Heavy Snow Expected On Eastern Kenai Peninsula

first_imgAccording to an advisory issued by the National Weather Service, a low pressure  system moving in from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to drop 2 to  3 feet of snow in mountains, with up to 2 feet of snow along the  Seward Highway corridor from Turnagain Pass south to Moose Pass. Travel will be difficult in mountainous areas due to the heavy  snow and will be difficult at sea level due to slick roads from  rain falling on top of snow. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Heavy snow is expected starting Wednesday and continuing into  Friday for the Eastern Turnagain Arm, Turnagain Pass, and south to around Moose Pass along the Seward Highway. Temperatures will warm enough at sea level for snow to transition to rain. Avalanche danger will be increasing in the mountains  during this time. Check the current avalanche forecast at  www.cnfaic.org Use caution if you need to  drive, especially along the Seward Highway. A continued surge of  warmer and wetter systems are expected into the weekend bringing continued heavy precipitation.last_img read more

Increased Demands Prompt Air Force Search for a Few Good Airmen

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In recent months, Air Force leaders have indicated that the combination of a high level of demand for operations overseas and the service’s aging fleet will require the Air Force to add roughly 10,000 active-duty airmen or more by Oct. 1, 2017.The service’s active-duty end strength is slated to rise from 311,600 currently to 317,000 by this October. And while officials did not include funds for further growth in the Air Force’s fiscal 2017 budget request, Secretary Deborah Lee James has signaled her intention to use her authority to add up to 6,340 personnel next year, reported Air Force Times.“In reality, I think that mission demands will indicate that we need even more growth [than 317,000] in FY ‘17,” James said during her keynote address at an Air Force Association symposium last month. “We have been downsizing for a long time in our Air Force, and this simply must stop. It is stopping. And now, we’re in an era of a modest upsize.”If she opts to expand the service’s end strength in FY 2017, James said the service would target fields including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber, maintenance and battlefield airmen. This year’s expansion will bolster those same fields, according to the story.Growing those critical specialties will not be easy, and will require officials to identify a source of funding and qualified people to fill those jobs. James said the Air Force plans to ramp up its recruiting and training efforts to handle the potential influx of new airmen.“After 20-some years of downsizing in our Air Force, in order to now grow modestly, we need to infuse resources into both the recruiting corps and into the technical training base, so that we can go out and attract the right kind of talent and then get them trained in the appropriate skills,” James said.Other strategies the Air Force is employing include offering incentives to retain experienced airmen, allowing more personnel from the reserve components to move into active duty and increasing opportunities for airmen to retrain into high-priority jobs.last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonights Meeting September 12

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:30pm.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will consider approving a new homework policy for the district. (The School Committee previously approved first and second readings of the policy in June and August.)The School Committee will consider approving a new 3-year contract for the School Nurses (September 1, 2018-August 31, 2021). Committee members will meet in Executive Session prior to the meeting to discuss.The School Committee will receive a presentation on the Coordinated Program Review’s Corrective Action Plan.The School Committee will consider approving the Student Activity Accounts for the 2018-2019 school year.The School Committee will receive a draft calendar of the budget process from Superintendent Glenn Brand.The School Committee will conduct a “first reading” of the Superintendent’s goals.The School Committee will receive a report on the district’s summer professional development efforts.The School Committee will be introduced to new staff members.The School Committee will receive an update on fall athletics.The School Committee will discuss its operating protocols.The School Committee will receive a report from the Superintendent, plus subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-E — Channel 99 on Comcast and Channel 39 on Verizon.  The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Wednesday’s Meeting (August 29)In “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Trump to let US firms sell tech to Huawei

first_img Post a comment US firms can again deal with Huawei. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET President Donald Trump agreed Saturday to lift some restrictions against US companies selling high-tech gear to Chinese telecom giant Huawei, says a report. “We’re talking about equipment where there’s not a great national-emergency problem with it,” Trump said after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to The Wall Street Journal.In May, Trump signed an executive order essentially banning Huawei because of national security concerns that the company is too closely tied to the Chinese government and that its gear could be used to spy on other countries and companies. Huawei has repeatedly said those fears are unfounded. More on Huawei Tags Mobile Security Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Trump could use Huawei ban as leverage for US-China trade deal US companies reportedly bypassing Trump ban on sales to Huawei Huawei says Trump’s ban will hurt US 5G deployment FCC commissioner wants Huawei gear out of US networkscenter_img The easing of restrictions is part of a general cease fire on trade reached between Trump and Xi during a meeting on the sidelines of a Group 20 meeting. Trump said the deal to restart talks would see the US delaying added tariffs on Chinese products in return for China buying American farm goods. It’s not yet clear exactly what Huawei restrictions will be lifted. “We’re going to work with China on where we left off to see if we can make a deal,” Trump reportedly said during a news conference. The president said he’d hold off on the Huawei issue until the end of negotiations, the Journal said.John Neuffer, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, a trade group for makers of chips for computers, phones and other equipment, told the Journal he needed more details on what Huawei can now buy from member companies. He added, though, that he’s “encouraged the talks are restarting and additional tariffs are on hold.”Unnamed sources told the Journal that US national security officials have been exploring ways of narrowing the Huawei prohibitions so they pinpoint sales of US gear used in “chokepoints,” places where the Chinese company’s tech could control wireless networks. Security experts have voiced concern about foreign powers disrupting US communications networks, especially during a national emergency.Originally published June 28, 9:44 a.m. PT.Update, 10:20 a.m.: Adds mention of concern about “chokepoints.” Share your voice 0 Huaweilast_img read more

Will Samsung Galaxy S IV Debut in 2013 Picture Leaked Online

first_imgSpeculations on Samsung Galaxy S IV has hit new heights as the reports of Samsung confirming the arrival of new flagship handset emerged.The latest reports suggest that the successor of Samsung Galaxy S3 is in the pipeline. Rumours on Galaxy S IV, which have been doing the rounds since last summer, seems to be ringing true after theSamsung Lebanon on Facebook responded to a query saying that “The Galaxy SIV won’t be released before May 2013.” It added later “What we said is only trivial since all Galaxy S series are released between late April and Early May, yet there’s no way for anyone to know the exact release date.”Although this has made it clear that the company will not launch the much-anticipated Galaxy S IV before May, the response had fuelled the speculations that the company has its next flagship phone in the bag. Meanwhile, an image which is said to be Samsung Galaxy S IV has hit the net. The image, which appears more or less similar to its predecessor Galaxy S III, was apparently sent by an insider at Samsung to the technology Blog SamMobile.According to SamMobile, the leaked image of Galaxy S IV revealed that, “The device will use on-screen buttons as there is no home-button present on the device (Finally), the bezel around the device is much thinner and the device features a large display.”The rumours suggest that the device will have 4.99 inch Super AMOLED FULL HD display with 1080p and will be powered by Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU clocked at 2.0GHz. It is also said that the device will have unbreakable display. The speculations have been rife that the device will boast of 13 Megapixel Rear Facing Camera and 2 Megapixel Front Facing Camera along with 2GB RAM.”We can’t 100% confirm if this is indeed the Galaxy S IV but the picture he sent us looks really sharp and doesn’t look fake at all. The design of the device looks also very similar to the design of the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Premier, which makes this picture more authentic,” said SamMobile.last_img read more

Russia assures no more US strikes against Assad regime

first_imgSyria’s presidential advisor Buthaina Shaba’an said on Wednesday that her government’s main ally, Russia, assured the Syrian government that there will be no more US strikes on Syrian military positions.Her remarks came a couple of weeks after the US launched 59 Tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat Air Base in central Syria, in retaliation for an alleged toxic gas attack by the Syrian army on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, Xinhua news agency reported.The Russians “stressed to us that they are standing by Syria, and we understood from them that the American aggression will not be repeated,” Shaba’an told pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV in an interview.Further slamming the strike, Shaba’an said the US missile strike was a “reckless aggression that took place without investigation,” adding that what the United States is doing today reflects “confusion.”The official said that the alleged chemical attack was a setup, citing what she described as western specialists as saying that there was no aerial bombardment on the targeted area in the Khan Sheikhoun town.Shaba’an said the US strike wasn’t a military, but a political message, adding that the alliance between Russia, Syria and Iran is “stronger than ever.”Meanwhile, the presidential advisor said that the US is in a state of declination, while Russia, China and India are rising high.She said her country was expecting an investigation team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), stressing that the Syrian government is in no possession of chemical weapons.last_img read more

Worlds largest amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

first_imgChina’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernization program.China has stepped up research on advanced military equipment as it adopts a more muscular approach to territorial disputes in places such as the disputed South China Sea, rattling nerves in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.State television showed live images of the AG600 lifting off from Zhuhai airport in the southern province of Guangdong, which sits on the South China Sea coast.It returned about an hour later and taxied to its stand accompanied by martial music and greeted by crowds waving Chinese flags.Xinhua news agency said the aircraft was the “protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs”.It had previously been scheduled to make its first flight earlier this year but it is unclear why it was delayed after ground tests took place in April.State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircraft, which is roughly the size of a Boeing Co 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires.However, state media has also noted its potential use in the South China Sea, where China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei all have overlapping claims.The AG600’s chief designer, Huang Lingcai, was quoted in the official China Daily earlier this month as saying it can make round trips without refueling from the southern island province of Hainan to James Shoal, claimed by China but which is located close to Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo.Powered by four turboprop engines, the AG600 can carry 50 people during maritime search-and-rescue missions, and can scoop up 12 metric tons of water within 20 seconds for fire fighting trips, according to state media.The aircraft has received 17 orders so far from Chinese government departments and Chinese companies. It has a maximum flight range of 4,500 km (2,800 miles) and a maximum take-off weight of 53.5 tonnes.It can use conventional airports and also land and take-off from the sea.China is in the midst of a massive military modernisation program, ranging from testing anti-satellite missiles to building stealth fighters and the country’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, to add to an existing one bought from Ukraine.last_img read more

US Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

first_img Share Mark Lennihan/APA rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York last February. The Trump administration is considering whether to impose tariffs on imports of solar materials.The Trump administration must decide by next week whether to impose tariffs on the imports of solar panel components.Some U.S. manufacturers have complained that cheap imports are forcing them out of business, while domestic installers oppose tariffs because cheap, imported solar panels have driven the industry’s recent growth.If President Trump decides to move forward with tariffs, the decision would represent a critical step in his trade agenda and help fulfill his campaign promise to revive U.S. manufacturing, says Julia Pyper, senior editor at Greentech Media. But the decision has caused a sharp divide in the U.S. solar panel industry, pitting manufacturers against installers.“The solar case happened to be one of the first opportunities for the Trump administration to roll out their tough on China, tough on trade kind of campaign promise,” she tells Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd. “But it happens to be a very complex case with people on all sides coming out against this.”The new tariffs would be in addition to those imposed on Chinese solar products in 2012, which led to a decrease in Chinese imports by 45 percent in a year, according to Forbes. Two American solar panel makers, Suniva and SolarWorld, sparked the potential for new tariffs after filing an official complaint with the International Trade Commission last year.“These are the last two surviving companies,” Tim Brightbill, the lawyer representing SolarWorld in the case, told NPR in October. “We documented more than 30 U.S. solar cell and module manufacturers who were driven out of business in the last five years.”The companies argue that tariffs would allow them to better compete with international manufacturers. About 95 percent of solar cells and panels sold in the U.S. come from China, Malaysia and the Philippines, according to SVP Market Research.But only about 14 percent of the industry’s 260,000 jobs are in manufacturing, with the majority of employees working in the installation sector, according to Reuters. Solar installers have been stockpiling panels in case prices rise. Some estimates say new trade protections could double the price of imported panels. Since the case was brought under a unique section of trade law, Pyper says new tariffs could be much higher than expected.“It’s totally up to the president on this, so that’s why a lot of the industry just doesn’t know what to think because he could actually hike the tariffs much higher than anyone has proposed so far,” she says.Trump told Reuters on Wednesday that he would announce his decision soon, suggesting that imports have negative consequences for American panel manufacturers. The president must decide by Jan. 26, according to a process set out by the U.S. International Trade Commission.“You know, they dump ’em — government-subsidized, lots of things happening — they dump the panels, then everybody goes out of business,” Trump said.Opponents argue that the decision to impose tariffs could have devastating consequences for the U.S. solar industry, which has boomed in part due to a rapid drop in prices — more than 70 percent since 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.Companies in other sectors of the industry outside manufacturing and installation are also expressing concern, as the anxiety around new tariffs has fueled market uncertainty, Pyper says.“Things have already started to slow down just around the uncertainty of this trade case,” she says. “It’s hard to make deals just not knowing what the prices will be.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Cardinals Travel to Myrtle Beach for General Hackler Championship

first_img Print Friendly Version The Dunes Golf and Beach Club will play at a par 72 over 7,233 yards. It’s a 54-hole event with 36 holes taking place on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. Tee times being at 7:40 a.m. ET on Monday. Live scoring will be available via golfstat.com. The General Hackler Championship features Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia, Kent State, Liberty, North Florida, North Texas, Northern Illinois, Texas A&M and Wake Forest. The field features six teams ranked inside of the top 30 of the latest Golfstatrankings, including sixth-ranked Wake Forest. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s golf team returns to the course on Monday to continue the spring season. The Cardinals are set to take on a two-day, 54-hole event featuring 13 teams at the General Hackler Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.The Cardinals will send their standard lineup to the two-day event in Matthias Schmid, John Murphy, Devin Morley, Simon Zach and Jiri Zuska. The Cardinals are coming off a fifth-place finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate, where three players finished in the top 10. Zuska posted a career best finish by tying for third place, while Schmid and Murphy were tied for sixrth.center_img Story Linkslast_img read more

Australia to tighten immigration laws crackdown on extremists

first_img“This year, the government will consider what further legislation is needed to combat terrorism and keep Australians safe,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said while releasing a Review of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Machinery in Canberra.The review came after the deadly siege in December at a Sydney cafe where a self-styled extremist cleric took 18 people hostage inside the cafe and demanded he be delivered an Islamic State flag. The cleric and two hostages were killed. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenIn his National Security statement, Abbott stressed that Australia faced?a new, long-term era of heightened terrorism threat, with a much more significant “home grown” element.Abbott said the government would seek to change the laws to enable authorities to revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals.“I am announcing that the Government will look at new measures to strengthen immigration laws, as well as new options for dealing with Australian citizens who are involved in terrorism. We cannot allow bad people to use our good nature against us. “The Government will develop amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act so that we can revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals,” he said. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“Those could include restricting the ability to leave or return to Australia, and access to consular services overseas, as well as access to welfare payments,” he said.He said people who fight against Australia “forfeit their citizenship” and that Australian nationals would also risk losing “privileges” if they were involved in terrorism. Abbott also suggested that tougher laws to target “hate preachers”, pointing to the political group Hizb ut-Tahrir. He said the actions against such groups would include programs to “challenge terrorist propaganda” and provide online material “based on Australian values”.“It will include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred,” he added. “We will clamp down on those organisations that incite religious or racial hatred. No-one should make excuses for Islam-ist fanatics in the Middle East or their imitators here in Australia.” He said that it would also include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred.last_img read more

Food essentials for lustrous skin

first_imgDig into sprouts, kiwi, yogurt and other nutritious food items for a radiant skin, says an expert.Here are some of the beauty essentials suggested by capital-based dermatologist Navin Taneja:* Protein repairs damaged tissue. Eatables like eggs, yogurt and beans offer a good dose of protein.* Eat foods high in antioxidants that help protect your skin from damage. Cherries, blueberries and other deeply coloured berries are best source of antioxidant. They help you in fighting off blemishes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Essential fatty acids help to retain the elasticity of the skin and are good fats which must be included in the diet. Walnut is the type of nut that contains significant amount of omega-3 fatty acid. Other great sources of fatty acids are spinach, cauliflower and broccoli.* Vitamins help to keep the skin hydrated and make it glow. Food such as papaya, strawberries, kiwi, orange, guava, sprouts and green leafy vegetables are rich in vitamins and help to enhance the radiance of the skin.* Essential minerals like zinc and sulphur are a must in one’s diet to prevent acne and skin related issues. Minerals are also responsible for rebuilding keratin and collagen that are important ingredients for glowing skin and shiny hair. Pumpkin, mushroom and sunflower seed are high in minerals.last_img read more

5 Tips From One Nontechnical Founder to Others

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As entrepreneur Marc Andreessen famously wrote in The Wall Street Journal a few years ago, “Software is eating the world.” Traditional businesses are being disrupted and everyone is talking about starting a new software-based business. Clearly an opportunity is out there, but founders with prior software experience have an advantage.For nontechnical founders with business backgrounds, the big challenge in starting a software company is navigating the technical part of the operation. From my vantage point as a nontechnical founder and as someone who has worked with many nontechnical founding teams, I can offer five tips to entrepreneurs who are short in tech skills but aiming to build a successful software business: Related: Avoid Loss in Translation. Put Developers and Creative Staffers on the Same Page.1. Target the right market. Nontechnical founders are typically businesspeople. Ideally they can leverage experiences and connections from their prior career to use in the new software business. If $1 million in theoretical revenue can be identified from existing connections, the company is well positioned. To pivot into a new industry, think big, but start small and choose a niche so as to have clear target customers to call on. 2. Assume that the company will be building software for a while.Building the software product for a company is not a project. It’s a journey. The organization needs the ability to respond to customers and continue to refine its product until it finds a market fit.Don’t start a software business unless a dedicated technical team can be kept running throughout the journey to make the product better each week. The more dedicated the technical team is to the long-term journey, the better.3. Start selling to prospects right away. In software, “build it and they will come” is not a reality. While the technical team is working on an product (which can take months), develop customers, That way when the product launches, business customers will be lined up.Use Powerpoint and mockups to demonstrate what the company is building and presell the product. Not only will it build the business faster, the founder will gain insight into what customers want to use and are willing to pay for. Remember: The product will never be done so don’t wait to start selling.Related: Turning the ‘Challenges’ of Being a Woman in Tech Into Opportunities  4. Stay focused on strengths.Given that a founder needs to be focused on finding customers for the product, avoid the temptation of trying to control the decisions of the technical team. Give the team clear guidance and let the team work on the solution.Assuming that  the technical team is experienced, be a good listener, collaborate and build trust. Be a product visionary without specifying every detail. Now get back to selling.5. Build maneuvering room for the business to stay alive.Time flies when a startup is being built and so can the budget. The #1 job of a nontechnical founder is to ensure the software business has budget runway to keep the team working on the product and build a user base. Create a realistic and conservative rolling one-year road map for the company and do everything possible to outperform the milestones.Compare the company’s performance against these milestones to attract more customers or additional investment into the business. The more that members of the team outperform the goals of the original plan, the more leeway is realized. Be sure to set very realistic expectations up front. Underpromise and overdeliver.The earliest stages of any software company will involve some very hard tasks: identifying a problem to solve, building the software to address it, selling and marketing the software and being sure to not run out of money. Nontechnical founders don’t have the skills to develop software but need a proven technical partner who can be trusted. But once that technical gap is filled, be sure to stay true to what makes nontechnical founders successful and focus on building the business.  Related: 5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn to Code Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

20 Productivity Apps to Keep You On Task Infographic

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Apps mainly do two things: They either distract us or keep us on track. If you’re a busy entrepreneur or someone who works for one, it’s best to stick to the latter kind, at least during working hours, especially if you want to be a productivity powerhouse.   Productivity apps can give you — and, yes, your boss, too — a leg up on putting your most organized, efficient professional foot forward.  Some are built to tame your inbox, while others streamline your to-dos or track your expenses. You can also use efficiency apps to sharpen your focus before a big meeting or to communicate with your coworkers under the radar (for strictly work-related conversations, right?). And then there’s the type that bosses love the most, procrastination-preventing apps that whip you into action.Related: 10 Tools for Getting More Done Every DayIf you’re looking to crush your A-game at work, check out the productivity apps neatly packed into the infographic by global human resources consulting firm Adecco below. Go get it, worker bees.    Click to EnlargeImage credit: AdeccoRelated: Procrastinators: How to Fight Your Genes and Get Stuff Done Nowcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 7, 2015last_img read more

How Netflix migrated from a monolithic to a microservice architecture Video

first_imgA microservice architecture enables organizations to carry out continuous delivery/deployment of large, complex applications to further evolve their technology stack. Netflix, a popular name for video-streaming, started off by selling and renting DVDs and gained popularity post its migration to a microservice architecture on AWS. The adoption of public cloud and a microservice architecture were the main drivers of this growth. The elasticity of the cloud allowed them to scale easily without any additional work required. Why did Netflix decide to use microservices? Way back in August 2008, Netflix had a major outage because of a major database corruption which prevented them from shipping DVDs to customers for three days. Following this, they decided to move away from a single point of failure–that could only scale vertically–and move to components that could scale horizontally and are highly available. Netflix decided to abandon their private data centers and migrate to a public cloud– AWS to be specific, which provides horizontal scalability. In order to eliminate all the existing single points of failure, they decided to re-architect their systems instead of just moving them as is to the cloud. The Simian Army A basic technique Netflix uses to make their systems more reliable and highly available is, ‘The Simian army’. These are a set of tools used to increase the resiliency of your services. The most widely used is Chaos monkey, which allows one to introduce random failures in a system to see how it reacts. Read more: Chaos Conf 2018 Recap: Chaos engineering hits maturity as community moves towards controlled experimentation At Netflix, they randomly kill servers from their production fleets every once in a while and make sure there is no difference in customer experience, as the system was able to handle these failures gracefully. Chaos monkey can also be used to introduce network latency. Watch the video above by Dimos Raptis to dive deeper into Netflix’s actual transition including details about the specific techniques and methodologies they used. The video also features the lessons they learned from this transition. About Dimos Raptis Dimos Raptis is a professional Software Engineer at Alexa, Amazon with several years of experience, designing and developing software systems for various companies, ranging from small software shops to big tech companies. His technical expertise lies in the Java and Linux ecosystems; he has some hands-on experience with emergent open-source technologies. You can follow Dimos on Twitter @dimosr7. To learn more about where to use microservices and to understand the aspects you should take into account when building your architecture, head over to our course titled, ‘Microservices Architecture’. Read Next Building microservices from a monolith Java EE app [Tutorial] How Netflix uses AVA, an Image Discovery tool to find the perfect title image for each of its shows NGINX Hybrid Application Delivery Controller Platform improves API management, manages microservices and much more!last_img read more

January 6 2016Its snowing north and west of us F

first_imgJanuary 6, 2016Its snowing north and west of us, Flagstaff reports heavy snow. Here it is raining, lots of rain last night, the dry lake bed in front of the repaired dam is slowly filling.The Soleri archive crew is working in the model storage in one of the upstairs bays in the Lab Building. We are cleaning and cataloging some of the old models.photo: Archive volunteer Leah-Ann Walker.This model is part of a set of Arcology designs that were made for a 1993 exhibition at the Scottsdale Center of the Arts in Scottsdale, AZ. photo: Archive volunteer Hildemar Cruz and archive staff Sue Kirsch.[photo by Leah-Ann Walker]The models were made out of foam core and we are dusting them before re-wrapping and putting them into storage. photo: Leah-Ann and Hildemar.last_img

2001 Monster gold bull cycle delivers a 630 adva

first_img2001. Monster gold bull cycle delivers a 630% advance over the following 10 years.As I pointed out last month, markets cycle. The current range-bound price for precious metals won’t last forever, for the simple reason that they never have, especially in the resource market.If you set your sights on the big picture, you’ll see that in spite of today’s negative emotions, gold’s future prospects will render them a distant memory.Consider some of the likely changes on the horizon and how they will transform the gold market from flat and listless to exciting and profitable…Stock market reversal. The performance of the broader equity markets is probably the biggest reason gold hasn’t attracted the mainstream. But stock markets cycle, too, and a correction is due, perhaps overdue—the S&P is up six straight years and nine consecutive quarters. Margin debt is higher now than it was preceding the 2008 crisis, and corporate profits saw the biggest drop in four years last quarter. Gold will be the benefactor in the reversal, especially since it’s already corrected. Bond market turmoil. As my colleague Dan Steinhart pointed out in The Casey Report, there are currently $3.6 trillion in negative-yield government bonds outstanding today, mostly in Europe and Japan, giving investors zero chance of making money or even breaking even. The sad outcome here is that inflation will massacre the average bond holder.My point is that any reasonable big picture view of the political, financial, and economic trends show that virtually all of those changes will be very positive for gold—and aren’t that far off.It will be a new day for the gold market, one full of rising prices and profitable investment statements.But despite all this evidence, there are those in our industry still calling for gold to fall.Among the loudest is my colleague Harry Dent.He says gold will drop to $700/oz.Of course, I think he is dead wrong.And I bet Harry bullion from my private stores that gold will never drop to that level.He took the bet. And to help you decide who will win (hint: it’s me), Harry and I each put all the research we’ve assembled to form our predictions into a special 18-page report titled Gold: Dead or Alive?For anyone who owns an ounce of gold or single share of mining stock, this is a must-read. And it’s completely free. Click here to get your copy. Currency war backfire. This “race to the bottom” being pursued by global central bankers won’t work long term. At best, countries steal growth from their trading partners. At worst, it can disintegrate into inflation, recession, retaliation, and even war. Currency wars have happened before—twice in the last century alone—and they’ve always ended badly. One guess what asset performs well in a crisis. Silver soaring and outpacing gold’s gains Gold stocks rocking, erasing underwater positions and racking up the profitsThat’s not pie in the sky wishful thinking—it accurately describes the next stage of the gold market, something that will soon visit your portfolio.With the price of gold currently stuck in place, like a stain on the front of your best shirt, and the stocks only teasing us like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, how can I be so sure?Because that’s exactly what happened after every other bear market. For example…1976. Bear market ends, and gold begins a 701% run in less than four years. Recession. The probability of a future recession is 100%. The only question is when and how big. GDP last quarter was barely positive. Any unexpected surprises to the downside for the economy will be especially positive for gold. US dollar reversal. If you’ve grown tired of the dollar’s “strength,” don’t leave the theatre early. Its rise is certainly not sustainable long term, and in time will be forgotten. Nothing stays standard deviations above the norm forever. And eventually the dollar will collapse, because the trajectory of our debt isn’t mathematically sustainable. 1985. Bear cycle ends, bull cycle begins. Gold gains 71.8% over the next three years. Inflation. The emergence of inflation feels far off, but already there are signs it’s picking up. Wages have started to move higher, what is normally the starting point for inflation. Ground beef prices are now at record highs and have more than doubled since 2010—increases like this can’t go unaccounted for indefinitely. Remember, we don’t have to wait for high inflation for gold to move; it’s the onset of inflation, or an unexpected jump in inflation, that will spur gold. Yearning for sunnier skies for your gold investments? How’s this sound…Gold in a decisive bull market, with the price steadily rising Higher interest rates. We’re skeptical that the Fed will actually raise rates, but eventually the market will force rates higher regardless of the Fed. This, in turn, will hurt the real estate market. Meanwhile, those analysts that blindly assume rising rates are negative for gold forget that real rates (nominal interest rate minus inflation) are positive for gold—an almost certain outcome because of…last_img read more

A disabled campaigner has launched a new photobas

first_imgA disabled campaigner has launched a new photo-based website that has put decades of his work online, in a bid to share information about the accessibility of venues across Britain and Ireland.Marg McNiel estimates that he has travelled more than a million miles in his quest to document the accessibility of public venues throughout the British Isles, and says he has taken more than 500, 000 photographs over his lifetime.McNiel has been taking pictures since he was a child in the 1950s, but he has been focussing on producing a photographic access record of Britain and Ireland since he developed ME in the early 1990s.See Around Britain provides photographs of locations (pictured) such as churches, museums, cinemas, railway stations, hospitals, hotels, National Trust venues and other cultural attractions, with the website and mobile app offering multiple pictures of the access at some of the larger sites.The See Around Britain interactive map also features the locations of services such as accessible toilets, Shopmobility centres, defibrillators and accident and emergency departments.He hopes the site – and the free Android and iPhone apps – will offer something different to existing websites that provide photographs and written access information, by being “fully mainstream and fully inclusive” and so not just appealing to disabled people.He wants the site to help disabled people but also anyone else who wants to check out if a location is suitable before they visit, such as families with young children, and foreign visitors, and also people with impairments who don’t see themselves as disabled.McNiel said: “Our approach and philosophy is totally different. We are mainstream and fully inclusive of disabled people, so we reach as many disabled people with impairments as possible.“The photos save a thousand words and don’t lie. They are not pretty-pretty, they are everyday life reality.”He estimates that the website currently covers more than 1,300 venues across Britain and Ireland, with many more of his photographs yet to be added.See Around Britain also has information and photographs for some sites in Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.Over the last 18 months, nearly 20 volunteers have helped McNiel by cataloguing the pictures and writing descriptions of access at venues based on those photographs.McNiel and his fellow trustees Vin West and Trevor Palmer are now looking for sponsorship and more volunteers.The charity, which has so far provided the bulk of the funding for See Around Britain, dates back to 1971, and originally provided drop-in centres and community education and training schemes.The money to launch See Around Britain came from the £1.6 million sale of the charity’s previous base in Islington, north London, which for many years was the home of his photographic archive, the National Heritage Library.The charity has now moved its headquarters temporarily to a rented farmhouse in Wales.last_img read more

His side host current holders Hull FC at the Total

first_imgHis side host current holders Hull FC at the Totally Wicked Stadium (3:30pm) – and they haven’t lost in the competition for over two years.“I knew as soon as I joined the club that it was 10 years since they had been to Wembley,” he said. “It was something we spoke about as a group at the start of pre-season. We are aware of it, but we also know there is a long way to go.“It is an exciting game as it is a different competition. We treated it differently against Castleford. It is another game against one of the same teams you play against in your competition but it is different.“You have to acknowledge that it does mean more, but you also want to play the same.“The team are aware it is something special but the way we play has to be the same.”He continued: “Hull may have a few out but their forward pack is very strong and they have a very smart hooker. Their back three are really strong too.“They won’t be far off and have won it for the last two years. It will be tough game.“Radders (Lee Radford) knows how to get them up for this competition. They weren’t sitting top last year but still went on to win it. They will be preparing to do it again.”Holbrook says that both Tommy Makinson and Ben Barba will be available for Sunday’s clash whilst there are no other injury concerns from last Thursday’s win at Castleford.“We’ve had the luxury of a longer turnaround for this game and instead of cramming everything into them, we have had the chance for a slower start to the week which the players have enjoyed.“The excitement will certainly build as we get closer to the game.”Tickets for Sunday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 454 052 or online here.last_img read more

Whos on Your Site

first_img Next Article Who’s on Your Site? –shares Magazine Contributor This story appears in the December 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When you’ve got a potential customer on the hook, you need to act immediately. That’s what prompted call-automation technology company TuVox to invest in a new site-visitor tracking service two years ago.The service it uses from VisiStat allows the TuVox sales team to view visitor activity on its website in real time, rather than having to comb through log reports 24 hours later for nuggets of information. It alerts users to activity by sending out an e-mail whenever someone visits designated pages–sort of like the bell ringing on the front door of a retail establishment.Using VisiStat, the TuVox sales team has doubled the number of appointments it has been able to make with website visitors, says Steve Pollock, 45, co-founder and executive vice president of TuVox. “Before that, the sales team had no idea which leads to prioritize and who to call. Now they’re not wasting their time.”In addition, by associating certain e-mail marketing campaign messages with unique web landing pages, TuVox’s team can tell exactly who is taking a peek at its information, further refining the sales prospecting process. In all, 13 people from the Cupertino, California-based company can view the website traffic reports. “As an executive, I feel very comfortable looking at this information,” says Pollock. “I can also see that it has even more value for my people.”TuVox, which generates about $20 million in annual sales, currently pays between $300 and $400 per year for the VisiStat service, compared with the several thousands of dollars per year it previously spent on its website analytics service.The service starts at $29.95 per month, $69.95 per quarter or $270 per year for small and midsize businesses. That gets your business 24/7 access to the information and up to 25,000 page views analyzed. As your website traffic goes up, so will your fees.Heather Clancy, a freelance journalist and consultant, has been covering the high-tech industry for close to 20 years. She can be reached at hccollins@mac.com. November 14, 2008 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Real-time tracking tools make it easier than ever to monitor your online traffic. 2 min read Add to Queue Technology Heather Clancy Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more