Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#cloud computing#IBM#OpenStack IBM is undeniably eager to get its cloud mission off the ground, which is why it just dropped some serious coin to pick up the cloud computing company SoftLayer today.No one is sure what the price tag for SoftLayer will be when the deal is finalized sometime in the third quarter, but the Wall Street Journal cites sources that peg the buy somewhere in the $2 billion range. When the dust settles, SoftLayer will be part of a new cloud services division in IBM, combined with Big Blue’s existing SmartCloud operations.On the surface, this is very much a “those who can’t do, buy” scenario. IBM will boost its own cloud roster by a reported 21,000 paying customers with the acquisition. Predictably, many observers are going to see this move as IBM’s play against Amazon Web Services’ dominant position in the public cloud computing sector.But enough with the obvious insights. Here are a few additional ramifications to today’s acquisition announcement you may not have come across elsewhere.IBM Sells More Servers, OpenStack Wins More ConvertsFirst, there’s the nature of SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure, which uses its own home-grown cloud controller and application programming interface (API) and hardware exclusively from Supermicro. IBM has its own servers that seem likely to displace those from Supermicro.The cloud controller software that SoftLayer uses now will be a little harder to parse out. The cloud controller and APIs are how administrators and developers connect to the cloud servers and get them to deliver the performance and storage that an application needs. SoftLayer’s customers connect and control their cloud instances via this very software.But IBM has, in recent months, made a big push for the controllers and APIs offered by the open source OpenStack project. Moving forward, it seems likely that IBM will want its customers to connect to their combined cloud services using OpenStack APIs. Where this will leave SoftLayer’s existing customers, though, is anyone’s guess.So while Supermicro may lose a customer, OpenStack stands to gain some new code and quite a bit more standing in the cloud sector — especially if IBM opts to donate SoftLayer code to the OpenStack project. Even if IBM doesn’t donate SoftLayer’s code, IBM’s stewardship is likely to use a whole new set of OpenStack-based cloud services into the sector.All of which is pretty interesting for cloud developers and CIOs considering the cloud. Whether the acquisition will pay off for IBM, of course, remains unclear. But you can’t fault Big Blue for not aiming high; its goal is to generate $7 billion in cloud-based revenue by 2015, and SoftLayer looks to be a big part of that effort.Image courtesy of Shutterstock brian proffitt Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…
Pixabay [Military Steps Security Protection by george_nick, February 14, 2016, CC0]By: David Lee Sexton Jr.Meet Dr. Thomas BrittDr. Thomas Britt was a Captain in the Army whose responsibility was to evaluate soldiers returning from Desert Storm during the late 1990s. Utilizing a variety of screening instruments, Britt and his colleagues sought to determine if returning soldiers suffered from medical or psychological health problems and designated certain cutoff scores which, when surpassed, indicated the need for an individual to speak to a medical or psychological professional (Caudle, 2018).The “Loony” LineBritt quickly noticed the presence of stigma associated with being sent to speak to a psychological professional. The peers and subordinates of individuals who were recommended for psychological intervention often referred to them as being in the “loony line” with the thought that they must be “crazy” and would likely no longer be fit for combat (Caudle, 2018). These observations led to Dr. Britt’s interest in the stigma surrounding mental health in the military and the challenges military personnel face that prevent them from seeking necessary mental health treatment.The Effects of StigmaBritt, Jennings, Cheung, Pury, and Zinzow (2015) indicate that active-duty military personnel are often reluctant to seek needed treatment for mental health problems for reasons similar to those reported by civilians. More specifically, the perception that others will think of them negatively due to stigma resulting in decreased feelings of self-worth. However, the military population also experiences unique barriers due to the preference of military personnel to handle their own issues and to “tough it out” (Britt et al., 2015; Caudle, 2018). Interestingly, Britt et al. (2018) later found that stigma associated with a soldier’s internalized perception of peers who seek mental health treatment may influence treatment-seeking decisions more than concerns about perceptions of stigma from others.These findings provide evidence that while military personnel’s views on mental illness have certainly improved since the days of General George C. Patton’s questionable method of handling shell-shocked soldiers in the 1940’s, there are still remnants of stigma despite valiant attempts to support the mental health needs of military personnel (Caudle, 2018). According to Britt, “there is this kind of sense that the climate has improved, and it probably has, but we saw in our qualitative research… that this stigma is alive and well.” (Caudle, 2018). In response, Dr. Britt is involved in projects aimed at applying academic research to create training programs with the end goal of overcoming stigma and changing the way in which military units view mental health treatment-seeking.Want to Learn More?More information on Dr. Britt, his team, and his current and past projects can be found here:http://twbritt.people.clemson.edu/ReferencesBritt, T. W., Jennings, K. S., Chueng, J. H., Pury, C. L., & Zinzow, H. M. (2015). The role of different stigma perceptions in treatment seeking and dropout among active duty military personnel. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38, 142-149. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000120Caudle, N. (2018). When a warrior can’t go it alone. Glimpse Magazine, Clemson University. Retrieved from: http://glimpse.clemson.edu/6072/This post was written by a member of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Pelicans bringing back forward Cunningham MOST READ The U.S. defeated the Ferns 3-1 in the first game last Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado. Julie Ertz led the way with two goals.Lindsey Horan got the Americans off to a nice start in the rematch, scoring on a header in the 36th minute after coming in for Rose Lavelle. Mallory Pugh made it 2-0 in the 44th minute. Pugh also finished with two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLavelle, who is from Cincinnati, played the shortened shift for the hometown crowd as she continues to come back from injury.Morgan scored her first goal within the first minute of the second half. Lynne Williams added her third career national team goal before Morgan struck again in the 69th minute. It was her 77th international goal. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients FILE PHOTO – United States’ Morgan Brian, second right, celebrates with her teammates after Alex Morgan scores her side’s 2nd goal against New Zealand during a women’s Olympic football tournament match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. United States won 2-0. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)CINCINNATI — Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women’s national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night.The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the team’s 2017 schedule.ADVERTISEMENT The U.S. also got midfielder Tobin Heath back from a back injury. She came in as a late sub for her first action with the national team since March. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad
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Najat Belkacem, Education Minister of France, has broken all the stereotypes in her journey from being a shepherd girl in Morocco to her present position.The life of Belkacem proves that if given proper education, even children who have a poor childhood can succeed in life and careers.Listed below are some facts about the first woman to become the education minister of France:(Main image source:thelogicalindian.com)Read: Balancing sports and academics: Importance and tipsRead: Problems plaguing medical education: Why India suffers a severe lack of quality doctorsFor more updates on education, follow India Today Education or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — After failing to score on his first three tries in a shootout, Damon Severson came finally broke through for the New Jersey Devils.Severson scored in the seventh round of the tiebreaker to give the Devils a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.“I was lucky to have the guys call me tonight and be confident I was going to get the winner,” he said after scoring on a forehand deke. “It was nice to see the puck go in. … I did the move in practice the other day and scored, so I had to stick with it.”New Jersey Devils’ Stefan Noesen celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)Kevin Rooney and Stefan Noesen scored 7:53 apart in the third period to tie the score after the Devils trailed 2-0. MacKenzie Blackwood stopped 25 shots to give New Jersey its second straight win after a seven-game skid (0-6-1).“I’m really happy for our guys,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “They battled back. … It’s a credit to the guys in our room, the older guys, the leadership guys, because they set the culture.”Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson scored for Vancouver, and Bo Horvat had two assists. Jacob Markstrom finished with 31 saves.The Canucks mathematically remain in the playoff hunt. They trail Arizona by nine points in the race for the final Western Conference wild card.“You want to close those games out,” Markstrom said. “We have to keep building, getting better as a team and close those games out. … It’s tough when you’re up by two and lose in a shootout.”New Jersey Devils’ Kurtis Gabriel (39) and Vancouver Canucks’ Troy Stecher (51) vie for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)Petterson also scored on the opening attempt of the shootout, and Drew Stafford tied it for New Jersey in the second round.Rooney started the Devils’ comeback with a deflection at 5:41 of the third. Noesen tied it with 6:26 left in regulation when he chipped Eric Tangradi’s pass behind Markstrom.“They got a couple of lucky bounces,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said. “It was that type of game. … There wasn’t a lot of space on the ice for either team. They got a couple of pucks through to the net and got some rebounds. I don’t think either ream really outplayed each other.”Vancouver Canucks’ Chris Tanev kneels on the ice after blocking a shot during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, March 15, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)Pettersson broke out of a scoring slump with a power-play goal to open the scoring at 3:18 of the second period. With Stafford off for tripping, Petterson took a pass from Brock Boeser and ripped a shot from the faceoff circle over Blackwood’s shoulder. It was his first in 12 games and gave the 20-year-old Swede 59 points on the season — a team-leading 27 goals and 32 assists. He is one point behind Pavel Bure and Ivan Hlinka for most points in a season by a Vancouver rookie.Pettersson admitted the goal drought was frustrating.“It’s been bugging me a little bit,” he said. “I have been trying to find a pass instead of shooting the puck. I have to be a little more selfish. I’m a guy that is always trying to find the pass first instead of the shot.“It was a big relief when it went in.”Pearson made it 2-0 at 1:42 of the third on an innocent looking shot from the top of the faceoff circle. Blackwood swung his stick, but the puck seemed to go underneath and between his pads.The Canucks lost two defensemen in a scoreless first period. Chris Tanev limped off the ice and headed to the dressing room after blocking a shot by Kyle Palmieri during a Devils power play. He returned for a brief skate, but left the bench again. Ashton Sautner was hurt later in the period after blocking a shot with his right arm. He returned later.NOTES: Vancouver also scored on a power play in Wednesday’s win over the New York Rangers. It’s the first time since November the Canucks have scored on the power play in back-to-back games. … Canucks F Jay Beagle didn’t take the pregame skate and was replaced by Tim Schaller. … The Canucks didn’t get their first shot on goal until almost 6:30 was gone in the opening period. . Before the game started, the Devils were eliminated from playoff contention when the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0. New Jersey is 14th in the Eastern Conference.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Dortmund, Aug 29 (AP) Borussia Dortmund has agreed to sign Spanish forward Paco Alcacer on loan from Barcelona with an option to buy. The Bundesliga side says the 24-year-old Alcacer completed a medical on Tuesday and will wear the No. 9 for the club. Should Dortmund take up the option to keep the player, he will be tied to the club for a further four years after the one-year loan spell. Kicker magazine reported Dortmund was paying 2 million euros ($2.3 million) for the loan spell, while a permanent transfer fee would be 23 million euros ($27 million) if the club decides to keep him. Dortmund had been looking for a striker following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal in January, and the end of Michy Batshuayi’s loan spell as his replacement. Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says: “We’re firmly convinced this type of player will be a good fit for our style of play.” Alcacer, who joined Barcelona from Valencia in 2016, scored 43 goals and set up two more in 151 Spanish league appearances including a season at Getafe. He has six goals in 13 appearances for Spain. AP KHSKHS
An independent human rights board of inquiry into the matter of Dion Thomas-Hodges v. Nova Scotia Health Authority will begin Tuesday, June 4 in Halifax. Mr. Thomas-Hodges alleges discriminatory treatment by his employer, the Nova Scotia Health Authority due to his race and/or colour. The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Best Western Chocolate Lake, 250 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd. The board chair is J. Walter Thompson. -30-
REGINA — Saskatchewan has introduced legal changes that would require people to get permission before they go on private land.Justice Minister Don Morgan says the proposed law balances the rights of rural landowners and the public.The legislation would provide legal protection for landowners against property damage caused by a trespasser.But Chief Bobby Cameron, with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says he’s concerned the proposed changes will lead to confrontation.The legislation comes over two years after Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man, was killed on a farm in rural Saskatchewan.Earlier this year, a jury acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley of second-degree murder after he testified his gun went off accidentally when he was trying to scare off some young people who drove on to his farm.“We hope there are no more tragedies, we really hope,” Cameron said Tuesday in Saskatoon. “But if they do, this provincial government should also say, we will be held liable if someone dies because of this trespassing legislation.”A recent survey released by the province showed 65 per cent of respondents said people should ask landowners for permission before they go onto private land.“This legislation shifts that responsibility to those wishing to access the land, by requiring them to obtain prior permission from the land owner or occupier,” Morgan said in a statement.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA – Shopify Inc. says its original chief financial officer will retire but remain a strategic adviser during a transition after the arrival of his successor, Amy Shapero, on April 2.She succeeds Russ Jones, who has been Shopify’s CFO since 2011 and helped it grow from a 50-person private company into a publicly traded business with more than 3,000 employees.Shopify provides software and services that merchants can use to set up and manage retail operations across multiple sales channels including web, mobile and physical stores.Shapero has been CFO for a number of software-as-a-service companies since beginning her career as a chartered public accountant at Ernst & Young, now known as EY.Most recently, she has been at the Betterment online wealth-management service since 2016.Shapero has also been CFO at Sailthru, a software technology provider, and Spot Holdings, a financial services company.Shopify has recently hired Jeff Weiser, formerly chief marketing officer at Shutterstock. Weiser will also be chief marketing officer at Shopify while Craig Miller, who was performing that role, will focus on being chief product officer.Companies in this story: (TSX:SHOP)
Rabat – Cristiano Ronaldo has received the 2018 Best Player award at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai. Didier Deschamps won Coach of the Year.Juventus’ Ronaldo reigned over the prize ceremony on Thursday, receiving two prizes. In addition to Best Player in 2018, he won a prize for the best goal of the year. The winning goal was Ronaldo’s overhead kick while playing for Real Madrid against his current club in the UEFA Champions League quarter finals. Ronaldo transferred from Real to Juventus in the summer of 2018.The award is Ronald’s third consecutive Best Player trophy and fifth in his career. At the awards, Ronaldo’s fiancee, Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez, wore a Moroccan caftan. The Best Club of the Year award went to Atletico Madrid. The club’s chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, collected the trophy.$Read Also: Georgina Rodriguez Attends Ronaldo’s Award in Moroccan CaftanGlobe Soccer named France’s national football team manager, Didier Deschamps, the Best Coach of the Year for leading France to win the World Cup.In other categories, Juventus’ sporting director Fabio Paratici won Director of the Year, and Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes won Best Agent of the Year.The event recognized Juventus’ midfielder Blaise Matuidi as having the best career in 2018.The ceremony clocked out by honoring former football legends Ronaldo Nazario, Fabio Capello, and Zvonimir Boban. They each received awards for their past achievements.
Roy Samathanam, who is a Canadian national, was detained in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo in September 2007 by the Terrorism Investigation Division of the Sri Lanka police, who reported directly to Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Roy Samathanam was physically and psychologically tortured and forced to sign a false confession before being released in August 2010 on a plea deal and payment of a fine. In 2016. Mr. Samathanam won a UN human rights committee case but Sri Lanka has failed to abide by the compensation ruling. Notice was formally served on Mr. Rajapaksa on Sunday night at a Trader Joe’s parking lot in Pasadena.This was after the ITJP and Hausfeld hired private investigators to track down the whereabouts of Mr Rajapaksa who is currently on holiday in California. Notice was also served at the same time in a separate case filed by another organisation on behalf of assasinated journalist Lasantha Wickrematunga, ITJP said. Ahimsa Wickrematunge had told the media that her father had once told her he would be murdered to prevent him from testifying in a case against Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Two cases have been filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the US and notice was served on him after he was tracked down in Pasadena.One case was filed on behalf of a Tamil torture survivor while the other was filed over the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga. “Mr Rajapaksa has to give up his US citizenship to be able to stand in presidential elections so this was probably the last chance for a long time to begin to hold him accountable,” said ITJP’s executive director Yasmin Sooka. “We hope other survivors of torture will join the suit and make this a class action”.The case against Rajapaksa related to the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga was filed by Lasantha’s daughter Ahimsa Wickrematunge.Lasantha Wickremetunga was killed in January 2009 while he was on his way to office. Wickremetunga was the Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper at the time he was killed. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and US law firm Hausfeld have filed a civil damages case in California against Rajapaksa, on behalf of a Tamil torture survivor. Roy Samathanam made the complaint in the Central District of California against Rajapaksa, who is a dual US Sri Lankan citizen.
More: The Minister who ‘couldn’t be bothered’ with Twitter is doing a Budget Q&A on Twitter DESPITE HIS PUBLICLY-STATED aversion to Twitter it appears Brian Hayes has been converted to the social media platform as he today fielded questions on the Budget from Twitter users.Using the hashtag #budgetqs, the Department of Finance’s official Twitter account and an iPad the Minister of State spent around half an hour answering questions and seemed in good spirits.Here are a few things we learned…1. Raising third level registration fees are ‘the least worst option’: 2. Reducing tax grows the economy: 3. Budget measures here have been the fairest of all bailout countries: 4. Construction on the National Children’s Hospital will start in 2015: 5. The government is keeping a close eye on minimum pricing in Scotland: 6. Selling the State’s share in Aer Lingus is being looked at ‘closely’: 7. More money will be collected from excise on cigarettes in 2014: 8. Hayes has changed his mind on Twitter, thanks to TheJournal.ie ;): And three questions the Minister didn’t answer:
ALAN SHATTER DISMISSED speculation that he would resign his Dáil seat today, insisting he is “going nowhere” as he announced he was donating his ministerial severance package to the Jack and Jill Foundation.Speaking at Leinster House this afternoon, Shatter explained how he was surprised to learn ten days after he resigned a fortnight ago that he was eligible for a severance payment of some €70,000.He said that it was “by sheer accident” that he is the last minister to be eligible for the payment as they have now been abolished and said the uncertainty over whether or not he would accept it has “strangely been a decision that attracted an awful lot of attention”.This morning’s confirmation that he would make an announcement this afternoon had fuelled speculation in political circles that he was about the resign his Dublin South Dáil seat.But he told reporters: “I’m going nowhere. A lot of interesting things going to be happening over the next couple of years before the next election, I hope to make a positive contribution to them.” https://vine.co/v/MHltaewqXMEShatter was also asked to explain his resignation as Minister for Justice earlier this month but declined, saying: “I am not getting into any of that.”On the decision to make the charitable donation, the former minister said he “wasn’t pressured by anyone in to doing anything”.“This is a personal decision, I haven’t felt under any pressure of any nature,” he said.A reporter also asked how he was.“I am extraordinarily well. How are you doing?” he said to laughter from the assembled audience.A short time later a government source told TheJournal.ie that Shatter’s decision to donate his salary was “a good outcome” given the controversy it had caused in recent days in the run-up to tomorrow’s elections.Read: Alan Shatter will donate severance payments to Jack & Jill Foundation
Georgiana Georghiou won’t get out of bed for less than $5000, her mum jokes.The two-year-old moro has just won a 12-month modelling contract and $5000 for being a cutie with a performing personality to match. Mum Pauline said she entered the Practical Parenting magazine competition at the urging of family and friends. It turned out to be a sure bet, with the Gold Coast family over the moon at the toddler’s win. Georgiana relishes lens time, exclaiming: “That’s me!” when she checks out the back of the camera. “With the money, we’ll just lock it away for a while, put it in her bank account,” Mrs Georghiou said. “Maybe, when she’s a bit older, she can choose something to spend it on.” Mrs Georghiou said her daughter could take her modelling opportunity as far – or as little – as she wished. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over the weekend thousands took part in the Murray to Moyne bike ride, with their sights set on raising funds for the charity Life for a Child.A worthwhile cause, the organisation provides medical support for up to 15,000 children suffering from juvenile diabetes and in danger of losing their lives across 48 countries in the developing world. Among the cyclists was Greek Australian businesswoman Vicky Papachristou, who took part in the ride as part of the team ‘Luna Riders’. Having lost her father to pancreatic cancer 16 years ago, the ride is an important challenge to undertake.The team was divided into two groups of seven, with each group travelling rotation distances of 30 km – totalling an impressive 520 km over a 24-hour period.For more information, visit www.murraytomoyne.com.au
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants Washington residents to let his office know if they are asked to host immigrant children separated from their family.Ferguson’s request Tuesday was made amid widespread uproar over the U.S. Department of Justice’s new “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown, in which children have been taken from their parents.Ferguson had said his staff is studying whether the state might have grounds to challenge the Trump administration’s new policy in court, The Seattle Times reports.Federal officials are using a federal detention center in SeaTac to hold some immigrant adults, including women who don’t know where their children are or when they’ll reunite. Rallies against the policy are set to take place around the county on June 30, including in Seattle and Olympia.