Raiders’ Rodney Hudson one of McKenzie’s best moves

first_imgALAMEDA — If the Raiders beat the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday for their first two-game win streak of the season, it will have as much to do with deposed general manager Reggie McKenzie as coach Jon Gruden.That’s not an attempt to build up McKenzie and denigrate Gruden as much as it is to recognize the importance of center Rodney Hudson.Hudson was McKenzie’s first major score in free agency, snatched from the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs in 2015. Derek Carr is the Raiders most important …last_img read more

Methuselah Seed Now a Tree

first_imgThe world’s oldest viable seed is now a tree 8 feet tall.  The Methuselah palm, discovered in the 1960s as a seed at the Judean fortress of Masada, sprouted in 2005 under controlled conditions.  It is the oldest seed verified by radiocarbon dating to be 2,000 years old – from the time the Romans were besieging the mountain fortress built by Herod the Great. The Jerusalem Post1 reported that the palm tree, now 2.5 meters tall, has been transplanted to a kibbutz in the Arava (Jordan rift) in southern Israel, where botanists will analyze its genetic lineage for clues.  They expect the tree (the first of several that sprouted) will produce edible fruit and perhaps medicinal compounds, which were valued in ancient times.  Modern date palms from the region are genetically different from the ones known to the ancients, which disappeared from the land in the time of the Crusaders.  These trees are depicted on Roman coins from the period.  “The species was known then to have therapeutic qualities and a delicious taste,” the Jerusalem Post said. Wikipedia considers this the oldest viable seed directly dated by radiocarbon.  Other contenders are claimed anecdotally to be 3,000 or 4,000 years old, but proof is lacking. 1. Hat tip to Bible Places Blog for this lead. Could humans create a car that could still drive after 2,000 years?  This is truly amazing.  A seed – a tiny package of life, containing molecular machines and a library of code – still worked, despite millennia of cosmic rays and other mutagens.  This means that DNA repair mechanisms must have still been at work inside this dormant package.   Don’t underestimate the wonder of seeds.  It would be historic to taste a date shake from the Methuselah tree.  Just hope they don’t start a new line of Christmas fruitcakes with it. So that we don’t end on a bad taste, here’s a joke, or shall we say, j-oak.  Q: What does an acorn say when it grows up?  A: Geometry.(Visited 60 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Etihad’s first Perth flight touches down

first_imgA330-200 Arrives A330-200 Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today commenced daily, non-stop services between Perth and Abu Dhabi.  Dsepite todays inaugral flightbeing operated by an A340-600 , the Perth route will be serviced with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 262 seats – 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class.             Read: Etihad’s Economy and Business Class The inaugural flight – EY486 – touched down at Perth International Airport at 1.10pm where it was greeted by a water cannon salute and a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony by members of the local Indigenous community.  Perth is the fourth gateway to be served by Etihad in Australia alongside Brisbane, Melbourne and SydneyEtihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said Perth was a strategically important addition to Etihad Airways’ Australian and global network. “Today’s inaugural flight creates the first commercial air link between Perth and Abu Dhabi and marks the beginning of an exciting new era of partnership between the state of Western Australia and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi and Perth are each popular business travel and holiday destinations – attracting 2.8 million and 7.3 million visitors respectively in 2013 – and we are already seeing a strong commercial response to the new route from travellers in the UAE and Western Australia.”Mr Hogan also pointed to data which shows that Western Australia is the largest contributor to trade between the UAE and Australia, accounting for 57 per cent of the $A6.4 billion total in 2013. “With two-way trade between the UAE and Western Australia growing at an annual rate of between 25 to 30 per cent in recent years we are forecasting strong demand for our cargo business.” The new Perth flights offer an attractive and compelling proposition for travellers to and from the GCC countries, Middle East, Africa, Europe and USA with the convenience of one stop in Abu Dhabi. Cities such as Cairo, Dublin, London, Manchester, Doha, Jeddah, Beirut and New York will now be linked seamlessly with the Western Australian capital.  Mr Hogan noted interest in travel to Western Australia – particularly from the Middle East, UK, Ireland, Europe and east coast USA and pledged to work with the airline’s government and industry partners to develop these visitor markets.               Read: Etihad one of only 11 airlines in the world to be awarded the seven star double ratingBrad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer of Perth Airport said: “We are very excited to welcome Etihad Airways to Perth today. We have been working with the airline for some time now and it is pleasing to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight. We believe there is a significant opportunity to contribute to the state’s economic success by offering international tourists convenient connections to Western Australia – in 2013 alone tourism contributed $A7.7 billion to the West Australian economy through visitor spend.”The commencement of Etihad Airways’ Perth operations will add approximately 190,000 annual seats from Perth to the Middle East.Mr Hogan said Etihad Airways’ partnership with Virgin Australia enabled it to offer connectivity to towns and cities outside the Perth metropolitan area and brought new competition to these markets. “When the construction of the Domestic Pier at Perth Airport’s Terminal 1 is complete, Etihad Airways and its codeshare partner Virgin Australia will be co-located in one terminal enabling easy connections to Virgin’s domestic network, as well as regional connections in the nearby Terminal 2. Our partnership with Virgin Australia enables us to offer codeshare flights from Perth to 13 regional airports throughout the state of Western Australia. Guests can now connect seamlessly between Virgin Australia’s regional network and Etihad Airways’ global network with the convenience of through-checked baggage, a single ticket purchase and convenient transfer times.”Travellers can connect to Etihad Airways’ international flights by flying with Virgin Australia from Albany, Broome, Busselton, Derby, Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Ravensthorpe and Newman.Virgin Australia will also place its VA code on Etihad Airways’ Perth-Abu Dhabi flights. New Abu Dhabi-Perth schedule, effective immediately: Destination Abu Dhabi 22:10 Daily Perth                             Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local timeRead: Etihad’s Nanny Service Frequency Flight No. EY487 Abu Dhabi Perth Daily EY486 13:10+1 23:25 15:55 Aircraft Origin Departslast_img read more

Mobile More Important Than Ever, But 80% of Businesses Will Overspend

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… This month, two painful but impossible to ignore facts have emerged about mobile use by business. First, research from Forrester suggests IT support for business use of personal mobile devices has a big impact on enterprise collaboration, with fewer of the challenges that new technology like cloud computing present. Second, a new report from Gartner asserts that despite mobile IT support just beginning to really blossom, a full 80% of businesses will spend more than they need to on voice and data costs in the next five years. That dichotomy, the one between big expectations and overeager spending, is a paradigm that could cripple the sustainable growth of mobile in the enterprise. Mobile CollaborationThe new report by Forrester Research, Technology Populism Fuels Mobile Collaboration, tracks both how enterprises are using mobile now, and how increased assistance for it by employees can have tangible results for the level of collaboration that goes on. 82% of working adults have a personal mobile device. To not support their business use of it would be an enormous missed opportunity. According to Forrester, the key benefits are faster team work and decision making. The fact that mobile access to corporate data would be a booster is hardly a surprise, but backing it up with this kind of data should be a first step in goading management to commit to mobile in the enterprise. Widespread OverspendingAs something of a counterpoint to Forrester’s research, Gartner has issued a stern warning to enterprises: 80% of you will overspend on mobile services. Gartner predicts that in the next five years, at least 15% of the money for mobile devices and plans for voice and data will be unnecessarily spent. Particularly troublesome is the inefficient strategies companies have for reducing costs and negotiating contracts tailored to businesses, rather than piecemeal personal plans purchased on an enterprise scale. The combination of rising expectations for ROI plus the potential to overspend could very well cripple the support for mobile in the future, if enterprises aren’t careful. Image credit: James Cridland Tags:#enterprise#Trends steven wallingcenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

USA Today Goes “Reefer Madness” on the Real-Time Web

first_imgThe Real-Time Web is a paradigm based on pushing information to users as soon as it’s available – instead of requiring that they or their software check a source periodically for updates. It’s being implemented in social networking, search, news and elsewhere – making those experiences more like Instant Messaging and facilitating unpredictable innovations. Early benefits include increased user engagement (“flow”) and decreased server loads, but these are early days. I think our definition is clearer and more useful; Swartz clearly doesn’t like the real-time web and arguably doesn’t understand what it is.Swartz’s article is peppered with quotes from people in the industry, but my favorite was this one:“It all can be distracting at times,” says Kevin Weatherman, 27, who is in business development for an Internet advertising start-up in Palo Alto, Calif. He uses at least six instant-messaging services — often at once.Weatherman works for a real-time ad network called PubMatic; the company must have been pleased when USA Today called to talk about the real-time web. They must have been displeased when they saw that Weatherman made the mistake of mentioning the devil’s spawn that is multi-network chat clients Adium or Trillian and that’s what the reporter grabbed hold of.Swartz concludes his article with a collection of rapid-fire links to various factoids about the negative consequences for society wrought by Facebook and text messaging. To be fair, not all of Swartz’s criticisms seem entirely off-base or irrelevant, but focusing only on how distracting these new flows of information are is taking the easy way out.In truth, or perhaps in addition to some of the semi-related fears Swartz brings up, the real-time web is making possible richer, more efficient communication between people and between computers. It’s an exciting foundation for innovation in almost every field you can think of.Remember though kids, when those Twitter search results get pushed to you automatically, you might think that the real-time web is fun and useful – but it’s actually the beginning of the end of the rest of your life.For a more accurate and useful discussion of this important trend, stay right here with ReadWriteWeb and join the conversation about how we can effectively utilize these new technologies. The article’s premise:The latest iteration of the Internet — deemed the “real-time Web” by some analysts, is exemplified by the obsessive use of PCs or cellphones for quick interactions and dips into the online information stream. This hyper-connectedness is fueled by the rise in social media and distinguished by quick, short communication and, increasingly, an absence of privacy. Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Jon Swartz wrote a long article in USA Today this morning about the phenomenon of the real-time web. The article blames “the real-time web” for declining test scores in school, anti-social addictions, short attention spans and texting-while-driving. Swartz smooshes YouTube, social networks, online banking, location-aware search and social media marketing all under the same umbrella of doom. We’d like to highlight Swartz’s work as our Real-Time Web Article of the Day because it’s a great example of the same old Fear of the Internet getting a new name. As a result, USA Today readers lose an opportunity to understand an important new wave of change and opportunity.The real-time web is of course far more coherent and less frightening than Swartz’s article. Isn’t the sun setting on the era when grown adults are afraid of Facebook and cell phones?We’re highlighting articles written off-site each day about the real-time web that we think are helpful in understanding this emerging trend, all leading up to what we believe is going to be a fabulous face-to-face event on the topic: the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit on October 15h in Mountain View, California. Miniscule attention spans and anti-social additions are not required – in fact we expect a great day of brainstorming, collaboration and networking. Early bird registration ends tonight. But enough about us, let’s talk about USA Today’s fear of the real-time web. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The Real-Time Web’s PotentialThree future, hyper-geeky, scenarios.From a conversation with Google’s Brett Slatkin, co-creator of the Pubsubhubbub protocolImmediate public release of financial data for SEC compliance3D spatial imaging using sensor networks with open, standardized data transferSocial networking as a decentralized communications protocol instead of on centralized corporate propertiesHere’s how we explained it in under 100 words: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

UK Nixes Internet Ban for P2P Infringement

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts jolie odell In November, we told you about a move in the UK to monitor P2P sharing and permanently ban users who infringed on copyright from using the Internet.In our reporting on P2P issues, it’s rare these days to get wind of some good news; today, we’ve learned that this plan to ban would not, in fact, apply to most file-sharing fiends. After one ISP stood up to the government’s proposals by circulating a petition, the government responded favorably, saying, “We are not requiring ISPs to monitor for unlawful file-sharing. Nor are we proposing that ISPs look at what users download in order to combat piracy… We will not terminate the accounts of infringers.”The fear, uncertainty and doubt about the UK’s policy on illegal file-sharing stems from the introduction of the Digital Economy Bill, published on November 20, 2009. The bill “sets out in detail our proposed legislation to tackle on-line copyright infringement, including unlawful peer to peer file-sharing,” according to the government.However, UK ISP TalkTalk vigorously objected to some of the measures laid out in the bill and drafted and circulated an e-petition to abandon the idea that illegal P2P file-sharing should result in a permanent ban from the Internet for guilty users.“If citizens are innocent until proven guilty,” the petition reads, “ISPs would be forced to monitor internet usage to ensure that no copyrighted material is being transferred. This flagrant disregard for privacy is comparable to forcing the Post Office to search through parcels for photocopied documents or mixtape cassettes. Such requirements would place enormous strain on ISPs whilst failing to prevent the distribution of copyrighted material…“Who is punished in the case of shared family connections? The increasing role of the Internet in access to society should not be underestimated. Cutting off households deprives families of education, government services and freedom of speech. We do not see this as a fitting punishment, nor do we believe the breaches in privacy involved to be justifiable under copyright law.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#p2p#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The government’s full response states that officials are working with rights holders and media companies to find a balanced and equitable solution to illegal file-sharing – one that includes attractive, legal options for end users to access content, as well.The Digital Economy Bill will require ISPs to notify users whose accounts had been flagged by a copyright holder as having been used for illegal file-sharing. “In the cases of the most serious infringers,” reads the response, “if a rights holder obtains a court order, the ISP would have to provide information so that the rights holder can take targeted court action.” As a last resort, the Bill provides for ISPs’ taking technical measures to stop illegal downloading, ranging from bandwidth restriction, daily downloading limits and temporary Internet account suspension.All in all, the government hopes to see a 70 percent reduction in illegal P2P downloads.It’ll be interesting to see how various national laws and regulations hold up if something like ACTA ends up being passed. In a nutshell, a U.S.-drafted chapter of this treaty on Internet use would require ISPs to police user-generated content, to cut off Internet access for copyright violators and to remove content that is accused of copyright violation without any proof of actual violation – a far cry from the more lenient proposals we’re reading from the UK.Let us know what you think in the comments.last_img read more

Police, students clash in Kolkata; many hurt

first_imgA clash erupted on Friday between the police and members of Left-affiliated students’ organisations who were marching to the State Secretariat. The protesters had organised a march to the State Secretariat to protest against rampant unemployment. The activists had collected lakhs of job applications from across the State and wanted to give it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Violence started a few kilometres from the Nabanna building when police personnel lobbed tear gas shells, resorted to baton charge, and used water cannons to disperse the crowd. Witnesses reported seeing several injured and bleeding protesters. “Some of our students were seriously injured. They were protesting for the right to work and stood against disproportionate display of brute force by the police. I salute them,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Polit Bureau member Mohd. Salim said.He also ridiculed the Didi ke Bolo campaign launched by the Trinamool Congress where people can call up the Chief Minister with their grievances. The CPI(M) leader said that when students want to meet and give deputation to the CM they are met with brute force.The CPI(M) claimed that over 60 supporters were injured and some had to be hospitalised. The police said that five of their personnel suffered injuries.Earlier this week, violence had erupted when BJP supporters marched to the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation HQ in Esplanade demanding a reduction in power tariff.last_img read more

Filipino teen Carlos Yulo wins gold in World Cup Gymnastics

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Rayderley Zapata of Spain and Dominic Cunningham of Great Britan finished in third place.The teen sensation, who just turned 19 on February 16, made the country proud again after bagging the bronze medal in last year’s Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe gold medal finish also boosted Yulo’s bid to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ateneo rises from 2 sets down, stuns FEU MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES FILE – Carlos Edriel Yulo competing in floor exercise during day nine of the gymnastics championships. —AFPFilipino Carlos Yulo took home the gold medal in the men’s floor finals of the 2019 World Cup Gymnastics Saturday in Melbourne, Australia.Yulo registered 14.566 to top Hibiki Arayashiki of Japan, who came in second with a score of 14.500.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Studying abroad: About the difference in UK and US college interviews

first_imgFirst of all, let’s answer the two most common questions: what is acollege interview, and why does it matter? Many schools in the UnitedStates, the United Kingdom, and certain other places to which you mightbe applying to study abroad include an interview as part of theadmission process. The goal of the interview can depend on the school,but there are some general similarities.Interview process in US collegesLet’s talk about US colleges first. Many schools in America includeinterviews as a way for the admission officers or alumni acting for theadmissions committee to get to know a student better and learn who theyare beyond the limitations of the application. For schools in Hong Kong, the goals of the interview from the admissions side are very similar to those of the goals of a US admissions committee.A very commonquestion in the minds of the students is how much does the college weigh the interview when making their decision? Again, this depends on thecollege or university. Some colleges weigh it heavily, and some see itas one of the many things that can inform them about the student.Interview can help show your individualityFor international students, the interview can often be the only opportunity the student has to express their individuality. Because of the vastdifference in educational systems, applications from American studentsand those from international students applying to study in America often look wildly different. So, the interview is a chance for internationalstudents to even the playing field a little, and to give the school astronger sense of who they are and what they bring to the community.advertisementYou can find out if the college is a good fit for youJust like the college essay, the interview is an opportunity to show who you are as a person, and explain through your individuality what you willbring to the college campus. Beyond that, it’s also an opportunity foryou to meet someone from the school, to ask questions and get your ownpersonal sense of whether this school would be a good fit for you ornot. Remember, this goes both ways! Interview process in UK collegesThen there are UK schools in the UK– Oxford and Cambridge weigh theirinterview very heavily, and it can make or break your application.The interview is academic, not informativeThis is not an informative interview, but an academic one, designed to showthe school how the applicant thinks and responds to new ideas andintellectual issues. While some aspects of the applicant’s life and thefield of study they intend to pursue will definitely come up, thequestions are usually more abstract.The interview questions for theseinterviews can range from “Why do some habitats support higherbiodiversity than others?” to “Should there be a salary limit forbankers?” to “Imagine the only historical records left on earthconcerned sports. How much about the past could we find out?”The thought process is important, not the answer itselfFor these interviews, what matters most is not that you get a right orwrong answer, for many of them don’t have a single correct response, but that you represent your thought process. The interview is a procedureto check that you are able to consider, reason, think critically andengage in a dialogue about abstract and practical concepts. What yourinterviewer is looking for, essentially, is your ability to learn, not a recitation of what you already know. You are demonstrating curiosityand interest in the world, not listing knowledge you’ve already gained.Although they have different formats, all of these interviews on both sides ofthe Atlantic have the same essential goal. The admissions committeewants to know what kind of thinker you are, what kind of student you’vebeen, and what potential you hold for intellectual and social growth.After all, if you were already done growing academically, you wouldn’t needto go to college at all! So the goal for you, in whatever interview youfind yourself in, is to show who you are, where you’ve been, and whereyou want to go, with passion, candor and clarity.–Authored by Adarsh Khandelwal, Co-founder, Collegify (a college consulting firm for study abroad)last_img read more

Gov’t to Start Granting Electric Power Wheeling Licences July

first_imgMinister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell says he intends to start granting licences for electric power wheeling in July. In his Budget Debate presentation in Parliament on Wednesday, April 24, the Minister, noted that this is another policy initiative of the administration “to make our energy sector more robust and realise efficiencies”. He explained that “wheeling” is the use of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) grid to transmit power from a self-generating entity in one location to itself in another for a fee. “This is a benefit to those businesses, who generate their own electricity, because it means that if that company has excess generating capacity in one location, wheeling allows it to use that excess in another of its locations,” he said. The Minister noted that the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has indicated that the rate will vary between US$50 to US$175 per megawatt-kilometre per month, and that the final rate will be determined after public consultation. By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more