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However, all these sides have believed to pass on the opportunity to land the 25-year-old in the winter market.According to Calciomercato, he was also offered to Torino, but the Turin club’s president Urbano Cairo and the sports director Gianluca Petrachi made it clear that they’re not interested in the player.Another report from Calciomercato claims that Chievo have come forward to take the winger on loan for the reminder of the season and are expected to close his signing on deadline day.It is further mentioned that Piazon will undergo his medical today before joining the Serie A side on a temporary deal.He has less than six months left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and with a loan move on the horizon, the Brazilian will leave the west London club as a free agent in the summer.Embed from Getty ImagesSince returning from a two year loan spell at Fulham last summer, Piazon has struggled to make his way into Maurizo Sarri’s plans and has failed to make a single appearance for the Blues this season.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must Have.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndo In the last two days, we have covered reports from France and Italy that Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon has been offered to at least five clubs from these two countries.
The Georgetown Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association (GCUSA) yesterday embarked on its first outreach programme of the year by visiting Guyana Technical Institute (GTI), Woolford Avenue. In an effort to widen the base of umpires locally, the initiative saw the likes of GCUSA president, Arleigh Rutherford, former test player, Colin Stuart, Joel Wilson, Jonathan Blades, Javed Persaud, Delvin Austin and Moses Ramnarine providing an informed session with the students of the school about the basics of umpiring and scoring.According to Rutherford who initiated the programme along with GTI president, Renita Crandon, the partnership between the two institutions is to provide teaching for persons desirous of becoming umpires to which he noted is one of the most crucial figures in the sport and a growing fraternity.International umpire, Wilson, commended the venture, indicating that this was the first time he had heard of something like this and he could not have passed the opportunity to come on board. Wilson, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, expressed his enthusiasm of seeing “a reasonable number” of females showing interest in the trade and encouraged them to stay on the course since the International Cricket Council intends to have more female umpires involved in female matches as he reflected on his journey to the international stage.Persaud, who has moved through the ranks quickly to become one of the most recognisable umpires locally, said he too was happy with the progress and enjoys being on the field, watching the game so closely while Blades, who comes from Barbados, said that he is an engineer by trade and did not have any intention of becoming an umpire but attended the classes to aid his ability to manage a cricket team and fell in love with umpiring.Stuart, who is also the Guyana Cricket Board Territorial Development Officer, along with Austin both encouraged the youngsters to focus on what their heart desired when it comes to building a career. After the interactive segment, the GCUSA presented the school with a cricket law book and welcomed them into the cricket world where they are expected to play age limited cricket and second division.The GCUSA plans to continue visiting institutions across the capital in an effort to build capacity with its classes beginning next month.
16 May 2008The South African government is to embark on a drive within the next few weeks to ensure that companies listed on the JSE comply fully with employment equity legislation, with the offenders being taken to the Labour Court.Section 43 of the Employment Equity Act empowers the Director-General to assess compliance of an employer against the requirements of the legislation.“We will be conducting follow-ups with these companies in July and August to determine if they have complied with all the recommendations,” Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana told journalists in Cape Town this week.Mdladlana’s comments came against the backdrop of the department having reviewed six large employers in 2006 in terms of the review process. These firms were Kumba Resources, which is now called Exxaro, Comair, Omnia Group, Verimak, Medi-Clinic and Prism Holding.He pointed out that a further 60 listed companies would now be reviewed over the course of the 2008/09 financial year.Turning to skills development, he said more than 75 000 learners had benefited from the departmental skills programmes in the 2006/7 financial year, while a total of 54 900 learners were placed in different social development programmes over the same period.The department has also engaged in critical youth employment creation programmes through the Umsobomvu Youth Fund.Last year, the department took Comair Limited to court for breaching provisions of the Employment Equity Act.The department’s Director-General Vanguard Mkosana filed the application with the Johannesburg Labour Court after several warnings against the airline company.According to the application at that time, Comair has been found to be in breach of the following provisions of the Employment Equity Act under various sections.At that time, Comair was ordered to pay a fine of R900 000 as prescribed by schedule 1 of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and to pay the costs of the application.Source: BuaNews
The pristine forest of Angola’s Mount Moco is in urgent need of conservation. (Image: Mount Moco) According to the IUCN Red List, there may be as few as 465 pairs left of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin.(Image: Batis Birding Safaris) The colourful Bar-tailed trogon prefers to live in forests, preferably at an altitude higher than 1 600m, which is another excellent motivation for the urgent conservation of forest areas in Angola.(Image: Birding Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Buchanan Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology +27 21 650-3291 RELATED ARTICLES • Birds get right of way at airport • Saving the African penguin • Mozambique gets new reserve • Mount Mabu yields hidden bountyJanine ErasmusAngola is not generally known as an important birding destination, but this could soon change. The country’s bird population has received a boost with the news that a previously unknown tract of Afromontane forest has been discovered in the southern African country.Afromontane means “African mountain” and the term describes a type of eco-region, and the plants and animals associated with it, which is found in mountainous regions of Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. This type of environment can occur up to an elevation of 2 000m above sea level, or as low as 300m.It is found mainly on the eastern side of the continent from the Red Sea right down to Knysna’s green abundance in South Africa. In Angola, the montane vegetation consists of grasslands and woodlands, rather than the tropical and subtropical vegetation found further north.This lush forest environment is important because it’s the most threatened habitat type in the country, and it’s home to some rare bird species.More forest than previously thoughtThe new discovery was made in the Namba mountains, by a team of scientists that included ornithologists Martin Mills and Martim Melo of Cape Town’s Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, as well as Portuguese journalist Alexandre Vaz.The team published their findings in the online June issue of the peer-reviewed Bird Conservation International journal.The report, written by Mills, Melo and Vaz and titled The Namba mountains: new hope for Afromontane forest birds in Angola, revealed that previously, about 200ha of this vulnerable forest was thought to exist in Angola, 85ha of it located on Mount Moco, the country’s highest peak at 2 620m.The Namba mountains and nearby Mount Moco are situated in southern Cuanza Sul province, and lie within the Western Angola endemic bird area. This important bird habitat shelters a number of species which are confined to this region, such as the endemic genus Xenocopsychus, which has only one species, the Angola cave chat (X. ansorgei), listed as near threatened.A group of organisations and individuals, including Mills and Melo, is already involved in a conservation project that involves the Kanjonde community living near Mount Moco. The initiative aims to educate the community about minimising the impact on the ecosystem; promote sustainable tourism in the area with the community as the main beneficiary; supply the village with fuel-efficient stoves that will cut down on deforestation; and replenish the forest around the mountain by growing trees in a locally-run nursery. The villagers in charge of the nursery are paid for their services, and in his latest report, filed in February 2012, Mills said that the project was thriving.The team visited the Namba mountains in July 2010 to survey the bird life and to establish more accurately the extent of the existing forest. They were unable to physically explore the whole area because it was difficult to move around in the densely forested and often boulder-strewn terrain, but they still managed to record 89 bird species.Fifty-six species were observed in or adjacent to the forest, and included a sizeable population of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin (Pternistis swierstrai), an endemic species found near the forest edges.All 20 species which are generally found in Angolan forests and which are an indicator of the conservation health of the area, such as the Bar-tailed trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), Orange ground thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) and Laura’s woodland warbler (Phylloscopus laurae), were sighted.“Previously the only site in Angola at which all 20 forest-associated Afromontane taxa had been recorded was Moco,” wrote the team. “However, during brief surveys at the Nambas we found all 20 species, including several species that are now rare or extinct at Moco, many of them common.”According to the team, it is likely that the Namba region can now claim to hold the largest populations of these 20 species.Technology to the rescueThwarted in their efforts to map the area at ground level, the team turned to Google Earth on their return, using newly available imagery to survey the area from above.“We used cloud-free, high-resolution images from 2003 available on Google Earth,” wrote the authors in Bird Conservation International. “We traced the perimeter of each forest patch larger than 2.5ha to create a .kml [Google Earth file] polygon file and calculate its perimeter length in kilometres, area in hectares and area/edge ratio.”The percentage of closed-canopy forest cover, they wrote, within each patch was visually estimated to the nearest 5%, to calculate the amount of forest in each patch.Out of this further survey, wrote the team, came the conclusion that “the densely vegetated habitat of the Nambas was found to consist of mature, closed-canopy Afromontane forest with the broad-leafed Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius) as the dominant tree” – this is also South Africa’s national tree.Even more exciting was the realisation that this forest appeared to be in excellent condition and because of limited trail access, was largely unaffected by human intrusion. The team did note that some big trees had recently been felled.Altogether, these new patches amounted to some 590ha of previously unknown Afromontane forest, which significantly boosts the chances of survival for rare bird species. This brings the national area of Afromontane to about 700ha, more than three times the previous estimate of 200ha.The Nambas are therefore the most important site for Afromontane forest bird conservation in Angola, the team wrote, and all efforts should be made to recognise their conservation importance, especially since none of the tracts of Angolan Afromontane forest are formally protected.The Namba Mountains also satisfy the requirements to be named an important bird area because of the presence of a globally threatened species as well as restricted-range species. More surveys are now needed to accurately capture the population sizes, especially for Swierstra’s francolin, as well as the overall bird diversity. A survey of human populations and activities in the area and surrounding is also urgently needed, as this would help in drawing up conservation recommendations for the establishment of a new protected area, and to identify the most pressing threats to the biodiversity of the area.Dayne Braine, Batis Birding Safaris http://www.batisbirdingsafaris.com
Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification richard macmanus The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Social ads have social consequences. Josh Kopelman, Managing Director of VC firm First Round Capital, recently found that out. Kopelman, a very savvy web 2.0 investor who got in early with StumbleUpon, Odeo, LinkedIn, and others, tried an experiment with Facebook’s controversial SocialAds advertising system. He spent $50 to test the platform, with an advertisement for his VC fund. Specifically he ran an advert targeting Yahoo and Microsoft employees who may be thinking of leaving their jobs to do a startup (see top left image).Initially the experiment seemed to be working, with reports of Yahoo employees clicking the ads. But in a follow-up post, Kopelman discovered the ads had unintended consequences.It turned out that the advert was being displayed alongside photos of current Yahoo employees – people who had previously joined the First Round Capital Facebook group. In other words, they were connected in Facebook’s system by being associated with both Yahoo and First Round Capital via its Groups feature. But the way the advert was displayed made it seem like those people were leaving Yahoo, something which Josh Kopelman had no intention of implying. One of the Yahoo people affected wrote to Josh:“I dont want my colleagues to think Im leaving Yahoo, so while your experiment is ongoing, Ive pulled my Facebook fandom for First Round Capital, but I very much remain a fan!”I don’t think the below image is the specific case noted above, but it’s one example of how Josh’s advert was presented in Facebook. It shows the ad displayed alongside an announcement regarding Upcoming founder Andy Baio leaving Yahoo:Image from flipzaggingWe’ve explored the consequences of Facebook’s social ads many times before on ReadWriteWeb, but the above tale is a great illustration of the issues. Another example that our own Josh Catone thought up: “what happens if say Person X, who is a celebrity of some sort, has a deal endorsing Sports Drink A…. then Sports Drink B takes out an ad and makes it social, and Person X is shown on Facebook endorsing Drink B… which violates his contract with Drink A.”I’m sure you can think of many other ways social ads can go awry. As one of Kopelman’s commenters, Joe Lazarus, noted: “The entire concept is backwards. Facebook should be using what they know about people’s interests to target ads to THEM, not their friends. Their monetization strategy is doomed in it’s current form.”I wouldn’t go that far, because I think Facebook’s social ads scheme is ambitious – but eventually they will solve these problems using technology (or a combo of that and opt-in / privacy checks). Facebook rightly sees a huge revenue opportunity in targeting ads socially, it’s just that right now the system stomps all over peoples privacy. No big deal, right? Well yes it is, which is unfortunate for Facebook and anyone who ends up endorsing products without their knowledge.So the big question is: should Facebook pull its SocialAds platform until it has a solution to these unintended consequences?
Substations are a critical element of the electric grid for generation, transmission, and distribution. The proliferation of intelligent electronic devices in recent years has enabled enhanced control and automation capabilities within the substation as well as from remote users. To put it simply, substation automation systems are important components of the larger Smart Grid, and they bring with them many positive benefits. The hard truth is that digital systems used for substation automation—like all digital systems—can be manipulated. The harder truth is that SCADA and automation control systems are more vulnerable than most.Let’s start with the benefits. By automating the operation and protection within a substation, both reliability and efficiency are improved. Human operators, by nature of their humanness, introduce risk that affects reliability, resiliency, and incident response times. With substation automation, the human mind isn’t removed from the equation, but the system’s dependency upon the human operator is. The transmission, distribution, load management, protection, fault management and other functions of the substation functions can be performed with accuracy and speed. The human operator can then be safely moved to a centralized control room, to supervise and control these newly automated systems.These benefits, unfortunately, also introduce new risks to the substation. This is a direct consequence of automation because the risk is born by the inherent vulnerability of the SCADAOpens in a new window (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems that perform that automation. To draw a human analogy, these systems consist of a brain (the controller), senses (measurement systems), and a muscular system (the physical controls) and these systems communicate unconditionally. It is a system that is built largely on the assumption of trust: the brain senses something, and reacts accordingly. The brain never second-guesses its senses, and the muscles never question the commands delivered by the brain. By manipulating any one element, you trick the others into performing the wrong task—and while the brain has built-in safeguards— those safeguards are never triggered because the threat is never perceived.In 2012, the control system cyber security consulting and research firm Digital BondOpens in a new window initiated Project base CampOpens in a new window, which in their own words is “a research effort by Digital Bond and a team of volunteer researchers to highlight and demonstrate the fragility and insecurity of most SCADA and DCS field devices, such as PLC’s and RTU’s.” The result was published vulnerability and exploit research against inherent vulnerabilities in eight widely used control systems. While that seems significant, the protocols used in this exercise are widely used throughout the industry, and could impact the automation systems from hundreds of additional vendors.In other words, the Smart Grid’s brain can be tricked.It’s an unexpected consequence of automation, and it’s also a huge cause for concern. Using just one of the published exploits, it’s possible to:force an automation system to stopcrash the controllerdelete the control programreset a field device attached to a controllercrash a field deviceupdate the code on a controller or field deviceThat’s just one of dozens of known exploits. New vulnerabilities and exploits are continuously discovered, and unknown threats still lurk in the shadows, out of the cyber security industry’s line of sight.One of these consequences is worth further discussion: the writing of new code to a device. This is essentially what occurred in the final attack stages of the Stuxnet virus, which was responsible for effectively sabotaging an Iranian nuclear facility. Point the same type of threat—and there have been numerous examples of even more advanced threats over the past year—at a fully automated substation, and the results could be equally damaging.Does this negate the many positive benefits of substation automation? Of course not—it simply highlights the need to consider cyber security in all areas of the Smart Grid. If left unprotected, substation automation systems could introduce a lot of unwanted and unnecessary risk.To learn more about protecting utility substations, I encourage you to review this video demonstrationOpens in a new window which emulates a remotely managed electrical substation environment and demonstrates how an operator can use cyber security solutions to safeguard their operations.
November 20, 2015We welcome back WALTER PARKS for a performance tomorrow night, November 21. 2015. Walter first came to Arcosanti with Richie Havens and has returned many times. Over the past three decades, Walter Parks has forged a distinctive international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo The Nudes, and guitarist and leader of the swamp/blues-outfit Swamp Cabbage.5:00pm Tour of Arcosanti6:00pm Dinner7:30pm Performance$30 ticket price includes dinner and performance $20 for performance only ($10 for Students)For dinner reservations and more information, please call 928.632.7135.