Using Server Farms to Heat Buildings

first_imgWhy not recycle the heat with air conditioning?Another way to do this is with variable refrigerant flow (VRF) heat pumps. These are the big brothers to minisplits that allow you to do simultaneous heating and cooling, bypassing the outdoor unit of the heat pump altogether. The refrigerant picks up heat in a room that needs to be cooled and sends it to another room that needs to be heated.Using waste heat from computers reminds me of Martin Holladay’s April Fool’s Day article a few years ago: Researchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is Doomed. In it he wrote that plasma TVs would soon be labeled with their heat output in BTU/hr. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. Put a “data furnace” in your basementIt’s not a new idea. As long as people have been going into server rooms and feeling the heat, they’ve been talking about what a great idea it would be if you could use that heat. It’s fairly low-grade heat, though, so it wouldn’t be ideal for generating electricity, but is just right for heating buildings… if you can get the heat to where it needs to be. The Amazon plans aren’t out yet, at least not in what I’ve seen, but they’re going to capture the heat in water and move it to their office building.A few years ago, Microsoft published a paper called The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing, which looked at the possibility of heating homes with servers. They found that it would take 37 to 114 of those 350-watt servers to provide all the heat for homes in five different climates. The owner of the data furnace would net about $300 in savings for each server.It’s an interesting idea, but I just don’t see that one taking root. What Amazon is doing, though, should represent a new trend. And Seattle is the ideal place to do it because their design temperatures are moderate and they use heat throughout the year. I recall having the heat on and wearing my wool sweater even in July one year when I lived there. RELATED ARTICLES Capturing and Distributing Waste Heat From Power GenerationDistrict HeatingCombined Heat and Power in SwedenBringing Combined Heat and Power to BrattleboroResearchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is DoomedWater Heat Exchangerscenter_img Last week in my ASHRAE newsletter, I saw an interesting story about a cool thing that is planning to do with heat. Amazon, in case you didn’t know, is a heavy user of computers. Not only do their run their online store but they also have a popular cloud computing service. Computers turn electricity into kitten videos, celebrity tweets, and waste heat. And despite what Facebook and Twitter may have led you to believe, that last one is the most important.A typical server uses about 350 watts of power and produces about 1,200 BTU/hr of waste heat. (These numbers are from a paper written in 2011, but more about that later.) With 50 servers, you could get as much heat as a 60,000 BTU/hr furnace, but most of the time that heat is not only not used, the owner of the server farm pays to have it removed from the server room with the use of air conditioning — even in cold climates. Amazon is building a new office center in Seattle, and they’re planning to heat it with waste heat from a nearby server farm. The project is going through the approval process with the local government now, but this would turn around the energy flows and make use of the heat given off instead of using more energy to get rid of it.last_img read more

Mean is in: Bollywood biggies caught sporting the bad-boy look with much elan

first_imgIt’s good to be bad in Bollywood – at least that’s what all the big guys seem to be endorsing with their latest look.The clean chocolate boy guise is outdated and what looks to be in vogue is the mean dishevelled appearance.From industry icons such as Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan to the young band of boys such as Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor – they all happen to be in agreement on this one point, for a change.Back from his shooting stint in Kashmir, SRK was recently snapped at the airport; his machismo on full display as he sported tousled long hair and a scruffy French beard. A black leather jacket, shades, a monogrammed Louis Vuitton bag and ripped denims completed his cool avatar.Salman, who’s riding high on the success of his recent release Ek Tha Tiger, was spotted in Mumbai wearing his signature Muscle Tee and denims.The original bad boy was flaunting a Van Dyke goatee and a rough, short haircut. Style icon Arjun Rampal was clicked showing off a scruffy French beard and covered his messy mane under a cap.It’s not just the big names who are flaunting the look.Even upcoming stars such as Ranveer and Arjun prefer the scruffy and shaggy look.The first look of their new movie Gunday has the duo dressed in denims teamed with V-neck tees and open-button shirts casually thrown over.While Ranveer sports a handle bar moustache and beard, Arjun is seen in grungy long hair and a good, old fashioned beard.advertisementThe boys seem in no hurry to get rid of their tapori style and are carrying their reel-look into real life.last_img read more

Some people misleading Jat quota movement: Ajay Singh

first_imgNashik, Feb 21 (PTI) Former Union minister Ajay Singh today said some people are misleading the ongoing agitation by Jat community members for quota even as he underlined the need for reservation.”Jats are peaceful and non-violent, but some people are misleading the ongoing movement. Injustice is being done to the community. Politicians assure us of reservation, but the demand gets rejected in court. Reservation should be provided for the community by making a provision in law,” he said.Singh, also president of All India Jat Mahasabha, was in the city to address the 14th National Jat Intellectual conference.Singh, who had served as the minister of State for Railways in 1989-90, said, “Jats have presence in various sectors including Army, politics, sports etc. and have made tremendous progress. However, following internal differences and hostilities, our progress is stalled”.The event was jointly organised by Jat Community Service Trust and Delhi-based Jat Biographical Centre.”The picture would have been different had stalwarts like (former Prime Minister) Charan Singh and Devilal (former deputy-Prime Minister) came together,” he said.Vijendra Singh, who trained local girl Kavita Raut, an acclaimed long-distance runner, demanded financial assistance for the athlete who holds the national record for 10-km road running.Various office-bearers of Jat Seva Samiti also attended the function. PTI HVJ NSK ANPlast_img read more


first_imgSaying that the sub continent pitches provide more Saying that the sub continent pitches provide more opportunities to slow bowlers to attack, McCullum said he could be opening the bowling for his country, similar to what Ravichandran Ashwin has done with a fair amount of success for India. “There are more opportunities in the sub continent to attack in 24 balls than in New Zealand with short boundaries and flat pitches. Its more an awareness of what role you are to play and at which time. “I have opened (bowling) a number of times for New Zealand before and theres a chance of doing so in this tournament.” Describing Ashwin as “brilliant”, McCullum hoped his teams batsmen can take the Indian off spinner down in the game at Nagpur. “Hes a brilliant bowler and I enjoy watching him bowl. Hes got huge knowledge of conditions. Hopefully we can take him down in that first game,” said the experienced Kiwi cricketer. McCullum pointed out that New Zealand may have done well but never never won an ICC tournament in the past. “We have traditionally done okay, but we have not won any (tournament). Its a challenge for us. Hopefully we can go far in the tournament.” PTI SSR NRB NP CM BASlast_img read more

Oppo F3 Lite selfie-centric smartphone with 16-megapixel front camera launched

first_imgOppo just unveiled a smartphone in Vietnam called the Oppo F3 Lite that joins the ranks of the Oppo F3 and Oppo F3 Plus. While the F3 Lite may be a new model  for the Vietnamese market, it has been available for a while now in some other parts of the world including India under a different name, the Oppo A57. The F3 Lite has been priced at VND 5,490,000 (approx. Rs 16,000) and will be available in Black and Gold colours. Notably, the Oppo A57 was launched in India back in January at Rs 14,990. The Oppo F3 Lite sports the same specifications as the Oppo A57 which includes a 5.2-inch (720×1280) LCD display, a Snapdrgon 435 chipset, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB. The smartphone runs on a now dated Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Color OS 3.0 skin on top. As is the case with most all Oppo smartphones, the F3 Lite is also a selfi-oriented handset that bears a 16-megapixel front-facing camera with beautify effects that lets you blur the backgraound for a bokeh effect. Over on the back you see a 13-megapixel Sony sensor with phase-detection autofocus.The Oppo F3 Lite comes with connectivity options that include suupot for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and 3.5mm headphone jack, among others. The handset packs a 2900mAh battery, measures 149.1×72.9×7.65mm and weighs 147 grams. Also Read: Oppo F5 with bezel-less display may come to India on October 26: ReportConsidering the dated specs of the Oppo F3 Lite, it is surprising to see the smartphone being introduced in Vietnam now after it was first unveiled almost a year ago. Seperately, Oppo is reportedly preparing to launch a near bezel-less sartphone later this month, called the Oppo F5, in markets including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.advertisementlast_img read more

The Ashes: England opening bowlers let down captain Root at Adelaide

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root was no doubt mindful of recent history at Adelaide Oval when he sent Australia in to bat on winning the toss in the second Ashes Test on Saturday.In the two previous day-night Tests, the visiting team won the toss – New Zealand in 2015 and South Africa last year – decided to bat and eventually succumbed to defeat against Australia.So one could hardly blame Root for opting for a different path, but that will not stop the Sunday morning quarterbacks from second-guessing his decision, which somewhat backfired when his opening bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad wasted the new ball, though the day was not a complete disaster, with Australia 209 for four wickets at stumps.England’s Test debutant Craig Overton, who was not used early but later in the day bowled Australian captain Steve Smith for 40, acknowledged the early going was a tough slog for the visitors.”Overcast skies, a bit of moisture around,” he said, when asked the thought process behind sending Australia in.”Obviously, the first session didn’t go to plan but … they’re not too far ahead of the game.”Australian number three Usman Khawaja was not surprised by Root’s decision.”I had a feeling they might bowl first,” Khawaja said after making 53. “It was overcast, day one, pink ball, their bowlers do thrive in these conditions but at end of the day whatever you do first you have to do it well.”I think we’re pretty happy with four to 200 at the end of the day.”advertisementAnderson and Broad posed few problems for Australian opening batsmen David Warner and Cameron Bancroft early on.With 899 Test wickets between them, they rarely looked like making it 900 as they sent down too many short deliveries with the pink ball which passed through harmlessly to the wicketkeeper during the early stages.Broad lasted just three overs in his first spell before being replaced by Chris Woakes.It was a far cry from the second Adelaide Test seven years ago, when England reduced Australia to three wickets for two en route to a decisive victory.Anderson collected the prized scalps of Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke back then, taking 4-51 in the first innings.It was a different story on Saturday but by day’s end Root could surely defend his decision to bowl.Cricinfo last year calculated that since 2000 the side batting first have won 36 percent of those Tests, the side bowling first 39 percent.The odds swung had swung slightly in Australia’s favour by stumps, but not by much.last_img read more

Spain’s Rafael Nadal, Garbine Muguruza named International Tennis Federation champions for 2017

first_imgThe International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Friday named Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza as this year’s ITF World Champions.While this is the third ITF World Championship for Nadal, it is the first for Muguruza. It is also the first time since 1998 that the men’s and women’s ITF world champions hail from the same country, reports Efe.”It is four years since I last finished No. 1 on the ATP rankings and this has a special feeling. Congrats also to Garbine on her achievement which is great for our country,” Nadal said in remarks published by the ITF’s website.Muguruza is the second Spanish tennis player to achieve the WTA No. 1 after Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.”He (Nadal) is a great role model for all of us, so it is a great moment for tennis in Spain. I knew that putting in the hard work would pay off eventually and it made winning Wimbledon and achieving the No. 1 ranking so special,” said Muguruza.The other ITF World Championships went to Polish player Lukasz Kubot and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo in men’s doubles, and to Chan Yun-Jan of Taiwan and the recently-retired Martina Hingis of Switzerland in women’s doubles.Argentina’s Axel Geller and US Whitney Osuigwe were picked as junior champions, while David Wagner of the US, Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina and Japan’s Yui Kamiji were chosen as the best in the wheelchair category.The winners will receive their awards at the 2018 ITF World Champions Dinner on June 5, in Paris, during the Roland Garros championship. Eight of the 11 players will receive the award for the first time, with a record three winners from South America in the same season.advertisementIn 1998 Americans Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport were the last male and female from the same country to win the coveted men’s singles and women’s singles ITF world championships.last_img read more

Terrible night for Greeks in Europa League

first_imgA disastrous night for Greek teams in the Europa League on Thursday saw the three of them collect just one point, as Olympiakos drew away from home and Panathinaikos and PAOK suffered home losses.Olympiakos dropped back to the second spot of its pool after drawing 1-1 at Astana in Kazakhstan.The hosts led after eight minutes via a Djordje Despotovic goal, but Seba replied 22 minutes later for Olympiakos, that deserved a winner in the second half without getting it.The Reds now have seven points from four games, two points behind group leader APOEL Nicosia who downed Young Boys 1-0 in Cyprus.Panathinaikos typically crumbled after the hour mark and lost 3-0 to Standard Liege in Athens while finishing the game with 10 men.Without meeting the standards of its performance two weeks earlier in Belgium, the Greens hit the woodwork early in the second half via Paul-Jose M’Poku, who later saw the red card.The Belgians made the most of the depleted Greek side – that had Marcus Berg come off injured in the first half – and scored via Ibrahima Cisse and Ishak Belfodil (twice) leaving the Greeks bottom of their group with just one point.PAOK was shocked by Qarabag at Toumba as the Azeri team doubled its wins within two weeks, triumphing 1-0.Former AEK Athens player Michel scored five minutes after coming on as a substitute, with PAOK being unable to equalize in the remaining 21 minutes of the game.Now PAOK is only left with some mathematical hopes of advancing to the next round, with four points from as many games.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Granqvist penalty downs South Korea

first_imgSweden 1 South Korea 0: Granqvist’s VAR-assisted penalty settles tight game Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 21:57 6/18/18 Andreas Granqvist - cropped Getty Images Sweden needed a second-half penalty, given after a VAR consultation, to edge past South Korea and move joint top of Group F. Andreas Granqvist’s VAR-assisted penalty handed Sweden a deserved 1-0 World Cup win over South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on Monday.The win takes Janne Andersson’s side joint top in Group F with Mexico after their shock win over reigning champions Germany.The European side were dominant throughout and were twice denied by goalkeeper Cho Hyun-woo before another dramatic intervention by VAR shortly after the hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Substitute Kim Min-woo appeared to have hacked down Viktor Claesson, and, after initially waving away furious appeals from Swedish players, referee Joel Aguilar consulted VAR and eventually pointed to the spot.South Korea were disappointing throughout, with star man Son Heung-min unable to demonstrate any of the threat that has made him a firm favourite with Tottenham fans in recent seasons.Sweden now have the chance to all but knock Germany out of the tournament on Saturday, while South Korea face Mexico desperately needing a win to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages.FT // #SWE win!They join #MEX on three points in Group F after today’s result against #KOR #WorldCup — FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) 18 June 2018 Sweden started without Victor Lindelof after the Manchester United defender fell ill overnight, with his replacement Pontus Jansson and the rest of the defence scarcely tested by a tepid South Korean attack in the early stages.Granqvist was denied a shot at goal by a superb last-ditch interception by Kim Young-gwon in the game’s first notable moment before Marcus Berg squandered a golden opportunity to hand his side the lead midway through the half.The Al Ain striker ghosted in at the back post to meet Ola Toivonen’s low ball, but his effort was too close to Cho Hyun-woo, who kept it out with his leg and then punched away the loose ball.The all-action Kim was in the thick of the action again soon after, throwing himself in front of Berg’s scuffed effort from a corner, while Claesson saw a header deflected narrowly over on the stroke of half-time.20 – The first shot in this match came after exactly 20 minutes – the second longest wait for a first attempt in a World Cup match since 1966 (20:59, Netherlands vs Costa Rica in 2014). Shy. #SWEKOR #WorldCup #SWE #KOR — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 18, 2018 In a bright start to the second half, both sides exchanged chances within the first six minutes.First, Emil Forsberg flashed a shot over after a flowing counter-attack before Koo Ja-cheol sent a header into Robin Olsen’s side netting as South Korea belatedly woke from their slumber.A teasing free-kick from Sebastian Larsson was met by the head of Toivonen soon after, but once again it was too close to Cho, who was able to parry away.Sweden then got the breakthrough their positive approach deserved after Kim’s clumsy challenge on Claesson. A surprising choice to take the spot-kick, Granqvist coolly slotted into the bottom corner for his seventh international goal.Hwang Hee-chan spurned a glorious opportunity late on, heading wide from 10 yards out, as Sweden ultimately held on for a precious three points. Key Opta stats:- Sweden are unbeaten in all five of their previous meetings with South Korea (W3 D2).- This was Sweden’s first win in their opening match at a World Cup since beating Mexico 3-0 as hosts in 1958, drawing five and losing two since then.- South Korea have lost their opening match at a World Cup for the first time since 1998 (3-1 versus Mexico), ending a run of three wins and one draw.- Sweden’s goal was the first they had scored in 402 minutes of international football, since Ola Toivonen scored against Chile back in March.- South Korea are winless in their last seven World Cup matches (D2 L5), losing their last three in a row.- The first shot in this match came after exactly 20 minutes – the second longest wait for a first attempt in a World Cup match since 1966 (20:59, Netherlands vs Costa Rica in 2014).- Andreas Granqvist’s goal was the first scored by a Swedish player at a World Cup since Henrik Larsson netted against England in 2006.- Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist (33y 63d) became the oldest player to score on his World Cup debut since Martin Palermo (36y 227d) for Argentina versus Greece in 2010. read morelast_img read more

Video: This Might Be The Most Embarrassing Play Of The Season

first_imgIllinois football's bungled option play vs. Purdue.FS1Illinois football hasn’t been much to write home about for a few years now. After an early touchdown during today’s game against Purdue, the Fighting Illini have struggled mightily.The game has largely gone as quarterback AJ Bush Jr.’s afternoon has.On the touchdown drive, he had runs of seven, eight, five, and five again for the score, as well as a 52 yard completion to Reggie Corbin to set things up.Since, he is just 4-for-9 through the air, has just three yards on a number of carries, and has lost 22 yards on sacks.Purdue is on a 23-0 run since Bush’s touchdown.The play most indicative of Illinois’ struggles is probably this horrendous botched option play.Something clearly went awry, and both running backs Mike Epstein and Ra’Von Bonner seemed to think they had a handoff option on the play, and ran into each other right in front of Bush.He wound up keeping it, and lost a big chunk of yards on the play.Illinois Football, everybody— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 13, 2018Illinois is 3-2 on the year, and picked up a Big Ten win last week against Rutgers. Things are going to be much tougher in the back half of the schedule, and Lovie Smith has some work to do to avoid a very hot seat.Plays like that won’t get it done.last_img read more

Kirk Ferentz Bashes ‘Scam’ In College Football Recruiting

first_imgKirk Ferentz makes a play call during Outback bowl.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)A college football scholarship offer seems like a fairly straightforward thing, but those who follow recruiting know it is anything but. Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz isn’t a huge fan of how things are often done.Players may receive a “scholarship offer,” only to later find out that it was conditional, or has a time limit, or that it wasn’t really an offer at all. We saw that situation play out with a recruit who claims that Michigan pulled his football offer weeks before the early signing period, just this week.Situations like that are part of the reason you see teams that have offered hundreds of players for 20-30 spots in a class.After inking much of his next Iowa football class on Wednesday, Kirk Ferentz railed against what he called a “scam” in recruiting.Ferentz says that if a player gets an Iowa offer, the Hawkeyes staff is genuinely interested in that player.From the Quad City Times:“If we offer someone, we’re serious about it. To offer multi, multi, multi players at one position, it’s kind of a scam because all you’re doing is you’re getting that guy to think hey, they like me, only to say we’ll let you know in a couple of weeks,” Ferentz said.“To me, that’s not real. We try to be very straightforward with our dialect. That’s approach we’ve always taken.”The numbers bare that out, more or less. The Atheltic’s Max Olson took a look at the raw offer numbers for every Power Five school, and Iowa is towards the bottom.How many offers have Power 5 schools made for the 2019 recruiting class? The total offer counts as of this weekend, according to 247.— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 18, 2018Of course, this doesn’t mean that a more selective approach is better or worse. Alabama, which has the top class almost every year, is in that first column, with Georgia not far behind. Other recruiting powers like Texas and Clemson are closer to Iowa on the list.Being more straightforward about offers being legitimate, and what they mean for the player involved is something we should all be able to get behind, though.[Quad City Times]last_img read more

JP Agarwal seeks action against Chandni Chowk Returning Officer

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader JP Agarwal, who had lost from the Chandni Chowk seat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, on Tuesday demanded action against the returning officer of the constituency for alleged inconsistencies in counting of votes. Agarwal met a senior official at the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Delhi and submitted a complaint in this regard. Agarwal was defeated from the seat by Union Health minister Harsh Vardhan by a margin of over 2.28 lakh votes. In his detailed complaint addressed to the CEO Delhi, Agarwal alleged that strongrooms, where EVMs were stored after voting were opened in the absence of his representatives for counting.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement His hope for a better Canada is one of the reasons editors and broadcasters say they selected him as Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year for the second straight time.Downie collected 47 votes (53 per cent) in the annual Canadian Press survey of newsrooms across the country. The musician remains the only entertainer to receive the title in its 71-year history.He’s also now among a select group of Canadians to be voted top newsmaker more than once. Others include former prime ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau and activist athletes Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was second in this year’s poll with 11 votes (13 per cent), while new NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh finished third with 10 votes (11 per cent).“Most Canadians don’t really care about politicians — but Gord Downie seems to have touched so many hearts,” wrote Christina Spencer, editor of the Ottawa Citizen’s editorial pages.“Rarely have we mixed our tears of sadness and gratitude as we did for Gord Downie,” added Danny Kingsbury, national rock format director at Rogers Radio in Ottawa.“His music and legacy and work with Indigenous communities will live on.”Even though Canadians knew it was coming, news that Downie had succumb to an incurable form of brain cancer on Oct. 17 left many stunned.It almost seemed at times like he could do the impossible — somehow defy science to overcome his terminal diagnosis.He surprised doctors and fans alike with his boundless determination during the 2016 Hip tour. At the rousing last concert in Kingston, Ont., Downie offered hints of his next vision. Speaking to the audience, he expressed the urgency of drawing more attention to the inequities faced by Indigenous people. He called on the prime minister to lead by example.Downie’s “Secret Path” multimedia project, which was completed before his cancer diagnosis, became the guidebook in his last year as he delicately recounted the tragic final hours of Chanie Wenjack.For many Canadians, it was the first time hearing the story of the 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died of starvation and exposure after escaping a residential school in 1966.“His spirit touched Chanie Wenjack’s spirit,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.“Even though they never physically met each other, I think in a spiritual way they knew and really bonded together.”Alvin Fiddler, the Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, worked closely with the Downie family over the past year and a half. He said it was impossible to predict how “Secret Path” would affect the wider conversation.“None of us really could envision the impact,” he said. “To see it spread across the country was something … pretty meaningful.”Fiddler credits Downie for shining a spotlight on some Indigenous issues, which he said led to progress in certain areas.“We have more and more communities coming off the boiled water advisory list next month in Slate Falls,” he offered as one example.“I would like to believe that Gord had a hand in those things.”Exploring the injustices inflicted upon Indigenous people in Canadian history led the singer on a personal journey of reflection, said his brother Mike Downie.“Gord said several times that the only thing that mattered to him was getting Canadians to become aware of Indigenous lives, start to right the wrongs and move in the direction of reconciliation,” he said.“It was what he wanted to get done before his time was up.”As the year stretched on, the reality of Downie’s mortality was harder to ignore. His appearances became increasingly rare.He surprised Blue Rodeo concertgoers in February by walking on stage to sing “Lost Together” alongside Jim Cuddy and other close friends. The emotional moment would be Downie’s final public stage performance.In June, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for his work in raising awareness of Indigenous issues.On Canada Day weekend, Downie stood on a stage at Parliament Hill and encouraged a young crowd of We Day participants to ask questions about the history of residential schools. He emphasized that Indigenous children in some parts of Canada continue to travel great distances each day for school, likening it to “the pain, the torture and the death” in residential schools.His comments stood to elevate concerns Indigenous leaders have expressed over the lack of education and health resources for young people in remote communities.“It is still happening even though the residential school has gone away,” the ailing performer said.“It’s time to listen to the stories of the Indigenous. To hear stories about now.”He left the audience with an optimistic final thought as he looked to the next 150 years for the country.“Yours is the first generation in the new and real Canada. I love you,” he said to applause.“You and yours, the Indigenous, together will make this a true country now, one true to your word. The new 150 years, not the old one. The new one. Exciting and true.”A few months later, he was gone.Rest easy legend. Thank you Gord. You will be missed.— Max Domi (@max_domi) October 18, 2017On the streets of Kingston that sombre October day, the hometown boy’s voice was everywhere. Restaurants cranked up playlists of only Hip songs, while some fans blared their car stereos to drown out the pain of the loss.Many talked about how Downie offered solace amid their family’s own cancer fights. Others reflected on how their perspectives of Canadian history were reshaped by his ardent support of Indigenous rights.Those sentiments stretched across the country as local musicians covered Hip favourites and viewers watched a broadcast of “Long Time Running,” a documentary recounting the band’s final tour.More Downie tributes are still in the works. A public memorial is being considered by the Hip’s members and their management, though no official date has been set.And in Ontario, an opposition NDP member recently introduced a bill to create a poet laureate program in the province and name the legislation after Downie.Carrying Downie’s message into the future now lies with his friends and the millions of Canadians he called on to make a difference.The late singer established the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to serve as a catalyst in the movement towards reconciliation. Next year, the organization plans to escalate its approval of small grants that would unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and promote education in schools.It’s a project Downie considered essential for the longer term. He’d witnessed slivers of progress while he was still alive, his brother Mike said, and he considered each of them a reason for hope.“He could see that he had some impact,” Mike Downie said.“I know Gord felt really good that he had maybe managed to move the needle a little bit.”BY DAVID FRIEND / THE CANADIAN PRESS Gord Downie only appeared in public a handful of times in 2017, but his calls for a more inclusive Canada resonated even in his absence.Whether it was the poignant lyrics flowing through his recent albums or the heartfelt words he delivered in public, the Tragically Hip singer used every opportunity in his final months to speak out in support of Indigenous people in Canada.Even after he died of brain cancer in October at age 53, Downie’s push for reconciliation continued to reverberate across the country. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

NTI holding presidential election

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut Tunngavik Incorporated is holding a presidential election.They’re the group that handles the Nunavut land claim.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll takes a further look at NTI and explains how important they are to Nunavut and Nunavut’s Inuit.last_img

Asian stocks mostly higher after Trump tariff extension

BEIJING — Most Asian stock markets rose Monday after President Donald Trump said he would postpone a March 1 deadline for a U.S. tariff hike on imports from China following talks on a dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions.The Shanghai Composite Index gained 4.0 per cent to 2,916.53, its highest level in six months, after Trump said weekend negotiations in Washington made “substantial progress.”Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.5 per cent to 21,527.36 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.3 per cent in choppy trading to 28,899.44. Seoul’s Kospi was flat at 2,230.90. India’s Sensex advanced 0.2 per cent to 35,950.50 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.2 per cent to 6,176.40.New Zealand, Taiwan and most of Southeast Asia advanced while Singapore declined.Trump said Sunday he would postpone a deadline for 10 per cent punitive tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports to rise to 25 per cent but set no new date.The fight threatens to disrupt global trade and weigh on economic growth that shows signs of slowing.Trump’s announcement should reassure financial markets, but stock gains might be limited because prices already had risen in expectation of such a move, analysts said.“The latest news may not offer a significant boost to start the week,” Tai Hui of J.P. Morgan Asset Management said in a report. “Nonetheless, it helps to underpin positive investor sentiment.”The greatest enthusiasm was seen in mainland China’s biggest market, Shanghai.“This is the real thing,” said Francis Lun, a stock analyst in Hong Kong. He said the Shanghai composite “could reach 2900 very soon. So all the signs are pointing to a bull run.”The world’s two biggest economies have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in the fight over U.S. complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.Washington wants China to roll back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics and other technologies. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo U.S. complaints those violate Beijing’s free-trade obligations.Investors are watching February manufacturing indicators due out this week for signs of further deceleration in global activity.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 10 cents to $57.16 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 30 cents to $57.26 on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 20 cents to $66.92 per barrel in London. It added 5 cents the previous session to $67.12.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 110.67 yen from Friday’s 110.68 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1342 from $1.1333.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Knowledge crucial for African development – UN officials

2 July 2009With knowledge being an essential element in Africa’s development process, a United Nations librarian has called on African governments to help narrow the digital divide. Citing the example of the United States, where people can access the Internet in public libraries for free, Abraham Azubuike, Chief Librarian of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said that even with limited resources, African countries can still afford to help people go online.“Development plans without an emphasis on access to, and utilization of, knowledge are bound to fail as development itself is a learning process,” he said, speaking at the First International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives which began at ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The three-day event has drawn some 250 people – representatives from international and inter-governmental organizations, universities and libraries – and is exploring how to disseminate knowledge to promote development, from the grassroots to upper political levels.“The most successful route to building knowledge societies is through building strong knowledge institutions and spreading awareness of new technical and cultural possibilities for sharing of information and resources,” Lalla Ben Barka, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said yesterday at the start of the Conference. read more

March Madness Crib Notes for Thursdays Sweet 16 Games

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. No. 3 Notre Dame (53 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Wichita StateLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 7:15 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wichita State 88.1, Notre Dame 87.2Upset probability: 47 percentPlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateAfter prevailing in what was arguably the round of 32’s most exciting game, Notre Dame’s next hurdle will be a terrific all-around Wichita State team that is coming off one of the biggest victories in program history. These two teams are very evenly matched; the Fighting Irish are better offensively (according to’s ratings), but the Shockers have the better defense. There are a few peculiarities that could decide the matchup — Wichita State’s defense is good at gathering rebounds and stopping 2-point field goals, which should mitigate two of the Irish’s offensive strengths. Notre Dame, meanwhile, has the superior long-distance shooters. But this is such a tossup that it might come down to something as obscure as travel distance. Notre Dame is favored to win in part because South Bend is almost four times closer to Cleveland than Wichita is. Wichita State has the better power rating in the FiveThirtyEight model, but the travel is what makes the prediction tilt Notre Dame’s way. File it under “every little edge counts,” I suppose. After a three-day break, the Madness continues Thursday with the commencement of the Sweet 16. And according to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings of the teams involved, Thursday’s games are pretty clearly better than Friday’s slate of matchups. Headlining the action, as always: undefeated Kentucky, who’ll take the court against West Virginia in their sternest test yet (granted, the Wildcats still have an 87 percent chance of advancing). But the most intriguing game of the night might just be North Carolina versus Wisconsin in a battle of contrasting styles.Read on for more about Thursday’s NCAA tournament action …No. 1 Kentucky (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 5 West VirginiaLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 9:45 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Kentucky 97.9, West Virginia 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: Karl-Anthony Towns, KentuckyWest Virginia is a deep, balanced squad with a great swarming defense, but its run likely ends Thursday night against the nation’s most talented team. While the Mountaineers do employ some high-variance strategies that could help their upset chances — particularly a pressing defense that specializes in forcing turnovers — there are plenty of weaknesses for Kentucky to exploit if it can adequately protect the ball. Kentucky had the third-best shooting efficiency differential in the country during the season, while West Virginia had the nation’s 30th-worst; the Mountaineers also allowed the highest free throw rate in the country on defense. (For its part, Kentucky’s offense ranked 30th-best in forcing fouls and 74th in free throw accuracy.) So if this game is decided by conventional means, West Virginia probably won’t win; the Mountaineers will need takeaways and a lot of good fortune to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season. No. 2 Arizona (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 6 XavierLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 10:17 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Arizona 94.8, Xavier 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: T.J. McConnell, ArizonaBy navigating past a tough Ohio State team with relative ease in the round of 32, Arizona earned the right to face Xavier in one of the Sweet 16’s easier matchups. The Musketeers aren’t a bad team, but they are among the weaker remaining squads in the field. And that’s not good when facing the second-highest-rated team in the FiveThirtyEight power ratings. There are stylistic reasons to think Xavier is overmatched here. The key to the Musketeers’ success has been their offense, particularly on 2-pointers (big men Matt Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds both shot in excess of 62 percent on twos this season), but the Wildcats excel at short-circuiting opponents’ 2-point efficiency. And in the absence of its bread-and-butter, Xavier might have trouble knocking down enough threes or forcing enough turnovers to make life difficult for Arizona. The Musketeers shouldn’t feel too bad, though: Despite being the No. 2 seed, Arizona is a 58 percent favorite to emerge as the West’s representative in the Final Four. No. 1 Wisconsin (73 percent win probability) vs. No. 4 North CarolinaLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 7:47 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 93.6, North Carolina 88.0Upset probability: 27 percentPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinWorlds are colliding in Thursday’s most interesting pairing. The Badgers, known for slowing the pace of the game down to a veritable crawl, will meet the Tar Heels, one of the nation’s fastest-paced teams. During the season, Wisconsin’s average possession lasted nearly six seconds longer than North Carolina’s, while the proportion of UNC’s plays on which they had a transition opportunity was more than double that of Wisconsin. (The Badgers were at the bottom of Division I with a 7.5 percent rate of transition chances per play, according to Synergy.) The tempo of this game will be worth watching. Beyond that, the possibility of an upset might come down to whether UNC can get the 2-point shots upon which they thrive against a tough interior Wisconsin defense and — relatedly — whether the Heels can do any damage on the offensive glass versus the Badgers’ great defensive rebounders. read more

Blazenko Lackovic stays in HSV until 2014

Left back who won almost everything in system of Handball with his National Team, Blazenko Lackovic (32) will play in HSV Handball for two more seasons. One of the best Croatian player came to Hamburg in 2008 from SG Flensburg. Before that he was a key player of C.O Zagreb, Metkovic and Varteks.He will share time on left back position with German NT player, Pascal Hens. ← Previous Story Denmark Play Off Final: Randers HK waiting Viborg for the title! Next Story → Richard Stochl goes to Russia – Chekhov Blazenko LackovicHamburgHSV Handball read more

Pentagon planning massive cyber security expansion

first_imgIf you have heard any of President Obama’s alarming rhetoric about the threats of devastating cyber attacks on America, it might have surprised you to know that the Pentagon’s cyber security force is only 900 people, making it significantly less represented than many other departments, especially those related to on-the-ground combat. But that is about to change in a big way.According to numbers reportedly obtained by the Washington Post, the Pentagon plans to expand the number of personnel in the cyber security “Cyber Command” force to 4900, including both military personnel and civilians. That would give it the same kind of manpower as commands that oversee major combat operations.When asked about the validity of the Post’s claims, a US official confirmed that the Cyber Command unit is preparing for a huge expansion but would not verify the specific 4900 number. Nevertheless, it appears to be solidified that the Pentagon is looking for thousands of tech-savvy people.That is not exactly a small recruiting effort, so it will no doubt take a substantial amount of time before the new Cyber Command team is put in place. As for how the government plans to fund this colossal outreach, the Pentagon will make cutbacks in many of its other areas of operation, including those within the conventional armed forces. Cyber warfare is where the growing threat is. While the cutbacks will pave the way for some of this, the Cyber Command expansion is likely to also come from taxpayer dollars.The Obama administration has made cyber security a strong part of its policy agenda, from his first few months in office and beyond. Obama has come up with unique ideas, like a unique Internet ID that would be given to US citizens.The Department of Homeland Security reported that there were 198 cyber assaults against the US in 2012 — compared to just nine incidents in 2009. Among the most serious threats to the country are attacks against the US’s energy sector.last_img read more