Takeaways from A’s disappointing loss to Royals; six-game win streak snapped

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — After six straight road wins, things fell apart a bit for the A’s in their return home Monday night.Starter Tanner Roark struggled through a 110-pitch outing, center fielder Ramon Laureano made a critical error in the ninth inning and Liam Hendriks couldn’t close out what appeared to be a win.“We’re not going to score 10 runs every game,” Roark said after the 6-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals, losers of 95 …last_img read more

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Moshate: The Voice of Men

first_imgIn a country undergoing transformation, some of the most turbulent yet necessary changes are happening in the areas of gender equality and gender-based violence.While the bulk of the country’s efforts are focussed on women’s rights and activism, men’s rights organisation Moshate says men are also experiencing discrimination and abuse socially, domestically and in the work place.TACKLING MEN’S RIGHTSmany men fear taking action against abuse due to domestic policy framework and programmes that make doing so difficult, worsening the already unpleasant situations these men are inMoshate, “the chief’s kraal”, is committed to fighting the imbalance in the focus on gender issues and men’s ill treatment by the police, court officials and health and social workers.The organisation does not intend to counter or disturb the efforts of women’s rights organisations and activists, or women’s position in society. Mashilo Mnisi, founder and chief executive officer of Moshate, says the organisation’s objective is to combat male victimisation and abuse by the system and by women who obstruct justice when dealing with men.“Moshate is the true social change contributing to a true gender equality. We’re not downplaying women’s issues and rights, but we just wish to see an equal society where men are also considered for sensitivity.“We can only do that by appealing to those authorities holding power as they seem to misunderstand male issues and don’t know that men and boys are also human beings who have emotions and can feel pain.”Mnisi believes that many men fear taking action against abuse due to domestic policy framework and programmes that make doing so difficult, worsening the already unpleasant situation these men are in.Moshate approaches different communities around the country to try and build awareness of this issue through workshops and campaigns that educate and mobilise people who want to be agents of change within what they say is a feminist framework.PROGRAMMESIdeally the organisation hosts nine workshops a year, one in each province, to try and reach as many people as they can given the shortage of other organisations providing similar services.To supplement these workshops the organisation puts together four protest campaigns a year, held in March (human rights month), June (youth month), August (women’s month) and November (men’s month).The organisation will also be attending the GBV (gender-based violence): Positive Male Role Model forum organised by the Gauteng Department of Social Development (DSD) in Vanderbijlpark, Bophelong, on 12 October. Men who are interested in participating can call Mapshane Mathunyane on (011) 050 0943 or email her.SUPPORT AND SUCCOURWhile the bulk of the country’s efforts are focussed on women’s rights and activism, men’s rights organisation Moshate says men are also experiencing discrimination and abuseThe organisation also offers psycho-social support through counselling and assessment before offering professional intervention. Their team includes psychologists and social workers who help the men deal with and recover from psychological, mental and emotional abuse.The Moshate team includes experts offering legal advice, motivation, representation and referrals for men who feel they have been taken advantage of or abused legally, sexually, physically or financially. These complaints are also assessed to ensure that help goes to men who really need it.“We aspire for a total change in the lives of the people we help and aim to start building their self-esteem and change the values of the entire community whereby they can stymie any social ill and abuse.”PROJECTSMoshate has two projects, one of which is compiling statistics on challenges men face.Its main objective is to collect and analyse statistics on women-on-men abuse and by the ‘system’, based on the complaints they receive. These statistics are then processed through police stations, state hospitals and the courts.The second project focusses on employment inequality between men and women and determining whether or not this imbalance and the high rate of male unemployment are due to discrimination against men.The project also scrutinises the criteria and employment processes within government and the private sector.HOW TO GET INVOLVEDThe organisation is mostly volunteer-driven as fundraising efforts are stymied by assumptions about its approach to gender abuse and discrimination.“Gathering our funds is a challenge because a lot of companies, governments and individuals still see men as perpetrators of violence and abuse”, says Mnisi, “hence they’re not interested in supporting an NPO that fights for men and boys. This is somehow still a new phenomenon, and therefore it comes with its challenges since the mentality is still unbiased.”For more information about Moshate visit http://www.moshate.org.za, email Mashilo Mnisi, call them on (011) 050 0943, or send a fax to 086 732 1097.last_img read more

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How Green Is The Cloud? Cutting Through The Carbon Emissions BS

first_imgWhile some cloud providers build great press about their energy consumption, the truth is data center carbon emissions can actually be much higher than the greenwashing hype would lead you to believe. Most data centers measure energy use, not emissions produced. So one Icelandic start-up cloud provider plans to open source its monitoring software to help cloud providers clear the air about carbon.Clouding SustainabiliyA lot of press has been generated about how cloud computing is a green solution. Intuitively, it certainly feels like increasing energy efficiency should cut energy consumption and carbon dioxide (as CO2) emissions. That’s why cloud services spend a so much time on a stat known as Power Usage Efficiency (PUE), working to achieve a higher utilization of virtual machines on each physical server. Indeed, a recent study from WSP Environment & Energy and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) would seem to back up this assertion, as shown in this graph:Key values for determining the carbon emissions of cloud computing. (Image courtesy of NRDC.)In practice, though, there are some wrinkles. For one thing, besides PUE and server utilization, the location of the data center most definitely matters and is intertwined with the other data-center-emission variables – an uncomfortable fact often overlooked in the press releases from major cloud providers and their clients, says Tom Raftery, lead analyst, of the GreenMonk energy and sustainability practice within analyst firm RedMonk.That raises the second and larger problem: For all the green hoopla surrounding the openings of the new high-efficiency data centers that reportedly sip power, there is a distinct lack of transparency into just how much CO2 emissions these data centers are actually responsible for.Facebook Is An Open BookTake, for instance, Facebook’s much ballyhooed Prineville, Oregon, data center, for which the company has open-sourced the highly efficient plans as part of its Open Compute Project. While most new data centers have an average PUE value of 1.5, with older data centers carrying PUEs of around 2, the Prineville facility has a PUE range of 1.07 to 1.08 throughout the year.But according to Raftery, the Prineville facility’s utility company, Pacificorp, gets 58% of its energy from coal and 12% from gas – that’s more than 70% from fossil fuel directly. And since 22.5% of Pacificorp’s power is purchased from other suppliers, there could be even more fossil fuel hiding in the background. Pacificorp burns an estimated 9.6 million tons of coal per year, Raftery said.And while Prineville is a model of energy efficiency, it is only one part of Facebook’s total energy consumption. According to Facebook’s own data, in 2011, Prineville used 71 kilowatt-Hours (kWh) of power, just 14% of Facebook’s total of 509 kWh across all of their data centers.It’s important to note that Prineville did not open until April of 2011. Using Facebook’s carbon-emissions data from the same report, though, we can figure out Facebook’s ratio of carbon emissions to its total data-center power, displayed in this table:Of the four data centers outlined by Facebook, the West Coast center seems to be doing the best, pulling in the most power and only pushing out a third of Facebook’s total data-center CO2 emissions. But even at low PUEs of 1.08, Prineville is just barely improving upon the carbon-emission/power-consumed ratio, and the new North Carolina data center that opened in April of 2012 is responsible for more carbon emissions for power consumed than even the presumably dirty East Coast colocation facility.Just as Raftery pointed out this weekend in his keynote address at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference in Las Vegas, the source of a data center’s power is as important to the data center’s total production of emissions as its efficiency ratings. Too often, he added, “energy use” and “emissions produced” have been conflated to mean the same thing. But as outlined here, that’s very much not the case.Clouding The PictureFacebook, it should be emphasized, is a very good example of transparency when it comes to data-center (and other) power used and amounts of carbon emitted. We are taking the social network’s reported findings at face value, of course, but at least it is making those reports. Many companies don’t even bother with the details, and still make big claims.Amazon, for instance, claims that “both the Oregon and GovCloud Regions use 100% carbon-free power,” presumably from a completely renewable energy source. Ask Amazon to explain those claims, however, and all you’ll get is the sound of crickets, Raftery told his audience, like this non-response from Amazon Web Services senior evangelist Jeff Barr.Salesforce.com also likes to play the sustainability game a little fast and loose. Raftery lambasted the company’s Carbon Calculator, which lets customers select their current location and cloud type to generate a picture of what their annual carbon savings might be if they migrate to Salesforce’s cloud. Raftery said the Europe setting (apparently continents are as granular as Salesforce gets) promises up to 86% annual carbon savings.“Of course that’s complete horseshit,” Raftery stated. Europe is not homogeneous in its use of fossil fuels for electricity production. While some cloud providers build great press about their energy consumption, the truth is carbon emissions can actually be much higher than the hype would lead you believe.Clearing The AirTransparency is key when cloud providers talk about energy and sustainability issues, but Raftery notes that can be hard to achieve even if a company is willing to share its actual data. The problem is that there are few tools and few standards to measure and rate cloud emissions.In Iceland, a nation that’s fast becoming a data-center hot spot thanks to a 100% renewable energy grid and lots of cold seawater for cooling, start-up cloud provider Greenqloud has made some strong efforts in building software that can monitor the the emissions and energy stats for any cloud system.Raftery was particularly excited about Greenqloud’s intention to open-source its monitoring code in the second quarter of 2013.Raftery believes that opening this code and incorporating it into open-cloud systems like CloudStack, OpenStack and Eucalyptus will make monitoring emissions easier for cloud providers around the world.It will still be up to those providers to choose how much information they want to share. But they’ll have one fewer reason not to make their emissions stats more transparent.Lead image courtesy of the Open Compute Project. 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12 pilgrims injured as two buses headed to Amarnath Yatra base camp collide

first_imgA dozen pilgrims were injured on Saturday after two buses which were on the way to a base camp for the Amarnath Yatra rammed into each other in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The incident took place at Turki-Tashlow near Wanpoh on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in the afternoon, said a police official . The driver of one of the buses lost control of the vehicle due to brake failure and rammed into the other which was stationary. The buses were headed to the Baltal base camp in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Twelve pilgrims, all hailing from Rajasthan, were injured in the accident, the official added.last_img read more

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UPSC row echoes in Rajya Sabha, no timeframe but govt assures House

first_imgThe UPSC row again echoed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with the JD-U and other opposition parties questioning what the government is doing to resolve it. However, the government declined to give a timeframe in Rajya Sabha for resolving the row though it promised to solve it soon even as the Opposition targeted BJP ministers for coming out with different statements on the issue.Students protest against introduction of CSAT in civil services exams outside the UPSC in New Delhi on Monday. PTI PhotoUPSC aspirants are protesting against the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) which they believe gives an unfair advantage to English-speaking students while leaving candidates from Hindi or regional languages-background at a disadvantage. They want the CSAT to be scrapped. “The issue was thoroughly discussed for an hour. Both the Home Minister and the Minister for DoPT have said that the issue will be resolved and I promise you that it will be done soon. Government is going to act soon keeping in mind the issue of different regional languages and the sentiments of the students. As soon as decision is taken, the government will inform,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar told the House.Seeking a definite timeline from the government on it, Opposition members however insisted that a resolution should come quickly and the matter should not be allowed to snowball into a nationwide agitation.Raising the issue in the house, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav questioned what steps are being taken by the government. “What is the government doing to resolve the issue? It is not just about the students from Hindi belt, it is about students of regional languages as well,” Yadav said.advertisementThe CSAT-II paper carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy, and English language comprehension skills (of Class X level).”By when will the government solve it? What problem the government has in making it clear. You should tell by when you will solve the problem. The seven-day time given by you concludes tomorrow,” he said.Members from Congress, Samajwadi Party, DMK, CPI-M, CPI and Trinamool Congress supported Yadav and asked the government to clarify by when it will resolve the matter.last_img read more

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