Japan Out of the Comfort Zone

first_imgEMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci recently visited Japan for an appearance at the Nikkei Global Management Forum. There, he outlined EMC’s strategy for cloud and Big Data and also introduced the Software-defined Datacenter (SDD) concept that will revolutionize the way datacenters are operated and managed.In addition to Joe’s commentary on the industry’s transformation, he also provided some color on EMC’s corporate strategy, vision and the business outlook in Japan.When it came to the topic of Japan’s “stagnation,” in the global economy, Joe was very clear: Cloud computing is the largest wave of transformation the IT industry has ever seen, and Japanese companies must move past their conservatism and take advantage of their skilled IT talent to capitalize on the opportunity.The Software-defined Data Center approach of pooling together compute, storage, networking, security and other services to be delivered as software will allow datacenters to become more standardized, virtualized and eventually, automated. Improved efficiency and lower costs are just what Japan needs right now to help jumpstart economic prosperity.Japan’s strong, dedicated workforce coupled with its history of multi-industry dominance serve as the foundation to carry it through this period of economic uncertainty. The country’s spirit of innovation and record of high quality output are what’s needed to move the country forward. As Japanese companies look for ways to do more with less, as many companies across the world are doing, EMC’s mantra of IT transformation is helping to put theory into action.last_img read more

Gabon president appoints new opposition figure to Cabinet

first_imgGabon’s President on Sunday named a new opposition figure to a senior ministerial post, just one day after another senior opposition leader declined the post, undermining the president’s effort to forge a united government ahead of next year’s elections.President Ali Bongo named Mathieu Mboumba Nziengui, executive secretary of the opposition Union of the Gabonese People, or UPG, as the minister of state for agriculture.Dieudonné Moukagni Iwangou, the leader of another wing of the UPG wing, rejected the same offer, calling for political change in the oil-rich central African country.The reshuffle, announced in a presidential decree on Friday, expanded the cabinet to 41 members from 34 initially, and was seen as an attempt by the president to silence his critics who claim that his family dominates the Gabonese political scene since independence in 1960.The UPG has been divided into 3 wings since the death of its founder, Pierre Mamboundou in 2011.Iwangou has been one of the most outspoken voices in the opposition, and the president of the Opposition Front for Change – a coalition of groups dedicated to ending the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party’s 47 years in power.The president also named technocrat Jean Sylvain Bekale Nze as minister for town planning and housing after Jean-Robert Endamane, from the Bongo-allied RPG party, refused the post, saying he had never been consulted about the appointment.last_img read more

South Africa’s Eskom moving towards greener energy production

first_img“The problems of CO2 emissions are not in the developing world. They are in the developed world. I think that the people that are causing a lot of CO2 emissions are known to the world, in certain instances they have not adhered to agreements that have been reached in the past where in fact we in the developing world have been very diligent.” Said Eskom Power Station CEO Brian MolefeA possible solution to the question of cost of compliance has been suggested, and reinforced by Molefe. Obtaining offsets from the world bank against capital expenditure to reach and agreed to carbon emission reduction.The two power stations under construction in South Africa, Medupi and Kusile,are leading the charge away from old and inefficient technology.South Africa and the African continents requirements of providing electricity are going to be key for the growth of the continent. If this doesn’t happen, at the expense of managing those carbon footprints we may have a bit of a crisis on our hands.last_img read more


first_imgA man claimed his next door neighbour threatened to kill him and then attacked him in a row over a garden wall.Letterkenny court.Frank McManus claimed that John Ferry manhandled and assaulted him during an incident between the neighbours from Letterkenny. Mr McManus, from Fernhill, claimed the assault was the final straw in a long-running series of incidents between the two men after he had made renovations to his home.Mr McManus said that when he retired after working with Donegal County Council for more than 40 years, he decided to do some renovations to his home.They included a new porch and a dividing wall in his back garden.But he claimed that when he told Mr Ferry of his plans, he got a hostile reaction and trouble began to brew between the pair.A series of incidents continued before he claimed he was assaulted by Mr Ferry on February 21st last year.He also claimed that Mr ferry had threatened to kill him on another occasion.“I was walking up and down the wall in the back garden and he was calling me a cock-eyed F**** and inviting me to come on,” claimed Mr McManus.He claimed Mr Ferry then tried to hit him and after missing him twice eventually struck him.He phoned an ambulance and was treated for his injuries which included a red mark to his face and arms.Letterkenny District Court was shown a video of Mr McManus allegedly abusing his neighbour – a video which was taken on behalf of the accused Mr FerryMr McManus can be heard on the video saying to Mr Ferry “Go and die. Die naturally before I sort you.”Garda Corinne Finn told the court that she called to Mr Ferry’s home but he would not allow her in claiming it was too late.He later told the court that the Gardai regularly called to his home, the latest incident being three weeks ago, to follow up on claims being made by Mr McManus.Mr Ferry gave evidence that his family including his ten year old daughter has been verbally abused by Mr McManus.Mr Ferry claimed the pair had been friendly and that he had done odd jobs for him around his house.However he admitted that things became frayed after he realised that Mr McManus’ son had been jailed in Northern Ireland for dissident terrorist activity.Another DVD filmed on behalf of the accused was also produced in court by solicitor Fiona Brown was produced in court but not shown.John Ferry told the court that he was potting plants on the day of the alleged assault.“He told me to get back from the wall and I told him it was a parting wall. He followed me with a raised fist.“He leaned across the wall and tried to grab me and I told him to keep his hands to himself.“I went to go down the slope and as I did he reached out his left hand and caught me by the shoulder and grabbed me by the collar.“I feared I was going to be punched and I got my hand under his arms and I managed to free myself.“His hand hit off the side of his hand and then he laughed at me. He said “I’ll get you this time you bas***”.“He went into his house and came back out and repeated it again. I returned to the kitchen of my house and I was quite shaken,” said Mr Ferry.After hearing the evidence Judge Denis McLaughlin said he was dismissing the assault charge.He said the video footage had put a very different perception on the case.He directed a comment to Mr McManus saying “He point blankly denied being abusive or denied shaking a fist at Mr Ferry – but several times he was more than verbally abusive to Mr Ferry.“It’s a terrible state of affairs. If neighbours are not getting on, they should just ignore eachother. Mr McManus is going out of his way to annoy Mr Ferry.”DEATH THREATS MADE BETWEEN NEIGHBOURS IN BIZARRE ROW OVER GARDEN WALL was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultcourtdonegalFernhillFrank McManusJohn FerryJUDGE DENIS MCLAUGHLINletterkennywalllast_img read more

Young girl (20s) taken to hospital after Donegal Town accident

first_imgA young girl has been taken to hospital this morning following an accident on the Donegal Town by-pass.The girl, who is in her 20s, has been transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital with minor injuries.Emergency services attended the scene of a collision on the N56 near the south Donegal town. The incident occurred this Monday morning on the by-pass section of the N56 between Drumlonagher at the Mountcharles roundabout.The Donegal Town bypass is now fully open to traffic.Young girl (20s) taken to hospital after Donegal Town accident was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Torres: I knew the goals would come

first_imgFernando Torres said after netting a hat-trick against QPR that he knew he would eventually finding his scoring touch.Derided for his lack of goals since joining Chelsea from Liverpool for £50m, the Spanish striker has now got four in two matches and looks back to his best.“I am very happy. I knew if I worked hard the goals would come,” Torres told Sky.“It’s the same for the team – we are playing more as a team now. Reaching the Champions League final was important, but we also want to finish in the top four.“We showed we were focused today from the first minute after Daniel Sturridge’s goal.”More reaction to follow later.Click here for our Chelsea v Rangers quizSee also: Terry scores and Torres nets a hat-trick as Chelsea humiliate QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cartoon: Mars Needs Women!

first_imgI had a big, long post written up here about how, with a very few exceptions, the speaker lineup at most tech conferences is disproportionately, staggeringly, overwhelmingly male. (And at least with the ones I’ve been at, pretty damn white, too.)But so much has been said in such better ways by people better positioned to comment intelligently – the issue recently earned its own hashtag, which tells you something – that I deleted the whole thing.Instead, I just want to ask: why is it taking so long for social media conferences to start reflecting the diversity, if not of the population at large, then at least of the amazing people doing such cutting-edge, innovative work in this sector? rob cottingham More Noise to Signal 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Contemplating an Off-Grid Future

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members While my wife and I were away on a recent vacation, my brother was house-sitting at our off-grid home in Vermont. Halfway into our vacation, my brother emailed me to let me know that our inverter had died. (An inverter is an electronic device that produces AC electricity when hooked up to a battery.)After a local solar contractor visited the house and confirmed that our inverter was shot, my brother managed to limp through the next few days by running our gasoline-powered Honda generator for most of the time. It was nip and tuck, but he kept the house going (and our refrigerator cold) until our return.Once we got back from our vacation, I spent a little over $3,000 for a new inverter and various electrical parts. I took advantage of our inverter’s demise to upgrade the system from 12 volts DC to 24 volts DC. Since our battery has 12 cells, the voltage change didn’t require us to buy a new battery; all I had to do was rewire the cells (and the PV arrays, of course).The process was multi-staged and laborious. Suffice it to say that I spent many days rewiring the house. Among the new pieces of equipment I had to install was a 24 volt DC to 12 volt DC transformer to handle our home’s DC loads.I was lucky. While many people who live in an off-grid house can’t do their own wiring, I can. I probably saved several thousand dollars in installation costs by doing my own wiring. That said, our lifestyle was altered during the week of repairs; we turned the generator off when we went to sleep at night, so it was handy to have a flashlight to find the bathroom.A YouTube videoI tell this anecdote because it flavored… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

CM Kejriwal seeks Puris direction to initiate denotification of forest land

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday, seeking a direction to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to initiate the process of denotifying the forest land where Sant Ravidas temple stood.The temple in South Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area was demolished on August 10 by the DDA on the direction of the Supreme Court. In his letter to the Union housing and urban affairs minister, Kejriwal also offered to rebuild the temple on the same site once the land is denotified and made available to the temple society. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderKejriwal said demolition of the temple has caused “tremendous hurt” to the sentiments of crores of people as Sant Ravidas was a saint, revered not just by the Dalit community, but by all. Although the temple and all other property have been demolished, it is still possible to restore the temple, the Delhi chief minister said in the letter, adding since the land is under ownership of the DDA, only the Central government can initiate its denotification. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The DDA will have to initiate the process. It will need to submit a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change through the Government of NCT of Delhi, for notifying the diversion of the land,” he said. Kejriwal assured Puri that the AAP government will act in a time-bound manner on the proposal to denotify the land. “I will ensure that state government takes up the matter immediately and that it is decided in accordance with law in a time-bound manner,” he said. On the matter of reconstruction of the temple, Kejriwal wrote, “If the Government of India makes the land available to the society that was running the temple, with your support and blessings, the Delhi government will be pleased to carry out the reconstruction of the temple.” According to the Delhi government, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam has already written to the DDA vice-chairman, this is for the DDA to initiate the proposal for denotification of the land on which the Sant Ravidas Temple existed.last_img read more