The Philippines: Navy Activates 3 More Offices

first_img View post tag: Activates View post tag: Defense Authorities As part of capability upgrade and defense modernization, the Philippine Navy activated on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 three (3) more offices/units which according to the Navy Chief, Vice Admiral Jose Luis M Alano, will play a very critical role especially in the enhancement of strategies, doctrines and war plans in order to cope up or adapt with the international standards.The three offices activated are the Naval Research and Development Center (NRDC), Fleet Marine Warfare Center (FMWC) and Office of the Naval Strategic Studies (ONSS).The NRDC will be under the supervision of Naval Sea Systems Command with Captain Rommel Jason L Galang as the Officer-in-Charge. NRDC will be responsible in enhancing PN’s war fighting systems, develop new technologies and naval ordnance as well as improve our Weapons, Communications, Electronic and Information Systems (WCEIS).The FMWC on the other hand, will be under the Fleet-Marine Ready Force with Captain Leofilo G Pulmano as the acting Superintendent. FMWC is a specialized office that shall focus on formulating, testing and validating war plans in operational and strategic coalition as well as well as non war operations.The ONSS will be a Personal Staff of FOIC,PN and will be under supervision of Chief of Naval Staff. ONSS with Commander Teddy G Quinzon as Director will be responsible in the conduct of studies, analysis and assessment of trends, history and current realities and facts in order to formulate effective strategies that will be essential in the decision making.According to Commodore Jesus C Millan, the Chief of Naval Staff, “the navy leadership believes that the activation of these offices and units would not only speed up the realization of our goals and vision but would also help steer the navy toward the right direction”. View post tag: more [mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 8, 2013 View post tag: 3 April 8, 2013 View post tag: Officescenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval The Philippines: Navy Activates 3 More Offices Back to overview,Home naval-today The Philippines: Navy Activates 3 More Offices View post tag: Defence Share this articlelast_img read more

Why All Containers Won’t Be Successful

first_imgContainers have been a hot topic in 2016—and while they’re garnering interest and momentum, we’re very early on in terms of market maturity.This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be excited! Over the past year, containers as a technology have gained a lot of traction, with the three main players—Docker, Mesosphere and Kubernetes—finding themselves on equal footing as far as adoption and offerings. This is very different from the last couple of years, when these platforms were on uneven footing as far as equivalent offerings, and it’s a great evolution because it means freedom of choice, flexibility and the opportunity to experiment for enterprise users.However, this is a single point in time in the market, and I predict the landscape will look very different a year from now. By this time next year, we’ll find that one container technology has risen to the top either by way of innovation, functionality, funding, adoption or some combination thereof.We’ve already seen some very interesting market moves this year, with Mesosphere taking funding and announcing partnerships with HPE and Microsoft, and the Apprenda acquisition of Kismatic, the company behind Kubernetes. Docker also took on a Series D round of funding last spring at $1Billion+ valuation. All of these investments signal competition in the space, and we’ll see this heat up exponentially in the coming months—but with the current state of VC, it’s a crapshoot as to whether revenue will come out of these investments and what that means for container evolution.So why is that, if container technology is so desirable?It’s the fact that software is hard to manage, and there’s currently not one single complete product or solution in a platform. Software is only as good as the user’s ability to consume it, and if users are cobbling together software to make a single solution, odds are good that they’re spending human and monetary assets in a way that compromises efficiency rather than promotes it. With so many facets to enterprise IT, the majority of companies currently don’t have the ability to consume software-only products.And this is the hole in the container market. A hole, yes, but also an opportunity to build a cohesive solution that addresses the barriers to adoption: persistence, support for apps, ease of use and lock-in for existing proprietary hardware.For developers, containers make deployments and the packaging of apps and software easier because they make applications and associated dependencies more portable—the deployment process is absolutely critical. Containers also give developers granularity and control over what gets deployed and, on the development side,  offer the ability to build more simplistic infrastructure to support these apps—and a simpler infrastructure is more scalable and efficient to operate.But the toolsets are still in early stages of development, and users have to be good at operationalizing infrastructures in general. They have to catch problems, respond quickly, understand that software will break and generally be on their toes. The next technical step is to operationalize the software and environment, and that’s a whole set of technical challenges that people aren’t ready for–yet.Together, the open source community will build solutions to make containers easily consumable, and skills and tools will also make that shift so that the evolution of IT teams is more empowered to successfully run software-only approaches to tech workloads.EMC took a swing at this today—more here—but there’s more work to be done by the community at large.By this time next year, the container market will be a whole new ballgame, with one clear leader and higher adoption as the technology evolves. We’re in for an interesting ride!last_img read more

Notre Dame faculty offers commentary and analysis during papal visit

first_imgAs the eyes of the world turn to the U.S. for Pope Francis’s first trip to the country, Notre Dame faculty will also be in the spotlight. During the papal visit, several faculty members will offer commentary and analysis for NBC, MSNBC and CBS television networks.According to a University press release, University President Fr. John Jenkins will appear on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” to offer commentary and analysis about the pope’s visit, tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. Jenkins will also attend the pope’s welcoming ceremony at the White House, concelebrate with Francis the canonization mass of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and attend the pope’s address to Congress, the press release stated.Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings will provide coverage for NBC and MSNBC. Cummings is an associate professor of American studies and the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism.“This [papal visit] is a chance to think about what the pope means to American Catholics and what the pope meant to American Catholics over the course of history,” Cummings said.Cummings will first broadcast from NBC studios in New York, offering commentary while the pope is in Cuba and travels to America. Then she will broadcast live from the rooftop over Saint Paul’s Cathedral in New York City before traveling to Philadelphia to offer live coverage during the pope’s visit there.Cummings said she will offer historical perspectives on the different places Francis is visiting, along with comparisons between Pope Francis’ visit and prior papal visits. She is also currently writing a book on the canonizations of American saints and will offer analysis on the canonization Mass of Junipero Serra.Cummings said she began to offer national commentary two-and-a-half years ago, when Anne Thompson, Notre Dame graduate and NBC News Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent, wanted a woman to comment on Pope Benedict’s resignation. Cummings said she was contacted by Thompson, a University trustee, to offer commentary on that issue and thus began her career as a television commentator.Cummings said her current coverage, which will have her away from campus for a week, is the longest consecutive time she has offered commentary for a major news network.“Notre Dame is the most prominent Catholic university in the United States. We, as a university, grapple with the questions that most interest the pope, like what it means to be a Catholic today. Notre Dame is a place where we’ve been asking those questions since we were founded in 1842,” Cummings said. “Fr. Ted Hesburgh used to say that Notre Dame is ‘the place where the church does it’s thinking,’ so it would make sense that two of the three major television networks are featuring Notre Dame faculty during the papal visit.”Cummings is not the only member of Notre Dame’s teaching faculty slated to appear on television during the papal visit. Professor Candida Moss, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the theology department, is CBS’s Papal News Commentator, offering commentary across the network. Moss is scheduled to appear on several CBS News shows, including “CBS This Morning” and “CBS Evening News,” as well as CBS Radio and CBSN, the 24-hour live streaming news service, she said in an email.“I tend to approach Francis’ words from the perspective of a Biblical scholar and a historian. I try to understand how he grounds his ideas biblically and doctrinally and also how to think about him in comparison to his predecessors and contemporaries,” Moss said.Moss said her commentary will include a mix of theology, history, politics and public affairs.“Generally, we spend our time analyzing about the significance and meaning of what Pope Francis has said so far. But the schedule is only a guide, and we don’t know exactly what he will say or do,” she said. “On Sunday night, he started going off-script in the cathedral in Havana. It was pretty exciting, and we had to scramble to translate what he was saying and decide what to say about it.”Moss said she began doing news coverage for CBS when Pope Benedict resigned, after a booker for “CBS This Morning” saw one of her documentaries and asked her to come on the show. Since then, she has made regular appearances on CNN, Fox and NBC but spends most of her time at CBS.“When they called and asked me to be their Papal News Commentator, it was a natural fit and something I was very excited about,” Moss wrote. “I think teaching at a Catholic university makes me aware of the expectations and excitement surrounding the Pope’s visit and conscious of the responsibility I have as a representative of Notre Dame.” Tags: candida moss, kathleen cummings, papal visit, Pope Francislast_img read more

See The Lion King in Paris & More Disney Shows Across the Globe

first_img Tarzan (Hamburg, Germany) Ever wondered what a thunderous jungle cry sounds like in Deutsch? The Phil Collins and David Henry Hwang tuner swung into Hamburg in 2008, starring Anton Zetterholm and Elisabeth Hübert as Tarzan and Jane. The two secured the roles on the German reality competition Ich Tarzan, Du Jane. The Lion King (Paris, France) Pride Rock, meet the Eiffel Tower. The Lion King made its Parisian debut at the Théâtre Mogador in September 2007, where it became the City of Love’s longest-running musical. Take a look; there’s still plenty of Swahili thrown in, but not without some French. Whatever language, those puppets (and that grass on their heads!) are a spectacular sight. The Little Mermaid (Moscow, Russia) Ariel swam over to Moscow’s Rossiya Theatre in 2012 in a revised production adapted from a previous Dutch incarnation, where those rolling shoes were out and some serious updos were in. Here’s Natalia Bystrova showing us what part of Ariel’s world is like fathoms below the Arctic Ocean. Hint: it’s probably cold. Like, really really cold. Aida (Seoul, South Korea) Aida has received three major productions in Seoul, having first premiered in 2005. In the most recent mounting in 2012, pop star and Korean musical theater favorite Sonya took on the role of the enslaved Nubian princess, and belted her freaking face off. A big, flashy Elton John anthem is welcome in any language. In May 2015, Japan will get a taste of “Arabian Nights” when the hit Broadway musical Aladdin heads to Tokyo. In anticipation of the Alan Menken, Tim Rice and Howard Ashman tuner landing its first international production, we’re taking a look back at a few other Broadway hits that have brought Disney magic around the world (it’s a small one, after all). Check out a French king of the jungle, a Russian mermaid and more below! And get ready, because after a premiere in Berlin, a new version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is getting ready to ring in a U.S. debut. Mary Poppins (Reykjavík, Iceland) As it turns out, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” sounds pretty much exactly the same in Icelandic as it does in English. The practically perfect musical premiered in Reykjavik in February 2013 with Jóhanna Vigdís Arnardóttir in the title role. Take a look at the production and step in time, Nordic-style! Beauty and the Beast (Kyoto, Japan) Long before Aladdin’s carpet made plans to fly over to Japan, the dancing dishes and napkins of Disney’s first foray into musical theater crossed the Pacific and played Kyoto. In Japan, it’s quite possible that Belle reads about daring sword fights, magic spells and a prince in disguise down the column from right to left.center_img View Comments ¿Newsies…en español? Not quite the King of New York, but the King of Venezuela doesn’t sound too shabby. While there aren’t plans on the horizon just yet for a non-English language production of Newsies, here’s a bonus. Check out Broadway fan Wilfredo Parra as he belts out “Santa Fe” in Spanish, but not before showing off his collection of Playbills. Aladdin Related Shows from $57.50last_img read more

Thousands enjoy Grace Potter Irene-relief benefit, contribute via Vermont Public Television

first_imgThousands of Vermonters tuned in to Vermont Public Television on air and online Oct. 9 to see the Goodnight Irene Flood Relief Benefit concert by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals live from the Flynn Center in Burlington.  The concert brought the band back to Potter’s home state to support the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund and the Mad River Valley Community Fund that are helping people recover from the effects of the late August floods after Tropical Storm Irene.  Potter delighted fans with familiar numbers and the premiere of her song ‘The Mad, Mad River.’ Interest in the webcast of the event was so high that VPT’s server crashed briefly but was restored by the time the band came on stage. When the concert sold out within hours after it was announced in mid-September, VPT saw an opportunity to open it up beyond the 1,482 people lucky enough to get tickets.  Televising and webcasting the concert made it available statewide and beyond, to people who have had losses from Irene and to the many who continue to dig deep to help them. VPT had just two weeks to put the telecast together, a major effort made possible by partnerships with other broadcasters, equipment manufacturers and generous sponsors.  For the first time on a remote production, VPT used a fiber optic Ethernet circuit from Teljet Longhaul to bring high-definition video from the theater back to its Colchester control center.  This allowed for greater flexibility and higher quality than with traditional satellite or microwave transmission.   VPT officials were pleased to add to the band’s efforts by raising nearly $28,000 by phone and online during the two hours of the live coverage.  The band is still tallying the results of their performances and related auctions. Ben & Jerry’s, The Carris Corporate Foundation Inc., Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, People’s United Bank and the Vermont Community Foundation sponsored Vermont Public Television’s production. The concert program is the latest effort by Vermont’s public television network to help Vermonters recover from Irene.  It follows a joint fundraising effort with People’s United Bank, a call-in special with Gov. Peter Shumlin and a continuing web gateway for the disaster relief funds.  VPT. 10.11.2011last_img read more

Southeast Asia welcomes first zero-emissions building

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ESI Africa: Singapore-based SP Group has established the first zero-emissions building in Southeast Asia that is fully powered by green hydrogen.Located at SP’s training centre at Woodleigh Park, the self-sustaining building is 100% powered with renewable energy via an innovative Hydrogen Energy System and is disconnected from the national electricity grid.Brandon Chia, Head, Centre of Excellence, SP Group said: “Buildings contribute 40% of energy-related carbon emissions worldwide. The Hydrogen Energy System provides a safe and compact way of storing green hydrogen, which powers the region’s first zero-emission building. We believe this can be a significant contributor toward Singapore’s climate change pledge to cut national emissions intensity by 36% below 2005 levels by 2030.”In urban places such as Singapore, due to limited land and inconsistent solar energy, achieving zero emission with 100% renewable energy is extremely challenging.The buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for nearly 40% of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency.While there have been other energy systems using hydrogen as a fuel, the key challenge of hydrogen lies in having a storage solution that is safe for deployment in highly-urbanised areas such as Singapore.The system uses special metal alloy as a storage medium to bond with hydrogen. This allows for the storage of a large volume of hydrogen at a much lower pressure over a long period of time without any deterioration.SP is working with Marubeni Corporation and Tohoku University on the Hydrogen Energy System with special metal alloy storage tanks from Japan, and to customise and integrate it for use in Singapore.More: Southeast Asia welcomes first zero-emissions building Southeast Asia welcomes first zero-emissions buildinglast_img read more

Guatemala Modernizes its Military Justice System

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo March 01, 2017 Five legal officers from the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS) of the U.S. Department of Defense met with a team of officers from the Guatemalan National Ministry of Defense as part of the modernization of Guatemala’s military justice system. Their goal was to help with the creation of the position of Army Operational Law Advisor. During the meeting, held January 18th–20th in Guatemala City, the participants exchanged information and experiences on how their respective judicial bodies deal with these legal issues. The first working meeting between DIILS and the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense took place in August 2015. The next meeting will be held in April 2017. “The DIILS is cooperating by sharing their expertise. Thanks to the consulting and the knowledge they have given us in different legal areas, our work is easier. The exchange of experiences and legal knowledge is formidable,” Infantry Lieutenant Colonel Mario Arturo Chupina de León, head of the Management Department of the General Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Guatemalan Ministry of Defense told Diálogo. Military professionals from the two countries structured an Operational Law Advisor study plan to train the first 18 professional military officers in law. “The participation of these advisors is indispensable when it comes time to integrate military action and legal formalities; their observations can change all plans,” said Infantry Colonel (R) Juan José Recinos, legal advisor for the Movement for Justice and Reconciliation of Guatemala. “Currently, legal certainty is one of the main challenges facing the Guatemalan Army. Operational law gives military action legal certainty,” Lt. Col. Chupina said. “It is important to think of military action in any country as a state action.” According to Col. (R) Recinos, since Guatemala is facing different challenges than it has faced in its recent past, operational law advisors, who participate in every phase of an operation, should have a broad understanding of peace missions and emerging threats like drug trafficking, organized crime, terrorism, human smuggling, maras, and gangs. Introducing a process of restructuring into the Guatemalan Army has been a priority since the peace negotiations. The restructuring would include reforms to its constitutive law, changes in its doctrine and educational system, a decrease in the number of troops, military justice and amendments to existing legislation, according to the report on military reform in Guatmela “Sobre la reforma militar en Guatemala” issued by the Myrna Mack Foundation, an association that advocates for justice and human rights in Guatemala. Lt. Col. Chupina and Col. (R) Recinos agree that implementing new legal documents for the Guatemalan Army and modernizing current military justice instruments and disciplinary rules are the strategic cornerstone for the process to move forward in building democracy and strengthening the state. The cooperation between Guatemala and the United States is unceasing. In August 2013, DIILS traveled to Guatemala for a comparative workshop held in collaboration with the recently formed Guatemalan Interagency Task Force, which is mainly focused on border control, smuggling and the fight against drug trafficking. Topics covered included observance of, and respect for, human rights during military operations (including operations in support of civilian authorities), laws applicable to domestic and international armed conflicts, and the development and application of rules for the use of force. DIILS is located at the Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island. Its legal education is focused on human rights, international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict. According to its website, it also helps partner nations improve their military justice systems. “The excellent cooperation between DIILS and the Guatemalan Army helps us establish a better understanding of each institution’s role and their mission. It also means an increase in the exchange of experiences and knowledge so we can reach our institutional goal of military justice,” Lt. Col. Chupina said. “The road is difficult. We military members are used to that; we are ready to reach that goal,” he concluded.last_img read more

North Carolina man who held branch manager hostage faces federal charges

first_imgIn September, a North Carolina man walked into a branch of the $40.8 billion State Employees Credit Union, drew two semi-automatic pistols and held the branch manager hostage.But Kevin Francis Lailiberte didn’t demand cash. Instead, he told the branch manager he was holding him hostage because Lailberte wanted to go to federal prison, according to new court documents filed by federal prosecutors on Dec. 27 in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, N.C.Lailiberte may get his wish.A North Carolina federal grand jury indicted Lailberte for possessing a firearm as a felon. Lailiberte had been barred from owning a firearm since his 1991 conviction for manslaughter, for which he was sentenced to ten years in prison. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Alibaba cloud growth outpaces Amazon and Microsoft

first_imgWe believe cloud computing is fundamental infrastructure for the digital era, but it is still in the early stage of growth. In September, Alibaba chief financial officer Maggie Wu said the company’s cloud computing business is likely to become profitable for the first time in the current fiscal year. Alibaba’s fiscal year began in April 2020 and ends on March 31, 2021. Alibaba’s loss from the cloud computing business was 3.79 billion yuan in the September quarter, much wider than the 1.92 billion yuan loss reported in the same period last year. However, Wu pointed to the earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization (EBITA), another measure of profitability.EBITA loss narrowed to 156 million yuan from 521 million yuan in the same period last year. The EBITA margin was negative 1%.On this basis, Wu said on the earnings call that Alibaba management “definitely expect to see profitability in the following two quarters.”“As I talked about during the Investor Day, we do not see any reason that for the long‑term, Alibaba cloud computing cannot reach to the margin level that we see in other peer companies. Before that, we are going to continue to focus expanding our cloud computing market leadership and also grow our profits,” she said. Alibaba is the fourth largest public cloud computing provider globally, according to Synergy Research Group.Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang said that public sectors and financial services contributed the highest growth to the company’s cloud division.“We believe cloud computing is fundamental infrastructure for the digital era, but it is still in the early stage of growth. We are committed to further increasing our investments in cloud computing,” Zhang said on the earnings call. It’s important to note that Alibaba’s cloud computing business is significantly smaller than these two market leaders. For comparison, Amazon Web Services brought in revenue of $11.6 billion while Microsoft’s intelligent cloud revenue, which includes other products as well as Azure, totaled $13 billion in the September quarter.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. headquarters stand illuminated at night ahead of the annual November 11 Singles’ Day online shopping event in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images GUANGZHOU, China — The growth of Alibaba’s cloud business outpaced Amazon and Microsoft in the quarter ending in September, and the Chinese tech giant reiterated its commitment to making the unit profitable by next March.Alibaba reported cloud computing brought in revenue of 14.89 billion yuan ($2.24 billion) in the three months ending Sept. 30. That’s a 60% year-on-year rise and its fastest rate of growth since the December quarter of 2019.That was faster than Amazon Web Service’s 29% year-on-year revenue rise and Microsoft Azure’s 48% growth in the September quarter.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Grateful for response from National Grid

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We have been experiencing our lights dimming, on a frequent basis, and decided to call National Grid on Oct. 31.Within one hour, a serviceman from National Grid was at our door. He did a thorough exam of our electrical box inside and conducted a similar search on the outdoor connections.The very next day, Ron Cammie and Eric Sapone were at my house doing a field test and discovered that the line coming to the house had been invaded by the squirrels. Although it had been patched before, they requested a new line be installed. And it was, the very next day, just before the big storm the following day.On Nov. 1, both Ron and Eric were here to follow up and make sure everything was working to my satisfaction. I just couldn’t get over the quick service of all three service departments of National Grid. My hat’s off to those in charge and especially to those who rendered the service with speed and were able to accurately fix the problem.Peter V. Russo Sr.GlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more