Facebook Newsx Adverts By News Highland – April 24, 2012 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry It is claimed American Senators who visited Donegal on behalf of President Ronald Reagan in the 80’s to report on the benefits job creation only witnessed ‘ money for middlemen and not one decent job proposal’The claim is made in a letter to the Irish Independent by a Declan Foley Berwick, Australia, who claims to have chauffeured two US senators around Co Donegal in 1986.In his letter Mr Foley says he chauffeured two US senators around Co Donegal who had been sent by President Reagan to report on the benefits job creation from the Anglo-Irish Agreement would bring to the border areas.Their ‘guides’ were a junior officer from the Foreign Office and a senior official with Donegal county council – he claims the IDA North West manager was not even informed of the visit, let alone invited to assist.He claims that no sooner had they begun to leave Letterkenny, one senator remarked to the other that all they had seen is money for middlemen and not one decent job proposal.The other senator is said to have replied that there is no way they can return to President Reagan and endorse any further funding – he added that Instead of the proposed $500m investment they would suggest America contribute $200m instead.Mr Foley made his comments in the context of Donegal County Council employing a team of consultants to implement the ‘Whole System of Work’ without issuing a tender for the project. Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMan injured in Letterkenny stabbingNext articleMan arrested in Andrew Allen murder investigation released without charge News Highland Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme It’s claimed US Senators proposed huge funding cut following Donegal visit WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterest
In addition to VxRail for SAP HANA running on HCI, we have even more news!We understand that SAP provides customers choice for HCI software platforms including Nutanix. For SAP customers choosing Nutanix, Dell EMC XC Family also has achieved certification.Dell EMC XC940xd-24 and XC740xd-24 All Flash HCI Appliances Dell EMC has partnered with SAP since the release of SAP HANA in 2011, when they announced the HANA Appliance model for targeted workloads. Since then, our portfolio has expanded for SAP’s Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) deployment model for SAP HANA. The SAP TDI model enables customers to lower the TCO by deploying SAP HANA as part of your shared IT model.As HCI adoption has rapidly increased over the last few years—with 75% of deployments in the core data center2—it is no surprise that we have been increasingly asked by our customers, “What about running SAP HANA in production on Dell EMC HCI?”Similar to our investments for Dell EMC servers, storage and converged systems, Dell EMC solutions and engineering teams worked closely with SAP to test, validate and document our configurations meeting SAP HANA performance KPIs for our HCI infrastructure.Dell EMC HCI—in particular, VxRail— is architected to support in-memory database applications such as SAP HANA, with features such as Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors including high-memory options; Dell EMC PowerEdge servers designed for software-defined storage; next-generation future proofing technologies, such as NVMe cache drives; and powered by the leading HCI software, VMware vSAN and VMware vSphere.Our ultimate goal is to deliver the most seamless package of HCI software and infrastructure on VxRail, powered by VMware. Specifically, SAP has certified Dell EMC VxRail P-Series all-flash (P570F), powered by VMware’s HCI software platform (VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN) to run SAP HANA on HCI for production.VxRail P-Series All Flash (P570F) Performance Optimized System Our infrastructure portfolio for SAP HANA just got stronger.Today we have great news! Our SAP HANA certified infrastructure portfolio has grown to include running SAP HANA in production on Dell EMC hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI).And the timing could not be better, especially if you are already running SAP Business Suite applications on Dell EMC. Just consider the momentum of SAP HANA1;Since the 2011 release of SAP’s market-leading SAP HANA platform for real-time computing, adoption has grown to 25,000 customers.With the pending end of maintenance and support for SAP Business Suite 7 applications in 2025, customers are looking to move to S/4HANA. Since its launch in 2015, licensed customers for S/4HANA has grown to 8,900 in Q2/18. With both VxRail and XC Family, Dell EMC delivers a fully engineered, hyper-converged infrastructure solution that enables businesses to innovate faster and accelerate IT operations.Customers implementing the solution can expect the following benefits:Agility―A modern SAP landscape management experience that delivers automated provisioning capabilities for SAP applications including SAP HANA and provides a faster time-to-value.Engineering―Compute, networking, and storage components that are integrated with the specified prerequisites, and dependencies that have been tested to deliver a seamless solution experience.Optimization―Design and deployment guides that highlight proven performance, automation, and resiliency best practices for SAP landscapes including SAP HANA.If this topic is top of mind for you, I encourage you to visit the Dell EMC Booths and meet our experts at SAP TechEd 2018 in Barcelona or talk to your Dell EMC account rep today. We’d be happy to discuss the benefits of SAP HANA on Dell EMC HCI, as well as our broad Dell EMC portfolio of solutions and services that are ideal for any customers’ infrastructure needs in SAP environments.1Source: 451 Research, December 20162Source: SAP Corporate Facts, July 2018
Op Ed: It’s Time To Prohibit Self-Bonding By Coal Companies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Caspar Star Tribune:This past month a completely unknown and unproven company called Blackjewel, LLC “bought” two of Wyoming’s oldest and biggest coal mines. More particularly, they were given the mines in exchange for assuming their cleanup risks and some hypothetical future royalties. They acquired the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines near Gillette from another new and unproven company called Contura Energy, spawned just last year when Alpha Natural Resources went through bankruptcy and spun off what it called its “crown jewel” Wyoming assets. Now the crown jewels aren’t looking so shiny and Contura is unloading them at a loss because these mines are liabilities. Instead, Contura will concentrate on its metallurgical coal business in the East.Hopefully, the one thing that should not be a problem going forward is bonding to assure clean up and reclamation of the mines. Thanks to a settlement agreement with the Department of Interior during Alpha’s bankruptcy, Contura wasn’t allowed to self-bond. Instead of continuing to hide, as Alpha had done, behind the chimera of a self-guarantee – really nothing more than an uncollectible IOU — Contura was forced to back Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr’s reclamation work with surety bonds and letters of credit from third-party financial institutions. Blackjewel should be required to do the same as a condition of the sale before the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) lets them take over the mine permits. This would insure there will be money available for reclamation jobs if Blackjewel were to walk away from its cleanup obligations while these bonds are still in effect.The recent history of the Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr coal mines demonstrates one thing: their cleanup liabilities are nearly as high as (and possibly higher than) their value as operating mines. This loudly underscores that Wyoming regulators must not continue to allow self-bonding.If uncertainties and a down market continue to plague the coal industry as economists nearly unanimously predict, self-bonds will remain worthless promises and Wyoming will pay the price. Unless Wyoming prohibits them now, the next time mines change hands and weaker and weaker mine owners go bankrupt, we will not be so lucky.Self-bonding has no place in a regulatory scheme that was created to ensure the worst-case never happens. Taxpayers were never meant to be left holding the bag for hundreds of millions of dollars in reclamation work. America’s coal mining regulations were born in the late 1970s when abandoned and un-reclaimed mines were strewn across the country. Congress created an abandoned mine land fee to clean up past messes and required reclamation bonds to prevent future mines from being abandoned without reclamation. But the law also contained a loophole allowing states to accept self-bonds in the place of reliable third-party guarantees. Although Montana and other states showed the foresight to prohibit self-bonding, Wyoming became the No. 1 user in the country of self-bonding IOUs. Three years ago when Alpha, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal all declared bankruptcy, there was more than $2.4 billion of reclamation work in our state not covered by collectible insurance.With the lessons of these bankruptcies fresh in our memory, DEQ is considering an important step to update Wyoming’s reclamation bond rules. The update proposes to remove loopholes that allow companies to qualify for self-bonds when they really shouldn’t. DEQ’s proposed rules are an important change that would reduce risk to our citizens and our state treasury. Unfortunately, there will always be some risk from self-bonding until Wyoming totally eliminates the practice. As DEQ moves forward with their new rules, the agency needs to eliminate ALL self-bonding for ALL new coalmine permits and ALL permit renewals. Colorado has recently taken steps to limit self-bonding after the Peabody and Arch bankruptcies, and Wyoming should follow their example.–Bob LeResche is vice chair of the Powder River Basin Resource Council and a board member of the Western Organization of Resource Councils. He is a former commissioner of Natural Resources for the state of Alaska and executive director of the Alaska Energy Authority.More: Contura Sale Underscores Need to End Self Bonding
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement on the failure of the Senate to act on HB 2375:“The Senate’s inaction on HB 2375 is incredibly disappointing and frustrating for so many Pennsylvanians.“Just weeks after Republicans and Democrats came together to pass fiscally responsible and comprehensive unemployment insurance reform that would provide benefits to 44,000 Pennsylvanians, the failure to move this critical legislation leaves the system’s staffing and operations in upheaval.“The failure to pass this bill now also means that the unemployment insurance system will be forced to lay off workers and close centers who process claims for the very people who are newly eligible to receive benefits because they are out of work and looking for a new job.“Though these impacts will be real and immediate, I will continue to provide workers with additional training opportunities and resources to help them get back to work.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf November 16, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on the Senate’s Failure to Act on HB 2375
Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on Monday. Photo: Reuters Chad’s military says it has carried out airstrikes on Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in Chad’s capital that were blamed on the extremist group. The military says its helicopters have struck at least six bases in Nigeria used by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Earlier Chad said it had arrested at least five suspects in connection to the suicide bombings that killed 34 people.The country has also banned religious burqas- a garment covering the whole body from head to feet worn by Muslim women. Monday’s attacks were the first of their kind in Chad and appeared to be retaliation by Boko Haram for Chad’s leading role in an offensive against the militants.Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on Monday. Photo: ReutersChad said Thursday its military carried out retaliatory airstrikes against Boko Haram militants in neighboring Nigeria after a pair of suicide bombings earlier this week in the Chadian capital that killed at least 33 people. The military said in a statement that the airstrikes targeted six militant camps and caused “considerable human and material losses.” There were no details on where exactly the strikes took place. Monday’s deadly blasts happened at a police headquarters and police academy in N’Djamena where more than 100 people were also injured.Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said Wednesday that in response to the attacks the government was banning the wearing and sale of burqas in the country. Chad, along with Niger and Cameroon, deployed troops earlier this year to fight Boko Haram after the militants launched a series of cross-border attacks. Last week, those countries joined Nigeria and Benin in announcing a new regional task force headquartered in N’Djamena to counter the militants.