The blogger Khaldun Al-Batal arrested

first_img July 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The blogger Khaldun Al-Batal arrested RSF_en News Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information The blogger Khaldun Al-Batal was arrested while covering a peaceful sit-in in the Bab Tuma district of Old Damascus.last_img

Water tankers deployed in County

first_imgNewsLocal NewsWater tankers deployed in CountyBy admin – December 29, 2009 750 Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp WATER supply has been badly affected by weather conditions in Co Limerick. Limerick County Council has deployed water tankers across West Limerick to deal with the problem.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Council says the crisis has been caused by low water levels in the reservoir near Abbeyfeale including burst pipes and a greater demand because of the freezing weather.The tankers are being placed in Abbeyfeale, Athea, Mountcollins and Tournafulla during daylight hours.The Council is asking the public to conserve water and not to leave taps running in their homes. Printcenter_img Previous articleRoads remain hazardousNext articleMan injured in fire admin Facebook Email Advertisementlast_img read more

The Power To Do More – At Your Fingertips

first_imgWe’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words … so a video is worth a thousand pictures!  What if you could watch a “how-to video” when you needed help with a server, instantaneously, no matter where you were located?Now, with Dell’s industry-first Quick Resource Locator (QRL) application, you can. The QRL will revolutionize the way you use digital resources to learn about physical hardware. You just use your smartphone to scan a Quick Response (QR) code that we are including on the top of every 12th Generation PowerEdge server (see picture) and get direct access to all sorts of critical service information:Step-by-step videos, including overviews of system internals and externals, as well as detailed, concise, task-oriented videosReference materials, including searchable owner’s manual content, LCD diagnostics, and an electrical overviewYour service tag, so you can quickly gain access to your specific hardware configuration and warranty informationA direct link to Dell, to quickly get in touch with technical support and sales teamsOur Experience Design Group has developed the QRL to empower IT professionals with the information they need when they need it, making them more effective at managing their data center hardware, and giving them the power to do more!  IT professionals are expected to be experts in all areas of servicing these products and are often challenged with business-critical servicing situations. With that in mind, we have created a menu that is mapped onto the actual layout of the server, making it instinctively easy to navigate and view the most relevant videos (see image).There is an enormous amount of information available about these products on specific support websites and other sources, but it can be challenging to find the specific information needed under the pressure of a critical hardware failure. But with QRL, even while standing in the datacenter at the box, they can just scan the QR code and the information is immediately (and literally) at their fingertips! No longer will IT professionals have to search the internet for relevant information about hardware issues, or carry around an owner’s manual.All the QRL videos are all shot specifically for this application and precisely to meet the needs of an IT professional who is in the data center servicing a specific Dell product. And the full product owner’s manual has been translated into mobile format to allow simple drill down navigation, including the ability to open relevant figures in full screen mode. The manual content is also searchable to allow quick discovery of component detailsThe QRL is a learning tool too. It gives customers access to information about the full PowerEdge portfolio and our sales team will be able to use this application as an convenient tool to educate them. At the same time, just using this tool is a demonstration of our competitive advantage in usability and product design.This is just the first step. We are committed to continually improving our customer’s at-the-box experience through mobile content.  To see the QRL in action, check out the video:&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

Cardinals headed back to section final

first_imgCorning >> For the first time in school history, the Corning boys are headed to the section finals in basketball for a third year in a row after beating the University Prep Panthers Wednesday night 54-40.The Cardinals will square off against the No. 1 Gridley Bulldogs, who beat Corning 61-48 back on Feb. 6 in Gridley. The Bulldogs also beat the Cardinals in the 2016 section final, by just three points.“It’s the two best teams in our division if that’s the way it goes,” coach Kurt Wilkins said …last_img read more

Warriors 106; Rockets 104: How Warriors managed without Kevin Durant

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – Just as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson entered the arena tunnel, Kevin Durant greeted them with an infectious smile.The Warriors had just finished with a 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. And unlike their laborious seven-game series against Houston in the 2018 Western Conference Finals, the result did not hinge on Durant’s …last_img read more

Canada to share GIS know-how

first_img3 November 2005Canada is willing to share its Geographic Information System (GIS) expertise with South Africa.Canadian high commissioner Sandelle Scrimshaw told delegates from both countries at a GIS seminar in Pretoria on Wednesday that her country had amassed skills in research, development and technology and was willing to share with the rest of the continent.“We are keen to share these with South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world,” she said, adding that Canada viewed South Africa as a strategic partner for science and technology on the continent.“I know that our companies are also willing to collaborate with their African counterparts,” she said.Strategic partnershipDelegates met at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria to explore potential areas of co-operation in science and technology between the two countries.Earth observation and geosciences constitute strategic priorities for South Africa and play a crucial role in informing policy and decision making.GIS is a system that manages, analyses, and disseminates geographic knowledge.Throughout AfricaCanadian Director for Natural Resources Martin Aube said they had already embarked on earth science activities in other African countries such as Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique and Senegal.He said his country was also supporting African countries to address environmental challenges such as natural resource management and environmental impact assessment.General Director for the Canadian Space Agency Paul Engel said they used space to monitor areas at risk for malaria and other diseases.Space policySpace Affairs Advisor for the Department of Trade and Industry Mothibi Ramusi said South Africa was currently developing a space policy.He said there is a satellite centre at the Hartebeespoort that could help the country in terms of disaster management.Ramusi said Africa faced challenges of poverty and climate change and that the information and analysis GIS provided could help the continent to deal with these issues.He said that access to satellite data at an affordable rate was a problem. “Other challenges [are getting] operating licence and hardware costs as well as availability of basic information such as statistics,” he said.Monitoring toolHowever, Ramusi acknowledged that earth observation had societal benefits in terms of monitoring service delivery, especially in South Africa.“In South Africa, government is embarking on service delivery programmes so earth observation can be used as a monitoring tool in this regard,” he said.Ramusi recommended that the co-operation between South Africa and Canada focus on exchange programmes of domain experts and well as exposure to technological development relating to GIS.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

College student competition aims to bring innovative ideas to dairy industry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chip TusonOne revolutionary idea can transform an entire industry overnight. At least, that’s what The Ohio State University SmartAg4.0 student competition posits to event participants. In much of the way Uber has changed how we commute and AirBnb has changed how we find accommodations, participants in SmartAg4.0 could have the next big idea to transform agriculture.“Agriculture is undergoing a significant transformation that rivals historical developments including mechanization, the ‘Green Revolution,’ or biotechnology,” said Scott Shearer, Professor and Chair at Ohio State’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering. “Most agricultural professionals now realize that connecting the farm to the internet (e.g., big data and data analytics) will drive sustainability and productivity of the ‘food systems’ of the future. SmartAg4.0 is designed to help students gain experience with turning ideas into new products or services that will reshape global agriculture.”SmartAg4.0 started in 2016 with the idea of offering a “hack-a-thon” style event to students in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State. The competition ended up drawing students of all disciplines from across the university to participate, and has continued to grow since its first year. SmartAg4.0 is now open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any Ohio college or university.Students form teams to compete in the 24-hour event where they conceptualize an idea to pitch to a panel of judges from academia and representatives from industry sponsors. This year, participants will focus their idea on one of four domain topics related to the dairy industry: sustainable nutrition, sensors and smart packaging, the internet of things, and blockchain.“Students need to begin thinking about how the Internet of Things can add value to all segments of the food system — production through consumer,” Shearer said. “We’re focusing on dairy this year because it’s importance to Ohio agriculture, existing labor shortages and emerging technologies (e.g., RFID, robotic milkers, robotic feeding systems and ultra high-temperature pasteurization).”Student participants are simply asked to bring an idea and a laptop or smart device to the event. From there, they network and meet fellow students and industry leaders to help spark innovation. After forming their teams, students work through the night and morning to get ready for their pitch.“Our world must start paying more attention to environmental issues, and newly developed applications can facilitate this process,” said John Conroy, an Operations Management and Public Management major at Ohio State. “With this in mind, I thought I could get some awesome ideas and meet like-minded individuals by participating in SmartAg4.0.”Conroy and his team designed a presented a wireframe app design for an app called “InStock” which would be used by stores and restaurants to manage product and better measure food waste. Other ideas from past years include a community garden service for cities, social networking apps for consumers to learn about the farms where their food comes from, and ways for consumers to more directly track nutrition. Some student teams have gone on to pursue their ideas beyond the competition and seek commercialization.“You can get so much out of an event that only takes a weekend,” Conroy said. “You learn to work with others on a time-sensitive project, you learn to critically analyze a concept and develop solutions, and you have the opportunity to present your idea in front of professionals who are excited to listen.” SmartAg4.0 2018 takes place September 28-29 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. If you’re a current college student interested in participating in SmartAg4.0 or represent a company interested in sponsoring this event, please visit smartag4.osu.edu. Chip Tuson, Program Manager, Marketing & Communications can be reached at [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

IT Poll: Do You Want an App Store For Your Enterprise?

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Last week we told you about how Jive is becoming a platform company by introducing its own apps platform and marketplace. And this week we took a look at the most popular apps in the Google Apps Marketplace. But there’s a lingering question: is this really what IT wants, or is it just what vendors say IT wants?Personally, I think the promise of giving users best-of-breed applications within a common architecture is a great one – and the app store model seems like a good way to deliver it. But I have to admit, I’d still be skeptical about rolling one out if I were in charge of supporting it. That’s more apps for the help desk staff to support and potentially more apps for system administrators to test against browser configurations. And those are just the issues I can think of off the top of my head.On the other hand, users may be able to solve more problems by finding tools better fit for their jobs. Deploying applications will be easier. Some support will likely be offloaded to individual app vendors. So it could end up being less work.What do you think? Are app stores something you want?Also: If you would like to suggest ideas for future polls, feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] by Shereen M IT + Project Management: A Love Affair klint finleycenter_img Tags:#enterprise#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Tech Solution

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cellcontrol#Distracted Driving#distracted driving foundation#Drive#driving tech#Jeff Haley#Joe Breaux#National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Related Posts ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.April is the national commemorative month for all kinds of things, including poetry, welding and soy foods. But it’s also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.Unfortunately, the recognition of this month for distracted driving is a hallow gesture—just like the half-hearted attempts at developing apps that prevent cell phone use while driving.After a week of trying to find an app that prevents me from all cell phone use from behind the wheel entirely, I’ve given up.Don’t get me wrong: I wholeheartedly believe that distracted driving is a menace. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in car crashes involving distracted driving in 2011—and the number has been steadily going up since then. More than 3,000 people are killed in those accidents each year. And yet, society is willing to pay that price in exchange for keeping our phones operational inside the car.Not Too Hard to Solve “The technology for sensing when a phone is moving is easy,” said Jeff Haley, acting director of Distracted Driving Foundation, a small non-profit based in Bellevue, Washington. Haley also believes it’s not hard to turn off the phone’s ringer, disable texting, or disallow apps when traveling in a car.“But if the driver can turn it off at anytime, it’s merely a reminder to reduce temptation,” he said.According to Haley, few people are willing to buy and install phone-blocking technology. After all, how often do we pay for services that actually limit functionality?Given the sorry state of distracted driving technology, you have to be extremely motivated to use these apps. The Distracted Driving Foundation lists about 25 apps on its website—there are a few more on Apple’s App Store—but I couldn’t find a single one that was easy to use. Most were either defunct, required onerous sign-up processes, asked for subscription plans, or simply didn’t work as advertised.Just look at the App Store ratings for the “STANDD – Stop Texting and Driving Distract” app (unfortunately, this was typical for most of distracted driving apps). There are only three reviews so far. One said, “Does Not Work.” Another more emphatically read, “Does Not Work At All.” And my favorite comment bluntly stated, “BS.”No Product, Because No Market DemandHaley hit the nail on the head when he told me, “Developers don’t have much incentive because people aren’t spending money on these apps.” That’s why he’s advocating for a government mandate to force all cell phone carriers to block usage when the phone is moving. But that would require technology that prohibits phone usage from behind the steering wheel, but doesn’t affect the passengers. It gets even more complicated when you try to expand this concept to buses and trains. bradley berman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Breaux blamed Cellcontrol’s shortcomings on the multiple versions, bugs and variations of different phone systems.“It can’t be 100%,” he said. “It might be out for a split second and then it comes back to block a few seconds later. Ninety percent of the time you’re phone is being blocked, and there’s no inappropriate usage. And when you’re in the passenger seat, 90% of the time you get most of the usage you expect. It beats doing nothing.”That’s only partially true. I got so frustrated with its idiosyncrasies—and one of its bugs that prevented me from Bluetooth-based streaming music—that I simply deleted the app entirely. I re-installed it the next day to give another try, but within a day, I deleted the app again.“The problem of distracted driving is created by technology, and it should be solved by technology,” Haley said. The acting director of the Distracted Driving Foundation is trying to raise money for academic research into foolproof technology that Congress and/or insurance companies could fully support and implement. Without massive public support, however, that’s going to be a tall order.For now, I’m going to take a low-tech approach, by throwing my phone in the glove box while driving. But I’m doubtful that society, hooked on ubiquitous 24/7 connectivity, is going to accept any restrictions to digital access—regardless of the cost. All photos courtesy of Cellcontrol Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cellcontrol, the most successful technology I’ve discovered, makes a noble attempt to differentiate drivers from passengers. A hardware device, roughly the size of a pack of cards, is mounted behind the rear view mirror (like those transponders one use for e-tolls on the highway). The device emits a high-frequency audio signal—beyond human hearing—that’s picked up by the cell phone’s microphone.“We send a key-press to the phone that says, ‘press the power button,’” said Joe Breaux, chief technology officer at CellControl. “We’re turning the screen off, and then we turn it right back on to say we’ve locked the phone.”It’s basically an Apple workaround. “Apple doesn’t offer any public APIs that would allow blocking applications,” said Breaux. (Android offers more visibility and access.)I installed the Cellcontrol hardware in my car, and the iPhone app on my phone. It worked okay some of the time, but I found it too unpredictable. The zones were not entirely accurate, and the system had issues figuring out the phone’s location, simply when I tried handing it off to a passenger. This might have to do with latency, a delay of sometimes four or five seconds, but it adds up to a user experience that was mediocre at best.Human Bugslast_img read more