If a Meteor Roasted the Dinosaurs, Where’s the Charcoal?

first_imgA majority of scientists continue to believe that a falling asteroid felled the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, but problems remain.  London geologists went looking for evidence of charcoal at the Cretaceous-Tertiary layers, when the assumed impact occurred, assuming that the force of impact would have ignited a worldwide conflagration (thus the extinction of the big beasts).  But they found none, reports Nature Science Update.  How can you have a barbecue without charcoal?  Maybe, instead, the impact sent voluminous dust into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight and lowering the planet’s temperature drastically.  “In other words,“ the article speculates, “the dinosaurs might have frozen, not roasted.”Other anomalies are calling this popular speculation into question (see June 2 headline, for instance).  If this theory for dinosaur extinction goes, scientists will be back at square one.  Explaining why certain species disappeared suddenly while others did just fine is no easy task, especially when you can’t rent the video to see what really happened.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA teen racer just keeps on winning

first_img29 April 2014 South Africa’s Kelvin van der Linde racked up yet another memorable milestone in his young career with victory in race two of the opening round of the ADAC GT Masters in Oschersleben, Germany, on Sunday. The 17-year-old motor-racing phenomenon, the 2013 South African Motor Sportsman of the Year, shared a Prosperia C Abt Audi R8 with Germany’s Rene Rast and became the youngest ever GT Masters pole-sitter (in race one) and race winner. The two Prosperia C Abt Audi drivers dominated Sunday’s event to come home 2.4 seconds ahead of the Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Christian Engelhart of Germany and Dutchman Jaap van Lagen. Dramatic start The race got off to a dramatic start with a pile-up ahead of the first corner, which immediately brought out the red flags. All seven drivers involved emerged relatively unscathed. After a 30-minute delay, it was restarted but over a reduced distance, with the time now limited to 48 minutes. Rast, still in pole position, led off strongly. The pursuing pair of Austrian Dominik Baumann in a BMW Z4 GT3 and Van Lagen in the Porsche were preoccupied with a private battle for second position, and while Van Lagen prevailed, he was unable to pose any sort of threat to race leader Rast.Mandatory pit stop At the mandatory pit stop, Rast handed over to co-driver Van der Linde with a two- second cushion, and the youngster then brought the car home safely ahead of Engelhart and Van Lagen. Baumann and German Claudia Hurtgen were third in the BMW, 3.1 seconds in arrears. The debut performance by the young South African could hardly have been more impressive: he not only became the youngest ever race winner in the series but also claimed one of the two pole positions in his own right.‘Quite nerve-wracking’ “I found the first half hour of the race quite nerve-wracking and was a bit concerned when I took over as race leader, as I didn’t know if I could hang on to P1 after the pit stop,” Van der Linde confessed afterwards. “But I then found myself further in front and just focused on finishing the race and managing the lead. “I’m very grateful to Christian Abt for the opportunity to drive his car in the ADAC GT Masters. This is a mega step up for me in my motor racing career and I am very happy to have helped the team get the new season off to such a good start. The team gave Rene and I a great car this weekend.”‘Kelvin drove a fantastic race’ “Kelvin drove a fantastic race, didn’t make any mistakes and withstood massive pressure from the opposition,” said an admiring Rast. “Apart from that frightening incident at the start, it was a relatively straightforward race. I opened up a gap on the Porsche, but never quite managed to shake him off.” Prosperia C Abt Racing, the winners of the team prize in 2013, fielded three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in the first round of the high-profile international series. Pole position Van der Linde and Rast started from the pole position claimed by the South African in car #10 in Saturday’s opening one-hour sprint race. They put in impressive performances in their first appearance together and at the chequered flag were just 0.307s behind the winning Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Germany’s Max Buhk and Max Gotz. Engelhart and Van Lagen were third in the Porsche. The other two Prosperia C Abt Racing Audis, the #12 RT8 Audi driven by Markus Winkelhock and Stefan Wackerbauer and the #11 car shared by Nicki Thiim and Fabian Hamprecht, were forced to retire from both races. The Series Van der Linde and Rast will contest all eight rounds of the series, which features races at famous circuits like Zandvoort in Holland and the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring in Germany. Their competition includes Porsche 911 GT3s, BMW Z4 GT3s, Chev Camaro GTs and Chev Corvette GT3s, Ford GT3s, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s and Nissan GT-R GT3s. They now lead the championship with 43 points to the 33 of Engelhart and Van Lagen and the 25 of Hurtgen and Baumann.center_img The next round of the championship is at Zandvoort on 10 and 11 May. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Motsepe headed to the U.S for an official visit

first_imgDr Tshepo Motsepe, the spouse of President Cyril Ramaphosa and First Lady of the Republic of South Africa, will on Tuesday, 18 September 2018, embark on an official visit to the United States, ahead of the South African delegation, led by President Ramaphosa, attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.Dr Motsepe will start her visit at her alma mater, Harvard University’s School of Public Health, where she will deliver an address at the Open Summit on Early Childhood Health and Development in South Africa. She will also have a conversation with a group of students and faculty from the Department of Global Health and Population.On the second leg of her visit Dr Motsepe will attend the unveiling of the Nelson Mandela statue at the United Nations Headquarters.Dr Motsepe holds a Master of Public Health in maternal child health and aging from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is a qualified medical doctor, holding a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has also completed a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).Dr Motsepe has worked in private practice and in hospitals including Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital in South Africa and Parirenyatwa Hospital in Zimbabwe – each the largest in their countries. She also worked with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute which is a leading African research institute focusing on sexual, reproductive health and HIV research. She has also served as Chairperson of the Gauteng Health Department’s Accreditation Committee.Dr Motsepe is currently the Chairperson of African Self Help Trust (ASHA), a non-profit organisation which provides early childhood development support programmes for home based crèches in disadvantaged communities.Issued by the Presidencylast_img read more

Tiny House Jamboree Draws 40,000

first_imgSaving money is key, but life can be hardMaine’s National Public Radio affiliate recently aired a report on Mainers living in tiny houses, including one couple who found it was cheaper to build a tiny house than it was to buy and renovate an old home. Their $75,000 mortgage covered the land, building, and all site work.Ben and Sarina Speed of Franklin, Maine, lived with their two home-schooled children in a house measuring just 640 square feet, but then expanded it to about 1,000 square feet when it proved too cramped.“We’re home for huge chunks of the day and we need to play and do our projects and not be right in each others’ faces all the time,” Sarina Speed told MPBN. “I think if I had designed the house slightly differently back when we first built it I wouldn’t necessarily have to add on. But hindsight is 20/20.”Jake Ryan, a Portland, Maine, architect, gave up living in a tiny house for another reason — missing a sense of community.“I moved out of my tiny house because it was lonely,” he said. “And I missed people. You know, ‘hermit poet’ only lasts so long.” Lots of people are just plain curiousWriting in The New Yorker, Vauhini Vara said that she expected to find thousands of “rabid” evangelists for the tiny-house movement when she attended the jamboree.“Instead, I found that many of the tens of thousands of people at the jamboree were like me: curiosity-seekers who live in normal-sized houses or apartments and were there, it seemed, mostly to reinforce their own sense that living in tiny houses was sort of weird,” she wrote.Vara toured a 173-square-foot home designed to house a family of four. In the main room, there was a Murphy bed that retracted into a wall when not in use and another bed in a loft reached by a ladder. Salespeople and builders were enthusiastic, but Vara also touched on two challenges for tiny houses.One is that many local jurisdictions don’t allow them as permanent living quarters because they are on wheels, and are thus considered to be RVs, or because they don’t meet certain provisions of local building codes.Just as challenging is a cultural bias in favor of bigger dwellings. In another New Yorker article in 2011, Alec Wilkinson said the rise of the tiny-house movement was based in part on the rhetoric that big houses were wasteful “debtors’ prisons” while little houses were “luxurious” because their owners could live there debt-free and spend more time enjoying themselves.But, Vara points out, once the U.S. economy began to recover, the size of newly built houses started to go up again. Nearly half of all single-family homes built last year had four or more bedrooms, while the median size was 2,453 square feet. Nearly 40,000 people turned up for the first ever Tiny House Jamboree earlier this month in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a taste of what it would be like to live in a house with a footprint no bigger than 400 square feet.9News, a Colorado NBC affiliate, reported that visitors represented all 50 states and 10 countries. The three-day weekend festival also drew 22 professional builders who specialize in these diminutive designs.Long lines queued up at houses as small as 100 square feet as people waited their turns to get into buildings big enough for only two or three at a time.Interest seems to be growing in the tiny house movement, either because buyers want something less expensive than a conventionally sized home or because tiny houses are more attractive environmentally. Appearances by tiny house advocates on Oprah, CNN, and HGTV shows have helped spread the word.“In the last couple of years there has been a big uptick in the idea of just being free,” said Lane Van Horn, a tiny house builder with Stoke Collective. “There’s been a really big shift to just smaller, more simple living.”Shedding unnecessary possessions is another draw, but Van Horn admitted the lifestyle isn’t for everyone.“It’s not as easy as just shifting places,” he told the television station. “It’s a whole lifestyle shift. It’s the whole idea of choosing what you do need and what you don’t need to survive.”last_img read more

Why Developers Are Such Cheap Bastards

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#app development#developers Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… You develop software for a living. Why are you such a cheap bastard?We’re not talking about your personal spending habits. If you are any good at what you do, you probably make a fair amount of money and spend it on whatever catches your fancy. We’re talking about the tools you use to do your job. Developers expect, no, demand free tools and services to do their jobs. Whether it is analytic services, integrated development environments (IDEs), application programming interfaces (APIs) or software developer kits (SDKs), developers almost always refuse to pay for the tools they use to do their jobs. Many developers would rather go out of their way to build their own tools or use bug-ridden free tools than plunk down the money it would take to buy a service or subscription that could actually help them do their jobs more efficiently.Oxymoron: Developer-Focused Businesses ModelsThe Mobile Revolution as we know it is about six years old now. About halfway through it in 2010, lots of companies saw an opportunity to make apps for the rush of developers building apps for the Apple App Store and (as it was called then) Android Market. The idea was to make their lives easier and make some money at the same time in a nascent market. We saw a bunch of startups and (a little bit later) enterprise technology companies move to provide tools for these mobile developers. Companies like Localytics, Kinvey, StackMob, Appcelerator, appMobi, Sencha and many more all had the idea of providing developers with tools to help them do their jobs. Almost all of them have shifted their business models away from the “developer tools” avenue of making money. Because developers just don’t want to pay. Appcelerator, StackMob and Kinvey have gone with an enterprise-focused business model. Localytics’ prime target is to sell to marketers that crave data to do their jobs. appMobi sold its HTML5 developers tools to Intel. Sencha makes money by, among other things, selling cloud services to developers (a common theme with several of these companies). Enterprises and marketers pay for data, tools and services. Developers? Not so much.The Culture Of FreeDevelopers are spoiled. The big platforms basically give them all the tools they need for free. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook basically give their tools to developers, hoping to entice them to write for their platforms. In Microsoft’s case, sometimes they even straight out pay developers to build for Windows or Windows Phone and entice them with thousands of dollars of free tools. Almost by nature, developers can be arrogant, stubborn people. It makes them good at their jobs. But it also means that they almost always won’t use something that is not free or open source. They will spend a week building something that they could pay for out of the box and have running in an hour. Developers have come to expect free. In an odd, preternatural kind of way, they gravitate toward it. And the tech industry enables them to do it. The goodies at developer conferences like Google I/O are always tasty treats for developers (this year they all got expensive Chromebook Pixels, last year a smartphones and tablets). For the big software companies, it is about building a community around their brand and getting developers to publish apps and services for their platforms. Part of the core mission for Google at this year’s I/O was to update the Google Play Developer Console to give developers a suite of free tools like a new Android-focused IDE, analytics and translations services.  “As we give them more tools to make it easier to make great aps, they can try out more stuff,” said Google’s Ellie Powers in a recent interview with ReadWrite. “The basics are covered, people are generally very happy, they are giving us tremendous feedback on our product and great tools that we give them.”The Red Tape Of Paid ToolsIf has become fairly clear that developers – from the hobbyist to the professional developer studio to the enterprise-level wonk – hate paying for tools. Sometimes that has to do with their budgets (or lack thereof). Sometimes they think they can do better themselves. Developer focused site Stack Overflow had a great discussion on the topic a couple years ago. One developer, Erik B. sums up the problem with buying software tools in an enterprise nicely:If I find a non-free tool I might be able to download a free trial, without telling the boss, but if I want to buy the full version of the tool I’ll definitely gonna have to talk to my boss and he’s not just gonna give it to me. I’m gonna have to motivate why I need it. He is definitely gonna ask if there are any free alternatives and “I don’t know.” is not a good enough answer. So if I want the non-free tool I’m gonna have to evaluate all the free tools first.What Developers Will Pay ForIf you can’t get developers to pay for tools, what the heck can you get them to pay for?Services and subscriptions. More appropriately, the cloud.Amazon pulls this off perfectly. They offer a lot of free SDKs and APIs, especially around its Appstore development program for the Kindle Fire. Once Amazon has its hooks into the developer, it can then push them to pay for cloud hosting and computing through Amazon Web Services.In many ways, it is kind of a “freemium” model targeted at developers (which is ironic considering it is usually the developers that target freemium models on consumers). Get them in with the free tools, charge them for the cloud. This was essentially the model that appMobi used when it developed its litany of free HTML5 development tools. It would design for HTML5 and then sell developers cloud services to host and run their apps. When Developers Should Pay For ToolsIn a recent conversation with a developer friend, the topic of developers being cheap bastards came up. He said his rationale for when to pay for tools was fairly simple. If a developer is making around $80,000 a year, they are worth (depending on the scale) about $300 a day (considering time off for weekends and holidays). This scale slides, of course, but take the numbers as an example. So, if a developer downloads free software tools or tries to build them on their own, they are taking time out of their day from what is their normal job to configure those tools.Say a developer tool from a reputable source costs $300 and will work out of the box. If a developer wants to create a workaround, they should no more than one day on it. Otherwise it is no longer cost efficient to not buy the off-the-shelf product. Essentially, a developer should spend no more than one day trying to configure or build their own tools. Developers: When do you pay for tools? Which ones do you pay for? Let us know in the comments.center_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts dan rowinskilast_img read more

Emma Stone Halle Berry And Christina Applegate Join Revlon RunWalk For Women

first_imgRevlon, The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lilly Tartikoff are proud to announce the 21st annual EIF Revlon Run/Walk For Women.Revlon Brand Ambassador Emma Stone will host the 2014 event in New York on Saturday, May 3rd and Revlon Brand Ambassador Halle Berry, along with Christina Applegate will host in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 10th.Stone will be returning for her third year to host the New York Run/Walk, while Berry is celebrating her eighth year participating in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk, and hosting the Los Angeles event with Christina Applegate. The Run/Walk was launched in Los Angeles in 1994 through the combined efforts of Lilly Tartikoff, Ronald O. Perelman, Chairman of Revlon, Inc., and EIF with a second event in New York City added shortly after. To date, nearly one million people have participated in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and the Run/Walks have distributed more than $70 million to support women’s cancer research, counseling and outreach programs.“There is nothing more thrilling than to walk alongside the amazing women, men and children who come together on one day to support the fight against cancer,” said Stone. “The EIF Revlon Run Walk is an important tool to continue to build awareness and raise funds to find a cure for this disease. I look forward to seeing everyone on what is always a beautiful and inspiring morning in New York City!”“I am honored to once again host this year’s EIF Revlon Run Walk. It’s hard to find the words to describe exactly what it feels like to be part of such a powerful grassroots event that brings together tens of thousands of cancer survivors, patients, loved ones and supporters. The event is a true testament to the impact we can make if we band together against a common cause.” said Berry.Like her co-host, Christina Applegate has participated in the Run/Walk several times. As a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about inspiring other women to take control of their health and providing critical resources to women contending with or at risk of breast cancer.“I am thrilled for my charitable organization, Right Action for Women, to be a beneficiary of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk. The support Right Action for Women will receive from the Run/Walk will help provide necessary screenings for women at increased risk for breast cancer. Having participated in the past with my mom and many family members and friends, this event is important to me and I know that the funding RAW will receive from the EIF Revlon Run Walk will help save lives,” said Applegate.The New York race will start in Times Square and finish in Central Park, where there will be a health expo as well as a survivor ceremony. The Los Angeles race will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park. Early registration is encouraged and can be done by clicking here or by calling the event hotline at 855.434.3779. Registration is also available on site the day of both events.Participants are encouraged to fundraise individually or create teams. Those who are not able to attend the New York or Los Angeles events can register for the EIF Revlon Run/Walk in Your Dreams. Run/Walk In Your Dreams gives participants the opportunity to fundraise for the event from afar with the same tools and awards as participants in New York and Los Angeles enjoy.“Revlon has been involved with the EIF Revlon Run/Walk since its inception and every year, we are reminded of how important it is to keep up the fight against women’s cancers until we find a cure,” says Ronald Perelman, co-founder of the Run/Walk and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “I would like to thank all of the volunteers and city officials who help make our event possible each year.”“It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 21 years!” says Lilly Tartikoff, co-founder of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women and co-founder of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program. “We have met so many amazing women along this journey. Their spirit and passion has made it possible to raise the much-needed funds that have helped to deliver the innovative, non-toxic treatment for breast cancer called Herceptin. Even more exciting, there is another hopeful non-toxic treatment on the way. We are so thankful for everyone’s support in making this possible.”New York beneficiaries include: Actors Fund of America, Albert Einstein Cancer Center, CancerCare, Inc., Gilda’s Club NYC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, and National Women’s Cancer Research Alliance (NWCRA).Los Angeles beneficiaries include: Cancer Support Community- Benjamin Center, Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Health & Services Foundation, Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program, Right Action for Women (RAW),USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Women of Color Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Project.National Sponsors for the 2014 EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women include: title sponsor Revlon, double platinum sponsors Toyota and Marika, along with platinum sponsor Rite Aid. Award sponsors include exhale barre yoga spa, and NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. New York sponsors include gold sponsors Bloomberg, Dunkin’ Donuts and Lucille Roberts Gym; and media sponsors, Fresh 102.7, NBC 4 NY and Telemundo NY. Los Angeles sponsors include double platinum sponsor Macy’s; platinum sponsors ABC7 Los Angeles and Aquafina Water; gold sponsors Cancer Treatment Centers of America and The Walking Company; silver sponsor Wells Fargo Capital Finance and Zenith Insurance.last_img read more

CANADA COUNTRY OF HONOUR AT WORLD VR FORUM 2018

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Spotlight on Canada’s VR industryThe Canadian delegation to the World VR Forum, consisting of five internationally-renowned and award-winning VR studios, will join thousands of international industry professionals and decision-makers in the innovative immersive content production field. The Canadian creators who will form the delegation are, Emmanuel Albano of La boîte à insultes (iBox); Flavio Carde of Imagine360; Laura Mingail of Secret Location; Heather Phenix and Dirk Van Girkel of Jam3; and Jeff Ross of MasterpieceVR.Members of the Canadian delegation will participate in a panel on funding immersive content. Canada will also host a reception and a stand promoting Canadian VR and the innovation of Canadian creators in the field of immersive storytelling.After the great success of the second edition of Atelier Grand Nord realité virtuelle (AGN RV), which was held in Montreal in November 2017, SODEC will contribute to the activities planned as part of Canada’s Country of Honour by organizing the follow-up to AGN RV before the World VR Forum. This participation offers great opportunities for future development and collaboration for the seven Francophone projects represented at World VR Forum, and reinforces the influence of Montréal and Québec in this innovative field. The Québec participants at AGN RV are Patricia Bergeron (Leitmotiv), Émilie Bernard, Serge Bordeleau (Nadagam films), Cédric Corbeil (Nadagam films), Svet Doytchinov (Yantra Films), Ghassan Fayad (KNGFU), Élizabeth Laferrière, Julia Salles (Silex Créations), Colas Wohlfahrt (KNGFU) and Nicolas S. Roy (Dpt.) who will participate as an expert in the field and Audrey Pacart (Very Story) who will moderate a session.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca. Login/Register With: Toronto – Canada is the country of honour at World VR Forum, taking place in Crans-Montana, Switzerland from June 7 to 10. This annual summit brings together more than 4,000 experts, producers, artists, researchers, and private and public funders, participating in a conference, a competitive festival, and a market. Canada will be featured thanks to the support of the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Creative BC, On Screen Manitoba and Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC).“We’ve made a strategic decision to invest in an ever-growing number of VR projects as an important part of the funding we provide to Canadian digital media,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “The quality of Canadian VR is well-known around the world and we are proud to continue supporting Canadian creativity and innovation in immersive storytelling. Our support goes well beyond funding. It also includes promotion, access-to-market and generating business opportunities for Canadian creators, which is why we’re delighted to participate this year at the World VR Forum.”World VR Forum enables professionals in the VR field to present their projects and find new business partners, offers a variety of panel discussions, pitching sessions, presentations by international creators, and screenings of selected films. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Food Safety Workshop Series goes to southern TCI

first_img Residents can still do more to prevent mosquito breeding Recommended for you Related Items:Environmental Health Department, food safety, kenrick neely, south caicos, workshop, world health day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – As World Health Day continues to be marked in the Turks and Caicos, the Environmental Health Department, EHD explains that it managed to draw 18 food handlers in South Caicos out to a food safety workshop held on Tuesday. EHD Director Kenrick Neely said the focus of the one day session was to educate on personal hygiene, pest control, solid waste management, hand washing techniques and avoiding cross contamination of food. Other elements of the food safety initiative of the Department will take Neely and his officers to the fisheries plants and restaurants in South Caicos for inspections and then into the Capital, Grand Turk for a food handlers workshop tailored to the vendors at the newly launched Fish Fry there; that workshop is set for Saturday. All participants will receive certificates. World Health Day was commemorated this past Tuesday, April 7… the theme: ‘Food Safety ‘from farm to plate, keep food safe’. Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigatelast_img read more

Premier gives update following damage assessment tour

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Oct 2015 – The Premier gave a report on the state of the country following dangerous Category four Hurricane Joaquin, who in his trailing winds and rains delivered a debilitating blow to the Turks and Caicos from Wednesday to Friday. Hon Rufus Ewing said damage in Middle Caicos was nil, but the temporary road of the causeway was underwater while the construction at the site remained generally intact. Two boats overturned in North Caicos, the farms were bruised by the gale force winds and in Grand Turk there was beach erosion, damage to the seawall and on Saturday, due to tidal surges TCIG was forced to close a large area of Front Street in the capital from both motoring and pedestrian traffic.“The DEMA Team will continue to do a more detailed assessment of some of these areas to further estimate the extent and cost in damages to these islands.” The Premier says it is too early to say what the damages and loss of economic activity cost the country, but confirmed that the Provo International Airport reopened on Saturday morning and did see part of its new runway damaged. Related Items:assessment, causeway, dema, hurricane joaquin, premier rufus ewing, storm damage Big audience expected for Causeway ceremony Tuesday in North & Middle Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tributelast_img read more

US Department Of Energy Awards Electric Vehicle Cybersecurity Grant To Wilmingtons OnBoard Security

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — OnBoard Security, an industry leader in automotive cyber security solutions, will be collaborating with Virginia Tech on a US Department of Energy grant for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Cybersecurity. OnBoard Security will be participating in more than a dozen research tasks to “support advanced vehicle technologies that can enable more affordable mobility, strengthen domestic energy security, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of critical materials, and enhance U.S. economic growth.”The Electric Vehicle market is forecast to grow significantly over the next decade, bringing new attack vectors for hackers. OnBoard Security will be leading the team’s threat modeling and vulnerability assessment tasks on battery electric vehicles (BEV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). OnBoard Security will also create a formally verified firmware update procedure for the EVSE using shared cryptographic keys between the BEV and EVSE. Finally, the researchers at OnBoard Security will conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment of EVSE/BEV communication to determine if the data being collected, transmitted and stored for billing or charging purposes are jeopardizing the users’ or EVSE privacy, then design and implement a privacy-preserving communication protocol to provide recommendation to standardization bodies. Researchers from Virginia Tech and equipment manufacturers will be assisting these efforts.OnBoard Security will also be assisting Virginia Tech and other university partners in full scale system testing of converters and battery management systems (BMS) to resist cyber-physical attacks and devising device fingerprinting methodologies for conductive and inductive chargers.“The Electric Vehicles ecosystem is potentially vulnerable to attacks via the electric vehicles, the charging stations or the grid itself. Attacks on EV / EVSE could lead to stolen personal and financial information or vehicle damage,” explained Dr. Jonathan Petit, Senior Director of Research at OnBoard Security. “This DoE grant will allow my research team, along with experts from Virginia Tech and other partners, to evaluate these attack vectors and recommend solutions.”“As we look to develop solutions that will mitigate or eliminate threats associated with electric vehicles and charging stations, this DoE grant will bring together the expertise of academic and industry researchers, car manufacturers and utility operators to ensure the reliability of electric vehicle transportation in the future,” said Ryan Gerdes, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and member of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech.About OnBoard SecurityOnBoard Security was created to help automotive and IoT organizations stay ahead of the curve through superior cybersecurity. For over 10 years, the world-renowned experts at OnBoard Security have been pioneering technologies that protect the Internet of Things, now and for the future. We address three significant challenges; ensuring the security and privacy of autonomous and connected vehicles, making hardware roots of trust easy to use, and avoiding the existential threat from quantum computers to the integrity of the internet.About the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia TechThe Hume Center leads Virginia Tech’s research, education, and outreach programs focused on the challenges of cybersecurity, autonomy, and resilience in the context of national and homeland security. Education programs provide mentorship, internships, scholarships, and seek to address key challenges in qualified US citizens entering federal service. Current research initiatives include cyber-physical system security, orchestrated missions, and the convergence of cyber warfare and electronic warfare. For more information, visit: http://www.hume.vt.edu.(NOTE: The above press release is from OnBoard Security via Cision PRWeb.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Security Innovation Announces Intent To Create OnBoard Security Inc.In “Business”Wilmington’s OnBoard Security Strengthens Its Management TeamIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s OnBoard Security Adds Walt Dorfstatter To Board Of DirectorsIn “Business”last_img read more