Smoking cannabis as a teen increases risk of depression and suicide as a young adult, says study

first_imgStuff 14 February 2019Family First Comment: “This group of cannabis users represents approximately 5 to 10 per cent of the adolescent population, with these individuals being at significantly increased risk of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, as well as engaging in anti-social behaviour. Furthermore, individuals in this group will also display higher levels of risk-taking in general, and are more likely to leave school early.”Smoking cannabis as a teenager increases the risk of depression and suicide during young adulthood, according to a new study.Individual risk remains moderate to low, but because so many teens are smoking cannabis, there is potential for large numbers of young people to be affected, according to findings published in the JAMA Psychiatryjournal on Thursday.However the researchers, led by Gabriella Gobbi from McGill University, Canada, didn’t find a link between marijuana use and increased risk of anxiety.The team said their findings highlight the importance of efforts aimed at educating teenagers about the risks of using marijuana. “This is an important public health problem and concern, which should be properly addressed by health care policy,” they wrote.Cannabis is the world’s most widely used illicit drug, with 3.8% of the global population having used cannabis in the past year.Marijuana is commonly used by many teenagers worldwide, but not much has previously known about how that use might impact mood and risk of suicide later in life.For this review, the scientists analysed the combined the results of 11 studies with about 23,300 people and found marijuana use during adolescence before age 18 was associated with increased risk of depression and suicidal thoughts or attempts during young adulthood between the ages of 18 and 32.READ MORE: read more

Powering cameras and empowering people

first_imgAnti-poaching, Batteries, Camera Trapping, cameras, Citizen Science, early warning, Law Enforcement, Poachers, Protected Areas, Sensors, Software, Solar Power, Surveillance, Technology, Wildtech Mongabay-Wildtech:  So you’ll do an assessment to help decide on that? Schmidt:  Typically what we’ll do for any given project is start by going out and spending anywhere from one day to one week to really understand what the current operations look like, what challenges they’re facing, see the exact areas that they know they’re having problems with. Understand what the connectivity situation is, you know, is it cellular? Is there internet at the base camp? Is it something that we’ve got to start from scratch?Then we look at the topography, like are there high points where we potentially would need to put towers or whether there are existing towers we can potentially hang new equipment off of, all these different things.And then once we make that assessment, we’ll roll out usually a small, “beta” implementation of anywhere from two to five cameras. We then step back and monitor it for a little bit and really spend time saying, are we seeing what we expected to see? You know, i.e. bad guys coming in and out? Is the partner responding appropriately, or do we need to make adjustments to what we have before we try and do some joint fundraising or something to really expand the presence on the ground there?Camera trap photo shows oryx leaving a waterhole in low light. Oryx are huge and a target for bushmeat hunters in southern Africa. Photo credit: wpsWatchMongabay-Wildtech:  Who monitors the cameras to make sure they are working properly? I know you do some remote monitoring via the app from your office. Do you then contact the people on the ground when you find an issue? Smizik:  Pierre [WPS Africa Project Manager] in South Africa goes through the system almost daily. He’ll call partners up and say, ‘Hey, such and such camera’s down. Let me know if you need help. Here’s what I think might be going on.’  The volunteers are actually going to start participating this year too, sending lists of what cameras are up and down. And then some sites are so in tune to it, I get an email from one in South Africa, and they’ll tell me either the app or a camera has gone down before I’ve noticed it. So that means they are really tuned in to the system.Mongabay-Wildtech:  Is part of your work with field teams to help train them on some basic fixes if, say, the equipment breaks? Schmidt:  We’ve been exploring some ways whereby we can, for new implementations, bring down a little remote computer that we can dial into. So if something happens in the field, like a camera configuration gets messed up, they can just plug the camera in and then we can go in and remotely configure it.Smizik:  Our site in Hawaii has such a well put-together infrastructure on site… with all kinds of equipment and tools. Because they have those sorts of assets, I’ve been working on each trip on training them to build their own battery boxes and learn how to maintain the cameras on their own so that it’s less travel for us. If a site can become virtually self-sufficient, then we can just be sort of a support to as opposed to the primary resource. We don’t want to always have to be the ones to fix it. That’s not scalable.Mongabay-Wildtech:  So what aspects of the system took more time or effort than you expected, or were a lot harder than you thought?Schmidt:  I think resolving the power issues.Smizik:  Just even figuring that out, we spent a lot of time. We knew we were missing images early on, but we didn’t know why. And so we spent a lot of time physically going through every image on the SD card to compare them to what the system returned. And it wasn’t until we did that that we found the battery drop correlation.This low-light image from the app shows one of several sites where reserve managers use the detection system to monitor a fenceline and watch for trespassers coming through the area. Photo credit: wpsWatchSchmidt:  The next challenge is really making this part of everyone’s day. Like if you look at our implementations, some [field teams] do it really, really well. Some of them have [the system], and it’s like they haven’t clicked to it yet. And the differentiator there is whether or not they’ve caught poachers, frankly. The ones who do it and it works, they really click to it and they’re like, ‘Whoa, we’ve got to keep these cameras up. We’ve got to keep it going.’In other places where we put [the system] in, maybe because there aren’t poachers in that area or they just don’t have as high a pressure, they don’t get that kind of quick-hit success that is their eye-opener that says, ‘Oh man, I really do have to respond to this.’ So then they’ll let things like cameras go down, and then it’s more of a struggle. So it’s baking in the use of the system into their daily lives.A baby rhino forages near its mother as they walk along a pathway monitored by a remote camera. Photo credit: wpsWatchMongabay-Wildtech:  What advice would you offer other teams trying to use tech to monitor intrusions into reserves? Is there anything you want to add? Smizik:  I would say have patience and don’t expect this to be the end-all, be-all or that it’s not going to require any sort of maintenance. I find one of my biggest uphill battles on site is that people think you’re going to put something in, and this is the final solution. But you’re gonna still have to go check on these, at least monthly. Make sure they’re still up and running and that no water’s gotten in or no animals have gotten in or a baboon’s turned to the camera this way. They’re always going to be some aspect of maintenance. I think whenever you’re working with any technologies, managing those expectations.Schmidt:  My suggestion will be share data and cooperate. So much of the time I see different groups that are just solo, and insular, and the more we can, between appropriate organizations, share data, the better. Keeping equipment running in harsh field conditions can challenge any tech project, as can working successfully with volunteers.Mongabay-Wildtech spoke with leaders of one project, wpsWatch, that deploys connected camera traps to monitor wildlife and people in reserves and employs volunteers to monitor image feeds from afar.Powering equipment for field surveillance and “making it part of everyone’s day” enable the rapid image detection, communication, and response by ground patrols needed to successfully apprehend wildlife poachers using cameras and other sensors. Keeping equipment running in harsh field conditions can challenge any tech project, as can working successfully with volunteers. Some projects have to manage both.A recent Wildtech post describes wpsWatch, a remote camera and data integration system developed by Wildlife Protection Solutions (WPS) to monitor wildlife and threats in real-time.A pair of white rhinos face off in front of a camera trap. Photo credit: wpsWatchConcealed cameras placed around reserves are connected via one of several networks to managers on site, as well as to staff and volunteers located a world away in the US who use the system’s apps to monitor image feeds. The groups notify each other of wildlife and/or intruders detected in camera images, allowing rangers to take quick action.As part of the discussion with Mongabay-Wildtech, WPS Executive Director Eric Schmidt and Program Director Carrie Smizik explained some of the strategies their team uses to prevent and respond to the twin challenges of deploying technology in remote and rugged areas and maintaining an effective corps of project volunteers.Mongabay-Wildtech:  What are the main challenges in maintaining the cameras and keeping the system going on the ground? Smizik:  Applying solar power to keep the batteries and the cameras up and running was the first issue that we ran into. We learned that as the cameras would drain battery power or lose battery power, the [image] transmission rates were falling off as well. So the camera didn’t have the power to transmit the images it was taking if it lost battery power. So we had to tackle that issue first.Schmidt:  Then it’s, you know, really wildlife and environmental. So in Africa, it’s baboons especially. And in Indonesia it was ants.Smizik:  In Hawaii, it’s rain and we have some theft issues too, so the cameras have to be well-hidden and well-placed. We were trimming branches so they wouldn’t interfere with the viewpoint of the camera, and one of our field guys would take mud and rub over where we had trimmed so that you couldn’t see it was a fresh cut on the tree. So simple camouflage, stuff like that that, really makes a difference in hiding your equipment.Baboons are curious and strong and can be big trouble for remote cameras. Photo credit: Sue PalminteriMongabay-Wildtech:  What are main challenges you face in working with the volunteers to identify photos and getting that information to the team?Smizik:  I don’t think that’s too big of an issue. I designed a training program around how you use the app and what defines a poacher–I have a training section on that specifically. And then we do a little quiz: poacher or not poacher, that sort of thing. I always tell them, ‘when in doubt, send me the image and I’ll make the determination.’ Sometimes I’m not sure, so I let the rangers make that determination if they have staff overturning or something. I’m not always going to recognize all of their staff members.So it’s a matter of just training them pretty thoroughly, and I can do it over the web or in person. It just depends on the size of the group and what their preferences are.The beauty of the system is they can monitor from their phones or their laptops. I have several that monitor all throughout the work day, and they just keep that up on their secondary computer monitor and they’re doing their work at the same time. So having the flexibility for them is a really great part of the program.Mongabay-Wildtech:  Do the volunteers take turns monitoring image feeds? How do you make sure that they have the hours covered?Smizik:  I haven’t dictated hours as of yet, mostly because I don’t want to make that a deterrent, though that’s changing. I’m going to assign specific [reserve] properties to volunteers. And we’ll talk about assigning hours, but I didn’t want, as we were starting the volunteer program, to say you have to monitor it from this time to this time every week. So many of them can’t commit to that sort of time commitment. And I wanted at first to establish the program and see what kind of response we got.A lone spotted hyena caught on camera approaching a work camp in south Africa. Photo credit: wpsWatchMongabay-Wildtech:  How many volunteers help monitor the wpsWatch images? Smizik:  I think we’re up to about 30 now, and they are mostly in Colorado, but we have some that are out of state, all over.And our staff is in the office too, we have the feeds up and we’re monitoring them all the time, along with the partners that are on site are monitoring their own feeds.Mongabay-Wildtech:  Are you seeking new volunteers? Smizik:  Always.Mongabay-Wildtech:  What features are needed at the implementation site, such as power, connectivity, staff capacity, terrain, etc. Schmidt:  The biggest one is staff capacity. If they’ve not got the ability to respond to a real-time system, it makes no sense investing in that level of thing. And so you’re better off to say, well, what do you need to do to get there? Sometimes that’s basics like radios, binoculars, and hydration packs.Smizik: You have to have a basic foundation of minimal sort of infrastructure.Schmidt:  Right. And then from there, you can sort out the [technology]. If it does look like that the basics are there, then you can come up with an appropriate technology mix. And you can compensate for things like no connectivity if you have a lot of money to put up your own towers and that sort of thing. Those become options once they’ve got at least some level of response capability.Screenshots from the wpsWatch app show how the camera traps assist reserve managers with monitoring locations and activity of staff and possible intruders (exact camera locations hidden).  The photo on the left shows employees passing a way point within a nature reserve. The photo on the right shows activity at a gate, as part of that reserve’s effort to monitor incoming and outgoing traffic. Image credits: wpsWatch Article published by Sue Palmintericenter_img FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

UPDF survive third quarter scare to defeat KCCA in NBL

first_imgUPDF Tomahawks registered their second win of the season on Wednesday (New Vision Photo)FUBA National Basketball League 2018-Regular SeasonKCCA Men 54-62 UPDF TomahawksYMCA, WandegeyaWednesday, 20-06-2017The UPDF Tomahawks overcame KCCA Men, 62-54 in the game played on Wednesday in the National Basketball league, Men’s division.Despite winning the first two quarters comfortably, the Army side had to hold off a spirited KCCA side that ensured that the scores where level going into the last (quarter).It was a tight a fair in the first quarter as both teams where neck to neck and with just over four minutes played; the scores where level at 4-4.UPDF started pulling away and by the time Felix Mukunzi sank a two-with just over a minute to play in quarter, KCCA were trailing by eight, the same difference that was maintained until the sound of the buzzer with the score board reading 19-11.Despite Waters Brian registering the first points of the second quarter, UPDF picked off from where they had left as Andrew Okot scored six of their 19-quarter points to ensure a 12 point lead going into half-time with the board reading 38-26 in the Army side’s favour.However in the third, KCCA proved that they would not go down so easily, scoring the first nine points of the quarter and in process bringing the deficit to within a mere three points, 35-38.With 54 seconds on the clock, KCCA’s Richard Ongom threw down a three point to bring the game level at 46-46, the first tie since four minutes into the first quarter.KCCA took their first lead in the game after throwing down the first three points of the final quarter. UPDF captain Moses Muhumuza made 2/2 of his free throws and his side regained the lead with just less than five minutes to play, score board reading 51-52.From there, Muhumuza scored seven of his teams last 10 points of the fourth and ensured that they seal a 62-54 win.Muhumuza top scored for his side with 13 points. He added four rebounds and one assist to his display off the bench.Felix Mukunzi was the other one who reached double figures for the army side with 12 points of his own, adding three rebounds and two assists.For KCCA, Waters Brian scored a game high 20 points adding four rebounds, four assists and two blocks.Francis Mbuyi, Enoch Munyagwa and Richard Ongom each registered eight points in KCCA’s losing effort.This was only UPDF’s second win over the season after defeating Ndejje Angels 76-70 in their second game. The Army side has lost the other nine games as their record stands at 2-9.For KCCA, They have lost all of their last six games in the league and seat second from bottom with a 2-8 record.In the Women’s division, UCU lady Canons inflicted a sixth league loss of the season to Javon Lady Phenoms.UCU defeated Javon Lady Phenoms in the Women divisionThe University side cruised from start to finish as the won the game by a whopping 41 points with the score board reading 66-25.UCU restricted the Phenoms to only two points in the first quarter, both of which were from the free-throw line with Faith Apio and Irene Akella both converting one of their two throws.The Phenoms looked to have improved in the second quarter, letting in only 12 points, a reduction of eight from the first and although they improved their points tally too, by six, it was not enough to stop the Canons from going into half time leading 32-8.The third quarter was more of a contest as UCU won it 16-15 and the score board read 48-23 going into the last 10 minutes.UCU produced another master-class in the final quarter, restricting the Phenoms to just two points while the University side registered 18 of their own to win the game 66-25.Lady Javon Phenoms’ two points in the last quarter were scored by their captain, Grace with just under a minute to play.UCU’s Among Annet top scored on the night with 14 points, adding four rebounds to her game.For the Phenoms, Ruth Atuhaire top scored for them with nine points and six rebounds.The win was UCU’s fourth of the season in six games while the Phenoms are still searching for only their second victory of the campaign.Their only win this season came thanks to a 53-45 win over the UMU Ravens last week.Action in both divison resumes on Friday, 22-06-2018 with the Javon Lady Phenoms taking on A1 Challenge (Ladies) while KIU Titans and BetWay Power lock horns in the Mens.Comments Tags: Javon Lady PhenomsKCCA MenNBLUCU Lady CanonsUPDF Tomahawkslast_img read more

Top things learned Tuesday at 49ers HQ: Kittle ailing, convoy returns

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A four-day break apparently wasn’t enough to totally cure tight end George Kittle of his knee injury from last game.Kittle, who’s missed only one game in his 2 1/2-year career, sustained what appeared to be a hyperextended left knee when hit there by a helmet on the 49ers’ first snap of Thursday’s 28-25 win at Arizona. Coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game Kittle also battled an ankle injury before sitting out the final minutes.Tight end George Kittle (85) of the San …last_img

Best Young Farmers/Ranchers-5

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan MillerProgressive Farmer Senior EditorBobby Morris heads out early on hot and humid Louisiana summer mornings to inspect his sugarcane fields. You can hear the cane growing, he says, more than an inch per day as its sword-shaped leaves rise toward 14 feet.Morris Farms Partnership tends 3,200 acres of sugarcane in soils from heavy clays to sand, much of it within a baseball throw of Port Allen, one of Louisiana’s huge Mississippi River levees. Sugarcane is this state’s No. 1 crop and has been tended for more than 200 years. It grows today on 400,000 acres in 22 parishes and spins off $2 billion a year to cane growers and raw sugar factories.ONE FARM, ONE CROPIf there is cushion gained from harvesting multiple crops, Morris Farms thrives or dies on decisions made about managing this single crop.Morris’s farm’s acreage has doubled twice. “Each time we acquired more acreage, drainage, grass pressure and yields were all well below our standards,” he says. “With sugarcane being a ratoon crop, these key problems took years to rectify. But, I can say our yields have steadily increased on the new land.”Cane was first produced on Morris Farms in the mid-1980s, and Morris, a fourth-generation farmer, took over the farm from his parents six years ago. It takes a certain flow to produce sugarcane, Morris says. “You have to have a pretty sharp mind to keep everything flowing. It’s all about the flow.” One step leads to the next. An entire year’s planning focuses on moving 7-inch lengths of cut sugarcane to the mill at Alma Plantation, in Lakeland, Louisiana.Planting for next year’s crop begins about the first week of August (the crop planted this coming August won’t be harvested until 2020). Morris’s cane fields are planted by hand, whole stalks laid into furrows opened in laser-leveled fields. One crew plants up to 7 acres per day. Morris runs seven crews.Sugarcane seed is sourced from other fields on Morris Farms. One acre of cane seed plants 7 acres of cane. New plantings will be harvested every year for three to four years. “Once it is planted, you are married to it,” Morris says. An acre costs $1,200 to $1,500 to plant. “You are pretty much putting all your eggs into one basket.”Harvest begins in late September. Once that starting gate opens, harvest moves forward every day until early January. “Mud, rain, snow, sleet: We don’t stop harvesting,” Morris says. His quota with Alma Plantation last year was 80,000 tons. He delivered 35 to 40 semitrailer loads per day, 25 tons per load.STREAMLINE STRATEGYMorris always hunts for better ways to manage sugarcane and meet his income projections. He participates in the American Sugar Cane League Secondary Station Program. This gives Morris Farms early access to new varieties of sugarcane.“Yes, it means that we take a bigger risk with some of our acres, but the rewards outweigh the risks,” he says.“Typically, the new, experimental varieties we grow on our farm produce higher yields and perform better than varieties available to other farmers.” Morris Farms is a high-yielding sugarcane producer.Morris pays close attention to the efficiency of his equipment line. “To improve our time management and efficiency, we have learned it is imperative to have up-to-date and reliable equipment,” he says. He plans to replace his equipment every four to five years.The farm has added GPS mapping and laser grading. “Implementing GPS mapping gives us the means to efficiently and accurately apply chemicals, and allows us to be more accurate when we report acreage to the sugar mills,” he says.ELIMINATING ENEMIESThe laser grading created larger, farmable blocks. Larger blocks offer improved drainage and reduced costs, and result in better weed management. Fewer ditches mean fewer grass-infested ditches. Weed control in a cane field is labor intensive.“Sugarcane is not a Roundup Ready crop,” Morris says. “We have found that eliminating the enemies of sugarcane, johnson- and bermudagrasses, involves spraying Roundup with the use of backpack sprayers and cotton gloves soaked in Roundup.”It’s a practice that has worked. “We no longer need to blanket-spray our crop. This, in turn, has saved us on chemical, labor and fuel costs,” he says.“My adrenaline gets pumping when I look across the fields and see the tractors moving and the dirt turning,” Morris says. “It’s that passion that gets me going in the morning, working through the day and awake at night. We only have 100 days to get our crop out of the fields during sugarcane-grinding season. There is no storing the crop in the field. When it’s time to harvest, it’s go time, and I love every minute of it.”Dan Miller can be reached at dan.miller@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @DMillerPF**Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and last of the profiles of our ninth class of DTN/The Progressive Farmer’s America’s Best Young Farmers and Ranchers. They represent the future of agriculture through their sense of tradition, use of new technology and business acumen.To see videos of all the 2019 winners, and for an application for next year, see…(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. 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Why Enterprises Don’t Like SaaS

first_imgAt the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, I asked all of the vendors, “SaaS or on-premise?” The assumption, because this conference was all about modern 2.0 stuff, was that everyone would say, “SaaS, of course.”Wrong. At least 50% of the vendors were deploying primarily on premise. Even some of the pure SaaS crowd would admit to an occasional on-premise deployment. Anecdotally, even some of those who say they are pure SaaS will deploy on premise quietly. Why are enterprise customers telling vendors that they want on-premise deployment?On-Premise Does Not Mean Old-FashionedSome of the vendors selling on-premise solutions are bang-on up to date in the two ways that really matter:Low-priced monthly subscription pricing with freemium entry,Grassroots adoption, one click at a time, based on usability as the core advantage.For example, Atlassian sells only primarily on-premise. Note: this corrects an earlier version of this post. Atlassian has told us that they do in fact sell both on-premise and hosted versions of some of its software.Those Old IT Worry-WartsThere are some red herring issues. For example, security. There is no reason that cloud-based systems should be less secure than on-premise ones. But some high-profile lapses by cloud vendors have given enterprise decision-makers sweaty palms. “Having it in our data center just feels more secure, right? No one could hack our data center, could they?” Let people keep their illusions if it makes them happy.The concern about application integration is a bit more valid. Sure, a cloud vendor could integrate just as easily with in-house apps. But all that data transfer comes with a cost.It’s All About That 6% UtilizationBut the figure that really tells the story is 6%. That is the percentage of server utilization in enterprise data centers, according to McKinsey. That is a lot of wasted cycles. It would be much better to use them up with new applications, and to bring in virtualization technology to use them more efficiently.Why rent more cycles from a SaaS vendor when you are swimming in excess capacity?Shh, Don’t Tell Our InvestorsSo, why the big fuss? Because customers want on-premise, and the customer is always right.As long as the vendor can deploy the whole solution stack really simply, there is no deployment cost issue.The problem is that words like “SaaS” and “cloud” loosen investors’ wallets. As one entrepreneur put it to me, “The moment I admit to selling on-premise, I lose the VC.” Anecdotally, even, which is religious about being pure cloud, has deployed on-premise when the customer is big enough. But saying so ruins a good story. UPDATE: we sought independent verification of this and it was not available. So we assume that this is currently incorrect ie we assume that is still pure SaaS.Google is one vendor that seems to be sticking to its pure-cloud approach. It can afford to forego a few mega-enterprise accounts because it makes so much from consumers and small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).Cloud Is Ideal for SMBSmall companies don’t have the scale to run their own data centers. And an awful lot of small companies are out there. Department-wide deals in which the decision maker does not want to “go through IT” will still go with the cloud.But the really big enterprise-wide deployments seem to be going with on-premise. bernard lunn Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Rawat allays fears of body blow to adventure tourism

first_imgChief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat assured tour operators of Uttarakhand on Saturday of protecting their interests even as all District Magistrates were asked to implement a High Court-imposed ban on water sports in the State in their respective areas.“All aspects of the High Court order regarding the ban on adventure tourism activities are being studied. The next step will be taken after that. The interests of entrepreneurs associated with the trade will be protected,” he said in a statement here.Mr. Rawat also directed Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar to look into all legal options available in the case and take appropriate action.He said effective steps were being taken by the State government to promote adventure tourism, “which is crucial to tourism in Uttarakhand.”Keeping in view the interests of the people involved in the trade, the Chief Minister said the ‘Uttarakhand Rafting, Kayaking Manual’ has been framed, adding that manuals for paragliding and other adventure tourism activities would be prepared soon.Comprehensive policyHe said a comprehensive policy would be prepared to further promote the industry so that it strengthened the economy of the State.Mr. Jawalkar wrote to all DMs on Saturday asking them to strictly implement the High Court order.The Uttarakhand High Court had on June 18 put a ban on white water river rafting, other water sports and paragliding across the State till a transparent policy was framed by the State government on adventure sports, giving the latter two weeks’ time for the purpose.Devendra Rawat, former president of Rafting Association of Uttarakhand, said the ban would affect 40,000 people associated with the trade.A total of 281 companies are associated with the rafting trade, which together own 600 rafts and transact business worth over ₹20 crore every season. The season lasts nine months from October to June, he said.With the ban coming at the peak of the season, there will be heavy losses, he said.Vaibhav Kala, director, Aquaterra Adventures, said majority of outfits cannot be penalised for the errors of a few. Mr. Kala said the State needs to weed out outfits that do not meet the global benchmark.last_img read more

Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3

first_imgsignalThe maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No 3 as the low over the northwest bay and adjoining area intensified into a well-marked low over the same area, reports UNB.It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, said a Met office warning message.Under its influence, steep pressure gradient persists over the north bay and adjoining areas.Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, north bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img

ShopTalk Art Sociodrama

first_imgShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow. uses sociodrama and other action-based techniques to engage members of the community. In their book, Sociodrama: Who’s In Your Shoes?, Sternberg and Garcia state that “Sociodrama is a group action method in which participants act out agreed-upon social situations spontaneously. Sociodrama helps people to express their thoughts and feelings, solve problems, and clarify their values. Rather than simply discussing social issues, sociodrama gets people out of their chairs and exploring in action topics of interest to them.”  These facilitated conversations and exercises aim to interact with participants inside of barbershops in order to discuss a number of topics that impact the African-American community, including violence, politics, forgiveness, and drug and alcohol abuse. This format allows the community to experience each other differently and offers solutions to these issues. It’s important to use an action method such as sociodrama in barbershops because of its open environment and no agreement to confidentiality.  Sociodrama forms a collective story on a topic that is relevant to the participants. This action structure opens creative outlets for full involvement and self-expression because it is not a one-person story.   So, how does ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow. relate to the Barbershop Art Series by Schroeder Cherry being held at the Function Coworking Community on June 9, 2019? It’s an excellent chance to engage the wider community of people who would appreciate scenes from the barbershop, while at the same time, establish deep connections and have authentic conversations to talk about current events.  Additionally, Schroeder Cherry is one of seven finalists for the 2019 Sondheim Artscape Prize. Shroeder is Baltimore-based artist, master puppeteer and museum educator. He primarily uses mixed media on wood to create magnificent artwork.The intention is behind ShopTalk is to have interactive, highly engaging, conversations with the community inspired by the artwork no matter what one’s background is. Further, states Garcia and Sternberg, “as they explore various issues, they put themselves in other people’s shoes in order to understand themselves and others better.  One of the reasons sociodrama works so well is that it taps into the truth about humanity that we are each more alike than we are different. Sociodrama speaks to both sides of the brain, with its action/reflection components. It is a kinesthetic, intuitive, affective and cognitive educational technique. Sociodrama has as its goals: catharsis (expression of feelings), insight (new perception) and role training (behavioral practice).” Within Schroeder Cherry’s brilliant artwork, there are so many story lines to build upon and play with.  For example, when one sees a real combination lock or a set of keys included as part of the artwork, what comes to mind?  Who knows? That is the point. We will explore, give voice to and share meaning about the many elements embedded in the artwork together as a community to find out.  Please join us. Joshua S. Lee, native of Baltimore, is a mental health therapist, facilitator and performance life coach. He is the owner of UMOJA Integrative Behavioral Health Systems, a behavioral health training organization and the home of The Game Plan for Better Living. By Joshua S. Lee, Special to the AFROAfter the death of Freddie Gray and the subsequent civil unrest in Baltimore, resulting in rioting, arsons and vandalism in many parts of the city in the Spring of 2015, ShopTalk: Share. Heal. Grow., a community-based project was ushered into service. It’s mission, led by African-American practitioners (including substance abuse professionals, clergy, community empowerment persons, etc.), is to engage the African-American community in discussions that uplift, heal and inspire the community to provide support for each other and begin to solve its own problems and challenges. Practitioners share their own wisdom and knowledge in a safe, supportive environment of barbershops owned by African-Americans, because they believe the African-American barbershop is a community institution, where people gather to have all types of conversations.last_img read more