Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Twitter Facebook Facebook Google+ The 46 year old man arrested earlier today on suspicion of arson at Sean Dolans GAA club in Derry on the has been released on bail pending further enquiries.The clubhouse in Derry’s Creggan estate was set on fire on 28 December 2011.At the time of the blaze, police said it had been started accidentally, but security footage was released showing the blaze was started deliberately.The next day, the PSNI said they were treating it as arson. Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Newsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 10, 2012 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleDonegal man accused of wrongly claiming Jobseekers’ benefitsNext articlePreliminary plans submitted for proposed Omagh crematorium News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested following Derry GAA fire is bailed pending further enquiries WhatsApp
Rumoured plans to close the Worcester college Buttery have been met with a mixture of mild anguish and stoicism by students.In an email to Worcester students, JCR Secretary Alexander Short sent a stark warning that the Buttery was “in severe danger of closing”, explaining that “it loses large amounts of money, and the college considers that as it stands that money could be far better used elsewhere.”Emphasising the extremity of the situation, he warned that, “Unless there is an extreme rise in usage extremely quickly, it will no longer exist in its current form.” He entreated students to ignore the pull of big brand names: “Instead of heading to Combibos or Starbucks, why not go the Buttery instead? A nice quiet place to read a newspaper, have a chat with friends or do some work.”Despite the range of services supplied by the Buttery, including food, free Wi-fi, and stationary items “at very good prices,” it makes a loss of £14,000 a year, and is mainly used by students to purchase tickets for formal hall.Julien Anani-Isaac, JCR President, threw the JCR’s collective emotional weight behind the buttery: “Both the SCR and the JCR would love to see it stay open but it really needs to be used. The SCR are even willing to accept a loss if they see that the Buttery is being used.”Anani-Isaac continued that “unless the Buttery starts being used by students, therefore making its existence justified, closing it is the only sensible economic option”. However, the previously apathetic student body appear to have been mobilised by the threat posed to the Buttery. A Facebook group entitled “SAVE THE BUTTERY!!!” has been set up, and within an hour had over a hundred members. One member, Rebecca Adams, wrote “If everyone buys one thing a day this week we can save the buttery! Hurray!”However, disillusionment within the movement grew equally quickly, as it appears that not all of the members joined the group voluntarily. The same Rebecca Adams wrote on the group’s wall “Can I leave this?”, with Robert Nairne asking “What’s the Buttery?” and the group’s creator lamenting “Oh god, what have I started?” less than ten minutes after the group’s creation.Despite the substantial amount of money lost by the Buttery each year, students seem to feel it is money well spent. Hugo Lewis, a third-year geographer, described the £14,000 deficit as a “small effect” on the overall college budget, stating it was “worth it” – although he did admit that there were only five people in the Buttery as he spoke. Patrick Thomson, who is currently a postgrad student at Wadham but used to be an undergraduate and JCR committee member at Worcester, defended the investment. Although he admitted that £14,000 was “not an inconsiderable” amount of money, he recalls “brighter days when birds would sing as you sipped coffee and bought a Curly Wurly”, claiming that “the Buttery is really part of the soul of the college”.However rumours that the Buttery’s fate is already sealed may be misguided. Although second year E&M student Lucy Gregory pessimistically mused “It’s basically already decided it’s closing”, the college has denied that any such decisions have been made. Steve Dyer, the Domestic Bursar, said there would be “no imminent closure” and that the college was “just seeing how the numbers stack up”. However, he confirmed that college is attempting to increase the number of people who go there “with free newspapers”.
These same customers also tell me that as soon as their partners turn into “pick my stack, my full stack – like it or not,” they move from being a partner to being a vendor. When they push that envelope too far, such as cranking licensing/pricing in a negative direction (Oracle is constantly the reference example) – they move from passive dislike into frustration, anger and then full on rage.This is a delicate balancing act. Everyone out there is trying to make it easier for companies to source more from them, but as soon as the choice is not driven by the customer… well, those customers end up feeling like I feel about my cable company: “Their internet rocks. Their set top and cable programming sucks. Their mobile phone sucks. I DON’T WANT BUNDLING.”I also hear another thing more and more often – customers that dig EMC, also dig VMware and Pivotal. They want us to work more closely together. There are customers every day that are going all in on the Federation, and see benefit to their business. And, if you listened to the recent analyst call (transcript here) you heard Joe saying how those customers spend on average 2x more with EMC and VMware and move faster with Pivotal. I want to humanize this for a second. My daughter was in the ER three weekends back (fear not – nothing serious – just a wakeboarding head injury with no permanent damage other than a wound to her pride). During those long hours, EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA and the Federation were the last thing on my mind. Afterwards I realized the hospital had a new PACS system – and that in all likelihood we power that system – so in a way we as the Federation had a part to play (a VERY small part relative to the doctors!)Every day families work through healthcare issues that make my weekend detour look easy. These things matter – and are about making people’s lives better – not just driving technology forward.Want another example of making lives better? EMC’s sustainability report is a fascinating read.What’s interesting about these “making the world better” and “getting to an outcome” stories? They don’t start with low-level technology elements. This is difficult to internalize as a technologist who likes “being in the weeds.” Technology matters – in fact it’s central – but the real magic is in “putting it all together.”This is the other macro thing that is driving the “Federation Better Together” for me and may perhaps suggest that the balance point in the balancing act may be moving.Every day I talk to customers, more are saying: I’m done wasting my time on lower-level integration – I want a faster outcome. I know that part of moving faster is focusing less on “lock in” that is no longer material, and more on picking partners that I trust and redirecting efforts higher up the stack – period.A good friend and former colleague (good luck in the new gig Tyler!) did an absolutely BRILLIANT post on “lock-in” here I would highly recommend. His definition is perhaps the best I’ve ever seen: How much friction (and what would it cost to overcome) am I introducing to our environment, and is the value we’re gaining worth it? Through that lens, bad “lock in” is a situation where the friction to move outweighs the benefits of moving and good “lock in” is a situation where the friction to move is dwarfed by the benefits of moving.What people are coming to realize is that lock-in at lower levels of the stack is now at a point where the friction to move is low. This is due to open APIs and open source coupled with much better abstraction through virtualization and containerization. Even moving from one IaaS stack to another is possible (that has more friction though). The new “high friction” comes from data gravity (this remains really hard to move – and steers compute to tend to want to co-locate), governance/compliance/regulation, and hard-coding your app to someone’s API without some open protection (the most dangerous of the these elements).The ultimate proof point (in the lock-in vs. agility debate) is the rapid growth of the public cloud stacks – where you have ZERO control over the stack (or the services).This is all to say the following:When customers want faster outcomes (which is happening more and more)…ANDThey realize that lock-in is a ratio of “friction to move:benefit of moving,” not a monster to be feared…THENThey ask the Federation to come with answers to the questions of ‘what if we were all in with you?’ and ‘does the ratio of friction:benefit work in my favor?’This is the story of so many customers I see around the globe.There is so much to do and we can clearly get better!This question, “what can we do to make the Federation work better, while striving to not remove the strength that comes from preserving the cultures, autonomy, and freedom of motion?”, has been keeping me very busy over the years – and no time more than over the last couple of months.I believe there are six buckets to what we can do to make the Federation work even better (IMHO):Services – a common team approach to delivering on integrated Federation projects; operating based on the best skills to deliver, regardless of Federation team member (we’ve largely cracked this one).Sales – to be applied when a customer says “I want a Federation team where the buck stops – and leverages the whole Federation portfolio for what they think is right.” This means being able to do Federation ELAs, and other operational considerations. We’ve started to apply Federation account coverage for customers who really want to go “all in” with us – early days to be sure, but exciting!Software Defined Storage – together, the SDS portfolio of VMware and EMC is second to none – from extending traditional external storage (VVols/ViPR) and in other cases replacing external transactional storage with SDS (VSAN and ScaleIO). Together we cover vSphere only-use cases, and also any heterogenous use case. Together we offer SDS data planes beyond transactional storage with Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). Together as VMware and EMC there is no peer in the ecosystem when it comes to a complete, and open SDS portfolio.Converged Infrastructure – a big part of moving faster is abandoning mix-and-match at the lowest levels of the stack. This is causing vendor ecosystems to collapse and things that were obvious in the past simply don’t work anymore. Maybe CI isn’t an ecosystem play anymore? SDS with validated hardware still seems to work as an ecosystem thing (think of VSAN-ready nodes, or the new ScaleIO nodes). vSphere certainly is a massive ecosystem play (massive ecosystem). But when it comes to real CI (not assembled reference architectures), customers are drawing clear lines about stacks that they like and they don’t like – technologically, as well as strategically and through the support lens. New battle lines are being drawn. This is a function of something more fundamental: the new commodity is the full IaaS stack. It’s not to say that all IaaS stacks are the same, rather that IaaS is now the level of infrastructure comparison.Cloud – the consumption model of technology that cloud creates needs to operate at the Federation level. Not that we don’t continue to partner openly with SPs and Telcos, but there needs to be a more Federation-level model for it.A clear strategic position on the infrastructure design point built for Cloud Native Applications workloads. This area (Cloud Native Application and the IaaS that underpins it) is one of the biggest hairballs because right now it seems that depending on the customer, the “pragmatist” and “purist” views each have a place because the landscape is moving fast! More work needed here – but you can see we’re all over it.In the end (and most importantly!), I want to say a huge “thank you” to our Federation customers. Know that we’re working furiously on 1-6, while maintaining our promise to you of always offering choice and embracing an open ecosystem. There has been so much speculation about EMC/VMware lately and I continue to be surprised by how much the speculation feeds itself. One reporter speculates, and then another reports the first as a source. It’s all like a snake eating its own tail.My perspective is based on the customers I talk to and mirrors the one Joe Tucci staked out in response to the analysts on EMC’s most recent earnings call: the customers I talk to want the Federation of EMC/VMware/Pivotal/RSA to be MORE integrated, while fiercely resisting models where things are too coupled.It’s funny because those sound like polar opposites, but I also get where they are coming from. Customers want a loose coupling that gives freedom of choice to pick a part or pick the whole.People jokingly compare our Federation to another Federation. The analogy to the fictional Star Trek Federation is apt beyond the common name. That other Federation is a collection of different planets and cultures. They have different strengths and weaknesses, but come together on common goals. That’s pretty familiar territory for the employees of EMC, VMware, Pivotal and RSA.What do I hear from customers about what they want – specifically?They want to be able to use everything in the VMware portfolio without being obligated to using EMC or Pivotal.They want to be able to use EMC without necessarily using VMware.They want to be able to use Pivotal Cloud Foundry and the Pivotal Big Data Suite anywhere, including vCloud Air and on their VMware-powered on-premises clouds (the most common deployment model for Pivotal Cloud Foundry), but also on AWS, Azure, and others.Many Isilon customers are very happy to see EMC partner with Cloudera. Heck, EMC even resells Cloudera for people who want to bundle these together (El Reg covers that here). Want a pure open source Apache Hadoop distribution instead to align yourself with the Open Data Platform (ODP)? EMC partners with Hortonworks (see that here). A pretty clear example of choice.What about the new world of Cloud Native Applications and how to best support them at the infrastructure level?Some customers passionately believe in a vision of Cloud Native apps that runs on a pragmatic view. This view is that perhaps it’s best to build new apps on the same unified cloud stack which runs kernel mode VMs and containers simultaneously, can present via the vRealize/vCloud APIs and equally via the Openstack APIs, and offers rich virtual infrastructure services when needed, and not when not. This is the Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud, which industrializes the VMware stack with rich workflows and integration with a broad ecosystem. The people and process of this “unified cloud” approach often struggle with SLAs, ITIL processes geared to the most legacy app whilst also operating with the agility that the new cloud native apps desire (and demanding none of the infrastructure resilience). This is not a technical issue, but a very real one nonetheless.Other customers are equally passionate in a diametrically ooposed direction – that while you CAN run Cloud Native Applications on infrastructure and operational models designed for classic infrastructure-dependent applications, you SHOULDN’T. Instead, you bias for elasticity, programmability, cloud-level scale and economic models. Beyond the technology, this operational model fits the DevOps cultural model. This cloud usually runs adjacent to a “unified cloud” that powers the traditional applications. Does the Federation have an answer? You bet! This is the Pivotal Cloud Foundry + VMware Photon Platform + EMC VxRack solution which was discussed at VMWorld 2015.Other customers reject VMware’s role in the world of Cloud Native Apps with passion. I think that’s a little foolhardy – because outside some of the SaaS startups I meet with, few customers would see a ton of benefit from building their own Cloud Native unstructured PaaS (DIY PaaS that starts with building on top of Mesos + Marathon/Kubernetes) built on homebrew IaaS models. Outside SaaS startups (which rock with this approach), many enterprise customers go down that path and come back 18 months later saying “help!” VMware can make the Photon Platform the “Enterprise IaaS for pure Cloud Native Apps.” That said – those customers commonly believe in a purist open source model, and bias towards the efforts that Pivotal and EMC are pursuing with Project Caspian as the “industrialization” of a purist open source stack. This is another manifestation of choice.
German insurer Frankfurter Leben-Gruppe (Frankfurt Leben) has bought the €3bn multi-employer Pro bAV Pensionskasse from AXA Germany.No purchasing price was disclosed but both companies emphasised in press releases that the 260,000 contracts would be transferred without changes to guarantees or benefits.“Changes in the market and the regulatory framework have considerably slowed down new business and also led to shrinking membership numbers in the Pro bAV Pensionskassen,” AXA said in a statement.The company said it wanted to focus on other offerings in the occupational pension sector, such as direct insurance contracts and reinsurance. AXA also said the sale would help the Pro bAV Pensionskasse avoid having to raise costs for members.“Given its fundamentally different business model the Frankfurt Leben group can achieve a lower cost level for its clients,” AXA said.In Germany, Pensionskassen are insurance-based vehicles that are subject to similar regulations and maximum guarantee rates as insurers. The regulatory regime of Solvency II does not apply to them, however.In a statement, Frankfurt Leben confirmed it would offer “considerably reduced costs” and keep this level “over the long term”.The deal is subject to approval by BaFin, Germany’s financial regulator.The insurer was founded in 2015 to take over life insurance assets of German insurer Basler Versicherungen.Last year Frankfurt Leben bought another life insurance company, ARAG München, raising its assets to just over €5bn.So-called ‘run-off’ sales have led to an often heated political debate in Germany. Such deals involve insurers selling off life insurance contracts that have become more expensive and less attractive to handle in the low interest rate environment.The conservative CDU party had considered a legal provision obligating insurers to get clients’ consent before selling life insurance contracts.All debates have been put on hold during ongoing coalition talks as chancellor Angela Merkel attempts to form a new government.
Southeastern Indiana General Practitioner, Dr. Gary Scudder (left), accepts a recognition plaque and a check in his honor for the Scudder Association, from A. Kenneth Ingram, Chairman of the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees.DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. –A longtime staff member at Dearborn County Hospital has retired after 47 years of service.Dr. Gary Scudder spent over four decades as a General Practitioner, caring for tens of thousands of patients, doing everything from delivering babies to providing emergency treatment for accident victims.The Ohio County native graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine before entering the service and was deployed to Vietnam where he served as a Battalion Surgeon.After his return stateside, Dr. Scudder was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer for the Armed Forces Examining Station in Cincinnati.The following year in 1967, he entered into full time private practice at the Ludlow Hill Clinic in Lawrenceburg and became a member of the Dearborn County Hospital Medical Staff.Dr. Scudder practiced medicine full time in Lawrenceburg at the Clinic until the late 1990s when he opened a second office in Rising Sun. Upon its opening in 1999, Dr. Scudder consolidated his two offices into one full time practice at the newly constructed Rising Sun Medical Center, where he also served as Medical Director.During his 47 year career in Southeastern Indiana, Dr. Scudder held numerous DCH Medical Staff offices including twice as Chief of Staff. He currently serves as the Dearborn County Health Officer Administrator, a position he has held since 1995. Over the years, Dr. Scudderhas worked as Medical Director for several area long-term care facilities and has been an active member of state professional organizations including serving as President of the Indiana Association of Public Health Physicians.“Dr. Scudder has spent his career caring for the residents of Southeastern Indiana. Today, physicians rarely practice in the same area for such extended periods of time,” noted Roger D. Howard, Dearborn County Hospital President/CEO. “We are most grateful for the 47+ years of dedicated service Dr. Scudder has provided to the hospital, his patients and the region as a whole.”At the September meeting of the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees, Dr. Scudder was presented with a plaque recognizing his medical career and commitment to the region. In addition, the Board made a $2,000 donation to the Scudder Association in honor of Dr. Scudder.The Scudder Association is an international charitable organization comprised of the descendants of John, Thomas and Elizabeth Scudder of 1600s Kent, England. Goals of the organization include providing financial assistance to specific hospitals and schools in India, as well as supporting religious and educational activities, such as scholarships to qualified students in the fields of medicine, ministry and social work.Dr. Scudder will also be presented with a custom made captain’s chair at the next meeting of the Dearborn County Hospital Medical Staff.“These items are just expressions of the deep appreciation the hospital, medical staff and community have for the work Dr. Scudder has done over the past 47 years,” concluded Mr. Howard. “Nothing can fully express our combined gratitude for his lifelong commitment to medicine and to the people of Southeastern Indiana.”