Is there cause to worry?

first_imgDear Editor,Editor, in an earlier letter I have addressed the curious timing of comments made by the CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron, about the need for substantive appointments of a Chancellor and Chief Justice in Guyana, when he was silent about the same state of affairs prior to 2015. I have also written about his frequent visits to Guyana and comments by the Attorney General, Basil Williams, made about ‘close’ relations between Sir Byron and the Coalition Government – comments that were made by Williams on the corridors of the High Court.I feel it necessary to question linkages between Sir Byron and the Coalition Government, since I have received some feedback after my first letter on this issue and was told that there is no clear linkage between the CCJ President and the Coalition Government other that comments from the Attorney General.Editor, aside from the Attorney General, personalities close to the Coalition Government also have close links to the CCJ President. In 2012, according to a Stabroek News article, dated October 13, 2012, it was Senior Counsel Donald Trotman (Minister Raphael Trotman’s father) and retired Judge James Patterson – current Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission – who presented the petition for Patterson’s grandson, Richard Layne, to be admitted to the local Bar.Richard Layne – whose grandfather’s appointment is currently challenged in Guyana’s courts and could very well end up at the CCJ – is currently the Judicial Assistant attached to Sir Byron, according to his LinkedIn profile. Layne, among other things, prepares legal opinions and advice to the President on matters brought to the attention of the Court.Also, Editor, Mr Layne’s matriculation is another curious matter, given that after his matriculation he served at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and moved swiftly without any experience to his current position. Someone should question how this happened.Editor, it was none other than Sir Byron who talked about an independent and impartial judiciary when he spoke at the Guyana Bar Association last August. But in light of worrisome linkages in Guyana, the question now is – Is there cause to worry? Like I said in my last letter, Sir Byron has not clarified his involvement in local happenings.Regards,Todd A Morganlast_img read more


first_imgUptown Café and XL shop is set to officially launch this Saturday 14th February 2015 with an exciting family event from 12 – 3pm.Customers can expect a fun filled day for all the family, with face painting, balloon modelling, music and dance classes for children, a bouncy castle, a rally car display and tasty treats from the Uptown Café menu. 2014 Irish Tarmac Champion Declan Boyle will attend the official launch, showcasing his Subaru Impreza WRC.The 2014 National Modified Rally Champion, Declan Gallagher, will also be coming along to the launch with his white Toyota Starlet.There will be a host of other special guests popping in throughout the day, as well as lots of giveaways and special offers.The cafe and convenience store is located in Scally Place, Justice Walsh Road, (behind Letterkenny Courthouse and adjacent to the Outpatients Department and Scally Medical Practice), where there is ample parking. The Uptown Cafe team is busy preparing for this weekend’s official launch.Local business men Manus Kelly and Seamus Doherty set up the venture and are delighted with the support they have received from family, friends and customers ahead of the launch.Manus Kelly told Donegal Daily, “‘We’re putting final preparations in place for the official launch on Valentine’s Day and we’re looking forward to welcoming families and customers to the family fun day.“All of our staff have been really busy getting ready for the event and we’re sure that everyone is going to enjoy the tasty treats and entertainment that we’re putting on.’The Uptown Cafe and XL shop is also delighted to announce that TV chef and Donegal native, Gary O’Hanlon, will be joining them in store this Pancake Tuesday, 17th February 2015 at 11am.Gary is the head chef at Viewmount House, Longford, and is also the ‘Starters Chef’ on well known TV3 programme, The Restaurant. Gary will be on site to give a cooking demonstration and customers can expect the celebrity chef to serve up some tasty pancakes and other delicious treats while they relax in the Uptown Cafe atmosphere.Opened since December 2014, the Uptown Café has built a steady customer base and is forging a reputation for offering delicious fresh food, excellent value and great service.The menu features homemade soup, gourmet sandwiches, daily lunch specials, hot dishes and an excellent selection of coffees and yummy pastries, all expertly prepared in store by the café’s friendly staff.The menu also includes a range of healthy options including the oven-cooked Uptown Breakfast Special. The Café’s motto is “… love your downtime” and the team is committed to ensuring every customer experiences this with great fresh food, served in a relaxed comfortable café setting.Uptown Café is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday’s from 8am to 5pm.Call the café on 074 91 64779 or keep up to date with the latest news on the Uptown Café Facebook page.UPTOWN CAFÉ OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES THIS VALENTINE’S WEEKEND WITH AN EXCITING FAMILY EVENT was last modified: February 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsUptown Cafelast_img read more

Toyota looks toward solar energy

first_img7 May 2008Toyota has become the latest company to answer power utility Eskom’s call for companies to reduce electricity consumption and to find alternative energy sources, by installing over 200 solar panels at its Prospecton plant in Durban.With the country’s growing at some 15% per year and putting strain on existing infrastructure, Eskom had asked businesses to cut power usage by 10% in order to reduce demand by 3 000 megawatts.“We would like to work together with Eskom’s new task team to aid in load reduction,” said Toyota South Africa spokesperson Ferdi de Vos in a statement this week.“This will ensure that our economy does not suffer loss from unnecessary load-shedding.”By the end of 2008, Toyota will have installed 270 solar panels into its Durban plant, which will enable them to operate at full capacity while also reducing demand on Eskom.Where the plant previously used electricity and gas to heat water, it will now use energy converted from the sun as a source of heat. Solar panels collect and convert energy from the sun into energy and heat that is then used by nearby buildings.Toyota’s renewable energy project began in 2006 with the installation of 44 panels, and the second phase was completed in June 2007 when 150 panels were installed. In the third phase of the project, Toyota will install a further 120 panels.While the project has cost Toyota R3.5-million, the company expects to save R95 000 per month on energy costs when the project is completed in the next few months.“Not only is this a significant financial saving, but it shows that Toyota is supportive of Eskom’s energy saving initiative,” said De Vos.The environmental impact of electricity use in South Africa is also a concern that big electricity users like Toyota needed to help address, and the manufacturer pointed out that the change would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by approximately 1 350 tons per year.“Our solar power initiative is done with the environment in mind,” said De Vos.According to the company, over 18% of global final energy came from renewables in 2006.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Video: Boeing 747-8F “waves” goodbye in spectacular fashion

first_imgThis footage is managed exclusively by If you wish to license this footage please contact 777Xs in a row. Latest picture. The crew of this Cargolux Boeing 747-8F (Freighter) wave goodbye on departure by waggling the wings.The video was taken by Dipankar Bhakta at Boeing’s Everett plant where the 747 is built.last_img

Evolution of Communication: From Email to Twitter and Beyond

first_imgIn a recent post, Fred Wilson asked what is going to trump email? (implying that even email is getting old). Certainly email is still the most broadly used form of digital communication, particularly in businesses, but is it beginning to be displaced? And more importantly why?To answer these questions, we need to understand the patterns behind all forms of digital communication. How they came about and why; and what are the differences between them. Perhaps going back and looking at regular mail, phone and newspapers can give us insights into the reasons and potential life-span of email, chat and Twitter.Email vs. MailIt is always useful to start at the beginning and understand the basics. How is email different from the regular mail? The obvious differences are that email is faster and virtual (i.e. not physical). And it has different economics, since you do not have to pay per email message (at least we do not perceive it this way). Now, because email is delivered faster, we send more of it. Because we send more of it, each message is much smaller than a typical letter. So thinking about it this way, we realize that email not only redefined mail, it created a completely different way of communicating. Instead of sending more information less often, we send less information more often. The speed and quantity of communication created a qualitatively different communication medium.Phone vs. ChatWay before we had the Internet, we already had a way to communicate faster then via mail – the telephone. Phones allowed us to instantly get in touch. Then when the world went online, Instant Messaging was invented – which, unlike email, allowed people to reach each other immediately. But there are big differences between phone and chat. Firstly, most of us, at least initially, were not as good at typing as talking. Even today, conversations via chat do not have the same flow as a phone call, because people have learned to multi task during chat. That is not something that you would typically do on a phone call (unless you are on a really boring corporate call!). Despite the differences, the key common attribute between a phone call and an instant message is essentially immediate reach-ability.Extreme multi-tasking; pic by defining momentNewspaper vs. BlogsRegular mail and phone are typically used for one-on-one communication. Newspapers and radio are older forms of one-to-many communication. These methods are examples of broadcast or push technologies. Over the past decade, blogs arrived on the scene and they’ve had tremendous success as a form of one-to-many communication. The reason for this is that blogs leveraged something that was done very poorly in newspapers and somewhat better in radio – our need for feedback. Blogs made feedback frictionless. Anyone can comment on a post.The ability for people to get involved and to express their opinions, created a completely different dynamic. In a way, blog posts are like mass mailings with massive CC lists – but executed in a much more organized way. This form of non-instant communication has won our hearts, but overwhelmed our RSS readers. And that, in turn, created an opportunity for the micro version. Here comes Twitter.Electrodes vs. TwitterTwitter is a new form of communication that is both a natural step from blogging and a weird experiment normally found in neuroscience labs. Because blog posts are typically lengthy, there was an opportunity to break them down into smaller chunks. Twitter arrived on the scene and in a way it asked us to break down all of our thoughts and actions into succinct chunks. As the result, they can be delivered faster, processed faster and there can be more of them. And once again, the interplay between speed and quantity created a qualitatively different experience. People are collaborating on Twitter in real time. They are discovering news, watching each other and getting advice. Twitter pushed us all to the edge of real communication. Any more real would probably be telepathy!Squaring it all outSo now we come to our diagram: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… We barely have time to pause and reflect these days on how far communications technology has progressed. Without even taking a deep breath, we’ve transitioned from email to chat to blogs to social networks and more recently to Twitter. Here is my representation of the current ecosystem, which we will explore in this post: Tags:#Analysis#web We see that all the squares in our diagram are filled out. Twitter jumped in and gave us a new form of communication – instant broadcast with feedback. Each of its digital predecessors was an improvement over the physical equivalent. So the question is, what else can be improved?The mobile twistThe axis not reflected in the diagram above is reach-ability. With the recent explosion of mobile devices, the communication game has changed once again. While with traditional computers instant reach-ability was not always possible, mobile devices eliminate this gap. There has been an explosion of chatting and twittering on cell phones, proving that real-time communication is what people crave.The outcasts, or the way to the future?Just about when we cannot imagine anything that can beat the real-time broadcast nature of Twitter, things get even more strange. The popular show has a guy walking around with the camera attached to his head, recording everything that is happening around him. While we may question the sanity and usefulness of this, we cannot deny that we are curious about this phenomenon. Is this an aberration or a way to the future? The answer is not a simple no!. There is more to the story, which we are only finding out as we go along.And along the lines of strange, what do you think when Amazon Evangelist Jeff Barr invites you to a AWS meeting in Second Life? Maybe this is not odd, because people are using AWS to build services in Second Life – so in that sense it is quite natural. As Second Life gains mindshare, we can expect the emergence of a new communication medium. This medium is going to have new rules and new possibilities that, undoubtedly, people will rush to explore.Amazon Web Services Chat in Second Life; pic by labsjiConclusionWe are witnessing a breathtaking evolution of new forms of digital communication. More than witnessing, we are facilitating it. All of this is unfolding so quickly that we do not have time to pause and reflect on what is happening. But if email is becoming an endangered species, then we need to pay attention. So the question still stands: what really different and new forms of communication are we going to see next? We leave this as an open question and invite our readers to comment.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex iskold 1 Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

SaaS: On-Demand Continuity Planning — Due Diligence Required

first_imgOne of the beauties and benefits of adopting SaaS is that it shifts operations to an outside vendor. And doing that can significantly free up internal IT support responsibilities. Generally that’s a good thing, but if you haven’t done your homework, it can lead to a false sense of security.What would happen in the event of a disaster hitting your SaaS provider? And how soon would they be able to get your application up and running again after a major event? For any large company, a continuity plan is vital for any type of mission-critical application. The same should be equally true for a SaaS vendor. When selecting a SaaS vendor, it is important to drill down and fully understand the infrastructure and skills your vendor has.Often, especially for smaller companies, vendor infrastructure, knowledge and experience can easily trump whatever IT resources the company itself could pull together on its own, and in these cases, if a disaster struck, the vendor would be better able to deal with the emergency. It is important to choose your SaaS vendor wisely.Consider the case two well known collo companies in the San Francisco Bay area. In November a truck driver hit a transformer that powered the Rackspace datacenter that was home to many well-known Web 2.0 web sites like GigaOm and 37 Signals. After the power came back on, the cooling system then failed to start up, delaying the center from going back online, causing them to be offline for more than 5 hours. A second example occurred earlier in the year when a power surge on an in-coming PG&E line to San Franciso’s 365 Main datacenter causing a shutdown that lasted a few hours, pulling offline sites like craigslist, technorati, and livejournal.A few hours offline may not seem like that long. But these two datacenters are considered to be best in class, and the incidents show how even when companies have disaster plans, problems in real life can cascade in directions not imagined during planning.last_img read more

Google’s Matt Cutts: Good Content Trumps SEO

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… joe brockmeier 1 Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now This is a message that can’t possibly be repeated often enough: Good content trumps SEO. Don’t believe me? Fair enough, but how about the head of Google’s webspam team? In a short video today on Google’s Webmaster Central Channel, Cutts answers a question about SEO practices and whether “poor” sites with bad SEO are penalized by Google.Reassuringly, no. Cutts dispels the idea that sites that don’t validate well will be dinged by Google despite good content. “Just because somebody dots every i and crosses every t and gets all their HTML structure right, doesn’t mean that it’s good content.” Tags:#enterprise#news “Even if you do brain-dead stupid things and shoot yourself in the foot, but have good content, we still want to return it,” says Cutts. In fact, Cutts says that Google tries to make it so that sites “don’t have to do SEO.” First and foremost is content, and there’s no bonus for having good SEO. So if you’re planning that 2012 site budget, you might want to think twice about hiring that SEO expert and find a content expert instead.last_img read more

Implementing Software Defined Infrastructure for Hyper-Scale

first_imgThe enablement of choice and flexibility, the optimization of the underlying Intel architecture based infrastructure, and the delivery of easy to deploy solutions to market will help secure broad adoption.So where are we with optimization of SDI stacks for underlying infrastructure? The good news is, we’ve made great progress with the industry on intelligent orchestration.  In my talk today, I shared a few examples of industry progress.I walked the audience through one example with Apache Mesos detailing how hyper-scale orchestration is achieved through a dual level scheduler, and how frameworks can be built to handle complex use cases like even storage orchestration.  I also demonstrated a new technology for Mesos Oversubscription that we’re calling Serenity that helps drive maximum infrastructure utilization.  This has been a partnership with MesoSphere and Intel engineers in the community to help lower the TCO of data centers; something I care a lot about…. Real business results with technology.I also shared how infrastructure telemetry and infrastructure analytics can deliver improved stack management. I shared an example of a power & thermal aware orchestration scheduler that has helped Baidu net a data center PUE of 1.21 with 24% of potential cooling energy savings.  Security is also a significant focus, and I walked through an approach of using Intel VT technology to improve container security isolation.  In fact, CoreOS announced today that its rkt 0.8 release has been optimized for Intel VT using the approach outlined in my talk, and we expect more work with the container industry towards delivery of like security capabilities present only in traditional hypervisor based environments.But what about data center application optimization for SDI?  For that focus, I ended my talk with the announcement of the first Cloud for All Challenge, a competition for infrastructure SW application developers to rewrite for cloud native environments.  I’m excited to see developer response to our challenge simply because the opportunity is ripe for introduction of cloud native applications to the enterprise using container orchestration, and Intel wants to help accelerate the software industry towards delivery of cloud native solutions.  If you’re an app developer, I encourage you to engage in this Challenge!  The winning team will receive $5,000 of cold, hard cash and bragging rights at being at the forefront of your field.  Simply contact for information, and please see the preliminary entry form. Earlier this summer, Intel announced our Cloud for All initiative signaling a deepening engagement with the cloud software industry on SDI delivery for mainstream data centers.  Today at IDF2015, I had my first opportunity post the announcement, to discuss why Cloud for All is such a critical focus for Intel, for the cloud industry, and for the enterprises and service providers that will benefit from enterprise feature rich cloud solutions. Delivering the agility and efficiency found today in the world’s largest data centers to broad enterprise and provider environments has the opportunity to transform the availability and economics of computing and reframe the role of technology in the way we do business and live our lives.Why this focus? Building a hyperscale data center from the ground up to power applications written specifically for cloud is a very different challenge than migrating workloads designed for traditional infrastructure to a cloud environment.  In order to move traditional enterprise workloads to the cloud, either an app must be rewritten for native cloud optimization or the SDI stack must be optimized to support enterprise workload requirements.  This means supporting things like live workload migration, rolling software upgrades, and failover. Intel’s vision for pervasive cloud embraces both approaches, and while we expect applications to be optimized as cloud native over time, near term cloud adoption in the enterprise is hinged upon SDI stack optimization for support of both traditional applications and cloud native applications.How does this influence our approach of industry engagement in Cloud for All?  It means that we need to enable a wide range of potential usage models while being pragmatic that a wide range of infrastructure solutions exists across the world today.  While many are still running traditional infrastructure without self-service, there is a growing trend towards enabling self-service on existing and new SDI infrastructure through solutions like OpenStack, providing the well-known “give me a server” or “give me storage” capabilities…  Cloud Type A – server focused.  Meanwhile SW developers over the last year have grown very fond of containers and are thinking not in terms of servers, but instead in terms of app containers and connections… a Cloud Type B – process focused.  If we look out into the future, we could assume that many new data centers will be built with this as the foundation, and will provide a portion of the capacity out to traditional apps.  Convergence of usage models while bringing the infrastructure solutions forward.last_img read more

German Grand Prix cut from 2015 Formula One calendar

first_imgThe German Grand Prix was cut from the 2015 Formula One calendar on Friday after neither of the country’s two circuits was able to make a deal with series promoter Bernie Ecclestone. The World Motor Sport Council said in a statement on Friday that the race was withdrawn because the commercial rights holder “and promoter did not reach agreement.”The German Grand Prix, one of the most historic in the calendar that was first held in 1926, had been set for July 19. The last time the German Grand Prix was scratched from the calendar was in 1955.With the two circuits alternating annually, Nuerburgring was scheduled to stage the race, but because it has financial problems, Hockenheim had been considered a replacement. The failure to reach a deal means there will now be 19 races this season instead of 20, with a three-week interval between the British Grand Prix on July 5 and the Hungarian race on July 26.The German race has been losing spectators steadily since the days of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, even though Germany is home to Mercedes, the car maker behind the top team last season, and driver Nico Rosberg. Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who now drives for Ferrari, is also German.Nuerburgring circuit spokesman Pietro Nuvolini said earlier that there was still no agreement with Ecclestone while Hockenheim officials announced that the facility would be unable to organize the race within the time remaining.Nuerburgring officials had been asking Ecclestone to take a cut in his fee for staging the race. The fee is reportedly $15 million. Mercedes had offered a “significant” amount to Hockenheim to help in saving the race but the offer was not taken, according to the German constructor.advertisementlast_img read more