Dell Technologies On Demand – End-to-End Consumption-Based and As-a-Service Solutions for the On-Demand Economy

first_imgAs I meet with business and IT leaders all over the world, I continually hear they’re looking for new ways to use technology to differentiate their business and gain an advantage. They seek powerful and secure solutions that will satisfy a diverse range of demanding business applications and critical workloads. What’s more, they need to find better ways to drive out inefficiencies and free up time, money and resources to focus on critical strategic initiatives.Yet, many organizations tell us they’re budget-constrained and unable to shift resources away from daily maintenance to new areas of innovation. They don’t have the capital resources and expertise on hand to achieve key milestones.The good news is that there are several consumption-based solutions available today that shift technology spending from a capital expenditure to an ongoing operating expense. And there are as-a-service options that free up human resources to focus on innovation. The not-so-good news is that many of these offerings are often limited in scope, or too rigid and restrictive, and create an inconsistent experience on many levels.So, it’s critical to find the right set of solutions that work – without any of these obstacles.Introducing Dell Technologies On Demand: Get more choice, flexibility, and predictability I’m proud to announce Dell Technologies On Demand, delivering consumption-based and as-as service solutions across our entire industry-leading, end-to-end infrastructure portfolio – the broadest on the planet, bar none. Dell Technologies On Demand covers our full spectrum of offerings – including endpoint solutions for the workforce and infrastructure solutions for the data center, which extend to the cloud and out to remote edge locations. No other company can claim to do all this. And better yet, it’s all supported and available right now.Advantages of Dell Technologies On DemandDell Technologies On Demand delivers a wide range of consumption models that combine flexible payment solutions** and value-added services with integrated full-stack solutions tailored for a vast array of popular business applications and use cases. And it’s all based on our innovative end-to-end portfolio of leading technologies, relied upon by so many organizations, all around the world.This offers our customers freedom of choice in the way they consume technology and budget for IT spending, ultimate flexibility in how workloads are enhanced to meet exact specifications, and peace of mind in the fact that our products are trusted to deliver predictable outcomes.Driving consistency across diverse environments and technologiesDell Technologies On Demand builds on our strategy of driving consistent experiences across multiple operating environments and products, as demonstrated by our announcements earlier in the year on Dell Technologies Cloud and Dell Technologies Unified Workspace, each co-engineered with VMware.With Dell Technologies On Demand, we’re creating a more cohesive economic experience, enabling our customers to apply consistent and predictable payment solutions on our full range of client and infrastructure products and services. This helps our customers simplify budget planning and better manage cash flow, especially when accounting for all IT infrastructure expenditures as a whole.Bringing together all the essential elements to deliver at scale Dell Technologies On Demand is ideally suited for the way on-premises infrastructure and services are consumed in today’s on-demand economy. We’re right on the cusp of a massive spike in growth. Gartner indicates that by 2022, “15% of new deployments of on-premises computing will involve pay-per-use pricing, up from less than 1% in 2019.”1Having been a leader in flexible consumption solutions for ten years, we’re ready for this growth. And we’ve brought together all the essential elements to deliver our consumption-based on-premises solutions at scale.Flexible payment solutionsDell Technologies On Demand features several consumption models that scale to align spending with usage and optimize financial and technological outcomes. These are available via Dell Financial Services** (DFS), a global provider of innovative payment and consumption solutions, and delivered through Dell Technologies and our Global Alliances and Solution Provider partners. These OPEX-structured flexible payment solutions help organizations more predictably budget for IT spending, pay for technology as it is used, take advantage of elastic capacity, and achieve optimal total cost of ownership over the full technology lifecycle.Value-added servicesDell Technologies On Demand offers a wide range of essential services – from support to deployment to managed services – that can be combined in various ways and paired with the right financial consumption models best suited to satisfy our customers’ unique requirements. What’s more, our outcome-oriented consultative approach means we work closely with business and IT leaders to determine the right path forward that best meets both short-term and long-range objectives. As a result, our customers obtain strategic guidance from our industry and technology specialists and gain proven insights that help them align expenses with business value.Integrated full-stack solutionsDell Technologies On Demand delivers optimized workforce and infrastructure solutions with all the advanced capabilities needed to excel under the demands of virtually any application or workload. Our extensive range of technology solutions cover the full infrastructure stack from bottom to top, including compute, storage, networking, and virtualization, in addition to data protection, converged and hyperconverged infrastructure, hybrid/multi-cloud and workforce offerings. This enables technology infrastructure to be optimally configured with the right consumption-based or as-a-service delivery models best suited to satisfy specific usage requirements and growth forecasts.Leading end-to-end portfolioAnd finally, Dell Technologies is recognized as a leading provider of innovative infrastructure and workforce solutions, which is why so many business and IT leaders rely on us as a single-source supplier of end-to-end IT technology solutions and expertise. Our strong leadership position across a broad range of both client and infrastructure offerings demonstrates the extent to which our state-of-the-art products and services are preferred by so many organizations of all sizes, all around the world, to power their strategic initiatives and deliver impactful results.If you’re interested in learning more, please visit DellTechnologies.com/OnDemand.1  Gartner. “How to Use Consumption-Based Procurement Models for On-Premises Infrastructure.” Published: 20 September 2019 ID: G00383390. Analyst(s): Daniel Bowers, Kiyomi Yamada, Rob Schafer, Henrique Cecci).** Payment solutions provided by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. (DFS) or its affiliate or designee, subject to availability and may vary in certain countries. Where available, offers may be changed without notice.last_img read more

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Engineering Ventures announces expansion

first_imgEngineering Ventures PC,Engineering Ventures, Inc., based in Burlington, Vermont is pleased to announce the expansion of their operations into Saratoga Springs, New York. The new office, Engineering Ventures, P.C., located at 18 Division Street, will augment the services provided by the firm from their Burlington, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire locations. The expansion is seen as a way to provide the same innovation and dedication to sustainable design, to New York clients from a closer location.Engineering Ventures is an experienced, consulting engineering firm operating and licensed throughout the Northeast. Select, qualified professionals and technicians provide a broad range of civil engineering services with specialties in structural and site engineering and planning. Serving private, public, commercial, municipal and institutional clients, Engineering Ventures also offers full service from Burlington, Vermont and Lebanon, New Hampshire.Currently the firm is working on various projects at GE Energy in Schenectady, New York, the Saratoga Race Track, and the High Peaks Intermunicipal Waterfront Revitalization for the communities of Keene, Jay, Wilmington, North Elba, and the village of Lake Placid. Recently completed projects include the rebuilt Lake Placid Lodge, Helen Hayes Day Care in Haverstraw, work at numerous Adirondack hospitals, many private residences in the Adirondack area including timber frame projects, great camps and boathouses, and various water and sewer projects for municipalities including the Towns of Peru and Westport.Engineering Ventures is dedicated to delivering well managed, quality engineering projects to clients through a close and personal service which is based on many years of reputable experience. The firm is committed to client involvement and satisfaction, and takes great pride in providing creative and cost effective solutions to engineering challenges.www.engineeringventures.com(link is external) ###last_img read more

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Elmont Suspect Convicted of Sex Abuse, Cleared of Rape

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Elmont resident has been acquitted of raping a 14-year-old girl when she walked by his house on her way to school, but was convicted of sexually abusing her.A Nassau County jury found Amit Singh guilty Thursday of misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He was found no guilty on two counts of rape.Authorities have said that the 33-year-old man grabbed the victim off the street after trying to coax her into his Rosalind Avenue home, forced her inside the house where the attack occurred and then drove her to class at Sewanhaka High School at 10 a.m. on March 11, 2009.The victim told a teacher and later positively identified Singh, then 27, in a photo array, but the suspect boarded a flight to India before DNA evidence linked him to the rape the following month, investigators have said. He was extradited from India last year and has been held without bail since.He faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced Jan. 5. But, he is also facing a charge of violating his probation stemming from a prior conviction for cocaine possession, which could result in a longer prison term.last_img read more

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Kohli, Jadhav centuries blow England away in chase of 351

first_img(REUTERS)-Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav hit centuries and combined in a 200-run stand to help India comfortably chase down a steep target of 351 against England and win the first one-day international by three wickets yesterday.India’s chase seemed over when England reduced them to 63-4 in the 12th over but captain Kohli and local boy Jadhav turned the match on its head with the hosts reaching the target with 11 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.The touring side, who lost a five-match Test series 4-0 before returning home for Christmas, would have felt confident of victory after posting 350-7.India’s captain Virat Kohli acknowledges the crowd as he walks off the ground after being dismissed for 122.. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiHalf-centuries from Jason Roy, Joe Root and Ben Stokes took England to their highest ODI total against India, who won the toss and opted to bowl first.England lost Alex Hales early but opener Roy (73) and Root, who top-scored for his side with 78, added 69 for the second wicket to lay a solid foundation.Roy was given out leg before on 18 off paceman Umesh Yadav but reviewed successfully to overturn the decision with replays showing the ball was missing the stumps.Stokes provided the late assault with a 40-ball knock of 62, studded with two fours and five sixes, as India bled 105 runs in the last eight overs.Left-arm seamer David Willey gave England the ideal start with the ball by dismissing Indian openers Lokesh Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan inside the first six overs.Yuvraj Singh, playing his first ODI in over three years, and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not last long either as India were left staring at a heavy defeat.But Kohli, playing his first match as India’s full-time captain across all formats, and Jadhav then took the attack to the England bowlers.Kohli, who was the highest scorer in the recent Test series, was stranded on 99 for three deliveries before he danced down the pitch to hit paceman Chris Woakes for a six and bring up his 27th ODI hundred, which came in 93 balls.Jadhav, who struggled with cramp towards the end of his knock, guided the same bowler to third man for a boundary to bring up his second ton off 65 balls.Stokes dismissed Kohli after a 105-ball 122, studded with eight fours and five sixes. Jadhav was out after a 76-ball 120, with 12 fours and four sixes, to fast bowler Jake Ball, the most successful English bowler with three for 67.Hardik Pandya, unbeaten on 40, and Ravichandran Ashwin (15 not out) combined in a crucial eighth-wicket stand of 38 at the end to take India home.The second match of the series will be played at Cuttack on Thursday.ENGLAND InningsJ. Roy st Dhoni b Jadeja 73A. Hales run out (Bumrah) 9J. Root c H. Pandya b Bumrah 78E. Morgan c Dhoni b H. Pandya 28J. Buttler c S. Dhawan b H. Pandya 31B. Stokes c U. Yadav b Bumrah 62M. Ali b U. Yadav 28C. Woakes not out 9D. Willey not out 10Extras (b-1 lb-11 nb-4 w-6) 22Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 350Fall of wickets: 1-39 A. Hales,2-108 J. Roy,3-157 E. Morgan,4-220 J. Buttler,5-244 J. Root,6-317 B. Stokes,7-336 M. AliDid not bat: A. Rashid, J. BallBowling: U. Yadav 7 – 0 – 63 – 1(nb-1 w-3,H. Pandya 9 – 0 – 46 – 2,J. Bumrah 10 – 0 – 79 – 2(nb-3 w-1),R. Jadeja 10 – 0 – 50 – 1,R. Ashwin 8 – 0 – 63 – 0(w-2), K. Jadhav 4 – 0 – 23 – 0,Y. Singh 2 – 0 – 14 – 0.INDIA InningsL. Rahul b Willey 8S. Dhawan c Ali b Willey 1V. Kohli c Willey b Stokes 122Y. Singh c Buttler b Stokes 15M. Dhoni c Willey b Ball 6K. Jadhav c Stokes b Ball 120H. Pandya not out 40R. Jadeja c Rashid b Ball 13R. Ashwin not out 15Extras (b-1 lb-4 w-11) 16Total (for 7 wickets, 48.1 overs) 356Fall of wickets: 1-13 S. Dhawan,2-24 L. Rahul,3-56 Y. Singh,4-63 M. Dhoni,5-263 V. Kohli,6-291 K. Jadhav,7-318 R. JadejaDid not bat: J. Bumrah, U. YadavBowling: C. Woakes8 – 0 – 44 – 0(w-2),D. Willey 6 – 0 – 47 – 2(w-3),J. Ball 10 – 0 – 67 – 3(w-4), B. Stokes 10 – 0 – 73 – 2(w-2),A. Rashid 5 – 0 – 50 – 0,M. Ali 6.1 – 0 – 48 – 0,J. Root 3 – 0 – 22 – 0.last_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgRAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 7th September 2012 AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME The afterschool programme will re-commence on Tuesday 11th September with 3rd & 4th Classes from 3-4pm followed by 5th & 6th Classes from 4-5pm. Wednesday 12th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm and Youth Café from 7-9pm; Thursday 13th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm and 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm.  TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATION In 1999 the Family Resource Centre (then Raphoe Youth & Community Project) brought the Training for Transformation Programme to Raphoe. At that time 20 community leaders/activists participated in the training over several months. Training for Transformation is built on the idea of building a “temporary learning community”, and by doing so, learning the tools of building a sense of community in our own places built on three distinct realities; that everyone feels a sense of being safe and accepted, that everyone feels they are important, significant and has a part to play, that everyone feels a common bond, a sense of solidarity. Training for Transformation is ideal for developing leadership capacity at grassroots level, creating and deepening a sense of community among diverse groups, particularly those with a history of conflict, and developing skills for community building by experience, a process that is inclusive, participative and built around fostering human relationships.Partners, the community education agency working in Ireland for over 25 years and who delivered the programme in Raphoe in 1999 is now keen to return to Raphoe and East Donegal to run the Programme again and are in the process of drafting an application to the Department of Foreign Affairs. To support that application Partners are keen to base the application on the needs of groups around East Donegal, and will visit the area shortly to hear first hand the needs of local organisations.In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in the training please contact Tony on 074 9145796.YOUNG PARENTS Pathways ProgrammeAre you 18-28 years old??a parent/guardian??If so, this free course could help you with-parenting advice-personal development-health awareness-paediatric first aid-it qualificationyou will get assistance with childcare and career progression, accredited training and an opportunity to meet new people.If anyone is interested please contact: 028 8225 0962/048 8225 0962ASIST REFRESHERThe Family Resource Centre will be hosting a 3 hour refresher workshop for those who previously participated in Asist training within the past 18 –24 months. The workshop will be held on Thursday 4th October from 7–10pm. Tea/coffee available. To book a place please contact 074 9145796. SUPPORT GROUPA support group for parents or carers will be held in Raphoe Family Resource Centre at 7pm every second Tuesday starting on 11th September. This is an informal support group for parents or guardians of a child with delayed communication or learning skills. BORDER VILLAGES SOCIAL INTEGRATION PROJECT: Raphoe Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Border Villages Social Integration Project is hosting a facilitated discussion at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th September on the following themes: belonging, fitting in, identity, feeling welcome, feeling at home, being a ‘blow in’, creating a diverse community where all are welcome.If you are someone who has recently moved to or back to the Raphoe/Convoy areas then this discussion might be of interest to you. If you are a longstanding member of either community that people have moved in to and wish to help support the creation of a diverse community then please feel free to come along. The discussion should last for about two hours and will be facilitated by Owen Donnelly of the Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry. Light refreshments will be available. The Border Villages Social Integration Project is supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programme Body by Donegal Co. Council.  Healthy Walks Following the success of our walking group on Thursday mornings, thanks to Joe Porter we are also starting walks on Thursday nights, meeting here in the Centre at 7.15pm. If anyone is interested in coming along, please do. Walks take place at 9.30am and at 7.15pm. ZUMBA CLASSESZumba classes will be held in Raphoe Family Resource Centre from 7pm- 8pm starting on Monday 10th September. Admission is only €5 per class and will run for 6 weeks. Everyone welcome! Parents Plus Programme Early YEARS 0-6 year oldsSpringboard Family Support Project are running an eight week Parents Plus Programme- A Practical & Positive guide to parenting Children.  Topics include being a responsive parent, encouraging and supporting Children, promoting children’s language and development, helping children concentrate and learn building co-operation in young children, managing tantrums, misbehavior and problems.  To book a place on our forthcoming autumn programme, contact Springboard office on 074 9173918, date to be confirmed, Time 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., Venue Springboard, Castlegrove Raphoe. (Childcare & travel can also be provided) RAPHOE KURLING CLUBRaphoe Kurling Club is starting back on Monday 3rd September in the Volt House Hall.  All new members welcome from 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Dancing Classes will commence on Monday 10th September from 8.30 – 9.30 p.m. in the Volt House Hall. €5.00 per person. Everyone welcome.  For further information contact Margaret Parke on 085 7067208. ATTENTION JOBSEEKERS!Fetac Level 5 Food Safety & HACCP Training will take place in Safetech, Rossview Business Park, Port Road, Letterkenny. The training which is free to those in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, One-Parent Family Allowance etc will take place in 2 groups: – Group 1: Thursday 27th September x 4 ThursdaysGroup 2: Friday 28th September x 4 FridaysThe training will take place from 10.00am-5.00pm each day. For further information or to book a place please contact Margaret at 043 6685289.  LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCKLegion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 23rd September.  Everyone welcome.  Please contact Anne Kelly, Raphoe 0879644865 or Catherine Craig, Raphoe 087 9175383 RAPHOE CUB SCOUTSRegistration for the new scouting year will take place on the 14th September 2012 from 7.30-9.00 pm in the Scout Den.  RUNNING GROUPThe new running group is continuing in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at the Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm. This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. Fee: €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980. RAPHOE BOXING CLUBThe boxers and officials of the Raphoe boxing club would like to extend a very sincere thanks to boxing coach Brendan Ryan who has decided to call it a day after 24 years loyal service to the local club. Brendan along with Tommy Stewart and Peter O’Donnell founded the Raphoe club way back in 1988 and everyone at the club convey best wishes and good health to Brendan in the years ahead as your loyalty is greatly appreciated.Training is now in full swing at the Raphoe club after the summer break and the clubs new head coach Gary Mc Cullagh, his assistants, Gerard Mc Granaghan, Tommy Stewart and Stephen Mc Bride are on hand every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6pm to 9pm and all new and former members (boys and girls) are very welcome to attend. Club boxers will be taking part in the Ulster Novice Intermediate Championships in Belfast from 24th-28th September and club boxers will also feature in the Ulster 9 counties Novice Championships for boys and girls 11, 12 and 13 year olds in Toome Co. Antrim from 6th-13th October. RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB: Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome. RE-CYCLING OF CANS AND GLASS IN RAPHOE Donegal County Council wish to inform members of the public that the glass and can recycling facilities in Raphoe have been relocated to Raphoe Hardware, Lifford Road, Raphoe Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm. The Bring banks are now located in the Raphoe Hardware car park near to the entrance of the shop. Thank You. BALLYLENNON PW COOKERY BOOK LAUNCHBallylennon Pw ladies present their cookery book “Country Kitchen – Tried and Tested” to be launched at a Cookery Demonstration by Jenny Bristow on Wednesday 26th September 2012 at 7.45 p.m. in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. Proceeds in aid of Oncology Unit Patient Comfort Fund, Letterkenny General Hospital and Nanyuki Girls School Kenya,  latest project by Derek and Linda Roulston, Newtowncunningham. Tickets are €10.00, Books are €10.00.  Tickets from Mount Errigal Hotel, or any Ballylennon PW member or contact 087 6593055     Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at [email protected] or to Lisa at [email protected] Thank You.  Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to [email protected] every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

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SETI Ponders the Silence

first_imgSince no clear signals from space aliens have yet arrived in 40 years of looking, SETI thinkers are asking why.  They’re coming up with a variety of explanations.  Here are three possibilities from recent articles.Too Soon to Tell.  Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute, writing in the September cover story of Astronomy Magazine, isn’t ready to call it a failure.  He gives the standard SETI response that we’re unsuccessful so far because the search has only just begun.  Considering the number of stars to search, it may take centuries to cover the sky adequately.  Sagan, Drake and others knew this and have been saying it all along.  But new technologies are rapidly accelerating the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and could give us an answer within 20 years.  So remain optimistic, he says, and stay tuned to the stellar radio dial.Narrow Window.  Frank Drake, SETI pioneer and author of the Drake Equation, surmises that the parameter L (lifetime of an intelligent civilization) may be the most telling factor, but it needs to be qualified by our recent human experience, according to an article on New Scientist August 4.  Detectability was predicated on an assumption that radio “leakage” from earth would be visible to aliens, and vice versa.  Our own leakage has dropped significantly, however, since cable TV and direct-broadcast satellites became popular.  This means that when the last “I Love Lucy” broadcasts reach the aliens watching from a distant star, the earth may appear to go silent.  The bad news is that maybe advanced civilizations only have a narrow window of time during which they would broadcast radio toward us, either on purpose or inadvertently through broadcast leakage.  The good news is that SETI researchers don’t necessarily have to be discouraged at the silence.  Perhaps a switch to optical SETI (searching for laser beacons) can fill in the gaps.Look Up, Look Down.  Aussie astrobiologist Paul Davies, never shy about proposing ideas “at the extreme end of the spectrum of speculation,” has a new detection strategy.  If aliens were trying to send us a message, radio would be a wasteful method, he claims in an August 10 piece in the Sydney Morning Herald.  Why would aliens keep radio beacons going for centuries with little hope of them being detected?  Leaving artifacts like plaques or big chunks of metal, on the other hand, would incur horrendous shipping costs, with no guarantee they would survive millions of years of erosion or burial.  Get ready for his surprise solution, as he role-plays the alien messengers in council:The ideal solution would be to encode the message inside a large number of self-replicating, self-repairing microscopic machines programmed to multiply and adapt to changing conditions.    Fortunately such machines already exist: they are called living cells.Although this sounds uncannily like an argument used by Intelligent Design scientists,* Davies means something very different.  That he’s not talking about evidence for a Creator God is clear from his next sentence: “The cells in our bodies, for example, contain genetic messages written by Mother Nature billions of years ago.”  Like any good Darwinist, he believes cells and their genomes evolved in the usual Darwinian way.  But, he speculates, aliens might have left messages in the so-called “junk DNA.”  (See 06/03/2004 headline).  He proposes, therefore, that SETI researchers should turn their attention to hidden messages in the large, non-coding regions of our own genomes: “There is plenty of room there for ET to etch a molecular message without damaging any vital genetic functions,” he claims, particularly because “scientists in the United States have discovered whole chunks of human and mouse junk DNA that seem to have remained virtually unchanged for tens of millions of years.”  (See 05/27/2004 headline.)  Those regions would be good places to store messages, he thinks, kind of like how we encoded messages in radio beams and on the Voyager record.  What about the shipping cost?  His tale gets curioser and curioser.  Since viruses can insert genes into a host cell, “An alien civilisation could, for negligible cost, dispatch tiny packages across the galaxy, loaded with customised viral DNA.”  We might just find that “The truth is inside us.”*ID scientists have argued that if intelligence can be detected in coded messages from space, why cannot intelligent design be detected in coded messages within living cells?  For example, see “Is Intelligent Design Testable?” by William A. Dembski on www.arn.org.Welcome to the SETI Bizarre (intentional spelling), where a rainbow of imaginative speculations is colorfully displayed and dished out on the cheap.  The Bizarre is popular because of all the free advertising provided by the gullible media.  Isn’t science thrilling?  Too bad those church-going fundamentalist types operate only on faith.    Remember an old childhood prank?  A smart aleck walks up to a gullible kid and gets him to follow his hand: “Look up.  Look down.  Look at my thumb.  Gee, you’re dumb.”  Try it on the next astrobiologist you meet, except with the following interpretive expansion: Look up (at the heavens, the anthropic universe, and the cosmic order).  Look down (at the earth, the lithology, the biosphere, and the improbable convergence of parameters that makes life possible).  Look at my thumb (biology, anatomy, physiology, and all the molecular machines, organs and integrated systems that make muscular motion and vision function nearly instantaneously, and the consciousness that gives sense to the observations).  Astoundingly, you appear philosophically challenged and willfully ignorant (if you think this all just happened by chance).  Which leads to a suggested revision of the Davies proverb: not, “the truth is inside us,” but rather: “the thumbprint of the Truth is inside us.”(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Is This Insulation Too Good To Be True?

first_img Video Series: Covering an existing roof with rigid foam Insulating Low-Slope Residential RoofsHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignOpen-Cell Spray Foam and Damp Roof SheathingHow to Install Rigid Foam on Top of Roof Sheathing Go with the spray foam optionOne of Verschuren’s objections to spray foam is that it would defeat the purpose of installing cedar shingles over skip sheathing by limiting their drying potential.But Holladay has a suggestion: “If you are committed to your plan,” he writes, “install some cardboard or housewrap between your rafters followed by R-20 of spray foam, and live with the imperfect thermal performance of that type of assembly (assuming, of course, that your local building department doesn’t require a higher R-value),” he writes.Once Verschuren has cut up all that expensive insulation and placed it between the rafters, Holladay says, there is still the problem of thermal bridging through the rafters. “Once thermal bridging is accounted for, the improved performance compared to spray foam is minor, and certainly not worth the investment.”Nate G looks at it this way: Verschuren’s planned installation of Spaceloft, with a total price tag of $10,000 for materials alone, yields a total R-value of 38. Holladay’s alternative of closed-cell foam over cardboard plus a single layer of Spaceloft gets the roof to R-29 at a cost of $2,480.“So for less than 25 percent of the price, taking Martin’s advice and adding only a little bit of Spaceloft would get you 77 percent of the R-value. That seems like a no-brainer to me. The differences between R-30 and R-38 are not worth paying another $7,500, in my humble opinon,” he writes. “Comfort-wise, if this is conditioned space, you won’t feel the difference. But it’s your money!” RELATED ARTICLES Do the math on how much you’d really saveThe cedar roof cost $20,000 just five years ago, Verschuren replies, so removing it to put more insulation above the rafters isn’t an attractive idea — and it makes the Spaceloft option look a little less harebrained despite the expense. In addition, the engineer who’s designing a radiant-floor heating system for the house wants a healthy dose of insulation.Charlie Sullivan has sharpened his pencil and done some math. After using new cost estimates provided by Verschuren, he calculates that Spaceloft would cost about $15 per board foot (1 foot square by 1 inch thick).“That brings is back into the realm of a little eccentric, as opposed to completely wacko,” Sullivan says. “I’m comfortable with a little eccentric. My previous cost-effective calculation changes to 12 times as expensive as it should be, rather than 75 times.“The extra heat loss from that, at a 60°F temperature difference (we still don’t know your climate, so that’s a guess) is only 265 Btu/h less than you’d get with an R-5/inch solution. The radiant engineer shouldn’t call himself an engineer (or radiant for that matter) if he thinks that an extra 265 Btu/h is going to undermine his design. That’s less heat loss than a 25 square foot high-quality U-0.2 triple-pane window.”Nate G believes Verschuren would do himself a favor by being more flexible. “You seem to be getting yourself tied in knots because of the limitations you’ve set for yourself,” he adds. “Sometimes it’s time to admit that those limitations either preclude any good options or need to be removed.”If Verschuren could lose just a few inches of ceiling height, he adds, he’s have many more options. Or, if he needs more space, he could always build a ground-floor addition that preserves the architectural character of the house. The coup de grace for this idea?The discussion so far has assumed Spaceloft has an insulating value of R-10 per inch, and that apparently does apply for certain versions of this product. But Bill Dietze takes a close look at the fine print and throws this curve: “Jan, the link you provide mentions the uses of Spaceloft as ‘Great for home insulation, winter clothing, science projects,’ but the link to datasheets for material with a conductivity of 0.14 W/mK (R-10 per inch) is an undersea pipe product,” he writes. “Hardly residential. If you proceed, be aware that you are probably in the ‘science project’ category.“The Spaceloft product rated for ‘Ambient temperature walls, floors and roofs in commercial, residential and institutional building’ has a lower thermal resistance (R-8.3 per inch) and no datasheet describing the application.”If the lower R-value is correct, it makes the case for Spaceloft even less compelling, Holladay points out.“But it is still ahead in many ways over ‘the rest’ to use,” Verschuren says. We have the money to do it but do not want to waste it, either!” Editor’s note: After this article was published, GBA learned that the product formerly known as Spaceloft has be re-branded as Proloft. For more information on Proloft, visit Advanced Insolutions Inc.. Here is a link to a report on R-value testing of Proloft Aerogel Blanket.center_img There are a few downsides, however: The cost is “exorbitant,” and Verschuren still has to figure out how to detail the installation so it will be vapor-open and able to dry out.Or, does he have other alternatives? That’s the issue for this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s how GBA technical director Peter Yost sees it:I decided I really needed to check in with Jan Verschuren on this one; just too many balls in the air to offer any helpful perspective. Having done that, I think the list of constraints (below) Jan poses or faces proves that if you narrow the boundary conditions on a problem enough, you can arrive at a singular solution.Here are the factors to consider:The newness of the current roof cladding means you can’t build up insulation topside.Very low ceiling heights mean that there is little room to build up insulation on the bottom.The ceiling is already being built down 13/16 inches for Warmboard-R panels, primarily for radiant cooling.Radiant cooling for the attic space is being driven by lack of room for ducts and an already-in-place ground-source heat pump system, making for a fairly easily retrofit for radiant cooling.The homeowners can’t really rely upon natural ventilation (open windows) for low-grade space cooling because of urban noise issues.Spray foam insulation is not an option.As Jan says, “…my hands are tied!”So, if we can agree to accept these constraints, Jan is ending up with layers of Spaceloft in between the rafters and two layers (2 centimeters) of continuous Spaceloft to the underside of the rafters.We confirmed that standardized independent R-value testing of Spaceloft yields about R-8.3 per inch. That makes Spaceloft significantly better per unit of thickness than any other readily available building insulation but also means the entire assembly is still not code-compliant and far from high performance.At the end of the day, that phrase “readily available” may be the key to whether this solution will work for Jan and others considering this pricey approach to insulation: neither I nor Jan could get Aerogel to respond at all to our requests for technical information and information on the availability of Spaceloft for Jan’s project.No magic bullet for this one, with neither the bullet or its delivery magical at all. Space what?GBA senior editor Martin Holladay has never heard of Spaceloft, but has two other suggestions. “Three and a half inches of closed-cell spray foam would give you about R-22.7,” he writes. “That’s less than code minimum requirements. The solution is to thicken up your rafters or to install several layers of continuous rigid foam under your rafters.“You’ll lose a little headroom, but at least you’ll have a roof that meets minimum code requirements.”If Verschuren absolutely can’t afford to lose any headroom in the attic, Holladay adds, “it’s time to raise the roof. Again, we’re talking physics. Sometimes you just have to face facts.”Nate G understands why Aerogel insulation performs as well as it does, but Spaceloft is another question.“I am highly skeptical of the claims of this product because Aerogel is a rigid material, basically a mostly-hollow brick made out silicon,” Nate G writes. “This stuff [Spaceloft] comes in a flexible blanket. I have a hard time believing that it behaves the same as rigid Aerogel. The way Aerogel material works is by trapping a lot of air in billions of nanometer-sized pores. In a solid material, the integrity of these pores can be guaranteed. In a flexible sheet, how can it?”And then there is the expense.“But let’s say I’m wrong that this stuff really performs as advertised,” Nate G adds. “The best price they offer is $95/inch thick/square foot. By contrast, conventional insulation materials are literally in the ballpark range of to 100 times less expensive. At 3 1/2 inches thick, you’re paying $332 per square foot of roof. You could, like, demolish the house and build a whole new one for that price given an average-sized attic.”To Holladay, that kind or price tag makes Spaceloft “fairly irrelevant to the everyday concerns of residential builders” even if it performs as advertised. CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Jan Verschuren has a nicely roofed older house, and a problem to go with it. Cedar shingles have been installed over skip sheathing, making for a roof that’s not only historically correct but one that allows air to circulate freely beneath the roof deck. Verschuren’s next objective is to insulate between the 2×4 rafters, and here’s where he has run into a snag.Building codes require at least R-38 worth of insulation in the roof. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a problem, but Verschuren says that he has only the 3 1/2-inch deep rafter bay to work with. He can’t afford to lose any headroom by adding insulation below the rafters, and he’d rather not tear off the roof to add extra insulation on top of the rafters.He’s zeroed in on a type of insulation called Spaceloft with a reported insulating value of R-10 per inch. The distributor’s web site describes Spaceloft as “a flexible aerogel composite blanket.”“So, 3 1/2 iches is all we have, but we’d like to get to an R-50 or thereabouts in our upgrade of this 1925 house built in Climate Zone 4C,” he writes in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor. “Spaceloft seems the only option.”Verschuren thinks he can get nine layers of this material in the rafter bays, followed by one or two layers over the bottoms of the rafters.last_img read more

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What to do – and avoid – when people ignore your message

first_imgImagine this. You’ve had a bad day at work. For months, you’ve been trying to persuade everyone to recycle. No one is complying. In frustration, you send out a mass email. “Only 5% of staff is putting paper in the recycling bins. We need to do better,” you say.Bad move.Why? When we are deciding whether to do something, we typically look to see what others are doing (“social proof”). As Robert Cialdini has thoroughly documented, we’re compliant creatures. If we see everyone else is ignoring the recycling bins, we’ll ignore them too.If you lament that no one is listening, no one will listen. By emphasizing inaction, you discourage the very behaviors you’re seeking.If you want action, make people feel they are are part of something positive: “We’re aiming for 100% of paper recycled by Friday – and we’re on our way there.”If you’re at a nonprofit that’s attracted hundreds of donations when you wanted thousands, don’t say, “Fewer people have supported our cause this year. So many kids are going without lunch. We really need your help.”Say: “Your donation will provide a school lunch to Jason every day this year. Join the hundreds of donors supporting kids like him.”Here are three tips for turning your frustration over what isn’t working into a message that compels action – instead of more inaction.1. The number one thing you can do to overcome resistance is to celebrate and publicize the people who are taking action. It will help inspire the ones who aren’t.2. If you don’t have enough people to highlight, try getting just one – preferably a person who people respect (or who has authority). Ask that person to explain why he or she is taking action. Maybe you’re not the best messenger and that person would be better.3. Last, if you can’t succeed on those fronts, try to convert just regular one person. Then ask that person to explain why they changed their mind. Converted skeptics are the most motivating of any messenger for the people who have failed to act. The people who aren’t on your side are more likely to relate to someone who once felt like them.Bottom line? Accentuate the positive if you want a positive reaction.last_img read more

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2014 Year-End Giving Results in Big Win Online for Nonprofits

first_imgWant more insight on how online giving is growing? Stay tuned! In February, we’ll release our Digital Giving Index, which will take a closer look at online giving trends. We’ll share where, how, and how much donors gave across our digital channels in 2014. How did your year-end fundraising campaigns perform? Chime in with your experiences in the comments and let us know what you plan to build on—or change—in 2015! It’s no secret that year-end giving is an important source of donation dollars for most nonprofits. Last year was no exception and we saw a lot of “generous procrastinators” giving big online in December 2014. When we looked at organizations who received donations on the Network for Good platform in both December 2013 and December 2014, we saw an 18% increase in total donation volume year over year. A few other important notes about year-end giving results:The total number of donations also grew year over year. In December 2014, 22% more donations were made to charities through Network for Good compared to December 2013.As expected, #GivingTuesday was a big driver of December donations on the Network for Good platform in 2014, with over $4.5M raised on December 2. This represented a 148% increase over total donation volume on #GivingTuesday 2013.December giving also accounted for 30% of all online donations made to nonprofits through Network for Good in 2014, with 10% of all annual giving happening on the last three days of the year. This stat has remained consistent for the last 5 years, underscoring the significance of year-end giving on overall fundraising results.The average gift size for the month of December also increased by 6.5% compared to 2013.last_img read more

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Woman-Centered Maternity Care, Family Planning, and HIV: Principles for Rights-Based Integration

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on June 6, 2013March 6, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Our colleagues at the Wilson Center Global Health Initiative are hosting a discussion with experts on rights-based maternity care and the intersection with family planning and HIV. The event will take place on June 11th from 3-5pm at the Wilson Center in Washington DC.About the event:Increasingly, family planning and HIV programs are seeking to expand their services to include maternal health care. The movement to integrate health services provides an important opportunity to share lessons learned across the different communities on their experiences with rights-based care. Join us for a discussion with experts in rights-based maternity care and its intersection with family planning and HIV.Click here for the list of speakers for the event.Click here to RSVP.Click here for directions to the Wilson Center.Learn more about this topic by visiting the MHTF’s topic pages focused on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS and respectful maternity care.For a compilation of the latest news and publications on maternal health, HIV and AIDS, click here. For a compilation of the latest news and publications on respectful maternity care, click here.Explore the MHTF’s ongoing blog series on maternal health, HIV, and AIDS and respectful maternity care.Share this:last_img read more

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