Spiceworks: A new Intel vPro Technology solution for SMB IT Professionals

first_imgSpiceworks IT Desktop for SMB IT ProfessionalsSmall to medium sized companies are proliferated with technically savvy one man shops, that are burdened with slim budgets and no-one to fall back on when faced with new problems or technology. Over the years they have learned to just buckle down and figure it out the hard way; wading through technology manuals, slogging through articles and blogs on the internet, or find a peer to share information and BKMs. We recently started working with an ISV that has a new economy twist to help this under-served group of hard-working professionals. The Spiceworks IT Desktop is a “free” application suite that will automatically inventory, monitor, troubleshoot, report on and run a help desk for their IT networks. The application is connected to a professional online community where users can share ideas on best practices; collaborate on IT projects, rate and review products, and form groups around particular areas of interest with companies like them. Of course, nothing is REALLY free, over 150 advertising sponsors (including Intel) support the cost of developing the tool, and you must agree to providing anonymous data about the inventory in your network; kind of like that company that records what you watch on your television (like how I got around permission to use their name?). This is not a cloud based solution, like a newsgroup or a search engine. You download the application onto a single desktop and run it from there; the ads are pulled down from the Spiceworks servers, statistical data is forwarded back, and you have a direct link to the community.Power Manager Plug-in sponsored by Intel The Power Manager extension can be used to track overall power-savings due to turning a group of machines on/off per a set schedule. This extension will load a widget on your Spiceworks dashboard that shows you 3 things:1. Visually what schedule/time the machines managed by the extension should be on/off. 2. Red-Dot – tells you exactly what machines are on/off at the current time.3. Dollar Savings – using some estimates of price/kwh and watts used per device; an estimate of dollars saved per day/month is given. The plug-in will turn machines off (per a schedule) and then use Intel vPro Technology to turn the machines back on (per a schedule). It will then use those numbers to calculate power saved as well as money saved (estimates of course). The graph that is shown is really telling you what should happen as a result of the schedule you put in place; the RED DOT tells you specifically which machines are actually up/down at the current time… So in a perfect world, the RED DOT should be very close (or on top of) the graph/line. If it isn’t, that tells you that some machines are off or on that shouldn’t be… The extension has some very basic defaults for price/kwh as well as watts used by machines in the suspended state, these are for reference only and are clearly not precise (but it is enough to get you started). Future Plug-insCurrently, the Spiceworks IT Desktop supports Discovery of PCs that may have Intel vPro Technology installed, and/or provisioned. More functionality will be added to the list, including a Scheduled Maintenance Plug-in, Hardware Inventory and a remote control console for connecting to a PC, but below the OS; see the POST messages, edit the BIOS, boot to a text-based diagnostic image. Look for blogs over the next few months.About SpiceworksSince 2006, the Spiceworks IT Desktop user base has grown to 830,000+ IT professionals in 196 countries worldwide. This includes 77,500 Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who rely on the software to manage and support client networks. Together these organizations use Spiceworks to support 28 million employees and manage 45 million computers and devices. http://www.spiceworks.comlast_img read more

Byrd: Green Archers ‘not disciplined’ in loss to Blue Eagles

first_imgNorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX FIBA suspends referees from France-Lithuania game The Blue Eagles also grabbed 27 offensive boards, eight more than La Salle’s 19, and scored 24 second-chance opportunities.Nevertheless, Byrd believes his team can still turn things around since their loss to Ateneo was only their first game of the season.“I think we have a lot of talent on this team, it’s on myself and coach Gian [Nazario] and I’m confident, I mean it was just one game.”ADVERTISEMENT “I think the second quarter killed us, we put them on the foul line and I thought we were not disciplined,” said Byrd. “They’re a championship ball club with a championship coach and they took advantage of that.”“They lived at the free throw line in the second quarter while we only scored eight points. We couldn’t keep them off the offensive glass and that was the story of the game.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelThe Green Archers trailed by just two at the end of the first, 23-21, but what they didn’t expect was a white hot Ateneo that outscored them 28-8 in the second frame.Ateneo took a 51-29 lead heading into the break thanks to a 21-1 run to end the first half. Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC MOST READ Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw View comments Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Games between Ateneo and De La Salle always bring in the hype but the first meeting between the two teams in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament saw one squad handle the ballyhoo better than the other.The Blue Eagles handled the Green Archers convincingly, 81-69, Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in a game La Salle active consultant Jermaine Byrd felt his wards were undisciplined.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Report: Atalanta 4 Inter 1

first_imgInter missed the chance to move within three points of Serie A leaders Juventus as they slipped to a shock 4-1 defeat at Atalanta.The Nerazzurri held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League in midweek and their exertions in that game appeared to have an adverse effect on their performance in Bergamo.Luciano Spalletti’s side, who had won seven straight league fixtures, were on the backfoot from the off and were fortunate to only be 1-0 down at the interval as Atalanta spurned a host of chances following Hans Hateboer’s eighth-minute opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A controversial penalty helped Inter punish Atalanta’s profligacy and level through Mauro Icardi shortly after the restart but Gianluca Mancini, having conceded that spot-kick, thumped in the hosts’ second before Berat Djimsiti and Alejandro Gomez made the game safe. Atalanta go seventh and Inter, who had Marcelo Brozovic sent off late on, will be nine points behind Juve if they beat AC Milan.Inter fall to a heavy defeat in Bergamo.#AtalantaInter 4-1#ForzaInter pic.twitter.com/rbEmY5287Y— Inter (@Inter_en) November 11, 2018The theme for the first half was established in the opening four minutes as Duvan Zapata’s curling effort forced a diving save from Samir Handanovic, who then produced an even better one to keep out Hateboer’s follow-up.Four minutes later, though, Hateboer did open the scoring, sliding in at the far post to turn home Robin Gosens’ inviting ball.Danilo D’Ambrosio deflected against his own post in another Inter escape, Josip Ilicic then somehow scuffing a Zapata delivery wide from point-blank range with the goal at his mercy.Zapata himself saw numerous chances go begging late in the first half, Handanovic produced two further excellent saves from Ilicic and Rafael Toloi and Mancini glanced a header narrowly wide of the post from a corner as Inter inexplicably managed to survive until half-time with parity still within grasp.And just two minutes into the second half parity was restored in very contentious fashion. Mancini was harshly judged to have handled in the area and Icardi coolly stepped up to slot his spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.However, Mancini enjoyed redemption two minutes after the hour when he powered home Ilicic’s left-wing free-kick with a superb header before Djimsiti’s near-identical goal and a stunning long-range effort from Gomez, sandwiched by Brozovic’s second yellow for a rash foul on Ilicic, made the points safe.What does it mean? Inter fall flat after Barca pointInter were full value for their point against Barcelona, earned by a late Icardi equaliser. But after seven straight league wins, the Nerazzurri’s form faltered in Bergamo.Mancini makes amendsFabio Maresca’s decision to award a penalty to Inter was a poor one. Mancini had no time to move his hand out of the way but, rather than crumble, Atalanta rallied and Mancini was a fitting hero. Performances akin to this one will fuel hope of a return to Europa League football for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side after reaching the round of 32 last season.Inter midfield goes missingA midfield with talent such as Brozovic, whose difficult outing was made more miserable by his late red, and Matias Vecino should be able to have a measure of control in most games but Inter’s engine room was completely overrun in the first half, allowing Atalanta a period of dominance they should have made more of.Key Opta Facts:- Mauro Icardi has found the net in five Serie A appearances in a row for the very first time in the competition (seven goals).- Hateboer’s goal has interrupted a 296 minutes streak in which Inter had kept the clean sheet in the Italian top-flight.- Atalanta have found one goal with 16 shots attempted in the first half whilst they have scored three goals with the only three shots fired in the second half.- Atalanta have now scored nine Serie A goals from defenders, at least four more than any other team this season.- Danilo D’Ambrosio played his 150th game with Inter in all competitions. 16/3 – Atalanta have found one goal with 16 shots attempted in the first half whilst they have scored three goals with the only three shots fired in the second half. Improvement. #AtalantaInter— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) November 11, 2018What’s next?Spalletti will have some selection decisions to make as they welcome Frosinone just four days prior to a crucial Champions League clash with Tottenham. Atalanta visit struggling Empoli. read morelast_img read more

‘Wenger should have walked in 2017’

first_imgGilberto Silva, a title-winning star of Arsenal’s past, says Arsene Wenger should have walked away from the club in 2017 and Unai Emery needs to start playing Mesut Ozil.The Gunners have seen the 2018-19 campaign become one of much change in north London.A switch in the dugout was made last summer, with Emery taking the reins after 22 years of stability and continuity under Wenger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! An iconic coach stepped aside after seeing his side fail to finish in the Premier League’s top four in successive seasons.A rebuilding project has been put in place, but Silva believes it should have started 12 months earlier on the back of a 2-1 victory over Chelsea which secured major silverware.The Brazilian, who formed part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2003-04, told talkSPORT: “When Arsenal won the FA Cup against Chelsea that was a good moment for Arsene (to leave) in my mind.“But, of course, I know Arsene very well, he is a football man. He loves the game, and he loves Arsenal.“You have to respect someone like that and let him leave on his own terms.“At the time when he won the FA Cup it was also difficult to find someone to replace him.”Arsenal eventually settled on former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery.Mesut Ozil Arsenal 2018He has the club back in the hunt for Champions League qualification but has seen his hands tied by a lack of funds in the transfer market.The Spaniard also has to contend with the unwelcome speculation surrounding Ozil’s future, with a lack of game time sparking transfer talk around the World Cup winner.Silva believes there is a simple solution to that problem, telling talkSPORT: “He has to be on the field.“A player of his calibre cannot be on the bench, in my opinion.“People are always trying to find something to talk about Ozil – why is he not playing and, when he is playing, why is he not playing well?“This kind of player, you have to give them responsibilities. What’s the best way to give him responsibility? Put him on the field!“Right now it’s down to the manager. It’s a good challenge for Unai.“What’s the best setup for the team? Why not find a way for the team to play and find a place for him, where he can be important for the team?“I think for Arsenal fans it’s difficult to see him on the bench.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Contracts Signed for Upgrading of Isaac Barrant Health Centre

first_imgThousands of residents of St.Thomas and Portland are set to benefit from upgrading of the Isaac Barrant Health Centre in Golden Grove, which will be developed into a centre of excellence.Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, on Thursday, February 7, signed two of three contracts valued at just over $25 million for development of the infrastructure and services at the health facility. The signing was witnessed by hundreds of residents and members of the parish medical fraternity, who embraced the project.Contracts were signed with Thomas Hamilton and Associates Company Ltd., for refurbishing of the external areas of the facility at a cost of some $7.2 million; and with Constructions Solutions Limited, for the renovation of the dental area valuing approximately $5 million. Dr. Ferguson explained that a third contract, for $13 million, is in the process of being finalized and will be for the renovation of the curative block.[RELATED: Health Ministry to establish four Centres of Excellence]Funding will come from the National Health Fund (NHF), whose Board Chairman, Sterling Soares, explained that the $25 million is for phase one of the project.Work to be done will include the construction of ramps, roof and electrical repairs, painting, grilling, tiling, signage, fencing, asphalting, plumbing, refurbishing of bathrooms, erection of offices, among other things.The Isaac Barrant Health Centre is among four facilities across the island to be developed as centres of excellence.These facilities, Dr. Ferguson explained, will assist in determining the way forward in terms of reconfiguration of the primary health care system and the upgrade of other health centres to better serve the needs of the population.“With the development of these centres of excellence, we are confident that we can rebuild public confidence in the primary health care system and by virtue of that, reduce the burden on secondary and tertiary facilities,” Dr. Ferguson said.As a Type 3 clinic, and former hospital, the Isaac Barrant Health Centre presently serves an average of 12,000 persons per year.last_img read more

US judge allows North Dakota pipeline construction in conflict zone as Sioux

first_img(The Crow Creek Riders at the ongoing anti Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Photo credit: Natalie Hand, Lakota Media Project via Red Warrior Camp/Facebook)Dennis Ward and Jorge Barrera APTN National News STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION—A U.S. Federal Court judge on Tuesday allowed construction of a controversial four-state, $3.78 billion pipeline to continue in a conflict area the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says contains burial grounds and sacred sites.The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)—which is slated to pump Bakken-fracked oil from North Dakota to Illinois—is facing fierce resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The tribe fears the pipeline threatens the area’s water supply and sacred sites.The 1,886 kilometre pipeline passes near the edge of its reservation and under the Missouri River.Standing Rock has the backing of dozens of other Native American tribes. This has led to the one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the U.S. over the past century in an area near the pipeline’s path.While the ruling, handed down by U.S. Federal Court Judge James Boasberg after a hearing in Washington D.C., gave the Sioux a partial victory, it won’t stop pipeline construction in an area that has already seen conflict between Indigenous demonstrators and a private security firm hired by the company leading the construction.The judge ordered a halt to pipeline construction east Lake Oahe in North Dakota, but the area is already nearing end of development activity.Standing Rock Tribal Chairman David Archambault said the ruling was a “partial win, partial loss” because the judge allowed construction to continue in an area to the west which contains sacred sites and burial grounds important to the Sioux.“We are disappointed that the decision doesn’t prevent DAPL from destroying sacred sites as we await the ruling to stop construction all together,” said Archambault in a video statement. “It’s not over, we still have a long way to go.”Archambault called for calm on both sides.“Even though this is a disappointment we still have to remain peaceful and respectful,” he said. “I ask that we refrain from using violence, I ask that we refrain from using verbal abuse or physical abuse on anyone. And I ask that for both sides.”Standing Rock Tribal Chairman David Archambault in a still image from video statement.Boasberg allowed construction in an area west of Lake Oahe in Morton County, North Dakota, which saw clashes Saturday between attack dog-handling private security guards and Native American demonstrators trying to stop bulldozers from destroying land found to hold a burial ground and historical sites.Two Indigenous demonstrators on Tuesday chained themselves to construction equipment in the same area.Julie Richards, an Oglala Lakota warrior, fastens herself to construction equipment Tuesday. Red Warrior Camp/FacebookA subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer is constructing the pipeline. Energy Transfer did not return a request for comment from APTN.Tuesday’s ruling was a skirmish in a larger legal battle  expected to come to a head on Friday when the same judge is expected to rule on an injunction filed by the Standing Rock Sioux to stop the pipeline. The tribe was looking to temporarily halt all construction until Friday’s expected ruling.The tribe is challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to give the operators permits to construct the pipeline which would have the capacity to pump up to 570,000 barrels per day from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.Standing Rock was a signatory to the April 9, 1868, Treaty of Fort Laramie which established the Great Sioux Reservation covering all of South Dakota west of the Missouri River.The Sioux-led resistance to the pipeline has become a rallying point in the larger environmental battle over climate change. The Sacred Stone Camp set up on the Standing Rock reservation is expected to grow to about 10,000 people this week ahead of Friday’s expected U.S. Federal Court ruling.Last Saturday’s confrontation with the private security firm has done little to deter the resolve of the thousands of people who have travelled Standing Rock.Sophie Watson drove eight hours from Minnesota to be here when the ruling comes down. Watson said she was sickened to see videos of dogs and pepper spray being used against the demonstrators.Another Indigenous camp supporter who identified himself Quiltman said he came from Oregon to protect the water. He said the camp was “good medicine” and called last Saturday’s actions by the private security guards “cold blooded.”He said it’s time to turn the tables.“Our people have always gotten the short end. We can handle it,” he said.The Sioux tribe’s resistance to the pipeline has also drawn considerable support from Indigenous leaders and grassroots activists from Canada. Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Terry Nelson, from Manitoba, and Grand Council of the Crees Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come, from Quebec, recently visited the camp.The Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Canada’s largest Indigenous organization, also put its support behind Standing Rock’s opposition to the pipeline on Tuesday.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said “no pipeline construction should ever begin” until “Indigenous peoples have provided free, prior and informed consent.”AFN Manitoba regional Chief Kevin Hart visited the pipeline resistance camp on behalf of the organization.“The call of the Standing Rock Sioux has echoed across Turtle Island. Now it is up to us to respond by standing up to defend these precious waters and sacred lands,” said Hart, in the statement.Canada faces its own looming pipeline conflicts as the regulatory gears begin to turn on the Energy East pipeline which would transport Alberta mined bitumen to an Irving Oil refinery in Saint John, NB.According to reports, the North Dakota portion of the pipeline is 60 per cent completed and 90 per cent finished in South Dakota.dward@aptn.ca@denniswardnewsjbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Its still hot outside Heat Warning continued for Northeast BC and Northwest

first_imgResidents and visitors are advised to take precautions to protect themselves from the elevated temperatures, such as rescheduling outdoor activities to the cooler hours of the day; taking frequent breaks from the heat; spending time outdoors at home or in air-conditioned public buildings; and drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated. People or pets should not be left inside a closed vehicle for any length of time.Residents should also monitor for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion, such as high body temperature, lack of sweat, confusion, fainting, and unconsciousness. Particular vigilance is urged for vulnerable individuals, including children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system, mental health or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers, as well as those who are socially isolated.The risks of developing heat-related illnesses are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.Environment Canada issues heat warnings when very high temperatures or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLinkBC at 811. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Heat Warning that was issued by Environment Canada for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions remains in effect this morning.Meteorologists say that a ridge of high pressure that has moved over most of B.C. will be causing maximum daily temperatures to reach at least 29 degrees, with overnight low temperatures near 14 degrees. The ridge is forecast to persist until at least Wednesday.The heat warning has also been issued for nearly all of Northwest Alberta, including the regions surrounding Grande Prairie, Peace River, and High Level.last_img read more

Oil prices rise on Libya output doubts demand outlook

first_imgLONDON – Oil prices rose on Tuesday as doubts surrounding a resumption to full Libyan crude output and the prospect of firmer demand offset concerns over the strength of China’s economy.New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in February, climbed 26 cents to $94.63 a barrel.Brent North Sea crude for March jumped $1.41 to $107.86 a barrel in London deals. “The expectation of a rapid normalisation of oil production in Libya has given way to a more realistic appraisal of the situation,” said Commerzbank analyst Carsten Fritsch.The oil-rich North African country has been shaken by political instability ever since long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi was unseated and killed in late 2011.The latest crisis erupted in July, when security guards at key oil terminals shut them down, accusing the authorities of corruption and demanding a more equitable distribution of oil revenues.The supply constraint comes as global oil demand is set to rise faster than expected this year, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday.The IEA, which consults countries on energy policy, noted that oil consumption accelerated at the end of 2013 as advanced economies led by the United States recovered.But growth of Chinese demand slowed in the second half of 2013, it added.“IEA’s expectation of global oil demand to rise … on global economic recovery has provided some support to oil prices,” said analyst Abhishek Deshpande at French investment bank Natixis.China’s economy registered flat growth of 7.7 percent last year, maintaining its slowest expansion in more than a decade as the government warned Monday of “deep-rooted problems” including a mountain of local authority debt.Offsetting Libyan supply concerns meanwhile is the prospect of higher crude exports from Iran after a landmark deal to curb the Islamic Republic’s disputed nuclear programme came into force.Iran on Monday halted production of 20 percent enriched uranium, in the wake of an interim deal between Tehran and world powers that had been reached in November.Under the agreement, Iran agreed to curb parts of its nuclear drive for six months in exchange for receiving modest relief from international sanctions and a promise by the so-called P5+1 — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany — not to impose new sanctions against its hard-hit economy.The deal helps reduce geopolitical risks in the oil-producing Middle East region, reducing threats of supply disruptions and putting downward pressure on prices.last_img read more

More Crown workers set to vote on strike mandates starting Sept 3

Unifor has scheduled strike mandate votes for four Crown-sector bargaining units, as SaskTel workers plan to return to the table for another three days of negotiations.Attempts at mediation have reached an impasse at SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskWater and the Water Security Agency, according to Cam Britton, a national representative for Unifor. He said votes will begin on Sept. 3 and continue until Sept. 18.Britton said a series of meetings at 10 locations will bring together members of all four unions, though votes will take place separately. He expects to have a result by September 19. He believes members will vote in favour of a strike mandate.Workers at SaskTel and its subsidiaries, DirectWest and SecurTek, have already voted in favour of a strike mandate. Mediation in August was unsuccessful, after the union balked at an offer with two years of flat wages followed by a one per cent hike in 2021.According to Britton, the offer is much the same at the four tables he’s representing, although it also includes a two-per-cent increase in 2022.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Unifor’s SaskTel bargaining committee posted an update to its website on Tuesday, predicting that the campaign was about to “come to a head.”“This past week our union has been working with the other crown worker bargaining units represented by Unifor as they try to work through their own struggles at the bargaining table,” the posting said.The next round of bargaining with SaskTel will begin on Sept. 18 and end on Sept. 20. That’s the expiration date for the strike mandate vote from July, according to Unifor.“We will have to make tough decisions on the final day of bargaining next month,” the posting said.Britton stressed that his members want nothing more than a fair deal. As Unifor has consistently done in interviews with media and on billboards posted in Regina, he lashed out at a 2.3-per-cent cost-of-living increase to MLA pay this year.He said members frequently object to what he and they see as hypocrisy. The MLA hike has gotten them “agitated” and unwilling to accept flat wages.But he said Unifor still prefers to work out a deal rather than take job action.“Once we get a strike mandate, my hope is that we can get back to the employer and negotiate a fair contract,” said Britton.awhite-crummey@postmedia.com read more

US trade deficit rose to 442 billion in August as exports fell

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US trade deficit rose to $44.2 billion in August as exports fell to lowest level in 6 months by News Staff Posted Oct 11, 2012 9:35 am MDT WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened in August as exports fell to the lowest level in six months, a worrisome sign that a slowing global economy is cutting into demand for U.S. goods.The deficit increased to $44.2 billion in August, the biggest gap since May and a 4.1 per cent increase from July, the Commerce Department said Thursday.Exports dropped 1 per cent to $181.3 billion. Demand for American-made cars and farm goods declined. Imports edged down a slight 0.1 per cent to $225.5 billion as purchases of foreign-made autos, aircraft and heavy machinery fell. The cost of oil imports rose sharply.A wider trade deficit acts as a drag on growth because it means the U.S. is earning less on overseas sales of American-produced goods while spending more on foreign products.Trade was a positive for economic growth in the April-June quarter but Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics, said he expected that trade would be a small negative in the July-September quarter given the weakening trend in U.S. exports.So far this year, the deficit is running at an annual rate of $561.6 billion, up slightly from last year’s $559.9 billion imbalance.For August, the deficit with China dipped 2.3 per cent to $28.7 billion as U.S. exports to that country edged up modestly while imports from China fell. But for the year, the U.S. deficit is on track to surpass last year’s record, the highest ever recorded with a single country.The widening trade gap with China has worsened trade tensions between the two countries and has become a debating point in the presidential race. GOP challenger Mitt Romney is promising to take a tougher approach than President Barack Obama has on Chinese trade practices which he says are giving the country an unfair advantage over American workers.The deficit with the European Union fell by 2 per cent in August to $11.7 billion as U.S. exports to the region outpaced imports. However, economists expect U.S. sales to Europe to weaken in coming months because many European nations are now in a recession brought on by a prolonged debt crisis.The U.S. deficit with Japan fell 1.4 per cent in August to $6.7 billion as American exports to Japan rose to the highest level since March 1996.U.S. economic growth slowed to an annual rate of just 1.3 per cent in the April-June quarter. Most economists don’t expect the economy to grow much more than 2 per cent for the rest of the year.American manufacturers have been hampered by slumping economies in Europe, China and other key export markets. Many European countries are recession. The region accounts for about one-fifth of U.S. exports.The International Monetary Fund this week projected global growth of just 3.3 per cent for the year and 3.6 per cent in 2013. The downgrade from its July forecast reflected disappointing growth in the United States, spreading recessions in Europe and a sharp slowdown in China.There have been some hopeful signs that the U.S. economy is improving.Manufacturing grew in September for the first time in four months, according to a closely watched survey from the Institute of Supply Management. The growth was driven by a jump in new orders and more hiring.The unemployment rate declined to 7.8 per cent in September, the lowest level since January 2009. It fell because of a huge increase in the number of people who said they found jobs.Americans are gaining more confidence in the economy and stepping up major purchases.Auto sales rose 13 per cent last month from a year earlier to nearly 1.2 million. Home sales have been posting solid gains, which have driven home prices higher. When home prices rise, people tend to feel wealthier and spend more freely. read more

Drilling progress at Black Angel

first_imgAngus & Ross reports on the progress of its 2006 exploration programme at its Black Angel zinc-lead property in West Greenland. A total of over 1,000 m has already been drilled with 15 holes completed in the first three weeks of the current programme.  In particular 11 new holes have been drilled to test the continuity of mineralization in the area of the Ark Showing, an area where data from 12 holes drilled by previous operators already exists.At the beginning of July the rigs were moved to the South Lakes Glacier Showing where a large outcrop was discovered last year. Samples taken from the outcrop returned up to 30% zinc and 20% lead. The zinc and lead sulphide mineralization (sphalerite and galena) continues along the strike for almost 500 m and is open at both ends (disappearing under glacial moraine). The three holes drilled to date have established that mineralization is present to at least 95 m below the surface and is open at depth. Deeper holes are planned. Bands of mineralization between 0.2m and 2m of disseminated to massive sulphides are dipping at 70° to both north and south on both sides of the fold hinge. Mineralized zones are straightforward to identify due to the high contrast between the light coloured carbonate host rock and dark brown/black sulphides. Assay results from the current drilling programme are expected later this summer. Andrew Zemek, Chief Operating Officer of Angus & Ross, who recently returned from the drill sites commented, “The South Lakes Glacier Showing is the most promising outcrop of massive sulphides found since the original Black Angel discovery. The structure is open at depth and along strike and further drilling now underway will help to define its size. The crews have now settled into a routine operation and are achieving drilling rates of up to a 100 m/day, which gives us confidence that the 7,000 m drilling programme will be completed as planned. At the Ark Showing we are encouraged because mineralization intercepted in our drill holes correlates well with the locations of mineralization intercepted from the old Cominco holes.”www.angusandross.comlast_img read more

Shootsac Companion Bag to Your Camera Bag

first_imgShootsac is the camera bag you wear while walking around and shooting, after you set down your main camera bag because that one’s too heavy. Shootsac is a three-pocket neoprene black portfolio bag for lenses and flashes, with a black flap cover and three smaller pockets for phones, water bottles, or memory cards. Because the company is run by women who’ve seen too many black camera bags, the black cover flaps can be replaced with patterned flaps such as the one above. The three main pockets are deep enough to hold lenses as long as a 70-200mm f/2.8, as well as flashes, or a camera body (no lens attached). Because the neoprene is clingy, it’s important to give big lenses a good shove to make sure they slide down and seat properly. Most photographers will find the Shootsac lets them swap among two or even three lenses without carrying around a lot of weight. The Shootsac bag by itself weighs just 7 ounces.Shootsac’s pricing suggests the core audience comprises professionals, photo enthusiasts, and photographers willing to pay a bit more for style. The bag with black flap and shoulder strip is $179 direct and the nearly two-dozen covers run $15 to $49.last_img read more

Govt says it met fiscal targets

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has achieved a primary surplus of 435 million euros, according to preliminary figures published on Monday by the Finance Ministry for the execution of the general government budget of 2012, although the state’s expired debts were 1.7 billion euros more than in 2011.“General government figures confirm that the government has achieved its fiscal targets for 2012,” Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said.Ministry officials say that the state deficit data for 2012 are going to be adjusted soon, but are certain to beat the target of 1.5 percent of gross domestic product, ending at between 1.2 and 1.3 percent.In regards to the state’s expired debts, these ended at 8.7 billion euros last year, up from 7 billion in 2011, according to the figures published by the General State Accounting Office.The general government deficit dropped to 12.5 billion euros or 6.6 percent of GDP from 19.68 billion or 9.4 percent of GDP at end-2011. The target for 2012 had been set at 12.88 billion euros. Primary balance data show a surplus of 435 million euros, against a primary deficit of 3.5 billion euros in 2011. However, the adjustment to come by end-February will produce a primary deficit of 1.2-1.3 percent of GDP.State budget expenditure (not including interest payments) came to 55.39 billion euros last year, from 60.35 billion in 2011, recording an 8.2 percent decline. Spending for interest payments amounted to 12.2 billion euros, against a target for 11.7 billion euros, though compared with 2011 there was a 25.23 percent drop.Revenues lagged the target, however: They came to 51.77 billion euros, against a target of 52.99 billion, posting a 1.22 billion shortfall. They also dropped by 4 percent from the year before.Expired debts were reduced by 700 million euros in end-December compared with November. The total amount of 8.77 billion euros includes pending tax returns, while the government plans to settle debts of up to 8 billion euros by the end of 2013.last_img read more

Eolien les industriels craignent de ne pas tenir le rythme du Grenelle

first_imgEolien : les industriels craignent de ne pas tenir le rythme du GrenelleA l’occasion du Congrès national annuel de l’éolien organisé à Dijon, les professionnels du secteur ont fait part de leurs inquiétudes quant à la lenteur du développement de leur activité. Malgré l’important potentiel du pays, ils craignent de ne pas pouvoir “tenir le rythme du Grenelle” en raison notamment des nombreuses procédures auxquels ils sont soumis.”On ne tiendra pas le rythme du Grenelle” quant au développement de l’éolien, a déploré lundi le président du Syndicat des énergies renouvelables (SER), Jean-Louis Bal, rapporte l’AFP. Comme il l’a rappelé à la veille d’un colloque réunissant les professionnels du secteur à Dijon, l’éolien terrestre n’atteint qu’une puissance installée de 1.100 mégawatts par an, quand pour atteindre 19.000 mégawatts en 2020, l’objectif du Grenelle, il faudrait être à 1.400 mégawatts par an. Jean-Louis Bal dénonce la lenteur des procédures en France. “Entre le moment où on identifie un site et où on peut faire tourner les éoliennes, il se passe en moyenne 8 ans, soit deux fois plus que la moyenne européenne” a-t-il déploré. Alors que l’éolien représente plus de 10% des l’énergie allemande, et plus de 20% au Danemark, il dépasse à peine 2% en France.Pour répondre aux inquiétudes du secteur, la ministre de l’écologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a proposé lors du colloque de Dijon plusieurs idées visant à simplifier les procédures encadrant la création de parcs éoliens. “Je crois beaucoup à l’éolien”, a-t-elle affirmé, décrivant une énergie “propre, compétitive, et où on a une formidable carte à jouer en matière industrielle”. Les simplifications proposées par la ministre devraient être mises en oeuvre “avant fin 2011” a-t-elle promis, évoquant notamment la suppression de la double instruction des dossiers pour les permis de construire. NKM propose en outre que les projets inférieurs à 30 mégawatts, contre 4,5 mégawatts actuellement, ne soient plus soumis à l’autorisation du ministère de l’Industrie. S’inquiétant également du taux d’acceptabilité par les populations, qui serait passé de 79% en 2008 à 69%, la ministre a insisté sur la nécessité “que nos politiques en matière environnementale riment avec emplois, cela participe de l’acceptabilité”, a-t-elle souligné.Le 19 octobre 2011 à 18:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deal reached to clean up land around 3 plutonium reactors

first_imgSPOKANE — The land where the federal government created some of the plutonium for nuclear weapons will be so cleaned of radiation and other pollution that it could be used for homes in the future.That’s according to a final plan hammered out between the U.S. Department of Energy and federal and state regulators overseeing the cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.The plan announced this week would spend $200 million to finish cleanup of 7.8 square miles in a portion of Hanford called the 100 Area D and H areas.That’s where the D, DR and H nuclear reactors operated for decades, helping create plutonium, a key ingredient in nuclear weapons.Agreements must still be reached for the sites of five other reactors.Hanford is located near Richland, Washington.last_img read more

Mount Adams road closed to cut hazard trees

first_imgTROUT LAKE — Road No. 8040 on the south side of Mount Adams is closed during weekdays in order to remove hazard trees from the Cascade Creek fire of 2012.The temporary closure will be from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. until noon on Fridays until the snow falls.The closure location is on road No. 8040 at the junction with road No. 8040202. Road No. 8040 is used to access South Climb, Morrison campground, Shorthorn trail, Wicky Shelter, Crofton Ridge East and Cold Springs camp.For more information, call the Mount Adams Ranger Station at 509-395-3400.last_img read more

Temi robot Alexa morphs into mobile droid form at CES 2019

first_img See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 85 Photos Gadgets Crutchfield Preview • Amazon gives Echo Show sequel sleeker looks and better sound CES 2019 Temi is not the first robot to be equipped with Alexa — you can look to the small, humanoid Ubtech Lynx for that. The tiny tabletop Anki Vector also gained Alexa capabilities at the end of 2018. But Temi is the first robot that can navigate autonomously around a space to have Amazon-powered virtual assistant skills.Perhaps the one thing Temi is lacking that really could see Alexa-powered robots taken to the next level is an arm that would allow it to fetch and carry (those glasses?), as well as complete simple manual tasks. These are features that could make a real difference to the disabled or elderly. As Alexa and other virtual assistants get smarter and more skilled over time, it will be fascinating to watch the ways in which they can combine with robots to play a role within our increasingly smart homes.If you fancy upgrading your Echo Show to something more mobile, Temi will go on sale in the US in March for $1,499 including shipping. $229 See It Temi’s like an Amazon Echo Show on wheels that can bring… 0 Best Buy Amazon Echo Show See it 2:06center_img $229 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. $229 Temi now has a bunch of new skills. Temi “Alexa, go next door and check if I left my glasses by the bed.”This is just one of many potential tasks a robot with both Amazon’s virtual assistant and autonomous navigation skills could take on in your home. It sounds appealing, right?Robotics company Robotemi announced at CES on Monday that it’s bringing Alexa to its Temi robot, which goes on sale in March this year. The robot was originally designed to provide home assistance to the elderly using telepresence skills. Now, with its screen providing and Echo Show-like experience, it transforms into a voice-activated tool that can perform a whole range of tasks that go beyond video calling, from controlling the lights to showing YouTube videos. Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Show Second Generation (Sandstone) Review • The Amazon Echo Show is back and better than before News • Grab a 1st-gen Amazon Echo Show for $70 Dell Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Post a comment Share your voice $229 Tags Alexa Robotslast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Jan 10 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAnvik tribal courts given more jurisdiction in lower level casesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe state of Alaska and the Anvik Tribe have signed an historic justice agreement.  The government to government pact provides a template for tribal courts to administer restorative sentences in certain lower level cases, as an alternative to the state criminal justice system.Murkowski says repeal, replace should coincideLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President-elect Donald Trump today leaned on Congress to quickly get rid of President Obama’s signature heath care law, which he called a catastrophe. Lisa Murkowski, though, is among five Republicans in the U.S. Senate sponsoring an amendment that would slow the law’s repeal.School districts cope with flat state funding as costs continue to riseJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageEducation funding in Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget remains relatively flat for the upcoming fiscal year. And even though big cuts to education are not yet proposed, districts are finding ways to cope with funding that doesn’t necessarily keep up with the natural year-to-year rises in costs.DOC inmate dies by suicideAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn inmate at Highland Correctional Center died by suicide Tuesday. Twenty-two-year-old Nina Amigale Alexie was found unresponsive in her cell during a routine check last Friday. She was taken to Alaska Regional Hospital and passed away four days later. Department of Corrections spokesperson Corey Allen-Young said there’s no indication she was on suicide watch. Fukushima radiation yet, and unlikely, to affect Alaska seafoodAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamAlaskan seafood remains free of detectable Fukushima-related radiation. That’s according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The department along with other state, federal, and international agencies has been testing Alaskan seafood since 2013.US announces polar bear plan; critics call it toothlessAssociated PressThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced its recovery plan for threatened polar bears, but critics say it doesn’t go far enough.Whale freed from anchor line in KetchicanLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanA group of Ketchikan good Samaritans banded together last week to help a humpback whale that had become tangled in a barge anchor cable off Prince of Wales Island.Stories of Coming into the Country: Arliss SturgulewskiAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageIn John McPhee’s book Coming into the Country, Arliss Sturgulewski stands in a field of berries, with a view of Denali in the distance, contemplating the potential site of a new state capital. She’s one of the dozens of Alaskans who make an appearance in the famous book, published 40 years ago. Alaska’s Energy Desk is catching up with many of them to celebrate the book’s anniversary.Four mariners rescued from Gulf of AlaskaRoert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaFour mariners were rescued from their stricken fishing vessel in the Gulf of Alaska on Friday, Jan. 6 — in a mission coordinated by Air Station Kodiak, and executed by Air Station Sitka.Experts say 2016 smashed previous records for Alaska’s hottest year on recordTim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks2016 was the warmest year in Alaska since the National Weather Service began keeping records in the state more than a century ago. Two weather-service climate specialists say that’s mainly because of extraordinarily warm ocean water, which in turn helped generate above-normal precipitation – especially in the Interior.Two actors adapt the Narnia world to the Kodiak stageKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakThe world of Narnia has come to the Kodiak stage. San-Francisco based actor Stephanie Ann Foster adapted one of the novels in C.S. Lewis’ famous series. And two actors portray all the characters.last_img read more

Man killed in Kushtia gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what police called a triangular gunfight in Harra area of Kushtia Sadar upazila early Friday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Rafiqul Islam, 40, son of late Mohon Ali of Haripur village of the upazila.On information about a gunfight between two groups of drug traders, police rushed to the spot at 1:00am.Sensing the presence of police, the drug traders opened fire on police members, prompting them to fire back, triggering the triangular gunfight, leaving Rafiqul injured with bullet, said Kushtia Model police station officer-in-charge, Nasir Uddin.Later, police recovered Rafiqul and took him to Kushtia General Hospital where physician declared him dead.Police recovered a pistol, two rounds of bullet and 380 yaba tablets from the spot, the OC added.Police said the deceased was a drug trader and wanted in seven cases including that of drugs and arms.According to the human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more