OTTAWA – Homeowners with variable-rate mortgages have seen their rates go up over the past year as the Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target four times.And now, with economists expecting the central bank to hike its target interest rate again next week, those who have continued to stick with the variable-rate option may again be thinking about converting to a fixed-rate mortgage.Scott Evans, a financial planner at BlueShore Financial in North Vancouver, B.C., says you should ask yourself why you decided to choose a variable-rate mortgage in the first place and if anything has changed.“Was it something that you really thought about or was it something that you just chose because it was the lower rate at the time,” he said.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point four times since July 2017, increasing it by a total of one percentage point to 1.5 per cent.Those moves by the central bank have prompted the country’s big banks to raise their prime lending rates, taking the amount charged on variable-rate mortgages higher.“Historically, you’ve been better off in a variable rate as far as rates go, but rates do fluctuate and if you see rates go up, more of your payment will be going toward interest rather than principal,” Evans said.“If that’s something that keeps you up at night then I think, yes, you should be looking at a fixed.”Omar Abouzaher, regional vice-president at Bank of Montreal, says the majority of the bank’s customers go for fixed-rate mortgages, opting for the certainty they provide over the term of the loan.“We are in a rising interest rate environment and it is always good to have a pulse check basically and have a mortgage review with your bank just to review where you are and assess your options,” he said.Abouzaher said switching to a fixed-rate mortgage can give you peace of mind because you will know what the interest rate you will be charged for the term of your loan.“You are not subjected to any fluctuations or surprises,” he said.But converting to a fixed-rate mortgage does not come without down sides.A fixed-rate mortgage will have a higher rate than you are currently paying. The savings come if rates continue to rise, but if you lock in and rates don’t continue to rise or even reverse course, you could end up paying more in interest than you would have if you stuck with the variable-rate loan.The penalty to break a fixed-rate mortgage before it is up is also generally higher than the cost to get out of a variable-rate loan early.“If you’re planning on selling your house and you’re planning on purchasing a new property, if you want to get out of your mortgage and break your mortgage, definitely the penalties are a bit cheaper on variable mortgages,” he said.Evans, who locked his own mortgage in last year, noted that a lot of people locked in at the time in part because the difference between variable and fixed-rate mortgages was quite narrow.“As rates have climbed we’ve seen that spread grow a little bit,” he said.But Evans says you shouldn’t try to predict where interest rates are going to go because even the experts get it wrong.“You shouldn’t be making your decision based on the outlook for interest rates that you’re reading in the newspaper. You should be making it on your own situation, your own personality, how it works with your overall financial plan.”
Rabat – Indian Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari arrived on Monday in Rabat for an official three-day visit to Morocco.Upon his arrival at the Rabat-Salé airport, the Indian Vice President was welcomed by Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane.After having reviewed a detachment of the Guard of Honour who made the honors, the Indian official was greeted notably by Minister of Communication, Government Spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, Minister of Culture, Mohammed Amine Sbihi, and Minister delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita. The Indian Vice President, who led a large delegation of government officials and parliamentarians, is on an official visit to Morocco from May 30 through June 1st.With MAP
“I think the response is a lot better than it was 10 years ago or 20 years ago. We’re better coordinated, we’re better organized, we’re more professional, we’re rapid, we’re more predictable, and we have better funding,” John Holmes told the UN News Centre in an interview.The career British diplomat has served as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator for the past three-and-a-half years. During this time, the UN was called on to respond to many devastating disasters, including Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008, the earthquake in Haiti in January this year and most recently the floods in Pakistan. Ensuring the timely and effective delivery of humanitarian assistance is not an easy task, he noted, given the need to coordinate the efforts of a diverse array of actors, including governments, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other partners.“There are a very large number of organizations engaged in this. So if it’s going to be effective, it’s got to be coordinated,” said Mr. Holmes.“I cannot tell them what to do. I can only persuade them that this is the direction we need to move in, that we all need to work together, that we need to avoid gaps and we need to avoid duplications. That is happening.” The delivery of assistance has also improved in recent years, he noted, with the establishment of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which was launched in 2006 to help speed up relief operations for humanitarian emergencies and make funds available quickly after a disaster, when people are most at risk. At the same time, Mr. Holmes, who will be leaving the UN at the end of this month, admitted that there is still room for improvement in how the world body responds to disasters and other emergencies. “The response is never perfect,” he stated. “Disasters are by definition chaotic, disorderly events on which we are trying to impose a degree of order. That search is going to go on, and the main point is that we’ve improved and we’ll go on improving.” Mr. Holmes, who will be succeeded by another United Kingdom national, Valerie Amos, added that among the most challenging aspects of his post is dealing with governments who regard the UN’s humanitarian activities with suspicion.“Instead of facilitating what you’re doing and giving you every possible help, there’s somehow an impression at times that they’re putting spokes in the wheel or that they sometimes regard you as having some other kind of agenda or prying too much in their affairs. That’s frustrating and it’s difficult to deal with.”While it is important to respect the sovereignty of States, Mr. Holmes emphasized that the goal is to reach people in need. “We have a moral humanitarian imperative to try and get to these places to help people so we have to find the right balance to speak out, to say things that governments sometimes don’t want to hear but while working with them and respecting their sovereignty to the full.” 31 August 2010The way the United Nations responds to natural and man-made emergencies has improved greatly in recent years, says the world body’s outgoing humanitarian chief, while acknowledging that efforts to alleviate the plight of those affected by crises can be improved further.
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa appeared before the Presidential Commission investigating large scale corruption today to make a statement.Rajapaksa was asked to appear before the Commission to make a statement on the Rakna Lanka security company which operates under the Ministry of Defence.
Brian Williams of ‘Think Kindness’ was keynote speaker at the Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre Thursday. It was also a day that Norfolk County used to promote its recently-formed Green Light Team. The group of five – economic development officer Chris Garwood, senior planner Alisha Cull, building inspector Scott Northcott, developmental engineer Krystina Topp, and building inspector Lisa Jennings – have joined forces to streamline development within the region.What better time to promote something than at an event with a hashtag (#NCSym19) that was trending Canada wide on Twitter during the day?“Our role is to work 1-on-1 with developments that will either create or retain jobs and move them through the process as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Cull.Pam Duesling, Norfolk’s general manager of planning and cultural services, said the five individuals are the best in customer services within their respective fields.“So when there’s different permits in an application, each of these experts have a role, they’ve come together to help our entrepreneurs and businesses grow in Norfolk County,” Duesling added.The Green Light Team is a pilot project that Duesling hopes will grow in 2020.“We’ve heard our community loud and clear,” she said. “This is the help and assistance that they want and need and we’re responding to that appropriately.”Sarah Lawrence of Sayza Hot Yoga in Simcoe took home the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award while Kieran Gubesch of ‘Gubes Cubes’ was given the Student Startup Award. Long Point Island Hugger was the recipient of the 2019 Sustainable Tourism Ambassador Award presented by the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.firstname.lastname@example.org JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer When Rick and Angela Van Laecke created Horizon Seeds Canada Inc. in Courtland in 2006, they never could’ve imagined the recognition they’d receive 13 years later.The duo – whose company boasts hybrid corn and soybean seeds – was honoured with the Entrepreneur of the Year award before a few hundred people at the Norfolk Economic Development Symposium held at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre.“It was almost incomprehensible to let that sink in,” Rick Van Laecke said. “When they were giving the background of the winner, (the presenter) said a couple key words we recognized, my heart started to flutter and I thought ‘maybe this is actually us’. There is no scale to gauge how proud we are of Norfolk and the recognition.”The company has grown to host 30 full-time employees, some who have been there from the start and others who have come on to make positive changes.“The staff is just amazing,” Angela Van Laecke said. “We have staff that started with us Day 1 and we’ve added a lot of new, younger, mature people and they’ve helped us grow incredibly as a company as well as our personal sales. I can’t say enough about the people that we surround ourselves with every day.”The folks at Horizon Seeds were not only recognized for their business acumen but willingness to give back to the community.“We’re proud sponsors of youth sports, youth functions, 4-H,” said Rick. “We’re promoters of agriculture and being stewards of the land. It’s not only the people that we’re surrounded by but giving back to the community those people live in.”The theme of this year’s symposium was Norfolk: No Boundaries.In addition to Norfolk fare and a ‘Made in Norfolk Showcase’ displaying products manufactured or processed locally, the event featured a number of speakers – Christine Dainard of Buzz Tours, Mike Fredericks of Annex Business Media, Michelle Kloepfer of Titan Trailers and Nick Kokkoros of Barrel Pizza. The keynote speaker was the ‘Kindness Ninja’ Brian Williams, a fourth-degree black belt whose non-profit ‘Think Kindness’ has donated hundreds of thousands of shoes to underprivileged youth in Africa. Norfolk County held its annual Economic Development Symposium at the Port Dover Lions Community Centre Thursday. The county used the event as a way to promote its new ‘Green Light Team’ a group created to help streamline development within the region. Pictured are members Chris Garwood (economic development officer), Alisha Cull (senior planner), Scott Northcott (building inspector), Krystina Topp (developmental engineer). Absent was building inspector Lisa Jennings.
Both candidates were elected by acclamation during a brief organizational meeting held at UN Headquarters in New York, during which the Council also adopted its provisional agenda.The Trusteeship Council is a principal organ of the UN, created to administer 11 Trust Territories placed under the Organization’s care at its founding in 1945. The Council suspended operations when the last UN Trust Territory, Palau, attained independence in 1994.Membership of the Council now comprises the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States. The Council’s future role is under consideration as part of the broader reform of the UN and the Security Council.
“We see a world in which conflict is proliferating, we see a world in which so many wars are taking place, and so I believe it is absolutely essential to remind us all of the lessons of the Second World War that, for the Soviet Union, was considered the Great Patriotic War,” he said on Wednesday, speaking at the Second World War exhibit at UN Headquarters in New York.He also highlighted the fact that it was the Soviet Union which had made “by far” the greatest sacrifice in terms of military effort and losses sustained during the war against Nazi Germany, until its unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945.This is a cancer that is starting to spread again, and I think it is our duty to do everything possible to make sure that this horrible disease is cured — Secretary-General GuterresRecalling the “unimaginable, devastating destruction”, the UN chief said: “We absolutely need to make sure that in the world, these kind of events do not take place anymore.”Mr. Guterres pointed out that Neo-Nazi messages have recently been resurfacing. He pointed to political movements that either claim neo-Nazi affiliation, or make use of its symbols and hateful language.“This is a cancer that is starting to spread again, and I think it is our duty to do everything possible to make sure that this horrible disease is cured,” he said.He said that the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War should help us “to defeat any form of neo-Nazism in today’s time.”Stipulating that the worst crime of all perpetrated by the Nazis was the Holocaust, he warned that “anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred” were “again proliferating in the world”.“I sincerely hope that the lessons of this May victory, will help us defeat this resurgence of ideas and convictions that I thought had been buried for ever,” said the Secretary-General.“It is our duty to do it”, because we cannot accept the return of these ideologies, he concluded.
Brock University joins its community partners and neighbours in celebrating the news that Niagara region has been selected to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games.The decision, announced in Toronto on Thursday (March 30) by Ontario Tourism Minister Eleanor McMahon, ended a spirited competition among four Ontario communities that had been shortlisted as possible hosts for Canada’s pre-eminent national athletics competition. In the end, Niagara edged out strong bids from Ottawa, Sudbury and Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.Brock University was among several partners from across the region who joined and enthusiastically supported the Niagara bid team, which has spent many months identifying potential sites and aligning resources into an ambitious plan to welcome more than 5,000 athletes and 30,000 visitors to Niagara in the summer of 2021.It has been projected that the Games will have an economic impact of more than $200 million across all of Niagara, creating hundreds of jobs and leaving a significant infrastructure legacy for the benefit of Niagara residents.Brock, which has residences and food services that normally support thousands of students, will serve as an athletes’ village during the summer event, and will also host multiple athletic events at its sports venues.“This is a wonderful result for everyone in our region,” said the University’s Interim President Tom Traves. “Brock is proud to be part of Niagara, and proud to be one of many important partners on this collaboration.”Tom Arkell, Brock’s Associate Vice-President of University Services, played a lead role for the University on the bid committee, and was in Toronto Thursday for the announcement.“Our successful bid was a region wide effort,” said Arkell, “one that will result in the building of much-needed facilities that will provide an exceptional experience for athletes from Niagara and all across Canada.“Niagara will shine, thanks to the efforts of all levels of government, business, Brock, Niagara College and so many individual supporters.“We can’t wait to get started.”
Their ancient texts have been wound tightly inside, unread ever since. Now some of their secrets could be revealed for the first time with the aid of dental technology. Hundreds of papyri scrolls unearthed at the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum have remained unopened since they were burnt, blackened and buried by the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Three of the fragile carbonised scrolls will be transported to America this week from Italy for a major exhibition at the J Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. They will first make an unlikely detour – the UCLA School of Dentistry. There, through the adaptation of the latest medical equipment, they will undergo complex, high-resolution…
INPHO When Páidí was Kerry senior manager, his three nephews played together once in an All-Ireland final, back in 2002. Who did they play that year? Finally how many All-Ireland senior medals between them did Páidí, Darragh, Tomás and Marc win? Feb 15th 2017, 5:28 PM Which of his nephews matched Páidí in winning five All-Star awards? 7 Comments http://the42.ie/3241285 Mayo INPHO Share INPHO 8 stats that capture Ó Sé family’s remarkable relationship with Kerry footballTeams from Dubai, Liverpool and 14 Irish counties to play in Páidí Ó Sé tournament 1978 Share your result: Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. Tweet PA INPHO Laois Darragh INPHO 1985 Galway The questions just didn’t suit you this time. PA Tyrone INPHO INPHO Bronze Which one of the Ó Sé brothers won Footballer of the Year in 2007? Darragh Fergal PS Chorca Dhuibhne Marc Short URL Mayo You scored out of ! Answer all the questions to see your result! INPHO Páidí and Westmeath PA You scored out of ! Darragh By Fintan O’Toole Tomás Share your result: INPHO Limerick Quiz – Test your knowledge of the football career of Kerry’s Ó Sé family The annual Páidí Ó Sé tournament takes place this weekend in West Kerry. INPHO Cork St Brendan’s Killarney Follow us: the42.ie INPHO 19 Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Tomás Tyrone Wooden Spoon Marooned Tweet Which team did Tomás score a goal against in an All-Ireland senior final? INPHO Silver 24 Share PA Marc, Darragh and Tomás Ó Sé. Source: INPHOTEAMS FROM 14 Irish counties along with sides from Liverpool and Dubai, will converge on West Kerry this weekend for the annual Páidí Ó Sé football tournament.The competition was first established in 1989 by Páidí, who sadly passed away in 2012.But how well do you know one of the most famous families in Gaelic football?Time to test yourself********************** 26,101 Views Tweet What year did Páidí Ó Sé captain Kerry to win Sam Maguire? Clare Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. 1986 Share your result: Tipperary The Year Of Champions What was the name of the 2004 documentary, charting Páidí’s first season as Westmeath manager? Tralee CBS 1981 Gold Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share62 Tweet Email1 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share your result: Tomás You scored out of ! INPHO Tweet IS Killorglin Marc Pádraig Óg Ó Sé captained which school to the 2012 Munster Corn Uí Mhuiri title? Share INPHO Which Ó Sé brother was player-manager when An Ghaeltacht reached the 2004 All-Ireland club final? Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 5:28 PM Rise To The Top 27 Dublin Which of these counties’ senior football sides did Páidí manage? Marc YouTube You scored out of ! 16 Share Armagh
Skype également disponible sur AndroidAprès l’iPhone, le logiciel de voix sur IP est désormais disponible sur les smartphones fonctionnant sous le système d’exploitation de Google. Les appels vidéo sur Skype, une fonctionnalité jusque-là uniquement disponible pour les utilisateurs de l’iPhone d’Apple, sont désormais accessibles aux mobinautes disposant de smartphones fonctionnant sous Android. Jusqu’à présent, l’application ne permettait de passer que des appels audio, les conversations vidéo étant alors effectuées au travers d’autres applications telles que Fring, Tango ou Yahoo! Messenger, explique Clubic.Disponible via les réseaux Wi-Fi et 3G, ce service d’appel vidéo nécessite néanmoins des smartphones assez évolués, fonctionnant sur Android 2.3+ et disposant d’une caméra frontale. Parmi les terminaux annoncés comme étant compatibles, l’équipe de Skype a listé le HTC Desire S, le Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, le Sony Ericsson Xperia pro et le Google Nexus S. Skype promet néanmoins qu’à l’avenir, l’application fonctionnera sur les versions antérieures d’Android.Le 1 juillet 2011 à 14:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
CES 2012 : une montre connectée italienneLe salon de Vegas vient de dévoiler les débuts officiels de la I’m Watch, une montre connectée, concurrente directe de la SmartWatch de Sony.C’est la société italienne I’m Spa qui développe ce produit pour fan de technologie certainement, embarquant un écran de 1,55 pouces (240×240 pixels), avec du tactile multipoints et un verre saphir anti-rayures. S’ajoutent à cela, 4 GB de mémoire flash, un processeur IMX233 et 64 ou 128 Mo de Ram. La montre fonctionnera sous Android 1.6 et atteindra les 24 heures d’autonomie en utilisation Bluetooth. À lire aussiUn smartphone en développement chez Casio ?La I’m Watch permettra de consulter un agenda, ses messages textes ou encore des notifications Facebook, réseau incontournable pour tout geek qui se respecte. Cependant, pour profiter entièrement de la montre, il faudra la coupler avec un téléphone en Bluetooth et certaines fonctions de celui-ci, lire un SMS par exemple, seront affichés sur l’écran autour de votre poignet.Son prix de départ étant de 249 euros (des variantes atteignent les 499 euros avec bracelet en titane par exemple), il faudra tout de même accepter de porter une montre de 1cm d’épaisseur et d’environ 70 grammes pour être à la pointe de la technologie. On se demande finalement s’il s’agit bien d’une montre. Pas sûr que la I’m Watch vous aide à être à l’heure…Pour vous faire une idée des possibilités de la I’m watch, retrouvez-la, en vidéo, sur Maxisciences.Le 12 janvier 2012 à 18:54 • Maxime Lambert
SEATTLE — The Washington Department of Natural Resources expects the wildfire season will be worse than average.In a briefing to reporters Tuesday in Seattle, officials said dry, warm weather is expected from June into August. There’s an increased potential for significant fires earlier in the season than last year.In 2013, there were 764 wildfires on state-protected lands that burned nearly 200 square miles.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A 10-year-old boy has been found after he reportedly went missing on Tuesday, according to Miami Gardens Police.According to Miami Gardens Police, 10-year-old E’mari Antuwan Bell went missing on TuesdayHe had last been seen at 3960 N.W. 178th St. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) this week re-appointed 19 members to the Governor’s Military Council, a body he established in 2013 to strengthen the state’s support for the military.“California plays a crucial role in our nation’s defense, and military bases and activities are vital to our state’s economy,” Brown said when he created the body three years ago. “As federal priorities shift to cyber security and new military technology, this council will work to expand defense industry jobs and investment in California,” he said.The governor also appointed two new members. The council is led by Ellen Tauscher, a former Democratic member of Congress and undersecretary of state. The vice chair is Edward Hanlon Jr., president of Transatlantic Insights LLC and a former top executive at Raytheon.Other members include Dennis Kenneally, executive director of the Southwest Defense Alliance, and Philip Coyle, a former Pentagon test director and member of the 2005 BRAC Commission.California is home to more than 30 installations. The council is aimed at protecting the state’s installations and operations amid cuts in defense spending, and leveraging changes in DOD’s military strategy to position the state to continue innovation and leadership in its military mission.Last June, the council released a report outlining steps the state should pursue to enhance California’s defense missions and their benefits to the state’s economy. The report’s recommendations included:actively engaging federal decision-makers to shape defense budget and policy proposals;partnering with other states to strengthen integration of the Southwest defense testing and training complex;supporting the aerospace industry, military contractors and other entities that sustain national defense activities in addition to conventional installations;maintaining bipartisan support in California’s national security mission;encouraging installations to partner with local governments and companies to reduce operational costs;strengthening incentives for veterans and discharging service members to stay in California;assisting installations to expand renewable energy and other shared energy priorities; andhelping installations secure reliable water supplies amidst drought and climate change.
Fans of S Sreesanth are all in a state of ecstasy after Supreme Court ordered the BCCI to cancel the life ban of Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal. The Supreme Court also asked the cricket board to reconsider Sreesanth’s punishment within the next three months. It should be also noted that the court rejected Sreesanth’s request that he should not be punished by any means, as he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.In the wake of these new developments, Bhuvaneswari, Sreesanth’s wife said that the cricketer has finally got justice. In a recent interaction with media, Bhuvaneswari revealed that she is quite happy about the fact that the honourable Supreme Court has revoked the life ban of her husband.”Thank you so much for praying. I am very happy with the Supreme Court decision. The ban has been revoked. Finally, he has got justice. I now really hope that BCCI too will do justice to him. Supreme Court had given three months time to decide the quantum of the punishment. So I hope they do the justice, and you all again pray for us,” said Bhuvaneswari during the talk.Bhuvaneswari also revealed that Sreesanth is regularly practising to make a strong comeback to the cricket field. She added that the cricketer was injured on his forehead around three months back while practising.After Supreme Court revoked the life ban, Sreesanth admitted that he is already aged 36, and he has only four or five years remaining in International cricket. However, Sreesanth admitted that it is pretty difficult to get into the Kerala cricket team due to heavy competition. He added that he will play cricket one day or the other, and made it clear that he has been vigorously practising for the past six months. During the talk, Sreesanth also revealed that he will try to play the Scottish League in the near future.
A 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!
Two drillings are planned by ExxonMobil in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the second half of 2018, the energy giant said on Wednesday.At a presentation with Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis in Nicosia, ExxonMobil’s vice president for Europe, Russia, and the Caspian, Tristan Aspray said currently, the geophysical data was being finalised, while drilling contracts and shaft design are in progress.ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum filed the winning bid for block 10 in the island’s third oil and gas round.Aspray said 3D seismic data acquisition had been completed, drilling rig contracting and well planning were in progress and shorebase, supply vessels, offshore transportation and other related services were researched, and in the process of contracting.He also said local ExxonMobil staff had been assigned for exploration and that the company was working with the government to develop local capabilities through training, internships, scholarships and support for equipment purchases.“Operations for two exploration wells are targeted to begin in the second half of 2018 and future steps are dependent on exploration results,” he said. He did not rule out the possibility, if the data allows, that the company might participate in the construction of a LNG terminal in Cyprus.Cyprus announced the third round last year, after the discovery of Zohr, a mammoth gas find off the coast of Egypt, which reinvigorated interest in the eastern Mediterranean.Referring to the proximity of parts of Cyprus’ EEZ to Zohr, Aspray said there were significant exploration possibilities.However, he said there is “still considerable uncertainty about drilling results, as geology can change significantly over short distances”.Aspray said the Block 10 project would bring income and jobs and stimulate the economy, plus add to skills’ development. He also said that the company sees its cooperation with Cyprus as the beginning of long-term cooperation.Referring to the advantages of Cyprus, he said the island had a clear vision for its hydrocarbons resources, while the company could offer its worldwide experience in major international projects, technology, access to the global market, financial capability and staffing. Qatar Petroleum has the largest ships for gas transportation and the country was the world’s largest exporter of natural gas, he added.Lakkotrypis, in his address said the Cyprus government recognised the strategic importance of the presence of ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum in the island’s EEZ.Also on Wednesday, reports emerged that Turkey had issued two new Navtex notifications to carry out explorations within Cyprus EEZ, 30 nautical miles southwest of Paphos, covering 1,500 square miles.The successful conclusion of talks with ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum, has been seen as strengthening Cyprus’ access to the US administration given that former ExxonMobil top executive Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State.US interests in the area, as well as those of France and of the UK via Royal Dutch Shell which is partner with Noble in Block 12 Aphrodite field, is seen as a deterrent to Turkish actions. Ankara opposes Cyprus’s oil and gas exploration with the Cyprus problem remaining unsolved and claims a large chunk of the Cypriot EEZ for itself. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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