodated in hotels in central London.With reporting from AFPRead: ‘Where are we all going?’: 83 residents of Camden towers refuse to leave their homesRead: Five tower blocks with 800 homes being evacuated in Camden over fire safety fearslast_img read more

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Working in Clark County Phuong Pham senior manufacturing technician nLIGHT

first_imgA professed gadgeteer, Phuong Pham works in the fast-paced, innovative field of laser manufacturing technology. Someone who — for fun — rebuilt and retrofitted the optical housing for his car’s headlights, Pham spends his workdays assuring quality products, troubleshooting equipment and processes and training colleagues. “I enjoy getting introduced to the latest technology, and working with all kinds of people,” he says. “Actually knowing the products I help manufacture and the final results they go into is something I like about working in manufacturing.”Residence city: PortlandEmployer/business name: nLIGHT, 5408 N.E. 88th St., Building E, Vancouver. www.nlight.netAge: 39Educational/professional background: When I was 2 years old, my family came to the United States on refugee status after the Vietnam War, settling in Portland. I graduated from Reynolds High School in 1996, then went on to receive an associate degree at Mount Hood Community College. I eventually got a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing from the Oregon Institute of Technology.How — and when — you got started in your business: My first manufacturing job, in 2003, was at Nike making air soles. It kept me busy during the summer as I was still going to college. Being exposed to all the different types of machines and the methodology of manufacturing really got me intrigued. My next manufacturing job was at Wafertech, making microchips. After several years working there, I decided to try something different. Lasers were a new concept to me and nLIGHT was the perfect opportunity to satisfy my curiosity. Once I got started working here, I saw the diverse capabilities of a laser’s use. Even after 10 years of working here, it’s still exciting to see how we are applying our lasers to so many different applications.Personal/business philosophy: Sometimes you don’t know your full potential until you push yourself to the edge of your capabilities.Most rewarding part of job: Working with all the talented people on a daily basis. It’s amazing how much I can learn just from their experience. Each person has a unique skill they bring to the table. Giving them the opportunity to share it and finding a way to apply it to my needs is definitely valuable.Most challenging part of job: Getting new colleagues up to speed on what they need to do to perform their duties, while staying on schedule with my daily tasks. This requires an understanding of how they work and the best way to feed them the information they need.last_img read more

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Holiday on Monday in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Dec 2015 – On Monday, it is Boxing Day holiday observed… most businesses will remain closed, reopening on Tuesday as we make that final lap into the year 2016. Maskanoo to take over Grace Bay strip Boxing Day Saturday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:boxing day Public Holiday today; School in on Monday TCI POLICE SET TO UPDATE ON KENTLEY KILLINGlast_img

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Kawasaki to Offer Versys 1000 and ER6n in India Report

first_imgJapanese two-wheeler major, Kawasaki is reportedly planning to bring its Versys 1000 and ER-6n motorcycles to India.Kawasaki which recently introduced two new bikes in the sub-continent is said to be aiming to expand its foothold in the market. Currently, the motorcycle major sells four models-the Ninja ZX-10R and the Ninja ZX-14R, followed by the Z1000 and Ninja 1000 in India, and is likely to launch the Z800 next year.Both the Versys 1000 and The ER-6n are expected to get a soft launch at Kawasaki showrooms in Pune by mid of 2014, according to Auto Car IndiaThe Kawasaki Versys is powered by 16-valve, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line-four engine, which can pump in a power of 118bhp at 9,000rpm and a torque  of  10.4kgm at 7,700rpm. On the other hand, ER-6n naked bike draws its power from a four-stroke, parallel-twin, 649cc, liquid-cooled, eight-valve engine that is mated to a six-speed gearbox. It generates a power of 72bhp at 8,500rpm and a torque of 6.5kgm at 7,000rpm.At present, Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 and 650 are assembled locally at Bajaj’s Chakan facility, Pune and the Z1000 and Ninja 1000 are brought to India as completely Built Units (CBUs). Rumours are rife that the company’s Z800 will hit the India market in January 2014.Reports also suggested that the Z800, the naked streetfighter has already reached the company’s Pune showroom, hinting an imminent launch. The bike is powered by a 4-stroke, inline-four 806cc liquid-cooled engine, which generates a maximum power output of 113 bhp 8.46 kgm torque.last_img read more

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Apple tax avoidance plan laid bare in leaked documents

first_imgan Apple logo on the outside of an Apple store in San Francisco, California. AFP file photoApple shifted much of its offshore wealth from Ireland to a tax haven in the British Isles, according a review of leaked Paradise Papers documents Monday.Apple confirmed the move in an online post, saying it served to “ensure that tax obligations and payments to the US were not reduced.”After the US technology colossus stated publicly in 2013 that it was paying its proper share of taxes, it moved the bulk of its untaxed overseas cash to Jersey, a British dependency in the Channel Islands, various media organizations reported based on the once-secret cache of documents known as the Paradise Papers.The documents shared with some media outlets by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has exposed tactics the wealthy and powerful have used to avoid taxes.In its lengthy post, Apple said it moved profits to Jersey while making corporate changes to adapt to Irish tax laws tightening in 2015.“Apple’s subsidiary, which holds overseas cash, became resident in the UK Crown dependency of Jersey, specifically to ensure that tax obligations and payments to the US were not reduced,” Apple said.Since then, all of Apple’s Irish operations have been conducted through Irish resident companies, paying a statutory 12.5 percent tax, according to the California-based technology titan.“Since then, Apple has paid billions of dollars in US tax on the investment income of this subsidiary,” Apple said.“There was no tax benefit for Apple from this change and, importantly, this did not reduce Apple’s tax payments or tax liability in any country.”Apple’s lengthy written response did not specifically address what taxes, if any, were paid on the original profits channeled to Jersey.The world’s most valuable company noted that it has earmarked $36 billion to cover deferred US taxes.Prior to 2014, Apple had taken advantage of tax rules to route overseas revenue through Irish subsidiaries to minimize taxes.As Apple came under pressure in the US and Europe about what was called the “double Irish” scheme, it enlisted offshore finance law firm Appleby to find a new place to stash cash out of the reach of tax collectors, reports said.Who to pay?Apple settled on Jersey, which had a tax rate of zero for foreign companies.Emails cited in reports indicated Apple wanted the arrangement kept secret.In its post, Apple insisted it is the world’s biggest taxpayer, paying more than $35 billion in corporate income taxes during the past three years, plus billions more in taxes on property, payrolls, sales and value-added tax, or VAT.“The debate over Apple’s taxes is not about how much we owe but where we owe it,” Apple said.“Under the current international tax system, profits are taxed based on where the value is created.”Apple maintained that the “vast majority of the value in our products is indisputably created in the United States,” the home to design, development engineering and more for the company.Apple said that its effective global tax rate is 24.6 percent.The company currently faces an EU demand for some $14.5 billion in taxes based on a ruling that its tax structure in Ireland amounted to illegal state aid.Appleby was cited as the source of much of the leaked financial data that has resulted in searing revelations in recent days.Tax tug-of-warApple said that reforming the international tax system to make it simpler is “essential” and needed to “remove the current tug of war between countries over tax payments.”“We understand that some would like to change the tax system so multinationals’ taxes are spread differently across the countries where they operate, and we know that reasonable people can have different views about how this should work in the future,” Apple said.“At Apple we follow the laws, and if the system changes, we will comply.”Paradise Papers documents also show details of offshore deals involving Queen Elizabeth II, the US commerce secretary, a fundraiser for Canada’s prime minister and others.last_img read more

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CDC Early Childhood Obesity Down More Improvement Needed

first_imgThe number of young obese children in the United States has gone down according to new data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the CDC data showed that obesity among children between the ages of two and five has dropped in the last decade. Where 13.9 percent of the age group hit the medically obese mark between 2003 and 2004, only 8.4 percent had excess body fat between 2011 and 2012. And while health officials have been praising the downturn all week, one Baton Rouge, La. doctor says there is much more to be done- especially when it comes to the African American community. “Overall we still have a pretty significant epidemic,” said Dr. Rani G. Whitfield, a certified family physician with his own practice. “Obesity itself is related to over 30 different diseases including some forms of cancer. It’s across race and class lines but it definitely seems to be affecting African Americans, Hispanics, and even Native Americans more. There’s a lot of work to do.”According to the study, which included 9,120 patients, “more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of youth in the United States are obese, although the prevalence remained stable between 2003 to 2004 and 2009 to 2010.” Women who are over the age of 60 saw a significant uptick in their obesity rates, with data from 2003 to 2004 and 2011 to 2012 showing a change from 31.5 percent to 38.1 percent. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute exercise and diet are two key ways to control obesity, which isn’t helped by the lifestyle many Americans live: full of fast food and carryout dinners in between rides in the car and hours behind a desk for majority, sans any real physical activity. The Institute recommends limiting time spent in front of televisions and computer screens and increase time spent getting up the heart rate. In a 2010 survey, the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation found that the average child, between the ages of 8 and 18 dedicated more than four hours a day to watching television, an hour and a half to the computer, and more than an hour to video games. Children with televisions in their bedroom are more likely to spend more time in front of the screen. When it comes to minors, Whitfield also said an emphasis should be placed on the importance of making better choices on a day-to-day basis.“They need to know that a majority of their plate needs to look green and colorful with lots of fruits, vegetables, and things that are fresh,” said Whitfield, praising the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s switch from the classic food pyramid to the “My Plate” visual initiative which he called “simple” and “easy.”Whitfield also weighed in on plates on Black tables nationwide, full of the traditional “soul food” fixings. “I’m in the South that was once called the ‘stroke belt…’ we tend to overindulge whether it’s sodas or fried turkeys,” he told the AFRO.Whitfield said that many foods considered staple dishes of Black culture, such as collard greens, start off healthy- but quickly go bad during the preparation stages where everything from fatback to sodium ruin the good intentions of eating something green.“We’re abusing a lot of the vegetables that we thrived on in Africa because we’re not cooking them properly,” he said. “When tradition is killing the community you have to do something.”“Overweight children tend to be overweight adults and I am treating children with the same medication I use to treat their parents for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol,” said Whitfield.According to the U.S National Library of Medicine, the obesity begins when an individual is consuming more calories than they are actually using. Obesity can raise the chances of developing a range of diseases from arthritis to heart disease, but shedding as little as five percent of the body’s weight can cut down or eliminate the increased risk.last_img read more

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Sony MusicPledged Spotify Payouts to Artists Affiliated Indie Labels Set to Start

first_imgSony Music is holding true to its pledge that it will distribute profits from its sale of Spotify stock with artists and affiliated labels. A letter distributed on June 14 to “eligible artist and participants,” and obtained by Variety, details how the Tokyo-based entertainment giant will approach potential payouts from the $750 million it earned from the sale of its shares (in April, SME divested half of its 5.707 percent equity stake in Spotify).Some 100,000 artists and over two million titles will potentially be able to participate. Payments are expected to start in August.The letter’s contents have not been verified by a Sony Music Entertainment representative as of yet.The memo outlines the “benefit of the Spotify investment presented SME with a unique opportunity to pay additional compensation to all of our eligible artists and participants.” It continues: “As we liquidate this holding in a disciplined manner over time, we will continue to make payments to all of our eligible artists and participants in the same way.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img According to the letter, the company will utilize an allocation formula which gives equal weight to both  verall revenue for Sony Music Entertainment and its portion of Spotify revenue during the period of ownership, after which SME will share said net proceeds with eligible participants. In addition, the payouts will not be subject to recoupment.As the end of the working day neared, managers and executives scrambled to make sense of the math, while some received phone calls directly from Sony Music brass to explain.last_img read more

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The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Diddy Kong

first_img With His Pistols Out, Diddy Kong is One Tough Kong!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Diddy Kong. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Who Are They?Diddy Kong is Donkey Kong’s son or nephew or ward or something. His tail must make him a different kind of monkey at least. He’s DK’s sidekick basically. He first appeared in Donkey Kong Country and is kind of a mascot for Rare’s reinterpretation of the franchise. He even wears a little Nintendo hat. And although Rare was eventually sold to Microsoft, Diddy Kong has remained as DK mainstay.Smash HistoryDiddy Kong first appeared as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl bringing some much needed extra Donkey Kong representation. It’s easy for Meta Knight to dominate everything in Brawl, but Diddy was also a very strong character with his tricky movement, peanut projectile, and banana mechanic taking advantage of Brawl’s much-maligned tripping mechanic. He shined even more in Smash Wii U/3DS as a main character for many top players.What Looks New in Ultimate?Diddy Kong got a couple of nerfs in Ultimate which makes sense considering how great he’s been historically. His shortened Monkey Flip and Rocketbarrel Blast limit his recovery and movement mix-ups. And the way he can pick up thrown bananas has been changed as well, although not necessarily in a positive or negative way. Right now the community thinks his overall strategy might have to change, but that he still has plenty of potential.Our Hopes?A Dixie Kong Echo Fighter for Diddy Kong I think would’ve been a no-brainer. Just take the Rare logo off of her beret. As for Donkey Kong characters, all of the heat right now is around King K. Rool since folks still need to figure him out. Still, there’s nothing funnier than watching a little monkey hopping around beating people up, and we hope Diddy Kong keeps that going.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76.last_img read more

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