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The Quest for Solid Ground

first_imgAccording to the EMC Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed 3,300 IT decision makers from mid-size to enterprise-class businesses across 24 countries, common data protection practices have left global businesses exposed to data loss and downtime to the tune of $1.7 trillion annually. For the sake of comparison, that’s about the same as the world’s total military spend in a single year. A startling statistic by any account!And this is only a glimpse of what’s to come if attitudes and practices toward data protection are left unchanged.As the world marches to the cloud and business markets become increasingly connected, ensuring that data is protected, always on, and always available becomes absolutely critical. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the business trends underpinning the 3rd Platform – specifically social media, big data, mobile and cloud – don’t just spell the end of business as usual, but also the end of data protection as we know it.Organizations that don’t look to new strategies to ensure availability across their environments – wherever their data resides, whatever the application that generates it – won’t just cut into profits; they’ll put their businesses at significant risk.Data loss and downtime will continue to have a detrimental impact on business profits, but the effects of the disruption will be felt much further than they are today – and will be much farther reaching than many of us could have ever imagined.Yes, disruptions in protection will continue to limit product and service development. Yes, downtime will continue to take a bite out of revenue. And yes, incremental business opportunities, customer acquisition and repeat business will continue to be affected by the way we protect our data. But the bigger issue – the one that global enterprises of all sizes will really want to pay attention to – is how data protection will affect new business opportunities and revenue streams going forward. That’s why we’ll likely see these types of business consequences, along with a loss in market value, move to the top of the disruption list.Similarly, what’s causing these disruptions will also shift as data moves to and between clouds, and data management becomes increasingly important.Lastly, the index shows that businesses are adopting a new mindset about data protection… that they are trading in their multi-decade-held views of data protection as a back office activity for one that sees protection as part of boardroom discussions.While there is little consensus among those surveyed on the technology in place to prevent disruptions and ensure availability, nearly two-thirds of the global enterprises surveyed consider data protection critical to the success of their businesses, and the numbers are even higher in China (90%), Brazil (82%) and the United States (80%). Encouraging signs all around!However, there’s a still a significant gap between what organizations know (i.e., that data protection is critical to the future of their business) and current confidence levels. (If they’re not confident in current practices, what does this say about future plans?)In fact, 71% of those surveyed said they were not fully confident that they could recover systems/data today from all platforms.Now, I’m not sure what “fully confident” means, but I do know that in the business world to which we are headed, confidence along with the ability to adapt and execute to market shifts is paramount, and the only way to achieve this is to think and do things differently.We’re ready to disrupt markets through data protection. What about you? How solid is the ground your enterprise is standing on?* * * * *To see more EMC Global Data Protection Index results, please visit our microsite.last_img read more

London Datebook: Funny Girl, Dominic West & More

first_img View Comments The holidays are fast approaching, bringing with them a glut of openings across the spectrum, from a seasonal entertainment with an Oscar winner in the lead to new sightings of iconic titles and a fresh glimpse of one of literature’s best-loved characters. For further information on a busy month ahead, read on!NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 5She’s the Greatest Star: Sheridan Smith continues her unstoppable trajectory by stepping into the formidable shoes of Barbra Streisand when she plays Fanny Brice in the first London stage revival of Funny Girl since Streisand herself led the U.K. premiere. Tony winner Michael Mayer is directing the Menier Chocolate Factory revival with the redoubtable Harvey Fierstein on hand to tweak the book. Opening night is December 2 and a West End transfer to the Savoy has already been announced.Also: A busy week at the Royal Court kicks off with the opening December 1 of Noma Dumezweni playing the title role in Linda, a new play from playwright Penelope Skinner of The Village Bike renown. The same night sees the first preview of the commercial transfer to the West End of the Court production of Martin McDonagh’s wonderful Hangmen while Mia Chung’s Royal Court Theatre Upstairs entry You For Me For You starts previews December 3.DECEMBER 6-12Rabbit Hole: Alice in Wonderland has received the musical theater treatment at least once when a young Meryl Streep took the part over 30 years ago, but the National Theatre’s eagerly awaited production of wonder.land promises to be something else again with music by Damon Albarn from Blur and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini. Newcomer Lois Chimimba plays the teenage Aly, the character formerly known as Alice. Opening night is December 10 in the Olivier auditorium.Also: Tom Stoppard’s espionage-themed play Hapgood fared better first time around at Lincoln Center than it did on the West End, but its new Hampstead Theatre revival, directed by Howard Davies and opening December 9, may prove second-time lucky. Lisa Dillon inherits the title role originated by Felicity Kendal in London and Stockard Channing in New York. The same night sees the Apollo Theatre opening of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, a further exercise in japery behind the team of The Play That Goes Wrong.DECEMBER 13-19Dangerous Games: Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses was one of the defining plays of the 1980s, but it has fared less well in subsequent revivals both on Broadway and in London. That should change with the director Josie Rourke’s fresh production, which opens December 17 at the Donmar and boasts the leading players of one’s dreams: Dominic West, the stage veteran currently heating up TV’s The Affair, and Tony winner and two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer in the roles originated onstage by Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan.Also: With fast-rising director Max Webster at the helm and Tony-winning designer Rob Howell (Matilda) in charge of the visuals, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax should be that seasonal entertainment suitable for children of all ages. Simon Paisley Day and Simon Lipkin head a large cast at the Old Vic. Opening night is December 16. The previous night finds Mike Bartlett’s short but powerful Bull returning to the Young Vic with a heavyweight cast that includes Nigel Lindsay and Susannah Fielding.DECEMBER 20-26Ho Ho Ho: It’s Christmas week so what better time to welcome the return to the London theater after too long an absence of Oscar winner Jim Broadbent playing Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre. Toby Sedgwick (War Horse) is on hand as movement director and the director is Olivier Award-winner Phelim McDermott, who staged Broadbent’s last London stage venture, Theatre of Blood, in 2005.Also: First post-opening week of the U.K. premiere at the new Found111 venue on Charing Cross Road of Richard Greenberg’s off-Broadway play The Dazzle, here starring Andrew Scott, better known as Moriarty on Sherlock. Daggers will be drawn and the wit will be flying when the National Theatre hosts its annual Christmas quiz on December 22. Want to see whether your favorite thesp is also his or her team’s smartest? Now’s your chance!last_img read more

Clean energy groups, industrials unite in opposition to Minnesota gas plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:In an unusual convergence of opinion, clean energy groups and large industrial companies are asking Minnesota regulators to block a utility’s investment in a new combined-cycle natural gas power plant. While the groups’ reasons for disapproving the project differ, both camps concluded that Minnesota Power hasn’t done enough to justify its stake in the proposed $700 million power plant, and an administrative law judge recently agreed.The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission holds a hearing Thursday in Duluth to determine whether to approve the utility’s plan to invest nearly $350 million in the Nemadji Trail Energy Center in Superior, Wisconsin. The plant’s cost and up to 550-megawatt output would be shared with Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative. The proposal is also currently going through Wisconsin’s regulatory process.The gas plant has drawn criticism from the utility’s large business customers, environmentalists, clean energy organizations and residential ratepayers. More than 1,500 people submitted letters, most of them against it. A poll of 552 Minnesota Power customers by the Citizens Utility Board last year found 77 percent did not support the proposed plant and 92 percent called for a full analysis.Clean energy organizations say the utility’s generation projections drastically overestimate its need for electricity and that carbon emissions are too great. Other alternatives such as energy efficiency, load shifting, and renewables were not seriously considered, they argue.Less expected was the opposition from large power users, a group of mining companies, paper mills and other businesses that uses most of the utility’s generation. Their objections reflect an understanding that they will pay for much of the plant because of the utility’s unique customer makeup, unlike almost any other in the country. Minnesota Power’s industrial customers absorb 74 percent of its energy generation, compared to 28 percent on average nationally. Residents and small commercial businesses split the different at 13 percent each, roughly a third of the national average for those segments.The intervenors charge that the utility has not fully explored options for cutting energy demand and tapping other sources. “The Company has not demonstrated that its proposed purchase of 250 MW NTEC purchase is the best and lowest cost option to meet its projected energy and capacity needs due to deficiencies in its modeling and procurement process,” the Large Power Intervenors said in a PUC filing.More: Customers, clean energy groups unite against Minnesota natural gas plant Clean energy groups, industrials unite in opposition to Minnesota gas plantlast_img read more

Clerk protects business by spraying suspect in face with mace

first_imgState police say they responded to the Hinds Ho-Mart Gulf gas station, 1503 E. Main Street in Susquehanna, late Sunday night for reports of an armed robbery. However, the clerk grabbed the tire iron and sprayed the suspect in the face with mace. The suspect then ran from the store. Pennsylvania State Police asking for help after suspect reportedly tried to rob a convenience store Sunday night. When they arrived, the clerk told them that a man had entered the store at around 10:00 p.m. The suspect then walked behind the counter and threatened the clerk with a tire iron, demanding the clerk open the register. Police released pictures of the suspect from the store’s surveillance system. The suspect has an average build and is 5’4″ – 5’8″ tall. If you have any information, contact PSP-Gibson at 570-465-3154. SUSQUEHANNA, PA (WBNG) — Pennsylvania State Police need help in finding a man who tried to rob a convenience store with a tire iron, according to a news release.last_img read more

Jakarta, a coronavirus epicenter in Indonesia, braces for quarantine

first_imgIf a regional quarantine is enacted, the police will turn back those trying to enter or leave the city.”We have not ruled out the possibility [of a local quarantine], but the decision depends on the leaders,” Budi told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “We are only acting as the implementer who creates the standard operating procedures and [plans] on what the protocol will look like.”The government has struggled to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the past three months. Insufficient medical supplies and concerns over unrest have prevented President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo from imposing lockdown in Jakarta and other provinces while limiting information about cases and deaths.  As cases passed 1,200 on Sunday, with 114 deaths, including medical workers and more discovered outside Jakarta, local administrations have started to take their own initiatives to protect their residents from the outbreak, especially those traveling from Greater Jakarta.   –Riza Roidila Mufti and Sausan Atika from Jakarta and Arya Dipa from Bandung contributed to this story.Topics : The government has already issued a warning discouraging people living in Greater Jakarta from leaving the city for their hometowns for the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).However, many have ignored the warning. Central Java, for example, has reported thousands of mudik travelers arriving in the province, including in Jepara with 1,776 arrivals, Purwokerto with 2,323 and Wonogiri with 2,625 as of Tuesday.Central Java has reported 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths as of Saturday, the fifth-highest number of cases of the country’s 34 provinces.The Tegal administration has announced that it would close road access around the city for four months after one resident tested positive.Provincial administrations in Maluku and Papua have restricted entry through air and water ports to prevent further transmission in the provinces.Jakarta is increasingly considered the epicenter of the virus in Indonesia, recording 675 cases with 68 deaths, more than any other province.West Java and Banten, provinces directly linked to the capital, are the second- and third-worst hit regions with 149 and 106 cases, respectively.While the government has revealed almost nothing about the patients and their travel records, several patients that have been reported in Central Java and other areas have a history of traveling to Jakarta and its neighboring cities.   “After the meeting [on Monday], I do not know whether it will still be a stronger warning or a complete ban. It depends on Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan,” Budi said.Budi told reporters during an online press briefing on Friday that his ministry was ready to close the entrances to Greater Jakarta and other national roads. However, he said he had no knowledge about when the decision would be made.The Post has obtained a copy of a classified Jakarta Police telegram, dated March 28, ordering the closure of the city’s main roads.Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus did not deny the authenticity of the telegram but said that the police were merely training for the possibility of a local quarantine.”We are still implementing physical distancing and social distancing, because there have yet to be any government regulations [requiring quarantine],” Yusri told the Post on Sunday.Medical experts and COVID-19 volunteers have called on the government to implement local quarantines in virus-stricken areas such as Greater Jakarta. They say the government’s policy of physical distancing is not sufficient to contain the spread of the disease.The 2018 Health Quarantine Law stipulates that during public health emergencies, the central government can impose “regional quarantines” on areas that experience an outbreak of a disease.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has banned anyone from leaving or entering the province for mudik or traveling between cities and regencies in the province.“Anyone who insists on traveling for mudik will directly be placed under surveillance,” he said, explaining that these people would have to self-isolate for 14 days or face police detention.The country’s most populous province of 48.6 million has conducted mass testing among targeted groups, along with Jakarta and East Java, the province with fourth-largest number of cases in the country. (dfr)center_img While local administrations have begun to block road access into their areas in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the government has prepared to quarantine the country’s capital, which has been most affected by the disease.The Transportation Ministry is preparing a scenario for a local quarantine in Greater Jakarta to slow the spread of COVID-19, depending on a decision expected to be made at a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday, a ministry official said.Transportation Ministry land transportation director general Budi Setyadi said the ministry, in coordination with the National Police’s traffic corps, had developed a plan including “stopping posts” at toll gates and along other roads to and from Greater Jakarta.last_img read more

Scientific Beta criticises MSCI weapon exclusion comments

first_imgSSF’s open letter to index providersIn a letter to the president of SSF, Amenc noted that many other index providers also argued that a broad cap-weighted index could not contain an ESG filter by default.MSCI declined to comment on Scientific Beta’s press release. SSF is in the process of engaging with the large index providers.The SSF investor campaign continues to gain backers, with the CHF8bn (€7bn) Swiss pension fund Profond among recent signatories of the open letter to index providers. The chief executive of index provider Scientific Beta has described as “inadmissible” arguments made by MSCI in response to a call from investors for index providers to exclude controversial weapon manufacturers from their mainstream indices.In a press release, Noël Amenc said there were “no practical or academic grounds for the idea that a broad cap-weighted index representing all investment opportunities cannot as a result contain an ESG filter by default”.The weight of the exclusions proposed by Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) – the organisation co-ordinating the investor campaign – was far lower than the exclusions or weight limitations implemented by all index providers to guarantee the liquidity and investability of their global market capitalisation-weighted indices, said Amenc.In addition, he said, excluding stocks linked to controversial weapons would not significantly affect the weighted average market performance provided by cap-weighted indices. Scientific Beta was of the view that “promoting an opt-in option that corresponds to a paid service falls short of what is at stake with this exclusion from an ethical and humanitarian standpoint”.center_img Noël Amenc, Scientific Beta CEOIts statement continued: “Ultimately… MSCI’s response is representative of the attitude of a large share of the players in the index industry who consider that ESG is a good business opportunity rather than an opportunity to do good.”The smart beta index provider indicated that, from June, it would offer all clients indices with “minimal exclusions”, and that it would also consult with clients about making these exclusions the default choice, with an opt-out approach.Amenc was responding to MSCI comments reported by IPE last month, after SSF published an open letter to index providers in several newspapers.last_img read more

No injuries following minor fire at Harris Paints Dominica Ltd

first_img 438 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews No injuries following minor fire at Harris Paints Dominica Ltd by: – January 23, 2012 Fire truck at the reported incident Dominica Vibes News was alerted this morning that there was a fire at Harris Paints Dominica Ltd in Canefield about 11:30 on Monday morning. On arrival on the scene, there were several Police officers and Firemen on to the premises but no sign of fire.Finance Manager of Harris Paints John Joseph says staff responded quickly and got the fire under control.“It was about 11:25 am when the breaker went out. When we checked we saw that the one of the lights in the sealing was on fire. We turned off the main switch and put off the fire with an extinguisher. There wasn’t any serious damage, it was just a small fire caused by some electrical problem. The police and fire services came in but everything was put under control,” he said.He said technicians verified that it was alright to turn the lights back on about an hour and a half later.Harris Paints Dominica Ltd has been a manufacturer of paints in Dominica for over ten years and they supply a wide range paints. Although there no one was injured, employees sighed with relief recognizing the catastrophe which a major fire could have caused.[nggallery id=122]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Roxas City tightens watch against novel coronavirus

first_imgThe mayor hasalready provisioned Executive Order (EO) No. 2, series of 2020 “ An OrderStrengthening  EpidemiologicalSurveillance and Response System to Protect the City of Roxas from 2019 NovelCorona Virus Cases from Wuhan, Hubel, China and other emerging and re- emerginginfectious diseases.” Mayor RonnieDadivas called on the various government agencies and private organizations,namely the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), PhilippineNational Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority(PPA), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Department of Education (DepEd),Hospital Administrators and health personnel among others to heightensurveillance and monitoring, plus impose necessary preventive measures againstthe virus in the city. Also in the EO,the Roxas City Airport and the Port of Culasi are mandated to take appropriatedetection and reporting of possible cases. The Order willestablish and mobilize respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Team(BHERT) composed of barangay health workers, barangay service workers andbarangay nutrition scholars to assist and conduct epidemiological surveillance. “Kinahangklan naton ang instrikto ngapag-bantay sa airport, sea port including the entrance and exit points sang aton siudad,” Dadivas told Panay News.center_img The City HealthOffice (CHO) will lead the overall surveillance, while the City Disaster RiskReduction Management Office (CDRRMO) will provide technical assistance, theorder said. ROXAS City –The government here has held an emergency meeting on Jan.31 following thedeclaration of the Department of Health (DOH) about the first corona virus casein the country. Part of thecity government’s preventive measure is to require all passengers or touriststhat will use the airport and seaport to fill up the health declaration form.Also, they will not be granted entrance if they show symptoms of the virus sansundergoing proper quarantine procedures, he added./PNlast_img read more

Governor Eric Holcomb Directs Flags To Be Flown at Half-Staff

first_imgMadison, IN—Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags in Jefferson County to be flown at half-staff to honor the life of Madison Mayor Damon Welch.Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, September 29.Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents in Jefferson County to lower their flags to half-staff to honor Mayor Welch.last_img

Syracuse falls in 4 sets to both Florida State, Miami in Carrier Dome

first_imgWhen Florida State (9-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) came to the Carrier Dome on Saturday to face Syracuse (5-9, 0-2) in the Orange’s first match of the year in the Dome, the arena showed the effect it can have on an opponent.As the match dragged on, though, the No. 17 Seminoles were able to adapt to the different feel of the ball in the Dome and dominantly take the next three sets for a 3-1 win.“We’re really used to this court,” outside hitter Nicolette Serratore said. “We know how the ball moves in here. That definitely could have been an advantage in the first set. They’re just getting used to it. But I think overall that wasn’t the main thing that affected the game.”SU again managed to take just one set on Sunday as Syracuse fell 3-1 to Miami (Fla.) (9-3, 2-0).The Orange practiced three times in the Dome during the week, outside hitter Gosia Wlaszczuk said. She played well against the Seminoles, finishing with eight kills, and believes the Dome provided an overall advantage for herself and her teammates.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re used to the gym,” Wlaszczuk said. “When we go to play in the other team’s gym, we have to practice there to feel the gym. About myself, I can say I’m feeling the Dome definitely this year.”She also believes that the unusual atmosphere affected FSU’s ability to play at its best — especially in its poor first set.“It was kind of our strong side,” Wlaszczuk said, “having such a huge space where we’ve already practiced for and they didn’t.”Head coach Leonid Yelin, however, didn’t feel the Dome had much of an effect on the outcome.He believes that Syracuse’s lack of practice in the Dome — the Orange played there just a handful of times in the week leading up to the game — evens the playing field with its visiting opponent.“I don’t think it was a factor,” Yelin said. “It’s not like it’s our home court.”Junior middle blocker Lindsay McCabe played in the Carrier Dome with SU last season. She almost completely agrees with her coach and said that the conditions of the Dome have little to no effect on whether Syracuse wins its matches.Both Florida State and Miami had their hiccups, but the Orange doesn’t have much more experience in the Dome than its opponents do.“I don’t feel like it has too much of an impact,” McCabe said. “We have practiced here the last couple days and they didn’t get a chance to, obviously. I mean, a team like that, I’m sure they’re used to playing in big facilities.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 30, 2013 at 1:42 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edulast_img read more