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Venus Williams wins Wuhan Open after Muguruza injured

first_imgVENUS Williams captured her 47th WTA career title on Saturday, and her biggest in five years, when she won the Wuhan Open in China, beating Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza.The 35-year-old American was leading Muguruza 6-3 3-0 when the Spaniard, struggling with injury, retired, handing the title to Williams, who was already well on top and had won the last five games in a row.A sympathetic Williams consoled Muguruza, one of the best young players in the game who had a tough semi-final with Germany’s Angelique Kerber, during the victory presentation.“Congratulations Garbine for making the final,” Williams said. “I know you had a tough match yesterday – it’s not easy when you don’t play your best, and I probably didn’t have a chance if you felt well!”Muguruza traded blows with Williams through most of the first set but suddenly dropped her level of play after the seventh game. The 21-year-old lost the next five games on the trot before signalling she could not continue.“This is a sad day today,” said Muguruza.“I’m very sorry I had to retire today, but I had a really amazing week here in Wuhan.“I really want to congratulate Venus. She’s always such a tough player and she had an amazing week, as well.“For sure we’ll play again soon, and it’s going to be a tough match, of course.”Currently ranked eighth in the world, Muguruza is projected to rise to a career-best fifth when the new rankings are released on Monday.Williams will climb from 24th to 14th after capturing her first WTA title since Auckland in January and her first Premier-5 level event since Dubai in five years.Williams chalked up her 700th career match win when she won her second round clash with Germany’s Julia Goerges but had tough run to the final.She was pushed to three sets by British qualifier Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 then saved a match point in her semi-final victory over Italy’s Roberta Vinci.“It was a great week,” Williams said. “To win the tournament and have the 700th… so, some great moments this week.”last_img read more

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One-two punch of habitat loss, capture hammers Southeast Asian birds

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Human-wildlife Conflict, Illegal Trade, Pet Trade, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Biodiversity, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforests, Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Crime, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking The combined impact of habitat loss and exploitation has been underestimated in the assessment of dangers to bird populations in Southeast Asia, a new report says.Of the 308 species studied by researchers, up to 90 could go extinct by the end of this century.The researchers have called for urgent policy intervention to curb deforestation and throttle the caged-bird trade, warning that dozens of species could otherwise be lost. JAKARTA — Conservationists have underestimated the combined impact of deforestation and capture when assessing the threat to Southeast Asia’s bird populations — a one-two punch that a new report warns could lead to the extinction of dozens of species by the end of this century.Focusing on 308 forest-dependent bird species in the Sundaland subcontinent, a biodiversity hotspot encompassing most of Southeast Asia, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Sheffield in the U.K. discovered that the loss of forest habitat, coupled with hunting or poaching, resulted in a “much higher average population loss” than when accounted for separately.The report, published Oct. 5 in the journal Nature, suggested that the population status of 51 species affected by the combined threat should be uplisted to “vulnerable,” “endangered,” and “critically endangered.” Only 27 of the 308 species studied are currently included in these threatened categories in the IUCN Red List.A white-crowned hornbill. Image by Simon Mitchell/DICE-University of Kent.“Recent extinctions like the passenger pigeon and the dodo present common traits like the simultaneous combination of habitat loss and active hunting,” William Symes, a Ph.D. graduate from the NUS and lead author of the report, said in a statement.The study showed that from 2000 and 2015 nearly nine out of 10 of the bird species studied had experienced an average habitat loss of 16 percent due to deforestation. Meanwhile, 77 species particularly prone to exploitation — either captured for the pet trade or hunted for their body parts — experienced an average population decline of 37 percent.When these threats were combined, the researchers found that the decline in population was estimated to be almost 24 percent for all 308 species, and nearly 52 percent for the 77 commercially valuable birds.The researchers noted that they excluded other threats such as logging, whose impact on many species remains unknown. However, these threats could “likely cause substantial reductions in some species.”“Many researchers have focused on quantifying the impacts of deforestation on threats to birds and other taxa,” David Edwards, a conservation scientist at the University of Sheffield and co-author of the report, told Mongabay in an email.“However, wildlife trade is the other major extinction risk, so we identified trying to quantify these impacts in addition to those from deforestation as a key knowledge gap,” he said.Edwards said that failing to account for these combined threats could lead to a major underestimation of threats in the IUCN Red List assessments.While the IUCN typically tracks different threats to wildlife separately, some threats are interconnected, and their combined impact can be more severe than what is currently estimated, the researchers wrote.The study projected that up to 90 of the species studied, including the ruby-throated bulbul (Pycnonotus dispar) and white-crowned hornbill (Berenicornis comatus), might go extinct by 2100.A straw-headed bulbul (Pycnonotus zeylanicus) at a bird park in western Java, Indonesia. Image by Bernard Dupont/Wikimedia Commons.The researchers called for “urgent” policy intervention to curb deforestation and stem the pet trade, otherwise “many species are likely to be lost.”“This fatal combination of ingredients is present for dozens of unique bird species in Sundaland. At current rates, vanishing forests and enormous trapping pressures are likely to drive many of them to extinction in the near future,” Symes said.The combined impacts of deforestation and commercial exploitation are not unique to Southeast Asia, the researchers said. Rampant land-use change and wildlife trade are also known key drivers of the decline in birds such as parrots in Latin America and Africa.“Our technique of evaluating the combined threats can be applied to other tropical forests facing similar threats, to facilitate the development of effective conservation policies,” said study co-author L. Roman Carrasco, an assistant professor at the NUS.“Coordinated efforts to curb commercial exploitation and slow deforestation, for instance, can limit the extinction of bird species,” Carrasco added.The vanishing of some bird species in the wild would significantly impact biodiversity and also subsequently the society at large, Edwards said. “There are several arguments for conserving biodiversity, from a moral imperative to the generation of key ecosystem services like pollination, predator control and ecotourism,” he said.The graph shows combined population declines from habitat loss, in blue, and exploitation, in red. It shows only the 45 regionally endemic species with a total predicted population decline of over 30 percent. Image by William Symes et al.Banner image shows a helmeted hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil). The species’ casques, known as “red ivory,” are highly valued by illegal traffickers. Image by Yokyok Hadiprakarsa/Indonesian Hornbill Conservation Society.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

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Fort St. John makes three proclamations

first_img– Advertisement – First, the week of February 19 – 25, 2012, has been proclaimed as Women’s Institute Week in Fort St. John. Women’s Institute Week is celebrated annually across the country, to honour the establishment of Women’s Institutes in 1987. There are three Institutes in the North Peace, including Baldonnel, North Pine, Nor’ Pioneer at Cecil Lake, that support women in the community. Second, the week of February 20 – 26, 2012 has been proclaimed as Chamber of Commerce Week in Fort St. John. Chamber of Commerce Week is celebrated across the province during this time, to recognize their contributions and bring awareness to the organization. The Fort St. John & District Chamber will be hosting two events during this week: a luncheon with guest speaker Senator Richard Neufeld on February 21, and a social event on February 22 to meet with the Chamber. Both events will be held at the Pomeroy Hotel. Finally, the week of February 19 – 25 has been proclaimed proclaimed as Scout-Guide Week in Fort St. John. The week recognizes the contribution that Girls Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada make to the community. In Fort St. John, 67 youth and 29 adults take part, including Mayor Lori Ackerman. The organization is looking to promote more leaders, as the demand grows in our area.last_img read more

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Suarez double saves Barca as Torres sees red

first_imgA second-half onslaught from Barca ensued and Suarez turned the game on its head as he bundled home to equalise before powering in a header for the winner 16 minutes from time.The sides meet once more to decide who will progress to the semi-finals at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon on April 13.Barca had been beaten for the first time in 39 games stretching back six months by Real Madrid on Saturday and were again far from their best as Atletico looked comfortable until Torres was given his marching orders 10 minutes before half-time.Lionel Messi was looking for his 500th career goal for club and country, but was unusually wayward as he pulled a shot beyond the front post and then miscued wildly on the volley from Jordi Alba’s dangerous cross.Atletico boss Diego Simeone had been brave in his search for an away goal by naming Yannick Carrasco alongside Torres and top-scorer Antoine Griezmann in attack.And the Argentine was rewarded when Koke’s through ball exploited a huge gap in the Barca defence which Torres latched onto before rifling home his 11th goal in 17 games against Barca.Griezmann was desperately close to doubling the visitors’ lead moments later when only a brilliant save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen prevented the French international’s low effort from drifting in at the far post.Yet Barca were handed a lifeline by two moments of madness from Torres as he lunged in late on Neymar and then Sergio Busquets within six minutes to see red.Atletico retained a threat at the start of the second-half as Carrasco’s dangerous low cross whistled across the Barca goal.Barca’s superstar front three of Messi, Suarez and Neymar then came to life as the hosts camped Atletico inside their own half for the final 40 minutes.Messi’s acrobatic overhead kick flew inches wide of the target before Neymar curled against the bar.Jan Oblak was then forced into his first saves of the night from Neymar’s close range header and Messi’s drive from distance.Atletico’s resistence lasted just over an hour until Neymar drilled Dani Alves’s cross goalwards and Suarez was on hand to bundle home his 44th goal of the season.And his 45th followed 12 minutes later as he powered in another Alves cross to keep Barca on course to become the first side to ever retain the Champions League.However, Atletico bravely limited the damage in the final stages to maintain their hopes of repeating their feat of dumping Barca out at the quarter-final stage two years ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luis Suarez: Scored two goals for European championsSPAIN, April 5 – Atletico Madrid were left to rue Fernando Torres’s first-half red card as Luis Suarez’s double handed Barcelona a 2-1 lead on Tuesday heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.Torres got Atletico off to the perfect start as he slotted home Koke’s through ball for a vital away goal on 25 minutes, but saw two quickfire yellow cards to leave his side a man short for over an hour.last_img read more

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New billionaire Everton investor promises to give club “whatever I have”

first_img1 Farhad Moshiri has a 49.9 per cent share purchased at a reported cost of £85million Everton’s new majority investor Farhad Moshiri has promised to give the club “whatever I have.”The Iranian billionaire, whose 49.9 per cent share purchased at a reported cost of £85million was ratified by the Premier League this week, saw Everton reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Goodison Park.Speaking after the game, Moshiri told evertontv that he hoped the Toffees’ trip to Wembley next month would energise the Merseyside club.“I felt it today. It is a great club,” said Moshiri. “We just enjoy the day [Wembley] and let’s hope we can energise the club.“You can never take over a club, you become part of a club and that’s what I’m hoping – to become part of a club.“For me I bought into a new family and that’s what is special for me.“I give them whatever I have.”Moshiri, whose personal wealth is estimated at £1.3billion according to American business magazine Forbes, stood next to Everton chairman Bill Kenwright as he spoke of his excitement at becoming involved at Goodison Park.Kenwright said last week he had got to know Moshiri well over the last year-and-a-half and that his “football knowledge, financial wherewithal and true blue spirit” convinced him the 60-year-old was the right man to take Everton forward.“I met Farhad 18 months ago and it’s been a period where there have been quite a lot of people talking about taking over Premier League clubs,” said Kenwright.“And I’ve thought since November 2014 ‘Come to me, come back to me’ – and he did.”Everton are now within two wins of landing the club’s first trophy since winning the FA Cup in 1995.But there has been some discontent at Goodison Park this season, with Everton currently 12th in the Premier League and a feeling that Roberto Martinez’s talented squad have considerably under-achieved.But Kenwright provided a robust defence of the Spanish manager he appointed to succeed David Moyes in June 2013.“I thought they were all great,” Kenwright said of the players’ performance against Chelsea.“But what I also thought was ‘what a manager’. You can’t hide the fact that there’s been all kinds of criticism this week, but he [Martinez] has just stood firm and beaten Chelsea with some to spare.“It was magnificent. It was everything I promised Farhad.”last_img read more

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Worldly Nativity helps the homeless

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The display has a particular emotional significance to Nora Howells, whose late husband, Huw, came up with the idea of calling it No Room at the Inn because Jesus was homeless at his birth. Huw Howells and another collector, Judy Crenshaw, conceived the idea 17 years ago of displaying their nativity scenes for charity and using the money from visitors to help the homeless. But before he could set up the display, Huw died of cancer in 1993. So his wife and Crenshaw created the first No Room at the Inn exhibit that December as a memorial to him. “It is extremely meaningful to me to see how his idea has grown to fruition,” Howells said. “… I know he is watching over us, kind of our angel in heaven.” Since 1993, the donations have gone to various programs for the homeless, including the Simi Valley winter homeless shelter program, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Many Mansions and the Simi Valley Samaritan Center. “People come year after year after year,” Howells said. “It provides a quiet time for just reflecting on the creativity and meaning of all the Nativity scenes. Some people say Christmas hasn’t started until they come here.” Crenshaw said something about the Nativity scene exhibit sparks a mood of sharing stories among the family members, friends and even strangers who visit. “It reminds people of when they were children or when they were walking on the beach,” she said. “The setting is peaceful, and the people there know they are giving to help someone else. It brings out a whole sense of giving and sharing with others.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602 If you go The No Room at the Inn Nativity-scenes exhibition will be Friday-Dec.3 at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. For more information, go to www.noroom.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THOUSAND OAKS – An elaborate Ventura County display of Nativity scenes from around the world has attracted thousands of visitors for more than a decade and raised more than $130,000 to care for homeless people in the area. Karen Phipps, one of the organizers, said there will be hundreds of sets on display at the 14th annual exhibit this year, but she couldn’t say exactly how many because potential exhibitors are still applying. “It’s amazing to see the types of materials people have used,” she said. ” … Some are exquisite.” Some of the scenes depicting the birth of Jesus are made of porcelain and china, cut crystal, carved olive wood and clay. One is even made from office supplies, including light bulbs and phone cords. last_img read more

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Klopp’s sabbatical plans, Hudson-Odoi’s new deal, Man United eye French striker

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 4 4 Getty LATEST TRANSFER GOSSIP Could Jurgen Klopp take a break from football when his Liverpool contract ends? IN DEMAND Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to sign a new £100,000-a-week contract at Chelsea at just 19-year-old Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Getty Images Juventus have made contact with Manchester United over the possibility of re-signing midfielder Paul Pogba, who has reportedly indicated he would be happy to return to Turin. (The Guardian)United could get 25-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala as part of a swap deal with Juve for Pogba. (Daily Express)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could take a year’s sabbatical from football management when his contract at Anfield expires in 2022. (ESPN)The European Champions have joined the race to sign Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. The 19-year-old is also a target for Manchester United and Barcelona. (Bild)Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are all fighting to sign Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, with the22-year-old rated at £60m. (Daily Star) targets Derby County have checked on Charlton manager Lee Bowyer, amid speculation Rams boss Frank Lampard is to join Chelsea. (Daily Mail)Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has handed in a transfer request amid reports of a possible £200m move to Real Madrid. (El Chiringuito)Former England captain David Beckham wants to sign Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, 32, for his new MLS side Inter Miami. (Be Soccer)And Argentina legend Diego Maradona says he should be the next manager of Manchester United, saying he can get the club back to their title-winning ways… as well as sell lots of shirts. (FourFourTwo) 4 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img LATEST Getty Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Spurs have reportedly had two bids for Lo Celso rejected by Real Betis already Leicester will allow England defender Harry Maguire to leave the King Power Stadium if their £85m price tag is met, with Man United and Man City interested in the 26-year-old. (TEAMtalk)Real Betis’ 23-year-old midfielder Giovani lo Celso wants to join Tottenham this summer. (Sky Sports)Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has told Real Madrid that Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is not for sale this summer. (Daily Mirror)Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri has asked the Spanish club to “give him space” amid reported interest from Manchester City. (Deportes Cuatro)Meanwhile, Atletico are reportedly confident of signing Chelsea’s Spanish defender Marcos Alonso this summer. (Daily Mirror) talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online… REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea are confident 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi will sign a new bumper £100,00-a-week deal at Stamford Bridge, despite interest from Bayern Munich. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are set to beat Man United to the signing of Portuguese wonderkid Joao Felix after triggering the 19-year-old release clause with a £106m bid to Benfica. (The Sun)Man United have tabled a £84m bid for Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. (Corriere dello Sport)TRANSFER BLOG: Get all the latest football news and gossip with talkSPORTThe Red Devils are also looking  24-year-old Frankfurt striker  as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku. (Daily Mail)Arsenal boss Unai Emery is ready to spend most of his £40m transfer budget on two Sampdoria players – 25-year-old Belgium midfielder Dennis Praet and 23-year-old Danish defender Joachim Andersen. (The Sun)Emery is also eyeing a deal for Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti, but has sent scouts to watch 20-year-old RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano as an alternative. (Daily Star) The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on targets 4 TOP WORK last_img read more

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Kerr makes three changes for Scotland’s must-win match

first_imgShelley Kerr has made three changes to her Scotland side for their must-win World Cup match against Argentina.If Scotland fail to win they will be heading home from France and even if they take three points from the game they will still be dependent on a result elsewhere to make the knockout stage.With everything at stake, Kerr has made a trio of changes form the team that started against Japan.Nichola Docherty returns at left-back in place of Hayley Lauder, Leanne Crichton plays her first game of the tournament in midfield and Claire Emslie, who scored against England, plays wide left with Lizzie Arnot dropping out. Scotland began their group games with a 2-1 defeat against England and were then defeated by the same scoreline against Japan.A win against Argentina would give them third place in the group and a chance of progressing as one of the four best third-placed sides.last_img read more

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Blurring of the Lines with Cloud and Small Cell Systems

first_imgWith this approach, the infrastructure is now open to network services acquisition from mobile operators without the level of security concern that existed in the past. This can be transformational to innovation economics in the enterprise by removing the need for capital funding for every activity on the network and allowing the acquisition of fully operationalized services as an incremental cost on the monthly device bill instead of the traditional buy/build/run model where the enterprise is wholly responsible for the service. As IT staff dollars and capital requests for infrastructure get struck from the budget in favor of business software improvements, having the infrastructure be positioned to easily adopt services that blur the lines between the enterprise and their trusted service providers becomes more important than ever.The foundational layer is SpiderCloud’s E-RAN architecture. The SpiderCloud Enterprise Radio Access Network (E-RAN) systemOpens in a new window makes use of an enterprise’s existing Ethernet infrastructure for connectivity and power. An E-RAN consists of the SpiderCloud Radio Node (SCRN) and the SpiderCloud Services Node (SCSN). The SCSN provides central configuration, able to control over 100 self-organizing and multi-access 3G, Wi-Fi, and LTE/4G small cells. The Radio Nodes connect over enterprise-Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) and/or a virtual LAN (VLAN) to the Services Node, which securely connects to the mobile operator’s core network. Its breakthrough architecture is uniquely suited to Edge Cloud application use and is similar to the ESCC (Enterprise Small Cell Concentrator) described in the Small Cells Forum Release 2: Enterprise Architecture. Not only does the Services Node do all the basic housekeeping for indoor operations, mobility, and facilitating the connection to the mobile core, but also it is aware of all events across the architecture. The operating system in the Services Node presents APIs and infrastructure services that applications can subscribe to. The Services Node features an Intel Xeon 64bit x86 architecture Services and Applications processor that uses Intel Quick Assist Technology, and a 120GB solid-state HDD, and offers a virtualized environment for a wide range of applications with a hypervisor such that application virtual machines can be locally hosted. By hosting the processor in the Services Node, the cost of the Intel Xeon processor core and the hosted apps is spread across all the Radio Nodes managed by the Services Node. While earlier attempts to implement Edge Cloud demonstrated the functional feasibility of it, the ROI models struggled with achieving profitability due to relatively small number of radios.Additionally, the Edge Cloud, due to it’s location in the enterprise premise, has visibility to UMTS and LTE RANs, the mobile core, enterprise network, and Internet communications paths. Edge Cloud applications also have access to onboard IPSec hardware accelerator, Trusted Platform Module (PKI certificate vault), and Backhaul (with QoS policy control). These additional value added services boost Edge Cloud App performance, security and economics.How does this help with cloud computing? For cloud computing, the data center can securely federate the cloud back-end infrastructure and the mobile IT access strategy to seamlessly accommodate the front-end access method. A solid strategy will provide protection for device resident enterprise data and access such that mobile devices are not a jump-off point to break into the enterprise from a remote point on the globe.In summary, enterprises who position their IT architecture so when the compelling services are offered to the CIO by service providers they can blur the lines between infrastructures with less resistance than the current trust boundary may subject them to at the network perimeter.This Edge Cloud vision was operated over the air, to the great interest of attending mobile operators, at MWC 2014. Intel and SpiderCloud partnered with a diverse group of systems developers to show the “art of the possible” in the world of scalable small cells to transform the enterprise relationship from dating (SIMs and devices) to marriage (deep services and shared IT relationships).      Speaking as a former Enterprise Infrastructure Architect (Mobility/Collaboration at Nike, Inc.), the opportunities for mobile operators to help address enterprise BYOD and mobility challenges for enterprise IT departments are there. Opportunities to cultivate value-added services beyond coverage and capacity in the Enterprise space are built upon strong customer relationships and a proven technical foundation. Positive mindshare and perceptions in the eyes of the enterprise buyers will create invitations to future opportunities.For more you can find me on Twitter @ArtKinggOpens in a new window By Art KingOpens in a new window, Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies, SpiderCloud Wireless -In an enterprise where 80% of the mobile traffic is generated indoors, the opportunity that a “blurring of the lines” strategy presents is that any-medium delivery of wireless services where guests and employees have a level playing field for access. Longer term, to create great Quality of Experience (QoE), cloud and mobility application developers now have another platform at their disposal to move the mobile operator point-of-presence for all or part of select enterprise class applications into the enterprise premises. This is envisaged as a family of Edge Cloud applications where the mobile network can be joined to the enterprise or part of a cloud application can execute more efficiently and with perceptibly better QoE for the mobile device owner if it’s local to the premise.There is opportunity in adapting to the wholesale changes in the enterprise environment coupled with the sharply increasing capabilities in mobile network infrastructure, edge processing capability, and devices. “Why” you may ask? Keep this in mind. A recent comment by Banking CIO: “I would buy Wireless LAN from a 3rd party and be comfortable because we don’t extend trust to networks.” Whereas as comment by Telecom Security CTO stated “The perimeter security model is broken due to how it evolved.” Thus, enterprises must focus on selective protection of important business computing platforms. While applications developers, network security, and data center operations teams adapt to this crazy new world where they have lost control of their internal customers, there is an opportunity for the CIO to be positioned to blur the lines between traditional IT and service providers and benefit both financially and operationally.To set the stage, imagine in the drawing below that the trust boundary is moved towards the data center and that internal private networks are treated like public networks, but with richer features and additional control.last_img read more

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Representative Lamar Smith: ‘I Will Promote Legislation That Encourages Scientific Discoveries’

first_img U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Representative Lamar Smith Today, ScienceInsider is taking a closer look at the three veteran politicians running to become chair of the House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI), and Lamar Smith (R-TX). The winner will be selected later this month by the House Republican Steering Committee, a group of about three dozen House Republicans. Just elected to his 14th term in Congress, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), 64, represents the 21st congressional district of Texas, north of San Antonio. Although Smith, a founding member of the House’s Tea Party Caucus, is known for his arch-conservative views on immigration and criminal justice issues, he’s also earned a reputation as a skilled legislator who is able to work with Democrats. In 2011, as chair of the House Judiciary Committee, he helped build bipartisan support for a landmark patent reform bill. Although the high-tech community backed those reforms, parts of that community have pilloried Smith for sponsoring legislation that critics say would give the government too much access to people’s private activities on the Internet. Smith has served on the science panel for 26 years, but doesn’t hide his lack of technical training. “In high school, I had won the Bausch & Lomb science award, and I aspired to be a physics major in college,” he told a Washington, D.C., audience earlier this year. “Then, as a freshman [at Yale University], I took a physics class taught by the chairman of the department. … Looking to either side of me, I soon realized that I was sitting next to the future Einsteins of the world, and I wasn’t one of them.” (Smith’s physics class was taught by D. Allan Bromley, who 2 decades later became science adviser to President George H. W. Bush.) 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He’s also added his voice to those who are skeptical of government action to address climate change, and played a high-profile role in debates over how to allow foreign-born scientists who earn advanced technical degrees at U.S. universities to stay and work in the United States . Smith declined an interview request from ScienceInsider this week. But his office did submit a written statement: Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to share my vision for the Science Committee with my colleagues in the House of Representatives who will select the next Chairman. I am pleased with the enthusiasm and support that I’ve received. American innovation is the engine of our economy. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I worked across party lines to enact policies like patent reform that spur innovation and support new technologies. If given the opportunity to chair the Science Committee, I will promote legislation that encourages scientific discoveries, space exploration, and the application of new technologies to expand our economy and create jobs for American workers. I plan to present my agenda for the Science Committee to the Steering Committee later this month. If I have the honor of serving as Chairman, there will be plenty of time then to discuss the initiatives and legislation the Committee will undertake. Last month, he also released a statement that touched on some of his potential priorities if elected chairman of the science committee: When I was first elected to Congress, the Science Committee was my first choice. Long ago and far away, I won the Bausch & Lomb Science Award in high school, studied astronomy and physics in college, and later earned my pilot’s license. So I have had a longstanding interest in subjects overseen by the Science Committee. It is important that NASA have a unifying mission. Even though it has been almost 40 years since man last set foot on the moon, we should continue to shoot for the stars. And we can help future generations get there by encouraging kids to study in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). If America is going to remain competitive in today’s global economy, we need to remain innovative and focused on exploring science and expanding new technologies. Through the work, research and development of American innovators, we can reach our goal of energy independence, develop new technologies to save lives, and discover new worlds in outer space. See more coverage on science and the U.S. 2012 elections.last_img read more

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