DOE’s maverick climate model is about to get its first test

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

first_imgA new model simulates a North Atlantic hurricane and the cold seas (yellow) left in its wake. The world’s growing collection of climate models has a high-profile new entry. Last week, after nearly 4 years of work, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released computer code and initial results from an ambitious effort to simulate the Earth system. The new model is tailored to run on future supercomputers and designed to forecast not just how climate will change, but also how those changes might stress energy infrastructure.Results from an upcoming comparison of global models may show how well the new entrant works. But so far it is getting a mixed reception, with some questioning the need for another model and others saying the $80 million effort has yet to improve predictions of the future climate. Even the project’s chief scientist, Ruby Leung of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, acknowledges that the model is not yet a leader. “We really don’t expect that our model will be wowing the world,” she says.Since the 1960s, climate modelers have used computers to build virtual globes. They break the atmosphere and ocean into thousands of boxes and assign weather conditions to each one. The toy worlds then evolve through simulated centuries, following the laws of physics. Historically, DOE’s major role in climate modeling was contributing to the Community Earth System Model (CESM), an effort based at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. But in July 2014, DOE launched its Accelerated Climate Model for Energy. The goal was to predict how storms and rising seas could affect power plants, dams, and other energy infrastructure, and to focus on regions such as North America or the Arctic. 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It began as a carbon copy of the CESM and retains similar atmosphere and land models, but includes new ocean, sea-ice, river, and soil biochemistry simulations. The DOE team doubled the number of vertical layers, extended the atmosphere higher, and adopted a number-crunching method that is computationally intensive but may be easier to break into chunks and run in parallel on the anticipated exascale machines. “For them, it makes a lot of sense to go in that direction,” says Richard Neale, a climate scientist at NCAR.In 2017, after President Donald Trump took office and pulled the nation out of the Paris climate accords, DOE dropped “climate” from the project name. The new name, the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), better reflects the model’s focus on the entire Earth system, says project leader David Bader of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.The E3SM’s first results highlight its potential; they include model runs with ultrasharp, 25-kilometer-wide grid cells—fine enough to simulate small-scale features such as ocean eddies and mountain snow packs. But this sharp picture is still too coarse to resolve individual clouds and atmospheric convection, major factors limiting models’ precision. And some scientists doubt it will improve forecasts. The last intercomparison effort, which ended in 2014, included 26 modeling groups—nine more than the previous round—yet yielded collective predictions that were no more precise. “Just having more models—I don’t think there’s any evidence that that’s key to advancing the field,” says Bjorn Stevens, a climate scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, Germany, and co-leader of the new intercomparison, code-named CMIP6.Gavin Schmidt, who heads NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, which also produces a global climate model, questions the new model’s rationale, given that DOE’s exascale computers do not yet exist. “No one knows what these machines will even look like, so it’s hard to build models for them ahead of time,” he wrote on Twitter. And the computational intensity of the E3SM has drawbacks, says Hansi Singh, a PNNL climate scientist who uses the CESM for her research. The sheer number of calculations needed to get a result with the E3SM would overwhelm most university clusters, limiting outside scientists’ ability to use it.One preliminary result, on the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2), will “raise some eyebrows,” Bader says. Most models estimate that, for a doubling of CO2 above preindustrial levels, average global temperatures will rise between 1.5°C and 4.5°C. The E3SM predicts a strikingly high rise of 5.2°C, which Leung suspects is due to the way the model handles aerosols and clouds. And like many models, the E3SM produces two bands of rainfall in the tropics, rather than the one seen in nature near the equator.The first test of the E3SM will be its performance in CMIP6. Nearly three dozen modeling groups, including newcomers from South Korea, India, Brazil, and South Africa, are expected to submit results to the intercomparison between now and 2020. Each group will devote thousands of computer-hours to standard scenarios, such as simulating the impact of a 1% per year CO2 increase and an abrupt quadrupling of it.But given the plodding rate of improvement since previous intercomparisons, few are expecting the E3SM or any other model to yield revolutionary insights. Stevens hopes to revise the exercise to encourage innovations, such as modeling the climate at the 1-kilometer resolution needed to make out individual clouds, or campaigns to gather new kinds of data. “The whole premise of CMIP is trying to get everyone to do the same thing,” he says. “Everyone knows that breakthroughs come from getting people to do different things.”last_img read more


Meghan Markle wears Canadian coat to Christmas service with Royal Family

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England. They were joined by Prince William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in greeting parishioners before they entered the church. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) Sentaler, a small, family-owned manufacturer, is known for its alpaca designs, which are eco-friendly and cruelty free, according to its website. The cashmere-like fibre is sheared from animals similar to llamas that roam the mountains of Peru. Facebookcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Soon-to-be-royal Meghan Markle continues to show her proclivity for Canadian coats, wearing one during a Christmas Day appearance at Sandringham alongside ​fiancé Prince Harry.The American actress, 36, wore a camel-coloured wrapper by Sentaler, a Toronto-based outerwear brand that launched in 2009 and has since become a darling among high-profile women such as Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and now Meghan, who is set to marry Prince Harry in the spring.On the company’s website, the alpaca coat is called The Meghan and costs $1,695. It’s not now available in the camel colour, but preorders are available for delivery in March.Manufacturer known for alpaca Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more


Learn the fundamentals of Social Media or become a Social Media Master

Posted On Oct 13 2019 by

first_imgLearn the fundamentals of Social Media or become a Social Media MasterSocial media strategy and planning have become essential elements of any overall marketing communications plan. This workshop is for anyone looking to take advantage of the power of social media. It covers the essentials of building and executing an effective social media strategy. The Social Media Fundamentals workshop will start at the beginning. No experience necessary. The Social Media Mastery workshop is a more in-depth look at creating your presence online. You might have some experience with using Social Media, but it is not necessary. Attendees are encouraged to join both workshops to get the full experience.Social Media Fundamentals will take place Tuesday June 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre.  The cost to attend is only $99.  Then the next day Social Media Mastery will take place on June 5, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The cost is again only $99.  If you register for both, the cost is only $175.To register, visit www.energetictickets.caSocial Media Fundamentals – June 4 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:Understand what types of social media platforms are available and how they are usedWhy does you/your company need social mediaOutline the differences between a Facebook Profile, Group & PageWhat is a Business Instagram account, and do you need it?How to effectively use Google Business Manager & Apple MapsPaid advertising with social mediaLearn best practices on how to engage peopleLet’s talk consistency and why it is importantFree tools that can boost your social media presenceSocial Media Mastery – June 5 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:An in depth look at business insights on popular social media platforms#Hashtags – How to use them properlyHow to do an effective giveawayBuilding your brand and why authenticity is keyIdentify the different types of Facebook Advertising (Boosted Post vs Sponsored Post)Explore Facebook Admin section – Page rolesLook at case studies on effective use of social mediaDeveloping the RITE content (Relevant, Interesting, Timely, Entertaining)Understanding how to target your ideal audienceBrand loyalty (balance with promotion & adding value)About the Presenter Jenna Morland is the author of Empress Unveiled published by Oftomes Publishing and is a Social Media Expertfor Moose FM. She is a Canadian born author, song writer, and mother of two who lives in Fort St. John. After signing her publishing deal in fall of 2017, Jenna began building her author platform online. In one year, she built her social media following from nothing, to over 19,000.Jenna has transferred her knowledge of social media marketing into the business world by managing and branding small business social media platforms. In the Social Media Fundamentals & Mastery Seminar, Jenna will show you the tools you need to know to succeed at marketing yourself, or your business online.“The question is not whether to do social media, but how well we do it.” – Jenna Morlandlast_img read more


‘London, Dublin bid to restore N Ireland govt’

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgBelfast: London and Dublin were set to announce a fresh attempt to revive Northern Ireland’s power-sharing devolved administration, reports said Friday, following the killing of a journalist by nationalist paramilitaries. Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, has been without its semi-autonomous government since January 2017 following a breakdown in trust between the main parties. In a rare joint statement, politicians from Northern Ireland’s six biggest parties united to condemn the killing of 29-year-old Lyra McKee, shot dead on April 18 while reporting on riots in the second city of Londonderry. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHer death has triggered a renewed attempt to mend the fences between the main parties representing the British unionist and Irish nationalist communities. The New IRA (Irish Republican Army) paramilitary splinter group, which violently opposes the peace process in Northern Ireland, admitted responsibility for McKee’s killing, saying she was unintentionally shot as they attacked “enemy” police officers. At her funeral on Wednesday, Father Martin Magill commended Northern Ireland’s political leaders for joining together at her funeral, but asked, to a standing ovation: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman with her whole life in front of her to get us to this point?'” It is expected that the talks could take place following the May 2 local elections in Northern Ireland. Britain’s N Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley and Ireland’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney are expected to hold a press conference later on Friday in Belfast. The two largest parties, the pro-British Democratic Unionists and Irish republican Sinn Fein, are at loggerheads over several issues.last_img read more


Turkish women MPs wear headscarves in parliament

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgAnkara- Four female lawmakers from Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government attended a parliament session on Thursday wearing headscarves, for the first time in 14 years.In 1999, Turkish American lawmaker Merve Kavakci arrived in parliament wearing a headscarf for her swearing-in ceremony. She was booed out of the house and then had her Turkish citizenship revoked.Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lifted on September 30 a decades-old ban on headscarves in the civil service as part of a package of reforms meant to improve democracy and freedoms. The headscarf is a sensitive symbol in Turkey as it is viewed by secularists a sign of political Islam in stark contrast to the republic’s secular traditions.last_img read more


Tressel hopes rain doesnt stunt spring growth

Posted On Sep 28 2019 by

Saturday’s football scrimmage represents the culmination of what Jim Tressel said has been a positive spring, he told the media during the annual Ohio State football coaches clinic on Friday. “Through 13 practices this has been as an attentive and a positive spring as I’ve ever been around,” Tressel said. Because many starting positions are up for grabs, he said, everyone feels they have a chance to earn playing time. “A lot of guys haven’t been in games and this is opportunity,” Tressel said. Tressel said quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the four other players suspended for the first five games of next season for receiving improper benefits have only helped to facilitate the high level of play and competition this spring. Tressel will join the five suspended players for not properly reporting their infractions. “Some of the guys that don’t get to play early in the year are making sure that those young guys are working so that we have as good a team as we can possibly have,” Tressel said. “I think all the oars are in the water.” But water, or more specifically rain, is exactly what Tressel said he is worried about for Saturday’s scrimmage. “I just hope we don’t have a monsoon here on Saturday,” Tressel said. The team will play in the rain, but Tressel said he won’t take any chances with lightning. “I’m tough,” Tressel said, “but I ain’t as tough as lightning.” In the event of lightning, Tressel said the scrimmage would not be continued indoors and the team would proceed to its scheduled picnic. As for whom to watch on Saturday, Tressel mentioned one sleeper most people might not have expected. “As for a dark horse,” he said, “let me throw Verlon Reed.” The scrimmage will be in a different format this year, and will instead pit the offense against the defense and use a scoring system that can crown one unit victorious against the other. The new format, Tressel said, was the players’ idea. “They wanted to see how good the offense would be against the defense on the last day of spring,” Tressel said. “I thought it was a good idea.” The Jesse Owens Spring Game will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more


Solskjaer welcomes fantastic Man UnitedArsenal FA Cup tie

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgCaretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is relishing the prospect of leading Manchester United out against old rivals Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA CupThe Red Devils booked their spot in the fourth round by defeating Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday through goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku.Solskjaer, who started in United’s semi-final wins over Arsenal in 1999 and 2004 on route to FA Cup glory, believes his players need the challenge of facing top-level opponents.“Fantastic,” Solskjaer told MTV on his reaction to the FA Cup draw.“We need these games. These players need big games to be challenged.”Of course, everyone says we’ve won the last five games but [they have] not been [against] big opposition.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“But you can only beat the teams you play and, for us to get tested and go to the next level, you need those games. And if you want to win the FA Cup, you have to beat everybody.“In the competition, United have claimed seven wins to Arsenal’s six with the other two meetings ending in a draw.Last month, the two sides settled for a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in the Premier League.#MUFC have been drawn away to Arsenal in the #EmiratesFACup fourth round. The tie will be played between 25-28 January. pic.twitter.com/xnxUvc9qHp— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 7, 2019last_img read more


Earlymorning quake in Baja California felt in San Diego

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

Community Partnership at Travis AFB Yields Emergency Responder Training Site

Posted On Sep 13 2019 by

first_imgOfficials at Travis Air Force Base in northern California this month will open up a new multipurpose training site that will enable emergency responders from the installation, as well as local and federal law enforcement agencies, to train together and integrate operations.The site — developed under the Air Force Community Partnership program — will offer training opportunities for security and law enforcement, fire, medical and emergency ordnance disposal personnel.“This compound will provide a site for first responders and emergency responders to utilize to collectively train together,” Maj. Jearl Allman, commander of the 60th Security Forces Squadron, told Travis Public Affairs. “No longer will medical be training separately from fire, who is training separately from security; we will all be training together to make sure we can do business together.”The Air Force paid for the modular units and site preparation of the compound; maintenance and repairs will be paid for by the local community, which is estimated to save at least $10,000 a year for the base.Public agencies taking advantage of the compound will benefit as well. “It may take about a year to figure out the numbers, but local responders will no longer need to travel long distances at other sites, they can now train locally,” Allman said.But the benefits of partnership will go much further than saving money, as the site will allow airmen and other security forces members to integrate training and operations with local and federal law enforcement agencies, according to the story.“We will be able to practice with the local community as well, such as joint-active shooter responses,” Allman said. “We’ll be able to train together to accurately respond to any threat, we’ll be able to communicate and work together at all times.”The training site will accommodate a variety of scenarios, including hostage situations, casualty response, and drug and bomb detection.“Security Forces will obviously get a lot of use out of it, but it will be used by many agencies,” said Capt. Matthew McGinnis, operations officer for the 60th Security Forces Squadron. “The 349th Air Mobility Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Group have expressed interest in the site as well as 16 local and federal agencies; it will really be a community site,” McGinnis said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Houston Company Accused Of Dumping Hazardous Waste

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img Share Photo provided by the Harris County Attorney’s OfficeWright Containers L.L.C. is located at 6633 Lindbergh Street, in southeast Houston.A Harris County District Judge has granted a restraining order against a container company that operates in Houston and that the county and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) accuse of disposing of hazardous waste into the city’s storm sewer systems.Judge Jeff Shadwick, of Harris County’s 55th Judicial District, granted Monday, January 8th, a Temporary Restraining Order against Wright Containers L.L.C. forbidding it from accepting any hazardous waste at its local site, which is located at 6633 Lindbergh Street, in southeast Houston.The Temporary Restraining Order also forbids Wright Containers to dispose of waste into the city’s storm sewer system connected to Sims Bayou and to dispose of “existing stocks of waste.”On January 5th, the Harris County Attorney’s Office filed an application for a Temporary Restraining Order under Chapter 7 of the Texas Water Code and the Houston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday, January 10th, on joining the county’s litigation or filing litigation against Wright Containers separately.Photo provided by the Harris County Attorney’s OfficeA Harris County District Judge has issued a restraining order against a container company that operates in Houston and that the county and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality accuse of disposing of hazardous waste into the city’s storm sewer systems.According to the background information included in the City Council’s Agenda, the Houston Police Department (HPD) received complaints about Wright Containers accepting and improperly disposing of hazardous waste.HPD obtained a search warrant and, after inspecting the site where Wright Containers is located on January 4th, determined that the complaints were “reliable and accurate.”“HPD officers found at the Property characteristic hazardous waste and evidence of unknown discharges of a sludge-like, gelatinous material into the storm sewer system and a sewer drain.  The HPD officers also observed several cracked, damaged totes leaking their contents onto the ground at the facility,” notes the background information pertaining to the Agenda item related to the issue.A news release for the Harris County Attorney’s Office detailed “Wright Containers operates an industrial packaging company that supplies totes, steel drums, and other packaging products” and added that “totes are large plastic chemical storage containers that are encased in a heavy metal wire cage.”Each tote is capable of holding approximately 300 gallons of waste.The news release also contended that “between 300 and 500 totes remain at the facility.”“Many contain hazardous waste, some of it is highly corrosive, and the totes are in various states of disrepair, with some leaking waste onto the ground,” the news release added, while explaining that Ron Wright, owner of Wright Containers, “has agreed to work with the County and City to ensure the business is in compliance with all applicable environmental laws before it resumes cleaning used containers.”A hearing for a temporary injunction has been set for January 19th.last_img read more


Mens Tennis Set for Weekend Matches

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s tennis team returns to the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on Friday at 3 p.m. for a matchup against Georgia State. Just two days later, the Cardinals will head to Hanover, N.H. to play Dartmouth on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.   Georgia State Series Record: The Cardinals lead 5-0.Last Meeting: February 11, 2018 – Louisville won 4-0 in Atlanta, Ga.Scouting the Panthers: Georgia State (2-1) enters Friday’s matchup fresh off two wins over New Orleans and South Florida at the LSU Jerry Simmons Invitational. Bailey Showers and Andre Duarte lead the Panthers with 2-0 records at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively. In doubles, Diego Padilha and Showers hold a 1-0 record at the three-spot. Up Next The Cardinals will travel to Eugene, Ore. for a matchup against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. EST. Print Friendly Version In the ITA national standings, the Cardinals are led by senior Brandon Lancaster with the No. 104 singles ranking. In doubles, Lancaster pairs with fellow senior George Hedley for the No. 34 doubles ranking. About Louisville Men’s Tennis The Cardinals (4-2) went 1-1 at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in their last outing, falling 4-0 to Florida Atlantic, but bouncing back with a 4-1 win against William & Mary in the consolation match. Story Links “We are excited about hosting Georgia State who had a proud tennis program that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2017,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “They will bring out the best in us. Then on Sunday against Ivy League power Dartmouth who spent some of last season in the top 15 in the country. It will be a big test for us especially our freshmen on the road.” Dartmouth Series Record: Dartmouth leads 1-0.Last Meeting: February 4, 2018 – Dartmouth won 4-1 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.Scouting the Big Green: Dartmouth (3-1) has posted wins over Indiana, Bryant, Kentucky, but fell to then-ranked No. 14 Columbia 4-1 in the ITA Kickoff Weekend championship match. Charlie Broom holds the No. 27 singles ranking and boasts a 10-4 record so far this season. In doubles, Dan Martin and John Speicher received the No. 52 ranking following fall play. In dual match action, Broom and David Horneffer are 2-1 at the one-spot. Against William & Mary, Louisville captured the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 2. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle posted a 6-2 win over Oren Vasser and Brenden Volk at the one-spot, while Brandon Lancaster and Alex Wesbrooks clinched the point for the Cards. In singles, Morin-Kougoucheff, Salle, Federico Gomez and David Mizrahi each picked up wins to secure the 4-1 victory.last_img read more


TMC workers supporters stage protests against surging fuel prices

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress workers and supporters staged a protest demonstration at Baidyabati in Hooghly against rising prices of petrol and diesel.This comes a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her concern over the sharp increase in prices of petrol and diesel. She tweeted on Sunday: “We are very concerned about the rising prices of petrol and diesel. This will certainly affect prices all around. Common people, farmers and many will suffer.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHundreds of workers of the party staged a demonstration at Naoga More near Baidyabati in Hooghly. They sought slogans against the “indifferent” attitude of the Centre and demanded its intervention in this connection.Many common people too joined the protest demonstration and demanded immediate steps so that prices do not soar higher. The demonstration took place in front of a refueling station in the area and they held a rally along the GT Road later. On Monday, the petrol and diesel prices in Kolkata increased by 33 paise and 25 paise respectively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt took the prices of petrol and diesel to Rs 79.24 and Rs 70.37 respectively, hitting an all-time high.According to the party workers, they have organised the protest rally apprehending that this price hike would also increase the prices of essential goods as transportation cost will go up and adversely affect common people.According to the members of the West Bengal Petroleum Dealers’ Association, the sale of both petrol and diesel has quickly dropped as the news of price hike spread. Tushar Kanti Sen, president of the association said: “I apprehend further drop in the sale if prices keep increasing.”With the increase in the prices, a section of bus owners have started demanding a fare hike and decided to place their demands before the state Transport department. It may be mentioned that since the change of guard in the state in 2011, the state Transport Department has always taken necessary steps to ensure that common people do not face inconvenience. Sources said there was a preliminary discussion at the state transport department regarding framing a new policy, which would allow increase of bus fares when fuel prices go up and will get decreased with a fall in the fuel prices.last_img read more


Customers Are Still Slow to Adopt Innovative New Tech Why the Lag

Posted On Aug 30 2019 by

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These dynamics play out largely in business-to-business purchase decisions, where often a lot of money is at stake and the productivity of an entire organization is in play. Such decisions are made by groups after thoughtful discussions in which the visionary, pragmatist and conservative positions come to light.Related: The Connected Home: A Huge Opportunity But Slow to Catch OnBy contrast, adoption dynamics of this sort are much less present in business-to-consumer purchase decisions where often a trial is free, the consequences of failure are incidental and no one except the end user needs to be consulted.Focusing in then on the business-to-business landscape, three changes have altered chasm dynamics in enterprise information technology. Cloud computing: has dramatically lowered the barriers to entry for startups and one-person consultancies, so much more choice in the market exists than ever before. At the same time, the cloud enables a try-to-buy sales cycle that reduces the risk of the buyer in testing the market. So it is much easier to get started, and thanks to the Amazons and Rackspaces of this world, straightforward to scale.There are still concerns about reliability security, and these do create chasm effects in some cases.The same can largely be said for the software-as-a-service business model. In the prior era, once customers had purchased the offering, they were on the hook to make their use of it successful. In effect, they had to undertake “adoption risk,” and this was a big part of what created hesitation among pragmatists and skepticism among conservatives.In the service-oriented model, the pressure is on the vendor to secure widespread adoption; that is how the firm makes money at scale, via a “land and expand” business model. This makes it easier for customers to buy in to next-generation offers, provided they are not widely disruptive to the rest of the business.This has worked to the benefit of software as a service applications like SuccessFactors (bought by SAP), ExactTarget (bought by Salesforce), as well as independent companies like Workday, NetSuite and Intacct. Related: What Really Fosters Innovation (Infographic)Still, to make a big impact in a short time, companies find it worthwhile to focus their market development efforts on a beachhead market, where they can gain dominant share around a specific use case within a target segment.This way their products can become the safe buy for those customers, their de facto standard if you will. This in turn creates an open and vibrant market for the partners in their ecosystem. Lithium took this approach to community-enabled tech support, with a particular focus on wireless telecommunications, a tactic that established the company firmly on the other side of the chasm, from which they are now expanding into other use cases.The third and final big change in enterprise IT in the past decade is the arrival of mobile devices and the bring-your-own-device movement.This is reshaping the landscape of enterprise IT, pushing aside established players like Microsoft and Intel at the edge and resetting the bar for application vendors like Oracle and SAP at the core. When everything is in flux, it is hard for IT decision makers to commit to next-generation infrastructure, even when everyone in their company is encouraging them to do so.Here a stairway to heaven approach works well, where the first use case is relatively low risk, the next one addresses an urgent re-engineering problem, and the ones that follow are more general purpose. Box is a company that’s following this path, and the first step customers usually take is just to deploy consumer-style document sharing with an enterprise security wrapper around it and then dig into deeper challenges like sharing medical records, board documents or confidential intellectual property.In all cases, what the market is looking for is a new product with advanced features, surrounded by a reliable whole product — the complete set of products and services needed to deliver on the value proposition promised by the core product. Whole products require ecosystems to be self-organized to fill a market need. The key lesson that Crossing the Chasm teaches entrepreneurs is to target a market segment for the new offer that is big enough to matter, small enough to lead and a good fit with their crown jewels.Related: 4 Steps to Ace an Early-Adopter Culture Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Visionaries, who go ahead of the herd to gain competitive advantage or to get a leg up on an emerging problem. Pragmatists, who go with the herd, watching their peers to see what is the popular choice and thus the “safe buy.” Conservatives, who go after the herd, waiting for the dust to settle, the safe buy to be known  and the low-cost choice to be a reliable alternative. March 21, 2014 Register Now » Back in 1990 my book Crossing the Chasm addressed the marketing challenges faced by entrepreneurs in getting a disruptive innovation adopted by mainstream customers. It struck a chord then. And now 14 years later businesses are still facing a somewhat similar scenario.Yet the game itself is being played on a whole new field, one shaped by cloud computing, mobile devices and an everything-as-a-service business model. Each of these developments is having a novel impact on chasm-crossing strategies. Here’s how it is playing out:The lull in the adoption of new technologies comes into being whenever buyers must make a high-risk, low-data purchase decision. The risk comes from technologies that are not proven, solution suites that are not yet built out, partnerships that have yet to coalesce and standards that are still in flux.In this context, buyers self-segregate into three basic buying groups, as follows:last_img read more


Dutch telco KPN added 79000 IPTV subscribers in t

Posted On Aug 7 2019 by

first_imgDutch telco KPN added 79,000 IPTV subscribers in the first quarter, taking the total for its Interactieve TV service to 652,000. However, KPN’s digital-terrestrial TV service Digitenne continued its slow decline, with 26,000 fewer homes using the service as the primary means of viewing over the quarter, taking its total to 801,000.KPN is launching a new IPTV set-top and adding HD channels to its standard package.The telco continued to lose residential broadband customers, dropping from 2.538 million at the end of 2011 to 2.516 million at the end of March. KPN reported 125,000 fibre-to-the-home subscribers at the end of the quarter, up 23,000. Services per residential customer grew to 1.94 at the end of the quarter, with ARPU steady at €39.last_img read more


At 8 pm on a Saturday night people are starting

Posted On Aug 3 2019 by

first_imgAt 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, people are starting to pack into a popular bar called Harvard & Stone in an East Los Angeles neighborhood. The chatter gets louder as the booze begins to flow.In the far corner, about a dozen women in a group are clearly enjoying themselves too, but they are not drinking alcohol. They’re sipping handcrafted mocktails, with names like Baby’s First Bourbon and Honey Dew Collins, featuring nonalcoholic distilled spirits.They’re part of a sober social club, made up mostly of women in their 30s who want to have fun and make friends without alcohol.The members of this club work out, have demanding jobs and simply don’t want to feel foggy or hungover anymore. Without alcohol, they say, they just feel better.”Oh my gosh. Well, one thing that was noticeable to pretty much everybody was my overall health and, like, my skin, my eyes. … I lost weight,” says Stephanie Forte, who works in sales in the beauty industry.Another social club member, Kathy Kuzniar, says she used to obsess over whether there was enough wine in the house. She says she feels calmer since she became sober, and she has lost 30 pounds.”I’m creative again,” Kuzniar says. “And I know I wouldn’t be doing those things if I was still drinking.”Not too long ago, a group of women in a bar who were not drinking alcohol would have seemed kind of strange. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 86 percent of adults over 18 report having had an alcoholic drink or drinks at some point in their lifetime, and 56 percent say they’ve had alcohol in the past month. Still, abstaining from alcohol — on a short-term basis or longer term — is becoming more common.”Not everybody wants to get wasted when they go to the bar,” says Forte. Sometimes, being there is just about wanting to be social and fit in.The “sober curious” or “sober sometimes” movement started as a challenge for those who felt they’d partied a little too hard over New Year’s weekend. First there was “Dry January,” when people could brag on social media about how they were taking a break from booze. Now there’s “Dry July” and even “Sober September.” And the movement has spread across the U.S., with people challenging each other to see what life is like without alcohol and share in that experience.Instagram accounts like Sober Girl Society and Sober Nation have tens of thousands of followers, as does Ruby Warrington, author of the book Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol, which was released last December.And while there is virtually no downside to taking a break from drinking alcohol — or quitting altogether — science is just beginning to study the ways abstinence might be good for you.Short breaks improve healthSo far, there are a handful of studies that point to some benefits of abstinence for even moderate drinkers — in addition to the widely recognized benefits for people who have alcohol use disorder.A 2016 British study of about 850 men and women who volunteered to abstain from alcohol during Dry January found that participants reported a range of benefits. For instance, 82 percent said they felt a sense of achievement. “Better sleep” was cited by 62 percent, and 49 percent said they lost some weight.Another study published last year by researchers in Britain compared the health outcomes among a group of men and women who agreed to stop drinking for one month, with the health of a group that continued to consume alcohol.”They found that at the end of that month — just after one month — people, by and large, lost some weight,” says Aaron White, the senior scientific adviser to the director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. “They had improvements in insulin sensitivity, their blood pressure numbers improved and their livers looked a little healthier.” The improvements were modest, White says, but the broad range of benefits the researchers documented was noticeable.To help understand how taking a break from alcohol can influence healthy functioning of the liver, researchers in the Netherlands carried out a separate study to document the biochemical effects of one month of alcohol abstinence.The study was small. It included just 16 people who had been in the habit of drinking about two drinks per day on average. Still, the findings were provocative, scientists say, and merit following up.After a monthlong break, researchers measured levels of a liver enzyme called gamma-glutamyltransferase, or GGT. “There’s an antioxidant made by the liver called glutathione. You can get an indirect measure of how much oxidative stress the liver is under by measuring an enzyme called GGT that helps replenish glutathione stores,” White explains.After one month, the researchers documented a reduction in the participants’ GGT.”The findings of these studies are actually very surprising,” White says. Health risks linked to heavy, long-term drinking are well known, but this is some of the first evidence to help scientists understand how the body responds to even a short break from moderate alcohol use.The sobriety spectrumFor drinkers who have become alcohol dependent, taking a short break is likely not an option. Many people who drink heavily have not had an easy road in managing their relationship with alcohol.Chris Marshall of Austin, Texas, has been sober for the past 12 years. He started drinking in high school, he says, and got his first DUI at 16. Then he joined a fraternity in college and kept drinking.”All my drinking was really centered around community and wanting that connection so badly with other people,” he says.He finally got sober with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous. He became a substance abuse counselor to help others but found that being in recovery was often really lonely.”Those early days of abstinence from alcohol were so tough, because I had no friends,” he says.So he created Sans Bar, a sober bar in Austin. It’s open on Friday nights and some Saturdays — a comfortable place where people can talk, make sober friends, listen to music and, of course, drink some good nonalcoholic drinks. (Marshall likes ginger beer, which he says offers a nice burn in the throat that people sometimes miss when they’re no longer drinking alcohol.)Sans Bar has become so popular that Marshall took the concept on the road this year. He organized pop-up bars in Washington, D.C., New York and Anchorage, Alaska. And he has opened new sober bars in Kansas City, Mo., and western Massachusetts.”What I want to create across the country are these little incubators for social connection,” he says.Over the past 12 years, Marshall has seen a lot of changes in the way people view sobriety. Back when he was getting sober, you either drank — or you didn’t, he says. Now there’s a whole spectrum of sobriety.”Not everyone identifies as sober all the time,” Marshall says. And that’s fine with him.He welcomes to Sans Bar people who are in recovery and those just curious about the sober life, as long as they are substance free when they arrive and while they’re there.”You know, alcohol is the only drug in which you have to give a reason for why you don’t do it,” he says.On a recent Friday night, Rob Zaleski and Kim Daniel walk into Marshall’s bar in Austin. They’re going without alcohol for 30 days, they explain, and are documenting their experience in a podcast and on Instagram at #boozelessATX.”We came to a realization that we were drinking way too often and way too much,” says Zaleski.They wanted to see what new skills and activities they could try out while not consuming alcohol. So far, they’ve discovered archery lessons, played flag football, checked out motorcycles at a biker rally and joined a free improv class.”We’re finding that we can fill our days,” Daniel says, “but sometimes the nights are hard.” Then they discovered Sans Bar.Now, if you’re worried that you are one of the 17 million U.S. adults who are alcohol dependent, and alcohol is causing you stress or harm, seek medical advice. As we’ve reported, there are a variety of treatments beyond Alcoholics Anonymous, including counseling, medications and support groups to help people who want to end that dependency. This NIAAA guide can help you find a program or approach that’s right for you.But if you can and want to experiment with cutting out alcohol while others around you are drinking, Marshall offers these tips for sticking to it: Be vocal about your plans not to drink, bring a friend who supports you and demand a good substitute beverage. Copyright 2019 NPR. 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Researchers Say Airbnb Fudged New York City Listing Data

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first_img Next Article Image credit: 360b | Shutterstock.com Researchers Say Airbnb Fudged New York City Listing Data Register Now » Add to Queue February 12, 2016 Airbnb Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.center_img Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine –shares 5 min read Kia Kokalitcheva Home-sharing startup Airbnb is facing accusations by two independent researchers that it manipulated data about its New York City listings to conceal the number of landlords who rent multiple properties.Airbnb originally released the data to counter criticism that it facilitated illegal commercial rentals. The company argues that most of its hosts are merely renting out extra space in their homes for some extra cash.However, the researchers alleged in a report on Wednesday that Airbnb’s data gives a skewed picture of its New York listings. In fact, they said the company cherry picked data immediately after removing nearly 1,000 listings by hosts who rent multiple apartments.“The intervention was so specific, and the timing so close to the date of the New York City snapshot, that the conclusion is inescapable: Airbnb removed listings from its site so that its data set would paint a more attractive picture of its business, to better influence media and public opinion,” the report said. “It was a cover-up, not a move to transparency.”The researchers, Murray Cox and Tom Slee, built computer programs that collected and tracked data from Airbnb’s website about its listings over time, including an identifier for each host, the type of rental, and location. They looked at listings before Nov. 17, the date Airbnb used to showcase “typical” activity on its site, and listings after that.They concluded that Airbnb manipulated the data based on several findings:There was a large and unusual drop off for listings of entire homes (rather than merely spare bedrooms) in New York City just days before Nov. 17. Cox and Slee estimated that more than 1,000 of these listings were removed as part of the purge, affecting more than 500 hosts, many of whom had multiple homes.The listings removed appeared to be concentrated among hosts with several listings, including three that had 10, 11 and 12 listings each in New York City. After the purge of listings, most of these hosts were left with only one home listed on Airbnb, which played to the company’s claim that 95 percent of hosts only list one unit.There was no similar drop off in “Private room” or “Shared room” listings, presumably because those types of listings are not central to the criticism of Airbnb as enabling landlords to turn long-term housing units into short-term hotels.Cox and Slee examined Airbnb listings in two other large markets, Miami and Los Angeles, and found no unusual drop off or change in listing activity, reinforcing their belief that the New York City drop off is an anomaly and not a result of a change in company-wide policy. They also found no change in listing activity in three European cities: Rome, London and Berlin.Listings by landlords with multiple homes appear to be rising since Nov. 17, signaling that Airbnb isn’t making a long-term effort to keep them off the service.The report also alleged that Airbnb made misleading projections along with the data about the share of income going to hosts with multiple listings compared to people with single listings. The company said that income for hosts with multiple properties will shrink from 41 percent to 14 percent of all revenue from entire home listings in New York City. Because Airbnb used the artificially low data from Nov. 17, they argue, its projections are much lower than they should be.An Airbnb spokesman disputed the report’s claims to Fortune:”The facts are clear for all to see — the vast majority of our hosts are everyday people who have just one listing and share their space a few nights a month to help make ends meet. Airbnb is an open people-to-people platform where listings come on and go off throughout the year. We’ve also done significant work to educate our community about what is in the best interest of their city and we routinely review our listings to ensure guests are having the quality, local experience they expect and deserve.”In November, Airbnb made a public pledge to be more transparent about activity on its site and to work with city officials and regulators. Shortly after, it released the New York City data, presumably because of the company’s tense history with city officials there.Last year, the New York Attorney General’s office released a report that found that almost three-quarters of Airbnb listings in the city were illegal. After a lengthy legal battle, Airbnb agreed to send the attorney general’s office anonymized data about thousands of New York City listings.Airbnb’s spokesman also shared a partial snapshot with Fortune of its New York City listings as of Feb. 8 that shows that 94 percent of hosts there only have one listing. Slee told Fortune he has similar data, but he pointed out that the number of New York City listings by hosts with more than one rental has been rising since the November purge.While Airbnb hosts with multiple listings may have shrunk to only 5 or 6 percent of the overall, they are not being prevented from re-listing their units.Still, questions remain. Airbnb says it periodically removes listings that don’t meet the company’s standards, so it’s possible that this was the case just prior to Nov. 17. However, Cox and Slee find the timing odd because the sudden change only took place New York City and not any other market they researched.last_img read more


Tap and pray Churches using card readers for donations

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_imgIn this photo taken on Thursday Aug. 2, 2018, Aaron Rodewald, an operations and finance manager at St. John’s Church, demonstrates a device that allows churchgoers to donate money using contactless payments, in Hoxton, London. Thousands of Christian churches across the world are now using portable card readers or apps to take donations as people increasingly stop carrying cash on them. The Church of England says 16,000 religious sites now have access to portable card readers. In the U.S., hundreds of churches have installed kiosks where the faithful can swipe a card to donate. (AP Photo/Robert Stevens) His congregation includes 23-year-old Zoe Mathias, who rarely carries cash, unless she’s lost her debit card.”I’m very glad that our church has entered into the 21st century with contactless payment,” she said.The money raised is used on building upkeep, children’s activities and to stage events for the local community.Hunter said the church realized it had to make up for a drop in cash donations and that technology is helping to do that.He hopes embracing innovations like contactless card payments will show churches can be modern, forward-thinking places. St. John’s once installed a free public wi-fi zone in its garden, so passersby could surf the web while on their lunch break.”The Bible describes god as the chief technical officer, the CTO, a chief technician, an architect of all that is to come. So, God is creative and produces new technologies and so should we,” said Hunter. In this photo taken on Thursday Aug. 2, 2018, Aaron Rodewald, an operations and finance manager at St. John’s Church, demonstrates a device that allows churchgoers to donate money using contactless payments, in Hoxton, London. Thousands of Christian churches across the world are now using portable card readers or apps to take donations as people increasingly stop carrying cash on them. The Church of England says 16,000 religious sites now have access to portable card readers. In the U.S., hundreds of churches have installed kiosks where the faithful can swipe a card to donate. (AP Photo/Robert Stevens) A startup that makes donation apps for churches in France says that the average contribution is two to six times higher than cash donations. Obole Digitale’s smartphone app is used by 34 dioceses that represent over 5,000 churches in the country.That may also be due to the fact that electronic donations tend to be worth more than the small change people carry in their pockets.St. John’s church in London has a contactless card reader with preset donation sums ranging from 5 to 50 pounds ($6.50 to $65.50).Graham Hunter, the vicar for St. John’s, says about a quarter of all voluntary donations are now via contactless payments.He adopted the new technology after noticing open-air market traders in London using contactless readers for payments.”In everyday life, people go into cafes and into supermarkets and they’re used to paying with contactless all the time,” he said. Explore further Thousands of Christian churches across the world are now using portable card readers or apps to take donations as people increasingly stop carrying cash on them. Church of England ushers in contactless donationscenter_img This photo taken on Thursday Aug. 2, 2018 shows exterior of St. John’s Church in Hoxton, London, which has a device that allows churchgoers to donate money using contactless payments. Thousands of Christian churches across the world are now using portable card readers or apps to take donations as people increasingly stop carrying cash on them. The Church of England says 16,000 religious sites now have access to portable card readers. In the U.S., hundreds of churches have installed kiosks where the faithful can swipe a card to donate. (AP Photo/Robert Stevens) Citation: Tap and pray: Churches using card readers for donations (2018, August 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-churches-card-readers-donations.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The Church of England says 16,000 religious sites now have access to portable card readers. In the U.S., hundreds of churches have installed kiosks where the faithful can swipe a card to donate. Others are popularizing smartphone apps where money can be sent over at any time.”How we pay for things is changing fast, especially for younger church-goers, who no longer carry cash, and we want all generations to be able to make the most of their place of worship,” said John Preston, the Church of England’s national stewardship officer.The technologies vary from donations via website to apps and physical screens set up at the church. The contactless card reader, which can be passed around the pews like the traditional offerings plate, is a newer evolution that the Church of England in particular has been adopting.It struck a deal with contactless payment companies iZettle and SumUp to create a system that all its religious sites can install. It takes Apple Pay and Google Pay but can also be used with a PIN code if needed.The innovation seems to be yielding good results. 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Facebook says COO Sandberg asked for info on Soros

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first_img Citation: Facebook says COO Sandberg asked for info on Soros (2018, November 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-facebook-coo-sandberg-info-soros.html The company was responding to a New York Times report citing sources that maintained the second most powerful executive at Facebook was directly involved in the social network’s tactical response to the philanthropist’s criticism of the social network.”Mr. Soros is a prominent investor and we looked into his investments and trading activity related to Facebook,” a spokeswoman said, queried by AFP.”That research was already underway when Sheryl sent an email asking if Mr. Soros had shorted Facebook’s stock.”Investors who sell shares short stand to profit if the price of the stock drops.The outgoing head of Facebook’s communications team last week took responsibility for the controversial hiring of a conservative consulting firm accused of using “black ops” style techniques, acknowledging that critics including investor Soros were targeted.The announcement by Elliot Schrage, who said in June he was stepping down, came after Sandberg has pledged a review of its use of Definers to deflect criticism from the social networking giant.She and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg maintained they were surprised by an NYT story earlier this month that said the social network was using Definers to link social network critics to liberal financier Soros.The Hungarian-born US billionaire is a favorite target of nationalists and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists.Schrage taking the hit for the controversy was seen by some as convenient, since he had said he was leaving the social network after working there for more than a decade.On her watchDefiners was hired in 2017 as part of an effort to diversify its advisors in Washington, in the face of growing pressure by competitors and media companies for Facebook to be regulated by the government, Schrage said in a message to co-workers posted online.But its role grew to include looking into Facebook competitors and doing research on Soros-funded campaigns.”Responsibility for these decisions rests with leadership of the Communications team,” Schrage said. “That’s me.”Sandberg, who had previously stated that she had no recollection of working with Definers, revealed at the time that a check of what had crossed her desk showed that Definers was mentioned in some material and in a “small number” of emails she received.”As Elliot said last week, we researched potential motivations behind George Soros’s criticism of Facebook in January 2018,” the spokesperson told AFP.Definers began looking into Soros after the philanthropist labeled Facebook a “menace to society” in a speech at Davos early this year, according to Schrage.”We had not heard such criticism from him before and wanted to determine if he had any financial motivation,” Schrage said.When a “Freedom from Facebook” campaign later began portrayed as a grassroots coalition, Definers determined that Soros was funding some coalition members and shared what they learned with the press, according to Schrage.”Sheryl never directed research on Freedom from Facebook,” the spokeswoman said.”But, as she said before, she takes full responsibility for any activity that happened on her watch.”Schrage joined Zuckerberg and Sandberg in stressing that Definers was not hired to create or spread false stories to help Facebook. Zuckerberg said Facebook stopped using Definers the day the NYT story was published.Zuckerberg has defended Sandberg, saying she “is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts for a lot of the biggest issues we have.”Facebook has stumbled from one mess to another this year as it grapples with continuing fallout from Russia’s use of the platform to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which user data was harnessed in a bid to help candidate Donald Trump, and a huge security breach involving millions of accounts. The outgoing head of Facebook’s communications team last week took responsibility for the controversial hiring of a conservative consulting firm accused of using “black ops” style techniques This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Facebook on Thursday said that chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg asked staff to look into whether billionaire critic George Soros had a financial interest in tarnishing the social network.center_img Explore further © 2018 AFP Outgoing Facebook exec takes fall for hiring opposition firmlast_img read more


How Europe is faring on renewable energy targets

Posted On Jul 18 2019 by

first_img Citation: How Europe is faring on renewable energy targets (2019, March 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-europe-faring-renewable-energy.html Each member state has its own renewable energy goal, based on its situation and potential, ranging from 10 to 49 percent.While 11 countries in the bloc have already surpassed their targets, others are lagging behind, according to EU statistics authority Eurostat.With the target for 2030 at 32 percent, Eurostat says: “While the EU as a whole is on course to meet its 2020 targets, some member states will need to make additional efforts to meet their obligations.”Sweden: champion of EuropeEurope’s renewable energy leaders are Nordic countries: Sweden, Finland and Denmark.Since 2012 more than half of the total energy consumed in Sweden has come from renewable sources, according to the International Energy Agency.This is due in large part to hydroelectric power, which provides more than 40 percent of the country’s electricity output. Swedes heat themselves mainly with biofuels. Denmark—a small, flat country long dependent on energy imports—now gets 43 percent of its electricity from wind power after investment starting in the late 1970s when it began phasing out coal plants. The Netherlands: lagging behindLuxembourg and the Netherlands are the EU countries with the lowest consumption of renewables, reaching 6.4 percent and 6.6 percent respectively.Despite its investment in offshore wind farms, the Netherlands is the furthest from reaching its targets. Yet, with a part of the country lying below sea level, it is particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change.In 2015 the Netherlands was one of the first countries to rule on a climate case, with a court ordering the state to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020.France: nuclear preferenceInspired by the Dutch decision, four environmental NGOs in March sued the French government for failing to uphold its commitments on fighting climate change.In 2017 France reached 16.3 percent of energy consumption from renewables, compared to its 23 percent target for 2020.Wood and hydropower are the main sources of green energy in France, ahead of biofuels. France has long preferred investment in nuclear power, from which it gets more than 70 percent of its electricity.The government has committed to closing 14 nuclear reactors by 2035 and shutting down four still-active coal power plants by 2022, on condition that it can guarantee secure electricity supplies.Germany: between coal and windGermany’s renewable energy, which comes mainly from wind and solar power, reached just 15.5 percent in 2017, while its 2020 objective is set at 18 percent. Coal remains the cornerstone of its energy policy, in part due to the government’s decision in 2011 to shut down all nuclear plants by 2022.Coal accounts for 37 percent of Germany’s electricity production and more than 30 percent of its heating.Europe’s biggest economy intends to progressively phase out coal in order to respect its commitment to reducing polluting emissions. A new framework law on protecting the climate is expected in 2019. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP Explore furthercenter_img France to close 14 nuclear reactors by 2035: Macron The European Union’s use of renewable energy—such as hydropower, wind and solar—reached 17.5 percent in 2017 The European Union’s use of renewable energy—such as hydropower, wind and solar—reached 17.5 percent in 2017, keeping it on track for a target of 20 percent by 2020.last_img read more


Govt mulls incentives for SMIs to adopt robotic tech

Posted On Jul 16 2019 by

first_img Tags / Keywords: Nation 09 Jul 2019 Dr M urges major industry players to support TVET Azmin , robotics , SMIs , competitive , automation , incentives , Economic Affairs Ministry KUALA LUMPUR: The government is looking into providing special incentives to encourage small and medium industries (SMIs) to adopt robotic technology to boost productivity.Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said it was high time that SMIs kept abreast of the latest technology to enhance competitiveness.However, since it would be costly to invest in automation and robotics, the government was looking at a more holistic approach that would assist industry players, he added.”Miti (International Trade and Industry Ministry) is looking into this,” he said after opening the Aspire Graduate Career Fair at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Saturday (July 13). Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img Education 07 Jul 2019 Pushing hard for holistic vocational education Corporate News 09 Jul 2019 Cabinet yet to decide on Gamuda Azmin said the government would further improve Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) modules to cater to the needs of the industry in view of the advent of technological development.”For Malaysia to attain the status of a developed nation, we need to prepare the workforce with skills and talents catering to the evolving technology.”We need to expand the pool of skilled and talented young workforce in the field of technology to reduce dependence on foreigners,” he said.The Aspire 2919 fair offers opportunities for graduates to find jobs apart from learning about the corporate world.The topic of this year’s Aspire 500 conference is “Cashing in on e-wallet”. Related Newslast_img read more