Transformational Change and the Telecom IndustryHere at the annual gathering of telecom leaders at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, I am struck by how the industry periodically goes through transformational step changes.These changes usually happen quite abruptly and are typically caused by shifts in usage patterns or the disruptive entry of a new business case when the priorities of yesterday may be rendered irrelevant. You only have to remember WhatsApp, and how almost overnight, it destroyed the SMS text business model. Of course, the industry has been evolving for years. We’ve moved from the remote sending of messages or voice communication by phone to today’s focus on connecting technology to people via devices, or the Cloud.Network VirtualisationLet me use an example that may feel more familiar. Telecom infrastructure (in terms of compute, storage and networking) used to be regarded as a purely physical thing. Something to be consumed by different types of applications. The industry traditionally built appliances with infrastructure, middleware and workloads. However, with the advent of NFV, workloads have now become virtualised, delivering greater flexibility, quicker time to market and smarter use of resources.Workload management with the Cloud and the EdgeWhile some companies were in a technology race to be first out of the gate with a virtualisation stack and other technologies, I am glad that the focus throughout has remained firmly on resources in the infrastructure, and more importantly, the box. With the introduction of Cloud on one side and Edge on the other, we are now seeing a new transformation. Workload management, in its various guises, is rightly becoming the focus for Telecom and NFV rather than worrying about what the workloads run on, or what stack is being used.Software-defined infrastructureAs a result, we are seeing the emergence of Software-defined Infrastructure (SDI) – the concept of allocating bare metal resources in geographically distributed sites and grouping them together to manage in a virtual datacentre. The advantage of SDI is that it can place workloads in either private or public Clouds to maintain data integrity while increasing speed and efficiency.I think that this transformation is being driven by the fact that NFV is not moving towards the homogenous execution environment that was expected some years ago. Instead, it is moving in the opposite direction with more variants of virtualisation, like containers as well as the need for bare metal execution of workloads. Added to this, we are also seeing an increased need to place workloads closer the end-user for latency purposes and to deliver a better user experience, as well as the movement of workloads towards the Cloud for scale and economy. This is all without changing the environment or redeploying the products. I think that this development is pretty remarkable.A software-defined futureIn fact, I believe that we might well be seeing the real emergence of a software-defined future, where flexibility is fulfilled by automation, orchestration, policy, analytics and reporting. After all, a large share of the potential value coming from digitisation across global industries over the next decade is dependent on the telecom industry delivering productivity improvements. According to the 2017 World Economic Forum, the digital transformation of telecommunications represents a $2 trillion opportunity for industry and society.Interesting times ahead! I’d love to hear your comments, predictions and questions. Click here to read what my colleague, James Hole from Dell EMC OEM has to say on the role of specialist telecom companies. Click here to read the views of our marketing lead for OEM Telecom solutions. Finally, if you’re at Mobile World Congress, we’d really love to meet you! Do visit our booth in Hall 3, Stand 3K10 where we are showcasing the following solutions:Edge SolutionsView the newly designed micro Modular Data Center (MDC) – debuting at Mobile World Congress – and learn how you can embed compute and storage capacity at the edge where data is being generated.Re-imagine the customer edge with new universal CPE platforms and SD-WAN Ready Node solutions.Core/Cloud SolutionsSee how you can bring the cloud to the network with our NFV solutions and Telco Cloud offerings.Experience Dell EMC’s larger MDC capabilities with a virtual and interactive tour. 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Boulder falls at Grand Canyon and reveals prehistoric reptile footprints A nun on Chicago’s West Side ran a treadmill marathon on Sunday, August 23, to raise money for the Mission’s community outreach, Runner’s World reports. Sister Stephanie Baliga, 32, completed the 26.2 miles in 3:33 and raised nearly $105,000 in the process. The event was broadcast on Zoom and Deena Kastor, American record holder in the marathon, made a special appearance during the final mile. “I meant to cheer her on during her last mile of her treadmill marathon,” Kastor told Runner’s World. “Instead I felt refreshed and inspired by her, her energy, her purpose, and her compassion.” Nun runs marathon on treadmill, raises more than $100,000 Grand Canyon National Park shows park employees Klara Widrig, left, and Anne Miller examining a rock that revealed fossilized footprints at the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. Some researchers have estimated the footprints are 313 million years old, among the earliest found at the Grand Canyon. (Grand Canyon National Park via AP) “These are by far the oldest vertebrate tracks in Grand Canyon, which is known for its abundant fossil tracks, Stephen Rowland, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas paleontologist told the magazine. “They are among the oldest tracks on Earth of shelled-egg laying animals, such as reptiles, and the earliest evidence of vertebrate animals walking in sand dunes.” A recent study conducted by Cambridge Open Engage found that people who reported exercising less during the coronavirus also reported a decline in their mental health. The study collected self-reported data from more than 3,000 staff, faculty, students and alumni of Iowa State University located across the country. Results showed that those who previously exercised the recommended amount of physical activity each week, but no longer did so during isolation due to the pandemic, reported worse mental health. Are you exercising less during the pandemic? It’s probably impacting your mental health Video by Runner’s World A geologist hiking in the Grand Canyon in 2016 noticed a fallen boulder lying alongside the Bright Angel Trail embedded with markings that resembled footprints. The discovery turned out to be ancient fossilized footprints, the Smithsonian reports, and just recently those footprints were estimated to be about 313 million years old—the oldest vertebrate fossil tracks ever found in Grand Canyon National Park. Participants reported that their screen time and sitting time increased by 20 to 30 percent on average, too. “These preliminary findings suggest that increasing efforts to maintain physical activity and limit screen time should be put in place, while also recognizing the potential short- and long-term mental health effects of COVID at the population level,” the study’s author, Jacob Meyer, said.
While overall percentages of women in engineering-related fields are relatively low, the number of women studying engineering is increasing. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, only 5.8 percent of women were engineers in the early 1980s. Now, about 18 to 20 percent of engineering students are female.“I’m honored to participate in this event with these accomplished women in the fields of transportation and public service,” said Chellie Cameron, CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport. “Sharing our unique stories to help young women pursue and advance in careers in transportation is important to our region and our country. We know when women have an opportunity to participate and lead teams, our communities, businesses, and governing organizations are stronger.”Members of the public who are interested in commonwealth employment can visit www.employment.pa.gov for more information. Information on student programs as well as professional opportunities at PennDOT is available at www.penndot.gov/jobs. Wolf Administration Hosts Forum on Women in Public Service, Transportation April 07, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf, Press Release Philadelphia, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Philadelphia International Airport CEO Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron today spoke to more than 100 high-school and college students as well as regional professionals on the importance of women in public service and transportation.The forum, moderated by Liz Smith, manager of long range planning at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, was held at Drexel University.“Our government should reflect the people we serve, and since women make up more than half of Pennsylvania’s population, recruiting more women to public service is crucial to ensure Pennsylvania’s women have a voice in Harrisburg and at all levels of government,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “The Wolf Administration is committed to diversity and inclusion because our diversity is our strength.”According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are more than 60 million women in the labor force today, yet women make up only 8 percent of engineers, 18 percent of engineering technicians, and 30 percent of natural scientists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that roughly 15 percent of the more than 9.1 million people working in transportation and material-moving occupations are women.“Having diverse perspectives makes any team more effective, and the same goes for managing transportation assets,” Richards said. “Women need to know that their perspectives are invaluable and the transportation industry is no different.”
Render showing the view from the master bedroom at Aston Residences, West EndEverything from wheelchair-accessible lifts and power-saving devices to personalised floor plans has been considered by the developers of Aston Residences at West End.Even the number four – believed unlucky in Chinese culture – has been removed. But Effinity director Adrian Yu said their target market was very much the local buyer – young families, empty nesters and professional couples.“What I think is unique is that our buyers can personalise their floor plates based on their needs,” Mr Yu said. “If they need all of the bedrooms on one floor, they can have it. If they want a massive master suite, it can be done.”External render of Aston ResidencesThe “rare” five-storey terrace homes have a floor plate of at least 270sq m, and will each have a private garage and access to an enclosed rooftop sky-deck. Designed by Brisbane architects, Bureau Proberts, the nine terrace homes have been described as a “contemporary reimagining of the iconic row house”. Each one will have a private lift, indoor fireplace, parquetry floors, designer appliances, security systems, ducted airconditioning, Tesla and solar technology and access to a heated, private, residents’ pool.HOME – Render showing the kitchen at Aston Residences, West EndMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoHOME – Render showing the living area at Aston Residences, West End A render showing the view from the master bedroom at Aston Residences, West EndA furniture package and interior design consultation, valued at $50,000, is included.Eric David of CBRE Residential Projects, who is marketing the development, said they already had three expressions of interest.“There has been quite a lot of interest, particularly from people within the 4001 postcode,” he said. “Generally they are buyers whose kids have moved on and they want something easy to maintain without having to sacrifice space. And it is in a quiet street, close to amenities, transport. It is quite unique.”Mr Yu said he was “very excited” about Aston Residences. It follows the completion of another Effinity project, Alba Terraces at Ascot.That development, built by Bronlie Developments, was recognised at the recent Master Builders Queensland awards.Mr Yu said many buyers at Alba Terraces had come from the construction sector, or had moved from a previous Effinity build.“That says something about quality,” he said. “I am personally on site regularly, because I believe that is the way to ensure everything is finished to the highest standard.”The terrace homes range in price from $1.7 million to $2.4 million, with the largest and most private residence carrying the biggest price tag.“It is number 10,” Mr David said.To be built on Banks St at West End, Aston Residences will be within walking distance of South Bank, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the State Library and the CBD.
From Tuesday, January 28, vessels with a combined width of up to 98 meters may pass each other in a widened section of the Elbe known as the ‘passing box’, reports the Port of Hamburg.The five-kilometer stretch under Federal jurisdiction now has a width of 385 meters.Similarly, the fairway along the 36-kilometer stretch between Wedel and the mouth of the Stör has been widened from 300 to 320 meters. In this segment ships with a combined width of 92 meters may pass or overtake each other.“With the initial fairway widenings of the Elbe, meanwhile completed, we are on a good course, immediately improving the conditions for calls by mega-ships,” said Axel Mattern, Joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing. “For shipping and our port customers, this is really gratifying news for the start of the year.”The holding area at Brunsbüttel has also been completed. This has been available as anchorage since the end of last year – when allocated by the traffic control center.This offers ships dependent on the tide, and unable to make the tide ‘window’ for currently unforeseeable reasons, the opportunity of waiting during the new low water phase. The holding area forms an essential element of the safety concept.Andreas Scheuer, German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, stressed: “We started dredging operations on the Lower and Outer Elbe at the end of July. In our section, the work on widening has now been completed. As soon as the work in the up-river section of the passing stretch through Hamburg has been completed, the combined width of ships passing can be raised.”Prof. Dr.-lng. Hans-Heinrich Witte, President of the Federal Waterways and Shipping Administration – WSV – commented: “With these widenings, shipping on the Elbe will for the first time profit from the fairway adjustment. That is good for waterway capacity, traffic flow and safety.”Currently, work is in progress on deepening the entire stretch. Both ships dependent on the tide, and those that are not, will gain from one extra meter of loaded draft. The works will be completed next year.
ILOILO City – The motorcycles they weredriving crashed against each other in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan, Iloilo. The 18-year-old Ian Dave Palabrica of BarangayQuinar-upan, Binagawan and 24-year-old Lope Canaway of Barangay San Pedro,Tapaz, Capiz both sustained bruises after the crash. Police investigators said the crashhappened around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28. They received treatment at the BinagwanRural Health Clinic. Canaway allegedly overtook a precedingvehicle and crashed against the incoming motorcycle driven by Palabrica./PN
NANYUKI, Kenya – The armed rangers set off at dusk in pursuit of poachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a new alertness, and a new fear. Rhinos have long been under threat from poachers who kill them for their horns to supply illegal trade fueled by the mistaken belief that the horns have medicinal value. With tourists gone and their money, too, protecting endangered wildlife like black rhinos has become that much more challenging. And the poachers, like many desperate to make a living, might become more daring. Now there are concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic may increase such poaching, said John Tekeles, a patrol guide and head of the dog unit at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. (AP) In this photo taken Friday, May 1, 2020, a ranger observes the last remaining two northern white rhinos Fatu, left, and Najin, right, at the Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. AP
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NORFOLK, Neb. – Drivers in four IMCA divisions compete at as many Nebraska venues over the course of the eight-date Summer Storm Dirt Series.The second annual series for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts opens Saturday, May 7 at Off Road Speedway in Norfolk.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points, but no champions’ bonus points will be awarded.No registration fees will be charged. There are no point fund for the series, designed to encourage drivers to travel to the different tracks, but trophies and contingencies will be given. All shows will be draw/redraw.Rain date for the opening night program is May 14.Other series dates are Fridays, May 27 and June 24 at Boone County Raceway in Albion (rain dates are June 3 and July 1); Sundays, May 29 and July 10 at Stuart Raceway (rain dates are June 5 and July 17); Thursdays, July 2 and July 21 at US 30 Speedway in Colmbus (rain dates are June 9 and July 28); and Saturday, Aug. 13 at Off Road (rain date is Aug. 20).Racing starts at 7 p.m. at Norfolk and Stuart, and at 8 p.m. at Albion and Columbus.
Hargreaves, 33, whose four years at United from 2007-11 were ravaged by injury, told BT Sport: “If they can get the players necessary I don’t doubt that Van Gaal could even lead them to the title. But they need to have a great summer. “I doubt anything less than minimum Champions League (qualification) and even potentially competing for the title would be sufficient for him. I can’t imagine him coming there to finish fourth. “He has been so successful everywhere he’s been, so I don’t think they could have had a better option at this point. “His sides play good football, they try and dominate possession and wait for that opening and I think United fans will be excited.” One of Van Gaal’s first acts has been to appoint Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager, a move Hargreaves thinks could prove a shrewd one. Hargreaves said: “Nobody knows Manchester United better than Ryan Giggs. “He is arguably the greatest player ever to play for the club and still commands the respect of the current players and has that connection to the fans. “To have Giggsy, with his knowledge of playing at Manchester United, learning under one of the most well-prepared coaches in the modern game – it’s just a perfect combo.” Press Association Holland coach Van Gaal, who will take charge at United after this summer’s World Cup, has already spoken of his desire to reclaim the Barclays Premier League crown for the club. Hargreaves accepts a squad that finished seventh last season does need to be rebuilt but the ex-England international is convinced Van Gaal is up to the task. Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes new manager Louis van Gaal is capable of winning the title in his first season at Old Trafford.