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JD and Intel: Our Collaboration Pushes the Boundaries of Data-Centric Computing

JD and Intel: Our Collaboration Pushes the Boundaries of Data-Centric Computing

first_imgPresident of JD and General Manager of JD’s Big Data and Intelligent Supply Chain Group, Jian Pei (left), and Intel’s Ziya Ma (right), VP and Director of the Big Data Software Technologies, SSG announce the JD Intel Data Computing Joint Lab.This week in Beijing, Intel and JD celebrated their close partnership and collaboration during the JD Cloud Partner Summit with the inauguration of the new JD-Intel Data Computing joint lab. JD.com is one of the two largest online retailers in China, and increasingly a global brand, with over 313 million active users. In 2016, they expanded their services, to include JD Cloud—a cloud service providing enterprise users with infrastructure, platform, and software service offerings.The Big Data Cooperation Memorandum Signing Ceremony, pictured above, highlighted several newly launched collaborations between JD’s Big Data Group and Intel. JD built its technology stack on Intel® architecture from the beginning, and our success is based on these factors.Platform-wide CustomizationJust about half of the CPU volume Intel ships to our cloud and digital service provider customers are custom products. Intel and JD collaborated on a custom version of the next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor to support JD’s unique JD Cloud and eCommerce workloads. Beyond the CPU, JD also incorporated other Intel innovations such as Intel® Optane™ DC SSDs, and plans to adopt our upcoming Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory, a new class of storage technology offering the unprecedented combination of high-capacity, affordability, and persistence.These customizations provide significant performance gains on analytics and AI workloads, and help JD differentiate their cloud service offerings. JD joins over a dozen leading CSPs using custom CPUs from Intel.Workload Optimization for DifferentiationAI and Big Data workloads are key to personalizing the online shopping experience and improving supply chain efficiency. Intel® architecture allows JD to take advantage of the latest Big Data and AI workload optimizations. Intel also worked with JD closely to optimize their open-source software frameworks and toolkits, such as Apache Spark* on Kubernetes* and several others.According to Dennis Weng, Vice President of JD and GM of JD’s Big Data Group, “JD is building industry-leading big data architecture, balancing cost and performance with enhanced efficiency through a deep collaboration with Intel at both the hardware and software levels.” The result is a streamlined solution built on unified data analytics and AI pipelines. One example of this enhanced efficiency that we’re particularly proud of is a large-scale image search and extraction engine we developed together. You can learn more about this case use at software.intel.com.Partnership from Design-In to Sell-ThroughMany technology vendors supplying Cloud Service Providers like JD consider the job done after winning the design. Intel, on the other hand, is there to partner with our customers and help them grow their businesses using our technology. Intel offers joint marketing programs to help our cloud service provider partners grow demand for their Intel-based services. The JD Cloud Partner Summit is a great example of Intel sponsoring our CSP partner’s promotional activities to broaden JCloud’s ecosystem.For more information about how Intel can help you optimize your infrastructure and grow your cloud business, please visit http://www.intel.com/CSP. You can also join Intel’s Cloud Insider Program gaining exclusive access to the latest cloud technology, marketing tools and educational resources.last_img read more

EPA Rule Would Reduce Interstate Pollution

EPA Rule Would Reduce Interstate Pollution

first_imgWhen soot and other pollution blows away from power plants, the emissions can cause problems for nearby states that are trying to clean up their air. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a regulation that would make it easier for downwind states to met air-quality standards. “This EPA proposal is a big step in the right direction,” said Frank O’Donnell of Clean Air Watch in a statement, who called for deeper reductions. “There is no question we will need further pollution cuts from power plants to meet updated national clean air standards for smog and soot.” The so-called transport rule would impact 31 eastern states and the District of Columbia. By 2014, the rule would reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides—which contribute to smog—by 71% and 52% compared with 2005 levels. The agency estimates that these reductions would result in up to 36,000 fewer premature deaths and $120 billion of health benefits annually, such as preventing acute bronchitis and asthma attacks. The annual cost of compliance, such as upgrading power plants, would be $2.8 billion. 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In 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit told EPA to revise CAIR, by specifying which states were contributing pollution to other states, for example. Concerned that CAIR would allow power plants to buy pollution credits from other states, the court also wanted EPA to ensure that each state would end up with cleaner air. In a press conference call today, Gina McCarthy, EPA’s assistant administrator for air and radiation, said that agency scientists had done computer modeling of how pollution moves between states. In its proposed new rule, the agency allocates a pollution “budget” to each state and would allow trading of pollution credits between power plants within states. Limited trading would be allowed between states, with penalties if the state exceeds its pollution budget. Some observers are wary. “I’m very cautious about any interstate trading in this rule,” says Paul Miller, deputy director of the nonprofit group Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management in Boston. He would like to see a solid scientific explanation that trading would improve air quality in downwind states. EPA will take public comments for 60 days.last_img read more

Rio 2016: Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna storm into mixed doubles semis, raise medal hopes

Rio 2016: Sania Mirza-Rohan Bopanna storm into mixed doubles semis, raise medal hopes

first_imgThe star Indian duo of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna entered the semi-finals of the mixed doubles tennis event at the ongoing Rio Olympics by defeating Andy Murray and Heather Watson of Britain in straight sets here. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage) The Indians won their quarter-final match 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and seven minutes at the Olympic Tennis Centre here on Friday.The fourth seeded Indian duo dominated their British opponents with both Sania and Bopanna coming with some fine work at the net and excellent returns of serve.The Indian duo had a shaky start as Murray and Watson broke Sania’s serve in the second game to take a 2-0 lead. But Sania and Bopanna replied in kind in the very next game to force a service break of their own. (India @ Rio, Day 7: Live Updates) Sania then saved a break of serve in the third game before Bopanna held his serve with a powerful ace in the sixth game to level the scores at 3-3. (Also read: Boxer Vikas Krishan enter middleweight quarters)The Indians broke Watson’s serve in the next game to take a 4-3 lead, thanks to some excellent returns, including superb returns by Sania at the net.The Indians then brushed aside a strong fightback by the British duo in the next game as Sania held her serve.Murray held his serve to reduce Sania-Bopanna’s lead to 5-4, but a couple of brilliant aces by Bopanna in the next game handed the opening set to the Indians.advertisementThe second set went with the serve until the Indian pair broke Murray’s serve to take a 3-2 lead.Up by 4-2, Sania and Bopanna stretched Watson’s serve to 0-30 before the Britons managed to avert another service break.The Brits tried and staged a desperate fightback as both teams continued to hold their serve.But the Britons could not rejoice for long. Serving for the match at 5-4, Bopanna produced a couple of booming aces to clinch the game and send the sizeable Indian contingent among the crowd into celebration mode.last_img read more

“Every workplace could use a union” – Gawker Editorial staff votes to unionize

“Every workplace could use a union” – Gawker Editorial staff votes to unionize

first_imgOn Wednesday June 3rd, the writers at Gawker Media editorial staff voted to join the Writers Guild of America, East union – making the website the first digital-only media company to become organized. The motion passed by an overwhelming majority: Out of 118 eligible voters, 80 voted in favor of unionizing, while 27 voted against.In announcing the decision to vote, Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan notes that “every workplace could use a union,” reasoning that it’s the only mechanism that works to represent the employees in an organization. With the advent of online publishing, there’s been a steep decline in union workplaces for writers where, historically, print media had been liberally unionized. Finally, Nolan writes that while Gawker is generally a great place to work, a union ensures that it continues to be so – through setting pay and raises in a fair and transparent way, protecting employees and potential hires from discriminatory practices, and safeguarding employees in the event of layoffs.Contract negotiations have yet to go underway, but at present relations between the writer’s staff and Gawker management remain amicable. Gawker founder and president Nick Denton stated on Wednesday, while the vote was taking place, that he is “intensely relaxed” about the situation.As our founder, Sara Horowitz noted in her Fast Company piece prior to the vote, the idea of unionizing is increasingly popular among the under-35 set. In fact, when Sara founded this organization it was largely a research and advocacy outfit, but it became clear that this new population of freelance workers was really a constituency. So we polled you, our members, and the word that seemed to resonate most was “union” – it evokes unity, mutual support and power. And, since 2007, our under-30 membership has risen 3,000% percent. “Like handle bar mustaches and artisan crafts,” she remarks, “unions as a concept seem to be making a come back.”The Gawker Editorial team’s affirmative vote certainly backs that up – especially as it breaks traditional associations with unions as representatives of low-wage, blue collar workers. The majority of Gawker writers do not come from a tradition of unions; they’re young and hip to the idea of collective bargaining as a path to workplace equilibrium.We recommend checking out the real action here, where Gawker writers give readers an insider’s view into the decision process and discuss why they decided to vote yay or nay. For a more cohesive summary of events, New York Times labor writer, Steven Greenhouse also penned a comprehensive op-ed for the LA Times covering the decision and its impact on the labor movement.last_img read more

Three Reasons Investors Are Beginning to Take Sustainability Seriously

Three Reasons Investors Are Beginning to Take Sustainability Seriously

first_imgThis article was originally published by The Guardian.I recently attended the annual conference of the CFA Institute, the largest association of investment professionals in the world. This blog post is based on remarks I gave at a panel discussion, “Sustainable and Responsible Investing: Can Markets Save the World?” Notably, this is the first time the Institute has hosted a plenary session on sustainable investing at its annual conference.Most of the ingredients for a healthy, secure, and fulfilling existence come to us from nature. Food, clean water, pollination, and natural hazard protection are all essential goods and services that underpin our economy and secure our well being. But business models that exploit these benefits unsustainably are intensifying pressure on our planet’s natural resources, putting their future—and ours—in jeopardy. How can we relieve this pressure before it is too late?As a first step, we need to recognise that rapidly declining natural systems are bad news for business. There is a two-way street between the economy and the environment: businesses damage the environment, and the damaged environment then creates risks to the bottom lines of businesses.But why should members of the investment community care? After all, they are not trying to save the world; they have a fiduciary responsibility to generate returns to their shareholders. Three reasons explain why investors should include sustainability considerations in their decisions, and why doing so is compatible with fiduciary responsibility.1. Environmental degradation and the impacts of climate change are material business risksA World Economic Forum global risk survey of more than 700 leaders identified sustainability issues—water, extreme weather and climate change—as top global business risks. Environmental degradation and climate change create unexpected risks in corporate value chains—not just environmental risks, but business risks.Companies in the food sector are especially vulnerable. Asda, the British supermarket chain owned by Walmart, for example, found that 95 percent of its fresh product lines are threatened by climate change. When drought in the U.S. Midwest hit grain production, the earnings of Archer Daniels Midland, a U.S. processor of crops, took a hit, even months after the drought broke: its second quarter earnings in 2013 fell by 21 percent amid weaker grain-handling profits.The interconnected nature of environmental threats can also result in cascading risks. Consider the case of Anheuser-Busch, the world’s largest beer brewer. Drought in the U.S. Pacific Northwest in 2001 severely affected its operations. When the amount of water available for irrigation dipped, the price of barley, a key ingredient in beer, skyrocketed. At the same time, the availability of aluminum for cans dropped as smelters, which rely on low-cost power from hydroelectric dams, reduced output because of rising electricity prices.The energy sector is another risk hotspot. Half of all shale reserves are located in water-stressed areas, and half of the world’s largest coal-producing/consuming countries are at risk of high levels of water stress. Energy companies depend on water for extraction and production (coal, gas, oil, biofuels), electricity generation (hydro) and cooling (coal, nuclear, gas). No water, no energy. Energy outages, in turn, create ripple effects across the economy. Water supply also depends on energy to power treatment plants and transport water through pipes. No energy, no water.2. Companies that damage the environment can no longer hideCompanies now operate in a global fishbowl, with any flaws on full display. For example, NGOs are taking advantage of low-cost remote sensors, advanced information, communication technologies and social media to expose companies’ practices and hold them accountable for environmental damage. It’s now hard to hide bad things.Lumber Liquidators, a hardwood flooring specialist, experienced this trend firsthand. Following a tip from an NGO, U.S. federal officials executed search warrants at the company’s headquarters last September related to the company’s wood imports. Its share price dropped 13 percent on the day of the raid, and it has still not recovered.In a similar case, the world-renowned Gibson Guitar Company’s reputation was tarnished after it had to pay a fine for its use of exotic wood imported from Madagascar and India.Investor-friendly tools that provide information linking companies’ operations and environmental conditions and trends are also emerging. The online tool Global Forest Watch, for example, provides high-resolution, near-real-time information on deforestation around the globe, helping to shine a spotlight on businesses that contribute to deforestation.3. Sustainability is a major driver of business strategy and competitivenessWhile the investment community continues to linger on the sidelines of sustainability, members of the corporate community increasingly view it as a source of competitive advantage. A 2013 UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability found that 63 percent of chief executives expect sustainability to transform their industry within five years. Similarly, a Ceres survey of 613 large U.S. public companies found that 24 percent of chief executives had sustainability linked to their compensation.The Harvard Business Review has categorised sustainability as a meta-trend, along with information technology, globalisation, and mass production. Comprehensive sustainability commitments are now becoming commonplace among many major corporations. Philips has committed to investing €2bn (£1.6bn) in green product innovation by 2015. And Wilmar, a leading Asian agribusiness group, which trades more than 45 percent of the global palm oil supply, is committed to a deforestation-free supply chain.Companies are also talking more about sustainability when they meet their investors. Ceres found that 53 percent of companies surveyed were engaging investors on sustainability initiatives, up from 40 percent in 2012.A specialised section of the investment community (socially responsible investment (SRI); and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is already taking steps to shift investments away from businesses that harm the environment toward businesses that are better stewards of nature.But these enlightened investors represent only 10 percent of all investment dollars—they can’t save the world on their own. If the other $50tn-plus of globally managed assets handled the risks in their portfolios better, the market could indeed play a role in helping secure a sustainable future—for the environment and for business.The CFA institute, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, and other investor professional associations should prioritise training the next generation of financial analysts how to integrate sustainability into investment and lending decisions—not just those with SRI or ESG labels. This will require a shift in how investors view sustainability—from a do-good issue to a must-do consideration.It will not be easy, but the consequences of business as usual are unthinkable. As Nelson Mandela said: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”last_img read more

Courtois: Barcelona don’t want to draw Chelsea

Courtois: Barcelona don’t want to draw Chelsea

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona don’t want to draw Chelsea in Champions League, says Courtois Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:45 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Thibaut Courtois Chelsea 2017 Getty Images Barcelona UEFA Champions League Chelsea Atlético Madrid Roma The Blues goalkeeper says that Europe’s elite won’t want to face his side after they finished second in the Champions League group on Tuesday Thibaut Courtois has said Chelsea have no problems having finished second in Champions League Group C, despite the prospect of facing a seeded team in the last 16. Chelsea were held 1-1 against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, while Roma beat Qarabag 1-0 to leapfrog Antonio Conte’s men into top spot.The Blues will now likely face Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain or Besiktas as competition regulations mean that they cannot draw Roma or an English team in the next round.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The goalkeeper is aware of the task at hand for his side but knows that the European giants will not fancy meeting them. “There are several English teams that have been finished in first position, so we can only play against Barca, PSG and Besiktas, but if you ask Barca if they want to face against Chelsea, they will say no,” he said.”We are a good team and we are going to try everything to get far in the Champions League.”The Spanish side, meanwhile, have come in third place and Courtois is a little sad to see his former club go out.”Atletico are a difficult team to play, and we could have scored more goals but [Jan] Oblak had a great game, they are also dangerous at set pieces and they scored the goal for us,” he said.Thibaut Courtois“It’s hard for them, it’s a team that has come a long way in this tournament in recent years, but if I’m honest, from my point of view as a Chelsea player, they can still reach the quarter-finals or semi-finals. In the group stage, you do not want to face Atleti.”On the one hand it is better that they are out of the tournament, but I have many friends and it hurts me for them that they don’t continue in the Champions League.”The Champions League round-of-16 draw will take place on December 11.last_img read more

Ohio State Stays Atop AP Poll As Florida Jumps Into Top 10 And Michigan Soars

Ohio State Stays Atop AP Poll As Florida Jumps Into Top 10 And Michigan Soars

first_imgAP poll for the top teams in CFB featuring Baylor, TCU, and Utah. Florida Hype MisouriThe Gators are back in the Top 10.With the exception of Oklahoma, which was upset by rival Texas, the top 10 teams in college football’s AP Poll held serve this weekend. TCU, Michigan State, Alabama, and Utah were all tested, but all four endured. Ohio State moved to 6-0, while Clemson, Baylor and LSU rolled. The new AP Poll came out moments ago and there aren’t many surprises this week. As expected, Oklahoma is out of the Top 10, replaced by Florida. Michigan made a sizable six-spot leap up to No. 12, while Iowa and Oklahoma State also cracked the top 20 Here are the full rankings from the AP:1. Ohio State2. Baylor3. TCU4. Utah5. Clemson6. LSU7. Michigan State8. Florida9. Texas A&M10. Alabama11. Florida State12. Michigan13. Florida14. Notre Dame15. Stanford16. Oklahoma State17. Iowa18. UCLA19. Oklahoma20. Northwestern21. Boise State22. Toledo23. Cal24. Houston25. DukeHere is last week’s AP Poll, as well as this week’s Coaches Poll. What do you all think?last_img read more

Significant Employment and Earnings from Scrap Metal Trade – Hylton

Significant Employment and Earnings from Scrap Metal Trade – Hylton

first_imgMinister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, is hailing the successful reopening of the scrap metal trade.The Minister informed the House of Representatives during his 2013/14 Sectoral Debate presentation on Tuesday, May 14, that since the restart in January, the trade has generated significant employment and foreign exchange earnings, in areas such as manufacturing, the financial sector, trucking and logistics.“It has also benefitted suppliers of goods and services, and last but not least, the small man. Additionally, there has been positive impact on the environment, with no adverse impact on public or private property reported,” Minister Hylton said.He informed that attempts to breach the regulation have been met with swift and decisive action by the police, Customs and the special team at the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ).“So far, three persons have been arrested and charged by the police. One employee has been terminated and one exporter is faced with imminent suspension of his export licence,” the Minister said.He said that the successful restart of the trade vindicates his Ministry’s position that in the context of the global supply chain and trade in essential commodities, the prohibition against the trade imposed by the previous administration was unsustainable.The scrap metal trade was re-opened on January 28 this year, after being closed for more than a year, with more stringent regulations governing the industry.Under the new regulations, all exporters, except those who generate metal waste in their manufacturing operations, are required to post a $7 million bond with the FCJ, which is in charge of the designated central multi-user sites.General scrap metal exporters are only allowed to export from designated multi-user sites and any exporter, who is convicted of theft, will pay a fine of $2 million and lose their licence to operate.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

HC orders stoppage of tunneling work as another building collapses

HC orders stoppage of tunneling work as another building collapses

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court asked Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd to stop tunnel boring work in the area on Tuesday, as a three-storey building collapsed partially at Durga Pithuri Lane, while a few others developed fresh cracks. A division bench of Calcutta High Court headed by T B Radhakrishnan ordered immediate stoppage of the ongoing tunnel boring work undertaken for the East-West Metro in Bowbazar area, after a petition was filed by an NGO. The court has asked KMRCL authorities to submit a detailed report mentioning the reason behind the damage to the buildings and the measures being taken to restore it, by September 16. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA number of buildings at Durga Pithuri Lane, Syakra Para Lane, Madan Dutta Lane and Gour Dey Lane have been badly damaged, while cracks have developed in a number of them due to the ongoing tunnel boring work undertaken by the authorities of East-West Metro in Bowbazar area since Saturday evening. “The building situated at 13 A, Durga Pithuri Lane collapsed at 12:30 pm. The ground floor of the building had a pipe godown,” said Abhi Chowdhury, a resident of Gour Dey Lane in Bowbazar. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMost of the buildings that have suffered damages are more than 150 years old. “The building situated at 13 C, Durga Pithuri Lane is also developing cracks. No one is allowed to roam around the area because the building might collapse at any time,” Abhi pointed out. “Our house didn’t get cracks but we have been shifted to a hotel for safety purpose. We are not allowed to enter our house,” said Namita Das, a resident of 94, BB Ganguly Street. KMRCL informed the High Court on Tuesday that they have already stopped the tunnel boring work. They also informed that they have roped in foreign experts who will examine the cause and also provide suggestions on what could be done to repair the damage. The court will look into the detailed report before passing the next order.last_img read more

Trudeau reaffirms commitment to Trans Mountain but brushes off more pointed questions

Trudeau reaffirms commitment to Trans Mountain but brushes off more pointed questions

first_imgWith chants of “Build that Pipe” in the background, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his government’s commitment to getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, as a critical deadline looms for its company, Kinder Morgan.Speaking at a funding announcement in Calgary, Trudeau reiterated how Trans Mountain is in Canada’s national interest and took specific aim at British Columbia’s attempts to thwart it.“It’s a question of a province actually challenging the federal government’s right and responsibility to get things done that are in the national interest, so I can tell you my government is doing and will continue to do everything necessary to defend federal jurisdiction and mostly, to get this pipeline built,” he said.Kinder Morgan has set a deadline of May 31 to decide whether it will continue, based on its assurance that B.C.’s court challenges and other measures won’t be successful in stopping it from going ahead.But while Trudeau was firm in his government’s push, he didn’t answer more pointed questions, such as if there’s any discussion that the May 31 deadline may be extended.“There are all sorts of conversations going on, but as always, I won’t be negotiating in public,” he said.He was also asked if he was meeting with Kinder Morgan executives during this trip to Alberta, ahead of a company shareholder meeting, but deferred to others in government.“I am very confident that all of our officials and our finance minister and the folks involved in direct discussions with Kinder Morgan are extremely engaged with all necessary parties,” he said.Trudeau’s statements come a week after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced her government would be launching a media campaign mostly in the Lower Mainland, and that her government would soon vote on Bill 12.That piece of legislation would give Alberta the power to restrict oil and gas shipments to B.C.Trudeau has faced heavy criticism from his environmental base who have been upset with his decision to approve the pipeline but has also been slammed by Conservative politicians at both the federal and provincial levels that he hasn’t done enough.The prime minister says they’re a hopeless bunch.“I don’t think there is anything that I can say that would reassure some of my critics who have such little faith in my government getting anything done for Alberta,” he said, referencing infrastructure investments and increasing EI payments during the economic downturn. “I don’t think there’s anything, any magic phrase that will have critics and skeptics put down their criticism.“I’m not speaking to them, I’m speaking to the rest of Albertans.”Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Notley and Trudeau have done a lot.“I want to see shovels in the ground, but every time someone says to me ‘they need to be doing more,’ I always say ‘what exactly?’” he said. “Is throwing Elizabeth May in jail enough for you?“We’ve heard unequivocal language from both the premier and the prime minister saying, this thing’s going to get built, there’s no waffling on that.”last_img read more

Chief hopes Senate committee sees link between resource development violence

Chief hopes Senate committee sees link between resource development violence

first_imgWINNIPEG — The chief of a Manitoba First Nation says he hopes a Senate committee will seriously listen to how resource development is linked to allegations of physical and sexual violence in his community.York Factory Chief Leroy Constant says more people have come forward to talk about violence and racism linked to hydroelectric projects over many decades.A report released last year by the province’s Clean Environment Commission — an arm’s-length review agency — outlined discrimination and sexual abuse at Manitoba Hydro work sites in the 1960s and 1970s.RCMP said in January that officers have conducted nine sexual assault investigations since 2015 at the Keeyask Generating Station and four resulted in charges.Members of Amnesty International visited the community this week to hear the stories.Different groups including some First Nations are to appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in Winnipeg Friday.The committee is studying proposed federal legislation that would change how resource development projects are reviewed.Amnesty International and some Indigenous leaders are calling for the process to include a requirement for gender-based assessments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN marks World Philosophy Day with call for greater use of reason

UN marks World Philosophy Day with call for greater use of reason

18 November 2010The United Nations marked World Philosophy Day today with a call for greater efforts to guard against the politics of polarization and the rejection of stereotypes, ignorance and hatred. The United Nations marked World Philosophy Day today with a call for greater efforts to guard against the politics of polarization and the rejection of stereotypes, ignorance and hatred.“Let us instead fortify our societies through reason and dialogue – the lifeblood of philosophical debate,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a video message for an event marking the Day at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “And let us recognize the critical role that the age-old tradition of philosophy can play in our modern, interconnected world.”World Philosophy Day is celebrated every third Thursday of November since 2002, with the aim of making philosophical reflection accessible to all – professors and students, scholars and the general public – thereby enlarging the opportunities and spaces for the stimulation of critical thinking and debate. “Philosophy deals routinely in universals – in broadly shared questions about human existence, beliefs and behaviour. That gives it uncommon power to help build bridges between people, and to open channels of communication among cultures,” Mr. Ban said. “So let us use this essential expression of the human mind to change the minds of men and women – for that is where, as UNESCO’s own Charter so memorably states, true peace begins.”Celebrations to mark the Day were organized by academics in more than 80 countries, in all regions of the world. A special event was held at UNESCO Headquarters, interweaving philosophy, cultural diversity and the rapprochement of cultures – with the latter tying in to the 2010 celebration of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures. Since its creation, UNESCO has used philosophy to implement the ideals that inspired its Constitution; these ideals stem from philosophical tradition. UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, inaugurated the Paris event, which included an international forum on the topic “Philosophy, Cultural Diversity and Rapprochement of Cultures,” with the participation of internationally-renowned philosophers and eminent figures, in addition to a series of symposia and round-table discussions.“Philosophy actually teaches diversity lessons through its numerous schools of thought in all eras and on all continents,” Ms. Bokova said in her message for the Day. “In view of the intricacies of current issues, we should tap into that wealth in order to build our capacity to analyse reality.”She also called for intensified efforts to provide everyone with quality education and an enabling environment in which every man and woman can express his or her ideas and enrich public debate in furtherance of justice and peace. read more

Sri Lanka to seek visa on arrival facility to Laos

Sri Lanka to seek visa on arrival facility to Laos

He said that the Foreign Ministry will initiate talks with Laos to obtain the facility once again. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka is to seek the visa on arrival facility to Laos, the Foreign Ministry said.Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana said that the facility had been offered to Sri Lanka but it has now been suspended.

World Bank worstaffected countries crippled by economic impact of Ebola

World Bank worstaffected countries crippled by economic impact of Ebola

That implies total forgone income in 2015 of around $1.6 billion, with around $500 million lost by Guinea, $900 million by Sierra Leone and $200 million by Liberia – more than 12 per cent of their combined gross domestic products (GDPs). Despite its warnings, the new report revises the Bank’s previous estimate of the probability of the epidemic’s spread and the associated economic costs beyond the three most-affected countries. Thanks in large part to the intensive global and national responses over the past several months, the projected downside scenario of $25 billion in economic losses for 2015 no longer applies. For sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, the range of downside risk extends from a low of $500 million to a high of $6.2 billion. Region-wide losses could be closer to the report’s higher end estimate of $6 billion if Ebola does spread beyond the three worst affected countries, while the minimum expected loss of $500 million is attributed to eroded consumer and investor confidence since the outbreak, as well as disruption to travel and cross-border trade. Containment and preparedness efforts have dramatically limited the potential impact, as have public health improvements, such as safer burials, better detection, public awareness campaigns, more health workers and facilities, and better contact tracing. At the same time, neighbouring countries have contributed to reduced risk of spread across borders having adopted fast and effective containment measures. “This report demonstrates why all countries should make investing in pandemic preparedness a top priority for 2015,” said Mr. Kim, noting that a major lesson from the outbreak is the need for much quicker global responses to disease outbreaks. “It points to the need for a global pandemic emergency financing facility that will enable the world to respond much more quickly and effectively to any future deadly outbreaks, and avoid the tragic and unnecessary human and economic costs that have resulted from the Ebola epidemic.” The Bank Group is mobilizing nearly US$1 billion in financing for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. This includes US$518 million from IDA for the epidemic response, and at least $450 million from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Expected Forgone GDP in 2015 due to Ebola and Global Economic Conditions (in US dollars) While the Ebola epidemic shows its first signs of slowing and confidence grows about stopping the outbreak and reaching the target of zero new cases, a new World Bank Group report on economic impacts of the disease says its effects will continue to cripple the economies of hard-hit Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. “As welcome as these latest signs are, we cannot afford to be complacent,” said Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. “Until we have zero new Ebola cases, the risk of continued severe economic impact to the three countries and beyond remains unacceptably high.” Despite transmission rates in the three worst-affected countries showing significant signs of slowing, the Bank expects around $1.6 billion of lost economic growth to be recorded in those States over the course of 2015, according to its report – The Economic Impact of Ebola on Sub-Saharan Africa: Updated Estimates for 2015 – released today ahead of the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos. The report describes a four per cent fall over 2014 in the 11.3 per cent growth rate projected for Sierra Leone before the crisis. Guinea and Liberia are also expected to see large reductions, with the total fiscal impact for the three countries in 2014 topping $500 million, about five per cent of their combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP). With investors steering clear, growth estimates for 2015 have also been revised down, the report notes. Guinea and Sierra Leone are expected to see their economies contract – by 0.2 per cent and two percent respectively – while predicted growth for Liberia has been reduced to three percent. Pre-Ebola growth estimates for 2015 in Guinea were 4.3 per cent; in Sierra Leone were 8.9 per cent; and in Liberia were 6.8 per cent. read more

The Gasols Are The Best Brothers In The NBA

The Gasols Are The Best Brothers In The NBA

Charles O’Bannon-0.2Ed O’Bannon-2.0-2.2-1.1 Stephen Curry49.1Seth Curry0.049.124.6 Steve Scheffler0.2Tom Scheffler-0.20.00.0 Brent Barry62.7Jon Barry, Drew Barry25.087.729.2 Caldwell Jones28.7Charles Jones, Major Jones, Wil Jones30.359.014.8 Tyler Hansbrough1.6Ben Hansbrough-0.21.40.7 Rodney McCray47.7Scooter McCray-0.547.223.6 Blake Griffin51.0Taylor Griffin-0.150.925.5 Michael Wiley0.4Morlon Wiley-0.20.20.1 Audie Norris0.7Sylvester Norris-0.40.30.2 Jason Collins4.1Jarron Collins4.08.14.1 Glen Gondrezick13.0Grant Gondrezick-0.812.26.1 Mason Plumlee5.6Miles Plumlee0.66.23.1 Campy Russell20.4Walker Russell-4.416.08.0 Brook Lopez18.7Robin Lopez8.126.813.4 Horace Grant93.7Harvey Grant14.1107.853.9 Pau and Marc Gasol will make history Sunday night as the first brothers to start against each other in an NBA All-Star game, thusly cementing their status as the greatest sibling pair in men’s basketball.As brothers in the NBA, the Gasols stand out. Their combined wins above replacement (WAR), as calculated by my colleague Neil Paine, is over 160. That’s far above the WAR of the next-closest brothers — Dominique and Gerald Wilkins (combined WAR of 112).1The 43 sets of brothers in the table below may not include all siblings who have played in the NBA, for two reasons. First, some brothers played in an era when the statistics needed to calculate WAR were not tracked. Take Ed and George Mikan, for example; George is a Hall-of-Famer. But because the Mikans played in the 1940s and 1950s, we can’t evaluate them. Second, this list may be incomplete. I used several online sources — here, here and here, among others; all siblings were then confirmed via Basketball-Reference.com — to construct the brother sets examined in this article. If there are any whom I overlooked, let me know.Gerald who? ‘Nique is a Hall-of-Famer; Gerald racked up less than 10 WAR. So, taking an average of the brothers’ careers will better reflect the typical performance but correct for when one sibling was much, much better. If we take the arithmetic and harmonic means — basically, two different ways of averaging — the Gasols are still clearly the greatest brothers ever. A simple average of their WAR (the arithmetic mean, shown in the table below) is the highest. But the harmonic mean also has the Gasols on top — their 73.2 crushes all other pairs; the Wilkins brothers total only 17 by this measure. In second place are Gus and Ray Williams, with a harmonic mean of 45.9.2Because the harmonic mean calculation does not work well with negative numbers, and because it skews scores too low when WAR is very small (e.g. the harmonic mean of 0.1 and 9.9 is 0.198, whereas the arithmetic mean is 5), the harmonic mean could not be calculated for every set of brothers. Klay Thompson13.1Mychel Thompson-0.312.86.4 Carl Landry7.5Marcus Landry-0.66.93.5 Brad Davis29.2Mickey Davis0.029.214.6 Bernard King55.9Albert King4.160.030.0 Gus Williams54.7Ray Williams39.694.347.2 Dominique Wilkins102.5Gerald Wilkins9.3111.855.9 Jim Paxson20.5John Paxson2.322.811.4 Willie Anderson19.1Shandon Anderson9.328.414.2 Jannero Pargo-2.8Jeremy Pargo-2.9-5.7-2.9 Jeff Teague16.1Marquis Teague-2.313.86.9 Mark Price51.2Brent Price7.258.429.2 Derek Fisher28.5Duane Washington0.228.714.4 BEST BROTHERCAREER WARBROTHER(S)CAREER WARTOTAL CAREER WARAVG. WAR Jay Vincent9.4Sam Vincent1.611.05.5 Chuck Person26.9Wesley Person26.553.426.7 Dudley Bradley15.0Charles Bradley-0.714.37.2 Calvin Natt33.9Kenny Natt-1.032.916.5 Markieff Morris8.5Marcus Morris4.012.56.3 Pau Gasol104.5Marc Gasol56.3160.880.4 Vinnie Johnson32.8Eric Johnson-0.632.216.1 Cody Zeller2.7Tyler Zeller2.45.12.6 Stephen Graham-4.4Joey Graham-4.9-9.3-4.7 Editor’s note (Feb. 15, 3:19 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said siblings Pau and Marc Gasol did not play high school basketball in the United States. Marc played high school basketball in Tennessee. This changed one of the article’s main conclusions, that Spain is the top exporter of NBA talent when tallying total career wins above replacement (WAR) among players who were not born in the U.S. and who did not attend a U.S. high school. Instead, Germany is the top source of foreign NBA talent. The text and headline of the article have been changed to reflect this, and the international data has been excised from the piece. Carl Thomas-0.2Charles Thomas-0.3-0.5-0.3 Dick Van Arsdale-0.1Tom Van Arsdale-1.1-1.2-0.6 Leon Douglas3.8John Douglas-0.63.21.6 Goran Dragic24.4Zoran Dragic0.024.412.2 Brandon Rush-0.2Kareem Rush-7.3-7.5-3.8 George Gervin56.4Derrick Gervin-0.555.928.0 So, when the Gasols take the floor Sunday night, they are indisputably the best brothers in NBA history.Neil Paine contributed to this article. read more

The picture that reminded us that Ireland is beautiful today

The picture that reminded us that Ireland is beautiful today

first_imgREADER SHANE STACK took this glorious shot in Clontarf, Dublin this morning.Simply stunning.Have any images you’d like to share with us? Send them through to tips@thejournal.ie Related: Rare weather event at the Grand Canyon creates incredible sightsMore: Wild Goat Is Braver Than You Pic of the DayRead: Proof That It Snowed Pics of the Daylast_img

KUSI Contributor AM 760 Radio Host Mark Larson reacts to Justice Kavanaugh

KUSI Contributor AM 760 Radio Host Mark Larson reacts to Justice Kavanaugh

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI Contributor & AM 760 Radio Host Mark Larson offered his thoughts and reactions to Justice Brett Kavanaugh swearing in Monday afternoon. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Brett Kavanaugh FacebookTwitter Posted: October 8, 2018 KUSI Contributor & AM 760 Radio Host Mark Larson reacts to Justice Kavanaugh swearing in October 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more