A New Passivhaus Standard for North America

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Katrin Klingenberg, the founder of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), caused a minor earthquake earlier this year when she suggested that the existing Passivhaus standard didn’t make sense in North America. On January 31, 2012, Klingenberg wrote, “We came to the conclusion that it’s time to allow for a modification process to the rigid annual heating and cooling requirement of less or equal to 15 kWh/m2yr … for the North American continent’s more extreme climates, and define what has been missing all together so far – a stringent requirement for the third load which is the significant energy consumed in North America for dehumidification. This idea that we need to adapt the standard to various regions has taken root around the world from domestic energy experts like Martin Holladay, Alex Wilson, and Marc Rosenbaum and to Passive House groups from other countries, like the Swedes.”As GBA reported earlier this year, many U.S. Passivhaus consultants were unsettled by Klingenberg’s proposal. Their main concern: builders and home buyers would be confused by the existence of two different superinsulation standards that shared the same name. Because of this concern, Hayden Robinson, an architect and certified Passivhaus consultant based in Seattle, launched a petition urging Klingenberg to choose a name other than “Passivhaus standard” or “passive house standard” for her proposed new North American standard.Joseph Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit, who host the annual Westford Symposium on Building Science in Westford, Massachusetts, invited Klingenberg to speak at this year’s conference. In her July 31 presentation, “Climate-Specific Passive Building Standards for the U.S.,” Klingenberg suggested several reasons why the European Passivhaus standard might need to be tweaked for use in North America.She began by acknowledging a critic of some aspects of the Passivhaus standard: one of Lstiburek’s partners,… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Use AI to Deliver a Seamless Consumer Experience

first_imgTags:#AI#AI Adoption#AI retail experience#customer experience#new customer solutions#retail Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Vince LynchCEO of IV.AI Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Vince Lynch is CEO of IV.AI, a global AI company that helps businesses better connect with their customers. It processes 150 languages so all customers can be heard regardless of their origin. Clients include SMBs and larger companies such as Netflix, Toyota, Estée Lauder, Telefonica, and Capital One. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Old-school marketing techniques that include guesswork held up by flimsy market research don’t always reflect what consumers want. But now retailers can eliminate the guesswork and incorporate real consumer feedback to gain a competitive edge.Plus, Millennials are excited to work with robots, complain to robots, and date robots, so it comes as no surprise that they want robots to help them pick out an outfit, an automobile, or a weekend getaway.Whether it’s Amazon’s AI-fueled recommendations revolutionizing the product chain or the entire advertising industry adjusting to Google’s and Facebook’s algorithms, AI has been shaping the online retail space more than any technology besides the internet itself.It will only get more important from here: A report from Research and Markets projects that AI usage in the retail market will reach $27 billion by the year 2025. (For perspective, it was worth just $700 million in 2016.)Why is AI growing so quickly? In part, because it helps brands cater to their Millennial customers. This generation now makes up the bulk of the workforce, but they’re spending less than previous generations. Brands want those elusive consumers to gravitate toward their offerings, and AI helps achieve that goal by speaking their language.Catering to a New Generation Requires New SolutionsThe solution is simple to explain but hard to execute: Make the retail experience online feel as good as, if not better than, being in-store. The missing ingredient here is a voice. That’s a voice in a figurative sense (consumers should have their wants and needs listened to), a literal sense (consumers should be able to use language to direct their shopping experience), and a practical sense (brands need to have a clear tone).Starbucks, which might speak Millennial-ese better than any other brand, has executed on this brilliantly. The company’s app lets customers use their own natural language to place their order before reaching the store. As Starbucks knows, convenience is key, and natural language processing is making ordering personal and comfortable.Tech-Savvy Customers Expect QualityThis principle applies to commodities beyond pumpkin spice lattes, of course. Take clothing. In the stone age that came before AI-powered shopping, customers could scour a department store for hours, tearing through countless clothing racks only to discover that the item they were looking for doesn’t come in their size. Letting customers articulate their wants upfront is much more comfortable, and AI helps it happen.In the techless shopping experience, customers could easily have their time wasted by a brand, which would make them less likely to come back. But AI provides an alternative: so-called “frictionless commerce,” which incorporates purchasing seamlessly into regular life.A.T. Kearney found in a 2017 survey that brands are steadily turning to the personalized customer experience. Some brands can already initiate consumer-authorized purchases automatically based on real-time data from that user’s past behavior.All of this is happening right now, and it won’t be long before customers come to expect this level of service all the time.AI Will Keep EvolvingIn 20 years, the concept of a grocery list will feel as old-fashioned as the Phoenician alphabet. Intelligent automation will even save customers the hassle of ordering products. Research has found that shoppers are predictable, and 83 percent of shopping trips end with a repeat purchase, which means AI can do most of the shopping for you.Once AI learns a user’s cadence for standard purchases like bread or boxers, for example, it can automate purchases for those items after a given period of time passes from the last purchase. Based on a customer’s travel schedule, AI can offer suggestions to approve or deny an upcoming purchase that might come in handy on the trip.Forward-looking companies have already launched this type of service. Amazon’s Dash Button enables Prime members to reorder their most commonly purchased products with one click.And a service called Boxed Concierge, now being piloted, can automatically make bulk orders of frequently purchased goods. Hopefully, this technology will help reduce waste and encourage us as consumers to only purchase things we truly need in the right amount.That means consumers will have more energy for the kind of shopping they want to do — and AI can also help with that.Mark Baartse, the CMO of Showpo, an online fashion company, explained at Advertising Week APAC how his company is approaching AI.“We are experimenting with having our visual merchandising run by AI, tailoring the clothes displayed differently for every user based on a range of intent signals. Using this technology, we help to improve the discoverability of products relevant to each individual user, which should improve the conversion rate.”Smart, well-built AI can help people enjoy a continuous, transparent customer journey; there won’t be any more purchasing that misses the mark. That’s what this ascendant generation wants, so that’s what retailers should give them.AI has changed a lot of industries, but retail might have the most to gain because the Millennial customer base is still up for grabs — and they’re responding to a whole different set of incentives than generations past. Purchasing should be a seamless, curated end result of the customer experience. Instead of dragging customers down with the retail strategies of previous generations, take the easy route and listen first.last_img read more

Euro 2016: Cristiano Ronaldo becomes most-capped Portugal player

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo became Portugal’s most-capped player in Saturday’s European Championship game against Austria by making his 128th appearance.Ronaldo, who will surpass Luis Figo’s appearance record, is captaining a Portugal side that sees two changes made from the opening 1-1 draw with Iceland. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage) Ricardo Quaresma and William Carvalho come in for Joao Mario and Danilo.Austria makes three changes after losing its opening game to Hungary 2-0.Sebastian Proedl, Stefan Ilsanker and Marcel Sabitzer come in for Aleksandar Dragovic, Zlatko Junuzovic and Marc Janko.last_img read more

Bottas, Vettel Lead Chinese GP Practice Sessions (Vid)

first_imgSHANGHAI — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel led Friday’s practice sessions ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.Off the track, Formula One prepared to celebrate its 1,000th race on Sunday. The first F1 race took place in 1950 at Silverstone, a converted World War II airfield in southern England. It was won by Giuseppe Farina driving an Alfa Romeo.Vettel was quickest in the morning session, and Bottas was slightly faster in the afternoon with Vettel right behind. The afternoon session was quicker overall with Bottas clocking 1 minute, 33.330 seconds on the track located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from downtown Shanghai.Vettel was timed in 1:33.357 in the afternoon, followed by Red Bull driver Max Verstappen (1:33.551) and Lewis Hamilton (1:34.037) in his Mercedes.Bottas and Hamilton have each won one of the first two races this season. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull dominate and are expected to do the same in qualifying on Saturday and in Sunday’s race.Seb = the hero @ToroRosso deserves ? ?#Race1000 #ChineseGP @ScuderiaFerrari pic.twitter.com/gOJPF7CKhq— Formula 1 (@F1) April 12, 2019Shanghai is far from Formula One’s most tradition-steeped venues. That honor would go Monaco, Monza, Spa or Silverstone. But the Chinese circuit will do the honors on Sunday.“We’ve said many time that one of the greatest parts of Formula One is its rich history,” Formula One CEO Chase Carey said. “And nothing accentuates that rich history more than celebrating our 1,000th race.”Liberty Media took over Formula One two years ago for $4.6 billion, taking control of a sport long run by British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Liberty is in the middle of negotiating a new, difficult contract with its 10 teams that would go into effect with the 2021 season.It would include redistributing prize money, which now favors big teams like Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.Carey tipped his hat to China, which is a likely target for as second race as Formula One looks to expand in Asia. It is scheduled to add a new race next year in Hanoi, Vietnam.“It’s great to be able to celebrate here in Shanghai because Shanghai is in many ways one of the most exciting parts of the future,” Carey said. “An incredible opportunity to marry our rich history with our exciting future.”Damon Hill, the 1996 F1 champion, drove into the circuit on Friday in a 1968 Lotus, which his father Graham Hill drove in winning the Monaco Grand Prix in 1968. The elder Hill won the season title twice — in 1962 and 1968.“I calculate that we have won 3.7% of the 1,000 races,” Damon Hill said. “The Hill family. There’s a history, there’s a tradition and it’s just great.”By: Stephen Wade, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Shocked and gutted: New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi on Daryl Mitchell DRS controversy

first_imgNew Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi expressed his disappointment at the controversial dismissal of Daryl Mitchell who was given out after a contentious DRS decision during the 2nd T20I between against India in Auckland on Friday.Dary Mitchell had to walk back to the pavilion after he was adjudged LBW in the sixth over of the match off Krunal Pandya’s bowling. The New Zealand batsman, who was just playing his second international game, sought the help of captain and non-striker, Kane Williamson, before opting for a review of the umpire’s on-field decision.Much to the surprise of quite a few, the third umpire adjudged Daryl Mitchell out despite the Hotspot confirming an edge. Even to the naked eye, the ball’s deviation after crossing Mitchell’s bat before it crashed into his pads, was evident.Kane Williamson was in disbelief as the umpire raised his finger once again after the DRS process. India captain Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni were even seen discussing with the two on-field umpires but Mitchell had to eventually walk back on 1.”Shocking. We didn’t really understand what was going on. Most people saw that there was a hotspot on his bat. We’re pretty gutted about it. Gutted because it was just his second game, coming out and having something like that. I have never seen anything like that in international cricket before,” Ish Sodhi told the media after New Zealand’s seven-wicket defeat.New Zealand were reduced to 43 for 3 after Daryl Mitchell’s dismissal. Krunal Pandya, who picked up two wickets in his first over, returned to dismiss Williamson. The left-arm spinner shone as the Black Caps were restricted to 158 after which Rohit Sharma set up India’s eight-wicket win with a quickfire half-century.advertisementWe were waiting for the umpire’s call: Khaleel AhmedReacting the controversial DRS decision, India fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed had said the India players were just waiting to the third umpire’s decision.According to the International Cricket Committee rules, a fielding captain can withdraw his appeal with the permission of the umpire who made the decision and call back the dismissed player. The appeal has to be made before the subsequent ball is delivered.”We were just waiting for umpire’s call because we can’t do anything in that decision. Whatever the umpires said we just accepted it,” Khaleel said.With the series tied at 1-1, India and New Zealand will head to Hamilton for the decider on Sunday, February 10. Having won the ODI series 4-1, India would want to finish the tour on a high, by clinching their first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand.Also Read | Captain Rohit Sharma emulates Virat Kohli as India hammer New Zealand in AucklandAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s presence helped Rishabh Pant play a solid innings in Auckland T20I: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Did you miss Virat Kohli, reporter asks. Khaleel Ahmed bursts out laughingAlso See:last_img read more

Zenit accused of racism following controversial Malcom banner

first_imgMalcom has been greeted at new club Zenit St. Petersburg by a banner that has been deemed to be racist.The Brazil international swapped Barcelona for Russiathis week in a €39 million (£36m/$44m) deal, and made his Zenit debut on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Krasnodar, during which a section of the supporters took the opportunity to sarcastically applaud their team’s adherence to what they view as a traditional refusal to sign black players.A banner, which was photographed by sports.ru, was revealed in the stands that read: “Thank you leadership for loyalty to traditions.” Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The display was in keeping with a manifesto posted on the internet by the club’s Landskrona supporter’s group.The fans statement insisted they were not racist, but that the imposition of black players would inevitably cause a backlash.“We are not racist,” the manifesto said, “and for us the absence of black players is just an important tradition, empahasising the identity of the club and nothing more.“We, as the northernmost club of the major European cities, have never been mentally connected with Africa, however, as with South America or Australia or Oceania.“We have absolutely nothing against the inhabitants of these or any other continents, but at the same time we want players who are close in spirit to speak for Zenit.“Now, black players for Zenit are being forced almost by force, and this causes only backlash. Let us be what we are.”Malcom was born in Sao Paulo, in Brazil, where he played for Corinthians before making the move to French club Bordeaux in 2016.He played two seasons in Ligue 1 racking up 20 goals in 84 appearances, before Barcelona swooped last summer.He had a difficult time in his lone season in Catalunya, playing only 15 times in all competitions and netting just once.He found himself surplus to requirements at Camp Nou after they signed Antoine Griezmann to augment their attacking options.He opted to move to Russia, where he joined fellow Brazilian Douglas Santos, another player of colour who joined the club this summer, along with Colombian Wilmar Barrios. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Sembcorp Enters Offshore Energy Projects

first_imgzoom Singapore-based marine and offshore engineering group Sembcorp Marine has secured offshore energy related contracts valued at a combined SGD 222 million (USD 174.3m) through its subsidiaries Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd and Sembmarine SLP.Jurong Shipyard has been contracted by MODEC Offshore Production Systems (Singapore) Pte Ltd, to complete the repair and life extension, and conversion of a VLCC into a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel as part of the TEN Development Project. This is the twenty-second FPSO conversion project which Jurong Shipyard is working on with MODEC.When completed in 4Q2015, the TEN Development FPSO will have a capacity of production and treatment of 80,000 bpd of crude oil, 65,000 bpd of produced water, and 180 MMscfd of gas, with an onboard storage capacity of 1.7 million barrels. The facility will include for delivery 132,000 bpd of filtered, de-aerated seawater.The TEN Development FPSO will be external turret moored in 1,000 to 1,800 metres water depth and operated by MODEC, on behalf of their client Tullow Ghana Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tullow Oil Plc. The FPSO will host multiple subsea tiebacks from three reservoirs (Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme) in the Deep Water Tano block off of the coast of Ghana, West Africa.Sembmarine SLP Limited (SLP) has been awarded a contract to design and build the offshore substation platform for the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm. The contract has been granted by Siemens Transmission & Distribution Limited, which was awarded the contract for the Electrical System Infrastructure by the wind farm’s developer Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a joint venture between Norwegian Energy firms Statkraft and Statoil.SLP will work closely with Siemens and will be responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, project management and construction of the platform’s jacket substructure and topside. Siemens will provide the transformers and high voltage electrical distribution technology. The Offshore Transformer Station (OTS) will be constructed at SLP’s yard in Lowestoft on the UK’s Suffolk coast.Press Releaselast_img read more

Not difficult to switch gears

first_imgAfter struggling for 14 long years – seeing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows – Pankaj Tripathi is finally living his dream. Swarmed with scripts, Pankaj works double shifts and shoots for multiple projects at a time. But no matter how overburdened with work he is, the actor manages to pay equal attention to every project he signs and put life into every character he plays. “Koi bhi role ho, effort utna hi lagaana padta hai,” he says. Though it is challenging, Tripathi feels the experience of working in theatre has taught him the art of working on multiple characters at a time. “Doing multiple projects simultaneously and playing characters that are completely distinct from each other is extremely tiring. You get physically, mentally and emotionally drained. But because I come from a theatre background, and have the experience of doing versatile roles, it has not been very difficult to switch gears. I know how to juggle between two entirely different setups and still give my hundred percent,” says the emerging villain of Indian web and film industry. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ Pankaj came into limelight with the role of Sultan Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur) and went on to play characters like Kaleen Bhaiyya (‘Mirzapur’), and Khanna Guruji (‘Sacred Games’). Today, he has almost become synonymous with gangster characters so much so, that one of his fans recently tweeted “Everybody is a gangster until Pankaj Tripathi arrives.” The actor, however, says that he doesn’t want to be typecast as a villain and attempts to bring versatility to every character he plays. “I always try to add a few new element and layers to my character. Also, more than appearance and gimmicks, I rely on my acting. My job as an actor is to bring out the best of my role with minimum resources – It has to be my expressions, dialogue delivery, and performance,” he says. Also Read – ‘Always looking for that one great love’Each of his negative characters left a lasting impression on the audience, but what’s noticeable is the fact that playing these roles took a toll on his health. Mentioning about how playing such intense roles temporarily changed him as a person, Pankaj says, “When you are playing a character, you live with it…for days and months. You feel what the character is feeling, you believe in what he believes in. So somehow, it affects your personal life as well.” “When I play an aggressive character, (like Kaleen bhaiyya, Sultan Qureshi or Khanna Guruji) I also become one hell of an irritated person…who loses temper in the blink of an eye. Having said that, I know that acting is my job and I have to deal with the perils that come with my profession – the toll on health being one of them.” Besides proving his versatility in blockbusters like Gangs of Wasseypur, Stree and the recent release ‘the Tashkent Files’, Pankaj is exploring the web space in the best way possible. He feels, the medium is giving him more opportunities to play unconventional characters, which the mainstream cinema rarely offers. “There are two reasons behind it,” he explains. “We have 7-8 hours to narrate a story, introduce new characters and add layers to them. Secondly, there is no censor in the web space as yet, and therefore it gives freedom to express a story in whatever way possible,” he adds. Pankaj’s journey in the industry has been nothing less than a roller coaster ride. Though he is tasting success today, he has not forgotten his struggling period. Tripathi is happy to see himself evolve every single day. Today, when he looks back, it’s surprising to see how he has come a long way. “Life is a game of success and failures, ups and downs, you just need to keep yourself grounded, work on your craft, keep learning, and you will attain satisfaction” – is the actor’s mantra. “Ye hi dastoor hai duniya ka,” he concludes.last_img read more

British Tourist Dies of Rabies after Cat Bite in Morocco

Rabat – British news outlet the Telegraph confirmed the news Monday morning. Public Health England (PHE) released a statement warning travellers to avoid contact with animals when travelling to rabies-affected countries.The statement from PHE said that “there is no risk to the wider public in relation to this case but, as a precautionary measure, health workers and close contacts are being assessed and offered vaccination when necessary.” Read Also: 12 Moroccan Fishermen Missing off Morocco’s Atlantic CoastPHE also included information about how rabies is spread, emphasizing that people can be affected through injuries such as bites and scratches from an animal with rabies.“This is an important reminder of the precautions people should take when travelling to countries where rabies is present. If you are bitten, scratched or licked by an animal you must wash the wound or site of exposure with plenty of soap and water and seek medical advice without delay, the statement quoted the head of Immunisations at PHE Mary Ramsay as saying.The statement added rabies is common in several parts of the world, especially in Asia and Africa. The infectious disease can be found in dogs, cats, and other mammals. In Morocco, the number of people who contracted rabies moved from 43 in 1985 to 15 in 2017. If there is a suspicion of rabies, the patient should get a rabies vaccination as soon as possible after an animal bite to prevent infection.  The injury should be also washed for at least five minutes with soap, water and detergent. read more

Governments at UNbacked forum issue appeal to save gorillas

11 June 2009Delegates from 20 countries have signed a declaration asking governments across the world to help protect the gorilla, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said today. The agency said the gorilla should be saved not only for conservation reasons, but as potential money makers too. The 160 government officials, experts, corporate representatives and conservationists issued the declaration after a two-day meeting in Frankfurt marking the UN Year of the Gorilla. The declaration “appeals to governments, the international community and industrial companies to enhance activities to reduce threats to the remaining gorilla populations in the wild, which can contribute to peace-making and prosperity in Central Africa,” UNEP said. Although gorillas are protected by law in every one of the ten African range States, they are hunted for their meat, which is sold at local markets and abroad, UNEP said.“Enforcement of wildlife laws is necessary to control the bush meat trade. One million tons of bush meat is harvested every year in the Congo Basin alone,” UNEP said.According the UN agency, gorillas and their habitats have the potential to support post-conflict reconstruction efforts and advance long-term regional economic development through ecotourism.A gorilla can generate indirectly $4 million during its life time. In Rwanda and Uganda tourism has developed into the leading contributor to the national economy exceeding the tea and coffee exports, UNEP said.Serapio Rekundo, Ugandan Minister for Tourism said: “The total revenue of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks increased by almost 80 per cent between 2005 and 2008. In addition to providing a boost to the national economy, gorilla tracking can even support wildlife conservation in other Protected Areas.” The Year of the Gorilla is a joint initiative of UNEP-Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP-CMS), the UNEP/UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). read more

Service Providers vs Product Vendors Battle for the Future of the Network

‘Snowflake’ Networks: Putting a Freeze on Automation Terry Slattery June 26, 2019 Snowflake networks may sound as pretty as a new snowfall, but they create real challenges for automation. A New Frontier: The Software-Defined CarrierThe ultimate answer to the NFV challenge is the convergence of service providers and product OEMs into a new entity: the software-defined carrier (SDC). 5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Extreme Networks Zeus Kerravala May 17, 2019 The company, whose existence was being questioned just a few years ago, has risen from the proverbial ashes. This is where the standardization work got stuck in a conflict of interests. Eliminating policy management at the appliance level would diminish the value of a VNF’s brand. It would be easy to swap VNFs for competitive offerings, at the customer’s or service provider’s will. VNF vendors have no intention of letting that happen. As a result, NFV orchestration works at a high level, managing the virtual appliance itself, while a proprietary policy interface is required for granular VNF management. Standards have had a profound impact on the evolution of networking. TCP/IP, BGP, HTTP, SMTP — all of these have enabled the creation of the Internet, content hyperlinking, and personal communication. In recent years, it seems standards have had a diminishing impact, specifically when created by a diverse group of industry players. Due to a maze of conflicting commercial interests and protection of market positions, standards take forever to form, and often fall short on accelerating the markets they aim to serve. Then Amazon Web Services stepped into this environment. It offered a simple, converged platform that erased the demarcation lines between the product (servers) and the service (managed hosting). The industry had shifted. One could argue, at the time, for the value of server brands (like HP and Dell) versus do-it-yourself compute. We now know that this had no material relevance to customers. Furthermore, freed from the chains of proprietary components and integration efforts, AWS’s feature delivery and pace of innovation created an unmatched platform for scalable, agile, on-demand computing. “Choose and integrate” suddenly looked like an archaic approach of the past, with little business relevance. One option is for service providers to try and force VNF vendors to move to a microservices architecture, which breaks the appliance form factor and the need for proprietary management. To drive this transition, service providers can refuse to work with certain vendors or threaten to move to smaller vendors if the incumbents will not comply. Wired vs. Wireless: A Closer Look J.R. Simmons September 18, 2019 As enterprises configure their networks to meet the demands of a connected workforce, the debate over wired vs. wireless network has come into focus. To understand what the SDC is, it’s best to look at other categories that went through the same transformation. Take servers and hosting, for example. It used to be that product companies built servers, and hosting companies racked those servers in data centers and provided a set of services around them (power, cooling, connectivity, monitoring, etc). The customers were responsible for the integration of the offering, choosing the servers, getting them hosted, and then maintaining the operating systems and application software that run on them. See All in Enterprise Networking » NFV: Standards Development Gone WrongA good example to look at is network functions virtualization (NFV). NFV was supposed to revolutionize the way service providers deliver networking and security capabilities to end customers. By virtualizing routers, firewalls, SD-WAN, and WAN optimization appliances as virtual network functions (VNF), agility and responsiveness to customer needs would improve and costs would drop. This vision, however, required the introduction of a common management and orchestration layer that abstracted the underlying VNFs and eliminated proprietary policy engines. The SDC is the beginning of the same transition for secure networking. Instead of worrying about myriad components, complex integration, conflicting commercial interests, and rising costs, the SDC starts from a clean slate, building a new type of service provider that is powered by its own cloud software platform. This platform is designed from the ground up as a set of distributed multitenant microservices that can deliver enterprise-grade connectivity and security at a lower cost. What solutions do service providers have to the NFV challenge? The SDC is the AWS of Networking and SecurityAWS started by servicing a small niche within enterprises: the developers. Fast forward a decade and a half and the federal government and major enterprises are running production workloads on AWS. This development undermined the business case for service providers. While service providers benefited from appliance virtualization, they still needed to deliver the specific VNF brands the customers wanted and the expert staff to support these brands’ proprietary management. The result? NFV rollouts slowed to a crawl, and in 2018, four years after the first NFV pilots, most service providers had not rolled out the NFV platforms, as they struggled to justify further investments. Another option is to create a common management infrastructure using existing APIs in incumbent products. This can mask the complexity of everyday management but could make troubleshooting more difficult in case the underlying VNFs falter. This approach also depends on the goodwill of the incumbent vendors managing and evolving their APIs. NetworkSecurity_774.png How can this platform match decades-old product and services brands? The answer is that the SDC only needs to deliver the capabilities customers need today to achieve parity. It has the benefits of hindsight — no need to rebuild esoteric capabilities, or deal with the mountains of bugs fixes and patches that came along the way. And, the cloud platform accelerates feature delivery to a weekly or monthly schedule, a rate simply not possible for product companies and service organizations that move at a glacial pace with annual product release cycles. The SDC is starting by serving mid-market enterprises that clamor for the simplicity, self-service, and rapid evolution compared with legacy carriers and piles of point solutions. The trajectory is unmistakable. If the AWS life cycle and lessons learned are the guide, the value of the SDC will be continuously realized by ever larger enterprises. At the end of the day, simple, fast, and affordable always beat expensive complexity.Tags:News & Viewssoftware-defined carriernetworkstandardsNFVproduct vendorsEnterprise NetworkingHosted CommunicationsManaged ServicesOrganization & ManagementSD-WANSecurityVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like 8 Disruptive Forces Reshaping Networking Sorell Slaymaker September 05, 2019 Change is in the air, and not all long-held assumptions will prove valid. The Changing Face of Network Strategy Scott Murphy June 19, 2019 Applications are changing the face of the network. Is your infrastructure ready? A third option is to acquire VNF vendors and integrate their solutions into the NFV offering. This is not a trivial task and requires substantial engineering effort and time. Moreover, this approach would put service providers in direct competition with strong software and hardware companies on features and functions that aren’t a provider’s core competency. Ultimately, service providers are integration experts. They aren’t specializing in product development in domains like networking and security and are therefore dependent on their product OEMs. Even as they move to new platforms like SDN, they merely repackage proprietary products in new ways. This is why the industry remains in a deadlock of conflicting interests that no standard work can help resolve. Log in or register to post comments read more

Annan regrets US decision not to ratify International Criminal Court statute

“Still, with 66 Member States having ratified the Statute, the Court will become a reality on 1 July,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said, adding that its creation was a long-term investment in international justice.”The Secretary-General hopes that, in time, the United States will see it to be not only in its interest but in the global interest to support the new Court and actively participate in it,” Mr. Eckhard said. He added that the Secretary-General, as the depository of the Rome Statute, has circulated among UN Member States the letter from the United States communicating its decision. In a related development, an expert of the UN Commission on Human Rights said today that by its unprecedented action of “unsigning” the ICC’s Statute, the United States has effectively forfeited its leadership role in the search for justice and protection of the rule of law and human rights in the international sphere. “Independent and impartial courts are a basic part of the framework for the legal protection of human rights,” Param Cumaraswamy, Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, said in a statement. “They are an indispensable element in the search for justice and the ending of impunity.” He stressed that the absence of such courts in many countries made the ICC essential for the prosecution of the serious crimes described in its Statute – which include genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.”The ICC cannot be a rogue actor,” Mr. Cumaraswamy said, addressing US concerns that the Court would not be accountable. On the contrary, he emphasized, it was bound by Statute and law, and its members could be removed for proven misconduct. Concerns about its possible politicization should be addressed by enhancing its independence and strengthening the transparency of its nominating and appointment procedures, he said.The Court’s Statute, which required 60 ratifications to come into force, exceeded that number on 11 April 2002. As a result, the Court will come into being on 1 July. The US signed the Statute on 31 December 2000 but never ratified it. read more

Lessons from Japan tsunami vital to new disaster risk reduction agreement says

“We think today of all those who lost their lives in the tsunami and all those who continue to re-build their lives four years later,” said Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).“The learning from that tragic event has helped in the development of a robust new agreement on disaster risk reduction which will be adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction,” she added in a news release.At the Conference, which will begin on Saturday in the Japanese city of Sendai, will see the adoption of a successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action, which was agreed by governments 10 years ago in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami. A key focus of the new framework will be on reducing mortality and economic losses by agreeing on measures to bring down existing levels of risk and to avoid creation of new risks, according to UNISDR.Over the last ten years some 700,000 people have died in disaster events; 1.7 billion people have been affected; and reported economic losses from major disaster events stand at $1.4 trillion.A Preparatory Committee meeting will take place on Friday to discuss the current text of the new agreement, which places a strong emphasis on tackling the underlying drivers of risk such as poverty, climate change, eco-system decline, bad urban planning, land use and risk governance. read more

Mens Volleyball No 9 Ohio State avenges early season loss with 30

Junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) as he prepares to spike. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (19-4, 10-2 MIVA) will head to its final road matchup with a chance to lock up the top seed in the MIVA after defeating the Lewis Flyers 3-0 Saturday night.  No. 10 Lewis University (16-10, 7-5 MIVA) had previously beaten the Buckeyes 3-0 when it hosted Ohio State on Feb 22. This time, on the Buckeyes’ home court, it was the scarlet and gray that came out on top.Though Ohio State and Lewis are offensive teams that rely primarily on the speed and power of their attacks, Lewis could not seem to turn tonight’s match in its favor. Flyers redshirt sophomore outside hitter Ryan Coenen had only 11 kills in tonight’s match — a stark contrast from his career-high 21 kills in the two teams’ last meeting.All three of Ohio State’s senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir and redshirt freshman opposite hitter Jake Hanes played consistently, racking up 12 or more points each. The first set of the night set the tone for the next two, with the Buckeyes defeating Lewis 25-18. Ohio State surpassed Lewis in both serving — with three service aces while Lewis had zero — and attacking — six more kills than Lewis — to give Ohio State the offensive advantage in the first set. Hanes and Coenen led their respective teams in kills in the first set with five kills each.The second set looked much like the first, with the Buckeyes beating Lewis again, 25-18. Hervoir came alive in the second set, lending his team six kills. Szerszen kept Lewis’ attacks off the floor in the back with four digs.The third and final set of the night ended in victory proved to be all the Buckeyes needed to finish off the game. With the score at 24-19 in favor of Ohio State, Lewis junior middle blocker Danny Maurer got caught in the net and crashed down on his right leg before falling to the ground with a visible fracture. Though the point would likely have gone in Lewis’ favor, Lewis head coach Dan Friend gave the point to Ohio State, ending the set and match 25-19.Officially seated in the top-two for MIVA, Ohio State will host quarterfinals on April 14. read more

Buckeyes lost a pair of stars when Moeller Bryant went down with

When Ohio State’s Tyler Moeller tore his left pectoral muscle in the Buckeyes’ win over Illinois on Oct. 2, it was hard to tell exactly what OSU lost: a defensive back or linebacker? The truth is, the Buckeyes lost a combination of the two. Moeller played the “star” position — a hybrid defensive back/linebacker who lines up over the slot receiver as the Buckeyes’ nickelback, or fifth defensive back, when teams present three- or four-receiver sets. “You’re called on to fill in on the run, be more physical and things like that, as other nickelbacks probably do a lot of covering,” said senior safety Jermale Hines, who started at the star position for OSU in 2008 and 2009. “A lot more blitzing and things like that, so you have to be tough.” The position is ideal for players like Moeller and Hines. Both players were recruited to OSU as undersized linebackers and were eventually converted to safeties. The star position lets the Buckeye defense effectively match up with opponents who use the spread offense. Should the opposing offense attempt a pass, the star has safety skills to drop back into coverage with a receiver. If the offense runs the ball, OSU has a third linebacker on the field. OSU coach Jim Tressel said the Buckeyes’ defense is designed to stop teams that run either spread or traditional offenses. “You have to be ready to go against the whole gamut,” Tressel said. “That’s why we try to give them as much of that whole gamut as we can.” The star also tends to blitz more often than a traditional nickelback would, evidenced by Moeller’s blindside sack and subsequent forced fumble on Marshall quarterback Brian Anderson in OSU’s season-opening win. With Moeller out for the season, the OSU coaching staff made true freshman Christian Bryant the first-string star until he was sidelined with a foot infection. Tressel said Bryant will miss another month. At 5-feet-9-inches and 178 pounds, Bryant is more of a traditional nickelback than either Moeller or Hines. However, his hard-hitting style and his high-school experience as safety make him a natural fit for the position. Hines said he welcomed the move back to the position he played for the previous two seasons. “I definitely embrace it,” Hines said. “I’m willing to do anything for the team. No matter what my role is, I’m willing to do it.” read more

ExChelsea doctor Carneiro reveals death threats

first_img Follow us: the42.ie By AFP Nov 26th 2016, 1:22 PM 24,557 Views Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 1:22 PM ‘Klopp’s a one-trick pony’ – Eamon Dunphy’s new podcast is here, baby!>16-year-old Juventus prodigy set to reject Arsenal and Man United> http://the42.ie/3104037 Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro (file pic). Image: Frank Augstein Share12 Tweet Email2 center_img Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro (file pic). FORMER CHELSEA TEAM doctor Eva Carneiro received death threats following her departure from the club last year, she revealed in a newspaper interview published on Saturday.“Even though I don’t have a presence on social media — I think I have made one post ever in my life — some of the threats of sexual violence and death threats make it through,” she told the Daily Telegraph.“They (the abusers) just seem to be faceless cowards and they should be answerable to legislation.”Carneiro, 43, left Chelsea in September 2015 after being publicly criticised by then manager Jose Mourinho for going onto the pitch to treat a player during a home game against Swansea City.Earlier this year she settled a constructive dismissal case with Chelsea, who apologised “unreservedly” over her treatment, and she also reached a discrimination settlement with Mourinho.Carneiro, who now works at her own clinic in London, feels not enough is being done to eradicate sexism in football.“I think sexism is the least challenged form of discrimination,” she said.Anti-Semitic and other racist comments are widely condemned and I don’t think that is the case (with sexism) and it begs the question what that leaves room for behind the scenes.“It is widely accepted that football has a discrimination problem. I really do feel that way, but I think it is the least challenged form of discrimination.”Carneiro said she had been “stunned” by the reactions of male colleagues in the medical profession when she made it clear she wanted to train as a football medic.Seeking specialist training in certain sports, male colleagues found that quite surprising,” she said.“There was very much a dialogue of bringing attention to my gender or objectifying me in some way.“They described that as a limit to my career progression in that direction, which I was stunned by. It was a dialogue more appropriate for the 1950s.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 24 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Frank Augstein Short URL Ex-Chelsea doctor Carneiro reveals death threats She also feels not enough is currently being done to eradicate sexism in football.last_img read more

Des chercheurs font naitre un poisson avec des pattes

first_imgDes chercheurs font naitre un poisson avec des pattes Des scientifiques espagnols viennent de mettre en évidence les mécanismes génétiques responsables de l’évolution des membres des vertébrés qui leur a permis de passer de la mer à la terre ferme. Grâce à cela, ils ont réussi à transformer les nageoires d’un poisson-zèbre en “proto-membres”.  L’étude des fossiles nous éclaire peu à peu sur les mystères de l’évolution de la vie. L’un des phénomènes les plus étonnants et encore mystérieux est surement celui du passage de la vie marine à la vie terrestre. Mais au fil des ans, les indices récoltés ont permis de reconstituer les grandes lignes de l’histoire. On sait actuellement que les nageoires des vertébrés ont subi toute une série d’étapes, s’allongeant et s’amincissant jusqu’à former des membres adaptées à la locomotion sur la terre ferme. Un mécanisme sur lequel on en sait un peu plus aujourd’hui.En effet, des scientifiques de l’Université Pablo de Olavide, à Séville, sont parvenus à mettre en évidence les modifications génétiques à la base de ces changements morphologiques. Selon les chercheurs, le développement des pattes a eu lieu grâce à l’activation d’un fragment de matériel génétique déjà présent chez les poissons mais de manière “silencieuse”. Des résultats qui représentent une véritable avancée dans la compréhension de l’histoire des tétrapodes, premier groupe de vertébrés à marcher sur la terre. Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont étudié le développement embryonnaire du poisson zèbre, organisme modèle particulièrement apprécié des généticiens. Leurs expériences ont consisté à introduire sur le bout de la nageoire des embryons un gène, HOXD13, connu pour jouer un rôle dans la distinction des différentes parties du corps. Une mutation responsable de la pousse des membres ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Developmental Cell, indiquent que sous l’effet de HOXD13, du cartilage se forme au détriment des nageoires. Autrement dit, les poissons zèbres issus des embryons n’ont pas développé des nageoires normales mais des proto-membres avec des tissus cartilagineux très semblables à ceux des animaux terrestres. Au regard de ces résultats, les scientifiques ont cherché à savoir si cet élément génétique avait dans le passé subi une augmentation provoquant ainsi le développement des membres. Pour répondre à cette question, un régulateur du gène, prélevé sur des embryons de souris, a également été introduit sur les nageoires en devenir. “Nous avons découvert que chez le poisson zèbre l’élément de contrôle de HOXD13 était capable de diriger l’expression du gène dans la plus extrême de la nageoire” indique dans un communiqué José Luis Gómez-Skarmeta, co-auteur de l’étude. Selon le scientifique, ce régulateur était présent dans le dernier ancêtre commun aux animaux à nageoires à ceux à pattes. L’hypothèse formulée est ainsi qu’une mutation de ce régulateur a pu survenir à cette époque et entrainer une surexpression du gène HOXD13, qui aurait alors provoqué la pousse de proto-membres cartilagineux. Le 15 décembre 2012 à 11:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bakau Fishermen Concerned With Presence of Unknown Fishing Trawlers in Gambian

first_imgBy: Makutu MannehFishermen at Bakau Fish landing site have expressed concern over the number of unknown fishing trawlers intruding the Bakau coastline.This they say makes them experience low catches within this period which results in scarcity of fish in the market. Fishermen in Brufut and Tanji raised similar complaints. The Bakau fishermen alleged that these trawlers use illegal fishing nets to catch juvenile fishes which are premature for consumption, and later throw most of it in the river.Visiting the Fish landing site in Bakau, many fishermen could be seen idling ashore.Baye John who spoke to this reporter, alleged that some trawlers are engaged in illegal activities in Gambian waters; that the trawlers can be seen at sea working both day and night to harvest catches, without giving them the chance to spread their nets.John said currently, they are experiencing a decline in catches, attributing the problem to the dead juvenile fish including other unneeded species that is thrown into the river, by unknown fishing trawlers.‘‘We used to catch many species of fish before the arrival of the trawlers. But now many of those species have vanished from our sight,” John narrated.John and his fellow fisher folk, have called on Government to investigate and combat the illegal fishing that is going on in Gambian waters.last_img read more

Battle Ground wants to send clear message on illegal signs

first_imgAs political signs throughout the county continue to be plucked up and thrown away following Tuesday’s election, the city of Battle Ground is looking toward being tougher on signs placed in the public right-of-way.A series of proposed revisions to the city’s sign code would spell out exactly where signs could go, and what the city could do with them once they’re confiscated.While political signs often pose a very visible problem every election cycle — cluttering right-of-ways or posing a hazard — the city is clear that they’re not targeting political speech.“We’re equal opportunity prohibitionists when it comes to signs in the right-of-way,” said Robert Maul, the city’s community development director.Under the proposed ordinance, the city could confiscate signs on the right-of-way and toss them, instead of handing them back to the politicians upon their request.The same would go for other types of signs.“It’s especially bad with the garage-sale signs,” Maul said.During election cycles, political signs can end up posing a major nuisance, Maul said.For other types of freestanding business signs, Maul said, the new ordinance would likely be less restrictive.Despite complaints by some about stolen and tampered-with political signs, the last election elicited only a few complaints about signs on public land, Maul said. He said signs most commonly found in right-of-ways were ones that advertised “No on 74,” the gay marriage measure.last_img read more

Air Force to Use Beale AFB to Test Energy Resilient Technologies

first_imgThe Air Force plans to use Beale AFB in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service.On Tuesday, the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI) team — composed of representatives from the Air Force and the Department of Energy’s national labs, and other outside experts — will meet with mission commanders at Beale and evaluate opportunities for energy projects. The team then will develop a plan to provide resilient, cost-effective, cleaner power to the installation, and begin implementing that plan by the end of the year, according to a press release.After the initial plan is developed, the REDI team will issue a request for information to energy developers and partners to determine market interest and industry capabilities that could support Beale’s energy resiliency plan. The initiative is going forward as lawmakers and national security officials have voiced the need to build a more resilient electric grid, and mitigate cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure.“REDI will help ensure airmen can execute their missions, like remotely piloted aircraft, which rely on uninterrupted access to electricity,” said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy. “Our team is looking at distributed energy resources, like renewable energy generation and energy storage, which can provide strategic energy agility for our airmen when they need it most,” Ballentine said.Though Beale will be REDI’s lead project, the team will help shape other energy resilience projects across the Air Force.“We selected Beale AFB because of its critical missions, the opportunity to collaborate with regional industry and government partners leading the way in resilient energy solutions, and the leadership and experience of Beale’s team,” said Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more