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VCE Announces Partner of the Year Awards

first_img2014 was a historic year for VCE with unprecedented industry and company growth, and VCE continues to define and lead the converged infrastructure CI space. We surpassed a $2 billion annualized demand run rate1 and achieved greater than 50 percent year-over-year growth.Last year, we made a significant investment in the VCE partner ecosystem, focusing much of our efforts on increasing engagement and deepening relationships with our partners. We evolved the VCE Partner Program to include greater incentives and rewards while introducing new certifications, specializations and enablement tools aimed at better preparing our partners to market, sell and support VCE converged infrastructure. These endeavors resulted in a 56 percent increase in partner-driven sales and a record number of new customer acquisitions.So it is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to announce the global VCE Partner of the Year awards for 2014. In addition to meeting all the requirements of the VCE Partner Program, these partners have demonstrated a high level of commitment to VCE, overall value to customers, in-depth knowledge of the converged infrastructure market, and outstanding sales performance.The award recipients were evaluated in three key areas:Success in incremental growth: Overall achievement with adding new customers through the VCE value propositionVCE Partner Program achievements: Achieving and maintaining a high level of program specializations and services through certifications and training earned with VCEBusiness relationship strength: Overall advancement in partner’s business relationship and investment with VCE, along with a deep understanding of the converged infrastructure industryThe VCE Partner of the Year recipients are:Global Partner of the Year: AHEAD, a solutions provider that helps customers move to optimized IT service delivery models serving over 400 enterprise clients in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail, Legal, and other industries.Global Systems Integrator Partner of the Year: Canopy – the Atos Cloud,  an end-to-end cloud services provider enabling customers to drive transformational IT via the cloud by leveraging world-class data center and consulting servicesAmericas Partner of the Year – World Wide Technology Inc., an award-winning systems integrator and supply chain solutions provider that brings an innovative and proven approach to how organizations discover, evaluate, architect and implement technologyEurope, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Partner of the Year – Computacenter UK, is a leading independent provider of IT infrastructure services in Europe, advising organizations on IT strategy, implementing the most appropriate technologies, optimizing its performance, and managing customers’ infrastructuresAsia-Pacific Japan (APJ) Partner of the Year – Telstra, a leading telecommunications and information services company in Australia, offering a full range of telecommunications services.Congratulations to this year’s partner award winners!1 Demand run rate is an annualized calculation of orders received in the applicable period by VCE, VMware, EMC and Cisco for the sale of VCE Vblock and Vblock-related products and related services.last_img read more

Winter and Summer Squash

first_img After fertilizing, water the plants thoroughly to help release the nutrients. Several serious insects, diseases and environmental factors attack summer and winter squash plants. Aphids – small insects found on new stems and on the underside of leaves – cause the leaves to become yellow, crinkled and curled. The insects suck fluids from the plant, leaving a honeydew substance behind. To control aphids, use insecticidal soaps or a strong stream of water to dislodge insects. Squash bug adults are gray or brown and suck the sap from leaves, making them speckled before they wither and die. They must be controlled while they are immature. To control, pick the bugs by hand or use insecticides. Squash vine borer is a troublesome pest that begins as an adult that lays eggs in the lower stems of squash plants. Developing larvae tunnel and eat their way into the lower stems, causing plants to wilt and eventually die. Control is difficult, so prevention with a labeled insecticide is the key. If the insect is detected early, it can be carefully cut out with a sharp knife. Soil should then be mounded over the wound to encourage rooting. For more information on growing vegetables in Georgia, see UGA Extension publications at extension.uga.edu/publications. To most Southern gardeners, fried yellow squash or grilled zucchini are staples on the table during the summer. Serving up homegrown winter squash in the fall is worthy of bragging rights.While normally easy to grow, the endless choice of varieties and numerous garden pests have made growing squash a little more challenging. Squash come in an endless assortment of shapes, sizes and colors. Choosing the right variety can seem daunting. The squash vine borer, a persistent pest, has caused some gardeners to give up on growing squash. By following these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, gardeners can grow enough squash to fulfill their culinary cravings and to share their harvest with neighbors. Summer and winter squash are warm-season crops and should only be planted when soil temperatures reach 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. reach 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. While summer squash grow somewhat upright in a 3-foot-wide circle, winter squash are vining plants that can sprawl out to a diameter of 12 to 15 feet. Summer squash perform well in raised beds, while winter squash need a larger area in which to expand. Regardless of which squash you chose, all prefer full sunlight and rich, organic, well-drained soil. Squash thrive in slightly acidic soil with a pH range of 5.8 to 6.8. Summer squash seeds should be planted in individual mounds 4 feet apart. Plant four to six seeds per mound and, after two leaves appear, thin the plants down to two to three plants per mound. If you’re using transplants, make sure they have two to three mature leaves and a well-developed root system. Winter squash have a vining nature and need more room. Allow 6 to 8 feet between mounds for plants to spread out. Winter squash require warm soils and can be planted a few weeks after summer squash have been sown. After the seeds germinate, apply organic mulch, such as grass clippings, straw or newspapers, to control weeds, conserve water and keep the fruit clean. Newly seeded gardens should be watered lightly each day for the first week to ensure good germination. Established squash require between 1 and 1.5 inches of irrigation per week. Drip irrigation or soaker hoses are the most efficient and healthy way to water plants, as they don’t wet the foliage and open the door to disease. Moisture needs to penetrate 6 to 8 inches deep into the soil. Reduce watering once the fruits ripen to avoid fruit rot. Squash have both male and female flowers and need bees or other insects for pollination. If insect activity is low, female flowers will likely drop. To avoid this, pollinate the plants using a cotton swab to gather pollen from the male flower and distribute it onto the stigma in the center of the female flower. Female flowers have a small ovary or swelling behind short-stemmed flowers. The male flowers are larger and have longer and thinner stems.Fertilize squash at planting time, but first get a soil test to find the most accurate fertilizer recommendations. In the absence of a soil test, apply 3 tablespoons of 5-10-15 fertilizer per mound. After the plants begin to flower and small fruits form, side-dress with additional fertilizer according to the soil test recommendations. Organic fertilizers can also be used, and the UGA Cooperative Extension Agricultural & Environmental Services Laboratories offers information on using your soil test to calculate organic fertilizer amounts.last_img read more

South Africa’s coal-dependent state utility seeking bids for first battery storage project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:South Africa’s state-owned power utility, which relies on coal to generate most of the nation’s electricity, issued a request for bids to build its first battery-energy storage system, according to a tender document seen by Bloomberg.Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. has received funding from institutions including the World Bank and African Development Bank, which it will use for the project, the utility said in a request for bids issued July 31. The funding will include design and construction of the system at the Sere Wind Farm Facility in Western Cape province.South Africa has plans to diversify its energy mix in a move away from coal, which is used for about 85% of the country’s power generation. Eskom is specifically considering green funding to offset debt and to re-purpose coal plants.Battery storage can save fuel costs and reduce grid congestion, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. It can also balance a greater use of renewable sources that provide intermittent power.The bids will close Sept. 11, according to the documents. The request refers to the Eskom Investment Support Project and Eskom Renewables Support Project.[Paul Burkhardt]More: South Africa’s coal-dependent Eskom calls for battery-power storage South Africa’s coal-dependent state utility seeking bids for first battery storage projectlast_img read more

Five Alleged Brazilian Drug Traffickers Arrested in Paraguay

first_imgBy Dialogo March 28, 2011 On 24 March, anti-drug agents arrested five alleged Brazilian drug traffickers suspected of forming the criminal group known as the ‘First Capital Commando’ (PCC), which operates in São Paulo, a police report indicated. The five are Guilherme de Matos Palmeira Couto, 23 years old, Milton Dalis Mendes Couto (55), Jorge Carneiro (25), Olvier Giovanni da Silva (27), and Paulo Augusto de Sousa (28). The operation took place in the city of Pedro Juan Caballero, on the land border with the town of Ponta Porá, Brazil, 550 km to the northeast, according to the report. The anti-drug police also seized vehicles, weapons (including an AR-15 machine gun), bullets, and several packets of marijuana from them. The PCC supplies the city of São Paulo with cocaine and marijuana and is controlled from the prisons of São Paulo state, according to the Brazilian police.last_img read more

Review: Fantastic Four’s Fourth a Fantastic Bore

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Concluding 2015’s summer superheroes, Director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four premiered Friday, rehashing a tweaked origin story but overall a “fantastic” bore.Like a rite of passage, superhero reboots are forever trapped reiterating the transformative events that separate their protagonists from mankind. This past decade treated comic book fans to some promising adaptions, but after three (now four) unsuccessful attempts since 1994, the Fantastic Four films have become a little more than a failed experiment. It begs the question: how many times are we going to watch the Fantastic Four’s science project go wrong or Bruce Wayne’s parents die or Peter Parker get bitten by a radioactive spider? What is the necessity of repeating their origins?It’s not a direct adaption, though. Originally set during the Space Race, borrowing the previous installment’s idea of modernizing the new Fantastic Four was a plus. But the film downplays the millennial cast as immature college youths. For supposed geniuses capable of mastering inter-dimensional travel, watching the famed freak accident triggered from a drunken idea, which was shared over a flask of alcohol, was disappointing.The life-altering event, and anything involving the characters as the Fantastic Four, occurred about halfway through the movie. Not before building up an hour of Reed Richard’s (Miles Teller) unnecessary childhood and academic studies, as well as explaining the teleportation device in a setup that stretched longer than Mr. Fantastic. Even when united, Marvel’s First Family shared anything but familial chemistry.That’s right, the main antagonist of this film wasn’t the disfigured and dull Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell), but Marvel’s old arch-nemesis, character development. The plot never allowed the characters time to connect with each other. Any bonding was implied off-screen, as the plot jumped over significant time gaps. Instead, the wasted talent’s personalities come off more transparent than the Invisible Girl (Kate Mara).From there, the plot sprinted to a final battle that no undeveloped superheroes could save, not even the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) or a CGI-aggressive Thing (Jamie Bell). If the characters aren’t clicking, the audience isn’t, either.It’s hard to say if Trank’s Fantastic Four improved from the film’s distant 1994-2007 relatives. With lackluster characters and a ton of setup, the latest installment disappointed with an overused origin story that was uneventful, unremarkable, and most definitely forgettable. You know, until the series is rebooted again.last_img read more

WHO logs four more avian flu cases in Vietnam

first_imgJun 17, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially logged another four cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam, following a report to the agency today from the Vietnamese government.The cases occurred between Jun 1 and 17. Two of the patients are from Hanoi, one is from Hai Duong, and the fourth is from Nghe An, the WHO reported. The agency said seven patients are being treated for avian flu at a hospital in Hanoi.The report from Vietnam to the WHO comes on the heels of a Jun 16 report in the Canadian Press (CP) in which Dr. Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO influenza program, criticized the country for reporting delays. On Jun 15, multiple media reports from Vietnam said six people had tested positive for avian flu this month and that a seventh, a physician, might also have contracted the illness.Unfortunately, today’s disclosure from Vietnam does little to clarify the situation, Stohr told the CP today.”The data which we have received do not suffice to determine whether these are the cases which we became aware of yesterday [Jun 16],” Stohr said. That’s when the WHO received unofficial confirmation it felt was sufficiently strong to issue a statement saying it believed the media reports of six new cases were accurate, the CP said.”It could be the case that two more cases could be reported tomorrow. We don’t know,” Stohr told the CP. “The reality is that is the piece of information that we have.”Vietnam’s delays in reporting avian flu cases to the WHO have been a persistent issue in this latest outbreak, which began in mid-December 2004. The delays could jeopardize efforts to contain avian flu’s spread among people, Stohr was quoted as saying in the Jun 16 CP story.”We want to use this window of opportunity for early intervention . . . [but] we have to start moving when the window is opening and not when it’s closing,” Stohr told the CP. He added that the world would have up to a month to launch a full response to an emerging pandemic.Examples of reporting problems involving Vietnam are numerous. They are most evident in the delays between cases reported in reputable media and the confirmation of those cases by the WHO, which regularly posts updates soon after Vietnam notifies the organization of new cases.In addition, media reports originating in from Vietnam often differ widely. For instance, China’s Xinhua news agency, citing a Vietnamese newspaper as its source, ran stories yesterday and today saying that a doctor at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi had tested positive for H5N1 flu. The story also said 23 people with avian flu symptoms were being treated in a Hanoi hospital and that 11 of them had tested positive for H5N1.A separate source, the Vietnam News Service (VNS), ran a story online yesterday saying that two patients confirmed as having H5N1 were being treated at the National Institute for Clinical Research into Tropical Diseases and five others with type A flu were being treated at the same hospital.The institute had forwarded samples from those five patients for further testing and was expecting results next week, VNS reported.See also:Jun 17 WHO update on avian fluhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Disease experts warn against hoarding Tamiflu

first_img IDSA President Martin J. Blaser said in the news release, “It’s important to keep in mind that there is no pandemic right now. Even the H5N1 virus that is currently circulating in Asia and Europe primarily causes a disease affecting birds. There have been very few cases of bird-to-human transmission. Most of those who became sick were in very close contact with poultry.” “The threat of a pandemic to the American people is so low right now that it simply doesn’t justify personal stockpiles of antivirals,” said Leonard Mermel, DO, SCM, president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). “We need this drug to treat sick people who will suffer from human strains of flu this winter.” He made the statement in a joint news release from SHEA and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). The statement follows recent reports of people trying to stockpile the antiviral drug for protection in case a flu pandemic erupts. Scores of governments are stockpiling oseltamivir, but supplies are limited and production is slow. Last week the manufacturer, Roche, suspended shipments of the drug to US pharmacies in an effort to prevent hoarding and save supplies for those who will need it for seasonal flu this winter. Oseltamivir and zanamivir (Relenza), called neuraminidase inhibitors, are the only antiviral drugs considered likely to be of some help if the H5N1 avian flu virus leads to a human flu pandemic. Oct 31, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two major organizations of infectious disease experts today warned the public against hoarding oseltamivir (Tamiflu), saying the threat of an influenza pandemic is not high enough to warrant it. IDSA-SHEA position statement US officials say they currently have a stockpile of about 2.3 million treatment courses of oseltamivir and expect to have about 2 million more by the end of this year. The government’s current goal is to have enough to treat 20 million people, which is less than 10% of the population. The IDSA advocates storing up enough to treat 25% to 40% of the population. “Given the current shortage of antiviral drugs, institutions should not stockpile drug for prophylaxis of health care workers, as this strategy requires much greater drug supplies than early treatment, and could deplete the reserve necessary for treatment on a national level,” the statement adds.center_img In related news, Canadian pharmacies today stopped cross-border sales of oseltamivir to the United States to allay public concern about the potential for shortages, according to a Bloomberg News report. In announcing the move, the Canadian International Pharmacy Association said there is no evidence of a shortage now, the story said. According to the story, Roche Chairman and Chief Executive Franze Humer said he had discussed the idea with Chinese officials. But reports in Chinese newspapers said Roche had not received any formal proposals from Chinese drug companies to produce the drug, the AP reported. See also: In a position statement also issued today, IDSA and SHEA said, “Personal stockpiling would likely lead to inappropriate use and wastage, as well as foster antiviral drug resistance emergence under some circumstances.” The groups suggested that healthcare facilities consider building a rotating stockpile containing about five times as much oseltamivir and zanamivir as they need in an average flu season, since the shelf life of the two drugs is about 5 years. Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong said Roche has been talking with the Chinese government about the possibility of jointly producing oseltamivir, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today.last_img read more

Wolf Administration Celebrates Expansion of Existing Amazon Tech Hub in Pittsburgh, Creation of More Than 100 Jobs

first_imgWolf Administration Celebrates Expansion of Existing Amazon Tech Hub in Pittsburgh, Creation of More Than 100 Jobs Economy,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined Amazon officials and local leaders to celebrate the expansion of the company’s tech hub in Pittsburgh, which will create 125 new tech jobs in the city. The tech hub, which invents and builds new products and services for Amazon customers, originally opened in early 2017, and will be doubling its workforce with this expansion.“This expansion is more evidence that Pittsburgh has truly become a national leader in technology and innovation,” Governor Wolf said. “The 125 jobs created with this expansion is great news for Pittsburgh workers and their families, and I applaud Amazon for growing their presence here. Companies like Amazon understand that the pool of talent in this city is remarkable, and my administration will continue to work to make our workforce the most prepared, talented, and able workforce in the country – not just in Pittsburgh, but throughout the entire commonwealth.”Amazon has secured an additional 22,000 square feet to expand its existing office in the SouthSide Works building. The tech hub is one of more than a dozen nationwide that develops new products and services for Amazon customers. The team of engineers in Pittsburgh primarily focuses on building shopping and entertainment experiences in multiple languages and played a key role in the launch of Amazon.com in Spanish, a feature used by millions of customers. The Pittsburgh office also includes team members who are working to bring the Alexa experience to customers’ cars.“Amazon is excited to be creating over a hundred new technology jobs in Pittsburgh,” said Bill Kaper, general manager of Amazon’s Pittsburgh office. “Since Day 1 at Amazon in Pittsburgh, we’ve been focused on expanding our pool of local technical talent as well as investing in the community. From machine translation engineers to Alexa speech scientists, our Pittsburgh employees love inventing every day on behalf of customers.”Amazon has created more than 10,000 jobs in Pennsylvania and since 2011 has invested over $4 billion in the state, from building and operating fulfillment infrastructure and research facilities to compensation to its employees. February 22, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

12 Chinese COVID-19 experts arrive in PH

first_imgA medical team from China is arriving in Manila over weekend to help the country contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, according to the Chinese Embassy in Manila. FILE PHOTO/CNN MANILA – Twelve Chinese medical workerswho were experts in dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) havearrived in the country on Sunday afternoon, the Department of Health (DOH)said.DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the Chinese COVID-19experts were doctors and nurses who would observe and give recommendations onthe Philippine effort against the illness.“Sila ay mag o-obserba at magbibigay ngrecomendasyon na angkop sa hakbang upang mapabuti ang ating infectionprevention and control, critical care atlaboratories,” Vergeire said in a virtual press conference.According to Vergeire, the Chinese medical experts will visit the ResearchInstitute for Tropical Medicine, the San Lazaro Hospital, and the Lung Centerof the Philippines. They will be staying in the country until April 19.The DOH has earlier asked China, through the Philippine Embassy, to provide theexperts given that China had been the first country to be massively affected bythe global pandemic.Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is enjoining everyone, from allies and hiscritics, to help his government in addressing the coronavirus disease 2019pandemic in the country.This as the Chief Executive have expressed his appreciation to Vice President MariaLeonor “Leni” Robredo for taking the initiative to provide assistance to healthworkers who are sacrificing to fight COVID-19.“Those who respond to call for unity and cooperation must be encouraged andcommended instead of being harassed by subjecting them to a mindless governmentintrusion that smacks of partisan action,” Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said.“His (Duterte) repeated calls for everybody, regardless of political beliefs tocooperate in the government’s efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, isnot a meaningless appeal,” he added.In a public address on Friday, Duterte lauded Robredo for helping the medicalworkers in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also fired PresidentialAnti-Corruption Commissioner Manuelito Luna for urging the National Bureau ofInvestigation to investigate Robredo’s initiative./PNlast_img read more

Ronald L. “Woody” Woodward

first_imgRonald L. “Woody” Woodward, 69, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away December 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.Woody was born May 9, 1947 in Milan, IN, son of the late Leland Woodward and Louise Jackson WoodwardHe served his country as a member of the United States Army as a Drill Sergeant during the Vietnam Conflict, and later worked as a carrier for US Postal Service, retiring after over 35 years of service.Woody was a Member of the First Baptist Church of Aurora, the Eagles Aerie in Aurora, the 40 et 8, and the Aurora American Legion where he was a Past Commander, He was among one of the first units that became EMT’s in Aurora. Woody was always willing to volunteer, coaching his children in little league and chaperoning kids’ field trips. He enjoyed muzzleloading competition, and held annual horseshoe tournaments at his home. Woody was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed nothing more than riding his beloved Honda Goldwing. He was an avid photographer, and did many local weddings when not doing it for leisure. Woody kept in contact with classmates and was instrumental in organizing class reunions. Above all, Woody loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Surviving are his wife Bonnie of Aurora, Indiana; children, Christopher (Amanda) Woodward of Franklin, IN, Nichole (Gary) Shelton of Greenwood, IN, Robert (Marie) Upton of Aurora, IN, Steve Upton of Versailles, IN; sisters, Norma (Jimmy) Henke and Kathy (Jeff) South all of Aurora, Indiana; thirteen grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by parents, Leland Woodward, and Louise Jackson Woodward.Friends will be received at the Vineyard Community Church, Aurora, Indiana, Thursday December 29, 2016, 5:00pm -8:00pm . (The Old First Baptist Church on 4th Street)Services will be held at Vineyard Community Church, December 30, 2016 at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Shriners Burn Institute. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more