How to improve your data center energy efficiency using servers with Intel(R) Xeon(R) 7400 processors

first_imgThe Intel® Xeon® 7400 Processor was officially announced just a few weeks ago and there has been phenomonal interest in this product because of it’s world record breaking performance leadership as well as it’s great energy efficiency. Let’s first discuss one of the primary advantages of the Intel® Xeon® 7400 Processor: Up to 50% better performance/watt and up to 10% less system power vs. 7300. As stated, this is pretty straightforward: Intel has real world results that show significant performance increases while consuming less power as compared to servers based on the previous generation Intel® Xeon(R) 7300 Processors. The performance increase can largely be attributed to designing the Xeon® 7400 processor with 6 cores based on the Intel® Core™ Microarchitecture. In addition, the primary reason for the power decrease is because Xeon® 7400 uses the latest 45nm High-K process technology instead of 65nm in the previous generation. In general, processors based on the 45nm process consume less power than the processor’s rated TDP (thermal design power) value. It must be noted that power consumption can vary by processor and some processors may consume even less power and others may consume up to the processor’s rated TDP value. For more details on both the performance and power, I recommend taking a look at this 3rd party review by Anandtech*: http://it.anandtech.com/IT/showdoc.aspx?i=3414&p=1 Next, let’s discuss the positive impact these servers can have on your data center. Whether you have an existing data center or plan to build a new one, there is always a fixed amount of power that is provided to that data center. Energy efficient performance, in it’s simplest definition, is the ratio of performance in relation to the amount of power consumed. The higher the ratio, the more energy efficient your data center is. To accomplish this, two vectors need to be considered. The first is performance output and the second is power consumption (both when servers are operating at peak performance and when they are running at lower utilization levels or at idle). Servers based on the Intel® Xeon® 7400 processor can provide both higher performance as well as lower power, which offer some very compelling energy efficiency benefits. For example, when using virtualization multiple applications that currently run on independent servers can be consolidated on fewer, higher performing servers, while still providing performance headroom for future growth. By doing this, both acquisition and ongoing electricity/operational costs can be dramatically reduced. To see how much money you can potentially save by upgrading to servers based on the Intel® Xeon® 7400 processor, take a look at the ROI using the Intel® Xeon® Server Estimator at www.intel.com/go/xeonestimator In summary, the best energy efficient performance can achieved using servers with Intel® Xeon® 7400 Processors. These servers provide both exceptional performance across a wide range of applications, with headroom to grow, while at the same time consuming less power as compared to previous generation Intel 7300 based servers.- Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

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Scientists find oldest known species of sea scorpion

first_imgScientists have unearthed the oldest known species of a long-extinct group known as sea scorpions, a find that could mean the ancient creatures may have an even older origin than previously thought. Team members have dubbed the newly described predator Pentecopterus after the penteconter, a type of ancient Greek warship that roughly mirrors the creature’s body shape (artist’s reconstruction shown above). More than 150 fossil fragments of the animals, some of them possibly bits of molted exoskeleton, have been excavated from 467-million-year-old rocks in northeastern Iowa—rocks that are about 9 million years older than those that held fossils of the previously oldest known species. (Sea scorpions, more formally known as eurypterids, were arthropods, a group that includes insects, spiders, and crabs as well as their extinct kin such as trilobites.) Adults of the newly described predator were probably about 1.7 meters (5.6 feet) long, but some of the fossil fragments came from juveniles that may have measured between 10 and 15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches) in length, the researchers report online today in BMC Evolutionary Biology. Unlike all other known living or extinct arthropods, some of Pentecopterus’ limbs dramatically changed shape as the individuals grew—which suggests that small-clawed youngsters may have probed through sediments for tiny prey whereas adults grabbed larger, more mobile victims. The antiquity of these creatures suggests two evolutionary scenarios, the scientists say: Either eurypterids diversified quickly during the early stages of the Ordovician period (which began about 485 million years ago), or their lineage, including yet-to-be-discovered ancestors and kin, evolved more slowly and originated even further back in time during the Cambrian period—possibly during the Cambrian explosion, a period of evolutionary diversification sometimes called “life’s big bang,” which began about 542 million years ago.last_img read more

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ISL: FC Pune City ride Marcelinho brace to trounce Atletico de Kolkata

first_imgBrazilian Marcelinho scored a fortuitous brace on either side of half-time to help FC Pune City beat defending champions Atletico de Kolkata 4-1 in the Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Sunday.Rohit Kumar (51st minute) and Emiliano Alfaro (80th) scored the second and fourth goal for the visitors as Marcelinho (13th, 60th) continued from where he had left last season, finishing top-scorer for Delhi Dynamos, by getting on the scoresheet twice albeit riding luck.The first goal was set up for him on a platter by striker Alfaro, while a big deflection from ATK skipper Jordi Montel helped him bag the second.For the home side, who drew 0-0 in the last match as well away to Kerala Blasters, Bipin Singh (50th) netted a sublime free kick in front of 32,816 spectators.The result saw Pune bag their first three points after losing 2-3 against Delhi at home. ATK remained on just one point from two games.The opening exchanges saw both teams getting early corners, both wasted. Just when ATK looked the likelier of the two sides to take the lead, Pune surged ahead against the run of play.Former Manchester United central defender Tom Thorpe erred in clearing the ball with Emiliano Alfaro pouncing on it to dart inside the box and square for Marcelinho who stabbed home from close range.Clearly missing marquee signing Robbie Keane who was watching the game from the stands, Portuguese midfielder Zequinha made a solo run before taking aim at the goal with a powerful shot from outside the box.advertisementPune keeper Kamaljit Singh failed to collect cleanly but Hitesh Sharma could not control the rebound.In the first half added time, Diego Carlos wasted a gilt-edged chance with keeper Debjit off the line.Five minutes into the second period, Bipin curled in a sumptuous free kick which rammed off the crossbar to go in.Within seconds of drawing parity, the hosts were behind again. Marcelinho swung in a corner which Rohit headed in.There was more misery in store for Teddy Sheringham’s side when skipper Jordi Montel deflected a Marcelinho shot into his own net.Substitute Robin Singh — who replaced Hitesh in the 58th minute — came close to making it 3-2 but Kamaljit pulled off a top save diving low to his left.Marcelinho turned provider for Alfaro late in the second essay, robbing ATK full back Keegan Pereira in a dangerous area to tee up the former NorthEast United marksman who slammed the ball past an outstretched Debjit.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli, Roger Federer make it to TIME’s 100 most influential people list

first_imgVirat Kohli and Roger Federer have been named in TIME Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people for the year 2018.They are among the four sportsman in the list. The others are Kevin Durant and Justin James Watt. Kohli, Federer and Durant have been named in the ‘Titans’ category while Watt was added in the ‘Leaders’ category.Kohli is the fourth Indian to be on the list apart from Deepika Padukone, Satya Nadella and Bhavish Aggarwal.Kohli had been in sensational form in 2017 and finished the year with a staggering 2818 international runs across international formats. The India captain scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals. Last year was also a great for him on a personal note. He tied the knot with her girlfriend Anushka Sharma on December 11 in Italy.The Indian captain followed it up with a great run in South Africa. Kohli led from the front as India won the ODI series 5-1 and T20I series 2-1. In the six ODIs, he scored a record-breaking 558 runs including three hundreds. He was also the leading scorer in the three-Test series which India lost 1-2.Kohli, on the tour of South Africa, smashed 871 runs across the three formats. That is the most runs by an Indian captain on an away tour. The previous most for India was by Rahul Dravid who made 645 runs on West Indies tour in 2006. Overall, It’s the second most by any captain behind Graeme Smith’s tally of 937 against England in 2003. Kohli scored 27 in the two first two T20Is, 558 in the ODI series and 286 in the three Tests.advertisementWriting about Kohli, his idol Sachin Tendulkar said: “The U-19 World Cup in 2008 was very important for India, as it would define the next bunch of youngsters who would go on to represent the nation. That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game.””Every sportsman knows what its like to have good spells and bad ones too. Virat took the criticism he faced during a disappointing West Indies series and returned home with a goal: to improve not only his technique, but also his fitness level. Hes never looked back,” he added.The other friend of Tendulkar, also enjoyed a fruitful spell last year. Roger Federer became the oldest world No.1 earlier in the year (Reuters Photo)Federer won six titles last year, which included two Grand Slams. The Swiss won the Australian Open and his favourite Wimbledon championship.In 2018, FedEx returned to Melbourne Park to win the Australian Open for the sixth time. He also claimed the No. 1 ranking in February after winning the Rotterdam Open. He became the oldest man to reach the zenith of the rankings.But, his latest reign on top of the world rankings will ended after his shock loss to Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round of the Miami Masters. Rafael Nadal regained the top spot in the latest rankings that came out earlier in April.But, his return from an extended layoffs due to injury to his left knee and then becoming No. 1 from being seeded 17th in last year’s Australian Open spoke a lot about him and his abilities.last_img read more

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Gyan: I’ve created jobs for Ghanaians

first_imgAfrican All Stars Gyan disagrees with commission of Inquiry recommendation Evans Gyamera-Antwi Last updated 1 year ago 01:36 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Asamoah Gyan Goal Ghana African All Stars Ghana The Black Stars skipper was asked to enroll in a leadership program but he says that was an unfair proposal Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has disagreed with recommendations made by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry for the Black Stars’ 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil.Following Ghana’s poor showing at the tournament which was marred by bonus disagreements and the airlifting over $4 million in cash to Brazil, Justice Senyo Dzamefe’s led commission recommended that Gyan must be enrolled in leadership courses to enlighten him on how to deal with issues in the future since he couldn’t manage the playing body.However, Gyan believes that was an unfair proposal, insisting that he has setup many companies in the country even without such programs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The Commission of Inquiry wasn’t fair to me at all. I have done my best for Ghana by creating jobs in the country,” Gyan told Hot FM.“In Ghana, I have employed more than 300 people and I pay them every month, I also pay taxes. So I’m doing my best in improving Ghana’s economy. I haven’t been to a leadership school but I have been doing a lot in the economy,” he said.“When I moved from England to UAE, people said I moved because of money, when I moved to China they said the same thing. I will say the money I got is what I’m investing in the country.”I have created jobs in the nation. For me the commission’s report was not fair to me,” he added.Gyan, who made his debut for Ghana in 2003, remains the team’s all-time topscorer and most capped player.last_img read more

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Province Dedicates Land for Shubie Park

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Province Dedicates Land for ShubiePark The Nova Scotia government is giving the Shubenacadie CanalCommission control of 14 acres of land adjacent to Shubie Park inDartmouth. Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell, said today, March3, that his department is turning over a parcel of land along theshore of Lake Micmac and beside Highway 118 to the Department ofNatural Resources. The Shubenacadie Canal Commission will begiven full control of the parcel by Natural Resources. Mr. Russell said, “We are dedicating a significant amount ofgreen space to Shubie Park for the enjoyment of area residentsand visitors. This transfer guarantees the land will be foreverpreserved as park land.” “This land,” said Bernard Hart, chairman of the ShubenacadieCanal Commission, “is a contiguous part of Shubie Park and itsfuture use is important to protecting the lake system and thelong-term development of the park.” Mr. Russell said the Shubenacadie Canal is an important historiclandmark. He applauded the commission for its efforts in ensuringthat the canal and the park are preserved for current and futuregenerations. “The canal commission will be good stewards of this land and willprotect valuable park land from future development,” Mr. Russellsaid. The commission currently is responsible for the canal system andland bordering either side of the canal and will assumeresponsibility for the additional 14 acres. Transportation and Public Works will transfer the land as soon asa new survey is completed. A map of the land to be transferred is available on the websiteat www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highwayops/landstoshubiecanalcomm.pdf .Information on the Shubenacadie Canal system is available on thecommission website at http://shubie.chebucto.org/ .last_img read more

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Nominations Now Open for Excellence Awards

first_img leadership excellence excellence in patient care (two awards). One recognizing health professional contributions and one highlighting the valuable role of volunteers. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is calling for nominations for its 2015 Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the dedication and accomplishments of those who work to improve cancer prevention and care for patients and their families. “Cancer Care Nova Scotia’s role is to strengthen the cancer care system by working in partnership with health administrators, health professionals, patients, families and others,” said Bob Russell, board member and chair of the 2015 Excellence Awards Committee. “Our health-care community does the heavy lifting to help ease the journey for patients and families. “The awards celebrate the efforts in making our cancer care system the very best it can be. I encourage all who are part of our extended health-care community, as well as patients and families who have been impacted by cancer in any way, to consider nominating someone they believe has made a difference.” Three awards will be presented in two categories: Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a program of the Department of Health and Wellness, was created in 1998 to facilitate quality cancer prevention and care for all Nova Scotians. It supports health professionals in providing patients with high-quality care. Its work with other organizations and its screening programs raise awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles to reduce cancer risk, and educate Nova Scotians about available testing such as pap tests for cervical cancer and home screening kits for colon cancer. The goal is to find cancer earlier and to treat it better. The awards were introduced in 2009, to mark the organization’s 10th anniversary. More information is available at www.cancercare.ns.ca/awards or by calling 1-866-599-2267. The deadline for nominations is September 21.last_img read more

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RCMP lacked warrants for Stingray phone catchers in handful of cases watchdog

first_imgOTTAWA – The RCMP illegally scooped up mobile phone data half a dozen times using controversial Stingray devices, the federal privacy watchdog says.An investigation by the privacy commissioner’s office found that the Mounties now require a judicial warrant for use of the technology, except in emergencies.The probe also concluded the RCMP was properly hiving off, securing and ultimately destroying the personal information of innocent people collected by the devices.But the watchdog chastised the national police force for initially refusing to even confirm publicly that it was using the technology, fuelling fears about unnecessary snooping.The commissioner looked into the RCMP’s use of Stingrays in response to a complaint from public-interest group OpenMedia, which had concerns the Mounties were using the devices to monitor large groups of people and the content of their communications.In a report to OpenMedia, the watchdog said the RCMP’s devices were not capable of intercepting voice communications, or email or text messages.A Stingray device, sometimes called an IMSI catcher, mimics a cellular tower, making all nearby mobile phones connect to it. Identifiers linked to individual phones can then be used to determine their location or owner.As a result, collection of such data through a Stingray amounts to search and seizure, creating a need for a court-ordered warrant to ensure compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the privacy commissioner found.The RCMP, which has 10 of the devices, says Stingrays are helpful in high-priority investigations relating to national security, serious and organized crime and other criminal offences involving safety and security, such as kidnappings.The Mounties say they used the devices in 125 criminal investigations from 2011 to 2016. In all but 13 of the cases, judicial warrants were obtained by the RCMP or the local police force the Mounties were assisting.Seven cases involved emergencies, meaning no warrant was needed. The remaining six cases unfolded in 2015 during a period when the Mounties believed — based on legal advice — that a warrant was no longer required.Although the Mounties were “operating in good faith,” given the legal advice, these six deployments breached the Privacy Act and the charter, and therefore were “not lawfully executed,” the privacy commissioner found.The Mounties revisited the warrant question in 2015, issuing a further directive that October which said recently enacted legislation did indeed mean the collection of data using a Stingray necessitated judicial approval.The privacy commissioner’s report is an important step in holding the RCMP accountable “for the use and capabilities of invasive mass surveillance technologies,” said Laura Tribe, OpenMedia’s executive director.“Law enforcement agencies in Canada must be much more forthcoming with information about technologies that put Canadians’ privacy at risk.”OpenMedia also expressed concern that police need only have “reasonable grounds to suspect” that an offence has been, or will be, committed in requesting a judicial warrant to use a Stingray.More needs to be done to strengthen safeguards, including raising the threshold of evidence required for use, Tribe said.In April, while the privacy commissioner’s investigation was underway, the RCMP provided media with a technical briefing, confirming that it does own and use Stingrays.The privacy commissioner’s office expressed appreciation for the Mounties’ co-operation with its investigation, but said the police force’s initial lack of transparency with the public led to “serious concerns about the capabilities of these devices and how they are being used.”“We strongly encourage the RCMP to continue to make efforts toward openness and accountability in terms of the technologies it employs in its law enforcement activities and the legal authorities it relies on for use of those technologies.”last_img read more

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German Embassy Denies Assisting German Citizen in Bouknadel Train Accident

Rabat-“No German citizens were involved in the tragic [Bouknadel train accident],” the German embassy in Rabat has asserted.In an interview with “Momo” on the Moroccan radio station Hit Radio, a man claimed to be a Moroccan residing in Germany and a surviving passenger from the derailed train accident. He said that after he declared he was in the accident, representatives from the German embassy visited him at the hospital.He claimed that embassy representatives gave him a new passport on the same day when he told them his was stolen. He claimed that they also gave him a first-class plane ticket to return to Germany. When Moroccan journalist Anass Bendrif contacted the embassy to confirm the man’s allegations, the embassy responded in an email: “No consular support was provided by the German Embassy to date in relation to the accident.”Moroccans are now blaming Hit Radio and, Momo, the presenter, of taking advantage of the accident. Social media users have shared the embassy’s statement, accusing the radio station of lying and unduly influencing public opinion.Some have even called on the King’s attorney general and Head of Government claimed to prosecute Hit Radio for spreading “lies” and “fake information.”The alleged survivor also told the station that thieves stole from jackets, pockets, and the luggage of shock-stricken passengers who could not do anything to stop them.“My money, my bag, my passport, my phone, everything was robbed,” he complained. “It was an apocalypse.”He stated, “If it weren’t for the royal gendarmerie showing up only a quarter hour from the accident, everyone would have ended up stark naked” because of looters from nearby shantytowns.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident Survivor: Some Tried to Help, Others LootedThe man even compared Moroccan authorities to those of Germany, saying that the Moroccan civil protection forces did an “amazing” job and were very competent.Train No. 9 linking Rabat and Kenitra on the Casablanca-Kenitra line derailed on Tuesday near Bouknadel at 10:20 a.m., killing 7 and injuring 125.According to a claimed recording of a phone conversation between ONCF employees, the train was running at 120 kilometers per hour, when it was supposed to run at 60 kilometers per hour in the area where it derailed.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: A Story of Lives Cut ShortOne of the employees stated that problems on that stretch of track were noticed last Friday, however ONCF did not set speed limit signs, properly communicate the speed limit to drivers, or take it into consideration.On the other hand, the Media and Press Department at the Ministry of Equipment told Morocco World News that they had no knowledge about the recording. The department emphasized that there should be “a scientific proof of what happened.” read more

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Bangladeshs new government should reach out to opposition – UN official

2 January 2009A senior United Nations electoral official today urged Bangladesh’s newly elected Government to extend a hand of friendship to the opposition, saying there should not be “a feeling of winners and losers.” The head of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High-Level Panel to assess and report on the parliamentary elections, Francesc Vendrell, told a news conference in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, that he felt complaints by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) might not much change the outcome of the election, won by Sheikh Hasina’s Grand Alliance, even if many of them turned out to be valid.“I have to say I have been encouraged by the public statement and also from the private conversation with Sheikh Hasina,” he said. “I think I have found that she has the right kind of spirit in reaching out to the opposition. I think that she has stressed that there is a role for the opposition in parliament.”The new government should now make the strengthening of democratic institutions a priority and ensure the independence of bodies that have been created over the past two years, such as the anti-corruption commission, he added.He paid tribute to the professionalism of the Election Commission, noting that both domestic and international observers attested to the “credibility and fairness” with which it managed the process.The three-member Panel – which also includes Bhojraj Pokharel, Nepal’s Chief Election Commissioner, and Aracelly Santana, the former deputy director of the UN Electoral Assistance Division – will report back to Mr. Ban next week on the conduct of the elections. read more

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Upcoming forum set to finalize global plan for sustainable development UN official

Speaking in what he called “the last stretch” before the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Nitin Desai, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and the Secretary-General of the Summit, told reporters at a press briefing that he was confident agreement would be reached on an action plan.The strategy is expected to be adopted at the conclusion of the forum, which will be held from 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, South Africa.Introducing the Summit’s report today, entitled “Global Challenge Global Opportunity,” Mr. Desai said the international community must take action. “If we do nothing to change our current indiscriminate patterns of development, we will compromise the long-team security of the Earth and its people,” he said.The report examines a number of issues that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has identified as central to the negotiations at the Summit, including water and sanitation, energy, agricultural productivity, biodiversity, and human health, Mr. Desai explained.In many areas, there were excellent examples of small-scale initiatives, but those good examples had not been “taken to scale,” he noted, adding that urgent action to do that was now needed.In announcing that more than 100 world leaders would attend the Summit, Mr. Desai said that the great challenge of Johannesburg was to determine how to engage governments and mobilize the non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local authorities and, in certain cases, the private sector.Governments should emerge from Johannesburg committed to take an integrated view of sustainable development, recognize the urgency of the problems and devise practical ways of taking NGO-led innovations from the community levels to scale, he stressed.Video – Press Conference by Nitin Desai read more

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Rwandan Patriotic Army completes troops withdrawal from DR of Congo UN

In a statement released in Kinshasa, MONUC reported that on 5 October, 1,152 troops crossed the border from Goma in the eastern part of the country to Gisenyi in Rwanda, completing a process that began on 17 September. The border crossing was witnessed in Goma by senior MONUC staff, the Third Party Verification Mechanism established to verify the implementation of the agreement signed on 30 July between the DRC and Rwanda, and by the Joint Military Commission (JMC).Established under the Lusaka Accords, the JMC is composed of MONUC, Zambia and two representatives from each party under a neutral chairman appointed by the African Union. The JMC is the only permanent forum in which all the recognized parties to the conflict meet.MONUC said it was able to physically count 20,941 Rwandan troops of the total number of 23,760 which was provided by the military command of the Rwandan Patriotic Army. That figure included the Marine Unit, which had been previously unaccounted for. The Mission, which is expecting a final confirmation from Kigali, said the Rwandan military command had explained the shortfall of 2,819 troops as being due to leave, training and other assignments at the time of withdrawal.MONUC confirmed, however, that the Rwandan troops left with their personal weapons, large quantity of ammunitions, machine guns, rocket launchers, rocket propelled grenade launchers, mortars, armoured vehicles and anti-aircraft weapons.The Mission said it would continue to monitor and re-verify the position of Rwandan forces as well as those of other foreign troops recently withdrawn from DRC. read more

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Boralex considering offshore wind projects in France for longterm growth

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 3:34 pm MDT Boralex considering off-shore wind projects in France for long-term growth The logo of alternative energy producer Boralex Inc. is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO MONTREAL – Boralex is considering adding off-shore wind projects in France as the renewable energy producer evaluates its growth opportunities over the next few years, although the Montreal-based green energy producer says it won’t participate in large projects in the 600- to 800-megawatts range.“But there are opportunities for smaller offshore projects in the range of 100 to 300 megawatts which would be Boralex-sized,” CEO Patrick Lemaire said Wednesday after releasing an earnings report that showed a near doubling of first-quarter profits.The company has already begun discussions with a developer that could be a potential partner.Among the projects coming on stream over the next two years are the Jamie Creek hydro electric project in British Columbia, several wind farms in Quebec and two wind farms in France.While those three regions present clear opportunities, it was unclear whether a potential change in government in Ontario would jeopardize new projects there.This year’s focus is on the 25-megawatt Temiscouata I wind project in the lower St. Lawrence region and the second phase of its Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farm in the Gaspe region of Quebec, which is slated to be commissioned by the end of December.Boralex (TSX:BLX) earned $7.9 million in the first quarter, up from $4.1 million a year ago, helped by the commissioning of the 272-megawatt first phase of Seigneurie wind farm at the end of last year.The Quebec power producer said it also benefited from better wind conditions in France and from favourable changes in exchange rates and higher prices.Wind sector production and income more than doubled, helping to offset weakness in its hydroelectricity business, whose production was down 20 per cent in Canada and 15 per cent in the U.S.Increased demand for power driven by very cold weather boosted average prices in both countries.Boralex said the profit for the quarter ended March 31 amounted to 21 cents per share, four cents above analyst forecasts and up from 11 cents per share a year ago.First-quarter revenue increased to $75.5 million compared with $50.7 million in the same quarter in 2013 due to higher energy sales.“On the operational front, we continue to execute well. First, in Quebec, after a challenging start in the midst of severe weather conditions in December, the phase one of La Seigneurie had a great first quarter and is fully contributing to results,” he told analysts.Lemaire said the company remains on track to double its annual EBITDA to $200 million and generate about 950 MW of power by the end of 2016.He said the company’s ability to achieve milestones in its development projects is significant because it will add 30 per cent more capacity by the end of next year, in addition to the impact of 176 MW of power commissioned in the second half of last year.As for solar, Lemaire said the technology doesn’t have the momentum of a couple years ago even though earnings surpass wind and hydro.“We’re not saying no to investment in solar,” he said, noting it can submit a request for proposals if an Ontario project continues and is still developing in France.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Boralex shares closed at $13.36, up 36 cents or 2.77 per cent on Wednesday.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

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Renewed tension disrupts UN construction projects in Gaza Strip

More than 20 vital United Nations construction projects for schools and housing in Gaza are stalled, and social and economic conditions are worsening due to the closure of crossings with Israel as clashes have increased, the top UN envoy for the Middle East warned today.“I sincerely hope that the Israeli authorities will fully adhere to their commitment to reopen Gaza for construction materials for UN projects”, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said after a visit to Gaza, where a ceasefire ending eight days of fierce fighting between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas in 2012 has started to fray with renewed rocket attacks against Israel and Israeli reprisals.“I am worried we are seeing more and more signs that the understanding on a ceasefire reached in November 2012 is eroding in both of its main requirements – the end of all hostilities and the opening of the crossings for people and goods. “During the past two months, we have seen more rockets being fired at Israel, border incidents, and Israeli retaliatory operations causing death or injury to civilians. The United Nations condemns the rise in violence, and all parties must act in accordance with international law.”In December, Israel agreed to resume the transfer of construction materials for UN projects in Gaza, where the world body is working on a “critical” $500-million package to build schools, social housing, and water and sanitation facilities, but clashes with Israel have since increased and the work has been stalled since November.Mr. Serry stressed that imports of construction materials have dramatically decreased, lamenting the fact that the closure by Egypt of illegal tunnels beneath its border with Gaza has not been turned into an opportunity to increase the entry of such materials through legal crossings.He welcomed the recent decision to allow in 1,000 tons of cement and other materials for flood relief, but stressed that imports of construction material for the private sector through legal crossings remain essential for Gaza’s economy while ensuring that it is not be diverted from its intended peaceful purposes. He also voiced the hope that the Rafah crossing with Egypt would soon resume normal operations. Mr. Serry visited the Gaza City paediatric hospital, which has been affected by frequent power cuts due to the precarious energy situation in the Strip. “I was heartened to see that this children’s hospital is one of the facilities that benefit from the fuel emergency safety net created by the United Nations through the generous contributions of Turkey and the Islamic Development Bank, which is securing continuity of vital services,” he said.“However, this is but a stop-gap measure, and more must be done to address Gaza’s chronic energy problems. Energy is the basis for everything – whether desalination, private sector growth, or health services. Short-term solutions, such as the generous donation of Qatar to the Gaza power plant, remain essential. “But we must also look to the medium term,” he added, voicing UN support for the Palestinian Authority’s request to establish a power line from Israel into Gaza for better and more cost-efficient access to energy. “Ultimately, only the reunification of Gaza and the West Bank under the legitimate Palestinian Authority, based on the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) commitments, can pave the way to a durable solution for Gaza, as part of political progress towards peace.”The Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, controls the West Bank from its headquarters in Ramallah and endorses the PLO commitments to seek peace with Israel based on the existence of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side within secure borders.Hamas, which ousted Fatah from Gaza in fighting in 2007, does not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Israel has severely restricted the entry of goods and materials into the Strip since Hamas seized control. read more

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Ohio State marching band to perform in 2018 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade

A cymbal player in the Ohio State University Marching Band performs the song “Hang on Sloopy” during the OSU vs. Oklahoma game. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State marching band will travel to New York City next year to perform in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the school announced Saturday. It will be the band’s first appearance in the parade.The Macy’s Parade has an annual viewership of 50 million and Ohio State was selected by the Macy’s Band Committee from more than 100 applicants, according to a press release. Ten bands total will perform. “For decades, The Ohio State University Marching Band has entertained stadiums of football lovers and most recently millions of fans on YouTube with their spectacular showmanship, ingenious field show designs and impressive big sound and even bigger school spirit,” said Wesley Whatley, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade creative director in the release. “Macy’s Band Selection Committee is proud to welcome ‘The Best Damn Band in the Land’ to the streets of New York City in 2018 for their inaugural appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”The band performed a New York-themed halftime show Saturday, playing songs “New York State of Mind” and “On Broadway.”University President Michael Drake said Ohio State is thrilled for the nation to experience the hard work, focus and creativity of the band. “The Ohio State University Marching Band is near and dear to the hearts of Buckeyes across the nation and around the world,” he said in the release. read more

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St Lucia to impose visa restrictions on Venezuelans

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS imposes sanctions on Venezuelan president’s wife, inner circleSeptember 25, 2018In “Regional”St Lucia PM dismisses UWI lecturer’s claim that businessmen as politicians are bad for societyAugust 16, 2017In “latest news”Jamaica supports suspending Venezuela from OASJune 6, 2018In “Regional” CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The St Lucia government says it is considering imposing visa restrictions on Venezuelans visiting the island as a result of the political situation in the South American country where opposition forces are seeking to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power.President Nicolas Maduro“I don’t think that we should make it any easier than the logistics already have for Venezuelans to come here,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told a news conference, making reference to the increasing number of Venezuela nationals in prison here.Chastanet said he has asked the Ministry of Immigration to prepare a document in relation to the visa restrictions for consideration by Cabinet.“Barring any impediment, we will impose it,” Chastanet said, adding that he remained “deeply concerned” about the security threat to St Lucia and the region from the Venezuela situation.“If in fact the government is continuing to struggle to maintain law and order in Venezuela, we have seen an increase in the production of drugs coming out of Colombia, people are short of cash and therefore people are bringing drugs and bringing arms to sell in St Lucia and other Caribbean Islands,” Chastanet said.However, he reiterated St Lucia’s position against foreign intervention in Venezuela.United States President, Donald Trump, said last Friday that he would not rule out a “military option” to quell the chaos in the South American country.“St Lucia has always been in the position that we would not support any foreign intervention in Venezuela whether by the United States or anybody else – inside this hemisphere or outside this hemisphere,” Chastanet told reporters.“I had a long talk with my Ambassador and my Minister of Foreign Affairs. I think that as a hemisphere we have failed,” Chastanet said, noting that the failure was in respect of not establishing very clear parameters on solving problems in the region, with the result that continuously situations like the one in Venezuela arise and finding a solution poses a problem. read more

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Caterpillar to roll out new machines and technology at CONEXPOCONAGG 2017

first_imgAt CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar will present its extensive line of machines and technology and “its unmatched customer support capabilities.” With 40 machines on display in two different exhibit areas totalling 60,000 square feet, Caterpillar’s presence is among the largest at the show. “But it’s not all about size. Cat® Connect Technologies for machine control and monitoring will share the spotlight with the iron it enhances—ranging from a skid steer loader to a 96 [short] ton excavator.”Eight Cat machines will make their public debut at CONEXPO and a half dozen more machines introduced recently will be on display for the first time at an equipment show. The newest Cat machines to be displayed include excavators, wheel loaders, a dozer, an articulated truck, a telehandler and cold planers. Caterpillar will also introduce new remote control technologies and connectivity technologies at the show.In the large North Hall exhibit, booth 10924, the display will focus on excavating, grading, paving and aggregates mining and handling. The Gold Lot exhibit, booth 4490, will feature small machines used in building construction. A handful of large machines displayed in the Gold Lot will represent general construction and aggregates product lines.New machines to be displayed include the M317F Wheeled Excavator, a compact radius design that expands versatility and enhances productivity in tight work areas. The new Cat compact radius wheeled excavators deliver the same capabilities and efficiencies as their standard radius counterparts. The 390F and 336F XE Excavators, both with crawler undercarriages, have been updated to deliver improved productivity and lower costs. Both excavators lead their size classes in fuel efficiency. The 390F can be equipped with the industry’s only integrated payload system for accurate truck loading. The 336F XE has the payload system as standard equipment, as is 2D GRADE – with the option of a number of integrated Cat Connect grade control systems.New Cat wheel loaders are also in the CONEXPO spotlight. The new 986K on display “will replace the H Series model and deliver lower cost per tonne in earthmoving and aggregates operations. The 950 GC will make its North American debut in the Gold Lot, where it will be displayed alongside the full-featured 950M. The 950 GC gives wheel loader owners a choice when determining the best machine for their business.” In addition to the 950M, the 972M XE and 982M will be on display to highlight updates including new Cat Connect Technologies, additional operator comfort and safety features, and features that help reduce operating costs.The new 745 Articulated Truck features an all new, class leading cab with enhanced visibility. Innovative machine control features further improve operator efficiency and safety. The new stability assist system reduces the risk of rollovers, and the new Economy Mode reduces fuel consumption.The updated D6T Dozer on display at CONEXPO features a new transmission and new Auto Shift system that allows the D6T to achieve fuel savings on the order of 20%, compared with the previous model. Fuel savings can increase to as much as 30% in light-load and finish-grading applications. The fully automatic system maintains production while optimising fuel efficiency. Additionally, the updated D6T now is equipped with GRADE with Slope Assist as standard equipment.Another dozer is featured in a live demonstration shown in the Gold Lot exhibit. A D8T dozer in Peoria, Illinois, will be controlled remotely from the operator station in the exhibit. The new Cat Command remote control system for the D8T offers a choice of two operator interfaces – a portable Operator Console designed for line-of-sight use and an ergonomically designed Operator Station that can be located remotely when the dozer is equipped with the Command Vision System. Wireless connectivity enables the operator to work from a safe location, whether nearby or far away. In addition to the D8T demonstration, a Cat Command remote control system equips a 988K Wheel Loader shown in the Gold Lot exhibit. In addition to the big machines operating via remote control, a live demonstration of skid steer loader line-of-sight remote control will be conducted in the Gold Lot.last_img read more

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Mexico US reach agreement to prevent tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced late Friday that he had suspended plans to impose tariffs on Mexico, tweeting that the country “has agreed to take strong measures” to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States. But the deal the two neighbors agreed to falls short of some of the dramatic overhauls the U.S. had pushed for.A “U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration” released by the State Department said the U.S. “will immediately expand the implementation” of a program that returns asylum-seekers who cross the southern border to Mexico while their claims are adjudicated. Mexico will “offer jobs, health care and education” to those people, the agreement stated.Mexico has also agreed, it said, to take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration,” including the deployment of the Mexican National Guard throughout the country, especially on its southern border with Guatemala. And Mexico is taking “decisive action to dismantle human smuggling and trafficking organizations as well as their illicit financial and transportation networks,” the State Department said.The move puts to an end — for now — a threat that had sparked dire warnings from members of Trump’s own party, who warned the tariffs would damage the economy, drive up prices for consumers and imperil an updated North American trade pact. Trump’s Friday night tweet marked a sharp reversal from earlier in the day, when his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters: “Our position has not changed. The tariffs are going forward as of Monday.”Mexican President Andr?s Manuel L?pez Obrador tweeted, “Thanks to the support of all Mexicans, the imposition of tariffs on Mexican products exported to the USA has been avoided.” He called for a gathering to celebrate in Tijuana today.last_img read more

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