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Whitworths appoints new chief executive

first_imgFruit and nut supplier Whitworths has announced Mark Fairweather as its new chief executive.Fairweather joined the company in June after stepping down as chief executive of the Allied Milling and Baking Division of Associated British Foods in March.He told The Grocer: “I’m delighted to be leading the Whitworths team and joining a business in a category that has seen tremendous growth.“It’s an exciting time for the business as we look to relaunch our core Whitworths range and build on the success of our Shots healthy snacking line.”last_img

Renard bemoans ‘total injustice’ ahead of Spain clash

first_img“When you look at the facts in the Portugal game, it’s totally unfair.“For the goal we conceded, there was an obvious foul by (defender) Pepe at the front post. Why did (the referee) not see it?” Renard told reporters in Kaliningrad ahead of Monday’s encounter.“Then there was a handball by Pepe, exactly the same as the one (that was given as a penalty) for Australia” in the Socceroos’ Group C match against Denmark.Morocco attacked Portugal relentlessly in the second half in Moscow after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with an early header.“For me it’s a total injustice, especially because of the quality showed by my players during the game. You mustn’t forget we were playing the European champions.“It’s unfair that we’re already eliminated but we have to accept reality.”Goalkeeper Munir al-Kajoui agreed that the team had been unlucky in their two games so far.“When we arrived in Russia the coach told us about VAR and we had to be aware of this in key moments,” he said. “But in our case it’s been decisive and it’s basically thrown us out of the tournament.“We are talking about a couple of moments that really hurt us.”Munir, who was born in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, plays his club football in Spain, and said he expects a tough test against the 2010 winners in Kaliningrad.“Spain have great stars but honestly none inspire fear in me,” said the Numancia stopper.“Obviously, it’s an important match for us, for our honour and our pride and to try to give some joy to our fans. They deserve it.”Frenchman Renard, who once managed Cambridge United in England’s fourth tier, said his team would be motivated for the game despite having nothing to play for.“My job is to pose Spain problems and make the Moroccan people proud,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Morocco coach Herve Renard says his team are victims of ‘total injustice’ © AFP / Patrick HERTZOGKALINIGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Morocco coach Herve Renard Sunday said his team had been victim to a “total injustice” in becoming the first nation knocked out of the World Cup before their final Group B clash with Spain.Morocco were eliminated after losing 1-0 to Portugal in Moscow after a 95th-minute own goal saw them lose to Iran by the same scoreline in their opener.last_img read more

Mailbag: will the Sharks use Vlasic differently when he returns?

first_imgSAN JOSE — Six weeks can seem like an eternity in NHL time.When the Sharks last met up with the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 1, the team lost its fifth game in six tries, raising questions about its status as a Stanley Cup contender and whether the organization made the right move by trading for Erik Karlsson on the eve of training camp.Now, with the Senators in town for Saturday’s rematch at SAP Center, the Sharks are reborn. The squad is 14-3-2 since the debacle in Canada’s capitol. The group is …last_img

Fleury’s mysterious injury could be the playoff gift the Sharks need

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks fans are all too familiar with the emotions that Vegas Golden Knights followers must be experiencing right now. They’ve been caught in their own bubble of worry since Erik Karlsson hobbled down the tunnel in Boston on Feb. 26.As the Sharks anxiously await Karlsson and Joe Pavelski’s return from injury, their likely opponent in the first round of the playoffs is also facing uncertainty regarding the health of a key cog in their machine. Marc-André Fleury will miss his seventh …last_img

Nose Has Gain Control

first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Sound engineers know how to use gain control to avoid “redlining” or saturating the signal while amplifying weak but important signals.  Your nose knows that trick, too.The sense of smell is complex because of the tremendous variety of odorant molecules that must be interpreted.  Molecules that trigger signals in the initial neurons trigger a cascade of responses that pass through a chain of olfactory organs and neurons before reaching the brain.  Some of these organs “format” the signal for the brain, explained Harvard Professor Venkatesh Murthy in a Harvard press release, “Sniff mechanics,” posted also on Science Daily.  Murthy’s team achieved a new level of precision to identify the functions in the olfactory pathway.Reaching that level of precision was critical, Murthy explained, because while the olfactory bulb contains many “principal” neurons that are responsible for sending signals to other the parts of the brain, it is also packed with interneurons, which appear to play a role in formatting olfactory information as it comes into the brain.But the complexity doesn’t stop there.  There’s not only formatting, but feedback:“The image of the brain as a linear processor is a convenient one, but almost all brains, and certainly mammalian brains, do not rely on that kind of pure feed-forward system,” Murthy said. “On the contrary, it now appears that the higher regions of the brain, which are responsible for interpreting olfactory information, are communicating with lower parts of the brain on a near-constant basis.”Using advanced techniques, Murthy’s team identified that the interneurons receive messages back from the brain – feedback.  This feedback serves as a method of gain control:“If you make a system that is very good at detecting weak signals, it becomes saturated as the signal gets stronger, and eventually it’s impossible to differentiate between strong signals,” Murthy said. “To avoid that problem, brain circuits use a process called gain control. By inhibiting certain neurons, it ensures that you stay within the detection range, so you don’t miss the weak things, but you don’t miss the very strong things either.”The brain can effectively turn down the gain knob on certain neurons, like a sound engineer at a mixing console subduing an input that is too loud, while simultaneously turning up the gain for inputs that are too weak.  The brain can say, “I heard you” to one input while switching attention to weaker signals.  Other senses use gain control, but “the extent of the olfactory feedback was surprising,” the press release said.There’s also gain control at the receiving end.  The olfactory bulb can turn up the gain for weak but important signals:Even more surprising, Murthy said, was evidence that the olfactory bulb’s principal neurons were also receiving feedback signals — albeit weak ones — that appeared to prime them for incoming signals.“These weak connections help the principal neuron get over the top when it’s listening to weak inputs,” Murthy said. “If there’s a weak smell coming in, but it’s not able to drive the principal neuron over the threshold to signal the rest of the brain, but say you’re in an environment where you’re primed to smell that weak smell — we believe this feedback from this higher area of the brain is sort of tickling these principal neurons, so when there’s a weak input you’re able to smell it.Murthy recognized that the sense of smell is very important for many animals.  A weak smell may signal danger, but it must not be overpowered by other strong odors in the environment.  That’s where gain control is essential, Murthy explained:  “We are hypothesizing that this mechanism, where the cortex is talking back to the olfactory bulb and suppressing neurons, through this feedback they may be able to detect that weak signal.”Isn’t it wonderful what the blind, impersonal forces of nature evolved.  Without any foresight, millions of mutations brought forth a finely-tuned mechanism, like a mixing console, and a brain to operate it.  In the imagination of the evolutionist, all things are possible.  Close your eyes and speculate.Something about that mindset has a foul odor.  It must be Darwin of the Gaps.Fortunately, in this press release there was no mention of evolution.  Hats off to Murthy for sparing us the foul odor and giving us another wonder of the human body that has the sweet smell of intelligent design, even without the sight of those words in print.last_img read more

Why You Don’t Need Mac Anti-Virus Software – Plus What You Do Need

first_imgMost Mac users don’t spend much time worrrying about computer viruses, but many companies wonder if they need to install anti-virus software on their corporate Macs. Nope, at least according a recent Forrester Research report that says the performance degradation caused by most AV technology outweighs the malware risks on a Mac. But that doesn’t mean Mac security isn’t a concern.Not Windows Vs. MacThe advice comes not because Macs are inherently more secure than Windows PCs. They’re not. Rather, the advanced viruses and Trojans most likely to infect Macs are seldom spotted by today’s AV software, which is more effective at catching run-of-the-mill malware distributed by less sophisticated hackers. The majority of those malicious apps are still aimed at Windows, so AV technology is more effective on those systems.“Some companies have done just fine having no anti-virus at all on their Mac population,” said David Johnson, a Forrester analyst and author of the report on managing Macs in the Windows-dominated computing environment found in most businesses.Mac & Windows: Equally SecureFor years, Apple marketed the Mac as more secure than Windows PCs, driving a longstanding debate between fans of the two personal computer platforms. The majority of security experts today agree that the systems are roughly equally secure, with the Mac’s biggest defense being its much smaller market share. Unless targeting specific companies or industries, cybercriminals typically launch hundreds of millions of malware-carrying spam to the biggest target, hoping to snare a tiny fraction of the recipients.Analyst’s AdviceJohnson’s practical advice stems more from the dismal architecture of today’s AV technology than any desire to rekindle the security debate. “It (AV) needs architectural changes,” he said. “It should be completely unobtrusive and transparent, and that has not been the case for some of the anti-virus tools out there.”In his report, Johnson derides AV software as “notorious resource hogs.” Scanning typically begins immediately after boot-up and continues for minutes while employees sit idly by. “Add this time up every day for a year, and it’s man-days worth of lost productivity for each computer,” the report complains.The lost productivity eclipses any benefit from AV technology on the Mac, according to IT administrators Forrester interviewed. Instead, the researcher recommends making use of other tools that are less intrusive and work for many companies. Which steps a company takes will depend on the level of security needed.6 Recommended Anti-Virus AlternativesOne easy-to-use tool is the personal firewall that ships with the Mac operating system. The software can be configured on a per-application basis to allow some ports to remain open to inbound connections. In addition, it can be configured enterprise-wide on a policy basis. Another security mechanism is Gatekeeper, which ships with Mountain Lion, the latest version of Mac OS X. The malware prevention tool can be set to ensure that only software from Apple’s Mac App Store or vendors with Apple-issued credentials can be installed.Skipping AV technology means other tools will be needed to combat infections. A strong automated recovery tool set, such as Archiware and Crashplan, is needed, so a Trojan-infected Mac can be restored to a pre-infection state that includes the users’ files and settings. Forrester see this option as much faster and easier than the AV alternative of finding and removing malware. “Modern Trojans require anti-malware vendors to develop extraordinary countermeasures, which can take weeks or even months to develop, test and deploy,” the report says.Patching is key to preventing run-of-the-mill malware from infecting known vulnerabilities, so Forrester recommends Mac tools like Casper Suite or Absolute Software to keep systems up to date. In addition, tools like Centrify are available to apply group policies for password strength, automated lockout and other security measures.For companies in highly regulated industries, endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) software is available, if really needed. Like AV technology, DLP is resource intensive and can cause significant frustrations to end user. “DLP should be reserved for highly regulated vertical [market]s or for specific groups in which the consequences of data loss far outweigh the productivity costs,” Forrester advises.Finally, the analyst firm recommends companies use Apple’s native disk encryption tool to encrypt the Mac’s entire hard drive. While such tools are often resource intensive, users have reported little impact from using Apple’s technology.Still The ‘Wild West’No one is saying allowing Macs into a Windows environment is risk free. While the methods to deal with problems are different, security is critical on both platforms, and companies do need to pay as much attention to employees’ Macs as to the company’s Windows PCs.“In too many cases, the thinking is lock down all the Windows boxes, but the Mac users are left on their own. It’s kind of a Wild West where anything goes,” said Aaron Freimark, chief technology officer for Mac service provider Tekserve. “But you’re subject to vulnerabilities too.”So skip the anti-virus technology and pay close attention to the alternatives. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Apple#enterprise#security Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now antone gonsalves Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

This LEGO Recreation Of 2015 Michigan-Michigan State Final Play Is Incredible

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)What is better than re-watching the famous final play of the 2015 Michigan-Michigan State game? Re-watching it in the form of a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation.Jared Jacobs, a 38-year-old man from Idaho, unveiled a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation on his Instagram account this week. Jacobs’ miniature players re-enact the last play of the 2015 game, when Spartan DB Jalen Watts-Jackson picked up a muffed snap by Michigan punter Blake O’Neill and raced to the end zone for the win.“I wanted to make it really detailed, even down to the bricks in the background,” Jacobs told the Detroit Free-Press. “It took awhile to accumulate that much LEGO.”Here is the final result, which the Free-Press estimated took 40-50 hours to produce.:Since Jacobs debuted his recreation, it has gone viral. It even made an appearance on Sportscenter.He didn’t just recreate UM-MSU either. Jacobs also unveiled a LEGO rendition of BYU’s Hail Mary against Nebraska.Jacobs’ work contains amazing attention to detail. We can’t wait to see what the 2016 college football season has in store for him.last_img read more

Regional Technology Entrepreneurs to Benefit from Mentorship Support

first_img The Scientific Research Council (SRC)-based Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) is providing approximately 60,000 regional and international mentors to green technology entrepreneurs across the region. Story Highlights The mentorship programme, which is open to the CCIC, its hubs and affiliated entrepreneurs, is intended to help build a new collection of leaders in the areas of sustainable agribusiness, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water/waste management, and resource use efficiency. This platform enables users to make mentoring connections anywhere and anytime from the comfort of their homes or offices. The Scientific Research Council (SRC)-based Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) is providing approximately 60,000 regional and international mentors to green technology entrepreneurs across the region.The undertaking, being done in partnership with the entity, MicroMentor, through the World Bank Climate Technology Programme, allows mentors and mentees to create their profiles on a virtual mentorship platform that is user-friendly and free.This platform enables users to make mentoring connections anywhere and anytime from the comfort of their homes or offices.Programme applicants will have the opportunity to select the mentor or mentee with whom they wish to be paired.The mentorship programme, which is open to the CCIC, its hubs and affiliated entrepreneurs, is intended to help build a new collection of leaders in the areas of sustainable agribusiness, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water/waste management, and resource use efficiency.Project Manager at the CCIC, Carlington Burrell, tells JIS News that “start-ups in emerging markets such as ours are at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing mentors and mentorship programmes”, adding that this is the gap that the initiative intended to fill.He further explains that entrepreneurs are powerful agents of change, as they are the catalysts for job creation and drivers of economic growth.Mr. Burrell said this is the main reason the CCIC decided to partner with MicroMentor.“Through the new CCIC GreenTech mentorship programme, entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to make positive global changes while growing their business,” the Project Manager adds.Mentors will assist entrepreneurs in making their businesses scalable by delivering crucial advice based on real-world experience.Speaking at the programme’s launch in January, special guest speaker, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Thinking and Practice at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, Dr. K’adamawe K’nife, noted that programmes such as this can be a communication bridge between millennials and baby boomers, as “it is like a grandparent kind of principle to ensure that the current generation becomes brighter and more advanced than the mentor”.Marketing and Communications Manager at the SRC and programme mentor, Carolyn Rose-Miller, highlights her sojourn in the engagement, and explains that “we have experiences that we can draw from, share, and give back with our time”.She shares that her journey with her mentee has been fruitful thus far.“My mentee is a great innovator… he generates ideas; but we want to commercialise these ideas,” she says.Additionally, Ms. Rose-Miller points out that mentorship results in greater accountability, as it is a partnership.Chief Executive Officer of LumiTech International Limited and programme participant, Kevin Harris, emphasises that “having a sounding board in a mentor is invaluable”.“It helps you get your focus back; it helps you get your energy back; and helps you move forward,” he says.“This programme has allowed me to gain more confidence in what I am doing. The more support you have behind you, the more confident you are and the more energy you have to move forward,” Mr. Harris adds.Start-ups interested in being a part of the programme are invited to contact the CCIC or its hubs in the respective Caribbean countries.The CCIC is a consortium of the SRC in Jamaica and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) in Trinidad and Tobago.It has 12 established country spokes throughout the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with the hub located in Jamaica to execute a unified response to address climate change.The organisation has a mandate to assist in the development of the Caribbean’s clean technology ecosystem.last_img read more

Video Brittany Ferries Launches Its 1st LNGPowered Ferry

first_imgGerman shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) has launched Honfleur, a new LNG-powered ferry being built for Brittany Ferries. Honfleur is the company’s 1st ferry running on LNG and it is scheduled to enter service in April 2019 on the company’s Caen-Ouistreham (France) and Portsmouth (UK) route.Honfleur takes to the water for the first time! pic.twitter.com/SOAboanBJ9— Brittany Ferries (@BrittanyFerries) December 14, 2018The 1,680-passenger, 42,400 gross ton ship features a length of 187.4 meters and a width of 31 meters and will be able to reach a speed of 22 knots.Brittany Ferries confirmed the order back in June 2017, following a letter of intent (LOI) inked with FSG in December 2016.The ferry secured financial support from the European Investment Bank’s EUR 750 million Green Shipping Guarantee (GSG) program. Specifically, Societe Generale acted as the main arranger of the EUR 142.6 million financing for the acquisition of the Honfleur ferry commissioned by Brittany Ferries, which includes a tranche of EUR 49.5 million fully guaranteed by the EIB.World Maritime News Staff; Video Courtesy: InselVideolast_img read more