More and more, as the world’s digital transformation accelerates, technology isn’t just a business enabler, it is the business. Take FedEx, for example. Pioneering founder and CEO Frederick W. Smith was among the first to recognize that technology defined his business model when he described FedEx as “an IT company that ships boxes to pay for all its infrastructure.”To be sure, FedEx didn’t sit still, nor did competitors like UPS, DHL or even the U.S. Postal Service, but kept investing in its infrastructure for speed and agility. Today all of these companies continue to invest in keeping their server infrastructures fresh because they know it pays dividends to do so. They do it not only to boost company speed and lower costs, but also to enable new applications and services that might not otherwise be possible. Plus, they gain increased agility necessary to respond to new opportunities.IDC Makes the Business Case for Refreshing Servers Every Three YearsAccording to market research firm IDC, the operating costs of a data center’s servers rise dramatically after their third birthday. In fact, in years 4–6, the cumulative operating costs of older servers can be 10x more than an old server’s initial expense. Not only is that more than enough to pay for new servers, but the latest server technology can also provide far more performance, scalability and agility to manage workloads.In a study based on interviews with 14 companies averaging $8 billion in annual revenues, IDC made several findings that support a compelling business case for refreshing servers more frequently. One was that companies could save $14.6 million with two refresh cycles — each three years long — over a six-year span, which has been the traditional refresh cycle. Another was that the added speed, scalability and agility can help these firms generate an average of $4.7 million in extra revenue. Finally, IDC found that more savings and revenues meant the ROI on the cost of new servers was less than a year.Dell EMC Responds to Customers’ Needs With 14th-Generation ServersIn July, Dell EMC announced the availability of its latest PowerEdge servers, the 14th generation. Our newest lineup of five new PowerEdge server models incorporate several years and hundreds of millions of dollars in R&D investment to meet the kinds of IT transformation needs that IDC noted in the study just mentioned.So what’s new? While their innovations are many, they fall into three key categories:Optimized, scalable business architecture. In the past, servers were designed to handle multiple workloads, treating those equally, even if each one was vastly different. Server model choices involved processor speed, memory and density.Today’s 14th-generaton PowerEdge servers provide all that using the most advanced technologies available, but each model’s architecture and engineering are optimized for specific categories of workloads, especially in terms of workload acceleration, storage and tuning. Examples include mission-critical databases; virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and machine learning; big data and software-defined storage; and high-performance computing and high-frequency trading.For example, compared to PowerEdge R720 servers that used traditional, shared HDD storage, the new PowerEdge R740xd servers sport new, low-latency Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) technology in a VMware vSAN environment. This optimization can enable them to process up to eight times more database operations per minute.Intelligent Automation. The new PowerEdge servers can help companies further transform their IT efficiency by automating the entire server lifecycle from deployment to retirement with embedded intelligence that dramatically increases IT staff productivity. With expanded APIs and an all-new OpenManage Enterprise console, IT team members can spend more time on higher-priority work.What’s more, the enhanced iDRAC 9 delivers up to four times better systems management performance over the prior generation of PowerEdge servers. Joe Wiese, a systems design engineer at Rackspace Hosting, says:“I totally love the new iDRAC 9. The new version is quite comprehensive and can be used to configure most everything for managing and maintaining the servers…the iDRAC, the PERC, the NICs and the BIOS all through a single web interface. It is hands-down the single greatest addition to PowerEdge that I have encountered.” Integrated Security. With cyber threats growing in frequency and sophistication, the newest PowerEdge servers offer a deep layer of defense built into their hardware and firmware. They also feature quick detection to enable, if breached, a fast recovery to a trusted base.Among other security features is System Lockdown, an industry-first. It prevents configuration changes that can create security vulnerabilities and expose sensitive data. In addition, features such as Secure Boot, BIOS Recovery capabilities, signed firmware and iDRAC RESTful API (compliant with Redfish standards) provide enhanced protection against attacks.Where Do You Stand? Assess Your Infrastructure and Learn MoreFor those of you interested in assessing the performance of your servers and workloads, Dell EMC offers its Performance Analysis Collection Kit, also known as DPACK.Based on an industry-standard method of impartially documenting the performance of one server or a group of them, DPACK is a cloud-based, IT infrastructure–planning software tool that you can download from Dell for free. This analysis service is hardware- and platform-agnostic. It records workload characteristics, measures performance and creates simulations from various industry-leading server platforms.And if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, we invite you to download the free, 20-page IDC white paper, “Accelerate Business Agility with Faster Server Refresh Cycles.” Finally, for more insights into the new Dell EMC 14th-generation, workload-optimized PowerEdge servers, check out this recent blog post from Brian Payne, Dell EMC Executive Director of Product Management.
The University of Notre Dame is under investigation by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for possible Title IX violations pertaining to the University’s handling of sexual violence cases, University spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email Monday evening.The OCR said today that it had opened the investigation on Feb. 19.“The accused student in this matter is no longer enrolled at the university as of the spring semester of 2015, nearly a year before we learned of the OCR charge,” Brown said.Notre Dame is one of 167 colleges and universities under investigation, according to a list released by the OCR.The University had previously been under investigation for possible Title IX violations related to its handling of sexual assault cases in 2011, according to a letter sent in 2011 to University President Fr. Jenkins from the OCR. The OCR opened the investigation in December 2010, after the death of Saint Mary’s College first-year Lizzy Seeberg. Seeberg killed herself after reporting that she had been sexually assaulted by Prince Shembo, a Notre Dame football player.The investigation was resolved on June 30, 2011 and Notre Dame agreed to make changes in its handling of sexual assault cases, according to the OCR resolution. The University agreed to educate students on the reporting process and the steps law enforcement will take after a report is filed, the resolution said. It also agreed to conclude Title IX investigations within 60 days of a complaint, the resolution said.Tags: Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, sexual assault, sexual violence, Title IX, title ix process
Tony nominees Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell (who can currently be seen in Fish in the Dark) will star in the off-Broadway premiere of Stephen Karam’s The Humans. Joe Mantello will direct the production as part of Roundabout’s New Play Initiative. Performances will begin on September 30 at off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center. It will open officially on October 25 and run through December 27.In addition to Birney and Houdyshell, who will play Erik and Deirdre, the cast will include Cassie Beck as Aimee, Greg Keller as Richard, Sarah Steele as Brigid and Joyce Van Patten as Fiona “Momo” Blake.” The production will feature sets by David Zinn, costumes by Sarah Laux, lighting by Justin Townsend and sound design by Fitz Patton.Birney recently appeared on the New York stage in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard and You Got Older. He received a Tony nomination last year for his performance in Casa Valentina. His additional Broadway credits include Picnic and Gemini. Houdyshell earned Tony nods for Follies and Well; she has also appeared in Romeo and Juliet, Dead Accounts and Wicked. Beck’s Broadway credits include Picnic and The Norman Conquests. Keller has appeared on Broadway in Wit and off-Broadway in Of Good Stock, Belleville and The Seagull. Steele recently appeared on Broadway in The Country House. Van Patten returns to the Roundabout after appearing in The People in the Picture.Karam, who returns to Roundabout after their 2011 production of Sons of the Prophet, first premiered his play at Chicago’s American Theater Company in November 2014. It follows Mr. Blake, who, after a sleepless night, brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family tensions reach a boiling point as things start to go bump in the night. Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 The Humans View Comments Reed Birney
“We are heading into another busy year for the Smokies,” says Chase Pickering, Friends of the Smokies board member, “visitation was at an all-time high last year, and that trend looks like it’s going to continue for 2019. It’s amazing to think you can do something as simple as getting a license plate to support your national park. Having a bear on the plate is just a bonus.” ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Twenty years after the launch of the program, drivers in Tennessee and North Carolina have raised more than $15 million in support of Friends of the Smokies through specialty license plate sales. The iconic black bear is depicted on both states’ plates and contributes to their popularity on both sides of the mountains. Both specialty plates fund a variety of projects and programs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, including those related to the park’s black bear population. Last year, the plates also provided support for a new Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) program, a coordinated volunteer effort to provide valuable information to hikers at trailheads about trail safety, trail difficulty, and proper preparation before beginning a hike. ### The Tennessee Smokies plate underwent a multi-year redesign and hit the roads in winter 2018. It features a silhouette of a black bear against the original orange and purple sunset design. Less than six months later, sales increased by 30% over the same time in the previous year. A black bear was added to the North Carolina Smokies plate in 2007 and sales have seen a steady increase since then, placing the Smokies plate among the most popular in the state with representation in all 100 counties. The North Carolina Smokies plate was designed by Micah McLure. The Tennessee Smokies plate was designed by Kristin Williams. For more information or to get a plate visit BearPlate.org or stop by your local Tennessee County Clerk’s Office or North Carolina Vehicle and License Plate Office. “It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to the banks of the mighty Mississippi, there are generous people who support this national park with our specialty license plates,” said Tim Chandler, Executive Director and COO of Friends of the Smokies. “These plates provide meaningful and dependable support for the critical projects we fund in the Smokies.” Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised $65 million to support critical park programs in North Carolina and Tennessee. Discover and donate at FriendsOfTheSmokies.org.
As data breaches become more widespread and as fraud tactics continue to evolve, countless identities have come to be available for sale on black markets that can be accessed, for example, on the dark web. This stolen identity data consists of enough personal information on a consumer for a fraudster to accurately impersonate that individual and defraud organizations. We call this compromised identity information “perfect” because it can perfectly match a legitimate consumer’s record. This is where fraudsters capitalize – they can use a “perfect identity” in an attempt to open or access financial accounts, for example.Based on results from our 3rd Annual Fraud Report, information theft (from 19% in 2014 to 39% in 2015) and account takeover (from 33% in 2014 to 39% in 2015) activity is on the rise. Coupled with the increase in suspected fraud attempts year over year, credit unions realize the clear need to employ necessary identity verification and fraud prevention solutions to ensure a customer is indeed a legitimate customer and not a fraudster with “perfect” identity information in hand.In 2013, IDology started launching annual fraud reports in which we poll senior executives from our customer base – many of whom are in the banking and other financial services sectors. The report presents the collective input of some of the world’s most talented and diligent and anti-fraud practitioners who have direct experience with this delicate security versus convenience balance.We’re pleased to highlight some of the most notable results and analysis. We hope the results, analysis and overall report help your credit union in knowing the state of fraud in 2015 and where fraudsters are moving their efforts.Suspected Fraud Attempts Continue to ClimbFor a third year in a row, the amount of survey respondents reporting an increase in suspect fraud attempts rose. As suspected fraud attempts remain problematic for credit unions, and as these attempts continue to climb, the need for credit unions to detect fraudulent activity and take the steps needed to protect their organization is clear. However, organizations must also remain focused on improving the user experience by employing multiple layers of verification and only raising the level of friction when potential risk flags are present.Fraudsters Continue to Target Website ApplicationsIn line with IDology’s 2014 Fraud Report, website applications continue to bear the brunt of attempted fraud. As EMV continues to gain traction in the United States, it’s expected that fraud will shift to website applications since Chip-and-Pin technology is more difficult to duplicate than the current magnetic-stripe variety in use. As new fraud schemes arise targeting online applications, credit unions will need to take increased action to boost their identity verification and fraud prevention programs.Call Center and Mobile Fraud IntensifiesSurvey respondents reporting mobile fraud tactics also rose this year. Mobile fraud has become increasingly top of mind for credit unions as the use of smartphones gain in popularity and usage. With the convenience of smart devices being able to access personal accounts, security is becoming more and more of a priority. Another interesting development in this year’s results is the rise in organizations reporting suspected call center fraud attempts – from 2% in 2014 to 13% in 2015. Ultimately, these survey results demonstrate the increased need for credit unions and other financial services providers to not only prevent fraud in the best way possible, but it also must be accomplished in such a way that ensures good customers encounter a streamlined experience without friction.To download the complete seventeen-page 2015 Fraud Report, click here. 90SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dancu John Dancu has served as President and CEO of IDology since 2005 and is recognized for his leading edge innovations in both the identity and fraud spaces. John has a … Web: https://www.idology.com Details
Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for transparency in the distribution of social assistance in response to the COVID-19 outbreak amid mounting issues surrounding the delivery of aid.For instance, Jokowi stressed that the public should know the details about those who are eligible to receive the aid and what type of aid is being distributed.“I want the social assistance recipient data to be transparently available [for the public],” Jokowi said during a COVID-19 task force virtual meeting on Monday. While the central government has claimed that the distribution of various forms of social assistance is underway, problems have emerged in the data for determining those who are eligible. Some poor families have complained they have not received assistance when those in well-off neighborhoods had.In Batam, Riau Islands, many residents have not received aid. In East Java, municipalities and regencies in the province have not yet submitted the names of eligible recipients.Meanwhile, in the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, Jakarta, there have been reports that several companies appointed by the government to help pack staple foods for distribution to affected families had experienced delays caused by a shortage of special bags printed with a message from the President.Analysts have also raised concerns about the lack of human resources needed for the government to achieve 100 percent accuracy in its poverty data — saying that the process for updating data was not optimal and had caused confusion over who was eligible to receive the aid.They also warned about potential illicit practices, from illegal fees to price gouging, highlighting the lack of supervision of the distribution. The President also urged stakeholders to accelerate distribution, saying he “wants all of [the aid] to be received this week”. He also called on the relevant authorities, including the social affairs minister, regional leaders, district and village heads to closely supervise the distribution of social assistance.“The timing [of the distribution] must be well-managed as there is aid from the central government and local governments […] a hotline must be created so that everyone can report possible embezzlement,” Jokowi said.Read also: COVID-19 aid stalled, used for political stunts
Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK) has launched a global REITs fund, hiring two managers to invest €300m.Principal Global Investors will manage up to €150m in a dedicated REIT portfolio for BVK.Germany’s largest occupational pension fund – with €59bn in assets – made the move as part of a diversification strategy as it widens its exposure to real estate.Norman Fackelmann, head of real estate investment management at the self-employed professionals scheme, told IPE sister publication IP Real Estate that “first investments have already been made”. Principal works across equities, fixed income and real estate sectors and manages $311bn (€225bn) in assets mainly for retirement plans and institutional clients.In August last year, BVK awarded a €500m global real estate mandate to LaSalle Investment Management in a bid to diversify its exposure to the asset class.BVK is also working on an infrastructure debt vehicle with two banks.The scheme set up a Luxembourg-based fund for infrastructure debt, co-financing loans for a gas pipeline through Germany and a Dutch prison, worth €20m-70m each.
“I applied for this role,” he said, “because I believe what Lancashire and London are doing with this partnership is exactly what should happen across local government – and, indeed, the wider pension sector – to help secure better benefits for members.”O’Higgins has previously worked at PwC and PA Consulting, and is currently chairman of the NHS Federation and of the remuneration committee at Network Rail.Jennifer Mein, Lancashire County Council leader, said it was moving ahead with the pooling vehicle as the industry awaited a government announcement on the future shape of local government pension schemes (LGPS).“Michael’s vision and experience are welcome assets, which should give others confidence in the seriousness of our joint endeavour, as we work towards launching the new company in April 2016,” she said.Merrick Cockell, newly appointed chairman of the LPFA, praised O’Higgins’s past roles across the public and private sector, as well as in academia.“To have a person of Michael’s calibre chairing the partnership is a real testament to what we are trying to achieve,” he said. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently spoke of the need for consolidation among LGPS and has said he would like to see the creation of half a dozen asset pools, or “British wealth funds”.As part of their efforts to pool assets, all other London local authority funds outside the LPFA have backed the launch of a London collective investment vehicle, while LGPS from the South West are coming together to create a £19bn asset pool. The £10.5bn (€14.8bn) pooling vehicle set up by the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) and Lancashire has hired former pensions regulator chairman Michael O’Higgins as its inaugural chair.The London and Lancashire Pensions Partnership (LLPP), agreed by the local authority funds in July, also said David Borrow, the deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, and Skip McMullan, currently a board member for the LPFA, would join the venture’s board.O’Higgins, who left the Pensions Regulator in 2014 after three years as its chairman, will now recruit a further three non-executive directors to join the board.He said he was delighted to be involved in the “ambitious” pooling exercise, which he predicted would see a significant change to the public sector pensions system.
Share 34 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Celine Dion. Photo credit: topnews.inNEW YORK, USA — Across the Caribbean Diaspora, Jamaican promoter Walter Elmore’s Art of Music Productions (AMP) successful bid to attract mega star Celine Dion to the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is being viewed as a boost for the festival and for the region.Two years ago when the organization began its efforts to entice the musical icon to the festival, they had no idea how they could pull it off. “But I’m a firm believer that if you have an idea, you work at it. If you don’t try you’ll never succeed,” says Elmore, AMP’s chairman.Inking the deal, Elmore says, took some “jumping through hoops” but now that all systems are set for Dion’s first performance in the Caribbean, he is understandably very excited. “Her production team is amazing and has been working with my team to make sure that everything’s in place. It is going to be an exceptional show,” he promises.Canadian Celine Dion, one of the best selling female recording artistes of all time, is also excited about the opportunity to perform for her fans in the Caribbean. As she emailed to Elmore: “I am looking forward to doing my very first show in the Caribbean and this is an honour for me to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. What a beautiful way to meet the people of Jamaica on this, my first trip to the island. I just can’t wait.”Scheduled to perform on the Friday night of the festival, which runs from January 26 to 28, 2012, Dion is expected to woo her fans with classics such as: The Power Of Love; Because You Loved Me; All By Myself; I’m Your Angel; the Grammy and Academy Award-winning classic, My Heart Will Go On; and her breakthrough chartbuster, Where Does My Heart Beat Now.In addition to Celine Dion, a dazzling lineup of top international, regional and local superstars has been announced for the three-day festival, which takes place at the Trelawny Stadium.Joining her on the lineup are Cee-Lo Green, Nicole Henry, Heads of State, Jully Black, Earl Klugh, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Destra, Gentleman; and Jamaica’s finest musical talent, including Shaggy, Richie Stephens, John Holt, Yellow Man, Half Pint, Tessanne Chin and Tami Chynn, Marcia Griffiths, Lloyd Parkes and We The People, George Nooks, Luciano, Mykal Rose, AJ Brown, Freddy McGregor, Pluto Shervington, Etana, Chris Martin, Marcia Barrett (Boney M) and Byron Lee’s Dragonaires.In honour of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence, the opening night of the festival is dedicated to all the rich sounds that have shaped Jamaica’s music over the past 50 years, and so it will feature ska, rocksteady, dancehall and reggae, the island nation’s influential contributions to world music. Caribbean News Now Share EntertainmentNewsRegional Celine Dion booking: A major boost to Jamaica and the Caribbean by: – December 19, 2011 Share
By Jack WalbringQUINCY, Ill. (May 3) – Jim Lynch, Joey Gower and Kimberly Abbott all scored IMCA feature wins at Quincy Raceway during action on Sunday May 3.The Powder Coat Plus IMCA Stock Car main event went to Lynch, who took his second feature win of the season over Abe Huls, Beau Taylor, Andrew Hustead and Jerry Jansen.The Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod was a wild and wooly affair as it looked like Austin Becerra would pick up his first local feature win of the season before a last lap tangle with Tony Dunker in turn two changed all that.Gower took the lead on the restart and held off Brandon Lennox to take the feature win followed by Nathan Bringer, Jim Gillenwater and Brandon Dale.The IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compact feature event was a three-way battle between Jeffery DeLonjay, Seith Woodruff and Kimberly Abbott with each taking turns at the lead.Abbott won out at the end with Woodruff in second and DeLonjay in third. The fourth spot went to Barry Taft with fifth going to Trent Orwig.