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Munro seek win to strengthen chances in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_imgFOOTBALL: ISSA/FLOW daCosta CupWESTERN BUREAU:The 2016 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition continues today with 17 matches, including a Zone E fixture between Munro College and Maggotty High at the Appleton Sports Complex.Munro (four points), fresh off their 1-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Lacovia High on Saturday, will be hunting a second straight win to move further up the standings, with champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) idle.The zone is led by STETHS (nine), following their 1-0 win on Saturday over Maggotty. Lacovia econd in the zone with six points, but they will be overtaken by a Munro team which appears to have found a sense of renewed confidence.Maggotty have been struggling so far, after failing to secure a single point in two matches. They are desperately in need of something to spark their campaign, which blossomed greatly last year.However, they are unable to reproduce the kind of results that would have no doubt kept them relevant and in line for a place in the next round.Meanwhile, Petersfield (six), third in Zone D behind Godfrey Stewart (nine) and Little London High (eight), could go joint first with a win over Grange Hill at Frome sports ground.”We are still in a position to push forward in the zone, which is proving somewhat more competitive than others thought,” said Petersfield High’s coach, Godfrey Drummond.”Third in the zone is not where we want to be so a victory is what we are going after and we hope that we can do that against Grange Hill,” added Drummond.Little London, oddly enough is the only team in that zone yet to lose a match, but they are looking to be the spoilers in that zone this year under coach Jeffery Reece’s tutelage.Today’s matchesMaggotty vs MunroAnchovy vs MaldonKnockalva vs Green IslandPetersfield vs Grange HillNewell vs Black RiverPetersfield vs Grange HillCross Keys vs Mile GullyBelair vs DeCarteretBB Coke vs ManchesterYork Castle vs Marcus GarveyOcho Rios vs Brown’s TownA Gallimore vs Steer TownHorace Clarke vs St Mary HighSt Mary Tech vs BrimmervaleFoga Road vs Winston JonesPorus vs DenbighSeaforth vs St Thomas TechTacky vs Iona High9Home teams named first, all matches start bat 3 p.m.)last_img read more

‘Can Do Spirit’ to End Poverty

first_imgDr. Jones, second left, and other MOVEE executives lead a parade in BairaThe man known among rural people as ‘poverty doctor,’ Dr. J. Mills Jones, told members of the Helping Hand & Unification Club in Baira, Bong County that only a “can-do-spirit” supported by few Liberian dollars can take Liberians out of poverty.Speaking at an elaborate occasion marking the 3rd anniversary of the women’s organization, Dr. Jones said “Such a spirit when given a chance and supported with a few Liberian dollars, can transform the lives of many Liberians who are yet to have a foothold on the economic ladder.”The Helping Hand & Unification Club (HHUC) is a network of 23 Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) comprising 690 members, who all turned out in grand style to receive Dr. Jones on his way back from a weeklong visit to Nimba County.The Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) standard bearer said that transformation would happen only with deliberate policy actions that would help more Liberians to be in the position to feed and send their children to school.“It is not a hard thing to do with a little bit of imagination and with a little bit of common sense through which many of our people will rise from zero to hero,” Dr. Jones said.He said public policy must ensure that poor Liberians are empowered as poor people cannot produce a rich nation “because Liberia’s development is the collective responsibility of all Liberians.”Dr. Jones described the organization as a good example of the enterprising spirit of Liberians.The HHUC is part of the VSLA program, which is a financial inclusion mechanism supported by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) during the tenure of Dr. Jones.  It is directed at the rural poor, who could not get access to finance through the traditional banking system.The MOVEE standard bearer was invited to see the progress the organization has made and to also thank him for his leadership in helping the poor.Earlier, Madam Janet Sumo, who heads the club, attributed their accomplishments to Dr. Jones’ exemplary leadership as the then Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia.Madam Sumo lauded Dr. Jones for his initiative to empower rural Liberian women and revealed that the network has grown beyond its capacity, which made it necessary to undertake a project to build a town hall.“We do not want anyone to mislead us. We have decided to organize ourselves into a very strong network, which has grown into 23 member groups, with each group comprising of 30 members,” she said. “Today, our third anniversary celebration will witness a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a town hall that will provide a convenient meeting place for us to continue the work that has given us women of Liberia a better place and a voice in society. We owe our achievements as rural women to the empowerment program of our ‘Poverty Doctor,’ Dr. Joseph Mills Jones,” said Madam  Sumo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgGlenswilly GAA notesGlenswilly 5kThe annual 5k takes place next Tuesday, June 23rd, starting at 7.30pm. A large crowd is expected at the event which has been a great success since it started in 2012. Those entering the run and walk will all be chipped and people can pre-register on Monday night next between 6-7pm or on the night of the race from 6pm. The cost is €8 for adults, €2 for U18s and €20 per family. Full details are available on the club’s Facebook page. Help for the 5KPlans are well underway for the club’s 5k but help is needed on the night. Anyone who can stewart at the event should contact Brendan Walsh. Also anyone who can provide refreshments including baked goods or sandwiches is asked to drop them down on the evening of the race from 6pm onwards.BingoBingo continues in the hall every Wednesday night with more than €2,000 in prize money up for grabs. The bingo starts at 9pm. Congrats to U14 girlsWarmest congratulations to the U14 girls team who beat St.Columba’s of Glencolmcille to book their place in the championship semi-final. The girls will face Downings in their quest to book their place in the final. Well done girls.U10 trainingThere will be no U10 training next Tuesday evening because of the staging of the 5k. Training will resume again the following week at 6.15pm.Tickets for Donegal game Anyone looking for tickets for the Ulster semi-final between Donegal and Derry at Clones on Saturday week is asked to email their requests to club secretary Aisling McDaid at before Thursday, Jun 18th at 10pm. Anyone who books a ticket is responsible for that ticket.Congrats to the Glenswilly foursome!A major congratulations to Gary McFadden, Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher (and mentor Gary McDaid!) after last Sunday’s terrific performance against Armagh. Well done to the four lads for representing their county and club with such honour.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY 5K TAKES PLACE NEXT WEEK was last modified: June 16th, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgThey’re starting to arrive in – your pictures from Donegal and Poland of the Euro 2012 Championships. Send all you have to First prize is an all expenses-paid trip by private jet to the final (or perhaps an Ireland jersey!!). Get sending!    EWE MUST BE KIDDING! THE FIRST OF YOUR EURO 2012 PICTURES! was last modified: June 10th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Williams supporters seek governor’s ear

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jamie Foxx stepped into the spotlight at his latest movie premiere with more than the usual publicity drill in mind. Don’t let it happen, the actor urged – don’t let the state of California execute Stanley “Tookie” Williams, the convicted murderer and Crips gang co-founder who has been recast behind bars in the role of peacemaker. Foxx is not alone. An unusually varied collection of Hollywood stars and other famous names is trying to persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that Williams – who has become a celebrity in his own right – can do more for society alive than dead. On Friday, Schwarzenegger’s office announced he would hold a private hearing Dec.8 with Williams’ attorneys and Los Angeles prosecutors at his Sacramento office. Williams’ supporters range from the holy (Archbishop Desmond Tutu) to the streetwise (rapper Snoop Dogg, himself once a Crip). Whether a movie-star governor is more inclined to consider their pleas for clemency is debatable. But the chorus is only growing louder as Williams’ Dec. 13 execution by lethal injection approaches. His supporters cite Williams’ efforts to curb youth gang violence, including nine children’s books and an online project linking teenagers in America and abroad. A Swiss legislator, college professors and others repeatedly have submitted his name for Nobel peace and literature prizes. Last weekend, Snoop Dogg told about 1,000 people rallying outside San Quentin State Prison that Williams’ activism has touched him. “His voice needs to be heard,” said the musician, whose new song, “Real Soon,” touts Williams’ anti-gang efforts. On Monday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Bianca Jagger, a death penalty opponent and former wife of rocker Mick Jagger, visited San Quentin. Jackson said he prayed with Williams, promising, “We are going to fight for you and we are going to win.” Foxx, who played Williams in “Redemption,” a 2004 movie which brought the Death Row inmate’s story to a wider audience, used the New York premiere of “Jarhead” to issue his plea. In a jailhouse interview last week, Williams said he is un- impressed by his prominent supporters (“I’m blas about everything”) and relies on his attorneys to evaluate the benefit of efforts on his behalf. Hollywood’s political and social activism has been known to provoke criticism. But Williams said he is unconcerned his famous boosters could create a backlash that might sway Schwarzenegger against him. “In the position I’m in, I don’t see how anybody can hurt,” he said. “The truth is the truth, no matter where it comes from.” Williams, 51, who saw the notorious gang he co-founded with a childhood friend spawn copycats worldwide, denies committing the 1979 murders that put him on death row. He was convicted of killing a Whittier convenience store worker and, days later, killing two motel owners and their daughter during a robbery in Pico Rivera. The crimes Williams was accused of were “heinous,” said former “M*A*S*H” star Mike Farrell, a longtime death penalty opponent. But Williams has made “an extraordinary transformation,” said Farrell, who’s lobbied for him for several years. In apparent recognition of the power of the pro-Williams movement, the state Department of Corrections launched an unusual counterattack questioning the sincerity of his anti-gang conversion and alleging he remains involved with the Crips. Lora Owens, stepmother of victim Albert Owens, the Whittier store clerk, opposes clemency and resents the celebrity involvement. “I think most of them are abusing their popularity and their access to the media,” she said. “It’s an agenda. If they looked at the facts, then they’d realize Williams has not done anything to deserve clemency.” Williams’ link to the entertainment world was cemented with the biographical movie shown on TV and at film festivals, including Robert Redford’s Sundance. Williams’ support is particularly deep among African Americans but extends much further, said Farrell. Working with Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Farrell gathered signatures from more than 100 religious leaders, lawmakers and others of prominence for a clemency request that went to the governor Monday. Among those whose names are attached: NAACP Chairman Julian Bond; U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Harry Belafonte; Bonnie Raitt and Russell Crowe. Is there reason to think that Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood ties might make him more receptive to celebrity pleas? “No,” Farrell said flatly. “One would hope that because he comes out of an industry beyond the political world that he’s less subject to the pressures of politics but, unfortunately, his career hasn’t demonstrated that.” So far, Schwarzenegger hasn’t said much about the execution, other than that he views it as a complex subject. “It’s never a fun thing to do. You’re dealing with someone’s life,” he told reporters. The famous have long rallied to high-profile prisoners, including Native-American activist Leonard Peltier, convicted of killing two FBI agents, and Jack Henry Abbott, whose jailhouse letters to novelist Norman Mailer were published as “In the Belly of the Beast.” Abbott’s release, which Mailer supported largely because of the convict’s writing talent, ended tragically when he fatally stabbed a young man six weeks after being released. Back in prison, Abbott committed suicide. Such celebrity campaigns rankle victim advocates. Nancy Ruhe, executive director of the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, argues that they glamorize a man like Williams and confer unwarranted role-model status. “He becomes someone to look up to,” Ruhe said. “There are so many people in our country you can look up to, but most certainly it should not be someone who has murdered several people.”last_img read more

How Identical Are Identical Twins?

first_imgIdentical twins look identical, and the assumption is that their genes are, too.  Not necessarily, found a team of European scientists publishing in PNAS.1  Their studies of genes from identical twins found that even when indistinguishable at birth, divergence over time in the expression of genes became evidence due to epigenetic (above-gene) factors:MZ [monozygotic] twins constitute an excellent example of how genetically identical individuals can exhibit differences and therefore provide a unique model to study the contribution/role of epigenetic modifications in the establishment of the phenotype [i.e., physical appearance].  What does make MZ twins differ?  By using whole-genome and locus-specific approaches, we found that approximately one-third of MZ twins harbored epigenetic differences in DNA methylation and histone modification.  These differential markers between twins are distributed throughout their genomes, affecting repeat DNA sequences and single-copy genes, and have an important impact on gene expression.  We also established that these epigenetic markers were more distinct in MZ twins who were older, had different lifestyles, and had spent less of their lives together, underlining the significant role of environmental factors in translating a common genotype into a different phenotype.  Our findings also support the role of epigenetic differences in the discordant frequency/onset of diseases in MZ twins.The differences could be due to drift over time by chance, or lifestyle choices, or differences in environment.  Their results, they concluded, did not prove heredity or environment were the decisive factors: “Our comparison of MZ twins suggests that external and/or internal factors can have an impact in the phenotype by altering the pattern of epigenetic modifications and thus modulating the genetic information.”1Fraga et al., “Epigenetic differences arise during the lifetime of monozygotic twins,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print July 11, 2005, 10.1073/pnas.0500398102.Philosophers have argued about heredity and environment for a long time.  These studies carry the debate down to the molecular level of DNA and gene expression.  No conclusions are drawn in this commentary, except the caution that creationists and evolutionists both need to take epigenetic factors into account before propounding simple explanations of stasis or evolution.  Genes are not the only things in control; a host of epigenetic factors contributes to the way a plant, animal, or human looks and acts.  Staging the debate as heredity vs environment begs the question of whether those are the only explanations for why identical twins diverge over their lifetimes.  It would seem that personal choices and unseen mental, moral or spiritual factors cannot be ruled out as significant agents of change that can extend down to the genes and influence their expression.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Toyota looks toward solar energy

first_img7 May 2008Toyota has become the latest company to answer power utility Eskom’s call for companies to reduce electricity consumption and to find alternative energy sources, by installing over 200 solar panels at its Prospecton plant in Durban.With the country’s growing at some 15% per year and putting strain on existing infrastructure, Eskom had asked businesses to cut power usage by 10% in order to reduce demand by 3 000 megawatts.“We would like to work together with Eskom’s new task team to aid in load reduction,” said Toyota South Africa spokesperson Ferdi de Vos in a statement this week.“This will ensure that our economy does not suffer loss from unnecessary load-shedding.”By the end of 2008, Toyota will have installed 270 solar panels into its Durban plant, which will enable them to operate at full capacity while also reducing demand on Eskom.Where the plant previously used electricity and gas to heat water, it will now use energy converted from the sun as a source of heat. Solar panels collect and convert energy from the sun into energy and heat that is then used by nearby buildings.Toyota’s renewable energy project began in 2006 with the installation of 44 panels, and the second phase was completed in June 2007 when 150 panels were installed. In the third phase of the project, Toyota will install a further 120 panels.While the project has cost Toyota R3.5-million, the company expects to save R95 000 per month on energy costs when the project is completed in the next few months.“Not only is this a significant financial saving, but it shows that Toyota is supportive of Eskom’s energy saving initiative,” said De Vos.The environmental impact of electricity use in South Africa is also a concern that big electricity users like Toyota needed to help address, and the manufacturer pointed out that the change would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by approximately 1 350 tons per year.“Our solar power initiative is done with the environment in mind,” said De Vos.According to the company, over 18% of global final energy came from renewables in 2006.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

PetroSA opens new geoscience centre

first_img16 August 2013 State oil company PetroSA has opened a state-of-the-art geoscience collaboration, visualisation and technology centre that will help guide its oil and gas explorations while providing a training ground for South Africa’s next generation of upstream professionals. Built at a cost of R15-million and equipped with the latest visualisation and collaboration equipment, the Ulwazi Collaboration and Visualisation Centre takes seismic and geological data and translates them into detailed, 3D views of subsurface formations. The facility in Cape Town, the first of its kind in the country, will be used by PetroSA’s upstream asset teams in their search for and development of oil and gas prospects, enabling them to make quicker and better informed decisions on how to develop the company’s upstream assets. It will also be used on a daily basis to monitor and guide drilling operations for Project Ikhwezi, PetroSA’s flagship initiative to secure additional feedstock reserves from its southern offshore gas fields in order to sustain its Mossel Bay gas-to-liquids (GTL) refinery. Energy Minister Ben Martins, speaking at a ceremony to mark the opening of the centre in Cape Town on Friday, said the centre’s findings would also assist in government policy making, while helping to promote maths and science education in the country. “PetroSA should invite learners and students from primary schools, high schools and tertiary institutions to visit the centre,” Martins said. “In the long run, exposing young people to this innovation will contribute to skills development in the technology sector, which is the driver of a modern economy.” PetroSA Group CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo said the facility would ensure that “collaborative, multi-disciplinary evaluations of new drilling information and drilling events are done efficiently prior to responding to the event. “Collaboration between our multi-disciplinary sub-surface teams in Ulwazi furthers our understanding and description of geological structures and reservoirs, which lead to improved decision-making in areas such as well placement, field development planning and reserves estimates.” The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PetroSA) manages the country’s commercial assets in the petroleum industry, including the world’s largest commercial gas-to-liquids plant at Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

eBoot 20 Pcs No Crease Elastic Ribbon Hair Ties Ponytail Holders : Quite a nice pony tail pack

first_imgFashionable and cute ribbon hair ties, great for casual tying. Review from wifey”these ribbon elastic hair ties are very popular these days. I’ve been using a specific brand of hair band ties for a decade because my hair is so thick and literally breaks and ruins any other weaker hair band. I decided to try these hair ties because they look cute and fashionable and i felt like i needed to keep up with the times. These hair ties come in a variety of bright solid colours, cute patterns, and glitter. I was pretty excited to try them. What i didn’t like so much was that the patterned hair ties are only printed on the front side and the back side is blank, so when i tie my hair up, the white sometimes shows up when the hair tie gets twisted around. An improvement would be to make sure both sides of the ties are printed. Each hair tie measures about 3” in length and 0. The material is smooth so it doesn’t catch or pull out your hair. When not in use, these hair ties also look cute around your wrist. Now about the performance of these ribbon hair ties—due to the smooth material, i have to tie them extremely tightly so they don’t slip down my hair. Because i have thick hair, i also go through these hair ties pretty quickly because they get stretched out quickly. Ultimately, these hair ties are completely functional and they look great. This is a handy pack of hair ties that come in 20 different colours to match every outfit. My daughter often has her hair up, however, i worry that some of the hair bobbles i use are quite harsh on her delicate hair and they can pull and break it. They do not pull at her hair or break it at all. They are very gentle to use, however, stay in well. I have found i need to redo her hair at times when she has been particularly active, however, on the whole they stay in well. They seem to be of a decent quality and i think they should last a while. I think they are good value for money and can see us using them a lot. I received these hair ties free of charge in return for our honest review. Great quality and very fashionable. These type of hair bands are very fashionable at present and it was nice to receive a good selection of colours. Unlike plain elasiciated bands, these bands are a stretchy fabric which prevents damage to your hair. Easy to hold hair in place (very secure), looks great and with a large quantity of hair bands i will never run out or have to worry about losing any. The fabric is securely sewn and appears to be good quality, i have used one hair band for a week and usually elasicated bands tend to snap by now but the one band has lasted and still looks new and the fabric hasn’t flawed. I sometimes like to wear my hair bands on my wrist, to allow me to put my hair in a ponytail when i so choose, the hair bands are brilliant for passing as bracelet. Overall great quality, keeps hair very secure and is very fashionable. Quite a nice pony tail pack. This is a nice pack of 20 hair ties, they are an elastic ribbon material and are quite stretchy, there is a variety of colours, some are sparkly ad some have lace. There is also a leopard skin and a polka dot one. They are simply wound round the pony tail and fastened. My great granddaughter is only 2. 5 years but desperately wants a pony tail like her mummy. Her hair is too short and fine yet. We pacified her by putting one on her wrist as a bracelet and it looked really pretty. My granddaughters liked them very much and after wearing one all day one of them reported no kinking of her hair. The lace was only on 2 or 3 but we found it difficult to get it to lie properly. Great selection of 20 elasticated ribbons for ponytailsSimple, cheap and useful. Please your wifew or GF and get her these.Fashionable and Cute Ribbon Hair Ties, Great for Casual TyingQuite a nice pony tail packA fantastic collection of elastic ponytail ribbons for the perfect hairstyle.Great quality and very fashionableeBoot 20 Pcs No Crease Elastic Ribbon Hair Ties Ponytail Holders, Mixed Colors A fantastic collection of elastic ponytail ribbons for the perfect hairstyle. . For a ten year old my daughter is quite big on fashion and looking good (obviously within limits). She also spends a lot of time on her hair, trying out various hair styles that she sees either on tv or on the head of my son’s eighteen year old girlfriend. One of my daughters pet hates are the current (and in her opinion poor) selection of ponytail holders available in our ‘neck of the woods’ namely west wales. I have bought her scrunches that unravel, ‘ugly’ elastic ties that snap and ribbon ties that refuse to hold up her hair for longer that about thirty seconds. Then i received this pack of elastic ponytail ribbons from eboot in stunning colours and patterns, this particular pack consists of twenty elastic ribbons in a wonderful array of designs and colours including bright satins, sparkly golds and silvers, leopard, hearts and lacy (every one is different). These ties are made from soft and stretchy material tied with a knot. The stitching looks strong and the seams well finished. They are reasonably priced and certainly worth the cost for stopping the rows before school, when my daughter cannot get her hair ‘just right’. These elastic ponytail ribbonss are absolutely fantastic, they look beautiful, they are extremely fashionable and most of all they do exactly what they are supposed to do … hold my daughters thick hair in any of the styles that she wants. Please your wifew or gf and get her these. . Such a simple little item but one that gave my wife so much please when i showed them to her, because she is a real girly girl and loves to use ribbons in her hair or on her belts or anywhere she thinks she can get away with using them. They’re the sort of thing men never think to buy but which women have loads of because they’re cheap to purchase and last for years. These have lovely designs, including glitter, shiny stuff, lace and just plain or patterned material. They are stretchy as well but not to the extent that they’ll pull someone’s hair out, they’re easy to slip over a ponytail or pigtail. I’ve put a few pictures below to show the assortment i received and also how they stretch – obviously i’m just using my fingers to do the stretching in the picture, that should give you an idea how easy it is as well as how far they (reasonably) stretch open. I received these free in exchange for an honest review and being honest i think they’re lovely wee things which you can buy for a pittance. Nor does it hang down nicely. . I’m only giving these a 4star rating because the lace is in a loop which cannot be tied around the hair, nor does it hang down nicely. Good selection, but they stretch and loose elasticity pretty fast. Great fir kids, these hair ties don’t catch or snag in the hair. They come in a variety of colours and styles that any young girl would be overjoyed with. My only problem is there is only one of each, i would prefer 2 of each as my niece likes to wear pigtails and likes to match.So i would like less choice but two of each. Great selection of 20 elasticated ribbons for ponytails. This is a great selection of 20 elasticated ribbons with a tie/knot at the end. Each one is a different colour and a few of them have a layer of white lace as well. I like all of the designs and will wear them all. I have long hair that i usually tie up in a ponytail but i have noticed that the regular elastic black ties that i use have started to break the underside of my hair from excessive use. These ribbons will be more gentle on my hair. I have one in my hair as i type and it wraps around my ponytail twice. I have thick hair so you could possibly also wound it around your hair 3 times. There is no way this can break or damage your hair which is ideal. It would look particularly cute on a young girl child but really suitable for anyone who has long hair.last_img read more

EMC & VMware Vs. Amazon: The Empire Strikes Back

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Amazon Web Services#applications#Computing#EMC#enterprise#infrastructure#private cloud#public cloud#software platform#VMware Amazon Web Services is on fire, and EMC and VMware are feeling the heat. So the established enterprise-computing duo is striking back — by launching Pivotal, a joint venture that aims specifically to dethrone the current king of cloud computing.Pivotal is led by Paul Maritz, the ex-CEO of VMware and a former senior executive at Microsoft. In leading the charge against AWS, Maritz is diving into a cloud-computing mosh pit that will include other tech heavyweights, such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.(See also: Amazon: Can It Stay King Of Cloud Computing Forever?)Pivotal heads for battle with parent-company assets — database technologies, data analytics and an application platform — it is combining into services that customers can lease to run their own software in the cloud. EMC owns 69% of Pivotal and VMware the rest. The two owners will have to invest a total of $800 million this year and next in order to kick start Pivotal, which Maritz conservatively estimates will reach $1 billion in revenue in five years from $300 million this year.Amazon’s LeadThose numbers show how long it will take Pivotal to catch up with AWS. While Amazon won’t break out the numbers for its cloud-computing unit, analysts say it is lumped inside the revenue category the online retailer calls “other.” In Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings released in January, “other” accounted for $769 million in revenue for the quarter and $2.52 billion for the year. That’s a respective growth of 68% and 64%, according to the International Business Times. (See also: VMWare: “If Amazon Wins, We All Lose”)And AWS doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Macquarie Capital analyst Ben Schachter estimates AWS will surpass $3.8 billion in revenue this year, and values the business at $19 billion.Nevertheless, the market is still young. Most AWS customers today are startups and small and medium-sized businesses. Amazon is expected to shift focus to large companies soon, heading right into EMC’s and VMware’s sweet spot. This is making both companies very nervous.During a partner conference in February, VMware Chief Executive Pat Gelsinger warned that if “a workload goes to Amazon, you lose, and we have lost forever,” CRN reported. To avoid that kind of customer drain, Pivotal will provide the public-cloud option for VMware customers using its infrastructure technology for private clouds. Supporting that migration is important to EMC, because it owns 80% of VMware.Pivotal In The CloudOn paper, Pivotal will provide an enterprise-class cloud-computing platform and infrastructure. The company includes Greenplum, EMC’s Big Data analytics division, and Pivotal Labs, the storage company’s application development environment. VMware is contributing cloud-computing platform CloudFoundry, and middleware and tools for building and running data-intensive Java applications.Maritz will have to build a business on top of all this technology, but EMC’s and VMware’s commitment to Pivotal shows how they believe customer migration to cloud-computing environments outside their data centers is inevitable. The companies also know that failing to have what customers want would be suicidal.In 2011, Gelsinger, then president and chief operating officer for EMC, said the company did not intend to become a casualty of any major change in the industry.“The technology industry is ruthless and relentless,” he said during an interview at the VMworld conference. “If you are not in front of those major waves of technological innovation, you will become one of the driftwood on the shores of the industry.”In cloud computing, stopping Amazon is how EMC and VMware plan to reach that shore alive.Image courtesy of Shutterstock antone gonsalves Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more