5 Tips for Making your Data Center Greener

first_imgOur experts at Data Center Resources have been dedicated to providing data center infrastructure solutions for more than 12 years. During this time we have worked hard to build and maintain relationships with leading manufacturers within the data center space, as well as having developed our own unique products. Contact us today to find out how we can help you make your data center greener. Implement remote power management – this will allow your data center to automatically turn off network hardware that is not being used, so you only need to power up your internal servers as and when they are needed. Not only does this save on your energy bill, but it will also reduce your cooling costs. If you use a remote power manager it can be preprogrammed to start up or shut down at fixed times.Use a liquid cooling system – most data centers are cooled by hot and cold aisles or raised-floor systems, but these are not the greenest or most cost-efficient means of cooling. A liquid cooling source utilizes much less energy yet will still maintain the same cool temperatures as an air cooling system.Update network cabling – if you’re serious about greening your data center, you should consider replacing your current cables with fiber optic cabling. Though this may be more expensive at the outset, it will pay for itself over time. Fiber cables cover a greater distance which eliminates switches grounding and HVAC.Use Energy-efficient Ethernet devices – each type you upgrade your equipment, bring in energy-efficient devices. By doing this alone, you can cut your company’s power use by more than 50 percent.Implement smart lighting – you don’t need the lights in your data center running 24/7. Install sensor lighting so that you will only be using lighting as and when needed, and you won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. Whatever your industry it’s a smart move to reduce your carbon footprint in whatever way you can. Making your data center greener is a good way to go and it’s not as difficult or as costly as you may imagine. Here are some tips for making your data center more environmentally-friendly.last_img read more

Reducing Community Forum Spam through Machine Learning and Automation

first_img“Like an avalanche.” “Like a freight train.” “Like a tidal wave.”These may be clichés, but they aptly describe the overwhelmed feeling I had last April.As community capability manager for the majority of Intel external communities, I’m responsible for many aspects of keeping the communities up and running – and that includes protecting them against spam. Spam has always been a sporadic problem, but in April 2015 Intel’s community forums were inundated in spam – up to 10,000 unwanted posts per day.The typical reactive activities we employed to control spam, which are pretty standard across the industry, couldn’t scale to such a level. Volunteer moderators and Intel employees were spending unsustainable amounts of time and effort watching for and deleting unwanted posts. The community forum platform we use includes some out-of-the-box controls, such as the ability to define certain phrases and users to block. The problem with using filters is that there are an infinite number of phrases and user accounts. You can’t block them all. As soon as we’d block one phrase or one user, the spammers would just slightly modify the phrase (such as using symbols instead of letters, putting spaces between each letter, or misspelling a word), or create a new account. We’d block and the spammers would adjust… rinse and repeat. We simply couldn’t keep up. There had to be a better way.To complicate matters, we have several separate instances of the community forum platform. Every filter, every user account block, had to be repeated on each instance. Plus, not all rules applied to all instances. For example, in 90 percent of the cases, we should block posts containing the word “casino,” because advertisements for online or real casinos is not appropriate content for Intel forums. But wait, we’re Intel. We have silicon and other products embedded in slot machines. So there may be instances where “casino” actually makes sense in an Intel community forum post.In fact, Intel technology is potentially involved in every industry. As the Internet of Things evolves and becomes ubiquitous, it becomes harder and harder to define a one-size-fits-all rule to block this or that word or phrase. For example, “appliance repair” used to be a phrase that we would automatically label as spam. But now most appliances are connected devices, and so it becomes increasingly likely that a post about refrigerators or microwave ovens may NOT be spam.Again, there had to be a better way. A way to apply more intelligence and more proactive methodologies instead of the endless battle we were waging. Fighting spam is not my or the volunteer moderators’ primary job function. For the spammers, it’s their only job – they’re dedicated to finding ways around what we’re doing. It was clear that traditional and reactive manual efforts could not win. We simply didn’t have enough resources.The answer lay in automation and machine learning.Intel is already putting the power of automation to work in many areas, such as PC health monitoring and factory processes. Automation has increased efficiency and effectiveness in these areas, and we wanted to gain the same benefits for spam control. The automated solution we developed is described in detail in our recent white paper, “Preventing Spam on Intel Public Community Forums.”Two aspects of our solution are especially effective in helping block spam on Intel’s community forums:Machine learning. Using sophisticated machine-learning techniques, the spam-filtering service blocks unwanted and malicious content automatically. It uses a reputation-based system to monitor user profiles and discern the likelihood of a given source submitting spam.Multilingual analysis. Using text analytics, the spam filter detects harmful content, such as profanity and other spam-related content, in 75 languages.Attacks dropped off immediately after we implemented the spam-filtering solution in June, and spam levels have remained manageable ever since. Spikes have all but disappeared thanks to the spam-filtering service’s ability to learn.The word has gotten out about how effective the solution is. Several business groups at Intel, who maintain their own community forums apart from those protected by our automated solution, have initiated conversations about how they might adapt learnings from our project to their own forums.From our research during our quest for a better solution, we know that Intel is not alone in this – many other large companies with community forums are facing the same problem. Spam has always been a problem and always will be even with our solution – but I’d be happy to share some details of how we implemented the automated solution. I’d also like to hear what other IT professionals are doing to fight spam on community forums. Please join the conversation by leaving a comment below.last_img read more

Slain Iranian Physicist’s Campus Talk Suggests Strong Reformist Ties

first_imgWho killed Masoud Alimohammadi, the Iranian physicist who was blown up outside his apartment in Teheran on 12 January by a remote-controlled motorcycle bomb?  Emerging details of the professor’s scientific and political life have strengthened the accusation by opponents of Iran’s regime that the murder was sponsored by pro-government forces and not by foreign intelligence agencies, as Iranian authorities claim. It has already been reported that Alimohammadi, a theoretical particle physicist at the University of Tehran, was one of 240 academics at the institution who had declared their support for Mir Hossein Mousavi, the main opponent of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in last year’s election. But ScienceInsider has learned that Alimohammadi’s engagement in politics went beyond that. On 5 January, just a week before he was killed, Alimohammadi gave a talk before a student gathering at his university’s physics department in which he encouraged students to press on with the reformist movement without descending into chaos. (A recording of the session was posted on YouTube last week here, but it has been subsequently removed.)  Expressing disillusionment with Iran’s current state of affairs, Alimohammadi recounted his political activism from 3 decades ago when he participated in the Islamic revolution. 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Alimohammadi starts the talk by noting that fear of reprisals had kept many on campus from attending the event. “I, too, was instructed not to come,” he says, according to a translation.Nayeri says he and many students he has talked to at the University of Tehran believe that Alimohammadi paid a price for his activism. “His killing was masterminded by the Islamic Republic,” Nayeri alleges. “The message to academics is: ‘Don’t meddle in the political sphere.’ ” A look at Alimohammadi’s history reveals a man who went from radical Islamist roots to becoming a moderate and a reformist.As a college student in the ’80s, he was actively involved in the cultural revolution that followed the overthrow of the monarchy in 1979, serving on a university committee that worked on physics education. He became the first Iranian student to receive a Ph.D. in physics from an Iranian university. Nayeri says he saw Alimohammadi for the first time during a campus visit by the Nobelist Abdus Salam to officially inaugurate the Ph.D. program that Alimohammadi was enrolled in. Sporting a full beard, the young graduate student looked very much the pious Muslim that many say he was, Nayeri says. At the ceremony, a senior Iranian physicist touted Alimohammadi and the three other students who made up the inaugural class as proof that Iran could produce the next Salam. Nayeri says his last meeting with Alimohammadi—in 1995 at a conference in Port Anzali—offers an insight into the man’s love for his country. Nayeri told Alimohammadi, then a researcher at the Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, about his plans to go abroad for graduate studies. Alimohammadi listened quietly, without expression, puffing on a cigarette. Nayeri finally asked him why he hadn’t moved to the West to pursue a scientific career. “He said—because we wanted to show that it was possible to stay in Iran and produce world class papers,” Nayeri recalls.last_img read more

Apple Watch: All you need to know in 10 points

first_img1. Steve Jobs’ successor, Tim Cook, hailed it as the most “personal device we have ever created.”Trivia: Cook unveiled Watch at the same place Jobs had unveiled the Macintosh: Flint Center.2. Apple Watch would be lonely without Siri, Apple’s proprietary voice-based technological assistant.Trivia: The voice of Siri is Susan Bennett, from Atlanta, Georgia, United States.3. Apple Watch is built on the new iOS 8 platform that was unveiled at Apple’s WWDC last year. With Handoff in iOS 8, a seamless transition will occur when switching tasks from, say, an iPhone and an iPad to the Watch.Trivia: The codename for iOS 8 was Okemo, after a ski resort in the US. Earlier versions have also been codenamed after tourist destinations.4. It will also support Apple Pay – the tech giant’s new virtual payment system aimed at replacing debit and credit cards. It will work with the three major payment networks: American Express, MasterCard, and Visa. Trivia: Although not confirmed by Apple, banks and financial bodies will give a cut from Apple Pay payments to Apple.5. The watch has a throwback to the PTT (push-to-talk) days, with a walkie-talkie function available. It has a drawing pad, pulse monitor, calorie counter and activity tracker. It runs apps, takes dictation and interacts with the iPhone. Trivia: App developers were not given access to the HealthKit iCloud for storing user data for Apple’s fear of another hacking scandal after the nude photos of celebs were compromised.6. The watch has a gyroscope and an accelerometer that help in keeping track of fitness levels . It also uses GPS and Wi-Fi in the users’ iPhone to help track the distance.advertisement Trivia: The Health app measures Standing, Moving and Exercise data for the user.7. Costs of the Apple Watch will begin from $349. There is no fixed date for commercial release; just early 2015. It works with iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus.Trivia: Even though iPhone 6 and 6 Plus didn’t feature sapphire displays, Watch does.8. Apple recognised the wearability quotient had to move past the geeks and innovators and early adopters; so they created an entire range of belt styles, which go well with the 2 sizes of the Watch: 38 mm and 42 mm.Trivia: The Watch will only ‘Wake’ when your wrist is within a set angular range, decided by you.9. Adding to the gamut of clasping and buckling options, the Watch will be up for grabs in three variants – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.Trivia: The Edition comes in 2 beautiful 18K gold shades – yellow and rose gold.10. The Watch has 2 physical hardware buttons: a push button and a rotatable crown for zooming in and out of the display and scrolling the screen up and down.last_img read more

Motorola’s shatterproof Droid Turbo 2 is codenamed Bounce, specifications leaked

first_imgThe original Motorola Droid Turbo – called Moto Turbo in India – was a tough cookie. Its successor, the alleged Droid Turbo 2 is expected to take things forward by sporting an unbreakable display. A new report now confirms that the alleged Droid Turbo 2, code-named Bounce will indeed be ‘shatterproof’.Also Read: Motorola Droid Turbo successor benchmarked, Snapdragon 810 in pipeline Fresh from the launch of the Moto X Play (and the Moto X Style), Motorola may be looking to launch the alleged Droid Turbo 2 sometime in December, 2015, suggests serial tipster @upleaks. Motorola Bounce: 5.43″ QHD, MSM8994, 32or64GB/3GB, 21MP/5MP, 3760mAh, Shatterproof, December. pic.twitter.com/A9kpCIiRfH upleaks (@upleaks) August 31, 2015More importantly, the leak tips some rear specifications of the alleged device which are in line with earlier rumours of the Droid Turbo 2, pointing out that the Bounce may be ‘the device’. The leak also reveals what possibly looks like an early press render of the ‘Bounce’. As per the render, the back of the phone looks a lot like the Moto X Play. The sides however have a distinct edge, in that they seem to sport a rubberised finish for added protection (hence the name Bounce, maybe!).Also Read: Motorola Moto Turbo review On the front, the Bounce seems to sport on-screen navigation keys as against the Droid Turbo that featured physical capacitive keys.As for the specifications, the new leak suggests that the Motorola Bounce will have a 5.43-inch QHD display and a Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 processor with 3GB RAM under the hood.advertisementThe Bounce will reportedly sport a 21-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It will reportedly come in 32GB and 64GB internal memory options and will be backed by a 3,760mAh battery.Also Read: Leaked image of the new Moto 360 in all its glory Earlier in June, the next generation Motorola Droid Turbo smartphone with a model number of XT1585 was spotted on the benchmarking site GFXBench.last_img read more

MS Dhoni steps down as India captain: Sachin Tendulkar, Sushant Singh Rajput lead tributes

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain but will still be available for selection, the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) said on Wednesday.Dhoni not only holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across all formats, but also is the only captain to have won all three ICC trophies – ODI World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy.Considered India’s most successful ever captain, Dhoni stunned everyone when he announced his decision to quit Test cricket in the middle of an Australian tour in 2014, handing the mantle to Virat Kohli who is likely to be also given the reins in the shorter formats.Here’s how the Twitteratti reacted to this shocker from Dhoni:.@msdhoni #captain pic.twitter.com/8IFLI8geRE sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 4, 2017There is no one like you.You’re the reason for millions of smiles.Take a bow my Captain.???@msdhoni #dhoni pic.twitter.com/NLRtTlcPhq Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) January 4, 2017Take a bow @msdhoni .To lead India for 9 years with such wonderful results, India were really blessed to have you as #Captain . Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 4, 201730months fr 2019WC & #Kohli will have had the experience of leading in CT in England.My guess isthis combo will win India many more matches pic.twitter.com/an9UVjsevW Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 4, 2017Thnk u @msdhoni 4 making us feel euphoric & proud all these yrs. It was not only winnings but u also defined #Attitude for Indian Cricket.advertisement Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) January 4, 2017MS Dhoni the only captain to winICC World T20 2007ICC #1 Test side 2009-2011ICC Cricket World Cup 2011ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 4, 2017Hey @msdhoni yuv been one of the finest leaders of Indian Cricket @BCCI, led the team to great heights & inspired so many across countries! pic.twitter.com/2SQMU8T6CX Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 4, 2017I congratulate @msdhoni on an illustrious career as Capt who led #TeamIndia to memorable victories in T20WorldCup 2007 & 2011 @ICC WorldCup! pic.twitter.com/bTAZoJ9J9b Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) January 4, 2017Did you know, @msdhoni is the only man to win all 3 of the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, and ICC Champions Trophy as captain! pic.twitter.com/pfRdWH4xfk ICC (@ICC) January 4, 2017Time to stand up and applaud a magnificent servant, and indeed leader, of Indian cricket. #Dhoni Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017Any aMOUNT of Words will be less to describe his legacy as the captain of Indian team @BCCI Mahi @msdhoni incredibly well done #Dhoni Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 4, 2017What a captain you’ve been @msdhoni! Will always remember you winning world cups almost single handedly. Irrfan (@irrfank) January 4, 2017last_img read more

India’s focus should be on singles ties in Davis Cup: Vijay Amritraj to India Today

first_imgNot for the first time, Indian male tennis players will converge for a Davis cup tie after plenty of bad blood and dirty linen washed in public. News of disciplinary issues against both outgoing non-playing captain Anand Amritraj and young star Sumit Nagal have left a sour taste in the mouth. (Federer has shown everyone that impossible is nothing: Vijay Amritraj to India Today)After news came out that the All India Tennis Association left Nagal out of the team for the tie vs New Zealand in Pune due to disciplinary issues, Davis cupper Somdev Devvarman even shot out an angry open letter to the association.Anand’s brother, former world number 16, Vijay Amritraj spoke to India Today exclusively, once again throwing his weight behind Anand’s tenure as captain but also reminding the tennis fraternity of what is really important for India.”Anand was the best captain since 1987-88. He didn’t have a team arguably good enough to get in the world group. Given that, his record for last three years is incredible,” Vijay said.”Controversies at the lowest level of tennis are irrelevant. What is important for India is to notice that we don’t have even one singles player featuring in grand slams regularly. When we played, it was unimaginable for us to be beaten by any side in Asia. Today we can’t even say we are the best in Asia. Davis cup has four singles matches and that is where we need to keep our focus. We keep talking about doubles and mixed doubles,” Vijay said with obvious anger.advertisement”This year is the 30th anniversary of the last time India reached the Davis cup finals in 1987. And we have no player today of note. We need at least half a dozen of players to compete with each other and take us to the world group in Davis cup and Fed cup. It’s time to focus on what is really important for our sport and produce someone who can be a potential threat in singles at grand slam level. We have not had that for decades.”Winner of 12 doubles Grand Slam titles, Mahesh Bhupathi takes over from Anand from the tie after this one and Vijay felt he was well suited to the role. “It is a demanding job with a lot of responsibility and Mahesh was certainly next in line. He definitely has the experience. We will just have to wait and see how well he does.”last_img read more

Japanese Grand Prix: Mercedes in search of lost speed at Suzuka

first_imgLewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team will be looking for lost speed as Formula One wraps up its Asian leg in Japan this weekend.The championship leader is thankful to have extended his advantage over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to 34 points with five races remaining but he is also conscious that there is work to be done.Mercedes were slower than Ferrari and Red Bull for the second successive race in Malaysia after similarly struggling for pace in Singapore.That represented unfamiliar territory for the reigning champions, even if they came away with a tidy points haul as Ferrari self-destructed.Hamilton has won twice before at Suzuka, and three times in Japan when Fuji is included in the reckoning, while Mercedes are unbeaten there in three years.On paper it should suit them again, but there is also an air of uncertainty with Red Bull very much in the mix after Max Verstappen’s victory at Sepang.”There are a lot of question marks generally which we need to assess,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. “I think we should have been quicker than we were (in Malaysia) but Suzuka should be much more in the window.”I’m very much looking forward to Suzuka to see how the car behaves there because it should be completely different.”Last year, Hamilton arrived in Japan ill at ease and still feeling the agony of an engine failure at Sepang while leading from pole position — a blow that ultimately cost him the championship.He played around on Snapchat and then moodily refused questions from ‘disrespectful’ media who criticised his behaviour.advertisementThis time he is riding a run of good fortune, with an opening lap crash for Vettel in Singapore dealing the German a significant setback in a race that the Briton went on to win.In Malaysia he finished second after his rival raced to fourth place from last on the grid due to a power unit problem in qualifying.Vettel had a new engine for Sepang and the four times winner in Japan will expect to be quick on Sunday, with fears for his car’s gearbox subsiding since he and Canadian Lance Stroll collided on the post-race slowing down lap.”It’s been a difficult weekend, but nevertheless the speed is there,” said the four-time champion, who has four wins this year to Hamilton’s seven.But both he and Hamilton also have to contend with a resurgent Red Bull.”The Red Bulls are right in it now,” said former racer and television commentator Martin Brundle.”You think of Suzuka, it’s just one corner after another. You always want power but they should be mighty in Suzuka, the Red Bulls.”Sunday’s race will also be Honda’s last home grand prix as power unit suppliers to McLaren, with the Japanese manufacturer set to tie up with Toro Rosso next year.The Woking-based team head into the weekend having chalked up their first consecutive points finishes of the season.A third race in the points this weekend, at a track owned by Honda, will see McLaren, who are switching to Renault power next year, equal their best successive run of top-10 finishes since joining forces with the Japanese firm.last_img read more

RedditCFB Creates The 2016 College Football Fan Map: Most-Popular Team In Every County

first_imgReddit CFB's county-by-county map of most popular teams.CFB MapA couple of users on Reddit’s CFB page, /u/cinciforthewin and /u/bakonydraco, have created the 2016 college football fan map. The map attempts to figure out the most-popular college football team in every county of the United States. They got what they deemed “usable” responses from 3,462 people for 158 teams. They got responses from people in 787 counties – about a quarter of of the U.S. counties – and through an algorithm were able to figure out the other counties. Here’s the map.  CFB Fan Map@RedditCFBYou can see a bigger image here. The most-interesting areas:Florida @RedditCFB@RedditCFBTexas @RedditCFB@RedditCFBThe Northeast @RedditCFB@RedditCFBYou can see Reddit’s full breakdown here.last_img

Throttle Jockey: 5 tips for a great motorcycle tour

first_imgA few (ok, more than a few) years back when I bought my first motorcycle, one of the pre-requisites was the ability to ride long distance in relative comfort, because ever since I was a wee lad, the prospect of seeing the world by bike was something I knew I wanted to do.So when the day came at age 18, I saddled up my trusty Honda and headed for a campout at the coast, about 120 miles distant. Small steps, right? That first trip was an education (forgot a sleeping pad, toothbrush, aspirin, food, water, etc.), and as time went on, my rides got ever longer and my moto touring savvy deepened.I never mounted an epic ’round-the-world tour like this guy did but I certainly did – and still do – a fair amount of  distance riding. Just like I imagined as a child and beginning rider, there is no better way to see the world than on two wheels. You’re involved with every aspect of the journey instead of being just some passenger in a super-safe box thumbing the cruise control up and down.And as time went on, the bikes I toured on got ever more simple and rudimentary. Yes, I’ve owned a Honda Goldwing, but today I see the sights on a single-cylinder dual-sport 650 Suzuki. Downsizing (sort of – it’s a pretty big rig) has also forced me to simplify my packing, but really, figuring out where to put your toothbrush (and sleeping pad) is just one small aspect of mounting a long-distance moto adventure.Here are the top 5 things I’ve learned from riding over 250,000 miles on two wheels.1. Plan ahead, pack ahead.You can take two kinds of trips: the focused kind where you have a destination to reach, or the open ended kind where you are only limited by time. Either way, plan your ride. Make a list of every single thing you think you will need and do a dry run packing it on your bike – and not the night before you leave. You will likely find that not everything will fit (depending on your bike) so keep this in mind: keep it simple. Maybe leave the laptop behind? Most things can be done on a modern smartphone now. Then start to cull the load. Can you stop to eat or do you need to pack food? Also, look into getting gear specific to bike touring: if camping, get a small tent/bivie, inflatable pad, folding stove and so on. Keep it all as simple and small as possible.2. Get the bike readyLoading up your bike will negatively affect handling, so pack carefully and make changes to the bike to compensate if possible. Pack heavy items down low in your panniers or saddlebags in order to keep your bike from being top heavy, which can make handling in a corner dicey. Distribute the weight evenly side to side. Adjust shock preload if possible for the load. Check tire pressure for the load as well. Oil your chain, maybe even change your oil before departing and if it’s a really long trip, maybe pack a quart of oil with you just in case. During the ride, check the oil on level ground after each day of riding. And how’s the battery? Check gravity and corrosion on the terminals prior to departure and replace if necessary. Proper prep will give you peace of mind, but do keep checking things out after each day of riding.3. Know your route.This isn’t as simple as it sounds. Back in the day, I highlighted a paper map and, yep, taped it to my tank with that blue painter’s tape. Not pretty, but it worked. Today, like most riders, I use a nice GPS that mounts to my handlebars. Others use their smartyphone in a mount, simplifying things further. Even with all this modern tech, I pre-route my rides and I also have alternate routes planned as well. I tend to choose back roads and scenic routes and stay away from crowded highways, but sometimes they can’t be avoided (but usually they can). Research your trip – what cool places can you visit along the ride to your destination? Add them to your adventure. And I usually carry a folded-up paper map as well, just in case.4. Bring the right riding gear.For most riders, the bare minimum they bring in terms of clothes is their regular riding gear (boots, jacket, pants, gloves) – and rain gear. Think it won’t rain? I suppose that’s the case in some places, but here in the Northwest, I pack rain gear if I’m going across town, let alone across the state. There’s nothing much worse than riding while soaking wet, and it’s dangerous to boot. You can be affected by hypothermia and I’ll just warn you, wearing wet gear on a bike at speed is not fun. It sucks. Get rain gear. Bring it with you on every long ride. It can usually fold or roll up into a very small space, even under your seat, and it should be item No. 1 on your packing list. After that, be sure to bring some undies, dry socks and I know many riders who wear bicycling shorts under their gear to help ward off butt pain from hours in the saddle. I promise not to tell anyone.5. Know your limitsI love to ride all day, but even I get fatigued after a while. The longest distance I’ve ridden in one day was 877 miles, and the last 200 miles were borderline torture. I had to make it to a party and by the time I arrived, my ass hurt like mad, I was dead tired, my ears were ringing from the wind noise (add foam ear plugs to your packing list, trust me) and I was in no mood to be social. That’s no way to end a day of riding. For some riders, 500 miles is a full day. For others, it’s a bit less or more, but most people I’ve talked to on a ride feel 500 is plenty. Along the way, especially when stopping for gas, walk around a bit, drink water (don’t drink soda, energy drinks or “hydration” drinks, none of them will hydrate you) and stretch those glutes with some squats and stretches. Take a break, maybe even a short nap. What’s the hurry, anyway?Every trip is different, depending on your bike, route, accommodations (if any) and the weather. Plan carefully and you’ll have a great time. Here a short list of some of the things I always bring on a ride that you might not think of:Gel seat cover (extends your butt’s maximum range).In-ear headphones with noise cancellation. Small, light, and they beat singing to yourself in your helmet.Multitool, like a Leatherman or Gerber. Because your bike’s tool kit is most likely made of melted Ding Dong wrappers, if there is one at all. And don’t be afraid to pack a few extra essential tools, like a socket wrench and a few sockets.Portable air compressor and flat kit. They are so small and effective now there’s almost no excuse not to bring one and it can save your – or someone else’s – bacon out in the middle of nowhere.Headlamp – essential for camping or that roadside repair job. Pack extra batteries too. Leaves your hands free and it’s tiny.CB and/or FRS radio. If you’re heading out to parts unknown and/or parts not covered with cell service, dialing up some help may require some old-skool tech. Channel 9 on each device is the emergency channel. Brush up on some lingo first.Ride safe and have a great time!All photos by Bill Roberson A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Sohar Posts Highest Q3 Volumes

first_imgzoom Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone saw a 53% rise in container volumes handled in the third quarter of 2015, driven mostly by the relocation of all commercial traffic from Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat to Sohar Port in September 2014.The port’s container volumes grew from 93,000 TEUs recorded in Q3 of 2014, to over 142,000 TEUs for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.The combined figures of Sohar and Port Sultan Qaboos show an organic growth rate of 5% over the first three quarters of 2015 compared to this time last year, the operator says. For the period from January to September 2015, container volume in Sohar reached over 407,000 TEUs.Bulk cargo volumes grew by 9% year-on-year, increasing from 10.4 million tons in Q3 of 2014, to 11.3 million tons in Q3 of 2015. Over the first three quarters combined, bulk at Sohar is up by 22%, reaching over 34 million tons for the period from January to September 2015.The general cargo terminal at Sohar increased its throughput by 60% over the first three quarters of 2015, reaching a combined volume of 2.3 million tons. Much of this growth has been captured from other regional ports, the company says.Dry and break-bulk was up from 1.3 million tons in the first three quarters of 2014, to over 1.9 million tons for the first three quarters this year, an increase of 48%. RoRo volumes at the terminal saw an increase of 181% over the first three quarters of 2015 – with Sohar now handling over 200,000 vehicles annually.With Oman’s Vision 2020 program in place, the Sultanate continues to invest in diversifying the economy beyond its traditional petrochemical base, as it moves forward with its plan to transform itself into a major regional industrial and logistics center.“A 53% year-on-year increase in container throughput in Q3 is testament to the success of our operations here at Sohar. Our rapid growth has positioned Sohar as a significant regional hub, and we are fully committed to building a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will support Oman in achieving our Vision 2020 objectives,” Andre Toet, CEO of SOHAR Port, said.Over the past few months, Sohar has continued to add new direct shipping lines to its roster, announcing the addition of global lines Hanjin and Evergreen, directly linking the port to the Far East.Jamal Aziz, CEO of SOHAR Freezone, said: “We are continuing our unrelenting efforts to increase the size of investments in our Freezone. It is one of our main objectives to play an important role in the diversification process of Oman’s economy and take full advantage of Sohar’s strategic location in the region which is considered very crucial for our growth.”last_img read more

Sovcomflots Privatization Not Expected Before May

first_imgzoom The privatization of the Russian shipping major Sovcomflot will not be carried out before May, 2017, Russia’s Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin is quoted as saying by the country’s TASS news agency.The privatization was scheduled to take part in the first half of the year, but it will not take place before May.Russia owns 100% stake in the company and has decided to sell 25% stake in January when Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed plans to sell the stakes in state-owned companies including Rosneft, Bashneft, VTB, Alrosa in 2016.The move is aimed at financing the company’s “fairly high level of debt”, according to Oreshkin, and is scheduled to take place on the Moscow Stock Exchange. The country is said to be expecting to raise some 30 billion rubles (USD 506 million) from the sale.According to Oreshkin, one quarter of the funds received in the course of the company’s planned privatization will be allocated to capitalization of the company, whereas the 75 percent will go to the state.The amount that would be ascribed to SCF will be used for the conclusion of contracts within the country for the purchase of new vessels, which will promote business expansion, the minister further added.This is yet another attempt at privatizing the company, taking into account that those from 2015 and 2016 fell through.The Russian minister is visiting his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris, and has reportedly availed of the opportunity to invite French banks to take part in the privatization process.As informed earlier, Russia had sent proposals to banks and organizations to help organize and sell 25 percent in Sovcomflot minus one share.The sale seems to have sparked interest from international players, as both Russian and international banks were reported to have submitted their bids to join the process.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Celebrate Guss Birthday at the Museum of Natural History

first_imgThe Museum of Natural History will celebrate Gus the gopher tortoise’s 89th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 14, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Gus, who has been with the museum since the 1940s as its animal ambassador, is one of the most popular attractions of the museum. Gus’s birthday, or hatch-day as it is called at the museum, will feature cake, refreshments and an opportunity to sign a card for Gus. Gus was born in 1922 in Florida and grew up at a reptile park. In 1942, the director of the former Provincial Museum met Gus and brought him to Halifax to live in the museum on Spring Garden Road. Gus moved with the museum to its Summer Street location in 1970. The Museum of Natural History will be open for regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the weekend. For more information go to http://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca or call 902-424-7353.last_img read more

Paloma Faith Exposes Shocking Truth Of The Fur Trade

first_imgPaloma Faith has narrated a new video for PETA exposing the shocking truth behind “Origin Assured” fur sold at Harvey Nichols.Foxes with skinless paws forced to live beside their decomposing cagemates and a mink with an untreated head wound so severe that the animal’s brain is visible are just two of the stomach-churning scenes in PETA’s new video montage, narrated by Paloma Faith, of footage taken from farms in countries that make up part of the fur industry’s grossly misleading “Origin Assured” marketing scheme.And now, armed with the exposé, PETA is calling on Harvey Nichols – which recently abandoned its decade-long fur-free policy in order to start selling “Origin Assured” fur – to rejoin virtually all other UK department stores, including competitors Selfridges, House of Fraser and Liberty, in banning fur.“The ‘Origin Assured’ fur label serves no other purpose than to make people feel better about supporting one of the cruellest industries in existence”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA is calling on Harvey Nichols to stop misleading its customers and reinstate its fur-free policy – permanently.”The “Origin Assured” label was created by the International Fur Federation and other big players in the fur industry, including Saga Furs and Kopenhagen Fur following years of plummeting sales. While the label attempts to reassure the public about the treatment of animals raised and killed for fur, PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – points to the tremendous suffering of animals whose fur qualifies to bear the “Origin Assured” label and underscores that fur from any animal of an “approved species” trapped or farmed in any one of 29 countries can potentially be labelled “Origin Assured”, including the animals whose suffering is revealed in PETA’s exposé.As Paloma says in the video, “All fur is the product of extreme cruelty and abuse of animals. That’s why I always choose faux fur. With so many extraordinary alternatives on the market, there’s just no excuse for tearing the fur off an animal’s back.”For more information about “Origin Assured” cruelty, please visit PETAUK.org/originassured.last_img read more

US envoy to UN Samantha Power to visit Jaffna

While in Sri Lanka Ambassador Power will travel to the northern city of Jaffna to meet with local government officials and organizations and communities affected by the conflict. There, she will meet with members of the local press corps, including by visiting the headquarters of Uthayan newspaper, which was targeted during the war. Ambassador Power will also participate in the inauguration of a new wing of Osmania College, which suffered significant damage during the conflict, as well as tour the Jaffna Library, where she will announce U.S. support for the local restoration of ancient Tamil manuscripts. The US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power will travel to India and Sri Lanka from November 18-23.In Sri Lanka, Ambassador Power will highlight the United States’ commitment to strengthening the bilateral partnership, and she will underscore U.S. support for the country’s efforts toward reconciliation, accountability, and lasting peace in the aftermath of a devastating civil war. In Colombo, she will meet with senior government officials, community leaders, civil society groups, and youth. read more

Swire discusses progress in Sri Lanka with Zeid and Ravinatha

On his meeting with Aryasinha, the UK Minister tweeted “Discussed progress on human rights accountability & reconciliation in #SriLanka w/ Permanent Representative Aryasinha”. UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire has had talks with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha.The talks focused on the progress in implementing the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council last year. “Good discussion with @UNHumanRights High Commissioner #Zeid on #SriLanka and UK commitment to resolution 30/1,” Swire tweeted on his meeting with Zeid. The meeting comes as the UN Human Rights Council prepares to meet next week where a report on Sri Lanka will be submitted by the High Commissioner for Human Rights. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Yahoos lacklustre 2ndquarter results illuminate challenges facing new CEO Marissa Mayer

SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo turned in another lacklustre performance in the second quarter.The results announced Tuesday underscore the challenges facing Yahoo’s newly hired CEO Marissa Mayer as she tries to turn around the Internet company after a 13-year career as a top Google executive.Mayer, 37, will attempt to reverse years of financial lethargy that has plagued Yahoo while rivals such as Google and Facebook Inc. have prospered as advertisers spent more money promoting their wares on the Internet.Yahoo struggled through its latest quarter under two different CEOs, Scott Thompson and Ross Levinsohn. After Thompson stepped aside in mid-May amid an uproar over misleading information on his biography, Levinsohn began filling in as interim CEO. Mayer defected from Google in a surprise move announced Monday and took the helm at Yahoo Tuesday.Yahoo earned US$227 million for the three months ending in June. That was down 4 per cent from net income of $237 million a year ago.Earnings per share for the quarter remained level at 18 cents per share.Analysts polled by FactSet had projected earnings of 20 cents per share.The numbers for the latest quarter were dragged down by a $136 million charge for employee layoffs. The company, which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., trimmed 1,500 people from its payroll to end June with 12,500 employees.If not for the severance charge and special tax provision, Yahoo said it would have earned 27 cents per share.Revenue for the period dipped 1 per cent from last year to $1.22 billion.After taking out ad commissions, Yahoo’s net revenue totalled $1.08 billion. That figure fell about $16 million, slightly below analyst estimates.The net revenue, a focal point for investors, was slightly higher than the same time last year. That marked the second consecutive quarter that Yahoo had posted modestly higher net revenue.Yahoo shares edged up 4 cents to $15.64 in Tuesday’s extended trading. Yahoo’s lacklustre 2nd-quarter results illuminate challenges facing new CEO Marissa Mayer AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 17, 2012 5:12 pm MDT read more

Commentary What Ohio State must do against Penn State

Following a loss to an average Purdue team, the Buckeyes must gather themselves for when No. 21 Penn State comes to town. PSU can clinch at least a share of the division title with a win against the Buckeyes Saturday. The Nittany Lions have seen better days on and off the field, but are still ahead in the Leaders Division. For a Buckeyes team that is arguably playing the rest of the season for pride, they are faced with the task of adding more insult to an already grievous injury for the PSU faithful. Offense PSU boasts one of the best defenses the Buckeyes have faced up to this point in the season, comparable to Michigan State. The Nittany Lions defense is leading in the conference in passing efficiency defense and scoring defense. For freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, that is not good news. However, Nebraska showed last week that “Linebacker U” can have the ball run on them, to the tune of nearly 120 yards-per-game on average. Senior running back Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron will need to carry the one-dimensional offense once again this week. When Miller is given the opportunity to throw the football, he needs to target senior wide receiver DeVier Posey who will be fresh off two five-game suspensions. The receiver was expected to be back for the Nebraska game — five weeks ago — and should be itching to make an impact. Defense The PSU offense, much like OSU, relies heavily on the run. Sophomore running back Silas Redd has averaged 5.0 yards a carry this season en route to 1,078 total yards rushing. The offense has scored nearly twice as many rushing touchdowns as passing with a 15-8 ratio. The Buckeyes have seven pick-sixes against PSU since 2002 and have won each of the five games in which those interceptions occurred. OSU has had steady turnover support from their defense this season, but none have gone for six. This would be a prime week to take the pressure off of their offense. Sophomore defensive back Christian Bryant has been on the cusp of one of these game-changing plays several times this season. Sophomore defensive lineman Johnathan ‘Big Hank’ Hankins will return this week after missing last week’s game against Purdue, and will need to return to an impact role for the Buckeyes, in which he was sorely missed. With Andrew Sweat out with a concussion, freshman Ryan Shazier will have to grow up in a hurry to help his defense keep PSU off the board. Special Teams Alas, the special teams, a beacon of consistency all season long, faltered last weekend when they were needed most. Sophomore kicker Drew Basil missed his first field goal of the year on a 50-yarder at the end of the first half, and then the field goal unit allowed a potentially game-winning extra point to be blocked with less than a minute left in regulation. With an already suspect offense, the special teams need to get back to being, well, special. And any missed opportunities for points, as shown against Purdue, are critical. Coaching As badly as OSU wants to bounce back from the loss, it may not be possible for a team to want a win more than PSU does right now. Its program is in a horrible situation and football may be the glue to hold the community together. To overcome that type of desire requires the coaches to get the team as fired up and ready to play as ever. With Shazier starting this week, the Buckeyes will have started seven true freshmen this season. The coaches will need to put the raw but talented Shazier in a position to succeed. Fans While the fans create an exciting atmosphere for the home team, this week the fans will need to also create a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for the PSU crowd. The Nittany Lions faithful travel very well and deserve the respect and support of Buckeye fans alike in the midst of this horrible ordeal at State College. read more

Grants to preserve heritage

first_imgPlaces listed in the Victorian Heritage Register or included in a Heritage Overlay will be open to financial assistance though the Victorian Government’s Heritage Grants that are open for 2011-12. The grants will provide financial assistance to custodians of heritage place and objects. As most of the state’s heritage is managed by volunteers and not-for-profit groups, the grants will provide much needed support. Minister for Planning, the Hon Matthew Guy said he looks “forward to seeing various heritage places and objects throughout Victoria using this important funding to ensure (the) past is appreciated and protected”. Over ten Greek Orthodox churches are in the register, alongside Jim Greek’s Tavern in Collingwood. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Longtime Vancouver business Luepke Flowers and Finds to close

first_imgLuepke Flowers and Finds in downtown Vancouver is set to close today.The business announced the news Monday in a post on its Facebook page but did not give a reason for the decision. An employee confirmed the closure date but referred further questions to the owner, Bruno Amicci, who could not be reached for comment.“We appreciate your business, friendship and support over the last four years and from the first Luepke Flower shop in 1909,” the company wrote in the post. “We have delivered happiness, love, cheers and farewells. We have greeted new lives, helped plan new beginnings and celebrated lives past. We truly loved creating expressions of beauty and love for all of you!”An identical notice was posted in the store window this week, along with a sign advertising 50 percent off all merchandise.On the Facebook post, one commenter asked if anyone had expressed interest in purchasing and continuing the business. The store page replied “not at this time.” 110-year historyThe store — originally Luepke Florist — was founded in 1909 by Frank and Edla Luepke, who moved to the Portland area from Texas where they had previously operated another florist shop.last_img read more