Reyes: Japan and Taipei ‘very similar’

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reyes will parade the same lineup on Monday vs Taipei at Smart Araneta coliseum with naturalized player Andray Blatche and chief point guard Jayson Castro William leading the way.Completing the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, and Kiefer Ravena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough Reyes didn’t make any changes and opted to keep Raymond Almazan, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz in the team’s reserve list, he made it clear that he wasn’t satisfied with how the Philippines played against Japan.“Obviously, I’m not (satisfied). Even far from it. But the important thing is we won, so we’ll take that,” he said, hammering to his boys of the mistakes they committed against the Akatsuki Five, namely the paltry field goal shooting, the high turnover rate, and the opposing team’s offensive rebounding. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes said the similarities between Japan and Chinese Taipei made him decide not to tinker with the lineup.“We decided to no longer make any changes with our roster because Japan and Chinese Taipei are very similar in their make up. We won, so why make a change?” Reyes said Sunday after wrapping up the team’s afternoon practice session at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Blatche expects Taipei to play zone, says Gilas has to make shotscenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel PLAY LIST 01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES The Philippines is coming off a 77-71 win over Japan on Friday in Tokyo but Reyes warned his wards against complacency. “There’s a chance that they can always spring some surprises against us and were unable to do that in their game against Australia.”“We know them pretty well. A lot of their players are the players that we’ve played with against before. So we focused on their individual tendencies and just knowing the players we’re guarding. We just have to be prepared,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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We want Romelu Lukaku to stay at Everton, says Ronald Koeman

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is one of the best strikers in the world and the 23-year-old need not leave Everton to realise his potential, manager Ronald Koeman has said.Belgian media had earlier quoted Koeman suggesting the forward would have to leave the club to fulfil his ambition. The 53-year-old Dutchman said he had been misquoted and that he was keen to hold on to Lukaku.”Of course there is a lot of interest in the player and finally the player needs to make a decision… what I tried to do is keep Romelu for as long as possible at the club,” Koeman told reporters. (Romelu Lukaku must leave Everton to fulfil potential: Ronald Koeman)”All you had several headlines about what I said about different questions. It is not to defend myself but you take the headline out of context.””What we like to show Romelu is that we at Everton will grow, we will be bigger and we will fight for titles,” he said.”If you look now at Everton, if Everton stays at this level then of course it is not good that he finishes his career at Everton because he is one of the best strikers and he is still 23.”Everton broke their club transfer fee record in 2014 when they brought Lukaku from Chelsea for 28 million pounds.Koeman, who replaced Roberto Martinez in June this year, took charge around a time when the transfer market was abuzz with news of Lukaku leaving Goodison Park.”He took the decision to stay because he had a good feeling with what was happening from the start of this season,” Koeman added.advertisementlast_img read more

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BMW 540i: Sports saloon reinvented

first_imgAfter having driven the 530d for a day, I was quite surprised that BMW would be moving in a direction so completely different from what it professes to be its DNA. While the 530d was everything one can ask for in a car, loaded to its gills with technology and rearing to go, it was devoid of the hair raising sportiness one would expect from a Bimmer. Agreed the days of the skull-rattling stiffness of suspension and arm numbing weight of the steering were well and truly gone starting from the sixth generation cars itself, but one expected the top-of-the-line diesel-engined car to be a bit wilder, to have a bit more bite, a bit more directness, a bit more edge and a bit more of the BMW character.The 540i also comes with the same 3-litre 6 inline engine but with upgraded power and torque output. So when I got behind the wheel of the 540i, I did not once imagine what I was letting myself in for. I did notice the M-Sport badging on the front fender despite its tiny size. The black 19-in alloy wheels shod with 245/40 R19 Michelin Primacy 3 rubber were a little hard not to notice though as was the M-sport badging on the steering wheel. The interiors were much more sporty than the 530d but I am sure we can have the diesel engined car with M-sport frills and goodies as well.What I also noticed was that the same inline 6-cylinder direct injection engine with a twin scroll turbocharger, fully variable valve control and variable camshaft timing on both cams belted out 340bhp which came in at 5500rpm and stayed for a full thousand rpm till 6500rpm.advertisementSteering warmer sits above the M-Sport logo. The heavens had opened up in Lisbon much like they do during the monsoons in Mumbai and the  mountainous roads were devoid of traffic. The engine let out a loud growl before letting loose on the road to the western-most point in Europe, Cabo de Roca.Starting with throttle response which is immediate and wholesome, the steering which is direct and well weighted, feeling much more like the hydraulic assisted units of yore, and the car which felt light and agile like a sports car, the experience of driving the 7th generation 5-series was totally changed from the tech laden beast of the day before.The interiors are just the same and the new app-based layout on the infotainment system is clearly visible. The huge heads-up display that felt reassuring felt overt and obtrusive and I had to shut it down. I switched off all assists and all the new fangled technology was asked to go to sleep and here was pure motoring from the evening before when I had driven the first three generations of the 5-series. Only that this was much much faster, much more involved and surprisingly as comfortable as the old cars. Not that the roads in Portugal are as bad as those in India but they are not as smooth as the German autobahns either and despite the ultra low profile rubber the car seemed to be riding really well. The beauty of the 540i is that despite the extra power, the car is more efficient than ever before and all the presentations of about how the 100kg lighter 7th gen car was more agile than before suddenly seemed to come true for the new 5-series. For the enhusiast, this has to be the car to wait for. VERDICTFor those interested in the true sporty BMW with added luxury, the 540i fits the bill. The lighter car is more agile and steering is direct thereby making it a driver’s car. Again, it too comes loaded with all the additional assistance systems but it seems BMW has got everything right with the 540i, while moving in the direction of comfort and luxury but retaining the core of the BMW DNA.Also Read:2017 BMW 530d first drive reviewlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: R Ashwin pulls out of delivery twice. Was he trying to Mankad Saha?

first_imgKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin stopped twice in his delivery stride in his first over against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad on Monday. R Ashwin, who had stirred up a storm when he Mankaded Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler earlier in IPL 2019, pulled out of his delivery twice.However, Wriddhiman Saha was well within his crease on both occasions. It was not clear whether he was trying to warn Saha to stay behind the delivery crease or stop David Warner from playing the switch-hit.After he stopped for the second time, the umpire had a chat with R Ashwin.David Warner hit R Ashwin for a six in the first delivery of the over – the final before the powerplay – as Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a rapid start against Kings XI Punjab.Against Delhi Capitals, R Ashwin had appeared to warn Shikhar Dhawan and the batsman responded with a little dance in the next delivery.During KXIP’s defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli had seemingly mocked R Ashwin after he caught the KXIP skipper out in the deep.The likes of Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen had slammed R Ashwin over his Mankading of Jos Buttler.In an interview with AajTak, R Ashwin said his conscience was clear after the Mankading incident.You can debate about it. It’s up to people’s perception what they believe it is,” Ashwin told AajTak. “But to me, like I said, it’s all about conscience. Before some 10 years, there was a rule wherein you warn somebody and then do it.advertisement”See, there have been even debates about whether I waited for him to leave the crease. But what people don’t understand is I hadn’t even reached the crease when he started walking away. Once I complete my action, I can’t go down and hit the stumps.”I will have to wait and then only flip the stumps. It makes no sense to me. There will be no end to this. People will keep giving their opinions,” he said.Also Read | R Ashwin opens up on Mankading row: People will keep giving opinionslast_img read more

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Modobag: The Scooter Luggage You Can Ride

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini What is Modobag, the “World’s First Rideable Luggage,” anyway? Yes, it’s scooter luggage, like they say. But is it more of a scooter that also happens to function like a suitcase, or is it a suitcase that also happens to be a scooter?The answer to that question is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose, which more often than not will be viewing you and your Modobag askance and with a slightly quizzical raise of the eyebrow. For indeed… this thing looks weird. More often than not, you don’t see people — adult people — riding on their luggage. But people thought the auto-mobile looked rather strange when it first started plying the rutted streets of Mannheim, Germany, in 1886. And people scoffed at those cellular phone things not long ago, did they not? (They did.) Soon enough, we all might be throwing our rollaboard luggage into the bonfire (or dumpster or attic) in favor of… the Modobag!A Modobag uses a three wheeled chassis, telescoping handlebars, a memory foam padded seat, and foot pegs that fold up when not in use to create a passably comfortable platform atop which an adult weighing as much as 260 pounds can sit. But let’s talk about its stats when the Modobag is being used by a rider weighing around 180 pounds (as that’s the rider weight the company used to set its standards).When its onboard battery is fully charged, a Modobag can…Travel at speeds of up to eight MPH (though a switch limits it to five miles per hour when you are riding inside. You have to be safe, people.)Travel up to six miles before the need for a recharge.Use its dual USB ports to keep your phone or tablet juiced up.Probably not land you that many dates. An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Editors’ Recommendations What you gain in terms of a suitcase you can ride on, you will sacrifice somewhat in terms of a suitcase large enough for lots of stuff. While the Modobag does feature a padded and crush resistant compartment that will protect your laptop (or camera and so forth), it does not offer nearly as much storage space as standard piece of luggage of the same size. They had to put the motor and axles and all in there somewhere, right?And how much does a Modobag cost? Why, only… wait, $1095!? Um.. that’s a pretty expensive piece of luggage, especially considering the whole “Hey, is that guy riding on a suitcase?” issue you’ll have to confront.But take heart: while your Modobag might draw some odd stares and even the occasional snarky remark from those you roll past, you can assume that most of your detractors have taken a “sour grapes” stance in life and are actually just jealous. Because looks and price aside, who doesn’t wish their suitcase were a scooter?center_img How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Typeslast_img read more

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Premier Signs Memorandum to Help Build More Trails

first_imgWalking throughout Nova Scotia on the Trans Canada Trail just got easier. Premier Rodney MacDonald, Trans Canada Trail National chair Valerie Pringle, Trans Canada Trail president and CEO Deborah Apps and Terry Norman, president of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation, today, Oct. 21, signed a memorandum of understanding to expand the trail system in Nova Scotia to make it the province most connected by trails. The memorandum of understanding establishes a working relationship to complete the trail in Nova Scotia. It also encourages community support and assists community volunteers in the development of trails. Trans Canada Trail National has also agreed to continue its national trail construction funding program, conduct national fundraising programs and support the planning and building of pavilions at visible locations in the province. “The Trans Canada Trail is a wonderful showcase for the natural beauty of our great country,” said Premier MacDonald. “The trail will also provide Nova Scotians with more opportunities for physical activities like, walking, running and biking.” “Trans Canada Trail is currently developing the world’s longest recreational trail, connecting hundreds of Canadian communities said Ms. Pringle. “The trail, when completed, will run from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking more than 33 million Canadians. “It will showcase Canada at its best and trails in Nova Scotia will make up an important part of it.” “The signing of the memorandum of understanding is a milestone that shows the province understands the importance of trails and trail building for the communities and people of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Apps. The province will establish an intergovernmental committee of representatives from departments that are responsible for building trails. The committee will work closely with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation to investigate ways to support the sustainable management of the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia Trails appreciates the strong financial and public policy support that we have received from the government of Nova Scotia over the past 12 years,” said Mr. Norman. “We are also thankful for the financial, administrative and moral support that we have received from Trans Canada Trail National. “The memorandum of understanding we are signing is tangible evidence of the strength of our partnership.”last_img read more

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NSLC Announces Thirdquarter Results

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) had a 6.85 per cent increase in net income compared with the same period last year in third-quarter results released today, March 4. The NSLC recorded net income of $57.2 million on net sales of $147.3 million for the period of Sept. 29, 2008 to Dec. 28, 2008, compared with $53.6 million on net sales of $140.4 million net income for the same period last year. A detailed news release on the third-quarter results can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.thenslc.com -30-last_img read more

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Time to implement GST 20 India Inc

first_imgNew Delhi: As the GST completes two years in operation, India Inc Sunday said it is time for the tax reform to leapfrog to its second phase by bringing electricity, oil & gas, real estate and alcohol under its ambit and converging the rate structure into 2-3 slabs. “GST 2.0 will take the Indian economy to the next growth level,” CII President Vikram Kirloskar said. Batting for a single registration process pan-India, CII said building on the milestones of the past two years, it is time to implement GST 2.0. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”While we acknowledge that the teething troubles related to GST implementation may have been resolved, we now need to move forward to achieve the underlying objective of GST framework of creating a simplified indirect taxation system,” Ficci President Sandip Somany said. The industry body claimed it is generally observed that when members of the Advance Ruling Authority are officers of state tax and central tax departments, they tend to be a revenue-bias while interpreting the provisions of the GST law and pronouncing a ruling. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsFicci said divergent rulings by different revenue officers in various states has created ambiguity, environment of uncertainty and chaos among taxpayers, suggesting the government should contemplate constituting an independent high-level central body similar to the one under the erstwhile indirect tax regime as ‘Authority of Advance Ruling’ under the GST regime. Veteran industrialist and CII former President Adi Godrej said in just two years, GST has consolidated and is delivering notable outcomes for smoother business, lower logistics costs, and easier payment of taxes in digital mode. “We believe GST will be a forceful instrument for driving economic growth for India in years to come,” he added. CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said Indian industry was also really flexible in its approach and that helped in successful roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST). Ficci chief Somany stated that first step should be immediate inclusion of 5 per cent GST on natural gas. Further, till the time petroleum products are brought within GST net, suitable amendment should be brought in the excise and VAT laws to allow credit of GST paid on inputs/input services and capital goods against payment of excise duty/VAT to the manufacturers/suppliers of petroleum products, he said. With stabilisation of revenues, there is need to further rationalise the category of 28 per cent to only cover de-merit goods. From a medium-term perspective, a rate structure of 2-3 slabs will be welcome and this can also address inverted tax issues, CII said. It further suggested adopting a single registration process, with IGST for the respective states being paid by such centralised registrants and doing away with GST on cross-charge for services. CII recommended that electricity, oil and gas, real estate and alcohol should be included under GST at the earliest, which will lead to seamless input tax credit availability across all sectors. CII added that issues in simplification of GST compliances and filing of returns, matching of invoices and getting seamless input tax credit need to be taken up. The new format of filing of simplified returns released for trials is yet to be tested. Ficci said the GST Council should consider converging the existing band of GST rates to three in line with international standards and highlighted the need for a ‘Zero GST Rating’ for healthcare sector.last_img read more

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Is deprogramming racism possible

first_imgElisa Hategan used to be a white supremacist. Then she turned against her group and brought down the neo-Nazi Heritage Front group. Today she works to help deprogram people in the same situation she once found herself in. It’s much harder than it used to be, because hatred is seeping from online sewers into our streets and cities. And you’ve probably witnessed it happening.Everyone has that person in their online network. They started just fine, then they started to talk about someone taking their jobs. Then came the memes. Then the nasty rhetoric. And now you’re legitimately worried about how far it could go. What do you say to that person? How can you tell when they’re being indoctrinated into a world of online hatred? What drives them from talking about it online to committing hate crimes in real life? And what can we do right now to stop it?Today’s Podcast – Can you deprogram a racist? How?Audio Playerhttp://radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_11162018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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Florence Henderson Honored At The Actors Funds 20th Anniversary Tony Awards Viewing

first_imgThe stars were out in force to celebrate Broadway’s Biggest Night at The Actors Fund’s 20th Anniversary Tony Awards Viewing Party, held Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.Florence Henderson Honored At The Actors Fund’s 20th Anniversary Tony Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Nina Prommer/The Actors FundThe benefit raised over $200,000. This year’s gala was hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News entertainment reporter George Pennacchio, and featured a special performance by Tony Award nominated actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, as well as presentations of the Nedda Harrigan Logan Award to longtime Tony Party event co-chairs, Trustee Jomarie Ward and Western Council Chair John Holly, and the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement to Broadway and television star Florence Henderson.The evening’s program featured red carpet arrivals, cocktails, silent auction, dinner, and the live telecast of the Tony Awards. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Writers Guild of America, West and sponsors United Airlines, US Bank, SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association, DIRECTV, Screen Engine, The Nederlander Organization, Masque Sound and Flourishing Art.last_img read more

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Join Sarah McLachlan At Her House In Vancouver

first_imgSarah McLachlan wants to invite you to her house in Vancouver, and all you have to do is donate to charity.Spend the Day with Sarah McLachlan at Her Home Studioomaze.com is giving you the chance to get to know the Grammy Award-winning artist over lunch, where you’ll talk about anything and everything: life, love, music, animals. What happens next is up to you! You could write and record a song together, or just watch Sarah do her thing in the studio. You could have a heart-to-heart on the beach, or take Sarah’s adorable dog for a walk. However you spend your day together, you’re not building a mystery: It’s going to be awesome. Flights and hotel included.All you have to do is donate to the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top quality music instruction at no cost for over 1,000 at-risk and underserved kids in Vancouver, Surrey and Edmonton. They teach music, but also life skills like creativity, problem-solving, self-discipline and critical thinking. Sarah covers 100% of the administrative costs through her foundation, so your donation will go directly to the students’ education (including lessons and materials, instruments, healthy snacks and transportation).The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.To find out more, click here.last_img read more

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Why You Need SDWAN in Your Digital Transformation Journey

Understanding What Constitutes SD-WANIt’s essential to understand the various components on an SD-WAN network. They are: Searching for an SD-WAN Solution Tim Proctor October 02, 2019 As enterprises look to cut costs and manage networks more effectively, managed SD-WAN service providers are looking to help. How SD-WAN Can HelpSecure SD-WAN technology enables companies to build high-performance WANs using a combination of lower-cost Internet and higher-cost private technologies, like Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and customer edge devices. SD-WAN simplifies the management of WANs at a reduced cost and offers greater flexibility by directing traffic between various sites based on business rules. Intelligent traffic forwarding — SD-WAN enables application-based forwarding as well as QoS assurance for each of the tunnels. This is a must-have feature in today’s digital era where different applications have varying requirements from the WAN. Unified communication applications such as Cisco’s Webex require low latency, whereas Microsoft’s Office 365 demands high data integrity. On the other hand, database management and analytics (led by data produced from digitizing various business processes) need both high data integrity and throughputs. The ability of SD-WAN to seamlessly and centrally configure these parameters is key to deploying software-as-a-service applications.Transport independence — SD-WAN’s ability to create a WAN over different transport technologies such as cable, passive optical network, and LTE and route traffic ensures high availability, a critical success factor for digital transformation. High availability allows for seamless workload and data migration, which can help mitigate the challenges that come with a multicloud strategy. Most of the workload is handled in the cloud, while inputs and consumption of the results are at the edge.Centralized service automation — The entire SD-WAN network is controlled centrally and lends itself to automation, true to its software-defined characteristic. SD-WAN controllers and orchestrators like Cisco’s vManage can be integrated with IT service management tools like ServiceNow, which enables faster triaging and fixing of issues. Automation implies that the overall operating costs on the network dramatically reduces and ensures a better return on investment.Built-in and add-on security — The ability to provide high levels of security to the WAN is vital in the digital world, which is susceptible to cyberattacks and data breaches. Most SD-WAN platforms provide built-in security, but the ability of SD-WAN to integrate with other software appliances and service chaining seamlessly enables network administrators to build multiple levels of security. Further, each of the tunnels can be configured to have different levels of security based on the use case.Multilink, multipath configuration — SD-WAN makes creating a secure WAN over either cheap Internet or expensive traditional WAN technologies like MPLS a reality. Additionally, it’s independent of wired networks such as T1 fiber or wireless networks like 4G and 5G. This allows network administrators to choose the appropriate technology and transport based on the budget available for the network as part of the digital transformation roadmap. It also prevents vendor lock-in by allowing for the organization to be independent of a specific communication service. It helps enterprises do more with less when needed. The feature combined with central configuration is especially relevant to industries like retail and banking where branches with varied transport options are brought up and down quickly. This makes the ability to seamlessly configure the endpoints where data originates and drive actions on those endpoints, along with the ability to quickly set up and tear them down, business critical to many industries. transformation-774.png Organizations in every industry are embarking on digital transformation journeys to keep up with customer demand and be more data-driven. Before diving into digital transformation, enterprises need to understand potential challenges, including a change in data traffic patterns, the move to the cloud, and security. See All in SD-WAN » Optimizing SD-WAN for Real-Time Voice & Video Pej Roshan June 12, 2019 The trick is to combine overlay network and appliance-based edge SD-WANs for end-to-end peak performance and reliability. As more processes are digitized and new applications introduced, the volume of data will rise, creating a more complex environment. Various data sources require a different set of quality-of-service parameters, like latency, packet loss, and throughput, to ensure optimal and predictable performance. SD-WAN solutions — expected to become a $4.1 billion by 2023, according to MarketsandMarkets, offer enterprises enhanced network flexibility and performance functionality and services, creating reliable connections to and from the cloud. As the number of connected devices increases dramatically in branch locations, SD-WAN may be the ideal solution to help organizations achieve their digital transformation objectives.Tags:News & ViewsSD-WAN componentsSD-WANDigital TransformationEnterprise NetworkingNews & ViewsVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like While all networks are impacted by these challenges, WANs experience the biggest burden given their use for connecting global sites and that enterprises also rely heavily on cloud infrastructure. Additionally, WANs are more costly to operate than LANs. Thankfully, software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technology can help enterprises address these specific challenges and allow their digital journeys to continue. As more data is introduced, cybersecurity becomes an even bigger issue. The value of data combined with continuous movement, diverse origination, and storage options opens the network for more vulnerabilities. Cato Says, ‘Look Ma, No Hands!’ to SD-WAN Management Zeus Kerravala July 16, 2019 Cloud SD-WAN platform provider rounds out portfolio with fully managed option Moving Forward with Digital TransformationEnterprises are expected to spend $1.25 trillion and invest at least 10% of revenues in digital transformation programs by 2020, according to IDC. For these programs to be successful, organizations will need to examine their current IT infrastructure and transform it based on the technologies and applications they plan to host in the future. The SD-WAN Connection: A Cloud Friendly Approach Ryan Daily September 26, 2019 As cloud computing changes the traditional flow of traffic, SD-WAN solutions, like Aryaka’s HybridWAN, allow enterprises to develop a proactive “cloud-first” strategy. SD-WAN Still All the Rage Ryan Daily September 17, 2019 To meet the demand of UC, companies like Verizon, NEC, and Masergy are integrating and optimizing SD-WAN. Key Features of SD-WAN for Digital TransformationHere are five key features: SD-WAN Edge — The edge is typically installed at the branch or site and signifies where the SD-WAN tunnel begins or terminates. The edge functionality can be implemented as hardware customer premises equipment (CPE) or as virtual CPE on a server with appropriate terminations.SD-WAN Gateway — The gateway is an optional component that allows sites interconnected through the SD-WAN to link to other sites interconnected through other virtual private network technologies.SD-WAN Controller — The controller offers physical or virtual device management, enabling configuration and activation of SD-WAN edges and gateways associated with a controller.SD-WAN Orchestrator — The orchestrator provides SD-WAN service management, enabling end-to-end configuration of the SD-WAN service between the edge over the underlay WAN/internal network, performance, control, assurance, usage, analytics, security, and network policy. Many times, the SD-WAN controller and orchestrator are combined in one entity, and are always hosted in the cloud. To support digital initiatives, enterprises are moving to a multicloud world that includes public, private, and hybrid clouds. This further changes the flow of data traffic and the complexity of the environment. Log in or register to post comments read more

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GFMS launches GFMS Mine Economics

first_imgGFMS, a precious metals consultancy, specialising in research into the global gold, silver, platinum and palladium markets, has launched a new venture, GFMS Mine Economics. GFMS Mine Economics’ objective is to become a leading consulting business, delivering high quality, detailed insight into the economics of mine production, across a broad range of metals and minerals. Mark Fellows has been appointed Managing Director of GFMS Mine Economics. From 1999 to 2005 Fellows was a Director of mineral economics consultancy Brook Hunt (BH), where he was responsible for BH’s gold mine costs study and numerous bespoke consulting assignments.He is joined by mining geologist Paul Wheeler, who is also a part-time lecturer at Camborne School of Mines, and George Coles, a graduate in business economics. GFMS Mine Economics is developing a range of multi-client mine cost studies, commencing with detailed research into the economics of diamond mining, and a platinum group metals cost benchmarking study.Fellows: “Our many years experience in mine cost benchmarking has shown us that at times of economic stress, mining companies and financial institutions are more concerned than ever about margins, costs and cash flows. We will provide accurate, detailed mine-by-mine analysis, based on the key drivers of $/t mine site costs; resource quality, orebody geometry, mining and processing methods, labour productivity, energy usage, services and consumable input costs. Whatever the commodity in question, by benchmarking these technical and operating parameters we aim to provide the best possible insight into mining industry cost structure. Our overarching goal is to add value for our clients by supporting their strategic decisions; in that regard our mine cost analysis has powerful synergies with GFMS’ high quality market analysis and price outlook work.”last_img read more

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The death of the Harlem Shake in 9 videos

first_imgSO LAST WEEK we loved the Harlem Shake and after the weekend we are kind of sick of it.That’s how the fast paced world of sharing videos goes folks.Y’know how they say something is over when even your granny knows about it? (see the phrase “bling-bling”)Well they’re all over the Harlem Shake it would seem:Hank Rao / YouTubeOf course it didn’t take long for the students to get in on the act. They’re driving the whole thing we reckon.Don’t you have essays to write and Jeremy Kyle repeats to watch? Jaysus.Here are some students from Toronto taking over the city with their Harlem Shake. Tone it down lads.416ViralProductions / YouTubeAnd of course plenty of Irish people are trying their hand at it.The Dublin bus one is particularly silly. Imagine sitting in the back of bus by mistake when this lot arrived. Scary.Conor McCartney / YouTubeSpeaking of Ireland, Jedward tried to get in on the act but we’re not quite sure it worked. Where is the all important editing?JedwardTV / YoutubeAnd it seems even in London, where they’re all busy with Fashion Week they can still find time to do one.Here are some very cool fashion model ladies (including current Vogue cover girl Cara Delevingne) attempting the Harlem Shake.Again there’s not really an edit here guys, sorry to be a total buzzkill.TopShopPodcasts / YouTubeAside from reckless students and celebrities with a loose grasp of editing there are other Harlem Shake videos that so outdo everything else we’ve seen so far that we think the whole thing might have peaked.First of all God is in on it.Yes. GOD.theallmightygodful / YouTubeHere are some rather unimpressive zombies trying it:WhiteBoy7thst / YouTubeOK we’re hitting our boiling point now.This YouTuber has done an aggressive take on the Harlem Shake that sums up our feelings towards it.The Sonic Screw / YouTubeThis one is the real winner though.It’s totally hilarious and we’ve decided this should be the last Harlem Shake video ever so it all ends on a high.We have one word: walrus.saseaworld / YouTubeLet’s just agree to leave it there shall we? We’re looking at you Jedward.Everybody’s doing the Harlem Shake…even Irish people>7 examples of why pop fans are a bit bonkers>last_img read more

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Google employee creates memorable Googleplex rap video

first_imgGoogle likes to let us all know that it is a fun place to work. The company, and its employees, do it all the time. There is even a company policy which states that its employees only have to work 80% of the time, and can spend the rest of the 20% doing whatever they want. Well, we hope this rap by Google employee Andrew Fink is what they do with that 20% of free time over there, because it is both the best and worst thing we have seen (and heard) in a long while.Andrew Fink works out of the New York City Google office, and we guess this is how the employees spend their time. It’d be amusing if this rap was part of their 80% and not their 20%, and that this kind of thing is officially sanctioned work integral to the Google business model, but that’s unfortunately probably not the case.Perhaps the most amusing part of the song is that it takes a cue from actual current popular rap trends. Namely, some traits of cloud rap — such as the deep voice synthesizer, and the slow, trippy background music. Granted, there weren’t any lyrics involving various types of “drank,” but there was this guy dressed up as Popeye, so that makes up for most things. The Android mascot also got down and funky, so you can now tick seeing that happen off your bucket list.If your gym playlist really needs some Google-based rap, you can head on over to Fink’s website and toss the song on your phone.last_img read more

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AGWS to expand services

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) will receive additional funding in 2012 to increase the Society’s services in the north of Melbourne. The support comes as part of a new funding round announced by Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and Federal Member for Wills, Kelvin Thomson. “The latest round of allocations helps address the demand being experienced in Wills for culturally appropriate services,” said Mr Thomson. “Wills has a highly multicultural population, with ABS figures showing 4.1 per cent of residents being born in Greece. The allocation of places to the Australian Greek Welfare Society acknowledges this.” Mr Thomson said that there would be 10 Community Aged Care Packages for the new service to be provided by AGWS. Spokeswoman for AGWS, Niki Matziaris, told Neos Kosmos that the funding would help the Society bring much needed help to the northern suburbs, where hundreds of elderly members of the community were in need of support. “It’s good news,” said Ms Matziaris. “We have 25 packages in the east and west, now we are able to provide ten packages for the north. “Each package provides care for four hours of services a week per person, and the services can vary, from home care, personal care, escorting to appointments, gardening, whatever the client needs. There’s a big need in the north with a long waiting list.” As part of the government support to aged care in Wills, ‘Extra service’ status was approved for Anzac Lodge Private Nursing Home (Coburg North), in relation to 31 existing residential care places.‘Extra Service’ involves the provision of additional ‘hotel’ type services and lifestyle extras to aged care residents, including higher standards of accommodation and increased entertainment and food choices. Residents are required to pay an additional fee for these services, and may be requested to pay a bond for either high care or low care accommodation.last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid manager responds to Thibaut Courtoiss comments

first_imgAtletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has responded to comments made by Thibaut Courtois after the Real Madrid goalkeeper criticized him.The Belgium international accused his former manager of constant attack against the European champions in order to boost his popularity amongst Atletico Madrid supporters.Courtois’s comments came after Croatia captain and Real Madrid teammate, Luka Modric accused Simeone of constantly trying to undermine the Los Blancos after the Argentine said either Antoine Griezmann or Raphael Varane should have won Ballon d’Or ahead of Luka Modric.Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Atletico’s clash against Espanyol on Sunday, Simeone said, as quoted by Goal:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“I’m very respectful with him,” he said of Courtois.“I don’t understand what he wanted to say.”Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are currently seated in third position in the Spanish LaLiga, two points ahead of Rivals Real Madrid after 16 round of matches.last_img read more

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Cisco US employees to be funded for egg and embryo harvesting

first_imgTechnology organisation Cisco has announced the launch of a new range of health benefits for its US employees, including reimbursement for workers who want to harvest or store eggs, sperm and embryos.The family support reimbursement programme, beginning from 1 January 2019, will also include support for services to facilitate pregnancy, such as IVF. Cisco, which has 38,000 employees in the US, will reimburse the cost of harvesting, storage and pregnancy services up to $20,000 (£15,258.10), providing the employee is enrolled in one of the organisation’s medical plans.The reimbursement is available to employees regardless of their situation, including same-sex relationships or those without a partner.Under the new family support programme, the organisation is also doubling the amount of reimbursement available for adoption and surrogacy from $10,000 (£7,629.05) to $20,000 (£15342.70). US employees are also offered unlimited time off to deal with adoption matters.In addition, Cisco is providing genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer for employees and dependants covered on its self-insured medical plans, even if deemed not medically necessary.Details of the new support measures are being outlined for employees in a benefits enrolment guide, sent to staff member’s homes. Information is also being shared via a number of webinars, and benefits specialists will communicate with employees at health fairs on the organisation’s largest campuses.Karen Weins, Cisco HR director, US health and wellness strategy, said: “Rooted in Cisco’s people deal, the promise the company makes to its employees and what Cisco asks in return, these new benefits reflect Cisco’s continued commitment to support employee wellbeing and diversity while making a meaningful difference in the moments that matter most.”last_img read more

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Game of Thrones finale streaming May 19 on HBO Now

first_imgDaenerys Sunburn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, Shivakamini Somakandarkram, the Unburnt, Queen of the Burgers and the First Cheese, Chaser of the Wheat Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons. HBO Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: WWE Money in the Bank is airing live on the WWE Network this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. Watch as Becky “2 Belts” Lynch defends her two championships in two matches. Yes, the show is on at the same time as Game of Thrones, but the event will be available on demand on WWE’s streaming service. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Game of Barry Share your voice Your browser does not support the audio element. Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Home Entertainment What’s new to stream in May 2019 Comment Tagscenter_img For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming. Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) 1 2:21 Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflixlast_img read more

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