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Volunteers Beautify O.C. Beaches in Cleanup

first_imgA Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep in Ocean City is scheduled for Oct. 26. By Maddy VitaleA giant, rusted screw, a cover for a workout weight, large hunks of Styrofoam and plenty of plastic bottles filled the trash bags of the Figueroa and Zbikowski families, who joined forces and ventured onto the beach Saturday morning for Clean Ocean Action’s Beach Sweep in Ocean City.“Last year we found a piece of a whale’s jaw,” said Alexander Figueroa, 14, of Pine Hill, N.J. “We also found a teddy bear. It was so heavy because it had been in the water.”This year was a bit less exciting, they admitted, but it did yield the removal of a lot of plastic off the beaches and make way for visitors to enjoy pristine beaches and marine life to be safer from the threat of choking on plastic bags or other garbage.Angela Zbikowski brought her daughters, Nicola, 7, and Krista, 15, along for the cleanup.“We are here for vacation every year and we love keeping the beaches clean,” she said.Nicola said it made her happy to clean the beaches. “We love doing it for the community,” she said.Beach Cleanup Coordinator Charlotte Moyer speaks with Vincent and Patti Colucci, of Bergen County, before they head out to clean the beaches.More than 300 participants lined up throughout the morning into the early afternoon to get their rubber gloves and trash bags at the Ocean City Music Pier.Charlotte Moyer, supervisor for Ocean City Public Works and one of the coordinators of the event, said despite the winds, the beach sweep was going very well.“There is a lot of wind, but people are still out there picking up litter,” Moyer said as she handed volunteers a sign-in sheet. “It is a great way to start the season off. We really appreciate everything people do.”The cleanup is designed to not only beautify the beaches, but also make it safer for marine life and protect the coastal environment.Volunteers took to the sands in search of litter and debris during the 34rd annual Spring Beach Sweep hosted by Clean Ocean Action.Among the volunteers were the Coluccis from Bergen County. They visit Ocean City often to see friends.“It is a good getaway,” said Patti Colucci. “We’ve come down to do the cleanups a couple of times because it is just a good thing to do. No one wants trash on the beaches. They are too beautiful.”Dana McFarland, of Mullica Hill, and her daughters, Eily, 11, (left) and Amelia, 8, fill garbage bags with plastic bottles, wrappers and cans during the beach cleanup.Dana McFarland, of Mullica Hill, N.J., brought her daughters, Amelia, 8, and Eily, 11, to the cleanup.“We found a lot of litter under the Boardwalk,” Dana McFarland said. “We vacation here and want the beaches to be clean. My husband is a surfer. The ocean is our happy place.”For Eily, who was taught by her parents about what plastics and other debris can do to marine life, the importance of ridding the ocean and beaches of harmful litter is vital.“Plastic bags look like jelly fish and an animal could swallow it and die,” Eily said. “That is why we have to pick them up.”Nickolas Figueroa, 10, and his brother, Alexander, 14, display some of their finds, including a block of Styrofoam and a weight cover.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

Gardening 101

first_imgA University of Georgia horticulture expert will teach Gardening 101 on April 5 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens, Ga.Amanda Tedrow, UGA Cooperative Extension agent for Athens/Clarke County, will lead the course from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will teach participants the basics of home gardening. The class will also cover how to test and prepare the soil, sunlight and water requirements, planting tips and yearly maintenance. Participants will also learn about basic zoning, which will help gardeners select, plant and maintain annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees for their area of the state.The class costs $10 for members of the botanical garden and $12 for non-members. Registration is required by calling (706) 542-6156 or visiting www.uga.edu/botgarden.last_img