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VIDEO: 27 million people, 1 cloud – how Woolworths is “going hybrid”

first_imgAustralia’s agricultural sector racks up around $40 billion in exports per year, driven primarily by exports to China, Indonesia and Japan. For Australian food retailers like Woolworths, Asia’s economic growth and development is opening up major opportunities for expansion – but they also need infrastructure that’s agile and scalable enough to meet this literal hunger for Australian produce while also keeping pace with the appetites of 27 million Australians.Woolworths is banking on hybrid cloud to help them keep up with local and regional demand. The national supermarket chain’s goal is to replace a range of siloed legacy systems with a single multi-cloud solution. This is where VCE’s Vblocks come in: Woolworths is using two Vblock 720 systems to govern how its workloads are hosted between cloud “zones”, including virtual data centres, offshore hosting environments, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. The Vblocks, which support almost 300TB of data with both active-active and active-passive configurations, have reduced ownership costs by more than 25% and cut provisioning time from 6 months to as little as 6 weeks since being installed nearly 2 years ago.The end goal, says Woolies’ head of infrastructure Matt Chamley, is for Woolworths’ IT to be agile enough to compete with emerging e-commerce food retailers, many of whom also have their eyes on the high-value Asian market. With the benefits of converged infrastructure already being felt across the IT department, Woolworths’s next step is to start translating these into more robust, innovative e-commerce offerings, putting them in a strong position to secure local and regional demand.Read more about Woolworths’ use of Vblocks on Computerworld and ZDnet.last_img read more

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Group debates alcohol issues

first_imgStudent Senate debated improvements to alcohol education and made further changes to the process for undergraduate elections Wednesday. Senators reported feedback from their dorms about the way program such as “College HAS Issues” and Peers Inspiring Listening, Learning and Responsible Socializing (PILLARS) educate students about drinking. Student body vice president Andrew Bell said student government would like to improve alcohol education. “We bring these issues up because we now have a Campus Life Council (CLC) task force that is addressing the culture of drinking on campus, and we thought a good place to start would be alcohol education,” Bell said. “We are looking at an overview of the way students learn about drinking.” Some senators said students in their dorms felt overwhelmed by the amount of alcohol education at the beginning of their freshman year but did not see much education after first week of school. Siegfried senator Kevin McDermott said freshmen found the “College HAS Issues” seminar to be repetitive. Senators also suggested ways to expand alcohol education. Carroll Hall senator John Sanders said more education on Indiana State laws would be especially relevant to students at Notre Dame. Cavanaugh senator Tegan Chapman said her dorm asked about the signs of alcohol poisoning, and Farley senator Leslie Tatlow was concerned about medical amnesty. “A lot of the girls in my dorm wanted to know what to do if a friend is sick [after drinking] but you are worried about getting in trouble,” Tatlow said. Chief of staff Nick Ruof said a formal medical amnesty policy was not put into place last year after student government discussed the issue with the administration. “What we came to realize is that in a ResLife meeting [the administration] takes into consideration the entire situation,” Ruof said. “You should be worried about your friends’ health over getting in trouble.” Student government will continue to look at alcohol education and try to improve, Bell said. The Student Senate also passed a resolution to change several clauses in the constitution on undergraduate elections. Oversight chair Paige Becker and Judicial Council president Marcelo Perez presented the changes to the senators. The Senate passed a resolution earlier this month to create an Executive Committee to deal with allegations made against candidates for election. One of the most significant changes to the constitution related to campaigning on election day. Previously, the Judicial Council could sanction a candidate if a supporter posted the voting link in a Facebook status on the day of an election, Becker said. Now, the link will only be accessible through an e-mail to students. “One of the positive things we felt about this change was that the link to the voting website only goes out to the student body through an e-mail from Judicial Council,” Becker said. “Candidates are not allowed to provide this link to anyone else.” Changes were also made to reformat and clarify parts of the constitution. The resolution passed with 25 votes in favor.last_img read more

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Everything Equine Coming April 26-27

first_img“Unbridled Enthusiasm” for Everything EquineHorses big and small featured at Exposition’s Horse Show Horses big and small will be the focus this weekend at Everything Equine – one of New Englands largest equine educational events.Everything Equine and Horses 2008 show runs Saturday and Sunday (April 26-27) at Champlain Valley Expositions Robert E. Miller Expo Centre. The annual show, spotlights the impact horse owners have on the state’s economy and the many ways horses are used from sport to work.This year’s theme, Unbridled Enthusiasm captures the spirit of the popular show which is part educational event, part consumer trade show and part social get-together for New England, New York and Canadian horse lovers.New this year is the only Northeast stop of the 2008 Breyer’s Model Horse Tour with a luncheon, speakers and collectible Caliente model only available at the show. Separate registration is required for the full day of workshops and seminars on collecting and showing the model horses. Call 878-5112 for information. A Live Model Horse Show on Sunday is open to the public in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion with admission to Everything Equine.Hours for the show are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Advance tickets are $8, day of show $10. A two-day pass is available for $14 and kids under 5 are free with an adult.Everything Equine is a family-friendly resource for everyone in the equine industry to get the latest health and equine care information through some 60 seminars and demonstrations. Everything Equine is a great place for families or individuals who are considering buying or leasing a horse. There’s a full range of experts who can help you make the right decision about getting a horse, said Stephen Mease, Communications Director for the Exposition.Everything Equine and Horses 2008 provides a premier venue for businesses and organizations serving the equine industry in the Northeast. During the two-day show exhibitors will display their latest equipment, nutrition supplements and equine-related supplies. Meanwhile, in the seminar rooms and Poulin Grain Horse Arena and Purina Mills Demonstration Pen, horse-lovers will have a chance to meet and learn from Olympic dressage rider and coach Jane Savoie, who was part of the first Everything Equine four years ago. Her appearance is sponsored by Blue Seal Feed and Triple Crown Nutrition.The regional Horses 2008 symposium returns to Vermont this year, bringing an array of workshops and educational opportunities. The “Horses” educational event rotates between Cornell University, Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, and is a collaborative effort to provide cutting edge information to equine extension clientele in the Northeast. In the past, equine experts from University of Maryland, University of Delaware, and Penn State have also contributed to this regional activity. This is the 6th year that the event has been held and the third time that UVM has sponsored hosted it at Everything Equine.A full line-up of nationally-known experts will provide information about equine health, training and driving, saddle fitting, dentistry, alternative therapies, emergency aid and more. Seminar topics range from nutrition, health to equine reproduction. There are workshops on spring tune-up: conditioning tips, using music in training and how to turn your horse hobby into a viable business. There will be a series of seminars aimed at helping the first-time or novice horse owner get off to successful start.The annual ‘Horsin’ Around Equine Variety Show also offers horse enthusiasts a great way to see horses in action, according to organizer Lynne Beebe. “These horses and riders will educate, entertain and dazzle the crowd,” she noted. The popular Saturday evening show begins at 7 pm. Admission is $12 and is separate from Everything Equine. Tickets are limited and proceeds benefit the Vermont Horse Council.”Everything Equine is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension, Poulin Grain, Inc., Purina Mills, Guys Farm and Yard, Blue Seal Feeds, Inc., Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, The Equine Journal, The Horse Works, Tony’s Tack Shop, Nutrena, Triple Crown Nutrition, Goss Dodge and the Champlain Valley Exposition. For updated Equine show information and daily schedules for Saturday and Sunday, visit http://cvexpo.org/equine.aspx(link is external)last_img read more

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Ecuador Sends 14 Tons of Aid to Those Affected by Rains in El Salvador

first_imgBy Dialogo November 02, 2011 On November 1, Ecuador gave El Salvador 14 tons of humanitarian aid to assist those affected by the rains of recent weeks, which left 34 dead and around US$840 million dollars in losses, the government in Quito announced. The donation is in the form of water, food, wheelchairs, cots, mattresses, and crutches, among other items, according to the Office of the Vice President, which will send the donation on an Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE) aircraft. The group assigned to this mission includes doctors from the Manuela Espejo program for the disabled, which will provide assistance to those injured as a consequence of the storms. This is the second Ecuadorean contribution to a Central American country affected by the rains, following the Government’s donation of 14 tons of food and clothing to Honduras. There, the rain left 29 dead and millions in infrastructure damage and in losses in the agricultural sector. The storms affected the entire Central American region, causing 123 deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, according to figures reported by the respective governments.last_img read more

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U.S., Afghan Officials Forge Olympic Partnership

first_imgBy Dialogo November 18, 2011 An expansion of youth sports programs nationwide and the potential for future training opportunities for Afghan athletes and coaches are among the benefits of a developing partnership between the national Olympic committees of the United States and Afghanistan, and other U.S. sports associations, officials said. The partnership, announced during a news conference at the Ghazi National Olympic Complex, was facilitated by a military sports diplomacy program led by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The public diplomacy department at the embassy funded the effort, which was facilitated by the Amateur Athletic Union in the United States. “This program is about the future of Afghanistan. We seek to capitalize on the increased security in Afghanistan to expand youth sports in-theater,” said Navy Rear Adm. Harold “Hal” Pittman, a senior ISAF communications official who participated in the news conference with Lt. Gen. Muhammad Zahir Aghbar, Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) president. The two men had just returned from a trip to America. They traveled with Afghan sports officials and Afghan Deputy Youth Affairs Minister Taimoor Eshaqzai as a delegation that Pittman described as “the first of its kind to travel to America from Afghanistan.” Aghbar said officials from Afghanistan were able to gain information about the types of athletic fields to develop and invest in, as well as cementing a potential Olympic partnership between the two nations. He added that Pittman would assist the ANOC plan for youth sports development and work with U.S. sponsoring organizations to provide coaching and sports mentorship assistance. The AAU is among the organizations planning an almost immediate follow-on trip to Afghanistan to assist community-based youth sports.last_img read more

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales Release Date, Price, Review, Gameplay, and More

first_imgWhile all PlayStation 4 users will get their hands on the game on the day, PS5 users will only get to access it in the countries where the next-generation console will be initially launched – the US, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. On November 19, as the PS5 launches in remaining markets, Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be available alongside as well. Sony hasn’t announced any details on the PS5’s India release date yet.Spider-Man: Miles Morales priceSpider-Man: Miles Morales will be available in two versions: Standard Edition and Ultimate Edition. While the former comprises just the game, the Ultimate Edition also offers Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered for PS5. It should be noted that the Ultimate Edition is only available for PS5 users.The Standard Edition is priced at Rs. 3,999/ $49.99 and the Ultimate Edition is priced at Rs. 4,999/ $69.99. Upon pre-ordering the game, customers will receive several digital bonuses, including the never-before-seen T.R.A.C.K. Suit, the Gravity Well Gadget, extra skill points, and last but not the least, the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Suit.Spider-Man: Miles Morales gameplay- Advertisement – Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to release next week as a launch title for PlayStation 5 and will also be available for PlayStation 4 users alongside. Its 2018 predecessor, Marvel’s Spider-Man, took the world by surprise as one of the most engaging and well-received superhero games in recent years. While the previous Spider-Man game let gamers take control of Peter Parker, the new title will be centred around the adventures of Miles Morales, who appeared as a non-player character (NPC) in Marvel’s Spider-Man. The upcoming game promises to make full use of the PS5’s hardware prowess, including real-time ray tracing, faster loading times, and the haptic feedback on DualSesnse controllers.When Spider-Man: Miles Morales was first announced back in June, the game was touted. to be “an expansion and enhancement to the previous game” by PlayStation Europe head Simon Rutter. However, developer Insomniac Games clarified in a tweet that it will indeed be a standalone game. But Spider-Man: Miles Morales won’t be as long as Marvel’s Spider-Man, whose main story campaign took a little under 20 over to complete. The new game is around half as long.- Advertisement – From its price in India to the release date, here’s everything you need to know about Spider-Man: Miles Morales.Spider-Man: Miles Morales reviewIn our review of Spider-Man: Miles Morales, we rated the title 7 out of 10. While the gameplay is quite similar to Marvel’s Spider-Man, several tweaks are incorporated to make the gameplay smoother and sleeker. We concluded in our review, “It’s a successful expansion of Insomniac’s Spider-Man universe, but it’s a new paragraph, rather than a new chapter. Hopefully it will give us the latter next time around. And though it’s also good for representation, it still has a ways to go.”Spider-Man: Miles Morales release dateA PlayStation exclusive, Spider-Man: Miles Morale is set to release on November 12.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Spider-Man: Miles Morales picks up a year after the event of the previous game’s DLC, Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps. You take control of Miles Morales who’s just finished a year’s training with Peter Parker. Morales must keep New York City safe from a brewing gang war between Roxxon Energy (seen in the previous game) and a high-tech terror group called Underground, led by the crafty Tinkerer.As seen in the gameplay trailer, Spider-Man: Miles Morales promises to be just as fun as thrilling as the first release. Morales has several new suit mods to play around with, as he is seen using handy powerups such as invisibility and bioelectricity. Oh, you can also carry a cuddly cat around in your backpack with the Bodega Cat Suit that wouldn’t mind bearing its claws and spring into action during fights.The gameplay experience is expected to be heightened due to the PS5’s impressive hardware muscles. Insomniac games confirmed that the next-generation console will be able to run Spider-Man: Miles Morales at 4K resolution and 60fps in an optional Performance Mode.Will Xbox Series S, PS5 Digital Edition fail in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

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China said to be withholding H5N1 virus samples

first_imgApr 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – While Indonesia has drawn the media spotlight for withholding H5N1 virus samples for several months, China has been withholding H5N1 samples from humans for much longer, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report published yesterday.Keiji Fukuda of the World Health Organization said China has not shared any human H5N1 virus samples in about a year, according to the CP story by Helen Branswell. The country provided some H5N1 samples from birds in late 2006, the story said.Researchers need samples of the virus to monitor its evolution and spread, test for resistance to antiviral drugs, and develop vaccines.Indonesia revealed in early February that it had stopped sending H5N1 samples to the WHO to protest the use of the samples by drug companies to make vaccines priced out of Indonesia’s reach. In late March, the government promised to resume sending the samples in return for a WHO pledge to develop new guidelines for sample sharing and an interim promise not to share samples with drug companies without the source country’s approval.China sent its latest shipment of human H5N1 isolates to a WHO-affiliated laboratory in the spring of 2006, according to the CP report. The newest sample in the shipment was gleaned from a patient in late 2005 or early 2006, the story said.The report also said China in late 2006 provided the WHO with some H5N1 samples collected from birds, but they dated back to outbreaks that occurred a year earlier, in late 2005.Fukuda told CP the WHO has been negotiating with the Chinese health and agriculture ministries and remained hopeful that the talks would lead to a system for timely sharing of H5N1 samples.”We can sort of sit and try to hit countries over the head and say: ‘You should do this, you should share viruses or whatever,’ but it’s really not so helpful,” Fukuda said. “What is helpful is listening to what are the issues, trying to address those. And it’s become clear that part of the issues have to do with making sure that the access to [pandemic] vaccines is more equitable.”Fukuda also said that China, while withholding virus samples, has shared a significant amount of H5N1 information generated by its labs and has deposited whole or partial genetic sequences of a number of H5N1 viruses in public databases, according to the story.The CP report says access to vaccines may not be the reason for China’s reluctance to provide virus samples, because China, unlike Indonesia, makes flu vaccines for birds and humans. A Chinese company, Sinovac, has reported good results in trials of an H5N1 vaccine for humans.In other comments, Fukuda said the tone of discussions about the H5N1 problem is changing to reflect a growing realization that it is not an immediate emergency, as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) was, but potentially both an urgent and a long-term problem.”It’s not business as usual, but it’s not like the house is on fire—it’s somewhere in between,” he told CP.See also:Mar 27 CIDRAP News story “WHO, Indonesia reach accord on virus sharing”Sep 11, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Way cleared for China to share H5N1 samples”last_img read more

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GOLDEN PEN / “Slavonia – the most beautiful Croatian secret” declared the best foreign report in the print media

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board has traditionally, for the fourteenth time in a row, organized the Golden Pen, the awarding of prizes and recognitions to foreign journalists and bloggers.This year’s awards ceremony was held in Osijek, and the entire program, which includes a three-day study tour of 32 renowned foreign journalists and bloggers, from 12 to 15 June includes a tour of Osijek, Dalj, Erdut, Kopački rit, Đakovo, and many others. tourist attractive Slavonian localities.”Today, Croatia is positioned as a very attractive tourist destination where everyone can find content for themselves. Our goal is to maintain the position of a sought-after and popular destination, with the help of quality, professional and objective publications and reviews of foreign journalists and bloggers. With these awards, we want to pay tribute to their work and emphasize the importance of media releases, which for many represent a significant source of information in choosing their destination. This year we have chosen Osijek and Slavonia because we want to give special emphasis to the promotion of the Croatian continental tourist offer, which has great potential in the realization of year-round tourism.”, pointed out the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.”This event is extremely important for the tourism of Osijek-Baranja County. We are slowly moving in the direction of what we set out to do, and that is to become a top destination for continental tourism in Croatia, for which, without further ado, much more work will be needed.”, said Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić.The winners of the Grand Prix are Germans, Slovenes and BritonsPhoto: HTZNominations by category for the Golden Pen, for the material from 2017, were received from the Croatian National Tourist Board abroad, and these are applications in the category for the best publication in print, online edition, TV publication, radio publication and blog publication. Nominations came from a number of European markets such as Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine, and from the United States.This year, 29 nominations were received, ie 11 in the category for publication in the press, 3 for online publication, 7 for blog publication, 7 for TV publication and 1 nomination for radio publication. 32 representatives of foreign media participated in the awards ceremony and on a study trip to Slavonia and Baranja.Yet, as every year, the most significant award is Grand Prize, which is awarded in three categories: for the best reportage of the print media (magazines, newspapers), for the best electronic media report (TV, radio or online material) and for the best blog post (blogger). This year’s winners of the Grand Prix award for the best reportage of the print media are Christine Hinkofer i Beate Winterer iz German Munich Mercury, who last year took part in a study trip through Slavonia, and the result of which are as many as three reports about Slavonia, which was presented to German readers in the first sequel as “the most beautiful Croatian secret”. The series continued with a report entitled “Slavonia and the happy formula”(Slavonia and the recipe for happiness), which was published in April 2017 and the report”Croatia for dealers(Croatia for Researchers), published in October 2017.The Grand Prix for the best electronic media reportage goes to Slovenia. Mojca mavec i Jan Vasiljevic from the national Slovenian television RTV SLO won the award for a series of five articles about Croatia shown in the show “Good Morning”, which showed the destinations Vukovar-Vinkovci-Ilok-County and Bjelovar-Bilogora, Međimurje, Krapina-Zagorje and Karlovac county.The winner of the award for best blog post is Nina Ragusa from the UK, who visited Croatia in June 2017. The result of the trip is the publication of a detailed seven-day guide through Croatia covering areas from Pula and Plitvice Lakes to Split, Omis and Makarska. In addition to the guide, she published an article focusing on suggestions for adventurers in Split and Omis. She accompanied her trip with quality photos that were accompanied by very positive reactions from her companions. Nina won the award for a blog called Architecture to Adventure, or for the publication of “An Epic One-Week Road Trip Croatia Itinerary”.last_img read more

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Minesto flies smaller tidal kites offering

first_imgMitigating political uncertainties of tidal energy market in the UK When it comes to the Minesto’s first commercial-scale 500kW Deep Green installation in Wales, the company said the preparations for offshore testing are now in its final phase.The installation of the system in Holyhead Deep off Anglesey is planned for April 2018, while the electricity generation is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2018, according to Minesto.“This is a key milestone in the overall development of the Deep Green technology and the results will enable customers, project financiers and funding partners to take the next steps in cooperation with Minesto,” the company said.However, Minesto pointed out the political uncertainties surrounding the United Kingdom’s revenue support mechanism for new renewable energy technologies that have arisen in the autumn 2017.Minesto said that an alternative revenue support mechanism for the UK marine renewable energy industry has been proposed, but is not yet in place, which complicates project investments in the UK.Also, the Swedish tidal energy developer added the negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU have not yet yielded any results related to the marine energy industry in Britain.“Minesto’s current work in Wales is not affected by this, nor does it affect potential following financial support from the European Regional Development Funds in Wales. However, there are potential for delays to future deployment phases of Holyhead Deep given that the political uncertainties potentially will last for a long time,” said the company.To mitigate this uncertainty, and to take advantage of identified business opportunities, Minesto said it intends to intensify and broaden its activities for market penetration to EU, and Taiwan in addition to that of UK.As reported earlier, Minesto has in December 2017, proposed share rights issue targeting $12 million to support the installation, testing and demonstration of its tidal energy technology in Holyhead Deeep, enhance the product range, and expand market opportunities. Minesto has outlined plans to offer a smaller Deep Green tidal energy device as it aims to open new markets and business opportunities.The Swedish tidal energy developer intends to develop a smaller Deep Green DG100 unit, with a rated power of up to 100kW and a 4–5-meter wing span to expand the market opportunities mainly in Asia as well as in other regions.Minesto said the move to enhance the company’s product range had arisen from the significant customer demand for smaller-scale autonomously operated Deep Green systems in so called Island Mode.Island Mode installations can be used across a wide spectrum of applications from remote industries to entire communities that do not have access to centrally distributed electricity either today or in the future, Minesto noted.Based on a new internal analysis of university and marine research studies, Minesto estimates that the identified exploitable potential of the company’s product exceeds 600GW installed capacity, which is three times higher than previous assessments.last_img read more

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