Sailing: Route du Rhum, first calls for the fleet towards the Bay of Biscay

Training Route du Rhum

Monaco, 11 November -After leaving Saint-Malo at 2.15pm on Thursday the 10th in a brisk 15-20 knot southwesterly, the 12th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe fleet faced a first strategic decision before the Bay of Biscay.

MONACO, Nov. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After leaving Saint-Malo at 2.15pm on Thursday the 10th in a brisk 15-20 knot southwesterly, the 12th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe fleet faced a first strategic decision before the Bay of Biscay. Cap Finistère is a Bay of Biscay exit that means sailors meet fewer ships than they would in the English Channel. It is a crucial stage in which it is necessary to make a first move that can prove decisive: opting for the north route (the shortest) despite its depressions or heading south (and lengthening the route) along the Portuguese coast to find the trade winds.

Among the 138 competitors, Boris Herrmann (Malizia-Seaexplorer) of the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) remains in the leading group of the Imoca class, while the other member of the YCM, Oren Nataf (Rayon Vert) was forced to retire from the Multi class due to a tear in the mainsail. “We gybed just before releasing the crew and the sail tore in two. We don’t really know why. It was only three years old and not in bad condition,” said Rayon Vert’s skipper who returned to Saint-Malo port late afternoon on Wednesday, just hours after the start of the 12th Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe. “We looked at all possible solutions with Sidney Gavignet, who is supporting me on this race. We could have had the mainsail repaired, but as I’m not an experienced sailor it wasn’t reasonable to go back out to sea with a sail that was not 100% and could tear again. Also, the weather window is closing. I was all set to leave but that’s the way it is. It’s better that it happened now and not in the middle of the Atlantic. Sailing is a mechanical sport. I would like to thank all the team who have helped me. We will come back stronger in four years”. On the other hand Boris Herrmann on the YCM Malizia-Seaexplorer is still in the race and one of 38 IMOCAs competing. After a superb start on the front line, Boris sailed close-hauled on a port tack before heading for the English coast then tacking to go through the mandatory gate at Cap Fréhel which he did at 5.00pm. He spent the first night in the lead pack, heading south as he passed Ile d’Ouessant.

The fastest boats are expected to reach Pointe-à-Pitre in about six days, with the finish line scheduled to close 4th December. 3,542 nautical miles full of challenges await the participants. The road to get to the Caribbean is still long: it goes from the English Channel and its super-busy shipping routes, the capricious nature of the Bay of Biscay (with trade winds that can blow up to 25 knots), then the Sargasso Sea and its treacherous floating seaweed rafts.

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Technology Biennale: Lady Suzanne Heywood talks about leadership through innovation

CNH Industrial Chair of the Board of Directors Suzanne Heywood with Politecnico di Torino Chancellor Guido Saracco

How can technology enhance humanity – and vice versa?

Turin, November 11, 2022

The Chair of the CNH Industrial Board of Directors – Suzanne Heywood– spoke at the Technology Biennale today. This four-day event sees 280 global experts address the most pressing and challenging matters in the tech space.

The event is hosted by Politecnico di Torino (Turin Polytechnic University) – Italy’s oldest public technical university. It is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country and Europe.

Lady Heywood shared her experiences with technology – how it saved her life as a child – furthered her scientific studies – and continues to reinvent the dynamics of her professional career. When used wisely, technology can enhance our humanity,” she remarked – giving examples on how CNH Industrial is using innovation to improve the lives and work of farmers and builders around the world.

Professor Guido Saracco, Chancellor of the Politecnico di Torino, later joined her for a discussion on how education and business can lead this next digital era together.

CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) is a world-class equipment and services company. Driven by its purpose of Breaking New Ground, which centers on Innovation, Sustainability and Productivity, the Company provides the strategic direction, R&D capabilities, and investments that enable the success of its global and regional Brands. Globally, Case IH and New Holland Agriculture supply 360° agriculture applications from machines to implements and the digital technologies that enhance them; and CASE and New Holland Construction Equipment deliver a full lineup of construction products that make the industry more productive. The Company’s regionally focused Brands include: STEYR, for agricultural tractors; Raven, a leader in digital agriculture, precision technology and the development of autonomous systems; Flexi-Coil, specializing in tillage and seeding systems; Miller, manufacturing application equipment; Kongskilde, providing tillage, seeding and hay & forage implements; and Eurocomach, producing a wide range of mini and midi excavators for the construction sector, including electric solutions.

Across a history spanning over two centuries, CNH Industrial has always been a pioneer in its sectors and continues to passionately innovate and drive customer efficiency and success. As a truly global company, CNH Industrial’s 37,000+ employees form part of a diverse and inclusive workplace, focused on empowering customers to grow, and build, a better world.

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2nd Forum on Internet Governance opens in Cuba

The 2nd Forum on Internet Governance opened on Wednesday in this capital, where delegates advocated for better use of available connectivity to increase efficiency, productivity, and the quality of services in Cuba.
The event, sponsored by the Cuban Association of the United Nations, and the Union of Computer Scientists of Cuba, among other institutions, has an inclusive nature as it seeks to raise the level of participation of all stockholders so that they can interact in a comprehensive and systematic way.
During the meeting, which is taking place at the Computing Palace, the stockholders are debating on strategies for the development of the use of the Internet in Cuba for the benefit of citizens, while promoting the people’s culture to use this tool responsibly.
The meeting of experts from several branches aims to promote local development and stimulate innovation with integration in the communities.
During the event, emphasis will be made on the creation of content that favors citizens’ well-being and the dissemination of Cuba’s reality, and that promotes respect among people in relation to the use of the World Wide Web.
The responsible and decolonizing use of the Internet will be a primary issue to be discussed at the 2nd Forum on Internet Governance, which will end on Friday.

Source: Lao News Agency

China Reports 10,000 New Virus Cases; Capital Closes Parks

Beijing closed city parks and imposed other restrictions as the country faces a new wave of COVID-19 cases, even as millions of people remained under lockdown Friday in the west and south of China.
The country reported 10,729 new cases on Friday, almost all of them testing positive while showing no symptoms. More than 5 million people were under lockdown Friday in the southern manufacturing hub Guangzhou and the western megacity Chongqing.
With the bulk of Beijing’s 21 million people undergoing near daily testing, another 118 new cases were recorded in the sprawling city. Many city schools switched to online classes, hospitals restricted services and some shops and restaurants were shuttered, with their staff taken to quarantine. Videos on social media showed people in some areas protesting or fighting with police and health workers.
“It has become normal, just like eating and sleeping,” said food service worker Yang Zheng, 39. “I think what it impacts most is kids because they need to go to school.”
Demands for testing every 24-48 hours are “troublesome,” said Ying Yiyang, who works in marketing.
“My life is for sure not comparable to what it was three years ago,” said Ying. Family visits outside of Beijing can be difficult if the smartphone app that virtually all Chinese are required to display does not green-light travel back to the capital, Ying said.
“I just stay in Beijing,” Ying said.
Numerous villages on the capital’s outskirts that are home to blue-collar workers whose labor keeps the city running were under lockdown. Many live in dormitory communities, which taxi and ride-sharing drivers said they were avoiding so as not to be placed in quarantine themselves.
Lockdowns in Guangzhou and elsewhere were due to end by Sunday, but authorities have repeatedly extended such restrictions with no explanation.
Chinese leaders had promised Thursday to respond to public frustration over its severe “zero-COVID” strategy that has confined millions to their homes and severely disrupted the economy.
The government said Friday it was reducing the amount of time incoming passengers would be required to undergo quarantine. The U.S. embassy this week renewed its advisement for citizens to avoid travel to and within China unless absolutely necessary.
Incoming passengers will only be quarantined for five days, rather than the previous seven, at a designated location, followed by three days of isolation at their place of residence, according to a notice from the State Council, China’s Cabinet.
It wasn’t immediately clear when and where the rules would take effect and whether they would apply to foreigners and Chinese citizens alike.
Relaxed standards would also be applied to foreign businesspeople and athletes, in what appeared to be a gradual move toward normalization.
Airlines will no longer be threatened with a two-week-long suspension of flights if five or more passengers tested positive, the regulations said, potentially providing a major expansion of seats on such flights that have shrunk in numbers and soared in price since restrictions were imposed in 2020.
Those flying to China will only need to show a single negative test for the virus within 48 hours of traveling, the rules said. Formerly, two tests within that time period were required.
“Zero-COVID” has kept China’s infection rate relatively low but weighs on the economy and has disrupted life by shutting schools, factories and shops, or sealing neighborhoods without warning. With the new surge in cases, a growing number of areas are shutting down businesses and imposing curbs on movement. In order to enter office buildings, shopping malls and other public places, people are required to show a negative result from a virus test taken as often as once a day.
With economic growth weakening again after rebounding to 3.9% over a year earlier in the three months ending in September, forecasters had been expecting bolder steps toward reopening the country, whose borders remain largely closed.
President and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is expected to make a rare trip abroad next week, but has given little indication of backing off on a policy the party has closely associated with social stability and the avowed superiority of his policies.
That has been maintained by its seven-person Politburo Standing Committee, which was named in October at a party congress that also expanded Xi’s political dominance by appointing him to a third five-year term as leader. It is packed with his loyalists, including the former party chief of Shanghai, who enforced a draconian lockdown that sparked food shortages, shut factories and confined millions to their homes for two months or more.
People from cities with a single case in the past week are barred from visiting Beijing, while travelers from abroad are required to be quarantined in a hotel for seven to 10 days — if they are able to navigate the timely and opaque process of acquiring a visa.
Business groups say that discourages foreign executives from visiting, which has prompted companies to shift investment plans to other countries. Visits from U.S. officials and lawmakers charged with maintaining the crucial trading relations amid tensions over tariffs, Taiwan and human rights have come to a virtual standstill.
Last week, access to part of the central city of Zhengzhou, home to the world’s biggest iPhone factory, was suspended after residents tested positive for the virus. Thousands of workers jumped fences and hiked along highways to escape the factory run by Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group. Many said coworkers who fell ill received no help and working conditions were unsafe.
Also last week, people posted outraged comments on social media after a 3-year-old boy, whose compound in the northwest was under quarantine, died of carbon monoxide poisoning. His father complained that guards who were enforcing the closure refused to help and tried to stop him as he rushed his son to a hospital.
Despite such complaints, Chinese citizens have little say in policy making under the one-party authoritarian system that maintains rigid controls over media and public demonstrations.
Speculation on when measures will be eased has centered on whether the government is willing to import or domestically produce more effective vaccines, with the elderly population left particularly vulnerable.
That could come as soon as next spring, when a new slate of officials are due to be named under Xi’s continuing leadership. Or, restrictions could persist much longer if the government continues to reject the notion of living to learn with a relatively low level of cases that cause far fewer hospitalizations and deaths than when the pandemic was at its height.

Source: Voice of America

US COVID Public Health Emergency to Stay in Place

The United States will keep in place the public health emergency status of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to still receive free tests, vaccines and treatments until at least April of next year, two Biden administration officials said Friday.
The possibility of a winter surge in COVID-19 cases and the need for more time to transition out of the public health emergency (PHE) to a private market were two factors that contributed to the decision not to end the emergency status in January, one of the officials said.
The public health emergency was initially declared in January 2020, when the pandemic began, and has been renewed each quarter since. But in August, the government began signaling it planned to let it expire in January.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has promised to give states 60 days’ notice before letting the emergency expire, which would have been on Friday if it did not plan on renewing it again in January. The agency did not provide such notice, the second official said.
Health experts believe a surge in COVID-19 infections in the United States is likely this winter, one official said.
“We may be in the middle of one in January,” he said. “That is not the moment you want to pull down the public health emergency.”
Hundreds still dying every day
Daily U.S. cases were down to an average of nearly 41,300 as of Wednesday, but an average of 335 people a day are still dying from COVID, according to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
Daily U.S. cases are projected to rise slowly to nearly 70,000 by February, driven by students returning to schools and cold weather-related indoor gatherings, the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said in an October 21 analysis. Deaths are forecast to remain at current levels.
Transitioning out of emergency phase
The officials said a lot of work remained to be done for the transition out of the public health emergency.
The government has been paying for COVID vaccines, some tests and certain treatments, as well as other care, under the public health emergency declaration. When the emergency expires, the government will begin to transfer COVID health care to private insurance and government health plans.
Health officials held large meetings with insurers and drugmakers about moving sales and distribution of COVID vaccines and treatments to the private sector in August and October, but none have been publicly announced since.
“The biggest motivation from a policy perspective is ensuring a smooth transition to the commercial market and the challenge of unraveling the multiple protections that have been put in place,” said Dr. Jen Kates, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “Extending the PHE provides more time to manage that.”
The biggest challenge is uninsured people, she said. Most Americans have government-backed or private health insurance and are expected to pay nothing for COVID vaccines and boosters, though they will likely incur some out-of-pocket costs for tests and treatments.
Uninsured children will also continue to get free vaccines, but it is unclear how they and some 25 million uninsured adults will avoid paying the full cost of tests and treatments, and how those adults will get vaccines.
Their number is set to grow with the emergency expiring. HHS estimates that as many as 15 million people will lose health coverage after a requirement by Congress that state Medicaid programs keep people continuously enrolled expires and states return to normal patterns for enrollment.

Source: Voice of America

LambdaTest Launches Automation Testing for OTT Streaming Devices

With this offering, OTT brands can do thorough testing before launching features

San Francisco, Nov. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LambdaTest, a leading continuous quality testing cloud platform, today announced the launch of its cloud-based automation testing offering for OTT streaming devices.

LambdaTest will offer Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku TV as part of the offering. With advanced features like parallel testing, remote control management, Appium integration, localization testing, and easy debugging, enterprises can thoroughly test their digital offerings.

“With OTT platforms proliferating and becoming the center of the entertainment world, automation testing is more important than ever for OTT players. One small bug can spoil the entire viewing experience. But, maintaining an in-house OTT testing setup is really hard,” said Mayank Bhola, co-founder and head of product, LambdaTest. “With OTT streaming devices on LambdaTest cloud, now enterprises can start performing automation testing to test their apps without managing the infrastructure in-house. Enterprises can now improve developer feedback time, up their customer experience, and more importantly, ensure a quicker time to market.”

LambdaTest has also recently launched HyperExecute, a next-gen smart test orchestration platform that helps testers and developers run end-to-end automation tests at the fastest speed possible.

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● Browser & App Testing Cloud allows users to run both manual and automated tests of web and mobile apps across 3000+ different browsers, real devices, and operating system environments.

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