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UN highlights growing role of international policing as global meeting opens in

30 August 2007Highlighting the unprecedented global demand for United Nations peacekeepers in general and police officers in particular, the new UN Police (UNPOL) chief today stressed the importance of Member States and international policing organizations co-operating ever more closely with the world body to face the challenges of Darfur and other missions worldwide. Highlighting the unprecedented global demand for United Nations peacekeepers in general and police officers in particular, the new UN Police (UNPOL) chief today stressed the importance of Member States and international policing organizations co-operating ever more closely with the world body to face the challenges of Darfur and other missions worldwide. Police Adviser Andrew Hughes, the first Australian UNPOL chief, made his remarks at the start of a two-day meeting of the International Policing Advisory Council (IPAC) in Canberra, the Australian capital. The Council is an ad hoc advisory group of policing and law enforcement experts brought together by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ (DPKO) Police Division to help improve global policing. “The demand for UN Police officers is growing worldwide. This is especially true with the mission authorized for Darfur, which will require the largest single UN Police contingent ever with more than 6,400 police officers out of a total of over 30,000 personnel. Developing the national police capacity there will be a massive task and the UN needs full co-operation from all Member States for the mission to be successful,” said Mr. Hughes at the opening press conference. “This IPAC meeting brings together the world’s top policing experts and we’re looking to tap into this wealth of global expertise over the next two days to assist in further developing international policing strategy. But this is not just an academic exercise because we want to hammer out what works in practice in the field and how we move on in terms of international cooperation to build on past successes.” The meeting is being run in co-operation with the Australian Federal Police and along with Mr. Hughes, it will also be chaired by his predecessor as UNPOL chief Mark Kroeker. Key IPAC participants will also include high-level academics and police chiefs from Australia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Interpol. “IPAC comes at a critical time because of the urgent need in particular for UN Police officers in Darfur and the necessity to ensure that these officers have sufficient pre-deployment training to deal with the very difficult conditions they’ll face. We need Member States and all police services behind us for this,” said Mr. Kroeker. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said the challenges faced in dealing with increasingly complex conflicts in the 21st century made stronger international policing co-operation essential. “Australia has always supported UN peacekeeping missions worldwide and policing is an essential and growing part of these operations. We welcome all IPAC participants to Canberra and believe that the contribution of the senior police, law enforcement and human security experts at the meeting will provide valuable insight and direction to the discussions,” Commissioner Keelty said. read more

Prestored data vital for mitigating natural disasters UN reports

16 December 2008With climate change likely to increase both the frequency and severity of natural disasters, the United Nations today launched guidelines to help States pre-emptively amass the data vital for effective relief operations to avoid compounding the original catastrophe. “So that these natural hazards do not become man-made disasters, we require effective systems to identify needs, manage data, and help calibrate responses,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes and World Bank Vice President Danny Leipziger said in a forward to Data Against Natural Disasters, a book launched jointly by their offices.“Such systems, if well designed, can help coordinate the influx of aid to ensure timely and efficient delivery of assistance to those who need help most. The emphasis on aid effectiveness is particularly important in the context of disaster response because, as is now clear, vulnerability to natural disasters and inefficiencies in aid distribution may lead to unnecessary economic losses, increased suffering, and greater poverty.”Based on case studies from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, recent hurricanes and floods in Guatemala, Haiti and Mozambique and the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the book concludes that information management systems are a critical element for effective response based on good technological platforms with the necessary software.Baseline information must be collected on communities, services and infrastructure, even the names and locations of rural communities in areas where accurate maps, technical capacity and shared languages are in short supply. In Pakistan, for example, different villages often have the same name in public records and the name of an individual village might vary across documents.“Baseline data should be assembled in advance as part of the process of becoming prepared for disaster. Much of the information will be scattered across separate record and documentation systems at various government agencies. The technical barriers to collecting and consolidating this information are likely to be significant, but they may be more easily surmounted outside the context of an emergency,” the book stresses.“Ad hoc responses hastily assembled in the aftermath of a disaster are not equal to the task. Major investment is needed to build permanent response capacity in countries and across the world,” it says, citing numerous challenges in information management from tracking displaced and vulnerable people and logging damage to housing, infrastructure and services to dealing with the sudden influx of aid and coordinating the work of a plethora of responding agencies.Search and rescue operations, evacuations, and care for victims of trauma all must be planned and coordinated. “In emergencies, improvements in efficiency translate quickly into more saved lives,” the book states, underlining the importance of regular investment in national disaster information management systems.“Perhaps the most important lesson that emerges from the experiences documented in this volume is that investments in disaster information management systems are far more likely to be effective if they are accomplished in advance,” the book stresses in conclusion.“Most of the systems described in the case studies were developed or deployed in the aftermath of the onset of major disasters. Many of the problems they faced flowed directly from this fact. In the midst of a major disaster, the prospects of anchoring the system on a stable institutional foundation and supporting it through sound operating procedures are diminished.” read more

Turkish Prime Minister hails progress seen in Sri Lanka

Minister Bathiudeen welcomed the proposal for contractors from Turkey to partner with Sri Lanka and he invited representatives from the Turkish contractor community to visit Sri Lanka.During the meeting, both Minister Bathiudeen and Yıldırım also discussed other avenues of bilateral cooperation. (Colombo Gazette) “I appreciate that a Lankan Cabinet Minister is officially calling on me for the first time in this way. We are pleased of the progress made by the new Unity government in Sri Lanka,” the Turkish Prime Minister said. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım says Turkey is pleased with the progress made by the new Unity government in Sri Lanka.He also aid that Turkish contractors can partner with Sri Lanka on various construction projects. He said that Sri Lanka and Turkey have cordial and historic relations and today both countries are re-opening trade talks in Ankara and thereby entering a new era.“I have been informed of the successful JCMTEC session in Ankara and I am pleased to inform you that we shall be formulating a team of high level Turkish officials to oversee the progress of this JCMTEC as well. We see Sri Lanka not only as a hub in South Asia but as an attractive tourist destination as well. Turkish construction contractors are world renowned. They can partner in various construction projects in Sri Lanka -including the planned Megapolis of Sri Lanka. We are ready to partner.” The Turkish Prime Minister expressed these views when he met the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen in Turkey. read more

Backlash against tech giants hindering Sidewalk Labs Toronto plan executive says

Growing public mistrust of technology giants is making it more challenging for Sidewalk Labs LLC to gain support for its high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto, according to an executive at the firm.“There’s no question that that has affected our reception,” said Rohit Aggarwala, head of urban systems at New York-based Sidewalk, a unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. “What we have been facing is the complete shift from say five, six years ago where large tech firms were highly trusted on almost everything and the public, in general, shared the perception that tech is going to solve a bunch of our problems, to the opposite, which is, whatever they’re doing, there’s danger there.”Sidewalk has been met with controversy in Toronto since winning the mandate to develop one of North America’s largest parcels of land along Lake Ontario. Politicians and citizens have raised concerns over how Sidewalk would use the data from the site, financing of the project and the amount of control Alphabet or Google might have over public lands. Five smart city technologies that Sidewalk Labs is pitching Cracks in the sidewalk: How will experimental city-building techniques fare in the real world? Waterfront Toronto chairman has doubts about Sidewalk Labs’ ambitions To head off those concerns, Sidewalk has called for the creation of an independent, government-sanctioned trust to oversee data collection and offered to provide financing for certain infrastructure ventures.“We’re not asking the people of the city of Toronto to put too much at risk to allow some of these things to be tried out,” Aggarwala said in an interview. “Frankly, Sidewalk Labs takes on most of the risk if it fails.”While Sidewalk has had endorsement from Google on some of their proposals, such as putting Google’s Canadian headquarters in the development, it does not work closely with them in any ongoing way other than on some very specific projects, Aggarwala said. The firm trades notes with Google just like it would with other companies and governments globally, he said.“If it were about privatization, we would be utterly self-defeating given the number of times we talk about bringing government in, creating entities we do not control and doing a number of things that are not about profit,” he said.No to ChinaSidewalk isn’t interested in developing a digital city in countries like China, where there has been less pushback against big tech over privacy or monoply concerns and its citizens are more used to digital surveillance.“There isn’t a crisis around how quickly can you build urban apartments in desirable cities in China, they don’t have that supply constraint that is what’s driving the opportunity gap in San Francisco, Toronto, New York, London, you name it,” Aggarwala said. “They don’t have that problem, and that’s what we’re trying to solve.”He added that Sidewalk’s objective is to “develop new and improved approaches to city expansion that works well in the kinds of cities that we like to live in, that we want to be citizens of.” read more

UNICEF helps bring the classroom to tens of thousands of schoolless Afghans

“These are communities where there is physically no formal school and the distance from the community to the nearest formal school is simply too far for children to travel safely,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) spokesman Edward Cawardine told a news briefing today in Kabul, the Afghan capital, of the programme under which classrooms are established in buildings provided for the purpose by the community itself.These include mosques and private homes, and the community identifies a suitable person to act as the students’ teacher and provides incentives for their services. The programme is being led by the Afghan Ministry of Education with UNICEF support and financial contributions from Swedish SIDA, Denmark, UNICEF Germany and the Siemens Corporation, at a total cost so far of $1.4 million.In a recent study, UNICEF found that more than 37 per cent of Afghan families cited long distances from home to classroom as being the main reason for not sending youngsters to school, with parents fearing for their children’s safety in a country torn by decades of civil war, where rebel and criminal groups still hold wide sway.”What we are trying to do to is bring education closer to those communities through community based schools,” Mr. Cawardine said. “It is not supposed to be a long-term measure in the sense that we hope that in time, formal schools will be built in those communities, but we know this will take several years probably.”This is the first time these children have a chance to get a basic level primary education, particularly for girls who were not allowed to attend regular schools under the Taliban regime which was ousted by United States-led forces in 2001 after the Al-Qaida terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.Mr. Cawardine estimated that at the primary school level there are now over 1.5 million girls not attending school, mainly due to the difficulty of getting to the nearest formal school. read more

The Best NBA Teams Of AllTime According To Elo

180067-15All-time great 150041-41Average You can sort the teams in several ways: by their season-ending Elo rating, by their peak rating or by their average rating throughout the season.5Peak ratings and average ratings exclude the first 20 games of each team’s season, when they reflect a substantial amount of carry-over from the prior year. A team’s composite Elo rating is a simple average of these three.For the very best teams — and I already mentioned some of Elo’s favorites, like the Jordan-era Bulls and the 1985-86 Celtics — the ratings are high across the board. The ’82-83 Sixers are another of these, ranking as the 10th-best team all-time.But in other cases, there’s a pretty big difference between peak, year-end and average ratings. The 1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers achieved the 11th-highest peak rating ever (1779). But their year-end rating is a pedestrian 1690 because they coasted down the stretch and then struggled (relatively speaking) in the playoffs, getting outscored by both the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers despite winning those series. Conversely, the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons got better and better as the season went on, going 35-6 in the second half of the regular season and then 15-2 in the playoffs against opponents that included the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls.The list might seem to be biased toward relatively recent teams: Among the top 50 seasons all-time, only six from before 1980 make the list. This is mostly a consequence of there being more teams than there once were. Simply put, it’s much more impressive to be the best team in a 30-team league than in a 10-team league.But it’s also hard to say the NBA is watered down, at least right now. In fact, it’s barely expanded in recent years, adding just one franchise since 1995. That makes recent teams’ performances more impressive than those from, for example, the early 1970s, when the NBA almost doubled in size over a few seasons. When Elo ranks a team higher or lower than you might expect intuitively, it’s usually because it perceives the team’s competition to be especially strong or especially weak.Some teams, meanwhile, do their damage over the long run instead of having any one standout season. The best team from the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s ranks only 47th all-time. But the Celtics of that era were incredibly consistent, with a composite Elo rating falling somewhere between 1627 and 1704 over 11 consecutive seasons. The San Antonio Spurs, meanwhile, have placed 13 teams in the all-time top 100 since 1994-95, but their highest-ranked individual season (2013-14) is only 12th.And what about this season’s Warriors ranking as the fourth-best team of all time? Obviously, that’s a provisional score: They may rise or fall a couple of slots depending on how the rest of the playoffs go (although they almost certainly won’t pull ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls). But even though the conventional wisdom has been skeptical about the Warriors at times, we think Elo’s case is pretty easy to defend.Here’s how it goes. As we’ve said, Elo is all about accounting for the strength of a team’s competition, and the Western Conference over the past dozen or so years has featured about the toughest basketball competition imaginable. The Warriors’ 67-15 regular-season record is as good as any other Western Conference team from this era, and their regular-season point differential (+10.2 points per game) is better than anyone else’s. If they follow that up with a title, there really won’t be much to find fault with. Whether they’re a one-year wonder or will prove to be a perennial contender is another question, of course. We hope you’ll enjoy exploring the interactive and tracking their progress. 130022-60LOL The stakes in the NBA are incredibly high. Superstar players so dominate the league that decisions on trades, draft picks and free-agent signings could gut a franchise for years or make it a perennial contender. But unlike in sports like baseball and hockey, where luck plays a larger role, in the NBA, the best team usually wins. There’s little forgiveness when a star player gets hurt, and when a team misses its first chance at a title, it may not get another.We wanted a way to visualize each team’s ups and downs. You can find that in the form of our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each franchise through all 63,145 games (and counting) in NBA and ABA history.1The principal source for game-by-game scores is the always-amazing ratings, the basis for the interactive, should be familiar to regular readers of FiveThirtyEight. We introduced them for the NFL last year, and they proved to be a popular feature.2In part, perhaps, because of a flukishly good performance against Las Vegas point spreads. But we didn’t invent the idea: Elo ratings were originally developed to rate chess players and have also been used in soccer, baseball and other sports.Elo is like the iPad of sports power ratings: Their design is quite simple, and they do a lot with a little, depending only on the final score of each game and where it was played. Teams always gain Elo points after winning games — although more for upset wins and for winning by wider margins — and lose ground after losing them. They account for both regular-season and playoff games. If you want (much, much) more detail, see here. For the rest of you, here’s a quick guide on how to interpret different Elo ratings and about how many wins they’d translate into over the course of an 82-game regular season. 140031-51In the lottery ELOEQUIVALENT RECORDTEAM DESCRIPTION 120015-67Historically awful 160051-31Playoff bound 170060-22Title contender Elo ratings above 1800, which imply a team would be able to sustain at least a 67-15 record over the long term, are extremely rare. Only three teams have achieved them: the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (whose 1853 Elo rating from June 9, 1996, is the all-time record), the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls and the 1985-86 Boston Celtics. This year’s Golden State Warriors have a chance at an 1800-plus rating, depending on how the rest of the playoffs go.A 1700 rating is more typical for a title contender. The Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 1689, are currently somewhere near that mark, for example. A 1600 rating represents a playoff team that’s likely to lose in the first or second round. And Elo ratings can go way lower, of course. The all-time NBA low, 1111, belongs to the Dallas Mavericks after they went 4-57 to open the 1992-93 NBA season.3The ABA’s Oakland Oaks achieved an even lower rating, 1086, at the nadir of their 1967-68 season, but that’s partly because it was the ABA’s inaugural year, which Elo treats very skeptically.So where do, say, the 1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers rank? Here are Elo’s ratings of all seasons in NBA and ABA history:4The table excludes teams that played fewer than 21 games in a season (for reasons such as being disbanded midway through the season). read more

Cannabis user was driving like an idiot when he killed an outstanding

A habitual cannabis user, who killed a “truly outstanding” young doctor when he ploughed into his motorcycle while overtaking at almost 90 miles per hour, has been jailed for seven years.Jake Rogers, 22, had already amassed ten points on his licence in just 16 months, when he killed Dr Alex Boorman in the high speed smash last December.He later tested positive for cannabis and admitted having smoked two or three joints prior to the crash.Rogers sobbed uncontrollably as Teesside Crown Court heard how Dr Boorman’s life had been “needlessly taken and wasted” due to his “idiotic” driving on a blind bend on the A19 in North Yorkshire. Dr Alex Boorman and his girlfriend Alex Bellard His speedometer stuck at 87 mph after the crash which happened in a 60mph zone on a sweeping bend on an unlit section of road.One witness said his Vauxhall Viva was so close behind her she could not see his headlights in her mirror moments before Rogers tried to pass her Range Rover, but hit Dr Boorman’s Suzuki motorcycle instead.Heather Gilmore, prosecuting, said: “She (the witness) described hearing a massive bang, she saw a massive fireball flash and black smoke and saw the motorbike flying around in the air.”His car flipped over three times and landed on its wheels, and Rogers was later heard to say: “Oh my God, what have I done?”Dr Boorman, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, studied at the University of Edinburgh, before starting work at York Hospital.He was a talented sportsman who played for Richmondshire Rugby Union Football Club’s second team. Dr Boorman, a talented rugby player, had been on his way to work as a junior doctor in the orthopaedics department at York Hospital, when Rogers smashed into him as he overtook two cars at 87 miles per hour.The court heard how Rogers’ 17-year-old girlfriend, Olivia Thackeray, who yelled a warning to slow down, also suffered life changing injuries in the smash and that his friend Simon Briggs was also seriously hurt.Rogers admitted causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst over the limit for cannabis. The judge said he will be banned from driving for four years once he is released from prison. Jake Rogers sobbed throughout the hearing at Teesside Crown Court The court heard that Rogers was a habitual cannabis smoker who used the drug every day.He admitted smoking two or three joints in the early hours of the day of the crash, which happened at around 7pm on December 7th last year. Jake Rogers sobbed throughout the hearing at Teesside Crown Court Rogers wept in the dock as Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC told him: “Alex Boorman was 27 years old when he died. Dr Alex Boorman and his girlfriend Alex Bellard “When you killed him, he left behind a loving and devoted family and partner.”He was a doctor, he devoted his life to that job, that profession. He devoted his life to the care of others.”He spent many years of hard work achieving that ambition. That career was taken from him by you.”Dr Boorman’s mother Liz Cinnamon read a moving statement to the court, describing her family’s devastating loss.She said: “He was a bright lad, a complex character, hugely talented, scarily intelligent, fiercely loyal.”He was funny and irreverent, challenging and questioning always, he had an insatiable thirst for knowledge.”She said his life was “so needlessly taken and wasted”.The junior doctor worked in orthopaedics, lived in Thirsk with his partner, and planned to helped out in a rural hospital in South Africa.He had been heading in early ahead of his night shift when he was killed.Rogers wrote a letter to the judge to express his remorse and shame, apologising to the doctor’s family and to his own.He said: “I put so many lives in danger because of my idiotic driving that night.”My actions were unforgivable and like the poor family I have destroyed, I will have to live with this for the rest of my life.” Jake Rogers was driving like an idiot Jake Rogers was driving like an idiot Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Dyno Nobel acquires shares in Fabchem China

first_imgDyno Nobel has acquired 29.9% of the ordinary shares in Fabchem China, an explosives company listed on the Singapore stock exchange. The total consideration of up to S$0.70 per Fabchem share equates to $31.8m which includes an up front payment of S$0.52 per share, an additional S$0.13 per share payable upon achieving profit hurdles in 2008, and S$0.05 per share payable upon Fabchem obtaining an export license.Following the acquisition, Dyno Nobel plans to work closely with Fabchem management and board to enhance the successful growth of the company in China. As part of this process, Dyno Nobel will nominate two representatives to Fabchem’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Dyno Nobel will have a senior manager seconded to Fabchem, reporting to the Managing Director of Fabchem, Sun Bowen.Dyno Nobel CEO, Peter Richards, said, “This strategic acquisition is particularly significant because it now meets our internal financial criteria and gains us the best possible access to the growing Chinese market. China is a large, high growth market with industry consolidation opportunities being driven by a government mandate. We targeted Fabchem because of the quality of its businesses, overall safety record, its management and its reputation and understanding of the Chinese market. Fabchem is a leading initiation systems supplier in China, has a scaleable and profitable business with growth potential, and strong government relationships at both the local and national level. By partnering with a local company we believe we can best leverage the existing Fabchem business by sharing our strengths in day-to-day explosives management, technology and export contracts.”Dyno Nobel is a leading supplier of industrial explosives and blasting services to the mining, quarrying, seismic and construction industries. It is the market leader in North America – the largest explosives market in the world – and the second largest supplier in Australia – the third largest explosives market in the world. Dyno Nobel traces its roots back to Alfred Nobel, the inventor of the detonator and dynamite, and, since the 1920s, has focused on the commercial development of industrial explosives. The company has 36 manufacturing facilities in Australia, Canada, the US and Mexico.Fabchem China is one of the leading manufacturers of commercial explosive devices in China. The group’s principal business activity is in the production and sale of commercial explosives products (comprised of explosive devices, initiators and detonators) both under its own brand name, Yinguang, and those of third parties. It also provides after-sales services to its customers such as technical assistance related to the detonating activities. The Group’s products are mainly used by the mining, hydroelectric and infrastructure construction industries for activities such as coal mining, oil and gas exploration, construction of hydroelectric dams, roads and railways and large construction projects.last_img read more

Andreas Wolff to THW Kiel in 2017

← Previous Story RK Metalurg sign David Špiler Next Story → ROAD TO FRANCE 2017: Strong Italy, Ukraine and Latvia andreas wolffTHW Kiel THW Kiel will have new goalkeeper from the beginning of the season 2017/2018. His name is Andreas Wolff and his is currently member of HSG Wetzlar. The 24-years old goalie made strong progress in the last two years, which forced also Dagur Sigurdsson to call him in the German national team.Wolff and Wetzlar are doing good job this season, currently on fourth position in DKB Bundesliga. He is a member of Wetzlar squad since 2013.PHOTO: read more

Hygiène buccodentaire 90 des Français restent fidèles à leur brosse à dents

first_imgHygiène bucco-dentaire : 90% des Français restent fidèles à leur brosse à dents manuelleFrance – D’après le sondage Oral-B réalisé en février 2010, les Français ne seraient pas encore prêts à passer au brossage électrique, le trouvant trop agressif pour les dents et les gencives mais aussi trop cher.48% des Français utilisant le brossage manuel ne voient pas l’intérêt de passer à l’électrique. 8% des adeptes du manuel pensent que le brossage électrique est trop agressif pour les dents et les gencives, et 19% seraient tentés de l’essayer s’ils étaient sûrs que ce n’était pas le cas. Pourtant, 85% des utilisateurs utilisant le brossage électrique trouvent leurs dents mieux nettoyées qu’avec une brosse manuelle et 79% ont constaté qu’ils étaient moins sujets au tartre, aux problèmes de gencives ou aux caries. Les Français semblent toutefois avoir conscience de l’importance d’une bonne hygiène bucco-dentaire. 80% d’entre eux déclarent se brosser les dents au minimum deux fois par jour. 71% affirment renouveler leur brosse à dents manuelle ou la tête de leur brosse électrique tous les trois mois ou plus souvent.  Le temps moyen de brossage reste tout de même en dessous des recommandations des dentistes avec 1 minute et 5 secondes en moyenne contre les 2 à 3 minutes recommandées.L’attention que les Français portent à leur santé bucco-dentaire les pousse à solliciter le conseil de leur spécialiste dans le choix de leur mode de brossage. Ils sont près d’un sur deux à déclarer consulter leur dentiste une fois par an.  Mais si trois Français sur quatre disent prendre soin de leurs dents dans le but de préserver leur capital santé, 50% le font dans le but de prévenir l’apparition des caries et 33% dans un but esthétique. L’hygiène bucco-dentaire est donc pour la population française également synonyme de beauté et de confort et s’inscrit dans une recherche de bien-être global. Un échantillon national représentatif de 1.119 personnes âgées de 25 à 65 ans et plus, dont 821 non utilisateurs de brosse à dents électrique et 298 utilisateurs a permis l’élaboration de ce sondage Oral-B intitulé “Français, hygiène bucco-dentaire et habitudes de brossage : quoi de neuf ?”.Le 24 mars 2010 à 17:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Radiateursordinateurs quand les calculs informatiques aident à nous chauffer

first_imgRadiateurs-ordinateurs : quand les calculs informatiques aident à nous chaufferLa Ville de Paris souhaite tester un mode de chauffage pour le moins novateur et gratuit. Il s’agit de récupérer la chaleur émise par des milliers de serveurs, ceux qu’on retrouve dans les “data centers”.C’est un nouveau mode de chauffage pour le moins inattendu que souhaite tester la Ville de Paris dans une centaine de logements sociaux dans le XVème arrondissement. Les radiateurs qui ont été installés ont le même aspect que des convecteurs conventionnels mais leur intérieur diffèrent grandement. En effet, ils utilisent des processeurs informatiques comme source chaude plutôt qu’une résistance électrique. Pour cela, ils sont reliés à internet et, en fonction de la température souhaitée, le “radiateur-calculateur” exécute des calculs informatiques pour le compte d’une start-up parisienne spécialisée. Des calculs qui génèrent une chaleur gratuite pour le locataire, explique la Ville de Paris. Au final, plus le “radiateur” chauffe, plus le volume de calculs possibles est important. Les premiers modèles ont été mis en place en juin dans la résidence de la Régie immobilière de la Ville de Paris (RIVP).Conçus par la société Qarnot Computing, 300 convecteurs de ce type seront installés d’ici la fin de l’année dans les 100 appartements de la résidence. “L’idée est de faire le travail qui est fait aujourd’hui dans des data centers, sauf que dans les data centers, la chaleur part en fumée”, explique Paul Benoît, fondateur de Qarnot Computing cité par l’AFP.Récupérer la chaleur perdueÀ lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéCes centres, véritables usines de calcul abritant des milliers d’ordinateurs, consomment une quantité phénoménale d’énergie d’une part pour alimenter les machines, d’autres part pour climatiser les locaux et les refroidir. “Les data centers français, dont le nombre est estimé à plus de 200, engloutissent plus de 7% de l’électricité produite en France”, souligne la start-up.L’idée est donc toute simple : récupérer la chaleur de ces data centers et l’utiliser dans les réseaux urbains. Pour éviter un transport compliqué de la chaleur produite, l’idéal est encore de faire fonctionner des calculateurs directement dans les locaux qu’on souhaite chauffer. Ce système est même avantageux pour les opérateurs puisqu’il revient moins cher que la construction d’un data center.Le locataire lui aussi a tout à y gagner puisque “cela ne change rien, il utilise son radiateur comme un radiateur classique, et le chauffage est gratuit” car financé par la commercialisation de l’opération informatique, explique Jean-Louis Missika, adjoint au maire de Paris en charge de l’innovation et de la recherche.Le 14 juillet 2013 à 14:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Oregon senator to introduce bill to thwart return of bottles cans bought

first_imgEarly last month, Mark Moors woke up to discover that someone stole something he was trying to throw away.Moors recalled setting out a bin full of glass bottles on the curb outside his Cascade Park home to be picked up for recycling. The next morning the bin was gone. He logged onto Nextdoor, a private online network that allows neighbors to share information, and discovered that others in his neighborhood also reported having their recycling bins rummaged through in pursuit of bottles and cans.After Thanksgiving, he said, he witnessed a woman digging through his recycling in the early morning hours. Moors said he thinks he knows where the bottles and cans are going.“We might as well just put a big recycling can at the end of the street and say, ‘Take it to Oregon,’ ” said Moors.Unlike Washington, Oregon is among 10 states with a container deposit law or “bottle bill.” These laws attach a redeemable deposit on many beverage containers to incentivize their collection and recycling.Last year, Oregon increased its deposit from 5 to 10 cents on bottles and cans of soda, beer and other beverages purchased in the state. A more lucrative deposit has raised concerns that more bottles and cans from Washington are being redeemed in Oregon, undermining the state’s redemption system.last_img read more

MJ Murdock Charitable Trust unveils its new digs in Vancouver

first_imgIt’s move-in season at The Waterfront Vancouver. Three new restaurants are setting up and preparing to join Twigs Bistro and Wildfin American Grill, and dozens of tenants have claimed their new apartments inside the Rediviva building.And at the top of The Murdock building, the building’s namesake — and the waterfront’s first office tenant — has spent the past three months settling into its new home. The offices of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust occupy the top two floors, creating a hub of art and technology that executive director Steve Moore says will serve to showcase the work of the organization and its trustees.Walk-throughThe two floors of the office are connected by a large central staircase in the lobby, as well as the Murdock building’s own elevators. The office was designed by the architecture firm Ankrom Moison, and the total internal build-out cost about $1.5 million, according to Moore.The lobby design emphasizes natural elements, including wood paneling meant to symbolize trees and a series of hanging lights next to the stairs that look like rain cascading down on a future sculpture that will be installed at the base of the stairs.“Part of the idea was to reflect and feel that we’re in the (Pacific) Northwest,” Moore says.On the top floor, the front desk area connects to a staff kitchen and gathering space that can also serve as an extended reception area during large events. The hallway between the two features a bank of TV screens that form a “Mindfulness Gallery,” displaying images and information about Melvin “Jack” Murdock and the trust’s history.last_img read more

Low explains why he has dropped Mesut Ozil

first_imgGermany coach Joachim Low made comments that suggests reason for his decision to drop Arsenal star Mesut Ozil for this evening’s game against Sweden.His reason appears to have been made due to errors made against Mexico. Ozil was in the starting lineup for the defeat in Germany’s World Cup opener, but has been bench for their second group game.Low insists he still has faith in the high-profile players he has dropped – Ozil and Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira – and claims he still trusts them.But he suggested the changes he made were o address mistakes made against Mexico. Speaking yesterday before it was known that he had dropped Ozil for this evening’s game, Low said:Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Why should I lose faith with my important players? My fundamental faith in those players will not be broken because of one game,” he said via OffthePost.“Of course, one or two might be on the bench, but I trust them because they’re still at a very high level. To question these players now would be fatal. Of course I don’t.“There is no point questioning our idea. There will be corrections, to address the mistakes, but there’s no doubting our playing style.”That would suggest that the manager either felt Ozil made mistakes against Mexico or thought picking him in the starting lineup was a mistake in itself.last_img read more

Crime focus more than guns says PDM Party

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – All crimes and not just gun violence are a growing problem in the Turks and Caicos, and the People’s Democratic Movement in a recent media statement said country leaders ought not forget it. During their radio talk show, the PDM Opposition Party said illegal sex, underage sex and underage drinking, illicit drug smuggling, abuse and dealing and gang violence are crimes too and these are also eating away at the moral fiber of the country. The PDM slams who they call, ‘persons in officialdom’ for denial of the true situation and lack of pro-activity. “The knee jerk reactive leadership cannot be tolerated in the fight against crime. We expect the Government to provide the much needed resources and to be sustainable in its approach.” The PDM says police are denied sufficient resources, cite that there is no clear plan of action and pointed out that the National Security Council is not a new concept. “Whilst we welcome the reintroduction of a National Security Council that first existed under the 2006 Constitution and the call for outside help, we will never move away from our approach and call for the provision of resources to build internal capacity… this can only come through frank discussions and clear admissions of the true picture.” Recommended for you TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:crime, Pdm TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more

Average gas price in San Diego reaches highest point in nearly three

first_img April 26, 2018 Posted: April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent Thursday to $3.629, its highest amount since Aug. 24, 2015.The average price has increased 15 of the past 16 days, rising 7.9 cents, including nine-tenths of a cent on both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The average price is 4.9 cents more than one week ago, 13.6 cents higher than one month ago and 61.5 cents greater than one year ago. It has risen 50.7 cents since the start of the year. Average gas price in San Diego reaches highest point in nearly three yearslast_img read more

50 shades sends sex industry sizzling

first_img50 shades sends sex industry sizzling39 views50 shades sends sex industry sizzling39 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:0050 shades sends sex industry sizzling39 viewsBusinessThe raunchy books sent temperatures and sales soaring. Now Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie, is breaking box office records – and it hasn’t even been released yet. Tim Richards is CEO of VueVentuno Web Player 4.50The raunchy books sent temperatures and sales soaring. Now Fifty Shades of Grey, the movie, is breaking box office records – and it hasn’t even been released yet. Tim Richards is CEO of Vuelast_img read more

AirAsia X Australia posts loss

first_imgAir Asia X’s Australian operations have made a 52.6 million ringgit (AUD$17.6 million) in the first quarter of 2014 despite the company growing both its capacity and revenue. According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, AirAsia X had 4.5 per cent of international flights from Australia and 2.8 per cent the prior year. AirAsia X and Malaysia Airlines have grown their capacity in Australia last year after the two countries increased their bilateral cap. The loss compares to 20.4 million ringgit profit last year and is against the backdrop of revenue growth of 24 per cent to 289.5 million in 2014, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.center_img The Centre for Aviation has said that AirAsia X will take a long term view of the Australian market and will try to knock out Jetstar in the battle for LCC supremacy.  Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

flydubai to operate direct flights to Uzbekistan

first_imgDubai-based flydubai has announced the start of flights to Tashkent (TAS) the capital of Uzbekistan. The five times weekly service between Dubai and Tashkent will start from March 11, 2019, and will become a daily operation from May 31, 2019.flydubai has been flying to Central Asia since November 2010 with the launch of operations to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, followed by the launch of flights to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan in February 2012, Dushanbe in Tajikistan in April 2013, flights to Almaty in September 2014, Astana in October 2015 and Shymkent in Kazakhstan in 2018. With the launch of the new direct flights to Tashkent, flydubai will offer 33 weekly flights to seven points in Central Asia.Commenting on the launch of flights to Tashkent, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai said, “We are pleased to become the first UAE national carrier to offer direct flights to Tashkent, strengthening ties between the UAE and Uzbekistan via these new direct air links. This creates opportunities for further development of tourism and trade flows and is in line with our commitment to opening up previously underserved markets and offering more travel options to fly to Dubai and beyond.”The carrier will operate the new route with one of its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB) offering passengers comfort and an enhanced travel experience.Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce for flydubai said, “We are looking forward to offering passengers the convenience of direct flights between Dubai and Tashkent. We hope the new route will be a popular choice for passengers travelling from Dubai and the GCC looking for new hidden gems within a short flying distance from our hub in Dubai.”flydubai’s growing network covers more than 90 destinations in 47 countries. Emirates will codeshare on this route as part of the Emirates flydubai partnership announced in July 2017. For bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers will receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in Business and Economy classes. With the partnership, passengers from Uzbekistan will have an opportunity to travel via Dubai to the hundreds of destinations all over the world.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling media insider Ian Rapoport said Sunday morning that Carson Palmer is expected to return under center for the 3-1 Cardinals.Palmer hasn’t played since the Week 1 win over the San Diego Chargers, in which he completed 24-of-37 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns. He suffered a nerve injury in his right shoulder against San Diego and hasn’t participated in a full practice since.The veteran QB was limited in practice Wednesday through Friday, and he was listed as questionable heading into the weekend, although he had been ramping up his rehab all week.The Cardinals-Redskins matchup begins at 1:25 p.m. and can be seen on Fox 10 and listened to on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback situation has been up in the air all week. Early in the week, it looked like rookie Logan Thomas would have to start. And then on Friday, backup Drew Stanton passed concussion protocol, meaning there’s a chance he could be ready for Sunday.But on the morning of the Cardinals’ Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins, it looks like the home team will be getting its starter back, according to a report. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more