Department of Finance hunts for fibre optic communications service panel

A request for tender has been launched to find a maximum of 12 contractors that can maintain, service, expand, and protect the agency’s network and associated infrastructure. The Department of Finance is looking to create a panel that can provide fibre optic infrastructure works and services to the agency. According to tender documents, the Department’s Government Network Services Branch (GNSB), which is responsible for providing support to the government’s Intra-government Communications Network (ICON) and the Ministerial Communications Network (MCN), is after a panel of a maximum of 12 contractors that can maintain, service, expand, and protect its network and any associated infrastructure. “Finance is seeking to engage suitably qualified contractors with the expertise and experience to deliver repairs and maintenance, minor works and small to medium capital projects on time, on budget and with a customer focussed outlook,” the department outlined in the documents. ICON currently links over 85 government agencies in Canberra and operates 3,852 fibre connections. The network has 1,766 pits, 840 kilometres of fibre cables, and 102,000 kilometres of ...

Coronavirus Questions: Can I Go For A Jog? Is Grocery Shopping Too Risky> : Goats and Soda : NPR

This is part of a series looking at pressing coronavirus questions of the week. We’d like to hear what you’re curious about. Email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: “Weekly Coronavirus Questions.” The global spread of COVID-19 cases continues, with cases around the world and increasingly strict measures to control its spread. Authorities in the U.S. and other countries have banned or discouraged large gatherings and are urging social distancing and frequent hand-washing. To answer this week’s questions, we spoke with Albert Ko at the Yale School of Public Health and others for guidance. I heard that the U.K. was talking about using a “herd immunity” approach to the coronavirus. What exactly is herd immunity, and could it work against coronavirus? Last week, the U.K. government signaled that it might be considering a different approach to coronavirus control than the rest of the world — in essence, allowing a large percentage of the population to become infected in order to develop a “herd immunity” that would eventually end the epidemic. Herd immunity occurs when enough people in a population are immune to dis...

Automated Blowmolder Control systems help this Mexican converter meet quality, scheduling, and performance targets for its

Automated Blowmolder Control systems help this Mexican converter meet quality, scheduling, and performance targets for its through-the-wall customer. The PET bottles produced at the Coca-Cola FEMSA plant in Villahermosa, Mexico, in the Gulf Coast state of Tabasco, never touch a carton. Instead, they are filled immediately after blowing, then labeled, capped, palletized, and shrink-wrapped for shipment to big box and convenience stores throughout a sprawling four-state distribution area. This kind of integrated operation is a model of efficiency. But it leaves little margin for error. Production must be robust and nimble to meet the demands of schedules that change weekly. An on-premises agreement with converter ALPLA and the installation of Agr International’s Process Pilot® Automated Blowmolder Control systems in the blowing machines combine to optimize bottle output and quality, making sure Coca-Cola FEMSA’s stringent schedule and performance targets are met. “Our customer has very clear expectations for line efficiency and availability, and it’s very important for us to keep within them,” remarks Helmut Hoedl, Head of ALPLA’s Injection Stretch Blow Moulding (ISBM) Business Un...

Superior’s City Council is lending a hand with plans to establish a solar garden near Heritage

Superior’s City Council is lending a hand with plans to establish a solar garden near Heritage Park. The Council approved transferring city-owned land to Superior Water, Light and Power for its plans to build a 2.5-acre solar garden. “The property was presumably theirs,” said Jason Serck, economic development, port and planning director. He said back in the 1950s or 1960s, the city had intended to transfer the property to Superior Water, Light and Power; however, when they started title work, a deed couldn’t be found. The deed that would be filed when the transfer takes place would be restrictive and the property would revert back to city ownership if the project isn’t done, Serck said. “What the city gets is access to renewable energy,” Mayor Jim Paine said. “I personally believe we should have more access to renewable energy in the City of Superior and I’ve heard it from citizens, as well.” Paine said by transferring the land for the project, the city is able to partner with the company to provide residents access to renewable energy. The solar garden, named Superior Solar, will be built on the 2.5-acre site chosen because the local distribution grid can handle the additional...

Two men ‘confess to strangling model, 24, before filming a chilling video mocking their victim’

Two men are said to have confessed to strangling a Brazilian model who vanished from her Los Angeles home last month, before driving to 1,300 miles to Oklahoma to ditch her car.  The suspects, named as Thiago Philipe Souza Bragança and Walderson Junior da Silva, allegedly used a power cord to kill Ana Braga, 24, G1 reports.  Thiago is said to have told police he and da Silva were high on drugs at the time of the killing but that they were defending from themselves from Ana, who had a knife.  The two men, arrested Saturday in Brazil, are then said to have filming a chilling video mocking their victim after hiding her body into a comforter.  Surveillance footage shows the accused going into Braga’s LA home with the aspiring model before leaving again a few hours later with the comforter, according to reports.  California investigators revealed on Saturday they found a video believed to be of Braga’s bloodied body. Authorities said that a car registered in her name was found abandoned 1,000 miles away in Oklahoma.  Two men are said to have confessed to strangling Brazilian model Ana Braga who vanished from her Los Angeles home last month The suspects, named as Thiago P...

2020 BMW 8 Series Lineup Gets Entry-Level 840i Model From $87,900

Nearly a month ago, BMW unveiled the 8 Series Gran Coupe with an 840i base version that at the time was not available for its two-door siblings. The company’s U.S. branch is now addressing this issue by introducing the entry-level flavor for the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible available from $87,900 and $97,400, respectively. Should you want xDrive instead of the standard tail-happy setup, the AWD-equipped 840i Coupe retails for $97,400 and the 840i xDrive Convertible from $100,300. Previously, the cheapest 8er in North America was the M850i xDrive Coupe from $111,900. All prices exclude the $995 destination and handling charges. You’ll be losing two cylinders by getting the 840i instead of the M850i, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue considering the 3.0-liter inline-six packs a healthy 335 horsepower and 368 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. Get the coupe in RWD form and it’ll do 0 to 60 mph in a not-too-shabby 4.7 seconds, while xDrive will slash three-tenths of a second to enable a 4.4s sprint. Due to its increased weight, the equivalent convertible needs 5 seconds when configured with rear-wheel drive and 4.6s with AWD. 5s Pcb Connector Regardless of the 840i you...

Is Semipermanent Makeup the End of Makeup As We Know It?

Every item on this page was chosen by a Town & Country editor. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. We’ve all been on a subway or in an elevator and there’s that really cool girl,” says Laney Crowell, founder of clean makeup brand Saie Beauty. “You want to know, ‘Who makes your shoes? Who makes your dress?’ Her makeup is never screamy. It’s a great brow, a lip that’s juicy but not obviously glossy.” And, it goes without saying, the skin is good. Such is the essence of the no-makeup makeup look. It’s that maddening mix of a clear, bright complexion, a wash of color on cheeks, just-bitten lips, blackened lashes, and faintly tamed brows. (Saie’s four-product debut collection—mascara, brow butter, lash curler, and liquid lip balm—preaches to that choir.) The whole thing is effortless. In theory. Pulling it off is often a result of healthy circulation and hefty skincare, and even that isn’t quite enough for most of us to feel polished and put together on a daily basis. So the continued desire for effortlessly perfect-­looking skin has inspired a recent influx of reimagined tinted serums and moisturizers. Just don’t call them foundations. Sisley’s new Phy...

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Dyson has chosen former nightclub complex Saint James Power Station as its new Singapore headquarters, saying it would provide a “most inspiring backdrop” for its staff. The 110,000 square foot site had housed one of the largest nightlife destinations in Singapore up until last year, with 11 so-called “concepts” including nightclubs and food sites. Dyson said the property would be converted into research laboratories, which would allow it to double the number of engineers and scientists it could employ in Singapore over the next five years. Currently, around 1,200 people work for the British business in Singapore, of which more than 350 are engineers.  Jim Rowan, chief executive of Dyson, said: “After 12 years of growth in Singapore, continuing expansion in the UK, and growing sales globally, we have outgrown our current technology centre in Singapore. The company announced it was moving its headquarters from the UK to Singapore in January – a decision which prompted a public backlash amid claims Dyson was abandoning its heritage and potentially depriving the UK of millions of pounds of tax revenue.  At the time, Layla Moran, then an MP and now the ...

How to sanitize upholstery and home surfaces without damaging them in a coronavirus clean

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, people are at home and focused more than ever on ways to disinfect household objects, some that may have never been cleaned before, like that colorful leather sofa. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces, according to public health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They recommend cleaning and wiping down frequently touched surfaces with a disinfectant daily during cold and flu season to reduce the risk of spreading infection. It isn’t possible to remove bacteria from everything you touch, but soap and water, household cleaners and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved household disinfectants are effective on hard surfaces such as counters, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets and sinks, says the CDC. Products with EPA-approved, antimicrobial claims can be effective against hard-to-kill viruses, says the CDC. These include Clorox cleaner and bleach products and Lysol disinfectants. Depending on the surface materials, you can use solutions with at least 70% isopropyl alcohol or diluted household bleach to kill bacteria. Mi...

Aftermarket blind spot sensor systems are expensive | Auto Features

Cloudy with rain and snow. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 100%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.. Rain and snow showers this evening. Overcast overnight. Low 32F. Winds light and variable. Chance of precip 60%. Blind Spot Monitoring system warning light icon in side view mirror of a modern vehicle. (Dreamstime/TNS) Blind Spot Monitoring system warning light icon in side view mirror of a modern vehicle. (Dreamstime/TNS) Q: Do you recommend the installation of an aftermarket blind spot sensor? It would go on a 2012 Camry. If so, what are recommended brands and who installs them? A: If you have an older car, or one that was not equipped with a blind spot camera or sensors, aftermarket kits may be the answer. But they are expensive. Low priced units cost about $300 while the better ones are about $500. Experts say that none are as good as the factory-installed units, but the pricier ones come close. Most general repair shops could handle installation. If you have not yet won the lottery, you may want to rely on blind spot mirrors. Q: Your response was good. The average driver probably would not benefit (from a trouble code reader...

North Iowans will be recognized at U.S. military ball | Mason City & North Iowa

A group photo from the 2018 Iowa All Academy Ball in West Des Moines that honors cadets, midshipmen and graduates of the five U.S. military academies. Six North Iowa cadets and midshipmen will be honored later this month at the Iowa All Academy Ball in West Des Moines. Bryce Foxen, of Charles City, who’s in the U.S. Navy; Katelyn Miller, of Clear Lake, who’s in the U.S. Air Force; Jaxon Jones, of Forest City, in U.S. Army; Meeghan Rodamaker, of Mason City, in the U.S. Navy; Brock Jennings, of Osage, in the U.S. Air Force; and Christian Flege, of Waverly, in the U.S. Army; are attending the 13th annual ball on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel. The event, which is open to family and friends as well as current cadets, midshipmen and graduates of the five U.S. military academies, features a full program with a cocktail reception, silent auction, photographer, keynote speaker, dinner and dancing. “This is always a great event recognizing, appreciating and celebrating the commitment of current and past service academy members from our state,” said Kevin Lentz, chairman of the Iowa All Academy Ball. “It is a special night dedicated in their honor.” The keynote s...

Budapest-based Shapr3D lands €5.5 million for its computer-aided design app

Budapest-based Shapr3D, which pioneered the 3D computer-aided design (CAD) modelling app for iPad Pro, has announced €5.5 million in Series A financing from top European early-stage venture capital firms Point Nine and Creandum (one of the original investors in Spotify). The startup previously raised $1.3 million in December 2017. Designers today are creating very different products than twenty years ago – such as blueprints for 3D printed products – but are doing so using software that hasn’t changed in decades. Shapr3D fills this gap with its mobile app for 3D CAD design. Since Shapr3D’s launch on the Apple App Store in 2016, it has had over a million downloads. Launched in 2015, the startup has brought a revolutionary 3D modelling experience for many mechanical engineers, interior designers, graphic designers, CAD architects, industrial designers, jewelry makers, 3D hobbyists and more. The highest-rated CAD in the App Store, Shapr3D offers all the necessary features to provide an unforgettable creative process. The Shapr3D team will use this investment to open new European office locations, create new distribution channels, and grow its headcount to 100. New hires will be a ...

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