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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 12, 2018

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 12, 2018

first_imgConservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update Article published by John Cannon There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. Tropical forestsBetween 2012 and 2017, scientists discovered 21 new species of plants and animals in Mexico (Mexico News Daily).Research finds that schemes to avoid soy-related deforestation don’t always work (CIFOR Forests News).Different datasets paint diverging pictures of deforestation around the world (Yale e360).Mining and illegal logging in the Brazilian Amazon are putting communities in jeopardy (DW).Ghanaian officials consider the use of deadly force against illegal loggers (Joy Online).Myanmar has a new species of gecko (Myanmar Times).The head of Royal Dutch Shell calls for a massive reforestation campaign to fight climate change (The Guardian).A new trade agreement between Peru and the U.S. could help fight illegal deforestation (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development).Other newsAustralia’s efforts to rehabilitate abandoned mines could inform similar efforts around the world (Ensia).Repair costs from severe storms are mounting for the U.S.’s disaster relief agency (The New York Times).A climate science report warns of the challenges for humanity in the coming decades (The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Rolling Stone).REDD+ programming begins in Pakistan (Urdu Point).“Seafood month” is designed to draw focus on sustainability, NOAA says (NOAA Fisheries).Chinese logging demand extends to Russia and Zambia (The Epoch Times).This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics goes to researchers investigating the impact of climate on economic growth (BBC News).Oil giant ExxonMobil backs a carbon tax-and-dividend plan (The Washington Post).Asian demand for sea cucumbers from Mexico may be leading to a population collapse (The New York Times).A study ties climate change to worsening mental health (Los Angeles Times).Scientists find two new species of lizards in the Western Ghats, a mountain range in India (The Wire).Labeling foods with environmental impacts could help people make more sustainable choices, advocates say (The Guardian).Banner image of a sea cucumber © Hans Hillewaert (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

UFC: Anderson Silva reveals why he wants to fight Conor McGregor

UFC: Anderson Silva reveals why he wants to fight Conor McGregor

first_imgAnderson Silva wants a piece of Conor McGregor. Image: UFC.comConor McGregor is a wanted man.Aside from drawing interests from the likes of boxing icon Floyd Mayweather on a potential crossover match, the reigning UFC lightweight champion has been called out by several MMA fighters who wish to take him on inside the octagon.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely St. Benilde takes third place ahead of step ladder vs San Beda “I believe he can make 176, 178 pounds, right? That’s a weight I can get,” Silva said, referring to McGregor’s pair of welterweight matches against Nate Diaz. “We started this work and I got to 174, but we thought it would be better now to do these tests.” Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims With his popularity at an all-time high, even former pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva wants in on the fray to test his skills against the Irish superstar.“I’d like to test myself against Conor because he’s an interesting martial artist,” the Brazilian legend, who’s slated to clash against Derek Brunson at UFC 208, told MMAFighting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAlthough Silva is considerably the bigger man between the two, both fighters possess similar lanky frames and have a penchant for picking opponents apart with their precision striking.“His stand-up game is an intelligent game. Not because he’s champion now, but for the martial arts challenge. I’d like to see how these stand-up techniques, his and mine, would mix, and how that would go,” the longtime middleweight champion revealed. DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “But not to fight for a belt or anything like that. For the challenge, an interest, that thing about knowing how a fight like this would go.”Prior to McGregor’s rise above the UFC’s upper echelon, Silva wreaked havoc in the UFC’s 185-pound division and defended his belt 10 consecutive times, before eventually losing the title to Chris Weidman in 2013.“The Spider” has hit tough times as of late, and lost four out of his last five bouts, with his lone win against Nick Diaz overturned after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.“The Notorious”, meanwhile, has become the third man in UFC history to win belts at two different weight classes, and is currently enjoying a break from fighting to aid his pregnant wife.Although Silva currently has his sights set on his scheduled opponent Brunson, he claims he’s ready to shed a few pounds to battle McGregor at 170 pounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The East Coast traffic nightmare

The East Coast traffic nightmare

first_imgEvery day, thousands of commuters who traverse the East Coast of Demerara roadway are woefully inconvenienced because of the snail-paced traffic. This is due to the ongoing road expansion project and despite the East Coast having a vital secondary road in the Railway Embankment, it is still saddled with heavy traffic build-up which worsens extensively during peak hours.Travel time is extended often making workers and schoolchildren unavoidably late. To try and prevent such tardiness, though no fault of theirs, they are forced to rise earlier. With young ones attending school in the city and other parts along the route, it has become extremely challenging to sustain such a routine. Fatigue then becomes a factor directly impacting frame of mind for learning. Employers are also challenged to remain flexible on adherence to promptness by their employees.Naturally, hours are lost, negatively impacting productivity. Frustration will, therefore, increase as construction prolongs. Getting emergency treatment for the sick or injured, response to a fire and to the airports are also arduous endeavours within the current circumstances.Clearly, it’s a price paid for development. This is not unique to the East Coast and residents throughout are not oblivious of the inconvenience that would result as improvement is undertaken. That said, the magnitude of the inconvenience could have been reduced with better management of the project.It is assumed that a thorough review was done to holistically assess the realities of the traffic situation and all aspects of diversion prior to commencement of the project. Assuming that, some form of a roadmap should have been derived, taking into consideration access and suitability of detour roads and placement of Traffic Police to ensure a sustained efficient flow.Some detour roads are very narrow and pose serious challenges to allow two lanes of traffic. Again, it is assumed that was taken into consideration and rehabilitative works done in preparation.Given the realities of the daily horrendous traffic situation on the East Coast, questions pertaining to the execution of the assumed processes in terms of actuality and thoroughness, abound. Even if there were some deficiencies in that regard in the beginning, the expectation would be for the contractor and the related authority to swiftly reassess in the face of what unfolds every day.In addition to that, in such situations, it is expected that commuters’ concerns are heeded and updates and advisories, which are designed to ease the challenges, are provided in a timely manner. This was clearly lacking when the Public Infrastructure Ministry recently paved Alexander Street between South and North Roads during the day when it is always rush hour in the city.That was a much-needed project, and the Ministry’s actions were well-intended and welcomed. However, failure to adequately and timely inform of closures and alternative routes led to chaos in an already-heavily congested area. Long hours of traffic build-up were compounded by the one-way designation of nearby streets.This raises the old tired question of why some of these projects cannot be done at nights. When pressed for an explanation in the Alexander Street instance, the response was that the work could have only been done when the workers are available. That strongly suggests that everything else was basically in place to facilitate the works in the nights. With regard to workers’ availability, that’s a simple question of management. Schedules can be readjusted to suit; similarly for works on the East Coast.The volume of traffic on the country’s roadways cannot be underestimated and taken for granted; similarly, people’s time and their convenience. It has been reported that the contractor and the Police are to meet soon to discuss possible remedies to the congestion on the East Coast with the hope of bringing much-needed relief to commuters.While there is some level of insulation in the adage of “better late than never”, it again brings into question, why now and not earlier or even before the works began. One would hope that it was not a case of commuters being taken for granted before this proposed meeting as what seemingly transpired in the Alexander Street scenario.It is also been reported that the long-awaited East Bank-East Coast road link will commence in July 2019. The belief is that this project, which will provide an alternative route that will ease congestion, was agreed on a few years ago, the question of why until next year readily jumps out.In many ways, these situations point to a perceived lack of capacity in prior planning and execution intended to minimise inconvenience, which to an extent is inevitable. This must be addressed and capacity built for people’s convenience cannot continue to be compromised. Maybe it should be made mandatory for the contractor to provide a plan for approval by the Ministry. Any which way, it speaks to the urgent need for that capacity to be in place.last_img read more

12-year-old boy struck, killed by SUV in Whittier

12-year-old boy struck, killed by SUV in Whittier

first_imgThe driver slammed on the brakes and swerved, but was unable to stop in time, he said. The SUV’s estimated speed at the time of impact was 35 mph, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic John Barrera. Police and fire personnel administered first aid to the boy, who was taken to Whittier Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, where he died, said Zuhlke. The victim was unconscious when rescuers arrived and did not regain consciousness prior to his death, said Barrera. Investigators at the scene determined the driver was not impaired in any way, Zuhlke said. WHITTIER – A 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle Sunday as he crossed Painter Avenue, officials said. The incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the 9000 block of Painter, near Oval Drive, said Whittier police spokesman Jason Zuhlke. The boy was walking north along the east side of Painter prior to the accident, then suddenly darted west across the street, said Zuhlke. The victim ran into northbound traffic on the two-lane road, and into the path of an oncoming Ford SUV, Zuhlke said. “With a deep sense of bereavement, the Whittier Police Department would like to encourage all parents to speak to their children about the importance of pedestrian safety,” said Zuhlke. – Brian Day160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Graduate Scientist with Donegal County Council (temporary)

Job Vacancy: Graduate Scientist with Donegal County Council (temporary)

first_imgApplications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Graduate Scientist with Donegal County Council.The position is temporary and will be for 12 months.The closing date for the receipt of completed application form is: Wednesday, 5 April 2017 Further information and application form available at: www.donegalcoco.ieor by e-mailing: vacancies@donegalcoco.ie or by telephoning 074 91 72264.IS FOSTÓIR COMHDHEISE É COMHAIRLE CONTAE DHÚN NA NGALLJob Vacancy: Graduate Scientist with Donegal County Council (temporary) was last modified: March 28th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councilscientistlast_img read more

Marshfield Athletics: The building of Beell

Marshfield Athletics: The building of Beell

first_imgBy Kris LeonhardtAs the Marshfield School District prepares to make improvements to their athletic facilities, the Marshfield Hub City Times takes a look at the district’s sports programs and facilities over the years.Following the 1940 completion of the Senior High building on Fourth Street to replace McKinley High, the city had secured a Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant.The 1941 dedication of Beell Stadium. Marshfield High School photoAs part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, WPA grants were designed to provide community jobs to the unemployed during the Great Depression. Community grant funds were used to build new parks, bridges, and buildings. Here, in Marshfield, $127,637 was provided for the landscaping and construction of the Senior High grounds.Funds were used for a variety of athletic facilities amenities, including tennis courts and hockey rinks, as well as foliage and decorative landscaping on the grounds.An intricate storm sewer system was installed, as well as an underground watering system. The water system provided the flooding for two hockey fields and a sprinkler system for a stadium-size football field.Constructed to be one of the finest high school stadiums in the state, the new football field would be the pride of the community for many years.Salvaged brick from the McKinley High building was retained to construct a masonry spectator seating structure that would accommodate several thousand people. Adding to its contemporary feel was the addition of eight flood lights to illuminate night games.The football stadium was completed in time for the start of the 1941 season. Halftime of the first home game featured State Senator Melvin R. Laird as the keynote speaker and Mayor George Leonhard.The stadium was named for local hero Fred A. Beell, the only Marshfield police officer to die in the line of duty. Beell was killed Aug. 5, 1933, while responding to a burglary call at the Marshfield Brewery.Next week: Cheerleading and early ladies sportsA special thanks to the MHS Athletic Department for providing the material for this series. For more information on the school district’s current athletic facility project, visit www.marshfieldschools.org. To donate, contact the Marshfield Area Community Foundation at 715-384-9029.last_img read more

Bumper maize crop for SA

Bumper maize crop for SA

first_imgA field of maize, known in South Africaas mealies, on a farm in the EasternFree State.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Priscilla Tsotso SehooleMedia liaison officer, Department of Agriculture+27 12 319 6843Janine ErasmusSouth Africa has achieved its biggest maize crop in 29 years, weighing in at around 13-million tons. This equates to about 4.8 tons per hectare and closely rivals the record 1981/82 yield of 14.42-million tons.Despite a worrying dry spell at the start of the growing season, the bumper crop is attributed to better farming techniques, above average rainfall, increased use of biotechnology and a move away from sunflowers and wheat, resulting in an 8.2% increase in the number of maize plants in the ground.This is the third year in a row that South Africa has reaped an above-average maize crop. Around 7.8-million tons is white maize and the balance is yellow, which is mainly used for animal feed.This means that not only will the country have ample supplies for its residents, who consume around 9-tons of the grain annually, but it will be able to export about 2-million tons in both white and yellow varieties.To date most of this year’s exportable maize produce has gone to drought-stricken areas of Kenya. About 3-million tons will leave the country next year.South Africa is the continent’s biggest maize producer. Last year’s harvest brought in 12.05-million tons of which 1.9-million tons was carried over to 2010.Crop estimatesThe Department of Agriculture’s Crop Estimates Committee is tasked with releasing crop estimates on a regular basis. To do this, the committee uses geographic information science (GIS) and an innovative, locally developed process called the Producer Independent Crop Estimate System (Pices).This involves a number of steps including the use of satellite imagery, obtained from the France-based Spot Image Group, to digitally establish boundaries of crop fields, the selection of sampling points at random, and visual surveys – using light aircraft – to obtain crop data.Once the aerial survey is complete, the information obtained is used to statistically calculate crop estimates.This system eliminates dependency on producers’ data, which has often been inconsistent in the past.The Pices system has digitised about 13-million hectares of crop land in all nine of South Africa’s provinces, and is constantly monitored to ensure that data is current. According to a GIS expert, this area can be covered in about two months by just three field observation teams.But the committee’s forecast is not as optimistic for the 2010/11 season, as plantings will decline mainly due to a drop in the maize price both locally and internationally, and more severe El Niño conditions. This climate phenomenon is expected to bring good rain in spring, but drier conditions in the middle of the warm season may even lead to a drought in some areas.In this case, commercial farmers have the option of switching to hardier crops, such as sunflowers. Maize prices are lower because of the stronger rand, the excellent current yield and the forecast of a similarly plentiful harvest in the US.While some other Southern African countries have also enjoyed a good maize season, a drought in neighbouring Zimbabwe has placed extreme strain on this year’s crop.Staple foodMaize (Zea mays) is a grass and a staple food of people on the African continent, as well as the most common livestock feed grain.In South Africa, which is also the breadbasket of the Southern African region, the maize sector comprises both commercial and small-scale farmers, mostly in the North West, Free State, Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal provinces.Maize is also used in the production of biofuel and starch, which itself is used in a number of products ranging from paint to cosmetics.Other major crops in South Africa include wheat, sunflowers, sugar, fruit and nuts.Media Liaison OfficerMs Priscilla Tsotso Sehoole (Acting)Mail:Private Bag X250, PRETORIA, 0001Street:No 20, Agriculture Place, Block DA, 1st Floor, cnr Beatrix Street and Soutpansberg Road, Arcadia, PRETORIATel:(012) 319 6843Fax:(012) 321 8558E-mail:cco@daff.gov.zalast_img read more

Amazon Bringing Its Daily Deals Service to New York City

Amazon Bringing Its Daily Deals Service to New York City

first_imgAmazon is bringing its daily deals Groupon competitor to the largest city in the United States. AmazonLocal, which debuted in select cities including Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago in early August, is coming to New York City. With Groupon’s IPO lingering, Amazon looks to be moving aggressively to impede the daily deals giant’s momentum.Since New York City is so big, Amazon says that the initial rollout will be for most of Manhattan (downtown, midtown, uptown including upper east and west sides) and Brooklyn. Amazon made no mention of the Bronx, Queens or Staten Island. Coming to New York City is a significant move for AmazonLocal and perhaps a precursor to a nation-wide rollout. Are you more inclined to use an established e-commerce company like Amazon for daily deals over startups like Groupon or LivingSocial?In addition to its daily deals offerings for physical locations such as spas, restaurants, cupcake bakeries or yoga studios, AmazonLocal will offer deals through the company’s subsidiary sites such as Myhabit.com and 6pm.com, as well as the main Amazon.com homepage. It remains to be seen if the daily deals phenomenon will retain traction among consumers. Groupon created the industry and has seen it grow wildly in the last several years but there are signs of consumer fatigue. Yet, Groupon continues to make aggressive moves to expand its core features and geographic range. We will see in late September or October, when Groupon’s IPO day comes, how investors rate not only the company but the daily deals space as a whole. Amazon probably likes what it has seen with the AmazonLocal product line to move into New York City. As we noted earlier in August when Amazon first rolled out its daily deals service, it has some significant advantages over Groupon. It has a mature infrastructure, the payment information of nearly all its members and experience in dealing with local merchants. dan rowinski Tags:#Amazon#e-commerce#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Google and Intel Announce New Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Google and Intel Announce New Hybrid Cloud Solutions

first_imgFulfilling the promise made earlier this year as part of a larger strategic collaboration, Intel and Google released the new Intel® Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos optimized for 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.Hybrid cloud is an essential part of most modern business infrastructure as organizations balance performance, TCO, legacy applications, security and compliance. Hybrid cloud remains the deployment of choice for enterprises with over 80% of organizations reporting that they currently have plans in place for deployment.“Multicloud and hybrid approaches are the reality for many customers today and with Anthos, we’re committed to providing customers with the best platform on which to run their workloads,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud “Our partnership with Intel gives customers trusted, validated solutions on Anthos as they move to a hybrid environment.”Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos will soon be available from Lenovo, Quanta Cloud Technology, SHI, and World Wide Technology.Simplified Deployment and ManagementIntel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos can simplify an organization’s move to a hybrid or multi-cloud solution by offering pre-tested, validated solutions that use existing VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN environment.Anthos is comprised of a Google Cloud-managed software stack powered by industry-leading application-modernization technologies. The reference design is optimized for Intel architecture, and helps transform IT operations and more easily build applications on premises and in the cloud. Anthos works with new or existing VMware environments, simplifying deployment and management, along with streamlining installs and upgrades validated by Google Cloud.Organizations looking to benefit from Kubernetes and cloud technology will benefit from a pre-verified solution that includes Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) On-Prem on VMware vSphere using the VMware ESXi. By utilizing the VMware vSAN hyperconverged infrastructure, enterprises can lower their TCO, compared to converged solutions.Hyperconverged InfrastructureSales of hyperconverged systems grew 57.2% year over year in 2018, according to IDC, and remain the primary driver of market growth. VMware vSAN offers organizations high availability, improved security and performance, and it seamlessly integrates with VMware vSphere as a native hyperconverged infrastructure solution for business-critical apps, consolidated virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), mixed-workload infrastructures, and more.The solutions can also support remote storage as an alternative to a hyperconverged infrastructure deployment. And for easier management, Google Cloud Console gives you a single pane of glass view for managing clusters across on-premises and cloud environments.Strategic CollaborationGoogle Cloud and Intel have a long-standing strategic partnership. Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos is the culmination of a years-long collaboration. Google Cloud was first to offer Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory to its customers last October and announced three new virtual machine (VM) instances based on the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors earlier this year.Advanced Intel TechnologiesIntel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos eliminate costly downtimes and upgrades by using the latest advancements in Intel technologies to provide faster VM reboots, persistent memory, and predictable performance. Enterprises can now create and manage modern hybrid applications one time using Kubernetes optimized for Intel architecture and run them anywhere—whether across public clouds or on-premises.Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos include two configurations: a Base configuration that specifies the minimum required performance and capabilities and a Plus configuration to achieve higher performance. Customers can upgrade or expand on either of these configurations for additional capacity or performance.For more information, listen to Google’s Paul Mason on a recent episode of Intel’s Chip Chat podcast. To begin preparation for your organization’s cloud environment, contact your Intel or Google account representative and learn more at intel.com/cloud.last_img read more

City updates

City updates

first_imgWhat’s new in the big cities.LondonExhibition: Head to London’s National Gallery (Trafalgar Square; Tel: 020 7747 2885) to see the largest ever exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s surviving paintings. The display concentrates on da Vinci’s career as a court painter in Milan. Till February 5.Restaurant revamp: Celebrating its 50th year, a new-look Rib Room Bar & Restaurant (Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place; Tel: 020 7858 7250) is back with a pricey menu where modern British dishes sit alongside classic chophouse fare. The wine list comes on iPads, and there’s a comfy bar with snacks and a big focus on cocktails. Theatre: Celebrated comedy film The Ladykillers has been adapted into a hilarious and thrilling new play, which opens at Gielgud Theatre (Shaftesbury Avenue; Tel: 020 7907 7071) on November 26. Till February 12.Dance: Watch dancers from Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance group, take the stage at Sadler’s Wells (Rosebery Avenue; Tel: 0844 412 4300). Their new act is called White, divided into three parts, each presenting a different type of white. From: November 9 to 12.New yorkParade: Witness New York City’s holiday season officially kick off at 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24. It begins at on 77th Street and Central Park West. Expect thousands of soaring balloons, colourful floats and of course the Santa Claus. Route map on www.macys.com/parade New menu: Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin (155 W 51st Street; 212 554 1515), the Top Rated restaurant in the Zagat 2012 New York City Restaurants Survey, has added a new lounge area where you can enjoy a more casual a la carte selection for lunch. And by more casual, we mean you don’t have to have a reservation and gents don’t have to wear jackets.Ballet: The New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker features marching toy soldiers, a gigantic Christmas tree, crystalline snowflakes and some of the most glorious dancing. From November 25 to December 31; tickets start at US$ 29 (www.nycballet.com).Train show: Watch more than 100 model trains zip through more than 100 replicas of NYC landmarks–Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium and Washington Bridge–at the New York Botanical Garden (Bronx; tel: 718 817 8700) The set is made from natural supplies such as orange slices, cinnamon sticks, bark and pinecones. From November 19 to January 16.ParisChinese restaurant: Feast on the flavours of Canton at the newly-opened Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel (10 avenue d’Iena; Tel: 01 5367 1992). The menu has dishes with interesting names like Buddha Jumping Over the Wall and Beggar’s Chicken. The decor is all feng shui.Sandwich bar: Called The Club (rue Surcouf; tel: 01 4550 3154), this new Left Bank venture owes its name to the nine different ways it makes the club sandwich. From king crab to foie gras, roast beef to vegetables, all nine sandwiches come with delicious fillings. The drinks menu has fresh detox juices (carrot and ginger, for example) and the absolute must-have is the cheesecake. Nightclub: The newest nightclub in town is David Lynch’s Silencio (142 rue Montmartre). And it’s not just a nightclub; Silencio hosts live gigs, DJs and other performances; there are films, old and new, in the 24-seat theatre, plus food tastings and a concierge service.Exhibition: Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde–this exhibition at Musee D’orsay (1 rue de Legion d’Honneur) brings to Paris the works of Oscar Wilde, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and Aubrey Beardsley. Till January 15.KolkataSpa: Sohum Spa, a chain of wellness spas based in Mumbai, opened its doors to Calcutta at Kenilworth Hotel (Little Russell Street; Tel: 2282 3939). The three-room spa set-up is relaxing in dark wood and white. There are more than 30 therapies on the menu. The Sohum Signature Massage integrates a sports massage with Thai acu-pressure techniques.Vegetarian hotel: Bang in the middle of one of the city’s busiest stretches stands a swanky new hotel, Casa Fortuna (234/1, AJC Bose Road; Tel: 4021 8000), which is also Kolkata’s first vegetarian boutique property. Casa Kitchen, the multi-cuisine bar-restaurant, serves a variety of cuisine ranging from kebabs, Chinese and Continental.Store opening: The swanky 600 sq ft Tommy Hilfiger store at Forum Courtyard (Elgin Road) is done up with traditional maple wood panelling, Ithaca-striped wallpaper and peppy blue tones. The fall-winter collection, currently on display, finds its inspiration from the neighbourhoods and towns of New York. Restaurant: More news for vegetarians. Cream Centre, another Mumbai’s chain, has upped shutters in Kolkata. The 3,500 sq ft restaurant (1 Allenby Road, the lane opposite Forum on Elgin Road) is divided into three sections, with open seating dominating the centre and booth-like alcoves on one side, built to fit in with the thick pillars of the old building.MumbaiWellness: Leading French beauty brand, L’occitane en Provence, opened its first Mumbai store at The Palladium Mall (Phoenix Mills Compound, Lower Parel). The store is spread over 400 sq ft. Restaurant: Just the name Oye Kake (13, Cawasji Patel Street, near Yazdani Bakery, Fort; tel: 2287 1882) tells you which part of India is on the menu of this new colourful restaurant. But there’s no Butter Chicken from Punjab, this place proudly proclaims its pure-veg status. So forget the chicken leg and go for the simple yet delicious Sarson da Saag and Makki di Roti.Airport shop: The Eternal Gandhi souvenir shop is located inside the departure lounge of the international airport, and stocks around 50 Bapu-inspired products. The list is exhaustive. There’s ceramic Gandhi statues, wristwatches, T-shirts, mugs, statues of the iconic three monkeys, khadi shirts, bookmarks, magnets, notepads, calendars, paperweights, key chains and pens. Home store: Newcomer Shaastra (Waterfield Road, Bandra West; tel: 2643 2303) has railway clocks, wind up telephones and antique locks among other standard knick-knacks and accessories.Gwalior with Ayaan Ali KhanThe city: Though I have visited many ‘happening’ cities, the place I like returning to is Gwalior, where my forefathers settled in after they migrated from Central Asia. It is indeed the music capital of India. It was home to Tansen. You must visit the Tansen Tomb in Gwalior. Our ancestral home has been converted into a museum called Sarod Ghar. So anyone with a love for music and history would have a great time visiting the museum. Favourite hotel: For the stay, I recommend the fabulous Usha Kiran Palace in Gwalior. Originally a part of the Gwalior Palace that belongs to the Scindia’s, it is now one of India’s best hotels. From the food to the architecture, it is an absolute winner. It also offers great views of the city from its pavilions. So even if you are not staying at the hotel, do spend an evening at Usha Kiran Palace and enjoy the panoramic views. The mood: Gwalior also has an interesting city centre. It has malls, restaurants and cafes, all things modern… Yet there is an old-world charm because the city is very proud of its past.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more