Over the past few years, the children of the late Frank Zappa have been locked in an ugly, public feud over the handling of their father’s estate. Recently, according to a statement from the Zappa kids–Moon Unit Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Ahmet Zappa, and Diva Zappa–it looks like the siblings are finally ready to bury the hatchet and work together.The Zappa Family Trust has approved a new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beer collaboration, Zappa Wild Stache IPA, which will be available at a variety of breweries, liquor stores, and restaurants. Zappa Wild Stache IPA features a wild hop cultivated by CLS Farms “as untamed as Zappa’s musical leanings.” Sierra Nevada purchased the entire 2015 crop of the wild hop.Head to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Locator to find a spot nearest you that carries the new Zappa-themed brew.[H/T Jambase]
Dell EMC Launches a Cloud-Native Data Protection Service, Ensuring Your Workloads’ Data Is Always ProtectedNot long ago I had a conversation with a CEO of a SaaS company, who runs their application in a public cloud. I asked him how he protected his data, and his response was “we have automatic recovery of the compute instances in the cloud”. We then spent a few minutes discussing the differences between protecting the compute instances (provided by the cloud provider) and protecting the data. Once we cleared that out, he responded to my original question by: “there’s no need to protect the data, since the cloud storage never fails, we’ve been using it for 3 years and it did not fail”. Before I could ask him about some recent events of public cloud unavailability, he continued: “however, we did have a few data losses due to a failure in our internal processes, which caused data to be deleted unexpectedly. This was a major embarrassment to us and caused serious business impact”.I believe this conversation represents some of the myths and beliefs many share about public clouds. Don’t get me wrong, public clouds are an awesome way to build and deliver your services to the market, without the hassle of buying, installing, maintaining and operating your IT infrastructure. Surely they have their toll in cost and loss of flexibility and control, but if this works for your business, that’s an interesting option to explore. However, one could never assume that running on a public cloud means they could waive their responsibility to protect their (or their customers’) data. The cloud providers do not assume responsibility for the data protection and backup, and specifically call this out in their customer agreements. While published reliability and data retention for some public cloud storage types are impressive, these are not necessarily relevant to all types of storage that are available and used in the cloud, which require special handling. Moreover, data could be lost not only due to infrastructure reliability, but many other reasons could cause that, as was demonstrated by my conversation with that CEO. If we apply what we have learned from protecting data in on-prem data centers, only a small fractions of data loss events are caused by complete failure and disasters of a data center. Most recoveries are required due to:Imperfect operational processes or human errors could result deletion or alteration of important data.Failure of a regular maintenance operation such as a database upgrade could cause records or whole DB loss.Cyber-attack, such as ransomware or a computer virus, could deem the whole data stored on one’s account unusable.Internal attack, such as by a disgruntled employee, could result loss of complete sets of data and severely impact the business.While many solutions aim to address one or more of these threats, the best protection is still to simply take frequent backups of the data, and store them in a protected location.Dell EMC has applied its experience in protecting data and workloads for customers of all sizes, and its #1 position in the data protection domain to help its customers continue safeguard their data also when they choose to run their workloads in the public cloud. A wide variety of options exist to cover the needs of almost every customer (more details here). However, in some situations, a cloud-native approach is required to accommodate the needs of the cloud workloads, e.g.:When the preferred approach by the IT Ops/cloud team is to leverage the public cloud tools, but they want someone to automate this for them.When a SaaS solution is preferred over installing and maintaining backup and recovery software.When the application is refactored to use native cloud services (such as DBaaS) that prevent seamless integration with traditional solutions.Meet Dell EMC Cloud Snapshot Manager (CSM), a new SaaS offering that is fully operated by Dell EMC and manages public cloud environment protection needs in a simple and automated manner. Once users subscribe to the service, they can just log into the CSM portal, provide the credentials to their cloud accounts (for security, provide a username with limited permissions) and start defining policies. That’s it. In less than two minutes, customers’ environments are protected with no installation needed.The CSM service will automatically discover cloud workloads and volumes, in all relevant regions, and apply the defined policies to those instances based on their tagging. It will retain snapshots only within the defined retention period and delete older ones, saving cloud storage costs. If at any time a user needs to restore an instance, it happens with a single click, and users can restart the instance on the same or any other availability zone within the region.CSM enables IT Ops and cloud environment administrators in organizations of any size to benefit from using the cloud services for protecting their data, but without the need to program and script data protection policies & processes. They can rely on Dell EMC’s over 20 years in data protection experience to deliver a service that ensures their data is protected according to their own business needs. It also enables the people in the organization who are monitoring and ensuring data protection compliance (e.g. a data protection analyst) to easily validate that the defined policies follow the business needs and regulatory guidelines, without diving into long JSON scripts or pieces of code.CSM’s Key BenefitsEase of Use: With a powerful policy engine, Cloud Snapshot Manager helps you backup your environment by taking snapshots based on tags and lower your public cloud snapshot costs by deleting old snapshots per retention policies.Highly Scalable: Designed from the ground up for cloud-scale, Cloud Snapshot Manager can manage a large number of instances and snapshots. It provides auto scaling, audit logs and reports, so as the company grows, data protection scales with it.Multi Tenancy: Public cloud users can discover and automate native snapshots life-cycle across multiple cloud accounts and regions based on policies with ease. Users can create a new account or add the software entitlement to an existing account. Each Cloud Snapshot Manager account can have multiple users with login credentials who can access the public cloud account associated with that account, optimizing IT effectiveness across multiple lines of businesses within the organization.Dell EMC is a trusted partner in data protection, whether workloads are running on premises or in the cloud. The Dell EMC data protection portfolio provides a trusted foundation for businesses to transform IT through the creation of a hybrid cloud, as well as transform their business through the creation of cloud-native applications and big data solutions.Trying out the CSM service is easy: just visit DellEMC.com/CSMfreetrial to enroll in a free trial. More information on CSM including a data sheet is available at DellEMC.com/CSM. Annual service subscriptions are available for any desired number of instances.
“These kids today…….” Is a phrase often uttered when discussing marketing strategies for reaching the Millennial Generation. “These kids today require different approaches.” “We have to reach these kids today.” “These kids today are so different.” The problem with that phrase? These kids today are having kids.That’s right: consumers from the Millennial Generation are becoming parents. And that is a game changer for marketers. So what can credit union and banking professionals do to reach this critical demographic? You can read Millenials with Kids by Jeff Fromm and Marissa Vidler. The subtitle notes that this group is extremely powerful and different. And their book offers extremely powerful and different marketing approaches.The authors note, “Many Millennials are parents now. Millenials are growing up and with that come more responsibilities. Now one in four Millennials is already a parent and that number is growing every day. As parents, Millennials are not changing their lifestyles to fit parenthood but are instead changing parenthood to fit their lifestyle.”Below are three principles from the book and how we can apply them in the financial services world. For the remaining suggestions (and there are plenty of them), be sure to pick up a copy of Millennials with Kids. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
23 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads.Marketing agent Troy Dowker, of Ray White Mermaid Beach, said the property at 23 Hill Ave attracted six registered bidders and a crowd of onlookers, including curious neighbours, at auction on Saturday.“The bidding started at $800,000 and there was good interest from locals and Brisbane (buyers) as well,” Mr Dowker said.The five-bedroom home went to a couple, who Mr Dowker said would likely renovate.“They found the generous sized land holding really appealing,” Mr Dowker said.“The majority of the value is in the land and the position – a land holding like that, that close to the beach, is pretty unique.”He said homes in Burleigh were always popular.“It’s like the Bondi or the Manly of the Gold Coast,” Mr Dowker said.A new Main Beach villa and waterfront home at Burleigh Waters were also among properties that attracted high sales last week at $1.695 million and $1.175 million respectively. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.Lambert Willcox Estate Agents director Jesse Wilcox said it was an unusual price, but potentially offered because the number eight is considered to be fortuitous in Chinese culture.He said it was actually the area that attracted the new owners, who lived locally.“It was really the area of Paradise Waters, the exclusivity of that area at the moment, (and) because the buyers liked what the suburb had to offer,” Mr Willcox said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“They’ll actually be renovating (the house).”He said the multi-level six-bedroom home was on the market for a few months with another agency before it came to them.“We reduced the price and the inquiries came,” Mr Willcox said.“We actually had multiple offers on the property.”He said the home sold quite quickly in comparison to many other properties in the area, with the average days on market about 300.At Burleigh Heads, a home that was listed for the first time in 25 years sold under the hammer on the weekend for $1.51 million. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters. 23 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads. 23 Hill Ave, Burleigh. 250 Acanthus Ave, Burleigh Waters. 53 Breaker St, Main Beach. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters. 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters.EIGHT figures normally deters property buyers but the number eight proved a lucky charm for some Chinese buyers on the weekend splashing out $2,888,888 on a Gold Coast mansion.The buyers won a bidding war for a waterfront property at 94 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters that had been on the market for six months.
Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Latest Posts Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Bio Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015 Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected] BUCKSPORT — The Miles Lane School was awash in pint-size football jerseys Wednesday morning in honor of a visit from New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather.First-grader Jocelyn Tozier arrived in a limousine with the professional athlete as classmates cheered and snapped photographs.Jocelyn, who is 7, won the visit in the NFL Take a Player to School Sweepstakes. Meriweather spoke to students about the importance of being active, part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter the assembly, Meriweather led students in Jocelyn’s first grade class in an Ultimate P.E. Class. The NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes selected one winner in each of the 32 NFL markets and two non-market winners. Jocelyn was one of the two non-market winners. The NFL and JCPenney each donated $1,000 to Jocelyn’s school to benefit fitness programs. The Miles Lane School was also given fitness equipment. Meriweather was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. Jocelyn’s parents, Dale and Michelle Tozier, accompanied her to school Wednesday. The couple, who have held Patriots season tickets for 15 years, instilled a love of football in their children. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Along with the establishment of 13 committees, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has also announced the formation of a Governance Task Force and a Selection Task Force, to help in its reform.The five-member Governance Task Force and the six-member Selection Task Force have been appointed to review and implement reform of the organisation’s governance, and the outdated system of team selections.Jamaican businessman and Senator Don Wehby has been selected to chair the Governance Task Force, which also includes Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of UWI; Charles Wilkin, Queen’s Counsel of St Kitts & Nevis; Jamaican entrepreneur OK Melhado, and former Trinidad and West Indies cricketer, Deryck Murray.The Selection Task Force is chaired by CWI Vice-President Dr Kishore Shallow and includes former West Indian cricketers Ramnaresh Sarwan, Philo Wallace, and Miles Bascombe; Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket, and Enoch Lewis, CWI Chairman of the Cricket Committee.The 13 committees will preside over Audit, Risk and Compliance; Chief Executives, Communications & Commercial Affairs, Cricket, Disciplinary Tribunal, Ethics, Executive Performance Review, Finance, Human Resources Development, International Fixtures, Medical Advisory, No Objection Certificate (NOC) and Umpires and Match Referees.CWI president Ricky Skerritt has confirmed that the committee compositions include a wide variety of stakeholder interests. Over 50 per cent of the total committee membership is independent of the traditional cricket fraternity, originating from 11 different Caribbean territories.The total number of women on CWI committees has increased, with a few of the committees actually having a female member for the first time.Skerritt also confirmed that there remains one more task force to be assembled later this year.The ‘High Performance Implementation System’ Task Force will be charged with designing a more modernised and effective system of partnership-based player development/intervention initiatives.
ON the outfield of Barbados’ Kensington Oval on Friday, an age-old rivalry was reborn.But rather than recreate the infamous scene that took place at the same ground in 1991, it was all banter and laughter when West Indies great Desmond Haynes once again came face-to-face with a Healy representing Australia.This time, it was Australian wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, the niece of men’s team great Ian – and she wasted no time making a beeline for her uncle’s old rival and taking a photo to share on social media.The West Indian opener had a message of his own to pass on to the elder Healy, as he addressed the Australian women’s squad on the eve of their first T20I against their Caribbean rivals.He took particular delight in gesturing towards the middle as he recalled that 1991 Test where he and the legendary Australian gloveman shared a heated exchange.On Australia’s 1991 tour of the West Indies, Haynes and Ian Healy had a running battle through the ODI series that spilled over into the Test matches.Haynes survived a caught-behind appeal in Barbados, gesturing animatedly that the ball had flicked his hip which led to a few choice words from behind the stumps. The exchange got heated with the West Indian opener ripping off his helmet and storming towards the Australian and pointing his bat at the gloveman’s chest.“It was nice to meet him and have a bit of a laugh about some of the times he had on field with Uncle Ian,” Healy, who was just a one-year-old in 1991, told cricket.com.au.“He did say he always wanted to meet me and let me know he thought my uncle was a bit of a so-and-so, I can’t say (the actual word) on camera but let’s just say a pain behind the stumps.“It was nice to share a laugh and they had a few beers afterwards to settle it, so they’re all good mates after that.“It was a bit of fun, he’s a legend and he’s running a really cool museum here for the cricket legends from Barbados.”These days, there’s a Healy and a Haynes playing alongside each other in the Australian women’s squad.And it’s only fitting that Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes’ nickname is ‘Des’.“That was pretty cute, they had the Desmond-squared photo,” Healy said.“Rachael Haynes with that last name, we’ve been calling her ‘Dessie’ since I can remember so it was cool for her to stand next to him and have a photo.”The Australians, who are on their first bilateral tour of the Caribbean since 1976, presented Haynes and fellow former West Indian Vasbert Drakes with a signed bat, to be displayed in Bridgetown’s famous Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum. (Cricket.com.au)
FORMER West Indies President’s XI cricketer Krishna Deosaran expects a tough battle, but is optimistic that his Lusignan A team can defend their title when they tackle home team, Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC), today, in the SPR Enterprise 40-over final.The game, which was postponed from last month due to bad weather is set to start at 10:00hrs.The experienced cricketer, who represented Guyana at the U-19 level with lengthy stints in Trinidad and Canada, said that if his side stick to their game plan they should come out victorious.“We would have to execute both with the bat and the ball to be on top of the game, we just have to stick to our game plan and the basics. I think once we play positively and show no signs of weakness we will dominate on that day.”The Lusignan skipper added that he is aware of the magnitude of the game, but he also knows that he has an experienced side in big clashes and is confident in his players’ abilities.“I know it’s a big game, but we are confident and positive about our potential and our talent in the team. I know we have the ability to win it again.”Both teams are pumped up for the clash, since they played unbeaten throughout the preliminary rounds.ADVANTAGEEnmore have home team advantage and like Lusignan, they have several solid players, including former national leg-spinner Amir Khan, Imran Hassan, skipper Bheemraj Ramkelawan and national U-17 cricketer Chaitram Balgobin.Despite the disadvantages of playing away from home, Deosaran is still counting on his talented players.“The home side will definitely get an advantage. They are more accustomed to their environment and they will know the pitch more than we, but we played long enough to understand and adapt quickly as well.”The 32-year-old will have the likes of Steve Ramdass and Robin Williams among several other quality players at his disposal.The teams read:Lusignan A: K. Deosarran (captain), S.Bharrat, G. Boodwah, S. Ramdass, R. Williams, V. Ramjeet, J. Heliger, R. Naikarran, E. Khan, A. Mohammed, K. Franklin, R. Gopaul and K.Bishundial. Enmore CCCC A: B. Ramkelawan (captain), R. Singh, C. Surat, N. Gobin, S. Jainarine, A. Khan, R. Hiralall, C, Seemangal, S. Jainarine, Y. Dyal, C. Balgobin, V. Ramlakhan and I. Hassan.
With age, regular physicals become more important to a person’s health. Such is also the case with climate assessments and the environment, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explained during an interview with the Daily Trojan on Monday.Governator · Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the Schwarzenegger Institute Inaugural Symposium in September 2012. — Courtesy of Steve CohnSchwarzenegger will speak at USC on April 8 during a public comment forum in which regional scientists will present stark findings from a draft chapter of the third National Climate Assessment.The Southwest Region chapter, which includes California, projects that effects of climate change might include decreasing water supplies for cities and agriculture, increases in wildfires and rising sea levels. Presenters will discuss climate research on subjects ranging from the water supply to tree mortality.“[A physical] gives an evaluation of your body and what you can do to protect it down the line so you don’t continue that trend,” Schwarzenegger said. “And this is what this assessment report does. It gives you an idea of where we are and where we go with that and what we need to do in order to improve the situation.”USC’s Schwarzenegger Institute and the Center for Sustainable Cities, which opened in September, will host the forum. Through sponsoring the event, the institute hopes to shine a spotlight on an issue that normally would receive little attention.“This report was kind of a low-key issue that would just go by and be just another report that I don’t think many people would pay attention to,” Schwarzenegger said. “And we then try to make sure that the media does pay attention to it and report on it.”Several scientists presenting at the forum commented on the importance of raising awareness for climate trends. University of Arizona Professor Thomas Swetnam, who will present findings on tree mortality, said the media has not accurately captured the magnitude of climate change.“There really hasn’t been that much media coverage of the impacts that have occurred and are likely to occur,” Swetnam said.A Media Matters report from last year shows that about 9 percent of television segments and 26 percent of print articles covered the record-breaking heat last July.David Pierce, a Scripps College climate researcher studying water issues in Southern California, noted that it’s particularly important to be conscious of climate change predictions for infrastructure planning.“Forewarned is forewarned,” he said. “I should mention any changes to water infrastructure or water allocation can take decades to accomplish. It’s better to start your planning on any adaptation early rather than waiting too long.”Scientists argued the issues presented in the report could have serious ramifications that the public should be attuned to. Swetnam warned that climate change could threaten iconic tree species, even California’s giant sequoia.“Is climate going to change enough to cause a loss of some of these national treasures? Right now science is suggesting yes, they are at risk,” Swetnam said. “So we need to take action.”Schwarzenegger, who actively worked to curb climate change as governor, said he hopes to reach a broader audience by using the institute to spotlight the report.“It is global warming and not just California warming. There is only so much we can do as a state,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think that the institute has given me the platform to talk to the rest of the world, especially to all the academic institutions around the world.”Schwarzenegger is planning on writing a letter to the president and congressional leaders after Monday’s forum, according to Bonnie Reiss, the institute’s global director.The hearing came about when Hilda Blanco, interim director of the USC Center for Sustainable Cities and a lead author of the chapter, approached Reiss with the primary motivation of bringing more attention to the issue.“She came and she said, ‘Sadly, this is the third scientific report in 23 years, and it has very dramatic findings and it won’t get attention,’” Reiss said.Using a university as the forum’s setting is important to Schwarzenegger because he believes students should be more involved in the political process.“The key thing with all of this is to inspire the students to get involved because I believe that the mistake that has been made in the past is that we always look to government for the answers and the solutions,” Schwarzenegger said. “But, in fact, we should challenge the average person — everybody — out there to participate because that’s how movements become successful.”The forum will be held in Lewis Hall auditorium on April 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Public comment on the third National Climate Assessment draft ends on April 12 and can be submitted online.
The Graduate Student Government sent a letter to the United States Congress on Wednesday expressing graduate students’ concerns about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the latest Republican-sponsored bill proposed to modify the existing tax code. The letter, which garnered more than 450 signatures, was a direct response to several provisions in the proposed bill, including one that would repeal the graduate and professional students’ tax-free tuition income. Instead, the stipend students receive from working at universities would be taxed as regular income — creating a situation where students can “barely survive on their stipends,” the letter stated.“We stand together and urge your opposition to the provisions in this bill that impact members of the higher education community,” GSG said in the statement, which was obtained by the Daily Trojan. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has many provisions that not only adversely impact universities, but graduate and doctoral students specifically.”The letter addressed House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.GSG also coordinated phone banking efforts on Wednesday to congressional representatives to voice its opposition to the bill. There were key provisions up for repeal in the bill, the letter noted, that GSG felt would adversely impact USC and its students.“[The bill] will also make it difficult for universities to recruit graduate-professional students,” the letter said. “Ultimately, this hinders the progress of research and innovation at our institutions of higher learning.”Undergraduate and graduate students can also currently receive up to $5,250 in tax-free income from an employer that can be applied to educational funding. The proposed policy will repeal that provision, which GSG argues will limit the educational and professional growth of employees and students.The letter also expressed concerns about other provisions being considered for repeal, such as the student loan interest deduction and Hope Scholarship Tax Credit, and the creation of a tax on universities’ endowments.The House of Representatives is expected to vote on its version of the bill this week, according to POLITICO. The Senate, which created its own tax plan, elected to keep tax-free tuition income.GSG did not respond to multiple requests for comment.