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I would like to introduce myself… my name is John Roese, and I am the new Global CTO of EMC Corporation. While I have been with the company since October 2012, I am now getting time to participate in the robust social media presence of EMC. I feel that an introduction and some background on why I joined EMC would be a great topic for my first blog.I like to describe myself as a “serial CTO.” Since the late 1990s, I have mostly held the role of Global Chief Technology Officer in large corporations: initially CTO of Cabletron System (one of the larger networking companies of that time), then CTO of Enterasys Networks (a company focused on infrastructure and security), then CTO at Broadcom (one of the biggest fabless semiconductor companies), then Global CTO at Nortel (a 114-year-old telecom company) and finally leading Futurewei, the advanced technology development organization of the giant Chinese company Huawei.In all of these roles, my focus has been on innovation and the execution of R&D to move industries forward. I was fortunate to be involved in the creation of high performance networking, incorporating security into our IT systems, driving the commoditization and reach of many IT technologies, innovating in the world of mobile broadband (LTE), and even re-inventing the communications experiences we now take for granted.The most exciting work of my career started out as technical impossibilities or even “science fiction.” Now, looking back, after we solved the problems, the solutions were affordable, met customer expectations, and became mainstream. When done correctly, technology work always starts out exciting, impossible and highly aspirational. But if it works well, it ultimately serves as a foundation of the global IT environment. With more than 20 years of experience behind me, this pattern is fairly common.Last summer, my current chapter began with a call from EMC to gauge my interest in joining this company. While I was not actively looking for a new role, I was very aware that the IT industry is at the beginning of a new era. I have been very vocal that for the next decade, the industry will shift from boxes to solutions, from closed private environments to complex hybrid environments, from a distinct enterprise and consumer experience to a consumerization of IT, and from a technology orientation to a much more human and business centric focus. We will see the rise of mobility as our primary access method, we will see the Internet of Things emerge (think trillions of nodes on the internet, not billions), we will see the creation and consumption of data at levels orders of magnitude greater than ever before, and we will see rapid innovation to make all of this technology become invisible to the users and business’s through innovation on UX (user experience) and HMI (Human Machine Interaction).When the call came from EMC, the decision to join was simple. As a technologist who has a firm belief about the future, the opportunity to participate in the center of this new era was irresistible and obvious. EMC has assembled almost all of the key building blocks needed to create the future, including the tools of information infrastructure, security, data and analytics, virtualization, and a deep awareness of the customer. There is nothing more exciting than being at the beginning of what is the most exciting chapter of IT yet — armed with a fantastic arsenal of tools and capabilities and surrounded by deep intellectual capabilities and market access.I am excited to be at EMC and to have a social platform to engage others. After this introductory post, my hope is to share my views and discoveries as this new era evolves. I am truly looking forward to the transformational journey of IT that we are all a part of.
Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli spoke Monday about the importance and necessity of sustainability in the world today.Cervelli spoke on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si’ and said the Pope did a great job explaining the complexity of environmental issues. “I think Francis hits on the head that many of the problems we see today around sustainability are not simple, they are multi-dimensional,” Cervelli said.Cervelli said the issue of environmental conservation is much more than just the environment and that it affects so many other aspects of our lives. “The first part about environmental, economic and social ecology is how they’re all interconnected. We can’t look at them separately,” Cervelli said.Cervelli said colleges like Saint Mary’s can take steps towards dealing with sustainability issues by thinking of academics as integrated learning spaces and looking at the issues as issues of social justice. “I have some hopes and dreams for the college and for all of you, and to think about academic programs that take this approach solving problems,” Cervelli said. “It’s not just the environment, it’s dealing with the social justice dimensions as well that we’re so passionate about at Saint Mary’s.”Cervelli said that progress can only happen once people share information and communicate with each other, no matter the field. “Many of our problems today follow the fragmentation of knowledge and the isolation of bits of information [that] can actually become a form of ignorance,” Cervelli said. “So many of you are studying in very fine departments with very fine faculty; one of our goals is to work across departments, and be able to talk from science over to humanities.”Cervelli spoke about one of her personal heroes, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed Central Park in New York City and Cervelli said he put parks in cities because it made the cities more livable. “He had a strong belief, as does Pope Francis, in the healing power of nature. It’s the unconscious reflecting, it’s that ability to escape,” she said. “He believed it’s one of the more important responsibilities of the government to provide these spaces.”Cervelli said that Olmsted and Pope Francis are similar in their beliefs for the importance of the common good. “Francis talks a lot about human health and wellness and how it comes out of the environment, but what comes out of it are human interactions, with each other, socially,” Cervelli said. “Frederick Law Olmsted believed back in 1852 that nature has a direct impact on healing of humans.”Cervelli said Americans should be very proud that the first idea of a national park was born in the United States. “That spawned the conservation movement,” Cervelli said. “And I’m afraid often times it’s not even taught in schools. The ideas of land conservation, and perpetuity for everyone and to protect our environment [and] essentially ourselves.”Tags: cervelli, conservation, president, sustainability
Schlumberger exits shale sector, sells U.S. fracking assets to Liberty Oilfield Services FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Schlumberger has become the biggest oil-service industry player yet to abandon frack work in North America, a sign that activity in the U.S. shale patch may never revisit previous highs.The provider of drilling and oil-production equipment agreed to sell its U.S. and Canadian fracking business to smaller rival Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. After similar exits over the past few years by Baker Hughes Co. and Weatherford International Plc, Halliburton Co. is now the sole global provider of well completions for shale, and even Halliburton has said it’s looking overseas for better growth.For Schlumberger, the world’s top oilfield-services company, the deal is a massive reversal from its North American buying binge over the past few years, which added frack-sand mines, artificial-lift technology and Weatherford’s frack fleet. For Liberty, meanwhile, buying Schlumberger’s OneStim unit in exchange for a 37% stake in the company means the oilfield contractor will more than double the size of its frack fleet in a market that has sidelined three-fourths of U.S. crews this year.OneStim helps customers extract oil and gas from shale wells by blasting water, sand and chemicals underground to release trapped hydrocarbons. When combined with horizontal drilling, fracking launched the shale boom more than a decade ago. But now an historic crash in oil prices along with a glut of fracking gear has triggered a crisis that’s driven some frackers into bankruptcy.The combination with OneStim, which is expected to close in the final three months of this year, will make Liberty the second-biggest U.S. fracker with 2.3 million horsepower, according to Citigroup Inc.Schlumberger’s sale comes less than three years after it acquired Weatherford’s fracking unit for $430 million. Liberty said Tuesday it plans to scrap 1 million horsepower — essentially the former Weatherford fleet — amid an industrywide glut. As shale explorers heeded investor calls to rein in spending, fracking demand has dwindled. Beginning late last year, frack providers took the unusual step of scrapping much of their idle equipment.[David Wethe]More: Shale loses another global giant after Schlumberger’s frack sale
AFTERNOON LOCAL TIP: Outstanding mineral water abounds in our mountains – free always-running spouts can be found off Rt 55 near Eagle Rock or off Wardensville Grade near Pembroke Springs. Afternoon brings you back down the mountain. As you descend, drop by Richard’s Fruit Market for a refreshing homemade peach milkshake or Marker-Miller Orchards for some famous apple cider donuts, baked on-site daily. Then detour to Winchester Ciderworks for fresh UK-style hard cider fashioned in a century-old barn out of apples grown on site. Head back into town to check into the George Washington, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, in the heart of Old Town Winchester, which puts you just feet from a variety of local restaurant options. Or, if you’d like to truly get away, stay at the luxury Inn at Vaucluse Spring or Japanese-themed Pembroke Springs Retreat, both outside of town. MORNING MORNING DAY ONE Head out to kayak on the nearby Shenandoah River or Potomac River in Harper’s Ferry, stay local and hike the Third Battle of Winchester trails, or go on a guided biking adventure arranged by Element Sports. The perfect base camp awaits for your next Shenandoah Valley adventure. Winchester has a thriving Old Town walking mall with 20+ local restaurants, 4 walkable craft breweries, and an up and coming art scene, not to mention a great outdoor outfitter, surrounded by 275 years of history. All of this within easy reach of hiking, biking, and kayaking for every skill level. DAY TWO Sleep in on your second morning and have brunch at Region’s 117, Oak Stone Pizza, or the Village Square Restaurant in Old Town. AFTERNOON Make sure to check out the showtimes at the popular Family Drive-In Theatre in nearby Stephens City and catch a flick under the stars. Get there a little early on Saturdays as the cars line up! If you didn’t spend the previous evening exploring in Old Town, this is a must-do today. Stop by Winchester Brew Works for one of their hiking-themed beers and check the showtimes at the Bright Box Theatre for live music, comedy, and more. Or for a paranormal experience, book an Apparition Trail ghost tour, available nightly in Old Town. Save time for a nightcap and live jazz at the Half Note Bar in the George Washington Hotel. EVENING EVENING Morning in Old Town warrants a walk to breakfast at the quirky but tasty Steamy’s Café or laid-back Hideaway Café. A short drive gets you to the local favorite Bonnie Blue Southern Market & Bakery. Stop by Mountain Trails Outfitters on the Old Town Walking Mall for any last-minute equipment or supplies, then head west to the Eagle Rock Trailhead on the Tuscarora Trail. You can take a short 15-minute hike to the namesake overlook, or continue on for more beautiful views. This is a 252-mile bypass route of the AT, so you can hike as far or as short as you’d like. You can grab a great to-go lunch from Shaffer’s BBQ and Market or West Oaks Farm Market, both on the way.
“We have negotiations underway with the Afghanistan government to guarantee the immunity of our soldiers, an immunity equivalent to that enjoyed by soldiers from other countries participating in the anti-terrorist effort in Afghanistan,” Gabriel Silva told reporters in the U.S. capital. The minister offered no details about how many Colombian soldiers would be sent to Afghanistan or when they would go, though he did say they would take part in tasks related “clearing minefields, humanitarian aid, training special forces and fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan.” By Dialogo February 15, 2010 The Colombian soldiers will join the more than 80,000 military personnel serving with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, the defense minister said. The deployment of Colombian troops, he said, will be done at “the first window of opportunity that comes up” after the international judicial and logistical matters are settled. “That is the only obstacle still pending,” Silva said as he was leaving a meeting with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) during his week-long state visit to Washington. He said that “the responsibility of collaborating with other countries is inherent to being part of the international community,” and if Colombia “wants to receive support, solidarity and cooperation, it has to give them as well.” Silva said that Colombia has in force more than 150 collaboration pacts in the fields of security and defense, and is also taking part in a number of international forums to do with humanitarian aid and development, as is the case with earthquake-stricken Haiti. Under Plan Colombia, Washington has provided nearly $7 billion in mainly military aid to Bogota since 2000. Chris Dodd is one of several prominent senators who have called for a re-evaluation of the program, citing human rights abuses and the lack of impact on the street price of cocaine. Silva began a visit to Washington on Monday to lobby Congress and the U.S. government for the continuity of U.S. aid in the counter-narcotics initiative known as Plan Colombia and the approval of a bilateral trade pact negotiated during the Bush administration. Colombia is ready to contribute troops to the NATO-led security force in Afghanistan, the Andean nation’s defense minister said here.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your competitors are trying to slice up your business by relentlessly targeting specific aspects of consumers’ financial lives, says John Best, president of Best Innovation Group, during a breakout session at the CUNA Lending Council Conference Monday.To survive in the new world of unbundled services and niche apps, Best says, credit unions must truly commit to digital services, big data analytics, and innovation.“Digital is not a product. You have to change the essence of who you are. Analytics is not a product. It’s a discipline. Innovation is a fruit, not a goal,” says Best.Best further encourages credit unions to:Be mobile. Brick and mortar branches still matter, but your credit union must also offer mobile service options. continue reading »
NAFCU continue reading » Membership at federally-insured credit unions reached 120.4 million – representing 3.6 percent growth over the year – according to the NCUA’s fourth quarter call report data. In addition, assets rose $113 billion over the year and ended the fourth quarter at $1.57 trillion.“As more Americans turn to credit unions for financial services, the industry needs an appropriate regulatory environment to ensure they can continue providing the best products and services to members,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long. “The NCUA at its MDI Forum earlier this week showed its commitment to reaching underserved communities, and NAFCU will continue to work with the agency and Congress on key issues to ensure credit unions can thrive and meet their mission of serving those in need.”Here are highlights of the NCUA’s 2019 fourth quarter call report data:loans outstanding increased 6.2 percent to $1.1 trillion, up from $1 trillion a year ago; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Trustees for the underfunded Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS) have been granted up to 25 years to address the deficit, according to one of the fund’s main sponsors.In a statement to the Irish Stock Exchange, Aer Lingus said the Pensions Board had “communicated to the IASS trustee” that it expected the fund to comply with the minimum funding standard within 25 years, following initial discussions that saw a request for a 70-year recovery period reportedly rejected by the regulator’s chief executive Brendan Kennedy.However, the 25-year window seemingly granted to the IASS is significantly longer than the deadline for other Irish defined benefit schemes, which need to comply with the reinstated MFS and new 10% risk reserve by 2023.The statement by Aer Lingus added that the 25-year deadline had “imposed constraints” on the trustees, resulting in benefit cuts of 11-25% and higher return assumptions of 5% per annum for its recovery plan to address the current €769m deficit. Offering details of the fund’s proposed investment strategy, the statement added: “The IASS trustee has proposed a cessation of IASS benefit accrual and a liability-driven investment strategy underpinned by investment in a fixed income portfolio targeting a yield of 5% per annum.”The Irish flag carrier also said it would “continue to engage in discussions with the IASS trustee regarding the proposed investment portfolio and benefit reductions”.However, it stressed: “It remains the responsibility of the IASS trustee to submit an appropriate proposal to the Pensions Board to address the funding difficulties in the scheme.“The company, therefore, expects the IASS trustee to move forward with the submission of this proposal as soon as is practicable.”Aer Lingus said agreement with the Board represented a “crucial preliminary step” prior to “other key steps”, a reference to its need to approach shareholders with a proposal to set up a new defined contribution (DC) fund for workers affected by the IASS benefit cuts.The airline’s statement comes days after union IMPACT condemned the suggested benefit cuts after both companies involved in the multi-employer IASS and employee representatives were briefed on the trustee’s latest proposals.
NZ Herald 18 December 2017Family First Comment: There’s a time and a place!!Police are urging anyone who witnesses offensive behaviour to report it to authorities after an explicit video of a man and woman having sex on the side of State Highway 1 emerged online.Leaning on a sculpture beside the Jetty St over bridge in Dunedin, the pair continue to engage in sexual relations even after being filmed.The filmers can be heard egging on the man who waves back.Filmed at the intersection of Jetty St and State Highway 1, the road is the main route heading north from Dunedin.The incident is believed to have happened in the early hours of morning and the video appears to show both people under the influence of alcohol or drugs.National director of Family First Bob McCoskrie told the Herald there was a time and place for sexual activity but not in public, and “definitely not where families and children are passing by”.“This couple are showing complete disrespect for both themselves and for the general public. Families should definitely report this type of behaviour to the police. Public indecency is still – and should be – a crime.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11961300&ref=twitter Group who filmed nude woman running around Parnell carpark labelled disrespectfulNZ Herald 17 December 2017A group of young men who videoed a naked and incoherent woman running around an Auckland park have been condemned for their actions.Herald readers have hit out at the group, labelling the decision to film the woman instead of helping her disrespectful and abhorrent.And Family First says the group’s actions were disappointing.The video emerged on social media late last week. The woman with long brown hair does not appear to be coherent and is seen racing around a carpark in Parnell on Wednesday evening.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said it appeared that the distressed and incapacitated woman in the video needed practical help, not a social media campaign.“It’s disappointing that the public didn’t call for help and didn’t offer help if, and where, possible.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11960559&ref=twitter