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first_imgElection candidate Tim JacksonElection candidate Tim Jackson has called for action to be taken in light of Ballybofey’s record-high commercial vacancy rate last year, a problem he says “needs to be addressed with concrete solutions.”“Ballybofey will continue to struggle if something significant is not done. Anyone walking around the town will see for themselves how many premises are empty, and as shops close it means even fewer people are attracted to the town, so it has a knock on effect on other businesses too.”“Having spoken with many business owners, I firmly believe rates payments are one of the biggest obstacles to success for new Donegal ventures, and this is something they could be given a temporary amnesty from if Donegal County Council really want to help revive the local economy and secure jobs.”“The reality is that a currently strong sterling pound, with a weak Euro, has been keeping many Donegal businesses afloat, but our local economy will need to be built on much firmer economic foundations than that if it is to withstand eventual currency fluctuations.” Whilst Ballybofey had the highest rate of vacancies at 32.3%, Letterkenny is in ninth place at 21.6%.The GeoView Report compiled by An Post and Ordinance Survey Ireland also showed the overall vacancy rate in Donegal at 14.2%, whilst the national average was 12.6%.ACTION NEEDED ON BALLYBOFEY’S EMPTY PREMISES CRISIS – JACKSON was last modified: January 12th, 2016 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) Tags:BallybofeyCOMMERCIAL PREMISESTim Jacksonlast_img read more

Half-time: Millwall 0 Fulham 0

first_imgA glaring miss from Millwall striker Lee Gregory ensured the first half at the New Den ended goalless.Gregory, unmarked at the far post, stretched to meet Jimmy Abdou’s perfect cross from the right but somehow volleyed it over.Fulham’s best chance came a few minutes later after Lasse Vigen Christensen had been afforded the space to run 40 yards down the right flank.He worked his way unchallenged into the box but instead of shooting laid it off to Alex Kacaniklic, whose scuffed effort was turned away by Millwall keeper David Forde.Diego Fabbrini’s trickery and movement has been at the heart of Millwall’s most promising attacks, and the Italian had a low shot from the edge of the box comfortably saved by Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli.Kit Symons’ side looked well-organised at the back and in midfield, and provided a threat on the break, with Kacaniklic firing a low shot just past the post and Hugo Rodallega shooting into the side-netting. Fulham (4-4-2): Bettinelli; Richards, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Christensen, Parker, Tunnicliffe, Kačaniklić; Rodallega, McCormack. Subs: Kiraly, Burn, Kavanagh, Fofana, Roberts, Ruiz, Woodrow. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_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