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first_imgThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Government Office for Women have distributed the following information regarding the 2005 Sport Leadership Grants for Women. The program is aimed at providing women with an opportunity to undertake certified sport leadership training. This program builds on the grants program offered in 2004, opening the grants out to all areas of Australia, with an additional category for women in high performance coaching and officiating. However, the grants will maintain a selection priority to women in rural and remote communities. The program offers grants in five key areas: * High Performance coaching and officiating; * Indigenous women in rural and remote communities; * Women in disability sport; * Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; * Women in general sports leadership, eg: coaching, officiating, club development and management, board and committee skills and sports medicine. The Program provides successful applicants with a one-off grant of up to $5,000 for individuals (applications must be through an incorporated organisation) and up to $10,000 for incorporated organisations. The types of projects eligible for funding include: * Industry qualifications/ statement of attainment as part of a nationally accredited course, eg: accreditation through the National Coaching or Officiating Accreditation Scheme * Conducting and attending sport specific leadership courses Applications for the grants close on Friday 28 January 2005. The ASC’s information booklet and application form are available to be downloaded here: WOMEN IN SPORT LEADERSHIP- GRANTS INFORMATION/APPLICATION FORM If you require any further information about the grants please call (02) 6214 1103 or email: leadershipgrants@ausport.gov.au.last_img read more

Valles Steamship Orders 112000 dwt Tanker from South Korea

first_imgHong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.last_img read more

AITA on sticky wicket ahead of talks with ITF security consultants

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s tennis federation will look to convince world body ITF into changing the venue of their Davis Cup tie against Pakistan in Islamabad with team captain Mahesh Bhupathi likely to play a key role in the tele-consultation on Monday. The tie has become a matter of speculation ever since Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with India citing the revocation of the special status enjoyed by the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. India had named a full-strength team for the September 14-15 tie in Islamabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut after Jammu and Kashmir was turned into a union territory, Pakistan asked the Indian ambassador to leave their country, halted a goodwill train service and tried to kick up an international row by continuously issuing aggressive statements against India. Despite the escalating tension, India’s Sports Ministry made it clear that it won’t interfere since it is not a bilateral series. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) nonetheless has a tough job at hand to convince the ITF to provide a neutral venue since the World Governing body still feels that current circumstances do not demand a change in venue. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Safety and security are the ITF’s highest priority. We are working closely with the host nation and independent expert security advisors, and the ITF is satisfied with their current security assessment of the site and the security plan in place,” ITF said in a statement to PTI. “The overall security risk rating for Pakistan has not changed, but we will continue to monitor the situation closely with our advisors,” added the statement. ITF though has agreed to address AITA’s concern and will ensure that its security consultants speak with them. Bhupathi will also be part of the tele-conference, scheduled for Monday. According to the Davis Cup rules and regulations a tie can be moved out of a Nation only in a few circumstances. “A Nation with Choice of Ground may lose its choice at any time if the Davis Cup Committee considers that it is not possible or practicable for the opposing Nation to reach or play at the venue chosen for the Tie, due to (for example) an incident such as war, political unrest, terrorism or natural disaster,” reads the rule 30.2.5. In this case, India is not at war with Pakistan even though the diplomatic tensions have been high owing to Pakistan’s aggressive stance. The security apprehensions remain and the players are jittery about travelling to Pakistan. However, withdrawing from the tie will affect the AITA as well as Indian Davis Cup team. Forfeiting the tie would mean that Indian team will be automatically relegated to the Asia/Oceania Group II. It means India won’t reach the World Group Qualifiers before 2022, getting pegged back by at least two years. It will have to compete in Group II in 2020 to earn promotion back to Group I and again spend 2021 in Group I to be able to compete in Qualifiers in 2022. Whereas, if the Indian team travels to Pakistan next month and beat the hosts, it will be eligible to compete in the Qualifiers in 2020. “We are not interested in forfeiting the tie. We look forward to working with the ITF to find a solution that guarantees the safety of all the players,” Bhupathi told PTI. For AITA, it’s about financial losses as well. According to the rule 62.1.2, a defaulting nation, “will be liable for all reasonable expenses incurred by the ITF, or the Final Week Organiser and the other Nation(s) participating in the Tie/Event up to the date when notice of default was received by the ITF. Rule 62.1.3 states, it may, on application by the ITF, be subject to a fine imposed by the ITF Internal Adjudication Panel. So, it is not going to be an easy call to make if the ITF Consultants persist that the Indian team must travel to Pakistan. AITA Life President Anil Khanna is ITF Vice President and also on the ITF Board of Directors. However, an AITA Executive member felt that Khanna is not in a position to help India’s case here. “There are people from different nations on the ITF Board and if everyone starts bringing their respective nations’ issues, the Board won’t be able to entertain all requests,” the member, who did not wish to be named, said. There is another school of thought according to which Khanna would not want to antagonise Pakistan since ITF President elections are approaching.last_img read more

Pay TV subscribers in Ireland are swapping their p

first_imgPay TV subscribers in Ireland are swapping their pay TV for free-to-air digital services, according to the Irish Independent newspaper.It says it has seen figures that show that 44,000 homes have moved from pay to free TV in the last two years and that the pay TV churn rate is increasing as analogue switch off progresses.Cable operator UPC has about 470,000 customers in Ireland and BSkyB about 675,000. About 170,000 homes in the country have free-to-air satellite service Freesat and ratings agency TAM Ireland is quoted as saying: “As people are sizing up their options in the build-up to the official analogue switch-off in October this year it is expected to grow further.”last_img read more

In the US there was 25 growth in video views and
In the US there was 25 growth in video views and

first_imgIn the US there was 25% growth in video views and 32% growth in ad views year-on-year in the second quarter, according to FreeWheel’s Q2 2015 Video Monetisation Report.The US company, which provides end-to-end video technology to companies including ABC, AOL, DirecTV, ESPN, Fox, BSkyB, and Turner Broadcasting System, claimed that the findings of its report show that “the new primetime is anytime.”Long-form and live content were the main drivers, growing 26% and 146% year-over-year respectively, while 38%% of ad views came from devices other than desktop and laptop computers, with smartphones and over-the-top (OTT) devices – like Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast streaming devices, and games consoles and smart TVs – leading that growth, according to the report.“Smartphones now account for greater than one in five video ad views reflecting triple digit growth over the last two quarters,” said FreeWheel. “Consumption of premium video across day parts does not show a dominating skew towards any particular hour, as viewers create their own custom primetimes.”“MVPD apps have become increasingly popular venues for syndication, accounting for 4.5% of all programmer ad views with 200% growth,” said the report.last_img read more

In This Issue… Currencies metals rally… Wi

first_imgIn This Issue… * Currencies & metals rally… * Will ISDA trigger CDS’s? * Bollard gets under Chuck’s skin… * ECB, BOC, BOE all meet today… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Greek Bond Swap Deadline Approaches… Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! Well… another day, and another trying day for yours truly, with getting the Pfennig out, and having it “legal”… We’ll have to see how this all plays out… But, hey! If cancer didn’t stop me from writing, neither will this roadblock! OK… well, as we draw closer to deadline for the Greek Bond Swap, it appears as though Greece will end up will have attracted enough investors to swap their current Greek Bonds for new bonds. This news is positive for the euro, and we all know that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and all we have to do is switch goose for euro, and gander for currencies and metals. For instance, the Aussie dollar (A$) is back above $1.06, and Gold is back to $1,700 this morning. There are a few currencies this morning, that are not participating in the euro-led rally… The Japanese yen for instance is getting hammered after Japan printed the largest Current Account Deficit since comparable data began in 1985… 437.3 Billion yen… The trend here is not good for Japan, folks… they Gov’t debt has been soaring for a decade now, but Japan always had that Trade Surplus, that feeds the Current Account… The Japanese don’t have that Trade Surplus to fall back on any longer… This is where I would normally tell you my opinion, which could be wrong, about how I view yen… But, like Hall & Oates, no can do! The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) met last night (Thursday morning for them!) and left rates unchanged… RBNZ Gov. Bollard, has gotten under my skin for so long now, and this is just another example of his ability to do so… Bollard said, “The domestic economy is showing signs of recovery. Household spending appears to have picked up over the past few months and a recovery in building activity appears to be underway. That recovery will strengthen as repairs and reconstruction in Canterbury pick up later in the year. High export commodity prices are also helping to support a continuing recovery in domestic activity.”… OK… so that sounds like he’s ready to remove the emergency rate cuts that were made last year, right? Wrong! Bollard then went on to say, “the RBNZ’s forecasts are not inconsistent with a story that would see rates remaining in one place for much of this year.” So… in other words, he doesn’t want to be different than the other Central Banks around the world… I would tell Bollard if I had the chance, the same thing I used to tell my kids, when they would tell that “all the other kids are doing something”… I would say, “but don’t you want to be better than the other kids?” So… Allan Bollard, don’t you want to be better than the other Central Banks, that allow inflation to build a strong foundation, without batting an eye? This euro-led rally in the currencies and metals this morning, leads me a thought that I heard years ago, back in the 70’s, when I first began my career in the markets, that’s right, I said the 70’s… 1973 to be exact… I know, you’re sitting there thinking, but I’ve seen him, there’s no way he’s that old! HA! OK, back to the saying… When the markets want to rally, they’ll use any excuse to do so… This is what today’s rally looks like, as the markets are using the fact that Greek is swapping their old bonds for new bonds at HUGE losses to the holders, as a reason to rally… Think about that for a minute, dear readers… the markets are making lemonade out of lemons… but “they’re never wrong”, right? Speaking of the euro… The European Central Bank (ECB) is meeting this morning to discuss rates, and other things on their collective minds. I expect that ECB President, Draghi, will announce in a bit that the ECB will keep rates unchanged… They are currently at historic lows, so unless the ECB wants to be JUST LIKE the U.S. and Japan with their near zero and zero interest rates respectively, the ECB should just sit on their hands… Yesterday, I saw a story title flash across the screen that the ECB’s balance sheet has soared to 3 Trillion euros… Well, as best as I can find on the internet, and believe me this is difficult stuff to find, the Fed’s balance sheet is about the same size… So, when you consider that the Eurozone as a whole has a larger GDP than the U.S. , having a balance sheet about the same size doesn’t seem to be so bad… For those of you keeping score at home… Global GDP in 2011 was $74.5 Trillion… Eurozone $14.8 Trillion or 20% USA $14.7 Trillion or 20% China $10.1 Trillion or 14% Japan $ 4.3 Trillion or 6% And rounding out the top 5… India at $4.1 Trillion or 5% The Bank of Canada (BOC) will also meet today to discuss interest rates… I don’t believe that BOC Gov. Carney has come out of his “bunker” yet, so he’ll keep rates unchanged, as he continues to have a bunker mentality about global problems… In Australia overnight, Aussie job creation received a hit last month, and lost 15,000 jobs… But don’t go out and start with your impression of Chicken Little here… In December Australia posted a 36,000 job loss, but that was reversed with a positive 46,000 in January… So, we’ll have to wait a month or two to tell is this is a trend… Somehow I doubt it, as the mines that were flooded last year are coming back on board… Hopefully Aussie employers don’t do their version of a bunker mentality, because China lowered their GDP target… Speaking of China… the Chinese applied the brakes once again on renminbi appreciation, making that every day this week, so far. Speculators are backing away from the renminbi in droves, as the forward markets have some semblance to them. Good riddance to them! The speculators have made dealing in renminbi very difficult for years… So, if they never come back, that will be too soon for me! But, what’s with China applying the brakes here? Well… we’ve seen this many times in the past 9 years that we’ve dealt in renminbi and followed the Chinese moves. It’s really the opposite of what happens here in the U.S. The Chinese don’t want the markets to believe that the renminbi is a ONE-WAY street of appreciation, so they apply the brakes every now and then to remind the markets that it’s not a ONE-WAY street… Whereas, the U.S. applies the brakes on the way down, instead of the way up… The U.S. cannot allow all its creditors to believe that they are going to get paid back with inflation, tremendously weakened dollars, which they will, but for now, instead of just allowing the dollar to go to what Doug Casey calls, “its intrinsic value”… There are circuit breakers and we have these periods of dollar strength… OK… so, we talked briefly about the Greek bond swap proposal, and I gave you the breakdown of what each bondholder receives… But the problem is that unless Greece attracts enough bondholders that want to swap bonds, the deal falls through… so… 90% of total holders is the goal… if that’s not met, then the next deal breaker is 60%, but if between 60 and 90% accept, then the Greeks have to decide to implement CAC’s (collective action clauses), which would force the hold-outs to take losses on their bonds… And if CAC’s are implemented, then the ISDA people might view this as a default, which would begin to trigger CDS (credit default swaps)… So… 90% is the goal for the Greeks… the deadline is around 2pm CT today, but we won’t know the details until tomorrow morning… But for now, the markets are saying they believe that even if the goal isn’t met, and CAC’s are implemented, that’s it’s not going to bring about systemic risk… that’s why they are buying euros this morning and selling dollars. OK, before I go to the Big Finish… I saw this come across yesterday, and immediately began to choke… January Consumer Credit soared to $17.77Billion VS $10.45 Billion forecast… Add to that December’s total of $16.27 Billion and what you’ve got here is another trip down the “we spend more than we make” road… And this, also made me choke… From the WSJ… “Federal Reserve officials are considering a new type of bond-buying program designed to subdue worries about future inflation if they decide to take new steps to boost the economy in the months ahead. Under the approach, the Fed would print new money to buy long-term mortgage or Treasury bonds but effectively tie up that money by borrowing it back for short periods at low rates. The aim of such an approach would be to relieve anxieties that money printing could fuel inflation later, a fear widely expressed by critics of the Fed’s previous efforts to aid the recovery.” I’m thinking of all kinds of dastardly things that I could say here, but wait! I can’t anymore! So, just move along, Chuck, these are not the droids you’re looking for… Then There Was This… The Dutch Freedom Party has called for a return to the Guilder, becoming the first political movement in the Eurozone with a large popular base to opt for withdrawal from the single currency.“The euro is not in the interests of the Dutch people,” said Geert Wilders, the leader of the right-wing populist party with a sixth of the seats in the Dutch parliament. “We want to be the master of our own house and our own country, so we say yes to the guilder. Bring it on.”Mr Wilders made his decision after receiving a report by London-based Lombard Street Research concluding that the Netherlands is badly handicapped by euro membership, and that it could cost EMU’s creditor core more than 2.4 trillion euros to hold monetary union together over the next four years. “If the politicians in The Hague disagree with our report, let them show the guts to hold a referendum. Let the Dutch people decide,” he said. Chuck again… The Dutch leaders must want something from the Eurozone because they normally fall in line right behind the Germans… To recap… The Greek bond swap deadline approaches, and more holders of Greek bonds have announced that they will participate in the bond swap, thus reducing further the fear factor on the euro… The euro is leading most currencies and metals higher this morning. Yen is not participating as they posted the largest Current Account Deficit on record for them, and China is applying the brakes, just to prove the renminbi is not a ONE-WAY Street… Currencies today 3/8/12… American Style: A$ $1.0660, kiwi .8265, C$ $1.0050, euro 1.3260, sterling 1.5810, Swiss $1.10, … European Style: rand 7.5075, krone 5.5950, SEK 6.7085, forint 220.70, zloty 3.0990, koruna 18.6660, RUB 29.37, yen 81.70, sing 1.2515, HKD 7.7575, INR 50.28, China 6.3160, pesos 12.78, BRL 1.7550, Dollar Index 79.32, Oil $106.96, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $34.09, and Gold… $1,701.00 That’s it for today… Well, the major conferences started their Conference Championships yesterday… My beloved Missouri Tigers play tonight, and they need to win to advance. I sure hope to them cutting down the nets this weekend! Alex informed me last night that I had jumped the gun on the first Water Polo game of the year, it’s Monday not Friday… I see where the new I-Pad was announced yesterday… of course, I had just received an I-Pad2, 3 months ago! Already obsolete! Well, not obsolete, I’ll still use it! It’s what I’ll take to spring training with me, not so I can keep up with the markets, but so I can use it like everyone else does! And with that… I had better get this process going… I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

How to Buy a Motherboard

first_img July 1, 2008 –shares Whether you’re building a new PC or overhauling an old one, a new motherboard is the place to start. Here’s our advice for choosing the right one. Brought to you by PCWorld 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue How to Buy a Motherboard Apply Now » Creating a custom PC is much easier than trying to guess which computer maker offers the right combination of features to satisfy your needs. Putting a system together yourself is pretty straightforward, and the job should take less than a single afternoon so long as you have a number of key ingredients.As with cooking a meal, preparation is crucial. The most important decision you’ll make for your custom PC is which motherboard to buy. Motherboard prices and specifications vary tremendously. And this isn’t a choice that you can make in a vacuum, either, since it has an impact on almost every aspect of the system, from the CPU to the storage.The Big PictureWhat factors are most important when comparing motherboards? The processor? The chip set? Storage? Find out how these and other features will affect your system’s performance. moreThe Specs ExplainedIs the fastest processor always the best choice? What type of memory should you look for? We explain which specs are most important, and why. moreMotherboard Shopping TipsYou’ll want to consider the price, performance, and priority of several features before you look for a new motherboard. Our tips help you find the best value. moreThe Big PictureIn many ways, the motherboard is the heart of the modern computer system, as it affects almost every other component. Choosing a motherboard is a fairly complicated task since you have seven to nine different factors to consider, of varying importance.Take some time to think about how you’ll use your system. Someone with a power meter that requires a serial port will care a lot more about the peripheral features than the average user will, while the hard-core gamer will probably focus on the GPU, CPU, and chip set while ignoring peripherals and form-factor issues.Key FeaturesCPU: The CPU, commonly referred to as the brains of a PC, is one of the key components (if not the key component) of a modern system. You have several mainstream options for your CPU. Intel currently has the highest-performing processor lineup, with the Core 2 Duo and the Core 2 Quad (which use the LGA775 socket). As the names imply, the Core 2 Duo is a dual-core CPU, while the Core 2 Quad is a four-core processor. AMD uses the AM2 and AM2+ socket and offers the Phenom (quad- or triple-core) and Athlon 64 (dual-core) CPUs. AMD’s products are solid, but they generally provide lower performance. A lesser-known third player, Via Technologies, produces the low-power C7 processor; the C7 is a much less common option since it offers dramatically less performance than mainstream processors from Intel or AMD do.Chip set: If the CPU is the brains of the PC, then the chip set is the spinal cord, responsible for tying together all of the different devices in the computer, and moving data among them. The chip set determines which CPUs, memory, and other devices can be used, and it can strongly influence performance.The chip set is the single most important component of a motherboard. Since motherboards using the same chip set will usually have identical performance (barring serious design mistakes), they’re differentiated by other features, such as the expansion slots, storage options, and other discrete chips that may be included.Chip sets typically employ two different chips referred to as the northbridge and southbridge. Generally speaking, the northbridge is responsible for dealing with high-performance devices, while less-sensitive devices tend to cluster around the southbridge.The northbridge traditionally includes the memory controller, plus integrated graphics or an interface for discrete graphics. (Note that AMD has the memory controller integrated into the CPU, rather than the chip set.) The southbridge includes networking, storage, audio, general peripherals, and other devices. The image here shows an example, the Intel X48 chip set with partitioning between the northbridge (or MCH) and southbridge (or ICH).The major options for chip sets consist of Intel, AMD, and nVidia, though SiS and Via have alternatives.Memory: Selecting memory for your PC is usually a simple decision: You just pick a reliable brand that’s as cheap as possible (unless you like overclocking, but that’s a whole different story). Every so often, however, memory types undergo a transition–and one happens to be going on right now. Most chip sets use DDR2 memory at up to 800 MHz (PC2 6400), but newer chip sets from Intel may also use DDR3. DDR3 offers more bandwidth (1066 to 1600 MHz), consumes less power, and will be mainstream in a year, but for the moment it is more expensive. DDR3 is more likely to be useful for later upgrades, but it will carry a price premium until sometime in 2009.Telling a DDR3 board from a DDR2 board without the manual or box isn’t particularly easy, since both slots use 240 pins. The difference is that the key (a small gap between the pins) is closer to the center of the DIMM (the memory module) for DDR2, while it is closer to the edge of the DDR3 DIMM. Remember: If the memory module doesn’t fit into the slot, don’t force it!Graphics hardware: The graphics hardware (the graphics processing unit, or the GPU) is the third-most-important component of a system, right after the CPU and chip set. The main considerations for graphics are cost, performance, and upgradability.The lowest-cost option is a chip set with integrated graphics. Integrated graphics processors (IGP in industry parlance) are intended for basic 2D and 3D functionality and often use system memory instead of dedicated graphics memory. All of the major vendors (AMD, Intel, nVidia, and VIA) offer integrated graphics with some chip sets. An IGP is a fine choice for users interested in a little multimedia, office work, and other lighter workloads.Integrated graphics will work fine for about 60 percent of the world, but the technology almost always lacks the performance necessary for gaming. For users who want to play on their PC, the next step up is a motherboard with a single PCI Express x16 slot, which accommodates a discrete graphics card from ATI/AMD or nVidia.PCI Express comes in two flavors, Gen 1 and Gen 2. The difference is that Gen 2 PCI Express slots run at 5 GHz, twice the speed of the previous generation. That distinction doesn’t particularly matter for current GPUs (or most other peripherals), but it will be an issue for upgrading in the future. For a motherboard that you expect to outlast the GPU you pair it with, springing for a faster PCI-E slot makes the most sense.If price is no object and maximum gaming performance is your goal, your selection is a bit different. True multi-GPU support is a very high-end feature and is priced accordingly. The only options for multiple GPUs are SLI (for nVidia cards) or CrossFire (for ATI cards). Given that nVidia is the clear performance leader, SLI is the superior choice for now; note, though, that SLI works only with nVidia chip sets and Intel’s Skulltrail motherboard.A separate but related concern is the graphics interface. You have three major alternatives: VGA, DVI, and HDMI. VGA is the traditional 15-pin analog monitor connector, designed for CRT displays. DVI is a digital connector specifically intended for use with LCD monitors, and HDMI is a variant of DVI with the DRM (digital rights management) technology required to play Blu-ray and other high-definition media.center_img Technology 12 min read Next Article David Kanter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Sound: Integrated sound, which comes in two major flavors, will meet the needs of all but the most selective users and audio enthusiasts. AC97 is an older audio standard that has been superseded by HD Audio (or “Azalia”). You really have no reason to settle for the older standard, although the newer tech might carry a modest premium. For the dedicated enthusiasts who would benefit from a discrete sound card, an extra PCI-E slot is easy enough to find.Storage: Like memory, basic storage tends to be relatively straightforward, but it gets tricky with some of the various options and platform transitions. In the past few years, storage experienced a transition from Parallel ATA to Serial ATA (SATA) and then to 3-gbps SATA. 1.5-gbps versus 3-gbps SATA can make a bit of a difference in performance, but typically only in video editing and other media-heavy workloads.Most hard drives use SATA, while some older DVD+/-RW drives use Parallel ATA. Most motherboards support four or more SATA ports (even as many as ten), which is sufficient for most users.eSATA is a relatively new standard for connecting external drives via SATA instead of FireWire or USB. eSATA offers higher performance than the other two, and also supports reliability and manageability features such as SMART (Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology). eSATA is not nearly as common as USB 2.0, but going forward it is likely to be more widely adopted, and it is certainly a better interface.The other real storage issue concerns RAID, which is standard with many modern motherboards. You can use RAID 0 or 1 with two hard drives; the former increases read and write performance, while the latter increases reliability and read performance. RAID 5 requires at least three drives, and RAID 6 (which is really for businesses only) needs at least four; both are oriented around increased reliability and read performance, with acceptable write performance and less overhead than RAID 1. Most systems simply don’t need that many drives, so in many ways 6 is a nice option but hardly a requirement. For video editing and other multimedia-rich tasks, basic RAID 0, 1, or 5 will do the trick and should be a requirement.Networking: Wired networking is dead simple, as any worthwhile chip set will have at least one integrated gigabit ethernet port. For the most part, Wi-Fi is not necessary for desktops, and most motherboards tend to avoid it simply to cut down costs; it’s an optional feature.Assorted peripherals: On a motherboard, the peripherals can include USB 2.0, FireWire, PS/2, serial and parallel ports, and a floppy drive. Of those options, USB 2.0 is an absolute necessity and FireWire can be nice, but the rest are pretty much obsolete unless you need a a specific peripheral device.Form factor: The last aspect of the motherboard to consider is the form factor. This is ultimately an aesthetic choice that the chassis for the system determines. Most motherboards use the ATX form factor, with the microATX design meeting the needs of space-conscious users. Quite a few other variants (which are beyond the scope of this article) are available for users with particular requirements, however.The Specs ExplainedIn the end, the key to building the right system is to understand how you will use your PC. As we mentioned before, the needs of an office worker are totally different than those of a video editing wizard or a gaming fanatic.Important consideration: Processor. When it comes to performance, the sweet spot for most users is Intel’s dual-core CPUs, as there aren’t yet enough advanced applications to make a quad-core a must-have. We recommend a 3-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, specifically the E8400, unless you use applications (video editing, for example) that are better suited to a quad-core processor.Somewhat important: Chip set. The best companion for the Intel E8400 is a motherboard based on the P35 chip set. You should choose the specific motherboard according to your desired storage, audio, and memory options.Important consideration: Memory. A modern desktop PC should have at least 2GB of memory, possibly 4GB for more demanding applications (not to mention Windows Vista).Important consideration: Graphics. Even if games aren’t a consideration, you might want to spend a little ($100) on a midrange GPU such as the ATI Radeon HD 3650, which offers a nice variety of video-output options. For gaming, a more powerful graphics card, such as something from nVidia’s 8800 GT family, would be appropriate.Somewhat important: Storage. Building a nice system but running out of storage space is frustrating. Given the way hard-drive pricing works, using a 500GB hard drive makes sense. Larger models cost much more, and smaller models won’t save you enough money. Make sure your DVD drive employs SATA so that you will be able to use it in the future.Motherboard Shopping TipsReady to buy a motherboard? Here are our recommendations.Pick the chip set first, then the motherboard: The difference between chip sets can be significant, but two motherboards with the same chip set will be nearly identical in performance. First figure out which chip sets will work for your system, and then compare the different motherboards with that chip set.Understand what kind of system you are building: Are you going for an affordable media PC, an office machine, or a gaming monster? These usage models all suggest different things about the features you’ll need. Focus only on the features that are important to you.Avoid SLI/CrossFire unless you absolutely need it: Enthusiasts always pay an arm and a leg for their hardware, and SLI and CrossFire technologies are for enthusiasts only. Simply buying a new video card instead of going from one card to multi-GPU is much more sensible.Stay with DDR2 memory unless you need the extra bandwidth and performance: DDR2 is vastly cheaper than DDR3. Unless you are planning to upgrade and reuse the memory in the near future, you should buy DDR2 now and wait for DDR3 prices to drop for a future system.Unless you really know what you are doing, avoid overclocking features: Quite a few motherboard vendors try to differentiate their products by having them support faster-than-specified memory or other exotic features. Remember, though, that such boards are targeted at enthusiasts and are priced accordingly.Make sure you have at least one high-performance PCI Express slot: Even if all you want right now is integrated graphics, buying a board with an extra x16 PCI-E slot costs very little, and could save you $100 down the road. Key Features continuedlast_img read more

New evidence shows how fever alters immune cells

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 16 2019Fever is known to help power up our immune cells, and scientists in Shanghai have new evidence explaining how. They found in mice that fever alters surface proteins on immune cells like lymphocytes to make them better able to travel via blood vessels to reach the site of infection. Their work appears on January 15 in the journal Immunity.”One good thing about fever is that it can promote lymphocyte trafficking to the site of infection, so you will have more immune cells in the infected region that will get rid of the pathogen,” says Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB) Professor and senior author JianFeng Chen.To get to an infection, white blood cells need to adhere to the blood vessel and then transmigrate into the infected tissue or lymph node. During this step, molecules known as integrins are expressed on the surface of lymphocytes. Integrins are cell adhesion molecules that control lymphocyte trafficking during inflammation.Related StoriesResearchers describe a case of tick-borne relapsing fever in MexicoGlobal warming will raise risk of Mosquito borne diseases globallyExperts find previously unknown bacterial strain of the genus LeptospiraChen and colleagues discovered that fever increases the expression of heat shock protein 90 (Hsp 90) in T lymphocytes. This protein binds to a type of integrin on the lymphocytes–α4 integrins–which promote lymphocyte adhesion to the blood vessel and ultimately to expedited migration to the site of infection.The researchers learned that fever-induced Hsp90 binds to the integrin tail and induces integrin activation. Moreover, one Hsp90 can bind to two integrins leading to a clustering of integrins on the lymphocyte surface. As a result, the clustered integrins activate a signaling pathway that promotes lymphocyte transmigration.”Our findings show that this mechanism not only applies to lymphocytes but also to innate immune cells like monocytes,” says Chen. “It is a general mechanism that can apply to lots of different immune cells expressing α4 integrins.”The team also used animal studies of bacterial infection and other fever models to confirm their findings. When the pathway between the Hsp90 and integrin was blocked, study mice died quickly. They also learned that this mechanism is very temperature-specific. “In this paper, we found the Hsp90 can only be induced at a temperature above 38.5°C,” says Chen, explaining how the mechanism is targeted and effective, yet reversible.The researchers also believe other stresses, not just fever, can induce Hsp90 expression. “That’s why we think that in different situations, such as autoimmune disease and cancer, this Hsp90-α4 integrin pathway may be involved,” says Chen. In autoimmune disease, aberrant trafficking of immune cells to different organs or tissues may lead to disease. “But if you block this pathway, you can maybe inhibit the trafficking of the immune cells during chronic inflammation or in autoimmune diseases,” he says. Source:https://www.cell.com/last_img read more

Netflix to boost production of European series

first_img Explore further Netflix said Wednesday it will produce more series in Europe in languages other than English following the global success of Spanish crime caper “Money Heist” and German mystery “Dark”. Citation: Netflix to boost production of European series (2018, November 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-netflix-boost-production-european-series.html Netflix to open in Spain its first European production hub “We have seen that shows we have done were able to find gigantic global audiences, where the vast majority of viewing comes from outside the country of origin,” Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters told AFP.Ninety percent of viewers of “Dark”, a show about missing children, live outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, he added in Lisbon at the Web Summit, Europe’s largest tech gathering.”Can you think of any German show that has had that much viewing outside” of German-speaking nations, he asked.Peters announced at the event that Netflix was producing two new series in Norway and Spain which will become available in 2020.The US streaming giant has recruited Adam Price, the creator of hit Danish political drama series “Borgen”, to produce its first ever Norwegian show “Ragnarok”.The series imagines what would happen if a god of Norse was reincarnated as a teenager in today’s world.Netflix’s new Spanish series, “Alma”, is about a young woman who loses his memory following an accident.It will be made by Spanish writer-director Sergio Sanchez, who is behind supernatural thriller “Marrowbone”.”We really think there’s an opportunity to find stories that haven’t been told, outside the US and the UK and we can grow that number by a huge amount,” said Peters.Netflix’s focus on Europe is not only a strategic choice but also a matter of necessity.The European Union has imposed a quota requiring streaming services to ensure at least 30 percent of their content is local programming.Netflix in January 2016 launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its internet streaming TV network to over 130 new countries around the world.Since then it boosted investment in shows deloped outside the United States to lure new customers around the world and managed to turn non-English language shows into hits.Netflix currently produces programmes in over 20 countries, including Brazil, India and South Korea.Shows are dubbed into a range of other languages just as Netflix’s English-language shows are, while subtitles are also offered.The company plans to invest more in dubbing, which is key to winning new markets for non-English shows, especially in the United States where people seem to prefer subtitles.Netflix has 137 million subscribers worldwide, making it the world’s biggest online subscription video service by far.Company growth in international subscribers jumped by over 40 percent in both 2016 and 2017.center_img © 2018 AFP Netflix launched its service globally in January 2016, simultaneously bringing its internet streaming TV network to over 130 new countries around the world This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Spotify rolls out feature that allows users to mute artists they dont

first_imgThere are a variety of reasons people might not like a certain musician. Perhaps they aren’t fans of the sound of an artists songs, or the artist has been involved in controversial activity. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Whatever the reason may be, Spotify users will now be able to mute artists they don’t want to hear from.The popular music streaming service is currently testing out a “don’t play this artist” feature in its latest iOS app, according to a report from The Verge. Once users decide to block the artist, songs from that artist will never play from a library, playlist, chart list or Spotify radio station. However, the block does not apply to songs the artist is featured in.The feature is not available across all Spotify platforms, though. While I was able to successfully use the feature on my iPhone 8 with iOS 12.1.2, I could not find the feature on my 2015 MacBook Air.To access the feature, users should first type in the name of an artist and click on the “…” button on the top right.Then, a page will appear with several options. Users should click on the “Don’t play this artist” button.From there, users will be returned to the artist’s home page and will receive a message that says, “Ok, we won’t play music from this artist…”Users can turn off the feature at any point by returning to the artist’s home page, clicking on the “…” button on the top right corner and selecting the “Remove” button from the subsequent menu.Spotify has experimented previously with blocking certain artists from appearing in playlists. In May 2018, the streaming service made a new policy about hate conduct and content that blocked music by R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from appearing in any of the playlists under Spotify’s name, like the popular “New Music Friday” and “Discover Weekly” playlists it generates and promotes on the home page. This move followed news of two new women accusing R. Kelly of sexual coercion and physical violence a few weeks prior, and of the late XXXTentacion being charged with the aggravated battery of his pregnant former girlfriend.Spotify ultimately reversed its original policy a few weeks later, noting that the “language was vague and left too many elements open to interpretation.”In response to the history of allegations of R. Kelly’s abuse, a “Mute R. Kelly” social media campaign arose in 2017, encouraging boycotts of the rapper’s music and performances. The controversy surrounding R. Kelly has grown since the start of this year, as Lifetime aired its docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which investigated the rapper’s past.Some Spotify users have taken to Twitter to express their satisfaction with being able to mute R. Kelly.It is unclear when Spotify will expand the block feature to more devices.Spotify did not reply to a request for comment from USA TODAY about this new feature. Spotify cuts R. Kelly music from playlists, cites new policy (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.center_img Citation: Spotify rolls out feature that allows users to mute artists they don’t want to hear (2019, January 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-spotify-feature-users-mute-artists.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Whoa Enormous Cotton Candy Explosion in Kids Chemistry Lab

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Suddenly — poof — a cloud of what looks like cotton candy explodes toward the ceiling. This popular video on Twitter comes courtesy of the Malay-language account w, which shares science content. But what is going on in the video? It’s a rather dangerous version of a classic chemistry demonstration, according to Brian Hostetler, an educator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The reaction is typically known as “elephant’s toothpaste,” due to its foamy appearance, and it’s commonly used in chemistry classrooms to explain catalysts, Hostetler told Live Science. [Elementary, My Dear: 8 Little-Known Elements]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65793-cotton-candy-explosion-explained.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Easy but explosive The reaction uses cheap, easy-to-access ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, potassium iodide and food coloring. Hydrogen peroxide is key. It’s made up of two hydrogen and two oxygen molecules. The bonds between these molecules naturally break, so over time, hydrogen peroxide slowly becomes water and oxygen gas. That reaction happens faster when exposed to light, Hostetler said, which is why hydrogen peroxide is sold in brown bottles. Normally, the slow breakup (or decomposition, in chemistry terms) of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen is unnoticeable. But the elephant’s toothpaste experiment speeds the process with a catalyst, a chemical compound that increases the rate of a given reaction. Potassium iodide — a salt of iodine, and the dietary supplement that’s used to add iodine to table salt — provides that catalyst. “In the presence of potassium iodide, hydrogen peroxide decomposes almost immediately,” Hostetler said. The setup is simple. Hydrogen peroxide is mixed with dish soap, and food coloring is often added for a dramatic effect (which explains the cotton-candy pink in the Twitter video). The potassium iodide is added, and the iodide ion that’s part of that compound attracts the oxygen in the hydrogen peroxide, breaking the bonds and rapidly transforming the hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen gas. The oxygen molecules then get trapped by the soap, forming bubbles, Hostetler said. In a step sometimes added to the elephant’s toothpaste demonstration, a glowing splint — a strip of wood that is hot but not burning — that is inserted into the bubbles will catch alight, sparked by the pure oxygen. Toning it down Usually, Hostetler said, the elephant’s toothpaste experiment creates an oozy concoction. So why did the Twitter version send bubbles flying toward the ceiling? That particular reaction was due to the strength of the ingredients and the shape of the containers, Hostetler said. A fairly safe version of the elephant’s toothpaste demonstration can be done at home with 3% hydrogen peroxide bought from the drugstore, with yeast as the catalyst (yeast contains the enzyme catalase, which also breaks down bonds in hydrogen peroxide). The combination will ooze and get a little warm as the reaction releases heat, but other than the need to take care not to touch the “toothpaste,” as hydrogen peroxide can be irritating to skin and eyes, this DIY version is pretty safe. The Twitter video probably shows the reaction with 30% hydrogen peroxide, or even stronger, Hostetler said. The demonstrator also uses potassium iodide that’s in powder form instead of mixed into water. And he has it poured in three batches at once into a large container with a lot of surface area, so the reaction happens across a large amount of hydrogen peroxide all at one time. That makes the scene in the video “super-duper dangerous,” Hostetler said. Thirty percent or higher hydrogen peroxide can cause chemical burns on the skin, he said, and the reaction could heat the solution by hundreds of degrees. It’s that heat and steam from the reaction that floats some of the foam skyward in the Twitter video. The bottom line, Hostetler said, is not to try the jumbo version of the demonstration at home – but feel free to press “play” again on Twitter. “It’s a cool video,” he said. Creative Genius: The World’s Greatest Minds Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever Bagaikan mengundang iblis dari neraka tanpa mantra, reaksi ini disebut “The Elephant’s Toothpaste”. Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

Mamata meets Prashant Kishor

first_imgCOMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on state politics 0 West Bengalcenter_img June 06, 2019 COMMENT SHARE Press Trust of IndiaPolitical strategist Prashant Kishor met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Thursday, raising speculation that he may work with her in the near future, sources said.Accompanied by TMC MP and Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee, Kishor had over two-hour discussion with the Chief Minister, the sources said.They said Kishor agreed to work with her if she so desired.The meeting between Banerjee and Kishor came at a time when the TMC supremo is facing a tough challenge from the BJP in the State.The BJP won 18 out of a total of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, only four less than the ruling TMC, in the recently concluded general election.last_img read more

Balakot showed IAFs ability of precision bombing IAF chief Dhanoa

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Balakot strike demonstrated the IAF’s ability of precision bombing, Air Force chief B S Dhanoa said Tuesday, asserting that it is capable of taking part in full spectrum of conflict, ranging from “sub-conventional to nuclear”. He said in case “we have correct coordinates, the Air Force is capable of doing all-weather bombing through clouds”. Early this year, after the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel, the Air Force launched air strikes at a terror camp in Balakot, inside Pakistani territory. Speaking at a seminar on ’20 years of Op Safed Sagar’, Dhanoa said precision bombing capability was very much needed during the Kargil operations where targets were very small and at high altitudes. “In 1999 (precision bombing capabilities) was operationalised only on the Mirage-2000 aircraft. Now all aircraft, Mirage, Su-30, Jaguar, MiG-29 and MiG-27 upgraded aircraft have the capability for precision bombing. Not only that, in case we have correct coordinates we can do all-weather bombing through clouds very accurately,” Dhanoa said. “We have just seen in the attack that we carried out on February 26 that we are capable of precision strike from standoff distances and very accurately,” he added. Dhanoa, who was then the Commanding Officer of 17 Squadron and operating from Srinagar, recalled the air action that took place during the Kargil conflict. It was for the first time that the MiG-21 aircraft carried out air-to-ground bombing at night in the mountains, he said. Operation Safed Sagar was carried out by the Air Force in Operation Vijay to drive out infiltrators from Kargil. Dhanoa spoke about the operational limitations that existed in 1999 and the innovative ways adopted by the IAF to overcome the difficulties during the conflict. He also pointed out the non-availability of winter-clothing and “big intelligence gaps” during the Kargil operations. “We had no (winter clothing)… I want to emphasis that point. Winter clothing was authorised to units that were flying over Siachen. Rest of us did not have this clothing. We had our summer overalls and the woolen inner. We used to wear two of them,” Dhanoa said. The developments which took place post Kargil war have transformed the Air Force in capability so as to counter any kind of air threat in conventional and sub-conventional domains of warfare, he said. “Over a period of time, the Air Force has evolved in a manner that we have through a process of long our long planning and induction. Slowly, we got our ability to take part in operations across the spectrum of the conflict. It is now a force that is capable of full spectrum conflict, from sub-conventional to nuclear,” the Air Force Chief said. At present, BVR (beyond-visual-range) missiles are carried by MiG-29, Su-30 and Mirage-2000 aircraft. The IAF has the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to monitor the airspace deep inside the enemy territory and operates on secure communication with network-centric warfare capabilities, he said. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for youlast_img read more