Flooding Renders Thousands Homeless

first_imgThousands of slum dwellers beginning from 20th Street to the Fish Market community in Monrovia have been forced to leave their dwellings as a result of flooding.The disaster followed a heavy 12-hour down pour of rain that began at 9 p.m. on Sunday and continued up to 9 a.m. Monday morning.Residents of 20th and 24th Streets who have lived there for more than 20 years said it was the first time a flood of this magnitude had been experienced in those communities.Identifying the causes of the flood disaster, two of the 24th Street residents attributed it to blocking of the drainages and waterways in the swamp by builders.“The people building in this place are the ones causing this problem for us.  They build right over the drainages and waterways; and because these areas are blocked, the water is forced to spread into the community as it has,” a resident said.Another resident of the Fish Market community near President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s home also attributed the cause of the flood to random building of houses without observing alleys or waterways.According to Solo B. Gbayor, many people in the area build on the waterways in the swamp and are in the habit of dumping dirt in the drainages.  He said this condition has clogged the drainages, preventing water from flowing freely; so the water must find its way. Mr. Gbayor also blamed government for being weak in enforcing environmental and zoning laws and restoring orderliness. “People are just left to do their own thing without observing rules.  Before building in any part of the city you have to go to Public Works to get the permission. But people do their own thing and claim they were authorized by the government.  This is what is  causing the problem for all of us today.”Distressed victims in the communities were on Monday seen taking their luggage, crossing the flood of water to the dry land in search of other accommodations.Those with no hope of getting another home elsewhere could do nothing but to wait for the flood to abate and find their way into their drenched and clustered houses.The affected communities are situated in the lowland area. The narrow strips of dry land are divided by a swamp — one side between the swamp and the Atlantic Ocean, and on the other side near the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center, extending to President Sirleaf’s residence near the Old Road-Tubman Boulevard intersection.Residents,  without considering future embarrassments of this kind,  have built in the swamp and blocked the waterway.  Erosion from the main Tubman Boulevard runs down the beach and enters into the swamp.But with the style of building in the communities, the water cannot flow down and is forced to spread.Moreover, the drainage system in those communities,  as in other parts of Monrovia, is clogged as those iron plates used to cover the drainages have all been stolen and sold to scrappers.Local residents use the open holes now to dump trash while erosion also adds up.  As a result, water no longer flows through the drainages but sets and spreads on roads and on the lowland.Up until Monday afternoon, affected residents were still striving to get their things out of the polluted water in those communities, asking the media to propagate their situation in order that they might receive assistance from humanitarian organizations.Normal work in the People’s United Community Clinic between 20th and 24th Streets came to a standstill as the flood overtook it; all working tools were left in the water.Meanwhile, there is also a high possibility of the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the communities.All septic tanks in the communities are full, while plastic bags of human wastes thrown over the top of houses by those without toilets are washed into the flood as rain falls.Residents depend on well water to cook and bathe, and on hand pumps installed by the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) water for drinking.  With the level of flood, the water system is certainly polluted; and if not handled properly and expeditiously, may cause diarrhea, cholera, and other related diseases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea v Newcastle: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgDiego Costa will wear a facemask after breaking his nose.Kick-off: 5.30pm, Saturday 13 February 2016Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)Match in a nutshell: Unbeaten in eight league matches under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea have the chance to move into the top 10 with a win over Newcastle.Five key battles: Including Branislav Ivanovic v Andros TownsendBetVictor.com preview: Chelsea to have too much ammo for Newcastle Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Kurt Zouma (knee ligament), Alexandre Pato (match fitness).Fitness tests: Diego Costa (broken nose), Radamel Falcao (thigh), Loic Remy (calf).NEWCASTLE UNITEDRuled out: Paul Dummett (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee), Tim Krul (knee), Gabriel Obertan (hamstring), Papiss Cisse (groin), Chancel Mbemba (ankle), Kevin Mbabu (thigh), Vurnon Anita (hamstring), Siem de Jong (eye), Curtis Good (hip).Fitness test: Daryl Janmaat (thigh). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Oscar; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Traore, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.Newcastle United: Elliot; Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Colback; Tiote, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Mitrovic.Subs from: Darlow, Lascelles, Gibson, Williams, Saivet, Gouffran, Barlaser, Aarons, Perez, Doumbia, Riviere. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D D W D D (7 points)Home: D D D D W (7 points)Newcastle United total: W L L W D (7 points)Away: L L L L W (3 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 11; Oscar 8, Willian 8; Pedro 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Cahill 2, Fabregas 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Hazard 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Terry 1, Traore 1.Newcastle United: Wijnaldum 9; Mitrovic 5, Perez 5; Cisse 2, Janmaat 2; Coloccini 1, De Jong 1, Dummett 1, Lascelles 1, Thauvin 1, Williamson 1.Last five meetings26 September 2015: Newcastle 2 Chelsea 210 January 2015: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 06 December 2014: Newcastle 2 Chelsea 18 February 2014: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 02 November 2013: Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0Chelsea 2 wins, Newcastle 2 wins, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Topcosplay Women’s Daily Short Straight BoB Party Hair Costumes Cosplay Full Wigs – Such an exciting wig!

first_imgMake it possible for at minimum a week to get there, well worth waiting around for.Superior top quality item,wonderful in good shape,seems organic.Features of Topcosplay Women’s Daily Short Straight BoB Party Hair Costumes Cosplay Full Wigs (Light Pink)Top quality soft fiber. wear snugly.100% Heat resistant fiber.Hair amount is sufficientColors :Light Color Style :Short Straight StylePacket details : 1*wig and 1*wig capThe cap size is adjustable and no pins or tape should be required. It fitson most people. All you need to do is to adjust the hooks inside the cap to the correct size to suit your headThe item is Easy to wash and care just using a little mild shampoo in cold water. Please don’t use Hair Drier or Put the wig expose to Intense HearOnly difficulty is that the fringe was as well prolonged but i just swept it to the aspect.I acquired this for a costume and it seemed unquestionably spectacular. The hair is a little shorter than the photograph but it was well packaged, and came with two wig caps. The wig itself is thick and a gorgeous color, identical to the image. Arrived before than expected.Couldn’t resist hoping it on the minute i bought it out of the packaging and it is great. These a significant high quality product that seems to be realistic on. I tied bunches in it for the character i am making use of it for and you can not tell it really is a wig and you are not able to even see any of the wig cap. The bangs are a very good duration far too (i can basically see previous them).Great colour fitted properly definitely great good quality. Great color equipped wellreally great quality.Not suggested for huge hair (depends on the person). Individually did not healthy my head shape perfectly and as the mannequin does not have hair the wig seems lengthier than it basically is – it is genuinely quite short (like bob design and style). I have a ton of curly hair and it did not go with me. Also the hair held coming out a good deal but that did not have an have an effect on of the over-all appear. I don’t advise this to another person with plenty of hair and extensive sideburns.Not recommended for big hair (depends on the person)Great colour fitted well Really good qualitySuch an exciting wig!last_img read more

Welcome To The Post-Operating System World

first_imgTags:#App Economy#desktop#smartphones#tablets 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The days of the desktop wars are waning, and not because desktop hardware sales are still shrinking. Now we are seeing a new type of competition coming to the fore: app wars.But thanks to the rise of the smartphone, consumer attention is now firmly riveted on the application layer, not the operating system layer, so that is where business will need to be fought for. It won’t be as hard-fought as the desktop wars, if only because there won’t be multi-million dollar marketing budgets being used to lob fear, uncertainty and doubt at the latest version of Windows, OS X or Linux. In fact, it may not be a war at all for most applications, but rather a war fought on a different battlefield altogether. What An App-Centric World Looks LikeThe approach of a typical user could be highlighted by a recent day I had, when I had to manage to get my kids to the dentist, my cat to the vet and still put in time here at ReadWrite, my consultancy and in class preparation for the new semester.This is by no means a typical day for me, but it was certainly the most mobile in a while, and so really hammered home how I depend on apps—far more than I depend on operating systems.To write articles, I was using iA Writer (on my iMac, Macbook and iPad when I could not find a Wi-Fi cloud). Hootsuite was managing my social media accounts. Feedly was pulling in the news. Skype to talk to my colleagues. Gmail to do the mail.All of this was done while hopping from machine to machine—and the only thing I really cared about was the apps. The platforms being used (in this case OS X and iOS) mattered not one whit.At this point, you could argue that since I happened to be firmly ensconced in Apple land, then platforms do matter. To some degree that is true: because I like iA Writer as a Markdown tool, I am sort of tied to the Apple platforms.But I could have just as easily used Office 365 if I wanted to live in Windows world, or be completely platform agnostic and used Google Docs. Since Markdown is way more useful to me than those rich document tools, I probably could have used Dillinger on any device.This is the nature of the app wars: for every app I find that really works for me on a given operating system, you can probably find an app that will work just as well on another platform or all of the platforms, if the app is a Web-based service.I can count on one hand the number of apps that I don’t want to give up that have no good cross-platform equivalent. Eventually, that number will dwindle to zero, and on that day—for me—the desktop wars will end.On The Silicon BattlefieldYou may already be in that position. If you are, it’s kind of a nice place to be, with the capability to hop between devices and use the apps you want and have your creations and information at your disposal wherever there’s a connection to the Internet.See also Windows 8 Still In Awkward AdolescenceFor operating system vendors like Microsoft and Apple, it’s a bit of a nightmare. Especially for Microsoft, since Windows default position of dominant computing device operating system for so many years meant that it hasn’t had to worry about apps being developed for Windows. But when you hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer touting Flipboard, Facebook and NFL Fantasy Football as native apps for Windows 8.1, you know there’s trouble.Apple has a similar problem in the mobile sector: for every service that has an iOS and Android version, it has a tougher time justifying the features and prices of its mobile devices. Because the operating system doesn’t matter as much as the apps do.See also Nokia Performing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool and Nokia Lumia 1020: The Best Damn Smartphone Camera Money Can BuyNokia has realized that if the operating system is no longer what consumers care about, then by God Nokia is going to differentiate on what they can. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is certainly a strong example of how such differentiation will look.This will be the coming trend on all platforms, be it desktop, tablet or smartphone. The apps will be the great equalizer, nullifying the importance of the operating systems. Sure, there will be cool differences between the operating systems that will draw some customers in, no matter what. But it will be the apps that they use that will be the true heart of customer loyalty.Therefore, a renewed push on hardware will begin to dominate the marketing campaigns. Better cameras, lighter devices, faster processors—because you will want the best device to run your apps, whether native or Web-based.The desktop wars were fought with applications. The app wars will be fought with hardware.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffittlast_img read more

Satellite operator Intelsat has announced the pric

first_imgSatellite operator Intelsat has announced the pricing of its IPO of 19,323,672 shares at a price of US$18 (€13.70) per common share, while a concurrent offering of three million series A non-voting mandatory convertible preferred shares will be priced at US$50 per share. Intelsat expects to raise about US328.8 million net from the common shares offering and US$142.9 million from the preferred shares offering. The proceeds will be used to reduce outstanding indebtedness.On the mandatory conversion date, May 1, 2016, each Series A preferred share, unless previously converted, will automatically convert into common shares.The Series A preferred shares will have a 5.75% dividend rate and a liquidation preference of US$50 per share. The Company has granted the underwriters in the initial public offering of common shares a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,898,550 common shares.last_img read more

John Snow Labs launches new Data Market to help healthcare and life

first_img Source:https://www.johnsnowlabs.com/ Nov 13 2018John Snow Labs Data Market provides datasets that are ready to use for analytics or model training, thus eliminating the effort of data preparation and maintenance.John Snow Labs, an award-winning global data operations and AI company, today announces the launch of John Snow Labs Data Market. The Data Market is an online store that allows users to subscribe to datasets and/or data packages in the healthcare and life science domain.John Snow Labs helps accelerate progress in data science and analytics by taking on the headache of managing data and AI platforms. The launch of its Data Market will help researchers, data scientists, or anyone looking to collect data to better do their job, by giving them access to the reference datasets they need.Related StoriesHealthcare solutions of the future: Boehringer Ingelheim relies on digitalizationISPOR examines how real-world evidence can be improved with patient-provided informationAlmost 74% of Americans show concern about burnout among healthcare professionalsDevelopers building a mobile app to give advice to people with diabetes, for example, can use the Data Market to access diabetes-related datasets that contain essential information, such as nutritional data, diagnosis terminology, or available drugs, that they would require to build the app.A simple keyword-based search allows users to identify all datasets and data products having a given keyword in their name, description or summary. A catalog of datasets and data packages can also be explored by navigating the list of categories (e.g., Healthcare, Life Science, Core, Terminology) and selecting the subcategories of interest.Premium databases are high-quality datasets that have been curated, normalized, optimized and enriched and are constantly kept up-to-date by a team of expert data researchers and industry experts. They are ready to use and can be easily loaded into Python, R, SAS, Hadoop, Spark, SQL & BI tools. Datasets are provided in both CSV and Parquet formats, which are read-optimized for big data deployments. Metadata is provided in both a human-readable PDF and machine-readable JSON formats.“John Snow Labs data is the highest quality data available in the healthcare domain to date,” said Dr. Dia Trambitas, Product Manager of John Snow Labs’ Data Market. “Our data researchers use their clinical domain understanding when collecting the data, cleaning, normalizing and enriching it – and then apply our state of the art tools and processes before publishing it in a ready to use format.”“John Snow Labs datasets are ready to use for analysis or model training and reduce your reference data preparation efforts to zero,” added Trambitas.The data science platform market is expected to grow to over $100 billion by 2021 and $385 billion by 2025. The healthcare industry, in particular, is embracing the need for data science platforms to deliver deeper insights into health and lifestyle data. Currently, data science platforms are often developed, installed and managed by data science companies, restricting access to companies and researchers who acquire these services. John Snow Labs allows individuals, startups, hospital and healthcare institutions to instantly gain access to data packages required to build their products and services.last_img read more

Analysis of bright spot in confocal microscopy images to diagnose brain tumors

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 12 2019Photodynamic diagnosis using 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) is now widely used for neurosurgical resection of brain tumors. Distinguishing a tumor from healthy tissue is based on greater 5-ALA-derived protoporphyrin IX accumulation in glioma cells than in non-cancerous cells, resulting in much greater red fluorescence (peak at 635 nm) when excited at 405 nm. However, it is still difficult to precisely distinguish the tumor margin and infiltrating regions from non-tumor tissue because the fluorescent boundary is usually vague. In our previous study, we noticed that bright spots in confocal microscopy images may be able to distinguish tumors from normal tissue.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryResearchers measure EEG-based brain responses for non-speech and speech sounds in children[Methods]Brain tumor tissues resected from 5-ALA-treated patients was sectioned to evaluate bright spots captured by a 544.5-619.5 nm wavelength band-pass filter that eliminated the fluorescence induced by 5-ALA under a confocal microscope. Boarder regions and adjacent normal tissues were observed. Pathological inspection was performed to confirm the locations of tumors, infiltrating tumor cells, and normal tissue regions by hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining of serial sections of the same samples. Bright spot areas were measured in the same region used for pathological inspection. This method was applied to brain tumors with and without red fluorescence as well as glioblastoma (GBM) and non-GBM brain tumors.[Results]The bright spot area was substantially smaller in the GBM tumor than in normal brain tissues. It was also smaller in infiltrating tumors than in normal tissue at the margin. The same bright spot pattern was observed in tumors tissues without red fluorescence and in non-GBM tumors. Bright spot fluorescence has been suggested to be derived from lipofuscin based on emission spectra (mainly within 544.5?619.5 nm) and an optimal excitation wavelength (about 405 nm).[Significance and future prospects]Bright spot analysis is useful to facilitate discrimination of an infiltrating tumor from bordering normal tissue in photodynamic diagnosis using 5-ALA. This method is also potentially useful for tumors without 5-ALA-derived red fluorescence and non-GBM tumors. The mechanism of bright spot fluorescence reduction in tumors and its application for precise discrimination of brain tumors should be investigated further. Source:https://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/latest-research/66616last_img read more

What is augmented reality anyway

first_img Exploring the possibilities of augmented reality. Even “Pokémon GO,” the most popular app that actually uses AR, drains smartphone batteries extremely rapidly. And the AR function doesn’t make the game much better – or really different at all – though it is neat at first to see a Pikachu standing on the lawn in front of you. With so little benefit and such a severe hit to device performance, every player I know, including me, has turned off the AR mode. Lack of real uses so farJust as people turn off AR in “Pokémon GO,” I’ve never seen or heard of anyone actually using IKEA’s furniture app as it’s allegedly intended; the app has just 3,100 reviews in Apple’s app store, far fewer than the 104,000 for “Pokémon GO.” It’s supposed to be useful to people seeking to redesign their living spaces, letting them use their smartphones to add virtual furniture to actual rooms.Apple and Google have released AR toy and demo apps built with their new platforms ARKit and ARCore – such as playing with virtual dominos. They are engaging, and the 3-D models look great. They do what they’re designed to do, but their functions aren’t especially useful. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. This is partly due to the fact that AR, like the internet, is just a basic technology that needs people to create uses for it. The internet started as Arpanet in 1969, but began to grow widely only when Tim Berners-Lee invented the “World Wide Web” – a now-dated term – in 1989. And it wasn’t until the 2000s that regular people who used the internet could also create online content for others to consume. That level of development and innovation has not yet happened for AR, though Mozilla is taking initial steps in this direction by trying to bring AR to everyday web browsers like Firefox.Marketing challengesEven people who use Snapchat don’t think of it as an augmented reality app – though that’s exactly what it is. It’s AR technology that figures out where to put the dog ears, heart eyes or whiskers on their friends’ faces – and sends rainbow vomit out of their mouths. People who don’t know what augmented reality is, or who have never consciously experienced it – even if they use it daily – aren’t going to make a purchase just because a product has some AR capability. Is that Pikachu on the street right next to you? Credit: Marc Bruxelle/Shutterstock.com Does that chair look good right there? Credit: IKEA Putting graphics on a Snapchat selfie involves using augmented reality. Credit: dennizn/Shutterstock.com There’s also some confusion in labeling and marketing of AR technologies. Many people have started to hear about virtual reality, which is generally an immersive fully virtual world that doesn’t include aspects of the user’s real environment. The distinctions get fuzzier with mixed reality – sometimes labeled “MR” but other times “XR.” Originally the term meant anything in between a fully real and a fully virtual experience – which could include AR. But now Microsoft is saying products and apps are MR if they provide both augmented and fully virtual experiences. That leaves customers unclear what’s being advertised – though they’ll know it might not be very useful and may run their phone batteries down quickly.I’m with my AR-optimist friends and colleagues in seeing a lot of potential for the future, but there’s a long way to go. They – and I – are already working hard on making the hardware better, finding useful applications and clarifying product labeling. But it will take lots of this hard work and probably many more years before mainstream America lives in a truly augmented reality. Augmented reality furniture and other signs we’re living in the future Explore further Augmented reality systems show virtual objects in the real world – like cat ears and whiskers on a Snapchat selfie, or how well a particular chair might fit in a room. The first big break for AR was the “Pokémon GO” game, released in 2016 with a feature that let players see virtual Pokémon standing in front of them, ready to be captured and played with. Now, technology companies like Microsoft and Mozilla – the company behind the Firefox browser – and even retail businesses like IKEA and Lego are exploring the potential of AR. Provided by The Conversation Where I do research, an AR lab at the University of Michigan School of Information, it seems everyone knows about AR and is excited about the technology becoming popular among the general public. My colleagues and I watch videos of impressive AR demonstrations, try out new applications and play with new devices. The research community’s enthusiasm may be why several experts – including some I talk with – say they expect AR to be commonplace in five years, or envision AR glasses replacing smartphones within a decade.But as an AR researcher with expertise in both industry and academia, I disagree with those optimistic views. Most people in the U.S. haven’t heard of AR – and most of those who have don’t really know what it is. And that’s just one barrier between augmented reality today and a future where it is everywhere. Overall, there are three major challenges to be overcome.Hardware difficultiesWhen I first tried AR glasses three years ago, they quickly overheated and shut down – even when trying to do something fairly basic, like placing two virtual objects in a room. While there has been a lot of improvement in this respect, other problems have emerged. The HoloLens system – one of the most advanced AR headsets – essentially requires a user to carry a Microsoft Kinect system and a computer on their head, which is quite heavy and limits the user’s field of view. A different issue are AR experiences that work across systems. Citation: What is augmented reality, anyway? (2018, November 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-augmented-reality.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Cuba Google move to improve islands connectivity

first_img Sources: Cuba, Google strike deal to hike internet speed Nearly two million Cubans in the country of 11 million have signed up for 3G service since Cuba opened mobile internet for its citizens late last year, and millions more use government-run WiFi access points in public areas around the country. Cuba and Google signed a deal Thursday moving the island one step closer to having a state-of-the-art connection to the modern internet. Google’s head of Cuba operations, Brett Perlmutter, left, Google’s head of Cuba operations, wait to sign a deal with Luis Adolfo Iglesias Reyes, vice president of investments of Etecsa, right, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, March 28, 2019. The American internet giant and the Cuban government agreed Thursday morning to create a seamless, cost-free connection between their two networks once Cuba is able to physically connect to a new undersea fiber-optic cable. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Thursday’s deal will have no immediate effect on the ease of connectivity in Cuba, and neither Cuban nor Google officials provided any estimated timeline for the island’s connection to a new fiber-optic cable. That step could take years given the slow pace of Cuba’s bureaucracy and the obstacles thrown up by the U.S. trade embargo on the island.The embargo does contain legal exceptions allowing deals to increase telecommunications capacity in Cuba, which makes Google’s work possible. Cuba already allows Google to run servers on the island storing Google content such as YouTube user information, a measure that has significantly increased the speed of accessing that content for Cubans.The Google-Cuba deal also creates a working group of engineers dedicated to ironing out the details.Cuba is rapidly leaving behind its status as one of the world’s least-connected nations, but its telecommunications infrastructure has been overwhelmed by millions of new users and service suffers from constant interruptions, slowdowns and some of the most expensive rates in the world, particularly for amounts of data beyond a few gigabytes per month. Google’s head of Cuba operations, Brett Perlmutter, right, signs a deal with Luis Adolfo Iglesias Reyes, vice president of investments of Etecsa, left, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, March 28, 2019. The American internet giant and the Cuban government agreed Thursday morning to create a seamless, cost-free connection between their two networks once Cuba is able to physically connect to a new undersea fiber-optic cable. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) Explore furthercenter_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The American internet giant and the Cuban government agreed to create a seamless, cost-free connection between their two networks once Cuba is able to physically connect to a new undersea fiber-optic cable that would be laid sometime in the future.With that cable in place, the so-called peering deal linking Google’s global internet backbone directly to Cuba’s local network would allow Cubans to connect faster to content hosted on Google servers. It would also reduce the Cuban government’s cost of connecting users to Google content.Network owners like the Cuban telecoms monopoly Etecsa currently must pay third-party operator fees for passing traffic along to sites such as YouTube, Google Maps and Google.com.”We are excited to have reached this memorandum for the benefit of internet users here in Cuba,” Brett Perlmutter, the head of Google Cuba, said before signing the deal.Cuba currently has a single fiber-optic connection running under the Caribbean to Venezuela that has been unable to provide the island with sufficient capacity to support its relatively small but growing group of internet users, for reasons never disclosed by either country’s socialist government. Citation: Cuba, Google move to improve island’s connectivity (2019, March 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-cuba-google-island.html Google’s head of Cuba operations, Brett Perlmutter speaks to the press accompanied by Luis Adolfo Iglesias Reyes, vice president of investments of Etecsa, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, March 28, 2019. The American internet giant and the Cuban government agreed Thursday morning to create a seamless, cost-free connection between their two networks once Cuba is able to physically connect to a new undersea fiber-optic cable. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Brandon Ingram health update Pelican blood clot pretty close to resuming basketball

first_img Magic still unsure when Markelle Fultz will return, Steve Clifford says WATCH LIVE: David Griffin welcomes Lonzo Ball, Derrick Favors, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram to the #Pelicans! https://t.co/xSVRrRmOEu- New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 16, 2019Ingram, traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of a package deal for Anthony Davis, didn’t give a specific timeline for his return but confirmed he has worked on his shooting form while also participating in ball-handling and passing drills.The injury was potentially career-threatening, as former Heat forward Chris Bosh was forced to retire with a similar condition. Ingram missed two games with a shoulder problem before being diagnosed with the blood clot and battled a variety of other ailments last season, including lingering ankle pain. Related News Dwight Howard on rumors about his sexuality: ‘I’m not gay’ Brandon Ingram is almost ready to get back on the court.Speaking Tuesday during formal introductions with his new team, the Pelicans forward revealed he’s “pretty close” to resuming basketball workouts as he continues to recover from surgery he underwent in March to address a blood clot in his right arm.center_img Ingram, 21, averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 52 games last season. Russell Westbrook is ‘the most important player’ in Thunder history, Sam Presti sayslast_img read more