TransCanada to change name to TC Energy

first_imgNEW YORK — TransCanada Corp., the company behind the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline, is changing its name to TC Energy.If approved by shareholders and regulators, TransCanada becomes TC Energy in the second quarter. The stock ticker “TRP” will not change.The Keystone XL project is being delayed by a federal court that found the Trump Administration didn’t fully consider the environmental effects when it approved the permit for the 1,184-mile (1,900 kilometre) pipeline, intended to ship up to 830,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Alberta, Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.The project has been marred by protests. Environmentalists and Native American groups had sued to stop the pipeline, citing property rights and possible spillsA hearing on the proposed pipeline is scheduled for Monday in Great Falls, Montana.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN and diplomatic partners stress urgent need to end Middle East conflict

20 May 2011The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for peace in the Middle East today expressed their support for the urgent need to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, voicing their backing of the vision outlined by United States President Barack Obama yesterday. The diplomatic Quartet of the UN, European Union, Russia and United States, which seeks a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said in a statement that it “agrees that moving forward on the basis of territory and security provides a foundation for Israelis and Palestinians to reach a final resolution of the conflict through serious and substantive negotiations and mutual agreement on all core issues.”The Quartet reiterated its strong appeal to the parties to the conflict to overcome the current obstacles and “resume direct bilateral negotiations without delay or preconditions.” The Quartet further recommitted itself to its previous statements and principles on the Middle East peace process.Last night, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Mr. Obama’s speech on the recent developments in the Middle East and North Africa, and reiterated his own support for the aspirations of the region’s people for greater freedom and dignity and a better life.“The Secretary-General continues to call on the leaders throughout the region to reject the use of force, violence and repression, and to choose the path of comprehensive reform and inclusive dialogue,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban said he believes the people of the region had the responsibility to lead the way and pledged the full assistance of the United Nations.On the Israel-Palestinian peace process, Mr. Ban said he believes that Mr. Obama had offered important ideas which could help the peace talks move forward, consistent with international positions and responding to the legitimate core concerns of both parties.He encouraged Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to respond as “statesmen and peacemakers” to Mr. Obama’s speech. He expressed the hope that all sides will demonstrate a renewed determination to achieve a peace agreement that provides for two States living side-by-side in dignity, security and peace.Yesterday, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, told the Security Council that the widespread calls for political change across North Africa and the Middle East will have an impact on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.“The Arab-Israeli conflict will not be immune to these dramatic developments. One way or another, change will come to it too. This change must be shaped to positive ends,” he said.Mr. Serry said there is “a genuine lack of trust” between Israel and the Palestinian leadership, which has prevented the resumption of the peace talks that would lead to the two-State solution to the long-standing conflict. read more

AB InBev profit jumps 75 pct thanks to lower costs bigger sales

by News Staff Posted Apr 30, 2012 4:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS – The world’s biggest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said Monday its first-quarter net profit jumped 75 per cent thanks to lower financing costs and taxes as well as bigger beer sales.Net profit rose to $1.69 billion between January and March from $964 million a year earlier, after a sharp drop in financing costs as well as declining taxes. AB InBev’s chief financial officer, Filipe Dutra, said the company was benefiting from growing profits in countries like Brazil, where the tax rate is lower than in Europe and the U.S.Revenue meanwhile increased 3.7 per cent to $9.33 billion, as strong sales in Latin America and Asia offset falling sales in Europe.In the U.S., beer sales improved due to the hot weather on the East Coast and in some of the central states as well as a decline in unemployment. However, AB InBev warned that sales may fall in the second quarter as it squeezed more shipments into the first quarter to avoid higher transport costs in the summer.At the same time, it said an increase in the minimum wage in Brazil should support beer volumes — and profit margins — there.Ever since Leuven, Belgium-based InBev bought U.S.-based Anheuser-Busch in 2008, the company has been trying to get consumers to trade up to its more expensive brands such as Budweiser, Stella Artois, and Beck’s, in order to boost its profit margins.As part of that effort the company has been promoting Anheuser’s star Budweiser brand across the globe, including through major sport sponsorship agreements.In the first quarter, global Budweiser volumes jumped 7.3 per cent thanks to growing sales in China, Canada, Russia, and the U.K., where Budweiser sponsors the popular FA Cup. The beer has also started to be rolled out in Ukraine in the second quarter, since the country will co-host the European soccer championship this summer.AB InBev said Budweiser was exceeding expectations in Brazil, where it was launched just last August.Global Stella Artois sales, meanwhile, grew 1.3 per cent, largely on the back of big increases in the U.S. and Brazil. AB InBev’s attempt to sell more Beck’s beer outside its home market Germany, however, was less successful, with global sales falling 4.2 per cent in the first quarter. AB InBev profit jumps 75 pct thanks to lower costs, bigger sales in Latin America, Asia read more

Oil up 4th day in a row briefly tops US93 a barrel

by The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 10:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil up 4th day in a row, briefly tops US$93 a barrel for first time this month The price of oil rose for a fourth straight day Tuesday and briefly topped US$93 for the first time this month before settling back.At midday in New York, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery was up 74 cents to US$92.80 a barrel after earlier rising to $93.47.Oil has now risen nearly three per cent in the last four trading sessions. Whether it maintains that momentum could depend on this week’s reports on U.S. oil supplies.Many traders believe the large supply of oil in the U.S. has kept a lid on prices. Last week the Energy Department said that the U.S. supply of crude was 10.3 per cent above year-ago levels. And U.S. oil production, at more than seven million barrels a day, is at the highest level since the late 1990s.Data for the week ended March 8 is expected to show a build of 2.3 million barrels in crude oil stocks and a draw of 1.5 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The American Petroleum Institute will release its report on oil stocks later Tuesday, while the report from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration — the market benchmark — will be out on Wednesday.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, was down nine cents at US$109.60 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline was unchanged at US$3.15 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell one cent to US$2.95 a gallon and natural gas rose a cent to US$3.66 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Ohio State womens basketball set for rematch against No 24 Georgia

OSU junior guard Ameryst Alston (14) goes up for a lay up during a game Nov. 16 against St. Francis at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 113-97. Credit: Tessa DiTirro / Lantern photographerAfter splitting the first two games of the season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team will look to gain momentum against a physical No. 24 Georgia team.After losing on the road to Virginia and beating St. Francis (Pa.) in a game where the Buckeyes scored 113 points, the Buckeyes are now focused on the visiting Bulldogs. Junior guard Ameryst Alston said she recognizes that the Bulldogs are a quality team.“Last year, I thought they were a pretty good team,” Alston said. “They have really good guard play and some pretty good post, so overall as a team, I think they’re pretty good.”OSU lost, 53-49, on the road last season to the Bulldogs. Coach Kevin McGuff said the team struggled offensively in that game and wasn’t able to make enough plays toward the end.“We had a hard time putting the ball in the basket,” McGuff said. “It was kind of an ugly game I think for both teams last year, and they made more plays down the stretch than we did, which is why they won and deserved to win.”The Buckeyes shot just 14.3 percent from the field in the second half of last year’s game and were six for 11 from the free throw line. Alston said she blames the loss on a lack of focus from the team.“It came down to a little mental toughness,” Alston said. “I think overall we played really well as a team, and it was just a couple missed assignments.”OSU will look to gain an advantage in the post against Georgia. Freshman forward Alexa Hart, who had eight blocks and 11 rebounds in the game against St. Francis, said she plans to use her agility to be a threat on defense.“From what the coaches have been saying, their post players are really physical,” Hart said. “I plan to use my speed to get around them and still be able to protect the basket at all times.”McGuff added that he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Hart when she’s outside of the paint.“She’s done a little more away from the basket than I thought she’d be able to do,” McGuff said. “That’s what probably surprised me the most about her, but it’s great.”The Buckeyes will also look to redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach to provide help in the post. Beach, who returned to the team this year after suffering ACL injuries in each of the last two seasons, had 12 points and nine rebounds in the win against St. Francis.“I’m just really excited for her to be able to have the opportunity to be out on the court,” McGuff said. “She’s worked incredibly hard to put herself in this position so I’m just really happy for her that she’s out there and she’s contributing.”McGuff said he’s seen Beach work hard in the first games of the season and expects her to be back to her old self sooner than later.“You can’t really get that back until you do it in a game setting,” McGuff said. “Already since the scrimmage, the exhibition and the two regular season games, she’s made progress, and I think she’s really kind of on the fast track of getting back to 100 percent very quickly.”For the game against the Bulldogs, McGuff said the team will need to play tough if it wants to win.“They play really hard and they’re really physical so we’re going to have to bring our hard hats for 40 minutes to compete against them,” McGuff said.OSU is scheduled to play Georgia on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Guyana Night CARIFESTA debut wows

Just days before the official opening of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) XIV, the Guyana contingent debuted their melting-pot performance of ‘one year in a day’ against the backdrop of Stabroek MarketThe performance will be showcased on ‘Guyana Night’ at the festival. It portrayed all of Guyana’s cultural and religious festivals that define the country’s unique diversitySpeaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Director of Culture Tamika Boatswain said that the performance differs somewhat from presentations at previous CARIFESTA festivals, as it combines drama, dance and music in a “colourful, cohesive piece.”“I think that it [performance] will blow people away especially Guyanese who live in Trinidad. It is a good way of bringing Guyana back to them and evoking memories; the response is always good. We had a good response in Barbados, and this is just a different twist to the Guyana Night. So, we know that we will surprise people,” she explained.According to Boatswain, while the official contingent is 100 strong, several independent artisans and performers will be accompanying the group to play a role in the performance.It was disclosed that the rehearsals for the various drama, dance and music presentations, slated for CARIFESTA, began weeks ago but the rehearsals for the Guyana Night performance, which will feature the entire delegation, began on Sunday, July 14.Esther Hamer, Creative Director for the Guyana Night presentation, said that this new direction taken by the Department of Culture is one she applauds as it helps to bring together the beauty and diversity of Guyana.“I thought about Keon’s (Heywood) poem and building around it provided a great opportunity to let everyone blend to not only make it a cohesive performance but to make persons respect each other as performers and entertainers,” she explained. Noting that while the team has only conducted six joint rehearsals as others are working on their individual pieces, Hamer said they have shown promise and with a few tweaks to be done spectators will be amazed.Known for his amazing spoken word talent, Keon Heywood – a member of the National Drama Company – will take centre stage to enthral the spectators with his lyrics capturing Guyana’s exceptional beauty.“We have worked really hard preparing for the Guyana Night production, you know so we expect it was really great to gel each performance like dance, music and drama, it is really a fantastic experience and you do not find that in the country night performance (at CARIFESTA) and I am really glad that Guyana would have chosen this type of presentation to showcase our culture,” Heywood told DPI.In the past, Guyana has participated in the areas of Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Dance, Fashion, Music, Craft, Culinary Arts, Film/animation, and Drama.This year’s theme for CARIFESTA is “Connect, Share, Invest,” which the organisers say focuses on both the tangible and intangible aspects of our cultural heritage and development, and seeks to embody and facilitate the objectives of CARIFESTA XIV.Guyana’s contingent is expected to leave on August 15 and return on the 26. [Extracted and Modified from DPI] Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana’s Steelpan, Tassa, African drumming dominate at CARIFESTA XIIIAugust 23, 2017In “latest news”Carifesta XIII kicks off with grand displayAugust 21, 2017In “Entertainment”Suriname puts on spectacular show as Carifesta XI opensAugust 18, 2013In “latest news” read more

Tenova DELKOR shows off sedimentation specialism at Morocco silver project

first_imgTenova DELKOR says it has successfully supplied and carried out mechanical completion of seven DELKOR thickeners, together with its flocculation system and a DELKOR Pinned Bed Clarifier (PBC) for a silver leaching plant project in Morocco.The thickeners are to be employed in the counter current decantation circuit of the plant, with the project including the design, fabrication and supply of thickeners, flocculation plant and PBC, supervision of installation and performance guarantee.The PBC is a unique process for hydrometallurgical plants where solution clarity is important, according to the company. “A technology for polishing feed solutions for solvent-extraction plants, the unit offers low suspended solids counts in overflows, regularly achieving clarities of less than 50 ppm solids, and as low as 20 ppm.”Benefits of the PBC technology, according to Tenova DELKOR, include low capital expenditure for comparative clarifying technology; no moving parts, virtually eliminating the need for maintenance; robust and stable performance; it is optimised to minimise flocculant consumption, and; a small footprint.Ramesh Mahadevan, DELKOR India Managing Director, said: “As the industry specialist in sedimentation, DELKOR offers a range of thickeners and clarifiers catering to various applications across the minerals, chemical, industrial and water management industries with designs of up to 100 m in diameter.“Successful hand over of this important project only serves to strengthen our capabilities in the North African region and is a true testament that.”last_img read more

The incredible evolution of Jurassic Parks raptor suit

first_imgEveryone remembers that iconic moment in Jurassic Park — referred to as the “Kitchen Attack” scene — where the raptors come within a few cringe-inducing inches of their vulnerable human targets. It is a part of cinematic history, and that kind of scene is unlikely to ever be replicated again. Why? Because these days, everyone just uses computer generated art to get the job done.Back in the early 1990s, though, that kind of technology was still largely in its infancy. As a result, some of the most realistic-looking monsters and creatures in the movies of that time were actually still human actors inside meticulously crafted suits. Such was the case with the Jurassic Park raptors.1993 wasn’t exactly the digital Stone Age, so of course there are still a lot of computerized special effects and robotic creatures in the making of Jurassic Park. But when Steven Spielberg and his team looked at creating the most believable depiction of the nimble and ferocious raptors, they determined old-school was the way to go.So picture this — you’re stuck inside a very hot dinosaur suit, for hours at a time, crouched and bent over in a way that humans were never meant to be, getting a lot of camera time and working directly with Steven Spielberg, all with the knowledge that your contributions will only be mentioned as a footnote. That is what happened with raptor suit wearer John Rosengrant.The intricacies of the process were published in a 2006 book that profiled the company in charge of the dinosaur designs, Stan Winston Studio. However, a new video shows previously unseen footage of exactly what Rosengrant and the design team went through. Rosengrant describes the suit as “very organic and mobile,” words that still don’t often associate well with animatronic puppets or the like.via Stan Winston Schoollast_img read more

Greeks and Anzacs allies and brothers

first_imgLest we forget the sacrifice of Hellenes and Anzacs to the various war fronts of the 20th century. The Hellenic RSL marched on Saturday 25 April in commemoration of  ANZAC Day, keeping alive the spirit of the valour and the ultimate sacrifice for nation, freedom and the comradeship of these soldiers. The Hellenic RSL march concluded with a wreath laying service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance and a gathering at Hellenic RSL Club rooms in South Melbourne. They paid tribute to the comradeship between the ANZACS and the Greeks who fought valiantly in the Greek Campaign (1940-41)and in the Battle of Crete against the airborne Nazi German invasion. “Anzac Day reminds us of the courage of our troops, the loyalty, commitment, sacrifice, inspiration, humour and the bond that lasts forever,” said Steve Kyritsis of the Hellenic RSL. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The GoTo tour

first_imgIt was the ride of a lifetime as nine South Australian philanthropists rode from Melbourne to Adelaide, as part of The GoTo Foundation, to raise their target $100,000 for Flinders University Autism Early Intervention Program (EIRP). When they arrived in Adelaide last Saturday, tired but full of adrenalin they had by then raised over $70,000 for the charity and are still working hard to reach their target. “It was so amazing,” says founding member of The GoTo Foundation George Diakomichalis of the week-long ride. “The heart of everyone on this ride was amazing because everyone committed their time, a week away from families and loved ones.” Mr Diakomichalis told Neos Kosmos that the ride was both mentally and physically challenging and said when the riders arrived in Adelaide they were overcome with emotion. “When we got back all these emotions of everything we went through came out of us. The weather, the safety, missing our family and friends. The happiness to be back but the sadness that the week was over.”Along with lifelong friends Lewis Pounentis and Nick Apostolou, Mr Diakomichalis started The GoTo Foundation, a nonprofit organisation geared towards the improvement of health, well being and education of individuals and groups by assisting to provide essential services for the benefit of all South Australians. The GoTo Foundation are still accepting donations via their website www.goto.net.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hundreds get clear view of volcano

first_imgRediscovered photos show path of ash cloudOnline special section about Mount St. HelensJOHNSTON RIDGE — The clouds parted, the sun came out, and hundreds of people took advantage of free admission Wednesday to visit Johnston Ridge Observatory on the 31st anniversary of the cataclysmic 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.Highway 504 to the monument was plowed and clear, the observatory itself sported new windows, doors and carpeting, and three consoles installed last week offered new interactive touch-screen displays showing the return of life to the mountain over the past three decades.But the real show was outdoors, where a crowd gathered to take in the stunning close-up view of the volcano’s snowy crater — just three miles away — as Forest Service interpretive guide Todd Cullings described the forces that created the alien landscape spread out before them.Lori and Tony Martin of Portland were having a “staycation” when they decided to make the drive to the mountain Wednesday morning. “It was free, it was the anniversary, it just seemed like we were meant to come up here,” Tony Martin said. “It kind of makes you feel guilty” not to have visited one of the Northwest’s premier natural wonders, he added. A group of geology and biology students from Albion College in Michigan were touring the state for a week with their professor and lucked out with perfect weather on the day they’d picked to visit the volcano.last_img read more

Computerworld SC Magazine Win Magazine of the Year from ASBPE

first_imgTechnology magazines may be increasingly looked at as secondary vehicles for serving their markets by their own publishers, but IDG’s Computerworld took top honors in the over $2 million in annual revenue category while Haymarket’s SC Magazine (covering IT security) won the under $2 million in annual revenue category in the Magazine of the Year competition sponsored by the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Judges cited both winners for clean design, use of illustrations, easy pullout data and coverage of timely issues. Other finalists in the $2 million or over category included Architect, Associations Now, Bloomberg Businessweek (honorable mention), Building Design & Construction, CFO, HR Magazine, Overdrive, Restaurants & Institutions and Security Management (honorable mention). In the under $2 million category, finalists included Chain Leader (honorable mention), Emergency Management (honorable mention), Exhibitor Magazine, Move, Oregon Business, Residential Architect, Strategy + Business, Vineyard & Winery Management and Wearables.ASBPE says it plans to name this year’s winner of the Stephen Barr Award for special excellence in feature writing during an August 17 ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.last_img read more

Beyoncés Coachella Performance Earns Highest YouTube Livestream Numbers

first_img Beyoncé’s Coachella YouTube Livestream Record beyonc%C3%A9s-coachella-performance-earns-highest-youtube-livestream-numbers News Facebook Email Twitter Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Earns Highest YouTube Livestream Numbers We know Queen Bey brought down the house with her festival performance, now she has the numbers to prove it Renée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 19, 2018 – 11:12 am #Beychella is the gift that keeps on giving.Beyoncé was the first black woman in history to headline Coachella, and now she’s racked up additional milestones for her stunning nearly two-hour set during weekend one of the popular California festival.Beyond being the most tweeted about Coachella artist, Beyoncé’s performance became the most-viewed Coachella performance and most viewed live music festival on YouTube ever, with 458,000 simultaneous global viewers tuning in to see her Coachella set.Fans just couldn’t stand to miss Queen Bey herself, along with a Destiny’s Child 20th-anniversary reunion, performances with husband Jay-Z and sister Solange, and a marching band, 100 backup dancers and an astounding 26 songs in a row.Unfortunately, the livestream was only available the day of Beyoncé’s performance, and Coachella only streams the first weekend live. So if you missed the remote performance, you may be out of luck, though Variety speculates it could be available at a later date — for example, on Tidal.Regardless, for those who are attending the second weekend of the festival, #Beychella take two is definitely on.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Karnataka floods Cong demands release of Rs 5000 crore as

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Congress leaders on Thursday met with Governor Vajubhai Vala and demanded that flood situation in the state should be declared “national calamity” and a fund of Rs 5,000 crores should be released from Centre as interim relief. “Situation in Karnataka should be declared as ‘National Calamity’. There should be an immediate release of Rs 5,000 crores as interim relief. The centre should provide special grants for drought-affected areas for this year,” a memorandum of demands submitted to the governor by the Congress leaders read. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us Stating that 88 people have died in flood-related incidents, Congress also outlined the loss of life and livestock in the region and said: “88 persons have died due to floods, thousands of cattles have perished. Lakhs of hectares of standing crops and horticultural farms have been damaged irreparably. More than lakh houses have been damaged, consequently, thousands of people are in relief centres in the various parts”. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The party also alleged that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahalad Joshi, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Dr Sadanand Gowda, MoS for Railways Suresh Angadi have visited flood-affected areas for “namesake”. The Congress said that the Government of India has not yet declared the situation in Karnataka as “Natural Calamity”. Advertise With Us “No funds or Special Grants have been released by the Government of India out of Natural Calamity Fund,” it said. “Government of Karnataka has only released Rs 374 crores to meet this severe situation,” read the letter. The Congress party also stated that the damages in the flood-affected areas are more than Rs 32,000 crores.last_img read more

Baltimore Men Read and Tell Children to Go to School Every Day

first_imgMarvin “Doc” Cheatham reading to a kindergarten class.More than 1,000 students in 21 Baltimore schools were visited, Oct. 13, by men who read to them and generally created a very special morning. They encouraged them to go to school every day – echoing the call of Dr. Thornton, Baltimore Schools new CEO, according to Dr. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, who has told parents in his community to call him if they cannot get their children to school.Borndavid McCraw reading to students.The Men Reading in Baltimore City Public Elementary Schools was started in 2011, by “Doc” Cheatham. “Michael Carter was outstanding in his assistance to the program and when he died in 2012, I asked the family if it was ok that I put Michael’s name on the initiative,” Cheatham said.  “The family consented and was present at our press conference in 2012 announcing that year’s initiative.”Participants in the Michael Carter Men Reading in Schools Project were members of 100 Black Men, 300 Men March, AFT Maryland, Kappa Alpha Psi and Phi Beta Sigma fraternities, to name a few of their organizations.last_img read more

One Way to Reduce Inconvenience and Cost of Managing IT

first_img 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » It’s probably safe to assume you know that managing information technology (IT) is a critical element of running a successful business. When it comes to IT, one thing you might not be aware of is “hyperconvergence.”In our fast-changing technological landscape, it’s not uncommon to encounter a word such as this and not be completely sure what it means. With many businesses implementing hyperconverged systems, let’s quickly understand what exactly it is.Hyperconvergence defined.During his time as Chief Technology Officer of UK-based VCE, Steve Chambers noticed that businesses were investing a significant amount of time, effort, and money into combining his company’s three products into what technologists call a “virtualization stack.” In other words, companies were buying computers, storage, and networking separately, then trying to bring it all together themselves.Chambers helped introduce the term hyperconvergence to the industry in 2012, with the publication of The Infrastructure Continuum. By combining the three products into one, he and his team thought they could provide better customer service while also making more money.Related: A Well-Trained IT Team: Your Company’s Secret Weapon (Infographic)With hyperconvergence, IT departments purchase everything at once, saving the time and effort they originally put into combining everything. “In one server, you have network, compute, and storage, so it was hyperconverged, and that’s where the phrase came from,” says Chambers, who now serves as CTO of Viewyonder, a U.K.-based tech industry analyst.Reducing inconvenience and cost.IT teams consistently look for ways to simplify their infrastructure, not only to save money but also to make things easier for employees who always have overflowing to-do lists. Scott Lowe is CEO of ActualTech Media, an organization of industry experts who provide surveys, reports and blogs to IT professionals. He says hyperconverged products are a critical resource and by simplifying certain processes, professionals can concentrate on other areas that may have more importance.“One of the primary goals of hyperconvergence is to eliminate the need for separate storage resources,” Lowe says. “And we’re putting that storage into the server container and managing that as a single device rather than multiple devices that we then have to go through and connect together. It eliminates a lot of the complexity and cost in the data center environment.”Related: How to Equip Yourself for the Data-Driven FutureFor businesses interested in switching to hyperconvergence solutions, Lowe advises looking at solutions holistically, choosing solutions that meet their needs while also being scalable.Chambers says there’s generally a lower cost of entry to hyperconverged infrastructure compared to traditional configurations because you can make a smaller initial purchase and then grow it over time. If you’re able to fully replace your old equipment, you may eventually be able to save up to 60 percent of your prior infrastructure costs, he says.Who needs hyperconvergence?The size of your company isn’t the best indicator that you need hyperconverged infrastructure. How fast your company is growing is more important.Chambers recommends researching the pros and cons of each “HC” platform so you can nail down your specific IT needs. Nutanix, SimpliVity and the VCE/VMware divisions of DellEMC are considered top vendors in the space. Publications like Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems provides detailed information about the outlook for the technology, as well as rating service providers.Related: Check Out These Facepalm-Worthy IT RequestsBudgeting for hyperconvergence.Chambers has found one of the biggest obstacles IT departments face relates to budgeting. When everything is separate, companies budget separately for storage, network equipment, and computers. Prior to moving toward hyperconvergence, Chambers advises thinking carefully about procurement.“It’s an organizational challenge because you’re moving to a new way of spending money,” Chambers says. “You’re going to need someone very senior who can control budgets and say, ‘This is how hyperconvergence works. We’re going to have to rearrange our IT finances.’”Hyperconvergence solutions give IT departments the option of an all-in-one platform, which helps increase efficiency. When professionals can manage everything in one place, they can operate more productively, increasing the time they can put toward other efforts.  January 18, 2017last_img read more

Watch 22kilogram monster African Rock Python found just outside Ladysmith

first_imgAlso read: Deadly Rinkhals snake found outside Ladysmith homeAlso read: Watch: 8-year-old boy bitten by snake at primary school in LadysmithThe snake put up a strong fight, but was safely captured. It will be released at a game reserve outside Ladysmith, away from people and where there is plenty of food.The snake was found to be a female, just over four metres in length and weighing in at a whopping 22kg!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Local snake expert Fanie Cilliers was at it again on Friday (March 30) when he safely captured a monster sized African Rock Python.The massive snake was found in the Mcitsheni area near Ezakheni, having been seen by residents on Thursday (March 29) late at night.Fanie responded on Friday morning and located the snake near a homestead in the Mcitsheni area.Fanie has stopped going out for African Rock Python snake calls due to a lack of funding, as he does it out of his own pocket and receives no funding from the municipality.Where this particular snake was found, there are almost 30 young children living in the area. The snake could have easily bitten one of the children and even swallowed them whole, so Fanie made the decision to remove the snake.Also read: Watch: Snake expert removes African Rock Python from police van near LadysmithAlso read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

A modernday Fitzcarraldo of the drug world

first_imgNo related posts. Mauner Mahecha is a family man. A single father, he dotes on his three young girls and provides for his ailing mother, too. But in testimony delivered over a two-week federal trial in Miami, a United States court heard little about his home life. That’s because, when the 34-year-old wasn’t tending to his children, he was running drugs and masterminding the construction of a fleet of submarines to silently ferry tons of cocaine beneath the seas. And he would have pulled it off if it hadn’t been for an unassuming engine mechanic who risked his life to ensure the narco-subs never left shore.On Monday a Miami jury delivered a guilty verdict for one of Mahecha’s associates. But far more interesting than the prosecution of one of his underlings was the detail the trial revealed about Mahecha’s criminal mind — and his underwater engineering marvels.Mahecha spared no expense. He had a fat R&D budget and spent millions of dollars building each submarine. These aren’t the crude semisubmersibles that drug runners have used for years to cruise just below the ocean’s surface. Those vessels can’t dive to avoid detection and are often just cigarette boats encased in wood and fiberglass. Mahecha’s Kevlar-coated submarines, by contrast, can submerge to 60 feet, go 10 days without refueling, and glide underwater for up to 18 hours at a clip. Unbelievably, they were made by hand in the mangrove swamps of Colombia and Ecuador, in desolate outposts with no access to electricity.When analysts with the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence got their first close look at one of Mahecha’s captured submarines, a 74-foot-long beast with twin propellers, they devoted 70 fawning pages to describing its capabilities. “The streamlined hull, diesel-electric propulsion system, and fuel ballast system design all show a significant level of technical expertise and knowledge of submersible operations,” they crowed in a confidential Naval Intelligence white paper marked “For Official Use Only.”Mahecha is no MacGyver, and he didn’t design the subs himself. For help with construction and operations, he recruited talent from the Colombian Navy, using promises of fast cash to lure five current and former seamen to work on the project in his remote jungle hideouts. He filled out his building crew by corrupting local welders, electricians, and fiberglass installers, according to papers filed in the case. Finally, he brought in local muscle to secure the sites, arming his men with automatic rifles and grenades.Together, the ragtag team constructed at least three submarines. Perhaps the most important aspect of the subs’ design was how they were powered: They were loaded with batteries — 249 Chinese-made, lead-acid batteries were found on one sub alone — and ran quiet. So quiet that the U.S. Navy worried that they were “potentially difficult to detect acoustically or by radar.” Mahecha was building an underwater cocaine pipeline, an undetectable narco-submarine delivery system straight from the mind of Lex Luthor. Indeed, U.S. and Colombian authorities may have never learned of his sophisticated operation if it weren’t for Genert Quintero.It was 2009, and Quintero was training at the Colombian Navy’s marine infantry base in Coveñas. A skilled outboard-engine mechanic, Quintero was walking to lunch on base when an SUV pulled up beside him. Two senior officers he knew jumped out to make small talk. A few weeks later, the same two officers were back. This time, sitting inside the SUV, retired Lt. Col. Óscar Augusto Gutiérrez Garcia made his pitch. “He told me they had a very important job,” Quintero recalled from a witness stand in Miami’s federal courthouse. “He told me it involved work on a submarine in Ecuador. He told me it was the opportunity of a lifetime for me.”In some ways it was. After 23 years with the navy and nearing retirement, Quintero was earning a modest workingman’s salary. Just one round-trip submarine mission for Mahecha’s operation would pay him at least $50,000, Quintero recalled.After Mahecha’s officers made their pitch, Quintero dutifully reported the meetings to a superior he trusted in the Armada Nacional, the Colombian Navy. He in turn confided in a friend, a U.S. man stationed in Colombia for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Together with a Colombian naval intelligence unit and elite investigators with the Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación, the Colombian and U.S. law enforcement agents stitched together a plan for their newly minted undercover operative. Quintero accepted the job offer, as coached. He retired from the navy and began training as a crew member on one of Mahecha’s coke-toting submarines. He was now on the inside of an ingenious criminal enterprise.Like any good HR department, the drug traffickers provided an introductory packet to new employees. “The area where the project is being developed is tropical and there are lots of bugs,” it advised. It asked Quintero to get “vaccinated against yellow fever,” warned him about the possibility of experiencing claustrophobia during long weeks spent in the cramped submarine and, ominously, requested his blood type. From the beginning, Quintero testified, he knew the danger his work posed. “I was fully aware I could never make mistakes,” he said. “They would have made me and my family disappear.”The DEA agents who operated in Bogotá and Cartagena were not about to allow that to happen. Working with their Colombian counterparts, they opened a massive investigation in spring 2010 and began exploiting the names, cellphone numbers, and secret locations that Quintero was regularly turning over to investigators. The Colombian authorities got court authorization and recorded thousands of hours of phone calls. They secretly videotaped crew members at cafes, airports, even amusement parks. They monitored suspects’ email accounts. And then in the summer of 2010, they started to move in.Police raided Mahecha’s multiple cocaine-processing labs and discovered more than 4 tons of cocaine — easily worth tens of millions of dollars. They seized all three of his submarines in dramatic jungle raids, including an armed assault on one sub just hours before its maiden voyage. And they piled on the arrests, even netting the drug kingpin himself. He had gone on the run and finally surrendered to authorities in Panama in 2011.The Justice Department extradited Mahecha to the United States in February 2012, and he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine three months later. He’s now serving an 18-year sentence in a Florida prison.Mahecha’s entire crew took a fall, too. Of the 22 submarine pilots, navigators, builders, accountants, and security guards indicted by the Justice Department, 20 have pleaded guilty. One is still at large, and the final defendant, Carlos Almanza, was convicted Monday in the Miami courtroom.Almanza is one of the former Colombian naval officers. When he refused a plea deal and demanded a jury trial, prosecutors were forced to show their cards. They brought in the undercover informant, Quintero, to testify and were forced to admit that he is now living stateside. “Why did you come to the United States?” asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt Lunkenheimer. “For the safety of my family,” Quintero replied. “We felt threatened.”For much of the past two weeks, Courtroom 11-2 has been the site of a grim reunion. One after another, former members of the Colombian Navy have been testifying against their old sub mate, Almanza, and explaining how they had hoped to cash in by piloting the tricked-out drug subs up the Pacific.Mahecha was supposed to join his navy recruits on the witness stand, but prosecutors pulled his name at the last minute. For now, the drug kingpin will keep his side of the story to himself — how it was that one of South America’s most ambitious drug smugglers got played by an engine repairman.© 2013, Slate Facebook Commentscenter_img Colombian Navy soldiers arrange packages of cocaine on Aug. 20, 2009, after 3.4 tons of the drug were seized in Golfo de Uraba, northwest of Colombia’s Antioquia department. AFP PHOTO/ARMADA NACIONALlast_img read more

San Miguel de Allende Mexico – Reported by Elite

first_imgSan Miguel de Allende, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRosewood San Miguel de Allende is now taking reservations for stays beginning February 1, 2011. The resort has a special opening offer starting at $295 plus tax and service. Package includes breakfast for two at 1826 Restaurant, a 25% discount on all spa treatments and complimentary valet parking. The offer is valid from February 1, 2011 to April 20, 2011.Cradled within the historic heart of downtown, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende presents 67 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites. All rooms and suites offer spacious living areas, wood-beamed ceilings, thoughtful appointments and furnishings of the finest Mexican craftsmanship. The resort includes a “Sense, A Rosewood Spa®”, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, 1826 Restaurant, Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar, large indoor and outdoor event space, luscious gardens, and a unique outdoor amphitheater.With respect and reverence for the history, culture and creativity of San Miguel, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations, the resort will embrace Rosewood’s A Sense of Place® philosophy and will reflect the town’s existing charm, scale and architecture. Days can be spent enjoying the cultural riches of San Miguel, including breathtaking churches, museums and the Instituto Allende situated just next door; browsing through the city’s many galleries and mercados; relaxing in one of the resort’s unique pools or on-site gardens; or, indulging at Sense, A Rosewood Spa®.Rosewood San Miguel de Allende features 5,140 square feet of indoor meeting room space as well as pre-function space, a rooftop terrace, event lawn and outdoor amphitheater for lectures, musical performances, weddings and other social events. Customized gatherings—such as an intimate private dinner, al fresco reception on the rooftop terrace or garden cocktail party—are a specialty.The resort is just over an hour drive from Leon-Bajio International Airport (BJX) and a 3-hour drive from Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX).www.rosewoodsanmiguel.comlast_img read more

Without reforms justice system in danger of collapse Updated

first_imgThe justice system is in danger of collapsing if no changes are made, Justice Minister, Ionas Nicolaou, said on Thursday.Presenting the budget of his ministry for 2019 to the House finance committee, Nicolaou said administration of justice in the country is ailing and that holistic measures need to be taken for a comprehensive approach.He also announced important changes and reforms in all areas of the ministry of justice aimed at modernisation and reorganisation.The government, he said, has decided to push on with the implementation of suggestions by Irish experts who were asked to carry out a study delivered last March 2018 on reforming and reorganising the structure and functioning of the courts.“If the changes are not made, the system will collapse, all the reforms envisaged in the study must be made,” Nicolaou said. He also called for constructive cooperation by all.The reforms, he said have already begun and are expected to be completed in 2020. A reform committee has been set up, a director has been appointed and the drafting of bills has begun.He also said that “2019 will be a year that will be distinguished by major changes and reforms in all areas of the ministry with the aim of modernising and reorganising it.”For the first time since 1960, changes are being made in connection with the administration of justice, he said and referred to the creation of an administrative court and a commercial court, referring to “radical changes”.Nicolaou also told MPs that under police internal audit operations, 69 cases concerning corruption of police officers have been investigated, of which 19 have been completed. At the moment, procedures are underway for the prosecution of six officers and four members of the public for disciplinary action against three other police officers.A draft anti-corruption bill has been prepared, he said, which is in its final stages.Nicolaou also admitted that prison workers were involved in giving inmates banned items.He said that measures would be taken, such as unscheduled checks both to staff and in cells. A constant effort was being made to address the problem but it was not easy, he said.By the end of the month, he said, a deactivation system for mobile phones, which will cost approximately €1m, will be installed in prisons.Nicolaou also said that there has been a decrease in criminal acts compared to last year but that the sense of security of citizens is still being affected by crimes not related with organised crime such as the murder this week of a 56-year-old woman in the Marathasa area.In 2018, he said there had been 10 murders and increased cases of rape.The minister said that the policing model has changed and was replaced by community policing covering almost the whole of Cyprus.He also said that police services such as the drug squad and the CID have been reinforced and that street patrols have increased. The presence of police, he said, “has become a shadow of organised crime.”The minister also said that the first speed cameras were expected to be up and running by the end of 2019.A package of bills has also been sent to the state legal service for vetting that increase penalties for serious traffic offences.The minister said that it is not uncommon for the same driver to be caught two to three times within the same day for traffic offences, such as the use of mobile phones while driving.The reforms follow also calls by the judiciary for action to improve delays in serving justice.President of the Supreme Court Myronas Nikolatos, last year said that the justice system and the court infrastructure, were those of a third-world country and a disgrace.The delays in Cyprus’ judiciary system were unacceptable for a modern EU member state, he had said, adding that Cyprus ranks worst across the EU in the number of judges proportionate to the population. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more