Pakistan Navy Keen to Buy Chinese Submarines

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Pakistan Navy Keen to Buy Chinese Submarines Pakistan Navy Keen to Buy Chinese Submarines View post tag: News by topic View post tag: buy View post tag: keen Share this article View post tag: East March 10, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Middle View post tag: Navy View post tag: Submarines View post tag: Pakistan Pakistan’s Defence Ministry has asked the federal Cabinet to approve the purchase of conventional Chinese submarines to counter “emerging th…(indianexpress)[mappress]Source: indianexpress, March 10, 2011;last_img

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Confederate generals took up arms against the U.S.; their statues should…

first_imgTo the Editor:There is great controversy over the removal of statues of Confederate generals. Some argue that they should be removed because the war was principally fought for the continuation of slavery. Others argue that the war is part of the history of the United States and that the statues pay respect to the soldiers who fought for their cause. Perhaps the most important reason to remove these statues is being overlooked.These generals, and the soldiers who fought under them, took up arms against the United States of America. Their goal was the overthrow and destruction of the U.S.A. Because of these goals, they do not deserve to be honored any more than the Japanese and German generals of World War II. HUGH ROARTYlast_img

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Palethorpes Bakery submits new warehouse plans

first_imgAddo Food Group-owned Palethorpes Bakery has approached Shropshire Council regarding planning permission to build a chilled distribution warehouse.The proposed warehouse, which will be at its Maer Lane site in the town, will be used to store chilled and frozen food.“As part of the ongoing development of our business we have recently submitted plans to add to our Palethorpes Bakery site,” an Addo Food Group spokesperson told British Baker.“We are still in the early stages of planning and will share more information as soon as it is available.”The business has invested £2 million in developing a unique chef-inspired cooking method that has enabled Palethorpes Bakery to grow its market presence by winning substantial business. The bakery produces 115m products every year, including 55m sausage rolls and 35m pies.Shropshire Council is expected to make a decision by 27 June 2017.last_img read more

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Waitrose’s step-by-step guide to reducing sugar

first_imgPressure on bakery manufacturers and retailers to reduce the sugar content of their goods has been renewed after the food and drink industry fell short of government targets.Public Health England (PHE) revealed last week that, on average, the sugar content per 100g in a selected range of products has been reduced by 2% – well below the 5% target set for the first year of action against a baseline of 2015. Biscuits, puddings, breakfast cereals and morning goods were among the eight categories targeted.At the recent Federation of Bakers’ conference, Waitrose nutrition & health manager Moira Howie revealed the steps the retailer takes when reducing sugar in its products, including bakery items.This work, she noted, had brought a 5.9% reduction of sugar in six hot cross bun lines, equating to the removal of 34 tonnes of sugar a year.But it’s not easy, particularly given the role sugar plays as a preservative, and in making the product more visually appealing through browning and glazing, as well as in mouthfeel and taste.“When we kick-start work, we have what we call ‘non-negotiables’. We don’t want a drop in quality, we don’t want any drop in taste and we certainly don’t want any textural changes,” Howie said. “It’s important to engage with our suppliers very early in the process.”The own-label lines are then selected and suppliers asked to look at appropriate ways to reduce the sugar content across them, while remaining aware of the role of sugar in that line.“That then helps us as, a business, to know how far we can reduce the sugar and how much sugar we can take out of the end-product,” she explained.It’s important to look at all aspects of a product, Howie noted. “We break products down into their constituent parts – some areas will offer opportunities for sugar reduction and others won’t.”The key areas of the products Waitrose looks at are:Toppings and glazes: Is it possible to reduce sugar from the products without reducing product appeal and taste? This could include using less sugar for dusting on top.Base: Is it possible to reduce sugar from the base, while still maintaining mouthfeel, taste and texture? Bases are complex, and Howie noted minor changes can cause things to act different to usual.Fruit preparation: Can you reduce the sugar content of fruit puree and/or jams, if used, while still maintaining the viscosity?Inclusions: If using inclusions such as chocolate and fruit, can their sugar content be reduced? On fruit, there are seasonal variations in the sweetness, while for chocolate reductions could be made by looking at the quality and quantity of cocoa used.Overall impact: What impact would all these changes have on customer satisfaction, on factory processes, shelf life and packaging?“It’s important that any changes we make to products in the kitchen can be scaled up to the final factory production,” she said. “That, of course, is not a linear equation. Lots of things can go wrong between that small scale, so what you can do in the kitchen, and the factory.“This leads to several trials, tests and repeated tests, so at the end we can get a product we like.”last_img read more

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Supercharging AI and HPC Engines with Dell Technologies and NVIDIA

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Dell Technologies and NVIDIA deliver unprecedented acceleration and flexibility for AI, data analytics and HPC to tackle some of the world’s toughest computing challenges.Dell Technologies has long been on the forefront of innovation when it comes to artificial intelligence and high performance computing, and in many cases NVIDIA has been right there with us.This close relationship of two global technology leaders got started well before 2013, when Dell and NVIDIA worked together to advance the concept of a dense GPU platform, which would emerge in the Dell EMC PowerEdge server family. This concept came to market in 2014, when Dell introduced the industry’s first dense 1U four-GPU platform — the Dell EMC PowerEdge C4130 server.This legacy of innovation continued in the days that followed, and in 2016 Dell Technologies became the first OEM to support NVIDIA SXM2 technology. This technology, which is used in the NVIDIA Tesla V100 SXM2 GPU, enables high-speed, direct GPU-to-GPU communication via the NVIDIA NVLink interconnect.The following year, in 2017, Dell Technologies became the first vendor to support the NVIDIA Volta V100 GPU in a unique, balanced CPU-to-GPU dense platform — the Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 server. This accelerator-optimized, high-density server is built to meet the demands of cognitive computing workloads in a 1U server format that supports four GPUs.In the years since, we have built on our strategic partnership to bring new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI to market. These offerings include Deep Learning with NVIDIA, a Dell EMC Ready Solution that provides a GPU‑optimized solution stack that helps organizations shave valuable time from deep learning projects. The Deep Learning with NVIDIA solution is built around NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs.Success storiesOver the years, the team of Dell Technologies and NVIDIA has had great success with our common customer base. Here’s a small sample of our mutual successes:We worked closely on a major expansion of the HPC5 supercomputer at Eni, an Italy-based integrated energy company. This system is based on 1,820 Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 servers, each with four NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs and two 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. With the performance of the HPC5 supercomputer, Eni’s scientists and engineers can use extremely sophisticated in-house algorithms to process subsoil data. We worked in collaboration with the Research Computing Service at the University of Cambridge to develop the Wilkes2 supercomputer, which debuted in 2017 as a TOP500 system and the largest GPU-enabled supercomputer for academic research in the UK. This system is based on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, each with four NVIDIA GPUs. It supports a wide-range of compute- and data-intensive research, from aeronautical turbulence and automotive combustion simulations to materials modeling and medical applications.center_img We collaborated on the development of one of Canada’s most powerful academic supercomputers, the Super Cedar system at Simon Fraser University. This TOP500 system, launched in 2017, revs up scientific studies with the power of 584 NVIDIA GPUs. It is helping thousands of researchers from British Columbia and across Canada collect, analyze, share and store immense volumes of data. Market leadershipIn developing products and solutions with NVIDIA, Dell Technologies builds on a broad and deep product portfolio that spans from best-in-class servers with the latest processing architectures to leading-edge storage and networking systems, all backed by expert services.In a sign of this leadership, Dell Technologies took the top spot in both server revenue and shipments in 2019, with 20.5 percent market share and 16.3 percent market share, respectively, according to Gartner. Meanwhile, Dell Technologies  maintains “a commanding market share lead” in high-performance storage, according to a 2019 report from Intersect360 Research. The firm noted that Dell Technologies also has the No. 1 revenue share position for storage for HPC applications and  is the overall leader in total HPC solutions revenue. Looking aheadToday, we’re excited about our opportunities to support the new NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU in systems, solutions and services that accelerate workloads, from edge to core to cloud, just as we support other NVIDIA GPU accelerators and technologies in a wide range of our offerings.This new GPU is designed to help users tackle some of the world’s toughest computing challenges. It delivers unprecedented acceleration at every scale for AI, data analytics and HPC. As the engine of the NVIDIA data center platform, A100 can efficiently scale up to thousands of GPUs, or it can be partitioned into isolated GPU instances to accelerate workloads of all sizes.NVIDIA reports that the A100 accelerates major deep learning frameworks and more than 700 HPC applications — and that’s one of the reasons why we at Dell Technologies are excited to incorporate this GPU in our portfolio for HPC, AI and data analytics.To learn moreFor a look at how the San Diego Supercomputer Center is capitalizing on NVIDIA GPUs in its new Expanse supercomputer from Dell Technologies, see the case study “Architecting for Mixed Workloads at Massive Scale.”last_img read more

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Leagues pile on, joining CUNA’s Equifax lawsuit

first_img continue reading » Three credit union leagues have joined CUNA in its lawsuit against Equifax over the credit bureau’s recent data breach that compromised personal financial information for more than 145 million people.The Credit Union Association of New Mexico, the California-Nevada Credit Union League and the Michigan Credit Union League say they are now plaintiffs in a suit CUNA originally filed in a Georgia District Court on October 4. Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union and Greater Cincinnati Credit Union are already plaintiffs in the suit.Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Daleville, Alabama, has $1.2 billion in assets and about 98,000 members. Greater Cincinnati Credit Union is a state-chartered credit union headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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To fight SARS, China moves to knock civets off menus

first_img After civets were found to carry the virus, restaurants were barred from serving them for several months in 2003. Thousands of the animals were seized from farms and wildlife markets and killed last January after a few new cases of the disease occurred in southern China. The newspaper Beijing Daily reported that the ban was part of new rules issued Nov 1 by China’s Health Ministry, according to the Associated Press and Reuters. The rules ban “the slaughter, cooking, and selling of wild animals like civet cat and advocate civilized dietary habits,” a Reuters story said. SARS emerged in late 2002 in Guangdong, where civets are considered a delicacy. The disease spread from there to Hong Kong in February 2003 and then on to many other countries around the world. The ban came about 3 weeks after a report that Chinese government scientists had concluded that civets are the main animal source of the SARS virus. An Oct 11 Reuters report quoted the SARS Defense and Cure Scientific Group as saying, “Research proves that the civet cat is the primary animal source of the human SARS virus, with the ability to spread the virus.” But the group stopped short of saying civets are the only source of the human virus. The announcement also followed an Oct 23 report that 70% of a sample of 103 civets from southern China’s Guangdong province carried the virus, according to Reuters. The report said no civets from northern or eastern China were found to be infected.center_img Nov 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – To guard against SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the Chinese government has banned the killing and cooking of civets, which have been carriers of the SARS virus in southern China, according to news reports yesterday. See also: Jan 16, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “WHO sees more evidence of civet role in SARS”last_img read more

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IKEA donates blankets, bed sheets to COVID-19 hospitals

first_imgSweden-based furniture store IKEA has donated household items to the Indonesian Hospital Association (PERSI) to support COVID-19 referral hospitals.The company handed out bed sheets, blankets, towels and trolleys to five hospitals in Banten and Sentul in Bogor, West Java, namely Permata Pamulang Hospital, BUN Kosambi Maternity Hospital, MISI Lebak Hospital, An Nisa Cibodas Hospital and EMC Sentul Hospital.IKEA Indonesia public relations head Ririn Basuki said the hospitals were among the first to receive COVID-19 positive patients in their respective areas. “Hospitals play a crucial role in testing and treating COVID-19 patients and IKEA will support the medical personnel who are on the frontline combating this pandemic,” she said in a written statement on Monday.Read also: We’re all in this together: Companies join hands to mitigate COVID-19 pandemicThe furniture giant also donated hygiene kits to people in Jakarta as an initiative to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.As of Monday, the Health Ministry announced 218 new confirmed cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 2,491 with 187 cases in Banten and 263 cases in West Java. While 11 more deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 209. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

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Labor unions strike, stage rallies to oppose controversial new jobs law

first_imgTopics : Labor unions and civil society organizations across the archipelago have staged nationwide protests and strikes to oppose the newly passed Job Creation Law, demanding the House of Representatives revoke the controversial law feared to infringe on workers’ rights.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies and strikes in various cities for several days.”Workers from various sectors, such as textiles, mining, electronics, pharmaceuticals, tourism, logistics and other sectors, will stage protests in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Cilegon, Purwakarta, Semarang, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Aceh, Medan, Deli Serdang, Batam, Pekanbaru, Palembang and other cities,” KSPI president Said Iqbal said in a statement on Monday.Thousands of workers in Pulogadung Industrial Complex in East Jakarta staged a protest opposing the jobs law in front of their respective factories on Tuesday morning.”Workers in Pulogadung agreed to skip working today to show support for [movements] against the Job Creation Law. We planned to stage rallies in front of our factories and on roads in the Pulogadung area until Thursday,” protest coordinator Hilman Firmansyah said as reported by kompas.com.Thousands of workers from factories in Karawang, West Java, also staged protests in front of their factories to oppose the law on Tuesday.The workers opted to conduct sporadic protests in order to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission during the rallies, especially since many virus clusters have emerged in Karawang industrial areas.They also limited the number of people participating in the protests and ensured that protestors wore masks and maintained physical distance.Read also: Amnesty dubs new Omnibus Law ‘catastrophic’, petition urges no confidence motionIn Bandung, West Java, thousands of workers from various labor unions rallied at the Bandung Legislative Council compound and City Hall on Tuesday morning.The protestors, carrying umbrellas and wearing masks, sat on the road while voicing their concerns over the impact of the law on their working conditions.Dozens of workers under the Central Java Federation of Trade Unions (KSPN) opted to stage a protest in front of their office in Semarang, Central Java on Tuesday.KSPN head Nanang Setyono said despite workers under the labor group having decided not to hold a strike, they would still oppose the law through legal process.”We’re planning to file a judicial review against the omnibus law with the Constitutional Court,” Nanang said.The Jakarta Police had deployed 2,300 personnel around the House compound in Senayan, Central Jakarta to anticipate rallies.The Jakarta police had previously refused to issue permits for protests and rallies over concern for COVID-19 transmission.The House and the government on Monday passed into law the contentious omnibus bill on job creation, sooner than its original plan to enact the bill on Thursday.Despite mounting objections over fears it would negatively impact the environment and labor rights, the government continued to insist that the law was necessary to improve bureaucratic efficiency in order to boost business and investment. (nal)last_img read more

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