As the journey to the hybrid cloud continues to take shape, the requirements of both traditional and new, ‘born in the cloud’ applications are evolving and putting entirely new demands on IT organizations. Customers are looking for the flexibility of software-defined network virtualization with the simplicity of converged infrastructure and, in recent months, we’ve seen a number of customers look to make VCE the foundation for their VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC).I can’t say I blame them.Business is demanding the same agility they see in virtualized compute across the entire converged infrastructure, and the network is holding them back. The network needs to deliver the same operational performance and efficiency enabled by virtualization.By adopting VMware NSX with a VxBlock System, organizations are gaining the ability to deploy new business applications at cloud speed by eliminating the networking deployment and management bottleneck through the innovative networking virtualization technology from VMware. The tight alignment of VCE and VMware makes it simple for IT administrators to manage cloud resources and enable an agile operational model for networking and security to help drive business innovation. VMware NSX further extends the core benefits of VCE’s converged infrastructure by:Enabling customers to provision multi-tier, secure virtual networks as fast as spinning up VMsDramatically reducing risk exposure through security that moves with workloads rather than being tied to hardware componentsReduce DR Recovery Time Objective (TTO) by up to 80%, with virtual networksFrom planning to deployment and management, VCE converged infrastructure is the optimal foundation for deploying a software defined data center that provides flexibility and agility to all aspects of the data center operations.
The plan for development and operation (PDO) of the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup field development was formally approved by Norwegian authorities on 15 May. The same day sees the construction start of the field’s second processing platform at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund.“This is a big day for Equinor and the other Johan Sverdrup partners comprising Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total. Johan Sverdrup is a world-class field that will provide value to its owners and society for 50 years ahead with record-low emissions. This truly marks the beginning of the second development phase,” says Anders Opedal, executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling in Equinor.The project received broad support in the Storting (Norway’s parliament) on Monday 29 April, and today the partnership received the formal approval by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE).Johan Sverdrup is the biggest field development on the Norwegian continental shelf since the 1980s. Phase two of the development, with planned start-up in Q4 2022, will increase field production from 440,000 barrels of oil per day to 660,000 barrels per day.The second development phase has a capital expenditure of NOK 41 billion. In addition to construction of a new processing platform (P2), the development will also include modifications of the riser platform, five subsea systems, and preparations for power supply from shore to the Utsira High in 2022.The first phase of the Johan Sverdrup development is approaching 90 % finished and production is expected to start in November this year.Only a year after the drilling platform was completed and sailed away from Haugesund, the construction of another topside is kicked off at the Aibel yard in Haugesund.“Johan Sverdrup has played an important role to suppliers and local communities in Norway, including Aibel and Haugesund. With the construction of the second processing platform kicked off here at Aibel’s yard on Risøy, the Johan Sverdrup project will once more become a landmark in Haugesund, which is great,” says Trond Bokn, senior vice president for the Johan Sverdrup development in Equinor.In the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup development more than 70% of the contracts were awarded to suppliers in Norway. Despite continued strong international competition, the Norwegian share will probably be even higher in the second development phase.The contract awarded to Aibel for construction of the second processing platform for Johan Sverdrup will help employ up to 1500 people in Haugesund during the construction phase. The Agenda Kaupang analysis agency estimates that the Johan Sverdrup field development may contribute to more than 150,000 man-years in Norway in the period 2015-2025.“Close and good cooperation with our suppliers has been key to the improvements we have seen in the development so far. Bringing considerable experience and expertise into the second construction phase – which we are currently doing on the processing platform – gives us a sound basis for delivering also the next phase safely, with quality and at cost,” says Bokn.The Johan Sverdrup field is powered from shore, placing it among the oil and gas fields with the lowest CO2 emissions in the world. In the second phase the field will also supply shore power to other fields on the Utsira High, including the Edvard Grieg, Gina Krog and Ivar Aasen fields. Emission reductions from Johan Sverdrup alone are estimated at more than 620,000 tonnes of CO2 on average per year, corresponding to annual emissions from 310,000 private cars.
By Jason LockhartTHERE ARE SEVERAL stores in downtown Red Bank that plan to extend their hours on Thanksgiving Weekend. With Black Friday being the official kickoff day for holiday shopping.Some independently-owned retail stores plan to make the most of the season by staying open a few extra hours on a weekend in which thousands of people plan to shop. Red Bank storeowners like Ellen Halpern of Esoterica Salon believes it’s a fabulous time for everyone to shop.“We have a lot of fantastic gift items that you would see on the runway and in fashion magazines,” said Halpern, who sells fragrances, cosmetics, and jewelry at her salon on Monmouth Street. “I think people will be ready to climb out of their dull rooms and go back to spending. The job market is opening back up, so people will be working and having money to spend.”Prima’s Home, a furniture store on Broad Street, has no plans to extend its shopping hours for the Black Friday weekend unless demand warrants it, but is looking forward to seeing more business during the holiday season“We are hoping for more sales to close on Thanksgiving weekend since we have more items in the store such as the 300 items that are under $300,” said store manager Roberto Nogueira.Nov. 26 is also the date of the annual Town Concert and Tree Lighting featuring the Holiday Express band. The popular event brings thousands of people to downtown Red Bank for the early evening event, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into more sales for retailers, one shop owner says.Linda Moller, co-owner of LUX Beauty Store of Broad Street, said Holiday Express may bring more people to the area but it’s also a distraction from shopping.“I feel that many times when there is a public event, retail stores do not do well because people are there for the event,” said Moller who added that her store was brand new when the town tree lighting and concert took place last year. “No one wants to be out carrying bags.”One store that’s hoping to capitalize on the crowds in town for the tree lighting isa brand new furniture store opening up on Broad Street on Black Friday. Trading Post 65, a growing furniture chain that has stores in New York and Florida, plans to stay open up until 11 p.m. so that those coming into town for the tree lighting and concert can do a little shopping as well.“Staying open late will get a lot of people to come in and check out the store,” said project manager Eileen Larkin who said she is excited about having the store open on one of the busiest days of the year. “We will also have painters, guitar players, food, and apple cider for people that come in to view the store.”
According to court filings, the total assessed values of the six locations in Red Bank amounts to $90.8 million.“We put them on notice we object to their status,” Menna said of his town’s actions.The New Jersey Hospital Association, a trade association representing health care facilities, said 35 municipalities around the state that play hosts to not-for-profit hospitals have taken the same steps.Red Bank will look to hire its own tax attorney for this matter, Menna said.Neptune has taken the same measures against Jersey Shore University Medical Center.Jersey Shore, like Bayshore and Riverview, is part of the Hackensack Meridian Health network.In response to a request for comment, Hackensack Meridian said in an email: “Hackensack Meridian values the relationships we have with the towns where our hospitals are located and we expect to maintain those relationships for years to come. We remain in discussions with Red Bank and Holmdel concerning their property tax assessments. In addition, we continue to work with the New Jersey Hospital Association concerning a legislative solution for not-for-profit hospital and host municipalities.”These actions grew out of a case in the Tax Court of New Jersey last year involving Morristown Medical Center, as Judge Vito Bianco ruled in favor of the host municipality, finding the medical center did not meet the requirements as a not-for-profit organization for at least two years. The community is required to provide services, such as police, fire, EMS and public works, to the hospital, as it would to any other property owner, often placing a strain on those services. It is the organization’s obligation to prove its not-for-profit status to justify its property tax exemption, explained Daniel J. O’Hern Jr., the former Red Bank borough attorney who did the initial tax court filings.In the Morristown case, the medical center and municipality reached a settlement with the medical center agreeing to pay $15.5 million over the next decade.There were bills in the state Legislature that would seek to strike some parity between hospitals and host communities, requiring the health care facilities to make community service contributions to the host municipalities. Gov. Chris Christie, however, asked for a commission to be established to study the issue. To form that committee requires its own legislation, which has been introduced but not voted on. Menna pointed out that within the walls of Riverview there are gift and flower shops and Dunkin’ Donuts concessions – hardly not-for-profit endeavors. “I’m sure there are a number of other portals in there that have to be addressed,” contained within the medical center, he said.“They know they take some tolls on the town, they cause pressure on our infrastructure,” Hinds said of Bayshore.But Hinds, like Menna, believes “this can be resolved without conflict.”“We want them to be a good neighbor and they are a good neighbor. We want them to develop into a first class medical center,” Menna said. “But there are inequities that have to be addressed.”Riverview contributes an annual payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, amounting to $169,316 for 2016.Bayshore does not provide compensation to Holmdel.“We don’t think this piece-meal approach – 35 lawsuits up and down the state – is the best way to resolve this situation,” said Kerry McKean Kelly, a New Jersey Hospital Association spokeswoman. The association is advocating for legislative approach that would allow for commission, she said.Of the 71 acute care medical facilities in New Jersey 64 are not-for-profit hospitals, according to the hospital association. By John BurtonFollowing in the footsteps set by a Morristown court case last year, both Holmdel and Red Bank are taking steps to challenge their hospitals’ existing tax-exempt status.Red Bank, which is host to Riverview Medical Center, and Holmdel, which is home to Bayshore Community Hospital, have begun action in state tax court in Trenton against the respective facilities calling into question whether the hospitals can legally claim they don’t have to pay property tax – especially in light of the services municipalities continue to provide.“Everyone who’s got a hospital is going through this,” acknowledged Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds.Hinds was uncertain where things currently stand with the matter. But the Holmdel Committee had retained special legal counsel, Matthew O’Donnell, a Wall Township tax attorney, to handle the situation. The New Jersey Hospital Association lists Holmdel as one of the towns challenging hospitals’ tax status.O’Donnell did not immediately respond to a phone call this week seeking comment.“It’s the only fair thing to do,” but to seek some financial redress, said Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna.Red Bank has filed complaints against Riverview over six separate properties the medical center owns in the borough which either in their entirety or portions of are deemed not-for-profit and claim property tax exempt status for them.
Hull have missed out on their strike target Vincent Aboubakar after he completed a cut-price £2.5m move to Porto.As reported by talkSPORT last week, Tigers boss Steve Bruce had turned his attentions to the Lorient and Cameroon striker as his search for a forward goes on.Bruce is desperate to replace Shane Long, who was sold for £12m to Southampton, but the manager has so far failed in moves for Troy Deeney, Danny Welbeck and Jordan Rhodes.And Bruce can now put a line through Aboubakar’s name after he finally sealed a move to Portugal.The 22-year-old came close to joining Sporting Lisbon before the deal fell through but he has now signed a four-year deal with their title rivals Porto.It has been reported that, despite being rated at around £8m by Lorient, Porto paid just £2.5m to acquire 30 per cent of his economic rights in a third-party ownership arrangement. 1 Vincent Aboubakar in action for Cameroon
Embed from Getty ImagesDiego Costa and Eden Hazard were both left on the bench for Chelsea’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley.Willian continues his record of starting in every FA Cup game so Pedro retains his place and Michy Batshuayi replaces Costa up front.Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is fit having missed the defeat against Manchester United with an ankle injury, but centre-back Gary Cahill misses out.Cahill is ruled out after being treated for gastroenteritis so Nathan Ake starts, while left wing-back Marcos Alonso is fit after a stomach bugTottenham are without regular FA Cup goalkeeper Michel Worm who has a knee injury, so Hugo Lloris plays.Full-back Danny Rose also misses out because of a knee injury so Kieran Trippier plays. Harry Kane starts up front having recently returned from injury.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Ake; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro.Subs: Begovic, Zouma,Terry, Chalobah, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa.Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Dyer, Alderweireld, Vertongen, Wanyama, Dembele, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane.Subs: Lopez, Davies, Walker, Wimmer, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Her differences with ousted coach Ramesh Powar and Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Edulji is a thing of past as Mithali Raj gears up to make a “fresh start” under the able guidance of new coach WV Raman in the upcoming tour of New Zealand.The women’s team was at the centre of a huge controversy after their semi-final exit in the T20 World Cup in the West Indies after Raj accused previous coach Powar of bias and COA member Edulji of trying to finish her career.”I think it’s a fresh start. Coming into the new year, this is the first series and yes we have moved on from that (controversy),” ODI skipper Mithali told reporters during the team’s pre-departure press conference here on Sunday.Mithali is confident that Raman’s experience as a coach would make a difference and she will be on the “same page” with the former India opener.”When a coach comes in the national side, we as a team are very vocal and expressive as to what is required for the benefit of the team. The coach and the players will have to be on the same page, because that’s very important.”While this will be her first stint under Raman, she is confident that it will be onwards and upwards from here on.”And I am sure. I have not trained under him (Raman) but met him couple of times and if you have seen his credential… He has played [at the highest level] and coached various teams at various levels.advertisement”So he comes with that and there are no expectations as such when you have credentials like that, you are only positive that the coach will make big difference to the team, getting in to the year and to the series,” the star batter exuded confidence in new coach.Mithali also acknowledged that all coaches have played a part in shaping up the team.”I honestly believe every coach like how a captain has a very different take, they get very different perspective to the table, so does the coach.”The team what it is today, is because of all those various coaches, who trained the team in these years, the team has come so far and his (Raman) knowledge will only benefit the team to go further and above, to move forward,” she added.Mithali also stressed that as the ODI captain she will bring the team together.”At this level, every player understands what it takes to reach this level and what it takes as a team to play, go on an overseas tour, aim to win the series and gain those [ICC ranking] points.”So even though we [coach-captain] might have difference of opinions, but when it comes down to players, as a team, we sit and discuss,” the skipper said.Mithali is hopeful that she can bring the team together against the ‘White Ferns’ during the upcoming tour, one of the toughest assignments in recent times.”Individual brilliance can win you matches but if you have to win the series, you need every member, every core member of your team to perform and that performance has to compliment the team’s goal. I believe I will be able to get the team together again and that is what we are going to work on,” she added.Also Read | Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Mithali Raj packed her bags and threatened to quit, reveals Ramesh PowarAlso Read | Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil GavaskarAlso Watch:
Tottenham midfielder Sissoko: Missing World Cup hurtby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko admits missing France’s World Cup triumph does burn.Sissoko failed to make the squad after an inconsistent last season with Spurs.He said: “I won’t lie and say, ‘It wasn’t painful to not be part of the squad’.“But you have to accept the manager has made his choice.“I was still behind the team because I had a lot of friends and if I wasn’t in the squad it was not because of them, it was because I didn’t do enough.“That pain has probably helped to drive me on this season.“It was extra motivation to perform and show I could be in the squad.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Over 200 prominent writers – including Chimamanda Adichie, Paulo Coelho, Christina Lamb and Nuruddin Farah – have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice so many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children still face. The short story series kicks off UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th year working to bring help and hope to every child.The short stories will be shared by some of the world’s most celebrated writers with their own social media audiences. The First Lady of Finland, Jenni Haukio, introduced the concept, which gained global momentum with writers joining from Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia.“As writers we are able to advocate through the simplicity of storytelling. With this worthy and necessary campaign, we advocate for the protection of the rights of precious children all over the world,” said celebrated Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie.The group of writers, whose genres range from fairy tales to fiction, include one the world’s youngest published authors, seven-year-old South African, Michelle Nkamankeng. Written in over 10 languages and varying in style, all stories illustrate that the rights of many children are still neglected.The campaign comes at a time when there are increasing threats to child rights. Over 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict, poverty and climate change and millions more are facing unspeakable violence in their communities. Around 263 million children are out of school and last year nearly six million children under five died from mostly preventable diseases.“It is shocking to see that the lives of many children are still so heavily impacted by the horror of conflict, inequality, poverty and discrimination. I hope these Tiny Stories can remind the world that we must sustain our commitment to all of these children whose lives and futures are at stake,” said Paloma Escudero, UNICEF Spokesperson.Chimamanda Adichie used her ‘Tiny Story’ to launch the series today, which will run until November 20 – the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.To read the stories, click here.