DES MOINES, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2018--The Weitz Company has been selected by rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation as the design-build contractor for an extension to the PHX Sky Train ® guideway and maintenance facility, reuniting the two companies that constructed the existing guideway system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.The scope of work associated with Stage 2 covers a 2.5-mile extension to the airport’s Rental Car Center, two new stations and an expansion of the system’s maintenance facility to accommodate Stage 2 operations and train maintenance. In addition, 24 cars will be added to the fleet along with upgrades to work completed during Stage 1.“We are honored to be on Bombardier’s team,” said Kimberly Davids, general manager of The Weitz Company. “This is an exciting time for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as it embarks on a project that will improve mobility around the airport and enhance … [Read more...] about The Weitz Company Named Design-Build Contractor by Bombardier on PHX Sky Train® Project at Sky Harbor International Airport
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The Iranian hacking syndicate has emerged as the latest cyber group, which has allegedly stolen more than 31 terabytes of academic data violating the intellectual property rights of several academic institutions across the world, including Singapore's top institutions. They had reportedly targeted over 120,000 University email accounts. Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore University of Technology and Design and Singapore Management University are among the institutions, attacked by Iran-based hackers. These universities informed the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) and Ministry of Education (MOE) on April 3 about the data breach, as they found that 52 staff accounts were hacked by an anonymous group. Adam McNeil, a senior malware intelligence analyst of Malwarebytes in an exclusive interview with IBTimes Singapore said that the hacking group targeted not only Singapore but also US, UK, Germany, Canada, Israel, Japan, South … [Read more...] about Why Iran-based hackers stealing university research data?
Lethal microdrones, dystopian futures, and the autonomous weapons debate This week, the first meeting of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems is taking place at the United Nations in Geneva. Organizations like the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots are encouraging the UN to move forward on international regulation of autonomous weapons, which is great, because talking about how these issues will shape the future of robotics and society is a very important thing. IEEE Spectrum GE is breaking up with the light bulb, its most iconic accomplishment General Electric is getting rid of the light bulb, the most iconic product of GE's 125-year existence. Unveiling GE's roadmap, new CEO John Flannery said that the company would focus on its health, power and aviation businesses. Lighting didn't make the cut to be part of GE's future. The news itself isn't a shock: The company said in July that it was looking to sell its … [Read more...] about Weekend tech reading: Lethal microdrones, Xerox Alto turns 40, next-generation optogenetics
In his campaign for president, Donald Trump tapped into the viral anger over H-1B use. The outsourcing of high-skill jobs is a "tremendous threat," he said. Disney workers who trained visa-holding replacements spoke at some of his rallies.But soon after the election, President-elect Trump assembled a 16-member team of CEO-level executives to advise him on job creation, including many from firms that send jobs overseas and have advocated for an H-1B cap increase.[To comment on this story, visit Computerworld's Facebook page.]Trump's appointments included one of the pioneers of offshore outsourcing to India: Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric. Also on this committee is Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of Disney, whose offshoring of Disney IT workers was a topic at a Republican presidential candidate debate.The chairman of the "President's Strategic and Policy Forum" is Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and CEO of Blackstone, a private equity firm that is betting on … [Read more...] about Trump turns to H-1B advocates for advice
This is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Editors' note: On October 24, French police began to clear refugees out of the Jungle as a prelude to demolishing the camp, which charities say holds 5,500 people. Earlier in the year, we visited the facility. This story describes what we found. In March, French authorities bulldozed the northern half of a squalid tent city in Calais that houses about 5,500 refugees and is known as "The Jungle." In its place, people were offered clean beds, running water and secure shelter at a camp built from shipping containers. You might think that's an easy trade. But Afghan refugee Darya Khan, 30, agonized over the decision. Khan's concern: Claiming one of the 1,500 beds in the container camp would require him to use the high-tech hand scanner that unlocks the facility's turnstiles. That's a problem for the inhabitants of the camp, who associate … [Read more...] about Fingerprint scanner scares refugees away from safe haven