#63: #VxRailDelivers 6 Month Check In

first_imgTogether with Vmware, the introduction of the VxRail appliance family back in February marked the first joint product announcement where EMC and VMware engineers have worked side by side developing, testing and validating a fully integrated hyper converged appliance.Add to that the addition of All-Flash Configuration in June combined with unprecedented customer demand, 6 months later #VxRailDeliversThe VxRail appliance family offers massive scalability, simplified management, simplified IT and industry-leading data services that extend beyond the traditional appliance model including: deduplication, compression, replication, backup, and cloud tiering to public clouds, such as VMware vCloud Air, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure.I caught up with Colin Galagher (@WorldC3), Sr. Director, Hyper Converged Infrastructure Marketing at Vmworld 2016, shortly before the Dell EMC merger and creation of Dell Technologies.Don’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store. Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comEMC: The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)The Source Podcast: Episode #63: #VxRailDelivers 6 Month Check InAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_63_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Coca Cola considers building Indonesian recycling plant, slashing 25,000 tons of plastic

first_imgSoft drinks manufacturer Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia (Amatil) is looking into developing a plastic bottle recycling facility in one of the world’s top plastic polluting countries.The company said on Friday it had signed a deal with plastic packaging maker Dynapack Asia to conduct a feasibility study on developing the facility. The soft drinks maker also said it aimed to cut consumption of new plastic resin by up to 25,000 tons a year by 2022 by using recycled plastic.The statement did not mention Amatil’s total annual new plastic resin consumption. However, a 2019 report shows that the Coca-Cola Company produced 3 million tons of plastic packaging in 2017, the highest among 31 companies listed in the report.Read also: Ineffective recycling compounds Indonesia’s marine waste problem“It is a significant step toward Amatil becoming self-sustaining in the plastic materials we use, ensuring a closed-loop for plastic beverage packaging in Indonesia as a whole,” said Amatil president director Kadir Gunduz in a statement.Dynapack Asia president director Tirtadjaja Hambali said the packaging manufacturer was committed to using at least 25 percent recycled plastic in its production starting 2025, as part of its commitment to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.Indonesia aims to slash plastic waste output by 70 percent by 2025, as per the country’s contribution to the global National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP). The Southeast Asian country is the world’s second-largest marine plastic debris polluter behind China, a 2015 study reported.Topics :last_img read more

DD Gardening: Autumnal colours have never been better!

first_imgThis year the Autumn colours on the trees, shrubs and plants in the garden has rarely been bettered, the combination of good light levels and a lack of strong winds have allowed plants to put on a good prolonged show.An autumnal effect which caught the worlds imagination this week was the spectacular Emery Cross at Bogay Hill in Newtown. Images of Liam’s 100m long, 70m wide plantation of Japanese Larch went viral this week, this wonderful piece of work benefited from this still period of weather….and the rest is history!The Celtic Cross planted into the landscape between Killea and Manor. Picture by Darren Sheaffer.In more modest settings in our gardens shrubs such as Dogwoods, Spindleberries, Japanese Maples and such have been wonderful so far this Autumn, bringing another dimension of colour into our gardens. I’ve long said that flowers, whilst beautiful, are overrated and many gardens focus too much on flower colour and forget that whilst a plant may flower for 3 months, you’ve 9 months left of the year to enjoy the plant.So to have a garden with contrasting foliage colour, shapes, texture, stems and autumn leaves brings your garden to another level of interest.Now is a great time to introduce autumn colour plants to your garden, although by the time you bring them back from the garden centre the plants may have deposited all their foliage in the boot of your car the plant will establish well now and be in position for glorious colour next Autumn. And the joy of shopping in garden centres at this time of year is that many centres have end of season sales.If there’s one shrub I could encourage you to plant in your garden for Autumn colour it is Euonymus alatus or Spindleberry plant. In the summer the foliage is green and nothing showy, but in the Autumn it turns the most bright red before falling off, revealing heavily corked stems which appear square in shape. I’ve known this plant for years as the Burning bush, due to this amazing colour.Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight a particular shrub or tree each week for Autumn colour, as this is an area of the garden which is mostly neglected here in Donegal, but we have the potential to add this colour range to our own gardens and as such extend the season of interest.DD Gardening: Autumnal colours have never been better! was last modified: October 30th, 2016 by Gareth AustinShare 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)last_img read more

DeGale set for March title defence

first_imgJames DeGale will fight at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday 23 March.He is set to defend his WBC Silver belt at the Kent venue, where he beat Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi last year, with his opponent due to be confirmed shortly.It will be the Harlesden super-middleweight’s first outing since a points victory over rugged Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga in December.DeGale, who recently opted to give up the European title, said: “I’m excited to be boxing at Glow again.“It was a tremendous atmosphere for my last fight and it’s a great venue to headline at.“This year is going to be a big year for me. I’m looking to be the first ever British Olympic gold medallist who goes on and wins a professional world title.”See also:Ex-champion Pavlik still on DeGale’s radarDeGale aiming to end the year in styleDeGale boxes his way to points victoryJames DeGale talks about his recent win and future plansDeGale opts to give up European titleDeGale to defend title against 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Olympics ‘phenomenal, humbling’: Oscar

first_img11 August 2012 South Africa’s men’s 4 by 400 metres relay team failed to challenge for a medal at the London Olympic Games on Friday evening as the Bahamas ran a national record in staging a come-from-behind victory over the USA. The islanders won gold in 2:56.72, with the USA second in 2:57.05 and Trinidad and Tobago in third, over two seconds further back. South Africa, the silver medal winners at last year’s IAAF World Championship in Daegu, South Korea, never challenged and finished in eighth place in the nine-team field, with Cuba failing to finish.Season’s best time Nonetheless, the quartet of Shaun de Jager, LJ van Zyl, Willem de Beer and Oscar Pistorius ran a season’s best 3:03.46. It was, however, more than four seconds slower than their effort in Daegu. South Africa had reached the final after an appeal was upheld for a Kenyan runner tripping up Ofentse Mogawane in the semi-finals, resulting in the South Africans being given lane one for Friday evening’s relay. Mogawane could not run on Friday night after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the semi-finals. His replacement, 400 metres hurdler LJ van Zyl, nearly didn’t make it to the final either. “I was actually on my way to the airport,” he told reporters after the race. “Then I got the call from Hezekiel [Sepeng], our team leader, [saying] that I have to come back.”Roller-coaster journey Pistorius said it had been a roller-coaster journey for the team. “So many mixed emotions yesterday, to be honest,” he said. “We got back to the warm up track to cool down and we heard that Kenya had been disqualified and there were grounds for us to put in a protest, so team management went through with that and we found out last night that we would have the chance to run in the ninth lane today,” Pistorius said. “We didn’t want to run if we were going to take another team out, but there was an extra lane here and they gave us that lane because we were in second position at the World Championships last year. “We got reinstated and LJ van Zyl was on his way to the airport and he got called back to come and run. “So, just a mix of emotions, and I’d like to thank Ofentse [Mogawane],” Pistorius said. “He’s not here with us and he is making a quick recovery, but he was as much part of our team [as anyone else]. ‘This whole experience has been phenomenal’ “This whole experience has been phenomenal for us. To step out here for an Olympic final is more than I could ever hope for, and it was a truly humbling experience.” Commenting on running the final leg, Pistorius said: “I think running the anchor leg for me was kind of stressful. I’m never usually given that much responsibility, but representing my country and knowing that I have to bring home the baton really made me run a little bit harder. “I think I had a lot of work to do to catch up, but I ran a good back straight and second corner. Then, coming into the home straight, there was just a little too much work [to do]. “I’m very proud of my team,” Pistorius said. “They did a phenomenal job with what we had. That opportunity to come out here and finish like today and not like yesterday was a dream come true.” Talking about the Olympic experience, Pistorius added: “Every athlete out here trains as hard as they possibly can for four years. They sacrifice a lot. “For me to come out here and know that all the hard work I’ve put in, and all the time and effort so many people have given me and they’ve invested in me has paid off, has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and I’ve got so many people to thank for that. “It inspires me and motivates me for the next four years, looking to Rio.”Eyes now on Semenya, Stander South Africa’s hopes of adding to the country’s three gold medals, one silver medal and a bronze medal will rest on the shoulders of Caster Semenya on Saturday evening. She contests the final of the 800 metres at nine o’clock, having run the fastest time of the semi-finals, stopping the clock in 1:57.67. On Sunday, Burry Stander, ranked fourth in the world in cross-country mountain biking, has a shot at a medal. A medal for either athlete would make the London 2012 Olympic Games the most successful Olympics for South Africa since the country was readmitted to the Olympic fold in 1992. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The challenges and rewards of growing buckwheat in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Like many farms in Ohio, the 2016 planting season started a little later than expected for Marion County’s Lill Farms. Planters started rolling on May 23 and wrapped up in the first part of June. Summer dealt a rough five-week period with no rain and then timely August rains helped push yield numbers to higher marks than anticipated.As harvest time approached, Lill Farms’ David Niederhuber had to take a hiatus from the corn and soybean fields  to take off another crop that is part of the farm’s rotation — buckwheat.“We started growing buckwheat here in the early 1990s and it certainly is a unique crop,” Niederhuber said. “It’s a double-crop with a short growing season and it goes in after wheat and this year we planted it on July 15 but it can go in as late as Aug. 1.”With a mid-summer planting time frame and a short growing season window, the weather experienced this year was ideal for the unique crop.“We received about two inches of rain about a week after we planted it,” Niederhuber said. “That was helpful, but buckwheat doesn’t need a lot of rain and it doesn’t require the best soils and it is most beneficial in how it pulls fertilizer back out of the soil and will make it readily available for next year’s corn crop.”Because it grows so quickly and helps to keep the weeds down, buckwheat works really well as a cover crop, not to mention the added production revenue per acre.“That is always a factor we consider when we decide to plant buckwheat,” Niederhuber said. “The last time we put wheat out we followed it with tillage radishes and crimson clover, but buckwheat looked good on paper this year.”In a normal growing season, buckwheat requires a frost in order to be harvested, but the extended warm temperatures of 2016 forced Lill Farms to take a different approach.“Buckwheat is an indeterminate crop, which means it will keep flower and producing seed until it is dead,” Niederhuber said. “Normally we go in and cut it three days after the first frost, but this year that wasn’t an option. It did look pretty green coming out the back, but all and all we didn’t have too many issues with cutting it before a frost.”A decent yield for double-crop buckwheat is around 25 to 30 bushels to the acre and Lill Farms was a bit above average with this year’s harvest.Choosing to plant buckwheat in Ohio does have other challenges. The dealer that Lill Farms used to work with was in Forrest, Ohio, but there are currently no buckwheat dealers in the state, leaving the only option to deal directly with a mill in New York.“I make the trip up to pick up the seed and I’ll take the harvested product back to that mill this fall,” Niederhuber said. “They will process it to make buckwheat flour which is then used for pancakes.”Buckwheat is considered highly nutritious and the market for the grain is growing, especially with an increasing number of people adopting a gluten-free diet. Buckwheat is not a member of the wheat family and is more closely related to rhubarb.This rare crop is marketed much differently than corn and soybeans, which base their values from the Chicago Board of Trade.“Buckwheat is a 100% production direct contract,” Niederhuber said. “The mill sets the price for the seed and sets the price for what they’ll pay when you deliver the harvest back to them and it’s all on the hundredweight.”Trucking the new crop back to New York is the biggest expense in Lill Farm’s buckwheat endeavor.“That may be one of the biggest hurdles for other farmers playing with the idea of making buckwheat a part of their operation,” Niederhuber said. “Logistically and economically, not many farmers are going to be willing to make that trip when harvest is complete.”That’s why the decision to plant double-crop buckwheat on these Central Ohio wheat acres is made on a year-to-year basis.“Straw has chemicals in it that are toxic to the buckwheat, so we chose to bale 3,500 bales of straw this year as opposed to disking it in,” Niederhuber said. “Combine the value of that straw with the value of the buckwheat and the end result to the bottom line would equal close to 200 bushel corn with a quarter to half of the expense.”With two plantings, two harvests and straw handling, Niederhuber and Lill Farms are willing to do the more difficult tasks in order to make things work in this current agricultural economy. In 2017, an additional 10 acres of buckwheat will be planted for a total of 60 acres, meaning a few more pancakes for the rest of us and a bit more profit for Lill Farms.last_img read more

Best is yet to come for NorthPort’s Prince Ibeh

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Energy, effort not there for Beermen in blowout loss to Batang Pier, says Austria “I still haven’t been playing to my expectations so I just keep trying to improve every game,” said Ibeh. “I think my style of play is different from what people are used to from import here in the PBA.”“I think everyone’s thinking that you have to come in and score 40, but there’s so much more to the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Big man Prince Ibeh said he expected the Batang Pier to dominate the Beermen, who are coming off a historic Philippine Cup run.“This is our expectation, we practice hard and we play hard,” said Ibeh. “This is our mindset every game to beat out our opponent and that’s what we did so it’s not surprising to me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIbeh manned the paint and put up 18 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and a level of confidence he’s not shy to express.The 6-foot-10 big man said he’s not yet in his peak form despite averaging 15.6 points, 17.4 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Prince Ibeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—NorthPort is having one of the best starts in franchise history with a 4-1 slate to open its campaign in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.This early wave of success has given the Batang Pier an incomparable confidence that not even their total obliteration of powerhouse San Miguel, 121-88, surprise them anymore.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Top 6 donor communication mistakes to avoid

first_img2. The “Me Me Me”Some causes suffer from nonprofit narcissism. They mean well, but their messages are devoid of one key ingredient: the donor. People who support your work also want to feel like part of your team.How to avoid: Instead of talking only about the work you’re doing, reframe your communications to underscore how the donor is making your work possible. Use the word “you” more than “we”, and highlight the work of individual donors and volunteers to bring these stories to life. According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report, 105% of donors gained by nonprofits were offset by lapsed donors. Let that sink in for a minute: for every 100 new donors that came through the door, 105 walked out. Not exactly the growth most nonprofits are looking for.One of the best ways to improve your donor churn rate is to improve your donor communications.Here are six of the worst donor communication mistakes, and some tips for how to avoid them:1. The “One and Done”Sadly for some donors, the only “communication” they receive from the nonprofits they support is a donation receipt. Others may receive a nice thank you letter, but not much else.How to avoid: Plan a series of ongoing communications with your donors. In addition to your nonprofit newsletter, provide quarterly updates for donors on the impact of their gifts, and show what goes on behind the scenes to make it happen. Create an editorial calendar and include your donor outreach as one key component to track. 3. The “Broken Record”All too often, I see organizations sharing the same updates over and over. This is great … if you want to bore your donors. Unless you’re sharing success story after success story, your donors may wonder if you’re doing anything new or making any progress.How to avoid: This is another way an editorial calendar can help you improve your donor communications. Create a list of stories, events, announcements, and seasonal topics that are relevant to your cause—and your donors—then, plot them out on your calendar to incorporate variety in your newsletters, impact updates, and social media outreach. Stuck for ideas? Ask your donors, volunteers, and beneficiaries for their input. They have a different perspective than you and probably have some fresh suggestions. Another option: tap your board to share a short update or quote for you to use in your next message. 4. The “Word Vomit”Are you guilty of sharing too much information? When it comes to your donor outreach, is “verbose” an understatement? If your messages feel like solid walls of text, your supporters are less likely to bother reading them—and may feel like you don’t respect their time.How to avoid: In most cases, people scan more than they read. This means that short, skimmable text works best, especially online. Use a “tease and link” strategy in your emails if you have longer stories to share. To make your messages even more readable, cut any acronyms, jargon, or insider language that will leave donors scratching their heads.center_img 6. The “Show Me the Money”You know that relative who never calls—except when he needs something from you? Don’t be that guy. When donors only hear from you when you have an appeal, they may start to wonder what happened to the money they already gave you.How to avoid: Implement a “share vs. ask ratio” in your organization’s communication. Plan to send a certain number of cultivation or update messages for every time you send an appeal.(For more donor stewardship ideas, try our checklist.)‘Fess up: are you guilty of any of these mistakes? What would you add to the list? Which communication missteps bug you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 5. The “Disconnected”Do you ever feel like you’re talking, but no one seems to be listening? Most often, this is because you’re not communicating in a way that reflects what your donor wants to hear. This often happens when organizations aren’t in sync with why their donors give.How to avoid: Talk to your donors to understand why they care about your issue and what prompted them to give. Ask for feedback on your communications and let your donors have a say in how they hear from you. Try segmenting your donors by how they came to your organization, their level of giving, or by the specific programs they support. Then, communicate with them based on these parameters to make your message more relevant.last_img read more

5 Things to Do After Your Big Giving Day

first_imgAfter a monster giving day, you may want to just spend a week recovering from all the work and excitement of the event. That said, the real opportunity lies not just in the donations and new donors acquired on the day itself, but rather in the long-term potential of these supporters. Here are five things to do that will help you harness the momentum of your giving day: 1. Get out the thank you. If you haven’t yet, send that thank you ASAP. 2. Examine donor information and behavior. Do these donors look different than your normal annual fund supporters? Did your existing donors give in new ways? Analyzing these details will help you understand how giving days fit into your overall fundraising strategy.3. Determine which methods resulted in the most support. Look at your promotional efforts and rate how they performed. If you had supporters and volunteers helping to raise funds, pinpoint who had the most influence and be sure to cultivate them as champions of your work.4. Have a special orientation plan for donors you acquired during your giving day. It’s likely that these new donors aren’t as familiar with your organization as other prospects. Create a welcome series to introduce your work and let these new supporters know why your community is so special.5. View this webinar. While vital, perfecting the art of donor relationships isn’t easy. This on-demand webinar presentation features the Donor Relations Guru herself, Lynne Wester, who offers tips that will help you think through your communications and stewardship plans.last_img read more

The Ultimate Donation Page Guide Sneak Peek

first_imgToo many steps. The more pages there are to complete, the more likely a donor is to abandon the process. Too many fields. Online usability experts generally agree that when a form includes a lot of fields, a visitor is less likely to complete it. Giving options that make a difference Too many images. Photos on your donation page seem like a good idea but can confuse and distract donors, especially when the images don’t communicate why a donation matters. All too often, nonprofits give people too many ways to leave their donation page without completing a gift, including: Too many links. Links or navigation elements that lead visitors away from your donation page increase the odds that a prospective donor will click away without completing it. I’m excited to announce that we’ve just published our most comprehensive resource featuring all of our best practices and helpful tips for building successful online donation pages. The Ultimate Donation Page Guide is 27 pages of helpful tips and best practices that guide you through the process of building a fantastic online donation page (or refining an existing page) that gets donors to give, give big, and give again. You can use this guide as a helpful resource throughout the year, or, if you’re motivated to overhaul your online giving process right now, you can use it as a step-by-step guide to thoroughly navigate every detail that will help your online donation page perform better. Too much complexity. More complex options on your page make potential donors less likely to complete your form. Here’s an excerpt: When it takes us more time or effort to do something, we’re less likely to do it at all. It’s just human nature! In other words, all that extra “stuff” = work. The mechanics of testing and tracking (and a step-by-step guide on how to do an a/b test) How Clutter Steals Donations from Your Cause A lot goes into creating effective donation pages, but that doesn’t mean a lot should go on them! Too much text. Additional text on your page requires your donor to do more work and can trigger “fine print” skepticism. This guide goes beyond just constructing a better donation page. You’ll also find: The secrets of donation page design The wonders of a great post-donation experience Constructing a Proper Donation Page Tip: Before adding anything to your donation page, ask yourself, “Will this make it easier for donors to give?” How to get more people to your donation page Optimizing special campaigns The brain science of online giving Calls to action that get results Download the guide now and let us know what you think!last_img read more