Is Cloud Destined to be Purely Public?

first_imgShould It Be Done?This all depends on a big ‘if’. Trust in the public cloud and SaaS applications will only grow if public cloud providers remain unhacked and SaaS data unleaked. This is a big ask in a world of weekly data breaches, but security is relative and private data centre leaks are rapidly becoming more common, or at least better publicised, than those in the public cloud. Sony Pictures’ issues arose from a malevolent force within its network, not its public cloud based data. It will take many more attacks such as these to convince CIOs that losing direct control of their data security and putting all that trust in their cloud provider is the most sensible option. Those attacks seem likely to come, however, and in the meantime, barring a major outage or truly headline making attack on it, cloud exposure is increasing confidence in public cloud.At the same time, public cloud providers need to work to build confidence, not just passively wait for the scales to tip. Selecting a cloud service is a business decision and any CIO will lend the diligence that they would any other supplier choice. Providers that fail to meet the latest regulation, aren’t visibly planning for the future or fail to convince on data privacy concerns and legislation will damage confidence in the public cloud and actively hold it back, particularly within large enterprises. Those providers that do build their way to becoming a trusted partner will, however, flourish and compound the ever growing positive effects of public cloud exposure.As that happens, the prospect of a pure public cloud enterprise becomes more realistic. Every CIO and organisation is different, and will have a different tolerance for risk. This virtuous circle of cloud will tip organisations towards pure cloud approaches at different times, and every cloud hack or outage will set the model back different amounts in each organisation. It is, however, clear that, whether desirable right now or not, pure public cloud is rapidly approaching reality for some larger enterprises. 51 percent of workloads are now in the cloud, time to break through that ceiling? At this point, we’re somewhat beyond discussions of the importance of cloud. It’s been around for some time, just about every person and company uses it in some form and, for the kicker, 2014 saw companies place more computing workloads in the cloud (51 percent) — through either public cloud or colocation — than they process in house.In just a few years we’ve moved from every server sitting in the same building as those accessing it, to a choice between private or public cloud, and the beginning of the IT Model du jour, hybrid cloud. Hybrid is fast becoming the model of choice, fusing the safety of an organisation’s private data centre with the flexibility of public cloud. However, in today’s fast paced IT world as one approach becomes mainstream the natural reaction is to ask, ‘what’s next’? A plausible next step in this evolution is the end of the permanent, owned datacentre and even long-term co-location, in favour of an infrastructure entirely built on the public cloud and SaaS applications. The question is will businesses really go this far in their march into the cloud? Do we want it to go this far?Public cloud, of course, is nothing new to the enterprise and it’s not unheard of for a small business or start-up to operate solely from the public cloud and through SaaS services. However, few, if any, examples of large scale corporates eschewing their own private datacentres and co-location approaches for this pure public cloud approach exist.For such an approach to become plausible in large organisations, CIOs need to be confident of putting even the most sensitive of data into public clouds. This entails a series of mentality changes that are already taking place in the SMB. The cloud based Office 365, for instance, is Microsoft’s fastest selling product ever. For large organisations, however, this is far from a trivial change and CIOs are far from ready for it.The Data ArgumentData protectionism is the case in point. Data has long been a highly protected resource for financial services and legal organisations both for their own competitive advantage and due to legal requirements designed to protect their clients’ information. Thanks to the arrival of big data analysis, we can also add marketers, retailers and even sports brands to that list, as all have found unique advantages in the ability to mine insights from huge amounts of data.This is at the same time an opportunity and problem. More data means more accurate and actionable insights, but that data needs storing and processing and, consequently, an ever growing amount of server power and storage space. Today’s approach to this issue is the hybrid cloud. Keep sensitive data primarily stored in a private data centre or co-located, and use public cloud as an overspill when processing or as object storage when requirements become too much for the organisation’s existing capacity.The amount of data created and recorded each day is ever growing. In a world where data growth is exponential,  the hybrid model will be put under pressure. Even organisations that keep only the most sensitive and mission critical data within their private data centres whilst moving all else to the cloud will quickly see data inflation. Consequently, they will be forced to buy ever greater numbers of servers and space to house their critical data at an ever growing cost, and without the flexibility of the public cloud.In this light, a pure public cloud infrastructure starts to seem like a good idea – an infrastructure that can be instantly switched on and expanded as needed, at low cost. The idea of placing their most sensitive data in a public cloud, beyond their own direct control and security, however, will remain unpalatable to the majority of CIOs. Understandable when you consider research such as that released last year stating that only one in 100 cloud providers meets EU Data Protection requirements currently being examined in Brussels.So, increasing dependence on the public cloud becomes a tug of war between a CIO’s data burden and their capacity for the perceived security risk of the cloud.Cloud CreepThe process that may well tip the balance in this tug of war is cloud’s very own version of exposure therapy. CIOs are storing and processing more and more non-critical data in the public cloud and, across their organisations, business units are independently buying in SaaS applications, giving them a taste of the ease of the cloud (from an end user point of view, at least). As this exposure grows, the public cloud and SaaS applications will increasingly prove their reliability and security whilst earning their place as invaluable tools in a business unit’s armoury. The result is a virtuous circle of growing trust of public cloud and SaaS services – greater trust means more data placed in the public cloud, which creates greater trust. Coupled with the ever falling cost of public cloud, eventually, surely, the perceived risks of the public cloud fall enough to make its advantages outweigh the disadvantages, even for the most sensitive of data?last_img read more

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Sex slur: HI begins probe; videographer suspended

first_imgOne of the 5 e-mailed pictures, purportedly of videographer Basavraj with sex workers, sent to Hockey India by an anonymous source.A committee of Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday began a probe into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct made by a woman player against coach M.K. Kaushik and other team officials.Kaushik would not be part of the women’s team heading for the Asia Cup. A team videographer, whose photos with sex workers has emerged, has been suspended until the probe is over.Hockey India acting president Vidya Stokes promised an impartial probe into the allegations.”There is nothing to hide. We will separately listen to the player as well as Kaushik. We will do a thorough inquiry as the truth must come out,” Stokes said.Stokes and other representatives of Hockey India met in Delhi to look into the allegations.Stokes said Kaushik had requested to be kept out of the team until his name was cleared. “The assistant coach will lead the team for the Asia Cup. The players are fully equipped and ready for the tournament,” she said.Indian hockey hit a new low on Tuesday after a member of the women’s team sent a written complaint alleging that Kaushik had asked for sexual favours and used vulgar language during the team’s recent Canada and China tours. There was more controversy as photos of the team’s videographer with sex workers emerged.Hockey India general secretary Narinder Batra told Headlines Today that the versions of Kaushik, the player as well as the videographer would be heard. “Stokes will also talk to all the other players for complaints, if any,” he said.advertisementThe allegations against Kaushik have shocked the hockey fraternity as he is seen as a man with an impeccable record.Former men’s hockey captain M.D. Shahid told Headlines Today that he was shocked by the allegations against Kaushik. “I have played with him and have great respect for him. A full inquiry should be done and anyone found guilty punished,” he said.last_img read more

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Cummins, Starc added to Australia’s ODI squad; Johnson rested

first_imgPacemen Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc have been recalled to Australia’s squad for the remaining three limited-overs internationals against South Africa, while selectors gave Mitchell Johnson a rest and decided against drafting in a batsman to replace injured captain Michael Clarke.The 21-year-old Cummins returns to the national squad for the first time since June 2012, and Starc is on the comeback from a groin strain. Johnson, unveiled last week as the 2014 international cricketer of the year, played the first two ODIs in Perth but will take a break ahead of the Test series against India starting December 4.Australia selector Rod Marsh said there was enough batting depth in the squad to cover for Clarke without calling in reinforcements. George Bailey is standing in as captain for Clarke, who re-injured his left hamstring while batting in the series-opening win and is now in doubt for the Test series against India.Marsh said there was still a chance Clarke could return in time for the Tests against India, and coach Darren Lehmann said he wouldn’t know until his skipper had more medical advice.”At the moment, he’s captain of Australia and, if he’s fit to play and gets through the next little bit, then hopefully he’ll front up in the first Test,” Lehmann said.South Africa won on Sunday to level the ODI series, which now heads to Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.Cummins has played one Test, five ODIs and 14 T20 internationals for Australia and is considered a potential long-term leader of the attack. His international career started promisingly when he took seven wickets on Test debut in a series-leveling win in South Africa in 2011 at the age of 18. But the tall, right-arm fast bowler has been sidelined for long periods since then with lower back problems.advertisementXavier Doherty was drafted in to the squad as the spin specialist, preferred to regular Test offspinner Nathan Lyon. Matthew Wade retained his spot as wicketkeeper in the absence of injured vice-captain Brad Haddin.Squad: George Bailey (captain), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.last_img read more

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CHINA-INDOJAPAN 2 LAST

first_img“In addition, the cooperation with India in defence”In addition, the cooperation with India in defence facilities and technologies is the first time that Japan transfers large-scale military equipment to a foreign country after Japan announced the Three Principles on Transfer of Defensc Equipment and Technology and abandoned its long-held Three Principles on Arms Exports,” it said.”Through the above mentioned cooperation, the Abe administration hopes to draw close security and defense relations with India so as to establish the democratic security diamond that Abe has been relentlessly pursuing since 2007,” it said.”Modi has also given returns. The joint statement with Abe mentioned the South China Sea for the first time to show his support for Abes involvement in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.”Back in October when New Delhi invited Tokyo to join the Malabar exercises, Indias policy on the security of the Indian Ocean had changed, the paper said.It also shows the maritime part of Abes “democratic security diamond” that aims at containing China is almost in place”, it said.”Japan hopes to help India become an economic giant and benefit from the results. It also shows that Japan is determined to compete with China along the route of the One Belt, One Road,” it said. PTI KJV NSAlast_img read more

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Mercedes Benz A-Class, B-Class ‘Night Editions’ launched in India; prices start at Rs 27.31 lakh

first_imgMercedes-Benz on Wednesday launched new edition of its compact cars A-Class and B-Class models priced up to Rs 30.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The new edition will be available in both petrol and diesel fuel options. While the Mercedes-Benz A 180 (petrol) is priced at Rs 27.31 lakh, the A 200 d (diesel) is priced at Rs 28.32 lakh. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz B 180 (petrol) is priced at Rs 29.34 lakh and the B-Class 200 d (diesel) is priced at Rs 30.35 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Pune).Mercedes-Benz India registered annual sale of 13,231 units in January-December 2016, marginally down from 13,502 units in 2015.ALSO READ: Mercedes Benz reveals India bound 2017 GLA at Detroit Motor ShowEngine:The A-Class and B-Class ‘Night Edition’ features a 1.6L petrol engine that churns out 122 hp and 200Nm of torque while the a 2.0L diesel mill churns out 136 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The dual clutch transmission combines the comfort of a 7-speed automatic transmission with the driving dynamics of a manual transmission.The A-Class and B-Class ‘Night Edition’ also gets the Dynamic Select with 3 drive modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual.Mercedes Benz A-Class, B-Class ‘Night Editions’ALSO READ: Mercedes Benz launches AMG C43 4MATIC sedan in IndiaDesign:The Night package offers striking exterior features to lend the vehicle an expressive sporty character.  The new A-Class is equipped with a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel featuring a 3-spoke design with 12 function buttons as well as a shift lever in leather. While the B-Class Night Edition comes with selected design elements in black, includes the exterior mirrors, 5-spoke light-alloy wheels, the high-gloss belt-line trim strips and the high-gloss black trims on the front bumper and rear bumper.advertisementFeatures:On the features list, the A-Class and B-Class Night Editions get a free-standing 8-inch media display. The screen diagonal of 20.3 cm (8 inches) is 2.5 cm (1 inch) larger than the standard display. With this feature using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, compatible smartphones with the corresponding operating system can be integrated into the vehicle and operate them by voice control.ALSO READ:  2017 Mercedes Benz CLA launched in India at Rs 31.40 lakhWatch the video here:last_img read more

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‘Do your duty’: Boreham Wood FC demand MPs sort out Brexit

first_img“Don’t be another Neville Chamberlain with ‘I’ve secured peace in your time’,” roars the Boreham Wood statement. “Be prepared to show steel, be prepared to fail, and be prepared to say no and back your initial instinct.“It’s now time for MP’s to do their jobs and do their duty and firstly vote NO. Then they must get ready to unite the whole of the UK by working night and day on a new Brexit deal, or be prepared to walk away with a NO DEAL in July.”Strong words from a club whose biggest rivals – the EU aside – are St Albans City. Brexit David Squires on … football spying and Neil Warnock’s Brexit views The National League side Boreham Wood called on MPs to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal and immediately begin working “night and day” towards a better one in an unlikely intervention into the debate over Great Britain’s future relationship with the European Union.Just hours before the House of Commons voted on the prime minister’s long-standing deal to exit the EU, a statement appeared on Boreham Wood’s official website entitled “MPs Do Your Duty”. Running to over 1,450 words and signed by no one in particular, it reads like the type of call-to-arms that Neil Warnock would absolutely love. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger news Share on Facebook Boreham Wood, who sit 13th in the National League following a 4-4 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge this month, are staunch in their collective belief that now is the time for the bitter in-fighting at Westminster to stop and for MPs on both sides to unite behind the common good – namely standing up for Britain against supposed bullying from Brussels and getting the country the Brexit deal it deserves. And if that means a no deal, then so be it. Indeed, such is Boreham Wood’s belief in “taking back control” that a club who have won the Herts Senior Cup on no less than six occasions are willing to evoke the spirit of Winston Churchill and label David Cameron a coward.“We believe, as Mrs May to her credit does, that Brexit must mean Brexit and we remind the intellectuals out there, that doesn’t make us all stupid, nationalistic, fascist, ignorant, or all of those things,” said the club in the statement. “It does mean that we might believe, that we can take whatever obstacles, red tape and barriers that Europe wishes to throw at us and overcome. So we implore our MP’s [sic], please do your job – vote down this deal and please stop scaremongering us all about a NO DEAL.”“No deal” is capped up more than once in Boreham Wood’s statement, showing just how much they are happy to accept an outcome which many experts have said would be disastrous for the country’s economy. Thankfully the club who face Havant & Waterlooville at home on Saturday have a plan should a no deal Brexit indeed come to pass – accepting the “World Trading Agreement” and generally being proud of Britain and British things. Reuse this content Topics “Let’s promote our big businesses, let’s promote our technology, promote and incentivise our small businesses and entrepreneur,” added the statement. “Let’s rebuild our economy, let’s incentivise foreign business and film investment with tax breaks, let’s invest in our overburdened health service, in our under invested education sector and let’s once again secure our borders and promote British products.“We must not let the failing Euro super powers bully us – sorry Germany and Mrs Merkel, sorry President Macron and the French franchise. We’ll leave you guys to get on with solving your own problems with the growing and repulsive far right and the destructive left wing yellow vests. It’s now time for Europe to let our Great British democracy sail off and if we fail, then we fail.”Failure is something Boreham Wood are used to given they have won just nine of their 29 National League fixtures this season and were also knocked out of the FA Trophy by Blyth Spartans last weekend. But that has not stopped the club from being bolshy on Brexit, and as well criticising Cameron for leaving this country in a “mess” after the 2016 referendum result, ‘The Wood’ have also hit out at another former British prime minister for supposedly not being up to the job. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Read more Share on Twitter Football We must not let the failing Euro super powers bully us – sorry Germany and Mrs Merkel, sorry president Macronlast_img read more

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Photo Shows LSU Player Taunting UCF After Bowl Win

first_imgLSU cheerleaders run around the field with flags.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 13: Members of the Louisiana State University Tigers cheerleaders celebrate after a touchdown during the game against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Tiger Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Warhawks 51-0. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU scored a 40-32 win over UCF in the Fiesta Bowl this afternoon. The victory put an end to UCF’s 25-game winning streak.In the process, LSU also put a slight damper on UCF’s argument about being left out of the College Football Playoff. Yes, the Knights were without star quarterback McKenzie Milton, but LSU was also missing a number of defensive stars.After the game, LSU safety Eric Monroe couldn’t resist trolling the no-longer undefeated Knights. He did so with a whiteboard, which he carried around on the field.The message on the board read “National Champs…LOL!!!,” a clear shot at UCF ‘claiming’ a national championship after going 13-0 and winning the Peach Bowl last year.It was a matter of time for this #LSU #UCF pic.twitter.com/VGSXAlTQ0D— Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) January 1, 2019Expect to see a lot of people parroting Monroe’s taunt in the coming days, especially from SEC fans.With the win, LSU finished with a 10-win season for the first time since 2013. It was also the first Fiesta Bowl win in program history.UCF finished 12-1.last_img read more

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Fort Nelson First Nation getting grant from WWF Canada for water quality

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — The Fort Nelson First Nation will be getting a grant from the World Wildlife Fund Canada – which administers the Loblaw Water Fund – to help monitor water quality in the region.The grant was one of 11 announced by WWF Canada on Friday. In total, $250,000 will be going towards the 11 community projects to improve freshwater health in ecosystems across Canada. “The Loblaw Water Fund provides essential financial support to help local conservation and community groups take action to right the course of Canada’s freshwater future for people and wildlife,” said WWF Canada vice-president of freshwater conservation Elizabeth Hendriks. “The projects WWF selected will help address threats identified in WWF’s Watershed Reports and contribute to a better understanding of the health of our waters where data isn’t available. Ensuring healthy waters across Canada is an enormous task, but one we can accomplish together.”Using a mix of traditional and scientific knowledge, the Fort Nelson First Nation Lands and Resource Department will develop a community-based monitoring initiative to detect changes in the water quality of rivers downstream from major industrial sites in the Fort Nelson area watershed.“We are proud to support this year’s recipients and commend them on the important work they’re doing to preserve and protect Canada’s freshwater,” said Loblaw senior vice-president for corporate affairs, Bob Chant. “Through the Loblaw Water Fund, and our partnership with WWF, we are finding more opportunities to engage Canadians across the country in environmental protection and the Fund ensures greater support for those working to conserve our natural environment.”last_img read more

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Deadly ethnic clashes in southern Sudan spark deep concern from Ban

Media reports say at least 25 people have been killed in the latest wave of ethnic clashes, which began on Friday in Upper Nile state.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on “all groups to find peaceful means of settling their differences.”He also calls on the Government of South Sudan to re-double its efforts to ensure the protection of civilians and to work with UNMIS [the UN Mission in Sudan] and the United Nations Country Team in strengthening security mechanisms, resolving the root causes of the tensions and addressing the humanitarian situation.”Abatement of violence and intertribal reconciliation in the south are vital to the forthcoming elections in 2010 and the subsequent referendum in 2011.”The UN has become increasingly concern by ethnic-based violence in southern Sudan this year, with at least 100 people killed just last month in Jonglei state. 6 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed deep concern at the deadly series of attacks and counter-attacks by tribal militias in southern Sudan that have killed or displaced dozens of civilians. read more

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Jaguar Land Rovers Young Women in the Know course – Castle Bromwich

Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘Young Women in the Know’ course challenges outdated perceptions of engineering to encourage more young women to consider engineering and manufacturing careers to increase the talent pool, especially through Jaguar Land Rover’s apprenticeship routes.During the ‘Young Women in the Know’, students will visit Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing, design and engineering sites, meet female apprentices, graduates and managers and spend a day on work experience during the programme. They will also learn about Jaguar Land Rover’s apprentice schemes and participate in workshops on job applications and interview techniques to improve their employability skills.25 females aged 16-18 will participate in the programme at each site.Places are still available to young people who live in the Midlands. For more information on how to apply, or to organise a school visit,  www.jaguarlandrover.bmetc.ac.uk.VenueJaguar Land RoverCastle Bromwich Advanced Manufacturing Centre, EBP Centre, C/1/035, Chester Road, Birmingham B35 7RA.02476 205379Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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TBDPITL Ep 23 Ohio State basketball stays inconsistent

Wyatt Crosher and Colin Gay discuss Ohio State men’s basketball’s loss to Michigan State and win against Northwestern, and how the team’s NCAA Tournament chances look heading toward the Big Ten Tournament. They also look at men’s hockey’s pair of losses to Minnesota and baseball’s hot 4-0 start. And Colin gets to talk about Texas for a moment. Of course.

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WCh 2013 Round 2 – Matches in Madrid and Zaragoza

← Previous Story WCh 2013: Denmark beat Russia – Macedonia close to TOP 16! Next Story → Messi and Argentinian “Gladiators” (VIDEO) After Group A and B, Madrid and Zaragoza will close Preliminary Round 2 at the World Championship 2013 in Spain. Another day without “BIG” matches, but with a lot of interesting handball….GROUP C – Zaragoza15.45 – Slovenia: South Korea18 – Serbia : Belarus20.15 – Poland: Saudi ArabiaGROUP D – MADRID16.45 – Croatia: Algeria19 – Egypt: Spain21.15 – Australia: Hungary read more

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Microsoft starts offering cash bug bounties up to 161000

first_imgMany technology companies happily pay security researchers and general-purpose hackers cash for identifying software bugs. These so-called bug bounties have led to innumerable vulnerabilities being fixed before they can harm end users. Microsoft, however, has resisted the trend. Well, that ends now. Redmond will start paying those who find flaws in some of its products.Recent years have seen the likes of Google and Facebook ratchet up their bug bounties, which only served to make Microsoft look even more stodgy and out of touch. Microsoft’s new Security Bounty Programs includes some hefty cash prizes for what it terms “truly novel exploitation techniques” discovered in the Windows 8.1 preview.Simply identifying the bug will net the lucky tinkerer $100,000. If the bug report also includes a good method of solving the issue, Microsoft will pony up an additional $50,000. These two bounties are ongoing, so there’s no hard and fast time limit. $150,000 for working out the details of a Windows bug sounds like a good deal — there are probably plenty still to be found in preview software.A separate bug bounty is being offered for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1. Anyone that can find a critical vulnerability in that piece of software gets $11,000. Why $11,000? Probably because it’s IE 11. This one is only good for 30 days from the start date, though.All three bug bounties start on June 26, 2013, and could net one person $161,000 if they get all three. You can bet there are security experts already queuing up their bug reports for the start date. It’s a big payday. Microsoft has included some technical details on how bug reports will be judged on the Security Bounty Programs page. Happy hacking, everyone.last_img read more

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Un vaisseau Soyouz sest arrimé à lISS

first_imgUn vaisseau Soyouz s’est arrimé à l’ISSAvec trois astronautes à son bord, un vaisseau Soyouz s’est arrimé hier à la Station spatiale internationale pour une mission qui doit durer six mois.C’est à 23h18 heure de Paris que le vaisseau Soyouz, parti avant-hier, s’est arrimé à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) hier soir. A ce moment-là, cette dernière se trouvait à 350 kilomètres au-dessus de Rio de Janeiro au Brésil.Le vaisseau transportait trois astronautes : un Russe, un Américain et un Japonais. Leur arrivée porte à six le nombre d’habitants de la station spatiale.Tous doivent préparer l’arrivée ultime d’une navette américaine, Atlantis, qui doit s’amarrer à la station le 10 juillet, rappelle Reuters. Cette 135e et dernière mission vise à fournir un an de vivres aux astronautes en orbite.Le 10 juin 2011 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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AI makes key protein research a million times faster

first_img Post a comment Artificial intelligence (AI) Now playing: Watch this: 5:21 Sci-Tech Wellness 0center_img Share your voice Tags Proteins, like these shown in 3D computer models, are highly complex biological molecules. Mohammed AlQuraishi/Harvard Medical School Protein folding has been a famously difficult computing problem for decades: How do you figure out the exact structure of these massive molecules that our DNA defines? Now artificial intelligence is getting us to the answer a lot faster.Harvard Medical School biologist Mohammed AlQuraishi has used the latest machine learning technology to detect structural patterns in well-understood proteins, then apply that to other proteins.The results, while not precise enough for protein folding applications like discovering new drugs, is at least a million times faster than conventional computing techniques. And this is just a first crack at a technology that can be improved and combined with other modeling techniques.It’s an illustration that AI, though fraught with fears about effects like abetting police states or wiping out human jobs, has the potential to improve medicine, among other things.Mohammed AlQuraishi from Harvard Medical School developed an AI technique to predict how crucial biological molecules called proteins form. As his model improves, the colorful prediction gradually comes closer to the actual protein structure shown in gray. Mohammed AlQuraishi/Harvard Medical School “We now have a whole new vista from which to explore protein folding,” AlQuraishi said in a statement Wednesday. “We’ve just begun to scratch the surface.”AI today most often refers to neural network technology loosely based on human brains, and it’s revolutionized everything from voice commands and facial recognition to debugging software and turning on windshield wipers. AI models learn patterns from real-world training data, an approach that means humans don’t have to make specific instructions like trying to define what it sounds like when somebody says “Alexa, what’s the weather today?”In humans and any other form of life on Earth, DNA strands contain instructions on how to assemble amino acids into the long strings that become proteins. The laws of physics determine exactly how those strings collapse into tight bundles, with the resulting surface structures critical to protein interactions inside cells.But modeling exactly how that will happen inside a computer quickly gets difficult for bigger proteins. That means it’s hard to understand what’s going on with proteins. AlQuraishi, though, believes the AI technique could not only help this understanding but also potentially be used to engineer new proteins that perform a specific job.AlQuraishi’s results were published Wednesday in the journal Cell Systems. AI in Healthcare: The future of medicinelast_img read more

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Ensemble adds Butterfield Robinson as a specialty partner

first_img Share NEW YORK — Ensemble Travel Group is expanding its luxe travel options with a new partnership with Butterfield & Robinson. By adding the luxury active travel provider to its network of specialty partners, Ensemble becomes better equipped to cater to the growing number of travellers intent on incorporating healthy, active regimes into their daily lives.“For many people, an active lifestyle is now part of their DNA. It plays into everything they do, including the type of experience they seek out on vacation,” said Suzanne Hall, senior director, supplier partnership, land/Ensemble Hotel & Resort Collection. “Butterfield & Robinson essentially created the active travel product more than 50 years ago. They’ve been the ‘architect’ of its evolution, transforming it into today’s popular immersion-based, destination-driven experience for all types of travellers.”Added Simon Elliott, director, industry partners at Ensemble Travel Group: “We at Butterfield & Robinson are thrilled to become preferred partners for the Ensemble Travel Group for 2017. We look forward to working with Ensemble members to help their clients ‘Slow Down to See the World’ whether it be on two feet or two wheels. We are honoured to be Ensemble’s exclusive partner offering bicycle and walking tours, though there is much more to B & R than that!”More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaCanadian-based Butterfield & Robinson offers more than 100 walking and biking adventures to destinations around the world. The specialty operator also creates customized itineraries for individuals and small groups.See joinensemble.com for more details. Posted by Ensemble adds Butterfield & Robinson as a specialty partner Tuesday, January 24, 2017 center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Butterfield & Robinson, Ensemble Travel Group, Luxury Travel << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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In Israel time change unleashes culture clash

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) – The forecast for Israel on Sunday: balmy late-summer temperatures, uncomfortable humidity along the Mediterranean coast and … darkness at 6 p.m.?Israel moves its clocks back by an hour overnight, putting the country on its winter clock more than a month ahead of Europe and the U.S. and adding to the rising anger that many mainstream Israelis feel toward an ultra-Orthodox minority.Many Israelis believe the time change, meant to make it easier to fast on the upcoming Yom Kippur holy day, unnecessarily disrupts life and costs the economy millions of dollars. They say the early onset of darkness raises electricity costs, causes more car accidents and gives children less time to play after school. Adding to the tensions, extremist sects within the ultra-Orthodox community have come under fire in recent months for attempts to ban the mixing of sexes on buses, sidewalks and other public spaces. In Jerusalem, advertisements depicting women have been removed from billboards and buses because of fears that extremists will vandalize them.These attempts at coercion have fueled a brewing cultural clash between two Israels. On one hand, the country continues to be a high-tech powerhouse with liberal values that have turned Tel Aviv into a gay mecca. On the other hand, the ultra-Orthodox, with their high birthrates, have grown increasingly outspoken and assertive.With Netanyahu expected to call early parliamentary elections in the coming months, the country’s opposition is likely to use the controversies over the draft and religious coercion against him.“Israel is proving once again that it is living in the dark,” said Ronit Tirosh, a lawmaker from the opposition Kadima Party.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project In Israel, the seemingly premature clock change elicits complaints every year from secular and modern Orthodox Israelis, who make up some 90 percent of Israel’s Jewish population. But this year, the anger has been heightened by a variety of factors.Yom Kippur, which falls on a different date each year based on the Jewish calendar, arrives relatively early this year, making the change all the more noticeable.It also comes against the backdrop of rising tensions between the secular masses and the politically powerful ultra-Orthodox minority. Much of the anger is being directed at Interior Minister Eli Yishai, whose ultra-Orthodox Shas Party has played a key role in shaping the law.Yishai has resisted repeated calls to push back the change. In 2010, when it came even earlier in September, nearly 400,000 people signed a petition urging him to change the system.Following the outcry, Yishai appointed a committee to study the matter. But its recommendation that the summer clock remain in effect until early October was never implemented.“He simply wants to build up the special form of regime to be found in Israel _ a religious `minocracy,’ Not a democracy that represents the majority and takes the minority into account, but rather a minority that controls the majority and does not care a damn about it,” wrote Nehemia Shtrasler, an economics affairs columnist at the Haaretz daily. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day While the custom has long bred resentment, the premature arrival of winter hours comes at an especially sensitive time, given the rising backlash against what is widely seen as religious coercion by ultra-Orthodox leaders.“It’s ridiculous. It’s just a power play by the ultra-Orthodox to show who’s in charge. There is no reason for it being this early,” said Raanan Lidji, a 34-year-old high-tech worker from Tel Aviv.The move to winter time ahead of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and holiest date on the Jewish calendar, has been standard practice for decades and enshrined in law since 2005.Yom Kippur, which begins on Tuesday evening, is marked by a sundown-to-sundown fast. Orthodox religious parties, which have always held key swing votes in Israel’s political system, are behind the time change, wanting to decrease the number of waking hours for those fasting.Although the length of the fast doesn’t change, the sun sets an hour earlier with the winter clock, shortening the more difficult end of the fast. In a similar custom, neighboring Muslim countries sometimes adjust their clocks, even in the middle of summer, during Ramadan to make the monthlong fasting period easier to manage. But the clocks are returned to summer time after Ramadan ends. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories A spokesman from the Shas party did not immediately return messages seeking comment. A spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also had no immediate comment.Ultra-Orthodox parties such as Shas, while representing less than 10 percent of the general population, have long served as kingmakers in Israel’s fragmented political system.With this power, rabbinical authorities control the rules for marriages, divorces and burials, and ultra-Orthodox males have long received exemptions from compulsory military service in order to pursue religious studies.Ultra-Orthodox men often continue their studies well into adulthood, living off welfare subsidies as their secular counterparts work and pay taxes.The draft exemptions and study subsidies have become a central issue in Israeli politics. Early this year, the Supreme Court ruled the exemptions illegal and ordered the government to change the law.But attempts in parliament to reform the nation’s draft law deadlocked, causing one of Netanyahu’s coalition partners to quit, and the government missed a deadline to draw up new legislation. With religious leaders saying they will resist any change to the old arrangement, Defense Minister Ehud Barak is currently struggling to figure out a new draft system.last_img
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first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Tuesday they have arrested a university design professor for forcing a former student to eat human feces and subjecting him to other cruel acts.The alleged violence and abuse began in 2013 when the ex-student was working as an employee at the professor’s non-profit organization, according to a statement from Seongnam Jungwon police station just south of Seoul. Parents, stop beating yourself up Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   The professor and three other employees, all former students, allegedly beat the victim with a baseball bat and other weapons over what they said were professional mistakes and poor character. Two of those former students have also been arrested, police said.The defendants also placed plastic bags over the victim’s head and filled them with pepper spray and forced him to eat their feces and drink their urine from plastic bottles on 16 different occasions, police said, describing the victim as a “modern-day slave.”The victim put up with it because he hoped the professor would help him become a professor, too, according to police.Authorities did not release the names of the victim or his alleged assailants.Attempts to reach the victim were unsuccessful. Police denied an AP request to interview the professor.The professor also forced the victim to work at a restaurant and took his salary, police said.Authorities became aware of the case after getting a tip from an employee at the victim’s restaurant.The non-profit run by the professor publishes academic journals and hosts forums on topics related to design, according to police.Teachers frequently used corporal punishment to discipline South Korean students in the past, but the practice has faded dramatically in recent years. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Men’s health affects baby’s health too Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

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