Autodesk: Hey, Free Apps Are Harder To Make Than Enterprise Software

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… To me, though, the most interesting part of the story is what the heck a professional software company like Autodesk is doing mucking around with free mobile apps for consumers.Bass said the company first got into the area almost by accident. “The first thing we did was Sketchbook – a piece of professional software that was relatively unsuccessful… Nobody knew about it. Then two guys went and turned it into an iPhone app,” Bass said. “If I had been asked,” he added,” I would have said it’s the stupidest thing I’d ever heard of. Who would want to fingerpaint on an iPhone?”That product now has 15 million users. Overall, Autodesk’s mobile products have gained some 100 million users in three years, compared to 15 million users of its professional products gathered over 30 years. The company is now building apps “as fast as we can,” Bass said.Why Build Apps?Sure, the apps are popular, but why would an professional software company dive into apps? It certainly isn’t for the money, at least not yet. While Autodesk’s consumer revenue will double this year, Bass said, “We don’t make enough [on consumer apps] to pay the rental on this floor.”The real reason? “A huge amount of learning about how people really want to work with their tools,” Bass said. Autodesk needed to figure out “how quickly you had to get someone from knowing nothing to satisfaction” in order to eliminate the learning curve and make professional software as satisfying as consumer apps. “If it’s easy to do in your personal life, why is it so hard in the business world?” he asked.Compared to modern consumer apps, he said. “Enterprise software sucks.” The message has become, “less expensive means easy to use, more expensive means really difficult to use,” Bass said. “We have to remedy that!” Increasingly, professionals want the ease and convenience they get in their personal lives in their business environment as well – and are intolerant when the don’t get it. Business software companies that don’t give them that “will be losers,” Bass warned.Enterprise Software Can Be SloppyThat’s a challenge for Autodesk, because “we are an enterprise software company,” Bass acknowledged. Thirty percent of company revenues come from 1% of customers. “The very biggest companies in the world,” including huge automotive and aerospace manufacturers, buy thousands of licenses, he said. And they run their businesses on that software.In the development process, he explained, “you can be a little bit sloppy with professional applications,” figuring that “they use it all the time, they’ll figure it out.” Developing the variety of devices makes you pay more attention to detail, Bass claimed, particularly when something doesn’t work. Consumer app users want “instant gratification,” he said, and “we’re trying to push that into our professional products.”The company is already translating what it’s learned in apps to full-scale software. One example is so-called Marking Menus: Rather than put the menus at the top of the screen, the idea is to overlay the menus on top of the place where you are working. “It makes even more sense when it’s your finger,” Bass said, “but why not the mouse?” Will The Enterprise Go Social?The final frontier for enterprise software is probably social. These days, we get constant access to social information in our personal lives, but that turns opaque in our professional lives, Bass said.But he believes that professionals “want to and are willing to share – even though that’s a little taboo in the enterprise world.” So Autodesk is bringing social aspects into its professional tools. Upcoming products, including Autodesk 360, now in beta, will translate the “social graph” to the “design graph,” letting users Like and share on an ad hoc basis, he said.Put all this together and it begs the question: Is there any real difference between consumer apps and enterprise software? Looks like we’re about to find out.Top image by Fredric Paul fredric paul According to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, creating free smartphone apps is much more difficult than building expensive professional and enterprise software.“People are more demanding for a low-cost consumer thing than they are for [expensive] profressional products,” Bass told me in a sit-down at the company’s slick gallery space in downtown San Francisco. “The cheapest things have to be the easiest to use,” he explained. They don’t get a user manual or training classes to show people how to use them.From AutoCad To AppsThat’s a big deal to Autodesk, which made its name with high-end design and engineering software like AutoCad and Revit, but has made an aggressive move into smartphone and tablet apps in the last few years.And it’s especially releveant because on Tuesday morning the company introduced Autodesk ReCap, the “industrial strength” version of the free consumer product called 123D Catch, introduced in 2012. The products are designed to create “intelligent 3D data” from captured photos and laser scans.center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Getting Ready For Touch ScreensAutodesk also needed to learn how to take full advantage of multi-touch interfaces, Bass said. “Clearly, the next generation of desktops will have multitouch,” he said, and “we will change our products to take advantage of that… Direct interaction is a more natural way for people to work with their models.”The transition isn’t as simple as you might think. For one thing, there’s a more “emotional connection” with touch screens, Bass believes. “You interact with it in a slightly more intimate way. You actually touch it – that’s different than a keyboard and mouse.”And there are also practical considerations. On Windows, for example, many things are called up by hovering the mouse over an area of the screen. That generally doesn’t work with touch.Finally, despite the fact that consumer apps aren’t a big money maker right now, “if you have an attentive, engaged audience of loyal consumers, you can find a way to make money on it”, Bass predicted. “Look at Twitter.”last_img read more

Yamaha races to connect the things to the IoT

first_imgTags:#Connected Devices#IoT#robotics#Yamaha Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Japanese conglomerate Yamaha has launched its own Advanced Robotics Automation platform, a system that connects Internet of Things (IoT) and other devices together.The platform looks to lower the cost of automated production lines and provide more compatibility between IoT products, according to Yamaha.See Also: IIoT could boost GDP by $15 trillion, though data barriers remainThe integrated controller is compatible with 91 models and 202 individual variants, including SCARA robots and controllers, making it highly valuable in a market of fragmentation and incompatibility.Adding an integrated controller removes the need for a controller in each robot or device, which heavily reduces the amount of time a company will spend setting up an IoT system. It also reduces the amount of space required, according to Yamaha.New ground for YamahaIoT is still a fragmented world, where one device may not work with another, and all of them may not work with an application or platform. Yamaha is trying to fix this by adding a controller that is supported by hundreds of devices, but that still won’t be enough for major industrial developments that use thousands of devices.That said, the company is exploring new ground and with a strong list of compatible devices, it may be able to win over some businesses that are looking to start their IoT operations in the next few years.Yamaha is not one of the most well known IoT brands, but it has been pushing into the market steadily over the past few months, egged on by its strong robotics and electronics division performance. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Pucklast_img read more

On Breaking and Establishing New Patterns

first_imgHere’s a pattern:You compete for your prospect’s business. You make it to the presentation stage. They say they like you a lot, but you cost more than your competitors. You lose the business.Here’s another pattern:You call your dream client to check in each quarter. They tell you nothing’s changed. You ask them if it’s okay to call them and check in again in another quarter. They happily agree.Here’s one more pattern:Your boss is a jerk. He doesn’t understand that it’s not your fault that you aren’t producing results. He tries to get you to change what you’re doing. You quit and get a new boss. The new boss is a jerk.The One Thing You Can ChangeThe common denominator in each of these patterns is you. If you continue to do the same thing over and over again, you will produce the same result over and over again. The only thing that you have any real ability to change is you. And how lucky we are that this is true.You can break unhealthy patterns at any time you choose. You can stop doing what you are doing when it isn’t working and do something different instead.Establishing Virtuous PatternsHere’s a different pattern:You win your dream client. You solve their problems and they’re happy with you. Instead of becoming complacent, you bring your dream client a new, unsolicited, value creating idea. Your dream client is even happier. You repeat this every quarter.Here’s one more pattern:You call your dream client and they refuse to give you their time. You nurture them by providing them an actionable, valuable idea or insight. They still refuse to give you the time of day. Nurture. Nurture. Nurture. Nurture. Your dream client is dissatisfied. They agree to meet with you.We fall into patterns. Some of them are vicious. Others are virtuous. To break unhealthy patterns and establish new ones, you have to change what you’re doing.QuestionsWhat are some of the patterns that you have fallen into that don’t serve you?Are there any patterns that you’ve adopted that served you at one time but that no longer serve you now?What are the healthy patterns of activity that are producing results for you now?How could you do even more of what is already working?Who has a pattern that you can follow to produce the same result they’re producing? What’s that pattern?last_img read more

Father’s Heartbreak: Son Refused Australian Visa For Fourth Time

first_imgTen-year-old Harmanpreet Singh wanted to see Sea Life Aquarium and visit Eureka Tower with his father during his planned holiday in Australia. His school had already approved a leave of 32 days; however, he won’t be able to travel to Australia as his visa application has been refused for the fourth time in a little over a year. Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

After 7 games in 14 nights, exhausted Magnolia relishes Holy week break

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Down 0-2 against Rain or Shine in a best-of-seven series, Magnolia, despite feeling physically drained, knew it had to lay everything out on the floor in Game 3.“Even though, we’re tired and we’re playing our seventh game in 14 nights,I told them that we have no choice but to need to bring back our aggressiveness and energy,” Victolero said.That’s exactly what the Hotshots did especially in the fourth quarter where they limited the Elasto Painters to just 11 points.“We just tried to bring back the Magnolia Hotshots basketball which is to a more defensive-minded team. We were more pesky defense and aggressive on both ends of the floor and we were focused for 48 minutes,” said Victolero.The defense Victolero preached was on full display down the stretch of a tight game.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Anthony Joshua US debut in doubt because of opponent’s failed testcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The 92-82 win was nice but having played a seventh game in 14 nights, a six-day break makes a big victory much sweeter for the weary Hotshots.“For you to play seven games in 14 nights, we’re not going to deny that we’re tired. But I told my players, we get through this game and we will have a good rest at least somehow, get our fresh legs back,” Victolero told reporters in Filipino Tuesday night at Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The next game will be on Monday and this break is really going to be good for us. Hopefully, my players will be able to recover.”The Hotshots have been playing every other day since beating the NLEX Road Warriors in their final elimination round game last April 3. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as he met the media following his team’s win over Rain or Shine in Game 3 of their Philippine Cup semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia was holding on to a 76-74 edge after Rain or Shine rookie Javee Mocon converted on a three-point play with 4:03 remaining.Mocon’s basket and free throw, however, turned out to be the Painters’ final points as they went scoreless the rest of the way.“We won because of our defense,” said Magnolia big man Ian Sangalang, who scored 12 of his 16 points in the final frame, in Filipino. “We’re really tired but we needed to give everything we had knowing we’re going to finally have our break.”“Now we get some rest with the momentum on our side. Somehow, we were able to give them pressure in this series because in Games 1 and 2, it’s like they’re just simply playing basketball. What we really wanted to do was make them feel the pressure even just a bit of it so that we’ll have a better chance at winning Game 4,” Sangalang added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

HTC 10 full specs leaked, company claims it is fastest Android phone

first_imgAhead of its April 12 launch, Taiwanese company HTC has released one more teaser trailer for its upcoming flagship phone, aka the HTC 10. The new teaser deals with performance prowess of the phone. HTC is calling it the fastest and smoothest Android phone ever.The company has already made the claim the HTC 10 will come with world-class front and back cameras. It will boast of a metal unibody and chamfered edges. On the display front, the 10 will come with a Super LCD 5 screen.Not all phones are created equal. The fastest and smoothest Android. Youll feel it. #powerof10 HTC India (@HTC_IN) March 29, 2016Meanwhile, the phone in question has apparently found its way to benchmark website GFX Bench revealing almost all the hardware specifics of the alleged HTC 10. As per the listing, the phone is said to come with a 5.1-inch QuadHD display with a 2560×1440 pixels resolution. It will be powered by a 2.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM along with 32GB of internal memory. The phone will run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based Sense UI. The HTC 10 is further said to sport a 12-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera on the rear that can shoot 4K videos. There’s also a 5-megapxiel camera on the front.  In another news, the HTC 10 will reportedly come in as many as three variants : one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, and another with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory. The third variant will reportedly come with Snapdragon 820 along with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal memory.advertisementlast_img read more

007 carmaker Aston Martin gears up for London stock market float

first_imgLondon, Aug 29 (AFP) Aston Martin today said it plans to float one quarter of the British company on the London stock market, as demand rises worldwide for the luxury brand’s cars favoured by fictional spy James Bond.Full details of the initial public offering will be published on September 20, Aston Martin said in a statement, with reports noting that the company could be valued up to Pounds 5.0 billion (USD 6.4 billion or 5.5 billion euros).”Today’s announcement represents a key milestone in the history of the company, which is reporting strong financial results and increased global demand for its award-winning sports cars,”Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer said in the statement.The century-old carmaker, based in Gaydon in central England, is controlled by Italian private equity fund Investindustrial and Kuwaiti investors.German carmaker Daimler will meanwhile keep its near 5.0-per cent stake in the group, Aston Martin said.While Britain has a strong car manufacturing industry, the brands have fallen into foreign ownership over recent decades, with Germany’s BMW buying Rolls-Royce and Mini, Volkswagen taking control of Bentley — and Jaguar-Land Rover falling into the hands of Indian giant Tata Motors.And while the UK’s key car manufacturing has warned about potential Brexit fallout, Aston Martin boss Palmer today said his company was well shielded ahead of the country’s formal EU departure in March next year.”The benefit of being a luxury company is that we are relatively impervious to those kinds of changes,” he told BBC radio.However, he noted that as a precaution, the group was increasing stockpiles of its engines in case of possible border delays once Britain exits the EU in March next year.advertisementEarlier this year, Palmer said Aston Martin could in the future supply engines to Formula One under the leadership of new owner Liberty.Founded in London in 1913, Aston Martin rose to fame thanks largely to its DB5 sports car, a favourite of Sean Connery, the original movie Bond.Analysts said that with a valuation of about Pounds 5.0 billion, Aston Martin would find itself at the top end of London’s second tier FTSE 250 index.Also today, Aston Martin revealed that its revenues rose eight per cent in the first six months of 2018 to pounds 445 million.The performance was driven from sales of special edition vehicles, including the Vanquish Zagato family and DB4 GT Continuation models.The average sale price of all Aston Martin models increased by eight percent to Pounds 167,000 in the reporting period.Earlier this year, a limited-edition midnight blue Vanquish owned by James Bond actor Daniel Craig’s sold at auction for USD 468,500.Last year, Aston Martin made its first annual net profit since 2010 as it sold more than 5,000 cars.The group said it is looking to make almost 10,000 units in 2020.It currently sells almost one-third of its cars in the UK, a quarter in the rest of Europe, Middle East andAfrica combined, a further quarter in the Americas and the remainder throughout the Asia Pacific region.(AFP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

Monterrey vs Morelia: Team news & live stream

first_imgLiga MX Monterrey vs Morelia: Live stream, team news, kick-off time, & match preview Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:30 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rogelio Funes Mori Carlos Sanchez Monterrey Julio Cesar Aguilar Liga MX Monterrey v Morelia Morelia Monterrey The first seed looks to seal a spot in the Liga MX final after an important one-goal victory in the semifinal first leg Monterrey has appeared destined for the Liga MX final for most of the season, and now it is just one game away from making it a reality. After the top-seeded Rayados posted a 1-0 win at fourth-seed Morelia in the Liguilla semifinal first leg Thursday, they return home to Estadio BBVA Bancomer on Sunday looking to close the deal. Morelia faces a daunting task at Monterrey, needing to win against the league’s top team in a stadium where Antonio Mohamed’s side did not lose once in Apertura league play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Monterrey vs Morelia Date Sunday, December 3 Time 7:00 p.m. ET LIVE STREAM Aviles Hurtado MonterreyWatch Monterrey vs. Morelia live and On-Demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Monterrey players Goalkeepers Gonzalez, Carrizo, Resendez Defenders Montes, Basanta, Sanchez, Portales, Alvarez, Vangioni, Castillo, Fuentes, Medina, Juarez Midfielders Molina, Ortiz, Zavala, J. Gonzalez, Cardozo, Sanchez, Hurtado, A. Gonzalez Forwards Funes Mori, Pabon, Benitez, Bueno Mohamed’s side will have a couple injury concerns heading into the second leg. Carlos Sanchez and Dorlan Pabon appear fit after leaving the second leg of the quarterfinals with knocks, but playing Thursday.But the club’s top scorer Aviles Hurtado left Thursday’s contest in the 65th minute with a muscular injury, and his status for the second leg is up in the air. Potential starting XI: Gonzalez; Vangioni, Basanta, Sanchez, Medina; Sanchez, Cardozo, Gonzalez, Ortiz; Funes Mori, Pabon. Position Morelia players Goalkeepers Malagon, Urbina, Sosa Defenders Perez, Achilier, Loeschbor, Vegas, Valadez, Rodríguez, Chavez,  Guzman Midfielders Osuna, Mejia, Rodríguez, Rocha, Millar, Valdes, Cuero, Vilchis, Sepulveda, Zarate, Polo, Lezcano Forwards Ruidíaz, Ortiz, Sansores Manager Roberto Hernandez will have a full squad to choose from on Sunday, and will likely need some heroic performances from attackers Raul Ruidaz and Angel Sepulveda to pull off a huge upset. Potential starting XI: Sosa; Vegas, Rodríguez, Achilier, Guzman; Millar, Osuna; Lezcano, Valdes, Sepulveda; Ruidíaz.GAME PREVIEW Raul Ruidiaz MoreliaDuring the regular season Monterrey had both the best attack and the stingiest defense in Liga MX, all while going unbeaten at home, so confidence will be soaring for Mohamed’s side needing only a home draw to advance to the final. There are a few warning signs, though, that things may not be completely straightforward for Rayados at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer on Sunday night. First off, Morelia controlled the first leg and were it not for a controversial penalty decision and several key stops from goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez, Monterrey could easily be facing a deficit heading home for the second leg. In addition, Morelia was the Apertura’s best away side in the regular season, posting a record of six wins, one draw and two losses on its travels.Finally, Monterrey could very well be without top scorer Aviles Hurtado, who picked up an injury in the first leg. With all that said, Monterrey will still be hugely favored to advance to the Apertura final, where a potential date with crosstown rivals Tigres awaits. Mohamed’s side has the depth to overcome Hurtado’s absence and is far and away the best side of the remaining four semifinalists. At this point, anything less than a title will be seen as a failure for Rayados.last_img read more

Touch Football Represented At Sports Women’s Ball

first_imgOver 100 people attended the Ball, including Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy as well as several other politicians. 2011 World Cup Australian Women’s Open assistant coach, Dean Russell, was part of a panel interviewed by MC Stephanie Brantz and joined Australian Opals squad members Liz Cambage, Carly Wilson and Marianna Tolo, Opals coach, Carrie Graf and Capital Football Chief Executive, Heather Reid on stage. Russell told the crowd about Australia’s impressive record at the Women’s Open level, having never lost a game at World Cup level as well as the amount of females taking part in Touch Football across Australia. “The international program for Touch Football started back in 1985 for women. It’s been an extremely successful program. We are extremely proud of the results we’ve produced on the field and the athletes we’ve produced off it,” Russell said. “We do have a lot of females playing (Touch Football) but we are probably lucky in the sense that we have a category at social level and domestic that is very popular which is Mixed Touch. A lot of families get together and play with their Mums and Dads and sons and daughters which introduces them into the sport and then they can see the pathways that develop through regional, club, state and international level.”Recently named as the Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Lundy spoke about her passion for sport and in particular women’s sport. “I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be here tonight, I’m so privileged and honoured to have this portfolio. It’s something that is a part of me, my love for sport. It has always been a big part of my life and part of my family’s life,” Senator Lundy said. “Tonight we are particularly acknowledging the role that so many women have played in our sporting landscape. As Senator for the ACT I am incredibly proud of the local women in sport and the Canberra community’s wonderful response to the successes, their support when they are not going so well and most of all drawing from the participation base in the community that finds itself again and again inspired by the performance of our elite female athletes.”“The Government is committed to supporting women in sport and despite all the work that has been done, we recognise that more must be done to bring women’s sport to its rightful place in this country.”Chief Executive Officer of Sports Hydrant, Andy Turnbull, told the crowd that the promotion of elite women’s sport through the event was just one of the Sport For Women initiatives that the organisation drives. “Sports Hydrant, through the Sport For Women website, seeks to increase participation through we believe redefining the definition of sport. We want sport to be an integral part of the sporting landscape by including dance, individual fitness initiatives and not actually separating sport and recreation from leisure,” Turnbull said. Thank you to Bec Lewis from BL Imaging for providing the photos.last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgery

first_imgAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say West Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgeryby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham have lost Jack Wilshere for another five weeks due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder is struggling with the latest in a long line of ankle problems that the club believed would only need a few weeks’ rest.Wilshere has instead been ruled out for the entire festive period, with the Hammers worried he could need yet another operation.The club already have midfielder Manuel Lanzini out with a severe knee injury suffered on international duty ahead of the World Cup finals. Despite suggestions he could be back in February, the Argentinean playmaker could miss the rest of the season. last_img

HSSB Presents New Generation of SWATH Vessels

first_imgMay 19, 2014 zoom Hvide Sande Shipyard (HSSB) has designed and developed a new generation of SWATH vessels for transportation of up to 12 service technicians and spare parts to offshore wind farms.The SWATH-vessel is designed as a 24 metres long, high speed, catamaran, built as a fully composite vessel, with the possibility of a semi-submersible SWATH-mode, which uses ballast water to stabilize the vessel and minimize heave and pitch forces during transfer of service technicians and spare parts.The vessel is designed with focus on a high level of performance and on a minimum of service and maintenance, because the vessel is designed with easy access to components and installations. The hull design causes a higher, maintained speed and a minimum of slamming, which raises the crew and passengers’ safety and comfort on-board.Beside a design as a regular service vessel, the SWATH-vessel can also be delivered with cabins for up to 10 service technicians and for the crew. In the way, the vessel can stay at the wind farm for a longer period.The SWATH-vessel enters HSSB current range of vessels for the offshore wind industry, which contains vessels from 11 to 55 metres, delivered as different types of crew transfer vessels and hotel vessels with daughter crafts.HSSB have recently delivered a various range of crew transfer vessels, including three vessels for the Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, one vessel for Horns Reef II and service vessels which today sails at wind farms in UK and Holland.last_img read more

Environmental Work Exchange in Costa Rica Accepting Applications

first_imgENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Environmental Work Exchange in Costa RicaAccepting Applications Young Nova Scotians have the chance to participate in a workexchange program in Central America. The Environmental Leadership Program is building a team of youngNova Scotians and Newfoundlanders to help create a healthierenvironment in Costa Rica. The exchange program runs from lateApril to early September. Six Nova Scotia youth, ages 20 to 24, will join counterparts fromNewfoundland to work on environmental projects in Costa Ricathrough May and June. They will work alongside their Costa Ricancounterparts while being hosted by local families. The second half of the exchange program happens in July andAugust. The Costa Rican young people will return with their NovaScotia partners to work on environmental projects here. Curtis Young, Sydney, participated in a similar exchange lastyear. “Little did I know just how much I would take with me fromthis program,” he said. “I gained more from the exchange than Ihave from any other period in my life.” Mr. Young now works forNova Scotia Environment and Labour. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash says Mr. Young isthe kind of candidate that’s needed for the exchange. “We’relooking for young people who want to learn more about theenvironment and increase their employment skills,” he said. Applicants should be good communicators and be comfortableworking as part of a team. The ability to speak Spanish is notrequired. The Environmental Leadership Program is managed by Nova ScotiaEnvironment and Labour. Partner organizations include the NovaScotia Youth Conservation Corps, Clean Nova Scotia, theConservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador, and TallerInternacional in Costa Rica. Anyone interested in the program should contact the Nova ScotiaYouth Conservation Corps at 902-424-4924 or by e-mail . Cover letters and resumes can be faxed to902-424-3571. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Feb. 17.last_img read more

Imran in Twitter rant

first_imgISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday questioned the BJP-led NDA government if it believes the use of military force against people of Kashmir will stop the freedom movement. “The whole world is waiting to see what happens to oppressed Kashmiris in IOK when the curfew is lifted. Does the BJP govt think by using greater military force against Kashmiris in IOK, it will stop the freedom movement? Chances are it will gain momentum,” Khan wrote on Twitter.last_img

Search for missing Saskatchewan boy now a recovery operation police

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Police say the search for a little boy who went missing in Prince Albert, Sask., is now a recovery operation.Sweetgrass Kennedy was last seen a week ago and Prince Albert police say witnesses and other evidence suggest the four-year-old fell into the North Saskatchewan River.Hundreds of volunteers initially looked for the boy in the community.Police later asked the volunteers to leave the search to professionals because of the dangers of the swiftly moving river.Inspector Jason Stonechild says searchers including aircraft and a dive team have not found any trace of the boy.Police estimate the search has covered 160 kilometres of riverbank. (CKBI, The Canadian Press)last_img

Security Council calls for ensuring womens participation in building sustaining peace

26 October 2010The Security Council today marked the tenth anniversary of the landmark resolution on women and peace and security by calling for the full and effective participation of women at all stages of peace processes, and for ending the abuse of women and girls in armed conflict. The Security Council today marked the tenth anniversary of the landmark resolution on women and peace and security by calling for the full and effective participation of women at all stages of peace processes, and for ending the abuse of women and girls in armed conflict.Adopted on 31 October 2000, resolution 1325 marked the culmination of years of concerted appeals and efforts, especially by civil society and women’s organizations, to draw attention to and seek action to reverse the egregious and inhumane treatment of women and girls, the denial of their human rights and their exclusion from decision-making in situations of armed conflict.In a presidential statement adopted at the start of today’s meeting, which was slated to hear from nearly 90 speakers, the Council noted “with grave concern” that women’s participation at all stages of peace processes and in the implementation of peace accords remains too low, despite their vital role in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in rebuilding their societies.“The Council recognizes the need to facilitate the full and effective participation of women in these areas,” it stated, adding that such participation is very important for sustainability of peace processes.It also reiterated its demand to all parties to armed conflict to immediately and completely cease all forms of violence against women and girls, including acts of sexual violence.“Resolution 1325 will never be implemented successfully until we end sexual violence in conflict,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is currently on an official visit to South-East Asia, said in a video message to the Council meeting. “We must hold those responsible to account, whether the crimes are committed by State or non-State parties.” In his latest report on women and peace and security, Mr. Ban noted that the conditions that women and girls face in situations of armed conflict continue to be “abhorrent” and that effective methods for monitoring their impact are lacking.The rape in July of more than 200 women and girls by rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is only one example of the severity of abuse of the human rights of women and girls, he added.Mr. Ban also noted that despite an apparent firm foundation and promise, 10 years after the adoption of resolution 1325, significant achievements are difficult to identify or quantify. Presenting the Secretary-General’s report to the Council, Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), said that there are a number of “sobering” messages in the report that call for concerted and urgent action. “Although activities to implement resolution 1325 have been carried out with increasing intensity over the years, these activities have lacked a clear direction or time-bound goals and targets that could accelerate implementation and ensure accountability,” she said.“While these discrete activities have indeed contributed to improvements in efforts to address the needs of women and girls in the context of armed conflict, evidence of their cumulative impact is inadequate.” The report, she pointed out, recommends a comprehensive framework consisting of an agreed set of goals, targets and indicators concerning how the resolution will be implemented over the next decade. She added that the Council could convene a review or summit at the ministerial level every five years to assess progress towards these goals and targets and to address the obstacles in implementation. The Secretary-General’s report also stated that although a System-wide Action Plan was developed to bring greater coherence to the UN’s work on women and peace and security, the performance of that Action Plan has “fallen short of expectations.”Among the other UN officials addressing the meeting was Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, who emphasized several elements in moving forward. These included ensuring the necessary financing to support the implementation of resolution 1325, a greater focus on building capacities of women to build and sustain peace in their own countries, and investing more in facilitating women’s participation in political processes and in newly restructured security sector bodies.“Our greatest indicator of success must remain however, the extent to which our collective energies contribute to building a sustainable, nationally-owned platform from which local women, working with men, can themselves define, shape and influence the course of peace in their countries,” he stated. read more

Markets Right Now Tech stocks lead US indexes higher

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks shook off an early stumble and edged higher on Wall Street led by gains in technology and health care companies.Apple rose 1.8% Tuesday and Merck climbed 1.1%.U.S. indexes are still down about 3% for the month as investors are unsettled by trade tensions between the U.S. and China, protests in Hong Kong and political instability in Argentina.The S&P 500 rose 12 points, or 0.4%, to 2,895.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 92 points, or 0.3%, to 25,981. The Nasdaq rose 39 points, or 0.5%, to 7,905.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.65%.The Associated Press

Noncredit graduate level courses focus on teaching service learning

Jill Grose (left) and Gail Cook will teach two non-credit graduate level courses that focus on teaching and service learning. The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) will offer two non-credit graduate level courses, one focusing on teaching and the other on service-learning, through the fall and winter terms.The Theory and Practice of University Teaching (GRST 5N01) and The Theory and Practice of Service-Learning (GRST 5N02) will start in September. Registration for courses opens July 7. For information on how to register for the courses, students should contact Lorraine Sciamonte at x3239.This is the second year for GRST 5N01, while GRST 5N02 is being offered for the first time and represents a commitment to continued collaboration on course development between FGS and CPI.“Our partnership with CPI is allowing the Faculty to create courses that combine academic study and practical training in areas of teaching and learning as a way to augment their discipline-specific program experiences at Brock,” says Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies. “We want to offer graduate students from across all 44 graduate programs as many opportunities as possible to develop essential competencies and professional skills that are in demand by employers.”Prof. Gail Lynn Cook of the Goodman School of Business and CPI’s faculty associate for service-learning will teach the new service-learning course (GRST 5N02) that focuses on academic study, community involvement and critical reflection.Cook has a rich academic background in integrating service-learning components into graduate and undergraduate courses.“One of the best things about the course is that it offers equal value to graduate students regardless of previous community activities,” she says. “Some will see this course as an entrée to service-learning and others, who have been engaged in the community through volunteer activities and program opportunities, can build on their experiences. It fills a gap in programming for graduate students interested in the theory, practice and reflection of community engagement.”Graduate students who complete 5N02 will be given a formal transcript notation that documents their participation in a service-learning course.“The course responds to a growing recognition about the importance of graduate students acquiring experience in community settings,” says Plyley. “That is specifically articulated in Brock’s strategic mandate agreement. As well, external bodies, such as the Council for Graduate Studies, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario and the Conference Board of Canada, have emphasized the value for graduate students to develop transferrable skills for the workplace through community outreach.”The teaching course (GRST 5N01) returns after its very successful introduction last year. CPI director Jill Grose says student feedback to the course has been very positive.“Students from last year describe the course as offering a collaborative environment that created a safe place to practise and develop their teaching,” says Grose. “They also remarked on how the range of resources and learning activities within the course helped them to reflect theoretically and practically on their roles as teachers.”The Theory and Practice of Service-Learning (GRST 5N02)Instructor: Prof. Gail Lynn CookCommences: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 9:30 to 12 noon, TH253 e-classroom (classes continue every second week)The non-credit course provides an opportunity for graduate students to join together in discussions about the value and implementation of service-learning in our lives.Students will:• identify the theoretical perspectives that position community-based experiences within the service learning literature• share approaches, strategies and best practices with a cohort of graduate students from multiple disciplines and perspectives• participate in active service learning projects within the community• describe, verbally and in writing, the transferrable skills/competencies acquired through the service learning involvement such as teamwork, problem solving, communication and leadershipThe Theory and Practice of University Teaching (GRST 5N01)Instructors: Jill Grose and Lianne Fisher, CPICommences: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., TH253 e-classroom (classes continue every second week)The non-credit course explores the theories and practices of teaching in the post-secondary environment. Students will engage in experiential approaches to course planning, instructional methods, evaluation and assessment, and reflective practice.Students will:• identify and connect major theoretical perspectives in instructional design, student learning, assessment, and reflective practice• practice instructional and presentation skills in micro teaching sessions• identify and develop formative and summative assessment strategies• practice skills in giving and receiving feedback• write a statement of teaching philosophy• create a teaching dossier representing significant teaching experiences and growth read more

Mens EHF Cup 1819 Kiel against Granollers Pulawy and GOG

The Men’s EHF Cup draw was held on Thursday in Vienna. Here are the Groups of the Main phase..Group A: Füchse Berlin BM Logrono La Rioja Saint Raphael Var Handball Balatonfüredi KSEGroup B: TSV Hannover-Burgdorf Grundfos Tatabanya KC HC Eurofarm Rabotnik RK NexeGroup C:FC Porto Sofarma TTH Holstebro Liberbank Cuenca HC Dobrogea Sud ConstantaGroup D: Fraikin BM. Granollers KS Azoty-Pulawy SA THW Kiel GOG Men’s EHF Cup 2018/2019 ← Previous Story Five pairs of referees in race for world’s best in 2018 Next Story → Russian partybreakers at Women’s EHF EURO 2018 start

Google Earth providing satellite images and CPU power to climate scientists

first_imgGoogle Earth is trying to redeem itself a tad after almost plunging Nicaragua and Costa Rica into war: it’s just introduced a new platform called Google Earth Engine which not only makes publicly available a huge volume of satellite images of the planet’s surface, but also provides tools and even some computer power for analysis of those images.Google seems to hope that the new toolset will allow climate scientists the ability to use their satellite image library to do climate change analysis by tracking changes in forest, water and ice coverage over time. But Google‘s not just offering climate scientists a new data set to work with: they’re also providing tools for analysis, including 10 million CPU hours over the next two years to help do everything from remove clouds in the images to providing researchers the ability to cut apart and recombobulate the images in whatever way their research sees fit.It’s not likely to bring radically new data about climate change to the table: you can only tell so much about how the Earth is changing based upon its topography. Still, it’s a generous gesture on Google’s part, and one that will hopefully make it at least a little easier and cheaper for climate scientists to put their data together.Read more at Google Bloglast_img read more