Workload Mobility And Data ProtectionEnd User Computing SolutionsVCE Vision Intelligent OperationsOrchestration and Automation SolutionsVirtualize Business Application with VCEVCE Services, Support, Training and PartnersLastly, we’ll see the return of our Twitter contest, where you can win a Vblock building kit! Attendees only need to build a mini figure and tweet a picture with the mini figure, Vblock, and #VblocksRock!We hope to see you there! VCE is excited to “Defy Convention” at VMware’s 10th annual VMworld in San Francisco next week. VMware is pulling out all the stops – impressive sessions on next-gen IT from Pat Gelsinger, VMware’s CEO, and Carl Eschenbach, VMware’s President and COO, opportunities to learn more about software-defined data centers (SDCCs), network virtualization, log data, fantastic musical entertainment from Imagine Dragons and Train and more.We at VCE also have a packed VMworld program – VCE panel and session presentations, booth demonstrations, and prize giveaways, including the iPad Mini and gift cards. Besides catching up with the VCE crew at booth 1015, you won’t want to miss VCE’s chief technology officer Trey Layton on the Virtualization and Converged Infrastructure Solutions panel on August 26 from 5:00-6:30 pm PT. Trey will share the stage with IBM, HP, Dell and Lenovo to discuss converged infrastructures – tweet #Vblocksrock to help represent VCE on stage!VCE’s Jeramiah Dooley will be speaking at VMworld, discussing: “The SDDC Depends Upon Hardware: Building Mission Critical Converged Infrastructure with Vblock Systems.” He’ll highlight how VCE has made the Vblock Systems a preferred foundation for mission critical enterprise applications on SDDCs. Attendees can catch his presentation at two times:Virtualization and Cloud Management Track – breakout session: Wednesday, August 28 from 8:00 – 9:00 am PTVMware Theater solutions exchange (show floor): Wednesday, August 28 from 10:20 – 10:50 am PTWe also have an impressive line up of customer presenters in our booth and throughout the event. Apollo Group, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, the University of San Diego, 8×8, and Switch Communications will discuss their decision to choose Vblock Systems and how it’s benefited their business. We’ll also have partner presentations from Atos/Canopy, ACS Xerox, Wipro, and CSC, as well as our investor companies – EMC, Cisco, and VMware.Our booth will also have live Vblocks and demonstration pods, including:
Stage and screen favorites Hamish Linklater and John Noble will star in the previously announced world premiere of Posterity, written and directed by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright. The Atlantic Theater production will begin performances on February 25, 2015 at the Linda Gross Theater, where it will play a limited engagement through April 5. Opening night is set for March 15. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Linklater will play celebrated sculptor Gustav Vigeland, and John Noble will take on the role of prolific playwright Henrik Ibsen. Joining the pair are Dale Soules as Greta Bergstrom, Henry Stram as Sophus Larpent and Mickey Theis as Anfinn Beck. The new play explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten as Norway’s most celebrated sculptor (Linklater) prepares to commission a portrait of Henrik Ibsen (Noble). The playwright proves to be a hot-tempered, sitter, and the two wage war over his legacy. Related Shows View Comments Linklater made his Broadway debut in Seminar; his many off-Broadway credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night and Hamlet at the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park, as well as The School for Lies, The Busy World is Hushed and Recent Tragic Events. Noble has appeared both onstage and behind the scenes, directing Sons of Cain in the West End and performing in Errol Flynn’s Great Big Adventure Book for Boys in Scotland. Soules returns to the Atlantic after appearing in The Water Engine, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite and Blithe Spirit; her Broadway credits include Hair, Dude and Hands on a Hardbody. Stram has appeared on Broadway in The Elephant Man, Inherit the Wind, The Crucible and Titanic. Theis, a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, makes his off-Broadway debut with Posteriety. Posterity Posterity will feature scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by David Lander and original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem.
Justin Kirk, Nicole Parker, James Barry and more will bring These Paper Bullets! off-Broadway. The three—and several other cast members—will reprise their performances from the recent Geffen Playhouse production. Performances will begin on November 20 at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, where it will open on December 15. Jackson Gay directs.The show, written by Rolin Jones and featuring songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, is inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. It follows the Quartos, a “fab four” from Liverpool consisting of Ben (Kirk), Pedro (Barry), Claude (Fenkart) and Balth (Papaelias) as they search for true love and an album deal in London.The cast will also include Bryan Fenkart, Lucas Papaelias, Stephen DeRosa, Christopher Geary, Brad Heberlee, Tony Manna, Andrew Musselman, Keira Naughton, Adam O’Byrne, Greg Stuhr, Ariana Venturi and Liz Wisan.These Paper Bullets! will feature choreography by Kevin Williamson, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Jessica Ford, lighting design by Paul Whitaker and sound design and incidental music by Broken Chord. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016 Related Shows These Paper Bullets! View Comments
Collegiates, now is the time to strap on your shoes and show the older crowd how it’s done. Meet with the nation’s young mountain biking champions on Beech Mountain October 24-26 for USA Cycling’s Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.This is the second straight year Beech Mountain has hosted the championships, which feature more than 70 schools and 300 riders battling for national titles in six disciplines.Fort Lewis College of Colorado returns as defending team champion in Division I and Brevard College returns as defending champion in Division II. Local teams expected to contend in Division I are Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State.Photo courtesy of Kristian Jackson“It’s a great opportunity for fans who enjoy competition, who enjoy cycling, to watch some of the best riders compete in mountain biking,” said Lees-McRae head coach Tim Hall, whose team finished third a year ago. “It’s not like any other race during the year. You’ve got the best riders and the best teams going for the most coveted prize.”Holding the championships two straight years is quite an honor for Beech Mountain. The town and the ski resort have invested significantly in their mountain biking trail systems in recent years, giving the area two quality mountain bike parks.“It’s our intention to be among the best mountain biking destination on the East Coast, and getting selected to host the collegiate national championships is a good indication of how far we’ve come,” said Talia Freeman, event coordinator for Beech Mountain Resort. “It allows us to showcase the beauty and incredible terrain Beech Mountain has to offer.”Reams will begin arriving in Beech Mountain during the week, with open practices and a riders meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23.The first races will be held between 8:00-11:00 a.m. Friday morning. Saturday’s races take place between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., while Sunday’s races begin at 11:00 a.m. and last until early afternoon. All races are free and open to the public.“This is a very exciting event to watch, and one of the most fun events I’ve ever produced,” Freeman said. “ It is family-friendly and spectator-friendly.”For details and race schedules, visit usacycling.org.Lodging and other visitor info is available by calling (800) 468-5506.
By Dialogo September 08, 2014 Operación MARTILLO, a multinational mission aimed at dismantling international criminal organizations, recorded a major success when the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Legare offloaded about 2,800 kilograms of cocaine at Base Miami Beach in the U.S. state of Florida on Sept. 4. Security forces seized the cocaine during two interdictions in the Caribbean Sea in late August. The cocaine has an estimated wholesale value of more than $93 million (USD), authorities said. Operación MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom. The countries work together to share information and use their air, land, and maritime forces to counter illicit trafficking by limiting the use of Central America as a transit area. Military commanders reviewed Operación MARTILLO at the Central American Regional Security Conference (CENTSEC 2014) that was held in Guatemala City from April 1-3, when Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), praised all the countries for their efforts. “MARTILLO has been a success … because of your participation, your leadership, and because of your partnership,” he said. “We couldn’t do this without you; and looking ahead, we’ll be relying on each other more and more to capitalize on our strengths in this fight.” The first portion of the cocaine that was offloaded at Base Miami Beach was seized during an interdiction on Aug. 23, when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane saw a boat traveling at a high rate of speed north of the Gulf of Urabá. Upon being spotted and with forces converging toward the boat, crew members threw bales of cocaine overboard. The Coast Guard, however, arrested four suspected narco-traffickers and retrieved 32 bales of cocaine. “It was apparent they had what appeared to be narcotics and after we did the test they had bales on board of pure cocaine,” Boatswain Mate Omar Castro with the U.S. Coast Guard told reporters. Five days later, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection marine patrol notified the Legare of a suspicious ship off the coast of Panama. The Legare crew interdicted the Panamanian-flagged coastal freighter named the “Hope II” and started searching for illicit goods. “Once they spotted the plane, they changed course which is suspicious for us,” Boatswain Mate 1st Class, Joshua McElhaney with the Coast Guard told reporters. “We asked them some questions and some of their information didn’t quite add up, so we conducted a boarding.” After a lengthy search, the Coast Guard arrested the Hope II’s eight-member crew after finding about 1,493 kilograms of cocaine. The suspects were turned over to U.S. officials. “We were approximately 24 hours on board before we got to a hidden compartment,” Castro said, adding the suspects were arrested without incident. “There was a hidden compartment and once we opened it we found all the contraband.” All of the seized cocaine from both interdictions was turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “It’s about 2,800 kilos, about a ton and a half of contraband. It’s a great success overall. It’s our mission down there besides search and rescue. We’re out there to cause an effect in the drug industry and I believe we made a little dent on it,” Castro told reporters. The interdictions continued Operación MARTILLO’s success. In 2013, Operación MARTILLO seized 131 metric tons of cocaine with a wholesale value of more than US$2.6 billion, confiscated 14,600 kilograms of marijuana worth more than US$30.5 million and 4,000 grams of heroin worth US$352,000, in addition to taking 295 suspected traffickers into custody.
By Share America October 23, 2019 The United States and 15 other members of the Rio Treaty passed a resolution September 23 in New York that paves the way for collective action against the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela.The treaty, formally known as the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR, in Spanish), has been in force since 1948 and commits its members to working together to defend democracy in the Americas.At the request of Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, the treaty was invoked on September 11 and coincided with the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the last time the TIAR was activated.The resolution passed overwhelmingly during a ministerial meeting held in New York concurrent with the 74th session of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, who led the U.S delegation, told the representatives in attendance, “The Maduro regime is a clear threat to peace and security in the Western Hemisphere.”Among other results, the resolution:· Acknowledges the participation of the Maduro regime in drug trafficking, money laundering, and illicit financing.· Emphasizes the corruption of the Maduro regime and its record of grave human rights violations.· Creates a legal framework for TIAR countries to take action against senior Maduro officials.“We have the support and recognition of the world. Venezuela lives under a dictatorship and together we will exert pressure to find a solution to the crisis,” Guaidó said from his personal Twitter account.The resolution will also create legal mechanisms for countries lacking sanction laws to bar designated Venezuelans from entering and/or to impose economic sanctions.The Rio Treaty group will implement the resolution and schedule a high-level meeting in November to review progress and recommend any additional action.Recent deployment of Venezuelan personnel and equipment along the border with Colombia and the presence of illegal armed groups and terrorist organizations in Venezuelan territory demonstrate the active threat posed by the Maduro regime.According to the U.N., 4.4 million Venezuelans have fled the country. Of those who remain, 90 percent live in poverty, Sullivan said. “The Maduro regime’s rampant greed and lust for power caused this humanitarian crisis,” he told meeting participants.
The regional administrations in the Greater Jakarta area have decided to prohibit app-based ride-hailing ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers from transporting passengers during a partial lockdown despite a new ministerial regulation saying otherwise. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had announced earlier that ride-hailing ojek were not allowed to transport passengers and were only permitted to transport goods while large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were in effect in the capital, in accordance with Health Ministry Regulation No. 9/2020 on PSBB implementation guidelines.However, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also the acting transportation minister, then issued Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 18/2020 on transportation management to prevent COVID-19 transmission. The regulation stipulates that ride-hailing ojek were permitted to transport passengers, in direct opposition to the health minister’s decision.Read also: App-based motorcycle taxis can take passengers if regional government allowsThe policy has created confusion among the public and prompted the Transportation Ministry to relax the regulation to allow individual regional governments to make adjustments. Other than Jakarta, the Health Ministry has also granted PSBB status to Bogor, Bekasi and Depok in West Java and Tangerang and South Tangerang in Banten. Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) chairperson Polana B. Pramesti said in a statement that all regional heads who attended a virtual meeting with the agency on Monday had agreed with the Health Ministry’s policy.She said that those present at the meeting had also agreed to synchronize their regions’ transportation policies to avoid further confusion. Each region would formulate a policy that catered to their unique needs, Polana added.Under the PSBB, public transportation in Greater Jakarta will operate daily from 6 a.m to 6 p.m., with all services adhering to the COVID-19 health protocol to prevent the further spread of the infectious disease.“The bottom line is that we are not suspending public transportation, but limiting its operational hours and [passenger capacity],” Polana said.Editor’s note: The article has been updated for clarity.Topics :
Secondly, there was late and incomplete reporting due to medical workers and institutions being occupied by treating patients during epidemic. Another factor was that designated hospitals to treat patients were expanded to institutions at the municipal and district level, including private hospitals, and not all were connected to and feeding timely information to the central epidemic network, Xinhua reported. A similar revision up in death toll occurred in New York City a few days ago, adding over 3,700 people who died at home before being tested. Still, China’s move is likely to fuel speculation about the accuracy of its data, which has been questioned by US President Donald Trump. American intelligence officials have concluded that China concealed the extent of its outbreak and under-reported number of cases and deaths.Last month, pictures of thousands of ash urns being ferried to funeral homes in Wuhan circulated on Chinese social media platforms, raising concern that the real number of deaths in the city where the virus first emerged is higher than officially acknowledged.China has refuted charges that it intentionally under-reported its numbers, saying that it shares what information it has transparently. But its repeated revisions of data throughout the crisis — including a one-day addition of nearly 15,000 cases diagnosed through a different clinical method in February — has fueled mistrust.While the revision marks a substantial surge, China’s new official death toll is still low compared to the US where reported deaths have climbed past 30,000. In Italy and Spain, deaths number around 20,000 in each country. China has revised its official count of deaths from the coronavirus, adding some 1,290 deaths in Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged last December.The addition, reported by state media on Friday, brings the nationwide death toll to 4,636, the majority coming from Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.The additional deaths were all counted in Wuhan and the late reporting of deaths are due to several reasons, said the report. The first is that some patients died at home without seeing a doctor or being tested for the virus as hospitals were overwhelmed during the epidemic’s peak. Topics :
The PPF said the main cause of the deficit reduction was an 8 basis point rise in the yield of 15-year UK Gilts, which overshadowed a fall in assets caused by declining equity markets.In other news, Ofcom, the regulator for the UK’s communications and media industry, has completed its fifth buy-in transaction with Legal & General (L&G), the latest covering around £50m of liabilities for 350 members. The scheme’s total insured liabilities, all with L&G, have now reached £250m.Rodney Jagelman, chair of the trustee board, said L&G provided attractive terms and that the latest arrangement took the scheme a significant step closer to full buyout.Ofcom finance director Alastair Smith added: “This is a very significant step. Members benefit from having their benefits secured on top of the security that continues to be provided by the plan – and Ofcom is no longer exposed to the uncertainty of asset returns, interest, inflation and longevity risk.”Elsewhere, consultancy Aon Hewitt has launched delegated solutions for defined contribution (DC) schemes, in a partnership with BlackRock’s investment solution. The company will now offer employers and DC schemes a range of in-house target-date funds.Schemes would choose the strategy and flight plan, leaving Aon to implementation. BlackRock will provide the investment structure behind Aon’s offering.Andy Cox, chief executive at Aon Hewitt in Europe, said: “Creating better DC has been a key aim for us for some time. That means delivering a more effective investment approach, capable of greater speed of action. The deficit among the 6,150 UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes has decreased over the month of September by £3.5bn (€4.4bn) according to figures from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). The deficit calculation is done on an s179 basis – which assess the funding ability of DB schemes to provide PPF-level benefits – showed the aggregate level to be £166.5bn at the end of September. This left 4,600 schemes in deficit and 1,550 in surplus.However, the position from September 2013 has almost doubled, when the deficit was £85bn.
Daily Mail 21 October 2017 Family First Comment: Yet our Ministry of Health is pushing vaping as the best alternative to tobacco?? http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/98066737/ministry-of-health-throws-support-behind-vaping-as-a-way-to-quit-smokingE-cigarettes lead to as many lung diseases as tobacco products, a new study has found.The report from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill compared saliva samples from tobacco smokers, e-cigarette smokers and nonsmokers.Researchers found that e-cigarette smokers were likely to develop dangerous proteins associated with lung diseases such as COPD and cystic fibrosis and that the devices are no better for people than regular cigarettes.The study adds to a growing body of evidence proving that e-cigarettes might not be the ideal alternative smokers addicted to tobacco are looking for.Last year a Surgeon General’s report claimed that the use of e-cigarettes among high school students jumped 900 percent from 2011 and 2015. That same year, the FDA lumped e-cigarettes in with the tobacco products the administration monitors.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5001492/E-cigarettes-harm-lungs-way-tobacco-does.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.