ExBrexit minister May not standing up to EU bullies

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s former Brexit secretary has slammed Prime Minister Theresa May for lacking political will and resolve when dealing with the European Union over Brexit negotiations.Dominic Raab, who resigned Thursday, suggested that May failed to stand up to bullying EU officials. He told the Sunday Times: “If we cannot close this deal on reasonable terms, we need to be very honest with the country that we will not be bribed and blackmailed or bullied and we will walk away.”Raab added that “there is one thing that is missing and that is political will and resolve.”May is facing political chaos and open rebellion within her ranks, with Conservative opponents plotting to oust her after Britain struck a divorce agreement with the EU this week.The Associated Presslast_img

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ICBC reminds drivers to think safety when on the roads this Labour

first_imgICBC is also reminding drivers to avoid distractions while driving, such as the use of electronics, and avoid being impaired whether from the consumption of alcohol and drugs or from fatigue. Remember, if you choose to drink or use drugs, do not drive.Drivers are also being reminded to plan ahead to ensure a safe trip and to check the latest updates by visiting drivebc.ca.More driving safety tips can be found on ICBC’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – ICBC is reminding drivers to keep safety in mind when travelling on the roads this Labour Day weekend.According to ICBC, each year approximately five people die and 610 people are injured in 2,200 crashes across the province during the Labour Day weekend.To help ensure that everyone travels safely, ICBC is reminding drivers to share the road with motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians.last_img read more

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MeToo Akbar denies calling Priya Ramani in hotel room

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Union minister M J Akbar told a Delhi court on Monday that he did not ask scribe Priya Ramani, who has accused him of sexual misconduct in #MeToo campaign, to see him in his hotel room in 1994 in connection with her alleged interview to join a newspaper of which he was the editor.Akbar, who had resigned as minister on October 17 last year following the allegations levelled during the campaign, vehemently objected to the questions of Ramani’s counsel about other women scribes who had also accused him of sexual misconduct. The scribe-turned BJP politician was being cross-examined by senior advocate Rebecca John, counsel for Ramani, before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, in connection with his private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani. “It is incorrect to suggest that I called Priya Ramani to come to my room. It is wrong to suggest that she was hesitant or that I insisted… I do not know whether it was the first job interview by Priya Ramani after her graduation. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”I am not sure whether Priya Ramani was offered a job in the Asian Age newspaper in January 1994 in Delhi Office. As it is a 25 years old matter and to the best of my knowledge, she was working in Bombay office,” Akbar testified. Ramani had tweeted about Akbar’s alleged objectionable behaviour in the hotel room. Her counsel asked questions regarding other women scribes and their allegations against Akbar. The queries were strongly protested by senior advocate Geeta Luthra, representing the former minister and she said that the questions were “irrelevant” as they were not related to the case at hand. “These are all part of my (Ramani’s) defence as it shows his (Akbar’s) behaviour,” Ramani’s counsel replied leading to the heated exchange between the two women senior lawyers of the parties. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe magistrate allowed Ramani’s lawyer to keep asking questions to Akbar and also agreed to record the objections of Akbar with regard to such queries. During the cross-examination, questions were put to him regarding other women journalists, including Ghazala Wahab, Kadambari M Wade, Majlie de Puy Kamp, Sonali Khullar Shroff and Harinder Baweja, who had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct. Akbar said he had refuted the allegations levelled by Wahab in an article. In response to another query, Akbar said he could not recall whether Wade worked with him as the matter was 20-year old. Regarding allegations made by Kamp, he said “there was absolutely no question of harassment of the lady Kamp. I recall there might have been a mention of some misunderstanding which was accepted”.last_img read more

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9th Edition of MEDays Forum Kicks Off in Tangier

Tangier – The 9th edition of the MEDays Forum, held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI (December 7-10), opened Wednesday night in Tangier, in the presence of eminent political personalities, economic actors and decision-makers from all over the globe.Speaking on this occasion, the president of the Amadeus Institute, Brahim Fassi Fihri, said that this edition will focus on the theme “From fragmentation to sustainability: Revolutionizing paradigms.”He stressed the need, in this context, for new paradigms in order to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in a world suffering from “an uncertain geopolitical climate”. The sustainable development and economic emergence of the countries of the South and of Africa will be at the heart of this Forum, he added. In his turn, president of the Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima region, Ilyas El Omari, said that the world is undergoing huge geopolitical changes that go far beyond the economic, political and social areas.The first “Business Summit” will be launched within the framework of the present edition of the MEDays forum to enable business leaders and senior public sector officials discuss several issues relating to the growth of enterprises in the South, innovation and business opportunities in the countries of the South.Over 3,000 participants and 120 high-level speakers will take part in the forum. read more

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Police assure security for Hirunika

On the instructions of IGP N.K. Illangakoon an investigation was launched into the claims, the police said in the statement today. Hirunika Premachanda, daughter of slain politician Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, had on April 23 lodged a complaint with the police stating that a weekend newspaper had reported there was a threat to her life. The police said that subsequently a statement was recorded from Hirunika Premachanda on April 28 regarding the alleged death threat.A statement was also to be recorded from the Editor of the weekend newspaper and the journalist who wrote the story but they had said they will obtain legal advice and give a statement tomorrow. The police says it is providing 24hr security for the residence of Hirunika Premachanda after she had lodged a complaint stating there was a threat against her life.In a statement released this evening, the police also requested assistance from Hirunika Premachanda and a weekend newspaper which had initially reported the alleged threat to her life. The police denied claims it was not investigating the complaint lodged by Hirunika Premachanda regarding the alleged threats on her life. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Wind Mobile says it doesnt have the money to buy wireless spectrum

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 13, 2014 3:43 pm MDT Wind Mobile says it doesn’t have the money to buy wireless spectrum TORONTO – On the eve of the wireless spectrum auction, new wireless player Wind Mobile says it’s withdrawing from bidding due to a lack of funds.Wind Mobile CEO and chairman Anthony Lacavera says majority owner, Russian telecom VimpelCom, has decided not to fund the company’s participation in the 700 megahertz spectrum auction that starts Tuesday.The small carrier has been trying to become Canada’s fourth major wireless carrier after big players Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T), which dominate the market with more than 25 million subscribers among them.Wind Mobile’s withdrawal doesn’t bolster Ottawa’s attempt to have a fourth wireless carrier in every region of the country. Wind has more than 650,000 subscribers and operates in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia but was put up for sale by VimpelCom.While Lacavera says it’s business as usual for the company, not being able to participate in the auction leaves Wind with a shortage of spectrum to upgrade its network.Lacavera still owns 35 per cent of the company he founded and says VimpelCom is continuing discussions with the federal government and him about the company’s future.A total of 10 Canadian participants — including the big three — are bidding on the 700-megahertz radio waves now that Wind Mobile has dropped out.The previous spectrum auction in 2008 raised $4.3 billion and ushered in new players: Wind Mobile, Mobilicity, Public Mobile, Videotron and Eastlink.Since then, Mobilicity has been put up for sale and Public Mobile has been sold to Telus. read more

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The Most Clutch Postseason Quarterback Of All Time Is Eli Manning

Saturday’s AFC divisional playoff game featured a matchup between two quarterbacks with clutch reputations: the Baltimore Ravens’ Joe Flacco, who entered the game with a 10-4 lifetime postseason record, and the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady, whose first three playoff seasons all yielded Super Bowl championships. The Patriots got the better of the Ravens after a terrific game, but both quarterbacks played well, with Flacco tossing four touchdowns in a losing effort.A day later, the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning would produce just 4.6 yards per passing attempt against the Indianapolis Colts, lower than in any of his 16 regular-season starts. While Manning avoided an interception, he threw just one touchdown and Denver lost 24-13. The effort rekindled doubts about Manning’s postseason performance — as you’ll recall, Manning’s most recent postseason appearance did not exactly go well — along with questions about whether he’s past his prime (he’s 38).How you evaluate the postseason records of Manning, Brady and Flacco depends on how you define clutch performance. Is it performance relative to expectations that matters? Or is it performance in an absolute sense?Manning’s postseason record is pretty decent by one standard and pretty terrible by the other. His lifetime postseason record is now 11-13. It’s not easy to win playoff games, and Manning has had the misfortune to play in a fairly deep era for the AFC (one that has included Brady). Nonetheless, Manning’s record is a bit worse than you’d expect based on the performance of his teams during the regular season.In the chart below, I’ve tracked Manning’s postseason record as compared with expectation based on Elo ratings for his teams and his postseason opponents at the time the games were played. As an alternative measure — more about how this is calculated in a moment — I’ve charted how Manning’s teams would expect to do in those games if he had fallen into the Springfield Mystery Spot and a replacement-level quarterback had substituted for him.Manning’s teams have been favored, according to our Elo ratings, in 17 of his 24 postseason games. It’s often been a narrow advantage; viewed probabilistically, you’d set the over line at 13 or 14 wins. Manning has won 11. It’s not a totally disastrous record — Manning has won a Super Bowl, after all, and led his team to two others — but it’s on the lower end for great quarterbacks relative to the lofty expectations they establish.But what if those starts had instead been taken by backups like Jim Sorgi or Curtis Painter or Brock Osweiler (all of whom serve as functional examples of replacement-level quarterbacks)? We have the Broncos and the Colts as underdogs in all 24 of those hypothetical games. No doubt they’d have backed into a few wins despite their underdog status, but Manning’s teams project to an 8-16 record on a probabilistic basis without him. Peyton’s 11-13 record looks pretty good compared to that.We can run the same numbers for all quarterbacks who played in the postseason since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Specifically, I’ll look at the records for what I’ll call the principal quarterback, who is the one with the most passing attempts during the game (not necessarily the one who started it). A total of 180 players have served as principal postseason QBs by this definition.Below, I’ve listed the records for the top and bottom quarterbacks, along with those who have been active in this year’s playoffs or who have been a principal quarterback at least 10 times in the postseason. I’ve also listed each quarterback’s projected record based on Elo. Finally, I’ve listed the result of a set of 25,000 simulations of each quarterback’s postseason career where QBs were randomly assigned wins and losses based on the probabilities established by Elo. I counted up how often the simulated quarterback bettered the actual quarterback’s win total, giving half-credit to cases where they finished with the same record.By this measure, the most clutch postseason QB of all time is Manning — Eli Manning. His New York Giants have often been underdogs in the postseason and projected to a record of 4-7 or perhaps 5-6 in his 11 games. Instead, Eli Manning’s teams have gone 8-3. According to the simulations, there’s just a 1 percent chance of achieving such a strong record based on chance alone.This does not, incidentally, serve as evidence that Eli Manning or any other quarterback has some extra gear that kicks in during the postseason. Eli’s been awesome during the postseason, but with 180 QBs in the sample you’d expect to find a few fluky cases based on chance alone. This is also not to say that clutch quarterbacking doesn’t exist. As my colleague Benjamin Morris has repeatedly documented, some quarterbacks — including Peyton Manning — consistently manage the game better in clutch situations, such as during a fourth-quarter comeback drive. Indeed, clutchness is so intrinsic to quarterbacking that it’s hard to distinguish a clutch QB from a good QB. But that clutchness ought to show up in a QB’s regular-season stats and his team’s regular-season win-loss record and Elo rating. It’s not clear that some quarterbacks are clutch in the regular season but unclutch in the postseason.Peyton Manning, of course, is the closest thing to an exception. As compared with the record projected by Elo, his postseason record ranks 161st out of the 180 QBs in our sample. Among quarterbacks with at least 10 games in the database, only Warren Moon and Randall Cunningham rank lower.But this is a somewhat ridiculous list. The top five consists of one great quarterback, Joe Montana, along with two pretty good ones (Eli Manning and Flacco). It also has Trent Dilfer and Jeff Hostetler. Meanwhile, Brady ranks just 43rd by this measure. His postseason record is excellent — 18-8, not counting one game where he was hurt and replaced by Drew Bledsoe. But because the Patriots were favored in most of those games, he doesn’t get much credit for it. You’d have expected them to go about 17-9 based on Elo ratings.Here’s the problem: This way of thinking about quarterbacks forces them to compete against themselves. Sure, the Patriots have often been favored to win their postseason games. But a lot of that is because Brady is their quarterback. How might the Pats have expected to do with a replacement-level QB instead?They might not have been totally hopeless. Brady has usually had a little bit more talent surrounding him than Peyton Manning has. (Matt Cassel, who rates as somewhere between average and replacement-level, led New England to an 11-5 record when Brady was hurt in 2008.) Bill Belichick would probably have snuck them into the playoffs a few times. But they’d also have been playing good opponents. Our method projects them to a 12-14 or 13-13 postseason record rather than Brady’s 18-8.I calculate these estimates based on a quarterback’s adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), a metric that accounts for yardage, attempts, touchdowns, interceptions and sacks — basically it’s a better version of the NFL’s passer rating. A replacement-level quarterback typically posts an ANY/A at about 80 percent of the league average, so a QB gets credit for any performance above and beyond that.1ANY/A is a rate statistic — not a counting stat — so I also evaluate a quarterback’s number of passing attempts during the regular season. I then translate this into points added or subtracted in the regular season2The translation of ANY/A into points is based on a comparison with ESPN’s Total QBR. and translate points into a team’s Elo rating to evaluate the impact the QB had on his team overall.3The formula isEloDiff = (ANY/A+ -80)*Att*0.0025… where ANY/A+ is a quarterback’s ANY/A relative to the league average, Att is his number of passing attempts during the regular season and EloDiff is how many ratings points the QB added or subtracted from his team’s Elo rating as compared with a replacement-level quarterback.It’s notoriously difficult, of course, to distinguish the performance of a quarterback from that of his teammates, but this method produces some reasonable-seeming results. This year’s Green Bay Packers project as a slightly below-average team with a replacement-level guy subbed in for Aaron Rodgers , for instance. Instead of having been 59 percent favorites in their Sunday game against the Cowboys, as they were based on Elo ratings, they’d have been roughly 2-to-1 underdogs.The principle is simply that the better the quarterback, the more his team would be harmed by removing him. In the case of Peyton Manning’s teams, I estimate that pulling Manning would hurt them by about a touchdown (7 points) per game. That’s enough to demote them to a projected 8-16 record in the 24 postseason games Manning has played.We can rerun the numbers for all 180 playoff quarterbacks, comparing each QB’s actual record against the simulated one achieved by replacement-level QBs against the same schedule. By this measure, Peyton Manning moves up to 28th on the postseason list; there’s only about a 10 percent chance that a replacement-level QB could have equalled or bettered his 11-13 record.Eli Manning remains No. 1 overall, but this time in a photo finish over Joe Montana and Kurt Warner. Flacco still rates highly, in fourth place. Brady moves up to No. 6, right behind John Elway. Brett Favre advances to 19th from 78th. While there’s still a Dilfer and a Hostetler here and there, it’s a much better list of quarterbacks.This shouldn’t be surprising: Before, we’d essentially been punishing great QBs for having been great during the regular season. Some have been even greater during the playoffs. Others have reverted to being a little closer to average. Peyton Manning falls into the latter group. His career postseason passer rating entering Sunday’s game was 89.2, less than his 97.5 rating during the regular season but still pretty good. But if the Colts and Broncos haven’t quite had the postseason records you’d hope for with Manning at the helm, they’ve been a heck of a lot better off than they would’ve been with Jim Sorgi. read more

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JKTech obtains license to provide the Peak Air Recovery PAR technique to

first_imgIn recent years, researchers at Imperial College have been focusing on measuring air recovery in industrial flotation cells and have found that a peak in metallurgical performance (improvements in both grade and recovery) corresponds well with a peak in air recovery.  Major platinum and copper operations have already observed the benefits of using this methodology as developed by the researchers. JKTech’s team is now licensed by Imperial Innovations to commercially provide this methodology and associated benefits to the global minerals industry.  The PAR technique comprises two stages – evaluation and implementation. The evaluation stage involves determining the effect of the technology at a mine site, typically determining the peak air recovery for a bank (or banks) of flotation cells and evaluating the resultant metallurgical performance. The implementation stage involves setting the air rates to those that maximise the air and/or metal recovery, and support and training of site personnel including operating manuals. The implementation stage requires an end-user licence to be obtained by the sites through Imperial Innovations and further details can be obtained upon request.JKTech now includes the PAR technology in its suite of flotation optimisation tools, ultimately improving the performance of flotation circuits around the world.last_img read more

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It will hurt the most vulnerable Companies raise concerns over escalating ChinaUS

first_img‘It will hurt the most vulnerable’: Companies raise concerns over escalating China-US trade war Latest moves brought the world’s two largest economies to the verge of an all-out confrontation. By AFP Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 2:05 PM Jun 16th 2018, 9:26 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 92 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4074270 21,709 Views Updated Jun 16th 2018, 2:05 PM COMPANIES AND TRADE GROUPS in the US and China have expressed concern over how the escalating trade spat between the world’s two biggest economies could affect operations.Beijing retaliated immediately to tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese imports imposed by US President Donald Trump yesterday, igniting a trade war that threatens to cut into the pair’s massive bilateral trade – potentially harming exporters and US multinationals keen on China’s huge market.Top among American products hit with duties by China are agricultural exports, with soybeans, sorghum, oranges, pork, poultry and beef included in the $34 billion in goods targeted for higher border taxes starting next month.Agricultural trader Cargill, the largest US private company, called for dialogue between Beijing and Washington so businesses, farmers and consumers would not be caught up in an all-out trade war.“Trade conflict… will lead to serious consequences for economic growth and job creation and hurt those that are most vulnerable across the globe,” said Devry Boughner Vorwerk, a vice president at Cargill.A spokeswoman for grain trader Archer Daniels Midland also said bilateral dialogue should be pursued, adding that China “continues to be an important export market for American food and agriculture”.Yesterday’s announcements cap months of sometimes fraught shuttle diplomacy between Washington and Beijing, in which Chinese offers to purchase more US goods failed to assuage Trump’s grievances over a soaring trade imbalance and the country’s industrial development policies.Beijing has left the door open to negotiations, even as it matched Washington with tariffs and bellicose rhetoric.“The Donald Trump administration has once again proved inconsistent and precarious,” state-run newspaper China Daily said in an editorial today.It added that given the “frequent flip-flopping” in the US, “it is still too early to conclude that a trade war will start”.‘Fixated with tariffs’US trade groups also stepped up their criticism, while some large companies such as Boeing said they were beginning to evaluate the tariffs’ possible effects.Boeing garnered about 12.8% of its 2017 revenues from China and is frequently seen as among the more vulnerable US multinationals to a full-on trade war.“We are assessing the impact these tariffs and any reciprocal action could have on our supply chain and commercial business,” said Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers.“We will continue to engage with leaders in both countries to urge a productive dialogue to resolve trade differences, highlighting the mutual economic benefits of a strong and prosperous aerospace industry,” he added.The American Apparel & Footwear Association – while praising the Trump administration for dropping an earlier plan to place levies on key equipment and machinery used by the industry – said yesterday that China’s retaliatory measures could harm American farmers and textile manufacturers and add costs to the industry’s supply chain.“President Trump is fixated with tariffs, which he believes he can wield freely; but there are grave consequences,” said AAFA president Rick Helfenbein.“Congress needs to step in now to end this dangerous obsession.”Other trade groups opposing the US tariffs included the Business Roundtable and the US Chamber of Commerce.US automakers, which have targeted China as a key growth market, are also slated to be hit by the bruising tariffs.American auto giant Ford has sold 338,386 cars thus far in China in 2018, about one-third the number in the US, and had welcomed a Chinese plan to lower tariffs on auto imports. It had even planned to cut prices for its imported Lincoln vehicles.That may be in jeopardy as gas-powered and electric vehicles are due to be slapped with the border tax increase.© – AFP, 2018 Image: Michael Kappeler via PA Images Image: Michael Kappeler via PA Images Short URL Share7 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Angiome hémangiome angiome stellaire ou lymphangiome de quoi sagitil

first_imgAngiome : hémangiome, angiome stellaire ou lymphangiome, de quoi s’agit-il ?Une angiome est une terme générique regroupant plusieurs anomalies vasculaires. Il existe de nombreux types d’angiome selon leur forme ou leur origine. Définition : qu’est ce qu’un angiome ?Un angiome correspond à une anomalie de vaisseaux sanguins ou lymphatiques. Il s’agit d’un terme générique regroupant plusieurs anomalies vasculaires. Les angiomes se manifestent par l’apparition de taches rouges caractéristiques sur la peau. On estime qu’environ un enfant sur dix est concerné, en particulier les filles. S’ils sont le plus souvent bénins, ils doivent être traités dès qu’ils entraînent des complications.Les différents types d’angiomeOn distingue de nombreux types d’angiomes divisés en deux groupes principaux selon leur origine : les hémangiomes et les malformations vasculaires.  Les hémangiomes sont des tumeurs bénignes apparaissant le plus souvent à la naissance, évoluant jusqu’à 6 ou 12 mois puis régressant naturellement avec l’âge.  C’est ce qu’on appelle communément la fraise du nourrisson.Les malformations vasculaires sont en revanche des anomalies qui ne disparaissent pas dans le temps. Parmi elles, on retrouve l’angiome plan, appelé plus couramment “tache de vin” ou “tache de naissance”. Il s’agit d’une tache rouge et sans relief généralement présente dès la naissance et persistant toute la vie sans évoluer. Dans certains cas, l’angiome plan peut être associé à des anomalies plus graves. C’est le cas par exemple du syndrome de Sturge-Weber qui est un angiome accompagné de troubles neurologiques comme l’épilepsie ou des convulsions. L’angiome stellaire est une petite lésion vasculaire en forme d’étoile présent généralement au niveau du visage ou des mains. Il apparaît le plus souvent chez les personnes atteintes d’insuffisance hépatique, telle une cirrhose, ou en cours de grossesse. L’angiome caverneux ou carcinome cérébral est une malformation située au niveau du cerveau ou de la moelle épinière. Il est rarement diagnostiqué, à moins de provoquer des hémorragies cérébrales ou des crises convulsives. Lorsque les malformations se forment au niveau des vaisseaux lymphatiques, on parle lors de lymphangiome. Le traitement de l’angiomeÀ lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?Les angiomes sont le plus souvent bénins et ne nécessite pas de traitement. Cependant, ils peuvent créer une gêne soit esthétique soit fonctionnelle (dans les mouvements). Dans ces cas là, il est possible de les enlever.Deux techniques sont disponibles en fonction de la taille et de l’emplacement de l’angiome. L’utilisation du laser permet de blanchir la peau et de faire disparaître les taches. Cela permet également de coaguler les vaisseaux anormaux où se situe l’angiome. De même, une intervention chirurgicale permet de retirer complètement la tache de la peau.Le 3 décembre 2015 à 17:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Monster Hunter Costumes Coming to Street Fighter V

first_imgStay on target More Horizon Zero Dawn DLC Comes to Monster Hunter: World Next WeekStreet Fighter V: Arcade Edition We Should Have Gotten This Years Ago The worlds of Monster Hunter and Street Fighter are about to collide! Capcom has announced that, starting next month, players will be able to unlock Monster Hunter-inspired costumes in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. The costumes are specific to Ken, R. Mika, and Ibuki and are based on the Rathalos, Zinogre, and Kirin armors from Monster Hunter.As explained over at Capcom-Unity, the costumes can only be obtained by playing through Battle Mode and purchased with Fight Money. Every month, there will be a new Crossover Costume to nab. Each costume requires players to complete four challenges that take place in the span of a month (one challenge per week). One must spend 10,000 FM to get all of the armor pieces for a single character, provided they can finish the challenges in one go. The challenges are only available for a limited amount of time, so Capcom is encouraging players to log into Street Fighter V each week to complete them.Things don’t end after getting all of the armor pieces, either. You can always replay the challenges to earn bonus rewards that will be listed once the Extra Battle Mode begins. Players can continue earning bonus rewards as many times as they desire. Of course, that means they’ll have to pay the entrance fee each time. All three of these Extra Battle Challenges overlap, so you’ll want to plan out a strategy for how you’ll get them. This is no different than planning for a hunt in Monster Hunter.Capcom posted all of the dates the Monster Hunter armor pieces are available over on Capcom-Unity. They note that dates and times are subject to change unexpectedly. The company is pretty good about keeping fans informed, so follow them on Twitter to stay updated in case anything changes regarding these costumes.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Viewer numbers for 126 WWE RAW viewers see increase

first_img Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Facebook WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Velvet Sky Last night’s 1/26 WWE RAW, broadcasting live from the WWE Headquarters in Stamford, drew an average audience of 4.42 million viewers. The first hour drew 4.47 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.66 million viewers and the third hour drew 4.14 million viewers.This is up from last week’s show that drew 4.10 million viewers.RAW tied with “Love and Hip Hop” as the top rated show on cable on Monday night drawing a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Twitter Pinterest WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership goes up, WWE remains at the No. 1 spot on Tuesdaylast_img read more

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Local Red Cross urges residents to prepare for wildfires

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — As more than a dozen wildfires burn across California, San Diego’s local Red Cross is urging residents to create a wildfire preparedness plan in case of an emergency or quick evacuation. The Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties (SDIC) has created a wildfire checklist, printable in both English and Spanish, to help San Diegans in case of a wildfire emergency. October 10, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 10, 2017 KUSI Newsroom center_img Local Red Cross urges residents to prepare for wildfires Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Several fires are burning in California right now. Make it a priority to be prepared! Start with reviewing this checklist with your family: pic.twitter.com/8kkdsKfiif— SDIC Red Cross (@SDICRedCross) October 10, 2017If residents need to quickly evacuate, the Red Cross recommends: If you think you may need to evacuate, confine all pets to one room so you can quickly and easily take them and goBack your car into the driveway for a safer and more efficient way outAlways keep at least half a tank of gas in your carConsider putting together a “digital disaster kit”- put all your important documents onto a thumb drive, which you can quickly grab and take with you if you have to evacuate quicklyBut a better option is to be prepared long before evacuation occurs. “Be Red Cross Ready” by: Getting a KitKeep supplies in an easy-to-carry, “grab-and-go” emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.Have multiple kits, for example, one for your home and one for your vehicle.Include nonperishable foods, water (at least a gallon per person per day), a flashlight and crank radio, cell phone chargers, extra cash, personal items, medications, and special items needed for children or pets.Making a PlanMeet with family members, make a plan, and practice it together.Include preparations for your pets as well!Choose two places to meet: one location outside your home and one location outside your neighborhood, in case you are asked to evacuate.Have multiple evacuation routes in case one route is blocked. Practice driving your route regularly – muscle memory can help greatly during disasters when emotions and tensions are running high.Remember, you don’t need to wait for an official evacuation order. If you feel threatened, be sure that you leave with time to spare. This helps you AND first responders.Being InformedIdentify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information- whether through radio, TV, or even social media.Social media is being used more and more to access information during disasters. You can follow the San Diego Red Cross, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Cal Fire and many others on Facebook and Twitter for updates.You can even download the Red Cross Emergency App for localized wildfire alerts, preparedness info, and to find Red Cross shelters near you in the event of an emergencyThe Red Cross also asks residents to prepare for other types of disasters. For more information on creating preparedness plans for other disasters, visit here. last_img read more

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New tool an eyeopening advancement in treating glaucoma

first_imgA snorkel-shaped device no bigger than a flea is the latest technology offering relief to Clark County residents with glaucoma.The titanium device is only 1 millimeter long and one-third millimeter tall, but it has the potential to make a big difference in the lives of people with mild to moderate glaucoma.The device offers an alternative to traditional methods of treating glaucoma, an alternative more advanced than medicated eyedrops but less intensive than surgery, said Dr. Silvio Gurdian, an eye surgeon for 15 years.Gurdian has implanted the device, called the iStent, in two area residents since beginning to offer the procedure earlier this summer at the Vancouver Eye Care ambulatory eye center. He hopes the procedure will help to prevent the riskier surgeries required for advanced glaucoma.“Surgical advances in glaucoma have been challenging and slow to be adopted by eye surgeons due to complexity, cost and high risk of complications,” he said. “Therefore, many patients with glaucoma remain undertreated.”Glaucoma affects millions of people and is one of the leading causes of blindness in the U.S., according to the Mayo Clinic.Glaucoma is not a single eye disease but rather a group of eye conditions causing optic nerve damage that can result in vision loss. Most often, the damage is caused by abnormally high pressure in the eye, according to Mayo Clinic.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for August 17 Suspicions Man Taking Photos Road Hazards Sparking Wires

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, August 17, 2018:An anonymous caller reported he was approached by an elderly white male in a tie dye shirt carrying a camera. Party was asking questions about previous residents on Marion Street. Police responded. Party was in the area to take photos of his childhood home. Checks OK. (11:34am)Police contacted Mass Highway regarding a bag of concrete in the road on Main Street. (1:28pm)A Pilling Road caller reported a possible scam involving a chimney cleaning company. Police responded. Salesman’s paperwork appeared to be legitimate. (3:30pm)A caller reported a large amount of gravel in the roadway on Andover Street, creating a possible hazard for motorcycles. Police notified DPW. (5:19pm)Police notified RMLD of wires sparking at Belmont Street and Hanover Street. (7:46pm)A caller reported a street sign to Oakridge Circle Ext. is missing. Police notified DPW. (9:07pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

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Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground

first_img Close Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Theresa May closed the Conservative conference in Birmingham today (5 October) with a pitch to put the party in the centre ground of British politics.The Tory premier claimed Labour had abandoned the moderate position, while arguing that her government would step up and engineer an economy that works for everybody. Notably, May branded Labour as the nasty party, a slogan once used against the Conservatives.When we came to Birmingham this week, some big questions were hanging in the air.Do we have a plan for Brexit? We do.Are we ready for the effort it will take to see it through? We are.Can Boris Johnson stay on message for a full four days? Just about.But I know theres another big question people want me to answer.Whats my vision for Britain? My philosophy? My approach?Today I want to answer that question very directly.I want to set out my vision for Britain after Brexit.I want to lay out my approach – the things I believe.I want to explain what a country that works for everyone means.I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics…built on the values of fairness and opportunity…where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person – regardless of their background, or that of their parents – is given the chance to be all they want to be.And as I do so, I want to be clear about something else: that a vision is nothing without the determination to see it through.No vision ever built a business by itself. No vision ever clothed a family or fed a hungry child. No vision ever changed a country on its own.You need to put the hours in and the effort too.But if you do, great things can happen. Great changes can occur.And be in no doubt, thats what Britain needs today.Because in June people voted for change. And a change is going to come.BRITAINS QUIET REVOLUTIONChange has got to come because as we leave the European Union and take control of our own destiny, the task of tackling some of Britains long-standing challenges – like how to train enough people to do the jobs of the future – becomes ever more urgent.But change has got to come too because of the quiet revolution that took place in our country just three months ago – a revolution in which millions of our fellow citizens stood up and said they were not prepared to be ignored anymore.Because this is a turning point for our country.A once-in-a-generation chance to change the direction of our nation for good.To step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.Lets be clear: we have come a long way over the past six years.Weve brought the deficit down.Got more people into work than ever before.Taken the lowest paid out of income tax.Established a new National Living Wage.Helped nearly a million new business to set up and grow.Got almost one and a half million more children into good or outstanding schools.Put record investment into the NHS.Created nearly 3 million new apprenticeships.And brought crime down by more than a quarter to its lowest ever level.Thats a record of which we should all be proud.And this morning its right that we pause to say thank you to the man who made that possible. A man who challenged us to change and told us that if we did then we would win again.And he was right. We did change. We did win. The first majority Conservative Government in almost 25 years.A great leader of our party – a great servant to our country.David Cameron, thank you.But now we need to change again. For the referendum was not just a vote to withdraw from the EU. It was about something broader – something that the European Union had come to represent.It was about a sense – deep, profound and lets face it often justified – that many people have today that the world works well for a privileged few, but not for them.It was a vote not just to change Britains relationship with the European Union, but to call for a change in the way our country works – and the people for whom it works – forever.Knock on almost any door in almost any part of the country, and you will find the roots of the revolution laid bare.Our society should work for everyone, but if you cant afford to get onto the property ladder, or your child is stuck in a bad school, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our economy should work for everyone, but if your pay has stagnated for several years in a row and fixed items of spending keep going up, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our democracy should work for everyone, but if youve been trying to say things need to change for years and your complaints fall on deaf ears, it doesnt feel like its working for you.And the roots of the revolution run deep. Because it wasnt the wealthy who made the biggest sacrifices after the financial crash, but ordinary, working class families.And if youre one of those people who lost their job, who stayed in work but on reduced hours, took a pay cut as household bills rocketed, or – and I know a lot of people dont like to admit this – someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesnt seem fair.It feels like your dreams have been sacrificed in the service of others.So change has got to come.Because if we dont respond – if we dont take this opportunity to deliver the change people want – resentments will grow. Divisions will become entrenched.And that would be a disaster for Britain.Because the lesson of Britain is that we are a country built on the bonds of family, community, citizenship.Of strong institutions and a strong society.The country of my parents who instilled in me a sense of public service and of public servants everywhere who want to give something back.The parent who works hard all week but takes time out to coach the kids football team at the weekend.The local family business in my constituency thats been serving the community for more than 50 years.The servicemen and women I met last week who wear their uniform proudly at home and serve our nation with honour abroad.A country of decency, fairness and quiet resolve.And a successful country – small in size but large in stature – that with less than 1% of the worlds population boasts more Nobel Laureates than any country outside the United States… with three more added again just yesterday – two of whom worked here in this great city.A country that boasts three of the top ten universities in the world. The worlds leading financial capital. And institutions like the NHS and BBC whose reputations echo in some of the farthest corners of the globe.All possible because we are one United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and I will always fight to preserve our proud, historic Union and will never let divisive nationalists drive us apart.Yet within our society today, we see division and unfairness all around. Between a more prosperous older generation and a struggling younger generation. Between the wealth of London and the rest of the country.But perhaps most of all, between the rich, the successful and the powerful – and their fellow citizens.Now dont get me wrong. We applaud success. We want people to get on.But we also value something else: the spirit of citizenship.That spirit that means you respect the bonds and obligations that make our society work. That means a commitment to the men and women who live around you, who work for you, who buy the goods and services you sell.That spirit that means recognising the social contract that says you train up local young people before you take on cheap labour from overseas.That spirit that means you do as others do, and pay your fair share of tax.But today, too many people in positions of power behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass in the street.But if you believe youre a citizen of the world, youre a citizen of nowhere. You dont understand what the very word citizenship means.So if youre a boss who earns a fortune but doesnt look after your staff…An international company that treats tax laws as an optional extra…A household name that refuses to work with the authorities even to fight terrorism…A director who takes out massive dividends while knowing that the company pension is about to go bust…Im putting you on warning. This cant go on anymore.A change has got to come. And this party – the Conservative Party – is going to make that change.BELIEVING IN THE GOOD THAT GOVERNMENT CAN DOSo today, I want to set out my plan for a Britain where everyone plays by the same rules and every person has the opportunity to be all they want to be.Its a plan to tackle the unfairness and injustice that divides us, so that we may build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.A plan that will mean government stepping up. Righting wrongs. Challenging vested interests. Taking big decisions. Doing what we believe to be right. Getting the job done.Because thats the good that government can do. And its what Im in this for. To stand up for the weak and stand up to the strong.And to put the power of government squarely at the service of ordinary working-class people.Because too often that isnt how it works today.Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public.They find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal, your attachment to your job security inconvenient.They find the fact that more than seventeen million voters decided to leave the European Union simply bewildering.Because if youre well off and comfortable, Britain is a different country and these concerns are not your concerns. Its easy to dismiss them – easy to say that all you want from government is for it to get out of the way.But a change has got to come. Its time to remember the good that government can do.Time for a new approach that says while government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good;that the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot;and that we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.Time to reject the ideological templates provided by the socialist left and the libertarian right and to embrace a new centre ground in which government steps up – and not back – to act on behalf of us all.Providing security from crime, but from ill health and unemployment too.Supporting free markets, but stepping in to repair them when they arent working as they should.Encouraging business and supporting free trade, but not accepting one set of rules for some and another for everyone else.And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.Only we can do it. Because the main lesson I take from their conference last week is that the Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive.Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that simply pulls people further apart.Thats what Labour stands for today. Fighting among themselves. Abusing their own MPs. Threatening to end their careers. Tolerating anti-Semitism and supporting voices of hate.You know what some people call them?The nasty party.And with Labour divided, divisive and out-of-touch, we have a responsibility to step up, represent and govern for the whole nation.So where Labour build barriers, we will build bridges.That means tackling unfairness and injustice, and shifting the balance of Britain decisively in favour of ordinary working class people.Giving them access to the opportunities that are too often the preserve of the privileged few.Putting fairness at the heart of our agenda and creating a country in which hard work is rewarded and talent is welcome.A nation where contribution matters more than entitlement. Merit matters more than wealth.A confident global Britain that doesnt turn its back on globalisation but ensures the benefits are shared by all.A country that is prosperous and secure, so every person may share in the wealth of the nation and live their life free from fear.Thats what I mean by a country that works for everyone.A GLOBAL BRITAINAnd if we believe in the good that government can do, its important for people to trust us to deliver the change they need.We can start – as I said on Sunday – by doing something obvious. And that is to stop quibbling, respect what the people told us on the 23rd of June – and take Britain out of the European Union.Because it took that typically British quiet resolve for people to go out and vote as they did: to defy the establishment, to ignore the threats, to make their voice heard.So let us have that same resolve now.And lets be clear about what is going to happen.Article Fifty – triggered no later than the end of March.A Great Repeal Bill to get rid of the European Communities Act – introduced in the next Parliamentary session.Our laws made not in Brussels but in Westminster.Our judges sitting not in Luxembourg but in courts across the land.The authority of EU law in this country ended forever.The people told us they wanted these things – and this Conservative Government is going to deliver them.It is, of course, too early to say exactly what agreement we will reach with the EU. Its going to be a tough negotiation, it will require some give and take. And while there will always be pressure to give a running commentary, it will not be in our national interest to do so.But let me be clear about the agreement we seek.I want it to reflect the strong and mature relationships we enjoy with our European friends.I want it to include cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism work.I want it to involve free trade, in goods and services.I want it to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within the Single Market – and let European businesses do the same here.But lets state one thing loud and clear: we are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration all over again. And we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Thats not going to happen.We are leaving to become, once more, a fully sovereign and independent country – and the deal is going to have to work for Britain.And that Britain – the Britain we build after Brexit – is going to be a Global Britain.Because while we are leaving the European Union, we will not leave the continent of Europe. We will not abandon our friends and allies abroad. And we will not retreat from the world.In fact, now is the time to forge a bold, new, confident role for ourselves on the world stage.Keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world.Providing humanitarian support for refugees in need.Taking the lead on cracking down on modern slavery wherever it is found.Ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.Always acting as the strongest and most passionate advocate for free trade right across the globe.And always committed to a strong national defence and supporting the finest Armed Forces known to man.And this week, our excellent Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, proved not only that we will support them with our hearts and souls. Not only will we remain committed to spending two per cent of our national income on defence.But we will never again – in any future conflict – let those activist, left-wing human rights lawyers harangue and harass the bravest of the brave – the men and women of Britains Armed Forces.AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEIts about restoring fairness – something that must be at the heart of everything we do. Supporting those who do the right thing, who make a contribution.Helping those who give something back.And thats at the heart of my plan for our economy too.An economy thats fair and where everyone plays by the same rules.That means acting to tackle some of the economys structural problems that hold people back.Things like the shortage of affordable homes. The need to make big decisions on – and invest in – our infrastructure. The need to rebalance the economy across sectors and areas in order to spread wealth and prosperity around the country.Politicians have talked about this for years. But the trouble is that this kind of change will never just happen by itself. If thats what we want, we need the vision and determination to see it through.Thats why Philip Hammond and Greg Clark are working on a new industrial strategy to address those long-term structural challenges and get Britain firing on all cylinders again.Its not about picking winners, propping up failing industries, or bringing old companies back from the dead.Its about identifying the industries that are of strategic value to our economy and supporting and promoting them through policies on trade, tax, infrastructure, skills, training, and research and development.Its about doing what every other major and growing economy in the world does.Not just sitting back and seeing what happens – but putting in place a plan and getting on with the job.So we will identify the sectors of the economy – financial services, yes, but life sciences, tech, aerospace, car manufacturing, the creative industries and many others – that are of strategic importance to our economy, and do everything we can to encourage, develop and support them.And we will identify the places that have the potential to contribute to economic growth and become the homes to millions of new jobs.That means inspiring an economic and cultural revival of all of our great regional cities.We have made a start.Thanks to George Osbornes Northern Powerhouse, over the past year, foreign direct investment in the North has increased at double the rate of the rest of the country.Here in Birmingham, thanks to the incredible Jaguar Land Rover, the West Midlands is the only part of the country to run a trade surplus with China.And across the region, the Midlands Engine is on track to deliver 300,000 more jobs by 2020.Now its time to build on that success – in Birmingham and Manchester and in other cities across the country.And as we are here in Birmingham this week, let us show our support for the Conservative Partys candidate for next years mayoral election.A success in business running John Lewis. An action man in Birmingham, playing his part in transforming this city. A man to get things done, the future Mayor of the West Midlands – Andy Street.MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR WORKING PEOPLEAn economy that works for everyone is an economy where everyone plays by the same rules.I understand the frustration people feel when they see the rich and the powerful getting away with things that they themselves wouldnt dream of doing. And they wouldnt get away with if they tried.I understand that because I feel it too.Theres always an excuse – a reason why something cant be done – but when that is used as a basis for inaction, faith in capitalism and free markets falls.The Conservative Party will always believe in free markets. And thats precisely why its this party that should act to defend them.From Edmund Burke onwards, Conservatives have always understood that if you want to preserve something important, you need to be prepared to reform it. We must apply that same approach today.Thats why where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene.Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in which they operate, where consumer choice is inhibited by deliberately complex pricing structures, we must set the market right.Its just not right, for example, that half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, cant get a decent broadband connection.Its just not right that two thirds of energy customers are stuck on the most expensive tariffs.And its just not right that the housing market continues to fail working people either.Ask almost any question about social fairness or problems with our economy, and the answer so often comes back to housing.High housing costs – and the growing gap between those on the property ladder and those who are not – lie at the heart of falling social mobility, falling savings and low productivity.We will do everything we can to help people financially so they can buy their own home. Thats why Help to Buy and Right to Buy are the right things to do.But as Sajid said in his bold speech on Monday, there is an honest truth we need to address. We simply need to build more homes.This means using the power of government to step in and repair the dysfunctional housing market.It means using public sector land for more and faster house building.It means encouraging new technologies that will help us to get more houses built faster. And putting in more government investment too.It means stepping up and doing whats right for Britain.Making the market work for working people.Because thats what government can do.And something else we need to do: take big, sometimes even controversial, decisions about our countrys infrastructure.Because we need to get Britain firing in all areas again.It is why we will press ahead with plans for High Speed 2, linking London and Birmingham and, eventually, towns and cities in the North.Why we will shortly announce a decision on expanding Britains airport capacity.And why – having reviewed the evidence and added important new national security safeguards – we signed up to Hinkley Point.We will take the big decisions when theyre the right decisions for Britain.Because thats what government can do.And we can make these big decisions because our economy is strong and because of the fiscal discipline we have shown over the last six years.And we must continue to aim for a balanced budget.But to build an economy that works for everyone, we must also invest in the things that matter, the things with a long-term return.That is how we will address the weaknesses in our economy, improve our productivity, increase economic growth and ensure everyone gets a fair share.And thats not the only reason.Because while monetary policy – with super-low interest rates and quantitative easing – provided the necessary emergency medicine after the financial crash, we have to acknowledge there have been some bad side effects.People with assets have got richer. People without them have suffered. People with mortgages have found their debts cheaper. People with savings have found themselves poorer.A change has got to come. And we are going to deliver it.Because thats what a Conservative Government can do.A FAIRER ECONOMYThis party will always be the party of businesses large and small.But we must acknowledge that the way a small number of businesses behave fuels the frustration people feel.Its not the norm. I know that most businesses and the people who run them are hardworking, entrepreneurial and public spirited at heart.But the actions of a few tar the reputations of the many.So the party that believes in business is going to change things to help support it.Too often the people who are supposed to hold big business accountable are drawn from the same, narrow social and professional circles as the executive team.And too often the scrutiny they provide is not good enough.A change has got to come.So later this year we will publish our plans to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well.Because we are the party of workers. Of those who put in the effort. Those who contribute and give of their best.Thats why we announced on Saturday that were going to review our laws to make sure that, in our modern and flexible economy, people are properly protected at work.Thats right.Workers rights – not under threat from a Conservative government.Workers rights – protected and enhanced by a Conservative government.And let me say something about tax.Were all Conservatives here. We all believe in a low-tax economy. But we also know that tax is the price we pay for living in a civilised society.Nobody, no individual tycoon and no single business, however rich, has succeeded on their own.Their goods are transported by road, their workers are educated in schools, their customers are part of sophisticated networks taking in the private sector, the public sector and charities.Weve all played a part in that success.So it doesnt matter to me who you are.If youre a tax-dodger, were coming after you.If youre an accountant, a financial adviser or a middleman who helps people to avoid what they owe to society, were coming after you too.An economy that works for everyone is one where everyone plays by the same rules.So whoever you are you – however rich or powerful – you have a duty to pay your tax.And were going to make sure you do.A SOCIETY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a big agenda for change. But it is necessary and essential.It is a programme for government to act to create an economy that works for everyone – an economy thats on the side of ordinary working class people.And an economy that can support the vital public services and institutions upon which we all rely – to invest in the things we hold dear.Like the NHS – one of the finest health care systems anywhere in the world, and a vital national institution.An institution that reflects our values, our belief in fairness, and in which we all take enormous pride.And I mean all.Because there is complete cross-party support for the NHS.For its status as a provider of free-at-the-point-of-use health care. For the thousands of doctors and nurses that work around the clock to care for their patients.We all have a story about the nurse who cared for a loved one, or a surgeon who saved the life of a friend.So let us take this opportunity to say to those doctors and nurses – thank you.The NHS should unite us. But year after year, election after election, Labour try to use it to divide us.At every election since it was established, Labour have said the Tories would cut the NHS – and every time we have spent more on it.Every election, they say we want to privatise the NHS – and every time we have protected it.In fact, the party that expanded the use of the private sector in the NHS the fastest was not this party, but the Labour Party.The only party to ever cut spending on the NHS is not this party, but the Labour Party – thats what they did in Wales.And at the last election, it wasnt the Labour Party that pledged to give the NHS the money it asked for to meet its five-year plan – it was this party, the Conservative Party…investing an extra £10 billion in the NHS – more than its leaders asked for…and this year more patients are being treated, and more operations are being carried out, by more doctors and more nurses than ever before.Thats a tribute to everyone who works in the NHS.But also to one man – Jeremy Hunt – who is one of the most passionate advocates for patients and for the doctors, nurses and others who work in our health service that I have ever known.So lets have no more of Labours absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion.Lets put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.Lets make clear that they have given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants.They gave up that right when they adopted the politics of division. When their extreme ideological fixations led them to simply stop listening to the country.When they abandoned the centre ground.And let us take this opportunity to show that we, the Conservative Party, truly are the party of the workers…the party of public servants…the party of the NHS.Because we believe in public service. We believe in investing in and supporting the institutions that make our country great.We believe in the good that government can do.Government cannot stand aside when it sees social injustice and unfairness. If we want to make sure Britain is a country that works for everyone, government has to act to make sure opportunity is fairly shared.And I want us to be a country where it doesnt matter where you were born, who your parents are, where you went to school, what your accent sounds like, what god you worship, whether youre a man or a woman, gay or straight, or black or white.All that should matter is the talent you have and how hard youre prepared to work.But if were honest well admit thats simply not the case for everyone today.Advancement in todays Britain is still too often determined by wealth or circumstance.By an accident of birth rather than talent.By privilege not merit.Rebalancing our economy is a start, but if were serious about overturning some of the longstanding injustices and barriers that stop working people from getting on, we need that economic reform to be allied with genuine and deep social reform too.Because a society that works for everyone is a society based on fairness. And only genuine social reform can deliver it.Genuine social reform means helping more people onto the housing ladder. It means making sure every child has access to a good school place.It means never writing off people who can work and consigning them to a life on benefits, but giving them the chance to go out and earn a living and to enjoy the dignity that comes with a job well done.But for those who cant work, we must offer our full support – which is why it was so important that Damian Green announced on Saturday that we will end the mandatory retesting of those with chronic health conditions that only induces stress but does nothing at all to help.And genuine social reform means addressing historic injustices that hold too many people back.Some of my proudest moments as Home Secretary came when we began to tackle deep-seated and long-standing problems that few had dared to tackle before.I introduced the first ever Modern Slavery Act, bringing in tough new penalties to put slave masters behind bars, with life sentences for the worst offenders.I cut the polices use of stop and search by almost two thirds and reduced the disproportionate targeting of young, black men.And I know our impressive new Home Secretary Amber Rudd is committed to carrying on that work.But injustices remain.If you are from a black Caribbean background, you are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than other children.If you are a black woman, you are seven times more likely to be detained under mental health legislation than a white woman.People in ethnic minority households are almost twice as likely to live in relative poverty as white people.But it is not just those from minority backgrounds who are affected.White working class boys are less likely to go to university than any other group in society.We cannot let this stand – not if a country that works for everyone is the principle that binds us all together.Thats why I have launched an unprecedented audit of public services to shine a light on these racial disparities and let us do something about them.Because they are all burning injustices, and I want this government – this Conservative Government – to fight every single one of them.A society that works for everyone is one of fairness and opportunity. A society in which everyone has the chance to go as far as their talents will take them.Thats why in one of the first speeches I gave as Prime Minister I set out my plans to transform Britain into a Great Meritocracy.And that starts in our schools.I want Britain to be a country in which every child has access to a good school place thats right for that individual child.Because Britain after Brexit will need to make use of all of the talent we have in this country.We have come a long way.Thanks to the free schools and academies programme and the efforts of teachers, heads and governors, there are now 1.4 million more children in good and outstanding schools compared with 2010.But we need to go further. Because there are still one and a quarter million children in schools that are just not good enough.And if you live in the Midlands or the North, you have less chance of attending a good school than children in the South.This simply cannot go on.Thats why Justine Greening and I have set out a new package of reforms, building on Michael Goves success, to increase the number of good school places across the country…so theres not just a school place for every child, but a good school place for every child. A school place that suits the skills, interests and abilities of every single pupil.That is why we want more of our great universities to set up or sponsor schools in the state sector – just as the University of Birmingham has done, a few miles from here.Its why we are saying to the great private schools that – in return for their charitable tax status – we want them to do more to take on children without the means to pay, or set up and sponsor good state schools.It is why we want more good faith schools for parents and pupils who want them.And it is why we have said – where there is demand from parents, where they will definitely take pupils from all backgrounds, where they will play a part in improving the quality of all schools in their area – we will lift the ban on establishing new grammar schools too.And here we see the challenge.Because for too long politicians have said to people and communities who are crying out for change that they cant have what they want.Theyve said we dont think you should have it, even though we might enjoy those very same things for ourselves.And you end up in the absurd situation where you stop these good, popular, life-changing schools from opening – by law.Imagine. Think of what that says.If youre rich or well off, you can have a selective education for your child. You can send them to a selective private school. You can move to a better catchment area or afford to send them long distances to get the education you want.But if youre not, you cant.I can think of no better illustration of the problem – why ordinary working class people think its one rule for them, and another for everyone else.Because the message we are sending them is this: we will not allow their children to have the same opportunities that wealthier children enjoy.That is a scandal and we – the Conservative Party – must bring it to an end.A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONESo my vision is for Britain to be a Great Meritocracy.Thats what Ive always believed in. The cause that everything I have ever done in politics has been designed to serve.Because a country based on merit not privilege, is a country thats fair. And when we overcome unfairness and injustice, we can build that new united Britain that we need.And united, we can do great things.We saw that in the summer in Rio. We saw how individual success was powered by collective effort. How the dedication and talent of one was supported by a united team.And how a governments determination – John Majors Conservative Governments determination – to step up and back Britains sporting success contributed to such a remarkable result.We were honoured to welcome four members of the team – Helen Richardson-Walsh, Dame Sarah Storey, Vicky Thornley and Andrew Triggs-Hodge – to our conference on Monday.And to them – and to every athlete and every member of Team and Paralympics GB – we say, thank you. You did your country proud.It was a memorable summer for British sport, but one moment stood out for me above all other.It was not from Rio. It happened later. Just a couple of weeks ago on the sun-drenched streets of Cozumel in Mexico.There, our celebrated triathlon champion Jonny Brownlee was heading for glory, the finishing line in sight, when he faltered. Stopped. And was falling exhausted to the ground.And just behind him, his brother Alistair – a tough competitor who typically yields to no one – had the chance to run on and steal the prize.But seeing his brothers struggle, he didnt pass on by. As other competitors ran past, he stopped. Reached out his hand. And gently carried him home.And there in that moment, we saw revealed an essential truth. That we succeed or fail together. We achieve together or fall short together.And when one among us falters, our most basic human instinct is to put our own self-interest aside, to reach out our hand and help them over the line.Thats why the central tenet of my belief is that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest.We form families, communities, towns, cities, counties and nations. We have a responsibility to one another.And I firmly believe that government has a responsibility too.It is to act to encourage and nurture those relationships, networks and institutions – and to step up to correct injustices and tackle unfairness where it can – because these are the things that can drive us apart.Thats why I say today – as I have always said – that my mission – and the mission of this party – is to build a country that truly works for everyone, not just the privileged few.Its why when I stood on the steps of Number 10 for the first time as Prime Minister 84 days ago, I said that the Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working class people.And this week, we have shown the country that we mean business.Not just protecting, but enhancing workers rights.Building an economy thats fair, where everyone plays by the same rules.Getting more houses built. More doctors in the NHS.Investing in things that will make our economy grow.Hundreds of great new schools. Universities and fee-paying schools helping state schools to improve.And yes, where parents want them and where theyll improve standards for children of whatever background – the first new grammar schools to open in England for fifty years.A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a bold plan to bring Britain together. To build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.An agenda for a new modern Conservatism. That understands the good government can do. That will never hesitate to face down the powerful when they abuse their positions of privilege.That will always act in the interests of ordinary, working class people.Thats what governments about: action. Its about doing something, not being someone.About identifying injustices, finding solutions, driving change. Taking, not shirking, the big decisions. Having the courage to see things through.Its not always glamorous or exciting, but at its best its a noble calling.And where many just see government as the problem, I want to show it can be part of the solution too.And I know this to be true.For as I leave the door of my office at Number 10, I pass that famous staircase – the portraits of prime ministers past lined up along the wall.Men – and of course one woman – of consequence, who have steered this country through difficult times – and changed it for the better too.Theres Disraeli, who saw division and worked to heal it. Churchill, who confronted evil and had the strength to overcome. Attlee, with the vision to build a great national institution. And Lady Thatcher who taught us we could dream great dreams again.Those portraits remind me of the good that government can do.That nothing good comes easy.But with courage and vision and determination you can always see things through.And as I pass them every day, I remember that our nation has been shaped by those who stepped up to be counted when the big moments came.Such opportunities are rare, but we face such a moment today.A moment that calls us to respond and to reshape our nation once again.Not every generation is given this opportunity.Not every generation called to step up in such a way.But this is our generations moment.To write a new future upon the page.To bring power home and make decisions… here in Britain.To take back control and shape our future… here in Britain.To build an outward looking, confident, trading nation… here in Britain.To build a stronger, fairer, brighter future… here in Britain.That is the opportunity we have been given.And the responsibility to grasp it falls upon us all.So to everyone here this morning – and the millions beyond whether leavers or remain – I say:Come with me and well write that brighter future.Come with me and well make that change.Come with me as we rise to meet this moment.Come with me and together lets seize the day.last_img read more

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The Old Republic goes freetoplay for Easter

first_imgIt’s Easter weekend, and depending on where you are in the world you may be off work now until Tuesday. Ample time to settle down with a game, right? Especially if the weather outside isn’t great.Bioware and EA have decided to give you the perfect excuse to try out the latest Star Wars MMO: The Old Republic while you have some free time, and without spending a dime. The game is now free to download and play for the entire weekend via a free pass.Although you need to join up and create an account, no credit card is necessary to play. Once the download is complete you can play for free until 2am CDT on Monday April 9. After that you have a decision to make: stop playing, or buy the game and start paying a subscription?EA is promising to retain your characters after the weekend pass expires, meaning if you decide to keep playing you won’t have to start all over again. But be warned, the game isn’t exactly cheap.The standard edition of Star Wars: The Old Republic is $59.99 through Origin or as a physical copy with free shipping. There’s also a digital download only Deluxe Edition for $79.99, and a Collector’s Edition for a whopping $149.99. All three come with 30 days of game time included and then require a $14.99 monthly subscription. The extras on offer are detailed in the table below:With more and more MMOs going free-to-play, a game has to be something special to warrant paying for both the game and then an ongoing subscription. This weekend gives you the perfect opportunity to see if Star Wars: The Old Republic is worth your cash.Download the game now from the Weekend Pass web pagelast_img read more

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Asus New ZenBook 14 Could be the Sub1000 Laptop To Beat

first_imgSize12.7 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches The new model is available today and starts at $799. The base configuration comes with a 14-inch, 1080p display, an Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. An $899 midtier model is equipped with a Core i7-8565U CPU and a 512GB SSD. For $1,199, you can splurge on a Core i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/asus-zenbook-14-ux431-price-specs?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46  Weight3.2 pounds Display14-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel GraphicsUHD Graphics 620 or GeForce MX150 RAMUp to 16GB Asus ZenBook UX431 PortsUSB Type-C, USB 3.1 (Type-A), USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card, Headphonecenter_img Starting Price$799 The ZenBook 14 UX431 shares a number of features with its pricier sibling, the ZenBook 14 UX433. The laptop’s 14-inch, 1080p display is framed by a razor-thin bezel, resulting in a screen-to-body ratio of 86 percent. This keeps the machine quite portable, at 12.7 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches and 3.2 pounds.The ZenBook 14 has a 14-inch, 1080p IPS display that Asus claims “offers great viewing angles and uniform colors.” We’re crossing our fingers that it gets brighter than other ZenBooks we’ve recently reviewed.The ZenBook 14 UX431 also sports the ErgoLift hinge Asus debuted on the ZenBook S last year. The unique hinge system angles the keyboard upward at a 4.5-degree angle, which improves the typing experience.Asus also claims that the design enhances cooling and speaker quality, but we haven’t found that to be the case with other ZenBooks we’ve reviewed. The design of the ZenBook 14 UX431 is what we’ve come to expect from Asus. The laptop has a sleek aluminum chassis and the lid features the company’s signature concentric circle pattern. The ZenBook 14 UX431 is available in a unique Utopia Blue, a silver color with a soft, subtle hint of light blue.While it may look elegant, the new ZenBook 14 is actually quite a sturdy machine, having passed MIL-STD-810G tests in harsh environments, like extreme altitudes, temperatures, and humidity.With up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8656U CPU and 16GB of RAM, the ZenBook 14 should provide ample performance for running demanding programs. However, if you want to play games or run GPU-intensive software, then we recommend opting for the top-of-the-line model, which sports a GeForce MX150 GPU. While the GeForce MX150 is an entry-level discrete GPU, it’s a huge improvement over the UHD 620 Graphics found in the base and mid-level models.Despite its slim chassis, the ZenBook 14 offers a good variety of ports, including a USB 2.0 input, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a Type-C connection, an HDMI, an SD card reader and a headphone/mic jack. Unfortunately, there is no Thunderbolt 3 input for connecting to an eGPU or multiple 4K monitors.Asus is touting the ZenBook 14’s quad speakers (two top-firing, two bass speakers underneath), which it claims offer 1.4 times higher-frequency response compared to its predecessor, the UX430. The ZenBook 14’s battery life is rated at 10 hours but we won’t know real-world runtimes until we put it through our own benchmark.We’ll post a full review of the ZenBook 14 UX431 once we receive a review unit, which should be in the next few weeks. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisement StorageUp to 512GB CPUIntel Core i5-8265U, Intel Core i7-8565U  Asus unveiled today the new ZenBook 14 UX431, an ultra sleek 14-inch laptop with the latest 8th Gen processors and a discrete MX150 GPU.last_img read more

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Common big data design patterns

first_imgDesign patterns have provided many ways to simplify the development of software applications. Now that organizations are beginning to tackle applications that leverage new sources and types of big data, design patterns for big data are needed. These big data design patterns aim to reduce complexity, boost the performance of integration and improve the results of working with new and larger forms of data. This article intends to introduce readers to the common big data design patterns based on various data layers such as data sources and ingestion layer, data storage layer and data access layer. This article is an excerpt from Architectural Patterns by Pethuru Raj, Anupama Raman, and Harihara Subramanian. In this book, you will learn the importance of architectural and design patterns in business-critical applications. Data sources and ingestion layer Enterprise big data systems face a variety of data sources with non-relevant information (noise) alongside relevant (signal) data. Noise ratio is very high compared to signals, and so filtering the noise from the pertinent information, handling high volumes, and the velocity of data is significant. This is the responsibility of the ingestion layer. The common challenges in the ingestion layers are as follows: Multiple data source load and prioritization Ingested data indexing and tagging Data validation and cleansing Data transformation and compression The preceding diagram depicts the building blocks of the ingestion layer and its various components. We need patterns to address the challenges of data sources to ingestion layer communication that takes care of performance, scalability, and availability requirements. In this section, we will discuss the following ingestion and streaming patterns and how they help to address the challenges in ingestion layers. We will also touch upon some common workload patterns as well, including: Multisource extractor Multidestination Protocol converter Just-in-time (JIT) transformation Real-time streaming pattern Multisource extractor An approach to ingesting multiple data types from multiple data sources efficiently is termed a Multisource extractor. Efficiency represents many factors, such as data velocity, data size, data frequency, and managing various data formats over an unreliable network, mixed network bandwidth, different technologies, and systems: The multisource extractor system ensures high availability and distribution. It also confirms that the vast volume of data gets segregated into multiple batches across different nodes. The single node implementation is still helpful for lower volumes from a handful of clients, and of course, for a significant amount of data from multiple clients processed in batches. Partitioning into small volumes in clusters produces excellent results. Data enrichers help to do initial data aggregation and data cleansing. Enrichers ensure file transfer reliability, validations, noise reduction, compression, and transformation from native formats to standard formats. Collection agent nodes represent intermediary cluster systems, which helps final data processing and data loading to the destination systems. The following are the benefits of the multisource extractor: Provides reasonable speed for storing and consuming the data Better data prioritization and processing Drives improved business decisions Decoupled and independent from data production to data consumption Data semantics and detection of changed data Scaleable and fault tolerance system The following are the impacts of the multisource extractor: Difficult or impossible to achieve near real-time data processing Need to maintain multiple copies in enrichers and collection agents, leading to data redundancy and mammoth data volume in each node High availability trade-off with high costs to manage system capacity growth Infrastructure and configuration complexity increases to maintain batch processing Multidestination pattern In multisourcing, we saw the raw data ingestion to HDFS, but in most common cases the enterprise needs to ingest raw data not only to new HDFS systems but also to their existing traditional data storage, such as Informatica or other analytics platforms. In such cases, the additional number of data streams leads to many challenges, such as storage overflow, data errors (also known as data regret), an increase in time to transfer and process data, and so on. The multidestination pattern is considered as a better approach to overcome all of the challenges mentioned previously. This pattern is very similar to multisourcing until it is ready to integrate with multiple destinations (refer to the following diagram). The router publishes the improved data and then broadcasts it to the subscriber destinations (already registered with a publishing agent on the router). Enrichers can act as publishers as well as subscribers: Deploying routers in the cluster environment is also recommended for high volumes and a large number of subscribers. The following are the benefits of the multidestination pattern: Highly scalable, flexible, fast, resilient to data failure, and cost-effective Organization can start to ingest data into multiple data stores, including its existing RDBMS as well as NoSQL data stores Allows you to use simple query language, such as Hive and Pig, along with traditional analytics Provides the ability to partition the data for flexible access and decentralized processing Possibility of decentralized computation in the data nodes Due to replication on HDFS nodes, there are no data regrets Self-reliant data nodes can add more nodes without any delay The following are the impacts of the multidestination pattern: Needs complex or additional infrastructure to manage distributed nodes Needs to manage distributed data in secured networks to ensure data security Needs enforcement, governance, and stringent practices to manage the integrity and consistency of data Protocol converter This is a mediatory approach to provide an abstraction for the incoming data of various systems. The protocol converter pattern provides an efficient way to ingest a variety of unstructured data from multiple data sources and different protocols. The message exchanger handles synchronous and asynchronous messages from various protocol and handlers as represented in the following diagram. It performs various mediator functions, such as file handling, web services message handling, stream handling, serialization, and so on: In the protocol converter pattern, the ingestion layer holds responsibilities such as identifying the various channels of incoming events, determining incoming data structures, providing mediated service for multiple protocols into suitable sinks, providing one standard way of representing incoming messages, providing handlers to manage various request types, and providing abstraction from the incoming protocol layers. Just-In-Time (JIT) transformation pattern The JIT transformation pattern is the best fit in situations where raw data needs to be preloaded in the data stores before the transformation and processing can happen. In this kind of business case, this pattern runs independent preprocessing batch jobs that clean, validate, corelate, and transform, and then store the transformed information into the same data store (HDFS/NoSQL); that is, it can coexist with the raw data: The preceding diagram depicts the datastore with raw data storage along with transformed datasets. Please note that the data enricher of the multi-data source pattern is absent in this pattern and more than one batch job can run in parallel to transform the data as required in the big data storage, such as HDFS, Mongo DB, and so on. Real-time streaming pattern Most modern businesses need continuous and real-time processing of unstructured data for their enterprise big data applications. Real-time streaming implementations need to have the following characteristics: Minimize latency by using large in-memory Event processors are atomic and independent of each other and so are easily scalable Provide API for parsing the real-time information Independent deployable script for any node and no centralized master node implementation The real-time streaming pattern suggests introducing an optimum number of event processing nodes to consume different input data from the various data sources and introducing listeners to process the generated events (from event processing nodes) in the event processing engine: Event processing engines (event processors) have a sizeable in-memory capacity, and the event processors get triggered by a specific event. The trigger or alert is responsible for publishing the results of the in-memory big data analytics to the enterprise business process engines and, in turn, get redirected to various publishing channels (mobile, CIO dashboards, and so on). Big data workload patterns Workload patterns help to address data workload challenges associated with different domains and business cases efficiently. The big data design pattern manifests itself in the solution construct, and so the workload challenges can be mapped with the right architectural constructs and thus service the workload. The following diagram depicts a snapshot of the most common workload patterns and their associated architectural constructs: Workload design patterns help to simplify and decompose the business use cases into workloads. Then those workloads can be methodically mapped to the various building blocks of the big data solution architecture. Data storage layer Data storage layer is responsible for acquiring all the data that are gathered from various data sources and it is also liable for converting (if needed) the collected data to a format that can be analyzed. The following sections discuss more on data storage layer patterns. ACID versus BASE versus CAP Traditional RDBMS follows atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability (ACID) to provide reliability for any user of the database. However, searching high volumes of big data and retrieving data from those volumes consumes an enormous amount of time if the storage enforces ACID rules. So, big data follows basically available, soft state, eventually consistent (BASE), a phenomenon for undertaking any search in big data space. Database theory suggests that the NoSQL big database may predominantly satisfy two properties and relax standards on the third, and those properties are consistency, availability, and partition tolerance (CAP). With the ACID, BASE, and CAP paradigms, the big data storage design patterns have gained momentum and purpose. We will look at those patterns in some detail in this section. The patterns are: Façade pattern NoSQL pattern Polyglot pattern Façade pattern This pattern provides a way to use existing or traditional existing data warehouses along with big data storage (such as Hadoop). It can act as a façade for the enterprise data warehouses and business intelligence tools. In the façade pattern, the data from the different data sources get aggregated into HDFS before any transformation, or even before loading to the traditional existing data warehouses: The façade pattern allows structured data storage even after being ingested to HDFS in the form of structured storage in an RDBMS, or in NoSQL databases, or in a memory cache. The façade pattern ensures reduced data size, as only the necessary data resides in the structured storage, as well as faster access from the storage. NoSQL pattern This pattern entails getting NoSQL alternatives in place of traditional RDBMS to facilitate the rapid access and querying of big data. The NoSQL database stores data in a columnar, non-relational style. It can store data on local disks as well as in HDFS, as it is HDFS aware. Thus, data can be distributed across data nodes and fetched very quickly. Let’s look at four types of NoSQL databases in brief: Column-oriented DBMS: Simply called a columnar store or big table data store, it has a massive number of columns for each tuple. Each column has a column key. Column family qualifiers represent related columns so that the columns and the qualifiers are retrievable, as each column has a column key as well. These data stores are suitable for fast writes. Key-value pair database: A key-value database is a data store that, when presented with a simple string (key), returns an arbitrarily large data (value). The key is bound to the value until it gets a new value assigned into or from a database. The key-value data store does not need to have a query language. It provides a way to add and remove key-value pairs. A key-value store is a dictionary kind of data store, where it has a list of words and each word represents one or more definitions. Graph database: This is a representation of a system that contains a sequence of nodes and relationships that creates a graph when combined. A graph represents three data fields: nodes, relationships, and properties. Some types of graph store are referred to as triple stores because of their node-relationship-node structure. You may be familiar with applications that provide evaluations of similar or likely characteristics as part of the search (for example, a user bought this item also bought… is a good illustration of graph store implementations). Document database: We can represent a graph data store as a tree structure. Document trees have a single root element or sometimes even multiple root elements as well. Note that there is a sequence of branches, sub-branches, and values beneath the root element. Each branch can have an expression or relative path to determine the traversal path from the origin node (root) and to any given branch, sub-branch, or value. Each branch may have a value associated with that branch. Sometimes the existence of a branch of the tree has a specific meaning, and sometimes a branch must have a given value to be interpreted correctly. The following table summarizes some of the NoSQL use cases, providers, tools and scenarios that might need NoSQL pattern considerations. Most of this pattern implementation is already part of various vendor implementations, and they come as out-of-the-box implementations and as plug and play so that any enterprise can start leveraging the same quickly. NoSQL DB to Use Scenario Vendor / Application / Tools Columnar database Application that needs to fetch entire related columnar family based on a given string: for example, search engines SAP HANA / IBM DB2 BLU / ExtremeDB / EXASOL / IBM Informix / MS SQL Server / MonetDB Key Value Pair database Needle in haystack applications (refer to the Big data workload patterns given in this section) Redis / Oracle NoSQL DB / Linux DBM / Dynamo / Cassandra Graph database Recommendation engine: application that provides evaluation of Similar to / Like: for example, User that bought this item also bought ArangoDB / Cayley / DataStax / Neo4j / Oracle Spatial and Graph / Apache Orient DB / Teradata Aster Document database Applications that evaluate churn management of social media data or non-enterprise data Couch DB / Apache Elastic Search / Informix / Jackrabbit / Mongo DB / Apache SOLR Polyglot pattern Traditional (RDBMS) and multiple storage types (files, CMS, and so on) coexist with big data types (NoSQL/HDFS) to solve business problems. Most modern business cases need the coexistence of legacy databases. At the same time, they would need to adopt the latest big data techniques as well. Replacing the entire system is not viable and is also impractical. The polyglot pattern provides an efficient way to combine and use multiple types of storage mechanisms, such as Hadoop, and RDBMS. Big data appliances coexist in a storage solution: The preceding diagram represents the polyglot pattern way of storing data in different storage types, such as RDBMS, key-value stores, NoSQL database, CMS systems, and so on. Unlike the traditional way of storing all the information in one single data source, polyglot facilitates any data coming from all applications across multiple sources (RDBMS, CMS, Hadoop, and so on) into different storage mechanisms, such as in-memory, RDBMS, HDFS, CMS, and so on. Data access layer Data access in traditional databases involves JDBC connections and HTTP access for documents. However, in big data, the data access with conventional method does take too much time to fetch even with cache implementations, as the volume of the data is so high. So we need a mechanism to fetch the data efficiently and quickly, with a reduced development life cycle, lower maintenance cost, and so on. Data access patterns mainly focus on accessing big data resources of two primary types: End-to-end user-driven API (access through simple queries) Developer API (access provision through API methods) In this section, we will discuss the following data access patterns that held efficient data access, improved performance, reduced development life cycles, and low maintenance costs for broader data access: Connector pattern Lightweight stateless pattern Service locator pattern Near real-time pattern Stage transform pattern The preceding diagram represents the big data architecture layouts where the big data access patterns help data access. We discuss the whole of that mechanism in detail in the following sections. Connector pattern The developer API approach entails fast data transfer and data access services through APIs. It creates optimized data sets for efficient loading and analysis. Some of the big data appliances abstract data in NoSQL DBs even though the underlying data is in HDFS, or a custom implementation of a filesystem so that the data access is very efficient and fast. The connector pattern entails providing developer API and SQL like query language to access the data and so gain significantly reduced development time. As we saw in the earlier diagram, big data appliances come with connector pattern implementation. The big data appliance itself is a complete big data ecosystem and supports virtualization, redundancy, replication using protocols (RAID), and some appliances host NoSQL databases as well. The preceding diagram shows a sample connector implementation for Oracle big data appliances. The data connector can connect to Hadoop and the big data appliance as well. It is an example of a custom implementation that we described earlier to facilitate faster data access with less development time. Lightweight stateless pattern This pattern entails providing data access through web services, and so it is independent of platform or language implementations. The data is fetched through restful HTTP calls, making this pattern the most sought after in cloud deployments. WebHDFS and HttpFS are examples of lightweight stateless pattern implementation for HDFS HTTP access. It uses the HTTP REST protocol. The HDFS system exposes the REST API (web services) for consumers who analyze big data. This pattern reduces the cost of ownership (pay-as-you-go) for the enterprise, as the implementations can be part of an integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS): The preceding diagram depicts a sample implementation for HDFS storage that exposes HTTP access through the HTTP web interface. Near real-time pattern For any enterprise to implement real-time data access or near real-time data access, the key challenges to be addressed are: Rapid determination of data: Ensure rapid determination of data and make swift decisions (within a few seconds, not in minutes) before the data becomes meaningless Rapid analysis: Ability to analyze the data in real time and spot anomalies and relate them to business events, provide visualization, and generate alerts at the moment that the data arrived Some examples of systems that would need real-time data analysis are: Radar systems Customer services applications ATMs Social media platforms Intrusion detection systems Storm and in-memory applications such as Oracle Coherence, Hazelcast IMDG, SAP HANA, TIBCO, Software AG (Terracotta), VMware, and Pivotal GemFire XD are some of the in-memory computing vendor/technology platforms that can implement near real-time data access pattern applications: As shown in the preceding diagram, with multi-cache implementation at the ingestion phase, and with filtered, sorted data in multiple storage destinations (here one of the destinations is a cache), one can achieve near real-time access. The cache can be of a NoSQL database, or it can be any in-memory implementations tool, as mentioned earlier. The preceding diagram depicts a typical implementation of a log search with SOLR as a search engine. Stage transform pattern In the big data world, a massive volume of data can get into the data store. However, all of the data is not required or meaningful in every business case. The stage transform pattern provides a mechanism for reducing the data scanned and fetches only relevant data. HDFS has raw data and business-specific data in a NoSQL database that can provide application-oriented structures and fetch only the relevant data in the required format: Combining the stage transform pattern and the NoSQL pattern is the recommended approach in cases where a reduced data scan is the primary requirement. The preceding diagram depicts one such case for a recommendation engine where we need a significant reduction in the amount of data scanned for an improved customer experience. The implementation of the virtualization of data from HDFS to a NoSQL database, integrated with a big data appliance, is a highly recommended mechanism for rapid or accelerated data fetch. We discussed big data design patterns by layers such as data sources and ingestion layer, data storage layer and data access layer. To know more about patterns associated with object-oriented, component-based, client-server, and cloud architectures, read our book Architectural Patterns. Read Next Why we need Design Patterns? Implementing 5 Common Design Patterns in JavaScript (ES8) An Introduction to Node.js Design Patternslast_img read more

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