The renovated complex of Dubrovnik Lazarets has opened its doors

first_imgAs part of the final conference of the project “Lazareti – the creative district of Dubrovnik”, on Sunday, July 28, the grand opening of the renovated historic complex Lazareti was organized. Now, after a thorough renovation, Lazareti has received a new life cycle through the valorization of cultural heritage as a place of cultural and tourist facilities. Mihaela Skurić, director of the Institute for Reconstruction of Dubrovnik, the main partner in the project, emphasized that this is the first project of the City of Dubrovnik in which funds from European funds are invested in the restoration of cultural heritage and giving new function and purpose, ie life to heritage. local communities.  The Lazareta complex, located right next to the city walls in Ploče, the eastern entrance to the historic center, in the past served as a quarantine (French quarantine: forty days), an international anti-infective measure that separates and controls people, goods and means of transport (ships) they are suspected to come from infected areas. In Dubrovnik, as early as 1377, the Grand Council issued a provision according to which newcomers from plague areas had to spend a month in certain supervised locations before they were allowed to enter the city. Although there have been several quarantines in Dubrovnik throughout history, Lazareti (whose construction was completed in 1647) was the largest commercial transit center on the Adriatic and one of the best organized quarantines in the Mediterranean in the 17th century. In the past, the eastern suburb of Ploče was a meeting place for trade caravans and travelers from the Ottoman Empire. Therefore, as early as 1377, the first quarantine for the isolation of passengers and goods from eastern countries was built in Ploče, because epidemics of infectious diseases often prevailed.  The infirmaries, with 8 preserved buildings and 5 courtyards, were renovated in 1623 from the sea side so that larger ships could approach. They had spacious warehouses for goods and livestock, and rooms for longer stays of merchants and travelers in isolation. In the 17th century, Dubrovnik’s Lazareti was the largest commercial transit center on the Adriatic and one of the best organized quarantines in the Mediterranean.  The project is worth HRK 33,8 million, of which as much as HRK 25,9 million was provided from European Union grants through the European Regional Development Fund. HRK 21.078 was spent on the renovation of three previously unrestored ships, while other funds were intended for equipping seven ships that have already been renovated, as well as for developing and designing cultural programs and facilities. As the future cultural center of Dubrovnik, Lazareti fully fit into the vision of sustainable destination management and through the valorization of cultural heritage sites and the expansion of cultural and tourist facilities is expected to make a major contribution to sustainable development at the local and regional level. In addition to the City of Dubrovnik, ten other partners participated in the project – the Institute for the Reconstruction of Dubrovnik, DURA, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the Linđo Folklore Ensemble, the Lazareti ART Workshop, the Lero Student Theater, the DEŠA Association, the DEŠA Social Enterprise and the Dart Association, and Art Sebastian Design. “The opening of the Lazaret is seemingly a small step for our city, but it is extremely important and full of symbolism. It is the year 2019 of culture, when we celebrate many anniversaries and we can finally say – Lazareti are over. We know how and in what way to take care of our historical heritage, we have EU funds at our disposal and we have just shown that we know how to use them, that we know how to manage EU money and invest it in what is important, and that is caring for our heritage. It is up to us to move on”, Said Mayor Mato Franković at the opening of the Lazaret. Source / photo: City of Dubrovniklast_img read more

Terry: Start of new era at Chelsea

first_imgJohn Terry believes Chelsea’s first Premier League title win in five years is just the start of a new era of trophy gathering at Stamford Bridge. Blues captain Terry will on May 24 lift the Premier League trophy for a fourth time and first since 2009/10 after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace gave Jose Mourinho’s men an unassailable lead with three games to spare. Terry has been an integral member of Chelsea’s squad for more than a decade and has played every minute of all 35 of the Premier League matches this season. “He’s been brilliant,” Terry said. ” He deserves a lot more respect as well. “We’ve been top since day one. It’s a big feat to do that. We’ve done it right from the start. “He deserves an awful lot of credit and his team around him. Teams come here and make it difficult, sit behind the ball. “He finds a way to break them down. That’s why he’s the best. We love working with him.” Didier Drogba is another survivor from the Mourinho side which won Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years a decade ago. The 37-year-old striker returned to Stamford Bridge last summer after two years away and could leave the Blues again at the end of the season when his contract expires. “I told you when I signed here I come here because I want to win the league again,” Drogba said. “The last time we won (in 2010) I was here. I was very happy. It’s a special day again.” Frank Lampard, who scored the two goals at Bolton in April 2005 which earned Chelsea the title, has spent the season at Manchester City after his 13-year stay at Stamford Bridge ended last summer. Lampard wrote on Instagram: “A massive congratulations to all my old teammates and friends at @chelseafc for winning the Premier League. “A huge achievement and well deserved by everyone at the club. Also to all those fantastic fans that I had the pleasure to play for for 13 years. I know how much it means to you all!” Terry’s central defensive partner Gary Cahill won the FA Cup and European Cup within six months of moving to Stamford Bridge from Bolton in January 2012. But he has had to wait a further three years for the coveted Premier League. Terry said of Cahill: “He’s won everything. He’s been brilliant since he arrived. I love playing alongside him. “We’ve got a great partnership on and off the field as well. He’s got many more years than me here, for sure.” Cahill addressed the criticism Chelsea have received for favouring substance over style in recent weeks. “We’ve shown this season what we’re capable of at times,” he said. “Winning well, playing great football, and also digging in when we need to. We’ve got both aspects of the game in this squad and hopefully we can win many more.” Press Association The 34-year-old, who has already signed a new contract until the end of next season, is optimistic the current squad can replicate the achievements of Mourinho’s first squad, which won the 2004/05 Premier League and stayed together for much of the next decade, culminating in the 2012 Champions League win. “This is the start of a new group, a new era and for sure this current group are going to go on to win many more trophies for the club,” Terry told Chelsea TV. “This is a tough trophy to win. It’s been five years since we won it. It will take a few days to sink in. “It’s been a long time. We’ve been great this season, fully deserve it. Absolutely delighted to get it.” Terry has 14 major trophies with Chelsea. He added: “Still going, hopefully there’s many more to come as well. With the squad we’ve got, who knows? “We’ve showed great strength and character this year to come and do it.” He reserved special praise for the tactical nous of Mourinho, who now has three Premier League titles after switching to a more pragmatic approach as the title drew near. last_img read more

Down by 21, Archers refuse to go quietly, force sudden death

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ View comments 2 eagles lift Campbell to 2-stroke CAT Open lead There was little going for the Green Archers before the run that preceded that inbound play. In contrast, the Blue Eagles were flying, holding a 21-point lead and looking poised for a sweep. But Montalbo and the rest of the Archers weren’t going away just yet.What the Archers lacked in defensive intensity and shotmaking in a forgettable first quarter was wiped away by a relentless belief that they were built for these moments of adversity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“What I wanted to show in that play was for us to believe and to want it more,” said Montalbo. “I think we needed that wake-up call.”La Salle planted the seeds of one of the biggest comebacks in UAAP Finals history late in that second period and nurtured that on the way to a 92-83 victory that might have just swung the momentum in the way of the Archers heading into a winner-take-all showdown for the Season 80 crown on Sunday. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Eagles appeared to be on their way to a sweep after taking a 49-28 advantage on Anton Asistio’s split from the foul line with 2:24 left in the second period. Worse, the foul that sent Asistio to the line was Rivero’s fourth—and he trudged back to the bench in tears.But Mbala later zipped through the lane for a dunk to cut the lead, 34-51, triggering the Archers’ big run.“We saw some of our players down, struggling,” said Mbala. “We kept grinding, we kept pushing. Coach (Aldin Ayo) told us to keep believing. I feel like we got used to games like this and we just have to stick together, stick to the game plan, and play defense.”The Archers came out of the break with renewed vigor with Rivero hitting eight of his 18 points in the third period, while Montalbo scored on a couple of fast break layups. The Eagles, on the other hand, lost steam, outscored by their rivals, 26-8, in the period.“We just didn’t stop working,” said Rivero. “That wasn’t the way I was supposed to play in the first half because we got overeager.”With a comeback for the ages, La Salle likes its chances in the deciding game.“We should handle this victory very well,” said Montalbo. “Hopefully we ride this momentum for Game 3.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Kib Montalbo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTheir title-retention bid on the verge of an epic collapse, La Salle skipper Kib Montalbo stood in front of Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena as he defended an inbound play late in the second period Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Twice, Ravena tried to throw off Montalbo with a bump, but the La Salle skipper refused to budge, as if to say he wasn’t giving up his spot on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Mbala, named MVP for the second straight season, before the start of the game, finished with 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, while staying away from foul trouble in the second half and Ricci Rivero returned with aplomb after a foul-plagued first half as the Archers completed a 30-point turnaround to even the series at one game apiece.As the Archers went on a tear in the second half, the Eagles, who started the game on a 32-15 burst, suddenly went cold as the defending champions regained control of a highly physical series.“We were down by 20,” said Montalbo. “We wanted to take it inch by inch, possession by possession. Never give up. Execute and defend. As a captain of this team, it starts with me if we’re going to play tough.”The last two periods saw La Salle at its finest since the start of the season. Clogging the lane every time the Eagles reached the paint and closing out on shooters at the perimeter, the Archers played with urgency and tenacity, while getting points in transition.“We’ve worked hard for 10 to 11 months,” Montalbo added. “We can’t just throw this away. We had to fight until the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

It’s Official: Saturn’s Rings Are Young

first_img(Visited 1,547 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 There’s no stretching the truth any more. Cassini data have led all the ringmasters to the conclusion that the rings of Saturn are not billions of years old.Saturn’s rings seen from Voyager 2, 1981For over 15 years, Creation-Evolution Headlines has reported the tug-of-war between planetary scientists on the age of Saturn’s rings (e.g., 2/12/02). Indications that the rings are much younger than Saturn’s assumed age (4.5 billion years) go back to the Voyager missions. Several lines of evidence pointed to youth, but planetary scientists tugged back at the evidence, inventing ways to keep the rings billions of years old. Now, they have given up. Reality won the match: the rings are young!Paul Voosen reports in Science Magazine, “Saturn’s rings are solar system newcomers.”The rings of Saturn seem like permanent fixtures in the solar system, firing the imaginations of poets and scientists alike. But observations made this year by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in the final months of its existence, and reported here last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), show they are surprisingly youthful: Until a few hundred million years ago, they did not exist. Saturn acquired its jewels relatively late in life. If any astronomers had gazed at the sky in the time of the dinosaurs, they might have seen a bare and boring Saturn.Cassini high dives through Saturn rings in 2017 (JPL).Of course, to moyboy scientists, ‘young’ is a relative term. The new estimate of 200 million years max doesn’t sound young to most people. It is, however, only about 5% of the assumed age of the solar system. That conclusion leaves secular planetary scientists in a quandary: it will now require ad hoc special conditions to explain the rings in a separate theory, apart from the general theory of the solar system’s formation. Not only that, it will require a relatively recent event that makes humans look special, because we live in a rare epoch when the rings exist to be observed and enjoyed by sentient beings.The brightness of the rings was a primary evidence for youth, because rings should get dirty over time from meteorite bombardment. Added to that, the B-ring—thickest of all—turns out to be less dense than thought. The clincher came from the Cosmic Dust Analyzer (CDA), which measured far more dust than expected:After 12 years of painstaking measurements and analysis, the Cosmic Dust Analyzer, a Cassini experiment that measures small particles, has found that the micrometeorite flux is large—“inconsistent with an old ring,” says Sascha Kempf, a space physicist at the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder who led the work. Dust from the outer solar system moves more slowly than expected, which allows Saturn’s gravity to pull more of it in. The flux, about 10 times higher than estimates from before the Cassini mission, suggests a ring age of between 150 million and 300 million years, or even younger. “Our measurement is the most direct way you can measure it,” Kempf adds. “There’s not much you can do about it. It has to be young.”Dr. Larry Esposito enjoying Cassini’s first view of Saturn’s rings, July 1, 2004 (photo by David Coppedge)How are the scientists dealing with this quandary? Basically, Voosen writes, they are appealing to the Stuff Happens Law (i.e., chance). Leading ringmasters Larry Esposito and Jeff Cuzzi have been worrying about this for decades. Eleven years ago, Esposito proposed a thick B-ring to keep at least that part going for a billion years (2/04/16). Now look what they say:In the early 1980s, Esposito says, the two Voyager spacecraft flew past Saturn and returned data that seemed to point toward a low ring mass—and a possible youthful age. But Voyager scientists had a hard time coming up with a compelling scenario to explain it—the notion that a saturnian moon might have shattered at a time when the solar system would have had few potential asteroids or comets to ram into it seemed far-fetched. “The best idea we had then was that we’re just lucky,” Esposito says. “I’m back to square one.”Scientists have only begun to study how the ring-forming collision could have happened. “Part of the reluctance for everyone to leap off this bridge into the unknown is we haven’t had any kind of feasible explanation,” Cuzzi says. It’s time for new ideas, he adds. “The solar system could be full of surprises like this.”Cuzzi’s last statement could be taken as a covering model for future upsets. Or, it could be taken as an indication that planetary scientists don’t understand the solar system as much TV specials make it seem.The situation is analogous to the fossil record for Darwinism. Theory predicts gradual change and clear lines of descent, but the evidence keeps showing abrupt appearance, living fossils and ‘convergent evolution’ (hear Casey Luskin talk about this on ID the Future). As I see it, the evidence is baffling for Darwinians because Darwinism is false. Similarly, the youthful rings of Saturn are baffling to secular planetary scientists because the solar system is young.I had occasion to meet these scientists when I was at JPL, and I spoke with them on rare occasions. I was responsible for their computers at their universities, and saw them often in periodic Project Science Group meetings at the lab. They were each amicable and pleasant in person. I listened to their presentations with great interest, wondering which view would prevail. It was clear to me that nothing would dislodge their belief in billions of years, but there was a subtext that it would be very troubling to them if the rings turned out to be young. These quotes show that to be the case: they are flummoxed and dumbfounded by the evidence. They have no explanation, and they admit it.I’ve been intrigued by this mystery ever since I read about it in Astronomy Magazine and Sky & Telescope back in the 1980’s, so it was good to actually meet the experts in person. In my non-JPL science presentations, I’ve long used Saturn’s rings as one of many examples that the solar system is young. While maintaining my humility as not in their league regarding math and physics, I do find some gratification, at least in this instance, at being found right in the end.last_img read more

South African journalists excel at CNN awards

first_img13 October 2015Four South African journalists have won CNN African Journalist Awards, held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Kenya, Nairobi. The awards recognised and awarded 32 African journalists, drawn from over 1 400 entries from 39 African countries.The Mohamed Amin Photographic Award went to @hermanverwey, Beeld #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/AlmXQO5lw8— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Photographer Herman Verwey from the Beeld newspaper won the Mohamed Amin Photographic Award for his photos taken during the murder trial of the Paralympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius.“When you look at Herman Verwey’s work, for a second, you can wonder. the characters are so full of life, these pictures really give you a sense of their feelings. Herman’s body of work gives also a proper idea of the high pressure that surrounded this trial, so important for the South African society,’ said the judges of their choice of this year’s winner.The awards were handed out on Saturday evening, 10 October.The Dow Technology & Innovation Reporting Award went to @sarahemilywild, Mail & Guardian #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/PEFadJx44N— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Sarah Wild from the Mail & Guardian newspaper won the Technology & Innovation Reporting Award for her story, “Robot”, on the environmental testing of the health of the oceans’ “lungs” in relation to effects of global warming.Judges highlighted the article’s intuitive and simple tone in communicating the technicalities of the subject matter, saying: “Sarah Wild delivered an original report on a major innovation in research over global warming, conducted by a South African scientific team. It’s an excellent reminder that there are African-led research programs at the forefront of the climate change issue. Sarah Wild transports the reader into the heart of the project, with the team deploying this new generation of sea-cruising robots.”The IPP Media Features Award went to @JulieLaurenz & #JacquelineJayamaha #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 pic.twitter.com/mrnV3LJXxT— AfricanJournoAwards (@AfricanJourno) October 10, 2015Freelance documentary-makers Julie Laurenz and Jacqueline Jayamaha won in the Features Award category for their harrowing profile piece, “Viola’s Hope”, for the e-tv channel, about the effects of woonga drug addiction.“Tragic. Educative. Committed. The team that brought us this piece spent over a month putting it together and they stayed with their story which was well-shot, produced and written,” said the judges.CNN/MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 is Hyacinthe Sanou, Burkina Faso #AfricanJournoAwards #AJA20 w/ @UKenyatta pic.twitter.com/NYCfaWaXPO— DStv Kenya (@DStv_Kenya) October 10, 2015Burkinabe journalist Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou won the top prize – African Journalist of the Year – for his piece, “Room 143”. Published in the Ouagadougou daily newspaper L’Observateur Paalga, the story covered the ousting of Blaise Campaore, who had ruled over Burkina Faso for 27 years.“My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered,” said Sanou.Uhuru’s speech during 2015 CNN Multichoice African Journalist Awards http://t.co/KtM6nB6thX #AfricanJournoAwards pic.twitter.com/4uXdfz0Wvr— The Star, Kenya (@TheStarKenya) October 11, 2015Keynote speaker for the event, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, paid tribute to the hard work journalists did to find the real stories of Africa. He asked that they do their best to continue to find the real “African truths” and reclaim the African story, so that they could tell global audiences of the success stories.Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press newspaper, was this year’s chairperson of the judging panel. She paid tribute to the winners, saying the awards were recognition for a lot of sacrifices that journalists made to get their stories. “Journalism can be very dangerous, lonely,” Haffajee told the gathering.Speaking on behalf of the hosts and sponsors of the event, Deborah Rayner, CNN senior vice-president for international news gathering, TV and digital, said that the winners demonstrated the very best of journalism, from investigative journalism through to stories of hope and change.“I’ve seen tremendously courageous reporting, brilliantly innovative reporting and highly entertaining reporting,” added Tony Maddox, executive vice-president and managing director of CNN. “The awards really do cover the full panorama of all that is good in journalism.”Source: News24last_img read more

Play Your Part TV series: episode 14 synopsis

first_imgHere’s a little taste of what episode 14 of the Play Your Part TV Series has in store for you this Saturday. This week you get to meet three women who have been working tirelessly to make a difference in their communities.Brand South Africa reporterThe Play Your Part TV series is coming at you again this Saturday, same time at 6pm and same place on SABC 2. Here’s a quick look at what episode 14 has in store for you on 13 January 2018.Nosipho Community FoundationNosipho Ngcobo, the founder of the Nosipho Community Foundation, can often be found strolling along the streets of Durban as a Good Samaritan on the move. Through her organisation, Ngcobo offers a helping hand to the homeless, providing shelter, food and employment opportunities where she can.New Jerusalem Home for ChildrenNew Jerusalem Home for Children just outside Tembisa, Gauteng, recently hosted the South African National Men’s Hockey Team. We speak to Phina Mojapelo, the social work manager for the children’s home, about the experience and what the organisation is all about.El TheosThrough her extensive experience in helping the El Theos organisation, Bijou Bakole, has taken it upon herself to provide support to a few young boys in coping with their challenging domestic circumstances.Tune in and be inspiredThe Play Your Part TV Series airs at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa you can:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Energy Code Enforcement is a Mixed Bag

first_imgSince I am a HERS rater, I do the required testing for some builders and provide the test results for my building certification clients. Most of the houses I test pass; however, two recent homes did not. One house showed some bad duct leakage, which the HVAC contractor was able to identify quickly and repair.At the second house, the blower-door test showed almost 9 ach50. A quick inspection showed that an attic bonus room did not have the required attic-side sheathing on or blocking below the kneewalls. When they correct this, I will come back and retest. These are two cases where testing identified problems that could be fixed, but so far, there appears to be limited enforcement of the code by building officials.I see nothingIn my testing role, I am not responsible for overall compliance with the energy code, but I do my best to point out obvious problems, such as the missing air sealing of the knneewall mentioned above. But as long as a house passes the tests, I have no authority to report any work that doesn’t comply with code requirements.Unfortunately, it appears that many officials who are in a position to enforce the code are not doing so consistently. They require that the contractor post the state-required compliance certificate, but I have yet to see a project fail for missing the required air barriers that could be visually verified in a matter of minutes.This lack of enforcement allows builders to complete and sell homes that clearly don’t meet the requirements of the energy code, depriving homeowners of energy efficiency and comfort that they deserve. If enforcement were better and more consistent, all builders would have to step up their game and we would end up with much better housing stock.I recently served on a committee to help the city of Atlanta come up with a plan to properly enforce the energy code, with the intention of disseminating the results throughout the state when complete. The report is scheduled for release early next year. It will be interesting to see how successful this effort is at improving enforcement in the field. I’ve never been much of a code geek, but recently I’ve been studying the 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) documents. When I was a contractor, energy code enforcement by building officials was pretty much nonexistent, so I didn’t pay much attention to the specifics, although I’m fairly certain we met or exceeded the minimum requirements in our projects.My recent interest in the codes was sparked by Georgia’s amendments to the 2009 IECC that went into effect this year. The Department of Community Affairs put together a pretty thorough document that improves on the 2009 code and requires blower-door testing for new homes listed as an option in the IECC – one of the few in the country that does so. For reference, a house must test better than 7 ach50, and ducts must test to better than 8 cfm @ 25 Pa/100 s.f. total leakage or 12 @ 25 Pa/100 s.f. leakage outside the building envelope. Duct systems fully inside the building envelope don’t need to be tested and blower door testing is not required on renovation projects.More cops on the streetThere is a difference, however between having a good written code and enforcing it.There are two pieces to making sure that buildings meet the energy code: visually inspecting for the mandatory measures and performance testing. Visual inspections are the responsibility of building inspectors, while the testing can be done by anyone with the proper training – HERS raters or Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) technicians who are trained to perform blower door and duct leakage tests by groups around the state. The testing does not need to be performed by a third party – the HERS rater or DET technician can be an employee of the builder, the HVAC contractor, or an independent contractor. RELATED STORIES Are Energy Codes Working?New Air Sealing Requirements in the International Residential CodeAn Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeAre We Really Better Off With Building Codes? last_img read more

Cloud Computing: 4 Ways To Overcome IT Resistance

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting kyle falkenhagen Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise Guest author Kyle Falkenhagen is director of product management at ServiceMesh.Business and IT leaders are bombarded with cloud computing hype and promotion. Yet very little is said about how the cloud affects the evolution of the IT organization itself. Enterprise cloud adoption is a transformative shift where the greatest implementation challenges are often more about people and process than technology integration.Agents of change, especially in large enterprises, must overcome various forms of resistance. This includes organizational fiefdoms and the IT silos that evolved with them. These four organizational change strategies can help IT departments fight fear and inertia as they move to cloud computing:IT Change Strategy #1: Use Tiger Teams To Break Down IT FiefdomsWhile no one is shocked that IT silos can hinder cloud adoption, you may be surprised how quickly you’ll encounter resistance. For example, setting up IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) offerings for your first private cloud will likely involve separate groups responsible for storage, computing, networking, platforms and security. Coordination among these groups is already difficult and you’ll quickly find that many cloud vendors have product interoperability issues that cause documentation gaps, integration problems and incompatibilities. Teams will have to escalate issues through multiple vendors, causing long delays and strains between IT fiefdoms not accustomed to relying on each other.The key is for siloed groups to share activities across traditional boundaries. To encourage this, leading companies have created Tiger Teams: small cross-functional groups of skilled, respected and entrepreneurial-minded workers. They should be experienced enough to navigate their home departments to accomplish needed tasks, politically astute enough to marshal resources and enterprising enough to push projects to completion. And they need a strong sponsor who can provide political cover and help break through entrenched resistance.IT Change Strategy #2: SWAT Away “Analysis Paralysis”One large financial institution implemented a cloud strategy with an incumbent vendor that claimed to offer the right strategy and products. The firm waited too long for proof points and had vastly disappointing results. When it tried to bring in other cloud vendors, they merely added confusion to the existing failed effort – leading to analysis paralysis and the inability to decide on the proper next steps.Unfortunately, this scenario is being played out in many large enterprises. If you can’t afford a year of paralysis, create a SWAT team.Smaller and more discreet than a Tiger Team, a SWAT team is quietly let loose to “get something done.” It emerges only when it has a concrete working model to integrate with the IT ecosystem for evaluation. Because it runs “small, fast and dark,” a SWAT team can be easier to initiate than a Tiger Team. A SWAT team’s goal is to break the paralysis and create a tangible model that everyone can improve. Building a SWAT team is relatively cost effective, especially compared to the opportunity cost of spending a year just trying to decide what to do.IT Change Strategy #3: Challenge Legacy ObstinacyMany organizations cling stubbornly to legacy applications and platforms, often including proprietary applications running on no longer supported platforms. While some groups may propose porting those applications to a modern, standardized, platform and as-a-Service offering, legacy zealots may claim that’s too risky.But there are many different techniques for cloud migration, including some require little to no re-architecture efforts. One size does not fit all when it comes to migrating applications to the cloud.That’s critical, because the benefits of eliminating non-standard platforms and infrastructure in favor of lower cost, cloud-based service offerings are too important to ignore. Because cloud computing promises automated processes that lower costs and speed cycle times for application provisioning, maintenance, patching and updating, cloud-based IT service costs will almost certainly decrease over time. Legacy system costs, meanwhile, typically continue to creep up. Many times, simply running numbers can help overcome emotional objections to changing the legacy status quo.IT Change Strategy #4: Challenge Habitual InefficiencyMost organizations existing IT processes and governance approaches are the result of years of layering of systems, technologies and process exceptions. Today’s cloud initiatives present a significant new opportunity to improve process automation and implement new governance best practices. That will likely breed resistance based on the idea of, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Don’t buy it. The process has likely been broken for years.Part of the resistance is political, as people within the IT organization understandably worry about positions being eliminated or particular fiefdoms losing prestige and power. The misperception may also exist that automation is fraught with risk.But the real risk lies in not doing anything.While some positions may in fact be eliminated and other roles may change with a move to the cloud, this is far better than the alternative. Sub-optimal IT efficiency can lead to lower enterprise productivity, a loss of competitiveness, lower profits and ultimately the risk of wholesale outsourcing of IT operations.Successful Organizational Change ManagementAddressing organizational change is vital to ensure the success of enterprise cloud-computing initiatives. By incorporating the right approach and building strong arguments to overcome resistance, you can help your organization make the changes necessary for successful implementation of enterprise cloud strategies.center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts last_img read more

Flood alert in Delhi as Yamuna water level nears danger mark

first_imgNEW DELHI: The water level in the river Yamuna in Delhi has reached 203.37m and is expected to touch the “warning mark” of 204.5m in the next 36 hours, with the “danger mark” pegged at 205.33m, authorities said on Sunday.A total of 4,30,817 cusec water has been released from the Hathini Kund barrage in Haryana, further raising the water level of the Yamuna, which is already flowing at a dangerous level. A high alert has been sounded in the Yamuna Nagar administration of Haryana following the release of water. The catchment area has been evacuated after water entered the houses of locals living in the area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe water level at 12 noon was just 1.13m below the “warning mark”. “Water is being released from the Hathni Kund Barrage in Haryana every hour,” a Flood and Control Department official said, stating around six lakh cusec water was released at noon on Sunday. On Saturday also, water was released from the barrage following heavy rains, the official said. The water discharged from Hathni Kund Barrage –which provides drinking water to Delhi –normally takes 72 hours to reach the capital, the official said. “An advisory has been issued by the department regarding the water level and the concerned agencies have been alerted. The situation is being closely monitored,” the official added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHundreds of people live along the banks of the Yamuna, and they will be moved to safer places once the water level touches the “warning mark”. Meanwhile, the national capital and its surrounding areas woke up to a light to moderate rains on Sunday morning, providing some relief from the heat. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 24°C, while the maximum temperature was 32°C. The weather station in Safdarjung recorded 8.7 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. While the Palam and Lodhi Road weather stations received 7.8 mm and 9.4 mm of rainfall respectively, the Ayanagar Observatory recorded 11.7 mm of rainfall. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected to lash several parts of the national capital as well as other adjoining national capital regions (NCR) in the next 24 hours. As a result, the MeT department has also issued an orange alert, which means the authorities should prepare for necessary action, in Delhi. “The current Western Disturbance is likely to cause widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi during next 24 hours,” the MeT department tweeted.last_img read more

Edward Norton And Joe Jonas To Speak At We Day Seattle

first_imgToday, international charity and educational partner Free The Children, alongside Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft and The Allstate Foundation, announced the lineup of world-renowned leaders and A-list entertainers, including Edward Norton, Joe Jonas and Cody Simpson.The event is set to captivate 15,000 students and teachers from over 450 schools across Washington state at We Day Seattle on March 21 at KeyArena.Organized by Free The Children, We Day is taking the philanthropic world by storm and going global with events in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Over 180,000 youth this year alone will come together to take part in an unprecedented educational initiative which inspires students to become active local and global citizens.The official lineup of speakers and entertainers was revealed by Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, 2014 Super Bowl Champions, Pete Carroll at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center along with students from Enumclaw Middle School, Gateway Middle School and Eastside Christian School who are earning their way to We Day Seattle by committing to take action on local and global cause they care about.“We were so fired up to see the impact thousands of young people from across Washington made last year as part of the We Day movement,” said Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. “Like us they were just getting warmed up. This year, we are excited to bring students back to We Day Seattle to celebrate their incredible work and support them as they continue to make their marks on the world.”Leading the day full of educational speeches, inspirational moments and show stopping performances will be Free The Children ambassador, Jesse Giddings as co-host for We Day Seattle, along with international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger. The star-studded list of speakers and performers announced to date includes:· Edward Norton (EdwardNorton) – Actor, Filmmaker, and Co-founder, CrowdRise· Joe Jonas (joejonas) – GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum artist and Free The Children ambassador· Cody Simpson (CodySimpson) – Australian pop singer and award-winning musician · Hannah Alper (CallmeHannah.ca) – 11-year-old Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, blogger and youth activist· Pete Carroll (PeteCarroll) – Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, 2014 Super Bowl Champions, and We Day Seattle Co-Chair· Russell Wilson, Derrick Coleman, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse – 2014 Super Bowl Champions Seattle Seahawks players· Molly Burke (mollymetowe) – Visually impaired Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador and author, who speaks about bullying and the power of hope· Roger Levesque – Seattle Sounders FC alum· Devon Bostick (DevBostick) – Actor, director, writer, producer, best known for the feature film franchise Diary of a Wimpy Kid· Martin Luther King III – Human rights advocate and eldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.· Spencer West (@spencer2thewest) – Me to We inspirational speaker, Free The Children ambassador, author and double amputee who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro· …with more to be announcedWe Day Seattle will also see local youth leaders and performers take the stage including Nandie Oosthuzien, Founder and CEO of Hand and Heart, local youth Adora Syitak and Daniel Franco, The Connection, a local hip hop dance group, and the Seattle Rock Orchestra.“I have been working with Free The Children for several years and the impact that students across the country have on kids just like themselves globally is incredible,” said Joe Jonas, GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum artist. “It’s something that I had the chance to experience firsthand this past summer in Kenya. I saw and really understood how the students putting on bake sales and raising money here, fundamentally improves the chance for others to receive an education; something we often take for granted.”Students can’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earn it through service by making a commitment to take action on at least one local and one global initiative of their choice as part of the year-long educational program called We Act. The We Act program supports students and teachers with free educational resources, student-led campaigns and support materials to help turn the inspiration of We Day into sustained activation. The program enhances a school’s existing service learning initiatives or sparks new ones.“The impact that youth can make when they are engaged and passionate about the issues they are addressing is remarkable,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free The Children. “The inaugural We Day Seattle welcomed 15,000 young people from 350 schools in over 100 different school districts. The accompanying We Act program has reached almost 230,000 community members throughout Washington state, supporting over 250 charities and non-profit organizations and creating powerful impacts among participants and in the community. That’s why exposing thousands of students at We Day to a variety of issues is so valuable; it creates a space for them to use their passions and abilities to make real change and we’re excited to see what they will do again this year.”We Day is free of charge to the thousands of students and teachers in attendance, thanks to the extraordinary support of sponsors, led in Washington state by Co-Title Sponsors Microsoft and The Allstate Foundation. Microsoft helped bring We Day to the United States for the first time in 2013 as part of its YouthSpark initiative. The Allstate Foundation is the National Co-Title Sponsor of We Day and We Act across the U.S. with We Day events beginning in Seattle and California.“Last year’s launch of We Day Seattle filled me with great hope for the future as I saw thousands of students celebrating the power of community engagement, fueled by technology innovation,” said Lori Forte Harnick, general manager, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft. “Youth inspire us, and this is why Microsoft made a commitment to bring We Day back to Seattle for the next three years as part of our YouthSpark initiative.”“We are thrilled to be joining forces with We Day and Free The Children to inspire and engage students all across America to be active citizens. The Allstate Foundation cares about supporting the work of young people who are trying to make the world a better place and we see a strong parallel between the work of The Allstate Foundation and Free The Children,” said Vicky Dinges, Senior Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Allstate Insurance Company “We’re just getting started with We Day Seattle and California, and are excited to see our two organizations grow together to empower even more young people all across America to be forces for good in their community and around the world.”The event will be live streamed at www.q13fox.com on March 21 starting at 9:15 a.m. PDT.Find out more about We Day here.last_img read more