first_imgWhile Hyper-Converged Infrastructure provides the ability to simplify the deployment of cloud and application solutions, it also brings with it some unexpected considerations.Chad Engel (@Engel_Chad), Senior Sales Director Hyper-Converged, likes to consider them the three P’s: People, Process and Politics. In some cases, the three P’s can lead to a delay in adopting the benefits of a hyper-converged infrastructure. Engel has some interesting thoughts on how to bring down those barriers and embrace the operational efficiencies of Hyper-Converged.As Dell EMC Hyper-Converged Solutions extend to include development stacks such as the VxRail AS (Azure Stack), the value prop becomes clearer, infrastructure to accelerate application and business enablement.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more


first_img My favorite thing in my dressing room “This is my grandfather’s flag—I found it in my parents’ basement in San Francisco. It has 48 stars on it!” The best thing to eat on a two-show day “Kale salad! It’s good for energy and doesn’t make me feel tired. The perfect blend of delicious and nutritious to get me through the day.” Lena Hall is venturing where few ladies have gone before: She’s playing disgruntled backup singer Yitzhak, a dude who wants more than anything to be a drag queen, in the gender-bending rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Oh, and did we mention she’s also the husband of Neil Patrick Harris, who plays transgender rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt? We had to find out what Hall’s life like is like behind the scenes, so Broadway.com sent her on a scavenger hunt, asking her to take photos of a few of her favorite things at the Belasco Theatre. Check out a day in the life of Lena below! My good luck charm “Josh Groban gave this to me. He was duped by a monk in Times Square to donate for peace. It makes me laugh.” My favorite fan gift “Yum yum cookies!!!! My fav is maple bacon!” My favorite co-star “This pic was taken after our first preview. Neil is so much fun to work with and his work ethic is incredible.” The crew member who saves my ass “Me and stage manager Rachel Wolff! During tech, she would always watch out for me and make sure everything was in its right place. She was always there for me with a pen so I could write down my changed prop moves and such.” View Comments The best costume piece I wear “I love my packer [fake penis, censored]. It helps me with the physicality of Yitzhak. I asked for it ;)” My view from the stage door “Here I am, signing autographs for the crowd outside after the show.” My must-have pre-show item “Always with the iced tea! Large, unsweetened, extra ice.” My Yitzhak’s-eye view from the stage “My ‘hole,’ where all my props are. I drink from these bottles during the show (not real booze, obviously) and they save me as far as my voice is concerned.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 A selfie right before I go on stage “Getting myself together before I get bombarded with insults from Miss Hedwig.” Hedwig and the Angry Inch The coolest prop in the show “They got guitar picks and drum sticks specially made for the band! I thought it was THE coolest.” Lena Hall Star Fileslast_img read more


first_imgby Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) April 27, 2011 In a historic vote on Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature created the enabling legislation for a first-in-the-nation universal health care system. The state Senate approved the visionary plan for a single-payer system in a 21-9 vote after four hours of debate. The split was largely along party lines.Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, campaigned on a promise to create a single-payer system in Vermont that would contain health care costs and give all of the state’s residents universal access to medical care. On Tuesday, Shumlin made good on the first step toward fulfilling that promise, and just five hours after the Senate vote, he marked the legislative victory in an appearance on MSNBC’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show.’Shumlin said in a statement to the Vermont press: ‘Today the Legislature took a huge step toward making Vermont the first state in the first in the nation to control skyrocketing health care costs and remove the burden of providing health care coverage from small business owners. This bill is good for Vermonters and Vermont businesses.Many Vermont businesses, however, believe otherwise. Though small employers have said they will benefit, some larger employers actively lobbied against the bill. Opponents of H.202 argued that the legislation would leave businesses in the lurch during the transition period between 2013 and 2014 when the state is required under federal law to participate in insurance exchanges. The opposition was led by insurance brokers (the Fleischer Jacobs Group, Business Resource Specialists), business associations (Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Grocers Association and Vermont Retailers Association), large employers (Dealer.com, Biotek, Rhino Foods and IBM). The Senate debate on Monday and Tuesday centered on changes to the legislation that would have made it more palatable to these groups.Sen. Vince Illuzzi, R/D-Essex Orleans, who proposed two amendments that would have made the bill more business friendly, said companies are afraid ‘we will end up with a plan most won’t be able to afford.’The legislation sets the state’s health care system on a new trajectory. Instead of continuing to use an insurance model for covering the cost of care, the bill moves the state toward an integrated payment system that would be controlled by a quasi judicial board and administered by a third party entity. The system would be funded through a broad-based tax.The universal health care system would be implemented in 2014, if it clears 10 very high hurdles, including the receipt of a federal waiver. Otherwise it wouldn’t kick in until 2017.Longtime single-payer advocate Dr. Deb Richter was ecstatic about the Senate passage of the bill.‘I’m absolutely thrilled,’ Richter said. ‘It’s one of the best days of my life. I’ve given 400 speeches over the last 10 years and it feels like the work was worth it. We have a ways to go, but this is a step in the right direction.’A universal health care system is the only way to cover everyone and contain costs, Richter said.The passage of H.202 marks the first time any state in the country has attempted to provide universal care and a cost containment system that addresses administrative costs, hospital budgeting and uniform payments to doctors, Richter said.Whether the federal government will give Vermont a waiver to adopt a universal health care system in 2014 is an open question. Richter said the state has a 50-50 chance of getting the exemption from the Affordable Care Act. Even so, she believes Vermont’s attempt to create a single-payer system is worthwhile.‘You go for what you want, not for what you think you might get ‘ that’s what the bill does,’ Richter said.The Senate debate focused on the state’s implementation of the insurance exchanges that are required under federal law. The Affordable Care Act has mandated that states provide an actuarial value for insurance products (the insurance equivalent of a per unit price mechanism that allows consumers to compare the cost of on the shelf grocery items). The federal government has set up very general guidelines for the actuarial levels for insurance products insurers must provide under the exchange. The idea is to create an easy system for comparison between health insurance benefit plans that offer a dizzying array of deductibles, co-insurance, co-pays and premiums. The products, under the federal requirements, range from bronze (60 percent actuarial value) to silver (70 percent), gold (80 percent) and platinum (90 percent). It also puts minimum requirements on the ‘qualifying plans.’ Many of these mandates are already in Vermont law. Insurers, for example, are not allowed to ‘cherry pick’ consumers who are healthy and create pools without a cross-section of the sick and healthy populations.Read this summary of the ACA requirements from Kaiser Foundation.The Affordable Care Act requires individuals without insurance to buy into the exchange or face a $695 fine. Families of four with incomes of less than $88,700 qualify for tax credits. Businesses with more than 50 employees that do not buy insurance face a penalty of $2,000 per worker.The fight between employers and proponents of H.202 was about the potential for mandatory inclusion of businesses that have between 50 and 100 workers in the exchange. Sen. Hinda Miller, D-Chittenden, and Illuzzi argued that requiring companies of that size to participate in the exchange could jeopardize their economic viability. Employers in that range tend not to self-insure and so are not protected under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.The federal law allows states some flexibility. States can decide what benefit plan levels can be offered, for example. They can also determine the size of the businesses that must be included in the exchange. The Shumlin administration pushed for intent language in the bill that could have led to the inclusion of businesses with 50 to 100 employees into the exchange. Proponents of H.202 have said it’s important to include these 28,000 workers in the state’s insurance exchange in order to build toward a single-payer system.An amendment proposed by Sen. Diane Snelling, R-Chittenden, and approved by the Senate struck the intent language. The Green Mountain Care board, which will oversee the health care reform effort including the exchanges, is charged with producing a report that would outline the impact of excluding the 50-100 employee group on the exchange, which the Shumlin administration wants to use as a stepping stone toward the single-payer system.Illuzzi proposed two amendments that would have forced the state to include a broader array of insurance carriers in the exchange would have specifically allowed health savings accounts and high deductible plans under the exchange and would have allowed ‘nonqualified’ plans outside the exchange. H.202 allows for two carriers.‘Let’s not kid ourselves it will be more than one carrier,’ Illuzzi said on the Senate floor. ‘It will likely be Blue Cross Blue Shield. It will be two carriers in name only. Both will be required to offer same (plans). It will be a change without a difference.’Anya Rader Wallack, Shumlin’s special assistant on health care, said she was impressed by the Legislature.‘A lot of people worked very hard educating themselves in a short period of time,’ Wallack said. ‘This isn’t simple stuff. I was impressed with the amount of effort both bodies have put into this.’The Shumlin administration was heavily involved in drafting the bill, H.202, though by the time the legislation reached final passage it had changed somewhat from its original incarnation, which was based in part on recommendations from Professor William Hsiao, the renowned Harvard economist who created a single payer system for Taiwan.Over the next year, the Shumlin administration will hire a director of health care reform and the chair of a quasi-judicial board. The board would be in place by January of 2012 and would begin the arduous task of sorting through the maze of federal laws, waivers, benefits, provider reimbursements, system financing and cost containment options.H.202 will be read in the House Health Care Committee on Wednesday morning. Rep. Mark Larson, D-Burlington, said he expects the bill will go to conference committee in several days. He expects to have no major beefs with the Senate version.‘The core composition of the bill remains identical to what passed in the House,’ Larson said. ‘There are differences between the two bills but they are things we can work out.’Larson said those details include a change in the dynamic of the board. ‘We want to make sure it’s an independent board.’He also referred to the so-called ‘Mullin’ amendment, which set conditions for implementation of Green Mountain Care, the single-payer style system that would be created under H.202. Larson said he thinks the new criteria for the implementation standards need to be more clearly defined.‘It has to be clear what hurdle has to be overcome,’ Larson said.Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.orglast_img read more


first_imgHe and his hiking companion tried to free his leg but were unsuccessful, so the companion set out for help, leaving the stuck man behind with warm gear and clothing. When search and rescue crews reached the man, he was in stable condition but showed signs of hypothermia and exposure. It was then that the people Stackhouse believes were the dog’s owners pinned the animal, allowing Stackhouse to run away. Stackhouse crossed the finish line and then passed out and was taken to the medical tent where police heard her story and went to find the dog. Stackhouse was taken to the ER where she received 6 stitches. It was late at night and snowing heavily by the time rescuers could free the man’s leg. When a break in the snow finally appeared, a helicopter was able to land and transport the man to an ambulance. He was then taken to a hospital. An update on his condition was not provided. Police found the owners, confirmed the dog’s rabies vaccinations, and issued a citation. “I’m a dog lover,” Stackhouse told Runners World. “This was just a freak situation where an aggressive dog wasn’t leashed.” Mountain Valley Pipeline developers are under federal investigation 80-pound dog attacks runner a mile from half marathon finish line Stackhouse was running at an impressive 6:30 pace when an aggressive, snarling, barking dog came right at her. “It was coming to attack,” Stackhouse told Runners World. “I knew right away.” The unleashed dog bumped Stackhouse on the leg, causing her to stumble. When it tried to bite her face, Stackhouse moved her left arm up in protection and the dog bit her arm. Mountain Valley Pipeline developers have confirmed that the pipeline is under criminal investigation for possible violations of the Clean Water Act and other federal laws. center_img Despite the regulatory and legal issues, company officials say the project is still on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. Runner Julie Stackhouse was in third place in the Donna Half Marathon, a race east of Jacksonville, Florida, when an 80-pound bull terrier mix attacked her about a mile from the finish line. Although the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has named the Mountain Valley Pipeline in enforcement actions, and in a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Mark Herring that alleges more than 300 violations of erosion and sediment control measures, this disclosure is the first confirmation of a criminal investigation. Hiker trapped by quicksand in Zion National Park EQM Midstream Partners, the lead company on the pipeline, disclosed the information in an annual report filed last Thursday. A hiker from Arizona was crossing a creek in Zion National Park over the weekend when he became trapped in quicksand, officials say. The 34-year-old man was hiking up the left fork of North Creek when his leg sunk to the knee in quicksand. last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo April 22, 2011 Alleged Colombian drug trafficker Jhon Vasco López, one of the leaders of the Cordillera organization, was detained on 20 April in the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador) with forged documents, the police announced. Vasco López, alias ‘Nico,’ who was wanted by Interpol, was arrested at the Guayaquil international airport when he tried to enter the country from Argentina, the police indicated to the press. “He is being detained for a violation” for carrying forged documents, public prosecutor María Coloma said for her part, adding that the Colombian was turned over to the Police Intendant’s Office “for deportation.” “Now if he’s in trouble with the law in his country, he’ll be judged there,” the prosecutor declared, speaking to the media. A year ago, the Ecuadorean police arrested the Colombian Ramón Quintero, one of the world’s ten most-wanted drug traffickers, who was deported to Bogotá. Quintero, alias ‘El Capo’ [‘The Boss’], who was prominent as a leader of the Norte del Valle cartel, was detained in a restaurant in the Ecuadorean capital.last_img read more


first_imgBy Dialogo January 29, 2013 Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzón, demanded that the communist guerrillas FARC immediately release and return the two police officers that were kidnapped on January 25, in Valle del Cauca district (southwest), an official statement said on January 27. “The practice of kidnapping cannot continue, especially considering that representatives of the FARC guerrilla group are holding peace talks,” the official said, insisting that the insurgents respect the lives of the kidnapped officers. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest and oldest insurgency, with 8,000 armed members, is carrying out peace talks with Juan Manuel Santos’s government in Havana, Cuba, since November 19. The two officers were kidnapped on January 25, six days after the end of the unilateral truce started by the guerrillas on December 20, as proof of their “goodwill” during the peace talks. The vice president advised that FARC’s kidnappings and criminal actions had to be rejected, because they would not “admit or accept persecutions and attacks perpetrated on the population – whom the kidnapped police officers belong to – in the name of the people.” Garzón is temporarily standing in place of President Juan Manuel Santos, who is participating in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union (CELAC-EU) summit in Santiago, Chile. On January 26, Colonel Nelson Ramírez, chief of Police in Valle del Cauca, confirmed that the FARC’s Mobile Column Gabriel Galvis and the sixth front, kidnapped two police officers as they carried out investigations in the municipalities of Pradera and Palmira. In February 2012, the FARC had renounced the kidnappings of civilians, and they released the last ten police and Military officers they had captured, all of whom were part of a group of up to 60 hostages that had been held due to political reasons since the 1990s.last_img read more


first_imgDhito, however, added that he had yet to secure the backing of any political party to join the race, including the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), of which his father is a member. Late last week, Dhito attended a gathering organized by PDI-P’s Kediri branch, which is led by Agus Sunoto, Pramono’s brother-in-law and Dhito’s uncle. Agus told the gathering that Dhito was running in the upcoming regency election. Pramono, a former PDI-P secretary-general, said that, as Dhito’s father, he would support his son’s bid once the PDI-P declared its support for Dhito. “Once it is decided by the PDIP [to nominate Dhito as its regent candidate] then we will communicate with the chairmen of other political parties. I meet with them almost everyday as fellow Cabinet members,” he said on Saturday. The PDI-P holds the most seats in the Kediri Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) with 15 out of 50 seats, ahead of the National Awakening Party (PKB), which has nine seats, and the Golkar Party, which has six seats. To run in a regional election, a candidate must have the support of a party or coalition that holds at least 20 percent of seats in the DPRD. Dhito is not the only political blueblood set to take part in the upcoming regional elections. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka has officially registered with the PDI-P to run in the 2020 Surakarta mayoral election in Central Java, while Jokowi’s son-in-law Bobby Nasution has also registered with both the PDI-P and Golkar to run in the 2020 Medan mayoral race in North Sumatra. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter Siti Nur Azizah is also set to run for South Tangerang mayor in Banten. Topics : Hanindhito Himawan Pramana, the son of Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, confirmed his intention to take part in Kediri regency election in East Java, adding to the tally of children of government officials and politicians who will run in this year’s regional elections. “If asked whether I am ready or not, I am ready. But now I am still communicating with the leaders of a number of political parties starting from the central office to the village level branches,” Hanindhito or Dhito, as he is commonly known, told journalists on Saturday on the sidelines of an event at the Lirboyo pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Kediri. The event was also attended by his father as well as Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono. last_img read more


first_imgHe said that, ultimately, it was the social partners who had to decide what kind of system they wanted.“It is the social partners who have to decide what they want, and it is for me to do the job,” he said.“We need automatic enrolment, and the approach should be a combination [of voluntary and compulsory contributions], but total freedom will not be a solution.”Trish Curry, meanwhile, regional head of AustralianSuper in the UK, described the Australian superannuation system, which is compulsory.“A compulsory system gets everyone in the game, and that’s what we’ve seen,” she said.“The key is to be in the system, and you see your pot growing, and that creates engagement, and that’s what we want.”Theo Kocken, chief executive and founder of consultancy Cardano in the Netherlands, showed a film of a behavioural experiment on monkeys.This demonstrated how a scenario where the animals were given less than promised caused disproportionate aversion to that particular provider.The monkeys’ observed behaviour explained why the many changes in the Dutch pension system had given people the sense that they had lost out, Kocken said, arguing that, psychologically, people were more emotional about their losses – and therefore remembered them more keenly – than they were about their gains.“Everything in life is psychological, and we have to avoid in the pension system that we build in too much of this anger and these negative feelings,” he said.On the question posed by the poll about compulsion in a DC system, Kocken said a perfect solution would be the auto-enrolment system of the UK combined with the mandatory system of the Netherlands.“As long as it’s not too complex,” he said. “I’m fed up with all these complex systems that, in the end, lead to all this political debate that we have in the Netherlands.” Attendees at a pensions panel discussion were split on whether it was preferable for a successful defined contribution (DC) system to involve full compulsion or whether it should be an auto-enrolment system with the possibility of opting out – but narrowly favoured full compulsion.In a poll conducted among audience members at a discussion at the 2016 IPE Conference & Awards in Berlin, 39.2% said full compulsion was the preferable method, while 37.8% indicated that auto-enrolment with opt-out would be better.Just 4% of people at the panel talk, entitled ‘Defined Contribution: Building a future-proof pension system’, chose voluntary enrolment with no compulsion, and 18.9% advocated collective enrolment through labour agreements as the preferable system. Speaking on the panel, Heribert Karch, chief executive of Germany’s MetallRente pension scheme, described the path second-pillar pensions provision had taken in Germany since the Riester reform of 2001, to the current point where he said the system was “hopefully” at the starting point of the social partnership model, where social partners are involved.last_img read more


first_imgThe Paddington house Graya Constuction bought and transformed before selling to Alison Ariotti. Television presenter Alison Ariotti with husband Gerry and their two daughters at their home in Bardon.They are currently rebuilding another old home in Paddington for former Wallabies great Stephen Moore and his family.The median house price in Paddington is $1.11 million, according to CoreLogic. The property is just around the corner from Rosalie Village.There are no photos of the inside of the house.Records show the property last sold for $525,000 in 2012.The two-bedroom house, with a study, has just been listed for rent for $450 a week, until Graya Construction can start work on it. Graya Construction took to social media to announce they had bought the property at 192 Baroona Rd, Paddington.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoThe circa 1920 cottage was marketed by Belle Property as being a “good old fashioned renovator” with a north facing position and city views, just around the corner from Rosalie Village. POWER COUPLE SLASH $3M OFF WATERFRONT MANSION An artist’s impression of the house Graya Construction is building for former Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore. Graya Construction has bought a property on Baroona Road in Paddington with city views.The builders took to Instagram to announce their most recent purchase to their 32.5 thousand followers and declare the property as their next project. UNLISTED HOME SETS NEW RECORD Former Wallabies great Stephen Moore bought this house in Howard St, Paddington, which is being transformed by Graya Construction into a dream home. Brothers Rob (left) and Andrew Gray of Graya Construction. Picture :AAP/David Clark.The company has been busy transforming a number of rundown homes in prime locations in the inner-city suburbs of Paddington and Bardon in recent years, including the home of television presenter Alison Ariotti. SOCCEROO SETTLES ON GOLD COAST BEAUTY Graya Construction has bought this tiny cottage at 192 Baroona Rd, Paddington.A DUMP on stumps in one of Brisbane’s best suburbs has sold at auction for almost $200,000 more than the city’s median house price.The brothers behind Graya Construction have paid $715,000 for a tiny, rundown house on 405 sqm at 192 Baroona Road, Paddington. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more


first_imgThe four-bedroom properties were recently completed. The auction is scheduled for June 15.“We wanted to showcase what we are all about for future client work and also produce something that is very unique and custom that somebody will be lucky enough to purchase,” he said. “It wasn’t all about the developer’s margin. We spent money where we didn’t need to, to showcase what we can do.“We do one-off builds that are high-end quality with custom features — we designed our own front doors and balustrades for this project.” The two properties at 20A and 20B Albion Ave, Miami, are scheduled for auction on June 15 at 1pm. Ray White Broadbeach Agents Connor Malan (surfboard) and Troy Fitzgerald (snowboard) with developer Nick Makin who are ready to give away two holidays to the lucky buyers of these Miami properties. Picture: Jerad WilliamsBuying a property can be stressful, with a holiday often needed by the end of the process.One Gold Coast developer wants to alleviate that pressure by giving away a free holiday for the buyers of his Miami duplex. The two, four-bedroom pads will head under the hammer next month and the successful buyers will not only receive the keys but also a $5000 getaway. Luxury finishes are showcased throughout.The pair of properties feature open-plan designs with double-height ceilings in the main living areas, ­neutral-tone interiors, luxury finishes and an eye-catching white ­facade. Builder and developer Nick Makin, of Makin Construction, said he hoped the holidays would create hype and competition come auction day. He said the Albion Ave project was more about showcasing his company’s skills rather than making a profit. The buyers of 20A & 20B Albion Ave, Miami, will get a free holiday worth $5000.Ray White Broadbeach agent Troy Fitzgerald, who is marketing the property with Conner Malan, said one of the homes would come with a winter adventure, the other a summer escape. “For the winter holiday we are thinking New Zealand or Japan where they can go to the snow and for the summer one, Bali or Thailand,” Mr Fitzgerald said. “It was the builder’s idea — something outside the box. “There are so many new developments that come to the market between the Gold Coast and Brisbane and real estate is getting to that point now where you have to be outside the box with marketing and draw some attention to it.” MORE NEWS: How the looming election is affecting the market More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Restaurateur’s old digs dished up to the market last_img read more