Suspendisse Efficitur Fringilla
Felis non dui efficitur suscipit. Nulla gravida dolor quis tellus mattis, vel viverra risus tincidunt. Quisque in luctus lorem.
Commodo Cursus Odio
Morbi lectus mi, molestie et blandit ut, finibus a est. Nullam at ligula in urna mollis dictum. Nullam aliquam pulvinar.
Vestibulum Vitae Dictum
Etiam eu sem pretium, sodales nulla in, elementum lacus. Vestibulum vitae elit dictum, pellentesque massa sed.
Nullam Aliquam Pulvinar
Tellus mattis vel viverra risus tincidunt. Quisque in luctus lorem ut finibus a est molestie et blandit vitae elit dictum.

Tag Archives

Archive of posts published in the tag: 上海后花园千花网

The Olive Houses / mar plus ask

first_img “COPY” CopyAbout this officemar plus askOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsLandscape ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesSpainPublished on July 27, 2020Cite: “The Olive Houses / mar plus ask” [Las casas de los olivos / mar plus ask] 27 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?西班牙橄榄之屋,粉紫配色的地中海别墅 / mar plus ask是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Landscape Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard The Olive Houses / mar plus ask The Olive Houses / mar plus askSave this projectSaveThe Olive Houses / mar plus askSave this picture!© Piet Albert Goethals+ 17Curated by Clara Ott Share CopyLandscape Architecture, Houses•Spain Country:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Piet Albert GoethalsRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGText description provided by the architects. High up in the Tramuntana Mountains of Mallorca with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea we have built two small off-grid houses. The houses are surrounded in all directions by thousand year old olive trees standing on man-made terraces of dry stacked stone, where only the wind and the bells of the grassing sheep can be heard. The incredible scenic mountain area is one of the most beautiful examples we have on earth of how well wild and human-made nature can intertwine seamlessly, a rare example where Man has given more beauty – than he has taken away from nature – which brought it into the Unesco World Heritage list. Save this picture!© Piet Albert GoethalsSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Piet Albert GoethalsThe houses blends into its surroundings as seamlessly and sensitive as possible into this magical setting by first breaking the needed footprint into two, while also reusing an old stone structure for the The Purple House a house for cooking and dinning, covered in a specific shade of purple stucco; the complimentary color to the dark side of the olive leaf. The reusing of the existing structure meant that only one new structure was needed which was even build into the existing terraces making the structure practically invisible being half underground, which keeps the house cool in the summer and warmer in winter. Save this picture!© Piet Albert GoethalsIn one end of the new structure a vaulted ceiling dissolves seamlessly into a huge skylight under which a hidden shower is found next to an existing rock formation, which the house has embraced. Water for the shower is provided from a natural spring behind the house. A specific shade of pink, the complimentary shade of the matte lighter side of an olive leaf, was chosen to cover both walls, floors and ceilings, reminiscent of mans first home, the cave. The complementary colors of the olive trees provides an optic effect when looking into the landscape which becomes vivid, more defined and crisp. Save this picture!© Piet Albert GoethalsSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Piet Albert GoethalsThe two houses contains only the most necessary; a bed, a shower and a fireplace, while The Purple House is equipped with a bathroom, two gas burners, sink, wood fired oven, table and stools and a fridge powered by solar panels behind the house. The Olive Houses are owned by mar plus ask and are offered as a silent refuge for other architects, artists and writers around the year.Save this picture!© Piet Albert GoethalsProject gallerySee allShow lessUrgent Issue: 10 Strategies to Decarbonize ArchitectureArticlesIn conversation with Anastasia Elrouss: Architect, Activist, and Founder of Warch(ée…Interviews Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Piet Albert Goethals Area:  25 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: mar plus ask Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Spain 2019 Projects Lead Architect: Year:  Ask Anker Aistrup, Mar Vicens Fuster ArchDaily Photographslast_img read more

Dr. Corona vs. coronavirus: Muhammadiyah special center fighting COVID-19 in Indonesia

first_imgIndonesia’s second-largest Islamic organization has officially entered the national battle against the coronavirus by establishing the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center (MCCC) and putting an aptly named physician, Corona Rintawan, in charge.The organization has dedicated all of its facilities and wings under the Muhammadiyah Philanthropic Initiative (AUM) to help the government fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.Indonesian physician, Corona Rintawan (right), is in-charge for the Muhammadiyah COVID-19 Command Center, which is aimed helping the government fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. ( Mashabi)“The concept is prevention, early detection and early handling.”All of the AUM [outlets] will move massively and in an integrated way to provide strategic mitigation against the spread of the virus,” MCCC head Corona told a press conference at the Muhammadiyah Dakwah Center in Jakarta, as quoted by the organization’s official website,, on Tuesday.Muhammadiyah has designated 20 top-tier hospitals on Java and Sumatra and in Kalimantan for the coronavirus fight. These hospitals are now listed as government referral centers for COVID-19 cases. Muhammadiyah said the 20 hospitals are ready to apply standard procedures to handle cases, as well as conduct decontamination and contingency actions. Read also: Indonesia reports first death from COVID-19The Islamic organization also prepared about 30,000 AUM outlets to disseminate information on COVID-19 and its prevention.Corona, a physician himself, said that MCCC has two dedicated programs for the COVID-19 battle: “Safari”, which is about raising the awareness of risk factors, and, “Gemes”, which involves donating face masks. The Safari program encourages people to educate themselves about COVID-19, so they are aware of any risks from the disease. The program also suggests people self-quarantine whenever necessary. Read also: Indonesia confirms first possible COVID-19 community transmission as cases rise to 27Meanwhile, the Gemes program encourages people to help others by giving face masks to those with the flu. The program raises the awareness of the importance of helping others and eradicating selfish acts. Muhammadiyah also optimizes the role of takmir (mosque management) in educating the congregation by encouraging them to bring their own sajadah (praying mats) to mosques to prevent infection, conduct ablution thoroughly and pray at home if they are sick. (gis) Topics :last_img read more

Can technology drive conservation? Experts discuss in Mongabay forum (video)

first_imgArticle published by Sue Palminteri Artificial Intelligence, data, Fisheries, Forests, Illegal Fishing, Illegal Logging, Technology, Wildtech A recent tech-based event offered the extensive experience of three panelists on the frontlines of applying technology to conserve a key ecosystem.Directors of Global Forest Watch, Rainforest Connection, and Protected Seas discussed how technology’s role expands, as its precision, reach, and cost-effectiveness continue to improve.Panelists stressed the need for technology to connect people to each other and to the species and ecosystems in need of conservation support.Nevertheless, the panelists agreed, information is not enough; achieving conservation outcomes requires “accounting for the human factor” in maintaining transparency and good governance. Can technology drive conservation?That was the question Mongabay founder Rhett Butler recently posed to a panel of three specialists on the frontlines of applying technology to conserve key species and ecosystems.On September 27, 2017, Mongabay and the Commonwealth Club of California hosted the panel, who discussed with a full-house audience in San Francisco the possibilities for advanced technology to aid conservation efforts worldwide.Butler moderated the panel, which consisted of Crystal Davis, director of Global Forest Watch, Topher White, founder and CEO of Rainforest Connection, and Virgil Zetterlind, director of Protected Seas and Chief Technology Officer for Conserve I.O.The panelists provided an overview of technology’s potential to support conservation efforts, some of the conditions that enable technology to play this role effectively, and other factors that may affect its application to conservation action. Watch the full event video here:Tech continues to be importantThe panelists agreed that technology will likely play an increasingly larger role in conserving biodiversity.Global Forest Watch, for example, compiles and regularly updates tree cover data for the whole world using satellite imagery made freely available by the U.S. space agency NASA, combined with novel processing algorithms and online analysis tools.Davis highlighted the ever-increasing potential of technology to improve conservation outcomes, remarking, “The algorithms are getting smarter, the satellite imagery is becoming more precise, and more and more people around the world are getting connected and so are able to access this information.”Zetterlind’s NGO, Protected Seas, applies technology to practical ocean conservation, such as contributing to Whale Alert, NOAA’s program for reducing ship strikes of right whales, and developing an interactive mapping app of marine protected areas, some cases, such as with right whales, said Zetterlind, for technology to make a conservation impact, it must help us “first understand the basics [of] how many right whales are there, where do they live, how do they use the habitats where they live, so that we can learn how to minimize our human impact on their mortality.” The Whale Alert app allows anyone to log whale sightings, providing whale managers with real-time information on the distribution of whale populations that can improve management.A north Atlantic right whale surfaces. Their populations have not yet recovered from the whaling era. Photo credit: Moira Brown and New England Aquarium.Tech needs to connectWhite agreed that, in today’s ever-more connected world, technology must help bring together people and key conservation issues. His Rainforest Connection startup repurposes used mobile phones, paired with solar panels and placed high in trees, to record sounds of wildlife and human activity (e.g. chainsaws) in protected rainforest sites. Specifically, White pointed out, technology helps link on-the-ground forest guardians with the rest of the world, where  people are more concerned with what’s happening right now than long-term effects of human actions, even those that harm the world around us.“If we can take what’s happening in these really remote places and turn it into a real-time connection to people around the world,” he said, “there’s a chance of making them feel like it’s not so abstract and really try to garner their interest around it. And that interest, in and of itself, can have a really big effect on the morale and the effectiveness, and, honestly, the longevity, of these people out there protecting these areas.”All three panelists’ organizations promote their technologies primarily through local partners, including indigenous groups, fishing communities, protected areas, and NGOs. The speakers agreed that making technology easy to use—through free access, low cost, and intuitive interfaces—was critical to putting it in the hands of the public, specifically people in the field who can combine it with direct experience.Huge buttress of a rainforest tree in Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia. Photo credit: Sue PalminteriInformation is not enoughNevertheless, the panelists agreed, generating more information does not necessarily translate to effective conservation. They emphasized the importance of transparency and good governance in ensuring that the adoption of any technology does, indeed, help to conserve the target resource, whether that be forests or fish.“Even if you have perfect information and perfect technology, you still need humans to take an action that will be positive for forests,” said Davis.She explained that some government users of Global Forest Watch face corruption challenges that prevent them from directly confronting logging or agricultural firms that are harvesting illegally.Zetterlind mentioned that transparency and proper incentives in implementing technology are particularly important where enforcers are carrying out some of the illegal fishing. Even with surveillance technology, he added, “a key to technology success is accounting for the human factor from the beginning…and to make sure we’re providing a tool that really addresses the local need.”His group’s Marine Monitor, a radar-plus-software system designed to monitor boats around marine protected areas, must address, “the negative perception of this radar as it’s, you know, tattletaling on my friends who are doing illegal fishing, but can this radar also provide safety to these boaters and bad weather or other circumstances…are there other tangible benefits [of our technologies] to a community?”The panelists also answered questions about data availability, collaboration, and ways tech developers can help. You can hear the entire discussion via the full event video here.Forest in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda. Photo credit: Sue Palmintericenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Most firms have no plans for work in flu pandemic

first_img The corporate emphasis isn’t just because of economics, but because businesses provide products and services that people literally can’t live without, explained Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota, a public health adviser to the government. He is helping officials compile what he calls “critical product continuity,” ensuring that the most crucial products will be available during a pandemic. “Automobiles, jewelry and electronics will not be big-ticket items,” Osterholm notes. But “we still have to feed people. How do we assure we have heat, fuel oil, electricity?” Some businesses do have major preparations under way. In two weeks, Microsoft Corp. will roll out the first phase of its pandemic plan: an educational campaign for its 63,000 workers worldwide, along with bottles of hand sanitizers as a reminder that good hygiene helps prevent influenza. Companywide telecommuting – like the software giant already does when snow shuts down its Seattle-area headquarters – and when to distribute protective masks also are part of the planning, which company spokesman Lou Gellos says follows U.S. government and World Health Organization recommendations. Preparations are much more complex when options like telecommuting aren’t possible. “Can you tell somebody, ‘I’m sorry, you’ve got to come in here, we don’t care that your family’s sick?’ Can we really do that? No,” said Mike Maxwell, vice president of emergency preparedness for Pepco Holdings Inc., the utility that supplies electricity to almost 2 million people in the nation’s capital and nearby states. Yet a certain number of workers are vital to keep power flowing and restore outages, including those that occur in quarantined areas. The utility has some masks and other protective gear, and a pandemic drill planned for January will help define further preparations, said Maxwell, who also is working to ensure that the government provides stockpiled vaccines and other pandemic supplies to utility workers who need them. A pandemic “would be a cascading crisis for us as an organization,” Maxwell said. “The more we do upfront, the better off we are.” HHS’ Leavitt next week will stress that companies can learn from the months of disruption caused by the last century’s three flu pandemics, including the 1918 flu that killed about 50 million people worldwide, 500,000 in the U.S. alone. Plan as if a blizzard were coming, Thompson and Osterholm will advise today – a blizzard that could last up to 18 months instead of a few days. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – If a superflu sweeps the globe, who will haul away the garbage? Keep the factories running, making cars and computers and tissues? Stock and sell groceries? Keep electricity flowing? Most U.S. companies haven’t planned for how to stay in business during a flu pandemic, when their workers may be too sick or scared to show up and their supply chains disappear, a major new survey of some of the nation’s largest firms shows. Two-thirds of the businesses surveyed said their companies are inadequately prepared to protect themselves during a pandemic and, demonstrating a surprising fatalism, 39 percent believed there isn’t much they can do. The results also raise public health concerns: When asked if they would waive sick-leave restrictions to encourage potentially contagious employees to stay home, 63 percent of the companies were undecided and 10 percent said they would not. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals That directly contradicts federal government recommendations that people who are coughing or have other flulike symptoms stay home from work or school if a superflu appears, voluntary quarantines considered key to stemming its spread. “Corporate America is like everybody – they read it and see it on television, but they really can’t completely digest it,” former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said of the threat of a flu pandemic. His new industry think tank, part of Deloitte & Touche USA, sponsored the survey, to be released today at a closed-door meeting. The gathering of about 25 corporate giants and public health specialists will focus on how to prepare for what scientists insist is the growing risk of a worldwide influenza outbreak, sparked either by the Asian bird flu or some other superstrain. And next week, federal health officials will release specific guidelines to help companies prepare. Among those recommendations: “That people have contingency plans that could accommodate between 10 (percent) and 20 percent of their work force being out at any given time for as much as two to four weeks,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt told The Associated Press. last_img read more

Comets Are Not Life Givers

first_img(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astrobiologists dream of comets as bearers of life in spite of—not because of—the data from Rosetta’s comet.The Rosetta mission, Science Magazine’s Breakthrough of the Year for 2014, gave bad news to astrobiologists this month.  A photo caption in Science Magazine says, “Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has begun to emit jets of water vapor that is unlike the water found in Earth’s oceans” (see 12/11/14).  And with the Philae lander going to sleep prematurely, mission scientists were unable to get data on possible organic molecules under the comet’s surface.  The “dinosaur eggs” found (Science Mag) have nothing to do with dinosaurs; they are clumps of ice on some part of the comet that a few cosmogonists are speculating might have been “cometesimals,” building blocks of the comet, even though they are larger than predicted.  “But we don’t understand them,” one admitted.In short, nothing about Comet 67P looks lively. Its water could not have given birth to our oceans, and its organic molecule inventory, if any, is unknown.  Some gases were detected by the orbiter: “A chemical detector, a sort of robotic nose, on the Rosetta orbiter, has detected some organic chemicals in the cloud around the comet,” Tom Chivers writes in The Telegraph.  “According to Taylor, it ‘smells like a stag do‘: urine and alcohol and a sulphurous eggy smell,” not that anything as complex as urine was detected (its “perfume” is just ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, formaldehyde, methanol and a few other simple molecules: see Rosetta Blog).In spite of this negative data, here’s what some scientists and reporters are saying:“…comets might have delivered the building-block elements of life to Earth — an idea anticipated by the French astronomer Camille Flammarion more than a century ago” (Milton Wainwright in Nature)Getting the list of comets’ primordial ingredients is important because many scientists think comets helped jump-start life on early Earth with an infusion of water and organic molecules. (Science Magazine)Long before I dreamed of becoming a scientist, I wondered why Earth was teeming with life, while Mars was a barren, rocky outpost and Venus was shrouded in a dense atmosphere. Somewhere, I read that comets were the reason. Strike a rocky planet with one volatile- and organic-rich comet and an Earth-like environment results. Two comets produce a Venus. No comets: Mars. Of course, this theory was far too simple to explain the differences in the evolution of the inner planets, but no one had ever explored comets up close to know how they might alter a planet’s composition and history—until now. (Marcia McNutt in Science Magazine, “Breakthrough to Our Origins“)Of the molecules smelling like “stag do,” Chivers’ next sentence is: “This is the stuff of life.”  (The Telegraph)Following the successful Philae mission in November, the lander announced it had found organic molecules – the essential building blocks necessary for life.” (The Daily Mail)The orbiter sniffed out substances like water, methane and hydrogen — all molecules that are important to life — in the tenuous atmosphere of the comet. ( if water, methane and hydrogen are “molecules that are important to life,” then every planet around every star becomes a candidate for life, even though life has never been detected beyond the earth.Those who look for organics in fragments of comets and meteors on the ground may have to be extra careful not to jump to conclusions.  Astrobiology Magazine reports that contamination can happen quickly.  The Sutter’s Mill meteorite of 2012 contained organics.  “However, a key conclusion of the paper, and one that is likely to be of keen interest to astrobiologists, is confirmation that meteorites can become contaminated by Earth-based organics very quickly,” the article warns. “That means scientists must be extra vigilant in identifying and assessing the effects of terrestrial organic contamination of meteoritic samples.”  It would be good to know, too, whether amino acids in meteors might racemize (scramble from one-handed to two-handed) over time, since racemization is often assumed to show the amino acids came from space.Bits are the building blocks of essays, aren’t they?  Sand is a building block of brick buildings, isn’t it?  Air is a building block of lungs, isn’t it?  Why, everything is a building block of everything.  The stupidity of this reasoning is self-evident.  One might as well say that protons and electrons are building blocks of life; quarks, too.  What material substance escapes this chain of inference?The talk about life, with no clear evidence of it, goes far beyond the actual data.  It also masks the important trait of life: its specified complexity in the arrangement of molecules for function.  Building blocks decay and fall apart without a builder.   No one should care that “many scientists think comets helped jump-start life,” except to pity them for speculative folly, and to have righteous anger that the science journals and media show biased favor toward their fact-free philosophical views.  Science is about evidence.last_img read more

Tourism ‘vital to South Africa’s growth’

first_img27 June 2012South African tourism will continue to grow and play a key role in the country’s economy through a stronger focus on emerging markets and responsible tourism, says Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa.Speaking to BuaNews on the weekend following her return from the International Responsible Tourism Conference in London, Xasa said the country’s national tourism sector strategy aimed to make South Africa one of the top 20 destinations in the world by 2020.In terms of the strategy, South Africa aims to create 225 000 new jobs by 2020 while increasing tourism’s contribution to the economy from R189.4-billion in 2009 to R318.16-billion in 2015 and R499-billion by 2020.Responsible tourismWith South Africa continuing to emerge as an important global player, the government also wants a new focus in the tourism sector to explore the opportunities presented by “responsible tourism”.“Responsible tourism” is an approach to tourism management aimed at maximising the economic, social and environmental benefits while minimising the costs to destinations. Its focus is on creating “better places for people to live in, and better places to visit”.Xasa said the youth employment problem in South Africa had created a renewed sense of urgency for action, and suggested that developing opportunities in tourism could be one of the solutions.Developing emerging marketsAccording to Xasa, South Africa has started to attract large amounts of tourists from emerging markets, particularly the rest of Africa and Asia.“We continue to grow in these regions, and as such there’s a special focus now on growing and developing that market. We are opening offices on these continents,” she said.Despite South Africa’s core markets in Europe and North America remaining the major source of long-haul tourists, the country’s overall tourism growth in 2011 was largely due to a 14.6% growth in the emerging markets of Asia – driven by a growth of 24.3% from China and 26.2% from India.“The responsible tourism conference for us served as a platform to further convince those markets that South Africa’s position as a leisure destination remains firm and unshaken,” Xasa said.What emerged from the conference was that most countries failed to sell their culture to tourists.“The whole world is so keen on learning about cultures. In South Africa we have this rich cultural diversity … we have a host of products to develop within that range that would then add onto the products that South Africa had been providing,” she said.“People are looking for authentic experiences when they travel, and that is what South Africa presents.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Managing Business Critical Apps

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Tags:#Application Virtualization#solution-series Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts There are countless conversations about the advantages of using virtualization for business critical applications. But what about app management in a virtual environment? We turned to Focus to get some perspectives on this topic. The views are diverse and should give some insights into this ever-evolving discussion about managing business critical apps in a virtualized environment.A common theme is the difference between physical servers and a virtualized environment. The difference may seem basic to some but the difference points to what can come when applications are no longer tied to a physical servers.Berndt Harzog is an analyst for the Virtualization Practice. He is also CEO and founder of APM Experts. He writes:The challenges are many, but the most important one is that unlike physical servers you cannot infer the performance of applications running on virtualized servers by looking at resource utilization statistics like CPU usage, memory usage, and I/O (network and storage) rates.You need to assess the performance of your infrastructure by using tools that tell you infrastructure response time (end to end latency for all requests) and applications response time. This means you need to throw out all of your legacy tools and start over.David Lynch, the founder of the FIOS Group states that virtualized environments require a combination of change management, release management, configuration management and optimization.In his view, integrated systems can be more effective than a collection of tools. The programmatic nature of virtualized environments means that it can be difficult to use multiple tools when there are issues such as capacity, performance and sprawl.Jonathan Eunice, principal IT advisor with Illuminata, maintains that you need to manage the applications, not just the virtual environment:Running them virtual improves some of their characteristics, such as infrastructure utilization, flexibility of deployment, workload mobility, and so on. But it doesn’t change the fact that you still need to monitor the apps and services themselves. Their throughput, responsiveness, availability, and other operational characteristics are just as important as if they were running on physical infrastructure.Indeed, monitoring app/service characteristics is probably more important once you go virtual, given the relative newness of virtual infrastructure, and the typical need to demonstrate that the apps are running just fine on a shared infrastructure. You can only do that by monitoring app/service characteristics and reporting them in business-relevant terms.This is an evolving discussion. The enterprise is more interconnected than it has ever been before. Apps are migrating to virtual networks. But that’s just the first step. The bulk of the work is in managing the virtual network and the apps that sit on top.last_img read more

French Open: Federer and Djokovic win as Vera shocked

first_imgRoger Federer threw in his entry for shot of the tournament as he slamdunked Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the French Open quarterfinals with another razzle-dazzle display on Sunday.His 6- 3, 6- 2, 7- 5 victory meant he set a new men’s record of 28 consecutive last eight appearances at Grand Slams, beating Jimmy Connors’ mark of 27.Novak Djokovic also made it to the last eight with a 6- 4, 6- 4, 6- 2 win over France’s Richard Gasquet. Second seed Djokovic will now face unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini for a place in the semi- finals.Unstoppable Novak Djokovic powered into the quarter-finals when he ended Richard Gasquet’s hopes of an upset in front of his home crowd with a 6- 4, 6- 4, 6- 2 victory. The win was Djokovic’s 41st straight victory since the start of the year, putting him one behind John McEnroe’s record.Gasquet, the 13th seed, was on the backfoot from the start when he lost his opening service game before failing to convert three break points of his own in one game.The Serbian, covering every area of the court with his remarkable stamina, took the initiative at 4- 3 in the second set and Gasquet’s double fault let him in again in the third before a backhand passing shot put the second seed even further clear.Also on Sunday, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova knocked out the highest seeded player remaining in the women’s draw, defeating No. 3 Vera Zvonareva 7- 6 ( 4), 2- 6, 6- 2 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.Defending champion Italy’s Francesca Schiavone overcame Serbian Jelena Jankovic 6- 3, 2- 6, 6- 4 to advance into the last eight, as did Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, who progressed when Argentina’s Gisela Dulko retired early in the second set.advertisement2009 French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova 6- 7 (6), 6- 3, 6- 2.The last time Federer failed to reach the quarterfinals at a major was at the 2004 French Open, when he was the top- seeded player but lost to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round.”Twenty-eight quarter-finals in a row, that’s great,” Federer said. ” But that’s another opportunity for me to go one step further.” Federer again dominated with his serve. He was broken once early in the third set, but broke back twice to remain one of the four players to have won every match in straight sets.”I was playing with the wind against me, and it was a bad game because all of a sudden there was more wind, and I had the feeling that I was playing against the wind and not against Stan,” Federer said.Fabio Fognini also reached the quarter-finals, the first Italian to advance that far at Roland Garros since 1995. The unseeded Fognini overcame a cramping left leg and five match points to defeat Albert Montanes of Spain 4- 6, 6- 4, 3- 6, 6- 3, 11- 9.Vera Zvonareva returns to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday. APThe third-seeded Zvonareva followed No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Kim Clijsters out of the tournament after losing to Pavlyuchenkova, at 19 the youngest player still in the tournament. Wozniacki and Clijsters both lost in the third round. No. 4 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is now the highest seeded player left.It is only the third time that none of the top three seeded women has reached the quarter- finals at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968, and the first time at the French Open.- With Agency inputslast_img read more

MKO Grand Chief Harper draws criticism over plan to award traditional clan

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsManitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper’s plan to classify sponsors for the upcoming Assembly of First Nation election event in Winnipeg by traditional clan designations has upset some chiefs in his organization.Chiefs gathered at the AFN’s annual general assembly in Halifax this week selected MKO to host the election for national chief in Winnipeg this coming December.The dismal state of MKO’s finances, however, has led MKO-member chiefs to question whether the organization had the financial ability to host such a large and important event. The organization has been warned the federal Aboriginal Affairs department could put it into co-management or third party management if it doesn’t get its books in order.Yet, despite this, Harper said during the AFN assembly MKO was “financially ready” to host the event.Harper refused requests from APTN National News for an interview.A spokesperson for MKO said the organization would be relying on the Manitoba government, Tourism Winnipeg and third-party sponsors to help pay the bills.In an effort to attract cash, MKO plans to award Bear, Eagle, Sturgeon and Wolf Clan designation to sponsors, according to a sponsorship package obtained by APTN National News. The sponsorship package was drawn up on the assumption the AFN election would be held on Sept. 30.APTN National News confirmed the sponsorship clan plan remains the same for the December event.The document shows that a sponsor who contributes $75,000 or more to the AFN election event will be classified as Bear Clan. An Eagle Clan designation will go to sponsors who contribute $50,000, a Sturgeon Clan designation will be bestowed on sponsors contributing $25,000 and the Wolf Clan goes to sponsors who put up $15,000.Bear, Eagle and Sturgeon Clan-level sponsors will get a chance to attend a private reception with the newly elected national chief, according to the document. All clan-designated sponsors will have a seat on the planning committee for the event.The use of traditional clan designation, however, has upset some MKO member chiefs.“Trying to utilize our sacred clan system for the purpose of this nature is not right. As Indigenous people, a clan system is very sacred to us and to use it as an economic development strategy is not something we should do,” said an MKO-member chief who requested anonymity. “That is not right using our sacred clan system.”Harper’s plan to sell sponsorships for a “spiritual services event” to coincide with the AFN election is also causing concern. Harper, who is a born-again Christian, has organized Gospel jamborees to coincide with MKO events and there is suspicion among some MKO chiefs that the organization’s money is used to support revival services.“There were certain things that were not budgeted for that the grand chief insisted would get funded,” said another MKO member chief. “There were certain revivals (Evangelical Christian services) that he would associate with the businesses we were doing. He has these Gospel jamboree that are usually loosely connected to events that MKO hosts and he would us MKO funds for this.”An official with MKO, who was not authorized to speak on behalf of the organization, said revival and “prayer services” are paid for by sponsorship dollars.Harper is facing increasing discontent from the MKO chiefs who voted him into the job. There is a move to oust the grand chief over allegations of financial mismanagement and suspect transactions with MKO dollars.MKO is facing major financial difficulties, according to documents obtained by APTN National News that showed the organization faced a $976, 025 accumulated deficit as of March 2013.MKO member chiefs say they have received little information about the current state of the organization’s finances. MKO.MKO is currently under a forensic investigation called for the executive council of chiefs. The results of the most recent phase of the forensic audit is expected to be tabled at MKO’s chiefs meeting next week in Norway House First Nation, Man.The forensic audit report will reveal that laptops and cell phones were tampered with before they were handed over to auditors conducting the investigation, according to a copy obtained by APTN National News.Harper is also facing allegations he tried to obstruct the forensic [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more