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Leaping ahead

first_imgOur recent Unleash Simplicity event was broadcast live to over 4,000 participants, and attended by customers, partners and executives in San Jose.  It was the largest product launch in VCE’s history, as we introduced a new wave of innovation and extended the value of converged infrastructure to new markets, operations, and industry-leading software applications.Our announcements represent a significant leap forward for VCE and for our customers and partners. Our Vblock Specialized Systems – starting with fully installed SAP HANA® software – bring pre-installed applications to our customers with speed and simplicity. VCE Vision Intelligent Operations is another major step as we evolve and advance the state of IT from converged infrastructure to converged operations, simplifying the management of data centers. The Vblock System 100 and 200 are VCE’s first moves outside of the core data center into remote office, branch office and the mid-market. Finally, the Vblock System 320 and Vblock System 720 represent significant steps forward for our flagship and Vblock System 300 and 700 families.It’s a huge infusion of exciting new hardware and software for our customers and partners.  But it’s also a major leap forward for the VCE brand.  The milestones that we announced, followed by the wave of innovation and the industry recognition that came with it are all further proof that VCE is stronger than ever.  We’re the fastest growing company in one of the fastest growing parts of the IT industry.  Our brand has become one that’s associated with innovation, forward thinking and customer value.  We’re bringing the next generation data center to customers today – and we’re working closely with our partners to make it happen.We were fortunate to have a number of our key customers attend the event live in Cisco Studios, and several of them commented that VCE’s announcements were closely aligned with their wish list for new offerings and they appreciated that we were always listening to them.It was great feedback to hear.  And now, we begin to answer the question that was on everyone’s mind as the event wrapped up: “what’s next?”For VCE, next is going to be about . . . more.  More innovation and execution on our vision.  Working closely with partners to bring more value to customers.  Building our brand so more customers understand the speed and simplicity that converged infrastructure can bring to their business.The past three years have been a major leap forward for VCE and for customers. There is much more to come.last_img read more

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5G Impact on Healthcare

first_imgWhen you visit the doctor for your yearly check-up, would you rather:Sit in a waiting room reading outdated magazines while strangers cough around you?Virtually connect on your tablet and review your vital trends from a fitness tracking device?If you chose A, you’re part of a shrinking minority. Consider the limitations of this annual tradition. In our fast-paced world, even having the time for a check-up is growing antiquated. And a check-up can only reflect your health at a very specific point in time.What if your actions, vital statistic trends and other data – collected through IoT devices – could be stored in a health profile and intelligently fed to your caregiver in a secure fashion? With this degree of insight, physicals would be more than just 30-minute snapshots into your health, where you lie about exercise and alcohol consumption. Instead, they could become data-driven discussions about your life and what’s been affecting you year-over-year – all done remotely through your laptop, tablet or phone.Smart data and smart devicesThe speed, bandwidth and device connectivity promised by 5G and the cellular transformation will provide the basis for re-imagining healthcare and wellness. By collecting smarter streams of data (rather than points in time) and leveraging AI, healthcare providers – and even patients themselves – can follow trends, detect changes and identify concerns earlier and more accurately than ever before. Healthcare is not only becoming more virtualized to better connect caregivers, expertise and patients, it is also becoming more personalized in how and when care decisions are made. The more data points incorporated into a care decision, the more impactful the results can be for the patient.Right now, the healthcare industry is at a crossroads. While there is an unprecedented amount of data available, providers are not yet able to use that data in the most relevant and meaningful way. To meet the needs of a rapidly changing world, we need an underlying network that can power the speed of connection with the breadth of data. 5G will provide that infrastructure and push smart devices and decisions from the core to the edge, creating secure, smarter data streams and enabling greater personalization.For patients: enabling care from anywhereImagine how these changes could impact the at-home care of an elderly parent. IoT sensors could indicate when your parent is awake, if they are active, if they have eaten, what they have eaten and whether they have taken their medications. If your parent has a chronic condition, these connected systems will record their vital trends on a rolling basis. 5G will ensure this data capture is performed efficiently and in a cost effective way, while using the collected information to make connected devices smarter. Given the sensitivity of the data, it all must be securely transmitted and shared. Since these smart devices are deployed and maintained at the edge, rather than in a centralized hub, this data will feed back into and benefit the overall system.5G will allow users to cut the cord and leverage devices that no longer tether them to specific places or regions. No matter where you are in the world, as you care for your elderly parent, you’ll have access to their health information – providing both peace of mind and a constant stream of insight. These benefits without boundaries also extend to the patient, providing a gateway for more connected health. Daily wellness check-ins and consults at the first sign of illness can increase the likelihood of an early diagnosis, provide faster treatment and reduce the risk of a secondary infection. 5G can deliver at-home senior care facilitation without geographical or metropolitan-based limits.This flexibility also applies to the clinical care of your parent. If they require a specialist consult that isn’t available locally or in a timely fashion, no problem. The new physician can leverage 5G video to share trends and diagnostic information while interactively engaging with your mom or dad. This connection can even extend to critical events, like an emergency ambulance ride or during surgery. While some of these capabilities are available today, 5G makes them more ubiquitous, reliable and immediate. A smart hospital can capture data throughout your parent’s hospital journey and enable personalized clinical decisions based on trends in their health.For providers: improving outcomes and accessNow what does 5G do for healthcare providers? At the most basic level, it helps the provider deliver better care and outcomes for their patients. Improved follow-up practices and virtual connectivity and monitoring can reduce re-admission rates for patients. If a patient needing rehabilitation is asked to perform regular exercises, they are much more likely to be compliant if a friendly nurse can check in with them over video chat… especially if that nurse can also access smart data into whether the patient has done their exercises in the first place.Smart technology and 5G can blur the walls between the hospital and the home, better managing the care of long-term patients who require the most resources from the healthcare system. Ongoing wellness checks and virtual engagement programs can reduce the costs of caring for these individuals, particularly for rural providers. Thanks to 5G, rural hospitals can have access to virtual top shelf resources when needed and can better serve their communities. They can compete for their patients’ healthcare dollars by virtually connecting the right resources and expertise with the patient. In the era of value-based care, providers realize the greatest benefits only when their patients’ experiences improve as well.The advent of 5G is an exciting new horizon for healthcare. It can help power personalized, smarter care capabilities and elevate connected medicine to an unprecedented level. Better healthcare means more than just cutting costs and providing improved service. At the end of the day, it is about letting patients’ voices be heard, finding new opportunities for hope and allowing individuals to live longer and more productive lives.last_img read more

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One New COVID-19 Case Reported In Chautauqua County Thursday

first_imgJAMESTOWN – One new case of COVID-19 was reported in Chautauqua County on Thursday afternoon, bringing the countywide total to 27 confirmed cases.Health Department officials say the case involves a woman in her late 60s and a total of five active cases remain in the county.Since yesterday, one person has recovered brining the recovery total to 19.So far, three people have died from complications of the virus. On Friday, county officials are scheduled to hold their weekly press conference update at 3 p.m. Viewers can watch the briefing streamed LIVE on WNYNewsNow.com/LIVE.In Cattaraugus County, the 28th person tested positive for COVID-19.Officials say the male resident resides in the southeastern part of the county and had no significant travel history, but was in close contact with a known positive case. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Designer Behind I Love New York Logo Dies

first_imgAIGA Design NEW YORK – The designer of the I Love New York logo has died at the age of 91.Milton Glaser passed away from natural causes on his birthday Friday.Glaser co-founded New York Magazine in 1968 and served as President and Design Director until the late 70s.In 1977, Glaser designed the I Love New York logo to promote tourism in New York State. His logo was created amid rampant crime, the infamous blackout and a poor economy in New York City.The concept sketch is part of the metropolitan museum of art’s permanent collection.Glaser is survived by his wife. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Colstrip bailout bill fails in Montana legislature

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): “It’s fantastic news that this bill didn’t pass, as now Montanans won’t be forced to hand over millions of dollars to NorthWestern Energy without any recourse,” Mike Scott, senior organizing representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, said in a statement. “Now it’s time to get serious about diversifying our economy and replacing expensive coal power with clean energy.” The failure of the bill, one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in this year’s legislative session, could seal the fate of the troubled coal plant as states in the region attempt to move away from coal-fired generation. NorthWestern Energy is formulating its resource procurement plan, which Scott called “the process that should be used to decide what’s best for the customers.” Units 1 and 2 of the plant are scheduled to close in 2022. NorthWestern, which operates as NorthWestern Energy, owns 222 MW of Colstrip Unit 4. The company would not disclose the prospective seller of the additional capacity, but Richmond said in pushing the legislation that owners would be willing to sell it to NorthWestern for $1. Colstrip bailout bill fails in Montana legislature The bill, proposed by Republican Sen. Tom Richmond, died in the House on a 60-37 vote April 16, and lawmakers failed to revive it before the session ended April 26. Montana lawmakers failed to pass legislation that would have enabled NorthWestern Corp. to pass on $75 million in costs associated with acquiring an additional 150-MW share in the beleaguered Colstrip power plant without oversight from the state Public Service Commission. More ($): Colstrip bailout bill dies in Montana, raising questions about plant’s futurelast_img read more

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Fat Girl Running: Mirna Valerio is Out With a New Book

first_img“Tikki Tikki Tembo” recounts a folktale in which a boy falls into a well and is rescued by an old man with a ladder who “step over step, step over step” goes into the well, retrieves the boy, and then “step over step, step over step” carries him back out.It turns out that “step over step, step over step” also makes a great mantra for distance runners, according to trailblazing ultramarathoner Mirna Valerio.“It gets me through a lot,” Valerio says. “I don’t necessarily think of that folktale when I’m saying it, but it helps. One foot in front of the other. Step over step.”The mantra accounts for Valerio’s relentless pace on runs and in life. She’s not the fastest, as she’s the first to admit, but the refusal to give up has powered her rise as an athlete, a social media phenomenon, and as of this fall, the author of a much-anticipated memoir.Valerio is a teacher at north Georgia high school. A decade ago, a medical scare inspired her to start running. She signed up for a bunch of races, and in 2012, she ran her first trail marathon. Since then, she’s gone on to run in a series of increasingly longer races, documenting her experiences as “an active larger girl in a thinner world” on her blog, Fat Girl Running.Media outlets started paying attention, and over the last few years Valerio’s profile has grown to the point that, although she shrugs off that term, she’s become something of a trail-running celebrity.“Things have been kind of crazy, in a really really good way,” Valerio says. “My son is over it, though. He’s 14 years old. I’m like, hey, CNN’s going to be here, and he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool.”These days, she’s training for August’s TransRockies Run, a 6-day trek that covers 120 miles and 20,000 feet of climbing between Buena Vista and Beaver Creek, Colorado.She’s picked up a few sponsors, including Skirtsports, Swiftwick, and Merrell. As a brand ambassador for Merrell, she has also participated in a string of Tough Mudder events in which she charged through 10 miles of obstacles, including crawling through live electric wires.Getting shocked three times in one race “makes you realize how awesome electricity is and makes you wonder how it has the capacity to blow a 245 pound human being over like a dried-out, dead flower,” Valerio wrote on her blog about the experience.Valerio’s appeal—to both sponsors and the more than 12,000 people who follow her on Instagram and other social media—is not surprising: she has refused to let stereotypes about her race or body shape dissuade her from getting out and taking to the trails, and her unwaveringly positive attitude encourages the idea that, hey, anyone can do this with the right frame of mind.“This is really an extension of what I do as a teacher, which is demonstrating and being a role model,” Valerio says. “I talk about diversity, about implicit bias and sexism and racism. All of that is implicit in what I do in my public life.”Although her story speaks to anyone who’s ever felt discouraged from running (every runner ever, really), it also speaks to a more specific group—African Americans who have felt uncomfortable and even fearful entering the woods, especially in a former state of the Confederacy like Georgia, where Valerio lives.“Historically, African Americans weren’t always welcomed, and in some respects still aren’t welcomed, in hiking and backpacking,” Valerio says. “When I see someone on the trail who’s black or Latino, I’m like, ‘Hey! How are you? Good to see you!’ We both know what I mean by that ‘good to see you,’ because there’s not enough other people.“It’s still not as welcoming a place as others—not just the woods in themselves, but the whole outdoor culture is not necessarily welcoming. I also get comments from black people: ‘Well, you know we don’t run in the woods. Because the last time we ran in the woods, we got hung.’ Stuff like that, from close friends! That is so collectively in the memory of African Americans. That’s sad and hurtful that people are carrying this baggage with them.”Organizations like Outdoor Afro actively work to change that conversation and experience, and Valerio has made it a part of her mission too. And while she didn’t consciously consider the rich heritage of African American memoirs as she wrote her own, it nonetheless informed the process. It’s not a coincidence, for example, that Valerio signed with Dystel & Goderich Literary Management—the New York City firm that represented Barack Obama on his first book.Valerio’s memoir, A Beautiful Work in Progress, is set to be published by Grand Harbor Press on October 1. With it, she hopes to take her message to an entirely new audience.“I wanted to frame my own narrative,” Valerio says. “My goal in writing it is to show rather than tell people that somebody in my body can do something like this. I wanted to show people that if you want to run in whatever body you have, you can do it. It might be slow, it might be painful, but you can do it. And you are entitled to exercise out in public as you are.”last_img read more

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How doctors at Lourdes, Bassett are using new technology to combat coronavirus

first_img(WBNG) — For all the negatives the virus has brought, it has also shed light on some positives. Not only is this service useful for helping those with COVID-19 like symptoms, it’s extremely beneficial for people simply wishing to avoid exposing themselves. Doctors told 12 News besides just coronavirus patients, the service is extremely helpful for assessing patients with things like strep and other mild problems. Doctors at Lourdes Hospital said their virtual screenings are still a pilot program, but they’ve had a lot of success in the past month with it so far. To sign up for a virtual visit at Lourdes, download their app from your phone’s app store and sign up there. If you reside in one of the eight counties the Bassett Healthcare Network serves, even if you’re not a patient yourself, feel free to call their coronavirus hotline at (607) 547-5555.center_img UHS told 12 News they also offer virtual screenings. The widespread use of virtual health screenings has created many new possibilities for doctors and patients. While these virtual screenings are relatively new to most local health care providers, doctors say they’re playing a crucial role in the fight against COVID-19, and will likely still play a role in medicine even after the virus is gone. Bassett Healthcare Network said doctors have been using the technology for about a year now, but it’s become much more prevalent since the coronavirus hit our area. “I give the example a few weeks ago, I saw someone on telehealth who’s a diabetic, fairly new, I had to discuss a whole bunch of counseling stuff with him because he’s a fairly new diabetic,” said Dr. Scott Cohen, the chief medical information officer for Bassett. “He had a newborn at home, and he did not have to leave his house, and potentially bring something back.”last_img read more

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Broome County Sheriff’s Office warns of potentially fatal consequences if drivers don’t slow down

first_imgAdditionally, Captain Newcomb reported the driver of the fatal tractor trailer crash on I-81 Friday was going the posted speed limit, and things could have gone much worse if he hadn’t been following the law. “Drivers, especially young drivers, aren’t as aware and cognizant of people around them or things around them like residences or things like that so you always have to remember that,” Newcomb told 12 News Tuesday. (WBNG) — With efforts to control the coronavirus speeding up across the country, the Broome County Sheriff’s Office wants to slow down local drivers. The sheriff’s office said because more people are staying at home and there are less cars on the road, some drivers have begun speeding at recklessly dangerous speeds. Captain Kathleen Newcomb said her deputies have reported some drivers have been caught going more than 100 miles per hour recently. Even with less traffic on the roads, Capt. Newcomb said there are always reasons not to speed and pay better attention to your surroundings. She said the sheriff’s office will be conducting additional speed details in the near future as a way to ensure drivers are slowing down. She cited examples such as children running out into the street unexpectedly as reasons to always slow down, especially in residential areas. last_img read more

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Mezut Ozil throws strop after being subbed early in Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 6:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link803Shares Mesut Ozil lost his tempter after being subbed against Manchester City (AFP via Getty Images)Mesut Ozil threw a strop on the sidelines after he was substituted early in Arsenal’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday.Freddie Ljungberg’s side were three goals down by half time following Kevin De Bruyne’s double and Raheem Sterling’s strike from close range.Ozil had struggled to make an impact during the opening half and by the 59th minute Ljungberg had seen enough and opted to replace him with Emile Smith Rowe.Arsenal’s highest earner trudged towards the sidelines after seeing his number held up and the boos from Arsenal’s supporters grew louder as the midfielder refused to break into a jog to get himself off the pitch.ADVERTISEMENT Ozil booted his gloves after he left the pitch (Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Ozil cut a frustrated figure on the bench (AP Photo)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementBut as he made his way towards Arsenal’s bench, Ozil turn his gloves into a ball and kicked them in anger.The incident comes just a week after Ozil appeared to launch an angry rant at Alexandre Lacazette following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at home to Brighton.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Mezut Ozil throws strop after being subbed early in Arsenal’s clash against Manchester Citylast_img read more

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​MP Pension finds zero-tolerance policy on tax behaviour too difficult

first_imgMP Pension outlined concrete principles it pledged to adhere to, including doing a quarterly screening of its portfolio“Another dilemma lies in the fact that unlisted fund investments today are often conducted through holding companies in countries used by some investors as tax havens, while other investors – such as MP – use these for legitimate reasons,” the pension fund added.MP said it made sure the funds did not use aggressive tax planning, looking not only at whether a structure was legal, but also at whether it was suitable for an investor such as MP, which had a strong focus on responsibility.“It is, therefore, difficult at this point for MP to distance itself from problem of aggressive tax planning by exclusions or by choosing not to invest in any funds in ‘tax havens’,” MP Pension concluded.Many Danish pension funds have been speaking out about responsible tax practices in recent years. Within a country with a high level of state welfare provision, tax income is seen as a particularly important issue.In 2017, Danish education sector pension fund Pædagogernes Pension (PBU) introduced a universal code of behaviour for pension funds regarding tax practices, which it called for other Danish funds to adopt.Last summer, four of the county’s largest funds – ATP, Industriens Pension, PensionDanmark and PFA – agreed on a set of common principles on responsible tax behaviour by external managers, expressing the importance of the role pension companies play in Danish society in stamping out such practices.MP MP Pension has said in a new position paper on responsible tax behaviour that shunning all companies and investments linked to dubious tax practices is simply not feasible for it as a pension fund – as doing so would have too big an impact on its risk level and returns.The Danish pension fund for academics made the assertion in a paper it has published on taking a more responsible approach to tax.Jens Munch Holst, chief executive officer of the DKK113bn (€15bn) pension fund, said: “Of course, as a responsible pension fund, we cannot live with the companies we invest in not paying the tax they have to. That is why we are raising awareness about it now.”In the paper, the pension fund said its work on responsible tax practices was being focused on promoting the publication of country-by-country reporting for those companies it invested in, with a particular focus on Danish companies. The other area of focus for the work was on transparency about its own efforts and tax behaviour, the fund said.MP Pension outlined concrete principles it pledged to adhere to, including doing a quarterly screening of its portfolio for companies involved in tax avoidance or evasion or aggressive tax planning, and continuing its practice of not lending equities – because it said this put it at risk of being involved in transactions linked to wrongful reimbursement of dividend tax.However, the paper finished with mention of what MP Pension termed its dilemma.“If MP Pension decided not to invest in the many companies that are involved in major tax controversies, it would affect both MP’s risk and return to a significant degree,” it said.“Some of the heavyweight companies in the benchmark have controversies in the field of tax,” it said, giving Google (Alphabet) and Apple as examples.These major players had ongoing controversies with tax authorities in different countries, MP Pension said, and were weighted very heavily in the investment benchmark, which was used by the fund to ensure a high risk-adjusted return.The fund also cited Swiss bank UBS, which had been fined by French authorities over tax issues, and prosecuted by Danish tax authorities for involvement in speculation in dividend tax payments, it said.last_img read more

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