first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: contract View post tag: Pro View post tag: Russian View post tag: Ministry Share this article View post tag: Defense February 29, 2012 View post tag: News by topiccenter_img Russian Defense Ministry to Sign Contract with Tetis Pro Industry news Deep-sea diving system produced by Divex (Scotland) for Russian rescue ship Igor Belousov will be delivered, mounted, and tested by specialists of Russian company Tetis Pro which is going to provide 5-year long aftersales service and train operators. The contract with Tetis Pro will be signed in the nearest time, a source in defense ministry told Central Navy Portal.Project 21300 rescue ship Igor Belousov was laid down in 2005 at Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard. As is planned, the ship would be launched in Oct 2012, and commissioned into Russian Navy – in 2014.Construction of the rescue ship so vital for the Navy was going on with considerable delays. In many ways, the reason was unsatisfactory work of Lazurit Design Bureau which was supposed to develop deep-sea diving system GVK-450, said the source.Improper organization of design works and ineffective management of the bureau’s directors led to considerable schedule slippage which affected the ship’s construction rate.JSC Lazurit Design Bureau presented feasibility study of development works with the system delivery date postponed to 2013 (so that the ship would be commissioned at least in 2015) and the necessity for about RUR 1.5 bln additional financing for manufacturing and delivery of GVK-450 system (without mounting on the ship). Upon examination of the mentioned sum, it was revealed that the amount was groundlessly overrated. According to the source of Central Navy Portal, this indicates dishonesty of that organization as executor of contractual commitments.In Nov 2011, defense ministry, JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, and Admiralteyskie Verfi shipyard decided to complete rescue ship Igor Belousov in 2014 without increase of overall cost. It was decided to waive the services of Lazurit Design Bureau offered to equip Igor Belousov with Italian components for diving system.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 29, 2012; Image: Lazurit Design Bureau Back to overview,Home naval-today Russian Defense Ministry to Sign Contract with Tetis Pro View post tag: sign View post tag: Tetis View post tag: Navallast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 My beef, from what I’ve seen at more than half a dozen “investment seminars” and what readers tell me, is that some commission-driven “financial advisers” pushing these annuities are not telling the whole story. In the sales presentations I’ve attended (I cannot in good conscience call them seminars), the presenters have exaggerated if not misstated potential returns. They have glossed over if not ignored potential drawbacks. Only one speaker even mentioned the formulas these annuities use to credit interest, or the “caps,” “participation rates” and “spreads” that limit how much interest they would pay compared to the actual stock market index return. All that said, let’s hear good things about equity-indexed annuities. I actually agree with all of them: “Indexed annuities provide a safe haven and potentially can earn more than other safe-money alternatives such as certificates of deposit and traditional fixed annuities – which pay a set rate of interest, known in advance. They are designed to preserve principal while providing a decent return,” said Thomas C. Ewert, a certified financial planner in Wedowee, Ala. “Indexed annuities are not designed to compete with the stock market,” and their returns should not be compared to those of direct investments in stocks, which historically have produced greater returns, said Jim Kealing, a certified financial planner and certified public accountant in Newhall, Calif. Rather, indexed annuities “are designed to fill the void between a straight fixed annuity and the stock market, hopefully providing a better return than a fixed annuity without risk to your principal,” Kealing said. That last point is important. In my previous column I gave an example of how an annuity using a crediting method widely used today would have paid only 5.09 percent interest in 1999, a year the Standard & Poor’s Index went up 21.08 percent. That’s OK, you told me, but I should have pointed out that this 5.09 percent gain would have been preserved in 2000, 2001 and 2002, years the S&P 500 Index was down. So here are the numbers: From Jan. 1, 1999, through Dec. 31, 2002, $10,000 invested in this particular annuity would have grown to $10,590, while $10,000 in the S&P 500 Index would have shrunk to $7,567. “If the market did nothing but go up, equity-indexed annuities wouldn’t exist, and we’d all be sipping umbrella drinks on a beach somewhere,” said Jeff Goettsch, owner of a financial services firm in Mission Viejo, Calif. “But the reality is the market will go down, sometimes drastically, we just don’t know when,” and equity-indexed annuities shelter investors from those losses. Summing up: Although there are no guarantees, “the right indexed annuity can help many people achieve inflation-beating returns over an extended period of time,” Kealing added. “I see the problem as being a lack of discussion about potential returns from the type of crediting methods.” Exactly. The crediting method – the formula used to calculate the interest you get, based on the return of the market index – is critical. There are many such formulas and most are too complex to cover here. My point is that, before buying an equity-indexed annuity, you should insist on being shown how the annuity would have performed under different market scenarios using the least favorable terms allowed in the contract (usually, the insurance company can change the terms, such as lowering return caps, from year to year). While such detailed disclosures are not required by law, you as a consumer can demand it and refuse to buy without one. For more on indexed annuities, you can check out the Web sites www.indexannuity.org, www.annuityfyi.com and www.annuityhq.com. Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice each Thursday and answers readers’ questions each Saturday. Write him at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead of questions, I’m getting barbs today. The people who sell equity-indexed annuities – at least those filling my e-mail in-box with lengthy messages every day – have some bones to pick with a recent column. I’ll give them their say because they make valid points. But first, I want to reiterate that I am not against equity-indexed annuities, just the way many of them are marketed. So you know what I am talking about, an equity-indexed annuity is a type of fixed annuity that pays interest based on the return of a stock market index, such as the Standard & Poor’s 500. In up years, your account will earn interest; in down years, you’ll suffer no loss. Even if the market index is down every year, if you hold the annuity to maturity the worst you’ll do is get a minimum guaranteed interest rate. But if you want your money back before maturity, you’ll get hit with surrender charges if you withdraw more than a certain amount each year. last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–It’s September 12 and the Giants haven’t won a game since August.Even as the club stumbled to a 98-loss season in 2017, the Giants still found a way to collect 10 September victories, but this year a double-digit win total in the final month of the year is practically out of the question.Though the Giants have already won four more games in 2018 than they did a season ago, a 10-game losing streak to open the month has the team in danger of suffering through its worst September …last_img read more

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#Chrome#Chromebook#Google#Mac#Windows dan lyons Two hundred bucks for a laptop with a 320GB hard drive and 100GB of free storage space on Google’s cloud sounds llke a steal. But will it be enough to get normal people to start using Chromebooks instead of traditional laptops? Google is hoping so.Monday morning, Google’s Chromebook team announced the Acer C7 Chromebook, a 3-pound notebook that is one inch thick and boasts an 11.6-inch high-resolution screen. The Chromebook runs Google’s Chrome OS and Chrome browser. It’s meant to be used online. You can get all the specs here.In the “good news, bad news” department, the C7 boots up in 20 seconds (good) but has only 3.5 hours (huh?) of battery life.The Acer unit comes on the heels of Samung’s $250 model announced last month: See Finally, A Properly Priced Google Chromebook. The Affordable, Connected ComputerThe notion of a lightweight computer that’s constantly connected to the Internet has long held appeal, in theory anyway. Others have tried it, including New Internet Computer (NIC), a startup funded by Larry Ellison and run by my pal Gina Smith more than a decade ago.But nobody has ever been able to make this idea work in real life. Customers just don’t seem to want these machines.Google positioned the original Chromebook as a low-cost and low-hassle solution for busineses. Why dish out big bucks for a bunch of Windows PCs or Macs, and then spend even more money paying techies to keep them updated, when you could just buy a low-cost Chromebook that had all its apps in the cloud and could keep itself up to date?Great pitch, but it didn’t work, partly because initial models were far too expensive. And partly because the hardware itself lacked polish. Many units went out with faulty trackpads, for example. All that improved somewhat this spring with the introduction of new Chromebooks and Chromeboxes – but even those machines got mixed reviews: See new Chromebook & Chromebox Are Good Enough To Grab Minds & Market Share and Why The New Chromebook Still Doesn’t Cut It.Aimed At Entry-Level ConsumersNow Google is focusing the new Chromebook as a machine for mom-and-pop home users who just want a simple way to get online, where “your stuff is always available and everything just works.” Google is touting a feature that lets you create multiple accounts so that mom, dad and kids can share a single machine. Will this thing take off? Is the world finally ready for a network-attached computer? For $200, it seems like a no-brainer.What do you think? Would you buy one of these? Let us know in the comments below.Image courtesy of Google.last_img read more

first_imgADLINK Technology announces that it is collaborating with Intel to refresh its carrier-grade network appliances CSA-7210/7400 and AI training platform ALPS-4800 with the new 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The development represents ADLINK’s active involvement in delivering Intel® Select Solution for Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). The refreshed products are expected to be available in Q4 of 2019.With improved Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 frequencies of up to 4.4 GHz and significantly enhanced memory support for Intel Optane DC persistent memory and increased DDR4 frequencies, Intel’s 2nd Gen Xeon Scalable processors not only provide an advanced compute core designed to excel wherever enormous performance for rapid data analysis is needed, but also enable a broad range of AI and machine learning applications with Intel Deep Learning Boost that adds new Vector Neural Network Instruction (VNNI). Intel Speed Select Technology, another important new feature, provides an ideal solution for dynamic service delivery based on workload needs. In addition, the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors deliver hardware-enhanced security to enable more effective data protection, greater workload integrity and suppression of malicious exploits with reduced performance overhead.ADLINK’s CSA-7210/7400 (2U/4U) are next-generation, high performance, carrier grade Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) network security platforms built on the ADLINK Open Compute Carrier-grade Edge Reference Architecture (OCCERA), integrating network interfaces, switches, and overall computing capacity. The CSA-7210/7400’s flexibility and configurability enable cross-business product deployment and easy integration to other high-end network security markets, such as next-generation firewalls, telecommunications, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC). Featuring high throughput capacity and I/O density, parallel computing and computing density, carrier-grade high availability, and support for standardized API management, the application-ready CSA-7210/7400 meet the stringent requirements of network security systems, and enhance solution integrators’ competitive positions by allowing them to focus their development efforts on differentiating end applications. The CSA-7210/7400 have been deployed globally by leading system integrators in a variety of high-profile use cases such as IDS/IPS network security solutions and SD-WAN enterprise network service platforms.ADLINK’s ALPS-4800 is the company’s latest AI training platform, validated with up to 8 GPU accelerators in a 4U server design. More than just a hardware server system, the ALPS-4800 is an optimized, workload-conscious acceleration system for Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL) and High Performance Computing (HPC) applications for smart factory, smart city, mobile robotics, defense, medical, and digital security and surveillance (DSS). Integrating a server node powered by dual Intel Xeon Scalable processors and PCIe expansion box with PCIe switching, the ALPS-4800 platform is highly configurable and scalable to support the combination of GPUs required to meet the needs of a variety of applications, support different workloads and demands, multiple topologies and bandwidths between GPUs and CPUs by making only simple cable routing adjustments. Moreover, InfiniBand support allows the platform to be easily scaled up to multiple GPU clusters.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Flash memoryNext Syslogic: rugged computers and HMI systems for construction machinerylast_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights The SERP is a voluntary separation initiative that allows public-sector employees, aged 50 to 59, under the non-contributory government pension scheme to take up early retirement through an incentivised package. It was opened on January 2 and will close on February 16. “That efficiency is not just about bringing down the cost of employment, but also ensuring that the service we deliver is improved, because if we make savings on the wage bill, but the service to the citizens of Jamaica is undermined, then we would not have been successful in public-sector transformation,” he said. Implementation of the Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP) forms part of the Government’s strategic move towards improved public service delivery, says Deputy Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Wayne Jones. Implementation of the Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP) forms part of the Government’s strategic move towards improved public service delivery, says Deputy Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Wayne Jones.Addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on February 7, Mr. Jones said while the programme, being implemented through the Public Sector Transformation Implementation Unit of the Ministry, is a wage bill management strategy, it is also expected to improve efficiency in the sector.“That efficiency is not just about bringing down the cost of employment, but also ensuring that the service we deliver is improved, because if we make savings on the wage bill, but the service to the citizens of Jamaica is undermined, then we would not have been successful in public-sector transformation,” he said.The SERP is a voluntary separation initiative that allows public-sector employees, aged 50 to 59, under the non-contributory government pension scheme to take up early retirement through an incentivised package. It was opened on January 2 and will close on February 16.Mr. Jones said while SERP provides an opportunity for employees to choose to make the transition into whatever vocation they desire, the Government, in reducing the wage bill, will be able to continue on the path of economic development, allowing for public funding to be redirected to critical areas such as social services.“At the end of the day, improved public service delivery is the target, and we believe that this is another way of achieving that as well as achieving personal economic and professional success by those public officers,” he said.last_img read more

React 1660 releases with a new way of code splitting and more

first_imgAfter the release of React 16.5.0 last month, the React team announced the release of React 16.6.0 yesterday. This release comes with a few new convenient features including support for code splitting, easier way to consume Context from class components, and more. Let’s see what changes have been made in this release: React.memo() as an alternative to PureComponent for functions React.memo() is similar to React.PureComponent but for function components instead of class. It can be used in cases when the function component renders the same result given the same props. You can wrap the function component in a call to React.memo() for a performance boost in some cases by memorizing the result. This will make React skip rendering the component and reuse the last rendered result. React.lazy() for code splitting components You can now render a dynamic import as a regular component with the help of React.lazy() function. To do code splitting you can use the Suspense component by wrapping a dynamic import in a call to React.lazy(). Library authors can leverage this Suspense component to start building data fetching with Suspense support in the future. Note that the feature is not yet available for server-side rendering. Added Class.contextType In React 16.3 a new Context API was introduced as a replacement to the previous Legacy Context API, which will be removed in a future major version. React 16.6 comes with contextType, which makes it convenient to consume a context value from within a class component. A Context object created by React.createContext() can be assigned to the contextType property. This enables you to consume the nearest current value of that Context type using this.context. This update is done because developers were having some difficulties adopting the new render prop API in class components. getDerivedStateFromError() to render the fallback UI React 16 introduced error boundaries to solve the problem of a JavaScript error in a part of the UI breaking the whole app. What Error boundaries do is, they: Catch JavaScript errors anywhere in their child component tree Log those errors Display a fallback UI instead of the component tree that crashed An already existing method, componentDidCatch() gets fired after an error has occurred. But before it is fired, null is rendered in place of the tree that causes an error. This sometimes results in breaking the parent components that don’t expect their refs to be empty. This version introduces another lifecycle method called getDerivedStateFromError() that lets you render the fallback UI before the render completes. Deprecations in StrictMode The StrictMode component was released in React 16.3 that lets you opt-in early warnings for any deprecations. Two more APIs are now added to the deprecated APIs list: ReactDOM.findDOMNode() and Legacy Context. The reason these APIs are deprecated are: ReactDOM.findDOMNode(): This API was supported to allow searching the tree for a DOM node given a class instance. Typically, you don’t require this because you can directly attach a ref to a DOM node. Most uses of this API are often misunderstood and are unnecessary. Legacy Context: It makes React slightly slower and bigger than it needs to be. Instead of the Legacy Context, you can use the new Context API that was introduced in React 16.3. Miscellaneous changes unstable_AsyncMode renamed to unstable_ConcurrentMode unstable_Placeholder renamed to Suspense and delayMs to maxDuration To read the entire changelog of React 16.6, check out their official announcement and also React’s GitHub repository. Read Next React 16.5.0 is now out with a new package for scheduling, support for DevTools, and more! React Native 0.57 released with major improvements in accessibility APIs, WKWebView-backed implementation, and more! InfernoJS v6.0.0, a React-like library for building high-performance user interfaces, is now outlast_img read more

Introducing Grafanas Loki alpha a scalable HA multitenant log aggregator for cloud

first_imgOn 11th December, at the KubeCon+CloudNativeCon conference held at Seattle, Graffana labs announced the release of ‘Loki’, which is a horizontally-scalable, highly-available, multi-tenant log aggregation system for cloud natives that was inspired by Prometheus. As compared to other log aggregation systems, Loki does not index the contents of the logs but rather a set of labels for each log stream. Storing compressed, unstructured logs and only indexing metadata, makes it cost effective as well as easy to operate. Users can seamlessly switch between metrics and logs using the same labels that they are already using with Prometheus. Loki can store Kubernetes Pod logs; metadata such as Pod labels is automatically scraped and indexed. Features of Loki Loki is optimized to search, visualize and explore a user’s logs natively in Grafana. It is optimized for Grafana, Prometheus and Kubernetes. Grafana 6.0 provides a native Loki data source and a new Explore feature that makes logging a first-class citizen in Grafana. Users can streamline instant response, switch between metrics and logs using the same Kubernetes labels that they are already using with Prometheus. Loki is an open source alpha software with a static binary and no dependencies Loke can be used outside of Kubernetes. But the team says that their r initial use case is “very much optimized for Kubernetes”. With promtail, all Kubernetes labels for a user’s logs are automatically set up the same way as in Prometheus. It is possible to manually label log streams, and the team will be exploring integrations to make Loki “play well with the wider ecosystem”. Twitter is buzzing with positive comments for Grafana. Users are pretty excited for this release, complimenting Loki’s cost-effectiveness and ease of use. Head over to Grafana lab’s official blog to know more about this release. Alternatively, you can check out GitHub for a demo on three ways to try out Loki: using Grafana free hosted demo, running it locally with Docker or building from source. Read Next Cortex, an open source, horizontally scalable, multi-tenant Prometheus-as-a-service becomes a CNCF Sandbox projectUber open sources its large scale metrics platform, M3 for PrometheusDigitalOcean launches its Kubernetes-as-a-service at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon to ease running containerized appslast_img read more