China will likely import six percent more soybeans during the 2015-2016 marketing year. A Chinese official expects the country to import 83 million metric tons of soybeans during the current marketing year, up 4.65 million metric tons from last year. Pro Farmers First Thing Today reports the forecast from Wang Lin, managing director of COFCO Futures, tops the current USDA forecast for China. USDA’s latest forecast suggests China will import 80.5 million metric tons of soybeans. Lin, however, explains that hog margins are attractive, which should boost feed demand. He also noted Chinese corn imports are likely to be subdued due to efforts to reduce its stockpiles. Previous articleUSDA’s Krysta Haden Joins DuPontNext articleDonnelly Joins Republicans to Advance GMO Label Bill Hoosier Ag Today SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 3, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Chinese Officials Expect Rise in Soybean Imports Facebook Twitter Chinese Officials Expect Rise in Soybean Imports Facebook Twitter
News Organisation News December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” The release of French journalists Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot, who had been held hostage since August 20 in Iraq, is “the biggest Christmas present we could have hoped for,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. The release of French journalists Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot, who had been held hostage since August 20 in Iraq, is “the biggest Christmas present we could have hoped for,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said today.”Yesterday we were still pessimistic as Georges and Christian began their fifth month in captivity, today our colleagues are free, and tomorrow that are going to be reunited with their families for the festive season – it’s fantastic,” he said.Ménard added: “Their release is proof that we should always remain mobilised. Everyone’s efforts have paid off. We thank France’s diplomats and the news media that stayed mobilised for four months.”Reporters Without Borders invited journalists to come at 11 a.m. today, 22 December, to the square in front of the Paris town hall for the removal of the two large pictures of Malbrunot and Chesnot that have been displayed on the town hall’s facade since the start of September.It was the Qatar-based TV news station Al-Jazeera that broke the news that the Islamic Army in Iraq had released Malbrunot and Chesnot. French foreign ministry spokesman Hervé Ladsous later confirmed their release and said they would be back in France tomorrow.Malbrunot, 41, is a freelancer with Le Figaro, Ouest-France and RTL. Chesnot, 38, freelances for RFI and Radio France. Their Syrian guide and interpreter Mohammed Al-Joundi was freed by US marines on 11 November during fighting with Sunni militants in Fallujah. February 15, 2021 Find out more December 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French hostages Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot released Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts to go further
Nashville Fire Dept(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — At least one person has been hospitalized after a shooting at Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall, according to officials.The male victim was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in critical condition, the Nashville Fire Department wrote on Twitter.The suspected shooter is in custody, according to the Nashville Police Department. The shooting appears to have started as a dispute, police said.Investigators are sweeping the mall as a precaution, police said. The ATF also responded to the scene.No other gunshot victims were reported, according to fire department.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Geochemistry of back arc basin volcanism in Bransfield Strait, Antarctica: Subducted contributions and along-axis variations
Bransfield Strait is a Quaternary, ensialic back arc basin at the transition from rifting to spreading. Fresh volcanic rocks occur on numerous submarine features distributed along the rift axis, including a discontinuous neovolcanic ridge similar to the nascent spreading centers seen in some other back arc basins. Smaller edifices near the northeast end of the rift yielded basalts with the most arc-like compositions (e.g., high large-ion lithophile element/high field strength element and 87Sr/86Sr). The most mid-ocean ridge basalt (MORB)-like basalts are from a large, caldera-topped seamount and a 30-km-long axial neovolcanic ridge toward the southwest end of the rift, but these two features also yielded andesite and rhyolite, respectively. The volcanic and geochemical variations are not systematic along axis and do not reflect the unidirectional propagation of rifting suggested by geophysical data. The most depleted basalts have major and trace element characteristics indistinguishable from MORB except for slightly higher Cs and Pb concentrations. Pb isotopic ratios show little variation compared to Sr and Nd isotopic ratios and do not extend to the depleted Pb isotopic ratios found in other back arc basins. Either the depleted mantle beneath Bransfield Strait has higher than normal Pb isotopic ratios or the subducted component beneath Bransfield Strait has such high Pb concentrations that it dominates the Pb isotopic composition of the Bransfield Strait mantle without significantly affecting the Sr and Nd isotopic compositions. Metalliferous sediments and fluids extracted from a subducting slab may have the necessary high concentrations of Pb.
Home » News » Regulation & Law » Is ‘Right to buy’ going horribly wrong? Is ‘Right to buy’ going horribly wrong?29th June 20160717 Views Jules Birch, freelance journalist, says, “How can people who can’t afford the rent suddenly afford to buy?”A joint investigation by Inside Housing and BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 found that 16 per cent of Right to Buy sales by 10 councils were to tenants on housing benefit.This is not in itself evidence of fraud: the 721 tenants concerned could have got money from their family or from a third party. But it is seen as a ‘red flag’ of potential fraudulent activity and a particular cause for concern in the councils with the highest levels of sales to tenants on benefit: Dudley (37 per cent) and Westminster (29 per cent) and Croydon and Birmingham (who each estimate around half).And it’s one aspect of a fraud problem that should also set the alarm bells ringing about the 1.2m tenants who are about to get a form of Right to Buy from housing associations that will not have the same expertise as local authorities in detecting fraud and money laundering.This was just one part of a bigger investigation of Right to Buy fraud that looked at companies looking to cash in and criminals attempting to launder drugs cash.Alan Bryce, former head of counter fraud at the Audit Commission, told File on 4 that fraud detected so far could just be the tip of the iceberg. His latest Protecting the Public Purse report for 2015 found that Right to Buy fraud has increased by more than ten times since sales were ‘reinvigorated’ with increased discounts in 2012 and has doubled in the last year. In 2011/12 there were 38 fraud cases worth £1.2 million but by 2014/15 there were 411 worth £30.2 million.He made the crucial points in the programme that this is just detected fraud and only one method of calculating the value of the fraud. He told the programme, “The value of that fraud we currently estimate at the discount that was being obtained, worth over £30m. That’s just detected. Far more than that is getting through the system.”money laundering benefit tenants Right to Buy Right to Buy fraud fraud alert 2016-06-29The Negotiator Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
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The String Cheese Incident recently announced a new album Sedona Sessions, explained to be “a series of demo recordings taken during SCI’s song writing retreat to an undisclosed location in the Arizona Desert.” These demos provide a “fly on the wall” perspective into the writing process of the Believe album.Always thinking of their fans, SCI shares a second track, a unique take on Keith Moseley’s feel good single “Get Tight.” The song was initially debuted at the ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, NC after the studio version was released earlier in the summer.To listen to the song, you must contribute to their PledgeMusic campaign. Pre-order today for access to limited edition items, a brand new song, and much more to come, right here.
Following the death of the rock icon Chuck Berry earlier this year, Berry’s family has slowly been releasing new music from the upcoming Chuck album – due out June 9, 2017. Berry had announced the new album on his 90th birthday on October 18th of last year, making it the first solo album he’d worked on in over 38 years. He dedicated it to his wife of 68 years who he called “Toddy.” In a statement he said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”“Big Boys” was the first song to release from this collection of Chuck, followed by “Wonderful Woman,” and today “Big Boys” receives its counterpoint with an official music video. According to directors Matt Bizer and Curtis Wayne Millard, Berry was still alive during the music video’s production though he does not appear in the video itself.“Chuck Berry tunes are a good time and they tell stories that everyone can relate with, so we wanted to stay true to that,” they told NPR. “When we were shooting the video, Chuck Berry was still with us and during post-production we found out he had passed on. We did not know how to really process it all. In a way, I think we are still processing the entire experience.”Watch Chuck Berry’s first-ever music video below:Chuck Berry’s final album Chuck will be released on June 9, 2017. The album includes recordings from 1991 until 2014, and will mark the first release of new material since Berry’s 1979 Rock It.
In a national radio broadcast on May 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman, breaking the news to war-weary Americans that the fighting in Germany had come to an end, delivered a poignant opening sentence: “This is a solemn and glorious hour.”Transcripts and recordings of the speech are available at the Truman Library and through countless sources on the Internet. But what those easy-to-find records miss is an important nugget of history.The second sentence of the speech, a remembrance of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had died less than a month earlier, was a late addition.“I only wish that Franklin Roosevelt had lived to see this day,” Truman wrote under the opening line.President Harry S. Truman’s broadcast speech with notes announcing the surrender of Germany, May 8, 1945. Image courtesy of the José María Castañé CollectionThe document — the actual transcript Truman used for the broadcast, with his handwritten notes — is part of a collection of historical papers, manuscripts, books, photographs, and other media donated to the Harvard Library by the José María Castañé Foundation last year.The Castañé collection of about 3,000 items is keenly focused on major conflicts and transformative events of the 20th century, including the Russian Revolution, the two World Wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the Cold War.A small selection on display at the Houghton Library this summer served as an introduction.Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, said that the aim of the exhibition is to give scholars interested in 20th-century history a hint of the potential for new research and teaching opportunities within the collection.“We’re not keeping it to ourselves,” said Morris. “We’re doing our best to publicize it in many different ways — the exhibition, the website, the Harvard catalogs — to integrate it within the collections and the teaching and research of the University and beyond.”The collection is vast in its store of individual pieces, including some 10,000 photographs, pages of document sets, and books. Also included are personal items from key leaders, such as Winston Churchill’s daily engagement cards, kept by his secretary, John Colville.Each item seems to shed light on a moment in history — some well-known, others more obscure. A page of minutes from a meeting of the last Russian Provisional Government captures a diatribe from Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky that helped spark the Bolshevik revolution. Albums of photos taken by German soldiers during World War II, including images of Adolf Hitler playing with a child and socializing with Benito Mussolini and Nazi leaders, are also included in the collection.One of the artifacts recently on display was a detailed diagram of the atomic bomb run on Hiroshima by the navigator of the Enola Gay, which shows the flight path of a second plane circling in reserve if the first pass failed.Truman’s speech marking the end of the war in Germany was also part of the introduction.“What I find evocative in this document is what you will not get from the tape of the transcript,” Morris said. “This shows he had the speech written and then he knew he had to say something about F.D.R.”The collection is the work of Spanish businessman and patron of the arts Castañé, who said his interest in history dates back to his childhood in Spain in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and during World War II. Following the death of his son, in 1985, Castañé began to collect historical documents as an outlet for his grief. Soon he was on a quest to create a world-class collection.“It is not surprising that I have kept all along my life the vivid memories of my relatives’ discussions about the events of the Second World War,” Castañé said from his home in Madrid. “In fact this is the real background for my spontaneous decision almost a half-century later to initiate a collection of significant historical documents about the upheavals of the 20th century worldwide.”Over three decades Castañé created a collection of more than 7,000 pieces, many with multiple objects, boosting the actual number of items to the tens of thousands. In 2004 Castañé created a foundation to protect his holdings. Last October he donated a portion of the collection to the Harvard Library.Castañé said gifting the collection to the Harvard Library expands the possibilities for its use in research and teaching, because the University’s collections and online materials are an important source of information and point of access for people around the world.“This is a leap forward in terms of diffusion of the knowledge in the collection and its components,” he said. “Physically seeing these documents is important and should facilitate, though fellowships or other means to researchers and students, use of them in the proper investigations and their own research.”The library is in the process of cataloging the collection, but individual books and periodicals can be found in the Harvard Library portal HOLLIS by using a keyword search collection for José María Castañé Collection. Access can also be arranged in advance by contacting the Modern Books and Manuscripts Department.
In my last blog, I explored the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in creating intelligent storage systems that learn via algorithms and make critical decisions with no human involvement. I described how the new PowerMax from Dell EMC uses a reinforced learning model to autonomously make resource allocation decisions at high-speed while serving millions of IOPS to achieve the latency targets of mission-critical applications. Taking this a step further, I will now describe the evolution of intelligent storage systems that are truly autonomous, akin to self-driving cars. If we can build self-driving cars, can we build “self-driving” storage systems?.An autonomous car and a storage system have fundamental similarities. Consider this:Both are very complex systems – dealing with a TON of simultaneously occurring events happening very fastBoth have a lot riding on them – human lives in one case and mission-critical business operations in the other that in many cases impact human lives as wellWhile the image most people have in their minds when they hear “self-driving car” is a vehicle that drives completely by itself, in fact there are multiple levels of automation, with Level 5 being the Holy Grail of 100% autonomous.I have a similar gradation for storage systems. I see the journey to a fully autonomous storage system as consisting of four steps:Level 1: Application-CentricWith the self-driving car, you tell it where you want to go, not which roads and turns to take and what speed to drive at. Similarly, the way you interact with the storage system has to be in terms of what you are trying to accomplish – the application you wish to run. You care about the application not what the storage system needs to do to run that application. You want to tell the storage system that you wish to run a web-based transaction processing application using a relational database and have it take care of the rest.Level 2: Policy-DrivenNext, you typically want to tell the car whether to take the direct fastest route or a scenic route through the backroads. Similarly, you want to set some service level objectives for the application you just told the storage system you want to run – is it a high priority production application or a best-effort dev-test instance? Does it need additional data protection via remote copies? How frequently?Level 3: Self-AwareNow the car has what it needs to get driving. But if it is to drive itself, it needs to be “self-aware”. For example, it needs to know whether it is in the lane or about to stray, if it is a safe distance from the car ahead of it, running low on fuel, etc. The storage system analog is telemetry about how the system is operating – how “close to the edge.” This is where the industry has been lagging. While we have a lot of telemetry, we typically haven’t been very good at analyzing the data to determine if we’re about to drive off the cliff – we still rely on humans to figure this out. And typically, the humans get involved after something has gone horribly wrong. The first step here is to make the system self-aware – instead of throwing a whole lot of data at the human, the system should be able to analyze the data and tell the user how close it is to the edge. And that sets us up for the next and final part…Level 4: Self-OptimizingOnce you know how close you are to the edge, the system needs to be able to adjust its behavior/operation to avoid going over the edge. In the self-driving car world, a very simple example is adaptive cruise control where the car regulates its speed to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead sensed by LIDAR. This is exactly what Dell EMC PowerMax can do as shown in the image below – the algorithms are designed to detect changes in the environment and change key system behaviors accordingly to try meeting the need of the applications, and prevent the system from getting into catastrophic situations. In other words, you may want/need to drive at 65 MPH, but right now you can’t unless you change your lane.Dell EMC’s solutions have had application-centric and policy-driven capabilities for years now as well as rudimentary levels of self-aware/optimizing capabilities in technologies like FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering). The new PowerMax takes this history of innovation in building intelligent storage systems to the next level by incorporating machine learning techniques. Just like in the general AI field, we are applying these techniques to progressively more complex scenarios inside our storage systems. As the scenarios get broader, there is a need for more contextual information to make the right decisions. In the car world, an example is relying on real-time traffic updates from a global information system to choose a route that incurs minimal delay. In the storage world, we have CloudIQ – our brain in the cloud. CloudIQ observes and remembers all operational information about the storage arrays in the field. It also uses machine learning techniques to learn how each system is behaving, how the workloads it is serving are changing over time, etc. It is also looking at the entire population of systems in the field to learn patterns of behaviors and/or environmental conditions to learn and predict – and thus avoid impacting a system’s health or behavior.Why does all this matter?At Dell EMC, we are on a mission to deliver the infrastructure for the next industrial revolution that accelerates human progress. AI is going to be a key tool in this mission, just like how social networking fundamentally changed the way we live, interact and work. With a long history of storage innovation, we have a unique value proposition that our customers rely on for their own innovation journey as we go on this mission together.So, who will get there first – a fully autonomous car or a fully autonomous storage system? My bet is on the latter!