17 July 2015The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started work on its R900-million Southern Region construction project.The national road network is the economic link between Port Elizabeth and East London, and is the west-east link between Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.In the first phase, it has begun upgrading a 47km stretch of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and the Fish River pass, in Eastern Cape.The project comprises upgrading a single carriageway through the mountainous region, and construction is in three phases. It is not without its challenges, among which are saving the protected Oldenburgia grandis trees indigenous to some places along the route, limiting delays to road users during construction and keeping the impact on adjoining property owners to a minimum.A large amount of rock has to be blasted, and the design also has to tie into the existing Fish River Bridge.Rock blasting is planned for today, 15km outside Grahamstown towards Peddie, according to Sanral. The upgrade of 16.7km of the N2 included geometric improvements, realignment, widening of existing cuttings and fill embankments, the roads agency said.Grahamstown to KingIn total, the project is expected to take six to seven years. It is part of a long-term strategy to improve roads around and between Grahamstown and King William’s Town and comprises geometric improvements to portions of the national highway.Climbing lanes to improve the level of surface will also be added.“The existing road was built in the 1960s and currently does not meet Sanral’s desired alignment and safety standards,” said the agency. An increase in traffic volumes, particularly heavy vehicles, had prompted the need for the upgrade.Improved sight distance for drivers was expected to cut road accidents and reduce vehicle operating costs, while travel times were expected to be shorter.In media reports, Sanral has that the project will improve and prepare the N2 to support increasing volumes of motorists on the national road over the next 25 years, while enabling lower fuel consumption on the upgraded road, which will also reduce carbon emissions.Regarding the rare Oldenburgia grandis, which only grows on quartzite outcrops, Sanral collaborated with Rhodes University, in Grahamstown, and funded a study and transplant programme for these plants. The project is being overseen by a postgraduate botany student.N2 Wild Coast toll roadIn other road news, the construction of the N2 Wild Coast toll road was expected to start in September 2016, said Gugile Nkwinti, the rural development and land reform minister.He was speaking in his capacity as the chairman of the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee (PICC) on 9 July at a public consultation meeting in Bizana, Eastern Cape.The PICC oversees bulk infrastructure projects and manages 18 strategic infrastructure projects (SIPs). Nkwinti is responsible for SIP3, which targets the South-East Node and Corridor Development. This includes the N2 Wild Coast Highway, new dam at Mzimvubu with an irrigation system.He received a Sanral report on the status of the project earlier last week. “We have made a decision. What we want to know now is where we are going to relocate people who have to make way for the road. In case of graves, we want people to indicate where the graves will be relocated. We are left with 13 months before construction starts.”The department said that if court processes against the construction of the toll road persisted, the project would start in 2017.“Before construction resumes, houses, graves, animal veld, and mealie-fields will be relocated to suitable alternative land. A survey commissioned by Sanral about the proposed new route for the N2 along the Wild Coast indicated an almost unanimous level of support for this development.”SAinfo reporter
ID theft victim helps PD bust theft ring; 4 arrestedA Redwood City, California, resident who found out someone was using her credit card for a motel room in Belmont called police, leading to the arrest of four alleged identity thieves. On Thursday around 12:45 p.m., the woman called Belmont police after she received a fraud alert from her bank, saying her credit card was being used at a Motel 6. Officers went to the motel and found five people, hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, several credit cards and a gun in the room that had been rented with the woman’s credit card, Halleran said. Four of the five were arrested, while the fifth person, a 35-year-old from Bay Point, was interviewed and released. [Source: Daily Post]Prolific outlet shoplift duo bustedDelaware State Police have arrested two suspects in connection with multiple shopliftings in Rehoboth Beach. On Friday, troopers were dispatched to the Nike outlet in Bayside Outlet for a shoplifting complaint in which the suspects had fled the scene. A silver Oldsmobile Alero, which matched the description of a vehicle involved in the incident, was observed traveling northbound on Coastal Highway and a traffic stop was conducted. The driver, 32-year-old Donald L. Dailey Jr., of Milford, and his passenger, 27-year-old Ashley N. Cannon, of Milford, both had active warrants for shoplifting.Dailey and Cannon were taken into custody without incident. Cannon was found in possession of drug paraphernalia and search of the vehicle revealed stolen merchandise. According to police, the suspects had also shoplifted from multiple other businesses since December, including Tommy Hilfiger, Marshalls, Nike, and Adidas. [Source: Dover Post]- Sponsor – US retail industry saw nearly $369B in returns in 2018Appriss Retail, a retail performance improvement solutions provider, has released an analysis of the cost and ramifications of U. S. consumer merchandise returns on retailers, jobs, and state economies. The “2018 Consumer Returns in the Retail Industry” report, which analyzes results from the National Retail Federation’s 2018 Organized Retail Crime survey, states that overall value of returned merchandise in the United States during the past year was almost $369 billion. This cost does not include the overhead a retailer incurs when receiving, sorting, and repackaging useable goods for resale. In addition, $18 billion to $24 billion of that sum were fraudulent returns. Return rates vary greatly by retail vertical; for example, drug stores/pharmacies showed a 2.14 percent blended return rate while auto parts retailers had a rate of 22.58 percent. Most verticals are within two or three percentage points of the National Retail Federation’s published median of a 10 percent return rate. The report contains the blended return rate for 10 retail verticals.Other highlights from the report include:38 percent of retailers report an increase in online purchases returned to brick-and-mortar stores.In 2018, return fraud and abuse cost American workers between 607,400 and 789,600 jobs. In addition, return fraud and abuse cost states between $1.1 billion and $1.5 billion in lost sales tax. (A state-by-state breakdown is included in the report.)For every $100.00 in returns, retailers lost $5.00 to return fraud throughout the year. At the holidays, that amount was estimated to increase to $6.50.[Source: Global News Wire]Employee wore stolen clothes out of storeA Belk worker in Louisiana is facing a theft charge after he allegedly wore over $1,000 in clothing out of the store. According to an arrest report for Xavient Blakely, age 21, of Monroe, officers were dispatched to Belk at Pecanland Mall on an employee theft shortly after noon on Thursday.A loss prevention associate told officers that Blakely committed theft over a short period of time. The estimated value of the items stolen is $1,176. Per the report, Blakely admitted to theft and said he wore the items out of the store without paying for them. He also wrote an admission of guilt, the affidavit states. Blakely was transported to MPD headquarters and then Ouachita Correctional Center on one theft charge. [Source: News Star] Cashier accused of stealing customers’ credit card numbersA Kohl’s employee in northeast Indiana is under arrest for allegedly using credit card number she stole from customers in the store. Niakia Lashawn Baker is facing charges of credit card fraud and theft. According to WPTA-TV, several transactions at the Kohl’s store at the Northcrest Shopping Center in Fort Wayne were flagged late last month. All of the suspicious transactions traced back to Baker’s register. When the corporate officers contacted customers and were told they had not authorized the purchase in question, they knew something was up. Surveillance video captured the alleged crime taking place.According to court documents, after customers would use their Kohl’s credit card in Baker’s line, the cashier could be seen texting. Not long after that, an unknown male, occasionally accompanied by an unknown female, would go to Baker’s register and purchase gift cards, using the credit card numbers of previous customers. After the transactions, Baker would receive Kohl’s Cash via the store’s rewards program and spend it. At this time, Kohl’s has reportedly lost nearly $1,100 to the alleged crime. [Source: WTHR13 News]Another successful holiday task forceTwo arrests in a counterfeiting case out of Long Tree, Colorado. Three collars on an elaborate nationwide iPhone identity theft case that hit locally. A crackdown on a credit card cloning and skimming case out of Highlands Ranch. These are just some of the on-the-ground results already tallied by a retail fraud strike force formed fewer than three months ago in Douglas County. Dubbed the Financial Investigative Regional Strike Team — or FIRST — the group is made up of investigators from five different law enforcement agencies, including the US Secret Service.FIRST, which launched in mid-October and operates out of the Douglas County sheriff’s headquarters in Castle Rock, has the singular focus of chasing down the fraudsters and organized retail theft rings that cause misery for victims and cost stores millions of dollars a year. It is a unique example in Colorado of collaboration and information-sharing across jurisdictional boundaries and even state lines. “Retail theft and fraud is the No. 1 crime we deal with in Lone Tree, and frankly, in the state,” said Lone Tree Police Chief Kirk Wilson. “This isn’t a new problem — it’s just becoming more prolific every year.”The internet has only made the job of tracking and catching retail wretches that much more difficult, as criminals use encrypted chat programs to communicate with one another and tap the dark web to obtain sensitive personal and financial data from identity theft victims. In 2018, Colorado was ranked as the second-riskiest state for identity theft, according to a report from ASecureLife. The security firm calculated that 385 victims in the state lost more than $1.7 million to identity theft in 2017. 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To put these capabilities in practice in your data center environment, you can adopt one of the solutions described under Policy-Based Power Management in the Intel® Cloud Builder library.I would love to hear from you if you have a specific usage case that is not covered.Best Regards! Although energy costs are the fastest-rising cost element in the data center, the power battle hasn’t been lost. There are still many opportunities to improve efficiency. These include cooling optimization using hot and cold aisles, increasing rack density, turning on/off machines on demand, and balancing load in the data center to optimize cooling and reduce power consumption.All these opportunities can potentially be achieved with Intel® Intelligent Power Node Manager, a technology embedded into Intel chips in a select group of servers. Some of most common scenarios where Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager can be applied beyond monitoring include: The Static Power Capping usage model employs more aggressive capping. There will be some performance impact during peak, but this should be OK as long as the service level agreement (SLA) is met. The effect is to increase infrastructure utilization.Usage model No. 4 (Dynamic Power Capping) implements continuous capping for additional power savings. The capping level is determined by the application performance monitor driving a power management policy. This scheme may not be practical if the performance monitoring facility is not available.For instance, in virtualized environments, where hosts run a variety of applications, it is difficult to isolate a meaningful indicator representing the application mix. For want of a better indicator, monitoring CPU utilization has been surprisingly useful in some settings. The idea is to impose a cap on a server based on the current CPU utilization in that server. The actual capping level, in watts, is derived heuristically from offline experiments with representative workload mixes, yielding energy savings of 10 to 15 percent over a daily workload cycle.In usage model No. 5 (Hybrid Usages), the practical capping range is limited to about 30 percent of peak power in light configurations. If the goal is energy saving, non-operating states, such as hibernation, must be added to Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager policies. This is possible in virtualized cloud environments that allow dynamic consolidation of workloads into a pool of active machines and the shutting down of unused machines.What’s new with Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager 2.0The following table compares the features in each version of Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager. Increasing compute density—enforcing power limits based on power reported and populating racks with more servers using the previously stranded power capacity in the rackLinking cooling to actual demand—coordinating Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager power and thermal data with data center cooling controls to help ensure that adequate, but not excessive, cooling is provided, minimizing cooling costsDynamically balancing resources—using migrations tools to move workloads to racks with available power headroom, and using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager’s power capping to help ensure the rack budget is not exceededIn addition to these optimization scenarios, Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager can be applied to increase availability, applying power capping in case of power outage and reducing the overall consumption with some performance penalty.With the launch of the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor, the second generation of Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager (aka. 2.0) has been released. It is designed to improve monitoring and control granularity and to allow implementation of a range of usage models, as depicted here:These scenarios go from simple real-time power monitoring to integrated data center power management practices. Expected higher payoffs for power management require higher investment and process maturity to deploy.You don’t necessarily have to step up to the top, or even one of the more advanced usage models. Some situations could be enough for usage model No. 1, Real Time Server Power Monitoring. There may be no reason to invest beyond this point.In usage model No. 2 (Power Guard Rail) and No. 3 (Static Power Capping), Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager allows you to pack servers more densely in a rack by imposing a guaranteed power limit.Consider this scenario: In a traditional method, we usually take the specification of the power supply rating from the server manufacture, e.g. 650W, and test in a lab the real power consumption using a power meter. We then discover that 400W is reasonable to be used. In a typical 4KW power envelope, we usually populate the rack with 10 servers (i.e. 4.000W/400W = 10). Using Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager in the same server, measurements indicate that for a defined workload, the power consumption rarely exceeds 250W. Using that as an aggressive power/server budget, and enforcing 4KW for a global cap, i.e. the entire rack, only on rare situations could the consumption exceed the 4KW envelope, and will not exceed that amount due to Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager policy. In this scenario, we can then populate a rack with 16 servers instead of 10 (i.e. 4.000W/250W = 16), for an increase of 60 percent in rack density.
Playful and confident, sun-kissed beauty Deepika Padukone is set to be the face of a global campaign for the spring/summer 2015 collection of an international eyewear brand. In a beautiful shoot, the actress is spotted basking in the sun on a Goa beach while sporting a range of summerfriendly fashion styles, ranging from a red and white stripe dress with small cut-out panels, an embellished collared shirt teamed with a billowing white maxi skirt, a printed beach jacket, a mosaic jumpsuit and a sexy criss-crossing dress.While Deepika is the Indian face for the ad campaign, two other international muses share the global campaign space with her – Victoria’s Secret Angel and Brazilian model Adriana Lima and Chinese actress Liu Shishi. This is the third year that Deepika has collaborated with the brand, and it’s the first time that she will represent it on a worldwide scale.The Indian campaign shots have been clicked by renowned fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who shot to fame by clicking supermodel Claudia Schiffer for her first Guess ad in 1989. For the current ad feature, the lens-woman conveys a global spirit of the brand while also paying tribute to the local flavour of the tropical destination.Talking about her favourite photograph from the shoot, Deepika says: “Out of all the shots, I think the one that really sums up what I feel is the ice-cream eating shot because 22 out of 24 hours, I am only thinking about food.” She further said: “I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with Ellen. I think everyone wants to work with her at some point in their career. It’s a dream come true for us, it was great fun.”advertisement