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Murphy Oil relocates corporate headquarters to Texas

first_img Murphy Oil facing unprecedented industry oil price collapse. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) In recognition of the extraordinary drop in crude oil prices, independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company, Murphy Oil Corporation, is closing its legacy headquarters office in El Dorado, Arkansas, home to approximately 80 employees, as well as its longstanding office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, home to approximately 110 employees. Consequently, it will be consolidating all worldwide staff activities to its existing office location in Houston, Texas as the new corporate headquarters.“Over the past several months, we have taken several actions to significantly reduce costs, including cutting this year’s capital expenditures by approximately 50 percent, or $700 million, lowering the company’s dividend by 50 percent, or $76.5 million on an annualized basis, and lowering executive officers’ salaries on average 22 percent, with the chief executive officer’s reduced by 35 percent. We realize, reluctantly, that we need to consolidate our offices to capture additional cost savings to remain competitive in this unprecedented industry environment. We simply do not have a choice and came to this decision only after exhausting all other cost saving measures,” stated Claiborne P. Deming, Chairman of the Board. Deming added, “The El Dorado office closure is particularly painful and difficult, because the company was founded here by C. H. Murphy, Jr. and has been an integral and important part of the community for many years.”“This decision is one we take with sadness, but with the understanding that our only path forward is to consolidate into one office in Houston. The company recognizes the hardship this decision causes to many in El Dorado and Calgary, and we are committed to treating all those impacted consistent with past practices and plan to offer appropriate severance arrangements,” according to Roger W. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer. “These actions will not impact our field operations in the US and Canada, and we anticipate these office closures to be completed early in the third quarter 2020.”Importantly, the company intends to continue funding the El Dorado Promise. Founded in 2007, the program pays the college tuition, up to the highest amount charged by an Arkansas public university, of every college-bound graduate of the El Dorado Public School District.In a separate press release issued today, the company announced its first quarter 2020 financial and operating results. The company will provide further insight regarding its consolidation efforts and cost savings initiatives on the first quarter 2020 conference call. Source: Company Press Release Murphy Oil is closing its legacy headquarters office in El Dorado, Arkansaslast_img read more

Two OA grads earn ‘Distinguished Alumni’ award

first_imgOldenburg, In. — Oldenburg Academy is pleased to announce Sue Siefert ’76 and Jan Dietz Alexander ’77, as Distinguished Alumni. Siefert and Alexander were recognized by classmates and community members at the annual Alumni Homecoming on October 14, 2017.Distinguished Alumni are nominated and selected through the criteria of having been graduated for at least ten years from OA/ICA. The distinguished alum must have been regarded as a student who invested in the OA community during his or her tenure through involvement. In addition, the distinguished alum must be a person who has made a significant impact on and contribution to the world (local, national, global). Additionally the criteria names someone who lives out the mission and values of OA in his/her everyday life. After nominations are reviewed, the Distinguished Alumni is selected from a committee.Oldenburg Academy congratulates Sue Siefert and Jan Dietz Alexander.Sue Siefert ’76 “Distinguished Alumni Award”Sue reflects the Franciscan values she learned at the Academy. Sue is not only a woman of prayer; she embodies the values of compassion for those in need, simplicity of focus in bringing the gospel to life, and enthusiasm for building up others. She does this in her promotion and support of the Sisters of St. Francis as their Development Director and in the importance she places on famSue Siefertily and friends.  Sue has been especially visible in Batesville and Oldenburg through her community involvement. She has served as president of Batesville Area Resource Center (BARC) and was instrumental in joining with the community to bring the facility to life. As a member of the Batesville Kiwanis, Sue is one of the organizers of “Applefest.” She is also a member of the Rural Alliance of the Arts, Ripley County Community Foundation, and the Batesville Area Historical Society. Because of Sue’s dedication to the Sisters and the community, she received the Batesville Area Chamber Distinguished Service Award in 2016.Jan Dietz Alexander ’77 “Distinguished Alumni Award”Jan began her lifelong nursing career in the perinatal care in Indianapolis and Kokomo before moving to Nashville, TN in 1986 where she continues to serve today.  The care and education of mothers and their children has always been her passion. Thirty-two years later while working as Director of Women’s Services, Jan was instrumental in creating The Birth Center at Hendersonville Hospital.   On May 12, 2016 Jan received the Patient Experience Healthcare Hero Award at the Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Award Reception.   Jan is also involved in her community as well.  She is an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, and she has taken several missionJan Alexandertrips to Port Au Prince, Haiti to assist the earthquake victims. Additionally, she has served on the Board for the March of Dimes and currently serves as a very active and committed Board Member for the Cumberland Crisis Pregnancy Center in Gallatin, TN.last_img read more

Darwinism and the Valentine’s Day Massacre

first_img“Romance, schmomance,” snarls the title of press release on EurekAlert from the Association for Psychological Science.  “Natural selection continues even after sex.”  Not only is natural selection driving the mating process in humans, in other words, but it continues even down to the level of sperm cells competing to reach the egg.  Instead of love, caring, tenderness, soul bonding, or any kind of spiritual values, this article is all about nit and grit.  Grungy descriptions of body parts and processes present the evolutionary picture as all competition and conflict, a “coevolutionary arms race between the sexes.”  Natural selection is even used to explain lustful feelings, sexual performance, rivalry, jealousy and infidelity: e.g., “the human male may want to copulate as soon as possible as insurance against possible extra-pair copulation.”  Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetheart.    Darwinism’s propensity to destroy traditional views of eros extends to agape as well.  Beginning with Darwin, evolutionists have wondered how unselfish love and self-sacrifice could have come about by natural selection.  Only humans appear moved to compassion and charity with distant people not of their own kin.  Convinced that these behaviors have a material basis, evolutionists propose selection-based explanations in the scientific literature regularly.    One such view was summarized on New Scientist in December by Richard Fisher.  Altruism is costly – sometimes with one’s life, ending all chance of passing on one’s genes.  How, then, could the gene for altruism be passed on?  While recognizing that “The origin of human altruism has puzzled evolutionary biologists for many years,” Fisher suggests that “Humans may have evolved altruistic traits as a result of a ‘cultural tax’ we paid to each other early in our evolution, a new study suggests.”  Maybe that’s like the joke about the lottery being a tax paid by people who are bad at math.  It seems a little stretched to picture Mother Theresa acting out behaviors that early apes developed as pawns of their selfish genes.    The possibility of anything beyond blind forces of natural selection producing the appearance of selfless love never enters the equation in these papers.  Both Nature and Science the week of Dec. 7 included book reviews and articles that dealt specifically with altruism and cooperation – none of them entertaining in the slightest way that real love had anything to do with it.  To these evolutionary biologists, human behavior was just a more difficult problem of the same nature as that of honeybees, and subject to the same equations: for example, Samuel Bowles wrote,1 “This study investigates whether, as an empirical matter, intergroup competition and reproductive leveling might have allowed the proliferation of a genetically transmitted predisposition to behave altruistically.”  Happy Valentine’s Day, world.    Oddly, these same scientists and mainstream journal editors do not hesitate to preach the need for scientific “ethics.”  This is usually after a major scandal, or public distrust of research threatens funding for embryonic stem cells, cloning or human-animal chimeras or whatever.  For instance, the editors of Nature Jan. 18 got downright preachy,2 encouraging scientists to lead by example with high ethical standards.  “Everybody likes a good scandal, and there is nothing like a fresh allegation of research misconduct to set tongues wagging in the scientific community and outside it,” the editorial began.  It ended with the following call to righteousness:A respectable level of ethics training for all postgraduate students is an important element of this.  It needs to be introduced at all research universities – alongside stricter rules on record-keeping, and arrangements for protecting whistleblowers, where this is missing at the national level.    But most important of all, as the first scientific studies of the factors behind good conduct confirm, is the example set by senior researchers themselves.  It is here in the laboratory – not in the law courts or the offices of a university administrator – that the trajectory of research conduct for the twenty-first century is being set.The wording carefully avoids the value-laden word morals, substituting more-nebulous and less-judgmental words ethics and good conduct.  It hints that there are biological studies of “good conduct” that play into society’s support for science.  These editorials, however, usually fail to define what good is, or why an independent researcher should subscribe to a relative ethical standard when the referred-to studies on human cooperation allow for a certain number of non-cooperators to succeed.1Samuel Bowles, “Group Competition, Reproductive Leveling, and the Evolution of Human Altruism,” Science, 8 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5805, pp. 1569 – 1572, DOI: 10.1126/science.1134829.2Editorial, “Leading by example,” Nature 445, 229 (18 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/445229a.So Tinker Bell just shot Cupid.  Folks, this is where the rubber meets the road in the battle between the Darwin-Only-Darwin-Only DODOs and the noble and altruistic Visigoths.  If you are repulsed at the ugliness of the wreckage left in the wake of Darwinian thinking, thank God: you still might have a soul.  We shudder at the criminal mind that will torture a child without any sense of right or wrong, and even get a perverse delight out of it, but how does that differ intellectually from what the Darwinists say about love?  They have done worse than rob it of any meaning, value, purpose and virtue.  They have turned altruism into selfishness, purity into dirt, and tenderness into conflict.  No wonder we are raising a generation of sex-crazed young people looking at a meaningless existence and deciding it’s all about me, me, me and what my selfish genes make me do.  Never before has selfishness been given complete license by a world view as it has by Darwinism.  It has made selfishness the ultimate virtue, justified by science.    There are three things you need to understand about the Darwinian explanations for love and altruism that rob the DODO heads of any credibility, and make them worthy of the utmost scorn and adamant opposition.The evidence is against them.  Here they are, 148 years after Charlie wrote his little black book, still trying to figure out “what is this thing called love?”  How long do you give a scientist time to scratch his head before the head is worn away entirely?  A decade perhaps?  Maybe two?  How many miles on the wrong road do you let a scientist take the wheel before demanding he ask for directions?In their view, nothing is good.  They cannot be allowed to call anything good, ethical, right, correct, moral or worthwhile, because those words are not in the Darwin Dictionary.  Don’t let them plagiarize Christian words; they need to be consistent and use their own.  St. Paul can write a lofty, elegant paean to agape in I Corinthians 13 because within the Christian world view, love is real.  In Darwinland, by contrast, love is an illusion, and with it, all descriptions of it are illusory as well.  They cannot speak of love as if it has some immaterial and immortal existence.  To them, it must be nothing more than a phantom produced by a certain configuration of neurotransmitters undergoing particular rearrangements in response to stimuli.  It is an artifact, an illusion, with no epistemic status.  We must slap their hands when they borrow Christian words.  We must laugh at them when they hug or weep.  We must take disinterested notes in our white lab coats when they are indignant over evil.  Only by forcing them to live in the prisons they have constructed for themselves can we offer them the possibility of repentance for what they have done to the greatest word in any language.Their view is the death of science.  The Darwinist materialists try to exempt themselves from the human race.  From their ivory towers in the air, they pontificate to the rest of us about what makes us tick.  Like gods in their own eyes, they know what is real, what is empirical, and what constitutes knowledge that is universal, necessary, timeless, and certain.  We need to unmask them and let them look in the mirror.  If humans are pawns of natural selection, then nothing is universal, necessary, timeless and certain.  Even if something in the world is universal, there is no way that a material object like a scientist could know that.  Science, therefore, under their own presuppositions, becomes impossible.  Yet, a critic counters, many atheists are doing good science, aren’t they?  Yes; but only by stealing from Christian presuppositions.  Stop the welfare and they will starve.    It is a basic principle of logic (without which all reasoning is impossible) that any self-refuting proposition is necessarily false.  It is also axiomatic that a philosophy cannot be arbitrary or inconsistent, else one could prove anything.  Since Darwinist ontology, epistemology, and moral philosophy is self-refuting, it is necessarily false.  Since it is arbitrary and inconsistent, its postulates are incapable of logical proof, including the postulate that science can provide knowledge about the external world.  A Darwinist cannot reason within his own presuppositions.  He cannot, therefore, be a scientist.  He cannot know anything.  He cannot be sure that his sensory impressions correspond to reality.  His actions must be considered products of blind selective pressures.  As a mere product of selfish genes and memes that are using his body and brain to reproduce, he cannot claim to be interested in Truth, or to know it when he sees it.  Science is impossible in this world view.It is only by forcing these materialists to face the consequences of their presuppositions that we can offer them a life preserver, provided they drop their Darwinian millstone and embrace a Christian world view where love and science are real.  (They can only grab onto it if they have some trace of unseared conscience left.)    Experience shows, unfortunately, that Darwinists are often incorrigible.  Forced into this logical corner, many of them do start acting consistent with Darwinian values: i.e., they go on the attack, resorting to conflict, competition, and survival of the fittest.  If you observe this behavior, you understand now what is happening.  Unable to reason their way out of their dilemma, they snap, snarl, and use all means to seize power and shut up their opponents.  So be prepared for a fight.  There is such a thing as a good fight.  One does not have to descend to the immoral tactics of the enemy, but should work to prevent the enemy from destroying himself and everyone else.  It’s the cop’s struggle against the sniper shooting victims at random.  Sometimes this kind of fight is the most loving act in the world.    So, happy Valentine’s Day.  St. Valentine gave his life as a martyr.  He was an altruist.  He did the most un-Darwinian thing: he valued truth and love over passing on his genes.  He followed in the footsteps of Jesus, who said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Undoubtedly this happened to Valentinus because he confronted the dogmatists of his day and refused to bow to their false gods.  What the world needs now is love, tough love.  If you have it, show it.  Don’t allow destructive philosophies to wreak their havoc without a good fight.Recommended Reading:  C. S. Lewis’s novel That Hideous Strength is as timely today as when he wrote it at the end of World War II.  Lewis’s complex story, interweaving numerous themes, cannot be adequately summarized in a few words; we hope this feeble attempt at describing one of the themes will interest those unfamiliar with it to read the novel in its entirety.  A modern, liberal couple begins with a selfish, shallow view of love and sexual relationships.  They find through a horrendous experience with a monstrous scientific institution that its overt materialism is really just a cover for a deeper evil.  When the deeper evil is revealed and overcome, their discovery of true agape love ends with another discovery: that eros, in its soulish context, is also real, rich, and beautiful. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA firms score for innovation

first_img16 April 2007More than half of South Africa’s companies engaged in innovative activities in the form of the development of new products and processes between 2002 and 2004, according to the first official South African Innovation Survey.The survey, conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology, found that South Africa compares favourably with countries like Sweden (where 50% of enterprises are innovative), the United Kingdom (43%) and Portugal (41%).Modelled on the innovation survey used in all European Union countries in 2005/06, the survey provides internationally comparable data on innovation in SA’s mining, manufacturing, wholesale, retail and services sectors, while giving an overall indication of innovative behaviour among companies.Announcing the results of the survey at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange last week, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said South African businessess “are not being complacent and are responding to changes in their environment by producing new or significantly changed goods, services and processes.“Our rate of innovation is well above that of the European average of 42% for 2004.”According to the survey, SA companies spent in the region of R27.8-billion on innovative activities in 2004, representing about 2.4% of the total turnover of all business covered in the industrial and service sectors.While the bulk of this expenditure was devoted to the acquisition of new machinery, equipment and software, in-house research and development (R&D) expenditure accounted for about 20% of total innovation expenditure.“Bearing in mind that the innovation survey is a random sample of business enterprises and is not focused on R&D or technology-orientated firms, this result serves to confirm the importance of R&D for the competitiveness of business in the country,” Hanekom said.“It is particularly gratifying to note that apart from the expected large R&D performers in South Africa, there appear to be many diverse businesses undertaking small amounts of R&D,” the deputy minister added.The survey indicated that about 10% of successful innovators – businesses whose innovations were responsible for part of their turnover – had received public funding for activities.South African government R&D support schemes include the Technology for Human Resources in Industry Programme, the Innovation Fund, the agency grants of the National Research Foundation, and the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation.Hanekom said it was important for the government to extend its support and encourage such enterprises to persevere and grow their R&D expenditures.Innovation, he said, was “widely recognised as one of the most important mechanisms through which technology can be leveraged to create wealth, leap-frog developmental backlogs and contribute towards a better quality of life for all.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Does a Fireplace Belong in a Green Home?

first_imgClara Kim and her husband are nearly finished planning their new custom home. Only a few details remain before they can seek construction bids. But one of the remaining loose ends has major energy implications.“We are planning to have a wood fireplace on the ground floor, within the building envelope,” Clara writes in a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor. “When it is burning, it will likely [be] burned with any glass doors on the fireplace open, for aesthetic reasons. It is only going to be used as a heat source as an occasional backup.”Her husband refuses to consider a more efficient gas or wood stove, nor does he take kindly to her suggestion the fireplace be moved to the patio outside. No, the fireplace is going to be inside and it will be used without glass doors that would minimize heat loss.A generation ago, that might not have raised an eyebrow. What could be more natural than a fire on an open hearth? These days, however, the energy inefficiencies of fireplaces have turned them into the equivalents of chamber pots and single-pane windows.Kim is still holding out hope that some means can be found to minimize the energy shortcomings of her husband’s plans. Or is that an uphill fight? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionGBA technical director Peter Yost had this to add:There is no question regarding the building science here. For every cubic foot of warm interior air headed up and out that fireplace (more than 500 cubic feet per minute for a blazing fire), a cubic foot of cold outside air is being pulled into the building. The only folks warmed by the fire are those within radiant reach; everyone else will be reaching for their sweaters or the thermostat.And then when the fireplace is not in use, there is the loss of warm interior leaking past the fireplace damper (if indeed it gets closed after the fire is out…).We let folks do “non-building science” or “anti-building science” stuff all the time: 1500-cfm range hoods, unvented gas fireplaces, clothes dryers vented to the indoors, gas cooktops, attached garages… (Now these last two are bound to really rankle.)To me, if you want an open fire, make it a truly open fire — outside your home. If that won’t fly, and the owners understand the true costs of the interior open fireplace, so be it.Whether public policy as expressed by the building codes represents the right balance of individual freedom and common cause probably won’t be settled by a GBA blog. But kudos to our online community for a strong and balanced discussion of the issue. RELATED ARTICLES All About Wood StovesFarewell to the Chimney?Should Green Homes Burn Wood? A Ventless Gas Fireplace Doesn’t Belong in Your Home Q&A: Is a gas fireplace blower fan an energy-efficient investment? Q&A: Does a flexible stainless steel chimney flue really need an insulation wrap? Designs and detailing may help conserve heatThere may be an exception to the rule, counters Ven Sonata, who recalls reading of a physics professor who insisted on an open fireplace in her country home and had “researched the hell” out of the subject. “She found a custom design that she claimed had all the efficiency of a modern wood stove,” Sonata writes. “She liked the reality of crackling mesquite.”Although he’s unable to provide a specific reference for the professor’s fireplace, Sonata refers Kim to a Canadian company called Renaissance Fireplaces, which makes an updated Rumford design that is “truly impressive.” The fireplaces, he says, promise 50% efficiency with the door open, “not great compared to some wood stoves at over 80 percent, but still if not used often and only for the aesthetics not a problem.”Others offer suggestions on how energy losses from a fireplace can be minimized: a chimney “balloon” that seals off the flue when the fireplace is not in use, shallow Rumford designs that produce more heat than conventional fire boxes, doors that can seal the fireplace and prevent heat losses, an airtight chimney cap.Avoid exterior chimneys, says Keith Gustafson, and install an external air supply. “The worst thing about fireplaces is that they draw air from other rooms and cool them,” he says, adding: “Close the damn doors. Are ya just silly? Really?”If it weren’t clear already, Malcolm Taylor tells Kim she’s chosen a subject that is guaranteed to irritate some readers.“You would have gotten a similar reaction to innocently suggesting using windows for ventilation, and will find similar reactions to electric bikes on cycling forums, or to mixed-breed dogs on pure-bred sites.” Taylor says.center_img Sorry, they’re never a good ideaDana Dorsett gets right to the point, summing up what looks like a common point of view: “An open-hearth fireplace (with or without glass doors) is an inefficient, extremely polluting way to burn wood that has no place in a ‘green’ house,” Dorsett writes. “They are even illegal to use in some locations due to the particulate emissions problem.” Darryl in Winnipeg adds that “burning anything with the doors open is not a good idea at all.” His EPA-certified zero-clearance stove/fireplace is in use all winter long. “With the doors closed and the fire shining through the glass, I get all the aesthetic benefits I need,” he says.“In most homes, operating a wood fireplace without glass doors results in a net loss of heat,” says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “A fireplace can’t heat a home. If you are operating a wood fireplace, the best you can hope for is to warm your hands as your house gets progressively colder.”“I think her husband’s silliness stems from a lack of physical intuition and this kind of behavior must be disturbing to those people living around people like that,” says Eric Habegger. “Perhaps people of all skill levels should be encouraged at some point in there lives to get their hands dirty and understand what actually goes into the world we live in. Maybe a suggestion to the husband that it would be ‘romantic’ to get a horse and buggy would be in order.”There’s also the possibility, Beth Turner suggests, that a fireplace could create insurance issues. She adds: “As we become more concerned about emissions and air quality, and considering an open fireplace is one of the worst offenders in that regard, it seems like one might want to proceed cautiously. It’s always a good idea to think about where we might be headed in the future and plan accordingly.” Finding refuge from ‘butt-in-skis’Are fireplaces really so awful from an energy and air quality point of view they should be banned in new construction? A GBA reader named SE thinks so, but to Alex House, the argument smacks of intolerance and government meddling.“The expansive reach of building codes is already intolerable, what with things like energy mandates being shoved into the code and which have nothing to do with structural or fire issues,” House writes. “Now you want to outlaw fireplaces because they rub you the wrong way.“If not one’s home, where can one go to live life as he pleases without a bunch of bureaucrats telling everyone how they must live?” House continues. “Where can one find sanctuary from butt-in-skis?”“Nowhere within civil society,” replies Nathaniel G. “That’s not the kind of place we live in anywhere. Those of us who chafe at it best get used to it or become a heck of a lot more active in fighting it.”Or, as Holladay suggests, get away from bureaucrats by settling in a rural area where no building codes apply. “Most building codes don’t outlaw fireplaces,” Holladay notes. “As long as the fireplace complies with your local building code, you are free to install one. If you want to install an unusual fireplace that doesn’t meet code, you’ll have to buy some rural land.”He also notes, “The problem with homes that include idiosyncratic features that happen to be bad energy details is that these homes are eventually sold to unwitting buyers who don’t realize that the former owner liked to have campfires in the living room — ‘damn the energy penalty,’” Holladay says. “It’s hard to balance the rights of people who want to be eccentric with the rights of those who invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a home to keep their family warm during the winter.“For now, our country has decided to protect unwitting home buyers in suburban and urban areas, and to let the campfire-in-the-living-room crowd build their homes in rural areas.”But House isn’t buying it. “Energy purists take the position that fireplaces are energy inefficient and the extremists want them banned,” he says. “I can’t begin to tell you how much this rubs me the wrong way — nannies imposing their standards on others. Martin at least grants people some liberty to do with their home what they please, if allowed by code.“Energy efficiency as a principle obviously appeals to the writers and readers of this site, but just because we find it appealing doesn’t grant this principle any added legitimacy such that it should be shoved onto other people who have different values or priorities. If someone wants a fireplace, then terrific for them — they get to enjoy the benefits and suffer the costs. Not my business or anyone else’s.”last_img read more

Clouds And Virtualized Storage: Catalyst For Change

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#cloud storage#HP#storage#Storage Evolution#Virtualization We tend not to think about storage – until we don’t have enough. We carelessly store documents, emails, images, video, and massive amounts of all kinds data only to wonder why there never seems to be enough places to put our company’s stuff. But as new technologies combine to provide storage over the Internet, easing fears of limited capacity and the promise of virtualized architectures are helping shape the next phase of the Internet.Storage Isn’t Sexy, But…Virtual storage is neither as flashy nor as sexy as virtualized servers. Historically, enterprises set up a storage device, backed up data and content in regular intervals and forgot about it. But because hard drives offer limited capacity, it has become necessary to manage multiple storage strategies. Additionally, archiving digital content traditionally meant burning to a disc or transferring data to magnetic tape. The archived data and content was not readily accessible.As cloud computing has emerged as a basic networking practice, more and more content is stored in virtualized, interconnected storage devices. Not only does this make it possible to access massive files online in an instant, it also makes storage more affordable, efficient and easier to manage.By abstracting how storage functions from a set of individual physical hard drives to logical storage (or partitions) spread across any number of physical drives, storage can be made less expensive and much more flexible. With virtualized storage accessible in a cloud computing environment, companies and even individuals can now add as much storage space as they need, pretty much on demand. Hardware vs. ManagementFor consumers, this means devices like smartphones and tablets do not require massive storage drives. For enterprises, virtualized storage means spending less on hardware and more on efficiently managing data and content. The trend meant companies can protect their remote office data and remove the need for multiple storage networks. Virtualizing storage also helps with disaster recovery by spreading the information to remote locations and providing multiple copies of data. The trend is toward continued efforts to make cloud-based virtual storage even more efficient and less expensive. Some enterprising companies have already managed their cloud architectures with multiple storage technologies so well that they’ve adapted their own capabilities to deliver Storage as a Service to other companies.There’s still potential for further migration toward virtualized storage. Forecasts for the global cloud virtualization software market (currently estimated at $6.7 billion) between 2011 and 2015 show a year-over-year growth rate of 14.98%. Virtual machine and cloud system software represents the fastest growing segment, with research firm IDC pegging growth at 17.8% in the first half of 2012.Investments in cloud-based storage also suggest future growth. Venture funding for storage companies totaled $458 million through the first three quarters of 2011, according to analysis from Strategic Advisory Services International. That is 42.4% more than the $321.5 million storage startups received in the same time a year before. Storage mergers and acquisitions are also on the rise with 23 deals adding up to $8.7 billion through the first three quarters of 2011.Benefits Of Virtualized StorageOutside of the obvious benefits of being able to access content from multiple locations on multiple devices, virtualized storage also allows for information sharing between large numbers of people. While it’s still a relatively new technology trend, storage virtualization isn’t hype. “But it’s all about the use cases,” says John McArthur, president of Walden Technology Partners and a board advisor at Starboard Storage Systems. “The use cases will evolve and mature over time, just as they are with server virtualization.”McArthur points to making storage asset management less of a problem, where the goal is migrating data from one device to another without having to physically link them together. Other benefits include replicating data between locations, making point-in-time copies of data, expanding storage capacity, and shrinking storage costs. Additionally, virtualized storage allows for a “pay as you go” subscription model that can increase storage capacities as needed, without having to grow data center footprints.“Some companies will embed storage virtualization in an appliance to make their appliance simpler to manage and control,” McArthur said. For example, hedge fund Thames River Capital virtualized its storage area network and saw a 40% improvement in the performance of its virtual machines as a result.Virtualization Meets The CloudAs the technology improves and devices continue to be connected to each other, cloud computing will increasingly merge with virtualized storage. One consideration is using cloud versus physical storage for high-performance computing at scientific research centers, according to John Bates, co-founder and CTO at TwinStrata.“Cloud storage can solve some of the problems associated with big data, particularly in the areas of resource planning and infrastructure growth costs,” Bates told industry reporters. “Cloud storage offers massive and automatic scalability, without requiring heavy capital expenditures on fixed storage systems that may reach capacity too fast.”The Internet Of Things, And MoreAnother use case for cloud-based virtualized storage is enabling a wide variety of non-computing devices connected to the network, also known as the “Internet of Things.” In its estimates for 2020, IDC believes approximately 30 billion devices will be connected, each requiring cost-effective use of software and storage for the information gathered.Considering the capabilities being developed for the next phase of the Internet, it’s not much of a stretch to think that virtualized storage could be used to recreate virtual versions of specific events at specific points in time. A wide array of networked storage devices would hold the information from computers, sensors, cameras and other information sources to quickly recreate almost any event or scenario.Perhaps the holographic event simulator (the “holodeck“) from Star Trek might someday be a reality.center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… michael singer 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Buboy: Face Floyd, then quit

first_imgMOST READ HOLLYWOOD—If it were up to Buboy Fernandez, he prefers that his best friend Manny Pacquiao gives it just three more fights before calling it quits.But, of course, not before fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the second timeADVERTISEMENT Ceres beefs up champs league roster Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “You don’t run out of opponents, there are plenty out there,” said Fernandez. “But what would Manny do, fight them all?”While he’s confident that even at 40 years, Pacquiao can mow down the welterweight ranks, Fernandez is concerned about what it would make of his career if he loses to up-and-coming fighters.“He has nothing to prove anymore,” said Fernandez.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Horn promoter Dean Lonergan said Pacquiao needs to face the Australian anew in order to prepare things up for a second megafight with Mayweather.Against Mayweather, they will have to work thrice as hard.“Triple-time hard work,” Fernandez said.However, there appears to be no concrete indication that the highly-anticipated rematch will actually take place.Instead, several other names like young guns Danny Garcia, WBA super welterweight king Keith Thurman and Errol Spence were being floated as next possible opponents.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “I don’t decide on that (Mayweather-Pacquiao 2),” said Fernandez in Filipino. “But we all want that to happen.”Fernandez admitted it’s going to be a tough job for him as chief trainer to devise tactics against the undefeated American, who is currently in retirement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFernandez is 2-0 at the helm of Team Pacquiao following wins over Lucas Matthysse last July and against Adrien Broner on Saturday night for the WBA regular welterweight title.Almost immediately, the camp of Pacquiao’s 2017 tormentor, Jeff Horn, called out the Filipino superstar for a rematch. View commentslast_img read more

With defense clicking, Raptors focused on deep playoff run

first_imgMOST READ Alex Cabagnot, seven others get fined in latest round of PBA penalties So does Orlando coach Steve Clifford.“To me, this is by far the best team they’ve had here in this stretch,” Clifford said of the Raptors. “This is a terrific team here. Terrific.”Toronto lost 104-101 in Game 1 when Orlando’s D.J. Augustin hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds to play. After that, the Raptors clamped down defensively and held the Magic below 100 in each of the next four.“As the series went on, they started playing much better,” Magic center Nikola Vucevic said. “They stepped up their game on both ends of the floor and we weren’t able to do that. It showed each game.”Toronto set a team record with 34 assists in 41 made baskets in Tuesday’s clincher, and held the Magic to below 40 percent shooting for the third time in four.ADVERTISEMENT “The consistent defensive intensity the last four games has been impressive,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said. “As long as we keep that defensive focus, we have enough guys to make enough plays on the offensive end.”Toronto’s previous three postseason runs were all ended by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, including a six-game defeat in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals, and consecutive second-round sweeps in 2017 and 2018. The most recent of those defeats led to the dismissal of Coach of the Year Dwane Casey last May, and laid the groundwork for last July’s trade that sent franchise icon DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio as part of a package that brought back Leonard and guard Danny Green.“We’re getting better,” said Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, a candidate for the NBA’s most improved player. “We’re just working hard to kind of gel together and figure things out. Obviously, we can always improve, but it’s starting to click a little bit.”Tuned in at both ends of the floor, the Raptors now have a few days to rest and get ready for Philadelphia in round two.“They’re very talented,” Magic forward Aaron Gordon said of Toronto. “They have a great leader and great point guard in Kyle. They seem to be very balanced.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam added 24 and the Raptors routed the Magic 115-96 on Tuesday night, winning their first-round playoff series in five games.Toronto, which has made six straight postseason appearances, has reached the second round for the fourth straight year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBuoyed by the offseason additions of Leonard and guard Danny Green, plus trade deadline pickup Marc Gasol, these Raptors are focused on a conference finals berth, and maybe more.“We know what we are and what we can be,” guard Kyle Lowry said. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) smiles from the bench during a late second half timeout in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Orlando Magic, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors have reason to believe this is the year their playoff run doesn’t end in failure and frustration.Just ask the Orlando Magic, who have seen firsthand how good this Raptors team can be.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

4 days agoTrippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madrid

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Trippier: What Diego Costa calls me at Atletico Madridby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Trippier has revealed a nickname Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa has given him.The England full-back completed his move from Tottenham to the Spanish club in the summer, where Costa is also currently plying his trade.And the ex-Chelsea striker has wasted no time in giving Trippier plenty of banter, naming him after Man Utd and England legend Wayne Rooney.Costa has a reputation for being hot-headed with a fiery temper, but Trippier explained his other persona as the joker of the dressing room is more accurate.“He calls me Rooney ten times a day!” Trippier told Marca. “He’s like that all the time and it makes me laugh. But it’s Diego. I don’t mind. We all find it fun.“I like him to make jokes every day. I knew him from the Premier League and he’s the funniest player I’ve ever played with.“There’s a great atmosphere on the team, joking with each other, but Costa is the funniest. He also says I look like a boxer – but I don’t think so!“It’s been easy to adapt here. The weather is nice. The food is incredible, better than in England. People welcome me and make my family smile. It makes it easier for me.” last_img read more

Russell Simmons To Host Reception On Race In America

first_imgRussell Simmons is to host a reception on race in America featuring the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) at his new Beverly Hills home next week.The Center for Social Inclusion works to unite public policy research and grassroots advocacy to transform structural inequity and exclusion into structural fairness and inclusion. They work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity-rich world in which we all will thrive.WHO: Russell Simmons, business leader and philanthropist, and the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). Celebrities, political leaders, advocates and other dignitaries will be in attendance.WHAT: Cocktail reception at the new Beverly Hills home of Russell Simmons supporting the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). Maya Wiley, President of CSI, will lead a critical conversation about race in America, with emphasis on why we need to talk about race and how we can talk about it effectively. The evening will celebrate the work of Maya and the Center for Social Inclusion.WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.last_img read more

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