Tech Field Day “Lucky” 13 – A Preview

first_imgWe are again excited to be hosting the Field Day crew for Tech Field Day 13 (that #TFD13 for you folks following along on Twitter) later this week. For those who aren’t familiar with Field Days I recommend you take a quick look at their website here before coming back to learn what we’ve got planned when the delegates visit us at the Round Rock campus this Thursday.Now that Dell EMC is a united force, we wanted to make sure that we were showcasing products and solutions from across the legacy Dell and EMC teams, and also giving delegates some insight into how those legacy technologies are now being used together.Topics and demos this week will include a demonstration from Chad Dunn on VxRail, a discussion from Armando Acosta on Data Analytics, a talk from Alan Brumley on our OEM strategy, and a tour of the Modular Data Center from David Hardy. Be sure to tune in to the livestream starting around 2:30 PM CT on Thursday to catch the full presentations, and check back next week to see all the coverage on our dedicated Tech Field Day page.Bonus content – here’s one of the most popular presentations we’ve ever had at a Field Day. This is Carol Pflueger demonstrating the modular FX2 system to delegates two years ago. Enjoy!&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

Garzón confirms Royal Decree sign-off on 28 February

first_imgShare Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Alberto Garzón, Spain’s newly appointed Minister of Consumer Affairs, has revealed that Royal Decree reforms will be formally announced on Friday 28 February.Garzón made his statement addressing civil servants of Spain’s DGOJ gambling regulatory authority at a meeting hosted by the Consumer Affairs Ministry.The long-awaited reforms for Spain’s advertising code on gambling products are to be presented to Congress on 28 February, which will see the newly elected PSOE-Podemos coalition government formally approve the decree as federal law.The decree’s ascension into federal law ends a year-long wait for Spanish licensed operators, who during 2019 were made aware of sweeping inbound changes to Spain’s federal advertising code.Spanish gambling incumbents have been informed that this new code will feature a ‘four-hour advertising window’ across TV and radio formats, scheduled from 1-5 am across all communities.Online restrictions will see licensed incumbents no longer allowed to promote welcome bonuses across their digital inventories. Furthermore, all bonus incentives will be capped at €100 and limited to one use only.Spanish operators are expecting the Consumer Affairs Ministry to confirm a ‘grace period’, allowing incumbents some time to adjust to changes and finish pre-approved contracts.The Royal Decree will be passed as the first set of ‘concrete measures’ to reform Spain’s land-based and digital gambling sectors.Given an expanded remit of monitoring gambling’s regulatory development, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry is expected to announce the development of a new ‘industry registry‘ to monitor all Spanish gambling consumer transactions within the coming months.Mirroring UK policies, PSOE and Podemos are also reportedly considering the introduction of a ‘management fee’ on online gambling operators to fund problem gambling support and treatment by Spanish health networks, and further ‘repair the damaging social effects produced by gambling’. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Dungloe housing project to proceed after issues

first_imgThe Dungloe Community Housing project is to proceed to construction stage immediately.The announcement comes following a number of issues which arose and threatened the project’s viability recently.Both Deputy Pearse Doherty and Pat the Cope Gallagher have held a number of emergency meetings with Minister Finian Mc Grath recently in order to overcome the issues. The issues had been highlighted by the HSE and were imposing massive constraints on the overall sustainability of the project in Dungloe.The project is funded by the Department of Housing and consists of Community Group Houses numbering 3 housing units of 4 individual self-contained bedrooms at Fair Hill Dungloe.The formal approval was granted to the Co Donegal Parents and Friends for People with Intellectual Disabilities for this development to progress to construction stage.Each proposed unit will consist of 4 individual living accommodations – made up of ensuite room up to current HIQA standards and each unit then will have a communal sitting room, quiet room, visitor room and dining room. When completed it is anticipated that the 3 units will provide assisted living accommodation for 12 people in total.This development will replace the existing unit on the Church Road at Dungloe. The proposed new development will be funded by the Department of Housing and Local Government and we expect construction works to begin within a matter of months.Pat the Cope and Pearse Doherty both added “We wish to pay tribute to the board of the Parents and Friends Association, who have worked tirelessly and have brought the project to this stage.“They have dedicated a great deal of time and planning into making this project a success and now as the project moves to construction stage they have a great deal to be proud of.“We wish also to acknowledge the work of the officials of the Housing Section of Donegal County Council for their excellent work on this project. “We also must acknowledge the intervention of Minister of State Finian Mc Grath, who through his offices and our continuous lobbying of the Department – the entire development as originally proposed and designed, will now proceed to construction rather than a scaled downed version which the HSE were proposing.“It was this revised proposal that lead to the recent delay in finally appointing a contractor for this most worthwhile development. But, we are glad to report that the entire project is to proceed now without delay and as originally proposed.”Both TDs met with the County Donegal Parents & Friends committee to convey this good news as the group were most anxious about the recent delays that were stalling this project.Dungloe housing project to proceed after issues was last modified: May 14th, 2019 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:donegaldungloehousinglast_img read more

South African laser physicist wins top honour

first_imgDr Christine Steenkamp is hailed as a pioneerin her field. (Image: SAASTA) Laser physicist Dr Christine Steenkamp is one of three African women scientists, out of a group of 12, who recently received international recognition for excellence in research.Steenkamp and her colleagues, from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Africa, were honoured at the fourth General Assembly and international conference of the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSDW), formerly the Third World Organisation for Women in Science.This year’s OWSDW conference took place in June 2010 under the theme Women Scientists in a Changing World. The conference and General Assembly had a number of joint aims, among them to promote interaction and exchange between women scientists in the South; to boost awareness of OWSDW activities; and to increase assistance from national and international organisations for research projects carried out by women scientists.The awards were presented by funding organisation The Elsevier Foundation, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World and OWSDW, and are each worth US$5 000 (about R38 000).The 12 laureates are Zeng Fanyi, Ilkay Orhan and Priya Mahadevan from Asia; Uchechi Ekweny, Ndidiamaka Ezejiofor and Christine Steenkamp from Africa; Ghada Abdel-Salam, Lilyan Alsaka and Sakina Adam Ali from the Arab bloc; and Myriam Amezcua-Allieri, Aramis Rivera and Aimé Pelaíz-Barranco from Latin America and the Caribbean.Through a grant made as part of The Elsevier Foundation New Scholar’s programme, three disciplines in each region – biology, chemistry, and mathematics/physics – were recognised. The winners received their prizes from Chinese vice president Xi Jinping at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Tianenmen Square, Beijing.“Encouraging the work of promising scientists in the developing world helps to promote wider participation and excellence in science. This is a key objective of The Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars programme,” said the foundation’s executive director David Ruth.Submissions were reviewed by the relevant regional OWSDW committee, and shortlisted candidates went under rigorous scrutiny from OWSDW regional vice-presidents as well as the current president Kaiser Jamil, before receiving a grading.“The recognition that this provides will undoubtedly provide an invaluable boost to the promising careers of these young women scientists,” said Jamil.Innovation in physicsSteenkamp took the mathematics/physics prize for Africa for her excellent contribution to science, particularly her pioneering work in the field of vacuum ultraviolet laser spectroscopy. She delivered a lecture at the conference on this highly specialised field of research.Steenkamp obtained her BSc in physics and chemistry from Stellenbosch in 1996 and completed her MSc and PhD in laser physics at the same institution.She is now a senior physics lecturer at her alma mater, and conducts her research at the university’s Laser Research Institute, where the small academic staff complement and postgraduate students carry out fundamental and applied research in laser science and technology, and related applications.She attributes her choice of career to her father, also a physicist, who specialised in wood science. She has worked at the Max Planck Institute in Jena, Germany, and spent time doing research at the University of Colorado in the US – at the personal invitation of distinguished Nobel physics laureate Prof Carl Wieman.Her research interests range from laser cooling and trapping of atoms, to chlorophyll fluorescence and nonlinear optics.Steenkamp’s consistently high-quality output is all the more remarkable, said her TWOWS citation, because when she started her career in experimental physics there was very little research infrastructure available. Since then she herself has developed much of the equipment used in her work, and most of it is still not commercially available.For instance, her design of a vacuum ultraviolet laser source is scientifically important, because the device is not only used to investigate the properties of super-cooled carbon monoxide (CO) molecules, but can also be used to measure spectra of CO isotopomers in a lab – something which has not been possible before.Laser sources that provide light in the vacuum ultraviolet region of the spectrum are very limited, said Steenkamp in her TWOWS lecture, with only a few in existence worldwide.Isotopomers are isomers – molecules with the same chemical formula, but different structural formula – that contain isotopic atoms. The latter are atoms of the same chemical element but with differing numbers of neutrons – they are found in the same numbers but in different positions on the molecule.CO isotopomers are important because their spectra are implicated in the interpretation of results of interstellar space scans obtained by space stations. The astrophysics community, therefore, is keenly interested in Steenkamp’s innovation. She has published two papers on this work, one in the Astrophysical Journal and the other in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.This is not Steenkamp’s first award. In 1997 she received the Stellenbosch University Chancellor’s Award, given to the top final year student at the university. In 2003 she was one of three recipients of the Department of Science and Technology’s Women in Science fellowships, and in 2009 she took the Silver Jubilee Medal of the South African Institute of Physics.Steenkamp has also published in well-established peer-reviewd journals, and has presented papers at a number of local and international conferences.last_img read more

Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright

first_imgMMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While the poses in Nike and Rentmeester’s photos are similar — Jordan in a leaping motion inspired by a ballet move — Rentmeester’s copyright does not give him a monopoly on that concept, Judge Paul Watford, writing for the majority, said.Among the significant differences in the two photos are the position of Jordan’s legs, the background and lighting, Watford said.“Just as Rentmeester made a series of creative choices in the selection and arrangement of the elements in his photograph, so too Nike’s photographer made his own distinct choices in that regard,” Watford wrote.The ruling affirmed a lower court decision dismissing Rentmeester’s 2015 lawsuit against Nike.  /mufADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Both show Jordan leaping with his legs extended outward toward a basketball hoop with a ball above his head.Nike used its photo for the “Jumpman” logo — a silhouetted image of Jordan in the leaping pose in its photograph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRentmeester photographed Jordan while he played at the University of North Carolina. His photograph appeared in Life Magazine in a photo essay featuring U.S. athletes competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics.An email to a law firm representing Rentmeester wasn’t immediately returned. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum File – In this Oct. 17, 2017 file photo, The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C. A federal appeals court says an iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan did not violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that the logo was based on a photograph of Jordan by Nike that was inspired by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn’t violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.The logo was based on a photograph taken by someone Nike hired. That photo was “obviously inspired” by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. But the court in a 2-1 decision said the photos are unmistakably different in key elements.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Mine wars being fought in Assembly

first_imgIt will not be wrong to surmise that Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was taking an extended nap when Janata Dal (Secular) leader H.D. Kumaraswamy and local Congress were plotting to bring down his government.When Excise Minister M.P. Renukacharya took 13 MLAs with him to Chennai and threatened to bring down the government, Yeddyurappa didn’t take him seriously. For, Renukacharya was repeating the act for the fourth time in the last three years.On all the three occasions, he was handsomely rewarded and dropped his rebellions. Yeddyurappa was hoping that Renukacharya would end the fourth rebellion in two days.But this time, he did not know that Renukacharya was being backed by Kumaraswamy, who reportedly plotted the government’s downfall with the Congress’ help. Worse, on the second day of their stay in Chennai, Renukacharya and his team submitted a letter to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj announcing withdrawal of support to Yeddyurappa.What prompted Kumaraswamy to hatch such a conspiracy when Yeddyurappa was under the impression that all was well with the party after the Cabinet reshuffle? If highlyplaced sources are to be believed, it was the Bellary mine lords, who wanted the Yeddyurappa government to collapse and pumped in more than Rs 200 crore to stage this coup.For a change, it was not the Bellary Reddy brothers but another set of miners, who had been hounded by the Reddys, against whom Yeddyurappa could not take any action fearing rebellion. These miners, traditional business rivals of the Reddys, were harassed by all possible government agencies.advertisementThese miners were not given ore transportation permits, fresh leases, no objection certificates from the Forest and Mines & Geology department. Even court orders favoring themwere being neglected.”It is well known that Yeddyurappa is ineffective in Bellary, which is ruled by the Reddys. Some firms even stopped mining because of the Reddys’ harassment. They approached Yeddyurappa to rein in the Reddys, but he was helpless,” a top source, who mediated between the miners and the JD(S), disclosed.Then, the disgruntled miners reportedly approached Kumaraswamy seeking a way out. If the sources are to be believed, it was then that the JD(S) plotted the The uproar in Karnataka is the result of the government’s support to the mining barons Children at an art workshop in Bangalore government’s downfall.Renukacharya’s rebellion was preceded by a series of disclosures of land scams, in which various ministers, the chief minister and his relatives were reportedly involved. The aim was to defame the government before landing the final blow. The MLAs, who participated in the rebellion, were carefully selected.Five were Independents, who were ministers. Apart from Renukacharya, there were two other ministers, who are known party-hoppers. The rest were disgruntled MLAs with ministerial ambitions. For the first time, MLAs openly announced that they were being offered crores of rupees to abandon their parties, an indication of the money flow.The Congress, though a co-conspirator, remained a spectator while Kumaraswamy came out in the open hobnobbing with the rebels. His involvement in the crisis was evident from day one when he followed the rebels wherever they went. It was clear that that he did not want the rebellion to end even as their ring leader Renukacharya did a U-turn as expected.The Reddy brothers threw their hat in the ring when they came to know that their mining rivals were behind the coup. Tourism Minister Janardhana Reddy flew to Goa to woo the rebels, but it was too late for the BJP.The government has been mired in controversies, land scams and nepotism ever since it came to power in 2008. It even started a new political trend to increase its number in the Assembly by wooing opposition MLAs through its ‘Operation Kamala’.But the BJP couldn’t predict its own downfall. The rival miners of Reddys are in no mood to relent. “They have even agreed to hire the best lawyers to defend the 16 expelled MLAs in the High Court,” the source pointed out.With the governor asking Yeddyurappa to prove his majority once again on the Floor of the House on October 14, it is to be seen what happens over the next two days.Scams galore amidst chaosThe last 10 days have been the worst for the Yeddyurappa government as a series of disclosures by the Opposition has dented the BJP’s image in Karnataka. The names of several ministers and their children figured in land scams.Even Yeddyurappa was not spared. First, an aide of Yeddyurappa, IT/BT Minister Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, was caught in a land acquisition compensation scam.advertisementHis son, who allegedly received Rs 1.15 crore compensation for land, which did not belong to him, was caught by the anti-corruption unit Lok Ayukta while bribing a witness.Worse, his son Katta Jagadish was a BJP councilor in the Greater Bangalore City Corporation. Another minister Ramachandra Gowda landed in the soup when the High Court found large-scale irregularities in appointments to medical colleges.He resigned to ‘save the party’s image’. Then, Yeddyurappa found himself in the middle of a scam. He de-notified government land worth crores of rupees to favour his son and son-in-law. He also allotted a plum property in Bangalore to his son BY Raghavendra, a MP.Next, Industries Minister Murugesh Niraani’s personal staff was caught on tape receiving cash to allot industrial area land to an entrepreneur for a project.Neither the minister nor his staff has addressed the issue so far. Interestingly, Yeddyurappa, instead of taking action, hit back with disclosures of scams allegedly involving opposition leaders!Festival takes a back seatThe turbulent political developments in Karnataka have claimed an unexpected victim – the world famous Mysore Dasara celebrations, which took off on October 8. Patronised by the state government and the Mysore royal family, the celebrations attract lakhs of tourists, both domestic and foreign.But this time, the Dasara celebrations have remained a low-key affair as the government is trying to save itself from collapse. Interestingly, the year 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of one of the oldest traditional festivals, started in 1610 by Raja Wadiyar.Large scale Dasara celebration originated in the Vijaynagar Empire in the 15th century. The same was replicated by the Mysore Wadiyar dynasty.The 10-day celebration is officially declared as a ‘state festival’, featuring religious and traditional ceremonies, procession of tableaux and decked-up elephants, exhibition of arts and handicrafts, performances by folk artistes, musicians and film personalities, various cultural and sports competitions.This time the grandeur and splendor is missing in the celebrations. To make matters worse, the attendance by foreign tourists has been minimal. According to the organisers, poor marketing and security concerns are the prime reasons for poor attendance of foreign tourists at the Dasara celebrations.Giving kids the right to have funAn IT professional Reena Chowdhury has launched a series of “Art Camps” called “Dream a Little Dream” touching the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children in Bangalore.The first art camp was held at APSA Dream School in Bangalore in which over 200 children took part The project aims at providing an opportunity for the lesser privileged child to unleash his/her creativity through art.”People are willing to provide basic necessities for these children but what about some fun? I always wanted to do something but deadlines take over your life in the IT field,” she lamented.The volunteers are mainly techies who were keen on breaking out of their hum drum existence and reach out to others in society. The project is backed by ILP – a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with local NGOs to promote literacy.advertisement—After trading blows with the marshals in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and approaching the governor H.R. Bhardwaj over the Trust Vote, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah did the unbelievable.He dashed to the nearby Chinnaswamy cricket stadium to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat on Monday evening.An avid cricket fan, Siddaramaiah, unmindful of the political developments in the state, spent more than two hours at the stadium watching the India-Australia match, hoping to watch Tendulkar score the double century.Unfortunately, the leader’s wish remained unfulfilled as the match was called off for the day even before Tendulkar reached 200.last_img read more