Williams, Dacres on show in Stockholm

first_img Schedule for Jamaicans Sprint hurdler Danielle Williams is among three Jamaicans who will compete in today’s fifth stage of the Diamond League series in Stockholm. The other Jamaicans down to compete are Jura Levy (200m) and Fedrick Dacres (discus). The consistent Williams, the 2015 100m hurdles champion, will be hoping for more success today following her win in the event three days ago in Oslo in a non-Diamond League event. Now with points at stake, Williams who sits in fourth position with 11 points, will be seeking another win. Today’s line up includes American Brianna McNeil, who also has 11 points. Dacres who started brilliantly in Rome when scoring a big win in the men’s discus, was disappointing in his last outing in Oslo where he placed eighth. He will be hoping for improvement today. He now lies in fourth place on nine points. Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius, who won in Oslo, leads with 15 points. – R.G. – 8:32 a.m.: Women’s 200m – Jura Levy – 9:35 a.m.: Men’s discus – Fredrick Dacres – 10:15 a.m.: Women’s 100mh – Danielle Williams.last_img read more

A conversation about fatherhood with my father

first_imgBy Leah HernandezMillions of children worldwide are fortunate enough to have a father figure in their lives, while others can only dream of having that man we call a “father”. This contrast often times leads most of us to ask: “what is a father?” and “who is a good father?”.The simplest definition of the word father is “An important male figure in the origin and early history of something”, but, most importantly, being a good father means being an endless role model and making all the difference in a child’s life, as you are a pillar of strength, support, and discipline.”To celebrate and recognise the contributions fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children, the third Sunday in June of each year is, therefore, set aside as the time to celebrate Father’s Day. With great enthusiasm and anticipation surrounding this day, I was fortunate to interact with one father who had his goal set on being a “good father”.Ignatius Hernandez like some of us presently was not raised by a father who was a perfect example of the title given, but rather one who was an alcoholic and gave less attention to the welfare of his family. This father of four related to me that, as a child growing up, he vowed never to be like the man whom he saw most of his life, but somewhere along his life’s journey it happened.“When I used to see him drunk, I used to say in my mind I would never drink or be like him. As I grew, I did not want to follow his example, his role as a father was not really one to take example from, he did not have that impact or positive influence on me… [but I] started drinking when I was 18, It was my own choice, then I became addicted to it,” a thoughtful Hernandez related.According to my 57-year-old father, even though he walked in the shoes of his father for some time, the thought of him being a potential father and having a family of his own motivated him to desire a change, as often times he would reflect on the words “I would never drink or be like him”, while he further credited the desire for change to Christianity.“I knew it was wrong and I desired a change, but because of the habits and cravings for it, it was there and I couldn’t stay without it, but I wanted to be a better father from the one I grew up with.”In the midst of our interesting conversation, I asked my father what are his thoughts about playing the role of father figure in a child’s life, and in the most appealing voice, he responded, “If you want to be a better father, you have to be an example, having an impact on your family, because you cannot lead without being that example … the role of a father is being a security, it’s a breadwinner, a foundation to the family, an example where the whole family looks up to you and you are honoured and respected.”After this, I went on to ask him how he personally felt about being a father to us (his four children), and again, but this time in a more eager voice, he responded in the briefest way possible, saying it is a blessing to be a father. “Being a father isn’t something I would say is easy, but I’m happy to be a father, because besides the responsibility and being tough, it’s still a blessing. I can stand up and joyfully declare I have fulfilled my responsibilities as a father,” he said.Finally realising that our conversation would soon be over, I quickly implored him for some advice that he would want to share with present and potential fathers on how to be a good dad. This is what he carefully uttered to me: “To those fathers, be a foundation, bear your weight which means take responsibility, be interested in the welfare of your children … if all fathers take their stand, this world would be strong, a better community, a better country, we will have better children and strong families.”My father concluded his answer with a famous quote which states: “Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy”- Anonymous.last_img read more

US$10.7M Vehicle Debt Appeal on Hold?

first_imgOver a month after government lawyers announced it would file an appeal to the Supreme Court against a ruling that the Commercial Court made an error in granting a request to hear and decide a US$10.7 million vehicles debt case brought against them, there is no court record to show that the lawyers have done so.This means that the Liberian government would be compelled to pay Prestige and Alliance Motors, owned by Mr. George Haddad, a Lebanese businessman.In addition, the government has said previously that it had resolved to take the matter to the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, which they have not done up to present.The government had asked the court to dismiss the entire complaint, with its lawyers arguing that the Commercial Court was not established to hear and preside over debt related matters that occurred before its existence in 2010, which Prestige and Alliance Motor at that time resisted.Another argument of the government was that if the court does so, its decision would be tantamount to the enactment of what it considers “Ex Post Facto Law” which would contravene Article 21 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.In the court’s ruling that was vigorously challenged by the state lawyer, Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, who delivered the ruling, said the act that established the Commercial Court in 2010 gives it jurisdiction to handle all commercial matters without intimidation and denied state lawyers’ argument on whether it has jurisdiction to handle the case.On the argument regarding Article 21 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia raised by state lawyers, Judge Morgan clarified that the act that created the court limits its power from handling Article 21 and “So we are not going to make any determination into that issue,” she emphasized during her decision.Judge Morgan, who presides over the three-judge panel court, further said “it was the Supreme Court that can decide constitutional matters.”In the aftermath of the initial court ruling, the state lawyers announced that they were going to take advantage of the law to allow the matter to reach the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, which they have yet to do.The article states that “no person shall be made subject to any law or punishment which was not in effect at the time of the commission of an offense nor shall the Legislature enact any bill attainable of ex post facto law.”But, the act that established the Commercial Court also gives the court jurisdiction over all civil actions arising out of or in relation to commercial transactions in which the claim is at US$15,000 and without limitation.It also provides that it shall have concurred jurisdiction with the Debt Court over actions to obtain payment of debt.The case emanated in 2014, when lawyers representing Prestige and Alliance Motors filed an Action of Debt lawsuit against the government claiming US$10.7million for vehicles and spare parts it supplied to GoL from 2003 up to 2006, and are yet to receive the payment.They also alleged that they provided spare parts for the cars and serviced them which he said accumulated to that amount.The government had admitted being indebted to the Lebanese businessman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

KPL Governing Council sticks to 16-teams

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, November 28- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Governing Council have reconfirmed Friday that next season’s top flight will consist of 16 teams in open defiance to Football Kenya Federation that has demanded an 18-side competition.“The members expressed their continuing and full support for the rule of law in Kenyan football and their determination to protect the integrity and reputation of the Kenyan Premier League. “In this regard the KPL will respect and abide by the decision of the established Judicial and quasi-judicial bodies from time to time. The KPL the Governing Council confirms that the KPL audited accounts are available on the KPL website and in the public domain for scrutiny despite the fact that KPL is a private limited liability company,” a statement signed by all 2014 KPL clubs bar Thika United said.Among the signatures in the document are those of champions Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier and AFC Leopard’s Allan Kasavuli despite both sides being reported to have been in support of the 18-team proposed FKF league.On Tuesday, the federation released a statement in response to an earlier KPL declaration that the 18-team league was non-negotiable.“The decision to increase the number of clubs taking part in the KPL from 16 to 18 is therefore final and irreversible and FKF hereby directs all the 18 Premier League clubs, National Super League clubs and National Division One clubs to register with FKF by December 15, 2014 as per the provisions of the Constitution Article 10, failure to which the clubs will cease to be our members and they will immediately be replaced as we will not relent on our efforts of developing and promoting the game of football since that is our core mandate,” FKF president Sam Nyamweya stated.Instead of his decree forcing KPL to relent, the Governing Council has confirmed they will not back away from what is set to be a bruising battle over the control of the country’s top flight. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stabbed guard’s family to get $1.2M

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The state has agreed to pay $1.2 million to the family of Manuel Gonzalez, a Whittier resident and guard at a Chino prison who was fatally stabbed by an inmate. Gonzalez was attacked at the California Institution for Men by inmate Jon Blaylock. Blaylock was classified as being far too dangerous for the general population area where he was being held. The prison also had a stab-proof vest for Gonzalez, which was sitting in storage because it was never issued to him. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more

Hamilton splash out to replace ‘worst pitch in SPFL’

first_imgHamilton have announced they are spending £750,000 to upgrade their pitch after their playing surface was slated by players.The pitch at New Douglas Park was rated as the worst in the SPFL in a survey conducted by PFA Scotland and the Scottish FA.However, the Premiership side are investing in a surface the same as that at Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre and are confident the extensive work can deliver a major improvement in the experience for players.In a statement on the club’s website, a spokesperson said: “The hard work continues at New Douglas Park over the summer with the installation of a new FIFA-approved, state-of-the-art, 3G pitch in preparation for our 5th consecutive season in the top flight of Scottish Football. “Greenfields MX is widely used in elite sport across Europe. It is used in Holland by various top tier clubs including Vitesse, by English Premier League side Arsenal at their state-of-the-art London Colney training centre and, in Scotland, by Alloa Athletic.” “The club have made a significant investment of £750,000 on the pitch project, signalling a continued commitment to both our first team and well renowned youth academy in ensuring they are afforded the very best playing surface available. “The 2018-19 season will see the New Douglas Park surface tailored to the same specifications as the Scottish FA’s 3G pitch at the Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre – a facility the governing body itself describes as ‘world class’. “The project is being completed in partnership with a number of the leading companies within the sports grounds industry to ensure the pitch is installed to the highest standards.” Accies head groundsman William Watson added: “We have left no stone unturned in our drive to bring the best playing surface available to Hamilton Accies. Over the past 18 months we have gone through a thorough process of data collection and club visits. last_img read more

Sudafrikas Wildtierwunder

first_imgDie Stadte sind gewachsen, viel Land wurde der Landwirtschaft zugeteilt, mit der Jagd wurden ganze Herden ausgeloscht und die Zeiten, in denen eine Springbockherde tagelang durch eine Karoo Stadt hindurchziehen konnte, sind lange vorbei.Und dennoch bleibt Sudafrika gesegnet mit einem Überfluss an Wildtieren, dank der Voraussicht von Naturschutzern in der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart.Die großen funfDie grossen KatzenWeniger bekannte WildtiereÜber 200 Arten von SaugetierenMeeressauger und FischeDas Krokodil…und andere ReptilienVogelweltDie großen funfAm bekanntesten sind die Saugetiere, und die bekanntesten davon sind die beruhmten großen funf: Elefant, Lowe, Rhinozeros, Leopard und Buffel. Nicht dass Giraffe, Flusspferde oder Wale etwa klein waren…Sudafrika’s Bushveld und Savannenregionen sind immer noch die Heimat einer großen Zahl von Saugetieren, die allgemein mit Afrika verbunden werden. Der Kruger National Park hat alleine uber 10.000 Elefanten und 20.000 Buffel – in 1920 waren nur schatzungesweise 120 Elefanten in ganz Sudafrika ubrig.Weisse Nashorner sind ebenfalls vor dem Aussterben gerettet worden und gedeihen nun mit sowohl im Kruger als auch im Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal. Das Augenmerk ist derzeit auf die Erhaltung des schwarzen Nashorn gerichtet.Beide Parkts bieten den großen Funf eine Heimat, wie auch andere großere Schutzgebiete in Sudafrika – wie z. B. Pilanesberg in der Provinz North West – und zahlreiche kleinere Schutzgebiete und private Jagdhutten.Die grossen KatzenSie haben nicht nur den hochsten Rang auf der Raubtierleiter inne, Lowen sind auch top im Glamourfaktor. Traurigerweise haben sie im Menschen einen schrecklichen Feind, der sie aus weiten Teilen des Landes verjagt hat, so dass sie fast nur noch in Naturschutzgebieten vorkommen.Der schone Leopard uberlebt in einem großeren Gebiet, in großen Teilen des Sudkaps und weit im Norden des Landes, obwohl die Zahlen in einigen Gebieten niedrig sind.Die dritte der beruhmten Großkatzen ist besonders faszinierend. Der Gepard schlagt sie alle in Geschwindigkeit, mit einer Sprintgeschwindigkeit von nahezu 100 kmh. Dennoch ist die Gepardenpopulation vergleichsweise klein, gefahrdet durch die Verluste aus Raubtierangriffen auf ihre Jungen, und beschrankt sich weitgehend auf den hohen Norden (inkl. dem Kruger National Park), dem Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park am Nordkap, und Reservaten in KwaZulu-Natal und der North West Provinz.Weniger bekannte WildtiereAndere vollkommen afrikanische Großtiere sind Flusspferde, Giraffen, Kudus, (die beruhmten Wildebeest) Gnus und Zebras, alle haufig Sudafrika’s Naturschutzgebieten zu sehen.Erweitertes Bewußtsein hat ein gesteigertes Wertschatzung weniger bekannter Tiere bewirkt. Eine Sichtung der seltenen Leierantilope (einer Verwandten des Gnus) kann ebensoviel Begeisterung hervorrufen wie der Anblick eines Lowenrudels, das sich unter einem Bushveld Dornenbaum rakelt. Und obwohl man einen Elefanten in der Nahe wohl kaum ubersehen kann, braucht man schon gute Augen, um die scheue kleine waldbewohnende Suni Antilope (Livingstone’s Antilope) zu erspahen und man darf sich in jedem Fall selbst gratulieren.Auf dem wirklich kleinen Maßstab konnte man sich der Herausforderung stellen und alle der sieben Arten von Russelspringern in Sudafrika abhaken – eine Aufgabe, die einen durch das ganze Land fuhren wurde und wahrscheinlich eine sehr lange Zeit in Anspruch nehmen wurde.Über 200 Arten von SaugetierenMit mehr als 200 Arten ist der Begriff kurzer Ausblick bei Sudafrika’s einheimischen Saugetieren ein Widerspruch in sich. Ein paar Beispiele genugen, um die Bandbreite anzudeuten.Im Bereich Attraktivitat liegen die Primaten weit oben. In Sudafrika gehoren die nachtaktiven Buschbabies dazu, die grune Meerkatze und die Weißkehlmeerkatze, Tchakma Paviane, die sich – ermutigt von unverantwortlichen Futterungen und unter dem Druck, ihren Lebensraum zu verlieren – unbeliebt gemacht haben durch Raubzuge durch die Hauser an der Kap Halbinsel.Klippenschliefer (Hyraxe, Bewohner felsiger Lebensraume) und Erdmannchen (Suricate, bekannt durch ihre aufrechte Alarmhaltung) haben enormen Reiz, obwohl die Klippenschliefer ein Problem fur die Landwirtschaft darstellen konnen.Das zuruckhaltende nachtaktive Erdferkel (das Ameisen frisst und das einzige Mitglied der Ordnung Tubulidentata ist) und der Erdwolf (der Termiten frisst und mit den Hyanen verwandt ist) sind zwei weitere reizvolle Geschopfe, und man findes sie sozusagen uberall im Land.Und fur diejenigen, die ihre Erdsaugetiere feucht mogen, gibt es den weitverbreiteten Kapotter, der sowohl in Frischwasser als auch im Meerwasser herumschwimmt. Der Fleckenhalsotter hat ein eingeschrankteres Revier. Beide sind jedoch selten und schwierig zu finden.Ein Saugetier, dessen Anziehungskraft sich erst neu herausgestellt hat, ist der afrikanische Wildhund oder Hyanenhund, eines der gefahrdesten Saugetiere Afrika’s. Einst irrtumlich als wahllose Killer verunglimpft, mittlerweile aber geschatzt wegen des okologischen Wertes und ihrem bemerkenswert fursorglichen Familienverhalten im Rudel, brauchen Wildhunde ein großes Revier. Ein einziges Rudel braucht durchschnittlich mehrere hundert quadratkilometer.Sie finden sich in kleinen Zahlen in Kruger Nationalpark und Umgebung, im nordlichen KwaZulu-Natal (einschließlich Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park), in der Kalahari, und im Madikwe Schutzgebiet in der North West Provinz.Verbreitere Canide sind Hyanen, Schakale und Loffelhunde. Neben den bereits erwahnten Katzen gibt es noch den Karacal mit seinen charakteristischen gepinselten Ohren, die afrikanische Wildkatze und den seltene Schwarzfußkatze. Weitere Fleischfresser sind Zibetkatze, Ginsterkatze und einige Mungoarten.Die Pflanzenfresser sind besonders gut vertreten durch verschiedene Antilopen, vom kleinen Kronenducker bis zu den großen Kudus und den außerordentlich schonen Rappenantilopen, die nur in den nordlichsten Gebieten zu finden sind.Aber die Saugetiere schwingen sich auch in die Lufte: Sudafrika ist reich bestuckt mit Fledermausarten.Meeressauger und FischeUnd sie begeben sich auch ins Wasser. Das großte Saugetier von allen – in Sudafrika wie auch der Welt – ist der Blauwal, der eine Große von 33 Metern erreichen kann.Aber von den acht Walarten, die in sudafrikanischen Wassern gefunden werden (inkl. dem aufregenden schwerz-weiße Schwertwal), ist es der Sudkaper, der am haufigsten von Menschen beobachtet wird. Dieses beeindruckende Geschopf kommt in die Kustenbuchten um zu kalben, wobei man sie hervorragend vom Land aus beobachten kann.Der Sudkaper steht fur eine der Erfolgsgeschichten des Naturschutz’s. Einst zum “richtigen” Wal fur die Jagd erkoren wurde ihr Bestand derart dezimiert, dass sie zu den geschutzten Arten zugeordnet wurden. Mit großerer Vertrautheit, bedingt durch ihre Ruckkehr in die Kustenbuchten, sind sie nun genauso beliebt wie die viele Delphine in unseren Kustengewassern.Sudafrika verfugt auch uber einen großen Fischartenreichtum. Der wohl beeindruckenste ist der große weiße Hai, er ist aber nur einer von mehr als 2.000 Arten, die 16% der Arten in der ganzen Welt darstellen. Verschiedene Fangfische, Langusten und Seeohren sind von besonderem Interesse fur Gourmets, wahrend Hochseefische (Sardinen und Pilcharde) von großem wirtschafltichen Wert sind.Das Krokodil…und andere ReptilienNicht so reichlich bestuckt mit Frischwasserfischen – 112 bekannte Arten, lediglich 1.3% des Weltanteils – hat Sudafrika dennoch einen Flußbewohner, der im gleichen Maße wie die Großen Funf ein Symbol Afrika’s ist. Das Krokodil beherrscht immer noch einige Teile von Flussen und Flussmundungen, Seen und Teichen, und fordert auch gelegentlich noch ein Menschenopfer.Andere bemerkenswerte Wasserreptilien sind die Kabarettschildkroten und Lederschildkroten, die durch die Seen ziehen, sie sind Schwerpunkt großerer Naturschutzbemuhungen der Gemeinden, die ihre Nistplatze an der nordlichen KwaZulu-Natal Kuste schutzen.Zu Sudafrika’s Landreptilien zahlen seltene Schildkroten und die faszinierenden Chamaleone. Es gibt weit mehr als 100 Schlangenarten. Und wahrend etwa die Halfte, einschließlich Pythons, ungiftig sind, sind es andere – wie die Puffotter, die grune und schwarze Mamba, die Boomslang und die Ringhalskobra – ganz bestimmt.Das vergleichsweise trockene Klima des Landes ist verantwortlich fur die relativ geringe Zahl an Amphibien – 84 Arten. Als Ausgleich dafur glanzt Sudafrika mit uber 77.000 Arten von wirbellosen Tieren.VogelweltVogelkundler aus der ganzen Welt kommen nach Sudafrika um die große Vielfalt typisch afrikanischer Vogel, Zugvogel und (nur in Sudafrika) heimische Vogel zu erleben.Mehr als 850 Arten in etwa wurden bisher in Sudafrika erfasst, ungefahr 725 sind ortsansassig oder kommen jahrlich zu Besuch, und etwa 50 davon sind einheimisch oder quasi einheimisch.Abgesehen von den ansassigen Vogeln, halten sich in Sudafrika auch eine Reihe von intra-afrikanischen Zugvogeln wie Kuckucke und Eisvogel, wie auch arktische, europaische, zentralasiatische und antarktische Vogel wahrend des Jahres auf.Die sudafrikanische Vogelwelt reicht vom Strauß – der in Farmen im Kreis Oudtshoorn am Westkap gezuchtet wird, aber in wilder Form zumeist im Norden des Landes zu sehen ist – bis zu so auffallenden Arten wie dem Nashornvogel und dem allgegenwartigen kleinen braunen Cistensanger.Nur ein kleines Gebiet um die Stadt Vryheid herum in nordlichen KwaZulu-Natal, bietet Sumpf, Grunland, Thornveld und sowohl berg- als auch flussartigen Wald, und etwa 380 Arten wurden hier erfasst.Ein Vogelkundler muss sich nicht einmal aus einem typischen Gauteng Garten herausbewegen um Graularmvogel, Mausvogel, Wiedehopf, Hagedashe, Halsband- oder Haubenbartvogel, Kapbrillenvogel, Kurrichane zu sehen… oder einen einsamen Tiputip, der linkisch um einen Baum herum stochert. Und damit ware die Liste keinesfalls schon beendet.Zu den spektakularsten Vogeln Sudafrika’s zahlen die Kraniche, die am besten in den Supfen gefunden werden – obwohl der Klunkerkranich so selten ist, dass eine Sichtung schon viel Gluck erfordert. Der wunderschone Paradieskranich ist der Nationalvogel von Sudafrika; der Kronenkranich ist wahrscheinlich der auffalligste von den dreien mit seinem unverkennbaren markanten Kamm.Unter den großeren Vogelarten hat Sudafrika auch einige Adler und Geier zu bieten. Zu den farbenprachtigsten zahlen die Eisvogel, Bienenfresser, Nektarvogel, die exquisite Gabelracke, der Helmturako und der Glanzhaubenturako.Quelle: South African Tourismlast_img read more

GMSA begins exporting to Kenya

first_img13 March 2012 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) began exporting Isuzu KB pick-ups to Kenya on the weekend, and is looking to further expand its exports of the locally assembled light commercial vehicles – both right- and left-hand drive – into key sub-Saharan Africa markets. GMSA already exports the popular pick-up, assembled at the company’s Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth, to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mauritius – all right-hand drive markets.Both right- and left-hand drive GMSA exports manager and East Africa MD Rita Kavashe told Engineering News, however, that when the company begins production of the sixth-generation Isuzu KB in the first half of 2013, this would be the first time that the vehicle is built in South Africa in both right- and left-hand drive. “This will open up new opportunities for us to export the Isuzu KB beyond our existing markets to rapidly growing countries like Angola and Nigeria,” Kavashe said. “With all the development happening in sub-Saharan Africa as countries improve road infrastructure, agriculture and invest in the construction of new buildings, there is an opportunity to sell our tough commercial vehicles in these markets.” R1-billion investment According to Business Report, GMSA is currently investing R1-billion in three new vehicle assembly programmes – for the Chevrolet Utility, which began production at the end of 2012, the new Chevrolet Spark, due later this month, and the new-generation Isuzu KB. Engineering News notes that increased export volumes will help the company reach the incentive threshold – of 50 000 units a year – under the government’s new Automotive Production and Development Plan, which comes into effect in 2013. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Web News: China’s Internet Boom, Yahoo Panama Launched, Google Integration, Digg Anti-Gaming

first_imgThese summary posts are designed to be a ‘quick fix’ of the top Web news, forthose people who don’t have time to read the full articles but who want to stayinformed.– InternetBoom in China Is Built on Virtual Fun; NY Times continues the westernfascination with all things China. This article profiles Tencent and theirdominant mobile entertainment and IM service called ‚ÄúQQ‚Ä? – which “hasreached more than 100 million users, or nearly 80 percent of the market.”The crux of the piece is that US companies like Google and Yahoo have largelynot succeeded in China because they haven’t adapted to China‚Äôs Internetmarket, “which is geared primarily to entertainment and mobilephones”.– New Panama RankingSystem For Yahoo Ads Launches Today; as Search Engine Land explains, Yahoo’sPanama ad system is designed to take “ad quality and other factors intoconsideration in determining how ads are ranked on search results pages (asystem similar to that long used by Google).” The high level question mostare asking is whether Yahoo has left this move far too late, to seriouslychallenge the dominant Google AdWords?– NewGoogle Mini Integrates Google Analytics; more evidence of productintegration happening at Google.– Diggfurther reduces the influence of top diggers; what makes this so fascinatingis that Digg is trying to make their site more democratic, but at the same time not piss off their top users (too much). It’s a delicate balancing act for Digg. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Tags:#news#web center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Want to get to know your cloud? Start with this video.

first_imgFor many people in IT, the road to cloud computing has one huge roadblock: security concerns. To get to the cloud, you’ve got to first get beyond all your security questions. And to do that, you’ve got to “get to know” your cloud.One place where this can begin is at the hardware level. That’s where you can establish the integrity of the server and use that knowledge to create trusted compute pools. Like the concrete footers on a house, trusted compute pools provide a foundation for a secure environment.So how do you go about creating this foundation? A good first step is to watch a new Intel video on YouTube. This video, “Securing a Cloud Infrastructure with Intel, HyTrust and VMware,” walks you through the process of configuration, policy creation, and implementation of a trusted compute environment.The demonstration is based on an Intel® Cloud Builders reference architecture that was put into action in a lab setting. In the demo, we established a five-server configuration and then activated Intel® Trusted Executive Technology (Intel® TXT) on four VMware vSphere* hosts.We configured one of the hosts as a management server, and then created three virtual machines on the server, with the following roles:Infrastructure serverVMware vCenter* ServerHyTrust* ApplianceAfter we configured these VMs, we used VMware vCenter Server to create a VMware vSphere cluster with the three remaining hosts. We then used the HyTrust Appliance to set up a trusted compute pool consisting of two of the three servers in the cluster. We left the third server untrusted so we could demonstrate how HyTrust Appliance can garner platform trust status, use that for defining security policies, and then enforce those policies.Along with the step-by-step demonstration, this video offers some great tips for building a trusted compute platform. So if you’re thinking about a cloud, you’ll definitely want to tune in to this video. It gives you a fast and easy way to see how you can get to know more about your cloud infrastructure, and then use that information to better protect your critical data and workloads.For a deeper dive:Watch the video.Download the VMware and HyTrust reference architecture.last_img read more