I’m excited about the season ahead – Russell

first_imgThere will no doubt be a quiz question in the future as to who was the first Jamaican athlete to compete in Africa’s inaugural Diamond League meeting and the answer will be: Janieve Russell. Russell underpinned her sense of occasion by recording a personal best time of 54.16 seconds to win the 400m hurdles in Rabat, Morocco, yesterday. The great thing about Jamaica’s track and field set-up is that while the nation continues to claim medals, there is also a group of aspiring athletes who will be the next generation of medal winners, and the effervescent Russell could be among that number. A delighted Russell told The Gleaner: “It was an OK race. It was not executed as perfectly as my coach wanted me to, but it shows me that I am on the right track and the times are coming down. “I stumbled down the home straight and that threw me out a little bit. But there’s a lot more races to come and I’m excited about the season ahead.” Like most athletes, Russell has the Olympics on her mind and she is clear about her future ambitions. OLYMPIC TEAM “The first step on my ladder is to make the Olympic team. Secondly, I want to make all three rounds in Rio and then, thirdly, I want a medal! “It will be a strong team out in Brazil and I love the competition.” As for being a part of history, Russell enthused: “Morocco is a very special place. I’m proud to be here, as is my country and family. “The atmosphere and people are great. I feel very pleased about what Jamaica is doing in the sprints and sprint hurdles over the years. I’m just glad to be part of it all.”last_img read more

Construction of Ganta – Yekapa Highway in Limbo

first_imgThe construction of the Ganta-to-Yekapa highway, promised to the people of Nimba by ArcelorMittal in 2007, is said to be in limbo. This situation has become a source of mounting concern among the citizens of Nimba who were led to believe the project should have began this past March.The continued delay in the pavement of the Ganta-Yekapa highway is a source of worry not only to the citizens of Nimba, but to NGOs carrying out activities in the county as well.Speaking to the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview in Ganta in early February 2014, the Head of Agriculture Relief Services and chairman of the Nimba NGOs Network, P. Luogon Lah, said the continued delay in the pavement of the highway needed to be addressed immediately.In a February 2014 radio interview, government relations officer for ArcelorMittal, Marcus Wleh, said the company had since released about US$40 million to the Government of Liberia for pavement of the highway.During a recent visit to Nimba by Madam Antoinette Weeks, Minister, Ministry of Public Works, she wouldn’t comment on any of the issues regarding the alleged payment of US$40m to the Government for the highway’s construction.The construction of this stretch of road has been closely scrutinized by the citizens of Nimba since the beginning of this year; with people questioning why it has taken so long for ArcelorMittal to act upon promises made back in 2007.A youth group from Nimba, under the banner of the “Concerned Nimbaians for Renegotiation and Resigning of the MDA,” has been voicing their distaste over the handling of the highway’s construction. Saye Musah, the head of the group, said, “We want to know when the Ganta-Yekapa road project will begin. The delay in the road construction is being seen as a serious issue among the youth and citizens of Nimba County. This delay could likely result in protests if the status of the construction is not properly explained,” he warned.Already, there was some dissatisfaction among Nimbaians over the government’s failure to release social and county development funds into Nimba’s account. In 2007, ArcelorMittal’s management promised President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, they would pave the Ganta-Yekapa Road as her ‘birthday gift.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EU Pleased with Liberia’s Ebola Response

first_imgMr. Stefano Ellero, Head of Development Cooperation Section (II): Infrastructure and Social Sectors, Delegation of the European Union to Liberia, has declared that the EU is ‘pleased’ with the Liberian Government’s response to the Ebola crisis.The EU diplomat commended the government and people for their robust response in tackling the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed so many lives in Liberia. However, he cautioned everyone that the virus was not yet been eradicated from the country and urged everyone to remain steadfast and continue to follow all the preventive measures.Mr. Ellero pledged the EU’s continual commitment to Liberia. He spoke yesterday at the formal opening of a three-day Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on Health Systems Assessment and Building Resilient Health Systems for Liberia.Just before he pronounced the conference formally opened, Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, appealed for more money for the health sector. Min. Gwenigale directed his plea to the arm of government which apportions money to functionaries of the government and to the international community, including the EU, United Nations and US Government.He said the health sector has been gravely hit by the Ebola virus disease and that more money was needed in order to fill in the gaps that the virus has created in the nation’s health sector.In this fiscal year 2014/15, the health sector’s allocation was increased by 45 percent from US$69 million in fiscal year 2013/14 to US$99.6 million.The three-day stakeholders’ forum, which is being held at a local hotel in Paynesville City, follows  the 10 – 11 December 2014 Geneva High Level Meeting (HLM) on building resilient systems for health in Ebola affected countries. The Geneva Meeting, which was co-sponsored by the WHO, WB, AfDB and West Africa Health Organization (WAHO), brought together more than 200 participants from various countries and global development partners.Liberia, prior to the HLM in Geneva, had recognized the link between the weak health system and the current health crisis and had initiated dialogue among its stakeholders around the need for a comprehensive and integrated health system assessment to inform agenda  setting for rebuilding more resilient systems for health.The forum in Monrovia brings together international, regional and in-country health sector stakeholders and “aims at creating a forum for a forward looking dialogue around the scope and level of preparedness by the country to undertake a health system assessment and development of a strategy and strategic operational plans.”It also intends to provide an opportunity for countries and key partners to reach consensus on next steps and agree based on comparative advantage of each entity — governments, donors and international technical agencies — on roles and responsibilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

175 children placed in foster care, 80 adopted

first_imgThe Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) has recorded an increase in the number of children placed in both permanent and temporary homes, as was related by the Director of the Agency, Ann Greene during an interview.The CCPA’s Year-in-Review notes that a total of 175 children were placed in foster homes with 117 foster parents, while 80 children were able to spend the holidays in the warmth of their new adopted families’ homes.According to the childcare arm of the Social Protection Ministry, 51 domestic or local persons, 18 Guyanese living abroad and 11 international or non-GuyaneseCCPA Director Ann Greeneadopted the children.These numbers, Director Greene said, were higher when compared to last year’s figures. Although she did not provide Guyana Times with the figures for the previous year, Greene noted that the significant increases were achieved because the adoption process flowed more swiftly this year with the aid of the Child Court and additional laws.Important to note also is that this year, more children were placed in institutional care.The Agency also outlined in its year-in-review that it managed to increase partnerships at the community level with key stakeholders, including the Guyana Police Force, teachers, public health workers, Non-Governmental Organisations and community groups such as faith-based organisations for social network support for vulnerable families.The CCPA said the work of child protection was not done in isolation, and communities must take responsibility for keeping children safe. Community-based initiatives and parenting programmes are known to be effective in strengthening the functioning of parents and enhancing the growth and development of children.The Agency’s report stated that it “formally met with the religious groups in February to establish partnership, since the religious community has more access to the family and the leaders can serve as an important channel of communication for social change and transformation. As a result, a number has registered to be part of our Prevent Child Abuse Action Groups at the community level providing after-school support and empowerment for children and assisting with education and training for parents”.Another important achievement was the intensification of the National Multimedia Awareness Child Abuse Campaign, which was made possible through new communication methods and channels for reporting. As part of its achievement, persons can now make child abuse complaints via social media.last_img read more

Gay film a test for industry

first_imgWith Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal as its stars and Ang Lee as the director, “Brokeback Mountain” is generating the kind of Oscar buzz and media exposure that studios typically expect will translate into strong box office numbers. But in “Brokeback,” distributor Focus Features – the specialty film unit of Universal Pictures – has on its hands a movie that will put to the test whether the moviegoing public at large is ready to embrace an unabashedly gay love story that includes physical intimacy between its two leading men. “To help sell this movie, it’s important to have critical support, award nominations and to be on as many top 10 lists as possible,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of the BoxOfficeGuru.com. “A movie like this, which already has a lot of buzz coming out of film festivals, can do some great business in the biggest art markets.” But how will the film, adapted from Annie Proulx’s short story of the same name, fare outside the art-house circuit? One way to try and gain widespread appeal has been to put an emphasis on the film being a love story. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The thought around here is it’s a great movie, a very human movie,” said Jack Foley, Focus Features’ president of distribution. “It’s a film that deals very honestly with human situations and human conditions dealing with love, not just love between two men.” Focus has planned a careful platform release for “Brokeback” that begins with selected screens on Friday in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. “To get an opening in those markets is quite important,” Foley said. “The reality of the situation is that we are appealing to the core demographic that we think the film has which are women and, needless to say, the gay population.” Focus is limiting the first week to five theaters totaling about a dozen screens. One of the New York theaters is in the heavily gay-populated Chelsea neighborhood while the Los Angeles engagement will be at The Grove multiplex. Those engagements plus the San Francisco booking were designed to get a strong per-screen gross opening weekend and to generate positive word of mouth “so when we expand, it will sort of be a grass-roots front-runner to build even more excitement about the film,” said Foley. On Dec. 16, “Brokeback” will face its real box office test when it opens in 21 more big cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, D.C. and a trio of smaller markets where the film is expected to be well-received: Austin, Texas; Palm Springs; and Santa Barbara. “It’s very, very careful and clearly not overreaching,” Foley said. “What we want out of the second wave is to make this a national film in terms of awareness.” In all, the film will be booked into about 60 theaters by its second week. But Focus will stay at that level until Jan. 6, 2006, before expanding to 20 additional markets in order to avoid competing with such anticipated holiday blockbusters as “King Kong” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” “Chances are, this movie will be on a lot of (Top 10) lists at the end of December so by the time January comes around and it widens, everyone in those markets will have heard of this movie,” Pandya said. By Jan. 13, “Brokeback” will be playing in just over 100 markets. Regardless of how “Brokeback” fares at the box office or at the Oscars, it is already a “watershed” for gay and lesbian cinema, said Stephen Gutwillig, executive director of Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian film festival. “It’s a big deal,” Gutwillig said. “That it took Ang Lee, Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and (Focus Features President) James Schamus coming together to make this really illustrates how hard it is for high-profile gay and lesbian material to be addressed. Studios just don’t make gay-themed films. The exceptions are high-end glossy stuff like ‘The Birdcage’ and ‘In & Out.”‘ Released in 1996, “The Birdcage” a comedy starring Robin Williams as a gay cabaret owner and Nathan Lane as his drag queen spouse, grossed just under $124 million domestically. “In & Out,” a comedy about a middle-aged Indiana schoolteacher (Kevin Kline) who finally realizes he’s gay after being kissed by a gay reporter (Tom Selleck), earned a solid $63.8 million at the domestic box office. “Birdcage,” “In & Out” and the 1993 drama “Philadelphia,” which won an Oscar for Tom Hanks as a gay lawyer with AIDS and grossed $77.3 million, all had one thing in common: They featured major stars in gay roles that required little or no physical intimacy. That was not the case more than a decade earlier when 20th Century Fox released “Making Love,” with love scenes between Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean. The story about a seemingly happy married young doctor who finally confronts his long-repressed attraction to other men grossed just under $12 million at the box office and was considered groundbreaking for its time. But “Making Love” did not lead to more gay films from the studios. Even last year’s expensive epic “Alexander,” directed by Oliver Stone and distributed by Warner Bros., shied away from any graphic love scenes between Colin Farrell’s Alexander the Great and Jared Leto’s character of Hephaestion. It has been the independent film industry, the film festival circuit and now DVD that has allowed the genre to grow. In last year’s “A Home at the End of the World,” Farrell had the physically intimate scenes with another man that “Alexander” lacked. But for the most part, even the most popular gay movies typically peak with about a $2 million gross or less. Farrell’s “Home,” for example, grossed just over $1 million. Other notable titles include 2000’s “The Broken Hearts Club” with Zach Braff, Timothy Olyphant and Dean Cain ($1.7 million); 1997’s “Love! Valour! Compassion!” ($2.9 million); 2000’s “Sordid Lives” ($1 million); and 1995’s “The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love” ($1.9 million). “There are really just handful of movies that have made more than $2 million,” said Gutwillig. “Most are independent films that have that threshold in part because they don’t have studio machines behind them.” From the independent film world, the highest grossers have included 1994’s “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” ($11 million) and 2001’s “Kissing Jessica Stein” ($7 million). “Brokeback” director Lee has already had some measure of success with gay-themed material with 1993’s “The Wedding Banquet,” his film about an closeted gay man who enters into a marriage of convenience to please his Chinese parents. “Banquet” grossed $6.9 million domestically and was a solid hit in foreign markets with an international take of $30 million. Even before its opening day, Gutwillig said “Brokeback” has already made an impact “to the extent everyone recognizes quality films deserve to be made and find an audience. Now it’s in the hands of the able marketers at Focus. But there are so few projects like this that you won’t really be able to blame anybody if it doesn’t work because they are inventing a wheel.” Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Evolutionary Theorizing: Only Atheists Need Apply

first_imgSimon Conway Morris is a thorough-going evolutionist and anticreationist.  You would think that would make the editors of Science happy, but on Dec. 5 they printed a scathing review by Douglas E. Irwin1 of his recent book Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe.  Though Morris accepts the full story of Darwinian common ancestry, he retains enough of a veiled deistic perspective to propose that humans, instead of being the product of completely blind, directionless, purposeless natural causes, were somehow predetermined from the start.  For this, he gets almost the same boot as the worst idiot enemies of science–the creationists:Many biologists, particularly those who have valiantly fought battles against creationists and other know-nothings, may fling this book across the room, convinced that Conway Morris is providing aid and comfort to the enemy.  The author’s position is, however, considerably more nuanced, as he attempts–though not particularly successfully–to chart a path simultaneously opposing creationism, Stephen Jay Gould, and Richard Dawkins.  Indeed part of the sport of the book lies in watching him attempt such implausible intellectual gymnastics. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Harsh words, indeed.  Irwin ridicules this view as “The Goldilocks Hypothesis.”  Simon Conway Morris leans heavily on the ubiquity of convergence in the natural world to make his point, and also discusses the anthropic principle as evidence for some kind of purpose for our existence.  Irwin is not amused:Evolution will not fall nor creationists triumph because another evolutionary biologist has proclaimed that he finds natural theology personally appealing as a way of understanding the complexity of the world.  The ubiquity of convergence does raise real issues for evolutionary biology, but that is hardly a novel observation.  Life’s Solution remains an artfully constructed retrospective fallacy: that we are here is so improbable that our presence must signify a purposeful universe.  Perhaps, although I doubt it, and with n = 1 the evidence is insufficient to make any judgment.  Life is wonderful, whether we understand it in a metaphysical sense or not.  Ultimately, all our presence may signify is that we are here–for the moment.1Douglas H. Irwin, “The Goldilocks Hypothesis,” Science Volume 302, Number 5651, Issue of 5 Dec 2003, pp. 1682-1683.The Charlie parley is getting snarly.  Join the club, Simon.  Sit here with Henry, the other Dr. Morris, and let him nurse your wounds.  I hope this teaches you a lesson.  The evolutionary science establishment has no tolerance for compromise.  You might as well become a young-earth creationist and you would get more respect.  As it is, you are acting like the proverbial pacifist wearing the Union jacket and the Confederate trousers.  You’re getting blasted from both sides.  At least the creationists try to be civil and fight like gentlemen.    To his credit, Irwin admits to the problems of convergence and complexity.  He can mildly tolerate a position of ignorance, that our lack of understanding of convergence and anthropic parameters might mean we cannot understand the world and have to leave it at this: “We’re here because we’re here.”  (This could also mean, “We’re here because we’re not all there.”)  But even this concession is consistent with pure atheism.  What is not tolerable is any hint of purpose or direction to the evolutionary process.  Utter a peep on that and you are a “know-nothing” at best, and “the enemy” that must be destroyed.    Eugenie Scott, director of the NCSE (the “keep creation out of the schools” lobby group), has stressed in her public debates with Phillip Johnson and other intelligent-design or creationist spokesmen that evolutionists are not at all hostile to religion.  If you want to believe there is meaning and purpose to life, that is fine and wonderful.  Science has no problem with religious faith.  Why, even many evolutionists have their own religious beliefs, which is OK on their own time (just not in the science lab).  She has been so emphatic on this point, she makes it seem like her opposition just doesn’t understand how nice evolutionists really are.  In debate at least, she narrows her point to the “rules of science,” argument, that one must only study natural causes when doing science (methodological naturalism).  Though there may be atheists who are evolutionists, she denies that metaphysical naturalism is a necessary part of Darwinian theory.    If that were true, why is that any time anyone, even a convinced evolutionist like Simon Conway Morris, tries to present even the slightest hint of design or purpose, he gets blasted?  Look what they did to William Dembski (see 07/11/2002 headline), whose book No Free Lunch used only scientific and mathematical arguments to support the validity of design detection.  Phillip Johnson has been one of the key debaters to see through the fraud of Scott’s false dichotomy of methodological vs. metaphysical naturalism.  He shows that there is no difference in practice, because if you exclude intelligent causes from the outset, what is there for a Designer to do?  If a Designer is not allowed to influence natural causes in any real sense, how can he be gainfully employed?  Theistic evolutionists are kidding themselves.  The Darwinists do not want God even to start the big bang, let alone direct anything, at any time, in any way.  Johnson has also exposed the doubletalk of Darwinists who pretend that evolutionism has no impact on religious belief (see commentary from 01/14/2002 headline).    The only way you can satisfy the Darwin Party is to agree 100% with metaphysical naturalism: that nature is all there is, and that humans are the product of blind, purposeless forces that did not have them in mind.  Can you name any book review in a science journal that has an ounce of toleration for anything other than 100% conformity to the reigning philosophy of pure atheism?  Astronomer Owen Gingerich gets to speak his mind on occasion (see Feb. 12 headline), but usually only when talking about history, when people didn’t know better.  Try to find a biologist in a science journal admitting to any kind of purpose or intelligence behind the process of evolution, and it will be a long search.  Eugenie Scott is sending those who believe her disclaimer on a snipe hunt just to get them out of the way.    If nothing else, this kind of article should reveal the real agenda of the Darwin Party.  It’s not about science.  It’s about allegiance.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Unvented Gas Appliance Industry Fails to Impress ASHRAE

first_imgUnvented combustion appliances were added to the scope of ASHRAE’s residential ventilation and IAQ standard (standard 62.2) recently. The committee has begun their deliberations on the issue, and at ASHRAE’s winter meeting in Orlando last month, the unvented gas appliance industry folks attempted a defense of their products. Based on the results they presented and the reaction from most committee members, I’d say they failed.Water vapor and carbon dioxideThe 62.2 committee opened their meeting on January 22 with a presentation on the results of a study paid for by the unvented gas appliance industry. They hired a toxicologist named Dr. Gary Whitmyre to do a modeling study to see how operating unvented gas appliances in a home can affect the relative humidity and carbon dioxide levels.He may have looked at other combustion products as well, but I came in late and didn’t see all the slides. The water vapor and CO2 results, however, provided plenty of reason for caution. RELATED ARTICLESAlex Wilson: Avoid Unvented Gas HeatersA Ventless Gas Fireplace Doesn’t Belong in Your HomeMartin’s Useless Products ListThe Hazards of Cooking With GasStuffy Offices Lower Cognitive Function The effect of unvented gas appliances on relative humidity (RH) in this modeling study was that the worst 10% of homes could have RH high enough to create significant moisture and mold problems. The worst 1% likely would be “mold disasters,” as one committee member put it.The study also showed that unvented gas appliances would add about 2,000 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide to the indoor air. Note that this is what is added to the existing CO2 level, not what the total would be. Current thinking is that indoor CO2 levels should be limited to 1,000 – 1,200 ppm, so if a home with unvented gas appliances is already at, say, 1,000 ppm, the occupants could easily be breathing 3,000 ppm while the unvented gas appliance is running. The result could be drowsiness and impaired cognitive function.Committee discussionThe ASHRAE 62.2 committee raised a lot of questions about the study. The unvented gas appliance industry folks who sponsored the study certainly didn’t help their cause. One committee member said, “The result of yesterday’s presentation is that I’m more concerned about unvented appliances than I was before I got here.”On Saturday, they also voted on a proposal to adopt the following language into the residential ventilation standard: “Unvented combustion appliances except for cooking appliances covered in Section 5.1 shall be prohibited.”After discussing it, the vote was 7 in favor, 10 opposed, and 2 abstaining, so the motion failed. But it was close, and the only reason it didn’t pass is that some members felt that the committee hasn’t really seen enough data yet.After more discussion on a different proposal, a committee member proposed that homes with unvented gas appliances have to supplement their ventilation rate by 1 cubic foot per minute (cfm) per 1,000 Btu/h of appliance capacity. That proposal was referred to a subcommittee so they can discuss whether that’s the right number or not, but there seems to be support for something like that.In other words, the unvented gas appliance industry would be handing off the cost for venting to the builder, who would have to add more ventilation to the home. Of course, they could just switch to vented appliances.The prevailing opinion in the broader communityThe representatives of the unvented gas appliance industry like to be dramatic. During the discussion of the proposal to prohibit them, one said that if the motion passed they might as well not continue on with the research project they were discussing because “there won’t be an industry left when it’s done.”Well, there will certainly be a gas appliance industry left. All those fireplaces will be vented, though, as they should be. The truth is that unvented combustion appliances don’t belong in homes. (Yes, a gas range and oven are technically unvented, but the 62.2 standard requires a ventilation hood be installed there.)There’s good reason that unvented combustion appliances are banned in homes in Canada and California as well as by most green building programs. Even when they’re operating properly, the water vapor and CO2 added to the indoor air can create problems.“No professional I know would recommend an unvented device,” said Robert Bean. I’m with him. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

Attacking Big Data Old-School Style – With VMware’s SQLFire

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Big Data#enterprise#NoSQL#Structured Data#Taming Big Data#Virtualization 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img As more and more information floods into the Internet, organizing and making sense of this Big Data becomes more important and more difficult.New database methods are emerging to help process unstructured data, but IT developers and database deployers also have to figure out how to deal with the world of legacy technology.For the last 40 years, relational database programs (usually powered by SQL-based management systems) have been the backbone of supplying businesses with organized rows and columns of data. The problem is that these legacy systems may not be able to work together to give businesses the information they need when they need it. Older programs may also have trouble processing data requests over long distances.A New Way Of Thinking About DatabasesA new way of thinking is needed. Over the past decade the push for “not only SQL” or NoSQL database software has provided a pathway for businesses to connect bits and pieces of data from a variety of sources at very rapid speeds across different geographies.(See also What’s Next For Taming Big Data?)Some businesses are spreading out the workloads using noSQL databases within cloud computing-based networks. Others are approaching the problem still using traditional SQL relational database software – and that’s perfectly OK.Previous articles in this series (Taming Big Data) discuss the benefits of a noSQL database tool like VMware’s vFabric GemFire. But SQL database software retains a well-established community of tens of thousands of developers and integrators who may be reluctant to move beyond the SQL they know and love. What’s a company to do?(See also VMware’s Cloud-Based GemFire Makes It Easier To Work With Big Data.)For SQL diehards, VMware’s vFabric SQLFire SQLFire is a distributed SQL database typically used for online transactions. The software is more modern than most traditional relational database management systems.What Can SQLFire Do For Me?SQLFire functions and performs much like GemFire under the hood. SQLFire uses GemFire’s data grid engine, which lets both programs capture data and then replicate and partition the information “in-memory” on the server. But instead of having to learn GemFire commands and controls, SQLFire has a user interface and programming framework that will be familiar to developers used to programming in a SQL interface and with SQL tools.Backups are enabled through virtual copies on other connected servers, although data can be stored long-term on disks as needed.Unlike other embedded databases, SQLFire allows several servers to store replicated and partitioned tables, persist data to disk, communicate directly with other servers and participate in distributed queries.For traditional IT developers and database deployers, the SQLFire interface makes it easier to write applications and take advantage of GemFire’s underlying noSQL technology. Developers and integrators who know SQL well will have an easy time adapting SQLFire to new projects.SQLFire is perfect for classic Web transactions, especially where there is a need for fast speeds and a requirement to dig deep into clusters of data.Business Case For SQLFireIn addition to making SQL developers feel comfortable, SQLFire can work across multiple networks and geographies. This comes in handy when enterprises need information at the moment it becomes available on multiple continents.For example, a large regional bank in the Northeastern United States collects large amounts of data that helps it maintain its regional and branch offices. The bank also monitors customer transactions at tellers and various ATMs.Bank management was interested in measuring the different types of transactions being handled at each of type of station, what types of accounts they were accessing and the various times of day the transactions took place.Historically, the bank could attach an individual database to each branch, but in today’s global environment the company decided it needed to measure all of these data points at the same time for each office. The company tested vFabric SQLFire against its own systems and found the existing server took 20 minutes to complete the queries while the SQLFire server completed its task in less than a minute.Deploying SQLFire In The EnterpriseIn the enterprise sQLFire is generally found on inexpensive computer servers in database clusters. A typical use case would find SQLFire helping eliminate potential data bottlenecks in new mobile and Web environments. Another common deployment option for SQLFire is to integrate it with existing traditional databases or analytics programs.The software can also be interfaced through an API using programming languages such as Java or Spring. SQLFire is also compatible with Java database (JDBC) or ADO.NET.As companies look for new ways to make data accessible and provide a consistent view of that information, it’s important to have tools that suit the needs of all kinds of developers and IT managers.VMware’s GemFire and SQLFire software are designed to address just those needs – allowing companies to move beyond concerns over speed and scale and tackle Big Data applications head on. ReadWrite Sponsors IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

FD Webinar|Battles on the Home Front: Working with Multi-Crisis Families

first_imgBattles on the Home Front: Working with Multi-Crisis FamiliesDate: May 19, 2016Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: Battles on the Home Front: Working with Multi-Crisis FamiliesFlickr [Broken by Lambert Rellosa, April 16, 2012, CC BY-ND 2.0]Dr. Andrew Behnke, PhD, CFLE is an associate professor of human development and an extension Latino parent specialist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. In this webinar, Dr. Behnke will assist service professionals in identifying available resources for helping individuals and families with multiple, complex family issues. He will outline similarities and differences within treatment issues, such as addiction, and discuss various treatment approaches from an Addiction Interaction Theory framework. Join us on May 19th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

Orissa HC restores suspension of three cops

first_imgIn a major setback to the State government, particularly the police department, the Orissa High Court on Monday restored the suspension of three policemen. The policemen were placed under suspension for “misconduct” after they had allegedly thrashed an advocate in full public view at a busy marketplace here on August 28. But while the stand-off between the police and the advocate was still unresolved and the matter was pending before the High Court, the State government had on November 3 reinstated the suspended cops.“In our considered opinion, during pendency of this case, the State government ought not to have done that without permission of the court,” said an order passed by a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice K.S. Jhaveri. “The order of revoking the suspension of the policemen is put in abeyance,” the High Court said, adding: “The order of suspension of those employees of the Odisha police is restored.”In a related development, Justice C.R. Dash of the High Court, who is now monitoring the police investigation of all criminal cases arising out of the police-lawyer stand-off, on Monday proposed a compromise formula to end the row. Although details are not known yet, sources said Justice Dash has suggested summoning the policemen concerned and the advocate to the court, wherein both the parties would express regret for the assaults on each other. Meanwhile, the lawyers have decided to continue their strike till Wednesday.last_img read more