SK Telecom and Intel Demonstrate High-Performance Virtualized User Plane

first_imgWith the arrival of 5G, network operators will be challenged on two fronts: Most obviously, their network will need to deliver performance that satisfies the potential of 5G’s massive bandwidth, but they will also need to ensure that the network remains scalable and flexible, so they can innovate freely and respond to new commercial opportunities.To prepare for this need for flexibility and scale, South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom has already virtualized its entire mobile core. That includes the Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SGW), Packet Data Network Gateway (PGW). Much of the old and new equipment in the network has been migrated to a virtual network function (VNF), including the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Value-Added Systems (VAS), and management systems that are virtualized and integrated to the Management and Orchestration (MANO) system.However, the company’s implementation was based on Single Root Input/Output Virtualization (SR-IOV) and PCI passthrough (PCI-PT). This enabled it to meet its performance requirements, but came at the cost of hardware and software dependencies that mean the solution can only be used in appliance-like deployments. It wasn’t able to deliver the cloud-like agility, scalability, and flexibility that NFV is capable of.Virtualizing without compromiseTo enable more cloud-ready agility, Intel and SK Telecom carried out a proof of concept together to investigate how the virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) can be implemented on standard hardware. The aim was to demonstrate the performance 5G requires, without introducing software and hardware dependencies.The proof of concept solution is based on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 processor, which has 28 cores and 56 hyperthreads, enabling the performance and virtual machine density required. The secret ingredients were the hardware-assisted Network Interface Cards (NICs). To improve performance, the NICs use hashing to direct all the packets from a particular user device to the same worker core on the processor, first time.Enabling High PerformanceTests were conducted using four different traffic profiles, with different levels of upload and download activity. For example, one user profile had 10% uplink traffic and 90% downlink traffic, which might represent someone streaming video or other media content. Another profile was more balanced, with 42.5 percent uplink traffic, and 57.5 percent downlink.For packet rates of between 30 and 42 million packets per second, the tests consistently showed more than 200Gbps throughput with latency of 70 microseconds. This demonstrates that the solution can be used to meet the performance requirements of 5G without compromising on hardware independence.To find out more, read the solution brief, Accelerating the Virtualized User Plane for 5G Readiness, which includes further details of the hardware tested, how the tests were conducted, and the results seen.last_img read more

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Court Delays Controversial Patagonian Dams

first_imgCOYHAIQUE, CHILE—An unexpected decision by an appeals court in Puerto Montt, Chile, yesterday put on hold a proposal to build five dams on the Baker and Pascua rivers in the Patagonian region of Aysén. The court agreed to examine claims of irregularities in the environmental review of the $3.2 billion HidroAysén project, which was approved by the local government on 9 May. The hydroelectric scheme, backed by the Chilean Colbún and Spanish-Italian Endesa companies, is designed to generate power for central Chile; its reservoirs would flood nearly 6000 hectares of Patagonian land. Long opposed by environmentalists, the project has sparked massive protests throughout Chile since its approval last month. Opponents, including local entrepreneurs, objected that the review of the dams by the Commission for Environmental Assessment and approval by the government violated their constitutional rights. They also said that critical information—such data on the risk of landslides and tsunamis around reservoirs—had been ignored in the review. The court has allowed 3 months to resolve the appeal. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Universidad de Concepción hydrological engineer Claudio Meier, a consultant who reviewed the document for the government, said, “Some basic aspects were missing in the baseline [environmental assessment] chapter, such as actual bed-load measurements; ecology of potentially impacted species … and effects of changes in water and sediment flows on river morphology.” Without such data it is impossible to adequately evaluate impacts or ensure safety, he said. HidroAysén’s lawyer, Mario Galindo, told the Chilean media that the court’s action “does not affect us at all, nor the schedules … for the implementation of the project.” The company reported that within the next few days it will be required to return to court to defend the 9 May decision approving the dams.last_img read more

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Apply Early To Improve Your Chances Of Landing An Interview

first_imgMom was right: Getting up early can pay off. And so does showing up early in the job search.More than one-fourth of jobs were filled with candidates who applied within within the first two days of a posting, according to new research from StartWire. Half the jobs in StartWire’s research went to people who had applied in the first week.The research helps answer the question: Is it better to be early in when there’s likely to be a large number of candidates applying for an opening?“Intuitively we know this,” said StartWire CEO Chris Forman. “People who apply earlier get hired at a greater rate than those who apply later.”“Job seekers underestimate the importance of being at the front of the hiring line,” he said, noting that it’s like the accounting method FIFO – first in, first out to be interviewed. Employers have postponed hiring for as long as they possibly can to hold off on the expensive of adding to their staff, so once a manager gets approval to add a job, they may have the mindset: “I need them tomorrow,” said Forman.Here are five tips from Forman on making the most of being early to apply:Recruiters are running fast. So after they have developed a good list of applicants to interview, usually around eight to 10 candidates, they rarely look at later resumes that come in.  This is especially true in jobs when there’s a big supply of candidates. So make sure when you’re applying for a customer service job in Detroit, you’re one of the first to send in your resume.Find a friend. Seek out an internal contact within the company “who can put in a good word for you,” said Forman. “You go to the top of the list” as a referral and get priority as someone who is already recommended by a staffer. If you don’t know anyone there, spend some time building relationships – even if it means going old school, and asking an HR manager for an informational interview, he said. Later on that person could possibly refer you into a job.Remember: Not all jobs are posted. Some show up only on internal career sites for companies so be sure to set up a job agent so you learn of those. Others are filled through referrals or by hiring a consultant who has been doing part of the work already.Plan for a daily dose of openings. Use job site tools to have them delivered to you, and look at the newest postings each day. Understand what tools the big sites offer and employ them to help make your search simpler. If you block out an hour a day you can apply to a handful of new opportunities then.If you’re working full-time, even in a job you dislike, be more selective on applications. Think of it like a baseball player at bat, Forman said: “You can swing or you can wait for your pitch.” If you have a paycheck already, wait for the pitch that suits them. Ideal ones  he said, are jobs where you are “super-qualified,” know someone within the company (as a referral) and can apply for the opening early. If you have all three of those going for you, your chance of making it to a phone interview list are “many times greater,” he said.The StartWire research is based on 6,600 jobs at all levels filled in the last 12 months at 15 employers. The employers are anonymous, but employ 1,000 to 15,000 people. One way to avoid the black hole seems to swallow up resumes is to be one of the first applicants, said Forman.If you are behind the curve, you may want to go ahead anyway and apply late. StartWire’s research is an interesting factoid, but it may not apply to every situation and it doesn’t show a cause and effect between being early to apply and getting hired, said Forman. Plus some jobs are difficult to fill, such as those that require a security clearance or advanced programming languages or the ability to speak Hindi or Mandarin, so your chances will be good even if the opening has been around for 30 or 60 days.last_img read more

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Perfect over! Australian club bowler takes six in six

first_imgAn Australian club cricketer has done what every bowler aspires to do in his career. Aled Carey, playing for Golden Point Cricket Club, took six wickets (a double hat-trick) in a perfect over against East Ballarat in a two-day game.The 29-year-old Carey went wicketless in his first eight overs at the Ballarat Cricket Association fourth-team fixture in Victoria.However, he took a hat-trick in the first three deliveries of his ninth over. The first batsman was caught at first slip, the second one was caught behind and the third was adjudged leg before wicket.The drama was not over yet as Carey clean bowled the next three opposition batsmen in the remaining deliveries of the over. East Ballarat were all-out for a paltry 40.A quadruple hat trick to Aled Carey today for Golden Point CC. 6 wickets in the perfect over! @BallaratCA @sportcourier @gilly381 pic.twitter.com/G8TEY6C68F Golden Point CC (@GoldenPointCC) January 21, 2017″There were only a handful of spectators watching but someone from the crowd sensed something special was happening and managed to record Aled’s fifth and sixth wickets,” John Ogilvie, secretary of Golden Point, was quoted as saying by the BBC Sport.”We’ve got the ball in the safe and we will make a trophy to present to Aled at our awards night in April to celebrate his feat. Aled has been at Golden Point for many years and says the club is part of his family,” he added.last_img read more

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10 months agoHasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hasenhuttl warns Southampton over Lemina futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists he doesn’t want to lose Mario Lemina.Lemina has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-German ahead of the January market.But Hasenhuttl insisted: “Lemina is a very important player for us and, though he’s not 100 per cent fit, I need him.”Meanwhile the Austrian is still worried about getting his message across. “Speaking in English in front of my players is getting better and better every day, but I want to improve this,” he admitted. last_img read more

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Samsung Electronics to Increase Stake in SHI

first_imgzoom Samsung Electronics intends to buy more shares of the financially struggling affiliate Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), adding that the company will not abandon the shipbuilding business, The Korea Times reports.Samsung will take part in SHI’s rights issue as a sign of belief in a positive turnaround after SHI carries out self-restructuring programs. The company did not disclose the exact number of shares it intends to buy. Samsung Electronics currently holds a 17.62% stake in SHI.The shipbuilder plans to raise between KRW 1 and 1.3 trillion through the rights issue. As part of the restructuring process adopted by the Korea Development Bank (KDB) and the shipyard’s other creditors, SHI also intends to raise KRW 1.5 trillion through the sale of non-core assets, as well as to cut its workforce by 1,500.SHI, which is reportedly on the brink of signing a USD 2.5 billion contract to build a floating LNG ship for Italy’s Eni, is not in danger of suffering liquidity issues in the next five years due to signs of market recovery and a rising demand for value-added vessels, according to a due diligence report recently submitted by Samjong KPMG to KDB.“SHI’s top management was notified that the company’s self-rescue packages, including a plan to issue new shares, will keep the shipbuilder afloat,” a KDB official was quoted by The Korea Times as saying.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Judge to decide if Nazi troll storm is protected speech

first_imgMISSOULA, Mont. – Attorneys for a neo-Nazi website publisher and a Montana woman asked a judge Tuesday to decide whether the white nationalist had a First Amendment right to unleash a “troll storm” of anti-Semitic messages and threats against the Jewish woman’s family.U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch heard arguments in Missoula on whether to dismiss a lawsuit by Tanya Gersh, a real-estate agent from the mountain resort community of Whitefish, against The Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin.Lynch didn’t indicate how soon he would rule, said Marc Randazza, one of Anglin’s attorneys.“It was clear that he’s been thinking very deeply about the constitutional issues,” Randazza said in a text message Tuesday.Lynch previously ruled against Anglin’s argument to dismiss Gersh’s claims of emotional distress, intimidation and invasion of privacy because Anglin is “not a citizen of any state” and has been living abroad for years.But the judge wanted to hear from attorneys on both sides in the courtroom before he ruled on another key argument in Anglin’s motion to dismiss — that the neo-Nazi publisher was engaged in political speech protected under the First Amendment.Gersh sued Anglin last year after he published a post in 2016 calling for an “old fashioned troll storm” with the personal information of Gersh and others whom Anglin accused of “extorting” the mother of white nationalist Richard Spencer.Gersh said she agreed to help Spencer’s mother, Sherry, sell property she owns in Whitefish. She accused Gersh of threatening and harassing her into agreeing to sell the property.Gersh said in her lawsuit that her family received hundreds of harassing messages from Anglin’s followers, including one that was just a recording of gun shots. Another message for her 12-year-old son told him to look inside an oven for a free video game console, a reference to a method that Nazis used to kill Jews during the Holocaust.Anglin argues through his attorney that he was only inviting his readers to protest Gersh’s actions. He also argues that he is not liable for his followers’ actions and that the personal information he published was publicly available.The messages Gersh received were “mean-spirited, nasty, brutish and uncalled for,” but also political hyperbole and not a true threat, Anglin’s attorneys Randazza and Jay Wolman wrote in a court document that lays out their argument.“If we are to reject speech because it comes from an unorthodox group, we do violence to the very underpinnings of our notions of liberty,” Randazza and Wolman wrote.Gersh, who is being represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in response that the First Amendment’s free-speech protections do not include a co-ordinated attack through private communications meant to cause substantial emotional harm.Anglin wasn’t speaking on any broad public issues, Gersh attorneys David Dinielli and John Morrison wrote. Rather, he directed his followers to terrorize Gersh personally through private means of communication.“Severe emotional distress was not only the foreseeable consequence of (Anglin’s) troll storm but its very end, and (Anglin) cannot wash his hands of it,” the attorneys wrote.In a statement released Tuesday, Dinielli said he was encouraged that the magistrate is “examining the claims of our client with such care,” and she is eager for the chance to prove her claims to a jury.last_img read more

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5 howlers that put spotlight on umpires in IPL 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: One of the raging debates of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the deteriorating standard of umpiring. Throughout the 12th edition of the IPL, fans witnessed many incidents where questions were raised about the umpires’ efficiency. IANS takes a look at the glaring umpiring mistakes that had people saying pull up the umpires in the cash-rich league: ‘Wide-ball’ not called (MI vs CSK final): Kieron Pollard was fined 25 per cent of his match fee after he showed dissent at the umpire’s decision in the final of the IPL 2019 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Pollard was visibly unhappy with a decision made by umpire Nitin Menon in the final over of Mumbai’s innings at the summit clash on Sunday which MI won by one run to clinch their fourth IPL trophy. Pollard was irked with the umpire’s decision to not adjudge a delivery by Dwayne Bravo as wide. Mocking the decision, the West Indian all-rounder went on to take strike well away from the stumps and near the ‘wide-line’ before pulling away as Bravo ran in. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Malinga escapes after delivering no-ball (RCB vs MI group game): One of the most glaring mistakes by an umpire was made in RCB’s clash against MI at home. RCB needed seven runs off the last ball but Lasith Malinga conceded just one to win the contest for his side. However, after the match was over, cameras revealed Malinga had overstepped, which was not spotted by umpire Sundaram Ravi. “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball,” Virat Kohli had said after the match. “If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there.” Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma had also said such mistakes were “not good for the game”. Umesh called despite not crossing bowling crease (RCB vs SRH group game): RCB was at the receiving end of yet another umpiring mistake in their final league game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Umesh Yadav was bowling the final over when the fifth delivery was adjudged to be a front-foot no ball by Nigel Llong. However, the replays showed his foot was inches behind the crease. Rohit adjudged LBW (MI vs KKR group game): Another umpiring mistake came during a match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians when Rohit Sharma was adjudged LBW while his side was chasing a massive 233. The incident happened in the fourth over of the second innings when Rohit was given out to an attempted hoick that he missed off Harry Gurney. Replays showed that the ball was just clipping leg stump as the Mumbai Indians skipper reviewed the decision. The decision could have gone either way but since the umpire’s original decision was that of ‘out’, the third umpire stayed with the on-field umpire’s call. Rohit was displeased with the decision and after having a couple of words with the umpire, he broke the stumps with his bat. Following the incident, the MI skipper was also fined 15 per cent of his match fee. Dhoni losses calm over ‘no-ball’ u-turn (CSK vs RR group game): CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who is known as ‘Captain Cool’, too suffered a meltdown and stormed from his dugout to confront the umpires after a no-ball call for a high full toss was reversed against Rajasthan Royals in an IPL 2019 game. The incident happened when CSK needed 18 runs from the final over. The fourth delivery of the over bowled by Ben Stokes to Mitchell Santner was first called a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe but the decision was changed after he consulted with square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford. At this point Dhoni – who was in the dugout – stormed into the field and confronted both the umpires, asking them of the reason for reversing the decision. Quite a few Rajasthan players also got involved in what seemed to be a heated discussion. Ultimately, the delivery was deemed legal but replays suggested it was a waist high no-ball. Dhoni was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for his behaviour, which many former cricketers termed as a “light punishment” for the wicketkeeper-batsman.last_img read more

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Presidents Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passed away

An expert in law field, he has been regularly educating the public on rule of law, justice, peoples’ sovereignty and democratic rights through mass media.Warnakulasuriya had served as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Legal Aid Commission and as an Assistant Secretary to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital. He was 74 years old.Hemantha Warnakulasuriya has contributed to several special cases. He had also served as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Italy, Greece and Albania and as the High Commissioner to Malta and Cyprus. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2016 3:07 pm MDT Last Updated May 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,632.01, up 0.01 of a point):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 29 cents, or 4.43 per cent, to $6.83 on 9.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 20 cents, or 3.33 per cent, to $6.20 on 9.4 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Down $1.02, or 2.98 per cent, to $33.16 on 9.3 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Up 39 cents, or 7.25 per cent, to $5.77 on 8.8 million shares.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Up 12 cents, or 5.85 per cent, to $2.17 on 8.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down five cents, or 0.54 per cent, to $9.24 on 8.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Up 35 cents, or 0.77 per cent, to $45.69 on 266,883 shares. SNC-Lavalin said its oil and gas segment will be one of two main profit generators this year, saying it accounted for $1.8 billion of $3.4 billion in new contract awards in the first quarter. Overall net income was $122.1 million or 81 cents per share for the three months ended March 31, including a net gain of $51.1 million or 34 cents per share from asset disposals. Overall net income in the 2015 first quarter was $104.4 million. read more

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Peacekeeping chief highlights challenges facing UN Police

They are taking part in the two-day UN Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) which aims to build up the relationship between UN and national policing efforts, strengthening the overall response to transnational threats to peace and security, among other objectives.More than 11,000 officers from 89 countries currently serve as part of 16 UN operations worldwide; just 10 per cent of them are women.In his address to the opening ceremony on Thursday, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, shone a spotlight on the heroism and bravery of these men and women, who are known as the “blue berets”.Increasingly, our blue berets are serving in contexts where there is no negotiated political settlement in place – Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Peacekeeping“Our UN Police colleagues are operating under difficult security and political conditions.  Increasingly, our blue berets are serving in contexts where there is no negotiated political settlement in place,” he said.“The long-term political horizon – in places like South Sudan, Mali and the DRC (the Democratic Republic of the Congo) – is unclear. “Mr. Lacroix reported that peacekeeping overall is subject to increasingly dangerous conditions, such as the threat posed by armed groups and extremists.And while peacekeeping remains a cost-effective means towards achieving sustainable peace and security, he said it is not always seen as a priority.Ministers, police representatives and other experts from up to 193 countries are attending the summit, and the UN peacekeeping chief appealed for their support.He called for greater political engagement and said it was vital to avoid or mitigate conflicts before they escalate into a full-blown crisis.Countries were also asked to provide more French-speaking police officers, both women and men, with particular areas of expertise, such as a track record of tackling serious and organized crime.Mr. Lacroix added that women peacekeepers can also serve as role models and bridges to communities, especially vulnerable populations.As safety and security of UN personnel is another challenge, he said steps were being taken in this area.UN Police is an integral part of UN Peacekeeping, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.The officers help to build and support their national counterparts in post-conflict countries to create the conditions that will allow sustainable peace and development.For example, in Haiti they currently provide mentoring and strategic advice to senior- and middle-level management, while also helping the country’s police to build trust with local communities.UN Police saw its first deployment in 1960, to the then Congo, under a UN mission whose mandate included ensuring the withdrawal of Belgian troops following independence, and assisting the government with maintaining law and order. read more

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Commencement of flotation commissioning at the Hellyer polymetallic project Tasmania

first_imgNQ Minerals has commenced flotation commissioning at its Hellyer polymetallic operation in Tasmania, Australia. NQ Minerals’ acquisition of the Hellyer gold mine allows the opportunity to fully process and bring its tailings to account. Held within four separate areas, the tailings total 11.24 Mt, and comprise a JORC compliant resource estimated at 9.5 Mt which contains 2.61 g/t Au, 104 g/t Ag, 3.03% Pb and 2.5% Zn. In addition to these tailings, the Hellyer gold mine assets include a large pre-existing mill facility and full supporting infrastructure, including a direct rail line to port. It also includes a fully permitted Consolidated Mining Lease CML 103M – 1987. Highlights:• Commenced successful tails dredging and pumping slurry from the main tailings dam to the Hellyer mill• Commenced commissioning of the base metal flotation circuit at the Hellyer mill• Major mechanical components including the concentrate filters are now all on site and nearing complete installation• Dredge commissioned and in operation. About 120,000 t of material moved from the Finger Pond to Main Tailings Storage Facility prior to its now successful production start-up• Some 62,000 hours worked on the project to date with no reportable injuriesCommenting, Brian Stockbridge, Non–Executive Chairman of NQ Minerals said: “We are pleased to report the Hellyer project in Tasmania Australia has now moved to the commissioning phase. This is a great milestone, and we are very proud of the management and team at Hellyer and the efforts made to get the project to this stage. We are looking forward to seeing concentrate shipped later this year.”last_img read more

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EHF CL TOP 16 Wisla on 6 Zagreb with five goals to

Orlen Wisla Plock and PPD Zagreb made important step towards EHF Champions League TOP 8, but the main impression is that both teams missed the chance to finish the job in the first 60 minute in front of home fans.Orlen Wisła Płock – Vardar Skopje 32:26 (14:12)Wisła: Wichary, Corrales, Morawski – Daszek 4/2, Ghionea 5/3, Nikcević 6, Kwiatkowski, Syprzak 4, Racotea 3, Tioumentsev 1, Jurkiewicz 4, Zelenović 3, Montoro 2.Vardar: Sterbik, Milić – Brumen, Marković, Dibirov 5/2, Shishkarev 1, Stoilov, Toskić 2, Chipurin, Pribak 1, Karacić 4, Dujszebajew 10/1, Abutović, Lazarov 2, Rastvortsev, Gorbok 1.PPD ZAREB – KIF KOLDING 22:17 (15:8)PPD ZAGREB: Ivić (13 saves), Stevanović; Stevanović; Brozović 3, Stepančić 6, Čelica 2, Šprem 1, Šebetić 2, Raković, Horvat 4(2), Šušnja, J. Valčić 1, T. Valčić, Mandalinić, Obranović 1, Vuglač, Kovačević 2KIF KOLDING: Hvidt (5 saves), Cleverly (3 saves); Karlsson 1, Boesen, Laen, K. Andersson 1, Jorgensen, L. Anderson 2, Spellerberg 1, Pedersen, Dolk 2(2), Landin Jacobsen 4, K. Andersen, Viudes, , Jensen 3, Stefansson 1Veszprem and PSG Handball, but also PICK Szeged are more closer to TOP 8 after the first legs… ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Veszprem smash La Rioja – PSG win in Dunkerque! Next Story → Shameful Aalborg score 11 goals against Barcelona! read more

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WiFi Baby Turns iPhone or iPad into Monitor

first_imgEvery new parent needs a baby monitor, but many offer static-y images or distance limitations. WiFi Baby 3G has come along, however, promising to solve all that. You can use this monitor to stream interference-free video and audio to a Windows or Mac PC, an iPhone, or an iPad. The device is both a camera and computer: it creates a password-protected wireless Internet connection to any compatible device on the home network.WiFi Baby promises a simple setup. With a few adjustments it will also allow for viewing outside of the user’s home network. This means is can also be used as a nanny cam or security cam. There are no monthly fees for remote access. The cam offers night vision, motion detection, and an on-screen clock to assure parents that they’re watching a current video stream. It sells for $279 from the company site. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Nintendo Power Returns as an Official Nintendo Podcast

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you’re an old-school gamer then you no doubt remember reading Nintendo Power magazine. This magazine was essential for those who wanted to get more out of their games. It certainly paved the way for countless other video game magazines. Nintendo Power ceased publication in 2012 but it’s now back as an official podcast from Nintendo.The podcast is hosted by Chris Slate, who is the former editor-in-chief of Nintendo Power magazine. During the inaugural episode, Slate interviews The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild producer Eiji Aonuma and director Hidemaro Fujibayashi. He also talks to Kit Ellis, who is the co-host of the Nintendo Minute series on YouTube, and Damon Baker, who is the head of partner management for Nintendo’s publisher and developer relations group.As reported by Polygon, Slate says the Nintendo Power podcast is a “passion project” project for Nintendo. Since the podcast is still somewhat experimental, it is unclear how consistently new episodes will release. We also don’t know if the podcast will mostly just consist of Slate interviewing various developers. Things are still in an early state, so I suppose it’s best to see where things go from here.Nintendo Power was one of the first gaming magazines I read as a kid so having it come back as a podcast makes me happy. If the show continues, I hope to see future episodes include tips and tricks for games. This was a cornerstone of the magazine so it would be great to see the podcast incorporate this aspect. Given how audio podcasts aren’t as popular as video podcasts in the gaming community, it would be nice to also see the series on YouTube. Whatever ends up happening with this show, it has my full support.You can check out the Nintendo Power podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. A Google Play version is currently in the works. Make sure to listen to the first episode, which is embedded above. Here Are All the Nintendo Power Issues You Should ReadNintendo Game Counselor Guide from the 80’s discovered center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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We just Discovered A Galaxy Without Dark Matter Proving it Exists

first_imgStay on target Dark Matter has been a persistent thorn in the side of physicists. It shouldn’t be there, but it has to be, and obviously is. And, even weirder, dark matter is far more common than ordinary matter. We can trace it thanks to a property of space-time called gravitational lensing, and as far as we can tell, it’s everywhere. Everywhere, that is, except one galaxy: NGC1051-DF2.The celestial body sits about 65 million light years away and is about the same size as our own Milky Way, but with less than half a percent as many stars as we do.  That;s already quite strange as it means the galaxy is super low-mass. But, scientists also don’t see any dark matter around it. All other observed galaxies have a halo, or other formation of dark matter around or through them.“Finding a galaxy without dark matter is unexpected because this invisible, mysterious substance is the most dominant aspect of any galaxy,” lead author Pieter van Dokkum of Yale University told Science Alert.This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy (via NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI))“For decades, we thought that galaxies start their lives as blobs of dark matter. After that everything else happens: gas falls into the dark matter halos, the gas turns into stars, they slowly build up, then you end up with galaxies like the Milky Way. NGC1052-DF2 challenges the standard ideas of how we think galaxies form.”That’s important because until now, dark matter has been so elusive that some scientists thought that it might not exist, and that our equations about gravity (i.e., Einstein’s equations) were wrong. But they aren’t. Gravity behaves in the same weird way we’ve thought for almost 100 years, but now we have to figure out how you have a dark matter-less galaxy.“It’s like you take a galaxy and you only have the stellar halo and globular clusters, and it somehow forgot to make everything else,” van Dokkum said. “There is no theory that predicted these types of galaxies. The galaxy is a complete mystery, as everything about it is strange. How you actually go about forming one of these things is completely unknown.”The only decent hypothesis on the table right now is that a larger, nearby galaxy called NGC 1052 was pulling gas inwards, and that the smaller NGC1052-DF2 was simply the result of a fragmented cloud of gas. But even that doesn’t tell the whole story, and doesn’t account for all the bizarre properties DF2 has.“Every galaxy we knew about before has dark matter, and they all fall in familiar categories like spiral or elliptical galaxies,” van Dokkum said. “But what would you get if there were no dark matter at all? Maybe this is what you would get.” NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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10 Amazing Space Selfies Taken 250 Miles Above Earth

first_img As we head into the weekend for rest and relaxation, the Expedition 59 crew in the International Space Station is preparing for the next spacewalk, scheduled for Monday.And while astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques will be busy for six-and-a-half hours installing truss jumpers to provide a redundant power source to the Canadarm2 robotic arm outside the station and installing cables to update the station’s External Wireless Communications system, we know a spacewalk is also a historically perfect time for a “space selfie.”Through the years, astronauts have taken some of the best images during spacewalks or extravehicular activities (EVAs) to do work on the outside of spacecraft, hundreds of miles above the surface of the Earth. Here are 10 out-of-this-world “selfies” taken by astronauts during spacewalks.View as: One Page Slides1. Ricky Arnold, 2018Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold takes an out-of-this-world ‘space selfie’ during a spacewalk he conducted with fellow NASA astronaut Drew Feustel (out of frame) on June 14, 2018. During the six-hour, 49-minute spacewalk the duo installed high-definition cameras to provide enhanced views of commercial crew spacecraft, including the SpaceX Crew Dragon and the Boeing Starliner, as they approach and dock with the International Space Station.2. Nick Hague, 2019Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Nick Hague takes a ‘space selfie’ with his helmet visor up and the Earth 260 miles below him during a six-hour, 45-minute spacewalk to upgrade the orbital complex’s power storage capacity on March 29, 2019.3. Annie McClain, 2019Photo Credit: NASAAstronaut Anne McClain takes a ‘space-selfie’ with her helmet visor up, 260 miles above the Earth’s surface during a six-hour, 39-minute spacewalk to upgrade the orbital complex’s power storage capacity on March 22, 2019.4. Mark Vande Hei, 2018Photo Credit: NASAOn Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, Mark Vande Hei snapped his own portrait, better known as a ‘space-selfie,’ during a seven-hour, 24-minute spacewalk with astronauts Vande Hei and crewmate Scott Tingle outside the International Space Station to perform maintenance on the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm.5. Mike Hopkins, 2013Photo Credit: NASAOn Dec. 24, 2013, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participates in a spacewalk, spread over a four-day period, designed to allow the crew to change out a degraded pump module on the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station. He was joined on both spacewalks by NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, whose image shows up in Hopkins’ helmet visor.6. Scott Kelly, 2015Photo Credit: NASAExpedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly took this photograph during a spacewalk on Oct. 28, 2015. Sharing the image on social media, Kelly wrote, “#SpaceWalkSelfie Back on the grid! Great first spacewalk yesterday. Now on to the next one next week. #YearInSpace”7. Alexander Gerst, 2014Photo Credit: NASAEuropean Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 41 flight engineer, uses a digital still camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as work continues on the International Space Station on Oct. 7, 2014. Also visible in the reflections in the visor are various components of the space station and a bright sun. 8. Ricky Arnold, 2018Photo Credit: NASANASA astronaut Ricky Arnold took this selfie during the May 16, 2018, spacewalk to perform upgrades on the International Space Station, saying in a tweet “An amazing view of our one and only planet. #Spacewalk #EVA50.”9. Thomas Pesquet, 2017Photo Credit: NASAEuropean Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet is photographed during a six-hour spacewalk in January 2017. 10. Aki Hoshide, 2012Photo Credit: NASAAstronaut Aki Hoshide of Japan recorded this striking image while helping to augment the capabilities of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS) on September 18, 2012. Visible in this outworldly assemblage is the Sun, the Earth, two portions of a robotic arm, an astronaut’s spacesuit, the deep darkness of space, and the unusual camera taking the picture.More on Geek.com:First All-Female Spacewalk Aborted Due to Ill-Fitting SuitNASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps a Selfie Before Its Next Mars JourneyNASA Spots Red Glowing Butterfly in Space NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Millions in Asia US look skyward to view eclipse

first_imgThe moon slides across the sun, showing a blazing halo of light, during an annular eclipse viewed from a waterfront park in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on Monday. Millions of Asians watched as a rare “ring of fire” eclipse crossed their skies early Monday. The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible to wide areas across the continent. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Skywatchers from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon enjoyed a treat: the moon nearly blotting out the sun to create a dramatic “ring of fire” over a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the western United States.The annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges, was visible in Asia early Monday. It then moved across the Pacific — and the international dateline — and was seen in parts of the western United States on Sunday afternoon.In Japan, “eclipse tours” were arranged at schools and parks, on pleasure boats and even private airplanes. Similar events were held in China and Taiwan as well, with skywatchers warned to protect their eyes.In the U.S., viewing parties were held at observatories in Reno, Nev., and Oakland, Calif., and elsewhere. In some areas, special camera filters for taking photographs have been sold out for weeks in anticipation of the big event.People from Colorado, Oklahoma and as far away as Canada traveled to Albuquerque to enjoy one of the best vantage points at a park on the edge of the city.last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Purchasing Analyst/Assistant at AltroFull-Time Research Associate (Bioprocessing) at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Research Associate (Formuation) at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time IT Support/System Administrator at CuriRx, Inc.Full-Time Creative Event Associate at Art of the EventFull-Time AR/AP Specialist at Parterre Flooring SystemsFull-Time Field Service Technician at Scully Signal CompanyFull-Time Location Attendant at AramarkFull-Time Service Technician at AramarkFull-Time Information Security Specialist III at L3 Technologies(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

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Google reportedly fires half a dozen lobbying firms as antitrust investigation looms

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 5:26 Post a comment Share your voice The FCC’s looking to kill off robocalls for good (The…center_img 0 Google Politics Software Internet Google reportedly cleared out half a dozen of its lobbying firms this week.  Drew Angerer / Getty Images With a possible government antitrust investigation looming, Google has reportedly fired several of its largest lobbying firms as part of an effort to overhaul its Washington consultants. The firms the search giant cut ties with make up almost half of its more than $20 million annual lobbying bill, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.The shake-up is part of Google’s efforts to modernize its influence and better reflect the “global reach of its commercial ambitions” and handle potential “entanglements with regulators and lawmakers across regions,” people familiar with the restructuring told the Journal. Google didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.The change comes as the Justice Department is reportedly preparing to mount an antitrust investigation into big tech. The investigation will look into whether big tech companies are engaging in “anti-competitive” behavior. Along with Google, officials are planning to look into Amazon, Apple and Facebook. The breakup of big tech has also become a key part of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. Warren and other politicians rallied behind Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who called for Facebook’s breakup in May. Originally published June 12, 7:14 a.m. PT.Update, 7:45 a.m. PT: Adds background details.last_img read more

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