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UnWired conference

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThe “UnWired: Rural Wireless Conference” will be Nov. 1-2 at the University of Georgia’s Tifton, Ga., campus. It will bring wireless experts, researchers and users to rural south Georgia.”Anyone who attends this conference will walk away with a much better understanding of the potential of this technology,” said Craig Kvien, chair of the UGA National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Lab in Tifton, Ga.The conference keynoter, Hans-Werner Braun, spearheads the High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network at University of California at San Diego.Funding agencies and those who’ve had wireless projects funded will be at the conference, too.Preregistration is $100. The cost is $125 at the door. A one-day registration is $50. To learn more, go to www.nespal.org/unwired05/.last_img read more

38,000 miles of trail: 18 Thru-Hikes

first_img“I set the terms. It was not imprisonment. I set my own commitment. No one was telling me to do this,” Doyle says. “It’s just a whole different mindset to walk the entire Appalachian Trail. It’s not recreational. Now, I’m just hiking when I feel like it.” Doyle quickly fell behind his schedule but caught back up in Vermont. By the time he reached Katahdin, he’d set the speed record for the Appalachian Trail. “Warren spends a lot of time on the emotional and mental preparation,” Pharr-Davis says. “I learned how to think about the trail, and to realize that I would have to be really adaptable but also really stubborn. He talked a lot about reasons why people quit. It’s often that they’re not having fun, or miss someone at home, or the trail is something other than they thought it would be. You go through that very thoroughly, and it helps you anticipate emotional hurdles you’ll encounter on the trail.” Upon completing his record-breaking hike, Doyle received a chilly reception from the Appalachian Mountain Club in Connecticut.  “I had to do something that no one was telling me to do—no rewards, no cheerleaders, no scholarships, something I wasn’t going to get paid for, or any extrinsic reward,” Doyle says. Doyle persisted in his efforts to give back to the trail by sharing it with others. He started a group that hiked the Connecticut stretch of the trail by tackling it on seven consecutive Sundays in the fall. On a lark, somebody suggested doing all 56 miles in a 24-hour period, and so Doyle led his first expedition of 12 people along the trail. He expanded the idea to the entire trail, leading expeditions of thru-hikers for decades to come.  “I think he’s probably up there in the top three or five most important hikers,” says Cindy Ross, a friend of Doyle and triple crown backpacker who has completed the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail  and the Continental Divide Trail. “There’s a lot of people who know who Warren Doyle is and treat him like a legend. Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery and the people who created the trail are very important, and Earl Shaffer, the first guy to hike the trail. And I think Warren Doyle is right up there with them.” Doyle sunk his life savings into his 5-acre folk school, and that’s where he plans to spend the remainder of his warm seasons. In the winter, he rents leftover timeshares for $7 per night, “living in the lap of luxury in Ocean City, Myrtle Beach, using someone else’s WiFi and TV.”  “The thing I believe is noteworthy is that I’m not a trust fund baby,” Doyle says. “I don’t collect benefits. I was a first-generation college student. I traversed the Appalachian Trail 18 times without ever losing a job. I raised two kids and helped put them through college. And that, that demographic is pretty amazing.” “His legacy is very much like the topography of the trail, with ups and downs, highs and lows, and a very real very human journey,” Pharr-Davis says. “The Appalachian Trail has a lot of personalities connected to it throughout its history and its duration, but I think there’s only going to be one Warren Doyle.” Warren Doyle hangs up his boots after 38,000 miles on the A.T. Doyle was just 13 when his 16-year-old sister died of a brain aneurysm. He set out to make up her loss to his parents by becoming an achiever. He became the first of his family to go to college, and the summer after his junior year he won a work scholarship from the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker peace and social justice organization, to work in a boys orphanage in the mountains of interior Jamaica. The next year, the Quakers sent him to Don West’s folk school in southern West Virginia. Although Doyle continued college, earning his master’s degree and beginning a Ph.D. program, his time in Jamaica and Appalachia kept gnawing at him. Through the ‘80s and ‘90s, Doyle raised his children, focused on higher education, and completed two section hikes by knocking out 30 to 35 miles per day over two- to three-week periods every year. He conducted group thru-hike expeditions through the 2000s.center_img “They’d have nothing of me because I walked the trail ‘the wrong way,’” Doyle says. “I didn’t see anything because I walked too fast. I didn’t walk too fast; I walked 15 to 17 hours per day at 2 miles an hour. That’s not walking fast, it’s walking long.” “A 46-year-old love affair ended last summer,” he says, staring at me across a hardwood table at his folk school in eastern Tennessee, midway between Mountain City and Damascus, Virginia. Doyle is celebrating the completion of 18 thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail, but his final 100 miles were the toughest. On his 18th thru-hike last year, Doyle wasn’t sure he could complete the 100-mile section from the White Mountains to Mount Katahdin. Now, he’s finished with that era of his life. Pharr-Davis says Doyle’s impact on the trail has evolved over time—as a record setter, for his outspoken opinions, and through his training programs. “That first hike, I was somewhat naive,” Doyle says. “It was hard. I cried a lot. I had the determination. Thank God I had the temperament. And I was open. I said to the trail, ‘Do what you will with me. I trust everything about you.’ I trust the trail. I trust the mountains. It knows no institutional restraints. It will help you live in harmony with yourself.” Doyle may be done with thru-hiking, but he’s continuing to run his Appalachian Trail Institute and folk school. And the trail he blazed has made him a legend among the thru-hiking community. So in 1969, at age 23, he set out on his first thru-hike. Warren Doyle’s 18 thru-hikes of the Appalachian Trail came between between 1969 and 2018. The first set a speed record. Not only did Doyle leave a mark with his own hikes, but he’s also trained a generation of hikers through his Appalachian Trail Institute. Jennifer Pharr-Davis attended the institute before the first of her three (so far) thru-hikes. Doyle called a contra dance at her 2008 wedding, and he played a supporting role in her record-setting 2011 hike. It turned out he could—you hike with your legs, not your belly, as he says. But the completion marked Doyle’s final thru-hike.  “I’ve never been so nervous about a hike. I’ve hiked over 38,000 miles of trail. All I had was 100 miles left, and I didn’t know whether I could do it or not.” Warren Doyle knows how this story should begin. “I decided to lead a life of practical poverty from age of 60 for the rest of my life,” Doyle says with a grin. “It’s another great adventure.”last_img read more

What is a QBR and should a credit union require it from their strategic IT service providers?

first_imgMany clients ask for metrics and SLAs when it comes to their IT performance related to key vendors. One tool that can provide such insight is Ongoing Operations’ QBR (Quarterly Business Review) report.Whether in-house or hosted, IT departments need visibility into their infrastructure. This includes the following key areas: continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Valamar Riviera awards for the seventh time in a row for the Share of the Year

first_imgToday, for the seventh time in a row, the Valamar Riviere dd share was declared the Share of the Year according to the public’s choice in the traditional choice of the Zagreb Stock Exchange. “It is a great honor for me to hold this valuable recognition in my hands for the seventh time in a row. Expectations of business results for this year are higher than last year, a year that was also a record for Valamar. Valamar continues to grow – this year we realized the acquisition of Hotel Makarska dd, and made the first step in the internationalization of our business by buying a hotel in Austria. The number of employees also grew to 6.600, we increased salaries by more than 11%, introduced a minimum net income of HRK 5.000, and created 2300 new jobs in the last three years. I believe that we have laid a good foundation for continuing to invest in the growth and development of our business. And I am proud that investors recognize Valamar’s potential and that the seventh award for the Share of the Year is already faithfully following us on the path to realizing our business vision, especially in the year when we marked the 65th anniversary of our business.” he said Marko Čižmek, member of the Management Board of Valamar Riviera when receiving the award.By the way, the Zagreb Stock Exchange award is given with the aim of supporting the best and strengthening the recognition of the capital market and its active participants among the financial and general public.”When we founded the Zagreb Stock Exchange Awards in 2012, we were guided by the desire to continuously identify and reward positive examples in our capital market. Over the years, these awards have become a tradition, which the winners often and gladly point out. This year, Valamar Riviera is a double laureate and since its founding has won a total of 10 awards in several categories, which is a clear message that the entire investment public recognizes and rewards excellence.” concluded Ivana Gažić, President of the Management Board of the Zagreb Stock Exchange.Valamar’s total investments reached HRK 5 billion, of which HRK 4,3 billion was invested in raising the quality of hotels, resorts and camping resorts, and HRK 700 million in acquisitions and expansion.last_img read more

WHO reform needed but Japan has no plan to cut funding: Abe

first_imgHis stance is a stark contrast with Trump, who said earlier this week that the United States will halt its funding to the WHO due to its perceived failures and mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic.Following the US move, WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus on Wednesday expressed regret over Trump’s decision and stressed the importance of international cooperation in fighting against the global health crisis.Topics : Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that the World Health Organization, which faces criticism over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, is in need of reform but stressed that Japan has no plan to stop funding the UN agency.”There are views that it is politically not neutral,” Abe told a press conference, in an apparent reference to criticism including from US President Donald Trump that the WHO has taken stances favorable to China, where the new coronavirus was first reported late last year.While noting that the WHO has problems and challenges, however, the prime minister said, “I am not considering slashing Japan’s funding (to the agency) at all.”last_img read more

US Open to go ahead without fans, says New York Governor Cuomo

first_imgTopics : The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam event to have been played so far this year. The French Open has been moved to September and is due to start one week after the scheduled US Open men’s final, while Wimbledon has been cancelled.”We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks,” USTA Chief Executive Mike Dowse said in a statement.The USTA will give more details on the arrangements for the tournament on Wednesday along with the official announcement.While a number of top players had expressed concerns about attending the Grand Slam due to the novel coronavirus, the USTA had said it hoped to go ahead with the event so long as it got approval from the state. World number ones Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Australian Ash Barty along with reigning US Open men’s champion Rafa Nadal are among the top players who have expressed concerns about attending the New York tournament.Australian Nick Kyrgios on Monday blasted the USTA for being “selfish” by pressing ahead with the US Open on its original dates from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.Spaniard Nadal said earlier this month he would not travel to the US Open in present circumstances, while Djokovic said playing the event this year would be impossible given “extreme” protocols that would be in place.The US Open is held annually in New York City, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. The USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center was even turned into a temporary hospital to help in the battle against the virus.Last year’s US Open drew an all-time attendance record of nearly 740,000 fans and the event is the engine that drives the governing USTA.The decision by Cuomo comes one week after the USTA said it will eliminate 110 jobs and close its White Plains, New York office to help combat the negative far-reaching financial effects of the pandemic.center_img New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday gave the green light for the US Open to be held from Aug. 31-Sept. 13 without fans as part of the state’s reopening from shutdowns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.Cuomo said on Twitter the United States Tennis Association (USTA) will take “extraordinary precautions” to protect players at its marquee event including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space and dedicated accommodation.No professional tennis tournaments have been held since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left the sport’s calendar in tatters, and the shutdown will extend until August.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia’s annual GDP set to contract for first time since 1998

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Linkedin Facebook Google economic-contraction recession COVID-19 Indonesia Sri-Mulyani-Indrawati 1998-crisis consumption vaccine Log in with your social account Indonesia’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) is set to contract for the first time since the 1998 Asian financial crisis as the government struggles to control the COVID-19 pandemic and contain its economic fallout.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government had revised its gross domestic product (GDP) outlook down to an annual contraction of between 0.6 percent and 1.7 percent as the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic had taken a significant toll on consumption and business investment.The country’s economy shrank by 13.13 percent in 1998 before rebounding to 0.79 percent growth the next year.“Several indicators of economic activity show that the economic recovery is still at a very early stage and remains very fragile,” Sri Mulyani told reporters during a virtual press conference on Tuesday. “We will continue to use the state…last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Blundering and blustering in Korea

first_imgPresident Donald Trump has now declared that diplomacy is a waste of time when it comes to North Korea, overruling Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state.Investors are getting acclimatised to regular bouts of risk aversion when the latest North Korean provocative act of a missile launch or and nuclear test occurs. It is easy to dismiss the aggressive military posturing of North Korea as driven by just the actions of a paranoid leadership.There may well be some truth to this, but Trump’s response of threatening “fire and fury” the like the world has never seen before in response – and shying away from further talks – harkens back to the very reasons why North Korea, unlike Vietnam, still harbours such hate towards the US.Korea has certainly experienced what war with the US meant in the past in terms of civilian casualties. Numbers vary significantly depending on the source. According to one (Beyond Numbers: The Brutality of the Korean War by Ji-Yeon Yuh) , an estimated 5m people were killed during three years of warfare. Of these, 1.2m were soldiers including 217,000 for South Korea, 406,000 from North Korea, 600,000 from China and 36,000 for the US, with 5,000 from other UN allies.The remaining more than 3m deaths were Korean civilians. Given a population in 1950 of 30m for the whole Korea, this represented 10%. Many of these were killed in massacres, or executed as political prisoners by either the South or North Korean armies.The capital city of Seoul changed hands four times during the three years of war, with each change accompanied by massive political killings of civilians. There has never been a formal peace treaty signed.Now, the Seoul area accounts for half South Korea’s 51m population – all within easy range of North Korean artillery. North Korea has become the “hermit kingdom”, cut off from the outside world (in the eyes of Americans at least). The underlying ruthlessness and cruelty of the regime seems clear from the accounts of refugees.Myths surrounding key issues, such as the craziness of its leaders or the influence of China, detract from a rational approach to dealing with the regime. Trump blames previous US administrations for allowing the situation to get out of hand.Caution may have been a realistic option in the past. However, Colin Kahl, a national security adviser to the Obama administration, has suggested that the inevitable progress in North Korea’s capabilities – to the level where it would be able to hit the US itself with a nuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile – is a gamechanger.It poses the dilemma: Would the US trade San Francisco for Seoul? If Trump has the mindset that diplomacy is not an option, then the problem becomes that the longer he waits for a military confrontation, the more time it gives to North Korea to develop its capabilities to retaliate – even if suicidally – through attacking the US mainland.It would be nice to believe that the US may have moved beyond tolerating huge numbers of civilian deaths provided US military casualties were kept to a minimum. But instead of reassuring the US’s democratic allies in east Asia, Trump has done the opposite:It is not just investors who are hoping that diplomacy triumphs over warmongering.There may be a game-changing development in North Korea’s capabilities, but perhaps the end objective should be a formal peace treaty and the eventual demilitarisation of the Korean peninsular. It may mean guaranteeing the existence of the Kim regime and possible withdrawal of US troops from South Korea, but if that ensures a demilitarised Korea, it seems a better option all round. (This, however, will require China and Russia as guarantors – which may be more of an issue with North Korea than the US.)North Korea may still win its ultimate objective – the preservation of the regime. But for the rest of the world, that is a small price to pay to avert catastrophe.last_img read more

The FNQ suburbs where owners hang on to their properties the longest

first_img FNQ’S LONGEST HOLDING PERIODS Aerial photo of housing developments in Cairns. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKEFAR Northern homeowners hold on to their properties for at least 10 years.The Cassowary Coast region had the longest average holding period in the Far North at 14.4 years, according to September’s CoreLogic report . The average holding period across the Cairns Regional Council area was 10.8 years with homeowners in Bungalow showing the most loyalty. The average holding period was 16.9 years in the suburb, with 17 homes sold in the past year at a median of $323,000. Remax Cairns principal Tony Williamson. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKERe/Max Real Estate Services Cairns broker-owner Tony Williamson said Bungalow’s reported holding period was not surprising. “I’ve sold houses in Bungalow where people have lived in that home for 50 or 60 years,” he said. “A lot of the time it’s people moving on to retirement homes.” Mr Williamson said it wasn’t just older residents that contributed to the 16.9-year holding period figure. “Not being disrespectful but it’s not a sought-after area for first homeowners.“But it should be. We call a lot of first home buyers Facebook buyers. They want to show the house they bought on Facebook to impress their friends. “You’re not going to buy a house in Bungalow that’s going to impress your friends but the reality is that Bungalow is going to be one of those areas that has the most capital growth because of the convenience it offers. “It’s three minutes’ drive to Cairns Central.”He said Bungalow was becoming a popular area for commercial purposes. “The average house in Bungalow would probably be 70 years old.“We’re selling quite a few houses that people are turning into workshops or commercial premises.”Mr Williamson said based on trends in larger cities, he expected Bungalow to record substantial capital growth.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago Cairns Regional Council – Bungalow – 16.9 yearsCassowary Coast Regional Council — Tully – 18.2 yearsCook Shire Council — Cooktown – 13.7 yearsDouglas Shire Council — Mossman – 11.2 yearsMareeba Shire Council — Julatten – 12.1 yearsTablelands Regional Council — Ravenshoe – 16.9 yearsWeipa Town Authority — Rocky Point – 9.5 yearslast_img read more

Nova Algoma Shortsea Carriers Invests in Second-Hand Bulker

first_imgNova Algoma Shortsea Carriers, a joint venture company between Nova Marine Carriers and Algoma Central Corporation, has bought a 2007-built bulk carrier.The newly named Sider Sirios is a single-decker featuring an updated deadweight of 8,005 tons.The company said that the bulker is off to a busy start having already completed its first voyage.The latest purchase brings the fleet of Nova Algoma Shortsea Carriers to 30 ships of 8,000 dwt.The company’s vessels predominantly trade in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and Northern Europe.Based on the valuation data from VesselsValue, the ship is worth USD 3.28 million.Sider Sirios, previously known as Chyra, was originally built by Chinese shipbuilder Jiangsu Yangzijiang for Peter Dohle Schiffahrts and sold in 2015 to Greek Sirios Shipmanagement.The fleet built-up continues from last year. Back in December 2017, the company bought a mini bulker from Norwegian owners, Oslo Bulk. M/V Sider Venture, of 13,497 dwt, was built in Japan in 2006.The purchase reunited the vessel with five other sister vessels already under NASC’s commercial management.Based in Lugano, Switzerland, Nova Algoma Short-Sea Carriers was established in April 2017.last_img read more