Japan restarts second reactor at Sendai nuclear plant

first_img Japan restarted a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday (15 October), as the government pushes ahead with an unpopular return to atomic energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.The restart of the Sendai No 2 unit marks progress for Japans utilities, which have been hit by huge losses after being forced to shut down nuclear plants for safety checks.Weve actively implemented various safety measures including disaster prevention schemes to never let anything like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident happen again, chief manager of Sendai nuclear plant Rei Sudou said, after his staff switched on the dormant reactor No 2 at 10.30am.The unit will begin power generation on 21 October and is expected to enter commercial operation from around mid-November. Kyushu Electric Power Co restarted the No 1 unit at the Sendai plant in August after approval from the countrys atomic regulator came following two years of reviews and equipment checks.Anxious to cut fuel bills, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants atomic power to account for 20-22% of the countrys energy mix by 2030, but the goal is widely seen as unrealistic and opposition to nuclear power remains widespread. Opinion polls have consistently shown strong opposition to nuclear power among the public, even as electricity bills surged following the switch to expensive fossil fuels.We will continue to restart nuclear reactors that meet whats called one of the most strict safety standards in the world, respecting the judgement of the governments nuclear authority, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a regular news conference on Thursday.The government is unchanged with its determination that we should restart nuclear reactors that meet the safety standards as were currently relying on old fuel generators that are forcedly put into operation, Suga added. Closelast_img read more

Snapchat Changes iOS App to Fix Things It Broke With Redesign

first_img Popular on Variety CREDIT: Courtesy of Snapchat After first testing some tweaks to its controversial redesign with a subset of its users earlier this month, Snapchat is now making the changes official: The company is switching up some of the most-criticized elements of its new design, beginning with its iOS app.Specifically, both snaps and chats are once again in chronological order. What’s more, stories from friends are once again moved to the right side of the app, where they are now listed in a separate friends row. Also on that page is now a separate subscription feed, designed to make it easier to follow stories from select publishers and creators. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel had first mentioned these design changes on the company’s recent earnings call, where he framed the changes not as a roll-back but as an optimization of the redesign.center_img “We learned that combining watching Stories and communicating with friends into the same place made it harder to optimize for both competing behaviors,” he said. “The redesign created a lot of new opportunities, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to refine and improve Snapchat.“The redesign also created a massive backlash from Snapchat’s users, with some 1.25 million signing a Change.org petition to roll it back. A number of celebrities with huge audiences on the platform echoed that criticism, including Kylie Jenner  and Chrissy Teigen. Both contributed to significant pressure on Snap’s share price, with investors worrying that the platform was at risk of losing some of its key voices.On Thursday, investors didn’t seem to much care much one way or another about the design tweaks, with Snap’s share price largely remaining flat in after-hours trading. The company’s stock has been down sharply ever since it released disappointing earnings on May 1. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

6 Reasons CloudFirst Microsoft Dynamics AX Wins the ERP Game

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. January 3, 2017 As my agency transitioned from a traditional online marketing services provider to a performance-based agency, we started to work with much larger corporate clients — we require a minimum daily digital ad spend of $10,000. I encountered several different ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions being used over the past several months.This software allows a company to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate several back office functions related to technology, services and human resources. It integrates all angles of an operation — product planning, development, manufacturing, sales and marketing — in a single database and user interface.ERP software is very slick, and very expensive — some companies spend five-figures and some spend millions of dollars. Along the way, Microsoft Dynamics AX has stood out as a superior ERP solution, and here are six reasons why this could-first option is a winner.1. Convenience of cloud-first software. Working in the cloud has many convenience benefits, including automatic updates. No more having to update software — that’s all handled in the background automatically.The full cloud environment installation takes no more than 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The disaster recovery and development testing is a breeze, and many companies love the simplification of production environments and reduction of backup servers needed when working with a cloud-first piece of software.This also enables scaling based on need, meaning you don’t pay for what you’re not using and adding or removing users is simple and immediate.Related: The 15 Most Profitable Small-Business Industries2. Smart intelligence.It’s possible to make decisions that are both more accurate and actionable by leveraging the insights and data that you are able to pull through integrations with popular CRMs and Office 365.Users can connect their Microsoft Dynamics AX to PowerBI.com in order to incorporate the data, reports and metrics that have been pre-configured by the user. This transforms the data into rich visuals, which is much easier to digest and analyze than raw data.3. LCS (Lifecycle Services) equals fast deployment.Microsoft has put a lot of emphasis on Lifecycle Services (LCS), which features tools that enhance the efficiency and shorten the time with their system guided procedures and controls. It’s highly scalable, making it easier to manage the entire lifecycle of the software, from conference room pilot, through go-live, and on to post-implementation support.Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader4. Use of Visual Studio and .NET Framework.The development environment has deep integration with the Dynamics AX7 Application Object Tree (AOT), even though it’s been moved to Visual Studio. The native X++ language is still the primary development language for AX7 but is now considered the same as any other .Net language such as VB and C#. X++ is now considered a “first class citizen” .Net language by Microsoft and developers still need extensive knowledge of X++ to customize any of AX7’s base features.Related: 11 Beliefs These Moguls Use to Win Big5. Personalized workspaces result in more productivity.For current Microsoft Dynamics AX users, role centers are now replaced with workspaces. Workspaces are mini applications that help users focus on the most important aspects of their tasks required for the job. It allows them to view and act on what they need from this single task window. All the supporting actions are the same screen — this provides a custom user experience and improved productivity.6. Superior UX (User Experience). Most ERP software solutions have outdated designs and poor user experiences. Microsoft Dynamics AX combines Windows 8 and HTML5 to create a light, modern experience that makes it simple for teams to collaborate and share on. Cloud-first means that it’s accessed through a web browser, eliminating installs on your equipment and additional servers to handle storage and backups, which is something every IT department loves.last_img read more