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Oxford landlord fined £5000 for negligence


first_imgAn Oxford landlord has been ordered to pay almost £5000 after a faulty boiler could have put his student tenants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.Glaswegian GP, Dr Tariq Mahmood, appeared in Oxford Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to breaching gas safety regulations at his property in East Oxford.A gas installer first discovered that the boiler was out of order in December 2010, and further investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the boiler had been faulty for two years.Following Mahmood’s hearing, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector Dozie Azubike commented, “Dr Mahmood’s lack of care could have had very serious consequences for his Oxford University student tenants.‘Every year approximately 20 people die and many others suffer ill health from carbon monoxide poisoning. Unchecked gas appliances can become unsafe over time, exposing tenants to possible serious injuries or even fatality.‘It is therefore vitally important that landlords fulfil their gas safety obligations to their tenants.”A spokesperson for Oxford University commented, “We advise all students who are living out to know their rights and ensure that landlords undertake all necessary maintenance to ensure their safety. But we also recommend that every student in private accommodation should purchase and install an audible carbon monoxide alarm if one is not already fitted; it could save your life.”Other Oxford students have expressed grievances about their landlords. A Pembroke Theology student told Cherwell, “We had an infestation of mice in our house. Despite promising to get pest control teams to exterminate the vermin, our landlord did nothing about it. Living out that year was hell.”last_img read more


“Cloud-like” – Is Your Data Center Ready for the Plunge?


first_imgCloud is just about everywhere and in most companies’ strategies. However, getting and moving to cloud doesn’t always happen as quickly as we hope. The larger your infrastructure is, the more detail is required to plan and migrate while minimizing disruptions to daily operations.But is cloud, specifically public cloud, the best approach for every need, every application, and every company? Or is “cloud-like” a better route?As IT administrators evaluate their cloud options, they may find a number of criteria to support moving to public cloud. They may also find some aspects that are not so favorable. Security, data ownership or data lock-in, flexibility, choice of platforms, available applications, and so forth -– these are some of the key aspects to consider when moving from an on-premises environment, and which may prevent you from fully migrating certain applications, data, and policies to public cloud. But you still want all of the benefits that come with cloud.Enter “Cloud-like”A cloud-like approach could mean evaluating different options to obtain public cloud benefits – such as scalability, economics, flexibility, manageability – but without some of the risks or downsides you have discovered about public cloud for your business, infrastructure and workforce. Perhaps your IT organization knows that running certain workloads with on-premises servers will always provide faster results than cloud instances. Maybe IT also believes that maintaining the data close to compute/servers and not incurring data transfer costs or lock-in will reduce latencies and budgets over the long term. Or it could be that IT really wants to secure data and meet in-region compliance requirements for data privacy, for example, without risking data migration to or in the cloud. Unique scenarios indicate a cloud-like approach could benefit IT as they engage in hybrid IT models.Let’s evaluate servers in a cloud-like approach. To leverage servers in this scenario, a consumption component must be considered to deliver cloud-like economics. This can include approaches like metered consumption or pay-as-you-go, without embarking on buying servers. This approach would also mimic cloud, paying for CPU cycles when needed.Another aspect is how to ensure servers can scale in performance to tackle real-time burst demands for processing data. An expanded capacity (“bursting”) option could be useful.And with servers and data on-premises, businesses can experience cloud-like flexibility while reducing risk of outage or breaches while keeping latency low.Dell Technologies Flexible Consumption for Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enables cloud-like aspects as described prior. This solution from Dell Financing Services can enable you to get the technology you need today to drive business outcomes and predict your IT spend. One of the Flexible consumption solutions include Flex on Demand, which helps you address business requirements with payments that scale up or down to match your usage.*Deliver a similar, “cloud-like” experience on-premiseNot only does Flex on Demand provide a consumption model which is cloud-like while giving you the servers you want with all the bells-and-whistles and full management by Dell, but Flex on Demand also helps IT scenarios such as:Datacenter extension – whether consolidating colocation or hosted operations back into the domain to reduce costs or seeking to support additional workloads for a set period of time (months to years), IT can readily reduce external factors and maintain full control over operations without management overhead.Secured, fully independent environments – ideal for in-region or country requirements to support global privacy, security, compliance standards, servers in a Flexible Consumption program are fully isolated but fully manageable to support global business needsMixed workloads and mixed volatility – real-time, demanding, volatile and retail applications often push servers to maximum operations for a short time before settling back to a normal cycle. A dedicated Flex on Demand approach separates this strain from your infrastructure, and provides the right-sized server choices for your workloads, allowing for these bursts of activity as they appear.With Flex on Demand, IT has an additional consumption approach to obtaining the best PowerEdge servers for their applications, and in a cloud-like economics fashion.Now you have more choices to select the best compute nodes for your business needs. AMD-based PowerEdge servers with Flex on Demand provide new configurations for deployments including web front-ends, cloud hosting servers, and other high-demand, high-transaction environments. Furthermore, Flex on Demand is also available for Dell vSAN ready nodes, further extending the value of cloud-like consumption into your operations model. Learn more about PowerEdge servers and Flex on Demand here.Flex on Demand is a key offer and part of the larger Dell Technologies on Demand portfolio, enabling innovative, consumption-based payment solutions. For more information, learn more about Flexible Consumption here.* Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. or its affiliate or designee (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Where available offers may be changed without notice and are subject to product availability, applicable law, credit approval, documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS and may be subject to minimum transaction size. Offers not available for personal, family or household use. Dell EMC and the Dell EMC logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. Restrictions and additional requirements may apply to transactions with governmental or public entities. Flexible Consumption: At the end of the initial term customer may 1) extend original term or 2) return the equipment to DFS.last_img read more


Seniors awarded Sisters of the Holy Cross awards


first_imgFour Saint Mary’s graduates from the class of 2015 were honored with unique C.S.C.awards for service in a variety of disciplines. The C.S.C. awards are given by the Office of Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) to students who are devoted to community-based learning and volunteering.The mission of the College is to discern needs and respond, and each award is a tribute to the mission of the founders of Saint Mary’s, according to a press release. Appropriately, five of the seven C.S.C. awards are named for Sisters of the Holy Cross.The Sister Christine Healy, C.S.C. Award for Service with Women was awarded to political science major Kaitlyn Rabach (Editor’s note: Rabach served as Saint Mary’s Editor for The Observer from 2013-2014).According to Laura Elder, assistant professor of global studies and intercultural studies, this award is given “to honor Saint Mary’s College Students who provide significant support to women in the community.”Rabach began serving women as soon as she came to Saint Mary’s, Elder said.“Just after she arrived [on campus], she was interested in human trafficking and organized a series of sessions on what you can do here on campus and at the international level,” Elder said. “She volunteered at three different organizations throughout her time here. What she was doing was citizenship classes, language classes and general support for women and children.”Even with her heavy course load and extracurriculars, Rabach was dedicated in everything she did, Elder said.Elder also included Rabach’s dedication to The Observer in her nomination.“I consider that service to women as well which is education, information, and thoughtful articulate dialogue,” she said. “It’s getting the word out there.”Rabach said she was honored to received the award.“I was really honored to get this award because throughout my time at Saint Mary’s, I really focused on this idea of a feminist education,” Rabach said. “A lot of my service work as well as my course load has been tailored towards women’s issues … and helping others find their own agency.“This award was really meaningful to me in the fact that my work has been recognized as having some sort of impact on women’s issues in both the South Bend and the larger global community,” she said. “It was a great honor to have two of my professors recognize the work I’ve been doing over the past four years.”Nursing major Sarah Hossfeld received the Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson, C.S.C. Award for Service in the Health Field.Associate professor of nursing Annette Peacock-Johnson said she believes Hossfeld deserves the award because of the service she provided through raising awareness and creating programs regarding healthy body image for young girls at St. Margaret’s House in South Bend. Hossfeld organized events for the Girls’ Club and engaged young girls in activities to give positive reinforcement and good role models as they grow up.“Sarah is a true trailblazer,” Peacock-Johnson said. “She did not wait for others to come forward and create a program where she could volunteer. Instead, Sarah identified the need and created a program in outreach to the local community.”Associate professor of nursing Ella Harmeyer said Hossfeld’s drive, initiative and expertise were evident and obvious in her nursing clinicals.Additionally, Harmeyer said it was an honor to present her with this award because of “Sarah’s well-rounded science knowledge base in nursing, her compassionate care of patients and families and especially her vision for what is public health nursing at its best.”Hossfeld said she was humbled to win the award.“I love all the work I did in the community, and I think it’s safe to say that, in most cases, I learned more than I taught other people or gave back to the community,” Hossfeld said. “I think I gained a lot from my experiences. I felt very blessed that the nursing department and those who nominated me felt that what I had done was important enough for this award.”Hossfeld said winning the award gave her a sense of validation in knowing her work made a difference in the lives of other people.“Service work is just so needed,” she said. “It’s something that I hope to continue to do in my life, whether I’m recognized for it or not.”The Sister Olivette Whalen C.S.C. Award for General Service was awarded to Jaclyn Voltz, a biology major. This award is given to a Saint Mary’s student for her exemplary service involvement in the areas of civic engagement, environmental concern, animal welfare, criminal justice, hunger, homelessness and community development.As the president of the service club, Circle K, at Saint Mary’s, and a resident advisor in Le Mans Hall, Voltz has experience serving the community both on and off the Saint Mary’s campus.“I make sure girls get to have the opportunity to leave the Saint Mary’s bubble and go to South Bend to do service,” Voltz said.Amy Gillan, assistant professor in the education department, and Kimber Nelson, newly-appointed Circle K president, both nominated Voltz for the award.Gillan met Voltz in her secondary education science methods course this past fall. They worked together, along with two Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) secondary science education students, in support of the local Green Bridge Growers social justice initiative to create a curriculum on aquaponics — a water purification system intended for autistic students.During this time, Gillan said she was able to see Voltz’s devotion to the community as well as her desire to get others involved.“I am impressed with Jaclyn’s boundless energy when it comes to sharing her strengths and passions with those in the Saint Mary’s community and beyond,” Gillan said. “Jaclyn clearly thrives on serving others and reflects leadership and optimism in doing so.”After Voltz’s two years as Circle K president, Nelson will take over for the 2015-2016 school year. Before leaving, Voltz had a significant role in helping Nelson create a plan for the club next year, she said“I have super huge shoes to fill; Jackie has been awesome all year,” Nelson said. “I definitely look up to her.”Voltz said she did not expect to receive the award at all.“I was very surprised,” Voltz said. “Doing service is more of a fun stress-relieving activity for me; I was surprised to receive an award.”She attributed her achievement to her Saint Mary’s education.“Saint Mary’s definitely gave me the confidence to pursue these leadership roles,” Voltz said. “I don’t think I would’ve been able to do this without my Saint Mary’s education.”After graduation, Voltz will be headed to Komga, South Africa, to work with 57 children in a home that was started by Notre Dame alumni. She will be there for a year to work on starting an after-school tutoring program for the children.While she is in South Africa, Voltz is hoping to stay in touch with Nelson to begin a pen pal program for the children with the help of Circle K, Nelson said.Senior education major Angelina Lazovich received the Sister Maria Concepta McDermott, C.S.C. Award for Service in Education.Lazovich was nominated by Dr. Nancy Turner, the chair of the education department, for her work with the new organization Students Supporting Autism at Saint Mary’s.Lazovich has been working with Turner since the end of the 2013-2014 school year to establish the club. According to Lazovich, it was Turner’s idea to begin the club at Saint Mary’s. Turner asked for volunteers to help, and Lazovich was eager to join.The mission of Students Supporting Autism is to spread awareness of autism to the local community and to raise funds for two local autism organizations.“I loved the idea of spreading awareness to the campus community and raising funds that would go to local centers to support families,” Lazovich said.Turner, Lazovich and Students Supporting Autism managed to raise over $1,300 for those affected by autism in the first year of the club.“It is very important that people be educated on the topic and that we do what we can to help families who might not know much about autism yet themselves if they have a family member who is just being diagnosed,” Lazovich said. “I think Dr. Turner and the College recognized our efforts to increase awareness and raise funds for the families in the community and gave me this honor because of the work I was able to do with the club this year.Lazovich said her long-term goal is to get her master’s degree in special education and become a special education teacher so she can directly help students with autism. Until she can attend graduate school, she hopes to continue to spread awareness.“I hope to inspire my students in the same ways that Saint Mary’s has inspired me, by teaching them that their dreams can come true,” Lazovich said. “I also want to continue to spread awareness about autism and teach my students to be respectful and accepting of everyone.”Lazovich attributed her achievement to both the education and opportunities Saint Mary’s provided her.“Saint Mary’s has helped turn me into a better leader, listener, student, teacher, friend and overall person,” Lazovich said. “I am so grateful to the College for their support in our endeavors all year.”Lazovich said she is proud of everything Students Supporting Autism has accomplished.“I wish that I could share the award with all of the members, because without them, none of our success would have been possible,” Lazovich said. “I am so sad to see my time here end, but I will keep all of the lessons that I have learned here in my heart forever.”Tags: 2015 Commencement, CSC awards, saint mary’slast_img read more


Online contest a huge success for banks and credit unions!


first_img continue reading » Who doesn’t love a cute pet photo?  The answer is simple…not many!  In building upon on the “National Pet Day” holiday, we worked with one of our clients recently to offer a pet photo contest.The social media contest ran for 5 days, which started on a Sunday and ended on a Thursday.  We kept the rules simple and straight forward. The entries could either be posted to our client’s facebook page, or emailed directly to our client’s marketing team. The contest resulted in two winners who were awarded with Visa gift cards.We were overwhelmed by the number of entries.  Here are the stats from the contest: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img