All the rhinoceroses

first_imgAssam’s Chief Wildlife Warden, N.K. Vasu, explains how to differentiate a male rhino from a female one | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar Rhino census 2018: Kaziranga now has 2,413 rhinos There is nothing ‘casual’ about Biju Saro, 26. His day begins at dawn as he goes about his job of keeping watch at the Bokabil anti-poaching camp, located about 2 km from Borbil Misinggaon, his village. He brings to it the same seriousness that fellow campers, forest guard Natun Chandra Das and home guard Dilip Khakhlari, do. But Saro is a casual employee, one of the 200 contracted to guard the great one-horned rhinoceros (or the Indian rhinoceros), Assam’s iconic mammal.Also Read Watch: Kaziranga’s one-horned rhinos | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar A forest guard keeps watch in Kaziranga, Assam A one-horned rhino is chased away as it ventures too close to a camp in Kaziranga National Park in Bokakhat district | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar  Bokabil is one of the 178 anti-poaching camps in Kaziranga National Park (KNP), the rhino domain important to the fragile Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot that stretches from eastern Bangladesh to Vietnam.For ₹7,500 a month, which is much lower than the ₹20,000 that the ‘regular’ guards get, Saro patrols a five sq km area around Bokabil camp, takes turns to monitor the animals round the clock from the camp’s watchtower, updates the Kohora range office regularly on his walkie-talkie, and cleans the weapons, usually a 12 bore rifle or a .303, that the guards use to battle poachers. Kohora (or Central) is one of the five ranges of KNP. The others are Agratoli (or Eastern), Bagori (or Western), Burapahar, and the Northern Range. The KNP used to be 1,030 sq km, with a core area of 482 sq km, when it was notified as a tiger reserve in 2007. But erosion by the Brahmaputra has shrunk it to 884 sq km now.Former KNP Director M.K. Yadava says that Kaziranga would require at least 3,000 men if they were to be deployed in eight-hour shifts. However, the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, only has a staff strength of about 1,300, of which 200 are casual workers. In the current arrangement, the guards are not expected to work by the clock.“We sleep in the afternoon between patrols,” says Saro. “And this is because both animals and poachers rest during this time. [Records show that poachers invariably strike at night]. Night-time is for keeping awake, listening to unfamiliar sounds, and gunshots.” What drives him is the hope of becoming a regular employee one day. “I have been a casual worker for three years now. As a local resident, I feel I deserve to be regularised when the department recruits guards the next time,” he says.Chasing the rhinoIt is early morning. The Borbil camp is not on the itinerary of Debasish Baruah, teacher of a local school and one of the enumerators for the Rhino Population Estimation 2018. Harun Chamru, a 45-year-old adivasi, is the driver of Baruah’s Gypsy. He seems to have lost his way after taking the wrong track at a fork flanked by tall elephant grass. “We normally don’t take jungle tracks other than the specified tourist routes,” says Chamru.  The Gypsy reaches Borbil camp at 8 a.m. Baruah’s team decides to have their breakfast — bread, butter, egg, an apple and two bananas — that has been packed for every member of the rhino census at the Kaziranga convention centre in Kohora. As they start eating, a sudden swaying of the elephant grass about 300 yards away alerts Saro. He dashes up the camp, which is on stilts. Annual flood levels are marked on its pillars with charcoal. He finds a rhino chasing another. “It’s a female,” he announces, pointing to an animal emerging from the grass.“There are many ways of differentiating a female from a male rhino,” explains Bhupen Talukdar, a retired forest officer who is delivering the pre-census briefing. “We look at the skin fold, the size of the bib (dangling under a rhino’s neck), cut marks on ears, the pattern of tubercles (the series of small lumps on a rhino’s hump), and, of course, the genitalia. But the easiest way is to observe the size of the head. A female rhino has an elongated, narrower head while the male’s head is thicker and shorter. Focus on the horn too. The male’s horn is broader and invariably broken, while the female’s is thinner, unblemished, and tapers into a conical form.”Rhinos are solitary animals, Talukdar says, but an adult with a calf is invariably a female. “If you spot them, you can simply jot down the sex even if you are unable to observe its head or horn.”The enumerators are asked to report to the convention centre before 5 a.m. for the estimation exercise the next day. “Your kitbag includes a GPS device, a compartmentalised map of Kaziranga, a note sheet with columns for male, female, ‘un-sexed’, and calves under three and over three years. ‘Un-sexed’ is for rhinos whose gender is difficult to determine from afar,” says Rabindra Sarma, KNP’s Research Officer.The GPS is a first for a Kaziranga census. About 40 elephants, 29 of them hired from private owners, are parked at strategically located camps, ready to take the observers around. Sarma has a word of advice for enumerators who would be on an elephant’s back. “Tie your GPS, binoculars, note sheets, everything around your neck. You never know when a rhino might give chase. If the elephant suddenly starts running, you’ll be caught off guard.”Sarma’s warning proves prophetic. Dilwar Hussain, a policeman turned environmentalist, is perched on an elephant, Urvashi, who starts running when a male rhino chases her away from a group of rhinos. “We couldn’t count that group properly,” he says later. “It was only when the mahout put a ‘gamosa’ [decorated Assamese cloth towel] on her eyes that she stopped running and we could resume counting.”The elephant-back estimation, which begins at 6:30 a.m., lasts for five hours. “It is tough on the elephant. Given that it is carrying our weight, it sweats more as the day gets hotter,” says Kaushik Barua, an environmentalist who counted 107 rhinos on Day 1 and 21 on Day 2 of the estimation exercise.The observers on jeeps have a longer day — they finish by 1 p.m. Baruah, a veteran, says counting on jeep is less challenging than doing it from an elephant’s back. But his vehicle ran into a herd of elephants, which blocked the track for 45 minutes. “We had no choice but to wait for the elephants to move,” says Chamru. “Elephants are less aggressive than rhinos.”Counting controversyKNP has had rhino censuses since 1966. But earlier estimation exercises were not dogged by controversy, which sets the latest exercise conducted on March 26-27 apart. In the run-up to the 2018 Rhino Population Estimation, some experts were sceptic about the methodology being adopted, pointing out that the headcount approach based on sighting by humans could lead to inflated figures, as had happened with tiger censuses in the past. They have suggested alternate methods such as distance sampling and camera traps.“The number of rhinos is important, but what matters most is how many breeding females, mothers, and calves we find. That is what gives us an idea about the trends and the health of the habitat,” says N.K. Vasu, Assam’s Chief Wildlife Warden. “We have been tracking the headcount since 1966, when Kaziranga had only 366 rhinos. Techniques such as distance sampling and random sampling have evolved since then, but headcount based on actual sightings [the total counted by every enumerator within his or her specified area of estimation] still offers the best results, given the sincerity with which forest officials and wildlife enthusiasts do their job.”  Bapiram Hazarika, more popularly known as Nigona Shikari, had in 1905 guided Baroness Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon around the core area of the present-day Kaziranga on elephant back. The baroness was the wife of Lord George Curzon, who as Viceroy of India would go on to earn notoriety by dividing Bengal.Impressed by the forest, Lady Curzon asked Nigona how the rhinos could be saved. “Stop the sahibs from hunting them,” he replied. Convinced, she persuaded Lord Curzon to prohibit the hunting of rhinos. Six months later, an area of 57 lakh acres was declared as the Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest. The park formally became a Reserve Forest in 1908, a game sanctuary in 1916, and was thrown open to visitors in 1938. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1950 and became a national park in 1974.“There are many legends behind the name Kaziranga. A popular one says it refers to two tribal lovers, Kazi and Rongai, who eloped to live among the animals,” says Rohini Ballave Saikia, Kaziranga’s Divisional Forest Officer. “Kaziranga is a love story between man and animal and between forest officials and the local people,” says Lohit Gogoi, who runs a restaurant at Kohora, the main tourist point. “People here know that their existence depends on the well-being and conservation of the rhino.”Officials say that they ensure synergy with local people, who keep them informed about any potential poaching activity. “There can be no conservation without the cooperation of the local community. We let people graze their cattle on the fringes of the park but ensure that they are immunised free of cost, for it is vital to prevent diseases from spreading to the wild animals. We also organise free trips inside the park for local children,” says Akashdeep.By afternoon, as counting ends, 2,413 rhinos have made it to the enumerated list: 758 males, 942 females, and 385 calves. The sex of 328 remains undetermined. Hopefully, all doubts about numbers will be put to rest after the recount next year.  Moh Chaturvedi, a Delhi-based independent environment consultant, counted 69 rhinos along an eight km stretch near the Mihimari and Gendamari camps straddling the Kohora and Bagori ranges. The boxes ticked on her census sheet say that the gender of a third of the rhinos could not be identified.Baruah has counted 16, six of them ‘un-sexed’. “They were too far away to be identified properly,” he says. The enumerators gather at the convention centre for a de-briefing in the evening. Each sheet is sealed in packets. A committee will pore over them carefully and arrive at the final tally.“The final counting is not an easy process. Two old rhinos died soon after the estimation was done. Such animals are removed from the list, as are those likely to be double counted by enumerators of adjoining blocks,” says Akashdeep Baruah, Director, KNP.The total count method relies heavily on the visibility of animals. Officials say that poor burning of tall grasses and reeds due to high moisture content have led to fewer rhinos being sighted this time. These grasses, which grow taller than elephants, are burnt by the forest guards around March every year, which is the time they dry up and constrict other vegetation. In a ‘normal burning’, 50-60% of the grassy stretches are burnt, while a ‘poor burning’ would cover lesser ground. It is difficult to spot rhinos and other animals hidden deep inside the acres and acres of tall grass and reeds growing in dense clusters.In this year’s exercise, 67 enumerators (38 forest officials from across Assam and 29 invited observers) undertook the census on the back of 40 elephants and jeeps. They have produced an estimate of 2,413 rhinos, 12 more than in 2015.“Kaziranga is a mixture of woodlands, grasslands and wetlands. The rhinos prefer the grasslands and wetlands, but we could burn only 20% of the grasslands this time against the annual rate of 60%. This affected visibility of the rhinos. So we have decided to go for a recount next year,” says Akashdeep Baruah.Kaziranga does have a precedent of estimation in successive years, though the gap between two censuses is typically three years. The 2012 estimation had a grass-burning issue too, and officials were apparently unhappy with the 2,290 rhinos counted that year. A re-estimation in 2013 yielded 2,329 rhinos. Keeping records of rhinos has become crucial, as poaching is the main reason for the decline of rhinos in Assam, apart from flood-related deaths, since the banning of legal hunting. Rhinos are poached for their horns and nails, used in traditional medicine. Government records say poachers killed 247 rhinos in Kaziranga between 1996 and March 2018. In the same period, 76 poachers were killed, while 575 were arrested for illegal entry in the park.“Estimation of rhinos should be deferred if the conditions are not right. We should ideally go for an assessment of the conditions before conducting the estimation,” says Vasu.Some experts have suggested different methodologies such as distance sampling — calculating the number of animals in quadrants defined by an imaginary line — that do not rely on actual sighting and are reportedly more accurate. Distance sampling involves counting a part of a population in a specified area and then extrapolating from it.In the case of tigers, camera traps (a remotely activated camera with motion sensors) and distance sampling ended the practice of estimating populations by counting pug marks. Before the birth of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), tiger figures were allegedly inflated from 1,800 in 1972 to more than 3,500 in 2000. The estimate came down to 1,411 in 2006 following the application of sampling methods and camera traps.“I have been involved in rhino and tiger censuses since 1999, and I can that say no method is foolproof as it all boils down to the efficiency and sincerity of the enumerators. We cannot rule out the possibility of a rhino being counted twice, but past experience suggests that there are greater chances of rhinos being undercounted. That is the reason why the estimate is always within a range of plus-minus 100 from the figure arrived at,” says Sarma. “Nonetheless, I still feel that sampling methods added to headcount can erase doubts. This time, we used GPS for the first time to ensure more accuracy. But to use GPS effectively, we need to design good transect lines along which an animal is expected to be present,” he adds.“People find fault in tiger estimation methods too. So it is not proper to say this method is better than that method. Every method has room for improvement,” says Dev Prakash Bankhwal, regional head of the NTCA.Whatever the method, officials insist that they do not want the rhino population to grow beyond Kaziranga’s carrying capacity. A 2014 population module by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) sounded the saturation alarm for Kaziranga rhinos and suggested adding more areas. “Studies revealed that Kaziranga has a carrying capacity of 2,700 rhinos, but the park has already lost land to erosion,” Sarma says. Creating more space for the rhino is believed to be the reason behind an eviction drive mandated by a Gauhati High Court order of October 2015.Of the six areas or ‘additions’ comprising Kaziranga’s buffer zone of 548 sq km, the northern range, encompassing islands along the Brahmaputra, has been cleared of settlers, as has been the Burapahar area. Most of the settlers here were migrant Muslims, making parties such as the All India United Democratic Front label the drives as selective. Non-Muslims in a couple of other additions are yet to be ejected or relocated.Indebted to a shikariAccording to a study by the Wildlife Institute of India, the old generation of shikaris (hunters) who subsequently turned into forest rangers had the tradition of regularly tracking tigers and mapping their movements. The rhinos of Kaziranga — and elsewhere in Assam — owe their existence to a shikari too, though he had earned the moniker for guiding white sahibs who hunted rhinos for trophies. There is a little tale which bears repetition here.last_img read more

How smart sensors enhance ADAS designs

first_imgCamera 1Gb/sec to 24Gb/sec Ultrasound is a sensor that measures the distance to nearby objects and can warn the driver of surrounding obstacles. It’s mainly used for park assist, blind spot detection, maneuvering in narrow situations and other applications. Cars will be equipped with up to 12 ultrasonic sensors to fully capture the vehicle’s surrounding area. However, processing requirements and data rates are rather low.Conclusion Regardless of the architecture required, using hybrid sensor fusion or raw data sensor fusion to offload the number-crunching tasks from the CPU or GPU is critical in ADAS applications. Pre-processing sensor data with DSPs, thus turning the sensor—camera, radar, or lidar—into a smart sensor, enables the same functionality and alleviates the power and data rate drain that occurs when all the data processing must be handled by a single, centralized computer. Especially in electric vehicles, achieving low power consumption is of the utmost importance to enable automated driving.Robert Schweiger is director of automotive solutions at Cadence, with responsibility for the product management of automotive solutions leveraging all Cadence product lines including tools, IP and services. Before his worldwide automotive assignment in 2012, he was responsible for the Cadence Virtuoso Custom IC product line in Europe. Robert received his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Sensor systems are becoming more and more ubiquitous on cars right now, with level three autonomous cars already in production and level four autonomous cars right around the corner. In addition, starting in 2018, in the United States, all new cars—regardless of the level of autonomy—must have rear-view cameras installed. The demand for sensors is skyrocketing and will continue to do so.With this demand comes the need for more sophisticated and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) with sensors, processors, and central sensor fusion units to interpret the vast amount of sensor data now being collected.Figure 1: ADAS applications must sense, analyze the data, and act upon that data. (Source: Cadence) Figure 1 shows the different kinds of sensors required for level three to level five automated driving. This sensor data is then fused together in a central sensor fusion platform that also combines V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication, GPS, and digital maps for localization. After the sensor data is compiled, the system must decide how to react to that sensor data: by braking, steering, or accelerating. And all of this processing must, of course, happen in real time, as close to as instantaneously as possible.System Configuration There are two schools of thought on how this system is configured: a raw data sensor fusion platform, or a hybrid sensor fusion platform.The raw data sensor fusion platform requires the powerful computer to be in the center, where all the raw data from the sensors is processed. This requires high-speed data links to connect the data from the sensors to the central sensor fusion CPU or GPU. Depending on the car’s sensor configuration, the performance of the central sensor fusion CPU could easily go beyond 100 TFLOPs to enable L3+ automated driving. For example, the NVIDIA DRIVE PX Pegasus even provides 320 TOPS. The centralized computer interprets the data and decides how to react. A drawback of this approach is that the sensor fusion computer must consume a great deal of power for this data processing and interpretation. Systems that follow this concept use as much as 500W of power—and sometimes even more—thus requiring an active cooling system like water cooling.The hybrid sensor fusion platform allows for some of the processing to occur in the sensors themselves, making them “smart” sensors. Pre-processing in those sensors for object detection or classification, for example, allows the central sensor fusion platform to be more lightweight. This also allows for redundant AI processes running either at the smart sensor or at the central computing unit to verify their conclusions. Another advantage in transmitting only object-level data to the central fusion unit is that pre-processed data requires a significantly lower data rate at the sensor interface. Smart sensor processing may require a compute performance of 1-4 TMAC depending on the software algorithms being used.Sensor Specifics As shown in Figure 1, some of the sensors used in automobile ADAS include cameras, radar, and lidar. Each sensor system has its advantages and disadvantages. Using multiple sensor technologies improves the safety level of the car and at the same time can relax the safety requirement for each individual sensor.Cameras are the only sensors that actually “see”. They can recognize texture, detect traffic signs, can be used for object detection, and can inexpensively build a 3D map of the area surrounding the car. For a higher level of automated driving up to 130km/h HD cameras with a higher resolution and higher frame rates are required for recognition; for example, lane markers up to 500m during daylight.A significant downside to using camera sensors is that poor visibility conditions—weather, low light, and glare—affect the camera’s efficacy. Also, to avoid image degradation from the original source, little or no video compression can be applied typically. Therefore, cameras in safety-critical ADAS applications require a high-speed interface to transmit raw data to the central sensor fusion unit—up to 24Gb/second. As an alternative, it can be very effective to pre-process the data, turning the camera into a “smart” camera that deploys on-device neural networks for object identification and classification. Instead of the raw data being transmitted, only object-level data is transmitted to the central sensor fusion unit and then processed. Pre-processing that data on the camera device with a DSP, such as the Cadence® Tensilica® Vision Q6 DSP for embedded vision and AI, can alleviate this problem.To further improve the safety level of the camera system, redundant flows transmitting raw data as well as object-level data to sensor fusion unit can be realized. This way object detection can be done at the camera and the sensor fusion unit, using different algorithms, for example.Radar is very robust in every weather condition, in difficult light conditions, and has a good range—but it does have some disadvantages in terms of the angular and range resolution. With an angular resolution of 1.2° and range accuracy of about 10cm, there is little room for error. 10cm can be the difference between a near miss and a catastrophe.A lot of innovation has been recently going on to improve the resolution by developing 77-81GHz imaging radar systems. However, the higher the resolution of the radar sensor, the higher the data rate that needs to be transmitted. Moving from frequency-modulated MIMO radars (28Gb/second) to digital-modulated radars offers even higher resolution, but the raw data rate could go up to as much as 120Gb/second. This would require an automotive interface which goes way beyond the data rate of a MIPI CSI-2 interface, for example. Turning the radar sensor into a “smart” radar sensor with on-device signal processing for range and velocity FFTs, digital beamforming, and angular estimation, etc. would be the solution, reducing the data rate for the object list down to 100kb/second, which can be easily transmitted via the controller area network (CAN) interface. In addition, the higher radar resolution neural networks can be applied for on-device object detection and classification.IMEC has just announced the world’s first CMOS 140GHz radar-on-chip system with integrated antennas in standard 28nm technology, which will further improve the performance and reduce the form factor of the radar system.That said, applying all these techniques causes a huge increase in processing requirements, which need to be done within a power budget of less than 6W at the radar sensor. This can only be achieved by leveraging very efficient low-power DSPs (like Tensilica ConnX DSPs) instead using of power-hungry CPU/GPUs for raw sensor data processing in the central computing unit.Lidar offers the best of both worlds: it can capture an effective 3D map of the areas surrounding a car with superior resolution. The angle of resolution for a lidar system is 0.1°, and the range accuracy is better than radar, about 5cm or less. There are two popular concepts for solid-state lidar technology, flash lidar sensors, and pulsed timed-flight lidar sensors using micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Current lidar systems require a relatively low transfer data rate (hundreds of Mb/sec), compared to high-resolution imaging radar systems. However, future solid-state lidar systems will produce a much higher raw data rate with more than 1Gb/sec, which might ask for on-device processing.The drawback is that lidar is a very expensive technology, currently requiring a bulky mechanical moving sensor mounted on the top of the automobile, which has its challenges in range and bad weather conditions like fog. However, different types of solid-state lidar sensors are currently in development. This will bring down the cost significantly, so the four solid-state lidar sensors that would be required for each automobile to achieve 360° coverage will not be cost-prohibitive.The raw sensor data rates in Table 1 depend on the architecture, methods, and resolution of the sensor and should just provide some guidance for current and upcoming higher-resolution sensors.Table 1: Transfer data rate required for each sensor Radar 5Gb/sec to 120Gb/sec Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous New algorithms and tools accelerate embedded vision adoptionNext Mouser: DeepCover secure coprocessor from Maxim Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital Sensor Data rate required to transmit raw data center_img August 16, 2019 at 9:05 am clivecooper says: Log in to Reply “Global Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 19.01% over the forecast period of 2018-2026. Read our report: Read more: https://www.inkwoodresearch.com/reports/adas-advanced-driver-assistance-system-market/ 1 thought on “How smart sensors enhance ADAS designs” Lidar 2Mb/sec to 10Gb/seclast_img read more

Bryce Harper to sign record $330m contract with Philadelphia Phillies

first_imgShare on Facebook Read more Support The Guardian Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a 13-year contract worth $330m, making it the richest deal in baseball history.Harper, a 26-year-old All-Star outfielder who’s spent the entirety of his seven-year major-league career with the Washington Nationals, topped the 13-year, $325m agreement outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reached before the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins.The MLB Network was first to report the news of the impending deal, which is subject to a successful physical. Reuse this content Share on Pinterest US sports Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp MLB Baseballcenter_img Why is Cleveland Indians’ Trevor Bauer MLB’s most hated man? Harper will collect a $20m signing bonus, a $10m salary this year, $26m in each of the following nine seasons and $22m in each of the last three years. None of the money is deferred.“The goal was to get the longest contract possible,” his agent, Scott Boras told the New York Post. “Bryce wanted one city for the rest of his career. That is what I was instructed to do. It is very difficult in this time to get length of contract that takes a player to age 37, 38, 39.”A teenage prodigy dubbed the “LeBron James of baseball” by Sports Illustrated when he graced the magazine’s cover as a high-schooler in 2009, Harper was chosen by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB first-year player draft.He was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and earned the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 2015, amassing a .279 average with 184 homers, 521 RBIs and a .388 on-base percentage over his major-league career. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Topics Philadelphia Phillies Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

EXOvault x The Manual Giveaway

first_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks OK guys, contemplating about what to get that special graduate who is in need of a special present? Or something cool to get your dad for Father’s Day? Well once again, we’re here to help – (and we’re not talking about that awesome gift guide coming your way next week!)This is our second giveaway, and you don’t want to miss out. The crafty genius’ at EXOvault are giving away one seriously amazing iPhone 4 or 5 case.EXOvault is a Brooklyn based company that manufactures a low-volume of phone cases, and designs, creates, and hand-finishes all of them in their studio.We here at The Manual love all things tech, style, and especially hand-made. The company is artist-run (most have backgrounds as sculptors) and best of all; they put a strong emphasis on high quality, all while protecting your phone. Did we mention that production is also done in-house?EXOvault seems to have an endless selection of styles, ranging from exotic woods to cool metals and resins. Each case comes with extra screws and a tiny Phillips screwdriver, so all you insecure folks out there who felt bad about not taking wood-shop in high school are golden! You can carry your one-of-a-kind case with pride, knowing that you helped put it together (kind of).Get this – they can even engrave the back of the case, making it a customizable order – perfect way to tell your dad you love him, or that it was you, and not your brother, who may have damaged the left rear-side mirror when backing out of the garage…that will take the burn away.Anyway, we are teaming with EXOvault to give away an iPhone case to one lucky reader. “How can I enter?” you ask. It’s very simple.1. Go on Twitter and follow us.2. Copy and Paste this: RT I just entered to win an @EXOvault case via @themanualguide3. You’re done.On June 3rd we will announce the winner.Best of luck. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Wärtsilä Swoops on L-3 MSI

first_imgzoom Finnish Wärtsilä Corporation is to acquire L-3 Marine Systems International from L-3 Communications Holdings Inc., in a transaction valued at EUR 285 million (USD 358m). The value of the deal is subject to customary adjustments including an estimated reduction of EUR 60 million (USD 75.3m) for L-3 MSI employee pension-related liabilities to be assumed by Wärtsilä Corporation.Financing for the deal will be secured from Wärtsilä’s existing cash resources and credit facilities, and is expected to be closed during the second quarter of 2015. L-3 MSI is expected to generate approximately EUR 400 million (USD 502m) of sales with an operating margin of approximately 6.5 % for the year ending December 31, 2014.Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, L-3 MSI currently has more than 1,700 employees in 38 locations in 14 countries. L-3 MSI delivers automation, navigation and electrical systems, as well as dynamic positioning technology, and sonar and underwater communications technology for the marine, naval and offshore markets.Its portfolio comprises various product brands, including SAM Electronics, L-3 Valmarine, Lyngsø Marine, L-3 Dynamic Positioning & Control Systems, Jovyatlas Euroatlas, L-3 Elac Nautik, Funa and APSS.Jaakko Eskola, Senior Executive Vice President & President, Ship Power, Wärtsilä Corporation, said: “By combining forces with L-3 MSI, we create a powerful electrical and automation business, which is unique in its sector competence and breadth of capabilities. The deal is fully in line with our growth strategy to become the leading provider of innovative products and integrated solutions in the marine and oil & gas industries. This enables us to have a dedicated focus on both markets with an industry leading portfolio that features solutions from both companies.”last_img read more

New Infrastructure Program Invests 47 Million in Water and Sewer Project

first_imgPhase two of the regional Port Hawkesbury sewage treatment system and the Port Hastings water distribution project will receive more than $4.7 million from a new Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund. This project includes completion of the wastewater collection system for Port Hastings and the Town of Port Hawkesbury, the completion of the regional sewage treatment plant, and water transmission, distribution and storage for Port Hastings. Federal and provincial funding of $3,183,334 was announced today, April 28, by the federal and provincial governments. The Municipality of the County of Inverness and the Town of Port Hawkesbury will fund the balance upon formal acceptance of the agreement. The announcement is the first in a series of federal-provincial infrastructure funding announcements expected under the new infrastructure program. “Our government is committed to making Nova Scotia communities stronger, safer and healthier,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Through the new Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund program, we are strategically investing in projects that will help our communities grow and prosper.” “The government of Canada recognizes that infrastructure is the foundation of our quality of life, our economic progress, and our environmental sustainability,” said Peter MacKay, federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “It is the driver for attracting new business, expanding existing ones, encouraging immigration, retaining our young people, and drawing our family and friends back home.” The new infrastructure program supports community infrastructure improvements, such as water, wastewater, solid waste, and environmental energy improvement projects. “Completion of the sewage treatment plant is our number one priority,” said Billy Joe MacLean, mayor of the Town of Port Hawkesbury. “This project will have some significant benefits for the health of our community and will make a real impact on the quality of life of our citizens.” “We are delighted to receive the funding to complete this important project,” said Duart MacAulay, warden of the Municipality of the County of Inverness. “This project is of great value to our community and will have a significant impact on the well-being of our community.” The new $111-million, six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund is administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities are members of the management committee.last_img read more

New Jersey eyes cutting horse tracks in on internet gambling

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey lawmakers want to give the state’s horse racing tracks a piece of the action on internet gambling.The state Assembly is due to vote Thursday on a bill that would authorize tracks to offer internet gambling on their premises if they reach a partnership agreement with an Atlantic City casino or an online affiliate of a casino.Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo says it’s a way to help the struggling racing industry with new revenue.“It would bring more traffic into the racetracks, and they need it desperately,” said Caputo, a former casino executive.Gamblers with internet betting accounts can already place bets from anywhere within New Jersey’s borders, and don’t need to go to a track to do so.“The casinos should realize that absolutely nothing will happen unless they agree to allow it through an agreement with a track,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of the Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport. “Nobody is forcing anything on them. This is really a win-win for the racing industry and the casino industry.”Supporters envision track patrons placing online casino bets between races. The track would be compensated by the casino for drumming up new online business; the exact amount each track would get from a casino would have to be negotiated individually.Drazin said tracks would set aside an area for customers to place casino bets over the internet. The tracks would be specifically exempted from state law banning so-called “internet cafes” that offer real-money gambling.The Casino Association of New Jersey did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the bill.Internet gambling has been a bright spot in New Jersey’s gambling market. On pace to win $250 million online this year, New Jersey has the largest market of the three states that currently offer internet gambling (Pennsylvania recently approved it but has not started offering it yet).Delaware allows internet gambling through casinos based at racetracks.The state Senate has not yet scheduled a vote on the measure, which is being considered in a committee.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAClast_img read more

Conservationists file legal challenge to Trans Mountain reapproval over whales

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The federal government is facing a new legal challenge after it approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for a second time.Ecojustice has filed a motion to the Federal Court of Appeal on behalf of Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Living Oceans Society asking for leave to launch a judicial review of cabinet’s decision.Raincoast says in a statement that it will argue cabinet failed to comply with its responsibility to protect critically endangered southern resident killer whales when it reapproved the project June 18. This is the second time Ecojustice has gone to court on behalf of the conservation groups over the pipeline expansion.In August, the federal court struck down the government’s previous approval of the project, ruling the marine environment hadn’t been considered and Indigenous consultations were incomplete.Margot Venton, nature program director for Ecojustice, says in the statement that cabinet cannot justify approving the project legally or morally.“The government itself says endangered southern resident killer whales face imminent threats under their current conditions. This iconic population simply cannot handle increased, unmitigated threats from the Trans Mountain expansion,” she says.last_img read more

Increased cooperation vital to tackling climate change in Pacific Ban says

4 August 2010Closer international cooperation is necessary to help Pacific island nations combat the impact of climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, pledging the United Nations’ commitment to mitigating the problem. “No other challenge in the Pacific is as urgent and potentially life-threatening as climate change,” warned Mr. Ban in a message to the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum, being held in Port Vila, Vanuatu.The message was delivered by Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).In his message the Secretary-General encouraged Pacific nations to maintain “engagement at the highest level” with the UN High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. Mr. Ban established the group in February to study potential sources of revenue that can be used to help developing countries carry out activities to mitigate and adapt to climate change.This is particularly important, Mr. Ban stressed, because a summit on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is slated for mid-September at UN Headquarters in New York. The gathering “will start our final push for the goals over the next five years,” Mr. Ban said. The MDGs are a set of enumerated and time-bound targets for tackling social and economic ills such as poverty, illiteracy and HIV/AIDS, all by 2015. Crucial to achieving MDG 7, ensuring environmental sustainability, is the Advisory Group’s effort to raise $100 billion per year of aid to developing countries by 2020. The aid would fund initiatives that alleviate the impact of climate change, which last December’s Copenhagen summit identified as having the most immediate impact on Pacific island States. In recent years leaders from the region have warned the Security Council that climate change is causing more intense cyclones, a rise in sea levels, more ‘king tides’ and increasingly frequent outbreaks of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.The Secretary-General pointed out in his message today that the situation in the region is especially important to the entire international community because “resettling whole populations outside national boundaries is under consideration.”Meanwhile, Mr. Ban also urged “an inclusive process to return Fiji to civilian constitutional rule as soon as possible,” noting that stability in Fiji is significant to preserving the rule of law and good governance in the region. read more

Two men charged over assault on Lankan envoy

However, lawyer M. Manoharan, representing the two accused, requested for a lower bail as his clients were from poor families and had their own families to support.They are also Malaysians and with no previous record, he added. (Colombo Gazette) Two men were charged in the Sessions Court in Malaysia today with rioting and causing hurt on Sri Lanka High Commissioner in Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar last Sunday, the  Bernama news agency reported.Businessman A. Kalaimughilan, 25, and taxi driver V. Balamurugan, 34, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge, which was read out to them in Tamil, before judge Muhamad Faizal Ismail. The two friends are jointly charged, with four others still at large, with committing the offence at Level 3, KL International Airport (KLIA), Sepang, Selangor, at 3pm on September 4. They are charged under Section 147 of the Penal Code and face an imprisonment for up to two years, or fine, or, both, if found guilty. The court allowed them bail of RM7,000 in one surety each and fixed October 7 for mention.Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Fariza Hamzah, who prosecuted, requested bail at RM20,000 in one surety on grounds that the incident occurred at the entry point to the country and it could tarnish Malaysia’s image. read more

Cyprus president to seek removal of Central Bank chief over perceived conflict

by Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2015 3:02 pm MDT NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cyprus’ president said Sunday that he will seek to have the bailed-out country’s embattled Central Bank chief removed from her post over a perceived conflict of interest.President Nicos Anastasiades met late Sunday with Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji to contain the damage from a debacle that has shaken public trust in the institution. It also threatens to erode Anastasiades’ personal credibility as he tries to nurse the country back to financial health.Georghadji is in breach of her contract because her husband’s law firm represents the former head of a defunct lender, who’s embroiled in a legal battle with the Central Bank, government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.Christodoulides said the president “has no other choice” but to ask the attorney general to initiate legal proceedings aimed at Georghadji’s dismissal.“The president of the republic regrettably notes that trust in the Central Bank, as well as in himself, has been gravely degraded,” Christodoulides said.Anastasiades can’t fire the Central Bank chief, who answers to European Central Bank boss Mario Draghi. Christodoulides said that the Cypriot president has already informed Draghi of his intentions.Anastasiades appointed Georghadji a year ago following the resignation of her predecessor, Panicos Demetriades, after the Cypriot president accused him of botching the country’s bailout negotiations with international creditors a year earlier.Cyprus received a 10 billion euro financial rescue package in March 2013 that pulled it back from the brink of financial meltdown. But a core demand from international creditors was to seize uninsured deposits in the eurozone country’s top two banks to prop up the largest lender, while shutting down the smaller one.The government spokesman said responsibility rests on Georghadji’s shoulders because the president wouldn’t have appointed her had she informed him of her husband’s connection to former Laiki Bank chief Andreas Vgenopoulos.Georghadji emerged from the meeting with Anastasiades saying that she would carry on with her duties and that the “matter is closed as far as I’m concerned.”“There’s a constitution and laws that must be respected and which protect the independence of this office,” Georghadji said.The matter dates back to October when Anastasiades publicly criticized Georghadji for not disclosing that her daughter worked for her estranged husband’s law office, prompting a revision of her contract and assurances that the matter would be resolved.But things boiled over again during a tumultuous parliamentary ethics committee meeting last week when a Central Bank executive board member alleged that Georghadji had obtained a list with the names of lawmakers with overdue loans at the Bank of Cyprus.The board member, Stelios Kiliaris, suggested that Georghadji could use the information as leverage against detractors and get them to back off from conflict of interest accusations.Kiliaris, who has since resigned, went as far as to say that Georghadji had a vested interest having her estranged husband’s law firm win the case against Vgenopoulos because she and her family would stand to gain millions.Georghadji denied the allegations, insisting that she only sought the list as part of her supervisory duties and that she had no intention of holding the information over anyone. Cyprus president to seek removal of Central Bank chief over perceived conflict of interest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

More people displaced by turmoil in Mali than previously estimated UN refugee

There are now thought to be at least 203,845 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the land-locked West African country, up from a previous count of 118,795, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told a news briefing in Geneva.The revised figure comes as the agency also highlighted a shortfall in funding it said it needed to help IDPs in Mali, as well as Malian refugees in surrounding countries.“To date, we have received 41.7 per cent of the $153.7 million we required to assist the Malian refugees and IDPs,” the UNHCR spokesperson, Adrian Edwards, told reporters.He added that one consequence of the funding shortfall is that UNHCR cannot provide many refugees with recreational and professional activities to ensure they are “meaningfully occupied,” noting that a lack of activities could lead to some refugees – especially the young –leaving the camps and returning to danger-spots.“Schools have not started yet in the camps as school structures are still being built,” Mr. Edwards said. “UNHCR fears that without schooling, children and adolescents may return to Mali, where there is a risk of recruitment by various armed groups.”Currently led by Interim President Dioncounda Traoré, Mali has been dealing with a range of security, political and humanitarian problems since the start of the year. Fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels broke out in the country’s north in January. Since then, radical Islamists have seized control of the north, where they have imposed an extremist version of Muslim Sharia law as well as restrictions that target women in particular.The instability and insecurity resulting from the renewed clashes, as well as the proliferation of armed groups in the region, drought and political instability in the wake of a military coup d’état in March, have led over many Malians to flee, including some 250,000 people to flee to neighbouring countries in addition to those displaced internally.The revised IDP estimates come from the Commission on Population Movement in Mali, a working group under the UNHCR-led Protection Cluster framework, which aims to meet the protection needs of IDPs and other affected people globally.The refugee agency said the revised numbers reflect, in part, better access to areas in Mali’s north.The revised estimates also reflect more accurate counting of IDPs in the capital, Bamako, UNHCR added, praising work done by the International Organization for Migration, a Geneva-based intergovernmental organization. In Bamako, the number of displaced people was estimated to be 46,000 in September, up from 12,000 in June and July.Mr. Edwards stressed, however, that indications of “actual new displacement” also exist. He cited reports of people fleeing “because of general insecurity and a deteriorating human rights situation in the north of the country, fear of imminent military activity, and because of loss of livelihoods and limited access to basic services.”The UNHCR spokesperson also spoke of new refugee arrivals in neighbouring countries. In Niger, there were 3,853 refugees in September and October, while in Burkina Faso, last month, there were 1,000.“For UNHCR and its partners, access to refugees is becoming more difficult in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania,” Mr. Edwards added. “The risk of abductions of aid workers means that our teams have to travel with armed escorts. Frequent security alerts are limiting access to the camps and our ability to assist the refugees.” read more

Consumer confidence still lacking in October

For more, please see the attachedDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ·         New car registrations fall 23.0% in October to 128,352 units.·         Year-to-date volume is down 8.8% to 1,922,771 units. ·         Diesel market share rose to a record high of 45.6% in October. ·         2008 forecast has been revised to 2.15 million vehicles. “October has proved another difficult month for the UK motor industry and action is needed to help restore consumer confidence and encourage buyers back to the showrooms,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.  “Cuts in interest rates that are swiftly passed on to consumers, scrapping planned increases in VED and maintaining public expenditure on new vehicles are essential parts of the package required by industry. There is also a clear role for European action to support continued investment in new, lower carbon vehicle technologies.” read more

Historic JC Penney Sign Restored by The Helper Project

The Helper Project has once again supported efforts to preserve history and bring unique touches to the city with the restoration of the iconic JC Penney sign.Gary DeVincent recently sold the sign to The Helper Project for restoration. Steve Adams, in conjunction with his fine arts gallery, has brought new life to the sign and has hung it on his storefront, which used to house the city’s JC Penney business.According to Roy Jespersen of The Helper Project, the JC Penney store in Helper was one of the first in Utah. “If you get a chance, take a visit. Most of the architectural elements have been preserved,” Jespersen said. “Steve would be happy to give you a tour.”Members of the community can see the sign at the current Steve Lee Adams Fine Arts Gallery on Historic Helper Main Street.“The Helper Project is thrilled that we were able to help fund the restoration on the JC Penney sign to the historic JC Penney building in Helper,” Jespersen shared. “Special thanks to Gary DeVincent from whom the sign was purchased and to Steve Adams, and his fine arts gallery, who has brought this historic Helper building back to life.” read more

Ofsted chief attacks Church for preventing inspections of Sunday schools

first_imgMs Spielman said that one of Ofsted’s greatest concerns is “what is happening under the radar in so-called out-of-school provision”.  She said it is “hard to think of a more British institution than a Sunday school”, adding that other faiths provide positive and enriching activity groups for children.  The head of Ofsted has attacked the Church for preventing inspections of Sunday schools “That is why I am afraid to say it is a matter of regret that the church has resisted changes in the law to allow Ofsted to inspect these settings,” she said.“This is not about infringing religious freedom: no one is proposing a troop of inspectors turning up at Sunday schools. Instead, it is about ensuring that the small minority of settings that promote extremism are not able to evade scrutiny.  “If we are to protect many of the tenets that the Church holds dear, we need the power to tackle those trying to use education to undermine them.” The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Credit: MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH The head of Ofsted has attacked the Church for preventing inspections of Sunday schools.Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector, said it is a “matter of regret” that the Church of England blocked changes to the law that would have allowed out-of-school provisions to be inspected. She called on ministers to update legislation and give Ofsted more powers to scrutinize settings where children are educated outside of school hours, in order to protect them from being indoctrinated by extreme religious views. Speaking at the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership annual conference, Ms Spielman said Ofsted must be able to inspect out-of-school provisions – such as Sunday schools and Bible clubs – so that “the small minority of settings that promote extremism are not able to evade scrutiny”.“There are segments of particular faiths who are determined to use our schools to promote beliefs and practices that are an anathema to British values,” she said.“If we are to tackle this practice effectively, we will require changes to legislation to give us better powers.”  Nigel Genders, the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer, agreed that Church schools “must not and will not shy away from challenging fundamentalist practice in the name of promoting tolerance”.He said: “To that end we support tackling potential extremism in out-of-school settings including, potentially, through targeted inspections. “We did have concerns over proposals in 2015 which, at the time, could have ensured that everything down to village Sunday schools might have to be registered.“We have worked closely with Government since then, and are happy to go on working them on any proposal that would target areas of concern rather than imposing a new burden of bureaucracy across the board.”center_img The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The head of Ofsted has attacked the Church for preventing inspections of Sunday schoolsCredit: Adrian Sherratt / Alamy “But some other out-of-school settings operate less benignly,” she warned. “These institutions, some of which operate as illegal schools, use the opportunity to – in the words of the former Prime Minister – put ‘poison in the minds, hatred in hearts’ of young people. They need to be tackled.” She took aim at the Church’s role in preventing this, as she recalled how a government plan to require all groups caring for children for more than six hours a week to submit to inspection was dropped in 2016, following an intervention from the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and a group of crossparty MPs, who labelled the proposals “bewilderinglast_img read more

Task force set up for Bauxite workers affected by Rusal sanctions

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS sanctions on Rusal: Oldendorff Carriers in Guyana to close operationsApril 20, 2018In “Business”Dismissed bauxite workers: Govt to further engage RUSAL todayMarch 4, 2019In “latest news”Government threatens to shut down RUSALMarch 2, 2019In “latest news” The coalition Government has established a task force to ensure workers of the Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI) are not adversely affected by recent sanctions affecting parent company Russia Aluminum (Rusal).Minister Raphael Trotman addressing BCGI workersNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Wednesday visited Rusal (Guyana operations), located in Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to deliver the assurances first-hand to workers. Rusal Guyana is a majority shareholder in BCGI and a subsidiary of Rusal.“We are here to assure you that we are not going to see your jobs just go aside. We are going to be fighting,” Minister Trotman told workers. He announced that a task force headed by Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, will be leading this effort.A proposal was made to Cabinet on Tuesday to establish the task force which would address the “crisis that could come” and address general company workers’ relations.Last week, the United States Treasury Department announced sanctions against Rusal which would effectively ban the company from conducting business in American currency. The sanctions were to take effect in June but this week the Treasury Department announced it is pushing back the deadline to October 23, 2018, to give American companies time to wind down business with Rusal.Workers paying keen attention to address by Ministers and members of the task forceThe task force is a cautionary measure and includes Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Members of Parliament Jermaine Figueira and Audwin Rutherford, General Secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) Lincoln Lewis, and the Department of Labour.“Rusal, the company, the management and its workers have to find a way to work together to save this industry. The Government of Guyana has a duty to stand and work with you to save your jobs,” Minister Trotman said.GBGWU’s General Secretary, Lewis, echoed the Minister’s sentiments and called for collaboration between workers and the company to further the task force’s work. “It is for you to give the Government the mandate as to the way forward. The Government representatives … have made the point that the Government is not prepared to leave you in the wilderness but to stand with you,” he said.Managing Director of BCGI Valerii VinokurovManaging Director of BCGI, Valerii Vinokurov, explained that the mining operations had halted operations following the announcement of the sanctions. Rusal Guyana will now resume work after being stalled for some 10 days. He added that contractor, Oldendorff Carriers, will also continue its work with the company.Additionally, BCGI is working with the Bank of Guyana to open accounts in Euro currency to continue operations, “I want to assure you there is nothing to be afraid of. Rusal company is not going anywhere, we will continue to work and produce here in Guyana,” Vinokurov assured through a translator. read more

US Navy gets hit with 110000 cyber attacks every hour

first_imgDuring Hewlett Packard’s Discover event held in Frankfurt, Germany, the company let slip that the US Navy is getting hit by 110,000 cyber attacks per hour, or about 30 attacks every second. At the event, Mike Nefkens, head of enterprise services at HP, said, “For the US Navy we provide the network for 800,000 men and woman [sic] in 2,000 locations around the world, protecting them against 110,000 cyber attacks every hour.” He most likely made the statement in an attempt to boast about HP’s capabilities, but rather, revealed the constant threat from cyber attacks the US Navy faces.Hewlett Packard has this information because they signed a $3.3 billion deal back in 2010 to manage the Navy Marine Corps Intranet, as well as the Navy’s move to a Next Generation Enterprise Network.The sheer number of attacks are staggering any which way you look at it. If that 110,000 attacks per hour figure doesn’t sound too impressive, what about 96.4 billion cyber attacks per year, or about 1,833 attacks per minute?Back in 2011, the Pentagon ruled that cyber attacks originating from another country officially constitute an act of war, and can be responded to with standard military actions. This, of course, meant that the US could launch a military strike in retaliation to some kind of hack that threatened national security — you know, like 96.4 billion attacks against the US Navy. Granted, not all of those attacks might come from other nations, but the majority of them most likely don’t come from some kid in a basement having a laugh. If the attackers are aware of the Pentagon’s ruling, it goes to show how confident they must feel about the security of their identity.via V3last_img read more

San Diego City Council select committee on homelessness held its last meeting

first_imgSan Diego City Council select committee on homelessness held its last meeting Ed Lenderman Posted: November 15, 2018 Ed Lenderman, 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) – By their very natures, select committees are not supposed to be permanent fixtures, but as the chair of this particular one pointed out, in May of 2017, the City’s number one issue was homelessness: “You have safety issues, housing, an outdated policy dating back to 1995,” the Council’s Chris Ward told KUSI,  “so the select committee was formed to look at all legislative action needed,  make recommendations to the full council and then fold that work back into standing committees.”But before the folding so to speak,  a Committee update on the City’s Strategic Plan on Homelessness that includes the Housing Commission.  That’s due before the full Council next Spring.  The committee was also briefed on affordable housing solutions that include “tiny homes.”  Affordable housing developer Michael Copley talked to the committee about his project in Sherman Heights– putting 21 shipping containers on a dirt lot to house 21 formerly homeless veterans. It’s like similar homeless housing projects in Los Angeles and Orange County.Each is 320 square feet and includes a bathroom, kitchen and balcony.New homes going up much faster and a whole lot cheaper than conventional housing. center_img November 15, 2018 Updated: 5:32 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more